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Sample records for 3-n-propyl methylpyridinium silsesquioxane

  1. Troponin T immunosensor based on liquid crystal and silsesquioxane-supported gold nanoparticles.

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    Zapp, Eduardo; da Silva, Paulo Sérgio; Westphal, Eduard; Gallardo, Hugo; Spinelli, Almir; Vieira, Iolanda Cruz

    2014-09-17

    A nanostructured immunosensor based on the liquid crystal (E)-1-decyl-4-[(4-decyloxyphenyl)diazenyl]pyridinium bromide (Br-Py) and gold nanoparticles supported by the water-soluble hybrid material 3-n-propyl-4-picolinium silsesquioxane chloride (AuNP-Si4Pic(+)Cl(-)) was built for the detection of troponin T (cTnT), a cardiac marker for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The functionalized nanostructured surface was used to bind anti-cTnT monoclonal antibodies through electrostatic interaction. The immunosensor (ab-cTnT/AuNP-Si4Pic(+)Cl(-)/Br-Py/GCE) surface was characterized by microscopy techniques. The electrochemical behavior of the immunosensor was studied by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. A calibration curve was obtained by square-wave voltammetry. The immnunosensor provided a limit of detection of 0.076 ng mL(-1) and a linear range between 0.1 and 0.9 ng mL(-1) (appropriate for AMI diagnosis). PMID:25111622

  2. Structure of 4-methylpyridinium Hydrogen Sulfide

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    Andras, Maria T.; Hepp, Aloysius F.; Fanwick, Phillip E.; Martuch, Robert A.; Duraj, Stan A.; Gordon, Edward M.

    1994-01-01

    4-Methylpyridinium hydrogen sulfide, (C6H7NH)HS, M(sub r) = 127.21, consists of C6H7NH(+) cations and HS(-) anions. Z = 2 for the crystal with monoclinic space group Cm (#8), dimensions of a = 8.679(2) A, b = 7.964(1) A, and c = 4.860(2) A, an angle beta of 101.10(2) degrees, and a volume of V = 329.6(3) A(exp 3). R = 0.039 and R(sub w) = 0.048 for 385 reflections with F(sub o)(exp 2) greater than 3 sigma(F(sub o)(exp 2)) and 59 variables. Both the C6H7NH(+) cation and the HS(-) anion lie on crystallographic mirror planes with the N,S, two carbon atoms, and two hydrogen atoms positioned in the planes. The hydrogen atom of the HS(-) anion was not located.

  3. An amino-imino resonance study of 2-amino-4-methylpyridinium nitrate and 2-amino-5-methylpyridinium nitrate.

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    Yan, Xing-Chen; Fan, Yu-Hua; Bi, Cai-Feng; Zhang, Xia; Zhang, Zhong-Yu

    2013-01-01

    The contributions of the amino and imino resonance forms to the ground-state structures of 2-amino-4-methylpyridinium nitrate, C(6)H(9)N(2)(+)·NO(3)(-), and the previously reported 2-amino-5-methylpyridinium nitrate [Yan, Fan, Bi, Zuo & Zhang (2012). Acta Cryst. E68, o2084], were studied using a combination of IR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography and density functional theory (DFT). The results show that the structures of 2-amino-4-methylpyridine and 2-amino-5-methylpyridine obtained upon protonation are best described as existing largely in the imino resonance forms. PMID:23282916

  4. Fibers And Composites Derived From Silsesquioxanes

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    Hurwitz, Frances I.; Hyatt, Lizbeth H.; Damore, Lisa, A.; Gorecki, Joy P.

    1988-01-01

    In new method, silsesquioxane powders blended to control ratio of carbon to silicon. Powders melted, and excess silanol groups condense with evolution of water. When melt attains suitable viscosity, extruded into fibers through die or drawn into fibers from melt at uniform rate. Fibers cured and heat treated. Enables easy fabrication of thermally stable fibers from inexpensive silsesquioxane precursors. Impregnation of fibers and preforms without solvent minimizes both shrinkage and formation of voids resulting from volatilization of trapped solvent.

  5. Gold nanoparticles hosted in a water-soluble silsesquioxane polymer applied as a catalytic material onto an electrochemical sensor for detection of nitrophenol isomers.

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    Silva, Paulo Sérgio da; Gasparini, Bianca C; Magosso, Hérica A; Spinelli, Almir

    2014-05-30

    The water-soluble 3-n-propyl-4-picolinium silsesquioxane chloride (Si4Pic(+)Cl(-)) polymer was prepared, characterized and used as a stabilizing agent for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles (nAu). The ability of Si4Pic(+)Cl(-) to adsorb anionic metal complexes such as AuCl4(-) ions allowed well-dispersed nAu to be obtained with an average particle size of 4.5nm. The liquid suspension of nAu-Si4Pic(+)Cl(-) was deposited by the drop coating method onto a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) surface to build a sensor (nAu-Si4Pic(+)Cl(-)/GCE) which was used for the detection of o-nitrophenol (o-NP) and p-nitrophenol (p-NP). Under optimized experimental conditions the reduction peak current increased with increasing concentrations of both nitrophenol isomers in the range of 0.1-1.5μmolL(-1). The detection limits were 46nmolL(-1) and 55nmolL(-1) for o-NP and p-NP, respectively. These findings indicate that the nAu-Si4Pic(+)Cl(-) material is a very promising candidate to assemble electrochemical sensors for practical applications in the field of analytical chemistry. PMID:24721696

  6. Silsesquioxanes as precursors to ceramic composites

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    Hurwitz, F. I.; Hyatt, L.; Gorecki, J.; D'Amore, L.

    1987-01-01

    Silsesquioxanes having the general structure RSiO(1.5), where R = methyl, propyl, or phenyl, melt flow at 70 to 100 C. Above 100 C, free OH groups condense. At 225 C further crosslinking occurs, and the materials form thermosets. Pyrolysis, with accompanying loss of volatiles, takes place at nominally 525 C. At higher temperatures, the R group serves as an internal carbon source for carbo-thermal reduction to SiC accompanied by the evolution of CO. By blending silsesquioxanes with varying R groups, both the melt rheology and composition of the fired ceramic can be controlled. Fibers can be spun from the melt which are stable in argon in 1400 C. The silsesquioxanes also were used as matrix precursors for Nicalon and alpha-SiC platelet reinforced composites.

  7. Silsesquioxanes as precursors to ceramic composites

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    Hurwitz, Frances I.; Hyatt, Lizbeth H.; Gorecki, Joy; Damore, Lisa

    1987-01-01

    Silsesquioxanes having the general structure RSiO sub 1.5, where R = methyl, propyl, or phenyl, melt flow at 70 to 100 C. Above 100 C, free -OH groups condense. At 225 C further crosslinking occurs, and the materials form thermosets. Pyrolysis, with accompanying loss of volatiles, takes place at nominally 525 C. At higher temperatures, the R group serves as an internal carbon soruce for carbo-thermal reduction to SiC accompanied by the evolution of CO. By blending silsesquioxanes with varying R groups, both the melt rheology and composition of the fired ceramic can be controlled. Fibers can be spun from the melt which are stable in argon in 1400 C. The silsesquioxanes also were used as matrix precursors for Nicalon and alpha-SiC platelet reinforced composites.

  8. A polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane functionalized copper trimesate.

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    Sanil, E S; Cho, Kyung-Ho; Hong, Do-Young; Lee, Ji Sun; Lee, Su-Kyung; Ryu, Sam Gon; Lee, Hae Wan; Chang, Jong-San; Hwang, Young Kyu

    2015-05-18

    A metal-organic framework (MOF), copper trimesate (Cu3(BTC)2), was selectively functionalized with aminopropylisooctyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (O-POSS) to make the external surface of Cu3(BTC)2 hydrophobic and thereby enhance the stability of the material against humidity. POSS modification was also successfully applied to other MOFs such as MOF-74 and MIL-100. PMID:25813878

  9. Synthesis and characterization of 2-amino-3-methylpyridinium dihydrogenomonoarsenate

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    Oueslati, A.; Rayes, A.; Ben Nasr, C. . E-mail: cherif.bennasr@fsb.rnu.tn; Lefebvre, F.

    2005-10-06

    A new crystal of 2-amino-3-methylpyridinium dihydrogenomonoarsenate has been prepared and characterized by X-ray crystallography, thermal analysis and spectroscopic studies. This compound crystallizes in the triclinic space group P1-bar with a=7.2689 (2)A, b=8.0975 (2)A, c=8.3969 (4)A, {alpha}=77.09 (3) deg., {beta}=79.20 (3){sup o}, {gamma}=88.16 (2){sup o}, V=473.19 (3)A{sup 3}, Z=2. The crystal structure was solved and refined to R=0.027 with 3375 independent reflections. The atomic arrangement can be described as (H{sub 2}AsO{sub 4}{sup -}){sub n} polymeric chains anchoring the 2-amino-3-methylpyridinium cations through short hydrogen bonds. All the ring atoms of the organic entity are coplanar. The exocyclic N atom is an electron receiving center, which is consistent with features of imino resonance evidenced by bond lengths and angles. Solid-state {sup 13}C and {sup 15}N CP-MAS-NMR spectroscopies are in agreement with the X-ray structure. Ab initio calculations allow the attribution of carbons and nitrogen to the independent crystallographic sites.

  10. L-prolinium picrate and 2-methylpyridinium picrate.

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    Anitha, K; Athimoolam, S; Natarajan, S

    2006-09-01

    In the structure of L-prolinium picrate, C5H10NO2+.C6H2N3O7-, the Cgamma atom of the pyrrolidine ring has conformational disorder. Both the major and minor conformers of the pyrrolidine ring adopt conformations intermediate between a half-chair and an envelope. Both the cation and anion are packed through chelated three-centred N-H...O hydrogen bonds. The prolinium cation connects two different picrate anions, leading to an infinite chain running along the b axis. In 2-methylpyridinium picrate, C6H8N+.C6H2N3O7-, the cations and anions are packed separately along the a axis and are interconnected by N-H...O hydrogen bonds. Intramolecular contacts between phenolate O atoms and adjacent nitro groups are identified in both structures. A graph-set motif of R1(2)(6) is observed in both structures. PMID:16954644

  11. Pysico-chemical properties of hydrophobic ionic liquids containing1-octylpyridinium, 1-octyl-2-methylpyridinium or1-octyl-4-methylpyridinium cations

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    Papaiconomou, Nicolas; Salminen, Justin; Lee, Jong-Min; Prausnitz, John M.

    2006-09-15

    This paper reports synthesis of some ionic liquids based on cations 1-octylpyridinium, 1-octyl-2-methylpyridinium or 1-octyl-4-methylpyridinium and anions dicyanamide [N(CN)2]-, bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [Tf2N]-, bis(pentafluoroethylsulfonyl)imide [BETI]-, trifluoromethyl sulfonate [TfO]-, nonafluorobutyl sulfonate [NfO]-, tetrafluoroborate [BF4]-, trifluorophenylborate [BF3Ph]- or hexafluoroarsenate [AsF6]-. Melting points, decomposition temperatures, densities, mutual solubilities with water, and viscosities have been measured. Unlike similar ionic liquids containing imidazolium cations, pyridinium ionic liquids studied here are nearly immiscible in water. Viscosities are similar and water content is slightly lower than those for ionic liquids containing imidazolium cations.

  12. Structural Evolution of Silica Gel and Silsesquioxane Using Thermal Curing.

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    Hu, Nan; Rao, YuanQiao; Sun, Shengtong; Hou, Lei; Wu, Peiyi; Fan, Shaojuan; Ye, Bangjiao

    2016-08-01

    The curing of coatings of two types of siloxane containing materials, silica gel and silsesquioxane, at a modest temperature (<280℃) was studied with in situ heating Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) in combination with perturbation correlation moving window (PCMW) and two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy (2D-COS) analyses. The result revealed detailed structural evolution of these two different gels. When the silica gel was heated, (Si-O)6 rings appeared from the random Si-O-Si network formed after sol gel reaction, followed by condensation of silanol groups. Upon further heating, the existing (Si-O)4 rings were broken down and converted into (Si-O)6 structures, and finally isolated silanols appeared. The transition from (Si-O)4 rings to (Si-O)6 rings was observed by IR and further confirmed with positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). In comparison, during the curing of hybrid silsesquioxane, the condensation of silanols happens immediately upon heating without the rearrangement of Si-O-Si network. Afterwards, the fraction of (Si-O)6 ring structure increased. (Si-O)4 structures exhibited higher stability in hybrid silsesquioxanes. In addition, the amount of silanols in silsesquioxane continued to reduce without the generation of isolated silanol in the end. The different curing behavior of silsesquioxanes from silica gel originates from the organic groups in silsesquioxanes, which lowers the cross-linking density and reduces the rigidity of siloxane network. PMID:27340213

  13. Rapid Preparation of Silsesquioxane-Based Ionic Liquids.

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    Li, Liguo; Liu, Hongzhi

    2016-03-24

    Three new hybrid ionic liquids (ILs) based on cage silsesquioxane (SQ) were rapidly prepared in high yields from octa(mercaptopropyl)silsesquioxane and 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium salts (Br(-) , BF4 (-) , PF6 (-) ) through the photochemical thiol-ene reaction. These SQ-based ILs exhibited low glass transition temperatures and good thermal stability. The unique amphiphilic nature of these hybrid ILs cause them to self-assemble into perfect vesicles with "yolk-shell" structures, in which cages formed the "yolk" due to their aggregation and outer anions formed the "shell". PMID:26864313

  14. Influence of anions on methylpyridinium ion adsorption on the mercury electrode in aqueous solutions

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    Gerovich, V.M.; Damaskin, B.B.; Ermolin, V.B.

    1987-02-01

    The adsorption behavior of aromatic and heterocyclic cations is known to be determined by image forces on one hand and by pi-electron interaction on the other. The first factor is effective at the negatively charged surface of the mercury electrode whereas the second factor is effective at the positively charged surface where the forces of pi-electron interaction are in opposition to the electrostatic repulsion forces of the cations. The authors of this paper study the adsorption of methylpyridinium as the aromatic cation in combination with persulfate, chlorine, bromine, and iodine as the anions. The potential range studied was limited on the anodic side by a potential of -0.1 eV, since the values of interfacial tension were poorly reproducible at more positive potentials, and on the cathodic side by a potential of -1.1 eV, since methylpyridinium is reduced at more negative potentials. It is found that the halide ions, owing to the possible formation of charge transfer complexes, have an even stronger effect on the adsorption behavior of organic cations than that observed previously for tetraalkylammonium ions.

  15. Novel silsesquioxane mixture-modified high elongation polyurethane with reduced platelet adhesion

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    Tao, William; Zhou, Hongyang; Zhang, Yan; Li, Gang

    2008-02-01

    We have successfully synthesized a kind of novel silsesquioxane mixture that can be used to modify the surface of biomaterial polyurethane (PU) for the purpose of making silsesquioxane/PU as low-price and high-quality biomaterial. HPLC, FTIR and 29Si NMR are used to characterize as-synthesized silsesquioxane mixture. XPS figure and SEM images show the silsesquioxane particles really self-assemble on the PU surface. Contact angle measurements verify that there is a large hysteresis loop, which relates to low- and high-surface free energy component on the surface. Platelet adsorption at 90 min of PU/silsesquioxane mixture is lower than that of poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) and PU (two-way ANOVA, p < 0.05). Furthermore, SEM images show "island" morphologic pattern with Cooper grades I platelet adsorption morphology on the smooth PU/silsesquioxane surface, and mechanic test shows that the samples with silsesquioxane mixture can increase mechanic property of PU. On the basis of these results, we conclude that this kind of nanocomposite has promise for application in biomaterials.

  16. [4-(n-Dimethylaminostyryl)-1-methylpyridinium fluorescence in a living cell].

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    Morozova, G I; Dobretsov, G E; Dubur, G Ia; Dubur, R R; Golitsyn, V M

    1981-08-01

    A fluorescent compound 4-(p-dimethylinostyryl)-1-methylpyridinium (DSM) has been synthesized, having the absorption maximum about 450 nm and the fluorescence maximum about 590 nm in a water solution. A considerable increase of its fluorescence intensity is found in DNA solutions. The binding of DSM with membranes leads to a shift of its fluorescence maximum to 550 nm. Polychromatic properties of DSM (green fluorescence in membranes, rich yellow - in energized mitochondria, red-orange - in nuclei) are found in DSM stained cells. DSM fluorescence is sensitive to changes in the energized state of cells; the uncupler dinitrophenol or respiration inhibitors-cyanide and amital-cause a strong decrease in the DSM fluorescence intensity in mitochondria. It is ascertained that DSM itself has a low toxicity with respect to cell energy: it had no influence on the mobility of Tetrahymena pyriformis during 23 hours after staining. Thus, DSM may be used as a fluorescent probe for live cells. PMID:7029833

  17. Polyimide aerogels cross-linked through amine functionalized polyoligomeric silsesquioxane.

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    Guo, Haiquan; Meador, Mary Ann B; McCorkle, Linda; Quade, Derek J; Guo, Jiao; Hamilton, Bart; Cakmak, Miko; Sprowl, Guilherme

    2011-02-01

    We report the first synthesis of polyimide aerogels cross-linked through a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane, octa(aminophenyl)silsesquioxane (OAPS). Gels formed from polyamic acid solutions of 3,3',4,4'-biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride (BPDA), bisaniline-p-xylidene (BAX) and OAPS were chemically imidized and dried using supercritical CO(2) extraction to give aerogels having density around 0.1 g/cm(3). The aerogels are greater than 90 % porous, have high surface areas (230 to 280 m(2)/g) and low thermal conductivity (14 mW/m-K at room temperature). Notably, the polyimide aerogels cross-linked with OAPS have higher modulus than polymer reinforced silica aerogels of similar density and can be fabricated as both monoliths and thin films. Thin films of the aerogel are flexible and foldable making them an ideal insulation for space suits, and inflatable structures for habitats or decelerators for planetary re-entry, as well as more down to earth applications. PMID:21294517

  18. Chemical incorporation of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane into thermoset matrices

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    Cho, Hosouk

    A new class of organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposites containing well-defined polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) monomers, which have been copolymerized with organic monomers, were synthesized. Poly(isobutyl methacrylate-co-butanediol dimethacrylate-co-3-methacrylylpropyl-heptaisobutyl(T 8)polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane) (P(iBMA-co-BDMA-co-MA-POSS)) nanocomposites with different crosslink densities (BDMA loadings of 1, 3 and 5 wt%) and different MA-POSS percentages (5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 wt%) have been synthesized by radical-initiated terpolymerization. Linear P(iBMA-co-MA-POSS) copolymers were also prepared. Viscoelastic properties and morphologies were studied by DMTA (dynamic mechanical thermal analysis) and TEM (transmission electron microscopy). Two types of inorganic-organic hybrid polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)/vinyl ester (VE) nanocomposites were synthesized. The first type contained a mixture of T8, T10 and T12 cages, each multifunctionalized with 3-methacrylylpropyl groups. The second type contained octa(3-methacrylylpropyldimethylsiloxyl)(T8)POSS. VE/POSS samples with weight ratios of 99/1, 97/3, 95/5, 90/10, 85/15 and 80/20 were prepared of each type. The nanocomposites were characterized by DMTA, TEM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (X-EDS), swelling, extraction and FT-IR. Three classes of inorganic-organic hybrid phenolic resin/polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) nanocomposites were also synthesized via condensation polymerization. The POSS macromers employed included multifunctional dichloromethylsilylethylheptaisobutyl(T 8)POSS, trisilanolheptaphenyl-POSS, and poly(phenylsilsesquioxane) uncured POSS. A nonfunctional octaisobutyl(T8)POSS was blended into the uncured phenolic resin followed by curing under the same conditions as those used for the other three nanocomposites classes. Phenolic/POSS samples with weight ratios of 99/1, 97/3, 95/5 and 90/10 were prepared of each

  19. Preparation of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane based imprinted monolith.

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    Li, Fang; Chen, Xiu-Xiu; Huang, Yan-Ping; Liu, Zhao-Sheng

    2015-12-18

    Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) was successfully applied, for the first time, to prepare imprinted monolithic column with high porosity and good permeability. The imprinted monolithic column was synthesized with a mixture of PSS-(1-Propylmethacrylate)-heptaisobutyl substituted (MA 0702), naproxon (template), 4-vinylpyridine, and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, in ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIM]BF4). The influence of synthesis parameters on the retention factor and imprinting effect, including the amount of MA 0702, the ratio of template to monomer, and the ratio of monomer to crosslinker, was investigated. The greatest imprinting factor on the imprinted monolithic column prepared with MA 0702 was 22, about 10 times higher than that prepared in absence of POSS. The comparisons between MIP monoliths synthesized with POSS and without POSS were made in terms of permeability, column efficiency, surface morphology and pore size distribution. In addition, thermodynamic and Van Deemter analysis were used to evaluate the POSS-based MIP monolith. PMID:26627587

  20. Corner capping of silsesquioxane cages by chemical warfare agent simulants.

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    Ferguson-McPherson, Melinda K; Low, Emily R; Esker, Alan R; Morris, John R

    2005-11-22

    The room-temperature uptake and reactivity of gas-phase methyl dichlorophosphate (MDCP) and trichlorophosphate (TCP) within trisilanolphenyl-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) Langmuir-Blodgett films are investigated. The halogenated phosphate molecules are found to readily diffuse into and react with the hybrid inorganic-organic silicon-oxide films under ambient conditions. Reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and fast atom bombardment-mass spectrometry (FAB-MS) measurements suggest that the chlorophosphates undergo hydrolysis with the silanol groups of the POSS LB-film. Substitution and elimination reactions appear to cap the corner of the POSS molecules, leaving a surface-bound phosphoryl group and a resulting structure that is highly stable at elevated temperatures. PMID:16285795

  1. Maxillofacial Materials Reinforced with Various Concentrations of Polyhedral Silsesquioxanes

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    Mohammad, Sharif A.; Wee, Alvin G.; Rumsey, Deborah J.; Schricker, Scott R.

    2010-01-01

    This study evaluates two mechanical properties, tensile strength and tear strength, of maxillofacial materials reinforced with functional polyhedral silsesquioxane (POSS) nanoparticles at 0.0, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, and 5.0% (mass/mass) loading. Adding POSS was found to significantly affect the overall tensile strength and extensibility of the maxillofacial material. Significant differences were found in mean peak load (p = .050) and extension before failure (p = .050), respectively, between concentrations of 0% and 5%. For tear resistance, a significant difference was observed in mean load (p = .002) between concentrations of 1% and 5%. Significant differences were also observed in extension before failure between concentrations of 0% and 1% (p = .002) and between 0% and 2% (p = .002). Increased resistance to tensile or shearing stresses could lead to greater clinical longevity. The following results suggest that functional nanoparticles can be used to improve properties without compromising clinical handling. PMID:20981354

  2. Site-Specific Protein Transamination Using N-Methylpyridinium-4-carboxaldehyde

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    Witus, Leah S.; Netirojjanakul, Chawita; Palla, Kanwal S.; Muehl, Ellen M.; Weng, Chih-Hisang; Iavarone, Anthony T.; Francis, Matthew B.

    2014-01-01

    The controlled attachment of synthetic groups to proteins is important for a number of fields, including therapeutics, where antibody-drug conjugates are an emerging area of biologic medicines. We have previously reported a site-specific protein modification method using a transamination reaction that chemoselectively oxidizes the N-terminal amine of a polypeptide chain to a ketone or an aldehyde group. The newly introduced carbonyl can be used for conjugation to a synthetic group in one location through the formation of an oxime or a hydrazone linkage. To expand the scope of this reaction, we have used a combinatorial peptide library screening platform as a method to explore new transamination reagents while simultaneously identifying their optimal N-terminal sequences. N-methylpyridinium-4-carboxaldehyde benzenesulfonate salt (Rapoport's salt, RS) was identified as a highly effective transamination reagent when paired with glutamate-terminal peptides and proteins. This finding establishes RS as a transamination reagent that is particularly well suited for antibody modification. Using a known therapeutic antibody, herceptin, it was demonstrated that RS can be used to modify the heavy chains of the wild type antibody, or both the heavy and the light chains after N-terminal sequence mutation to add glutamate residues. PMID:24191658

  3. Structure and spectroscopic studies of 2,3-diethoxycarbonyl-1-methylpyridinium nitrate

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    Barczyński, P.; Ratajczak-Sitarz, M.; Nowaczyk, Ł.; Katrusiak, A.; Dega-Szafran, Z.; Szafran, M.

    2013-03-01

    The structure of 2,3-diethoxycarbonyl-1-methylpyridinium nitrate (1) has been studied by X-ray diffraction, DFT calculations, FTIR, Raman and NMR spectra. The crystals are monoclinic, space group C2/c. Nitrate anion interacts electrostatically with the positively charged pyridinium nitrogen atom. In crystals the ethyl ester group at C(3) position (C(9)sbnd O(4)sbnd CH2sbnd CH3) is disordered in two orientations. The structures optimized by the B3LYP/6-311++G(d, p) 2 (in vacuum) and 3 (in CHCl3 solution) are similar to that in crystal 1. Linear correlations between the experimental 13C and 1H chemical shifts (δexp) of the investigated ester in CDCl3 and GIAO/B3LYP/6-311++G(d, p) magnetic isotropic shielding constants calculated by using the screening solvation model (COSMO), δexp = a + b · σcalc, are reported. The FTIR and Raman spectra of the solid compound are consistent with the X-ray structure.

  4. Shape-controlled bridged silsesquioxanes: hollow tubes and spheres.

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    Moreau, Joël J E; Vellutini, Luc; Wong Chi Man, Michel; Bied, Catherine

    2003-04-01

    A new approach for the morphological control of bridged silsesquioxanes has been achieved by the hydrolysis of silylated organic molecules bearing urea groups. The urea groups are responsible for the auto-association of the molecules through intermolecular hydrogen-bonding interactions. The self-assembly leads to supramolecular architectures that have the ability to direct the organization of hybrid silicas under controlled hydrolysis. The hydrolysis of the chiral diureido derivatives of trans-(1,2)-diaminocyclohexane 1 under basic conditions has been examined. The solid-state NMR spectra ((29)Si and (13)C) showed the hybrid nature of these materials with wholly preserved S-C bond covalent bonds throughout the silicate network. Hybrid silicas with hollow tubular morphologies were obtained by the hydrolysis of the enantiomerically pure compounds, (R,R)-1 or (S,S)-1, whereas the corresponding racemic mixture, rac-1, led to a hybrid with ball-like structures. The tubular shape is likely to result from a combination of two phenomena: the auto-association abilities and a self-templating structuration of the hybrid materials by the organic crystalline precursor. Electronic microscopy techniques (SEM and TEM) gave evidence for the self-templating pathway. The formation of the ball-like structures occurs through a usual nucleation growth phenomenon owing to a higher solubility of the corresponding crystals in the same medium. PMID:12658658

  5. Surface roughness reduction using spray-coated hydrogen silsesquioxane reflow

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    Cech, Jiri; Pranov, Henrik; Kofod, Guggi; Matschuk, Maria; Murthy, Swathi; Taboryski, Rafael

    2013-09-01

    Surface roughness or texture is the most visible property of any object, including injection molded plastic parts. Roughness of the injection molding (IM) tool cavity directly affects not only appearance and perception of quality, but often also the function of all manufactured plastic parts. So called “optically smooth” plastic surfaces is one example, where low roughness of a tool cavity is desirable. Such tool surfaces can be very expensive to fabricate using conventional means, such as abrasive diamond polishing or diamond turning. We present a novel process to coat machined metal parts with hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) to reduce their surface roughness. Results from the testing of surfaces made from two starting roughnesses are presented; one polished with grit 2500 sandpaper, another with grit 11.000 diamond polishing paste. We characterize the two surfaces with AFM, SEM and optical profilometry before and after coating. We show that the HSQ coating is able to reduce peak-to-valley roughness more than 20 times on the sandpaper polished sample, from 2.44(±0.99) μm to 104(±22) nm and more than 10 times for the paste polished sample from 1.85(±0.63) μm to 162(±28) nm while roughness averages are reduced 10 and 3 times respectively. We completed more than 10,000 injection molding cycles without detectable degradation of the HSQ coating. This result opens new possibilities for molding of affordable plastic parts with perfect surface finish.

  6. A nanocage for nanomedicine: polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS).

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    Ghanbari, Hossein; Cousins, Brian G; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2011-07-15

    Ground-breaking advances in nanomedicine (defined as the application of nanotechnology in medicine) have proposed novel therapeutics and diagnostics, which can potentially revolutionize current medical practice. Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) with a distinctive nanocage structure consisting of an inner inorganic framework of silicon and oxygen atoms, and an outer shell of organic functional groups is one of the most promising nanomaterials for medical applications. Enhanced biocompatibility and physicochemical (material bulk and surface) properties have resulted in the development of a wide range of nanocomposite POSS copolymers for biomedical applications, such as the development of biomedical devices, tissue engineering scaffolds, drug delivery systems, dental applications, and biological sensors. The application of POSS nanocomposites in combination with other nanostructures has also been investigated including silver nanoparticles and quantum dot nanocrystals. Chemical functionalization confers antimicrobial efficacy to POSS, and the use of polymer nanocomposites provides a biocompatible surface coating for quantum dot nanocrystals to enhance the efficacy of the materials for different biomedical and biotechnological applications. Interestingly, a family of POSS-containing nanocomposite materials can be engineered either as completely non-biodegradable materials or as biodegradable materials with tuneable degradation rates required for tissue engineering applications. These highly versatile POSS derivatives have created new horizons for the field of biomaterials research and beyond. Currently, the application of POSS-containing polymers in various fields of nanomedicine is under intensive investigation with expectedly encouraging outcomes. PMID:21598339

  7. Self-assembly of bridged silsesquioxanes: modulating structural evolution via cooperative covalent and noncovalent interactions.

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    Creff, Gaelle; Pichon, Benoît P; Blanc, Christophe; Maurin, David; Sauvajol, Jean-Louis; Carcel, Carole; Moreau, Joël J E; Roy, Pascale; Bartlett, John R; Man, Michel Wong Chi; Bantignies, Jean-Louis

    2013-05-01

    The self-assembly of a bis-urea phenylene-bridged silsesquioxane precursor during sol-gel synthesis has been investigated by in situ infrared spectroscopy, optical microscopy, and light scattering. In particular, the evolution of the system as a function of processing time was correlated with covalent interactions associated with increasing polycondensation and noncovalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding. A comprehensive mechanism based on the hydrolysis of the phenylene-bridged organosilane precursor prior to the crystallization of the corresponding bridged silsesquioxane via H-bonding and subsequent irreversible polycondensation is proposed. PMID:23574041

  8. Synthesis and reactivity of nitrogen nucleophiles-induced cage-rearrangement silsesquioxanes.

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    Jaroentomeechai, Thapakorn; Yingsukkamol, Pa-Kwan; Phurat, Chuttree; Somsook, Ekasith; Osotchan, Tanakorn; Ervithayasuporn, Vuthichai

    2012-11-19

    Novel phthalimide and o-sulfobenzimide-functionalized silsesquioxanes were successfully synthesized via nucleophilic substitution reactions from octakis(3-chloropropyl)octasilsesquioxane. Surprisingly, the formation of deca- and dodecasilsesquioxanes cages was discovered during substitution with phthalimide, but only octasilsesquioxane maintained a cage in the o-sulfobenzimide substitution reaction. Moreover, we report the electronic effect of nitrogen nucleophiles to promote cage-rearrangement of inorganic silsesquioxane core for the first time. Structures of products were confirmed by (1)H, (13)C, and (29)Si NMR spectroscopy, ESI-MS analysis, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. PMID:23134535

  9. MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY: OPPORTUNITIES FOR POLYHEDRAL OLIGOMERIC SILSESQUIOXANES (POSS) IN MEMBRANE-BASED SEPARATIONS

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    Membrane Technology: Opportunities for Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes (POSS?) in Membrane-Based Separations

    Leland M. Vane, Ph.D.
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Office of Research & Development
    Cincinnati, OH 45268
    Vane.Leland@epa.gov

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  10. N-heterocyclic carbenes--catalysts for the preparation of polyhedral silsesquioxanes.

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    Koželj, Matjaž; Orel, Boris

    2013-07-14

    N-Heterocyclic carbenes could be used as powerful catalysts for the preparation of various polyhedral silsesquioxanes. NHCs also catalyze a rearrangement of existing cages and a scrambling between two different cages at a concentration as low as 1 mol%. PMID:23689470

  11. Understanding the mechanism of base development of hydrogen silsesquioxane

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    Kim, Jihoon; Chao, Weilun; Liang, Xiaogan; Griedel, Brian D.; Olynick, Deirdre L

    2009-01-09

    There have been numerous studies of electron beam exposed hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) development conditions in order to improve the developer contrast. For TMAH based development, improvements were made by going to higher TMAH normalities and heating the developer. Yang and Berggren showed development of electron beam exposed (HSQ) by NaOH with added Na salts (various anions) significantly improves the contrast. Here, we study the contrast and etching rates of 100 keV exposed HSQ in NaOH in the presence of LiCl, NaCl, and KCl salts and use this as a segway to understand the mechanisms governing contrast during development HSQ development. The basic mechanism of development of HSQ can be understood by comparing to etching of quartz in basic solutions. Hydroxide ions act as nucleophiles which attack silicon. When a silicon-oxygen bond of the Si-O-Si matrix is broken, Si-O{sup -} and Si-OH are formed which can reversibly react to form the original structure. When a Si-H bond is broken via reaction with hydroxide, Si-O{sup -} and H{sub 2} gas are formed. Salts can change the etching rates as a function of dose in a non-linear fashion to increase etch contrast. Figs. 1, 2, and 3 show contrast curves for HSQ developed in 0.25 N sodium hydroxide and with the addition of NaCl, LiCl and KCl salts at several concentrations. NaCl addition resulted in the highest contrast. Contrast improves with additional salt concentration while sensitivity decreases. Interestingly enough, addition of salt decreases the removal of material of NaOH alone at higher doses while increasing the rate at lower concentrations. Addition of LiCl salts improves contrast over NaOH alone. Furthermore, the sensitivity at all doses increases as the LiCl concentration increases, a salting out effect. Similar to NaCl salt behavior, the addition of KCl salts, improves contrast at the expense of sensitivity. However, unlike NaCl, even at very high doses, KCl addition increases removal rate of HSQ. We

  12. Synthesis, crystal growth, structural, thermal, optical and mechanical properties of solution grown 4-methylpyridinium 4-hydroxybenzoate single crystal.

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    Sudhahar, S; Krishna Kumar, M; Sornamurthy, B M; Mohan Kumar, R

    2014-01-24

    Organic nonlinear optical material, 4-methylpyridinium 4-hydroxybenzoate (4MPHB) was synthesized and single crystal was grown by slow evaporation solution growth method. Single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction analyses confirm the structure and crystalline perfection of 4MPHB crystal. Infrared, Raman and NMR spectroscopy techniques were used to elucidate the functional groups present in the compound. TG-DTA analysis was carried out in nitrogen atmosphere to study the decomposition stages, endothermic and exothermic reactions. UV-visible and Photoluminescence spectra were recorded for the grown crystal to estimate the transmittance and band gap energy respectively. Linear refractive index, birefringence, and SHG efficiency of the grown crystal were studied. Laser induced surface damage threshold and mechanical properties of grown crystal were studied to assess the suitability of the grown crystals for device applications. PMID:24184578

  13. Synthesis, crystal structures, and magnetism of the binuclear radical complex [N-methylpyridinium]2[Ni(tdas)2]2

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    Chen, Xue-Xue; Qiao, Fang; Wang, Chi-Feng; Chi, Yan-Hui; Cottrill, Ethan; Pan, Ning; Shi, Jing-Min; Zhu-Ge, Wei-Wei; Fu, Yong-Xin; Xu, Jun; Qian, Xiao-Ping

    2016-03-01

    The novel binuclear radical complex [N-methylpyridinium]2[Ni(tdas)2]2 (tdas = 1,2,5-thiadiazole-3,4-dithiolate) has been prepared and its crystal structures determined by X-ray crystallography at three different temperatures in order to investigate the changes in coordination structure and magnetic properties with temperature. In the binuclear radical complex the two nickel ions assume a distorted pyramidal geometry and are bridged by two S atoms of different tdas anionic ligands. At room temperature, the ESR spectrum of the binuclear radical complex in polycrystalline powder and the theoretical calculations reveal a very strong antiferromagnetic interaction, leading to diamagnetic crystals. In contrast, a peak with g = 2.05 appears in the ESR spectrum of the title complex in acetonitrile solution, which indicates that a fraction of the binuclear radical complexes dissociate. The theoretical calculations also reveal that as temperature increases the antiferromagnetic coupling strength gradually decreases, yet at 150 °C the antiferromagnetic coupling strength remains as strong as 2J = -734.26 cm-1. The strong antiferromagnetic coupling strengths should be attributed to the large spin densities on the nickel atoms and the relevant bridging sulfur atoms. This study is the first to report the correlations between the structure, magnetism, and temperature of a binuclear radical nickel complex with tdas as ligand and this study is also the first report the magnetic coupling strength of radical binuclear nickel complex with tdas as bridging ligand and with N-methylpyridinium as counter cation.

  14. Enzymatically degradable hybrid organic-inorganic bridged silsesquioxane nanoparticles for in vitro imaging

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    Fatieiev, Y.; Croissant, J. G.; Julfakyan, K.; Deng, L.; Anjum, D. H.; Gurinov, A.; Khashab, N. M.

    2015-09-01

    We describe biodegradable bridged silsesquioxane (BS) composite nanomaterials with an unusually high organic content (ca. 50%) based on oxamide components mimicking amino acid biocleavable groups. Unlike most bulk BS materials, the design of sub-200 nm nearly monodisperse nanoparticles (NPs) was achieved. These enzymatically degradable BS NPs were further tested as promising imaging nanoprobes.We describe biodegradable bridged silsesquioxane (BS) composite nanomaterials with an unusually high organic content (ca. 50%) based on oxamide components mimicking amino acid biocleavable groups. Unlike most bulk BS materials, the design of sub-200 nm nearly monodisperse nanoparticles (NPs) was achieved. These enzymatically degradable BS NPs were further tested as promising imaging nanoprobes. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Detailed synthetic procedure, experimental procedure and Fig. S1-15. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03065j

  15. A Mechanistic Investigation of Gelation. The Sol-Gel Polymerization of Bridged Silsesquioxane Monomers

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    SHEA,KENNETH J.; LOY,DOUGLAS A.

    2000-07-14

    The study of a homologous series of silsesquioxane monomers has uncovered striking discontinuities in gelation behavior. An investigation of the chemistry during the early stages of the polymerization has provided a molecular basis for these observations. Monomers containing from one to four carbon atoms exhibit a pronounced tendency to undergo inter or intramolecular cyclization. The cyclic intermediates have been characterized by {sup 29}Si NMR, chemical ionization mass spectrometry and isolation from the reaction solution. These carbosiloxanes are local thermodynamic sinks that produce kinetic bottlenecks in the production of high molecular weight silsesquioxanes. The formation of cyclics results in slowing down or in some cases completely shutting down gelation. An additional finding is that the cyclic structures are incorporated intact into the final xerogel. Since cyclization alters the structure of the building block that eventually makes up the xerogel network, it is expected that this will contribute importantly to the bulk properties of the xerogel as well.

  16. Twisting in the excited state of an N-methylpyridinium fluorescent dye modulated by nano-heterogeneous micellar systems.

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    Cesaretti, A; Carlotti, B; Gentili, P L; Germani, R; Spalletti, A; Elisei, F

    2016-04-13

    A push-pull N-methylpyridinium fluorescent dye with a pyrenyl group as the electron-donor portion was investigated within the nano-heterogeneous media provided by some micellar systems. The molecule was studied by stationary and time-resolved spectroscopic techniques in spherical micellar solutions and viscoelastic hydrogels, in order to throw light on the role played by twisting in its excited state deactivation. As proven by femtosecond fluorescence up-conversion and transient absorption experiments, the excited state dynamics of the molecule is ruled by charge transfer and twisting processes, which, from the locally excited (LE) state initially populated upon excitation, progressively lead to twisted (TICT) and planar (PICT) intramolecular charge transfer states. The inclusion within micellar aggregates was found to slow down and/or limit the rotation of the molecule with respect to what had previously been observed in water, while its confinement within the hydrophobic domains of the gel matrixes prevents any molecular torsion. The increasing viscosity of the medium, when passing from water to micellar systems, implies that the detected steady-state fluorescence comes from an excited state which is not fully relaxed, as is the case with the TICT state in micelles or the LE state in hydrogels, where the detected emission changes its usual orange colour to yellow. PMID:26982966

  17. Investigation on the vibrational and structural properties of a self-structured bridged silsesquioxane.

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    Creff, Gaëlle; Arrachart, Guilhem; Hermet, Patrick; Wadepohl, Hubert; Almairac, Robert; Maurin, David; Sauvajol, Jean-Louis; Carcel, Carole; Moreau, Joël J E; Dieudonné, Philippe; Man, Michel Wong Chi; Bantignies, Jean-Louis

    2012-04-28

    The crystalline structure of ureidopyrimidinone-based silane (UPY) has been determined. The local and long range order structuring of the bridged silsesquioxane (MUPY) resulting from the sol-gel hydrolysis-condensation of the former precursor has been investigated by MFTIR (Mid Fourier Transform InfraRed) combined with DFT (Density Functional Theory) and XRD (X-ray diffraction) studies. These studies showed that a long range structuring exists within the organic fragments with the transcription of the DDAA (Donor-Donor-Acceptor-Acceptor) H-bonding array from UPY to MUPY whereas a disordered siloxane network was revealed in the hybrid material. PMID:22422291

  18. Assembly of DNA curtains using hydrogen silsesquioxane as a barrier to lipid diffusion.

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    Fazio, T A; Lee, Ja Yil; Wind, S J; Greene, E C

    2012-09-18

    We have established a single-molecule imaging experimental platform called "DNA curtains" in which DNA molecules tethered to a lipid bilayer are organized into patterns at nanofabricated metallic barriers on the surface of a microfluidic sample chamber. This technology has wide applications for real-time single-molecule imaging of protein-nucleic acid interactions. Here, we demonstrate that DNA curtains can also be made from hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ). HSQ offers important advantages over metallic barriers because it can be lithographically patterned directly onto fused silica slides without any requirement for further processing steps, thereby offering the potential for rapid prototype development and/or scale up for manufacturing. PMID:22946619

  19. Morphological Behavior of Thin Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Films at the Molecular Scale

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    G Evmenenko; B Stripe; P Dutta

    2011-12-31

    Synchrotron X-ray reflectivity (XRR) was used to study the structure of thin films of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) with side organic chains of different flexibility and containing terminal epoxy groups. POSS films were deposited from volatile solvents on hydroxylated and hydrogen-passivated silicon surfaces. The XRR data show a variety of structural morphologies, including autophobic molecular monolayers and bilayers as well as uniform films. The role of conformational and energetic factors governing the development of different morphologies in a restricted geometry is discussed.

  20. Azobenzene-functionalized cage silsesquioxanes as inorganic-organic hybrid, photoresponsive, nanoscale, building blocks.

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    Liu, Yun; Yang, Wenyan; Liu, Hongzhi

    2015-03-16

    Mono- and octa-azobenzene-functionalized cage silsesquioxanes were easily synthesized by the reaction of 4-bromoazobenzene with monovinyl-substituted octasilsesquioxane and cubic octavinylsilsesquioxane through the Heck coupling reaction. Excited-state energies obtained from time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) and the CAM-B3LYP functional correlate very well with experimental trans-cis photoisomerization results from UV/Vis spectroscopy. These azobenzene-functionalized cages exhibit good thermal stability and are fluorescent with maximum emission at approximately 400 nm, making them potential materials for blue-light emission. PMID:25663005

  1. Thermo-mechanical characterization of a monochlorophenyl, hepta isobutyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane/polystyrene composite

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    Blanco, Ignazio Bottino, Francesco A. Cicala, Gianluca Cozzo, Giulia Latteri, Alberta Recca, Antonino

    2014-05-15

    The thermal and mechanical properties of a monochlorophenyl, hepta isobutyl Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane/Polystyrene (ph,hib-POSS/PS) composite were studied and compared with those of pristine polymer. ph,hib-POSS/PS system was prepared by solubilization and precipitation of Polystyrene (PS) in the presence of POSS. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) was performed to check the distribution of the filler in the polymer matrix. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) was carried out to measure viscoelastic properties of solid samples. Degradations were carried out into a thermobalance and the obtained thermogravimetric (TG) and differential thermogravimetric (DTG) curves were discussed and interpreted.

  2. Solvothermal synthesis of hydrophobic chitin-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) nanocomposites.

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    Wysokowski, Marcin; Materna, Katarzyna; Walter, Juliane; Petrenko, Iaroslav; Stelling, Allison L; Bazhenov, Vasilii V; Klapiszewski, Łukasz; Szatkowski, Tomasz; Lewandowska, Olga; Stawski, Dawid; Molodtsov, Serguei L; Maciejewski, Hieronim; Ehrlich, Hermann; Jesionowski, Teofil

    2015-01-01

    Chitinous scaffolds isolated from the skeleton of marine sponge Aplysina cauliformis were used as a template for the deposition of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS). These chitin-POSS based composites with hydrophobic properties were prepared for the first time using solvothermal synthesis (pH 3, temp 80 °C), and were thoroughly characterized. The resulting material was studied using scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and thermogravimetry. A mechanism for the chitin-POSS interaction after exposure to these solvothermal conditions is proposed and discussed. PMID:25889055

  3. Organic-inorganic hybrid saponites obtained by intercalation of titano-silsesquioxane.

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    Carniato, Fabio; Bisio, Chiara; Gatti, Giorgio; Guidotti, Matteo; Sordelli, Laura; Marchese, Leonardo

    2011-03-01

    The synthesis and characterization of two bifunctional composite materials based on synthetic saponite clays is here presented. These materials were prepared by intercalation of a Ti-containing aminopropylisobutyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (Ti-NH(2) POSS) in synthetic saponite samples containing interlayer sodium (Na-SAP) or protons (H-SAP). Hybrid organic-inorganic materials, Ti-NHM-1 and Ti-NHM-2, were obtained upon ion exchange. Structural, spectroscopic, and thermal properties of both hybrid materials were investigated in detail along with their catalytic activity in cyclohexene oxidation. PMID:21120985

  4. Inclusion of two push-pull N-methylpyridinium salts in anionic surfactant solutions: a comprehensive photophysical investigation.

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    Cesaretti, Alessio; Carlotti, Benedetta; Consiglio, Giuseppe; Del Giacco, Tiziana; Spalletti, Anna; Elisei, Fausto

    2015-06-01

    Two N-methylpyridinium salts with push-pull properties have been investigated in the aqueous solution of anionic micelles of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and potassium p-(octyloxy)benzenesulfonate (pOoBSK) surfactants. These molecules are known to be extremely sensitive to the local environment, with their absorption spectrum being subjected to a net negative solvatochromism. These compounds are also characterized by an excited state deactivation strictly dependent on the physical properties of the chemical surrounding, with the formation of intramolecular charge-transfer (ICT) states accordingly stabilized. Thanks to steady-state and femtosecond resolved spectroscopic techniques, the photophysical properties of these molecules in the presence of anionic micelles have been fully characterized and an efficient permeation within the micellar aggregates can thus be inferred. The extent of the changes in the photophysical properties of these molecules (with respect to what is observed in water) is an indicator of the medium experienced in the nanoheterogeneous solutions: enhanced fluorescence emissions, reduced Stokes shifts and slowed-down excited state decays strongly confirm the confinement within a scarcely polar and restraining environment. The slightly different behavior shown in the two types of micelles can be ascribed to a peculiar interaction between the aromatic moiety of the surfactant and that of the cations. Additionally, the inclusion promotes the solubilization of these poorly water-soluble salts, which is alluring in their promising use as DNA binders for antitumor purposes. Thus, the anionic micelles allowed the solubilization of the pyridinium salts under investigation, which in turn allowed the characterization of the nonhomogeneous medium established by the micellar aggregates. PMID:25945687

  5. Construction of porous cationic frameworks by crosslinking polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane units with N-heterocyclic linkers

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    Chen, Guojian; Zhou, Yu; Wang, Xiaochen; Li, Jing; Xue, Shuang; Liu, Yangqing; Wang, Qian; Wang, Jun

    2015-01-01

    In fields of materials science and chemistry, ionic-type porous materials attract increasing attention due to significant ion-exchanging capacity for accessing diversified applications. Facing the fact that porous cationic materials with robust and stable frameworks are very rare, novel tactics that can create new type members are highly desired. Here we report the first family of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) based porous cationic frameworks (PCIF-n) with enriched poly(ionic liquid)-like cationic structures, tunable mesoporosities, high surface areas (up to 1,025 m2 g−1) and large pore volumes (up to 0.90 cm3 g−1). Our strategy is designing the new rigid POSS unit of octakis(chloromethyl)silsesquioxane and reacting it with the rigid N-heterocyclic cross-linkers (typically 4,4′-bipyridine) for preparing the desired porous cationic frameworks. The PCIF-n materials possess large surface area, hydrophobic and special anion-exchanging property, and thus are used as the supports for loading guest species PMo10V2O405−; the resultant hybrid behaves as an efficient heterogeneous catalyst for aerobic oxidation of benzene and H2O2-mediated oxidation of cyclohexane. PMID:26062725

  6. Construction of porous cationic frameworks by crosslinking polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane units with N-heterocyclic linkers

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    Chen, Guojian; Zhou, Yu; Wang, Xiaochen; Li, Jing; Xue, Shuang; Liu, Yangqing; Wang, Qian; Wang, Jun

    2015-06-01

    In fields of materials science and chemistry, ionic-type porous materials attract increasing attention due to significant ion-exchanging capacity for accessing diversified applications. Facing the fact that porous cationic materials with robust and stable frameworks are very rare, novel tactics that can create new type members are highly desired. Here we report the first family of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) based porous cationic frameworks (PCIF-n) with enriched poly(ionic liquid)-like cationic structures, tunable mesoporosities, high surface areas (up to 1,025 m2 g-1) and large pore volumes (up to 0.90 cm3 g-1). Our strategy is designing the new rigid POSS unit of octakis(chloromethyl)silsesquioxane and reacting it with the rigid N-heterocyclic cross-linkers (typically 4,4‧-bipyridine) for preparing the desired porous cationic frameworks. The PCIF-n materials possess large surface area, hydrophobic and special anion-exchanging property, and thus are used as the supports for loading guest species PMo10V2O405- the resultant hybrid behaves as an efficient heterogeneous catalyst for aerobic oxidation of benzene and H2O2-mediated oxidation of cyclohexane.

  7. Construction of porous cationic frameworks by crosslinking polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane units with N-heterocyclic linkers.

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    Chen, Guojian; Zhou, Yu; Wang, Xiaochen; Li, Jing; Xue, Shuang; Liu, Yangqing; Wang, Qian; Wang, Jun

    2015-01-01

    In fields of materials science and chemistry, ionic-type porous materials attract increasing attention due to significant ion-exchanging capacity for accessing diversified applications. Facing the fact that porous cationic materials with robust and stable frameworks are very rare, novel tactics that can create new type members are highly desired. Here we report the first family of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) based porous cationic frameworks (PCIF-n) with enriched poly(ionic liquid)-like cationic structures, tunable mesoporosities, high surface areas (up to 1,025 m(2) g(-1)) and large pore volumes (up to 0.90 cm(3) g(-1)). Our strategy is designing the new rigid POSS unit of octakis(chloromethyl)silsesquioxane and reacting it with the rigid N-heterocyclic cross-linkers (typically 4,4'-bipyridine) for preparing the desired porous cationic frameworks. The PCIF-n materials possess large surface area, hydrophobic and special anion-exchanging property, and thus are used as the supports for loading guest species PMo10V2O40(5-); the resultant hybrid behaves as an efficient heterogeneous catalyst for aerobic oxidation of benzene and H2O2-mediated oxidation of cyclohexane. PMID:26062725

  8. The degradative resistance of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanocore integrated polyurethanes: an in vitro study.

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    Kannan, Ruben Y; Salacinski, Henryk J; Odlyha, Marianne; Butler, Peter E; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2006-03-01

    Polymer biostability is one of the critical parameters by which these materials are selected for use as biomedical devices. This is the major rationale for the use of polymers which are highly crystalline and stiff namely expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) and Dacron in particular, as arterial bypass grafts. While this is immaterial in high-flow states, it becomes critically important at lower flows with a greater need for more compliant vessels. Polyurethanes being one of the most compliant polymers known are as such, the natural choice to build such constructs. However, concerns regarding their resistance to degradation have limited their use as vascular prostheses and in order to augment their strength, herein a novel polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane integrated poly(carbonate-urea)urethane (POSS-PCU) nanocomposite was synthesised by our group. In the following series of experiments, the POSS-PCU nanocomposite samples were exposed to accelerated degradative solutions, in an 'in-house' established model in vitro for up to 70 days before being subjected to infra-red spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, stress-strain studies and differential scanning calorimetry. Our results demonstrate that these silsesquioxane nanocores shield the soft segment(s) of the polyurethane, responsible for its compliance and elasticity from all forms of degradation, principally oxidation and hydrolysis. These nanocomposites hence provide an optimal method by which these polymers may be strengthened whilst maintaining their elasticity, making them ideal as vascular prostheses particularly at low flow states. PMID:16253324

  9. Synthesis and characterization of magnetic carbon nanotubes/silsesquioxane nanocomposite thin films

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    Osorio, Alice Gonçalves; Machado, Geraldo Beyer; Pereira, Marcelo Barbalho; Benvenutti, Edilson Valmir; Pereira, Luis Gustavo; Bergmann, Carlos Perez; Oliveira, Artur Harres de; Costa, Tania Maria Haas

    2016-05-01

    In the present study, magnetic carbon nanotubes (CNTs)/silsesquioxane nanocomposites were produced by sol-gel method and deposited as thin film by dip-coating process. Blank films and films with CNTs were characterized in order to evaluate their chemical composition and morphology. Profilometry technique showed the formation of films with 305 ± 22 nm of thickness for blank samples (without CNTs) and 173 ± 05 nm thickness for samples with CNTs. Microscopy techniques indicated the presence of CNTs well dispersed in the films and, with the aid of Raman and Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy, chemical composition of silsesquioxane matrix was evidenced and the presence of CNTs was confirmed in the films. Finally, the magnetic response of the deposited films was analyzed by Alternating Gradient-Field Magnetometer and results indicated that films reinforced with CNTs showed a hysteresis loop that indicates a coercivity of 103 Oe and the blank film did not show any significant response to the field applied. Hence, the authors suggest that this hybrid organic-inorganic material has potential to be applied as a new material for magnetic storage.

  10. Reversible monolayer-to-crystalline phase transition in amphiphilic silsesquioxane at the air-water interface

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    Banerjee, R.; Sanyal, M. K.; Bera, M. K.; Gibaud, A.; Lin, B.; Meron, M.

    2015-02-17

    We report on the counter intuitive reversible crystallisation of two-dimensional monolayer of Trisilanolisobutyl Polyhedral Oligomeric SilSesquioxane (TBPOSS) on water surface using synchrotron x-ray scattering measurements. Amphiphilic TBPOSS form rugged monolayers and Grazing Incidence X-ray Scattering (GIXS) measurements reveal that the in-plane inter-particle correlation peaks, characteristic of two-dimensional system, observed before transition is replaced by intense localized spots after transition. The measured x-ray scattering data of the non-equilibrium crystalline phase on the air-water interface could be explained with a model that assumes periodic stacking of the TBPOSS dimers. These crystalline stacking relaxes upon decompression and the TBPOSS layer retains its initialmore » monolayer state. The existence of these crystals in compressed phase is confirmed by atomic force microscopy measurements by lifting the materials on a solid substrate.« less

  11. Reversible monolayer-to-crystalline phase transition in amphiphilic silsesquioxane at the air-water interface

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    Banerjee, R.; Sanyal, M. K.; Bera, M. K.; Gibaud, A.; Lin, B.; Meron, M.

    2015-02-17

    We report on the counter intuitive reversible crystallisation of two-dimensional monolayer of Trisilanolisobutyl Polyhedral Oligomeric SilSesquioxane (TBPOSS) on water surface using synchrotron x-ray scattering measurements. Amphiphilic TBPOSS form rugged monolayers and Grazing Incidence X-ray Scattering (GIXS) measurements reveal that the in-plane inter-particle correlation peaks, characteristic of two-dimensional system, observed before transition is replaced by intense localized spots after transition. The measured x-ray scattering data of the non-equilibrium crystalline phase on the air-water interface could be explained with a model that assumes periodic stacking of the TBPOSS dimers. These crystalline stacking relaxes upon decompression and the TBPOSS layer retains its initial monolayer state. The existence of these crystals in compressed phase is confirmed by atomic force microscopy measurements by lifting the materials on a solid substrate.

  12. Interfacial enhancement of polypropylene composites modified with sorbitol derivatives and siloxane-silsesquioxane resin

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    Dobrzyńska-Mizera, Monika; Dutkiewicz, Michał; Sterzyński, Tomasz; Di Lorenzo, Maria Laura

    2015-12-01

    Composites based on polypropylene (iPP) modified with a sorbitol derivative (NX8000) and siloxane-silsesquioxane resin (SiOPh) containing maleated polypropylene (MAPP) as compatibilizer were prepared by melt extrusion. Calorimetric investigations were carried out using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), whereas the morphological and mechanical properties were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and static tensile tests. DSC measurements revealed no influence of SiOPh and a slight effect of MAPP addition on the crystallization kinetics of polypropylene. Additionally, the introduction of MAPP into the iPP+NX8000+SiOPh composites increased plastic properties of the samples. All the above was attributed to the compatibilizing effect of MAPP which improved interfacial adhesion between iPP, NX8000 and SiOPh. This phenomenon was also confirmed by the SEM images illustrating more homogenous distribution of the filler in the compatibilized samples.

  13. Ab initio molecular orbital study on the Ge-, Sn-, Zr- and Si/Ge-mixed silsesquioxanes.

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    Kudo, Takako; Akasaka, Mitsutoshi; Gordon, Mark S

    2008-05-29

    For the purpose of designing new functional silsesquioxanes (POSS), the structure and stability of the analogous compounds of the heavier group 14 and 4 elements such as germanium (Ge-POSS), tin (Sn-POSS) and zirconium (Zr-POSS) analogues of POSS were investigated and compared with those of the parent POSS and the titanium analogue (Ti-POSS) with electronic structure theory calculations, including electron correlation effects. In order to obtain information about the metalloxane (-X-O-X-) linkage, the structures and properties of the building blocks of metallasilsesquioxanes, such as dimetalloxanes, H(OH)2XOX(OH)2H, X = Ge, Sn and Zr, and cyclometalloxanes, [H(OH)XO]n , n = 3-6, X = Ge, Sn and Zr, were examined. The stability of the Si/Ge-mixed POSS were also studied in comparison with POSS and the completely germanium-substituted POSS. PMID:18444638

  14. Surface modification and reinforcement of silica aerogels using polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes.

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    Duan, Yannan; Jana, Sadhan C; Reinsel, Anna M; Lama, Bimala; Espe, Matthew P

    2012-10-30

    This study evaluated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) molecules as useful, multifunctional reinforcing agents of silica aerogels. Silica aerogels have low-density and high surface area, although their durability is often compromised by the inherent fragility and strong moisture absorption behavior of the silica networks. POSS molecules carrying phenyl, iso-butyl, and cyclohexyl organic side groups, and several Si-OH functionalities were incorporated into silica networks via reactions between Si-OH functionalities in POSS molecules and silanes. Solid state (13)C and (29)Si NMR spectra established that greater than 90% of POSS molecules grafted onto silica networks and led to an increase in fractal dimensions. An almost 6-fold increase in compressive modulus was achieved with less than 5 wt % trisilanol phenyl POSS, and a 50-fold decrease in polarity with negligible changes in density were seen in aerogels modified with less than 5 wt % trisilanol isobutyl POSS. PMID:23046155

  15. Properties of PMR Polyimides Improved by Preparation of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) Nanocomposites

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    Campbell, Sandi G.; Lee, Andre

    2005-01-01

    The field of hybrid organic-inorganic materials has grown drastically over the last several years. This interest stems from our ever-increasing ability to custom-build and control molecular structure at several length scales. This ability to control both the composition and structure of hybrid materials is sometimes broadly referred to as nanocomposite systems. One class of hybrid (organic-inorganic) nanostructured material is polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS), shown in the preceding diagram. The hybrid composition gives POSS materials dramatically enhanced properties relative to traditional hydrocarbons and inorganics. An important benefit of this technology is that it makes possible the formulations of nanostructured chemicals with excellent thermal and oxidative stability. This is largely due to the inorganic component.

  16. Cube-octameric silsesquioxane-mediated cargo peptide delivery into living cancer cells.

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    Hörner, Sebastian; Fabritz, Sebastian; Herce, Henry D; Avrutina, Olga; Dietz, Christian; Stark, Robert W; Cardoso, M Cristina; Kolmar, Harald

    2013-04-14

    Cube octameric silsesquioxanes (COSS) are among the smallest nanoparticles known to date with a diameter of only 0.7 nm. We describe a COSS-based delivery system which allows for the drug targeting in human cells. It comprises a siloxane core with seven pendant aminopropyl groups and a fluorescently labeled peptidic ligand attached to one cage corner via a reversible disulfide bond to ensure its intracellular release. Bimodal amplitude-modulated atomic force microscopy (AFM) experiments revealed the formation of dendritic COSS structures by a self-assembly of single particles on negatively charged surfaces. Nuclear targeting was demonstrated in HeLa cells by selective binding of released p21(Cip1/Waf1)-derived cargo peptide to PCNA, a protein involved in DNA replication and repair. PMID:23250285

  17. Cubic Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Based Functional Materials: Synthesis, Assembly, and Applications.

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    Ye, Qun; Zhou, Hui; Xu, Jianwei

    2016-05-01

    Organically modified cubic polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) have attracted increasing attention in the design of novel functional hybrid materials for applications such as porous materials, liquid crystals, semiconductors, high-temperature lubricants, fuel cells, and lithium batteries. The nanosized POSS moiety can be conveniently modified on the periphery with a variety of functional groups to lead to hybrid materials with desired functions. In addition, suitable mono-functionalized POSS derivatives can be incorporated into polymers as side chains via various synthetic strategies to offer a wide class of functional polymeric materials with tunable physical properties for targeted applications. In this Focus Review, we aim to summarize the recent developments on the chemistry and applications of POSS-based molecules and polymers. Moreover, the properties as well as assembly behavior of the POSS-based functional hybrid materials will be reviewed, and the relationship of the performance of the hybrid materials with the intrinsic nature of the POSS unit will be addressed. PMID:26879136

  18. Interfacial enhancement of polypropylene composites modified with sorbitol derivatives and siloxane-silsesquioxane resin

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    Dobrzyńska-Mizera, Monika Sterzyński, Tomasz; Dutkiewicz, Michał; Di Lorenzo, Maria Laura

    2015-12-17

    Composites based on polypropylene (iPP) modified with a sorbitol derivative (NX8000) and siloxane-silsesquioxane resin (SiOPh) containing maleated polypropylene (MAPP) as compatibilizer were prepared by melt extrusion. Calorimetric investigations were carried out using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), whereas the morphological and mechanical properties were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and static tensile tests. DSC measurements revealed no influence of SiOPh and a slight effect of MAPP addition on the crystallization kinetics of polypropylene. Additionally, the introduction of MAPP into the iPP+NX8000+SiOPh composites increased plastic properties of the samples. All the above was attributed to the compatibilizing effect of MAPP which improved interfacial adhesion between iPP, NX8000 and SiOPh. This phenomenon was also confirmed by the SEM images illustrating more homogenous distribution of the filler in the compatibilized samples.

  19. Reversible monolayer-to-crystalline phase transition in amphiphilic silsesquioxane at the air-water interface

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    Banerjee, R.; Sanyal, M. K.; Bera, M. K.; Gibaud, A.; Lin, B.; Meron, M.

    2015-01-01

    We report on the counter intuitive reversible crystallisation of two-dimensional monolayer of Trisilanolisobutyl Polyhedral Oligomeric SilSesquioxane (TBPOSS) on water surface using synchrotron x-ray scattering measurements. Amphiphilic TBPOSS form rugged monolayers and Grazing Incidence X-ray Scattering (GIXS) measurements reveal that the in-plane inter-particle correlation peaks, characteristic of two-dimensional system, observed before transition is replaced by intense localized spots after transition. The measured x-ray scattering data of the non-equilibrium crystalline phase on the air-water interface could be explained with a model that assumes periodic stacking of the TBPOSS dimers. These crystalline stacking relaxes upon decompression and the TBPOSS layer retains its initial monolayer state. The existence of these crystals in compressed phase is confirmed by atomic force microscopy measurements by lifting the materials on a solid substrate. PMID:25687953

  20. Unusual penta- and hexanuclear Ni(ii)-based silsesquioxane polynuclear complexes.

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    Bilyachenko, Alexey N; Yalymov, Alexey I; Korlyukov, Alexander A; Long, Jérôme; Larionova, Joulia; Guari, Yannick; Vologzhanina, Anna V; Es'kova, Marina A; Shubina, Elena S; Levitsky, Mikhail M

    2016-04-25

    Fine-tuning of the reaction between alkali metal siloxanolate [PhSi(O)ONa]n and [Ni(NH3)6]Cl2 allowed us to design new hexa- [(PhSiO1,5)12(NiO)6(H2O)(DMSO)9] () and pentanuclear [(PhSiO1,5)10(NiO)5(NaOH)(DMF)7] () cage-like silsesquioxanes. Their specific structures were studied by single crystal X-ray diffraction and topological analyses. Compound is the first example of a pentanuclear "cylinder"-like metallasilsesquioxane. Magnetic property investigations demonstrate the presence of a slow relaxation of the magnetization, induced by spin glass-like behavior in both cases. PMID:27011035

  1. Hydrogen silsesquioxane mold coatings for improved replication of nanopatterns by injection molding

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    Hobæk, Thor Christian; Matschuk, Maria; Kafka, Jan; Pranov, Henrik J.; Larsen, Niels B.

    2015-03-01

    We demonstrate the replication of nanosized pillars in polymer (cyclic olefin copolymer) by injection molding using nanostructured thermally cured hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) ceramic coatings on stainless steel mold inserts with mold nanostructures produced by a simple embossing process. At isothermal mold conditions, the average pillar height increases by up to 100% and a more uniform height distribution is observed compared to a traditional metal mold insert. Thermal heat transfer simulations predict that the HSQ film retards the cooling of the polymer melt during the initial stages of replication, thus allowing more time to fill the nanoscale cavities compared to standard metal molds. A monolayer of a fluorinated silane (heptadecafluorotrichlorosilane) deposited on the mold surface reduces the mold/polymer interfacial energy to support demolding of the polymer replica. The mechanical stability of thermally cured HSQ makes it a promising material for nanopattern replication on an industrial scale without the need for slow and energy intensive variotherm processes.

  2. Synthesis and catalytic properties of hybrid mesoporous materials assembled from polyhedral and bridged silsesquioxane monomers.

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    Díaz, Urbano; García, Teresa; Velty, Alexandra; Corma, Avelino

    2012-07-01

    A family of hybrid mesoporous materials with high temperature stability was obtained by the suitable covalent combination of two types of siloxane precursors. Specifically, cubic T(8) polyhedral oligomeric (POSS) and aryl bridged silsesquioxane monomers (1,4-bis(triethoxysilyl)benzene, BTEB) play the role of nanobuilders. An optimal molar ratio of the two precursors (5-25 mol% of total silicon content from the BTEB disilane) generated a homogenous, highly accessible, and well-defined mesoporous material with hexagonal symmetry and narrow pore-size distribution. Physicochemical, textural, and spectroscopic analysis corroborated the effective integration and preservation of the two different nanoprecursors, thereby confirming the framework of the mesoporous hybrid materials. A post-synthesis amination treatment allowed the effective incorporation of amino groups onto the aryl linkers, thereby obtaining a stable and recyclable basic catalyst for use in C-C bond-formation processes. PMID:22678926

  3. Proton beam writing of three-dimensional nanostructures in hydrogen silsesquioxane.

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    van Kan, Jeroen A; Bettiol, Andrew A; Watt, Frank

    2006-03-01

    Proton beam writing (p-beam writing) is a promising new direct-write lithographic technique for three-dimensional nanofabrication. In p-beam writing a megaelectronvolt proton beam is focused to a sub-100-nm spot size and scanned over a suitable resist material. Unlike electrons, when a proton beam interacts with resist it follows an almost straight path resulting in high aspect ratio structures with vertical, smooth sidewalls. The secondary electrons induced by the primary proton beam have low energy and therefore limited range, resulting in minimal proximity effects. Hydrogen silsesquioxane has been identified as a superior resist for p-beam writing, allowing the production of high-aspect-ratio structures down to 22 nm. PMID:16522066

  4. Integrated Chemical Systems: The Simultaneous Formation of Hybrid Nanocomposites of Iron Oxide and Organo Silsesquioxanes

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    Zhao, L; Clapsaddle, B; Jr., J S; Schaefer, D; Shea, K

    2004-10-15

    A sol-gel approach for the synthesis of hybrid nanocomposites of iron oxide and bridged polysilsesquioxanes has been established. The procedures allow for the simultaneous formation of iron oxide and polysilsesquioxane networks in monolithic xerogels and aerogels. These hybrid nanocomposites are synthesized from FeCl{sub 3} {center_dot} 6H{sub 2}O and functionalized silsesquioxane monomers in a one-pot reaction using epoxides as a gelation agent. The porosity and microstructure of the materials has been determined by nitrogen porosimetry, electron microscopy and ultra small angle X-ray scattering (USAXS). The hybrid nanocomposites exhibit a uniform dispersion of both components with no evidence for phase separation at length scales > 5 nm. At this limit of resolution it is not possible to distinguish between two independent interpenetrating networks integrated at molecular length scales or a random copolymer or mixtures of both.

  5. Dense high aspect ratio hydrogen silsesquioxane nanostructures by 100 keV electron beam lithography

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    Vila-Comamala, Joan; Gorelick, Sergey; Guzenko, Vitaliy A.; Färm, Elina; Ritala, Mikko; David, Christian

    2010-07-01

    We investigated the fabrication of dense, high aspect ratio hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) nanostructures by 100 keV electron beam lithography. The samples were developed using a high contrast developer and supercritically dried in carbon dioxide. Dense gratings with line widths down to 25 nm were patterned in 500 nm-thick resist layers and semi-dense gratings with line widths down to 10 nm (40 nm pitch) were patterned in 250 nm-thick resist layers. The dense HSQ nanostructures were used as molds for gold electrodeposition, and the semi-dense HSQ gratings were iridium-coated by atomic layer deposition. We used these methods to produce Fresnel zone plates with extreme aspect ratio for scanning transmission x-ray microscopy that showed excellent performance at 1.0 keV photon energy.

  6. Dense high aspect ratio hydrogen silsesquioxane nanostructures by 100 keV electron beam lithography.

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    Vila-Comamala, Joan; Gorelick, Sergey; Guzenko, Vitaliy A; Färm, Elina; Ritala, Mikko; David, Christian

    2010-07-16

    We investigated the fabrication of dense, high aspect ratio hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) nanostructures by 100 keV electron beam lithography. The samples were developed using a high contrast developer and supercritically dried in carbon dioxide. Dense gratings with line widths down to 25 nm were patterned in 500 nm-thick resist layers and semi-dense gratings with line widths down to 10 nm (40 nm pitch) were patterned in 250 nm-thick resist layers. The dense HSQ nanostructures were used as molds for gold electrodeposition, and the semi-dense HSQ gratings were iridium-coated by atomic layer deposition. We used these methods to produce Fresnel zone plates with extreme aspect ratio for scanning transmission x-ray microscopy that showed excellent performance at 1.0 keV photon energy. PMID:20562479

  7. Encapsulation of titanium (IV) silsesquioxane into the NH{sub 4}USY zeolite: Preparation, characterization and application

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    Ribeiro do Carmo, Devaney Dias Filho, Newton Luiz; Ramos Stradiotto, Nelson

    2007-10-02

    This work describes the encapsulation of titanium (IV) silsesquioxane into the supercavities of NH{sub 4}USY ultra stabilized zeolite, after chemical treatment. The modified zeolite was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectra, Nuclear magnetic resonance, scanning electronic microscopy, X-ray diffraction and thermogravity. This encapsulated titanium (IV) silsesquioxane can adsorb Azure A chloride after treatment with H{sub 3}PO{sub 4}, without modifier leaching problems. In an electrochemical study, the cyclic voltammograms of the graphite paste modified electrode, shows two redox couples with formal potential (E{sup 0}') -0.1 V and 0.21 V to I and II redox couples respectively (v=700mVs{sup -1}; Britton Robinson buffer (B-R) solution, pH 3) versus SCE ascribed to a monomer and dimmer of azure. This paper shows the use of ultra stabilized zeolite in the electrochemical field as host for molecules with nanometric dimensions.

  8. Controlled click-assembly of well-defined hetero-bifunctional cubic silsesquioxanes and their application in targeted bioimaging.

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    Pérez-Ojeda, M Eugenia; Trastoy, Beatriz; Rol, Álvaro; Chiara, María D; García-Moreno, Inmaculada; Chiara, Jose Luis

    2013-05-17

    A general procedure for the assembly of hetero-bifunctional cubic silsesquioxanes with diverse functionality and a perfectly controlled distribution of functional groups on the inorganic framework has been developed. The method is based on a two-step sequence of mono- and hepta-functionalization through the ligand-accelerated copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition of a readily available octaazido cubic silsesquioxane. The stoichiometry of the reactants and the law of binomial distribution essentially determine the selectivity of the key monofunctionalization reaction when a copper catalyst with strong donor ligands is used. The methodology has been applied to the preparation of a set of bifunctional nano-building-blocks with orthogonal reactivity for the controlled assembly of precisely defined hybrid nanomaterials and a fluorescent multivalent probe for application in targeted cell-imaging. The inorganic cage provides an improved photostability to the covalently attached dye as well as a convenient framework for the 3D multivalent display of the pendant epitopes. Thus, fluorescent bioprobes based on well-defined cubic silsesquioxanes offer interesting advantages over more conventional fully organic analogues and ill-defined hybrid nanoparticles and promise to become powerful tools for the study of cell biology and for biomedical applications. PMID:23536481

  9. Binding-induced fluorescence of serotonin transporter ligands: A spectroscopic and structural study of 4-(4-(dimethylamino)phenyl)-1-methylpyridinium (APP(+)) and APP(+) analogues.

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    Wilson, James N; Ladefoged, Lucy Kate; Babinchak, W Michael; Schiøtt, Birgit

    2014-04-16

    The binding-induced fluorescence of 4-(4-(dimethylamino)-phenyl)-1-methylpyridinium (APP(+)) and two new serotonin transporter (SERT)-binding fluorescent analogues, 1-butyl-4-[4-(1-dimethylamino)phenyl]-pyridinium bromide (BPP(+)) and 1-methyl-4-[4-(1-piperidinyl)phenyl]-pyridinium (PPP(+)), has been investigated. Optical spectroscopy reveals that these probes are highly sensitive to their chemical microenvironment, responding to variations in polarity with changes in transition energies and responding to changes in viscosity or rotational freedom with emission enhancements. Molecular docking calculations reveal that the probes are able to access the nonpolar and conformationally restrictive binding pocket of SERT. As a result, the probes exhibit previously not identified binding-induced turn-on emission that is spectroscopically distinct from dyes that have accumulated intracellularly. Thus, binding and transport dynamics of SERT ligands can be resolved both spatially and spectroscopically. PMID:24460204

  10. Binding-Induced Fluorescence of Serotonin Transporter Ligands: A Spectroscopic and Structural Study of 4-(4-(Dimethylamino)phenyl)-1-methylpyridinium (APP+) and APP+ Analogues

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    2014-01-01

    The binding-induced fluorescence of 4-(4-(dimethylamino)-phenyl)-1-methylpyridinium (APP+) and two new serotonin transporter (SERT)-binding fluorescent analogues, 1-butyl-4-[4-(1-dimethylamino)phenyl]-pyridinium bromide (BPP+) and 1-methyl-4-[4-(1-piperidinyl)phenyl]-pyridinium (PPP+), has been investigated. Optical spectroscopy reveals that these probes are highly sensitive to their chemical microenvironment, responding to variations in polarity with changes in transition energies and responding to changes in viscosity or rotational freedom with emission enhancements. Molecular docking calculations reveal that the probes are able to access the nonpolar and conformationally restrictive binding pocket of SERT. As a result, the probes exhibit previously not identified binding-induced turn-on emission that is spectroscopically distinct from dyes that have accumulated intracellularly. Thus, binding and transport dynamics of SERT ligands can be resolved both spatially and spectroscopically. PMID:24460204

  11. Aminophenyl double decker silsesquioxanes: Spectroscopic elucidation, physical and thermal characterization, and their applications

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    Schoen, Beth Whitney

    The incorporation of cage-like silsesquioxanes (SQ) to form polymers has demonstrated property enhancements in areas such as: thermal and mechanical characteristics, flame retardance, dielectric properties, and oxidative resistance. However, with most hybrid polymers investigated, the attached SQs are pendant with respect to the polymer backbone. A recently developed class of these nano-structured, cage-like silsesquioxanes, formally known as double decker silsesquioxanes (DDSQ), offers the opportunity to form hybrid polymers with SQ cages as a part of the polymer backbone. However, during the capping reaction, these functionalized DDSQs generate cis and trans isomers with respect to the 3D Si-O core. Therefore, it is logical to characterize properties, which will allow for optimization of capping reaction parameters, particularly if one isomer is favored over the other. Moreover, these characteristics are also relevant when reacting or incorporating these isomers, or mixtures thereof, with other molecules to form novel materials. In this dissertation, three aminophenyl DDSQs were synthesized. More specifically, two meta- aminophenyl DDSQs, which were differentiated according to the moiety attached to the D-Si (methyl or cyclohexyl), and one para-aminophenyl DDSQ with a methyl moiety were used. Chemical, physical, and thermal characteristics were evaluated for individual isomers as well as binary mixtures of different cis/trans ratios. The 1H NMR spectra of the cis and trans isomers of these DDSQ had not previously been assigned to a degree that allowed for quantification, which was necessary for these studies. Thus, 1H-29Si HMBC correlations were applied to facilitate 1H spectral assignments and also to confirm previous 29Si assignments. Using 1H NMR not only saves time and material over 29Si NMR, but also provides a more accurate quantification, thus allowing for the ratio of cis and trans isomers present in each compound to be determined. Solubility behavior was

  12. Dielectric properties of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-based nanocomposites at 77k

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    Pan, Ming-Jen; Gorzkowski, Edward; McAllister, Kelly

    2011-10-01

    The goal of this study is to develop dielectric nanocomposites for high energy density applications at liquid nitrogen temperature by utilizing a unique nano-material polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS). A POSS molecule is consisted of a silica cage core with 8 silicon and 12 oxygen atoms and organic functional groups attached to the corners of the cage. In this study, we utilize POSS for the fabrication of nanocomposites both as a silica nanoparticle filler to enhance the breakdown strength and as a surfactant for effective dispersion of high permittivity ceramic nanoparticles in a polymer matrix. The matrix materials selected for the study are polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). The ceramic nanoparticles are barium strontium titanate (BST 50/50) and strontium titanate. The dielectric properties of the solution-cast nanocomposites films were correlated to the composition and processing conditions. We determined that the addition of POSS did not provide enhanced dielectric performance in PVDF- and PMMA-based materials at either room temperature or 77K. In addition, we found that the dielectric breakdown strength of PMMA is lower at 77K than at room temperature, contradicting literature data.

  13. Low-voltage-exposure-enabled hydrogen silsesquioxane bilayer-like process for three-dimensional nanofabrication

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    Xiang, Quan; Chen, Yiqin; Wang, Yasi; Zheng, Mengjie; Li, Zhiqin; Peng, Wei; Zhou, Yanming; Feng, Bo; Chen, Yifang; Duan, Huigao

    2016-06-01

    We report a bilayer-like electron-beam lithographic process to obtain three-dimensional (3D) nanostructures by using only a single hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) resist layer. The process utilizes the short penetration depth of low-energy (1.5 keV) electron irradiation to first obtain a partially cross-linked HSQ top layer and then uses a high-voltage electron beam (30 keV) to obtain self-aligned undercut (e.g. mushroom-shaped) and freestanding HSQ nanostructures. Based on the well-defined 3D resist patterns, 3D metallic nanostructures were directly fabricated with high fidelity by just depositing a metallic layer. As an example, Ag-coated mushroom-shaped nanostructures were fabricated, which showed lower plasmon resonance damping compared to their planar counterparts. In addition, the undercut 3D nanostructures also enable more reliable lift-off in comparison with the planar nanostructures, with which high-quality silver nanohole arrays were fabricated which show distinct and extraordinary optical transmission in the visible range.

  14. Transparent cellulose/polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanocomposites with enhanced UV-shielding properties.

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    Feng, Ye; Zhang, Jinming; He, Jiasong; Zhang, Jun

    2016-08-20

    The solubility of eight types of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) derivatives in an ionic liquid 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (AmimCl) and the dispersion of POSS in cellulose matrix were examined. Only a special POSS containing both aminophenyl and nitrophenyl groups (POSS-AN, NH2:NO2=2:6) was selected to prepare nanocomposites, because of its good solubility in AmimCl and high stability during the preparation process. POSS-AN nanoparticles were uniformly dispersed in a cellulose matrix with a size of 30-40nm, and so the resultant cellulose/POSS-AN nanocomposite films were transparent. The mechanical properties of the films achieved a maximum tensile strength of 190MPa after addition of 2wt% POSS-AN. Interestingly, all of the cellulose/POSS-AN films exhibited high UV-absorbing capability. For the 15wt% cellulose/POSS-AN film, the transmittance of UVA (315-400nm) and UVB (280-315nm) was only 9.1% and nearly 0, respectively. The UV aging and shielding experiments showed that the transparent cellulose/POSS-AN nanocomposite films possessed anti-UV aging and UV shielding properties. PMID:27178922

  15. Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane-Containing Thiol-ene Fibers with Tunable Thermal and Mechanical Properties.

