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  1. Coordination polymer core/shell structures: Preparation and up/down-conversion luminescence.

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    Li, Bingmei; Xu, Hualan; Xiao, Chen; Shuai, Min; Chen, Weimin; Zhong, Shengliang

    2016-10-01

    Coordination polymer (CP) core-shell nanoparticles with Gd-based CP (GdCP) as core and Eu-based CP (EuCP) as shell have been successfully prepared. Allantoin was employed as the organic building block without the assistance of any template. The composition, size and structure of the core-shell nanospheres were well characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermo-gravimetric analysis (TG). Results show that the resultant cores are uniform nanospheres with diameter of approximately 45nm, while the diameters of the core-shell nanospheres are increased to approximately 60nm. The core-shell products show enhanced luminescence efficiency than the core under 980nm laser excitation and decreased down-conversion luminescence when excited at 394nm. PMID:27344485

  2. The multifunctional wound dressing with core-shell structured fibers prepared by coaxial electrospinning

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    Wei, Qilin; Xu, Feiyang; Xu, Xingjian; Geng, Xue; Ye, Lin; Zhang, Aiying; Feng, Zengguo

    2016-04-01

    The non-woven wound dressing with core-shell structured fibers was prepared by coaxial electrospinning. The polycaprolactone (PCL) was electrospun as the fiber's core to provide mechanical strength whereas collagen was fabricated into the shell in order to utilize its good biocompatibility. Simultaneously, the silver nanoparticles (Ag- NPs) as anti-bacterial agent were loaded in the shell whereas the vitamin A palmitate (VA) as healing-promoting drug was encapsulated in the core. Resulting from the fiber's core-shell structure, the VA released from the core and Ag-NPs present in the shell can endow the dressing both heal-promoting and anti-bacteria ability simultaneously, which can greatly enhance the dressing's clinical therapeutic effect. The dressing can maintain high swelling ratio of 190% for 3 d indicating its potential application as wet dressing. Furthermore, the dressing's anti-bacteria ability against Staphylococcus aureus was proved by in vitro anti-bacteria test. The in vitro drug release test showed the sustainable release of VA within 72 h, while the cell attachment showed L929 cells can well attach on the dressing indicating its good biocompatibility. In conclusion, the fabricated nanofibrous dressing possesses multiple functions to benefit wound healing and shows promising potential for clinical application.

  3. The multifunctional wound dressing with core-shell structured fibers prepared by coaxial electrospinning

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    Wei, Qilin; Xu, Feiyang; Xu, Xingjian; Geng, Xue; Ye, Lin; Zhang, Aiying; Feng, Zengguo

    2016-06-01

    The non-woven wound dressing with core-shell structured fibers was prepared by coaxial electrospinning. The polycaprolactone (PCL) was electrospun as the fiber's core to provide mechanical strength whereas collagen was fabricated into the shell in order to utilize its good biocompatibility. Simultaneously, the silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) as anti-bacterial agent were loaded in the shell whereas the vitamin A palmitate (VA) as healing-promoting drug was encapsulated in the core. Resulting from the fiber's core-shell structure, the VA released from the core and Ag-NPs present in the shell can endow the dressing both heal-promoting and anti-bacteria ability simultaneously, which can greatly enhance the dressing's clinical therapeutic effect. The dressing can maintain high swelling ratio of 190% for 3 d indicating its potential application as wet dressing. Furthermore, the dressing's anti-bacteria ability against Staphylococcus aureus was proved by in vitro anti-bacteria test. The in vitro drug release test showed the sustainable release of VA within 72 h, while the cell attachment showed L929 cells can well attach on the dressing indicating its good biocompatibility. In conclusion, the fabricated nanofibrous dressing possesses multiple functions to benefit wound healing and shows promising potential for clinical application.

  4. Modulation of protein release from biodegradable core-shell structured fibers prepared by coaxial electrospinning.

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    Jiang, Hongliang; Hu, Yingqian; Zhao, Pengcheng; Li, Yan; Zhu, Kangjie

    2006-10-01

    Biodegradable core-shell structured fibers with poly(epsilon-caprolactone) as shell and bovine serum albumin (BSA)-containing dextran as core were prepared by coaxial electrospinning for incorporation and controlled release of proteins. BSA loading percent in the fibers and its release rate could be conveniently varied by the feed rate of the inner dope during electrospinning. With the increase in the feed rate of the inner dope, there was an associated increase in the loading percent and accelerated release of BSA. Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) was added to the shell section of the fibers to further finely modulate the release behavior of BSA. It was revealed that the release rate of BSA increased with the PEG percent in the shell section. By varying the feed rate of the inner dope and PEG content, most of BSA could be released from the core-shell structured fibers within the period of time ranging from 1 week to more than 1 month. The effect of the feed rate of the inner dope and addition of PEG into the shell section on the fiber morphology was also examined by scanning electron microscope. PMID:16544305

  5. In situ preparation and protein delivery of silicate–alginate composite microspheres with core-shell structure

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    Wu, Chengtie; Fan, Wei; Gelinsky, Michael; Xiao, Yin; Chang, Jiang; Friis, Thor; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio

    2011-01-01

    The efficient loading and sustained release of proteins from bioactive microspheres remain a significant challenge. In this study, we have developed bioactive microspheres which can be loaded with protein and then have a controlled rate of protein release into a surrounding medium. This was achieved by preparing a bioactive microsphere system with core-shell structure, combining a calcium silicate (CS) shell with an alginate (A) core by a one-step in situ method. The result was to improve the microspheres' protein adsorption and release, which yielded a highly bioactive material with potential uses in bone repair applications. The composition and the core-shell structure, as well as the formation mechanism of the obtained CS–A microspheres, were investigated by X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectrometer dot and line-scanning analysis. The protein loading efficiency reached 75 per cent in CS–A microspheres with a core-shell structure by the in situ method. This is significantly higher than that of pure A or CS–A microspheres prepared by non-in situ method, which lack a core-shell structure. CS–A microspheres with a core-shell structure showed a significant decrease in the burst release of proteins, maintaining sustained release profile in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) at both pH 7.4 and 4.3, compared with the controls. The protein release from CS–A microspheres is predominantly controlled by a Fickian diffusion mechanism. The CS–A microspheres with a core-shell structure were shown to have improved apatite-mineralization in simulated body fluids compared with the controls, most probably owing to the existence of bioactive CS shell on the surface of the microspheres. Our results indicate that the core-shell structure of CS–A microspheres play an important role in enhancing protein delivery and mineralization, which makes these composite materials promising candidates for application in bone

  6. [Preparation and characterization of core-shell structural magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers for nafcillin].

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    Chen, Langxing; Liu, Yuxing; He, Xiwen; Zhang, Yukui

    2015-05-01

    The uniform core-shell nanostructured magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) were synthesized using antibiotic nafcillin as a template. In this protocol, the magnetite nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by the solvothermal reaction firstly. Subsequently, the vinyl groups were grated onto silica-modified Fe3O4 surface by 3-methacryloyloxypropyltrimethoxysilane via sol-gel method. Finally, the nafcillin-MIPs film was formed on the surface of Fe3O4 @ SiO2 by the copolymerization of vinyl end group with functional monomer, methacrylic acid, cross-linking agent, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, the initiator azo-bis-isobutyronitrile and template molecule. The morphological and magnetic characteristics of the MIPs were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and vibrating sample magnetometer. The obtained spherical magnetic MIPs with diameters of about 320 nm had good monodispersity. The static binding experiment was carried out to evaluate the properties of magnetic MIPs and non imprinted polymers (NIPs). The results demonstrated that the magnetic MIPs had high adsorption capacity to template and good selectivity. The imprinting factor and the maximum adsorption capacity of Fe3O4 @ MIPs to nafcillin were 2.46 and 50.7 mg/g, respectively. It is expected that the prepared magnetic MIPs could be used for the enrichment of nafcillin in complex samples. PMID:26387205

  7. Engineered Magnetic Core-Shell Structures.

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    Alavi Nikje, Mir Mohammad; Vakili, Maryam

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, engineered magnetic core-shell structures are playing an important role in the wide range of various applications. These magnetic core-shell structures have attracted considerable attention because of their unique properties and various applications. Also, the synthesis of engineered magnetic core-shell structures has attracted practical interest because of potential applications in areas such as ferrofluids, medical imaging, drug targeting and delivery, cancer therapy, separations, and catalysis. So far a large number of engineered magnetic core-shell structures have been successfully synthesized. This review article focuses on the recent progress in synthesis and characterization of engineered magnetic core-shell structures. Also, this review gives a brief description of the various application of these structures. It is hoped that this review will play some small part in helping future developments in important field. PMID:26377655

  8. Core-Shell Structured Magnetic Ternary Nanocubes

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    Wang, Lingyan; Wang, Xin; Luo, Jin; Wanjala, Bridgid N.; Wang, Chong M.; Chernova, Natalya; Engelhard, Mark H.; Liu, Yao; Bae, In-Tae; Zhong, Chuan-Jian

    2010-12-01

    While transition metal-doped ferrite nanoparticles constitute an important class of soft magnetic nanomaterials with spinel structures, the ability to control the shape and composition would enable a wide range of applications in homogeneous or heterogeneous reactions such as catalysis and magnetic separation of biomolecules. This report describes novel findings of an investigation of core-shell structured MnZn ferrite nanocubes synthesized in organic solvents by manipulating the reaction temperature and capping agent composition in the absence of the conventionally-used reducing agents. The core-shell structure of the highly-monodispersed nanocubes (~20 nm) are shown to consist of an Fe3O4 core and an (Mn0.5Zn0.5)(Fe0.9, Mn1.1)O4 shell. In comparison with Fe3O4 and other binary ferrite nanoparticles, the core-shell structured nanocubes were shown to display magnetic properties regulated by a combination of the core-shell composition, leading to a higher coercivity (~350 Oe) and field-cool/zero-field-cool characteristics drastically different from many regular MnZn ferrite nanoparticles. The findings are discussed in terms of the unique core-shell composition, the understanding of which has important implication to the exploration of this class of soft magnetic nanomaterials in many potential applications such as magnetic resonance imaging, fuel cells, and batteries.

  9. Preparation and characterization of core-shell structured TiO 2-BaCO 3 particles

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    Gablenz, Silvio; Damm, Cornelia; Müller, Franz Werner; Israel, Gunter; Rössel, Michael; Röder, Andreas; Abicht, Hans-Peter

    2001-03-01

    Preparation of core-shell structured TiO 2-BaCO 3 particles as precursor of BaTiO 3 genesis, proceeds using a two step procedure, by first coating the TiO 2 core by Ba(OH) 2 shell followed by conversion of the shell region with CO 2 gas by the formation of BaCO 3. Straightforward experimental results reveal environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) as suitable methods for analytical characterization of the core and shell regions from individual TiO 2-BaCO 3 grains. Evidence of coating the whole ensemble of TiO 2 particles is possible using Photo Electro Motive Force (Photo EMF, PEMF) measurements. This method is able to indicate very sensitively changes of surface properties of TiO 2 after coating with Ba(OH) 2 and BaCO 3, respectively. PEMF measurements were used for the first time with concern to this topic.

  10. Ultra-high-performance core-shell structured Ru@Pt/C catalyst prepared by a facile pulse electrochemical deposition method

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    Chen, Dan; Li, Yuexia; Liao, Shijun; Su, Dong; Song, Huiyu; Li, Yingwei; Yang, Lijun; Li, Can

    2015-08-01

    Core-shell structured catalysts, made by placing either a monolayer or a thin layer of a noble metal on relatively cheap core-metal nanoparticles, are fascinating and promising fuel cell catalysts due to their high utilization of noble metals. Here, we report our development of a core-shell structured catalyst, Ru@Pt/C, generated by a novel and facile pulse electrochemical deposition (PED) approach. We demonstrate that compared with a commercial Pt/C catalyst, this novel catalyst achieves over four times higher mass activity towards the anodic oxidation of methanol, and 3.6 times higher mass activity towards the cathodic reduction of oxygen. Importantly, we find that the intrinsic activity of Pt in this Ru@Pt/C catalyst is doubled due to the formation of the core-shell structure. The catalyst also shows superior stability: even after 2000 scans, it still retains up to 90% of the peak current. Our findings demonstrate that this novel PED approach is a promising method for preparing high-performance core-shell catalysts for fuel cell applications.

  11. Preparation and characterization of polymer electrolyte membranes based on silicon-containing core-shell structured nanocomposite latex particles

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    Zhong, Shuangling; Sun, Chenggang; Gao, Yushan; Cui, Xuejun

    2015-09-01

    A series of silicon-containing core-shell structured polyacrylate/2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid (SiO2-CS-PA/A) nanocomposite latex particles are prepared by the emulsifier-free emulsion polymerization of acrylate monomers and various amount of 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid (AMPS) with colloidal nanosilica particles as seed. The chemical and morphological structures of latex particles with high monomer conversion are determined using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The SiO2-CS-PA/A nanocomposite membranes are fabricated through pouring the latex onto a clean surface of glass and drying at 60 °C for 10 h and 120 °C for 2 h. The nanocomposite membranes possess good thermal and dimensional stability. In addition, in comparison to Nafion® 117, the nanocomposite membranes exhibit moderate proton conductivity, significantly better methanol barrier and selectivity. The methanol diffusion coefficient is in the range of 1.03 × 10-8 to 5.26 × 10-8 cm2 s-1 which is about two orders of magnitude lower than that of Nafion® 117 (2.36 × 10-6 cm2 s-1). The SiO2-CS-PA/A 5 membrane shows the highest selectivity value (2.34 × 105 S cm-3) which is approximately 11.0 times of that (2.13 × 104 S cm-3) of Nafion® 117. These results indicate that the nanocomposite membranes are promising candidates to be used as polymer electrolyte membranes in direct methanol fuel cells.

  12. The preparation of core/shell structured microsphere of multi first-line anti-tuberculosis drugs and evaluation of biological safety

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    Zeng, Hao; Pang, Xiaoyang; Wang, Shuo; Xu, Zhengquan; Peng, Wei; Zhang, Penghui; Zhang, Yupeng; Liu, Zheng; Luo, Chengke; Wang, Xiyang; Nie, Hemin

    2015-01-01

    To introduce a modified method, namely coaxial electrohydrodynamic atomization for the fabrication of distinct core/shell structured microspheres of four first-line ant-tuberculosis drugs with different characteristics in hydrophilic properties in one single step. In group B, we prepared microspheres in which the core and the shell contain hydrophobic and hydrophilic drugs, respectively. In contrast, in group C, the opposite is prepared. The detection of encapsulation efficiency and in vitro release test were performed to confirm the feasibility of the drug-loaded core/shell structured microspheres. Moreover, cell culture experiments and animal experiments have been carried out to evaluate the biological safety of different microspheres in cell growth, cell viability, osteogenesis and migration of BMSCs in vitro and the bone fusion in a bone deficits model in SD rat. Meanwhile, the distribution of drugs and liver and kidney toxicity were monitored. The release patterns of the two groups are significantly different. The release of drugs from Group B microspheres is rather sequential, whereas group C microspheres release drugs in a parallel (co-release) manner. And various concentrations of carrier materials produces core/shell structured microspheres with different appearance. Moreover, the biological safety of core/shell structured microspheres was testified to be satisfactory. These findings present the advantages and possible application of this kind of multi-drug release system in treating skeletal tuberculosis. Moreover, the characteristic sequential release of multi-drugs can be controlled and adjusted based on treatment need and used in treating other disorders. PMID:26309493

  13. Core-shell-structured silica/polyacrylate particles prepared by Pickering emulsion: influence of the nucleation model on particle interfacial organization and emulsion stability

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    2014-01-01

    This work reports a new evidence of the versatility of silica sol as a stabilizer for Pickering emulsions. The organization of silica particles at the oil-water interface is a function of the nucleation model. The present results show that nucleation model, together with monomer hydrophobicity, can be used as a trigger to modify the packing density of silica particles at the oil-water interface: Less hydrophobic methylmethacrylate, more wettable with silica particles, favors the formation of core-shell-structured composite when the composite particles are prepared by miniemulsion polymerization in which monomers are fed in batch (droplet nucleation). By contrast, hydrophobic butylacrylate promotes the encapsulating efficiency of silica when monomers are fed dropwise (homogeneous nucleation). The morphologies of polyacrylate-nano-SiO2 composites prepared from different feed ratio of methylmethacrylate/butylacrylate (with different hydrophobicity) and by different feed processes are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. The results from SEM and TEM show that the morphologies of the as-prepared polyacrylate/nano-SiO2 composite can be a core-shell structure or a bare acrylic sphere. The stability of resulting emulsions composed of these composite particles is strongly dependent on the surface coverage of silica particles. The emulsion stability is improved by densely silica-packed composite particles. PMID:25313299

  14. Preparation and Biocompatibility of Gold@ Polypyrrole-Chitosan with Core-Shell Nanostructure.

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    Wu, Yun; Wang, Yanyan; Chen, Hui; Ge, Shanshan; Zhang, Jinling; Mao, Chun; Ding, Hongyan; Shen, Jian

    2016-03-01

    A two-step method for preparing Au@polypyrrole-chitosan core-shell nanoparticles (Au @ PPy-CS NPs) was fabricated by in situ polymerization of pyrrole monomer on the surface of Au spheres in chitosan solution. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images showed the presence of core-shell structure of nanoparticles. Energy-Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy were adopted to verify the shell is polypyrrole-chitosan. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed that Au was present in the core-shell nanoparticles. The biocompatibility of Au @ PPy-CS NPs was characterized by in vitro for hemolysis assay and cytotoxicity experiments. Results indicated the Au @ PPy-CS NPs had good blood compatibility and low cytotoxicity. The Au @ PPy-CS NPs we proposed provide a promising platform of blood circulation system for early illness diagnosis and therapy. PMID:27455639

  15. Functional properties of BaTiO3-Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 magnetoelectric ceramics prepared from powders with core-shell structure

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    Curecheriu, L. P.; Buscaglia, M. T.; Buscaglia, V.; Mitoseriu, L.; Postolache, P.; Ianculescu, A.; Nanni, P.

    2010-05-01

    In the present work, diphasic ceramic composites with core-shell nanostructures formed by Ni0.50Zn0.50Fe2O4 core and BaTiO3 shell were investigated. Their properties were compared with those of composites prepared by coprecipitation. The core-shell structure was confirmed by microstructural powder analysis. Homogeneous microstructures with a good phase mixing and percolated dielectric phase by the magnetic one were obtained from coprecipitated powders. Less homogeneous microstructures resulted in ceramics produced from the powder prepared by core-shell method, with isolated small ferrite grains besides large ferrite aggregates embedded into the BaTiO3 matrix. Both the ferroelectric and magnetic phases preserve their basic properties in bulk composite form. However, important differences in the dielectric relaxation and conduction mechanisms were found as result of the microstructural difference. Extrinsic contributions play important roles in modifying the electric properties in both ceramics, causing space charge effect, Maxwell-Wagner relaxations and hopping conductivity, mainly due to the ferrite low resistivity phase. The conductivity and dielectric modulus spectra analysis allowed to identify different polaron contributions associated with the microstructural differences. It results that by using the core-shell method, improved dielectric properties and limited hopping contributions can be realized.

  16. Functional properties of BaTiO{sub 3}-Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} magnetoelectric ceramics prepared from powders with core-shell structure

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    Curecheriu, L. P.; Mitoseriu, L.; Postolache, P.; Buscaglia, M. T.; Buscaglia, V.; Ianculescu, A.; Nanni, P.

    2010-05-15

    In the present work, diphasic ceramic composites with core-shell nanostructures formed by Ni{sub 0.50}Zn{sub 0.50}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} core and BaTiO{sub 3} shell were investigated. Their properties were compared with those of composites prepared by coprecipitation. The core-shell structure was confirmed by microstructural powder analysis. Homogeneous microstructures with a good phase mixing and percolated dielectric phase by the magnetic one were obtained from coprecipitated powders. Less homogeneous microstructures resulted in ceramics produced from the powder prepared by core-shell method, with isolated small ferrite grains besides large ferrite aggregates embedded into the BaTiO{sub 3} matrix. Both the ferroelectric and magnetic phases preserve their basic properties in bulk composite form. However, important differences in the dielectric relaxation and conduction mechanisms were found as result of the microstructural difference. Extrinsic contributions play important roles in modifying the electric properties in both ceramics, causing space charge effect, Maxwell-Wagner relaxations and hopping conductivity, mainly due to the ferrite low resistivity phase. The conductivity and dielectric modulus spectra analysis allowed to identify different polaron contributions associated with the microstructural differences. It results that by using the core-shell method, improved dielectric properties and limited hopping contributions can be realized.

  17. Preparation of the core-shell structure adriamycin lipiodol microemulsions and their synergistic anti-tumor effects with diethyldithiocarbamate in vivo.

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    Daocheng, Wu; Mingxi, Wan

    2010-11-01

    We prepared the core-shell structure adriamycin lipiodol microemulsions (ADM-CSLMs) and evaluated their in vivo antitumor effects in combination with Diethyldithiocarbamate (DDC). Two types of ADM-CSLMs, adriamycin liposome-lipiodol microemulsion(ADM-LLM) and adriamycin microsphere lipiodol microemulsion (ADM-MLM), were prepared through the emulsification method. The drug loading and encapsulation efficiency of ADM-CSLMs were measured by the high-performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC). The size and shape of the ADM-CSLMs were determined by an atom force microscopy (AFM), a transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and a particle size analyzer, respectively. The synergistic effects of DDC and ADM-CSLMs for cancer treatment of carcinoma drug-resistance cell was evaluated by the MTT method, the activation of superoxide dismutase (SOD) was detected by chemiluminescence, and the ADM accumulation in cells was measured by flow cytometry. Walker-256 carcinoma was transplanted to the livers of the male SD rats, ADM-CSLMs were administrated to the livers of the rats by intervention hepatic artery embolization through microsurgery. The tumor growth and animal survival were evaluated. The results show that the average diameter of ADM-LLM and ADM-MLM were 4.23 ± 1.2 μm and 4.67 ± 1.4 μm, respectively, and their ADM encapsulation efficiency were 83.7% and 87.2% with respect to loading efficiency of 82 μg/ml and 91 μg/ml. The tumor growth and animal survival in two of the ADM-CSLMs combined with DDC groups were significantly higher than that of ADM only treatment, ADM liposome combined with DDC (P < 0.01), as well as the ADM microsphere combined with DDC (P < 0.01). Therefore, ADM-CSLMs are useful carriers for the treatment of carcinoma and their anti-tumor effect can be enhanced by DDC in a suitable concentration. PMID:20888179

  18. A scalable route to prepare core-shell structured ZnO@PEDOT nanowires and PEDOT nanotubes and their properties as electrode materials

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    Wang, Fang; Zhang, Xianhong; Yang, Le; Xu, Dehong; Ma, Yuhong; Chen, Dong; Wang, Li; Zhao, Changwen; Yang, Wantai

    2016-05-01

    A composite of a core-shell structured nanowires with ZnO as a core and conductive poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) as a shell was prepared. At first, the hexagonal ZnO nanowires, with diameter of about 80-100 nm and length 4-5 μm, were fabricated by hydrothermal synthesis process. Then a thick layer of poly(trifluoroethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(sodium styrene sulfonate) (PTFEMA-b-PSSNa) was grafted from the surface of ZnO nanowires via atom transfer free radical polymerization. At last, with the ZnO@PTFEMA-b-PSSNa as a template and the PSSNa chain as the counterion dopant, PEDOT was precipitated onto the surface of the template to form the composite of ZnO@PEDOT/PSSNa. With the evaluation of the EDOT polymerization, the thickness of the PEDOT layer increased steadily. However, as the ratio of EDOT/ZnO was greater than 1:2, the ZnO nanowires templates were dissolved at last and then PEDOT particles were produced due to increasing of the acidity during the oxidation polymerization of EDOT. In this case, the product was the mixture of the nanotubes and particles of PEDOT/PPSNa. The electrochemical capacitances of the composites with different structures were investigated with cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge-discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy techniques with three-electrode cell configuration. The maximum specific capacitance of ZnO@PEDOT electrode can reach 101.34 F/g at 20 mV/s.

  19. Preparations and properties of a tunable void with shell thickness SiO2@SiO2 core-shell structures via activators generated by electron transfer for atom transfer radical polymerization

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    Ren, Yi-xian; Zhou, Guo-wei; Cao, Pei

    2016-02-01

    Core-shell structure nanoparticles are attracting considerable attention because of their applications in drug delivery, catalysis carrier, and nanomedicine. In this study, SiO2@SiO2 core-shell structure with tunable void and shell thickness was successfully prepared for the first time using SiO2-poly(buty acrylate) (PBA)-poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) (SiO2-PBA-b-PDMAEMA) as the template and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as the silica source. An amphiphilic copolymer PBA-b-PDMAEMA was first grafted onto the SiO2 nanosphere surface through activators regenerated by electron transfer for atom transfer radical polymerization. TEOS was hydrolyzed along with the PDMAEMA chain through hydrogen bonding, and the core-shell structure of SiO2@SiO2 was obtained through calcination to remove the copolymer. The gradient hydrophilicity of the PBA-b-PDMAEMA copolymer template facilitated the hydrolysis of TEOS molecules along the PDMAEMA to PBA segments, thereby tuning the voids between the SiO2 core and SiO2 shell, as well as the SiO2 shell thickness. The voids were about 10-15 nm and the shell thicknesses were about 4-11 nm when adding different amounts of DMAEMA monomer. SiO2@SiO2 core-shell structures with tunable void and shell thickness were employed as supports for the loading and release of doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) in PBS (pH 4.0). The samples demonstrated good loading capacity and controlled release rate of DOX.

  20. Process to make core-shell structured nanoparticles

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    Luhrs, Claudia; Phillips, Jonathan; Richard, Monique N

    2014-01-07

    Disclosed is a process for making a composite material that contains core-shell structured nanoparticles. The process includes providing a precursor in the form of a powder a liquid and/or a vapor of a liquid that contains a core material and a shell material, and suspending the precursor in an aerosol gas to produce an aerosol containing the precursor. In addition, the process includes providing a plasma that has a hot zone and passing the aerosol through the hot zone of the plasma. As the aerosol passes through the hot zone of the plasma, at least part of the core material and at least part of the shell material in the aerosol is vaporized. Vapor that contains the core material and the shell material that has been vaporized is removed from the hot zone of the plasma and allowed to condense into core-shell structured nanoparticles.

  1. Single-step in situ synthesis of double bond-grafted yttrium-hydroxide nanotube core-shell structures.

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    Li, Weijia; Wang, Xun; Li, Yadong

    2004-01-21

    Novel MMA-Y(OH)(3) nanotube core-shell structures have been successfully prepared with double bonds successfully grafted on the surface through a single-step in-situ hydrothermal method. PMID:14737530

  2. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of eccentric Au-titania core-shell nanoparticles by block copolymer templates.

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    Li, Xue; Fu, Xiaoning; Yang, Hui

    2011-02-21

    A novel route for a preparation of eccentric Au-titania core-shell nanoparticles using gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with block copolymer shells as a template is reported. AuNPs with poly(2-vinyl pyridine)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PVP-b-PEO) block copolymer shells are first prepared by UV irradiation of the solution of PVP-b-PEO/HAuCl(4) complexes. Then the sol-gel reaction of titanium tetra-isopropoxide (TTIP) selectively on the surfaces of AuNPs leads to Au-titania core-shell composite nanoparticles. The eccentric Au-titania core-shell nanoparticles are obtained from the Au-titania core-shell composite nanoparticles by removal of organic interlayer by UV treatment. Photocatalytic activities of the resulting eccentric core-shell nanoparticles are investigated in terms of the degradation of methylene blue (MB). The results show that the eccentric core-shell structures endow the catalyst with greatly enhanced photocatalytic activity. PMID:21157597

  3. The preparation and properties of monodisperse core-shell silica magnetic microspheres.

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    Lou, Min-yi; Jia, Qiu-ling; Wang, De-ping; Liu, Bing; Huang, Wen-hai

    2008-01-01

    The monodisperse core-shell silica magnetic microspheres (MMS) were synthesized by sol-gel method gelling in the emulsion. Optical microscope (OM), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), nitrogen adsorption and desorption Brunauer Emmett Teller Procedure (BET) isotherms and Barrett-Joyner-Halenda (BJH) pore size distribution measurements, X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) were used to characterize the appearance, size distribution, phase, specific surface area, chemical composition and magnetic property of silica MMS. The results showed that silica MMS prepared through sol-gel method with acid-alkali two-step catalyze and gelling in emulsion exhibited the superior core-shell structure and size distribution of the microspheres concentrated in about 20 mum. The main phase of microspheres was amorphous silica and spinel ferroferric oxide. Meanwhile, the microspheres remained the superparamagnetic behavior and could be used as biomaterials. PMID:17597357

  4. Preparation of Core-Shell Coordination Molecular Assemblies via the Enrichment of Structure-Directing "Codes" of Bridging Ligands and Metathesis of Metal Units

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    Park, J; Chen, YP; Perry, Z; Li, JR; Zhou, HC

    2014-12-03

    A series of molybdenum- and copper-based MOPs were synthesized through coordination-driven process of a bridging ligand (3,3'-PDBAD, L-1) and dimetal paddlewheel clusters. Three conformers of the ligand exist with an ideal bridging angle between the two carboxylate groups of 0 degrees (H-2 zeta-L(1)), 120 degrees (H-2 beta-L-1), and of 90 degrees (H-2 beta-L-1), respectively. At ambient or lower temperature, (HL1)-L-2 and Mo-2(OAc)(4) or Cu-2(OAc)(4) were crystallized into a molecular square with ?-L-1 and Mo-2/Cu-2 units. With proper temperature elevation, not only the molecular square with ?-L-1 but also a lantern-shaped cage with a-L-1 formed simultaneously. Similar to how Watson-Crick pairs stabilize the helical structure of duplex DNA, the core-shell molecular assembly possesses favorable H-bonding interaction sites. This is dictated by the ligand conformation in the shell, coding for the formation and providing stabilization of the central lantern shaped core, which was not observed without this complementary interaction. On the basis of the crystallographic implications, a heterobimetallic cage was obtained through a postsynthetic metal ion metathesis, showing different reactivity of coordination bonds in the core and shell. As an innovative synthetic strategy, the site-selective metathesis broadens the structural diversity and properties of coordination assemblies.

  5. Preparation and characterization of chain-like and peanut-like Fe3O4@SiO2 core-shell structure.

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    Shi, Haowei; Huang, Yan; Cheng, Chao; Ji, Guoyuan; Yang, Yuxiang; Yuan, Hongming

    2013-10-01

    The size- and shape-controlled Fe3O4@SiO2 nanocomposites were successfully synthesized via the sol-gel method. The results showed that the size, shape, and property of the products were directly influenced by the amount of TEOS, and the concentration of water-based magnetic fluid in the coating process. The morphology and properties of the products were characterized by TEM, SEM, X-ray powder diffraction, IR and EDS. The Fe3O4@SiO2 composites with easily-controlled size arranged from 58 to 835 nm could be synthesized by adjusting the experimental parameters. When TEOS amount is 1 mL and the concentration of magnetic fluid were 30.0 and 10.0 mg/mL respectively, chain-like and peanuts-like well-dispersed Fe3O4@SiO2 particles with clear core-shell structure were obtained. These size- and shape-controlled Fe3O4@SiO2 composites may have potential application in the field of targeted drug delivery and MRI contrast agent. PMID:24245170

  6. Nanocellulose Derivative/Silica Hybrid Core-Shell Chiral Stationary Phase: Preparation and Enantioseparation Performance.

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    Zhang, Xiaoli; Wang, Litao; Dong, Shuqing; Zhang, Xia; Wu, Qi; Zhao, Liang; Shi, Yanping

    2016-01-01

    Core-shell silica microspheres with a nanocellulose derivative in the hybrid shell were successfully prepared as a chiral stationary phase by a layer-by-layer self-assembly method. The hybrid shell assembled on the silica core was formed using a surfactant as template by the copolymerization reaction of tetraethyl orthosilicate and the nanocellulose derivative bearing triethoxysilyl and 3,5-dimethylphenyl groups. The resulting nanocellulose hybrid core-shell chiral packing materials (CPMs) were characterized and packed into columns, and their enantioseparation performance was evaluated by high performance liquid chromatography. The results showed that CPMs exhibited uniform surface morphology and core-shell structures. Various types of chiral compounds were efficiently separated under normal and reversed phase mode. Moreover, chloroform and tetrahydrofuran as mobile phase additives could obviously improve the resolution during the chiral separation processes. CPMs still have good chiral separation property when eluted with solvent systems with a high content of tetrahydrofuran and chloroform, which proved the high solvent resistance of this new material. PMID:27153055

  7. Synthesis and properties MFe2O4 (M = Fe, Co) nanoparticles and core-shell structures

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    Yelenich, O. V.; Solopan, S. O.; Greneche, J. M.; Belous, A. G.

    2015-08-01

    Individual Fe3-xO4 and CoFe2O4 nanoparticles, as well as Fe3-xO4/CoFe2O4 core/shell structures were synthesized by the method of co-precipitation from diethylene glycol solutions. Core/shell structure were synthesized with CoFe2O4-shell thickness of 1.0, 2.5 and 3.5 nm. X-ray diffraction patterns of individual nanoparticles and core/shell are similar and indicate that all synthesized samples have a cubic spinel structure. Compares Mössbauer studies of CoFe2O4, Fe3-xO4 nanoparticles indicate superparamagnetic properties at 300 K. It was shown that individual magnetite nanoparticles are transformed into maghemite through oxidation during the synthesis procedure, wherein the smallest nanoparticles are completely oxidized while a magnetite core does occur in the case of the largest nanoparticles. The Mössbauer spectra of core/shell nanoparticles with increasing CoFe2O4-shell thickness show a gradual decrease in the relative intensity of the quadrupole doublet and significant decrease of the mean isomer shift value at both RT and 77 K indicating a decrease of the superparamagnetic relaxation phenomena. Specific loss power for the prepared ferrofluids was experimentally calculated and it was determined that under influence of ac-magnetic field magnetic fluid based on individual CoFe2O4 and Fe3-xO4 particles are characterized by very low heating temperature, when magnetic fluids based on core/shell nanoparticles demonstrate higher heating effect.

  8. Nanowire-in-microtube structured core/shell fibers via multifluidic coaxial electrospinning.

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    Chen, Hongyan; Wang, Nü; Di, Jiancheng; Zhao, Yong; Song, Yanlin; Jiang, Lei

    2010-07-01

    A multifluidic coaxial electrospinning approach is reported here to fabricate core/shell ultrathin fibers with a novel nanowire-in-microtube structure from more optional fluid pairs than routine coaxial electrospinning. The advantage of this approach lies in the fact that it introduces an extra middle fluid between the core and shell fluids of traditional coaxial electrospinning, which can work as an effective spacer to decrease the interaction of the other two fluids. Under the protection of a proper middle fluid, more fluid pairs, even mutually miscible fluids, can be operated to generate "sandwich"-structured ultrathin fibers with a sharp boundary between the core and shell materials. It thereby largely extends the scope of optional materials. Selectively removing the middle layer of the as-prepared fibers results in an interesting nanowire-in-microtube structure. Either homogeneous or heterogeneous fibers with well-tailored sandwich structures have been successfully fabricated. This method is an important extension of traditional co-electrospinning that affords a more universal avenue to preparing core/shell fibers; moreover, the special hollow cavity structure may introduce some extra properties into the conventional core/shell structure, which may find potential applications such as optical applications, microelectronics, and others. PMID:20337483

  9. Magnetization processes in core/shell exchange-spring structures

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    Jiang, J. S.

    2015-05-01

    The magnetization reversal processes in cylindrical and spherical soft core/hard shell exchange-spring structures are investigated via the analytical nucleation theory and are verified with numerical micromagnetic simulations. At small core sizes, the nucleation of magnetic reversal proceeds via the modified bulging mode, where the transverse component of the magnetization is only semi-coherent in direction and the nucleation field contains a contribution from self-demagnetization. For large core sizes, the modified curling mode, where the magnetization configuration is vortex-like, is favored at nucleation. The preference for the modified curling mode is beneficial in that the flux-closure allows cylindrical and spherical core/shell exchange-spring elements to be densely packed into bulk permanent magnets without affecting the nucleation field, thereby offering the potential for high energy product.

  10. TiN/VN composites with core/shell structure for supercapacitors

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    Dong, Shanmu; Chen, Xiao; Gu, Lin; Zhou, Xinhong; Wang, Haibo; Liu, Zhihong; Han, Pengxian; Yao, Jianhua; Wang, Li; Cui, Guanglei; Chen, Liquan

    2011-06-15

    Research highlights: {yields} Vanadium and titanium nitride nanocomposite with core-shell structure was prepared. {yields} TiN/VN composites with different V:Ti molar ratios were obtained. {yields} TiN/VN composites can provide promising electronic conductivity and favorable capacity storage. -- Abstract: TiN/VN core-shell composites are prepared by a two-step strategy involving coating of commercial TiN nanoparticles with V{sub 2}O{sub 5}.nH{sub 2}O sols followed by ammonia reduction. The highest specific capacitance of 170 F g{sup -1} is obtained when scanned at 2 mV s{sup -1} and a promising rate capacity performance is maintained at higher voltage sweep rates. These results indicate that these composites with good electronic conductivity can deliver a favorable capacity performance.

  11. Preparation and photocatalytic properties of magnetically reusable Fe3O4@ZnO core/shell nanoparticles

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    Wang, Jian; Yang, Jinghai; Li, Xiuyan; Wang, Dandan; Wei, Bing; Song, Hang; Li, Xuefei; Fu, Siwei

    2016-01-01

    Fe3O4@ZnO binary nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple two-step chemical method and characterized using various analytical instruments. TEM result proved the binary nanoparticles have core/shell structures and average particle size is 60 nm. Photocatalytic investigation of Fe3O4@ZnO core/shell nanoparticles was carried out using rhodamine B (RhB) solution under UV light. Fe3O4@ZnO core/shell nanoparticles showed enhanced photocatalytic performance in comparison with the as prepared ZnO nanoparticles. The enhanced photocatalytic activity for Fe3O4@ZnO might be resulting from the higher concentration of surface oxygen vacancies and the suppressing effect of the Fe3+ ions on the recombination of photoinduced electron-hole pairs. Magnetization saturation value (5.96 emu/g) of Fe3O4@ZnO core/shell nanoparticles is high enough to be magnetically removed by applying a magnetic field. The core/shell photocatalyst can be easily separated by using a commercial magnet and almost no decrease in photocatalytic efficiency was observed even after recycling six times.

