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  1. Production of hollow aerogel microspheres

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    Upadhye, R.S.; Henning, S.A.

    1990-12-31

    A method is described for making hollow aerogel microspheres of 800--1200{mu} diameter and 100--300{mu} wall thickness by forming hollow alcogel microspheres during the sol/gel process in a catalytic atmosphere and capturing them on a foam surface containing catalyst. Supercritical drying of the formed hollow alcogel microspheres yields hollow aerogel microspheres which are suitable for ICF targets.

  2. Production of hollow aerogel microspheres

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    Upadhye, Ravindra S.; Henning, Sten A.

    1993-01-01

    A method is described for making hollow aerogel microspheres of 800-1200 .mu. diameter and 100-300 .mu. wall thickness by forming hollow alcogel microspheres during the sol/gel process in a catalytic atmosphere and capturing them on a foam surface containing catalyst. Supercritical drying of the formed hollow alcogel microspheres yields hollow aerogel microspheres which are suitable for ICF targets.

  3. Nanofibrous hollow microspheres self-assembled from star-shaped polymers as injectable cell carriers for knee repair

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    Liu, Xiaohua; Jin, Xiaobing; Ma, Peter X.

    2011-05-01

    To repair complexly shaped tissue defects, an injectable cell carrier is desirable to achieve an accurate fit and to minimize surgical intervention. However, the injectable carriers available at present have limitations, and are not used clinically for cartilage regeneration. Here, we report nanofibrous hollow microspheres self-assembled from star-shaped biodegradable polymers as an injectable cell carrier. The nanofibrous hollow microspheres, integrating the extracellular-matrix-mimicking architecture with a highly porous injectable form, were shown to efficiently accommodate cells and enhance cartilage regeneration, compared with control microspheres. The nanofibrous hollow microspheres also supported a significantly larger amount of, and higher-quality, cartilage regeneration than the chondrocytes-alone group in an ectopic implantation model. In a critical-size rabbit osteochondral defect-repair model, the nanofibrous hollow microspheres/chondrocytes group achieved substantially better cartilage repair than the chondrocytes-alone group that simulates the clinically available autologous chondrocyte implantation procedure. These results indicate that the nanofibrous hollow microspheres are an excellent injectable cell carrier for cartilage regeneration.

  4. Method for sizing hollow microspheres

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    Farnum, E.H.; Fries, R.J.

    1975-10-29

    Hollow Microspheres may be effectively sized by placing them beneath a screen stack completely immersed in an ultrasonic bath containing a liquid having a density at which the microspheres float and ultrasonically agitating the bath.

  5. Biochemistry-directed hollow porous microspheres: bottom-up self-assembled polyanion-based cathodes for sodium ion batteries.

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    Lin, Bo; Li, Qiufeng; Liu, Baodong; Zhang, Sen; Deng, Chao

    2016-04-21

    Biochemistry-directed synthesis of functional nanomaterials has attracted great interest in energy storage, catalysis and other applications. The unique ability of biological systems to guide molecule self-assembling facilitates the construction of distinctive architectures with desirable physicochemical characteristics. Herein, we report a biochemistry-directed "bottom-up" approach to construct hollow porous microspheres of polyanion materials for sodium ion batteries. Two kinds of polyanions, i.e. Na3V2(PO4)3 and Na3.12Fe2.44(P2O7)2, are employed as cases in this study. The microalgae cell realizes the formation of a spherical "bottom" bio-precursor. Its tiny core is subjected to destruction and its tough shell tends to carbonize upon calcination, resulting in the hollow porous microspheres for the "top" product. The nanoscale crystals of the polyanion materials are tightly enwrapped by the highly-conductive framework in the hollow microsphere, resulting in the hierarchical nano-microstructure. The whole formation process is disclosed as a "bottom-up" mechanism. Moreover, the biochemistry-directed self-assembly process is confirmed to play a crucial role in the construction of the final architecture. Taking advantage of the well-defined hollow-microsphere architecture, the abundant interior voids and the highly-conductive framework, polyanion materials show favourable sodium-intercalation kinetics. Both materials are capable of high-rate long-term cycling. After five hundred cycles at 20 C and 10 C, Na3V2(PO4)3 and Na(3.12)Fe2.44(P2O7)2 retain 96.2% and 93.1% of the initial capacity, respectively. Therefore, the biochemistry-directed technique provides a low-cost, highly-efficient and widely applicable strategy to produce high-performance polyanion-based cathodes for sodium ion batteries. PMID:27029436

  6. Stabilization of layer-by-layer engineered multilayered hollow microspheres.

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    Liu, Peng

    2014-05-01

    Polymer multilayered hollow microspheres prepared by layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly attract more and more interest due to their unique application, especially as drug delivery system (DDS). Unfortunately, the multilayered hollow microspheres assembled via weak linkages could fuse and/or aggregate in high ionic strength media or strong acidic or basic media. This severely restricts the practical applications of the multilayered hollow microspheres as DDS in human physiological medium. In the present work, the progress in stabilization of the multilayered hollow microspheres is reviewed, with emphasis on the assembling process and their crosslinking mechanism. PMID:24321861

  7. Biochemistry-directed hollow porous microspheres: bottom-up self-assembled polyanion-based cathodes for sodium ion batteries

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    Lin, Bo; Li, Qiufeng; Liu, Baodong; Zhang, Sen; Deng, Chao

    2016-04-01

    Biochemistry-directed synthesis of functional nanomaterials has attracted great interest in energy storage, catalysis and other applications. The unique ability of biological systems to guide molecule self-assembling facilitates the construction of distinctive architectures with desirable physicochemical characteristics. Herein, we report a biochemistry-directed ``bottom-up'' approach to construct hollow porous microspheres of polyanion materials for sodium ion batteries. Two kinds of polyanions, i.e. Na3V2(PO4)3 and Na3.12Fe2.44(P2O7)2, are employed as cases in this study. The microalgae cell realizes the formation of a spherical ``bottom'' bio-precursor. Its tiny core is subjected to destruction and its tough shell tends to carbonize upon calcination, resulting in the hollow porous microspheres for the ``top'' product. The nanoscale crystals of the polyanion materials are tightly enwrapped by the highly-conductive framework in the hollow microsphere, resulting in the hierarchical nano-microstructure. The whole formation process is disclosed as a ``bottom-up'' mechanism. Moreover, the biochemistry-directed self-assembly process is confirmed to play a crucial role in the construction of the final architecture. Taking advantage of the well-defined hollow-microsphere architecture, the abundant interior voids and the highly-conductive framework, polyanion materials show favourable sodium-intercalation kinetics. Both materials are capable of high-rate long-term cycling. After five hundred cycles at 20 C and 10 C, Na3V2(PO4)3 and Na3.12Fe2.44(P2O7)2 retain 96.2% and 93.1% of the initial capacity, respectively. Therefore, the biochemistry-directed technique provides a low-cost, highly-efficient and widely applicable strategy to produce high-performance polyanion-based cathodes for sodium ion batteries.Biochemistry-directed synthesis of functional nanomaterials has attracted great interest in energy storage, catalysis and other applications. The unique ability of

  8. pH-regulated template-free assembly of Sb4O5Cl2 hollow microsphere crystallites with self-narrowed bandgap and optimized photocatalytic performance

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    Yang, Liuqing; Huang, Jianfeng; Cao, Liyun; Shi, Li; Yu, Qing; Kong, Xingang; Jie, Yanni

    2016-01-01

    Sb4O5Cl2 hollow microspheres with self-narrowed bandgap and optimized photocatalytic performances are synthesized via a facile template-free method. It is found that the crystal structure and morphology of Sb4O5Cl2 crystallites are strongly dependent on the pH values of precursors. Nano-sized irregular-cuboids assembled Sb4O5Cl2 micro-particles and hollow microspheres can be synthesized at pH 1 and 2, whereas individual Sb4O5Cl2 micro-belts become to form when the pH is higher than 3. The irregular-cuboids assembled Sb4O5Cl2 micro-particles and hollow microspheres exhibit self-narrowed bandgap and higher light absorption ability compared with individual Sb4O5Cl2 micro-belts. The photoelectrochemical measurements show that the assembled Sb4O5Cl2 hollow microsphere crystallites prepared at pH 2 exhibit enhanced carrier density, improved separation efficiency of electron-hole pairs and decreased electron-transfer resistance. As a result, the irregular-cuboids assembled Sb4O5Cl2 hollow microspheres prepared at pH = 2 exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity for the degradation of gaseous iso-propanol (IPA) and Rhodamine B (RhB) aqueous solution. The good photocatalytic activity of Sb4O5Cl2 sample prepared at pH = 2 may be caused by the synergistic effect of its higher light absorption, the decreased electron-transfer resistance, the suppressed recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes, and the increased surface area. PMID:27306196

  9. pH-regulated template-free assembly of Sb4O5Cl2 hollow microsphere crystallites with self-narrowed bandgap and optimized photocatalytic performance

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    Yang, Liuqing; Huang, Jianfeng; Cao, Liyun; Shi, Li; Yu, Qing; Kong, Xingang; Jie, Yanni

    2016-06-01

    Sb4O5Cl2 hollow microspheres with self-narrowed bandgap and optimized photocatalytic performances are synthesized via a facile template-free method. It is found that the crystal structure and morphology of Sb4O5Cl2 crystallites are strongly dependent on the pH values of precursors. Nano-sized irregular-cuboids assembled Sb4O5Cl2 micro-particles and hollow microspheres can be synthesized at pH 1 and 2, whereas individual Sb4O5Cl2 micro-belts become to form when the pH is higher than 3. The irregular-cuboids assembled Sb4O5Cl2 micro-particles and hollow microspheres exhibit self-narrowed bandgap and higher light absorption ability compared with individual Sb4O5Cl2 micro-belts. The photoelectrochemical measurements show that the assembled Sb4O5Cl2 hollow microsphere crystallites prepared at pH 2 exhibit enhanced carrier density, improved separation efficiency of electron-hole pairs and decreased electron-transfer resistance. As a result, the irregular-cuboids assembled Sb4O5Cl2 hollow microspheres prepared at pH = 2 exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity for the degradation of gaseous iso-propanol (IPA) and Rhodamine B (RhB) aqueous solution. The good photocatalytic activity of Sb4O5Cl2 sample prepared at pH = 2 may be caused by the synergistic effect of its higher light absorption, the decreased electron-transfer resistance, the suppressed recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes, and the increased surface area.

  10. pH-regulated template-free assembly of Sb4O5Cl2 hollow microsphere crystallites with self-narrowed bandgap and optimized photocatalytic performance.

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    Yang, Liuqing; Huang, Jianfeng; Cao, Liyun; Shi, Li; Yu, Qing; Kong, Xingang; Jie, Yanni

    2016-01-01

    Sb4O5Cl2 hollow microspheres with self-narrowed bandgap and optimized photocatalytic performances are synthesized via a facile template-free method. It is found that the crystal structure and morphology of Sb4O5Cl2 crystallites are strongly dependent on the pH values of precursors. Nano-sized irregular-cuboids assembled Sb4O5Cl2 micro-particles and hollow microspheres can be synthesized at pH 1 and 2, whereas individual Sb4O5Cl2 micro-belts become to form when the pH is higher than 3. The irregular-cuboids assembled Sb4O5Cl2 micro-particles and hollow microspheres exhibit self-narrowed bandgap and higher light absorption ability compared with individual Sb4O5Cl2 micro-belts. The photoelectrochemical measurements show that the assembled Sb4O5Cl2 hollow microsphere crystallites prepared at pH 2 exhibit enhanced carrier density, improved separation efficiency of electron-hole pairs and decreased electron-transfer resistance. As a result, the irregular-cuboids assembled Sb4O5Cl2 hollow microspheres prepared at pH = 2 exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity for the degradation of gaseous iso-propanol (IPA) and Rhodamine B (RhB) aqueous solution. The good photocatalytic activity of Sb4O5Cl2 sample prepared at pH = 2 may be caused by the synergistic effect of its higher light absorption, the decreased electron-transfer resistance, the suppressed recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes, and the increased surface area. PMID:27306196

  11. Method for preparing hollow metal oxide microsphere

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    Schmitt, C.R.

    1974-02-12

    Hollow refractory metal oxide microspheres are prepared by impregnating resinous microspheres with a metallic compound, drying the impregnated microspheres, heating the microspheres slowly to carbonize the resin, and igniting the microspheres to remove the carbon and to produce the metal oxide. Zirconium oxide is given as an example. (Official Gazette)

  12. α-Fe2O3 nanosheet-assembled hierarchical hollow mesoporous microspheres: Microwave-assisted solvothermal synthesis and application in photocatalysis.

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    Sun, Tuan-Wei; Zhu, Ying-Jie; Qi, Chao; Ding, Guan-Jun; Chen, Feng; Wu, Jin

    2016-02-01

    α-Fe2O3 nanosheet-assembled hierarchical hollow mesoporous microspheres (HHMSs) were prepared by thermal transformation of nanosheet-assembled hierarchical hollow mesoporous microspheres of a precursor. The precursor was rapidly synthesized using FeCl3·6H2O as the iron source, ethanolamine (EA) as the alkali source, and ethylene glycol (EG) as the solvent by the microwave-assisted solvothermal method. The samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric (TG) analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm. The effects of the microwave solvothermal temperature and EA amount on the morphology of the precursor were investigated. The as-prepared α-Fe2O3 HHMSs exhibit a good photocatalytic activity for the degradation of salicylic acid, and are promising for the application in wastewater treatment. PMID:26520817

  13. microsphere assemblies

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    Peña-Flores, Jesús I.; Palomec-Garfias, Abraham F.; Márquez-Beltrán, César; Sánchez-Mora, Enrique; Gómez-Barojas, Estela; Pérez-Rodríguez, Felipe

    2014-09-01

    The effect of Fe ion concentration on the morphological, structural, and optical properties of TiO2 films supported on silica (SiO2) opals has been studied. TiO2:Fe2O3 films were prepared by the sol-gel method in combination with a vertical dip coating procedure; precursor solutions of Ti and Fe were deposited on a monolayer of SiO2 opals previously deposited on a glass substrate by the same procedure. After the dip coating process has been carried out, the samples were thermally treated to obtain the TiO2:Fe2O3/SiO2 composites at the Fe ion concentrations of 1, 3, and 5 wt%. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs show the formation of colloidal silica microspheres of about 50 nm diameter autoensembled in a hexagonal close-packed fashion. Although the X-ray diffractograms show no significant effect of Fe ion concentration on the crystal structure of TiO2, the μ-Raman and reflectance spectra do show that the intensity of a phonon vibration mode and the energy bandgap of TiO2 decrease as the Fe+3 ion concentration increases.

  14. Hollow Polyimide Microspheres

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    Weiser, Erik S. (Inventor); St.Clair, Terry L. (Inventor); Echigo, Yoshiaki (Inventor); Kaneshiro, Hisayasu (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    A shaped article composed of an aromatic polyimide has a hollow, essentially spherical structure and a particle size of about 100 to about 1500 micrometers, a density of about 1 to about 6 pounds/cubic foot and a volume change of 1 to about 20% by a pressure treatment of 30 psi for 10 minutes at room temperature. A syntactic foam, made of a multiplicity of the shaped articles which are bonded together by a matrix resin to form an integral composite structure, has a density of about 3 to about 30 pounds/cubic feet and a compression strength of about 100 to about 1400 pounds/sq inch.

  15. Hollow Polyimide Microspheres

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    Weiser, Erik S. (Inventor); St.Clair, Terry L. (Inventor); Echigo, Yoshiaki (Inventor); Kaneshiro, Hisayasu (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    A shaped article composed of an aromatic polyimide has a hollow, essentially spherical structure and a particle size of about 100 to about 1500 microns, a density of about I to about 6 pounds/ft3 and a volume change of 1 to about 20% by a pressure treatment of 30 psi for 10 minutes at room temperature. A syntactic foam, made of a multiplicity of the shaped articles which are bounded together by a matrix resin to form an integral composite structure, has a density of about 3 to about 30 pounds/cu ft and a compression strength of about 100 to about 1400 pounds/sq in.

  16. Hollow Polyimide Microspheres

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    Weiser, Erik S. (Inventor); St.Clair, Terry L. (Inventor); Echigo, Yoshiaki (Inventor); Kaneshiro, Hisayasu (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    A shaped article composed of an aromatic polyimide has a hollow, essentially spherical structure and a particle size of about 100 to about 1500 microns a density of about 1 to about 6 pounds/cubic ft and a volume change of 1 to about 20 percent by a pressure treatment of 30 psi for 10 minutes at room temperature. A syntactic foam, made of a multiplicity of the shaped articles which are bonded together by a matrix resin to form an integral composite structure, has a density of about 3 to about 30 pounds/cubic ft and a compression strength 2 of about 100 to about 1400 pounds/sq in.

  17. POROUS WALL, HOLLOW GLASS MICROSPHERES

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    Sexton, W.

    2012-06-30

    Hollow Glass Microspheres (HGM) is not a new technology. All one has to do is go to the internet and Google{trademark} HGM. Anyone can buy HGM and they have a wide variety of uses. HGM are usually between 1 to 100 microns in diameter, although their size can range from 100 nanometers to 5 millimeters in diameter. HGM are used as lightweight filler in composite materials such as syntactic foam and lightweight concrete. In 1968 a patent was issued to W. Beck of the 3M{trademark} Company for 'Glass Bubbles Prepared by Reheating Solid Glass Particles'. In 1983 P. Howell was issued a patent for 'Glass Bubbles of Increased Collapse Strength' and in 1988 H. Marshall was issued a patent for 'Glass Microbubbles'. Now Google{trademark}, Porous Wall, Hollow Glass Microspheres (PW-HGMs), the key words here are Porous Wall. Almost every article has its beginning with the research done at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). The Savannah River Site (SRS) where SRNL is located has a long and successful history of working with hydrogen and its isotopes for national security, energy, waste management and environmental remediation applications. This includes more than 30 years of experience developing, processing, and implementing special ceramics, including glasses for a variety of Department of Energy (DOE) missions. In the case of glasses, SRS and SRNL have been involved in both the science and engineering of vitreous or glass based systems. As a part of this glass experience and expertise, SRNL has developed a number of niches in the glass arena, one of which is the development of porous glass systems for a variety of applications. These porous glass systems include sol gel glasses, which include both xerogels and aerogels, as well as phase separated glass compositions, that can be subsequently treated to produce another unique type of porosity within the glass forms. The porous glasses can increase the surface area compared to 'normal glasses of a 1 to 2 order of

  18. Electrostatic Assembly of Sandwich-like Ag-C@ZnO-C@Ag-C Hybrid Hollow Microspheres with Excellent High-Rate Lithium Storage Properties.

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    Xie, Qingshui; Ma, Yating; Wang, Xuanpeng; Zeng, Deqian; Wang, Laisen; Mai, Liqiang; Peng, Dong-Liang

    2016-01-26

    Herein, we introduce a facile electrostatic attraction approach to produce zinc-silver citrate hollow microspheres, followed by thermal heating treatment in argon to ingeniously synthesize sandwich-like Ag-C@ZnO-C@Ag-C hybrid hollow microspheres. The 3D carbon conductive framework in the hybrids derives from the in situ carbonation of carboxylate acid groups in zinc-silver citrate hollow microspheres during heating treatment, and the continuous and homogeneous Ag nanoparticles on the outer and inner surfaces of hybrid hollow microspheres endow the shells with the sandwiched configuration (Ag-C@ZnO-C@Ag-C). When applied as the anode materials for lithium ion batteries, the fabricated hybrid hollow microspheres with sandwich-like shells reveal a very large reversible capacity of 1670 mAh g(-1) after 200 cycles at a current density of 0.2 A g(-1). Even at the very large current densities of 1.6 and 10.0 A g(-1), the high specific capacities of about 1063 and 526 mAh g(-1) can be retained, respectively. The greatly enhanced electrochemical properties of Ag-C@ZnO-C@Ag-C hybrid microspheres are attributed to their special structural features such as the hollow structures, the sandwich-like shells, and the nanometer-sized building blocks. PMID:26624924

  19. Solvothermal synthesis of three-dimensional microspherical bismuth oxychloride self-assembled by microspheres

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    Li, Tengfei; Lin, Liyang; Wei, Hongmei; Liang, Guoqiang; Kuang, Xinliang; Liu, Tianmo

    2016-02-01

    Uniform BiOCl microspheres have been synthesized via a facile solvothermal route. The structural features of the as-prepared BiOCl samples were systematically characterized by the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The SEM characterization results indicated that BiOCl microspheres possessed a superstructure composed of several hierarchical microspheres, which were assembled by numerous two dimensional nanosheets. This kind of special BiOCl 3D microstructure exhibited a large BET surface area of about 14.24 m2 g-1. Besides, the photocatalytic properties of BiOCl hollow microsphere sample and sheet-like sample were investigated in detail. Significantly, BiOCl hollow microsphere sample presented faster degradation rate toward RhB even under visible light, which should be attributed to the unique BiOCl nanosheets self-assembled hollow microspheres.

  20. Hot hollow cathode gun assembly

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    Zeren, J.D.

    1983-11-22

    A hot hollow cathode deposition gun assembly includes a hollow body having a cylindrical outer surface and an end plate for holding an adjustable heat sink, the hot hollow cathode gun, two magnets for steering the plasma from the gun into a crucible on the heat sink, and a shutter for selectively covering and uncovering the crucible.

  1. Hollow porous-wall glass microspheres for hydrogen storage

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    Heung, Leung K.; Schumacher, Ray F.; Wicks, George G.

    2010-02-23

    A porous wall hollow glass microsphere is provided having a diameter range of between 1 to 200 microns, a density of between 1.0 to 2.0 gm/cc, a porous-wall structure having wall openings defining an average pore size of between 10 to 1000 angstroms, and which contains therein a hydrogen storage material. The porous-wall structure facilitates the introduction of a hydrogen storage material into the interior of the porous wall hollow glass microsphere. In this manner, the resulting hollow glass microsphere can provide a membrane for the selective transport of hydrogen through the porous walls of the microsphere, the small pore size preventing gaseous or liquid contaminants from entering the interior of the hollow glass microsphere.

  2. Permeability of Hollow Microspherical Membranes to Helium

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    Zinoviev, V. N.; Kazanin, I. V.; Pak, A. Yu.; Vereshchagin, A. S.; Lebiga, V. A.; Fomin, V. M.

    2016-01-01

    This work is devoted to the study of the sorption characteristics of various hollow microspherical membranes to reveal particles most suitable for application in the membrane-sorption technologies of helium extraction from a natural gas. The permeability of the investigated sorbents to helium and their impermeability to air and methane are shown experimentally. The sorption-desorption dependences of the studied sorbents have been obtained, from which the parameters of their specific permeability to helium are calculated. It has been established that the physicochemical modification of the original particles exerts a great influence on the coefficient of the permeability of a sorbent to helium. Specially treated cenospheres have displayed high efficiency as membranes for selective extraction of helium.

  3. A template-free method for stable CuO hollow microspheres fabricated from a metal organic framework (HKUST-1)

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    Zhang, Suoying; Liu, Hong; Liu, Pengfei; Yang, Zhuhong; Feng, Xin; Huo, Fengwei; Lu, Xiaohua

    2015-05-01

    Uniform CuO hollow microspheres were successfully achieved from a non-uniform metal organic framework by using a template-free method. The process mechanism has been revealed to be spherical aggregation and Ostwald ripening. When tested in CO oxidation and heat treatment, these assembled microspheres exhibited an excellent catalytic performance and show a much better stability than the inherited hollow structure from MOFs.Uniform CuO hollow microspheres were successfully achieved from a non-uniform metal organic framework by using a template-free method. The process mechanism has been revealed to be spherical aggregation and Ostwald ripening. When tested in CO oxidation and heat treatment, these assembled microspheres exhibited an excellent catalytic performance and show a much better stability than the inherited hollow structure from MOFs. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: The experiment details, auxiliary FESEM, XRD, BET and TG results of synthesized products. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01443c

  4. A template-free method for stable CuO hollow microspheres fabricated from a metal organic framework (HKUST-1).

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    Zhang, Suoying; Liu, Hong; Liu, Pengfei; Yang, Zhuhong; Feng, Xin; Huo, Fengwei; Lu, Xiaohua

    2015-06-01

    Uniform CuO hollow microspheres were successfully achieved from a non-uniform metal organic framework by using a template-free method. The process mechanism has been revealed to be spherical aggregation and Ostwald ripening. When tested in CO oxidation and heat treatment, these assembled microspheres exhibited an excellent catalytic performance and show a much better stability than the inherited hollow structure from MOFs. PMID:25955660

  5. Ordered Macro/Mesoporous TiO2 Hollow Microspheres with Highly Crystalline Thin Shells for High-Efficiency Photoconversion.

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    Liu, Yong; Lan, Kun; Bagabas, Abdulaziz A; Zhang, Pengfei; Gao, Wenjun; Wang, Jingxiu; Sun, Zhenkun; Fan, Jianwei; Elzatahry, Ahmed A; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2016-02-01

    Well ordered, uniform 3D open macro/mesoporous TiO2 hollow microspheres with highly crystalline anatase thin shells have been successfully synthesized by a simple solvent evaporation-driven confined self-assembly method. The 3D open macro/mesoporous TiO2 hollow microspheres show high energy-conversion efficiency (up to 9.5%) and remarkable photocatalytic activity (with photodegradation of 100% for methylene blue in 12 min under UV light irradiation). PMID:26708310

  6. Cobalt oxide hollow microspheres with micro- and nano-scale composite structure: Fabrication and electrochemical performance

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    Tao, Feifei; Gao, Cuiling; Wen, Zhenhai; Wang, Qiang; Li, Jinghong; Xu, Zheng

    2009-05-01

    Co 3O 4 hollow microspheres with micro- and nano-scale composite structure self-assembled by nanosheets were successfully fabricated by the template-free wet-chemical approach. This method is simple, facile and effective. The Co 3O 4 hollow microspheres with good purity and homogeneous size were well characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform IR (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer (ICP). The formation mechanism was deeply studied. The micro- and nano-scale composite structure constructed by the porous nanosheets promotes to improve the electrochemical properties of Co 3O 4 hollow microspheres. The high discharge capacity of 1048 mAh g -1 indicates it to be the potential application in electrode materials of Li-ion battery.

  7. Preparation and Characterization of SnO2/Ag Hollow Microsphere via a Convenient Hydrothermal Route.

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    Qiao, Xiuqing; Hu, Fuchao; Hou, Dongfang; Li, Dongsheng

    2016-04-01

    SnO2/Ag hollow microsphere, assembled form SnO2 and Ag nanoparticles, was synthesized via a facile one-step hydrothermal synthesis method using Na2SnO3.3H2O, CO(NH2)2 and AgNO3 as raw materials. XRD, SEM, and TEM results revealed that the obtained SnO2/Ag hollow microsphere with diameters of ca.3-5 µm was built from uniformly distributed rutile SnO2 and cubic Ag nanoparticles. Moreover, XPS results indicate the existence of strong interaction between Ag and SnO2 nanoparticles, rather than simply physical contact, endowing the SnO2/Ag hollow microspheres with excellent photocatalytic performance in the degradation of RhB solution under visible light irradiation. PMID:27451773

  8. A new method for the preparation of monoporous hollow microspheres.

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    Chang, Ming-Wei; Stride, Eleanor; Edirisinghe, Mohan

    2010-04-01

    The feasibility of producing a hollow microsphere with a single hole in its shell by coaxial electrohydrodynamic atomization (CEHDA) is demonstrated. Polymethylsilsesquioxane (PMSQ) was used as a model shell material encapsulating a core of a volatile liquid, perfluorohexane (PFH), which was subsequently evaporated to produce the hollow microspheres. The diameters of the microspheres and of the single surface pore were controlled by varying the flow rate of the components, the concentration of the PMSQ solution, and the applied voltage in the CEHDA process. The particles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, and the ranges obtained were 275-860 nm for the microsphere diameter and 35-135 nm for the pore size. The process overcomes several of the key problems associated with existing methods of monoporous microsphere formation including removing the need for elevated temperatures, multiple processing steps, and the use of surfactants and other additives. PMID:20095539

  9. Magnetically separable and recyclable Fe3O4-polydopamine hybrid hollow microsphere for highly efficient peroxidase mimetic catalysts.

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    Liu, Shujun; Fu, Jianwei; Wang, Minghuan; Yan, Ya; Xin, Qianqian; Cai, Lu; Xu, Qun

    2016-05-01

    Magnetic Fe3O4-polydopamine (PDA) hybrid hollow microspheres, in which Fe3O4 nanoparticles were firmly incorporated in the cross-linked PDA shell, have been prepared through the formation of core/shell PS/Fe3O4-PDA composites based on template-induced covalent assembly method, followed by core removal in a tetrahydrofuran solution. The morphology, composition, thermal property and magnetic property of the magnetic hybrid hollow microspheres were characterized by SEM, TEM, FT-IR, XRD, TGA, and vibrating sample magnetometer, respectively. Results revealed that the magnetic hybrid hollow microspheres had about 380 nm of inner diameter and about 30 nm of shell thickness, and 13.6 emu g(-1) of magnetization saturation. More importantly, the Fe3O4-PDA hybrid hollow microspheres exhibited intrinsic peroxidase-like activity, as they could quickly catalyze the oxidation of typical substrates 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) in the presence of hydrogen peroxide. Compared with PDA/Fe3O4 composites where Fe3O4 nanoparticles were loaded on the surface of PDA microspheres, the stability of Fe3O4-PDA hybrid hollow microspheres was greatly improved. As-prepared magnetic hollow microspheres might open up a new application field in biodetection, biocatalysis, and environmental monitoring. PMID:26871276

  10. Facile large scale preparation and electromagnetic properties of silica-nickel-carbon composite shelly hollow microspheres.

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    An, Zhenguo; Zhang, Jingjie

    2016-02-21

    Silica-nickel-carbon composite microspheres with shelly hollow structures and tunable electromagnetic properties were prepared in large scale through a three-step route. Micron-sized precursor microspheres were prepared firstly by spray drying of water glass. Then a subsequent acid leaching with diluted hydrochloric acid was carried out to eliminate the Na2O in the precursor microspheres to get single shell silica hollow microspheres (SHMs). Afterwards, Ni-C composite shells were assembled on the surface of the previously formed SHMs through a calcination route in an inert atmosphere to form silica-nickel-carbon composite shelly hollow microspheres (CSHMs) through decomposition of the reactants and carbon thermal reduction. By properly tuning the calcination conditions, silica-nickel CSHMs with gradients in composition can also be prepared. The electromagnetic properties of the CSHMs were studied and the results demonstrate that they present ferromagnetic and microwave absorbing properties related to the shell composition. The DSHPs thus obtained may have some promising applications in the fields of low-density magnetic materials and microwave absorbers. This work provides a new strategy to fabricate shelly hollow particles, which can be expected to be extended to the controlled preparation of similar structures with various compositions. PMID:26726765

  11. ENCAPSULATION OF PALLADIUM IN POROUS WALL HOLLOW GLASS MICROSPHERES

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    Heung, L; George Wicks, G; Ray Schumacher, R

    2008-04-09

    A new encapsulation method was investigated in an attempt to develop an improved palladium packing material for hydrogen isotope separation. Porous wall hollow glass microspheres (PWHGMs) were produced by using a flame former, heat treating and acid leaching. The PWHGMs were then filled with palladium salt using a soak-and-dry process. The palladium salt was reduced at high temperature to leave palladium inside the microspheres.

  12. A facile synthesis of luminescent YVO4:Eu3+ hollow microspheres in virtue of template function of the SDS-PEG soft clusters

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    Wang, Juan; Yan, Yinglin; Hojamberdiev, Mirabbos; Ruan, Xiaoguang; Cai, Anjiang; Xu, Yunhua

    2012-08-01

    Hollow europium-doped yttrium orthovanadate (YVO4:Eu3+) microspheres were fabricated via a sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-polyethylene glycol (PEG)-assisted hydrothermal technique. The as-synthesized hollow YVO4:Eu3+ microspheres were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). The obtained results showed that the morphology and size of the hollow microspheres have a strong dependence on the hydrothermal reaction time of the YVO4:Eu3+ powders. It is believed that the SDS-PEG clusters perform a function of dual soft-template that results in a unique template-induced secondary assembly in the one-pot synthesis of hollow YVO4:Eu3+ microspheres. The photoluminescence measurement revealed that the YVO4:Eu3+ powders with a spherical hollow shape have better red luminescence compared to the YVO4:Eu3+ solid microspheres. As a result, the controlled synthesis of hollow YVO4:Eu3+ microspheres not only has a great theoretical significance in studying the three-dimensional control and selective synthesis of inorganic materials but also benefits the potential applications based on hollow YVO4:Eu3+ microspheres owing to reducing the usage of expensive rare-earth elements.

  13. PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF POROUS WALLED HOLLOW GLASS MICROSPHERES

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    Raszewski, F; Erich Hansen, E; Ray Schumacher, R; David Peeler, D

    2008-04-21

    Porous-walled hollow glass microspheres (PWHGMs) of a modified alkali borosilicate composition have been successfully fabricated by combining the technology of producing hollow glass microspheres (HGMs) with the knowledge associated with porous glasses. HGMs are first formed by a powder glass--flame process, which are then transformed to PWHGMs by heat treatment and subsequent treatment in acid. Pore diameter and pore volume are most influenced by heat treatment temperature. Pore diameter is increased by a factor of 10 when samples are heat treated prior to acid leaching; 100 {angstrom} in non-heat treated samples to 1000 {angstrom} in samples heat treated at 600 C for 8 hours. As heat treatment time is increased from 8 hours to 24 hours there is a slight shift increase in pore diameter and little or no change in pore volume.

  14. Hollow microspheres of silica glass and method of manufacture

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    Downs, Raymond L.; Miller, Wayne J.

    1982-01-01

    A method of manufacturing gel powder suitable for use as a starting material in the manufacture of hollow glass microspheres having a high concentration of silica. The powder is manufactured from a gel containing boron in the amount of about 1% to 20% (oxide equivalent mole percent), alkali metals, specifically potassium and sodium, in an amount exceeding 8% total, and the remainder silicon. Preferably, the ratio of potassium to sodium is greater than 1.5.

  15. Method for selecting hollow microspheres for use in laser fusion targets

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    Farnum, Eugene H.; Fries, R. Jay; Havenhill, Jerry W.; Smith, Maurice Lee; Stoltz, Daniel L.