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    Fang, Yichen; Ha, Heonjoo; Shanmuganathan, Kadhiravan; Ellison, Christopher J

    2016-05-01

    Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) are versatile inorganic-organic hybrid building blocks that have potential applications as reinforcement nanofillers, thermal stabilizers, and catalyst supports for metal nanoparticles. However, fabrication of fibrous materials with high POSS content has been a challenge because of the aggregation and solubility limits of POSS units. In this paper, we describe a robust and environmentally friendly fabrication approach of inorganic-organic hybrid POSS fibers by integrating UV initiated thiol-ene polymerization and centrifugal fiber spinning. The use of monomeric liquids in this approach not only reduces the consumption of heat energy and solvent, but it also promotes homogeneous mixing of organic and inorganic components that allows integration of large amount of POSS (up to 80 wt %) into the polymer network. The POSS containing thiol-ene fibers exhibited enhanced thermomechanical properties compared to purely organic analogs as revealed by substantial increases in residual weight and a factor of 4 increase in modulus after thermal treatment at 1000 °C. This simple fabrication approach combined with the tunability in fiber properties afforded by tailoring monomer composition make POSS containing thiol-ene fibers attractive candidates for catalyst supports and filtration media, particularly in high-temperature and harsh environments. PMID:27057758

  16. Investigation of the Hydrogen Silsesquioxane (HSQ) Electron Resist as Insulating Material in Phase Change Memory Devices

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    Zhou, Jiao; Ji, Hongkai; Lan, Tian; Yan, Junbing; Zhou, Wenli; Miao, Xiangshui

    2015-01-01

    Phase change random access memory (PCRAM) affords many advantages over conventional solid-state memories due to its nonvolatility, high speed, and scalability. However, high programming current to amorphize the crystalline phase through the melt-quench process of PCRAM, known as the RESET current, poses a critical challenge and has become the most significant obstacle for its widespread commercialization. In this work, an excellent negative tone resist for high resolution electron beam lithography, hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ), has been investigated as the insulating material which locally blocks the contact between the bottom electrode and the phase change material in PCRAM devices. Fabrications of the highly scaled HSQ nanopore arrays (as small as 16 nm) are presented. The insulating properties of the HSQ material are studied, especially under e-beam exposure plus thermal curing. Some other critical issues about the thickness adjustment of HSQ films and the influence of the PCRAM electrode on electron scattering in e-beam lithography are discussed. In addition, the HSQ material was successfully integrated into the PCRAM devices, achieving ultra-low RESET current (sub-100 μA), outstanding on/off ratios (~50), and improved endurance at tens of nanometers.

  17. Investigation of the Hydrogen Silsesquioxane (HSQ) Electron Resist as Insulating Material in Phase Change Memory Devices

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    Zhou, Jiao; Ji, Hongkai; Lan, Tian; Yan, Junbing; Zhou, Wenli; Miao, Xiangshui

    2014-09-01

    Phase change random access memory (PCRAM) affords many advantages over conventional solid-state memories due to its nonvolatility, high speed, and scalability. However, high programming current to amorphize the crystalline phase through the melt-quench process of PCRAM, known as the RESET current, poses a critical challenge and has become the most significant obstacle for its widespread commercialization. In this work, an excellent negative tone resist for high resolution electron beam lithography, hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ), has been investigated as the insulating material which locally blocks the contact between the bottom electrode and the phase change material in PCRAM devices. Fabrications of the highly scaled HSQ nanopore arrays (as small as 16 nm) are presented. The insulating properties of the HSQ material are studied, especially under e-beam exposure plus thermal curing. Some other critical issues about the thickness adjustment of HSQ films and the influence of the PCRAM electrode on electron scattering in e-beam lithography are discussed. In addition, the HSQ material was successfully integrated into the PCRAM devices, achieving ultra-low RESET current (sub-100 μA), outstanding on/off ratios (~50), and improved endurance at tens of nanometers.

  18. Structure–property relationships in hybrid dental nanocomposite resins containing monofunctional and multifunctional polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes

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    Wang, Weiguo; Sun, Xiang; Huang, Li; Gao, Yu; Ban, Jinghao; Shen, Lijuan; Chen, Jihua

    2014-01-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid materials, such as polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS), have the potential to improve the mechanical properties of the methacrylate-based composites and resins used in dentistry. In this article, nanocomposites of methacryl isobutyl POSS (MI-POSS [bears only one methacrylate functional group]) and methacryl POSS (MA-POSS [bears eight methacrylate functional groups]) were investigated to determine the effect of structures on the properties of dental resin. The structures of the POSS-containing networks were determined by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Monofunctional POSS showed a strong tendency toward aggregation and crystallization, while multifunctional POSS showed higher miscibility with the dimethacrylate monomer. The mechanical properties and wear resistance decreased with increasing amounts of MI-POSS, indicating that the MI-POSS agglomerates act as the mechanical weak point in the dental resins. The addition of small amounts of MA-POSS improved the mechanical and shrinkage properties. However, samples with a higher MA-POSS concentration showed lower flexural strength and flexural modulus, indicating that there is a limited range in which the reinforcement properties of MA-POSS can operate. This concentration dependence is attributed to phase separation at higher concentrations of POSS, which affects the structural integrity, and thus, the mechanical and shrinkage properties of the dental resin. Our results show that resin with 3% MA-POSS is a potential candidate for resin-based dental materials. PMID:24550674

  19. Liquid crystal alignment by polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-polyimide nanocomposites

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    Liu, Han-Shiang; Jeng, Shie-Chang

    2013-05-01

    Polyimide (PI) films are widely used in the liquid crystal display (LCD) industry to align liquid crystal (LC) molecules in a specific orientation with a pretilt angle θp on the PI alignment films. It was observed that physical dispersion of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) nanoparticles in commercial homogenous PIs decreases the surface energy of the PI alignment films and generates a controllable θp in the range 0° < θp < 90°, which is not easily achieved by complicate PI synthesis. Characteristics of POSS-PI nanocomposites were studied to investigate the influence of POSS nanoparticles on PIs. Increased absorption in the infrared spectra and decreased decomposition temperature and glass transition temperature with POSS doped concentration in PI were observed due to the increase in free volume of POSS-PI nanocomposites. Such nanoscale hybridization suggests a novel approach to tune the properties of PIs through modification of molecular interaction. A fast response no-bias optically-compensated bend (OCB) LCD with a pretilt angle of 68° was also demonstrated in this work.

  20. Low-voltage-exposure-enabled hydrogen silsesquioxane bilayer-like process for three-dimensional nanofabrication.

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    Xiang, Quan; Chen, Yiqin; Wang, Yasi; Zheng, Mengjie; Li, Zhiqin; Peng, Wei; Zhou, Yanming; Feng, Bo; Chen, Yifang; Duan, Huigao

    2016-06-24

    We report a bilayer-like electron-beam lithographic process to obtain three-dimensional (3D) nanostructures by using only a single hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) resist layer. The process utilizes the short penetration depth of low-energy (1.5 keV) electron irradiation to first obtain a partially cross-linked HSQ top layer and then uses a high-voltage electron beam (30 keV) to obtain self-aligned undercut (e.g. mushroom-shaped) and freestanding HSQ nanostructures. Based on the well-defined 3D resist patterns, 3D metallic nanostructures were directly fabricated with high fidelity by just depositing a metallic layer. As an example, Ag-coated mushroom-shaped nanostructures were fabricated, which showed lower plasmon resonance damping compared to their planar counterparts. In addition, the undercut 3D nanostructures also enable more reliable lift-off in comparison with the planar nanostructures, with which high-quality silver nanohole arrays were fabricated which show distinct and extraordinary optical transmission in the visible range. PMID:27175929

  1. Cardiovascular application of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanomaterials: a glimpse into prospective horizons

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    Ghanbari, Hossein; de Mel, Achala; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2011-01-01

    Revolutionary advances in nanotechnology propose novel materials with superior properties for biomedical application. One of the most promising nanomaterials for biomedical application is polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS), an amazing nanocage consisting of an inner inorganic framework of silicon and oxygen atoms and an outer shell of organic groups. The unique properties of this nanoparticle has led to the development of a wide range of nanostructured copolymers with significantly enhanced properties including improved mechanical, chemical, and physical characteristics. Since POSS nanomaterials are highly biocompatible, biomedical application of POSS nanostructures has been intensely explored. One of the most promising areas of application of POSS nanomaterials is the development of cardiovascular implants. The incorporation of POSS into biocompatible polymers has resulted in advanced nanocomposite materials with improved hemocompatibility, antithrombogenicity, enhanced mechanical and surface properties, calcification resistance, and reduced inflammatory response, which make these materials the material of choice for cardiovascular implants. These highly versatile POSS derivatives have opened new horizons to the field of cardiovascular implant. Currently, application of POSS containing polymers in the development of new generation cardiovascular implants including heart valve prostheses, bypass grafts, and coronary stents is under intensive investigation, with encouraging outcomes. PMID:21589645

  2. Synthesis and properties of hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene-based polyurethanes reinforced with polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes.

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    Kim, Ho-Joong; Kwon, Younghwan; Kim, Chang Kee

    2014-11-01

    Polyurethane/polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (PU/POSS) hybrid composites are prepared by a one-step PU reaction using hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) prepolymer, isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI) and either non-reactive or reactive POSS molecule. The effect of incorporation of functionalized POSS molecules covalently bonded or physically blended into PU matrix is investigated in terms of mechanical reinforcement and thermal stability of these resulting PU/POSS hybrid composites. PU/POSS hybrid composites prepared with reactive POSS molecules exhibit the mechanical reinforcement while maintaining low glass transition temperataure (T(g)), probably due to the fact that reactive POSS molecules chemically incorporated in PU are aggregated to crystallize, effectively working as a physical crosslinking in PU/POSS hybrid composites. This can be advantageous in that mechanical reinforcement of PU/POSS hybrid composites can be achived without sacrificing the low temperature properties of these composites. However, the contribution of POSS molecules incorporated covalently into PU matrix is virtually absent on the thermal decomposition temperature (T(d,max)) measured using TGA/DTG. Thermal degradation behavior of these hybrid composites in the early stage rather appears to depend preferably on characteristics of POSS molecules incorporated. PMID:25958582

  3. Nanometer-scale fabrication of hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) films with post exposure baking.

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    Kim, Dong-Hyun; Kang, Se-Koo; Yeom, Geun-Young; Jang, Jae-Hyung

    2013-03-01

    A nanometer-scale grating structure with a 60-nm-wide gap and 200-nm-wide ridge has been successfully demonstrated on a silicon-on-insulator substrate by using a 220-nm-thick hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) negative tone electron beam resist. A post exposure baking (PEB) process and hot development process with low concentration (3.5 wt%) of tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) solution were introduced to realize the grating pattern. To study the effects of post exposure baking on the HSQ resist, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses were carried out. From the FT-IR and XPS analyses, it was verified that a thin SiO2 with high cross-linked network structure was formed on the HSQ surface during the PEB step. This SiO2 layer prevents the formation of unwanted bonds on the HSQ surface, which results in clearly defined grating structures with a 60-nm-gap and 200-nm-wide-ridge on the 220-nm-thick HSQ resist. The nanometer-scale grating pattern was successfully transfered to the 280-nm-thick silicon layer of a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrate by using inductively-coupled-plasma-reactive-ion-etching (ICP-RIE). PMID:23755620

  4. Surface modification of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane block copolymer films by 157 nm laser light

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    Sarantopoulou, Evangelia; Kollia, Zoe; Cefalas, Alkiviadis Constantinos; Siokou, Ageliki Elina; Argitis, Panagiotis; Bellas, Vassilios; Kobe, Spomenka

    2009-06-01

    Thin films of ethyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (ethyl-POSS) containing polymers at different compositions were chemically modified using laser irradiation at 157 nm. The irradiation caused photodissociation of C-O and C-H bonds followed by the formation of new chemical bonds. The content of Si-O and C-O bonds increased, as did the surface hardness. Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) absorption, mass spectrometry, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy imaging and indentation were used to evaluate the effects of the 157 nm irradiation. The chemical modification was restricted to a thin surface layer. The layer depth was determined by the penetration depth of the 157 nm VUV photons inside the thin copolymer layer. With prolonged VUV irradiation, the absorbance of the polymers increased, eventually becoming saturated. The chemical changes were accompanied by surface hardening, as evidenced by the increase in the Young's modulus from 4 to 24 GPa due to glassification of the irradiated parts. The chemically modified layer acts as a shield against photodissociation and degradation of the deeper portion of the POSS polymer by VUV radiation. Applications include the protection of solar cells on low orbit satellites from solar VUV photons.

  5. Understanding the physico-chemical properties of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes: a variable temperature multidisciplinary study.

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    Croce, Gianluca; Carniato, Fabio; Milanesio, Marco; Boccaleri, Enrico; Paul, Geo; van Beek, Wouter; Marchese, Leonardo

    2009-11-21

    This work is focused on a multidisciplinary study of a completely condensed octaisobutyl-silsesquioxane (IBUPOSS) as a model of the alkyl POSS family. IBUPOSS is characterized by the presence of eight isobutyl groups bonded to the corners of the siliceous framework. Differential scanning calorimetric measurements and an innovative simultaneous in situ Raman/XRPD experiment suggested that IBUPOSS undergoes a solid phase transition around 330 K, and indicated that this transition is related to a change in the conformational freedom of the isobutyl chains. The X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) pattern of the high temperature phase was indexed in the high symmetry [R3m] space group. The Raman data indicated a larger mobility of the aliphatic side chains at high temperature, thus inducing a disorder in the IBUPOSS moiety. Multidimensional heteronuclear solid-state NMR experiments were employed to probe the structural and motional features of the observed phase transition. The various conformations can be accounted for by a pseudo-D(3h) symmetry able to obey to the [R3m] space group. Simulations on molecular mechanics and dynamics, together with quantum-chemical calculations, confirmed this hypothesis and gave some hints on the conformational mobility and the energetic features of IBUPOSS, a base material with relevant applications in catalysis and polymer science. PMID:19865764

  6. A Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane-Polyoxometalate Hybrid Shape Amphiphile: Facile Synthesis, Characterization and Crystal Structure

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    Liu, Hao; Wang, Jing; Yue, Kan; Jiang, Jing; Zhang, Wen-Bin; Cheng, Stephen

    2013-03-01

    This study contains the synthesis and characterization of a novel shape amphiphile composed of two covalently conjugated inorganic nanoparticles, i.e. an isobutyl substituted polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (BPOSS) cage and a Lindqvist-type hexamolybdate ([Mo6O19]2-) cluster, and its crystal structure. The facile one-step coupling strategy was realized via the highly efficient palladium-catalyzed Sonogashira reaction between an alkyne-bearing POSS derivative (BPOSS-Alkyne) and an iodo-functionalized Lindqvist precursor (Lind-Iodide) in high yield. The precisely defined molecular structure was thoroughly characterized by combination of routine techniques, such as 1H and 13C NMR, FT-IR, and MALDI-TOF mass spectroscopy. The persistent shape and chemical incompatibility of the two building blocks, as well as the rigid p-phenylene ethynylene linker, drive BPOSS-Lind to pack into a monoclinic lattice, which was confirmed by bright field transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS). This work introduces a new dumbbell-shaped giant hybrid molecule (BPOSS-Lind) and shed light on the packing behavior of this shape amphiphile.

  7. Optimization of electron beam patterned hydrogen silsesquioxane mask edge roughness for low-loss silicon waveguides

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    Wood, Michael G.; Chen, Li; Burr, Justin R.; Reano, Ronald M.

    2014-01-01

    We carried out a multiparameter fabrication study designed to reduce the line edge roughness (LER) of electron beam (e-beam) patterned hydrogen silsesquioxane resist for the purpose of producing low-loss silicon strip waveguides. Reduced mask roughness was achieved for 50°C pre-exposure baking, 5000 μC/cm2 dose with a beam spot size more than twice as large as the electron beam step size, development in 25% tetramethylammonium hydroxide and postdevelopment baking with rapid thermal annealing in an O2 ambient at 1000°C. The LER caused by pattern fracturing and stage stitches was reduced with multipass writing and per-pass linear and rotational offsets. Si strip waveguides patterned with the optimized mask have root-mean-square sidewall roughness of 2.1 nm with a correlation length of 94 nm, as measured by three-dimensional atomic force microscopy. Measured optical propagation losses of these waveguides across the telecommunications C-band were 2.5 and 2.8 dB/cm for the transverse magnetic and transverse electric modes, respectively. These reduced loss waveguides enable the fabrication of advanced planar lightwave circuit topologies.

  8. Self-Assembly of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane-Based Giant Molecular Shape Amphiphiles

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    Li, Yiwen; Cheng, Stephen

    2013-03-01

    A series of giant molecular shape amphiphiles based on functional polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) particles was designed and synthesized. The supramolecualr structures of these assemblies along with the resulting ordered structures are fully investigated to determine their structure-property relationships. For example, functional POSS cages with different surface chemistry and sizes were employed to construct dumbbell- and snowman-like molecular Janus particles with various symmetry breakings. These particles could self-organize into hierarchically ordered supramolecular structures in the bulk. Another illustrating example is a series of novel giant surfactants, lipids and gemini surfactants possessing a hydrophilic POSS head and polymer or alkyl chain tails. Diverse architectures of this class of materials have been constructed and their self-assembly processes in solution and bulk state have been discussed. This set of research results not only has general implications in the basic physical principles underlying their self-assembly behaviors, but also create unique materials for developing advanced technologies by combining the properties of hybrid materials

  9. Self-Assembly of Giant Gemini Surfactants Based on Polystyrene- Hydrophilic Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Shape Amphiphiles

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    Li, Yiwen; Wang, Zhao; Cheng, Stephen

    2013-03-01

    A series of giant gemini surfactants consisting of two hydrophilic carboxylic acid-functionalized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (APOSS) heads and two hydrophobic polystyrene (PS) tails covalently linked via rigid spacers (PS-(APOSS)2-PS) was designed and synthesized Our current study revealed a morphological transition from vesicles to wormlike cylinders and further to spheres as the degree of ionization of the carboxylic acid groups on POSS heads increases in their micelle solutionPS tails were found to be less stretched in micellar cores of PS-(APOSS)2-PS than those of the corresponding single-chained giant surfactant. It was also observed that the PS tail conformations in the micelles were also affected by the length of rigid spacers where the one with longer spacer exhibits more stretched PS chain conformation. Both findings could be explained by the topological constraint imposed by the short rigid spacer in giant gemini surfactants. This constraint effectively increases the local charge density and leads to an anisotropic head shape that requires a proper re-distribution of the APOSS heads on the micellar surface to minimize the total electrostatic repulsive free energy. Moreover, their supramolecular structures in bulk were also found to be strongly affected by rigid spacer effects. Our study has general implications in the basic physical principles underlying their self-assembly behaviors in solution and bulk states

  10. Synthesis and Self-Assembly Behaviors of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Based Giant Molecular Shape Amphiphiles

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    Yue, Kan; Yu, Xinfei; Liu, Chang; Zhang, Wen-Bin; Cheng, Stephen

    2013-03-01

    Recently, our group has focus on the synthesis and characterization of novel giant molecular shape amphiphiles (GMSAs) based on functionalized molecular nanoparticles (MNPs), such as polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS), tethered with polymeric tails. A general synthetic method via the combination of sequential ?click? reactions has been developed and several model GMSAs with various tail lengths and distinct molecular topologies, which can be referred as the ?giant surfactants?, ?giant lipids?, ?giant gemini surfactants?, and ?giant bolaform surfactants? etc., have been demonstrated. Studies on their self-assembly behaviors in the bulk have revealed the formation of different ordered mesophase structures with feature sizes around 10 nanometers, which have been investigated in detail by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) technique and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These findings have general implications on understanding the underlying principles of self-assembly behaviors of GMSAs, and might have potential applications in nano-patterning technology. This work is supported by NSF (DMR-0906898) and the Joint-Hope Foundation.

  11. Mechanical property and thermal stability of polyurethane composites reinforced with polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes and inorganic flame retardant filler.

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    Kim, Ho-Joong; Kwon, Younghwan; Kim, Chang Kee

    2014-08-01

    Mechanical properties and thermal stability of polyurethane composites were investigated with a combination of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) molecules and inorganic barium sulfate. These hybrid composites were prepared using one-step method through the incorporation of flexible hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene prepolymer, reactive POSS nanoparticles, and barium sulfate under isophorone diisocyanate curative system. In polyurethane composites, POSS and inorganic barium sulfate were utilized for mechanical reinforcement and flame retardant filler, respectively. The decomposition of POSS molecules during oxyacetylene torch exposure resulted in the formation of silica-based nanosized droplets, contributing on ablation behavior. PMID:25936054

  12. Enhanced light extraction efficiency in organic light emitting diodes using a tetragonal photonic crystal with hydrogen silsesquioxane.

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    Kim, Yang Doo; Han, Kyeong-Hoon; Park, Sang-Jun; Kim, Jung-Bum; Shin, Ju-Hyeon; Kim, Jang Joo; Lee, Heon

    2014-10-15

    We report an organic light emitting diode (OLED) with a hydrogen silsesquioxane as a scattering material, for enhancing light extraction efficiency. A tetragonal photonic crystal was used as pattern type, and fabricated using a direct printing technique. Planarization was accomplished using TiO₂ solgel solution, having a refractive index identical to that of the indium zinc oxide transparent electrode. The current efficiency and power efficiency of the OLED increased by 17.3% and 43.4% at 10  mA/cm², respectively, without electric degradation. PMID:25361115

  13. New nanoplatforms based on UCNPs linking with polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) for multimodal bioimaging

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    Ge, Xiaoqian; Dong, Liang; Sun, Lining; Song, Zhengmei; Wei, Ruoyan; Shi, Liyi; Chen, Haige

    2015-04-01

    A new and facile method was used to transfer upconversion luminescent nanoparticles from hydrophobic to hydrophilic using polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) linking on the surface of upconversion nanoparticles. In comparison with the unmodified upconversion nanoparticles, the POSS modified upconversion nanoplatforms [POSS-UCNPs(Er), POSS-UCNPs(Tm)] displayed good monodispersion in water and exhibited good water-solubility, while their particle size did not change substantially. Due to the low cytotoxicity and good biocompatibility as determined by methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay and histology and hematology analysis, the POSS modified upconversion nanoplatforms were successfully applied to upconversion luminescence imaging of living cells in vitro and nude mouse in vivo (upon excitation at 980 nm). In addition, the doped Gd3+ ion endows the POSS-UCNPs with effective T1 signal enhancement and the POSS-UCNPs were successfully applied to in vivo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for a Kunming mouse, which makes them potential MRI positive-contrast agents. More importantly, the corner organic groups of POSS can be easily modified, resulting in kinds of POSS-UCNPs with many potential applications. Therefore, the method and results may provide more exciting opportunities for multimodal bioimaging and multifunctional applications.A new and facile method was used to transfer upconversion luminescent nanoparticles from hydrophobic to hydrophilic using polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) linking on the surface of upconversion nanoparticles. In comparison with the unmodified upconversion nanoparticles, the POSS modified upconversion nanoplatforms [POSS-UCNPs(Er), POSS-UCNPs(Tm)] displayed good monodispersion in water and exhibited good water-solubility, while their particle size did not change substantially. Due to the low cytotoxicity and good biocompatibility as determined by methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay and histology and hematology

  14. Topology Controlled Supramolecular Self-Assembly of Octa Triphenylene-Substituted Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Hybrid Supermolecules

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    Miao, J.; Zhu, L

    2010-01-01

    A series of liquid crystalline star supermolecules with polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) as the central scaffold and eight triphenylenes (Tp) as the peripheral arms were synthesized via amidization reactions. The supermolecules were denoted as POSS(Tp){sub 8}. Six POSS(Tp){sub 8} samples were prepared with two alkyl chain lengths in the Tp (C{sub 5} and C{sub 12}) and three spacer lengths (C{sub 2}, C{sub 6}, and C{sub 10}) between the POSS core and the Tp arms. Three samples with C{sub 5}-Tp were amorphous because of too short alkyl chains in the Tp, while the other three samples with C{sub 12}-Tp self-assembled into hierarchical liquid crystalline mesophases, as studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). When the spacer length was C{sub 2}, a column-within-column super hexagonal columnar phase was observed, because the POSS core and the Tp arms were intimately coupled together. With increasing the spacer length to C{sub 6} and C{sub 10}, respectively, the POSS core and Tp arms became gradually decoupled. Alternating POSS-Tp lamellar morphology with a rectangular columnar symmetry (by XRD) was observed by TEM for the POSS(Tp){sub 8} sample with a C{sub 6}-spacer. For the POSS(Tp){sub 8} sample with a C{sub 10}-spacer, an oblique columnar phase was determined by XRD, and inverted columnar morphology with four Tp columns forming a super column within the POSS/alkyl chain matrix was observed by TEM. This study suggested that molecular topology played an important role in the supramolecular self-assembly of star-shaped POSS(Tp){sub 8} supermolecules.

  15. Marginal integrity of restorations produced with a model composite based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)

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    CORREA, Luciano Ribeiro; BORGES, Alexandre Luiz Souto; GUIMARÃES, Heloisa Bailly; ALMEIDA, Elis Regina Nunes; POSKUS, Laiza Tatiana; SILVA, Eduardo Moreira

    2015-01-01

    Marginal integrity is one of the most crucial aspects involved in the clinical longevity of resin composite restorations. Objective To analyze the marginal integrity of restorations produced with a model composite based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS). Material and Methods A base composite (B) was produced with an organic matrix with UDMA/TEGDMA and 70 wt.% of barium borosilicate glass particles. To produce the model composite, 25 wt.% of UDMA were replaced by POSS (P25). The composites P90 and TPH3 (TP3) were used as positive and negative controls, respectively. Marginal integrity (%MI) was analyzed in bonded class I cavities. The volumetric polymerization shrinkage (%VS) and the polymerization shrinkage stress (Pss - MPa) were also evaluated. Results The values for %MI were as follows: P90 (100%) = TP3 (98.3%) = B (96.9%) > P25 (93.2%), (p<0.05). The %VS ranged from 1.4% (P90) to 4.9% (P25), while Pss ranged from 2.3 MPa (P90) to 3.9 MPa (B). For both properties, the composite P25 presented the worst results (4.9% and 3.6 MPa). Linear regression analysis showed a strong positive correlation between %VS and Pss (r=0.97), whereas the correlation between Pss and %MI was found to be moderate (r=0.76). Conclusions The addition of 25 wt.% of POSS in methacrylate organic matrix did not improve the marginal integrity of class I restorations. Filtek P90 showed lower polymerization shrinkage and shrinkage stress when compared to the experimental and commercial methacrylate composite. PMID:26537714

  16. Recyclable functionalization of silica with alcohols via dehydrogenative addition on hydrogen silsesquioxane.

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    Moitra, Nirmalya; Kamei, Toshiyuki; Kanamori, Kazuyoshi; Nakanishi, Kazuki; Takeda, Kazuyuki; Shimada, Toyoshi

    2013-10-01

    Synthesis of class II hybrid silica materials requires the formation of covalent linkage between organic moieties and inorganic frameworks. The requirement that organosilylating agents be present to provide the organic part limits the synthesis of functional inorganic oxides, however, due to the water sensitivity and challenges concerning purification of the silylating agents. Synthesis of hybrid materials with stable molecules such as simple alcohols, rather than with these difficult silylating agents, may therefore provide a path to unprecedented functionality. Herein, we report the novel functionalization of silica with organic alcohols for the first time. Instead of using hydrolyzable organosilylating agents, we used stable organic alcohols with a Zn(II) catalyst to modify the surface of a recently discovered highly reactive macro-mesoporous hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ, HSiO1.5) monolith, which was then treated with water with the catalyst to form surface-functionalized silica. These materials were comprehensively characterized with FT-IR, Raman, solid-state NMR, fluorescence spectroscopy, thermal analysis, elemental analysis, scanning electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurements. The results obtained from these measurements reveal facile immobilization of organic moieties by dehydrogenative addition onto surface silane (Si-H) at room temperature with high loading and good tolerance of functional groups. The organic moieties can also be retrieved from the monoliths for recycling and reuse, which enables cost-effective and ecological use of the introduced catalytic/reactive surface functionality. Preservation of the reactivity of as-immobilized organic alcohols has been confirmed, moreover, by successfully performing copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) "click" reactions on the immobilized silica surfaces. PMID:23977900

  17. Cage-like copper(II) silsesquioxanes: transmetalation reactions and structural, quantum chemical, and catalytic studies.

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    Bilyachenko, Alexey N; Dronova, Marina S; Yalymov, Alexey I; Lamaty, Frédéric; Bantreil, Xavier; Martinez, Jean; Bizet, Christelle; Shul'pina, Lidia S; Korlyukov, Alexander A; Arkhipov, Dmitry E; Levitsky, Mikhail M; Shubina, Elena S; Kirillov, Alexander M; Shul'pin, Georgiy B

    2015-06-01

    The transmetalation of bimetallic copper-sodium silsesquioxane cages, namely, [(PhSiO1.5 )10 (CuO)2 (NaO0.5 )2 ] ("Cooling Tower"; 1), [(PhSiO1.5 )12 (CuO)4 (NaO0.5 )4 ] ("Globule"; 2), and [(PhSiO1.5 )6 (CuO)4 (NaO0.5 )4 (PhSiO1.5 )6 ] ("Sandwich"; 3), resulted in the generation of three types of hexanuclear cylinder-like copper silsesqui- oxanes, [(PhSiO1.5 )12 (CuO)6 (C4 H9 OH)2 (C2 H5 OH)6 ] (4), [(PhSiO1.5 )12 (CuO)6 (C4 H8 O2 )4 (PhCN)2 (MeOH)4 ] (5), and [(PhSiO1.5 )12 (CuO)6 (NaCl)(C4 H8 O2 )12 (H2 O)2 ] (6). The products show a prominent "solvating system-structure" dependency, as determined by X-ray diffraction. Topological analysis of cages 1-6 was also performed. In addition, DFT theory was used to examine the structures of the Cooling Tower and Cylinder compounds, as well as the spin density distributions. Compounds 1, 2, and 5 were applied as catalysts for the direct oxidation of alcohols and amines into the corresponding amides. Compound 6 is an excellent catalyst in the oxidation reactions of benzene and alcohols. PMID:25950426

  18. Growth and characterization of an organic single crystal: 2-[2-(4-diethylamino-phenyl)-vinyl]-1-methyl-pyridinium iodide.

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    Senthil, K; Kalainathan, S; Ruban Kumar, A

    2014-05-01

    Optically transparent crystal of the organic salt DEASI (2-[2-(4-Diethylamino-phenyl)-vinyl]-1-methyl-pyridinium iodide) has been synthesized by using knoevenagel condensation reaction method. The synthesized material has been purified by successfully recrystallization process. Single crystals of DEASI have been grown by slow evaporation technique at room temperature. The solubility of the title material has been determined at different temperature in acetonitrile/methanol mixture. The cell parameters and crystallinity of the title crystal were determined by single crystal XRD. The powder diffraction was carried out to study the reflection plane of the grown crystal and diffraction peaks were indexed. The presence of different functional groups in the crystal was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis. (1)H NMR spectrum was recorded to confirm the presence of hydrogen nuclei in the synthesized material. The optical property of the title crystal was studied by UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopic analysis. The melting point and thermal property of DEASI were studied using TGA/DSC technique. The Vicker's hardness (Hv) was carried out to know the category. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the compound decreases with an increase in frequencies. Chemical etching studies showed that the DEASI grows in the two dimensional growth mechanisms. The Kurtz-Perry powder second harmonic generation (SHG) test has done for title crystal. PMID:24566112

  19. Growth and characterization of an organic single crystal: 2-[2-(4-Diethylamino-phenyl)-vinyl]-1-methyl-pyridinium iodide

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    Senthil, K.; Kalainathan, S.; Ruban Kumar, A.

    Optically transparent crystal of the organic salt DEASI (2-[2-(4-Diethylamino-phenyl)-vinyl]-1-methyl-pyridinium iodide) has been synthesized by using knoevenagel condensation reaction method. The synthesized material has been purified by successfully recrystallization process. Single crystals of DEASI have been grown by slow evaporation technique at room temperature. The solubility of the title material has been determined at different temperature in acetonitrile/methanol mixture. The cell parameters and crystallinity of the title crystal were determined by single crystal XRD. The powder diffraction was carried out to study the reflection plane of the grown crystal and diffraction peaks were indexed. The presence of different functional groups in the crystal was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis. 1H NMR spectrum was recorded to confirm the presence of hydrogen nuclei in the synthesized material. The optical property of the title crystal was studied by UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopic analysis. The melting point and thermal property of DEASI were studied using TGA/DSC technique. The Vicker’s hardness (Hv) was carried out to know the category. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the compound decreases with an increase in frequencies. Chemical etching studies showed that the DEASI grows in the two dimensional growth mechanisms. The Kurtz-Perry powder second harmonic generation (SHG) test has done for title crystal.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of polyhedral oligomeric titanized silsesquioxane: A new biocompatible cage like molecule for biomedical application.

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    Yahyaei, Hossein; Mohseni, Mohsen; Ghanbari, Hossein; Messori, Massimo

    2016-04-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid materials have shown improved properties to be used as biocompatible coating in biomedical applications. Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) containing coatings are among hybrid materials showing promising properties for these applications. In this work an open cage POSS has been reacted with a titanium alkoxide to end cap the POSS molecule with titanium atom to obtain a so called polyhedral oligomeric metalized silsesquioxane (POMS). The synthesized POMS was characterized by FTIR, RAMAN and UV-visible spectroscopy as well as (29)Si NMR and matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) techniques. Appearance of peaks at 920 cm(-1) in FTIR and 491 cm(-1) and 1083 cm(-1) in Raman spectra confirmed Si-O-Ti linkage formation. It was also demonstrated that POMS was in a monomeric form. To evaluate the biocompatibility of hybrids films, pristine POSS and synthesized POMS were used in synthesis of a polycarbonate urethane polymer. Results revealed that POMS containing hybrid, not only had notable thermal and mechanical stability compared to POSS containing one, as demonstrated by DSC and DMTA analysis, they also showed controlled surface properties in such a manner that hydrophobicity and biocompatibility were both reachable to give rise to improved cell viability in presence of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) and MRC-5 cells. PMID:26838853

  1. Highly efficient phosphorescent materials based on Ir(iii) complexes-grafted on a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane core.

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    Yu, Tianzhi; Xu, Zixuan; Su, Wenming; Zhao, Yuling; Zhang, Hui; Bao, Yanjun

    2016-09-14

    A new iridium(iii) complex containing a coumarin derivative as the cyclometalated ligand (L) and a carbazole-functionalized β-diketonate (Cz-acac-allyl) as the ancillary ligand, namely, Ir(iii) bis(3-(pyridin-2-yl)coumarinato-N,C(4))(1-(9-butyl-9H-carbazol-3-yl)hept-6-ene-1,3-dionato-O,O) [Ir(L)2(Cz-acac-allyl)], was firstly synthesized as the emissive iridium(iii) complex. Then three new phosphorescent polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) materials, consisting of the emissive Ir(iii) complex and carbazole moieties covalently attached to a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) core were successfully synthesized by hydrosilylation reaction in the presence of platinum(0)-1,3-divinyl-1,1,3,3-tetramethyldisiloxane (Pt-dvs) as the catalyst. These phosphorescent POSS materials offer many advantages including amorphous properties, good thermal stabilities, and good solubility in common solvents, and high purity via column chromatography. The photoluminescence spectra of the POSS materials in solution and in the solid state indicate a reduction in the degrees of interactions among the Ir(iii) complex units and concentration quenching due to the bulky POSS core. Solution processed light-emitting devices based on these phosphorescent POSS materials exhibit a maximum external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 9.77%. PMID:27501335

  2. Self-structuring of lamellar bridged silsesquioxanes with long side spacers.

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    Fernandes, Mariana; Nobre, Sónia S; Xu, Qinghong; Carcel, Carole; Cachia, Jean Nicolas; Cattoën, Xavier; Sousa, José M; Ferreira, Rute A S; Carlos, Luís D; Santilli, Celso V; Wong Chi Man, Michel; Bermudez, Verónica de Zea

    2011-09-22

    Diurea cross-linked bridged silsesquioxanes (BSs) C(10)C(n)C(10) derived from organosilane precursors, including decylene chains as side spacers and alkylene chains with variable length as central spacers (EtO)(3)Si-(CH(2))(10)-Y-(CH(2))(n)-Y-(CH(2))(10)-Si(OEt)(3) (n = 7, 9-12; Y = urea group and Et = ethyl), have been synthesized through the combination of self-directed assembly and an acid-catalyzed sol-gel route involving the addition of dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) and a large excess of water. This new family of hybrids has enabled us to conclude that the length of the side spacers plays a unique role in the structuring of alkylene-based BSs, although their morphology remains unaffected. All the samples adopt a lamellar structure. While the alkylene chains are totally disordered in the case of the C(10)C(7)C(10) sample, a variable proportion of all-trans and gauche conformers exists in the materials with longer central spacers. The highest degree of structuring occurs for n = 9. The inclusion of decylene instead of propylene chains as side spacers leads to the formation of a stronger hydrogen-bonded urea-urea array as evidenced by two dimensional correlation Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic analysis. The emission spectra and emission quantum yields of the C(10)C(n)C(10) materials are similar to those reported for diurea cross-linked alkylene-based BSs incorporating propylene chains as side spacers and prepared under different experimental conditions. The emission of the C(10)C(n)C(10) hybrids is ascribed to the overlap of two distinct components that occur within the urea cross-linkages and within the siliceous nanodomains. Time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy has provided evidence that the average distance between the siliceous domains and the urea cross-links is similar in the C(10)C(n)C(10) BSs and in oxyethylene-based hybrid analogues incorporating propylene chains as side spacers (diureasils), an indication that the longer side chains in the

  3. Synthesis and characterization of novel thermoplastic elastomers employing polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane physical crosslinks

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    Seurer, Bradley

    Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) are molecularly precise isotropic particles with average diameters of 1-2 nm. A typical T 8 POSS nanoparticle has an inorganic Si8O12 core surrounded by eight aliphatic or aromatic groups attached to the silicon vertices of the polyhedron promoting solubility in conventional solvents. Previously, efficient synthetic methods have been developed whereby one of the aliphatic groups on the periphery is substituted by a functional group capable of undergoing either homo- or copolymerization. In the current investigations, preparative methods for the chemical incorporation of POSS macromonomers in a series elastomers have been developed. Analysis of the copolymers using WAXD reveals that pendant POSS groups off the polymer backbones aggregate, and can crystallize as nanocrystals. From both line-broadening of the diffraction maxima, and also the oriented diffraction in a drawn material, the individual POSS sub-units are crystallizing as anisotropically shaped crystallites. The formation of POSS particle aggregation is strongly dependent on the nature of the polymeric matrix and the POSS peripheral group. X-ray studies show aggregation of POSS in ethylene-propylene elastomers occurred only with a phenyl periphery, whereas POSS particles with isobutyl and ethyl peripheries disperse within the polymer matrix. By altering the polymer matrix to one containing chain repulsive fluorine units, aggregation is observed with both the phenyl and isobutyl peripheries. Altering the polymer chain to poly(dimethylcyclooctadiene), POSS aggregates with isobutyl, ethyl, cyclopentyl, and phenyl peripheries. The formation of POSS nanocrystals increases the mechanical properties of these novel thermoplastic elastomers, including an increase in the tensile storage modulus and formation of a rubbery plateau region. Tensile tests of these elastomers show an increase in elastic modulus with increasing POSS loading. The elongation at break was as high as

  4. Structure/property relationships of polymers containing hybrid nano-filler: Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS)

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    Geng, Haiping

    Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) is a three-dimensional structurally well-defined cage-like molecule represented by formula (RSiO 1.5)n (n = 6, 8, 10 or higher, R is an organic group). POSS macromers have an inorganic silica-like core, which is surrounded by organic groups, and the physical size of the POSS cage is about 1.5 nm. Because of their hybrid nature and nanometer-scale feature, as shown in this study, POSS macromers were dispersed in a molecular level into polymeric systems by blending, in effect achieved POSS/Polymer nano-blends. The POSS macromers used in this work were cubic-caged POSS macromers bearing different organic corner groups. Polystyrene (PS) and polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) were used as model polymers. The investigations involved in this work include two parts. In the first part, the microstructures and thermal properties of the POSS macromers were investigated by using X-ray diffractometer, Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA). In the second part, the morphologies of POSS/Polymer blends were examined using Transmission Electronic Microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffractometer. Their thermal and rheological properties were studied with DSC, TGA, and Rheometer. The results of this work showed that different corner groups on the POSS cage affected the morphological structures and properties of the POSS macromers. The higher the degree of the symmetry and regularity of the POSS macromers and the smaller the size of the corner groups, the more ordered the POSS macromers. The POSS macromers with functionalities, which may undergo chemical cross-linking reactions, possessed high thermal stabilities. The morphology studies of POSS/PS and POSS/PDMS blends showed that depending on the attached organic groups on the POSS cages, the structures of the polymer matrix and the composition of the blends, the morphologies of the POSS/polymer blends ranged from complete separation to homogeneous dispersion in

  5. Novel Cage-Like Hexanuclear Nickel(II) Silsesquioxane. Synthesis, Structure, and Catalytic Activity in Oxidations with Peroxides.

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    Bilyachenko, Alexey N; Yalymov, Alexey I; Shul'pina, Lidia S; Mandelli, Dalmo; Korlyukov, Alexander A; Vologzhanina, Anna V; Es'kova, Marina A; Shubina, Elena S; Levitsky, Mikhail M; Shul'pin, Georgiy B

    2016-01-01

    New hexanuclear nickel(II) silsesquioxane [(PhSiO1.5)12(NiO)₆(NaCl)] (1) was synthesized as its dioxane-benzonitrile-water complex (PhSiO1,5)12(NiO)₆(NaCl)(C₄H₈O₂)13(PhCN)₂(H₂O)₂ and studied by X-ray and topological analysis. The compound exhibits cylinder-like type of molecular architecture and represents very rare case of polyhedral complexation of metallasilsesquioxane with benzonitrile. Complex 1 exhibited catalytic activity in activation of such small molecules as light alkanes and alcohols. Namely, oxidation of alcohols with tert-butylhydroperoxide and alkanes with meta-chloroperoxybenzoic acid. The oxidation of methylcyclohexane gave rise to the isomeric ketones and unusual distribution of alcohol isomers. PMID:27213319

  6. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles with organo-bridged silsesquioxane framework as innovative platforms for bioimaging and therapeutic agent delivery.

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    Du, Xin; Li, Xiaoyu; Xiong, Lin; Zhang, Xueji; Kleitz, Freddy; Qiao, Shi Zhang

    2016-06-01

    Mesoporous silica material with organo-bridged silsesquioxane frameworks is a kind of synergistic combination of inorganic silica, mesopores and organics, resulting in some novel or enhanced physicochemical and biocompatible properties compared with conventional mesoporous silica materials with pure Si-O composition. With the rapid development of nanotechnology, monodispersed nanoscale periodic mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles (PMO NPs) and organo-bridged mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) with various organic groups and structures have recently been synthesized from 100%, or less, bridged organosilica precursors, respectively. Since then, these materials have been employed as carrier platforms to construct bioimaging and/or therapeutic agent delivery nanosystems for nano-biomedical application, and they demonstrate some unique and/or enhanced properties and performances. This review article provides a comprehensive overview of the controlled synthesis of PMO NPs and organo-bridged MSNs, physicochemical and biocompatible properties, and their nano-biomedical application as bioimaging agent and/or therapeutic agent delivery system. PMID:27017579

  7. Three-dimensional hydrogen silsesquioxane nanostructure fabrication by reversal room-temperature nanoimprint using poly(dimethylsiloxane) mold

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    Sugano, Norihiro; Okada, Makoto; Haruyama, Yuichi; Matsui, Shinji

    2015-06-01

    Room temperature (RT) nanoimprinting is an attractive technique for nanofabrication, because it is not required a thermal cycle or UV irradiation process. Previously, it has reported that RT-nanoimprinting enables the fabrication of nanostructures using hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) as a resin. HSQ has the HSiO3/2 structure and transforms to SiOx, such as glass, upon annealing. We developed, for the first time, reversal nanoimprint using RT nanoimprint to fabricate a three-dimensional (3D) HSQ structure and succeeded in fabricating a 3D HSQ nanostructure with two cross-stacked layers. Furthermore, it was confirmed that the 3D HSQ structure has a sufficient interface adhesion between the upper and lower layers by a durability test using ultrasonic vibration and also that it was not deformed after an annealing treatment at 1000 °C.

  8. Thermal Stability and Ablation Behavior of Modified Polydimethylsiloxane-Based Polyurethane Composites Reinforced with Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane.

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    Han, Zhongyou; Xi, Yukun; Kwon, Younghwan

    2016-02-01

    Series of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-based polyurethane (PU)/polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) composites are prepared using ether or polyether modified diol/polyol PDMS prepolymers, isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI) and either non-reactive or reactive POSS. The effect of POSS incorporated chemically or physically, number of ethylene oxide units and crosslinking on PDMS based PU is investigated in terms of thermal stability and ablation properties. The ablation property is measured using an oxyacetylene torch test, and the ablation rate is evaluated. The results show that POSS molecules make a considerable influence on the ablative resistance, because they act as protective silica forming precursors under oxyacetylene condition. POSS molecules, especially methyl POSS, in PU matrix leads to the formation of densely accumulated spherical silica layers on the top of the ablated surface, resulting in improved ablation resistance. PMID:27433703

  9. Promotion of Förster resonance energy transfer in a saponite clay containing luminescent polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane and rhodamine dye.

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    Olivero, Francesco; Carniato, Fabio; Bisio, Chiara; Marchese, Leonardo

    2014-01-01

    A new hybrid photostable saponite clay with embedded donor-acceptor dyes was prepared and characterized in this work. The saponite is intercalated with a luminescent polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane, which transfers the photoexcitation energy directly to an acceptor dye (rhodamine B). The obtained composite material was characterized by means of XRD, TEM microscopy, and UV/Vis and photoluminescence spectroscopy. A physicochemical study showed that the system behaved as an efficient Förster resonance energy transfer pair, owing to the very good spectral overlap of donor emission (λem =510-540 nm) and acceptor absorption in the λ=530-570 nm range. The hybrid material represents the first example of a photonic antenna based on a synthetic saponite clay and can be considered a step forward in the search for new, efficient, and stable materials suitable for light-harvesting applications. PMID:24124165

  10. V2O5/SiO2 surface inspired, silsesquioxane-derived oxovanadium complexes and their properties.

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    Ohde, Christian; Brandt, Marcus; Limberg, Christian; Döbler, Jens; Ziemer, Burckhard; Sauer, Joachim

    2008-01-21

    Inspired by surface species proposed to occur on heterogeneous catalysts novel oxovanadium(v) silsesquioxanes were synthesised. Reaction of a T8-silsequioxane containing two geminal OH groups with O=V(O(i)Pr)3 led to a dinuclear compound where the geminal disiloxide functions of two silsesquioxanes are bridging two O=V(O(i)Pr) moieties (2). Formation of 2 shows that--in contrast to proposals made for silica surfaces--in molecular chemistry a bidentate coordination of geminal siloxides to one vanadium centre is not favourable. With the background that species being doubly anchored to a support have been suggested to play active roles on V2O5/SiO2 catalysts an anionic complex has been prepared where a divalent dioxovanadium unit replaces one Si corner of a (RSiO1.5)8, cube (a Si-OH function remains pending) (3). 3 has been intensely investigated by vibrational spectroscopy, and to support assignments not only of the v(V=O) bands but also of the v(V-O-Si) bands, whose positions are of interest in the area of heterogeneous catalysis, isotopic enrichment studies and DFT calculations have been performed. The corresponding investigations were aided by the synthesis and analysis of a silylated derivative of 3, 4. Moreover, with regard to their potential as structural and spectroscopic models all complexes were characterised by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Finally, 2 and 3 were tested as potential catalysts for the photooxidation of cyclohexane and benzene with O2. While 2 shows a slightly higher activity than vanadylacetylacetonate, 3 leads to significantly increased turnover numbers for the conversion of benzene to phenol. PMID:18411841

  11. Interaction of SF6 and O2 plasma with porous poly phenyl methyl silsesquioxane low-κ films

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    Cherunilam, J. F.; Rajani, K. V.; Byrne, C.; Heise, A.; McNally, P. J.; Daniels, S.

    2015-04-01

    A reduction in the κ-value of dielectric materials is of great interest today as it leads to the reduction of resistance-capacitance delays and parasitic capacitances within integrated circuits, thereby improving device performance. We have recently reported our studies on the great potential of the Poly phenyl methyl silsesquioxane (PMSQ) low-κ films (κ = 2.7  ±  0.2) for interlayer dielectric applications. Here we report on the deposition and characterisation of porous PMSQ thin films using Heptakis (2,3,6-tri-O-methyl)-β-cyclodextrin as the porogen. A reduction in the κ-value of the films was achieved as a function of the increase in porogen loading in the film. The removal of the thermally liable porogen material from the hybrid films was studied using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The change in density as a function of the porosity was studied using x-ray reflectivity techniques. The interaction of the films with pure SF6 and O2 plasmas was studied and the surface modification that occurs in the films as a result of the interaction was studied using FTIR and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A change in the κ-value of the films was observed after plasma treatment which is attributed to the chemical modification of the film surface due to plasma interaction.

  12. A designed 5-fluorouracil-based bridged silsesquioxane as an autonomous acid-triggered drug-delivery system.

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    Giret, Simon; Théron, Christophe; Gallud, Audrey; Maynadier, Marie; Gary-Bobo, Magali; Garcia, Marcel; Wong Chi Man, Michel; Carcel, Carole

    2013-09-16

    Two new prodrugs, bearing two and three 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) units, respectively, have been synthesized and were shown to efficiently treat human breast cancer cells. In addition to 5-FU, they were intended to form complexes through H-bonds to an organo-bridged silane prior to hydrolysis-condensation through sol-gel processes to construct acid-responsive bridged silsesquioxanes (BS). Whereas 5-FU itself and the prodrug bearing two 5-FU units completely leached out from the corresponding materials, the prodrug bearing three 5-FU units was successfully maintained in the resulting BS. Solid-state NMR ((29) Si and (13) C) spectroscopy show that the organic fragments of the organo-bridged silane are retained in the hybrid through covalent bonding and the (1) H NMR spectroscopic analysis provides evidence for the hydrogen-bonding interactions between the prodrug bearing three 5-FU units and the triazine-based hybrid matrix. The complex in the BS is not affected under neutral medium and operates under acidic conditions even under pH as high as 5 to deliver the drug as demonstrated by HPLC analysis and confirmed by FTIR and (13) C NMR spectroscopic studies. Such functional BS are promising materials as carriers to avoid the side effects of the anticancer drug 5-FU thanks to a controlled and targeted drug delivery. PMID:23929826

  13. Fabrication of boronate-decorated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes grafted cotton fiber for the selective enrichment of nucleosides in urine.

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    Gao, Li; Wei, Yinmao

    2016-06-01

    Various cotton fiber based boronate-affinity adsorbents are recently developed for the sample pretreatment of cis-diol-containing biomolecules, but most do not have efficient capacity due to limited binding sites on the surface of cotton fibers. To increase the density of boronate groups on the surface of cotton fiber, polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes were used to modify cotton fiber to provide plentiful reactive sites for subsequent functionalization with 4-formylphenylboronic acid. The new adsorbent showed special recognition ability towards cis-diols and high adsorption capacity (175 μg/g for catechol, 250 μg/g for dopamine, 400 μg/g for adenosine). The in-pipette-tip solid-phase extraction was investigated under different conditions, including pH and ionic strength of solution, adsorbent amount, pipette times, washing solvent, and elution solvent. The in-pipette-tip solid-phase extraction coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography was used to analyze four nucleosides in urine samples. Under the optimal extraction conditions, the detection limits were determined to be between 5.1 and 6.1 ng/mL (S/N  =  3), and the linearity ranged from 20 to 500 ng/mL for these analytes. The accuracy of the analytical method was examined by studying the relative recoveries of analytes in real urine samples with recoveries varying from 83 to 104% (RSD = 3.9-10.2%, n = 3). PMID:27138862

  14. Fluorinated Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Based Giant Molecular Shape Amphiphiles: Hierarchical Self-Assembly with Unusual Chain Conformation

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    Dong, Xue-Hui; Bo NI Collaboration; Ziran Chen Collaboration; Yiwen Li Collaboration; Wen-Bin Zhang Collaboration; Stephen Z. D. Cheng Collaboration

    2014-03-01

    The fluorous phase has thus been considered as the third phase that repels both oil and water due to its ultra-low surface energy. Incorporation of fluorinated component into hydrophilic/hydrophobic polymers is anticipated to bring novel self-assembly behaviors in the bulk, solution and thin film states, which are not only academically intriguing but also technological relevant. Among them, fluorous molecular clusters are of particular interest. A topologic isomer pair of giant molecular shape amphiphiles can be constructed by tethering molecular nanoparticle at different location of block polymers. In this study, a fluorinated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (FPOSS) was precisely fixed onto polystyreneblockpoly(ethylene oxide) (PS- b-PEO) at chain end (FPOSS-PS- b-PEO), or junction point [PS-(FPOSS)-PEO]. The interplay between nanoparticle and block polymers results in hierarchical structures with three types of order. The incommensuration of cross-sectional area between FPOSS and block polymer stretches polymer chains, which found to enhance the immiscibility between PEO and PS block.

  15. Electrospun Poly(ε-caprolactone)/Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane-Based Copolymer Blends: Evolution of Fiber Internal Structures.

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    Bauer, Adam J P; Wu, Yitian; Li, Bingbing

    2016-05-01

    This study reports the structural transition of electrospun poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)/poly[(propylmethacryl-heptaisobutyl-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane)-co-(methyl meth-acrylate)] (POSS-MMA) blends, from PCL-rich fibers, to bicontinuous PCL core/POSS-MMA shell fibers, to POSS-MMA-rich fibers with a discontinuous PCL inner phase. A ternary phase diagram depicting the electrospinnability of PCL/POSS-MMA solutions is constructed by evaluating the morphological features of fibers electrospun from solutions with various concentrations and PCL/POSS-MMA blend ratios. X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry are further used to characterize the electrospun PCL/POSS-MMA hybrid fibers. These physicochemical characterization results are thoroughly discussed to understand the internal structures of the hybrid fibers, which are directly correlated to the phase separation behavior of the electrospun solutions. The current study provides further insight into the complex phase behavior of POSS-copolymer-based systems, which hold great potential for a broad spectrum of biomedical applications. PMID:26782272

  16. Morphology and Phase Transitions in Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene Triblock Copolymer Grafted with Isobutyl-Substituted Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes

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    Drazkowski, Daniel B.; Lee, Andre; Haddad, Timothy S.

    2008-10-03

    Two symmetric triblock polystyrene-butadiene-polystyrene (SBS) copolymers with different initial morphologies were grafted with varying amounts of isobutyl-substituted polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) molecules. The POSS octamers, R{prime}R{sub 7}Si{sub 8}O{sub 12}, were designed to contain a single silane functional group, R{prime}, which was used to graft onto the dangling 1,2-butadienes in the polybutadiene block and seven identical organic groups, R = isobutyl (iBu). Morphology and phase transitions of these iBu-POSS-modified SBS were investigated using small-angle X-ray scattering and rheological methods. It was observed that when iBu-POSS was grafted to the butadiene segment, the long-range and local order of the morphology were preserved, and the d-spacing showed a small, systematic increase with increasing POSS content. These observations suggest that grafted iBu-POSS were well-distributed within the butadiene domains and did not interact with the styrene domains; effectively, grafting of iBu-POSS to butadiene did not affect the segregation between butadiene and styrene domains. However, addition of iBu-POSS reduces the overall polystyrene volume. Consequently, from a morphology standpoint, this modification effectively shifts the phase diagram to lower styrene content. This was supported with SAXS and transition temperatures measurements made from the different host morphologies.

  17. Preparation and characterization of crosslinked poly(ɛ-caprolactone)/polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanocomposites by electron beam irradiation

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    Choi, Jun-Ho; Jung, Chan-Hee; Kang, Dong-Woo; Hwang, In-Tae; Choi, Jae-Hak

    2012-09-01

    Crosslinked poly(ɛ-caprolactone)/polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (PCL/POSS) nanocomposite films prepared by a solution casting were crosslinked by electron beam irradiation under various conditions. The results of the crosslinking degree measurement revealed that the crosslinking degree of the PCL/POSS nanocomposites reached to 74%, which depended on the POSS content and the absorbed dose. The results of the FE-SEM and EDX analyses revealed that the POSS was homogeneously dispersed in the PCL matrix. In comparison to the virgin PCL with a tensile strength of 20 MPa, the tensile strength of the crosslinked PCL/POSS nanocomposites increased to 25.8 MPa with an increasing POSS content and absorbed dose to 100 kGy, whereas their elongation-at-break was considerably reduced. The results of the dynamic mechanical analysis revealed that the crosslinked PCL/POSS nanocomposites had a higher heat resistance than the virgin PCL. Based on the results of the enzymatic degradation test, the biodegradability of the crosslinked PCL/POSS nanocomposites was significantly reduced in comparison to that of the virgin PCL.

  18. Evaporation-Induced Self-Assembly of Hybrid Bridged Silsesquioxane Film and Particulate Mesophases with Integral Organic Functionality

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    LU,YUNFENG; FAN,HONGYOU; DOKE,NILESH; LOY,DOUGLAS A.; ASSINK,ROGER A.; LAVAN,DAVID A.; BRINKER,C. JEFFREY

    2000-06-12

    Since the discovery of surfactant-templated silica mesophases, the development of organic modification schemes to impart functionality to the pore surfaces has received much attention. Most recently, using the general class of compounds referred to as bridged silsesquioxanes (RO){sub 3}Si-R{prime}-Si(OR){sub 3} (Scheme 1), three research groups have reported the formation of a new class of poly(bridgedsilsesquioxane) mesophases BSQMs with integral organic functionality. In contrast to previous hybrid mesophases where organic ligands or molecules are situated on pore surfaces, this class of materials necessarily incorporates the organic constituents into the framework as molecularly dispersed bridging ligands. Although it is anticipated that this new mesostructural organization should result in synergistic properties derived from the molecular scale mixing of the inorganic and organic components, few properties of BSQMs have been measured. In addition samples prepared to date have been in the form of granular precipitates, precluding their use in applications like membranes, fluidics, and low k dielectric films needed for all foreseeable future generations of microelectronics.

  19. Bragg Reflectors Based on Block Copolymer/Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes (POSS) and TiO2 Hybrid Nanocomposites

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    Li, Cheng; Colella, Nicholas; Watkins, James

    2014-03-01

    Maleamic acid functionalized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) can interact with the poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) block in Pluronics F108 block copolymer via hydrogen bonding to form well-ordered block copolymer nanocomposites. In this study, the block copolymer composites are spin coated into thin films and maleamic acid groups are thermal crosslinked to stabilize the nanocomposite structure. High temperature calcination of the stabilized nanocomposite yields a robust mesoporous silica thin film. By adjusting the loading of POSS into the block copolymer prior to calcination, the refractive index (RI) of mesoporous silica films can be tuned between 1.13 and 1.18. We show these low RI films can be sequentially layered with hybrid TiO2 nanocomposite films that exhibit a RI of approximately 2.0 to yield efficient Bragg reflectors. The TiO2 films are prepared by the calcinations of polymer/anatase TiO2 nanoparticle composites with NP loadings as high as 90wt%. Due to the porosity existing in each layer, the wavelength of the reflected light is sensitive to the adsorption of solvent vapors such as toluene, isopropanol, and tetrahydrofuran, or analytes, which suggest applications in sensors. Acknowledge The Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing.

  20. Electron beam exposure mechanisms in hydrogen silsesquioxane investigated by vibrational spectroscopy and in-situ electron beam induced desorption

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    Olynick, D.L.; Cord, B.; Schipotinin, A.; Ogletree, D.F.; Schuck, P.J.

    2009-11-13

    Hydrogen Silsesquioxane (HSQ) is used as a high-resolution resist with resolution down below 10nm half-pitch. This material or materials with related functionalities could have widespread impact in nanolithography and nanoscience applications if the exposure mechanism was understood and instabilities controlled. Here we have directly investigated the exposure mechanism using vibrational spectroscopy (both Raman and Fourier transform Infrared) and electron beam desorption spectrocscopy (EBDS). In the non-networked HSQ system, silicon atoms sit at the corners of a cubic structure. Each silicon is bonded to a hydrogen atom and bridges 3 oxygen atoms (formula: HSiO3/2). For the first time, we have shown, via changes in the Si-H2 peak at ~;;2200 cm -1 in the Raman spectra and the release of SiHx products in EBID, that electron-bam exposed materials crosslinks via a redistribution reaction. In addition, we observe the release of significantly more H2 than SiH2 during EBID, which is indicative of additional reaction mechanisms. Additionally, we compare the behavior of HSQ in response to both thermal and electron-beam induced reactions.

  1. Preparation and characterization of crosslinked poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate)/polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanocomposite by electron beam irradiation

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    Choi, Jun-Ho; Jung, Chan-Hee; Hwang, In-Tae; Choi, Jae-Hak

    2013-01-01

    The electron beam-induced crosslinking of poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) (PBAT)/polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) nanocomposites was investigated in this study. PBAT/POSS nanocomposites prepared by a solution blending with various compositions were crosslinked by electron beam irradiation at various absorbed doses ranging from 20 to 200 kGy and their properties were characterized in terms of their degree of crosslinking, morphology, thermal and mechanical properties, and biodegradability. The results of the degree of crosslinking measurements revealed that PBAT/POSS nanocomposites were more effectively crosslinked than the pure PBAT and that the degree of crosslinking was dependent on the absorbed dose and POSS content. From the results of the FE-SEM and EDX analyses, the POSS was found to be uniformly dispersed in the PBAT matrix. Based on the results of the UTM, DMA, and TMA, the crosslinked PBAT/POSS nanocomposites exhibited much higher thermal and mechanical properties compared to those of the pure PBAT.

  2. Synthesis of poly(aminopropyl/methyl)silsesquioxane particles as effective Cu(II) and Pb(II) adsorbents.

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    Lu, Xin; Yin, Qiangfeng; Xin, Zhong; Li, Yang; Han, Ting

    2011-11-30

    Poly(aminopropyl/methyl)silsesquioxane (PAMSQ) particles have been synthesized by a one-step hydrolytic co-condensation process using 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) and methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) as precursors in the presence of base catalyst in aqueous medium. The amino functionalities of the particles could be controlled by adjusting the organosilanes feed ratio. The compositions of the amino-functionalized polysilsesquioxanes were confirmed by FT-IR spectroscopy, solid-state (29)Si NMR spectroscopy, and elemental analysis. The strong adsorbability of Cu(II) and Pb(II) ions onto PAMSQ particles was systematically examined. The effect of adsorption time, initial metal ions concentration and pH of solutions was studied to optimize the metal ions adsorbability of PAMSQ particles. The kinetic studies indicated that the adsorption process well fits the pseudo-second-order kinetics. Adsorption phenomena appeared to follow Langmuir isotherm. The PAMSQ particles demonstrate the highest Cu(II) and Pb(II) adsorption capacity of 2.29 mmol/g and 1.31 mmol/g at an initial metal ions concentration of 20mM, respectively. The PAMSQ particles demonstrate a promising application in the removal of Cu(II) and Pb(II) ions from aqueous solutions. PMID:21945683

  3. Development of Biodegradable Poly(citrate)-Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes Hybrid Elastomers with High Mechanical Properties and Osteogenic Differentiation Activity.

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    Du, Yuzhang; Yu, Meng; Chen, Xiaofeng; Ma, Peter X; Lei, Bo

    2016-02-10

    Biodegradable elastomeric biomaterials have attracted much attention in tissue engineering due to their biomimetic viscoelastic behavior and biocompatibility. However, the low mechanical stability at hydrated state, fast biodegradation in vivo, and poor osteogenic activity greatly limited bioelastomers applications in bone tissue regeneration. Herein, we develop a series of poly(octanediol citrate)-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POC-POSS) hybrids with highly tunable elastomeric behavior (hydrated state) and biodegradation and osteoblasts biocompatibility through a facile one-pot thermal polymerization strategy. POC-POSS hybrids show significantly improved stiffness and ductility in either dry or hydrated conditions, as well as good antibiodegradation ability (20-50% weight loss in 3 months). POC-POSS hybrids exhibit significantly enhanced osteogenic differentiation through upregulating alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, calcium deposition, and expression of osteogenic markers (ALPL, BGLAP, and Runx2). The high mechanical stability at hydrated state and enhanced osteogenic activity make POC-POSS hybrid elastomers promising as scaffolds and nanoscale vehicles for bone tissue regeneration and drug delivery. This study may also provide a new strategy (controlling the stiffness under hydrated condition) to design advanced hybrid biomaterials with high mechanical properties under physiological condition for tissue regeneration applications. PMID:26765285

  4. Organic-inorganic hybrid proton exchange membrane based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes and sulfonated polyimides containing benzimidazole

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    Pan, Haiyan; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Pu, Hongting; Chang, Zhihong

    2014-10-01

    A new series of organic-inorganic hybrid proton exchange membranes (PEMs) were prepared using sulfonated polyimides containing benzimidazole (SPIBIs) and glycidyl ether of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (G-POSS). SPIBIs were synthesized using 1,4,5,8-naphthalenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (NTDA), 5-amino-2-(4-aminophenyl) benzimidazole (APBIA) and 4,4‧-diaminodiphenyl ether-2,2‧-disulfonic acid (ODADS). The organic-inorganic cross-linked membranes can be prepared by SPIBIs with G-POSS by a thermal treatment process. The cross-linking density of the membranes was evaluated by gel fractions. The water uptake, swelling ratio, mechanical property, thermal behavior, proton conductivity, oxidative and hydrolytic stability of the cross-linked organic-inorganic membranes were intensively investigated. All the cross-linked membranes exhibit high cross-linking density for the gel fraction higher than 70%. Compared to pristine membranes (SPIBIs) and membranes without benzimidazole groups (SPI), the anti-free-radical oxidative and hydrolytic stabilities of cross-linked membranes are significantly higher. The anti-free-oxidative stability of SPIBI-100-P (cross-linked SPIBI membrane with 100% degree of sulfonation) is nearly four-fold higher than that of SPIBI-100. The proton conductivity of the cross-linked membranes ranges from 10-3 S cm-1 to 10-2 S cm-1 depending both on the degree of sulfonation (DS) of the SPIBI and temperature.

  5. Mass-fractal growth in niobia/silsesquioxane mixtures: a small-angle X-ray scattering study

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    Besselink, Rogier; ten Elshof, Johan E.

    2014-01-01

    The nucleation and growth of niobium pentaethoxide (NPE)-derived clusters in ethanol, through acid-catalyzed hydrolysis/condensation in the presence and absence of the silsesquioxane 1,2-bis(triethoxysilyl)ethane (BTESE), was monitored at 298–333 K by small-angle X-ray scattering. The data were analyzed with a newly derived model for polydisperse mass-fractal-like structures. At 298–313 K in the absence of BTESE the data indicated the development of relatively monodisperse NPE-derived structures with self-preserving polydispersity during growth. The growth exponent was consistent with irreversible diffusion-limited cluster agglomeration. At 333 K the growth exponent was characteristic for fast-gelling reaction-limited cluster agglomeration. The reaction yielded substantially higher degrees of polydispersity. In the presence of BTESE the growth exponents were substantially smaller. The smaller growth exponent in this case is not consistent with irreversible Smoluchowski-type agglomeration. Instead, reversible Lifshitz–Slyozov-type agglomeration seems to be more consistent with the experimental data. PMID:25294980

  6. Highly stable nanofluid based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-decorated graphene oxide nanosheets and its enhanced electro-responsive behavior.

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    Li, Yizhuo; Guan, Yanqing; Liu, Yang; Yin, Jianbo; Zhao, Xiaopeng

    2016-05-13

    Graphene oxide (GO) shows potential as an anisotropic nanofiller or a dispersed phase of electro-responsive electrorheological (ER) nanofluid due to its small size and high aspect ratio. But it is difficult to disperse GO in non-polar oil due to the hydrophilic nature of GO and thus the resulting fluid is often subject to dispersion instability and low ER effect. These disadvantages largely limit the real application of GO-based ER nanofluid. In this paper, we develop the polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-decorated GO (POSS-GO) nanosheets and demonstrate that decorating with POSS overcomes the dispersion instability of GO in silicone oil and enhances the ER effect. The morphology and structure of samples are characterized by atomic force microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and x-ray photoelectronic spectroscopy. The results show that the POSS-GO nanosheets are ultrathin with ∼3 nm thickness and have good compatibility with silicone oil and, as a result, the nanofluid of POSS-GO nanosheets in silicone oil shows high dispersion stability. After standing for one year at room temperature, no sedimentation occurs. Under an external electric field, the ER efficiency of the POSS-GO nanofluid is ten times as high as that of the pure GO fluid. This enhanced electro-responsive behavior is related to the fact that decorating with POSS partly reduces the GO and compresses the dielectrophoretic effect of the negatively charged pure GO fluid. PMID:27041243

  7. Highly stable nanofluid based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-decorated graphene oxide nanosheets and its enhanced electro-responsive behavior

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    Li, Yizhuo; Guan, Yanqing; Liu, Yang; Yin, Jianbo; Zhao, Xiaopeng

    2016-05-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) shows potential as an anisotropic nanofiller or a dispersed phase of electro-responsive electrorheological (ER) nanofluid due to its small size and high aspect ratio. But it is difficult to disperse GO in non-polar oil due to the hydrophilic nature of GO and thus the resulting fluid is often subject to dispersion instability and low ER effect. These disadvantages largely limit the real application of GO-based ER nanofluid. In this paper, we develop the polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-decorated GO (POSS-GO) nanosheets and demonstrate that decorating with POSS overcomes the dispersion instability of GO in silicone oil and enhances the ER effect. The morphology and structure of samples are characterized by atomic force microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and x-ray photoelectronic spectroscopy. The results show that the POSS-GO nanosheets are ultrathin with ∼3 nm thickness and have good compatibility with silicone oil and, as a result, the nanofluid of POSS-GO nanosheets in silicone oil shows high dispersion stability. After standing for one year at room temperature, no sedimentation occurs. Under an external electric field, the ER efficiency of the POSS-GO nanofluid is ten times as high as that of the pure GO fluid. This enhanced electro-responsive behavior is related to the fact that decorating with POSS partly reduces the GO and compresses the dielectrophoretic effect of the negatively charged pure GO fluid.

  8. Advanced Aromatic Polymers with Excellent Antiatomic Oxygen Performance Derived from Molecular Precursor Strategy and Copolymerization of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane.

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    Wang, Pei; Tang, Yusheng; Yu, Zhen; Gu, Junwei; Kong, Jie

    2015-09-16

    In this contribution, the advanced aromatic polymers with excellent antiatomic oxygen (AO) performance were designed and synthesized using molecular precursor strategy and copolymerization of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS). A soluble poly(p-phenylene benzobisoxazole) (PBO) precursor, that is, TBS-PBO (tert-butyldimethylsilyl was denoted as TBS), was designed to overcome the poor solubility of PBO in organic solvents. Then the new copolymer of TBS-PBO-POSS was synthesized by the copolymerization of TBS-PBO and POSS, which possessed good solubility and film-forming ability in common organic solvents, such as N-methylpyrrolidone, N,N-dimethylacetamide, and dimethyl sulfoxide. More importantly, the TBS-PBO-POSS films exhibited outstanding antiatomic oxygen properties because of the incorporation of POSS monomers with cagelike structure into the main chain of copolymer, which drastically reduced the AO-induced erosion owing to the formation of the passivating silica layer on the surface of polymers. When the TBS-PBO-POSS films were exposed to AO effective fluences of 1.5495×10(20) atom cm(-2) (5 h) and 4.6486×10(20) atom cm(-2) (15 h), the relative mass loss was merely 0.19% and 0.41%, respectively. This work provides a new perspective and efficient strategy for the molecular design of aromatic heterocyclic polymers possessing excellent combination properties including processing convenience and antioxidative and mechanical properties, which can be employed as potential candidates to endure the aggressive environment encountered in low earth orbits. PMID:26322523

  9. Influence of Sol-Gel Conditions on the Growth of Thiol-Functionalized Silsesquioxanes Prepared by In Situ Water Production.

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    Borovin, Evgeny; Callone, Emanuela; Papendorf, Benjamin; Guella, Graziano; Diré, Sandra

    2016-03-01

    Thiol-functionalized oligosilsesquioxanes have been synthesized by sol-gel chemistry via the in-situ water production (ISWP) approach, exploiting the esterification reaction of chloro-acetic acid and 1-propanol. The extent of hydrolysis-condensation of 3-Mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (McPTMS) has been studied by FT-IR and NMR spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and MALDI-TOF techniques. The esterification reaction plays a key role in ruling out the oligomer structural development. In this work, we have investigated the influence of the theoretical amount of water available for the organosilane hydrolysis, defined by the ratio of chloro-acetic acid to McPTMS in the reaction mixture, and the role of different catalysts like trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) and dibutyldilauryltin (DBTL). The behavior of the catalyst is complex since, according to its nature, it may improve the kinetics of the sol-gel reactions and the esterification reaction as well. Comparing the reactions carried out with under-stoichiometric water content, the degree of condensation of the silsesquioxanes is higher if the reaction is catalyzed by TFA than by DBTL, because TFA may improve the kinetics of both hydrolysis-condensation and esterification reactions. The use of DBTL in under-stoichiometric and stoichiometric hydrolytic conditions raises the yield in ladder-like structures. The degree of condensation generally increases increasing the hydrolysis ratio as well as the yield in cage-like structures. However, when an over-stoichiometric amount of water is provided for the sol-gel reaction, condensation degree and ratio among cages and ladder-like structures appear unaffected by the employed catalyst. PMID:27455755

  10. Biocompatibility of synthetic poly(ester urethane)/polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane matrices with embryonic stem cell proliferation and differentiation.

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    Guo, Yan-Lin; Wang, Wenshou; Otaigbe, Joshua U

    2010-10-01

    Incorporation of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) into poly(ester urethanes) (PEU) as a building block results in a PEU/POSS hybrid polymer with increased mechanical strength and thermostability. An attractive feature of the new polymer is that it forms a porous matrix when cast in the form of a thin film, making it potentially useful in tissue engineering. In this study, we present detailed microscopic analysis of the PEU/POSS matrix and demonstrate its biocompatibility with cell culture. The PEU/POSS polymer forms a continuous porous matrix with open pores and interconnected grooves. From SEM image analysis, it is calculated that there are about 950 pores/mm(2) of the matrix area with pore diameter size in the range 1-15 µm. The area occupied by the pores represents approximately 7.6% of the matrix area. Using mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs), we demonstrate that the PEU/POSS matrix provides excellent support for cell proliferation and differentiation. Under the cell culture condition optimized to maintain self-renewal, ESCs grown on a PEU/POSS matrix exhibit undifferentiated morphology, express pluripotency markers and have a similar growth rate to cells grown on gelatin. When induced for differentiation, ESCs underwent dramatic morphological change, characterized by the loss of clonogenecity and increased cell size, with well-expanded cytoskeleton networks. Differentiated cells are able to form a continuous monolayer that is closely embedded in the matrix. The excellent compatibility between the PEU/POSS matrix and ESC proliferation/differentiation demonstrates the potential of using PEU/POSS polymers in future ESC-based tissue engineering. PMID:20213627

  11. Biocompatibility of Synthetic Poly(ester urethane)/Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Matrices with Embryonic Stem Cell Proliferation and Differentiation

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    Guo, Yan-Lin; Wang, Wenshou; Otaigbe, Joshua U.

    2010-01-01

    Incorporation of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) into poly (ester urethane)s (PEU) as a building block results in a PEU/POSS hybrid polymer with increased mechanical strength and thermostability. An attractive feature of the new polymer is that it forms a porous matrix when cast in the form of a thin film, making it potentially useful in tissue engineering. In this study, we present detailed microscopic analysis of the PEU/POSS matrix and demonstrate its biocompatibility with cell culture. The PEU/POSS polymer forms a continuous porous matrix with open pores and interconnected grooves. From SEM image analysis, it is calculated that there are about 950 pores per mm2 of the matrix area with pore size ranging from 1 to 15 μm in diameter. The area occupied by the pores represents approximately 7.6 % of matrix area. Using mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs), we demonstrate that the PEU/POSS matrix provides excellent support for cell proliferation and differentiation. Under the cell culture condition optimized to maintain self-renewal, ESCs grown on a PEU/POSS matrix exhibit undifferentiated morphology, express pluripotency markers, and have similar growth rate to cells grown on gelatin. When induced for differentiation, ESCs underwent dramatic morphological change, characterized by the loss of clonogenecity and increased cell size with well-expanded cytoskeleton networks. Differentiated cells are able to form a continuous monolayer that is closely embedded on the matrix. The excellent compatibility between the PEU/POSS matrix and ESC proliferation/differentiation demonstrates the potential of using PEU/POSS polymers in future ESC-based tissue engineering. PMID:20213627

  12. Polycarbonate-silsesquioxane and polycarbonate-siloxane nanocomposites: Synthesis, characterization, and application in the fabrication of porous inorganic films

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    Abdallah, Jassem

    Three types of poly(bicycle[2.2.1]heptane carbonate) or poly(norbornane carbonate) or PNC oligomers were synthesized and characterized via spectroscopic methods and elemental analyses to validate their chemical structures. End-group analyses were used to estimate the degree of polymerization of the oligomers via the use of proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR) results. Random-coil and rigid-rod models were used to estimate the sizes of individual PNC chains based on the degrees of polymerization calculated from NMR data. Due to the small sizes of the PNC chains, dynamic light scattering (DLS) was incapable of measuring the hydrodynamic radii, RH, of individual chains. Attempts at using gel permeation chromatography (GPC) data to estimate the hydrodynamic radii of individual chains consistently provided values that were an order of magnitude smaller than the estimated sizes of individual chains based on random-coil calculations. The thermal properties of PNCs were determined via differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analyses (TGAs). All three types of PNC structures were both thermally-labile and acidolytically-labile, allowing them to be used as sacrificial materials in both direct-write and thermally-processed template systems. TGA data was used to determine the kinetic parameters for the thermolytic decomposition reactions and evolved-gas analysis via mass spectrometry (TGA-MS) was used to validate the mechanisms for polycarbonate thermolysis reactions that have been previously proposed in literature. PNC oligomers were freely-mixed with hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) to form solutions that were spin-coated to form templated films. Ellipsometry and dielectric measurements were used to track the changes in the optical and dielectric properties of templated films and effective medium approximations were used to estimate the level of porosity incorporated within each porous film. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that the free

  13. Ferrocene adsorbed into the porous octakis(hydridodimethylsiloxy)silsesquioxane after thermolysis in tetrahydrofuran media: An applied surface for ascorbic acid determination

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    Ribeiro do Carmo, Devaney; Lataro Paim, Leonardo; Ramos Stradiotto, Nelson

    2012-04-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Octakis(hydridodimethylsiloxi)silsesquioxane was synthesized and Ferrocene was adsorbed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Polymeric net through electrostatic interactions was observed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The novel materials presents electroacatalytic activity for Ascorbic acid. -- Abstract: Octakis(hydridodimethylsiloxi)silsesquioxane (Q{sub 8}M{sub 8}{sup H}) was synthesized and Ferrocene was adsorbed in a polymeric net through electrostatic interactions, with anion forming after the cleavage of any siloxy groups (ESFc). The nanostructured materials (Q{sub 8}M{sub 8}{sup H} and EsFc) were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Thermogravimetric analyses and Voltammetric technique The cyclic voltammograms of the graphite paste electrode modified with ESFc showed one redox couple with E{sup 0} Prime = 0.320 V (1.0 mol L{sup -1} NaCl, v = 50 mV s{sup -1}), with a diffusion-controlled process and the redox process shows electrocatalytic activity for the oxidation of ascorbic acid.

  14. Novel heart valve prosthesis with self-endothelialization potential made of modified polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-nanocomposite material.

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    Ghanbari, Hossein; Radenkovic, Dina; Marashi, Sayed Mahdi; Parsno, Shirin; Roohpour, Nima; Burriesci, Gaetano; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2016-06-01

    In the cardiovascular system, the endothelial layer provides a natural antithrombogenic surface on the inner portion of the heart and associated vessels. For a synthetic material therefore, the ability to attract and retain endothelial or endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), ultimately creating a single endothelial layer on its surface, is of prime importance. The authors have developed a nanocomposite polymer, based on a combination of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanoparticles and polycarbonate urea urethane (POSS-PCU), which is biocompatible and has been used in human for the world's first synthetic trachea, tear duct, and bypass graft. In this study, the authors modified the surface of this casted nanocomposite by grafting fibronectin derived bioactive peptides [glycine-arginine-glycine-aspartic acid-glycine (GRGDG) and lauric acid conjugated GRGDG (GRGDG-LA)] to enhance the endothelialization for using heart valves leaflets from circulating EPCs. Human peripheral blood mononuclear cells were separated using Ficoll-Paque centrifugation, with harvested EPCs purified using CD34 microbead labeling and magnetic-activated cell sorting. Cells were seeded onto 96 well plates coated with POSS-PCU, GRGDG/GRGDG-LA modified POSS-PCU and PCU polymers, for a period of 21 days. Cells were studied under light, confocal, and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Fluorescence-activated cell sorting was used to analyze cell surface markers. Cell attachment and proliferation was observed in all POSS-PCU samples, significantly higher than the activity seen within the control PCU polymers (p < 0.05). Microscopic examination revealed clonal expansion and morphological changes in cells seeded on POSS-PCU. The cells expressed increasing levels of mature endothelial cell markers over time with a concurrent reduction in hematopoietic stem cell marker expression. SEM showed a mixed population of morphologically differentiated endothelial cells and EPCs. These results support

  15. COSMO-RS analysis on mixing properties obtained for the systems 1-butyl-X-methylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate [X = 2,3,4] and 1,ω-dibromoalkanes [ω = 1-6].

