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  1. Azobenzene

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    Azobenzene ; CASRN 103 - 33 - 3 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic Effect

  2. Holographic Gratings and Data Storage in Azobenzene-Containing Block Copolymers and Molecular Glasses

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    Audorff, Hubert; Kreger, Klaus; Walker, Roland; Haarer, Dietrich; Kador, Lothar; Schmidt, Hans-Werner

    This review covers synthesis, materials development, and photophysics of azobenzene-containing block copolymers as potential media for reversible volume holographic data storage. For high-density holographic data storage, volume gratings must be inscribed in millimeter-thick samples to achieve efficient angle multiplexing. It is demonstrated that block copolymers with azobenzene side-groups in the minority block develop no detrimental surface relief structures and exhibit superior performance regarding volume gratings, compared to homopolymers and statistical copolymers. Several material concepts for optimizing the refractive index modulation and the stability of volume gratings are presented. Stabilities of more than 2 years were achieved. Most important is the development of polymer blends comprising the azobenzene-containing block copolymer and an optically transparent homopolymer. This enables the preparation of millimeter-thick samples with the required optical density of ˜ 0. 7 at the writing wavelength by conventional injection molding techniques. The inscription of up to 200 holograms at the same lateral position was demonstrated. In addition, more than 1,000 write/erase cycles can be performed. This is the first time that the inscription and erasure of the long-term stable angle-multiplexed volume gratings in a rewritable polymeric medium have been achieved by purely optical means. A second important application for azobenzene-containing materials is the controlled preparation of surface relief structures. It is demonstrated that azobenzene-containing molecular glasses are an ideal class for efficient formation of surface relief gratings (SRGs) with amplitude heights of more than 600 nm. Clear relationships can be established between the chemical structure of the molecules and the behavior of SRG formation. All results are in agreement with the gradient force model by Kumar et al. The surface patterns are stable enough to be transferred to a polymer

  3. Azobenzene photoswitching as a tool for controlling block copolymer self-assembly in dip-coated thin films

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    Vapaavuori, Jaana; Grosrenaud, Josué; Borozenko, Kateryna; Pellerin, Christian; Bazuin, Geraldine; Department of Chemistry, University of Montreal Team

    Understanding how to control the characteristics of microphase-separated block copolymer thin films is of crucial importance for developing nanotechnological applications, such as producing nanoscale lithography templates for the electronics industry. The supramolecular complexation of small molecules selectively to one of the blocks in suitable block copolymers enables modulating the block volume fractions and thereby controlling the type of surface morphology obtained in thin films. In this contribution, we show that the morphology of dip-coated polystyrene-b-poly(4-vinylpyridine) polymer films containing a hydrogen-bonding azobenzene guest can be further controlled using light as an external in situ stimulus during the dip-coating procedure. A change from spherical to cylindrical morphology was demonstrated when the geometry of the azobenzene units was switched by illumination at 365 nm. Film thickness measurements revealed that the thickness of the films can also be tailored by light, since films prepared under irradiation are significantly thicker than non-irradiated ones. The photochemical requirements to guide the choice of azobenzene molecule and the nature of the solvent used will be discussed in view of an optimal material combination for easily directable systems.

  4. 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

  5. Phase behavior of multi-arm star-shaped polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymer

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    Jang, Sangshin; Moon, Hong Chul; Bae, Dusik; Kwak, Jonghen; Kim, Jin Kon

    2013-03-01

    We synthesized star-shaped polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymer (PS- b-PMMA) by utilizing α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) as a core of the star-shaped block copolymer. Eighteen hydroxyl groups on α-CD were transformed to bromine by the reaction with α-bromoisobutyryl bromide. We found that the number of bromine substituted arms per one α-CD was higher than 16, which was determined by nuclear magnetic resonance and Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization. We could control molecular weight of block copolymers by changing polymerization times. The block copolymers were characterized by gel permeation chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance. Phase behaviors of these star-shaped block copolymers were investigated by small angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy.

  6. Phase Behavior of Star-shaped polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) Copolymers

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    Jang, Sangshin; Moon, Hongchul; Lee, Youngmin; Kim, Jin Kon

    2012-02-01

    Star-shaped polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymer (PS-b-PMMA) was synthesized by utilizing α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) as a junction point of the star-shaped block copolymer. Eighteen hydroxyl groups on α-CD were substituted with bromine by the reaction with α-bromoisobutyryl bromide for atom transfer radical polymerization. We found that the number of bromine substituted arms per one α-CD was higher than 16 measured by nuclear magnetic resonance and Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization. We could control molecular weight of this unusual kind of block copolymer depending on polymerization times. Those polymers were characterized by gel permeation chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance. Phase behavior of these star-shaped block copolymers were investigated.

  7. Photocontrol over the Disorder-to-Order Transition (DOT) in Thin Film of Polystyrene-block-Poly(methyl methacrylate) Block Copolymers Containing Photodimerizable anthracene functionality

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    Chen, Wei; Li, Le; Wei, Xinyu; Balazs, Anna; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; Russell, Thomas

    2010-03-01

    Reversible photocontrol over the disorder-to-order transition (DOT) of block copolymers can be used to fabricate defect-free, long-range ordered nanomaterials over macroscopic distances by ``photo-combing'' the microdomains. Here, we randomly copolymerized anthracene functionalities in a ``dilute'' way with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate as the middle block, forming deuterated polystyrene-block-poly(2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl anthracene-9-carboxylate-random-2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (d8-PS-b-P(9AnEMA-r-HEMA)-b-PMMA) triblock copolymers. Upon UV irradiation of a thin film of the phase-mixed triblock copolymer, photodimerization of anthracene links the junction of d8-PS and PMMA blocks and produces an artificial interface to force a phase-separation, i.e. a UV-induced DOT, as evidenced by small angle neutron scattering (SANS). Reversible photocontrol over the DOT can be achieved by taking advantage of photodimerization and photodissociation of anthracene.

  8. Manipulating Interfaces through Surface Confinement of Poly(glycidyl methacrylate)-block-poly(vinyldimethylazlactone), a Dually Reactive Block Copolymer

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    Lokitz, Bradley S; Wei, Jifeng; Hinestrosa Salazar, Juan P; Ivanov, Ilia N; Browning, James B; Ankner, John Francis; Kilbey, II, S Michael; Messman, Jamie M

    2012-01-01

    The assembly of dually reactive, well-defined diblock copolymers incorporating the chemoselective/functional monomer, 4,4-dimethyl-2-vinylazlactone (VDMA) and the surface-reactive monomer glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) is examined to understand how competition between surface attachment and microphase segregation influences interfacial structure. Reaction of the PGMA block with surface hydroxyl groups not only anchors the copolymer to the surface, but limits chain mobility, creating brush-like structures comprising PVDMA blocks, which contain reactive azlactone groups. The block copolymers are spin coated at various solution concentrations and annealed at elevated temperature to optimize film deposition to achieve a molecularly uniform layer. The thickness and structure of the polymer thin films are investigated by ellipsometry, infrared spectroscopy, and neutron reflectometry. The results show that deposition of PGMA-b-PVDMA provides a useful route to control film thickness while preserving azlactone groups that can be further modified with biotin-poly(ethylene glycol)amine to generate designer surfaces. The method described herein offers guidance for creating highly functional surfaces, films, or coatings through the use of dually reactive block copolymers and postpolymerization modification.

  9. Sub-5 nm Domains in Ordered Poly(cyclohexylethylene)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) Block Polymers for Lithography.

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    Kennemur, Justin; Yao, Li; Bates, Frank Stephen; Hillmyer, Marc

    2014-01-01

    A series of poly(cyclohexylethylene)-block-poly- (methyl methacrylate) (PCHE PMMA) diblock copolymers with varying molar mass (4.9 kg/mol Mn 30.6 kg/mol) and narrow molar mass distribution were synthesized through a combination of anionic and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) techniques. Heterogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of -(hydroxy)polystyrene (PS-OH) yielded -(hydroxy)poly(cyclohexylethylene) (PCHEOH) with little loss of hydroxyl functionality. PCHE-OH was reacted with -bromoisobutyryl bromide (BiBB) to produce an ATRP macroinitiator used for the polymerization of methyl methacrylate. PCHE PMMA is a glassy, thermally stable material with a large effective segment segment interaction parameter, eff = (144.4 6.2)/T (0.162 0.013), determined by meanfield analysis of order-to-disorder transition temperatures (TODT) measured by dynamic mechanical analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. Ordered lamellar domain pitches (9 D 33 nm) were identified by small-angle X-ray scattering from neat BCPs containing 43 52 vol % PCHE ( f PCHE). Atomic force microscopy was used to show 7.5 nm lamellar features (D = 14.8 nm) which are some of the smallest observed to date. The lowest molar mass sample (Mn = 4.9 kg/mol, f PCHE = 0.46) is characterized by TODT = 173 3 C and sub-5 nm nanodomains, which together with the sacrificial properties of PMMA and the high overall thermal stability place this material at the forefront of high- systems for advanced nanopatterning applications.

  10. Nanomechanical properties of solvent cast polystyrene and poly(methyl methacrylate) polymer blends and self-assembled block copolymers

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    Lorenzoni, Matteo; Evangelio, Laura; Nicolet, Célia; Navarro, Christophe; San Paulo, Alvaro; Rius, Gemma; Pérez-Murano, Francesc

    2015-07-01

    The nanomechanical properties of solvent-cast polymer thin films have been investigated using PeakForce™ Quantitative Nanomechanical Mapping. The samples consisted of films of polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) obtained after the dewetting of toluene solution on a polymeric brush layer. Additionally, we have probed the mechanical properties of poly(styrene-b-methyl methacrylate) block copolymers (BCP) as randomly oriented thin films. The probed films have a critical thickness <50 nm and present features to be resolved <42 nm. The Young's modulus values obtained through several nanoindentation experiments present a good agreement with previous literature, suggesting that the PeakForce™ technique could be crucial for BCP investigations, e.g., as a predictor of the mechanical stability of the different phases.

  11. Novel cationic triblock copolymer of poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate]-block-poly(β-amino ester)-block-poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate]: a promising non-viral gene delivery system.

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    Cordeiro, Rosemeyre A; Farinha, Dina; Rocha, Nuno; Serra, Arménio C; Faneca, Henrique; Coelho, Jorge F J

    2015-02-01

    This manuscript reports the synthesis of a new cationic block copolymer based on poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] and poly(β-amino ester) from different polymerization strategies. For the first time, it is proposed a triblock copolymer based only on cationic segments, aiming a high biocompatibility, enhanced buffering capacity and stimuli-responsive character in a single structure. The new block copolymer successfully condensed the plasmid DNA into nanosized polyplexes. The polyplexes were tested in two different cell lines revealing ∼4-fold and ∼6-fold (in HeLa cells), and ∼11-fold (in COS-7 cells) higher transgene expression than branched PEI and TurboFect™, respectively. These results show that this new block copolymer is a promising candidate to be used as a polymeric non-viral vector. PMID:25399846

  12. Control of polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) directed self-assembly by laser-induced millisecond thermal annealing

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    Jacobs, Alan G.; Jung, Byungki; Jiang, Jing; Ober, Christopher K.; Thompson, Michael O.

    2015-07-01

    Directed self-assembly of polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) during laser thermal annealing at peak temperatures of 300°C-800°C for dwells of 1-10 ms has been explored. The enhanced mobility of polymer chains at these temperatures improves registration compared with conventional thermal anneals. PS-b-PMMA films (forming 15-nm line/space standing lamellae) were cast on chemically patterned substrates with a copolymer neutral layer and annealed by laser and hot plate. Annealing by hot plate or multiple laser scans resulted in well-aligned features over micron length scales. By laser annealing multiple times, defectivity was reduced by ˜60%. However, laser annealing for only 10 ms before performing a hot plate anneal reduced defectivity by >80%. We believe that this reduction arises from improved interfacial alignment of the film to the template during laser annealing near the order-disorder transition.

  13. Fabrication of nanopatterned poly(ethylene glycol) brushes by molecular transfer printing from poly(styrene-block-methyl methacrylate) films to generate arrays of Au nanoparticles.

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    Onses, M Serdar

    2015-01-27

    This article presents a soft lithographic approach using block copolymer (BCP) films to fabricate functional chemically patterned polymer brushes on the nanoscale. Hydroxyl-terminated poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG-OH) was transfer printed from the poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) domains of self-assembled poly(styrene-block-methyl methacrylate) films to a substrate in conformal contact with the film to generate patterned PEG brushes mirroring the pattern of BCP domains. A key point in the study is that the chemistry of the functional transferred brushes is different from the chemistry of either block of the copolymer; PEG-OH is miscible only in the PMMA block and therefore transferred only from PMMA domains. The functionality of the PEG brushes was demonstrated by the selective immobilization of citrate-stabilized Au NPs (15 nm) and validated the generation of high-quality chemical patterns with sub-30-nm feature sizes. PMID:25547182

  14. The azobenzene derivatives

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    Ionita, Ionica; Radulescu, Cristiana; Poinescu, Aurora Anca; Anghelina, Florina Violeta; Bunghez, Raluca; Ion, Rodica-Mariana

    2015-02-01

    Azobenzene derivatives constitute a group of dyes which have photochromic properties and have been investigated as promising systems for diverse applications in the unconventional optic area, their properties can be moulded with help of light.

  15. Glyco-Nanoparticles Made from Self-Assembly of Maltoheptaose-block-Poly(methyl methacrylate): Micelle, Reverse Micelle, and Encapsulation.

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    Zepon, Karine M; Otsuka, Issei; Bouilhac, Cécile; Muniz, Edvani C; Soldi, Valdir; Borsali, Redouane

    2015-07-13

    The synthesis and the solution-state self-assembly of the "hybrid" diblock copolymers, maltoheptaose-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (MH-b-PMMA), into large compound micelles (LCMs) and reverve micelle-type nanoparticles, are reported in this paper. The copolymers were self-assembled in water and acetone by direct dissolution method, and the morphologies of the nanoparticles were investigated by dynamic light scattering (DLS), nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), proton nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H NMR), and fluorescence spectroscopy as a function of the volume fraction of the copolymer hydrophobic block, copolymer concentration, stirring speed, and solvent polarity. The DLS measurements and TEM images showed that the hydrodynamic radius (Rh) of the LCMs obtained in water increases with the copolymer concentration. Apart from that, increasing the stirring speed leads to polydispersed aggregations of the LCMs. On the other hand, in acetone, the copolymers self-assembled into reverse micelle-type nanoparticles having Rh values of about 6 nm and micellar aggregates, as revealed the results obtained from DLS, AFM, and (1)H NMR analyses. The variation in micellar structure, that is, conformational inversion from LCMs to reverse micelle-type structures in response to polarity of the solvent, was investigated by apparent water contact angle (WCA) and (1)H NMR analyses. This conformational inversion of the nanoparticles was further confirmed by encapsulation and release of hydrophobic guest molecule, Nile red, characterized by fluorescence spectroscopy. PMID:25974198

  16. Lectin-functionalized poly(glycidyl methacrylate)-block-poly(vinyldimethyl azlactone) surface supports for high avidity microbial capture

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    Hansen, Ryan R; Hinestrosa Salazar, Juan P; Shubert, Katherine R; Morrell, Jennifer L.; Pelletier, Dale A; Messman, Jamie M; Kilbey, II, S Michael; Lokitz, Bradley S; Retterer, Scott T

    2013-01-01

    Microbial exopolysaccharides (EPS) play a critical and dynamic role in shaping the interactions between microbial community members and their local environment. The capture of targeted microbes using surface immobilized lectins that recognize specific extracellular oligosaccharide moieties offers a non-destructive method for functional characterization based on EPS content. In this report, we evaluate the use of the block co-polymer, poly(glycidyl methacrylate)-block-4,4-dimethyl-2-vinylazlactone (PGMA-b-PVDMA), as a surface support for lectin-specific microbial capture. Arrays of circular polymer supports ten micron in diameter were generated on silicon substrates to provide discrete, covalent coupling sites for Triticum vulgare and Lens culinaris lectins. These supports promoted microbe adhesion and colony formation in a lectin-specific manner. Silicon posts with similar topography containing only physisorbed lectins showed significantly less activity. These results demonstrate that micropatterned PGMA-b-PVDMA supports provide a unique platform for microbial capture and screening based on EPS content by combining high avidity lectin surfaces with three-dimensional topography.

  17. Photoswitchable ring-opening polymerization of lactide catalyzed by azobenzene-based thiourea.

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    Dai, Zhongran; Cui, Yaqin; Chen, Changjuan; Wu, Jincai

    2016-07-01

    The reactivity of a catalytic polymerization system using photoresponsive azobenzene-based thiourea/PMDETA as a catalyst could be switched between slow and fast states by alternating exposure to UV and ambient light, because the active site of azobenzene thiourea is blocked via intramolecular hydrogen bonding when the azobenzene thiourea transfers from the E isomer to the Z isomer under UV irradiation. PMID:27345287

  18. Double stimuli-responsive ultrafiltration membranes from polystyrene-block-poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers.

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    Schacher, Felix; Rudolph, Tobias; Wieberger, Florian; Ulbricht, Mathias; Müller, Axel H E

    2009-07-01

    We report on the formation of self-supporting, double stimuli-responsive ultrafiltration membranes via the non-solvent-induced phase separation (NIPS) process. The polymers, polystyrene-block-poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PDMAEMA), were synthesized via living anionic polymerization in THF using sec-butyllithium as initiator. Two amphiphilic diblock copolymers were used, S(81)D(19)(75) and S(68)D(32)(100). The membranes were cast from mixtures of THF and DMF. The influence of the solvent composition, the "open-time" before immersion into the coagulation bath, and the casting film thickness onto the membrane morphology were thoroughly investigated, and flux values obtained for the different membrane systems were compared. The higher content in hydrophilic polymer for S(68)D(32)(100) resulted in a better compatibility with the nonsolvent bath consisting of water, leading to a slower precipitation and thus an improved control of the phase separation occurring. Under certain conditions, ordered microphase-separated porous morphologies were observed in parts of the membrane cross-section. Further, the "smart" properties of those novel materials are shown for two representative systems. It could be demonstrated that both stimuli for PDMAEMA, pH and temperature, can be reversibly and independently applied in order to significantly change the transmembrane water flux. PMID:20355953

  19. Synthesis and self-assembly of terpyridine end-capped poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-block-poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers.

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    Brassinne, Jérémy; Poggi, Elio; Fustin, Charles-André; Gohy, Jean-François

    2015-04-01

    At the basis of smart self-assembled materials are lying small building blocks that can hierarchically assemble in response to stimuli, e.g., temperature or chemical species. In this context, the synthesis of terpyridine end-capped poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) diblock copolymers via controlled radical copolymerization is reported here. The self-assembly of those copolymers is investigated in dilute aqueous solutions while varying temperature or adding transition metal ions, respectively, leading to the formation of micellar nanostructures or metallosupramolecular triblock copolymers. PMID:25491079

  20. Synthesis and Non-Resonant Nonlinear Optical Properties of Push-Pull Side-Chain Azobenzene Polymers

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    Fedus, K.; Smokal, V.; Krupka, O.; Boudebs, G.

    In this work, we report preliminary results obtained for methacrylic polymers incorporating azobenzene side-group as nonlinear optical (NLO) active molecule. The trans-cis isomerization properties are discussed. The third-order non-resonant nonlinear refractive index (n2) and nonlinear absorption coefficient (β) are measured using the Z-scan technique at 1064 nm in the picosecond regime. The influence of different electron-acceptor groups in azobenzene moieties on the nonlinear properties is investigated.

  1. Thermodynamics of Polymer Adsorption onto Nanoporous Silica and its Application in the Large Scale Purification of Poly(styrene)-block-Poly(alkyl methacrylate) Diblock Copolymers

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    Abdulahad, Asem Irfan

    As a result of unavoidable inconsistencies in their synthesis via controlled radical polymerization techniques, block copolymers inherently have distributions in chemical composition and molecular weight in each block that can have significant impact on their viscoelastic properties as well as their ability to self-assemble into ordered phases. High performance liquid chromatography is routinely utilized for determining the average molecular weight distribution that exist in synthetic polymers and is becoming increasingly popular for the fractionation and purification of chemically diverse complex polymer materials such as diblock copolymers. However, the inability of HPLC fractionation to provide meaningful quantities of purified complex polymers makes this method extremely inefficient and limits the ability to characterize purified fractions further. Overall, this dissertation work can be digested in two distinct parts. In the first part, high performance liquid chromatography was used as a tool for studying the influential parameters affecting the critical adsorption point of poly(styrene) and poly(alkyl methacrylate) homopolymers. The understanding gained in the first portion was depended on for the development of large scale fractionation procedures. In the second part, a chemically diverse variety of poly(alkyl methacrylate)-block-poly(styrene) diblock copolymers synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization and anionic polymerization were purified by large scale adsorption-based fractionation procedures that included chromatographic filtration and the sequential adsorption/desorption of bulk diblock copolymer materials. The impact of diblock copolymer purification is addressed by comparing the molecular weight distribution, chemical composition distribution, viscoelastic properties, and small-angle X-ray scattering profiles.

  2. Evaluation of photoinduced change in refractive index of a polymer film doped with an azobenzene liquid crystal by means of a prism-coupling method

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    Kurihara, Hideo; Shishido, Atsushi; Ikeda, Tomiki

    2005-10-15

    The photoinduced change in refractive index of poly(methyl methacrylate) films doped with an azobenzene liquid crystal was measured by the prism-coupling method. Upon irradiation of the film with a high-pressure mercury lamp at 366 nm, the coupling angles shifted and then recovered to the initial position by turning off the light. The change in refractive index was found to be 2x10{sup -3}, which is attributed to the reversible photoisomerization of the azobenzene moieties.

  3. Poly(Lactic Acid) Hemodialysis Membranes with Poly(Lactic Acid)-block-Poly(2-Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate) Copolymer As Additive: Preparation, Characterization, and Performance.

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    Zhu, Lijing; Liu, Fu; Yu, Xuemin; Xue, Lixin

    2015-08-19

    Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) hemodialysis membranes with enhanced antifouling capability and hemocompatibility were developed using poly(lactic acid)-block-poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PLA-PHEMA) copolymers as the blending additive. PLA-PHEMA block copolymers were synthesized via reversible addition-fragmentation (RAFT) polymerization from aminolyzed PLA. Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and (1)H-nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H NMR) were applied to characterize the synthesized products. By blending PLA with the amphiphilic block copolymer, PLA/PLA-PHEMA membranes were prepared by nonsolvent induced phase separation (NIPS) method. Their chemistry and structure were characterized with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The results revealed that PLA/PLA-PHEMA membranes with high PLA-PHEMA contents exhibited enhanced hydrophilicity, water permeability, antifouling and hemocompatibility. Especially, when the PLA-PHEMA concentration was 15 wt %, the water flux of the modified membrane was about 236 L m(-2) h(-1). Its urea and creatinine clearance was more than 0.70 mL/min, lysozyme clearance was about 0.50 mL/min, BSA clearance was as less as 0.31 mL/min. All the results suggest that PLA-PHEMA copolymers had served as effective agents for optimizing the property of PLA-based membrane for hemodialysis applications. PMID:26222398

  4. Mesoscale simulation of the formation and dynamics of lipid-structured poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers.

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    Mu, Dan; Li, Jian-Quan; Feng, Sheng-Yu

    2015-05-21

    Twelve poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PEO-b-PMMA) copolymers with lipid-like structures were designed and investigated by MesoDyn simulation. Spherical and worm-like micelles as well as bicontinuous, lamellar and defected lamellar phases were obtained. A special structure, designated B2412, with two lipid structures connected by their heads, was found to undergo four stages prior to forming a spherical micelle phase. Two possible assembly mechanisms were found via thermodynamic and dynamic process analyses; namely, the fusion and fission of micelles in dynamic equilibrium during the adjustment stage. Water can be encapsulated into these micelles, which can affect their size, particularly in low concentration aqueous solutions. The assignment of weak negative charges to the hydrophilic EO blocks resulted in a clear effect on micelle size. Surprisingly, the largest effect was observed with EO blocks with -0.5 e, wherein an ordered perfect hexagonal phase was formed. The obtained results can be applied in numerous fields of study, including adsorption, catalysis, controlled release and drug delivery. PMID:25898853

  5. Use of combined chromatographic methods including thin-layer chromatography for analysis of complex polymer systems. Determination of the polydispersity of block copolymers of styrene and methyl methacrylate by gel permeation, thin-layer and pyrolysis gas chromatography.

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    Belenkii, B G; Gankina, E S; Nefedov, P P; Lazareva, M A; Savitskaya, T S; Volchikhina, M D

    1975-05-01

    A combination of gel permeation chromatography (GPC), thin-layer chromatography (TLC) and pyrolysis gas chromatography (PGC) has been used for investigations of a polymethyl methacrylate-polystyrene-polymethyl methacrylate block copolymer. Continuous distribution of the polymer (40-mg sample) was attained according to the content of the styrene and methyl methacrylate units and of the block copolymer and according to the composition of the copolymer as functions of the hydrodynamic radius of the macromolecules. The polymer was subjected to a preliminary fractionation with an analytical gel chromatograph. The fractions were investigated by TLC, which permitted the separation of the block copolymer and the homopolymers. The composition of the fractions obtained by GPC and TLC was determined by PGC. As a result, it was possible to establish the composition of the block copolymer and its ratio to polymethyl methacrylate in each fraction. This investigation was based on a combination of highly effective fractionation by chromatographic methods with precise quantitative ratios obtained from Benoit's universal calibration graph and from determinations of the composition of the polymer fractions by PGC. The mechanism of the TLC of polymers, including the appearance of artefacts that distort the results of analysis, is also discussed. PMID:1150816

  6. Optical Modulation of the Diffraction Efficiency in an Indoline Azobenzene/Amorphous Polycarbonate Film.

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    Williams, G V M; Do, My T T; Middleton, A; Raymond, S G; Bhuiyan, M D H; Kay, A J

    2016-12-01

    We have made a diffraction grating in an indoline azobenzene/amorphous polycarbonate film by two-beam interference at 532 nm that periodically photodegrades the indoline azobenzene dye. Subsequent illumination of the film with 532-nm light into the trans-isomer band leads to trans-cis isomerization in the indoline azobenzene dye and results in a decrease in the trans-isomer band absorption coefficient. This causes the diffraction efficiency to decrease when probed at 655 nm. The diffraction efficiency returns to its original value when the 532-nm light is blocked by thermal relaxation from the indoline azobenzene cis-isomer to the trans-isomer. Thus, we have been able to optically modulate the diffraction efficiency in a thin film diffraction grating. PMID:27416904

  7. Optical Modulation of the Diffraction Efficiency in an Indoline Azobenzene/Amorphous Polycarbonate Film

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    Williams, G. V. M.; Do, My T. T.; Middleton, A.; Raymond, S. G.; Bhuiyan, M. D. H.; Kay, A. J.

    2016-07-01

    We have made a diffraction grating in an indoline azobenzene/amorphous polycarbonate film by two-beam interference at 532 nm that periodically photodegrades the indoline azobenzene dye. Subsequent illumination of the film with 532-nm light into the trans-isomer band leads to trans- cis isomerization in the indoline azobenzene dye and results in a decrease in the trans-isomer band absorption coefficient. This causes the diffraction efficiency to decrease when probed at 655 nm. The diffraction efficiency returns to its original value when the 532-nm light is blocked by thermal relaxation from the indoline azobenzene cis-isomer to the trans-isomer. Thus, we have been able to optically modulate the diffraction efficiency in a thin film diffraction grating.

  8. Amphiphilic and biodegradable methoxy polyethylene glycol-block-(polycaprolactone-graft-poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)) as an effective gene carrier

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    Guo, Shutao; Huang, Yuanyu; Wei, Tuo; Zhang, Wendi; Wang, Weiwei; Lin, Daoshu; Zhang, Xu; Kumar, Anil; Du, Quan; Xing, Jinfeng; Deng, Liandong; Liang, Zicai; Wang, Paul C.; Dong, Anjie; Liang, Xing-Jie

    2011-01-01

    A group of amphiphilic cationic polymers, methoxy polyethylene glycol-block-(polycaprolactone-graft-poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)) (PECD), were synthesized by combining ring-opening polymerization (ROP) and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) methods to form nanoparticles (NPs). The structures of these amphiphilic cationic polymers were characterized by 1H NMR measurement. The PECD NPs have hydrophobic cores covered with hydrophilic PEG and cationic PDMAEMA chains. These self-assembly nanoparticles were characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS) technique. PECD NPs can effectively condense DNA to form compact complexes of the size 65–160 nm suitable for gene delivery. The in vitro gene transfection studies of HeLa and HepG2 cells show that PECD NPs have better transfection efficiency compared to polyethylenimine (PEI) and Lipofectamine 2000 at low dose (N/P = 5). The cytotoxicity result shows that PECD NPs/DNA complexes at the optimal N/P ratio for transfection have comparable toxicity with PEI and Lipofectamine. These results indicate that PECD NPs have a great potential to be used as efficient polymeric carriers for gene transfection. PMID:20970186

  9. Polymeric micelles based on poly(methacrylic acid) block-containing copolymers with different membrane destabilizing properties for cellular drug delivery.

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    Mebarek, Naila; Aubert-Pouëssel, Anne; Gérardin, Corine; Vicente, Rita; Devoisselle, Jean-Marie; Bégu, Sylvie

    2013-10-01

    Poly(methacrylic acid)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) are double hydrophilic block copolymers, which are able to form micelles by complexation with a counter-polycation, such as poly-l-lysine. A study was carried out on the ability of the copolymers to interact with model membranes as a function of their molecular weights and as a function of pH. Different behaviors were observed: high molecular weight copolymers respect the membrane integrity, whereas low molecular weight copolymers with a well-chosen asymmetry degree can induce a membrane alteration. Hence by choosing the appropriate molecular weight, micelles with distinct membrane interaction behaviors can be obtained leading to different intracellular traffics with or without endosomal escape, making them interesting tools for cell engineering. Especially micelles constituted of low molecular weight copolymers could exhibit the endosomal escape property, which opens vast therapeutic applications. Moreover micelles possess a homogeneous nanometric size and show variable properties of disassembly at acidic pH, of stability in physiological conditions, and finally of cyto-tolerance. PMID:23792466

  10. Amphiphilic and biodegradable methoxy polyethylene glycol-block-(polycaprolactone-graft-poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)) as an effective gene carrier.

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    Guo, Shutao; Huang, Yuanyu; Wei, Tuo; Zhang, Wendi; Wang, Weiwei; Lin, Daoshu; Zhang, Xu; Kumar, Anil; Du, Quan; Xing, Jinfeng; Deng, Liandong; Liang, Zicai; Wang, Paul C; Dong, Anjie; Liang, Xing-Jie

    2011-01-01

    A group of amphiphilic cationic polymers, methoxy polyethylene glycol-block-(polycaprolactone-graft-poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)) (PECD), were synthesized by combining ring-opening polymerization (ROP) and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) methods to form nanoparticles (NPs). The structures of these amphiphilic cationic polymers were characterized by (1)H NMR measurement. The PECD NPs have hydrophobic cores covered with hydrophilic PEG and cationic PDMAEMA chains. These self-assembly nanoparticles were characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS) technique. PECD NPs can effectively condense DNA to form compact complexes of the size 65-160 nm suitable for gene delivery. The in vitro gene transfection studies of HeLa and HepG2 cells show that PECD NPs have better transfection efficiency compared to polyethylenimine (PEI) and Lipofectamine 2000 at low dose (N/P = 5). The cytotoxicity result shows that PECD NPs/DNA complexes at the optimal N/P ratio for transfection have comparable toxicity with PEI and Lipofectamine. These results indicate that PECD NPs have a great potential to be used as efficient polymeric carriers for gene transfection. PMID:20970186

  11. Ammonium methacrylate

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  12. Methyl methacrylate

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  13. Azobenzene compound-based photomechanical actuator devices

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    Ye, Xianjun; Kuzyk, Mark G.

    2012-10-01

    It has been shown that the chromophore disperse red 1 azobenzene (DR1) when doped into poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) optical fiber can be used to make an optical cantilever in which an asymmetrically propagating beam at 633nm causes the fiber to bend. The fast response process is purported to be due to elongation of the material as molecules change between cis and trans isomers. In our work, UV light of 350nm will be used to investigate trans to cis somerization, which should induce contraction. Short fiber segments in a three-contactpoint geometry will be used to control the position and tilt of silver- or aluminum-coated coverslips that together with microscope glass slides as the substrate make optically-actuated beam-controlling mounts and Fabry-Perot interferometers. A Michelson interferometer is used to measure the length change of the fiber actuator. Azodye doped liquid crystal (LC) elastomers have been demonstrated to have a photomechanical effect that is at least ten times bigger than thermoplastic-based polymer fiber. However, the optical quality of thermoplastics are much better, enabling the cascading of devices in series. We will report on visible and UV laser-actuation of LC elastomer and polymer device structures using a quadrant photodetector to record the beam deflection caused by the shape change of the material, which will allow for dynamical measurements of the mechanisms. All measurements will be calibrated against a piezoelectric crystal actuator. Photomechanical devices provide an inexpensive but versatile, small-form factor, vibration free and high precision solution to optomechanics, sensing, positioning and other space applications.

  14. Photoresponsive Release from Azobenzene-Modified Single Cubic Crystal NaCl/Silica Particles

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    Jiang, Xingmao; Liu, Nanguo; Assink, Roger A.; Jiang, Yingbing; Brinker, C. Jeffrey

    2011-01-01

    Azobenzene ligands were uniformly anchored to the pore surfaces of nanoporous silica particles with single crystal NaCl using 4-(3-triethoxysilylpropylureido)azobenzene (TSUA). The functionalization delayed the release of NaCl significantly. The modified particles demonstrated a photocontrolled release by trans/cis isomerization of azobenzene moieties. The addition of amphiphilic solvents, propylene glycol (PG), propylene glycol propyl ether (PGPE), and dipropylene glycol propyl ether (DPGPE) delayed the release in water, although the wetting behavior was improved and the delay is the most for the block molecules with the longest carbon chain. The speedup by UV irradiation suggests a strong dependence of diffusion on the switchablemore » pore size. TGA, XRD, FTIR, and NMR techniques were used to characterize the structures.« less

  15. Gd@C82 metallofullerenes for neutron capture therapy—fullerene solubilization by poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(2-(N, N-diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) and resultant efficacy in vitro

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    Horiguchi, Yukichi; Kudo, Shinpei; Nagasaki, Yukio

    2011-08-01

    Poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(2-(N,N-diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PEG-b-PAMA) was found to solubilize fullerenes such as C60, and this technique was applied to metallofullerenes. Gd@C82 was easily dissolved in water in the presence of PEG-b-PAMA without any covalent derivatization, forming a transparent complex about 20-30 nm in diameter. Low cytotoxicity was confirmed in vitro. Neutron irradiation of cultured cells (colon-26 adenocarcinoma) with Gd@C82-PEG-b-PAMA-complexed nanoparticles showed effective cytotoxicity, indicating the effective emission of gamma rays and internal conversion electrons produced from the neutron capture reaction of Gd. This result suggests a potentially valuable approach to gadolinium-based neutron capture therapy.

  16. Nature of chromogens of protonated azobenzene

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    Mikheev, Yu. A.; Guseva, L. N.; Ershov, Yu. A.

    2015-02-01

    Changes in the absorption spectra of azobenzene in UV-Vis light are studied with respect to its protonation in sulfuric acid solutions and interaction with gaseous HCl in cellulose triacetate films. In both processes, the emergence of an intense orange color is shown to represent the electronic structure of forming monocations where the positive charge of NH+ groups shifts electrons from the o- and p-positions of Nphfragment phenyls. It was found that the charge distribution and color was the same as observed for the cations of the benzyl and phenylaminyl types. The mechanism of azobenzene monocation photocyclization in sulfuric acid is presented, and the origin of the red color of azobenzene dications formed in oleum is explained.

  17. Bioorthogonal cleavage and exchange of major histocompatibility complex ligands by employing azobenzene-containing peptides.

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    Choo, Joanna A L; Thong, Sock Yue; Yap, Jiawei; van Esch, Wim J E; Raida, Manfred; Meijers, Rob; Lescar, Julien; Verhelst, Steven H L; Grotenbreg, Gijsbert M

    2014-12-01

    Bioorthogonal cleavable linkers are attractive building blocks for compounds that can be manipulated to study biological and cellular processes. Sodium dithionite sensitive azobenzene-containing (Abc) peptides were applied for the temporary stabilization of recombinant MHC complexes, which can then be employed to generate libraries of MHC tetramers after exchange with a novel epitope. This technology represents an important tool for high-throughput studies of disease-specific T cell responses. PMID:25348595

  18. Health and environmental effects profile for azobenzene

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    1985-03-01

    The Health and Environmental Effects Profile for azobenzene was prepared by the Office of Health and Environmental Assessment, Environmental Criteria and Assessment Office, Cincinnati, OH for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response to support listings of hazardous constituents of a wide range of waste streams under Section 3001 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and to provide health-related limits for emergency actions under Section 101 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Both published literature and information obtained from Agency program office files were evaluated as they pertained to potential human health, aquatic life, and environmental effects of hazardous-waste constituents. Quantitative estimates are presented, provided sufficient data are available. Azobenzene has been evaluated as a carcinogen. The human carcinogen potency factor (ql*) for azobenzene is .108 (mg/kg/day)-1 for oral exposure. The Reportable Quantity (RQ) value of 1, 10, 100, 1000, or 5000 pounds is used to determine the quantity of a hazardous substance for which notification is required in the event of a release as specified by CERCLA based on chronic toxicity. The RQ value for azobenzene is 100.

  19. Anionic polymerization of azo substituted methacrylates

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    Dimov, D.K.; Dalton, L.R.; Hogen-Esch, T.E.

    1993-12-31

    The anionic polymerization of 4-phenylazophenyl methacrylate (PAM) and 6-(4-phenylazophenoxy)-hexyl methacrylate (PAHM) initiated by {open_quotes}living{close_quotes} PMMA with lithium counterion was studied in THF at {minus}78{degrees}C. The polymerization of PAM was prevented by a side termination reaction. The polymerization of PAHM proceeded smoothly to furnish PMMA/azopolymer block copolymers. The process showed features typical of {open_quotes}living{close_quotes} anionic polymerization. No phase transitions could be detected by DSC to prove liquid crystalline mesophase formation by the block copolymers.

  20. Incorporation of cyclic azobenzene into oligodeoxynucleotides for the photo-regulation of DNA hybridization.

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    Eljabu, Fatma; Dhruval, Joshi; Yan, Hongbin

    2015-12-01

    Cyclic azobenzene carboxylic acid was synthesized using a shortened route. After reaction with D-threolinol, the resulting cyclic azobenzene-D-threolinol (cAB-Thr) building block was transformed into the corresponding DMTr-protected phosphoramidite, and incorporated into oligodeoxynucleotides at various positions and frequencies by solid phase synthesis. The melting temperatures of these modified oligonucleotides were determined by UV spectrometry. Photo-regulation of cAB-Thr-modified oligonucleotides with their complementary sequence was evaluated by Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer experiments using a fluorescein-Black Hole Quencher pair. Results suggest that while cis-cAB destabilizes DNA duplexes, trans-cAB can be accommodated in double stranded DNA. PMID:26592170

  1. Grafting of poly[(methyl methacrylate)-block-styrene] onto cellulose via nitroxide-mediated polymerization, and its polymer/clay nanocomposite.

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    Karaj-Abad, Saber Ghasemi; Abbasian, Mojtaba; Jaymand, Mehdi

    2016-11-01

    For the first time, nitroxide-mediated polymerization (NMP) was used for synthesis of graft and block copolymers using cellulose (Cell) as a backbone, and polystyrene (PSt) and poly(methyl metacrylate) (PMMA) as the branches. For this purpose, Cell was acetylated by 2-bromoisobutyryl bromide (BrBiB), and then the bromine group was converted to 4-oxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-1-oxyl group by a substitution nucleophilic reaction to afford a macroinitiator (Cell-TEMPOL). The macroinitiator obtained was subsequently used in controlled graft and block copolymerizations of St and MMA monomers to yield Cell-g-PSt and Cell-g-(PMMA-b-PSt). The chemical structures of all samples as representatives were characterized by FTIR and (1)H NMR spectroscopies. In addition, Cell-g-(PMMA-b-PSt)/organophilic montmorillonite nanocomposite was prepared through a solution intercalation method. TEM was used to evaluate the morphological behavior of the polymer-clay system. It was demonstrated that the addition of small percent of organophilic montmorillonite (O-MMT; 3wt.%) was enough to improve the thermal stability of the nanocomposite. PMID:27516276

  2. Cooperative Switching in Nanofibers of Azobenzene Oligomers.

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    Weber, Christopher; Liebig, Tobias; Gensler, Manuel; Zykov, Anton; Pithan, Linus; Rabe, Jürgen P; Hecht, Stefan; Bléger, David; Kowarik, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    Next-generation molecular devices and machines demand the integration of molecular switches into hierarchical assemblies to amplify the response of the system from the molecular level to the meso- or macro-scale. Here, we demonstrate that multi-azobenzene oligomers can assemble to form robust supramolecular nanofibers in which they can be switched repeatedly between the E- and Z-configuration. While in isolated oligomers the azobenzene units undergo reversible photoisomerization independently, in the nanofibers they are coupled via intermolecular interactions and switch cooperatively as evidenced by unusual thermal and kinetic behavior. We find that the photoisomerization rate from the Z-isomer to the E-isomer depends on the fraction of Z-azobenzene in the nanofibers, and is increased by more than a factor of 4 in Z-rich fibers when compared to E-rich fibers. This demonstrates the great potential of coupling individual photochromic units for increasing their quantum efficiency in the solid state with potential relevance for actuation and sensing. PMID:27161608

  3. DNA compaction by azobenzene-containing surfactant

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    Zakrevskyy, Yuriy; Kopyshev, Alexey; Lomadze, Nino; Morozova, Elena; Lysyakova, Ludmila; Kasyanenko, Nina; Santer, Svetlana

    2011-08-01

    We report on the interaction of cationic azobenzene-containing surfactant with DNA investigated by absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, and atomic force microscopy. The properties of the surfactant can be controlled with light by reversible switching of the azobenzene unit, incorporated into the surfactant tail, between a hydrophobic trans (visible irradiation) and a hydrophilic cis (UV irradiation) configuration. The influence of the trans-cis isomerization of the azobenzene on the compaction process of DNA molecules and the role of both isomers in the formation and colloidal stability of DNA-surfactant complexes is discussed. It is shown that the trans isomer plays a major role in the DNA compaction process. The influence of the cis isomer on the DNA coil configuration is rather small. The construction of a phase diagram of the DNA concentration versus surfactant/DNA charge ratio allows distancing between three major phases: colloidally stable and unstable compacted globules, and extended coil conformation. There is a critical concentration of DNA above which the compacted globules can be hindered from aggregation and precipitation by adding an appropriate amount of the surfactant in the trans configuration. This is because of the compensation of hydrophobicity of the globules with an increasing amount of the surfactant. Below the critical DNA concentration, the compacted globules are colloidally stable and can be reversibly transferred with light to an extended coil state.

  4. Cooperative Switching in Nanofibers of Azobenzene Oligomers

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    Weber, Christopher; Liebig, Tobias; Gensler, Manuel; Zykov, Anton; Pithan, Linus; Rabe, Jürgen P.; Hecht, Stefan; Bléger, David; Kowarik, Stefan

    2016-05-01

    Next-generation molecular devices and machines demand the integration of molecular switches into hierarchical assemblies to amplify the response of the system from the molecular level to the meso- or macro-scale. Here, we demonstrate that multi-azobenzene oligomers can assemble to form robust supramolecular nanofibers in which they can be switched repeatedly between the E- and Z-configuration. While in isolated oligomers the azobenzene units undergo reversible photoisomerization independently, in the nanofibers they are coupled via intermolecular interactions and switch cooperatively as evidenced by unusual thermal and kinetic behavior. We find that the photoisomerization rate from the Z-isomer to the E-isomer depends on the fraction of Z-azobenzene in the nanofibers, and is increased by more than a factor of 4 in Z-rich fibers when compared to E-rich fibers. This demonstrates the great potential of coupling individual photochromic units for increasing their quantum efficiency in the solid state with potential relevance for actuation and sensing.

  5. DNA compaction by azobenzene-containing surfactant

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    Zakrevskyy, Yuriy; Kopyshev, Alexey; Lomadze, Nino; Santer, Svetlana

    2011-08-15

    We report on the interaction of cationic azobenzene-containing surfactant with DNA investigated by absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, and atomic force microscopy. The properties of the surfactant can be controlled with light by reversible switching of the azobenzene unit, incorporated into the surfactant tail, between a hydrophobic trans (visible irradiation) and a hydrophilic cis (UV irradiation) configuration. The influence of the trans-cis isomerization of the azobenzene on the compaction process of DNA molecules and the role of both isomers in the formation and colloidal stability of DNA-surfactant complexes is discussed. It is shown that the trans isomer plays a major role in the DNA compaction process. The influence of the cis isomer on the DNA coil configuration is rather small. The construction of a phase diagram of the DNA concentration versus surfactant/DNA charge ratio allows distancing between three major phases: colloidally stable and unstable compacted globules, and extended coil conformation. There is a critical concentration of DNA above which the compacted globules can be hindered from aggregation and precipitation by adding an appropriate amount of the surfactant in the trans configuration. This is because of the compensation of hydrophobicity of the globules with an increasing amount of the surfactant. Below the critical DNA concentration, the compacted globules are colloidally stable and can be reversibly transferred with light to an extended coil state.

  6. Cooperative Switching in Nanofibers of Azobenzene Oligomers

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    Weber, Christopher; Liebig, Tobias; Gensler, Manuel; Zykov, Anton; Pithan, Linus; Rabe, Jürgen P.; Hecht, Stefan; Bléger, David; Kowarik, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    Next-generation molecular devices and machines demand the integration of molecular switches into hierarchical assemblies to amplify the response of the system from the molecular level to the meso- or macro-scale. Here, we demonstrate that multi-azobenzene oligomers can assemble to form robust supramolecular nanofibers in which they can be switched repeatedly between the E- and Z-configuration. While in isolated oligomers the azobenzene units undergo reversible photoisomerization independently, in the nanofibers they are coupled via intermolecular interactions and switch cooperatively as evidenced by unusual thermal and kinetic behavior. We find that the photoisomerization rate from the Z-isomer to the E-isomer depends on the fraction of Z-azobenzene in the nanofibers, and is increased by more than a factor of 4 in Z-rich fibers when compared to E-rich fibers. This demonstrates the great potential of coupling individual photochromic units for increasing their quantum efficiency in the solid state with potential relevance for actuation and sensing. PMID:27161608

  7. Exploring the influence of the poly(4-vinyl pyridine) segment on the solution properties and thermal phase behaviours of oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate-based block copolymers: the different aggregation processes with various morphologies.

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    Dai, Yalan; Wu, Peiyi

    2016-08-01

    The assembly properties, thermal phase behavior and microdynamics of well-defined P(MEO2MA-co-OEGMA)-b-P4VP, (poly(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethylmethacrylate)-co-poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate))-b-poly(4-vinyl pyridine), in aqueous solution during heating are investigated in detail by dynamic light scattering (DLS), turbidity measurements, temperature-variable (1)H NMR and FTIR spectroscopy in combination with two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy (2Dcos) and the perturbation correlation moving window (PCMW) technique. It is observed that the chain length of the relatively hydrophobic P4VP segment strongly affects the temperature-induced phase transition behavior of the block copolymers: the copolymers with shorter P4VP7/10 segments exhibit an abrupt phase transition process, while the copolymer with longer P4VP19 blocks presents a relatively gradual transition behavior. Moreover, the two systems with different P4VP segment lengths have different morphologies in aqueous solution: a single-chain globule for shorter P4VP7/10 systems and a core-shell micelle consisting of a relatively hydrophobic P4VP core and a hydrophilic POEGMA-based shell for the longer P4VP19 system. Analysis of spectral results clearly illustrates that the dehydration of the C[double bond, length as m-dash]O groups at the linkages between backbones and pendant chains predominates the sharp phase transition of P(MEO2MA-co-OEGMA)-b-P4VP10, while the dehydration of hydrophobic C-H groups on the side chains in P(MEO2MA-co-OEGMA)-b-P4VP19 leads to the continuous increase of the hydrodynamic diameter (Dh) upon heating. PMID:27425657

  8. Photomechanical response of disperse red 1 azobenzene dye-doped PMMA polymer fiber

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    Ye, Xianjun; Kuzyk, Mark G.

    2014-02-01

    Disperse red 1 azobenzene (DR1) doped poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) optical fiber has been shown to have a fast photomechanical response upon 633 nm laser irradiation originating in photo-isomerization of the dopants between the cis and trans forms. In this work, laser light of 355 nm wavelength is used to investigate the trans to cis isomerization process, which should result in length contraction. A three-point-contact optically actuated beam-controlling mount is made of dye doped polymer fiber segments and metal-coated microscope coverslips to measure the photomechanical response. The length change of the fiber is determined from a quadrant photodetector reading upon beam deflection. The fiber is observed to elongate upon UV irradiation. We find that for DR1 dye in PMMA polymer, the dominant mechanism of the photomechanical effect is photo-thermally stimulated isomerization rather than direct photoisomerization.

  9. Photomechanical bending mechanics of polydomain azobenzene liquid crystal polymer network films

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    Cheng Liang; Torres, Yanira; Oates, William S.; Lee, Kyung Min; McClung, Amber J.; Baur, Jeffery; White, Timothy J.

    2012-07-01

    Glassy, polydomain azobenzene liquid crystal polymer networks (azo-LCNs) have been synthesized, characterized, and modeled to understand composition dependence on large amplitude, bidirectional bending, and twisting deformation upon irradiation with linearly polarized blue-green (440-514 nm) light. These materials exhibit interesting properties for adaptive structure applications in which the shape of the photoresponsive material can be rapidly reconfigured with light. The basis for the photomechanical output observed in these materials is absorption of actinic light by azobenzene, which upon photoisomerization dictates an internal stress within the local polymer network. The photoinduced evolution of the underlying liquid crystal microstructure is manifested as macroscopic deformation of the glassy polymer film. Accordingly, this work examines the polarization-controlled bidirectional bending of highly concentrated azo-LCN materials and correlates the macroscopic output (observed as bending) to measured blocked stresses upon irradiation with blue-green light of varying polarization. The resulting photomechanical output is highly dependent on the concentration of crosslinked azobenzene mesogens employed in the formulation. Experiments that quantify photomechanical bending and photogenerated stress are compared to a large deformation photomechanical shell model to quantify the effect of polarized light interactions with the material during static and dynamic polarized light induced deformation. The model comparisons illustrate differences in internal photostrain and deformation rates as a function of composition and external mechanical constraints.

  10. Photoswitchable azobenzene-appended iridium(iii) complexes.

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    Pérez-Miqueo, J; Altube, A; García-Lecina, E; Tron, A; McClenaghan, N D; Freixa, Z

    2016-09-21

    Iridium(iii) cyclometalated complexes have been used as models to study the effect that extended conjugation and substitution pattern has on the photochromic behavior of azobenzene-appended 2-phenylpyridyl (ppy) ligands. For this purpose four azobenzene-containing ppy ligands were synthesized. With these ligands, nine iridium(iii) complexes containing up to three appended azobenzenes were synthesized. Analysis of their photochromic behaviour by means of UV-vis and (1)H-NMR spectroscopy permitted us to conclude that the light-induced trans-to-cis isomerization of the azobenzene was strongly inhibited upon coordination to the Ir(iii) cation when the electronic conjugation was extended along the whole ligand. The use of an aliphatic spacer unit (either -CH2- or -OCH2-) between the azobenzene and the ppy fragment of the ligand sufficed to disrupt the electronic communication, and obtain photochromic organometallic complexes. PMID:27460186

  11. Photocontrolled micellar aggregation of amphiphilic DNA-azobenzene conjugates.

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    Gu, Renpeng; Lamas, Joseph; Rastogi, Shiva K; Li, Xiaopeng; Brittain, William; Zauscher, Stefan

    2015-11-01

    We demonstrate the reversible micellar aggregation of a DNA-azobenzene conjugate in aqueous conditions, in which the photoisomerization of the initially apolar trans-azobenzene moiety to the polar cis isomer causes disassembly of the aggregates. The molecular basis for this phenomena is a change in the hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance of the conjugate as the more polar cis azobenzene isomer is formed upon exposure to 365 nm irradiation. The conjugates were prepared by copper-free Click chemistry between an azide-modified, 53-base ssDNA and a cyclooctyne derivative of azobenzene. The photocontrolled aggregation of the conjugate was studied by dynamic light scattering and atomic force microscopy. The reversible micellar aggregation for a DNA-azobenzene conjugate has not been previously reported and holds promise for photocontrolled drug delivery applications. PMID:26247877

  12. Synthesis and Photochromic Properties of Configurationally Varied Azobenzene Glycosides

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    Chandrasekaran, Vijayanand; Johannes, Eugen; Kobarg, Hauke; Sönnichsen, Frank D; Lindhorst, Thisbe K

    2014-01-01

    Spatial orientation of carbohydrates is a meaningful parameter in carbohydrate recognition processes. To vary orientation of sugars with temporal and spatial resolution, photosensitive glycoconjugates with favorable photochromic properties appear to be opportune. Here, a series of azobenzene glycosides were synthesized, employing glycoside synthesis and Mills reaction, to allow “switching” of carbohydrate orientation by reversible E/Z isomerization of the azobenzene N=N double bond. Their photochromic properties were tested and effects of azobenzene substitution as well as the effect of anomeric configuration and the orientation of the sugars 2-hydroxy group were evaluated. PMID:25050228

  13. Photoswitching of azobenzene multilayers on a layered semiconductor

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    Iwicki, J.; Ludwig, E.; Kalläne, M.; Buck, J.; Köhler, F.; Herges, R.; Kipp, L.; Rossnagel, K.

    2010-08-01

    In situ photoelectron spectroscopy is used to study the adsorption and photoisomerization of azobenzene multilayers on the layered semiconductor HfS2 at liquid nitrogen temperatures. The measured valence band spectra indicate weak molecule-substrate coupling and provide evidence for reversible switching of azobenzene multilayers by light with different wavelengths. The photoswitching manifests itself in spectral shifts due to changes in the electrical surface conductance and in modifications of the electronic structure consistent with the results of outer valence Green's function calculations. The photoemission results appear to establish azobenzene as an optoelectrical molecular switch.

  14. Photochemical properties of multi-azobenzene compounds.

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    Bahrenburg, Julia; Sievers, Claudia M; Schönborn, Jan Boyke; Hartke, Bernd; Renth, Falk; Temps, Friedrich; Näther, Christian; Sönnichsen, Frank D

    2013-03-01

    A systematic study is reported of the photochemical properties of the multi-azobenzene compounds bis[4-(phenylazo)phenyl]amine (BPAPA) and tris[4-(phenylazo)phenyl]amine (TPAPA) compared to the parent molecule 4-aminoazobenzene (AAB). The bis- and tris-azobenzenes were synthesised by a variant of the Ullmann reaction and exist in their stable all-E forms at room temperature. Striking changes in the spectral positions and intensities of their first ππ* absorption bands compared to AAB reveal strong electronic coupling between the AB units. The nature of the excited states was explored by quantum chemical calculations at the approximate coupled-cluster (CC2) level. Upon UV/VIS irradiation, the molecules isomerise to the Z-isomer (AAB), ZE- and ZZ-isomers (BPAPA), and ZEE-, ZZE- and ZZZ-isomers (TPAPA), respectively. The photoswitching behaviours were investigated by UV/VIS and NMR spectroscopies. All individual isomers were detected by one-dimensional (1D) (1)H NMR spectroscopy (BPAPA) and two-dimensional (2D) HSQC NMR spectroscopy (TPAPA). A kinetic analysis provided the isomer-specific thermal lifetimes. The variance of the thermal lifetimes demonstrates a dependence of the Z-E isomerisation on the chromophore size and number of AB units. PMID:23224342

  15. Azobenzene Photoisomerization-Induced Destabilization of B-DNA

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    Biswas, Mithun; Burghardt, Irene

    2014-01-01

    Molecular photoswitches provide a promising way for selective regulation of nanoscaled biological systems. It has been shown that conformational changes of azobenzene, one of the widely used photoswitches, can be used to reversibly control DNA duplex formation. Here, we investigate the conformational response of DNA upon azobenzene binding and isomerization, using a threoninol linker that has been experimentally investigated recently. To this end, nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations are carried out using a switching potential describing the photoinduced isomerization. Attachment of azobenzene leads to a distortion of the DNA helical conformation that is similar for the trans and cis forms. However, the trans form is stabilized by favorable stacking interactions whereas the cis form is found to remain flipped out of the basepair-stacked position. Multiple azobenzene attachment augments the distortion in DNA helical conformation. The distorted DNA retains nativelike pairing of bases at ambient temperatures, but shows weaker basepairing compared to native DNA at an elevated temperature. PMID:25140428

  16. Azobenzene-based Polymers for Solar Thermal Batteries

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    Venkataraman, Dhandapani

    Azobenzene exists as two isomers, a higher energy cis-isomer and a lower energy trans-isomer. The isomers interconvert under light or heat. Recently, there is a renewed interest in capturing the difference in the energies of the isomers and using azobenzene-based molecules as active layers for solar thermal batteries. My research group has been exploring azobenzene-based polymers as candidates for solar thermal batteries. In this talk, I will show that the azo-benzene moieties can be converted to the cis-form using light and converted back to the trans form using mechanical force. I will provide some of our recent results that indicate that high energy densities can be achieved in these polymers.

  17. Photoinduced Bending of Self-Assembled Azobenzene-Siloxane Hybrid.

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    Guo, Sufang; Matsukawa, Kimihiro; Miyata, Takashi; Okubo, Tatsuya; Kuroda, Kazuyuki; Shimojima, Atsushi

    2015-12-16

    A novel azobenzene-siloxane hybrid material displaying photoinduced macroscopic motions has been prepared by one-step organosilane self-assembly. Two types of alkoxysilane precursors with either pendant or bridging azobenzene groups were synthesized via thiol-ene click reactions. Hybrid films with well-ordered lamellar structures were obtained by hydrolysis and polycondensation of these precursors. The film with solely pendant azobenzene groups showed reversible and rapid d-spacing variation upon UV-vis irradiation, which was induced by the trans-cis isomerization of azobenzene moieties. The flexible, free-standing film obtained by co-condensation of two types of precursors showed reversible bending-unbending motions upon UV-vis irradiation. The partial cross-linking between the siloxane layers by bridging azobenzene groups was crucial for photoinduced distortion of the film. This film possesses high elastic modulus, good thermal stability, and shows large amplitude of photoinduced bending-unbending over a wide temperature range. This is the first report on photoinduced macroscopic motions of azobenzene-containing siloxane-based materials. These materials possess great potential for applications in smart devices and energy conversion systems. PMID:26575345

  18. Ultrasensitive photoreversible molecular sensors of azobenzene-functionalized plasmonic nanoantennas.

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    Joshi, Gayatri K; Blodgett, Karl N; Muhoberac, Barry B; Johnson, Merrell A; Smith, Kimberly A; Sardar, Rajesh

    2014-02-12

    This Letter describes an unprecedentedly large and photoreversible localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) wavelength shift caused by photoisomerization of azobenzenes attached to gold nanoprisms that act as nanoantennas. The blue light-induced cis to trans azobenzene conformational change occurs in the solid state and controls the optical properties of the nanoprisms shifting their LSPR peak up to 21 nm toward longer wavelengths. This shift is consistent with the increase in thickness of the local dielectric environment (0.6 nm) surrounding the nanoprism and perhaps a contribution from plasmonic energy transfer between the nanoprism and azobenzenes. The effects of the azobenzene conformational change and its photoreversibility were also probed through surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) showing that the electronic interaction between the nanoprisms and bound azobenzenes in their cis conformation significantly enhances the intensity of the Raman bands of the azobenzenes. The SERS data suggests that the isomerization is controlled by first-order kinetics with a rate constant of 1.0 × 10(-4) s(-1). Our demonstration of light-induced photoreversibility of this type of molecular machine is the first-step toward removing present limitations on detection of molecular motion in solid-state devices using LSPR spectroscopy with nanoprisms. Modulating the LSPR peak position and controlling energy transfer across the nanostructure-organic molecule interface are very important for the fabrication of plasmonic-based nanoscale devices. PMID:24393014

  19. Immobilization of enzymes on 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate and glycidyl methacrylate copolymer brushes.

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    Ren, Tanchen; Mao, Zhengwei; Moya, Sergio Enrique; Gao, Changyou

    2014-08-01

    The immobilization of enzymes is of paramount importance to maintain their activity and stability. In this study, surface-initiated atom-transfer radical polymerization was applied to prepare poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-glycidyl methacrylate) brushes on glass slides. The polymerization kinetics was followed by using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring and ellipsometry in terms of mass and thickness growth, respectively. The surface chemical compositions of the obtained polymer brushes were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Their mass, thickness, and enzyme-immobilization ability could be easily tuned by the initiator reaction time, monomer ratio, and polymerization time. The antibacterial activity and stability of the immobilized lysozymes were studied by fluorescent staining and bacteria lysis assay, which revealed that the lysozymes on the copolymer brushes had good stability during storage at 4 °C for up to 30 days. PMID:24962678

  20. Photoisomerization of azobenzenes isolated in cryogenic matrices.

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    Duarte, Luís; Khriachtchev, Leonid; Fausto, Rui; Reva, Igor

    2016-06-22

    2,2'-Dihydroxyazobenzene (DAB), 2,2'-azotoluene (AT) and azobenzene (AB) were isolated in argon and xenon matrices and their molecular structures and photochemical transformations were characterized by infrared spectroscopy and theoretical calculations. All these compounds can adopt the E and Z isomeric forms around the central CNNC moiety, which can be enriched by several conformational and tautomeric modifications for DAB and AT. A number of DAB and AT isomeric forms were identified for the first time. For DAB, the E azo-enol isomer with two intramolecular six-membered quasi-rings formed via OHN hydrogen bonds was found after deposition. Irradiation with UV light generated a different E azo-enol form with two intramolecular H-bonded five-membered quasi-rings. Phototransformation was shown to be reversible and the forms could be interconverted by irradiation at different wavelengths. The isomerization between these two forms constitutes a direct experimental observation of an E → E isomerization in azobenzene-type molecules. Further irradiation generated a form(s) bearing both OH and NH groups. For AT, two E isomers with the CH3 groups forming five-membered and five/six-membered quasi-rings with the azo group were observed in the as-deposited matrices. Irradiation of AT with UV light generated a Z form that can be converted back to the E form at different irradiation wavelengths. E-AB was deposited in a xenon matrix and both E → Z and Z → E phototransformations were observed (contrary to what was previously reported in an argon matrix where only the Z → E conversion occurred). AB photoisomerization becomes more pronounced at elevated temperatures, thus indicating that the matrix effects responsible for hindering the AB photoisomerization are essentially due to steric restrictions. The different photoisomerization channels observed for these compounds are discussed in terms of a small-amplitude pedal motion. PMID:27279432

  1. Injectible bodily prosthetics employing methacrylic copolymer gels

    DOEpatents

    Mallapragada, Surya K.; Anderson, Brian C.

    2007-02-27

    The present invention provides novel block copolymers as structural supplements for injectible bodily prosthetics employed in medical or cosmetic procedures. The invention also includes the use of such block copolymers as nucleus pulposus replacement materials for the treatment of degenerative disc disorders and spinal injuries. The copolymers are constructed by polymerization of a tertiary amine methacrylate with either a (poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) polymer, such as the commercially available Pluronic.RTM. polymers, or a poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether polymer.

  2. 76 FR 69659 - Methacrylic Acid-Methyl Methacrylate-Polyethylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether Methacrylate Graft...

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2011-11-09

    ...This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of methacrylic acid-methyl methacrylate- polyethylene glycol monomethyl ether methacrylate graft copolymer when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Akzo Noel Surface Chemistry LLC submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an......