  12. Preparation and electromagnetic properties of core/shell polystyrene@polypyrrole@nickel composite microspheres.

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    Li, Wenzhe; Qiu, Teng; Wang, Leilei; Ren, Shanshan; Zhang, Jiangru; He, Lifan; Li, Xiaoyu

    2013-02-01

    Through a novel method, we successfully synthesized electromagnetic (EM) functional polystyrene@polypyrrole@nickel (PS@PPy@Ni) composite microspheres. The PS@PPy spheres with well-defined core/shell structure have been synthesized via an in situ chemical oxidative copolymerization of pyrrole (Py) and N-2-carboxyethylpyrrole (PyCOOH) templated by PS microspheres. The reaction was carried out under heterophase conditions using the mixture of ethanol and water as the continuous phase. Tailored by the carboxyl groups on the surface of microspheres, magnetic nickel layer has been steady deposited onto the P(Py-PyCOOH) layer of the microspheres through an activation-electroless plating technology. The fine PS@P(Py-PyCOOH)@Ni core/shell structures could be obtained with the PyCOOH content up to 50 wt % in the P(Py-PyCOOH) layer. Moreover, the as-prepared PS@P(Py-PyCOOH)@Ni composites are ferromagnetic materials and behave as a good electromagnetic (EM) absorption material due to the coating of Ni layer around the PS@P(Py-PyCOOH) spheres. The PS@P(Py-PyCOOH)@Ni composite spheres show the remarkable EM wave absorption property with the maximum reflection loss (around -20.06 dB) at 10.69 GHz. The EM wave absorption can retained lower than -10 dB within a broad frequency range from 9.16 to 13.75 GHz. PMID:23277287

  13. Preparation, in vitro and in vivo evaluation of budesonide loaded core/shell nanofibers as oral colonic drug delivery system.

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    Xu, Qian; Zhang, Niping; Qin, Wei; Liu, Jingjing; Jia, Zhangjun; Liu, Hongxiang

    2013-01-01

    Budesonide (BUD) loaded ethylcellulose (EC)-core/Eudragit S100-shell nanofibers (BUD-core/shell-NFs) have been successfully prepared using a coaxial electrospinning technique. The drug encapsulation efficiency was 90.48%. SEM and TEM analysis showed that fine core-shell structured nanofibers with an average diameter 190 nm and uniform core diameters 74 nm were prepared. The BUD-loaded Eudragit S100/EC composite nanofibers (BUD-NFs) were prepared using a blend electrospinning method and used as a control. In vitro release tests in HCl 0.1 N, phosphate buffer solutions pH 6.8 and 7.4 were studied. Moreover, the colon-specific characteristics were directly proven in vivo by the content of BUD in different segments of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract in rats after oral administration. Taken together, the results confirmed that BUD-core/shell-NFs had desired pH-dependent drug release profile, displayed a sustained and complete drug release in the colon, as well as protected BUD from being released completely in the upper portion of the GI tract. Compared with BUD-NFs, the BUD-core/shell-NFs have much better potential to be developed as oral colon-specific drug delivery system (OCDDS) to overcome the disadvantages of current oral formulations of BUD. PMID:23646710

  14. Band structure of core-shell semiconductor nanowires

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    Pistol, Mats-Erik; Pryor, Craig

    2009-03-01

    We present band structures of strained core-shell nanowires composed of zincblende III-V (binary) semiconductors. We consider all combinations of AlN, GaN, InN, and all combinations of AlP, GaP, AlAs, GaAs, InP, InAs, AlSb, GaSb, and InSb. We compute the γ- and X-conduction band minima as well as the valence band maximum, all as functions of the core and shell radii. The calculations were performed using continuum elasticity theory for the strain, eight-band strain-dependent k.p theory for the γ-point energies, and single band approximation for the X-point conduction minima. We identify structures with type-I, type-II and type-III band alignment, as well as systems in which one material becomes metallic due to a negative band-gap. We identify structures that may support exciton crystals with and without photoexcitation. We have also computed the effective masses, from which the confinement energy may be estimated. All the results [Pistol and Pryor, Phys. Rev. B 78, 115319] are available in graphical and tabular form at www.semiconductor.physics.uiowa.edu

  15. Preparation of highly dispersed core/shell-type titania nanocapsules containing a single Ag nanoparticle.

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    Sakai, Hideki; Kanda, Takashi; Shibata, Hirobumi; Ohkubo, Takahiro; Abe, Masahiko

    2006-04-19

    Core/shell-type titania nanocapsules containing a single Ag nanoparticle were prepared. Ag nanoparticles were prepared using the reduction of silver nitrate with hydrazine in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as protective agent. The sol-gel reaction of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) was used to prepare core/shell-type titania nanocapsules with CTAB-coated Ag nanoparticles as the core. TEM observations revealed that the size of the core (Ag particle) and the thickness of the shell (titania) of the core/shell particles obtained are about 10 nm and 5-10 nm, respectively. In addition, the nanocapsules were found to be dispersed in the medium as individual particles without aggregation. Moreover, titania coating caused the surface plasmon absorption of Ag nanoparticles to shift toward the longer wavelength side. PMID:16608315

  16. Preparation of gold/titania core-shell nanocomposites with a tunable shell thickness.

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    Kanda, Takashi; Komata, Kazuyoshi; Torigoe, Kanjiro; Endo, Takeshi; Sakai, Kenichi; Abe, Masahiko; Sakai, Hideki

    2014-01-01

    Gold/titania nanocomposites with a core-shell structure were prepared by sol-gel reaction of titanium tetrabutoxide (TTBO) with gold nanoparticles, core-stabilized with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), using a ternary mixture of alcohol/acetonitrile/water as solvent. TEM characterization of the resulting constructs revealed spherical nanocomposites, each containing a single gold core. The mean diameter of the gold cores was 13 nm, while the thicknesses of titania shells were readily tuned in the range 4-30 nm by varying the alkyl chain length of the alcohol. In addition, the gold nanoparticles exhibited a deep red color, with an intense extinction peak at 527 nm, owing to their surface plasmon resonance (SPR) properties. When the Au nanoparticles were coated with a titania shell, their color changed to purple and the SPR peak shifted to a higher wavelength of 537 nm. Furthermore, the core-shell nanocomposites were found to display photocatalytic activity for the oxidation of 2-propanol under illumination by visible light (λ=500-560 nm). PMID:24717542

  17. Photonic bandgap of inverse opals prepared from core-shell spheres.

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    Liu, Bo-Tau; Lin, Ya-Li; Huang, Shao-Xian

    2012-01-01

    In this study, we synthesized monodispersed polystyrene (PS)-silica core-shell spheres with various shell thicknesses for the fabrication of photonic crystals. The shell thickness of the spheres was controlled by various additions of tetraethyl orthosilicate during the shell growth process. The shrinkage ratio of the inverse opal photonic crystals prepared from the core-shell spheres was significantly reduced from 14.7% to within 3%. We suspected that the improvement resulted from the confinement of silica shell to the contraction of PS space during calcination. Due to the shell effect, the inverse opals prepared from the core-shell spheres have higher filling fraction and larger wavelength of stop band maximum. PMID:22894600

  18. Alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes through the structure evolution in Cu-Pt nanoparticles with a core-shell construction

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    Han, Lin; Liu, Hui; Cui, Penglei; Peng, Zhijian; Zhang, Suojiang; Yang, Jun

    2014-01-01

    Noble metal nanoparticles with hollow interiors and customizable shell compositions have immense potential for catalysis. Herein, we present an unique structure transformation phenomenon for the fabrication of alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes with polyhedral morphology. This strategy starts with the preparation of polyhedral Cu-Pt nanoparticles with a core-shell construction upon the anisotropic growth of Pt on multiply twinned Cu seed particles, which are subsequently transformed into alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes due to the Kirkendall effect between the Cu core and Pt shell. The as-prepared alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes possess the rhombic dodecahedral morphology of their core-shell parents after the structural evolution. In particular, the resulting alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes are more effective for oxygen reduction reaction but ineffective for methanol oxidation reaction in comparison with their original Cu-Pt core-shell precursors. PMID:25231376

  19. Alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes through the structure evolution in Cu-Pt nanoparticles with a core-shell construction

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    Han, Lin; Liu, Hui; Cui, Penglei; Peng, Zhijian; Zhang, Suojiang; Yang, Jun

    2014-09-01

    Noble metal nanoparticles with hollow interiors and customizable shell compositions have immense potential for catalysis. Herein, we present an unique structure transformation phenomenon for the fabrication of alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes with polyhedral morphology. This strategy starts with the preparation of polyhedral Cu-Pt nanoparticles with a core-shell construction upon the anisotropic growth of Pt on multiply twinned Cu seed particles, which are subsequently transformed into alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes due to the Kirkendall effect between the Cu core and Pt shell. The as-prepared alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes possess the rhombic dodecahedral morphology of their core-shell parents after the structural evolution. In particular, the resulting alloy Cu3Pt nanoframes are more effective for oxygen reduction reaction but ineffective for methanol oxidation reaction in comparison with their original Cu-Pt core-shell precursors.

  20. Facile preparation of hybrid core-shell nanorods for photothermal and radiation combined therapy.

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    Deng, Yaoyao; Li, Erdong; Cheng, Xiaju; Zhu, Jing; Lu, Shuanglong; Ge, Cuicui; Gu, Hongwei; Pan, Yue

    2016-02-11

    The hybrid platinum@iron oxide core-shell nanorods with high biocompatibility were synthesized and applied for combined therapy. These hybrid nanorods exhibit a good photothermal effect on cancer cells upon irradiation with a NIR laser. Furthermore, due to the presence of a high atomic number element (platinum core), the hybrid nanorods show a synergistic effect between photothermal and radiation therapy. Therefore, the as-prepared core-shell nanorods could play an important role in facilitating synergistic therapy between photothermal and radiation therapy to achieve better therapeutic efficacy. PMID:26818657

  1. Preparation TiO2 core-shell nanospheres and application as efficiency drug detection sensor

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    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we report the facile preparation of monodisperse titanium dioxide-diltiazem/tetrachlorobismuth core-shell nanospheres (TiO2@DTMBi), in which, diltiazem (DTM)/tetrachlorobismuth (BiCl4) complexes were employed as electroactive materials. The morphology, size, formation, and structure of the obtained TiO2@DTMBi spheres were investigated by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The optimal condition of obtained monodisperse 40-nm TiO2@DTMBi spheres was researched. The results of using TiO2@DTMBi nanospheres as proposed drug sensor indicate a wide linear range (10-7 to 10-1 M) and a very low detection limit of 0.20 μg/mL. PMID:25246870

  2. Preparation of core-shell PAN nanofibers encapsulated α-tocopherol acetate and ascorbic acid 2-phosphate for photoprotection.

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    Wu, Xiao-Mei; Branford-White, Christopher J; Yu, Deng-Guang; Chatterton, Nicholas P; Zhu, Li-Min

    2011-01-01

    Magnesium l-ascorbic acid 2-phosphate (MAAP) and α-tocopherol acetate (α-TAc), as the stable vitamin C and vitamin E derivative, respectively, are often applied to skin care products for reducing UV damage. The encapsulation of MAAP (0.5%, g/mL) and α-TAc (5%, g/mL) together within the polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibers was demonstrated using a coaxial electrospinning technique. The structure and morphology characterizations of the core-shell fibers MAAP/α-TAc-PAN were investigated by SEM, FTIR and XRD. As a negative control, the blend nanofibers MAAP/α-TAc/PAN were prepared from a normal electrospinning method. The results from SEM indicated that the morphology and diameter of the nanofibers were influenced by concentration of spinning solution, the polymer component of the shell, the carrying agent of the core and the fabricating methods, and the core-shell nanofibers obtained at the concentration of 8% had finer and uniform structure with the average diameters of 200 ± 15nm. From in vitro release studies it could be seen that both different fiber specimens showed a gradual increase in the amount of α-TAc or MAAP released from the nanofibers. Furthermore, α-TAc and MAAP released from the blend nanofibers showed the burst release at the maximum release of ∼15% and ∼40% during the first 6h, respectively, but their release amount from the core-shell nanofibers was only 10-12% during the initial part of the process. These results showed that core-shell nanofibers alleviated the initial burst release and gave better sustainability compared to that of the blend nanofibers. The present study would provide a basis for further optimization of processing conditions to obtain desired structured core-shell nanofibers and release kinetics for practical applications in dermal tissue. PMID:20870398

  3. Formation of core-shell structure in high entropy alloy coating by laser cladding

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    Zhang, Hui; Wu, Wanfei; He, Yizhu; Li, Mingxi; Guo, Sheng

    2016-02-01

    The formation of core-shell structure is an interesting phenomenon occurring during the solidification process, due to the liquid phase separation. The formation of core-shell structure in high-entropy alloys, a new class of advanced metallic materials, has not been reported previously, and thus constitutes an intriguing scientific question. Here, we firstly report the formation of core-shell structure in one laser cladded high-entropy alloy, where we show the nanosized-Y2O3 powder addition, serves as the catalyst for the liquid phase separation.

  4. Facile preparation of hybrid core-shell nanorods for photothermal and radiation combined therapy

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    Deng, Yaoyao; Li, Erdong; Cheng, Xiaju; Zhu, Jing; Lu, Shuanglong; Ge, Cuicui; Gu, Hongwei; Pan, Yue

    2016-02-01

    The hybrid platinum@iron oxide core-shell nanorods with high biocompatibility were synthesized and applied for combined therapy. These hybrid nanorods exhibit a good photothermal effect on cancer cells upon irradiation with a NIR laser. Furthermore, due to the presence of a high atomic number element (platinum core), the hybrid nanorods show a synergistic effect between photothermal and radiation therapy. Therefore, the as-prepared core-shell nanorods could play an important role in facilitating synergistic therapy between photothermal and radiation therapy to achieve better therapeutic efficacy.The hybrid platinum@iron oxide core-shell nanorods with high biocompatibility were synthesized and applied for combined therapy. These hybrid nanorods exhibit a good photothermal effect on cancer cells upon irradiation with a NIR laser. Furthermore, due to the presence of a high atomic number element (platinum core), the hybrid nanorods show a synergistic effect between photothermal and radiation therapy. Therefore, the as-prepared core-shell nanorods could play an important role in facilitating synergistic therapy between photothermal and radiation therapy to achieve better therapeutic efficacy. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Details of general experimental procedures. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr09102k

  5. Hematite homogeneous core/shell hierarchical spheres: Surfactant-free solvothermal preparation and their improved catalytic property of selective oxidation

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    Lian Suoyuan; Li Haitao; He Xiaodie; Kang Zhenhui; Liu Yang; Lee, Shuit Tong

    2012-01-15

    Solvothermal synthesis is an efficient synthetic method for preparing nano and micromaterials. Preparation of hematite through alcoholysis of ferric ion under solvothermal condition has been carried out at low concentrations. In this paper, Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} homogeneous core/shell hierarchical nanostructures were synthesized via solvothermal treatment of FeCl{sub 3}{center_dot}6H{sub 2}O and ethanol. The achievements of such structures can be attributed to two important factors: high temperature and high concentration. Besides, the crystal water and reaction time were also important factors to the synthesis of hematite. The prepared samples were characterized using X-ray powder diffraction, Raman spectra, scanning electron microscopy equipped with an energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer, transmission electron microscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area and pore size distribution. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed a satellite peak at 719.8 eV, which is the characteristic peak of Fe(III). The formation mechanism of the spheres and the effects of the reactant concentrations and reaction temperatures have been discussed. Moreover, the enhanced catalytic activity of the spheres has also been investigated through oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde with high conversion (42%) and selectivity (95%). - Graphical abstract: Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} homogeneous core/shell hierarchical microspheres were synthesized by solvothermal method. Owing to the special structure, the synthesized Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} microspheres exhibit a superior catalytic activity in benzyl oxidation. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hierarchical Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} core/shell microspheres were synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Microspheres were assembled by {beta}-FeOOH. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The sample exhibits a superior catalytic activity and selectivity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The high activity and selectivity are due to the hierarchical core/shell structure.

  6. Preparation of core-shell structure Fe3 O4 @SiO2 superparamagnetic microspheres immoblized with iminodiacetic acid as immobilized metal ion affinity adsorbents for His-tag protein purification.

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    Ni, Qian; Chen, Bing; Dong, Shaohua; Tian, Lei; Bai, Quan

    2016-04-01

    The core-shell structure Fe3 O4 /SiO2 magnetic microspheres were prepared by a sol-gel method, and immobiled with iminodiacetic acid (IDA) as metal ion affinity ligands for protein adsorption. The size, morphology, magnetic properties and surface modification of magnetic silica nanospheres were characterized by various modern analytical instruments. It was shown that the magnetic silica nanospheres exhibited superparamagnetism with saturation magnetization values of up to 58.1 emu/g. Three divalent metal ions, Cu(2+) , Ni(2+) and Zn(2+) , were chelated on the Fe3 O4 @SiO2 -IDA magnetic microspheres to adsorb lysozyme. The results indicated that Ni(2+) -chelating magnetic microspheres had the maximum adsorption capacity for lysozyme of 51.0 mg/g, adsorption equilibrium could be achieved within 60 min and the adsorbed protein could be easily eluted. Furthermore, the synthesized Fe3 O4 @SiO2 -IDA-Ni(2+) magnetic microspheres were successfully applied for selective enrichment lysozyme from egg white and His-tag recombinant Homer 1a from the inclusion extraction expressed in Escherichia coli. The result indicated that the magnetic microspheres showed unique characteristics of high selective separation behavior of protein mixture, low nonspecific adsorption, and easy handling. This demonstrates that the magnetic silica microspheres can be used efficiently in protein separation or purification and show great potential in the pretreatment of the biological sample. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26268650

  7. Preparation of nanofiber polythiophene layered on Ba x Sr1- x Fe12O19/Fe3O4/polyacrylic acid core-shell structure and its microwave absorption investigation

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    Hosseini, Seyed Hossein; Moloudi, Maryam

    2015-09-01

    Ba x Sr1- x Fe12O19/Fe3O4/polyacrylic acid/polythiophene (Ba x Sr1- x Fe12O19/Fe3O4/PAA/PTh) nanocomposites with multi-core-shell structure were successfully synthesized by four steps. The samples were characterized by FTIR, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), vibrating sample magnetometer, and radar absorbing material reflectivity far-field radar cross-section method, respectively. XRD and TEM results indicated that the obtained nanoparticles have multi-core-shell morphology. The magnetic properties and microwave absorption analyses reveal that there are interphase interactions at the interface of Ba x Sr1- x Fe12O19, Fe3O4, PAA, and PTh, which can affect the magnetic properties and microwave absorption properties of the samples. The microwave-absorbing properties of nanocomposites were investigated at 8-14 GHz. A typical layer absorber exhibited an excellent microwave absorption with a -26 dB maximum absorption at 14 GHz. Compared with core material, the coercivity and saturation magnetization of multi-core-shell nanocomposites decrease obviously, but the microwave absorption properties of nanocomposites are improved greatly. The results show that these composite could be used as advancing absorption and shielding materials due to their favorable microwave-absorbing properties.

  8. Focused ion beam fabrication of novel core-shell nanowire structures.

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    He, Li; Johansson, Jonas; Murayama, Mitsuhiro; Hull, Robert

    2008-11-01

    A novel method of indirect deposition by means of a focused ion beam (FIB) is utilized to develop metal/insulator/semiconductor nanowire core-shell structures. This method is based upon depositing an annular pattern centered on a nanowire, with secondary deposition then coating the wire. Typical cross-sectional deposition area increments as a function of ion doses are 1.3 × 10(-2) µm(2) nC(-1) for Pt and 3.5 × 10(-2) µm(2) nC(-1) for SiO(2). The structures are examined with a transmission electron microscope (TEM) using a new nanowire TEM sample preparation method that allows direct examinations of individually selected core-shell nanowires fabricated under different indirect FIB deposition conditions. Elemental analyses by means of energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and electron energy filtered TEM imaging verify the deposition of SiO(2) and Pt layers. Relatively uniform Pt and SiO(2) coatings on individual GaP nanowires can be achieved with overall thickness deviation of about 10% for deposition up to 25-30 nm thick Pt or SiO(2) shells. It should be possible to extend this approach to any nanowire/nanotube system, and to a wide range of coatings in any desired layer sequences. PMID:21832742

  9. Synthesis, structural characterization and magnetic properties of Fe/Pt core-shell nanoparticles

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    Pisane, K. L.; Singh, Sobhit; Seehra, M. S.

    2015-05-01

    Structural and magnetic properties of Fe/Pt core-shell nanostructure prepared by a sequential reduction process are reported. Transmission electron microscopy shows nearly spherical particles fitting a lognormal size distribution with Do = 3.0 nm and distribution width λD = 0.31. In x-ray diffraction, Bragg lines only from the Pt shell are clearly identified with line-widths yielding crystallite size = 3.1 nm. Measurements of magnetization M vs. T (2 K-350 K) in magnetic fields up to 90 kOe show a blocking temperature TB = 13 K below which hysteresis loops are observed with coercivity HC increasing with decreasing T reaching HC = 750 Oe at 2 K. Temperature dependence of the ac susceptibilities at frequencies fm = 10 Hz-5 kHz is measured to determine the change in TB with fm using the Vogel-Fulcher law. This analysis shows the presence of significant interparticle interaction, the Neel-Brown relaxation frequency fo = 5.3 × 1010 Hz and anisotropy constant Ka = 3.6 × 106 ergs/cm3. A fit of the M vs. H data up to H = 90 kOe for T > TB to the modified Langevin function taking particle size distribution into account yields magnetic moment per particle consistent with the proposed core-shell structure; Fe core of 2.2 nm diameter and Pt shell of 0.4 nm thickness.

  10. Synthesis of Core-shell Structured Amorphous Si Nanoparticles by Induction Thermal Plasmas

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    Okamoto, Daisuke; Kageyama, Takuya; Tanaka, Manabu; Sone, Hirotaka; Watanabe, Takayuki

    2015-09-01

    Core-shell structured amorphous Si nanoparticles were synthesized by induction thermal plasma. Crystalline Si powder with 3 μm of average diameter was injected into the induction thermal plasma at 4 MHz. The Si raw materials immediately evaporate in the high temperature plasma region and nanoparticles were produced through the quenching process. Counterflow quenching gas was injected from downstream of the torch with its direction against the plasma flow. The effect of the operating parameter such as flow rate of quenching gas and input power was investigated. Collected particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. Obtained results indicate that amorphization degree of the synthesized nanoparticles is more than 90% when additional quenching gas of 20 L/min is injected. The quenching rate of the prepared nanoparticles in the growth region have an important role on determining the amorphization degree. Moreover, EELS and Raman analyses showed the synthesized nanoparticles were coated by the SiO2 shell with thickness of 2-4 nm. These findings indicated that amorphous Si/SiO2 core-shell structured nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by induction thermal plasma in single step.

  11. The structure, morphology, and the metal-enhanced fluorescence of nano-Ag/ZnO core-shell structure

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    Zhao, Yue; Ding, Yanli; Peng, Xiang; Zhou, Mingtao; Liang, Xiaoyan; Min, Jiahua; Wang, Linjun; Shi, Weimin

    2015-06-01

    Nano-polyc rystalline silver (Ag) particles with the diameter of 60 nm were synthesized by the reducing agent sodium citrate. An amorphous zinc oxide (ZnO) shell layer was then coated on the surface of silver particles using wet chemical method. The Ag/ZnO core-shell structure was characterized by scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and fluorescence (FL) measurement. The results showed that nano-Ag/ZnO core-shell particles with an average diameter of ~100 nm were prepared successfully, and the FL intensity of Rhodamine 6G (R6G) mixed with Ag/ZnO nanoparticle was 53 % greater than that of the same amount of R6G without any nanoparticles, which may be related to the effect of surface plasmon resonance.

  12. The structure, morphology, and the metal-enhanced fluorescence of nano-Ag/ZnO core-shell structure

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    Zhao, Yue; Ding, Yanli; Peng, Xiang; Zhou, Mingtao; Liang, Xiaoyan; Min, Jiahua; Wang, Linjun; Shi, Weimin

    2014-09-01

    Nano-polyc rystalline silver (Ag) particles with the diameter of 60 nm were synthesized by the reducing agent sodium citrate. An amorphous zinc oxide (ZnO) shell layer was then coated on the surface of silver particles using wet chemical method. The Ag/ZnO core-shell structure was characterized by scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and fluorescence (FL) measurement. The results showed that nano-Ag/ZnO core-shell particles with an average diameter of ~100 nm were prepared successfully, and the FL intensity of Rhodamine 6G (R6G) mixed with Ag/ZnO nanoparticle was 53 % greater than that of the same amount of R6G without any nanoparticles, which may be related to the effect of surface plasmon resonance.

  13. Fabrication of nanoporous Cu-Pt(Pd) core/shell structure by galvanic replacement and its application in electrocatalysis.

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    Xu, Caixia; Liu, Yunqing; Wang, Jinping; Geng, Haoran; Qiu, Huajun

    2011-12-01

    We describe a general strategy to fabricate a new type of nanoporous core/shell structured bimetallic nanocomposites with controllable metal components. Nanoporous copper (NPC) obtained by dealloying Cu/Al alloy is used as both reducing agent and three-dimensional substrate. Electron microscope and X-ray diffraction characterizations demonstrated that a simply galvanic-replacement reaction with H(2)PtCl(6) aqueous solution can easily generate nanoporous core/shell structure with a thin Pt/Cu alloy shell and Cu (or Pt/Cu alloy) core. The morphology and crystal structure evolution of the nanocomposites are studied and discussed in detail. The as-prepared bimetallic PtCu nanocomposites show greatly enhanced catalytic activity and stability toward methanol electro-oxidation as compared with commercial Pt/C catalyst. This facile in situ preparation strategy is also suitable for large-scale production of this novel and inexpensive catalyst. PMID:22034948

  14. [Scattering properties of core-shell structure of mist wrapped dust particles].

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    Feng, Shi-qi; Song, Wei; Wang, Yan; Miao, Xin-hui; Xu, Li-jun; Liu, Yu; Li, Cheng; Li Wen-long; Wang, Yi-ran; Cai, Hong-xing

    2014-12-01

    The authors have investigated the optical properties of core-shell structure of mist wrapped dust particles based on the method of discrete dipole approximation (DDA). The influence on the thickness of the elliptical core-shell structure were calculated which the ratio of long axis and short axis is 2:1, and the change of scattering angle for scattering characteristics. The results shows that the thickness of outer layer increase from 1.2 to 4.8 μm with the scattering and extinction coefficient of double core-shell layers particles decrease from 3.4 and 3.43 to 2.543 and 2.545, when the size of inner core isn't change. And scattering relative strength also increased obviously. The thickness of inner core increase from 0.6 to 2.4 μm with the of scattering and extinction coefficient change from 2.59 and 2.88 to 2.6 and 2.76 when thickness of outer remain constant. Effect of the thickness of visible outer layer on the scattering characteristics of double core-shell layers particles is greater, because of the interaction between scattering light and outer materials. The scattering relative intensity decrease with wavelength increased, while increased with the scale of core-shell structure increase. The results make a promotion on the study of the transportation characteristics of laser and scattering characteristics when the atmospheric aerosol and water mist interact together. PMID:25881412

  15. Open structure ZnO/CdSe core/shell nanoneedle arrays for solar cells

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    2012-01-01

    Open structure ZnO/CdSe core/shell nanoneedle arrays were prepared on a conducting glass (SnO2:F) substrate by solution deposition and electrochemical techniques. A uniform CdSe shell layer with a grain size of approximately several tens of nanometers was formed on the surface of ZnO nanoneedle cores after annealing at 400°C for 1.5 h. Fabricated solar cells based on these nanostructures exhibited a high short-circuit current density of about 10.5 mA/cm2 and an overall power conversion efficiency of 1.07% with solar illumination of 100 mW/cm2. Incident photo-to-current conversion efficiencies higher than 75% were also obtained. PMID:22995031

  16. Preparation and Characterization of Chitosan-Based Core-Shell Microcapsules Containing Clove Oil.

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    Jiang, Ping; Li, Duxin; Xiao, Ya; Yang, Xingxing; Liu, Yuejun

    2015-01-01

    The biodegradable microcapsules based on chitosan for a controlled delivery of clove oil were prepared by the single coagulation process. The effect of chitosan concentration, core to shell ratio, types of emulsifier, flocculating agent and hardening agent on the microcapsule diameter and the particle size distribution of microcapsule were investigated. The optimized conditions for the preparation of microcapsules with well-defined structure and narrow dispersibility were under that (1) the concentration of chitosan was 1.0 wt%, (2) clove oil to chitosan ratio was 75:25, (3) OP-10 and 10 wt% sodium sulfate were used as emulsifier and flocculating agent respectively, and (4) the concentration hardening agent glyoxal was 1 wt% based on the weight of chitosan. The uniform spherical structures with smooth surfaces with a particle size distribution of 1-15 μm were evidenced by SEM images of microcapsules. Core-shell, hetero-structures were confirmed by optical micrograph. The chemical component of the microcapsules was determined by FTIR. Thermal analysis showed the microcapsules were thermally stable below 150 degrees C. It was found that the pH value and temperature play important roles on the release rate of clove oil from the microcapsules. The release volume of clove oil from microcapsules at pH = 7, and pH = 10 were smaller than that at pH = 2. And the release volume of Clove oil from microcapsules at 60 degrees C was smaller than that at 20 degrees C and 40 degrees C, which showed a sustained and prolonged release. PMID:26328411

  17. Preparation, characterization, and photocatalytic performance of pear-shaped ZnO/Ag core-shell submicrospheres

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    Guo, Xiao-Hua; Ma, Jian-Qi; Ge, Hong-Guang

    2013-05-01

    Pear-shaped ZnO/Ag core-shell submicrospheres with good monodispersity were prepared via a seed-mediated particle growth procedure, where metal Ag (by reducing Ag+ with Sn2+) deposited on the as-prepared ZnO submicrospheres served as seeds (nucleation sites) for further growth of Ag nanoparticles. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible and photoluminescence spectra. Structure characterization demonstrates that the ZnO/Ag composites are composed of pear-shaped wurtzite ZnO submicrosphere core and Ag nanoparticles (nanoshell). Photoluminescence indicates that Ag nanoshell can effectively inhibit the recombination of the photoinduced electrons and holes of ZnO. This is responsible for the higher photocatalytic activity of the ZnO/Ag core-shell composites. The photocatalytic performance of the prepared ZnO/Ag samples for degradation of Rhodamine B was evaluated with a comparative study. The relationship between the structure of the samples and their photocatalytic performance shows that Ag deposits can significantly enhance the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO submicrospheres.

  18. Enhanced performance of core-shell structured polyaniline at helical carbon nanotube hybrids for ammonia gas sensor

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    Tian, Xin; Wang, Qiang; Chen, Xiangnan; Yang, Weiqing; Xu, Xiaoling E-mail: bihan-2001@163.com; Jiang, Man; Zhou, Zuowan E-mail: bihan-2001@163.com; Wu, Zuquan

    2014-11-17

    A core-shell structured hybrid of polyaniline at helical carbon nanotubes was synthesized using in situ polymerization, which the helical carbon nanotubes were uniformly surrounded by a layer of polyaniline nanorods array. More interestingly, repeatable responses were experimentally observed that the sensitivity to ammonia gas of the as-prepared helical shaped core-shell hybrid displays an enhancement of more than two times compared to those of only polyaniline or helical carbon nanotubes sensors because of the peculiar structures with high surface area. This kind of hybrid comprising nanorod arrays of conductive polymers covering carbon nanotubes and related structures provide a potential in sensors of trace gas detection for environmental monitoring and safety forecasting.

  19. Core-shell structured TiO2@polydopamine for highly active visible-light photocatalysis.

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    Mao, Wen-Xin; Lin, Xi-Jie; Zhang, Wei; Chi, Zi-Xiang; Lyu, Rong-Wen; Cao, An-Min; Wan, Li-Jun

    2016-06-01

    This communication reports that the TiO2@polydopamine nanocomposite with a core-shell structure could be a highly active photocatalyst working under visible light. A very thin layer of polydopamine at around 1 nm was found to be critical for the degradation of Rhodamine B. PMID:27165843

  20. Preparation of core-shell magnetic polydopamine/alginate biocomposite for Candida rugosa lipase immobilization.

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    Hou, Chen; Qi, Zhigang; Zhu, Hao

    2015-04-01

    A flexible, biocompatible and bioadhesive enzyme immobilizing material, which was synthesized based on the covalent assembly of biomimetic polymer and oxidized polysaccharide on magnetic nanoparticles (NPs), has been developed in this feasibility study. In this work, the bio-inspired polymer, polydopamine (PDA), was used to modify the well-monodispersed Fe3O4 NPs (mPDA NPs) with a controllable thickness via a dip-coating process, then the alginate di-aldehyde (ADA) was covalently assembled on the mPDA NPs and employed as a naturally occurring linking agent for Candida rugosa lipase (CRL) immobilization. The resulting support material was characterized by means of the transmission electron microscope (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetry (TG) analyser, and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). It was verified that the prepared mPDA NPs possessed distinct core-shell structure with uniform size and high saturation magnetization. For further application, the mPDA NPs was utilized in CRL immobilizing procedures and demonstrated can facilitate improving the enzyme activities. The optimum amount of lipase was 200 mg g(-1) support, the optimal pH and temperature for the catalyse condition of the immobilized CRL was 7.0 and 40°C, respectively. Moreover, the immobilized CRL kept the high activity at 77% after 12 times of recycling for batch hydrolysis of olive oil emulsion. This magnetic bioadhesive composite with functionalized properties and adhesion strength presents a general strategy for the immobilization of macromolecules. PMID:25784302

  1. A facile route to synthesize core/shell structured carbon/magnetic nanoparticles hybrid and their magnetic properties

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    Qi, Xiaosi; Xu, Jianle; Zhong, Wei; Du, Youwei

    2015-07-15

    Graphical abstract: Controllable synthesis of core/shell structured carbon/magnetic nanoparticles hybrid and their tunable magnetic properties. - Highlights: • The paper reports a simple route for core/shell structured carbon/magnetic nanoparticles hybrid. • By controlling the temperature, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@CNCs, Fe@HCNTs and Fe@LCNTs were produced selectively. • The magnetic properties of the obtained core/shell structured hybrid could be tuned effectively. - Abstract: By controlling the pyrolysis temperature, core/shell structured Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/carbon nanocages, Fe/helical carbon nanotubes and Fe/low helicity of carbon nanotubes could be synthesized selectively over Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanotubes generated by a hydrothermal method. The transmission electron microscopic and scanning electron microscopic investigations revealed that the efficiency of generating core/shell structured hybrid was high, exceeding 90%. Because of the magnetic nanoparticles tightly wrapped in graphitic layers, the obtained core/shell structured hybrids showed high stability and good magnetic properties. And the magnetic properties of the obtained core/shell structured hybrid could be tuned by the decomposition temperature and time. Therefore, a simple, inexpensive and environment-benign route was proposed to produce magnetism-tunable core/shell structured hybrid in large quantities.

  2. Liquid-liquid phase equilibrium and core-shell structure formation in immiscible Al-Bi-Sn alloys

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    Li, Mingyang; Jia, Peng; Sun, Xiaofei; Geng, Haoran; Zuo, Min; Zhao, Degang

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, the liquid-phase separation of ternary immiscible Al45Bi19.8Sn35.2 and Al60Bi14.4Sn25.6 melts was studied with resistivity and thermal analysis methods at different temperature. The resistivity-temperature curves appear abrupt and anomalously change with rising temperature, corresponding to the anomalous and low peak of melting process in DSC curves, indicative of the occurrence of the liquid-phase separation. The anomalous behavior of the resistivity temperature dependence is attributable to concentration-concentration fluctuations. The effect of composition and melt temperature on the liquid-phase separation and core-shell structure formation in immiscible Al-Bi-Sn alloys was studied. The liquid-phase separation and formation of the core-shell structure in immiscible Al-Bi-Sn alloys are readily acquired when the alloy compositions fall into liquid miscibility gap. What's more, the cross-sectional structure changes from irregular, dispersed to core-type shapes under the actions of Marangoni motion with increasing melt temperature. This study provides some clues for the preparation of core-shell microspheres of immiscible Al-Bi-Sn alloys via liquid-phase separation.

  3. Core/shell-structured nickel/nitrogen-doped onion-like carbon nanocapsules with improved electromagnetic wave absorption properties

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    Wu, Niandu; Liu, Xianguo; Or, Siu Wing

    2016-05-01

    Core/shell-structured nickel/nitrogen-doped onion-like carbon (Ni/(C, N)) nanocapsules are synthesized by a modified arc-discharge method using N2 gas as the source of N atoms. Core/shell-structured Ni/C nanocapsules are also prepared for comparison. The Ni/(C, N) nanocapsules with diameters of 10-80 nm exhibit a clear core/shell structure. The doping of N atoms introduces more lattice defects into the (C, N) shells and creates more disorderly C in the (C, N) shells. This leads to a slight shift in the dielectric resonance peak to the lower frequency side and an increase in the dielectric loss tangent for the Ni/(C, N) nanocapsules in comparison with the Ni/C nanocapsules. The magnetic permeability of both types of nanocapsules remains almost unaltered since the N atoms exist only in the (C, N) shells. The reflection loss (RL) of the Ni/(C, N) nanocapsules not only reaches a high value of -35 dB at 13.6 GHz, but also is generally improved in the low-frequency S and C microwave bands covering 2-8 GHz as a result of the N-doping-induced additional dipolar polarization and dielectric loss from the (C, N) shells.