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    Navas, Ana; Ortega, Juan; Palomar, José; Díaz, Carlos; Vreekamp, Remko

    2011-05-01

    A theoretical-experimental study for a set of 18 binary systems comprised of [bXmpy][BF(4)] (X=2-4) + 1,ω-Br(CH(2))(v)Br (v =ω=1-6) at a temperature of 298.15 K is presented. The solubility curves are determined for each binary system, establishing the intervals of measurement for the excess properties, H(E)(m) and V(E)(m). These properties are then determined for those systems that present a miscibility zone. Binary systems containing 1,ω-dibromoalkanes with ω=5,6 present reduced solubility intervals at the temperature of 298.15 K. However, the mixtures with 1,1-dibromomethane were totally miscible with the three isomers of 1-butyl-X-methylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate. Mixtures with dibromomethane present H(E)(m) <0, whereas H(E)(m) >0 for the other binary systems. Sigmoidal curves were observed for the V(E)(m) describing expansion and contraction processes for all the systems, except for the mixtures of [b2mpy][BF(4)] with the smaller dibromoalkanes, which present contraction effects. The COSMO-RS methodology was used to estimate the solubilities and the intermolecular interaction energies, giving an acceptable explanation of the behavioral structure of pure compounds and solutions. PMID:21437322

  16. Synthesis and antimicrobial activity of guanylhydrazones. Synthesis of 2-(2-methylthio-2-aminovinyl)-1-methylpyridinium iodides and 2-(2-methylthio-2-aminovinyl)-1-methylquinolinium iodides as potential radioprotective and anticancer agents

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    Almassian, B.

    1985-01-01

    The finding of appreciable antileukemic activity in a series of 2-(2-methylthio-2-amino)vinyl-1-methylquinolinium iodides (Foye et al., 1980, 1983) suggested that greater basicity, as compared with the corresponding dithioacetic acids, was contributing to the increase in activity. The addition of a greater degree of basicity in the design of anticancer possibilities in this series was considered worth investigation, particularly in view of the activity of a series of bis(quanylhydrazones) synthesized at Lederle Laboratories. Accordingly, a series of guanylhydrazones of 4-pyridine-,2-pyridine- and 4-quinolinecarboxyaldehydes was synthesized for anticancer as well as antibacterial screening. Also, substitution of additional basic functions in the 2-(2-methylthio-2-amino) vinyl-1-methylquinolinium and pyridinium iodide series has been made. Appreciable antimicrobial activities have been found with both 2-pyridine and 4-quinolinealdehyde guanylhydrazones, as well as with 2-(2-methylthio-2-amino)vinyl-1-methyl-pyridinium iodides. The overall approach to the synthesis of potential anticancer agents in this project is thus to observe the effect of increasing basicity of these compounds on DNA binding and anticancer activity.

  17. 2-Methylpyridinium/pyridinium 5-(2,4-dinitrophenyl)-2,6-dioxo-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyrimidin-4-olates as potent anticonvulsant agents—synthesis and crystal structure

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    Mangaiyarkarasi, G.; Kalaivani, D.

    2013-12-01

    The molecular salt, 2-methylpyridinium 5-(2,4-dinitrophenyl)-2,6-dioxo-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropy-rimidin-4-olate) ( I), is prepared from the ethanolic solution of 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene, pyrimidine-2,4,6-(1H,3H,5H)-trione (barbituric acid) and 2-methylpyridine at room temperature, and the molecular salt, pyridinium 5-(2,4-dinitrophenyl)-2,6-dioxo-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyrimidin-4-olate ( II), is prepared from the same reactants, by dissolving them in hot DMSO and ethanol mixture at 70°C. The structures of I and II are characterized by visible, IR, 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR and elemental analysis and confirmed by single crystal X-ray analysis. Both the salts crystallize in triclinic crystal system with sp. gr. . They possess noticeable anticonvulsant activity even at low concentration (25 mg/kg). Acute toxicity studies of these complexes indicate that LD50 values are greater than 1500 mg/kg and the tested animals do not show any behavioural changes.

  18. 2-Methylpyridinium/pyridinium 5-(2,4-dinitrophenyl)-2,6-dioxo-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyrimidin-4-olates as potent anticonvulsant agents—synthesis and crystal structure

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    Mangaiyarkarasi, G.; Kalaivani, D.

    2013-12-15

    The molecular salt, 2-methylpyridinium 5-(2,4-dinitrophenyl)-2,6-dioxo-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropy-rimidin-4-olate) (I), is prepared from the ethanolic solution of 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene, pyrimidine-2,4,6-(1H,3H,5H)-trione (barbituric acid) and 2-methylpyridine at room temperature, and the molecular salt, pyridinium 5-(2,4-dinitrophenyl)-2,6-dioxo-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyrimidin-4-olate (II), is prepared from the same reactants, by dissolving them in hot DMSO and ethanol mixture at 70°C. The structures of I and II are characterized by visible, IR, {sup 1}H-NMR, {sup 13}C-NMR and elemental analysis and confirmed by single crystal X-ray analysis. Both the salts crystallize in triclinic crystal system with sp. gr. P-bar1. They possess noticeable anticonvulsant activity even at low concentration (25 mg/kg). Acute toxicity studies of these complexes indicate that LD{sub 50} values are greater than 1500 mg/kg and the tested animals do not show any behavioural changes.

  19. Nanofabrication of super-high-aspect-ratio structures in hydrogen silsesquioxane from direct-write e-beam lithography and hot development.

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    Ocola, L. E.; Tirumala, V. R.; Center for Nanoscale Materials; NIST

    2008-11-01

    Super-high-aspect-ratio structures (>10) in hydrogen silsesquioxane resist using direct write electron beam lithography at 100 kV and hot development and rinse are reported. Posts of 100 nm in width and 1.2 {micro}m tall have been successfully fabricated without the need of supercritical drying. Hot rinse solution with isopropyl alcohol has been used to reduce surface tension effects during drying. Dose absorption effects have been observed and modeled using known Monte Carlo models. These results indicate that for e-beam exposures of thick negative resists (>1 {micro}m), the bottom of the structures will have less cross-link density and therefore will be less stiff than the top. These results will have impact in the design of high-aspect-ratio structures that can be used in microelectromechanical system devices and high-aspect-ratio Fresnel zone plates.

  20. Regulated dielectric loss of polymer composites from coating carbon nanotubes with a cross-linked silsesquioxane shell through free-radical polymerization.

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    Sun, Da; Zhou, Zheng; Chen, Guang-Xin; Li, Qifang

    2014-11-12

    We report a synthetic strategy for coating multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with cross-linked octa-methacrylate-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (MA-POSS) by direct, in situ free-radical polymerization in a controlled manner. This strategy resulted in a core-shell structure with an MWCNT center. The shell thickness could be varied from ∼ 7 nm to 40 nm by choosing different initiators, solvents, and weight ratios of MWCNT and octa-MA-POSS. Coated MWCNT hybrids had controlled electrical performance depending on the coating layer thickness and were well-dispersed in the polymer matrix. POSS-coated MWCNTs were compounded with poly(vinylidene fluoride) to obtain a composite with high dielectric permittivity and low dielectric loss. PMID:25337905

  1. Characterization of the thermodynamics and deformation behavior of styrene-butadiene-styrene grafted with polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes

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    Drazkowski, Daniel B.

    This research study uses a model nanostructure-copolymer system in order to develop a fundamental understanding of how polymers are affected by functionalized nanostructures. For this study, polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) was chosen as the model nanostructure and polystyrene-block-polybutadiene-block-polystyrene copolymer (SBS) as the model polymer host. The choice of materials and chemical reaction scheme for grafting the SBS-POSS copolymers allows for reproducible products with the opportunity for wide selection of nanostructure grafting fractions. In order to examine the effects that the nanostructure's electronic properties have on the host polymer, the organic group of the POSS nanostructures was varied. To facilitate a rigorous comparison, four sterically similar, yet electronically different POSS derivatives were selected (cyclopentyl (Cp), cyclopenyl (Cy), cyclohexenyl (Cye), and phenyl (Ph)). Ph-POSS results in the greatest changes relative to the ungrafted SBS block copolymer because its chemistry has the largest contrast to the block in which it is grafted while simultaneously having the largest affinity toward the ungrafted block. All four of the cyclic POSS were found to have some affinity toward the polystyrene phase, so iBu-POSS was investigated in order to observe the effects of incorporating a noninteracting nanostructure. Two host morphologies were examined in order to compare noninteracting (iBu) and strongly interacting (Ph) POSS nanostructures. The morphology and phase behavior observed for noninteracting POSS is consistent with simply changing polystyrene content with no noticeable change in chi. Furthermore, local and long-ranged order of the morphology is well-preserved. The interacting nanostructures reduce chi substantially and disrupt the local order of the morphology, which is equivalent to a compatibilizing effect. Deformation was studied to supplement the previous findings regarding the equilibrium morphology, and give

  2. Solvent-controlled synthesis of tetranuclear cage-like copper(II) silsesquioxanes. Remarkable features of the cage structures and their high catalytic activity in oxidation with peroxides.

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    Dronova, Marina S; Bilyachenko, Alexey N; Yalymov, Alexey I; Kozlov, Yuriy N; Shul'pina, Lidia S; Korlyukov, Alexander A; Arkhipov, Dmitry E; Levitsky, Mikhail M; Shubina, Elena S; Shul'pin, Georgiy B

    2014-01-14

    Two principally different in their molecular architecture isomeric tetranuclear copper(ii) silsesquioxanes, "Globule"-like compound [(PhSiO1.5)12(CuO)4(NaO0.5)4] (1) and "Sandwich"-like derivative [(PhSiO1.5)6(CuO)4(NaO0.5)4(PhSiO1.5)6] (2), were synthesized by the partial cleavage of polymeric copper(ii) silsesquioxane [(PhSiO1.5)2(CuO)]n by tetraphenylcyclotetrasiloxanolate. The route leading to the formation of either 1 or 2 entirely depends on the nature and composition of the solvent used for this reaction. Thus, the process in an ethanol-1-butanol solution gives compound 1. When a 1,4-dioxane-methanol mixture was used, compound 2 was prepared. The structures and unusual crystal packing of the cages were confirmed by the X-ray studies. It has been found that the reaction of benzene with H2O2 in acetonitrile solution at 50 °C catalyzed by 1 requires addition of trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) in low concentration and gives phenol with a turnover number (TON) of 250 after 3 h. The initial reaction rate W0 linearly depends on the concentration of catalyst 2. The oxidation of 1-phenylethanol to acetophenone with hydrogen peroxide catalyzed by complex 1 in the presence of TFA is not efficient. In contrast, 1 exhibited excellent activity in the oxidation with tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) in the absence of any acid (the yield of acetophenone was close to the quantitative, TON attained 475 after 2 h). A kinetic study of this reaction led to the conclusion that the process occurs with the participation of radicals tert-BuO˙ produced in the Cu-promoted decomposition of TBHP. The mode of dependence of W0 on the initial concentration of TBHP indicates the formation of an intermediate adduct between the catalyst 1 and TBHP (characterized by the equilibrium constant K1≈ 2 M(-1) for the conditions of conducted experiments) followed by subsequent decomposition of the adduct (k2≈ 0.2 s(-1)) to generate an intermediate species tert-BuO˙ which induces the alcohol oxidation

  3. Surface modification of a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane poly(carbonate-urea) urethane (POSS-PCU) nanocomposite polymer as a stent coating for enhanced capture of endothelial progenitor cells

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    Tan, Aaron; Farhatnia, Yasmin; Goh, Debbie; G, Natasha; de Mel, Achala; Lim, Jing; Teoh, Swee-Hin; Malkovskiy, Andrey V; Chawla, Reema; Rajadas, Jayakumar; Cousins, Brian G; Hamblin, Michael R; Alavijeh, Mohammad S; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2013-01-01

    An unmet need exists for the development of next-generation multifunctional nanocomposite materials for biomedical applications, particularly in the field of cardiovascular regenerative biology. Herein, we describe the preparation and characterization of a novel polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane poly(carbonate-urea) urethane (POSS-PCU) nanocomposite polymer with covalently attached anti-CD34 antibodies to enhance capture of circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPC). This material may be used as a new coating for bare metal stents used after balloon angioplasty to improve re-endothelialization. Biophysical characterization techniques were used to assess POSS-PCU and its subsequent functionalization with anti-CD34 antibodies. Results indicated successful covalent attachment of anti-CD34 antibodies on the surface of POSS-PCU leading to an increased propensity for EPC capture, whilst maintaining in vitro biocompatibility and hemocompatibility. POSS-PCU has already been used in 3 first-in-man studies, as a bypass graft, lacrimal duct and a bioartificial trachea. We therefore postulate that its superior biocompatibility and unique biophysical properties would render it an ideal candidate for coating medical devices, with stents as a prime example. Taken together, anti-CD34 functionalized POSS-PCU could form the basis of a nano-inspired polymer platform for the next generation stent coatings. PMID:24706135

  4. Hydrophobic interface controlled electrochemical sensing of nitrite based on one step synthesis of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite.

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    Bai, Wushuang; Sheng, Qinglin; Zheng, Jianbin

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we report a novel hydrophobic interface controlled electrochemical sensing of nitrite based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane/ reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite (POSS/rGO). The POSS/rGO is prepared by one step hydrothermal synthesis method, and characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Zeta-potential measurement analyzer, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and zero current potential method respectively. Then the POSS/rGO composite is used to fabricate electrochemical sensor for nitrite detection. According to experimental results, it is found that under control of hydrophobic force, the current peak will be shifted to lower potential (0.72V) and the possible reason has been analyzed in manuscript. In addition, the POSS/rGO based sensor also has wide linear range (0.5μM to 120mM), low detection limit (0.08μM) and good selectivity. In a word, the hydrophobic force controlled detection in this paper will provide a new platform for electrochemical sensing. PMID:26838412

  5. Organic-inorganic random copolymers from methacrylate-terminated poly(ethylene oxide) with 3-methacryloxypropylheptaphenyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane: synthesis via RAFT polymerization and self-assembly behavior.

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    Wei, Kun; Li, Lei; Zheng, Sixun; Wang, Ge; Liang, Qi

    2014-01-14

    In this contribution, we report the synthesis of organic-inorganic random polymers from methacrylate-terminated poly(ethylene oxide) (MAPEO) (Mn = 950) and 3-methacryloxypropylheptaphenyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (MAPOSS) macromers via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization with 4-cyano-4-(thiobenzoylthio) valeric acid (CTBTVA) as the chain transfer agent. The organic-inorganic random copolymers were characterized by means of (1)H NMR spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results of GPC indicate that the polymerizations were carried out in a controlled fashion. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that the organic-inorganic random copolymers in bulk were microphase-separated and the POSS microdomains were formed via POSS-POSS interactions. In aqueous solutions the organic-inorganic random copolymers were capable of self-assembling into spherical nanoobjects as evidenced by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic laser scattering (DLS). The self-assembly behavior of the organic-inorganic random copolymers was also found to occur in the mixtures with the precursors of epoxy. The nanostructures were further fixed via subsequent curing reaction and thus the organic-inorganic nanocomposites were obtained. The formation of nanophases in epoxy thermosets was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA). The organic-inorganic nanocomposites displayed the enhanced surface hydrophobicity as evidenced by surface contact angle measurements. PMID:24651714

  6. Surface modification of a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane poly(carbonate-urea) urethane (POSS-PCU) nanocomposite polymer as a stent coating for enhanced capture of endothelial progenitor cells.

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    Tan, Aaron; Farhatnia, Yasmin; Goh, Debbie; G, Natasha; de Mel, Achala; Lim, Jing; Teoh, Swee-Hin; Malkovskiy, Andrey V; Chawla, Reema; Rajadas, Jayakumar; Cousins, Brian G; Hamblin, Michael R; Alavijeh, Mohammad S; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2013-12-01

    An unmet need exists for the development of next-generation multifunctional nanocomposite materials for biomedical applications, particularly in the field of cardiovascular regenerative biology. Herein, we describe the preparation and characterization of a novel polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane poly(carbonate-urea) urethane (POSS-PCU) nanocomposite polymer with covalently attached anti-CD34 antibodies to enhance capture of circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPC). This material may be used as a new coating for bare metal stents used after balloon angioplasty to improve re-endothelialization. Biophysical characterization techniques were used to assess POSS-PCU and its subsequent functionalization with anti-CD34 antibodies. Results indicated successful covalent attachment of anti-CD34 antibodies on the surface of POSS-PCU leading to an increased propensity for EPC capture, whilst maintaining in vitro biocompatibility and hemocompatibility. POSS-PCU has already been used in 3 first-in-man studies, as a bypass graft, lacrimal duct and a bioartificial trachea. We therefore postulate that its superior biocompatibility and unique biophysical properties would render it an ideal candidate for coating medical devices, with stents as a prime example. Taken together, anti-CD34 functionalized POSS-PCU could form the basis of a nano-inspired polymer platform for the next generation stent coatings. PMID:24706135

  7. Fabrication and characterization of a α,β,γ,δ-Tetrakis(1-methylpyridinium-4-yl)porphine/silica nanocomposite thin-layer membrane for detection of ppb-level heavy metal ions.

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    Latt, Kyaing Kyaing; Takahashi, Yukiko

    2011-03-01

    A new detection membrane for filtration enrichment combined with colorimetric determination of Cd(II), Zn(II), Pb(II) and Cu(II) ions is presented. We have demonstrated the use of a dye nanoparticle coated test strip (DNTS) structured with a reagent layer for on-site analysis of trace metal ions. In this study, a [TMPyP/SA] DNTS coated with a nanocomposite layer (average thickness: 5.39 μm) of α,β,γ,δ-Tetrakis(1-methylpyridinium-4-yl)porphine (TMPyP) and silica-SA on the top surface of a cellulose ester membrane filter was fabricated by a simple filtration of an aqueous TMPyP/silica-SA nanocomposite dispersion through a membrane filter. The nanocomposite formation of cationic TMPyP and negatively charged colloidal SA (9-80 nm) was based on electrostatic interaction and was confirmed in the 120-800 nm diameter range by a dynamic light scattering photometer (DLS). To optimize the DNTS nanocomposite layer, surface uniformity, mechanical strength, the percent retention of TMPyP, and sensitivity to Cd(II) detection for six DNTSs with five different types of silica were examined. A half[TMPyP/SA] DNTS with an average layer thickness of 2.60 μm, which was prepared by controlling the amount of TMPyP and SA, demonstrated the highest sensitivity to Cd(II) ion because it had the lowest background absorbance. In addition, factors that affected the percent retention of TMPyP, such as pH and TMPyP/SA ratio, were determined. More than 99% of the TMPyP was retained on a membrane filter at pH 7.8 with a TMPyP and SA concentration of 2 × 10(-5) M and 4 × 10(-5) wt%, respectively. Filtration enrichment of 100mL of an aqueous solution containing Cd(II), Zn(II), and Pb(II) at ppb levels was achieved by concentrating the metal ions in a nanocomposite layer (the effective TMPyP area was 1.77 cm(2), pH 10.2). The signaling surface changed from a brown color to green when the ions were captured. The percent extraction for metal ions on a half[TMPyP/SA] DNTS were estimated by TLC

  8. Preparation and Characterization of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane-Containing, Titania-Thiol-Ene Composite Photocatalytic Coatings, Emphasizing the Hydrophobic-Hydrophilic Transition.

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    Jefferson, LaCrissia U; Netchaev, Anton D; Jefcoat, Jennifer A; Windham, Amber D; McFarland, Frederick M; Guo, Song; Buchanan, Randy K; Buchanan, J Paige

    2015-06-17

    Coatings prepared from titania-thiol-ene compositions were found to be both self-cleaning, as measured by changes in water contact angle, and photocatalytic toward the degradation of an organic dye. Stable titania-thiol-ene dispersions at approximately 2 wt % solids were prepared using a combination of high-shear mixing and sonication in acetone solvent from photocatalytic titania, trisilanol isobutyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) dispersant, and select thiol-ene monomers, i.e., trimethylolpropane tris(3-mercaptopropionate) (TMPMP), pentaerythritol allyl ether (APE), and 1,3,5-triallyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6(1H,3H,5H)-trione (TTT). The dispersed particle compositions were characterized by DLS and TEM. The synthetic methods employed yield a strongly bound particle/POSS complex, supported by IR, 29Si NMR, and TGA. The factors of spray techniques, carrier solvent volatility, and particle size and size distributions, in combination, likely all contribute to the highly textured but uniform surfaces observed via SEM and AFM. Polymer composites possessed thermal transitions (e.g., Tg) consistent with composition. In general, the presence of polymer matrix provided mechanical integrity, without significantly compromising or prohibiting other critical performance characteristics, such as film processing, photocatalytic degradation of adsorbed contaminants, and the hydrophobic-hydrophilic transition. In all cases, coatings containing photocatalytic titania were converted from superhydrophobic to superhydrophilic, as defined by changes in the water contact angle. The superhydrophilic state of samples was considered persistent, since long time durations in complete darkness were required to observe any significant hydrophobic return. In a preliminary demonstration, the photocatalytic activity of prepared coatings was confirmed through the degradation of crystal violet dye. This work demonstrates that a scalable process can be found to prepare titania

  9. Cyclization Phenomena in the Sol-Gel Polymerization of a,w-Bis(triethoxysilyl)alkanes and Incorporation of the Cyclic Structures into Network Silsesquioxane Polymers

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    Alam, T.M.; Carpenter, J.P.; Dorhout, P.K.; Greaves, J.; Loy, D.A.; Shaltout, R.; Shea, K.J.; Small, J.H.

    1999-01-04

    Intramolecular cyclizations during acid-catalyzed, sol-gel polymerizations of ct,co- bis(tietioxysilyl)aWmes substintidly lengtien gelties formonomers witietiylene- (l), propylene- (2), and butylene-(3)-bridging groups. These cyclizations reactions were found, using mass spectrometry and %i NMR spectroscopy, to lead preferentially to monomeric and dimeric products based on six and seven membered disilsesquioxane rings. 1,2- Bis(triethoxysilyl)ethane (1) reacts under acidic conditions to give a bicyclic drier (5) that is composed of two annelated seven membered rings. Under the same conditions, 1,3- bis(triethoxysilyl)propane (2), 1,4-bis(triethoxysilyl)butane (3), and z-1,4- bis(triethoxysilyl)but-2-ene (10) undergo an intramolecular condensation reaction to give the six membemd and seven membered cyclic disilsesquioxanes 6, 7, and 11. Subsequently, these cyclic monomers slowly react to form the tricyclic dirners 8,9 and 12. With NaOH as polymerization catalyst these cyclic silsesquioxanes readily ~aeted to afford gels that were shown by CP MAS z%i NMR and infr=d spectroscopes to retain some cyclic structures. Comparison of the porosity and microstructwe of xerogels prepared from the cyclic monomers 6 and 7 with gels prepared directly from their acyclic precursors 2 and 3, indicate that the final pore structure of the xerogels is markedly dependent on the nature of the precursor. In addition, despite the fact that the monomeric cyclic disilsesquioxane species can not be isolated from 1-3 under basic conditions due to their rapid rate of gelation, spectroscopic techniques also detected the presence of the cyclic structures in the resulting polymeric gels.

  10. Preparation of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-based hybrid monolith by ring-opening polymerization and post-functionalization via thiol-ene click reaction.

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    Liu, Zhongshan; Ou, Junjie; Lin, Hui; Wang, Hongwei; Dong, Jing; Zou, Hanfa

    2014-05-16

    A polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) hybrid monolith was simply prepared by using octaglycidyldimethylsilyl POSS (POSS-epoxy) and cystamine dihydrochloride as monomers via ring-opening polymerization. The effects of composition of prepolymerization solution and polycondensation temperature on the morphology and permeability of monolithic column were investigated in detail. The obtained POSS hybrid monolithic column showed 3D skeleton morphology and exhibited high column efficiency of ∼71,000 plates per meter in reversed-phase mechanism. Owing to this POSS hybrid monolith essentially possessing a great number of disulfide bonds, the monolith surface would expose thiol groups after reduction with dithiothreitol (DTT), which supplied active sites to functionalize with various alkene monomers via thiol-ene click reaction. The results indicated that the reduction with DTT could not destroy the 3D skeleton of hybrid monolith. Both stearyl methylacrylate (SMA) and benzyl methacrylate (BMA) were selected to functionalize the hybrid monolithic columns for reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC), while [2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]-dimethyl-(3-sulfopropyl)-ammonium hydroxide (MSA) was used to modify the hybrid monolithic column in hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC). These modified hybrid monolithic columns could be successfully applied for separation of small molecules with high efficiency. It is demonstrated that thiol-ene click reaction supplies a facile way to introduce various functional groups to the hybrid monolith possessing thiol groups. Furthermore, due to good permeability of the resulting hybrid monoliths, we also prepared long hybrid monolithic columns in narrow-bore capillaries. The highest column efficiency reached to ∼70,000 plates using a 1-m-long column of 75μm i.d. with a peak capacity of 147 for isocratic chromatography, indicating potential application in separation and analysis of complex biosamples. PMID:24725471

  11. Modeling of novel hybrid photonic crystal structures involving cured hydrogen silsesquioxane pillars for improving the light extraction in light-emitting diodes

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    Kadiyala, Anand; Dawson, Jeremy M.

    2016-03-01

    The Solid-State Lighting (SSL) industry utilizes semiconductor based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as core elements of light sources. LED lighting has several advantages over conventional incandescent bulbs; however, device-level issues such as material quality, low quantum efficiencies, and low light extraction efficiencies still exist. Many techniques have been explored to provide improvement in the area of LED light extraction. Improvement in light extraction efficiency, through the use of integrated optical components such as photonic crystals, is critical for the improvement in the overall efficiency of the device. Fabrication and integration of PhCs into LEDs with little or no degradation in device's electrical characteristics is an important accomplishment to be considered. Use of electron beam lithography and novel electron beam resists like hydrogen silsesquioxane will allow advancements toward achieving this goal. The unique chemical properties of HSQ allows transformation of the patterned resist into silicon dioxide. This leads to hybrid PhC structures that contain the cured form of HSQ and other materials of interest in an LED. In this work, novel hybrid PhC structures in square and triangular lattice configurations will be modeled to improve light extraction in blue InGaN/GaN based LEDs (λ=465 nm) and attain an optimal structure. Feature sizes from 100 nm to 465 nm will be modeled and the effect of the patterned structure (band gap and/or diffraction) on the light extraction will be studied and analyzed. Simulation data from frequency domain and time domain engines in MPB and OptiFDTD respectively will be analyzed and presented.

  12. Self-Assembly and Chain-Folding in Hybrid Coil-Coil-Cube Triblock Oligomers of Polyethylene-b-Poly(ethylene Oxide)-b-Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane

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    Miao,J.; Cui, L.; Lau, H.; Mather, P.; Zhu, L.

    2007-01-01

    Self-assembly and chain-folding in well-defined oligomeric polyethylene-block-poly(ethylene oxide)-block-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (PE-b-PEO-b-POSS) triblock molecules were studied by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The triblock oligomers were synthesized by attaching two kinds of functional POSS molecules, namely, isocyanatopropyldimethylsilylisobutyl-POSS (Ib-POSS) and isocyanatopropyldimethylsilylcyclopentyl-POSS (Cp-POSS), to a hydroxyl-terminated PE-b-PEO-OH diblock oligomer (denoted as E{sub 39}EO{sub 23}) via urethane reactions. In these triblock oligomers, both PE and POSS were crystalline, whereas PEO became amorphous due to tethering of its both ends to other two blocks. In the crystalline state, PE chains tilted 32{sup o} from the lamellar normal, and both Ib-POSS and Cp-POSS molecules stacked into four-layer (ABCA) lamellar crystals, having the same trigonal (R{bar 3}m) symmetry as in pure POSS crystals. Because the cross-sectional area for a PE chain in the PE crystals (0.216 nm{sup 2}/chain) at the interface was much smaller than that for a POSS molecule in POSS crystals (1.136 nm{sup 2}/molecule), the self-assembly and PE chain-folding were substantially affected by the sequence of PE and POSS crystallization when crystallizing from the melt. For example, PE crystallization induced the POSS crystallization in the bulk E{sub 39}EO{sub 23}-Ib-POSS, and thus extended-chain PE crystals were observed. The grains of crystalline lamellae again were small with often highly curved lamellar crystals. This could also be attributed to the unbalanced interfacial areas for POSS and PE blocks (the interfacial area ratio being 2.6 for interdigitated PE crystals, i.e., two PE chains per POSS molecule). For the E{sub 39}EO{sub 23}-Cp-POSS triblock oligomer, POSS molecules crystallized before PE crystallization, forming a well-defined lamellar structure. The preexisting

  13. Synthesis and Characterization of Ru(II) Tris(1,1O-phenanthroline)-Electron Acceptor Dyads Incorporating the 4-benzoyl-N-methylpyridinium Cation or N-Benzyl-N'-methyl-viologen. Improving the Dynamic Range, Sensitivity and Response Time of Sol-Gel Based Optical Oxygen Sensors

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    Leventis, Nicholas; Rawashdeh, Abdel-Monen M.; Elder, Ian A.; Yang, Jinhua; Dass, Amala; Sotiriou-Leventis, Chariklia

    2004-01-01

    The title compounds (1 and 2, above) were synthesized by Sonogashira coupling reactions of appropriate Ru(1I) complexes with the electron a cceptors. Characterization was conducted in solution and in frozen ma trices. Finally, the title compounds were evaluated as dopants of sol-gel materials. It was found that the intramolecular quenching efficie ncy of 4-benzoyl-Nmethylpyridinium cation in solution depends on the solvent: photoluminescence is quenched completely in CH,CN, but not i n methanol or ethanol. On the other hand, intramolecular emission que nching by 4-benzyl-N-methyl viologen is complete in all solvents. The difference between the two quenchers is traced electrochemically to t he solvation of the 4-benzoyl-Nmethylpyridiniums by alcohol. In froze n matrices or adsorbed on the surfaces of silica aerogel, both Ru(I1) complex/electron acceptor dyads of this study are photoluminescent, and the absence of quenching has been traced to the environmental rigi dity. When doped aerogels are cooled at 77 K, the emission intensity increases by approximately 4x, and the spectra shift to the blue, analogous to what is observed with Ru(I1) complexes in solutions undergoi ng fluid-to-rigid transition. However, in contrast to frozen solution s, the luminescent moieties in the bulk of aerogels kept at low tempe ratures are still accessible to gas-phase quenchers diffusing through the mesopores, leading to more sensitive platforms for sensors than o ther room-temperature configurations. Thus the photoluminescence of o ur Ru(I1) complex dyads adsorbed on aerogel is quenchable by O2 both at room temperature and at 77 K. Furthermore, it was also found that O 2 modulates the photoluminescence of aerogels doped with 4-benzoyl -N -methylpyridinium-based dyads over a wider dynamic range compared wi th aerogels doped with either our vislogen-based dyads or with Ru(I1) tris(1,lO-phenanthroline) itself.

  14. 4-[2-(4-cyanophenyl)ethenyl]-N-methylpyridinium tetraphenylborate.

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    Jin, Dan; Zhang, De Chun

    2005-11-01

    In the title compound, C(15)H(13)N(2)(+).C(24)H(20)B(-), the pyridyl ring of the cation makes a dihedral angle of 1.6 degrees with the benzene ring. Each is rotated in the same direction with respect to the central -C-CH=CH-C- linkage, by 3.8 and 5.3 degrees, respectively. The anions have a slightly distorted tetrahedral geometry. Molecular packing analysis was carried out using the packing energy portioning scheme in the program OPEC. Around each anion in the crystal structure there are eight anions, which interact with the central anion through C-H...pi interactions. The cations are hydrogen bonded in a head-to-tail fashion, forming chains along [101]. PMID:16272603

  15. 2-Amino-5-methyl-pyridinium 4-chloro-benzoate.

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    Thanigaimani, Kaliyaperumal; Farhadikoutenaei, Abbas; Arshad, Suhana; Razak, Ibrahim Abdul

    2013-01-01

    The 4-chloro-benzoate anion of the title salt, C6H9N2(+)·C7H4ClO2(-), is nearly planar with a dihedral angle of 5.14 (16)° between the benzene ring and the carboxyl-ate group. In the crystal, the protonated N atom and the 2-amino group of the cation are hydrogen bonded to the carboxyl-ate O atoms of the anion via a pair of N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds with an R2(2)(8) ring motif. The ion pairs are further connected via N-H⋯O and weak C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming a two-dimensional network parallel to the bc plane. The crystal structure also features a π-π stacking inter-action between the pyridinium and benzene rings with a centroid-centroid distance of 3.7948 (9) Å. PMID:23476392

  16. 2-Amino-6-methyl-pyridinium 3-chloro-benzoate.

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    Thanigaimani, Kaliyaperumal; Khalib, Nuridayanti Che; Arshad, Suhana; Razak, Ibrahim Abdul

    2013-03-01

    In the title salt, C6H9N2(+)·C7H4ClO2(-), the 3-chloro-benzoate anion shows a whole-mol-ecule disorder over two positions with a refined occupancy ratio of 0.505 (4):0.495 (4). In the crystal, the cations and anions are linked via N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming a centrosymmetric 2 + 2 aggregate with R2(2)(8) and R4(2)(8) ring motifs. The crystal structure also features a π-π stacking inter-action between the pyridinium rings with a centroid-centroid distance of 3.8339 (9) Å. PMID:23476517

  17. 2-Amino-5-methyl-pyridinium 4-methyl-benzoate.

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    Thanigaimani, Kaliyaperumal; Farhadikoutenaei, Abbas; Arshad, Suhana; Razak, Ibrahim Abdul

    2013-01-01

    The 4-methyl-benzoate anion of the title salt, C6H9N2(+)·C8H7O2(-), is nearly planar, with a dihedral angle of 6.26 (10)° between the benzene ring and the carboxyl-ate group. In the crystal, the protonated N atom and the 2-amino group of the cation are hydrogen bonded to the carboxyl-ate O atoms of the anion via a pair of N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds with an R2(2)(8) ring motif, forming an approximately planar ion pair with a dihedral angle of 9.63 (4)° between the pyridinium and benzene rings. The ion pairs are further connected via N-H⋯O and weak C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming a two-dimensional network parallel to the bc plane. PMID:23476474

  18. Formation of Mixed Monolayers of Silsesquioxanes and Alkylsilanes on Gold

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    Owens,T.; Nicholson, K.; Fosnancht, D.; Orr, B.; Banaszak Holl, M.

    2006-01-01

    The formation of mixed monolayers of hydridospherosilsesquioxane clusters (H{sub 8}Si{sub i}O{sub 12}) and alkylsilanes (H{sub 2n+1}C{sub n}SiH{sub 3}) on Au has been investigated using X-ray photoelectron and reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopies and scanning tunneling microscopy. All of the techniques indicate the displacement of the majority of the siloxane clusters from the surface in favor of the alkylsilane.

  19. 2-Amino-5-methyl-pyridinium 2-hy-droxy-5-chloro-benzoate.

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    Thanigaimani, Kaliyaperumal; Farhadikoutenaei, Abbas; Arshad, Suhana; Razak, Ibrahim Abdul

    2013-01-01

    In the 5-chloro-salicylate anion of the title salt, C6H9N2(+)·C7H4ClO3(-), an intra-molecular O-H⋯O hydrogen bond with an S(6) graph-set motif is observed and the dihedral angle between the benzene ring and the -CO2 group is 1.6 (6)°. In the crystal, the protonated N atom and the 2-amino group of the cation are hydrogen bonded to the carboxyl-ate O atoms via a pair of N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming an R2(2)(8) ring motif. The crystal structure also features N-H⋯O and weak C-H⋯O inter-actions, resulting in a layer parallel to (10-1). PMID:23476391

  20. Syntheses and quadratic optical nonlinearities of ruthenium(II) complexes with ethynyl-connected N-methylpyridinium electron acceptors.

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    Coe, Benjamin J; Harries, Josephine L; Helliwell, Madeleine; Brunschwig, Bruce S; Harris, James A; Asselberghs, Inge; Hung, Sheng-Ting; Clays, Koen; Horton, Peter N; Hursthouse, Michael B

    2006-02-01

    We have prepared a number of new dipolar complexes containing ethynyl or buta-1,3-diynyl units linking electron-rich {Ru(II)(NH3)5}2+, trans-{Ru(II)(NH3)4L}+ (L = pyridine or N-methylimidazole), or trans-{Ru(II)Cl(pdma)2}+ [pdma = 1,2-phenylenebis(dimethylarsine)] centers to pyridinium electron acceptors. In acetonitrile solutions at 295 K, the new complexes display unusual blue-shifting of their metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) bands as the conjugation is extended, in a fashion similar to that of the corresponding ethenyl systems. Hyper-Rayleigh scattering (HRS) and Stark spectroscopic measurements provide direct and indirect estimates of static first hyperpolarizabilities beta0, and both the linear and nonlinear optical (NLO) properties are temperature- and medium-dependent. Thus, at 77 K in butyronitrile glasses, the MLCT bands display more normal red shifts upon conjugation extension. While the Stark-derived beta0 values generally increase as n (the number of ethynyl units) increases from 0 to 2, the HRS data show maximization at n = 1 for two of the ammine series but an increase upon moving from n = 1 to 2 for the pdma complexes. Comparisons with the analogous ethenyl chromophores show that the latter generally display larger beta0 values, whether determined via HRS or Stark data, and the inferiority of the ethynyl systems in terms of NLO response is more pronounced when n = 2. This differing behavior is attributable primarily to larger increases in the transition dipole moment mu12 (and, hence, donor-acceptor pi-electronic coupling) on elongation in the ethenyl chromophores. PMID:16441133

  1. Applications of time-dependent Raman scattering theory to the one-electron reduction of 4-cyano-n-methylpyridinium

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    Johnson, C.S. )

    1992-02-01

    Activation barrier heights, and therefore rates, for molecule-based electron-transfer (ET) reactions are governed by redox thermodynamics and Frank-Condon effects. Quantitative assessment of the latter requires a detailed, quantitative knowledge of all internal and external normal-coordinate displacements, together with appropriate vibrational frequencies (v) or force constants (f). In favorable cases, the desire internal or vibrational displacement information can be satisfactorily estimated from redox-induced bond-length changes as provided, for example, by x-ray crystallography or extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements. Other potentially useful methods include Franck-Condon analysis of structured emission or absorption spectra, hole burning techniques, and application of empirical structure/frequency relationships (E.g., Badger's rules). There are, however, a number of limitations. The most obvious limitations for crystallography are that measurements can be made only in a crystalline environment and that experiments cannot be done on short-lived electron-transfer excited states or on systems which suffer from chemical decomposition following oxidation or reduction. For EXAFS there are additional constrains in that only selected elements display useful scattering and only atoms in close proximity to the scattering center may be detected. This report contains the first successful applications of the Raman methodology to a much larger class of ET reactions, namely, outer-sphere reactions. The report also necessarily represents the first application to a monomeric redox system.

  2. A novel electroluminescent PPV copolymer and silsesquioxane nanocomposite film for the preparation of efficient PLED devices.

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    Venegoni, Ivan; Carniato, Fabio; Olivero, Francesco; Bisio, Chiara; Pira, Nello Li; Lambertini, Vito Guido; Marchese, Leonardo

    2012-11-01

    Polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) have attracted growing interest in recent years for their potential use in displays and lighting fields. Nevertheless, PLED devices have some disadvantages in terms of low optoelectronic efficiency, high cost, short lifetimes and low thermal stability, which limit their final applications. Huge efforts have been made recently to improve the performances of these devices. The addition of inorganic or hybrid organic-inorganic nanoparticles to the light-emitting polymers, for example, allows their thermal stability and electroluminescent efficiency to be increased. Following this approach, novel PLED devices based on composite films of PPV-derivative copolymer (commercial name Super Yellow, SY) and octaisobutil POSS, were developed in this study. The device containing Super Yellow loaded with 1 wt% of POSS showed higher efficiency (ca. +30%) and improved lifetime in comparison to PLED prepared with the pure electroluminescent polymer. The PLED devices developed in this study are suitable candidates for automotive dashboards and, in general, for lighting applications. PMID:23059798

  3. In-situ photocrosslinkable nanohybrid elastomer based on polybutadiene/polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane.

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    Mirmohammadi, Seyed Amin; Nekoomanesh-Haghighi, Mehdi; Mohammadian Gezaz, Somayyeh; Bahri-Laleh, Naeimeh; Atai, Mohammad

    2016-11-01

    Hydroxyl functionalized nano-sized POSS or ethyleneglycol as diol monomers was incorporated to hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPBD) chain in the presence of fumaryl chloride as extender. Blue light photocrosslinking system based on camphorquinone (photoinitiator) and dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (accelerator) was applied to cure these two synthesized fumarate based macromers. Self-crosslinkability of unsaturated macromers and also crosslinking in presence of a reactive diluent were investigated in absence and presence of 1,4-butanediol dimethacrylate, respectively. Finally, photocured samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, equilibrium swelling study, TGA, DMTA, AFM and cell culture. The results showed that incorporation of POSS nanoparticle into the polymer matrix with a perfect distribution and dispersion can enhance thermal stability, mechanical and biocompatibility properties which can prove a good potential of this in-situ photocrosslinkable nanohybrid in medical applications. PMID:27524051

  4. A novel electroluminescent PPV copolymer and silsesquioxane nanocomposite film for the preparation of efficient PLED devices

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    Venegoni, Ivan; Carniato, Fabio; Olivero, Francesco; Bisio, Chiara; Li Pira, Nello; Lambertini, Vito Guido; Marchese, Leonardo

    2012-11-01

    Polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) have attracted growing interest in recent years for their potential use in displays and lighting fields. Nevertheless, PLED devices have some disadvantages in terms of low optoelectronic efficiency, high cost, short lifetimes and low thermal stability, which limit their final applications. Huge efforts have been made recently to improve the performances of these devices. The addition of inorganic or hybrid organic-inorganic nanoparticles to the light-emitting polymers, for example, allows their thermal stability and electroluminescent efficiency to be increased. Following this approach, novel PLED devices based on composite films of PPV-derivative copolymer (commercial name Super Yellow, SY) and octaisobutil POSS, were developed in this study. The device containing Super Yellow loaded with 1 wt% of POSS showed higher efficiency (ca. +30%) and improved lifetime in comparison to PLED prepared with the pure electroluminescent polymer. The PLED devices developed in this study are suitable candidates for automotive dashboards and, in general, for lighting applications.

  5. Electron transport nonlocality in monolayer graphene modified with hydrogen silsesquioxane polymerization

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    Kaverzin, Alexey

    Physical properties of electrons in graphene offer not only functionality in terms of conventional charge transport, but also allow to explore spin and valley degrees of freedom. The presence of internal coupling between the nontrivial current states and normal charge current provides the effective mechanism for studying these properties. At the same time a nonlocal geometry of the transport experiments allows to separate the useful signal associated with either spin or valley degree of freedom from trivial charge contribution. In this work using the nonlocal geometry we study the transport properties of hydrogenated graphene Hall bar devices. The observed nonlocal signal is seen to substantially exceed the background ohmic contribution and, therefore, has to be understood in terms of nontrivial mediative current. The channel length dependence of the useful signal falls into direct/inverse spin Hall effect description, however, the absence of the modulation of the measured effect with the applied in plane magnetic field discredits the spin nature of the observed phenomenon. Our findings cannot be explained with the existing models suggesting that further investigation is required. European Union's Seventh Framework Programme Grant 604391 Graphene Flagship, FOM, NWO.

  6. Interaction of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane containing epoxycyclohexyl groups with cholesterol at the air/water interface.

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    Dopierała, Katarzyna; Maciejewski, Hieronim; Prochaska, Krystyna

    2016-04-01

    Binary mixtures of cholesterol and fully-condensed octakis[{2-(3,4-epoxycyclohexyl) etyl}dimethyl-silyloxy]octasilsesquioxane (OE-POSS) were characterized using Langmuir trough for obtaining surface pressure-area isotherms. The most characteristic feature of the mixed films is the presence of two collapse points on the isotherms. The first one is attributed to the collapse of less stable OE-POSS and it occurs at similar surface pressures for all compositions, while the second one corresponds to cholesterol collapse. Brewster angle microscopy observations confirmed the collapse behavior of the mixed film. Strong condensing effect was observed for the mean molecular areas dependence on cholesterol content in the film. Moreover, formation of microdomains of each component in the matrix of the other one was confirmed by BAM images. For the reasons of molecular structures and interactions a true mixed and homogenous film did not form in the systems considered. Phase separation was observed for all the compositions experimented. The lack of the interactions of OE-POSS with biomembrane components represented by cholesterol is beneficial for applications of OE-POSS in biomedical devices. PMID:26752210

  7. NEW FE(III) AND OS(VI) SILSESQUIOXANES. (R829553)

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  8. Syntheses and spectroscopic and quadratic nonlinear optical properties of extended dipolar complexes with ruthenium(II) ammine electron donor and N-methylpyridinium acceptor groups.

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    Coe, Benjamin J; Jones, Lathe A; Harris, James A; Brunschwig, Bruce S; Asselberghs, Inge; Clays, Koen; Persoons, André; Garín, Javier; Orduna, Jesús

    2004-03-31

    In this paper, we describe the extremely unusual optical properties of Ru(II)-based electron donor-acceptor (D-A) polyene and some closely related chromophores. For three different polyene series, the intense, visible d-->pi* metal-to-ligand charge-transfer bands unexpectedly blue-shift as the number of E-ethylene units (n) increases from 1 to 3, and the static first hyperpolarizabilities beta(0) determined via hyper-Rayleigh scattering and Stark spectroscopy maximize at n = 2, in marked contrast to other known D-A polyenes in which beta(0) increases steadily with n. Time-dependent density-functional theory and finite field calculations verify these empirical trends, which arise from the orbital structures of the complexes. This study illustrates that transition metal-based nonlinear optical chromophores can show very different behavior when compared with their more thoroughly studied purely organic counterparts. PMID:15038742

  9. Crystal structure of 4-{2-[4-(di-methyl-amino)-phen-yl]diazen-1-yl}-1-methyl-pyridinium iodide.

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    Chulvi, Katherine; Costero, Ana; Ochando, Luis E; Gaviña, Pablo

    2015-12-01

    The mol-ecular geometry of the ionic title compound, C14H17N4 (+)·I(-) or DAZOP(+)·I(-), is essentially featureless. Regarding the crystal structure, in addition to the obvious cation-anion Coulombic inter-actions, the packing is mostly directed by non-covalent inter-actions involving both ring systems, as well as the iodide anion. It consists of cationic mol-ecules aligned along [101] and disposed in an anti-parallel fashion while linked into π-bonded dimeric entities by a stacking contact involving symmetry-related phenyl rings, with a centroid-centroid distance of 3.468 (3) Å and a slippage of 0.951 Å. The dimers are, in addition, sustained by a number of C-H⋯I and I⋯π (I⋯centroid = 3.876 Å) inter-actions involving the anion. Finally, inter-dimeric contacts are of the C-H⋯I and C-H⋯π types. PMID:26870502

  10. Bis(2-amino-4-methyl-pyridinium) trans-diaqua-bis-(pyrazine-2,3-dicarboxyl-ato)cuprate(II) hexa-hydrate.

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    Eshtiagh-Hosseini, Hossein; Gschwind, Fabienne; Alfi, Nafiseh; Mirzaei, Masoud

    2010-01-01

    The title compound, (C(6)H(9)N(2))(2)[Cu(C(6)H(2)N(2)O(4))(2)(H(2)O)(2)]·6H(2)O, consists of a mononuclear trans-[Cu(pzdc)(2)(H(2)O)(2)](2-) dianion (pzdc is pyrazine-2,3-dicarboxyl-ate) and two [ampyH](+) cations (ampy is 2-amino-4-methyl-pyridine) with six water mol-ecules of solvation. The Cu(II) atom is hexa-coordinated by two pzdc groups and two water mol-ecules. The coordinated water mol-ecules are in trans-diaxial positions and the pzdc dianion acts as a bidentate ligand through an O atom of the carboxyl-ate group and the N atom of the pyrazine ring. There are diverse hydrogen-bonding inter-actions, such as N-H⋯O and O-H⋯O contacts, which lead to the formation of a three-dimensional supra-molecular architecture. PMID:21587740

  11. Superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic binary micropatterns by localized thermal treatment of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-silica films

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    Schutzius, Thomas M.; Bayer, Ilker S.; Jursich, Gregory M.; Das, Arindam; Megaridis, Constantine M.

    2012-08-01

    Surfaces patterned with alternating (binary) superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic regions can be found naturally, offering a bio-inspired template for efficient fluid collection and management technologies. We describe a simple wet-processing, thermal treatment method to produce such patterns, starting with inherently superhydrophobic polysilsesquioxane-silica composite coatings prepared by spray casting nanoparticle dispersions. Such coatings become superhydrophilic after localized thermal treatment by means of laser irradiation or open-air flame exposure. When laser processed, the films are patternable down to ~100 μm scales. The dispersions consist of hydrophobic fumed silica (HFS) and methylsilsesquioxane resin, which are dispersed in isopropanol and deposited onto various substrates (glass, quartz, aluminum, copper, and stainless steel). The coatings are characterized by advancing, receding, and sessile contact angle measurements before and after thermal treatment to delineate the effects of HFS filler concentration and thermal treatment on coating wettability. SEM, XPS and TGA measurements reveal the effects of thermal treatment on surface chemistry and texture. The thermally induced wettability shift from superhydrophobic to superhydrophilic is interpreted with the Cassie-Baxter wetting theory. Several micropatterned wettability surfaces demonstrate potential in pool boiling heat transfer enhancement, capillarity-driven liquid transport in open surface-tension-confined channels (e.g., lab-on-a-chip), and select surface coating applications relying on wettability gradients. Advantages of the present approach include the inherent stability and inertness of the organosilane-based coatings, which can be applied on many types of surfaces (glass, metals, etc.) with ease. The present method is also scalable to large areas, thus being attractive for industrial coating applications.Surfaces patterned with alternating (binary) superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic regions can be found naturally, offering a bio-inspired template for efficient fluid collection and management technologies. We describe a simple wet-processing, thermal treatment method to produce such patterns, starting with inherently superhydrophobic polysilsesquioxane-silica composite coatings prepared by spray casting nanoparticle dispersions. Such coatings become superhydrophilic after localized thermal treatment by means of laser irradiation or open-air flame exposure. When laser processed, the films are patternable down to ~100 μm scales. The dispersions consist of hydrophobic fumed silica (HFS) and methylsilsesquioxane resin, which are dispersed in isopropanol and deposited onto various substrates (glass, quartz, aluminum, copper, and stainless steel). The coatings are characterized by advancing, receding, and sessile contact angle measurements before and after thermal treatment to delineate the effects of HFS filler concentration and thermal treatment on coating wettability. SEM, XPS and TGA measurements reveal the effects of thermal treatment on surface chemistry and texture. The thermally induced wettability shift from superhydrophobic to superhydrophilic is interpreted with the Cassie-Baxter wetting theory. Several micropatterned wettability surfaces demonstrate potential in pool boiling heat transfer enhancement, capillarity-driven liquid transport in open surface-tension-confined channels (e.g., lab-on-a-chip), and select surface coating applications relying on wettability gradients. Advantages of the present approach include the inherent stability and inertness of the organosilane-based coatings, which can be applied on many types of surfaces (glass, metals, etc.) with ease. The present method is also scalable to large areas, thus being attractive for industrial coating applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr30979c

  12. Improvement of interfacial property between PBO fibers and epoxy resin by surface grafting of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS)

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    Song, B.; Meng, L. H.; Huang, Y. D.

    2012-10-01

    PBO fiber as reinforced material has been widely applied in various fields such as aerospace, automobile and sport apparatus due to excellent mechanic property during past two decades. However, poor interfacial adhesion limits the further application of PBO fiber. To solve this problem, plenty of work has been done. In the present study, the surface of PBO fibers was treated through surface grafting of polyhedral oligomeric silsequioxanes (POSS). The effect of POSS grafting on bulk mechanic property and interfacial property of PBO fiber were studied. Surface chemical composition, surface morphologies, surface free energy, single-fiber tensile strength of untreated and treated PBO fiber were characterized. The results show that POSS nanoparticles were grafted on the fiber surface successfully. The surface characteristics of treated PBO fiber were different from that of untreated one. Oxygen-containing polar functional groups, elemental ratio of oxygen to carbon, surface roughness and surface free energy increased significantly. In addition, interfacial shear strength between treated PBO fibers and epoxy resin increased to 54.9 MPa comparative with untreated one. Meanwhile tensile strength of treated PBO fibers only very little decreased. Therefore, POSS surface grafting can be utilized to enhance the interfacial adhesion between PBO fibers and epoxy resin matrix.

  13. Thermal and mechanical properties of hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene-based polyurethane/polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanocomposites plasticized with DOA.

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    Kim, Ho-Joong; Kwon, Younghwan; Kim, Chang Kee

    2013-01-01

    Thermal and mechanical properties of PU/POSS nanocomposites plasticized with DOA were investigated. These hybrid materials were prepared using one-step method through the incorporation of flexible HTPB prepolymer, reactive or non-reactive POSS nanoparticle, and DOA plasticizer under IPDI curative system. The plasticizer added into PU/POSS composites decreased glass transition temperature, mechanical strength and modulus, while the change of thermal stability was modest. Thermal stability of these hybrid composites was found to depend preferably on characteristics of POSS molecules incorporated. PMID:23646777

  14. Enhanced processability of MWCNT through surface treatment by octa(phenol) polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nano-crosslinking

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    Omrani, Abdollah; Yen, Ying-Chieh; Cheng, Chih-Chia; Chang, Feng-Chih

    2014-01-01

    A facile method was developed to prepare MWCNT/POSS nanocomposites by direct esterification between carboxylic acid functionalized MWCNT and octa(phenol) octasilsesquioxane. Completeness of the MWCNT surface modification was confirmed by FT-IR. The hybrid nano-MWCNT-OP-POSS composite structure and properties was characterized using DSC, TGA, optical microscopy, WAXD, and AFM. The results indicated the solubility and processability of MWCNT-COOH improved because of OP-POSS grafting on MWCNT surface. The Tg and thermal stability of the nanocomposites was higher than that of the OP-POSS as a result of the cross-linking reaction. AFM observations revealed that the nanocomponents were reacted in a homogeneous phase at nanoscale level.

  15. Superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic binary micropatterns by localized thermal treatment of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-silica films.

    PubMed

    Schutzius, Thomas M; Bayer, Ilker S; Jursich, Gregory M; Das, Arindam; Megaridis, Constantine M

    2012-09-01

    Surfaces patterned with alternating (binary) superhydrophobic-superhydrophilic regions can be found naturally, offering a bio-inspired template for efficient fluid collection and management technologies. We describe a simple wet-processing, thermal treatment method to produce such patterns, starting with inherently superhydrophobic polysilsesquioxane-silica composite coatings prepared by spray casting nanoparticle dispersions. Such coatings become superhydrophilic after localized thermal treatment by means of laser irradiation or open-air flame exposure. When laser processed, the films are patternable down to ∼100 μm scales. The dispersions consist of hydrophobic fumed silica (HFS) and methylsilsesquioxane resin, which are dispersed in isopropanol and deposited onto various substrates (glass, quartz, aluminum, copper, and stainless steel). The coatings are characterized by advancing, receding, and sessile contact angle measurements before and after thermal treatment to delineate the effects of HFS filler concentration and thermal treatment on coating wettability. SEM, XPS and TGA measurements reveal the effects of thermal treatment on surface chemistry and texture. The thermally induced wettability shift from superhydrophobic to superhydrophilic is interpreted with the Cassie-Baxter wetting theory. Several micropatterned wettability surfaces demonstrate potential in pool boiling heat transfer enhancement, capillarity-driven liquid transport in open surface-tension-confined channels (e.g., lab-on-a-chip), and select surface coating applications relying on wettability gradients. Advantages of the present approach include the inherent stability and inertness of the organosilane-based coatings, which can be applied on many types of surfaces (glass, metals, etc.) with ease. The present method is also scalable to large areas, thus being attractive for industrial coating applications. PMID:22820974

  16. The microstructure of polyamide 6 and polyamide 6/polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanocomposites synthesized by phase inversion procedure under electric field

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    Zhou, Qi; Cong, Yang; Wu, Ningkun; Loo, Leslie S.

    2015-12-01

    Polyamide 6 (PA6) and PA6/octaammonium POSS (OA-POSS) nanocomposites were synthesized by phase inversion procedure assisted with external electric field and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and water contact angle (CA) measurements. It is very interesting to find that external electric field has greatly different effects on the microstructure evolution behaviors of PA6 and PA6/OA-POSS nanocomposites. For pure PA6 samples, crystallization was retarded while hydrophilicity was enhanced with increasing the strength of applied electric field. However, for PA6/OA-POSS nanocomposites, both crystallinity and hydrophilicity keep stable with increased electric field strength. The migration behavior of OA-POSS molecules was hindered under electric field. The mechanism for the formation of PA6 and PA6/OA-POSS nanocomposites with the presence of external electric field is discussed.

  17. Gold Nanoparticle@Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Hybrid Scaffolds in Microfluidic Format – Highly Efficient and Green Catalytic Platforms

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    Scholder, Pascal; Hafner, Martina; Hassel, Achim W.; Nischang, Ivo

    2016-01-01

    Abstract We report on the preparation of new hybrid organic–inorganic multiporous monolithic capillary columns carrying gold nanoparticles of 5, 10, 50, and 100 nm size and their use as flow‐through catalytic platforms for aqueous liquid‐phase reduction reactions. We found that the flow‐through performance of the reactors depends not only on the size of the gold nanoparticles but also on the interplay of the pore size of the scaffolds and the catalytically available gold surface within the system, that is, loading an increased number of gold nanoparticles of smaller size does not necessarily result in strictly improved performance. This indicates the importance of the interplay between the nanopore size of the scaffolds and the catalytically active gold surface existing within the system. Demonstration of the highly efficient catalytic flow‐through operation within seconds and the repeated use of the reactors without loss of performance indicates their excellent suitability as microfluidic device elements.

  18. Lasing characteristics of difluoroborates of 2,2'-dipyrromethene derivatives in solid matrices

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    Kuznetsova, R T; Aksenova, Yu V; Solodova, T A; Kopylova, T N; Tel'minov, E N; Mayer, G V; Berezin, M B; Antina, E V; Burkova, S L; Semeikin, A S

    2014-03-28

    The luminescence-spectral, lasing and photochemical characteristics of laser media based on boron fluoride complexes of dipyrromethenes, embedded into solid bulk matrices of polymethylmethacrylate and its modifications (obtained by adding polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane during polymerisation) and into polymer films, in which polyhedral silsesquioxane enters the composition of monomeric unit, have been investigated. (lasers)

  19. Synthesis of a Nanostructured Composite: Octakis(1-propyl-1H-1,2,3-triazole-4-yl(methyl 2-chlorobenzoate))octasilsesquioxane via Click Reaction.

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    Ghodsi, Mohammadi Ziarani; Shakiba Nahad, Monireh; Lashgari, Negar; Alireza, Badiei

    2015-01-01

    Octakis(1-propyl-1H-1,2,3-triazole-4-yl(methyl 2-chlorobenzoate))octasilsesquioxanes as functionalized silsesquioxanes were synthesized via click reaction (copper-catalyzed Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction) between azidemoiety functionalized silsesquioxane and prop-2-ynyl 2-chlorobenzoate. The latter one was synthesized via the condensation reaction of propargyl alcohol and 2-chlorobenzoyl chloride in the presence of SBA-Pr-NH(2) (Santa Barbara Amorphous type material) as a nano basic catalyst. This approach provides a simple and convenient route to efficiently functionalize a wide range of new structures on the surface of silsesquioxanes. PMID:26454606

  20. POSS-containing red fluorescent nanoparticles for rapid detection of aqueous fluoride ions.

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    Du, Fanfan; Bao, Yinyin; Liu, Bin; Tian, Jiao; Li, Qianbiao; Bai, Ruke

    2013-05-21

    Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-containing red fluorescent nanoparticles were designed and prepared for rapid detection of aqueous fluoride ions by virtue of the fluoride-triggered self-quenching of perylene bisimide dyes in nanoparticle cores. PMID:23575958

  1. Miniaturized catalysis: monolithic, highly porous, large surface area capillary flow reactors constructed in situ from polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS)† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5cy00510h Click here for additional data file.

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    Scholder, P.

    2015-01-01

    A single-step molding process utilizing free-radical cross-linking reaction of vinyl POSS in microliter-sized dimensions leads to hierarchically-structured, mechanically robust, porous hybrid structures. Functional variants show excellent performance in Suzuki-type coupling reactions. Due to their small volume, long-term operational robustness, and potential chemical diversity, these materials are promising candidates for catalyst screening applications. PMID:26322221

  2. Molecular composites from hydrido and vinyl functionalized silsequioxanes

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    Zhang, C.; Baranwal, R.; Laine, R.M.

    1995-12-31

    Hydrido and vinyl functionalized silsesquioxanes [RSiO{sub 1.5}]{sub 8} (R=H, 1; R=vinyl, 2; R=OSi(CH{sub 3}){sub 2}H, 3; R=OSi(CH{sub 3}){sub 2}-vinyl, 4.) can be synthesized through rather simple processes from fairly inexpensive starting materials. The rigid caged silsesquioxane (cube) structures are very similar to those found in zeolites and may lead to highly porous materials with high surface areas. In this study, the hydrido and vinyl silsesquioxanes 1-4 were cross-coupled via {open_quote}Pt{close_quote} catalyzed hydrosilylation. The resultant polymeric materials showed good thermal stability and high surface area as found by TGA and porosimetry studies. DSC and FTIR studies indicate that on beating, further curing of the residual reactive functional groups occurs. These high surface area materials may have potential applications as insulating and low dielectric materials.

  3. Coherent Random Fiber Laser Based on Nanoparticles Scattering in the Extremely Weakly Scattering Regime

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    Hu, Zhijia; Zhang, Qun; Miao, Bo; Fu, Qiang; Zou, Gang; Chen, Yang; Luo, Yi; Zhang, Douguo; Wang, Pei; Ming, Hai; Zhang, Qijin

    2012-12-01

    We demonstrate the realization of a coherent random fiber laser (RFL) in the extremely weakly scattering regime, which contains a dispersive solution of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes nanoparticles (NPs) and laser dye pyrromethene 597 in carbon disulfide that was injected into a hollow optical fiber. Multiple scattering of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes NPs greatly enhanced by the waveguide confinement effect was experimentally verified to account for coherent lasing observed in our RFL system. This Letter extends the NPs-based RFLs from the incoherent regime to the coherent regime.

  4. Modification of the Surface Properties of Polyimide Films using POSS Deposition and Oxygen Plasma Exposure

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    Wohl, Christopher J.; Belcher, Marcus A.; Ghose, Sayata; Connell, John W.

    2008-01-01

    Topographically rich surfaces were generated by spray-coating organic solutions of a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane, octakis (dimethylsilyloxy) silsesquioxane (POSS), on Kapton HN films and exposing them to radio frequency generated oxygen plasma. Changes in both surface chemistry and topography were observed. High-resolution scanning electron microscopy indicated substantial modification of the POSS-coated polyimide surface topographies as a result of oxygen plasma exposure. Water contact angles varied from 104 deg for unexposed POSS-coated surfaces to approximately 5 deg, for samples exposed for 5 h. Modulation of the dispersive and polar contributions to the surface energy was determined using van Oss Good Chaudhury theory.

  5. Electrorheological fluids and methods

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    Green, Peter F.; McIntyre, Ernest C.

    2015-06-02

    Electrorheological fluids and methods include changes in liquid-like materials that can flow like milk and subsequently form solid-like structures under applied electric fields; e.g., about 1 kV/mm. Such fluids can be used in various ways as smart suspensions, including uses in automotive, defense, and civil engineering applications. Electrorheological fluids and methods include one or more polar molecule substituted polyhedral silsesquioxanes (e.g., sulfonated polyhedral silsesquioxanes) and one or more oils (e.g., silicone oil), where the fluid can be subjected to an electric field.

  6. Polyoxometalate salts of cationic nitronyl nitroxide free radicals

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    Coronado, Eugenio; Giménez-Saiz, Carlos; Gómez-García, Carlos J.; Romero, Francisco M.

    2008-12-01

    The cationic nitronyl nitroxide free radical of the N-methylpyridinium type p-MepyNN + has been combined with [Mo 8O 26] 4- and Keggin [SiW 12O 40] 4- polyanions to afford salts ( p-MepyNN) 4[Mo 8O 26]·DMSO (DMSO = dimethylsulfoxide) ( 1) and ( p-MepyNN) 4[SiW 12O 40]·6DMF (DMF = dimethylformamide) ( 2). Herein, their structural and magnetic properties are described.

  7. Interfacial self-assembly of water-soluble cationic porphyrins for the reduction of oxygen to water.

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    Olaya, Astrid J; Schaming, Delphine; Brevet, Pierre-Francois; Nagatani, Hirohisa; Xu, Hai-Jun; Meyer, Michel; Girault, Hubert H

    2012-06-25

    Meet at the border: Assembly of the water-soluble cobalt tetrakis(N-methylpyridinium-4-yl)porphyrin [CoTMPyP](4+) at soft interfaces is enhanced and stabilized by its interfacial interaction with the lipophilic anion (C(6)F(5))(4)B(-). The supramolecular structure thus formed provides excellent catalytic activity in the four-electron reduction of oxygen. PMID:22615211

  8. [Effect of radiation on erythrocyte membrane structure using fluorescent probes].

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    Gorbenko, G P; Krupin, V D; Tovstiak, V V

    1994-01-01

    The effect of electrons with the energy of 5 MeV on the erythrocyte membrane structure was investigated using a fluorescent probe (4-dimethylaminostiryl)-1-methylpyridinium (DSM). Analysis of a competitive binding of DSM and ribonuclease with the erythrocyte ghosts has shown that irradiation causes an increase in the constant of protein association with membranes. It is suggested that a negative surface change increase with irradiation. PMID:7754561

  9. A study on the stability of n-type conductive polymer

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    Onoda, M.

    2016-04-01

    Novel n-type conducting polymer, poly (p-methylpyridinium vinylene), PMePyV were synthesized by using the quaternization of poly (p-pyridyl vinylene), PPyV and several regiochemical consequences in this polymer were proposed. The electrical, optical, and electrochemical properties of n-type conductive polymer were observed. In addition, a possibility of a variety of functional applications of n-type conductive polymer was indicated.

  10. Structural Elucidation of a Carnosine-Acrolein Adduct and its Quantification in Human Urine Samples

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    Bispo, Vanderson S.; de Arruda Campos, Ivan P.; Di Mascio, Paolo; Medeiros, Marisa H. G.

    2016-01-01

    Aldehydes accumulate in inflammation, during myocardial infarction and have been associated with pain symptoms. One pathway of aldehyde detoxification is the conjugation with carnosine. A 3-methylpyridinium carnosine adduct from the reaction of carnosine and acrolein was characterized using extensive spectroscopic measurements. The adduct with urinary concentrations of 1.82 ± 0.68 nmol/mg of creatinine is one of the most abundant acrolein metabolites in urine and opens promising therapeutic strategies for carnosine. PMID:26783107

  11. Structural Elucidation of a Carnosine-Acrolein Adduct and its Quantification in Human Urine Samples.

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    Bispo, Vanderson S; de Arruda Campos, Ivan P; Di Mascio, Paolo; Medeiros, Marisa H G

    2016-01-01

    Aldehydes accumulate in inflammation, during myocardial infarction and have been associated with pain symptoms. One pathway of aldehyde detoxification is the conjugation with carnosine. A 3-methylpyridinium carnosine adduct from the reaction of carnosine and acrolein was characterized using extensive spectroscopic measurements. The adduct with urinary concentrations of 1.82 ± 0.68 nmol/mg of creatinine is one of the most abundant acrolein metabolites in urine and opens promising therapeutic strategies for carnosine. PMID:26783107

  12. Trapping molecular bromine: a one-dimensional bromobismuthate complex with Br2 as a linker.

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    Adonin, S A; Gorokh, I D; Abramov, P A; Plyusnin, P E; Sokolov, M N; Fedin, V P

    2016-03-01

    The reaction between solid (NMP)n{[BiBr4]}n (1) (NMP = N-methylpyridinium) and Br2, generated in situ in HBr solution, results in the formation of (NMP)3[Bi2Br9]·Br2 (2). In the structure of 2, dibromine molecules connect discrete binuclear [Bi2Br9](3-) anions into an extended network. Complex 2 is thermally stable (up to 150 °C). PMID:26905232

  13. Alkylpyridiniums. 1. Formation in model systems via thermal degradation of trigonelline.

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    Stadler, Richard H; Varga, Natalia; Hau, Jörg; Vera, Francia Arce; Welti, Dieter H

    2002-02-27

    Trigonelline is a well-known precursor of flavor/aroma compounds in coffee and undergoes significant degradation during roasting. This study investigates the major nonvolatile products that are procured after trigonelline has been subjected to mild pyrolysis conditions (220-250 degrees C) under atmospheric pressure. Various salt forms of trigonelline were also prepared and the thermally produced nonvolatiles analyzed by thin layer chromatography, liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry, and (1)H and (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance. Results revealed the decarboxylated derivative 1-methylpyridinium as a major product of certain salts, the formation of which is positively correlated to temperature from 220 to 245 degrees C. Moreover, trigonelline hydrochloride afforded far greater amounts of 1-methylpyridinium compared to the monohydrate over the temperature range studied. Investigations into other potential quaternary amine products of trigonelline also indicate nucleophilic substitution reactions that lead to dialkylpyridiniums, albeit at concentration levels approximately 100-fold lower than those recorded for 1-methylpyridinium. PMID:11853503

  14. Synthesis and evaluation of novel analogues of vitamin B6 as reactivators of tabun and paraoxon inhibited acetylcholinesterase.

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    Gaso-Sokac, Dajana; Katalinić, Maja; Kovarik, Zrinka; Busić, Valentina; Kovac, Spomenka

    2010-09-01

    A series of novel pyridinium oximes was prepared by reactions of quaternization of pyridoxal oxime with substituted phenacyl bromides in acetone at room temperature. The structures of compounds were determined according to the data obtained by IR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, (1)H and (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy as well as by elemental analysis. We tested pyridoxal oxime (1) and five prepared oximes in 1mM concentration as reactivators of human erythrocytes acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibited by organophosphorus compounds tabun and paraoxon: 1-phenacyl-3-hydroxy-4-hydroxyiminomethyl-5-hydroxymethyl-2-methylpyridinium bromide (2), 1-(4'-chlorophenacyl)-3-hydroxy-4-hydroxyiminomethyl-5-hydroxymethyl-2-methylpyridinium bromide (3), 1-(4'-fluorophenacyl)-3-hydroxy-4-hydroxyiminomethyl-5-hydroxymethyl-2-methylpyridinium bromide (4), 3-hydroxy-4-hydroxyiminomethyl-5-hydroxymethyl-2-methyl-1-(4'-methylphenacyl)pyridinium bromide (5), 3-hydroxy-4-hydroxyiminomethyl-5-hydroxymethyl-2-methyl-1-(4'-methoxyphenacyl)pyridinium bromide (6). However, tested oximes were not efficient in reactivation of either tabun or paraoxon inhibited AChE. The maximum restored enzyme activity in 24h was below 25%. Therefore, this class of compounds cannot be considered as potential improvement in a search for new and more efficient antidotes against OP poisoning. PMID:20144593

  15. LDRD final report on nanocomposite materials based on hydrocarbon-bridged siloxanes

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    Ulibarri, T.A.; Bates, S.E.; Loy, D.A.; Jamison, G.M.; Emerson, J.A.; Curro, J.G.

    1997-05-01

    Silicones [polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) polymers] are environmentally safe, nonflammable, weather resistant, thermally stable, low T{sub g} materials which are attractive for general elastomer applications because of their safety and their performance over a wide temperature range. However, PDMS is inherently weak due to its low glass transition temperature (T{sub g}) and lack of stress crystallization. The major goal of this project was to create a family of reinforced elastomers based on silsesquioxane/PDMS networks. Polydimethylsiloxane-based (PDMS) composite materials containing a variety of alkylene-arylene-bridged polysilsesquioxanes were synthesized in order to probe short chain and linkage effects in bimodal polymer networks. Monte Carlo simulations on the alkylene-bridged silsesquioxane/PDMS system predicted that the introduction of the silsesquioxane short chains into the long chain PDMS network would have a significant reinforcing effect on the elastomer. The silsesquioxane-PDMS networks were synthesized and evaluated. Analysis of the mechanical properties of the resulting materials indicated that use of the appropriate silisesquioxane generated materials with greatly enhanced properties. Arylene and activated alkylene systems resulted in materials that showed superior adhesive strength for metal-to-metal adhesion.

  16. Kinetics of the reduction of pyridinium ions by 2-hydroxy-2-propyl radicals in aqueous solution

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    Shimura, M.; Espenson, J.H.

    1983-01-19

    Kinetic measurements were made for the reductions of the pyridinium ions derived from pyridine, 4-methylpyridine, 3-hydroxypyridine, nicotinamide, and isonicotinamide as well as 1-methylpyridinium and 1,4-dimethylpyridinium ions by 2-hydroxy-2-propyl radicals, which were generated by the homolytic cleavage of the chromium-carbon bond in (H/sub 2/O)/sub 5/CrC(CH/sub 3/)/sub 2/OH/sup 2 +/. The rate constants (dm/sup 3/ mol/sup -1/ s/sup -1/) at 25.0/sup 0/C and an ionic strength of 1.0M (LiClO/sub 4/) are as follows: pyridinium ion, 9.6 x 10/sup 5/; 1-methylpyridinium ion, 3.7 x 10/sup 5/; 4-methylpyridinium ion, 7.3 x 10/sup 4/; 1,4-dimethylpyridinium ion, less than or equal to1 x 10/sup 4/; 3-hydroxypyridinium ion, 1.4 x 10/sup 8/; 3-(aminocarbonyl)pyridinium ion, 7.9 x 10/sup 8/; 4-(aminocarbonyl)pyridinium ion, 1.2 x 10/sup 9/. The rate constants are reasonably well correlated by the Hammett p-sigma equation with p = +8.5. The first two compounds show a second kinetic term corresponding to the rate law k'(Cr/sup 2 +/)(pyH/sup +/)(.C-(CH/sub 3/)/sub 2/OH)(H/sup +/)/sup -1/, consistent with reduction of a Cr(II)-pyridine complex by the free radical.

  17. Photo and Collision Induced Isomerization of a Cyclic Retinal Derivative: An Ion Mobility Study.

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    Coughlan, Neville J A; Scholz, Michael S; Hansen, Christopher S; Trevitt, Adam J; Adamson, Brian D; Bieske, Evan J

    2016-09-01

    A cationic degradation product, formed in solution from retinal Schiff base (RSB), is examined in the gas phase using ion mobility spectrometry, photoisomerization action spectroscopy, and collision induced dissociation (CID). The degradation product is found to be N-n-butyl-2-(β-ionylidene)-4-methylpyridinium (BIP) produced through 6π electrocyclization of RSB followed by protonation and loss of dihydrogen. Ion mobility measurements show that BIP exists as trans and cis isomers that can be interconverted through buffer gas collisions and by exposure to light, with a maximum response at λ = 420 nm.Graphical Abstract. PMID:27278825

  18. Photo and Collision Induced Isomerization of a Cyclic Retinal Derivative: An Ion Mobility Study

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    Coughlan, Neville J. A.; Scholz, Michael S.; Hansen, Christopher S.; Trevitt, Adam J.; Adamson, Brian D.; Bieske, Evan J.

    2016-06-01

    A cationic degradation product, formed in solution from retinal Schiff base (RSB), is examined in the gas phase using ion mobility spectrometry, photoisomerization action spectroscopy, and collision induced dissociation (CID). The degradation product is found to be N-n-butyl-2-(β-ionylidene)-4-methylpyridinium (BIP) produced through 6π electrocyclization of RSB followed by protonation and loss of dihydrogen. Ion mobility measurements show that BIP exists as trans and cis isomers that can be interconverted through buffer gas collisions and by exposure to light, with a maximum response at λ = 420 nm.

  19. Synthesis and oxidation of aminoalkyl-onium compounds by pig kidney diamine oxidase

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    Bardsley, W. G.; Ashford, J. S.; Hill, C. M.

    1971-01-01

    1. The preparation of a series of compounds derived from diamines by replacing one amino group by a dimethylsulphonium, isothiuronium, trimethylammonium, NN′-dimethylimidazolium or N-methylpyridinium species is described. 2. The behaviour of these compounds as substrates of pig kidney diamine oxidase is reported. All but the trimethylammonium compounds proved to be substrates. 3. Many of these compounds showed potent inhibition at high substrate concentration and this was studied. 4. On the basis of these and other observations a scheme for enzyme–substrate interaction is suggested. PMID:5001323

  20. Photo and Collision Induced Isomerization of a Cyclic Retinal Derivative: An Ion Mobility Study

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    Coughlan, Neville J. A.; Scholz, Michael S.; Hansen, Christopher S.; Trevitt, Adam J.; Adamson, Brian D.; Bieske, Evan J.

    2016-09-01

    A cationic degradation product, formed in solution from retinal Schiff base (RSB), is examined in the gas phase using ion mobility spectrometry, photoisomerization action spectroscopy, and collision induced dissociation (CID). The degradation product is found to be N- n-butyl-2-(β-ionylidene)-4-methylpyridinium (BIP) produced through 6π electrocyclization of RSB followed by protonation and loss of dihydrogen. Ion mobility measurements show that BIP exists as trans and cis isomers that can be interconverted through buffer gas collisions and by exposure to light, with a maximum response at λ = 420 nm.

  1. Graphene Oxide Nanofiltration Membranes Stabilized by Cationic Porphyrin for High Salt Rejection.

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    Xu, Xiao-Ling; Lin, Fu-Wen; Du, Yong; Zhang, Xi; Wu, Jian; Xu, Zhi-Kang

    2016-05-25

    Swelling has great influences on the structure stability and separation performance of graphene oxide laminate membranes (GOLMs) for water desalination and purification. Herein, we report cross-linked GOLMs from GO assembled with cationic tetrakis(1-methyl-pyridinium-4-yl)porphyrin (TMPyP) by a vacuum-assisted strategy. The concave nonoxide regions (G regions) of GO are used as cross-linking sites for the first time to precisely control the channel size for water permeation and salt ion retention. Channels around 1 nm are constructed by modulating the assembly ratio of TMPyP/GO, and these cross-linked GOLMs show high salt rejection. PMID:27158976

  2. Oxygen Plasma Modification of Poss-Coated Kapton(Registered TradeMark) HN Films

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    Wohl, C. J.; Belcher, M. A.; Ghose, S.; Connell, J. W.

    2008-01-01

    The surface energy of a material depends on both surface composition and topographic features. In an effort to modify the surface topography of Kapton(Registered TradeMark) HN film, organic solutions of a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane, octakis(dimethylsilyloxy)silsesquioxane (POSS), were spray-coated onto the Kapton(Registered TradeMark) HN surface. Prior to POSS application, the Kapton(Registered TradeMark) HN film was activated by exposure to radio frequency (RF)-generated oxygen plasma. After POSS deposition and solvent evaporation, the films were exposed to various durations of RF-generated oxygen plasma to create a topographically rich surface. The modified films were characterized using optical microscopy, attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy, and high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM). The physical properties of the modified films will be presented.

  3. Ceramic matrix and resin matrix composites: A comparison

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    Hurwitz, Frances I.

    1987-01-01

    The underlying theory of continuous fiber reinforcement of ceramic matrix and resin matrix composites, their fabrication, microstructure, physical and mechanical properties are contrasted. The growing use of organometallic polymers as precursors to ceramic matrices is discussed as a means of providing low temperature processing capability without the fiber degradation encountered with more conventional ceramic processing techniques. Examples of ceramic matrix composites derived from particulate-filled, high char yield polymers and silsesquioxane precursors are provided.

  4. Ceramic matrix and resin matrix composites - A comparison

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    Hurwitz, Frances I.

    1987-01-01

    The underlying theory of continuous fiber reinforcement of ceramic matrix and resin matrix composites, their fabrication, microstructure, physical and mechanical properties are contrasted. The growing use of organometallic polymers as precursors to ceramic matrices is discussed as a means of providing low temperature processing capability without the fiber degradation encountered with more conventional ceramic processing techniques. Examples of ceramic matrix composites derived from particulate-filled, high char yield polymers and silsesquioxane precursors are provided.

  5. Thermo-responsive PNIPAM nanofibres crosslinked by OpePOSS

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    Wang, Jing; Hurren, Christopher; Sutti, Alessandra; Lin, Tong; Wang, Xungai

    2013-08-01

    Stable and re-usable thermo-responsive hydrogel nanofibres were produced by electrospinning poly(Nisopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) in presence of a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) possessing eight epoxide groups, and of a 2-ethyl-4-methylimidazole (EMI) as a catalyst, followed by a heat curing treatment. The roles of the organic-base catalyst in the formation of crosslinked polymer network, fibre morphologies, and hydrogel properties were examined in this paper.