    1976-01-01

    Hollow microspheres having thin and very uniform wall thickness are useful as containers for the deuterium and tritium gas mixture used as a fuel in laser fusion targets. Hollow microspheres are commercially available; however, in commercial lots only a very small number meet the rigid requirements for use in laser fusion targets. Those meeting these requirements may be separated from the unsuitable ones by subjecting the commercial lot to size and density separations and then by subjecting those hollow microspheres thus separated to an external pressurization at which those which are aspherical or which have nonuniform walls are broken and separating the sound hollow microspheres from the broken ones.

  16. Hollow mesoporous titania microspheres: New technology and enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Feng, Zhenliang; Wei, Wenrui; Wang, Litong; Hong, Ruoyu

    2015-12-01

    Hollow titania microspheres (HTS) were fabricated via a sol-gel process by coating the hydrolysis product of titanium tetrabutoxide (TBOT) onto the amino (-NH2) modified porous polystyrene cross-linked divinyl benzene (PS-DVB) microspheres under changing atmospheric pressure, followed by calcination in nitrogen and air atmosphere. Particularly, the atmospheric pressure was continuously and regularly changed during the formation process of PS-DVB@TiO2 microspheres. Then the TiO2 particles were absorbed into the pores and onto the surface of PS-DVB as well. The resultant HTS (around 2 μm in diameter) featured a high specific surface area (84.37 m2/g), anatase crystal and stable hollow microsphere structure, which led to high photocatalysis activity. The photocatalytic degradation of malachite green (MG) organic dye solution was conducted under ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation, which showed a high photocatalytic ability (81% of MG was degraded after UV irradiation for 88 min). Therefore, it could be potentially applied for the treatment of wastewater contaminated by organic pollutants.

  17. Titania coated hollow glass microspheres for environmental applications

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    Koopman, Mark C.

    The potential applicability of titania coated hollow glass microspheres (HGMs) to the photocatalytic degradation of microbiological and organic chemical water pollutants could have dramatic positive effects on improving the quality of industrial wastewaters that empty into rivers and streams, as well as potential use in economically improving the quality of drinking water. Heterogeneous photocatalysis using titania has been extensively studied since the 1990's because of its non-toxic nature, its high quantum yield of electrons and photo-holes, and its ability to use ambient solar radiation as a power source. Although titania embodies extraordinarily attractive properties for a range of environmental applications, a viable substrate or method of using the material effectively has not been recognized. HGMs are particularly attractive as a support for titania because of their low density and high surface area to volume ratio, but details of how they react to imposed loading, wear, and impact have not been addressed, nor have materials engineering analyses that could maximize their utility been made. In this study we have examined the microstructure, morphology and micro-compression properties of two types of titania coated hollow microspheres, a commercially produced HGM and cenospheres, a derivative of fly ash. Comparisons of uncoated and titania coated hollow microspheres showed improved failure loads and facture energies for the titania coated materials over the uncoated hollow microspheres. Also, the relationship between failure load and hollow microsphere diameter was characterized and the function employed to explain part of the gain in average failure load for the HGMs. Microscopic examination of titania coated HGMs that were subjected to various turbulent conditions, as well as intentional fracture, indicated good interfacial integrity, which supports the viability of both types of HGMs for potential applications. The photocatalytic reactivity of the titania

  18. Fabrication of hollow mesoporous NiO hexagonal microspheres via hydrothermal process in ionic liquid

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    Zhao, Jinbo; Wu, Lili; Zou, Ke

    2011-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ni(OH){sub 2} precursors were synthesized in ionic liquid and water solution by hydrothermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer NiO hollow microspheres were prepared by thermal treatment of Ni(OH){sub 2} precursors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer NiO hollow microspheres were self-assembled by mesoporous cubic and hexagonal nanocrystals with high specific surface area. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The mesoporous structure is stable at 773 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ionic liquid absorbed on the O-terminate surface of the crystals to form hydrogen bond and played key roles in determining the final shape of the NiO novel microstructure. -- Abstract: The novel NiO hexagonal hollow microspheres have been successfully prepared by annealing Ni(OH){sub 2}, which was synthesized via an ionic liquid-assisted hydrothermal method. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR). The results show that the hollow NiO microstructures are self-organized by mesoporous cubic and hexagonal nanocrystals. The mesoporous structure possessed good thermal stability and high specific surface area (ca. 83 m{sup 2}/g). The ionic liquid 1-butyl-3methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([Bmim][BF{sub 4}]) was found to play a key role in controlling the morphology of NiO microstructures during the hydrothermal process. The special hollow mesoporous architectures will have potential applications in many fields, such as catalysts, absorbents, sensors, drug-delivery carriers, acoustic insulators and supercapacitors.

  19. Simultaneous nano- and micro-scale control of nanofibrous microspheres self-assembled from star-shaped polymers

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    Zhang, Zhanpeng; Marson, Ryan L.; Ge, Zhishen; Glotzer, Sharon C.; Ma, Peter X.

    2015-01-01

    The mechanism underlying the multi-scale self-assembly of star-shaped polymers into non-hollow, hollow, and spongy nanofibrous microspheres is reported. Star-shaped poly(L-lactic acid) polymers with varying arm-numbers and arm-lengths are synthesized, dissolved in tetrahydrofuran, emulsified in glycerol, and thermally-induced to phase separate, resulting in microspheres that are either smooth or fibrous on the nano-scale, and either non-hollow, hollow, or spongy on the micro-scale. Molecular architecture and the hydroxyl density are shown to control assembly and morphology at both nano- and micro-scales. Nanofibers form only when the arm length is sufficiently long, while an increase in hydroxyl density causes the microspheres to change from non-hollow to hollow to spongy. We demonstrate via both experiments of capping or doubling the hydroxyl end groups and dissipative particle dynamics simulations that the affinity of hydroxyl to glycerol is critical to stabilizing the micro-scale structure. A “phase diagram” was constructed for the six types of microspheres in relation to the molecular structures of the star-shaped polymers. The proposed mechanism explains how star-shaped polymers self-assemble into various microspheres, and guides us to simultaneously control both nano- and micro-features of the microspheres. PMID:26009995

  20. Multi-shelled CeO₂ hollow microspheres as superior photocatalysts for water oxidation.

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    Qi, Jian; Zhao, Kun; Li, Guodong; Gao, Yan; Zhao, Huijun; Yu, Ranbo; Tang, Zhiyong

    2014-04-21

    A general self-templating method is introduced to construct triple-shelled CeO₂ hollow microspheres, which are composed of tiny CeO₂ nanoparticles. When the triple-shelled CeO₂ hollow microspheres are used as photocatalysts for direct water oxidation with AgNO₃ as the electron scavenger, excellent activity and enhanced stability for O₂ evolution are achieved, in contrast with commercial CeO₂ nanoparticles, single-shelled CeO₂ hollow microspheres and double-shelled CeO₂ hollow microspheres. Such an outstanding performance is attributed to the unique properties of the triple-shelled CeO₂ hollow microspheres including more efficient multiple reflections of the incident light by the inner shells, the larger surface area and more active sites for improving separation of electron-hole pairs, and the more curved surfaces unfavorable for deposition of in situ generated Ag nanoparticles. PMID:24608859

  1. Hollow and porous hydroxyapatite microspheres prepared with an O/W emulsion by spray freezing method.

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    Xiao, Qiyao; Zhou, Kechao; Chen, Chao; Jiang, Mingxiang; Zhang, Yan; Luo, Hang; Zhang, Dou

    2016-12-01

    Microspheres with hollow and/or porous structures have been widely used in various applications. A new method of spraying and freezing emulsions was developed to prepare hollow HA (hydroxyapatite) microspheres with interconnected pores by using PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) as emulsifiers and binders. The relationships between viscosity and shear time or rates were tested and the dispersing stability of oil in water (O/W) emulsions was characterized with comparison to suspensions without the addition of oil phase. The effects of solid loadings of HA and the volume ratio between oil and water on the morphologies of microspheres were investigated. Hollow HA microspheres with particle diameter of ~20μm and pore size of ~0.6μm were successfully obtained by spray freezing method. Besides, drying and sintering processes were crucial to the formation of hollow and porous structures, respectively. The gentamicin loading and releasing of HA porous microspheres with different hollow volumes were tested. PMID:27612804

  2. Nickel oxide hollow microsphere for non-enzyme glucose detection.

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    Ci, Suqin; Huang, Taizhong; Wen, Zhenhai; Cui, Shumao; Mao, Shun; Steeber, Douglas A; Chen, Junhong

    2014-04-15

    A facile strategy has been developed to fabricate nickel oxide hollow microspheres (NiO-HMSs) through a solvothermal method by using a mixed solvent of ethanol and water with the assistance of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). Various techniques, including transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), were used to characterize the morphology and the structure of as-prepared samples. It was confirmed that the products possess a hollow microsphere structure that is constructed by interconnecting porous nanoplate framework. Electrochemical studies indicate that the NiO-HMS exhibits excellent stability and high catalytic activity for electrocatalytic oxidation of glucose in alkaline solutions, which enables the NiO-HMS to be used in enzyme-free amperometric sensors for glucose determination. It was demonstrated that the NiO-HMS-based glucose biosensor offers a variety of merits, such as a wide linear response window for glucose concentrations of 1.67 μM-6.87 mM, short response time (3 s), a lower detection limit of 0.53 μM (S/N=3), high sensitivity (~2.39 mA mM(-1) cm(-2)) as well as good stability and repeatability. PMID:24287412

  3. TiO2 hollow microspheres with mesoporous surface: Superior adsorption performance for dye removal

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    Wang, Ran; Cai, Xia; Shen, Fenglei

    2014-06-01

    TiO2 hollow microspheres with mesoporous surface were synthesized by a facile template-assisted solvothermal reaction. The adsorption performance of TiO2 hollow microspheres for removing Methylene Blue from aqueous solution has been investigated. The comparative adsorption study indicated that adsorption capacity of TiO2 hollow microspheres with mesoporous surface is markedly higher than that of solid microsphere. The equilibrium data fitted well with the Langmuir model and the maximum adsorption capacity reached 196.83 mg/g. The kinetics of dye adsorption followed the pseudo-second-order model and the adsorbed dye could be degraded completely by the subsequent photocatalytic process. These TiO2 hollow microspheres can be considered as a low-cost alternative adsorbent for removal of organic pollutants from wastewater.

  4. Strain-tuned optoelectronic properties of hollow gallium sulphide microspheres.

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    Zhang, Yin; Chen, Chen; Liang, C Y; Liu, Z W; Li, Y S; Che, Renchao

    2015-11-01

    Sulfide semiconductors have attracted considerable attention. The main challenge is to prepare materials with a designable morphology, a controllable band structure and optoelectronic properties. Herein, we report a facile chemical transportation reaction for the synthesis of Ga2S3 microspheres with novel hollow morphologies and partially filled volumes. Even without any extrinsic dopant, photoluminescence (PL) emission wavelength could be facilely tuned from 635 to 665 nm, depending on its intrinsic inhomogeneous strain distribution. Geometric phase analysis (GPA) based on high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) imaging reveals that the strain distribution and the associated PL properties can be accurately controlled by changing the growth temperature gradient, which depends on the distance between the boats used for raw material evaporation and microsphere deposition. The stacking-fault density, lattice distortion degree and strain distribution at the shell interfacial region of the Ga2S3 microspheres could be readily adjusted. Ab initio first-principles calculations confirm that the lowest conductive band (LCB) is dominated by S-3s and Ga-4p states, which shift to the low-energy band as a result of the introduction of tensile strain, well in accordance with the observed PL evolution. Therefore, based on our strain driving strategy, novel guidelines toward the reasonable design of sulfide semiconductors with tunable photoluminescence properties are proposed. PMID:26440072

  5. Apparatus and process to enhance the uniform formation of hollow glass microspheres

    DOEpatents

    Schumacher, Ray F

    2013-10-01

    A process and apparatus is provided for enhancing the formation of a uniform population of hollow glass microspheres. A burner head is used which directs incoming glass particles away from the cooler perimeter of the flame cone of the gas burner and distributes the glass particles in a uniform manner throughout the more evenly heated portions of the flame zone. As a result, as the glass particles are softened and expand by a released nucleating gas so as to form a hollow glass microsphere, the resulting hollow glass microspheres have a more uniform size and property distribution as a result of experiencing a more homogenous heat treatment process.

  6. Hollow Cobalt Selenide Microspheres: Synthesis and Application as Anode Materials for Na-Ion Batteries.

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    Ko, You Na; Choi, Seung Ho; Kang, Yun Chan

    2016-03-16

    The electrochemical properties of hollow cobalt oxide and cobalt selenide microspheres are studied for the first time as anode materials for Na-ion batteries. Hollow cobalt oxide microspheres prepared by one-pot spray pyrolysis are transformed into hollow cobalt selenide microspheres by a simple selenization process using hydrogen selenide gas. Ultrafine nanocrystals of Co3O4 microspheres are preserved in the cobalt selenide microspheres selenized at 300 °C. The initial discharge capacities for the Co3O4 and cobalt selenide microspheres selenized at 300 and 400 °C are 727, 595, and 586 mA h g(-1), respectively, at a current density of 500 mA g(-1). The discharge capacities after 40 cycles for the same samples are 348, 467, and 251 mA h g(-1), respectively, and their capacity retentions measured from the second cycle onward are 66, 91, and 50%, respectively. The hollow cobalt selenide microspheres have better rate performances than the hollow cobalt oxide microspheres. PMID:26918934

  7. Strain-tuned optoelectronic properties of hollow gallium sulphide microspheres

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    Zhang, Yin; Chen, Chen; Liang, C. Y.; Liu, Z. W.; Li, Y. S.; Che, Renchao

    2015-10-01

    Sulfide semiconductors have attracted considerable attention. The main challenge is to prepare materials with a designable morphology, a controllable band structure and optoelectronic properties. Herein, we report a facile chemical transportation reaction for the synthesis of Ga2S3 microspheres with novel hollow morphologies and partially filled volumes. Even without any extrinsic dopant, photoluminescence (PL) emission wavelength could be facilely tuned from 635 to 665 nm, depending on its intrinsic inhomogeneous strain distribution. Geometric phase analysis (GPA) based on high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) imaging reveals that the strain distribution and the associated PL properties can be accurately controlled by changing the growth temperature gradient, which depends on the distance between the boats used for raw material evaporation and microsphere deposition. The stacking-fault density, lattice distortion degree and strain distribution at the shell interfacial region of the Ga2S3 microspheres could be readily adjusted. Ab initio first-principles calculations confirm that the lowest conductive band (LCB) is dominated by S-3s and Ga-4p states, which shift to the low-energy band as a result of the introduction of tensile strain, well in accordance with the observed PL evolution. Therefore, based on our strain driving strategy, novel guidelines toward the reasonable design of sulfide semiconductors with tunable photoluminescence properties are proposed.Sulfide semiconductors have attracted considerable attention. The main challenge is to prepare materials with a designable morphology, a controllable band structure and optoelectronic properties. Herein, we report a facile chemical transportation reaction for the synthesis of Ga2S3 microspheres with novel hollow morphologies and partially filled volumes. Even without any extrinsic dopant, photoluminescence (PL) emission wavelength could be facilely tuned from 635 to 665 nm, depending on its

  8. Sol-gel co-assembly of hollow cylindrical inverse opals and inverse opal columns.

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    Haibin, Ni; Ming, Wang; Wei, Chen

    2011-12-19

    A facile approach of fabricating hollow cylindrical inverse opals and inverse opal columns by sol-gel co-assembly method was proposed. Polystyrene (PS) colloidal suspension added with hydrolyzed silicate precursor solution was used to self-assemble composite colloidal crystals which consist of PS colloidal crystal template and infiltrated silica gel in the interstitial of microspheres. Continuous hollow cylindrical composite colloidal crystal films have been produced on capillaries' outside and internal surface. Composite colloidal crystal columns which filling up the interior of a capillary were fabricated by pressure assisted sol-gel co-assembly method. Hollow cylindrical inverse opals and inverse opal columns were obtained after removing PS colloidal crystal from the composite colloidal crystal. Optical properties of the silica hollow cylindrical inverse opals were characterized by transmission spectrum and a stop band was observed. Structure and optical properties of the inverse opal columns were investigated. PMID:22274178

  9. Room temperature preparation of cuprous oxide hollow microspheres by a facile wet-chemical approach

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    Wang, Ning; He, Hongcai; Han, Li

    2010-09-01

    Cuprous oxide hollow spheres have potential applications in drug-delivery carriers, biomedical diagnosis agents, and cell imaging. From a commercial point of view, the low-temperature, template-free, facile method is widely popular synthetic method for the synthesis of cuprous oxide hollow spheres. In this letter, we describe a novel facile template-free wet-chemical route to prepare crystallized cuprous oxide microspheres at room temperature. XRD patterns and SEM images revealed that pure crystallized cuprous oxide hollow microspheres were successfully obtained at room temperature. The diameter of cuprous oxide hollow sphere can be adjusted (0.7-7 μm) by concentration control of hydrazine hydrate. Generated N 2 gas bubbles in the aqueous solution, serving as "soft" templates, play a key role in the formation of hollow microspheres.

  10. Hollow CoFe2O4-Co3Fe7 microspheres applied in electromagnetic absorption

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    Li, Wanxi; Wang, Liancheng; Li, Guomin; Xu, Yao

    2015-03-01

    In this work, monodisperse hollow cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) microspheres with mean diameter of 150 nm and shell thickness of 50 nm have been successfully prepared via a one-pot solvothermal method. In order to improve the microwave absorption, a thermal reduction process was designed to synthesize hollow CoFe2O4-Co3Fe7 microspheres. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images showed that the CoFe2O4-Co3Fe7 microspheres retained hollow structure. Microwave absorption results revealed that hollow CoFe2O4-Co3Fe7 microspheres exhibited much stronger electromagnetic absorption than the original hollow CoFe2O4 microspheres. Most importantly, when the sample thickness was 1.3 mm, the reflection loss (RL) less than -10 dB was obtained in the frequency range of 12.5-17.7 GHz, which nearly covered the entire Ku-band. When the sample thickness increased to 2 mm, the minimum RL was as high as -41.6 dB with the effective bandwidth (the bandwidth of RL at -10 dB) of 3 GHz. The enhanced microwave absorption was attributed to efficient complement between dielectric loss and magnetic loss. These results indicated that the hollow CoFe2O4-Co3Fe7 microspheres could be used as a new candidate for microwave absorbents, especially in Ku-band.

  11. Suspension Plasma Spray Fabrication of Nanocrystalline Titania Hollow Microspheres for Photocatalytic Applications

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    Ren, Kun; Liu, Yi; He, Xiaoyan; Li, Hua

    2015-10-01

    Hollow inorganic microspheres with controlled internal pores in close-cell configuration are usually constructed by submicron-sized particles. Fast and efficient large-scale production of the microspheres with tunable sizes yet remains challenging. Here, we report a suspension plasma spray route for making hollow microspheres from nano titania particles. The processing permits most nano particles to retain their physiochemical properties in the as-sprayed microspheres. The microspheres have controllable interior cavities and mesoporous shell of 1-3 μm in thickness. Spray parameters and organic content in the starting suspension play the key role in regulating the efficiency of accomplishing the hollow sphere structure. For the ease of collecting the spheres for recycling use, ferriferous oxide particles were used as additives to make Fe3O4-TiO2 hollow magnetic microspheres. The spheres can be easily recycled through external magnetic field collection after each time use. Photocatalytic anti-bacterial activities of the hollow spheres were assessed by examining their capability of degrading methylene blue and sterilizing Escherichia coli bacteria. Excellent photocatalytic performances were revealed for the hollow spheres, giving insight into their potential versatile applications.

  12. Hydrothermal synthesis and magnetic properties of CuO hollow microspheres

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    Zhao, J.G.; Yin, J.Z.; Yang, M.

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • CuO hollow microspheres were synthesized through hydrothermal route. • The possible growth mechanism was proposed according to the experimental results. • CuO hollow microspheres show an anomalous ferromagnetic behavior at 5 K and 300 K. - Abstract: In the present work, CuO hollow microspheres with the diameter about 2 μm were successfully synthesized through a facile hydrothermal method. The phase purity, morphologies and structure features of the as obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy, respectively. It was found that reaction temperature, reaction time and different volume ratios of ethanol and distilled water played important roles on the morphologies of the obtained CuO hollow microspheres. The possible formation mechanism was also proposed according to the corresponding experimental results. The magnetic properties were investigated by superconducting quantum interference device, revealing that the CuO hollow microspheres exhibited an anomalous ferromagnetic behavior at 5 K and 300 K. At the same time, the origin of the ferromagnetism in CuO hollow microspheres was also discussed.

  13. BMP2-loaded hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres exhibit enhanced osteoinduction and osteogenicity in large bone defects

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    Xiong, Long; Zeng, Jianhua; Yao, Aihua; Tu, Qiquan; Li, Jingtang; Yan, Liang; Tang, Zhiming

    2015-01-01

    The regeneration of large bone defects is an osteoinductive, osteoconductive, and osteogenic process that often requires a bone graft for support. Limitations associated with naturally autogenic or allogenic bone grafts have demonstrated the need for synthetic substitutes. The present study investigates the feasibility of using novel hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres as an osteoconductive matrix and a carrier for controlled local delivery of bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2), a potent osteogenic inducer of bone regeneration. Hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres (100±25 μm) with a core (60±18 μm) and a mesoporous shell (180±42 m2/g surface area) were prepared by a glass conversion technique and loaded with recombinant human BMP2 (1 μg/mg). There was a gentle burst release of BMP2 from microspheres into the surrounding phosphate-buffered saline in vitro within the initial 48 hours, and continued at a low rate for over 40 days. In comparison with hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres without BMP2 or soluble BMP2 without a carrier, BMP2-loaded hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres had a significantly enhanced capacity to reconstitute radial bone defects in rabbit, as shown by increased serum alkaline phosphatase; quick and complete new bone formation within 12 weeks; and great biomechanical flexural strength. These results indicate that BMP2-loaded hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres could be a potential new option for bone graft substitutes in bone regeneration. PMID:25609957

  14. Preparation of hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres by the conversion of borate glass at near room temperature

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    Yao, Aihua; Ai, Fanrong; Liu, Xin; Wang, Deping; Huang, Wenhai; Xu, Wei

    2010-01-15

    Hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres, consisting of a hollow core and a porous shell, were prepared by converting Li{sub 2}O-CaO-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glass microspheres in dilute phosphate solution at 37 {sup o}C. The results confirmed that Li{sub 2}O-CaO-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glass was transformed to hydroxyapatite without changing the external shape and dimension of the original glass object. Scanning electron microscopy images showed the shell wall of the microsphere was built from hydroxyapatite particles, and these particles spontaneously align with one another to form a porous sphere with an interior cavity. Increase in phosphate concentration resulted in an increase in the reaction rate, which in turn had an effect on shell wall structure of the hollow hydroxyapatite microsphere. For the Li{sub 2}O-CaO-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glass microspheres reacted in low-concentration K{sub 2}HPO{sub 4} solution, lower reaction rate and a multilayered microstructure were observed. On the other hand, the glass microspheres reacted in higher phosphate solution converted more rapidly and produced a single hydroxyapatite layer. Furthermore, the mechanism of forming hydroxyapatite hollow microsphere was described.

  15. Size controlled synthesis and photocatalytic activity of anatase TiO2 hollow microspheres

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    Dwivedi, Charu; Dutta, V.

    2012-10-01

    Titanium oxide hollow microspheres were synthesized from organic precursor titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) using continuous spray pyrolysis reactor. Effects of precursor concentration, applied voltage and annealing have been investigated. It was observed that the annealing of the as-synthesized TiO2 hollow microspheres at 250 °C, which had an average external diameter of 200 nm, leads to an increase in the size and also more spherical shape. The precursor concentration and applied voltage were found to have a direct impact on the size of the microspheres, which is also evident in the absorption spectrum. The as-prepared TiO2 hollow microspheres exhibited good photocatalytic activity for the degradation of MO.

  16. Development and Characterization of Novel Site Specific Hollow Floating Microspheres Bearing 5-Fu for Stomach Targeting

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    Bhardwaj, Peeyush; Singh, Ranjit; Swarup, Anoop

    2014-01-01

    Multiple-unit-type oral floating hollow microspheres of 5-fluorouracil (5-Fu) were developed using modified solvent evaporation technique to prolong gastric residence time, to target stomach cancer, and to increase drug bioavailability. The prepared microspheres were characterized for micromeritic properties, floating behavior, entrapment efficiency, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The in vitro drug release and floating behavior were studied in simulated gastric fluid (SGF) at pH 1.2. The yield of microspheres was obtained up to 84.46 ± 6.47%. Microspheres showed passable flow properties. Based on optical microscopy, particle size was found to be ranging from 158.65 ± 12.02 to 198.67 ± 17.45 μm. SEM confirmed spherical size, perforated smooth surface, and a hollow cavity inside the microspheres. Different kinetic models for drug release were also applied on selected batches. PMID:25383377

  17. Investigation on luminescence properties of Er3+-Yb3+-Tm3+ co-doped Gd2O3 hollow microspheres

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    Xu, Fang; Han, Wan-lei; Liu, Xiao-bo; Song, Ying-lin

    2011-06-01

    The Gd2O3 hollow microspheres have been successfully fabricated via carbonaceous polysaccharide microspheres as templates and urea as a precipitating agent, which involved the deposition of an inorganic coating on the surface of carbon microsphere, followed by heat treated 800°C for 4h. The obtained high uniform Gd2O3 microspheres with a spherical shape and hollow structure are uniform in size and distribution. The possible mechanism of evolution from glucose to carbonaceous polysaccharide microspheres and the chemical reaction of each step to form the final hollow spheres are proposed. The rare earth ion Ln3+ doped Gd2O3 (Ln = Er, Yb and Tm) hollow microspheres show bright up-conversion luminescence with different colors coming from different activator ions under ultraviolet or 980 nm light excitation, which may open new possibilities to synthesize other hollow spherical materials and extend their applications.

  18. 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

  19. Hollow GdPO4:Eu3+ microspheres: Luminescent properties and applications as drug carrier

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    Tang, Yanxia; Mei, Rui; Yang, Shaokun; Tang, Hongxia; Yin, Wenzhong; Xu, Yongchun; Gao, Yaping

    2016-04-01

    GdPO4:Eu3+ samples were synthesized by a hydrothermal process using melamine formaldehyde (MF) as template. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrum suggested that GdPO4:Eu3+ has a hexagonal phase. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) images showed that the obtained GdPO4:Eu3+ are hollow microspheres with diameters in the range of 1-1.5 μm. Under the excitation at 245 nm, hexagonal GdPO4:Eu3+ hollow microspheres showed emission bands originating from the 5D0 → 7FJ (J = 1, 2, 3 and 4) transitions of Eu3+. The drug release properties of hexagonal GdPO4:Eu3+ hollow microspheres were exhibited by the doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) release test. The biocompatibility of hexagonal GdPO4:Eu3+ hollow microsphere was tested by the standard 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. The results indicated that hollow GdPO4:Eu3+ microspheres have potential applications in biomedicine fields.

  20. Porous wall hollow glass microspheres as a medium or substrate for storage and formation of novel materials

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    Wicks, George G; Serkiz, Steven M.; Zidan, Ragaiy; Heung, Leung K.

    2014-06-24

    Porous wall hollow glass microspheres are provided as a template for formation of nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes, In addition, the carbon nanotubes in combination with the porous wall hollow glass microsphere provides an additional reaction template with respect to carbon nanotubes.

  1. Novel hollow Pt-ZnO nanocomposite microspheres with hierarchical structure and enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability

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    Yu, Changlin; Yang, Kai; Xie, Yu; Fan, Qizhe; Yu, Jimmy C.; Shu, Qing; Wang, Chunying

    2013-02-01

    Noble metal/semiconductor nanocomposites play an important role in high efficient photocatalysis. Herein, we demonstrate a facile strategy for fabrication of hollow Pt-ZnO nanocomposite microspheres with hierarchical structure under mild solvothermal conditions using Zn (CH3COO)2.2H2O and HPtCl4 as the precursors, and polyethylene glycol-6000 (PEG-6000) and ethylene glycol as the reducing agent and solvent, respectively. The as-synthesized ZnO and Pt-ZnO composite nanocrystals were well characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen-physical adsorption, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), and photoluminescence (PL) emission spectroscopy. It was found that Pt content greatly influences the morphology of Pt-ZnO composite nanocrystals. Suitable concentration of HPtCl4 in the reaction solution system can produce well hierarchically hollow Pt-ZnO nanocomposite microspheres, which are composed of an assembly of fine Pt-ZnO nanocrystals. Photocatalytic tests of the Pt-ZnO microspheres for the degradation of the dye acid orange II revealed extremely high photocatalytic activity and stability compared with those of pure ZnO and corresponding Pt deposited ZnO. The remarkable photocatalytic performance of hollow Pt-ZnO microspheres mainly originated from their unique nanostructures and the low recombination rate of the e-/h+ pairs by the platinum nanoparticles embedded in ZnO nanocrystals.Noble metal/semiconductor nanocomposites play an important role in high efficient photocatalysis. Herein, we demonstrate a facile strategy for fabrication of hollow Pt-ZnO nanocomposite microspheres with hierarchical structure under mild solvothermal conditions using Zn (CH3COO)2.2H2O and HPtCl4 as the precursors, and polyethylene glycol-6000 (PEG-6000) and ethylene glycol as the reducing agent and solvent, respectively. The as

  2. Comparative Investigation on Thermal Insulation of Polyurethane Composites Filled with Silica Aerogel and Hollow Silica Microsphere.

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    Liu, Chunyuan; Kim, Jin Seuk; Kwon, Younghwan

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents a comparative study on thermal conductivity of PU composites containing open-cell nano-porous silica aerogel and closed-cell hollow silica microsphere, respectively. The thermal conductivity of PU composites is measured at 30 degrees C with transient hot bridge method. The insertion of polymer in pores of silica aerogel creates mixed interfaces, increasing the thermal conductivity of resulting composites. The measured thermal conductivity of PU composites filled with hollow silica microspheres is estimated using theoretical models, and is in good agreement with Felske model. It appears that the thermal conductivity of composites decreases with increasing the volume fraction (phi) when hollow silica microsphere (eta = 0.916) is used. PMID:27433652

  3. Preparation and Gas Sensing Properties of Hollow ZnS Microspheres.

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    Xiao, Jingkun; Song, Chengwen; Song, Mingyan; Dong, Wei; Li, Chen; Yin, Yanyan

    2016-03-01

    Hollow ZnS microspheres are synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. Morphology and structure of the ZnS microspheres are analyzed by SEM, TEM, XRD and N2 sorption technique, Gas sensing properties of the as-prepared ZnS sensor are also systematically investigated. The results show that the ZnS microspheres have well-developed porous and hollow nanostructure. The sensor based on the ZnS microspheres exhibits ultra-fast response (1-2 s) and fast recovery time (7-34 s) towards ethanol at the optimal operating temperature of 160 degrees C. Moreover, the ZnS sensor also demonstrates high selectivity to other gases such as methanol, benzene, dichloromethane and hexane, suggesting that it is a promising candidate for ethanol sensing applications. PMID:27455754

  4. Novel hollow Pt-ZnO nanocomposite microspheres with hierarchical structure and enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability.

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    Yu, Changlin; Yang, Kai; Xie, Yu; Fan, Qizhe; Yu, Jimmy C; Shu, Qing; Wang, Chunying

    2013-03-01

    Noble metal/semiconductor nanocomposites play an important role in high efficient photocatalysis. Herein, we demonstrate a facile strategy for fabrication of hollow Pt-ZnO nanocomposite microspheres with hierarchical structure under mild solvothermal conditions using Zn (CH(3)COO)(2)·2H(2)O and HPtCl(4) as the precursors, and polyethylene glycol-6000 (PEG-6000) and ethylene glycol as the reducing agent and solvent, respectively. The as-synthesized ZnO and Pt-ZnO composite nanocrystals were well characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen-physical adsorption, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), and photoluminescence (PL) emission spectroscopy. It was found that Pt content greatly influences the morphology of Pt-ZnO composite nanocrystals. Suitable concentration of HPtCl(4) in the reaction solution system can produce well hierarchically hollow Pt-ZnO nanocomposite microspheres, which are composed of an assembly of fine Pt-ZnO nanocrystals. Photocatalytic tests of the Pt-ZnO microspheres for the degradation of the dye acid orange II revealed extremely high photocatalytic activity and stability compared with those of pure ZnO and corresponding Pt deposited ZnO. The remarkable photocatalytic performance of hollow Pt-ZnO microspheres mainly originated from their unique nanostructures and the low recombination rate of the e(-)/h(+) pairs by the platinum nanoparticles embedded in ZnO nanocrystals. PMID:23385557

  5. Controlling the thickness of hollow polymeric microspheres prepared by electrohydrodynamic atomization.

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    Chang, Ming-Wei; Stride, Eleanor; Edirisinghe, Mohan

    2010-08-01

    In this study, the ability to control the shell thickness of hollow polymeric microspheres prepared using electrohydrodynamic processing at ambient temperature was investigated. Polymethylsilsesquioxane (PMSQ) was used as a model material for the microsphere shell encapsulating a core of liquid perfluorohexane (PFH). The microspheres were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and optical and electron microscopy, and the effects of the processing parameters (flow-rate ratio, polymer concentration and applied voltage) on the mean microsphere diameter (D) and shell thickness (t) were determined. It was found that the mean diameters of the hollow microspheres could be controlled in the range from 310 to 1000 nm while the corresponding mean shell thickness varied from 40 to 95 nm. The results indicate that the ratio D : t varied with polymer concentration, with the largest value of approximately 10 achieved with a solution containing 18 wt% of the polymer, while the smallest value (6.6) was obtained at 36 wt%. For polymer concentrations above 63 wt%, hollow microspheres could not be generated, but instead PMSQ fibres encapsulating PFH liquid were obtained. PMID:20519216

  6. Controlling the thickness of hollow polymeric microspheres prepared by electrohydrodynamic atomization

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    Chang, Ming-Wei; Stride, Eleanor; Edirisinghe, Mohan

    2010-01-01

    In this study, the ability to control the shell thickness of hollow polymeric microspheres prepared using electrohydrodynamic processing at ambient temperature was investigated. Polymethylsilsesquioxane (PMSQ) was used as a model material for the microsphere shell encapsulating a core of liquid perfluorohexane (PFH). The microspheres were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and optical and electron microscopy, and the effects of the processing parameters (flow-rate ratio, polymer concentration and applied voltage) on the mean microsphere diameter (D) and shell thickness (t) were determined. It was found that the mean diameters of the hollow microspheres could be controlled in the range from 310 to 1000 nm while the corresponding mean shell thickness varied from 40 to 95 nm. The results indicate that the ratio D : t varied with polymer concentration, with the largest value of approximately 10 achieved with a solution containing 18 wt% of the polymer, while the smallest value (6.6) was obtained at 36 wt%. For polymer concentrations above 63 wt%, hollow microspheres could not be generated, but instead PMSQ fibres encapsulating PFH liquid were obtained. PMID:20519216

  7. Hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres as a device for controlled delivery of proteins.

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    Fu, Hailuo; Rahaman, Mohamed N; Day, Delbert E; Brown, Roger F

    2011-03-01

    Hollow hydroxyapatite (HA) microspheres were prepared by reacting solid microspheres of Li(2)O-CaO-B(2)O(3) glass (106-150 μm) in K(2)HPO(4) solution, and evaluated as a controlled delivery device for a model protein, bovine serum albumin (BSA). Reaction of the glass microspheres for 2 days in 0.02 M K(2)HPO(4) solution (pH = 9) at 37°C resulted in the formation of biocompatible HA microspheres with a hollow core diameter equal to 0.6 the external diameter, high surface area (~100 m(2)/g), and a mesoporous shell wall (pore size ≈ 13 nm). After loading with a solution of BSA in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) (5 mg BSA/ml), the release kinetics of BSA from the HA microspheres into a PBS medium were measured using a micro bicinchoninic acid (BCA) protein assay. Release of BSA initially increased linearly with time, but almost ceased after 24-48 h. Modification of the BSA release kinetics was achieved by modifying the microstructure of the as-prepared HA microspheres using a controlled heat treatment (1-24 h at 600-900°C). Sustained release of BSA was achieved over 7-14 days from HA microspheres heated for 5 h at 600°C. The amount of BSA released at a given time was dependent on the concentration of BSA initially loaded into the HA microspheres. These hollow HA microspheres could provide a novel inorganic device for controlled local delivery of proteins and drugs. PMID:21290170

  8. Preparation and properties of hollow glass microspheres for use in laser fusion experiments

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    Campbell, J.H.; Grens, J.Z.; Poco, J.F.