  4. Biodegradable and magnetic core-shell composite particle prepared by emulsion solvent diffusion method

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    Oka, Chiemi; Ushimaru, Kazunori; Horiishi, Nanao; Tsuge, Takeharu; Kitamoto, Yoshitaka

    2016-02-01

    The present paper describes optimization of preparation conditions of a core-shell composite particle, and its heat generation by alternating magnetic fields. The composite particles are prepared with a modified emulsion solvent diffusion method, which is combined with Pickering emulsion stabilized by magnetic nanoparticles. In this method, the magnetic nanoparticles act as an emulsifier, and its amount and size are crucial to morphology of the composite particles. The magnetic nanoparticles of 8-9 nm would be strongly adsorbed at a liquid-liquid interface rather than the larger nanoparticles. At the optimized concentration of the magnetic nanoparticle’s suspension for the preparation, small and uniform composite particles are obtained since the amount of the nanoparticles is enough to prevent coalescence of droplets during the formation of the composites. The heat generation by alternating magnetic fields emerged certainly. This result suggests the composite particles have a property as a heat-generating carrier for hyperthermia treatment.

  5. Preparation of hollow core/shell microspheres of hematite and its adsorption ability for samarium.

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    Yu, Sheng-Hui; Yao, Qi-Zhi; Zhou, Gen-Tao; Fu, Sheng-Quan

    2014-07-01

    Hollow core/shell hematite microspheres with diameter of ca. 1-2 μm have been successfully achieved by calcining the precursor composite microspheres of pyrite and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) in air. The synthesized products were characterized by a wide range of techniques including powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) gas sorptometry. Temperature- and time-dependent experiments unveil that the precursor pyrite-PVP composite microspheres finally transform into hollow core/shell hematite microspheres in air through a multistep process including the oxidation and sulfation of pyrite, combustion of PVP occluded in the precursor, desulfation, aggregation, and fusion of nanosized hematite as well as mass transportation from the interior to the exterior of the microspheres. The formation of the hollow core/shell microspheres dominantly depends on the calcination temperature under current experimental conditions, and the aggregation of hematite nanocrystals and the core shrinking during the oxidation of pyrite are responsible for the formation of the hollow structures. Moreover, the adsorption ability of the hematite for Sm(III) was also tested. The results exhibit that the hematite microspheres have good adsorption activity for trivalent samarium, and that its adsorption capacity strongly depends on the pH of the solution, and the maximum adsorption capacity for Sm(III) is 14.48 mg/g at neutral pH. As samarium is a typical member of the lanthanide series, our results suggest that the hollow hematite microspheres have potential application in removal of rare earth elements (REEs) entering the water environment. PMID:24892188

  6. Preparation of core-shell Ag@CeO2 nanocomposite by LSPR photothermal induced interface reaction

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    Zhong, H. X.; Wei, Y.; Yue, Y. Z.; Zhang, L. H.; Liu, Y.

    2016-04-01

    The core-shell structure of Ag@CeO2 was prepared by a novel and facile method, which was based on the photothermal effect of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR). Nanoparticles (NPs) of Ag were dispersed in a solution containing citric acid, ethylene glycol and cerium nitrate, then under irradiation, Ag NPs generated heat from LSPR and the heat-induced polymerization reaction in the interface between Ag and the sol resulted in cerium gel formation only on the surface of the Ag NPs. After calcination, Ag@CeO2 was successfully obtained, then Ag@CeO2/SiO2 was prepared by loading Ag@CeO2 on SiO2. The resultant catalyst exhibited favorable activity and stability for CO oxidation. The preparation method proposed here should be extendable to other composites with metallic cores and oxide shells in which the metallic nanoparticle possesses LSPR properties.

  7. Core/shell structural transformation and brittle-to-ductile transition in nanowires

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    Yuan, Zaoshi; Nomura, Ken-ichi; Nakano, Aiichiro

    2012-04-01

    Nanowires (NWs) exhibit thermo-mechanical properties that are distinct from their bulk properties, and their understanding is critical for the reliability, manufacturability, and optimization of a wide range of devices consisting of NWs. Here, molecular-dynamics simulation reveals a rich size-temperature "phase diagram" for the mechanical response of a zinc-oxide NW under tension. For smaller diameters and higher temperatures, transitions are found from brittle cleavage to structural transformation-mediated brittle cleavage to ductile failure. Atomistic mechanisms of the unique nano-thermo-mechanical behavior are elucidated as a consequence of surface-structural relaxation, which in particular predicts spontaneous formation of a core/shell structure under tension. The nano-thermo-mechanical phase diagram resolves controversies between previous experiments and theory, and the predicted "intrinsic" core/shell structure may find device applications.

  8. Lowering of ground state induced by core-shell structure in strontium titanate

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    Kiat, J. M.; Hehlen, B.; Anoufa, M.; Bogicevic, C.; Curfs, C.; Boyer, B.; Al-Sabbagh, M.; Porcher, F.; Al-Zein, A.

    2016-04-01

    A new ground state of textbook compound strontium titanate (SrTi O3) is obtained by inducing a specific core-shell structure of the particles. Using a combination of high energy synchrotron and neutron diffraction, we demonstrate a lowering of the ferroelastic ground state towards a new antiferrodistortive phase, accompanied with strong shifts of the critical temperature. This new phase is discussed within the Landau theory and compared with the situation in thin films and during pressure experiments. The crucial competition between particle shape anisotropy, surface tension, and shear strain is analyzed. Inducing a specific core-shell structure is therefore an easy way to tailor structural properties and to stabilize new phases that cannot exist in bulk material, just like film deposition on a substrate.

  9. Structural investigations of core-shell nanowires using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction.

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    Keplinger, Mario; Mårtensson, Thomas; Stangl, Julian; Wintersberger, Eugen; Mandl, Bernhard; Kriegner, Dominik; Holý, Václav; Bauer, Günther; Deppert, Knut; Samuelson, Lars

    2009-05-01

    The fabrication of core-shell structures is crucial for many nanowire device concepts. For the proper tailoring of their electronic properties, control of structural parameters such as shape, size, diameter of core and shell, their chemical composition, and information on their strain fields is mandatory. Using synchrotron X-ray diffraction studies and finite element simulations, we determined the chemical composition, dimensions, and strain distribution for series of InAs/InAsP core-shell wires grown on Si(111) with systematically varied growth parameters. In particular we detect initiation of plastic relaxation of these structures with increasing shell thickness and/or increasing phosphorus content. We establish a phase diagram, defining the region of parameters leading to pseudomorphic nanowire growth. This is important to avoid extended defects which are detrimental for their electronic properties. PMID:19320494

  10. Vertically aligned P(VDF-TrFE) core-shell structures on flexible pillar arrays.

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    Choi, Yoon-Young; Yun, Tae Gwang; Qaiser, Nadeem; Paik, Haemin; Roh, Hee Seok; Hong, Jongin; Hong, Seungbum; Han, Seung Min; No, Kwangsoo

    2015-01-01

    PVDF and P(VDF-TrFE) nano- and micro- structures have been widely used due to their potential applications in several fields, including sensors, actuators, vital sign transducers, and energy harvesters. In this study, we developed vertically aligned P(VDF-TrFE) core-shell structures using high modulus polyurethane acrylate (PUA) pillars as the support structure to maintain the structural integrity. In addition, we were able to improve the piezoelectric effect by 1.85 times from 40 ± 2 to 74 ± 2 pm/V when compared to the thin film counterpart, which contributes to the more efficient current generation under a given stress, by making an effective use of the P(VDF-TrFE) thin top layer as well as the side walls. We attribute the enhancement of piezoelectric effects to the contributions from the shell component and the strain confinement effect, which was supported by our modeling results. We envision that these organic-based P(VDF-TrFE) core-shell structures will be used widely as 3D sensors and power generators because they are optimized for current generations by utilizing all surface areas, including the side walls of core-shell structures. PMID:26040539

  11. Vertically aligned P(VDF-TrFE) core-shell structures on flexible pillar arrays

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    Choi, Yoon-Young; Yun, Tae Gwang; Qaiser, Nadeem; Paik, Haemin; Roh, Hee Seok; Hong, Jongin; Hong, Seungbum; Han, Seung Min; No, Kwangsoo

    2015-01-01

    PVDF and P(VDF-TrFE) nano- and micro- structures have been widely used due to their potential applications in several fields, including sensors, actuators, vital sign transducers, and energy harvesters. In this study, we developed vertically aligned P(VDF-TrFE) core-shell structures using high modulus polyurethane acrylate (PUA) pillars as the support structure to maintain the structural integrity. In addition, we were able to improve the piezoelectric effect by 1.85 times from 40 ± 2 to 74 ± 2 pm/V when compared to the thin film counterpart, which contributes to the more efficient current generation under a given stress, by making an effective use of the P(VDF-TrFE) thin top layer as well as the side walls. We attribute the enhancement of piezoelectric effects to the contributions from the shell component and the strain confinement effect, which was supported by our modeling results. We envision that these organic-based P(VDF-TrFE) core-shell structures will be used widely as 3D sensors and power generators because they are optimized for current generations by utilizing all surface areas, including the side walls of core-shell structures. PMID:26040539

  12. Vertically aligned P(VDF-TrFE) core-shell structures on flexible pillar arrays

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    Choi, Yoon-Young; Yun, Tae Gwang; Qaiser, Nadeem; Paik, Haemin; Roh, Hee Seok; Hong, Jongin; Hong, Seungbum; Han, Seung Min; No, Kwangsoo

    2015-06-04

    PVDF and P(VDF-TrFE) nano- and micro- structures are widely used due to their potential applications in several fields, including sensors, actuators, vital sign transducers, and energy harvesters. In this study, we developed vertically aligned P(VDF-TrFE) core-shell structures using high modulus polyurethane acrylate (PUA) pillars as the support structure to maintain the structural integrity. In addition, we were able to improve the piezoelectric effect by 1.85 times from 40 ± 2 to 74 ± 2 pm/V when compared to the thin film counterpart, which contributes to the more efficient current generation under a given stress, by making an effective use of the P(VDF-TrFE) thin top layer as well as the side walls. We attribute the enhancement of piezoelectric effects to the contributions from the shell component and the strain confinement effect, which was supported by our modeling results. We envision that these organic-based P(VDF-TrFE) core-shell structures will be used widely as 3D sensors and power generators because they are optimized for current generations by utilizing all surface areas, including the side walls of core-shell structures.

  13. Vertically aligned P(VDF-TrFE) core-shell structures on flexible pillar arrays

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    Choi, Yoon-Young; Yun, Tae Gwang; Qaiser, Nadeem; Paik, Haemin; Roh, Hee Seok; Hong, Jongin; Hong, Seungbum; Han, Seung Min; No, Kwangsoo

    2015-06-04

    PVDF and P(VDF-TrFE) nano- and micro- structures are widely used due to their potential applications in several fields, including sensors, actuators, vital sign transducers, and energy harvesters. In this study, we developed vertically aligned P(VDF-TrFE) core-shell structures using high modulus polyurethane acrylate (PUA) pillars as the support structure to maintain the structural integrity. In addition, we were able to improve the piezoelectric effect by 1.85 times from 40 ± 2 to 74 ± 2 pm/V when compared to the thin film counterpart, which contributes to the more efficient current generation under a given stress, by making an effective use ofmore » the P(VDF-TrFE) thin top layer as well as the side walls. We attribute the enhancement of piezoelectric effects to the contributions from the shell component and the strain confinement effect, which was supported by our modeling results. We envision that these organic-based P(VDF-TrFE) core-shell structures will be used widely as 3D sensors and power generators because they are optimized for current generations by utilizing all surface areas, including the side walls of core-shell structures.« less

  14. Controllable synthesis of a novel hedgehog-like core/shell structure

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    Wang Shumin; Tian Hongwei; Pei Yanhui; Meng Qingnan; Chen Jianli; Wang Huan; Zeng Yi; Zheng Weitao; Liu Yichun

    2012-02-15

    A novel hedgehog-like core/shell structure, consisting of a high density of vertically aligned graphene sheets and a thin graphene shell/a copper core (VGs-GS/CC), has been synthesized via a simple one-step synthesis route using radio-frequency plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (RF-PECVD). Scanning and transmission electron microscopy investigations show that the morphology of this core/shell material could be controlled by deposition time. For a short deposition time, only multilayer graphene shell tightly surrounds the copper particle, while as the deposition time is relative long, graphene sheets extend from the surface of GS/CC. The GS can protect CC particles from oxidation. The growth mechanism for the obtained GS/CC and VGs-GS/CC has been revealed. Compared to VGs, VGs-GS/CC material exhibits a better electron field emission property. This investigation opens a possibility for designing a core/shell structure of different carbon-metal hybrid materials for a wide variety of practical applications. - Graphical abstract: With increasing deposition time, graphene sheets extend from the surface of GS/CC, causing the multilayer graphene encapsulated copper to be converted into vertically aligned graphene sheets-graphene shell/copper core structure. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A novel hedgehog-like core/shell structure has been synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The structure consists of vertical graphene sheets-graphene shell and copper core. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The morphology of VGs-GS/CC can be controlled by choosing a proper deposition time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer With increasing deposition time, graphene sheets extend from the surface of GS/CC. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer VGs-GS/CC exhibits a better electron field emission property as compared with VGs.

  15. Synthesis, structural characterization and magnetic properties of Fe/Pt core-shell nanoparticles

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    Pisane, K. L.; Singh, Sobhit; Seehra, M. S.

    2015-05-07

    Structural and magnetic properties of Fe/Pt core-shell nanostructure prepared by a sequential reduction process are reported. Transmission electron microscopy shows nearly spherical particles fitting a lognormal size distribution with D{sub o} = 3.0 nm and distribution width λ{sub D} = 0.31. In x-ray diffraction, Bragg lines only from the Pt shell are clearly identified with line-widths yielding crystallite size = 3.1 nm. Measurements of magnetization M vs. T (2 K–350 K) in magnetic fields up to 90 kOe show a blocking temperature T{sub B} = 13 K below which hysteresis loops are observed with coercivity H{sub C} increasing with decreasing T reaching H{sub C} = 750 Oe at 2 K. Temperature dependence of the ac susceptibilities at frequencies f{sub m} = 10 Hz–5 kHz is measured to determine the change in T{sub B} with f{sub m} using the Vogel-Fulcher law. This analysis shows the presence of significant interparticle interaction, the Neel-Brown relaxation frequency f{sub o} = 5.3 × 10{sup 10 }Hz and anisotropy constant K{sub a} = 3.6 × 10{sup 6 }ergs/cm{sup 3}. A fit of the M vs. H data up to H = 90 kOe for T > T{sub B} to the modified Langevin function taking particle size distribution into account yields magnetic moment per particle consistent with the proposed core-shell structure; Fe core of 2.2 nm diameter and Pt shell of 0.4 nm thickness.

  16. Modeling heterogeneous polymer-grafted nanoparticle networks having biomimetic core-shell structure

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    Mbanga, Badel L.; Yashin, Victor V.; Holten-Andersen, Niels; Balazs, Anna C.

    Inspired by the remarkable mechanical properties of such biological structures as mussel adhesive fibers, we use 3D computational modeling to study the behavior of heterogeneous polymer-grafted nanoparticle (PGN) networks under tensile deformation. The building block of a PGN network is a nanoparticle with grafted polymer chains whose free ends' reactive groups can form both permanent and labile bonds with the end chains on the nearby particles. The tunable behavior of cross-linked PGN networks makes them excellent candidates for designing novel materials with enhanced mechanical properties. Here, we consider the PGN networks having the core-shell structures, in which the type and strength of the inter-particle bonds in the outer shell differ from those in the core. Using the computer simulations, we obtain and compare the ultimate tensile properties (strength, toughness, ductility) and the strain recovery properties for the uniform samples and various core-shell structures. We demonstrate that the core-shell structures could be designed to obtain highly resilient self-healing materials

  17. Gap state related blue light emitting boron-carbon core shell structures

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    Singh, Paviter; Kaur, Manpreet; Singh, Bikramjeet; Kaur, Gurpreet; Singh, Kulwinder; Kumar, Manjeet; Bala, Rajni; Thakur, Anup; Kumar, Akshay

    2016-05-01

    Boron- carbon core shell structures have been synthesized by solvo-thermal synthesis route. The synthesized material is highly pure. X-ray diffraction analysis confirms the reduction of reactants in to boron and carbon. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) analysis showed that the shell is uniform with average thickness of 340 nm. Photo luminescence studies showed that the material is blue light emitting with CIE color coordinates: x=0.16085, y=0.07554.

  18. Coercivity enhancement in Ce-Fe-B based magnets by core-shell grain structuring

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    Ito, M.; Yano, M.; Sakuma, N.; Kishimoto, H.; Manabe, A.; Shoji, T.; Kato, A.; Dempsey, N. M.; Givord, D.; Zimanyi, G. T.

    2016-05-01

    Ce-based R2Fe14B (R= rare-earth) nano-structured permanent magnets consisting of (Ce,Nd)2Fe14B core-shell grains separated by a non-magnetic grain boundary phase, in which the relative amount of Nd to Ce is higher in the shell of the magnetic grain than in its core, were fabricated by Nd-Cu infiltration into (Ce,Nd)2Fe14B hot-deformed magnets. The coercivity values of infiltrated core-shell structured magnets are superior to those of as-hot-deformed magnets with the same overall Nd content. This is attributed to the higher value of magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the shell phase in the core-shell structured infiltrated magnets compared to the homogeneous R2Fe14B grains of the as-hot-deformed magnets, and to magnetic isolation of R2Fe14B grains by the infiltrated grain boundary phase. First order reversal curve (FORC) diagrams suggest that the higher anisotropy shell suppresses initial magnetization reversal at the edges and corners of the R2Fe14B grains.

  19. Microfluidic fabrication of cholesteric liquid crystal core-shell structures toward magnetically transportable microlasers.

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    Chen, Lu-Jian; Gong, Ling-Li; Lin, Ya-Li; Jin, Xin-Yi; Li, Han-Ying; Li, Sen-Sen; Che, Kai-Jun; Cai, Zhi-Ping; Yang, Chaoyong James

    2016-04-01

    We report a magnetically transportable microlaser with cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) core-shell structure, operating in band-edge mode. The dye doped CLC shells as a water-in-oil-in-water (W/O/W) double emulsion were fabricated by microfluidics. Water-dispersible Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles were incorporated in the inner aqueous phase by taking advantage of the immiscibility with the middle CLC oil phase. The influence of temperature and shell thickness on laser properties was discussed in detail. The non-invasive manipulation of microlasers was realized under a magnetic field. The dependence of velocity on the viscosity of the carrying fluid and size of the core-shell structure was theoretically analyzed and experimentally investigated using a prototype electromagnetic platform. We also discussed the design principles for this type of DDCLC core-shell structure. Such magnetically transportable microlasers offer promise in in-channel illumination applications requiring active control inside micro-channels. PMID:26923221

  20. MAGNETIC CORE SHELL STRUCTURES: from 0D to 1D assembling.

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    Ficai, Denisa; Ficai, Anton; Dinu, Elena; Oprea, Ovidiu; Sonmez, Maria; Keler, Memduh Kagan; Sahin, Yesim Muge; Ekren, Nazmi; Inan, Ahmet Talat; Daglilar, Sibel; Gunduz, Oguzhan

    2015-01-01

    Material research and development studies are focused on different techniques of bringing out nanomaterials with desired characteristics and properties. From the point of view of materials development, nowadays scientists are strongly focused on obtaining materials with predefined characteristics and properties. The morphology control seems to be a determinant factor and increasing attention is devoted to this aspect. At this moment it is possible to engineer the material's features by using different methods and materials combination for both medical and industrial applications. In the applications of chemistry and synthesis, biology, mechanics, optics solar cells and microelectronics tailoring the adjustable parameters of stoichiometry, chemical structure, shape and segregation are evaluated and opens new fields. Because of the magnetic features of nanoparticles and durable particle size, less than 100 nm, this study is aiming to describe their uses in practical applications. That's why the whole hydrodynamic magnetic core shell topic will be reviewed on this paper. Additionally, the properties acting in general sight in solid-state physics are utilized for material selection and for defining issue connecting the core, shell structure and their producing properties. Here, in the study of core/shell nanoparticle various physical and chemical synthesis routes and the effect of electrospun method are briefly discussed. Starting from a real void of the scientific literature, the existent data related to the 1D magnetic electrospun materials are reviewed. The perspectives in the medical, environmental or energetic sector is great and bring some real advantages related to the 0D core@shell structures because both mechanical and biological properties are dependent on the morphology of the materials. PMID:26377653

  1. Potential of electrospun core-shell structured gelatin-chitosan nanofibers for biomedical applications.

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    Jalaja, K; Naskar, Deboki; Kundu, Subhas C; James, Nirmala R

    2016-01-20

    Coaxial electrospinning is an upcoming technology that has emerged from the conventional electrospinning process in order to realize the production of nanofibers of less spinnable materials with potential applications. The present work focuses on the production of chitosan nanofibers in a benign route, using natural polymer as core template, mild solvent system and naturally derived cross-linkers. Nanofibers with chitosan as shell are fabricated by coaxial electrospinning with highly spinnable gelatin as core using aqueous acetic acid as solvent. For maintaining the biocompatibility and structural integrity of the core-shell nanofibers, cross-linking is carried out using naturally derived cross-linking agents, dextran aldehyde and sucrose aldehyde. The biological evaluation of gelatin/chitosan mat is carried out using human osteoblast like cells. The results show that the cross-linked core-shell nanofibers are excellent matrices for cell adhesion and proliferation. PMID:26572452

  2. Transforming powder mechanical properties by core/shell structure: compressible sand.

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    Shi, Limin; Sun, Changquan Calvin

    2010-11-01

    Some active pharmaceutical ingredients possess poor mechanical properties and are not suitable for tableting. Using fine sand (silicon dioxide), we show that a core/shell structure, where a core particle (sand) is coated with a thin layer of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), can profoundly improve powder compaction properties. Sand coated with 5% PVP could be compressed into intact tablets. Under a given compaction pressure, tablet tensile strength increases dramatically with the amount of coating. This is in sharp contrast to poor compaction properties of physical mixtures, where intact tablets cannot be made when PVP content is 20% or less. The profoundly improved tabletability of core/shell particles is attributed to the formation of a continuous three-dimensional bonding network in the tablet. PMID:20845444

  3. Controllable synthesis of a novel hedgehog-like core/shell structure

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    Wang, Shumin; Tian, Hongwei; Pei, Yanhui; Meng, Qingnan; Chen, Jianli; Wang, Huan; Zeng, Yi; Zheng, Weitao; Liu, Yichun

    2012-02-01

    A novel hedgehog-like core/shell structure, consisting of a high density of vertically aligned graphene sheets and a thin graphene shell/a copper core (VGs-GS/CC), has been synthesized via a simple one-step synthesis route using radio-frequency plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (RF-PECVD). Scanning and transmission electron microscopy investigations show that the morphology of this core/shell material could be controlled by deposition time. For a short deposition time, only multilayer graphene shell tightly surrounds the copper particle, while as the deposition time is relative long, graphene sheets extend from the surface of GS/CC. The GS can protect CC particles from oxidation. The growth mechanism for the obtained GS/CC and VGs-GS/CC has been revealed. Compared to VGs, VGs-GS/CC material exhibits a better electron field emission property. This investigation opens a possibility for designing a core/shell structure of different carbon-metal hybrid materials for a wide variety of practical applications.

  4. Exploring meso-/microporous composite molecular sieves with core-shell structures.

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    Qian, Xufang F; Li, Bin; Hu, Yuanyuan Y; Niu, Guoxing X; Zhang, D Yahong H; Che, Renchao C; Tang, Yi; Su, Dangsheng S; Asiri, Abdullah M; Zhao, Dongyuan Y

    2012-01-16

    A series of core-shell-structured composite molecular sieves comprising zeolite single crystals (i.e., ZSM-5) as a core and ordered mesoporous silica as a shell were synthesized by means of a surfactant-directed sol-gel process in basic medium by using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a template and tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) as silica precursor. Through this coating method, uniform mesoporous silica shells closely grow around the anisotropic zeolite single crystals, the shell thickness of which can easily be tuned in the range of 15-100 nm by changing the ratio of TEOS/zeolite. The obtained composite molecular sieves have compact meso-/micropore junctions that form a hierarchical pore structure from ordered mesopore channels (2.4-3.0 nm in diameter) to zeolite micropores (≈0.51 nm). The short-time kinetic diffusion efficiency of benzene molecules within pristine ZSM-5 (≈7.88×10(-19)  m(2)  s(-1)) is almost retainable after covering with 75 nm-thick mesoporous silica shells (≈7.25×10(-19)  m(2)  s(-1)), which reflects the greatly opened junctions between closely connected mesopores (shell) and micropores (core). The core-shell composite shows greatly enhanced adsorption capacity (≈1.35 mmol  g(-1)) for large molecules such as 1,3,5-triisopropylbenzene relative to that of pristine ZSM-5 (≈0.4 mmol  g(-1)) owing to the mesoporous silica shells. When Al species are introduced during the coating process, the core-shell composite molecular sieves demonstrate a graded acidity distribution from weak acidity of mesopores (predominant Lewis acid sites) to accessible strong acidity of zeolite cores (Lewis and Brønsted acid sites). The probe catalytic cracking reaction of n-dodecane shows the superiority of the unique core-shell structure over pristine ZSM-5. Insight into the core-shell composite structure with hierarchical pore and graded acidity distribution show great potential for petroleum catalytic processes. PMID

  5. TEM Study of the Growth Mechanism, Phase Transformation, and Core/shell Structure of Semiconductor Nanowires

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    Wong, Tai Lun

    In this thesis, the fabrication and characterization of one-dimensional nanostructures have been studied systematically to understand the growth mechanism and structure transformation of one-dimensional nanostructures. The growth behavior of the ultrathin ZnSe nanowires with diameter less than 60 nm was found to be different from classical vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) process. The growth rate increases when the diameter of nanowires decreases, in contrast to the classical VLS process in which the growth rate increases with the diameter. The nucleation, initial growth, growth rates, defects, interface structures and growth direction of the nanowires were investigated by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). We found the structure and growth direction of ultra-thin nanowires are highly sensitive to growth temperatures and diameters of nanowires. At a low growth temperature (380°C), the growth direction for most nanowires is along <111>. Planar defects were found throughout the nanowires. At a high growth temperature (530°C), uniform nanowires with diameters around 10nm were grown along <110> and <112> directions, and the nanowires with diameters larger than 20nm were mainly grown along <111> direction. The possible growth mechanism of ultrathin nanowires was proposed by combining the solid catalytic growth with the interface diffusion theory, in order to explain how the growth temperature and the size of the catalysts influent the morphology, growth direction and growth rate of ultrathin nanowires. Structural and phase transformation of a nickel coated Si nanowire to NiSi2/SiC core-shell nanowire heterostructures has been investigated by the in-situ Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). The phase transformation is a single-site nucleation process and therefore a single crystalline NiSi2 core resulted in the core-shell nanowire heterostructures. The transformation of the Si nanowire to NiSi2/SiC core-shell nanowire heterostructures was extremely

  6. Boronic Acid functionalized core-shell polymer nanoparticles prepared by distillation precipitation polymerization for glycopeptide enrichment.

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    Qu, Yanyan; Liu, Jianxi; Yang, Kaiguang; Liang, Zhen; Zhang, Lihua; Zhang, Yukui

    2012-07-16

    The boronic acid-functionalized core-shell polymer nanoparticles, poly(N,N-methylenebisacrylamide-co-methacrylic acid)@4-vinylphenylboronic acid (poly(MBA-co-MAA)@VPBA), were successfully synthesized for enriching glycosylated peptides. Such nanoparticles were composed of a hydrophilic polymer core prepared by distillation precipitation polymerization (DPP) and a boronic acid-functionalized shell designed for capturing glycopeptides. Owing to the relatively large amount of residual vinyl groups introduced by DPP on the core surface, the VPBA monomer was coated with high efficiency, working as the shell. Moreover, the overall polymerization route, especially the use of DPP, made the synthesis of nanoparticles facile and time-saving. With the poly(MBA-co-MAA)@VPBA nanoparticles, 18 glycopeptides from horseradish peroxidase (HRP) digest were captured and identified by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometric analysis, relative to eight glycopeptides enriched by using commercially available meta-aminophenylboronic acid agarose under the same conditions. When the concentration of the HRP digest was decreased to as low as 5 nmol, glycopeptides could still be selectively isolated by the prepared nanoparticles. Our results demonstrated that the synthetic poly(MBA-co-MAA)@VPBA nanoparticles might be a promising selective enrichment material for glycoproteome analysis. PMID:22707097

  7. Comparison of electrorheological performance between urea-coated and graphene oxide-wrapped core-shell structured amorphous TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Dong, Xufeng; Huo, Shuang; Qi, Min

    2016-01-01

    Polar molecules and graphene oxide (GO) have been used as the shell materials to prepare core-shell structured particles with enhanced electrorheological (ER) properties. Nevertheless, few studies compared the ER performance and stability of the suspensions with the two kinds of shell. In this study, urea and GO are used as the shell materials to prepare TiO2/urea and TiO2/GO core-shell particles-based ER fluids, respectively. Particle characterization results indicate the two kinds of core-shell structured particles present little change in size, morphology and crystal structure compared with the bare amorphous TiO2. Some polar groups are distributed on the surface of the two kinds of core-shell structured particles, which is responsible for their improved ER performance with respect to the bare TiO2 particles. The TiO2/GO particles-based ER fluid presents higher yield stress, lower leakage current density, better sedimentation stability but lower ER efficiency than the TiO2/urea particles-based sample. The larger surface area, stronger connection with the bare TiO2 particles, and larger number of polar groups of the GO-coating is the possible reason for the different properties of TiO2/GO particles-based ER fluid compared with the TiO2/urea particles-based sample.

  8. Immobilized lipase on core-shell structured Fe3O4-MCM-41 nanocomposites as a magnetically recyclable biocatalyst for interesterification of soybean oil and lard.

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    Xie, Wenlei; Zang, Xuezhen

    2016-03-01

    A core-shell structured Fe3O4-MCM-41 nanocomposite was prepared by means of a surfactant-directed sol-gel process. Candida rugosa lipase was then bound to the magnetic core-shell material by using glutaraldehyde as a cross-linking reagent. The as-prepared Fe3O4-MCM-41 support and the immobilized lipase were characterized in detail using enzyme activity assays, TEM, XRD, FTIR, VSM and nitrogen adsorption-desorption techniques. Results showed that the magnetite nanoparticles were coated with the MCM-41 silica with the formation of core-shell structured materials, and the lipase was successfully immobilized on the core-shell structured support. The catalytic performance of the bound lipase was tested in the interesterification of lard and soybean oil. It was shown that the immobilized lipase had a better catalytic activity towards the interesterification reaction. The slip melting point of the final product was lower than that of the original blend, and the interesterification led to an obvious variation in the microstructure of the product. PMID:26471683

  9. Immobilization of cholesterol oxidase on magnetic fluorescent core-shell-structured nanoparticles.

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    Huang, Jun; Liu, Huichao; Zhang, Peipei; Zhang, Pengfei; Li, Mengshi; Ding, Liyun

    2015-12-01

    The magnetic fluorescent core-shell structured nanoparticles, Fe3O4@SiO2(F)@meso-SiO2 nanoparticles, were prepared. Cholesterol oxidase (COD) was immobilized on their surface to form Fe3O4@SiO2(F)@meso-SiO2@COD nanoparticles. Optimal immobilization was achieved with 2.5% (v/v) APTES, 2.0% (v/v) GA, 10mg COD (in 15 mg carrier) and solution pH of 7.0. Fe3O4@SiO2(F)@meso-SiO2@COD nanoparticles showed maximal catalytic activity at pH7.0 and 50°C. The thermal, storage and operational stabilities of COD were improved greatly after its immobilization. After the incubation at 50°C for 5h, the nanoparticles and free COD retained 80% and 46% of its initial activity, respectively. After kept at 4°C for 30 days, the nanoparticles and free COD maintained 86% and 65% of initial activity, respectively. The nanoparticles retained 71% of its initial activity after 7 consecutive operations. Since Fe3O4@SiO2(F)@meso-SiO2@COD nanoparticles contained tris(2,2-bipyridyl)dichloro-ruthenium(II) hexahydrate (Ru(bpy)3Cl2) and were optical sensitive to oxygen in solution, it might be used as the sensing material and has the application potential in multi parameter fiber optic biosensor based on enzyme catalysis and oxygen consumption. PMID:26354237

  10. Optimal design of hollow core-shell structural active materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Jiang, Wenjuan; Li, Tingting; Ma, Zengsheng; Lin, Jianguo; Lu, Chunsheng

    To mitigate mechanical and chemical degradation of active materials, hollow core-shell structures have been applied in lithium ion batteries. Without embedding of lithium ions, the rigid coating shell can constrain the inward volume deformation. In this paper, optimal conditions for the full use of inner hollow space are identified in terms of the critical ratio of shell thickness and inner size and the state of charge. It is shown that the critical ratios are 0.10 and 0.15 for Si particle and tube (0.12 and 0.18 for Sn particle and tube), and above which there is lack of space for further lithiation.

  11. Ising nanowires with simple core-shell structure; Their characteristic phenomena

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    Kaneyoshi, T.

    2016-09-01

    The phase diagrams and magnetizations of Ising nanowires with simple core-shell structure are investigated by the use of the effective field theory with correlations. A lot of characteristic behaviors observed in ferromagnetic and ferrimagnetic materials as well as novel phenomena have been obtained, although one section of the system is consisted of one spin-1/2 surface shell atom and one spin-1/2 core atom and they are coupled with a positive or a negative shell-core exchange interaction.

  12. Structural optical correlated properties of SnO2/Al2O3 core@ shell heterostructure

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    Heiba, Zein K.; Imam, N. G.; Bakr Mohamed, Mohamed

    2016-07-01

    Nano size polycrystalline samples of the core@shell heterostructure of SnO2 @ xAl2O3 (x = 0, 25, 50, 75 wt.%) were synthesized by sol-gel technique. The resulting samples were characterized with fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), photoluminescence (PL) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). The XRD patterns manifest diffraction peaks of SnO2 as main phase with weak peaks corresponding to Al2O3 phase. The formation of core@ shell structure is confirmed by TEM images and Rietveld quantitative phase analysis which revealed that small part of Al2O3 is incorporated into the SnO2 lattice while the main part (shell) remains as a separate phase segregated on the grain boundary surface of SnO2 (core). It is found that the grain size of the mixed oxides SnO2 @ xAl2O3 is below 10 nm while for pure SnO2 it is over 41 nm, indicating that alumina can effectively prevent SnO2 from further growing up in the process of calcination. This is confirmed by the large increase in the specific surface area for mixed oxide samples. The PL emission showed great dependence on the structure properties analyzed by XRD and FTIR. The PL results recommend Al2O3@SnO2 core@shell heterostructure to be a promising short-wavelength luminescent optoelectronic devices for blue, UV, and laser light-emitting diodes.

  13. Nafion covered core-shell structured Fe3O4@graphene nanospheres modified electrode for highly selective detection of dopamine.

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    Zhang, Wuxiang; Zheng, Jianzhong; Shi, Jiangu; Lin, Zhongqiu; Huang, Qitong; Zhang, Hanqiang; Wei, Chan; Chen, Jianhua; Hu, Shirong; Hao, Aiyou

    2015-01-01

    Nafion covered core-shell structured Fe3O4@graphene nanospheres (GNs) modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was successfully prepared and used for selective detection dopamine. Firstly, the characterizations of hydro-thermal synthesized Fe3O4@GNs were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy. Then Fe3O4@GNs/Nafion modified electrode exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity toward the oxidations of dopamine (DA). The interference test showed that the coexisted ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA) had no electrochemical interference toward DA. Under the optimum conditions, the broad linear relationship was obtained in the experimental concentration from 0.020 μM to 130.0 μM with the detection limit (S/N=3) of 0.007 μM. Furthermore, the core-shell structured Fe3O4@GNs/Nafion/GCE was applied to the determination of DA in real samples and satisfactory results were got, which could provide a promising platform to develop excellent biosensor for detecting DA. PMID:25467470

  14. Core-shell nanostructured catalysts.

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    Zhang, Qiao; Lee, Ilkeun; Joo, Ji Bong; Zaera, Francisco; Yin, Yadong

    2013-08-20

    Novel nanotechnologies have allowed great improvements in the syn-thesis of catalysts with well-controlled size, shape, and surface properties. Transition metal nanostructures with specific sizes and shapes, for instance, have shown great promise as catalysts with high selectivities and relative ease of recycling. Researchers have already demonstrated new selective catalysis with solution-dispersed or supported-metal nanocatalysts, in some cases applied to new types of reactions. Several challenges remain, however, particularly in improving the structural stability of the catalytic active phase. Core-shell nanostructures are nanoparticles encapsulated and protected by an outer shell that isolates the nanoparticles and prevents their migration and coalescence during the catalytic reactions. The synthesis and characterization of effective core-shell catalysts has been at the center of our research efforts and is the focus of this Account. Efficient core-shell catalysts require porous shells that allow free access of chemical species from the outside to the surface of nanocatalysts. For this purpose, we have developed a surface-protected etching process to prepare mesoporous silica and titania shells with controllable porosity. In certain cases, we can tune catalytic reaction rates by adjusting the porosity of the outer shell. We also designed and successfully applied a silica-protected calcination method to prepare crystalline shells with high surface area, using anatase titania as a model system. We achieved a high degree of control over the crystallinity and porosity of the anatase shells, allowing for the systematic optimization of their photocatalytic activity. Core-shell nanostructures also provide a great opportunity for controlling the interaction among the different components in ways that might boost structural stability or catalytic activity. For example, we fabricated a SiO₂/Au/N-doped TiO₂ core-shell photocatalyst with a sandwich structure that showed

  15. Au@SiO2 core-shell structure involved with methotrexate: Fabrication, biodegradation process and bioassay explore.

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    Huo, Xiaolei; Dai, Chaofan; Tian, Deying; Li, Shuping; Li, Xiaodong

    2015-12-30

    A new strategy is proposed to synthesize a kind of Au@SiO2 core-shell structure with methotrexate (MTX) loaded within it. Firstly, MTX molecules are attracted to the surface and vicinity of Au nanoparticles (NPs). Then the enriched MTX molecules on the surface of Au NPs have a good chance to be wrapped into the core-shell structure when SiO2 is uniformly deposited on the Au core. Secondly, the effect of Au amount and MTX content on the drug-loading capacity is emphatically studied and the result shows that core-shell structure plays a vital role in drug loading. In addition, the biodegradation process is also examined in phosphate buffer solution (PBS) at 37°C. The results show that the biodegradation of Au-MTX@SiO2 core-shell structure can be divided into two stages: the release of drug together with the fragmentation of core-shell structure and the subsequent dissolution of SiO2 layers. Lastly, in vitro bioassay tests give the evidence that obvious tumor inhibition can be achieved in presence of Au-MTX@SiO2 NPs even at low concentration and the efficacy can be greatly enhanced by the photothermal therapy on Au cores. PMID:26516099

  16. Monodisperse core-shell structured up-conversion Yb(OH)CO₃@YbPO₄:Er³+ hollow spheres as drug carriers.

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    Xu, Zhenhe; Ma, Ping'an; Li, Chunxia; Hou, Zhiyao; Zhai, Xuefeng; Huang, Shanshan; Lin, Jun

    2011-06-01

    In this work, we report a facile solution-phase synthesis of monodisperse core-shell structured Yb(OH)CO₃@YbPO₄ hollow spheres (size around 380 nm) by utilizing the colloidal sphere of Yb(OH)CO₃ as the sacrificial template via the Kirkendall effect. The Er³+ doped Yb(OH)CO₃@YbPO₄ core-shell hollow spheres can be prepared similarly, which exhibit strong green emission under 980 nm NIR laser excitation even after loading with drug molecules. Most importantly, the sample can be used as an effective drug delivery carrier. The biocompatibility test on L929 fibroblast cells using MTT assay reveals low cytotoxicity of the system. A typical anticancer drug, doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX), is used for drug loading, and the release properties, cytotoxicity, uptake behavior and therapeutic effects were examined. It is found that DOX is shuttled into cell by core-shell hollow spheres carrier and released inside cells after endocytosis, and the DOX-loaded spheres exhibited greater cytotoxicity than free DOX. These results indicate that the core-shell Er³+ doped Yb(OH)CO₃@YbPO₄ hollow spheres have potential for drug loading and delivery into cancer cells to induce cell death. PMID:21435712

  17. Titania nanocoating on MnCO3 microspheres via liquid-phase deposition for fabrication of template-assisted core-shell- and hollow-structured composites.