  3. Simulation of Photo-isomerization of Functionalized Azobenzene Derivatives

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    Tavazohi, Pedram; Herberger, Zachary; Lewis, James

    Photo-isomerization is the process of changing the isomer (cis , trans) of a molecule using light. In azobenzene this process can be utilized in a Metal Organic Framework (MOF) for adsorption of CO2. MOFs are created by two major components, metal ions, and organic molecules which are called linkers. The metal ions and linkers can be coordinated in a way that they form a porous material. In the cis isomer of azobenzene, the MOF's pore is available to be filled by CO2, but in the trans isomer the pore is filled with a benzene ring. The change from cis to trans will evacuate the pore if CO2 is present. The important considerations in using azobenzene photo-isomerization as a photo-switch in MOFs are, the quantum yield of the process, and the wavelength of the light which triggers photo-isomerization. By substitution of the functional groups of azobenzene and using the fewest switches surface-hopping algorithm in FIREBALL to simulate the photo-isomerization process we can tune the properties of the molecule as we desire and predict the best substitution sites for azobenzene functional groups. We studied the effects of functionalizing the molecule with OH, CH3, NH2, NO2 and COOH on isomerization quantum yield.

  4. Approximate photochemical dynamics of azobenzene with reactive force fields

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    Li, Yan; Hartke, Bernd

    2013-12-14

    We have fitted reactive force fields of the ReaxFF type to the ground and first excited electronic states of azobenzene, using global parameter optimization by genetic algorithms. Upon coupling with a simple energy-gap transition probability model, this setup allows for completely force-field-based simulations of photochemical cis→trans- and trans→cis-isomerizations of azobenzene, with qualitatively acceptable quantum yields. This paves the way towards large-scale dynamics simulations of molecular machines, including bond breaking and formation (via the reactive force field) as well as photochemical engines (presented in this work)

  5. Azobenzene-Bridged Porphyrin Nanorings: Syntheses, Structures, and Photophysical Properties.

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    Huang, Weiming; Lee, Seung-Kyu; Sung, Young Mo; Peng, Fulei; Yin, Bangshao; Ma, Ming; Chen, Bo; Liu, Shubin; Kirk, Steven Robert; Kim, Dongho; Song, Jianxin

    2015-10-19

    Azobenzene-bridged β-to-β and meso-to-meso porphyrin nanorings were successfully synthesized by a palladium-catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reaction in a logical synthesis. The dimeric structure was confirmed by XRD analysis. The azo linkages in di- and tetramers are in the all-trans conformation, whereas in the trimers one azo linkage can be interconverted between cis and trans under external stimulation. When trimeric isomers are heated to 333 K or higher, the azo linkages will be in the all-trans configurations: the pure all-trans trimer can be kept in the dark for several months. Fluorescence anisotropy and pump-power-dependent decay results revealed excitation energy transfer for azobenzene-bridged zinc-porphyrin nanorings. The distances between porphyrin units of these azobenzene-bridged porphyrin arrays are almost the same, but the exciton energy hopping (EEH) times for each wheel are markedly different. The dimer and meso-to-meso tetramer possess relatively short excitation energy transfer (EET) times (1.28 and 2.48 ps, respectively) due to their good planarity and rigidity. In contrast, the EET time for the trimeric zinc(II)-porphyrin array (6.9 ps) is relatively long due to its nonradiative decay pathway (i.e., cis/trans isomerization of azobenzene). Both di- and tetramers exhibit relatively high fluorescence quantum yields, whereas the trimers show weak emission because of structural differences. PMID:26338286

  6. Contact dermatitis to methyl methacrylate.

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    Kassis, V; Vedel, P; Darre, E

    1984-07-01

    2 cases of contact dermatitis to methyl methacrylate monomer are presented. The patients are nurses who mixed bone cement at orthopedic operations. During the procedure, they used 2 pairs of gloves (latex). Butyl rubber gloves are recommended for methyl methacrylate monomer to avoid sensitization and/or cumulative irritant contact dermatitis on the hands. PMID:6204812

  7. Preparation and optical characteristics of layered perovskite-type lead-bromide-incorporated azobenzene chromophores

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    Sasai, Ryo; Shinomura, Hisashi

    2013-02-01

    Lead bromide-based layered perovskite powders with azobenzene derivatives were prepared by a homogeneous precipitation method. From the diffuse reflectance (DR) and photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the hybrid powder materials, the present hybrids exhibited sharp absorption and PL peaks originating from excitons produced in the PbBr42- layer. When the present hybrid powder was irradiated with UV light at 350 nm, the absorption band from the trans-azobenzene chromophore, observed around 350 nm, decreased, while the absorption band from the cis-azobenzene chromophore, observed around 450 nm, increased. These results indicate that azobenzene chromophores in the present hybrid materials exhibit reversible photoisomerization. Moreover, it was found that the PL intensity from the exciton also varied due to photoisomerization of the azobenzene chromophores in the present hybrid. Thus, for the first time we succeeded in preparing the azobenzene derivative lead-bromide-based layered perovskite with photochromism before and after UV light irradiation.

  8. Photoinduced work function changes by isomerization of a densely packed azobenzene-based SAM on Au: a joint experimental and theoretical study.

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    Crivillers, N; Liscio, A; Di Stasio, F; Van Dyck, C; Osella, S; Cornil, D; Mian, S; Lazzerini, G M; Fenwick, O; Orgiu, E; Reinders, F; Braun, S; Fahlman, M; Mayor, M; Cornil, J; Palermo, V; Cacialli, F; Samorì, P

    2011-08-28

    Responsive monolayers are key building blocks for future applications in organic and molecular electronics in particular because they hold potential for tuning the physico-chemical properties of interfaces, including their energetics. Here we study a photochromic SAM based on a conjugated azobenzene derivative and its influence on the gold work function (Φ(Au)) when chemisorbed on its surface. In particular we show that the Φ(Au) can be modulated with external stimuli by controlling the azobenzene trans/cis isomerization process. This phenomenon is characterized experimentally by four different techniques, kelvin probe, kelvin probe force microscopy, electroabsorption spectroscopy and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. The use of different techniques implies exposing the SAM to different measurement conditions and different preparation methods, which, remarkably, do not alter the observed work function change (Φ(trans)-Φ(cis)). Theoretical calculations provided a complementary insight crucial to attain a deeper knowledge on the origin of the work function photo-modulation. PMID:21695318

  9. Predicting photoisomerization profile of the highly polymerized nematic azobenzene liquid crystal network: First principle calculation

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    Yun, J.; Li, C.; Chung, H.; Choi, J.; Cho, M.

    2015-05-01

    The cis profile of azobenzene is a key factor in predicting the photodeformation of the nematic azobenzene liquid crystal network (LCN). An ab initio based method for predicting the photoisomerization profile of azobenzene is developed by coupling the stimulated Raman adiabatic passage (STIRAP) method with non-linear Beers law, and compared with experimental data. Using this combined method, we calculate the photoisomerization profile of azobenzene with various light input conditions. We identify the cis profile of the nematic LCN structure evolves into a step-like decaying shape when the direction of polarized light is parallel to the nematic direction.

  10. Azobenzene Modified Polymer Electrolyte Membrane for Ion Gating

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Piedrahita, Camilo; Mballa, Mireille; He, Ruixuan; Kyu, Thein

    By virtue of ion concentration gradient across cell membranes, neuron cells are highly polarized driving electrical potential difference (e.g., Gibbs law). To regulate and control ion movement, living cells have specific channels with gates that are permeable to cations, enabling or excluding them via charge polarity and size. This mechanism for generating and transmitting signals from one neuron to another controls body movement via brain function. By virtue of trans-cis isomerization, azobenzene derivative (AZO) has been heavily sought for ion-gating in biological cells as a means of signal generation and transmission through nervous systems. In this work, PEM consisted of PEGDA/SCN/LiTFSI was modified with AZO derivatives for gating of lithium ions. At low concentrations of azobenzene of 3 wt Supported by NSF-DMR 1502543.

  11. Threshold collision induced dissociation experiment for azobenzene and its derivatives

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    Rezaee, Mohammadreza; Compton, Robert

    In this study we investigated protonated azobenzene cation and properties of trans 2,2',6,6'-tetrafluoroazobenzene anion using the collision induced dissociation method and the results are compared with the results from ab initio electronic structure calculations. We measured the bond dissociation energies experimentally and found which theoretical quantum chemistry methods yield best results. Several high accuracy multi-level calculations such as CBS-QB3, G3 and G4 had been carried out to obtain reliable thermochemical information for azobenzene and several of its derivatives and their anion or cation. We also performed other experiments such as Raman spectroscopy to study these light sensitive molecules with promising applications such as photo-switching.

  12. Switching of an Azobenzene-Tripod Molecule on Ag(111).

    PubMed

    Scheil, Katharina; Gopakumar, Thiruvancheril G; Bahrenburg, Julia; Temps, Friedrich; Maurer, Reinhard Johann; Reuter, Karsten; Berndt, Richard

    2016-06-01

    The trans-cis isomerization makes azobenzene (AB) a robust molecular switch. Once adsorbed to a metal, however, the switching is inefficient or absent due to rapid excited-state quenching or loss of the trans-cis bistability. We find that tris-[4-(phenylazo)-phenyl]-amine is a rather efficient switch on Ag(111). Using scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopy at submolecular resolution along with density functional theory calculations, we show that the switching process is no trans-cis isomerization but rather a reorientation of the N-N bond of an AB unit. It proceeds through a twisting motion of the azo-bridge that leads to a lateral shift of a phenyl ring. Thus, the role of the Ag substrate is ambivalent. While it suppresses the original bistability of the azobenzene units, it creates a new one by inducing a barrier for the rotation of the N-N bond. PMID:27193044

  13. Mesogenic linear azobenzene polymer-stabilized nematic liquid crystals

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    Bagramyan, Arutyun; Thibault-Maheu, Olivier; Galstian, Tigran; Bessette, Andre; Zhao, Yue

    2011-03-15

    We describe the detailed study of a polymer stabilized liquid crystal compound, which was created by using a reactive (monofunctional) azobenzene mesogenic guest and a nematic liquid crystal host. The resonant interaction of light with the azobenzene segment of the guest and the mesogenic nature of the latter enable the optical alignment of host molecules and the permanent fixing of that orientation by means of UV polymerization of the guest. We use dynamic spectral, polarimetric, and scattering techniques to study the orientational ordering and interaction of the guest-host system. We show that the uniform UV polymerization of this compound results in a low scattering material system with dielectric and elastic properties that are relatively close to those of the host, while still providing the capacity for optical configuration of its morphology.

  14. Charge Transport in Azobenzene-Based Single-Molecule Junctions

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    Garcia-Lekue, Aran; Kim, Youngsang; Sysoiev, Dmytro; Frederiksen, Thomas; Groth, Ulrich; Scheer, Elke

    2013-03-01

    The azobenzene class of molecules has become an archetype of molecular photoswitch research, due to their simple structure and the significant difference of the electronic system between their cis and trans isomers. However, a detailed understanding of the charge transport for the two isomers, when embedded in a junction with electrodes is still lacking. In order to clarify this issue, we investigate charge transport properties through single Azobenzene-ThioMethyl (AzoTM) molecules in a mechanically controlled break junction (MCBJ) system at 4.2 K. Single-molecule conductance, I-V characteristics, and IETS spectra of molecular junctions are measured and compared with first-principles transport calculations. Our studies elucidate the origin of a slightly higher conductance of junctions with cis isomer and demonstrate that IETS spectra of cis and trans forms show distinct vibrational fingerprints that can be used for identifying the isomer.

  15. Ordering of azobenzenes by two-photon isomerization

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    Ishitobi, Hidekazu; Sekkat, Zouheir; Kawata, Satoshi

    2006-10-28

    We report on light induced orientation by two-photon isomerization of azobenzenes in films of polymer. The dynamics of isomerization and orientation by one-photon absorption and two-photon absorption (TPA) are similar, and TPA creates a degree of molecular orientation which is comparable to that achieved by single-photon isomerization, in agreement with the theoretical predictions of two-photon isomeric orientation.

  16. Ordering of azobenzenes by two-photon isomerization.

    PubMed

    Ishitobi, Hidekazu; Sekkat, Zouheir; Kawata, Satoshi

    2006-10-28

    We report on light induced orientation by two-photon isomerization of azobenzenes in films of polymer. The dynamics of isomerization and orientation by one-photon absorption and two-photon absorption (TPA) are similar, and TPA creates a degree of molecular orientation which is comparable to that achieved by single-photon isomerization, in agreement with the theoretical predictions of two-photon isomeric orientation. PMID:17092131

  17. Azobenzene - functionalized polyelectrolyte nanolayers as ultrafast optoacoustic transducers.

    PubMed

    Pavlenko, E S; Sander, M; Mitzscherling, S; Pudell, J; Zamponi, F; Rössle, M; Bojahr, A; Bargheer, M

    2016-07-21

    We introduce azobenzene-functionalized polyelectrolyte multilayers as efficient, inexpensive optoacoustic transducers for hyper-sound strain waves in the GHz range. By picosecond transient reflectivity measurements we study the creation of nanoscale strain waves, their reflection from interfaces, damping by scattering from nanoparticles and propagation in soft and hard adjacent materials like polymer layers, quartz and mica. The amplitude of the generated strain ε∼ 5 × 10(-4) is calibrated by ultrafast X-ray diffraction. PMID:27341685

  18. Azobenzene - functionalized polyelectrolyte nanolayers as ultrafast optoacoustic transducers

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    Pavlenko, E. S.; Sander, M.; Mitzscherling, S.; Pudell, J.; Zamponi, F.; Rössle, M.; Bojahr, A.; Bargheer, M.

    2016-07-01

    We introduce azobenzene-functionalized polyelectrolyte multilayers as efficient, inexpensive optoacoustic transducers for hyper-sound strain waves in the GHz range. By picosecond transient reflectivity measurements we study the creation of nanoscale strain waves, their reflection from interfaces, damping by scattering from nanoparticles and propagation in soft and hard adjacent materials like polymer layers, quartz and mica. The amplitude of the generated strain ε ~ 5 × 10-4 is calibrated by ultrafast X-ray diffraction.

  19. Dicyclopalladated complexes of asymmetrically substituted azobenzenes: synthesis, kinetics and mechanisms.

    PubMed

    Juribašić, Marina; Budimir, Ana; Kazazić, Snježana; Curić, Manda

    2013-11-01

    Two series of new dicyclopalladated complexes {(DMF)PdCl(μ-R(1)C6H3N═NC6H3R(2))PdCl(DMF)} of 4,4'-functionalized azobenzenes with substituents of varying electron-donating or electron-withdrawing strength (R(1) = H, NMe2; R(2) = H, Cl, Br, I, OMe, PhNH, CO2H, SO3Na, or NO2) have been synthesized and fully characterized. (1)H NMR spectroscopy along with the ESI mass spectrometry unambiguously identified the new complexes in the solution, and their solid-state structures were determined by X-ray crystallography. The presence of easily exchangeable solvent ligands was confirmed by (1)H NMR spectroscopy, X-ray experiments, and ESI mass spectrometry. The complexes were additionally characterized by UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopies. The effect of different 4,4'-substituents on the formation rate of mono- and dicyclopalladated azobenzenes was studied by UV-vis spectroscopy. The experimental results are complemented by the quantum-chemical (DFT) calculations in order to rationalize the kinetic results as well as substituent effects on the reaction rates. It was found that the mono- and dicyclopalladation reactions of azobenzenes proceed in two consecutive processes, adduct formation and palladation steps. The rate-determining step in both palladations is the breaking of the ortho C-H bond, which has been confirmed as an electrophilic substitution process by Hammett correlations and DFT calculations. PMID:24116960

  20. Polyanionic and polyzwitterionic azobenzene ionic liquid-functionalized silica materials and their chromatographic applications.

    PubMed

    Qiu, Hongdeng; Jiang, Shengxiang; Takafuji, Makoto; Ihara, Hirotaka

    2013-03-25

    New polyanionic and polyzwitterionic azobenzene ionic liquid-functionalized silica materials were designed based on the preparation of a new polymerizable azobenzene anionic monomer and either its cation-exchange with alkylimidazolium after grafting or the formation of an ionic liquid monomer pair before grafting onto silica. PMID:23417018

  1. A tristable [2]rotaxane that is doubly gated by foldamer and azobenzene kinetic barriers.

    PubMed

    Wang, Wei-Kun; Xu, Zi-Yue; Zhang, Yun-Chang; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Dan-Wei; Liu, Yi; Li, Zhan-Ting

    2016-06-14

    A hydrogen bonded foldamer unit and an azobenzene unit have been incorporated into the linear component of a tristable [2]rotaxane to give rise to a doubly gated switching system tuned by the folding-defolding of the foldamer unit and the photo-initiated trans-cis isomerization of the azobenzene unit. PMID:27203526

  2. Block copolymers for enhanced oil recovery

    SciTech Connect

    Wu, M.M.; Ball, L.E.

    1987-05-19

    A water soluble block copolymer is described comprising two or more water soluble polymer blocks, wherein the water soluble polymer blocks comprise polymerized monomers. The monomers are selected from the group consisting of acrylamide, methacrylamide, vinyl methyl ether, acrylic and methacrylic acid and their water soluble salts and N-substituted acrylamides.

  3. Coverage-driven dissociation of azobenzene on Cu(111): a route towards defined surface functionalization.

    PubMed

    Willenbockel, Martin; Maurer, Reinhard J; Bronner, Christopher; Schulze, Michael; Stadtmüller, Benjamin; Soubatch, Serguei; Tegeder, Petra; Reuter, Karsten; Stefan Tautz, F

    2015-10-25

    We investigate the surface-catalyzed dissociation of the archetypal molecular switch azobenzene on the Cu(111) surface. Based on X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, normal incidence X-ray standing waves and density functional theory calculations a detailed picture of the coverage-induced formation of phenyl nitrene from azobenzene is presented. Furthermore, a comparison to the azobenzene/Ag(111) interface provides insight into the driving force behind the dissociation on Cu(111). The quantitative decay of azobenzene paves the way for the creation of a defect free, covalently bonded monolayer. Our work suggests a route of surface functionalization via suitable azobenzene derivatives and the on surface synthesis concept, allowing for the creation of complex immobilized molecular systems. PMID:26340405

  4. RAFT dispersion polymerization of 3-phenylpropyl methacrylate with poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] macro-CTAs in ethanol and associated thermoreversible polymorphism.

    PubMed

    Pei, Yiwen; Dharsana, Nadia C; van Hensbergen, Johannes A; Burford, Robert P; Roth, Peter J; Lowe, Andrew B

    2014-08-21

    The direct synthesis of methacrylic-based soft polymeric nanoparticles via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer dispersion polymerization (RAFTDP) is described. The use of poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate]s, of varying average degree of polymerization (X¯n), as the stabilizing blocks for the RAFTDP of 3-phenylpropyl methacrylate (PPMA) in ethanol at 70 °C, at various total solids contents, yielded the full spectrum of self-assembled nanoparticles (spherical and worm aggregates and polymersomes). We also demonstrate that nanoparticle morphology can be tuned simply by controlling temperature. This is especially evident in the case of worm aggregates undergoing a thermoreversible transition to spherical species - a process that is accompanied by a macroscopic degelation-gelation process. PMID:24975501

  5. 40 CFR 721.9492 - Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate and substituted methacrylate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... methacrylate and substituted methacrylate. 721.9492 Section 721.9492 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL... Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9492 Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate and substituted methacrylate. Link to an amendment published at 79 FR 34638, June 18, 2014....

  6. Tuning the Photoinduced Motion of Glassy Azobenzene Polymers and Networks

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    Vaia, R. A.

    2013-03-01

    Continual innovation at the forefront of soft-matter, in areas such as liquid crystal networks, nano-composites and bio-molecules, is providing exciting opportunities to create smart materials systems that exhibit a controlled, reproducible and reversible modulation of physical properties. These material systems evoke the adaptivity of natural organisms, and inspire radical aerospace notions. A key example is photo-responsive polymers, which convert a light stimulus input into a mechanical output (work). Photoinduced conformational changes, such as within azobenzene, dictate molecular-level distortions that summate into a macroscopic strain, which often manifests as a shape change or motion. The transduction of the molecular-level response to a macroscale effect is regulated by mesoscopic features, such as chain packing, free volume, and local molecular order - factors which depend on chemical composition as well as the process history of the material. For example, physical aging increases the density of the glass, reduces local free volume, and thus decreases the minima in local conformation space which strongly influences the azobenzene photochemistry (trans-cis-trans isomerization). The subsequent change in the energy landscape of the system reduces the fraction of azobenzene able to undergo reconfiguration as well as increases the probability that those photoinduced conformations will relax back to the initial local environment. The result is a tuning of the magnitude of macroscopic strain and the ability to shift from shape fixing to shape recovery, respectively. Work done in collaboration with H. Koerner, K.M. Lee, M. Smith, D. Wang, L-S. Tan. and T. White, Air Force Research Laboratory.

  7. Picosecond dynamics in water-soluble azobenzene-peptides

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Satzger, H.; Root, C.; Renner, C.; Behrendt, R.; Moroder, L.; Wachtveitl, J.; Zinth, W.

    2004-09-01

    Ultrafast absorption changes are recorded for water-soluble cyclic azobenzene peptides containing the photoswitch (4-aminomethyl)-phenyl-azobenzoic acid (AMPB) and a bioactive peptide motif. They can be separated into the fast reactions in the AMPB chromophore and the slower response of the peptide moiety. While the fastest reactions display similar time constants as observed for AMPB peptides dissolved in DMSO the slower reaction dynamics assigned to vibrational cooling and motions of the peptide moiety are faster in water by a factor of up to two. The changes in the reaction times are explained by solvent heat capacity and viscosity.

  8. Structure-Correlation NMR Spectroscopy for Macromolecules Using Repeated Bidirectional Photoisomerization of Azobenzene.

    PubMed

    Nagashima, Toshio; Ueda, Keisuke; Nishimura, Chiaki; Yamazaki, Toshio

    2015-11-17

    Control over macromolecular structure offers bright potentials for manipulation of macromolecular functions. We here present structure-correlation NMR spectroscopy to analyze the correlation between polymorphic macromolecular structures driven by photoisomerization of azobenzene. The structural conversion of azobenzene was induced within the mixing time of a NOESY experiment using a colored light source, and the reverse structural conversion was induced during the relaxation delay using a light source of another color. The correlation spectrum between trans- and cis-azobenzene was then obtained. To maximize the efficiency of the bidirectional photoisomerization of azobenzene-containing macromolecules, we developed a novel light-irradiation NMR sample tube and method for irradiating target molecules in an NMR radio frequency (rf) coil. When this sample tube was used for photoisomerization of an azobenzene derivative at a concentration of 0.2 mM, data collection with reasonable sensitivity applicable to macromolecules was achieved. We performed isomerization of an azobenzene-cross-linked peptide within the mixing time of a NOESY experiment that produced cross-peaks between helix and random-coil forms of the peptide. Thus, these results indicate that macromolecular structure manipulation can be incorporated into an NMR pulse sequence using an azobenzene derivative and irradiation with light of two types of wavelengths, providing a new method for structural analysis of metastable states of macromolecules. PMID:26479462

  9. Layer-by-layer deposited organic/inorganic hybrid multilayer films containing noncentrosymmetrically orientated azobenzene chromophores.

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    Kang, En-Hua; Bu, Tianjia; Jin, Pengcheng; Sun, Junqi; Yang, Yanqiang; Shen, Jiacong

    2007-07-01

    Organic/inorganic hybrid multilayer films with noncentrosymmetrically orientated azobenzene chromophores were fabricated by the sequential deposition of ZrO2 layers by a surface sol-gel process and subsequent layer-by-layer (LbL) adsorption of the nonlinear optical (NLO)-active azobenzene-containing polyanion PAC-azoBNS and poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA). Noncentrosymmetric orientation of the NLO-active azobenzene chromophores was achieved because of the strong repulsion between the negatively charged ZrO(2) and the sulfonate groups of the azobenzene chromophore in PAC-azoBNS. Regular deposition of ZrO(2)/PAC-azoBNS/PDDA multilayer films was verified by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and quartz crystal microbalance measurements. Both UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and transmission second harmonic generation (SHG) measurements confirmed the noncentrosymmetric orientation of the azobenzene chromophores in the as-prepared ZrO2/PAC-azoBNS/PDDA multilayer films. The square root of the SHG signal (I(2omega)(1/2)) increases with the increase of the azobenzene graft ratio in PAC-azoBNS as the number of deposition cycles of the ZrO(2)/PAC-azoBNS/PDDA films remains the same, while the second-order susceptibility chi(zzz)(2) of the film decreases with the increase of the azobenzene graft ratio. Furthermore, the present method was successfully extended to realize the noncentrosymmetric orientation of azobenzene chromophores in multilayer films when small organic azobenzene compounds with carboxylic acid and/or hydroxyl groups at one end and sulfonate groups at the other end were used. The present method was characterized by its simplicity and flexibility in film preparation, and it is anticipated to be a facile way to fabricate second-order nonlinear optical film materials. PMID:17555337

  10. Synthesis of three different galactose-based methacrylate monomers for the production of sugar-based polymers.

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    Desport, Jessica S; Mantione, Daniele; Moreno, Mónica; Sardón, Haritz; Barandiaran, María J; Mecerreyes, David

    2016-09-01

    Glycopolymers, synthetic sugar-containing macromolecules, are attracting ever-increasing interest from the chemistry community. Glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) is an important building block for the synthesis of sugar based methacrylate monomers and polymers. Normally, glycidyl methacrylate shows some advantages such as reactivity against nucleophiles or milder synthetic conditions such as other reactive methacrylate monomers. However, condensation reactions of glycidyl methacrylate with for instance protected galactose monomer leads to a mixture of two products due to a strong competition between the two possible pathways: epoxide ring opening or transesterification. In this paper, we propose two alternative routes to synthesize regiospecific galactose-based methacrylate monomers using the epoxy-ring opening reaction. In the first alternative route, the protected galactose is first oxidized to the acid in order to make it more reactive against the epoxide of GMA. In the second route, the protected sugar was first treated with epichlorohydrin followed by the epoxy ring opening reaction with methacrylic acid, to create an identical analogue of the ring-opening product of GMA. These two monomers were polymerized using conventional radical polymerization and were compared to the previously known galactose-methacrylate one. The new polymers show similar thermal stability but lower glass transition temperature (Tg) with respect to the known galactose methacrylate polymer. PMID:27394038

  11. Evanescent polarization holographic recording of sub-200-nm gratings in an azobenzene polyester.

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    Ramanujam, P S

    2003-12-01

    I demonstrate high-resolution polarization holographic recording with evanescent waves in a thin film of an azobenzene polyester deposited directly on the hypotenuse of a highly refractive prism. A spatial frequency greater than 7000 lines/mm and diffraction efficiency greater than 1% have been achieved. It was found that diffraction efficiency increases in the dark after the writing beams have been switched off. The biphotonic effect found in other azobenzene polymers, which converts cis states of the azobenzene to trans states followed by an ordering process that is due to aggregation, is proposed as the reason for this increase in diffraction efficiency. PMID:14680187

  12. An Optimized Glutamate Receptor Photoswitch with Sensitized Azobenzene Isomerization.

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    Gascón-Moya, Marta; Pejoan, Arnau; Izquierdo-Serra, Mercè; Pittolo, Silvia; Cabré, Gisela; Hernando, Jordi; Alibés, Ramon; Gorostiza, Pau; Busqué, Félix

    2015-10-16

    A new azobenzene-based photoswitch, 2, has been designed to enable optical control of ionotropic glutamate receptors in neurons via sensitized two-photon excitation with NIR light. In order to develop an efficient and versatile synthetic route for this molecule, a modular strategy is described which relies on the use of a new linear fully protected glutamate derivative stable in basic media. The resulting compound undergoes one-photon trans-cis photoisomerization via two different mechanisms: direct excitation of its azoaromatic unit and irradiation of the pyrene sensitizer, a well-known two-photon sensitive chromophore. Moreover, 2 presents large thermal stability of its cis isomer, in contrast to other two-photon responsive switches relying on the intrinsic nonlinear optical properties of push-pull substituted azobenzenes. As a result, the molecular system developed herein is a very promising candidate for evoking large photoinduced biological responses during the multiphoton operation of neuronal glutamate receptors with NIR light, which require accumulation of the protein-bound cis state of the switch upon repeated illumination. PMID:26414427

  13. Synthesis and characterization of magnetic poly(glycidyl methacrylate) microspheres

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    Horák, Daniel; Petrovský, Eduard; Kapička, Aleš; Frederichs, Theodor

    2007-04-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles encapsulated in poly(glycidyl methacrylate) microspheres were prepared and their detailed structural and magnetic characteristics given. Iron oxide nanoparticles were obtained by chemical coprecipitation of Fe(II) and Fe(III) salts and stabilized with dextran, (carboxymethyl)dextran or tetramethylammonium hydroxide. The microspheres were prepared by emulsion or dispersion polymerization of glycidyl methacrylate in the presence of ferrofluid. The microspheres were uniform both in shape and usually also in size; their size distribution was narrow. All the magnetic parameters confirm superparamagnetic nature of the microspheres. Blocking temperature was not observed, suggesting the absence of magnetic interactions at low temperatures. This is most probably caused by complete encapsulation and the absence of agglomeration. Such microspheres can be used in biomedical applications.

  14. A ferrocene-azobenzene derivative showing unprecedented phase transition and better solubility upon UV irradiation.

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    Zhang, Rui; Ji, Ya-Jian; Yang, Lan; Zhang, Yi; Kuang, Gui-Chao

    2016-04-21

    The ferrocene-aspartic acid-azobenzene derivative 1 showing an unprecedented photoinduced crystal-liquid phase transition at an elevated temperature and better solubility in organic solvents has been successfully reported. PMID:27025392

  15. Induction of molecular chirality by circularly polarized light in cyclic azobenzene with a photoswitchable benzene rotor.

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    Hashim, P K; Thomas, Reji; Tamaoki, Nobuyuki

    2011-06-20

    New phototriggered molecular machines based on cyclic azobenzene were synthesized in which a 2,5-dimethoxy, 2,5-dimethyl, 2,5-difluorine or unsubstituted-1,4-dioxybenzene rotating unit and a photoisomerizable 3,3'-dioxyazobenzene moiety are bridged together by fixed bismethylene spacers. Depending upon substitution on the benzene moiety and on the E/Z conformation of the azobenzene unit, these molecules suffer various degrees of restriction on the free rotation of the benzene rotor. The rotation of the substituted benzene rotor within the cyclic azobenzene cavity imparts planar chirality to the molecules. Cyclic azobenzene 1, with methoxy groups at both the 2- and 5-positions of the benzene rotor, was so conformationally restricted that free rotation of the rotor was prevented in both the E and Z isomers and the respective planar chiral enantiomers were resolved. In contrast, compound 2, with 2,5-dimethylbenzene as the rotor, demonstrated the property of a light-controlled molecular brake, whereby rotation of the 2,5-dimethylbenzene moiety is completely stopped in the E isomer (brake ON, rotation OFF), while the rotation is allowed in the Z isomer (brake OFF, rotation ON). The cyclic azobenzene 3, with fluorine substitution on the benzene rotor, was in the brake OFF state regardless of E/Z photoisomerization of the azobenzene moiety. More interestingly, for the first time, we demonstrated the induction of molecular chirality in a simple monocyclic azobenzene by circular-polarized light. The key characteristics of cyclic azobenzene 2, that is, stability of the chiral structure in the E isomer, fast racemization in the Z isomer, and the circular dichroism of enantiomers of both E and Z isomers, resulted in a simple reversible enantio-differentiating photoisomerization directly between the E enantiomers. Upon exposure to r- or l-circularly polarized light at 488 nm, partial enrichment of the (S)- or (R)-enantiomers of 2 was observed. PMID:21567494

  16. Thermomechanical behavior of amorphous tactic methacrylate polymers

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    Kiran, E.; Gillham, J. K.; Gipstein, E.

    1974-01-01

    Dynamic mechanical spectra of amorphous stereoregular poly(methyl methacrylate)s and poly(t-butyl methacrylate)s with assigned microtacticities are presented and discussed. An intermolecular argument is invoked to account for the higher glass transition temperature of syndiotactic vis a vis isotactic PMMA, in spite of the higher density of the latter at 30 C. An argument is presented to show that the ratio of glassy-region relaxation temperature to glass transition temperature is not only a measure of the degree of coupling of the beta and glass transition processes, but also of the degree to which intermolecular factors influence these processes. The greater extent of the low-temperature irreversibilities observed in the thermomechanical spectra of poly(t-butyl methacrylate)s is attributed to the brittle character induced by the bulky side groups which presumably weaken cohesive forces.

  17. Photochromic switching of the DNA helicity induced by azobenzene derivatives

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    Deiana, Marco; Pokladek, Ziemowit; Olesiak-Banska, Joanna; Młynarz, Piotr; Samoc, Marek; Matczyszyn, Katarzyna

    2016-01-01

    The photochromic properties of azobenzene, involving conformational changes occurring upon interaction with light, provide an excellent tool to establish new ways of selective regulation applied to biosystems. We report here on the binding of two water-soluble 4-(phenylazo)benzoic acid derivatives (Azo-2N and Azo-3N) with double stranded DNA and demonstrate that the photoisomerization of Azo-3N leads to changes in DNA structure. In particular, we show that stabilization and destabilization of the B-DNA secondary structure can be photochemically induced in situ by light. This photo-triggered process is fully reversible and could be an alternative pathway to control a broad range of biological processes. Moreover, we found that the bicationic Azo-3N exhibited a higher DNA-binding constant than the monocationic Azo-2N pointing out that the number of positive charges along the photosensitive polyamines chain plays a pivotal role in stabilizing the photochrome-DNA complex. PMID:27339811

  18. Fluorinated Azobenzenes for Shape-Persistent Liquid Crystal Polymer Networks.

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    Iamsaard, Supitchaya; Anger, Emmanuel; Aßhoff, Sarah Jane; Depauw, Alexis; Fletcher, Stephen P; Katsonis, Nathalie

    2016-08-16

    Liquid crystal polymer networks respond with an anisotropic deformation to a range of external stimuli. When doped with molecular photoswitches, these materials undergo complex shape modifications under illumination. As the deformations are reversed when irradiation stops, applications where the activated shape is required to have thermal stability have been precluded. Previous attempts to incorporate molecular switches into thermally stable photoisomers were unsuccessful at photogenerating macroscopic shapes that are retained over time. Herein, we show that to preserve photoactivated molecular deformation on the macroscopic scale, it is important not only to engineer the thermal stability of the photoswitch but also to adjust the cross-linking density in the polymer network and to optimize the molecular orientations in the material. Our strategy resulted in materials containing fluorinated azobenzenes that retain their photochemical shape for more than eight days, which constitutes the first demonstration of long-lived photomechanical deformation in liquid-crystal polymer networks. PMID:27430357

  19. Photochromic switching of the DNA helicity induced by azobenzene derivatives.

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    Deiana, Marco; Pokladek, Ziemowit; Olesiak-Banska, Joanna; Młynarz, Piotr; Samoc, Marek; Matczyszyn, Katarzyna

    2016-01-01

    The photochromic properties of azobenzene, involving conformational changes occurring upon interaction with light, provide an excellent tool to establish new ways of selective regulation applied to biosystems. We report here on the binding of two water-soluble 4-(phenylazo)benzoic acid derivatives (Azo-2N and Azo-3N) with double stranded DNA and demonstrate that the photoisomerization of Azo-3N leads to changes in DNA structure. In particular, we show that stabilization and destabilization of the B-DNA secondary structure can be photochemically induced in situ by light. This photo-triggered process is fully reversible and could be an alternative pathway to control a broad range of biological processes. Moreover, we found that the bicationic Azo-3N exhibited a higher DNA-binding constant than the monocationic Azo-2N pointing out that the number of positive charges along the photosensitive polyamines chain plays a pivotal role in stabilizing the photochrome-DNA complex. PMID:27339811

  20. Antimicrobial azobenzene compounds and their potential use in biomaterials

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    Sessa, L.; Concilio, S.; Iannelli, P.; De Santis, F.; Porta, A.; Piotto, S.

    2016-04-01

    We recently synthesized a class of active compounds with azobenzene structure [1] and lowest in silico toxicity values. The antimicrobial activity of these molecules and their thermal stability are very promising and indicate that they may have interesting and therapeutically significant applications. This work aims to develop new materials with antibacterial and antifungal activity inserting different percentages of synthetic antimicrobial azo compounds in commercial polymer matrices. We realized thin films using solvent casting and melt compounding techniques. The obtained materials retained the proprieties of the pure matrices. This means that azo dye dissolved in the matrix does not influence the thermal behavior and the morphology of the material. Tested films exhibited the capability to inhibit biofilms formation of S. aureus and C. albicans. Spectrophotometric investigation of the azo compound released from the polymer matrices confirmed that the realized materials might be interesting for biomedical tools, antibacterial surfaces, and films for active packaging.

  1. Photochromic switching of the DNA helicity induced by azobenzene derivatives

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    Deiana, Marco; Pokladek, Ziemowit; Olesiak-Banska, Joanna; Młynarz, Piotr; Samoc, Marek; Matczyszyn, Katarzyna

    2016-06-01

    The photochromic properties of azobenzene, involving conformational changes occurring upon interaction with light, provide an excellent tool to establish new ways of selective regulation applied to biosystems. We report here on the binding of two water-soluble 4-(phenylazo)benzoic acid derivatives (Azo-2N and Azo-3N) with double stranded DNA and demonstrate that the photoisomerization of Azo-3N leads to changes in DNA structure. In particular, we show that stabilization and destabilization of the B-DNA secondary structure can be photochemically induced in situ by light. This photo-triggered process is fully reversible and could be an alternative pathway to control a broad range of biological processes. Moreover, we found that the bicationic Azo-3N exhibited a higher DNA-binding constant than the monocationic Azo-2N pointing out that the number of positive charges along the photosensitive polyamines chain plays a pivotal role in stabilizing the photochrome-DNA complex.

  2. Azobenzene-based supramolecular polymers for processing MWCNTs

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    Maggini, Laura; Marangoni, Tomas; Georges, Benoit; Malicka, Joanna M.; Yoosaf, K.; Minoia, Andrea; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Armaroli, Nicola; Bonifazi, Davide

    2012-12-01

    Photothermally responsive supramolecular polymers containing azobenzene units have been synthesised and employed as dispersants for multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in organic solvents. Upon triggering the trans-cis isomerisation of the supramolecular polymer intermolecular interactions between MWCNTs and the polymer are established, reversibly affecting the suspensions of the MWCNTs, either favouring it (by heating, i.e. cis --> trans isomerisation) or inducing the CNTs' precipitation (upon irradiation, trans --> cis isomerisation). Taking advantage of the chromophoric properties of the molecular subunits, the solubilisation/precipitation processes have been monitored by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy. The structural properties of the resulting MWCNT-polymer hybrid materials have been thoroughly investigated via thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) and modelled with molecular dynamics simulations.Photothermally responsive supramolecular polymers containing azobenzene units have been synthesised and employed as dispersants for multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in organic solvents. Upon triggering the trans-cis isomerisation of the supramolecular polymer intermolecular interactions between MWCNTs and the polymer are established, reversibly affecting the suspensions of the MWCNTs, either favouring it (by heating, i.e. cis --> trans isomerisation) or inducing the CNTs' precipitation (upon irradiation, trans --> cis isomerisation). Taking advantage of the chromophoric properties of the molecular subunits, the solubilisation/precipitation processes have been monitored by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy. The structural properties of the resulting MWCNT-polymer hybrid materials have been thoroughly investigated via thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy

  3. 40 CFR 721.10153 - Modified methyl methacrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Modified methyl methacrylate, 2... SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10153 Modified methyl methacrylate, 2... reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as modified methyl methacrylate,...

  4. 40 CFR 721.10153 - Modified methyl methacrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Modified methyl methacrylate, 2... SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10153 Modified methyl methacrylate, 2... reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as modified methyl methacrylate,...

  5. 40 CFR 721.10153 - Modified methyl methacrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic).

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    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Modified methyl methacrylate, 2... SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10153 Modified methyl methacrylate, 2... reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as modified methyl methacrylate,...

  6. 40 CFR 721.10153 - Modified methyl methacrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic). 721.10153 Section 721.10153 Protection of Environment...-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to... methacrylate polymer (PMN P-08-6) is subject to reporting under this section for the significant new...

  7. 40 CFR 721.10153 - Modified methyl methacrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic). 721.10153 Section 721.10153 Protection of Environment...-hydroxyethyl methacrylate polymer (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to... methacrylate polymer (PMN P-08-6) is subject to reporting under this section for the significant new...

  8. A cationic azobenzene-surfactant-modified graphene hybrid: unique photoresponse and electrochemical behavior

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    Chen, Shu; Bao, Lin; Ou, Encai; Peng, Chang; Wang, Weimao; Xu, Weijian

    2015-11-01

    Surfactant-modified graphene hybrids containing azobenzene groups were for the first time prepared, and the electrochemical performance was investigated. The hybrids were obtained by electrostatic interactions between cationic azobenzene-surfactants and negatively charged graphene oxide in water. The electrostatic interactions, chemical structure and photoresponse of the hybrids were measured by using zeta potential values, fluorescence spectra, FTIR, XPS, XRD, SEM, UV-Vis absorption, AFM and Raman spectra. The electrochemical performance was estimated using cyclic voltammetry. The results show that strong electrostatic interactions exist between the azobenzene surfactants and graphene oxide. Notably, this azobenzene-graphene hybrid can self-assemble into aggregation structures in aqueous solution. Besides, the self-assembly can be reversibly controlled by ultraviolet light (365 nm) and blue light (455 nm) irradiation. This process is driven by the photoinduced polarity change of the cationic azobenzene surfactant and is responsible for the graphene hybrids' electrochemical performance. It is the first example of the reversible self-assembly of graphene driven by light irradiation.Surfactant-modified graphene hybrids containing azobenzene groups were for the first time prepared, and the electrochemical performance was investigated. The hybrids were obtained by electrostatic interactions between cationic azobenzene-surfactants and negatively charged graphene oxide in water. The electrostatic interactions, chemical structure and photoresponse of the hybrids were measured by using zeta potential values, fluorescence spectra, FTIR, XPS, XRD, SEM, UV-Vis absorption, AFM and Raman spectra. The electrochemical performance was estimated using cyclic voltammetry. The results show that strong electrostatic interactions exist between the azobenzene surfactants and graphene oxide. Notably, this azobenzene-graphene hybrid can self-assemble into aggregation structures in aqueous

  9. Photodissociation UV-Vis Spectra of Cold Protonated Azobenzene and 4-(Dimethylamino)azobenzene and Their Benzenediazonium Cation Fragment.

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    Féraud, Géraldine; Dedonder-Lardeux, Claude; Jouvet, Christophe; Marceca, Ernesto

    2016-06-01

    Gas phase photodissociation electronic spectra of protonated azobenzene (ABH(+)) and 4-(dimethylamino)azobenzene (dmaABH(+)) were measured in a cryogenically cooled ion trap at temperatures of a few tens of Kelvin. Experimental results were complemented with electronic structure calculations in the ground state at the MP2/cc-pVDZ level of theory, and in the low lying excited states using the RI-CC2 method. Calculated energies revealed that only the trans isomers of the azonium molecular ions (protonation site on the azo group) will likely exist in the trap at the temperatures achieved in the experiment. The first transition of trans-ABH(+) is π* ← π, and the absorption band in the spectrum appears strongly red-shifted from that of the neutral molecule. The calculations showed that upon excitation the quasi-planar ground state (S0) transforms into a chairlike excited state (S1) by twisting the CNNC dihedral angle about 96°. A 41 cm(-1) active vibrational progression found in the ABH(+) spectrum may be associated with the twisting of the azo bond. Conversely, the electronic spectrum of dmaABH(+) exhibits a steep and unstructured S1 ← S0 absorption corresponding to a less distorted S1 state. The next two quasi-degenerate bands in the ABH(+) spectrum evidence sharper onsets and a charge transfer character. Using a second fragmentation laser and an additional He cooling pulse in the trap, it was possible to measure the UV spectrum of cold benzenediazonium fragments. PMID:27216229

  10. Glycol methacrylate in light microscopy: nucleic acid cytochemistry.

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    Cole, M B; Ellinger, J

    1981-07-01

    Techniques utilizing Feulgen, azure B bromide, methyl green-pyronin, gallocyanin chromalum and cresyl violet stains have been modified and adapted for visualizing nucleic acids in 0.5-2.0 micrometer sections of tissues embedded in glycol methacrylate (GMA). Methods for evaluating the stain specificity for DNA and RNA using deoxyribonuclease and ribonuclease digestions, aldehyde blocking, and acid extractions are also described. The specificity of the stains in GMA embedded tissues is comparable to that reported for paraffin-embedded tissues. PMID:6167720

  11. Induction of E/Z isomerization in a pendant metal-bound azobenzene: a synthetic, spectroscopic and theoretical study.

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    Hasheminasab, A; Wang, L; Dawadi, M B; Bass, J; Herrick, R S; Rack, J J; Ziegler, C J

    2015-09-21

    Re(CO)3 conjugates 1 and 2 that incorporate azobenzenes can be readily generated via one-pot reactions using Schiff base reaction forming conditions. Excitation of the MLCT bands in 1 and 2 results in isomerization of the azobenzene moiety, and this process has been investigated via time-resolved photophysics and TDDFT calculations. PMID:26252161

  12. Fluorescence from an azobenzene-containing diblock copolymer micelle in solution.

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    Bo, Qi; Zhao, Yue

    2007-05-01

    We report the observation of unusual fluorescence emission from an azobenzene-containing polymer micellar solution. An amphiphilic diblock copolymer composed of the hydrophilic quaternized poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (QP4VP) and a hydrophobic liquid crystalline polymethacrylate bearing azobenzene side groups (PAzoMA) is nonfluorescent in molecularly dissolved state in N,N-dimethyl formamide (DMF) but becomes fluorescent as a result of the micellization upon addition of water, which confines azobenzene groups into the core region of micellar aggregates. Experimental results suggest that the micellization-enhanced fluorescence was caused by a slowdown, due to the confinement effect, in the rate of the trans-to-cis photoisomerization that is the main nonradiative relaxation process for excited azobenzene groups in the trans form. Furthermore, it was found that the fluorescence intensity of aqueous micellar solution is sensitive to changes in pH (reversible fluorescence variation) and to illumination (irreversible fluorescence variation). The results indicate that a subtle change in the state of polymer micellar association may alter the confining state of azobenzene groups responsible for the fluorescence emission. PMID:17407334

  13. A cationic azobenzene-surfactant-modified graphene hybrid: unique photoresponse and electrochemical behavior.

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    Chen, Shu; Bao, Lin; Ou, Encai; Peng, Chang; Wang, Weimao; Xu, Weijian

    2015-12-14

    Surfactant-modified graphene hybrids containing azobenzene groups were for the first time prepared, and the electrochemical performance was investigated. The hybrids were obtained by electrostatic interactions between cationic azobenzene-surfactants and negatively charged graphene oxide in water. The electrostatic interactions, chemical structure and photoresponse of the hybrids were measured by using zeta potential values, fluorescence spectra, FTIR, XPS, XRD, SEM, UV-Vis absorption, AFM and Raman spectra. The electrochemical performance was estimated using cyclic voltammetry. The results show that strong electrostatic interactions exist between the azobenzene surfactants and graphene oxide. Notably, this azobenzene-graphene hybrid can self-assemble into aggregation structures in aqueous solution. Besides, the self-assembly can be reversibly controlled by ultraviolet light (365 nm) and blue light (455 nm) irradiation. This process is driven by the photoinduced polarity change of the cationic azobenzene surfactant and is responsible for the graphene hybrids' electrochemical performance. It is the first example of the reversible self-assembly of graphene driven by light irradiation. PMID:26553111

  14. The photoisomerization of a peptidic derivative of azobenzene: A nonadiabatic dynamics simulation of a supramolecular system

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    Ciminelli, Cosimo; Granucci, Giovanni; Persico, Maurizio

    2008-06-01

    The aim of this work is to investigate the mechanism of photoisomerization of an azobenzenic chromophore in a supramolecular environment, where the primary photochemical act produces important changes in the whole system. We have chosen a derivative of azobenzene, with two cyclopeptides attached in the para positions, linked by hydrogen bonds when the chromophore is in the cis geometry. We have run computational simulations of the cis → trans photoisomerization of such derivative of azobenzene, by means of a surface hopping method. The potential energy surfaces and nonadiabatic couplings are computed "on the fly" with a hybrid QM/MM strategy, in which the quantum mechanical subsystem is treated semiempirically. The simulations show that the photoisomerization is fast (about 200 fs) and occurs with high quantum yields, as in free azobenzene. However, the two cyclopeptides are not promptly separated, and the breaking of the hydrogen bonds requires longer times (at least several picoseconds), with the intervention of the solvent molecules (water). As a consequence, the resulting trans-azobenzene is severely distorted, and we show how its approach to the equilibrium geometry could be monitored by time-resolved absorption spectroscopy.

  15. Red-Shifting Azobenzene Photoswitches for in Vivo Use.

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    Dong, Mingxin; Babalhavaeji, Amirhossein; Samanta, Subhas; Beharry, Andrew A; Woolley, G Andrew

    2015-10-20

    Recently, there has been a great deal of interest in using the photoisomerization of azobenzene compounds to control specific biological targets in vivo. These azo compounds can be used as research tools or, in principle, could act as optically controlled drugs. Such "photopharmaceuticals" offer the prospect of targeted drug action and an unprecedented degree of temporal control. A key feature of azo compounds designed to photoswitch in vivo is the wavelength of light required to cause the photoisomerization. To pass through tissue such as the human hand, wavelengths in the red, far-red, or ideally near infrared region are required. This Account describes our attempts to produce such azo compounds. Introducing electron-donating or push/pull substituents at the para positions delocalizes the azobenzene chromophore and leads to long wavelength absorption but usually also lowers the thermal barrier to interconversion of the isomers. Fast thermal relaxation means it is difficult to produce a large steady state fraction of the cis isomer. Thus, specifically activating or inhibiting a biological process with the cis isomer would require an impractically bright light source. We have found that introducing substituents at all four ortho positions leads to azo compounds with a number of unusual properties that are useful for in vivo photoswitching. When the para substituents are amide groups, these tetra-ortho substituted azo compounds show unusually slow thermal relaxation rates and enhanced separation of n-π* transitions of cis and trans isomers compared to analogues without ortho substituents. When para positions are substituted with amino groups, ortho methoxy groups greatly stabilize the azonium form of the compounds, in which the azo group is protonated. Azonium ions absorb strongly in the red region of the spectrum and can reach into the near-IR. These azonium ions can exhibit robust cis-trans isomerization in aqueous solutions at neutral pH. By varying the nature

  16. pH-sensitive methacrylic copolymer gels and the production thereof

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    Mallapragada, Surya K.; Anderson, Brian C.

    2007-05-15

    The present invention provides novel gel forming methacrylic blocking copolymers that exhibit cationic pH-sensitive behavior as well as good water solubility. The copolymers are constructed by polymerization of a tertiary amine methacrylate with either a (poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) polymer, such as the commercially available Pluronic.RTM. polymers, or a poly(ethylene glycol)methyl ether polymer. The polymers may be used for drug and gene delivery, protein separation, as structural supplements, and more.

  17. Optically switchable multi-stopband of non-quarter-wavelength dielectric multilayer using azobenzene polymer liquid crystal

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    Ozaki, Ryotaro; Kadowaki, Kazunori; Hagio, Takashi; Yagi, Ryohei; Kuwahara, Yutaka; Kurihara, Seiji

    2015-09-01

    Non-quarter-wave stacked dielectric multilayers including azobenzene polymer liquid crystal layers are investigated in this study. The azobenzene polymer liquid crystal has a photoinduced reversible refractive index based on photoisomerization. By using the reversible refractive-index change, the reflectance of a stopband can be controlled. In this system, the azobenzene molecules change their conformation when they are irradiated with ultraviolet (UV) or visible light. In general, stacking many layers of different thicknesses can produce broadband or multicolor reflections for a dielectric multilayer. However, in a multilayer having thick azobenzene layers, UV or visible light used for controlling photoisomerization hardly reaches the bottom part of the multilayer because the light is mainly absorbed at its top surface. To solve this problem, the dependence on the thickness ratio of the multilayer is investigated and a non-quarter-wave stacked multilayer having RGB reflections is experimentally demonstrated using thin azobenzene layers.

  18. Nonadiabatic ab initio molecular dynamics of photoisomerization in bridged azobenzene

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    Gao Aihua; Li Bin; Zhang Peiyu; Han Keli

    2012-11-28

    The photoisomerization mechanisms of bridged azobenzene are investigated by means of surface hopping dynamics simulations based on the Zhu-Nakamura theory. In the geometry optimizations and potential energy surface calculations, four minimum-energy conical intersections between the ground state and the lowest excited state are found to play important roles in the trans-cis and cis-trans isomerization processes. The trans-cis photoisomerization proceeds through two minimum-energy conical intersections. Ultrafast pedal motion of the N atoms and twisting of phenyl rings around their N-C bonds allows the molecule to move to a minimum-energy conical intersection, after which surface hopping from S{sub 1} to S{sub 0} occurs. In the S{sub 0} state, further rotation occurs around the N=N bond and two N-C bonds until the azo moiety and phenyl rings complete their isomerization. Finally, the cis form is achieved by subsequent adjustment of the ethylene bridge. In the cis-trans photodynamics, there is one rotational pathway, in the middle of which two CIs are responsible for the surface hopping to the S{sub 0} state. After the nonadiabatic transition, the molecule reaches the trans form through a barrierless pathway and the two phenyl rings and the additional bridge complete their reorientation almost at the same time.

  19. Stimulus-responsive azobenzene supramolecules: fibers, gels, and hollow spheres.

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    Lee, Sumi; Oh, Seungwhan; Lee, Joosub; Malpani, Yashwardhan; Jung, Young-Sik; Kang, Baotao; Lee, Jin Yong; Ozasa, Kazunari; Isoshima, Takashi; Lee, Sang Yun; Hara, Masahiko; Hashizume, Daisuke; Kim, Jong-Man

    2013-05-14

    Novel, stimulus-responsive supramolecular structures in the form of fibers, gels, and spheres, derived from an azobenzene-containing benzenetricarboxamide derivative, are described. Self-assembly of tris(4-((E)-phenyldiazenyl)phenyl)benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (Azo-1) in aqueous organic solvent systems results in solvent dependent generation of microfibers (aq DMSO), gels (aq DMF), and hollow spheres (aq THF). The results of a single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis of Azo-1 (crystallized from a mixture of DMSO and H2O) reveal that it possesses supramolecular columnar packing along the b axis. Data obtained from FTIR analysis and density functional theory (DFT) calculation suggest that multiple hydrogen bonding modes exist in the Azo-1 fibers. UV irradiation of the microfibers, formed in aq DMSO, causes complete melting while regeneration of new fibers occurs upon visible light irradiation. In addition to this photoinduced and reversible phase transition, the Azo-1 supramolecules display a reversible, fiber-to-sphere morphological transition upon exposure to pure DMSO or aq THF. The role played by amide hydrogen bonds in the morphological changes occurring in Azo-1 is demonstrated by the behavior of the analogous, ester-containing tris(4-((E)-phenyldiazenyl)phenyl)benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylate (Azo-2) and by the hydrogen abstraction in the presence of fluoride anions. PMID:23597134

  20. Mechanical Motion of Chiral Azobenzene Crystals with Twisting upon Photoirradiation.

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    Taniguchi, Takuya; Fujisawa, Juri; Shiro, Motoo; Koshima, Hideko; Asahi, Toru

    2016-06-01

    The photomechanical motion of chiral crystals of trans-azobenzene derivatives with an (S)- and (R)-phenylethylamide group was investigated and compared with a racemic crystal. Changes in the UV/Vis absorption spectra of the powdered crystals before and after UV irradiation were measured by using an optical waveguide spectrometer, showing that the lifetime of the cis-to-trans thermal back-isomerization of the chiral crystals was faster than that of the racemic crystals. Upon UV irradiation, a long plate-like chiral microcrystal bent away from the light source with a twisting motion. A square-like chiral microcrystal curled toward the light with some twisting. Reversible bending of a rod-like chiral microcrystal was repeatable over twenty-five cycles. In contrast, bending of a plate-like racemic microcrystal was small. A possible mechanism for the bending and twisting motion was discussed based on the optimized cis conformer determined by using calculations, showing that the bending motion with twisting is caused by elongation along the b axis and shrinkage along the a axis. PMID:27097760

  1. Contactless, photoinitiated snap-through in azobenzene-functionalized polymers

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    Shankar, M. Ravi; Smith, Matthew L.; Tondiglia, Vincent P.; Lee, Kyung Min; McConney, Michael E.; Wang, David H.; Tan, Loon-Seng; White, Timothy J.

    2013-01-01

    Photomechanical effects in polymeric materials and composites transduce light into mechanical work. The ability to control the intensity, polarization, placement, and duration of light irradiation is a distinctive and potentially useful tool to tailor the location, magnitude, and directionality of photogenerated mechanical work. Unfortunately, the work generated from photoresponsive materials is often slow and yields very small power densities, which diminish their potential use in applications. Here, we investigate photoinitiated snap-through in bistable arches formed from samples composed of azobenzene-functionalized polymers (both amorphous polyimides and liquid crystal polymer networks) and report orders-of-magnitude enhancement in actuation rates (approaching 102 mm/s) and powers (as much as 1 kW/m3). The contactless, ultra-fast actuation is observed at irradiation intensities <<100 mW/cm2. Due to the bistability and symmetry of the snap-through, reversible and bidirectional actuation is demonstrated. A model is developed to elucidate the underlying mechanics of the snap-through, specifically focusing on isolating the role of sample geometry, mechanical properties of the materials, and photomechanical strain. Using light to trigger contactless, ultrafast actuation in an otherwise passive structure is a potentially versatile tool to use in mechanical design at the micro-, meso-, and millimeter scales as actuators, as well as switches that can be triggered from large standoff distances, impulse generators for microvehicles, microfluidic valves and mixers in laboratory-on-chip devices, and adaptive optical elements. PMID:24190994

  2. Photomechanical response of azobenzene/organophilic mica complexes

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    Fujita, T.; Iyi, N.; Klapyta, Z.; Fujii, K.; Kaneko, Y.; Kitamura, K

    2003-12-10

    To clarify whether photomechanical response is limited to the special combination of azobenzene (AzBz)/organophilic tetrasilicic mica (TSM) complexes, another swelling synthetic fluoro-mica, lithium taeniolite, was used as a starting host for AzBz/organophilic mica complexes. Basal spacings of organophilic taeniolites (o-TNs) prepared by the intercalation of trimethylalkylammonium (TMAA) into the TN increased linearly as alkyl chain length in TMAA increased from 2.44 to 2.86 nm. This indicates paraffin-type arrangement of TMAA in the TN gallery. Intercalation of AzBz to o-TN was performed via the gas phase at 100 deg. C. Photoresponses of AzBz/o-TN complexes were examined by XRD measurement under alternate UV and visible light irradiation. A decrease in basal spacing was observed under UV irradiation, and an increase was under visible light irradiation. Basal spacing change was 0.09-0.18 nm, which corresponds to 3-5% of the AzBz/o-TN basal spacing. These results indicate that reversible photomechanical response is a general phenomenon for AzBz/organophilic mica complexes.

  3. A Unified Material Description for Light Induced Deformation in Azobenzene Polymers

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    Bin, Jonghoon; Oates, William S.

    2015-01-01

    Complex light-matter interactions in azobenzene polymers have limited our understanding of how photoisomerization induces deformation as a function of the underlying polymer network and form of the light excitation. A unified modeling framework is formulated to advance the understanding of surface deformation and bulk deformation of polymer films that are controlled by linear or circularly polarized light or vortex beams. It is shown that dipole forces strongly respond to polarized light in contrast to higher order quadrupole forces that are often used to describe surface relief grating deformation through a field gradient constitutive law. The modeling results and comparisons with a broad range of photomechanical data in the literature suggest that the molecular structure of the azobenzene monomers dramatically influences the photostrictive behavior. The results provide important insight for designing azobenzene monomers within a polymer network to achieve enhanced photo-responsive deformation. PMID:26437598

  4. Synthesis and Site-Specific Incorporation of Red-Shifted Azobenzene Amino Acids into Proteins.

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    John, Alford A; Ramil, Carlo P; Tian, Yulin; Cheng, Gang; Lin, Qing

    2015-12-18

    A series of red-shifted azobenzene amino acids were synthesized in moderate-to-excellent yields via a two-step procedure in which tyrosine derivatives were first oxidized to the corresponding quinonoidal spirolactones followed by ceric ammonium nitrate-catalyzed azo formation with the substituted phenylhydrazines. The resulting azobenzene-alanine derivatives exhibited efficient trans/cis photoswitching upon irradiation with a blue (448 nm) or green (530 nm) LED light. Moreover, nine superfolder green fluorescent protein (sfGFP) mutants carrying the azobenzene-alanine analogues were expressed in E. coli in good yields via amber codon suppression with an orthogonal tRNA/PylRS pair, and one of the mutants showed durable photoswitching with the LED light. PMID:26650435

  5. Local Density Fluctuations Predict Photoisomerization Quantum Yield of Azobenzene-Modified DNA.

    PubMed

    Kingsland, Addie; Samai, Soumyadyuti; Yan, Yunqi; Ginger, David S; Maibaum, Lutz

    2016-08-01

    Azobenzene incorporated into DNA has a photoisomerization quantum yield that depends on the DNA sequence near the azobenzene attachment site. We use Molecular Dynamics computer simulations to elucidate which physical properties of the modified DNA determine the quantum yield. We show for a wide range of DNA sequences that the photoisomerization quantum yield is strongly correlated with the variance of the number of atoms in close proximity to the outer phenyl ring of the azobenzene group. We infer that quantum yield is controlled by the availability of fluctuations that enable the conformational change. We demonstrate that these simulations can be used as a qualitative predictive tool by calculating the quantum yield for several novel DNA sequences, and confirming these predictions using UV-vis spectroscopy. Our results will be useful for the development of a wide range of applications of photoresponsive DNA nanotechnology. PMID:27428569

  6. Charge-transfer dynamics in azobenzene alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayers on gold

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    Gahl, Cornelius; Schmidt, Roland; Brete, Daniel; Paarmann, Stephanie; Weinelt, Martin

    2016-01-01

    We have studied the charge-transfer dynamics in azobenzene-functionalized alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayers. We compare the core-hole-clock technique, i.e., resonant vs. non-resonant contributions in the azobenzene autoionization of the Cls-π* core exciton, with the lifetime of a molecular resonance determined by two-photon photoemission spectroscopy using femtosecond laser pulses. Both techniques yield comparable charge-transfer times of 80 ± 20 fs for a linker consisting of three CH2 groups and one oxygen unit. Thus the quenching of the excitation is about one order of magnitude faster than the time required for the trans to cis isomerization of the azobenzene photoswitch in solution.

  7. A Unified Material Description for Light Induced Deformation in Azobenzene Polymers

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    Bin, Jonghoon; Oates, William S.

    2015-10-01

    Complex light-matter interactions in azobenzene polymers have limited our understanding of how photoisomerization induces deformation as a function of the underlying polymer network and form of the light excitation. A unified modeling framework is formulated to advance the understanding of surface deformation and bulk deformation of polymer films that are controlled by linear or circularly polarized light or vortex beams. It is shown that dipole forces strongly respond to polarized light in contrast to higher order quadrupole forces that are often used to describe surface relief grating deformation through a field gradient constitutive law. The modeling results and comparisons with a broad range of photomechanical data in the literature suggest that the molecular structure of the azobenzene monomers dramatically influences the photostrictive behavior. The results provide important insight for designing azobenzene monomers within a polymer network to achieve enhanced photo-responsive deformation.