    1983-11-01

    We review the preparation of high quality, hollow-glass microspheres for use in laser driven fusion experiments at LLNL. The primary focus of this paper is on the liquid-droplet method for making glass spheres, which has been in use at LLNL for over six years. We have combined the results from previous studies with our current results to present a detailed description of the preparation and the composition and physical properties of the glass microspheres. We also present a mathematical model that simulates the microsphere formation process. Examples are given of the application of the model to study the effects of various process parameters.

  9. Preparation, characterization and oxygen sensing properties of luminescent carbon dots assembled mesoporous silica microspheres.

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    Wang, Li; Zhang, Haoran; Zhou, Xiaohua; Liu, Yingliang; Lei, Bingfu

    2016-09-15

    In this paper, our effort was focused on preparation and oxygen sensing of luminescence carbon dots (CDs) assembled hollow mesoporous silica microspheres (HMSMs) and mesoporous silica microspheres (MSMs). MSMs doped with CDs showed shorter response time and recovery time comparing with HMSMs doped with CDs. This feature can be attributed to ordered channel structure of mesoporous carrier which can promote the gas diffusion effectively. While HMSMs doped with CDs shows a higher oxygen quenching response and the degree of quenching reach 80.35%. The response time was determined to be about 7s and the emission intensities of the samples were effectively reduced as the concentration of oxygen increased. These results indicate that the system we have developed can be used for oxygen detection in wide concentration range and is especially accurate for very low oxygen concentrations. The obtained CDs grafted hollow mesoporous silica microspheres (HMSMs) and mesoporous silica microspheres (MSMs) samples appears to be a promising sensing material for environmental detection application and would also find applications in catalyst, electrode, or related fields. PMID:27309945

  10. Polymeric microspheres

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    Walt, David R.; Mandal, Tarun K.; Fleming, Michael S.

    2004-04-13

    The invention features core-shell microsphere compositions, hollow polymeric microspheres, and methods for making the microspheres. The microspheres are characterized as having a polymeric shell with consistent shell thickness.

  11. Synthesis of stable hollow silica microspheres with mesoporous shell in nonionic W/O emulsion.

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    Li, Wenjiang; Sha, Xiaoxiang; Dong, Wenjun; Wang, Zichen

    2002-10-21

    Stable hollow silica microspheres were synthesized by a solgel method in nonionic W/O emulsion; the mesoporous shell wall of the spheres could have potential applications as controlled release capsules for drugs, dyes, cosmetics and inks, artificial cells, catalysts, and fillers. PMID:12430477

  12. General Synthetic Strategy for Hollow Hybrid Microspheres through a Progressive Inward Crystallization Process.

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    Yang, Li-Ping; Lin, Xi-Jie; Zhang, Xing; Zhang, Wei; Cao, An-Min; Wan, Li-Jun

    2016-05-11

    Hollow hybrid microspheres have found great potential in different areas, such as drug delivery, nanoreactors, photonics, and lithium-ion batteries. Here, we report a simple and scalable approach to construct high-quality hollow hybrid microspheres through a previously unexplored growth mechanism. Starting from uniform solid microspheres with low crystallinity, we identified that a hollowing process can happen through the progressive inward crystallization process initiated on the particle surface: the gradual encroachment of the crystallization frontline toward the core leads to the depletion of the center and forms the central cavity. We showed that such a synthetic platform was versatile and can be applicable for a large variety of materials. By using the production of Li4Ti5O12-carbon hollow hybrid microspheres as an example, we demonstrated that high-performance anode materials could be achieved through synthesis and structure control. We expect that our findings offer new perspectives in different areas ranging from materials chemistry, energy storage devices, catalysis, to drug delivery. PMID:27096883

  13. Aluminothermic reduction enabled synthesis of silicon hollow microspheres from commercialized silica nanoparticles for superior lithium storage.

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    Zhou, Zheng-Wei; Liu, Yi-Tao; Xie, Xu-Ming; Ye, Xiong-Ying

    2016-06-28

    We report the aluminothermic reduction enabled synthesis of silicon hollow microspheres from commercialized silica nanoparticles by controlled transformation and organization. The synergistically integrated merits of a simple process and delicate structural design lay a basis for developing an industrially viable silicon anode with optimized electrochemical performances. PMID:27302245

  14. Low-temperature solvothermal synthesis of EuS hollow microspheres

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    Peng, Yong; Wang, Hong; Li, Peng; Fu, Yao Xing, Mingming; Jiang, Tao; Luo, Xixian

    2014-09-15

    Graphical abstract: Synthesis of EuS hollow microspheres at low-temperature via solvothermal method for the first time. - Highlights: • We adopt an improved method to synthesise the (Phen)Eu(Et{sub 2}CNS{sub 2}){sub 3} in deionized water. • We have successfully synthesised the EuS hollow microsphere at 230 °C in acetonitrile. • The price of acetonitrile is more inexpensive, so the price of preparation was reduced. - Abstract: EuS crystals are synthesized by low-temperature solvothermal decomposition of the single source precursor complex (Phen)Eu(Et{sub 2}CNS{sub 2}){sub 3} in acetonitrile. X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, granulocyte diameter statistical analysis, surface energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis, and UV–vis absorption spectroscopy are used to characterize the structure and properties of the obtained EuS crystals. The results show that the formed EuS crystals are uniform hollow microspheres with a typical cubic phase structure of rock salt and the average particle size of 2.01 μm. The mechanisms for the thermal decomposition of the precursor complex and the formation of the EuS hollow microspheres are postulated based on the experimental observations and previous reports.

  15. Stacking-order-dependent optoelectronic properties of bilayer nanofilm photodetectors made from hollow ZnS and ZnO microspheres.

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    Hu, Linfeng; Chen, Min; Shan, Wenze; Zhan, Tianrong; Liao, Meiyong; Fang, Xiaosheng; Hu, Xinhua; Wu, Limin

    2012-11-14

    Innovative bilayer nanofilms composed of semiconducting ZnS and ZnO hollow microspheres are successfully fabricated by an oil-water interfacial self-assembly strategy. The photocurrent of the bilayer film-based photodetectors is dependent on the stacking orders of the building blocks. The optimal optoelectronic properties of the ZnS(up)/ZnO(down) device are much better than those of the monolayer-film based device. PMID:22933411

  16. Enhanced ethanol sensing properties of Zn-doped SnO2 porous hollow microspheres

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    Wang, Wenchuang; Tian, Yongtao; Li, Xinjian; Wang, Xinchang; He, Hao; Xu, Yurui; He, Chuan

    2012-11-01

    Zn-doped SnO2 porous hollow microspheres with an average diameter of ˜180 nm have been prepared by a direct precipitation method using colloidal carbon sphere as template. The XRD data disclosed that the structure of the Zn-doped SnO2 microspheres was the same as pure SnO2, while the crystallite size of Zn-doped SnO2 microspheres (10.63 nm) was smaller than SnO2 (23.2 nm). The sensing measurement showed that the response (Ra/Rg) increased near linearly with the ethanol gas concentration at the operating temperature of 240 °C. Compared with SnO2 microspheres, Zn-doped SnO2 porous hollow spheres exhibited a significant improvement for the response towards ethanol at 240 °C. The response of Zn-doped SnO2 microspheres was up to 3 when the sensor was exposed to 2 ppm C2H5OH, with the response and recovery times of 7 and 4 s, respectively. Additionally, the response of Zn-doped SnO2 sensor showed slight variation after 15 weeks storage. The results indicated that Zn-doped SnO2 microspheres are of great potential for fabricating C2H5OH sensors with high performance.

  17. Microwave absorbing properties of hollow microspheres plated with magnetic metal films

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    Kim, Sun-Tae; Kim, Sung-Soo

    2014-05-01

    Conductive and magnetic microspheres are fabricated through the electroless plating of Co, Co-10%Fe, Ni, and Ni-15%Fe films on hollow microspheres (cenospheres), and their high frequency electromagnetic and microwave absorbing properties are investigated in the composite specimens. The electroless plating of the metal films is conducted using a two-step process of surface sensitizing and metal plating. For the microspheres coated with the Co and Co-10%Fe films, impedance matching is not satisfied at all frequencies due to the small values of magnetic loss and dielectric constant. For the Ni-plated microsphere composites, the dielectric constant is too high to satisfy the impedance matching, which results in a small value of microwave absorbance. For the Ni-15%Fe thin film composite with appropriate magnetic permeability and dielectric permittivity, the impedance matching is satisfied in the GHz frequency and a lower value of reflection loss is predicted.

  18. Smart hollow microspheres of chondroitin sulfate conjugates and magnetite nanoparticles for magnetic vector.

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    Guilherme, Marcos R; Reis, Adriano V; Alves, Bruno R V; Kunita, Marcos H; Rubira, Adley F; Tambourgi, Elias B

    2010-12-01

    Smart hollow microspheres composed of vinyled-chondroitin sulfate conjugates (CSπ) and magnetite nanoparticles were obtained by the intermediate of a multiple emulsion in absence of a surfactant, attributable to stabilizing properties of the CS. It was formed an oil-water multiple emulsion in which the CS played a role as an anionic stabilizer for magnetite nanoparticles via complexation. Iron oxides were bonded to the microspheres by the formation of a complex of Fe(3+) ions on the crystalline phase with oxygen atoms at the carboxyl groups without their magnetic properties being affected. The average crystal size of embedded magnetite nanoparticles was approximately 16.5nm, indicative of a good dispersion in microspheres. Furthermore, the introduction of iron oxides resulted in microspheres with a higher diameter and a narrower particle size distribution. PMID:20832809

  19. Preparation of Ag-coated hollow microspheres via electroless plating for application in lightweight microwave absorbers

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    Kim, Wook-Joong; Kim, Sung-Soo

    2015-02-01

    Highly conductive Ag film is coated on hollow silica microspheres via electroless plating for application in lightweight microwave absorbers. The Ag plating is conducted using a two-step process of sensitizing and subsequent plating. The complex permeability and permittivity are determined using the reflection/transmission technique in the composite specimens of Ag-coated microspheres and silicone rubber matrix. Due to the large surface area of the microspheres, a relatively high concentration of AgNO3 is required in order to achieve a uniform Ag coating. In addition, a low concentration of fructose reducing agent is recommended for slow plating. The apparent electrical resistance of the Ag-coated microspheres is strongly dependent on the grain morphology. The thin and uniform Ag-coated particles are characterized by their low electrical resistance, which is as low as 0.1 Ω. The lower the electrical resistance of the microspheres, the higher the dielectric constant of the composite specimens, which results from the enhanced space-charge polarization between the conductive microspheres. The microwave absorbance is enhanced with decreases in the electrical resistance of microspheres due to the increased dielectric loss.

  20. Facile synthesis of magnetic mesoporous hollow carbon microspheres for rapid capture of low-concentration peptides.

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    Cheng, Gong; Zhou, Ming-Da; Zheng, Si-Yang

    2014-08-13

    Mesoporous and hollow carbon microspheres embedded with magnetic nanoparticles (denoted as MHM) were prepared via a facile self-sacrificial method for rapid capture of low-abundant peptides from complex biological samples. The morphology, structure, surface property, and magnetism were well-characterized. The hollow magnetic carbon microspheres have a saturation magnetization value of 130.2 emu g(-1) at room temperature and a Brunauer-Emmett-Teller specific surface area of 48.8 m(2) g(-1) with an average pore size of 9.2 nm for the mesoporous carbon shell. The effectiveness of these MHM affinity microspheres for capture of low-concentration peptides was evaluated by standard peptides, complex protein digests, and real biological samples. These multifunctional hollow carbon microspheres can realize rapid capture and convenient separation of low-concentration peptides. They were validated to have better performance than magnetic mesoporous silica and commercial peptide-enrichment products. In addition, they can be easily recycled and present excellent reusability. Therefore, it is expected that this work may provide a promising tool for high-throughput discovery of peptide biomarkers from biological samples for disease diagnosis and other biomedical applications. PMID:24992375

  1. Facile Synthesis of Magnetic Mesoporous Hollow Carbon Microspheres for Rapid Capture of Low-Concentration Peptides

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    2015-01-01

    Mesoporous and hollow carbon microspheres embedded with magnetic nanoparticles (denoted as MHM) were prepared via a facile self-sacrificial method for rapid capture of low-abundant peptides from complex biological samples. The morphology, structure, surface property, and magnetism were well-characterized. The hollow magnetic carbon microspheres have a saturation magnetization value of 130.2 emu g–1 at room temperature and a Brunauer–Emmett–Teller specific surface area of 48.8 m2 g–1 with an average pore size of 9.2 nm for the mesoporous carbon shell. The effectiveness of these MHM affinity microspheres for capture of low-concentration peptides was evaluated by standard peptides, complex protein digests, and real biological samples. These multifunctional hollow carbon microspheres can realize rapid capture and convenient separation of low-concentration peptides. They were validated to have better performance than magnetic mesoporous silica and commercial peptide-enrichment products. In addition, they can be easily recycled and present excellent reusability. Therefore, it is expected that this work may provide a promising tool for high-throughput discovery of peptide biomarkers from biological samples for disease diagnosis and other biomedical applications. PMID:24992375

  2. Hollow Alveolus-Like Nanovesicle Assembly with Metal-Encapsulated Hollow Zeolite Nanocrystals.

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    Dai, Chengyi; Zhang, Anfeng; Liu, Min; Gu, Lin; Guo, Xinwen; Song, Chunshan

    2016-08-23

    Inspired by the vesicular structure of alveolus which has a porous nanovesicle structure facilitating the transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide, we designed a hollow nanovesicle assembly with metal-encapsulated hollow zeolite that would enhance diffusion of reactants/products and inhibit sintering and leaching of active metals. This zeolitic nanovesicle has been successfully synthesized by a strategy which involves a one-pot hydrothermal synthesis of hollow assembly of metal-containing solid zeolite crystals without a structural template and a selective desilication-recrystallization accompanied by leaching-hydrolysis to convert the metal-containing solid crystals into metal-encapsulated hollow crystals. We demonstrate the strategy in synthesizing a hollow nanovesicle assembly of Fe2O3-encapsulated hollow crystals of ZSM-5 zeolite. This material possesses a microporous (0.4-0.6 nm) wall of hollow crystals and a mesoporous (5-17 nm) shell of nanovesicle with macropores (about 350 nm) in the core. This hierarchical structure enables excellent Fe2O3 dispersion (3-4 nm) and resistance to sintering even at 800 °C; facilitates the transport of reactant/products; and exhibits superior activity and resistance to leaching in phenol degradation. Hollow nanovesicle assembly of Fe-Pt bimetal-encapsulated hollow ZSM-5 crystals was also prepared. PMID:27429013

  3. Hollow superparamagnetic PLGA/Fe 3O 4 composite microspheres for lysozyme adsorption

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    Yang, Qi; Wu, Yao; Lan, Fang; Ma, Shaohua; Xie, Liqin; He, Bin; Gu, Zhongwei

    2014-02-01

    Uniform hollow superparamagnetic poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA)/Fe3O4 composite microspheres composed of an inner cavity, PLGA inner shell and Fe3O4 outer shell have been synthesized by a modified oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion-solvent evaporation method using Fe3O4 nanoparticles as a particulate emulsifier. The obtained composite microspheres with an average diameter of 2.5 μm showed excellent monodispersity and stability in aqueous medium, strong magnetic responsiveness, high magnetite content (>68%), high saturation magnetization (58 emu g-1) and high efficiency in lysozyme adsorption.

  4. Hollow superparamagnetic PLGA/Fe3O4 composite microspheres for lysozyme adsorption.

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    Yang, Qi; Wu, Yao; Lan, Fang; Ma, Shaohua; Xie, Liqin; He, Bin; Gu, Zhongwei

    2014-02-28

    Uniform hollow superparamagnetic poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA)/Fe(3)O(4) composite microspheres composed of an inner cavity, PLGA inner shell and Fe(3)O(4) outer shell have been synthesized by a modified oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion-solvent evaporation method using Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles as a particulate emulsifier. The obtained composite microspheres with an average diameter of 2.5 μm showed excellent monodispersity and stability in aqueous medium, strong magnetic responsiveness, high magnetite content (>68%), high saturation magnetization (58 emu g(-1)) and high efficiency in lysozyme adsorption. PMID:24492410

  5. Hollow mesoporous TiO2 microspheres for enhanced photocatalytic degradation of acetaminophen in water.

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    Lin, Chin Jung; Yang, Wen-Ta; Chou, Chen-Yi; Liou, Sofia Ya Hsuan

    2016-06-01

    Hollow core-shell mesoporous TiO2 microspheres were synthesized by a template-free solvothermal route for efficient photocatalytic degradation of acetaminophen. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and Barrett-Joyner-Halenda data revealed a micrometer-sized mesoporous anatase TiO2 hollow sphere with large surface area and efficient light harvesting. For the photocatalytic degradation of acetaminophen in 60 min, the conversion fraction of the drug increased from 88% over commercial Degussa P25 TiO2 to 94% over hollow spheres with about 25% increase in the initial reaction rate. Even after 10 repeated runs, the recycled hollow spheres showed good photodegradation activity. The intermediates generated in the photocatalytic reactions were eventually converted into molecules that are easier to handle. The simple fabrication route would facilitate the development of photocatalysts for the decomposition of environmental contaminants. PMID:27003371

  6. Chemical vapor deposition synthesis and photoluminescence properties of ZnS hollow microspheres

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    Pi Zhengbang; Su Xiaolu; Yang Chao; Tian Xike Pei Fang; Zhang Suxin; Zhen Jianhua

    2008-08-04

    ZnS hollow microspheres were prepared via a facile template-free chemical vapor deposition (CVD) route using metallic zinc powders and sulphur sublimed as reactants. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX). The results showed that the as-prepared ZnS hollow spheres had uniform size about 4-8 {mu}m in diameter. The growth mechanism of such interesting was discussed. The optical property of the products was also recorded by means of photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy.

  7. Polypyrrole Hollow Microspheres as Echogenic Photothermal Agent for Ultrasound Imaging Guided Tumor Ablation

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    Zha, Zhengbao; Wang, Jinrui; Qu, Enze; Zhang, Shuhai; Jin, Yushen; Wang, Shumin; Dai, Zhifei

    2013-01-01

    Ultrasound (US) imaging provides a valuable opportunity to administer photothermal therapy (PTT) of cancer with real-time guidance to ensure proper targeting, but only a few theranostic agents were developed by physically grafting near infrared (NIR)-absorbing inorganic nanomaterials to ready-made ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) for US imaging guided PTT. In this paper, NIR absorbing hollow microspheres were generated from polypyrrole merely using a facile one-step microemulsion method. It was found that the obtained polypyrrole hollow microspheres (PPyHMs) can act as an efficient theranostic agent not only to enhance US imaging greatly, but also exhibit excellent photohyperthermic effects. The contrast consistently sustained the echo signals for no less than 5 min and the NIR laser light ablated the tumor completely within two weeks in the presence of PPyHMs. More importantly, no use of additional NIR absorber substantially minimizes an onetime dose of the theranostic agent. PMID:23912977

  8. Preparation of Hydroxyapatite Coating on the Surface of Hollow Glass Microspheres Using a Biomimetic Process

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    Jiao, Yan; Yang, Hai-Ying; Zhang, Ying-Long; Duan, Rong-Shuai; Lu, Yu-Peng

    2014-07-01

    Microcarrier culture technology has attached more attention, especially for scale-up cell culture in the filed of tissue engineering. The present work introduces a microcarrier with hydroxyapatite (HA) on hollow glass microsphere. Hollow glass microspheres with a main composition of SiO2 (55-65 wt.%), Al2O3 (26-35 wt.%), were pretreated by NaOH, on which hydroxyapatite coating was deposited by biomimetic process. The phase composition and morphology were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscope, field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM), respectively. The results showed that after immersion for 15 days in 1.5 SBF, the uniform and dense HA coating was formed and it has porous surface and low crystallinity.

  9. Polypyrrole Hollow Microspheres as Echogenic Photothermal Agent for Ultrasound Imaging Guided Tumor Ablation

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    Zha, Zhengbao; Wang, Jinrui; Qu, Enze; Zhang, Shuhai; Jin, Yushen; Wang, Shumin; Dai, Zhifei

    2013-08-01

    Ultrasound (US) imaging provides a valuable opportunity to administer photothermal therapy (PTT) of cancer with real-time guidance to ensure proper targeting, but only a few theranostic agents were developed by physically grafting near infrared (NIR)-absorbing inorganic nanomaterials to ready-made ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) for US imaging guided PTT. In this paper, NIR absorbing hollow microspheres were generated from polypyrrole merely using a facile one-step microemulsion method. It was found that the obtained polypyrrole hollow microspheres (PPyHMs) can act as an efficient theranostic agent not only to enhance US imaging greatly, but also exhibit excellent photohyperthermic effects. The contrast consistently sustained the echo signals for no less than 5 min and the NIR laser light ablated the tumor completely within two weeks in the presence of PPyHMs. More importantly, no use of additional NIR absorber substantially minimizes an onetime dose of the theranostic agent.

  10. Facile approach to prepare hollow core–shell NiO microspherers for supercapacitor electrodes

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    Han, Dandan; Xu, Pengcheng; Jing, Xiaoyan; Wang, Jun; Song, Dalei; Liu, Jingyuan; Zhang, Milin

    2013-07-15

    A facile lamellar template method (see image) has been developed for the preparation of uniform hollow core–shell structure NiO (HCS–NiO) with a nanoarchitectured wall structure. The prepared NiO was found to be highly crystalline in uniform microstructures with high specific surface area and pore volume. The results indicated that ethanol interacted with trisodium citrate played an important role for the formation of hollow core–shell spheres. On the basis of the analysis of the composition and the morphology, a possible formation mechanism was investigated. NiO microspheres with hollow core–shell showed excellent capacitive properties. The exceptional cyclic, structural and electrochemical stability with ∼95% coulombic efficiency, and very low ESR value from impedance measurements promised good utility value of hollow core–shell NiO material in fabricating a wide range of high-performance electrochemical supercapacitors. - The hollow core–shell NiO was prepared with a facile lamellar template method. The prepared NiO show higher capacitance, lower ion diffusion resistance and better electroactive surface utilization for Faradaic reactions. - Highlights: • Formation of hollow core–shell NiO via a novel and facile precipitation route. • Exhibited uniform feature sizes and high surface area of hollow core–shell NiO. • Synthesized NiO has high specific capacitance ( 448 F g{sup 1}) and very low ESR value. • Increased 20% of long life cycles capability after 500 charge–discharge cycles.

  11. Self-contained hot-hollow cathode gun source assembly

    DOEpatents

    Zeren, J.D.

    1984-08-01

    A self-contained hot-hollow cathode gun source assembly for use in a vacuum chamber includes a crucible block having a hot-hollow cathode gun mounted underneath and providing a hole for the magnetic deflection of the ion/electron beam into a crucible on top the block.

  12. Self-contained hot-hollow cathode gun source assembly

    DOEpatents

    Zeren, Joseph D.

    1986-01-01

    A self-contained hot-hollow cathode gun source assembly for use in a vacuum chamber includes a crucible block having a hot-hollow cathode gun mounted underneath and providing a hole for the magnetic deflection of the ion/electron beam into a crucible on top the block.

  13. [Synthesis of hollow titania microspheres by using microfluidic droplet-template].

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    Ma, Jingyun; Jiang, Lei; Qin, Jianhu

    2011-09-01

    Droplet-based microfluidics is of great interest due to its particular characteristics compared with the conventional methods, such as reduced reagent consumption, rapid mixing, high-throughput, shape controlled, etc. A novel method using microfluidic droplet as soft template for the synthesis of hollow titania microspheres was developed. A typical polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microfluidic device containing "flow-focusing" geometry was used to generate water/oil (W/O) droplet. The mechanism for the hollow structure formation was based on the interfacial hydrolysis reaction between the continuous phase containing titanium butoxide precursor and the dispersed containing water. The continuous phase mixed with butanol was added in the downstream of the channel after the hydrolysis reaction. This step was used for drawing the water out of the microgels for further hydrolysis. The microgels obtained through a glass pipe integrated were washed, dried under vacuum and calcined after aging for a certain time. The fluorescence and scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of the microspheres indicated the hollow structure and the thickness of the shell. In addition, these microspheres with thin shell (about 2 microm) were apt to rupture and collapse. Droplet-based microfluidic offered a gentle and size-controllable manner to moderate this problem. Moreover, it has potential applications in photocatalysis combined with some modification realized on the chip simultaneously. PMID:22233078

  14. Effect of Eu, Tb codoping on the luminescent properties of Y2O3 hollow microspheres

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    Jiu, Hongfang; Fu, Yuehua; Zhang, Lixin; Sun, Yixin; Wang, Yuanzhong

    2012-12-01

    Y2O3:Eu3+, Tb3+ hollow microspheres are prepared with different doping concentration of Eu3+ and Tb3+ ions and synthesizing temperatures from 700 to 1000 °C via a urea-based homogeneous precipitation technique with colloidal melamine formaldehyde (MF) microspheres as templates followed by a subsequent calcination process. The resulted hollow microspheres were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The results of XRD indicate that the crystallinity of the synthesized samples increases with enhancing the calcination temperature. The photoluminescence spectra indicate the Eu3+ and Tb3+ co-doped Y2O3 microspheres show five main emission peaks: three at 591, 609 and 629 nm originate from Eu3+ and two at 482 and 541 nm originate from Tb3+, under excitation of 250-340 nm irradiation. The luminescence color could be changed by varying the excitation wavelength. Different concentrations of Eu3+ and Tb3+ ions were induced into the Y2O3 lattice and the energy transfer from Tb3+ to Eu3+ ions in these phosphors was found.

  15. Preparation and optical property of anatase hollow microsphere with mesoporosity

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    Li Guohua Zhu Jingtao; Tian Wei; Ma Chunan

    2009-02-04

    Anatase hollow sphere with mesoporosity was prepared by sol pyrogenation used TiCl{sub 4} as precursor only. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scan electron microscopy, their specific surface area was measured by N{sub 2} adsorption. The results show that the sample calcined at 500 deg. C for 2 h is phase pure anatase, the morphology of the particle of the sample is hollow sphere, and the wall of the hollow sphere is constituted of anatase nanoparticle and mesoporosity. The crystallinity, the crystal size, the pore width, the specific surface area and the crystal phase of the sample are changing along with the calcined temperature. The optical property was measured by ultraviolet radiation vis absorption spectra of the suspension of the samples. The results show that the optical property of the sample is better than that of nanoanatase particle, and the optical property of hollow sphere titania with mesoporosity is related to its crystal phase, specific surface area, crystal size, porosity size and crystallinity.

  16. Multi-hollow polymer microspheres with enclosed surfaces and compartmentalized voids prepared by seeded swelling polymerization method.

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    Tian, Qiong; Yu, Demei; Zhu, Kaiming; Hu, Guohe; Zhang, Lifeng; Liu, Yuhang

    2016-07-01

    Multi-hollow particles have drawn extensive research interest due to their high specific areas and abundant inner voids, whereas their convenient synthesis still remains challenging. In this paper, we report a simple and convenient method based on seeded swelling polymerization to prepare the multi-hollow microspheres with enclosed surfaces and compartmentalized voids using monodisperse poly (styrene-co-sodium 4-vinylbenzenesulfonate) microspheres as seed particles. A formation mechanism of the multi-hollow structure was proposed involving the processes of water absorption, coalescence and stabilization of water domains, immobilization of multi-hollow structure, and coverage of surface dimples. The influencing parameters on the morphology of the microspheres, including weight ratio of sodium 4-vinylbenzenesulfonate to styrene in the seed particles, dosage of the swelling monomer and the crosslinking agent were systematically investigated. The internal structure of the resultant microspheres could be tuned from solid to multi-hollow by controlling over these parameters. Multi-hollow microspheres with compartmentalized chambers, smooth surfaces and narrow size distributions were obtained as a result. PMID:27046772

  17. A Radically New Method for Hydrogen Storage in Hollow Glass Microspheres

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    James E. Shelby; Matthew M. Hall; Fabienne C. Raszewski

    2007-08-31

    Photo-induced hydrogen diffusion has been applied to the problem of storage of high pressure hydrogen in hollow glass microspheres. Results of this study indicate that this phenomenon can be used to provide a high mass efficiency, safe, cheap, non-toxic method for storage of high pressure hydrogen. The photo-induced response is immediate upon exposure to infrared light for hollow glass microspheres doped with iron, nickel, or cobalt oxide, which is consistent with previous results for transition metal oxide-doped bulk glass samples. This effect is not observed for HGMS which do not contain these transition metal oxide, where the slight release of hydrogen observed occurs only by heating from absorption of the light. The initial rate of hydrogen release increases with increasing concentration of the metal oxide and with increasing hydrogen fill pressure within the microspheres. To date, hydrogen storage efficiencies of 2.2 wt% have been obtained, but results suggest that storage values can be increased to at least 6 wt%. Hydrogen losses over a 5 week period are minimal at room temperature in all compositions, with somewhat greater, but acceptable, losses at 50 C. Hollow glass microspheres have been produced from an alkali alkaline earth borosilicate glass containing either 1 or 5 wt% of the oxides of iron, nickel, and cobalt. Photo-driven gas diffusion has been demonstrated for these HGMS. Demonstration of photo-induced diffusion in these samples provides the first proof-of-concept for eventual applications of HGMS for large scale hydrogen storage.

  18. Shell-in-Shell TiO2 hollow microspheres and optimized application in light-trapping perovskite solar cells

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    Sun, Hongxia; Ruan, Peng; Bao, Zhongqiu; Chen, Lei; Zhou, Xingfu

    2015-02-01

    The shell-in-shell structured TiO2 hollow microspheres with enhanced light scattering ability were synthesized via a facile one step hydrothermal process. The diameter of the microsphere is about 1.5 μm, the core of the unique shell-in-shell structure is composed of TiO2 nanoparticles with a diameter of about 15 nm, while the shell is constructed with ∼50 nm TiO2 nanocubes. The hollow space between the outer shell and the inner shell is about 230 nm. The formation mechanism of the unique shell-in-shell structure is interpreted. The design and the optimized application of shell-in-shell structured TiO2 hollow microspheres in the light-trapping perovskite solar cells are also investigated. Owing to the light scattering properties of the shell-in-shell structure of the hollow microsphere, the optimized photoelectrode exhibits an enhanced photoelectric conversion efficiency of 4.29% using perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 as the sensitizer. The shell-in-shell hollow TiO2 microsphere shows a 21.2% increase in conversion efficiency when compared with P25 nanoparticels photoanode. The conversion efficiency enhancement is mainly attributed to the increase of short-current density induced by the light scattering effect.

  19. Bio-template route for facile fabrication of Cd(OH){sub 2}@yeast hybrid microspheres and their subsequent conversion to mesoporous CdO hollow microspheres

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    Bai, Bo; Guan, Weisheng; Li, Ziyan; Li Puma, Gianluca

    2011-01-15

    Cadmium oxide (CdO) microspheres with a porous hollow microstructure were prepared by a facile yeast mediated bio-template route. The yeast provides a solid scaffold for the deposition of cadmium hydroxide (Cd(OH){sub 2}) from cadmium acetate and sodium hydroxide solutions to form the hybrid Cd(OH){sub 2}@yeast precursor. Thermal conversions of this at above 500 {sup o}C in air have produced hollow CdO microspheres. The products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermal gravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TGA-DTA), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface analysis respectively. The obtained CdO microspheres have uniform size (length = 2.6 {+-} 0.4 {mu}m; width = 2.0 {+-} 0.2 {mu}m) and a well defined, continuous, mesoporous hollow microstructure. The shell is about 250-280 nm in thickness. The mechanism of formation of Cd(OH){sub 2}@yeast precursor and its conversion to CdO hollow microspheres is discussed. In comparison with traditional template-directed method, the present strategy represents a general, economical and environmentally benign route for the formation of metal oxide hollow microspheres. These materials have potential applications in different fields such as encapsulation, drug delivery, efficient catalysis, battery materials and photonic crystals. The method presented can be extended to the synthesis of other inorganic hollow microstructures of different sizes and shapes by pre-selecting suitable bio-templates.