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    Lee, Hack-Keun; Sakemi, Daisuke; Selyanchyn, Roman; Lee, Cheal-Gyu; Lee, Seung-Woo

    2014-01-01

    A novel class of core-shell- and hollow-structured MnCO3/TiO2 composites was synthesized by titania nanocoating on MnCO3 microspheres via two-step liquid-phase deposition at room temperature. Morphological change from core-shell to hollow microparticles was possible in the prepared samples by controlling prereaction time of MnCO3 and [NH4]2TiF6. Upon the prereaction process, the core of the core-shell MnCO3/TiO2 became highly porous, and a honeycomb-like surface that resembled the orientation of self-assembled MnCO3 nanocrystals was developed. The MnCO3 core was completely removed after 6 h prereaction. Calcination at 600 °C resulted in the transformation of both core-shell- and hollow-structured composites to Mn2O3/TiO2 anatase microspheres that retained their original morphologies. X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and electron probe microanalysis were employed for microsphere characterization. As the first trial for application of the synthesized materials, solid-extraction of organics from aqueous media was examined using methylene blue (MB). Both types of Mn2O3/TiO2 composites showed very fast adsorption of MB with high extraction values of 5.2 and 6.4 μmol g(-1) for the core-shell and hollow structures, respectively. Current work provides a new approach for facile fabrication of titania-metal oxide nanocomposites with unique morphological features and promising application possibilities. PMID:24320871

  18. Highly effective heterogeneous chemosensors of luminescent silica@coordination polymer core-shell micro-structures for metal ion sensing

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    Cho, Won; Lee, Hee Jung; Choi, Sora; Kim, Yoona; Oh, Moonhyun

    2014-10-01

    Heterogeneous solid sensors are regarded as promising next-generation sensor due to their excellent chemical stability, low contamination, and excellent recyclability, despite their low sensitivity and weak signal. The dispersity and signals specifically from the exterior of solid sensors are critical aspects which define the sensing sensitivity and selectivity. A novel strategy for the preparation of ideal heterogeneous sensors based upon luminescent lanthanide coordination polymers (LnCP) has been demonstrated. Ideal heterogeneous sensors are systematically achieved by producing the sensors in small, uniform, and thin core-shell particles (silica@LnCP, Ln = Eu, Tb). Eventually, we found that the extremely small amount of well-structured silica@LnCP microsphere, less than ca. 1/400 compared to the amount of several known coordination polymer-based sensors, was sufficient to achieve a reliable Cu2+ sensing with even much greater sensitivity (ca. 550% improvement).

  19. Cellulose nanofibers reinforced sodium alginate-polyvinyl alcohol hydrogels: Core-shell structure formation and property characterization.

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    Yue, Yiying; Han, Jingquan; Han, Guangping; French, Alfred D; Qi, Yadong; Wu, Qinglin

    2016-08-20

    Core-shell structured hydrogels consisting of a flexible interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) core and a rigid semi-IPN shell were prepared through chemical crosslinking of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and sodium alginate (SA) with Ca(2+) and glutaraldehyde. Short cellulose nanofibers (CNFs) extracted from energycane bagasse were incorporated in the hydrogel. The shell was micro-porous and the core was macro-porous. The hydrogels could be used in multiple adsorption-desorption cycles for dyes, and the maximum methyl blue adsorption capacity had a 10% increase after incorporating CNFs. The homogeneous distribution of CNFs in PVA-SA matrix generated additional hydrogen bonds among the polymer molecular chains, resulting in enhanced density, viscoelasticity, and mechanical strength for the hydrogel. Specifically, the compressive strength of the hydrogel reached 79.5kPa, 3.2 times higher than that of the neat hydrogel. PMID:27178920

  20. Preparation of core/shell and hollow nanostructures of cerium oxide by electrodeposition on a polystyrene sphere template.

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    Yamaguchi, Ippei; Watanabe, Mitsuru; Shinagawa, Tsutomu; Chigane, Masaya; Inaba, Minoru; Tasaka, Akimasa; Izaki, Masanobu

    2009-05-01

    Core/shell nanostructures of polystyrene (PS)/CeO2 have been prepared on conductive glass substrates by using a novel electrochemical route consisting of (i) the electrophoretic deposition of a PS sphere monolayer on the substrate and (ii) the following potentiostatic electrodeposition of CeO2 on the PS sphere template in Ce(NO3)3 aqueous solutions. The structural morphologies of the deposit changed drastically depending on the Ce(NO3)3 concentration; i.e., spherical and needlelike shells were deposited. The deposit was formed only on the PS sphere surface because of an interaction between cationic cerium species and a sulfate group that was immobilized on the PS sphere surface. The spherical shell layer was assigned as CeO2, and the needlelike shells were composed of Ce(OH)3 needles formed on the CeO2 layer surface, indicating that the deposit species changes from CeO2 to Ce(OH)3 during electrodeposition only in a 1 mM Ce3+ solution. Deposition of Ce(OH)3 would begin when electrogenerated hydrogen peroxide was consumed by decomposition under reductive conditions and could no longer oxidize Ce3+ ions. The corresponding CeO2 hollow shells were obtained by thermal elimination of the PS sphere core and transformation of Ce(OH)3 into CeO2 while keeping their original shapes. PMID:20355893

  1. Facile preparation of novel core-shell enzyme-Au-polydopamine-Fe₃O₄ magnetic bionanoparticles for glucosesensor.

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    Peng, Hua-Ping; Liang, Ru-Ping; Zhang, Li; Qiu, Jian-Ding

    2013-04-15

    In this study, a novel biomolecule immobilization approach has been proposed to the synthesis of multi-functional core-shell glucose oxidase-Au-polydopamine-Fe₃O₄ magnetic bionanoparticles (GOx-Au-PDA-Fe₃O₄ MBNPs) using the one-pot chemical polymerization method. Then, a high performance biosensor has been constructed by effectively attaching the proposed GOx-Au-PDA-Fe₃O₄ MBNPs to the surface of the magnetic glassy carbon electrode. Scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer, UV-vis spectroscopy, and electrochemical methods were used to characterize the GOx-Au-PDA-Fe₃O₄ MBNPs. The resultant GOx-Au-PDA-Fe₃O₄ MBNPs not only have the magnetism of Fe₃O₄ nanoparticles which makes them easily manipulated by an external magnetic field, but also have the excellent biocompatibility of PDA to maintain the native structure of the GOx, and good conductivity of Au nanoparticles which can facilitate the direct electrochemistry of GOx in the biofilm. Hence, the present GOx-Au-PDA-Fe₃O₄ biofilm displays good linear amperometric response to glucose concentration ranging from 0.02 to 1.875 mM. This efficient biomolecule immobilization platform is recommended for the preparation of many other MBNPs with interesting properties and application potentials in many fields, such as biosensing, biocatalysis, biofuel cells, and bioaffinity separation. PMID:23208101

  2. Emergence of cluster structures and collectivity within a no-core shell-model framework

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    Launey, K. D.; Dreyfuss, A. C.; Draayer, J. P.; Dytrych, T.; Baker, R.

    2014-12-01

    An innovative symmetry-guided concept, which capitalizes on partial as well as exact symmetries that underpin the structure of nuclei, is discussed. Within this framework, ab initio applications of the theory to light nuclei reveal the origin of collective modes and the emergence a simple orderly pattern from first principles. This provides a strategy for determining the nature of bound states of nuclei in terms of a relatively small fraction of the complete shell-model space, which, in turn, can be used to explore ultra-large model spaces for a description of alpha-cluster and highly deformed structures together with the associated rotations. We find that by using only a fraction of the model space extended far beyond current no-core shell-model limits and a long-range interaction that respects the symmetries in play, the outcome reproduces characteristic features of the low-lying 0+ states in 12 C (including the elusive Hoyle state and its 2+ excitation) and agrees with ab initio results in smaller spaces. This is achieved by selecting those particle configurations and components of the interaction found to be foremost responsible for the primary physics governing clustering phenomena and large spatial deformation in the ground-state and Hoyle-state rotational bands of 12 C. For these states, we offer a novel perspective emerging out of no-core shell-model considerations, including a discussion of associated nuclear deformation, matter radii, and density distribution. The framework we find is also extensible to negative-parity states (e.g., the 3-1 state in 12C) and beyond, namely, to the low-lying 0+ states of 8Be as well as the ground-state rotational band of Ne, Mg, and Si isotopes. The findings inform key features of the nuclear interaction and point to a new insight into the formation of highly-organized simple patterns in nuclear dynamics.

  3. Exchange coupled magnetic nanocomposites of Sm(Co 1- xFe x) 5 / Fe 3O 4 with core/shell structure

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    Hong, Jung Hoon; Kim, Wan Seop; Lee, Jong In; Hur, Nam Hwi

    2007-03-01

    Magnetic nanocomposites of Sm(Co 1- xFe x) 5/Fe 3O 4 ( x≈0.1) with the core/shell type structure were successfully fabricated using a two-step polyol process, where as-prepared SmCo 5(1- x) nanoparticles were used as seeds for the ferrite coating. The core/shell composites are quite stable in air and show a typical hysteric behavior of single component, yielding an enhanced coercivity of 2.2 kOe with a saturated magnetization of 130 emu/g at 5 T. The magnetization data clearly reveal the presence of effective exchange coupling between the hard-magnetic Sm(Co 1- xFe x) 5 core and soft-magnetic Fe 3O 4 shell, suggestive of a single-phase structure rather than a distinctive two-phase one.

  4. A vascular tissue engineering scaffold with core-shell structured nano-fibers formed by coaxial electrospinning and its biocompatibility evaluation.

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    Duan, Nannan; Geng, Xue; Ye, Lin; Zhang, Aiying; Feng, Zengguo; Guo, Lianrui; Gu, Yongquan

    2016-01-01

    In this article, a tubular vascular tissue engineering scaffold with core-shell structured fibers was produced by coaxial electrospinning at an appropriate flow rate ratio between the inner and outer solution. PCL was selected as the core to provide the mechanical property and integrity to the scaffold while collagen was used as the shell to improve the attachment and proliferation of vascular cells due to its excellent biocompatibility. The fine core-shell structured fibers were demonstrated by scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope observations. Subsequently, the collagen shell was crosslinked by genipin and further bound with heparin. The crosslinking process was confirmed by the increasing of tensile strength, swelling ratio and thermogravimetric analysis measurements while the surface heparin content was characterized by means of a UV-spectrophotometer and activated partial thromboplastin time tests. Furthermore, the mechanical properties such as stitch strength and bursting pressure of the as-prepared scaffold were measured. Moreover, the biocompatibility of the scaffold was evaluated by cytotoxicity investigation with L929 cells via MTT assay. Endothelial cell adhesion assessments were conducted to reveal the possibility of the formation of an endothelial cell layer on the scaffold surface, while the ability of smooth muscle cell penetration into the scaffold wall was also assessed by confocal laser scanning microscopy. The as-prepared core-shell structured scaffold showed promising potential for use in vascular tissue engineering. PMID:27206161

  5. Preparation and optical properties of silica@Ag Cu alloy core-shell composite colloids

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    Zhang, Jianhui; Liu, Huaiyong; Wang, Zhenlin; Ming, Naiben

    2007-04-01

    The silica@Ag-Cu alloy core-shell composite colloids have been successfully synthesized by an electroless plating approach to explore the possibility of modifying the plasmon resonance at the nanoshell surface by varying the metal nanoshell composition for the first time. The surface plasmon resonance of the composite colloids increases in intensity and shifts towards longer, then shorter wavelengths as the Cu/Ag ratio in the alloy shell is increased. The variations in intensity of the surface plasmon resonance with the Cu/Ag ratio obviously affect the Raman bands of the silica colloid core. The report here may supply a new technique to effectively modify the surface plasmon resonance.

  6. Exploring the structural and magnetic properties of TiO{sub 2}/SnO{sub 2} core/shell nanocomposite: An experimental and density functional study

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    Chetri, Pawan; Basyach, Priyanka; Choudhury, Amarjyoti

    2014-12-15

    TiO{sub 2}/SnO{sub 2} core/shell nanocomposite is prepared via a simple sol–gel method and the properties are compared with the individual TiO{sub 2} (core) and SnO{sub 2} (shell). The corresponding characterizations are carried out in terms of structural and magnetic properties of TiO{sub 2}/SnO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2} and SnO{sub 2} nanosystems. Structural properties are studied via XRD, TEM, Raman spectroscopy, FTIR and XPS. Magnetic characterization is performed by measuring Moment vs. Applied Field for all the samples and Moment vs. Temperature for TiO{sub 2}/SnO{sub 2} core/shell nanocomposite. We also went for a better insight with the help of theoretical measures. First principle calculations have been executed using “Density Functional Theory” (DFT)-based MedeA VASP package to compare the results of TiO{sub 2}/SnO{sub 2} with TiO{sub 2} (1 1 0) and SnO{sub 2} (1 1 0) surface calculations and its effect on the magnetic nature of the specific nanoparticles. XRD, RAMAN and FTIR gave indirect evidence of formation of core shell nanostructure while TEM micrographs provide the direct evidence of formation of core shell nanostructure. The magnetic study shows a higher saturation magnetization for the core/shell nanostructure compared to pristine TiO{sub 2} and SnO{sub 2}. In this report, we have attempted to relate this experimental observation with the results of the first principle calculations. - Graphical abstract: Above pictorial presentation (from left) represents the model for TS, TiO{sub 2} and SnO{sub 2} used for DFT calculation and the obtained magnetic results for all the prepared systems. - Highlights: • Synthesis of TiO{sub 2}/SnO{sub 2} core/shell nanocomposites by a simple sol–gel technique. • The nanocomposites show better magnetic property than pristine nanoparticles. • DFT based calculations also support the experimental evidences.

  7. Synthesis of monodispersed CdS nanoballs through {gamma}-irradiation route and building core-shell structure CdS SiO{sub 2}

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    Wang Zhaoxu; Chen Jiafu Xue Xuan; Hu Yong

    2007-12-04

    Monodispersed CdS nanoballs were synthesized through {gamma}-irradiating CdCl{sub 2}, Na{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 3} and polyvinylpyrrolidone aqueous solution at room temperature. With these well monodispersed CdS nanoballs, CdS SiO{sub 2} core-shell structures were prepared under hydrolysis of tetraethylorthosilicate without adding a coupling agent. Field emission scanning electron micrograph, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ultraviolet absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy were used to characterize the products. It is hoped that the core-shell CdS SiO{sub 2} nanoballs would be used as good luminescence detecting material for biological systems, so this may stimulate technological interest and prospect many other applications in materials related fields.

  8. Preparation and characterization of polystyrene/Ag core-shell microspheres--a bio-inspired poly(dopamine) approach.

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    Wang, Wencai; Jiang, Yi; Wen, Shipeng; Liu, Li; Zhang, Liqun

    2012-02-15

    A facile and versatile method using a biopolymer as a chelating agent for silver ions and as a reducing agent for the formation of catalytic sites is proposed to prepare polystyrene (PS)/Ag core-shell microspheres. More specifically, the core-shell microspheres were fabricated by electroless plating after the formation of poly(dopamine) (PDA) on the surface of PS microspheres through insitu spontaneous oxidative polymerization of dopamine. The PS-PDA microspheres were characterized by SEM, XPS, and TGA. The results showed that a uniform PDA layer was formed on the PS microsphere surface and the thickness of the PDA layer could be well controlled by varying the concentration of dopamine solution. The PDA layer was used as a chelating agent for silver ions, as a reducing agent for the formation of catalytic sites by reducing the silver ions into silver nanoparticles, and as an adhesion layer between the PS microspheres and silver layer. SEM and XRD results indicate that the diameter of the silver nanoparticles decreased with the increase in the thickness of the PDA layer. The silver nanoparticles could form a continuous and compact silver layer on the surface of the PS microspheres. Furthermore, the PS-PDA/Ag core-shell microspheres showed a good conductivity of 10S/cm and a low effective density of 1.8 g/cm(3), much lower than the corresponding values for block silver. Finally, hollow silver microspheres could be prepared by removing the PS core through calcination. SEM images showed that the hollow Ag microspheres remained unbroken and retained the spherical shape. PMID:22104278

  9. Molecular dynamics study of crater formation by core-shell structured cluster impact

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    Aoki, Takaaki; Seki, Toshio; Matsuo, Jiro

    2012-07-01

    Crater formation processes by the impacts of large clusters with binary atomic species were studied using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Argon and xenon atoms are artificially organized in core-shell cluster structures with various component ratios and irradiated on a Si(1 0 0) target surface. When the cluster has Xe1000 core covered with 1000 Ar atoms, and impacts at a total of 20 keV, the core Xe cluster penetrates into the deep area, and a crater with a conical shape is left on the target. On the other hand, in the case of a cluster with the opposite structure, Ar1000 core covered with 1000 Xe atoms, the cluster stops at a shallow area of the target. The incident cluster atoms are mixed and tend to spread in a lateral direction, which results in a square shaped crater with a shallower hole and wider opening. The MD simulations suggest that large cluster impacts cause different irradiation effects by changing the structure, even if the component ratio is the same.

  10. Direct imaging the upconversion nanocrystal core/shell structure at the subnanometer level: shell thickness dependence in upconverting optical properties.

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    Zhang, Fan; Che, Renchao; Li, Xiaomin; Yao, Chi; Yang, Jianping; Shen, Dengke; Hu, Pan; Li, Wei; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2012-06-13

    Lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles have shown considerable promise in solid-state lasers, three-dimensional flat-panel displays, and solar cells and especially biological labeling and imaging. It has been demonstrated extensively that the epitaxial coating of upconversion (UC) core crystals with a lattice-matched shell can passivate the core and enhance the overall upconversion emission intensity of the materials. However, there are few papers that report a precise link between the shell thickness of core/shell nanoparticles and their optical properties. This is mainly because rare earth fluoride upconversion core/shell structures have only been inferred from indirect measurements to date. Herein, a reproducible method to grow a hexagonal NaGdF(4) shell on NaYF(4):Yb,Er nanocrystals with monolayer control thickness is demonstrated for the first time. On the basis of the cryo-transmission electron microscopy, rigorous electron energy loss spectroscopy, and high-angle annular dark-field investigations on the core/shell structure under a low operation temperature (96 K), direct imaging the NaYF(4):Yb,Er@NaGdF(4) nanocrystal core/shell structure at the subnanometer level was realized for the first time. Furthermore, a strong linear link between the NaGdF(4) shell thickness and the optical response of the hexagonal NaYF(4):Yb,Er@NaGdF(4) core/shell nanocrystals has been established. During the epitaxial growth of the NaGdF(4) shell layer by layer, surface defects of the nanocrystals can be gradually passivated by the homogeneous shell deposition process, which results in the obvious enhancement in overall UC emission intensity and lifetime and is more resistant to quenching by water molecules. PMID:22545710

  11. Structural and electronic properties of CdS/ZnS core/shell nanowires: A first-principles study

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    Kim, Hyo Seok; Kim, Yong-Hoon

    2015-03-01

    Carrying out density functional theory (DFT) calculation, we studied the relative effects of quantum confinement and strain on the electronic structures of II-IV semiconductor compounds with a large lattice-mismatch, CdS and ZnS, in the core/shell nanowire geometry. We considered different core radii and shell thickness of the CdS/ZnS core/shell nanowire, different surface facets, and various defects in the core/shell interface and surface regions. To properly describe the band level alignment at the core/shell boundary, we adopted the self-interaction correction (SIC)-DFT scheme. Implications of our findings in the context of device applications will be also discussed. This work was supported by the Basic Science Research Grant (No. 2012R1A1A2044793), Global Frontier Program (No. 2013-073298), and Nano-Material Technology Development Program (2012M3A7B4049888) of the National Research Foundation funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Korea. Corresponding author

  12. Preparation of magnetic core-shell iron oxide@silica@nickel-ethylene glycol microspheres for highly efficient sorption of uranium(VI).

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    Tan, Lichao; Zhang, Xiaofei; Liu, Qi; Wang, Jun; Sun, Yanbo; Jing, Xiaoyan; Liu, Jingyuan; Song, Dalei; Liu, Lianhe

    2015-04-21

    We report a facile approach for the formation of magnetic core-shell iron oxide@silica@nickel-ethylene glycol (Fe3O4@SiO2@Ni-L) microspheres. The structure and morphology of Fe3O4@SiO2@Ni-L are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and nitrogen sorption isotherm. The composite possesses a high specific surface area of 382 m(2) g(-1). The obtained core/shell structure is composed of a superparamagnetic core with a strong response to external fields, which are recovered readily from aqueous solutions by magnetic separation. When used as the adsorbent for uranium(vi) in water, the as-prepared Fe3O4@SiO2@Ni-L multi-structural microspheres exhibit a high adsorption capacity, which is mainly attributed to the large specific surface area and typical mesoporous characteristics of Fe3O4@SiO2@Ni-L microspheres. This work provides a promising approach for the design and synthesis of multifunctional microspheres, which can be used for water treatment, as well as having other potential applications in a variety of biomedical fields including drug delivery and biosensors. PMID:25773512

  13. Real structure of lattice matched GaAs-Fe3Si core-shell nanowires

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    Jenichen, B.; Hilse, M.; Herfort, J.; Trampert, A.

    2015-01-01

    GaAs nanowires and GaAs-Fe3Si core-shell nanowire structures were grown by molecular-beam epitaxy on oxidized Si(111) substrates and characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Ga droplets were formed on the oxide surface, and the semiconducting GaAs nanowires grew epitaxially via the vapor-liquid-solid mechanism as single-crystals from holes in the oxide film. We observed two stages of growth of the GaAs nanowires, first the regular growth and second the residual growth after the Ga supply was finished. The magnetic Fe3Si shells were deposited in an As-free chamber. They completely cover the GaAs cores although they consist of small grains. High-resolution TEM micrographs depict the differently oriented grains in the Fe3Si shells. Selected area diffraction of electrons and XRD gave further evidence that the shells are textured and not single crystals. Facetting of the shells was observed, which lead to thickness inhomogeneities of the shells.

  14. Preparation of core-shell CaCO3 capsules via Pickering emulsion templates.

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    Wang, Xiaoli; Zhou, Weizheng; Cao, Jian; Liu, Weichang; Zhu, Shiping

    2012-04-15

    Micron size and food grade pristine CaCO(3) particles were used to stabilize an oil in water Pickering emulsion. The particles also acted as nucleation sites for the subsequent crystallization of CaCO(3) with the addition of CaCl(2) and CO(2) gas as precursors. After the controllable crystallization process, a dense CaCO(3) shell with a few microns in thickness was formed. The CaCO(3) shell was proven to be calcite without the presence of crystallization modifiers. The crystallization speed and the shell integrity were controlled by manipulating the addition of CaCl(2) amount during the different crystallization stages; therefore, the homogeneous nucleation in the bulk was almost inhibited, and the heterogeneous nucleation at the oil-water interface on pristine CaCO(3) particles was the main contribution to the growth of the shell. The encapsulated limonene flavor in CaCO(3) capsules showed a prolonged release in neutral water at 85°C, while a burst release at pH 2 water as expected. The method is a simple and scalable process for creating inorganic core-shell capsules and can be used for producing food grade capsules for controlling the flavor release or masking undesirable taste in mouth. PMID:22318120

  15. Poly(Glycerol sebacate)/gelatin core/shell fibrous structure for regeneration of myocardial infarction.

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    Ravichandran, Rajeswari; Venugopal, Jayarama Reddy; Sundarrajan, Subramanian; Mukherjee, Shayanti; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2011-05-01

    Heart failure remains the leading cause of death in many industrialized nations owing to the inability of the myocardial tissue to regenerate. The main objective of this work was to develop a cardiac patch that is biocompatible and matches the mechanical properties of the heart muscle for myocardial infarction. The present study was to fabricate poly (glycerol sebacate)/gelatin (PGS/gelatin) core/shell fibers and gelatin fibers alone by electrospinning for cardiac tissue engineering. PGS/gelatin core/shell fibers, PGS used as a core polymer to impart the mechanical properties and gelatin as a shell material to achieve favorable cell adhesion and proliferation. These core/shell fibers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, contact angle, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and tensile testing. The cell-scaffold interactions were analyzed by cell proliferation, confocal analysis for the expression of marker proteins like actinin, troponin-T, and platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule, and scanning electron microscopy to analyze cell morphology. Dual immunofluorescent staining was performed to further confirm the cardiogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells by employing mesenchymal stem cell-specific marker protein CD 105 and cardiac-specific marker protein actinin. The results observed that PGS/gelatin core/shell fibers have good potential biocompatibility and mechanical properties for fabricating nanofibrous cardiac patch and would be a prognosticating device for the restoration of myocardium. PMID:21247338

  16. Magnetic properties of Co/Ag core/shell nanoparticles prepared by successive reactions in microemulsions

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    Rivas, J.; Garcia-Bastida, A. J.; Lopez-Quintela, M. A.; Ramos, C.

    2006-05-01

    Co nanoparticles with an Ag covering layer have been prepared by successive reactions in microemulsions. Their magnetic behavior was studied as a function of heat treatment. It was confirmed that, under the experimental conditions of this study, the size of the Co nuclei is limited by the reactant concentration, whereas the Ag covering is fixed by microemulsion droplet size. The as-prepared particles contain mainly Co 3O 4 nuclei, and present high effective moments that agree with the spin state of Co 3+. The observed magnetic behaviors were explained taking into account the intra- and inter-particle structural evolution of the particle assemblies annealed under different experimental conditions.

  17. Facile preparation and enhanced microwave absorption properties of core-shell composite spheres composited of Ni cores and TiO2 shells.

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    Zhao, Biao; Shao, Gang; Fan, Bingbing; Zhao, Wanyu; Xie, Yajun; Zhang, Rui

    2015-04-14

    Core-shell microspheres with Ni cores and two phases of TiO2 (anatase, rutile) shells have been successfully synthesized. The crystal structure, morphology and microwave absorption properties of the as-prepared composites were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and vector network analysis. The core-shell rutile TiO2-coated Ni exhibits better antioxidation ability than that of pure Ni due to the presence of the rutile TiO2 shell, which is confirmed by the thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). In comparison with bare Ni, these two composites show better microwave absorption properties. The minimum reflection loss (RL) is -38.0 dB at 11.1 GHz with a thickness of only 1.8 mm for the Ni@TiO2 (rutile) composite. The enhanced absorption capability arises from the efficient complementarities between the magnetic loss and dielectric loss, multiple interfacial polarization, high thermal conductivity of rutile TiO2 and microwave attenuation constant. These results show that the thin high-efficiency rutile TiO2-coated Ni composite is a great potential microwave absorbing material for practical applications. PMID:25745675

  18. Preparation of monodisperse polystyrene/silica core-shell nano-composite abrasive with controllable size and its chemical mechanical polishing performance on copper

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    Zhang, Lei; Wang, Haibo; Zhang, Zefang; Qin, Fei; Liu, Weili; Song, Zhitang

    2011-11-01

    Monodisperse silica-coated polystyrene (PS) nano-composite abrasives with controllable size were prepared via a two-step process. Monodisperse positively charged PS colloids were synthesized via polymerization of styrene by using a cationic initiator. In the subsequent coating process, silica formed shell on the surfaces of core PS particles via the ammonia-catalyzed hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethoxysilane. Neither centrifugation/water wash/redispersion cycle process nor surface modification or addition surfactant was needed in the whole process. The morphology of the abrasives was characterized by scanning electron microscope. Transmission electron microscope and energy dispersive X-ray analysis results indicated that silica layer was successfully coated onto the surfaces of PS particles. Composite abrasive has a core-shell structure and smooth surface. The chemical mechanical polishing performances of the composite abrasive and conventional colloidal silica abrasive on blanket copper wafers were investigated. The root mean square roughness decreases from 4.27 nm to 0.56 nm using composite abrasive. The PS/SiO2 core-shell composite abrasives exhibited little higher material removal rate than silica abrasives.

  19. A core-shell structured inorganic-organic hybrid nanocomposite for Hg(II) sensing and removal.

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    Jiqu, Han; Qixia, Yang

    2015-10-01

    In the present paper, a core-shell structured inorganic-organic hybrid nanocomposite for Hg(II) sensing and removal was designed and fabricated, where the core was composed of superparamagnetic Fe3O4 and the shell consisted of molecular silica sieve MCM-41. A rhodamine derived probe was grafted onto the backbone of MCM-41 through a silane coupling reagent to control its loading content. This probe functionalized core-shell structure was confirmed and characterized by XRD analysis, electron microscopy images, IR spectra, thermogravimetry and N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms. It was found that the emission of this composite increased with increasing Hg(II) concentrations but was immune to other metal ions, showing good selectivity and high sensitivity towards Hg(II) ions. A linear Stern-Volmer curve was observed with short response time. In addition, this composite possessed good Hg(II)-removing and recycling performance. PMID:25978016

  20. Facile synthesis of core-shell structured PANI-Co3O4 nanocomposites with superior electrochemical performance in supercapacitors

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    Hai, Zhenyin; Gao, Libo; Zhang, Qiang; Xu, Hongyan; Cui, Danfeng; Zhang, Zengxing; Tsoukalas, Dimitris; Tang, Jun; Yan, Shubin; Xue, Chenyang

    2016-01-01

    Core-shell structured PANI-Co3O4 nanocomposites for supercapacitor applications were synthesized by combination of carbon-assisted method and in situ polymerization method. The crystalline structure, optical band gap, morphology, and hydrophilic property, as the major factors affecting the performances of supercapacitors, were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis spectrophotometry (UV-vis), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and water contact angle (WCA). The core-shell structured PANI-Co3O4 nanocomposites are characterized by amorphous PANI, small bandgaps, large surface area and favorable hydrophilicity, which indicates the superior electrochemical performances of the nanocomposites as electrode material for supercapacitors. Cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements were conducted in 6 M KOH aqueous solution to evaluate the electrochemical performances. The results shows that core-shell structured PANI-Co3O4 nanocomposites exhibit a high specific capacitance of 1184 F g-1 at 1.25 A g-1, excellent cycling stability of a capacitance retention of 84.9% after 1000 galvanostatic charge/discharge cycles, good electrical conductivity and ion diffusion behavior.

  1. A Li4Ti5O12/TiO2@CNT Core/Shell Structure for Rechargeable Li Batteries.

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    Chen, Lu; Liu, Jianzhong; Niu, Xiaoying; Chen, Ying; Zhong, Liqiao; Cai, Chennan; Gao, Lijun; Ni, Jiangfeng

    2015-09-01

    Li4Ti5O12 is an important type of anode material for rechargeable Li battery due to its excellent cycling and thermal reliability, but the poor conductivity represents a significant challenge in the scalable application. Here we design a ternary Li4Ti5O12/TiO2@CNT core/shell structure to well mitigate the conductivity issue. The hybrid core/shell structure is fabricated by a facile hydrothermal reaction followed by heat treatment at 600 degrees C. It is comprised of Li4Ti5O12/TiO2 nanocrystals several nanometers in dimension tightly anchored on CNT network. The CNT network provides a fast and robust conductive way for electron transport, while the minor rutile-TiO2 phase improves the kinetics of Li4Ti5O12 toward fast lithium insertion/extraction. The electrochemical results indicate that the core/shell structure displays a high electrochemical activity in terms of reversible capacity and rate capability. The hybrid structure also shows excellent long-term cycling stability when operated at a high rate of 5 C. PMID:26716279

  2. A multi-core-shell structured composite cathode material with a conductive polymer network for Li-S batteries.

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    Wang, Mengjia; Wang, Weikun; Wang, Anbang; Yuan, Keguo; Miao, Lixiao; Zhang, Xiaolin; Huang, Yaqin; Yu, Zhongbao; Qiu, Jingyi

    2013-11-11

    A multi-core-shell with a conductive network structured C-PANI-S@PANI composite with high sulfur content up to 87% was synthesized. The composite cathode delivers higher specific capacity and excellent cycle stability, retaining a reversible discharge capacity of 835 mA h g(-1) after 100 cycles when the sulfur loading of the cathode was above 6 mg cm(-2). PMID:23999983

  3. One-step microwave synthesized core-shell structured selenium@carbon spheres as cathode materials for rechargeable lithium batteries.

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    Guo, Jing; Wang, Qingsong; Qi, Chao; Jin, Jun; Zhu, Yingjie; Wen, Zhaoyin

    2016-04-12

    A core-shell structured selenium@carbon composite material was obtained by a facile one-step microwave synthesis method. The uniform carbon shells coated on selenium spheres greatly minimized the shuttle effect of Li-Se cells. The morphology analysis of the cathodes after different cycles revealed that the Se cores were perfectly confined inside the unbroken C shells all through the 100 cycles. PMID:27030554

  4. Site-specific carbon deposition for hierarchically ordered core/shell-structured graphitic carbon with remarkable electrochemical performance.

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    Lv, Yingying; Wu, Zhangxiong; Qian, Xufang; Fang, Yin; Feng, Dan; Xia, Yongyao; Tu, Bo; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2013-10-01

    A fascinating core-shell-structured graphitic carbon material composed of ordered microporous core and uniform mesoporous shell is fabricated for the first time through a site-specific chemical vapor deposition process by using a nanozeolite@mesostructured silica composite molecular sieve as the template. The mesostructure-directing agent cetyltrimethylammonium bromide in the shell of the template can be either burned off or carbonized so that it is successfully utilized as a pore switch to turn the shell of the template "on" or "off" to allow selective carbon deposition. The preferred carbon deposition process can be performed only in the inner microporous zeolite cores or just within the outer mesoporous shells, resulting in a zeolite-like ordered microporous carbon or a hollow mesoporous carbon. Full carbon deposition in the template leads to the new core-shell-structured microporous@mesoporous carbon with a nanographene-constructed framework for fast electron transport, a microporous nanocore with large surface area for high-capacity storage of lithium ions, a mesoporous shell with highly opened mesopores as a transport layer for lithium ions and electron channels to access inner cores. The ordered micropores are protected by the mesoporous shell, avoiding pore blockage as the formation of solid electrolyte interphase layers. Such a unique core-shell-structured microporous@mesoporous carbon material represents a newly established lithium ion storage model, demonstrating high reversible energy storage, excellent rate capability, and long cyclic stability. PMID:24039038

  5. The interface effect on the band offset of semiconductor nanocrystals with type-I core-shell structure.

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    Zhu, Ziming; Ouyang, Gang; Yang, Guowei

    2013-04-21

    In order to pursue the interface effect on the band offset of the semiconductor nanocrystals with the type-I core-shell structure, we have established a theoretical model to elucidate the underlying mechanism based on the atomic-bond-relaxation consideration and continuum mechanics. It was found that the size-dependent interface bond-nature-factor of the core-shell nanocrystals can be deduced on the basis of the proposed model. Taking the typical CdSe-ZnSe nanostructure as an example, we showed that the theoretical results were consistent with the experimental observations. These investigations provided a useful guide in opening up the possibility to engineer nanodevices with special optoelectronic properties. PMID:23474697

  6. Viscoelastic Properties of Core-Shell-Structured, Hemicellulose-Rich Nanofibrillated Cellulose in Dispersion and Wet-Film States.