  6. Multifunctional photoreactive inorganic cages for three-dimensional holographic data storage.

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    Lee, Seungwoo; Jeong, Yong-Cheol; Lee, Jihye; Park, Jung-Ki

    2009-10-15

    We demonstrate a holographic photopolymer based on multifunctional photoreactive inorganic cages, polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS). It is shown that a second photopolymerizable monomer, POSS, for the photopolymer, contributes to significantly enhance photosensitivity as well as refractive index modulation (Deltan). We also found that during the formation of holographic gratings, polymerization of POSS could effectively suppress volume shrinkage of photopolymer resin, owing to its filler-strengthening effect of inorganic cages accompanied with interpenetrating effect. PMID:19838237

  7. A simple approach to hybrid inorganic–organic step-growth hydrogels with scalable control of physicochemical properties and biodegradability† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details and characterization data as mentioned in the text. See DOI: 10.1039/c4py01789g Click here for additional data file.

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    Alves, F.

    2015-01-01

    We prepared new and scalable, hybrid inorganic–organic step-growth hydrogels with polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) network knot construction elements and hydrolytically degradable poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) di-ester macromonomers by in situ radical-mediated thiol–ene photopolymerization. The physicochemical properties of the gels are fine-tailored over orders of magnitude including functionalization of their interior, a hierarchical gel structure, and biodegradability. PMID:25821524

  8. Pyrene-POSS nanohybrid as a dispersant for carbon nanotubes in solvents of various polarities: its synthesis and application in the preparation of a composite membrane

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    2012-01-01

    In this study we report the preparation of nanohybrid dispersant molecules based on pyrene and polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes for non-covalent functionalization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The prepared dispersant improves the dispersion of MWCNTs in organic solvents with very different polarities such as tetrahydrofuran, toluene, and n-hexane. The functionalized MWCNTs were used to introduce conductivity into polydimethylsiloxane membranes which can be used for electrostatic discharge applications. PMID:22676373

  9. Coherent random fiber lasers in a weakly scattering system based on waveguide effect

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    Hu, Zhijia; Miao, Bo; Zhang, Qijin

    2012-11-01

    Coherent random fiber laser is obtained by end pumping a hollow optical fiber (HOF) filled with a dispersive solution of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) nanoparticles and laser dye pyrromethene 597 (PM597) in carbon disulfide (CS2). However, coherent random laser can not been observed for the same solution in the quartz cuvette. We suggest that the coherent feedback is caused by the cooperative effect of light scattering and waveguide effect. We will deep research the effect in the near future.

  10. Rational molecular design of PEOlated ladder-structured polysilsesquioxane membranes for high performance CO2 removal.

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    Park, Sunghwan; Lee, Albert S; Do, Yu Seong; Hwang, Seung Sang; Lee, Young Moo; Lee, Jung-Hyun; Lee, Jong Suk

    2015-10-25

    Poly(methoxy(polyethyleneoxy)propyl-co-methacryloxypropyl) silsesquioxane membranes with different copolymer ratios were successfully fabricated via UV-induced crosslinking with mechanical stability. By selectively introducing polyethylene oxide (PEO) groups covalently bound to the ladder-structured polysilsesquioxane, we effectively suppressed the PEO crystallization, allowing for excellent CO2/H2 and CO2/N2 separation under single as well as mixed gas conditions. PMID:26340230

  11. Hybrid electrolytes with controlled network structures for lithium metal batteries.

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    Pan, Qiwei; Smith, Derrick M; Qi, Hao; Wang, Shijun; Li, Christopher Y

    2015-10-21

    Solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) with tunable network structures are prepared by a facile one-pot reaction of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane and poly(ethylene glycol). These SPEs, with high conductivity and high modulus, exhibit superior resistance to lithium dendrite growth even at high current densities. Measurements of lithium metal batteries with a LiFePO4 cathode show excellent cycling stability and rate capability. PMID:26316140

  12. Preparation and electric property of polysilsesquioxane thin films incorporating carbazole groups.

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    Watase, Seiji; Fujisaki, Daiki; Watanabe, Mitsuru; Mitamura, Koji; Nishioka, Noboru; Matsukawa, Kimihiro

    2014-09-26

    New silsesquioxane incorporating a carbazole groups (PCTSQ) has been synthesized by a click thiol-ene reaction and a subsequent sol-gel reaction. To evaluate the electric property of this hybrid, diode devices have been fabricated by using PCTSQ thin film by spin-coating onto n-type ZnO film prepared by the electrodeposition method. The thin film hybrid devices showed good electric characteristics and high rectification ratio, as well as worked as a rectifier. PMID:25111904

  13. Characterization of 3-Aminopropyl Oligosilsesquioxane.

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    Dimzon, Ian Ken D; Frömel, Tobias; Knepper, Thomas P

    2016-05-01

    The synthesis routes in the production of polysilsesquioxanes have largely relied upon in situ formations. This perspective often leads to polymers in which their basic structures including molecular weight and functionality are unknown [ Lichtenhan , J. D. ; et al. Silsesquioxane-siloxane copolymers from polyhedral silsesquioxanes Macromolecules , 1993 , 26 , 2141 - 2142 , http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ma0060a053 ]. For a better understanding of the polysilsesquioxane properties and applications, there is a need to develop more techniques to enable their chemical characterization. An innovative method was developed to determine the molecular weight distribution (MWD) of an oligosilsesquioxane synthesized in-house from (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane. This method, which can be applied to other silsesquioxanes, siloxanes, and similar oligomers and polymers, involved separation using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and detection using mass spectrometry (MS) with electrospray ionization (ESI). The novelty of the method lies on the unique determination of the absolute concentrations of the individual homologues present in the sample formulation. The use of absolute concentrations is necessary in estimating the MWD of the formulation when relative percentage, which is based solely on mass spectral ion intensities, becomes irrelevant due to the disproportionate response factors of the homologues. Determination of absolute concentration requires the use of single-homologue calibration standards. Because of commercial unavailability, these standards were prepared by efficient fractionation of the original formulation. PMID:27018602

  14. Deliberate design of an acentric diamondoid metal-organic network

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    Yang Caiqin; Wang Jing; Wang Wei; Zhan Wenhong

    2011-09-15

    Reaction of 2.5-dicarboxy-1-methylpyridinium (DCMP) chloride and Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}.6H{sub 2}O in the presence of NaHCO{sub 3} in water gave an expected acentric diamondoid network [Zn(DCMP){sub 2}] with a three-fold interpenetration. With long Zn-Zn separations, very large cavities are formed within each diamondoid network with high propensity to interpenetration, which makes it show a promising non-linear optical property with SHG efficiency approximately 7 times higher than that of potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP). The design strategy of ligand through methylation of the corresponding pyrdinecarboxylic acid can be extended to other widely used carboxylic acids, more importantly, to lead to an unsymmetric bifunctional bridging ligand, which is essential for generating polar solids. - Graphical Abstract: Reaction of Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}.6H{sub 2}O with a deliberately designed unsymmetrical ligand 2.5-dicarboxy-1-methylpyridinium (DCMP) chloride and in the presence of NaHCO{sub 3} gave an expected noncentric diamondoid network [Zn(DCMP){sub 2}], which has its SHG response approximately 7 times higher than that of potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP). Highlights: > DCMP as an unsymmetrical organic ligand to design metal organic framework. > Long Zn-Zn separations and very large cavities formed. > Diamondoid network with high propensity to interpenetration formed. > Bifunctional bridging ligand was used to generate polar solids with large SHG response.

  15. Ionic liquid biodegradability depends on specific wastewater microbial consortia.

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    Docherty, Kathryn M; Aiello, Steven W; Buehler, Barbara K; Jones, Stuart E; Szymczyna, Blair R; Walker, Katherine A

    2015-10-01

    Complete biodegradation of a newly-synthesized chemical in a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) eliminates the potential for novel environmental pollutants. However, differences within- and between-WWTP microbial communities may alter expectations for biodegradation. WWTP communities can also serve as a source of unique consortia that, when enriched, can metabolize chemicals that tend to resist degradation, but are otherwise promising green alternatives. We tested the biodegradability of three ionic liquids (ILs): 1-octyl-3-methylpyridinium bromide (OMP), 1-butyl-3-methylpyridinium bromide (BMP) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BMIM). We performed tests using communities from two WWTPs at three time points. Site-specific and temporal variation both influenced community composition, which impacted the success of OMP biodegradability. Neither BMP nor BMIM degraded in any test, suggesting that these ILs are unlikely to be removed by traditional treatment. Following standard biodegradation assays, we enriched for three consortia that were capable of quickly degrading OMP, BMP and BMIM. Our results indicate WWTPs are not functionally redundant with regard to biodegradation of specific ionic liquids. However, consortia can be enriched to degrade chemicals that fail biodegradability assays. This information can be used to prepare pre-treatment procedures and prevent environmental release of novel pollutants. PMID:25985304

  16. Phase equilibria and modeling of pyridinium-based ionic liquid solutions.

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    Domańska, Urszula; Królikowski, Marek; Ramjugernath, Deresh; Letcher, Trevor M; Tumba, Kaniki

    2010-11-25

    The phase diagrams of the ionic liquid (IL) N-butyl-4-methylpyridinium bis{(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl}imide ([BM(4)Py][NTf(2)]) with water, an alcohol (1-butanol, 1-hexanol, 1-octanol, 1-decanol), an aromatic hydrocarbon (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, n-propylbenzene), an alkane (n-hexane, n-heptane, n-octane), or cyclohexane have been measured at atmospheric pressure using a dynamic method. This work includes the characterization of the synthesized compound by water content and also by differential scanning calorimetry. Phase diagrams for the binary systems of [BM(4)Py][NTf(2)] with all solvents reveal eutectic systems with regards to (solid-liquid) phase equilibria and show immiscibility in the liquid phase region with an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) in most of the mixtures. The phase equilibria (solid, or liquid-liquid) for the binary systems containing aliphatic hydrocarbons reported here exhibit the lowest solubility and the highest immiscibility gap, a trend which has been observed for all ILs. The reduction of experimental data has been carried out using the nonrandom two-liquid (NRTL) correlation equation. The phase diagrams reported here have been compared with analogous phase diagrams reported previously for systems containing the IL N-butyl-4-methylpyridinium tosylate and other pyridinium-based ILs. The influence of the anion of the IL on the phase behavior has been discussed. PMID:20964426

  17. Delineating solute-solvent interactions in binary mixtures of ionic liquids in molecular solvents and preferential solvation approach.

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    Khupse, Nageshwar D; Kumar, Anil

    2011-02-01

    The effect of solute-solvent and solvent-solvent interactions on the preferential solvation of solvatochromic indicators in binary mixtures of ionic liquids with molecular solvents has been investigated. The binary mixtures of the pyridinium-based ionic liquids 1-butylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate ([BP][BF4]), 1-butyl-3-methylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate ([3-MBP][BF4]), and 1-butyl-4-methylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate ([4-MBP][BF4]) with molecular solvents like water, methanol, and dichloromethane have been selected for this investigation. The effect of addition of ionic liquids to molecular solvents on the polarity parameters E(T)(N), Kamlet-Taft parameters, hydrogen bond donor ability (HBD) (α), hydrogen bond acceptor ability (HBA) (β), and polarizability (π*) was obtained. The polarity parameters of the mixture display nonideality on addition of ionic liquids to water and dichloromethane. On the other hand, strong synergetic effects were seen in the ionic liquid-methanol binary mixtures. The preferential solvation models have been employed to analyze the collected data in order to achieve information on solute-solvent interactions in these binary mixtures. PMID:21142058

  18. Acid-base strength and acidochromism of some dimethylamino-azinium iodides. An integrated experimental and theoretical study.

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    Benassi, Enrico; Carlotti, Benedetta; Fortuna, Cosimo G; Barone, Vincenzo; Elisei, Fausto; Spalletti, Anna

    2015-01-15

    The effects of pH on the spectral properties of stilbazolium salts bearing dimethylamino substituents, namely, trans isomers of the iodides of the dipolar E-[2-(4-dimethylamino)styryl]-1-methylpyridinium, its branched quadrupolar analogue E,E-[2,6-di-(p-dimethylamino)styryl]-1-methylpyridinium, and three analogues, chosen to investigate the effects of the stronger quinolinium acceptor, the longer butadiene π bridge, or both, were investigated through a joint experimental and computational approach. A noticeable acidochromism of the absorption spectra (interesting for applications) was observed, with the basic and protonated species giving intensely colored and transparent solutions, respectively. The acid–base equilibrium constants for the protonation of the dimethylamino group in the ground state (pKa) were experimentally derived. Theoretical calculations according to the thermodynamic Born-Haber cycle provided pKa values in good agreement with the experimental values. The very low fluorescence yield did not allow a direct investigation of the changes in the acid-base properties in the excited state (pKa*) by fluorimetric titrations. Their values were derived by quantum-mechanical calculations and estimated experimentally on the basis of the Förster cycle. PMID:25521813

  19. Phototoxic Activity and DNA Interactions of Water-Soluble Porphyrins and Their Rhenium(I) Conjugates.

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    Mion, Giuliana; Gianferrara, Teresa; Bergamo, Alberta; Gasser, Gilles; Pierroz, Vanessa; Rubbiani, Riccardo; Vilar, Ramon; Leczkowska, Anna; Alessio, Enzo

    2015-11-01

    In the search for alternative photosensitizers for use in photodynamic therapy (PDT), herein we describe two new water-soluble porphyrins, a neutral fourfold-symmetric compound and a +3-charged tris-methylpyridinium derivative, in which either four or one [1,4,7]-triazacyclononane (TACN) units are connected to the porphyrin macrocycle through a hydrophilic linker; we also report their corresponding tetracationic Re(I) conjugates. The in vitro (photo)toxic effects of the compounds toward the human cell lines HeLa (cervical cancer), H460M2 (non-small-cell lung carcinoma), and HBL-100 (non-tumorigenic epithelial cells) are reported. Three of the compounds are not cytotoxic in the dark up to 100 μm, and the fourfold-symmetric couple revealed very good phototoxic indexes (PIs). The intracellular localization of all derivatives was studied in HeLa cells by confocal fluorescence microscopy. Although low nuclear localization was observed for some of them, it still prompted us to investigate their capacity to bind both quadruplex and duplex DNA; we observed significant selectivity in the tris-methylpyridinium derivatives for G-quadruplex interactions. PMID:26332425

  20. Pyridinium quenchers of Ru(bpy)/sub 3//sup 2 +/ charge effects of the yield of electron transfer

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    Jones, G. II.; Malba, V.

    1985-12-27

    The quenching of the luminescent state of tris(2,2'-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) (Ru(bpy)/sub 3//sup 2 +/) by a series of pyridinium ions has been studied. 4-Acetyl-, 4-cyano-, 4-carbomethoxy-, or 4-carboxy-1-methylpyridinium, along with the well-known electron-transfer agent methyl viologen (MV/sup 2 +/), were employed as electron-acceptor quenchers in order to reveal the effects of charge type on the yield of photoinduced electron transfer involving the Ru(II) luminescent state as electron donor. Rates of quenching by the pyridinium ions were measured by using steady irradiation techniques and compared with expectations based on the calculated energetics of electron transfer. Electron transfer yields were obtained by measurement of the transient absorbances of photogenerated radicals (e.g., pyridinyls) using conventional flash photolysis (broad band visible excitation, pH 5, ..mu.. = 0.5). The transient photoleaching of Ru(bpy)/sub 3//sup 2 +/ by 4-carboxy-1-methylpyridinium was studied by using a Nd:YAG laser with results showing pH control of the charge type and yield of net electron transfer due to in-cage protonation of photogenerated geminate radical pairs. The electrochemical properties of the pyridinium ions were also examined by cyclic voltammetry and a Hammett correlation was made of the reduction potentials.

  1. The metabolism of 3-benzoylpyridine.

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    Eyer, P; Hell, W

    1983-11-01

    3-Benzoylpyridine (3-BP), a decomposition product of the soman antidote, HGG-12 (3-benzoylpyridino(1)-methyl 2'-hydroxyiminomethylpyridino(1')methyl ether dichloride) was rapidly metabolized in the isolated perfused rat liver, giving 3-(alpha-hydroxybenzyl)pyridine and its corresponding glucuronide, 3-benzoylpyridine-N-oxide, and 3-(alpha-hydroxybenzyl)pyridine-N-oxide. The latter is formed both from 3-(alpha-hydroxybenzyl)pyridine and 3-benzoylpyridine-N-oxide. Metabolism of 3-BP studied in rats and dogs in vivo revealed significant species differences. In rat, 80% of 14C-3-BP was excreted as N-oxides and alpha-hydroxybenzyl derivatives in the urine. In dogs, 95% dose was excreted in urine mostly as the glucuronide of 3-(alpha-hydroxybenzyl)pyridine and as the quaternary pyridinium compounds, 3-benzoyl-1-methylpyridinium and 3-(alpha-hydroxybenzyl)-1-methylpyridinium. These latter were hardly detected in rat urine. In contrast to rats, the N-oxides were present only in small amounts in dog urine. PMID:6673376

  2. Alkylpyridiniums. 2. Isolation and quantification in roasted and ground coffees.

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    Stadler, Richard H; Varga, Natalia; Milo, Christian; Schilter, Benoit; Vera, Francia Arce; Welti, Dieter H

    2002-02-27

    Recent model studies on trigonelline decomposition have identified nonvolatile alkylpyridiniums as major reaction products under certain physicochemical conditions. The quaternary base 1-methylpyridinium was isolated from roasted and ground coffee and purified by ion exchange and thin-layer chromatography. The compound was characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H, (13)C) and mass spectrometry techniques. A liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry method was developed to quantify the alkaloid in coffee by isotope dilution mass spectrometry. The formation of alkylpyridiniums is positively correlated to the roasting degree in arabica coffee, and highest levels of 1-methylpyridinium, reaching up to 0.25% on a per weight basis, were found in dark roasted coffee beans. Analyses of coffee extracts also showed the presence of dimethylpyridinium, at concentrations ranging from 5 to 25 mg/kg. This is the first report on the isolation and quantification of alkylpyridiniums in coffee. These compounds, described here in detail for the first time, may have an impact on the flavor/aroma profile of coffee directly (e.g., bitterness), or indirectly as precursors, and potentially open new avenues in the flavor/aroma modulation of coffee. PMID:11853504

  3. Structural effects of the β-vinyl linker in pyridinium porphyrins: spectroscopic studies in organic solvents and AOT reverse micelles.

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    Vaz Serra, Vanda; Andrade, Suzana M; Silva, Eduarda M P; Silva, Artur M S; Neves, Maria G P M S; Costa, Sílvia M B

    2013-12-01

    Two isomeric β-vinylpyridinium porphyrins, 2-[2-(2-methylpyridinium)vinyl]-5,10,15,20-tetraphenylporphyrin (1, ortho isomer) and 2-[2-(4-methylpyridinium)vinyl]-5,10,15,20-tetraphenylporphyrin (2, para isomer), which have shown different photodynamic behavior were investigated in organic solvents and sodium 1,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles. In organic systems, the absorption spectra present a red-shifted band that is more intense in the para isomer, in addition to the usual Soret band. This new band presents interesting solvatochromic effects which obey the multiparametric Kamlet-Taft equation. In AOT reverse micelles, the ortho isomer exhibits a strong dependence with the parameter ω0 = [H2O]/[AOT] which indicates that the molecule resides at the interface toward the organic phase. By contrast, no evidence was detected for the encapsulation of para isomer 2 in AOT reverse micelles. The hypothesis of two ground state isomers with different contributions of trans and quinoid structures is advanced on the basis of the overall data collected from electronic absorption, steady-state, and transient-state fluorescence emission. A charge transfer state in which an electron is fully transferred from the porphyrin to the pyridinium moiety is associated to a quinoid structure in isomer 2. The trans/quinoid relative proportions may be accounted for by the orientation of the ortho-/para-pyridinium isomers relatively to the porphyrin core. PMID:24175940

  4. Identification of coffee components that stimulate dopamine release from pheochromocytoma cells (PC-12).

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    Walker, J; Rohm, B; Lang, R; Pariza, M W; Hofmann, T; Somoza, V

    2012-02-01

    Coffee and caffeine are known to affect the limbic system, but data on the influence of coffee and coffee constituents on neurotransmitter release is limited. We investigated dopamine release and Ca(2+)-mobilization in pheochromocytoma cells (PC-12 cells) after stimulation with two lyophilized coffee beverages prepared from either Coffea arabica (AR) or Coffea canephora var. robusta (RB) beans and constituents thereof. Both coffee lyophilizates showed effects in dilutions between 1:100 and 1:10,000. To identify the active coffee compound, coffee constituents were tested in beverage and plasma representative concentrations. Caffeine, trigonelline, N-methylpyridinium, chlorogenic acid, catechol, pyrogallol and 5-hydroxytryptamides increased calcium signaling and dopamine release, although with different efficacies. While N-methylpyridinium stimulated the Ca(2+)-mobilization most potently (EC(200): 0.14±0.29μM), treatment of the cells with pyrogallol (EC(200): 48±14nM) or 5-hydroxytryptamides (EC(200): 10±3nM) lead to the most pronounced effect on dopamine release. In contrast, no effect was seen for the reconstituted biomimetic mixture. We therefore conclude that each of the coffee constituents tested stimulated the dopamine release in PC-12 cells. Since no effect was found for their biomimetic mixture, we hypothesize other coffee constituents being responsible for the dopamine release demonstrated for AR and RB coffee brews. PMID:22019894

  5. Polymerization of trialkoxysilanes. Effect of the organic substituent on the formation of gels

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    Loy, D.A.; Baugher, B.M.; Schneider, D.A.

    1998-09-01

    Hydrolysis and condensation of trialkoxysilanes, R-Si(OR{prime}){sub 3}, generally leads to the formation of silsesquioxane oligomers and polymers. These polymers are composed of a monomer repeat unit, [R-SiO{sub 1.5}]{sub n}, with a single silicon atom attached to other repeat units in the polymer through one to three siloxane bonds. The remaining substituent is an organic group attached to the silicon through a silicon-carbon single bond. Silsesquioxanes have been the subject of intensive study in the past and are becoming important again as a vehicle for introducing organic functionalities into hybrid organic-inorganic materials through sol-gel processing. Despite all of this interest, there has not been a systematic study of the ability of trialkoxysilanes to form gels through the sol-gel process. In fact, it has been noted that silsesquioxanes are generally isolated as soluble resins rather than the highly crosslinked network polymers (gels) one would expect from a tri-functional monomer. In this study, the authors have examined the sol-gel chemistry of a variety of trialkoxysilanes with different organic substituents (R = H, Me, Et, n-Pr, i-Pr, n-Bu, i-Bu, t-Bu, n-octadecyl, n-dodecyl, cyclohexyl, vinyl, phenyl, benzyl, phenethyl), with methoxide or ethoxide substituents on silicon, at varying monomer concentrations ranging up to neat monomer, and with different catalysts (HCl, NaOH, formic acid, fluoride). Gels were prepared from tetramethoxysilane and tetraethoxysilane at identical concentrations for purposes of comparison.

  6. Preparation of bio-compatible boron nanoparticles and novel mesoporous silica nanoparticles for bio-applications

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    Gao, Zhe

    This dissertation presents the synthesis and characterization of several novel inorganic and hybrid nanoparticles, including the bio-compatible boron nanoparticles (BNPs) for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT), tannic acid-templated mesoporous silica nanoparticles and degradable bridged silsesquioxane silica nanoparticles. Chapter 1 provides background information of BNCT and reviews the development of design and synthesizing silica nanoparticles and the study of silica material degradability. Chapter 2 describes the preparation and characterization of dopamine modified BNPs and the preliminary cell study of them. The BNPs were first produced via ball milling, with fatty acid on the surface to stabilize the combustible boron elements. This chapter will mainly focus on the ligand-exchange strategy, in which the fatty acids were replaced by non-toxic dopamines in a facile one-pot reaction. The dopamine-coated BNPs (DA-BNPs) revealed good water dispersibility and low cytotoxicity. Chapter 3 describes the synthesis of tannic acid template mesoporous silica nanoparticles (TA-TEOS SiNPs) and their application to immobilize proteins. The monodispersed TA SiNPs with uniform pore size up to approximately 13 nm were produced by utilizing tannic acid as a molecular template. We studied the influence of TA concentration and reaction time on the morphology and pore size of the particles. Furthermore, the TA-TEOS particles could subsequently be modified with amine groups allowing them to be capable of incorporating imaging ligands and other guest molecules. The ability of the TA-TEOS particles to store biomolecules was preliminarily assessed with three proteins of different charge characteristics and dimensions. The immobilization of malic dehydrogenase on TA-TEOS enhanced the stability of the enzyme at room temperature. Chapter 4 details the synthesis of several bridged silsesquioxanes and the preparation of degradable hybrid SiNPs via co-condensation of bridged

  7. Disordered microstructure polymer optical fiber for stabilized coherent random fiber laser.

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    Hu, Zhijia; Miao, Bo; Wang, Tongxin; Fu, Qiang; Zhang, Douguo; Ming, Hai; Zhang, Qijin

    2013-11-15

    We have demonstrated the realization of a random polymer fiber laser (RPFL) based on laser dye Pyrromethene 597-doped one-dimensional disordered polymer optical fiber (POF). The stabilized coherent laser action for the disordered POF has been obtained by the weak optical multiple scattering of the polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes nanoparticles in the core of the POF in situ formed during polymerization, which was enhanced by the waveguide confinement effect. Meanwhile, the threshold of our RPFL system is almost one order of magnitude lower than that of the liquid core random fiber laser reported previously, which promotes the development of random lasers. PMID:24322095

  8. Nanotechnology and bio-functionalisation for peripheral nerve regeneration

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    Sedaghati, Tina; Seifalian, Alexander M.

    2015-01-01

    There is a high clinical demand for new smart biomaterials, which stimulate neuronal cell proliferation, migration and increase cell-material interaction to facilitate nerve regeneration across these critical-sized defects. This article briefly reviews several up-to-date published studies using Arginine-Glycine-Aspartic acid peptide sequence, nanocomposite based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanoparticle and nanofibrous scaffolds as promising strategies to enhance peripheral nerve regeneration by influencing cellular behaviour such as attachment, spreading and proliferation. The aim is to establish the potent manipulations, which are simple and easy to employ in the clinical conditions for nerve regeneration and repair. PMID:26487832

  9. Synthesis, characterization and photophysical properties of polyfunctional phenylsilsesquioxanes: [o-RPhSiO(1.5)](8), [2,5-R(2)PhSiO(1.5)](8), and [R(3)PhSiO(1.5)](8). compounds with the highest number of functional units/unit volume

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    Sulaiman, Santi; Zhang, Jin; Goodson, III, Theodore; Laine, Richard M.

    2011-01-01

    The availability of pure samples of o-Br₈OPS, 2,5-Br₁₆OPS, and Br₂₄OPS provides a rare opportunity to synthesize sets of corresponding stilbene derivatives: o-RStyr₈OPS, RStyr₁₆OPS, and RStyr₂₄OPS where R = 4-methyl (Me), Boc-protected 4-amino (NBoc), or 4-acetoxy (Ace). These derivatives show unique UV-Vis absorption and photoluminescent behavior that points to interesting interactions between the organic tethers and the silsesquioxane cage. o-RStyr₈OPS shows blue-shifts in the absorption spectra compared to p-MeStyr₈OPS, suggesting that the stilbene groups sit over and interact with the face of the electrophilic silsesquioxane cage as is the case with the parent molecule, o-Br₈OPS. The emission spectra of o-RStyr₈OPS are similar to p-MeStyr₈OPS indicating similar excited states involving the core LUMO. RStyr₁₆OPS exhibits absorption and emission spectra as well as Φ{sub PL} similar to 1,4-distyrylbenzene, pointing to disruption in conjugation with the silsesquioxane cage because of steric interactions. RStyr₂₄OPS offers absorption maxima that are blue-shifted and emission maxima that are red-shifted relative to RStyr₁₆OPS. We speculate that RStyr₂₄OPS is so sterically hindered that interactions with the cage face must occur. NBocStyr₂₄OPS and AceStyr₂₄OPS show moderate Φ{sub PL} and high two photon cross-section values, leading us to conclude that there are two excited states of nearly equivalent energy in these molecules with similar decay rates: a normal radiative π–π* transition and charge transfer involving the silsesquioxane cage. These same functional groups can be anticipated to offer much greater two photon absorption if different methods can be found for protecting the free amine from oxidation or replacing the acetoxy group (e.g. perhaps using alkyl or aryl groups).

  10. Tunable pretilt angles based on nanoparticles-doped planar liquid-crystal cells.

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    Jeng, Shie-Chang; Hwang, Shug-June; Yang, Chen-Yu

    2009-02-15

    The nanoparticles-induced vertical alignment technique was applied to generate variable liquid-crystal pretilt angles based on doping different concentrations of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) nanoparticles in the planar-aligned liquid crystal cells. Competition between the homogeneously aligned polyimide layer and POSS-induced spontaneous vertical alignment domain generated the variable pretilt angle. Experimental results demonstrated that the pretilt angle theta(p) is a function of the doped POSS concentration and can be controlled continuously over the range of 0 degrees

  11. Composite Polymer Derived Ceramic System for Oxidizing Environments

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    Torrey, Jessica D.; Bordia, Rajendra K.; Henager, Charles H.; Blum, Y.; Shin, Yongsoon; Samuels, William D.

    2006-07-01

    Preceramic polymers and expansion agents are being investigated to process composite ceramic coatings. In this paper, we present results of a systematic approach to selecting the preceramic polymer and expansion agents, and the optimization of the processing parameters to produce composite ceramics. Six commercially available poly(silsesquioxane) polymers and two polysiloxanes were studied. In addition, several metals and intermetallics were considered as potential expansion agents. Based on this study, the most desirable polymer/expansion agent combination and optimal processing parameters have been identified.

  12. Polymer precursors for ceramic composites

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    Hurwitz, Frances I.

    1986-01-01

    The fiber composite approach to reinforced ceramics provides the possibility of achieving ceramics with high fracture toughness relative to monolithics. Fabrication of ceramic composites, however, demands low processing temperatures to avoid fiber degradation. Formation of complex shapes further requires small diameter fibers as well as techniques for infiltrating the matrix between fibers. Polymers offer low temperature processability, control of rheology not available with ceramic powders, and should serve as precursors to matrix fibers. In recent years, a number of polysilanes and polysilezanes were investigated as potential presursors. A review of candidate polymers is presented, including recent studies of silsesquioxanes.

  13. An Electronic Structure Approach to Charge Transfer and Transport in Molecular Building Blocks for Organic Optoelectronics

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    Hendrickson, Heidi Phillips

    A fundamental understanding of charge separation in organic materials is necessary for the rational design of optoelectronic devices suited for renewable energy applications and requires a combination of theoretical, computational, and experimental methods. Density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent (TD)DFT are cost effective ab-initio approaches for calculating fundamental properties of large molecular systems, however conventional DFT methods have been known to fail in accurately characterizing frontier orbital gaps and charge transfer states in molecular systems. In this dissertation, these shortcomings are addressed by implementing an optimally-tuned range-separated hybrid (OT-RSH) functional approach within DFT and TDDFT. The first part of this thesis presents the way in which RSH-DFT addresses the shortcomings in conventional DFT. Environmentally-corrected RSH-DFT frontier orbital energies are shown to correspond to thin film measurements for a set of organic semiconducting molecules. Likewise, the improved RSH-TDDFT description of charge transfer excitations is benchmarked using a model ethene dimer and silsesquioxane molecules. In the second part of this thesis, RSH-DFT is applied to chromophore-functionalized silsesquioxanes, which are currently investigated as candidates for building blocks in optoelectronic applications. RSH-DFT provides insight into the nature of absorptive and emissive states in silsesquioxanes. While absorption primarily involves transitions localized on one chromophore, charge transfer between chromophores and between chromophore and silsesquioxane cage have been identified. The RSH-DFT approach, including a protocol accounting for complex environmental effects on charge transfer energies, was tested and validated against experimental measurements. The third part of this thesis addresses quantum transport through nano-scale junctions. The ability to quantify a molecular junction via spectroscopic methods is crucial to their

  14. New mono- and diethynylsiloxysilsesquioxanes--efficient procedures for their synthesis.

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    Dudziec, Beata; Rzonsowska, Monika; Marciniec, Bogdan; Brząkalski, Dariusz; Woźniak, Bartosz

    2014-09-21

    Ethynyl-substituted siloxysilsesquioxanes are promising building blocks for a wide range of substances based on a POSS/DDSQ core, especially for (oligo-)polymer syntheses and modifications (the formation of hybrid materials with interesting photophysical and mechanical properties). In this study, we report on a series of new mono- and diethynylsiloxysilsesquioxanes formed via an efficient and highly selective one-pot process from silsesquioxanes with reactive Si-OH groups based on sequential condensation, hydrolysis, chlorination and substitution reactions. All newly synthesized compounds were isolated and characterized by spectroscopic methods. PMID:25047114

  15. Hydrogen catalysis and scavenging action of Pd-POSS nanoparticles

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    Maiti, A; Gee, R H; Maxwell, R; Saab, A

    2007-02-01

    Prompted by the need for a self-supported, chemically stable, and functionally flexible catalytic nanoparticle system, we explore a system involving Pd clusters coated with a monolayer of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) cages. With an initial theoretical focus on hydrogen catalysis and sequestration in the Pd-POSS system, we report Density Functional Theory (DFT) results on POSS binding energies to the Pd(110) surface, hydrogen storing ability of POSS, and possible pathways of hydrogen radicals from the catalyst surface to unsaturated bonds away from the surface.

  16. Synthesis and Characterization of Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas as Anion-Exchance Resins for Perrhenate Adsorption.

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    Lee, Byunghwan; Im, Hee-Jung; Luo, Huimin; Hagaman, Edward {Ed} W; Dai, Sheng

    2005-01-01

    A new methodology to immobilize ionic liquids through the use of a bridged silsesquioxane N-(3-triethoxysilylpropyl), N(3)-3-trimethoxysilylpropyl-4,5-dihydroimidazolium iodide that incorporates an ionic functionality for the assembly of novel periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) materials has been developed. The resulting PMO materials were investigated for use as novel anion exchange resins for the separation of perrhenate anions in aqueous solution. As compared with cetyltrimethylammonium chloride, 1-hexadecane-3-methylimidazolium bromide has been demonstrated to be a more efficient surfactant template for the generation of mesopores and surface areas for such PMO materials.

  17. Study of Positronium in Low-k Dielectric Films by means of 2D-Angular Correlation Experiments at a High-Intensity Slow-Positron Beam

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    Gessmann, T; Petkov, M P; Weber, M H; Lynn, K G; Rodbell, K P; Asoka-Kumar, P; Stoeffl, W; Howell, R H

    2001-06-20

    Depth-resolved measurements of the two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) were performed at the high-intensity slow-positron beam of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. We studied the formation of positronium in thin films of methyl-silsesquioxane (MSSQ) spin-on glass containing open-volume defects in the size of voids. Samples with different average void sizes were investigated and positronium formation could be found in all cases. The width of the angular correlation related to the annihilation of parapositronium increased with the void size indicating the annihilation of non-thermalized parapositronium.

  18. A traceless approach for the parallel solid-phase synthesis of 2-(arylamino)quinazolinones.

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    Yu, Yongping; Ostresh, John M; Houghten, Richard A

    2002-08-01

    A traceless approach for the parallel solid-phase synthesis of 2-arylamino-substituted quinazolinones is described. Acylation of MBHA resin with o-nitrobenzoic acid derivatives, followed by reduction of the nitro group with tin chloride, generated a resin-bound o-anilino derivative. Reaction of resin-bound o-anilino derivative with arylisothiocyanates yielded resin-bound thioureas, which reacted with amines in the present of Mukaiyama's reagent (2-chloro-1-methylpyridinium iodide) to afford resin-bound guanidines. Following intramolecular cyclization of the resin-bound guanidines during cleavage from the resin by HF/anisole (95/5) for 1.5 h at 0 degrees C, the desired products were obtained in good yield and purity. PMID:12153287

  19. On the spectral behavior of an ionic styryl dye: effect of micelle-polyethylene-block-polyethylene glycol diblock copolymer assembly.

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    Sahoo, Dibakar; Bhattacharya, Prosenjit; Chakravorti, Sankar

    2009-10-15

    The interaction of anionic micelle sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and amphiphilic block copolymers polyethylene-b-polyethylene glycol (PE-b-PEG) and the sharp change of excited-state charge-transfer complex photophysics of 2-(4-(dimethylamino)styryl)-1-methylpyridinium iodide (DASPMI) inside of the supramolecular assembly have been addressed in the paper. The dramatic enhancement of emission intensity of DASPMI incorporated inside of the nanostructure formed by micellar and polymeric chains indicates a completely different environment compared to that in the water and micellar system. A huge increase in the rotational relaxation time obtained from time-resolved anisotropy decay and the value of the order parameter is indicative of a very restrictive regime in the self-assembly system. The wobbling and translational motion of the probe is also restricted inside of the micelle-polymer aggregate due to the presence of polymer chains. The translational diffusion coefficient is drastically reduced due to the aggregation. PMID:19761273

  20. FABRICATION OF A RETINAL PROSTHETIC TEST DEVICE USING ELECTRODEPOSITED SILICON OVER POLYPYRROLE PATTERNED WITH SU-8 PHOTORESIST

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    Miller, Eric; Ellis, Daniel; Charles, Duran; McKenzie, Jason

    2016-01-01

    A materials fabrication study of a photodiode array for possible application of retina prosthesis was undertaken. A test device was fabricated using a glassy carbon electrode patterned with SU-8 photoresist. In the openings, p-type polypyrrole was first electrodeposited using 1-butyl-1-methylpyridinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ionic liquid. The polypyrrole was self-doped with imide ion at ~1.5 mole %, was verified as p-type, and had a resistivity of ~20 Ωcm. N-type Silicon was then electrodeposited over this layer using silicon tetrachloride / phosphorus trichloride in acetonitrile and passivated in a second electrodeposition using trimethylchlorosilane. Electron microscopy revealed the successful electrodeposition of silicon over patterned polypyrrole. Rudimentary photodiode behavior was observed. The passivation improved but did not completely protect the electrodeposited silicon from oxidation by air.

  1. Antiradiation compounds. 20. 1-Methylquinolinium(and pyridinium)-2-dithioacetic acid derivatives

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    Foye, W.O.; Jones, R.W.; Ghoshal, P.K.; Almassian, B.

    1987-01-01

    A new class of radiation-protective compounds has been found in the bis(methylthio) and methylthio amino derivatives of 1-methylquinolinium- and 1-methylpyridinium-2-dithioacetic acids. The compounds gave good protection to mice vs. 1000-rad gamma-radiation in ip doses of 10 mg/kg or less, much lower than those required for the aminoalkyl thiols (approximately 150-600 mg/kg). The dithioacetic acid zwitterions were prepared from the base-catalyzed reaction of carbon disulfide with quinaldine and picoline methiodides, and the bis(methylthio) derivatives resulted from reaction with methyl iodide at room temperature. Replacement of one methylthio moiety took place readily on reaction of the bis(methylthio) derivatives with 1 molar equiv of an amine. The best protective activity was found with the methylthio piperidino derivative in both the quinolinium and pyridinium series.

  2. Intramolecular charge transfer of push-pull pyridinium salts in the singlet manifold.

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    Carlotti, Benedetta; Consiglio, Giuseppe; Elisei, Fausto; Fortuna, Cosimo G; Mazzucato, Ugo; Spalletti, Anna

    2014-05-22

    The solvent effect on the photophysical and photochemical properties of the iodides of three trans (E) isomers of 2-D-vinyl,1-methylpyridinium, where D is a donor group (4-dimethylaminophenyl, 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl and 1-pyrenyl), was studied by stationary and transient absorption techniques. The results obtained allowed the negative solvatochromism and relaxation pathways of the excited states in the singlet manifold to be reasonably interpreted. Resorting to ultrafast absorption techniques and DFT calculations allowed information on the excited state dynamics and the role of the solvent-controlled intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) processes to be obtained. The structure-dependent excited state dynamics in nonpolar solvents, where the ICT is slower than solvent rearrangement, and in polar solvents, where an opposite situation is operative, was thus explained. The push-pull character of the three compounds, particularly the anilino-derivative, suggests their potential application in optoelectronics. PMID:24779555

  3. Amino acid residues controlling reactivation of organophosphonyl conjugates of acetylcholinesterase by mono- and bisquaternary oximes

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    Ashani, Y.; Radic, Z.; Tsigelny, I.; Vellom, D.C.; Pickering, N.A.

    1995-03-17

    Single and multiple site mutants of recombinant mouse acetyicholinesterase (rMoAChE) were inhibited with racemic 7-(methylethoxyphosphinyloxy)- 1-methylquinolinium iodide (MEPQ) and the resulting mixture of two enantiomers, CH3PR,S(O) (OC2H5)-AChE(EMPR,S AChE), were subjected to reactivation with 2-(hydrox- yiminomethyl) -1 -methylpyridinium methanesulfonate (P2S) and 1- (2-hydroxyiminomethyl- 1` -pyridinium)-3- (4`-carbamoyl-1- pyridinium)-2-oxapropane dichloride (HI-6). Kinetic analysis of the reactivation profiles revealed biphasic behavior with an approximate 1:1 ratio of two presumed reactivatable enantiomeric components. Equilibrium dissociation and kinetic rate constants for reactivation of site-specific mutant enzymes were compared with those obtained for wild-type rMoAChE, tissue-derived Torpedo AChE and human plasma butyrylcholinesterase.

  4. Observation of Organic Molecules at the Aerosol Surface.

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    Wu, Yajing; Li, Wanyi; Xu, Bolei; Li, Xia; Wang, Han; McNeill, V Faye; Rao, Yi; Dai, Hai-Lung

    2016-06-16

    Organic molecules at the gas-particle interface of atmospheric aerosols influence the heterogeneous chemistry of the aerosol and impact climate properties. The ability to probe the molecules at the aerosol particle surface in situ therefore is important but has been proven challenging. We report the first successful observations of molecules at the surface of laboratory-generated aerosols suspended in air using the surface-sensitive technique second harmonic light scattering (SHS). As a demonstration, we detect trans-4-[4-(dibutylamino)styryl]-1-methylpyridinium iodide and determine its population and adsorption free energy at the surface of submicron aerosol particles. This work illustrates a new and versatile experimental approach for studying how aerosol composition may affect the atmospheric properties. PMID:27249662

  5. Metal-Free, Visible Light-Photocatalyzed Synthesis of Benzo[b]phosphole Oxides: Synthetic and Mechanistic Investigations.

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    Quint, Valentin; Morlet-Savary, Fabrice; Lohier, Jean-François; Lalevée, Jacques; Gaumont, Annie-Claude; Lakhdar, Sami

    2016-06-15

    Highly functionalized benzo[b]phosphole oxides were synthesized from reactions of arylphosphine oxides with alkynes under photocatalytic conditions by using eosin Y as the catalyst and N-ethoxy-2-methylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate as the oxidant. The reaction works under mild conditions and has a broad substrate scope. Mechanistic investigations have been undertaken and revealed the formation of a ground state electron donor-acceptor complex (EDA) between eosin (the photocatalyst) and the pyridinium salt (the oxidation agent). This complex, which has been fully characterized both in the solid state and in solution, turned out to exhibit a dual role, i.e., the oxidation of the photocatalyst and the formation of the initiating radicals, which undergoes an intramolecular reaction avoiding the classical diffusion between the two reactants. The involvement of ethoxy and phosphinoyl radicals in the photoreaction has unequivocally been evidenced by EPR spectroscopy. PMID:27186629

  6. Bis-pyridinium quadrupolar derivatives. High Stokes shift selective probes for bio-imaging

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    Salice, Patrizio; Versari, Silvia; Bradamante, Silvia; Meinardi, Francesco; Macchi, Giorgio; Pagani, Giorgio A.; Beverina, Luca

    2013-11-01

    We describe the design, synthesis and characterization of five high Stokes shift quadrupolar heteroaryl compounds suitable as fluorescent probes in bio-imaging. In particular, we characterize the photophysical properties and the intracellular localization in Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVEC) and Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells (HMSCs) for each dye. We show that, amongst all of the investigated derivatives, the 2,5-bis[1-(4-N-methylpyridinium)ethen-2-yl)]- N-methylpyrrole salt is the best candidates as selective mitochondrial tracker. Finally, we recorded the full emission spectrum of the most performing - exclusively mitochondrial selective - fluorescent probe directly from HUVEC stained cells. The emission spectrum collected from the stained mitochondria shows a remarkably more pronounced vibronic structure with respect to the emission of the free fluorophore in solution.

  7. Dynamic structural effects and ultrafast biomolecular kinetics in photoinduced charge transfer reactions. Three year progress report, March 15, 1991--May 14, 1994

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    Hupp, J.T.

    1994-04-01

    The reactions were primarily electron-transfer-reactivity related (ET?). Goals were to obtain complete, multimode, experimental descriptions of vibrational (Franck-Condon) barriers to intramolecular electron transfer, explore molecular generality of time-dependent scattering analysis, connect the information directly to measured rates of photoinduced ET (femtosecond, picosecond, nanosecond regime), obtain complementary information in the microsecond regime (longer-range thermal ET) via pulsed-accelrated flow, explore valence localization/delocalization via vibronic coupling (resonance Raman in extended near infrared) and via reversible external manipulation of internal electronic structure, and manipulate and accelerate bimolecular photoredox processes by using room-temperature supercritical fluids. Fe and Ru complexes with such compounds as cyano-N-methylpyridinium compounds were studied.

  8. Electroanalytical quantification of total dsDNA extracted from human sample using, an ionic liquid modified, carbon nanotubes paste electrode.

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    Serpi, C; Kovatsi, L; Girousi, S

    2014-02-17

    Direct electrochemistry of dsDNA has been achieved by using an ionic liquid 1-butyl-4-methylpyridinium hexafluorophosphate modified carbon nanotubes paste electrode (IL-CNTPE). Oxidation peaks appeared at 0.93 and 1.26 V (vs. Ag/AgCl) on the IL- CNTPE after preconcentration of dsDNA in pH 5.0 acetate buffer, which were attributed to the oxidation of guanine and adenine residues on the dsDNA molecule structure. Based on the signal of guanine, under the optimal conditions, very low levels of dsDNA can be detected after 60s accumulation with detection limits of 0.249 mg L(-) 16 pM. Additionally, human DNA from a healthy volunteer is determined by use of the IL-CNTPE and it is found to be 40±2, 14 pM. PMID:24491760

  9. A new micro/nanoencapsulated porphyrin formulation for PDT treatment.

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    Deda, Daiana K; Uchoa, Adjaci F; Caritá, Eduardo; Baptista, Maurício S; Toma, Henrique E; Araki, Koiti

    2009-07-01

    The highly hydrophobic 5,10,15-triphenyl-20-(3-N-methylpyridinium-yl)porphyrin (3MMe) cationic species was synthesized, characterized and encapsulated in marine atelocollagen/xanthane gum microcapsules by the coacervation method. Further reduction in the capsule size, from several microns down to about 300-400 nm, was carried out successfully by ultrasonic processing in the presence of up to 1.6% Tween 20 surfactant, without affecting the distribution of 3MMe in the oily core. The resulting cream-like product exhibited enhanced photodynamic activity but negligible cytotoxicity towards HeLa cells. The polymeric micro/nanocapsule formulation was found to be about 4 times more phototoxic than the respective phosphatidylcholine lipidic emulsion, demonstrating high potentiality for photodynamic therapy applications. PMID:19409465

  10. Lipase-catalyzed synthesis of isoamyl acetate in an ionic liquid/n-heptane two-phase system at the microreactor scale.

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    Pohar, Andrej; Plazl, Igor; Žnidaršič-Plazl, Polona

    2009-12-01

    A continuously operated psi-shaped microreactor was used for lipase-catalyzed synthesis of isoamyl acetate in the 1-butyl-3-methylpyridinium dicyanamide/n-heptane two-phase system. The chosen solvent system with dissolved Candida antarctica lipase B, which was attached to the ionic liquid/n-heptane interfacial area due to its amphiphilic properties, was shown to be highly efficient and enabled simultaneous esterification and product removal. At preliminarily selected conditions regarding the type of acyl donor, its molar ratio to alcohol and enzyme concentration, 48.4 g m(-3) s(-1) of isoamyl acetate was produced, which was almost three-fold better as compared to the intensely mixed batch process. This was mainly a consequence of efficient reaction-diffusion dynamics in the microchannel system, where the developed flow pattern comprising of intense emulsification provided a large interfacial area for the reaction and simultaneous product extraction. PMID:19904405

  11. Selective extraction of copper, mercury, silver and palladium ionsfrom water using hydrophobic ionic liquids.

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    Papaiconomou, Nicolas; Lee, Jong-Min; Salminen, Justin; VonStosch, Moritz; Prausnitz, John M.

    2007-06-25

    Extraction of dilute metal ions from water was performed near room temperature with a variety of ionic liquids. Distribution coefficients are reported for fourteen metal ions extracted with ionic liquids containing cations 1-octyl-4-methylpyridinium [4MOPYR]{sup +}, 1-methyl-1-octylpyrrolidinium [MOPYRRO]{sup +} or 1-methyl-1-octylpiperidinium [MOPIP]{sup +}, and anions tetrafluoroborate [BF{sub 4}]{sup +}, trifluoromethyl sulfonate [TfO]{sup +} or nonafluorobutyl sulfonate [NfO]{sup +}. Ionic liquids containing octylpyridinium cations are very good for extracting mercury ions. However, other metal ions were not significantly extracted by any of these ionic liquids. Extractions were also performed with four new task-specific ionic liquids. Such liquids containing a disulfide functional group are efficient and selective for mercury and copper, whereas those containing a nitrile functional group are efficient and selective for silver and palladium.

  12. Maleimides in recent sediments - Using chlorophyll degradation products for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions

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    Naeher, Sebastian; Schaeffer, Philippe; Adam, Pierre; Schubert, Carsten J.

    2013-10-01

    Maleimides (transformation products of chlorophylls and bacteriochlorophylls) were studied in recent sediments from the Swiss lake Rotsee and the Romanian Black Sea Shelf to investigate chlorophyll degradation, the role of oxygen in maleimide formation, and to identify their sources. Naturally occurring maleimides (i.e. "free" maleimides) and maleimides obtained after chromic acid oxidation of sediment extracts (i.e. "bound" maleimides) were analysed. 2-Methyl-maleimide (Me,H maleimide), 2,3-dimethyl-maleimide (Me,Me maleimide), 2-methyl-3-vinyl-maleimide (Me,vinyl maleimide), 2-methyl-3-ethyl-maleimide (Me,Et maleimide) and traces of 2-methyl-3-iso-butyl-maleimide (Me,i-Bu maleimide) occurred naturally in the sediment with a large predominance of the Me,Et homologue. Tetrapyrrolic pigments related to chlorophylls were the main source of maleimides, although variable contributions of other sources such as cytochromes and/or phycobilins cannot be completely ruled out. The predominant Me,Et maleimide and Me,vinyl maleimide most likely originate mainly from chlorophyll a related pigments. The same holds for Me,H maleimide, which might be formed following degradation of ring E from the tetrapyrrolic nucleus. Alternatively, Me,H maleimide and Me,Me maleimides might be formed by a recently discovered transformation pathway involving the oxidation of vinylic chlorophyll substituents and the formation of an aldehyde intermediate. 2-Methyl-3-n-propyl-maleimide (Me,n-Pr maleimide) and Me,i-Bu maleimide arising from bacteriochlorophyll related pigments traced the presence of phototrophic sulfur bacteria (Chlorobi), indicating photic zone euxinic and anoxic conditions in Rotsee during the last 150 years and throughout the Black Sea history, including the limnic phase of the Black Sea (Unit 3). Some other minor maleimides with specific alkylation pattern also originate from bacteriochlorophylls, while the source of others could not be identified. Free maleimides were mainly

  13. Oxidation reactions of 2-thiouracil: a theoretical and pulse radiolysis study.

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    Prasanthkumar, K P; Suresh, C H; Aravindakumar, C T

    2012-11-01

    The reaction of hydroxyl radical ((•)OH) with the nucleic acid base analogue 2-thiouracil (1) has been studied by pulse radiolysis experiments and DFT. The generic intermediate radicals feasible for the (•)OH reactions with 1, namely, one electron oxidation product (1(•+)), (•)OH-adducts (3(•), 4(•), and 5(•)), and H-abstracted radicals (6(•) and 7(•)), were characterized by interpreting their electronic and structural properties along with calculated energetics and UV-vis spectra. Pulse radiolysis experiments showed that the transient formed in the reaction of (•)OH with 1 in water at pH 6.5 has λ(max) at 430 nm. A bimolecular rate constant, k(2) of 9.6 × 10(9) M(-1) s(-1), is determined for this reaction via competition kinetics with 2-propanol. The experiments suggested that the transient species could be a dimer radical cation 2(•+), formed by the reaction of 1 with the radical cation 1(•+). For this reaction, an equilibrium constant of 4.7 × 10(3) M(-1) was determined. The transient formed in the reaction of 1 with pulse radiolytically produced Br(2)(•-) at pH 6.5 as well as Cl(2)(•-) at pH 1 has also produced λ(max) at 430 nm and suggested the formation of 2(•+). The calculated UV-vis spectra of the transient species (1(•+), 3(•), 4(•), 5(•), 6(•), and 7(•)) showed no resemblance to the experimental spectra, while that of 2(•+) (λ(max) = 420 nm) agreed well with the experimental value and thus confirmed the formation of 2(•+). The 420 nm peak was due to σ → σ* electronic excitation centered on a 2-center-3-electron (2c-3e) sulfur-sulfur bond [-S∴S-]. 2(•+) is the first reported example of a dimer radical cation in a pyrimidine heterocyclic system. Further, 5-C and 6-C substituted (substituents are -F, -Cl, -NH(2), -N(CH(3))(2), -OCH(3), -CF(3), -CH(3), -CH(2)CH(3), n-propyl, phenyl, and benzyl) and 5,6-disubstituted 2-thiouracil systems have been characterized by DFT and found that the reaction (1 + 1

  14. Interactions between SF4 and Fluoride: A Crystallographic Study of Solvolysis Products of SF4·Nitrogen-Base Adducts by HF.

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    Goettel, James T; Kostiuk, Nathan; Gerken, Michael

    2016-07-18

    Adducts between SF4 and a nitrogen base are easily solvolyzed by HF, yielding the protonated nitrogen base and fluoride. Salts resulting from the solvolysis of SF4·NC5H5, SF4·NC5H4(CH3), SF4·NC5H3(CH3)2, and SF4·NC5H4N(CH3)2 have been studied by Raman spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. Crystal structures were obtained for pyridinium salts [HNC5H5(+)]F(-)·SF4 and [HNC5H5(+)]F(-)[HF]·2SF4, the 4-methylpyridinium salt [HNC5H4(CH3)(+)]F(-)·SF4, the 2,6-methylpyridinium salt [HNC5H3(CH3)2(+)]2[SF5(-)]F(-)·SF4, and 4-(dimethylamino)pyridinium salts [HNC5H4N(CH3)2(+)]2[SF5(-)]F(-)·CH2Cl2 and [NC5H4N(CH3)2(+)][HF2(-)]·2SF4. In addition, the structure of [HNC5H4(CH3)(+)][HF2(-)] was obtained. 4,4'-Bipyridyl reacts with SF4 and 1 and 2 equiv of HF to give the 4,4'-bipyridinium salts [NH4C5-C5H4NH(+)]F(-)·2SF4 and [HNH4C5-C5H4NH(2+)]2F(-)·4SF4, respectively. These structures exhibit a surprising range of bonding modalities and provide an extensive view of SF4 and its contacts with Lewis basic groups in the solid state. The interactions range from the strong F4S-F(-) bond in the previously observed SF5(-) anion to weak F4S---F(-), F4S(---F(-))2, and F4S(---FHF(-))2 dative bonds. PMID:27347815

  15. Synthesis and characterization of a new (2-NH{sub 2}-6-CH{sub 3}C{sub 5}H{sub 4}N)H{sub 2}XO{sub 4} (X=P, As)

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    Chtioui, A.; Jouini, A. . E-mail: amor.jouini@fsm.rnu.tn

    2006-03-09

    Crystals of 2-amino-6-methylpyridinium dihydrogenmonophosphate (denoted as 2A6MPP) and 2-amino-6-methylpyridinium dihydrogenmonoarsenate (denoted as 2A6MPAs), have been prepared and grown at room temperature. They crystallize with triclinic unit cells and are isotopic. The following unit cell parameters were found, (2-NH{sub 2}-6-CH{sub 3}C{sub 5}H{sub 4}N)H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}: a=7.5165(6), b=8.2640(5), c=8.5674(7)A, {alpha}=64.845(5), {beta}=80.156(3), {gamma}=85.783(5), Z=2, V=474.61(6)A{sup 3}; (2-NH{sub 2}-6-CH{sub 3}C{sub 5}H{sub 4}N)H{sub 2}AsO{sub 4}: a=7.6011(4), b=8.4261(6), c=8.7074(6)A, {alpha}=64.228(3), {beta}=81.047(4), {gamma}=85.972(4), Z=2, V=496.09(6)A{sup 3}. The common space group is P1-bar . We have determined the structure of the phosphate. It exhibits infinite (H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub n}{sup -n} chains. The organic groups (2-NH{sub 2}-6-CH{sub 3}C{sub 5}H{sub 4}N){sup +} are anchored between adjacent polyanions through multiple hydrogen bonds. The thermal property of the compound was investigated as well as was the IR property supported by group theoretical analyses.

  16. Assay at low ppm level of dimethyl sulfate in starting materials for API synthesis using derivatization in ionic liquid media and LC-MS.

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    Grinberg, Nelu; Albu, Florin; Fandrick, Keith; Iorgulescu, Elena; Medvedovici, Andrei

    2013-03-01

    Dimethyl sulfate (DMS) is frequently used in pharmaceutical manufacturing processes as an alkylating agent. Trace levels of DMS in drug substances should be carefully monitored since the compound can become an impurity which is genotoxic in nature. Derivatization of DMS with dibenzazepine leads to formation of the N-methyl derivative, which can be retained on a reversed phase column and subsequently separated from other potential impurities. Such derivatization occurs relatively slowly. However, it can be substantially speed up if ionic liquids are used as reaction media. In this paper we report the use of 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (IL1) and 1-butyl-4-methylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate (IL2) as reaction media for the derivatization of DMS with dibenzazepine. It was determined that the stoichiometry between the substrate and DMS may be 1:1 or 2:1, in relation with the nature of the reaction media. An (+)ESI-MS/MS approach was used for quantitation of the derivatized product. Alternatively, DMS derivatization may be carried out with pyridine in acetonitrile (ACN). The N-methylpyridinium derivative was separated by hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) and detected through (+)ESI-MS (in the SIM mode). In both cases, a limit of quantitation (LOQ) of 0.05 μg/ml DMS was achievable, with a linearity range up to 10 μg/ml. Both analytical alternatives were applied to assay DMS in 4-(2-methoxyethyl)phenol, which is used as a starting material in the synthesis of metoprolol. PMID:23312378

  17. Effect Terthiophenes Units on the Microstructure and Birefringence of SiO2 Gels Prepared via Sol-Gels Processing

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    Kancono; Senin, H. B.

    2007-05-09

    Materials ceramics products based on SiO2 gels have been produced via sol-gels processing in present of 1% NH4F/H2O as catalyst. Alkoxysilane from tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) are chose as a matrices or template sources, than the product's of syntheses precursor: 2,5-bis(trimethoxysilyl)terthiophene (BTS3T) used as a motif organic compound: That product formed matrices as silicate backbone of terthiophene-briged silsesquioxane net-work; [O1.5Si-(C4H2S)n-SiO1.5]n. The structure silsesquioxane terthiophene-briged formed have layer distance of 4.6and 8.6 angstroms. So, that terthiophenes units in their structure give an effect on the characteristic pattern as an ordered micro lamellar structure. Electron microscopy analyses in matrices -Si-O-Si- there spheres formed by diameter about 10 {mu}m which are rich in silicon. The effect of terthiophenes unites on SiO2 gels formed shown that birefringence phenomenas are strong in presence of higher quantity oligothiophenes units, and will decrease with increase quantity of alkoxysilane, with anisotropic values differences decrease every 1.125 x 10-3 per mole SiO2, whereas the optical transparency of SiO2 gels formed are increase.

  18. Nanostructured surfaces by supramolecular self-assembly of linear oligosilsesquioxanes with biocompatible side groups

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    Nowacka, Maria; Makowski, Tomasz

    2015-01-01

    Summary Linear oligomeric silsesquioxanes with polar side moieties (e.g., carboxylic groups and derivatives of N-acetylcysteine, cysteine hydrochloride or glutathione) can form specific, self-assembled nanostructures when deposited on mica by dip coating. The mechanism of adsorption is based on molecule-to-substrate interactions between carboxylic groups and mica. Intermolecular cross-linking by hydrogen bonds was also observed due to the donor–acceptor character of the functional groups. The texture of supramolecular nanostructures formed by the studied materials on mica was analysed with atomic force microscopy and their specific surface energy was estimated by contact angle measurements. Significant differences in the surface roughness, thickness and the arrangement of macromolecules were noted depending on the kind of functional groups on the side chains. Specific changes in the morphology of the surface layer were observed when mica was primed with a monolayer of small organic compounds (e.g., N-acetylcysteine, citric acid, thioglycolic or acid). The adsorption of both silsesquioxane oligomers and organic primers was confirmed with attenuated total reflectance infrared spectroscopy. The observed physiochemical and textural variations in the adsorbed materials correlate with the differences in the chemical structure of the applied oligomers and primers. PMID:26734528

  19. New Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Polysilsesquioxane-Silica Particles as Sunscreens.

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    Tolbert, Stephanie H; McFadden, Peter D; Loy, Douglas A

    2016-02-10

    Effectiveness of organic sunscreens is limited by phototoxicity and degradation. Both of which can be significantly reduced by encapsulation in hollow particles or covalent incorporation into the solid structure of particles, but direct comparisons of the two methods have not been reported. In this study, physical encapsulation and covalent incorporation of sunscreens were compared with 1 mol % salicylate and curcumeroid sunscreens. 2-Ethylhexyl salicylate was physically encapsulated in hollow silica nanoparticles prepared by oil-in-water (O/W) microemulsion polymerizations (E-Sal). Some of these particles were coated with an additional shell or cap of silica to reduce leaking of sunscreen (cap-E-Sal). Covalent incorporation involved co-polymerizing tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) with 0.2 mol % of new salicylate and curcuminoid sunscreen monomers with triethoxsilyl groups. Particles were prepared with the salicylate attached to the silica matrix through single silsesquioxane groups (pendant; P-Sal) and two silsesquioxane groups (bridged; B-Sal). Particles based on a new curcuminoid-bridged monomer were also prepared (B-Curc). Sunscreen leaching, photodegradation, and sunscreen performance were determined for the E-Sal, cap-E-Sal, P-Sal, B-Sal, and B-Curc particles. Covalent attachment, particularly with bridged sunscreen monomers, reduced leaching and photodegradation over physical encapsulation, even with capping. PMID:26730573

  20. Computational and experimental determinations of the UV adsorption of polyvinylsilsesquioxane-silica and titanium dioxide hybrids.

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    Wang, Haiyan; Lin, Derong; Wang, Di; Hu, Lijiang; Huang, Yudong; Liu, Li; Loy, Douglas A

    2014-01-01

    Sunscreens that absorb UV light without photodegradation could reduce skin cancer. Polyvinyl silsesquioxanes are known to have greater thermal and photochemical stability than organic compounds, such as those in sunscreens. This paper evaluates the UV transparency of vinyl silsesquioxanes (VS) and its hybrids with SiO2(VSTE) and TiO2(VSTT) experimentally and computationally. Based on films of VS prepared by sol-gel polymerization, using benzoyl peroxide as an initiator, vinyltrimethoxysilane (VMS) formulated oligomer through thermal curing. Similarly, VSTE films were prepared from VMS and 5-25 wt-% tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and VSTT films were prepared from VMS and 5-25 wt-% titanium tetrabutoxide (TTB). Experimental average transparencies of the modified films were found to be about 9-14% between 280-320 nm, 67-73% between 320-350nm, and 86-89% between 350-400nm. Computation of the band gap was absorption edges for the hybrids in excellent agreement with experimental data. VS, VSTE and VSTT showed good absorption in UV-C and UV-B range, but absorbed virtually no UV-A. Addition of SiO2 or TiO2 does not improve UV-B absorption, but on the opposite increases transparency of thin films to UV. This increase was validated with molecular simulations. Results show computational design can predict better sunscreens and reduce the effort of creating sunscreens that are capable of absorbing more UV-B and UV-A. PMID:24211950

  1. Next generation covered stents made from nanocomposite materials: A complete assessment of uniformity, integrity and biomechanical properties.

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    Farhatnia, Yasmin; Pang, Jun Hon; Darbyshire, Arnold; Dee, Ryan; Tan, Aaron; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2016-01-01

    Covered stents are stents wrapped with a thin polymeric membrane, and are typically used to treat vessel aneurysms and seal perforated arteries. Current covered stents suffer from restenosis due to limitations in material and fabrication methods which leaves metallic struts directly exposed to blood. We have developed a biocompatible and haemocompatible nanocomposite polymer, polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane poly(carbonate-urea) urethane (POSS-PCU). We devised a novel combination of ultrasonic spray atomisation system and dip-coating process to produce small calibre covered stents with metal struts fully embedded within the membrane, which also yields greater coating uniformity. Stent-polymer bonding was enhanced via silanisation and coating of reactive pre-polymer. Platelet studies supported the non-thrombogenicity of POSS-PCU. Biomechanical performances including diametrical compliance, bending strength, radial strength and recoil were evaluated and optimised. This proof-of-principle manufacturing technique could lead to the development of next-generation small calibre adult and paediatric covered stents. These stents are currently undergoing preclinical trial. From the Clinical Editor: The use of stents to treat vascular diseases is now the standard of care in the clinical setting. Nonetheless, a major problem of the current stents is the risk of restenosis and thrombosis. The authors developed a nanocomposite material using polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane and poly(carbonate-urea) urethane (POSS-PCU) and incorporated into metallic stents. Preliminary data have already shown promising results. It is envisaged that this would further lead to better stent technology in the future. PMID:26238080

  2. Ceramic microparticles and capsules via microfluidic processing of a preceramic polymer

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    Ye, Congwang; Chen, Anthony; Colombo, Paolo; Martinez, Carlos

    2010-01-01

    We have developed a robust technique to fabricate monodispersed solid and porous ceramic particles and capsules from single and double emulsion drops composed of silsesquioxane preceramic polymer. A microcapillary microfluidic device was used to generate the monodispersed drops. In this device, two round capillaries are aligned facing each other inside a square capillary. Three fluids are needed to generate the double emulsions. The inner fluid, which flows through the input capillary, and the middle fluid, which flows through the void space between the square and inner fluid capillaries, form a coaxial co-flow in a direction that is opposite to the flow of the outer fluid. As the three fluids are forced through the exit capillary, the inner and middle fluids break into monodispersed double emulsion drops in a single-step process, at rates of up to 2000 drops s−1. Once the drops are generated, the silsesquioxane is cross-linked in solution and the cross-linked particles are dried and pyrolysed in an inert atmosphere to form oxycarbide glass particles. Particles with diameters ranging from 30 to 180 µm, shell thicknesses ranging from 10 to 50 µm and shell pore diameters ranging from 1 to 10 µm were easily prepared by changing fluid flow rates, device dimensions and fluid composition. The produced particles and capsules can be used in their polymeric state or pyrolysed to ceramic. This technique can be extended to other preceramic polymers and can be used to generate unique core–shell multimaterial particles. PMID:20484226

  3. Ceramic microparticles and capsules via microfluidic processing of a preceramic polymer.

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    Ye, Congwang; Chen, Anthony; Colombo, Paolo; Martinez, Carlos

    2010-08-01

    We have developed a robust technique to fabricate monodispersed solid and porous ceramic particles and capsules from single and double emulsion drops composed of silsesquioxane preceramic polymer. A microcapillary microfluidic device was used to generate the monodispersed drops. In this device, two round capillaries are aligned facing each other inside a square capillary. Three fluids are needed to generate the double emulsions. The inner fluid, which flows through the input capillary, and the middle fluid, which flows through the void space between the square and inner fluid capillaries, form a coaxial co-flow in a direction that is opposite to the flow of the outer fluid. As the three fluids are forced through the exit capillary, the inner and middle fluids break into monodispersed double emulsion drops in a single-step process, at rates of up to 2000 drops s(-1). Once the drops are generated, the silsesquioxane is cross-linked in solution and the cross-linked particles are dried and pyrolysed in an inert atmosphere to form oxycarbide glass particles. Particles with diameters ranging from 30 to 180 microm, shell thicknesses ranging from 10 to 50 microm and shell pore diameters ranging from 1 to 10 microm were easily prepared by changing fluid flow rates, device dimensions and fluid composition. The produced particles and capsules can be used in their polymeric state or pyrolysed to ceramic. This technique can be extended to other preceramic polymers and can be used to generate unique core-shell multimaterial particles. PMID:20484226

  4. Development of new polysilsesquioxane spherical particles as stabilized active ingredients for sunscreens

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    Tolbert, Stephanie Helene

    Healthy skin is a sign of positive self-worth, attractiveness and vitality. Compromises to this are frequently caused by extended periods of recreation in the sun and in turn exposure to the harmful effects of UV radiation. To maintain strength and integrity, protection of the skin is paramount. This can be achieved by implementing skin-care products which contain sunscreen active ingredients that provide UV protection. Unfortunately, photo-degradation, toxicity, and photo-allergies limit the effectiveness of present day sunscreen ingredients. Currently, this is moderated by physically embedding within inert silica particles, but leaching of the active ingredient can occur, thereby negating protective efforts. Alternatively, this research details the preparation and investigation of bridged silsesquioxane analogues of commercial ingredients which can be chemically grafted to the silica matrix. Studies with bridged salicylate particles detail facile preparation, minimized leaching, and enhanced UV stability over physically encapsulated and pendant salicylate counterparts. In terms of UVB protective ability, the highest maintenance of sun protection factor (SPF) after extended UV exposure was achieved with bridged incorporation, and has been attributed to corollary UV stability. Additionally, bridged salicylate particles can be classified as broad-spectrum, and rate from moderate to good in terms of UVA protective ability. Particles incorporated with a bridged curcuminoid silsesquioxane were also prepared and displayed comparable results. As such, an attractive method for sunscreen isolation and stabilization has been developed to eliminate the problems associated with current sunscreens, all while maintaining the established UV absorbance profiles of the parent compound. To appreciate the technology utilized in this research, a thorough understanding of sol-gel science as it pertains to hybrid organic/silica particles, including methods of organic fragment

  5. Solvation in pure liquids: what can be learned from the use of pairs of indicators?

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    Silva, Priscilla L; Pires, Paulo A R; Trassi, Marco A S; El Seoud, Omar A

    2008-11-27

    The solvation of six solvatochromic probes in a large number of solvents (33-68) was examined at 25 degrees C. The probes employed were the following: 2,6-diphenyl-4-(2,4,6-triphenylpyridinium-1-yl) phenolate (RB); 4-[(E)2-(1-methylpyridinium-4-yl)ethenyl] phenolate, MePM; 1-methylquinolinium-8-olate, QB; 2-bromo-4-[(E)-2-(1-methylpyridinium-4-yl)ethenyl] phenolate, MePMBr, 2,6-dichloro-4-(2,4,6-triphenyl pyridinium-1-yl) phenolate (WB); and 2,6-dibromo-4-[(E)-2-(1-methylpyridinium-4-yl)ethenyl] phenolate, MePMBr(2), respectively. Of these, MePMBr is a novel compound. They can be grouped in three pairs, each with similar pK(a) in water but with different molecular properties, for example, lipophilicity and dipole moment. These pairs are formed by RB and MePM; QB and MePMBr; WB and MePMBr(2), respectively. Theoretical calculations were carried out in order to calculate their physicochemical properties including bond lengths, dihedral angles, dipole moments, and wavelength of absorption of the intramolecular charge-transfer band in four solvents, water, methanol, acetone, and DMSO, respectively. The data calculated were in excellent agreement with available experimental data, for example, bond length and dihedral angles. This gives credence to the use of the calculated properties in explaining the solvatochromic behaviors observed. The dependence of an empirical solvent polarity scale E(T)(probe) in kcal/mol on the physicochemical properties of the solvent (acidity, basicity, and dipolarity/polarizability) and those of the probes (pK(a), and dipole moment) was analyzed by using known multiparameter solvation equations. For each pair of probes, values of E(T)(probe) (for example, E(T)(MePM) versus E(T)(RB)) were found to be linearly correlated with correlation coefficients, r, between 0.9548 and 0.9860. For the mercyanine series, the values of E(T)(probe) also correlated linearly, with (r) of 0.9772 (MePMBr versus MePM) and 0.9919 (MePMBr(2) versus MePM). The response

  6. High-efficiency graphene nanomesh magnets realized by controlling mono-hydrogenation of pore edges

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    Kato, T.; Kamijyo, J.; Kobayashi, T.; Yagi, Y.; Haruyama, J.; Nakamura, T.

    2014-06-23

    We demonstrate a drastic improvement in the efficiency of rare-element-free graphene nanomesh (GNM) magnets with saturation magnetization values as large as ∼10{sup −4 }emu/mm{sup 2}, which are 10–100 times greater than those in previous GNM magnets hydrogenated by only annealing under a hydrogen molecule (H{sub 2}) atmosphere, even at room temperature. This improvement is realized by a significant increase in the area of the mono-H-terminated pore edges by using hydrogen silsesquioxane resist treatment with electron beam irradiation, which can produce mono-H by detaching H-silicon (Si) bonds. This result must open the door for industrial applications of graphene magnets to rare-element-free magnetic and spintronic systems.

  7. Development of active biofilms of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa W.) starch containing gold nanoparticles and evaluation of antimicrobial activity.

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    Pagno, Carlos H; Costa, Tania M H; de Menezes, Eliana W; Benvenutti, Edilson V; Hertz, Plinho F; Matte, Carla R; Tosati, Juliano V; Monteiro, Alcilene R; Rios, Alessandro O; Flôres, Simone H

    2015-04-15

    Active biofilms of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa, W.) starch were prepared by incorporating gold nanoparticles stabilised by an ionic silsesquioxane that contains the 1,4-diazoniabicyclo[2.2.2]octane chloride group. The biofilms were characterised and their antimicrobial activity was evaluated against Escherichiacoli and Staphylococcusaureus. The presence of gold nanoparticles produces an improvement in the mechanical, optical and morphological properties, maintaining the thermal and barrier properties unchanged when compared to the standard biofilm. The active biofilms exhibited strong antibacterial activity against food-borne pathogens with inhibition percentages of 99% against E. coli and 98% against S. aureus. These quinoa starch biofilms containing gold nanoparticles are very promising to be used as active food packaging for the maintenance of food safety and extension of the shelf life of packaged foods. PMID:25466086

  8. Improved carbon nanotubes dispersion through polar dispersant agents in polyamide

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    Morici, Elisabetta; Arrigo, Rossella; Teresi, Rosalia; Dintcheva, Nadka Tzankova

    2016-05-01

    The potential enhancement of the nanocomposite properties, with respect to the neat matrix, is strictly related to uniform distribution and dispersion of the nanofillers in the host polymer. In this work, two dispersant agents, particularly a polar wax and a silanol polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes POSS, have been used in order to improve the dispersion of bare and functionalized carbon nanotubes in polyamide matrix. To ensure a good compatibility between matrix and nanofillers, the dispersing agents having specific polarity have been chosen, in order to match that of the matrix. Significant alterations of the mechanical and rheological behaviour due to dispersion action of used additives have been noticed and discussed, also considering the obtained morphology.

  9. Space Environmental Effects on Coated Tether Materials

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    Gittemeier, Keith A.; Hawk, Clark W.; Finckenor, Miria M.; Watts, Ed

    2005-01-01

    The University of Alabama in Huntsville s Propulsion Research Center has teamed with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) to research the effects of atomic oxygen (AO) bombardment on coated tether materials. Tethers Unlimited Inc. has provided several candidate tether materials with various coatings for AO exposure in MSFC s Atomic Oxygen Beam Facility. Additional samples were exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation at MSFC. AO erodes most organic materials, and ultraviolet radiation embrittles polymers. This test series was performed to determine the effect of AO and UV on the mechanical integrity of tether materials that were treated with AO-protective coatings, such as polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) or metallization. Both TUI's Multi-Application Survivable Tether (MAST) Experiment and Marshall Space Flight Center s Momentum Exchange Electrodynamic Reboost (MXER) programs will benefit from this research by helping to determine tether materials and coatings that give the longest life with the lowest mass penalty.

  10. Synthesis of functionalized silica nanostructure: Unexpected conversion of cyanopropyl group in chloropropyl one during HCl-catalysed hydrolysis of the corresponding triethoxysilane

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    Dumitriu, Ana-Maria-Corina; Balan, Mihaela; Bargan, Alexandra; Shova, Sergiu; Varganici, Cristian-Dragos; Cazacu, Maria

    2016-04-01

    During acid hydrolysis of 3-cyanopropyltriethoxysilane (CyTES) in a molar ratio HCl:CyTES - 4.6:1 in methanol, with the intention to prepare the properly polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSSQ) or carboxyl derivative, the conversion of organic functional group occurred by replacing the CN group with Cl forming octakis(chloropropyl)octasilsesquioxane (Cl-POSSQ). The structure was determined through X-ray single crystal diffraction, spectral (FTIR and NMR) techniques and elemental analysis. The stepwise conversion of the CN group during the 3-cyanopropyltriethoxysilane hydrolysis was monitored through IR and 13C NMR spectroscopy. Thermal behavior was studied by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Moisture sorption capacity was evaluated by water vapor sorption in dynamic regime (DVS). The biological activity was in vitro tested against three fungi and two bacteria.

  11. Applications of molecular modeling to the design and characterization of materials

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    Carlson, G.A.; Faulon, J.L.; Pohl, P.I.; Shelnutt, J.A.

    1994-06-01

    A variety of new molecular modeling tools are now available for studying molecular structures and molecular interactions, for building molecular structures from simple components using analytical data, and for studying the relationship of molecular structure to the energy of bonding and non-bonding interactions. These are proving quite valuable in characterizing molecular structures and intermolecular interactions and in designing new molecules. This paper describes the application of molecular modeling techniques to a variety of materials problems, including the probable modecular structures of coals, lignins, and hybrid inorganic-organic-organic systems (silsesquioxanes), the intercalation of small gas molecules in fullerene crystals, the diffusion of gas molecules through membranes, and the design, structure and function of biomimetic and nanocluster catalysts.

  12. Amphiphilic colloidal surfactants based on electrohydrodynamic co-jetting.

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    Yoon, Jaewon; Kota, Arun; Bhaskar, Srijanani; Tuteja, Anish; Lahann, Joerg

    2013-11-13

    A novel synthetic route for the preparation of amphiphilic Janus particles based on electrohydrodynamic cojetting has been developed. In this approach, selective encapsulation of hydrophobic fluorodecyl-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (F-POSS) in one compartment and a poly(vinyl alcohol) in the second compartment results in colloidal particles with surfactant-like properties including the self-organization at oil-water and air-water interfaces. Successful localization of the respective polymers in different compartments of the same particle is confirmed by a combination of fluorescence microscopy, vibrational spectroscopy, and ζ-potential measurements. We believe that this straightforward synthetic approach may lead to a diverse class of surface-active colloids that will have significant relevance ranging from basic scientific studies to immediate applications in areas, such as pharmaceutical sciences or cosmetics. PMID:24111894

  13. Electrical properties of high density arrays of silicon nanowire field effect transistors

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    Kim, Hye-Young; Lee, Kangho; Lee, Jae Woo; Kim, Sangwook; Kim, Gyu-Tae; Duesberg, Georg S.

    2013-10-01

    Proximity effect corrected e-beam lithography of hydrogen silsesquioxane on silicon on insulator was used to fabricate multi-channel silicon nanowire field-effect transistors (SiNW FETs). Arrays of 15-channels with a line width of 18 nm and pitch as small as 50 nm, the smallest reported for electrically functional devices, were fabricated. These high density arrays were back-gated by the substrate and allowed for investigation of the effects of scaling on the electrical performance of this multi-channel SiNW FET. It was revealed that the drain current and the transconductance (gm) are both reduced with decreasing pitch size. The drain induced barrier lowering and the threshold voltage (Vth) are also decreased, whereas the subthreshold swing (S) is increased. The results are in agreement with our simulations of the electric potential profile of the devices. The study contains valuable information on SiNW FET integration and scaling for future devices.

  14. Low dielectric and low surface free energy flexible linear aliphatic alkoxy core bridged bisphenol cyanate ester based POSS nanocomposites

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    Devaraju, S.; Prabunathan, P.; Selvi, M.; Alagar, M.

    2013-01-01

    The aim of the present work is to develop a new type of flexible linear aliphatic alkoxy core bridged bisphenol cyanate ester (AECE) based POSS nanocomposites for low k applications. The POSS-AECE nanocomposites were developed by incorporating varying weight percentages (0, 5, and 10 wt %) of octakis (dimethylsiloxypropylglycidylether) silsesquioxane (OG-POSS) into cyanate esters. Data from thermal and dielectric studies imply that the POSS reinforced nanocomposite exhibits higher thermal stability and low dielectric value of k = 2.4 (10 wt% POSS-AECE4) compared than those of neat AECE. From the contact angle measurement, it is inferred that, the increase in the percentage incorporation of POSS in to AECE, the values of water contact angle was enhanced. Further, the value of surface free energy was lower when compared to that of neat AECE. The molecular level dispersion of POSS into AECE was ascertained from SEM and TEM analyses. PMID:24790947

  15. The MTT and Crystal Violet Assays: Potential Confounders in Nanoparticle Toxicity Testing.

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    Almutary, A; Sanderson, B J S

    2016-07-01

    The toxicological effects of nanoparticles (NPs) on humans, animals, and environment are largely unknown. Assessment of NPs cytotoxicity depends on the choice of the test system. Due to NPs optical activity and absorption values, they can influence the classical cytotoxicity assay. Eight NPs were spiked in the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) and crystal violet assays and tested with HaCaT human skin cells. The MTT assay standard curve optical density (OD) measurements were altered by the presence of trisilanol phenyl and trisilanol isooctyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane particles. The crystal violet standard curve OD measurements were significantly shifted by gold NPs, but they did not affect the MTT assay. Carbon black decreased ODs in the MTT and crystal violet assays and was localized in the cell cytoplasm. These findings strongly indicate that a careful choice of in vitro viability systems is required to avoid flawed measurement of NPs toxicity. PMID:27207930

  16. Nicalon/siliconoxycarbide ceramic composites

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    Hurwitz, F. I.; Gyekenyesi, J. Z.; Conroy, P. J.; Rivera, A. L.