  20. Facile preparation of well-dispersed CeO2-ZnO composite hollow microspheres with enhanced catalytic activity for CO oxidation.

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    Xie, Qingshui; Zhao, Yue; Guo, Huizhang; Lu, Aolin; Zhang, Xiangxin; Wang, Laisen; Chen, Ming-Shu; Peng, Dong-Liang

    2014-01-01

    In this article, well-dispersed CeO2-ZnO composite hollow microspheres have been fabricated through a simple chemical reaction followed by annealing treatment. Amorphous zinc-cerium citrate hollow microspheres were first synthesized by dispersing zinc citrate hollow microspheres into cerium nitrate solution and then aging at room temperature for 1 h. By calcining the as-produced zinc-cerium citrate hollow microspheres at 500 °C for 2 h, CeO2-ZnO composite hollow microspheres with homogeneous composition distribution could be harvested for the first time. The resulting CeO2-ZnO composite hollow microspheres exhibit enhanced activity for CO oxidation compared with CeO2 and ZnO, which is due to well-dispersed small CeO2 particles on the surface of ZnO hollow microspheres and strong interaction between CeO2 and ZnO. Moreover, when Au nanoparticles are deposited on the surface of the CeO2-ZnO composite hollow microspheres, the full CO conversion temperature of the as-produced 1.0 wt % Au-CeO2-ZnO composites reduces from 300 to 60 °C in comparison with CeO2-ZnO composites. The significantly improved catalytic activity may be ascribed to the strong synergistic interplay between Au nanoparticles and CeO2-ZnO composites. PMID:24303982

  1. Assembly of ordered microsphere arrays: Platforms for microarrays

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    Xu, Wanling

    Microarrays are powerful tools in gene expression assessment, protein profiling, and protein function screening, as well as cell and tissue analysis. With thousands of small array spots assembled in an ordered array, these small devices makes it possible to screen for multiple targets in a fast, parallel, high-throughput manner. The well-developed technology of DNA microarrays, also called DNA chips, has proved successful in all kinds of biological experiments, including the human genome-sequencing project. The development of protein arrays has lagged behind that of DNA arrays mainly because of the greater complexity of proteins. Some parts of the microarray technology can be transplanted into the realm of protein arrays, while others cannot. The challenges from the complexity of protein targets demand more robust and powerful devices. Traditional planar arrays, in which proteins bind directly to a planar surface, have a drawback in that some proteins will be denatured or cluster together after immobilization. Microsphere-based microarrays represent a more advanced strategy. The functional proteins are first attached to microspheres; these microspheres are then immobilized in arrays on a planar surface. In this dissertation, two approaches to assembling arrays of microspheres will be discussed. The hydrodynamic approach uses surface micromachining and Deep Reactive Ion Etching techniques to form an array of channels through a silicon wafer. By drawing fluid containing the microspheres through the channels they become trapped in the channels and thereby immobilized. In the magnetic approach, permalloy films are deposited on a silicon substrate and subsequently patterned to form magnetic attachment sites. An external magnetic field is then applied and the magnetic microspheres then assemble on these sites. Both devices are able to immobilize microspheres in an ordered array, as opposed to coarsely grouping them in array spots. The assembled arrays are robust in that

  2. Injectable Peptide Decorated Functional Nanofibrous Hollow Microspheres to Direct Stem Cell Differentiation and Tissue Regeneration

    PubMed Central

    Zhang, Zhanpeng; Gupte, Melanie J.; Jin, Xiaobing; Ma, Peter X.

    2015-01-01

    Injectable microspheres are attractive stem cell carriers for minimally invasive procedures. For tissue regeneration, the microspheres need to present the critical cues to properly direct stem cell differentiation. In natural extracellular matrix (ECM), growth factors (GFs) and collagen nanofibers provide critical chemical and physical cues. However, there have been no reported technologies that integrate synthetic nanofibers and GFs into injectable microspheres. In this study, we synthesized functional nanofibrous hollow microspheres (FNF-HMS), which can covalently bind GF-mimicking peptides. Two different GF-mimicking peptides, Transforming Growth Factor-β1 mimicking peptide Cytomodulin (CM) and Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 mimicking peptide P24, were separately conjugated onto the FNF-HMS to induce distinct differentiation pathways of rabbit bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs). While no existing biomaterials were reported to successfully deliver CM to induce chondrogenesis, the developed FNF-HMS were shown to effectively present CM to BMSCs and successfully induced their chondrogenesis for cartilage formation in both in vitro and in vivo studies. In addition, P24 was conjugated onto the newly developed FNF-HMS and was capable of retaining its bioactivity and inducing ectopic bone formation in nude mice. These results demonstrate that the novel FNF-HMS can effectively deliver GF-mimicking peptides to modulate stem cell fate and tissue regeneration. PMID:26069467

  3. Multishelled Nickel-Cobalt Oxide Hollow Microspheres with Optimized Compositions and Shell Porosity for High-Performance Pseudocapacitors.

    PubMed

    Li, Xiangcun; Wang, Le; Shi, Jianhang; Du, Naixu; He, Gaohong

    2016-07-13

    Nickel-cobalt oxides/hydroxides have been considered as promising electrode materials for a high-performance supercapacitor. However, their energy density and cycle stability are still very poor at high current density. Moreover, there are few reports on the fabrication of mixed transition-metal oxides with multishelled hollow structures. Here, we demonstrate a new and flexible strategy for the preparation of hollow Ni-Co-O microspheres with optimized Ni/Co ratios, controlled shell porosity, shell numbers, and shell thickness. Owing to its high effective electrode area and electron transfer number (n(3/2) A), mesoporous shells, and fast electron/ion transfer, the triple-shelled Ni-Co1.5-O electrode exhibits an ultrahigh capacitance (1884 F/g at 3A/g) and rate capability (77.7%, 3-30A/g). Moreover, the assembled sandwiched Ni-Co1.5-O//RGO@Fe3O4 asymmetric supercapacitor (ACS) retains 79.4% of its initial capacitance after 10 000 cycles and shows a high energy density of 41.5 W h kg(-1) at 505 W kg(-1). Importantly, the ACS device delivers a high energy density of 22.8 W h kg(-1) even at 7600 W kg(-1), which is superior to most of the reported asymmetric capacitors. This study has provided a facile and general approach to fabricate Ni/Co mixed transition-metal oxides for energy storage. PMID:27327877

  4. A 5-fluorouracil-loaded floating gastroretentive hollow microsphere: development, pharmacokinetic in rabbits, and biodistribution in tumor-bearing mice

    PubMed Central

    Huang, Yu; Wei, Yumeng; Yang, Hongru; Pi, Chao; Liu, Hao; Ye, Yun; Zhao, Ling

    2016-01-01

    5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) was loaded in hollow microspheres to improve its oral bioavailability. 5-FU hollow microspheres were developed by a solvent diffusion–evaporation method. The effect of Span 80 concentration, ether/ethanol volume ratio, and polyvinyl pyrrolidone/ethyl cellulose weight ratio on physicochemical characteristics, floating, and in vitro release behaviors of 5-FU hollow microspheres was investigated and optimized. The formulation and technology composed of Span 80 (1.5%, w/v), ether/ethanol (1.0:10.0, v/v), and polyvinyl pyrrolidone/ethyl cellulose (1.0:10.0, w/w) were employed to develop three batch samples, which showed an excellent reproducibility. The microspheres were spherical with a hollow structure with high drug loading amount (28.4%±0.5%) and production yield (74.2%±0.6%); they exhibited excellent floating and sustained release characteristics in simulated gastric and intestinal fluid. Pharmacokinetic studies demonstrated that 5-FU hollow microspheres significantly enhanced oral bioavailability (area under curve, [AUC](0−t): 12.53±1.65 mg/L*h vs 7.80±0.83 and 5.82±0.83 mg/L*h) with longer elimination half-life (t1/2) (15.43±2.12 hours vs 2.25±0.22 and 1.43±0.18 hours) and mean residence time (7.65±0.97 hours vs 3.61±0.41 and 2.34±0.35 hours), in comparison with its solid microspheres and powder. In vivo distribution results from tumor-bearing nude mice demonstrated that the animals administered with 5-FU hollow microspheres had much higher drug content in tumor, plasma, and stomach at 1 and 8 hours except for 0.5 hours sample collection time point in comparison with those administered with 5-FU solid microspheres and its powder. These results suggested that the hollow microspheres would be a promising controlled drug delivery system for an oral chemotherapy agent like 5-FU. PMID:27042001

  5. A 5-fluorouracil-loaded floating gastroretentive hollow microsphere: development, pharmacokinetic in rabbits, and biodistribution in tumor-bearing mice.

    PubMed

    Huang, Yu; Wei, Yumeng; Yang, Hongru; Pi, Chao; Liu, Hao; Ye, Yun; Zhao, Ling

    2016-01-01

    5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) was loaded in hollow microspheres to improve its oral bioavailability. 5-FU hollow microspheres were developed by a solvent diffusion-evaporation method. The effect of Span 80 concentration, ether/ethanol volume ratio, and polyvinyl pyrrolidone/ethyl cellulose weight ratio on physicochemical characteristics, floating, and in vitro release behaviors of 5-FU hollow microspheres was investigated and optimized. The formulation and technology composed of Span 80 (1.5%, w/v), ether/ethanol (1.0:10.0, v/v), and polyvinyl pyrrolidone/ethyl cellulose (1.0:10.0, w/w) were employed to develop three batch samples, which showed an excellent reproducibility. The microspheres were spherical with a hollow structure with high drug loading amount (28.4%±0.5%) and production yield (74.2%±0.6%); they exhibited excellent floating and sustained release characteristics in simulated gastric and intestinal fluid. Pharmacokinetic studies demonstrated that 5-FU hollow microspheres significantly enhanced oral bioavailability (area under curve, [AUC](0-t): 12.53±1.65 mg/L(*)h vs 7.80±0.83 and 5.82±0.83 mg/L(*)h) with longer elimination half-life (t1/2) (15.43±2.12 hours vs 2.25±0.22 and 1.43±0.18 hours) and mean residence time (7.65±0.97 hours vs 3.61±0.41 and 2.34±0.35 hours), in comparison with its solid microspheres and powder. In vivo distribution results from tumor-bearing nude mice demonstrated that the animals administered with 5-FU hollow microspheres had much higher drug content in tumor, plasma, and stomach at 1 and 8 hours except for 0.5 hours sample collection time point in comparison with those administered with 5-FU solid microspheres and its powder. These results suggested that the hollow microspheres would be a promising controlled drug delivery system for an oral chemotherapy agent like 5-FU. PMID:27042001

  6. Electrochemical properties of TiO 2 hollow microspheres from a template-free and green wet-chemical route

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    Song, Bo; Liu, Shengwei; Jian, Jikang; Lei, Ming; Wang, Xiaojian; Li, Hong; Yu, Jiaguo; Chen, Xiaolong

    Electrochemical properties of TiO 2 hollow microspheres from a green and template-free route were investigated by charge-discharge, cyclic voltammograms, cycle performance, and high rate capacities measurements. The storage capacity of Li ions in the first discharge process was 290.3 mAh g -1. During the successive 10 cycles, the reversible capacity stayed in the range from 290 to 130 mAh g -1 with a capacity fading of 8.96% per cycle. Cyclic voltammograms measurement exhibited only a pair of reduction/oxidation peaks, indicating TiO 2 hollow microspheres with a good crystalline quality was approached in this route.

  7. Ratchet and hydraulic seal assembly for rotating hollow shafts

    SciTech Connect

    MacElvain, R. C.

    1985-06-04

    A power transfer pipe, surrounded by an elastomeric, self lubricating seal assembly, transfers rotational power in one direction from a prime mover, at the upper end of the power transfer pipe, to a threadedly secured, hollow, drill pipe at the lower end, the seal assembly directs fluid from the sleeve into the drill pipe. A ratchet assembly at the upper end of the power transfer pipe, facilitates the disengagement of the power transfer pipe from the drill pipe.

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

    PubMed

    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

  9. Photochemical preparation of CdS hollow microspheres at room temperature and their use in visible-light photocatalysis

    SciTech Connect

    Huang Yuying; Sun Fengqiang; Wu Tianxing; Wu Qingsong; Huang Zhong; Su Heng; Zhang Zihe

    2011-03-15

    CdS hollow microspheres have been successfully prepared by a photochemical preparation technology at room temperature, using polystyrene latex particles as templates, CdSO{sub 4} as cadmium source and Na{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 3} as both sulphur source and photo-initiator. The process involved the deposition of CdS nanoparticles on the surface of polystyrene latex particles under the irradiation of an 8 W UV lamp and the subsequent removal of the latex particles by dispersing in dichloromethane. Photochemical reactions at the sphere/solution interface should be responsible for the formation of hollow spheres. The as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Such hollow spheres could be used in photocatalysis and showed high photocatalytic activities in photodegradation of methyl blue (MB) in the presence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. The method is green, simple, universal and can be extended to prepare other sulphide and oxide hollow spheres. -- Graphical abstract: Taking polystyrene spheres dispersed in a precursor solution as templates, CdS hollow microspheres composed of nanoparticles were successfully prepared via a new photochemical route at room temperature. Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} Photochemical method was first employed to prepare hollow microspheres. {yields} CdS hollow spheres were first prepared at room temperature using latex spheres. {yields} The polystyrene spheres used as templates were not modified with special groups. {yields}The CdS hollow microspheres showed high visible-light photocatalytic activities.

  10. A microfluidic approach to assembling ordered microsphere arrays

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    Xu, W.; Sur, K.; Zeng, H.; Feinerman, A.; Kelso, D.; Ketterson, J. B.

    2008-07-01

    Hydrodynamic flow through an array of channels has been utilized to assemble microspheres on a flat surface. The channels, about 6 µm in lateral size, were etched through a 60 µm thick silicon wafer using deep reactive ion etching (DRIE). Droplets containing 6-8 µm fluorescent polystyrene microspheres were placed on the top side of the horizontally-oriented silicon wafer, while the bottom side was connected to a syringe that draws the fluid through the channels. In this way the microspheres are guided and secured at the inlets of the channels, and remain in place when the suction ceases. This technique, which combines favorable features such as high throughput, high resolution rate and reusability, can be a powerful platform for a new generation of protein microarrays. Antigens can be bound to the microspheres as 'targets', which can then be exposed to different fluorescence-tagged antibodies so that their binding can be confirmed. This system can also be used to study the functional roles of gene fragments and their relations to human diseases. The high throughput feature will make it possible to screen a large number of DNA fragments and identify the genetic basis of various diseases effectively.

  11. Fabrication of Various V2O5 Hollow Microspheres as Excellent Cathode for Lithium Storage and the Application in Full Cells.

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    Ren, Xiaochuan; Zhai, Yanjun; Zhu, Lin; He, Yanyan; Li, Aihua; Guo, Chunli; Xu, Liqiang

    2016-07-13

    Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) has attracted interesting attention as cathode material for LIBs because of its stable crystal structure and high theoretical specific capacity. However, the low rate performance and poor long-term cycling stability of V2O5 limit its applications. In order to improve its battery performance, various V2O5 hollow microspheres including a yolk-shell structure, double-shell structure, triple-shell structure, and hierarchical hollow superstructures have been selectively prepared. The obtained hierarchical V2O5 hollow microspheres (HVHS) exhibit a high capacity of 123 mAh g(-1) at 20 C (1 C = 147 mA g(-1)) in the range of 2.5-4.0 V, and 73.5 mAh g(-1) can be reached after 3000 cycles. HVHS also display good cycling performance in the range of 2.0-4.0 V. Moreover, the V2O5//Li4Ti5O12 full cell was successfully assembled, which exhibits an excellent performance of 139.5 mAh g(-1) between 1.0 and 2.5 V at a current density of 147 mA g(-1), and a high capacity of 106 mAh g(-1) remained after 100 cycles, indicating the good cycling performance and promising application of the full cell. PMID:27322775

  12. Hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres: a novel bioactive and osteoconductive carrier for controlled release of bone morphogenetic protein-2 in bone regeneration

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    Xiao, Wei; Fu, Hailuo; Rahaman, Mohamed N.; Liu, Yonxing; Bal, B. Sonny

    2013-01-01

    The regeneration of large bone defects is a common and significant clinical problem. Limitations associated with existing treatments such as autologous bone grafts and allografts have increased the need for synthetic bone graft substitutes. The objective of this study was to evaluate the capacity of novel hollow hydroxyapatite (HA) microspheres to serve as a carrier for controlled release of bone morphogenetic-2 (BMP2) in bone regeneration. Hollow HA microspheres (106–150 μm) with a high surface area (>100 m2/g) and a mesoporous shell wall (pore size 10–20 nm) were created using a glass conversion technique. The release of BMP2 from the microspheres into a medium composed of diluted fetal bovine serum in vitro was slow, but it occurred continuously for over 2 weeks. When implanted in rat calvarial defects for 3 or 6 weeks, the microspheres loaded with BMP2 (1 μg/defect) showed a significantly better capacity to regenerate bone than those without BMP2. The amount of new bone in the defects implanted with the BMP2-loaded microspheres was 40% and 43%, respectively, at 3 and 6 weeks, compared to 13% and 17%, respectively, for the microspheres without BMP2. Coating the BMP2-loaded microspheres with a biodegradable polymer, poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid), reduced the amount of BMP2 released in vitro and, above a certain coating thickness, significantly reduced bone regeneration in vivo. The results indicate that these hollow HA microspheres could provide a bioactive and osteoconductive carrier for growth factors in bone regeneration. PMID:23747325

  13. Porous-wall hollow glass microspheres as novel potential nanocarriers for biomedical applications

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    Li, Shuyi; Nguyen, Lynsa; Xiong, Hairong; Wang, Meiyao; Hu, Tom C.-C.; She, Jin-Xiong; Serkiz, Steven M.; Wicks, George G.; Dynan, William S.

    2011-01-01

    Porous-wall hollow glass microspheres (PW-HGMs) are a novel form of glass material consisting of a 10 to 100 micron-diameter hollow central cavity surrounded by a 1 micron-thick silica shell. A tortuous network of nanometer-scale channels completely penetrates the shell. We show here that these channels promote size-dependent uptake and controlled release of biological molecules in the 3–8 nm range, including antibodies and a modified single-chain antibody variable fragment (scFv). In addition, a 6 nm (70 kDa) dextran can be used to gate the porous walls, facilitating controlled release of an internalized small interfering RNA. PW-HGMs remained in place after mouse intratumoral injection, suggesting a possible application for the delivery of anti-cancer drugs. The combination of a hollow central cavity that can carry soluble therapeutic agents with mesoporous walls for controlled release is a unique characteristic that distinguishes PW-HGMs from other glass materials for biomedical applications. PMID:19616128

  14. O/W/O double emulsion-assisted synthesis and catalytic properties of CeO 2 hollow microspheres

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    Zhang, DongEn; Xie, Qing; Wang, MingYan; Zhang, XiaoBo; Li, ShanZhong; Han, GuiQuan; Ying, AiLing; Chen, AiMei; Gong, JunYan; Tong, ZhiWei

    2010-09-01

    CeO 2 hollow microspheres have been fabricated through a simple thermal decomposition of precursor approach. The precursor with an average size of 10 μm was prepared in a reverse microemulsions containing Ce(NO 3) 3·6H 2O and CO(NH 2) 2 at 160 °C. The products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The possible formation mechanism of hollow spheres was discussed. In addition, the CeO 2 hollow microspheres modified glassy carbon electrode exhibit excellent sensing performance towards methyl orange, which provide a new application of CeO 2 hollow spheres. The catalytic activity of CeO 2 hollow spheres on the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP) also was investigated by TGA. The catalytic performance of CeO 2 hollow spheres is superior to that of commercial CeO 2 powder.

  15. A Radically New Method for Hydrogen Storage in Hollow Glass Microspheres

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    James E. Shelby; Matthew M. Hall; Michael J. Snyder; Peter B. Wachtel

    2009-07-13

    The primary goal of this project is to demonstrate that hydrogen gas can be rapidly extracted from hollow glass microspheres (HGMS) using a photo-induced heating effect. The results of the project demonstrate that diffusion of hydrogen is readily induced by exposure to light from an IR lamp in transition metal-doped HGMS filled to as much as 5,000 psi with hydrogen gas, which contain approximately 2.2 wt% hydrogen. Doped HGMS in conjunction with optically induced outgassing provide a solution to the traditional limitation of HGMS – i.e., the slow release of hydrogen from HGMS that are heated using a furnace. This information will also be invaluable in designing process changes for future production of HGMS able to hold higher pressures of hydrogen.

  16. Hollow microsphere with mesoporous shell by Pickering emulsion polymerization as a potential colloidal collector for organic contaminants in water.

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    Guan, Yinyan; Meng, Xiaohui; Qiu, Dong

    2014-04-01

    Submicrometer hollow microspheres with mesoporous shells were prepared by a simple one-pot strategy. Colloidal silica particles were used as a particle stabilizer to emulsify the oil phase, which was composed of a polymerizable silicon monomer (TPM) and an inert organic solvent (PEA). The low interfacial tension between colloidal silica particles and TPM helped to form a Pickering emulsion with small droplet sizes. After the polymerization of TPM, the more hydrophobic PEA formed a liquid core, leading to a hollow structure after its removal by evaporation. BET results indicated that the shell of a hollow particle was mesoporous with a specific surface area over 400 m(2)·g(-1). With PEA as the core and silica as the shell, each resultant hollow particle had a hydrophobic cavity and an amphiphilic surface, thus serving as a good colloidal collector for hydrophobic contaminants in water. PMID:24641203

  17. Hierarchical NiO-SiO2 composite hollow microspheres with enhanced adsorption affinity towards Congo red in water.

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    Lei, Chunsheng; Zhu, Xiaofeng; Zhu, Bicheng; Yu, Jiaguo; Ho, Wingkei

    2016-03-15

    Hollow microspheres and hierarchical porous nanostructured materials with desired morphologies have gained remarkable attention for their potential applications in environmental technology. In this study, NiO-SiO2 hollow microspheres were prepared by co-precipitation with SiO2 and nickel salt as precursors, followed by dipping in alkaline solution and calcination. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, nitrogen adsorption, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The synthesized hollow spheres were composed of a SiO2 shell and hierarchical porous NiO nanosheets on the surface. Adsorption experiments suggested that NiO-SiO2 composite particles were powerful adsorbents for removal of Congo red from water, with a maximum adsorption capacity of 204.1 mg/g. The high specific surface areas, hollow structures, and hierarchical porous surfaces of the hollow composite particles are suitable for various applications, including adsorption of pollutants, chemical separation, and water purification. PMID:26724707

  18. One-pot synthesis of hierarchical Cu2O/Cu hollow microspheres with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

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    Hong, Tianjie; Tao, Feifei; Lin, Jiudong; Ding, Wei; Lan, Mingxuan

    2015-08-01

    The hierarchical Cu2O/Cu hollow microspheres have been fabricated by the one-pot solvothermal redox method, which is one-step approach without any surfactant and template. By using the HRTEM, XRD, XPS and UV-vis spectroscopy, the as-prepared product is composed of Cu2O and Cu with energy band gap of 1.72 eV. Based on the time-dependent experiments, the content of Cu2O and Cu compositions can be effectively controlled by adjusting the reaction time and a possible mechanism is proposed. In addition, using various dye molecules to stimulate pollutants, the hierarchical Cu2O/Cu hollow microspheres reacted for 8 h exhibit excellent visible-light photocatalytic activities, which is much higher than those of the Cu2O/Cu catalysts formed at the shorter reaction time, commercial Cu2O powder and the mixture of alone Cu2O and Cu. This enhanced photocatalytic performance makes these hierarchical Cu2O/Cu hollow microspheres a kind of efficient visible-light photocatalyst in removing some organic compounds in wastewater.

  19. Electrochemical properties and controlled-synthesis of hierarchical {beta}-Ni(OH){sub 2} micro-flowers and hollow microspheres

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    Wang, Yong; Zhu, Qingshan

    2010-12-15

    {beta}-Ni(OH){sub 2} hierarchical micro-flowers, hierarchical hollow microspheres and nanosheets were synthesized via a facile, single-step and selected-control hydrothermal method. Both hierarchical micro-flowers and hierarchical hollow microspheres were built from two-dimensional nanosheets with thickness of 50-100 nm. The as-obtained products were characterized by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analysis, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). It was observed that marked morphological changes in {beta}-Ni(OH){sub 2} depended on the initial concentrations of Ni{sup 2+} ions and glycine. A possible growth mechanism was proposed based on experimental results. In addition, the effect of morphology on the electrochemical properties was also investigated. Both hierarchical micro-flowers and hierarchical hollow microspheres exhibited enhanced specific capacity and high-rate discharge ability as compared with pure Ni(OH){sub 2} nanosheets. Investigations confirmed that hierarchical structures had a pronounced influence upon the electrochemical performance of nickel hydroxide.

  20. Preparation and characterization of hollow glass microspheres coated by CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles using urea as precipitator via coprecipitation method

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    Pang Xiaofen; Fu Wuyou; Yang Haibin Zhu Hongyang; Xu Jing; Li Xiang; Zou Guangtian

    2009-02-04

    The composite of hollow glass microspheres coated by CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles has been successfully prepared using urea as precipitator via coprecipitation method. The resultant composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscope and vibrating sample magnetometer. The results showed that the slow decomposition of urea could be beneficial to form uniform and entire cobalt ferrite coating layer on the surface of hollow glass microspheres. The smoothest morphology was obtained for the sample prepared from 0.7 M urea, while the sample prepared from 1.0 M urea had the thickest shell. This indicated that there was a competition between the morphology and thickness of the coated microspheres. A possible formation mechanism of hollow glass microspheres coated with cobalt ferrite was proposed. The magnetic properties of the samples were also investigated.

  1. Green synthesis of nickel species in situ modified hollow microsphere TiO2 with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Wang, Qi; Qin, Zenan; Chen, Jie; Ren, Baosheng; Chen, Qifeng; Guo, Yanchuan; Cao, Xiaofeng

    2016-02-01

    A green template-free solvothermal approach was developed to synthesize hollow microsphere TiO2-modified in situ with nickel species (Ni2+/Ni3+). Oxalic acid played a pivotal role in the formation of hollow architecture, acting as chelating agent, structure-directing reagent, and acidity-modulation reagent, while isopropyl alcohol ensured the formation of spherical structure. The microstructure and composition of the products were characterized with various techniques, and the results showed that the products exhibited not only highly crystallized anatase phase, large specific surface areas, and the mesoporous shell and hollow architecture, but also the coexistence of Ni2+/Ni3+. The unique structure and composition of the photocatalysts resulted in improved UV and visible photocatalytic activity for degradation of Rhodamine-B and 2,4-dichlorophenol.

  2. Determination triazine pesticides in cereal samples based on single-hole hollow molecularly imprinted microspheres.

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    Zhao, Qi; Li, Huiyu; Xu, Yang; Zhang, Fengshuang; Zhao, Jiahui; Wang, Long; Hou, Juan; Ding, Hong; Li, Yi; Jin, Haiyan; Ding, Lan

    2015-01-01

    Single-hole hollow molecularly imprinted microspheres (h-MIMs) were prepared by hard template method and applied to extract six triazine pesticides in cereal samples, followed by HPLC-MS/MS detection. The synthesis mechanism of the h-MIMs has been studied. The h-MIMs exhibited bigger specific surface area and much higher binding capacity than the molecularly imprinted polymers prepared by precipitation polymerization (p-MIPs) and surface polymerization (s-MIPs). Besides, the adsorption rate of h-MIMs to prometryn was significantly higher than that of p-MIPs and s-MIPs. Owing to the hollow structure of the h-MIMs, more binding cavities were located on the inner and outer surfaces of the h-MIMs, which could facilitate the removal of template molecules from the polymers and the rebinding of the target molecules to the polymers. Under the optimal conditions, the detection limits of triazines are in the range of 0.08-0.16ngg(-1). At the spiked level (5ngg(-1)), the recoveries of triazines are in the range of 81±4% to 96±4%. The proposed method was successfully applied to determine six triazines in five cereal samples. Atrazine was found in two rice samples and a wheat sample with the contents of 5.1, 6.7 and 5.6ngg(-1), respectively. Ametryn and prometryn were found in a maize sample with the contents of 7.6 and 7.3ngg(-1), respectively. PMID:25537174

  3. Multishelled NiO Hollow Microspheres for High-performance Supercapacitors with Ultrahigh Energy Density and Robust Cycle Life.

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    Qi, Xinhong; Zheng, Wenji; Li, Xiangcun; He, Gaohong

    2016-01-01

    Multishelled NiO hollow microspheres for high-performance supercapacitors have been prepared and the formation mechanism has been investigated. By using resin microspheres to absorb Ni(2+) and subsequent proper calcinations, the shell numbers, shell spacing and exterior shell structure were facilely controlled via varying synthetic parameters. Particularly, the exterior shell structure that accurately associated with the ion transfer is finely controlled by forming a single shell or closed exterior double-shells. Among multishelled NiO hollow microspheres, the triple-shelled NiO with an outer single-shelled microspheres show a remarkable capacity of 1280 F g(-1) at 1 A g(-1), and still keep a high value of 704 F g(-1) even at 20 A g(-1). The outstanding performances are attributed to its fast ion/electron transfer, high specific surface area and large shell space. The specific capacitance gradually increases to 108% of its initial value after 2500 cycles, demonstrating its high stability. Importantly, the 3S-NiO-HMS//RGO@Fe3O4 asymmetric supercapacitor shows an ultrahigh energy density of 51.0 Wh kg(-1) at a power density of 800 W kg(-1), and 78.8% capacitance retention after 10,000 cycles. Furthermore, multishelled NiO can be transferred into multishelled Ni microspheres with high-efficient H2 generation rate of 598.5 mL H2 min(-1) g(-1)Ni for catalytic hydrolysis of NH3BH3 (AB). PMID:27616420

  4. Investigating the use of porous, hollow glass microspheres in positive lead acid battery plates

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    Sorge, Matthew; Bean, Thomas; Woodland, Travis; Canning, John; Cheng, I. Frank; Edwards, Dean B.

    2014-11-01

    Porous, hollow, glass microspheres (PHGMs) can be used to increase porosity in lead acid battery electrodes to improve the battery's power and energy performance at higher discharge rates. As reported in this paper, the PHGM additives did improve electrolyte storage and porosity in the electrodes. However, the nonconductive PHGMs do reduce the critical volume fraction (CVF) of the electrodes as predicted from conductivity models. The increase in electrode performance due to increased porosity may therefore be partially offset by the drop in capacity due to a lower critical volume fraction. Empirical equations are developed that relate the CFV and porosity of an electrode to the amount, size, and porosity of the additives in that electrode. The porosity estimates made from the empirical equations compare favorably with the experimental data from plates fabricated with these additives. The performance of electrodes with additives is estimated from computer models using the electrode's CVF and porosity as provided by the equations. Tests were performed on plates having volume loadings of PHGMs from 11% to 44% of total solids in positive electrodes to determine their effect on active material utilizations. The results from these discharge tests are reported and compared with theoretical models.

  5. Trapping of microwave radiation in hollow polypyrrole microsphere through enhanced internal reflection: a novel approach.

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    Panigrahi, Ritwik; Srivastava, Suneel K

    2015-01-01

    In present work, spherical core (polystyrene, PS)/shell (polypyrrole, PPy) has been synthesized via in situ chemical oxidative copolymerization of pyrrole (Py) on the surface of sulfonated PS microsphere followed by the formation of hollow polypyrrole (HPPy) shell by dissolving PS inner core in THF. Thereafter, we first time established that such fabricated novel art of morphology acts as a conducting trap in absorbing electromagnetic (EM) wave by internal reflection. Further studies have been extended on the formation of its silver nanocomposites HPPy/Ag to strengthen our contention on this novel approach. Our investigations showed that electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding efficiency (SE) of HPPy (34.5-6 dB) is significantly higher compared to PPy (20-5 dB) in the frequency range of 0.5-8 GHz due to the trapping of EM wave by internal reflection. We also observed that EMI shielding is further enhanced to 59-23 in 10 wt% Ag loaded HPPy/Ag-10. This is attributed to the simultaneous contribution of internal reflection as well as reflection from outer surface. Such high EMI shielding capacity using conducting polymers are rarely reported. PMID:25560384

  6. Trapping of microwave radiation in hollow polypyrrole microsphere through enhanced internal reflection: A novel approach

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    Panigrahi, Ritwik; Srivastava, Suneel K.

    2015-01-01

    In present work, spherical core (polystyrene, PS)/shell (polypyrrole, PPy) has been synthesized via in situ chemical oxidative copolymerization of pyrrole (Py) on the surface of sulfonated PS microsphere followed by the formation of hollow polypyrrole (HPPy) shell by dissolving PS inner core in THF. Thereafter, we first time established that such fabricated novel art of morphology acts as a conducting trap in absorbing electromagnetic (EM) wave by internal reflection. Further studies have been extended on the formation of its silver nanocomposites HPPy/Ag to strengthen our contention on this novel approach. Our investigations showed that electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding efficiency (SE) of HPPy (34.5-6 dB) is significantly higher compared to PPy (20-5 dB) in the frequency range of 0.5-8 GHz due to the trapping of EM wave by internal reflection. We also observed that EMI shielding is further enhanced to 59-23 in 10 wt% Ag loaded HPPy/Ag-10. This is attributed to the simultaneous contribution of internal reflection as well as reflection from outer surface. Such high EMI shielding capacity using conducting polymers are rarely reported.

  7. Hydrothermal fabrication of porous hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres for a drug delivery system.