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    Tanaka, Reina; Saito, Tsuguyuki; Hänninen, Tuomas; Ono, Yuko; Hakalahti, Minna; Tammelin, Tekla; Isogai, Akira

    2016-06-13

    We report the viscoelastic properties of core-shell-structured, hemicellulose-rich nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) in dispersion and wet-film states. The hemicellulose-rich NFC (hemicellulose neutral sugars 23%, carboxylate 0.2 mmol g(-1)), prepared from Japanese persimmons, had a core crystallite thickness of 2.3 nm and unit fibril thickness of 4.2 nm. A carboxylate-rich NFC (hemicellulose neutral sugars 7%, carboxylate 0.9 mmol g(-1)) with crystallite and fibril widths of 2.5 and 3.3 nm, respectively, was used as a reference. The solid-concentration dependencies of the storage moduli of gel-like water dispersions of the hemicellulose-rich NFC were weaker than those of carboxylate-rich NFC, and the dispersions were loosely flocculated even at high salt concentrations and low pH values. The viscoelastic properties of wet NFC films were similar to those of their dispersions; the hemicellulose-rich NFC films were significantly less sensitive to salt concentration and pH and were soft and swollen at high salt concentrations and low pH values. PMID:27142723

  7. A facile green approach to prepare core-shell hybrid PLGA nanoparticles for resveratrol delivery.

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    Kumar, Sandeep; Lather, Viney; Pandita, Deepti

    2016-03-01

    Green approach has revolutionized the area of nanoparticles (NPs) synthesis by virtue of eco and health friendly protocols. Advancing this further, the study proposes a captivating solvent free method for the preparation of green PLGA-oil nanohybrids (G-PONHs) using acrysol oil and encapsulation of resveratrol therein. G-PONHs were structurally similar to the standard PONHs, but had larger particle size of 375 nm. Avoidance of organic solvents resulted in the formation of smooth NPs which showed a considerable improvement in drug release profile and antioxidant properties. G-PONHs exhibited superior biocompatibility with normal Vero cells, while the cytotoxicity on breast cancer cells was moderate in comparison to standard NPs owing to their large size. The size of NPs was found to be a critical factor governing the amplitude of cytotoxicity. The comparative high stability of G-PONHs further favors the tremendous potential of this novel preparation method and delivery platform. PMID:26708438

  8. Synthesis of Au/SnO{sub 2} core-shell structure nanoparticles by a microwave-assisted method and their optical properties

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    Yu, Yeon-Tae; Dutta, Prabir

    2011-02-15

    Au/SnO{sub 2} core-shell structure nanoparticles were synthesized using the microwave hydrothermal method. The optical and morphological properties of these particles were examined and compared with those obtained by the conventional hydrothermal method. In microwave preparation, the peak position of the UV-visible plasmon absorption band of Au nanoparticles was red-shifted from 520 to 543 nm, due to the formation of an SnO{sub 2} shell. An SnO{sub 2} shell formation was complete within 5 min. The thickness of the SnO{sub 2} shell was 10-12 nm, and the primary particle size of SnO{sub 2} crystallites was 3-5 nm. For the core-shell particles prepared by a conventional hydrothermal method, the shell formed over the entire synthesis period and was not as crystalline as those produced, using the microwave method. The relationship between the morphological and spectroscopic properties and the crystallinity of the SnO{sub 2} shell are discussed. -- Graphical abstract: In microwave preparation, the peak position of UV-visible absorption band of Au nanoparticles was red-shifted from 520 to 543 nm, due to the formation of an SnO{sub 2} shell with high crystallinity. Display Omitted Research highlights: > Au/SnO{sub 2} core-shell structure NPs were synthesized by the microwave-assisted method. > The peak position of an SP band of Au/SnO{sub 2} colloid was red-shifted till 543 nm. > The particles size of an SnO{sub 2} in the shell layer was 3-5 nm. > The crystallinity of an SnO{sub 2} shell was increased by the microwave hydrothermal reaction.

  9. Formation of core-shell-structured Zn2SnO4-carbon microspheres with superior electrochemical properties by one-pot spray pyrolysis.

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    Hong, Young Jun; Kang, Yun Chan

    2015-01-14

    Core-shell structured Zn2SnO4-carbon microspheres with different carbon contents are prepared by one-pot spray pyrolysis without any further heating process. A Zn2SnO4-carbon composite microsphere is prepared from one droplet containing Zn and Sn salts and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). Melted PVP moves to the outside of the composite microsphere during the drying stage of the droplet. In addition, melting of the phase separated metal salts forms the dense core. Carbonization of the phase separated PVP forms the textured and porous thick carbon shell. The discharge capacities of the core-shell structured Zn2SnO4-carbon microspheres for the 2(nd) and 120(th) cycles at a current density of 1 A g(-1) are 864 and 770 mA h g(-1), respectively. However, the discharge capacities of the bare Zn2SnO4 microspheres prepared by the same process without PVP for the 2(nd) and 120(th) cycles are 1106 and 81 mA h g(-1), respectively. The stable and reversible discharge capacities of the Zn2SnO4-carbon composite microspheres prepared from the spray solution with 15 g PVP decrease from 894 to 528 mA h g(-1) as current density increases from 0.5 to 5 A g(-1). PMID:25429709

  10. Core/shell structured hollow mesoporous nanocapsules: a potential platform for simultaneous cell imaging and anticancer drug delivery.

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    Chen, Yu; Chen, Hangrong; Zeng, Deping; Tian, Yunbo; Chen, Feng; Feng, Jingwei; Shi, Jianlin

    2010-10-26

    A potential platform for simultaneous anticancer drug delivery and MRI cell imaging has been demonstrated by uniform hollow inorganic core/shell structured multifunctional mesoporous nanocapsules, which are composed of functional inorganic (Fe(3)O(4), Au, etc.) nanocrystals as cores, a thin mesoporous silica shell, and a huge cavity in between. The synthetic strategy for the creation of huge cavities between functional core and mesoporous silica shell is based on a structural difference based selective etching method, by which solid silica middle layer of Fe(2)O(3)@SiO(2)@mSiO(2) (or Au@SiO(2)@mSiO(2)) composite nanostructures was selectively etched away while the mesoporous silica shell could be kept relatively intact. The excellent biocompatibility of obtained multifunctional nanocapsules (Fe(3)O(4)@mSiO(2)) was demonstrated by very low cytotoxicity against various cell lines, low hemolyticity against human blood red cells and no significant coagulation effect against blood plasma. The cancer cell uptake and intracellular location of the nanocapsules were observed by confocal laser scanning microscopy and bio-TEM. Importantly, the prepared multifunctional inorganic mesoporous nanocapsules show both high loading capacity (20%) and efficiency (up to 100%) for doxorubicin simultaneously because of the formation of the cavity, enhanced surface area/pore volume and the electrostatic interaction between DOX molecules and mesoporous silica surface. Besides, the capability of Fe(3)O(4)@mSiO(2) nanocapsules as contrast agents of MRI was demonstrated both in vitro and in vivo, indicating the simultaneous imaging and therapeutic multifunctionalities of the composite nanocapsules. Moreover, the concept of multifunctional inorganic nanocapsules was extended to design and prepare Gd-Si-DTPA grafted Au@mSiO(2) nanocapsules for nanomedical applications, further demonstrating the generality of this strategy for the preparation of various multifunctional mesoporous nanocapsules

  11. Crystalline/amorphous tungsten oxide core/shell hierarchical structures and their synergistic effect for optical modulation.

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    Zhou, D; Xie, D; Shi, F; Wang, D H; Ge, X; Xia, X H; Wang, X L; Gu, C D; Tu, J P

    2015-12-15

    High-performance electrochromic films with large color contrast and fast switching speed are of great importance for developing advanced smart windows. In this work, crystalline/amorphous WO3 core/shell (c-WO3@a-WO3) nanowire arrays rationally are synthesized by combining hydrothermal and electrodeposition methods. The 1D c-WO3@a-WO3 core/shell hierarchical structures show a synergistic effect for the enhancement of optical modulation, especially in the infrared (IR) region. By optimizing the electrodeposition time of 400s, the core/shell array exhibits a significant optical modulation (70.3% at 750nm, 42.0% at 2000nm and 51.4% at 10μm), fast switching speed (3.5s and 4.8s), high coloration efficiency (43.2cm(2)C(-1) at 750nm) and excellent cycling performance (68.5% after 3000 cycles). The crystalline/amorphous nanostructured film can provide an alternative way for developing high-performance electrochromic materials. PMID:26321573

  12. 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

  13. A facile synthesis of superparamagnetic Fe3O4 supraparticles@MIL-100(Fe) core-shell nanostructures: Preparation, characterization and biocompatibility.

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    Yu, Shoushan; Wan, Jiaqi; Chen, Kezheng

    2016-01-01

    Superparamagnetic Fe3O4 supraparticles@MIL-100(Fe) core-shell nanostructure microspheres were successfully constructed by a facile step-by-step method. The polyacrylate formed in situ during the process of the preparation of Fe3O4 supraparticles not only acted as a stabilizer on the Fe3O4 nanoparticles surface, but also played a crucial role as a "bridge" in the initial stage of the framework components selectively assembly on the Fe3O4 supraparticle surfaces. The structure and composition of the obtained microspheres were characterized by SEM, TEM, DLS, XRD, FTIR, and TG analysis. The MPMS results revealed that the introduction of the MOF shells can inhibit the interplay among the neighboring Fe3O4 supraparticles while an external magnetic field applied. The well-dispersed microspheres are biocompatible, which endow the microspheres great potential in drug targeting applications with enhanced efficiency. PMID:26397925

  14. Liprotides made of α-lactalbumin and cis fatty acids form core-shell and multi-layer structures with a common membrane-targeting mechanism.

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    Frislev, Henriette S; Jessen, Christian M; Oliveira, Cristiano L P; Pedersen, Jan Skov; Otzen, Daniel E

    2016-07-01

    α-Lactalbumin (aLA) has been shown to form complexes with oleic acid (OA), which may target cancer cells. We recently showed that aLA and several other proteins all form protein-OA complexes called liprotides with a generic structure consisting of a micellar OA core surrounded by a shell of partially denatured protein. Here we report that a heat treatment and an alkaline treatment method both allow us to prepare liprotide complexes composed of aLA and a range of unsaturated fatty acids (FA), provided the FAs contain cis (but not trans) double bonds. All liprotides containing cis-FA form both small and large species, which all consist of partially denatured aLA, though the overall shape of the species differs. Small liprotides have a simple core-shell structure while the larger liprotides are multi-layered, i.e. they have an additional layer of both FA and aLA surrounding the outside of the core-shell structure. All liprotides can transfer their entire FA content to vesicles, releasing aLA as monomers and softening the lipid membrane. The more similar to OA, the more efficiently the different FAs induce hemolysis. We conclude that aLA can take up and transfer a wide variety of FA to membranes, provided they contain a cis-bond. This highlights liprotides as a general class of complexes where both protein and cis-FA component can be varied without departing from a generic (though sometimes multi-layered) core-shell structure. PMID:27068540

  15. Preparation of self-assembled core-shell nano structure of conjugated generation 4.5 poly (amidoamine) dendrimer and monoclonal Anti-IL-6 antibody as bioimaging probe.

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    Mekuria, Shewaye Lakew; Tsai, Hsieh-Chih

    2015-11-01

    In this article, interleukin-6 (IL-6)-conjugated anionic generation 4.5 (G4.5) poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) was synthesized through EDC/NHS coupling chemistry and evaluated for its optical properties in vitro. Conjugation was confirmed using Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and 2-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance (2D NMR). After IL-6 conjugation, nanoparticle size increased to approximately 70 nm and zeta potential increased from -56.5 ± 0.2 to -19.1 ± 2.4 mV due to neutralization of negatively charged G4.5. Wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) suggested that a layered nanoparticle structure was formed by the G4.5/IL-6 conjugate. Most interestingly, the intrinsic fluorescence of G4.5 significantly increased after IL-6 conjugation and underwent a blue shift as a result of H-aggregation. Furthermore, the cellular uptake of the conjugates by HeLa cells was significantly enhanced in comparison to free G4.5, as demonstrated by confocal microscopy and flow cytometry. These results indicated that the described system may be a potential bioimaging probe in vitro. PMID:26263213

  16. Morphology-Control Synthesis of a Core-Shell Structured NiCu Alloy with Tunable Electromagnetic-Wave Absorption Capabilities.

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    Zhao, Biao; Zhao, Wanyu; Shao, Gang; Fan, Bingbing; Zhang, Rui

    2015-06-17

    In this work, dendritelike and rodlike NiCu alloys were prepared by a one-pot hydrothermal process at various reaction temperatures (120, 140, and 160 °C). The structure and morphology were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy, which that demonstrate NiCu alloys have core-shell heterostructures with Ni as the shell and Cu as the core. The formation mechanism of the core-shell structures was also discussed. The uniform and perfect dendritelike NiCu alloy obtained at 140 °C shows outstanding electromagnetic-wave absorption properties. The lowest reflection loss (RL) of -31.13 dB was observed at 14.3 GHz, and the effective absorption (below -10 dB, 90% attenuation) bandwidth can be adjusted between 4.4 and 18 GHz with a thin absorber thickness in the range of 1.2-4.0 mm. The outstanding electromagnetic-wave-absorbing properties are ascribed to space-charge polarization arising from the heterogeneous structure of the NiCu alloy, interfacial polarization between the alloy and paraffin, and continuous micronetworks and vibrating microcurrent dissipation originating from the uniform and perfect dendritelike shape of NiCu prepared at 140 °C. PMID:26018739

  17. Scalable synthesis of core-shell structured SiOx/nitrogen-doped carbon composite as a high-performance anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Shi, Lu; Wang, Weikun; Wang, Anbang; Yuan, Keguo; Jin, Zhaoqing; Yang, Yusheng

    2016-06-01

    In this work, a novel core-shell structured SiOx/nitrogen-doped carbon composite has been prepared by simply dispersing the SiOx particles, which are synthesized by a thermal evaporation method from an equimolar mixture of Si and SiO2, into the dopamine solution, followed by a carbonization process. The SiOx core is well covered by the conformal and homogeneous nitrogen-doped carbon layer from the pyrolysis of polydopamine. By contrast with the bare SiOx, the electrochemical performance of the as-prepared core-shell structured SiOx/nitrogen-doped carbon composite has been improved significantly. It delivers a reversible capacity of 1514 mA h g-1 after 100 cycles at a current density of 100 mA g-1 and 933 mA h g-1 at 2 A g-1, much higher than those of commercial graphite anodes. The nitrogen-doped carbon layer ensures the excellent electrochemical performance of the SiOx/C composite. In addition, since dopamine can self-polymerize and coat virtually any surface, this versatile, facile and highly efficient coating process may be widely applicable to obtain various composites with uniform nitrogen-doped carbon coating layer.

  18. Supersaturation-controlled surface structure evolution of Pd@Pt core-shell nanocrystals: enhancement of the ORR activity at a sub-10 nm scale

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    Qi, Kun; Zheng, Weitao; Cui, Xiaoqiang

    2016-01-01

    Here, we designed and implemented a facile strategy for controlling the surface evolution of Pd@Pt core-shell nanostructures by simply adjusting the volume of OH- to control the reducing ability of ascorbic acid and finally manipulating the supersaturation in the reaction system. The surface structure of the obtained Pd@Pt bimetallic nanocrystals transformed from a Pt {111} facet-exposed island shell to a conformal Pt {100} facet-exposed shell by increasing the pH value. The as-prepared well aligned Pd@Pt core-island shell nanocubes present both significantly enhanced electrocatalytic activity and favorable long-term stability toward the oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline media.Here, we designed and implemented a facile strategy for controlling the surface evolution of Pd@Pt core-shell nanostructures by simply adjusting the volume of OH- to control the reducing ability of ascorbic acid and finally manipulating the supersaturation in the reaction system. The surface structure of the obtained Pd@Pt bimetallic nanocrystals transformed from a Pt {111} facet-exposed island shell to a conformal Pt {100} facet-exposed shell by increasing the pH value. The as-prepared well aligned Pd@Pt core-island shell nanocubes present both significantly enhanced electrocatalytic activity and favorable long-term stability toward the oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline media. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07940c

  19. Au@Pd core-shell nanobricks with concave structures and their catalysis of ethanol oxidation.

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    Wang, Wenjin; Zhang, Jie; Yang, Shengchun; Ding, Bingjun; Song, Xiaoping

    2013-10-01

    Au@Pd core-shell nanobricks (CNBs) with concave surfaces and Pd shells with a thickness of approximately 5 nm were synthesized by co-reduction of HAuCl4 and H2 PdCl4 in the presence of Au seeds and Ag ions. These as-synthesized concave CNBs exhibit significantly enhanced catalytic activity for the electrooxidation of ethanol in alkaline media compared to the commercially-used Pd black. The improved performance of the Au@Pd CNBs can be attributed to the exposed stepped surfaces, high-index facets, and the synergistic effects of the core and shell metals. PMID:23929810

  20. Preparation of core-shell nanofibers with selectively localized CNTs from Shish Kebab-like hierarchical composite micelles.

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    Liu, Chang-Lei; Wang, Mei-Jia; Wu, Gang; You, Jiao; Chen, Si-Chong; Liu, Ya; Wang, Yu-Zhong

    2014-08-01

    A novel and facile bottom-up strategy for preparing core-shell nanofibers with selectively localized carbon nanotubes is developed using hierarchical composite micelles of crystalline-coil copolymer and carbon nanotubes as the building blocks. An amphiphilic di-block copolymer of poly (p-dioxanone) (PPDO) and PEG (polyethylene glycol) functionalized with pyrene moieties at the chain ends of PPDO blocks (Py-PPDO-b-PEG) is designed for constructing composite micelles with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The self-assembly of Py-PPDO-b-PEG and MWCNTs is co-induced by the crystallization of PPDO blocks and the π-π stacking interactions between pyrene moieties and MWCNTs, resulting in composite micelles with "shish kebab"-like nanostructure. A mixture of composite micelles and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) water solution is then used as the spinning solution for preparing electrospun nanofibers. The morphologies of the nanofibers with different composition are investigated by SEM and TEM. The results suggest that the MWCNTs selectively localized in the core of the nanofibers of MWCNTs/Py-PPDO-b-PEG/PVA. The alignment and interfusion of composite micelles during the formation of nanofibers may confine the carbon nanotubes in the hydrophobic core region. In contrast, the copolymer without pyrene moieties cannot form composite micelles, thus these nanofibers show selective localization of MWCNTs in the PVA shell region. PMID:25048154

  1. Preparation of (Ba,Sr)TiO3@polystrene core-shell nanoparticles by solvent-free surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization

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    Xiaowei, Yang; Yanwei, Zeng; Tongxiang, Cai; Zhenxing, Hu

    2012-07-01

    The polystyrene shells have been successfully grown on the barium strontium titanate (BST) nanocrystals, which were synthesized by microwave-activated glycothermal method, via a solvent-free surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) after the 2-bromo-2-methylpropionic acid molecules (Br-MPA) were anchored at the surface of BST nanocrystals through ligand exchange with hydroxyl groups on their surfaces. These surface modified BST nanocrystals can then be perfectly dispersed in styrene monomer and act as macroinitiators for ATRP to yield BST@PS core-shell structured nanoparticles, which endow the BST nanocrystals with exceptionally good dispersibility and stability in hydrophobic solvents. The BST@PS core-shell structures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Raman spectroscopy (Raman), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and gel permeation chromatography were also employed to probe the Br-MPA and PS on the BST nanocrystals. It has been shown that after the BST nanocrystals are surface-modified with Br-MPA, the polymerization of styrene can steadily occur at the surface of BST nanocrystals to form a uniform polystyrene shell and its thickness can reach ∼10 nm when the polymerization reaction is extended to 36 h, while no changes are found to take place with the BST nanocrystals. Compared with typical high molecular weight PS (Mn = 6700), the as-obtained PS possess a relatively low molecular weight (Mn = 5473) and a lower glass transition temperature (Tg ∼ 93 °C). The research results demonstrate a viable strategy for the preparation of polymer-coated functional metal oxides nanocrystals, potentially useful in biological and nanoelectronic applications.

  2. A Novel Organophosphorus Hybrid with Excellent Thermal Stability: Core-Shell Structure, Hybridization Mechanism, and Application in Flame Retarding Semi-Aromatic Polyamide.

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    Lin, Xue-Bao; Du, Shuang-Lan; Long, Jia-Wei; Chen, Li; Wang, Yu-Zhong

    2016-01-13

    An organophosphorous hybrid (BM@Al-PPi) with unique core-shell structure was prepared through hybridization reaction between boehmite (BM) as the inorganic substrate and phenylphosphinic acid (PPiA) as the organic modifier. Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR), solid state (31)P and (27)Al magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance, X-ray diffraction, and element analysis were used to investigate the chemical structure of the hybrids, where the microrod-like core was confirmed as Al-PPi aggregates generated from the reaction between BM and PPiA, and those irregular nanoparticles in the shell belonged to residual BM. Compared with the traditional dissolution-precipitation process, a novel analogous suspension reaction mode was proposed to explain the hybridization process and the resulting product. Scanning electronic microscopy further proved the core-shell structure of the hybrids. BM exhibited much higher initial decomposition temperature than that of Al-PPi; therefore, the hybrid showed better thermal stability than Al-PPi, and it met the processing temperature of semi-aromatic polyamide (HTN, for instance) as an additive-type flame retardant. Limiting oxygen index and cone calorimetric analysis suggested the excellent flame-retardant performance and smoke suppressing activity by adding the resulting hybrid into HTN. PMID:26709944

  3. Preparation of kapok-polyacrylonitrile core-shell composite microtube and its application as gold nanoparticles carrier

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    Fan, Haosen; Yu, Xiaolan; Long, Yuhua; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Xiang, Haifan; Duan, Chunting; Zhao, Ning; Zhang, Xiaoli; Xu, Jian

    2012-01-01

    In this article, a new catalyst carrier kapok-polyacrylonitrile (PAN) composite microtube was fabricated based on the natural kapok fiber. Kapok-PAN core-shell composite microtubes were prepared by a cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) assisted self-assembly method. The formation mechanism was proposed and the influence of the concentration of acrylonitrile (AN) monomer and CTAB on the morphology of kapok-PAN was investigated. The hydrophilicity and specific surface area of kapok microtubes were improved because of the outside PAN coating constructed by the PAN nanoparticles aggregation. Gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) were immobilized on the surface of kapok-PAN microtubes via in situ reduction of chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) by sodium borohydride (NaBH4). The obtained Au NPs with mean diameter of 3.1 nm were well dispersed without any aggregation. In addition, kapok-PAN-Au composites exhibited excellent catalytic activity and could be recovered easily without apparent decrease of activity, as demonstrated via the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol by NaBH4. The kapok-PAN composite microtubes may be one of the promising supporting materials in developing low-cost, high-efficiency catalyst carriers for metal NPs.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of multi-layer core-shell structural LiFeBO3/C as a novel Li-battery cathode material

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    Zhang, Bao; Ming, Lei; Zheng, Jun-chao; Zhang, Jia-feng; Shen, Chao; Han, Ya-dong; Wang, Jian-long; Qin, Shan-e.

    2014-09-01

    A multi-layer core-shell structural LiFeBO3/C has been successfully synthesized via spray-drying and carbothermal method using LiBO2·8H2O, Fe(NO3)3·9H2O, and citric acid as starting materials. The Rietveld refinement results indicate the sample consists of two phases: LiFeBO3 [94(6)% w/w], and LiFeO2 [6(4)% w/w]. SEM images show that the LiFeBO3 powders consist of rough similar-spherical particles with a size distribution ranging from 1 μm to 5 μm. TEM results present that the LiFeBO3 spherical particles are well coated by nano-carbon webs and form a multi-layer core-shell structure. The amount of carbon was determined to be 6.50% by C/S analysis. The prepared LiFeBO3-LiFeO2/C presents an initial discharge capacity of 196.5 mAh g-1 at the current density of 10 mA g-1 between 1.5 and 4.5 V, and it can deliver a discharge capacity of 136.1 mAh g-1 after 30 cycles, presents excellent electrochemical properties, indicating the surface sensitivity in the air was restrained.

  5. Facile aqueous synthesis and electromagnetic properties of novel 3D urchin-like glass/Ni-Ni(3)P/Co(2)P(2)O(7) core/shell/shell composite hollow structures.

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    An, Zhenguo; Zhang, Jingjie; Pan, Shunlong

    2010-04-14

    Novel 3D urchin-like glass/Ni-Ni(3)P/Co(2)P(2)O(7) core/shell/shell composite hollow structures are fabricated for the first time by controlled stepwise assembly of granular Ni-Ni(3)P alloy and ribbon-like Co(2)P(2)O(7) nanocrystals on hollow glass spheres in aqueous solutions at mild conditions. It is found that the shell structure and the overall morphology of the products can be tailored by properly tuning the annealing temperature. The as-obtained composite core/shell/shell products possess low density (ca. 1.18 g cm(-3)) and shape-dependent magnetic and microwave absorbing properties, and thus may have some promising applications in the fields of low-density magnetic materials, microwave absorbers, etc. Based on a series of contrast experiments, the probable formation mechanism of the core/shell/shell hierarchical structures is proposed. This work provides an additional strategy to prepare core/shell composite spheres with tailored shell morphology and electromagnetic properties. PMID:20379530

  6. Synthesis and characterization of core@shell (ZnO@γ-Fe2O3) structured nanoparticles with two morphologies

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    Balti, Imen; Smiri, Laila Samia; Rabu, Pierre; Léone, Philippe; Gautron, Eric; Viana, Bruno; Jouini, Noureddine

    2013-03-01

    Core-shell ZnO/γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles were prepared via a simple method using forced hydrolysis of acetate metallic salts in a polyol medium. Two types of morphologies can be easily obtained: (i) quasi-spherical ZnO core 20 nm in diameter coated with a continuous shell with 3 nm in length, (ii) rod-like ZnO decorated with γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles. The ZnO nanorods are 80 nm in diameter and 400 nm in length. The maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanoparticles with 5 nm in diameter are strongly bonded to ZnO, well separated from each other and form a monolayer on the surface of ZnO nanorods. In both systems, coating ZnO by γ-Fe2O3 inhibits the surface defects and thus enhances the UV luminescence. The two systems present a superparamagnetic behavior with blocking temperature depending on the morphology: the decorated ZnO nanorods present a blocking temperature around 6 K whereas this temperature is significantly higher (300 K) for spherical core-shell nanoparticles.

  7. Size-Tunable and Functional Core-Shell Structured Silica Nanoparticles for Drug Release

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    Chi, Fangli; Guo, Ya Nan; Liu, Jun; Liu, Yunling; Huo, Qisheng

    2010-02-18

    Size-tunable silica cross-linked micellar core-shell nanoparticles (SCMCSNs) were successfully synthesized from a Pluronic nonionic surfactant (F127) template system with organic swelling agents such as 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene (TMB) and octanoic acid at room temperature. The size and morphology of SCMCSNs were directly evidenced by TEM imaging and DLS measurements (up to ~90 nm). Pyrene and coumarin 153 (C153) were used as fluorescent probe molecules to investigate the effect and location of swelling agent molecules. Papaverine as a model drug was used to measure the loading capacity and release property of nanoparticles. The swelling agents can enlarge the nanoparticle size and improve the drug loading capacity of nanoparticles. Moreover, the carboxylic acid group of fatty acid can adjust the release behavior of the nanoparticles.

  8. Core-shell-corona-structured polyelectrolyte brushes-grafting magnetic nanoparticles for water harvesting.

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    Liu, Guoqiang; Cai, Meirong; Wang, Xiaolong; Zhou, Feng; Liu, Weimin

    2014-07-23

    A novel superhydrophilic material, charged polymer brushes-grafted magnetic core-shell-corona composite nanoparticles (Fe3O4@SiO2@PSPMA), was developed to harvest water through the hydration effect. Because of both the strong hydration capability and the good swelling performance, the negatively charged polymer brushes, PSPMA brushes, endow the composite nanoparticles with superhydrophilicity and a good water-absorbing performance like a sponge, while the magnetic Fe3O4 cores allow easy separation of Fe3O4@SiO2@PSPMA nanoparticles with absorbed water from oil/water mixture under an external magnetic field. The functional particles have the capability of harvesting water droplets whether floating on an oil surface or in the oil. This water-absorbing material uses selective wettability to harvest water and achieve oil-water separation and may be useful in finding novel approaches for recycling water from sewage and removing water in the petroleum industry. PMID:24955817

  9. Nanothermochromics with VO2-based core-shell structures: Calculated luminous and solar optical properties

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    Li, S.-Y.; Niklasson, G. A.; Granqvist, C. G.

    2011-06-01

    Composites including VO2-based thermochromic nanoparticles are able to combine high luminous transmittance Tlum with a significant modulation of the solar energy transmittance ΔTsol at a "critical" temperature in the vicinity of room temperature. Thus nanothermochromics is of much interest for energy efficient fenestration and offers advantages over thermochromic VO2-based thin films. This paper presents calculations based on effective medium theory applied to dilute suspensions of core-shell nanoparticles and demonstrates that, in particular, moderately thin-walled hollow spherical VO2 nanoshells can give significantly higher values of ΔTsol than solid nanoparticles at the expense of a somewhat lowered Tlum. This paper is a sequel to a recent publication [S.-Y. Li, G. A. Niklasson, and C. G. Granqvist, J. Appl. Phys. 108, 063525 (2010)].

  10. A core-shell structured, metal-ceramic composite-supported Ru catalyst for methane steam reforming

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    Lee, Hyun Chul; Potapova, Yulia; Lee, Doohwan

    2012-10-01

    Methane steam reforming on a metal-ceramic composite-supported ruthenium catalyst is studied at high temperatures. The core-shell structured Al2O3@Al composite consisting primarily of an Al metal core with a high surface area γ-Al2O3 overlayer is obtained by hydrothermal oxidation. Under the synthesis condition, primary Al2O3@Al particles aggregate to form a hierarchal secondary structure with macrosize inter-pores. This core-shell composite support enhances the heat conductivity and provides a high surface area for fine dispersion of a catalytic Ru component on the γ-Al2O3 overlayer. The Ru/Al2O3@Al catalyst exhibits significantly higher CH4 conversion than the conventional Ru/Al2O3 catalyst, indicating its superior properties for methane steam reforming at high temperatures contributed due to the fine Ru dispersion and facilitated heat and mass transfer via the unique catalyst structure. This metal-ceramic composite catalyst is stable in the reforming reaction for an extended time, suggesting reasonable stability in its physicochemical properties.

  11. Enhanced Microwave Absorption Properties of Intrinsically Core/shell Structured La0.6Sr0.4MnO3Nanoparticles

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    2009-01-01

    The intrinsically core/shell structured La0.6Sr0.4MnO3nanoparticles with amorphous shells and ferromagnetic cores have been prepared. The magnetic, dielectric and microwave absorption properties are investigated in the frequency range from 1 to 12 GHz. An optimal reflection loss of −41.1 dB is reached at 8.2 GHz with a matching thickness of 2.2 mm, the bandwidth with a reflection loss less than −10 dB is obtained in the 5.5–11.3 GHz range for absorber thicknesses of 1.5–2.5 mm. The excellent microwave absorption properties are a consequence of the better electromagnetic matching due to the existence of the protective amorphous shells, the ferromagnetic cores, as well as the particular core/shell microstructure. As a result, the La0.6Sr0.4MnO3nanoparticles with amorphous shells and ferromagnetic cores may become attractive candidates for the new types of electromagnetic wave absorption materials. PMID:20596374

  12. Understanding the Metal Distribution in Core-Shell Nanoparticles Prepared in Micellar Media

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    Tojo, Concha; Buceta, David; López-Quintela, M. Arturo

    2015-08-01

    The factors that govern the reaction rate of Au/Pt bimetallic nanoparticles prepared in microemulsions by a one-pot method are examined in the light of a simulation model. Kinetic analysis proves that the intermicellar exchange has a strong effect on the reaction rates of the metal precursors. Relating to Au, reaction rate is controlled by the intermicellar exchange rate whenever concentration is high enough. With respect to Pt, the combination of a slower reduction rate and the confinement of the reactants inside micelles gives rise to an increase of local Pt salt concentration. Two main consequences must be emphasized: On one hand, Pt reduction may continue independently whether or not a new intermicellar exchange takes place. On the other hand, the accumulation of Pt reactants accelerates the reaction. As the reactant accumulation is larger when the exchange rate is faster, the resulting Pt rate increases. This results in a minor difference in the reduction rate of both metals. This difference is reflected in the metal distribution of the bimetallic nanoparticle, which shows a greater degree of mixture as the intermicellar exchange rate is faster.

  13. Facile synthesis of hairy core-shell structured magnetic polymer submicrospheres and their adsorption of bovine serum albumin.

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    Yan, Xianming; Kong, Juan; Yang, Chongchong; Fu, Guoqi

    2015-05-01

    Highly magnetic polymer submicrospheres with a hairy core-shell structure were facilely synthesized by combining distillation-precipitation polymerization (DPP) with subsequent surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP), and then investigated for protein adsorption. A robust polymer shell consisting of poly(divinylbenzene-co-chloromethylstyrene) (P(DVB-co-CMS)) was coated on superparamagnetic submicrometer-sized magnetite colloid nanocrystal clusters (MCNCs) via DPP. With the benzyl chloride groups on the shell as initiator, poly(2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) hairs were grafted by SI-ATRP approach. The resulting hairy core-shell structured Fe3O4@ P(DVB-co-CMS)-PDMAEMA microspheres showed pH- and temperature-sensitivity, and high-magnetization. The composite microspheres were further investigated for adsorption of a typical acidic protein, i.e. bovine serum albumin (BSA). They exhibited a high binding capacity up to over 660 mg/g (corresponding to 158 DMAEMA monomer units cooperating for binding one BSA molecule) and could rapidly reach binding equilibrium within 5 min. Moreover, the adsorption of BSA was found to be remarkably dependent on the pH and salt concentration of the protein solutions, and the bound protein could be quantitatively desorbed by washing with a medium with lowered pH or raised salt concentration. PMID:25594881

  14. Synthesis and characterization of self-crosslinking fluorinated polyacrylate soap-free latices with core-shell structure

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    Xu, Wei; An, Qiufeng; Hao, Lifen; Zhang, Dan; Zhang, Min

    2013-03-01

    Novel self-crosslinking fluorinated polyacrylate soap-free latices (FMBN) with core-shell structure were synthesized by semicontinuous seeded emulsion polymerization method from dodecafluoroheptyl methacrylate (DFMA), methyl methacrylate (MMA), butyl acrylate (BA), and N-methylolamide (NMA) in the presence of a polymerizable emulsifier-ammonium allyloxtmethylate nonylphenol ethoxylates sulfate (DNS-86). Effects of the DNS-86 and DFMA amounts on stability and properties of the FMBN emulsions were studied. Besides, the latices and their film were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR) spectrum, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), laser particle size analyzer, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetry analysis (TGA), contact angle goniometer, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), respectively. FT-IR spectra and 1H NMR spectrum showed that DFMA successfully participated in soap-free emulsion polymerization and monomers formed the fluorinated acrylate copolymer. The resulted latex particles had the core-shell structure. The films formed from the FMBN latices thus had two Tg. Their thermal stability and Tg of the shell phase increased gradually with augment of DFMA amount in polymer. XPS, AFM and hydrophobicity analyses indicated the fluoroalkyl groups had the tendency to enrich at the film-air interface. This enrichment of fluorine at the film-air interface was more evident after the annealing process. Water contact angles of the FMBN film before and after the annealing process could attain 115.5° and 117.5°, individually.

  15. Structural and photoluminescence properties of doped and core-shell LaPO4:Eu3+ nanocrystals

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    Ghosh, Pushpal; Kar, Arik; Patra, Amitava

    2010-12-01

    Here, we have fabricated of LaPO4:Eu3+ doped and LaPO4/Eu2O3 core-shell nanocrystals using solution based methods. The morphologies, structure, formation mechanism, and photoluminescence properties of these nanocrystals are investigated in detail. The compressive and tensile lattice strains are obtained for hexagonal and monoclinic LaPO4 nanocrystals, respectively. Photoluminescence properties are found to be sensitive to the crystal phase, morphology, and core-shell structures. Judd-Ofelt parameters (Ω2) are calculated to understand the asymmetric nature of the dopant Eu3+ ion in LaPO4 nanocrystals host of various morphologies and crystal phases. It is seen that Ω2 value for nanorod (4.4×10-20 cm2) is higher than the nanoparticles (3.38×10-20 cm2). The quantum yield values increases from 28.27% to 52.4% by changing the crystal phase from hexagonal to monoclinic. The quantum yield of nanorods (58.50%) is higher than nanoparticles (28.68%).

  16. Electronic structure of ZnO/MgxZn1-xO core-shell nanowires in the magnetic field

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    Xiong, Wen; Zhang, Ying

    2013-12-01

    The conduction band and valence band offset of ZnO/MgxZn1-xO core-shell nanowires are determined numerically for the first time, then the six-band k · p effective-mass theory for calculating the electronic structure of the free-standing nanowires is extended to calculate the electronic structure of ZnO/MgxZn1-xO core-shell nanowires. It is found that the degenerate hole states with positive Jh and negative Jh are split by the applied magnetic field, the split energies are affected slightly by changing the radius of ZnO core and the content of magnesium in MgxZn1-xO shell. The order of the hole states will reverse if the radius of ZnO core varies, even so, the optical circularly polarized property of the lowest transition does not change when the radius of ZnO core increases. In addition, the radiative intensity of the lowest transition increases slowly with the increase of the wave vector when the magnetic field, the radius of ZnO core and the content of magnesium are fixed, while the radiative intensity of the lowest transition increases at first, then decreases with the increase of the radius of ZnO core when the wave vector is fixed.