  8. Time-dependent density functional study on the photoisomerization mechanism of azobenzene

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    Oyama, Norihisa; Tateyama, Yoshitaka; Miyamoto, Yoshiyuki; Ohno, Takahisa

    2004-03-01

    Photochemical reactions in organic molecules have attracted considerable attention in semiconductor physics and also in bioscience. Azobenzene is a simple molecule which shows the reversible photoisomerization at high quantum yields, and can be used as a light-driven molecular switch and so on. However, the photoisomerization process of azobenzene is still an open question because of its femtosecond ultra-fast reaction. In this talk, we present time-dependent density functional calculations for the azobenzene molecule, and discuss the mechanism of photoisomerization induced by S1 and S2 excitations. This research is partially supported by ACT-JST, and also by FSIS and Special Coordination Funds of MEXT of Japanese Government. The calculations were carried out partly using the Numerical Materials Simulator in National Institute for Materials Science, and partly using the NEC-SX5 at Cybermedia Center of Osaka University.

  9. Theoretical study of intramolecular interactions on H-shape azobenzenes' first-order hyperpolarizabilities

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    Chu, Feng; Zhu, Jing; Lu, Changgui; Cui, Yiping; Zhang, Chaozhi; Lu, Guoyuan

    2008-01-01

    First-order hyperpolarizabilities of H-shape azobenzenes in gas and in THF have been theoretically studied by Hartree-Fock method and basis set sto-3g with Onsager model, including 4,5-bis((E)-(4-nitrophenyl)diazenyl)anthracene-1,8-diol, 4,5-bis((E)-(4-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl)diazenyl)anthracene-1,8-diol, 4,5-bis((E)-(3-chloro-4-fluorophenyl)diazenyl) anthracene-1,8-diol and 4,5-bis((E)-(4-chlorophenyl)diazenyl)anthracene-1,8-diol. Compared with corresponding azobenzene monomers, H-shape azobenzenes had much larger first-order hyperpolarizabilities. There were four factors which could obviously influence their first-order hyperpolarizabilities. Firstly, H-shape azobenzenes possessed dihedral angles of approximate ten degrees caused by coulomb repulsions with weakening dipole's changes between ground states and excited states. Meanwhile, dihedral angle induced energy gap between HOMO and LUMO to increase. Secondly, dipole-dipole interaction was considered as perturbation which caused strong energy splitting of each molecular orbital with the lessening of energy gap. Thirdly, hyper-conjugated effect existed in H-shape azobenzene and it induced energy gap to decline. Fourthly, solvent effects could obviously enhance their first-order hyperpolarizabilities by comparing results in gas with results in THF. These factors competed and affected each other. The latter three factors lastly overcame coulomb repulsion, which explained that H-shape azobenzenes' first-order hyperpolarizabilities were much larger than corresponding monomers'.

  10. 21 CFR 172.775 - Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. 172.775... Additives § 172.775 Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer may... produced by the polymerization of methacrylic acid and divinylbenzene. The divinylbenzene functions as...

  11. Anion-tunable control of thermal Z→E isomerisation in basic azobenzene receptors.

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    Dąbrowa, Kajetan; Niedbała, Patryk; Jurczak, Janusz

    2014-12-25

    Herein, we report that thermal Z→E isomerisation of simple azobenzene urea derivatives is selectively and predictably controlled by anion binding. The rate of this process depends strictly on the anion concentration and its binding affinity to the Z-isomer of the azobenzene host, i.e. increased rate constants are observed for higher anion concentration as well as for more strongly bound guests. The origin of this phenomenon is attributed to the electron density transfer from the anion to the host π-system, resulting in increased repulsion between the lone electron pairs in the N=N bond. PMID:25369943

  12. Colorimetric response of azobenzene-terminated polydiacetylene vesicles under thermal and photic stimuli

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    You, Xian; Chen, Xin; Zou, Gang; Su, Wei; Zhang, Qijin; He, Pingsheng

    2009-11-01

    We study the colorimetric reversibility of pure polymerized p-nitro azobenzene moiety-substituted diacetylene (PNADA) and PNADA/polymerized 10,12-pentacosadiynoic acid (PDA) complex vesicles under thermal and photic stimuli. Because of the strong intermolecular interaction among azobenzene mesogens within the vesicles, PNADA vesicles show enhanced stability and completely reversible thermochromic response. Polydiacetylene based complex vesicles with partial reversible chromatic properties under both thermal and photonic stimuli were reported for the first time, which provided a novel model system for the understanding of the chromatic transition mechanism of polydiacetylene materials.

  13. Triphenyl group containing molecular glasses of azobenzene for photonic applications

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    Zarins, Elmars; Tokmakovs, Andrejs; Kokars, Valdis; Ozols, Andris; Augustovs, Peteris; Rutkis, Martins

    2016-03-01

    D-π-A type organic molecules have attracted considerable attention of scientists due to their potential applications in nonlinear optics and holographic data storage as light, flexible and low-cost photonic materials. To provide a better understanding on the relation between the compound chemical structure and their physical properties necessary for the mentioned purposes, eight glassy triphenyl group containing derivatives of azobenzene with incorporated 5,5-dimethylcyclohex-2-enylidene or 4H-pyran-4-ylidene structural fragments and dicyanomethylene, indene-1,3-dione and pyrimidine-2,4,6(1H,3H,5H)-trione acceptor groups have been synthesized and investigated. Thermal stability of synthesized glasses is no lower than 250 °C and glass transition in higher than 70 °C which both further increases (up to 120 °C) by additional number of attached triphenyl-moieties and incorporated structural fragments. Almost all of the synthesized azodyes form good optical quality transparent amorphous films from volatile organic solvents with their light absorption in thin solid films in the range of 400-660 nm. Azocompounds with sterically small cyclohex-2-ene-1-ylidene fragment in their molecules proved to be most efficient materials for holographic data storage and nonlinear optics with diffraction efficiency up to 20.40%, self diffraction efficiency up to 12.94% and NLO coefficient d33 up to 125.7 pm/V. Azodyes with no additionally incorporated structural fragments and indene-1,3-dione electron acceptor group were least efficient materials for these purposes, however may show potential as photoactive components in organic solar cells due to their remarkable light absorption properties in the solid state.

  14. Photomechanical actuator device based on disperse red 1 doped poly(methyl methacrylate) optical fiber

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    Ye, Xianjun

    The photomechanical effect is the phenomenon involving any mechanical property change of a material induced by light exposure. Photomechanical devices can be built with superior performance over traditional devices and offer versatile control tactics. Previous experiments show that disperse red 1 azobenzene (DR1) doped poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) optical fiber has a fast photomechanical response upon asymmetrical 633nm laser irradiation originating in photoisomerization of the dopants between the cis and trans forms, which causes an elongation of the polymer fiber. In this work, laser light of 355nm wavelength is used to investigate the dynamics of the trans to cis photoisomerization process, which should result in length contraction of the DR1 doped PMMA polymer fiber. A three-point-contact optically-actuated beam controlling tilt mount is made and used as the measurement apparatus to study this process. The photomechanical fiber is observed to elongate upon UV irradiation. Numerical simulations, which take into account the coupled effect between the laser-induced temperature increase and population density change of the dye molecules, show that contraction of the fiber due to direct trans-cis photoisomerization is overwhelmed by elongation due to the photo-thermally-stimulated cis-trans isomerization under high intensity. An ink coated entrance face of the fiber is placed in the measurement tilt mount and is found to exhibit contraction in the fast process under low intensity without sacrificing the good signal to noise ratio enjoyed in the high intensity case.

  15. Photolithography with polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)

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    Carbaugh, Daniel J.; Wright, Jason T.; Parthiban, Rajan; Rahman, Faiz

    2016-02-01

    Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is widely used as an electron beam resist but is not used as a photoresist because of its insensitivity to electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths longer than about 300 nm. In this paper we describe a technique for performing conventional photolithography with high molecular weight PMMA at the widely used 365 nm i-line wavelength. The technique involves photosensitizing PMMA with Irgacure 651—a commercially available photo-initiator that can cause PMMA strands to cross-link. Optimum amount of Irgacure can produce a negative tone photoresist with adequate photosensitivity and plasma etch resistance. We describe this technique in detail with complete processing conditions and discuss the effects of varying Irgacure 651 concentration in PMMA as well as changes in UV exposure dose. We also show example structures patterned with commonly available materials and equipment. Finally, we show that it is possible to carry out gradient lithography with this approach, in order to produce structures in relief in photosensitive PMMA.

  16. Pinning effect for photoisomerization of a dicationic azobenzene derivative by anionic sites of the clay surface.

    PubMed

    Umemoto, Tetsuro; Ohtani, Yuta; Tsukamoto, Takamasa; Shimada, Tetsuya; Takagi, Shinsuke

    2014-01-11

    The photoisomerization behaviour of a dicationic azobenzene derivative on the inorganic surface was examined. The isomerization reaction was controlled by the charged array of the inorganic surface due to the "pinning effect" because of the electrostatic interaction between anionic charged sites on the inorganic surface and cationic charged sites in dye molecules. PMID:24226932

  17. Photosensitive response of azobenzene containing films towards pure intensity or polarization interference patterns

    SciTech Connect

    Yadavalli, Nataraja Sekhar; Santer, Svetlana; Saphiannikova, Marina

    2014-08-04

    In this paper, we report on differences in the response of photosensitive azobenzene containing films upon irradiation with the intensity or polarization interference patterns. Two materials are studied differing in the molecular weight: an azobenzene-containing polymer and a molecular glass formed from a much smaller molecule consisting of three connected azobenzene units. Topography changes occurring along with the changes in irradiation conditions are recorded using a homemade set-up combining an optical part for generation and shaping of interference patterns and an atomic force microscope for acquiring the kinetics of film deformation. In this way, we could reveal the unique behavior of photosensitive materials during the first few minutes of irradiation: the change in topography is initially driven by an increase in the azobenzene free volume along with the trans-cis isomerization, followed by the mass transport finally resulting in the surface relief grating. This study demonstrates the great potential of our setup to experimentally highlight puzzling processes governing the formation of surface relief gratings.

  18. An azobenzene-based photochromic liquid crystalline amphiphile for a remote-controllable light shutter.

    PubMed

    Kim, Dae-Yoon; Lee, Sang-A; Kim, Huisu; Min Kim, Soo; Kim, Namil; Jeong, Kwang-Un

    2015-07-14

    By considering intramolecular conformations and intermolecular interactions, an azobenzene-based photochromic liquid crystalline amphiphile is synthesized for demonstrating a remote-controllable light shutter by the photo-induced isothermal phase transition between the highly ordered crystal phase and the isotropic liquid phase. PMID:26067781

  19. Photoswitched Cell Adhesion on Azobenzene-Containing Self-Assembled Films.

    PubMed

    Bian, Qing; Wang, Wenshuo; Han, Guoxiang; Chen, Yupeng; Wang, Shutao; Wang, Guojie

    2016-08-18

    Stimuli-responsive surfaces that can regulate and control cell adhesion have attracted much attention for their great potential in diverse biomedical applications. Unlike for pH- and temperature-responsive surfaces, the process of photoswitching requires no additional input of chemicals or thermal energy. In this work, two different photoresponsive azobenzene films are synthesized by chemisorption and electrostatic layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly techniques. The LbL film exhibits a relatively loose packing of azobenzene chromophores compared with the chemisorbed film. The changes in trans/cis isomer ratio of the azobenzene moiety and the corresponding wettability of the LbL films are larger than those of the chemisorbed films under UV light irradiation. The tendency for cell adhesion on the LbL films decreases markedly after UV light irradiation, whereas adhesion on the chemisorbed films decreases only slightly, because the azobenzene chromophores stay densely packed. Interestingly, the tendency for cell adhesion can be considerably increased on rough substrates, the roughness being introduced by use of photolithography and inductively coupled plasma deep etching techniques. For the chemisorbed films on rough substrates, the amount of cells that adhere also changes slightly after UV light irradiation, whereas, the amount of cells that adhere to LbL films on rough substrates decreases significantly. PMID:27146320

  20. Photocontrolled reversible morphology conversion of protein nanowires mediated by an azobenzene-cored dendrimer.

    PubMed

    Sun, Hongcheng; Zhao, Linlu; Wang, Tingting; An, Guo; Fu, Shuang; Li, Xiumei; Deng, Xiaoli; Liu, Junqiu

    2016-05-21

    A novel strategy to construct photocontrolled protein nanowires with reversible morphology was reported through photoisomerizable azobenzene-cored dendrimer evoked protein self-assembly. Furthermore, the curvature of the protein nanowires could be switched by alternatively irradiating with visible light and ultraviolet light. PMID:27062988

  1. Reversible photoswitching of RNA hybridization at room temperature with an azobenzene C-nucleoside.

    PubMed

    Goldau, Thomas; Murayama, Keiji; Brieke, Clara; Steinwand, Sabrina; Mondal, Padmabati; Biswas, Mithun; Burghardt, Irene; Wachtveitl, Josef; Asanuma, Hiroyuki; Heckel, Alexander

    2015-02-01

    Photoregulation of RNA remains a challenging task as the introduction of a photoswitch entails changes in the shape and the stability of the duplex that strongly depend on the chosen linker strategy. Herein, the influence of a novel nucleosidic linker moiety on the photoregulation efficiency of azobenzene is investigated. To this purpose, two azobenzene C-nucleosides were stereoselectively synthesized, characterized, and incorporated into RNA oligonucleotides. Spectroscopic characterization revealed a reversible and fast switching process, even at 20 °C, and a high thermal stability of the respective cis isomers. The photoregulation efficiency of RNA duplexes upon trans-to-cis isomerization was investigated by using melting point studies and compared with the known D-threoninol-based azobenzene system, revealing a photoswitching amplitude of the new residues exceeding 90 % even at room temperature. Structural changes in the duplexes upon photoisomerization were investigated by using MM/MD calculations. The excellent photoswitching performance at room temperature and the high thermal stability make these new azobenzene residues promising candidates for in-vivo and nanoarchitecture photoregulation applications of RNA. PMID:25537843

  2. 40 CFR 721.9492 - Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate and substituted methacrylate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl... Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9492 Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate...) The chemical substances identified generically as polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate...

  3. 40 CFR 721.9492 - Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate and substituted methacrylate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl... Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9492 Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate...) The chemical substances identified generically as polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate...

  4. 40 CFR 721.9492 - Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate and substituted methacrylate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl... Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9492 Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate...) The chemical substances identified generically as polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate...

  5. 40 CFR 721.9492 - Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate and substituted methacrylate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl... Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9492 Polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate...) The chemical substances identified generically as polymers of styrene, cyclohexyl methacrylate...

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    ... Block Explore Heart Block What Is... Electrical System & EKG Results Types Causes Who Is at Risk Signs & ... heart block. Doctors use a test called an EKG (electrocardiogram) to help diagnose heart block. This test ...

  7. Mechanism of Macroscopic Motion of Oleate Helical Assemblies: Cooperative Deprotonation of Carboxyl Groups Triggered by Photoisomerization of Azobenzene Derivatives.

    PubMed

    Kageyama, Yoshiyuki; Ikegami, Tomonori; Kurokome, Yuta; Takeda, Sadamu

    2016-06-13

    Macroscopic and spatially ordered motions of self-assemblies composed of oleic acid and a small amount of an azobenzene derivative, induced by azobenzene photoisomerization, was previously reported. However, the mechanism of the generation of submillimeter-scale motions by the nanosized structural transition of azobenzene was not clarified. Herein, an underlying mechanism of the motions is proposed in which deprotonation of carboxyl groups in cooperation with azobenzene photoisomerization causes a morphological transition of the self-assembly, which in turn results in macroscopic forceful dynamics. The photoinduced deprotonation was investigated by potentiometric pH titration and FTIR spectroscopy. The concept of hierarchical molecular interaction generating macroscale function is expected to promote the next stage of supramolecular chemistry. PMID:27165777

  8. Photoinduced bending behavior of cross-linked azobenzene liquid-crystalline polymer films with a poly(oxyethylene) backbone.

    PubMed

    Lv, Jiu-an; Wang, Weiru; Xu, Jixiang; Ikeda, Tomiki; Yu, Yanlei

    2014-07-01

    Cross-linked azobenzene liquid-crystalline polymer films with a poly(oxyethylene) backbone are synthesized by photoinitiated cationic copolymerization. Azobenzene moieties in the film surface toward the light source are simultaneously photoaligned during photopolymerization with unpolarized 436 nm light and thus form a splayed alignment in the whole film. The prepared films show reversible photoinduced bending behavior with opposite bending directions when different surfaces of one film face to ultraviolet light irradiation. PMID:24771514

  9. Sensitized Two-NIR-Photon Z→E Isomerization of a Visible-Light-Addressable Bistable Azobenzene Derivative.

    PubMed

    Moreno, Javier; Gerecke, Mario; Grubert, Lutz; Kovalenko, Sergey A; Hecht, Stefan

    2016-01-22

    Two-NIR-photon-triggered Z→E isomerization of an azobenzene was accomplished by covalently linking a two-photon-harvesting triarylamine antenna to a thermally stable ortho-fluorinated azobenzene derivative. The obtained photoswitch is fully addressable with visible and NIR light by using one-photon and two-photon excitation, respectively, with the latter offering enhanced penetration depth and improved spatial resolution. PMID:26679769

  10. Polymerization of novel methacrylated anthraquinone dyes

    PubMed Central

    Dollendorf, Christian; Kreth, Susanne Katharina; Choi, Soo Whan

    2013-01-01

    Summary A new series of polymerizable methacrylated anthraquinone dyes has been synthesized by nucleophilic aromatic substitution reactions and subsequent methacrylation. Thereby, green 5,8-bis(4-(2-methacryloxyethyl)phenylamino)-1,4-dihydroxyanthraquinone (2), blue 1,4-bis(4-((2-methacryloxyethyl)oxy)phenylamino)anthraquinone (6) and red 1-((2-methacryloxy-1,1-dimethylethyl)amino)anthraquinone (12), as well as 1-((1,3-dimethacryloxy-2-methylpropan-2-yl)amino)anthraquinone (15) were obtained. By mixing of these brilliant dyes in different ratios and concentrations, a broad color spectrum can be generated. After methacrylation, the monomeric dyes can be covalently emplaced into several copolymers. Due to two polymerizable functionalities, they can act as cross-linking agents. Thus, diffusion out of the polymer can be avoided, which increases the physiological compatibility and makes the dyes promising compounds for medical applications, such as iris implants. PMID:23503994

  11. 21 CFR 882.5300 - Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... methacrylate for cranioplasty. (a) Identification. Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty (skull repair) is a self-curing acrylic that a surgeon uses to repair a skull defect in a patient. At the time of...

  12. 21 CFR 882.5300 - Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... methacrylate for cranioplasty. (a) Identification. Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty (skull repair) is a self-curing acrylic that a surgeon uses to repair a skull defect in a patient. At the time of...

  13. 21 CFR 882.5300 - Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... methacrylate for cranioplasty. (a) Identification. Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty (skull repair) is a self-curing acrylic that a surgeon uses to repair a skull defect in a patient. At the time of...

  14. 21 CFR 882.5300 - Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... methacrylate for cranioplasty. (a) Identification. Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty (skull repair) is a self-curing acrylic that a surgeon uses to repair a skull defect in a patient. At the time of...

  15. 21 CFR 882.5300 - Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... methacrylate for cranioplasty. (a) Identification. Methyl methacrylate for cranioplasty (skull repair) is a self-curing acrylic that a surgeon uses to repair a skull defect in a patient. At the time of...

  16. (Methacrylates to form insulation). Final technical report

    SciTech Connect

    Rasmussen, L.

    1980-05-20

    The use of methacrylates to form the interior foam of a transport insulation was studied. Problems encountered with the methacrylates include its low surface tension, and its slow rate of polymerization. An additional problem was an incompatability between the fluorinated surfactant molecules and the fluorocarbon gas used to blow the foam. Other experimentation involved acrylamide foams using glycerol-ethylene glycol combinations and sodium linolenate. Also investigated was the use of tin oxide coatings which are transported to visible light but reflect infrared light. (BCS)

  17. pH-sensitive methacrylic copolymers and the production thereof

    DOEpatents

    Mallapragada, Surya K.; Anderson, Brian C.; Bloom, Paul D.; Sheares Ashby, Valerie V.

    2006-02-14

    The present invention provides novel multi-functional methacrylic copolymers that exhibit cationic pH-sensitive behavior as well as good water solubility under acidic conditions. The copolymers are constructed from tertiary amine methacrylates and poly(ethylene glycol) containing methacrylates. The copolymers are useful as gene vectors, pharmaceutical carriers, and in protein separation applications.

  18. pH-sensitive methacrylic copolymers and the production thereof

    DOEpatents

    Mallapragada, Surya K.; Anderson, Brian C.; Bloom, Paul D.; Sheares Ashby, Valerie V.

    2007-01-09

    The present invention provides novel multi-functional methacrylic copolymers that exhibit cationic pH-sensitive behavior as well as good water solubility under acidic conditions. The copolymers are constructed from tertiary amine methacrylates and poly(ethylene glycol) containing methacrylates. The copolymers are useful as gene vectors, pharmaceutical carriers, and in protein separation applications.

  19. 21 CFR 172.775 - Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. 172.775... HUMAN CONSUMPTION Other Specific Usage Additives § 172.775 Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer may be safely used in food in accordance with the...

  20. 21 CFR 172.775 - Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. 172.775... HUMAN CONSUMPTION Other Specific Usage Additives § 172.775 Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer may be safely used in food in accordance with the...

  1. 21 CFR 172.775 - Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. 172.775... HUMAN CONSUMPTION Other Specific Usage Additives § 172.775 Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer may be safely used in food in accordance with the...

  2. Mechanized azobenzene-functionalized zirconium metal-organic framework for on-command cargo release.

    PubMed

    Meng, Xiangshi; Gui, Bo; Yuan, Daqiang; Zeller, Matthias; Wang, Cheng

    2016-08-01

    Stimuli-responsive metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have gained increasing attention recently for their potential applications in many areas. We report the design and synthesis of a water-stable zirconium MOF (Zr-MOF) that bears photoresponsive azobenzene groups. This particular MOF can be used as a reservoir for storage of cargo in water, and the cargo-loaded MOF can be further capped to construct a mechanized MOF through the binding of β-cyclodextrin with the azobenzene stalks on the MOF surface. The resulting mechanized MOF has shown on-command cargo release triggered by ultraviolet irradiation or addition of competitive agents without premature release. This study represents a simple approach to the construction of stimuli-responsive mechanized MOFs, and considering mechanized UiO-68-azo made from biocompatible components, this smart system may provide a unique MOF platform for on-command drug delivery in the future. PMID:27493996

  3. Photoinduced reversible switching of porosity in molecular crystals based on star-shaped azobenzene tetramers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Baroncini, Massimo; D'Agostino, Simone; Bergamini, Giacomo; Ceroni, Paola; Comotti, Angiolina; Sozzani, Piero; Bassanetti, Irene; Grepioni, Fabrizia; Hernandez, Taylor M.; Silvi, Serena; Venturi, Margherita; Credi, Alberto

    2015-08-01

    The development of solid materials that can be reversibly interconverted by light between forms with different physico-chemical properties is of great interest for separation, catalysis, optoelectronics, holography, mechanical actuation and solar energy conversion. Here, we describe a series of shape-persistent azobenzene tetramers that form porous molecular crystals in their E-configuration, the porosity of which can be tuned by changing the peripheral substituents on the molecule. Efficient E→Z photoisomerization of the azobenzene units takes place in the solid state and converts the crystals into a non-porous amorphous melt phase. Crystallinity and porosity are restored upon Z→E isomerization promoted by visible light irradiation or heating. We demonstrate that the photoisomerization enables reversible on/off switching of optical properties such as birefringence as well as the capture of CO2 from the gas phase. The linear design, structural versatility and synthetic accessibility make this new family of materials potentially interesting for technological applications.

  4. Photoresponsive switches at surfaces based on supramolecular functionalization with azobenzene-oligoglycerol conjugates.

    PubMed

    Nachtigall, Olaf; Kördel, Christian; Urner, Leonhard H; Haag, Rainer

    2014-09-01

    The synthesis, supramolecular complexation, and switching of new bifunctional azobenzene-oligoglycerol conjugates in different environments is reported. Through the formation of host-guest complexes with surface immobilized β-cyclodextrin receptors, the bifunctional switches were coupled to gold surfaces. The isomerization of the amphiphilic azobenzene derivatives was examined in solution, on gold nanoparticles, and on planar gold surfaces. The wettability of functionalized gold surfaces can be reversibly switched under light-illumination with two different wavelengths. Besides the photoisomerization processes and concomitant effects on functionality, the thermal cis to trans isomerization of the conjugates and their complexes was monitored. Thermal half-lives of the cis isomers were calculated for different environments. Surprisingly, the half-lives on gold nanoparticles were significantly smaller compared to planar gold surfaces. PMID:25044973

  5. Interactions of Lysozyme and Azobenzene Derivatives in the Solution and on a Surface

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wei, Tao; Shing, Katherine

    2015-03-01

    The reversible isomerization of the azobenzene and its derivatives can control protein structure in an aqueous environment with the alternation of visible and UV lights for very promising applications in drug delivery. However, an atomistic description of Azo-molecules and protein amino acid residues is still lacking. In this study we performed atomistic molecular dynamics simulation to study the interactions between a lysozyme molecule and the Azobenzene derivative (in the bulk solution and grafted on the Silica surfaces). Protein structural arrangements (i.e., the shape and secondary structures) and its mobility, as a function of tran/cis ratio in the bulk solution and on the self-assembling monolayer surface's density and morphology, are systematically investigated.

  6. Elucidation of Isomerization Pathways of a Single Azobenzene Derivative Using an STM.

    PubMed

    Kazuma, Emiko; Han, Mina; Jung, Jaehoon; Oh, Junepyo; Seki, Takahiro; Kim, Yousoo

    2015-11-01

    The predominant pathway for the isomerization between cis- and trans-azobenzenes-either (i) inversion by the bending of an NNC bond or (ii) rotation by the torsion of two phenyl rings-continues to be a controversial topic. To elucidate each isomerization pathway, a strategically designed and synthesized azobenzene derivative was investigated on a Ag(111) surface. This was achieved by exciting the molecule with tunneling electrons from the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Structural analyses of the molecularly resolved STM images reveal that both inversion and rotation pathways are available for isomerization on a metal surface and strongly depend on the initial adsorption structures of the molecule. On the basis of the potential energy diagrams for the isomerization, it is concluded that isomerization pathways on a metal surface are not simply related to the excited states. PMID:26722964

  7. A Mononuclear Uranium(IV) Single-Molecule Magnet with an Azobenzene Radical Ligand.

    PubMed

    Antunes, Maria A; Coutinho, Joana T; Santos, Isabel C; Marçalo, Joaquim; Almeida, Manuel; Baldoví, José J; Pereira, Laura C J; Gaita-Ariño, Alejandro; Coronado, Eugenio

    2015-12-01

    A tetravalent uranium compound with a radical azobenzene ligand, namely, [{(SiMe2 NPh)3 -tacn}U(IV) (η(2) -N2 Ph2 (.) )] (2), was obtained by one-electron reduction of azobenzene by the trivalent uranium compound [U(III) {(SiMe2 NPh)3 -tacn}] (1). Compound 2 was characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and (1) H NMR, IR, and UV/Vis/NIR spectroscopy. The magnetic properties of 2 and precursor 1 were studied by static magnetization and ac susceptibility measurements, which for the former revealed single-molecule magnet behaviour for the first time in a mononuclear U(IV) compound, whereas trivalent uranium compound 1 does not exhibit slow relaxation of the magnetization at low temperatures. A first approximation to the magnetic behaviour of these compounds was attempted by combining an effective electrostatic model with a phenomenological approach using the full single-ion Hamiltonian. PMID:26536849

  8. Red light holographic recording and readout on an azobenzene-LC polymer hybrid composite system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mao, Weidong; Sun, Qunhui; Baig, Sarfaraz; Lu, Hui; Wang, Michael R.

    2015-11-01

    We present for the first time stable red light two-dimensional image holographic recording in azobenzene-containing polymer-liquid crystal material following a pre-illumination process. The red light hologram recording is based on cis-to-trans transition of the azobenzene and surrounding LC reorientation. The diffraction efficiency of about 2% has been achieved and clear holograms of a commercial 2D USAF resolution target have been recorded. Using the same readout wavelength as the recording wavelength, color distortion that exists in most hologram researches with azo-containing materials is naturally eliminated. Long-time stabilities such as one-day continuous non-destructive readout and up to 10 weeks hologram storage have been demonstrated. The holographic recording material remains erasable and rewritable.

  9. Mechanized azobenzene-functionalized zirconium metal-organic framework for on-command cargo release

    PubMed Central

    Meng, Xiangshi; Gui, Bo; Yuan, Daqiang; Zeller, Matthias; Wang, Cheng

    2016-01-01

    Stimuli-responsive metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have gained increasing attention recently for their potential applications in many areas. We report the design and synthesis of a water-stable zirconium MOF (Zr-MOF) that bears photoresponsive azobenzene groups. This particular MOF can be used as a reservoir for storage of cargo in water, and the cargo-loaded MOF can be further capped to construct a mechanized MOF through the binding of β-cyclodextrin with the azobenzene stalks on the MOF surface. The resulting mechanized MOF has shown on-command cargo release triggered by ultraviolet irradiation or addition of competitive agents without premature release. This study represents a simple approach to the construction of stimuli-responsive mechanized MOFs, and considering mechanized UiO-68-azo made from biocompatible components, this smart system may provide a unique MOF platform for on-command drug delivery in the future. PMID:27493996

  10. Two-Photon Neuronal and Astrocytic Stimulation with Azobenzene-Based Photoswitches

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Synthetic photochromic compounds can be designed to control a variety of proteins and their biochemical functions in living cells, but the high spatiotemporal precision and tissue penetration of two-photon stimulation have never been investigated in these molecules. Here we demonstrate two-photon excitation of azobenzene-based protein switches and versatile strategies to enhance their photochemical responses. This enables new applications to control the activation of neurons and astrocytes with cellular and subcellular resolution. PMID:24857186

  11. Self-assembly of azobenzene bilayer membranes in binary ionic liquid-water nanostructured media.

    PubMed

    Kang, Tejwant Singh; Ishiba, Keita; Morikawa, Masa-aki; Kimizuka, Nobuo

    2014-03-11

    Anionic azobenzene-containing amphiphile 1 (sodium 4-[4-(N-methyl-N-dodecylamino)phenylazo]benzenesulfonate) forms ordered bilayer membranes in binary ionic liquid (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate, [C2mim][C2OSO3])-water mixtures. The binary [C2mim][C2OSO3]-water mixture is macroscopically homogeneous at any mixing ratio; however, it possesses fluctuating nanodomains of [C2mim][C2OSO3] molecules as observed by dynamic light scattering (DLS). These nanodomains show reversible heat-induced mixing behavior with water. Although the amphiphile 1 is substantially insoluble in pure water, it is dispersible in the [C2mim][C2OSO3]-water mixtures. The concentration of [C2mim][C2OSO3] and temperature exert significant influences on the self-assembling characteristics of 1 in the binary media, as shown by DLS, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis spectroscopy, and zeta-potential measurements. Bilayer membranes with rod- or dotlike nanostructures were formed at a lower content of [C2mim][C2OSO3] (2-30 v/v %), in which azobenzene chromophores adopt parallel molecular orientation regardless of temperature. In contrast, when the content of [C2mim][C2OSO3] is increased above 60 v/v %, azobenzene bilayers showed thermally reversible gel-to-liquid crystalline phase transition. The self-assembly of azobenzene amphiphiles is tunable depending on the volume fraction of [C2mim][C2OSO3] and temperature, which are associated with the solvation by nanoclusters in the binary [C2mim][C2OSO3]-water media. These observations clearly indicate that mixtures of water-soluble ionic liquids and water provide unique and valiant environments for ordered molecular self-assembly. PMID:24528277

  12. Theory of light-induced deformation of azobenzene elastomers: Influence of network structure

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Toshchevikov, V. P.; Saphiannikova, M.; Heinrich, G.

    2012-07-01

    Azobenzene elastomers have been extensively explored in the last decade as photo-deformable smart materials which are able to transform light energy into mechanical stress. Presently, there is a great need for theoretical approaches to accurately predict the quantitative response of these materials based on their microscopic structure. Recently, we proposed a theory of light-induced deformation of azobenzene elastomers using a simple regular cubic network model [V. Toshchevikov, M. Saphiannikova, and G. Heinrich, J. Phys. Chem. B 116, 913 (2012), 10.1021/jp206323h]. In the present study, we extend the previous theory using more realistic network models which take into account the random orientation of end-to-end vectors of network strands as well as the molecular weight distribution of the strands. Interaction of the chromophores with the linearly polarized light is described by an effective orientation potential which orients the chromophores perpendicular to the polarization direction. We show that both monodisperse and polydisperse azobenzene elastomers can demonstrate either a uniaxial expansion or contraction along the polarization direction. The sign of deformation (expansion/contraction) depends on the orientation distribution of chromophores with respect to the main chains which is defined by the chemical structure and by the lengths of spacers. The degree of cross-linking and the polydispersity of network strands do not affect the sign of deformation but influence the magnitude of light-induced deformation. We demonstrate that photo-mechanical properties of mono- and poly-disperse azobenzene elastomers with random spatial distribution of network strands can be described in a very good approximation by a regular cubic network model with an appropriately chosen length of the strands.

  13. Development of a Nonionic Azobenzene Amphiphile for Remote Photocontrol of a Model Biomembrane.

    PubMed

    Benedini, Luciano A; Sequeira, M Alejandra; Fanani, Maria Laura; Maggio, Bruno; Dodero, Verónica I

    2016-05-01

    We report the synthesis and characterization of a simple nonionic azoamphiphile, C12OazoE3OH, which behaves as an optically controlled molecule alone and in a biomembrane environment. First, Langmuir monolayer and Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) experiments showed that pure C12OazoE3OH enriched in the (E) isomer was able to form solidlike mesophase even at low surface pressure associated with supramolecular organization of the azobenzene derivative at the interface. On the other hand, pure C12OazoE3OH enriched in the (Z) isomer formed a less solidlike monolayer due to the bent geometry around the azobenzene moiety. Second, C12OazoE3OH is well-mixed in a biological membrane model, Lipoid s75 (up to 20%mol), and photoisomerization among the lipids proceeded smoothly depending on light conditions. It is proposed that the cross-sectional area of the hydroxyl triethylenglycol head of C12OazoE3OH inhibits azobenzenes H-aggregation in the model membrane; thus, the tails conformation change due to photoisomerization is transferred efficiently to the lipid membrane. We showed that the lipid membrane effectively senses the azobenzene geometrical change photomodulating some properties, like compressibility modulus, transition temperature, and morphology. In addition, photomodulation proceeds with a color change from yellow to orange, providing the possibility to externally monitor the system. Finally, Gibbs monolayers showed that C12OazoE3OH is able to penetrate the highly packing biomembrane model; thus, C12OazoE3OH might be used as photoswitchable molecular probe in real systems. PMID:27070294

  14. Light-induced noncentrosymmetry in acceptor-donor-substituted azobenzene solutions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhao, Jiang; Si, Jinhai; Wang, Yougui; Ye, Peixian; Fu, Xingfa; Qiu, Ling; Shen, Yuquan

    1995-10-01

    Light-induced noncentrosymmetry was achieved experimentally in acceptor-donor-substituted azobenzene solutions and observed by phase-matched nondegenerate six-wave mixing. The microscopic origin of the induced noncentrosymmetry was found to be orientational hole burning, which was distinguished directly with net orientation of molecules by experimental observations. The decay time of the induced noncentrosymmetry depended on the rotational orientation time of the sample's molecule, which varied linearly with the viscosity of the solvent.

  15. Light-enhanced liquid-phase exfoliation and current photoswitching in graphene-azobenzene composites.

    PubMed

    Döbbelin, Markus; Ciesielski, Artur; Haar, Sébastien; Osella, Silvio; Bruna, Matteo; Minoia, Andrea; Grisanti, Luca; Mosciatti, Thomas; Richard, Fanny; Prasetyanto, Eko Adi; De Cola, Luisa; Palermo, Vincenzo; Mazzaro, Raffaello; Morandi, Vittorio; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Ferrari, Andrea C; Beljonne, David; Samorì, Paolo

    2016-01-01

    Multifunctional materials can be engineered by combining multiple chemical components, each conferring a well-defined function to the ensemble. Graphene is at the centre of an ever-growing research effort due to its combination of unique properties. Here we show that the large conformational change associated with the trans-cis photochemical isomerization of alkyl-substituted azobenzenes can be used to improve the efficiency of liquid-phase exfoliation of graphite, with the photochromic molecules acting as dispersion-stabilizing agents. We also demonstrate reversible photo-modulated current in two-terminal devices based on graphene-azobenzene composites. We assign this tuneable electrical characteristics to the intercalation of the azobenzene between adjacent graphene layers and the resulting increase in the interlayer distance on (photo)switching from the linear trans-form to the bulky cis-form of the photochromes. These findings pave the way to the development of new optically controlled memories for light-assisted programming and high-sensitive photosensors. PMID:27052205

  16. Photon-Manipulated Drug Release from Mesoporous Nanocontainer Controlled by Azobenzene-Modified Nucleic Acid

    PubMed Central

    Yuan, Quan; Zhang, Yunfei; Chen, Tao; Lu, Danqing; Zhao, Zilong; Zhang, Xiaobing; Li, Zhenxing; Yan, Chun-Hua; Tan, Weihong

    2012-01-01

    Herein a photon manipulated mesoporous release system was constructed based on azobenzene-modified nucleic acids. In this system, the azobenzene-incorporated DNA double strands were immobilized at the pore mouth of meso-porous silica nanoparticles. The photo-isomerization of azobenzene induced dehybridization/hybridization switch of complementary DNA, causing uncapping/capping of pore gates of mesoporous silica. This nanoplatform permits holding of guest molecules within the nanopores under visible light but release them when light wavelength turns to UV range. These DNA/mesoporous silica hybrid nanostructures were exploited as carriers for cancer cell chemotherapy drug doxorubicin (DOX) due to its stimuli-responsive property as well as good biocompatibility via MTT assay. It is found that the drug release behavior is light wavelength sensitive. Switching of the light from visible to UV range uncapped the pores causes the release of DOX from the mesoporous silica nanospheres and an obvious cytotoxic effect on cancer cells. We envision that this photo-controlled drug release system could find potential applications in cancer therapy. PMID:22670595

  17. Holographic studies of azobenzene-containing low-molecular-weight organic glasses

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Audorff, Hubert; Walker, Roland; Kador, Lothar; Schmidt, Hans-Werner

    2009-02-01

    The formation of phase and surface relief gratings in low-molecular-weight organic glasses containing azobenzene moieties has been studied with holographic methods. Advantages of this class of materials are the simple synthesis, the perfectly amorphous phase, and the possibility of blending them with polymers. Surface relief gratings are formed very efficiently in molecular glasses, and this process can be explained by the gradient force model. Heights up to 610 nm were measured; the temporal evolution of the diffraction efficiency could be reproduced in computer simulations. For technical applications, the surface relief gratings can easily be duplicated by replica molding. Since surface gratings are detrimental to holographic data storage at high densities, it is also possible to suppress their formation by using proper polarizations of the writing beams. Reorientation of the azobenzene groups in the bulk of the glasses and angular multiplexing was demonstrated and the thermal stability of the corresponding phase gratings was studied. Different combinations of molecular cores and substituents at the azobenzene moieties were investigated to find the best systems which yield a high sensitivity and fast grating build-up.

  18. Surface hopping dynamics of direct trans --> cis photoswitching of an azobenzene derivative in constrained adsorbate geometries

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    Floß, Gereon; Granucci, Giovanni; Saalfrank, Peter

    2012-12-01

    With ongoing miniaturization of electronic devices, the need for individually addressable, switchable molecules arises. An example are azobenzenes on surfaces which have been shown to be switchable between trans and cis forms. Here, we examine the "direct" (rather than substrate-mediated) channel of the trans → cis photoisomerization after ππ* excitation of tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene physisorbed on surfaces mimicking Au(111) and Bi(111), respectively. In spirit of the direct channel, the electronic structure of the surface is neglected, the latter merely acting as a rigid platform which weakly interacts with the molecule via Van-der-Waals forces. Starting from thermal ensembles which represent the trans-form, sudden excitations promote the molecules to ππ*-excited states which are non-adiabatically coupled among themselves and to a nπ*-excited and the ground state, respectively. After excitation, relaxation to the ground state by internal conversion takes place, possibly accompanied by isomerization. The process is described here by "on the fly" semiclassical surface hopping dynamics in conjunction with a semiempirical Hamiltonian (AM1) and configuration-interaction type methods. It is found that steric constraints imposed by the substrate lead to reduced but non-vanishing, trans → cis reaction yields and longer internal conversion times than for the isolated molecule. Implications for recent experiments for azobenzenes on surfaces are discussed.

  19. Tuning the optical emission of MoS{sub 2} nanosheets using proximal photoswitchable azobenzene molecules

    SciTech Connect

    Li, Juan; Wierzbowski, Jakob; Ceylan, Özlem; Klein, Julian; Anh, Tuan Le; Meggendorfer, Felix; Finley, Jonathan J.; Margapoti, Emanuela; Nisic, Filippo; Dragonetti, Claudia; Palma, Carlos-Andres; Barth, Johannes V.

    2014-12-15

    We report photoluminescence measurements performed on monolayer- and two-layer-MoS{sub 2} placed on two types of mixed self-assembled monolayers (mSAMs) of photoswitchable azobenzene molecules. The two mSAMs differ via the electronegative character of the azobenzene derivatives. Thin layers of a transition metal dichalcogenide—MoS{sub 2}—were mechanically exfoliated on mSAM to allow for direct interaction between the molecules and the MoS{sub 2} layers. When the MoS{sub 2} nanosheet is in contact with the electropositive azobenzene molecules in trans configuration, an emission side band at lower energies and at low excitation powers suggest n-type doping. The photoisomerization of the molecules from trans to cis configuration lowers the doping, quenching the side band and enhancing the overall PL efficiency by a factor of ∼3. Opposite results were observed with the chlorinated, more electronegative molecules, exhibiting a reversed trend in the PL efficiency between trans and cis, but with an overall larger intensity. The type of doping induced by the two types of mSAMs was determined by Kelvin probe force microscopy technique.

  20. Light-enhanced liquid-phase exfoliation and current photoswitching in graphene-azobenzene composites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Döbbelin, Markus; Ciesielski, Artur; Haar, Sébastien; Osella, Silvio; Bruna, Matteo; Minoia, Andrea; Grisanti, Luca; Mosciatti, Thomas; Richard, Fanny; Prasetyanto, Eko Adi; de Cola, Luisa; Palermo, Vincenzo; Mazzaro, Raffaello; Morandi, Vittorio; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Ferrari, Andrea C.; Beljonne, David; Samorì, Paolo

    2016-04-01

    Multifunctional materials can be engineered by combining multiple chemical components, each conferring a well-defined function to the ensemble. Graphene is at the centre of an ever-growing research effort due to its combination of unique properties. Here we show that the large conformational change associated with the trans-cis photochemical isomerization of alkyl-substituted azobenzenes can be used to improve the efficiency of liquid-phase exfoliation of graphite, with the photochromic molecules acting as dispersion-stabilizing agents. We also demonstrate reversible photo-modulated current in two-terminal devices based on graphene-azobenzene composites. We assign this tuneable electrical characteristics to the intercalation of the azobenzene between adjacent graphene layers and the resulting increase in the interlayer distance on (photo)switching from the linear trans-form to the bulky cis-form of the photochromes. These findings pave the way to the development of new optically controlled memories for light-assisted programming and high-sensitive photosensors.

  1. Optical Input/Electrical Output Memory Elements based on a Liquid Crystalline Azobenzene Polymer.

    PubMed

    Mosciatti, Thomas; Bonacchi, Sara; Gobbi, Marco; Ferlauto, Laura; Liscio, Fabiola; Giorgini, Loris; Orgiu, Emanuele; Samorì, Paolo

    2016-03-01

    Responsive polymer materials can change their properties when subjected to external stimuli. In this work, thin films of thermotropic poly(metha)acrylate/azobenzene polymers are explored as active layer in light-programmable, electrically readable memories. The memory effect is based on the reversible modifications of the film morphology induced by the photoisomerization of azobenzene mesogenic groups. When the film is in the liquid crystalline phase, the trans → cis isomerization induces a major surface reorganization on the mesoscopic scale that is characterized by a reduction in the effective thickness of the film. The film conductivity is measured in vertical two-terminal devices in which the polymer is sandwiched between a Au contact and a liquid compliant E-GaIn drop. We demonstrate that the trans → cis isomerization is accompanied by a reversible 100-fold change in the film conductance. In this way, the device can be set in a high- or low-resistance state by light irradiation at different wavelengths. This result paves the way toward the potential use of poly(metha)acrylate/azobenzene polymer films as active layer for optical input/electrical output memory elements. PMID:26890532

  2. Light-enhanced liquid-phase exfoliation and current photoswitching in graphene–azobenzene composites

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    Döbbelin, Markus; Ciesielski, Artur; Haar, Sébastien; Osella, Silvio; Bruna, Matteo; Minoia, Andrea; Grisanti, Luca; Mosciatti, Thomas; Richard, Fanny; Prasetyanto, Eko Adi; De Cola, Luisa; Palermo, Vincenzo; Mazzaro, Raffaello; Morandi, Vittorio; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Ferrari, Andrea C.; Beljonne, David; Samorì, Paolo

    2016-01-01

    Multifunctional materials can be engineered by combining multiple chemical components, each conferring a well-defined function to the ensemble. Graphene is at the centre of an ever-growing research effort due to its combination of unique properties. Here we show that the large conformational change associated with the trans–cis photochemical isomerization of alkyl-substituted azobenzenes can be used to improve the efficiency of liquid-phase exfoliation of graphite, with the photochromic molecules acting as dispersion-stabilizing agents. We also demonstrate reversible photo-modulated current in two-terminal devices based on graphene–azobenzene composites. We assign this tuneable electrical characteristics to the intercalation of the azobenzene between adjacent graphene layers and the resulting increase in the interlayer distance on (photo)switching from the linear trans-form to the bulky cis-form of the photochromes. These findings pave the way to the development of new optically controlled memories for light-assisted programming and high-sensitive photosensors. PMID:27052205

  3. Investigation of bonding properties of denture bases to silicone-based soft denture liner immersed in isobutyl methacrylate and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate

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    Tugut, Faik; Mutaf, Burcu; Guney, Umit

    2014-01-01

    PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to investigate the bonding properties of denture bases to silicone-based soft denture liners immersed in isobutyl methacrylate (iBMA) and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) for various lengths of time. MATERIALS AND METHODS Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) test specimens were fabricated (75 mm in length, 12 mm in diameter at the thickest section, and 7 mm at the thinnest section) and then randomly assigned to five groups (n=15); untreated (Group 1), resilient liner immersed in iBMA for 1 minute (Group 2), resilient liner immersed in iBMA for 3 minutes (Group 3), resilient liner immersed in HEMA for 1 minute (Group 4), and resilient liner immersed in HEMA for 3 minutes (Group 5). The resilient liner specimens were processed between 2 PMMA blocks. Bonding strength of the liners to PMMA was compared by tensile test with a universal testing machine at a crosshead speed of 5 mm/min. Data were evaluated by 1-way ANOVA and post hoc Tukey-Kramer multiple comparisons tests (α=0.05). RESULTS The highest mean value of force was observed in Group 3 specimens. The differences between groups were statistically significant (P<.05), except between Group 1 and Group 4 (P=.063). CONCLUSION Immersion of silicone-based soft denture liners in iBMA for 3 minutes doubled the tensile bond strength between the silicone soft liner and PMMA denture base materials compared to the control group. PMID:24843397

  4. A comparative study of photoinduced deformation in azobenzene containing polymer films.

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    Yadavalli, Nataraja Sekhar; Loebner, Sarah; Papke, Thomas; Sava, Elena; Hurduc, Nicolae; Santer, Svetlana

    2016-03-01

    In this paper two groups supporting different views on the mechanism of light induced polymer deformation argue about the respective underlying theoretical conceptions, in order to bring this interesting debate to the attention of the scientific community. The group of Prof. Nicolae Hurduc supports the model claiming that the cyclic isomerization of azobenzenes may cause an athermal transition of the glassy azobenzene containing polymer into a fluid state, the so-called photo-fluidization concept. This concept is quite convenient for an intuitive understanding of the deformation process as an anisotropic flow of the polymer material. The group of Prof. Svetlana Santer supports the re-orientational model where the mass-transport of the polymer material accomplished during polymer deformation is stated to be generated by the light-induced re-orientation of the azobenzene side chains and as a consequence of the polymer backbone that in turn results in local mechanical stress, which is enough to irreversibly deform an azobenzene containing material even in the glassy state. For the debate we chose three polymers differing in the glass transition temperature, 32 °C, 87 °C and 95 °C, representing extreme cases of flexible and rigid materials. Polymer film deformation occurring during irradiation with different interference patterns is recorded using a homemade set-up combining an optical part for the generation of interference patterns and an atomic force microscope for acquiring the kinetics of film deformation. We also demonstrated the unique behaviour of azobenzene containing polymeric films to switch the topography in situ and reversibly by changing the irradiation conditions. We discuss the results of reversible deformation of three polymers induced by irradiation with intensity (IIP) and polarization (PIP) interference patterns, and the light of homogeneous intensity in terms of two approaches: the re-orientational and the photo-fluidization concepts. Both agree

  5. Copper-Promoted Tandem Reaction of Azobenzenes with Allyl Bromides via N═N Bond Cleavage for the Regioselective Synthesis of Quinolines.

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    Yi, Xiangli; Xi, Chanjuan

    2015-12-01

    A copper-promoted tandem reaction of a variety of azobenzenes and allyl bromides via N═N bond cleavage to regioselectively construct quinoline derivatives has been developed. The azobenzenes act as not only construction units but also an oxidant for quinoline formation. PMID:26580318

  6. The cis-state of an azobenzene photoswitch is stabilized through specific interactions with a protein surface.

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    Korbus, Michael; Backé, Sarah; Meyer-Almes, Franz-Josef

    2015-03-01

    The photocontrol of protein function like enzyme activity has been the subject of many investigations to enable reversible and spatiotemporally defined cascading biochemical reactions without the need for separation in miniaturized and parallelized assay setups for academic and industrial applications. A photoswitchable amidohydrolase variant from Bordetella/Alcaligenes with the longest reported half-life (approximately 30 h) for the cis-state of the attached azobenzene group was chosen as a model system to dissect the underlying mechanism and molecular interactions that caused the enormous deceleration of the thermal cis-to-trans relaxation of the azobenzene photoswitch. A systematic site-directed mutagenesis study on the basis of molecular dynamics simulation data was employed to investigate enzyme and thermal cis-to-trans relaxation kinetics in dependence on selected amino acid substitution, which revealed a prominent histidine and a hydrophobic cluster as molecular determinants for the stabilization of the cis-isomer of the attached azobenzene moiety on the protein surface. The nature of the involved interactions consists of polar, hydrophobic, and possibly aromatic Π-Π contributions. The elucidated principles behind the stabilization of the cis-state of azobenzene derivatives on a protein surface can be exploited to design improved biologically inspired photoswitches. Moreover, the findings open the door to highly long-lived cis-states of azobenzene groups yielding improved bistable photoswitches that can be controlled by single light-pulses rather than continuous irradiation with UV light that causes potential photodamage to the employed biomolecules. PMID:25664524

  7. Reversible work function changes induced by photoisomerization of asymmetric azobenzene dithiol self-assembled monolayers on gold

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    Ah Qune, Lloyd F. N.; Wee, Andrew T. S.; Akiyama, H.; Nagahiro, T.; Tamada, K.

    2008-08-25

    We measured reversible changes in the work function ({delta}{phi}{sub Au}) of gold substrates modified by asymmetric azobenzene dithiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) following photoisomerization and thermal recovery of the azo unit. The azobenzene derivative SAMs were photoisomerized to cis form by UV irradiation. {delta}{phi}{sub Au} was monitored in real time during thermal recovery to trans form by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy using a synchrotron light source. Changing the substituted functional group in the p{sup '} position of the azobenzene from electron donating to electron withdrawing resulted in opposite responses of {delta}{phi}{sub Au} against photoisomerization. Hence, a direct correlation between {delta}{phi}{sub Au} and changes in molecular dipole moments was obtained.

  8. Mass spectrometric identification of an azobenzene derivative produced by smectite-catalyzed conversion of 3-amino-4-hydroxyphenylarsonic acid

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    Wershaw, R. L.; Rutherford, D.W.; Rostad, C.E.; Garbarino, J.R.; Ferrer, I.; Kennedy, K.R.; Momplaisir, G.-M.; Grange, A.

    2003-01-01

    The compound 3-amino-4-hydroxyphenylarsonic acid (3-amino-HPAA) reacts with smectite to form a soluble azobenzene arsonic acid compound. This reaction is of particular interest because it provides a possible mechanism for the formation of a new type of arsenic compound in natural water systems. 3-Amino-HPAA is a degradation product excreted by chickens that are fed rations amended with roxarsone. Roxarsone is used to control coccidial intestinal parasites in most of the broiler chickens grown in the United States. The structure of the azobenzene arsonic acid compound was first inferred from negative-ion and positive-ion low-resolution mass-spectrometric analyses of the supernatant of the smectite suspension. Elemental composition of the parent ion determined by high-resolution positive-ion mass spectrometric measurements was consistent with the proposed structure of the azobenzene arsonic acid compound. Published by Elsevier Science B.V.

  9. Photo-induced morphological winding and unwinding motion of nanoscrolls composed of niobate nanosheets with a polyfluoroalkyl azobenzene derivative

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    Nabetani, Yu; Takamura, Hazuki; Uchikoshi, Akino; Hassan, Syed Zahid; Shimada, Tetsuya; Takagi, Shinsuke; Tachibana, Hiroshi; Masui, Dai; Tong, Zhiwei; Inoue, Haruo

    2016-06-01

    Photo-responsive nanoscrolls can be successfully fabricated by mixing a polyfluoroalkyl azobenzene derivative and a niobate nanosheet, which is exfoliated from potassium hexaniobate. In this study, we have found that the photo-responsive nanoscroll shows a morphological motion of winding and unwinding, which is basically due to the nanosheet sliding within the nanoscroll, by efficient photo-isomerization reactions of the intercalated azobenzene in addition to the interlayer distance change of the nanoscrolls. The relative nanosheet sliding of the nanoscroll is estimated to be ca. 280 nm from the AFM morphology analysis. The distance of the sliding motion is over 20 times that of the averaged nanosheet sliding in the azobenzene/niobate hybrid film reported previously. Photo-responsive nanoscrolls can be expected to be novel photo-activated actuators and artificial muscle model materials.Photo-responsive nanoscrolls can be successfully fabricated by mixing a polyfluoroalkyl azobenzene derivative and a niobate nanosheet, which is exfoliated from potassium hexaniobate. In this study, we have found that the photo-responsive nanoscroll shows a morphological motion of winding and unwinding, which is basically due to the nanosheet sliding within the nanoscroll, by efficient photo-isomerization reactions of the intercalated azobenzene in addition to the interlayer distance change of the nanoscrolls. The relative nanosheet sliding of the nanoscroll is estimated to be ca. 280 nm from the AFM morphology analysis. The distance of the sliding motion is over 20 times that of the averaged nanosheet sliding in the azobenzene/niobate hybrid film reported previously. Photo-responsive nanoscrolls can be expected to be novel photo-activated actuators and artificial muscle model materials. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Fig. S1. Photo-isomerization reaction of nanoscrolls. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr02177h

  10. Population Blocks.

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    Smith, Martin H.

    1992-01-01

    Describes an educational game called "Population Blocks" that is designed to illustrate the concept of exponential growth of the human population and some potential effects of overpopulation. The game material consists of wooden blocks; 18 blocks are painted green (representing land), 7 are painted blue (representing water); and the remaining…

  11. Efficient gene carriers composed of 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin, ethanolamine-functionalized poly(glycidyl methacrylate), and poly((2-dimethyl amino)ethyl methacrylate) by combination of ATRP and click chemistry.

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    Zhu, Yun; Zheng, Xuefeng; Yu, Bingran; Yang, Wantai; Zhao, Nana; Xu, Fujian

    2014-08-01

    In this work, a simple one-step method is first employed to produce the bromoisobutyryl-terminated 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPCD-Br). The pendant epoxy groups of poly(glycidyl methacrylate) block prepared via ATRP from HPCD-Br can be reacted with ethanolamine to produce HPCD-PGEA which exhibits much lower cytotoxicity and better gene transfection yield than polyethylenimine (25 kDa) in COS7 and HepG2 cell lines. Moreover, poly((2-dimethyl amino)ethyl methacrylate) blocks can be incorporated into low-molecular-weight HPCD-PGEA via "click" reaction to further enhance the gene transfection efficiency in HepG2 cell lines. PMID:24789347

  12. Vibrational spectra study of phosphorus dendrimer containing azobenzene, ammonium and carbamate groups

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    Furer, V. L.; Vandyukov, A. E.; Majoral, J. P.; Caminade, A. M.; Kovalenko, V. I.

    2013-06-01

    The FTIR and FT Raman spectra of the first generation dendrimers, possessing carbamate (G1) or ammonium (G2) terminal groups were studied. The structural optimization and normal mode analysis were performed for dendrimers on the basis of the density functional theory (DFT). These calculations of G2 gave the frequencies of vibrations, infrared intensities and Raman scattering activities for the E- and Z-forms of azobenzene unit. The energy difference between the E- and Z-forms of G2 is 27.36 kcal/mol. The calculated geometrical parameters and harmonic vibrational frequencies are predicted in a good agreement with the experimental data. It was found that dendrimers molecules have a concave lens structure with planar -O-C6H4-CHdbnd N-N(CH3)Pdbnd S, and -O-C6H4-Ndbnd N-C6H4-CHdbnd N-NH-Cdbnd O-CH2-N fragments and slightly non-planar cyclotriphosphazene core. The experimental IR and Raman spectra of dendrimers G1 and G2 were interpreted by means of potential energy distributions. Relying on DFT calculations a complete vibrational assignment is proposed. The strong band 1605 cm-1 in the IR spectra show marked changes of the optical density in dependence of substituents in the aromatic ring. The differences in the IR and Raman spectra of G2 for the E- and Z-forms of azobenzene units were cleared up. During structural isomerization of azobenzene units, redistribution of band intensities appears to a much higher extent than frequency shifts.

  13. Novel synthesis of cellulose-based diblock copolymer of poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) by mechanochemical reaction.

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    Ohura, Takeshi; Tsutaki, Yusaku; Sakaguchi, Masato

    2014-01-01

    The mechanical fracture of polymer produces polymeric free radical chain-ends, by which liner block copolymers have been synthesized. A diblock copolymer of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) and poly 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (pHEMA) was produced by the mechanochemical polymerization under vacuum and room temperature. The fraction of pHEMA in MCC-block-pHEMA produced by the mechanochemical polymerization increased up to 21 mol% with increasing fracture time (~6 h). Then, the tacticities of HEMA sequences in MCC-block-pHEMA varied according to the reaction time. In the process of mechanochemical polymerization, cellulose could play the role of a radical polymerization initiator capable of controlling stereoregularity. PMID:24741340

  14. Adsorption of carboxymethylester-azobenzene on copper and gold single crystal surfaces

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    Piantek, M.; Miguel, J.; Bernien, M.; Navío, C.; Krüger, A.; Priewisch, B.; Rück-Braun, K.; Kuch, W.

    2008-11-01

    The adsorption of 3,3'-di(methoxycarbonyl)azobenzene (CMA) on Au(111) and on Cu(001) substrates was studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements at the C, N, and O K edges. We find the molecules physisorbed in a planar conformation flat on the Au(111) surface. At higher coverages, a molecular crystal is formed wherein the molecules have the same flat geometry. On Cu(001), additional chemical bonds are formed between the molecules and the surface via the nitrogen atoms. Here the methyl benzoate moieties are tilted out of the surface plane.

  15. Azobenzene Modified Imidacloprid Derivatives as Photoswitchable Insecticides: Steering Molecular Activity in a Controllable Manner

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    Xu, Zhiping; Shi, Lina; Jiang, Danping; Cheng, Jiagao; Shao, Xusheng; Li, Zhong

    2015-10-01

    Incorporating the photoisomerizable azobenzene into imidacloprid produced a photoswitchable insecticidal molecule as the first neonicotinoid example of remote control insecticide performance with spatiotemporal resolution. The designed photoswitchable insecticides showed distinguishable activity against Musca both in vivo and in vitro upon irradiation. Molecular docking study further suggested the binding difference of the two photoisomers. The generation of these photomediated insecticides provides novel insight into the insecticidal activity facilitating further investigation on the functions of insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and opens a novel way to control and study insect behavior on insecticide poisoning using light.

  16. Reversible change of birefringence sign by optical and thermal processes in an azobenzene polymethacrylate

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    Rodriguez, F.J.; Sanchez, C.; Villacampa, B.; Alcala, R.; Cases, R.; Millaruelo, M.; Oriol, L.

    2005-01-10

    Birefringence ({delta}n) induced in an azobenzene polymethacrylate by combination of biphotonic and thermotropic processes has subsequently been changed in sign by room temperature illumination with linearly polarized blue light. The sign of {delta}n can be reversed again, by simply heating up the film to 100 deg. C. This change of {delta}n between positive and negative values can be repeated several times. Besides, by appropriate choice of film thickness and blue light irradiation conditions the same absolute value for positive and negative {delta}n values can be obtained.

  17. A multifunctional azobenzene-based polymeric adsorbent for effective water remediation

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    Wan, Decheng; Chen, Feng; Geng, Qingrui; Lu, Hang; Willcock, Helen; Liu, Qiuming; Wang, Fangyingkai; Zou, Kaidian; Jin, Ming; Pu, Hongting; Du, Jianzhong

    2014-12-01

    The efficient removal of trace carcinogenic organic pollutants, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and ionic dyes, from water is an important technical challenge. We report a highly effective recyclable multifunctional azobenzene (AZ)-based silica-supported polymeric adsorbent which can simultaneously remove both PAHs and anionic dyes from water to below parts per billion (ppb) level based on multiple interactions such as the hydrophobic effect, π-π stacking and electrostatic interactions, thus providing a new strategy for designer water remediation materials.

  18. A multifunctional azobenzene-based polymeric adsorbent for effective water remediation

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    Wan, Decheng; Chen, Feng; Geng, Qingrui; Lu, Hang; Willcock, Helen; Liu, Qiuming; Wang, Fangyingkai; Zou, Kaidian; Jin, Ming; Pu, Hongting; Du, Jianzhong

    2014-01-01

    The efficient removal of trace carcinogenic organic pollutants, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and ionic dyes, from water is an important technical challenge. We report a highly effective recyclable multifunctional azobenzene (AZ)-based silica-supported polymeric adsorbent which can simultaneously remove both PAHs and anionic dyes from water to below parts per billion (ppb) level based on multiple interactions such as the hydrophobic effect, π–π stacking and electrostatic interactions, thus providing a new strategy for designer water remediation materials. PMID:25465671

  19. Photoresponsive Toroidal Nanostructure Formed by Self-Assembly of Azobenzene-Functionalized Tris(phenylisoxazolyl)benzene.

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    Adachi, Hiroaki; Hirai, Yuko; Ikeda, Toshiaki; Maeda, Makoto; Hori, Ryo; Kutsumizu, Shoichi; Haino, Takeharu

    2016-03-01

    The self-assembly of tris(phenylisoxazolyl)benzene 1b with photochemically addressable azobenzene moieties produced toroidal nanostructures, the formation and dissociation of which were reversibly regulated upon photoirradiation. 1b displayed a mesogenic behavior. In the solution, the stacked assemblies along with their C3 axes were formed. In the mesophase, two molecules of 1b most likely adopted the antiparallel arrangement to stabilize the columnar organization. This assembling behavior most likely triggered the development of the supramolecular toroidal nanostructures. PMID:26910789

  20. Surface relief grating formation on a single crystal of 4-(dimethylamino)azobenzene

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    Nakano, Hideyuki; Tanino, Takahiro; Shirota, Yasuhiko

    2005-08-08

    Surface relief grating (SRG) formation on an organic single crystal by irradiation with two coherent laser beams has been demonstrated by using 4-(dimethylamino)azobenzene (DAAB). It was found that the SRG formation was greatly depending upon both the coordination of the crystal and the polarization of the writing beams. The dependence of the polarization of writing beams on the SRG formation using the single crystal was found to be quite different from that reported for amorphous polymers and photochromic amorphous molecular materials, suggesting that the mechanism of the SRG formation on the organic crystal is somewhat different from that on amorphous materials.