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    Lai, Wen; Chen, Cen; Ren, Xiaoyuan; Lee, In-Seop; Jiang, Guohua; Kong, Xiangdong

    2016-05-01

    Porous hollow hydroxyapatite microspheres (PHHMs) are the promising biomaterials, owing to their excellent biocompatibility, biodegradability and bioactivity. PHHMs have been used as drug controlled carriers due to their advantages such as large drug loading capacity, nanochannels for drug loading and release and high specific surface area. In this study, PHHMs were prepared successfully in Na2HPO4 solution by an anion-exchange process using vaterite CaCO3 through a hydrothermal method. The previous vaterite CaCO3 was synthesized by a polymer-templated method in the poly(styrene sulfonic acid) sodium salt (PSS) aqueous solutions. The PHHMs have a size distribution from 0.8 to 2.0 μm, with an average pore size of about 24.3 nm. The wall of PHHMs is constructed with building units of hydroxyapatite nanofibers with an average length of 300 nm and an average width of 20 nm. The PHHMs displayed a high drug loading capacity and pH-responsive sustained-controlled drug release behavior when we used doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) as a loading drug. Moreover, the controlled drug release system showed a high ability to kill cancer cells and less damage to normal cells. These results indicated that PHHMs are promising for applications in various biomedical fields such as drug delivery system and oncotherapy. PMID:26952411

  8. Trapping of microwave radiation in hollow polypyrrole microsphere through enhanced internal reflection: A novel approach

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    Panigrahi, Ritwik; Srivastava, Suneel K.

    2015-01-01

    In present work, spherical core (polystyrene, PS)/shell (polypyrrole, PPy) has been synthesized via in situ chemical oxidative copolymerization of pyrrole (Py) on the surface of sulfonated PS microsphere followed by the formation of hollow polypyrrole (HPPy) shell by dissolving PS inner core in THF. Thereafter, we first time established that such fabricated novel art of morphology acts as a conducting trap in absorbing electromagnetic (EM) wave by internal reflection. Further studies have been extended on the formation of its silver nanocomposites HPPy/Ag to strengthen our contention on this novel approach. Our investigations showed that electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding efficiency (SE) of HPPy (34.5-6 dB) is significantly higher compared to PPy (20-5 dB) in the frequency range of 0.5-8 GHz due to the trapping of EM wave by internal reflection. We also observed that EMI shielding is further enhanced to 59–23 in 10 wt% Ag loaded HPPy/Ag-10. This is attributed to the simultaneous contribution of internal reflection as well as reflection from outer surface. Such high EMI shielding capacity using conducting polymers are rarely reported. PMID:25560384

  9. Assembly of functional gold nanoparticle on silica microsphere.

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    Wang, Hsuan-Lan; Lee, Fu-Cheng; Tang, Tse-Yu; Zhou, Chenguang; Tsai, De-Hao

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate a controlled synthesis of silica microsphere with the surface-decorated functional gold nanoparticles. Surface of silica microsphere was modified by 3-aminopropypltriethoxysilane and 3-aminopropyldimethylethoxysilane to generate a positive electric field, by which the gold nanoparticles with the negative charges (unconjugated, thiolated polyethylene glycol functionalized with the traceable packing density and conformation) were able to be attracted to the silica microsphere. Results show that both the molecular conjugation on gold nanoparticle and the uniformity in the amino-silanization of silica microsphere influenced the loading and the homogeneity of gold nanoparticles on silica microsphere. The 3-aminopropyldimethylethoxysilane-functionalized silica microsphere provided an uniform field to attract gold nanoparticles. Increasing the ethanol content in aminosilane solution significantly improved the homogeneity and the loading of gold nanoparticles on the surface of silica microsphere. For the gold nanoparticle, increasing the molecular mass of polyethylene glycol yielded a greater homogeneity but a lower loading on silica microsphere. Bovine serum albumin induced the desorption of gold nanoparticles from silica microsphere, where the extent of desorption was suppressed by the presence of high-molecular mass polyethylene glycol on gold nanoparticles. This work provides the fundamental understanding for the synthesis of gold nanoparticle-silica microsphere constructs useful to the applications in chemo-radioactive therapeutics. PMID:26874272

  10. Template-free synthesis of hierarchical TiO2 hollow microspheres as scattering layer for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Rui, Yichuan; Wang, Linlin; Zhao, Jiachang; Wang, Hongzhi; Li, Yaogang; Zhang, Qinghong; Xu, Jingli

    2016-04-01

    Hierarchical TiO2 hollow microspheres were synthesized by a 2-step process consisting of thermal hydrolysis and subsequent solvothermal reaction. Quasi-monodispersed solid TiO2 microspheres aggregated by amorphous particles were firstly obtained by the controlled thermal hydrolysis of titanium sulfate, and then the solid structures transformed to hollow ones and crystallized during the subsequent solvothermal treatment. SEM and TEM images of the samples revealed that the morphological evolution was in perfect accordance with the inside-out Ostwald ripening mechanism. The rich porosity and unique hierarchical hollow structure endow the TiO2 microspheres with a large specific surface area of 108.0 m2 g-1. As an effective anode material for dye-sensitized solar cells, TiO2 hollow microspheres showed good capability of dye adsorption and strong light scattering, leading to a comparable energy conversion efficiency to the commercial 18NR-T transparent titania. Finally, a high efficiency of 7.84% was achieved for the bi-layer DSSC by coating the hollow microspheres on top of the 18NR-T titania as the light scattering layer.

  11. Controllable synthesis of self-assembly Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres for electrochemical performance.

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    Liu, Fangyan; Zhang, Binbin; Su, Hai; Zhang, Haitao; Zhang, Lei; Yang, Weiqing

    2016-09-01

    Tuning the ratios of ethanol to water, self-assembling microspheres composed of Co3O4 nanoflakes are synthesized by the hydrothermal method. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of as-grown samples obviously show that the dispersive multilayered structures gradually change into micro/nanobelts and cubic blocks structures, and then into the desired self-assembled microspheres with increasing ratios of ethanol to water. Also, all the x-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns evidently demonstrate that all obtained Co3O4 has cubic crystal structure. The corresponding synthesis mechanism is discussed in detail. More importantly, the unique self-assembling Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres have excellent electrochemical performance with large specific capacitance, good rate capability and excellent cycling performance, evidently presenting a potential capability of Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres to act as electrode materials for supercapacitors in sustainable power sources. PMID:27454337

  12. Controllable synthesis of self-assembly Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres for electrochemical performance

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    Liu, Fangyan; Zhang, Binbin; Su, Hai; Zhang, Haitao; Zhang, Lei; Yang, Weiqing

    2016-09-01

    Tuning the ratios of ethanol to water, self-assembling microspheres composed of Co3O4 nanoflakes are synthesized by the hydrothermal method. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of as-grown samples obviously show that the dispersive multilayered structures gradually change into micro/nanobelts and cubic blocks structures, and then into the desired self-assembled microspheres with increasing ratios of ethanol to water. Also, all the x-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns evidently demonstrate that all obtained Co3O4 has cubic crystal structure. The corresponding synthesis mechanism is discussed in detail. More importantly, the unique self-assembling Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres have excellent electrochemical performance with large specific capacitance, good rate capability and excellent cycling performance, evidently presenting a potential capability of Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres to act as electrode materials for supercapacitors in sustainable power sources.

  13. Mussel-inspired polydopamine coated hollow carbon microspheres, a novel versatile filler for fabrication of high performance syntactic foams.

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    Zhang, Liying; Roy, Sunanda; Chen, Ye; Chua, Eng Kee; See, Kye Yak; Hu, Xiao; Liu, Ming

    2014-01-01

    Syntactic foams, which can be synthesized by mechanical mixing of hollow microspheres with a matrix material, are a special class of lightweight composite materials. Developing of high-performance syntactic foams remains challenges. In this work, a facile and environmentally friendly surface modification method employing polydopamine (PDA) as a surface treatment agent for hollow carbon microspheres (HCMs) was used, aiming to extend the application of syntactic foams to seldom touched areas. The PDA coating was used as a strategy for interfacial interaction enhancement and also as a platform for further metal coating meant for electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding. The stronger interfacial interaction between microspheres and polymer matrix provided effective interfacial stress transfer, as a result of the syntactic foams with high strength to weight ratio. Furthermore, the PDA coating on HCMs served as a versatile platform for the growth of noble metals on the surface of PDA-HCMs. Silver nanoparticles was grown by PDA medium. The silver coated HCMs (Ag-PDA-HCMs) impacted the complex permittivity of the syntactic foams leading to high EMI shielding effectiveness (SE). The specific EMI SE reached up to 46.3 dB·cm(3)/g, demonstrated the Ag-PDA-HCMs/epoxy syntactic foam as a promising candidate for lightweight high-performance EMI shielding material. PMID:25286083

  14. Y2O3:Eu3+ core-in-multi-hollow microspheres: facile synthesis and luminescence properties.

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    Liu, Guixia; Liu, Shujun; Dong, Xiangting; Wang, Jinxian

    2011-11-01

    Y2O3:Eu3+ core-in-multi-hollow microspheres were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method in the presence of glucose followed by a subsequent heat-treatment process. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern shows that the as-obtained hollow spheres are cubic phase of Y2O3. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images indicate that the samples are three layer hollow spheres with a diameter of 2-4 microm and the outermost wall thickness of 100 nm, the size of the inner core is about 300-400 nm, and the sub-outer wall thickness is about 100 nm. X-ray energy dispersive spectrum (EDS) shows that the samples are composed of Y, Eu and O. Photoluminescence spectra show that the hollow spheres have a strong characteristic red emission corresponding to the 5D0 - 7F2 transition of Eu3+ ions under ultraviolet excitation. This method can be used to synthesize other rare earth oxide hollow luminescent materials. PMID:22413288

  15. Synthesis of Y2O2S:Eu3+, Mg2+, Ti4+ hollow microspheres via homogeneous precipitation route

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    Ai, Peng-Fei; Liu, Ying-Liang; Xiao, Li-Yuan; Wang, Hou-Jin; Meng, Jian-Xin

    2010-06-01

    A phosphorescent material in the form of Y2O2S:Eu3+, Mg2+, Ti4+ hollow microspheres was prepared by homogeneous precipitation using monodispersed carbon spheres as hard templates. Y2O3:Eu3+ hollow microspheres were first synthesized to serve as the precursor. Y2O2S:Eu3+, Mg2+, Ti4+ powders were obtained by calcinating the precursor in a CS2 atmosphere. The crystal structure, morphology and optical properties of the composites were characterized. X-ray diffraction measurements confirmed the purity of the Y2O2S phase. Electron microscopy observations revealed that the Y2O2S:Eu3+, Mg2+, Ti4+ particles inherited the hollow spherical shape from the precursor after being calcined in a CS2 atmosphere and that they had a diameter of 350-450 nm and a wall thickness of about 50-80 nm. After ultraviolet radiation at 265 or 325 nm for 5 min, the particles emitted strong red long-lifetime phosphorescence originating from Eu3+ ions. This phosphorescence is associated with the trapping of charge carriers by Ti4+ and Mg2+ ions.

  16. Self-Assembly of pH-Responsive Microspheres for Intestinal Delivery of Diverse Lipophilic Therapeutics.

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    Zhou, Xing; Zhao, Yang; Chen, Siyu; Han, Songling; Xu, Xiaoqiu; Guo, Jiawei; Liu, Mengyu; Che, Ling; Li, Xiaohui; Zhang, Jianxiang

    2016-08-01

    Targeted delivery of therapeutics to the intestine is preferred for the management of many diseases due to its diverse advantages. Currently, there are still challenges in creating cost-effective and translational pH-responsive microspheres for intestinal delivery of various hydrophobic drugs. Herein we report a multiple noncovalent interactions-mediated assembly strategy in which carboxyl-bearing compounds (CBCs) are guest molecules, while poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAm) serves as a host polymer. Formation of microparticles and therapeutic packaging can be achieved simultaneously by this assembly approach, leading to well-shaped microspheres with extremely higher drug loading capacity as compared to microspheres based on two FDA-approved materials of poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) and an enteric coating polymer EudragitS 100 (S100). Also, carboxyl-deficient hydrophobic drugs can be effectively entrapped. These assembled microspheres, with excellent reconstitution capability as well as desirable scalability, could selectively release drug molecules under intestinal conditions. By significantly enhancing drug dissolution/release in the intestine, these pH-responsive assemblies may notably improve the oral bioavailability of loaded therapeutics. Moreover, the assembled microspheres possessed superior therapeutic performance in rodent models of inflammation and tumor over the control microspheres derived from PLGA and S100. Therapy with newly developed microspheres did not cause undesirable side effects. Furthermore, in vivo evaluation in mice revealed the carrier material PNIPAm was safe for oral delivery at doses as high as 10 g/kg. Collectively, our findings demonstrated that this type of pH-responsive microsphere may function as superior and translational intestine-directed delivery systems for a diverse array of therapeutics. PMID:27398635

  17. Formation processes and main properties of hollow aluminosilicate microspheres in fly ash from thermal power stations

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    V.S. Drozhzhin; M.Ya. Shpirt; L.D. Danilin; M.D. Kuvaev; I.V. Pikulin; G.A. Potemkin; S.A. Redyushev

    2008-04-15

    The main parameters of aluminosilicate microspheres formed at thermal power stations in Russia were studied. These parameters are responsible for the prospective industrial application of these microspheres. A comparative analysis of the properties of mineral coal components, the conditions of coal combustion, and the effects of chemical and phase-mineralogical compositions of mineral impurities in coals from almost all of the main coal deposits on the formation of microspheres was performed. The effects of thermal treatment conditions on gas evolution processes in mineral particles and on the fraction of aluminosilicate microspheres in fly ash were considered. It was found that the yield of microspheres was higher in pulverized coal combustion in furnaces with liquid slag removal, all other factors being equal. The regularities of microsphere formation were analyzed, and the mechanism of microsphere formation in fly ash during the combustion of solid fuels was considered.

  18. Guided self-assembly of integrated hollow Bragg waveguides.

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    Decorby, R G; Ponnampalam, N; Nguyen, H T; Pai, M M; Clement, T J

    2007-04-01

    We describe the fabrication of integrated hollow waveguides through guided self-assembly of straight-sided, thin film delamination buckles within a multilayer system of chalcogenide glass and polymer. The process is based on silver photodoping, which was used to control both the stress and adhesion of the chalcogenide glass films. Straight, curved, crossing, and tapered microchannels were realized in parallel. The channels are cladded by omnidirectional dielectric reflectors designed for low-loss, air-core guiding of light in the 1550-1700 nm wavelength range. Loss as low as ~15 dB/cm was measured for channels of height ~2.5 mum, in good agreement with both an analytical ray optics model and finite difference numerical simulations. The loss is determined mainly by the reflectivity of the cladding mirrors, which is ~0.995 for the as-fabricated devices. PMID:19532632

  19. Photochemical preparation of CdS hollow microspheres at room temperature and their use in visible-light photocatalysis

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    Huang, Yuying; Sun, Fengqiang; Wu, Tianxing; Wu, Qingsong; Huang, Zhong; Su, Heng; Zhang, Zihe

    2011-03-01

    CdS hollow microspheres have been successfully prepared by a photochemical preparation technology at room temperature, using polystyrene latex particles as templates, CdSO 4 as cadmium source and Na 2S 2O 3 as both sulphur source and photo-initiator. The process involved the deposition of CdS nanoparticles on the surface of polystyrene latex particles under the irradiation of an 8 W UV lamp and the subsequent removal of the latex particles by dispersing in dichloromethane. Photochemical reactions at the sphere/solution interface should be responsible for the formation of hollow spheres. The as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Such hollow spheres could be used in photocatalysis and showed high photocatalytic activities in photodegradation of methyl blue (MB) in the presence of H 2O 2. The method is green, simple, universal and can be extended to prepare other sulphide and oxide hollow spheres.

  20. Processes For Cleaning a Cathode Tube and Assemblies In A Hollow Cathode Assembly

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    Patterson, Michael J. (Inventor); Verhey, Timothy R. R. (Inventor); Soulas, George C. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    The present invention is a process for cleaning a cathode tube and other subassemblies in a hollow cathode assembly. In the disclosed process, hand covering elastomer gloves are used for handling all cathode assembly parts. The cathode tube and other subassemblies are cleaned with a lint-free cloth damped with acetone, then wiped with alcohol, immersed in ethyl alcohol or acetone, and ultrasonic agitation is applied, heating to 60 C. for ethyl alcohol or 56 C. for acetone. The cathode tube and other subassemblies are dried by blowing with nitrogen gas.

  1. Novel hollow microspheres of hierarchical zinc-aluminum layered double hydroxides and their enhanced adsorption capacity for phosphate in water.

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    Zhou, Jiabin; Yang, Siliang; Yu, Jiaguo; Shu, Zhan

    2011-09-15

    Hollow microspheres of hierarchical Zn-Al layered double hydroxides (LDHs) were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method using urea as precipitating agent. The morphology and microstructure of the as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms and fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. It was found that the morphology of hierarchical Zn-Al LDHs can be tuned from irregular platelets to hollow microspheres by simply varying concentrations of urea. The effects of initial phosphate concentration and contact time on phosphate adsorption using various Zn-Al LDHs and their calcined products (LDOs) were investigated from batch tests. Our results indicate that the equilibrium adsorption data were best fitted by Langmuir isothermal model, with the maximum adsorption capacity of 54.1-232 mg/g; adsorption kinetics follows the pseudo-second-order kinetic equation and intra-particle diffusion model. In addition, Zn-Al LDOs are shown to be effective adsorbents for removing phosphate from aqueous solutions due to their hierarchical porous structures and high specific surface areas. PMID:21719194

  2. Highly Sensitive and Reproducible SERS Performance from Uniform Film Assembled by Magnetic Noble Metal Composite Microspheres.

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    Niu, Chunyu; Zou, Bingfang; Wang, Yongqiang; Cheng, Lin; Zheng, Haihong; Zhou, Shaomin

    2016-01-26

    To realize highly sensitive and reproducible SERS performance, a new route was put forward to construct uniform SERS film by using magnetic composite microspheres. In the experiment, monodisperse Fe3O4@SiO2@Ag microspheres with hierarchical surface were developed and used as building block of SERS substrate, which not only realized fast capturing analyte through dispersion and collection under external magnet but also could be built into uniform film through magnetically induced self-assembly. By using R6G as probe molecule, the as-obtained uniform film exhibited great improvement on SERS performance in both sensitivity and reproducibility when compared with nonuniform film, demonstrating the perfect integration of high sensitivity of hierarchal noble metal microspheres and high reproducibility of ordered microspheres array. Furthermore, the as-obtained product was used to detect pesticide thiram and also exhibited excellent SERS performance for trace detection. PMID:26731200

  3. Microspheres

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    1990-01-01

    Vital information on a person's physical condition can be obtained by identifying and counting the population of T-cells and B-cells, lymphocytes of the same shape and size that help the immune system protect the body from the invasion of disease. The late Dr. Alan Rembaum developed a method for identifying the cells. The method involved tagging the T-cells and B-cells with microspheres of different fluorescent color. Microspheres, which have fluorescent dye embedded in them, are chemically treated so that they can link with antibodies. With the help of a complex antibody/antigen reaction, the microspheres bind themselves to specific 'targets,' in this case the T-cells or B-cells. Each group of cells can then be analyzed by a photoelectronic instrument at different wavelengths emitted by the fluorescent dyes. Same concept was applied to the separation of cancer cells from normal cells. Microspheres were also used to conduct many other research projects. Under a patent license Magsphere, Inc. is producing a wide spectrum of microspheres on a large scale and selling them worldwide for various applications.

  4. One-pot synthesis of hierarchical Cu{sub 2}O/Cu hollow microspheres with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

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    Hong, Tianjie; Tao, Feifei Lin, Jiudong; Ding, Wei; Lan, Mingxuan

    2015-08-15

    The hierarchical Cu{sub 2}O/Cu hollow microspheres have been fabricated by the one-pot solvothermal redox method, which is one-step approach without any surfactant and template. By using the HRTEM, XRD, XPS and UV–vis spectroscopy, the as-prepared product is composed of Cu{sub 2}O and Cu with energy band gap of 1.72 eV. Based on the time-dependent experiments, the content of Cu{sub 2}O and Cu compositions can be effectively controlled by adjusting the reaction time and a possible mechanism is proposed. In addition, using various dye molecules to stimulate pollutants, the hierarchical Cu{sub 2}O/Cu hollow microspheres reacted for 8 h exhibit excellent visible-light photocatalytic activities, which is much higher than those of the Cu{sub 2}O/Cu catalysts formed at the shorter reaction time, commercial Cu{sub 2}O powder and the mixture of alone Cu{sub 2}O and Cu. This enhanced photocatalytic performance makes these hierarchical Cu{sub 2}O/Cu hollow microspheres a kind of efficient visible-light photocatalyst in removing some organic compounds in wastewater. - Graphical abstract: The hierarchical Cu{sub 2}O/Cu hollow microspheres with adjustable components have been synthesized by one-step solvothermal redox approach. The special structures and composition lead to the excellent visible-light photocatalytic activity. - Highlights: • The hierarchical Cu{sub 2}O/Cu hollow microspheres are fabricated by one-step approach. • The content of Cu{sub 2}O and Cu can be controlled by adjusting the reaction time. • The material exhibits a better visible-light photocatalytic activity and stability. • Degradation kinetics of MO by Cu{sub 2}O/Cu fits the pseudo first-order model.

  5. Polyamine/salt-assembled microspheres coated with hyaluronic acid for targeting and pH sensing.

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    Zhang, Pan; Yang, Hui; Wang, Guojun; Tong, Weijun; Gao, Changyou

    2016-06-01

    The poly(allylamine hydrochloride)/trisodium citrate aggregates were fabricated and further covalently crosslinked via the coupling reaction of carboxylic sites on trisodium citrate with the amine groups on polyamine, onto which poly-L-lysine and hyaluronic acid were sequentially assembled, forming stable microspheres. The pH sensitive dye and pH insensitive dye were further labeled to enable the microspheres with pH sensing property. Moreover, these microspheres could be specifically targeted to HeLa tumor cells, since hyaluronic acid can specifically recognize and bind to CD44, a receptor overexpressed on many tumor cells. Quantitative pH measurement by confocal laser scanning microscopy demonstrated that the microspheres were internalized into HeLa cells, and accumulated in acidic compartments. By contrast, only a few microspheres were adhered on the NIH 3T3 cells surface. The microspheres with combined pH sensing property and targeting ability can enhance the insight understanding of the targeted drug vehicles trafficking after cellular internalization. PMID:26954089

  6. IMPACT OF COMPOSITION AND HEAT TREATMENT ON PORE SIZE IN POROUS WALLED HOLLOW GLASS MICROSPHERES

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    Raszewski, F; Erich Hansen, E; Ray Schumacher, R; David Peeler, D

    2007-12-04

    The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) developed a new geometric form: hollow glass microspheres (HGMs), with unique porous walls. The new geometric form combines the existing technology of HGMs with basic glass science knowledge in the realm of glass-in-glass phase separation. Conceptually, the development of a HGM with porous walls (referred to as a PWHGM) provides a unique system in which various media or filling agents can be incorporated into the PWHGM (via transport through the porous walls) and ultimately has the capacity to serve as a functional delivery system in various industrial applications. Applications of these types of systems could range from hydrogen storage, molecular sieves, drug and bioactive delivery systems, to environmental, chemical and biological indicators, relevant to Energy, Environmental Processing and Homeland Security fields. As a specific example, previous studies at SRNL have introduced materials capable of hydrogen storage (as well as other materials) into the interior of the PWHGMs. The goal of this project was to determine if the microstructure (i.e., pore size and pore size distribution) of a PWHGM could be altered or tailored by varying composition and/or heat treatment (time and/or temperature) conditions. The ability to tailor the microstructure through composition or heat treatments could provide the opportunity to design the PWHGM system to accommodate different additives or fill agents. To meet this objective, HGMs of various alkali borosilicate compositions were fabricated using a flame forming apparatus installed at the Aiken County Technical Laboratory (ACTL). HGMs were treated under various heat treatment conditions to induce and/or enhance glass in glass phase separation. Heat treatment temperatures ranged from 580 C to 620 C, while heat treatment times were either 8 or 24 hours. Of the two primary variables assessed in this study, heat treatment temperature was determined to be most effective in changing the

  7. Oriented-assembly of hollow FePt nanochains with tunable catalytic and magnetic properties

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    Liu, Jialong; Xia, Tianyu; Wang, Shouguo; Yang, Guang; Dong, Bowen; Wang, Chao; Ma, Qidi; Sun, Young; Wang, Rongming

    2016-06-01

    Hollow nanoparticles with large surface areas exhibit a lot of advantages for applications such as catalysis and energy storage. Furthermore, their performance can be manipulated by their deliberate assemblies. Dispersive hollow FePt nanospheres have been assembled into one-dimensional hollow FePt nanochains under the magnetic fields at room temperature. Based on the activation of galvanic replacement at different reaction stages, the size of hollow FePt nanochains can be deliberately manipulated varying from 20 nm to 300 nm, together with the length changing from 200 nm to 10 μm. The competition between movement of paramagnetic Fe3+ ions and shape recovering due to thermal fluctuations plays a critical effect on the structure of contact area between hollow nanospheres, leading to perforative structures. Compared with commercial Pt/C, well aligned hollow FePt nanochains show greatly enhanced catalytic activities in the methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) due to more favorable mass flow. Magnetic measurements indicate that the magnetic properties including Curie temperature and saturation magnetization can be tuned by the control of the size and shape of hollow nanochains.Hollow nanoparticles with large surface areas exhibit a lot of advantages for applications such as catalysis and energy storage. Furthermore, their performance can be manipulated by their deliberate assemblies. Dispersive hollow FePt nanospheres have been assembled into one-dimensional hollow FePt nanochains under the magnetic fields at room temperature. Based on the activation of galvanic replacement at different reaction stages, the size of hollow FePt nanochains can be deliberately manipulated varying from 20 nm to 300 nm, together with the length changing from 200 nm to 10 μm. The competition between movement of paramagnetic Fe3+ ions and shape recovering due to thermal fluctuations plays a critical effect on the structure of contact area between hollow nanospheres, leading to perforative

  8. Dielectric microsphere manipulation and chain assembly by counter-propagating waves in a channel waveguide

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    Grujic, Katarina; Gaute Hellesø, Olav

    2007-05-01

    We study the formation and the propulsion properties of chains of dielectric microspheres in the evanescent field of a channel waveguide made by Cs+ ion-exchange. Particle chains are shown to move faster than single particles. We exploit counter-propagating waves for axial positioning of single and chains of microspheres. The particles can be propelled back and forth at will, and trapped at a given point for several minutes. We demonstrate that this technique can also be used to assemble a long, one-particle wide, chain.

  9. Hierarchically assembled Au microspheres and sea urchin-like architectures: formation mechanism and SERS study

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    Wang, Xiansong; Yang, Da-Peng; Huang, Peng; Li, Min; Li, Chao; Chen, Di; Cui, Daxiang

    2012-11-01

    The hierarchically assembled Au microspheres/sea urchin-like structures have been synthesized in aqueous solution at room temperature with and without proteins (bovine serum albumin, BSA) as mediators. The average diameter of an individual Au microsphere is 300-600 nm, which is composed of some compact nanoparticles with an average diameter of about 15 nm. Meanwhile, the sea urchin-like Au architecture exhibits an average diameter of 600-800 nm, which is made up of some nanopricks with an average length of 100-200 nm. These products are characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electronic microscopy (TEM). It is found that the BSA and ascorbic acid (AA) have great effects on the morphology of the resulting products. Two different growth mechanisms are proposed. The study on surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activities is also carried out between Au microspheres and Au sea urchin-like architectures. It is found that Au urchin-like architectures possess much higher SERS activity than the Au microspheres. Our work may shed light on the design and synthesis of hierarchically self-assembled 3D micro/nano-architectures for SERS, catalysis and biosensors.The hierarchically assembled Au microspheres/sea urchin-like structures have been synthesized in aqueous solution at room temperature with and without proteins (bovine serum albumin, BSA) as mediators. The average diameter of an individual Au microsphere is 300-600 nm, which is composed of some compact nanoparticles with an average diameter of about 15 nm. Meanwhile, the sea urchin-like Au architecture exhibits an average diameter of 600-800 nm, which is made up of some nanopricks with an average length of 100-200 nm. These products are characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electronic microscopy (TEM). It is found that the BSA and ascorbic acid (AA) have great effects on the morphology of

  10. Synergistic Ternary Composite (Carbon/Fe3 O4 @Graphene) with Hollow Microspherical and Robust Structure for Li-Ion Storage.

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    Li, Xingxing; Zheng, Xueying; Shao, Jie; Gao, Tian; Shi, Qiang; Qu, Qunting

    2016-01-01

    The electrode materials with hollow structure and/or graphene coating are expected to exhibit outstanding electrochemical performances in energy-storage systems. 2D graphene-wrapped hollow C/Fe3 O4 microspheres are rationally designed and fabricated by a novel facile and scalable strategy. The core@double-shell structure SPS@FeOOH@GO (SPS: sulfonated polystyrene, GO: graphene oxide) microspheres are first prepared through a simple one-pot approach and then transformed into C/Fe3 O4 @G (G: graphene) after calcination at 500 °C in Ar. During calcination, the Kirkendall effect resulting from the diffusion/reaction of SPS-derived carbon and FeOOH leads to the formation of hollow structure carbon with Fe3 O4 nanoparticles embedded in it. In the rationally constructed architecture of C/Fe3 O4 @G, the strongly coupled C/Fe3 O4 hollow microspheres are further anchored onto 2D graphene networks, achieving a strong synergetic effect between carbon, Fe3 O4 , and graphene. As an anode material of Li-ion batteries (LIBs), C/Fe3 O4 @G manifests a high reversible capacity, excellent rate behavior, and outstanding long-term cycling performance (1208 mAh g(-1) after 200 cycles at 100 mA g(-1) ). PMID:26616668

  11. Ag/α-Fe2O3 hollow microspheres: Preparation and application for hydrogen peroxide detection

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    Kang, Xinyuan; Wu, Zhiping; Liao, Fang; Zhang, Tingting; Guo, Tingting

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, we demonstrated a simple approach for preparing α-Fe2O3 hollow spheres by mixing ferric nitrate aqueous and glucose in 180 °C. The glucose was found to act as a soft template in the process of α-Fe2O3 hollow spheres formation. Ag/α-Fe2O3 hollow nanocomposite was obtained under UV irradiation without additional reducing agents or initiators. Synthesized Ag/α-Fe2O3 hollow composites exhibited remarkable catalytic performance toward H2O2 reduction. The electrocatalytic activity mechanism of Ag/α-Fe2O3/GCE were discussed toward the reduction of H2O2 in this paper.

  12. Evaluation of bone regeneration in implants composed of hollow HA microspheres loaded with TGF– 1 in a rat calvarial defect model

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    Fu, Hailuo; Rahaman, Mohamed N.; Brown, Roger F.; Day, Delbert E.

    2012-01-01

    Implants that serve simultaneously as an osteoconductive matrix and as a device for local growth factor delivery may be required for optimal bone regeneration in some applications. In the present study, hollow hydroxyapatite (HA) microspheres (106–150 μm) in the form of three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds or individual (loose) microspheres were created using a glass conversion process. The capacity of the implants, with or without transforming growth factor- 1 (TGF- 1), to regenerate bone in a rat calvarial defect model was compared. The 3D scaffolds supported the proliferation and alkaline phosphatase activity of osteogenic MLO-A5 cells in vitro, showing their cytocompatibility. Release of TGF- 1 from the 3D scaffolds into phosphate-buffered saline ceased after 2–3 days when 30% of the growth factor was released. Bone regeneration in the 3D scaffolds and the individual microspheres increased with time from 6 to 12 weeks, but it was significantly higher (23%) in the individual microspheres than in the 3D scaffolds (15%) after 12 weeks. Loading with TGF-β1 (5 μg/defect) enhanced bone regeneration in the 3D scaffolds and individual microspheres after 6 weeks, but had little effect after 12 weeks. 3D scaffolds and individual microspheres with larger HA diameter (150–250 μm) showed better ability to regenerate bone. Based on these results, implants composed of hollow HA microspheres show promising potential as an osteoconductive matrix for local growth factor delivery in bone regeneration. PMID:23168225

  13. Synthesis, luminescence, and anti-tumor properties of MgSiO3:Eu-DOX-DPP-RGD hollow microspheres.

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    Lv, Ruichan; Zhong, Chongna; Gulzar, Arif; Gai, Shili; He, Fei; Gu, Rui; Zhang, Shenghuan; Yang, Guixin; Yang, Piaoping

    2015-11-14

    In this report, MgSiO3:Eu-DOX-DPP-RGD hollow microspheres employed for simultaneous imaging and anti-cancer therapy have been designed by sequentially loading the anti-tumor drugs doxorubicin (DOX), light-activated platinum(iv) pro-drug PPD, and a targeted peptide of NH2-Gly-Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser (RGD) onto MgSiO3:Eu mesoporous hollow spheres, which were synthesized using solid SiO2 spheres as sacrificed template by a facile hydrothermal process based on the Kirkendall effect. The photoluminescence intensity of MgSiO3:Eu has been optimized, which can emit a recognized red signal in vitro and in vivo under modest ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. It was found that the platform has high biocompatibility and could become intracellular through fast and effective endocytosis with the aid of the targeted peptide RGD, and chemotherapeutic drugs DOX and light-activated platinum(iv) pro-drug DPP that can be released from the carrier to induce an obvious inhabitation effect to HeLa cancer cells (survival rate of only 17.4%), which has been verified by in vitro and in vivo results. Moreover, the in vitro result using a photosensitizer ZnPc loaded carrier shows that the system is not suitable for ZnPc induced photodynamic therapy. The apparent imaging effect and high anti-tumor efficacy of this functional system give it great potential in actual clinical applications. PMID:26447565

  14. SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION OF HYDROGEN FROM MIXED GAS STREAMS USING HOLLOW GLASS MICROSPHERES

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    Due to this study, HGMS have been shown to be a viable means of separating hydrogen from various mixed gases.5 Mass transport through the glass walls of the microspheres is determined through the use of Boyle’s Law:

     

  15. Oriented-assembly of hollow FePt nanochains with tunable catalytic and magnetic properties.

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    Liu, Jialong; Xia, Tianyu; Wang, Shouguo; Yang, Guang; Dong, Bowen; Wang, Chao; Ma, Qidi; Sun, Young; Wang, Rongming

    2016-06-01

    Hollow nanoparticles with large surface areas exhibit a lot of advantages for applications such as catalysis and energy storage. Furthermore, their performance can be manipulated by their deliberate assemblies. Dispersive hollow FePt nanospheres have been assembled into one-dimensional hollow FePt nanochains under the magnetic fields at room temperature. Based on the activation of galvanic replacement at different reaction stages, the size of hollow FePt nanochains can be deliberately manipulated varying from 20 nm to 300 nm, together with the length changing from 200 nm to 10 μm. The competition between movement of paramagnetic Fe(3+) ions and shape recovering due to thermal fluctuations plays a critical effect on the structure of contact area between hollow nanospheres, leading to perforative structures. Compared with commercial Pt/C, well aligned hollow FePt nanochains show greatly enhanced catalytic activities in the methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) due to more favorable mass flow. Magnetic measurements indicate that the magnetic properties including Curie temperature and saturation magnetization can be tuned by the control of the size and shape of hollow nanochains. PMID:26971675

  16. Hierarchical CoS2@C hollow microspheres constructed by nanosheets with superior lithium storage

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    Chen, Weiwei; Li, Tingting; Hu, Qian; Li, Chengpin; Guo, Hong

    2015-07-01

    An effective approach of alcoholysis is employed to prepare hollow CoS2@C hybrid nanosheets aggregates as anode materials for Li-ion batteries. Amorphous carbon can be loaded on the CoS2 nanoparticles uniformly in the solvothermal alcoholysis process, and the subsequent calcination results of the formation of hollow structures. The capacity of the sample can remain stable as high as 720 mAhg-1 after 200 cycles, and it also exhibits good rate capacity. The nano-scaled characteristics of CoS2 nanosheets embedded in the aggregates ensure the electrode having a high capacity and the fast Li-ion diffusion in the electrode. The in-situ introduction of carbon renders the electrode having a good electronic conductivity and can effectively prevent the formation of polysulfide anions. The unique hollow structures can shorten the length of Li-ion diffusion, which is benefit for the rate performance. The hollow structure also offers a sufficient void space, which sufficiently alleviates the mechanical stress caused by volume change. Therefore, the prepared hierarchical hollow CoS2@C materials constructed by nanosheets exhibit outstanding electrochemical performance.