  17. Ag@AgI, core@shell structure in agarose matrix as hybrid: synthesis, characterization, and antimicrobial activity.

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    Ghosh, Somnath; Saraswathi, A; Indi, S S; Hoti, S L; Vasan, H N

    2012-06-01

    A novel in situ core@shell structure consisting of nanoparticles of Ag (Ag Nps) and AgI in agarose matrix (Ag@AgI/agarose) has been synthesized as a hybrid, in order to have an efficient antibacterial agent for repetitive usage with no toxicity. The synthesized core@shell structure is very well characterized by XRD, UV-visible, photoluminescence, and TEM. A detailed antibacterial studies including repetitive cycles are carried out on Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria in saline water, both in dark and on exposure to visible light. The hybrid could be recycled for the antibacterial activity and is nontoxic toward human cervical cancer cells (HeLa cells). The water insoluble Ag@AgI in agarose matrix forms a good coating on quartz, having good mechanical strength. EPR and TEM studies are carried out on the Ag@AgI/agarose and the bacteria, respectively, to elucidate a possible mechanism for killing of the bacteria. PMID:22582868

  18. Formation of core-shell-structured Zn2SnO4-carbon microspheres with superior electrochemical properties by one-pot spray pyrolysis

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    Hong, Young Jun; Kang, Yun Chan

    2014-12-01

    Core-shell structured Zn2SnO4-carbon microspheres with different carbon contents are prepared by one-pot spray pyrolysis without any further heating process. A Zn2SnO4-carbon composite microsphere is prepared from one droplet containing Zn and Sn salts and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). Melted PVP moves to the outside of the composite microsphere during the drying stage of the droplet. In addition, melting of the phase separated metal salts forms the dense core. Carbonization of the phase separated PVP forms the textured and porous thick carbon shell. The discharge capacities of the core-shell structured Zn2SnO4-carbon microspheres for the 2nd and 120th cycles at a current density of 1 A g-1 are 864 and 770 mA h g-1, respectively. However, the discharge capacities of the bare Zn2SnO4 microspheres prepared by the same process without PVP for the 2nd and 120th cycles are 1106 and 81 mA h g-1, respectively. The stable and reversible discharge capacities of the Zn2SnO4-carbon composite microspheres prepared from the spray solution with 15 g PVP decrease from 894 to 528 mA h g-1 as current density increases from 0.5 to 5 A g-1.Core-shell structured Zn2SnO4-carbon microspheres with different carbon contents are prepared by one-pot spray pyrolysis without any further heating process. A Zn2SnO4-carbon composite microsphere is prepared from one droplet containing Zn and Sn salts and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). Melted PVP moves to the outside of the composite microsphere during the drying stage of the droplet. In addition, melting of the phase separated metal salts forms the dense core. Carbonization of the phase separated PVP forms the textured and porous thick carbon shell. The discharge capacities of the core-shell structured Zn2SnO4-carbon microspheres for the 2nd and 120th cycles at a current density of 1 A g-1 are 864 and 770 mA h g-1, respectively. However, the discharge capacities of the bare Zn2SnO4 microspheres prepared by the same process without PVP for the 2nd and

  19. Fabrication of Cu-Ag core-shell bimetallic superfine powders by eco-friendly reagents and structures characterization

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    Zhao Jun; Zhang Dongming; Zhao Jie

    2011-09-15

    Superfine bimetallic Cu-Ag core-shell powders were synthesized by reduction of copper sulfate pentahydrate and silver nitrate with eco-friendly ascorbic acid as a reducing agent and cyclodextrins as a protective agent in an aqueous system. The influence of Ag/Cu ratio on coatings was investigated. Ag was homogeneously distributed on the surface of Cu particles at a mole ratio of Ag/Cu=1. FE-SEM showed an uniformity of Ag coatings on Cu particles. Antioxidation of Cu particles was improved by increasing Ag/Cu ratio. TEM-EDX and UV-vis spectra also revealed that Cu cores were covered by Ag nanoshells on the whole. The surface composition analysis by XPS indicated that only small parts of Cu atoms in the surface were oxidized. It was noted that the hindrance of cyclodextrins chemisorbed on particles plays an important role in forming high quality and good dispersity Cu-Ag (Cu-Ag) core-shell powders. - Graphical abstract: Mechanism of fabricating Cu-Ag particles with good dispersibility using {beta}-CDs as a protective agent was studied because of its special structure. Highlights: > Green supramolecular {beta}-CD used as a protective agent and ascorbic acid(Vc) as a reducing agent to fabricate Cu-Ag powders. > Particles are monodisperse and the diameter is close to nanoscale(100-150 nm). > Resistance of Cu particles to oxidation was higher. > Formation mechanism explained.

  20. Solvent-surface interactions control the phase structure in laser-generated iron-gold core-shell nanoparticles.

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    Wagener, Philipp; Jakobi, Jurij; Rehbock, Christoph; Chakravadhanula, Venkata Sai Kiran; Thede, Claas; Wiedwald, Ulf; Bartsch, Mathias; Kienle, Lorenz; Barcikowski, Stephan

    2016-01-01

    This work highlights a strategy for the one-step synthesis of FeAu nanoparticles by the pulsed laser ablation of alloy targets in the presence of different solvents. This method allows particle generation without the use of additional chemicals; hence, solvent-metal interactions could be studied without cross effects from organic surface ligands. A detailed analysis of generated particles via transmission electron microscopy in combination with EDX elemental mapping could conclusively verify that the nature of the used solvent governs the internal phase structure of the formed nanoparticles. In the presence of acetone or methyl methacrylate, a gold shell covering a non-oxidized iron core was formed, whereas in aqueous media, an Au core with an Fe3O4 shell was generated. This core-shell morphology was the predominant species found in >90% of the examined nanoparticles. These findings indicate that fundamental chemical interactions between the nanoparticle surface and the solvent significantly contribute to phase segregation and elemental distribution in FeAu nanoparticles. A consecutive analysis of resulting Fe@Au core-shell nanoparticles revealed outstanding oxidation resistance and fair magnetic and optical properties. In particular, the combination of these features with high stability magnetism and plasmonics may create new opportunities for this hybrid material in imaging applications. PMID:27004738

  1. Solvent-surface interactions control the phase structure in laser-generated iron-gold core-shell nanoparticles

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    Wagener, Philipp; Jakobi, Jurij; Rehbock, Christoph; Chakravadhanula, Venkata Sai Kiran; Thede, Claas; Wiedwald, Ulf; Bartsch, Mathias; Kienle, Lorenz; Barcikowski, Stephan

    2016-01-01

    This work highlights a strategy for the one-step synthesis of FeAu nanoparticles by the pulsed laser ablation of alloy targets in the presence of different solvents. This method allows particle generation without the use of additional chemicals; hence, solvent-metal interactions could be studied without cross effects from organic surface ligands. A detailed analysis of generated particles via transmission electron microscopy in combination with EDX elemental mapping could conclusively verify that the nature of the used solvent governs the internal phase structure of the formed nanoparticles. In the presence of acetone or methyl methacrylate, a gold shell covering a non-oxidized iron core was formed, whereas in aqueous media, an Au core with an Fe3O4 shell was generated. This core-shell morphology was the predominant species found in >90% of the examined nanoparticles. These findings indicate that fundamental chemical interactions between the nanoparticle surface and the solvent significantly contribute to phase segregation and elemental distribution in FeAu nanoparticles. A consecutive analysis of resulting Fe@Au core-shell nanoparticles revealed outstanding oxidation resistance and fair magnetic and optical properties. In particular, the combination of these features with high stability magnetism and plasmonics may create new opportunities for this hybrid material in imaging applications. PMID:27004738

  2. Solvent-surface interactions control the phase structure in laser-generated iron-gold core-shell nanoparticles

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    Wagener, Philipp; Jakobi, Jurij; Rehbock, Christoph; Chakravadhanula, Venkata Sai Kiran; Thede, Claas; Wiedwald, Ulf; Bartsch, Mathias; Kienle, Lorenz; Barcikowski, Stephan

    2016-03-01

    This work highlights a strategy for the one-step synthesis of FeAu nanoparticles by the pulsed laser ablation of alloy targets in the presence of different solvents. This method allows particle generation without the use of additional chemicals; hence, solvent-metal interactions could be studied without cross effects from organic surface ligands. A detailed analysis of generated particles via transmission electron microscopy in combination with EDX elemental mapping could conclusively verify that the nature of the used solvent governs the internal phase structure of the formed nanoparticles. In the presence of acetone or methyl methacrylate, a gold shell covering a non-oxidized iron core was formed, whereas in aqueous media, an Au core with an Fe3O4 shell was generated. This core-shell morphology was the predominant species found in >90% of the examined nanoparticles. These findings indicate that fundamental chemical interactions between the nanoparticle surface and the solvent significantly contribute to phase segregation and elemental distribution in FeAu nanoparticles. A consecutive analysis of resulting Fe@Au core-shell nanoparticles revealed outstanding oxidation resistance and fair magnetic and optical properties. In particular, the combination of these features with high stability magnetism and plasmonics may create new opportunities for this hybrid material in imaging applications.

  3. Solar-photocatalytic disinfection of Vibrio cholerae by using Ag@ZnO core-shell structure nanocomposites.

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    Das, Sourav; Sinha, Sayantan; Suar, Mrutyunjay; Yun, Soon-Il; Mishra, Amrita; Tripathy, Suraj K

    2015-01-01

    Disinfection of Gram-negative bacterium Vibrio cholerae 569B in aqueous matrix by solar-photocatalysis mediated by Ag@ZnO core-shell structure nanocomposite particles was investigated. Silver nanoparticles are synthesized by the reduction of silver perchlorate followed by precipitation of zinc oxide shell and are employed in the photocatalytic disinfection of the model pathogen. Effect of photocatalyst loading and reaction temperature on the disinfection kinetics was studied. Disinfection efficiency in laboratory as well as real water samples was compared with that of pure-ZnO and TiO2 (Degussa P25). Nanocomposite system has shown optimum disinfection (≈98%) at 40-60min of sun-light exposure with a catalyst loading of 0.5mg/L of the reaction solution. The reduction of aquatic bacterial densities by photocatalytically active Ag@ZnO core-shell nanocomposite in presence of natural sun-light may have potential ex situ application in water decontamination at ambient conditions. PMID:25523714

  4. Core/shell-structured upconversion nanophosphor and cadmium-free quantum-dot bilayer-based near-infrared photodetectors.

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    Hong, A-Ra; Kim, Jungyoon; Kim, Su Yeon; Kim, Seong-Il; Lee, Kwangyeol; Jang, Ho Seong

    2015-11-01

    The core/shell-structured upconversion nanophosphors (UCNPs) and Cd-free CuInS(2)/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized via coprecipitation and hot-injection methods, respectively, and they were applied to near infrared (NIR) photodetectors. The β-NaYF(4):Yb,Er/β-NaYF(4) UCNPs emitted intense visible light peaking at 522, 542, and 656 nm via (2)H(11/2), (4)S(3/2), and (4)F(9/2)→(4)I(15/2) transitions under excitation with 980 nm NIR light. The core/shell UCNPs showed 6.4 times higher emission intensity than core UCNPs. Charge carriers can be generated from CuInS(2)/ZnS QDs in the QD-UCNP mixture due to their broad absorption in the visible spectral region shorter than 600 nm. The photodetector devices were fabricated by spin-coating CuInS(2)/ZnS QDs on a SiO(2)/Si substrate with patterned gold electrodes followed by spin-coating UCNPs on the QD layer. The fabricated QD-UCNP-bilayer-based device showed a drastically increased photocurrent (128 μA) compared with the QD-layer-based device under 980 nm NIR light illumination. Additionally, the fabricated device showed stable ON-OFF switching properties against on and off NIR light. PMID:26512493

  5. Mechanical ball-milling preparation of fullerene/cobalt core/shell nanocomposites with high electrochemical hydrogen storage ability.

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    Bao, Di; Gao, Peng; Shen, Xiande; Chang, Cheng; Wang, Longqiang; Wang, Ying; Chen, Yujin; Zhou, Xiaoming; Sun, Shuchao; Li, Guobao; Yang, Piaoping

    2014-02-26

    The design and synthesis of new hydrogen storage nanomaterials with high capacity at low cost is extremely desirable but remains challenging for today's development of hydrogen economy. Because of the special honeycomb structures and excellent physical and chemical characters, fullerenes have been extensively considered as ideal materials for hydrogen storage materials. To take the most advantage of its distinctive symmetrical carbon cage structure, we have uniformly coated C60's surface with metal cobalt in nanoscale to form a core/shell structure through a simple ball-milling process in this work. The X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), Raman spectra, high-solution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX) elemental mappings, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements have been conducted to evaluate the size and the composition of the composites. In addition, the blue shift of C60 pentagonal pinch mode demonstrates the formation of Co-C chemical bond, and which enhances the stability of the as-obtained nanocomposites. And their electrochemical experimental results demonstrate that the as-obtained C60/Co composites have excellent electrochemical hydrogen storage cycle reversibility and considerably high hydrogen storage capacities of 907 mAh/g (3.32 wt % hydrogen) under room temperature and ambient pressure, which is very close to the theoretical hydrogen storage capacities of individual metal Co (3.33 wt % hydrogen). Furthermore, their hydrogen storage processes and the mechanism have also been investigated, in which the quasi-reversible C60/Co↔C60/Co-Hx reaction is the dominant cycle process. PMID:24498904

  6. B80 and B101-103 clusters: Remarkable stability of the core-shell structures established by validated density functionalsa)

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    Li, Fengyu; Jin, Peng; Jiang, De-en; Wang, Lu; Zhang, Shengbai B.; Zhao, Jijun; Chen, Zhongfang

    2012-02-01

    Prompted by the very recent claim that the volleyball-shaped B80 fullerene [X. Wang, Phys. Rev. B 82, 153409 (2010), 10.1103/PhysRevB.82.153409] is lower in energy than the B80 buckyball [N. G. Szwacki, A. Sadrzadeh, and B. I. Yakobson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 166804 (2007), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.166804] and core-shell structure [J. Zhao, L. Wang, F. Li, and Z. Chen, J. Phys. Chem. A 114, 9969 (2010), 10.1021/jp1018873], and inspired by the most recent finding of another core-shell isomer as the lowest energy B80 isomer [S. De, A. Willand, M. Amsler, P. Pochet, L. Genovese, and S. Goedecher, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 225502 (2011), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.225502], we carefully evaluated the performance of the density functional methods in the energetics of boron clusters and confirmed that the core-shell construction (stuffed fullerene) is thermodynamically the most favorable structural pattern for B80. Our global minimum search showed that both B101 and B103 also prefer a core-shell structure and that B103 can reach the complete core-shell configuration. We called for great attention to the theoretical community when using density functionals to investigate boron-related nanomaterials.

  7. Self-Assembly of Crystalline Structures of Magnetic Core-Shell Nanoparticles for Fabrication of Nanostructured Materials.

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    Xue, Xiaozheng; Wang, Jianchao; Furlani, Edward P

    2015-10-14

    A theoretical study is presented of the template-assisted formation of crystalline superstructures of magnetic-dielectric core-shell particles. The templates produce highly localized gradient fields and a corresponding magnetic force that guides the assembly with nanoscale precision in particle placement. The process is studied using two distinct and complementary computational models that predict the dynamics and energy of the particles, respectively. Both mono- and polydisperse colloids are studied, and the analysis demonstrates for the first time that although the particles self-assemble into ordered crystalline superstructures, the particle formation is not unique. There is a Brownian motion-induced degeneracy in the process wherein various distinct, energetically comparable crystalline structures can form for a given template geometry. The models predict the formation of hexagonal close packed (HCP) and face centered cubic (FCC) structures as well as mixed phase structures due to in-plane stacking disorders, which is consistent with experimental observations. The polydisperse particle structures are less uniform than the monodisperse particle structures because of the irregular packing of different-sized particles. A comparison of self-assembly using soft- and hard-magnetic templates is also presented, the former being magnetized in a uniform field. This analysis shows that soft-magnetic templates enable an order-of-magnitude more rapid assembly and much higher spatial resolution in particle placement than their hard-magnetic counterparts. The self-assembly method discussed is versatile and broadly applies to arbitrary template geometries and multilayered and multifunctional mono- and polydisperse core-shell particles that have at least one magnetic component. As such, the method holds potential for the bottom-up fabrication of functional nanostructured materials for a broad range of applications. This work provides unprecedented insight into the assembly

  8. Optical and Structural Investigations of Manganese Doped ZnS/SiO2 Core-Shell Nanostructure

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    Sana, Prabha; Verma, Shammi; Malik, M. M.

    2015-03-01

    The paper reports room temperature synthesis of wurtzite type manganese doped ZnS nanostructures via colloidal technique. The reaction procedure found to play an important role in the crystal growth of ZnS. Surface encapsulation of ZnS by silica (SiO2) provides effective approach for uniform coating, where 3-Mercaptopropyl Tri methoxysilane (MPS) has been used for silica source as a capping molecule. The obtained silica coated ZnS nanocrystals were well dispersed with hexagonal wurtzite structure of core-shell particles size of about 15 nm. Aggregation of these nanoparticles has been promoted to special shaped structures, which are crystals of 8H wurtzite with prominent pyramidal morphology with curved faces. Growth phenomena of this wurtzite polytype of homologous series 8H is based on screw dislocations and exhibited optimal photoluminescence (PL) spectra.

  9. Supersaturation-controlled surface structure evolution of Pd@Pt core-shell nanocrystals: enhancement of the ORR activity at a sub-10 nm scale.

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    Qi, Kun; Zheng, Weitao; Cui, Xiaoqiang

    2016-01-21

    Here, we designed and implemented a facile strategy for controlling the surface evolution of Pd@Pt core-shell nanostructures by simply adjusting the volume of OH(-) to control the reducing ability of ascorbic acid and finally manipulating the supersaturation in the reaction system. The surface structure of the obtained Pd@Pt bimetallic nanocrystals transformed from a Pt {111} facet-exposed island shell to a conformal Pt {100} facet-exposed shell by increasing the pH value. The as-prepared well aligned Pd@Pt core-island shell nanocubes present both significantly enhanced electrocatalytic activity and favorable long-term stability toward the oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline media. PMID:26693587

  10. Rheological properties of magnetorheological suspensions based on core-shell structured polyaniline-coated carbonyl iron particles

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    Sedlačík, M.; Pavlínek, V.; Sáha, P.; Švrčinová, P.; Filip, P.; Stejskal, J.

    2010-11-01

    The sedimentation caused by the high density of suspended particles used in magnetorheological fluids is a significant obstacle for their wider application. In the present paper, core-shell structured carbonyl iron-polyaniline particles in silicone oil were used as a magnetorheological suspension with enhanced dispersion stability. Bare carbonyl iron particles were suspended in silicone oil to create model magnetorheological suspensions of different loading. For a magnetorheological suspension of polyaniline-coated particles the results show a decrease in the base viscosity. Moreover, the polyaniline coating has a negligible influence on the MR properties under an external magnetic field B. The change in the viscoelastic properties of magnetorheological suspensions in the small-strain oscillatory shear flow as a function of the strain amplitude, the frequency and the magnetic flux density was also investigated.

  11. Core-shell structured square mixed-spin 1 and 1/2 Ising nanowire on the Bethe lattice

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    Albayrak, Erhan

    2016-03-01

    The square Ising nanowire is constructed by adding square nanoparticles consisting of one spin-1 at the center and four spin-1/2 at the corners along a straight line in both directions. Therefore, this system may be taken to be equivalent to Bethe lattice of coordination number two and can be solved in terms of the exact recursion relations. This core-shell structured model is studied by using ferromagnetic exchange interactions between surface spins (Js), between core spins (Jc) and between surface and core spins (Jsc) and crystal field interaction (D) at the sites of spin-1. The phase diagrams of the model are obtained in terms of these parameters by varying the temperature on the possible planes. It is found that the model presents both second- and first-order phase transitions and tricritical points for the appropriate values of these parameters.

  12. Insight into the core-shell structures of Cu-In-S microspheres

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    Wochnik, Angela S.; Frank, Anna; Heinzl, Christoph; Häusler, Jonas; Schneider, Julian; Hoffmann, Ramona; Matich, Sonja; Scheu, Christina

    2013-12-01

    In this study we report about the inner and outer structure of CuInS2 microspheres which might be used e.g. in pastes for simple, low-cost solar cell preparation, as well as in electrodes for light-driven water splitting. The microspheres are synthesized via a mild, template-free solvothermal synthesis route and characterised by electron and focused ion beam microscopy, X-ray diffraction, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The investigations of cross sections prepared by focused ion beam showed that the spheres consist of compact cores and flaky surface structures. Depending on the reaction time, the core possesses a stoichiometric or Cu-rich chemical composition surrounded by an In-rich shell. The flaky surface always comprises a stoichiometric composition in tetragonal chalcopyrite crystal structure, whereas the other areas additionally show minor contributions of CuS, and CuInS2 in hexagonal wurtzite structure. The presence of different phases can be beneficial for future applications since they offer different absorption behaviour in the visible range.

  13. Isostructural solid-solid phase transition in monolayers of soft core-shell particles at fluid interfaces: structure and mechanics.

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    Rey, Marcel; Fernández-Rodríguez, Miguel Ángel; Steinacher, Mathias; Scheidegger, Laura; Geisel, Karen; Richtering, Walter; Squires, Todd M; Isa, Lucio

    2016-04-13

    We have studied the complete two-dimensional phase diagram of a core-shell microgel-laden fluid interface by synchronizing its compression with the deposition of the interfacial monolayer. Applying a new protocol, different positions on the substrate correspond to different values of the monolayer surface pressure and specific area. Analyzing the microstructure of the deposited monolayers, we discovered an isostructural solid-solid phase transition between two crystalline phases with the same hexagonal symmetry, but with two different lattice constants. The two phases corresponded to shell-shell and core-core inter-particle contacts, respectively; with increasing surface pressure the former mechanically failed enabling the particle cores to come into contact. In the phase-transition region, clusters of particles in core-core contacts nucleate, melting the surrounding shell-shell crystal, until the whole monolayer moves into the second phase. We furthermore measured the interfacial rheology of the monolayers as a function of the surface pressure using an interfacial microdisk rheometer. The interfaces always showed a strong elastic response, with a dip in the shear elastic modulus in correspondence with the melting of the shell-shell phase, followed by a steep increase upon the formation of a percolating network of the core-core contacts. These results demonstrate that the core-shell nature of the particles leads to a rich mechanical and structural behavior that can be externally tuned by compressing the interface, indicating new routes for applications, e.g. in surface patterning or emulsion stabilization. PMID:26948023

  14. Monodisperse and core-shell-structured SiO2@YBO3:Eu3+ spherical particles: synthesis and characterization.

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    Lin, Cuikun; Kong, Deyan; Liu, Xiaoming; Wang, Huan; Yu, Min; Lin, Jun

    2007-04-01

    Y0.9Eu0.1BO3 phosphor layers were deposited on monodisperse SiO2 particles of different sizes (300, 570, 900, and 1200 nm) via a sol-gel process, resulting in the formation of core-shell-structured SiO2@Y0.9Eu0.1BO3 particles. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photoluminescence (PL), and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra as well as lifetimes were employed to characterize the resulting composite particles. The results of XRD, FE-SEM, and TEM indicate that the 800 degrees C annealed sample consists of crystalline YBO3 shells and amorphous SiO2 cores, in spherical shape with a narrow size distribution. Under UV (240 nm) and VUV (172 nm) light or electron beam (1-6 kV) excitation, these particles show the characteristic 5D0-7F1-4 orange-red emission lines of Eu3+ with a quantum yield ranging from 36% (one-layer Y0.9Eu0.1BO3 on SiO2) to 54% (four-layer Y0.9Eu0.1BO3 on SiO2). The luminescence properties (emission intensity and color coordinates) of Eu3+ ions in the core-shell particles can be tuned by the coating number of Y0.9Eu0.1BO3 layers and SiO2 core particle size to some extent, pointing out the great potential for these particles applied in displaying and lightening fields. PMID:17338518

  15. Study of structural and magnetic properties of superparamagnetic Fe3O4/SiO2 core-shell nanocomposites synthesized with hydrophilic citrate-modified Fe3O4 seeds via a sol-gel approach

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    Farimani, M. Helmi Rashid; Shahtahmasebi, N.; Rezaee Roknabadi, M.; Ghows, N.; Kazemi, A.

    2013-09-01

    This paper describes a simple way for the coating of magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) with amorphous silica. First, MNPs were synthesized by controlled co-precipitation technique under N2 gas and then their surface was modified with trisodium citrate in order to achieve particles with improved dispersibility. Afterward, magnetite-silica core/shell nanocomposites were prepared by a sol-gel approach, using magnetic fluid including electrostatically stabilized MNPs as seeds. The prepared samples were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, zeta potential analysis and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) in order to study their structural and magnetic properties. FT-IR and XRD results imply that resultant nanocomposites are consisted of two compounds; Fe3O4 and SiO2 and TEM images confirm formation of their core/shell structure. TEM images also show increase in silica shell thickness from ∼5 to ∼24 nm with increase in amount of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) used during the coating process from 0.1 to 0.3 mL. Magnetic studies indicate that Fe3O4 nanoparticles remain superparamagnetic after coating with silica although their Ms values are significantly less than pristine MNPs. These core/shell nanocomposites offer a high potential for different biomedical applications due to having superparamagnetic property of magnetite and unique properties of silica.

  16. Structure and stability of nickel/nickel oxide core-shell nanoparticles

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    D'Addato, S.; Grillo, V.; Altieri, S.; Tondi, R.; Valeri, S.; Frabboni, S.

    2011-05-01

    The results of a combined x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) study of Ni nanoparticles (NP), before and after oxidation, are presented. An experimental set-up was realized for the preparation and study of pre-formed NP films, concentrating the attention on Ni NP in the diameter range between 4 and 8 nm. The XPS data were taken in situ from NPs after different stages of oxidation, including controlled dosing of O2 gas in the experimental system and exposure to the atmosphere. The Ni 2p structure is a combination of spectra from metallic Ni in the NP core and from the oxide shell. The signal from the NP core was observed even for samples after exposure to air. From the comparison of HR-TEM experimental images with theoretical simulations, it was found that the Ni NP core has a regular multitwinned icosahedral structure, composed of single-crystal tetrahedra with (111) faces. The NiO phase is clearly observed forming islands on the NP surface.

  17. Gram-level synthesis of core-shell structured catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction in proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Luo, Mingchuan; Wei, Lingli; Wang, Fanghui; Han, Kefei; Zhu, Hong

    2014-12-01

    Over the past decade, Pt based core-shell structured alloys have been studied extensively as oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) because of their distinctive electrochemical performance and low Pt loading. In this paper, a facile route based on microwave-assisted polyol method and chemical dealloying process is proposed to synthesize carbon supported core-shell structured nanoparticles (NPs) in gram-level for ORR electrocatalysis in PEMFCs. The obtained samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). These physical characterization indicate that the final synthesized NPs are highly dispersed on the carbon support, and in a core-shell structure with CuPt alloy as the core and Pt as the shell. Electrochemical measurements, conducted by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and rotating disk electrode (RDE) tests, show the core-shell structured catalyst exhibit a 3× increase in mass activity and a 2× increase in specific activity over the commercial Pt/C catalyst, respectively. These results demonstrate that this route can be a reliable way to synthesize low-Pt catalyst in large-scale for PEMFCs.

  18. Co-electrospinning fabrication and study of structural and electromagnetic interference-shielding effectiveness of TiO2/SiO2 core-shell nanofibers

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    Nakhaei, Omolfajr; Shahtahmassebi, Nasser; Rezaee Roknabadi, Mahmood; Behdani, Mohammad

    2016-05-01

    The present paper reports novel outcome comprising experimental results on electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding and radar signal absorption characteristics of one-dimensional (1D) TiO2/SiO2 core-shell nanofibers. 1D TiO2/SiO2 core-shell nanofibers with various concentrations of nanoparticles (NPs) were fabricated using a single-nozzle co-electrospinning method. The core-shell structure of polyvinylpyrrolidone/polyacrylonitrile nanofibers with NPs have been electrospun from the homogeneous solution of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP and TiO2 NPs, as core) and polyacrylonitrile (PAN and SiO2 NPs, as shell). The morphologies and structures of TiO2/SiO2 core-shell nanofibers were characterized by XRD, FTIR, EDS, and SEM images. Microwave absorption properties of the synthesized nanofibers were studied using a vector network analyzer between 2 and 20 GHz at room temperature. The maximum EMI-shielding effectiveness of 150 dB is obtained with the dominant shielding mechanism of absorption of EM radiation. The excellent microwave absorption properties of the composites nanofibers are attributed to the special 1D fibrous structure and the effective dielectric loss.

  19. Atomic structure and thermal stability of Pt-Fe bimetallic nanoparticles: from alloy to core/shell architectures.

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    Huang, Rao; Wen, Yu-Hua; Shao, Gui-Fang; Sun, Shi-Gang

    2016-06-22

    Bimetallic nanoparticles comprising noble metal and non-noble metal have attracted intense interest over the past few decades due to their low cost and significantly enhanced catalytic performances. In this article, we have explored the atomic structure and thermal stability of Pt-Fe alloy and core-shell nanoparticles by molecular dynamics simulations. In Fe-core/Pt-shell nanoparticles, Fe with three different structures, i.e., body-centered cubic (bcc), face-centered cubic (fcc), and amorphous phases, has been considered. Our results show that Pt-Fe alloy is the most stable configuration among the four types of bimetallic nanoparticles. It has been discovered that the amorphous Fe cannot stably exist in the core and preferentially transforms into the fcc phase. The phase transition from bcc to hexagonal close packed (hcp) has also been observed in bcc-Fe-core/Pt-shell nanoparticles. In contrast, Fe with the fcc structure is the most preferred as the core component. These findings are helpful for understanding the structure-property relationships of Pt-Fe bimetallic nanoparticles, and are also of significance to the synthesis and application of noble metal based nanoparticle catalysts. PMID:27297782

  20. New Double-Infiltration Methodology to Prepare PCL-PS Core-Shell Nanocylinders Inside Anodic Aluminum Oxide Templates.

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    Sanz, Belén; Blaszczyk-Lezak, Iwona; Mijangos, Carmen; Palacios, Jordana K; Müller, Alejandro J

    2016-08-01

    Melt nanomolding of core-shell nanocylinders of different sizes, employing anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates, is reported here for the first time. The core-shell nanostructures are achieved by a new melt double-infiltration technique. During the first infiltration step, polystyrene (PS) nanotubes are produced by an adequate choice of AAO nanopore diameter size. In the second step, PCL is infiltrated inside the PS nanotubes, as its melting point (and infiltration temperature) is lower than the glass transition temperature of PS. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) measurements verified the complete double-infiltration of the polymers. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) experiments show that the infiltrated PCL undergoes a confined fractionated crystallization with two crystallization steps located at temperatures that depend on which surface is in contact with the PCL nanocylinders (i.e., alumina or PS). The melt double-infiltration methodology represents a novel approach to study the effect of the surrounding surface on polymer crystallization under confinement. PMID:27420298

  1. Preparation and characterization of core-shell battery materials for Li-ion batteries manufactured by substrate induced coagulation

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    Basch, Angelika; Albering, Jörg H.

    2011-03-01

    In this work Substrate Induced Coagulation (SIC) was used to coat the cathode material LiCoO2, commonly used in Li-ion batteries, with fine nano-sized particulate titania. Substrate Induced Coagulation is a self-assembled dip-coating process capable of coating different surfaces with fine particulate materials from liquid media. A SIC coating consists of thin and rinse-prove layers of solid particles. An advantage of this dip-coating method is that the method is easy and cheap and that the materials can be handled by standard lab equipment. Here, the SIC coating of titania on LiCoO2 is followed by a solid-state reaction forming new inorganic layers and a core-shell material, while keeping the content of active battery material high. This titania based coating was designed to confine the reaction of extensively delithiated (charged) LiCoO2 and the electrolyte. The core-shell materials were characterized by SEM, XPS, XRD and Rietveld analysis.

  2. Diverse melting modes and structural collapse of hollow bimetallic core-shell nanoparticles: a perspective from molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Huang, Rao; Shao, Gui-Fang; Zeng, Xiang-Ming; Wen, Yu-Hua

    2014-01-01

    Introducing hollow structures into metallic nanoparticles has become a promising route to improve their catalytic performances. A fundamental understanding of thermal stability of these novel nanostructures is of significance for their syntheses and applications. In this article, molecular dynamics simulations have been employed to offer insights into the thermodynamic evolution of hollow bimetallic core-shell nanoparticles. Our investigation reveals that for hollow Pt-core/Au-shell nanoparticle, premelting originates at the exterior surface, and a typical two-stage melting behavior is exhibited, similar to the solid ones. However, since the interior surface provides facilitation for the premelting initiating at the core, the two-stage melting is also observed in hollow Au-core/Pt-shell nanoparticle, remarkably different from the solid one. Furthermore, the collapse of hollow structure is accompanied with the overall melting of the hollow Pt-core/Au-shell nanoparticle while it occurs prior to that of the hollow Au-core/Pt-shell nanoparticle and leads to the formation of a liquid-core/solid-shell structure, although both of them finally transform into a mixing alloy with Au-dominated surface. Additionally, the existence of stacking faults in the hollow Pt-core/Au-shell nanoparticle distinctly lowers its melting point. This study could be of great importance to the design and development of novel nanocatalysts with both high activity and excellent stability. PMID:25394424

  3. Diverse Melting Modes and Structural Collapse of Hollow Bimetallic Core-Shell Nanoparticles: A Perspective from Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Huang, Rao; Shao, Gui-Fang; Zeng, Xiang-Ming; Wen, Yu-Hua

    2014-01-01

    Introducing hollow structures into metallic nanoparticles has become a promising route to improve their catalytic performances. A fundamental understanding of thermal stability of these novel nanostructures is of significance for their syntheses and applications. In this article, molecular dynamics simulations have been employed to offer insights into the thermodynamic evolution of hollow bimetallic core-shell nanoparticles. Our investigation reveals that for hollow Pt-core/Au-shell nanoparticle, premelting originates at the exterior surface, and a typical two-stage melting behavior is exhibited, similar to the solid ones. However, since the interior surface provides facilitation for the premelting initiating at the core, the two-stage melting is also observed in hollow Au-core/Pt-shell nanoparticle, remarkably different from the solid one. Furthermore, the collapse of hollow structure is accompanied with the overall melting of the hollow Pt-core/Au-shell nanoparticle while it occurs prior to that of the hollow Au-core/Pt-shell nanoparticle and leads to the formation of a liquid-core/solid-shell structure, although both of them finally transform into a mixing alloy with Au-dominated surface. Additionally, the existence of stacking faults in the hollow Pt-core/Au-shell nanoparticle distinctly lowers its melting point. This study could be of great importance to the design and development of novel nanocatalysts with both high activity and excellent stability. PMID:25394424

  4. Chemical protection of ZnO nanorods at ultralow pH To form a hierarchical BiFeO3/ZnO core-shell structure.

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    Loh, Leonard; Briscoe, Joe; Dunn, Steve

    2015-01-14

    ZnO is an interesting material for photoactive and optoelectronic devices because of the wide range of available nanostructures and advantageous semiconducting properties. However, a significant drawback of ZnO is the low stability in high or low pH solutions. This has limited the development of ZnO core-shell materials for use in Z-scheme systems or photovoltaics, where any secondary phase is produced using chemical solution processing at low or high pH. Here, we show a simple process to produce an organic capping layer of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane that can successfully stabilize nanostructured ZnO for processing below pH 1. We demonstrate that this process can be used to produce a ZnO-BiFeO3 (BFO) core-shell structure by a sol-gel process. Using a range of physical and analytical techniques, we show that BFO is highly crystalline and produces a conformal coating with a thickness of 2.5 nm. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction confirm the phase and expected chemical composition of BFO. Finally we are able to demonstrate that diodes produced using the ZnO-BFO core-shell structure have improved performance with a rectification ratio at ±3 V of 2800 because of the reduction in reverse current typically associated with surface recombination on ZnO. Our process opens a route to producing a range of hitherto prohibited ZnO core-shell structures that may have applications ranging from photovoltaic devices to core-shell photocatalysts. PMID:25247787

  5. Core-shell palladium nanoparticle@metal-organic frameworks as multifunctional catalysts for cascade reactions.

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    Zhao, Meiting; Deng, Ke; He, Liangcan; Liu, Yong; Li, Guodong; Zhao, Huijun; Tang, Zhiyong

    2014-02-01

    Uniform core-shell Pd@IRMOF-3 nanostructures, where single Pd nanoparticle core is surrounded by amino-functionalized IRMOF-3 shell, are prepared by a facile mixed solvothermal method. When used as multifunctional catalysts, the Pd@IRMOF-3 nanocomposites exhibit high activity, enhanced selectivity, and excellent stability in the cascade reaction. Both experimental evidence and theoretical calculations reveal that the high catalytic performance of Pd@IRMOF-3 nanocomposites originates from their unique core-shell structures. PMID:24437922

  6. Growth control, structure, chemical state, and photoresponse of CuO-CdS core-shell heterostructure nanowires.

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    El Mel, A A; Buffière, M; Bouts, N; Gautron, E; Tessier, P Y; Henzler, K; Guttmann, P; Konstantinidis, S; Bittencourt, C; Snyders, R

    2013-07-01

    The growth of single-crystal CuO nanowires by thermal annealing of copper thin films in air is studied. We show that the density, length, and diameter of the nanowires can be controlled by tuning the morphology and structure of the copper thin films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering. After identifying the optimal conditions for the growth of CuO nanowires, chemical bath deposition is employed to coat the CuO nanowires with CdS in order to form p-n nanojunction arrays. As revealed by high-resolution TEM analysis, the thickness of the polycrystalline CdS shell increases when decreasing the diameter of the CuO core for a given time of CdS deposition. Near-edge x-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy combined with transmission x-ray microscopy allows the chemical analysis of isolated nanowires. The absence of modification in the spectra at the Cu L and O K edges after the deposition of CdS on the CuO nanowires indicates that neither Cd nor S diffuse into the CuO phase. We further demonstrate that the core-shell nanowires exhibit the I-V characteristic of a resistor instead of a diode. The electrical behavior of the device was found to be photosensitive, since increasing the incident light intensity induces an increase in the collected electrical current. PMID:23732175

  7. HPC-enabled Nuclear Structure Studies - Description and Applications of the Symmetry-adapted No-Core Shell Model

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    Draayer, J. P.; Dytrych, T.; Launey, K. D.; Dreyfuss, A. C.; Langr, D.

    2015-02-01

    By exploiting symmetries that enable the accounting of vital collective correlations in nuclei, we achieve significantly reduced dimensions for equivalent ultra-large model spaces, and hence resolve the scale explosion problem in nuclear structure calculations, i.e, the explosive growth in computational resource demands with increasing number of particles and size of the spaces in which they reside. As a result, we provide - with the help of High Performance Computing (HPC) resources - first solutions for selected benchmark calculations with remarkable findings of large-deformation and low-spin dominance in low-lying nuclear states. In the framework of a complementary symmetry-adapted study, one is able, facilitated by symmetry-preserving pieces of the inter-nucleon interaction, to accommodate unprecedented shell-model spaces critical to capture the physics governing the Hoyle state in 12C, thereby addressing a 60-year-old puzzle on the emergence of cluster substructures within a no-core shell model framework. All of these findings underline the key role of symmetries in nuclear structure studies.

  8. Preparation and characterization of WO3 nanoparticles, WO3/TiO2 core/shell nanocomposites and PEDOT:PSS/WO3 composite thin films for photocatalytic and electrochromic applications

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    Boyadjiev, Stefan I.; Santos, Gustavo dos Lopes; Szżcs, Júlia; Szilágyi, Imre M.