  1. Optical control of structural morphology in azobenzene containing polymeric liquid crystals.

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    Camorani, Paolo; Fontana, Marco P

    2006-01-01

    We present a study of photoinduced transitions occurring in a low T(G) liquid crystalline polymer containing the azobenzene group in the side chain. The structural phase of this material can be optically switched between the glassy, nematic and isotropic states. We show the equivalence of light and temperature in causing these effects, promoting this material as a tool in the investigation of structural relaxation at transitions in confined geometry and fast temperature variation as in the case of the optically induced quenching that we report. The results allow us to propose also alternative writing methods for the application of these materials to high density optical memories. PMID:16486165

  2. Azobenzene Modified Imidacloprid Derivatives as Photoswitchable Insecticides: Steering Molecular Activity in a Controllable Manner

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    Xu, Zhiping; Shi, Lina; Jiang, Danping; Cheng, Jiagao; Shao, Xusheng; Li, Zhong

    2015-01-01

    Incorporating the photoisomerizable azobenzene into imidacloprid produced a photoswitchable insecticidal molecule as the first neonicotinoid example of remote control insecticide performance with spatiotemporal resolution. The designed photoswitchable insecticides showed distinguishable activity against Musca both in vivo and in vitro upon irradiation. Molecular docking study further suggested the binding difference of the two photoisomers. The generation of these photomediated insecticides provides novel insight into the insecticidal activity facilitating further investigation on the functions of insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and opens a novel way to control and study insect behavior on insecticide poisoning using light. PMID:26434681

  3. Periodontal repair in dogs: histologic observations of guided tissue regeneration with a prostaglandin E1 analog/methacrylate composite.

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    Trombelli, L; Lee, M B; Promsudthi, A; Guglielmoni, P G; Wikesjö, U M

    1999-06-01

    This report describes observations of healing following guided tissue regeneration (GTR) including surgical implantation of the prostaglandin E1 analog misoprostol with calcium-layered methacrylate particles. Critical size, supra-alveolar periodontal defects were surgically created around the 3rd and 4th mandibular premolar teeth in 4 beagle dogs. Wound management included soaking with a 24 microg/ml misoprostol solution and implantation of the misoprostol/methacrylate composite. One jaw quadrant per animal was prepared for GTR using expanded polytetrafluoroethylene membranes. The gingival flaps were coronally advanced and sutured to submerge the teeth. The tissues covering the surgical sites daily received topical misoprostol in an oral adhesive over the 4-week healing interval. Upon euthanasia, tissue blocks were prepared for histometric analysis of regeneration of alveolar bone and cementum, root resorption and ankylosis. The defect area underneath the membrane and the density of methacrylate particles were recorded for the GTR defects. The methacrylate particles appeared encapsulated in a dense connective tissue without signs of an inflammatory reaction, some in contact to newly formed bone. Alveolar bone regeneration height averaged (+/-SD) 1.2+/-1.0 and 1.0+/-0.6 mm for GTR and non-GTR defects, respectively. Corresponding values for bone regeneration area were 1.3+/-1.0 and 0.7+/-0.5 mm2. Cementum regeneration was confined to the apical aspect of the defects. Small areas of root resorption and ankylosis were observed for all teeth. Bone regeneration area correlated positively to the defect area and negatively to the density of methacrylate particles in the GTR defects. The histologic observations suggest that the methacrylate composite has marginal potential to promote bone and cementum regeneration under provisions for GTR. PMID:10382578

  4. Zwitterionic Poly(amino acid methacrylate) Brushes

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    2014-01-01

    A new cysteine-based methacrylic monomer (CysMA) was conveniently synthesized via selective thia-Michael addition of a commercially available methacrylate-acrylate precursor in aqueous solution without recourse to protecting group chemistry. Poly(cysteine methacrylate) (PCysMA) brushes were grown from the surface of silicon wafers by atom-transfer radical polymerization. Brush thicknesses of ca. 27 nm were achieved within 270 min at 20 °C. Each CysMA residue comprises a primary amine and a carboxylic acid. Surface zeta potential and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies of the pH-responsive PCysMA brushes confirm that they are highly extended either below pH 2 or above pH 9.5, since they possess either cationic or anionic character, respectively. At intermediate pH, PCysMA brushes are zwitterionic. At physiological pH, they exhibit excellent resistance to biofouling and negligible cytotoxicity. PCysMA brushes undergo photodegradation: AFM topographical imaging indicates significant mass loss from the brush layer, while XPS studies confirm that exposure to UV radiation produces surface aldehyde sites that can be subsequently derivatized with amines. UV exposure using a photomask yielded sharp, well-defined micropatterned PCysMA brushes functionalized with aldehyde groups that enable conjugation to green fluorescent protein (GFP). Nanopatterned PCysMA brushes were obtained using interference lithography, and confocal microscopy again confirmed the selective conjugation of GFP. Finally, PCysMA undergoes complex base-catalyzed degradation in alkaline solution, leading to the elimination of several small molecules. However, good long-term chemical stability was observed when PCysMA brushes were immersed in aqueous solution at physiological pH. PMID:24884533

  5. Zwitterionic poly(amino acid methacrylate) brushes.

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    Alswieleh, Abdullah M; Cheng, Nan; Canton, Irene; Ustbas, Burcin; Xue, Xuan; Ladmiral, Vincent; Xia, Sijing; Ducker, Robert E; El Zubir, Osama; Cartron, Michael L; Hunter, C Neil; Leggett, Graham J; Armes, Steven P

    2014-07-01

    A new cysteine-based methacrylic monomer (CysMA) was conveniently synthesized via selective thia-Michael addition of a commercially available methacrylate-acrylate precursor in aqueous solution without recourse to protecting group chemistry. Poly(cysteine methacrylate) (PCysMA) brushes were grown from the surface of silicon wafers by atom-transfer radical polymerization. Brush thicknesses of ca. 27 nm were achieved within 270 min at 20 °C. Each CysMA residue comprises a primary amine and a carboxylic acid. Surface zeta potential and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies of the pH-responsive PCysMA brushes confirm that they are highly extended either below pH 2 or above pH 9.5, since they possess either cationic or anionic character, respectively. At intermediate pH, PCysMA brushes are zwitterionic. At physiological pH, they exhibit excellent resistance to biofouling and negligible cytotoxicity. PCysMA brushes undergo photodegradation: AFM topographical imaging indicates significant mass loss from the brush layer, while XPS studies confirm that exposure to UV radiation produces surface aldehyde sites that can be subsequently derivatized with amines. UV exposure using a photomask yielded sharp, well-defined micropatterned PCysMA brushes functionalized with aldehyde groups that enable conjugation to green fluorescent protein (GFP). Nanopatterned PCysMA brushes were obtained using interference lithography, and confocal microscopy again confirmed the selective conjugation of GFP. Finally, PCysMA undergoes complex base-catalyzed degradation in alkaline solution, leading to the elimination of several small molecules. However, good long-term chemical stability was observed when PCysMA brushes were immersed in aqueous solution at physiological pH. PMID:24884533

  6. On permeability of methyl methacrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate and triethyleneglycol dimethacrylate through protective gloves in dentistry.

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    Andreasson, Harriet; Boman, Anders; Johnsson, Stina; Karlsson, Stig; Barregård, Lars

    2003-12-01

    Continuous glove use is more common in dentistry than in most other occupations, and the glove should offer protection against blood-borne infections, skin irritants and contact allergens. Methacrylate monomers are potent contact allergens, and it is known that these substances may penetrate the glove materials commonly used. The aim of this study was to assess the permeability of various types of gloves to methyl methacrylate (MMA), 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and triethyleneglycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) with special reference to combinations with ethanol or acetone. The permeation rate and time lag breakthrough (lag-BT) for MMA (neat, or diluted to 30% in ethanol or acetone), HEMA (30% in water, ethanol, or acetone) and TEGDMA (30% in ethanol or acetone) were investigated for different protective gloves. Nine different types of gloves were tested for one or several of these methacrylates. The lag-BT for neat MMA was

  7. 40 CFR 721.6920 - Butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

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    2013-07-01

    ... substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. 721.6920 Section 721.6920 Protection... acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. (a... butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

  8. 40 CFR 721.6920 - Butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

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    ... substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. 721.6920 Section 721.6920 Protection... acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. (a... butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

  9. 40 CFR 721.6920 - Butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

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    2014-07-01

    ... substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. 721.6920 Section 721.6920 Protection... acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. (a... butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

  10. trans-cis photoisomerization of azobenzene-conjugated dithiolato-bipyridine platinum(II) complexes: extension of photoresponse to longer wavelengths and photocontrollable tristability.

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    Sakamoto, Ryota; Kume, Shoko; Sugimoto, Manabu; Nishihara, Hiroshi

    2009-01-01

    Azobenzene derivatives modified with dithiolato-bipyridine platinum(II) complexes were synthesized, revealing their highly extended photoresponses to the long wavelength region as well as unique photocontrollable tristability. The absorptions of trans-1 and trans-2 with one azobenzene group on the dithiolene and bipyridine ligands, respectively, cover the range from 300 to 700 nm. These absorptions are ascribed, by means of time-dependent (TD)DFT calculations, to transitions from dithiolene(pi) to bipyridine(pi*), namely, interligand charge transfer (CT), pi-pi*, and n-pi* transitions of the azobenzene unit, and pi-pi* transitions of the bipyridine ligand. In addition, only trans-1 shows distinctive electronic bands, assignable to transitions from the dithiolene(pi) to azobenzene(pi*), defined as intraligand CT. Complex 1 shows photoisomerization behavior opposite to that of azobenzene: trans-to-cis and cis-to-trans conversions proceed with 405 and 312 nm irradiation, which correspond to excitation with the intraligand CT, and pi-pi* bands of the azobenzene and bipyridine units, respectively. In contrast, complex 2 shows photoisomerization similar to that of azobenzene: trans-to-cis and cis-to-trans transformations occur with 365 and 405 nm irradiation, respectively. Irradiation at 578 nm, corresponding to excitation of the interligand CT transitions, results in cis-to-trans conversion of both 1 and 2, which is the longest wavelength ever reported to effect the photoisomerization of the azobenzene group. The absorption and photochromism of 4, which has azobenzene groups on both the dithiolato and bipyridine ligands, have characteristics quite similar to those of 1 and 2, which furnishes 4 with photocontrollable tristability in a single molecule using light at 365, 405, and 578 nm. We also clarified that 1 and 2 have high photoisomerization efficiencies, and good thermal stability of the cis forms. Complexes 3 and 5 have almost the identical photoresponse to those

  11. Methacrylic resin having a high solar radiant energy absorbing property and process for producing the same

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    Abe, K.; Kamada, K.; Nakai, Y.

    1981-10-20

    A methacrylic resin having a high solar radiant energy absorbing property wherein an organic compound (A) containing cupric ion and a compound (B) having at least one p-o-h bond in a molecule are contained into the methacrylic resin selected from poly(Methyl methacrylate) or methacrylic polymers containing at least 50% by weight of a methyl methacrylate unit. A process for producing said methacrylic resin is also disclosed.

  12. 40 CFR 721.10053 - Alkyl silane methacrylate (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Alkyl silane methacrylate (generic... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10053 Alkyl silane methacrylate (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as alkyl...

  13. 40 CFR 721.10053 - Alkyl silane methacrylate (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Alkyl silane methacrylate (generic... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10053 Alkyl silane methacrylate (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as alkyl...

  14. 40 CFR 721.10053 - Alkyl silane methacrylate (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Alkyl silane methacrylate (generic... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10053 Alkyl silane methacrylate (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as alkyl...

  15. 40 CFR 721.10053 - Alkyl silane methacrylate (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Alkyl silane methacrylate (generic... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10053 Alkyl silane methacrylate (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as alkyl...

  16. 40 CFR 721.10053 - Alkyl silane methacrylate (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Alkyl silane methacrylate (generic... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10053 Alkyl silane methacrylate (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as alkyl...

  17. DEGRADATION OF POLY(METHYL METHACRYLATE) IN SOLUTION

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    The rate of degradation of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) to methyl methacrylate (MMA) was investigated in the liquid phase with toluene as the solvent. The degradation experiments were carried out in a tubular flow reactor at 1000 psig (6.8 MPa) and at four different temperat...

  18. Regioselective ester cleavage during the preparation of bisphosphonate methacrylate monomers

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    Chougrani, Kamel; Niel, Gilles; Boutevin, Bernard

    2011-01-01

    Summary New functional monomers bearing a methacrylate, a bisphosphonate function and, for most, an internal carboxylate group, were prepared for incorporation into copolymers with adhesive or anticorrosive properties. Methanolysis of some trimethylsilyl bisphosphonate esters not only deprotects the desired bisphosphonate function but also regioselectively cleaves the alkyl ester function without affecting the methacrylate ester. PMID:21512600

  19. Cell-laden microengineered gelatin methacrylate hydrogels.

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    Nichol, Jason W; Koshy, Sandeep T; Bae, Hojae; Hwang, Chang M; Yamanlar, Seda; Khademhosseini, Ali

    2010-07-01

    The cellular microenvironment plays an integral role in improving the function of microengineered tissues. Control of the microarchitecture in engineered tissues can be achieved through photopatterning of cell-laden hydrogels. However, despite high pattern fidelity of photopolymerizable hydrogels, many such materials are not cell-responsive and have limited biodegradability. Here, we demonstrate gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) as an inexpensive, cell-responsive hydrogel platform for creating cell-laden microtissues and microfluidic devices. Cells readily bound to, proliferated, elongated, and migrated both when seeded on micropatterned GelMA substrates as well as when encapsulated in microfabricated GelMA hydrogels. The hydration and mechanical properties of GelMA were demonstrated to be tunable for various applications through modification of the methacrylation degree and gel concentration. The pattern fidelity and resolution of GelMA were high and it could be patterned to create perfusable microfluidic channels. Furthermore, GelMA micropatterns could be used to create cellular micropatterns for in vitro cell studies or 3D microtissue fabrication. These data suggest that GelMA hydrogels could be useful for creating complex, cell-responsive microtissues, such as endothelialized microvasculature, or for other applications that require cell-responsive microengineered hydrogels. PMID:20417964

  20. Gating the photochromism of an azobenzene by strong host-guest interactions in a divalent pseudo[2]rotaxane.

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    Lohse, Mirko; Nowosinski, Karol; Traulsen, Nora L; Achazi, Andreas J; von Krbek, Larissa K S; Paulus, Beate; Schalley, Christoph A; Hecht, Stefan

    2015-06-18

    The ability of an E-configured azobenzene guest to undergo photoisomerisation is controlled by the presence of a complementary host. Addition of base/acid allowed for a weakening/strengthening of the interactions in the divalent pseudo[2]rotaxane complex and hence could switch on/off photochromic activity. PMID:25929291

  1. MASS SPECTROMETRIC IDENTIFICATION OF AN AZOBENZENE DERIVATIVE PRODUCED BY SMECTITE-CATALYZED CONVERSION OF 3-AMINO-4-HYDROXPHENYLARSONIC ACID

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    We report here the first evidence of a possible mechanism for the formation of an azobenzene arsonic acid compound in the environment The compound was formed when 3-amino-4-hydroxyphenylarsonic acid (3-amino-HPAA) was added to aqueous suspensions of smectite clay The 3-amino-HPAA...

  2. Temperature- and Photocontrolled Unfolding/Folding of a Triple-Helical Azobenzene-Stapled Collagen Peptide Monitored by Infrared Spectroscopy.

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    Lorenz, Lisa; Kusebauch, Ulrike; Moroder, Luis; Wachtveitl, Josef

    2016-05-01

    The triple-helical structure of a model collagen peptide possessing azobenzene-derived clamps integrated in all three strands as side-chain-to-side-chain crosslinks is analyzed by IR spectroscopy in comparative thermal excursion experiments with the triple helix of a typical reference collagen peptide consisting of only glycine-proline-hydroxyproline repeats. By exploiting the known stabilizing effects of aqueous alcoholic solvents on the unique collagen fold, deuterated ethylene glycol/water (1:1) is used as a solvent to investigate the effect of the light-switchable trans/cis-azobenzene clamp on the stability of the triple helix in terms of H/D exchange rates and thermal unfolding. Results of this comparative analysis clearly reveal only a minor destabilization of the triple helix by the hydrophobic azobenzene moieties compared to the reference collagen peptide as reflected by a lower midpoint of the thermal unfolding and higher rates of H/D exchange. However, it also reveals that the driving force exerted by the trans-to-cis photoisomerization of the azobenzene moieties is insufficient for unfolding of the compact triple-helical collagen fold. Only temperature-dependent untightening of this fold with heating results in a reversible photomodulated unfolding and refolding of the azo-collagen peptide into the original triple helix. PMID:26918674

  3. A novel single-side azobenzene-grafted Anderson-type polyoxometalate for recognition-induced chiral migration.

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    Zhang, Bin; Yue, Liang; Wang, Yang; Yang, Yang; Wu, Lixin

    2014-09-25

    A three-component supramolecular hybrid system based on host-guest recognition and electrostatic interaction has been developed for a consecutive chiral transfer from an alpha-cyclodextrin to cationic dyes via the bridge of a new azobenzene-grafted Anderson-type polyoxometalate cluster. PMID:25089807

  4. Supramolecular architecture in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films incorporating a chiral azobenzene.

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    Haro, Marta; del Barrio, Jesús; Villares, Ana; Oriol, Luis; Cea, Pilar; López, M Carmen

    2008-09-16

    This article describes the synthesis and fabrication of Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films incorporating a chiral azobenzene derivative, namely, ( S)-4- sec-butyloxy-4'-[5''-(methyloxycarbonyl)pentyl-1''-oxy]azobenzene, abbreviated as AZO-C4(S). Appropriate conditions for the fabrication of monolayers of AZO-C4(S) at the air-water interface have been established, and the resulting Langmuir films have been characterized by a combination of surface pressure and surface potential versus area per molecule isotherms, Brewster angle microscopy, and UV-vis reflection spectroscopy. The results indicate the formation of an ordered trilayer at the air-water interface with UV-vis reflection spectroscopy showing a new supramolecular architecture for multilayered films as well as the formation of J aggregates. Films were transferred onto solid substrates, with AFM revealing well-ordered multilayered films without 3D defects. Infrared and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy indicate that the supramolecular architecture may be favored by the formation of H bonds between acid groups in neighboring layers and pi-pi intermolecular interactions. Circular dichroism spectra reveal chiro-optical activity in multilayered LB films. PMID:18686982

  5. Photoinduced reversible switching of porosity in molecular crystals based on star-shaped azobenzene tetramers.

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    Baroncini, Massimo; d'Agostino, Simone; Bergamini, Giacomo; Ceroni, Paola; Comotti, Angiolina; Sozzani, Piero; Bassanetti, Irene; Grepioni, Fabrizia; Hernandez, Taylor M; Silvi, Serena; Venturi, Margherita; Credi, Alberto

    2015-08-01

    The development of solid materials that can be reversibly interconverted by light between forms with different physico-chemical properties is of great interest for separation, catalysis, optoelectronics, holography, mechanical actuation and solar energy conversion. Here, we describe a series of shape-persistent azobenzene tetramers that form porous molecular crystals in their E-configuration, the porosity of which can be tuned by changing the peripheral substituents on the molecule. Efficient E→Z photoisomerization of the azobenzene units takes place in the solid state and converts the crystals into a non-porous amorphous melt phase. Crystallinity and porosity are restored upon Z→E isomerization promoted by visible light irradiation or heating. We demonstrate that the photoisomerization enables reversible on/off switching of optical properties such as birefringence as well as the capture of CO2 from the gas phase. The linear design, structural versatility and synthetic accessibility make this new family of materials potentially interesting for technological applications. PMID:26201739

  6. Electronic and transport properties of azobenzene monolayer junctions as molecular switches

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    Wang, Yan; Cheng, Hai-Ping

    2012-07-01

    We investigate from first principles the change in transport properties of a two-dimensional azobenzene monolayer sandwiched between two Au electrodes that undergoes molecular switching. We focus on transport differences between a chemisorbed and physisorbed top monolayer-electrode contact. The conductance of the monolayer junction with a chemisorbed top contact is higher in the trans configuration, in agreement with the previous theoretical predictions of one-dimensional single-molecule junctions. However, with a physisorbed top contact, the ON state, with larger conductance, is associated with the cis configuration due to a reduced effective tunneling pathway, which successfully explains recent experimental measurements on azobenzene monolayer junctions. A simple model is developed to explain electron transmission across subsystems in the molecular junction. We also discuss the effects of monolayer packing density, molecule tilt angle, and contact geometry on the calculated transmission functions. In particular, we find that a tip-like contact with chemisorption significantly affects the electric current through the cis monolayer, leading to highly asymmetric current-voltage characteristics as well as large negative differential resistance behavior.

  7. Synthesis of poly glycidylmethacrylate grafted azobenzene copolymer: Photosensitivity and nonlinear optical properties

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    Sousani, Abbas; Moghadam, Peyman Najafi; Hasanzadeh, Reza; Motiei, Hamideh; Bagheri, Massoumeh

    2016-01-01

    In this work poly glycidylmethacrylate grafted 4-hydroxy-4‧-methoxy-azobenzene (Azo-PGMA) was synthesized. For this propose firstly 4-hydroxy-4‧-methoxy-azobenzene (AZO) was prepared, then poly glycidylmethacrylate was prepared by free radical polymerization of glycidylmethacrylate in the presence of benzoyl peroxide as initiator under inert atmosphere in dry THF. Finally the homopolymer was functionalized by AZO moieties. The characterization of the synthesized copolymer was carried out by 1H NMR, FT-IR, thermal gravimetric analyze (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and optical polarizing microscope (POM) analysis. The UV-vis studies were carried out on Azo-PGMA copolymer and the results showed that the synthesized Azo-PGMA copolymer has ultra-fast response to UV light and has slow relaxation time. Also the third-order nonlinear optical properties of the Azo-PGMA copolymer and AZO were studied by using Z-scan technique. Nonlinear refraction and absorption coefficients of the above mentioned materials were measured by the closed and open aperture Z-scan method using a continuous wave Nd-YAG laser at 532 nm. The positive nonlinear absorption in Azo-PGMA and AZO was investigated at the wavelength of λ = 532 nm, respectively and the measured values of nonlinear refraction in both of the samples were from the order of 10-8 cm2/W.

  8. Graphene Calisthenics: Straintronics of Graphene with Light-Reactive Azobenzene Polymer

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    Meaker, Kacey; Cao, Peigen; Huo, Mandy; Crommie, Michael

    2014-03-01

    Although a promising target for next-generation electronics, graphene's lack of a band gap is a severe hindrance. There are many ways of opening a gap, and one controllable way is through application of specific non-uniform strains which can produce extremely large pseudomagnetic fields. This effect was predicted and verified experimentally, but so far there have been few methods developed that reliably control the size, location, separation and amount of strain in graphene. We have used a layer of light-reactive azobenzene polymer beneath the graphene to produce strained monolayer graphene with light exposure. Using Raman spectroscopy, we have measured a shift of up to 20 cm-1 in the 2D peak when the graphene and polymer sample was exposed to 532 nm laser illumination indicating that the graphene is undergoing a strain from deformation of the azobenzene layer below. AFM topographic measurements and COMSOL simulations were used to verify this assertion. Use of polymeric materials to reliably strain graphene in non-uniform ways could result in controllable production of large pseudomagnetic fields in graphene and more control over graphene's low-energy charge carriers.

  9. Photomodulation of fluoride ion binding through anion-π interactions using a photoswitchable azobenzene system

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    Rananaware, Anushri; Samanta, Mousumi; Bhosale, Rajesh S.; Kobaisi, Mohammad Al; Roy, Biswajit; Bheemireddy, Varun; Bhosale, Sidhanath V.; Bandyopadhyay, Subhajit; Bhosale, Sheshanath V.

    2016-03-01

    The discovery of photoswitchable azobenzene-systems that undergo trans-to-cis photoisomerisation was a milestone in supramolecular chemistry. Such photoswitches have possible applications in data storage, stimuli responsive delivery systems, and molecular machines due to fast and selective switching. However, the light induced cis isomer of azobenzene is rather unstable and reverts thermally and photochemically to the thermodynamically stable trans configuration. We report, for the first time, controlled photoswitching of an azo-naphthalenediimide (azo-NDI) which can be achieved upon binding of fluoride ions through anion-π interaction. This NDI-F–NDI “sandwich” stabilises the cis configuration through the generation of an NDI•‑ radical anion, and a dianionic, NDI2‑ species that becomes unusually stable in the cis form. The sandwiched cis form reverts to the trans form only upon decomplexation of F‑. A model pollutant was successfully degraded using the photogenerated NDI-F–NDI sandwich. This opens a wide range of applications in molecular and supramolecular nanotechnology.

  10. Photomodulation of fluoride ion binding through anion-π interactions using a photoswitchable azobenzene system.

    PubMed

    Rananaware, Anushri; Samanta, Mousumi; Bhosale, Rajesh S; Al Kobaisi, Mohammad; Roy, Biswajit; Bheemireddy, Varun; Bhosale, Sidhanath V; Bandyopadhyay, Subhajit; Bhosale, Sheshanath V

    2016-01-01

    The discovery of photoswitchable azobenzene-systems that undergo trans-to-cis photoisomerisation was a milestone in supramolecular chemistry. Such photoswitches have possible applications in data storage, stimuli responsive delivery systems, and molecular machines due to fast and selective switching. However, the light induced cis isomer of azobenzene is rather unstable and reverts thermally and photochemically to the thermodynamically stable trans configuration. We report, for the first time, controlled photoswitching of an azo-naphthalenediimide (azo-NDI) which can be achieved upon binding of fluoride ions through anion-π interaction. This NDI-F-NDI "sandwich" stabilises the cis configuration through the generation of an NDI(•-) radical anion, and a dianionic, NDI(2-) species that becomes unusually stable in the cis form. The sandwiched cis form reverts to the trans form only upon decomplexation of F(-). A model pollutant was successfully degraded using the photogenerated NDI-F-NDI sandwich. This opens a wide range of applications in molecular and supramolecular nanotechnology. PMID:26953168

  11. Photomodulation of fluoride ion binding through anion-π interactions using a photoswitchable azobenzene system

    PubMed Central

    Rananaware, Anushri; Samanta, Mousumi; Bhosale, Rajesh S.; Kobaisi, Mohammad Al; Roy, Biswajit; Bheemireddy, Varun; Bhosale, Sidhanath V.; Bandyopadhyay, Subhajit; Bhosale, Sheshanath V.

    2016-01-01

    The discovery of photoswitchable azobenzene-systems that undergo trans-to-cis photoisomerisation was a milestone in supramolecular chemistry. Such photoswitches have possible applications in data storage, stimuli responsive delivery systems, and molecular machines due to fast and selective switching. However, the light induced cis isomer of azobenzene is rather unstable and reverts thermally and photochemically to the thermodynamically stable trans configuration. We report, for the first time, controlled photoswitching of an azo-naphthalenediimide (azo-NDI) which can be achieved upon binding of fluoride ions through anion-π interaction. This NDI-F–NDI “sandwich” stabilises the cis configuration through the generation of an NDI•− radical anion, and a dianionic, NDI2− species that becomes unusually stable in the cis form. The sandwiched cis form reverts to the trans form only upon decomplexation of F−. A model pollutant was successfully degraded using the photogenerated NDI-F–NDI sandwich. This opens a wide range of applications in molecular and supramolecular nanotechnology. PMID:26953168

  12. A Visible-Light-Triggered Conformational Diastereomer Photoswitch in a Bridged Azobenzene.

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    Deo, Claire; Bogliotti, Nicolas; Métivier, Rémi; Retailleau, Pascal; Xie, Juan

    2016-06-27

    Ketal-substituted bridged azobenzenes have been synthesized; these display a symmetrical boat conformation with the ketal in pseudo-equatorial positions. These bridged Z-azobenzenes (Z1 ) readily photoisomerize to the E-isomer as well as another Z-conformer (Z2 ) with ketal function on the pseudo-axial position upon irradiation at 406 nm. The two diastereomeric conformers display distinct physicochemical characteristics. Spectroscopic and NMR investigations supported that interconversion of two conformers occurs via the E-isomer, with good photochemical quantum yield (ΦZ1→E =0.45±0.03, ΦE→Z1 =0.33±0.05, ΦE→Z2 =0.37±0.06 and ΦZ2→E =0.36±0.04). The system shows high photostability and no thermal equilibrium between the two stable Z1 and Z2 conformers. PMID:27145736

  13. Nonadiabatic hybrid quantum and molecular mechanic simulations of azobenzene photoswitching in bulk liquid environment.

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    Böckmann, Marcus; Doltsinis, Nikos L; Marx, Dominik

    2010-01-21

    A nonadiabatic hybrid quantum and molecular mechanical (na-QM/MM) molecular dynamics scheme has been implemented recently combining the nonadiabatic Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics method by Doltsinis and Marx [Phys. Rev. Lett. 2002, 88, 166402] with the QM/MM coupling approach by Laio et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 2002, 116, 6941]. Here an extensive validation of the underlying, density functional theory based, electronic structure methods by comparison to CASPT2 ab initio data is presented for the case of azobenzene. The "on the fly" na-QM/MM method is then applied to study Z-->E and E-->Z photoisomerization of azobenzene in a bulk liquid environment. The isomerization mechanism is found to be a pedal motion of the central CN horizontal lineNC group in both cases. While the Z-->E reaction is barely affected by the environment, E-->Z photoisomerization is slowed down considerably in the liquid compared to the gas phase. This effect is due to the fact that reorientation of the phenyl rings is significantly hindered in the liquid by steric nearest neighbor interactions. Nonradiative decay is found to be substantially faster for Z-AB (subpicosecond regime) than for E-AB (picosecond regime). The main molecular motions responsible for nonadiabatic coupling have been identified as the oscillations in the NN and CN bond lengths, the CNN bond angles, and the CNNC dihedral angle. PMID:19928885

  14. From the N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Catalyzed Conjugate Addition of Alcohols to the Controlled Polymerization of (Meth)acrylates.

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    Ottou, Winnie Nzahou; Bourichon, Damien; Vignolle, Joan; Wirotius, Anne-Laure; Robert, Fredéric; Landais, Yannick; Sotiropoulos, Jean-Marc; Miqueu, Karinne; Taton, Daniel

    2015-06-22

    Among various N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) tested, only 1,3-bis(tert-butyl)imidazol-2-ylidene (NHC(tBu) ) proved to selectively promote the catalytic conjugate addition of alcohols onto (meth)acrylate substrates. This rather rare example of NHC-catalyzed 1,4-addition of alcohols was investigated as a simple means to trigger the polymerization of both methyl methacrylate and methyl acrylate (MMA and MA, respectively). Well-defined α-alkoxy poly(methyl (meth)acrylate) (PM(M)A) chains, the molar masses of which could be controlled by the initial [(meth)acrylate]0/[ROH]0 molar ratio, were ultimately obtained in N,N-dimethylformamide at 25 °C. A hydroxyl-terminated poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-OH) macro-initiator was also employed to directly access PEO-b-PMMA amphiphilic block copolymers. Investigations into the reaction mechanism by DFT calculations revealed the occurrence of two competitive concerted pathways, involving either the activation of the alcohol or that of the monomer by NHC(tBu) . PMID:26013759

  15. Ionic Blocks

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    Sevcik, Richard S.; Gamble, Rex; Martinez, Elizabet; Schultz, Linda D.; Alexander, Susan V.

    2008-01-01

    "Ionic Blocks" is a teaching tool designed to help middle school students visualize the concepts of ions, ionic compounds, and stoichiometry. It can also assist high school students in reviewing their subject mastery. Three dimensional blocks are used to represent cations and anions, with color indicating charge (positive or negative) and size…

  16. Improvement of holographic thermal stability in phenanthrenequinone-doped poly(methyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) photopolymer

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    Yu, Dan; Liu, Hongpeng; Wang, Heng; Wang, Jian; Jiang, Yongyuan; Sun, Xiudong

    2011-08-01

    Experimental studies of holographic thermal stability in phenanthrenequinone (PQ)-doped poly(methyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) [P(MMA-co-MAA)] photopolymers are presented. A possibility to improve the thermal stability of holograms is demonstrated by doping methacrylic acid (MAA) into the poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer matrix. MAA as a copolymerization monomer can form a more stable polymer matrix with methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer and increase average molecular weight of photoproducts, which finally depress the diffusion of photoproduct. The optimized MAA concentration copolymerized into P(MMA-co-MAA) polymer matrix can bring nearly a month's lifetime of gratings, which is obviously an improvement over the usual PQ-PMMA material under thermal treatment.

  17. Predicting the chromatographic retention of polymers: poly(methyl methacrylate)s and polyacryate blends.

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    Bashir, Mubasher A; Radke, Wolfgang

    2007-09-01

    The suitability of a retention model especially designed for polymers is investigated to describe and predict the chromatographic retention behavior of poly(methyl methacrylate)s as a function of mobile phase composition and gradient steepness. It is found that three simple yet rationally chosen chromatographic experiments suffice to extract the analyte specific model parameters necessary to calculate the retention volumes. This allows predicting accurate retention volumes based on a minimum number of initial experiments. Therefore, methods for polymer separations can be developed in relatively short time. The suitability of the virtual chromatography approach to predict the separation of polymer blend is demonstrated for the first time using a blend of different polyacrylates. PMID:17586517

  18. Preparation of ultrafine poly(methyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) biodegradable nanoparticles loaded with ibuprofen.

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    Saade, Hened; Diaz de León-Gómez, Ramón; Enríquez-Medrano, Francisco Javier; López, Raúl Guillermo

    2016-08-01

    Ibuprofen-loaded polymeric particles with around 9.2 nm in mean diameter, as determined by electron microscopy, dispersed in an aqueous media containing up to 12.8% solids were prepared by semicontinuous heterophase polymerization. The polymeric material is a (2/1 mol/mol) methyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid copolymer similar to Eudragit S100, deemed safe for human consumption and used in the manufacturing of drug-loaded pills as well as micro- and nanoparticles. The loading efficiency was 100%, attaining around 10-12% in drug content. Release studies showed that the drug is released from the nanoparticles at a slower rate than that in the case of free IB. Given their size as well as the pH values required for their dissolution, it is believed that this type of particles could be used as a basis for preparing nanosystems loaded with a variety of drugs. PMID:27126476

  19. Fate of methyl methacrylate in rats.

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    Bratt, H.; Hathway, D. E.

    1977-01-01

    Up to 88% of a single dose of methyl[14C]methacrylate in rats is expired as 14CO2 in 10 days (65% in 2 h), irrespective of the route of administration and of the specific labelling of the propylene residue of the molecule. The implications of this observation, and of the excretion of small amounts of [14C]methylmalonate, [14C]-succinate and probably of [14C]beta-hydroxyisobutyrate and 2-formylpropionate, and of the formation of [14C] normal, physiological metabolites that may be accounted for by anabolism both from 14CO2 and from [14C]acetate emergent from the citric acid cycle, are that the metabolic pathway concerned involves intermediary metabolism and relates to mitochondrial function. Present findings are discussed in relation to the imputations of a report of carcinogenic risk. PMID:889678

  20. Azo···phenyl stacking: a persistent self-assembly motif guides the assembly of fluorinated cis-azobenzenes into photo-mechanical needle crystals.

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    Bushuyev, Oleksandr S; Tomberg, Anna; Vinden, Joanna R; Moitessier, Nicolas; Barrett, Christopher J; Friščić, Tomislav

    2016-02-01

    We describe a novel, persistent motif of molecular assembly in photo-mechanical crystals and cocrystals of fluorinated cis-azobenzenes. The azo···phenyl stacking, preserved upon either chemical substitution or halogen-bonded cocrystallization, guides the assembly of fluorinated cis-azobenzenes into columnar stacks and drives the formation of crystals with needle-like morphologies optimal for photo-mechanical motion. PMID:26691226

  1. Photoinduced crystal-to-liquid phase transitions of azobenzene derivatives and their application in photolithography processes through a solid-liquid patterning.

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    Norikane, Yasuo; Uchida, Emi; Tanaka, Satoko; Fujiwara, Kyoko; Koyama, Emiko; Azumi, Reiko; Akiyama, Haruhisa; Kihara, Hideyuki; Yoshida, Masaru

    2014-10-01

    The direct and reversible transformation of matter between the solid and liquid phases by light at constant temperature is of great interest because of its potential applications in various manufacturing settings. We report a simple molecular design strategy for the phase transitions: azobenzenes having para-dialkoxy groups with a methyl group at the meta-position. The photolithography processes were demonstrated using the azobenzene as a photoresist in a single process combining development and etching of a copper substrate. PMID:25216186

  2. Azobenzene-based organic salts with ionic liquid and liquid crystalline properties

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    Stappert, Kathrin; Muthmann, Johanna; Spielberg, Eike T.; Mudring, Anja -Verena

    2015-07-23

    Two sets of new azobenzene-based bromide salts are synthesized, and their thermal photochromic properties are studied. Both sets are based on the imidazolium cation. The first set (1) features a symmetric biscation where two imidazolium head groups (Im) with different alkyl chains (Cn) are connected to a central azobenzene unit (Azo): [Azo(C1-Im-Cn)2]; n = 6, 8, 10, 12, 14. The other one contains an n-alkyl-imidazolium cation (Cn-Im) bearing a terminal azobenzene unit (C1-Azo) substituted with an alkoxy chain (O-Cm) of either two (2) or six (3) carbon atoms: [C1-Azo-O-Cm-Im-Cn]; m = 2, n = 8, 10, 12 and m =more » 6, n = 8, 10, 12, 14, 16. For both cation classes, the influence of alkyl chains of varying length on the thermal phase behavior was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarizing optical microscopy (POM). For five compounds (Azo(-C1-Im-C12)2 (1d), Azo(-C1-Im-C12)2 (1e), C1-Azo-O-C2-Im-C10 (2b), C1-Azo-O-C2-Im-C12 (2c), and C1-Azo-O-C6-Im-C16 (3e)), the formation of a liquid crystalline phase was observed. The biscationic salts (1) are all comparatively high melting organic salts (180–240 °C), and only the two representatives with long alkylchains (C12 and C14) exhibit liquid crystallinity. The monocationic salts with an O–C2 bridge (2) melt between 140 and 170 °C depending on the alkyl chain length, but from an alkyl chain of 10 and more carbon atoms on they form a smectic A liquid crystalline phase. The representatives of the third set with a O–C6 bridge qualify as ionic liquids with melting points less than 100 °C. However, only the representative with a hexadecyl chain forms a liquid crystalline phase. Representative single crystals for all sets of cations could be grown that allowed for single crystal structure analysis. Together with small-angle X-ray scattering experiments they allow for a more detailed understanding of the thermal properties. As a result, through irradiation with UV-light (320–366 nm) all

  3. Azobenzene-based organic salts with ionic liquid and liquid crystalline properties

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    Stappert, Kathrin; Muthmann, Johanna; Spielberg, Eike T.; Mudring, Anja -Verena

    2015-07-23

    Two sets of new azobenzene-based bromide salts are synthesized, and their thermal photochromic properties are studied. Both sets are based on the imidazolium cation. The first set (1) features a symmetric biscation where two imidazolium head groups (Im) with different alkyl chains (Cn) are connected to a central azobenzene unit (Azo): [Azo(C1-Im-Cn)2]; n = 6, 8, 10, 12, 14. The other one contains an n-alkyl-imidazolium cation (Cn-Im) bearing a terminal azobenzene unit (C1-Azo) substituted with an alkoxy chain (O-Cm) of either two (2) or six (3) carbon atoms: [C1-Azo-O-Cm-Im-Cn]; m = 2, n = 8, 10, 12 and m = 6, n = 8, 10, 12, 14, 16. For both cation classes, the influence of alkyl chains of varying length on the thermal phase behavior was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarizing optical microscopy (POM). For five compounds (Azo(-C1-Im-C12)2 (1d), Azo(-C1-Im-C12)2 (1e), C1-Azo-O-C2-Im-C10 (2b), C1-Azo-O-C2-Im-C12 (2c), and C1-Azo-O-C6-Im-C16 (3e)), the formation of a liquid crystalline phase was observed. The biscationic salts (1) are all comparatively high melting organic salts (180–240 °C), and only the two representatives with long alkylchains (C12 and C14) exhibit liquid crystallinity. The monocationic salts with an O–C2 bridge (2) melt between 140 and 170 °C depending on the alkyl chain length, but from an alkyl chain of 10 and more carbon atoms on they form a smectic A liquid crystalline phase. The representatives of the third set with a O–C6 bridge qualify as ionic liquids with melting points less than 100 °C. However, only the representative with a hexadecyl chain forms a liquid crystalline phase. Representative single crystals for all sets of cations could be grown that allowed for single crystal structure analysis. Together with small-angle X-ray scattering experiments they allow for a more detailed understanding of the thermal properties. As a result, through irradiation with UV

  4. Nonviral Plasmid DNA Carriers Based on N,N'-Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate and Di(ethylene glycol) Methyl Ether Methacrylate Star Copolymers.

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    Mendrek, Barbara; Sieroń, Łukasz; Żymełka-Miara, Iwona; Binkiewicz, Paulina; Libera, Marcin; Smet, Mario; Trzebicka, Barbara; Sieroń, Aleksander L; Kowalczuk, Agnieszka; Dworak, Andrzej

    2015-10-12

    Star polymers with random and block copolymer arms made of cationic N,N'-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) and nonionic di(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (DEGMA) were synthesized via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and used for the delivery of plasmid DNA in gene therapy. All stars were able to form polyplexes with plasmid DNA. The structure and size of the polyplexes were precisely determined using light scattering and cryo-TEM microscopy. The hydrodynamic radius of a complex of DNA with star was dependent on the architecture of the star arms, the DEGMA content and the number of amino groups in the star compared to the number of phosphate groups of the nucleic acid (N/P ratio). The smallest polyplexes (Rh90°∼50 nm) with positive zeta potentials (∼15 mV) were formed of stars with N/P=6. The introduction of DEGMA into the star structure caused a decrease of polyplex cytotoxicity in comparison to DMAEMA homopolymer stars. The overall transfection efficiency using HT-1080 cells showed that the studied systems are prospective gene delivery agents. The most promising results were obtained for stars with random copolymer arms of high DEGMA content. PMID:26375579

  5. Star-shaped poly(L-lactide)-b-poly(lactobionamidoethyl methacrylate) with porphyrin core: synthesis, self-assembly, singlet oxygen research and recognition properties.

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    Dai, Xiao-Hui; Wang, Zhi-Ming; Pan, Jian-Ming; Yuan, Si-Song; Yan, Yong-sheng; Liu, Dong-Ming; Sun, Lin

    2014-01-01

    Star-shaped porphyrin-cored poly(L-lactide)-b-poly(lactobionamidoethyl methacrylate) block copolymers (SPPLA-b-PLAMA) were synthesized via RAFT of unprotected Lactobionamidoethyl methacrylate (LAMA) in 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP) solution at 70 °C. The structure of this as-synthesized SPPLA-b-PLAMA block copolymer was thoroughly studied by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and Fourier transforms infrared. Moreover, under the irradiation, such SPPLA-b-PGAMA copolymer exhibits efficient singlet oxygen generation (0.17) and indicates high fluorescence quantum yields (0.20). Notably, with UV-vis investigation, SPPLA-b-PLAMA showed a very specific recognition with RCA120 lectin. This will not only provide potentially prophyrin-cored star-shaped SPPLA-b-PLAMA block copolymers for targeted photodynamic therapy, but also improve the physical, biodegradation, biocompatibility properties of PLA-based biomaterials. PMID:25138060

  6. Biocompatible Bacterial Cellulose-Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) Nanocomposite Films

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    Figueiredo, Andrea G. P. R.; Figueiredo, Ana R. P.; Alonso-Varona, Ana; Fernandes, Susana C. M.; Palomares, Teodoro; Rubio-Azpeitia, Eva; Barros-Timmons, Ana; Silvestre, Armando J. D.; Pascoal Neto, Carlos; Freire, Carmen S. R.

    2013-01-01

    A series of bacterial cellulose-poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) nanocomposite films was prepared by in situ radical polymerization of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), using variable amounts of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) as cross-linker. Thin films were obtained, and their physical, chemical, thermal, and mechanical properties were evaluated. The films showed improved translucency compared to BC and enhanced thermal stability and mechanical performance when compared to poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA). Finally, BC/PHEMA nanocomposites proved to be nontoxic to human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) and thus are pointed as potential dry dressings for biomedical applications. PMID:24093101

  7. 21 CFR 177.2000 - Vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers.

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    2014-04-01

    .../methyl methacrylate polymers. The vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers (CAS... methacrylate polymers consist of basic polymers produced by the copolymerization of vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate such that the basic polymers or the finished food-contact articles meet...

  8. Synthesis, characterization of azobenzene and cinnamate ester based calamitic liquid crystalline compounds and their photoresponsive properties

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    Selvarasu, Chinnaiyan; Kannan, Palaninathan

    2015-07-01

    A series of azobenzene-containing mesogens end-capped with cinnamoyl esters were synthesized and investigated its mesogenic and photochemical properties. Terminal substituents of the molecules were changed with various substituents like CN, Cl, H, CH3, and OCH3. Liquid crystalline properties of the synthesized compounds were studied and confirmed using differential scanning calorimetry, polarising optical microscopy. Compounds (4a-4e) exhibited a thermotropic mesomorph behaviour viz., nematic and smectic phases that depends on the terminal substituents. The thermal transition temperatures and the mesophase types are depend on the terminal substituents which are ascribed with the increasing cohesive forces between molecules as the conjugation length increases. These photochromic compounds exhibited strong UV-vis absorption maxima between 330 and 340 nm. Upon irradiation with selective UV light produces the trans-cis isomerization producing new maxima at 450 nm due to cis configuration.

  9. The photoisomerization mechanism of azobenzene: a semiclassical simulation of nonadiabatic dynamics.

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    Ciminelli, Cosimo; Granucci, Giovanni; Persico, Maurizio

    2004-05-01

    We have simulated the photoisomerization dynamics of azobenzene, taking into account internal conversion and geometrical relaxation processes, by means of a semiclassical surface hopping approach. Both n-->pi* and pi-->pi* excitations and both cis-->trans and trans-->cis conversions have been considered. We show that in all cases the torsion around the N==N double bond is the preferred mechanism. The quantum yields measured are correctly reproduced and the observed differences are explained as a result of the competition between the inertia of the torsional motion and the premature deactivation of the excited state. Recent time-resolved spectroscopic experiments are interpreted in the light of the simulated dynamics. PMID:15112222

  10. Poly(esterimide) bearing azobenzene units as photoaligning layer for liquid crystals

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    Węgłowski, Rafał; Piecek, Wiktor; Kozanecka-Szmigiel, Anna; Konieczkowska, Jolanta; Schab-Balcerzak, Ewa

    2015-11-01

    The custom synthesized azobenzene side-chain poly(esterimide) was used as an aligning material for nematic liquid crystal molecules. The anisotropy of the poly(esterimide) layer was generated by a linearly polarized UV light, as a consequence of multiple trans-cis-trans isomerization cycles. The photoalignment effect was studied by assembling a twisted nematic cell with a proper liquid crystal mixture and geometry to fulfill Mauguin's limit. The polarizing microscope pictures of the fabricated cells confirmed the twisted arrangement of liquid crystal molecules. The results of electro-optic measurements indicated a stronger anchoring of the liquid crystal molecules by photoaligned poly(esterimide) than that obtained in the case of a rubbed polyimide.

  11. Synthesis of photoresponsive cholesterol-based azobenzene organogels: dependence on different spacer lengths.

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    Ren, Yuchun; Wang, Bin; Zhang, Xiuqing

    2015-01-01

    A series of azobenzene-cholesterol organogel compounds (M 0 -M 12 ) with different spacers were designed and synthesized. The molecular structures were confirmed by (1)H NMR and (13)C NMR spectroscopy. The rapid and reversible photoresponsive properties of the compounds were investigated by UV-vis spectroscopy. Their thermal phase behaviors were studied by DSC. The length of the spacer plays a crucial role in the gelation. Compound M 6 is the only one that can gelate in ethanol, isopropanol and 1-butanol and the reversible gel-sol transitions are also investigated. To obtain visual insight into the microstructure of the gels, the typical structures of the xerogels were studied by SEM. Morphologies of the aggregates change from flower-like, network and rod with different sizes. By using IR and XRD characterization, it is found that intermolecular H-bonding, the solvents and van der Waals interaction are the main contributions to the specific superstructure. PMID:26199664

  12. High diffraction efficiency polarization gratings recorded by biphotonic holography in an azobenzene liquid crystalline polyester

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    Sanchez, C.; Alcala, R.; Hvilsted, S.; Ramanujam, P. S.

    2001-06-18

    High diffraction efficiencies have been achieved with polarization gratings recorded in thin films of an azobenzene side-chain liquid crystalline polyester by means of biphotonic processes. Efficiency values up to 30% have been reached after an induction period of 300 s and subsequent evolution with the sample in darkness. These values are at least two orders of magnitude higher than those previously reported for biphotonic recording. The gratings can be erased with unpolarized blue light and partial recovery of the diffraction efficiency has been observed after the erasure process when the sample is kept in darkness. Red light illumination of the erased film increases the recovered efficiency value and the recovery rate. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  13. Efficient configuration transition in a new azobenzene-LC polymer for red light holographic recording

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    Mao, Weidong; Sun, Qunhui; Baig, Sarfaraz; Lu, Hui; Wang, Michael R.

    2012-02-01

    We demonstrate cis-to-trans transition based red light holographic recording in an azobenzene-liquid crystal (LC) polymer material following efficient crucial transition of trans-to-cis, which is prepared by selected wavelength light pre-illumination. The presence and orientation of soft liquid crystal impregnating the polymer backbone allows the cis intermediate states to hold for the stable red hologram recording and non-destructive readout. Using a 50 nm bandwidth light source at the center wavelength of 575 nm, we have efficient pre-illumination on the material. The diffraction efficiency of up to 2% can be achieved by a HeNe laser at 632.8 nm wavelength, and two-dimensional holograms of USAF resolution target are successfully recorded.

  14. Molecular dynamics in azobenzene liquid crystal polymer films studied by transient grating technique

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    Katayama, Kenji; Fujii, Tomomi; Kuwahara, Shota; Takado, Kiyohide; Ikeda, Tomiki

    2014-10-01

    We studied the effect of the ratio between the monomer and cross-linker molecules in the azobenene included liquid crystal polymer films by using the heterodyne transient grating (HD-TG) technique, which is one of the time-resolved measurement techniques. Depending on the ratio, the magnitude of the refractive index change, its anisotropy, and the lifetime of the cis isomer of azobenzene, generated by a UV pulse irradiation. By increasing the cross-linker ratio, the refractive index change and its anisotropy was reduced, indicating less ability for the motion, while slower lifetime was observed by increasing the monomer ratio, indicating that the film is difficult to return the original shape by a visiblelight irradiation. The obtained dynamics was consistent with the functionality of the films.

  15. Influence of Chemical Heterogeneity on the Viscoelastic Properties of Polystyrene-b-Poly(alkyl methacrylate) Baroplastics

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    Abdulahad, Asem; Ryu, Chang Y.

    2011-03-01

    The development of purification and fractionation techniques of block copolymers is important for overcoming the synthetic difficulty of preparing well-defined block copolymers using various living polymerization techniques. A large scale separation technique would lead us to obtaining sufficient amounts of homopolymer-free block copolymers for subsequent physical characterization. This can potentially aid in the elucidation of the role of chemical heterogeneity on the thermodynamic transitions and viscoelastic properties of block copolymer materials. Atom transfer radical polymerization by the activators regenerated by electron transfer method (ARGET-ATRP) was used to prepare a series of polystyrene-b-poly(alkyl methacrylate) copolymers that would inherently consist of homopolymers and a high polydispersity. Leveraging the understanding of polymer adsorption/desorption in solution onto silica and C18-modified silica surfaces during HPLC, we demonstrate how a large scale purification and fraction is achievable using flash chromatography. Finally, the viscoelastic properties of the purified, homopolymer-free block copolymers will be discussed. NSF PIRE Polymer Program.

  16. Photoresponsive elastic properties of azobenzene-containing poly(ethylene-glycol)-based hydrogels

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    Rosales, Adrianne M.; Mabry, Kelly M.; Nehls, Eric Michael; Anseth, Kristi S.

    2015-01-01

    The elastic modulus of the extracellular matrix is a dynamic property that changes during various biological processes, such as disease progression or wound healing. Most cell culture platforms, however, have traditionally exhibited static properties, making it necessary to replate cells to study the effects of different elastic moduli on cell phenotype. Recently, much progress has been made in the development of substrates with mechanisms for either increasing or decreasing stiffness in situ, but there are fewer examples of substrates that can both stiffen and soften, which may be important for simulating the effects of repeated ECM injury and resolution. In the work presented here, poly(ethylene glycol)-based hydrogels reversibly stiffen and soften with multiple light stimuli via photoisomerization of an azobenzene-containing crosslinker. Upon irradiation with cytocompatible doses of 365 nm light (10 mW/cm2, 5 min), isomerization to the azobenzene cis configuration leads to a softening of the hydrogel up to 100-200 Pa (shear storage modulus, G’). This change in gel properties is maintained over a timescale of several hours due to the long half-life of the cis isomer. The initial modulus of the gel can be recovered upon irradiation with similar doses of visible light. With applications in mechanobiology in mind, cytocompatibility with a mechanoresponsive primary cell type is demonstrated. Porcine aortic valvular interstitial cells were encapsulated in the developed hydrogels and shown to exhibit high levels of survival, as well as a spread morphology. The developed hydrogels enable a route to the noninvasive control of substrate modulus independent of changes in the chemical composition or network connectivity, allowing for investigations of the effect of dynamic matrix stiffness on adhered cell behavior. PMID:25629423

  17. HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS PROFILE FOR METHYL METHACRYLATE

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    The Health and Environmental Effects Profile for methyl methacrylate was prepared by the Office of Health and Environmental Assessment, Environmental Criteria and Assessment Office, Cincinnati, OH for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response to support listings of hazardo...

  18. Effect of light on the polarization of a banana-shaped achiral compound doped with a photoactive azobenzene material

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    Nair, Geetha G.; Prasad, S. Krishna; Hiremath, Uma S.; Yelamaggad, C. V.

    2001-07-01

    We report photoinduced effects on a liquid crystal comprising of bent-core molecules, doped with a photoactive azobenzene compound and exhibiting the recently discovered {open_quotes}banana{close_quotes} B{sub 2} mesophase. The photoisomerization of the azobenzene molecules, brought about by the UV radiation, hardly changes the B{sub 2}-isotropic transition temperatures, but has a significant influence on the spontaneous polarization (Ps) as well as the switching time in the B{sub 2} phase. The efficiency of this opto-polarization effect has been observed to be strongly dependent on the temperature at which the irradiation is carried out. A possible mechanism responsible for the observed phenomenon has been suggested. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  19. Thermally Switchable Thin Films of an ABC Triblock Copolymer of Poly(n-butyl methacrylate)-poly(methyl methacrylate)-poly(2-fluoroethyl methacrylate)

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    Zhang, Shanju; Liu, Zhan; Bucknall, David G.; He, Lihong; Hong, Kunlun; Mays, Jimmy; Allen, Mark

    2011-01-01

    The thermo-responsive behavior of polymer films consisting of novel linear triblock copolymers of poly(n-butyl methacrylate)-poly(methyl methacrylate)-poly(2-fluoroethyl methacrylate) (PnBuMA-PMMA-P2FEMA) are reported using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), atomic forcing microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and contacting angle (CA) measurements. The surface morphology, wettability and chemical structure of thin films of these triblock copolymers on silicon wafers as a function of temperature have been investigated. It has been shown that the wettability of the films is thermally switchable. Detailed structural analysis shows that thermo-responsive surface composition changes are produced. The underlying mechanism of the thermoresponsive behavior is discussed.

  20. The effect of photoisomerization on the enzymatic hydrolysis of polymeric micelles bearing photo-responsive azobenzene groups at their cores.

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    Harnoy, Assaf J; Slor, Gadi; Tirosh, Einat; Amir, Roey J

    2016-06-28

    The design of stable polymeric micelles that can respond to specific stimuli is crucial for the development of smart micellar nanocarriers that can release their active cargo selectively at the target site, thus diminishing the therapeutic limitations due to non-selective damage to healthy tissues. Here we report the design and synthesis of photo- and enzyme-responsive amphiphilic PEG-dendron hybrids bearing one, two or four enzymatically cleavable azobenzene end-groups. These dual-responsive hybrids can respond to light through the reversible isomerization of the azobenzene end-groups from the non-polar trans isomer to the highly polar cis isomer and vice versa, upon UV and visible irradiation, respectively. The high structural precision of these hybrids, which emerges from the dendritic architecture, enabled a detailed study of the photoisomerization of the azobenzene end-groups with high molecular resolution. Remarkably, although the transition from trans-to-cis led to a significant increase in the polarity of the micellar cores, the micelles remained stable. Our kinetic studies show that although the trans isomer is a better substrate for the activating enzyme, the UV induced formation of the cis azobenzene end-groups led to significant acceleration of the enzymatic hydrolysis of the end-groups. These results provide strong indication that the enzyme cannot reach the core of the micelles and instead the end-groups have to leave the hydrophobic core in order to be exposed on the micelle's surface or even leave the micelle in order to allow their cleavage by the activating enzymes. PMID:27093537

  1. Photoreversible assembly-disassembly of a polymeric structure by using an azobenzene photoswitch and Al3+ ions.

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    Hatai, Joydev; Bandyopadhyay, Subhajit

    2014-08-01

    A nonmacrocyclic azobenzene-based photochromic receptor in its E isomer forms an extended polymeric assembly with Al(3+) ions. Exposure of the E form to UV light at λ = 366 nm causes a disassembly of the polymeric structure due to the change in the molecular geometry of the ligand. The linear polymeric structure was regenerated on exposure to visible light. PMID:25044420

  2. Furfuryl methacrylate plasma polymers for biomedical applications.

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    Shirazi, Hanieh Safizadeh; Rogers, Nicholas; Michelmore, Andrew; Whittle, Jason D

    2016-01-01

    Furfuryl methacrylate (FMA) is a promising precursor for producing polymers for biomedical and cell therapy applications. Herein, FMA plasma polymer coatings were prepared with different powers, deposition times, and flow rates. The plasma polymer coatings were characterized using atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). The results from AFM and SEM show the early growth of the coatings and the existence of particle aggregates on the surfaces. XPS results indicated no measureable chemical differences between the deposited films produced under different power and flow rate conditions. ToF-SIMS analysis demonstrated differing amounts of C5H5O (81 m/z) and C10H9O2 (161 m/z) species in the coatings which are related to the furan ring structure. Through judicious choice of plasma polymerization parameters, the quantity of the particle aggregates was reduced, and the fabricated plasma polymer coatings were chemically uniform and smooth. Primary human fibroblasts were cultured on FMA plasma polymer surfaces to determine the effect of surface chemical composition and the presence of particle aggregates on cell culture. Particle aggregates were shown to inhibit fibroblast attachment and proliferation. PMID:27609095

  3. GENOTOXICITY OF ACRYLIC ACID, METHYL ACRYLATE, ETHYL ACRYLATE, METHYL METHACRYLATE, AND ETHYL METHACRYLATE IN L5178Y MOUSE LYMPHOMA CELLS (JOURNAL VERSION)

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    A series of monomeric acrylate/methacrylate esters (methyl acrylate, ethyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate, and ethyl methacrylate) as well as acrylic acid were examined for genotoxic activity in L5178Y mouse lymphoma cells without exogenous activation. All five compounds induced c...

  4. Surface hopping dynamics of direct trans → cis photoswitching of an azobenzene derivative in constrained adsorbate geometries.

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    Floß, Gereon; Granucci, Giovanni; Saalfrank, Peter

    2012-12-21

    With ongoing miniaturization of electronic devices, the need for individually addressable, switchable molecules arises. An example are azobenzenes on surfaces which have been shown to be switchable between trans and cis forms. Here, we examine the "direct" (rather than substrate-mediated) channel of the trans → cis photoisomerization after ππ∗ excitation of tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene physisorbed on surfaces mimicking Au(111) and Bi(111), respectively. In spirit of the direct channel, the electronic structure of the surface is neglected, the latter merely acting as a rigid platform which weakly interacts with the molecule via Van-der-Waals forces. Starting from thermal ensembles which represent the trans-form, sudden excitations promote the molecules to ππ∗-excited states which are non-adiabatically coupled among themselves and to a nπ∗-excited and the ground state, respectively. After excitation, relaxation to the ground state by internal conversion takes place, possibly accompanied by isomerization. The process is described here by "on the fly" semiclassical surface hopping dynamics in conjunction with a semiempirical Hamiltonian (AM1) and configuration-interaction type methods. It is found that steric constraints imposed by the substrate lead to reduced but non-vanishing, trans → cis reaction yields and longer internal conversion times than for the isolated molecule. Implications for recent experiments for azobenzenes on surfaces are discussed. PMID:23267492

  5. Asymmetric Dimers of Chiral Azobenzene Dopants Exhibiting Unusual Helical Twisting Power upon Photoswitching in Cholesteric Liquid Crystals.

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    Kim, Yuna; Tamaoki, Nobuyuki

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we synthesized asymmetric dimeric chiral molecules as photon-mode chiral switches for reversible tuning of self-assembled helical superstructures. The chiral switches bearing two mesogen units-cholesterol and azobenzene moieties connected through flexible alkylenedioxy bridges-were doped into nematic liquid crystals, resulting in a chiral nematic (cholesteric) phase. Under irradiation with UV light, photoisomerization of the azobenzene units led to unprecedented switching of the cholesteric pitch and helical twisting power (HTP, β), with a higher HTP found in the cis-rich state (bent-form) than in the trans-state (rod-form). We attribute this behavior to the elongated cybotactic smectic clusters disrupting the helical orientation of the molecules in the cholesteric liquid crystals; their reversible decay and reassembly was evidenced upon sequential irradiation with UV and visible light, respectively. In addition to the photoisomerization of the azobenzene units, the odd/even parity of the alkylenedioxy linkers of the dimeric dopants also had a dramatic effect on the transitions of the cybotactic smectic domains. On the basis of the large rotational reorganization of the cholesteric helix and HTP switching (Δβ/βini of up to 50%), we could control the macroscopic rotational motion of microsized glass rods upon irradiating the surface of a cholesteric liquid crystal film featuring a polygonal fingerprint texture using UV and visible light. PMID:26815738

  6. Femtosecond pump-probe photoionization-photofragmentation spectroscopy: photoionization-induced twisting and coherent vibrational motion of azobenzene cation.

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    Ho, Jr-Wei; Chen, Wei-Kan; Cheng, Po-Yuan

    2009-10-01

    We report studies of ultrafast dynamics of azobenzene cation using femtosecond photoionization-photofragmentation spectroscopy. In our experiments, a femtosecond pump pulse first produces an ensemble of azobenzene cations via photoionization of the neutrals. A delayed probe pulse then brings the evolving ionic system to excited states that ultimately undergo ion fragmentation. The dynamics is followed by monitoring either the parent-ion depletion or fragment-ion formation as a function of the pump-probe delay time. The observed transients for azobenzene cation are characterized by a constant ion depletion modulated by a rapidly damped oscillatory signal with a period of about 1 ps. Theoretical calculations suggest that the oscillation arises from a vibration motion along the twisting inversion coordinate involving displacements in CNNC and phenyl-ring torsions. The oscillation is damped rapidly with a time constant of about 1.2 ps, suggesting that energy dissipation from the active mode to bath modes takes place in this time scale. PMID:19814554

  7. A red-shifted, fast-relaxing azobenzene photoswitch for visible light control of an ionotropic glutamate receptor.

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    Kienzler, Michael A; Reiner, Andreas; Trautman, Eric; Yoo, Stan; Trauner, Dirk; Isacoff, Ehud Y

    2013-11-27

    The use of azobenzene photoswitches has become a dependable method for rapid and exact modulation of biological processes and material science systems. The requirement of ultraviolet light for azobenzene isomerization is not ideal for biological systems due to poor tissue penetration and potentially damaging effects. While modified azobenzene cores with a red-shifted cis-to-trans isomerization have been previously described, they have not yet been incorporated into a powerful method to control protein function: the photoswitchable tethered ligand (PTL) approach. We report the synthesis and characterization of a red-shifted PTL, L-MAG0460, for the light-gated ionotropic glutamate receptor LiGluR. In cultured mammalian cells, the LiGluR+L-MAG0460 system is activated rapidly by illumination with 400-520 nm light to generate a large ionic current. The current rapidly turns off in the dark as the PTL relaxes thermally back to the trans configuration. The visible light excitation and single-wavelength behavior considerably simplify use and should improve utilization in tissue. PMID:24171511

  8. Synthesis, Thermal Properties, and Thermoresponsive Behaviors of Cyclic Poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl Methacrylate)s.