    1990-01-01

    A number of polymers of differing molecular structure, viscosity, copolymer composition, and production procedures, screened for production of strong, tough Nicalon/siliconoxycarbide composites, are discussed. Variables during polymer synthesis include pH, water/methoxy ratio and phenyl/methyl ratio. Final processing temperatures of the composites range from 1200 deg to 1400 deg C. The filler is derived from pyrolysis of the 50 phenyl/50 methyl silsesquioxane copolymer pyrolyzed to 650 deg C, then milled to less than 1-micron powder. Composite samples were fractured to evaluate the influence of matrix composition, final fabrication temperature, and use of filler on the composite mode of failure, modulus, strain capability, and strength. Incorporation of filler was found to increase matrix compressive strength and to influence matrix shrinkage and cracking.

  17. Atomic oxygen effects on POSS polyimides in low earth orbit.

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    Minton, Timothy K; Wright, Michael E; Tomczak, Sandra J; Marquez, Sara A; Shen, Linhan; Brunsvold, Amy L; Cooper, Russell; Zhang, Jianming; Vij, Vandana; Guenthner, Andrew J; Petteys, Brian J

    2012-02-01

    Kapton polyimde is extensively used in solar arrays, spacecraft thermal blankets, and space inflatable structures. Upon exposure to atomic oxygen in low Earth orbit (LEO), Kapton is severely eroded. An effective approach to prevent this erosion is to incorporate polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) into the polyimide matrix by copolymerizing POSS monomers with the polyimide precursor. The copolymerization of POSS provides Si and O in the polymer matrix on the nano level. During exposure of POSS polyimide to atomic oxygen, organic material is degraded, and a silica passivation layer is formed. This silica layer protects the underlying polymer from further degradation. Laboratory and space-flight experiments have shown that POSS polyimides are highly resistant to atomic-oxygen attack, with erosion yields that may be as little as 1% those of Kapton. The results of all the studies indicate that POSS polyimide would be a space-survivable replacement for Kapton on spacecraft that operate in the LEO environment. PMID:22188314

  18. New insight into the structure of dispersed titania by combining normal-mode analysis with experiment

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    Nitsche, David; Hess, Christian

    2014-11-01

    Normal-mode analysis has been combined with experiment to gain new insight into the vibrational structure of dispersed titania. For the calculations, double- and tri-grafted hydroxylated titania species have been adapted to a model silica support based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS). The choice of hydroxylated models was validated by IR detection of the Osbnd H stretching band of dispersed titania (0.7 Ti/nm2). UV resonance Raman experiments have identified three titania-related vibrational features within the spectral region 900-1100 cm-1 due to Tisbnd Osbnd Si interphase, Tisbnd Osbnd Si in-phase and out-of-phase stretching vibrations. This behaviour is fully consistent with the results obtained by the normal-mode analysis.

  19. Substituent effects on the sol-gel chemistry of organotrialkoxysilanes

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    LOY, DOUGLAS A.; BAUGHER, BRIGITTA M.; BAUGHER, COLLEEN R.; SCHNEIDER, DUANE A.; RAHIMIAN, KAMYAR

    2000-05-09

    Silsesquioxanes have been the subject of intensive study in the past and are becoming important again as a vehicle for introducing organic functionalities into hybrid organic-inorganic materials through sol-gel processing. Depending on the application, the target hybrid material may be required to be a highly cross-linked, insoluble gel or a soluble polymer that can be cast as a thin film or coating. The former has applications such as catalyst supports and separations media; the latter is an economically important method for surface modification or compatiblization for applying adhesives or introducing fillers. Polysilsesquioxanes are readily prepared through the hydrolysis and condensation of organotrialkoxysilanes, though organotriaminosilane and organotrihalosilane monomers can also be used. This paper explores the kinetics of the preparation route.

  20. Water soluble poly(1-vinyl-1,2,4-triazole) as novel dielectric layer for organic field effect transistors

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    Abbas, Mamatimin; Cakmak, Gulbeden; Tekin, Nalan; Kara, Ali; Guney, Hasan Yuksel; Arici, Elif; Sariciftci, Niyazi Serdar

    2011-01-01

    Water soluble poly(1-vinyl-1,2,4-triazole) (PVT) as a novel dielectric layer for organic field effect transistor is studied. Dielectric spectroscopy characterization reveals it has low leakage current and rather high breakdown voltage. Both n-channel and p-channel organic field effect transistors are fabricated using pentacene and fullerene as active layers. Both devices show device performances with lack of hysteresis, very low threshold voltages and high on/off ratios. Excellent film formation property is utilized to make AlOx and thin PVT bilayer in order to decrease the operating voltage of the devices. All solution processed ambipolar device is fabricated with simple spin coating steps using poly(2-methoxy-5-(2-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene) (MEH–PPV) end capped with polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) as active layer. Our investigations show that PVT can be a very promising dielectric for organic field effect transistors. PMID:23794963

  1. Selective assemblies of giant tetrahedra via precisely controlled positional interactions

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    Huang, Mingjun; Hsu, Chih-Hao; Wang, Jing; Mei, Shan; Dong, Xuehui; Li, Yiwen; Li, Mingxuan; Liu, Hao; Zhang, Wei; Aida, Takuzo; Zhang, Wen-Bin; Yue, Kan; Cheng, Stephen Z. D.

    2015-04-01

    Self-assembly of rigid building blocks with explicit shape and symmetry is substantially influenced by the geometric factors and remains largely unexplored. We report the selective assembly behaviors of a class of precisely defined, nanosized giant tetrahedra constructed by placing different polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) molecular nanoparticles at the vertices of a rigid tetrahedral framework. Designed symmetry breaking of these giant tetrahedra introduces precise positional interactions and results in diverse selectively assembled, highly ordered supramolecular lattices including a Frank-Kasper A15 phase, which resembles the essential structural features of certain metal alloys but at a larger length scale. These results demonstrate the power of persistent molecular geometry with balanced enthalpy and entropy in creating thermodynamically stable supramolecular lattices with properties distinct from those of other self-assembling soft materials.

  2. Tangible nanocomposites with diverse properties for heart valve application

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    Vignesh Vellayappan, Muthu; Balaji, Arunpandian; Priyadarshini Subramanian, Aruna; Aruna John, Agnes; Jaganathan, Saravana Kumar; Murugesan, Selvakumar; Mohandas, Hemanth; Supriyanto, Eko; Yusof, Mustafa

    2015-06-01

    Cardiovascular disease claims millions of lives every year throughout the world. Biomaterials are used widely for the treatment of this fatal disease. With the advent of nanotechnology, the use of nanocomposites has become almost inevitable in the field of biomaterials. The versatile properties of nanocomposites, such as improved durability and biocompatibility, make them an ideal choice for various biomedical applications. Among the various nanocomposites, polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-poly(carbonate-urea)urethane, bacterial cellulose with polyvinyl alcohol, carbon nanotubes, graphene oxide and nano-hydroxyapatite nanocomposites have gained popularity as putative choices for biomaterials in cardiovascular applications owing to their superior properties. In this review, various studies performed utilizing these nanocomposites for improving the mechanical strength, anti-calcification potential and hemocompatibility of heart valves are reviewed and summarized. The primary motive of this work is to shed light on the emerging nanocomposites for heart valve applications. Furthermore, we aim to promote the prospects of these nanocomposites in the campaign against cardiovascular diseases.

  3. Toward Controlled Hierarchical Heterogeneities in Giant Molecules with Precisely Arranged Nano Building Blocks.

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    Zhang, Wei; Huang, Mingjun; Su, Hao; Zhang, Siyu; Yue, Kan; Dong, Xue-Hui; Li, Xiaopeng; Liu, Hao; Zhang, Shuo; Wesdemiotis, Chrys; Lotz, Bernard; Zhang, Wen-Bin; Li, Yiwen; Cheng, Stephen Z D

    2016-01-27

    Herein we introduce a unique synthetic methodology to prepare a library of giant molecules with multiple, precisely arranged nano building blocks, and illustrate the influence of minute structural differences on their self-assembly behaviors. The T8 polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) nanoparticles are orthogonally functionalized and sequentially attached onto the end of a hydrophobic polymer chain in either linear or branched configuration. The heterogeneity of primary chemical structure in terms of composition, surface functionality, sequence, and topology can be precisely controlled and is reflected in the self-assembled supramolecular structures of these giant molecules in the condensed state. This strategy offers promising opportunities to manipulate the hierarchical heterogeneities of giant molecules via precise and modular assemblies of various nano building blocks. PMID:27163025

  4. Applications of molecular modeling to the design and characterization of materials

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    Carlson, G. A.; Faulon, J. L.; Pohl, P. I.; Shelnutt, J. A.

    A variety of new molecular modeling tools are now available for studying molecular structures and molecular interactions, for building molecular structures from simple components using analytical data, and for studying the relationship of molecular structure to the energy of bonding and nonbonding interactions. These are proving quite valuable in characterizing molecular structures and intermolecular interactions and in designing new molecules. This paper describes the application of molecular modeling techniques to a variety of materials problems, including the probable molecular structures of coals, lignins, and hybrid inorganic-organic systems (silsesquioxanes), the intercalation of small gas molecules in fullerene crystals, the diffusion of gas molecules through membranes, and the design, structure, and function of biomimetic and nanocluster catalysts.

  5. Hydrogen silsequioxane-derived Si/SiO(x) nanospheres for high-capacity lithium storage materials.

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    Park, Min-Sik; Park, Eunjun; Lee, Jaewoo; Jeong, Goojin; Kim, Ki Jae; Kim, Jung Ho; Kim, Young-Jun; Kim, Hansu

    2014-06-25

    Si/SiOx composite materials have been explored for their commercial possibility as high-performance anode materials for lithium ion batteries, but suffer from the complexity of and limited synthetic routes for their preparation. In this study, Si/SiOx nanospheres were developed using a nontoxic and precious-metal-free preparation method based on hydrogen silsesquioxane obtained from sol-gel reaction of triethoxysilane. The resulting Si/SiOx nanospheres with a uniform carbon coating layer show excellent cycle performance and rate capability with high-dimensional stability. This approach based on a scalable sol-gel reaction enables not only the development of Si/SiOx with various nanostructured forms, but also reduced production cost for mass production of nanostructured Si/SiOx. PMID:24846871

  6. Hysteresis free carbon nanotube thin film transistors comprising hydrophobic dielectrics

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    Lefebvre, J.; Ding, J.; Li, Z.; Cheng, F.; Du, N.; Malenfant, P. R. L.

    2015-12-01

    We present two examples of carbon nanotube network thin film transistors with strongly hydrophobic dielectrics comprising either Teflon-AF or a poly(vinylphenol)/poly(methyl silsesquioxane) (PVP/pMSSQ) blend. In the absence of encapsulation, bottom gated transistors in air ambient show no hysteresis between forward and reverse gate sweep direction. Device threshold gate voltage and On-current present excellent time dependent stability even under dielectric stress. Furthermore, threshold gate voltage for hole conduction is negative upon device encapsulation with PVP/pMSSQ enabling much improved current On/Off ratio at 0 V. This work addresses two major challenges impeding solution based fabrication of relevant thin film transistors with printable single-walled carbon nanotube channels.

  7. Cholesteric liquid crystal devices with nanoparticle aggregation.

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    Jeng, Shie-Chang; Hwang, Shug-June; Hung, Yu-Hsiang; Chen, Sheng-Chieh

    2010-10-11

    A broadband cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) device with a multi-domain structure is demonstrated by using an aggregation of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) nanoparticles in the CLC layer. The aggregation pattern of the self-assembled POSS nanoparticles depends on the concentration of POSS doped in the mixture of POSS/CLC and the cooling rate of the mixture from a temperature higher than the clear point. POSS-induced changes in the bulk and surface properties of the cholesteric cells, such as a promotion of homeotropic alignment, help to form a cholesteric structure with a broadband reflection of light; the latter can be used for improvement of bistable CLC devices. A higher POSS concentration and a higher cooling rate both improve the appearance of the black-white CLC device. PMID:20941154

  8. Toward Controlled Hierarchical Heterogeneities in Giant Molecules with Precisely Arranged Nano Building Blocks

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    2016-01-01

    Herein we introduce a unique synthetic methodology to prepare a library of giant molecules with multiple, precisely arranged nano building blocks, and illustrate the influence of minute structural differences on their self-assembly behaviors. The T8 polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) nanoparticles are orthogonally functionalized and sequentially attached onto the end of a hydrophobic polymer chain in either linear or branched configuration. The heterogeneity of primary chemical structure in terms of composition, surface functionality, sequence, and topology can be precisely controlled and is reflected in the self-assembled supramolecular structures of these giant molecules in the condensed state. This strategy offers promising opportunities to manipulate the hierarchical heterogeneities of giant molecules via precise and modular assemblies of various nano building blocks. PMID:27163025

  9. Tailoring the macroporous structure of monolithic silica-based capillary columns with potential for liquid chromatography.

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    Laschober, Stefan; Sulyok, Michael; Rosenberg, Erwin

    2007-03-01

    The present work aims at the optimisation of the synthesis of methyl-silsesquioxane monolithic capillary columns using a sol-gel based protocol. The influence of reaction conditions such as temperature, reaction mixture composition and catalyst concentration has been examined. The morphology of the products was studied by scanning electron microscopy and nitrogen adsorption. Monolithic capillary columns were obtained with a skeleton-like structure with open pores. Pore diameters vary from 0.8 to 15 microm, diameters of the xerogel network vary from 0.4 to 12 microm, respectively. Specific surface areas up to 334 m2/g have been observed, however, many materials did not possess areas above few m2/g which represents the limit of detection of the nitrogen porosimetry measurements. Excellent adhesion to the capillary wall was observed in all cases, and drying was possible at ambient conditions without the formation of cracks. PMID:17241639

  10. Electron Beam Lithography of 15×15 nm2 Pitched Nanodot Arrays with a Size of Less than 10 nm Using High Development Contrast Salty Developer

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    Komori, Takuya; Zhang, Hui; Akahane, Takashi; Mohamad, Zulfakri; Yin, You; Hosaka, Sumio

    2012-06-01

    We investigated the effects of developer and hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) resist thickness in the formation of dot arrays with a pitch of <18×18 nm2 by using 30-keV electron beam (EB) lithography for bit patterned media (BPM). Optimum resist thickness and developer were investigated for the formation of fine dot arrays. We found that a 12-nm-thick HSQ resist was suitable to form fine dot patterns and the addition of NaCl into tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) could improve the development contrast (γ-value) of HSQ (the highest is 9.7). By using the 12-nm-thick HSQ resist film and 2.3 wt % TMAH/4 wt % NaCl developer, we successfully fabricated very fine resist dot arrays with a dot size of <10 nm and a pitch of 15×15 nm2, which corresponds to a storage density of about 3 Tbit/in.2 in BPM.

  11. A transmission line method for evaluation of vertical InAs nanowire contacts

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    Berg, M. Svensson, J. Lind, E. Wernersson, L.-E.

    2015-12-07

    In this paper, we present a method for metal contact characterization to vertical semiconductor nanowires using the transmission line method (TLM) on a cylindrical geometry. InAs nanowire resistors are fabricated on Si substrates using a hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) spacer between the bottom and top contact. The thickness of the HSQ is defined by the dose of an electron beam lithography step, and by varying the separation thickness for a group of resistors, a TLM series is fabricated. Using this method, the resistivity and specific contact resistance are determined for InAs nanowires with different doping and annealing conditions. The contacts are shown to improve with annealing at temperatures up to 300 °C for 1 min, with specific contact resistance values reaching down to below 1 Ω µm{sup 2}.

  12. Bioreducible POSS-cored star-shaped polycation for efficient gene delivery.

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    Yang, Yan-Yu; Wang, Xing; Hu, Yang; Hu, Hao; Wu, De-Cheng; Xu, Fu-Jian

    2014-01-22

    The bioreducible star-shaped gene vector (POSS-(SS-PDMAEMA)8) with well-defined structure and relatively narrow molecular weight distribution was synthesized via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of (2-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) from a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) macroinitiator. POSS-(SS-PDMAEMA)8 was composed of a biocompatible POSS core and eight disulfide-linked PDMAEMA arms, wherein the PDMAEMA chain length could be adjusted by controlling polymerization time. POSS-(SS-PDMAEMA)8 can effectively bind pDNA into uniform nanocomplexes with appropriate particle size and zeta potential. The incorporation of disulfide bridges gave the POSS-(SS-PDMAEMA)8 material facile bioreducibility. In comparison with POSS-(PDMAEMA)8 without disulfide linkage, POSS-(SS-PDMAEMA)8 exhibited much lower cytotoxicity and substantially higher transfection efficiency. The present work would provide useful information for the design of new POSS-based drug/gene carriers. PMID:24299237

  13. Understanding the mechanism of base development of HSQ

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    Kim, Jihoon; Chao, Weilun; Griedel, Brian; Liang, Xiaogan; Lewis, Mark; Hilken, Dawn; Olynick, Deirdre

    2009-06-16

    We study the dissolution mechanism of HSQ (hydrogen silsesquioxane) in base solutions with the addition of chloride salts to elucidate the development mechanism. Reaction mechanisms are proposed based on the dissolution mechanism of quartz. Development kinetics points to two dose-dependent development mechanisms. Considering ion sizes, both hydrated and non-hydrated, and ion exchange, we propose that a combination of a surface dominated reaction at higher doses and a matrix dominated reaction at lower doses accounts for the high development contrast with a NaOH base/NaCl salt mixture. The interplay between the hydrated and non-hydrated ion size leads to higher contrast developers, such as tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide (TMAH) with NaCl.

  14. Aquaporin-Based Biomimetic Polymeric Membranes: Approaches and Challenges

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    Habel, Joachim; Hansen, Michael; Kynde, Søren; Larsen, Nanna; Midtgaard, Søren Roi; Jensen, Grethe Vestergaard; Bomholt, Julie; Ogbonna, Anayo; Almdal, Kristoffer; Schulz, Alexander; Hélix-Nielsen, Claus

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, aquaporin biomimetic membranes (ABMs) for water separation have gained considerable interest. Although the first ABMs are commercially available, there are still many challenges associated with further ABM development. Here, we discuss the interplay of the main components of ABMs: aquaporin proteins (AQPs), block copolymers for AQP reconstitution, and polymer-based supporting structures. First, we briefly cover challenges and review recent developments in understanding the interplay between AQP and block copolymers. Second, we review some experimental characterization methods for investigating AQP incorporation including freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, stopped-flow light scattering, and small-angle X-ray scattering. Third, we focus on recent efforts in embedding reconstituted AQPs in membrane designs that are based on conventional thin film interfacial polymerization techniques. Finally, we describe some new developments in interfacial polymerization using polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane cages for increasing the physical and chemical durability of thin film composite membranes. PMID:26264033

  15. Fabrication of single-crystal silicon nanotubes with sub-10 nm walls using cryogenic inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching

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    Li, Zhiqin; Chen, Yiqin; Zhu, Xupeng; Zheng, Mengjie; Dong, Fengliang; Chen, Peipei; Xu, Lihua; Chu, Weiguo; Duan, Huigao

    2016-09-01

    Single-crystal silicon nanostructures have attracted much attention in recent years due in part to their unique optical properties. In this work, we demonstrate direct fabrication of single-crystal silicon nanotubes with sub-10 nm walls which show low reflectivity. The fabrication was based on a cryogenic inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching process using high-resolution hydrogen silsesquioxane nanostructures as the hard mask. Two main etching parameters including substrate low-frequency power and SF6/O2 flow rate ratio were investigated to determine the etching mechanism in the process. With optimized etching parameters, high-aspect-ratio silicon nanotubes with smooth and vertical sub-10 nm walls were fabricated. Compared to commonly-used antireflection silicon nanopillars with the same feature size, the densely packed silicon nanotubes possessed a lower reflectivity, implying possible potential applications of silicon nanotubes in photovoltaics.

  16. Random fiber laser of POSS solution-filled hollow optical fiber by end pumping

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    Hu, Zhijia; Zheng, Hongjun; Wang, Lijuan; Tian, Xiujie; Wang, Tongxin; Zhang, Qijin; Zou, Gang; Chen, Yang; Zhang, Qun

    2012-09-01

    Random fiber laser is obtained by end pumping a hollow optical fiber (HOF) filled with a dispersive solution of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) nanoparticles and laser dye pyrromethene 597 (PM597) in carbon disulfide (CS2), in which the concentration is 1.5×10-2 M for PM597 and 18.5 wt% for POSS, respectively. It is found that the pump light at the one end of the liquid core optical fiber (LCOF) can pass the whole length of LCOF because the POSS nanoparticles were dispersed in CS2 at a molecular level (1-3 nm) with high stability and without sedimentation. Above the threshold pump energy (˜0.81 mJ) the random fiber laser appears coherent and resonant feedback multimode lasing in the weakly scattering system. For the LCOF containing PM597 with the same concentration and no POSS nanoparticles, there occurs only ASE that can be observed under the same experimental condition.

  17. Hierarchical Self-Assembled Structures from POSS-Containing Block Copolymers Synthesized by Living Anionic Polymerization

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    Hirai, Tomoyasu; Leolukman, Melvina; Jin, Sangwoo; Goseki, Raita; Ishida, Yoshihito; Kakimoto, Masa-aki; Hayakawa, Teruaki; Ree, Moonhor; Gopalan, Padma

    2010-03-16

    Two kinds of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-containing block copolymers (BCPs), namely PS-b-PMAPOSS and PMMA-b-PMAPOSS, were synthesized by living anionic polymerization. A wide range of molecular weights were obtained with a very narrow polydispersity index of less than 1.09. The bulk samples prepared by slow evaporation from a polymer solution in chloroform exhibit well-defined microphase-separated structures with long-range order. Thermal annealing induced hierarchical structures consisting of a smaller length scale ordered crystalline POSS domains within the larger microphase-separated structures. We report detailed structural characterization of these hierarchical structures in bulk and thin films by transmission electron microscopy and grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering (GIWAXS). On the basis of this structural analysis, we propose a model for the formation of an orthorhombic lattice structure through the aggregation of POSS segments which formed a helix-like structure.

  18. Preparation of cyclodextrin-modified monolithic hybrid columns for the fast enantioseparation of hydroxy acids in capillary liquid chromatography.

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    Szwed, Kamila; Ou, Junjie; Huang, Guang; Lin, Hui; Liu, Zhongshan; Wang, Hongwei; Zou, Hanfa

    2016-03-01

    Cyclodextrins and their derivatives are one of the most common and successful chiral selectors. However, there have been few publications about the use of cyclodextrin-modified monoliths. In this study, organic hybrid monoliths were prepared by the immobilization of derivatized β-cyclodextrin alone or with l-2-allylglycine hydrochloride to the polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane methacryl substituted monolith. The main topic of this study is a combined system with dual chiral selectors (l-2-allylglycine hydrochloride and β-cyclodextrin) as monolithic chiral stationary phase. The effect of l-2-allylglycine hydrochloride concentration on enantioseparation was investigated. The enantioseparation of the four acidic compounds with resolutions up to 2.87 was achieved within 2.5 min on the prepared chiral monolithic column in capillary liquid chromatography. Moreover, the possible mechanism of enantioseparation was discussed. PMID:27027591

  19. Aquaporin-Based Biomimetic Polymeric Membranes: Approaches and Challenges.

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    Habel, Joachim; Hansen, Michael; Kynde, Søren; Larsen, Nanna; Midtgaard, Søren Roi; Jensen, Grethe Vestergaard; Bomholt, Julie; Ogbonna, Anayo; Almdal, Kristoffer; Schulz, Alexander; Hélix-Nielsen, Claus

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, aquaporin biomimetic membranes (ABMs) for water separation have gained considerable interest. Although the first ABMs are commercially available, there are still many challenges associated with further ABM development. Here, we discuss the interplay of the main components of ABMs: aquaporin proteins (AQPs), block copolymers for AQP reconstitution, and polymer-based supporting structures. First, we briefly cover challenges and review recent developments in understanding the interplay between AQP and block copolymers. Second, we review some experimental characterization methods for investigating AQP incorporation including freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, stopped-flow light scattering, and small-angle X-ray scattering. Third, we focus on recent efforts in embedding reconstituted AQPs in membrane designs that are based on conventional thin film interfacial polymerization techniques. Finally, we describe some new developments in interfacial polymerization using polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane cages for increasing the physical and chemical durability of thin film composite membranes. PMID:26264033

  20. Co-delivery of doxorubicin and tumor-suppressing p53 gene using a POSS-based star-shaped polymer for cancer therapy.

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    Li, Yongmao; Xu, Bing; Bai, Tao; Liu, Wenguang

    2015-07-01

    In this work, a star-shaped polymer consisting of a cationic poly[2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate] (PDMAEMA) shell and a zwitterionic poly[N-(3-(methacryloylamino) propyl)-N,N-dimethyl-N-(3-sulfopropyl) ammonium hydroxide] (PMPD) corona was grafted from a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS)-based initiator via atomic transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The reported star-shaped polymer could form stable micelles in aqueous solutions even in the presence of serum. In addition, anti-cancer drug doxorubicin and tumor-suppressing p53 gene were loaded in the process of micelle formation. The formed polyplex was biocompatible and highly efficient for both drug and gene delivery. Furthermore, the polyplex was able to cause a high apoptotic rate of tumor cells both in vitro and in vivo. This combination delivery strategy offers a promising method for cancer therapy and can be used for further clinical applications. PMID:25934448

  1. Multifunctional imine-POSS as uncommon 3D nanobuilding blocks for supramolecular hybrid materials: synthesis, structural characterization, and properties.

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    Janeta, Mateusz; John, Łukasz; Ejfler, Jolanta; Lis, Tadeusz; Szafert, Sławomir

    2016-08-01

    In this article, we report on the chemistry and the spectroscopic properties of well-defined imino-functionalized polyoctahedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (imine-POSS) with various substitutions. Our efforts were mainly focused on side chains with sizable aryl groups possessing hydroxyl, nitro, and halide moieties. Such a choice enabled us to track their reduction abilities to secondary amine-POSS, tautomerization effects, and thermal properties. We also report for the first time the solid-state structures of five imino-functionalized cage-like octasilsesquioxanes. These structures provide unique examples of the complexities of three-dimensional packing motifs and their relationship with the assembly of tunable materials from nanobuilding blocks. PMID:27438046

  2. Low dielectric and low surface free energy flexible linear aliphatic alkoxy core bridged bisphenol cyanate ester based POSS nanocomposites.

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    Devaraju, S; Prabunathan, P; Selvi, M; Alagar, M

    2013-01-01

    The aim of the present work is to develop a new type of flexible linear aliphatic alkoxy core bridged bisphenol cyanate ester (AECE) based POSS nanocomposites for low k applications. The POSS-AECE nanocomposites were developed by incorporating varying weight percentages (0, 5, and 10 wt %) of octakis (dimethylsiloxypropylglycidylether) silsesquioxane (OG-POSS) into cyanate esters. Data from thermal and dielectric studies imply that the POSS reinforced nanocomposite exhibits higher thermal stability and low dielectric value of k = 2.4 (10 wt% POSS-AECE4) compared than those of neat AECE. From the contact angle measurement, it is inferred that, the increase in the percentage incorporation of POSS in to AECE, the values of water contact angle was enhanced. Further, the value of surface free energy was lower when compared to that of neat AECE. The molecular level dispersion of POSS into AECE was ascertained from SEM and TEM analyses. PMID:24790947

  3. Low dielectric and low surface free energy flexible linear aliphatic alkoxy core bridged bisphenol cyanate ester based POSS nanocomposites

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    Alagar, Muthukaruppan; Devaraju, S.; Prabunathan, P.; Selvi, M.

    2013-10-01

    The aim of the present work is to develop a new type of flexible linear aliphatic alkoxy core bridged bisphenol cyanate ester (AECE) based POSS nanocomposites for low k applications. The POSS-AECE nanocomposites were developed by incorporating varying weight percentages (0, 5 and 10 wt %) of octakis (dimethylsiloxypropylglycidylether) silsesquioxane (OG-POSS) into cyanate esters. Data from thermal and dielectric studies imply that the POSS reinforced nanocomposite exhibits higher thermal stability and low dielectric value of k=2.4 (10 wt% POSS-AECE4) compared than those of neat AECE. From the contact angle measurement, it is inferred that, the increase in the percentage incorporation of POSS in to AECE, the values of water contact angle was enhanced. Further, the value of surface free energy was lower when compared to that of neat AECE. The molecular level dispersion of POSS into AECE was ascertained from SEM and TEM analyses.

  4. Sorption Behavior of Compressed CO2 and CH4 on Ultrathin Hybrid Poly(POSS-imide) Layers.

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    Raaijmakers, Michiel J T; Ogieglo, Wojciech; Wiese, Martin; Wessling, Matthias; Nijmeijer, Arian; Benes, Nieck E

    2015-12-01

    Sorption of compressed gases into thin polymeric films is essential for applications including gas sensors and membrane based gas separation. For glassy polymers, the sorption behavior is dependent on the nonequilibrium status of the polymer. The uptake of molecules by a polymer is generally accompanied by dilation, or swelling, of the polymer material. In turn, this dilation can result in penetrant induced plasticization and physical aging that affect the nonequilibrium status of the polymer. Here, we investigate the dilation and sorption behavior of ultrathin membrane layers of a hybrid inorganic-organic network material that consists of alternating polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane and imide groups, upon exposure to compressed carbon dioxide and methane. The imide precursor contains fluoroalkene groups that provide affinity toward carbon dioxide, while the octa-functionalized silsesquioxane provides a high degree of cross-linking. This combination allows for extremely high sorption capacities, while structural rearrangements of the network are hindered. We study the simultaneous uptake of gases and dilation of the thin films at high pressures using spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements. Ellipsometry provides the changes in both the refractive index and the film thickness, and allows for accurate quantification of sorption and swelling. In contrast, gravimetric and volumetric measurements only provide a single parameter; this does not allow an accurate correction for, for instance, the changes in buoyancy because of the extensive geometrical changes of highly swelling films. The sorption behavior of the ultrathin hybrid layers depends on the fluoroalkene group content. At low pressure, the apparent molar volume of the gases is low compared to the liquid molar volume of carbon dioxide and methane, respectively. At high gas concentrations in the polymer film, the apparent molar volume of carbon dioxide and methane exceeds that of the liquid molar volume, and

  5. Polyelectrolyte Stars and Cylindrical Brushes Made by ATRP: New Building Blocks in Nanotechnology

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    Plamper, Felix; Xu, Youyong; Yuan, Jiayin; Ballauff, Matthias; Müller, Axel H. E.

    Star polymers and cylindrical polymer brushes (CPBs), i.e. polymers possessing side groups densely grafted from a linear main chain, have attracted considerable experimental and theoretical interest over the past decade, owing to their peculiar solution and bulk properties. We have used the grafting-from approach via ATRP to synthesize well-defined star polymers and core—shell CPBs with homopolymer and block copolymer side chains. The diblock copolymer side chains may include combinations of soft-hard, hydrophilic-hydrophobic and crystalline-amorphous block segments. In particular, we have been interested in polyelectrolyte blocks; then the polymers resemble intramolecular spherical and cylindrical micelles, respectively. Star polymers of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (DMAEMA) were made using sugar- or silsesquioxane-based ATRP initiators. Their LCST and UCST phase behaviour depends on pH, counterion charge, temperature, and light. PDMAEMA CPBs react in a similar way, and on addition of trivalent counterions they even form helical structures. We have also synthesized hybrid nanowires of semiconducting CdS and CdSe or nanomagnets of γ-Fe2O3 inside the PAA core of CPBs. Here, we present novel water-soluble and biocompatible silica nanowires based on CPBs. They have a core consisting of a silsesquioxane network of crosslinked poly(3-acryloylpropyl trimethoxysilane) (PAPTS) and a shell of poly(oligoe-thyleneglycol methacrylate) (POEGMA). Sequential ATRP of APTS and OEGMA initiated by a polyinitiator backbone (DP = 3,200) was carried out in benzene. Due to the cylindrical shape of the brushes the functional TMS moieties were arranged into a 1D manner and then crosslinked via alkaline condensation, rendering the rigid core—shell hybrid CPBs. Finally, uniform silica nanowires were achieved by the simultaneous removal of the hybrid CPB template via pyrolysis. The length as well as the diameter of silica nanowires are well-defined.

  6. Effect of coffee combining green coffee bean constituents with typical roasting products on the Nrf2/ARE pathway in vitro and in vivo.

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    Volz, Nadine; Boettler, Ute; Winkler, Swantje; Teller, Nicole; Schwarz, Christoph; Bakuradze, Tamara; Eisenbrand, Gerhard; Haupt, Larissa; Griffiths, Lyn R; Stiebitz, Herbert; Bytof, Gerhard; Lantz, Ingo; Lang, Roman; Hofmann, Thomas; Somoza, Veronika; Marko, Doris

    2012-09-26

    This study investigated Nrf2-activating properties of a coffee blend combining raw coffee bean constituents with 5-O-caffeoylquinic acid (CGA) as a lead component with typical roasting products such as N-methylpyridinium (NMP). In cell culture (HT29) the respective coffee extract (CN-CE) increased nuclear Nrf2 translocation and enhanced the transcription of ARE-dependent genes as exemplified for NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase and glutathione-S-transferase (GST)A1, reflected in the protein level by an increase in GST enzyme activity. In a pilot human intervention study (29 healthy volunteers), daily consumption of 750 mL of CN-coffee for 4 weeks increased Nrf2 transcription in peripheral blood lymphocytes on average. However, the transcriptional response pattern of Nrf2/ARE-dependent genes showed substantial interindividual variations. The presence of SNPs in the Nrf2-promoter, reported recently, as well as the detection of GSTT1*0 (null) genotypes in the study collective strengthens the hypothesis that coffee acts as a modulator of Nrf2-dependent gene response in humans, but genetic polymorphisms play an important role in the individual response pattern. PMID:22946519

  7. Hydrogels containing porphyrin-loaded nanoparticles for topical photodynamic applications.

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    González-Delgado, José A; Castro, Pedro M; Machado, Alexandra; Araújo, Francisca; Rodrigues, Francisca; Korsak, Bárbara; Ferreira, Marta; Tomé, João P C; Sarmento, Bruno

    2016-08-20

    5,10,15,20-tetrakis(1-methylpyridinium-4-yl)-porphyrin tetra-iodide (TMPyP), a potent water-soluble photosensitizer (PS) used in antimicrobial applications, was encapsulated into poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (TMPyP-PLGA) for topical delivery purposes. Nanoparticles resulted in a mean particle size around 130nm, narrow polydispersity index (PdI), spherical morphology and association efficiency up to 93%. Free TMPyP and TMPyP-PLGA nanoparticles were incorporated into Carbopol(®) hydrogels, resulting in controlled TMPyP release of about 60% and 20% after 4.5h, respectively. Critical properties such as appearance, clarity, viscosity and pH were maintained over time, as hydrogels were stable during 6 months at 4°C, 25°C/60% RH and 40°C/75% RH. For photodynamic applications, the photoproduction of singlet oxygen from these hydrogels was quite efficient being both formulations very photostable after 20min. No TMPyP permeation through pig ear skin was observed after 24h, and histological assays did not show relevant damages in surrounding tissues. All these excellent characteristics make them promising platforms for photodynamic applications through topical clinical use. PMID:27321129

  8. Selective detection of organic compounds on modified polymer surfaces using TOF-SIMS in combination with derivatization

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    Kwon, Moonhee; Lee, Yeonhee; Kim, Youngsoo; Han, Seunghee; Kim, Haidong

    2006-07-01

    This investigation encompasses work in the development of TOF-SIMS methodology for the characterization of compounds formed during polymer surface modification. TOF-SIMS was used in this study in combination with selective derivatization reactions with hydroxyl group specific reagents. Derivatization techniques with group specific reagents provide a means of identifying functional groups in a complex matrix, along with significant enhancement of detection limits. The study proceeded in three steps. First, derivatives of organic compounds as a model compound were monitored to determine the suitability for detecting oxygenated species. Second, useful derivatization reactions were tested on functional groups in the synthetic polymer chains. Third, the methods thus developed were applied to polymer surfaces treated by plasma source ion implantation (PSII). 2-Fluoro-1-methylpyridinium derivatives were useful for characterization of organic alcohols and phenolic compounds. Analysis of organic compounds derivatized by these methods on polymeric materials demonstrated clearly that analysis in the presence of a carbonaceous matrix is possible. The results yielded evidence for the formation of hydroxyl species as the polymer is modified by PSII technique.

  9. Silica Aerogels Doped with Ru(II) Tris 1,l0-Phenanthro1ine)-Electron Acceptor Dyads: Improving the Dynamic Range, Sensitivity and Response Time of Sol-Gel Based Oxygen Sensors

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    Kevebtusm Bucgikas; Rawashdeh, Abdel M.; Elder, Ian A.; Yang, Jinhua; Dass, Amala; Sotiriou-Leventis, Chariklia

    2005-01-01

    Complexes 1 and 2 were characterized in fluid and frozen solution and as dopants of silica aerogels. The intramolecular quenching efficiency of pendant 4-benzoyl-N-methylpyridinium group (4BzPy) is solvent dependent: emission is quenched completely in acetonitrile but not in alcohols. On the other hand, N-benzyl-N'-methylviologen (BzMeV) quenches the emission in all solvents completely. The differences are traced electrochemically to a stronger solvation effect by the alcohol in the case of 1. In fiozen matrices or absorbed on the surfaces of silica aerogel, both 1 and 2 are photoluminescent. The lack of quenching has been traced to the environmental rigidity. When doped aerogels are cooled to 77K, the emission shifts to the blue and its intensity increases in analogy to what is observed with Ru(II) complexes in media undergoing fluid-to-rigid transition. The photoluminescence of 1 and 2 from the aerogel is quenched by oxygen diffusing through the pores. In the presence of oxygen, aerogels doped with 1 can modulate their emission over a wider dynamic range than aerogels doped with 2, and both are more sensitive than aerogels doped with Ru(II) tris(1,l0- phenanthroline). In contrast to frozen solutions, the luminescent moieties in the bulk of aerogels kept at 77K are still accessible, leading to more sensitive platforms for oxygen sensors than other ambient temperature configurations.

  10. Synthesis of water-soluble dinuclear mn-porphyrin with multiple antioxidative activities.

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    Kubota, Riku; Imamura, Shinya; Shimizu, Takahiko; Asayama, Shoichiro; Kawakami, Hiroyoshi

    2014-06-12

    Superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase activities of a drug are of great importance for its effective protection against reactive oxygen species (ROS)-induced injury. Achievement of catalase activity of a synthetic compound remains a challenge. Water-soluble Mn-porphyrins have high SOD and peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)) reducing activities, but not catalase-like activity. Herein, we are able to retain the fair SOD-like activity of a mononuclear Mn-5-(N-methylpyridinium-4-yl)-10,15,20-triphenyl porphyrin (MnM4PyP3P), while gaining in catalase-like activity with its dinuclear complex, 1,3-di[5-(N-methylene-pyridinium-4-yl)-10,15,20-triphenyl porphynato manganese] benzene tetrachloride (MnPD). Mechanistic study indicates that catalase-like activity of MnPD is due to synergism of two Mn active sites, where hydroxo-Mn(IV) complex is formed as an intermediate. The in vivo experiments demonstrate that MnPD significantly restores the treadmill-running ability of SOD-deficient mouse and thus indicates the therapeutic potential of MnPD. Furthermore, MnPD may serve as a mechanistic tool and indicate the new directions in the synthesis of catalase-like mimics. PMID:24944735

  11. Design, synthesis and evaluation of redox radiopharmaceuticals: a potential new approach for the development of brain imaging agents

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    Srivastava, P.C.; Knapp, F.F. Jr.

    1986-01-01

    The fabrication and complete evaluation are described of a dihydropyridine in equilibrium pyridinium salt type redox system for the delivery of radioiodinated agents to the brain. The pivotal intermediate, N-succinimidyl (1-methylpyridinium iodide)-3-carboxylate was prepared by condensation of nicotinic acid and N-hydroxysuccinimide in the presence of dicyclohexylcarbodimide, followed by quaternization of III with methyl iodide. Tissue distribution studies of /sup 125/I-labeled 4-iodoaniline and the redox agents were performed in rats. (/sup 125/I)Iodoaniline initially showed moderate (0.58% dose/gm) brain uptake with subsequent release of the radioactivity from the brain. (/sup 125/I)Iodoaniline, when coupled to a dihydropyridine carrier showed higher uptake and retention in the brain. The (/sup 125/I)iodophenylethyl analogue showed uptake and retention in the brain to be very similar. Apparently the lipophilic agents cross the blood-brain barrier and are oxidized (quaternized) within the brain. The blood-brain barrier then prevents their release resulting in high uptake and retention in the brain and high brain:blood ratios. 11 refs., 3 figs.

  12. Modification of a styryl dye binding mode with calf thymus DNA in vesicular medium: from minor groove to intercalative.

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    Manna, Anamika; Chakravorti, Sankar

    2012-05-01

    This paper reports an interesting transformation of binding mode of 2-(4-(dimethylamino)styryl)-1-methylpyridinium iodide (DASPMI) with calf thymus DNA from minor groove binding in buffer solution to intercalative binding when the dye is encapsulated inside a vesicle formed by the interaction of 1,8-naphthalimide (a charge transfer dye) with the supramolecular association of sodium dodecyl sulfate and block-copolymer polyethylene-b-polyethylene glycol. The pre-encapsulated dye in the vesicular interior binds intercalatively to ct-DNA, as evinced by the high value of equilibrium binding constant of DASPMI-DNA complex, changes in CD-spectra of DNA and isosbestic point, along with downshift and hypochromicity of absorption band. Increase in anisotropy decay by 1.5 times with a single component strongly confirms restricted motion of the probe inside ct-DNA confirming intercalative binding. The compaction of ct-DNA caused by the interaction of the vesicle allows DASPMI to bind ct-DNA in the intercalative mode. However, the groove binding mode in ct-DNA-DASPMI remains unaffected by the retro-addition of the vesicles to the already bound dye to ct-DNA. PMID:22506549

  13. The Alkaline Hydrolysis of Sulfonate Esters: Challenges in Interpreting Experimental and Theoretical Data

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    2013-01-01

    Sulfonate ester hydrolysis has been the subject of recent debate, with experimental evidence interpreted in terms of both stepwise and concerted mechanisms. In particular, a recent study of the alkaline hydrolysis of a series of benzene arylsulfonates (Babtie et al., Org. Biomol. Chem.10, 2012, 8095) presented a nonlinear Brønsted plot, which was explained in terms of a change from a stepwise mechanism involving a pentavalent intermediate for poorer leaving groups to a fully concerted mechanism for good leaving groups and supported by a theoretical study. In the present work, we have performed a detailed computational study of the hydrolysis of these compounds and find no computational evidence for a thermodynamically stable intermediate for any of these compounds. Additionally, we have extended the experimental data to include pyridine-3-yl benzene sulfonate and its N-oxide and N-methylpyridinium derivatives. Inclusion of these compounds converts the Brønsted plot to a moderately scattered but linear correlation and gives a very good Hammett correlation. These data suggest a concerted pathway for this reaction that proceeds via an early transition state with little bond cleavage to the leaving group, highlighting the care that needs to be taken with the interpretation of experimental and especially theoretical data. PMID:24279349

  14. Using Pyridinium Styryl Dyes as the Standards of Time-Resolved Instrument Response.

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    Li, Lei; Chang, Mengfang; Yi, Hua; Jia, Menghui; Cao, Xiaodan; Zhou, Zhongneng; Zhang, Sanjun; Pan, Haifeng; Shih, Chun-Wei; Jimenez, Ralph; Xu, Jianhua

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, two pyridinium styryl dyes, [2-(4-dimethylamino-phenyl)-vinyl]-1-methylpyridinium iodide (DASPMI), were synthesized and characterized by steady state fluorescence spectroscopy as well as picosecond and femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopies. Both dyes exhibit large Stokes shifts and fluorescence decays equivalent to the instrument response function (IRF) standards employed in time-correlated single-photon counting. Due to their styryl and pyridinium moieties, DASPMIs have higher peak fluorescence intensity and shorter excited-state lifetimes than iodide ion-quenched fluorophores. The fluorescence lifetimes of o-DASPMI and p-DASPMI were measured to be 6.6 ps and 12.4 ps, respectively. The fluorescence transients of these DASPMIs were used as the IRFs for iterative reconvolution fitting of the time-resolved fluorescence decay profiles of Rhodamine B (RhB), sulforhodamine B (SRB), and the SRB-SRB2m RNA aptamer complex. The quality of the fits employing the DASPMI-derived IRFs are consistently equivalent to those employing IRFs obtained from light scattering. These results indicate that DASPMI-derived IRFs may be suited for a broad range of applications in time-resolved spectroscopy and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM), especially in the visible emission range. PMID:27231333

  15. Nanostructured anion conducting block copolymer electrolyte thin films

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    Arges, Christopher; Kambe, Yu; Nealey, Paul

    Lamellae forming block copolymer electrolyte (BCE) thin-films with perpendicular aligned orientation were registered with high fidelity over large areas via a self-assembly process followed by a novel chemical vapor infiltration reaction (CVIR) technique. In this scheme, poly(styrene- b-2-vinyl pyridine) (PS bP2VP) block copolymers were self-assembled with perpendicular orientations on neutral chemical brushes using solvent vapor annealing. The ionic groups were selectively introduced into the P2VP block via a Menshutkin reaction that converted the nitrogen in the pyridine to n-methylpyridinium - anion carrier groups. FTIR-ATR and XPS tools confirmed the formation of the aforementioned ionic moieties post CVIR process and structure imaging tools (e.g., SEM and AFM imaging, GI-SAXS and RSOXs) established that incorporation of the ionic groups did not alter the self-assembled nanostructured films nor did subsequent ion-exchange processes. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy determined the in-plane ion conductivity of different counteranions in the BCE thin films and alteration to the symmetry of the block copolymer film substantially improved (or hindered) BCE ion conductivity if the P2VP block's volume fraction was slightly greater than (or less than) 0.5. U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  16. Quaternary heteroaromatic salts with prophylactic and antidotal activity towards soman

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    Sundberg, R.J.; Dalvie, D.; Cordero, J.; Sabat, M.

    1993-05-13

    A series of quaternary heteroaromatic salts has been prepared and evaluated for prophylactic and antidotal activity towards the lethal toxicity of soman. One series of compounds contains 2-, 3-, or 4-(dimethylaminocarbonyloxy)phenoxymethyl substituents at the 2 position of the following rings: 1,3-dimethylimidazolium, 1-methylpyridinium, 1-methylquinolinium, 1,3-dimethylbenzimidazolium and 1-methylimidazo1,2-Apyridinium. The compounds were evaluated both in vitro, by determining the IC50 for electric eel acetylcholinesterase, and in vivo, using both antidotal and prophylactic assays in mice. Compound 2b was most active in the in vitro assay (IC50 = 0.01 M). However, its toxicity is high and compound la is more effective in vivo with 80-100% protective activity against 2 LD50 of soman at 6.2 to 62.5 mg/kg. A second series of compounds consisted of 6-substituted 2'-, 3'-, and 4'-(dimethylaminocarbonyloxy) phenylimidazo (1,2-a) pyridinium salts (8).

  17. Structural effects of ionic liquids on microalgal growth inhibition and microbial degradation.

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    Pham, Thi Phuong Thuy; Cho, Chul-Woong; Yun, Yeoung-Sang

    2016-03-01

    In the present study, we investigated structural effects of various ionic liquids (ILs) on microalgal growth inhibition and microbial biodegradability. For this, we tested pyridinium- and pyrrolidinium-based ILs with various alkyl chain lengths and bromide anion, and compared the toxicological effects with log EC50 values of imidazolium-based IL with the same alkyl chains and anion from literature. Comparing determined EC50 values of cationic moieties with the same alkyl chain length, pyridinium-based ILs were found to be slightly more toxic towards the freshwater green alga, Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata, than a series of pyrrolidinium and imidazolium except to 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide. Concerning the biodegradation study of 12 ILs using the activated sludge microorganisms, the results showed that the pyridinium derivatives except to 1-propyl-3-methylpyridinium cation were degraded. Whereas in case of imidazolium- and pyrrolidinium-based compounds, only n-hexyl and n-octyl substituted cations were fully degraded but no significant biodegradation was observed for the short chains (three and four alkyl chains). PMID:26330315

  18. Microwave-Assisted Esterification of N-Acetyl-L-Phenylalanine Using Modified Mukaiyama's Reagents: A New Approach Involving Ionic Liquids

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    Zhao, Hua; Song, Zhiyan; Cowins, Janet V.; Olubajo, Olarongbe

    2008-01-01

    Inspired by the concept of ionic liquids (ILs), this study modified the original Mukaiyama's reagent, 2-chloro-1-methylpyridinium iodide (m.p. 200-dec), from ionic solid into liquids by changing its anion. The esterification of N-acetyl-L-phenylalanine was investigated as a model reaction. The microwave irradiation was more effective in esterifying N-acetyl-L-phenylalanine than the conventional reflux method. The original Mukaiyama's reagent was modified into ILs through manipulating its anion. However, only non-nucleophilic anions (such as EtSO4– and Tf2N–) were favorable since nucleophilic ones (such as CF3COO– and CH3COO–) could exchange with chlorine resulting in non-reactive coupling reagents. Two modified Mukaiyama's compounds (i.e. hydrophilic [2-ClMePy][EtSO4] and hydrophobic [2-ClMePy][Tf2N]) have been identified as the best ILtype coupling reagents. The esterification reaction was greatly enhanced by using 1- methylimidazole as the base instead of conventional toxic tertiary amines, and by using excess amount of alcohols as solvents instead of dichloromethane. Overall, the method reported is effective and ‘greener’. PMID:19325717

  19. Intramolecular charge transfer of push-pull pyridinium salts in the triplet manifold.

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    Carlotti, Benedetta; Consiglio, Giuseppe; Elisei, Fausto; Fortuna, Cosimo G; Mazzucato, Ugo; Spalletti, Anna

    2014-09-11

    The solvent effect on the triplet state properties of the iodides of three trans (E) isomers of 2-D-vinyl-1-methylpyridinium, where D is a donor group (4-(dimethylamino)phenyl, 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl, and 1-pyrenyl), was studied by nanosecond transient absorption techniques. The results obtained allowed us to complete a previous study on the negative solvatochromism and the role of the solvent-controlled intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) relaxation pathways in the excited singlet state, carried out by ultrafast absorption techniques and DFT calculations (J. Phys. Chem. A 2014, 118, 3580-3592 ). The solvent effect on the intersystem crossing to the triplet manifold gave information on the competition of the relaxation processes in the singlet and triplet states and the extent and mechanism of the photoreactive deactivation, particularly operative for the pyrenyl derivative. For the latter the results showed that the ICT process also occurs in the triplet manifold. In fact, the formation of two triplet states with different nature and affected differently by oxygen was observed for the pyrenyl derivative in water and assigned to the (3)LE* and (3)ICT* states. The related structure and solvent effects on the trans → cis photoisomerization are briefly discussed. PMID:25146975

  20. Photochemistry and DNA-affinity of some pyrimidine-substituted styryl-azinium iodides.

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    Mazzoli, Alessandra; Carlotti, Benedetta; Bonaccorso, Carmela; Fortuna, Cosimo G; Mazzucato, Ugo; Miolo, Giorgia; Spalletti, Anna

    2011-11-01

    The relaxation properties of the excited states of three iodides of trans-1,2-diarylethene analogues (where one aryl group is a methylpyridinium, methylquinolinium or dimethylimidazolium group and the other one is a phenyl ring para-substituted by a pyrimidine ring) have been investigated in buffered (pH = 7) aqueous solution. As found in previous works for several analogues, these quaternized salts undergo efficient trans→cis photoisomerization while the yield of the radiative deactivation is very small at room temperature. The solvent effect on the spectral behaviour indicates the occurrence of intramolecular charge transfer which can induce interesting non-linear optical properties. The results of a study of the interactions of these salts with DNA, which might affect the cell metabolism, showed a relatively modest binding affinity for the pyridinium and imidazolium salts and a more substantial affinity for the quinolinium analogue. The formation of ligand-DNA complexes affects only slightly the radiative relaxation yield while leading to a relevant reduction of the isomerization yield. Measurements of the linear dichroism behaviour of the three compounds and comparison with three analogues bearing furan or thienyl groups, which have been found to display different affinity with DNA in previous works, gave interesting information on the nature of the ligand-DNA binding of these compounds. PMID:21993496

  1. Human proximal tubule epithelial cells cultured on hollow fibers: living membranes that actively transport organic cations.

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    Jansen, J; De Napoli, I E; Fedecostante, M; Schophuizen, C M S; Chevtchik, N V; Wilmer, M J; van Asbeck, A H; Croes, H J; Pertijs, J C; Wetzels, J F M; Hilbrands, L B; van den Heuvel, L P; Hoenderop, J G; Stamatialis, D; Masereeuw, R

    2015-01-01

    The bioartificial kidney (BAK) aims at improving dialysis by developing 'living membranes' for cells-aided removal of uremic metabolites. Here, unique human conditionally immortalized proximal tubule epithelial cell (ciPTEC) monolayers were cultured on biofunctionalized MicroPES (polyethersulfone) hollow fiber membranes (HFM) and functionally tested using microfluidics. Tight monolayer formation was demonstrated by abundant zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1) protein expression along the tight junctions of matured ciPTEC on HFM. A clear barrier function of the monolayer was confirmed by limited diffusion of FITC-inulin. The activity of the organic cation transporter 2 (OCT2) in ciPTEC was evaluated in real-time using a perfusion system by confocal microscopy using 4-(4-(dimethylamino)styryl)-N-methylpyridinium iodide (ASP(+)) as a fluorescent substrate. Initial ASP(+) uptake was inhibited by a cationic uremic metabolites mixture and by the histamine H2-receptor antagonist, cimetidine. In conclusion, a 'living membrane' of renal epithelial cells on MicroPES HFM with demonstrated active organic cation transport was successfully established as a first step in BAK engineering. PMID:26567716

  2. Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy: Study of Bacterial Recovery Viability and Potential Development of Resistance after Treatment

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    Tavares, Anabela; Carvalho, Carla M. B.; Faustino, Maria A.; Neves, Maria G. P. M. S.; Tomé, João P. C.; Tomé, Augusto C.; Cavaleiro, José A. S.; Cunha, Ângela; Gomes, Newton C. M.; Alves, Eliana; Almeida, Adelaide

    2010-01-01

    Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) has emerged in the clinical field as a potential alternative to antibiotics to treat microbial infections. No cases of microbial viability recovery or any resistance mechanisms against it are yet known. 5,10,15-tris(1-Methylpyridinium-4-yl)-20-(pentafluorophenyl)-porphyrin triiodide (Tri-Py+-Me-PF) was used as photosensitizer. Vibrio fischeri and recombinant Escherichia coli were the studied bacteria. To determine the bacterial recovery after treatment, Tri-Py+-Me-PF (5.0 μM) was added to bacterial suspensions and the samples were irradiated with white light (40 W m−2) for 270 minutes. Then, the samples were protected from light, aliquots collected at different intervals and the bioluminescence measured. To assess the development of resistance after treatment, bacterial suspensions were exposed to white light (25 minutes), in presence of 5.0 μM of Tri-Py+-Me-PF (99.99% of inactivation) and plated. After the first irradiation period, surviving colonies were collected from the plate and resuspended in PBS. Then, an identical protocol was used and repeated ten times for each bacterium. The results suggest that aPDT using Tri-Py+-Me-PF represents a promising approach to efficiently destroy bacteria since after a single treatment these microorganisms do not recover their viability and after ten generations of partially photosensitized cells neither of the bacteria develop resistance to the photodynamic process. PMID:20161973

  3. Pesticide Removal from Aqueous Solutions by Adding Salting Out Agents

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    Moscoso, Fátima; Deive, Francisco J.; Esperança, José M. S. S.; Rodríguez, Ana

    2013-01-01

    Phase segregation in aqueous biphasic systems (ABS) composed of four hydrophilic ionic liquids (ILs): 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfate and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfate (CnC1im C1SO4, n = 2 and 4), tributylmethyl phosphonium methylsulfate (P4441 C1SO4) and methylpyridinium methylsulfate (C1Py C1SO4) and two high charge density potassium inorganic salts (K2CO3 and K2HPO4) were determined by the cloud point method at 298.15 K. The influence of the addition of the selected inorganic salts to aqueous mixtures of ILs was discussed in the light of the Hofmeister series and in terms of molar Gibbs free energy of hydration. The effect of the alkyl chain length of the cation on the methylsulfate-based ILs has been investigated. All the solubility data were satisfactorily correlated to several empirical equations. A pesticide (pentachlorophenol, PCP) extraction process based on the inorganic salt providing a greater salting out effect was tackled. The viability of the proposed process was analyzed in terms of partition coefficients and extraction efficiencies. PMID:24145747

  4. Effects of ionic liquids on membrane fusion and lipid aggregation of egg-PC liposomes.

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    Galletti, Paola; Malferrari, Danilo; Samorì, Chiara; Sartor, Giorgio; Tagliavini, Emilio

    2015-01-01

    In this study we have explored the effects of different groups of ionic liquids (ILs) on membrane fusion. The ILs used contain different head groups: N-methylimidazolium, 3-methylpyridinium and N-methylpyrrolidinium; short alkyl or ether functionalized side chains (with one or two ethoxy functionalities), paired with chloride anion. These ILs have been compared with 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide as example of a highly lipophilic IL. The effect of ILs on membrane fusion was investigated through pyrene steady state fluorescence probing, using the IE factor and excimer/monomer ratio (IE/IM) as parameters. The ratio between the vibronic bands of pyrene (I1/I3 ratio) has been used to monitor the effect of ILs on the aggregation properties of egg-PC liposomes. The effect of different ILs' families was evident; the pyridinium ILs induced a greater extent of fusion than pyrrolidinium and imidazolium ILs having the same side chain. Marginal effect could be attributed to different anions. ILs with short alkyl chains were usually more effective than ether functionalized ones. The aggregation behaviors of ILs having dioxygenated chains have been measured in buffer solution. PMID:25483843

  5. The role of tortuosity on ion conduction in block copolymer electrolyte thin films

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    Kambe, Yu; Arges, Christopher G.; Nealey, Paul F.

    This talk discusses the role of grain tortuosity on ion conductivity in block copolymer electrolyte (BCE) thin films. In particular, we studied lamellae forming BCEs with both domains oriented perpendicular to the substrate surface and connected directly from one electrode to another - i.e., tortuosity of one. The BCE is composed of ion-conducting, poly(2-vinyl n-methylpyridinium) blocks and non-ionic polystyrene blocks. Prior to creating the BCE, the pristine block copolymer, poly(styrene- b-2-vinyl pyridine), was directly self-assembled (DSA) on topographical or chemical patterns via graphoepitaxy and chemoepitaxy. A chemical vapor infiltration reaction modified the P2VP block into positively charged, fixed quaternary ammonium groups paired with mobile counteranions. The graphoepitaxy process utilized topographical interdigitated gold nanoelectrodes (100s of nanometers spacing between electrodes) created via e-beam lithography. Alternatively, chemical patterns had gold electrodes incorporated into them with 10s to 100s of microns spacing using conventional optical lithography. The interdigitated gold electrodes enabled in-plane ion conductivity measurements of the DSA BCEs to study the role of grain tortuosity on ion conductivity. U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science: Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  6. Photophysical Properties and Adsorption Behaviors of Novel Tri-Cationic Boron(III) Subporphyrin on Anionic Clay Surface.

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    Tsukamoto, Takamasa; Shimada, Tetsuya; Takagi, Shinsuke

    2016-03-23

    Two types of +3-charged subporphyrin derivatives with m- and p-methylpyridinium as the meso-aryl substituents were designed and synthesized. Their photophysical properties with and without anionic saponite clay were investigated. These cationic subporphyrins were suitably designed for adsorption on the saponite nanosheet surface with their photoactivity. Absorption and emission spectra of these subporphyrin-saponite complexes exhibited strong bathochromic shifts due to the flattening of the molecules on the nanosheet. This behavior was observed as drastic visual changes in their luminescence colors. Additionally, aggregation behaviors were not observed in the saponite complexes even at high dye loading levels for both subporphyrins. Moreover, under such condition, their fluorescence properties on the saponite surface were not only maintained but also enhanced without unexpected deactivations despite the dye molecules are densely introduced on the solid surface. These findings are beneficial for applications of the dye-clay complexes to photofunctional materials such as strongly luminescent materials, highly sensitive clay sensors and artificial photosynthesis systems. PMID:26928385

  7. Human proximal tubule epithelial cells cultured on hollow fibers: living membranes that actively transport organic cations

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    Jansen, J.; De Napoli, I. E; Fedecostante, M.; Schophuizen, C. M. S.; Chevtchik, N. V.; Wilmer, M. J.; van Asbeck, A. H.; Croes, H. J.; Pertijs, J. C.; Wetzels, J. F. M.; Hilbrands, L. B.; van den Heuvel, L. P.; Hoenderop, J. G.; Stamatialis, D.; Masereeuw, R.

    2015-01-01

    The bioartificial kidney (BAK) aims at improving dialysis by developing ‘living membranes’ for cells-aided removal of uremic metabolites. Here, unique human conditionally immortalized proximal tubule epithelial cell (ciPTEC) monolayers were cultured on biofunctionalized MicroPES (polyethersulfone) hollow fiber membranes (HFM) and functionally tested using microfluidics. Tight monolayer formation was demonstrated by abundant zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1) protein expression along the tight junctions of matured ciPTEC on HFM. A clear barrier function of the monolayer was confirmed by limited diffusion of FITC-inulin. The activity of the organic cation transporter 2 (OCT2) in ciPTEC was evaluated in real-time using a perfusion system by confocal microscopy using 4-(4-(dimethylamino)styryl)-N-methylpyridinium iodide (ASP+) as a fluorescent substrate. Initial ASP+ uptake was inhibited by a cationic uremic metabolites mixture and by the histamine H2-receptor antagonist, cimetidine. In conclusion, a ‘living membrane’ of renal epithelial cells on MicroPES HFM with demonstrated active organic cation transport was successfully established as a first step in BAK engineering. PMID:26567716

  8. Two competing reactions of tetrabutylammonium alginate in organic solvents: Amidation versus γ-lactone synthesis.

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    Schleeh, Thomas; Madau, Mathieu; Roessner, Dierk

    2016-03-15

    Biocompatibility and thickening properties predetermine alginates as ingredients in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. Further chemical modifications are often desired for a product optimization. The introduction of hydrophobic groups can be realized by employing organic tetrabutylammonium alginate (TBA-Alg) solutions. The synthesis of alginic acid alkyl amides from TBA-Alg with 2-chloro-1-methylpyridinium iodide (CMPI) as a coupling agent, however, has so far not resulted in a high degree of amidation. The analysis of the coupling reaction revealed the formation of mannuronic acid γ-lactone structures, which required a conformation change from (1)C4 to (4)C1. The opening of the γ-lactone required a high excess of butylamine. In the case of CMPI, triethylamine had to be added prior to the coupling agent in order to suppress the assumed alginic acid formation. The degrees of amidation achieved were up to 0.8, and for propylphosphonic anhydride as the coupling agent up to 1. The molecular weights of the alginic acid butyl amide were ≥35kDa. PMID:26794759

  9. Correlation of Organic Cation/Carnitine Transporter 1 and Multidrug Resistance-Associated Protein 1 Transport Activities With Protein Expression Levels in Primary Cultured Human Tracheal, Bronchial, and Alveolar Epithelial Cells.

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    Sakamoto, Atsushi; Suzuki, Shinobu; Matsumaru, Takehisa; Yamamura, Norio; Uchida, Yasuo; Tachikawa, Masanori; Terasaki, Tetsuya

    2016-02-01

    Understanding how transporters contribute to the distribution of inhaled drugs in the lung is important for the discovery and development of such drugs. Protein expression levels may be useful to predict and understand drug distribution. As previously reported, organic cation/carnitine transporter 1 (OCTN1) and multidrug resistance-associated protein 1 (MRP1) have higher levels of protein expression among transporters in primary cultured human lung cells. Nevertheless, it is unclear to what extent transport activity correlates with transporter protein expression. The purpose is to evaluate whether differences in OCTN1 and MRP1 protein expression govern the respective transport activity in primary cultured human lung cells. The model substrates of 4-[4-(dimethylamino) styryl]-N-methylpyridinium iodide (ASP(+)) and carboxy-dichlorofluorescein (CDF) for OCTN1 and MRP1, respectively, were used in the lung cells from five donors. Significant correlation was found between the kinetic parameter Vmax for ASP(+) and OCTN1 protein expression in plasma membrane of tracheal, bronchial, and alveolar cells (r(2) = 0.965, 0.834, and 0.877, respectively), and between the efflux of CDF and MRP1 protein expression in plasma membrane of tracheal, bronchial, and alveolar cells (r(2) = 0.800, 0.904, and 0.790, respectively). These findings suggest that OCTN1 and MRP1 protein concentrations are determinants for drug distribution in the lung. PMID:26429295

  10. Structure, Energies, and Vibrational Frequencies of Solvated Li(+) in Ionic Liquids: Role of Cation Type.

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    Dubnikova, Faina; Zeiri, Yehuda

    2016-05-19

    This study examines the structure of five ionic liquids all of them containing bis[(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]imide (TFSI) as the anion with five different cations: Dimethylammonium, N-propylammonium, N-methyl-1-propylpiperidinium, N-methyl-3-methylpyridinium, and N-methylpyrrolidinium. This study is based on quantum chemical calculations of structure, energetics, and vibrational spectroscopy associated with solutions of Li(+) in the five ionic liquids examined. We have shown that the Li-TFSI ion-pair stabilization is 2.5-4 fold larger than those of the ion pairs of five cations with TFSI. A large number of different species containing LikTFSInCtm (Ct represent one of five cations studied, k, n, m = 0-2) were examined in detail. The results suggest that Li-(TFSI)2 is a highly stable species and may be responsible for the transport of Li ions in these ionic liquids. The vibrational analysis suggests that the high stability of the Li-TFSI ion pair is mainly due to Coulomb interaction between the Li ion and two oxygen atoms bound to the two sulfur atoms in the TFSI anion. This O-Li-O bond exhibits stretching and bending modes that may allow monitoring of these ion pairs. PMID:26583198

  11. Substitution Effects and Linear Free Energy Relationships During Reduction of 4- Benzoyl-n-(4-substituted Benzyl)pyridinium Cations

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    Leventis, Nicholas; Zhang, Guo-Hui; Rawashdeh, Abdel-Monem M.; Sotiriou-Leventis, Chariklia; Gray, Hugh R. (Technical Monitor)

    2003-01-01

    In analogy to 4-(para-substituted benzoyl)-N-methylpyridinium cations (1-X's), the title species (2-X's, -X = -OCH3, -CH3, -H, -Br, -COCH3, -NO2) undergo two reversible, well-separated (E(sub 1/2) greater than or equal to 650 mV) one-electron reductions. The effect of substitution on the reduction potentials of 2-X's is much weaker than the effect of the same substituents on 1-X's: the Hammett rho-values are 0.80 and 0.93 for the 1st- and 2nd-e reduction of 2-X's vs. 2.3 and 3.3 for the same reductions of 1-X's, respectively. Importantly, the nitro group of 2-NO2 undergoes reduction before the 2nd-e reduction of the 4-benzoylpyridinium system. These results suggest that the redox potentials of the 4-benzoylpyridinium system can be course-tuned via p-benzoyl substitution and fine-tuned via para-benzyl substitution. Introducing the recently derived substituent constant of the -NO2(sup)- group (sigma para-NO2(sup)- = -0.97) yields an excellent correlation for the 3rd-e reduction of 2- NO2 (corresponding to the reduction of the carbonyl group) with the 2nd-e reduction of the other 2-X's, and confirms the electron donating properties of -NO2(sup)-.

  12. Preparation, characterization, cytotoxicity and pharmacokinetics of liposomes containing water-soluble prodrugs of paclitaxel.

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    Ceruti, M; Crosasso, P; Brusa, P; Arpicco, S; Dosio, F; Cattel, L

    2000-01-01

    Paclitaxel (Taxol) is a diterpenoid isolated from Taxus brevifolia, used clinically for the treatment of ovarian and breast cancer. Due to its aqueous insolubility it is administered dissolved in ethanol and Cremophor EL (polyethoxylated castor oil), which has serious side effects. In order to eliminate this vehicle, in previous work we entrapped paclitaxel in conventional and in polyethylene glycol coated liposomes. However, in neither formulation did we obtain satisfactory entrapment efficiency. In this study we increased the paclitaxel concentration entrapped in liposomes by incorporating different water-soluble prodrugs, such as the 2'-succinyl, 2'-methylpyridinium acetate and 2'-mPEG ester paclitaxel derivatives, in the lipid vesicles. Liposomes containing 2'-mPEG (5000)-paclitaxel showed the best performance in terms of stability, entrapment efficiency and drug concentration (6.5 mgml(-1)). The in vitro cytotoxic activity of this liposomal prodrug was similar to that of the parent drug. The pharmacokinetic parameters for the free and for the liposomal prodrugs fitted a bi-exponential plasma disposition. The most important change in pharmacokinetic values of the prodrug vs. the free drug liposomal formulations was t(1/2)beta, plasma lifetime, which was longer in liposomes containing 2'-mPEG (5000)-paclitaxel. PMID:10640588

  13. DNA interactions and photocatalytic strand cleavage by artificial nucleases based on water-soluble gold(III) porphyrins.

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    Haeubl, Martin; Reith, Lorenz Michael; Gruber, Bernadette; Karner, Uwe; Müller, Norbert; Knör, Günther; Schoefberger, Wolfgang

    2009-09-01

    The novel gold porphyrin complex (5,10,15-tris(N-methylpyridinium-4-yl)-20-(1-pyrenyl)-porphyrinato)gold(III) chloride, [Au(III)(TMPy3Pyr1P)]Cl4, was prepared and characterized by optical spectroscopy, high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and electrospray mass spectrometry. This cationic multichromophore compound exhibits excellent water solubility and does not form aggregates under physiological conditions. Binding interactions of this complex and related model compounds with nucleic acid substrates have been studied and characterized by NMR and circular dichroism spectroscopy. The photoreactivity of [Au(III)(TMPy3Pyr1P)]Cl4 was investigated under anaerobic and aerobic conditions in the presence of an excess of purine nucleoside, guanosine, and plasmid DNA. Photocatalytic oxidative degradation of guanosine and the change from supercoiled to circular plasmid DNA upon monochromatic irradiation and polychromatic blue-light exposure with a maximum at 420 nm was explored. The potential of the novel water-soluble cationic metallointercalator complex [Au(III)(TMPy3Pyr1P)]Cl4 to serve as a catalytic photonuclease for the cleavage of DNA has been demonstrated. PMID:19471974

  14. Volume measurements and fluorescent staining indicate an increase in permeability for organic cation transporter substrates during apoptosis.

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    Gibbons, Brandon A; Kharel, Prakash; Robinson, Lauren C; Synowicki, Ron A; Model, Michael A

    2016-05-15

    Extensive membrane blebbing is one of the earliest observable changes in HeLa cells stimulated with apoptosis inducers. Blebbing caused by actinomycin D or camptothecin, but not by anti-Fas antibody, is accompanied by an almost 10% volume increase as measured by transmission-through-dye microscopy. When the experiment is carried out in DMEM medium, the swelling appears to result from activation of amiloride-sensitive channels. Low-sodium choline-, but not N-methyl(-)D-glucamine-based, medium, also supports swelling during the blebbing phase of apoptosis; this indicates that the membrane becomes permeable to choline as well. Because choline can enter the cells through organic cation transporters (OCT), we tested three fluorescent dyes (2-[4-(dimethylamino)styryl]-1-methylpyridinium iodide, rhodamine 123 and ethidium bromide) that have been reported to utilize OCT for cell entry. Intact HeLa cells are poorly permeable for these fluorophores, and initially they accumulate on the plasma membranes. Blebbing results in an enhanced penetration of these dyes into the cell interior, as was demonstrated both by direct observation and by FRET. The increased membrane permeability is specific for OCT substrates; the other tested cationic dyes apparently cross the membrane by other routes and exhibit a markedly different behavior. Our results reveal a previously unknown feature of apoptosis and the utility of cationic dyes for studying membrane transport. PMID:26997529

  15. States and migration of an excess electron in a pyridinium-based, room-temperature ionic liquid: an ab initio molecular dynamics simulation exploration.

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    Wang, Zhiping; Zhang, Liang; Cukier, Robert I; Bu, Yuxiang

    2010-02-28

    The structural and electronic properties of an excess electron (EE) in the ionic liquid (IL) 1-methylpyridinium chloride were explored using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations and quantum chemical calculations to give an overall understanding of the solvation and transport behavior of an EE in this IL. The results show that the EE resides in cation pi*-type orbitals and that the electronic states can be characterized by the alternating appearance of localized and delocalized states during the time evolution. The characters of the EE electronic states are determined by the number of cations contributing to the LUMO of the IL. In a localized state one or two cations contribute to the LUMO of the bulk ionic liquid, while in the delocalized state the IL LUMO is composed of pi*-type orbitals spanning nearly all the cations in the cell. The arrangement and fluctuation-induced changes of the orbital components in the empty band produce an alternation of different states and leads to the migration of the excess electron. These findings can be attributed to the special features of the electronic structures and geometries of the IL, and they can be used to explain similarities and differences between pyridinium-based and imidazolium-based ILs in mediating electron migration. PMID:20145852

  16. Ionothermal synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetic study of Co2PO4OH isostructural with caminite.

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    Wang, Guangmei; Valldor, Martin; Spielberg, Eike T; Mudring, Anja-Verena

    2014-03-17

    A new framework cobalt(II) hydroxyl phosphate, Co2PO4OH, was prepared by ionothermal synthesis using 1-butyl-4-methyl-pyridinium hexafluorophosphate as the ionic liquid. As the formation of Co2PO4F competes in the synthesis, the synthesis conditions have to be judiciously chosen to obtain well-crystallized, single phase Co2PO4OH. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses reveal Co2PO4OH crystallizes with space group I41/amd (a = b = 5.2713(7) Å, c = 12.907(3) Å, V = 358.63(10) Å(3), and Z = 4). Astonishingly, it does not crystallize isotypically with Co2PO4F but rather isotypically with the hydroxyl minerals caminite Mg1.33[SO4(OH)0.66(H2O)0.33] and lipscombite Fe(2–y)PO4(OH) (0 ≤ y ≤ 2/3). Phosphate tetrahedra groups interconnect four rod-packed face-sharing ∞(1){CoO(6/2)} octahedra chains to form a three-dimensional framework structure. The compound Co2PO4OH was further characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform–infrared, and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy, confirming the discussed structure. The magnetic measurement reveals that Co2PO4OH undergoes a magnetic transition and presents at low temperatures a canted antiferromagnetic spin order in the ground state. PMID:24597964

  17. DNA binding and photocleavage specificities of a group of tricationic metalloporphyrins

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    Zhao, Ping; Huang, Jin-Wang; Mei, Wen-Jie; He, Juan; Ji, Liang-Nian

    2010-03-01

    The interactions of 5,10,15-tris(1-methylpyridinium-4-yl)-20-(4-hydroxyphenyl)porphyrinatozinc(II) Zn[TMPyHP] 3+ ( 2) along with Cu[TMPyHP] 3+ ( 3), Co[TMPyHP] 4+ ( 4), Mn[TMPyHP] 4+ ( 5) and the free base porphyrin H 2[TMPyHP] 3+ ( 1) with duplex DNA have been studied by using a combination of absorption, fluorescence titration, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), induced circular dichroism (ICD) spectroscopy, thermal DNA denaturation, viscosity measurements as well as gel electrophoresis experiment. Their binding modes and intrinsic binding constants ( Kb) to calf DNA (CT DNA) were comparatively studied and were found significantly influenced by different metals coordinated with the porphyrin plane. Except 3, which has four-coordination structure at the metal, all the metal derivatives showed non-intercalative DNA-binding mode and lower Kb than the free base porphyrin 1, most probably due to the steric hindrance results from the axial ligands of the inserted metals which are five or six-coordination structures. Meanwhile, the insertion of metals into cationic porphyrin greatly removed the self-aggregation of the metal-free porphyrins, and thus fully enhanced the singlet oxygen ( 1O 2) productivities in the DNA photocleavage experiments. Therefore, these metalloporphyrins have comparable DNA cleavage ability with the free base porphyrin.

  18. Lysozyme gelation in mixtures of tetramethylurea with protic solvents: Use of solvatochromic indicators to probe medium microstructure and solute solvent interactions

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    da Silva, Marcelo A.; El Seoud, Omar A.; Arêas, Elizabeth P. G.

    2007-09-01

    This work investigated the relationship between the structure of binary mixtures of tetramethylurea and protic solvents and their capacity to induce lysozyme gelation. In order to get an insight into the mechanism of gel formation, the solvatochromic behavior of zwitterionic probes, employed as simple models for the protein, was investigated. We studied two probes of similar p Ka's, but different hydrophobic character, namely 2,6-diphenyl-4-(2,4,6-triphenylpyridinium-1-yl) phenolate, RB, and 4-[2-(1-methylpyridinium-4-yl) ethenyl] phenolate, MC. The protic solvents used included water, 1-propanol and 2- n-butoxyethanol in the temperature range from 10 to 60 °C, and methanol, from 10 to 40 °C. In all cases, the dependence of the empirical solvent polarity parameter, ET, on mixture composition was non-ideal with negative deviation for TMU-water and positive deviation for TMU-organic solvent. For all binary mixtures, the deviation from linearity decreased as a function of increasing the temperature. In TMU/alcohol, the effect became more pronounced with increasing alcohol hydrophobicity.

  19. Inhibition of ( sup 3 H)dopamine uptake into rat striatal slices by quaternary N-methylated nicotine metabolites

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    Dwoskin, L.P.; Leibee, L.L.; Jewell, A.L.; Fang, Zhaoxia; Crooks, P.A. )

    1992-01-01

    The effects of quaternary N-methylated nicotine derivatives were examined on in vitro uptake of ({sup 3}H)dopamine (({sup 3}H)DA) in rat striatal slices. Striatal slices were incubated with a 10 {mu}M concentration of the following compounds: N-methylnicotinium, N-methylnornicotinium, N-methylcotininium, N,N{prime}-dimethylnicotinium and N{prime}-methylnicotinium salts. The results clearly indicated that significant inhibition of ({sup 3}H)DA uptake occurred with those compounds possessing a N-methylpyridinium group; whereas, compounds that were methylated at the N{prime}-pyrrolidinium position were less effective or exhibited no inhibition of ({sup 3}H)DA uptake. The results suggest that high concentrations of quaternary N-methylated nicotine metabolites which are structurally related to the neurotoxin MPP{sup +}, and which may be formed in the CNS, may protect against Parkinson's Disease and explain the inverse relationship between smoking and Parkinsonism reported in epidemiologic studies.

  20. Efficient Excited-State Symmetry Breaking in a Cationic Quadrupolar System Bearing Diphenylamino Donors.

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    Carlotti, Benedetta; Benassi, Enrico; Fortuna, Cosimo G; Barone, Vincenzo; Spalletti, Anna; Elisei, Fausto

    2016-01-01

    We report a joint experimental and theoretical investigation of a quadrupolar D-π-A(+) -π-D system, the electron donors being diphenylamino groups and the electron acceptor being a methylpyridinium, in comparison with the dipolar D-π-A(+) system. The emission spectra of the two compounds overlap in all the investigated solvents. This finding could be rationalized by TD-DFT calculations: the LUMO-HOMO molecular orbitals involved in the emission transition are localized on the same branch of the quadrupolar structure that becomes the fluorescent portion, corresponding to that of the single-arm compound. Excited-state symmetry breaking has been rarely observed for quadrupolar systems showing negative solvatochromism and is here surprisingly revealed, even in low polarity solvents. Femtosecond transient absorption measurements revealed that an efficient photoinduced intramolecular charge transfer takes place in the quadrupolar chromophore, more efficient than in its dipolar analogue. This result is promising in view of the application of these compounds as novel two-photon absorbing materials. PMID:26510394

  1. Supported Room Temperature Ionic Liquid Membranes for CO{sub 2}/CH{sub 4} Separation

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    Iarikov, D. D.; Hacarlioglu, P.; Oyama, S. T.

    2011-01-01

    Room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) are organic salts which are liquid at or around room temperature. These compounds exhibit many outstanding physical properties such as great thermal stability and no measurable vapor pressure. In this work supported ionic liquid membranes (SILMs) were prepared by impregnating pores of α-alumina inorganic supports with various ionic liquids. In addition to membranes prepared with pure RTILs we were able to synthesize membranes with RTIL mixtures using 1-aminopyridinium iodide dissolved in 1-butyl-4-methylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate or methyltrioctylammonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide. This combination of an RTIL with an organic salt containing an amine group dramatically improved the membrane separation properties. The SILMs displayed CO{sub 2} permeance on the order of 5 × 10{sup −10} to 5 × 10{sup −9} mol m{sup −2} s{sup −1} Pa{sup −1} combined with CO{sub 2}/CH{sub 4} selectivity of 5–30. Although these values are comparable with the current systems for CO{sub 2} purification, CO{sub 2} permeance is still rather low for these compounds.