  17. Polymer and surfactant-templated synthesis of hollow and porous ZnS nano- and microspheres in a spray pyrolysis reactor.

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    Sharma, Munish K; Rohani, Parham; Liu, Sha; Kaus, Mark; Swihart, Mark T

    2015-01-13

    Nanostructured zinc sulfide can provide unique photonic, electronic, and catalytic properties that are of interest for applications ranging from bioimaging to photocatalysis. Here we report an easily controllable continuous method to produce porous and hollow ZnS nano- and microspheres. We used poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether (PEG), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), ethylene oxide/propylene oxide block copolymer (Pluronic F-38), and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as templates to synthesize ZnS nano- and microspheres with controlled internal morphology in a spray pyrolysis process, starting from an aqueous solution of chemical precursors and templating agents. Spherical particles were produced by droplet-to-particle conversion of droplets. Zinc acetate and thiourea, used here as precursors for ZnS, react in solution to form bis-thiourea zinc acetate (BTZA), which precipitates with the evaporation of solvent. Upon further heating, BTZA decomposes to yield ZnS. During solvent evaporation, PEG and Pluronic precipitate after BTZA, driving formation of a shell of ZnS and a hollow core. In contrast, PVP and CTAB interact strongly with BTZA and ZnS, such that the PVP and ZnS remain intermixed. After evaporation of solvent, the templating agents can be pyrolyzed at high temperature to leave behind porous or hollow ZnS microspheres composed of many much smaller nanocrystals. PMID:25547202

  18. Microradiographic microsphere manipulator

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    Singleton, Russell M.

    1980-01-01

    A method and apparatus for radiographic characterization of small hollow spherical members (microspheres), constructed of either optically transparent or opaque materials. The apparatus involves a microsphere manipulator which holds a batch of microspheres between two parallel thin plastic films for contact microradiographic characterization or projection microradiography thereof. One plastic film is translated to relative to and parallel to the other to roll the microspheres through any desired angle to allow different views of the microspheres.

  19. Microradiographic microsphere manipulator

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    Singleton, R.M.

    A method and apparatus is disclosed for radiographic characterization of small hollow spherical members (microspheres), constructed of either optically transparent or opaque materials. The apparatus involves a microsphere manipulator which holds a batch of microspheres between two parallel thin plastic films for contact microradiographic characterization or projection microradiography thereof. One plastic film is translated relative to and parallel to the other to roll the microspheres through any desired angle to allow different views of the microspheres.

  20. Holographic optical assembly and photopolymerized joining of planar microspheres

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    Shaw, L. A.; Chizari, S.; Panas, R. M.; Shusteff, M.; Spadaccini, C. M.; Hopkins, J. B.

    2016-07-27

    The aim of this research is to demonstrate a holographically driven photopolymerization process for joining colloidal particles to create planar microstructures fixed to a substrate, which can be monitored with real-time measurement. Holographic optical tweezers (HOT) have been used to arrange arrays of microparticles prior to this work; here we introduce a new photopolymerization process for rapidly joining simultaneously handled microspheres in a plane. Additionally, we demonstrate a new process control technique for efficiently identifying when particles have been successfully joined by measuring a sufficient reduction in the particles’ Brownian motion. Furthermore, this technique and our demonstrated joining approach enablemore » HOT technology to take critical steps toward automated additive fabrication of microstructures.« less

  1. Holographic optical assembly and photopolymerized joining of planar microspheres.

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    Shaw, L A; Chizari, S; Panas, R M; Shusteff, M; Spadaccini, C M; Hopkins, J B

    2016-08-01

    The aim of this research is to demonstrate a holographically driven photopolymerization process for joining colloidal particles to create planar microstructures fixed to a substrate, which can be monitored with real-time measurement. Holographic optical tweezers (HOT) have been used to arrange arrays of microparticles prior to this work; here we introduce a new photopolymerization process for rapidly joining simultaneously handled microspheres in a plane. Additionally, we demonstrate a new process control technique for efficiently identifying when particles have been successfully joined by measuring a sufficient reduction in the particles' Brownian motion. This technique and our demonstrated joining approach enable HOT technology to take critical steps toward automated additive fabrication of microstructures. PMID:27472621

  2. Binary breath figures for straightforward and controllable self-assembly of microspherical caps.

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    Gong, Jianliang; Xu, Bingang; Tao, Xiaoming; Li, Lei

    2016-05-11

    The intense interest surrounding asymmetrical microparticles originates from their unique anisotropic properties and promising applications. In this work, direct self-assembly of polymeric microspherical caps without the assistance of any additives has been achieved by using low-surface-tension methanol (MeOH) and high-surface-tension water as binary breath figures (BFs). With the evaporation of polystyrene (PS) solution containing low-boiling-point solvent in the binary vapors, the formed MeOH BFs could quickly diffuse into solution, while water BFs tended to remain at the solution surface. This led to the formation of a gradient nonsolvent layer at the vapor/solution interface, which induced the formation of nuclei and guided further asymmetrical growth of polymer particles. After the spontaneous removal of MeOH, water and residual solvent by evaporation, polymeric microspherical caps were left on the substrate. Through controlling the proportion of water introduced by adjusting the ratios of MeOH and water, polymeric microspherical caps with a range of controllable shapes (divided at different positions of a sphere) were successfully obtained. The formation mechanism was explained based on the difference of vapor pressure, surface tension and miscibility between the employed solvents and nonsolvents. A solvent possessing a high vapor pressure, low surface tension and good miscibility with MeOH contributed to the formation of microspherical caps. This flexible, green and straightforward technique is a nondestructive strategy, and avoids complicated work on design, preparation and removal of hard templates and additives. PMID:27139817

  3. Monodisperse REPO4 (RE = Yb, Gd, Y) hollow microspheres covered with nanothorns as affinity probes for selectively capturing and labeling phosphopeptides.

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    Cheng, Gong; Zhang, Ji-Lin; Liu, Yan-Lin; Sun, De-Hui; Ni, Jia-Zuan

    2012-02-13

    Rare-earth phosphate microspheres with unique structures were developed as affinity probes for the selective capture and tagging of phosphopeptides. Prickly REPO(4) (RE = Yb, Gd, Y) monodisperse microspheres, that have hollow structures, low densities, high specific surface areas, and large adsorptive capacities were prepared by an ion-exchange method. The elemental compositions and crystal structures of these affinity probes were confirmed by energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The morphologies of these compounds were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and nitrogen-adsorption isotherms. The potential ability of these microspheres for selectively capturing and labeling target biological molecules was evaluated by using protein-digestion analysis and a real sample as well as by comparison with the widely used TiO(2) affinity microspheres. These results show that these porous rare-earth phosphate microspheres are highly promising probes for the rapid purification and recognition of phosphopeptides. PMID:22241661

  4. Atomically thin layered NiFe double hydroxides assembled 3D microspheres with promoted electrochemical performances

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    Li, Xiaomin; Zai, Jiantao; Liu, Yuanyuan; He, Xiaobo; Xiang, Shijie; Ma, Zifeng; Qian, Xuefeng

    2016-09-01

    LDHs in atomic thickness (mono-/bi-layers) usually exhibit novel physicochemical properties, especially in surface-dependent energy storage and catalysis areas. However, the thickness of the commonly reported 2D LDHs is in nanoscale and the bottom-up synthesis of atomically thin LDHs is rarely reported. Herein, high-quality atomically thin layered NiFe-LDHs assembled 3D microspheres were synthesized via a rational designed reaction system, where the formation of atomically thin building blocks was controlled by the synergetic effects of released carbonate anions and butanol. Furthermore, the complexant and solvents played important effects on the process of coprecipitation and the assembling of LDHs. Due to the nature of atomically thin LDHs nanosheets and unique 3D hierarchical structures, the obtained microspheres exhibited excellent electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction (OER) activity in alkaline medium with an onset overpotential (0.435 V, which is lower than that of common LDHs) and good durability. The as-prepared 3D NiFe-LDHs microspheres were also firstly used as supercapacitor materials and displayed a high specific capacitance of 1061 F g-1 at the current density of 1 A g-1.

  5. Nanoarchitectured Nb2O5 hollow, Nb2O5@carbon and NbO2@carbon Core-Shell Microspheres for Ultrahigh-Rate Intercalation Pseudocapacitors

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    Kong, Lingping; Zhang, Chuanfang; Wang, Jitong; Qiao, Wenming; Ling, Licheng; Long, Donghui

    2016-01-01

    Li-ion intercalation materials with extremely high rate capability will blur the distinction between batteries and supercapacitors. We construct a series of nanoarchitectured intercalation materials including orthorhombic (o-) Nb2O5 hollow microspheres, o-Nb2O5@carbon core-shell microspheres and tetragonal (t-) NbO2@carbon core-shell microspheres, through a one-pot hydrothermal method with different post-treatments. These nanoarchitectured materials consist of small nanocrystals with highly exposed active surface, and all of them demonstrate good Li+ intercalation pseudocapacitive properties. In particular, o-Nb2O5 hollow microspheres can deliver the specific capacitance of 488.3 F g−1, and good rate performance of 126.7 F g−1 at 50 A g−1. The o-Nb2O5@carbon core-shell microspheres show enhanced specific capacitance of 502.2 F g−1 and much improved rate performance (213.4 F g−1 at 50 A g−1). Furthermore, we demonstrate for the first time, t-NbO2 exhibits much higher rate capability than o-Nb2O5. For discharging time as fast as 5.9 s (50 A g−1), it still exhibits a very high specific capacitance of 245.8 F g−1, which is 65.2% retention of the initial capacitance (377.0 F g−1 at 1 A g−1). The unprecedented rate capability is an intrinsic feature of t-NbO2, which may be due to the conductive lithiated compounds. PMID:26880276

  6. Nanoarchitectured Nb2O5 hollow, Nb2O5@carbon and NbO2@carbon Core-Shell Microspheres for Ultrahigh-Rate Intercalation Pseudocapacitors

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    Kong, Lingping; Zhang, Chuanfang; Wang, Jitong; Qiao, Wenming; Ling, Licheng; Long, Donghui

    2016-02-01

    Li-ion intercalation materials with extremely high rate capability will blur the distinction between batteries and supercapacitors. We construct a series of nanoarchitectured intercalation materials including orthorhombic (o-) Nb2O5 hollow microspheres, o-Nb2O5@carbon core-shell microspheres and tetragonal (t-) NbO2@carbon core-shell microspheres, through a one-pot hydrothermal method with different post-treatments. These nanoarchitectured materials consist of small nanocrystals with highly exposed active surface, and all of them demonstrate good Li+ intercalation pseudocapacitive properties. In particular, o-Nb2O5 hollow microspheres can deliver the specific capacitance of 488.3 F g-1, and good rate performance of 126.7 F g-1 at 50 A g-1. The o-Nb2O5@carbon core-shell microspheres show enhanced specific capacitance of 502.2 F g-1 and much improved rate performance (213.4 F g-1 at 50 A g-1). Furthermore, we demonstrate for the first time, t-NbO2 exhibits much higher rate capability than o-Nb2O5. For discharging time as fast as 5.9 s (50 A g-1), it still exhibits a very high specific capacitance of 245.8 F g-1, which is 65.2% retention of the initial capacitance (377.0 F g-1 at 1 A g-1). The unprecedented rate capability is an intrinsic feature of t-NbO2, which may be due to the conductive lithiated compounds.

  7. Optimization of the contents of hollow glass microsphere and sodium hexametaphosphate for glass fiber vacuum insulation panel

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    Li, C. D.; Chen, Z. F.; Zhou, J. M.

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, various additive amounts of hollow glass microspheres (HGMs) and sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP) powders were blended with flame attenuated glass wool (FAGW) to form hybrid core materials (HCMs) through the wet method. Among them, the SHMP was dissolved in the glass fiber suspension and coated on the surface of glass fibers while the HGMs were insoluble in the glass fiber suspension and filled in the fiber-fiber pores. The average pore diameter of the FAGW/HGM HCMs was 8-11 μm which was near the same as that of flame attenuated glass fiber mats (FAGMs, i.e., 10.5 µm). The tensile strength of the SHMP coated FAGMs was enhanced from 160 N/m to 370 N/m when SHMP content increased from 0 wt.% to 0.2 wt.%. By contrast, the tensile strength of the FAGW/HGM HCMs decreased from 160 N/m to 40 N/m when HGM content increased from 0 wt.% to 50 wt.%. Both the FAGW/HGM HCMs and SHMP coated FAGMs were vacuumed completely to form vacuum insulation panels (VIPs). The results showed that both the addition of SHMP and HGM led a slight increase in the thermal conductivity of the corresponding VIPs. To obtain a high-quality VIP, the optimal SHMP content and HGM content in glass fiber suspension was 0.12-0.2 wt.% and 0 wt.%.

  8. Conferring Natural-Derived Porous Microspheres with Surface Multifunctionality through Facile Coordination-Enabled Self-Assembly Process.

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    Han, Pingping; Shi, Jiafu; Nie, Teng; Zhang, Shaohua; Wang, Xueyan; Yang, Pengfei; Wu, Hong; Jiang, Zhongyi

    2016-03-01

    In this study, multifunctional chitin microspheres are synthesized and utilized as a platform for multiple potential applications in enzyme immobilization, catalytic reduction and adsorption. Porous chitin microspheres with an average diameter of 111.5 μm and a porous architecture are fabricated through a thermally induced phase separation method. Then, the porous chitin microspheres are conferred with surface multifunctionality through facile coordination-enabled self-assembly of tannic acid (TA) and titanium (Ti(IV)) bis(ammonium lactate)dihydroxide (Ti-BALDH). The multipoint hydrogen bonds between TA and chitin microspheres confer the TA-Ti(IV) coating with high adhesion capability to adhere firmly to the surface of the chitin microspheres. In view of the biocompatibility, porosity and surface activity, the multifunctional chitin microspheres are used as carriers for enzyme immobilization. The enzyme-conjugated multifunctional porous microspheres exhibit high catalytic performance (102.8 U·mg(-1) yeast alcohol dehydrogenase). Besides, the multifunctional chitin microspheres also find potential applications in the catalytic reduction (e.g., reduction of silver ions to silver nanoparticles) and efficient adsorption of heavy metal ions (e.g., Pb(2+)) taking advantages of their porosity, reducing capability and chelation property. PMID:26963907

  9. Self-assembled periodic patterns on the optical fiber tip by microsphere arrays

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    Pisco, Marco; Galeotti, Francesco; Grisci, Giorgio; Quero, Giuseppe; Cusano, Andrea

    2015-09-01

    In this work, we report a fabrication route for self-assembling periodic patterns on optical fiber tips. The technique is based on self-assembling polystyrene microspheres at the air/water interface and on successive transferring of the monolayer colloidal crystal on the fiber tip. By applying to the fiber further treatments like particle size reduction, metal coating and sphere removal, different periodic structures are conveniently realized. The results obtained indicate that self-assembly technique affords opportunity to create on the optical fiber tip dielectric and metallic-dielectric spheres' arrays with a feature size down to a submicron scale or metallic patterns with a few hundred nanometers at low fabrication costs.

  10. Cauliflower-like SnO2 hollow microspheres as anode and carbon fiber as cathode for high performance quantum dot and dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Ganapathy, Veerappan; Kong, Eui-Hyun; Park, Yoon-Cheol; Jang, Hyun Myung; Rhee, Shi-Woo

    2014-02-01

    Cauliflower-like tin oxide (SnO2) hollow microspheres (HMS) sensitized with multilayer quantum dots (QDs) as photoanode and alternative stable, low-cost counter electrode are employed for the first time in QD-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs). Cauliflower-like SnO2 hollow spheres mainly consist of 50 nm-sized agglomerated nanoparticles; they possess a high internal surface area and light scattering in between the microspheres and shell layers. This makes them promising photoanode material for both QDSCs and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method and chemical bath deposition (CBD) are used for QD-sensitizing the SnO2 microspheres. Additionally, carbon-nanofiber (CNF) with a unique structure is used as an alternative counter electrode (CE) and compared with the standard platinum (Pt) CE. Their electrocatalytic properties are measured using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), cyclic voltammetry (CV), and Tafel-polarization. Under 1 sun illumination, solar cells made with hollow SnO2 photoanode sandwiched with the stable CNF CE showed a power conversion efficiency of 2.5% in QDSCs and 3.0% for DSCs, which is quite promising with the standard Pt CE (QDSCs: 2.1%, and DSCs: 3.6%).Cauliflower-like tin oxide (SnO2) hollow microspheres (HMS) sensitized with multilayer quantum dots (QDs) as photoanode and alternative stable, low-cost counter electrode are employed for the first time in QD-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs). Cauliflower-like SnO2 hollow spheres mainly consist of 50 nm-sized agglomerated nanoparticles; they possess a high internal surface area and light scattering in between the microspheres and shell layers. This makes them promising photoanode material for both QDSCs and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method and chemical bath deposition (CBD) are used for QD-sensitizing the SnO2 microspheres. Additionally, carbon-nanofiber (CNF) with a

  11. Facile synthesis of alumina hollow microspheres via trisodium citrate-mediated hydrothermal process and their adsorption performances for p-nitrophenol from aqueous solutions.

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    Zhou, Jiabin; Wang, Lei; Zhang, Zhong; Yu, Jiaguo

    2013-03-15

    Alumina hollow microspheres with high adsorption affinity toward p-nitrophenol in water were prepared by using urea and trisodium citrate as precipitating and mediating agents, respectively, via a simple one-pot hydrothermal synthesis followed by calcination. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms measurement. This study shows that the morphology, specific surface area, and the pore structure of the resulting materials can be controlled by varying the concentration of trisodium citrate. The result of adsorption of p-nitrophenol onto the as-prepared samples revealed that the pseudo-second-order kinetic equation can better describe the adsorption kinetics. Furthermore, adsorption isotherm studies indicated that the resulting alumina microspheres are powerful adsorbents for the removal of p-nitrophenol from water with maximum adsorption capacity of 217.4 mg/g. PMID:23276687

  12. Facile synthesis of α-Fe2O3@ porous hollow yeast-based carbonaceous microspheres for fluorescent whitening agent-VBL wastewater treatment

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    Zheng, Pei; Tong, Zhiqing; Bai, Bo

    2016-03-01

    Porous hollow carbonaceous microspheres (PHCMs) fabricated from yeast cells by hydrothermal treatment have stimulated interest because of their outstanding chemical and physical properties. Herein, the functionalizations of PHCMs by further coating of α-Fe2O3 nanoparticles onto the surface were carried out. The structure of resulted α-Fe2O3@PHCMs products were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and BET specific surface area measurements (BET), respectively. Its promising application was evaluated by the Fenton-like degradation of fluorescent whitening agent-VBL from aqueous solutions.

  13. Preparation of hollow microsphere@onion-like solid nanosphere MoS2 coated by a carbon shell as a stable anode for optimized lithium storage

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    Guo, Bangjun; Yu, Ke; Song, Haili; Li, Honglin; Tan, Yinghua; Fu, Hao; Li, Chao; Lei, Xiang; Zhu, Ziqiang

    2015-12-01

    A one-step hydrothermal method was successfully used to fabricate hollow microsphere@onion-like solid nanosphere MoS2. Then the as-prepared sS-MoS2 was decorated with a carbon shell using dopamine as a carbon source by a facile route, resulting in hollow microsphere@onion-like solid nanosphere MoS2 decorated with carbon shell (sS-MoS2@C). A synergistic effect was observed for the two-component material, leading to new electrochemical processes for lithium storage, with improved electroconductivity and structural soundness, triggering an ascending capacity upon cycling. The as-prepared sS-MoS2@C exhibits optimized electrochemical behaviour with high specific capacity (1107 mA h g-1 at 100 mA g-1), superior high-rate capability (805 mA h g-1 at 5000 mA g-1) and good cycling stability (91.5% of capacity retained after 100 cycles), suggesting its potential application in high-energy lithium-ion batteries.A one-step hydrothermal method was successfully used to fabricate hollow microsphere@onion-like solid nanosphere MoS2. Then the as-prepared sS-MoS2 was decorated with a carbon shell using dopamine as a carbon source by a facile route, resulting in hollow microsphere@onion-like solid nanosphere MoS2 decorated with carbon shell (sS-MoS2@C). A synergistic effect was observed for the two-component material, leading to new electrochemical processes for lithium storage, with improved electroconductivity and structural soundness, triggering an ascending capacity upon cycling. The as-prepared sS-MoS2@C exhibits optimized electrochemical behaviour with high specific capacity (1107 mA h g-1 at 100 mA g-1), superior high-rate capability (805 mA h g-1 at 5000 mA g-1) and good cycling stability (91.5% of capacity retained after 100 cycles), suggesting its potential application in high-energy lithium-ion batteries. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05595d

  14. TiO2/CdS porous hollow microspheres rapidly synthesized by salt-assistant aerosol decomposition method for excellent photocatalytic hydrogen evolution performance.

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    Huang, Yu; Chen, Jun; Zou, Wei; Zhang, Linxing; Hu, Lei; He, Min; Gu, Lin; Deng, Jinxia; Xing, Xianran

    2016-01-21

    TiO2/CdS porous hollow microspheres have been one-pot rapidly synthesized by a salt-assisted aerosol decomposition method, and exhibit an excellent photocatalytic activity of 996 μmol h(-1) (50 mg photocatalysts with loading Ru co-catalyst) for hydrogen evolution from aqueous solutions containing sacrificial reagents (SO3(2-) and S(2-)) under visible light (λ ≥ 420 nm). Its high photocatalytic performance is attributed to the surface morphology, crystallinity and heterostructures. The present facile method can be extended to fabricate other heterostructures consisting of oxides or sulfides. PMID:26661031

  15. One-pot solvothermal route to self-assembly of cauliflower-shaped CdS microspheres

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    Ge, Ming; Cui, Yao; Liu, Lu; Zhou, Zhen

    2011-05-01

    Nearly monodispersed cauliflower-shaped CdS microspheres were prepared through a simple one-step solvothermal route on a large scale by employing sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as the surfactant. Images by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) indicate that cauliflower-shaped CdS microspheres with diameters in the range from 1.3 to 4.5 μm are assembled by nanoparticles with an average diameter of approximately 30 nm. The possible formation mechanism of the cauliflower-shaped CdS microspheres was also proposed. The photovoltaic activity of cauliflower-shaped CdS architectures has been investigated, indicating that the as-obtained CdS microspheres exhibited higher photovoltaic performance in comparison with CdS nanoparticles.

  16. Silver-loaded nitrogen-doped yolk-shell mesoporous TiO2 hollow microspheres with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Jiang, Zhifeng; Wei, Wei; Mao, Danjun; Chen, Cheng; Shi, Yunfei; Lv, Xiaomeng; Xie, Jimin

    2014-12-01

    Silver-loaded nitrogen-doped yolk-shell mesoporous TiO2 hollow microspheres (Ag-N-TiO2-YSM) were prepared by employing acetic acid as the hollowing controller and triethanolamine as the N source for the first time. Ag nanoparticles (NPs) were uniformly deposited by a simple in situ photo-reduction method, which can prevent the aggregation of Ag NPs. The efficiency of the as-prepared samples was investigated by monitoring the degradation of rhodamine B and ciprofloxacin under visible light irradiation. The experimental results indicate that N-doped yolk-shell mesoporous TiO2 hollow microspheres show higher photocatalytic activity than P25 TiO2 under visible light irradiation because of N doping and the unique yolk-shell structure. In addition, Ag-N-TiO2-YSM shows enhanced activity compared with N-TiO2-YSM due to the SPR absorption of silver NPs and the fast generation, separation and transportation of the photogenerated carriers. Moreover, the Ag contents can affect the photocatalytic activity of the Ag-N-TiO2-YSM composite. A suitable amount of Ag deposition gives the highest photocatalytic activity. A higher loading does not improve the photocatalytic activity of N-TiO2-YSM further. The active species generated in the photocatalytic system were also investigated. Based on our experimental results, a possible photocatalytic mechanism was proposed. The strategy presented here gives a promising route towards the development of delicate metal@hollow semiconductor composites for many applications in photocatalysis.Silver-loaded nitrogen-doped yolk-shell mesoporous TiO2 hollow microspheres (Ag-N-TiO2-YSM) were prepared by employing acetic acid as the hollowing controller and triethanolamine as the N source for the first time. Ag nanoparticles (NPs) were uniformly deposited by a simple in situ photo-reduction method, which can prevent the aggregation of Ag NPs. The efficiency of the as-prepared samples was investigated by monitoring the degradation of rhodamine B and

  17. Amphiphilic hollow carbonaceous microspheres for the sorption of phenol from water.

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    Guan, Zhengrong; Liu, Li; He, Lilu; Yang, Sen

    2011-11-30

    Amphiphilic porous hollow carbonaceous spheres (PHCSs) were synthesized via mild hydrothermal treatment of yeast cells and further pyrolyzing post treatment. The morphology, chemical composition, porosity, and structure of the carbonaceous materials were investigated. It is evident that the carbonaceous materials were composed of the carbonized organic matter (COM) and the noncarbonized organic matter (NOM), and the relative COM and NOM fractions could be adjusted through changing the temperature of hydrothermal and/or pyrolyzing treatment. The phenol sorption properties of the carbonaceous materials had been investigated and the sorption isotherms fit well to the modified Freundlich equation. It was found that the sorption isotherm of phenol onto PHCSs was practically linear even at extreme high concentrations, which was fewer reported for activated carbon or other inorganic materials. This type of sorption isothermals was assigned to a partition mechanism, and the largest value of the partition coefficient (K(f)) and carbon-normalized K(f) (K(oc)) is 56.7 and 91.5 mL g(-1), respectively. Moreover, PHCSs exhibit fast sorption kinetic and facile regeneration property. The results indicate PHCSs are potential effective sorbents for removal of undesirable organic chemicals in wastewater, especially at high concentrations. PMID:21943920

  18. Hollow magnetic microspheres obtained by nanoparticle adsorption on surfactant stabilized microbubbles.

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    Kovalenko, Artem; Jouhannaud, Julien; Polavarapu, Prasad; Krafft, Marie Pierre; Waton, Gilles; Pourroy, Geneviève

    2014-07-28

    We report on the stabilization of nanoparticle-decorated microbubbles for long periods of time using a synergism between a soluble surfactant and nanoparticles. The soluble surfactant is the perfluoroalkyl phosphate C8F17(CH2)2OP(O)(OH)2 (labeled F8H2Phos) and the nanoparticles (NPs) are 20-25 nm cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4). The NP-F8H2Phos system has been studied by dynamic light scattering, dynamic magnetic susceptibility measurements and thermal gravimetric analysis. Microbubbles with diameters in the 1-20 μm range have been stabilized in 0.1 M NaCl brine. Its presence is crucial for the long-term stabilization. The surfactant adsorbs rapidly on bubbles and slows down the bubble shrinkage. Thus, the NPs can attach to the bubble and form a hollow sphere with a rigid shell. The charge screening by NaCl favors the attachment of NPs to the bubble surface. The coverage of the bubbles by the CoFe2O4 nanoparticle layer is confirmed by thermally induced inflation-deflation experiments and the control of bubbles with a magnetic field. PMID:24909785

  19. Hierarchical hollow microsphere and flower-like indium oxide: Controllable synthesis and application as H{sub 2}S cataluminescence sensing materials

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    Cai, Pingyang; Bai, Wei; Zhang, Lichun; Song, Hongjie; Su, Yingying; Lv, Yi

    2012-09-15

    Graphical abstract: Hierarchical hollow microsphere and flower-like In{sub 2}O{sub 3} were controllable fabricated through a novel and simple hydrothermal process, and the former showed superior cataluminescence sensing performance to H{sub 2}S. Highlights: ► In{sub 2}O{sub 3} hierarchical hollow sphere were prepared via a hydrothermal route. ► The growth process of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} hierarchical hollow sphere has been investigated. ► The sensor based on prepared In{sub 2}O{sub 3} shows good sensing performance to H{sub 2}S. -- Abstract: In the present work, In{sub 2}O{sub 3} hierarchical hollow microsphere and flower-like microstructure were achieved controllably by a hydrothermal process in the sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-N,N-dimethyl-formamide (DMF) system. XRD, SEM, HRTEM and N{sub 2} adsorption measurements were used to characterize the as-prepared indium oxide materials and the possible mechanism for the microstructures formation was briefly discussed. The cataluminescence gas sensor based on the as-prepared In{sub 2}O{sub 3} was utilized to detect H{sub 2}S concentrations in flowing air. Comparative gas sensing results revealed that the sensor based on hierarchical hollow microsphere exhibited much higher sensing sensitivity in detecting H{sub 2}S gas than the sensor based on flower-like microstructure. The present gas sensor had a fast response time of 5 s and a recovery time of less than 25 s, furthermore, the cataluminescence intensity vs. H{sub 2}S concentration was linear in range of 2–20 μg mL{sup −1} with a detection limit of 0.5 μg mL{sup −1}. The present highly sensitive, fast-responding, and low-cost In{sub 2}O{sub 3}-based gas sensor for H{sub 2}S would have many practical applications.

  20. Production and cross-sectional characterization of aligned co-electrospun hollow microfibrous bulk assemblies

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    Zhou, Feng-Lei; Parker, Geoff J.M.; Eichhorn, Stephen J.; Hubbard Cristinacce, Penny L.

    2015-01-01

    The development of co-electrospun (co-ES) hollow microfibrous assemblies of an appreciable thickness is critical for many practical applications, including filtration membranes and tissue-mimicking scaffolds. In this study, thick uniaxially aligned hollow microfibrous assemblies forming fiber bundles and strips were prepared by co-ES of polycaprolactone (PCL) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) as shell and core materials, respectively. Hollow microfiber bundles were deposited on a fixed rotating disc, which resulted in non-controllable cross-sectional shapes on a macroscopic scale. In comparison, fiber strips were produced with tuneable thickness and width by additionally employing an x–y translation stage in co-ES. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of cross-sections of fiber assemblies were analyzed to investigate the effects of production time (from 0.5 h to 12 h), core flow rate (from 0.8 mL/h to 2.0 mL/h) and/or translation speed (from 0.2 mm/s to 5 mm/s) on the pores and porosity. We observed significant changes in pore size and shape with core flow rate but the influence of production time varied; five strips produced under the same conditions had reasonably good size and porosity reproducibility; pore sizes didn't vary significantly from strip bottom to surface, although the porosity gradually decreased and then returned to the initial level. PMID:26702249

  1. Operational Status of the International Space Station Plasma Contactor Hollow Cathode Assemblies July 2001 to May 2013

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    Kamhawi, Hani; Yim, John T.; Patterson, Michael J.; Dalton, Penni J.

    2013-01-01

    The International Space Station has onboard two Aerojet Rocketdyne developed plasma contactor units that perform the function of charge control. The plasma contactor units contain NASA Glenn Research Center developed hollow cathode assemblies. NASA Glenn Research Center monitors the on-orbit operation of the flight hollow cathode assemblies. As of May 31, 2013, HCA.001-F has been ignited and operated 123 times and has accumulated 8072 hours of operation, whereas, HCA.003-F has been ignited and operated 112 times and has accumulated 9664 hours of operation. Monitored hollow cathode ignition times and anode voltage magnitudes indicate that they continue to operate nominally.

  2. Operational Status of the International Space Station Plasma Contactor Hollow Cathode Assemblies from July 2011 to May 2013

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    Kamhawi, Hani; Yim, John T.; Patterson, Michael J.; Dalton, Penni J.

    2014-01-01

    The International Space Station has onboard two Aerojet Rocketdyne developed plasma contactor units that perform the function of charge control. The plasma contactor units contain NASA Glenn Research Center developed hollow cathode assemblies. NASA Glenn Research Center monitors the onorbit operation of the flight hollow cathode assemblies. As of May 31, 2013, HCA.001-F has been ignited and operated 123 times and has accumulated 8072 hours of operation, whereas, HCA.003-F has been ignited and operated 112 times and has accumulated 9664 hours of operation. Monitored hollow cathode ignition times and anode voltage magnitudes indicate that they continue to operate nominally.