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    An, Xiaonan; Tang, Qingquan; Zhu, Wen; Zhang, Ke; Zhao, Youliang

    2016-06-01

    This study aims at physicochemical properties of thermo- and pH/CO2 -responsive cyclic homopolymers. Three examples of cyclic poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)s (PDMAs) are synthesized by combining the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer process and the Diels-Alder ring-closure reaction. After cyclization, the glass transition temperature significantly increases (ΔTg = 51.8-59.7 °C) due to the different configurational entropy and end groups, and the maximum decomposition temperature to lose the pendent groups is drastically decreased from 309 to 278 °C. Effects of polymerization degree, polymer concentration, additive of NaCl, and pH/CO2 on lower critical solution temperature behaviors of PDMA aqueous solutions are investigated. The cloud points (Tc ) of ring PDMAs are usually higher than their linear precursors, and the ΔTc values obtained under a fixed condition can reach up to 20.7 °C, revealing the crucial role of the topology effect. This study paves the way for unique properties and applications of smart cyclic polymers and their derivatives. PMID:27126247

  9. Stimuli-responsive spherical brushes based on D-galactopyranose and 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate.

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    Arslan, Hülya; Pfaff, André; Lu, Yan; Stepanek, Petr; Müller, Axel H E

    2014-01-01

    Stimuli-responsive spherical brushes composed of 6-O-methacryloyl-1,2:3,4-di-O-isopropylidene-D-galactopyranose (MAIGal) and 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) are prepared via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) using cross-linked polystyrene nanoparticles covered with a thin layer of 2-(2-bromoisobutyryloxy)ethyl methacrylate (BIEM) as ATRP initiator by the "grafting from" approach. The stimuli-responsive behavior of the deprotected spherical PMAGal-b-PDMAEMA block copolymer brushes is investigated by dynamic light scattering and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy. A brush with arms containing 160 MAGal and 170 DMAEMA monomer units shows a significant contraction of the hydrodynamic radius from 20 to 70 °C at pH = 8 with a cloud point at ≈40 °C, whereas no LCST is detected at pH = 6 and 7 due to the protonation of the DMAEMA units. Aggregates occur at low temperatures and pH 8 due to intermolecular interactions between the chains of different brushes, which disappear above LCST, when the PDMAEMA chains fold back to the core of the brushes, exposing the glycopolymer chains to the outside. PMID:24106068

  10. Complex microparticulate systems based on glycidyl methacrylate and xanthan.

    PubMed

    Lungan, Maria-Andreea; Popa, Marcel; Desbrieres, Jacques; Racovita, Stefania; Vasiliu, Silvia

    2014-04-15

    Porous microparticles based on glycidyl methacrylate, dimethacrylic monomers [ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, diethylene glycol dimethacrylate, triethylene glycol dimethacrylate] and xanthan gum were synthesized by aqueous suspension polymerization method in the presence of toluene as diluent using two types of initiators: benzoyl peroxide and ammonium persulfate. The G microparticles based on glycidyl methacrylate and dimethacrylic monomers and X microparticles based on glycidyl methacrylate, xanthan and dimethacrylic monomers were characterized by various techniques including FT-IR spectroscopy, TG analysis, SEM analysis and DVS method. The specific surface areas were determined by DVS method, while the copolymer porosities and pore volume were obtained from the apparent and skeletal densities. The results have indicated that xanthan was included in the crosslinked matrix by means of covalent bonds. X microparticles have a porous structure with higher specific surface area (129-44 m(2)/g) and higher sorption capacities compared with G microparticles (69-31 m(2)/g). PMID:24607180

  11. Protonation of diethylaminoethyl methacrylate by acids in various solvents

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    Zhuravleva, I.L.; Bune, E.V.; Bogachev, Yu.S.; Sheinker, A.P.; Teleshov, E.N.

    1988-04-10

    It was established by /sup 1/H and /sup 13/C NMR that diethylaminoethyl methacrylate exists in the unprotonated form in solvents which are not acids. In the presence of an equimolar amount of hydrochloric or trifluoroacetic acids the amino ester is fully protonated, irrespective of the solvent. The diethylaminoethyl methacrylate-acetic acid system exists in the form of a molecular complex with a hydrogen bond and in the protonated form; the proportions of the protonated form were estimated in various solvents. The change in the reactivity of diethylaminoethyl methacrylate and its salts in polymerization was explained by a change in the electronic state of CH/sub 2/ = group of the monomer as a result of its protonation and of the formation of a hydrogen bond between the C = O group of the monomer and the solvent.

  12. Fast photodynamics of azobenzene probed by scanning excited-state potential energy surfaces using slow spectroscopy

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    Tan, Eric M. M.; Amirjalayer, Saeed; Smolarek, Szymon; Vdovin, Alexander; Zerbetto, Francesco; Buma, Wybren Jan

    2015-01-01

    Azobenzene, a versatile and polymorphic molecule, has been extensively and successfully used for photoswitching applications. The debate over its photoisomerization mechanism leveraged on the computational scrutiny with ever-increasing levels of theory. However, the most resolved absorption spectrum for the transition to S1(nπ*) has not followed the computational advances and is more than half a century old. Here, using jet-cooled molecular beam and multiphoton ionization techniques we report the first high-resolution spectra of S1(nπ*) and S2(ππ*). The photophysical characterization reveals directly the structural changes upon excitation and the timescales of dynamical processes. For S1(nπ*), we find that changes in the hybridization of the nitrogen atoms are the driving force that triggers isomerization. In combination with quantum chemical calculations we conclude that photoisomerization occurs along an inversion-assisted torsional pathway with a barrier of ~2 kcal mol−1. This methodology can be extended to photoresponsive molecular systems so far deemed non-accessible to high-resolution spectroscopy. PMID:25562840

  13. Photopatterned surface relief gratings in azobenzene-amorphous polycarbonate thin films

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    Vollmann, Morten; Getek, Peter; Olear, Kellie; Combs, Cody; Campos, Benjamin; Witkowski, Edmund; Cain, Erin; McGee, David

    Photoinduced orientation of azobenzene chromophores in polymeric host materials has been broadly explored for optical processing applications. Illumination of the chromophore with polarized light rotates the trans isomer perpendicular to the polarization, resulting in spatially modulated birefringence. The photoinduced anisotropy may also drive mass transport, with surface relief patterns being observed in a wide variety of systems. Here we report photoinduced birefringence in a guest-host system of Disperse Red 1- amorphous polycarbonate (DR1-APC). Birefringence was induced with a 490 nm laser and probed at 633 nm, with typical values of Δn = 0.01 in 2 micron thick films. Illumination of DR1-APC with intensity and/or polarization gratings also resulted in sinusoidal surface relief patterns with periodicity 1- 3 micron as controlled by the interbeam crossing angle of the 490 nm writing beams; the surface modulation was +/- 20 nm as measured by atomic force microscopy. Photopatterned DR1-APC is advantageous for applications given the ease of thin-film fabrication and the high glass transition temperature of APC, resulting in robust optically-induced surface gratings. We acknowledge support from NSF-DMR Award No. 1138416.

  14. Two-photon brightness of azobenzene photoswitches designed for glutamate receptor optogenetics

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    Carroll, Elizabeth C.; Berlin, Shai; Levitz, Joshua; Kienzler, Michael A.; Yuan, Zhe; Madsen, Dorte; Larsen, Delmar S.; Isacoff, Ehud Y.

    2015-01-01

    Mammalian neurotransmitter-gated receptors can be conjugated to photoswitchable tethered ligands (PTLs) to enable photoactivation, or photoantagonism, while preserving normal function at neuronal synapses. “MAG” PTLs for ionotropic and metabotropic glutamate receptors (GluRs) are based on an azobenzene photoswitch that is optimally switched into the liganding state by blue or near-UV light, wavelengths that penetrate poorly into the brain. To facilitate deep-tissue photoactivation with near-infrared light, we measured the efficacy of two-photon (2P) excitation for two MAG molecules using nonlinear spectroscopy. Based on quantitative characterization, we find a recently designed second generation PTL, l-MAG0460, to have a favorable 2P absorbance peak at 850 nm, enabling efficient 2P activation of the GluK2 kainate receptor, LiGluR. We also achieve 2P photoactivation of a metabotropic receptor, LimGluR3, with a new mGluR-specific PTL, d-MAG0460. 2P photoswitching is efficiently achieved using digital holography to shape illumination over single somata of cultured neurons. Simultaneous Ca2+-imaging reports on 2P photoswitching in multiple cells with high temporal resolution. The combination of electrophysiology or Ca2+ imaging with 2P activation by optical wavefront shaping should make second generation PTL-controlled receptors suitable for studies of intact neural circuits. PMID:25653339

  15. Synthesis of organic-inorganic hybrid azobenzene materials for the preparation of nanofibers by electrospinning

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    Bućko, Aleksandra; Zielińska, Sonia; Ortyl, Ewelina; Larkowska, Maria; Barille, Regis

    2014-12-01

    The new photochromic hybrid materials containing different mole fractions of highly photoactive 4-[(E)-[4-[ethyl(2-hydroxyethyl)amino]phenyl]azo]-N-(4-methylpyrimidin-2-yl)benzenesulfonamide (SMERe) were prepared by a low temperature sol-gel process. The guest-host systems with triethoxyphenylsilane matrix were obtained. These materials were used to form thin transparent films by a spin-coating technique. Then the ability of thin hybrid films to reversible trans-cis photoisomerization under illumination was investigated using ellipsometry and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The reversible changes of refractive index of the films under illumination were in the range of 0.005-0.056. The maximum absorption of these materials was located at 462-486 nm. Moreover, the organic-inorganic azobenzene materials were used to form nanofibers by electrospinning using various parameters of the process. The microstructure of electrospun fibers depended on sols properties (e.g. concentration and viscosity of the sols) and process conditions (e.g. the applied voltage, temperature or type of the collector) at ambient conditions. The morphology of obtained nanofibers was analyzed by an optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. In most instances, the beadless fibers were obtained. The wettability of the surface of electrospun fibers deposited on glass substrates was investigated.

  16. Thermal and Electronic Fluctuations of Flexible Adsorbed Molecules: Azobenzene on Ag(111)

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    Maurer, Reinhard J.; Liu, Wei; Poltavsky, Igor; Stecher, Thomas; Oberhofer, Harald; Reuter, Karsten; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the thermal and electronic collective fluctuations that contribute to the finite-temperature adsorption properties of flexible adsorbates on surfaces on the example of the molecular switch azobenzene C12 H10 N2 on the Ag(111) surface. Using first-principles molecular dynamics simulations, we obtain the free energy of adsorption that accurately accounts for entropic contributions, whereas the inclusion of many-body dispersion interactions accounts for the electronic correlations that govern the adsorbate binding. We find the adsorbate properties to be strongly entropy driven, as can be judged by a kinetic molecular desorption prefactor of 1024 s-1 that largely exceeds previously reported estimates. We relate this effect to sizable fluctuations across structural and electronic observables. A comparison of our calculations to temperature-programed desorption measurements demonstrates that finite-temperature effects play a dominant role for flexible molecules in contact with polarizable surfaces, and that recently developed first-principles methods offer an optimal tool to reveal novel collective behavior in such complex systems.

  17. Thermal and Electronic Fluctuations of Flexible Adsorbed Molecules: Azobenzene on Ag(111).

    PubMed

    Maurer, Reinhard J; Liu, Wei; Poltavsky, Igor; Stecher, Thomas; Oberhofer, Harald; Reuter, Karsten; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the thermal and electronic collective fluctuations that contribute to the finite-temperature adsorption properties of flexible adsorbates on surfaces on the example of the molecular switch azobenzene C_{12}H_{10}N_{2} on the Ag(111) surface. Using first-principles molecular dynamics simulations, we obtain the free energy of adsorption that accurately accounts for entropic contributions, whereas the inclusion of many-body dispersion interactions accounts for the electronic correlations that govern the adsorbate binding. We find the adsorbate properties to be strongly entropy driven, as can be judged by a kinetic molecular desorption prefactor of 10^{24}  s^{-1} that largely exceeds previously reported estimates. We relate this effect to sizable fluctuations across structural and electronic observables. A comparison of our calculations to temperature-programed desorption measurements demonstrates that finite-temperature effects play a dominant role for flexible molecules in contact with polarizable surfaces, and that recently developed first-principles methods offer an optimal tool to reveal novel collective behavior in such complex systems. PMID:27104719

  18. Multi-responsible chameleon molecule with chiral naphthyl and azobenzene moieties.

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    Kim, Dae-Yoon; Lee, Sang-A; Park, Minwook; Choi, Yu-Jin; Kang, Shin-Woong; Jeong, Kwang-Un

    2015-04-21

    A photochromic chiral molecule with azobenzene mesogens and a (R)-configuration naphthyl moiety (abbreviated as NCA2M) was specifically designed and synthesized for the demonstration of chameleon-like color changes responding to multitudinous external stimuli, such as temperature, light and electric field. The basic phase transition behaviors of NCA2M were first studied by the combination of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarized optical microscopy (POM). Based on the structure-sensitive X-ray diffraction results obtained at different temperatures, it was comprehended that the NCA2M molecule exhibited the tilted version of highly ordered smectic crystal phase with 5.45 nm layer thickness. Chiral nematic (N*) liquid crystals (LC) with helical superstructures were formed by doping the NCA2M photochromic chiral molecule in an achiral nematic (N) LC medium. By controlling the helical pitch length of N*-LC with respect to temperature, light and electric field, the wavelength of selectively reflected light from the N* photonic crystal was finely tuned. The light-induced color change of N*-LC film was the most efficient method for covering the whole visible region from blue to green and to red, which allowed us to fabricate remote-controllable photo-responsive devices. PMID:25742914

  19. Solvation effects with a photoresponsive two-component 12-hydroxystearic acid-azobenzene additive organogel.

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    Delbecq, Frederic; Kaneko, Nobuhiro; Endo, Hiroshi; Kawai, Takeshi

    2012-10-15

    A "light-triggerable" azobenzene amine derivative (additive 1) was synthesized and then introduced into organogels of 12-hydroxystearic acid (HSA) in the molar ratio of 1:3. The organogels (HSA/1) consisting of additive 1 and HSA were analyzed by (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The homogeneity of the gel networks was observed using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Additive 1 formed a complex with HSA in HSA organogels due to salification between the terminal amine group of additive 1 and the carboxylic acid group of HSA. Additive 1 in the gels of HSA/1 showed the potential for photo-isomerization, and we achieved a reversible control of HSA/1 sol-gel transition in toluene by the alternating irradiation with UV and visible light. Interestingly, the opposite phenomenon was observed in CHCl(3) system, namely, the orange solution of HSA/1 in CHCl(3) was turned to a red-transparent gel by exposure to UV light. PMID:22819394

  20. Photocontrol of Voltage-Gated Ion Channel Activity by Azobenzene Trimethylammonium Bromide in Neonatal Rat Cardiomyocytes.

    PubMed

    Frolova, Sheyda R; Gaiko, Olga; Tsvelaya, Valeriya A; Pimenov, Oleg Y; Agladze, Konstantin I

    2016-01-01

    The ability of azobenzene trimethylammonium bromide (azoTAB) to sensitize cardiac tissue excitability to light was recently reported. The dark, thermally relaxed trans- isomer of azoTAB suppressed spontaneous activity and excitation propagation speed, whereas the cis- isomer had no detectable effect on the electrical properties of cardiomyocyte monolayers. As the membrane potential of cardiac cells is mainly controlled by activity of voltage-gated ion channels, this study examined whether the sensitization effect of azoTAB was exerted primarily via the modulation of voltage-gated ion channel activity. The effects of trans- and cis- isomers of azoTAB on voltage-dependent sodium (INav), calcium (ICav), and potassium (IKv) currents in isolated neonatal rat cardiomyocytes were investigated using the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. The experiments showed that azoTAB modulated ion currents, causing suppression of sodium (Na+) and calcium (Ca2+) currents and potentiation of net potassium (K+) currents. This finding confirms that azoTAB-effect on cardiac tissue excitability do indeed result from modulation of voltage-gated ion channels responsible for action potential. PMID:27015602

  1. Fast photodynamics of azobenzene probed by scanning excited-state potential energy surfaces using slow spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Tan, Eric M M; Amirjalayer, Saeed; Smolarek, Szymon; Vdovin, Alexander; Zerbetto, Francesco; Buma, Wybren Jan

    2015-01-01

    Azobenzene, a versatile and polymorphic molecule, has been extensively and successfully used for photoswitching applications. The debate over its photoisomerization mechanism leveraged on the computational scrutiny with ever-increasing levels of theory. However, the most resolved absorption spectrum for the transition to S1(nπ*) has not followed the computational advances and is more than half a century old. Here, using jet-cooled molecular beam and multiphoton ionization techniques we report the first high-resolution spectra of S1(nπ*) and S2(ππ*). The photophysical characterization reveals directly the structural changes upon excitation and the timescales of dynamical processes. For S1(nπ*), we find that changes in the hybridization of the nitrogen atoms are the driving force that triggers isomerization. In combination with quantum chemical calculations we conclude that photoisomerization occurs along an inversion-assisted torsional pathway with a barrier of ~2 kcal mol(-1). This methodology can be extended to photoresponsive molecular systems so far deemed non-accessible to high-resolution spectroscopy. PMID:25562840

  2. Photocontrol of Voltage-Gated Ion Channel Activity by Azobenzene Trimethylammonium Bromide in Neonatal Rat Cardiomyocytes

    PubMed Central

    Frolova, Sheyda R.; Gaiko, Olga; Tsvelaya, Valeriya A.; Pimenov, Oleg Y.; Agladze, Konstantin I.

    2016-01-01

    The ability of azobenzene trimethylammonium bromide (azoTAB) to sensitize cardiac tissue excitability to light was recently reported. The dark, thermally relaxed trans- isomer of azoTAB suppressed spontaneous activity and excitation propagation speed, whereas the cis- isomer had no detectable effect on the electrical properties of cardiomyocyte monolayers. As the membrane potential of cardiac cells is mainly controlled by activity of voltage-gated ion channels, this study examined whether the sensitization effect of azoTAB was exerted primarily via the modulation of voltage-gated ion channel activity. The effects of trans- and cis- isomers of azoTAB on voltage-dependent sodium (INav), calcium (ICav), and potassium (IKv) currents in isolated neonatal rat cardiomyocytes were investigated using the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. The experiments showed that azoTAB modulated ion currents, causing suppression of sodium (Na+) and calcium (Ca2+) currents and potentiation of net potassium (K+) currents. This finding confirms that azoTAB-effect on cardiac tissue excitability do indeed result from modulation of voltage-gated ion channels responsible for action potential. PMID:27015602

  3. Azobenzene-based photomechanical monolayers as light-addressable nano-engineered structures.

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    Dahdah, J. M.; Furtak, T. E.; Walba, D. M.; Fang, G.; Yi, Y.; Maclennan, J. E.; Clark, N. A.

    2007-03-01

    Azobenzene-based photomechanical monolayers have received a great deal of attention for their potential as platforms for light-addressable nano-engineered structures in bioscience, photonics, and display technologies. We have developed an aminoazobenzene material (d-MR), derived from methyl red, which forms high-quality, covalently anchored monolayers on glass. These monolayers demonstrate unusually high sensitivity to polarized light, which controls the molecular orientation distribution through optical anisotropy of the trans-cis isomerization. In an effort to understand and optimize this phenomenon we are studying the influence of the two-dimensional molecular field on the dynamics of the light-driven reorganization. We have correlated the behavior of d-MR monolayers, as determined by spectral studies of dichroism and differential reflection ellipsometry, to dilute solutions of d-MR in a variety of solvents, as characterized by absorption cross sections, quantum yields, and characteristic time constants. The resulting information has helped to clarify the details of how these molecules respond to light leading to design strategies for even higher performing monolayers.

  4. The sonochemical degradation of azobenzene and related azo dyes: Rate enhancements via Fenton's reactions

    SciTech Connect

    Joseph, J.M.; Destaillats, H.; Hung, H.M.; Hoffmann, M.R.

    2000-01-20

    The sonochemical degradation of aqueous solutions of azobenzene and related azo dyes (methyl orange, o-methyl red, and p-methyl red) was performed at 500 kHz and 50 W, under air, O{sub 2}, or Ar saturation at 288 K. Reaction products and intermediates were identified by HPLC-ES-MS. Total organic carbon (TOC) was also determined as a function of reaction time. The authors propose a reaction mechanism based on the observed species and the extent and rate of TOC depletion. The effects of the dye structures and of the background gas on the sonochemical bleaching rates were also investigated. The reaction rates for o-methyl red were approximately 30--40% faster than those for the other compounds. Saturating with Ar instead of air or O{sub 2} increased the pseudo first-order rate constants for the degradation by 10%. The acceleration of the sonochemical bleaching and the mineralization process upon addition of Fe(II) was also investigated in Ar-saturated methyl orange solutions. A 3-fold increase in the reaction rate was observed at optimal Fe(II) concentrations. This kinetic effect is quantitatively accounted for by a simple kinetic model based on the reaction of Fe(II) with sonochemically produced H{sub 2}O{sub 2} (Fenton's reaction). This latter effect illustrates a simple way of achieving a substantial improvement in the efficiency of sonochemical degradation reactions.

  5. Structure and vibrational spectra of conjugated acids of trans- and cis-azobenzene

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    Stepanić, V.; Baranović, G.; Smrečki, V.

    2001-07-01

    The equilibrium geometry and vibrational infrared (IR) and Raman spectra of conjugated acid of trans-azobenzene with the σ(NH) bond, tABH +, were calculated by the DFT model B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p). In selecting the functional the comparison of not only the vibrational frequencies but also IR and Raman intensities with the experiment was taken into account. The agreement between the experimental Raman spectra of tAB in acidic solutions and the simulated B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) spectrum of tABH + can be taken as reliable evidence for formation of the classical azonium monocation and enables us to assign all observed bands. The calculations were extended to the cis isomer, cAB. In both isomers protonation leads to the NN bond elongation and considerable red-shift of the NN stretching mode. It disturbs highly not only normal modes including nitrogen atoms, but also the pure ring modes. According to the calculations the protonated trans and cis species should be easily distinguished by vibrational spectroscopy. It is noteworthy that the B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) model does not succeed in reproducing Raman intensities of characteristic phenyl ring vibrations. The changes upon the proton binding have been rationalized by considering electron density redistribution using the natural population analysis (NPA) and the natural bond orbital (NBO) energetic analysis.

  6. Two-photon brightness of azobenzene photoswitches designed for glutamate receptor optogenetics.

    PubMed

    Carroll, Elizabeth C; Berlin, Shai; Levitz, Joshua; Kienzler, Michael A; Yuan, Zhe; Madsen, Dorte; Larsen, Delmar S; Isacoff, Ehud Y

    2015-02-17

    Mammalian neurotransmitter-gated receptors can be conjugated to photoswitchable tethered ligands (PTLs) to enable photoactivation, or photoantagonism, while preserving normal function at neuronal synapses. "MAG" PTLs for ionotropic and metabotropic glutamate receptors (GluRs) are based on an azobenzene photoswitch that is optimally switched into the liganding state by blue or near-UV light, wavelengths that penetrate poorly into the brain. To facilitate deep-tissue photoactivation with near-infrared light, we measured the efficacy of two-photon (2P) excitation for two MAG molecules using nonlinear spectroscopy. Based on quantitative characterization, we find a recently designed second generation PTL, L-MAG0460, to have a favorable 2P absorbance peak at 850 nm, enabling efficient 2P activation of the GluK2 kainate receptor, LiGluR. We also achieve 2P photoactivation of a metabotropic receptor, LimGluR3, with a new mGluR-specific PTL, D-MAG0460. 2P photoswitching is efficiently achieved using digital holography to shape illumination over single somata of cultured neurons. Simultaneous Ca(2+)-imaging reports on 2P photoswitching in multiple cells with high temporal resolution. The combination of electrophysiology or Ca(2+) imaging with 2P activation by optical wavefront shaping should make second generation PTL-controlled receptors suitable for studies of intact neural circuits. PMID:25653339

  7. Degree of conversion and leached monomers of urethane dimethacrylate-hydroxypropyl methacrylate-based dental resin systems.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Meng; Puska, Mervi A; Botelho, Michael G; Säilynoja, Eija S; Matinlinna, Jukka P

    2016-01-01

    The degree of conversion (DC) and monomer leaching of three experimental urethane dimethacrylate (UEDMA)-hydroxypropyl methacrylate (HPMA)-based resin systems were studied. Three experimental resins (E1: 70.6 wt% UEDMA + 27.4 wt% HPMA, E2: 80.6 wt% UEDMA + 17.4 wt% HPMA, E3: 90.6 wt% UEDMA + 7.4 wt% HPMA) and one control resin [C: 70.6 wt% bis-phenol A glycidyl methacrylate (bis-GMA) + 27.4 wt% methyl methacrylate (MMA)] were prepared. For the DC test, cylindrical specimens [1.5 mm (h) × 6 mm (d)] were scanned with an ATR-FTIR instrument before and after light-curing (n = 5). For the monomer leaching test, block-shaped specimens [5.67 mm (l) × 2.00 mm (w) × 2.00 mm (h)] were light-cured (n = 6), stored in a 75% ethanol:water solution for 3 days, and then analyzed with HPLC. The UEDMA-HPMA-based experimental groups showed higher DC (62-78%) than the bis-GMA-MMA-based control group (58-66%), and the DC decreased as the UEDMA content increased (P < 0.05). Amongst the four groups, E3 exhibited the lowest leaching of both mono methacrylate (0.1% HPMA) and dimethacrylate (<0.043% UEDMA) monomers after 30 or 40 s of curing. The UEDMA-HPMA-based resins, therefore, exhibited higher DC and less monomer leaching compared to the bis-GMA-MMA-based resin. (J Oral Sci 58, 15-22, 2016). PMID:27021535

  8. Different shapes of spherical vaterite by photo-induced cis?trans isomerization of an azobenzene-containing polymer in a mixture of dimethyl sulfoxide and water

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    Keum, Dong-Ki; Na, Hai-Sub; Naka, Kensuke; Chujo, Yoshiki

    2004-10-01

    We studied the crystallization of CaCO3 by the photoisomerization of azobenzene groups in poly[1-[4-[3-carboxy-4-hydroxyphenylazobenzenesulfonamido]-1,2-ethanediyl, sodium salt] (PAZO) in a mixture of dimethyl sulfoxide and water at 30 °C. The products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), FT-IR, and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. We observed that the different shapes of spherical vaterite particles were produced by the changes of configuration and polarity of the azobenzene groups in the polymer which resulted from photo-induced isomerization. The results indicate that the nucleation of primary particles of CaCO3 was inhibited by in situ photo-induced cis-trans isomerization of PAZO. Therefore, we suggest that the shapes of the spherical vaterite can be effectively modified by photoisomerization of the azobenzene groups in the polymer at the initial stage of CaCO3 crystallization.

  9. Calculated photo-isomerization efficiencies of functionalized azobenzene derivatives in solar energy materials: azo-functional organic linkers for porous coordinated polymers.

    PubMed

    Neukirch, Amanda J; Park, Jinhee; Zobac, Vladmir; Wang, Hong; Jelinek, Pavel; Prezhdo, Oleg V; Zhou, Hong-Cai; Lewis, James P

    2015-04-10

    Recently, we used a local orbital density functional theory code called FIREBALL, to study the photoisomerization process in azobenzene derivatives for solar energy materials. Azobenzene functional groups undergo photoisomerization upon light irradiation or application of heat. Zhou et al (2012 J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 99-102) showed that these azobenzenes can then be introduced into metal-organic frameworks via an organic linker in order to create a reversible switch for CO2 adsorption. In this manuscript, we examined how the addition of organic linkers (isophthalic acid) changes the relaxation times, isomerization mechanism, and quantum yield for both the cis↔trans pathways. We then tuned these properties by substituting functional groups, finding an increase in quantum yield as well as improved optical properties. PMID:25767112

  10. Log-rolling block copolymers cylinders

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    Kim, So Youn; Kim, Ye Chan; Kim, Dong Hyup; Kwon, Na Kyung; Register, Richard A.

    Shear has been the most effective method to create long range order of micro- or nano- structures in soft materials. When shear is applied, soft particles or polymers tend to align along the shear direction to minimize the viscous dissipation, thus transverse (so-called ``log-rolling'') alignment is unfavored. In this study, for the first time we report the transverse alignment of cylinder-forming block copolymers. Poly(styrene-b-methyl methacrylate), PS-PMMA, can form a metastable hemicylinder structure when confined in a thin film, and this hemicylinder structure can align either along the shear direction, or transverse to the shear direction (``log-rolling''), depending on the shearing temperature. This unusual ``log-rolling'' behavior is explained by the different chain mobility of the two blocks in PS-PMMA; the rigidity of core cylinder is the critical parameter determining the direction of shear alignment.

  11. 40 CFR 721.10523 - Perfluoroalkylethyl methacrylate copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide, vinyl chloride and long...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide, vinyl chloride and long chain fatty alkyl acrylate (generic). 721... methacrylate copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide, vinyl chloride and long chain fatty alkyl acrylate (PMN P... Substances § 721.10523 Perfluoroalkylethyl methacrylate copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide,...

  12. 40 CFR 721.10523 - Perfluoroalkylethyl methacrylate copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide, vinyl chloride and long...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide, vinyl chloride and long chain fatty alkyl acrylate (generic). 721... methacrylate copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide, vinyl chloride and long chain fatty alkyl acrylate (PMN P... Substances § 721.10523 Perfluoroalkylethyl methacrylate copolymer with hydroxymethyl acrylamide,...

  13. Photo-tuning of lasing from a dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystals by photoisomerization of a sugar derivative having plural azobenzene groups

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    Kurihara, Seiji; Hatae, Yohko; Yoshioka, Teppei; Moritsugu, Masaki; Ogata, Tomonari; Nonaka, Takamasa

    2006-03-01

    Cholesteric liquid crystal (Ch LC) was prepared by mixing a nematic LC, a sugar derivative having plural azobenzene substituents, and a laser dye. Laser emission from the dye-doped Ch LC was observed at the longer edge of the selective reflection band of the Ch LC. Reversible change in the helical pitch of the Ch LC was caused by the trans-cis photoisomerization of the sugar derivative having plural azobenzene substituents. According to the change in the helical pitch of the Ch LC, the lasing properties were simultaneously affected by the UV and visible light irradiation; laser emission wavelength, intensity, singlemode-multimode.

  14. 21 CFR 73.3127 - Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction... Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products. (a) Identity. The color additives are formed by reacting the dyes, either alone or in combination, with a vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate copolymer,...

  15. 21 CFR 73.3127 - Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction... Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products. (a) Identity. The color additives are formed by reacting the dyes, either alone or in combination, with a vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate copolymer,...

  16. 21 CFR 73.3127 - Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction... Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products. (a) Identity. The color additives are formed by reacting the dyes, either alone or in combination, with a vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate copolymer,...

  17. 21 CFR 177.2000 - Vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... Vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers. The vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers (CAS Reg. No. 34364-83-5) identified in paragraph (a) of this section may be.../methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers consist of basic polymers produced by the...

  18. 21 CFR 177.2000 - Vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... Vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers. The vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers (CAS Reg. No. 34364-83-5) identified in paragraph (a) of this section may be.../methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers consist of basic polymers produced by the...

  19. 21 CFR 73.3127 - Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction... Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products. (a) Identity. The color additives are formed by reacting the dyes, either alone or in combination, with a vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate copolymer,...

  20. 21 CFR 73.3121 - Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-dye copolymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-dye copolymers. 73...(hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-dye copolymers. (a) Identity. The color additives are formed by reacting one or more of the reactive dyes listed in this paragraph with poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate), so that...

  1. 21 CFR 73.3121 - Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-dye copolymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-dye copolymers. 73...(hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-dye copolymers. (a) Identity. The color additives are formed by reacting one or more of the reactive dyes listed in this paragraph with poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate), so that...

  2. 21 CFR 73.3127 - Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction... Vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate-dye reaction products. (a) Identity. The color additives are formed by reacting the dyes, either alone or in combination, with a vinyl alcohol/methyl methacrylate copolymer,...

  3. Anti-Bioadhesive Coating Based on Easy to Make Pseudozwitterionic RAFT Block Copolymers for Blood-Contacting Applications.

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    Nehache, Sabrina; Yeh, Chin-Cheng; Semsarilar, Mona; Deratani, André; Chang, Yung; Quemener, Damien

    2016-01-01

    Amphiphilic diblock copolymer containing randomly distributed positive and negative charged monomers are synthesized using RAFT polymerization technique to be used as anti-bioadhesion coatings for hydrophobic surfaces. Quaternized 2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate and potassium 3-sulfopropyl methacrylate (P[qDMAEMA-co-KSPMA]) are randomly polymerized to yield an anti-bioadhesion block which is, in one pot, copolymerized with styrene as an anchoring block. This copolymer has demonstrated high anti-bioadhesion properties to avoid the blood clotting in medical devices through a simple and facile approach to preparation of pseudozwitterionic copolymers. PMID:26222768

  4. Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of Amphiphilic Core-Shell TMP-(PCL-b-PGMA2)3 Star-Block Copolymer.

    PubMed

    Wang, Shuwei; Li, Yapeng; Zhang, Xiaonan; Chen, Xuesi; Wang, Jingyuan; Zhang, He-Xin; Yoon, Keun-Byoung

    2015-06-01

    A novel well-defined amphiphilic Core-Shell star-block copolymer was synthesized from trimethylolpropane, ε-caprolactone, and glycidyl methacrylate by a combination of enzymatic ring-opening polymerization and atom transfer radical polymerization. The structure and molecular weight of the macroinitiator and the star-block copolymer were confirmed by means of nuclear magnetic resonance and gel permeation chromatography. The effects of the glycidyl methacrylate sequence length on the hydrodynamic diameter and morphology of the polymer micelles were investigated by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. PMID:26369103

  5. Kinetics and models of hydrogenation of phenylhydroxylamine and azobenzene on nickel catalysts in aqueous 2-propanol solutions

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    Romanenko, Yu. E.; Merkin, A. A.; Komarov, A. A.; Lefedova, O. V.

    2014-08-01

    The kinetics of the hydrogenation of intermediates in the reduction of nitrobenzene in aqueous 2-propanol with acetic acid and sodium hydroxide additions on nickel catalysts was studied. A kinetic description of liquid-phase hydrogenation of azobenzene and phenylhydroxylamine was suggested. A kinetic model was developed. The dependences that characterize the variation of the amounts of the starting compound, reaction product, and absorbed hydrogen during the reaction were calculated. The calculated values were shown to be in satisfactory agreement with the experimental values under different reaction conditions.

  6. Excited-state Raman spectroscopy with and without actinic excitation: S{sub 1} Raman spectra of trans-azobenzene

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    Dobryakov, A. L.; Quick, M.; Ioffe, I. N.; Granovsky, A. A.; Ernsting, N. P.; Kovalenko, S. A.

    2014-05-14

    We show that femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy can record excited-state spectra in the absence of actinic excitation, if the Raman pump is in resonance with an electronic transition. The approach is illustrated by recording S{sub 1} and S{sub 0} spectra of trans-azobenzene in n-hexane. The S{sub 1} spectra were also measured conventionally, upon nπ* (S{sub 0} → S{sub 1}) actinic excitation. The results are discussed and compared to earlier reports.

  7. Base-Catalyzed Hydrophosphination of Azobenzenes with Diarylphosphine Oxides: A Precise Construction of N-N-P Unit.

    PubMed

    Hong, Gang; Zhu, Xiaoyan; Hu, Chen; Aruma, Alfred Njasotapher; Wu, Shengying; Wang, Limin

    2016-08-01

    Addition of diarylphosphine oxides to the N═N double bond of azobenzenes leads to the formation of the P-substituted hydrazines in up to 98% yield for 24 examples, and the formation of diphenylphosphinic amides was observed in three substrates. This strategy features tolerance of a wide range of functional groups, simple operation, and mild reaction conditions. Specially, this method can be also applied to the gram-scale synthesis of the product. A polar reaction mechanism is also proposed based on control experiments. PMID:27387595

  8. Formation and Characterization of Anisotropic Block Copolymer Gels

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    Liaw, Chya Yan; Joester, Derk; Burghardt, Wesley; Shull, Kenneth

    2012-02-01

    Cylindrical micelles formed from block copolymer solutions closely mimic biological fibers that are presumed to guide mineral formation during biosynthesis of hard tissues like bone. The goal of our work is to use acrylic block copolymers as oriented templates for studying mineral formation reactions in model systems where the structure of the underlying template is well characterized and reproducible. Self-consistent mean field theory is first applied to investigate the thermodynamically stable micellar morphologies as a function of temperature and block copolymer composition. Small-angle x-ray scattering, optical birefringence and shear rheometry are used to study the morphology development during thermal processing. Initial experiments are based on a thermally-reversible alcohol-soluble system that can be converted to an aqueous gel by hydrolysis of a poly(t-butyl methacrylate) block to a poly(methacrylic acid) block. Aligned cylindrical domains are formed in the alcohol-based system when shear is applied in an appropriate temperature regime, which is below the critical micelle temperature but above the temperature at which the relaxation time of the gels becomes too large. Processing strategies for producing the desired cylindrical morphologies are being developed that account for both thermodynamic and kinetic effects.

  9. Crosslinked superhydrophobic films fabricated by simply casting poly(methyl methacrylate-butyl acrylate-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-b-poly(perfluorohexylethyl methacrylate) solution

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    Wen, Xiufang; Ye, Chao; Cai, Zhiqi; Xu, Shouping; Pi, Pihui; Cheng, Jiang; Zhang, Lijuan; Qian, Yu

    2015-06-01

    This study focuses on the preparation of superhydrophobic films by crosslinkable polymer material-Poly(methyl methacrylate-butyl acrylate-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-b-Poly(perfluorohexylethyl methacrylate) (P (MMA-BA-HEMA)-b-PFMA) with a simple one-step casting process. Nanoscale micelle particles with core-shell structure was obtained by dissolving the polymer and curing agent in the mixture of acetone and 1H, 1H, 5H octafluoropentyl-1,1,2,2 tetrafluoroethyl ether (FHT). Superhydrophobic films were fabricated by casting the micelle solution on the glass slides. By controlling the polymer concentration and acetone/FHT volume ratio, superhydrophobic polymer film with water contact angle of 153.2 ± 2.1° and sliding angle of 4° was obtained. By introducing a curing agent into the micelle solution, mechanical properties of the films can be improved. The adhension grade and hardness of the crosslinked superhydrophobic films reached 2 grade and 3H, respectively. The hydrophobicity is attributed to the synergistic effect of micro-submicro-nano-meter scale roughness by nanoscale micelle particles and low surface energy of fluoropolymer. This procedure makes it possible for widespread applications of superhydrophobic film due to its simplicity and practicability.

  10. 40 CFR 721.10619 - Perfluoroalkylethyl methacrylate copolymer (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... as perfluoroalkylethyl methacrylate copolymer (PMN P-11-653) is subject to reporting under this.... Requirements as specified in § 721.80(p)(any amount after September 30, 2014). (b) Specific requirements. The...) Recordkeeping. Recordkeeping requirements as specified in § 721.125 (a), (b), (c), (f), (h), and (i)...

  11. Synthesis of acrylates and methacrylates from coal-derived syngas

    SciTech Connect

    Spivey, J.J.; Gogate, M.R.; Jang, B.W.L.

    1995-12-31

    Acrylates and methacrylates are among the most widely used chemical intermediates in the world. One of the key chemicals of this type is methyl methacrylate. Of the 4 billion pounds produced each year, roughly 85% is made using the acetone-cyanohydrin process, which requires handling of large quantities of hydrogen cyanide and produces ammonium sulfate wastes that pose an environmental disposal challenge. The U.S. Department of Energy and Eastman Chemical Company are sharing the cost of research to develop an alternative process for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate from syngas. Research Triangle Institute is focusing on the synthesis and testing of active catalysts for the condensation reactions, and Bechtel is analyzing the costs to determine the competitiveness of several process alternatives. Results thus far show that the catalysts for the condensation of formaldehyde and the propionate are key to selectively producing the desired product, methacrylic acid, with a high yield. These condensation catalysts have both acid and base functions and the strength and distribution of these acid-base sites controls the product selectivity and yield.

  12. 21 CFR 172.775 - Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Methacrylic acid-divinylbenzene copolymer. 172.775 Section 172.775 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED) FOOD ADDITIVES PERMITTED FOR DIRECT ADDITION TO FOOD...

  13. 21 CFR 177.1830 - Styrene-methyl methacrylate copolymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Styrene-methyl methacrylate copolymers. 177.1830 Section 177.1830 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED) INDIRECT FOOD ADDITIVES: POLYMERS Substances for Use as Basic Components of Single and...

  14. Synthesis and characterization of zinc-organic frameworks with 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid and azobenzene-4,4'-dicarboxylic acid

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nguyen, Van Hung; Phuong Thuy Nguyen, Ngoc; Tuyet Nhung Nguyen, Thi; Thanh Thuy Le, Thi; Nghiem Le, Van; Chinh Nguyen, Quoc; Quang Ton, That; Hoang Nguyen, Thai; Phuong Thoa Nguyen, Thi

    2011-06-01

    The solvothermal reactions of 1,4-bezenedicarboxylic acid (H2BDC) or azobenzene-4,4'-dicarboxylic acid (H2ABD) with zinc ions/clusters lead to the formation of four crystalline materials. All of these compounds were characterized by x-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, thermo-gravimetric analysis and nitrogen adsorption. Block-shaped crystals (BZ1) with various shapes and sizes were obtained at H2BDC:Zn mole ratio of 1:1 and H2BDC concentration of 0.1 M. At more dilute H2BDC concentration of 0.01 M and H2BDC:Zn mole ratio of 1 : 4, the reaction product was cubic crystals (BZ2) with a size of 250 μm. In the H2ABD system, flat-plate-like crystals (AZ1) were obtained at H2ABD:Zn mole ratio of 1 : 1 and H2ABD concentration of 0.01 M. Meanwhile, thick-block-like crystals (AZ2) were formed at the same H2ABD:Zn mole ratio but at 0.004 M H2ABD. The Langmuir surface area (SLang) of the materials was remarkable, enhanced by diluting the reaction solution. For the compounds synthesized in N,N'-dimethylformamide (DMF), SLang increased from 304.6 m2 g‑1 for BZ1 to 2631 m2 g‑1 for BZ2 and from 475.8 m2 g‑1 for AZ1 to 3428 m2 g‑1 for AZ2. Meanwhile, BZ2 synthesized in N,N'-diethylformamide (BZ2/DEF) got the highest SLang of 4330 m2 g‑1. Both AZ2 and BZ2 materials were stable up to 400 °C.

  15. Release of Water Soluble Drugs from Dynamically Swelling POLY(2-HYDROXYETHYL Methacrylate - CO - Methacrylic Acid) Hydrogels.

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kou, Jim Hwai-Cher

    In this study, ionizable copolymers of HEMA and methacrylic acid (MA) are investigated for their potential use in developing pH dependent oral delivery systems. Because of the MA units, these gels swell extensively at high pH. Since solute diffusion in the hydrophilic polymers depends highly on the water content of the matrix, it is anticipated that the release rate will be modulated by this pH induced swelling. From a practical point of view, the advantage of the present system is that one can minimize drug loss in the stomach and achieve a programmed release in intestine. This approach is expected to improve delivery of acid labile drugs or drugs that cause severe gastrointestinal side effects. This work mainly focuses on the basic understanding of the mechanism involved in drug release from the poly(HEMA -co- MA) gels, especially under dynamic swelling conditions. Equilibrium swelling is first characterized since water content is the major determinant of transport properties in these gels. Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) is chosen as the model drug for the release study and its diffusion characteristics in the gel matrix determined. The data obtained show that the PPA diffusivity follows the free volume theory of Yasuda, which explains the accelerating effect of swelling on drug release. A mathematical model based on a diffusion mechanism has been developed to describe PPA release from the swelling gels. Based on this model, several significant conclusions can be drawn. First, the release rate can be modulated by the aspect ratio of the cylindrical geometry, and this has a practical implication in dosage form design. Second, the release rate can be lowered quite considerably if the dimensional increase due to swelling is significant. Consequently, it is the balance between the drug diffusivity increase and the gel dimensional growth that determines the release rate from the swelling matrix. Third, quasi-steady release kinetics, which are characteristic of swelling

  16. Ultrafast vectorial and scalar dynamics of ionic clusters: Azobenzene solvated by oxygen

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Paik, D. Hern; Baskin, J. Spencer; Kim, Nam Joon; Zewail, Ahmed H.

    2006-10-01

    The ultrafast dynamics of clusters of trans-azobenzene anion (A-) solvated by oxygen molecules was investigated using femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. The time scale for stripping off all oxygen molecules from A- was determined by monitoring in real time the transient of the A- rise, following an 800nm excitation of A- (O2)n, where n =1-4. A careful analysis of the time-dependent photoelectron spectra strongly suggests that for n >1 a quasi-O4 core is formed and that the dissociation occurs by a bond cleavage between A- and conglomerated (O2)n rather than a stepwise evaporation of O2. With time and energy resolutions, we were able to capture the photoelectron signatures of transient species which instantaneously rise (<100fs) then decay. The transient species are assigned as charge-transfer complexes: A •O2- for A-O2 and A •O4-•(O2)n-2 for A-(O2)n, where n =2-4. Subsequent to an ultrafast electron recombination, A- rises with two distinct time scales: a subpicosecond component reflecting a direct bond rupture of the A--(O2)n nuclear coordinate and a slower component (1.6-36ps, increasing with n) attributed to an indirect channel exhibiting a quasistatistical behavior. The photodetachment transients exhibit a change in the transition dipole direction as a function of time delay. Rotational dephasing occurs on a time scale of 2-3ps, with a change in the sign of the transient anisotropy between A-O2 and the larger clusters. This behavior is a key indicator of an evolving cluster structure and is successfully modeled by calculations based on the structures and inertial motion of the parent clusters.

  17. Preparation and thermo-optic switch properties based on chiral azobenzene-containing polyurethane

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ye, Feiyan; Qiu, Fengxian; Yang, Dongya; Cao, Guorong; Guan, Yijun; Zhuang, Lin

    2013-07-01

    A chiral azo chromophore compound 4-(4'-nitro-phenyl-diazenyl)-phenyl-1,2-propanediol ether (NPDPPE) was prepared with p-nitroaniline, phenol and R(-)-3-chloro-1,2-propanediol by the diazo-coupling reaction. Then, the chromophore molecule NPDPPE was polymerized with isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI) to obtain novel chiral azobenzene-containing polyurethane (CACPU). The chemical structures of chromophore molecule and CACPU were characterized by the FT-IR and UV-visible spectroscopy. The physical properties (thermal conductivity, thermal diffusion coefficient, and specific heat capacity) and mechanical properties (tensile strength, elongation at break and hardness) of CACPU thin films were measured. The refractive index and thermo-optic (TO) coefficient (dn/dT) of CACPU thin film was investigated for TE (transversal electric) polarizations by using an attenuated total reflection (ATR) configuration at the wavelengths of 532, 650 and 850 nm. The transmission loss of film was measured using the charge coupled device (CCD) digital imaging devices. A Y-branch switch and Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) thermo-optic switches based on thermo-optic effect were proposed and the performances of switches were simulated. The results showed that the power consumption of the Y-branch thermo-optic switch was only 3.28 mW. The rising and falling times of Y-branch and MZI switches were 12.0 ms and 2.0 ms, respectively. The conclusion has potential significance to improve and develop new Y-branch digital optical switch (DOS), MZI thermo-optic switch, directional coupler (DC) switch and optical modulators.

  18. Azobenzene-aminoglycoside: Self-assembled smart amphiphilic nanostructures for drug delivery.

    PubMed

    Deka, Smriti Rekha; Yadav, Santosh; Mahato, Manohar; Sharma, Ashwani Kumar

    2015-11-01

    Here, we have designed and synthesized a novel cationic amphiphilic stimuli-responsive azobenzene-aminoglycoside (a small molecule) conjugate, Azo-AG 5, and characterized it by UV and FTIR. Light responsive nature of Azo-AG 5 was assessed under UV-vis light. Self- assembly of Azo-AG 5 in aqueous solutions into nanostructures and their ability to act as drug carrier were also investigated. The nanostructures of Azo-AG 5 showed average hydrodynamic diameter of ∼ 255 nm with aminoglycoside moiety (neomycin) and 4-dimethylaminoazobenzene forming hydrophilic shell and hydrophobic core, respectively. In the hydrophobic core, eosin and aspirin were successfully encapsulated. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements demonstrated that the nanoassemblies showed expansion and contraction on successive UV and visible light irradiations exhibiting reversible on-off switch for controlling the drug release behavior. Similar behavior was observed when these nanostructures were subjected to pH-change. In vitro drug release studies showed a difference in UV and visible light-mediated release pattern. It was observed that the release rate under UV irradiation was comparatively higher than that observed under visible light. Further, azoreductase-mediated cleavage of the azo moiety in Azo-AG 5 nanoassemblies resulted in the dismantling of the structures into aggregated microstructures. Azo-AG 5 nanostructures having positive surface charge (+9.74 mV) successfully interacted with pDNA and retarded its mobility on agarose gel. Stimuli responsiveness of nanostructures and their on-off switch like behavior ensure the great potential as controlled drug delivery systems and in other biomedical applications such as colon-specific delivery and gene delivery. PMID:26255160

  19. Analysis of the kinetics of diffraction efficiency during the holographic grating recording in azobenzene functionalized polymers.

    PubMed

    Sobolewska, Anna; Miniewicz, Andrzej

    2007-02-22

    The laser-assisted holographic grating recording process in films of azobenzene functionalized polymers is usually studied by observation of the efficiency of light scattering on a developing in time diffraction grating. Various possible mechanisms contributing to grating formation as well as the bulk or surface origin (bulk refractive index and/or relief grating) of light scattering make the analysis of kinetics of grating recording, from the light scattering data only, difficult and ambiguous. To fully explain experimentally observed various and complex (frequently nonexponential) kinetics of the first-order light diffraction intensity, we considered a simple single-exponential growth of the two phase gratings in the same polymer film. In modeling we assumed that the bulk refractive index grating Deltan(t) and the surface relief grating Deltad(t) differ considerably in their growth rates and we allowed for a nonstationary phase shift Deltaphi(t) between them which was experimentally observed during the recording process. The origin of the nonstationary phase shift is a result of a slow shift of interference pattern due to delicate symmetry breaking in illumination conditions (e.g., difference in beam intensities and deviation of exact symmetrical beam incidence angles on the sample). Changing only such parameters as stationary amplitudes of refractive index and relief gratings for a span of phase shifts (0-pi) between them, we obtained a series of kinetic responses which we discuss and interpret. The various examples of temporal evolution of diffraction efficiency for the same grating formation kinetics, modeled in our work, supply evidence that great care must be taken to properly interpret the experimental results. PMID:17263574

  20. An azobenzene photoswitch sheds light on turn nucleation in amyloid-β self-assembly.

    PubMed

    Doran, Todd M; Anderson, Elizabeth A; Latchney, Sarah E; Opanashuk, Lisa A; Nilsson, Bradley L

    2012-03-21

    Amyloid-β (Aβ) self-assembly into cross-β amyloid fibrils is implicated in a causative role in Alzheimer's disease pathology. Uncertainties persist regarding the mechanisms of amyloid self-assembly and the role of metastable prefibrillar aggregates. Aβ fibrils feature a sheet-turn-sheet motif in the constituent β-strands; as such, turn nucleation has been proposed as a rate-limiting step in the self-assembly pathway. Herein, we report the use of an azobenzene β-hairpin mimetic to study the role turn nucleation plays on Aβ self-assembly. [3-(3-Aminomethyl)phenylazo]phenylacetic acid (AMPP) was incorporated into the putative turn region of Aβ42 to elicit temporal control over Aβ42 turn nucleation; it was hypothesized that self-assembly would be favored in the cis-AMPP conformation if β-hairpin formation occurs during Aβ self-assembly and that the trans-AMPP conformer would display attenuated fibrillization propensity. It was unexpectedly observed that the trans-AMPP Aβ42 conformer forms fibrillar constructs that are similar in almost all characteristics, including cytotoxicity, to wild-type Aβ42. Conversely, the cis-AMPP Aβ42 congeners formed nonfibrillar, amorphous aggregates that exhibited no cytotoxicity. Additionally, cis-trans photoisomerization resulted in rapid formation of native-like amyloid fibrils and trans-cis conversion in the fibril state reduced the population of native-like fibrils. Thus, temporal photocontrol over Aβ turn conformation provides significant insight into Aβ self-assembly. Specifically, Aβ mutants that adopt stable β-turns form aggregate structures that are unable to enter folding pathways leading to cross-β fibrils and cytotoxic prefibrillar intermediates. PMID:22860190

  1. A novel crosslinker for UV copolymerization of N-vinyl pyrrolidone and methacrylates

    SciTech Connect

    Lai, Yu-Chin

    1993-12-31

    Methacryloxyethyl vinyl carbonate, a novel crosslinker containing a vinyl carbonate and a methacrylate group which is capable of copolymerizing N-vinyl pyrrolidone and methacrylates, was prepared. With this crosslinker, N-vinyl pyrrolidone and methacrylates can copolymerize efficiently under strictly UV condition. Previously, polymeric systems containing N-vinyl pyrrolidone and methacrylates were prepared using thermal initiators, or a combination of thermal and UV initiators in the presence of crosslinkers such as allyl methacrylate or ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, These processes often led to polymers with inferior properties and less controllable quality. The use of this novel crosslinker represents a sharp improvement in polymerization conditions (UV vs heat) as well as product quality.

  2. Aminated poly(glycidyl methacrylate)s for constructing efficient gene carriers.

    PubMed

    Dou, X B; Chai, M Y; Zhu, Y; Yang, W T; Xu, F J

    2013-04-24

    Aminated poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) vectors could efficiently mediate gene delivery. Recently, we reported that ethanolamine (EA)-functionalized PGMA could provide high transfection efficiency, while exhibiting very low toxicity. Herein, different amine species, including 1-amino-2-propanol (AP1), 3-amino-2-propanol (AP2), EA, and N,N,-dimethylethylenediamine (DED), and its quaternized DED, were proposed to aminate PGMA. The DNA condensation abilities, pH buffering capacities, cytotoxicities, and gene transfection efficiencies of the resultant aminated PGMA vectors were systematically compared. Compared with EA, AP1 (or AP2) contains an additional methyl (or methylene) group. EA-, AP1-, and AP2-functionalized PGMA vectors exhibited similar condensation abilities. The methyl (from AP1) and methylene (from AP2) species could benefit the gene delivery. The transfection performance mediated by AP1-functionalized PGMA is best. DED possesses a tertiary amine group, which could be quaternized to further enhance the DNA condensation ability of aminated PGMA. No obvious increase in cytotoxicity of quaternized DED-aminated PGMA was observed. But both DED- and its quaternized counterpart-functionalized PGMA vectors exhibited very low pH buffering capacities, making them exhibit poor gene transfection performances. The current study would provide useful information for constructing better PGMA-based delivery systems with good biophysical properties. PMID:23514579

  3. Reordering transitions during annealing of block copolymer cylinder phases

    SciTech Connect

    Majewski, Pawel W.; Yager, Kevin G.

    2015-10-06

    While equilibrium block-copolymer morphologies are dictated by energy-minimization effects, the semi-ordered states observed experimentally often depend on the details of ordering pathways and kinetics. In this study, we explore reordering transitions in thin films of block-copolymer cylinder-forming polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate). We observe several transient states as films order towards horizontally-aligned cylinders. In particular, there is an early-stage reorganization from randomly-packed cylinders into hexagonally-packed vertically-aligned cylinders; followed by a reorientation transition from vertical to horizontal cylinder states. These transitions are thermally activated. The growth of horizontal grains within an otherwise vertical morphology proceeds anisotropically, resulting in anisotropic grains in the final horizontal state. The size, shape, and anisotropy of grains are influenced by ordering history; for instance, faster heating rates reduce grain anisotropy. These results help elucidate aspects of pathway-dependent ordering in block-copolymer thin films.

  4. Rational synthesis of low-polydispersity block copolymer vesicles in concentrated solution via polymerization-induced self-assembly.

    PubMed

    Gonzato, Carlo; Semsarilar, Mona; Jones, Elizabeth R; Li, Feng; Krooshof, Gerard J P; Wyman, Paul; Mykhaylyk, Oleksandr O; Tuinier, Remco; Armes, Steven P

    2014-08-01

    Block copolymer self-assembly is normally conducted via post-polymerization processing at high dilution. In the case of block copolymer vesicles (or "polymersomes"), this approach normally leads to relatively broad size distributions, which is problematic for many potential applications. Herein we report the rational synthesis of low-polydispersity diblock copolymer vesicles in concentrated solution via polymerization-induced self-assembly using reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization of benzyl methacrylate. Our strategy utilizes a binary mixture of a relatively long and a relatively short poly(methacrylic acid) stabilizer block, which become preferentially expressed at the outer and inner poly(benzyl methacrylate) membrane surface, respectively. Dynamic light scattering was utilized to construct phase diagrams to identify suitable conditions for the synthesis of relatively small, low-polydispersity vesicles. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) was used to verify that this binary mixture approach produced vesicles with significantly narrower size distributions compared to conventional vesicles prepared using a single (short) stabilizer block. Calculations performed using self-consistent mean field theory (SCMFT) account for the preferred self-assembled structures of the block copolymer binary mixtures and are in reasonable agreement with experiment. Finally, both SAXS and SCMFT indicate a significant degree of solvent plasticization for the membrane-forming poly(benzyl methacrylate) chains. PMID:25026466

  5. Access to 3-Acyl-(2H)-indazoles via Rh(III)-Catalyzed C-H Addition and Cyclization of Azobenzenes with α-Keto Aldehydes.

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    Jeong, Taejoo; Han, Sang Hoon; Han, Sangil; Sharma, Satyasheel; Park, Jihye; Lee, Jong Suk; Kwak, Jong Hwan; Jung, Young Hoon; Kim, In Su

    2016-01-15

    The rhodium(III)-catalyzed direct C-H functionalization of azobenzenes with ethyl glyoxalate and aryl glyoxals is described. This protocol provides the facile and efficient formation of various C3-acylated-(2H)-indazoles in moderate to high yields. PMID:26741169

  6. An azobenzene-containing metal-organic framework as an efficient heterogeneous catalyst for direct amidation of benzoic acids: synthesis of bioactive compounds.

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    Hoang, Linh T M; Ngo, Long H; Nguyen, Ha L; Nguyen, Hanh T H; Nguyen, Chung K; Nguyen, Binh T; Ton, Quang T; Nguyen, Hong K D; Cordova, Kyle E; Truong, Thanh

    2015-12-14

    An azobenzene-containing zirconium metal-organic framework was demonstrated to be an effective heterogeneous catalyst for the direct amidation of benzoic acids in tetrahydrofuran at 70 °C. This finding was applied to the synthesis of several important, representative bioactive compounds. PMID:26455380

  7. Electric bistability induced by incorporating self-assembled monolayers/aggregated clusters of azobenzene derivatives in pentacene-based thin-film transistors.

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    Tseng, Chiao-Wei; Huang, Ding-Chi; Tao, Yu-Tai

    2012-10-24

    Composite films of pentacene and a series of azobenzene derivatives are prepared and used as the active channel material in top-contact, bottom-gate field-effect transistors. The transistors exhibit high field-effect mobility as well as large I-V hysteresis as a function of the gate bias history. The azobenzene moieties, incorporated either in the form of self-assembled monolayer or discrete multilayer clusters at the dielectric surface, result in electric bistability of the pentacene-based transistor either by photoexcitation or gate biasing. The direction of threshold voltage shifts, size of hysteresis, response time, and retention characteristics all strongly depend on the substituent on the benzene ring. The results show that introducing a monolayer of azobenzene moieties results in formation of charge carrier traps responsible for slower switching between the bistable states and longer retention time. With clusters of azobenzene moieties as the trap sites, the switching is faster but the retention is shorter. Detailed film structure analyses and correlation with the transistor/memory properties of these devices are provided. PMID:22974132

  8. In Search of an Efficient Photoswitch for Functional RNA: Design Principles from a Microscopic Analysis of Azobenzene-linker-RNA Dynamics with Different Linkers.

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    Mondal, Padmabati; Biswas, Mithun; Goldau, Thomas; Heckel, Alexander; Burghardt, Irene

    2015-08-27

    The design of optimal photoswitches to regulate nucleic acid functionality is a considerable challenge. Azobenzene switches that are covalently bound to the nucleic acid backbone are a paradigm example that has been studied using different types of linker species connecting the chromophore to the backbone. To support experimental efforts to construct optimal azobenzene-linker-RNA combinations, we introduce here a systematic approach for theoretical analysis, which provides criteria for the local embedding of the chromophore via a chosen linker. Using a local reference frame adapted to the chromophore, quantitative measures are provided for (i) the propensity of stacking in competition with a drift toward the minor or major groove, (ii) the tendency to disrupt the native hydrogen bond network, (iii) the structural flexibility of the chromophore-linker combination, and (iv) the correlations with the presence of a base in the opposite strand. Large differences in structural stability between the trans and cis forms of the azobenzene chromophore, according to these criteria, indicate good functionality and lead to significant differences in melting temperatures. In particular, a recently synthesized deoxyribose linker proves optimal within the set of azobenzene-linker-RNA combinations considered. PMID:26125118

  9. cis-to-trans isomerization of azobenzene investigated by using thin films of metal-organic frameworks.

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    Yu, Xiaojuan; Wang, Zhengbang; Buchholz, Maria; Füllgrabe, Nena; Grosjean, Sylvain; Bebensee, Fabian; Bräse, Stefan; Wöll, Christof; Heinke, Lars

    2015-09-21

    The activation barrier for cis-to-trans isomerization is a key parameter for governing the properties of photoswitchable molecules. This quantity can be computed by using theoretical methods, but experimental determination is not straightforward. Photoswitchable molecules typically do not change their conformation in the pure crystalline state. When the molecules are in solution, the switching is affected by the viscosity and polarity of the solvent and when embedded in polymers, the conformational change is affected by the polymer matrix. Here, we describe a novel approach where the photoswitchable group is integrated in a highly crystalline, porous molecular framework. Sufficiently large pore sizes in such metal-organic frameworks, MOFs, allow unhindered switching and the strictly periodic structure of the lattice eliminates virtually all contributions from inhomogeneities. Using IR spectroscopy to probe the conformational state of azobenzene, the energy barrier separating the cis and the trans state could be determined by an Arrhenius analysis of the data accumulated in a temperature regime between 314 K and 385 K. The result, 1.09 ± 0.09 eV, is in very good agreement with the activation energy reported for the thermal cis-to-trans isomerization of free azobenzene as computed by DFT calculations. PMID:26255748

  10. A sulfonic-azobenzene-grafted silica amphiphilic material: a versatile stationary phase for mixed-mode chromatography.