  2. Design and Evaluation of Ionic Liquids as Novel CO2 Absorbents

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    Edward J. Maginn

    2006-01-12

    Progress from the fourth quarter 2005 activity on the project ''Design and Evaluation of Ionic Liquids as Novel CO{sub 2} Absorbents'' is provided. Major activities in three areas are reported: compound synthesis, property measurement and molecular modeling. Last quarter we reported the first ever experimental measurement of SO{sub 2} solubility in an ionic liquid. We showed that SO{sub 2} was very soluble in the ionic liquid 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([hmim][Tf{sub 2}N]). This quarter, we have measured SO{sub 2} solubility in two more ionic liquids: 1-hexyl-3-methylpyridinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([hmpy][Tf{sub 2}N]) and 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium lactate ([hmim][lactate]). As with [hmim][Tf{sub 2}N], we find very high solubility of SO{sub 2} in these ionic liquids, but the lactate compounds shows the highest affinity for SO{sub 2} at low pressure. CO{sub 2} solubility was measured in three new compounds: [boronium][Tf{sub 2}N], 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium acesulfumate ([hmim][ace]), and 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium saccharinate ([hmim][sac]). We find relatively poor solubility of CO{sub 2} in the latter two compounds, and solubility comparable to [hmim][Tf{sub 2}N] in the boronium compound. We also synthesized four new ionic liquids this quarter and continued refinement of our molecular simulation technique for measuring gas solubility.

  3. SDS-PAGE and IR spectroscopy to evaluate modifications in the viral protein profile induced by a cationic porphyrinic photosensitizer.

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    Costa, Liliana; Esteves, Ana Cristina; Correia, António; Moreirinha, Catarina; Delgadillo, Ivonne; Cunha, Ângela; Neves, Maria G P S; Faustino, Maria A F; Almeida, Adelaide

    2014-12-01

    Reactive oxygen species can be responsible for microbial photodynamic inactivation due to its toxic effects, which include severe damage to proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. In this study, the photo-oxidative modifications of the proteins of a non-enveloped T4-like bacteriophage, induced by the cationic porphyrin 5,10,15-tris(1-methylpyridinium-4-yl)-20-(pentafluorophenyl)porphyrin tri-iodide were evaluated. Two methods were used: sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and infrared spectroscopy. SDS-PAGE analysis showed that the phage protein profile was considerably altered after photodynamic treatment. Seven protein bands putatively corresponding to capsid and tail tube proteins were attenuated and two other were enhanced. Infrared spectroscopy confirmed the time-dependent alteration on the phage protein profile detected by SDS-PAGE, indicative of a response to oxidative damage. Infrared analysis showed to be a promising and rapid screening approach for the analysis of the modifications induced on viral proteins by photosensitization. In fact, one single infrared spectrum can highlight the changes induced to all viral molecular structures, overcoming the delays and complex protocols of the conventional methods, in a much simple and cost effective way. PMID:25241141

  4. Pharmacological studies on quaternized 4(3H)-quinazolinones.

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    Buyuktimkin, S; Ekinci, A C; Buyuktimkin, N; Otuk, G

    1992-11-01

    Locomotor activity-inhibiting, anticonvulsant, muscle relaxant, analgesic, and antimicrobial properties of 2-methyl-3-pyridinium-acetylamino-4(3H)-quinazolinone chloride (1), 2-methyl-3-(4-methylpyridinium)acetylamino-4(3H)-quinazolinone chloride (2), 2-methyl-3-(4-ethylpyridinium)acetylamino-4(3H)-quinazolinone chloride (3), 2-methyl-3-(3-carboxamidopyridinium)acetylamino-4(3H)-quinazolinon e chloride (4), and 2-methyl-3-(4-carboxamidopyridinium)-acetylamino-4(3H)- quinazolinone chloride (5) were investigated. The locomotor activity-inhibiting properties and anticonvulsant activity of 2 were almost equal to those of methaqualone. The analgesic activities of 2 and 3 in the hot-plate test were equal to that of aspirin, whereas in the Koster test, the analgesic activity of 2 was higher. The compounds did not exhibit antimicrobial or muscle relaxant properties. Most active compounds had higher lipophilicity values than those of inactive compounds. PMID:1447711

  5. APP+, a fluorescent analogue of the neurotoxin MPP+, is a marker of catecholamine neurons in brain tissue, but not a fluorescent false neurotransmitter.

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    Karpowicz, Richard J; Dunn, Matthew; Sulzer, David; Sames, Dalibor

    2013-05-15

    We have previously introduced fluorescent false neurotransmitters (FFNs) as optical reporters that enable visualization of individual dopaminergic presynaptic terminals and their activity in the brain. In this context, we examined the fluorescent pyridinium dye 4-(4-dimethylamino)phenyl-1-methylpyridinium (APP+), a fluorescent analogue of the dopaminergic neurotoxin MPP+, in acute mouse brain tissue. APP+ is a substrate for the dopamine transporter (DAT), norepinephrine transporter (NET), and serotonin transporter (SERT), and as such represented a candidate for the development of new FFN probes. Here we report that APP+ labels cell bodies of catecholaminergic neurons in the midbrain in a DAT- and NET-dependent manner, as well as fine dopaminergic axonal processes in the dorsal striatum. APP+ destaining from presynaptic terminals in the dorsal striatum was also examined under the conditions inducing depolarization and exocytotic neurotransmitter release. Application of KCl led to a small but significant degree of destaining (approximately 15% compared to control), which stands in contrast to a nearly complete destaining of the new generation FFN agent, FFN102. Electrical stimulation of brain slices at 10 Hz afforded no significant change in the APP+ signal. These results indicate that the majority of the APP+ signal in axonal processes originates from labeled organelles including mitochondria, whereas only a minor component of the APP+ signal represents the releasable synaptic vesicular pool. These results also show that APP+ may serve as a useful probe for identifying catecholaminergic innervations in the brain, although it is a poor candidate for the development of FFNs. PMID:23647019

  6. Real-time, Spatially Resolved Analysis of Serotonin Transporter Activity And Regulation Using the Fluorescent Substrate, ASP+

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    Oz, M.; Libby, T.; Kivell, B.; Jaligam, V.; Ramamoorthy, S.; Shippenberg, T.S.

    2010-01-01

    The serotonin transporter (SERT) mediates clearance of serotonin from the synapse, thereby, regulating extracellular serotonin concentrations. Radioligand uptake techniques are typically used to assess SERT function in tissue and heterologous expression systems. The need for sufficient protein in samples, however, requires use of homogenate preparations, potentially masking effects limited to specific cell populations. 4-(4-(dimethylamino)-styryl)-N-methylpyridinium (ASP+) is a fluorescent monoamine transporter substrate that has been used for real-time monitoring of dopamine and norepinephrine transporter function in single cells. The present live cell imaging studies examine the utility of ASP+ for quantifying hSERT function in HEK-293 and neuroblastoma cells. We show rapid membrane binding and intracellular ASP+ accumulation in hSERT expressing cells. Accumulation is saturable; dependent on temperature and the presence of sodium and chloride in the media, and attenuated by serotonin. Acute or prolonged exposure of cells to serotonin re-uptake inhibitors produces a concentration-dependent decrease in accumulation. Similar effects are produced by PKC activation whereas p38MAPK activation increases ASP+ accumulation. These data demonstrate the validity of ASP+ as a probe for monitoring SERT function in living cells. Alterations in SERT binding and uptake can be quantified in the same cell and use of a within cell design permits analysis of time-related alterations in SERT function. PMID:20524964

  7. A dark brown roast coffee blend is less effective at stimulating gastric acid secretion in healthy volunteers compared to a medium roast market blend.

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    Rubach, Malte; Lang, Roman; Bytof, Gerhard; Stiebitz, Herbert; Lantz, Ingo; Hofmann, Thomas; Somoza, Veronika

    2014-06-01

    Coffee consumption sometimes is associated with symptoms of stomach discomfort. This work aimed to elucidate whether two coffee beverages, containing similar amounts of caffeine, but differing in their concentrations of (β) N-alkanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamides (C5HTs), chlorogenic acids (CGAs), trigonelline, and N-methylpyridinium (N-MP) have different effects on gastric acid secretion in healthy volunteers. The intragastric pH after administration of bicarbonate with/without 200 mL of a coffee beverage prepared from a market blend or dark roast blend was analyzed in nine healthy volunteers. Coffee beverages were analyzed for their contents of C5HT, N-MP, trigonelline, CGAs, and caffeine using HPLC-DAD and HPLC-MS/MS. Chemical analysis revealed higher concentrations of N-MP for the dark brown blend (87 mg/L) compared to the market blend coffee (29 mg/L), whereas concentrations of C5HT (0.012 versus 0.343 mg/L), CGAs (323 versus 1126 mg/L), and trigonelline (119 versus 343 mg/L) were lower, and caffeine concentrations were similar (607 versus 674 mg/mL). Gastric acid secretion was less effectively stimulated after administration of the dark roast blend coffee compared to the market blend. Future studies are warranted to verify whether a high ratio of N-MP to C5HT and CGAs is beneficial for reducing coffee-associated gastric acid secretion. PMID:24510512

  8. Novel methodology to control the adsorption structure of cationic porphyrins on the clay surface using the "size-matching rule".

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    Egawa, Tsuyoshi; Watanabe, Hajime; Fujimura, Takuya; Ishida, Yohei; Yamato, Masafumi; Masui, Dai; Shimada, Tetsuya; Tachibana, Hiroshi; Yoshida, Hirohisa; Inoue, Haruo; Takagi, Shinsuke

    2011-09-01

    Saponite-type clays that have different cation exchange capacities were successfully synthesized by hydrothermal synthesis. The structure and properties were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, (27)Al NMR, FT-IR, thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis, atomic force microscopy, and cation exchange capacity measurement. The intercharge distances on the synthetic saponite (SS) surfaces were calculated to be 0.8-1.9 nm on the basis of a hexagonal array. The complex formation behavior between SS and cationic porphyrins was examined. It turns out that the average intermolecular distance between porphyrin molecules on the SS surface can be controlled, depending on the charge density of the SS. In the case of tetrakis(1-methylpyridinium-4-yl)porphyrin (H(2)TMPyP(4+)), the average intermolecular distances on the SS surface can be controlled from 2.3 to 3.0 nm on the basis of a hexagonal array. It was also found that absorption maxima of porphyrins depend on the charge density of the SS. The adsorption behavior of porphyrin on the SS surface can be rationally understood by the previously reported "size-matching rule". This methodology using host-guest interaction can realize a unique adsorption structure control of the porphyrin molecule on the SS surface, where the gap distance between guest porphyrin molecules is rather large. These findings will be highly valuable to construct photochemical reaction systems such as energy transfer in the complexes. PMID:21774506

  9. Intercalation of stable organic radicals into layered saponite clay.

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    Hemme, Wilhelm L; Fujita, Wataru; Awaga, Kunio; Eckert, Hellmut

    2009-10-14

    2-(3- and 4-N-methylpyridinium)-4,4,5,5-tetramethyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-1-oxyl 3-N-oxide (abbreviated as m- and p-MPYNN), the butyl derivative (m- and p-BuPYNN), 4-(N-ethylammonium)-2,2,5,5-tetramethylpiperidin-1-oxyl (ETEP) and N,N,N',N'-Tetramethyl-1,4-phenylenediamine radical cation (TMPD(+)) have been successfully intercalated into saponite clay. The amount of intercalated material has been determined via UV/VIS spectroscopy, elemental analysis and EPR spectroscopy, and the expansion of the layer distance from approximately 12.0 to ca. 15 A has been measured by X-ray powder diffraction. The magnetic properties of these materials, which result from the interplay of the modified intermolecular interactions between the guest species, and the additional interaction with the host lattice, have been characterized by magnetic susceptibility, EPR and solid state NMR measurements. While the (29)Si and (27)Al NMR spectra show little influence of the radical species on the local structural environments of the nuclei in the host lattice, the guest-host interaction manifests itself in significant line-broadening and (in some cases) resonance displacements of the (1)H NMR signals belonging to the molecular radical cations. In the case of TMPD(+) intercalates, the NMR and EPR data indicate predominant radical dimerization within the interlayer space. PMID:19771362

  10. Structural properties and antibacterial effects of hydrophobic and oleophobic sol-gel coatings for cotton fabrics.

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    Vilcnik, Aljaz; Jerman, Ivan; Surca Vuk, Angela; Kozelj, Matjaz; Orel, Boris; Tomsic, Brigita; Simoncic, Barbara; Kovac, Janez

    2009-05-19

    In a continuation of previous studies, the wetting properties of the hydrophobic diureapropyltriethoxysilane [bis(aminopropyl)-terminated polydimethylsiloxane (1000)] (PDMSU) sol-gel hybrid, which forms washing-resistant water-repellent finishes on cotton fabrics, were further investigated. The addition of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltriethoxysilane (PFOTES) to PDMSU resulted in a highly apolar low-energy surface on aluminum with gammaStotal equal to 14.5 mJ/m2 and a DetlaGiwi value of -82 mJ/m2. Mixed PFOTES-PDMSU finishes applied on cotton fabrics increased the water contact angles (thetaw) from approximately 130 degrees (PDMSU) to 147 degrees, also imparting oleophobicity (thetadiiodomethane=130 degrees, thetan-hexadecane=120 degrees) to the finished cotton fabrics. Washing caused breakage of the coating's integrity as established from SEM, which was attributed to the partial removal of PFOTES from the composite films, also shown by subtractive IR attenuated total reflectance (ATR) and XPS spectral measurements made on washed and unwashed fabrics. The antibacterial properties of the PFOTES-PDMSU-finished fabrics were assessed with the transfer method (EN ISO 20743:2007), revealing that the reduction of Escherichia coli bacteria on unwashed cotton fabrics was nearly 100%. Moreover, for washed (10 times) cotton fabrics a much higher bacterial reduction was noted for the PFOTES-PDMSU finishes (60.6+/-10.8%), surpassing PDMSU (30.4+/-6.1%) and commercial fluoroalkoxysilane (FAS) (21.9+/-5.7%) finishes. The structure of PFOTES-PDMSU gels, xerogels, and the corresponding coatings was investigated by analyzing the 29Si NMR and IR ATR spectra and comparing them with the spectra of PFOTES and octameric (T8) PFOTES based polyhedra. The results revealed the tendency of PFOTES to condense in octameric silsesquioxane polyhedra (T8), coexisting in the PDMSU sol-gel network with cyclic tetramers (T4(OH)4) and open cube-like species (T7(OH)3). The presence of -OH

  11. Dynamic control of the location of nanoparticles in hybrid co-assemblies

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    Su, Zhilong; Li, Xiaokang; Jiang, Xuesong; Lin, Shaoliang; Yin, Jie

    2015-03-01

    We herein demonstrated an approach to control the spatial distribution of components in hybrid microspheres. Hybrid core-shell structured microspheres (CSMs) prepared through co-assembly were used as starting materials, which are comprised of anthracene-ended hyperbranched poly(ether amine) (AN-hPEA) in the shell and crystallized anthracene containing polyhedral oligomer silsesquioxane (AN-POSS). Upon thermal annealing at a temperature higher than the melting point of AN-POSS, the diffusion of AN-POSS from the core to the shell of CSM leads to a transition of morphology from the core-shell structure to core-transition-shell to the more stable homogeneous morphology, which has been revealed by experimental results of TEM and DSC. The mechanism for the morphology transition of CSM induced by the diffusion of AN-POSS was disclosed by a dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulation. A mathematical model for the diffusion of POSS in the hybrid microsphere is established according to Fick's law of diffusion and can be used to quantify its distribution in CSM. Thus, the spatial distribution of POSS in the microsphere can be controlled dynamically by tuning the temperature and time of thermal annealing.We herein demonstrated an approach to control the spatial distribution of components in hybrid microspheres. Hybrid core-shell structured microspheres (CSMs) prepared through co-assembly were used as starting materials, which are comprised of anthracene-ended hyperbranched poly(ether amine) (AN-hPEA) in the shell and crystallized anthracene containing polyhedral oligomer silsesquioxane (AN-POSS). Upon thermal annealing at a temperature higher than the melting point of AN-POSS, the diffusion of AN-POSS from the core to the shell of CSM leads to a transition of morphology from the core-shell structure to core-transition-shell to the more stable homogeneous morphology, which has been revealed by experimental results of TEM and DSC. The mechanism for the morphology transition

  12. Surface complex of ZnTMPyP4 metalloporphyrin with double-stranded Poly(A)-Poly(U).

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    Tolstykh, G; Sizov, V; Kudrev, A

    2016-08-01

    This communication presents synthesis and spectral characterization of metalloporphyrin [Zn(X)TMPyP4] (TMPyP4 is 5,10,15,20-tetrakis (N-methylpyridinium-4-yl)porphyrin), and studies its binding onto anionic surface sites of synthetic double stranded polynucleotide Poly(A)-Poly(U). [Zn(X)TMPyP4] binding with Poly(A)-Poly(U) was monitored by UV-Vis absorbance spectroscopy, two fluorescence spectroscopies and 1H NMR in a working aqueous medium of 0.15M ionic strength, pH7.0 and at 25°C. The evidence provided by spectroscopic measurements and multivariate data analysis suggests the use of this metalloporphyrin as a probe for investigation of the polynucleotide surface. In contrast to TMPyP4 intercalation, an outside adsorption of [Zn(X)TMPyP4] induces an attenuation of luminescence intensity and has little influence on the shape of luminescence band. Special attention was paid to the quantitative description of the interaction between neighboring ligands on the Poly(A)-Poly(U) surface. The intrinsic binding constant to an isolated binding site lgKin 5.8±0.1, the cooperativity parameter ω 1.8±0.2, and number of monomers occupied by a ligand n=2 (25°C; pH7.0) were calculated based upon the recently proposed non-linear least-squares fitting procedure. The discovered cooperativity of binding of [Zn(X)TMPyP4] metalloporphyrin to Poly(A)-Poly(U) is significantly lower as compared to free porphyrin TMPyP4, reflecting minimal mutual influence between the nearest neighboring ligands bound with functional PO4(-) groups of the polynucleotide surface. PMID:27216450

  13. CATALYTIC DETOXIFICATION OF NERVE AGENT AND PESTICIDE ORGANOPHOSPHATES BY BUTYRYLCHOLINESTERASE ASSISTED WITH NON-PYRIDINIUM OXIMES

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    Radić, Zoran; Dale, Trevor; Kovarik, Zrinka; Berend, Suzana; Garcia, Edzna; Zhang, Limin; Amitai, Gabriel; Green, Carol; Radić, Božica; Duggan, Brendan M.; Ajami, Dariush; Rebek, Julius; Taylor, Palmer

    2016-01-01

    SYNOPSIS We present here a comprehensive in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo study on hydrolytic detoxification of nerve agent and pesticide organophosphates (OPs) catalyzed by purified human butyrylcholinesterase (hBChE) in combination with novel non-pyridinium oxime reactivators. We identified 2-trimethylammonio-6-hydroxybenzaldehyde oxime (TAB2OH) as an efficient reactivator of OP-hBChE conjugates formed by the nerve agents, VX and cyclosarin, and the pesticide, paraoxon. It was also functional in reactivation of sarin and tabun inhibited hBChE. A three to five-fold enhancement of in vitro reactivation of VX, cyclosarin and paraoxon inhibited hBChE was observed, when compared to the commonly used N-methylpyridinium aldoxime reactivator, 2PAM. Kinetic analysis showed the enhancement resulted from improved molecular recognition of corresponding OP-hBChE conjugates by TAB2OH. The unique features of TAB2OH stem from an exocyclic quaternary nitrogen and a hydroxyl, both ortho to an oxime group on a benzene ring. pH dependences reveal participation of the hydroxyl (pKa=7.6) forming an additional ionizing nucleophile to potentiate the oxime (pKa=10) at physiological pH. The TAB2OH protective indices in therapy of sarin and paraoxon exposed mice were enhanced by 30% – 60% when they were treated with a combination of TAB2OH and sub-stoichiometric hBChE. These results establish that oxime-assisted catalysis is feasible for OP bioscavenging. PMID:23216060

  14. Effect of ion structure on conductivity in lithium-doped ionic liquid electrolytes: A molecular dynamics study

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    Liu, Hongjun; Maginn, Edward

    2013-09-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to examine the role cation and anion structure have on the performance of ionic liquid (IL) electrolytes for lithium conduction over the temperature range of 320-450 K. Two model ionic liquids were studied: 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis[(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]imide ([bmim][Tf2N]) and 1-butyl-4-methylpyridinium pyrrolide ([bmpyr][pyl]) doped with Li[Tf2N] and Li[pyl], respectively. The results have demonstrated that the Li+ doped IL containing the planar [bmpyr] cation paired with the planar [pyl] anion significantly outperformed the [bmim][Tf2N] IL. The different coordination of Li+ with the [Tf2N]- or [pyl]- anions produces a remarkable change in IL structure with a concomitant effect on the transport of all ions. For the doped [bmim][Tf2N], each Li+ is coordinated by four oxygen atoms from [Tf2N]- anions. Formation of a rigid structure between Li+ and [Tf2N]- induces a decrease in the mobility of all ions. In contrast, for the doped [bmpyr][pyl], each Li+ is coordinated by two nitrogen atoms from [pyl]- anions. The original alternating structure cation|anion|cation in the neat [bmpyr][pyl] is replaced by another alternating structure cation|anion|Li+|anion|cation in the doped [bmpyr][pyl]. Increases of Li+ mole fraction in doped [bmpyr][pyl] affects the dynamics to a much lesser extent compared with [bmim][Tf2N] and leads to reduced diffusivities of cations and anions, but little change in the dynamics of Li+. More importantly, the calculations predict that the Li+ ion conductivity of doped [bmpyr][pyl] is comparable to that observed in organic liquid electrolytes and is about an order of magnitude higher than that of doped [bmim][Tf2N]. Such Li+ conductivity improvement suggests that this and related ILs may be promising candidates for use as electrolytes in lithium ion batteries and capacitors.

  15. Description of the behavior of dichloroalkanes-containing solutions with three [bXmpy][BF4] isomers, using the experimental information of thermodynamic properties, 1H NMR spectral and the COSMO-RS-methodology.

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    Fernández, Luis; Ortega, Juan; Palomar, José; Toledo, Francisco; Marrero, Elena

    2015-02-26

    This work studies the binaries of 1-butyl-X-methylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate [bXmpy][BF4] (X = 2, 3, and 4) with four 1,ω-dichloroalkanes, ω = 1-4, using the results obtained for the mixing properties h(E) and v(E) at two temperatures. The three isomers of the ionic liquid (IL) are weakly miscible with the 1,ω-dichloroalkanes when ω ≥ 5 and moderately soluble for ω = 4. The v(E)s of all the binaries present contractive effects, v(E) < 0, which are more pronounced with increasing temperature; the variation in v(E) with ω is positive, although this changes after ω = 4 due to problems of immiscibility. The energetic effects of the mixing process are exothermic in the solutions with the shorter dichloroalkanes, ω = 1 and 2, and this effect increases slightly with temperature. However, mildly exothermic effects are found in the binaries with larger halides, where (dh(E)/dT) > 0. The experimental data are correlated with a suitable equation. The study is completed with (1)H NMR measurements of both the pure compounds and some of the solutions, which showed minor diamagnetic shifts with increasing IL compositions, related to the anisotropy of the pyridine ring. The variation in h(E) with ω for a same IL, due to an increase in the contact surfaces, is related to the reduction in polarity which, in turn, depends on the smaller chemical shifts of the pure dihalide compounds. The COSMO-RS method determines the energetic effects of the mixing process and predicts an exothermic contribution for the electrostatic Misfit-interaction which is quantitatively very similar for the three IL isomers. The differences proposed by the model are mainly reflected in the van der Waals interactions, which are exothermic and clearly influenced by the position of the methylene group in the IL. The contribution made by hydrogen bonds is negligible. PMID:25642731

  16. Presence and Function of Dopamine Transporter (DAT) in Stallion Sperm: Dopamine Modulates Sperm Motility and Acrosomal Integrity

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    Covarrubias, Alejandra A.; Rodríguez-Gil, Joan Enric; Ramírez-Reveco, Alfredo; Concha, Ilona I.

    2014-01-01

    Dopamine is a catecholamine with multiple physiological functions, playing a key role in nervous system; however its participation in reproductive processes and sperm physiology is controversial. High dopamine concentrations have been reported in different portions of the feminine and masculine reproductive tract, although the role fulfilled by this catecholamine in reproductive physiology is as yet unknown. We have previously shown that dopamine type 2 receptor is functional in boar sperm, suggesting that dopamine acts as a physiological modulator of sperm viability, capacitation and motility. In the present study, using immunodetection methods, we revealed the presence of several proteins important for the dopamine uptake and signalling in mammalian sperm, specifically monoamine transporters as dopamine (DAT), serotonin (SERT) and norepinephrine (NET) transporters in equine sperm. We also demonstrated for the first time in equine sperm a functional dopamine transporter using 4-[4-(Dimethylamino)styryl]-N-methylpyridinium iodide (ASP+), as substrate. In addition, we also showed that dopamine (1 mM) treatment in vitro, does not affect sperm viability but decreases total and progressive sperm motility. This effect is reversed by blocking the dopamine transporter with the selective inhibitor vanoxerine (GBR12909) and non-selective inhibitors of dopamine reuptake such as nomifensine and bupropion. The effect of dopamine in sperm physiology was evaluated and we demonstrated that acrosome integrity and thyrosine phosphorylation in equine sperm is significantly reduced at high concentrations of this catecholamine. In summary, our results revealed the presence of monoamine transporter DAT, NET and SERT in equine sperm, and that the dopamine uptake by DAT can regulate sperm function, specifically acrosomal integrity and sperm motility. PMID:25402186

  17. Manganoporphyrins and Ascorbate Enhance Gemcitabine Cytotoxicity in Pancreatic Cancer

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    Cieslak, John A.; Strother, Robert K.; Rawal, Malvika; Du, Juan; Doskey, Claire M.; Schroeder, Samuel R.; Button, Anna; Wagner, Brett A.; Buettner, Garry R.; Cullen, Joseph J.

    2015-01-01

    Pharmacological ascorbate (AscH−) selectively induces cytotoxicity in pancreatic cancer cells vs. normal cells via the generation of extracellular hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), producing double-stranded DNA breaks and ultimately cell death. Catalytic manganoporphyrins (MnPs) can enhance ascorbate-induced cytotoxicity by increasing the rate of AscH− oxidation and therefore the rate of generation of H2O2. We hypothesized that combining MnPs and AscH− with the chemotherapeutic agent gemcitabine would further enhance pancreatic cancer cell cytotoxicity without increasing toxicity in normal pancreatic cells or other organs. Redox active MnPs were combined with AscH− and administered with or without gemcitabine to human pancreatic cancer cell lines, as well as immortalized normal pancreatic ductal epithelial cells. The MnPs MnT2EPyP (Mn(III)meso-tetrakis(N-ethylpyridinium-2-yl) porphyrin pentachloride) and MnT4MPyP (Mn(III)tetrakis(N-methylpyridinium-4-yl) porphyrin pentachloride) were investigated. Clonogenic survival was significantly decreased in all pancreatic cancer cell lines studied when treated with MnP + AscH− + gemcitabine, whereas non-tumorigenic cells were resistant. The concentration of ascorbate radical (Asc•−, an indicator of oxidative flux) was significantly increased in treatment groups containing MnP and AscH−. Furthermore, MnP + AscH− increased double stranded DNA breaks in gemcitabine treated cells. These results were abrogated by extracellular catalase, further supporting the role of the flux of H2O2. In vivo growth was inhibited and survival increased in mice treated with MnT2EPyP, AscH−, and gemcitabine without a concomitant increase in systemic oxidative stress. These data suggest a promising role for the use of MnPs in combination with pharmacologic AscH− and chemotherapeutics in pancreatic cancer. PMID:25725418

  18. The cysteines of the extracellular loop are crucial for trafficking of human organic cation transporter 2 to the plasma membrane and are involved in oligomerization

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    Brast, Sabine; Grabner, Alexander; Sucic, Sonja; Sitte, Harald H.; Hermann, Edwin; Pavenstädt, Hermann; Schlatter, Eberhard; Ciarimboli, Giuliano

    2015-01-01

    Human organic cation transporter 2 (hOCT2) is involved in transport of many endogenous and exogenous organic cations, mainly in kidney and brain cells. Because the quaternary structure of transmembrane proteins plays an essential role for their cellular trafficking and function, we investigated whether hOCT2 forms oligomeric complexes, and if so, which part of the transporter is involved in the oligomerization. A yeast 2-hybrid mating-based split-ubiquitin system (mbSUS), fluorescence resonance energy transfer, Western blot analysis, cross-linking experiments, immunofluorescence, and uptake measurements of the fluorescent organic cation 4-(4-(dimethylamino) styryl)-N-methylpyridinium were applied to human embryonic kidney 293 (HEK293) cells transfected with hOCT2 and partly also to freshly isolated human proximal tubules. The role of cysteines for oligomerization and trafficking of the transporter to the plasma membranes was investigated in cysteine mutants of hOCT2. hOCT2 formed oligomers both in the HEK293 expression system and in native human kidneys. The cysteines of the large extracellular loop are important to enable correct folding, oligomeric assembly, and plasma membrane insertion of hOCT2. Mutation of the first and the last cysteines of the loop at positions 51 and 143 abolished oligomer formation. Thus, the cysteines of the extracellular loop are important for correct trafficking of the transporter to the plasma membrane and for its oligomerization.—Brast, S., Grabner, A., Sucic, S., Sitte, H. H., Hermann, E., Pavenstädt, H., Schlatter, E., and Ciarimboli, G. The cysteines of the extracellular loop are crucial for trafficking of human organic cation transporter 2 to the plasma membrane and are involved in oligomerization. PMID:22085643

  19. Ionogel fibres of bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide anion-based ionic liquids for the headspace solid-phase microextraction of chlorinated organic pollutants.

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    Pena-Pereira, F; Marcinkowski, Ł; Kloskowski, A; Namieśnik, J

    2015-11-01

    Ionogels, a family of hybrid materials in which ionic liquids (ILs) are confined in a sol-gel network, are receiving much attention in a variety of scientific and technological fields. In this work, ionogels derived from three different ILs based on the anion bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (TFSI), namely 1-butyl-3-methylpyridinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([C4C1Py][TFSI]), 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([C4C1Pyrr][TFSI]), and 1-butyl-1-methylpiperidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([C4C1Pip][TFSI]) were obtained on the outer surface of optical fibres by sol-gel technology. The obtained hybrid materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), and subsequently evaluated as sorbent coatings for the headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) of volatile chlorinated organic compounds in combination with gas chromatography with barrier ionization discharge detection (GC-BID). The ionogel based on [C4C1Pyrr][TFSI] exhibited the highest extractability for target analytes. The experimental parameters that affect the extraction process were optimized by means of a central composite design. Under optimal conditions, the proposed method yielded excellent enrichment factors (EFs) in the range 3889-20 919 and limits of detection (LODs) between 11 and 151 ng L(-1) for the target compounds. The inter-day repeatability, intra-day reproducibility and fibre-to-fibre reproducibility, were less than 8.5, 9.6 and 16.9%, respectively. Finally, the developed method was applied to the analysis of water samples, showing recovery values in the range 95-106%. PMID:26364989

  20. Lateral transport of solutes in microfluidic channels using electrochemically generated gradients in redox-active surfactants.

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    Liu, Xiaoyang; Abbott, Nicholas L

    2011-04-15

    We report principles for a continuous flow process that can separate solutes based on a driving force for selective transport that is generated by a lateral concentration gradient of a redox-active surfactant across a microfluidic channel. Microfluidic channels fabricated with gold electrodes lining each vertical wall were used to electrochemically generate concentration gradients of the redox-active surfactant 11-ferrocenylundecyl-trimethylammonium bromide (FTMA) in a direction perpendicular to the flow. The interactions of three solutes (a hydrophobic dye, 1-phenylazo-2-naphthylamine (yellow AB), an amphiphilic molecule, 2-(4,4-difluoro-5,7-dimethyl-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene-3-pentanoyl)-1-hexadecanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (BODIPY C(5)-HPC), and an organic salt, 1-methylpyridinium-3-sulfonate (MPS)) with the lateral gradients in surfactant/micelle concentration were shown to drive the formation of solute-specific concentration gradients. Two distinct physical mechanisms were identified to lead to the solute concentration gradients: solubilization of solutes by micelles and differential adsorption of the solutes onto the walls of the microchannels in the presence of the surfactant concentration gradient. These two mechanisms were used to demonstrate delipidation of a mixture of BODIPY C(5)-HPC (lipid) and MPS and purification of BODIPY C(5)-HPC from a mixture of BODIPY C(5)-HPC and yellow AB. Overall, the results of this study demonstrate that lateral concentration gradients of redox-active surfactants formed within microfluidic channels can be used to transport solutes across the microfluidic channels in a solute-dependent manner. The approach employs electrical potentials (<1 V) that are sufficiently small to avoid electrolysis of water, can be performed in solutions having high ionic strength (>0.1M), and offers the basis of continuous processes for the purification or separation of solutes in microscale systems. PMID:21446653

  1. Resonance Raman study of solvent dynamics on the spectral broadening and intramolecular charge transfer of a hemicyanine dye in aqueous solution

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    Cao, Xuan; McHale, Jeanne L.

    1998-08-01

    The spectroscopic properties of 4-[2-(4-dimethylaminophenyl)ethenyl]-1-methyl-pyridinium iodide (HR) in different solvents reveal the important effects of solvent dynamics on the spectral broadening and the intramolecular charge transfer of HR. In this article, Raman excitation profiles for 18 vibrational modes of HR are reported in aqueous solution at wavelengths that span the S0→S1 charge transfer transition. The absorption spectra, fluorescence spectra and resonance Raman profiles of HR are modeled using time-dependent wave packet theory and the Brownian oscillator solvent dephasing model. The solvent reorganization energy in the absorption process is much greater than that due to internal vibrational modes, and the solvent reorganization energy for the emission process is considerably smaller than that for the absorption process. The fluorescence spectrum is mainly broadened by the inhomogeneous Gaussian distribution of the electronic energy, perhaps due to internal rotations in the molecule. The results suggest similar polarity of the emission state and the ground state, and strong coupling between the torsional motion and solvent relaxation. The different dependence of the torsional potential on solvent polarity in the S0and S1 state is the cause of different absorption and fluorescence spectral width. In D2O, the absorption cross section of HR is slightly lower, and the absorption and fluorescence spectra are slightly narrower, than in H2O. The smaller absorption spectral linewidth and generally increased Raman cross sections in D2O are accounted for by smaller amplitude of solvent dephasing, perhaps due to the larger inertial moment and stronger hydrogen bonding in D2O compared to H2O. The magnitude and direction of the solvent isotope effect on Raman intensity varies with normal mode, suggesting that the solvent-induced dephasing is mode dependent. Vibrational modes which are strongly coupled to the electronic transition are most sensitive to the solvent

  2. Chronic Intermittent Hypoxia Alters Local Respiratory Circuit Function at the Level of the preBötzinger Complex

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    Garcia, Alfredo J.; Zanella, Sebastien; Dashevskiy, Tatiana; Khan, Shakil A.; Khuu, Maggie A.; Prabhakar, Nanduri R.; Ramirez, Jan-Marino

    2016-01-01

    Chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH) is a common state experienced in several breathing disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and apneas of prematurity. Unraveling how CIH affects the CNS, and in turn how the CNS contributes to apneas is perhaps the most challenging task. The preBötzinger complex (preBötC) is a pre-motor respiratory network critical for inspiratory rhythm generation. Here, we test the hypothesis that CIH increases irregular output from the isolated preBötC, which can be mitigated by antioxidant treatment. Electrophysiological recordings from brainstem slices revealed that CIH enhanced burst-to-burst irregularity in period and/or amplitude. Irregularities represented a change in individual fidelity among preBötC neurons, and changed transmission from preBötC to the hypoglossal motor nucleus (XIIn), which resulted in increased transmission failure to XIIn. CIH increased the degree of lipid peroxidation in the preBötC and treatment with the antioxidant, 5,10,15,20-Tetrakis (1-methylpyridinium-4-yl)-21H,23H-porphyrin manganese(III) pentachloride (MnTMPyP), reduced CIH-mediated irregularities on the network rhythm and improved transmission of preBötC to the XIIn. These findings suggest that CIH promotes a pro-oxidant state that destabilizes rhythmogenesis originating from the preBötC and changes the local rhythm generating circuit which in turn, can lead to intermittent transmission failure to the XIIn. We propose that these CIH-mediated effects represent a part of the central mechanism that may perpetuate apneas and respiratory instability, which are hallmark traits in several dysautonomic conditions. PMID:26869872

  3. Derivatization of estrogens enhances specificity and sensitivity of analysis of human plasma and serum by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Faqehi, Abdullah M M; Cobice, Diego F; Naredo, Gregorio; Mak, Tracy C S; Upreti, Rita; Gibb, Fraser W; Beckett, Geoffrey J; Walker, Brian R; Homer, Natalie Z M; Andrew, Ruth

    2016-05-01

    Estrogens circulate at concentrations less than 20pg/mL in men and postmenopausal women, presenting analytical challenges. Quantitation by immunoassay is unreliable at these low concentrations. Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) offers greater specificity and sometimes greater sensitivity, but ionization of estrogens is inefficient. Introduction of charged moieties may enhance ionization, but many such derivatives of estrogens generate non-specific product ions originating from the "reagent" group. Therefore an approach generating derivatives with product ions specific to individual estrogens was sought. Estrogens were extracted from human plasma and serum using solid phase extraction and derivatized using 2-fluoro-1-methylpyridinium-p-toluenesulfonate (FMP-TS). Electrospray in positive mode with multiple reaction monitoring using a QTrap 5500 mass spectrometer was used to quantify "FMP" derivatives of estrogens, following LC separation. Transitions for the FMP derivatives of estrone (E1) and estradiol (E2) were compound specific (m/z 362→238 and m/z 364→128, respectively). The limits of detection and quantitation were 0.2pg on-column and the method was linear from 1-400pg/sample. Measures of intra- and inter-assay variability, precision and accuracy were acceptable (<20%). The derivatives were stable over 24h at 10°C (7-9% degradation). Using this approach, E1 and E2, respectively were detected in human plasma and serum: pre-menopausal female serum (0.5mL) 135-473, 193-722pmol/L; male plasma (1mL) 25-111, 60-180pmol/L and post-menopausal female plasma (2mL), 22-78, 29-50pmol/L. Thus FMP derivatization, in conjunction with LC-MS/MS, is suitable for quantitative analysis of estrogens in low abundance in plasma and serum, offering advantages in specificity over immunoassay and existing MS techniques. PMID:26946022

  4. Highly sensitive simultaneous quantification of estrogenic tamoxifen metabolites and steroid hormones by LC-MS/MS.

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    Johänning, Janina; Heinkele, Georg; Precht, Jana C; Brauch, Hiltrud; Eichelbaum, Michel; Schwab, Matthias; Schroth, Werner; Mürdter, Thomas E

    2015-09-01

    Tamoxifen is a mainstay in the treatment of estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer and is metabolized to more than 30 different compounds. Little is known about in vivo concentrations of estrogenic metabolites E-metabolite E, Z-metabolite E, and bisphenol and their relevance for tamoxifen efficacy. Therefore, we developed a highly sensitive HPLC-ESI-MS/MS quantification method for tamoxifen metabolites bisphenol, E-metabolite E, and Z-metabolite E as well as for the sex steroid hormones estradiol, estrone, testosterone, androstenedione, and progesterone. Plasma samples were subjected to protein precipitation followed by solid phase extraction. Upon derivatization with 3-[(N-succinimide-1-yl)oxycarbonyl]-1-methylpyridinium iodide, all analytes were separated on a sub-2-μm column with a gradient of acetonitrile in water with 0.1 % of formic acid. Analytes were detected on a triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer with positive electrospray ionization in the multiple reaction monitoring mode. Our method demonstrated high sensitivity, accuracy, and precision. The lower limits of quantification were 12, 8, and 25 pM for bisphenol, E-metabolite E, and Z-metabolite E, respectively, and 4 pM for estradiol and estrogen, 50 pM for testosterone and androstenedione, and 25 pM for progesterone. The method was applied to plasma samples of postmenopausal patients taken at baseline and under tamoxifen therapy. Graphical Abstract Sample preparation and derivatization for highly sensitive quantification of estrogenic tamoxifen metabolites and steroid hormones by HPLC-MS/MS. PMID:26206706

  5. A "twist" on the interpretation of the multifluorescence patterns of DASPMI.

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    Segado, Mireia; Benassi, Enrico; Barone, Vincenzo

    2015-10-13

    In this computational study, we describe the decay mechanism of DASPMI, providing robust and documented answers to some crucial questions of still open debates on the photophysical behavior of this cationic dye. After the initial excitation, the system evolves along a torsional motion, characterized by a quite flat potential energy surface, which crosses an intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) excited state with higher energy. A nonemissive twisted-ICT (TICT) minimum is populated, and this enhances the radiationless deactivation to the ground state. Additionally, during the twisting motion path toward the TICT minima, the system can emit in a quite wide range of angles, which should lead to a red shift of the locally excited (LE) emission and asymmetric broadening of fluorescence. This picture is fully supported by experimental evidence of the multifluorescence of DASPMI. Three twisted minima are found with different energies (namely, T1, T2, and T3). The extension of the work to charge properties shows that, in the GS, the positive charge of the molecule is mainly localized on the acceptor moiety (i.e., methyl-pyridinium), and after the excitation, the charge delocalizes over the whole molecule with a slight preference for the acceptor moiety. Because of the subsequent deactivation via twisting motions, the positive charge moves from the acceptor to the donor moiety (dimethylaminophenyl moiety) so that in TICT minima the positive charge is localized in the donor part. These large differences between charge localization in LE and TICT minima are responsible for a larger population of twisted forms in solvents of increasing polarity and the enhancement of radiationless deactivation. PMID:26574269

  6. Photocatalytic Reduction of Artificial and Natural Nucleotide Co-factors with a Chlorophyll-Like Tin-Dihydroporphyrin Sensitizer

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    2013-01-01

    An efficient photocatalytic two-electron reduction and protonation of nicotine amide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), as well as the synthetic nucleotide co-factor analogue N-benzyl-3-carbamoyl-pyridinium (BNAD+), powered by photons in the long-wavelength region of visible light (λirr > 610 nm), is demonstrated for the first time. This functional artificial photosynthetic counterpart of the complete energy-trapping and solar-to-fuel conversion primary processes occurring in natural photosystem I (PS I) is achieved with a robust water-soluble tin(IV) complex of meso-tetrakis(N-methylpyridinium)-chlorin acting as the light-harvesting sensitizer (threshold wavelength of λthr = 660 nm). In buffered aqueous solution, this chlorophyll-like compound photocatalytically recycles a rhodium hydride complex of the type [Cp*Rh(bpy)H]+, which is able to mediate regioselective hydride transfer processes. Different one- and two-electron donors are tested for the reductive quenching of the irradiated tin complex to initiate the secondary dark reactions leading to nucleotide co-factor reduction. Very promising conversion efficiencies, quantum yields, and excellent photosensitizer stabilities are observed. As an example of a catalytic dark reaction utilizing the reduction equivalents of accumulated NADH, an enzymatic process for the selective transformation of aldehydes with alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) coupled to the primary photoreactions of the system is also demonstrated. A tentative reaction mechanism for the transfer of two electrons and one proton from the reductively quenched tin chlorin sensitizer to the rhodium co-catalyst, acting as a reversible hydride carrier, is proposed. PMID:24073596

  7. Self-assembling of C60-imidazole and C60-pyridine adducts in the Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films via complex formation with water-soluble zinc porphyrins

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    Marczak, Renata; Noworyta, Krzysztof; Kutner, Wlodzimierz; Gadde, Suresh; D'Souza, Francis

    2003-10-01

    The C60-pyridine, C60py, and C60-imidazole, C60im, adducts were found to self-assemble in films floating onto aqueous solutions of zinc tetrakis (N-methylpyridinium)porphyrin cation, Zn(TMPyP), or zinc tetrakis (4-sulfonatophenyl)porphyrin anion, Zn(TPPS). This self assembling was due to axial ligation of the C60 adducts (acceptors) by Zn porphyrins (donors), which lead to the formation of relatively stable donor-acceptor dyads in the water-air interfaces. The films were compressed in a Langmuir trough and characterized by isotherms of surface pressure vs. area per molecule as well as by the Brewster angle microscopy imaging. All systems formed stable aggregated Langmuir films of the "expanded liquid" type. Extensive compression of the films resulted in two-dimensional phase transitions. The area per molecule at infinite dilution of the adducts in films increased in the order: water<0.1 mM Zn(TPPS)<0.1 mM Zn(TPMyP). Comparison of the determined and calculated values of area per molecule indicated that orientation of porphyrins in the complexes was parallel with respect to the interface plane. The Langmuir films were transferred, by using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique, onto quartz slides. The UV-vis spectroscopic study of these films revealed that Zn porphyrins were transferred together with the C60 adducts and that the transfer efficiency increased in the order: C60py-Zn(TPPS)

  8. An ultrafast spectroscopic and quantum mechanical investigation of multiple emissions in push-pull pyridinium derivatives bearing different electron donors.

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    Carlotti, B; Benassi, E; Cesaretti, A; Fortuna, C G; Spalletti, A; Barone, V; Elisei, F

    2015-08-28

    A joint experimental and theoretical approach, involving state-of-the-art femtosecond fluorescence up-conversion measurements and quantum mechanical computations including vibronic effects, was employed to get a deep insight into the excited state dynamics of two cationic dipolar chromophores (Donor-π-Acceptor(+)) where the electron deficient portion is a N-methyl pyridinium and the electron donor a trimethoxyphenyl or a pyrene, respectively. The ultrafast spectroscopic investigation, and the time resolved area normalised emission spectra in particular, revealed a peculiar multiple emissive behaviour and allowed the distinct emitting states to be remarkably distinguished from solvation dynamics, occurring in water in a similar timescale. The two and three emissions experimentally detected for the trimethoxyphenyl and pyrene derivatives, respectively, were associated with specific local emissive minima in the potential energy surface of S1 on the ground of quantum-mechanical calculations. A low polar and planar Locally Excited (LE) state together with a highly polar and Twisted Intramolecular Charge Transfer (TICT) state is identified to be responsible for the dual emission of the trimethoxyphenyl compound. Interestingly, the more complex photobehaviour of the pyrenyl derivative was explained considering the contribution to the fluorescence coming not only from the LE and TICT states but also from a nearly Planar Intramolecular Charge Transfer (PICT) state, with both the TICT and the PICT generated from LE by progressive torsion around the quasi-single bond between the methylpyridinium and the ethene bridge. These findings point to an interconversion between rotamers for the pyrene compound taking place in its excited state against the Non-equilibrated Excited Rotamers (NEER) principle. PMID:26213993

  9. Viscosity Measurements on Ionic Liquids: A Cautionary Tale

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    Diogo, João C. F.; Caetano, Fernando J. P.; Fareleira, João M. N. A.; Wakeham, William A.

    2014-10-01

    The vibrating-wire viscometer has proven to be an exceedingly effective means of determining the viscosity of liquids over a wide range of temperature and pressure. The instrument has a long history but a variety of technological and theoretical developments over a number of years have improved its precision and most recently have enabled absolute measurements of high accuracy. However, the nature of the electrical measurements required for the technique has inhibited its widespread use for electrically conducting liquids so that there have been only a limited number of measurements. In the particular context of ionic liquids, which have themselves attracted considerable attention, this is unfortunate because it has meant that one primary measurement technique has seldom been employed for studies of their viscosity. In the last 2 years systematic efforts have been made to explore the applicability of the vibrating-wire technique by examining a number of liquids of increasing electrical conductivity. These extensions have been successful. However, in the process we have had cause to review previous studies of the viscosity and density of the same liquids at moderate temperatures and pressures and significant evidence has been accumulated to cause concern about the application of a range of viscometric techniques to these particular fluids. Because the situation is reminiscent of that encountered for a new set of environmentally friendly refrigerants at the end of the last decade, in this paper the experimental methods employed with these liquids have been reviewed which leads to recommendations for the handling of these materials that may have consequences beyond viscometric measurements. In the process new viscosity and density data for 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium bis[(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]imide [mim][], 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate [mim][], and 1-ethyl-3-methylpyridinium ethyl sulfate [mpy][] have been obtained.

  10. Activity-guided fractionation to characterize a coffee beverage that effectively down-regulates mechanisms of gastric acid secretion as compared to regular coffee.

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    Rubach, Malte; Lang, Roman; Skupin, Carola; Hofmann, Thomas; Somoza, Veronika

    2010-04-14

    In some individuals, the consumption of coffee beverages is related to symptoms of gastric irritation. Hot water steam-treatment of raw coffee beans is hypothesized to reduce the contents of stomach irritating compounds, and products to which this technology is applied are launched as stomach-friendly coffee. However, data on the effect of steam-treated coffee on gastric acid secretion are conflicting and it has not been proven yet as to which coffee components act as pro- or antisecretory stimulants. The work presented here aimed at the characterization of a coffee beverage that effectively down-regulates mechanisms of proton secretion in human gastric cells (HGT-1). At first, a regular coffee beverage was fractionated by using solvents of different polarity: water, ethylacetate, dichloromethane, and pentane. Functional assays on the proton secretory activity (PSA) of these solvent fractions revealed the least pronounced effect for the water fraction, for which quantitative analyses demonstrated the highest distribution of chlorogenic acid (95%), (beta)N-alkanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamides (55%), and N-methylpyridinium (N-MP, >99%) among all fractions. Following experiments demonstrated that HGT-1 cells treated with regular coffee fortified with N-MP at a concentration of about 20 mg/mL N-MP showed a significantly decreased PSA as compared to cells which were exposed to coffee beverages containing higher (32-34 mg/L) or lower (5 mg/L) N-MP concentrations. Results from cellular pathway analyses of transcription (ATF-1 and Akt1) and signaling (cAMP and EGFr) factors and kinases (ERK1/2), and experiments on the gene expression of pro (histamine-HRH2 and acetylcholine-CHRM3)- and anti (somatostatin-SSTR1)-secretory receptors and H(+),K(+)-ATPase verified this antisecretory activity of N-MP in coffee beverages. PMID:20235536

  11. Variable toxicity of ionic liquid-forming chemicals to Lemna minor and the influence of dissolved organic matter.

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    Larson, James H; Frost, Paul C; Lamberti, Gary A

    2008-03-01

    Ionic liquids (ILs) are nonvolatile organic salts that remain liquid over a wide range of temperatures. Ionic liquids are promoted as environmentally friendly alternatives to the volatile organic solvents that are currently in widespread industrial usage. Although ILs are unlikely to contribute to air pollution, their potential effects on aquatic ecosystems are largely unknown. Furthermore, information is lacking on how ILs will interact with common features of aquatic environments, such as dissolved organic matter (DOM). We assessed the effect of five IL-forming chemicals on the growth of duckweed, Lemna minor, a common aquatic vascular plant. In general, 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium chemicals with longer alkyl chains were more toxic to L. minor than those with short alkyl chain lengths. The concentration that produced a 50% reduction (the EC50) in root growth was 8.56 ppm when a butyl chain was present but was 0.25 ppm (i.e., much more toxic) when an octyl chain was substituted. Butyl-substituted 3-methylpyridinium (root growth EC50 of 7.49 ppm) and 3-methylimidazolium cations had similar toxicity, whereas a tetrabutyl ammonium cation was considerably less toxic (root growth EC50 of 32.71 ppm). When we tested whether DOM reduced the toxicity of these cations, we saw no effect of a low-molecular-weight organic acid or commercial humic matter. In contrast, natural DOM reduced the toxicity of imidazolium, but only at low concentrations. Design and use of ILs and other new chemicals should incorporate not only standard toxicity tests but also information on how such chemicals will interact with other components of aquatic ecosystems. PMID:17967067

  12. Density and Viscosity of Binary Mixtures of Thiocyanate Ionic Liquids + Water as a Function of Temperature.

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    Domańska, U; Królikowska, M

    2012-09-01

    Densities and viscosities have been determined for binary mixtures of the ionic liquids (ILs) 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium thiocyanate [BMIM][SCN], or 1-butyl-4-methylpyridinium thiocyanate [BMPy][SCN], or 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium thiocyanate [BMPYR][SCN], or 1-butyl-1-methylpiperidinium thiocyanate [BMPIP][SCN] with water over wide range of temperatures (298.15-348.15) K and ambient pressure. The thermal properties of [BMPy][SCN], i.e. glass transition temperature and the heat capacity at glass transition, have been measured using a differential scanning microcalorimetry, DSC. The decomposition of [BMPy][SCN] was detected. The density and viscosity correlations for these systems have been made using an empirical second-order polynomial and by the Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann equation, respectively. The concentration dependences have been described by polynomials. The excess molar volumes and deviations in viscosity have been calculated from the experimental values and were correlated by Redlich-Kister polynomial expansions. The variations of these parameters, with compositions of the mixtures and temperature, have been discussed in terms of molecular interactions. A qualitative analysis of the trend of properties with composition and temperature was performed. Further, the excess partial molar volumes, [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text], were calculated and discussed. The isobaric expansivities (coefficient of thermal expansion), α, and the excess isobaric expansivities, α(E), were determined for four ILs and their mixtures with water. The results indicate that the interactions of thiocyanate ILs with water is not as strong as with alcohols, which is shown by the positive/slightly negative excess molar volumes in these binary systems. ELECTRONIC SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL: The online version of this article (doi:10.1007/s10953-012-9875-7) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users. PMID:23002317

  13. Photophysical properties of DASPMI as revealed by spectrally resolved fluorescence decays.

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    Ramadass, Radhan; Bereiter-Hahn, Jürgen

    2007-07-01

    Photophysical properties of 2-(4-(dimethylamino)styryl)-1-methylpyridinium iodide (DASPMI) in various solvents were investigated using time- and space-correlated single photon counting. DASPMI is known to selectively stain mitochondria in living cells.1,2 The uptake and fluorescence intensity of DASPMI in mitochondria is a dynamic measure of membrane potential. Hence, an endeavor has been made to elucidate the mechanism of DASPMI fluorescence by obtaining spectrally resolved fluorescence decays in different solvents. A biexponential decay model was sufficient to globally describe the wavelength-dependent fluorescence in ethanol and chloroform. While in glycerol, a three-exponential decay model was necessary for global analysis. In the polar low-viscous solvent water, a monoexponential decay model fitted the decay data. The sensitivity of DASPMI to solvent viscosity was analyzed using various proportions of glycerol-ethanol mixtures. The lifetimes were found to increase with increasing solvent viscosity. The negative amplitudes of the short lifetime component found in chloroform and glycerol at the longer wavelengths validated the formation of new excited-state species from the initially excited state. Time-resolved emission spectra in chloroform and glycerol showed a biphasic increase of spectral width and emission maxima. The spectral width had an initial fast increase within 150 ps and a near constant thereafter. A three-state model of generalized scheme, on the basis of successive formation of locally excited state (LE), intramolecular charge transfer state (ICT), and twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) state, has been proposed to explain the excited-state kinetics. The presumed role of solvation dynamics of ICT and TICT states leading to the asymmetrical broadening and structureless fluorescence has been substantiated by the decomposition of time-resolved emission spectra in chloroform, glycerol, and ethanol/glycerol mixtures. PMID:17559255

  14. Study on the stability of the oxime HI 6 in aqueous solution.

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    Eyer, P; Hagedorn, I; Ladstetter, B

    1988-01-01

    HI 6 (Pyridinium, 1-[[[4-(aminocarbonyl)pyridinio]methoxy]methyl]-2-[(hydro xyimino) methyl]-dichloride is an effective antidote against poisoning with extremely toxic organophosphates. Because of conflicting reports on the stability of HI 6 in aqueous solutions, we studied the factors influencing its stability. HI 6 has been shown to be most stable in acidic solution between pH 2 and 3. At that pH, HI 6 decomposes probably by attack of nucleophiles on the methylene carbon atom of the animal-acetal bond of the "ether bridge". HI 6 decomposition follows first order kinetics. From Arrhenius plots of the decay of HI 6 at various concentrations it became obvious that the rate of decomposition increased with increasing HI 6 concentration with simultaneous decrease in the energy of activation. To decide whether the pyridinium compound itself or its anions are responsible for the enhanced decomposition, we studied the influence of chloride, phosphate and iodide. These anions stimulated the decay of HI 6 at increasing strength; their effect, however, was small as compared to that brought about by the pyridinium oxime itself. Since 1-methylisonicotinamide chloride had virtually no effect in contrast to 1-methylpyridinium-2-aldoxime chloride, we conclude that the oximate anion is responsible for the intermolecular attack on HI 6. At present, we recommend storage of HI 6 at concentrations not exceeding 0.1 M in aqueous solution at pH 2.5 and low temperatures. Under these conditions an apparent shelf-life of 20 years is calculated when HI 6 is stored at 8 degrees C. PMID:3196158

  15. Structural effects of anions and cations on the aggregation behavior of ionic liquids in aqueous solutions.

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    Wang, Huiyong; Wang, Jianji; Zhang, Shibiao; Xuan, Xiaopeng

    2008-12-25

    The formation of ionic liquids aggregates in aqueous solution is of great importance to the future applications of ionic liquids. In this work, aggregation behavior of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium salts [C8mim]X (X = Cl, Br, [NO3], [CH3COO], [CF3COO], [CF3SO3], and [ClO4]), 1-octyl-4-methylpyridinium bromide (4m-[C8pyr]Br), and 1-methyl-1-octylpyrrolidinium ([C8mpyrr]Br) has been investigated in aqueous solutions by conductivity, volume, fluorescence, dynamic light scattering, and transmission electron microscopy. The critical aggregation concentration (CAC), ionization degree of the aggregates alpha, the standard Gibbs energy of aggregation deltaG(m)degrees, the average aggregation number N, the apparent molar volumes at critical aggregation concentration V(phi,CAC), the apparent molar volumes in aggregation phase V(phi)mic, and the change of the apparent molar volumes upon aggregation deltaV(phi,m), have been derived from the experimental data for these ionic liquids. It is found that both nature of the anions and ring type of the cations significantly affect the aggregation in aqueous solution. The anionic effect basically follows the Hofmeister series, and the ability of anionic hydration is predominant for the aggregation behavior of the ionic liquids. Hydrophobicity and steric hindrance of the cations as well as binding strength of the cations with the anions are suggested to play important roles in the aggregation of [C8mim]Br, 4m-[C8pyr]Br, and [C8mpyrr]Br. The investigated ILs were found to form spherical aggregates. Structures of anions and cations have very weak effects on the morphology, but they do affect the aggregate sizes. PMID:19367863

  16. Potent and Selective Inhibition of Plasma Membrane Monoamine Transporter by HIV Protease Inhibitors.

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    Duan, Haichuan; Hu, Tao; Foti, Robert S; Pan, Yongmei; Swaan, Peter W; Wang, Joanne

    2015-11-01

    Plasma membrane monoamine transporter (PMAT) is a major uptake-2 monoamine transporter that shares extensive substrate and inhibitor overlap with organic cation transporters 1-3 (OCT1-3). Currently, there are no PMAT-specific inhibitors available that can be used in in vitro and in vivo studies to differentiate between PMAT and OCT activities. In this study, we showed that IDT307 (4-(4-(dimethylamino)phenyl)-1-methylpyridinium iodide), a fluorescent analog of 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP+), is a transportable substrate for PMAT and that IDT307-based fluorescence assay can be used to rapidly identify and characterize PMAT inhibitors. Using the fluorescent substrate-based assays, we analyzed the interactions of eight human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) protease inhibitors (PIs) with human PMAT and OCT1-3 in human embryonic kidney 293 (HEK293) cells stably transfected with individual transporters. Our data revealed that PMAT and OCTs exhibit distinct sensitivity and inhibition patterns toward HIV PIs. PMAT is most sensitive to PI inhibition whereas OCT2 and OCT3 are resistant. OCT1 showed an intermediate sensitivity and a distinct inhibition profile from PMAT. Importantly, lopinavir is a potent PMAT inhibitor and exhibited >120 fold selectivity toward PMAT (IC₅₀ = 1.4 ± 0.2 µM) over OCT1 (IC₅₀ = 174 ± 40 µM). Lopinavir has no inhibitory effect on OCT2 or OCT3 at maximal tested concentrations. Lopinavir also exhibited no or much weaker interactions with uptake-1 monoamine transporters. Together, our results reveal that PMAT and OCTs have distinct specificity exemplified by their differential interaction with HIV PIs. Further, we demonstrate that lopinavir can be used as a selective PMAT inhibitor to differentiate PMAT-mediated monoamine and organic cation transport from those mediated by OCT1-3. PMID:26285765

  17. Improved photocatalytic hydrogen evolution driven by chloro(terpyridine)platinum(ii) derivatives tethered to a single pendant viologen acceptor.

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    Lin, Shu; Kitamoto, Kyoji; Ozawa, Hironobu; Sakai, Ken

    2016-06-28

    Three chloro(4'-(N-methylpyridinium)-2,2':6',2''-terpyridine)platinum(ii) (abbreviated as ) derivatives tethered to a single alkyl viologen unit (-(CH2)n-CH2-N(+)C5H4-C5H4N(+)-CH3; abbreviated as -, where n = 1, 3, and 4), i.e., , have been synthesized and investigated in detail. It is shown that the turnover number (TON) for the photocatalytic H2 evolution from water in the presence of a sacrificial electron donor EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid disodium salt) is dramatically improved by the attachment of a single alkyl unit (TON = 21.5-25.2, 12 h). Spectrophotometric studies reveal that the photoirradiation of in the presence of EDTA initially leads to the formation of a 1-electron-reduced species, and then to a 2-electron-reduced species, where reductive quenching of a photoexcited species is a major path to the reduced photoproduct in each step. Electrochemical studies show that two consecutive 1-electron reductions at the unit are nearly overlapped with the corresponding reductions at the unit. The 1-electron-reduced species can be thus expressed as either or , while the 2-electron-reduced one as . Moreover, the latter products behave as stacked species involving three types of π-dimer sites, ()2, ()2, and ()(), and do not drive thermal H2 evolution according to the reaction: + 2H(+) → + H2. The H2 evolution from water photocatalyzed by has been found to occur via formation of 3-electron-reduced species; + EDTA + hν → (or ) + EDTA(ox), and (or ) + 2H(+) → (or ) + H2. PMID:27272278

  18. Switching Properties of sub-100 nm Perpendicular Magnetic Tunnel Junctions

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    Tryputen, Larysa; Piotrowski, Stephan; Bapna, Mukund; Chien, Chia-Ling; Wang, Weigang; Majetich, Sara; Ross, Caroline

    2015-03-01

    Perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions (p-MTJs) have great potential for realizing high-density non-volatile memory and logic devices. It is critical to solve scalability problem to implement such devices, to achieve low resistance area and to reduce switching current density while maintaining thermal stability. We present our recent results on fabrication of high resolution Ta/CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB/Ta p-MTJ devices and characterization of their switching properties as well as topography and current mapping by using nanoscale Conductive Atomic Force Microscopy. Our patterning method is based on using hydrogen silsesquioxane resist mask combined with ion beam etching. It allows to fabricate p-MTJ devices down to 40 nm in diameter while maintaining the magnetic quality of the multilayers. Repeatable, consistent switching behaviour has been observed in the obtained p-MTJ devices of 500 nm down to 40 nm with 10 - 800 mV voltage applied. Switching field increased as device diameter decreased, from 580 Oe at 500 nm (MR = 10%) to 410 Oe at 80 nm (MR = 9%). We discuss the effect of device sizes on the switching properties. This work was supported in part by C-SPIN, one of the six centers of STARnet, a Semiconductor Research Corporation Program sponsored by MARCO and DARPA and in part through the National Science Foundation through NCN-Needs Program, Contract 12207020-EEC.

  19. Comparative study of line roughness metrics of chemically amplified and inorganic resists for EUV

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    Fallica, Roberto; Buitrago, Elizabeth; Ekinci, Yasin

    2016-03-01

    We present a comprehensive study of the roughness metrics of different resists. Dense line/space (L/S) images of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ), different chemically amplified resists (CARs), and metal oxide based resists have been patterned by extreme ultraviolet interference lithography (EUV-IL). The three line width roughness metrics: r.m.s. value σLWR, correlation length ξ and roughness exponent α, were measured by metrological analysis of top down SEM images and compared for the different resists imaged here. It was found, that all metrics are required to fully describe the roughness of each resist. Our measurements indicate that few of the state-of-the- art resists tested here can meet the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) requirements for σLWR. The correlation length ξ has been found to be considerably higher in polymer-based materials in comparison to non-polymers. The roughness exponent α, interpreted using the concept of fractal geometry, is mainly affected by acid diffusion in CARs where it produces line edges with a higher complexity than in non-CAR resists. These results indicate that different resists platforms show very different LWR resist metrics and roughness is not only manifested in the σLWR but in all parameters. Therefore, all roughness metrics should be taken into account in the performance comparison of the resist, since they can have a substantial impact on the device performance.

  20. Infrared spectroscopic and conductivity studies of ureasil-based proton conducting membranes for medium temperature fuel cell applications.

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    Vince, Jelica; Vuk, Angela Šurca; Stangar, Urška Lavrenčič; Perše, Lidija Slemenik; Orel, Boris; Hočevar, Stanko

    2010-12-01

    Proton conducting membranes for fuel cells were prepared by the sol-gel process from two different ureasil organic-inorganic hybrid precursors: bis[(N-(3-triethoxysilylpropyl)ureido]-terminated poly(propylene glycol) 4000 (PPGU) and bis[3-(N-(3-triethoxysilylpropyl)ureido)propyl]-terminated poly(dimethylsiloxane) 1000 (PDMSU). Heteropoly silicotungstic acid was added to actuate the reactions of hydrolysis and condensation and to introduce proton conductivity. XRD measurements of membranes revealed the presence of a diffraction peak at 6.3°, which could be ascribed to gradual formation of R-(SiO3/2) silsesquioxane clusters, i.e. arrangement of the Si-O-Si skeleton on the nano-scale. TG and DSC measurements showed thermal stability of the membranes above 120 °C. Proton conductivities at room temperature were of the order of 10-4 to 10-3 S/cm, classifying the membranes in the group of super ionic conductors. At elevated temperatures up to 160 °C and at conditions of autogenous pressure, conductivities increased up to values acceptable for fuel cells of 10-1 S/cm, which could be the result of the presence of H3O+ ions. The protonation of the urea groups and the formation of amidonium ions [C(OH)=NH+] were followed using IR ATR spectroscopy. PMID:24061888

  1. Silylated melamine and cyanuric acid as precursors for imprinted and hybrid silica materials with molecular recognition properties.

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    Arrachart, Guilhem; Carcel, Carole; Trens, Philippe; Moreau, Jöel J E; Wong Chi Man, Michel

    2009-06-15

    Two monotrialkoxysilylated compounds that consist of complementary fragments of melamine (M) and cyanuric acid (CA) have been synthesised. The molecular recognition properties of the M and CA fragments through complementary hydrogen bonds (DAD and ADA; D=donor, A=acceptor) are the key factor used to direct the formation of hybrid silica materials by using a sol-gel process. These materials were synthesised following two methods: First, an organo-bridged silsesquioxane was obtained by the hydrolysis of the two complementary monotrialkoxysilylated melamine and cyanuric acid derivatives, with fluoride ions as a catalyst. The hydrogen-bonding interactions between the two organic fragments are responsible for the formation of the bridging unit. The transcription of the assembly into the hybrid material was characterised and evidenced by solid-state NMR (29Si, 13C) and FTIR spectroscopic experiments. Second, the molecular recognition was exploited to synthesise an imprinted hybrid silica. This material was prepared by co-condensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) with the monosilylated cyanuric acid derivative (CA) templated by nonsilylated melamine. The melamine template was completely removed by treating the solid material with hydrochloric acid. The reintroduction of the template was performed by treating the resulting material with an aqueous suspension of melamine. These steps were monitored and analysed by several techniques, such as solid-state NMR (29Si, 13C) and FTIR spectroscopic analysis and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. PMID:19440996

  2. A facile fabrication of superhydrophobic nanocomposite coating with contact angles approaching the theoretical limit

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    Hancer, Mehmet; Arkaz, Harun

    2015-11-01

    Although there are many viable approaches to induce hydrophobicity, a superhydrophobic surface could only be fabricated by combination of surface chemistry modification and roughness enhancement. In this study, surface roughness was obtained by 12 nm SiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) which were chemically modified using a self-assembled monolayer of perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane. The SiO2 NPs which were rendered hydrophobic, then successfully dispersed into a poly silicon (silsesquioxane) matrix at varying concentrations from 0.5 to 4%. The NPs dispersed polymer suspension was then spray coated on to glass and aluminum coupons in order to achieve polymer thin film nanocomposites. The results were revealed a superhydrophobic surface with a water contact angle exceeding 178° with low hysteresis and bouncing water droplet behavior. Furthermore the composite film reliability (hot-humid and ice build-up) was tested in an environmental control chamber by precisely adjusting both temperature (85 °C) and relative humidity (85 RH). Taber abrasion testing was applied in order to gain insights into the abrasion resistance of nanocomposite film. Finally, ice formation was simulated at -20 °C on the superhydrophobic nanocomposite film coated substrates.

  3. Temperature Assisted in-Situ Small Angle X-ray Scattering Analysis of Ph-POSS/PC Polymer Nanocomposite

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    Yadav, Ramdayal; Naebe, Minoo; Wang, Xungai; Kandasubramanian, Balasubramanian

    2016-01-01

    Inorganic/organic nanofillers have been extensively exploited to impart thermal stability to polymer nanocomposite via various strategies that can endure structural changes when exposed a wide range of thermal environment during their application. In this abstraction, we have utilized temperature assisted in-situ small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) to examine the structural orientation distribution of inorganic/organic nanofiller octa phenyl substituted polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (Ph-POSS) in Polycarbonate (PC) matrix from ambient temperature to 180 °C. A constant interval of 30 °C with the heating rate of 3 °C/min was utilized to guise the temperature below and above the glass transition temperature of PC followed by thermal gravimetric, HRTEM, FESEM and hydrophobic analysis at ambient temperature. The HRTEM images of Ph-POSS nano unit demonstrated hyperrectangular structure, while FESEM image of the developed nano composite rendered separated phase containing flocculated and overlapped stacking of POSS units in the PC matrix. The phase separation in polymer nanocomposite was further substantiated by thermodynamic interaction parameter (χ) and mixing energy (Emix) gleaned via Accelrys Materials studio. The SAXS spectra has demonstrated duplex peak at higher scattering vector region, postulated as a primary and secondary segregated POSS domain and followed by abundance of secondary peak with temperature augmentation. PMID:27436152

  4. Chemical-free n-type and p-type multilayer-graphene transistors

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    Dissanayake, D. M. N. M.; Eisaman, M. D.

    2016-08-01

    A single-step doping method to fabricate n- and p-type multilayer graphene (MG) top-gate field effect transistors (GFETs) is demonstrated. The transistors are fabricated on soda-lime glass substrates, with the n-type doping of MG caused by the sodium in the substrate without the addition of external chemicals. Placing a hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) barrier layer between the MG and the substrate blocks the n-doping, resulting in p-type doping of the MG above regions patterned with HSQ. The HSQ is deposited in a single fabrication step using electron beam lithography, allowing the patterning of arbitrary sub-micron spatial patterns of n- and p-type doping. When a MG channel is deposited partially on the barrier and partially on the glass substrate, a p-type and n-type doping profile is created, which is used for fabricating complementary transistors pairs. Unlike chemically doped GFETs in which the external dopants are typically introduced from the top, these substrate doped GFETs allow for a top gate which gives a stronger electrostatic coupling to the channel, reducing the operating gate bias. Overall, this method enables scalable fabrication of n- and p-type complementary top-gated GFETs with high spatial resolution for graphene microelectronic applications.

  5. HSQ resist for replication stamp in polymers

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    Saleem, M. R.; Stenberg, P. A.; Khan, M. B.; Khan, Z. M.; Honkanen, S.; Turunen, J.

    2012-03-01

    We investigated an affordable, accurate and large scale production method to fabricate sub-wavelength grating structures by replication in polycarbonate substrates by hot embossing. We used hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) a high resolution, binary, inorganic, negative electron beam resist, on silicon substrate to make a stamp for replication. We fabricated the stamp on silicon by using HSQ-resist without any etching process with simple process steps. The process starts by depositing an HSQ-resist layer on a silicon substrate and by a measurement of the desired film thickness by adjusting the spinning speed and time. The resist material is then subjected to e-beam writing followed by a heat treatment to enhance the hardness and to reveal properties analogous to solid SiO2 as a hot embossing stamp material. A comparison study is made with and without the etching process with different etching rates. We demonstrate that an effective and inexpensive stamp for thermal nano-imprint lithography (NIL) for optical gratings is provided without an etching process, which gives a uniform imprinting density over the entire grating surface and high imprint fidelity. The reflectance spectra of replicated grating structures are also shown to be in agreement with theoretical calculations.

  6. Finding Optimal Templates for the Directed Self-Assembly of Thin Film Block Copolymers with Inverse Self-Consistent Field Theory Simulations

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    Hannon, Adam; Ding, Yi; Bai, Wubin; Ross, Caroline; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo

    2014-03-01

    Achieving sub-10 nm patterns with non-periodic features is a key goal in the development of next generation integrated circuits devices. One route to create such features at this length scale is the directed self-assembly of thin film block copolymers (BCPs). Inverse design methods are becoming a key part in developing templates needed for given target patterns where the required template is both non-intuitive and requires optimization. Here we use a self-consistent field theory based inverse design algorithm to find template solutions for target structures. Recent studies have revealed a wide parameter space with multiple solutions for given target structures. Using fidelity and topology functions, we characterize how well different template solutions yield given target structures and refine these solutions beyond simply being free energy minimum solutions. Experiments using polystyrene- b-polydimethylsiloxane BCPs templated by hydrogen silsesquioxane posts are used for verifying and refining the simulation results. Results show that key factors influencing the fidelity and topology of the samples include the effective volume fraction of the solvent annealed system, size of the posts, and areal post density. Optimization of these parameters achieves refined template solutions with better reproducibility and lower defectivity both computationally and experimentally.

  7. Transparent superwetting nanofilms with enhanced durability at model physiological condition

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    Hwangbo, Sunghee; Heo, Jiwoong; Lin, Xiangde; Choi, Moonhyun; Hong, Jinkee

    2016-01-01

    There have been many studies on superwetting surfaces owing to the variety of their potential applications. There are some drawbacks to developing these films for biomedical applications, such as the fragility of the microscopic roughness feature that is vital to ensure superwettability. But, there are still only a few studies that have shown an enhanced durability of nanoscale superwetting films at certain extreme environment. In this study, we fabricated intrinsically stable superwetting films using the organosilicate based layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly method in order to control nano-sized roughness of the multilayer structures. In order to develop mechanically and chemically robust surfaces, we successfully introduced polymeric silsesquioxane as a building block for LbL assembly with desired fashion. Even in the case that the superhydrophobic outer layers were damaged, the films maintained their superhydrophobicity because of the hydrophobic nature of their inner layers. As a result, we successfully fabricated superwetting nano-films and evaluated their robustness and stability. PMID:26764164

  8. Novel Low-Temperature Poss-Containing Siloxane Elastomers

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    Belcher, Marcus A.; Hinkley, Jeffrey A.; Kiri, Neha N.; Lillehei, Peter T.

    2008-01-01

    One route to increased aircraft performance is through the use of flexible, shape-changeable aerodynamics effectors. However, state of the art materials are not flexible or durable enough over the required broad temperature range. Mixed siloxanes were crosslinked by polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) producing novel materials that remained flexible and elastic from -55 to 94 C. POSS molecules were chemically modified to generate homogeneous distributions within the siloxane matrix. High resolution scanning electron microscope (HRSEM) images indicated homogenous POSS distribution up to 0.8 wt %. Above the solubility limit, POSS aggregates could be seen both macroscopically and via SEM (approx.60-120 nm). Tensile tests were performed to determine Young s modulus, tensile strength, and elongation at break over the range of temperatures associated with transonic aircraft use (-55 to 94 C; -65 to 200 F). The siloxane materials developed here maintained flexibility at -55 C, where previous candidate materials failed. At room temperature, films could be elongated up to 250 % before rupturing. At -55 and 94 C, however, films could be elongated up to 400 % and 125 %, respectively.

  9. Characterization of Lipid-Templated Silica and Hybrid Thin Film Mesophases by Grazing Incidence Small-Angle X-ray Scattering

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    Dunphy, Darren R.; Alam, Todd M.; Tate, Michael P.; Hillhouse, Hugh W.; Smarsly, Bernd; Collord, Andrew D.; Carnes, Eric; Baca, Helen K.; Köhn, Ralf; Sprung, Michael; Wang, Jin; Brinker, C. Jeffrey

    2009-01-01

    The nanostructure of silica and hybrid thin film mesophases templated by phospholipids via an evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) process was investigated by grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS). Diacyl phosphatidylcholines with two tails of 6 or 8 carbons were found to template 2D hexagonal mesophases, with the removal of lipid from these lipid/silica films by thermal or UV/O3 processing resulting in a complete collapse of the pore volume. Monoacyl phosphatidylcholines with single tails of 10–14 carbons formed 3D micellular mesophases; the lipid was found to be extractable from these 3D materials, yielding a porous material. In contrast to pure lipid/silica thin film mesophases, films formed from the hybrid bridged silsesquioxane precursor bis(triethoxysilyl)ethane exhibited greater stability toward (both diacyl and monoacyl) lipid removal. Ellipsometric, FTIR, and NMR studies show that the presence of phospholipid suppresses siloxane network formation, while actually promoting condensation reactions in the hybrid material. 1D X-ray scattering and FTIR data were found to be consistent with strong interactions between lipid headgroups and the silica framework. PMID:19496546

  10. Separation and identification of oligomeric phenylethoxysiloxanols by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.

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    Jiang, Yuting; Wan, Qian-Hong

    2015-05-15

    Liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry has been applied to qualitative analysis of oligomeric phenylethoxysiloxanols, a class of organosilanols as active intermediates to polyhedral silsesquioxanes. The phenylethoxysiloxanol samples were prepared by controlled acid-catalyzed hydrolysis and condensation of phenyltriethoxysilane at various molar equivalents of water (r1) and characterized by standard spectroscopic techniques. Using a gradient binary water-methanol mobile phase, these reaction products were resolved on octadecylsiloxane silica stationary phase and subsequently identified by online electrospray ionization mass spectrometric detection. Results show that the reaction products are composed of a multitude of linear and monocyclic siloxanol oligomers with various numbers of silicon atoms and hydroxyl groups, depending upon the reaction conditions used. With the r1 value increasing from 0.5 to 2.0, the chain lengths of the oligomers increase slightly but the numbers of hydroxyl groups increase considerably, accompanying by structural evolution from chains to rings. Characterization of the retention behavior of these oligomers indicates that hydrophobic interactions of phenyl and ethoxy groups with the stationary phase are responsible for their retention in reversed-phase liquid chromatography. PMID:25843423

  11. Designing Robust Hierarchically Textured Oleophobic Fabrics.

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    Kleingartner, Justin A; Srinivasan, Siddarth; Truong, Quoc T; Sieber, Michael; Cohen, Robert E; McKinley, Gareth H

    2015-12-01

    Commercially available woven fabrics (e.g., nylon- or PET-based fabrics) possess inherently re-entrant textures in the form of cylindrical yarns and fibers. We analyze the liquid repellency of woven and nanotextured oleophobic fabrics using a nested model with n levels of hierarchy that is constructed from modular units of cylindrical and spherical building blocks. At each level of hierarchy, the density of the topographical features is captured using a dimensionless textural parameter D(n)*. For a plain-woven mesh comprised of chemically treated fiber bundles (n = 2), the tight packing of individual fibers in each bundle (D2* ≈ 1) imposes a geometric constraint on the maximum oleophobicity that can be achieved solely by modifying the surface energy of the coating. For liquid droplets contacting such tightly bundled fabrics with modified surface energies, we show that this model predicts a lower bound on the equilibrium contact angle of θ(E) ≈ 57° below which the Cassie–Baxter to Wenzel wetting transition occurs spontaneously, and this is validated experimentally. We demonstrate how the introduction of an additional higher order micro-/nanotexture onto the fibers (n = 3) is necessary to overcome this limit and create more robustly nonwetting fabrics. Finally, we show a simple experimental realization of the enhanced oleophobicity of fabrics by depositing spherical microbeads of poly(methyl methacrylate)/fluorodecyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (fluorodecyl POSS) onto the fibers of a commercial woven nylon fabric. PMID:26473386

  12. Facile Synthesis of Yolk-Shell-Structured Triple-Hybridized Periodic Mesoporous Organosilica Nanoparticles for Biomedicine.

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    Teng, Zhaogang; Zhang, Junjie; Li, Wei; Zheng, Yuanyi; Su, Xiaodan; Tang, Yuxia; Dang, Meng; Tian, Ying; Yuwen, Lihui; Weng, Lixing; Lu, Guangming; Wang, Lianhui

    2016-07-01

    The synthesis of mesoporous nanoparticles with controllable structure and organic groups is important for their applications. In this work, yolk-shell-structured periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) nanoparticles simultaneously incorporated with ethane-, thioether-, and benzene-bridged moieties are successfully synthesized. The preparation of the triple-hybridized PMOs is via a cetyltrimethylammonium bromide-directed sol-gel process using mixed bridged silsesquioxanes as precursors and a following hydrothermal treatment. The yolk-shell-structured triple-hybridized PMO nanoparticles have large surface area (320 m(2) g(-1) ), ordered mesochannels (2.5 nm), large pore volume (0.59 cm(3) g(-1) ), uniform and controllable diameter (88-380 nm), core size (22-110 nm), and shell thickness (13-45 nm). In vitro cytotoxicity, hemolysis assay, and histological studies demonstrate that the yolk-shell-structured triple-hybridized PMO nanoparticles have excellent biocompatibility. Moreover, the organic groups in the triple-hybridized PMOs endow them with an ability for covalent connection of near-infrared fluorescence dyes, a high hydrophobic drug loading capacity, and a glutathione-responsive drug release property, which make them promising candidates for applications in bioimaging and drug delivery. PMID:27183872

  13. Enhanced cellular uptake of protoporphyrine IX/linolenic acid-conjugated spherical nanohybrids for photodynamic therapy.