  3. Unique Urchin-like Ca2Ge7O16 Hierarchical Hollow Microspheres as Anode Material for the Lithium Ion Battery.

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    Li, Dan; Feng, Chuanqi; Liu, Hua Kun; Guo, Zaiping

    2015-01-01

    Germanium is an outstanding anode material in terms of electrochemical performance, especially rate capability, but its developments are hindered by its high price because it is rare in the crust of earth, and its huge volume variation during the lithium insertion and extraction. Introducing other cheaper elements into the germanium-based material is an efficient way to dilute the high price, but normally sacrifice its electrochemical performance. By the combination of nanostructure design and cheap element (calcium) introduction, urchin-like Ca2Ge7O16 hierarchical hollow microspheres have been successfully developed in order to reduce the price and maintain the good electrochemical properties of germanium-based material. The electrochemical test results in different electrolytes show that ethylene carbonate/dimethyl carbonate/diethyl carbonate (3/4/3 by volume) with 5 wt% fluoroethylene carbonate additive is the most suitable solvent for the electrolyte. From the electrochemical evaluation, the as-synthesized Ca2Ge7O16 hollow microspheres exhibit high reversible specific capacity of up to 804.6 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 100 mA g(-1) after 100 cycles and remarkable rate capability of 341.3 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 4 A g(-1). The growth mechanism is proposed based on our experimental results on the growth process. PMID:26061390

  4. Unique Urchin-like Ca2Ge7O16 Hierarchical Hollow Microspheres as Anode Material for the Lithium Ion Battery

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    Li, Dan; Feng, Chuanqi; Liu, Hua Kun; Guo, Zaiping

    2015-06-01

    Germanium is an outstanding anode material in terms of electrochemical performance, especially rate capability, but its developments are hindered by its high price because it is rare in the crust of earth, and its huge volume variation during the lithium insertion and extraction. Introducing other cheaper elements into the germanium-based material is an efficient way to dilute the high price, but normally sacrifice its electrochemical performance. By the combination of nanostructure design and cheap element (calcium) introduction, urchin-like Ca2Ge7O16 hierarchical hollow microspheres have been successfully developed in order to reduce the price and maintain the good electrochemical properties of germanium-based material. The electrochemical test results in different electrolytes show that ethylene carbonate/dimethyl carbonate/diethyl carbonate (3/4/3 by volume) with 5 wt% fluoroethylene carbonate additive is the most suitable solvent for the electrolyte. From the electrochemical evaluation, the as-synthesized Ca2Ge7O16 hollow microspheres exhibit high reversible specific capacity of up to 804.6 mA h g-1 at a current density of 100 mA g-1 after 100 cycles and remarkable rate capability of 341.3 mA h g-1 at a current density of 4 A g-1. The growth mechanism is proposed based on our experimental results on the growth process.

  5. Unique Urchin-like Ca2Ge7O16 Hierarchical Hollow Microspheres as Anode Material for the Lithium Ion Battery

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    Li, Dan; Feng, Chuanqi; Liu, Hua Kun; Guo, Zaiping

    2015-01-01

    Germanium is an outstanding anode material in terms of electrochemical performance, especially rate capability, but its developments are hindered by its high price because it is rare in the crust of earth, and its huge volume variation during the lithium insertion and extraction. Introducing other cheaper elements into the germanium-based material is an efficient way to dilute the high price, but normally sacrifice its electrochemical performance. By the combination of nanostructure design and cheap element (calcium) introduction, urchin-like Ca2Ge7O16 hierarchical hollow microspheres have been successfully developed in order to reduce the price and maintain the good electrochemical properties of germanium-based material. The electrochemical test results in different electrolytes show that ethylene carbonate/dimethyl carbonate/diethyl carbonate (3/4/3 by volume) with 5 wt% fluoroethylene carbonate additive is the most suitable solvent for the electrolyte. From the electrochemical evaluation, the as-synthesized Ca2Ge7O16 hollow microspheres exhibit high reversible specific capacity of up to 804.6 mA h g−1 at a current density of 100 mA g−1 after 100 cycles and remarkable rate capability of 341.3 mA h g−1 at a current density of 4 A g−1. The growth mechanism is proposed based on our experimental results on the growth process. PMID:26061390

  6. Preparation of hollow microsphere@onion-like solid nanosphere MoS2 coated by a carbon shell as a stable anode for optimized lithium storage.

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    Guo, Bangjun; Yu, Ke; Song, Haili; Li, Honglin; Tan, Yinghua; Fu, Hao; Li, Chao; Lei, Xiang; Zhu, Ziqiang

    2016-01-01

    A one-step hydrothermal method was successfully used to fabricate hollow microsphere@onion-like solid nanosphere MoS2. Then the as-prepared sS-MoS2 was decorated with a carbon shell using dopamine as a carbon source by a facile route, resulting in hollow microsphere@onion-like solid nanosphere MoS2 decorated with carbon shell (sS-MoS2@C). A synergistic effect was observed for the two-component material, leading to new electrochemical processes for lithium storage, with improved electroconductivity and structural soundness, triggering an ascending capacity upon cycling. The as-prepared sS-MoS2@C exhibits optimized electrochemical behaviour with high specific capacity (1107 mA h g(-1) at 100 mA g(-1)), superior high-rate capability (805 mA h g(-1) at 5000 mA g(-1)) and good cycling stability (91.5% of capacity retained after 100 cycles), suggesting its potential application in high-energy lithium-ion batteries. PMID:26620104

  7. Fabrication of glass/Ni-Fe-P ternary alloy core/shell composite hollow microspheres through a modified electroless plating process

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    An, Zhen-guo; Zhang, Jing-jie; Pan, Shun-long

    2008-12-01

    Glass/Ni-Fe-P ternary alloy core/shell composite hollow microspheres were fabricated by a modified electroless plating process. In the process, a coupling procedure was employed with 3-aminopropyltriethoxy silane as the coupling agent and silver nitrate was used as the activator. The effect of process parameters, such as mole ratio of (NH 4) 2Fe(SO 4) 2/NiSO 4, pH value of the plating solution and reaction temperature, on plating rate and properties of the composite microspheres were investigated. The results showed that the coupling treatment could improve the uniformity of Ni-Fe-P deposits remarkably. The plating rate was reduced rapidly with the increase of mole ratio of (NH 4) 2Fe(SO 4) 2/NiSO 4. The increase of the pH value could enhance the plating rate and the percentage of iron in the deposits. The as-obtained microspheres were magnetically soft at room temperature and their magnetic properties got better with the enhancement of the percentage of iron in the deposits.

  8. Self-assembly of poly(o-methoxyaniline) hollow nanospheres from a polymeric acid solution

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    Sui, Jing; Zhang, Lijuan; Peng, Hui; Travas-Sejdic, Jadranka; Kilmartin, Paul A.

    2009-10-01

    Self-assembled poly(o-methoxyaniline) (POMA) hollow nanospheres were prepared in a solution of poly(methyl vinyl ether-alt-maleic acid) (PMVEA) by oxidative polymerization using ammonium persulfate as the oxidant. The weight ratio of PMVEA to o-methoxyaniline in the solution had a significant effect on the morphology of the poly(o-methoxyaniline) nanospheres as determined by scanning electron microscopy. The diameter of the hollow nanospheres decreased from 440 to 210 nm with an increase in the PMVEA concentration from 1% to 5%. Freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy results showed the presence of spherical micelles composed of PMVEA/ o-methoxyaniline prior to polymerization, which also decreased in size as more PMVEA was added to the solution, and can act as soft templates for the formation of the hollow POMA nanospheres. The POMA/PMVEA hollow nanospheres were characterized by means of Fourier transform infrared, UV-visible, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, elemental analysis and conductivity measurements.

  9. Process for Ignition of Gaseous Electrical Discharge Between Electrodes of a Hollow Cathode Assembly

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    Patterson, Michael J. (Inventor); Verhey, Timothy R. R. (Inventor); Soulas, George C. (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    The design and manufacturing processes for Hollow Cathode Assemblies (HCA's) that operate over a broad range of emission currents up to 30 Amperes, at low potentials, with lifetimes in excess of 17,500 hours. The processes include contamination control procedures which cover hollow cathode component cleaning procedures, gas feed system designs and specifications, and hollow cathode activation and operating procedures to thereby produce cathode assemblies that have demonstrated stable and repeatable operating conditions, for both the discharge current and voltage. The HCA of this invention provides lifetimes of greater than 10,000 hours, and expected lifetimes of greater than 17,500 hours, whereas the present state-of-the-art is less than 500 hours at emission currents in excess of 1 Ampere. Stable operation is provided over a large range of operating emission currents, up to a 6:1 ratio, and this HCA can emit electron currents of up to 30 Amperes in magnitude to an external anode that simulates the current drawn to a space plasma, at voltages of less than 20 Volts.

  10. Process for testing a xenon gas feed system of a hollow cathode assembly

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    Patterson, Michael J. (Inventor); Verhey, Timothy R. R. (Inventor); Soulas, George C. (Inventor)

    2004-01-01

    The design and manufacturing processes for Hollow Cathode Assemblies (HCA's) that operate over a broad range of emission currents up to 30 Amperes, at low potentials, with lifetimes in excess of 17,500 hours. The processes include contamination control procedures which cover hollow cathode component cleaning procedures, gas feed system designs and specifications, and hollow cathode activation and operating procedures to thereby produce cathode assemblies that have demonstrated stable and repeatable operating conditions, for both the discharge current and voltage. The HCA of this invention provides lifetimes of greater than 10,000 hours, and expected lifetimes of greater than 17,500 hours, whereas the present state-of-the-art is less than 500 hours at emission currents in excess of 1 Ampere. Stable operation is provided over a large range of operating emission currents, up to a 6:1 ratio, and this HCA can emit electron currents of up to 30 Amperes in magnitude to an external anode that simulates the current drawn to a space plasma, at voltages of less than 20 Volts.

  11. Facile synthesis of hollow Co3O4 microspheres and its use as a rapid responsive CL sensor of combustible gases.

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    Teng, Fei; Yao, Wenqing; Zheng, Youfei; Ma, Yutao; Xu, Tongguang; Gao, Guizhi; Liang, Shuhui; Teng, Yang; Zhu, Yongfa

    2008-09-15

    The hollow Co(3)O(4) microspheres (HCMs) were prepared by the carbonaceous templates, which did not need the surface pretreatment. The chemiluminescence (CL) and catalytic properties for CO oxidation over these hollow samples were evaluated. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy disperse spectra (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (ED), X-ray diffraction (XRD), temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) and N(2) adsorption. The influences of filter' band length, flow rate of gas, test temperature, and particle structure on CL intensities were mainly investigated. It was found that compared with the solid Co(3)O(4) particles (SCPs), HCMs had a stronger CL intensity, which was ascribed to its hollow structure; and that CL properties of the catalysts were well correlated with their reaction activities. Moreover, HCMs were used to fabricate a highly sensitive gas detector, which is a rapid and effective method for the selection of catalysts or the detection of environmental deleterious gases. PMID:18761155

  12. Facile synthesis, self-assembly, and photoelectrical performance of SrTiO3 hollow spheres with open holes.

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    Ye, Chenyu; Xu, Jiaxi; Zhou, Shuxue; Chen, Min; Wu, Limin

    2013-11-01

    This paper presents a facile method to synthesize monodisperse SrTiO3 hollow spheres with one or two openings through a template-assisted approach. These hollow spheres were further self-assembled into densely packed nanofilms at a "hexane-water" interface. TEM, SEM, HRTEM, XRD, etc., were employed to characterize the morphology and structure of the SrTiO3 hollow spheres as well as the corresponding nanofilms. The nanofilm-based photodevice displayed considerably higher sensitivity to UV than visible light and dark. PMID:24106740

  13. Porous Ni0.14Mn0.86O1.43 hollow microspheres as high-performing anodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Ma, Zhong; Yuan, Xianxia; Li, Lin; Ma, Zi-Feng; Zhang, Lei; Mai, Liqiang; Zhang, Jiujun

    2015-09-01

    A uniformly dispersed bi-component nanocompotise of transition metal oxide (Mn2O3)/mixed transition metal oxide (NiMn2O4) with a porous and hollow microspheric sructure has been successfully prepared with a facile method based on the complexation between Ni2+ and NH3. The obtained nanocomposite of 0.29 Mn2O3/0.14 NiMn2O4, expressed as Ni0.14Mn0.86O1.43, with nanometer-sized building blocks exhibits a high reversible capacity of 615 mA h g-1, which is about 90% of theoretical value at the current density of 800 mA h g-1, and long lifespan with retained capacities of 553 and 408 mA h g-1 after 150 cycles at 200 and 800 mA g-1, respectively, as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

  14. Tollen’s reagent assisted synthesis of hollow polyaniline microsphere/Ag nanocomposite and its applications in sugar sensing and electromagnetic shielding

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    Panigrahi, R.; Srivastava, S.K.

    2015-04-15

    Graphical abstract: Probable scheme to demonstrate the mechanism of PnHMAg showing enhanced EMI shielding compared to PnHM. - Highlights: • Hollow polyaniline microsphere (PnHM) exhibits superior properties due to its enhanced surface to volume ratio. • PnHMAg has been used in developing efficient sensor for the detection of sugar. • Presence of Ag nanoparticles enhances the electrical conductivity of PnHMAg resulting in the improvement of electromagnetic interference shielding in both X- and S-band regions. • Such properties could be harnessed effectively for development of devices for commercial as well as national purposes. - Abstract: The present study is focused on synthesis of polyaniline hollow microspheres (PnHM) nanocomposites of silver (Ag) i.e., PnHMAg by emulsion polymerization of aniline and Tollen’s reagent as a source for Ag nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis of PnHMAg indicated presence of silver nanoparticles dispersed on polyaniline surface. The electrical conductivity of PnHMAg is increased by ∼6 times compared to PnHM. Cyclic voltammogram of PnHM in sugar sensing exhibits characteristics redox peaks at ∼0.09 (sugar) and ∼0.53 V (polyaniline). Interestingly, PnHMAg showed a single peak at ∼−0.18 V with increased intensity (∼5 times) indicating its high sugar sensing ability. PnHMAg also exhibits high shielding efficiency of 19.5 dB (11.2 GHz) due to the presence of highly conducting Ag nanoparticles. TEM studies confirmed that Ag nanoparticles are well distributed on PnHM. As a result, a continuous electronic path is developed due to enhanced interconnectivity of PnHM.

  15. Facile Directed Assembly of Hollow Polymer Nanocapsules within Spontaneously Formed Catanionic Surfactant Vesicles

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    Kim, Mariya D.; Dergunov, Sergey; Richter, Andrew; Durbin, Jeffrey; Shmakov, Sergey; Jia, Ying; Kenbeilova, Saltanat; Orazbekuly, Yerbolat; Kengpeiil, Aigerim; Lindner, Erno; Pingali, Sai Venkatesh; Urban, Volker S; Weigand, Steven; Pinkhassik, Eugene

    2014-01-01

    Surfactant vesicles containing monomers in the interior of the bilayer were used to template hollow polymer nanocapsules. This study investigated the formation of surfactant/monomer assemblies by two loading methods, concurrent loading and diffusion loading. The assembly process and the resulting aggregates were investigated with dynamic light scattering, small angle neutron scattering, and small-angle X-ray scattering. Acrylic monomers formed vesicles with a mixture of cationic and anionic surfactants in a broad range of surfactant ratios. Regions with predominant formation of vesicles were broader for compositions containing acrylic monomers compared with blank surfactants. This observation supports the stabilization of the vesicular structure by acrylic monomers. Diffusion loading produced monomer-loaded vesicles unless vesicles were composed from surfactants at the ratios close to the boundary of a vesicular phase region on a phase diagram. Both concurrent-loaded and diffusion-loaded surfactant/monomer vesicles produced hollow polymer nanocapsules upon the polymerization of monomers in the bilayer followed by removal of surfactant scaffolds.

  16. Fabrication of glass microspheres with conducting surfaces

    DOEpatents

    Elsholz, William E.

    1984-01-01

    A method for making hollow glass microspheres with conducting surfaces by adding a conducting vapor to a region of the glass fabrication furnace. As droplets or particles of glass forming material pass through multiple zones of different temperature in a glass fabrication furnace, and are transformed into hollow glass microspheres, the microspheres pass through a region of conducting vapor, forming a conducting coating on the surface of the microspheres.

  17. Fabrication of glass microspheres with conducting surfaces

    DOEpatents

    Elsholz, W.E.

    1982-09-30

    A method for making hollow glass microspheres with conducting surfaces by adding a conducting vapor to a region of the glass fabrication furnace. As droplets or particles of glass forming material pass through multiple zones of different temperature in a glass fabrication furnace, and are transformed into hollow glass microspheres, the microspheres pass through a region of conducting vapor, forming a conducting coating on the surface of the microspheres.

  18. Controllable preparation of multishelled NiO hollow nanospheres via layer-by-layer self-assembly for supercapacitor application

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    Yang, Zeheng; Xu, Feifei; Zhang, Weixin; Mei, Zhousheng; Pei, Bo; Zhu, Xiao

    2014-01-01

    In this work, we demonstrate a facile layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembly method for controllable preparation of single-, double-, and triple-shelled NiO hollow nanospheres by calcining Ni(OH)2/C precursors formed at different stage. It is observed that the external nanoflakes of the NiO hollow nanospheres are inherited from the Ni(OH)2 precursors organized on the surface of carbon spheres via a self-assembly growth process and the inner shells result from the formation of different Ni(OH)2 layers within the carbon spheres during different preparation cycles. Supercapacitive performance of the three types of NiO hollow nanospheres as active electrode materials has been evaluated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge-discharge. The results indicate that double-shelled NiO hollow nanosphere sample with largest surface area (92.99 m2 g-1) exhibits the best electrochemical properties among the three NiO hollow nanosphere samples. It delivers a high capacitance of 612.5 F g-1 at 0.5 A g-1 and demonstrates a superior long-term cyclic stability, with over 90% specific capacitance retention after 1000 charge-discharge cycles. This excellent performance is ascribed to the short diffusion path and large surface area of the unique hollow structure with nanoflake building blocks for bulk accessibility of faradaic reaction.

  19. Self-assembled porous MoO2/graphene microspheres towards high performance anodes for lithium ion batteries

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    Palanisamy, Kowsalya; Kim, Yunok; Kim, Hansu; Kim, Ji Man; Yoon, Won-Sub

    2015-02-01

    Three dimensional (3D) porous self-assembled MoO2/graphene microspheres are successfully synthesized via microwave-assisted hydrothermal process in a short reaction time followed by thermal annealing. Such rationally designed multifunctional hybrid nanostructure is constructed from interconnected MoO2 nanoparticles (3-5 nm), which is self-assembled into ordered nanoporous microspheres via strong electrostatic attraction between graphene sheets and MoO2 nanoparticles. The MoO2/graphene hybrid structure delivers a high reversible capacity with significantly enhanced cycling stability (∼1300 mAh g-1 after 80 cycles at C/10 rate) and excellent rate capability (913 and 390 mAh g-1 at 2C and 5C rates, respectively), when used as an anode material. The microspheres are interconnected and well encapsulated by the flexible graphene sheets, which not only accommodates large volume change but also increases the electrical conductivity of the hybrid structure. Moreover, nanoporous voids present in the 3D framework facilitate effective electrolyte penetration and make a direct contact with the active MoO2 nanoparticles, thereby greatly enhancing lithium ion transport. The strategic combination of self-assembly, nanoporous voids, 3D network and intriguing properties of graphene sheets provides excellent electrochemical performance as anode materials for Lithium ion battery applications.

  20. Method for the production of fabricated hollow microspheroids

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    Wickramanayake, Shan; Luebke, David R.

    2015-06-09

    The method relates to the fabrication of a polymer microspheres comprised of an asymmetric layer surrounding a hollow interior. The fabricated hollow microsphere is generated from a nascent hollow microsphere comprised of an inner core of core fluid surrounded by a dope layer of polymer dope, where the thickness of the dope layer is at least 10% and less than 50% of the diameter of the inner core. The nascent hollow microsphere is exposed to a gaseous environment, generating a vitrified hollow microsphere, which is subsequently immersed in a coagulation bath. Solvent exchange produces a fabricated hollow microsphere comprised of a densified outer skin surrounding a macroporous inner layer, which surrounds a hollow interior. In an embodiment, the polymer is a polyimide or a polyamide-imide, and the non-solvent in the core fluid and the coagulation bath is water. The fabricated hollow microspheres are particularly suited as solvent supports for gas separation processes.

  1. A facile synthesis of novel nanorod-assembling hollow nanowires of cadmium sulfide/DBTU nanocomposite

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    Tang, Yu; Mo, Yan-mei; Yang, Kui; Chen, Tie-shi; Yang, Jun; Zhang, Yuan-ming

    2010-11-15

    Novel nanorod-assembling hollow nanowires of cadmium sulfide/DBTU (N,N'-dibutylthiourea) nanocomposite were synthesized by reacting CdCl{sub 2} with in situ produced H{sub 2}S from reaction of butylamine and carbon disulfide at molar ratio 3:3 of CS{sub 2}:BuNH{sub 2} at 50 {sup o}C. This product was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), selected area electron diffraction (SEAD), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDAX), thermogravimetric (TG), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and UV-vis absorption spectra. A plausible mechanism that the extending DBTU molecules in solvent of CS{sub 2} induce the formation of CdS/DBTU nanorods by coordinating with the formed CdS particles, and construct these nanorods to hollow nanowires via molecular interactions is proposed and discussed on the basis of experimental results. Photoluminescence (PL) of CdS/DBTU nanocomposite exhibits increasing emission intensity largely.

  2. Giant, Hollow 2D Metalloarchitecture: Stepwise Self-Assembly of a Hexagonal Supramolecular Nut.

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    Li, Yiming; Jiang, Zhilong; Wang, Ming; Yuan, Jie; Liu, Die; Yang, Xiaoyu; Chen, Mingzhao; Yan, Jun; Li, Xiaopeng; Wang, Pingshan

    2016-08-10

    A polyterpyridinyl building block-based nutlike hexagonal bismetallo architecture with a central hollow Star of David was assembled by a stepwise strategy. This nanoarchitecture can be viewed as a recursive mathematical form that possesses a supramolecular corner-connected cyclic structure, i.e., a triangle or rhombus at various levels of scale or detail. The key metallo-organic ligand (MOL) with four uncomplexed free terpyridines was obtained by a final Suzuki cross-coupling reaction with a tetrabromoterpyridine Ru dimer. The molecular metallorhombus was prepared by reacting the MOL with a 60° bis-terpyridine and Fe(2+). The giant hollow hexagonal nut with a diameter of more than 11 nm and a molecular weight of ca. 33 kDa was obtained in near-quantitative yield by mixing the two types of multi-terpyridine ligands with Fe(2+). The supramolecular architecture was characterized by NMR ((1)H and (13)C), 2D NMR (COSY and ROESY), and DOSY spectroscopies, high-resolution electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, traveling-wave ion mobility mass spectrometry, and transmission electron microscopy. PMID:27447878

  3. Application of self-assembled ultra-thin film coatings to stabilize macromolecule encapsulation in alginate microspheres.

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    Srivastava, R; McShane, M J

    2005-06-01

    Alginate-based hydrogels have several unique properties that have enabled them to be used as a matrix for the entrapment of a variety of enzymes, proteins and cells for applications in bioprocessing, drug delivery and chemical sensing. However, control over release rates or, in some cases, stable encapsulation remains a difficult goal, especially for small particles with high surface-area-to-volume ratios. In this work, the potential to limit diffusion of macromolecules embedded in alginate spheres with nanofilm coatings was assessed. Alginate microspheres were fabricated using an emulsification process with high surfactant concentration to form beads in the size range of 2-10 microm. Using calcium chloride for ionotropic gelation, dextran was encapsulated in the gel phase by mixing with the alginate in solution. The exterior surface was then modified with polyelectrolyte coatings using the layer-by-layer self assembly technique. Leaching studies to assess retention of dextran with varying molecular weights confirmed that the application of multi-layer thin films to the alginate microspheres was effective in reducing leaching rate and total loss of the encapsulated material from the microspheres. For the best case, the rate of release for dextran of 2,000,000 Dalton molecular weight decreased from 1% h(-1) in bare microspheres to 0.1% h(-1) in polyelectrolyte-coated microspheres. The effectiveness of nanofilms reducing loss of the encapsulated macromolecules was found to vary between different polycation materials used. These studies support the feasibility of using these microsystems for development of long-term stable encapsulated systems, such as implantable biosensors. PMID:16214787

  4. Cobalt-Nanocrystal-Assembled Hollow Nanoparticles for Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Generation from Neutral-pH Water.

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    Liu, Bingrui; Zhang, Lin; Xiong, Weilin; Ma, Mingming

    2016-06-01

    Highly active and stable electrocatalysts for hydrogen generation from neutral-pH water are highly desired, but very difficult to achieve. Herein we report a facile synthetic approach to cobalt nanocrystal assembled hollow nanoparticles (Co-HNP), which serve as an electrocatalyst for hydrogen generation from neutral-pH water. An electrode composed of Co-HNP on a carbon cloth (CC) produces cathodic current densities of 10 and 100 mA cm(-2) at overpotentials of -85 mV and -237 mV, respectively. The Co-HNP/CC electrode retains its high activity after 20 h hydrogen generation at a high current density of 150 mA cm(-2) , indicating the superior activity and stability of Co-HNP as electrocatalyst. PMID:27125576

  5. Ag/α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} hollow microspheres: Preparation and application for hydrogen peroxide detection

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    Kang, Xinyuan; Wu, Zhiping; Liao, Fang Zhang, Tingting; Guo, Tingting

    2015-09-15

    In this paper, we demonstrated a simple approach for preparing α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} hollow spheres by mixing ferric nitrate aqueous and glucose in 180 °C. The glucose was found to act as a soft template in the process of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} hollow spheres formation. Ag/α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} hollow nanocomposite was obtained under UV irradiation without additional reducing agents or initiators. Synthesized Ag/α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} hollow composites exhibited remarkable catalytic performance toward H{sub 2}O{sub 2} reduction. The electrocatalytic activity mechanism of Ag/α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/GCE were discussed toward the reduction of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} in this paper. - Graphical abstract: Glucose is carbonized as carbon balls in the 180 °C hydrothermal carbonization process, which plays a role of a soft template. Carbon spherical shell is rich in many hydroxyls, which have good hydrophilicity and surface reactivity. When Fe(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} is added to the aqueous solution of Glucose, the hydrophilic -OH will adsorb Fe{sup 3+} to form coordination compound by coordination bond. α-FeOOH is formed on the surface of carbon balls by hydrothermal reaction. After calcination at 500 °C, carbon spheres react with oxygen to form carbon dioxide, which disappears in the air. Meanwhile α-FeOOH is calcined to form α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} hollow spheres.

  6. One-Pot Fabrication of Hierarchical Nanosheet-Based TiO2 -Carbon Hollow Microspheres for Anode Materials of High-Rate Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Jin, Zhaokui; Yang, Mu; Wang, Jingjing; Gao, Hongyi; Lu, Yunfeng; Wang, Ge

    2016-04-18

    Hierarchical and hollow nanostructures have recently attracted considerable attention because of their fantastic architectures and tunable property for facile lithium ion insertion and good cycling stability. In this study, a one-pot and unusual carving protocol is demonstrated for engineering hollow structures with a porous shell. Hierarchical TiO2 hollow spheres with nanosheet-assembled shells (TiO2 NHS) were synthesized by the sequestration between the titanium source and 2,2'-bipyridine-5,5'-dicarboxylic acid, and kinetically controlled etching in trifluoroacetic acid medium. In addition, annealing such porous nanostructures presents the advantage of imparting carbon-doped functional performance to its counterpart under different atmospheres. Such highly porous structures endow very large specifics surface area of 404 m(2)  g(-1) and 336 m(2)  g(-1) for the as-prepared and calcination under nitrogen gas. C/TiO2 NHS has high capacity of 204 mA h g(-1) at 1 C and a reversible capacity of 105 mA h g(-1) at a high rate of 20 C, and exhibits good cycling stability and superior rate capability as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries. PMID:26970239

  7. Self-assembly of CdSe quantum dots and colloidal titanium dioxide on copolymer microspheres (PS) for CdSe/PS and TiO2/CdSe/PS sub-microspheres with yolk-shell structure

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    Zhao, Qingchun

    2015-07-01

    Semiconductor nanocrystals serve as the building blocks for designing next generation solar cells, chemical/biological sensors, and metal chalcogenides (e.g., CdS, CdSe, PbS, and PbSe) are particularly useful for harnessing size-dependent optical and electronic properties in nanostructures. In this paper, relying on the interaction including van der Waals forces and hydrogen bond, CdSe/PS sub-microspheres composite and TiO2/CdSe/PS sub-microspheres with yolk-shell structure were prepared via self-assembly of CdSe quantum dots and colloidal titanium dioxide on modified PS surface. The morphology, structure and composition obtained products were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and energy disperse X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigations show the CdSe quantum dots and colloidal titanate were assembled on the surface of PS sub-microspheres. CdSe QD-polymer sub-microspheres composites in which the QDs retain their original emission efficiency can be obtained. TiO2/CdSe/PS sub-microspheres with yolk-shell structure can improve the efficiency of charge separation.

  8. From hollow olive-shaped BiVO4 to n-p core-shell BiVO4@Bi2O3 microspheres: controlled synthesis and enhanced visible-light-responsive photocatalytic properties.

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    Guan, Mei-Li; Ma, De-Kun; Hu, Sheng-Wei; Chen, Yan-Jun; Huang, Shao-Ming

    2011-02-01

    In this study, hollow olive-shaped BiVO(4) and n-p core-shell BiVO(4)@Bi(2)O(3) microspheres were synthesized by a novel sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT)-assisted mixed solvothermal route and a thermal solution of NaOH etching process under hydrothermal conditions for the first time, respectively. The as-obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area, and UV-vis diffuse-reflectance spectroscopy in detail. The influence of AOT and solvent ratios on the final products was studied. On the basis of SEM observations and XRD analyses of the samples synthesized at different reaction stages, the formation mechanism of hollow olive-shaped BiVO(4) microspheres was proposed. The photocatalytic activities of hollow olive-shaped BiVO(4) and core-shell BiVO(4)@Bi(2)O(3) microspheres were evaluated on the degradation of rhodamine B under visible-light irradiation (λ > 400 nm). The results indicated that core-shell BiVO(4)@Bi(2)O(3) exhibited much higher photocatalytic activities than pure olive-shaped BiVO(4). The mechanism of enhanced photocatalytic activity of core-shell BiVO(4)@Bi(2)O(3) microspheres was discussed on the basis of the calculated energy band positions as well. The present study provides a new strategy to enhancing the photocatalytic activity of visible-light-responsive Bi-based photocatalysts by p-n heterojunction. PMID:21171642

  9. Interaction Induced High Catalytic Activities of CoO Nanoparticles Grown on Nitrogen-Doped Hollow Graphene Microspheres for Oxygen Reduction and Evolution Reactions

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    Jiang, Zhong-Jie; Jiang, Zhongqing

    2016-06-01

    Nitrogen doped graphene hollow microspheres (NGHSs) have been used as the supports for the growth of the CoO nanoparticles. The nitrogen doped structure favors the nucleation and growth of the CoO nanoparticles and the CoO nanoparticles are mostly anchored on the quaternary nitrogen doped sites of the NGHSs with good monodispersity since the higher electron density of the quaternary nitrogen favors the nucleation and growth of the CoO nanoparticles through its coordination and electrostatic interactions with the Co2+ ions. The resulting NGHSs supported CoO nanoparticles (CoO/NGHSs) are highly active for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) with activity and stability higher than the Pt/C and for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) with activity and stability comparable to the most efficient catalysts reported to date. This indicates that the CoO/NGHSs could be used as efficient bi-functional catalysts for ORR and OER. Systematic analysis shows that the superior catalytic activities of the CoO/NGHSs for ORR and OER mainly originate from the nitrogen doped structure of the NGHSs, the small size of the CoO nanoparticles, the higher specific and electroactive surface area of the CoO/NGHSs, the good electric conductivity of the CoO/NGHSs, the strong interaction between the CoO nanoparticles and the NGHSs, etc.

  10. Effective thermal conductivity of a packed bed of hollow zirconia microspheres, under vacuum and under 100 kPa of argon

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    Londry, F.A.; Slavin, A.J. . Dept. of Physics)

    1991-12-01

    This paper reports on measurements that have been made of the effective thermal conductivity of a packed bed of hollow, yttria-stabilized zirconia microspheres, under vacuum and under 100 kPa of argon gas. Above 1400 K the spheres begin to sinter together. Before this occurs, the conductivity is given under vacuum by A{sub 1}T{sub 3} + A{sub 2} with A{sub 1} = 2 {times} 10{sup {minus}11} W {center dot} m{sup {minus}1} {center dot} K{sub {minus}4} and A{sub 2} = 0.01 W {center dot} m{sup {minus}1} {center dot} K{sup {minus}1}. The thermal conductivity increases strongly with both the gas pressure and the degree of sintering of the spheres. The measured values can be fitted reasonably well by a model developed by Takegoshi et al. These results may have some applicability to the development of high-temperature thermal insulation.

  11. Fabrication of low-methanol-permeability sulfonated poly(phenylene oxide) membranes with hollow glass microspheres for direct methanol fuel cells

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    Ahn, Kisang; Kim, Myeongjin; Kim, Kiho; Ju, Hyun; Oh, Ilgeun; Kim, Jooheon

    2015-02-01

    Organic/inorganic composite membranes, based on sulfonated poly(phenylene oxide) (SPPO) and hollow glass microspheres (HGMs), with various compositions are prepared for use as proton exchange membranes in direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). Reaction time between chlorosulfonic acid solution and PPO is controlled to improve proton conductivity of the SPPO membrane. As a result, SPPO at 38.2% sulfonation is selected as the optimum degree of sulfonation. Afterwards, SPPO is successfully introduced onto the surfaces of HGMs to increase their dispersion in the SPPO matrix. The ion exchange capacities (IEC) and proton conductivities of the membranes decrease with increasing amounts of the SPPO-HGMs, because of the decrease of ionic sites with increasing HGM content. The SPPO-HGM composite membranes exhibit proton conductivities ranging from 0.0350 to 0.0212 S cm-1 and low methanol permeability ranging from 1.02 × 10-6 to 3.41 × 10-7 cm2 s-1 at 20 °C. Furthermore, the SPPO-HGM 9 wt%/SPPO membrane presents a maximum power density of 81.5 mW cm-2 and open circuit voltage of 0.70 V.