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    Qiu, Hongdeng; Zhang, Mingliang; Gu, Tongnian; Takafuji, Makoto; Ihara, Hirotaka

    2013-12-23

    A novel sulfonic-azobenzene-functionalized amphiphilic silica material was synthesized through the preparation of a new sulfonic azobenzene monomer and its grafting on mercaptopropyl-modified silica by a surface-initiated radical chain-transfer reaction. The synthesis was confirmed by infrared spectra, elemental analysis, and thermogravimetric analysis. This new material was successfully applied as a new kind of mixed-mode stationary phase in liquid chromatography. This allows an exceptionally flexible adjustment of retention and selectivity by tuning the experimental conditions. The distinct separation mechanisms were outlined by selected examples of chromatographic separations in the different modes. In reversed-phase liquid chromatography, this new stationary phase presented specific chromatographic performance when evaluated using a Tanaka test mixture. Seven dinitro aromatic isomers, four steroids, and seven flavonoids were separated successfully in simple reversed-phase mode. This stationary phase can also be used in hydrophilic interaction chromatography because of the existing polar functional groups; for this, nucleosides and their bases were used as a test mixture. Interestingly, the same nucleosides and bases can also be separated in per aqueous liquid chromatography using the same stationary phase. Three ginsenosides including Rg1, Re, and Rb1 were successfully separated in hydrophilic mode. There is the potential for more applications to benefit from this useful column. PMID:24353082

  11. Opposite photo-induced deformations in azobenzene-containing polymers with different molecular architecture: Molecular dynamics study

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    Ilnytskyi, Jaroslav M.; Neher, Dieter; Saphiannikova, Marina

    2011-07-01

    Photo-induced deformations in azobenzene-containing polymers (azo-polymers) are central to a number of applications, such as optical storage and fabrication of diffractive elements. The microscopic nature of the underlying opto-mechanical coupling is yet not clear. In this study, we address the experimental finding that the scenario of the effects depends on molecular architecture of the used azo-polymer. Typically, opposite deformations in respect to the direction of light polarization are observed for liquid crystalline and amorphous azo-polymers. In this study, we undertake molecular dynamics simulations of two different models that mimic these two types of azo-polymers. We employ hybrid force field modeling and consider only trans-isomers of azobenzene, represented as Gay-Berne sites. The effect of illumination on the orientation of the chromophores is considered on the level of orientational hole burning and emphasis is given to the resulting deformation of the polymer matrix. We reproduce deformations of opposite sign for the two models being considered here and discuss the relevant microscopic mechanisms in both cases.

  12. Opposite photo-induced deformations in azobenzene-containing polymers with different molecular architecture: Molecular dynamics study

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    Ilnytskyi, Jaroslav M.; Neher, Dieter; Saphiannikova, Marina

    2011-07-28

    Photo-induced deformations in azobenzene-containing polymers (azo-polymers) are central to a number of applications, such as optical storage and fabrication of diffractive elements. The microscopic nature of the underlying opto-mechanical coupling is yet not clear. In this study, we address the experimental finding that the scenario of the effects depends on molecular architecture of the used azo-polymer. Typically, opposite deformations in respect to the direction of light polarization are observed for liquid crystalline and amorphous azo-polymers. In this study, we undertake molecular dynamics simulations of two different models that mimic these two types of azo-polymers. We employ hybrid force field modeling and consider only trans-isomers of azobenzene, represented as Gay-Berne sites. The effect of illumination on the orientation of the chromophores is considered on the level of orientational hole burning and emphasis is given to the resulting deformation of the polymer matrix. We reproduce deformations of opposite sign for the two models being considered here and discuss the relevant microscopic mechanisms in both cases.

  13. Holographic investigations of azobenzene-containing low-molecular-weight compounds in pure materials and binary blends with polystyrene.

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    Audorff, Hubert; Walker, Roland; Kador, Lothar; Schmidt, Hans-Werner

    2011-11-01

    This paper reports on the synthesis and the thermal and optical properties of photochromic low-molecular-weight compounds, especially with respect to the formation of holographic volume gratings in the pure materials and in binary blends with polystyrene. Its aim is to provide a basic understanding of the holographic response with regard to the molecular structure, and thus to show a way to obtain suitable rewritable materials with high sensitivity for holographic data storage. The photoactive low-molecular-weight compounds consist of a central core with three or four azobenzene-based arms attached through esterification. Four different cores were investigated that influence the glass transition temperature and the glass-forming properties. Additional structural variations were introduced by the polar terminal substituent at the azobenzene chromophore to fine-tune the optical properties and the holographic response. Films of the neat compounds were investigated in holographic experiments, especially with regard to the material sensitivity. In binary blends of the low-molecular-weight compounds with polystyrene, the influence of a polymer matrix on the behavior in holographic experiments was studied. The most promising material combination was also investigated at elevated temperatures, at which the holographic recording sensitivity is even higher. PMID:21956207

  14. Opposite photo-induced deformations in azobenzene-containing polymers with different molecular architecture: molecular dynamics study.

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    Ilnytskyi, Jaroslav M; Neher, Dieter; Saphiannikova, Marina

    2011-07-28

    Photo-induced deformations in azobenzene-containing polymers (azo-polymers) are central to a number of applications, such as optical storage and fabrication of diffractive elements. The microscopic nature of the underlying opto-mechanical coupling is yet not clear. In this study, we address the experimental finding that the scenario of the effects depends on molecular architecture of the used azo-polymer. Typically, opposite deformations in respect to the direction of light polarization are observed for liquid crystalline and amorphous azo-polymers. In this study, we undertake molecular dynamics simulations of two different models that mimic these two types of azo-polymers. We employ hybrid force field modeling and consider only trans-isomers of azobenzene, represented as Gay-Berne sites. The effect of illumination on the orientation of the chromophores is considered on the level of orientational hole burning and emphasis is given to the resulting deformation of the polymer matrix. We reproduce deformations of opposite sign for the two models being considered here and discuss the relevant microscopic mechanisms in both cases. PMID:21806155

  15. Dethreading of a Photoactive Azobenzene-Containing Molecular Axle from a Crown Ether Ring: A Computational Investigation.

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    Tabacchi, Gloria; Silvi, Serena; Venturi, Margherita; Credi, Alberto; Fois, Ettore

    2016-06-17

    Pseudorotaxanes formed by a dibenzo[24]crown-8 ring (R) and a dialkylammonium axle bearing either two E- or two Z-azobenzene units (EE-A or ZZ-A) revealed useful for the construction of light-powered molecular machines and motors, as they provide the opportunity of photocontrolling self-assembly/disassembly processes. The potential energies profiles for the dethreading of these complexes have been investigated by adopting a combination of first-principles molecular dynamics, metadynamics and quantum-chemical geometry optimization approaches. While the dethreading of the EE-A axle is associated with a monotonic energy increase, for that of the ZZ-A axle a transition state and an intermediate structure, in which the components are still threaded together, are found. The rate determining step for the dethreading of the ZZ axle has a higher energy barrier than that of the EE axle, in agreement with the experimental kinetic data. Moreover, the results suggest that the elliptic shape of the ring cavity is important for discriminating between the E and Z terminal azobenzene during dethreading. PMID:26918775

  16. Photoswitching the mechanical properties in Langmuir layers of semifluorinated alkyl-azobenzenes at the air-water interface.

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    Theodoratou, Antigoni; Jonas, Ulrich; Loppinet, Benoit; Geue, Thomas; Stangenberg, René; Li, Dan; Berger, Rüdiger; Vlassopoulos, Dimitris

    2015-11-21

    Semifluorinated alkyl-azobenzene derivatives (SFAB) can form stable Langmuir layers at the air-water interface. These systems combine the amphiphobic character of semifluorinated alkyl units as structure-directing motifs with photochromic behavior based on the well-known reversible cis-trans isomerization upon irradiation with UV and visible light. Herein, we report our investigations of the structural and dynamic tunability of these SFAB layers at the air-water interface in response to an external light stimulus. The monolayer structures and properties of [4-(heptadecafluorooctyl)phenyl](4-octylphenyl)diazene (F8-azo-H8) and bis(4-octylphenyl)diazene (H8-azo-H8) were studied by neutron reflectivity, surface pressure-area isotherms with compression-expansion cycles, and interfacial rheology. We find that UV irradiation reversibly influences the packing behavior of the azobenzene molecules and interpret this as a transition from organized layer structures with the main axis of the molecule vertically oriented in the trans form to random packing of the cis isomer. Interestingly, this trans-cis isomerization leads to an increase in surface pressure, which is accompanied by a decrease in viscoelastic moduli. These results suggest ways of tailoring the properties of responsive fluid interfaces. PMID:26451399

  17. Use of directly molded poly(methyl methacrylate) channels for microfluidic applications.

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    Lee, Sung Hoon; Kang, Do Hyun; Kim, Hong Nam; Suh, Kahp Y

    2010-12-01

    A direct molding method for creating a homogeneous, polymer microfluidic channel is presented. By utilizing capillary rise and subsequent absorption of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) solution into a solvent-permeable poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) mold, various circular or elliptic polymer microchannels were fabricated without channel bonding and additional surface modification processes. In addition, the channel diameter was tunable from several micrometres to several hundreds of micrometres by controlling concentration and initial amount of polymer solution for a given PDMS mold geometry. The molded PMMA channels were used for two applications: blocking absorption of Rhodamine B dye and constructing artificial endothelial cell-cultured capillaries. It was observed that the molded PMMA channels effectively prevented absorption and diffusion of Rhodamine molecules over 5 h time span, demonstrating approximately 40 times higher blocking efficiency as compared to porous PDMS channels. Also, calf pulmonary artery endothelial cells (CPAEs) adhered, spread, and proliferated uniformly within the molded microchannels to form near confluency within 3 days and remained viable at day 6 without notable cell death, suggesting high biocompatibility and possibility for emulating in vivo-like three-dimensional architecture of blood vessels. PMID:20938498

  18. Are block copolymer worms more effective Pickering emulsifiers than block copolymer spheres?

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    Thompson, K L; Mable, C J; Cockram, A; Warren, N J; Cunningham, V J; Jones, E R; Verber, R; Armes, S P

    2014-11-21

    RAFT-mediated polymerisation-induced self-assembly (PISA) is used to prepare six types of amphiphilic block copolymer nanoparticles which were subsequently evaluated as putative Pickering emulsifiers for the stabilisation of n-dodecane-in-water emulsions. It was found that linear poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)-poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate) (PGMA-PHPMA) diblock copolymer spheres and worms do not survive the high shear homogenisation conditions used for emulsification. Stable emulsions are obtained, but the copolymer acts as a polymeric surfactant; individual chains rather than particles are adsorbed at the oil-water interface. Particle dissociation during emulsification is attributed to the weakly hydrophobic character of the PHPMA block. Covalent stabilisation of these copolymer spheres or worms can be readily achieved by addition of ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) during the PISA synthesis. TEM studies confirm that the resulting cross-linked spherical or worm-like nanoparticles survive emulsification and produce genuine Pickering emulsions. Alternatively, stabilisation can be achieved by either replacing or supplementing the PHPMA block with the more hydrophobic poly(benzyl methacrylate) (PBzMA). The resulting linear spheres or worms also survive emulsification and produce stable n-dodecane-in-water Pickering emulsions. The intrinsic advantages of anisotropic worms over isotropic spheres for the preparation of Pickering emulsions are highlighted. The former particles are more strongly adsorbed at similar efficiencies compared to spheres and also enable smaller oil droplets to be produced for a given copolymer concentration. The scalable nature of PISA formulations augurs well for potential applications of anisotropic block copolymer nanoparticles as Pickering emulsifiers. PMID:25254485

  19. Investigation of Methacrylic Acid at High Pressure Using Neutron Diffraction.

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    Marshall, William G; Urquhart, Andrew J; Oswald, Iain D H

    2015-09-10

    This article shows that pressure can be a low-intensity route to the synthesis of polymethacrylic acid. The exploration of perdeuterated methacrylic acid at high pressure using neutron diffraction reveals that methacrylic acid exhibits two polymorphic phase transformations at relatively low pressures. The first is observed at 0.39 GPa, where both phases were observed simultaneously and confirm our previous observations. This transition is followed by a second transition at 1.2 GPa to a new polymorph that is characterized for the first time. On increasing pressure, the diffraction pattern of phase III deteriorates significantly. On decompression phase III persists to 0.54 GPa before transformation to the ambient pressure phase. There is significant loss of signal after decompression, signifying that there has been a loss of material through polymerization. The orientation of the molecules in phase III provides insight into the possible polymerization reaction. PMID:26289930

  20. Preparation and characterization of methacrylate hydrogels for zeta potential control

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    Gregonis, D. E.; Ma, S. M.; Vanwagenen, R.; Andrade, J. D.

    1976-01-01

    A technique based on the measurement of streaming potentials has been developed to evaluate the effects of hydrophilic coatings on electroosmotic flow. The apparatus and procedure are described as well as some results concerning the electrokinetic potential of glass capillaries as a function of ionic strength, pH, and temperature. The effect that turbulence and entrance flow conditions have on accurate streaming potential measurements is discussed. Various silane adhesion promoters exhibited only a slight decrease in streaming potential. A coating utilizing a glycidoxy silane base upon which methylcellulose is applied affords a six-fold decrease over uncoated tubes. Hydrophilic methacrylate gels show similar streaming potential behavior, independent of the water content of the gel. By introduction of positive or negative groups into the hydrophilic methacrylate gels, a range of streaming potential values are obtained having absolute positive or negative signs.

  1. Physical properties of agave cellulose graft polymethyl methacrylate

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    Rosli, Noor Afizah; Ahmad, Ishak; Abdullah, Ibrahim; Anuar, Farah Hannan

    2013-11-01

    The grafting polymerization of methyl methacrylate and Agave cellulose was prepared and their structural analysis and morphology were investigated. The grafting reaction was carried out in an aqueous medium using ceric ammonium nitrate as an initiator. The structural analysis of the graft copolymers was carried out by Fourier transform infrared and X-ray diffraction. The graft copolymers were also characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). An additional peak at 1732 cm-1 which was attributed to the C=O of ester stretching vibration of poly(methyl methacrylate), appeared in the spectrum of grafted Agave cellulose. A slight decrease of crystallinity index upon grafting was found from 0.74 to 0.68 for cellulose and grafted Agave cellulose, respectively. Another evidence of grafting showed in the FESEM observation, where the surface of the grafted cellulose was found to be roughed than the raw one.

  2. SYNTHESIS OF METHYL METHACRYLATE FROM COAL-DERIVED SYNGAS

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    Makarand R. Gogate; James J. Spivey; Joseph R. Zoeller; Richard D. Colberg; Gerald N. Choi; Samuel S. Tam

    1999-04-21

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel collectively are developing a novel three-step process for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas that consists of the steps of synthesis of a propionate, its condensation with formaldehyde to form methacrylic acid (MAA), and esterification of MAA with methanol to produce MMA. The research team has completed the research on the three-step methanol-based route to MMA. Under an extension to the original contract, we are currently evaluating a new DME-based process for MMA. The key research need for DME route is to develop catalysts for DME partial oxidation reactions and DME condensation reactions. Over the last quarter (January-March/99), in-situ formaldehyde generation and condensation with methyl propionate were tested over various catalysts and reaction conditions. The patent application is in preparation and the results are retained for future reports.

  3. SYNTHESIS OF METHACRYLATES FROM COAL-DERIVED SYNGAS

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    Jang, B.W.L.; Spivey, J.J.; Gogate, M.R.; Zoeller, J.R.; Colberg, R.D.; Choi, G.N.

    1999-12-01

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel have developed a novel process for synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas, under a contract from the US Department of Energy/Fossil Energy Technology Center (DOE/FETC). This project has resulted in five US patents (four already published and one pending publication). It has served as the basis for the technical and economic assessment of the production of this high-volume intermediate from coal-derived synthesis gas. The three-step process consists of the synthesis of a propionate from ethylene carbonylation using coal-derived CO, condensation of the propionate with formaldehyde to form methacrylic acid (MAA); and esterification of MAA with methanol to yield MMA. The first two steps, propionate synthesis and condensation catalysis, are the key technical challenges and the focus of the research presented here.

  4. Physical properties of agave cellulose graft polymethyl methacrylate

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    Rosli, Noor Afizah; Ahmad, Ishak; Abdullah, Ibrahim; Anuar, Farah Hannan

    2013-11-27

    The grafting polymerization of methyl methacrylate and Agave cellulose was prepared and their structural analysis and morphology were investigated. The grafting reaction was carried out in an aqueous medium using ceric ammonium nitrate as an initiator. The structural analysis of the graft copolymers was carried out by Fourier transform infrared and X-ray diffraction. The graft copolymers were also characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). An additional peak at 1732 cm{sup −1} which was attributed to the C=O of ester stretching vibration of poly(methyl methacrylate), appeared in the spectrum of grafted Agave cellulose. A slight decrease of crystallinity index upon grafting was found from 0.74 to 0.68 for cellulose and grafted Agave cellulose, respectively. Another evidence of grafting showed in the FESEM observation, where the surface of the grafted cellulose was found to be roughed than the raw one.

  5. Penile enlargement with methacrylate injection: is it safe?

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    Torricelli, Fabio Cesar Miranda; Andrade, Enrico Martins de; Marchini, Giovanni Scala; Lopes, Roberto Iglesias; Claro, Joaquim Francisco Almeida; Cury, Jose; Srougi, Miguel

    2013-01-01

    CONTEXT Penis size is a great concern for men in many cultures. Despite the great variety of methods for penile augmentation, none has gained unanimous acceptance among experts in the field. However, in this era of minimally invasive procedure, injection therapy for penile augmentation has become more popular. Here we report a case of methacrylate injection in the penis that evolved with penile deformity and sexual dysfunction. This work also reviews the investigation and management of this pathological condition. CASE REPORT A 36-year-old male sought medical care with a complaint of penile deformity and sexual dysfunction after methacrylate injection. The treatment administered was surgical removal. Satisfactory cosmetic and functional results were reached after two months. CONCLUSIONS There is a need for better structured scientific research to evaluate the outcomes and complication rates from all penile augmentation procedures. PMID:23538596

  6. [Chest granuloma secondary to methyl methacrylate. Case report].

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    Martínez-Bistrain, Ricardo; Robles García, Verónica; Cornejo-Morales, Ivonne

    2010-01-01

    We present the case of a patient with a history of a massive left hemithorax crushing injury in 1985; the exact management of the lesion is unknown. Twenty years later he had a thoracic fistula with a culture that was reported as positive for Enteroccocus faecalis and Staphyloccocus epidermidis. The patient was referred by the chest surgery service with the diagnosis of rib osteomyelitis once complementary imaging tests were performed (plain X-rays, CAT scan and MRI). The patient underwent surgery at our service; a granulomatous reaction secondary to a foreign body (methyl methacrylate and Ethibon) was reported. Chest reconstruction for massive lesions is possible with methyl methacrylate. Imaging studies involve the well-known difficulty to identify this material, given that it may produce signals and densities that are difficult to interpret by specialized physicians. PMID:20377062

  7. Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-b-poly(L-Lysine) cationic hybrid materials for non-viral gene delivery in NIH 3T3 mouse embryonic fibroblasts.

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    Johnson, Renjith P; Uthaman, Saji; John, Johnson V; Heo, Min Seon; Park, In Kyu; Suh, Hongsuk; Kim, Il

    2014-09-01

    In order to develop efficient and nontoxic gene delivery vectors, a series of biocompatible block copolymers, poly[(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)40 -block-(L-lysine)n ] (n = 40, 80, 120, 150), are prepared by combining an atom transfer radical polymerization of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate with a ring-opening polymerization of N(ϵ) -(carbobenzoxy)-L-lysine N-carboxyanhydride. The block copolymers are successfully condensed with plasmid DNA (pDNA) into nanosized (<200 nm) polyplexes. As a representative sample, p(HEMA)40 -b-p(lys)150 is utilized to confirm the effective cellular and nuclear uptake of pDNA. The polymer/pDNA polyplexes exhibit very low cytotoxicity and enhanced transfection activity by being easily taken up into mouse embryonic fibroblast cell line (NIH 3T3). Thus, the chimeric block copolymers provide a means for developing versatile nonviral gene vectors harboring the ideal requirements of low cytotoxicity, good stability, and high transfection efficiency for gene therapy. PMID:24862905

  8. Biodegradation of polystyrene, poly(metnyl methacrylate), and phenol formaldehyde.

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    Kaplan, D L; Hartenstein, R; Sutter, J

    1979-01-01

    The biodegradation of three synthetic 14C-labeled polymers, poly(methyl methacrylate), phenol formaldehyde, and polystyrene, was studied with 17 species of fungi in axenic cultures, five groups of soil invertebrates, and a variety of mixed microbial communities including sludges, soils, manures, garbages, and decaying plastics. Extremely low decomposition rates were found. The addition of cellulose and mineral failed to increase decomposition rates significantly. PMID:533278

  9. PolyGuanine methacrylate cryogels for ribonucleic acid purification.

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    Köse, Kazım; Uzun, Lokman

    2016-05-01

    The isolation and purification of ribonucleic acid have attracted attention recently for the understanding of the functions in detail because of the necessity for the treatment of genetic diseases. In this study, guanine-incorporated polymeric cryogels were developed to obtain highly purified ribonucleic acid. The satisfactory purification performance was achieved with the guanine-incorporated poly (2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-guanine methacrylate) cryogels. The most crucial advantages to use guanine as a functional monomer are to obtain a real natural interaction between guanine on the polymeric material and cytosine on the ribonucleic acid. Moreover, using cryogel with a highly porous structure and high swelling ratio provide advantages of getting more water within the structure to get more analyte to interact. The characterization of cryogels has proved the success of the synthesis and the perfect natural interaction to be taken place between the ligand (guanine methacrylate) and the cytosine in the ribonucleic acid molecules. Although the pores within the structure of cryogels are small, they provide efficient and fast adsorption. The chromatographic separation performance was investigated for different conditions (pH, temperature etc.). The desorption ratio and reusability were also analyzed at the end of the five adsorption-desorption cycles with no significant changes. PMID:27004613

  10. Evaluation of alternate routes for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate

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    Spivey, J.J.; Gogate, M.R.; Zoeller, J.R.; Colberg, R.D.; Choi, G.N.

    1998-12-31

    The use of coal-derived syngas to produce high value chemicals is an important means of upgrading this resource. One example of a chemical that can be produced from coal-derived syngas is methyl methacrylate (MMA). Poly-methyl methacrylate is widely used in coatings and in various industrial molded products. The most widely practiced commercial technology for the synthesis of MMA is the acetone cyanohydrin (ACH) process. This process requires handling of large quantities of toxic hydrogen cyanide and generates one mole of ammonium bisulfate waste per mole of MMA. This bisulfate must either be regenerated or discarded, either of which substantially increases the cost. The ACH technology is thus environmentally and economically untenable for any new MMA plant expansions that would be needed to meet increasing demand. The RTI-Eastman-Bechtel research team is developing an alternative, environmentally benign route to MMA consisting of three steps; (step 1) synthesis of a propionate from ethylene, carbon monoxide, and steam, (step 2) condensation of this propionate with formaldehyde, and (step 3) esterification of resulting methacrylic acid with methanol to form MMA. This paper describes the preliminary economics of the overall process compared to other emerging processes, and focuses on step 2, including long term testing of catalysts for the condensation of propionic acid with formaldehyde to form MAA.

  11. Different in vitro and in vivo behaviors between Poly(carboxybetaine methacrylate) and poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate).

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    Lin, Weifeng; Ma, Guanglong; Wu, Jiang; Chen, Shengfu

    2016-10-01

    Poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (pSBMA) and poly(carboxybetaine methacrylate) (pCBMA) are two well-known zwitterionic polymers known for their excellent antifouling properties. In this work, these two zwitterionic polymers were compared both in vitro and in vivo. Both of them exhibited excellent antifouling properties and low macrophage uptake although there were negligible differences in resistance to nonspecific protein adsorption of their hydrogels and cell internalization of their star polymers. However, it is found that the β- Cyclodextrin-CBMA (CD-CBMA) showed a circulation time one order of magnitude longer than CD-SBMA, which implied that small differences in vitro may lead to a dramatic difference in vivo. This work demonstrated that pCBMA showed greater potential than pSBMA in biomedical applications. PMID:27459415

  12. Types of Heart Block

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    ... Block Explore Heart Block What Is... Electrical System & EKG Results Types Causes Who Is at Risk Signs & ... the P and the R waves on the EKG (electrocardiogram). First-degree heart block may not cause ...

  13. Dielectric relaxation study of mixtures of alkyl methacrylates and 1-alcohols using time-domain reflectometry

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    Sivagurunathan, P.; Dharmalingam, K.; Ramachandran, K.; Prabhakar Undre, B.; Khirade, P. W.; Mehrotra, S. C.

    2006-05-01

    Dielectric relaxation measurements on alkyl methacrylates (methyl methacrylate, ethyl methacrylate and butyl methacrylate) with 1-alcohols (1-propanol, 1-pentanol, 1-heptanol, 1-octanol and 1-decanol) have been carried out using time-domain reflectometry (TDR) over the frequency range 10 MHz to 20 GHz at 303 K for different concentrations of alcohols. The dielectric parameters, namely the static dielectric constant (ɛ0), the dielectric constant at microwave frequencies (ɛ∞) and the relaxation time (τ) were determined. The Kirkwood correlation factor, which contains information regarding solute-solvent interaction and corresponding structural information, the excess permittivity and the excess inverse relaxation time were also determined. The values of the static dielectric constant and the relaxation time increase with the percentage of alkyl methacrylates in the alcohol, whereas the static dielectric constant decreases and the relaxation time increases with an increase in the alkyl chain length of both the methacrylates and the alcohols.

  14. Heterocyclic methacrylates for clinical applications. II. Room temperature polymerizing systems for potential clinical use.

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    Patel, M P; Braden, M

    1991-09-01

    A number of useful room temperature polymerizing resins were formulated, based on poly(ethyl methacrylate) powder and a range of low shrinkage heterocyclic methacrylate monomers. N,N-dimethyl-p-toluidine or p-tolyl diethanolamine were used as activating amines, but the latter material is less active and some care is necessary with respect to the source of the monomer. Isobornyl methacrylate is a useful diluent monomer to reduce the exotherm. PMID:1742408

  15. Nanostructured photovoltaic materials using block polymer assemblies

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    Mastroianni, Sarah Elizabeth

    Despite its potential as an abundant, sustainable alternative to non-renewable energy sources, solar energy currently is underutilized. Photovoltaics, which convert energy from sunlight into electricity, commonly are made from inorganic semiconductor materials that require expensive manufacturing and processing techniques. Alternatively, organic materials can be used to produce flexible and lightweight organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices, which can be prepared using solution-based processing techniques. However, OPV devices are limited by low efficiencies and short lifetimes compared to their inorganic counterparts. In OPV systems, charge carriers are generated in the active layer via the separation of excitons (electron-hole pairs) at interfaces between donor and acceptor materials. Because excitons have a limited diffusion length (˜10 nm), they may recombine before reaching a donor-acceptor interface if domain sizes are large. This exciton recombination can limit device efficiency; thus, the design parameters for improved active layer morphologies include large interfacial areas, small size scales, and continuous conducting pathways. Currently, most OPV devices are prepared by blending donor and acceptor materials in bulk heterojunction (BHJ) devices, often resulting in non-ideal, process-dependent morphologies. Alternatively, the self-assembly of block polymers (BP)s offers a reproducible means to generate nanostructured active layers. The work presented in this dissertation examines the synthetic approaches to preparing BPs containing different electroactive materials: non-conjugated, amorphous poly(vinyl-m-triphenylamine) [PVmTPA] and conjugated poly(3-alkythiophene) [P3AT] p-type materials as well as fullerene-based n-type materials. The synthesis and self-assembly of a model poly(methyl methacrylate)- b-PVmTPA system is presented. This work was extended to synthesize PVmTPA BPs with complementary poly(methyl methacrylate- co-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) [P

  16. Engineering Light-Mediated Bistable Azobenzene Switches Bearing Urea d-Aminoglucose Units for Chiral Discrimination of Carboxylates.

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    Dąbrowa, Kajetan; Niedbała, Patryk; Jurczak, Janusz

    2016-05-01

    The symmetrical molecular receptors 1a and 1b consisting of a photochemically addressable azobenzene tether functionalized with urea hydrogen-bonding groups and d-carbohydrates as chiral selectors were developed to achieve control over the chiral recognition of α-amino acid-derived carboxylates. The photo- and thermally interconvertible planar E-1 and concaved Z-1 were found to exhibit different affinities, selectivities, and binding modes toward these biologically important anions in a highly polar medium (DMSO + 0.5% H2O). Binding affinity for the same enantiomerically pure guest was up to 3 times higher for E-1 than for Z-1 (cf. parameter β). In addition, the rate of thermal Z → E isomerization was found to depend on the chiral binding ability of Z-1, i.e., more strongly bound carboxylate enantiomer as well as higher enantiomer concentration caused faster relaxation to E-1. PMID:27057921

  17. Simulation of the photodynamics of azobenzene on its first excited state: comparison of full multiple spawning and surface hopping treatments.

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    Toniolo, A; Ciminelli, C; Persico, M; Martínez, T J

    2005-12-15

    We have studied the cis-->trans and trans-->cis photoisomerization of azobenzene after n-->pi* excitation using the full multiple spawning (FMS) method for nonadiabatic wave-packet dynamics with potential-energy surfaces and couplings determined "on the fly" from a reparametrized multiconfigurational semiempirical method. We compare the FMS results with a previous direct dynamics treatment using the same potential-energy surfaces and couplings, but with the nonadiabatic dynamics modeled using a semiclassical surface hopping (SH) method. We concentrate on the dynamical effects that determine the photoisomerization quantum yields, namely, the rate of radiationless electronic relaxation and the character of motion along the reaction coordinate. The quantal and semiclassical results are in good general agreement, confirming our previous analysis of the photodynamics. The SH method slightly overestimates the rate of excited state decay, leading in this case to lower quantum yields. PMID:16392921

  18. Simulation of the photodynamics of azobenzene on its first excited state: Comparison of full multiple spawning and surface hopping treatments

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    Toniolo, A.; Ciminelli, C.; Persico, M.; Martínez, T. J.

    2005-12-01

    We have studied the cis→trans and trans→cis photoisomerization of azobenzene after n →π* excitation using the full multiple spawning (FMS) method for nonadiabatic wave-packet dynamics with potential-energy surfaces and couplings determined "on the fly" from a reparametrized multiconfigurational semiempirical method. We compare the FMS results with a previous direct dynamics treatment using the same potential-energy surfaces and couplings, but with the nonadiabatic dynamics modeled using a semiclassical surface hopping (SH) method. We concentrate on the dynamical effects that determine the photoisomerization quantum yields, namely, the rate of radiationless electronic relaxation and the character of motion along the reaction coordinate. The quantal and semiclassical results are in good general agreement, confirming our previous analysis of the photodynamics. The SH method slightly overestimates the rate of excited state decay, leading in this case to lower quantum yields.

  19. Simulation of the photodynamics of azobenzene on its first excited state: Comparison of full multiple spawning and surface hopping treatments

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    Toniolo, A.; Ciminelli, C.; Persico, M.; Martinez, T.J.

    2005-12-15

    We have studied the cis{yields}trans and trans{yields}cis photoisomerization of azobenzene after n{yields}{pi}* excitation using the full multiple spawning (FMS) method for nonadiabatic wave-packet dynamics with potential-energy surfaces and couplings determined 'on the fly' from a reparametrized multiconfigurational semiempirical method. We compare the FMS results with a previous direct dynamics treatment using the same potential-energy surfaces and couplings, but with the nonadiabatic dynamics modeled using a semiclassical surface hopping (SH) method. We concentrate on the dynamical effects that determine the photoisomerization quantum yields, namely, the rate of radiationless electronic relaxation and the character of motion along the reaction coordinate. The quantal and semiclassical results are in good general agreement, confirming our previous analysis of the photodynamics. The SH method slightly overestimates the rate of excited state decay, leading in this case to lower quantum yields.

  20. Wormlike micelles with photoresponsive viscoelastic behavior formed by surface active ionic liquid/azobenzene derivative mixed solution.

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    Bi, Yanhui; Wei, Hongtu; Hu, Qiongzheng; Xu, Wenwen; Gong, Yanjun; Yu, Li

    2015-04-01

    The UV-light-stimulated self-assembly behavior of a surface active ionic liquid (SAIL), 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide (C16mimBr), with an azobenzene derivative, sodium azobenzene 4-carboxylate (AzoCOONa), was investigated in aqueous solution. The properties and structures of the aggregates, formed at a concentration ratio equal to 2:1 ([C16mimBr]:[AzoCOONa]), were comprehensively characterized by rheometer and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy. Initially, viscoelastic wormlike micelles with a viscosity of 0.65 Pa·s were constructed in the C16mimBr/AzoCOONa system. Upon irradiation by UV light (365 nm), particularly fascinating is that the wormlike micelles become much longer and more entangled, exhibiting a high viscosity of 6.9 Pa·s. This can be attributed to photoisomerization of the AzoCOONa molecule from trans to cis form. It is the first time that, with exposure to UV or visible light, the aggregate type of the photoresponsive system has remained unchanged, with only a change of internal property parameters. The cation-π interaction prevailing over the hydrophobic interaction and electrostatic interaction between C16mimBr and AzoCOONa molecules is supposed to be responsible for this peculiar phase behavior. The wormlike micelles constructed with the SAIL and photosensitive additive exhibit controllable viscoelastic behavior in the photoresponsive process. In addition, the average contour length of wormlike micelles was found to slightly decrease with the increase of temperature. We expect this system will receive particular attention due to its unique properties and potential applications in drug delivery, biochemistry, and materials science, etc. PMID:25763685

  1. Study of the miscibility of poly(styrene-co-4-vinylbenzoic acid) with poly(ethyl methacrylate) or with poly[ethyl methacrylate-co-(2-N,N-dimethylaminoethyl) methacrylate] by inverse gas chromatography.

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    Ourdani, Samia; Amrani, Farouk

    2002-09-01

    Poly(styrene) is immiscible with poly(ethyl methacrylate). The introduction of a small amount of 4-vinylbenzoic acid units along poly(styrene) chains (PS-VBA) enhanced its miscibility with poly(ethyl methacrylate) (PEMA) or with poly[ethyl methacrylate-co-(2-N,N-dimethylaminoethyl) methacrylate] (PEMA-DAE), as observed from the appearance of a single composition dependent glass transition temperature for each binary system using inverse gas chromatography. The negative values of the apparent polymer-polymer interaction parameter, chi(23)app, determined with different families of molecular probes, for three blend compositions and over a range of temperature confirm quantitatively the miscibility of these blends. The chi(23)app values for PEMA(PS-VBA) and (PEMA-DAE)-(PS-VBA) blends are dependent of the chemical nature of the probes, the temperature and the blend composition. PMID:12385399

  2. Drug-loading of poly(ethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate) (PEGMEMA)-based micelles and mechanisms of uptake in colon carcinoma cells.

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    Chang, Teddy; Gosain, Pallavi; Stenzel, Martina H; Lord, Megan S

    2016-08-01

    In this study polymeric micelles formed from poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (P(PEGMEMA75)-b-PMMA80) block copolymer of approximately 25nm in diameter were used to encapsulate the model drug, Nile Red, with a loading efficiency of 0.08wt% and a chemotherapeutic drug, doxorubicin (DOX), with an efficiency of 2.75wt%. The release of DOX from the micelles was sufficient to be cytotoxic to human colon carcinoma cells, WiDr, while Nile Red and the unloaded micelles were found not to be cytotoxic when exposed to the cells at polymer concentrations up to 200μg/mL. Nile Red loaded micelles were used to analyze uptake of the micelles into the cells which were rapidly internalized within minutes of exposure. The three major endocytotic pathways were involved in the internalization of micelles; however other passive mechanisms were also at play as the addition of inhibitors to all three pathways did not completely inhibit the uptake of these nanoparticles. These data demonstrate the potential of the P(PEGMEMA)75-b-PMMA80 block copolymer micelles to be rapidly internalized by carcinoma cells and deliver low doses of drugs intracellularly for controlled drug release. PMID:27100852

  3. Fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers tethering quaternary ammonium salt groups for antimicrobial purpose

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    Zhou, Fang; Qin, Xiaoshuai; Li, Yancai; Ren, Lixia; Zhao, Yunhui; Yuan, Xiaoyan

    2015-08-01

    Symmetrically structured fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers containing poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) and poly(hexafluorobutyl methacrylate) (PHFBMA) were sequentially synthesized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization, using a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) chain transfer agent with dithiocarbonate groups at both ends. Then, the CBABC-type block copolymers were quaternized with n-octyliodide to tether quaternary ammonium salt (QAS) groups in the PDMAEMA blocks for the antimicrobial use. The obtained fluorosilicone copolymers showed clear variations in the C-N+ composition and surface morphology on their films depending on the content of the PHFBMA blocks, which were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy, respectively. The results indicated that the symmetrical CBABC structure favored PDMS and QAS tethered blocks migrating to the film surface. With the mass percentage of the PHFBMA increased from 0 to 32.5%, the surface roughness of the copolymer film decreased gradually with a tendency to form a smooth surface. Owing to the surface properties, fluorosilicone multi-block copolymers containing a certain amount of PHFBMA with higher C-N+ content and relatively smooth morphology demonstrated obvious antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria, Bacillus subtilis and Gram-negative bacteria, Escherichia coli. The functionalized multi-block copolymers based on fluorosilicone and QAS groups would have potential applications in antimicrobial coatings.

  4. Nonlinear refraction in an epoxy-based polymer with 4-aminoazobenzene caused by the orientation of azobenzene molecules upon pulsed laser excitation

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    Borsch, A A; Brodyn, M S; Volkov, V I; Lyakhovetskii, V R; Kutsenko, A S

    2003-05-31

    Nonlinear refraction caused by the orientation of molecules of a nonlinear-optical chromophore induced by pulsed 532-nm laser radiation in a polymer based on bisphenol-A diglycydyl ether with 4-aminoazobenzene molecules covalently bonded with the polymer chain is studied. The induced anisotropy of the refractive index caused by the orientation of azobenzene molecules is studied using the polarisation and pump-probe techniques in real time. The induced anisotropy appears in the polymer during 50 - 70 {mu}s and relaxes, as a rule, for 5 - 10 s. It is found that nonlinear refraction in the range from microseconds to tens of seconds in this polymer and, hence, the writing of dynamic holographic gratings by nanosecond laser pulses are mainly caused by the orientation of azobenzene molecules by polarised radiation. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  5. Catalytic transfer hydrogenation of azobenzene by low-valent nickel complexes: a route to 1,2-disubstituted benzimidazoles and 2,4,5-trisubstituted imidazolines.

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    Zurita, Daniel A; Flores-Alamo, Marcos; García, Juventino J

    2016-06-21

    The one-pot synthesis of 1,2-disubstituted benzimidazoles by the transfer hydrogenation of azobenzene, using benzylamine as a hydrogen donor, sequential rearrangement of hydrazobenzene to semidine and further condensation with N-benzylideneamine is reported, catalyzed by 2 mol% of [Ni(COD)2] : dippe. The N2 substitution on benzimidazole can be controlled by the selection of different azobenzenes and C2 substitution will only depend on the chosen benzylamine. The current methodology avoids the addition of external oxidants, which are needed in the classical benzimidazole synthesis. In addition, the byproduct, N-benzylideneamine, obtained from dehydrogenation of benzylamine produced 2,4,5-trisubstituted imidazolines by cyclization and C-H functionalization, and this route was optimized with the use of 2 mol% of [Ni(COD)2] : 2PPh3. PMID:27254530

  6. STM study of azobenzene self-assembly on Ag/Ge(1 1 1)-( √{3}×√{3})R30°

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    Wu, H.-C.; Chou, L.-W.; Lee, Y.-R.; Su, C.; Lin, J.-C.

    2009-10-01

    The adsorption and self-organization of trans-azobenzene (TAB) on Ag/Ge(1 1 1)-( √{3}×√{3})R30° (Ag/Ge(1 1 1)- √{3}) were studied by low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM) in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV). High-resolution STM images allow the observation of individual TAB molecules and the commensurate TAB chain domains formed via the hydrogen bond enhanced intermolecular interaction and molecule-substrate interaction on Ag/Ge(1 1 1)- √{3}. From in situ observation of the substrate lattice, the TAB monolayers were found to form a (2 × 1) structure. Some coexisting cis-azobenzene (CAB) molecules were observed on the domain boundary of TAB overlayer. The structural model and the molecule registry corresponding to STM images for the monolayer of TAB on Ag/Ge(1 1 1)- √{3} are proposed and discussed.

  7. Density of radiolytic gas bubbles in polymethyl methacrylate

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    Makkonen, T.; Tiainen, O. J. A.; Valkiainen, M.; Winberg, M.

    The density of the radiolytic gas bubbles in irradiated polymethyl methacrylate was measured during subsequent heat treatment as a function of radiation dose. The samples were irradiated in the core of the Triga Mark II reactor in Otaniemi. After the irradiation periods the samples were heat treated at 393 K. The number of the bubbles could be explained by a thermal activation model. The bubbles are born in material inhomogeneities and the threshold dose for the bubble initiation was about 25 Mrad for the heat treatment at 393 K under the atmospheric pressure.

  8. Jumpwise deformation of polymethyl methacrylate in the microplasticity region

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    Shpeizman, V. V.; Yakushev, P. N.; Mukhina, Zh. V.; Kuznetsov, E. V.; Smolyanskii, A. S.

    2013-05-01

    The deformation rate with a step of 325 nm has been measured under uniaxial compression at the initial stage of creep and shape recovery of a polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) sample after unloading. The effect of low γ-ray doses and magnetic fields on the deformation has been studied. It has been shown that a weak pre-exposure of the PMMA sample structure to radiation and magnetic fields can cause a slight hardening in the microplasticity region. The deformation jump sizes have been determined on micro- and nanoscales. The effect of irradiation and magnetic fields manifests itself as redistributed contributions of various jumps to the deformation.

  9. Hardness of irradiated poly(methyl methacrylate) at elevated temperatures

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    Lu, K.-P.; Lee, Sanboh; Cheng, Cheu Pyeng

    2001-08-15

    The decrease in hardness induced by gamma irradiation in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) has been investigated. The hardness is assumed to decrease linearly with the concentration of radiation-induced defects. Annealing at high temperatures induces defect annihilation as tracked by an increase in hardness. The annihilation follows first-order kinetics during isothermal annealing. The dependence of hardness on the reciprocal of the time constant satisfies the Arrhenius equation, and the corresponding activation energy of the kinetic process decreases with increasing dose. The hardness of postannealed PMMA decreases linearly with increasing dose. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  10. Preparation of Pickering double emulsions using block copolymer worms.

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    Thompson, Kate L; Mable, Charlotte J; Lane, Jacob A; Derry, Mathew J; Fielding, Lee A; Armes, Steven P

    2015-04-14

    The rational formulation of Pickering double emulsions is described using a judicious combination of hydrophilic and hydrophobic block copolymer worms as highly anisotropic emulsifiers. More specifically, RAFT dispersion polymerization was utilized to prepare poly(lauryl methacrylate)-poly(benzyl methacrylate) worms at 20% w/w solids in n-dodecane and poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)-poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate)-poly(benzyl methacrylate) worms at 13% w/w solids in water by polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA). Water-in-oil-in-water (w/o/w) double emulsions can be readily prepared with mean droplet diameters ranging from 30 to 80 μm using a two-stage approach. First, a w/o precursor emulsion comprising 25 μm aqueous droplets is prepared using the hydrophobic worms, followed by encapsulation within oil droplets stabilized by the hydrophilic worms. The double emulsion droplet diameter and number of encapsulated water droplets can be readily varied by adjusting the stirring rate employed during the second stage. For each stage, the droplet volume fraction is relatively high at 0.50. The double emulsion nature of the final formulation was confirmed by optical and fluorescence microscopy studies. Such double emulsions are highly stable to coalescence, with little or no change in droplet diameter being detected over storage at 20 °C for 10 weeks as judged by laser diffraction. Preliminary experiments indicate that the complementary o/w/o emulsions can also be prepared using the same pair of worms by changing the order of homogenization, although somewhat lower droplet volume fractions were required in this case. Finally, we demonstrate that triple and even quadruple emulsions can be formulated using these new highly anisotropic Pickering emulsifiers. PMID:25834923

  11. Preparation of Pickering Double Emulsions Using Block Copolymer Worms

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    The rational formulation of Pickering double emulsions is described using a judicious combination of hydrophilic and hydrophobic block copolymer worms as highly anisotropic emulsifiers. More specifically, RAFT dispersion polymerization was utilized to prepare poly(lauryl methacrylate)–poly(benzyl methacrylate) worms at 20% w/w solids in n-dodecane and poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)–poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate)–poly(benzyl methacrylate) worms at 13% w/w solids in water by polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA). Water-in-oil-in-water (w/o/w) double emulsions can be readily prepared with mean droplet diameters ranging from 30 to 80 μm using a two-stage approach. First, a w/o precursor emulsion comprising 25 μm aqueous droplets is prepared using the hydrophobic worms, followed by encapsulation within oil droplets stabilized by the hydrophilic worms. The double emulsion droplet diameter and number of encapsulated water droplets can be readily varied by adjusting the stirring rate employed during the second stage. For each stage, the droplet volume fraction is relatively high at 0.50. The double emulsion nature of the final formulation was confirmed by optical and fluorescence microscopy studies. Such double emulsions are highly stable to coalescence, with little or no change in droplet diameter being detected over storage at 20 °C for 10 weeks as judged by laser diffraction. Preliminary experiments indicate that the complementary o/w/o emulsions can also be prepared using the same pair of worms by changing the order of homogenization, although somewhat lower droplet volume fractions were required in this case. Finally, we demonstrate that triple and even quadruple emulsions can be formulated using these new highly anisotropic Pickering emulsifiers. PMID:25834923

  12. The immobilization of enzymes onto poly(ethylene)—g.co—methacrylic acid, [poly(ethylene)—g.co—hydroxyethyl methacrylate]—g.co—methacrylic acid and [poly(ethylene)—g.co—methacrylic acid]—g.co—hydroxyethyl methacrylate

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    Da Silva, M. Alves; Gil, M. H.; Guiomar, J.; Lapa, E.; Machado, E.; Moreira, M.; Guthrie, J. T.; Kotov, S.

    A series of graft copolymers has been prepared based on the poly(ethylene) backbone. These carry functional groups which are effective in coupling and provide a level of hydrophilicity which is thought to be consistent with generating a suitable micro-environment for enzyme immobilization and subsequent enhanced biocatalyst stability. Four enzymes have been immobilized. These are papain, trypsin, glucose oxidase and α-chymotrypsin. The parent copolymers were assembled via radiation-induced grafting. Secondary grafting was achieved in two ways. The first involved grafting methacrylic acid onto poly(ethylene)—g.co—hydroxyethyl methacrylate, while the second involved grafting hydroxyethyl methacrylate onto poly(ethylene)—g.co—methacrylic acid. The results suggest that a high degree of specificity arises in the systems examined with regard to the enzymes, the type of copolymers and the coupling procedures. Generally, relatively large amounts of enzyme become covalently attached to the copolymers, though the overall level of activity is low. In this work it has been observed that the most satisfactory results were obtained when the partly hydrolyzed poly(ethylene)—g.co—hydroxyethyl methacrylate was used in the immobilization of the biocatalysts.

  13. Testing block subdivision algorithms on block designs

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    Wiseman, Natalie; Patterson, Zachary

    2016-01-01

    Integrated land use-transportation models predict future transportation demand taking into account how households and firms arrange themselves partly as a function of the transportation system. Recent integrated models require parcels as inputs and produce household and employment predictions at the parcel scale. Block subdivision algorithms automatically generate parcel patterns within blocks. Evaluating block subdivision algorithms is done by way of generating parcels and comparing them to those in a parcel database. Three block subdivision algorithms are evaluated on how closely they reproduce parcels of different block types found in a parcel database from Montreal, Canada. While the authors who developed each of the algorithms have evaluated them, they have used their own metrics and block types to evaluate their own algorithms. This makes it difficult to compare their strengths and weaknesses. The contribution of this paper is in resolving this difficulty with the aim of finding a better algorithm suited to subdividing each block type. The proposed hypothesis is that given the different approaches that block subdivision algorithms take, it's likely that different algorithms are better adapted to subdividing different block types. To test this, a standardized block type classification is used that consists of mutually exclusive and comprehensive categories. A statistical method is used for finding a better algorithm and the probability it will perform well for a given block type. Results suggest the oriented bounding box algorithm performs better for warped non-uniform sites, as well as gridiron and fragmented uniform sites. It also produces more similar parcel areas and widths. The Generalized Parcel Divider 1 algorithm performs better for gridiron non-uniform sites. The Straight Skeleton algorithm performs better for loop and lollipop networks as well as fragmented non-uniform and warped uniform sites. It also produces more similar parcel shapes and patterns.

  14. Influence of Ionic Complexes on Phase Behavior of Polystyrene-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) Copolymers

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    Wang,J.; Chen, W.; Roy, C.; Sievert, J.; Russell, T.

    2008-01-01

    The influence of ionic complexes on phase behavior of PS-b-PMMA copolymers over a wide range of molecular weights and PS volume fractions was investigated by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and neutron reflectivity (NR). The disorder-to-order transition (DOT) in both symmetric and asymmetric copolymers indicates that the overall Flory-Huggins segmental interaction parameter, eff, between polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blocks with lithium-PMMA complexes is increased compared to that of the neat copolymers. This enhanced eff further results in an order-to-order transition (OOT), from spheres to cylinders, and an increase in the ordering and spacing of microdomains. Moreover, transitional metal ionic complexes, such as copper-PMMA complexes, are found to have the similar influence on phase behavior of PS-b-PMMA copolymers. The formation of ionic complexes in the copolymers not only offers a parameter to tune the degree of microphase separation of PS-b-PMMA copolymers but also provides a way to fabricate multifunctional materials.

  15. Azobenzene-functionalized gold nanoparticles as hybrid double-floating-gate in pentacene thin-film transistors/memories with enhanced response, retention, and memory windows.

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    Tseng, Chiao-Wei; Huang, Ding-Chi; Tao, Yu-Tai

    2013-10-01

    Gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) with surfaces covered with a self-assembled monolayer of azobenzene derivatives were prepared at the interface of dielectric insulator SiO2 and pentacene thin film. Transistors constructed with these composite channel materials exhibited electric bistability upon different gate biases, with the monolayer serving as a barrier layer, a work function modulator, as well as additional charge trapping sites at the Au-NPs/semiconductor interface at the same time. In comparison with simple alkanethiol monolayer-covered Au-NPs, the CH3-substituted azobenzene-functionalized Au-NPs result in a transistor memory device with about 70% more charges trapped, much faster response time as well as higher retention time. Besides, depending on the substituent on the azobenzene moieties (CH3, H, or CF3) and the tethering alkyl chain length, the speed at which the carriers are trapped (affecting switching response) and the stability of the carriers that are trapped (affecting memory retention) can be modulated to improve the device performance. The structural characterization and electronic characteristics of these devices will be detailed. PMID:24025199

  16. Preparation of Novel Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate-coglycidyl methacrylate)-Grafted Core-Shell Magnetic Chitosan Microspheres and Immobilization of Lactase

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    Zhao, Wei; Yang, Rui-Jin; Qian, Ting-Ting; Hua, Xiao; Zhang, Wen-Bin; Katiyo, Wendy

    2013-01-01

    Poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-glycidyl methacrylate)-grafted magnetic chitosan microspheres (HG-MCM) were prepared using reversed-phase suspension polymerization method. The HG-MCM presented a core-shell structure and regular spherical shape with poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-glycidyl methacrylate) grafted onto the chitosan layer coating the Fe3O4 cores. The average diameter of the magnetic microspheres was 10.67 μm, within a narrow size distribution of 6.6–17.4 μm. The saturation magnetization and retentivity of the magnetic microspheres were 7.0033 emu/g and 0.6273 emu/g, respectively. The application of HG-MCM in immobilization of lactase showed that the immobilized enzyme presented higher storage, pH and thermal stability compared to the free enzyme. This indicates that HG-MCM have potential applications in bio-macromolecule immobilization. PMID:23743822

  17. Backfilling-Free Strategy for Biopatterning on Intrinsically Dual-Functionalized Poly[2-Aminoethyl Methacrylate-co-Oligo(Ethylene Glycol) Methacrylate] Films.

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    Lee, Bong Soo; Lee, Juno; Han, Gyeongyeop; Ha, EunRae; Choi, Insung S; Lee, Jungkyu K

    2016-07-20

    We demonstrated protein and cellular patterning with a soft lithography technique using poly[2-aminoethyl methacrylate-co-oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate] films on gold surfaces without employing a backfilling process. The backfilling process plays an important role in successfully generating biopatterns; however, it has potential disadvantages in several interesting research and technical applications. To overcome the issue, a copolymer system having highly reactive functional groups and bioinert properties was introduced through a surface-initiated controlled radical polymerization with 2-aminoethyl methacrylate hydrochloride (AMA) and oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate (OEGMA). The prepared poly(AMA-co-OEGMA) film was fully characterized, and among the films having different thicknesses, the 35 nm-thick biotinylated, poly(AMA-co-OEGMA) film exhibited an optimum performance, such as the lowest nonspecific adsorption and the highest specific binding capability toward proteins. PMID:27252120

  18. 21 CFR 177.1030 - Acrylonitrile/butadiene/styrene/methyl methacrylate copolymer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    .../styrene/methyl methacrylate copolymer consists of: (1) 73 to 79 parts by weight of a matrix polymer... weight of methyl methacrylate; and (2) 21 to 27 parts by weight of a grafted rubber consisting of (i) 16... 28 parts by weight of styrene and (ii) 5 to 10 parts by weight of a graft polymer having the...

  19. 21 CFR 177.1030 - Acrylonitrile/butadiene/styrene/methyl methacrylate copolymer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    .../styrene/methyl methacrylate copolymer consists of: (1) 73 to 79 parts by weight of a matrix polymer... weight of methyl methacrylate; and (2) 21 to 27 parts by weight of a grafted rubber consisting of (i) 16... 28 parts by weight of styrene and (ii) 5 to 10 parts by weight of a graft polymer having the...

  20. 21 CFR 177.1030 - Acrylonitrile/butadiene/styrene/methyl methacrylate copolymer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    .../styrene/methyl methacrylate copolymer consists of: (1) 73 to 79 parts by weight of a matrix polymer... weight of methyl methacrylate; and (2) 21 to 27 parts by weight of a grafted rubber consisting of (i) 16... 28 parts by weight of styrene and (ii) 5 to 10 parts by weight of a graft polymer having the...

  1. Cell toxicity of methacrylate monomers-the role of glutathione adduct formation.

    PubMed

    Ansteinsson, V; Kopperud, H B; Morisbak, E; Samuelsen, J T

    2013-12-01

    Polymer-based dental restorative materials are designed to polymerize in situ. However, the conversion of methacrylate monomer to polymer is never complete, and leakage of the monomer occurs. It has been shown that these monomers are toxic in vitro; hence concerns regarding exposure of patients and dental personnel have been raised. Different monomer methacrylates are thought to cause toxicity through similar mechanisms, and the sequestration of cellular glutathione (GSH) may be a key event. In this study we examined the commonly used monomer methacrylates, 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA), triethylenglycol-dimethacrylate (TEGDMA), bisphenol-A-glycidyl-dimethacrylate (BisGMA), glycerol-dimethacrylate (GDMA) and methyl-methacrylate (MMA). The study aimed to establish monomers' ability to complex with GSH, and relate this to cellular toxicity endpoints. Except for BisGMA, all the monomer methacrylates decreased the GSH levels both in cells and in a cell-free system. The spontaneous formation of methacrylate-GSH adducts were observed for all methacrylate monomers except BisGMA. However, we were not able to correlate GSH depletion and toxic response measured as SDH activity and changes in cell growth pattern. Together, the current study indicates mechanisms other than GSH-binding to be involved in the toxicity of methacrylate monomers. PMID:23613115

  2. ACUTE TOXICITY AND BEHAVIORAL EFFECTS OF ACRYLATES AND METHACRYLATES TO JUVENILE FATHEAD MINNOWS (JOURNAL VERSION)

    EPA Science Inventory

    Acrylate and methacrylate esters are reactive monomers that are used primarily in the synthesis of acrylic plastics and polymers. Ninety-six hour flow-through acute toxicity tests were conducted with fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) using 6 acrylates and 6 methacrylates. Nin...

  3. 40 CFR 721.10375 - Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction products with propylene oxide and ethylene oxide, copolymer...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction... CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific...

  4. 40 CFR 721.10375 - Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction products with propylene oxide and ethylene oxide, copolymer...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction... CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific...

  5. 40 CFR 721.10375 - Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction products with propylene oxide and ethylene oxide, copolymer...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, reaction... CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific...

  6. 21 CFR 177.2000 - Vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... methacrylate polymers. 177.2000 Section 177.2000 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF...: POLYMERS Substances for Use as Basic Components of Single and Repeated Use Food Contact Surfaces § 177.2000 Vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers. The vinylidene chloride/methyl...

  7. 40 CFR 721.6920 - Butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Butyl acrylate, polymer with... acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. (a... butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

  8. 21 CFR 177.2000 - Vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... methacrylate polymers. 177.2000 Section 177.2000 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF...: POLYMERS Substances for Use as Basic Components of Single and Repeated Use Food Contact Surfaces § 177.2000 Vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate polymers. The vinylidene chloride/methyl...

  9. 40 CFR 721.6920 - Butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Butyl acrylate, polymer with... acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted silane. (a... butyl acrylate, polymer with substituted methyl styrene, methyl methacrylate, and substituted...

  10. Adsorption of water vapor on modified methacrylate polymeric sorbents

    SciTech Connect

    Platonova, N.P.; Tataurova, O.G.; Vartapetyan, R.Sh.

    1995-12-31

    Adsorption of water vapor on methacrylate copolymers and terpolymers was studied. An increase in the content of the cross-linking agent gives rise to increase in the limiting adsorption of water vapor at the saturation pressure (a{sub s}) and to decrease in the concentration of primary adsorption centers. Modification of the initial copolymer containing 60% of 2,3-epoxypropyl methacrylate (EPMA) monomer and 40% of cross-linking agent, ethylene dimethacrylate, with diethylenetriamine (DETA) results in an increase in the a{sub s} value, while modification with C{sub 12} and C{sub 18} alkyl, benzyl, and phenyl groups gives rise to decrease in the a{sub s} values for the copolymeric sorbents. The concentration of primary adsorption centers (a{sub m}) increases considerably on modification of the copolymer with DETA and C{sub 12} groups and decreases markedly on modification with benzyl and phenyl groups. For terpolymers, containing EPMA and styrene, an increase in the styrene/EPMA ratio reduces the a{sub s}, and a{sub m} values. The copolymer modified with DETA groups possesses the most hydrophilic properties, while the copolymer modified with benzyl group exhibits the most hydrophobic properties. The mechanism of adsorption of water molecules on the polymers is discussed.

  11. Superhydrophobic terpolymer nanofibers containing perfluoroethyl alkyl methacrylate by electrospinning

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    Cengiz, Ugur; Avci, Merih Z.; Erbil, H. Yildirim; Sarac, A. Sezai

    2012-05-01

    A new statistical terpolymer containing perfluoroethyl alkyl methacrylate (Zonyl-TM), methyl methacrylate and butyl acrylate, poly(Zonyl-TM-ran-MMA-ran-BA) was synthesized in supercritical carbon dioxide at 200 bar and 80 °C using AIBN as an initiator by heterogeneous free radical copolymerization. Nanofibers of this terpolymer were produced by electrospinning from its DMF solution. The structural and thermal properties of terpolymers and electrospun poly(Zonyl-TM-MMA-BA) nanofibers were analyzed using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. Nanofiber morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. Electrospun nanofiber layer was found to be superhydrophobic with a water contact angle of 172 ± 1° and highly oleophobic with hexadecane, glycerol and ethylene glycol contact angles of 70 ± 1°, 167 ± 1° and 163 ± 1° respectively. The change of the contact angle results on the electrospun fiber layer and flat terpolymer surfaces by varying feed monomer composition were compared and discussed in the text.

  12. Novel syngas-based process for methyl methacrylate

    SciTech Connect

    Gogate, M.R.; Spivey, J.J.; Zoeller, J.R.; Choi, G.N.; Tam, S.S.; Tischer, R.E.; Srivastava, R.D.

    1996-12-31

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel are developing a novel process for synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas, under a contract from the U.S. Department of Energy, Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center. This three-step process consists of synthesis of a propionate, its condensation with formaldehyde, and esterification of resulting methacrylic acid (MAA) with methanol to produce MMA. Eastman has focused on the research on propionate synthesis step. The resultant Mo catalysts work efficiently at much less severe conditions (170{degrees}C and 30 atm) than the conventional Ni catalysts (270{degrees}C and 180 atm). Bechtel has performed an extensive cost analysis, which shows that Eastman`s propionate synthesis process is competitive with other technologies to produce the anhydride. In the second step, RTI and Eastman have developed active and stable V-SI-P and Ta metal oxide catalysts for condensation reactions of propionates with formaldehyde. RTI has demonstrated a novel correlation among the catalyst acid-base properties, condensation reaction yield, and long-term catalyst activity. Current research focuses on enhancing the condensation reaction yields, acid-base properties, in situ condensation in a high- temperature, high-pressure (HTHP) slurry reactor, and alternate formaldehyde feedstocks. Based on Eastman and RTI laboratory reactor operating data, a cost estimate is also being developed for the integrated process.

  13. Synthesis of Methyl Methacrylate from Coal-Derived Syngas

    SciTech Connect

    Gerald N. Choi; James J. Spivey; Jospeh R. Zoeller; Makarand R. Gogate; Richard D. Colberg; Samuel S. Tam

    1998-04-17

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel collectively are developing a novel three-step process for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas that consists of the steps of synthesis of a propionate, its condensation with formaldehyde to form methacrylic acid (MAA), and esterification of MAA with methanol to produce MMA. RTI has completed the research on the three-step methanol-based route to MMA. Under an extension to the original contract, RTI is currently evaluating a new DME-based process for MMA. The key research need for DME route is to develop catalysts for DME partial oxidation reactions and DME condensation reactions. Over the last month, RTI has finalized the design of a fixed-bed microreactor system for DME partial oxidation reactions. RTI incorporated some design changes to the feed blending system, so as to be able to blend varying proportions of DME and oxygen. RTI has also examined the flammability limits of DME-air mixtures. Since the lower flammability limit of DME in air is 3.6 volume percent, RTI will use a nominal feed composition of 1.6 percent in air, which is less than half the lower explosion limit for DME-air mixtures. This nominal feed composition is thus considered operationally safe, for DME partial oxidation reactions. RTI is also currently developing an analytical system for DME partial oxidation reaction system.

  14. Sulfone-Containing Methacrylate Homopolymers: Wetting and Thermal Properties.

    PubMed

    Fujii, Shota; McCarthy, Thomas J

    2016-01-26

    Although the sulfonyl functional group has a large dipole moment and compounds containing them (sulfones) have correspondingly high dielectric constants, this chemical structure has been neglected for use as a functional group to render surfaces hydrophilic. We have prepared three methacrylate polymers containing side chains capped with sulfolane, methylsulfone, and ethylsulfone functionality. The sulfolane-containing polymer exhibits an unusually high glass transition temperature (Tg = 188°C) for a methacrylate polymer and slightly different thermal degradation behavior than the other two sulfone-containing polymers, likely due to the bulky structure of the sulfolane group in the polymer side chain. At macroscopic polymer film/water interfaces, the sulfone-containing side chains exposed to the interface impart hydrophilic properties as assessed by contact angle analysis. The hydrophilicities of sulfolane and methylsulfone surfaces are similar, and greater than the ethylsulfone surface. Although the chemical compositions of the sulfolane and ethylsulfone polymers are almost identical, the five-membered ring structure of sulfolane allows the sulfonyl moiety to be exposed at the interface in a manner similar to that of the methylsulfone polymer. The sulfonyl group at the ethylsulfone polymer/water interface is slightly masked by the ethyl group. Interestingly, the sulfolane surface displays a higher affinity to methylene iodide and n-hexadecane probe fluids compared to the other sulfone surfaces, suggesting that the five-membered ring structure of the sulfolane moiety can orient in a manner that shelters the sulfonyl group at hydrophobic interfaces. PMID:26716766

  15. The acute aquatic toxicity of a series of acrylate and methacrylate esters

    SciTech Connect

    Staples, C.A.; McLaughlin, J.E.; Hamilton, J.D.