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    Lee, Hye-In; Kim, Young-Jin

    2016-06-01

    Protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) has wide applications in photodynamic diagnosis and photodynamic therapy (PDT) in many human diseases. However, poor water solubility and cancer cell localization limit its direct application for PDT. We improved the water-solubility and cellular internalization of PpIX to enhance PDT efficacy by developing biocompatible PpIX/linolenic acid-conjugated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (PPLA) nanohybrids. The resulting PPLA nanohybrids exhibited a quasi-spherical shape with a size of <200nm. (1)H NMR analysis confirmed the synthesis of PPLA. The singlet oxygen formation of PPLA nanohybrids on laser irradiation was detected by photoluminescence emission. Fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) analysis displayed higher cellular internalization of PPLA compared with free PpIX. In addition, PPLA nanohybrids exhibited significantly reduced dark-toxicity and a high phototoxicity mostly because of apoptotic cell death against human gastric cancer cells. These results imply that the PPLA nanohybrid system may be applicable in PDT. PMID:26954084

  14. Surface Electric Potential of Macroions between the Limits of Small Ions and Charged Nanocolloids

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    Jing, Benxin; Zhu, Y. Elaine

    2015-03-01

    The surface electric potential of macroions in the size of 1-10 nm in aqueous solutions is critical to understand the supramolecular assembly involving biomacromolecules, charged nanoparticles and nanoclusters and their resulting material properties. However, the electric potential of these macroions could not be accurately determined because their sizes fall in between the limits of small ions and plain charged nanocolloids, while solving the non-linear Possion-Boltzmann equation remains a grand challenge to date. In this work, we investigate polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) with 8 amine terminal groups as a model macroion. We employ a single molecule fluorescence technique, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS), combined with photon counting histogram (PCH) to quantitatively measure the local proton concentration, which is the local co-ion concentration in vicinity of POSS with 1.5 nm in diameter. By changing the ionic strength of aqueous solution and the distance between pH-sensitive fluorescence probe and POSS, we quantitatively determine the proton concentration gradient. The distance dependent local pH can be simply analyzed to obtain the surface electric potential of the POSS macroion without the necessity to solve the non-linear Possion-Boltzmann equation.

  15. Frank-Kasper and other superlattice formations in a set of giant molecules having ABn type of Janus particles

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    Feng, Xueyan; Li, Yiwen; Huang, Mingjun; Hsu, Chi-Hao; Cheng, Stephen Z. D.

    2015-03-01

    A novel serial of precisely defined giant molecules having ABn type of Janus particles has been designed and synthesized. They are consisted of one functionalized hydrophilic polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) (A) connected with different number of hydrophobic POSS cages (B, n =2-6). With variation of the interaction functional groups on A and the number of the coordinated hydrophobic POSS B, different superlattice structures could be formed at a sub-10-nm scale. For example, the superlattice structure of DPOSS-BPOSS2 (DPOSS represents seven hydroxyl group functionalized POSS and BPOSS represents isobutyl POSS) could change from a double-dyroids phase to a hexagonally packed cylinder phase with increasing temperature, due to an order-order transition in the weak segregation region. For DPOSS-BPOSS3 and DPOSS-BPOSS4, both of these giant molecules could form A15 phase, which is a Frank-Kasper phase. With deep understanding of this set of model ABn type giant molecules based on the POSS nano atoms, it may be promising to construct new generations of giant molecules for further development of functional materials with desired structures and macroscopic properties.

  16. Marshall Convergent Spray Formulation Improvement for High Temperatures

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    Scarpa, Jack; Patterson,Chat

    2011-01-01

    The Marshall Convergent Coating-1 (MCC-1) formulation was produced in the 1990s, and uses a standard bisphenol A epoxy resin system with a triamine accelerator. With the increasing heat rates forecast for the next generation of vehicles, higher-temperature sprayable coatings are needed. This work substitutes the low-temperature epoxy resins used in the MCC-1 coating with epoxy phenolic, epoxy novalac, or resorcinolinic resins (higher carbon content), which will produce a higher char yield upon exposure to high heat and increased glass transition temperature. High-temperature filler materials, such as granular cork and glass ecospheres, are also incorporated as part of the convergent spray process, but other sacrificial (ablative) materials are possible. In addition, the use of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) nanoparticle hybrids will increase both reinforcement aspects and contribute to creating a tougher silacious char, which will reduce recession at higher heat rates. Use of expanding epoxy resin (lightweight MCC) systems are also useful in that they reduce system weight, have greater insulative properties, and a decrease in application times can be realized.

  17. Applications of polybenzoxazines for improvement in processability and property

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    Jin, Lin

    Polybenzoxazines obtained from the polymerization of benzoxazine monomers or oligomers has been used for various applications: to simplify the technology adopted for protection, to improve the processability of high performance material and to replace the environmental hazards in resins. Novel siloxane-containing benzoxazine oligomers with benzoxazine rings in the main chain have been synthesized and mixed with octasilane polyhedral silsesquioxane (OctaSilane POSS) and glass sphere to form a thermo-oxidatively stable coating on a carbon/carbon composite after polymerization and baking. The coating method is very simple and inexpensive compared with the conventional approaches, such as chemical vapor deposition. The effectiveness of the coating has also been demonstrated. A new class of benzoxazine-containing monomers, namely bis(benzoxazinemaleimide)s have been synthesized to improve the poor processability of bismaleimides. A new approach of using high boiling point nonpolar solvent has been developed to prepare the monomer, which is difficult to synthesize using the traditional method of synthesizing benzoxazines. In the meantime, by the combination of two types of polymers: benzoxazine and bismaleimides, high thermally stable thermosets with high Tg have been obtained. Benzoxazine monomers have also been introduced into vinyl ester resins to replace styrene for environmental concern. With the incorporation of allyl-containing benzoxazines, the dynamic mechanical property and the thermal stability of the resins have been improved, while the processability of the resin is maintained.

  18. Preparation and characterization of phenyl-, benzyl-, and phenethyl-substituted polysilsesquioxanes

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    Schneider, D.A.; Loy, D.A.; Baugher, B.M.; Wheeler, D.R.; Assink, R.A.; Alam, T.M.; Saunders, R.

    1998-09-01

    Polysilsesquioxanes are a class of siloxane polymers commonly prepared by the hydrolysis and condensation of trialkoxysilanes or trichlorosilanes. From a trifunctional monomer one would expect the organically-modified polymers to be highly crosslinked and insoluble resins. However, while some silsesquioxane monomers with R = H, CH{sub 3}, or vinyl do form crosslinked polymers capable of forming gels, the majority react to form soluble oligosilsesquioxanes, including discrete polyhedral oligomers, and polymers. Because of their solubility, ladder structures have been proposed. However, viscosity studies by Frye indicate that the polyphenylsilsesquioxane is more likely best represented by a polymer rich in both cyclic structures and branches, but without any regular stereochemistry. In this study, the authors have examined the hydrolysis and condensation polymerizations of phenyltrialkoxysilane, benzyltrialkoxysilane, and 2-phenethyltrialkoxysilane monomers under both acidic and basic conditions. The resulting phenyl, benzyl and phenethyl-substituted polysilsesquioxanes were characterized by {sup 1}H, {sup 13}C, {sup 29}Si NMR, gel permeation chromatography, and differential scanning calorimetry. The effects of the organic substituent (phenyl, benzyl, phenethyl), alkoxide group (OMe, OEt), catalyst (HCl, NaOH), monomer concentration, and polymer processing on polymer molecular weight and glass transition temperature were determined.

  19. Topology assisted self-organization of colloidal nanoparticles: application to 2D large-scale nanomastering

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    Kostcheev, Serguei; Turover, Daniel; Salas-Montiel, Rafael; Nomenyo, Komla; Gokarna, Anisha; Lerondel, Gilles

    2014-01-01

    Summary Our aim was to elaborate a novel method for fully controllable large-scale nanopatterning. We investigated the influence of the surface topology, i.e., a pre-pattern of hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) posts, on the self-organization of polystyrene beads (PS) dispersed over a large surface. Depending on the post size and spacing, long-range ordering of self-organized polystyrene beads is observed wherein guide posts were used leading to single crystal structure. Topology assisted self-organization has proved to be one of the solutions to obtain large-scale ordering. Besides post size and spacing, the colloidal concentration and the nature of solvent were found to have a significant effect on the self-organization of the PS beads. Scanning electron microscope and associated Fourier transform analysis were used to characterize the morphology of the ordered surfaces. Finally, the production of silicon molds is demonstrated by using the beads as a template for dry etching. PMID:25161854

  20. Acoustoelectric transport at gigahertz frequencies in coated epitaxial graphene

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    Hernández-Mínguez, A.; Tahraoui, A.; Lopes, J. M. J.; Santos, P. V.

    2016-05-01

    Epitaxial graphene (EG) produced from SiC surfaces by silicon sublimation is emerging as a material for electronic applications due to its good electronic properties and availability over large areas on a semiconducting substrate. In this contribution, we report on the transport of charge carriers in EG on SiC using high-frequency (>1 GHz) surface acoustic waves (SAWs). In our devices, the EG is coated with hydrogen-silsesquioxane, SiO2, and a ZnO layer. This allows the efficient generation of SAWs and is compatible with the deposition of a metal top gate. Measurements of frequency- and time-resolved power scattering parameters confirm the generation and propagation of SAWs with frequencies of up to more than 7 GHz. Furthermore, the ZnO coating enhances the acoustoelectric currents by two orders of magnitude as compared to our previous uncoated samples. These results are an important step towards the dynamic acoustic control of charge carriers in graphene at gigahertz frequencies.

  1. Gypsum (CaSO4·2H2O) Scaling on Polybenzimidazole and Cellulose Acetate Hollow Fiber Membranes under Forward Osmosis

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    Chen, Si Cong; Su, Jincai; Fu, Feng-Jiang; Mi, Baoxia; Chung, Tai-Shung

    2013-01-01

    We have examined the gypsum (CaSO4·2H2O) scaling phenomena on membranes with different physicochemical properties in forward osmosis (FO) processes. Three hollow fiber membranes made of (1) cellulose acetate (CA), (2) polybenzimidazole (PBI)/polyethersulfone (PES) and (3) PBI-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)/polyacrylonitrile (PAN) were studied. For the first time in FO processes, we have found that surface ionic interactions dominate gypsum scaling on the membrane surface. A 70% flux reduction was observed on negatively charged CA and PBI membrane surfaces, due to strong attractive forces. The PBI membrane surface also showed a slightly positive charge at a low pH value of 3 and exhibited a 30% flux reduction. The atomic force microscopy (AFM) force measurements confirmed a strong repulsive force between gypsum and PBI at a pH value of 3. The newly developed PBI-POSS/PAN membrane had ridge morphology and a contact angle of 51.42° ± 14.85° after the addition of hydrophilic POSS nanoparticles and 3 min thermal treatment at 95 °C. Minimal scaling and an only 1.3% flux reduction were observed at a pH value of 3. Such a ridge structure may reduce scaling by not providing a locally flat surface to the crystallite at a pH value of 3; thus, gypsum would be easily washed away from the surface. PMID:24957062

  2. Mechanical characterization and reliability of films and coatings

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    Thurn, Jeremy Adam

    This work describes newly-developed and conventional mechanical characterization techniques for films and coatings and the use of such techniques in conjunction with fracture models to examine the reliability of brittle film and coating systems. A wide range of film and coating systems is examined, emphasizing the generality of both the characterization techniques and the analysis methods. Emphasis is placed on systems of technological importance including dielectric films (such as silicon dioxide, amorphous silicon, silicon nitride, silicon oxy-nitride, and low-dielectric constant silsesquioxane) on silicon substrates for the microelectronics and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) industries, and alumina films on alumina titanium-carbide substrates for the magnetic recording head industry. Characterization techniques include depth-sensing indentation at ultra-microscopic and macroscopic dimensions ("nanoindentation" and "macroindentation," respectively), conventional Vickers hardness testing in inert and reactive environments, and substrate curvature measurements for film stress determination at elevated temperatures. Analysis is carried out using newly-developed and conventional analytic constitutive models as well as numerical simulations using finite element methods. The first part of the thesis describes the experimental techniques and analysis methods to deduce the elastic, plastic, fracture, and adhesive properties of brittle films and coatings. The second part focuses on the thermomechanical and environmental reliability of dielectric films for microelectronic applications based on experimental results and numerical analysis.

  3. Corrosion studies and interfacial bonding of urea/poly(dimethylsiloxane) sol/gel hydrophobic coatings on AA 2024 aluminum alloy.

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    Fir, Mojca; Orel, Boris; Vuk, Angela Surca; Vilcnik, Aljaz; Jese, Robi; Francetic, Vojmir

    2007-05-01

    Bis[(ureapropyl)triethoxysilane] bis(propyl)-terminated-polydimethylsiloxane 1000 (PDMSU), an organic-inorganic hybrid, diluted in either EtOH or a mixture of EtOH-PrOH, was used in thin film form (<200 nm) to inhibit the corrosion of AA 2024 alloy. Potentiodynamic, time-dependent cyclovoltammetric measurements and salt spray tests showed that the corrosion inhibition of the latter was 10 times higher than that of the former films. This was correlated with the higher degree of hydrolysis and the formation of more open polyhedral silsesquioxane species (T2) in the bulk heat-treated PDMSU/EtOH-PrOH xerogels (29Si NMR spectra). The structure of the coatings deposited on AA 2024 Al alloy was deduced from the infrared reflection-absorption (IR RA) spectra, which revealed more extensive urea-urea interactions and more efficient silane-Al interface bonding for the PDMSU/EtOH-PrOH coatings with higher corrosion inhibition. Ex situ IR RA potentiodynamic spectroelectrochemical measurements of PDMSU coatings revealed that their degradation did not proceed via the formation of silanol groups and consequent hydration of the coatings but that they decomposed above E(corr) by forming fragments composed of -CH2- segments in an all-trans conformation. PMID:17429986

  4. Hydrophobic modification of polymethyl methacrylate as intraocular lenses material to improve the cytocompatibility.

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    Wang, Bailiang; Lin, Quankui; Shen, Chenghui; Tang, Junmei; Han, Yuemei; Chen, Hao

    2014-10-01

    The development of posterior capsule opacification (PCO) after intraocular lenses (IOL) implantation for dealing with cataract is mainly due to the severe loss of the human lens epithelial cells (HLECs) during surgery contact. A novel poly (hedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-co-methyl methacrylate) copolymer (allyl POSS-PMMA) was synthesized by free radical polymerization method to promote the adhesion of HLECs. FT-IR and (1)H NMR measurements indicated the existence of POSS cage in the product, which demonstrated the successful synthesis of allyl POSS-PMMA copolymer. Effect of allyl POSS in the hybrids on crystal structure, surface wettability and morphology, optical transmission, thermodynamic properties and cytocompatibility was investigated in detail. X-ray diffraction peaks at 2θ∼11° and 12° indicated that POSS molecules had aggregated and crystallized. Thermogravimetric analysis-differential scanning calorimeter and optical transmission measurements confirmed that the allyl POSS-PMMA copolymer had high glass transition temperatures (more than 100°C) and good transparency. The hydrophilicity and morphology of PMMA and copolymers surfaces were characterized by static water contact angle and atomic force microscopy. The results revealed that the surface of the allyl POSS-PMMA copolymer displayed higher hydrophobicity and higher roughness than that of pure PMMA. The surface biocompatibility was evaluated by morphology and activity measurement with HLECs in vitro. The results verified that the surface of allyl POSS-PMMA copolymer films had more HLECs adhesion and better spreading morphology than that of PMMA film. PMID:24972346

  5. Sterilization-Induced Changes in Surface Topography of Biodegradable POSS-PCLU and the Cellular Response of Human Dermal Fibroblasts.

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    Yildirimer, Lara; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2015-06-01

    The field of tissue engineering is rapidly evolving, generating numerous biodegradable materials suited as regeneration platforms. Material sterility is of fundamental importance for clinical translation; however, a few studies have systematically researched the effects of different sterilization methods on biodegradable materials. Here, we exposed a novel bioabsorbable nanocomposite based on a poly(ɛ-caprolactone urea) urethane backbone integrating polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanoparticles (POSS-PCLU) to autoclave, microwave, antibiotics, and 70% ethanol sterilization and systematically correlated differences in material characteristics to the attachment, viability, proliferative capacity, and shape of human dermal fibroblasts (HDFa). Nanotopographical profiling of autoclaved or microwaved surfaces revealed relatively deep nano-grooves, increasing total surface area, roughness, and hydrophobicity, which resulted in significantly fewer adherent cells. Antibiotics or 70% ethanol-treated surfaces displayed shallower nano-grooves, a more hydrophilic character, and significantly greater cellular adhesion (p<0.05). In fact, relative cell proliferation on ethanol-treated films surpassed that of cells grown on every other surface by a factor of 9 over 7 days. Filamentous actin staining demonstrated spindle-like morphologies characteristic of HDFa when grown on ethanol-treated films as opposed to cells grown on other films that were significantly more spread out (p<0.05). We argue that treatment with 70% ethanol serves not only as a laboratory-based sterilizing agent but also as a postproduction processing tool to enhance cytocompatibility of tissue engineering scaffolds. PMID:25398409

  6. Enhancing the electrical conductivity of a hybrid POSS-PCL/graphene nanocomposite polymer.

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    Nezakati, Toktam; Tan, Aaron; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2014-12-01

    An electrically conductive polymer using polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) nanocage incorporated into a modified poly [caprolactone based urea-urethane] (PCL)/graphene hybrid nanocomposite is described. Multilayer graphene flakes (8nm) were homogeneously dispersed into POSS-PCL at 0.1, 2, 5, and 10wt.% concentrations. This dispersion process of the graphene flakes was achieved by the use of stable dimethylacetamide (DMAc), via solution intercalation with POSS-PCL nanocomposites. The impedance spectroscopy of 5.0wt.% and higher concentration of graphene in POSS-PCL represented major improvement in conductivity over pristine POSS-PCL. The percolation threshold occurred at 5.0wt.% graphene concentration, converting the insulator POSS-PCL into a conductive POSS-PCL/graphene hybrid nanocomposite. The structures of the obtained hybrid materials were characterized with atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR), and Raman spectroscopy. The conductivity of the resultant nanocomposite polymer was investigated with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Herein, for the first time, we demonstrate a facile method of synthesizing, and describe the electrical properties of a conductive POSS-PCL/graphene nanocomposite polymer. PMID:25240216

  7. Controllable degradation kinetics of POSS nanoparticle-integrated poly(ε-caprolactone urea)urethane elastomers for tissue engineering applications.

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    Yildirimer, Lara; Buanz, Asma; Gaisford, Simon; Malins, Edward L; Remzi Becer, C; Moiemen, Naiem; Reynolds, Gary M; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2015-01-01

    Biodegradable elastomers are a popular choice for tissue engineering scaffolds, particularly in mechanically challenging settings (e.g. the skin). As the optimal rate of scaffold degradation depends on the tissue type to be regenerated, next-generation scaffolds must demonstrate tuneable degradation patterns. Previous investigations mainly focussed on the integration of more or less hydrolysable components to modulate degradation rates. In this study, however, the objective was to develop and synthesize a family of novel biodegradable polyurethanes (PUs) based on a poly(ε-caprolactone urea)urethane backbone integrating polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS-PCLU) with varying amounts of hard segments (24%, 28% and 33% (w/v)) in order to investigate the influence of hard segment chemistry on the degradation rate and profile. PUs lacking POSS nanoparticles served to prove the important function of POSS in maintaining the mechanical structures of the PU scaffolds before, during and after degradation. Mechanical testing of degraded samples revealed hard segment-dependent modulation of the materials' viscoelastic properties, which was attributable to (i) degradation-induced changes in the PU crystallinity and (ii) either the presence or absence of POSS. In conclusion, this study presents a facile method of controlling degradation profiles of PU scaffolds used in tissue engineering applications. PMID:26463421

  8. A highly resilient mesoporous SiOx lithium storage material engineered by oil-water templating.

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    Park, Eunjun; Park, Min-Sik; Lee, Jaewoo; Kim, Ki Jae; Jeong, Goojin; Kim, Jung Ho; Kim, Young-Jun; Kim, Hansu

    2015-02-01

    Mesoporous silicon-based materials gained considerable attention as high-capacity lithium-storage materials. However, the practical use is still limited by the complexity and limited number of available synthetic routes. Here, we report carbon-coated porous SiOx as high capacity lithium storage material prepared by using a sol-gel reaction of hydrogen silsesquioxane and oil-water templating. A hydrophobic oil is employed as a pore former inside the SiOx matrix and a precursor for carbon coating on the SiOx . The anode exhibits a high capacity of 730 mAh g(-1) and outstanding cycling performance over 100 cycles without significant dimensional changes. Carbon-coated porous SiOx also showed highly stable thermal reliability comparable to that of graphite. These promising properties come from the mesopores in the SiOx matrix, which ensures reliable operation of lithium storage in SiOx . The scalable sol-gel process presented here can open up a new avenue for the versatile preparation of porous SiOx lithium storage materials. PMID:25581319

  9. Ga-assisted MBE growth of GaAs nanowires using thin HSQ layer

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    Rieger, Torsten; Heiderich, Sonja; Lenk, Steffi; Lepsa, Mihail Ion; Grützmacher, Detlev

    2012-08-01

    We present detailed results about the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth of GaAs nanowires (NWs) on GaAs (111)B substrates prepared for the growth by a new method using hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ). Before the growth, HSQ is converted to SiOx by thermal treatment. The NWs are grown via the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism. The influence of five growth parameters are described: SiOx thickness, growth time, substrate temperature and Ga and As4 beam fluxes. It is shown that the nanowire density can be tuned by two orders of magnitude by adjusting the SiOx thickness. Additionally, the results demonstrate that the axial growth is controlled by the As4 beam flux whereas the lateral growth is controlled by the Ga beam flux. The observed NW tapering is mainly determined by the V/III beam flux ratio. Our study gives important information about the VLS growth mechanism, which is extended by considering the secondary adsorption process of Ga adatoms. The nanowires have predominantly zinc blende crystal structure with rotational twins. A wurtzite segment is always found at the top of the NWs being associated with the growth after the Ga shutter has been closed.

  10. Surface Modification of Intraocular Lenses

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    Huang, Qi; Cheng, George Pak-Man; Chiu, Kin; Wang, Gui-Qin

    2016-01-01

    Objective: This paper aimed to review the current literature on the surface modification of intraocular lenses (IOLs). Data Sources: All articles about surface modification of IOLs published up to 2015 were identified through a literature search on both PubMed and ScienceDirect. Study Selection: The articles on the surface modification of IOLs were included, but those on design modification and surface coating were excluded. Results: Technology of surface modification included plasma, ion beam, layer-by-layer self-assembly, ultraviolet radiation, and ozone. The main molecules introduced into IOLs surface were poly (ethylene glycol), polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane, 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine, TiO2, heparin, F-heparin, titanium, titanium nitride, vinyl pyrrolidone, and inhibitors of cytokines. The surface modification either resulted in a more hydrophobic lens, a more hydrophilic lens, or a lens with a hydrophilic anterior and hydrophobic posterior surface. Advances in research regarding surface modification of IOLs had led to a better biocompatibility in both in vitro and animal experiments. Conclusion: The surface modification is an efficient, convenient, economic and promising method to improve the biocompatibility of IOLs. PMID:26830993

  11. Visualization and characterization of interfacial polymerization layer formation.

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    Zhang, Yali; Benes, Nieck E; Lammertink, Rob G H

    2015-01-21

    We present a microfluidic platform to visualize the formation of free-standing films by interfacial polymerization. A microfluidic device is fabricated, with an array of micropillars to stabilize an aqueous-organic interface that allows a direct observation of the films formation process via optical microscopy. Three different amines are selected to react with trimesoyl chloride: piperazine, JEFFAMINE(®)D-230, and an ammonium functionalized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane. Tracking the formation of the free-standing films in time reveals strong effects of the characteristics of the amine precursor on the morphological evolution of the films. Piperazine exhibits a rapid reaction with trimesoyl chloride, forming a film up to 20 μm thick within half a minute. JEFFAMINE(®)D-230 displays much slower film formation kinetics. The location of the polymerization reaction was initially in the aqueous phase and then shifted into the organic phase. Our in situ real-time observations provide information on the kinetics and the changing location of the polymerization. This provides insights with important implications for fine-tuning of interfacial polymerizations for various applications. PMID:25421971

  12. Multi-wavelength laser tuning based on cholesteric liquid crystals with nanoparticles

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    Chen, Sheng-Chieh; Lin, Jia-De; Lee, Chia-Rong; Hwang, Shug-June

    2016-04-01

    A controllable multi-wavelength laser from a dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal (DDCLC) cell is demonstrated by incorporating self-assembled polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) nanoparticles (NPs). Multi-wavelength lasing emission is achieved by formation of multiple planar domains; this formation is dominantly influenced by the vertical alignment of NP clusters adsorbed on the substrate surface through a rapid thermal annealing process. The multi-wavelength lasing peaks are generated through the resultant effect of multiple longitudinal resonant modes of a Fabry-Pérot etalon between the cell substrates and the amplification of fluorescence photons with the resonant wavelengths within the broadening long-wavelength edge of the reflection band of the multi-domain CLC. The amount of multi-wavelength lasing peaks can be controlled by changing the POSS NP concentration and the cooling rate of the cell. Furthermore, thermo-reversible control of the multi-wavelength lasing emission can be attained by controlling the thermally induced phase separation process of the POSS/DDCLC cell via a heating/cooling cyclic process.

  13. Preparation of POSS-poly(ɛ-caprolactone)-β-cyclodextrin/Fe3O4 hybrid magnetic micelles for removal of bisphenol A from water.

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    Yuan, Weizhong; Shen, Jin; Li, Lulin; Liu, Xu; Zou, Hui

    2014-11-26

    A novel amphiphilic star-shaped inorganic-organic hybrid copolymer polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-poly(ɛ-caprolactone)-β-cyclodextrin (POSS-PCL-β-CD) was synthesized by ring-opening polymerization (ROP) and click chemistry. The amphiphilic copolymer can self-assemble into hybrid micelles with hydrophobic POSS-PCL chain encapsulating Fe3O4 nanoparticles as the core and β-CD as the shell after mixing with Fe3O4 nanoparticles in solvent and dialysis against water. The chemical structure of POSS-PCL-β-CD was characterized by (1)H NMR and the morphology of the magnetic hybrid micelles was characterized by TEM and DLS. Due to the host-guest interaction of β-CD with bisphenol A (BPA), POSS-PCL-β-CD/Fe3O4 hybrid micelles present good adsorption capacity in removal of BPA from aqueous solution. Magnetic measurement reveals that POSS-PCL-β-CD/Fe3O4 hybrid micelles still exhibit magnetism for separation by an external magnetic field, indicating that these magnetic hybrid micelles may have potential application in the field of environmental protection. PMID:25256494

  14. Dynamic control of the location of nanoparticles in hybrid co-assemblies.

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    Su, Zhilong; Li, Xiaokang; Jiang, Xuesong; Lin, Shaoliang; Yin, Jie

    2015-03-12

    We herein demonstrated an approach to control the spatial distribution of components in hybrid microspheres. Hybrid core-shell structured microspheres (CSMs) prepared through co-assembly were used as starting materials, which are comprised of anthracene-ended hyperbranched poly(ether amine) (AN-hPEA) in the shell and crystallized anthracene containing polyhedral oligomer silsesquioxane (AN-POSS). Upon thermal annealing at a temperature higher than the melting point of AN-POSS, the diffusion of AN-POSS from the core to the shell of CSM leads to a transition of morphology from the core-shell structure to core-transition-shell to the more stable homogeneous morphology, which has been revealed by experimental results of TEM and DSC. The mechanism for the morphology transition of CSM induced by the diffusion of AN-POSS was disclosed by a dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulation. A mathematical model for the diffusion of POSS in the hybrid microsphere is established according to Fick's law of diffusion and can be used to quantify its distribution in CSM. Thus, the spatial distribution of POSS in the microsphere can be controlled dynamically by tuning the temperature and time of thermal annealing. PMID:25721345

  15. Giant Surfactants based on Precisely Functionalized POSS Nano-atoms: Tuning from Crystals to Frank-Kasper Phases and Quasicrystals

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    Cheng, Stephen Z. D.

    In creating new functional materials for advanced technologies, precisely control over functionality and their hierarchical ordered structures are vital for obtaining the desired properties. Giant polyhedra are a class of materials which are designed and constructed via deliberately placing precisely functionalized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) and fullerene (C60) molecular nano-particles (MNPs) (so-called ``nano-atoms'') at the vertices of a polyhedron. Giant surfactants are consisted of polymer tail-tethered ``nano-atoms'' which are deliberately and precisely functionalized POSS or C60 molecular nano-particles (MNPs). The ``nano-atom'' heads and polymer tails thus have drastic chemical differences to impart amphiphilicity. These giant surfactants capture the essential structural features of their small-molecule counterparts in many ways but possess much larger sizes, and therefore, they are recognized as size-amplified versions of small molecule surfactants. Two of the most illustrating examples are a series of novel giant tetrahedra and a series of giant giant surfactants as building blocks to construct into hierarchical ordered super-lattice structures ranging from crystals, Frank-Kasper phases and quasicrystals in the condensed bulk states, reveals evidently the interconnections between soft matters and hard matters in sharing their common structures and fundamental knowledge. This work was supported by National Science Foundation (DMR-1409972).

  16. A hybrid fluorous monolithic capillary column with integrated nanoelectrospray ionization emitter for determination of perfluoroalkyl acids by nano-liquid chromatography-nanoelectrospray ionization-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry.

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    Zhang, Haiyang; Ou, Junjie; Wei, Yinmao; Wang, Hongwei; Liu, Zhongshan; Zou, Hanfa

    2016-04-01

    A hybrid fluorous monolithic column was simply prepared via photo-initiated free radical polymerization of an acrylopropyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (acryl-POSS) and a perfluorous monomer (2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7-dodecafluoroheptyl acrylate) in UV-transparent fused-silica capillaries within 5min. The physical characterization of hybrid fluorous monolith, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP) and nitrogen adsorption/desorption measurement was performed. Chromatographic performance was also evaluated by capillary liquid chromatography (cLC). Due to the fluorous-fluorous interaction between fluorous monolith and analytes, fluorobenzenes could well be separated, and the column efficiencies reached 86,600-92,500plates/m at the velocity of 0.87mm/s for alkylbenzenes and 51,900-76,000plates/m at the velocity of 1.10mm/s for fluorobenzenes. Meanwhile, an approach to integrate nanoelectrospray ionization (ESI) emitter with hybrid fluorous monolithic column was developed for quantitative determination of perfluoroalkyl acids by nanoHPLC-ESI-MS/MS. The integration design could minimize extracolumn volume, thus excluding undesirable peak broadening and improving separation performance. PMID:26916593

  17. Determining interfacial properties of submicron low-k films on Si substrate by using wedge indentation technique

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    Yeap, Kong Boon; Zeng, Kaiyang; Jiang, Haiyan; Shen, Lu; Chi, Dongzhi

    2007-06-01

    This article presents studies on using a wedge indentation technique to determine interfacial adhesion properties of low-k dielectric films, namely, methyl-silsesquioxane (MSQ) and black diamond (BD™)films, both on a Si substrate. Interfacial crack initiation and propagation processes in the MSQ/Si system are studied by using focused-ion-beam sectioning of the indentation impressions created by wedge tips with 90° and 120° of inclusion angles, respectively. Furthermore, the indentation induced stress is found to be proportional to the ratio of the indentation volume and the interface delamination crack volume for both plane strain and nonplane strain cases. With this analysis, the interface toughness of the MSQ/Si and BD/Si system, in terms of the strain energy release rate, is determined. The interface toughness for the MSQ/Si system is found to be a value of 1.89±0.28J/m2 for the 90° wedge tip indentation and 1.92±0.08J/m2 for the 120° wedge tip indentation. In addition, using the 120° wedge tip, the interface toughnesses of the BD films on the Si substrate with 200 and 500nm thicknesses are found to be the values of 6.62±1.52 and 6.35±2.27J/m2, respectively.

  18. Novel 3-hydroxypropyl bonded phase by direct hydrosilylation of allyl alcohol on amorphous hydride silica

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    Gómez, Jorge E.; Navarro, Fabián H.; Sandoval, Junior E.

    2015-01-01

    A novel 3-hydroxypropyl (propanol) bonded silica phase has been prepared by hydrosilylation of allyl alcohol on a hydride silica intermediate, in the presence of platinum (0)-divinyltetramethyldisiloxane (Karstedt's catalyst). The regio-selectivity of this synthetic approach had been correctly predicted by previous reports involving octakis(dimethylsiloxy)octasilsesquioxane (Q8M8H) and hydrogen silsesquioxane (T8H8), as molecular analogs of hydride amorphous silica. Thus, C-silylation predominated (~ 94%) over O-silylation, and high surface coverages of propanol groups (5±1 µmol/m2) were typically obtained in this work. The propanol-bonded phase was characterized by spectroscopic (IR and solid state NMR on silica microparticles), contact angle (on fused-silica wafers) and CE (on fused-silica tubes) techniques. CE studies of the migration behavior of pyridine, caffeine, tris(2,2’-bipyridine)Ru(II) chloride and lysozyme on propanol-modified capillaries were carried out. The adsorption properties of these select silanol-sensitive solutes were compared to those on the unmodified and hydride-modified tubes. It was found that hydrolysis of the SiH species underlying the immobilized propanol moieties leads mainly to strong ion-exchange based interactions with the basic solutes at pH 4, particularly with lysozyme. Interestingly, and in agreement with water contact angle and electroosmotic mobility figures, the silanol-probe interactions on the buffer-exposed (hydrolyzed) hydride surface are quite different from those of the original unmodified tube. PMID:24934906

  19. Chemistry of Silanes: Interfaces in Dental Polymers and Composites1

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    Antonucci, Joseph M.; Dickens, Sabine H.; Fowler, Bruce O.; Xu, Hockin H. K.; McDonough, Walter G.

    2005-01-01

    The performance and service life of glass-or ceramic-filled polymeric composites depend on the nature of their resin, filler and interfacial phases as well as the efficacy of the polymerization process. The synergy that exists between the organic polymer matrix and the usually inorganic reinforcing filler phase is principally mediated by the interfacial/interphasial phase. This latter phase develops as a result of the dual reactivity of a silane coupling agent, (YRSiX3), a bifunctional molecule capable of reacting with the silanol groups of glass or ceramic fillers via its silane functional group (–SiX3) to form Si-O-Si- bonds to filler surfaces, and also with the resin phase by graft copolymerization via its Y functional group, usually a methacrylic vinyl group. In this paper, we explore some of the chemistry of organosilanes, especially that of functional organosilanes (or silane coupling agents as they are commonly known) that are used to mediate interfacial bonding in mineral reinforced polymeric composites. The chemistry of organosilanes can be quite complex involving hydrolytically initiated self-condensation reactions in solvents (including monomers) that can culminate in polymeric silsesquioxane structures, exchange reactions with hydroxylated or carboxylated monomers to form silyl ethers and esters, as well as the formation of silane derived interfaces by adhesive coupling with siliceous mineral surfaces. PMID:27308178

  20. Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Thiol-ene-Based Photopolymerized Networks

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    Schreck, Kathleen M.; Leung, Diana; Bowman, Christopher N.

    2011-01-01

    The thiol-ene reaction serves as a more oxygen tolerant alternative to traditional (meth)acrylate chemistry for forming photopolymerized networks with numerous desirable attributes including energy absorption, optical clarity, and reduced shrinkage stress. However, when utilizing commercially available monomers, many thiol-ene networks also exhibit decreases in properties such as glass transition temperature (Tg) and crosslink density. In this study, hybrid organic/inorganic thiol-ene resins incorporating silsesquioxane (SSQ) species into the photopolymerized networks were investigated as a route to improve these properties. Thiol- and ene-functionalized SSQs (SH-SSQ and allyl-SSQ, respectively) were synthesized via alkoxysilane hydrolysis/condensation chemistry, using a photopolymerizable monomer [either pentaerythriol tetrakis(3-mercaptopropionate) (PETMP) or 1,3,5-triallyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6(1H,3H,5H)-trione (TATATO)] as the reaction solvent. The resulting SSQ-containing solutions (SSQ-PETMP and SSQ-TATATO) were characterized, and their incorporation into photopolymerized networks was evaluated. PMID:21984847

  1. Simulated Space Environment Effects on Tether Materials with Protective Coatings

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    Finckenor, Miria M.; Watts, Ed

    2005-01-01

    Atomic oxygen (AO) erodes most organic materials. and ultraviolet radiation embrittles polymers. A previous study indicated untreated polymers such as ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) are severely degraded when exposed to AO. This test series was performed to determine the effect of AO and UV on the mechanical integrity of tether materials that were treated with AO-protective coatings. Three coating systems were evaluated for their ability to protect the underlying material from AO erosion. The first coating system is the Photosil surface modification process which incorporates silicon-containing functional groups into the top micron of an organic material. The Photosil process has had favorable results with polyurethane- and epoxy-based thermal control coatings . The second coating system is metallization, in this case nickel. The third coating system is silsesquioxane. The Marshall Space Flight Center Atomic Oxygen Beam Facility (AOBF) was used to simulate low Earth orbit AO of 5 eV energy. In addition, some tether samples were exposed to ultraviolet radiation then evaluated for any changes in mechanical strength. Tether missions, such as a momentum-exchange/electrodynamic reboost (MXER) tether, may benefit from this research.

  2. HSQ double patterning process for 12 nm resolution x-ray zone plates

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    Chao, Weilun; Kim, Jihoon; Rekawa, Senajith; Fischer, Peter; Anderson, Erik H.

    2009-06-16

    Soft x-ray zone plate microscopy is a powerful nano-analytic technique used for a wide variety of scientific and technological studies. Pushing its spatial resolution to 10 nm and below is highly desired and feasible due to the short wavelength of soft x-rays. Instruments using Fresnel zone plate lenses achieve a spatial resolution approximately equal to the smallest, outer most zone width. We developed a double patterning zone plate fabrication process based on a high-resolution resist, hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ), to bypass the limitations of conventional single exposure fabrication to pattern density, such as finite beam size, scattering in resist and modest intrinsic resist contrast. To fabricate HSQ structures with zone widths in the order of 10 nm on gold plating base, a surface conditioning process with (3-mercaptopropyl) trimethoxysilane, 3-MPT, is used, which forms a homogeneous hydroxylation surface on gold surface and provides good anchoring for the desired HSQ structures. Using the new HSQ double patterning process, coupled with an internally developed, sub-pixel alignment algorithm, we have successfully fabricated in-house gold zone plates of 12 nm outer zones. Promising results for 10 nm zone plates have also been obtained. With the 12 nm zone plates, we have achieved a resolution of 12 nm using the full-field soft x-ray microscope, XM-1.

  3. Adsorption and electropolymerization of toluidine blue on the nanostructured octakis(hydridodimethylsiloxy)octasilsesquioxane surface

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    Ribeiro do Carmo, Devaney Rocha de Castro, Gustavo; Utrera Martines, Marco Antonio; Filho, Newton Luiz Dias; Ramos Stradiotto, Nelson

    2008-12-01

    Toluidine blue O (TBO) was adsorbed on the octakis(hydridodimethylsiloxy)octasilsesquioxane (Q{sub 8}M{sub 8}{sup H}) surface. The characterization of the precursor (Q{sub 8}M{sub 8}{sup H}) and resulting materials obtained by the reaction of Q{sub 8}M{sub 8}{sup H} and toluidine blue (CTBO) were defined using Fourier transform infrared spectra, nuclear magnetic resonance solid-state {sup 13}C and Si{sup 29} magic angle spinning. The electrochemical polymerization in a glassy carbon electrode was verified by means of a film silsesquioxane formation (FCTBO) using cyclic voltammetry in a potential range of -0.5 to 1.3 V (vs. saturated calomel electrode (SCE)) in a Britton Robinson (B-R) buffer solution (pH 2.0). The cyclic voltammogram of the film exhibits two redox couples with a formal potential of -0.15 and -0.02 V (B-R buffer pH 5). The formal potential shifts linearly in the cathodic direction by increasing the pH solution with a slope of 71 and 57 mV per unit for the first and second couple, respectively. The film was electrochemically very stable.

  4. Multifaceted prospects of nanocomposites for cardiovascular grafts and stents

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    Vellayappan, Muthu Vignesh; Balaji, Arunpandian; Subramanian, Aruna Priyadarshini; John, Agnes Aruna; Jaganathan, Saravana Kumar; Murugesan, Selvakumar; Supriyanto, Eko; Yusof, Mustafa

    2015-01-01

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death across the globe. The use of synthetic materials is indispensable in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Major drawbacks related to the use of biomaterials are their mechanical properties and biocompatibility, and these have to be circumvented before promoting the material to the market or clinical setting. Revolutionary advancements in nanotechnology have introduced a novel class of materials called nanocomposites which have superior properties for biomedical applications. Recently, there has been a widespread recognition of the nanocomposites utilizing polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane, bacterial cellulose, silk fibroin, iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles, and carbon nanotubes in cardiovascular grafts and stents. The unique characteristics of these nanocomposites have led to the development of a wide range of nanostructured copolymers with appreciably enhanced properties, such as improved mechanical, chemical, and physical characteristics suitable for cardiovascular implants. The incorporation of advanced nanocomposite materials in cardiovascular grafts and stents improves hemocompatibility, enhances antithrombogenicity, improves mechanical and surface properties, and decreases the microbial response to the cardiovascular implants. A thorough attempt is made to summarize the various applications of nanocomposites for cardiovascular graft and stent applications. This review will highlight the recent advances in nanocomposites and also address the need of future research in promoting nanocomposites as plausible candidates in a campaign against cardiovascular disease. PMID:25897223

  5. Molecular dynamics force-field refinement against quasi-elastic neutron scattering data

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    Borreguero Calvo, Jose M.; Lynch, Vickie E.

    2015-11-23

    Quasi-elastic neutron scattering (QENS) is one of the experimental techniques of choice for probing the dynamics at length and time scales that are also in the realm of full-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. This overlap enables extension of current fitting methods that use time-independent equilibrium measurements to new methods fitting against dynamics data. We present an algorithm that fits simulation-derived incoherent dynamical structure factors against QENS data probing the diffusive dynamics of the system. We showcase the difficulties inherent to this type of fitting problem, namely, the disparity between simulation and experiment environment, as well as limitations in the simulationmore » due to incomplete sampling of phase space. We discuss a methodology to overcome these difficulties and apply it to a set of full-atom MD simulations for the purpose of refining the force-field parameter governing the activation energy of methyl rotation in the octa-methyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane molecule. Our optimal simulated activation energy agrees with the experimentally derived value up to a 5% difference, well within experimental error. We believe the method will find applicability to other types of diffusive motions and other representation of the systems such as coarse-grain models where empirical fitting is essential. In addition, the refinement method can be extended to the coherent dynamic structure factor with no additional effort.« less

  6. Molecular dynamics force-field refinement against quasi-elastic neutron scattering data

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    Borreguero Calvo, Jose M.; Lynch, Vickie E.

    2015-11-23

    Quasi-elastic neutron scattering (QENS) is one of the experimental techniques of choice for probing the dynamics at length and time scales that are also in the realm of full-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. This overlap enables extension of current fitting methods that use time-independent equilibrium measurements to new methods fitting against dynamics data. We present an algorithm that fits simulation-derived incoherent dynamical structure factors against QENS data probing the diffusive dynamics of the system. We showcase the difficulties inherent to this type of fitting problem, namely, the disparity between simulation and experiment environment, as well as limitations in the simulation due to incomplete sampling of phase space. We discuss a methodology to overcome these difficulties and apply it to a set of full-atom MD simulations for the purpose of refining the force-field parameter governing the activation energy of methyl rotation in the octa-methyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane molecule. Our optimal simulated activation energy agrees with the experimentally derived value up to a 5% difference, well within experimental error. We believe the method will find applicability to other types of diffusive motions and other representation of the systems such as coarse-grain models where empirical fitting is essential. In addition, the refinement method can be extended to the coherent dynamic structure factor with no additional effort.

  7. Responsive hybrid microcapsules by the one-step interfacial thiol-ene photopolymerization.

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    Liu, Dandan; Yu, Bing; Jiang, Xuesong; Yin, Jie

    2013-04-30

    We here demonstrated a general, convenient, and robust method to fabricate the hybrid microcapsules through the one-step thiol-ene photopolymerization at the interface between toluene and water. In the presence of amphiphilic polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) containing thiol groups (PTPS) as reactive surfactants and trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA) as a cross-linker, the wall of hybrid microcapsules can be photo-cross-linked. The obtained hybrid microcapsules (HMCs) were well-characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). The results revealed that the obtained HMCs are uniform with the tunable size in diameter (2-4 μm) and wall thickness (55-120 nm). The size of HMCs increased with the increasing content of toluene. The wall thickness of HMCs decreased with the increasing content of toluene, while the wall thickness of HMCs increased with the increasing content of cross-linker TMPTA. Furthermore, HMCs are thermoresponsive in aqueous solution, can encapsulate both hydrophobic and dydrophilic dyes, and can be used in the controlled dispersion of dyes in different mediums. It is believed that this simple, robust, and general method to fabricate the hybrid microcapsules will extend the potential application fields of microcapsules, such as in the controlled dispersion and drug delivery. PMID:23547914

  8. Fabrication of Glassy Carbon Molds Using Hydrogen Silsequioxane Patterned by Electron Beam Lithography as O2 Dry Etching Mask

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    Yasui, Manabu; Sugiyama, Yoshinari; Takahashi, Masaharu; Kaneko, Satoru; Uegaki, Jun-ichi; Hirabayashi, Yasuo; Sugimoto, Koh-ichi; Maeda, Ryutaro

    2008-06-01

    Glass is a good candidate material for optical devices because of its enhanced optical properties, the technique of die machining has not been established for the hot embossing of glass. In this study, we used the glassy carbon (GC) mold for the hot embossing of glass. An inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching (ICP-RIE) using oxygen plasma was employed for the submicron structuring of the GC mold. Hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) is a negative-type electron beam (EB) resist used to be resistant to oxygen plasma. HSQ patterns drawn by electron beam lithography (EBL) were used as the O2 dry etching mask. The etching selectivity between HSQ and GC was 35. The average of the extent of side etching was 40 nm at a depth of 300 nm. The side etching functioning as the draft angle was caused mainly by oxygen radicals, because HSQ patterns remained even after GC patterns were side-etched. We confirmed that the GC mold fabricated by O2 dry etching can be used for glass hot embossing. Since the mold lubricant was not rubbed on the mold surface, GC is the appropriate mold material for Pyrex glass.

  9. Light-driven artificial enzymes for selective oxidation of guanosine triphosphate using water-soluble POSS network polymers.

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    Jeon, Jong-Hwan; Tanaka, Kazuo; Chujo, Yoshiki

    2014-09-01

    The light-driven artificial enzymes were constructed to realize unnatural reactions concerning bio-significant molecules. In this manuscript, the guanosine triphosphate (GTP)-selective oxidation is reported using the network polymers composed of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS). We synthesized the water-soluble POSS network polymer containing the naphthyridine ligands to capture GTP inside the networks and the ruthenium complexes to oxidize the captured GTP under light irradiation. Initially, the binding affinities of the guanosine nucleosides to the naphthyridine ligand inside the POSS network polymer were evaluated from the emission quenching experiments. Accordingly, it was observed that the naphthyridine ligand can form the stable complex only with GTP (K(a) = 5.5 × 10(6) M(-1)). These results indicate that only GTP can be captured by the network polymer. Next, the photo-catalytic activity of the ruthenium complex-modified POSS network polymer was investigated. Finally, it was revealed that the network polymer can decompose GTP efficiently under light irradiation. This is the first example, to the best of our knowledge, to offer not only the GTP-selective host polymers but also the light-driven artificial enzyme for GTP oxidation. PMID:25026217

  10. Synthesis of an Open-Cage Structure POSS Containing Various Functional Groups and Their Effect on the Formation and Properties of Langmuir Monolayers.

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    Dutkiewicz, Michał; Karasiewicz, Joanna; Rojewska, Monika; Skrzypiec, Marta; Dopierała, Katarzyna; Prochaska, Krystyna; Maciejewski, Hieronim

    2016-09-01

    Recently, silsesquioxanes have been recognized as a new group of film-forming materials. This study has been aimed at determining the effect of the kind of functional groups present in two different open-cage structure POSS molecules on the possibility of the formation of Langmuir monolayers and their properties. To achieve this goal, two new POSS derivatives (of open-cage structures) containing polyether and fluoroalkyl functional groups have been synthesized on the basis of a hydrosilylation process. An optimization of the process was performed, which makes it possible to obtain the above-mentioned derivatives with high yields. In the next step, the Langmuir technique was applied to measurements of the surface pressure (π) - the mean molecular area (A) isotherms during the compression of monolayers formed by molecules of the two POSS derivatives considered. Subsequently, the monolayers were transferred onto quartz plates according to the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Both derivatives are able to form insoluble Langmuir films at the air-water interface, which can be transferred onto a solid substrate and effectively change its wetting properties. PMID:27483454

  11. Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(maleic Anhydride)s Cross-linked Polyimide Aerogels

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    Guo, Haiquan; Meador, Mary Ann B.

    2015-01-01

    With the development of technology for aerospace applications, new thermal insulation materials are required to be flexible and capable of surviving high heat flux. For instance, flexible insulation is needed for inflatable aerodynamic decelerators which are used to slow spacecraft for entry, descent and landing (EDL) operations. Polyimide aerogels have low density, high porosity, high surface area, and better mechanical properties than silica aerogels and can be made into flexible thin films, thus they are potential candidates for aerospace needs. The previously reported cross-linkers such as octa(aminophenyl)silsesquioxane (OAPS) and 1,3,5-triaminophenoxybenzene (TAB) are either expensive or not commercially available. Here, we report the synthesis of a series of polyimide aerogels cross-linked using various commercially available poly(maleic anhydride)s, as seen in Figure 1. The amine end capped polyimide oligomers were made with 3,3,4,4-biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride (BPDA) and diamine combinations of dimethylbenzidine (DMBZ) and 4, 4-oxydianiline (ODA). The resulting aerogels have low density (0.12 gcm3 to 0.16 gcm3), high porosity (90) and high surface area (380-554 m2g). The effect of the different poly(maleic anhydride) cross-linkers and polyimide backbone structures on density, shrinkage, porosity, surface area, mechanical properties, moisture resistance and thermal properties will be discussed.

  12. Polysilsesquioxanes through base-catalyzed redistribution of oligohydridosiloxanes

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    RAHIMIAN,KAMYAR; ASSINK,ROGER A.; LANG,DAVID P.; LOY,DOUGLAS A.

    2000-05-01

    Organopolysilsesquioxanes have recently gained much interest as materials for low-K dielectrics, ceramic precursors and photoresists. Typical sol-gel synthesis of polysilsesquioxanes involves the hydrolysis of organotricholorosilanes and/or organotrialkoxysilanes in the presence of acid or base catalysts and organic solvents. However, under sol-gel conditions most organotrialkoxysilanes do not afford silsesquioxane gels. This limits the range of organic functionalities that can be introduced into these hybrid organic-inorganic materials. An alternative route to polysilsesquioxanes is through oligohydridosiloxanes. Catalytic disproportionation, by titanium complexes, of linear or cyclic oligomers of methylhydridosiloxanes can lead to polymethylsilsesquioxanes. The authors have shown that disproportionation of oligomethylhydridosiloxanes can also be catalyzed by tetrabutylammonium hydroxide to yield polymethylsilsesquioxanes (scheme 1). This replaces the step-growth sol-gel polymerization process of organotrialkoxysilanes, which requires solvent, stoichiometric water and produces alcohol and water condensation by-products. Tetraalkylammonium hydroxides, as catalysts, are also attractive because they readily decompose by heating above 150 C; thus, they can be easily removed from the final materials. In this paper the authors report on both the catalytic and stoichiometric redistribution of organohydridosiloxanes to produce polysilsesquioxane foams and gels of the formula (RSiO{sub 1.5}){sub n} which otherwise cannot be obtained through traditional sol-gel means.

  13. Directed Self-assembly of Nanoparticles at the Polymer Surface by Highly Compressible Supercritical Carbon Dioxide

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    M Asada; P Gin; M Endoh; S Satija; T Taniguchi; T Koga

    2011-12-31

    We report a versatile route for self-assembly of polymer-soluble nanoparticles at the polymer surface using highly compressible supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO{sub 2}). Polystyrene and poly(methyl methacrylate)-based nanocomposite thin films with functionalized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane and phenyl C{sub 61} butyric acid methyl ester nanoparticles were prepared on Si substrates and exposed to scCO{sub 2} at different pressures under the isothermal condition of 36 C. The resultant structures could be then preserved by the vitrification process of the glassy polymers via quick pressure quench to atmospheric pressure and subsequently characterized by using various surface sensitive experimental techniques in air. We found that the surface segregation of these nanoparticles is induced in the close vicinity of P = 8.2 MPa where the excess absorption of the fluid into the polymers maximizes. However, when the film thickness becomes less than about 4R{sub g} thick (where R{sub g} is the radius of polymer gyration), the uniform dispersion of the nanoparticles is favorable instead even at the same CO{sub 2} conditions. We clarify that the phase transition is correlated with the emergence of a concentration gradient of the fluid at the polymer/CO{sub 2} interface and is a general phenomenon for different polymer-nanoparticle interactions.

  14. Development of a new lacrimal drainage conduit using POSS nanocomposite.

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    Chaloupka, Karla; Motwani, Meghna; Seifalian, Alexander Marcus

    2011-01-01

    Lacrimal surgery in cases of severely obstructed or missing canalicular ducts is highly challenging. In these cases, the placement of a bypass tube is currently the only option to restore the drainage of tears into the nose and reduce the symptomatic watery eye. Different approaches to achieve functional drainage have been tried using blood vessels or artificial implants. The implantation of the rigid Lester Jones tube is, since its introduction in the late 1960s, the gold standard. The functional success is satisfactory. However, complication rates are high and remain, even with many modifications of the original design, a major problem. These complications include mainly the displacement and blockage of the tube, requiring regular checkups, as well as irritation of the surrounding tissue including the nose and the eye. The objective of this study was to develop a new lacrimal duct conduit (LDC) to restore structural and functional integrity of the lacrimal drainage system. The conduit is constructed with a novel polymer, polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-poly(carbonate-urea)urethane (POSS-PCU), that offers biocompatibility. We exploit nanotopography to evade the problems associated with current applications. A number of extrusion techniques were investigated for this purpose: ultrasonic atomization spraying, electrohydrodynamic atomization spraying/spinning, extrusion-coagulation, and high-pressure coagulation by autoclave and casting. Finally, the coagulation and cast technique were selected to construct an LDC superior to its predecessors, and its advantages highlighted. PMID:21995539

  15. Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Thiol-ene-Based Photopolymerized Networks.

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    Schreck, Kathleen M; Leung, Diana; Bowman, Christopher N

    2011-09-15

    The thiol-ene reaction serves as a more oxygen tolerant alternative to traditional (meth)acrylate chemistry for forming photopolymerized networks with numerous desirable attributes including energy absorption, optical clarity, and reduced shrinkage stress. However, when utilizing commercially available monomers, many thiol-ene networks also exhibit decreases in properties such as glass transition temperature (T(g)) and crosslink density. In this study, hybrid organic/inorganic thiol-ene resins incorporating silsesquioxane (SSQ) species into the photopolymerized networks were investigated as a route to improve these properties. Thiol- and ene-functionalized SSQs (SH-SSQ and allyl-SSQ, respectively) were synthesized via alkoxysilane hydrolysis/condensation chemistry, using a photopolymerizable monomer [either pentaerythriol tetrakis(3-mercaptopropionate) (PETMP) or 1,3,5-triallyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6(1H,3H,5H)-trione (TATATO)] as the reaction solvent. The resulting SSQ-containing solutions (SSQ-PETMP and SSQ-TATATO) were characterized, and their incorporation into photopolymerized networks was evaluated. PMID:21984847

  16. Solid phase extraction of petroleum carboxylic acids using a functionalized alumina as stationary phase.

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    de Conto, Juliana Faccin; Nascimento, Juciara dos Santos; de Souza, Driele Maiara Borges; da Costa, Luiz Pereira; Egues, Silvia Maria da Silva; Freitas, Lisiane Dos Santos; Benvenutti, Edilson Valmir

    2012-04-01

    Petroleum essentially consists of a mixture of organic compounds, mainly containing carbon and hydrogen, and, in minor quantities, compounds with nitrogen, sulphur, and oxygen. Some of these compounds, such as naphthenic acids, can cause corrosion in pipes and equipment used in processing plants. Considering that the methods of separation or clean up the target compounds in low concentrations and in complex matrix use large amounts of solvents or stationary phases, is necessary to study new methodologies that consume smaller amounts of solvent and stationary phases to identify the acid components present in complex matrix, such as crude oil samples. The proposed study aimed to recover acid compounds using the solid phase extraction method, employing different types of commercial stationary ion exchange phases (SAX and NH(2)) and new phase alumina functionalized with 1,4-bis(n-propyl)diazoniabicyclo[2.2.2]octane chloride silsesquioxane (Dab-Al(2)O(3)), synthesized in this work. Carboxylic acids were used as standard mixture in the solid phase extraction for further calculation of recovery yield. Then, the real sample (petroleum) was fractionated into saturates, aromatics, resins, and asphaltenes, and the resin fraction of petroleum (B1) was eluted through stationary ion exchange phases. The stationary phase synthesized in this work showed an efficiency of ion exchange comparable to that of the commercial stationary phases. PMID:22589166

  17. A targeted nanoglobular contrast agent from host-guest self-assembly for MR cancer molecular imaging.

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    Zhou, Zhuxian; Han, Zhen; Lu, Zheng-Rong

    2016-04-01

    The clinical application of nanoparticular Gd(III) based contrast agents for tumor molecular MRI has been hindered by safety concerns associated with prolonged tissue retention, although they can produce strong tumor enhancement. In this study, a targeted well-defined cyclodextrin-based nanoglobular contrast agent was developed through self-assembly driven by host-guest interactions for safe and effective cancer molecular MRI. Multiple β-cyclodextrins attached POSS (polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane) nanoglobule was used as host molecule. Adamantane-modified macrocyclic Gd(III) contrast agent, cRGD (cyclic RGDfK peptide) targeting ligand and fluorescent probe was used as guest molecules. The targeted host-guest nanoglobular contrast agent cRGD-POSS-βCD-(DOTA-Gd) specifically bond to αvβ3 integrin in malignant 4T1 breast tumor and provided greater contrast enhancement than the corresponding non-targeted agent. The agent also provided significant fluorescence signal in tumor tissue. The histological analysis of the tumor tissue confirmed its specific and effective targeting to αvβ3 integrin. The targeted imaging agent has a potential for specific cancer molecular MR and fluorescent imaging. PMID:26874280

  18. Crystalline Hybrid Polyphenylene Macromolecules from Octaalkynylsilsesquioxanes, Crystal Structures, and a Potential Route to 3-D Graphenes

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    Roll, Mark F.; Kampf, Jeffrey W.; Laine, Richard M.

    2011-05-10

    We report here the Diels–Alder reaction of octa(diphenylacetylene)silsesquioxane [DPA₈OS] with tetraphenylcyclopentadienone or tetra(p-tolyl)cyclopentadienone to form octa(hexaphenylbenzene)octasilsesquioxane, (Ph₆C₆)₈OS, or octa(tetratolyldiphenylbenzene)octasilsesquioxane, (p-Tolyl₄Ph₂C₆)₈OS. Likewise, tetra(p-tolyl)cyclopentadienone reacts with octa(p-tolylethynylphenyl)OS to form octa(pentatolylphenylbenzene)octasilsesquioxane (p-Tolyl₅PhC₆)₈OS. These compounds, with molecular weights of 4685–5245 Da, were isolated and characterized using a variety of analytical methods. The crystal structure of DPA₈OS offers a 3 nm³ unit cell with Z = 1. The crystal structure of (Ph₆C₆)₈OS was determined to have a triclinic unit cell of 11 nm³ with Z = 1. The latter structure is believed to be the largest discrete molecular structure reported with 330 carbons. Efforts to dehydrogenatively cyclize (Scholl reaction) the hexaarylbenzene groups to form 3-D octgraphene compounds are described.

  19. Transparent superwetting nanofilms with enhanced durability at model physiological condition

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    Hwangbo, Sunghee; Heo, Jiwoong; Lin, Xiangde; Choi, Moonhyun; Hong, Jinkee

    2016-01-01

    There have been many studies on superwetting surfaces owing to the variety of their potential applications. There are some drawbacks to developing these films for biomedical applications, such as the fragility of the microscopic roughness feature that is vital to ensure superwettability. But, there are still only a few studies that have shown an enhanced durability of nanoscale superwetting films at certain extreme environment. In this study, we fabricated intrinsically stable superwetting films using the organosilicate based layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly method in order to control nano-sized roughness of the multilayer structures. In order to develop mechanically and chemically robust surfaces, we successfully introduced polymeric silsesquioxane as a building block for LbL assembly with desired fashion. Even in the case that the superhydrophobic outer layers were damaged, the films maintained their superhydrophobicity because of the hydrophobic nature of their inner layers. As a result, we successfully fabricated superwetting nano-films and evaluated their robustness and stability.

  20. Controllable degradation kinetics of POSS nanoparticle-integrated poly(ε-caprolactone urea)urethane elastomers for tissue engineering applications

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    Yildirimer, Lara; Buanz, Asma; Gaisford, Simon; Malins, Edward L.; Remzi Becer, C.; Moiemen, Naiem; Reynolds, Gary M.; Seifalian, Alexander M.

    2015-01-01

    Biodegradable elastomers are a popular choice for tissue engineering scaffolds, particularly in mechanically challenging settings (e.g. the skin). As the optimal rate of scaffold degradation depends on the tissue type to be regenerated, next-generation scaffolds must demonstrate tuneable degradation patterns. Previous investigations mainly focussed on the integration of more or less hydrolysable components to modulate degradation rates. In this study, however, the objective was to develop and synthesize a family of novel biodegradable polyurethanes (PUs) based on a poly(ε-caprolactone urea)urethane backbone integrating polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS-PCLU) with varying amounts of hard segments (24%, 28% and 33% (w/v)) in order to investigate the influence of hard segment chemistry on the degradation rate and profile. PUs lacking POSS nanoparticles served to prove the important function of POSS in maintaining the mechanical structures of the PU scaffolds before, during and after degradation. Mechanical testing of degraded samples revealed hard segment-dependent modulation of the materials’ viscoelastic properties, which was attributable to (i) degradation-induced changes in the PU crystallinity and (ii) either the presence or absence of POSS. In conclusion, this study presents a facile method of controlling degradation profiles of PU scaffolds used in tissue engineering applications. PMID:26463421

  1. Optimization of chemically amplified resist for high-volume manufacturing by electron-beam direct writing toward 14nm node and beyond

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    Kon, Jun-ichi; Maruyama, Takashi; Kojima, Yoshinori; Takahashi, Yasushi; Sugatani, Shinji; Ogino, Kozo; Hoshino, Hiromi; Isobe, Hideaki; Kurokawa, Masaki; Yamada, Akio

    2012-03-01

    We investigated a high-resolution chemically amplified resist for introducing a multi-column cell electron-beam directwriting system into the manufacturing of sub-14 nm technology node LSIs. The target of total blur, which leads to an exposure latitude above 10%, is less than 13.6 nm for 14 nm logic node LSIs. We divided the total blur into three terms, forward-scattering, electron-beam and resist. At a 40 nm-thick resist, the forward-scattering blur was calculated as 1.0 nm in lithography simulation, and beam blur was estimated to be 7.1 nm from the patterning results of hydrogen silsesquioxane. We found that there is a proportional relation between resist blur and acid diffusion length by using a new evaluation method that uses a water-soluble polymer. By applying a chemically amplified resist with a short acid diffusion length, resist blur decreased to 14.5 nm. Even though total blur is still 16.2 nm, we have already succeeded in resolving 20 nm line and space patterns at an exposure dose of 79.6 μC/cm2.

  2. Low voltage resist processes developed for MAPPER tool first exposures

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    Rio, D.; Constancias, C.; van Nieuwstadt, J.; Vijverberg, J.; Derrough, S.; Icard, B.; Pain, L.

    2010-05-01

    The FP7 European project MAGIC [1] aims at designing a multi electron beam machine. In the frame of this project, LETI evaluates a multibeam tool from MAPPER lithography [2]. Each beam has an acceleration voltage of 5kV. A tool has been installed in LETI premises in July 2009. In order to prepare its evaluation, preliminary work was performed on Gaussian beam tools down to 5kV. It aimed at the determination of a stable and robust resist process allowing high resolution at 5kV. Then those results were used to characterize MAPPER tool performances. Meeting the requirements of high resolution and low roughness at low voltage, Dow Corningmolecular glass HSQ (hydrogen silsesquioxane) and MicroChem PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) were used to test MAPPER tool as negative and positive tone resist references. We did exposures at beam acceleration voltages from 5 kV up to 100 kV. Different post application bake (PAB) temperatures were applied to resist. Several developer concentrations were also tested. The impact of those three parameters on contrast and resolution was checked. Resists chemical characterization was performed with FTIR (Fourier transform infra red) spectroscopy in order to understand the mechanisms leading to the observed variations of contrast and exposure dose as process parameters are changed. The main purpose of this work was to show that high resolution can be achieved at 5kV. First exposures performed with MAPER tool confirmed those results.

  3. Carbonic anhydrase immobilized on encapsulated magnetic nanoparticles for CO2 sequestration.

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    Vinoba, Mari; Bhagiyalakshmi, Margandan; Jeong, Soon Kwan; Nam, Sung Chan; Yoon, Yeoil

    2012-09-17

    Bovine carbonic anhydrase (BCA) was covalently immobilized onto OAPS (octa(aminophenyl)silsesquioxane)-functionalized Fe(3)O(4)/SiO(2) nanoparticles by using glutaraldehyde as a spacer. The Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles were coated with SiO(2), onto which was grafted OAPS, and the product was characterized using SEM, TEM, XRD, IR, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and magnetometer analysis. The enzymatic activities of the free and Fe(3)O(4)/SiO(2)/OAPS-conjugated BCA (Fe-CA) were investigated by hydrolyzing p-nitrophenylacetate (p-NPA), and hydration and sequestration of CO(2) to CaCO(3). The CO(2) conversion efficiency and reusability of the Fe-CA were studied before and after washing the recovered Fe-CA by applying a magnetic field and quantifying the unreacted Ca(2+) ions by using ion chromatography. After 30 cycles, the Fe-CA displayed strong activity, and the CO(2) capture efficiency was 26-fold higher than that of the free enzyme. Storage stability studies suggested that Fe-CA retained nearly 82 % of its activity after 30 days. Nucleation of the precipitated CaCO(3) was monitored by using polarized light microscopy, which revealed the formation of two phases, calcite and valerite, at pH 10 upon addition of serine. The magnetic nanobiocatalyst was shown to be an excellent reusable catalyst for the sequestration of CO(2). PMID:22888048

  4. Customization and design of directed self-assembly using hybrid prepatterns

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    Cheng, Joy; Doerk, Gregory S.; Rettner, Charles T.; Singh, Gurpreet; Tjio, Melia; Truong, Hoa; Arellano, Noel; Balakrishnan, Srinivasan; Brink, Markus; Tsai, Hsinyu; Liu, Chi-Chun; Guillorn, Michael; Sanders, Daniel P.

    2015-03-01

    Diminishing error tolerance renders the customization of patterns created through directed self-assembly (DSA) extremely challenging at tighter pitch. A self-aligned customization scheme can be achieved using a hybrid prepattern comprising both organic and inorganic regions that serves as a guiding prepattern to direct the self-assembly of the block copolymers as well as a cut mask pattern for the DSA arrays aligned to it. In this paper, chemoepitaxy-based self-aligned customization is demonstrated using two types of organic-inorganic prepatterns. CHEETAH prepattern for "CHemoepitaxy Etch Trim using a self-Aligned Hardmask" of preferential hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ, inorganic resist), non-preferential organic underlayer is fabricated using electron beam lithography. Customized trench or hole arrays can be achieved through co-transfer of DSA-formed arrays and CHEETAH prepattern. Herein, we also introduce a tone-reversed version called reverse-CHEETAH (or rCHEETAH) in which customized line segments can be achieved through co-transfer of DSA-formed arrays formed on a prepattern wherein the inorganic HSQ regions are nonpreferential and the organic regions are PMMA preferential. Examples of two-dimensional self-aligned customization including 25nm pitch fin structures and an 8-bar "IBM" illustrate the versatility of this customization scheme using rCHEETAH.

  5. Hydrogen bonding strength of diblock copolymers affects the self-assembled structures with octa-functionalized phenol POSS nanoparticles.

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    Lu, Yi-Syuan; Yu, Chia-Yu; Lin, Yung-Chih; Kuo, Shiao-Wei

    2016-02-28

    In this study, the influence of the functional groups by the diblock copolymers of poly(styrene-b-4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP), poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP), and poly(styrene-b-methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) on their blends with octa-functionalized phenol polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (OP-POSS) nanoparticles (NPs) was investigated. The relative hydrogen bonding strengths in these blends follow the order PS-b-P4VP/OP-POSS > PS-b-P2VP/OP-POSS > PS-b-PMMA/OP-POSS based on the Kwei equation from differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic analyses. Small-angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopic analyses show that the morphologies of the self-assembly structures are strongly dependent on the hydrogen bonding strength at relatively higher OP-POSS content. The PS-b-P4VP/OP-POSS hybrid complex system with the strongest hydrogen bonds shows the order-order transition from lamellae to cylinders and finally to body-centered cubic spheres upon increasing OP-POSS content. However, PS-b-P2VP/OP-POSS and PS-b-PMMA/OP-POSS hybrid complex systems, having relatively weaker hydrogen bonds, transformed from lamellae to cylinder structures at lower OP-POSS content (<50 wt%), but formed disordered structures at relatively high OP-POSS contents (>50 wt%). PMID:26781581

  6. A Biodesigned Nanocomposite Biomaterial for Auricular Cartilage Reconstruction.

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    Nayyer, Leila; Jell, Gavin; Esmaeili, Ali; Birchall, Martin; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2016-05-01

    Current biomaterials for auricular replacement are associated with high rates of infection and extrusion. The development of new auricular biomaterials that mimic the mechanical properties of native tissue and promote desirable cellular interactions may prevent implant failure. A porous 3D nanocomposite scaffold (NS) based on POSS-PCU (polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanocage into polycarbonate based urea-urethane) is developed with an elastic modulus similar to native ear. In vitro biological interactions on this NS reveal greater protein adsorption, increased fibroblast adhesion, proliferation, and collagen production compared with Medpor (the current synthetic auricular implant). In vivo, the POSS-PCU with larger pores (NS2; 150-250 μm) have greater tissue ingrowth (≈5.8× and ≈1.4 × increase) than the POSS-PCU with smaller pores (NS1; 100-50 μm) and when compared to Medpor (>100 μm). The NS2 with the larger pores demonstrates a reduced fibrotic encapsulation compared with NS1 and Medpor (≈4.1× and ≈1.6×, respectively; P < 0.05). Porosity also influences the amount of neovascularization within the implants, with no blood vessel observed in NS1 (12 weeks postimplantation). The lack of chronic inflammatory response for all materials may indicate that the elastic modulus and pore size of the implant scaffold could be important design considerations for influencing fibrotic responses to auricular and other soft tissue implants. PMID:26992039

  7. POSS-Based Electrolyte for Efficient Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells at Sub-Zero Temperatures.

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    Lv, Kai; Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Lu; Wang, Zhong-Sheng

    2016-03-01

    To expand the application of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (ssDSSCs) to low temperatures, it is necessary to develop new solid electrolytes with low glass transition temperature (Tg). The Tg is regulated by varying the length of alkyl chain that is connected with the nitrogen atom in the imidazolium ring linked to the polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS). The Tg as low as -8.8 °C is achieved with the POSS grafted with methyl-substituted imidazolium. The effect of alkyl group on the conductivity, Tg, and photovoltaic performance has also been investigated. The conductivity and power conversion efficiency increase with the alkyl length, while the Tg first increases and then decreases with the alkyl length. Among the synthesized POSS-based ionic conductors, the POSS grafted with the methyl-substituted imidazolium yields the highest power conversion efficiency of 6.98% at RT due to its highest conductivity, and the efficiency (6.52%) is still good at -4 °C, as its Tg (-8.8 °C) is lower than the working temperature (-4 °C). This finding suggests that the POSS-based solid electrolyte is promising for subzero-temperature applications of ssDSSCs. PMID:26860035

  8. Intumescent flame-retardant and self-healing superhydrophobic coatings on cotton fabric.

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    Chen, Shanshan; Li, Xiang; Li, Yang; Sun, Junqi

    2015-04-28

    Flame-retardant and self-healing superhydrophobic coatings are fabricated on cotton fabric by a convenient solution-dipping method, which involves the sequential deposition of a trilayer of branched poly(ethylenimine) (bPEI), ammonium polyphosphate (APP), and fluorinated-decyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (F-POSS). When directly exposed to flame, such a trilayer coating generates a porous char layer because of its intumescent effect, successfully giving the coated fabric a self-extinguishing property. Furthermore, the F-POSS embedded in cotton fabric and APP/bPEI coating produces a superhydrophobic surface with a self-healing function. The coating can repetitively and autonomically restore the superhydrophobicity when the superhydrophobicity is damaged. The resulting cotton fabric, which is flame-resistant, waterproof, and self-cleaning, can be easily cleaned by simple water rinsing. Thus, the integration of self-healing superhydrophobicity with flame retardancy provides a practical way to resolve the problem of washing durability of the flame-retardant coatings. The flame-retardant and superhydrophobic fabric can endure more than 1000 cycles of abrasion under a pressure of 44.8 kPa without losing its flame retardancy and self-healing superhydrophobicity, showing potential applications as multifunctional advanced textiles. PMID:25777158

  9. Facet recovery and light emission from GaN/InGaN/GaN core-shell structures grown by metal organic vapour phase epitaxy on etched GaN nanorod arrays

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    Le Boulbar, E. D.; Gîrgel, I.; Lewins, C. J.; Edwards, P. R.; Martin, R. W.; Šatka, A.; Allsopp, D. W. E.; Shields, P. A.

    2013-09-01

    The use of etched nanorods from a planar template as a growth scaffold for a highly regular GaN/InGaN/GaN core-shell structure is demonstrated. The recovery of m-plane non-polar facets from etched high-aspect-ratio GaN nanorods is studied with and without the introduction of a hydrogen silsesquioxane passivation layer at the bottom of the etched nanorod arrays. This layer successfully prevented c-plane growth between the nanorods, resulting in vertical nanorod sidewalls (˜89.8°) and a more regular height distribution than re-growth on unpassivated nanorods. The height variation on passivated nanorods is solely determined by the uniformity of nanorod diameter, which degrades with increased growth duration. Facet-dependent indium incorporation of GaN/InGaN/GaN core-shell layers regrown onto the etched nanorods is observed by high-resolution cathodoluminescence imaging. Sharp features corresponding to diffracted wave-guide modes in angle-resolved photoluminescence measurements are evidence of the uniformity of the full core-shell structure grown on ordered etched nanorods.

  10. Temperature Assisted in-Situ Small Angle X-ray Scattering Analysis of Ph-POSS/PC Polymer Nanocomposite

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    Yadav, Ramdayal; Naebe, Minoo; Wang, Xungai; Kandasubramanian, Balasubramanian

    2016-07-01

    Inorganic/organic nanofillers have been extensively exploited to impart thermal stability to polymer nanocomposite via various strategies that can endure structural changes when exposed a wide range of thermal environment during their application. In this abstraction, we have utilized temperature assisted in-situ small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) to examine the structural orientation distribution of inorganic/organic nanofiller octa phenyl substituted polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (Ph-POSS) in Polycarbonate (PC) matrix from ambient temperature to 180 °C. A constant interval of 30 °C with the heating rate of 3 °C/min was utilized to guise the temperature below and above the glass transition temperature of PC followed by thermal gravimetric, HRTEM, FESEM and hydrophobic analysis at ambient temperature. The HRTEM images of Ph-POSS nano unit demonstrated hyperrectangular structure, while FESEM image of the developed nano composite rendered separated phase containing flocculated and overlapped stacking of POSS units in the PC matrix. The phase separation in polymer nanocomposite was further substantiated by thermodynamic interaction parameter (χ) and mixing energy (Emix) gleaned via Accelrys Materials studio. The SAXS spectra has demonstrated duplex peak at higher scattering vector region, postulated as a primary and secondary segregated POSS domain and followed by abundance of secondary peak with temperature augmentation.

  11. Multifunctional hybrid organic-inorganic catalytic materials with a hierarchical system of well-defined micro- and mesopores.

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    Corma, Avelino; Díaz, Urbano; García, Teresa; Sastre, Germán; Velty, Alexandra

    2010-10-27

    Novel layered zeolitic organic-inorganic materials (MWW-BTEB) have been synthesized by intercalation and stabilization of arylic silsesquioxane molecules between inorganic zeolitic MWW layers. The organic linkers are conformed by two condensed silyl-arylic groups from disilane molecules, such as 1,4-bis(triethoxysilyl)benzene (BTEB), which react with the external silanol groups of the zeolitic layers. The hybrids contain micropores within the inorganic layers and a well-defined mesoporous system in between the organic linkers. An amination post-treatment introduces basic groups in the organic linkers close to the acid sites present in the structural inorganic counterpart. Through this methodology it has been possible to prepare bifunctional acid-base catalysts where the acid sites are of zeolitic nature located in the inorganic building blocks and the basic sites are part of the organic structure. The resultant materials can act as bifunctional catalysts for performing a two-step cascade reaction that involves the catalytic conversion of benzaldehyde dimethylacetal into benzylidene malononitrile. PMID:20879788

  12. Grapho-epitaxial sub-10nm line and space patterning using lamellar-forming Si-containing block copolymer

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    Sato, Hironobu; Kasahara, Yusuke; Kihara, Naoko; Seino, Yuriko; Miyagi, Ken; Minegishi, Shinya; Kubota, Hitoshi; Kobayashi, Katsutoshi; Kanai, Hideki; Kodera, Katsuyoshi; Kawamonzen, Yoshiaki; Shiraishi, Masayuki; Yamano, Hitoshi; Nomura, Satoshi; Azuma, Tsukasa; Hayakawa, Teruaki

    2016-04-01

    Si-rich poly((polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane) methacrylate)-b-poly(trifluoroethyl methacrylate) (PMAPOSS-b- PTFEMA) was used to form 8-nm half-pitch line and space (L/S) pattern via grapho-epitaxy. Vertical alignment of the lamellae was achieved without using either a neutral layer or top-coating material. Because PMAPOSS-b-PTFEMA forms vertical lamellae on a variety of substrates, we used two types of physical guide structures for grapho-epitaxy; one was a substrate guide and the other was a guide with an embedded under layer. On the substrate guide structure, a fine L/S pattern was obtained with trench widths equal to 3-7 periods of the lamella spacing of the block copolymer, Lo. However, on the embedded under layer guide structure, L/S pattern was observed only with 3 Lo and 4 Lo in trench width. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscope images revealed that a thick PMAPOSS layer was formed under the PMAPOSS-b-PTFEMA L/S pattern. Pattern transfer of the PMAPOSS-b-PTFEMA L/S pattern was prevented by a thick PMAPOSS layer. To achieve pattern transfer to the under layer, optimization of the surface properties is necessary.

  13. Hierarchical Structure from the Self-Assembly of Giant Gemini Surfactants in Condensed State

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    Su, Hao; Wang, Zhao; Li, Yiwen; Cheng, Stephen

    2013-03-01

    In the past a few years, a new class of amphiphiles with both asymmetrical shapes and interactions named ``shape amphiphiles'' has been significantly intensified. Recently, a new kind of shape amphiphiles called ``Giant Gemini Surfactants'' consisting of two hydrophilic carboxylic acid-functionalized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (APOSS) heads and two hydrophobic polystyrene (PS) tails covalently linked via rigid spacers (p-phenylene versus biphenylene) has been successful behavior of giant gemini surfactants. We currently continue to investigate the spacer effects on the self-assembly behaviors of giant gemini surfactants in condensed state by utilizing DCS, SAXS and TEM. Preliminary results showed that giant gemini surfactants with different spacers have diverse phase behaviors. As we use the same 3.2k PS chains, the giant gemini surfactant with p-phenylene spacer showed double gyroid morphology, while the one with biphenylene spacer revealed cylindrical morphology. This study expands the scope of giant gemini surfactants and contributes a lot to the basic physical principles in self-assembly behavior.

  14. Facile routes of manufacturing silicon quantum dots on a silicon wafer and their surface activation by esters of N-hydroxysuccinimide.