    2016-03-01

    In this study, monoclinic WO3 nanoparticles were obtained by thermal decomposition of (NH4)xWO3 in air at 600 °C. On them by atomic layer deposition (ALD) TiO2 films were deposited, and thus core/shell WO3/TiO2 nanocomposites were prepared. We prepared composites of WO3 nanoparticles with conductive polymer as PEDOT:PSS, and deposited thin films of them on glass and ITO substrates by spin coating. The formation, morphology, composition and structure of the as-prepared pure and composite nanoparticles, as well thin films, were studied by TEM, SEM-EDX and XRD. The photocatalytic activity of both the WO3 and core/shell WO3/TiO2 nanoparticles was studied by decomposing methyl orange in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation. Cyclic voltammetry measurements were performed on the composite PEDOT:PSS/WO3 thin films, and the coloring and bleaching states were studied.

  9. Enhanced upconversion luminescence through core/shell structures and its application for detecting organic dyes in opaque fishes.

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    Hu, Pan; Wu, Xiaofeng; Hu, Shigang; Chen, Zenghui; Yan, Huanyuan; Xi, Zaifang; Yu, Yi; Dai, Gangtao; Liu, Yunxin

    2016-02-10

    Here, we report the enhanced upconversion luminescence of NaLuF4:18%Yb(3+),2%Er(3+) through core/shell structures. Among NaYF4, NaGdF4, and NaLuF4 shells, the first one presents the highest efficiency. These upconversion fluorescent nanoprobes with an oleic acid/PEG hybrid ligand can efficiently capture Rhodamine B (RB) and sodium fluorescein (SF) in opaque fishes to present their residues in vivo through luminescence resonant energy transfer (LRET) processes. It can be confirmed based on LRET technology that no RB is absorbed by opaque fishes after incubating in the aqueous solution of 1 μg ml(-1) RB for one day, while SF residue can be obviously detected after incubating in the aqueous solution of 1 μg ml(-1) SF for one day. The merit of this LRET technology with the upconversion nanoparticle (UCNP) donor is ascribed to the deep penetration depth of the infrared pumping laser and high signal to noise ratio. PMID:26806612

  10. Light-stimulated cargo release from a core-shell structured nanocomposite for site-specific delivery

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    Cai, Yun; Ling, Li; Li, Xiaofang; Chen, Meng; Su, Likai

    2015-03-01

    This paper reported a core-shell structured site-specific delivery system with a light switch triggered by low energy light (λ=510 nm). Its core was composed of supermagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles for magnetic guiding and targeting. Its outer shell consisted of mesoporous silica molecular sieve MCM-41 which offered highly ordered hexagonal tunnels for cargo capacity. A light switch N1-(4aH-cyclopenta[1,2-b:5,4-b‧]dipyridin-5(5aH)-ylidene)benzene-1,4-diamine (CBD) was covalently grafted into these hexagonal tunnels, serving as light stimuli acceptor with loading content of 1.1 μM/g. This composite was fully characterized and confirmed by SEM, TEM, XRD patterns, N2 adsorption/desorption, thermogravimetric analysis, IR, UV-vis absorption and emission spectra. Experimental data suggested that this composite had a core as wide as 150 nm and could be magnetically guided to specific sites. Its hexagonal tunnels were as long as 180 nm. Upon light stimuli of "on" and "off" states, controllable release was observed with short release time of ~900 s (90% capacity).

  11. Structurally ordered intermetallic platinum-cobalt core-shell nanoparticles with enhanced activity and stability as oxygen reduction electrocatalysts.

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    Wang, Deli; Xin, Huolin L; Hovden, Robert; Wang, Hongsen; Yu, Yingchao; Muller, David A; DiSalvo, Francis J; Abruña, Héctor D

    2013-01-01

    To enhance and optimize nanocatalyst performance and durability for the oxygen reduction reaction in fuel-cell applications, we look beyond Pt-metal disordered alloys and describe a new class of Pt-Co nanocatalysts composed of ordered Pt(3)Co intermetallic cores with a 2-3 atomic-layer-thick platinum shell. These nanocatalysts exhibited over 200% increase in mass activity and over 300% increase in specific activity when compared with the disordered Pt(3)Co alloy nanoparticles as well as Pt/C. So far, this mass activity for the oxygen reduction reaction is the highest among the Pt-Co systems reported in the literature under similar testing conditions. Stability tests showed a minimal loss of activity after 5,000 potential cycles and the ordered core-shell structure was maintained virtually intact, as established by atomic-scale elemental mapping. The high activity and stability are attributed to the Pt-rich shell and the stable intermetallic Pt(3)Co core arrangement. These ordered nanoparticles provide a new direction for catalyst performance optimization for next-generation fuel cells. PMID:23104154

  12. Enhanced photoluminescence properties of methylene blue dye encapsulated in nanosized hydroxyapatite/silica particles with core-shell structure

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    Ge, Xiaolu; Li, Chengfeng; Fan, Chengyu; Feng, Xiaoxing; Cao, Bingqiang

    2013-11-01

    Organic dye of methylene blue (MB) was encapsulated in core-shell structured hydroxyapatite/silica particles (HAp/silica-MB) through a modified Stöber method with the addition of polyvinylpyrrolidone molecules. It was found that MB molecules were released from HAp/silica-MB at a slower rate than those from silica-MB in deionized water. In phosphate buffered saline (pH: 7.2-7.4) and acidic solutions (pH: 1.5-1.6), the penetration of ions in the interface influenced the interaction between HAp and MB molecules, which resulted in the rapid release of MB molecules from HAp/silica-MB. From the UV-Vis absorbance spectra, one could see that MB molecules in HAp/silica-MB were weakly aggregated in comparison with those in silica-MB. For HAp/silica-MB, enhanced luminescence properties were observed in the photoluminescence spectra and dual luminescence with two emission peaks were caused by the presence of monomers and dimers. Contrarily, no photoluminescence emission was detected for samples of free MB and silica-MB under the same excitation condition because of the self-quenching effect. It was the adsorption of MB molecules on HAp that had resulted in the enlargement of intramolecular distance and the reduction of self-quenching effect. These hybrid particles with enhanced luminescent properties might find wide applications in the field of bioanalysis, bioseparation, and biomedical imaging.

  13. Generation of core-shell structures and segregation of dopants in Si/SiO2 nanowires

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    Kim, Sunghyun; Park, Ji-Sang; Chang, K. J.

    2013-03-01

    Oxidized Si nanowires (SiNWs) are usually synthesized by subsequent thermal annealing of as-grown SiNWs. It has been observed that B diffusivity is enhanced during thermal annealing in SiNWs, similar to the phenomena called transient enhanced diffusion or oxidation enhanced diffusion in planar Si/SiO2 interfaces. However, previous theoretical studies have been focused on hydrogen or hydroxyl terminated SiNWs. In this work, we generate realistic atomic models for oxidized SiNWs in which crystalline Si core is sheathed by amorphous SiO2 by using a combined approach of classical molecular dynamics simulations with first-principles density functional calculations. For realistic core-shell structures, we investigate the stability and segregation behavior of B and P dopants. A single substitutional B is more stable in the Si core, with a very small energy variation with the radial position of B. On the other hand, B dopants easily segregate to the oxide shell with the aid of Si self-interstitials generated during thermal oxidation. In contrast to B dopants, P dopants prefer to reside in the Si core even in the presence of Si self-interstitials but tend to aggregate in the Si region near the interface, forming nearest-neighbor donor pairs which are electrically inactive.

  14. A core-shell-structured molecularly imprinted polymer on upconverting nanoparticles for selective and sensitive fluorescence sensing of sulfamethazine.

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    Tian, Jinghan; Bai, Jialei; Peng, Yuan; Qie, Zhiwei; Zhao, Yufeng; Ning, Baoan; Xiao, Dan; Gao, Zhixian

    2015-08-01

    A core-shell structured molecularly imprinted polymer on upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs@MIP) was synthesized for the fluorescence (FL) sensing of sulfamethazine (SMZ). Hexagonal UCNPs were synthesized by the solvothermal method, then coated with a thin silica shell and modified with vinyl groups. Finally, surface polymerization was initiated among the vinyl groups, the functional monomers and cross-linking agents by the initiator. The MIP synthesized by this procedure was anchored on the surface of UCNPs, possessed better site accessibility and lower transfer resistance for the target molecule compared to bulk imprinted materials. The obtained UCNPs@MIP showed good binding capacity, fast response, high selectivity and specificity to the SMZ. The FL intensity of the UCNPs@MIP decreased sensitively with the increasing concentration of SMZ in the range of 50-700 ng mL(-1), the detection limit was 34 ng mL(-1) (S/N = 3). The UCNPs@MIP was successfully applied to the detection of SMZ in chicken samples. Thanks to the unique near-infrared (NIR) excitation nature of UCNPs, the chicken meat only needed some simple extraction procedures before FL detection, no complex purifications were required. The average recoveries ranged from 96.01% to 98.90%, with relative standard deviations (RSDs) below 4.5%. This work offers a novel sensing system that combined the advantages of upconverting nanotechnology and molecularly imprinted technology. PMID:26075380

  15. Novel method for the preparation of core-shell nanoparticles with movable Ag core and polystyrene loop shell

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    Liu Weijun; Zhang Zhicheng . E-mail: lwj3600@ustc.edu; He Weidong; Zheng Cheng; Ge Xuewu; Li, Jian; Liu Huarong; Jiang Hao

    2006-04-15

    Core/shell nanoparticles with movable silver (Ag) core and polystyrene (PSt) shell (Ag at PSt nanoparticle) were successfully synthesized at room temperature and under ambient pressure via two steps: {gamma}-irradiation and interfacial-initiated polymerization. Firstly, mono-dispersed Ag nanoparticles with diameters 20 nm were synthesized in inversed microemulsion by reducing silver nitrate under {gamma}-irradiation. Then, Ag nanoparticles were coated with PSt via interfacial-initiated polymerization with cumene hydroperoxide/ferrous sulfate/disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate/sodium formaldehyde sulfoxylate (CHPO-Fe {sup 2+}-EDTA-SFS) as the redox initiation pair. The resulted Ag at PSt nanoparticles were identified by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)

  16. Preparation of SiC/SiO2 core-shell nanowires via molten salt mediated carbothermal reduction route

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    Zhang, Ju; Yan, Shuai; Jia, Quanli; Huang, Juntong; Lin, Liangxu; Zhang, Shaowei

    2016-06-01

    The growth of silicon carbide (SiC) crystal generally requires a high temperature, especially when low quality industrial wastes are used as the starting raw materials. In this work, SiC/SiO2 core-shell nanowires (NWs) were synthesized from low cost silica fume and sucrose via a molten salt mediated carbothermal reduction (CR) route. The molten salt was found to be effective in promoting the SiC growth and lowering the synthesis temperature. The resultant NWs exhibited a heterostructure composed of a 3C-SiC core of 100 nm in diameter and a 5-10 nm thick amorphous SiO2 shell layer. The photoluminescence spectrum of the achieved SiC NWs displayed a significant blue shift (a dominant luminescence at round 422 nm), which suggested that they were high quality and could be a promising candidate material for future optoelectronic applications.

  17. Exploring the first steps in core-shell electrocatalyst preparation: in situ characterization of the underpotential deposition of Cu on supported Au nanoparticles.

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    Price, Stephen W T; Speed, Jonathon D; Kannan, Prabalini; Russell, Andrea E

    2011-12-01

    The underpotential deposition (upd) of a Cu shell on a non-Pt nanoparticle core followed by galvanic displacement of the Cu template shell to form core-shell electrocatalyst materials is one means by which the Pt-based mass activity targets required for commercialization of PEM fuel cells may be reached. In situ EXAFS measurements were conducted at both the Au L(3) and the Cu K absorption edges during deposition of Cu onto a carbon-supported Au electrocatalyst to study the initial stages of formation of such a core-shell electrocatalyst. The Au L(3) EXAFS data obtained in 0.5 mol dm(-3) H(2)SO(4) show that the shape of the Au core is potential dependent, from a flattened to a round spherical shape as the Cu upd potential is approached. Following the addition of 2 mmol dm(-3) Cu, the structure was also measured as a function of the applied potential. At +0.2 V vs Hg/Hg(2)SO(4), the Cu(2+) species was found to be a hydrated octahedron. As the potential was made more negative, single-crystal studies predict an ordered bilayer of sulfate anions and partially discharged Cu ions, followed by a complete/uniform layer of Cu atoms. In contrast, the model obtained by fitting the Au L(3) and Cu K EXAFS data corresponds first to partially discharged Cu ions deposited at the defect sites in the outer shell of the Au nanoparticles at -0.42 V, followed by the growth of clusters of Cu atoms at -0.51 V. The absence of a uniform/complete Cu shell, even at the most negative potentials investigated, has implications for the structure, and the activity and/or stability, of the core-shell catalyst that would be subsequently formed following galvanic displacement of the Cu shell. PMID:22032178

  18. Structure and magnetism in Fe/FexPd1-x core/shell nanoparticles formed by alloying in Pd-embedded Fe nanoparticles

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    Baker, S. H.; Lees, M.; Roy, M.; Binns, C.

    2013-09-01

    We have investigated atomic structure and magnetism in Fe nanoparticles with a diameter of 2 nm embedded in a Pd matrix. The samples for these studies were prepared directly from the gas phase by co-deposition, using a gas aggregation source and an MBE-type source for the Fe nanoparticles and Pd matrix respectively. Extended absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements indicate that there is an appreciable degree of alloying at the nanoparticle/matrix interface; at dilute nanoparticle concentrations, more than half of the Fe atoms are alloyed with Pd. This leads to a core/shell structure in the embedded nanoparticles, with an FexPd1-x shell surrounding a reduced pure Fe core. Magnetism in the nanocomposite samples was probed by means of magnetometry measurements, which were interpreted in the light of their atomic structure. These point to a magnetized cloud of Pd atoms surrounding the embedded nanoparticles which is significantly larger than around single Fe atoms in Pd. The coercivities in the Fe/Pd nanocomposite samples are larger than in FexPd1-x atomic alloys of corresponding composition, which is consistent with exchange coupling between the magnetically harder and softer regions in the nanocomposite samples.

  19. Control of protein adsorption onto core-shell tubular and vesicular structures of diphenylalanine/parylene.

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    Demirel, Gökhan; Malvadkar, Niranjan; Demirel, Melik C

    2010-02-01

    The self-assembly of peptides, specifically dipeptides, offers numerous advantages for biological applications. We describe an easy, versatile method of fabricating different types of zwitterionic Phe-Phe dipeptide structures (i.e., tubes and vesicles) through solvent-mediated assembly. The stability of the dipeptide structures is increased by thin polymer coatings of poly(chloro-p-xylylene), a PPX film. We also investigated protein adsorption onto PPX-coated peptide tubes and vesicles by varying the thickness of the polymer film. PMID:20000323

  20. [Adsorption of Cu on Core-shell Structured Magnetic Particles: Relationship Between Adsorption Performance and Surface Properties].

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    Li, Qiu-mei; Chen, Jing; Li, Hai-ning; Zhang, Xiao-lei; Zhang, Gao-sheng

    2015-12-01

    In order to reveal the relationship between the adsorption performance of adsorbents and their compositions, structure, and surface properties, the core-shell structured Fe₃O₄/MnO2 and Fe-Mn/Mn₂2 magnetic particles were systematically characterized using multiple techniques and their Cu adsorption behaviors as well as mechanism were also investigated in details. It was found that both Fe₃O4 and Fe-Mn had spinel structure and no obvious crystalline phase change was observed after coating with MnO₂. The introduction of Mn might improve the affinity between the core and the shell, and therefore enhanced the amount and distribution uniformity of the MnO₂ coated. Consequently, Fe-Mn/MnO₂ exhibited a higher BET specific surface area and a lower isoelectric point. The results of sorption experiments showed that Fe-Mn had a higher maximal Cu adsorption capacity of 33.7 mg · g⁻¹ at pH 5.5, compared with 17.5 mg · g⁻¹ of Fe₃O4. After coating, the maximal adsorption capacity of Fe-Mn/MnO₂ was increased to 58.2 mg · g⁻¹, which was 2.6 times as high as that of Fe₃O₄/MnO₂ and outperformed the majority of magnetic adsorbents reported in literature. In addition, a specific adsorption of Cu occurred at the surface of Fe₃O₄/MnO₂ or Fe-Mn/MnO₂ through the formation of inner-sphere complexes. In conclusion, the adsorption performance of the magnetic particles was positively related to their compositions, structure, and surface properties. PMID:27011990

  1. Complex three-dimensional polymer-metal core-shell structures towards emission control.

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    Ren, Lin; Wang, De-Gong; Niu, Li-Gang; Xu, Bin-Bin; Song, Jun-Feng; Chen, Qi-Dai; Sun, Hong-Bo

    2013-06-28

    We report the fabrication of three-dimensional periodic metal nickel nanostructures achieved by the combination of femtosecond laser-induced two-photon polymerization and electroless plating technology. We can control the deposition speed of 10 nm per second by adjusting the reaction time. The thermal stability is good under 500 °C for the three-dimensional graphite-lattice polymer structure with 200 nm nickel film. Optical reflectivity and thermal emission measurements under 550 °C showed that the fabricated metallic structure was thermally excited and emitted light at λ = 4.50, 4.95 μm. The emission peak wavelengths agree with the absorption peaks. These data demonstrate that creating metallic photonic crystals by incorporation of metals to laser-fabricated templates is a simple and cost-efficient method. The emitters can work at such low temperatures, which is more important for realistic operation in applications. PMID:23666225

  2. Morphology-controlled synthesis of monodispersed graphitic carbon coated core/shell structured Ni/NiO nanoparticles with enhanced magnetoresistance.

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    Patange, M; Biswas, S; Yadav, A K; Jha, S N; Bhattacharyya, D

    2015-12-28

    Graphitic carbon coated core/shell structured Ni/NiO nanoparticles were synthesized by a sol-gel type chemical precursor method and their structural, morphological and magnetic properties were evaluated. The synthesis method provides an improved and comparatively facile approach towards controlled growth of the composite structure of a metallic ferromagnetic (FM) core and an antiferromagnetic (AFM) metal oxide shell along with in situ growth of a supplementary surface functionalization layer of graphitic carbon. In addition, the process allows a precise control over the shape and size of this important class of core/shell type functional materials for a wide range of pertinent applications. The structural properties of the derived samples were studied with X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES), extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), Raman spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The microstructural features in the core/shell structured particles were evaluated using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and a high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM). Magnetic properties of the derived samples were studied using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) in the 80-300 K temperature range. The surface functionalized Ni/NiO nanoparticles exhibit a distinctly enhanced magnetoresistance (MR), e.g., -10% at 290 K, than reported values in compacted Ni/NiO powders or composites. PMID:26585235

  3. Preparation of Li2TiO3-Li4SiO4 core-shell ceramic pebbles with enhanced crush load by graphite bed process

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    Xiang, Maoqiao; Zhang, Yingchun; Zhang, Yun; Liu, Shuya; Liu, Hui; Wang, Chaofu; Gu, Cheng

    2015-11-01

    Li4SiO4 and Li2TiO3 have been regarded as the most favored ceramic breeders of the test blanket modules (TBMs). The lithium density of Li4SiO4 is higher than that of Li2TiO3; however, the thermo-mechanical stability of Li2TiO3 is better than that of Li4SiO4. Hence, the biphasic yLi2TiO3-(1-y)Li4SiO4 (y = 25%, 50%, 75%, molar ratio) pebbles were fabricated by a graphite bed process for the next generation of advanced tritium breeder materials. The pebbles with interesting core-shell structure (core: Li2TiO3 and Li4SiO4, shell: Li2TiO3) were fabricated for the first time. The thickness of Li2TiO3 shell can be controlled by sintering time. Crystal structure, microstructure, and mechanical properties of the biphasic pebbles were investigated. The experimental results showed that the core-shell structure improved the crush load dramatically. The average crush load of 50%Li2TiO3-50%Li4SiO4 pebbles sintered at 1100 °C for 5 h was up to104.79 N.

  4. Electrically tunable negative refraction in core/shell-structured nanorod fluids.

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    Su, Zhaoxian; Yin, Jianbo; Guan, Yanqing; Zhao, Xiaopeng

    2014-10-21

    We theoretically investigate optical refraction behavior in a fluid system which contains silica-coated gold nanorods dispersed in silicone oil under an external electric field. Because of the formation of a chain-like or lattice-like structure of dispersed nanorods along the electric field, the fluid shows a hyperbolic equifrequency contour characteristic and, as a result, all-angle broadband optical negative refraction for transverse magnetic wave propagation can be realized. We calculate the effective permittivity tensor of the fluid and verify the analysis using finite element simulations. We also find that the negative refractive index can vary with the electric field strength and external field distribution. Under a non-uniform external field, the gradient refraction behavior can be realized. PMID:25087913

  5. Bioactive glasses-incorporated, core-shell-structured polypeptide/polysaccharide nanofibrous hydrogels.

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    Chen, Jian; Chen, Xiaoyi; Yang, Xianyan; Han, Chunmao; Gao, Changyou; Gou, Zhongru

    2013-01-30

    Although the synthetic hydrogel materials capable of accelerating wound healing are being developed at a rapid pace, achieving inorganic-organic hybrid at nanoscale dimension in nanofibrous hydrogels is still a great challenge because of its notorious brittleness and microstructural stability in wet state. Here, we developed a new nanofibrous gelatin/bioactive glass (NF-GEL/BG) composite hydrogel by phase separation method and followed by arming the nanofibers network with counterionic chitosan-hyaluronic acid pairs for improving microstructural and thermal integrity. We achieve this feature by carrying an optimal balance of charges that allows the inorganic ion release in aqueous solution without minimal structure collapse. Therefore, such NF-GEL-based, polysaccharide-crosslinked bioactive hydrogel could afford a close biomimicry to the fibrous nanostructure and constituents of the hierarchically organized natural soft tissues to facilitate chronic, nonhealing wound treatment. PMID:23218343

  6. Synthesis and characterization of Co/cenosphere core-shell structure composites

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    Meng, Xian-Feng; Shen, Xiang-Qian; Liu, Wei

    2012-01-01

    The cobalt film was successfully coated on the cenosphere particles using heterogeneous precipitation thermal reduction method. The morphology and microstructure of the products were analyzed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). FE-SEM results implied that the Co film was relatively uniform and compact. XRD results indicated that the Co film coated on cenospheres was a face-centered cubic structure (fcc) and the crystallite size of Co particles was about 24.5 nm. The magnetic property of Co/cenosphere composites was measured by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), and the results showed that the Co/cenosphere composites were of the weak soft magnetic property at room temperature, the Ms and Hc value was 18.2 Am2 kg-1 and 28.4 kA m-1, respectively.

  7. Micromagnetic Modeling of Reversal Nucleation in Core/Shell Exchange-Spring Structures

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    Jiang, J. S.; Bader, Sam

    2015-03-01

    Nanocomposite exchange-spring permanent magnet materials promise superior performance and are a potential solution to the supply criticality in rare earth elements. The nucleation of magnetization reversal in cylindrical and spherical soft core/hard shell exchange-spring structures has been investigated by solving the linearized Brown's equation perturbatively, and has been verified with numerical simulations. Accounting for the magnetostatic self-interaction field leads to a modification to the proposed quasi-coherent ``bulging'' mode of nucleation for small core sizes. The modified curling mode, where the magnetization configuration is vortex-like and flux-closed, becomes favored at large core sizes. The mode crossover occurs at a core diameter of approximately twice the exchange length for the cylindrical geometry. Since flux-closure allows magnetic elements to be densely packed without affecting the nucleation field, a potential direction for improving permanent magnet materials is to induce the modified curling mode by creating a soft-cylinder-in-hard-matrix exchange-spring microstructure. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division.

  8. Hierarchical core/shell structure of MnO2@polyaniline composites grown on carbon fiber paper for application in pseudocapacitors.

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    Yang, MinHo; Hong, Seok Bok; Choi, Bong Gill

    2015-11-28

    Hierarchical core/shell structured arrays of MnO2@polyaniline (PANI) nanosheets are successfully deposited on the surface of carbon fiber paper (CFP) by a two-step method of a redox reaction-assisted deposition of MnO2 and post electrodeposition of PANI. The CFP is used as a three-dimensional (3D) current collector to ensure 3D transport of ions and electrons with a large surface area. In addition, the electrodeposition technique enables conformal and thin coating of a layer of PANI across the entire MnO2 nanosheet. The MnO2@PANI on the CFP shows a unique architecture for efficient ion diffusion pathways in hierarchical porous structures and rapid electron transfer through PANI coated layers. The MnO2@PANI/CFP can be applied as a binder- and carbon-free electrode for supercapacitors. Evaluation of the electrochemical performance revealed that the as-prepared electrodes have a high value of specific capacitance (437 F g(-1) at 1 A g(-1)), high rate capability (62.4% retention at 15 A g(-1)), and good cycle life (∼100% at sequential current densities of 1 and 5 A g(-1) over 3000 cycles). PMID:26486195

  9. WC-Co Composite Coating Deposited by Cold Spraying of a Core-Shell-Structured WC-Co Powder

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    Luo, Xiao-Tao; Li, Cheng-Xin; Shang, Fu-Lin; Yang, Guan-Jun; Wang, Yu-Yue; Li, Chang-Jiu

    2015-01-01

    In this study, a core-shell-structured WC-Co powder was used to develop a heterogeneously structured WC-Co coating with tens micrometers of WC-10Co as strengthening phase and Co-rich WC-Co as the binder in order to realize simultaneous strengthening and toughening. Spray powder particles contain WC-10Co core coated with a Co-rich WC-Co shell by mechanical milling. WC-Co coating with dual-scale strengthening phases was deposited by cold spraying. Post-spray annealing was carried out to further modify the coating microstructure. Microstructures of the spray powder and the coating were characterized by SEM. Mechanical properties of the coating in terms of microhardness and fracture toughness were examined. Results show that a biomodal WC-Co coating with a porosity of only 0.7% was deposited by cold spray. The Co-rich matrix phase contains submicrometer-sized carbide and primary hard phase is WC-10Co particles. The measurement yielded a Vickers microhardness of 1493 ± 76.7 HV0.1 for WC-10Co core and 693 ± 47.3 HV0.1 for Co-rich binder phase. After annealed at 900 °C for 5 h, a remarkable increase in fracture toughness from 21.2 ± 3.8 to 35.7±5.2 MPa m-0.5 was achieved while no evident change occurred to the hardness of WC-10Co cores.

  10. New insights into the surface structure of Pt-Pd core-shell nanoparticles as revealed by Cs-corrected STEM

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    Khanal, Subarna; Casillas, Gilberto; Velazquez-Salazar, J. Jesus; Ponce, Arturo; Yacaman, Miguel Jose

    2012-10-01

    Bimetallic nanoparticles of Pt-Pd core-shell structures have been found to possess significant applications in fuel cells, hydrogen storage, catalysis, etc. However, the cost of Pt makes it unpractical to use in big quantities; therefore, one of the big challenges is to very small catalysts with only a few layers of the active metal in the shell in order to maximize the efficiency in their use. In this work the modified polyol method was used to synthesize Pt-Pd core-shell nanoparticles in the size range of 20 nm and characterized them by Cs-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy. This technique allowed us to probe the structure at the atomic level of these nanoparticles revealing new structural information. We determined the structure of the three main polyhedral morphologies obtained in the synthesis: octahedral, decahedral and triangular plates. These final shapes of the core-shell structures were determined by the seed morphology. In addition the STEM energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) chemical analysis can be better identified the chemical composition of the nanocrystals. The overgrowth of the thin Pd shells on the Pt cores due to the epitaxial growth modes was observed. In this work, we have been able to observed Shockley partial dislocations, stacking faults, and adatoms at the surfaces of the nanoparticles.

  11. Synthesis of a 3D graphite microball using a microfluidic droplet generator and its polymer composite with core-shell structure.

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    Han, Dong Ju; Jung, Jae Hwan; Choi, Jong Seob; Kim, Yong Tae; Seo, Tae Seok

    2013-10-21

    Spherical 3D graphite microballs (3D GMs) and their nanohybrids (3D GM-Fe3O4 nanoparticles) were synthesized by using a microfluidic droplet generator and a thermal evaporation-induced capillary compression method. Using the 3D GM-Fe3O4 nanoparticle as a support for polymerization, 3D GM-polypyrrole composites were produced with a unique core-shell structure. PMID:23921454

  12. Synthesis and Characterization of SiO2@Y2MoO6:Eu3+ Core-Shell Structured Spherical Phosphors by Sol-Gel Process.

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    Li, G Z; Liu, F H; Chu, Z S; Wu, D M; Yang, L B; Li, J L; Wang, M N; Wang, Z L

    2016-04-01

    SiO2@Y2MoO6:Eu3+ core-shell phosphors were prepared by the sol-gel process. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectra (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photoluminescence (PL) spectra as well as kinetic decays were used to characterize the resulting SiO2@Y2MoO6:Eu3+ core-shell phosphors. The XRD results demonstrated that the Y2MoO6:Eu3+ layers on the SiO2 spheres crystallized after being annealed at 700 °C and the crystallinity increased with raising the annealing temperature. The obtained core-shell phosphors have spherical shape with narrow size distribution (average size ca. 640 nm), non-agglomeration, and smooth surface. The thickness of the Y2MoO6:Eu3+ shells on the SiO2 cores could be easily tailored by varying the number of deposition cycles (70 nm for four deposition cycles). The Eul+ shows a strong PL emission (dominated by 5D0-7F2 red emission at 614 nm) under the excitation of 347 nm UV light. The PL intensity of Eu3+ increases with increasing the annealing temperature and the number of coating cycles. PMID:27451737

  13. Structural and magnetic properties of a core-shell type L10 FePt/Fe exchange coupled nanocomposite with tilted easy axis

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    Ma, Bin; Wang, Hao; Zhao, Haibao; Sun, Chengjun; Acharya, Ramamurthy; Wang, Jian-Ping

    2011-04-01

    Structural and magnetic properties of core-shell type L10 FePt/Fe exchange coupled nanocomposites are studied systematically. Core-shell nanocomposites with FePt core and Fe shell are obtained by depositing Fe cap layers on granular L10 FePt films. Epitaxial growth is disclosed by x-ray diffraction. Coercivity decreases drastically for FePt/Fe with the thickness increase of Fe cap layers. The coercivity reduction is due to the much increased domain wall area pinned and compressed at the soft-hard interface, and the tilted effective easy axis because of the presence of demagnetized energy. L10 FePt/Fe with a 3 nm Fe layer has high thermal stability and gain factor for media applications.

  14. High efficiency, full-color AlInGaN quaternary nanowire light emitting diodes with spontaneous core-shell structures on Si

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    Wang, Renjie; Liu, Xuedong; Shih, Ishiang; Mi, Zetian

    2015-06-01

    We have developed AlInGaN quaternary core-shell nanowire heterostructures on Si substrate, wherein an In-rich core and an Al-rich shell were spontaneously formed during the epitaxial growth process. By varying the growth conditions, the emission wavelengths can be tuned from ˜430 nm to ˜630 nm. Such core-shell structures can largely suppress nonradiative surface recombination, leading to a significant enhancement of carrier lifetime from ˜0.2 ns to ˜2 ns. The resulting nanowire light emitting diodes can exhibit an output power exceeding 30 mW for a ˜1 × 1 mm2 non-packaged device at a current density of 100 A/cm2.

  15. Optimizing LiFePO₄@C core-shell structures via the 3-aminophenol-formaldehyde polymerization for improved battery performance.

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    Chi, Zi-xiang; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Xu-sheng; Cheng, Fu-quan; Chen, Ji-tao; Cao, An-min; Wan, Li-jun

    2014-12-24

    Polyanion-type cathode materials are well-known for their low electronic conductivity; accordingly, the addition of conductive carbon in the cathode materials becomes an indispensable step for their application in lithium ion batteries. To maximize the contribution of carbon, a core-shell structure with a full coverage of carbon should be favorable due to an improved electronic contact between different particles. Here, we report the formation of a uniform carbon nanoshell on a typical cathode material, LiFePO4, with the shell thickness precisely defined via the 3-aminophenol-formaldehyde polymerization process. In addition to the higher discharge capacity and the improved rate capability as expected from the carbon nanoshell, we identified that the core-shell configuration could lead to a much safer cathode material as revealed by the obviously reduced iron dissolution, much less heat released during the cycling, and better cyclability at high temperature. PMID:25453295

  16. Benefits of Silica Core-Shell Structures on the Temperature Sensing Properties of Er,Yb:GdVO4 Up-Conversion Nanoparticles.

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    Savchuk, Oleksandr A; Carvajal, Joan J; Cascales, C; Aguiló, M; Díaz, F

    2016-03-23

    We studied the temperature-dependent luminescence of GdVO4 nanoparticles co-doped with Er(3+) (1 mol %) and Yb(3+) (20 mol %) and determined their thermal sensing properties through the fluorescence intensity ratio (FIR) technique. We also analyzed how a silica coating, in a core-shell structure, affects the temperature sensing properties of this material. Spectra were recorded in the range of biological temperatures (298-343 K). The absolute sensitivity for temperature determination calculated for the core-shell nanoparticles is double the one calculated for bare nanoparticles, achieving a thermal resolution of 0.4 K. Moreover, silica-coated nanoparticles show good dispersibility in different solvents, such as water, DMSO, and methanol. Also, they show good luminescence stability without interactions with solvent molecules. Furthermore, we also observed that the silica coating shell prevents progressive heating of the nanoparticles during prolonged excitation periods with the 980 nm laser, preventing effects on their thermometric applications. PMID:26949971

  17. Synthesis and features of the structure and luminescence of monodisperse SiO2/(Lu1 - x Eu x )2O3 ( x = 0.07) core-shell heteroparticles

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    Ermolaeva, Yu. V.; Masalov, V. M.; Gruzintsev, A. N.; Yakimov, E. E.; Zver'kova, I. I.; Barthou, C.; Tolmachev, A. V.; Emel'Chenko, G. A.

    2010-08-01

    Monodisperse SiO2/Lu1.86Eu0.14O3 core-shell heteroparticles have been obtained using a method developed previously for the synthesis of spherical colloidal particles of silicon dioxide with a size spread of 2-2.5%, followed by the coprecipitation of europium-doped lutetium oxide nanocoating on these spheres. The structure of heteroparticles was studied and their photo- and cathodoluminescence spectra were analyzed. The luminescence decay time in heteroparticles is almost twice that in Lu1.86Eu0.14O3 phosphor powder prepared and treated under the same thermal conditions.

  18. Excitonic fine structure splitting in ZnTe/ZnX (X = S and Se) core/shell nanocrystals: Atomistic tight-binding theory

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    Sukkabot, Worasak

    2016-03-01

    Implementing the atomistic tight-binding theory in the conjunction with a configuration interaction method of coulomb and exchange description, the excitonic fine structure splitting (FSS) in core/shell semiconductor nanocrystals is usually caused by the intrinsic electron-hole exchange interaction. I demonstrate the control of the excitonic fine structure splitting by suitably engineering the type of the band alignments and the thickness of the growth shell. ZnTe/ZnS and ZnTe/ZnSe core/shell nanocrystals exhibiting the type-I and type-II band profile are used to be the simulated candidates with various growth shell thicknesses. The detailed calculations, consisting of single-particle spectra, optical band gaps, ground-state wave function overlaps, ground-state oscillation strengths, ground-state coulomb energies, ground-state exchange energies and excitonic splitting energies, are all sensitive with the type and dimension of the coated shells. The simulations highlight that ZnTe/ZnSe type-II core/shell nanocrystals with the thick growth shell can offer an intensely reduced excitonic splitting as defined by an associated reduction of electron-hole exchange interaction. This insight is important for the theoretical understanding and practical control by the type of the band alignments and sizes in the growth shell for the quantum state of the emitted light from a biexciton cascade recombination process which will be implemented to the entangled photon source in the novel application of quantum information processing.

  19. Influences of hydrogen dilution on the growth of Si-based core-shell nanowires by HWCVD, and their structure and optical properties

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    Al-Masoodi, Abtisam Hasan Hamood; Hamzan, Najwa Binti; Al-Masoodi, Ahmed Hasan Hamood; Rahman, Saadah Abdul; Goh, Boon Tong

    2016-03-01

    Si-based core-shell nanowires were grown on Ni-coated crystal silicon substrates using a hot-wire chemical vapor deposition technique. The NiSi nanoparticles acted as catalysts that facilitated the growth of the core-shell nanowires without any hydrogen dilution as well as that ranging from 20 to 99 %. These nanowires were structured by single-crystalline NiSi cores and amorphous shells with consisting of nanocrystallites embedded within an amorphous matrix. Raman results reveal crystallization of amorphous Si to crystalline Si up to the crystalline volume fraction of 92.3 % for the nanowires grown with hydrogen dilution. An increase in hydrogen dilution enhanced the decomposition rate and the gas-phase reactions for SiC shell formation, while further increases up to 99 % suppressed the growth of the nanowires. Moreover, a phased transition from Si to SiC occurred with increases in hydrogen dilution above 20 %. The nanowires demonstrated superior optical absorption in the visible region, revealing their significant light-trapping ability. This paper discusses the influences of hydrogen dilution on the structure and optical properties of these core-shell nanowires.

  20. Preparation of Porous Core-Shell Poly L-Lactic Acid/Polyethylene Glycol Superfine Fibres Containing Drug.

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    Yang, Wenjing; He, Nongyue; Fu, Juan; Li, Zhiyang; Ji, Xuyuan

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, poly L-lactic acid (PLLA) blended with polyethylene glycol (PEG) was dissolved in methylene dichloride solution as the shell solution, and rapamycin (RAPA), was encapsulated inside the core of PLLA micro/nano fibres as a model drug. The effects of the blending ratio of PLLA to PEG, the concentration of the electrospinning solution, the voltage, the flow rate, and the encapsulation efficiency were studied. Uniform and porous RAPA-Loading PLLA fibres were obtained when the ratio of PLLA to PEG was 7/3, the concentration of PLLA was 3%, the applied voltage was 7.5 kV, and the pump speed was V(core) = 0.1 mL/h, V(shell) = 1 mL/h, repectively. The average diameter of PLLA fibres increased with the gradual increase in PLLA concentration. FTIR results showed that RAPA was successfully encapsulated into the core-co-shell PLLA fibres. Meanwhile, the RAPA-loading of coaxial electrospun PLLA fibres was significantly higher than that of the blending electrospun fibres. It was also found that the porous core-shell PLLA/PEG blending superfine fibres could regulate the appearance of pore on the surface of superfine fibres by adjusting the electrospinning parameters. The porous PLLA/PEG blending fibres can be used as drug carriers and, to improve the single way of drug release depending on the degradation of shell material to meet different need. It will be a remarkable breakthrough in the area for sustained and controlled release drug delivery system. PMID:26682434

  1. Effect of core-shell structure and chitosan addition on catalytic activities of copper-containing silica-aluminosilicate composites in deNO(x) reaction by H2.