    1994-12-31

    Acute aquatic toxicity data for several acrylate and methacrylate esters were reviewed. Acrylates included acrylic acid, ethyl-, and butyl-acrylate. Methacrylates included methacrylic acid, methyl-, and butyl-methacrylate. Tests were 48 hr or 96 hr standard flow through (invertebrates and fish) assays (measured exposure concentrations). These data are currently used in a risk assessment of acrylate/methacrylate environmental safety. Algal growth (Selanastrum capricomutum) 96 hr EC{sub 50}s were 0.17 mg/L (NOEC < 0.13 mg/L) for acrylic acid, 11.0 mg/L (NOEC < 6.5 mg/L) for ethyl acrylate, and 5.2 mg/L (NOEC < 3.8 mg/L) for butyl acrylate. Invertebrate (Daphnia magna) 48 hr LC{sub 50}s were 95.0 mg/L (NOEC 23.0 mg/L) for acrylic acid, 7.9 mg/L (NOEC 3.4 mg/L) for ethyl acrylate, and 8.2 mg/L (NOEC 2.4 mg/L) for butyl acrylate. Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) 96 hr LC{sub 50}s were 27.0 mg/L (NOEC 6.3 mg/L) for acrylic acid, 4.6 mg/L (NOEC 0.78 mg/L) for ethyl acrylate, and 5.2 mg/L (NOEC 3.8 mg/L) for butyl acrylate. Algae 96 hr EC{sub 50}s were 0.59 mg/L (NOEC 0.38 mg/L) for methacrylic acid, 170.0 mg/L (NOEC 100.0 mg/L) for methyl methacrylate, and 130.0 mg/L for butyl methacrylate. Daphnia magna 48 hr LC{sub 50}s were > 130.0 mg/L (NOEC 130.0 mg/L) for methacrylic acid, 69.0 mg/L (NOEC 48.0 mg/L) for methyl methacrylate, and 32.0 mg/L (NOEC 23.0 mg/L) for butyl methacrylate. Trout 96 hr LC{sub 50}s were 85.0 mg/L (NOEC 12.0 mg/L) for methacrylic acid and > 79.0 mg/L (NOEC 40.0 mg/L) for methyl methacrylate. The fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) 96 hr LC{sub 50} was 11.0 mg/L for butyl methacrylate.

  16. Investigation of infrared calibration methods for application to the study of methyl methacrylate polymerization.

    PubMed

    Kaczmarczyk, B; Morejko-Buz, B; Stolarzewicz, A

    2001-08-01

    Infrared spectroscopy has been used to monitor the polymerization of methyl methacrylate. Concentrations of methyl methacrylate in the reaction mixture were determined by use of three calibration methods. Classical quantitative analysis was used to measure the height of the stretching vibration bands of the vinyl group at 1639 cm(-1). A calibration procedure using the considerably higher intensity of the C = O stretching vibration band of the carbonyl ester group at 1725 cm(-1) seemed useful only for high concentrations of methyl methacrylate, i.e. at the beginning of reaction, because this band overlaps that of poly(methyl methacrylate). Use of second-derivative spectra and measuring their values at 1725 cm(-1) enabled estimation of ten times lower concentrations of methyl methacrylate the calibration using the band from the vinyl group. PMID:11569872

  17. Degradable poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-co-polycaprolactone Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering Scaffolds

    PubMed Central

    Atzet, Sarah; Curtin, Scott; Trinh, Phalen; Bryant, Stephanie

    2009-01-01

    Biodegradable poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) hydrogels for engineered tissue constructs were developed using atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), a degradable crosslinker and a macroinitiator. Hydrogels are appropriate materials for tissue engineering scaffolds due to their tissue-like mechanical compliance and mass transfer properties. However, many hydrogels that have seen wide application in medicine are not biodegradable or cannot be easily cleared from the body. Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (pHEMA) was selected for the scaffold material due to its reasonable mechanical strength, elasticity, long history of successful use in medicine and because it can be easily fabricated into numerous configurations. pHEMA was studied at various molecular weights between 2 kDa and 50 kDa. The molecular weight range suitable for renal clearance was an important factor in the experimental design. The fabricated hydrogels contain oligomeric blocks of polycaprolactone (PCL), a hydrolytically and enzymatically degradable polymer, as a crosslinking agent. In addition a degradable macroinitiator also containing oligomeric PCL was used to initiate the ATRP. The chain length, crosslink density, and polymerization solvent were found to greatly affect the mechanical properties of the pHEMA hydrogels. Degradation of the pHEMA hydrogels was characterized using 0.007 M NaOH, lipase solutions and phosphate buffered saline. Mass loss, swelling ratio and tensile modulus were evaluated. Degradation products from the sodium hydroxide were measured using gel permeation chromatography (GPC) to verify the polymer lengths and polydispersity. Erosion was only observed in the sodium hydroxide and lipase solutions. However, swelling ratio and tensile modulus indicate bulk degradation in all PCL containing samples. Degradable hydrogels in enzymatic solutions showed 30% mass loss in 16 weeks. Initial cell toxicity studies indicate no adverse cellular response to the hydrogels or their

  18. Block That Pain!

    MedlinePlus

    ... combination produces a unique effect, blocking pain-sensing neurons without impairing signals from other cells. In contrast, ... surgical procedures block activity in all types of neurons. This can cause numbness, paralysis, and other nervous ...

  19. Interface-enforced complexation between copolymer blocks.

    PubMed

    Steinschulte, Alexander A; Xu, Weinan; Draber, Fabian; Hebbeker, Pascal; Jung, Andre; Bogdanovski, Dimitri; Schneider, Stefanie; Tsukruk, Vladimir V; Plamper, Felix A

    2015-05-14

    Binary diblock copolymers and corresponding ternary miktoarm stars are studied at oil-water interfaces. All polymers contain oil-soluble poly(propylene oxide) PPO, water-soluble poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) PDMAEMA and/or poly(ethylene oxide) PEO. The features of their Langmuir compression isotherms are well related to the ones of the corresponding homopolymers. Within the Langmuir-trough, PEO-b-PPO acts as the most effective amphiphile compared to the other PPO-containing copolymers. In contrast, the compression isotherms show a complexation of PPO and PDMAEMA for PPO-b-PDMAEMA and the star, reducing their overall amphiphilicity. Such complex formation between the blocks of PPO-b-PDMAEMA is prevented in bulk water but facilitated at the interface. The weakly-interacting blocks of PPO-b-PDMAEMA form a complex due to their enhanced proximity in such confined environments. Scanning force microscopy and Monte Carlo simulations with varying confinement support our results, which are regarded as compliant with the mathematical random walk theorem by Pólya. Finally, the results are expected to be of relevance for e.g. emulsion formulation and macromolecular engineering. PMID:25807174

  20. The Block Scheduling Handbook.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Queen, J. Allen

    Block scheduling encourages increased comprehensive immersion into subject matter, improved teacher-student relationships, and decreased disciplinary problems. While block scheduling may offer many advantages, moving to a block schedule from conventional scheduling can be a major adjustment for both students and teachers. This guide is intended to…

  1. Block Scheduling. Research Brief

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Muir, Mike

    2003-01-01

    What are the effects of block scheduling? Results of transitioning from traditional to block scheduling are mixed. Some studies indicate no change in achievement results, nor change in teachers' opinions about instructional strategies. Other studies show that block scheduling doesn't work well for Advanced Placement or Music courses, that "hard to…

  2. SYNTHESIS OF METHYL METHACRYLATE FROM COAL-DERIVED SYNGAS

    SciTech Connect

    BEN W.-L. JANG; GERALD N. CHOI; JAMES J. SPIVEY; JOSPEH R. ZOELLER; RICHARD D. COLBERG

    1999-01-20

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel collectively are developing a novel three-step process for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas that consists of the steps of synthesis of a propionate, its condensation with formaldehyde to form methacrylic acid (MAA), and esterification of MAA with methanol to produce MMA. The research team has completed the research on the three-step methanol-based route to MMA. Under an extension to the original contract, we are currently evaluating a new DME-based process for MMA. The key research need for DME route is to develop catalysts for DME partial oxidation reactions and DME condensation reactions. Over the last quarter(Oct.-Dec./98), we have investigated the condensation between methyl propionate and formaldehyde (MP/HCHO=4.5/1) at various reaction temperatures(280-360EC) over 5%, 10%, and 20% Nb O /SiO catalysts. The conversion of HCHO increases with reaction 2 5 2 temperature and niobium loading. MMA+MAA selectivity goes through a maximum with the temperature over both 10% and 20% Nb O /SiO . The selectivities to MMA+MAA are 67.2%, 2 5 2 72.3%and 58.1% at 320EC over 5%, 10%, 20% Nb O /SiO , respectively. However, the 2 5 2 conversion of formaldehyde decreases rapidly with time on stream. The results suggest that silica supported niobium catalysts are active and selective for condensation of MP with HCHO, but deactivation needs to be minimized for the consideration of commercial application. We have preliminarily investigated the partial oxidation of dimethyl ether(DME) over 5% Nb O /SiO catalyst. Reactant gas mixture of 0.1% DME, 0.1% O and balance nitrogen is 2 5 2 2 studied with temperature ranging from 200°C to 500°C. The conversion of DME first increases with temperature reaching an maximum at 400°C then decreases. The selectivity to HCHO also increases with reaction temperature first. But the selectivity to HCHO decreases at temperature above 350

  3. Nanostructured Amphiphilic Star-Hyperbranched Block Copolymers for Drug Delivery.

    PubMed

    Seleci, Muharrem; Seleci, Didem Ag; Ciftci, Mustafa; Demirkol, Dilek Odaci; Stahl, Frank; Timur, Suna; Scheper, Thomas; Yagci, Yusuf

    2015-04-21

    A robust drug delivery system based on nanosized amphiphilic star-hyperbranched block copolymer, namely, poly(methyl methacrylate-block-poly(hydroxylethyl methacrylate) (PMMA-b-PHEMA) is described. PMMA-b-PHEMA was prepared by sequential visible light induced self-condensing vinyl polymerization (SCVP) and conventional vinyl polymerization. All of the synthesis and characterization details of the conjugates are reported. To accomplish tumor cell targeting property, initially cell-targeting (arginylglycylaspactic acid; RGD) and penetrating peptides (Cys-TAT) were binding to each other via the well-known EDC/NHS chemistry. Then, the resulting peptide was further incorporated to the surface of the amphiphilic hyperbranched copolymer via a coupling reaction between the thiol (-SH) group of the peptide and the hydroxyl group of copolymer by using N-(p-maleinimidophenyl) isocyanate as a heterolinker. The drug release property and targeting effect of the anticancer drug (doxorobucin; DOX) loaded nanostructures to two different cell lines were evaluated in vitro. U87 and MCF-7 were chosen as integrin αvβ3 receptor positive and negative cells for the comparison of the targeting efficiency, respectively. The data showed that drug-loaded copolymers exhibited enhanced cell inhibition toward U87 cells in compared to MCF-7 cells because targeting increased the cytotoxicity of drug-loaded copolymers against integrin αvβ3 receptor expressing tumor cells. PMID:25816726

  4. Self-assembled phases of block copolymer blend thin films.

    PubMed

    Yager, Kevin G; Lai, Erica; Black, Charles T

    2014-10-28

    The patterns formed by self-assembled thin films of blended cylindrical and lamellar polystyrene-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) block copolymers can be either a spatially uniform, single type of nanostructure or separate, coexisting regions of cylinders and lamellae, depending on fractional composition and molecular weight ratio of the blend constituents. In blends of block copolymers with different molecular weights, the morphology of the smaller molecular weight component more strongly dictates the resulting pattern. Although molecular scale chain mixing distorts microdomain characteristic length scales from those of the pure components, even coexisting morphologies exhibit the same domain spacing. We quantitatively account for the phase behavior of thin-film blends of cylinders and lamellae using a physical, thermodynamic model balancing the energy of chain distortions with the entropy of mixing. PMID:25285733

  5. Blocking Delaunay triangulations

    PubMed Central

    Aichholzer, Oswin; Fabila-Monroy, Ruy; Hackl, Thomas; van Kreveld, Marc; Pilz, Alexander; Ramos, Pedro; Vogtenhuber, Birgit

    2013-01-01

    Given a set B of n black points in general position, we say that a set of white points W blocks B if in the Delaunay triangulation of B∪W there is no edge connecting two black points. We give the following bounds for the size of the smallest set W blocking B: (i) 3n/2 white points are always sufficient to block a set of n black points, (ii) if B is in convex position, 5n/4 white points are always sufficient to block it, and (iii) at least n−1 white points are always necessary to block a set of n black points. PMID:23483043

  6. Blocking Delaunay triangulations.

    PubMed

    Aichholzer, Oswin; Fabila-Monroy, Ruy; Hackl, Thomas; van Kreveld, Marc; Pilz, Alexander; Ramos, Pedro; Vogtenhuber, Birgit

    2013-02-01

    Given a set B of n black points in general position, we say that a set of white points W blocks B if in the Delaunay triangulation of [Formula: see text] there is no edge connecting two black points. We give the following bounds for the size of the smallest set W blocking B: (i) [Formula: see text] white points are always sufficient to block a set of n black points, (ii) if B is in convex position, [Formula: see text] white points are always sufficient to block it, and (iii) at least [Formula: see text] white points are always necessary to block a set of n black points. PMID:23483043

  7. Radiation synthesis of nanosilver nanohydrogels of poly(methacrylic acid)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gupta, Bhuvanesh; Gautam, Deepti; Anjum, Sadiya; Saxena, Shalini; Kapil, Arti

    2013-11-01

    Nanosilver nanohydrogels (nSnH) of poly(methacrylic acid) were synthesized and stabilized using gamma irradiation. The main objective of this study was to develop silver nanoparticles and to evaluate the antimicrobial activity. Radiation helps in the polymerization, crosslinking and reduction of silver nitrate as well. Highly stable and uniformly distributed silver nanoparticles have been obtained within hydrogel network by water in oil nanoemulsion polymerization and were evaluated by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) respectively. TEM showed almost spherical and uniform distribution of silver nanoparticles through the hydrogel network. The mean size of silver nanoparticles ranging is 10-50 nm. The nanohydrogels showed good swelling in water. Antibacterial studies of nSnH suggest that it can be a good candidate as coating material in biomedical applications.

  8. Thiol-ene/methacrylate systems for mechanical damping

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    McNair, Olivia; Senyurt, Askim; Wei, Huanyu; Gould, Trent; Piland, Scott; Hoyle, Charles; Savin, Daniel

    2010-03-01

    Ternary thiol-ene-methacrylate (TEMA) networks as materials for mechanical energy damping are unique to the sports world. Using a photoinitiation process, TEMA systems are formed via an initial thiol-ene step-growth mechanism along with traditional radical polymerization of acrylate and ene monomers. Final networks have two-part morphologies: acrylate homopolymer sectors imbedded in a multi-component mesh. Several (TEMA) systems have been synthesized and analyzed via thermal and mechanical probing. Initial studies on these ternary systems have shown excellent properties compared to traditional ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVA) copolymers. For example, PEMA networks exhibit glass transition temperatures 33 K higher than EVA, resulting in improved damping at room temperature. This research will help develop relationships between tan delta, glass transition and their effects on mechanical energy damping for ternary (TEMA) systems.

  9. Interaction between N-vinylpyrrolidone and methyl methacrylate

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zaitseva, V. V.; Shtonda, A. V.; Tyurina, T. G.; Bagdasarova, A. R.; Zaitsev, S. Yu.

    2014-04-01

    It is established that the interaction of the isomers of N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) and methyl methacrylate (MMA) leads to the formation of molecular π-H- and H-complexes with energies within the limits of 10.2-13.6 (AM1) or 18.2-24.0 (B3LYP/6-311++G( d)) kJ/mol. The structures of complex-bound molecules are examined with respect to changes in the charges on terminal -C1=C2- groups, the distance between them and atoms in an H-bond, and the presence of combined overlapping molecular orbitals (MOs). The presence of an averaged complex that includes presumably all possible structures and allows us to perform the copolymerization of specified monomers in the absence of an initiator is confirmed by means of UV and NMR spectroscopy.

  10. Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of Methacrylic Acid: A Won Challenge.

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    Fantin, Marco; Isse, Abdirisak A; Venzo, Alfonso; Gennaro, Armando; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof

    2016-06-15

    Polymerization of acidic monomers is one of the biggest challenges for atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). An intramolecular cyclization reaction leading to the loss of the C-X chain-end functionality was found to be the main reason for the partial termination of the growing polymer chains. Three approaches were used to overcome this problem: using Cl as the chain-end halogen, lowering the pH (to 0.9), and increasing polymerization rate. Methacrylic acid (MAA) was polymerized by both electrochemically mediated ATRP and supplemental activator and reducing agent ATRP up to high conversion (>90%), in t ≤ 4 h at 25 °C, using inexpensive and nontoxic reagents (NaCl, diluted HCl, water). Control over molecular weight (MW) dispersity was satisfactory, and MWs were in agreement with theoretical values. The "livingness" of the process was confirmed by an electrochemical switch, used to repeatedly and periodically deactivate/reactivate growing chains. PMID:27244091

  11. Chest wall reconstruction with methacrylate prosthesis in Poland syndrome.

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    Arango Tomás, Elisabet; Baamonde Laborda, Carlos; Algar Algar, Javier; Salvatierra Velázquez, Angel

    2013-10-01

    Poland syndrome is a rare congenital malformation. This syndrome was described in 1841 by Alfred Poland at Guy's Hospital in London. It is characterized by hypoplasia of the breast and nipple, subcutaneous tissue shortages, lack of the costosternal portion of the pectoralis major muscle and associated alterations of the fingers on the same side. Corrective treatment of the chest and soft tissue abnormalities in Poland syndrome varies according to different authors. We report the case of a 17-year-old adolescent who underwent chest wall reconstruction with a methyl methacrylate prosthesis. This surgical procedure is recommended for large anterior chest wall defects, and it prevents paradoxical movement. Moreover it provides for individual remodeling of the defect depending on the shape of the patient's chest. PMID:23453291

  12. Block LU factorization

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    Demmel, James W.; Higham, Nicholas J.; Schreiber, Robert S.

    1992-01-01

    Many of the currently popular 'block algorithms' are scalar algorithms in which the operations have been grouped and reordered into matrix operations. One genuine block algorithm in practical use is block LU factorization, and this has recently been shown by Demmel and Higham to be unstable in general. It is shown here that block LU factorization is stable if A is block diagonally dominant by columns. Moreover, for a general matrix the level of instability in block LU factorization can be founded in terms of the condition number kappa(A) and the growth factor for Gaussian elimination without pivoting. A consequence is that block LU factorization is stable for a matrix A that is symmetric positive definite or point diagonally dominant by rows or columns as long as A is well-conditioned.

  13. Widely Tunable Morphologies in Block Copolymer Thin Films Through Solvent Vapor Annealing Using Mixtures of Selective Solvents

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    Chavis, Michelle A.; Smilgies, Detlef-M.; Wiesner, Ulrich B.; Ober, Christopher K.

    2015-01-01

    Thin films of block copolymers are extremely attractive for nanofabrication because of their ability to form uniform and periodic nanoscale structures by microphase separation. One shortcoming of this approach is that to date the design of a desired equilibrium structure requires synthesis of a block copolymer de novo within the corresponding volume ratio of the blocks. In this work, we investigated solvent vapor annealing in supported thin films of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) [PHEMA-b-PMMA] by means of grazing incidence small angle X–ray scattering (GISAXS). A spin-coated thin film of lamellar block copolymer was solvent vapor annealed to induce microphase separation and improve the long-range order of the self-assembled pattern. Annealing in a mixture of solvent vapors using a controlled volume ratio of solvents (methanol, MeOH, and tetrahydrofuran, THF), which are chosen to be preferential for each block, enabled selective formation of ordered lamellae, gyroid, hexagonal or spherical morphologies from a single block copolymer with a fixed volume fraction. The selected microstructure was then kinetically trapped in the dry film by rapid drying. To our knowledge, this paper describes the first reported case where in-situ methods are used to study the transition of block copolymer films from one initial disordered morphology to four different ordered morphologies, covering much of the theoretical diblock copolymer phase diagram. PMID:26819574

  14. Management of complication after breast augmentation with methacrylate

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    Grella, Roberto; Almadori, Aurora; D’Ari, Antonio; Romanucci, Vincenza; D’Andrea, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Several alloplastic biomaterials are available for injection to the breast, nevertheless not all of them are approved for biomedical use. Although in North America and Western Europe experience with synthetic biomaterials for breast augmentation is very limited, migratory streams might expose physicians worldwide to manage the related complications of these procedures. The aim of this study was to share with other surgeons the case of a patient presenting complications after breast augmentation with an unknown synthetic substance containing methacrylate. Presentation of case A 33-years old Asian woman presented to our Institution with breast deformities, lumps and chest pain. The patient referred previous breast injection “with hospital fat” performed in China six years before. She was not aware about the details of the procedure, and language barriers limited communication. Clinical examination and ultrasounds revealed the irregular distribution of an unknown substance in both breasts. The material was surgically removed and replaced in the same session with polyurethane implants. Chemical analysis revealed the presence of methacrylate. Discussion With a growing demand for non-invasive cosmetic surgery, has been reported a growing population of untrained and unlicensed personnel performing cosmetic surgery in many countries where there are no laws that restrict the use of cosmetic procedures to physicians with appropriate training and with approved materials. Surgical removal of this substances can be extremely challenging and an open procedure with surgical debridement is recommended. Conclusion Breast augmentation with non-absorbable biomaterials can lead to severe complications, in particular for patients intending to breastfeed. PMID:26298244

  15. Functional Human Vascular Network Generated in Photocrosslinkable Gelatin Methacrylate Hydrogels.

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    Chen, Ying-Chieh; Lin, Ruei-Zeng; Qi, Hao; Yang, Yunzhi; Bae, Hojae; Melero-Martin, Juan M; Khademhosseini, Ali

    2012-05-23

    The generation of functional, 3D vascular networks is a fundamental prerequisite for the development of many future tissue engineering-based therapies. Current approaches in vascular network bioengineering are largely carried out using natural hydrogels as embedding scaffolds. However, most natural hydrogels present a poor mechanical stability and a suboptimal durability, which are critical limitations that hamper their widespread applicability. The search for improved hydrogels has become a priority in tissue engineering research. Here, the suitability of a photopolymerizable gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) hydrogel to support human progenitor cell-based formation of vascular networks is demonstrated. Using GelMA as the embedding scaffold, it is shown that 3D constructs containing human blood-derived endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) and bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) generate extensive capillary-like networks in vitro. These vascular structures contain distinct lumens that are formed by the fusion of ECFC intracellular vacuoles in a process of vascular morphogenesis. The process of vascular network formation is dependent on the presence of MSCs, which differentiate into perivascular cells occupying abluminal positions within the network. Importantly, it is shown that implantation of cell-laden GelMA hydrogels into immunodeficient mice results in a rapid formation of functional anastomoses between the bioengineered human vascular network and the mouse vasculature. Furthermore, it is shown that the degree of methacrylation of the GelMA can be used to modulate the cellular behavior and the extent of vascular network formation both in vitro and in vivo. These data suggest that GelMA hydrogels can be used for biomedical applications that require the formation of microvascular networks, including the development of complex engineered tissues. PMID:22907987

  16. Functional Human Vascular Network Generated in Photocrosslinkable Gelatin Methacrylate Hydrogels

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    Chen, Ying-Chieh; Lin, Ruei-Zeng; Qi, Hao; Yang, Yunzhi; Bae, Hojae

    2012-01-01

    The generation of functional, 3D vascular networks is a fundamental prerequisite for the development of many future tissue engineering-based therapies. Current approaches in vascular network bioengineering are largely carried out using natural hydrogels as embedding scaffolds. However, most natural hydrogels present a poor mechanical stability and a suboptimal durability, which are critical limitations that hamper their widespread applicability. The search for improved hydrogels has become a priority in tissue engineering research. Here, the suitability of a photopolymerizable gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) hydrogel to support human progenitor cell-based formation of vascular networks is demonstrated. Using GelMA as the embedding scaffold, it is shown that 3D constructs containing human blood-derived endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) and bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) generate extensive capillary-like networks in vitro. These vascular structures contain distinct lumens that are formed by the fusion of ECFC intracellular vacuoles in a process of vascular morphogenesis. The process of vascular network formation is dependent on the presence of MSCs, which differentiate into perivascular cells occupying abluminal positions within the network. Importantly, it is shown that implantation of cell-laden GelMA hydrogels into immunodeficient mice results in a rapid formation of functional anastomoses between the bioengineered human vascular network and the mouse vasculature. Furthermore, it is shown that the degree of methacrylation of the GelMA can be used to modulate the cellular behavior and the extent of vascular network formation both in vitro and in vivo. These data suggest that GelMA hydrogels can be used for biomedical applications that require the formation of microvascular networks, including the development of complex engineered tissues. PMID:22907987

  17. Synthesis of Methyl Methacrylate From Coal-Derived Syngas

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    Ben W.-L. Jang; Gerald N. Choi; James J. Spivey; Jospeh R. Zoeller; Richard D. Colberg; Samuel S. Tam

    1998-07-27

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel collectively are developing a novel three-step process for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas that consists of the steps of synthesis of a propionate, its condensation with formaldehyde to form methacrylic acid (MAA), and esterification of MAA with methanol to produce MMA. RTI has completed the research on the three-step methanol-based route to MMA. Under an extension to the original contract, RTI is currently evaluating a new DME-based process for MMA. The key research need for DME route is to develop catalysts for DME partial oxidation reactions and DME condensation reactions. Over the last quarter(April-June, 1998), RTI has modified the reactor system including a new preheater and new temperature settings for the preheater. Continuous condensation of formaldehyde with propionic acid were carried out over 10% Nb O /SiO at 300°C without 2 5 2 interruption. Five activity and four regeneration cycles have been completed without plugging or material balance problems. The results show that 10% Nb O /SiO deactivates slowly with time 2 5 2 but can be regenerated, at least four times, to 100% of its original activity with 2% O in nitrogen 2 at 400°C. The cycles continue with consistent 90-95% of carbon balance. The reaction is scheduled to complete with 6 activity cycles and 5 regenerations. Used catalysts will be analyzed with TGA and XPS to determine bulk and surface coke content and coke properties. RTI will start the investigation of effects of propionic acid/formaldehyde ratio on reaction activity and product selectivity over 20% Nb O /SiO catalysts.

  18. Synthesis of acrylates and Methacrylates from Coal-Derived Syngas

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    1997-05-12

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel collectively are developing a novel process for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas, under a contract from the U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Energy Technology Center. This three-step process consists of synthesis of a propionate, its condensation with formaldehyde, and esterification of resulting methacrylic acid (MAA) with methanol to produce MMA. Eastman has focused on the propionate synthesis step. The resultant Mo catalysts work efficiently at much less severe conditions (170{degrees}C and 30 atm) than the conventional Ni catalysts (270{degrees} C and 180 atm). Bechtel has performed an extensive cost analysis which shows that Eastman`s propionate synthesis step is competitive with other technologies to produce the anhydride. Eastman and Bechtel have also compared the RTI- Eastman-Bechtel three-step methanol route to five other process routes to MMA. The results show that the product MMA can be produced at 520/lb, for a 250 Mlb/year MMA plant, and this product cost is competitive to all other process routes to MMA, except propyne carbonylation. In the second step, RTI and Eastman have developed active and stable V-SI-P tertiary metal oxide catalysts, Nb/Si0{sub 2}, and Ta/Si0{sub 2} catalysts for condensation of propionic anhydride or propionic acid with formaldehyde. RTI has demonstrated a novel correlation among the catalyst acid-base properties, condensation reaction yield, and long-term catalyst performance. Eastman and Bechtel have used the RTI experimental results of a 20 percent Nb/Si0{sub 2} catalyst, in terms of reactant conversions, MAA selectivities, and MAA yield, for their economic analysis. Recent research focuses on enhancing the condensation reaction yields, a better understanding of the acid-base property correlation and enhancing the catalyst lifetime.

  19. Synthesis and fluorescence properties of divalent europium-poly(methacrylate containing crown ether structure) complexes

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    Higashiyama, N.; Nakamura, H.; Mishima, T.; Shiokawa, J.; Adachi, G. )

    1991-02-01

    This paper reports on divalent europium complexes with poly(methacrylate containing crown ether structure)s, poly(crown ether)s, prepared and their fluorescence properties studied. The polymers used were poly(15-crown-5-methyl methacrylate) (PMA15C5), copoly(15- crown-5-methyl methacrylate-X) (copoly(MA15C5-X)); (X = MMA, EMA, BMA, 2-methoxyethyl methacrylate (MAGI) 3,6,9,12,15- pentaoxahexadecyl methacrylate (MAG5)), poly(18-crown-6- methyl methacrylate) (PMA18C6), and copoly(18-crown-6-methyl methacrylate-MMA) (copoly(MA18C6-MMA)), which were obtained by bulk polymerization. The fluorescence properties of Eu{sup 2+} polymers activated by complexing Eu{sup 2+} ions with crown ether groups were measured in powder form. The Eu{sup 2+}-poly (crown ether)s irradiated by UV light generally gave blue bright emission in the region of 420-465 nm. It was Eu{sup 2+}-copoly(Ma15C5-X); (X = MMA, EMA, and MAG1) that showed the largest emission intensity among the Eu{sup 2+} polymers, and its emission intensity was ca. 20% of that for CaWO{sub 4}:Pb (NBS1026) whose quantum efficiency is about 76%. The intensities of emission for the Eu{sup 2+} polymers containing 15-crown-5 were much larger than that for the ones containing 18-crown-6.

  20. Photochromic Composite for Random Lasing Based on Porous Polypropylene Infiltrated with Azobenzene-Containing Liquid Crystalline Mixture.

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    Lisinetskii, Victor; Ryabchun, Alexander; Bobrovsky, Alexey; Schrader, Sigurd

    2015-12-01

    We report on a new low-cost and easily fabricated type of liquid crystalline polymer composites demonstrating low threshold random lasing, which can be used as a cheap and simple mirror-less laser source. The composite is based on mass-producible commercially available porous polypropylene (Celgard 2500) infiltrated with low-molar-mass liquid crystal material doped with Rhodamine 800 laser dye. Excitation with red nanosecond laser (630 nm) induces random lasing with the emission peak in NIR spectral range (804 nm) with noticeable degree of linear polarization. The possibility to control the lasing threshold and polarization of the output light with UV radiation through photoswitching of liquid crystal phase from nematic to isotropic is demonstrated. The photocontrollable phase switching is achieved by reversible E/Z isomerization of the azobenzene dopant introduced to the nematic host matrix. It is revealed that the isotropic state of liquid crystal provides more efficient random lasing with lower threshold due to significant scattering of the ordinary wave. PMID:26565667

  1. Molecular structure and vibrational and chemical shift assignments of 3'-chloro-4-dimethylamino azobenzene by DFT calculations.

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    Toy, Mehmet; Tanak, Hasan

    2016-01-01

    In the present work, a combined experimental and theoretical study on ground state molecular structure, spectroscopic and nonlinear optical properties of azo compound 3'-chloro-4-dimethlamino azobenzene are reported. The molecular geometry, vibrational wavenumbers and the first order hyperpolarizability of the title compound were calculated with the help of density functional theory computations. The optimized geometric parameters obtained by using DFT (B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p)) show good agreement with the experimental data. The vibrational transitions were identified based on the recorded FT-IR spectra in the range of 4000-400cm(-1) for solid state. The (1)H isotropic chemical shifts with respect to TMS were also calculated using the gauge independent atomic orbital (GIAO) method and compared with the experimental data. Using the TD-DFT method, electronic absorption spectra of the title compound have been predicted, and good agreement is determined with the experimental ones. To investigate the NLO properties of the title compound, the polarizability and the first hyperpolarizability were calculated using the density functional B3LYP method with the 6-311++G(d,p) basis set. According to results, the title compound exhibits non-zero first hyperpolarizability value revealing second order NLO behavior. In addition, DFT calculations of the title compound, molecular electrostatic potential and frontier molecular orbitals were also performed at 6-311++G(d,p) level of theory. PMID:25468435

  2. Excitation mechanism in the photoisomerization of a surface-bound azobenzene derivative: Role of the metallic substrate

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    Hagen, Sebastian; Kate, Peter; Leyssner, Felix; Nandi, Dhananjay; Wolf, Martin; Tegeder, Petra

    2008-10-28

    Two-photon photoemission spectroscopy is employed to elucidate the electronic structure and the excitation mechanism in the photoinduced isomerization of the molecular switch tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene (TBA) adsorbed on Au(111). Our results demonstrate that the optical excitation and the mechanism of molecular switching at a metal surface is completely different compared to the corresponding process for the free molecule. In contrast to direct (intramolecular) excitation operative in the isomerization in the liquid phase, the conformational change in the surface-bound TBA is driven by a substrate-mediated charge transfer process. We find that photoexcitation above a threshold h{nu}{approx_equal}2.2 eV leads to hole formation in the Au d-band followed by a hole transfer to the highest occupied molecular orbital of TBA. This transiently formed positive ion resonance subsequently results in a conformational change. The photon energy dependent photoisomerization cross section exhibit an unusual shape for a photochemical reaction of an adsorbate on a metal surface. It shows a thresholdlike behavior below h{nu}{approx_equal}2.2 eV and above h{nu}{approx_equal}4.4 eV. These thresholds correspond to the minimum energy required to create single or multiple hot holes in the Au d-bands, respectively. This study provides important new insights into the use of light to control the structure and function of molecular switches in direct contact with metal electrodes.

  3. Resonance Raman study of the solvent dynamics for ultrafast charge transfer transition in 4-nitro-4'-dimethylamino-azobenzene

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    Biswas, Nandita; Umapathy, Siva

    2003-03-01

    Contribution of solvent reorganization energy is known to be significant for ultrafast charge transfer processes, when the solvent relaxation times are slower than the rate of charge transfer. In this paper, we show that from resonance Raman intensities of a charge transfer transition in combination with Heller's time-dependent wave packet approach and Brownian oscillator model, one can have a reasonable estimate for the different types of solvent (inertial as well as diffusive) and vibrational reorganization energies. Resonance Raman spectra have been recorded for 4-nitro-4'-dimethylamino-azobenzene (DA) that undergoes photoinduced charge transfer transition, in acetonitrile and benzonitrile. In the two solvents, the total solvent reorganization energy is partitioned into its inertial and diffusive components from the available information on their relaxation time scales. Thus, partitioning of the solvent reorganization energy reveals the importance of the extent of contribution of the two components to the charge transfer rates. The short time dynamics of DA in the two solvents is then examined from a priori knowledge of the ground state normal modes in order to convert the wave packet motion in dimensionless displacements to internal coordinates. The dynamics in DA infers that within 20 fs after photoexcitation from the ground to the charge transfer state, the excited state evolution occurs along N-O, N=N, C-N, and C-C stretching vibrations.

  4. Covalent functionalization of graphene by azobenzene with molecular hydrogen bonds for long-term solar thermal storage

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    Feng, Yiyu; Liu, Hongpo; Luo, Wen; Liu, Enzuo; Zhao, Naiqin; Yoshino, Katsumi; Feng, Wei

    2013-01-01

    Reduced graphene oxide-azobenzene (RGO-AZO) hybrids were prepared via covalent functionalization for long-term solar thermal storage. Thermal barrier (ΔEa) of cis to tran reversion and thermal storage (ΔH) were improved by molecular hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) through ortho- or para-substitution of AZO. Intramolecular H-bonds thermally stabilized cis-ortho-AZO on RGO with a long-term half-life of 5400 h (ΔEa = 1.2 eV), which was much longer than that of RGO-para-AZO (116 h). RGO-para-AZO with one intermolecular H-bond showed a high density of thermal storage up to 269.8 kJ kg−1 compared with RGO-ortho-AZO (149.6 kJ kg−1) with multiple intra- and intermolecular H-bonds of AZO according to relaxed stable structures. Thermal storage in experiment was the same order magnitude to theoretical data based on ΔH calculated by density functional theory and packing density. Photoactive RGO-AZO hybrid can be developed for high-performance solar thermal storage by optimizing molecular H-bonds. PMID:24247355

  5. Covalent functionalization of graphene by azobenzene with molecular hydrogen bonds for long-term solar thermal storage

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    Feng, Yiyu; Liu, Hongpo; Luo, Wen; Liu, Enzuo; Zhao, Naiqin; Yoshino, Katsumi; Feng, Wei

    2013-11-01

    Reduced graphene oxide-azobenzene (RGO-AZO) hybrids were prepared via covalent functionalization for long-term solar thermal storage. Thermal barrier (ΔEa) of cis to tran reversion and thermal storage (ΔH) were improved by molecular hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) through ortho- or para-substitution of AZO. Intramolecular H-bonds thermally stabilized cis-ortho-AZO on RGO with a long-term half-life of 5400 h (ΔEa = 1.2 eV), which was much longer than that of RGO-para-AZO (116 h). RGO-para-AZO with one intermolecular H-bond showed a high density of thermal storage up to 269.8 kJ kg-1 compared with RGO-ortho-AZO (149.6 kJ kg-1) with multiple intra- and intermolecular H-bonds of AZO according to relaxed stable structures. Thermal storage in experiment was the same order magnitude to theoretical data based on ΔH calculated by density functional theory and packing density. Photoactive RGO-AZO hybrid can be developed for high-performance solar thermal storage by optimizing molecular H-bonds.

  6. Photochemical manipulation of microparticles on azobenzene-doped liquid-crystal films with homogeneous or homeotropic alignment structures

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    Yamamoto, Takahiro; Yoshida, Masaru

    2012-10-01

    In this study, we investigated self-organized structures and photoinduced motions of microparticles on azobenzenedoped liquid crystal (LC) films with homogeneous or homeotropic alignment structures. In the case of homogeneous alignment, the microparticles formed linear chains oriented along the direction of the bulk LC alignment at air-LC interface in the initial state. Upon irradiation with ultra-violet (UV) light, the linear chains gathered into the irradiated area and formed closely-packed aggregates. The assembled chains diffused outside the irradiated area to reform the chains upon irradiation with visible light. In contrast, on the homeotropically aligned LC films, pseudo-hexagonal lattice structures of microparticles with long interparticle distances have been organized in the initial state. The particles exhibited photoinduced motions in directions opposite to those observed on the homogeneously aligned LC films. Upon irradiation with UV light, lattice structures were expanded by a particle motion away from the photoirradiated area. Irradiation with visible light then induced contraction of lattice structures based on a particle motion toward the irradiated area. The photoinduced particle motions depending on LC alignments would be explained by macroscopic convective flow or deformation of LC surface induced by cis-trans photoisomerization of azobenzene dopant.

  7. Azobenzene-caged sulforhodamine dyes: a novel class of ‘turn-on’ reactive probes for hypoxic tumor cell imaging

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    Chevalier, Arnaud; Piao, Wen; Hanaoka, Kenjiro; Nagano, Tetsuo; Renard, Pierre-Yves; Romieu, Anthony

    2015-12-01

    New sulforhodamine-based fluorescent ‘turn-on’ probes have been developed for the direct imaging of cellular hypoxia. Rapid access to this novel class of water-soluble ‘azobenzene-caged’ fluorophores was made possible through an easily-implementable azo-coupling reaction between a fluorescent primary arylamine derived from a sulforhodamine 101 scaffold (named SR101-NaphtNH 2 ) and a tertiary aniline whose N-substituents are neutral, cationic, or zwitterionic. The detection mechanism is based on the bioreductive cleavage of the azo bond that restores strong far-red fluorescence (emission maximum at 625 nm) by regenerating the original sulforhodamine SR101-NaphtNH 2 . This valuable fluorogenic response was obtained for the three ‘smart’ probes studied in this work, as shown by an in vitro assay using rat liver microsomes placed under aerobic and then under hypoxic conditions. Most importantly, the probe namely SR101-NaphtNH 2 -Hyp-diMe was successfully applied for imaging the hypoxic status of tumor cells (A549 cells).

  8. Covalent functionalization of graphene by azobenzene with molecular hydrogen bonds for long-term solar thermal storage.

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    Feng, Yiyu; Liu, Hongpo; Luo, Wen; Liu, Enzuo; Zhao, Naiqin; Yoshino, Katsumi; Feng, Wei

    2013-01-01

    Reduced graphene oxide-azobenzene (RGO-AZO) hybrids were prepared via covalent functionalization for long-term solar thermal storage. Thermal barrier (ΔEa) of cis to tran reversion and thermal storage (ΔH) were improved by molecular hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) through ortho- or para-substitution of AZO. Intramolecular H-bonds thermally stabilized cis-ortho-AZO on RGO with a long-term half-life of 5400 h (ΔEa = 1.2 eV), which was much longer than that of RGO-para-AZO (116 h). RGO-para-AZO with one intermolecular H-bond showed a high density of thermal storage up to 269.8 kJ kg(-1) compared with RGO-ortho-AZO (149.6 kJ kg(-1)) with multiple intra- and intermolecular H-bonds of AZO according to relaxed stable structures. Thermal storage in experiment was the same order magnitude to theoretical data based on ΔH calculated by density functional theory and packing density. Photoactive RGO-AZO hybrid can be developed for high-performance solar thermal storage by optimizing molecular H-bonds. PMID:24247355

  9. DFT study of linear and nonlinear optical properties of donor-acceptor substituted stilbenes, azobenzenes and benzilideneanilines.

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    Krawczyk, Przemysław

    2010-04-01

    A theoretical analysis of the linear and nonlinear optical properties of six push-pull pi-conjugated molecules with stilbene, azobenzene and benzilideneaniline as a backbone is presented. The photophysical properties of the investigated systems were determined by using response functions combined with density functional theory (DFT). Several different exchange-correlation potentials were applied in order to determine parameters describing the one- and two-photon spectra of the studied molecules. In particular, the recently proposed Coulomb-attenuated model (CAM-B3LYP) was used to describe charge-transfer (CT) excited states. In order to compare theoretical predictions with available experimental data, calculations with inclusion of solvent effects were performed. The BLYP and the CAM-B3LYP functionals were found to yield values of two-photon absorption (TPA) probabilities closer to experimental values than the B3LYP functional or the HF wavefunction. Moreover, molecular static hyperpolarisabilities were determined using both DFT and second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation (MP2) theory. Likewise, the CAM-B3LYP functional was found to outperform other applied exchange-correlation potentials in determining first hyperpolarisability (beta). Moreover, it was confirmed on a purely theoretical basis that the presence of a -C=C- bridge between the phenyl rings leads to a much larger nonlinear optical response in comparison with a -N=N- bridge. PMID:19957196

  10. Molecular structure and vibrational and chemical shift assignments of 3‧-chloro-4-dimethylamino azobenzene by DFT calculations

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    Toy, Mehmet; Tanak, Hasan

    2016-01-01

    In the present work, a combined experimental and theoretical study on ground state molecular structure, spectroscopic and nonlinear optical properties of azo compound 3‧-chloro-4-dimethlamino azobenzene are reported. The molecular geometry, vibrational wavenumbers and the first order hyperpolarizability of the title compound were calculated with the help of density functional theory computations. The optimized geometric parameters obtained by using DFT (B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p)) show good agreement with the experimental data. The vibrational transitions were identified based on the recorded FT-IR spectra in the range of 4000-400 cm-1 for solid state. The 1H isotropic chemical shifts with respect to TMS were also calculated using the gauge independent atomic orbital (GIAO) method and compared with the experimental data. Using the TD-DFT method, electronic absorption spectra of the title compound have been predicted, and good agreement is determined with the experimental ones. To investigate the NLO properties of the title compound, the polarizability and the first hyperpolarizability were calculated using the density functional B3LYP method with the 6-311++G(d,p) basis set. According to results, the title compound exhibits non-zero first hyperpolarizability value revealing second order NLO behavior. In addition, DFT calculations of the title compound, molecular electrostatic potential and frontier molecular orbitals were also performed at 6-311++G(d,p) level of theory.

  11. Direct monitoring of opto-mechanical switching of self-assembled monolayer films containing the azobenzene group

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    Tirosh, Einat; Benassi, Enrico; Pipolo, Silvio; Mayor, Marcel; Valášek, Michal; Frydman, Veronica

    2011-01-01

    Summary The potential for manipulation and control inherent in molecule-based motors holds great scientific and technological promise. Molecules containing the azobenzene group have been heavily studied in this context. While the effects of the cis–trans isomerization of the azo group in such molecules have been examined macroscopically by a number of techniques, modulations of the elastic modulus upon isomerization in self-assembled films were not yet measured directly. Here, we examine the mechanical response upon optical switching of bis[(1,1'-biphenyl)-4-yl]diazene organized in a self-assembled film on Au islands, using atomic force microscopy. Analysis of higher harmonics by means of a torsional harmonic cantilever allowed real-time extraction of mechanical data. Quantitative analysis of elastic modulus maps obtained simultaneously with topographic images show that the modulus of the cis-form is approximately twice that of the trans-isomer. Quantum mechanical and molecular dynamics studies show good agreement with this experimental result, and indicate that the stiffer response in the cis-form comprises contributions both from the individual molecular bonds and from intermolecular interactions in the film. These results demonstrate the power and insights gained from cutting-edge AFM technologies, and advanced computational methods. PMID:22259768

  12. Blocked randomization with randomly selected block sizes.

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    Efird, Jimmy

    2011-01-01

    When planning a randomized clinical trial, careful consideration must be given to how participants are selected for various arms of a study. Selection and accidental bias may occur when participants are not assigned to study groups with equal probability. A simple random allocation scheme is a process by which each participant has equal likelihood of being assigned to treatment versus referent groups. However, by chance an unequal number of individuals may be assigned to each arm of the study and thus decrease the power to detect statistically significant differences between groups. Block randomization is a commonly used technique in clinical trial design to reduce bias and achieve balance in the allocation of participants to treatment arms, especially when the sample size is small. This method increases the probability that each arm will contain an equal number of individuals by sequencing participant assignments by block. Yet still, the allocation process may be predictable, for example, when the investigator is not blind and the block size is fixed. This paper provides an overview of blocked randomization and illustrates how to avoid selection bias by using random block sizes. PMID:21318011

  13. Block copolymer/ferroelectric nanoparticle nanocomposites

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    Pang, Xinchang; He, Yanjie; Jiang, Beibei; Iocozzia, James; Zhao, Lei; Guo, Hanzheng; Liu, Jin; Akinc, Mufit; Bowler, Nicola; Tan, Xiaoli; Lin, Zhiqun

    2013-08-01

    Nanocomposites composed of diblock copolymer/ferroelectric nanoparticles were formed by selectively constraining ferroelectric nanoparticles (NPs) within diblock copolymer nanodomains via judicious surface modification of ferroelectric NPs. Ferroelectric barium titanate (BaTiO3) NPs with different sizes that are permanently capped with polystyrene chains (i.e., PS-functionalized BaTiO3NPs) were first synthesized by exploiting amphiphilic unimolecular star-like poly(acrylic acid)-block-polystyrene (PAA-b-PS) diblock copolymers as nanoreactors. Subsequently, PS-functionalized BaTiO3 NPs were preferentially sequestered within PS nanocylinders in the linear cylinder-forming polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) diblock copolymer upon mixing the BaTiO3 NPs with PS-b-PMMA. The use of PS-b-PMMA diblock copolymers, rather than traditional homopolymers, offers the opportunity for controlling the spatial organization of PS-functionalized BaTiO3 NPs in the PS-b-PMMA/BaTiO3 NP nanocomposites. Selective solvent vapor annealing was utilized to control the nanodomain orientation in the nanocomposites. Vertically oriented PS nanocylinders containing PS-functionalized BaTiO3 NPs were yielded after exposing the PS-b-PMMA/BaTiO3 NP nanocomposite thin film to acetone vapor, which is a selective solvent for PMMA block. The dielectric properties of nanocomposites in the microwave frequency range were investigated. The molecular weight of PS-b-PMMA and the size of BaTiO3 NPs were found to exert an apparent influence on the dielectric properties of the resulting nanocomposites.Nanocomposites composed of diblock copolymer/ferroelectric nanoparticles were formed by selectively constraining ferroelectric nanoparticles (NPs) within diblock copolymer nanodomains via judicious surface modification of ferroelectric NPs. Ferroelectric barium titanate (BaTiO3) NPs with different sizes that are permanently capped with polystyrene chains (i.e., PS-functionalized BaTiO3NPs) were

  14. Manufacture of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate) hydrogel tubes for use as nerve guidance channels.

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    Dalton, Paul D; Flynn, Lauren; Shoichet, Molly S

    2002-09-01

    Hydrogel tubes of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate) (p(HEMA-co-MMA)) made by liquid-liquid centrifugal casting are being investigated as potential nerve guidance channels in the central nervous system. An important criterion for the nerve guidance channel is that its mechanical properties are similar to those of the spinal cord, where it will be implanted. The formulated p(HEMA-co-MMA) tubes are soft and flexible, consisting of a gel-like outer layer, and an interconnected macroporous, inner layer. The relative thickness of the gel phase to macroporous phase is controlled by the formulation chemistry, and specifically by the ratio of co-monomers, HEMA and MMA. By varying the surface chemistry of the mold within which the tubes are synthesized, tubes were prepared with either a "cracked" or a smooth outer morphology. Tubes with the cracked outer morphology had periodic channels that traversed the wall of the tube, which resulted in a lower modulus than smooth outer morphology tubes, yet likely greater diffusive permeability. For tubes (and not rods) to be formed, phase separation must precede gelation as is detailed in a formulation phase diagram for HEMA, MMA and water. The tensile elastic modulus of p(HEMA-co-MMA) tubes reflected the formulation chemistry, with greater moduli (up to 400 kPa) recorded for tubes having 10 wt% MMA. The p(HEMA-co-MMA) tubes therefore had similar mechanical properties to those of the spinal cord, which has a reported elastic modulus range between 200 and 600 kPa. PMID:12164188

  15. Evaluation of bond strength of silorane and methacrylate based restorative systems to dentin using different cavity models

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    ISAAC, Stephano Zerlottini; BERGAMIN, Ana Claudia Pietrobom; TURSSI, Cecília Pedroso; do AMARAL, Flávia Lucisano Botelho; BASTING, Roberta Tarkany; FRANÇA, Fabiana Mantovani Gomes

    2013-01-01

    Objective The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the microtensile bond strength (µTBS) to dentin of two different restorative systems: silorane-based (P90), and methacrylate-based (P60), using two cavity models. Material and Methods Occlusal enamel of 40 human third molars was removed to expose flat dentin surface. Class I cavities with 4 mm mesial-distal width, 3 mm buccal-lingual width and 3 mm depth (C-factor=4.5) were prepared in 20 teeth, which were divided into two groups (n=10) restored with P60 and P90, bulk-filled after dentin treatment according to manufacturer's instructions. Flat buccal dentin surfaces were prepared in the 20 remaining teeth (C-factor=0.2) and restored with resin blocks measuring 4x3x3 mm using the two restorative systems (n=10). The teeth were sectioned into samples with area between 0.85 and 1.25 mm2 that were submitted to µTBS testing, using a universal testing machine (EMIC) at speed of 0.5 mm/min. Fractured specimens were analyzed under stereomicroscope and categorized according to fracture pattern. Data were analyzed using ANOVA and Tukey Kramer tests. Results For flat surfaces, P60 obtained higher bond strength values compared with P90. However, for Class I cavities, P60 showed significant reduction in bond strength (p<0.05). No statistical difference between restorative systems was shown for Class I cavity model (p>0.05), or between Class I Cavity and Flat Surface group, considering P90 restorative system (p>0.05). Regarding fracture pattern, there was no statistical difference among groups (p=0.0713) and 56.3% of the fractures were adhesive. Conclusion It was concluded that methacrylate-based composite µTBS was influenced by cavity models, and the use of silorane-based composite led to similar bond strength values compared to the methacrylate-based composite in cavities with high C-factor. PMID:24212992

  16. Use of hydrophobically modified inulin for the preparation of polymethyl methacrylate/polybutyl acrylate latex particles using a semicontinuous reactor.

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    Obiols-Rabasa, M; Ramos, J; Forcada, J; Esquena, J; Solans, C; Levecke, B; Booten, K; Tadros, Tharwat F

    2010-06-01

    The seeded semicontinuous emulsion copolymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and butyl acrylate (BuA) stabilized with a graft polymeric surfactant based on inulin, INUTEC SP1, as well as its mixture with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is described. The mixture of SLS and Brij58 (alcohol ethoxylated) and the mixture of SLS and Pluronic P85 (block copolymer PEO-PPO-PEO) are also used as surfactant systems. The addition of methacrylic acid (MAA) or acrylic acid (AA) as comonomers is also studied. Previous results proved this inulin-derivative surfactant, INUTEC SP1, to be very effective on synthesizing latexes using a very low surfactant concentration. The kinetic features of the emulsion polymerization (instantaneous conversion and total conversion) were gravimetrically determined along the reactions. Latex dispersions were characterized by photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to obtain the average particle size, the particle size distributions (PSDs) as well as the polydispersity index (PdI). The stability was determined by turbidimetry measurements and expressed in terms of critical coagulation concentration. The results showed that the use of the graft polymeric surfactant allowed obtaining highly stable nanoparticles, at low surfactant concentrations and high solid contents (up to 37 wt %). This is an improvement with respect to previous works, in which a mixture of the graft polymeric surfactant with another surfactant was required to obtain stable nanoparticles with low polydispersity, at high solid content. In the present work, low polydispersity was achieved using INUTEC as the only emulsifier, which was related to the absence of secondary nucleations. When a mixture of INUTEC SP1 and SLS is used, a wider PSD is obtained due to secondary nucleations. Replacing INUTEC SP1 by other nonionic surfactants such as Brij58 or Pluronic P85 leads to an increase of average particle size and wider PSD. PMID:20121169

  17. Protein based Block Copolymers

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    Rabotyagova, Olena S.; Cebe, Peggy; Kaplan, David L.

    2011-01-01

    Advances in genetic engineering have led to the synthesis of protein-based block copolymers with control of chemistry and molecular weight, resulting in unique physical and biological properties. The benefits from incorporating peptide blocks into copolymer designs arise from the fundamental properties of proteins to adopt ordered conformations and to undergo self-assembly, providing control over structure formation at various length scales when compared to conventional block copolymers. This review covers the synthesis, structure, assembly, properties, and applications of protein-based block copolymers. PMID:21235251

  18. Electrical induction and optical erasure of birefringence in the isotropic liquid phase of a dichiral azobenzene liquid-crystalline compound (Presentation Recording)

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    Yamamoto, Takahiro; Nishiyama, Isa

    2015-10-01

    Liquid crystal is a representative soft matter, which has physical properties between those of conventional liquid and those of crystal in a temperature range above a melting point. A liquid-crystal display (LCD) employs the response of the liquid-crystal alignment to the electric field and is a key device of an information display. For common LCDs, the precise control of the initial alignment of LC molecules is needed so that a good dark state, thus a high contrast ratio, can be obtained. If the birefringence can be induced in the liquid phase by the application of electric field, it is of great use as a material for the LCD application. In this study, we will report a unique property of dichiral azobenzene liquid crystals: an electric induction of birefringence in a liquid phase of an antiferroelectric dichiral azobenzene liquid crystal. The optically isotropic texture changes into the homogenous birefringent texture by the application of the in-plane electric field above the clearing temperature of the liquid crystal. We find that one of the possible reasons of the induction of the birefringence in the isotropic phase is the electrically-induced increase of the phase transition temperature between the antiferroelectric liquid-crystalline and "liquid" phases, i.e., increase in the clearing temperature. The resulting birefringence can be disappeared by the irradiation of UV light, due to the photoinduced isomerization of the azobenzene compound, thus dual control of the birefringent structure, by the irradiation of light and/or by the application of the electric field, is achieved.

  19. Allergic contact dermatitis from 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate in an adhesive on an electrosurgical earthing plate.

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    Kanerva, L; Alanko, K

    1998-01-01

    A highly (meth)acrylate-allergic patient underwent surgery because of nodular struma. Three days after her operation she developed an itching dermatitis on her left thigh. She came to our attention 18 days after the operation, because of an oozing, highly pruritic dermatitis, 8 x 19 cm in width on her left thigh, at the site where an electrosurgical earthing plate had been used during the surgery. It was revealed that the pressure-sensitive adhesive of the pad contained 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (2-HEMA) to which the patient earlier had had an allergic patch test reaction. The patient was negative on patch testing to other (meth)acrylates present in the pad. Patients should be questioned about possible methacrylate sensitivity before methacrylate-containing electrosurgical earthing plates are used during surgery. Allergic contact dermatitis caused by acrylic adhesives is briefly reviewed. PMID:9854170

  20. Magnetic hydrophilic methacrylate-based polymer microspheres designed for polymerase chain reactions applications.

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    Spanová, Alena; Horák, Daniel; Soudková, Eva; Rittich, Bohuslav

    2004-02-01

    Magnetic hydrophilic non-porous P(HEMA-co-EDMA), P(HEMA-co-GMA) and PGMA microspheres were prepared by dispersion (co)polymerization of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and ethylene dimethacrylate (EDMA) or glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) in the presence of several kinds of magnetite. It was found that some components used in the preparation of magnetic carriers interfered with polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Influence of non-magnetic and magnetic microspheres, including magnetite nanoparticles and various components used in their synthesis, on the PCR course was thus investigated. DNA isolated from bacterial cells of Bifidobacterium longum was used in PCR evaluation of non-interfering magnetic microspheres. The method enabled verification of the incorporation of magnetite nanoparticles in the particular methacrylate-based polymer microspheres and evaluation of suitability of their application in PCR. Preferably, electrostatically stabilized colloidal magnetite (ferrofluid) should be used in the design of new magnetic methacrylate-based microspheres by dispersion polymerization. PMID:14698232

  1. Synthesis of Polystyrene-Polylactide Bottlebrush Block Copolymers and Their Melt Self-Assembly into Large Domain Nanostructures

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    Rzayev, J.

    2009-04-07

    High molecular weight polystyrene-polylactide (PS-PLA) bottlebrush block copolymers have been shown to self-assemble into highly ordered lamellae structures with domain spacings as large as 163 nm, as identified by ultrasmall-angle X-ray scattering. Bottlebrush block copolymers were synthesized by a combination of living radical and ring-opening polymerizations. The backbone was prepared by RAFT block copolymerization of solketal methacrylate (SM) and 2-(bromoisobutyryl)ethyl methacrylate (BIEM). Polystyrene branches were grafted by ATRP from poly(BIEM) block, and PLA branches were grafted from the poly(SM) block after the removal of ketal groups. The investigation into the self-assembly of PS-PLA bottlebrush block copolymers with varying lengths of branches and backbones revealed a number of unusual trends, which were attributed to their dynamic, three-dimensional structure. The results suggest that in phase-separated melts the bottlebrush block copolymer backbone, while extended, still possesses a certain degree of flexibility to accommodate for different interfacial areas necessary to pack into lamellae microstructures.

  2. Ultrasmooth Polydopamine Modified Surfaces for Block Copolymer Nanopatterning on Flexible Substrates.

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    Cho, Joon Hee; Katsumata, Reika; Zhou, Sunshine X; Kim, Chae Bin; Dulaney, Austin R; Janes, Dustin W; Ellison, Christopher J

    2016-03-23

    Nature has engineered universal, catechol-containing adhesives which can be synthetically mimicked in the form of polydopamine (PDA). In this study, PDA was exploited to enable the formation of block copolymer (BCP) nanopatterns on a variety of soft material surfaces. While conventional PDA coating times (1 h) produce a layer too rough for most applications of BCP nanopatterning, we found that these substrates could be polished by bath sonication in a weakly basic solution to form a conformal, smooth (root-mean-square roughness ∼0.4 nm), and thin (3 nm) layer free of large prominent granules. This chemically functionalized, biomimetic layer served as a reactive platform for subsequently grafting a surface neutral layer of poly(styrene-random-methyl methacrylate-random-glycidyl methacrylate) to perpendicularly orient lamellae-forming poly(styrene-block-methyl methacrylate) BCP. Moreover, scanning electron microscopy observations confirmed that a BCP nanopattern on a poly(ethylene terephthalate) substrate was not affected by bending with a radius of ∼0.5 cm. This procedure enables nondestructive, plasma-free surface modification of chemically inert, low-surface energy soft materials, thus overcoming many current chemical and physical limitations that may impede high-throughput, roll-to-roll nanomanufacturing. PMID:26942554

  3. Photoinduced Directional Motions of Microparticles at Air-Liquid-Crystal Interfaces of Azobenzene-Doped Liquid-Crystal Films with Homeotropic or Homogeneous Alignment Structures

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    Yamamoto, Takahiro; Yoshida, Masaru

    2012-10-01

    We investigated the effects of liquid-crystal (LC) alignments on photoinduced motions of microparticles at air-LC interfaces of azobenzene-doped LC films. In homeotropically aligned LC films, the lattice spacings of pseudo-hexagonal structures of microparticles site-selectively exhibited reversible expansion or contraction on alternating irradiation with ultraviolet and visible light. The particle motions were probably driven by photochemical deformation of LC surfaces. In homogeneously aligned films, alternating irradiation induced macroscopic convective flows followed by rapid gathering or dispersion of linear chains of microparticles. Particle motions were significantly influenced by LC alignments as well as the light wavelength.

  4. AgNO3 as nitrogen source for rhodium(iii)-catalyzed synthesis of 2-aryl-2H-benzotriazoles from azobenzenes.

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    Li, Jixing; Zhou, Hui; Zhang, Jinlong; Yang, Huameng; Jiang, Gaoxi

    2016-07-21

    A new approach has been established for Rh(iii)-catalyzed direct aza oxidative cyclization of non-prefunctionalized azobenzenes to provide 2-aryl-2H-benzotriazoles in good yields, in which AgNO3 instead of conventional azide reagents for the first time functions as the nitrogen source for the nitrogenation reaction. Preliminary mechanistic studies suggest that the Rh(iii)-catalyst could account for the nitration reaction, and subsequently cationic silver species might both play a vital role in the fission of the nitrogen-oxygen bonds in nitro groups and promote aza oxidative cyclization. PMID:27398802

  5. Novel catalysts for the environmentally friendly synthesis of methyl methacrylate

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    Spivey, J.J.; Gogate, M.R.; Zoeller, J.R.; Colberg, R.D.

    1997-11-01

    The development of a process for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas can alleviate the environmental hazards associated with the current commercial MMA technology, the acetone cyanohydrin (ACH) process. A three-step syngas-based process consisted of synthesis of a propionic acid, its condensation with formaldehyde, and esterification of resulting methacrylic acid (MAA) to form MMA. The first two steps, propionic acid synthesis and condensation, are discussed here. The low-temperature, low-pressure process for single-step hydrocarbonylation of ethylene to propionic acid is carried out using a homogeneous iodine-promoted Mo(CO){sub 6} catalyst at pressures (30--70 atm) and temperatures (150--200 C) lower than those reported for other catalysts. Mechanistic investigations suggest that catalysis is initiated by a rate-limiting CO dissociation from Mo(CO){sub 6}. This dissociation appears to be followed by an inner electron-transfer process of an I atom from EtI to the coordinately unsaturated Mo(CO){sub 5}. This homogeneous catalyst for propionate synthesis represents the first case of an efficient carbonylation process based on Cr group metals. The condensation of formaldehyde with propionic acid is carried out by acid-base bifunctional catalysts. As a result of screening over 80 catalytic materials, group V metals supported on an amorphous silica are found to be most effective. A 20% Nb/SiO{sub 2} catalyst appears to be the most active and stable catalyst thus far. Preliminary relations among the reaction yield and catalyst properties indicate that a high surface area and a low overall surface acidity (<50 = mol of NH{sub 3}/g), with a high proportion of the acidity being weak (<350 C desorption of NH{sub 3}), are desirable. Long-term deactivation of V-Si-P, Nb-Si, and Ta-Si catalysts suggests that carbon deposition is the primary cause for activity decay, and the catalyst activity is partially restorable by oxidative regeneration.