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    Liu, Xiang; Cheng, Heming; Zhao, Tiantian; Zhang, Changchang

    2014-07-15

    Fluorescent silicon quantum dots (SiQDs) could be prepared by reduction of hydrogen silsesquioxane, etching of silicon powers with wetting chemistry techniques or electrolysis of a wafer catalyzed by polyoxometalates. Chemical modifications are indispensable for the stability of the SiQDs photoluminescence and wider applications of SiQDs. Facile routes of manufacturing SiQDs derived from a silicon wafer and its surface functionalization by N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) esters were described in this work in detail. Firstly, the porous silicon chip was prepared by nanosilver-assisted electroless chemical etching. Then the chip was etched successively with hydrofluoric acid/nitric acid solutions until it emitted dazzling red fluorescence which claimed the achieved SiQDs on silicon substrates (SiQDs/Si). Finally, surface NHS esters were fabricated on such an SiQDs/Si chipthrough stepwise modifications, which were tested by the amidation between the NHS esters and n-octylamine. The fluorescence emission of the SiQDs/Si chip almost remained unchanged during the successively chemical modifications, which indicated the SiQDs had capabilities of enduring the sustained high temperature and organic media. Meanwhile, the SiQDs did not leave from the silicon substrate during the surface tuning. The SiQDs obtained by ultrasonication of an SiQDs/Si chip in water were investigated by transmission electron and atomic force microscopies. PMID:24863773

  15. Ternary polybenzoxazine/POSS/SWCNT hybrid nanocomposites stabilized through supramolecular interactions.

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    Shih, Hsi-Kang; Hsieh, Chun-Cheng; Mohamed, Mohamed Gamal; Zhu, Chao-Yuan; Kuo, Shiao-Wei

    2016-02-14

    In this study we linked zero-dimensional polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) with one-dimensional single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) as dual-dimensional nanohybrid complexes within polybenzoxazine matrices, stabilized through noncovalent supramolecular interactions. First, we synthesized a new bifunctionalized benzoxazine (Py-Bz-T), presenting thymine (T) and pyrene (Py) units, that displayed excellent thermal properties after thermal curing, because its T moieties increased the physical cross-linking density. Second, we prepared Py-Bz-T/OBA-POSS [octuply adenine (A)-functionalized POSS] nanocomposites and investigated, using nuclear magnetic resonance and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopies, the multiple hydrogen bonding AT interactions between Py-Bz-T and OBA-POSS. Finally, we prepared Py-Bz-T/OBA-POSS/SWCNT ternary hybrid complexes dispersed in THF, stabilized through both multiple hydrogen bonding and π-π stacking interactions. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that the SWCNTs were highly dispersed and covered by the Py-Bz-T/OBA-POSS nanocomposites; these ternary hybrid complexes were stabilized through π-π interactions between Py-Bz-T/OBA-POSS and the SWCNTs, as evidenced using fluorescence spectroscopy. PMID:26685885

  16. Temperature Assisted in-Situ Small Angle X-ray Scattering Analysis of Ph-POSS/PC Polymer Nanocomposite.

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    Yadav, Ramdayal; Naebe, Minoo; Wang, Xungai; Kandasubramanian, Balasubramanian

    2016-01-01

    Inorganic/organic nanofillers have been extensively exploited to impart thermal stability to polymer nanocomposite via various strategies that can endure structural changes when exposed a wide range of thermal environment during their application. In this abstraction, we have utilized temperature assisted in-situ small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) to examine the structural orientation distribution of inorganic/organic nanofiller octa phenyl substituted polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (Ph-POSS) in Polycarbonate (PC) matrix from ambient temperature to 180 °C. A constant interval of 30 °C with the heating rate of 3 °C/min was utilized to guise the temperature below and above the glass transition temperature of PC followed by thermal gravimetric, HRTEM, FESEM and hydrophobic analysis at ambient temperature. The HRTEM images of Ph-POSS nano unit demonstrated hyperrectangular structure, while FESEM image of the developed nano composite rendered separated phase containing flocculated and overlapped stacking of POSS units in the PC matrix. The phase separation in polymer nanocomposite was further substantiated by thermodynamic interaction parameter (χ) and mixing energy (Emix) gleaned via Accelrys Materials studio. The SAXS spectra has demonstrated duplex peak at higher scattering vector region, postulated as a primary and secondary segregated POSS domain and followed by abundance of secondary peak with temperature augmentation. PMID:27436152

  17. Processing dependent thermal conductivity of nanoporous silica xerogel films

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    Jain, Anurag; Rogojevic, Svetlana; Ponoth, Shom; Gill, William N.; Plawsky, Joel L.; Simonyi, Eva; Chen, Shyng-Tsong; Ho, P. S.

    2002-03-01

    Sintered xerogel films (porous SiO2) show a much higher thermal conductivity than other low dielectric constant (low-K) materials available for the same value of K. The thermal conductivity of xerogels which we have processed using different methods is compared with that of other low-K materials such as silica hybrid (silsesquioxanes) and polymeric low-K materials. The methods used were: (1) single solvent (ethanol) method, (2) binary solvent (mixture of ethanol and ethylene glycol) method, (3) sintering. For the xerogel films, we show that process history is as important as the chemistry of the solid matrix or the porosity in determining the thermal conductivity. The thermal conductivity, measured by the 3-ω method or the photothermal deflection method, is affected by phonon scattering, which in turn is effected by the size and distribution of pores and particles and the presence of imperfections such as interfaces, substituted chemical species, impurities, microcracks, and microporosity. The thermal conductivity extrapolated to zero porosity for porous sintered xerogel films approaches that of thermally grown SiO2 indicating the least phonon scattering of all processing methods. For these films, the elastic modulus is proportional to thermal conductivity squared, in agreement with theories developed for materials with few defects and a connected matrix.

  18. Enhanced Surface Properties of Branched Poly(ether sulfone) from Semifluorinated Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsequioxanes.

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    Knauer, Katrina M; Jennings, Abby R; Bristol, Ashleigh N; Iacono, Scott T; Morgan, Sarah E

    2016-05-18

    Hybrid systems in which poly(ether sulfone) (PESU) chains are grafted to semifluorinated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) cores are expected to integrate the advantages of both fluoropolymers and POSS into the polymer system to yield excellent surface properties. For that purpose, we synthesized a novel octa-functional perfluorocyclopentenyl-POSS (PFCP-POSS), which was used as a "core" grafting point. Commercial PESU was successfully grafted to PFCP-POSS via the nucleophilic addition-elimination reaction between the phenolic chain ends and reactive PFCP moieties to yield a hybrid branched polymer possessing a semifluorinated POSS core. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, neutron reflectivity, and atomic force microscopy indicated that the preparation of nanostructured polymer surfaces occurs by migration of the low surface energy components (PFCP-POSS molecules), while POSS aggregation is suppressed by covalent attachment to the long PESU chains. The resulting PFCP-POSS modified PESU films were highly transparent and yielded hydrophobic surfaces with low surface energy and high modulus for potential applications in high performance coatings and composites. PMID:27096284

  19. Correlation between crystallization behaviour and interfacial interactions in plasticized PLA/POSS nanocomposites

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    Kodal, Mehmet; Şirin, Hümeyra; Özkoç, Güralp

    2016-03-01

    In this study, the correlation between crystallization behavior and surface chemistry of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) for plasticized poly(lactic acid) (PLA)/POSS nanocomposites was investigated. Four different kinds of POSS particles having different chemical structures were used. Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG, 8000 g/mol) was utilized as the plasticiser. The nanocomposites were melt-compounded in an Xplore Instruments 15 cc twin screw microcompounder at 180°C barrel temperature and 100 rpm screw speed. Non-isothermal crystallization behaviour of PLA/PEG/POSS nanocomposites were evaluated from common kinetic models such as Avrami and Avrami-Ozawa and Kissinger by using the thermal data obtained from differantial scanning calorimetry (DSC). A polarized optical microscope (POM) equipped with a hot-stage was used to examine the morphology during the crystal growth. In order to investigate the interfacial interactions between POSS particles and plasticized PLA, thermodynamic work of adhesion approach was adopted using the experimentally determined surface energies. A strong correlation was obtained between interfacial chemistry and the nucleation rate in plasticized PLA/POSS nanocomposites. It was found that the polar interactions were the dominating factor which determines the nucleation activity of the POSS particles.

  20. Water-Soluble Luminescent Hybrid Composites Consisting of Oligosilsesquioxanes and Lanthanide Complexes and their Sensing Ability for Cu(2.).

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    Xu, Qianqian; Li, Zhiqiang; Li, Huanrong

    2016-02-01

    Water-soluble hybrid composites with great potential for selective and sensitive sensing and that are obtained through simple, rapid, and environmentally friendly methods are highly desirable and remain a challenging task. Herein, we present luminescent hybrid composites that were realized by linking Na3 [Ln(dpa)3 ] (dpa=2,6-pyridinedicarboxylic acid) to octa-amino functionalized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS-NH2 ) through hydrogen-bonding interactions between the oxygen atoms of the carboxylate groups of dpa and the hydrogen-bond-donor amino groups. The resulting hybrid composites Ln(dpa)3 @POSS-NH2 are highly soluble in aqueous solutions and the quantum yield of Eu(dpa)3 @POSS-NH2 is as high as 56.5 % or 46.3 % in the solid state and in aqueous solution, respectively, as determined by using the integrating sphere method. The novel water-soluble luminescent hybrid composites exhibit high thermal and photostability, and the emitted colors of the resulting hybrid composite can be finely tuned by changing the Eu(3+) /Tb(3+) ratio. Interestingly, Eu(dpa)3 @POSS-NH2 hybrid composites exhibited an effective switch-off fluorescence response to Cu(2+) over other common metal ions in aqueous media. PMID:26808058

  1. Robust and stimuli-responsive POSS hybrid PDMAEMA hydrogels for controlled drug release.

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    Chen, Yi; Zeng, Guangsheng; Liu, Wenyong

    2016-09-01

    A new polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) hybrid hydrogels were desinged and fabricated by introducing cationic octa-ammonium (Oa)-POSS) into chemically cross-linked cationic PDMAEMA hydrogels via in situ radical freezing polymerization. The prepared gels (shorten as OP-PD gels) show considerably improved properties through the effective incorporation and dispersion of Oa-POSS particles in gels. Comparing to the Oa-POSS-free gels, the hybrid gels own better mechanical properties with higher tensile and compressive strength. Meantime, except the decreased swelling ratio in acid condition, the OP-PD gels still keep excellent swelling ability with obvious pH and temperature double responsiveness, which is affected by the content of Oa-POSS slightly. All OP-PD gels exhibit an ultrarapid deswelling rate due to the interconnected micropores structure caused by freezing and the formation of microhydrophobic region around POSS particles. Moreover, the application potential of OP-PD gels in drug release was exploited by using flutamide as target drug, the result showed that the increased Oa-POSS could improve the drug loading ability, and OP-PD gels showed well controlled-release effect in simulated human stomachic condition. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 104A: 2345-2355, 2016. PMID:27149531

  2. Substrate-Dependent Inhibition of the Human Organic Cation Transporter OCT2: A Comparison of Metformin with Experimental Substrates

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    Hacker, Kristina; Maas, Renke; Kornhuber, Johannes; Fromm, Martin F.; Zolk, Oliver

    2015-01-01

    The importance of the organic cation transporter OCT2 in the renal excretion of cationic drugs raises the possibility of drug-drug interactions (DDIs) in which an inhibitor (perpetrator) drug decreases OCT2-dependent renal clearance of a victim (substrate) drug. In fact, there are clinically significant interactions for drugs that are known substrates of OCT2 such as metformin. To identify drugs as inhibitors for OCT2, individual drugs or entire drug libraries have been investigated in vitro by using experimental probe substrates such as 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP+) or 4–4-dimethylaminostyryl-N-methylpyridinium (ASP+). It has been questioned whether the inhibition data obtained with an experimental probe substrate such as MPP+ or ASP+ might be used to predict the inhibition against other, clinical relevant substrates such as metformin. Here we compared the OCT2 inhibition profile data for the substrates metformin, MPP+ and ASP+. We used human embryonic kidney (HEK 293) cells stably overexpressing human OCT2 as the test system to screen 125 frequently prescribed drugs as inhibitors of OCT2-mediated metformin and MPP+ uptake. Data on inhibition of OCT2-mediated ASP+ uptake were obtained from previous literature. A moderate correlation between the inhibition of OCT2-mediated MPP+, ASP+, and metformin uptake was observed (pairwise rs between 0.27 and 0.48, all P < 0.05). Of note, the correlation in the inhibition profile between structurally similar substrates such as MPP+ and ASP+ (Tanimoto similarity T = 0.28) was even lower (rs = 0.27) than the correlation between structurally distinct substrates, such as ASP+ and metformin (T = 0.01; rs = 0.48) or MPP+ and metformin (T = 0.01; rs = 0.40). We identified selective as well as universal OCT2 inhibitors, which inhibited transport by more than 50% of one substrate only or of all substrates, respectively. Our data suggest that the predictive value for drug-drug interactions using experimental substrates rather

  3. Assessing the therapeutic efficacy of oxime therapies against percutaneous organophosphorus pesticide and nerve agent challenges in the Hartley guinea pig

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    Snider, Thomas H.; Wilhelm, Christina M.; Babin, Michael C.; Platoff, Gennady E.; Yeung, David T.

    2016-01-01

    Given the rapid onset of symptoms from intoxication by organophosphate (OP) compounds, a quick-acting, efficacious therapeutic regimen is needed. A primary component of anti-OP therapy is an oxime reactivator to rescue OP-inhibited acetylcholinesterases. Male guinea pigs, clipped of hair, received neat applications of either VR, VX, parathion, or phorate oxon (PHO) at the 85th percentile lethal dose, and, beginning with presentation of toxicosis, received the human equivalent dose therapy by intramuscular injection with two additional follow-on treatments at 3-hr intervals. Each therapy consisted of atropine free base at 0.4 mg/kg followed by one of eight candidate oximes. Lethality rates were obtained at 24 hr after VR, VX and PHO challenges, and at 48 hr after challenge with parathion. Lethality rates among symptomatic, oxime-treated groups were compared with that of positive control (OP-challenged and atropine-only treated) guinea pigs composited across the test days. Significant (p ≤ 0.05) protective therapy was afforded by 1,1-methylene bis(4(hydroxyimino- methyl)pyridinium) dimethanesulfonate (MMB4 DMS) against challenges of VR (p ≤ 0.001) and VX (p ≤ 0.05). Lethal effects of VX were also significantly (p ≤ 0.05) mitigated by treatments with oxo-[[1-[[4-(oxoazaniumylmethylidene)pyridin-1-yl] methoxymethyl]pyridin-4-ylidene]methyl]azanium dichloride (obidoxime Cl2) and 1-(((4-(aminocarbonyl) pyridinio)methoxy)methyl)-2,4-bis((hydroxyimino)methyl)pyridinium dimethanesulfonate (HLö-7 DMS). Against parathion, significant protective therapy was afforded by obidoxime dichloride (p ≤ 0.001) and 1,1′-propane-1,3-diylbis{4-[(E)-(hydroxyimino)methyl]pyridinium} dibromide (TMB-4, p ≤ 0.01). None of the oximes evaluated was therapeutically effective against PHO. Across the spectrum of OP chemicals tested, the oximes that offered the highest level of therapy were MMB4 DMS and obidoxime dichloride. PMID:26558457

  4. Acrolein Modification Impairs Key Functional Features of Rat Apolipoprotein E: Identification of Modified Sites by Mass Spectrometry

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    Tran, Tuyen N.; Kosaraju, Malathi G.; Tamamizu-Kato, Shiori; Akintunde, Olayemi; Zheng, Ying; Bielicki, John K.; Pinkerton, Kent; Uchida, Koji; Lee, Yuan Yu; Narayanaswami, Vasanthy

    2014-01-01

    Apolipoprotein E (apoE), an anti-atherogenic apolipoprotein, plays a significant role in the metabolism of lipoproteins. It lowers plasma lipid levels by acting as a ligand for low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLr) family of proteins, in addition to playing a role in promoting macrophage cholesterol efflux in atherosclerotic lesions. The objective of this study is to examine the effect of acrolein modification on the structure and function of rat apoE and to determine sites and nature of modification by mass spectrometry. Acrolein is a highly reactive aldehyde, which is generated endogenously as one of the products of lipid peroxidation and is present in the environment in pollutants such as tobacco smoke and heated oils. In initial studies, acrolein-modified apoE was identified by immunoprecipitation using an acrolein-lysine specific antibody, in the plasma of ten-week old male rats that were exposed to filtered air (FA) or low doses of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). While both groups displayed acrolein-modified apoE in the lipoprotein fraction, the ETS group had higher levels in lipid-free fraction compared to the FA group. This observation provided the rationale to further investigate the effect of acrolein modification on rat apoE at a molecular level. Treatment of recombinant rat apoE with a 10-fold molar excess of acrolein resulted in: (i) a significant decrease in lipid-binding and cholesterol efflux abilities, (ii) impairment in the LDLr- and heparin-binding capabilities, and (iii) significant alterations in the overall stability of the protein. The disruption in the functional abilities is attributed directly or indirectly to acrolein modification yielding: an aldimine adduct at K149 and K155 (+38); a propanal adduct at K135 and K138 (+56); an Nε-(3-methylpyridinium)lysine (MP-lysine) at K64, K67 and K254 (+76), and Nε-(3-formyl-3,4-dehydropiperidino)lysine (FDP-lysine) derivative at position K68 (+94), as determined by Matrix-Assisted Laser

  5. A label-free electrochemical immunosensor based on an ionic organic molecule and chitosan-stabilized gold nanoparticles for the detection of cardiac troponin T.

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    Brondani, Daniela; Piovesan, Jamille Valéria; Westphal, Eduard; Gallardo, Hugo; Fireman Dutra, Rosa Amalia; Spinelli, Almir; Vieira, Iolanda Cruz

    2014-10-21

    A label-free electrochemical immunosensor based on an ionic organic molecule ((E)-4-[(4-decyloxyphenyl)diazenyl]-1-methylpyridinium iodide) and chitosan-stabilized gold nanoparticles (CTS-AuNPs) was developed for the detection of cardiac troponin T (cTnT). The new ionic organic molecule was strategically employed as a redox probe, and CTS-AuNPs were applied as a "green" platform for the immobilization of the monoclonal anti-cTnT antibody, for the construction of the immunosensor. The characterization of the proposed immunosensor was carried out by employing cyclic and square-wave voltammetry and electron microscopy. The film of ionic organic molecules acts as a redox probe and from its electrochemical response the presence of cTnT antigens, which interact specifically with the anti-cTnT antibody immobilized on the surface of the immunosensor, can be detected. This interaction results in a decrease in the analytical signal, which is proportional to the amount of cTnT antigens present in the sample analyzed. Under optimized conditions, using square-wave voltammetry (a frequency of 100 Hz, an amplitude of 100 mV and an increment of 8 mV) and an incubation time of 10 min, the proposed immunosensor showed linearity in the range of 0.20 to 1.00 ng mL(-1) cTnT, with a calculated limit of detection of 0.10 ng mL(-1). The proposed immunosensor shows some advantages when compared to other sensors reported in the literature, especially with regard to the detection limit and the time of incubation. A study of the interday precision (n = 8) showed a coefficient of variation of 3.33%. The potential interference of some compounds (glucose, ascorbic acid, albumin, uric acid, creatine, and creatinine) on the response of the immunosensor was evaluated and the inhibition of the immunosensor response was found to be less than 8.0%. The immunosensor was successfully used for the determination of cTnT in samples of simulated blood serum with a relative error of <13.0%. Furthermore, the

  6. (1-Butyl-4-methyl-pyridinium)[Cu(SCN)2]: a coordination polymer and ionic liquid.

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    Spielberg, Eike T; Edengeiser, Eugen; Mallick, Bert; Havenith, Martina; Mudring, Anja-Verena

    2014-04-25

    The compound (C4C1py)[Cu(SCN)2], (C4C1py = 1-Butyl-4-methyl-pyridinium), which can be obtained from CuSCN and the ionic liquid (C4C1py)(SCN), turns out to be a new organic-inorganic hybrid material as it qualifies both, as a coordination polymer and an ionic liquid. It features linked [Cu(SCN)2](-) units, in which the thiocyanates bridge the copper ions in a μ1,3-fashion. The resulting one-dimensional chains run along the a axis, separated by the C4C1py counterions. Powder X-ray diffraction not only confirms the single-crystal X-ray structure solution but proves the reformation of the coordination polymer from an isotropic melt. However, the materials shows a complex thermal behavior often encountered for ionic liquids such as a strong tendency to form a supercooled melt. At a relatively high cooling rate, glass formation is observed. When heating this melt in differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and temperature-dependent polarizing optical microscopy (POM), investigations reveal the existence of a less thermodynamically stable crystalline polymorph. Raman measurements conducted at 10 and 100 °C point towards the formation of polyanionic chain fragments in the melt. Solid-state UV/Vis spectroscopy shows a broad absorption band around 18,870 cm(-1) (530 nm) and another strong one below 20,000 cm(-1) (<500 nm). The latter is attributed to the d(Cu(I))→π*(SCN)-MLCT (metal-to-ligand charge transfer) transition within the coordination polymer yielding an energy gap of 2.4 eV. At room temperature and upon irradiation with UV light, the material shows a weak fluorescence band at 15,870 cm(-1) (630 nm) with a quantum efficiency of 0.90(2) % and a lifetime of 131(2) ns. Upon lowering the temperature, the luminescence intensity strongly increases. Simultaneously, the band around 450 nm in the excitation spectrum decreases. PMID:24644064

  7. Effect of Photodynamic Therapy on the Virulence Factors of Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Bartolomeu, Maria; Rocha, Sónia; Cunha, Ângela; Neves, M G P M S; Faustino, Maria A F; Almeida, Adelaide

    2016-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is a Gram-positive bacterium that is present in the human microbiota. Nevertheless, these bacteria can be pathogenic to the humans. Due to the increasing occurrence of antibiotic-resistant S. aureus strains, new approaches to control this pathogen are necessary. The antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation (PDI) process is based in the combined use of light, oxygen, and an intermediary agent (a photosensitizer). These three components interact to generate cytotoxic reactive oxygen species that irreversibly damage vital constituents of the microbial cells and ultimately lead to cell death. Although PDI is being shown to be a promising alternative to the antibiotic approach for the inactivation of pathogenic microorganisms, information on effects of photosensitization on particular virulence factors is strikingly scarce. The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of PDI on virulence factors of S. aureus and to assess the potential development of resistance of this bacterium as well as the recovery of the expression of the virulence factors after successive PDI cycles. For this, the photosensitizer 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(1-methylpyridinium-4-yl)porphyrin tetra-iodide (Tetra-Py(+)-Me) and six strains of S. aureus [one reference strain, one strain with one enterotoxin, two strains with three enterotoxins and two methicillin resistant strains (MRSA) - one with five enterotoxins and the other without enterotoxins] were used. The effect of photosensitization on catalase activity, beta hemolysis, lipases, thermonuclease, enterotoxins, coagulase production, and resistance/susceptibility to methicillin was tested. To assess the development of resistance after successive cycles of treatment, three strains of S. aureus (ATCC 6538, 2065 MA, and SA 3 MRSA) were used. The surviving colonies of a first cycle of PDI were collected from the solid medium and subjected to further nine consecutive cycles of PDI. The results indicate that the expression of

  8. The role of ion pairs in the second-order NLO response of 4-X-1-methylpiridinium salts.

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    Tessore, Francesca; Cariati, Elena; Cariati, Franco; Roberto, Dominique; Ugo, Renato; Mussini, Patrizia; Zuccaccia, Cristiano; Macchioni, Alceo

    2010-02-01

    A series of 4-X-1-methylpyridinium cationic nonlinear optical (NLO) chromophores (X = (E)-CH=CHC(6)H(5); (E)-CH=CHC(6)H(4)-4'-C(CH(3))(3); (E)-CH=CHC(6)H(4)-4'-N(CH(3))(2); (E)-CH=CHC(6)H(4)-4'-N(C(4)H(9))(2); (E,E)-(CH=CH)(2)C(6)H(4)-4'-N(CH(3))(2)) with various organic (CF(3)SO(3)(-), p-CH(3)C(6)H(4)SO(3)(-)), inorganic (I(-), ClO(4)(-), SCN(-), [Hg(2)I(6)](2-)) and organometallic (cis-[Ir(CO)(2)I(2)](-)) counter anions are studied with the aim of investigating the role of ion pairing and of ionic dissociation or aggregation of ion pairs in controlling their second-order NLO response in anhydrous chloroform solution. The combined use of electronic absorption spectra, conductimetric measurements and pulsed field gradient spin echo (PGSE) NMR experiments show that the second-order NLO response, investigated by the electric-field-induced second harmonic generation (EFISH) technique, of the salts of the cationic NLO chromophores strongly depends upon the nature of the counter anion and concentration. The ion pairs are the major species at concentration around 10(-3) M, and their dipole moments were determined. Generally, below 5x10(-4) M, ion pairs start to dissociate into ions with parallel increase of the second-order NLO response, due to the increased concentration of purely cationic NLO chromophores with improved NLO response. At concentration higher than 10(-3) M, some multipolar aggregates, probably of H type, are formed, with parallel slight decrease of the second-order NLO response. Ion pairing is dependent upon the nature of the counter anion and on the electronic structure of the cationic NLO chromophore. It is very strong for the thiocyanate anion in particular and, albeit to a lesser extent, for the sulfonated anions. The latter show increased tendency to self-aggregate. PMID:20029883

  9. Derivatization of estrogens enhances specificity and sensitivity of analysis of human plasma and serum by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry

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    Faqehi, Abdullah M.M.; Cobice, Diego F.; Naredo, Gregorio; Mak, Tracy C.S.; Upreti, Rita; Gibb, Fraser W.; Beckett, Geoffrey J.; Walker, Brian R.; Homer, Natalie Z.M.; Andrew, Ruth

    2016-01-01

    Estrogens circulate at concentrations less than 20 pg/mL in men and postmenopausal women, presenting analytical challenges. Quantitation by immunoassay is unreliable at these low concentrations. Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC–MS/MS) offers greater specificity and sometimes greater sensitivity, but ionization of estrogens is inefficient. Introduction of charged moieties may enhance ionization, but many such derivatives of estrogens generate non-specific product ions originating from the “reagent” group. Therefore an approach generating derivatives with product ions specific to individual estrogens was sought. Estrogens were extracted from human plasma and serum using solid phase extraction and derivatized using 2-fluoro-1-methylpyridinium-p-toluenesulfonate (FMP-TS). Electrospray in positive mode with multiple reaction monitoring using a QTrap 5500 mass spectrometer was used to quantify “FMP” derivatives of estrogens, following LC separation. Transitions for the FMP derivatives of estrone (E1) and estradiol (E2) were compound specific (m/z 362→238 and m/z 364→128, respectively). The limits of detection and quantitation were 0.2 pg on-column and the method was linear from 1–400 pg/sample. Measures of intra- and inter-assay variability, precision and accuracy were acceptable (<20%). The derivatives were stable over 24 h at 10 °C (7–9% degradation). Using this approach, E1 and E2, respectively were detected in human plasma and serum: pre-menopausal female serum (0.5 mL) 135–473, 193–722 pmol/L; male plasma (1 mL) 25–111, 60–180 pmol/L and post-menopausal female plasma (2 mL), 22–78, 29–50 pmol/L. Thus FMP derivatization, in conjunction with LC–MS/MS, is suitable for quantitative analysis of estrogens in low abundance in plasma and serum, offering advantages in specificity over immunoassay and existing MS techniques. PMID:26946022

  10. An N-Terminal Threonine Mutation Produces an Efflux-Favorable, Sodium-Primed Conformation of the Human Dopamine Transporter

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    Fraser, Rheaclare; Chen, Yongyue; Guptaroy, Bipasha; Luderman, Kathryn D.; Stokes, Stephanie L.; Beg, Asim; DeFelice, Louis J.

    2014-01-01

    The dopamine transporter (DAT) reversibly transports dopamine (DA) through a series of conformational transitions. Alanine (T62A) or aspartate (T62D) mutagenesis of Thr62 revealed T62D-human (h)DAT partitions in a predominately efflux-preferring conformation. Compared with wild-type (WT), T62D-hDAT exhibits reduced [3H]DA uptake and enhanced baseline DA efflux, whereas T62A-hDAT and WT-hDAT function in an influx-preferring conformation. We now interrogate the basis of the mutants’ altered function with respect to membrane conductance and Na+ sensitivity. The hDAT constructs were expressed in Xenopus oocytes to investigate if heightened membrane potential would explain the efflux characteristics of T62D-hDAT. In the absence of substrate, all constructs displayed identical resting membrane potentials. Substrate-induced inward currents were present in oocytes expressing WT- and T62A-hDAT but not T62D-hDAT, suggesting equal bidirectional ion flow through T62D-hDAT. Utilization of the fluorescent DAT substrate ASP+ [4-(4-(dimethylamino)styryl)-N-methylpyridinium] revealed that T62D-hDAT accumulates substrate in human embryonic kidney (HEK)-293 cells when the substrate is not subject to efflux. Extracellular sodium (Na+e) replacement was used to evaluate sodium gradient requirements for DAT transport functions. The EC50 for Na+e stimulation of [3H]DA uptake was identical in all constructs expressed in HEK-293 cells. As expected, decreasing [Na+]e stimulated [3H]DA efflux in WT- and T62A-hDAT cells. Conversely, the elevated [3H]DA efflux in T62D-hDAT cells was independent of Na+e and commensurate with [3H]DA efflux attained in WT-hDAT cells, either by removal of Na+e or by application of amphetamine. We conclude that T62D-hDAT represents an efflux-willing, Na+-primed orientation—possibly representing an experimental model of the conformational impact of amphetamine exposure to hDAT. PMID:24753048

  11. Organic cation transporter 3 contributes to norepinephrine uptake into perivascular adipose tissue.

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    Ayala-Lopez, Nadia; Jackson, William F; Burnett, Robert; Wilson, James N; Thompson, Janice M; Watts, Stephanie W

    2015-12-01

    Perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) reduces vasoconstriction to norepinephrine (NE). A mechanism by which PVAT could function to reduce vascular contraction is by decreasing the amount of NE to which the vessel is exposed. PVATs from male Sprague-Dawley rats were used to test the hypothesis that PVAT has a NE uptake mechanism. NE was detected by HPLC in mesenteric PVAT and isolated adipocytes. Uptake of NE (10 μM) in mesenteric PVAT was reduced by the NE transporter (NET) inhibitor nisoxetine (1 μM, 73.68 ± 7.62%, all values reported as percentages of vehicle), the 5-hydroxytryptamine transporter (SERT) inhibitor citalopram (100 nM) with the organic cation transporter 3 (OCT3) inhibitor corticosterone (100 μM, 56.18 ± 5.21%), and the NET inhibitor desipramine (10 μM) with corticosterone (100 μM, 61.18 ± 6.82%). Aortic PVAT NE uptake was reduced by corticosterone (100 μM, 53.01 ± 10.96%). Confocal imaging of mesenteric PVAT stained with 4-[4-(dimethylamino)-styrl]-N-methylpyridinium iodide (ASP(+)), a fluorescent substrate of cationic transporters, detected ASP(+) uptake into adipocytes. ASP(+) (2 μM) uptake was reduced by citalopram (100 nM, 66.68 ± 6.43%), corticosterone (100 μM, 43.49 ± 10.17%), nisoxetine (100 nM, 84.12 ± 4.24%), citalopram with corticosterone (100 nM and 100 μM, respectively, 35.75 ± 4.21%), and desipramine with corticosterone (10 and 100 μM, respectively, 50.47 ± 5.78%). NET protein was not detected in mesenteric PVAT adipocytes. Expression of Slc22a3 (OCT3 gene) mRNA and protein in PVAT adipocytes was detected by RT-PCR and immunocytochemistry, respectively. These end points support the presence of a transporter-mediated NE uptake system within PVAT with a potential mediator being OCT3. PMID:26432838

  12. Radiation induced redox reactions and fragmentation of constituent ions in ionic liquids II. Imidazolium cations.

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    Shkrob, I. A.; Marin, T. W.; Chemerisov, S. D.; Hatcher, J.; Wishart, J.

    2011-04-14

    In part 1 of this study, radiolytic degradation of constituent anions in ionic liquids (ILs) was examined. The present study continues the themes addressed in part 1 and examines the radiation chemistry of 1,3-dialkyl substituted imidazolium cations, which currently comprise the most practically important and versatile class of ionic liquid cations. For comparison, we also examined 1,3-dimethoxy- and 2-methyl-substituted imidazolium and 1-butyl-4-methylpyridinium cations. In addition to identification of radicals using electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) and selective deuterium substitution, we analyzed stable radiolytic products using {sup 1}H and {sup 13}C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and tandem electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESMS). Our EPR studies reveal rich chemistry initiated through 'ionization of the ions': oxidation and the formation of radical dications in the aliphatic arms of the parent cations (leading to deprotonation and the formation of alkyl radicals in these arms) and reduction of the parent cation, yielding 2-imidazolyl radicals. The subsequent reactions of these radicals depend on the nature of the IL. If the cation is 2-substituted, the resulting 2-imidazolyl radical is relatively stable. If there is no substitution at C(2), the radical then either is protonated or reacts with the parent cation forming a C(2)-C(2) {sigma}{sigma}*-bound dimer radical cation. In addition to these reactions, when methoxy or C{sub {alpha}}-substituted alkyl groups occupy the N(1,3) positions, their elimination is observed. The elimination of methyl groups from N(1,3) was not observed. Product analyses of imidazolium liquids irradiated in the very-high-dose regime (6.7 MGy) reveal several detrimental processes, including volatilization, acidification, and oligomerization. The latter yields a polymer with m/z of 650 {+-} 300 whose radiolytic yield increases with dose (0.23 monomer units per 100 eV for 1-methyl-3-butylimidazolium

  13. Synthesis, growth, structural and HOMO and LUMO, MEP analysis of a new stilbazolium derivative crystal: A enhanced third-order NLO properties with a high laser-induced damage threshold for NLO applications

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    Senthil, K.; Kalainathan, S.; Hamada, F.; Yamada, M.; Aravindan, P. G.

    2015-08-01

    A new organic third-order nonlinear optical crystal from stilbazolium family 2-[2-(4-methoxy-phenyl) vinyl]-1-methyl-pyridinium tetrafluoroborate (4MSTB) has been synthesized and grown by slow evaporation method for the first time. The grown crystal structure was confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, and it is revealed that the grown crystal crystallized in a triclinic crystal system with centrosymmetric space group P 1 bar . The HOMO and LUMO energies were calculated for the grown crystal explains charge transfer takes place within the molecule and confirms the suitability of the title crystal for NLO applications. The presence of various vibration modes of expected functional groups was identified by FT-IR analysis. The transmittance ability of the grown crystal was also analyzed by using UV-Vis-NIR spectral studies and shows that the crystal has no absorption of light in the entire Vis-NIR region. The thermal stability of the title crystal has been investigated by TGA/DTA studies and revealed that the material was thermally stable up to the melting point, 193 °C. The hardness number, Meyer index, yield strength, and elastic stiffness constant has been estimated for the grown 4MSTB crystal using Vickers microhardness tester. Photoluminescence excitation studies showed green emission radiation occurred at 517 nm. The dielectric properties of the grown crystal have been analyzed as a function of temperature over a wide range of frequency (50 Hz-5 MHz) by using LCR meter. The result of ac electrical conductivity of 4MSTB was found to be 5.25 × 10-5 (Ω m)-1. The laser damage threshold (LDT) energy for the grown crystal has been measured by using a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser as a source in single-shot mode (1064 nm, 10 Hz, 420 mJ). The result of LDT indicates that grown title crystal has excellent resistance to laser radiation than those of known some inorganic NLO materials. The chemical etching studies were carried out to assess the perfection of

  14. Effect of Photodynamic Therapy on the Virulence Factors of Staphylococcus aureus

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    Bartolomeu, Maria; Rocha, Sónia; Cunha, Ângela; Neves, M. G. P. M. S.; Faustino, Maria A. F.; Almeida, Adelaide

    2016-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is a Gram-positive bacterium that is present in the human microbiota. Nevertheless, these bacteria can be pathogenic to the humans. Due to the increasing occurrence of antibiotic-resistant S. aureus strains, new approaches to control this pathogen are necessary. The antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation (PDI) process is based in the combined use of light, oxygen, and an intermediary agent (a photosensitizer). These three components interact to generate cytotoxic reactive oxygen species that irreversibly damage vital constituents of the microbial cells and ultimately lead to cell death. Although PDI is being shown to be a promising alternative to the antibiotic approach for the inactivation of pathogenic microorganisms, information on effects of photosensitization on particular virulence factors is strikingly scarce. The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of PDI on virulence factors of S. aureus and to assess the potential development of resistance of this bacterium as well as the recovery of the expression of the virulence factors after successive PDI cycles. For this, the photosensitizer 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(1-methylpyridinium-4-yl)porphyrin tetra-iodide (Tetra-Py+-Me) and six strains of S. aureus [one reference strain, one strain with one enterotoxin, two strains with three enterotoxins and two methicillin resistant strains (MRSA) – one with five enterotoxins and the other without enterotoxins] were used. The effect of photosensitization on catalase activity, beta hemolysis, lipases, thermonuclease, enterotoxins, coagulase production, and resistance/susceptibility to methicillin was tested. To assess the development of resistance after successive cycles of treatment, three strains of S. aureus (ATCC 6538, 2065 MA, and SA 3 MRSA) were used. The surviving colonies of a first cycle of PDI were collected from the solid medium and subjected to further nine consecutive cycles of PDI. The results indicate that the expression of

  15. Beads on a Chain (BOC) Polymers Formed from the Reaction of NH2PhSiO1.5]x[PhSiO1.5]10-x and [NH2PhSiO1.5]x[PhSiO1.5]12-x Mixtures (x = 2-4) with the Diglycidyl Ether of Bisphenol A

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    Jung, Jae Hwan; Laine, Richard M.

    2011-01-01

    We recently reported that catalytic amounts of F cause rapid rearrangement of silsesquioxane (SQ) T₈ cages in THF at room temperature. These rearrangements lead primarily to the T₁₀ and T₁₂ cages as long as the Fis trapped for example using CaCl₂ to form insoluble CaF₂ in situ. In this report, we use this approach to make di- and triaminophenyl, phenyl silsesquioxane T₁₀ and T₁₂ mixtures: (NH2Ph)2xPh10/12–x(SiO1.5)10/12. Thereafter, we isolate the fraction that consists primarily of x = 2–3 via column chromatography. We then explore the reaction of this fraction (fraction 3) with the diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) to form a soluble epoxy resin wherein the cage SQs are contained in the chain backbone. We call these products beads on a chain (BoC) polymers. The use of 1:1 mole ratios of [epoxide]:[NH2Ph] of DGEBA and (NH2Ph)2xPh10/12–x(SiO1.5)10/12 leads to insoluble products. However, the reaction of 0.8:1 mole ratio of [epoxide]:[NH2Ph] provides a soluble but bimodal distribution of products (after 24 h reaction at 90 °C in THF). The low MW component is much more soluble in THF than the higher MW component, allowing simple separation. The low MW polymer has a Mn of 6000 Da with a PDI of 1.6. The higher MW material has an Mn of 21 000 000 Da with a PDI of 21. Both components offer similar ceramic yields (to SiO₂) of 32 ± 1%, indicating that the relative contents of cages are identical. They also exhibit very similar FTIR spectra, suggesting that they are the same material. Two explanations are possible for the bimodal size distribution. One is that the positioning of the NH₂ groups on the cage leads to cyclic trimers given that the average monomer unit will mass ≈1700–1900 Da, which represents the low MW fraction. Alternately and more

  16. Relationships between water wettability and ice adhesion.

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    Meuler, Adam J; Smith, J David; Varanasi, Kripa K; Mabry, Joseph M; McKinley, Gareth H; Cohen, Robert E

    2010-11-01

    Ice formation and accretion may hinder the operation of many systems critical to national infrastructure, including airplanes, power lines, windmills, ships, and telecommunications equipment. Yet despite the pervasiveness of the icing problem, the fundamentals of ice adhesion have received relatively little attention in the scientific literature and it is not widely understood which attributes must be tuned to systematically design "icephobic" surfaces that are resistant to icing. Here we probe the relationships between advancing/receding water contact angles and the strength of ice adhesion to bare steel and twenty-one different test coatings (∼200-300 nm thick) applied to the nominally smooth steel discs. Contact angles are measured using a commercially available goniometer, whereas the average strengths of ice adhesion are evaluated with a custom-built laboratory-scale adhesion apparatus. The coatings investigated comprise commercially available polymers and fluorinated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (fluorodecyl POSS), a low-surface-energy additive known to enhance liquid repellency. Ice adhesion strength correlates strongly with the practical work of adhesion required to remove a liquid water drop from each test surface (i.e., with the quantity [1 + cos θ(rec)]), and the average strength of ice adhesion was reduced by as much as a factor of 4.2 when bare steel discs were coated with fluorodecyl POSS-containing materials. We argue that any further appreciable reduction in ice adhesion strength will require textured surfaces, as no known materials exhibit receding water contact angles on smooth/flat surfaces that are significantly above those reported here (i.e., the values of [1 + cos θ(rec)] reported here have essentially reached a minimum for known materials). PMID:20949900

  17. Submicron/nano-structured icephobic surfaces made from fluorinated polymethylsiloxane and octavinyl-POSS

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    Li, Yancai; Luo, Chenghao; Li, Xiaohui; Zhang, Kaiqiang; Zhao, Yunhui; Zhu, Kongying; Yuan, Xiaoyan

    2016-01-01

    Fluorinated hybrid films composed of fluorinated polymethylsiloxane (PMHS-xFMA, x = 6, 13, 17) and octavinyl-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (OVPOSS) were prepared for icephobic applications. PMHS-xFMA with diverse fluorinated side groups were synthesized via hydrosilylation of polymethylhydrosiloxane (PMHS) with fluorinated methacrylate (xFMA), i.e., hexafluorobutyl methacrylate (6FMA), tridecafluorooctyl methacrylate (13FMA) and heptadecafluorodecyl methacrylate (17FMA), respectively. Characterizations of atomic force microscope and scanning electron microscope indicated that surfaces of the hybrid films consisted of submicron/nano-scaled OVPOSS aggregates, and the root-mean-square roughness (Sq) could vary from 42.6 nm to 145.2 nm with various OVPOSS content (5-20 wt%). Wettability measurements of the prepared films demonstrated that the relatively longer fluorinated side groups in PMHS-17FMA were beneficial for decreasing surface energy and enhancing hydrophobic properties. However, the fluorinated hybrid films with PMHS-17FMA presented higher ice shear strengths due to the stronger interfacial interactions between the film surface and ice/water. The film prepared by PMHS-13FMA and 10 wt% of OVPOSS with proper roughness (90.2 nm) performed the lowest ice shear strength (188.2 ± 13.4 kPa) among all the samples. Dynamic water droplet impact measurement revealed that the rougher surface with the mass fraction of OVPOSS more than 10 wt% and Sq larger than 90 nm could repel water droplets. The submicron/nano-structured surface of PMHS-xFMA and OVPOSS was expected for anti-icing applications.

  18. A silver nanocomposite biomaterial for blood-contacting implants.

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    de Mel, Achala; Chaloupka, Karla; Malam, Yogeshkumar; Darbyshire, Arnold; Cousins, Brian; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2012-09-01

    Cardiovascular implants must resist infection and thrombosis. A nanocomposite polymeric material [polyhedral-oligomeric-silsesquioxane-poly(carbonate-urea)urethane; POSS-PCU] demonstrates ideal properties for cardiovascular applications. Silver nanoparticles or nanosilver (NS) are recognized for efficient antibacterial properties. This study aims to determine the influence of NS integrated POSS-PCU on thrombogenicity. Silver nitrate was reduced with dimethylformamide and stabilized by the inclusion of fumed silica nanoparticles to prevent aggregation of NS and were incorporated into POSS-PCU to form a range of POSS-PCU-NS concentrations (by weight); 0.20% (NS16), 0.40% (NS32), 0.75% (NS64), and 1.50% (NS128). Surface wettability was determined with sessile-drop water contact angles. Platelets were introduced onto test samples and Alamar Blue (AB), mitochondrial-activity assay, quantified the degree of platelet adhesion whilst platelet-factor-4 (PF4) ELISA quantified the degree of platelet activation. Thromboelastography (TEG) determined the profiles of whole blood kinetics while hemolysis assay demonstrated the degree of blood compatibility. Increasing levels of NS induced greater hydrophilicity. A concentration dependant decrease in platelet adhesion and activation was observed with AB and PF4 readings, respectively. TEG demonstrated that the antithrombogenic properties of POSS-PCU were retained with POSS-PCU-NS16, and enhanced with POSS-PCU-NS32, but was reduced with POSS-PCU-NS64 and POSS-PCU-NS128. POSS-PCU-NS64 and POSS-PCU-NS128 demonstrated a hemolytic tendency, but no hemolysis was observed with POSS-PCU-NS16 and POSS-PCU-NS32. Overall, POSS-PCU-NS32 rendered potent antithrombogenic properties. PMID:22528182

  19. High performance shape memory polymer networks based on rigid nanoparticle cores

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    Song, Jie

    2010-01-01

    Smart materials that can respond to external stimuli are of widespread interest in biomedical science. Thermal-responsive shape memory polymers, a class of intelligent materials that can be fixed at a temporary shape below their transition temperature (Ttrans) and thermally triggered to resume their original shapes on demand, hold great potential as minimally invasive self-fitting tissue scaffolds or implants. The intrinsic mechanism for shape memory behavior of polymers is the freezing and activation of the long-range motion of polymer chain segments below and above Ttrans, respectively. Both Ttrans and the extent of polymer chain participation in effective elastic deformation and recovery are determined by the network composition and structure, which are also defining factors for their mechanical properties, degradability, and bioactivities. Such complexity has made it extremely challenging to achieve the ideal combination of a Ttrans slightly above physiological temperature, rapid and complete recovery, and suitable mechanical and biological properties for clinical applications. Here we report a shape memory polymer network constructed from a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanoparticle core functionalized with eight polyester arms. The cross-linked networks comprising this macromer possessed a gigapascal-storage modulus at body temperature and a Ttrans between 42 and 48 °C. The materials could stably hold their temporary shapes for > 1 year at room temperature and achieve full shape recovery ≤ 51 °C in a matter of seconds. Their versatile structures allowed for tunable biodegradability and biofunctionalizability. These materials have tremendous promise for tissue engineering applications. PMID:20375285

  20. Chemical Functionalisation and Photoluminescence of Graphene Quantum Dots.

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    Sekiya, Ryo; Uemura, Yuichiro; Naito, Hiroyoshi; Naka, Kensuke; Haino, Takeharu

    2016-06-01

    Chemical modification of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) can influence their physical and chemical properties; hence, the investigation of the effect of organic functional groups on GQDs is of importance for developing GQD-organic hybrid materials. Three peripherally functionalised GQDs having a third-generation dendritic wedge (GQD-2), long alkyl chains (GQD-3) and a polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane group (GQD-4) were prepared by the Cu(I) -catalysed Huisgen cycloaddition reaction of GQD-1 with organic azides. Cyclic voltammetry indicated that reduction occurred on the surfaces of GQD-1-4 and on the five-membered imide rings at the periphery, and this suggested that the functional groups distort the periphery by steric interactions between neighbouring functional groups. The HOMO-LUMO bandgaps of GQD-1-4 were estimated to be approximately 2 eV, and their low-lying LUMO levels (<-3.9 eV) were lower than that of phenyl-C61 -butyric acid methyl ester, an n-type organic semiconductor. The solubility of GQD-1-4 in organic solvents depends on the functional groups present. The functional groups likely cover the surfaces and periphery of the GQDs, and thus increase their affinity for solvent and avoid precipitation. Similar to GQD-2, both GQD-3 and GQD-4 emitted white light upon excitation at 360 nm. Size-exclusion chromatography demonstrated that white-light emission originates from the coexistence of differently sized GQDs that have different photoluminescence emission wavelengths. PMID:27115715

  1. Encapsulation of novel fluorescent nanocrystals (quantum dots) with a nanocomposite polymer and their assessment by in-vitro and in-vivo studies

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    Iga, Arthur M.

    Advance in nanotechnology has led to the development of novel fluorescent probes called quantum dots which are being exploited for potential new methods of early cancer detection spread and therapeutic management. Concerns regarding the release of potentially toxic inorganic core atoms into their surrounding environment and possession of hydrophobic surfaces are hindering the development of quantum dots. In order to abrogate their toxicity and solubilise the nanocrystals in aqueous solution a novel polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) poly(carbonate-urea)urethane (PCU), a silica nanocomposite (NC) polymer has been used to coat them. Physical and chemical analysis of the coated quantum dots with UV-Visible spectrometry, Photoluminescence, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray microanalysis and diffraction. Atomic force microscope and FTIR Spectrophotometry has enabled us ascertain the characteristics of these unique nanocrystals. The biocompatibility of the nanocomposite coated quantum dots (NCCQD) was assessed by using Alamar blue metabolic assay, Pico green assay and by measuring lactate dehydrogenase release on endothelial cell damage. Potential interference of NCCQD with a rat's normal physiology and systemic tissue distribution were assessed in an in-vivo animal model. Results demonstrated that the nanocrystals retained their unique optical properties, had a mean hydrodynamic diameter of 10.5 nm, excellent monodispersivity, large absorption spectrum with a narrow emission band at 790 nm and were highly photostable after polymer coating. NCCQD were compatible with endothelial cells as viable cells were demonstrated to be present after 14 days of growing cells in cell culture medium exposed to NCCQD at concentrations of 2.25 X 10"2 nM. There was no significant disturbance in the physiological parameters on injecting the NCCQD in an in-vivo rat model over a 2 hour period. NCCQD were seen to be deposited in the spleen and thymus as they are

  2. Strong and fast-recovery organic/inorganic hybrid AuNPs-supramolecular gels based on loofah-like 3D networks.

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    He, Huiwen; Chen, Si; Tong, Xiaoqian; Chen, Yining; Wu, Bozhen; Ma, Meng; Wang, Xiaosong; Wang, Xu

    2016-01-21

    Super strong and fast-recovery organic/inorganic hybrid gold nanoparticle (AuNPs)-supramolecular gels based on a three-dimensional loofah-like nanoscale network self-assembled by polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) core supramolecular gelators are reported for the first time. Two series of POSS core organic/inorganic hybrid gelators, POSS-BOC-l-Homophenylalanine (POSS-Hpy) and POSS-Boc-Cys(Bzl)-OH (POSS-Cys), with two types of peripherals having different abilities for driving the self-assembly of AuNPs in gels were designed and synthesized, both of which self-assembled into three-dimensional loofah-like nanoscale gel networks producing hybrid physical gels with fast-recovery behaviors. The mechanical properties of the resultant hybrid gels were dramatically increased by as much as 100 times in the system of sulfur containing POSS-Cys gelators without destroying the fast-recovery behaviors, with the addition of AuNPs, which had direct interaction with AuNPs to give S-Au non-covalent driving force to lead AuNPs self-assemble onto the 3D loofah-like network nanofibres in the supramolecular hybrid gel system. However, in the POSS-Hpy gelator system without sulfur, no strong interaction with AuNPs existed and the POSS-Hpy nanocomposites showed no clear changes in morphology, thermal stability or rheological properties, confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), tube-inversion and rotational rheometer measurements. This indicated that the organic/inorganic hybrid gelator POSS-Cys could be applied to the formation of soft materials in which AuNPs were self-assembled and closely arranged into three-dimensional nanoscale networks. This hybrid material has great potential for applications in self-recovery, nano- and micron-scale electronic devices, because it has both a large mechanical strength and a fast-recovery capability. PMID:26568047

  3. Oxidation-resistant, solution-processed plasmonic Ni nanochain-SiOx (x < 2) selective solar thermal absorbers

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    Yu, Xiaobai; Wang, Xiaoxin; Zhang, Qinglin; Li, Juchuan; Liu, Jifeng

    2014-08-01

    Metal oxidation at high temperatures has long been a challenge in cermet solar thermal absorbers, which impedes the development of atmospherically stable, high-temperature, high-performance concentrated solar power (CSP) systems. In this work, we demonstrate solution-processed Ni nanochain-SiOx (x < 2) and Ni nanochain-SiO2 selective solar thermal absorbers that exhibit a strong anti-oxidation behavior up to 600 °C in air. The thermal stability is far superior to previously reported Ni nanoparticle-Al2O3 selective solar thermal absorbers, which readily oxidize at 450 °C. The SiOx (x < 2) and SiO2 matrices are derived from hydrogen silsesquioxane and tetraethyl orthosilicate precursors, respectively, which comprise Si-O cage-like structures and Si-O networks. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy shows that the dissociation of Si-O cage-like structures and Si-O networks at high temperatures have enabled the formation of new bonds at the Ni/SiOx interface to passivate the surface of Ni nanoparticles and prevent oxidation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy demonstrate that the excess Si in the SiOx (x < 2) matrices reacts with Ni nanostructures to form silicides at the interfaces, which further improves the anti-oxidation properties. As a result, Ni-SiOx (x < 2) systems demonstrate better anti-oxidation performance than Ni-SiO2 systems. This oxidation-resistant Ni nanochain-SiOx (x < 2) cermet coating also exhibits excellent high-temperature optical performance, with a high solar absorptance of ˜90% and a low emittance ˜18% measured at 300 °C. These results open the door towards atmospheric stable, high temperature, high-performance solar selective absorber coatings processed by low-cost solution-chemical methods for future generations of CSP systems.

  4. Process optimization of high aspect ratio sub-32nm HSQ/AR3 bi-layer resist pillar

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    Chen, Wei-Su; Tsai, Ming-Jinn

    2011-04-01

    RRAM is the candidate of next generation new non-volatile memory. The etched stacking film thickness of RRAM cell pillar is not easy to reduce below 50 nm during CD scaling down since part of RRAM cell pillar height is removed during CMP polishing of dielectric passivation to expose the pillar top surface for the following metallization process. Therefore resist pillar pattern with high aspect ratio (AR) is needed to act as etch mask for defining thick RRAM cell pillar structure. Bilayer resist (BLR) process is most suitable for forming high AR pattern. Dry develop process is the key step for generating sub-32 nm high AR BLR pillar pattern. In this study optimization of dry develop process is investigated for high AR pillar with hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) as upper thin imaging layer for e-beam exposure and AR3-600 as the thick underlayer for etching resistant. Experimental results are summarized below. Highest AR of ~6 for HSQ/AR3 BLR semi-dense L/S=1/2 pillar with vertical profile is obtained under optimized dry develop condition with O2, N2, Ar flow rates, chamber pressure, top and bottom power of 8, 5, 0 sccm, 1 mTorr, 200 and 100 watts respectively. AR is lower for looser pattern density. CD variation between HSQ/AR3-600 BLR pillars with different pattern density is optimized to 5.6 nm. The pillar profile is vertical in vacuum for pattern of any density but distorts more severe for denser pattern during ventilation to atmosphere. The most critical process parameters for obtaining high aspect ratio BLR pillar are O2 flow rate and top power. Sidewall profile angle of pillar is mainly dependent on chamber pressure and bottom power.

  5. Computational exploration of polymer nanocomposite mechanical property modification via cross-linking topology

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    Lacevic, N; Gee, R; Saab, A; Maxwell, R

    2008-04-24

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been performed in order to study the effects of nanoscale filler cross-linking topologies and loading levels on the mechanical properties of a model elastomeric nanocomposite. The model system considered here is constructed from octa-functional polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) dispersed in a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) matrix. Shear moduli, G, have been computed for pure and for filled and unfilled PDMS as a function of cross-linking density, POSS fill loading level, and polymer network topology. The results reported here show that G increases as the cross-linking (covalent bonds formed between the POSS and the PDMS network) density increases. Further, G is found to have a strong dependence on cross-linking topology. The increase in shear modulus, G, for POSS filled PDMS is significantly higher than that for unfilled PDMS cross-linked with standard molecular species, suggesting an enhanced reinforcement mechanism for POSS. In contrast, in blended systems (POSS/PDMS mixture with no cross-linking) G was not observed to significantly increase with POSS loading. Finally, we find intriguing differences in the structural arrangement of bond strains between the cross-linked and the blended systems. In the unfilled PDMS the distribution of highly strained bonds appears to be random, while in the POSS filled system, the strained bonds form a net-like distribution that spans the network. Such a distribution may form a structural network 'holding' the composite together and resulting in increases in G compared to an unfilled, cross-linked system. These results are of importance for engineering of new POSS-based multifunctional materials with tailor-made mechanical properties.

  6. Surface modification of a POSS-nanocomposite material to enhance cellular integration of a synthetic bioscaffold

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    Crowley, Claire; Klanrit, Poramate; Butler, Colin R.; Varanou, Aikaterini; Platé, Manuela; Hynds, Robert E.; Chambers, Rachel C.; Seifalian, Alexander M.; Birchall, Martin A.; Janes, Sam M.

    2016-01-01

    Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane poly(carbonate-urea) urethane (POSS-PCU) is a versatile nanocomposite biomaterial with growing applications as a bioscaffold for tissue engineering. Integration of synthetic implants with host tissue can be problematic but could be improved by topographical modifications. We describe optimization of POSS-PCU by dispersion of porogens (sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), sodium chloride (NaCl) and sucrose) onto the material surface, with the principle aim of increasing surface porosity, thus providing additional opportunities for improved cellular and vascular ingrowth. We assess the effect of the porogens on the material's mechanical strength, surface chemistry, wettability and cytocompatibilty. Surface porosity was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). There was no alteration in surface chemistry and wettability and only modest changes in mechanical properties were detected. The size of porogens correlated well with the porosity of the construct produced and larger porogens improved interconnectivity of spaces within constructs. Using primary human bronchial epithelial cells (HBECs) we demonstrate moderate in vitro cytocompatibility for all surface modifications; however, larger pores resulted in cellular aggregation. These cells were able to differentiate on POSS-PCU scaffolds. Implantation of the scaffold in vivo demonstrated that larger pore sizes favor cellular integration and vascular ingrowth. These experiments demonstrate that surface modification with large porogens can improve POSS-PCU nanocomposite scaffold integration and suggest the need to strike a balance between the non-porous surfaces required for epithelial coverage and the porous structure required for integration and vascularization of synthetic scaffolds in future construct design. PMID:26790147

  7. A potential platform for developing 3D tubular scaffolds for paediatric organ development.

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    de Mel, Achala; Yap, Trixie; Cittadella, Giorgio; Hale, Luke Richard; Maghsoudlou, Panagiotis; de Coppi, Paolo; Birchall, Martin A; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2015-03-01

    Children suffer from damaged or loss of hollow organs i.e. trachea, oesophagus or arteries from birth defects or diseases. Generally these organs possess an outer matrix consisting of collagen, elastin, and cells such as smooth muscle cells (SMC) and a luminal layer consisting of endothelial or epithelial cells, whilst presenting a barrier to luminal content. Tissue engineering research enables the construction of such organs and this study explores this possibility with a bioabsorbable nanocomposite biomaterial, polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane poly(ε-caprolactone) urea urethane (POSS-PCL).Our established methods of tubular graft extrusion were modified using a porogen-incorporated POSS-PCL and a new lamination method was explored. Porogen (40, 60 or 105 µm) were introduced to POSS-PCL, which were fabricated into a bilayered, dual topography matching the exterior and luminal interior of tubular organs. POSS-PCL with different amounts of porogen were tested for their suitability as a SMC layer by measuring optimal interactions with human adipose derived stem cells. Angiogenesis potential was tested with the chorioallantoic membrane assay. Tensile strength and burst pressures of bilayared tubular grafts were determined. Scaffolds made with 40 µm porogen demonstrated optimal adipose derived stem cell integration and the scaffolds were able to accommodate angiogenesis. Mechanical properties of the grafts confirmed their potential to match the relevant physiological and biophysical parameters. This study presents a platform for the development of hollow organs for transplantation based on POSS-PCL. These bilayered-tubular structures can be tailor-made for cellular integration and match physico-mechanical properties of physiological systems of interest. More specific luminal cell integration and sources of SMC for the external layer could be further explored. PMID:25737129

  8. Polyimide Aerogels with Three-Dimensional Cross-Linked Structure

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    Panek, John

    2010-01-01

    Polyimide aerogels with three-dimensional cross-linked structure are made using linear oligomeric segments of polyimide, and linked with one of the following into a 3D structure: trifunctional aliphatic or aromatic amines, latent reactive end caps such as nadic anhydride or phenylethynylphenyl amine, and silica or silsesquioxane cage structures decorated with amine. Drying the gels supercritically maintains the solid structure of the gel, creating a polyimide aerogel with improved mechanical properties over linear polyimide aerogels. Lightweight, low-density structures are desired for acoustic and thermal insulation for aerospace structures, habitats, astronaut equipment, and aeronautic applications. Aerogels are a unique material for providing such properties because of their extremely low density and small pore sizes. However, plain silica aerogels are brittle. Reinforcing the aerogel structure with a polymer (X-Aerogel) provides vast improvements in strength while maintaining low density and pore structure. However, degradation of polymers used in cross-linking tends to limit use temperatures to below 150 C. Organic aerogels made from linear polyimide have been demonstrated, but gels shrink substantially during supercritical fluid extraction and may have lower use temperature due to lower glass transition temperatures. The purpose of this innovation is to raise the glass transition temperature of all organic polyimide aerogel by use of tri-, tetra-, or poly-functional units in the structure to create a 3D covalently bonded network. Such cross-linked polyimides typically have higher glass transition temperatures in excess of 300 400 C. In addition, the reinforcement provided by a 3D network should improve mechanical stability, and prevent shrinkage on supercritical fluid extraction. The use of tri-functional aromatic or aliphatic amine groups in the polyimide backbone will provide such a 3D structure.

  9. Silica Ouzo Effect: Amphiphilic Drugs Facilitate Nanoprecipitation of Polycondensed Mercaptosilanes.

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    Chiu, Shih-Jiuan; Lin, Chien-Yu; Chou, Hung-Chang; Hu, Teh-Min

    2016-01-12

    Amphiphilic drugs are therapeutic agents whose molecular structures contain both hydrophobic and hydrophilic portions. Here we report a systematic study on how amphiphilic drugs can assist in silica nanoprecipitation. 3-Mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS) was used as the sole silica material and 12 amphiphilic drugs spanning a wide spectrum of therapeutic categories were included. MPTMS polycondensation was conducted in a DMSO-based organic phase. After a sufficient time, particle formation was induced by injecting a small amount of the organic phase into a water solution containing various amphiphiles. The results show that all amphiphilic drugs studied exerted concentration-dependent facilitating effect on nanoparticle formation. Under certain preparation conditions, the particle solution showed physical stability over a long period and the formed particles could be as small as 100 nm. By systematically varying drug concentrations and injection volumes, the ability of each amphiphile to promote nanoprecipitation can be quantified and compared, based on two novel indices: the area under the critical volume-concentration curve (AUC) and the critical stabilization concentration (CSC). We demonstrate that both ability indices significantly correlated with the drug's log P and critical micelle concentrations (CMC). Furthermore, we have optimized the aging and particle purification condition and extensively characterized our system through comprehensive TEM and zeta-potential measurements, as well as determinations for drug entrapment and release. In conclusion, we have established a quantitative structure-activity relationship for amphiphilic small-molecular drugs in their ability to interact with poly(mercaptopropyl)silsesquioxane species and form nanoparticles via solvent shifting. We speculate that both hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions play important roles in the formation and stabilization of nanoparticles. PMID:26673354

  10. Octa-ammonium POSS-conjugated single-walled carbon nanotubes as vehicles for targeted delivery of paclitaxel

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    Naderi, Naghmeh; Madani, Seyed Y.; Mosahebi, Afshin; Seifalian, Alexander M.

    2015-01-01

    Background Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have unique physical and chemical properties. Furthermore, novel properties can be developed by attachment or encapsulation of functional groups. These unique properties facilitate the use of CNTs in drug delivery. We developed a new nanomedicine consisting of a nanocarrier, cell-targeting molecule, and chemotherapeutic drug and assessed its efficacy in vitro. Methods The efficacy of a single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs)-based nanoconjugate system is assessed in the targeted delivery of paclitaxel (PTX) to cancer cells. SWCNTs were oxidized and reacted with octa-ammonium polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (octa-ammonium POSS) to render them biocompatible and water dispersable. The functionalized SWCNTs were loaded with PTX, a chemotherapeutic agent toxic to cancer cells, and Tn218 antibodies for cancer cell targeting. The nanohybrid composites were characterized with transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), and ultraviolet–visible–near-infrared (UV–Vis–NIR). Additionally, their cytotoxic effects on Colon cancer cell (HT-29) and Breast cancer cell (MCF-7) lines were assessed in vitro. Results TEM, FTIR, and UV–Vis–NIR studies confirmed side-wall functionalization of SWCNT with COOH-groups, PTX, POSS, and antibodies. Increased cell death was observed with PTX–POSS–SWCNT, PTX–POSS–Ab–SWCNT, and free PTX compared to functionalized-SWCNT (f-SWCNT), POSS–SWCNT, and cell-only controls at 48 and 72 h time intervals in both cell lines. At all time intervals, there was no significant cell death in the POSS–SWCNT samples compared to cell-only controls. Conclusion The PTX-based nanocomposites were shown to be as cytotoxic as free PTX. This important finding indicates successful release of PTX from the nanocomposites and further reiterates the potential of SWCNTs to deliver drugs directly to targeted cells and tissues. PMID:26356347

  11. Preparation of hybrid monolithic columns via "one-pot" photoinitiated thiol-acrylate polymerization for retention-independent performance in capillary liquid chromatography.

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    Zhang, Haiyang; Ou, Junjie; Liu, Zhongshan; Wang, Hongwei; Wei, Yinmao; Zou, Hanfa

    2015-09-01

    A novel "one-pot" approach was developed for ultrarapid preparation of various hybrid monolithic columns in UV-transparent fused-silica capillaries via photoinitiated thiol-acrylate polymerization of an acrylopropyl polyhedral oligomertic silsesquioxane (acryl-POSS) and a monothiol monomer (1-octadecanethiol or sodium 3-mercapto-1-propanesulfonate) within 5 min, in which the acrylate not only homopolymerizes, but also couples with the thiol. This unique combination of two types of free-radical reaction mechanisms offers a simple way to fabricate various acrylate-based hybrid monoliths. The physical characterization, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, and thermal gravimetric analysis was performed. The results indicated that the monothiol monomers were successfully incorporated into acryl-POSS-based hybrid monoliths. The column efficiencies for alkylbenzenes on the C18-functionalized hybrid monolithic column reached to 60 000-73 500 plates/m at the velocity of 0.33 mm/s in capillary liquid chromatography, which was far higher than that of previously reported POSS-based columns prepared via thermal-initiated free-radical polymerization without adding any thiol monomers. By plotting the plate height (H) of the alkylbenzenes versus the linear velocity (u) of the mobile phase, the results revealed a retention-independent efficient performance of small molecules in the isocratic elution. These results indicated that more homogeneous hybrid monoliths formed via photoinitiated thiol-acrylate polymerization; particularly, the use of the multifunctional cross-linker possibly prevented the generation of gel-like micropores, reducing mass transfer resistance (C-term). Another sulfonate-containing hybrid monolithic column also exhibited hydrophobicity and ion-exchange mechanism, and the dynamic binding capacity was calculated as 71.1 ng/cm (75 μm i.d.). PMID:26223285

  12. Effects of sterilization treatments on bulk and surface properties of nanocomposite biomaterials.

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    Ahmed, Maqsood; Punshon, Geoffrey; Darbyshire, Arnold; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2013-10-01

    With the continuous and expanding use of implantable biomaterials in a clinical setting, this study aims to elucidate the influence of sterilization techniques on the material surface and bulk properties of two polyurethane nanocomposite biomaterials. Both solid samples and porous membranes of nondegradable polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane poly(carbonate-urea) urethane (POSS-PCU) and a biodegradable poly(caprolactone-urea) urethane (POSS-PCL) were examined. Sterilization techniques included conventional steam sterilization (autoclaving), gamma irradiation, and disinfection via incubating with ethanol (EtOH) for 10 min or 24 h. After treatment, the samples were examined using gel permeation chromatography (GPC), attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and tensiometry. Cytotoxicity was evaluated through the culture of endothelial progenitor cells and the efficacy of sterilization method was determined by incubating each sample in tryptone soya broth and fluid thioglycollate medium for cultivation of microorganisms. Although EtOH did not affect the material properties in any form, the samples were found to be nonsterile with microbial growth detected on each of the samples. Gamma irradiation was not only effective in sterilizing both POSS-PCU and POSS-PCL but also led to minor material degradation and displayed a cytotoxic effect on the cultured cells. Autoclaving was found to be the optimal sterilization technique for both solid and porous membranes of the nondegradable POSS-PCU samples as it was successful in sterilizing the samples, displayed no cytotoxic side effects and did not degrade the material. However, the biodegradable POSS-PCL was not able to withstand the harsh environment during autoclaving, resulting in it losing all structural integrity. PMID:24039066

  13. Effects of sterilization treatments on bulk and surface properties of nanocomposite biomaterials

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    Ahmed, Maqsood; Punshon, Geoffrey; Darbyshire, Arnold; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2013-01-01

    With the continuous and expanding use of implantable biomaterials in a clinical setting, this study aims to elucidate the influence of sterilization techniques on the material surface and bulk properties of two polyurethane nanocomposite biomaterials. Both solid samples and porous membranes of nondegradable polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane poly(carbonate-urea) urethane (POSS-PCU) and a biodegradable poly(caprolactone-urea) urethane (POSS-PCL) were examined. Sterilization techniques included conventional steam sterilization (autoclaving), gamma irradiation, and disinfection via incubating with ethanol (EtOH) for 10 min or 24 h. After treatment, the samples were examined using gel permeation chromatography (GPC), attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and tensiometry. Cytotoxicity was evaluated through the culture of endothelial progenitor cells and the efficacy of sterilization method was determined by incubating each sample in tryptone soya broth and fluid thioglycollate medium for cultivation of microorganisms. Although EtOH did not affect the material properties in any form, the samples were found to be nonsterile with microbial growth detected on each of the samples. Gamma irradiation was not only effective in sterilizing both POSS-PCU and POSS-PCL but also led to minor material degradation and displayed a cytotoxic effect on the cultured cells. Autoclaving was found to be the optimal sterilization technique for both solid and porous membranes of the nondegradable POSS-PCU samples as it was successful in sterilizing the samples, displayed no cytotoxic side effects and did not degrade the material. However, the biodegradable POSS-PCL was not able to withstand the harsh environment during autoclaving, resulting in it losing all structural integrity. PMID:24039066

  14. Low damage etching method of low-k material with a neutral beam for interlayer dielectric of semiconductor device

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    Kang, Seung Hyun; Kim, Jong Kyu; Lee, Sung Ho; Kim, Jin Woo; Yeom, Geun Young

    2015-03-15

    To reduce the cross-talk between nanoscale devices, low-k materials such as methyl silsesquioxane (MSQ), which is damaged easily during plasma etching, are introduced as an intermetallic dielectric material in addition to the use of copper as the conducting material for the reduction of parasitic resistance and capacitance. In this study, beam techniques such as neutral/ion beams were used in the etching of MSQ and the effect of these beam techniques on the reduction of the degradation of the MSQ were investigated. When MSQ was etched using the same CF{sub 4} etch gas at the similar etch rate as that used for conventional MSQ etching using inductively coupled plasmas (ICPs), the neutral/ion beam etching showed lower F contents and lower penetration depth of F, indicating decreased degradation by fluorination of MSQ during etching using the beam techniques. Especially, the neutral beam etching technique showed the lowest F contamination and the lower penetration depth of F among the etch methods. When the dielectric constant was measured after the etching of the same depth, the MSQ etched with the neutral beam showed the lowest change of the dielectric constant, while that etched using the ICP showed the highest change of dielectric constant. The lower degradation, that is, the lower chemical modification of MSQ material with the beam technique is believed to be related to the decreased concentration of radical species in the processing chamber reacting with the MSQ surface, while the lowest degradation using the neutral beam is believed to be due to the lower reaction rate of the reactive neutral compared to reactive ions.

  15. CO2 SEQUESTRATION AND RECYCLE BY PHOTOCATALYSIS WITH VISIBLE LIGHT

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    Steven S.C. Chuang

    2001-10-01

    Visible light-photocatalysis could provide a cost-effective route to recycle CO{sub 2} to useful chemicals or fuels. Development of an effective catalyst for the photocatalytic synthesis requires (i) the knowledge of the surface band gap and its relation to the surface structure, (ii) the reactivity of adsorbates and their reaction pathways, and (iii) the ability to manipulate the actives site for adsorption, surface reaction, and electron transfer. The objective of this research is to study the photo-catalytic activity of TiO{sub 2}-base catalyst. A series of TiO{sub 2}-supported metal catalysts were prepared for determining the activity and selectivity for the synthesis of methane and methanol. 0.5 wt% Cu/SrTiO{sub 3} was found to be the most active and selective catalyst for methanol synthesis. The activity of the catalyst decreased in the order: Ti silsesquioxane > Cu/SrTiO{sub 3} > Pt/TiO{sub 2} > Cu/TiO{sub 2} > TiO{sub 2} > Rh/TiO{sub 2}. To further increase the number of site for the reaction, we propose to prepare monolayer and multiplayer TiOx on high surface area mesoporous oxides. These catalysts will be used for in situ IR study in the Phase II research project to determine the reactivity of adsorbates. Identification of active adsorbates and sites will allow incorporation of acid/basic sites to alter the nature of CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O adsorbates and with Pt/Cu sites to direct reaction pathways of surface intermediates, enhancing the overall activity and selectivity for methanol and hydrocarbon synthesis. The overall goal of this research is to provide a greater predictive capability for the design of visible light-photosynthesis catalysts by a deeper understanding of the reaction kinetics and mechanism as well as by better control of the coordination/chemical environment of active sites.

  16. Atomic-Oxygen-Durable and Electrically-Conductive CNT-POSS-Polyimide Flexible Films for Space Applications.

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    Atar, Nurit; Grossman, Eitan; Gouzman, Irina; Bolker, Asaf; Murray, Vanessa J; Marshall, Brooks C; Qian, Min; Minton, Timothy K; Hanein, Yael

    2015-06-10

    In low Earth orbit (LEO), hazards such as atomic oxygen (AO) or electrostatic discharge (ESD) degrade polymeric materials, specifically, the extensively used polyimide (PI) Kapton. We prepared PI-based nanocomposite films that show both AO durability and ESD protection by incorporating polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) and carbon nanotube (CNT) additives. The unique methods that are reported prevent CNT agglomeration and degradation of the CNT properties that are common in dispersion-based processes. The influence of the POSS content on the electrical, mechanical, and thermo-optical properties of the CNT-POSS-PI films was investigated and compared to those of control PI and CNT-PI films. CNT-POSS-PI films with 5 and 15 wt % POSS content exhibited sheet resistivities as low as 200 Ω/□, and these resistivities remained essentially unchanged after exposure to AO with a fluence of ∼2.3 × 10(20) O atoms cm(-2). CNT-POSS-PI films with 15 wt % POSS content exhibited an erosion yield of 4.8 × 10(-25) cm(3) O atom(-1) under 2.3 × 10(20) O atoms cm(-2) AO fluence, roughly one order of magnitude lower than that of pure PI films. The durability of the conductivity of the composite films was demonstrated by rolling film samples with a tight radius up to 300 times. The stability of the films to thermal cycling and ionizing radiation was also demonstrated. These properties make the prepared CNT-POSS-PI films with 15 wt % POSS content excellent candidates for applications where AO durability and electrical conductivity are required for flexible and thermally stable materials. Hence, they are suggested here for LEO applications such as the outer layers of spacecraft thermal blankets. PMID:25945409

  17. The application of POSS nanostructures in cartilage tissue engineering: the chondrocyte response to nanoscale geometry.

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    Oseni, Adelola O; Butler, Peter E; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2015-11-01

    Despite extensive research into cartilage tissue engineering (CTE), there is still no scaffold ideal for clinical applications. Various synthetic and natural polymers have been investigated in vitro and in vivo, but none have reached widespread clinical use. The authors investigate the potential of POSS-PCU, a synthetic nanocomposite polymer, for use in CTE. POSS-PCU is modified with silsesquioxane nanostructures that improve its biological and physical properties. The ability of POSS-PCU to support the growth of ovine nasoseptal chondrocytes was evaluated against a polymer widely used in CTE, polycaprolactone (PCL). Scaffolds with varied concentrations of the POSS molecule were also synthesized to investigate their effect on chondrocyte growth. Chondrocytes were seeded onto scaffold disks (PCU negative control; POSS-PCU 2%, 4%, 6%, 8%; PCL). Cytocompatibilty was evaluated using cell viability, total DNA, collagen and GAG assays. Chondrocytes cultured on POSS-PCU (2% POSS) scaffolds had significantly higher viability than PCL scaffolds (p < 0.001). Total DNA, collagen and sGAG protein were also greater on POSS-PCU scaffolds compared with PCL (p > 0.05). POSS-PCU (6% and 8% POSS) had improved viability and proliferation over an 18 day culture period compared with 2% and 4% POSS-PCU (p < 0.0001). Increasing the percentage of POSS in the scaffolds increased the size of the pores found in the scaffolds (p < 0.05). POSS-PCU has excellent potential for use in CTE. It supports the growth of chondrocytes in vitro and the POSS modification significantly enhances the growth and proliferation of nasoseptal chondrocytes compared with traditional scaffolds such as PCL. PMID:23576328

  18. Enhancing tissue integration and angiogenesis of a novel nanocomposite polymer using plasma surface polymerisation, an in vitro and in vivo study.

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    Griffin, Michelle F; Palgrave, Robert G; Seifalian, Alexander M; Butler, Peter E; Kalaskar, Deepak M

    2016-01-01

    Current surgical reconstruction of facial defects including nose or ear involves harvesting patient's own autologous tissue, causing donor site morbidity and is limited by tissue availability. The use of alternative synthetic materials is also limited due to complications related to poor tissue integration and angiogenesis, which lead to extrusion of implants and infection. We intend to meet this clinical challenge by using a novel nanocomposite called polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane poly(carbonate-urea)urethane (POSS-PCU), which has already been successfully taken to the clinical bench-side as a replacement for trachea, tear duct and vascular by-pass graft. In this study, we aimed to enhance tissue integration and angiogenesis of POSS-PCU using an established surface treatment technique, plasma surface polymerisation (PSP), functionalising the surface using NH2 and COOH chemical groups. Physical characterisation of scaffolds was achieved by using a number of techniques, including water contact angle, SEM, AFM and XPS to study the effects of PSM modification on the POSS-PCU nanocomposite in detail, which has not been previously documented. Wettability evaluation confirmed that scaffolds become hydrophilic and AFM analysis confirmed that nano topographical alterations resulted as a consequence of PSP treatment. Chemical functionalisation was confirmed using XPS, which suggested the presence of NH2 and COOH functional groups on the scaffolds. The modified scaffolds were then tested both in vitro and in vivo to investigate the potential of PSP modified POSS-PCU scaffolds on tissue integration and angiogenesis. In vitro analysis confirmed that PSM modification resulted in higher cellular growth, proliferation and ECM production as assessed by biochemical assays and immunofluorescence. Subcutaneous implantation of modified POSS-PCU scaffolds was then carried out over 12-weeks, resulting in enhanced tissue integration and angiogenesis (p < 0.05). This study

  19. Novel POSS-PCU Nanocomposite Material as a Biocompatible Coating for Quantum Dots.

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    Rizvi, Sarwat B; Yang, Shi Yu; Green, Mark; Keshtgar, Mo; Seifalian, Alexander M

    2015-12-16

    Quantum dots (QDs) are fluorescent nanoparticles with unique photophysical properties that enable them to potentially replace traditional organic dyes and fluorescent proteins in various bioimaging applications. However, the inherent toxicity of their cores based on cadmium salts limits their widespread biomedical use. We have developed a novel nanocomposite polymer emulsion based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane poly(carbonate-urea) urethane (POSS-PCU) that can be used to coat quantum dots to nullify their toxicity and enhance photostability. Here we report the synthesis and characterization of a novel POSS-PCU nanocomposite polymer emulsion and describe its application for coating QDs for biological application. The polymer was synthesized by a process of emulsion polymerization and formed stable micelles of ∼33 nm in diameter. CdTe/CdS/ZnS QDs were efficiently stabilized by the polymer emulsion through encapsulation within the polymer micelles. Characterization studies showed no significant change in the unique photophysical properties of QDs after coating. The polymer was biocompatible to HepG2, HUVECs, and mouse skeletal muscle cells at 2.5% after 24 h exposure on in vitro testing. Polymer encapsulated QDs showed enhanced photostability on exposure to high degrees of UV irradiation and air as well as significantly reduced cytotoxicity on exposure to HepG2 cells at 30 μg/mL for 24 h. We have therefore concluded that the POSS-PCU polymer emulsion has the potential to make a biocompatible and photostable coating for QDs enabling a host of biomedical applications to take this technology to the next level. PMID:26439600

  20. Electron-beam lithography with character projection exposure for throughput enhancement with line-edge quality optimization

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    Ikeno, Rimon; Maruyama, Satoshi; Mita, Yoshio; Ikeda, Makoto; Asada, Kunihiro

    2016-03-01

    Among various electron-beam lithography (EBL) techniques, variable-shaped beam (VSB) and character projection (CP) methods have attracted many EBL users for their high-throughput feature, but they are considered to be more suited to small-featured VLSI fabrication with regularly-arranged layouts like standard-cell logics and memory arrays. On the other hand, non-VLSI applications like photonics, MEMS, MOEMS, and so on, have not been fully utilized the benefit of CP method due to their wide variety of layout patterns. In addition, the stepwise edge shapes by VSB method often causes intolerable edge roughness to degrade device characteristics from its intended performance with smooth edges. We proposed an overall EBL methodology applicable to wade-variety of EBL applications utilizing VSB and CP methods. Its key idea is in our layout data conversion algorithm that decomposes curved or oblique edges of arbitrary layout patterns into CP shots. We expect significant reduction in EB shot count with a CP-bordered exposure data compared to the corresponding VSB-alone conversion result. Several CP conversion parameters are used to optimize EB exposure throughput, edge quality, and resultant device characteristics. We demonstrated out methodology using the leading-edge VSB/CP EBL tool, ADVANTEST F7000S-VD02, with high resolution Hydrogen Silsesquioxane (HSQ) resist. Through our experiments of curved and oblique edge lithography under various data conversion conditions, we learned correspondence of the conversion parameters to the resultant edge roughness and other conditions. They will be utilized as the fundamental data for further enhancement of our EBL strategy for optimized EB exposure.