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    Chamnankid, Busaya; Samanpratan, Rattanaporn; Kongkachuichay, Paisan

    2012-12-01

    Mesoporous silica-aluminosilicate composites were used as supports for selective catalytic reduction of NO by H2 using copper catalyst. Effect of loading techniques and structures of the supports on the catalytic performance were investigated. The nature, the oxidation state of copper, the structural properties and the morphology of the catalysts were characterized by means of UV-vis spectra, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), nitrogen sorption, and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. By using substitution technique, the copper(II) species were introduced into the silica-aluminosilicate framework by replacing aluminum atoms that located in the tetrahedral coordination. On the other hand, by using incipient wetness impregnation method, the copper species were deposited on the surface of composite materials. Upon testing their performances in deNO(x) reaction, the catalysts prepared by incipient wetness impregnation method showed higher catalytic activity than those prepared by substitution technique in any copper content. The core-shell structure was able to enhance the catalytic performance. It was found that, among the tested catalysts, the 1.5% Cu loaded core-shell mesoporous silica aluminosilicate composites prepared by an incipient wetness impregnation yielded the highest NO conversion of approximately 59%. However, the addition of chitosan creating macroporosity and controlling the uniform small clusters did not improve the catalytic performance. PMID:23447996

  2. Multicomponent (Ce, Cu, Ni) oxides with cage and core-shell structures: tunable fabrication and enhanced CO oxidation activity.

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    Liu, Wei; Tang, Ke; Lin, Ming; June, Lay Ting Ong; Bai, Shi-Qiang; Young, David James; Li, Xu; Yang, Yan-Zhao; Hor, T S Andy

    2016-05-01

    Solvothermal synthesis of Cu2O cubes from Cu(OAc)2 in ethanol provided templates for tunable formation of novel multicomponent composites: hollow CeO2-Cu2O (), core-shell NiO@Cu2O () and hollow CeO2-NiO-Cu2O (). Composites catalyze the oxidation of CO at a lower temperature than the parent Cu2O cubes. PMID:27116942

  3. Study of Molecular Conformation and Activity-Related Properties of Lipase Immobilized onto Core-Shell Structured Polyacrylic Acid-Coated Magnetic Silica Nanocomposite Particles.

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    Esmaeilnejad-Ahranjani, Parvaneh; Kazemeini, Mohammad; Singh, Gurvinder; Arpanaei, Ayyoob

    2016-04-01

    A facile approach for the preparation of core-shell structured poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)-coated Fe3O4 cluster@SiO2 nanocomposite particles as the support materials for the lipase immobilization is reported. Low- or high-molecular-weight (1800 and 100 000, respectively) PAA molecules were covalently attached onto the surface of amine-functionalized magnetic silica nanoacomposite particles. The successful preparation of particles were verified by scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), zeta potential measurement, and Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) techniques. Once lipase is covalently immobilized onto the particles with an average diameter of 210 ± 50 nm, resulting from high binding sites concentrations on the low- and high-molecular-weight PAA-coated particles, high lipase immobilization efficiencies (86.2% and 89.9%, respectively), and loading capacities (786 and 816 mg g(-1), respectively) are obtained. Results from circular dichroism (CD) analysis and catalytic activity tests reveal an increase in the β-sheet content of lipase molecules upon immobilization, along with an enhancement in their activities and stabilities. The lipases immobilized onto the low- and high-molecular-weight PAA-coated particles show maximum activities at 55 and 50 °C, respectively, which are ∼28% and ∼15% higher than that of the free lipase at its own optimum temperature (40 °C), respectively. The immobilized lipases exhibit excellent performance at broader temperature and pH ranges and high thermal and storage stabilities, as well as superior reusability. These prepared magnetic nanocomposite particles can be offered as suitable support materials for efficient immobilization of enzymes and improvement of the immobilized enzymes properties. PMID:26986897

  4. Magnetite and magnetite/silver core/shell nanoparticles with diluted magnet-like behavior

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    Garza-Navarro, Marco; Gonzalez, Virgilio; Ortiz, Ubaldo; De la Rosa, Elder

    2010-01-15

    In the present work is reported the use of the biopolymer chitosan as template for the preparation of magnetite and magnetite/silver core/shell nanoparticles systems, following a two step procedure of magnetite nanoparticles in situ precipitation and subsequent silver ions reduction. The crystalline and morphological characteristics of both magnetite and magnetite/silver core/shell nanoparticles systems were analyzed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and nanobeam diffraction patterns (NBD). The results of these studies corroborate the core/shell morphology and the crystalline structure of the magnetite core and the silver shell. Moreover, magnetization temperature dependent, M(T), measurements show an unusual diluted magnetic behavior attributed to the dilution of the magnetic ordering in the magnetite and magnetite/silver core/shell nanoparticles systems. - Graphical abstract: Biopolymer chitosan was used as stabilization media to synthesize both magnetite and magnetite/silver core/shell nanoparticles. Results of HRTEM and NBD patterns confirm core/shell morphology of the obtained nanoparticles. It was found that the composites show diluted magnet-like behavior.

  5. Single Domain SmCo5@Co Exchange-coupled Magnets Prepared from Core/shell Sm[Co(CN)6]·4H2O@GO Particles: A Novel Chemical Approach

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    Yang, Ce; Jia, Lihui; Wang, Shouguo; Gao, Chen; Shi, Dawei; Hou, Yanglong; Gao, Song

    2013-01-01

    SmCo5 based magnets with smaller size and larger maximum energy product have been long desired in various fields such as renewable energy technology, electronic industry and aerospace science. However, conventional relatively rough synthetic strategies will lead to either diminished magnetic properties or irregular morphology, which hindered their wide applications. In this article, we present a facile chemical approach to prepare 200 nm single domain SmCo5@Co core/shell magnets with coercivity of 20.7 kOe and saturation magnetization of 82 emu/g. We found that the incorporation of GO sheets is responsible for the generation of the unique structure. The single domain SmCo5 core contributes to the large coercivity of the magnets and the exchange-coupled Co shell enhances the magnetization. This method can be further utilized in the synthesis other Sm-Co based exchange-coupled magnets. PMID:24356309

  6. Rationally synthesized five-fold twinned core-shell Pt3Ni@Rh nanopentagons, nanostars and nanopaddlewheels for selective reduction of a phenyl ring of phthalimide

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    Khi, Nguyen Tien; Baik, Hionsuck; Lee, Hyunkyung; Yoon, Jisun; Sohn, Jeong-Hun; Lee, Kwangyeol

    2014-09-01

    Surface-energy fine-tuned five-fold twinned nanostructures with a core-shell Pt3Ni@Rh structural motif, namely, a core-shell Pt3Ni@Rh pentagon, a core-shell Pt3Ni@Rh starfish, and a paddlewheel with a Pt3Ni crankshaft and two Rh five-fold starfish wheels, are prepared by rationally designed stepwise heteroepitaxial growth. Unusual selective hydrogenation of the phenyl ring in phthalimide is accomplished with moderately active core-shell Pt3Ni@Rh pentagons and starfish-like nanoparticles. The most active paddlewheel structure proceeds to further reduce one carbonyl group, indicating the sequential nature of phthalimide reduction by Rh nanoparticle catalysis.Surface-energy fine-tuned five-fold twinned nanostructures with a core-shell Pt3Ni@Rh structural motif, namely, a core-shell Pt3Ni@Rh pentagon, a core-shell Pt3Ni@Rh starfish, and a paddlewheel with a Pt3Ni crankshaft and two Rh five-fold starfish wheels, are prepared by rationally designed stepwise heteroepitaxial growth. Unusual selective hydrogenation of the phenyl ring in phthalimide is accomplished with moderately active core-shell Pt3Ni@Rh pentagons and starfish-like nanoparticles. The most active paddlewheel structure proceeds to further reduce one carbonyl group, indicating the sequential nature of phthalimide reduction by Rh nanoparticle catalysis. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr02874k

  7. One-pot synthesis of highly luminescent CdTe/CdS core/shell nanocrystals in aqueous phase

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    Gu, Zhenyu; Zou, Lei; Fang, Zheng; Zhu, Weihong; Zhong, Xinhua

    2008-04-01

    Surface passivation of nanocrystals with suitable organic or inorganic materials is key to improving the photoluminescence (PL) efficiency and stability of nanocrystals. Although the hot-injection organometallic approach is a powerful tool to achieve different kinds of core/shell structures, direct synthesis of such structures in aqueous phase, which bears many advantages such as biocompatibility, water-solubility, environment-friendliness, and cheapness, is less often reported. Herein we present a facile approach for the one-pot preparation of a water-soluble core/shell structure with CdTe cores packed in a CdS shell in aqueous phase. In comparison with plain CdTe nanocrystals, the PL efficiency of the obtained CdTe/CdS core/shell structure can approach about 75%. The stability of the core/shell structure to UV irradiation and oxidation is also improved.

  8. Photoconductivity of structures based on the SnO{sub 2} porous matrix coupled with core-shell CdSe/CdS quantum dots

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    Drozdov, K. A.; Kochnev, V. I.; Dobrovolsky, A. A.; Khokhlov, D. R.; Popelo, A. V.; Rumyantseva, M. N.; Gaskov, A. M.; Ryabova, L. I.; Vasiliev, R. B.

    2013-09-23

    Embedding of quantum dots into porous oxide matrixes is a perspective technique for photosensitization of a structure. We show that the sensitization efficiency may be increased by the use of core-shell quantum dots. It is demonstrated that the photoresponse amplitude in a SnO{sub 2} porous matrix with CdSe/CdS quantum dots depends non-monotonously on the number of atomic layers in a shell. The best results are obtained for SnO{sub 2} matrixes coupled with the quantum dots with three atomic layers of a shell. Mechanisms responsible for the structure sensitization are discussed.

  9. Palladium-platinum core-shell electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction prepared with the assistance of citric acid

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    Zhang, Lulu; Su, Dong; Zhu, Shangqian; Chang, Qiaowan; Yue, Jeffrey; Du, Zheng; Shao, Minhua

    2016-04-26

    Core–shell structure is a promising alternative to solid platinum (Pt) nanoparticles as electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). A simple method of preparing palladium (Pd)–platinum (Pt) core–shell catalysts (Pd@Pt/C) in a gram-batch was developed with the assistance of citric acid. The Pt shell deposition involves three different pathways: galvanic displacement reaction between Pd atoms and Pt cations, chemical reduction by citric acid, and reduction by negative charges on Pd surfaces. The uniform ultrathin (~0.4 nm) Pt shell was characterized by in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopymore » (HAADF-STEM) images combined with electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). Compared with state-of-the-art Pt/C, the Pd@Pt/C core–shell catalyst showed 4 times higher Pt mass activity and much better durability upon potential cycling. As a result, both the mass activity and durability were comparable to that of Pd@Pt/C synthesized by a Cu-mediated-Pt-displacement method, which is more complicated and difficult for mass production.« less

  10. Microwave absorption behavior of core-shell structured poly (3,4-ethylenedioxy thiophene)-barium ferrite nanocomposites.

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    Ohlan, Anil; Singh, Kuldeep; Chandra, Amita; Dhawan, Sundeep K

    2010-03-01

    The present paper reports the complex permittivity, permeability, and microwave absorption properties of core shell type poly (3,4-ethylenedioxy thiophene) (PEDOT) nanocomposite with barium ferrite, synthesized by in situ emulsion polymerization, in the 12.4-18 GHz frequency range. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) studies reveal the formation of core-shell type morphology with ferrite particles (60-80 nm) as the center while the polymer (PEDOT) formulates the outer shell of the composite. The presence of barium ferrite nanoparticles in the polymer matrix includes the magnetic losses, which mainly arise from the magnetic hysteresis, domain-wall displacement, and eddy current loss. The higher dielectric (epsilon'' = 23.5) and magnetic loss (micro'' = 0.22) contributes to the microwave absorption value of 22.5 dB (>99% attenuation) and are found to increase with the amount of ferrite constituents. The polymer was further characterized through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). PMID:20356300

  11. Multicomponent (Ce, Cu, Ni) oxides with cage and core-shell structures: tunable fabrication and enhanced CO oxidation activity

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    Liu, Wei; Tang, Ke; Lin, Ming; June, Lay Ting Ong; Bai, Shi-Qiang; Young, David James; Li, Xu; Yang, Yan-Zhao; Hor, T. S. Andy

    2016-05-01

    Solvothermal synthesis of Cu2O cubes from Cu(OAc)2 in ethanol provided templates for tunable formation of novel multicomponent composites: hollow CeO2-Cu2O (1), core-shell NiO@Cu2O (2) and hollow CeO2-NiO-Cu2O (3). Composites 1-3 catalyze the oxidation of CO at a lower temperature than the parent Cu2O cubes.Solvothermal synthesis of Cu2O cubes from Cu(OAc)2 in ethanol provided templates for tunable formation of novel multicomponent composites: hollow CeO2-Cu2O (1), core-shell NiO@Cu2O (2) and hollow CeO2-NiO-Cu2O (3). Composites 1-3 catalyze the oxidation of CO at a lower temperature than the parent Cu2O cubes. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental section: materials and characterization; synthesis of materials; catalytic test. Tables S1-S3 and Fig. S1-S8. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr02383e

  12. Fabrication of Cu-Ag core-shell bimetallic superfine powders by eco-friendly reagents and structures characterization

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    Zhao, Jun; Zhang, Dongming; Zhao, Jie

    2011-09-01

    Superfine bimetallic Cu-Ag core-shell powders were synthesized by reduction of copper sulfate pentahydrate and silver nitrate with eco-friendly ascorbic acid as a reducing agent and cyclodextrins as a protective agent in an aqueous system. The influence of Ag/Cu ratio on coatings was investigated. Ag was homogeneously distributed on the surface of Cu particles at a mole ratio of Ag/Cu=1. FE-SEM showed an uniformity of Ag coatings on Cu particles. Antioxidation of Cu particles was improved by increasing Ag/Cu ratio. TEM-EDX and UV-vis spectra also revealed that Cu cores were covered by Ag nanoshells on the whole. The surface composition analysis by XPS indicated that only small parts of Cu atoms in the surface were oxidized. It was noted that the hindrance of cyclodextrins chemisorbed on particles plays an important role in forming high quality and good dispersity Cu-Ag (Cu@Ag) core-shell powders.

  13. Highly Stretchable Conductive Fibers from Few-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Coated on Poly(m-phenylene isophthalamide) Polymer Core/Shell Structures.

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    Jiang, Shujuan; Zhang, Hongbo; Song, Shaoqing; Ma, Yanwen; Li, Jinghua; Lee, Gyeong Hee; Han, Qiwei; Liu, Jie

    2015-10-27

    A core/shell stretchable conductive composite of a few-walled carbon nanotube network coated on a poly(m-phenylene isophthalamide) fiber (FWNT/PMIA) was fabricated by a dip-coating method and an annealing process that greatly enhanced interactions between the FWNT network and PMIA core as well as within the FWNT network. The first strain-conductivity test of the as-prepared FWNT/PMIA fiber showed a stretching-induced alignment of nanotubes in the shell during the deformation process and a good conductivity stability with a slight conductivity drop from 109.63 S/cm to 98.74 S/cm (Δσ/σ0 = 10%) at a strain of ∼150% (2.5 times the original length). More importantly, after the first stretching process, the fiber can be recovered with a slight increase in length but a greatly improved conductivity of 167.41 S/cm through an additional annealing treatment. The recovered fiber displays a similarly superb conductivity stability against stretching, with a decrease of only ∼13 S/cm to 154.49 S/cm (Δσ/σ0 = 8%) at a strain of ∼150%. We believe that this conductivity stability came from the formation and maintaining of aligned nanotube structures during the stretching process, which ensures the good tube-tube contacts and the elongation of the FWNT network without losing its conductivity. Such stable conductivity in stretchable fibers will be important for applications in stretchable electronics. PMID:26390200

  14. Investing the effectiveness of retention performance in a non-volatile floating gate memory device with a core-shell structure of CdSe nanoparticles

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    Lee, Dong-Hoon; Kim, Jung-Min; Lim, Ki-Tae; Cho, Hyeong Jun; Bang, Jin Ho; Kim, Yong-Sang

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we empirically investigate the retention performance of organic non-volatile floating gate memory devices with CdSe nanoparticles (NPs) as charge trapping elements. Core-structured CdSe NPs or core-shell-structured ZnS/CdSe NPs were mixed in PMMA and their performance in pentacene based device was compared. The NPs and self-organized thin tunneling PMMA inside the devices exhibited hysteresis by trapping hole during capacitance-voltage characterization. Despite of core-structured NPs showing a larger memory window, the retention time was too short to be adopted by an industry. By contrast core-shell structured NPs showed an improved retention time of >10000 seconds than core-structure NCs. Based on these results and the energy band structure, we propose the retention mechanism of each NPs. This investigation of retention performance provides a comparative and systematic study of the charging/discharging behaviors of NPs based memory devices. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  15. Facile Preparation of Core-Shell Magnetic Metal-Organic Framework Nanoparticles for the Selective Capture of Phosphopeptides.

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    Chen, Yajing; Xiong, Zhichao; Peng, Li; Gan, Yangyang; Zhao, Yiman; Shen, Jie; Qian, Junhong; Zhang, Lingyi; Zhang, Weibing

    2015-08-01

    In regard to the phosphoproteome, highly specific and efficient capture of heteroideous kinds of phosphopeptides from intricate biological sample attaches great significance to comprehensive and in-depth phosphorylated proteomics research. However, until now, it has been a challenge. In this study, a new-fashioned porous immobilized metal ion affinity chromatography (IMAC) material was designed and fabricated to promote the selectivity and detection limit for phosphopeptides by covering a metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) shell onto Fe3O4 nanoparticles, taking advantage of layer-by-layer method (the synthesized nanoparticle denoted as Fe3O4@MIL-100 (Fe)). The thick layer renders the nanoparticles with perfect hydrophilic character, super large surface area, large immobilization of the Fe(3+) ions and the special porous structure. Specifically, the as-synthesized MOF-decorated magnetic nanoparticles own an ultra large surface area which is up to 168.66 m(2) g(-1) as well as two appropriate pore sizes of 1.93 and 3.91 nm with a narrow grain-size distribution and rapid separation under the magnetic circumstance. The unique features vested the synthesized nanoparticles an excellent ability for phosphopeptides enrichment with high selectivity for β-casein (molar ratio of β-casein/BSA, 1:500), large enrichment capacity (60 mg g(-1)), low detection limit (0.5 fmol), excellent phosphopeptides recovery (above 84.47%), fine size-exclusion of high molecular weight proteins, good reusability, and desirable batch-to-batch repeatability. Furthermore, encouraged by the experimental results, we successfully performed the as-prepared porous IMAC nanoparticle in the specific capture of phosphopeptides from the human serum (both the healthy and unhealthy) and nonfat milk, which proves itself to be a good candidate for the enrichment and detection of the low-abundant phosphopeptides from complicated biological samples. PMID:26156207

  16. Tailoring the properties of sub-3 μm silica core-shell particles prepared by a multilayer-by-multilayer process.

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    Dong, Hanjiang; Brennan, John D

    2015-01-01

    Sub-3 μm silica core-shell particles (CSPs) were fabricated by a multilayer-by-multilayer method recently developed in our group. In this work, we report on methods to prepare and modify the properties of these CSPs by high temperature calcination, pore size enlargement under basic conditions, and rehydrolyzation in boiling water to make them more suitable as starting materials for preparation of HPLC columns. The chemical, physical and mechanical properties of these modified CSPs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), infrared spectroscopy (IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and nitrogen sorption porosimetry. CSPs obtained after these treatments were observed to have the following properties: particle diameter ∼2.7 μm, shell thickness ∼0.5 μm, surface area ∼200 m(2)/g, pore diameter ∼10 nm (and almost no mesopores), pore volume ∼0.5 cc/g, and Si-OH group surface concentration ∼4 OH/nm(2). These properties are in line with those of commercially available sub-3 μm CSP products. PMID:25310582

  17. Surface protein imprinted core-shell particles for high selective lysozyme recognition prepared by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer strategy.

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    Li, Qinran; Yang, Kaiguang; Liang, Yu; Jiang, Bo; Liu, Jianxi; Zhang, Lihua; Liang, Zhen; Zhang, Yukui

    2014-12-24

    A novel kind of lysozyme (Lys) surface imprinted core-shell particles was synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) strategy. With controllable polymer shell chain length, such particles showed obviously improved selectivity for protein recognition. After the RAFT initial agent and template protein was absorbed on silica particles, the prepolymerization solution, with methacrylic acid and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate as the monomers, and N,N'-methylenebis(acrylamide) as the cross-linker, was mixed with the silica particles, and the polymerization was performed at 40 °C in aqueous phase through the oxidation-reduction initiation. Ater polymerization, with the template protein removal and destroying dithioester groups with hexylamine, the surface Lyz imprinted particles were obtained with controllable polymer chain length. The binding capacity of the Lys imprinted particles could reach 5.6 mg protein/g material, with the imprinting factor (IF) as 3.7, whereas the IF of the control material prepared without RAFT strategy was only 1.6. The absorption equilibrium could be achieved within 60 min. Moreover, Lys could be selectively recognized by the imprinted particles from both a four-proteins mixture and egg white sample. All these results demonstrated that these particles prepared by RAFT strategy are promising to achieve the protein recognition with high selectivity. PMID:25434676

  18. Structural and compositional evolutions of InxAl1-xN core-shell nanorods grown on Si(111) substrates by reactive magnetron sputter epitaxy

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    Serban, Elena Alexandra; Åke Persson, Per Ola; Poenaru, Iuliana; Junaid, Muhammad; Hultman, Lars; Birch, Jens; Hsiao, Ching-Lien

    2015-05-01

    Catalystless growth of InxAl1-xN core-shell nanorods have been realized by reactive magnetron sputter epitaxy onto Si(111) substrates. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, scanning transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. The composition and morphology of InxAl1-xN nanorods are found to be strongly influenced by the growth temperature. At lower temperatures, the grown materials form well-separated and uniform core-shell nanorods with high In-content cores, while a deposition at higher temperature leads to the formation of an Al-rich InxAl1-xN film with vertical domains of low In-content as a result of merging Al-rich shells. The thickness and In content of the cores (domains) increase with decreasing growth temperature. The growth of the InxAl1-xN is traced to the initial stage, showing that the formation of the core-shell nanostructures starts very close to the interface. Phase separation due to spinodal decomposition is suggested as the origin of the resultant structures. Moreover, the in-plane crystallographic relationship of the nanorods and substrate was modified from a fiber textured to an epitaxial growth with an epitaxial relationship of InxAl1-xN[0001]//Si[111] and InxAl1-xN[11\\bar{2}0]//Si[1\\bar{1}0] by removing the native SiOx layer from the substrate.

  19. Structural and compositional evolutions of InxAl1-xN core-shell nanorods grown on Si(111) substrates by reactive magnetron sputter epitaxy.

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    Serban, Elena Alexandra; Åke Persson, Per Ola; Poenaru, Iuliana; Junaid, Muhammad; Hultman, Lars; Birch, Jens; Hsiao, Ching-Lien

    2015-05-29

    Catalystless growth of InxAl(1-x)N core-shell nanorods have been realized by reactive magnetron sputter epitaxy onto Si(111) substrates. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, scanning transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. The composition and morphology of InxAl(1-x)N nanorods are found to be strongly influenced by the growth temperature. At lower temperatures, the grown materials form well-separated and uniform core-shell nanorods with high In-content cores, while a deposition at higher temperature leads to the formation of an Al-rich InxAl(1-x)N film with vertical domains of low In-content as a result of merging Al-rich shells. The thickness and In content of the cores (domains) increase with decreasing growth temperature. The growth of the InxAl(1-x)N is traced to the initial stage, showing that the formation of the core-shell nanostructures starts very close to the interface. Phase separation due to spinodal decomposition is suggested as the origin of the resultant structures. Moreover, the in-plane crystallographic relationship of the nanorods and substrate was modified from a fiber textured to an epitaxial growth with an epitaxial relationship of InxAl(1-x)N[0001]//Si[111] and InxAl(1-x)N[1120]//Si[110 by removing the native SiOx layer from the substrate. PMID:25944838

  20. Novel magnetoelectric ceramic composites by control of the interface reactions in Fe2O3@BaTiO3 core-shell structures

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    Curecheriu, Lavinia; Postolache, Petronel; Buscaglia, Maria Teresa; Buscaglia, Vincenzo; Ianculescu, Adelina; Mitoseriu, Liliana

    2014-08-01

    In the present work, composite ceramics of ferroelectric BaTiO3 (BT) with magnetic αFe2O3 were prepared from powders synthesized by two different methods: (a) core-shell powders of Fe2O3@BT and (b) Fe2O3-BT composites from mixed powders with the same composition. The M(H) loops at room temperature show a "wasp-waisted" character, with multiple components, determined as result of the formation of magnetic phases with contrasting coercivities (hard BaFe12O19 and soft Ba12Ti28Fe15O84 phases) in different ratios, as indicated by the magnetic first-order-reversal curves analysis. The core-shell composite ceramics generally showed slightly improved dielectric properties and smaller conductivity. The high field properties of composite ceramics show a strong nonlinearity in both cases, together with a reduction of zero field permittivity, making from these composites possible tunable materials interesting for applications. Their multifunctional character is enhanced by the presence of a complex magnetic character with soft/hard components.

  1. Three-Dimensional Structures of MoS2@Ni Core/Shell Nanosheets Array toward Synergetic Electrocatalytic Water Splitting.

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    Xing, Zhicai; Yang, Xiurong; Asiri, Abdullah M; Sun, Xuping

    2016-06-15

    Hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in alkaline media using non-noble metal catalysts with great efficiency represents a critical challenge in current water-alkaline and chlor-alkali electrolyzers. Herein, we demonstrate that the MoS2@Ni core/shell nanosheets array vertically aligned on carbon cloth (MoS2@Ni/CC) is a highly active electrocatalyst for HER. In alkaline solutions, MoS2@Ni/CC needs overpotentials of 91, 118, and 196 mV to approach current densities of 10, 20, and 100 mA cm(-2), respectively, exceeding behavior of commercial Pt/C catalyst at high current densities. Additionally, this catalyst also exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity toward HER in neutral electrolytes. Such high hydrogen evolution activities are due to synergistic electrocatalytic effects between MoS2 core and Ni shell. PMID:27211232

  2. Compensation temperature in a dendrimer nano-system with a core-shell structure: Monte Carlo study

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    Belhaj, A.; Jabar, A.; Labrim, H.; Ziti, S.; Bahmad, L.; Laânab, L.; Benyoussef, A.

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we study the magnetic properties of a nanostructure based on an hexagonal core-shell geometry. The model is formed with core spins σ =3/2 and surface spins S=2. More precisely, we investigate the effect of the coupling exchange interactions in the absence/presence of both an external magnetic and crystal fields. In a first step, we elaborate the ground state phase diagrams, and then we discuss the stable phases. At different non null temperatures, we explore Monte Carlo to study computation and the magnetic properties. Among others, we find a compensation temperature between the spins σ and S. To close this study, we examine the hysteresis loop behaviors.

  3. Facile spray-drying/pyrolysis synthesis of core-shell structure graphite/silicon-porous carbon composite as a superior anode for Li-ion batteries

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    Li, Min; Hou, Xianhua; Sha, Yujing; Wang, Jie; Hu, Shejun; Liu, Xiang; Shao, Zongping

    2014-02-01

    A silicon/graphite/amorphous carbon (Si/C) composite with a low silicon content in a core-shell structure has been easily synthesized using a simple method based on spray drying in combination with a subsequent pyrolysis process; natural graphite serves as the core, and silicon nanoparticles, which filled in the porous carbon matrix formed from the pyrolysis of citric acid and pitch precursors, serve as the shell. The combination of the core-shell structure for the composite and porous carbon-coating layer accommodates the large volume change of the silicon during the lithium intercalation/extraction process, thus stabilizing the electrode structure during discharge/charge cycles. As an anode material, the as-obtained Si/C composite demonstrates high capacity and excellent cycle stability. An initial specific discharge capacity of approximately 723.8 mAh g-1 and a reversible specific capacity of approximately 600 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles at a constant density of 100 mA g-1 are reached, about two times the values for graphite. Due to the simple synthesis process and the excellent performance of the resulted electrode, great commercial potential is envisioned.

  4. Synergistic effect of the core-shell structured Sn/SnO2/C ternary anode system with the improved sodium storage performance

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    Cheng, Yayi; Huang, Jianfeng; Li, Jiayin; Xu, Zhanwei; Cao, Liyun; Qi, Hui

    2016-08-01

    Sn/SnO2/C ternary composite with core-shell structures is synthesized using a hydrothermal method and subsequent heat treatment at 973 K. This Sn/SnO2/C composite exhibits the micro-sphere structure that nanosized Sn and SnO2 particles are well encapsulated in the carbon matrix. As anode for sodium-ion batteries, the composite displays superior cycling stability and rate capability to SnO2/C and Sn/C composites. It delivers a high initial discharge capacity of 1110 mAh g-1 with good cyclability. Even at a high current density of 1000 mA g-1, a reversible capacity of 120 mAh g-1 is still remained. The enhanced sodium storage performance of Sn/SnO2/C anode is attributed to the synergistic effect provided by Sn, SnO2 and unique core-shell structure. Since the deformation of Sn can increase the reversible capacity of the SnO2 electrode and the carbon matrix could act as a buffer to accommodate the volume change.

  5. Preparation of Fe(3)O(4)@C@CNC multifunctional magnetic core/shell nanoparticles and their application in a signal-type flow-injection photoluminescence immunosensor.

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    Chu, Chengchao; Li, Meng; Li, Long; Ge, Shenguang; Ge, Lei; Yu, Jinghua; Yan, Mei; Song, Xianrang

    2013-11-01

    We describe here the preparation of carbon-coated Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles that were further fabricated into multifunctional core/shell nanoparticles (Fe3O4@C@CNCs) through a layer-by-layer self-assembly process of carbon nanocrystals (CNCs). The nanoparticles were applied in a photoluminescence (PL) immunosensor to detect the carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), and CEA primary antibody was immobilized onto the surface of the nanoparticles. In addition, CEA secondary antibody and glucose oxidase were covalently bonded to silica nanoparticles. After stepwise immunoreactions, the immunoreagent was injected into the PL cell using a flow-injection PL system. When glucose was injected, hydrogen peroxide was obtained because of glucose oxidase catalysis and quenched the PL of the Fe3O4@C@CNC nanoparticles. The here proposed PL immunosensor allowed us to determine CEA concentrations in the 0.005–50 ng·mL-1 concentration range, with a detection limit of 1.8 pg·mL-1. PMID:24121430

  6. Reduced energy loss in poly(vinylidene fluoride) nanocomposites by filling with a small loading of core-shell structured BaTiO3/SiO2 nanofibers

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    Liu, Shaohui; Xue, Shuangxi; Shen, Bo; Zhai, Jiwei

    2015-07-01

    Homogeneous ceramic-polymer nanocomposites consisting of core-shell structured BaTiO3/SiO2 nanofibers and a p oly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) polymer matrix have been prepared. The correlation between the energy discharged density and interfacial polarization is studied in PVDF nanocomposites by the measurements of the discharge performance and impedance spectroscopy. According to the results of dielectric constant, breakdown strength, and complex impedance analysis, coating SiO2 layers on the surface of BaTiO3 nanofibers can block the movement of charge carriers through the nanocomposites by playing a shielding role on the charge-rich inter layer, which resulted in weak Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars interfacial polarization and thus reduces the energy loss and improved the energy discharged density of the nanocomposites. The energy discharged density in the nanocomposite with 2.5 vol. % BaTiO3/SiO2 core-shell nanofibers is 6.28 J/cm3 at 3.3 MV/cm, which is over 11.94% higher than that of nanocomposite with BaTiO3 nanofibers at the same electric field.

  7. Controlled preparation of Au/Ag/SnO2 core-shell nanoparticles using a photochemical method and applications in LSPR based sensing

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    Zhou, Na; Ye, Chen; Polavarapu, Lakshminarayana; Xu, Qing-Hua

    2015-05-01

    A photochemical method for the controlled preparation of core-shell Au/Ag/SnO2 nanorods (NRs) and nanospheres (NSs) has been developed based on photo-induced electron transfer processes in the plasmonic metal-semiconductor system. Au/AgNR/SnO2 and Au/AgNS/SnO2 were prepared by the UV irradiation of a mixture of mesoporous SnO2 coated AuNRs, or AuNSs, and AgNO3, in which AgNO3 was reduced by electrons transferred from the photo-excited mesoporous SnO2 (semiconductor) to the gold (metal). This method allows precise control over the composition and optical properties of the obtained nanoparticles. The LSPR refractive index sensitivity of the obtained Au/AgNR/SnO2 nanoparticles has been optimized to obtain a refractive index sensitivity of ~442 nm RIU-1. The optimized nanoparticles were subsequently chosen for the LSPR based sensing of glutathione (GSH) with the limit of detection of ~7.5 × 10-7 M. This photochemical method allows the controlled preparation of various Au/Ag/SnO2 nanoparticles to adjust their LSPR to suit various applications.A photochemical method for the controlled preparation of core-shell Au/Ag/SnO2 nanorods (NRs) and nanospheres (NSs) has been developed based on photo-induced electron transfer processes in the plasmonic metal-semiconductor system. Au/AgNR/SnO2 and Au/AgNS/SnO2 were prepared by the UV irradiation of a mixture of mesoporous SnO2 coated AuNRs, or AuNSs, and AgNO3, in which AgNO3 was reduced by electrons transferred from the photo-excited mesoporous SnO2 (semiconductor) to the gold (metal). This method allows precise control over the composition and optical properties of the obtained nanoparticles. The LSPR refractive index sensitivity of the obtained Au/AgNR/SnO2 nanoparticles has been optimized to obtain a refractive index sensitivity of ~442 nm RIU-1. The optimized nanoparticles were subsequently chosen for the LSPR based sensing of glutathione (GSH) with the limit of detection of ~7.5 × 10-7 M. This photochemical method allows

  8. A highly ordered meso@microporous carbon-supported sulfur@smaller sulfur core-shell structured cathode for Li-S batteries.

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    Li, Zhen; Jiang, Yan; Yuan, Lixia; Yi, Ziqi; Wu, Chao; Liu, Yang; Strasser, Peter; Huang, Yunhui

    2014-09-23

    For lithium-sulfur batteries, commercial application is hindered by the insulating nature of sulfur and the dissolution of the reaction intermediates of polysulfides. Here, we present an ordered meso-microporous core-shell carbon (MMCS) as a sulfur container, which combines the advantages of both mesoporous and microporous carbon. With large pore volume and highly ordered porous structure, the "core" promises a sufficient sulfur loading and a high utilization of the active material, while the "shell" containing microporous carbon and smaller sulfur acts as a physical barrier and stabilizes the cycle capability of the entire S/C composite. Such a S/MMCS composite exhibits a capacity as high as 837 mAh g(-1) at 0.5 C after 200 cycles with a capacity retention of 80% vs the second cycle (a decay of only 0.1% per cycle), demonstrating that the diffusion of the polysulfides into the bulk electrolyte can be greatly reduced. We believe that the tailored highly ordered meso-microporous core-shell structured carbon can also be applicable for designing some other electrode materials for energy storage. PMID:25144303

  9. BiFeO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} core-shell structured nanocomposites as visible-active photocatalysts and their optical response mechanism

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    Li Shun; Lin Yuanhua; Li Jingfeng; Nan Cewen; Zhang Boping

    2009-03-01

    Anatase titania-coated bismuth ferrite nanocomposites (BiFeO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2}) have been fabricated via a hydrothermal approach combined with a hydrolysis precipitation processing. Analysis of the microstructure and phase composition reveals that a core-shell BiFeO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} structure can be formed, which results in a significant redshift in the UV-vis absorption spectra as compared to a simple mechanical mixture of BiFeO{sub 3}-TiO{sub 2} nanopowders. The core-shell structured BiFeO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites exhibit higher photocatalytic activity for photodegradation of Congo red under visible-light ({lambda}>400 nm) irradiation, which should be attributed to the enhancement of the quantum efficiency by separating the electrons and holes effectively. The obtained BiFeO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites can be used as potential visible-light driven photocatalysts.

  10. Metal Oxide Assisted Preparation of Core-Shell Beads with Dense Metal-Organic Framework Coatings for the Enhanced Extraction of Organic Pollutants.

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    Del Rio, Mateo; Palomino Cabello, Carlos; Gonzalez, Veronica; Maya, Fernando; Parra, Jose B; Cerdà, Victor; Turnes Palomino, Gemma

    2016-08-01

    Dense and homogeneous metal-organic framework (MOF) coatings on functional bead surfaces are easily prepared by using intermediate sacrificial metal oxide coatings containing the metal precursor of the MOF. Polystyrene (PS) beads are coated with a ZnO layer to give ZnO@PS core-shell beads. The ZnO@PS beads are reactive in the presence of 2-methylimidazole to transform part of the ZnO coating into a porous zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) external shell positioned above the internal ZnO precursor shell. The obtained ZIF-8@ZnO@PS beads can be easily packed in column format for flow-through applications, such as the solid-phase extraction of trace priority-listed environmental pollutants. The prepared material shows an excellent permeance to flow when packed as a column to give high enrichment factors, facile regeneration, and excellent reusability for the extraction of the pollutant bisphenol A. It also shows an outstanding performance for the simultaneous enrichment of mixtures of endocrine disrupting chemicals (bisphenol A, 4-tert-octylphenol and 4-n-nonylphenol), facilitating their analysis when present at very low levels (<1 μg L(-1) ) in drinking waters. For the extraction of the pollutant bisphenol A, the prepared ZIF-8@ZnO@PS beads also show a superior extraction and preconcentration capacity to that of the PS beads used as precursors and the composite materials obtained by the direct growth of ZIF-8 on the surface of the PS beads in the absence of metal oxide intermediate coatings. PMID:27388932