  6. SYNTHESIS OF METHYL METHACRYLATE FROM COAL-DERIVED SYNGAS

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    Makarand R. Gogate; James J. Spivey; Joseph R. Zoeller; Richard D. Colberg; Gerald N. Choi

    1999-07-19

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel collectively are developing a novel three-step process for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas that consists of the steps of synthesis of a propionate, its condensation with formaldehyde to form methacrylic acid (MAA), and esterification of MAA with methanol to produce MMA. The research team has completed the research on the three-step methanol-based route to MMA. Under an extension to the original contract, we are currently evaluating a new DME-based process for MMA. The key research need for DME route is to develop catalysts for DME partial oxidation reactions and DME condensation reactions. During the April-June quarter(04-06/99) the first in-situ formaldehyde generation from DME and condensation with methyl propionate is demonstrated and the results are summarized. The supported niobium catalyst shows better condensation activity, but supported tungsten catalyst has higher formaldehyde selectivity. The project team has also completed a 200-hour long term test of PA-HCHO condensation over 30% Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2}. Three activity cycles and two regeneration cycles were carried out. 30% Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2} showed similar MAA yields as 10% Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2} at 300 C. However, the deactivation appears to be slower with 30% Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2} than 10% Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2}. An detailed economic analysis of PA-HCHO condensation process for a 250 million lb/yr MMA plant is currently studied by Bechtel. Using the Amoco data-based azeotropic distillation model as the basis, an ASPEN flow sheet model was constructed to simulate the formaldehyde and propionic acid condensation processing section based on RTI's design data. The RTI MAA effluent azeotropic distillation column was found to be much more difficult to converge. The presence of non-condensible gases along with the byproduct DEK (both of which were not presented in

  7. SYNTHESIS OF METHYL METHACRYLATE FROM COAL-DERIVED SYNGAS

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    BEN W.-L. JANG; GERALD N. CHOI; JAMES J. SPIVEY; JOSPEH R. ZOELLER; RICHARD D. COLBERG

    1998-10-20

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel collectively are developing a novel three-step process for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas that consists of the steps of synthesis of a propionate, its condensation with formaldehyde to form methacrylic acid (MAA), and esterification of MAA with methanol to produce MMA. RTI has completed the research on the three-step methanol-based route to MMA. Under an extension to the original contract, RTI is currently evaluating a new DME-based process for MMA. The key research need for DME route is to develop catalysts for DME partial oxidation reactions and DME condensation reactions. Over the last quarter (July-September, 1998), the project team has completed the continuous condensation of formaldehyde with propionic acid over 10% Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2} at 300 C. Six activity and five regeneration cycles have been completed. The results show that 10% Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2} deactivates slowly with time but can be regenerated to its original activity with 2% O{sub 2} in nitrogen over night at 400 C. We have investigated the effects of regeneration, propionic acid/formaldehyde ratio (PA/HCHO = 4.5/1 to 1.5/1) and reaction temperature(280-300 C) on reaction activity and product selectivity over 20% Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2} catalysts. The regeneration effect on 20% Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2} is similar to the effect on 10% Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2}. The regeneration can bring the deactivated catalyst to its original activity. However, the selectivity to MAA decreases with regeneration while the selectivity to DEK and CO{sub 2} increases. When PA/HCHO ratio is decreased from 4.5/1 to 2.25/1 then to 1.5/1 at 300 C the MAA yield decreases but the MAA selectivity first increases then decreases. Decreasing the reaction temperature from 300 C to 280 C decreases the MAA yield from 39.5% to 30.7% but increases the MAA selectivity from 73.7% to 82.2%. The

  8. Synthesis of Acrylates and Methacrylates from Coal-Derived Syngas.

    SciTech Connect

    Gogate, M.R.; Spivey, J.J.; Zoeller, J.R.; Colberg, R.D.; Choi, G.N.; Tam, S.S.

    1997-10-17

    Research Triangle Institute (RTI), Eastman Chemical Company, and Bechtel collectively are developing a novel process for the synthesis of methyl methacrylate (MMA) from coal-derived syngas, under a contract from the U.S. Department of Energy/Federal Energy Technology Center (DOE/FETC). This three-step process consists of synthesis of a propionate, its condensation with formaldehyde, and esterification of resulting methacrylic acid (MAA) with methanol to produce MMA. Over the last quarter, RTI carried out activity tests on a pure (99 percent) Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} catalyst, received from Alfa Aesar, under the following experimental conditions: T=300 C; P=4 atm, 72:38:16:4:220 mmol/h, PA:H{sub 2}0:HCHO:CH{sub 3}0H:N{sub 2}; 5-g catalyst charge. For the pure material, the MAA yields (based on HCHO and PA) were at 8.8 and 1.5 percent, clearly inferior compared to those for a 10-percent Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Si0{sub 2} catalyst (20.1 and 4.5 percent). The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of pure Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} and 20-percent Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Si0{sub 2} that while pure Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} is very highly crystalline, Si0{sub 2} support for an amorphous nature of the 20 percent Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Si0{sub 2} catalyst the last quarter, RTI also began research on the use of dimethyl ether (DME), product of methanol dehydrocondensation, as an alternate feedstock in MMA synthesis. As a result, formaldehyde is generated either externally or in situ, from DME, in the process envisaged in the contract extension. The initial work on the DME extension of the contract focuses on a tradeoff analysis that will include a preliminary economic analysis of the DME and formaldehyde routes and catalyst synthesis and testing for DME partial oxidation and condensation reactions. Literature guides exist for DME partial oxidation catalysts; however, there are no precedent studies on catalyst development for DME-methyl propionate (MP) condensation reactions, thereby making DME-MP reaction studies a

  9. Reversible sol-gel transitions of aqueous dispersions of silica nanoparticles grafted with diblock copolymer brushes composed of a thermosensitive inner block and a charged outer block.

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    Wright, Roger A E; Hu, Bin; Henn, Daniel M; Zhao, Bin

    2015-09-14

    We report in this article that aqueous dispersions of thermosensitive diblock copolymer brush-grafted 17 nm silica nanoparticles (hairy NPs) can undergo in situ, reversible sol-gel transitions in response to temperature changes. The brushes consisted of a thermosensitive poly(methoxydi(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) (PDEGMMA) inner block and a charge-carrying, poly(DEGMMA-co-2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyltrimethylammonium iodide) outer block, which were prepared by a one-pot, surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization and subsequent quaternization of tertiary amine moieties in the second block with iodomethane. Above a critical concentration, the aqueous dispersion of hairy NPs with an appropriate block copolymer composition exhibited a reversible transition from a free flowing liquid to a free standing hydrogel upon cooling from elevated temperatures, which was driven by the lower critical solution temperature transition of the thermosensitive inner block of hairy NPs as confirmed by dynamic light scattering study. At the same concentration of hairy NPs, the sol-gel transition temperature was higher when the highly hydrated, charged outer block was longer. The transition temperature decreased with decreasing the concentration of hairy NPs in the dispersion; reversible gelation was achieved with a concentration of hairy NPs in water as low as 5.5 wt%. Interestingly, the LCST transition of the inner thermosensitive PDEGMMA block disappeared and no sol-gel transition was observed in the studied temperature range when the charged outer block was sufficiently long. PMID:26223449

  10. Tissue reaction to methyl methacrylate monomer. A comparative study in the rabbit's ear on the toxicity of methyl methacrylate monomer of varying composition.

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    Linder, L

    1976-02-01

    The aim of the present investigation was to evaluate if a bone cement monomer with a high concentration of accelerator (N,N-dimethyl-p-toluidine) is more toxic than a methyl methacrylate monomer, free from accelerator. 1) No difference in the acute local toxicity between CMW, Simplex-P and pure methyl methacrylate monomer was seen. 2) By gas chromatography. N,N-dimethyl-p-toluidine was shown to be water soluble to a small extent. Any bone cement monomer in current use can be fully dissolved in saline to a concentration of about 1 per cent. PMID:1266590

  11. High Relief Block Printing.

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    Foster, Michael

    1989-01-01

    Explains a method of block printing using styrofoam shapes to make high relief. Describes the creation of the block design as well as the actual printing process. Uses a range of paper types for printing so children can see the results of using different media. (LS)

  12. Surviving Block Scheduling.

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    Haley, Marjorie

    A discussion of block scheduling for second language instruction looks at the advantages and disadvantages and offers some suggestions for classroom management and course organization. It is argued that block scheduling may offer a potential solution to large classes, insufficient time for labs, too little individualized instruction; few…

  13. Block Scheduling Revisited.

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    Queen, J. Allen

    2000-01-01

    Successful block scheduling depends on provision of initial and ongoing instructional training. Teaching strategies should vary and include cooperative learning, the case method, the socratic seminar, synectics, concept attainment, the inquiry method, and simulations. Recommendations for maximizing block scheduling are outlined. (Contains 52…

  14. Thermally actuated wedge block

    DOEpatents

    Queen, Jr., Charles C.

    1980-01-01

    This invention relates to an automatically-operating wedge block for maintaining intimate structural contact over wide temperature ranges, including cryogenic use. The wedging action depends on the relative thermal expansion of two materials having very different coefficients of thermal expansion. The wedge block expands in thickness when cooled to cryogenic temperatures and contracts in thickness when returned to room temperature.

  15. Adsorption of paraquat using methacrylic acid-modified rice husk.

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    Hsu, Shih-Tong; Pan, Ting-Chung

    2007-12-01

    This work investigates the adsorption of paraquat from aqueous medium using a methacrylic acid (MAA)-modified rice husk. The carboxyl groups were chemically bound to the surface of the rice husk by graft copolymerization using Fenton's reagent as a redox initiator. The graft copolymerization was examined to determine the H(2)O(2) concentration and the amount of MAA monomer used. FT-IR spectra confirmed the presence of carbonyl groups on the structural units of the rice husk derivative. The MAA-modified rice husks were hydrolyzed to sodium salt and used to adsorb paraquat. The adsorption was rapid in the first few minutes and quickly reached equilibrium. Equilibrium adsorption data are more consistent with the Langmuir isotherm equation than with the Freundlich equation. The maximum adsorption capacity of modified rice husks was 317.7mg/g-adsorbent. This value clearly exceeds the 60mg/g of Fuller's earth and the 90mg/g of activated carbon, which are the most commonly used binding agents for paraquat. PMID:17303413

  16. Directed endothelial cell morphogenesis in micropatterned gelatin methacrylate hydrogels.

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    Nikkhah, Mehdi; Eshak, Nouran; Zorlutuna, Pinar; Annabi, Nasim; Castello, Marco; Kim, Keekyoung; Dolatshahi-Pirouz, Alireza; Edalat, Faramarz; Bae, Hojae; Yang, Yunzhi; Khademhosseini, Ali

    2012-12-01

    Engineering of organized vasculature is a crucial step in the development of functional and clinically relevant tissue constructs. A number of previous techniques have been proposed to spatially regulate the distribution of angiogenic biomolecules and vascular cells within biomaterial matrices to promote vascularization. Most of these approaches have been limited to two-dimensional (2D) micropatterned features or have resulted in formation of random vasculature within three-dimensional (3D) microenvironments. In this study, we investigate 3D endothelial cord formation within micropatterned gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) hydrogels with varying geometrical features (50-150 μm height). We demonstrated the significant dependence of endothelial cells proliferation, alignment and cord formation on geometrical dimensions of the patterned features. The cells were able to align and organize within the micropatterned constructs and assemble to form cord structures with organized actin fibers and circular/elliptical cross-sections. The inner layer of the cord structure was filled with gel showing that the micropatterned hydrogel constructs guided the assembly of endothelial cells into cord structures. Notably, the endothelial cords were retained within the hydrogel microconstructs for all geometries after two weeks of culture; however, only the 100 μm-high constructs provided the optimal microenvironment for the formation of circular and stable cord structures. Our findings suggest that endothelial cord formation is a preceding step to tubulogenesis and the proposed system can be used to develop organized vasculature for engineered tissue constructs. PMID:23018132

  17. Directed Endothelial Cell Morphogenesis in Micropatterned Gelatin Methacrylate Hydrogels

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    Nikkhah, Mehdi; Eshak, Nouran; Zorlutuna, Pinar; Annabi, Nasim; Castello, Marco; Kim, Keekyoung; Dolatshahi-Pirouz, Alireza; Edalat, Faramarz; Bae, Hojae; Yang, Yunzhi; Khademhosseini, Ali

    2013-01-01

    Engineering of organized vasculature is a crucial step in the development of functional and clinically relevant tissue constructs. A number of previous techniques have been proposed to spatially regulate the distribution of angiogenic biomolecules and vascular cells within biomaterial matrices to promote vascularization. Most of these approaches have been limited to two-dimensional (2D) micropatterned features or have resulted in formation of random vasculature within three-dimensional (3D) microenvironments. In this study, we investigate 3D endothelial cord formation within micropatterned gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) hydrogels with varying geometrical features (50–150 µm height). We demonstrated the significance dependence of endothelial cells proliferation, alignment and cord formation on geometrical dimensions of the patterned features. The cells were able to align and organize within the micropatterned constructs and assemble to form cord structures with organized actin fibers and circular/elliptical cross-sections. The inner layer of the cord structure was filled with gel showing that the micropatterned hydrogel constructs guided the assembly of endothelial cells into cord structures. Notably, the endothelial cords were retained within the hydrogel microconstructs for all geometries after two weeks of culture; however, only the 100 µm-high constructs provided the optimal microenvironment for the formation of circular and stable cord structures. Our findings suggest that endothelial cord formation is a preceding step to tubulogenesis and the proposed system can be used to develop organized vasculature for engineered tissue constructs. PMID:23018132

  18. Control of cell adhesion on poly(methyl methacrylate).

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    Patel, Shyam; Thakar, Rahul G; Wong, Josh; McLeod, Stephen D; Li, Song

    2006-05-01

    Keratoprostheses have been constructed from a wide variety of transparent materials, including poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). However, the success of keratoprosthesis has been plagued by numerous shortcomings that include the weakening of the implant-host interface due to weak cell adhesion and opaque fibrous membrane formation over the inner surface of the implant due to fibroblast attachment. An effective solution requires a surface modification that would selectively allow enhanced cell attachment at the implant-host interface and reduced cell attachment over the interior surface of the implant. Here, we have developed a novel and simple peptide conjugation scheme to modify PMMA surfaces, which allowed for region-specific control of cell adhesion. This method uses di-amino-PEG, which can be grafted onto PMMA using hydrolysis or aminolysis method. PEG can resist cell adhesion and protein adsorption. The functionalization of grafted di-amino-PEG molecules with RGD peptide not only restored cell adhesion to the surfaces, but also enhanced cell attachment and spreading as compared to untreated PMMA surfaces. Long-term cell migration and micropatterning studies clearly indicated that PEG-PMMA surfaces with and without RGD conjugation can be used to differentiate cell adhesion and control cell attachment spatially on PMMA, which will have potential applications in the modification of keratoprostheses. PMID:16439014

  19. Methyl methacrylate and respiratory sensitization: A Critical review

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    Borak, Jonathan; Fields, Cheryl; Andrews, Larry S; Pemberton, Mark A

    2011-01-01

    Methyl methacrylate (MMA) is a respiratory irritant and dermal sensitizer that has been associated with occupational asthma in a small number of case reports. Those reports have raised concern that it might be a respiratory sensitizer. To better understand that possibility, we reviewed the in silico, in chemico, in vitro, and in vivo toxicology literature, and also epidemiologic and occupational medicine reports related to the respiratory effects of MMA. Numerous in silico and in chemico studies indicate that MMA is unlikely to be a respiratory sensitizer. The few in vitro studies suggest that MMA has generally weak effects. In vivo studies have documented contact skin sensitization, nonspecific cytotoxicity, and weakly positive responses on local lymph node assay; guinea pig and mouse inhalation sensitization tests have not been performed. Cohort and cross-sectional worker studies reported irritation of eyes, nose, and upper respiratory tract associated with short-term peaks exposures, but little evidence for respiratory sensitization or asthma. Nineteen case reports described asthma, laryngitis, or hypersensitivity pneumonitis in MMA-exposed workers; however, exposures were either not well described or involved mixtures containing more reactive respiratory sensitizers and irritants.The weight of evidence, both experimental and observational, argues that MMA is not a respiratory sensitizer. PMID:21401327

  20. Purification of large plasmids with methacrylate monolithic columns.

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    Krajnc, Nika Lendero; Smrekar, Franci; Cerne, Jasmina; Raspor, Peter; Modic, Martina; Krgovic, Danijela; Strancar, Ales; Podgornik, Ales

    2009-08-01

    The rapid evolution of gene therapy and DNA vaccines results in an increasing interest in producing large quantities of pharmaceutical grade plasmid DNA. Most current clinical trials involve plasmids of 10 kb or smaller in size, however, future requirements for multigene vectors including extensive control regions may require the production of larger plasmids, e. g., 20 kb and bigger. The objective of this study was to examine certain process conditions for purification of large plasmids with the size of up to 93 kb. Since there is a lack of knowledge about production and purification of bigger plasmid DNA, cell lysis and storage conditions were investigated. The impact of chromatographic system and methacrylate monolithic column on the degradation of plasmid molecules under nonbinding conditions at different flow rates was studied. Furthermore, capacity measurements varying salt concentration in loading buffer were performed and the capacities up to 13 mg of plasmid per mL of the monolithic column were obtained. The capacity flow independence in the range from 130 to 370 cm/h was observed. Using high resolution monolithic column the separation of linear and supercoiled isoforms of large plasmids was obtained. Last but not least, since the baseline separation of RNA and pDNA was achieved, the one step purification on larger CIM DEAE 8 mL tube monolithic column was performed and the fractions were analyzed by CIM analytical monolithic columns. PMID:19598166

  1. IR laser ablation of doped poly(methyl methacrylate)

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    Gaspard, S.; Oujja, M.; Rebollar, E.; Walczak, M.; Díaz, L.; Santos, M.; Castillejo, M.

    2007-05-01

    We investigate the TEA CO 2 laser ablation of films of poly(methyl methacrylate), PMMA, with average MW 2.5, 120 and 996 kDa doped with photosensitive compounds iodo-naphthalene (NapI) and iodo-phenanthrene (PhenI) by examining the induced morphological and physicochemical modifications. The films casted on CaF 2 substrates were irradiated with a pulsed CO 2 laser (10P(20) line at 10.59 μm) in resonance with vibrational modes of PMMA and of the dopants at fluences up to 6 J/cm 2. Laser induced fluorescence probing of photoproducts in a pump and probe configuration is carried out at 266 nm. Formation of naphthalene (NapH) and phenanthrene (PhenH) is observed in NapI and PhenI doped PMMA, respectively, with relatively higher yields in high MW polymer, in similarity with results obtained previously upon irradiation in the UV at 248 nm. Above threshold, formation of photoproducts is nearly complete after 200 ms. As established via optical microscopy, bubbles are formed in the irradiated areas with sizes that depend on polymer MW and filaments are observed to be ejected out of the irradiated volume in the samples made with high MW polymer. The implications of these results for the mechanisms of polymer IR laser ablation are discussed and compared with UV range studies.

  2. Characterization of methacrylate chromatographic monoliths bearing affinity ligands.

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    Černigoj, Urh; Vidic, Urška; Nemec, Blaž; Gašperšič, Jernej; Vidič, Jana; Lendero Krajnc, Nika; Štrancar, Aleš; Podgornik, Aleš

    2016-09-16

    We investigated effect of immobilization procedure and monolith structure on chromatographic performance of methacrylate monoliths bearing affinity ligands. Monoliths of different pore size and various affinity ligands were prepared and characterized using physical and chromatographic methods. When testing protein A monoliths with different protein A ligand densities, a significant nonlinear effect of ligand density on dynamic binding capacity (DBC) for IgG was obtained and accurately described by Langmuir isotherm curve enabling estimation of protein A utilization as a function of ligand density. Maximal IgG binding capacity was found to be at least 12mg/mL exceeding theoretical monolayer adsorption value of 7.8mg/mL assuming hexagonal packing and IgG hydrodynamic diameter of 11nm. Observed discrepancy was explained by shrinkage of IgG during adsorption on protein A experimentally determined through calculated adsorbed IgG layer thickness of 5.4nm from pressure drop data. For monoliths with different pore size maximal immobilized densities of protein A as well as IgG dynamic capacity linearly correlates with monolith surface area indicating constant ligand utilization. Finally, IgGs toward different plasma proteins were immobilized via the hydrazide coupling chemistry to provide oriented immobilization. DBC was found to be flow independent and was increasing with the size of bound protein. Despite DBC was lower than IgG capacity to immobilized protein A, ligand utilization was higher. PMID:27554023

  3. Manufacture of poly(methyl methacrylate) microspheres using membrane emulsification.

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    Bux, Jaiyana; Manga, Mohamed S; Hunter, Timothy N; Biggs, Simon

    2016-07-28

    Accurate control of particle size at relatively narrow polydispersity remains a key challenge in the production of synthetic polymer particles at scale. A cross-flow membrane emulsification (XME) technique was used here in the preparation of poly(methyl methacrylate) microspheres at a 1-10 l h(-1) scale, to demonstrate its application for such a manufacturing challenge. XME technology has previously been shown to provide good control over emulsion droplet sizes with careful choice of the operating conditions. We demonstrate here that, for an appropriate formulation, equivalent control can be gained for a precursor emulsion in a batch suspension polymerization process. We report here the influence of key parameters on the emulsification process; we also demonstrate the close correlation in size between the precursor emulsion and the final polymer particles. Two types of polymer particle were produced in this work: a solid microsphere and an oil-filled matrix microcapsule.This article is part of the themed issue 'Soft interfacial materials: from fundamentals to formulation'. PMID:27298430

  4. Nonsolvents-induced swelling of poly(methyl methacrylate) nanoparticles.

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    Shundo, Atsuomi; Hori, Koichiro; Penaloza, David P; Yoshihiro, Kazuki; Annaka, Masahiko; Tanaka, Keiji

    2013-10-21

    Polymer nanoparticles have been used in a wide variety of applications. In most of these applications, they are generally dispersed in a non-solvent. However, the effect of the non-solvent on the structure, physical properties and function of the nanoparticles has not yet ever taken into account. In this study, monodispersed poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) nanoparticles were prepared by a surfactant-free emulsion polymerization. The PMMA nanoparticles were dispersed in water and in methanol, both typical non-solvents for PMMA, so that we could discuss the effect of the non-solvent on the nanoparticles. Dynamic light scattering measurements revealed that the hydrodynamic radius of the PMMA nanoparticles in methanol was larger than the same PMMA dispersed in water. Their DLS values were also larger than the radius of the nanoparticles measured by atomic force microscopy. When pyrene was dispersed in methanol with the PMMA nanoparticles, it was incorporated into the nanoparticles. These results clearly indicate that non-solvent molecules can be sorbed into polymer nanoparticles because the area of the interface, where polymer segments might be dissolved into liquid phases, as the total volume is quite larger for such nanoparticles. Therefore, based on our findings, it can be arguably established that the present assumption for a polymer not to be swollen in its non-solvent is not necessarily true. PMID:23955567

  5. Well-defined inorganic/organic nanocomposite by nano silica core-poly(methyl methacrylate/butylacrylate/trifluoroethyl methacrylate) shell.

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    Chang, Gang; He, Ling; Zheng, Wei; Pan, Aizhao; Liu, Jing; Li, Yingjun; Cao, Ruijun

    2013-04-15

    The novel inorganic/organic core-shell SiO2/P(MMA/BA/3FMA) nanocomposite for coating application is synthesized in this paper by seed emulsion polymerization, in which the inorganic phase is composed of nano-SiO2 modified by vinyl-trimethoxysilane (VMS) or γ-methacryloxy propyl trimethoxylsilane (MPMS), and the organic phase is made of terpolymer by 2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate (3FMA), methyl methacrylate (MMA), and n-butyl acrylate (BA). The chemical structure of SiO2/P(MMA/BA/3FMA) is characterized by FTIR. The effect of surfactant polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)/octyl phenyl polyoxyethylene ether (TX-10), sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS)/TX-10 and sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP) on the grafting ratio (GR) of VMS and MPMS, the dispersion of nano-SiO2 particles and the film properties of SiO2/P(MMA/BA/3FMA) are investigated by TGA, DLS, TEM, SEM, and XPS. The morphology variation and the particle size distributions of SiO2/P(MMA/BA/3FMA) with the content of surfactant and P(MMA/BA/3FMA) are characterized. It is found that MPMS is more effective than VMS in improving GR and the dispersion of nano-SiO2 particles. The surfactants are favor of gaining the higher GR in the multilayer grafted nano-SiO2, especially SDS/TX-10 for 17.6% GR. The morphology of SiO2/P(MMA/BA/3FMA) is controlled by the amount of SDS/TX-10 and P(MMA/BA/3FMA) as the core-shell particles, the stacked pomegranate seed with multicore and the multicore-single shell structure when w(MMA)/w(BA)/w(3FMA)=1.3/1/1. Among the different surfactants, SDBS/TX-10 and PVP could give the monodispersing nano-SiO2 in the terpolymer matrix of the films, but SDS/TX-10 and SDBS/TX-10 could perform the fluorine-rich surface. PMID:23403111

  6. Fast assembly of ordered block copolymer nanostructures through microwave annealing.

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    Zhang, Xiaojiang; Harris, Kenneth D; Wu, Nathanael L Y; Murphy, Jeffrey N; Buriak, Jillian M

    2010-11-23

    Block copolymer self-assembly is an innovative technology capable of patterning technologically relevant substrates with nanoscale precision for a range of applications from integrated circuit fabrication to tissue interfacing, for example. In this article, we demonstrate a microwave-based method of rapidly inducing order in block copolymer structures. The technique involves the usage of a commercial microwave reactor to anneal block copolymer films in the presence of appropriate solvents, and we explore the effect of various parameters over the polymer assembly speed and defect density. The approach is applied to the commonly used poly(styrene)-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) and poly(styrene)-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) families of block copolymers, and it is found that the substrate resistivity, solvent environment, and anneal temperature all critically influence the self-assembly process. For selected systems, highly ordered patterns were achieved in less than 3 min. In addition, we establish the compatibility of the technique with directed assembly by graphoepitaxy. PMID:20964379

  7. Metal Nanoparticle/Block Copolymer Composite Assembly and Disassembly.

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    Li, Zihui; Sai, Hiroaki; Warren, Scott C; Kamperman, Marleen; Arora, Hitesh; Gruner, Sol M; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2009-01-01

    Ligand-stabilized platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) were self-assembled with poly(isoprene-block-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PI-b-PDMAEMA) block copolymers to generate organic-inorganic hybrid materials. High loadings of NPs in hybrids were achieved through usage of N,N-di-(2-(allyloxy)ethyl)-N-3-mercaptopropyl-N-3-methylammonium chloride as the ligand, which provided high solubility of NPs in various solvents as well as high affinity to PDMAEMA. From NP synthesis, existence of sub-1 nm Pt NPs was confirmed by high-angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) images. Estimations of the Pt NP ligand head group density based on HAADF-STEM images and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) data yielded results comparable to what has been found for alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on flat Pt {111} surfaces. Changing the volume fraction of Pt NPs in block copolymer-NP composites yielded hybrids with spherical micellar, wormlike micellar, lamellar and inverse hexagonal morphologies. Disassembly of hybrids with spherical, wormlike micellar, and lamellar morphologies generated isolated metal-NP based nano-spheres, cylinders and sheets, respectively. Results suggest the existence of powerful design criteria for the formation of metal-based nanostructures from designer blocked macromolecules. PMID:21103025

  8. Reordering transitions during annealing of block copolymer cylinder phases

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    Majewski, Pawel W.; Yager, Kevin G.

    2015-10-06

    While equilibrium block-copolymer morphologies are dictated by energy-minimization effects, the semi-ordered states observed experimentally often depend on the details of ordering pathways and kinetics. In this study, we explore reordering transitions in thin films of block-copolymer cylinder-forming polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate). We observe several transient states as films order towards horizontally-aligned cylinders. In particular, there is an early-stage reorganization from randomly-packed cylinders into hexagonally-packed vertically-aligned cylinders; followed by a reorientation transition from vertical to horizontal cylinder states. These transitions are thermally activated. The growth of horizontal grains within an otherwise vertical morphology proceeds anisotropically, resulting in anisotropic grains in the final horizontalmore » state. The size, shape, and anisotropy of grains are influenced by ordering history; for instance, faster heating rates reduce grain anisotropy. These results help elucidate aspects of pathway-dependent ordering in block-copolymer thin films.« less

  9. Control of Protein Affinity of Bioactive Nanocellulose and Passivation Using Engineered Block and Random Copolymers.

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    Vuoriluoto, Maija; Orelma, Hannes; Zhu, Baolei; Johansson, Leena-Sisko; Rojas, Orlando J

    2016-03-01

    We passivated TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofibrils (TOCNF) toward human immunoglobulin G (hIgG) by modification with block and random copolymers of poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) and poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (POEGMA). The block copolymers reversibly adsorbed on TOCNF and were highly effective in preventing nonspecific interactions with hIgG, especially if short PDMAEMA blocks were used. In such cases, total protein rejection was achieved. This is in contrast to typical blocking agents, which performed poorly. When an anti-human IgG biointerface was installed onto the passivated TOCNF, remarkably high affinity antibody-antigen interactions were observed (0.90 ± 0.09 mg/m(2)). This is in contrast to the nonpassivated biointerface, which resulted in a significant false response. In addition, regeneration of the biointerface was possible by low pH aqueous wash. Protein A from Staphylococcus aureus was also utilized to successfully increase the sensitivity for human IgG recognition (1.28 ± 0.11 mg/m(2)). Overall, the developed system based on TOCNF modified with multifunctional polymers can be easily deployed as bioactive material with minimum fouling and excellent selectivity. PMID:26844956

  10. Amphiphilic star block copolymers as gene carrier part I: synthesis via ATRP using calix[4]resorcinarene-based initiators and characterization.

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    Zheng, Anna; Xue, Yan; Wei, Dafu; Guan, Yong; Xiao, Huining

    2013-01-01

    In this work, a cationic star polymer [poly(2-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (PDMAEMA)] was prepared via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), using brominated calix[4]resorcinarene as an initiator. Hydrophobic moieties, methyl methacrylate (MMA) and butyl acrylate (BA), were further incorporated via "one-pot" method. Well-defined eight-armed star block copolymers bearing hydrophilic blocks inside and hydrophobic blocks outside were synthesized. The molecular weight, particle size, electrophoretic mobility and apparent charge density were determined by gel permeation chromatography (GPC), dynamic light scattering (DLS), phase analysis light scattering (PALS) and colloidal titration, respectively. The zeta potentials and apparent charge densities of the products exhibited the characteristics of polyelectrolyte. The incorporation of hydrophobic moieties generated electrostatic screening effect. The as-synthesized amphiphilic star copolymer is promising as a thermo-sensitive gene carrier for gene therapy. PMID:25428104

  11. Preparation and icephobic properties of polymethyltrifluoropropylsiloxane-polyacrylate block copolymers

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    Li, Xiaohui; Zhao, Yunhui; Li, Hui; Yuan, Xiaoyan

    2014-10-01

    Five polymethyltrifluoropropylsiloxane (PMTFPS)-polyacrylate block copolymers (PMTFPS-b-polyacrylate) were synthesized by free radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate, n-butyl acrylate and hydroxyethyl methacrylate using PMTFPS macroazoinitiator (PMTFPS-MAI) in range of 10-50 mass percentages. The morphology, surface chemical composition and wettability of the prepared copolymer films were investigated by transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and water contact angle measurement. Delayed icing time and ice shear strength of the films were also detected for the icephobic purpose. The surface morphologies of the copolymers were different from those of the bulk because of the migration of the PMTFPS segments to the air interface during the film formation. Maximal delayed icing time (186 s at -15 °C) and reduction of the ice shear strength (301 ± 10 kPa) which was significantly lower than that of polyacrylates (804 ± 37 kPa) were achieved when the content of PMTFPS-MAI was 20 wt%. The icephobicity of the copolymers was attributed primarily to the enrichment of PMTFPS on the film surface and synergistic effect of both silicone and fluorine. Thus, the results show that the PMTFPS-b-polyacrylate copolymer can be used as icephobic coating materials potentially.

  12. Poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) Brushes as Peptide/Protein Microarray Substrate for Improving Protein Binding and Functionality.

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    Lei, Zhen; Gao, Jiaxue; Liu, Xia; Liu, Dianjun; Wang, Zhenxin

    2016-04-27

    We developed a three-dimensional (3D) polymer-brush substrate for protein and peptide microarray fabrication, and this substrate was facilely prepared by copolymerization of glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) monomers via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) on a glass slide. The performance of obtained poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (P(GMA-HEMA)) brush substrate was assessed by binding of human IgG with rabbit antihuman IgG antibodies on a protein microarray and by the determination of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activities on a peptide microarray. The P(GMA-HEMA) brush substrate exhibited higher immobilization capacities for proteins and peptides than those of a two-dimensional (2D) planar epoxy slide. Furthermore, the sensitivity of the P(GMA-HEMA) brush-based microarray on rabbit antihuman IgG antibody detection was much higher than that of its 2D counterpart. The enzyme activities of MMPs were determined specifically with a low detection limit of 6.0 pg mL(-1) for MMP-2 and 5.7 pg mL(-1) for MMP-9. By taking advantage of the biocompatibility of PHEMA, the P(GMA-HEMA) brush-based peptide microarray was also employed to evaluate the secretion of MMP-2 and MMP-9 by cells cultured off the chip or directly on the chip, and satisfactory results were obtained. PMID:27049528

  13. Surface modification of silk fibroin fibers with poly(methyl methacrylate) and poly(tributylsilyl methacrylate) via RAFT polymerization for marine antifouling applications.

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    Buga, Mihaela-Ramona; Zaharia, Cătălin; Bălan, Mihai; Bressy, Christine; Ziarelli, Fabio; Margaillan, André

    2015-06-01

    In this study, silk fibroin surface containing hydroxyl and aminogroups was firstly modified using a polymerizable coupling agent 3-(trimethoxysilyl) propyl methacrylate (MPS), in order to induce vinyl groups onto the fiber surface. The reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT)-mediated polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and tributylsilyl methacrylate (TBSiMA) through the immobilized vinyl bond on the silk fibroin surface in the presence of 2-cyanoprop-2-yl dithiobenzoate (CPDB) as chain-transfer agent and 2,2'-azobis(isobutyronitrile) (AIBN) as initiator was conducted in toluene solution at 70°C for 24h. The structure and properties of the modified fiber were characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, (13)C, (29)Si Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), confirming the presence of the coupling molecule and the methacrylate groups onto the silk fibroin fiber surface. Molecular weight distributions were assessed by triple detection size exclusion chromatography (TD-SEC) in order to verify the livingness of the polymerization. PMID:25842130

  14. Effect of trans-cis photoisomerization on phase equilibria and phase transition of liquid-crystalline azobenzene chromophore and its blends with reactive mesogenic diacrylate.

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    Kim, Namil; Li, Quan; Kyu, Thein

    2011-03-01

    Photoisomerization-induced phase transition of neat liquid-crystalline azobenzene chromophore (LCAC) and its effect on phase diagrams of its mixtures with reactive mesogenic diacrylate monomer (RM257) have been investigated experimentally and theoretically. Upon irradiation with ultraviolet light, the nematic phase of LCAC transformed to isotropic, while the crystal phase showed corrugated textures on the surface (i.e., ripples). The phase-transition temperatures and corresponding morphologies of the blends have been investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry and optical microscopy. A theoretical phase diagram of a binary nematic and crystalline system was constructed by self-consistently solving the combined free energies of Flory-Huggins, Maier-Saupe, and phase-field theory. The calculation revealed various coexistence regions such as nematic + liquid (N₁ + L₂), crystal + liquid (Cr₁ + L₂), crystal + nematic (Cr₁ + N₂), and crystal + crystal (Cr₁ + Cr₂) over a broad range of compositions including the single-phase nematic (N₁, N₂) of the corresponding constituents. The calculated liquidus lines were in good accord with the depressed mesophase-isotropic transition points. The present paper demonstrates the effect of trans-cis photoisomerization on the mesophase transitions of neat LCAC and the phase diagram of LCAC-RM257 as well as on the ripple formation (i.e., periodic undulation) on the azobenzene crystals. PMID:21517513

  15. Azobenzene switch with a long-lived cis-state to photocontrol the enzyme activity of a histone deacetylase-like amidohydrolase.

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    Korbus, Michael; Balasubramanian, Ganesh; Müller-Plathe, Florian; Kolmar, Harald; Meyer-Almes, Franz-Josef

    2014-04-01

    The control of enzymes by use of an external stimulus such as light enables the temporal and spatial regulation of defined chemical reactions in a highly precise manner. In this work we investigated and characterized the reversible photocontrol of a bacterial histone deacetylase-like amidohydrolase (HDAH) from Bordetella/Alcaligenes strain FB188, which holds great potential to control deacetylation reactions of a broad spectrum of substrates in biotechnological and biomedical applications. Several HDAH variants with a single surface accessible cysteine close to the active site were developed and covalently modified by a monofunctional azobenzene-based photoswitch [4-phenylazomaleinanil (4-PAM)]. The enzymatic activity of three HDAH variants (M30C, S20C and M150C) were shown to be controlled by light. The thermal cis-to-trans relaxation of azobenzene conjugated to HDAH was up to 50-fold retarded compared to unbound 4-PAM allowing light pulse switching rather than continuing irradiation to maintain the thermodynamically less stable cis-state of covalently attached 4-PAM. PMID:24262648

  16. Cell block eleven (left) and cell block fifteen, looking from ...

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    Cell block eleven (left) and cell block fifteen, looking from cell block two into the "Death Row" exercise yard - Eastern State Penitentiary, 2125 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

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    View of cell block eight (left), cell block seven, and southwest guard tower, looking from cell block eight roof - Eastern State Penitentiary, 2125 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

  18. Blocked tear duct

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    ... your baby may have an eye infection called conjunctivitis . ... increase the chance of other infections, such as conjunctivitis. ... be prevented. Proper treatment of nasal infections and conjunctivitis may reduce the risk of having a blocked ...

  19. RX for Writer's Block.

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    Tompkins, Gail E.; Camp, Donna J.

    1988-01-01

    Describes four prewriting techniques that elementary and middle grade students can use to gather and organize ideas for writing, and by so doing, cure writer's block. Techniques discussed are: (1) brainstorming; (2) clustering; (3) freewriting; and (4) cubing.

  20. Superalloy Lattice Block Structures

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    Nathal, M. V.; Whittenberger, J. D.; Hebsur, M. G.; Kantzos, P. T.; Krause, D. L.

    2004-01-01

    Initial investigations of investment cast superalloy lattice block suggest that this technology will yield a low cost approach to utilize the high temperature strength and environmental resistance of superalloys in lightweight, damage tolerant structural configurations. Work to date has demonstrated that relatively large superalloy lattice block panels can be successfully investment cast from both IN-718 and Mar-M247. These castings exhibited mechanical properties consistent with the strength of the same superalloys measured from more conventional castings. The lattice block structure also accommodates significant deformation without failure, and is defect tolerant in fatigue. The potential of lattice block structures opens new opportunities for the use of superalloys in future generations of aircraft applications that demand strength and environmental resistance at elevated temperatures along with low weight.

  1. Block copolymer battery separator

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    Wong, David; Balsara, Nitash Pervez

    2016-04-26

    The invention herein described is the use of a block copolymer/homopolymer blend for creating nanoporous materials for transport applications. Specifically, this is demonstrated by using the block copolymer poly(styrene-block-ethylene-block-styrene) (SES) and blending it with homopolymer polystyrene (PS). After blending the polymers, a film is cast, and the film is submerged in tetrahydrofuran, which removes the PS. This creates a nanoporous polymer film, whereby the holes are lined with PS. Control of morphology of the system is achieved by manipulating the amount of PS added and the relative size of the PS added. The porous nature of these films was demonstrated by measuring the ionic conductivity in a traditional battery electrolyte, 1M LiPF.sub.6 in EC/DEC (1:1 v/v) using AC impedance spectroscopy and comparing these results to commercially available battery separators.

  2. Facile Synthesis and Characterization of Well-Defined Rod-Coil Block Copolymers Composed of Regioregular Poly(3-hexyl thiophene)

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    Moon, Hong Chul; Kim, Jin Kon

    2011-03-01

    We synthesized rod-coil block copolymers composed of regioregular poly(3-hexyl thiopene) (P3HT) block via anionic coupling reaction. Three different coil blocks (poly(2-vinyl pyridine) (P2VP) and polyisoprene (PI)) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)) were selected. For the synthesis of P2VP- b -P3HT- b -P2VP and P2VP- b -P3HT- b -P2VP, the chain ends of the P3HT were capped by the aldehyde group. On the other hand, phenyl acrylate (PA)-capped P3HT was prepared for coupling reaction with living PMMA anions. When the excess amount of the used living anions was removed by column chromatography, all of the neat block copolymers showed lower PDI without leaving any homopolymers. We also investigated the optical property and thin film morphology of synthesized various block copolymers.

  3. Can quaternary ammonium methacrylates inhibit matrix MMPs and cathepsins?

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    Tezvergil-Mutluay, Arzu; Agee, Kelli A.; Mazzoni, Annalisa; Carvalho, Ricardo M.; Carrilho, Marcela; Tersariol, Ivarne L.; Nascimento, Fabio D.; Imazato, Satoshi; Tjäderhane, Leo; Breschi, Lorenzo; Tay, Franklin R; Pashley, David H.

    2014-01-01

    Objective Dentin matrices release ICTP and CTX fragments during collagen degradation. ICTP fragments are known to be produced by MMPs. CTX fragments are thought to come from cathepsin K activity. The purpose of this study was to determine if quaternary methacrylates (QAMs) can inhibit matrix MMPs and cathepsins. Methods Dentin beams were demineralizated, and dried to constant weight. Beams were incubated with rh-cathepsin B, K, L or S for 24 h at pH 7.4 to identify which cathepsins release CTX at neutral pH. Beams were dipped in ATA, an antimicrobial QAM to determine if it can inhibit dentin matrix proteases. Other beams were dipped in another QAM (MDPB) to determine if it produced similar inhibition of dentin proteases. Results Only beams incubated with cathepsin K lost more dry mass than the controls and released CTX. Dentin beams dipped in ATA and incubated for 1 week at pH 7.4, showed a concentration-dependent reduction in weight-loss. There was no change in ICTP release from control values, meaning that ATA did not inhibit MMPs. Media concentrations of CTX fell significantly at 15 wt% ATA indicating that ATA inhibits capthesins. Beams dipped in increasing concentrations of MDPB lost progressively less mass, showing that MDPB is a protease-inhibitor. ICTP released from controls or beams exposed to low concentrations were the same, while 5 or 10% MDPB significantly lowered ICTP production. CTX levels were strongly inhibited by 2.5–10% MDPB, indicating that MDPB is a potent inhibitor of both MMPs and cathepsin K. Significance CTX seems to be released from dentin matrix only by cathepsin K. MMPs and cathepsin K and B may all contribute to matrix degradation. PMID:25467953

  4. RAFT polymerization of temperature- and salt-responsive block copolymers as reversible hydrogels

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    Hemp, Sean T.; Smith, Adam E.; Bunyard, W. Clayton; Rubinstein, Michael H.; Long, Timothy E.

    2016-01-01

    Reversible-addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization enabled the synthesis of novel, stimuli-responsive, AB and ABA block copolymers. The B block contained oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (OEG) and was permanently hydrophilic in the conditions examined. The A block consisted of diethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate (DEG) and [2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]trimethylammonium chloride (TMA). The A block displayed both salt- and temperature-response with lower critical solution temperatures (LCSTs) dependent on the molar content of TMA and the presence of salt. Higher TMA content in the AB diblock copolymers increased the critical micelle temperatures (CMT) in HPLC-grade water due to an increased hydrophilicity of the A block. Upon addition of 0.9 wt% NaCl, the CMTs of poly(OEG-b-DEG95TMA5) decreased from 50 °C to 36 °C due to screening of electrostatic repulsion between the TMA units. ABA triblock copolymers displayed excellent hydrogel properties with salt- and temperature-dependent gel points. TMA incorporation in the A block increased the gel points for all triblock copolymers, and salt-response increased with higher TMA composition in the A block. For example, poly(DEG98TMA2-b-OEG-b-DEG98TMA2) formed a hydrogel at 40 °C in HPLC-grade water and 26 °C in 0.9 wt% NaCl aqueous solution. These salt- and temperature-responsive AB diblock and ABA triblock copolymers find applications as drug delivery vehicles, adhesives, and hydrogels. PMID:27041771

  5. Mechanical Properties of Surface-Charged Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) as Denture Resins

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    Park, Sang E.; Chao, Maggie; Raj, P. A.

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this study was to examine the mechanical properties of a new surface-modified denture resin for its suitability as denture base material. This experimental resin is made by copolymerization of methacrylic acid (MA) to poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) to produce a negative charge. Four experimental groups consisted of Orthodontic Dental Resin (DENTSPLY Caulk) as a control and three groups of modified PMMA (mPMMA) produced at differing ratios of methacrylic acid (5 : 95, 10 : 90, and 20 : 80 MA : MMA). A 3-point flexural test using the Instron Universal Testing Machine (Instron Corp.) measured force-deflection curves and a complete stress versus strain history to calculate the transverse strength, transverse deflection, flexural strength, and modulus of elasticity. Analysis of Variance and Scheffe Post-test were performed on the data. Resins with increased methacrylic acid content exhibited lower strength values for the measured physical properties. The most significant decrease occurred as the methacrylic acid content was increased to 20% mPMMA. No significant differences at P < .05 were found in all parameters tested between the Control and 5% mPMMA. PMID:20339462

  6. Conversion of (Meth)acrylic acids to methane granular sludge: Initiation by specific anerobic microflora

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    Shtarkman, N.B.; Obraztova, A.Y.; Laurinavichyus, K.S.; Galushko, A.S.; Akimenko, V.K.

    1995-03-01

    The role of a specific anaerobic microflora in the initiation of degradation of (meth)acrylic acids to methane by granular sludge from a UASB reactor was investigated. Associations of anaerobic bacteria isolated from the anaerobic sludge, which was used for a long time for treatment of wastewater from (meth)acrylate production, were able to realize the initial stage of (meth)acrylic acid decomposition, i.e., a conversion of acrylic and methacrylic acids to propionic and isobutyric acids, respectively. When added to granules, these association played a role of an {open_quotes}initiator{close_quotes} of the degradation process, which was then continued by the granular sludge microflora utilizing propionate and isobutyrate. Some characteristics of the granules adapted to propionate or isobutyrate are presented. The rates of propionate and isobutyrate consumption by adapted granules is, respectively, 21 and 53 times higher than the values obtained for nonadapted granules. A combined use of {open_quotes}initiating{close_quotes} bacteria and adapted granules provided degradation of (meth)acrylic acids with a maximum methane yield. The possibility is discussed of employing the granules, which are adapted to short-chain fatty acids, and the {open_quotes}initiating{close_quotes} bacteria, which accomplish the initial steps of the organic material decomposition to lower fatty acids, for the conversion of various chemical compounds to methane. 10 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  7. Dispersion of luminescent nanoparticles in different derivatives of poly(ethyl methacrylate).

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    Davion, B; Delhorbe, V; Péralta, S P; Goubard, F; Vidal, F

    2011-04-01

    Gd2O3:Tb(5%) nanoparticles were prepared via the polyol route and dispersed without any stabilizer in several ethyl methacrylate derivatives matrices such as poly(ethyl methacrylate), poly(2-methoxyethyl methacrylate) and poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA). Nanocomposites were obtained via free-radical polymerization of methacrylic monomers with ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as crosslinker and colloidal solution of Gd2O3:Tb(5%) nanoparticles. Best results are obtained with PHEMA in which the dispersed Gd2O3:Tb(5%) nanoparticles are spherical with a mean diameter of 15 nm, as measured by TEM. The obtained solid Gd2O3:Tb(5%)/PHEMA nanocomposites are highly transparent (in the visible spectral range) and exhibit characteristic photoluminescence of Tb3+ 5D4-7F(J) (J = 6-3), with 5D4-7F5 strong green emission at 536 nm upon UV excitation. The nanoparticles and nanocomposites have been well characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM), UV/Vis transmission spectra, photoluminescence excitation, and emission spectra. PMID:21776688

  8. Flexural properties of ethyl or methyl methacrylate-UDMA blend polymers.

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    Kanie, Takahito; Kadokawa, Akihiko; Arikawa, Hiroyuki; Fujii, Koichi; Ban, Seiji

    2010-10-01

    Light-curing polyethyl methacrylate (PEMA)-urethane dimethacrylate (UDMA) resins and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)-UDMA resins were prepared by two processes. For first step, PEMA or PMMA powders were fully dissolved in ethyl methacrylate (EMA) or methyl methacrylate (MMA) and then the PEMA-EMA/PMMA-MMA mixtures were mixed with UDMA. The flexural properties of cured PEMA-UDMA and PMMA-UDMA polymers were measured using two PEMA (Mw: 300,000-400,000 and 650,000-1,000,000) and three PMMA (Mw: 30,000-60,000, 350,000 and 650,000-1,000,000) powders with different molecular weight, four mixing ratios of PMMA-MMA, and three mixing ratios of PMMA-MMA mixture and UDMA oligomer. Polymers with PMMA(Mw: 350,000) MMA=25/50, and with PMMA(Mw: 350,000)-MMA/UDMA=1/2 and =1/1, showed no-fracture in a flexural test at 1 mm/min and flexural strength and flexural modulus showed no significant difference compared with those of commercially available heat- and self-curing acrylic resins (p>0.01). Within limitation of this investigation, methyl methacrylate-UDMA blend polymer of this composition is available for denture base resin. PMID:20733259

  9. Facile Fabrication of Gradient Surface Based on (meth)acrylate Copolymer Films

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    Zhang, Y.; Yang, H.; Wen, X.-F.; Cheng, J.; Xiong, J.

    2016-08-01

    This paper describes a simple and economic approach for fabrication of surface wettability gradient on poly(butyl acrylate - methyl methacrylate) [P (BA-MMA)] and poly(butyl acrylate - methyl methacrylate - 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) [P (BA-MMA-HEMA)] films. The (meth)acrylate copolymer [including P (BA-MMA) and P (BA-MMA-HEMA)] films are hydrolyzed in an aqueous solution of NaOH and the transformation of surface chemical composition is achieved by hydrolysis in NaOH solution. The gradient wetting properties are generated based on different functional groups on the P (BA-MMA) and P (BA-MMA-HEMA) films. The effects of both the surface chemical and surface topography on wetting of the (meth)acrylate copolymer film are discussed. Surface chemical composition along the materials length is determined by XPS, and surface topography properties of the obtained gradient surfaces are analyzed by FESEM and AFM. Water contact angle system (WCAs) results show that the P (BA-MMA-HEMA) films provide a larger slope of the gradient wetting than P (BA-MMA). Moreover, this work demonstrates that the gradient concentration of chemical composition on the poly(meth) acrylate films is owing to the hydrolysis processes of ester group, and the hydrolysis reactions that have negligible influence on the surface morphology of the poly(meth) acrylate films coated on the glass slide. The gradient wettability surfaces may find broad applications in the field of polymer coating due to the compatibility of (meth) acrylate polymer.

  10. Impression block with orientator

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    Brilin, V. I.; Ulyanova, O. S.

    2015-02-01

    Tool review, namely the impression block, applied to check the shape and size of the top of fish as well as to determine the appropriate tool for fishing operation was realized. For multiple application and obtaining of the impress depth of 3 cm and more, the standard volumetric impression blocks with fix rods are used. However, the registered impress of fish is not oriented in space and the rods during fishing are in the extended position. This leads to rods deformation and sinking due to accidental impacts of impression block over the borehole irregularity and finally results in faulty detection of the top end of fishing object in hole. The impression blocks with copy rods and fixed magnetic needle allow estimating the object configuration and fix the position of magnetic needle determining the position of the top end of object in hole. However, the magnetic needle fixation is realized in staged and the rods are in extended position during fishing operations as well as it is in standard design. The most efficient tool is the impression block with copy rods which directs the examined object in the borehole during readings of magnetic needles data from azimuth plate and averaging of readings. This significantly increases the accuracy of fishing toll direction. The rods during fishing are located in the body and extended only when they reach the top of fishing object.

  11. Synergistic effect on corrosion resistance of Phynox substrates grafted with surface-initiated ATRP (co)polymerization of 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA).

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    Barthélémy, Bastien; Maheux, Simon; Devillers, Sébastien; Kanoufi, Frédéric; Combellas, Catherine; Delhalle, Joseph; Mekhalif, Zineb

    2014-07-01

    Phynox is of high interest for biomedical applications due to its biocompatibility and corrosion resistance. However, some Phynox applications require specific surface properties. These can be imparted with suitable surface functionalizations of its oxide layer. The present work investigates the surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of 2-methacryloyoxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC), 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), and ATRP copolymerization of (HEMA-co-MPC) (block and statistic copolymerization with different molar ratios) on grafted Phynox substrates modified with 11-(2-bromoisobutyrate)-undecyl-1-phosphonic acid (BUPA) as initiator. It is found that ATRP (co)polymerization of these monomers is feasible and forms hydrophilic layers, while improving the corrosion resistance of the system. PMID:24915233

  12. Poly(DL-lactide)-b-poly(N,N-dimethylamino-2-ethyl methacrylate): synthesis, characterization, micellization behavior in aqueous solutions, and encapsulation of the hydrophobic drug dipyridamole.

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    Karanikolopoulos, Nikos; Zamurovic, Miljana; Pitsikalis, Marinos; Hadjichristidis, Nikos

    2010-02-01

    We synthesized a series of well-defined poly(dl-lactide)-b-poly(N,N-dimethylamino-2-ethyl methacrylate) (PDLLA-b-PDMAEMA) amphiphilic diblock copolymers by employing a three-step procedure: (a) ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of dl-lactide using n-decanol and stannous octoate, Sn(Oct)(2), as the initiating system, (b) reaction of the PDLLA hydroxyl end groups with bromoisobutyryl bromide, and (c) atom transfer radical polymerization, ATRP, of DMAEMA with the newly created bromoisobutyryl initiating site. The aggregation behavior of the prepared block copolymers was investigated by dynamic light scattering and zeta potential measurements at 25 degrees C in aqueous solutions of different pH values. The hydrophobic drug dipyridamole was efficiently incorporated into the copolymer aggregates in aqueous solutions of pH 7.40. High partition coefficient values were determined by fluorescence spectroscopy. PMID:20041661

  13. A route to nanoscopic materials via seeded sequential infiltration synthesis on block copolymer templates.

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    Peng, Q.; Tseng, Y.-C.; Darling, S. B.; Elam, J. W.

    2011-06-01

    Sequential infiltration synthesis (SIS), combining stepwise molecular assembly reactions with self-assembled block copolymer (BCP) substrates, provides a new strategy to pattern nanoscopic materials in a controllable way. The selective reaction of a metal precursor with one of the pristine BCP domains is the key step in the SIS process. Here we present a straightforward strategy to selectively modify self-assembled polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) BCP thin films to enable the SIS of a variety of materials including SiO{sub 2}, ZnO, and W. The selective and controlled interaction of trimethyl aluminum with carbonyl groups in the PMMA polymer domains generates Al-CH{sub 3}/Al-OH sites inside the BCP scaffold which can seed the subsequent growth of a diverse range of materials without requiring complex block copolymer design and synthesis.

  14. Thermo-mechanical response of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) large volumes exposed to time-dependent environmental conditions

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    Fraldi, M.; Esposito, L.; Perrella, G.; Cutolo, A.

    2014-02-01

    Low thermal conductivity and elevated absorbance of large bulky volumes of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) exposed to moderately aggressive environmental conditions may cooperate to determine critical mechanical conditions, kindling unexpected high thermal stresses values which lead the material to failure. From the engineering point of view, this can be explained as the result of two concomitant phenomena which activate a cascade of events: very sharp thermal gradients engendered by transient thermal processes induced by cyclic environmental conditions, combined with significant bulk heat generation due to the high thermal inertia of massive PMMA volumes, in turn aggravating the steepness of the thermal gradients, may in fact ingenerate severe stress regimes, potentially undermining the structural stability of the material. Moving from these considerations, the present study is aimed to investigate possible rupture of PMMA blocks experiencing heating processes as a consequence of their exposure to outdoor cyclic environmental conditions. The problem is approached by means of both rigorous analytical arguments and the Finite Element based numerical methods, finally exploiting the theoretical outcomes to formulate a hypothesis which might explain the still unclear phenomenon of the sudden breaking of the PMMA structure, named Huge Wine Glass and designed by the world famous Japanese architect Toyo Ito, which occurred in Pescara (Italy) in 2009.

  15. Toughening epoxy resin with poly(methyl methacrylate)-grafted natural rubber

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    Rezaifard, A.H.; Hodd, K.A.; Barton, J.M.

    1993-12-31

    A novel rubber, poly(methyl methacrylate)-g-natural rubber (Hevea-plus MG), has been studied as a toughening agent for bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (Shell 828 epoxy resin) cured with piperidine. Effective dispersions of the rubber, in concentrations of 2-10 parts per hundred parts resin, were achieved by adjusting the solubility parameter of the epoxy to approximate that of poly(methyl methacrylate) by adding bisphenol A. The fracture energy of the rubber-modified resin was determined by compact tension tests (in the temperature range -60 to +40{degrees}C) and by Charpy impact tests. The poly(methyl methacrylate)-g-natural rubber was found to be an effective toughening agent for the epoxy resin at both low and high rates of strain. Possible fracture mechanisms are discussed. 22 refs., 16 figs., 5 tabs.

  16. Effects of Surfactants on the Properties of Mortar Containing Styrene/Methacrylate Superplasticizer

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    Negim, El-Sayed; Kozhamzharova, Latipa; Khatib, Jamal; Bekbayeva, Lyazzat; Williams, Craig

    2014-01-01

    The physical and mechanical properties of mortar containing synthetic cosurfactants as air entraining agent are investigated. The cosurfactants consist of a combination of 2% dodecyl benzene sodium sulfonate (DBSS) and either 1.5% polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) or 1.5% polyoxyethylene glycol monomethyl ether (POE). Also these cosurfactants were used to prepare copolymers latex: styrene/butyl methacrylate (St/BuMA), styrene/methyl methacrylate (St/MMA), and styrene/glycidyl methacrylate (St/GMA), in order to study their effects on the properties of mortar. The properties of mortar examined included flow table, W/C ratio, setting time, water absorption, compressive strength, and combined water. The results indicate that the latex causes improvement in mortar properties compared with cosurfactants. Also polymer latex containing DBSS/POE is more effective than that containing DBSS/PVA. PMID:24955426

  17. Chondrocyte Generation of Cartilage-Like Tissue Following Photoencapsulation in Methacrylated Polysaccharide Solution Blends.

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    Hayami, James W S; Waldman, Stephen D; Amsden, Brian G

    2016-07-01

    Chondrocyte-seeded, photo-cross-linked hydrogels prepared from solutions containing 50% mass fractions of methacrylated glycol chitosan or methacrylated hyaluronic acid (MHA) with methacrylated chondroitin sulfate (MCS) are cultured in vitro under static conditions over 35 d to assess their suitability for load-bearing soft tissue repair. The photo-cross-linked hydrogels have initial equilibrium moduli between 100 and 300 kPa, but only the MHAMCS hydrogels retain an approximately constant modulus (264 ± 5 kPa) throughout the culture period. Visually, the seeded chondrocytes in the MHAMCS hydrogels are well distributed with an apparent constant viability in culture. Multicellular aggregates are surrounded by cartilaginous matrix, which contain aggrecan and collagen II. Thus, co-cross-linked MCS and MHA hydrogels may be suited for use in an articular cartilage or nucleus pulposus repair applications. PMID:27061241

  18. Toward pH-responsive coating materials--high-throughput study of (meth)acrylic copolymers.

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    Krieg, Andreas; Arici, Elif; Windhab, Norbert; Schattka, Jan Hendrik; Schubert, Stephanie; Schubert, Ulrich S

    2014-08-11

    The release behavior of a model compound (β-naphthol orange) encapsulated in (meth)acrylate-based statistical copolymers under different environmental conditions was investigated. From monomers of varying polarity (methyl acrylate, ethyl acrylate, tert-butyl acrylate, 2-ethylhexyl methacrylate, and benzyl methacrylate) in combination with methacrylic acid, five polymer series were synthesized by free radical polymerization. The pH-dependent release kinetics were investigated via UV-vis spectroscopy at pH 1.2 and 6.8, simulating physiological conditions in the stomach and intestines. Furthermore, the influence of different ethanol contents (0 and 40 vol %) in the acidic medium was investigated. The whole approach was designed to meet the requirements of a high-throughput experimentation workflow. PMID:24964068

  19. Designing ultraviolet curing of multifunctional (meth)acrylate hard coats

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    Wen, Mei

    Ultraviolet (UV) curing rapidly converts multifunctional (meth)acrylate liquid monomers into highly cross-linked, impervious, hard polymeric coatings at ambient temperature. This solidification process occurs by free-radical cross-linking polymerization. To achieve a better design of this process, it is desirable to have high conversion of functional groups, low stress, adequate mechanical properties, and low costs. To approach this design goal, the following modeling and experimental work was carried out. Firstly, a kinetic model was developed to simulate radical trapping. This model predicts a peak in the concentration of active radicals and a monotonic rise of the concentration of trapped radicals during polymerization. It also predicts a decrease in the fraction of trapped radicals at a given conversion as the UV light intensity is raised. Secondly, a kinetic gelation model, in which reaction occurs locally on a lattice, was developed. Unlike previous such models, this model accounts for free radical reaction time more accurately. It was found that a more uniform distribution of reacted sites leads to a favored propagation at a given conversion. Moreover, radical trapping and termination were found to shorten the kinetic chain length and to lower the asymptotic conversion reached when initiators are exhausted. Thirdly, elastic modulus evolution was simulated with a rigidity percolation model, in which bonds created by free-radical polymerization are represented as rigidly jointed beams. Simulations show that modulus of a network depends on the connectivity between monomer units as well as bonding structure. Finally, experimental determination of volume shrinkage of a sandwiched film was measured with a dynamic mechanical analyzer probe. A faster reaction causes more severely delayed volume shrinkage from the thermodynamic equilibrium volume required by the reaction. Nevertheless, volume shrinks more when the shrinkage of the thermodynamic volume rises. In

  20. Degradable poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)-co-polycaprolactone hydrogels for tissue engineering scaffolds.

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    Atzet, Sarah; Curtin, Scott; Trinh, Phalen; Bryant, Stephanie; Ratner, Buddy

    2008-12-01

    Biodegradable poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)(pHEMA) hydrogels for engineered tissue constructs were developed by the use of atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), a degradable cross-linker, and a macroinitiator. Hydrogels are appropriate materials for tissue engineering scaffolds because of their tissue-like mechanical compliance and mass transfer properties. However, many hydrogels that have seen wide application in medicine are not biodegradable or cannot be easily cleared from the body. pHEMA was selected for the scaffold material because of its reasonable mechanical strength, elasticity, and long history of successful use in medicine as well as because it can be easily fabricated into numerous configurations. pHEMA was studied at various molecular weights between 2 and 50 kDa. The molecular weight range suitable for renal clearance was an important factor in the experimental design. The fabricated hydrogels contain oligomeric blocks of polycaprolactone (PCL), a hydrolytically and enzymatically degradable polymer, as a cross-linking agent. In addition, a degradable macroinitiator that also contained oligomeric PCL was used to initiate the ATRP. The chain length, cross-link density, and polymerization solvent were found to affect the mechanical properties of the pHEMA hydrogels. Degradation of the pHEMA hydrogels was characterized by the use of 0.007 M NaOH, lipase solutions, and phosphate-buffered saline. The mass loss, swelling ratio, and tensile modulus were evaluated. Degradation products after sodium hydroxide treatment were measured by the use of gel permeation chromatography (GPC) to verify the polymer lengths and polydispersity. Erosion was observed in only the sodium hydroxide and lipase solutions. However, the swelling ratio and tensile modulus indicate bulk degradation in all PCL-containing samples. Degradable hydrogels in enzymatic solutions showed 30% mass loss in 16 weeks. Initial cell toxicity studies indicate no adverse cellular response