  12. Sequential Enrichment with Titania-coated Magnetic Mesoporous Hollow Silica Microspheres and Zirconium Arsenate-modified Magnetic Nanoparticles for the Study of Phosphoproteome of HL60 Cells

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    Yu, Qiong-Wei; Li, Xiao-Shui; Xiao, Yongsheng; Guo, Lei; Zhang, Fan; Cai, Qian; Feng, Yu-Qi; Yuan, Bi-Feng; Wang, Yinsheng

    2014-01-01

    As one of the most important types of post-translational modifications, reversible phosphorylation of proteins plays crucial roles in a large number of biological processes. However, owing to the relatively low abundance and dynamic nature of phosphorylation and the presence of the unphosphorylated peptides in large excess, phosphopeptide enrichment is indispensable in large-scale phosphoproteomic analysis. Metal oxides including titanium dioxide have become prominent affinity materials to enrich phosphopeptides prior to their analysis using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS). In the current study, we established a novel strategy, which encompassed strong cation exchange chromatography, sequential enrichment of phosphopeptides using titania-coated magnetic mesoporous hollow silica microspheres (TiO2/MHMSS) and zirconium arsenate-modified magnetic nanoparticles (ZrAs-Fe3O4@SiO2), and LC-MS/MS analysis, for the proteome-wide identification of phosphosites of proteins in HL60 cells. In total, we were able to identify 11579 unique phosphorylation sites in 3432 unique proteins. Additionally, our results suggested that TiO2/MHMSS and ZrAs-Fe3O4@SiO2 are complementary in phosphopeptide enrichment, where the two types of materials displayed preferential binding of peptides carrying multiple and single phosphorylation sites, respectively. PMID:25262027

  13. Rational design of anatase TiO2 architecture with hierarchical nanotubes and hollow microspheres for high-performance dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Gu, Jiuwang; Khan, Javid; Chai, Zhisheng; Yuan, Yufei; Yu, Xiang; Liu, Pengyi; Wu, Mingmei; Mai, Wenjie

    2016-01-01

    Large surface area, sufficient light-harvesting and superior electron transport property are the major factors for an ideal photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), which requires rational design of the nanoarchitectures and smart integration of state-of-the-art technologies. In this work, a 3D anatase TiO2 architecture consisting of vertically aligned 1D hierarchical TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) with ultra-dense branches (HTNTs, bottom layer) and 0D hollow TiO2 microspheres with rough surface (HTS, top layer) is first successfully constructed on transparent conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide glass through a series of facile processes. When used as photoanodes, the DSSCs achieve a very large short-current density of 19.46 mA cm-2 and a high overall power conversion efficiency of 8.38%. The remarkable photovoltaic performance is predominantly ascribed to the enhanced charge transport capacity of the NTs (function as the electron highway), the large surface area of the branches (act as the electron branch lines), the pronounced light harvesting efficiency of the HTS (serve as the light scattering centers), and the engineered intimate interfaces between all of them (minimize the recombination effect). Our work demonstrates a possibility of fabricating superior photoanodes for high-performance DSSCs by rational design of nanoarchitectures and smart integration of multi-functional components.

  14. Interaction Induced High Catalytic Activities of CoO Nanoparticles Grown on Nitrogen-Doped Hollow Graphene Microspheres for Oxygen Reduction and Evolution Reactions

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    Jiang, Zhong-Jie; Jiang, Zhongqing

    2016-01-01

    Nitrogen doped graphene hollow microspheres (NGHSs) have been used as the supports for the growth of the CoO nanoparticles. The nitrogen doped structure favors the nucleation and growth of the CoO nanoparticles and the CoO nanoparticles are mostly anchored on the quaternary nitrogen doped sites of the NGHSs with good monodispersity since the higher electron density of the quaternary nitrogen favors the nucleation and growth of the CoO nanoparticles through its coordination and electrostatic interactions with the Co2+ ions. The resulting NGHSs supported CoO nanoparticles (CoO/NGHSs) are highly active for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) with activity and stability higher than the Pt/C and for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) with activity and stability comparable to the most efficient catalysts reported to date. This indicates that the CoO/NGHSs could be used as efficient bi-functional catalysts for ORR and OER. Systematic analysis shows that the superior catalytic activities of the CoO/NGHSs for ORR and OER mainly originate from the nitrogen doped structure of the NGHSs, the small size of the CoO nanoparticles, the higher specific and electroactive surface area of the CoO/NGHSs, the good electric conductivity of the CoO/NGHSs, the strong interaction between the CoO nanoparticles and the NGHSs, etc. PMID:27255562

  15. Interaction Induced High Catalytic Activities of CoO Nanoparticles Grown on Nitrogen-Doped Hollow Graphene Microspheres for Oxygen Reduction and Evolution Reactions.

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    Jiang, Zhong-Jie; Jiang, Zhongqing

    2016-01-01

    Nitrogen doped graphene hollow microspheres (NGHSs) have been used as the supports for the growth of the CoO nanoparticles. The nitrogen doped structure favors the nucleation and growth of the CoO nanoparticles and the CoO nanoparticles are mostly anchored on the quaternary nitrogen doped sites of the NGHSs with good monodispersity since the higher electron density of the quaternary nitrogen favors the nucleation and growth of the CoO nanoparticles through its coordination and electrostatic interactions with the Co(2+) ions. The resulting NGHSs supported CoO nanoparticles (CoO/NGHSs) are highly active for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) with activity and stability higher than the Pt/C and for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) with activity and stability comparable to the most efficient catalysts reported to date. This indicates that the CoO/NGHSs could be used as efficient bi-functional catalysts for ORR and OER. Systematic analysis shows that the superior catalytic activities of the CoO/NGHSs for ORR and OER mainly originate from the nitrogen doped structure of the NGHSs, the small size of the CoO nanoparticles, the higher specific and electroactive surface area of the CoO/NGHSs, the good electric conductivity of the CoO/NGHSs, the strong interaction between the CoO nanoparticles and the NGHSs, etc. PMID:27255562

  16. Hierarchically assembled NiCo@SiO2@Ag magnetic core-shell microspheres as highly efficient and recyclable 3D SERS substrates.

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    Zhang, Maofeng; Zhao, Aiwu; Wang, Dapeng; Sun, Henghui

    2015-01-21

    The hierarchically nanosheet-assembled NiCo@SiO2@Ag (NSA) core-shell microspheres have been synthesized by a layer-by-layer procedure at ambient temperature. The mean particle size of NSA microspheres is about 1.7 μm, which is made up of some nanosheets with an average thickness of ∼20 nm. The outer silver shell surface structures can be controlled well by adjusting the concentration of Ag(+) ions and the reaction times. The obtained NSA 3D micro/nanostructures show a structure enhanced SERS performance, which can be attributed to the special nanoscale configuration with wedge-shaped surface architecture. We find that NSA microspheres with nanosheet-assembled shell structure exhibit the highest enhancement efficiency and high SERS sensitivity to p-ATP and MBA molecules. We show that the detection limits for both p-ATP and MBA of the optimized NSA microsphere substrates can approach 10(-7) M. And the relative standard deviation of the Raman peak maximum is ∼13%, which indicates good uniformity of the substrate. In addition, the magnetic NSA microspheres with high saturation magnetization show a quick magnetic response, good recoverability and recyclability. Therefore, such NSA microspheres may have great practical potential applications in rapid and reproducible trace detection of chemical, biological and environment pollutants with a simple portable Raman instrument. PMID:25422829

  17. Polymeric hollow spheres assembled from ALG-g-PNIPAM and β-cyclodextrin for controlled drug release.

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    Li, Guiying; Yu, Nana; Gao, Yurong; Tao, Qian; Liu, Xunyong

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, thermo-sensitive polymeric hollow spheres assembled from sodium alginate-graft-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (ALG-g-PNIPAM) and β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) were prepared for controlled release of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). In aqueous solutions, β-CD and PNIPAM formed rod-like segments through inclusion complexation interactions and sodium alginate acted as coil segments, which resulted in the formation of hollow structures. The size and wall thickness of assemblies increased with the increase of β-CD in mixtures. The lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of hollow spheres varied in the range of 35-37°C. The hollow spheres exhibited high drug loading efficiency for 5-FU due to the hydrophilic cavities. The initial composition of mixtures, temperature and pH had a significant effect on the inclusion ability and drug release. Increasing temperatures above the LCST or decreasing pH to acidic conditions, a more rapid release rate was observed. PMID:26562555

  18. Process for thermal imaging scanning of a swaged heater for an anode subassembly of a hollow cathode assembly

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    Patterson, Michael J. (Inventor); Verhey, Timothy R. R. (Inventor); Soulas, George C. (Inventor)

    2004-01-01

    A process for thermal imaging scanning of a swaged heater of an anode subassembly of a hollow cathode assembly, comprising scanning a swaged heater with a thermal imaging radiometer to measure a temperature distribution of the heater; raising the current in a power supply to increase the temperature of the swaged heater; and measuring the swaged heater temperature using the radiometer, whereupon the temperature distribution along the length of the heater shall be less than plus or minus 5 degrees C.

  19. Microspheres assembled by KMn8O16 nanorods and their catalytic oxygen reduction activity in direct methanol fuel cells

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    Fang, Yuan; Yang, Xiaodong; Wang, Li; Liu, Yongning

    2014-12-01

    Microspheres assembled using cryptomelane-type KMn8O16 nanorods are synthesized via a facile template-free, single-step hydrothermal technique. The synthesized KMn8O16 generates nanorods 10-20 nm in diameter and approximately 300-1000 nm long. The rods self-assemble to form microspheres of 2-6 μm in diameters. The electron transfer number for KMn8O16 during the ORR is approximately 3.98 at 0.5 V vs. Hg/HgO, and the H2O2 percentage is 0.66%. Moreover, a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) is built using KMn8O16 as cathodic catalyst, PtRu/C alloy as the anodic catalyst and a polymer fiber membrane (PFM) instead of a conventional polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM). The peak power densities (43.3 mW cm-2 and 153.9 mW cm-2) have been achieved at 25 °C and 70 °C, respectively. KMn8O16 shows good electrocatalytic activity and stability during oxygen reduction in alkaline solutions and demonstrates tolerance toward methanol poisoning.

  20. Microsphere Insulation Panels

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    Mohling, R.; Allen, M.; Baumgartner, R.

    2006-01-01

    Microsphere insulation panels (MIPs) have been developed as lightweight, longlasting replacements for the foam and vacuum-jacketed systems heretofore used for thermally insulating cryogenic vessels and transfer ducts. The microsphere core material of a typical MIP consists of hollow glass bubbles, which have a combination of advantageous mechanical, chemical, and thermal-insulation properties heretofore available only separately in different materials. In particular, a core filling of glass microspheres has high crush strength and low density, is noncombustible, and performs well in soft vacuum.

  1. Multifunctional hollow CaF2:Yb(3+)/Er(3+)/Mn(2+)-poly(2-Aminoethyl methacrylate) microspheres for Pt(IV) pro-drug delivery and tri-modal imaging.

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    Deng, Xiaoran; Dai, Yunlu; Liu, Jianhua; Zhou, Ying; Ma, Ping'an; Cheng, Ziyong; Chen, Yinyin; Deng, Kerong; Li, Xuejiao; Hou, Zhiyao; Li, Chunxia; Lin, Jun

    2015-05-01

    Combining the multi-modal medical imaging with cancer therapy in one single system has attracted the great interests for theranostic purpose. In this paper, CaF2:Yb(3+)/Er(3+)/Mn(2+)-poly(2-Aminoethyl methacrylate) (UCHNs-PAMA) hybrid microspheres were successfully fabricated. The synthetic route to the nanocomposite based on a facile hydrothermal method for fabrication of hollow upconversion (UC) nanospheres at first and then post-filling the PAMA interiorly through photo-initiated polymerization. The UCHNs showed orange fluorescence under 980 nm near infrared (NIR) laser excitation, which provided the upconverting luminescence (UCL) imaging modality. Meanwhile, the presence of functional Mn(2+) and Yb(3+) offered the enhanced T1-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) and computed tomography (CT) imaging, respectively. Thanks to introducing amine groups-containing PAMA inside the hollow nanospheres, the Pt(IV) pro-drug, c,c,t-Pt(NH3)2Cl2(OOCCH2CH2COOH)2 (DSP), can be conveniently bonded on the polymer network to construct a nanoscale anti-cancer drug carrier. The UCHNs-PAMA-Pt(IV) nanocomposite shows effective inhibition for Hela cell line via MTT assay. In contrast, Pt(IV) pro-drug and UCHNs-PAMA microspheres behave little cytotoxicity to Hela cells. This should be attributed the fact that the anti-cancer ability can be recovered only when Pt(IV) pro-drug was reduced to Pt(II)-drug in cellular environment. Furthermore, the in vivo experiments on small mice also confirm that the hybrid microspheres have relatively low toxic side effects and high tumor inhibition rate. These findings show that the multifunctional hybrid microspheres have potential to be used as UCL/MR/CT tri-modal imaging contrast agent and anti-cancer drug carriers. PMID:25736505

  2. Controlled synthesis and electromagnetic performance of hollow microstructures assembled of tetragonal MnO2 nano-columns

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    Duan, Yuping; Jing, Hui; Liu, Zhuo; Li, Shuqing; Ma, Guojia

    2012-04-01

    Hollow microstructures assembled of tetragonal MnO2 nano-columns have been synthesized through a facile hydrothermal method with the introduction of iron ions. The obtained samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, and vector network analysis. Results reveal that the presence of Fe3+ ions leads to transformation of phase structure from α-MnO2 to a mixture of ɛ-MnO2 and α-MnO2, and it is essential to include Fe3+ ions for the formation of the hollow MnO2 microstructures. The formation mechanism was investigated and proposed in detail. Fe-doped MnO2 exhibits decreased dielectric loss, but increased magnetic loss compared with the pure one.

  3. Microspheres in Plasma Display Panels

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    2006-01-01

    Filling small bubbles of molten glass with gases is just as difficult as it sounds, but the technical staff at NASA is not known to shy away from a difficult task. When Microsphere Systems, Inc. (MSI), of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Imaging Systems Technology, Inc. (IST), of Toledo, Ohio, were trying to push the limits of plasma displays but were having difficulty with the designs, NASA s Glenn Garrett Morgan Commercialization Initiative (GMCI) assembled key personnel at Glenn Research Center and Ohio State University for a brainstorming session to come up with a solution for the companies. They needed a system that could produce hollow, glass micro-sized spheres (microspheres) that could be filled with a variety of gasses. But the extremely high temperature required to force the micro-sized glass bubbles to form at the tip of a metal nozzle resulted in severe discoloration of the microspheres. After countless experiments on various glass-metal combinations, they had turned to the GMCI for help. NASA experts in advanced metals, ceramics, and glass concluded that a new design approach was necessary. The team determined that what was needed was a phosphate glass composition that would remain transparent, and they went to work on a solution. Six weeks later, using the design tips from the NASA team, Tim Henderson, president of MSI, had designed a new system in which all surfaces in contact with the molten glass would be ceramic instead of metal. Meanwhile, IST was able to complete a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and supply a potential customer with samples of the microspheres for evaluation as filler materials for high-performance insulations.

  4. Novel Erythrocyte-like Graphene Microspheres with High Quality and Mass Production Capability via Electrospray Assisted Self-Assembly

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    Tian, Yayang; Wu, Guan; Tian, Xike; Tao, Xiaoming; Chen, Wei

    2013-11-01

    We report for the first time a novel erythrocyte-like graphene microsphere (ELGMs) which can be produced with high quality and mass production capability via electrospray assisted self-assembly. Through simple electrospray treatment of GO suspension into coagulation bath followed by chemical reduction, large quantity of ELGMs with uniform morphology and size can be obtained with production rate of around 2.4 mg/h. Compared with other 3D structures, the ELGMs have a very interesting structural characteristic of perfect exterior doughnut shape and interior porous network. Accordingly, the as-prepared porous ELGMs exhibit excellent capability for fast and recyclable removal of oil and toxic organic solvents from water, reaching up to 216 times of its weight in absorption efficiency, which is tens of times higher than that of conventional sorbent materials. It is strongly believed that the novel hierarchical graphene structures and synergy among different techniques will lead to more future advances in graphene applications.

  5. Biodegradable nano-micro carrier systems for sustained pulmonary drug delivery: (I) Self-assembled nanoparticles encapsulated in respirable/swellable semi-IPN microspheres

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    El-Sherbiny, I. M.; Smyth, H. D. C.

    2012-01-01

    Design of appropriate inhaled carriers with adequate aerodynamic properties, drug release, biodegradation and evasion of macrophage uptake is a major challenge for controlled release pulmonary drug delivery. In this study, PEG graft copolymerized onto N-phthaloyl chitosan (NPHCs) was synthesized then characterized using FTIR, EA, DSC and 2D-XRD. The resulting PEG-g-NPHCs copolymers were self-assembled into drug loaded nanoparticles and encapsulated in respirable/swellable sodium alginate semi-IPN hydrogel microspheres as novel biodegradable carriers for controlled release pulmonary drug delivery. The developed nano-/microspheres carrier systems were formed via spray drying followed by ionotropic crosslinking in mild aqueous medium. The size of the developed self-assembled nanoparticles and the microspheres was measured using dynamic light scattering and laser diffraction, respectively. Morphology, moisture content, in-vitro biodegradation and dynamic swelling studies were also investigated for the developed carriers. A model protein was entrapped and the in-vitro release profiles were determined in PBS, pH 7.4 at 37°C. A dry powder aerosolization study was conducted using a Next Generation Impactor (NGI). The developed microspheres had suitable aerodynamic diameters (1.02–2.63 μm) and an excellent fine particle fraction, FPF of 31.52%. The microspheres showed also a very fast initial swelling within the first 2 min and started to enzymatically degrade within the first two hours. Moreover, the microspheres entrapped up 90% of the model drug and showed promising in-vitro sustained release profiles as compared to the control formulation. PMID:20580794

  6. New home-made assembly for hollow-fibre membrane extraction of persistent organic pollutants from real world samples.

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    Manso, J; García-Barrera, T; Gómez-Ariza, J L

    2011-11-01

    Nowadays, hollow fibre membrane extraction techniques are widely used but they are usually applied to water or very simple matrices such as water. In this paper, we propose a new assembly that allows the extraction of forty persistent organic pollutants in real world samples, namely orange juice, porcine plasma and tomatoes. The limits of detection obtained are very low even in the analysis of real samples (9-182 ng L(-1)). The relative standard deviations vary from 1 to 18% and the averaged recoveries in the spike experiments are very high (65-120%) in the different types of samples studied. The new assembly allows a very good precision overcoming in one of the most important shortcomings of membrane extraction techniques. A central composite design has been performed to get optimal extraction conditions for the analytes and also the combined response of all the analytes has been obtained to attain the simultaneous optimum. PMID:21962495

  7. The fabrication and photocatalytic performances of flower-like Ag nanoparticles/ZnO nanosheets-assembled microspheres

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    Deng, Quan; Tang, Haibin; Liu, Gang; Song, Xiaoping; Xu, Guoping; Li, Qian; Ng, Dickon H. L.; Wang, Guozhong

    2015-03-01

    A new micro/nanostructure photocatalyst, Ag nanoparticles decorated ZnO nanosheets-assembled microspheres (Ag-NPs/ZnOs), was synthesised by a two-step method. The flower-like micron-sized ZnO spheres assembled with ∼25 nm thick ZnO nanosheets were initially fabricated via a facile solvothermal method. Then, highly dispersed Ag nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) with dimension ranging from 15 to 50 nm were anchored onto the surface of the each ZnO nanosheet by the Sn(II) ion activation method. The as-prepared Ag-NPs/ZnOs demonstrated enhanced photocatalytic performance in eliminating methylene blue and methyl orange aqueous solutions under UV irradiation, showing twice faster reaction rate than the bare ZnOs. The enhanced photocatalytic activity was due to the suppression of electron/hole pair recombination and the acceleration of surface charge transfer induced by the highly dispersive Ag-NPs, which was further demonstrated by the cyclic voltammetry and impedance spectra measurements.

  8. Correlation of Hollow Cathode Assembly and Plasma Contactor Data from Ground Testing and In-Space Operation on the International Space Station

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    Kovalkeski, Scott D.; Patterson, Michael J.; Soulas, George C.

    2001-01-01

    Charge control on the International Space Station (ISS) is currently being provided by two plasma contactor units (PCUs). The plasma contactor includes a hollow cathode assembly (HCA), power processing unit and Xe gas feed system. The hollow cathode assemblies in use in the ISS plasma contactors were designed and fabricated at the NASA Glenn Research Center. Prequalification testing of development HCAs as well as acceptance testing of the flight HCAs is presented. Integration of the HCAs into the Boeing North America built PCU and acceptance testing of the PCU are summarized in this paper. Finally, data from the two on-orbit PCUs is presented.

  9. Large-Scale Self-Assembly of 3D Flower-like Hierarchical Ni/Co-LDHs Microspheres for High-Performance Flexible Asymmetric Supercapacitors.

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    Li, T; Li, G H; Li, L H; Liu, L; Xu, Y; Ding, H Y; Zhang, T

    2016-02-01

    In this study, a facile and inexpensive and self-assembled strategy to massively fabricate Ni/Co layered double hydroxides (LDHs) is developed under mild reaction conditions (55 °C). The resulting composite material displays a special three-dimensional hierarchical microsphere structure with well-defined flower-like configuration. The fabrication mechanism can be ascribed to stepwise and regular reaction process of nanoparticles and nanosheets gradually growing to nanopetals and then assembling into flower-like microspheres, based on the systematically investigation of various reaction factors including the Ni:Co feeding ratio, the reaction time and the initial pH-value. Because of its large surface, ultrathin feature and synergetic results of this Ni/Co LDHs nanosheets (20 nm), these Ni/Co-LDHs microspheres deliver an excellent capacitance value about 2228 F·g(-1) (1 A·g(-1)). An all-solid-state flexible asymmetric supercapacitor is designed and assembled by exploiting this Ni/Co-LDHs as the positive materials, which exhibits energy density of 165.51 Wh·kg(1-) at 1.53 KW·kg(1-). It may have vast potential significance in personal wearable equipment. Moreover, this monolithic design provides a promising approach for large scale fabrication of other LDHs materials. PMID:26751174

  10. Modeling the Formation of Polyimide Microspheres

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    Pipes, R. B.; Weiser, E. S.; Gonsoulin, B.; Hubert, P.

    2002-01-01

    High temperature polyimide microspheres have been developed from polyimide solid residuum by a simple inflation process. Microspheres have been fabricated from several polyimide precursors through the use of a circulating air oven. Microsphere formation and final physical property characterization have been limited to simple mechanical and thermal testing. The present paper focuses on developing an understanding of microsphere formation through simple geometric rules for an incompressible polymeric material and microscopic observations of precursor residuum inflation. Inflation kinematics of the hollow polyimide microspheres as a function of time and temperature is discussed.

  11. Fe3O4/PANI/P(MAA-co-NVP) multilayer composite microspheres with electric and magnetic features: assembly and characterization.

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    Luo, Yan-Ling; Fan, Li-Hua; Gao, Gai-Ling; Chen, Ya-Shao; Shao, Xiao-Hua

    2009-11-01

    A core-shell multilayered composite microsphere with electric and magnetic features was designed and prepared on the basis of mutilayered fabrication. This kind of microspheres was obtained by introducing a rod-like conductive polyanilline (PANI) or its derivatives onto the surface of magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles with 4,4'-diphenylmethane diisocyanate as a anchor molecule. Subsequently, the Fe3O4/PANI or Fe3O4/aniline oligomers microspheres, as a secondary core, were covered with a cross-linked shell layer which was constructed by a dispersion polymerization process of methacrylic acid and vinyl pyrrolidone. The structure and morphologies were characterized by using a FTIR, XRD, UV-vis, SEM, TEM and TGA. The average diameter of Fe3O4 nanoparticles prepared is about 10.7 nm, and the PANI nanobars hold the size in the range of about 20.4-25.6 nm. The PANI nanobars are covalently assembled on the surface of Fe3O4 nanoparticles mainly in a mode of extended or horizontal arrangements through XRD and TEM results. The electromagnetic properties were examined based on different polymerization degrees and component ratios of PANI or its derivatives, showing characteristics of soft magnetic materials and controllable conductivity. The multilayer microspheres can be readily used to perform separation and magnetism guide, even electric and pH-modulated drug release in the light of swelling determination and a laser diffraction particle size analyzer, and are potentially of interest for drug targeting purpose. PMID:19908547

  12. Assembling metal oxide nanocrystals into dense, hollow, porous nanoparticles for lithium-ion and lithium-oxygen battery application

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    Ming, Jun; Wu, Yingqiang; Park, Jin-Bum; Lee, Joong Kee; Zhao, Fengyu; Sun, Yang-Kook

    2013-10-01

    New dense hollow porous (DHP) metal oxide nanoparticles that are smaller than 100 nm and composed of Co3O4, FeOx, NiO and MnOx were prepared by densely assembling metal oxide nanocrystals based on the hard-template method using a carbon colloid as a sacrificial core. These nanoparticles are quite different from the traditional particles as their hollow interior originates from the stacking of nanocrystals rather than a spherical shell. The DHP nanoparticles preserve the intriguing properties of nanocrystals and possess desirable surface area and pore volume that enhance the active surface, which ultimately benefits applications such as lithium-ion batteries. The DHP Co3O4 nanoparticles demonstrated an enhanced capacity of 1168 mA h g-1 at 100 mA g-1vs. 590 mA h g-1 of powders and stable cycling performance greater than 250 cycles when used as an anode material. Most importantly, the electrochemical performance of DHP Co3O4 nanoparticles in a lithium-O2 battery was also investigated for the first time. A low charge potential of ~4.0 V, a high discharge voltage near 2.74 V and a long cycle ability greater than 100 cycles at a delivered capacity of 2000 mA h g-1 (current density, 200 mA g-1) were observed. The performances were considerably improved compared to recent results of mesoporous Co3O4, Co3O4 nanoparticles and a composite of Co3O4/RGO and Co3O4/Pd. Therefore, it would be promising to investigate such properties of DHP nanoparticles or other hollow metal (oxide) particles for the popular lithium-air battery.New dense hollow porous (DHP) metal oxide nanoparticles that are smaller than 100 nm and composed of Co3O4, FeOx, NiO and MnOx were prepared by densely assembling metal oxide nanocrystals based on the hard-template method using a carbon colloid as a sacrificial core. These nanoparticles are quite different from the traditional particles as their hollow interior originates from the stacking of nanocrystals rather than a spherical shell. The DHP

  13. Self-assembly 'micro-origami' photon cages as hollow micro-resonators

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    Danescu, A.; Chevalier, C.; Artinyan, R.; Regreny, P.; Grenet, G.; Callard, S.; Rojo-Romeo, P.; Letartre, X.; Leclercq, J. L.

    2015-06-01

    Selective etching of pre-stressed multi-layered structures releases intrinsic stresses creating flexible macroscopic shapes (rolls, spirals, tubes…). Combining mechanical and photonic concepts, we develop an experimental approach by controlling material composition, mask design and etching process in order to obtain prescribed macroscopic 3D hollow optical micro-cavities. New photonic microstructures are proposed for an efficient light trapping in low index media. Cylindrical hollow cavities formed by bending a photonic crystal membrane are designed. Using numerical simulations, strong confinement of photons is demonstrated for very open resonators. The resulting strong light matter interaction can be exploited in optical devices comprising an active material embedded in a low index matrix like polymer or even gaz.

  14. Assembling metal oxide nanocrystals into dense, hollow, porous nanoparticles for lithium-ion and lithium-oxygen battery application.

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    Ming, Jun; Wu, Yingqiang; Park, Jin-Bum; Lee, Joong Kee; Zhao, Fengyu; Sun, Yang-Kook

    2013-11-01

    New dense hollow porous (DHP) metal oxide nanoparticles that are smaller than 100 nm and composed of Co3O4, FeOx, NiO and MnOx were prepared by densely assembling metal oxide nanocrystals based on the hard-template method using a carbon colloid as a sacrificial core. These nanoparticles are quite different from the traditional particles as their hollow interior originates from the stacking of nanocrystals rather than a spherical shell. The DHP nanoparticles preserve the intriguing properties of nanocrystals and possess desirable surface area and pore volume that enhance the active surface, which ultimately benefits applications such as lithium-ion batteries. The DHP Co3O4 nanoparticles demonstrated an enhanced capacity of 1168 mA h g(-1) at 100 mA g(-1)vs. 590 mA h g(-1) of powders and stable cycling performance greater than 250 cycles when used as an anode material. Most importantly, the electrochemical performance of DHP Co3O4 nanoparticles in a lithium-O2 battery was also investigated for the first time. A low charge potential of ∼4.0 V, a high discharge voltage near 2.74 V and a long cycle ability greater than 100 cycles at a delivered capacity of 2000 mA h g(-1) (current density, 200 mA g(-1)) were observed. The performances were considerably improved compared to recent results of mesoporous Co3O4, Co3O4 nanoparticles and a composite of Co3O4/RGO and Co3O4/Pd. Therefore, it would be promising to investigate such properties of DHP nanoparticles or other hollow metal (oxide) particles for the popular lithium-air battery. PMID:24056975

  15. Graphene-Encapsulated Nanosheet-Assembled Zinc-Nickel-Cobalt Oxide Microspheres for Enhanced Lithium Storage.

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    Zhang, Qiaobao; Chen, Huixin; Han, Xiang; Cai, Junjie; Yang, Yong; Liu, Meilin; Zhang, Kaili

    2016-01-01

    The appropriate combination of hierarchical transition-metal oxide (TMO) micro-/nanostructures constructed from porous nanobuilding blocks with graphene sheets (GNS) in a core/shell geometry is highly desirable for high-performance lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). A facile and scalable process for the fabrication of 3D hierarchical porous zinc-nickel-cobalt oxide (ZNCO) microspheres constructed from porous ultrathin nanosheets encapsulated by GNS to form a core/shell geometry is reported for improved electrochemical performance of the TMOs as an anode in LIBs. By virtue of their intriguing structural features, the produced ZNCO/GNS core/shell hybrids exhibit an outstanding reversible capacity of 1015 mA h g(-1) at 0.1 C after 50 cycles. Even at a high rate of 1 C, a stable capacity as high as 420 mA h g(-1) could be maintained after 900 cycles, which suggested their great potential as efficient electrodes for high-performance LIBs. PMID:26676945

  16. Nanoparticle self-assembled hollow TiO2 spheres with well matching visible light scattering for high performance dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Pang, Hongchang; Yang, Hongbin; Guo, Chun Xian; Lu, Jinlin; Li, Chang Ming

    2012-09-11

    Submicrometer-sized hollow TiO(2) spheres are directly self-assembled from TiO(2) nanoparticles without using any template or surfactant as a scattering layer for dye-sensitized solar cells, showing good visible light scattering match to significantly improve the photoconversion efficiency. PMID:22836665

  17. One-step synthesis of magnetic hollow mesoporous silica (MHMS) nanospheres for drug delivery nanosystems via electrostatic self-assembly templated approach.

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    Liu, Fang; Wang, Jingnan; Cao, Qingyun; Deng, Haidong; Shao, Guang; Deng, David Y B; Zhou, Wuyi

    2015-02-11

    In this work, yolk-shell structured magnetic hollow mesoporous silica (MHMS) nanospheres with controllable magnetic responsibility, high specific surface area, a huge cavity and ink-bottle type mesopores were successfully synthesized in one-step by an electrostatic self-assembly templated approach. The obtained MHMS nanospheres exhibited low cytotoxicity, excellent biocompatibility and potential application in the biomedical field. PMID:25563752

  18. A spray-drying strategy for synthesis of nanoscale metal-organic frameworks and their assembly into hollow superstructures

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    Carné-Sánchez, Arnau; Imaz, Inhar; Cano-Sarabia, Mary; Maspoch, Daniel

    2013-03-01

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are among the most attractive porous materials known today. Their miniaturization to the nanoscale—into nanoMOFs—is expected to serve myriad applications from drug delivery to membranes, to open up novel avenues to more traditional storage and catalysis applications, and to enable the creation of sophisticated superstructures. Here, we report the use of spray-drying as a versatile methodology to assemble nanoMOFs, yielding spherical hollow superstructures with diameters smaller than 5 µm. This strategy conceptually mimics the emulsions used by chemists to confine the synthesis of materials, but does not require secondary immiscible solvents or surfactants. We demonstrate that the resulting spherical, hollow superstructures can be processed into stable colloids, whose disassembly by sonication affords discrete, homogeneous nanoMOFs. This spray-drying strategy enables the construction of multicomponent MOF superstructures, and the encapsulation of guest species within these superstructures. We anticipate that this will provide new routes to capsules, reactors and composite materials.

  19. Novel erythrocyte-like graphene microspheres with high quality and mass production capability via electrospray assisted self-assembly.

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    Tian, Yayang; Wu, Guan; Tian, Xike; Tao, Xiaoming; Chen, Wei

    2013-01-01

    We report for the first time a novel erythrocyte-like graphene microsphere (ELGMs) which can be produced with high quality and mass production capability via electrospray assisted self-assembly. Through simple electrospray treatment of GO suspension into coagulation bath followed by chemical reduction, large quantity of ELGMs with uniform morphology and size can be obtained with production rate of around 2.4 mg/h. Compared with other 3D structures, the ELGMs have a very interesting structural characteristic of perfect exterior doughnut shape and interior porous network. Accordingly, the as-prepared porous ELGMs exhibit excellent capability for fast and recyclable removal of oil and toxic organic solvents from water, reaching up to 216 times of its weight in absorption efficiency, which is tens of times higher than that of conventional sorbent materials. It is strongly believed that the novel hierarchical graphene structures and synergy among different techniques will lead to more future advances in graphene applications. PMID:24270315

  20. Novel Erythrocyte-like Graphene Microspheres with High Quality and Mass Production Capability via Electrospray Assisted Self-Assembly

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    Tian, Yayang; Wu, Guan; Tian, Xike; Tao, Xiaoming; Chen, Wei

    2013-01-01

    We report for the first time a novel erythrocyte-like graphene microsphere (ELGMs) which can be produced with high quality and mass production capability via electrospray assisted self-assembly. Through simple electrospray treatment of GO suspension into coagulation bath followed by chemical reduction, large quantity of ELGMs with uniform morphology and size can be obtained with production rate of around 2.4 mg/h. Compared with other 3D structures, the ELGMs have a very interesting structural characteristic of perfect exterior doughnut shape and interior porous network. Accordingly, the as-prepared porous ELGMs exhibit excellent capability for fast and recyclable removal of oil and toxic organic solvents from water, reaching up to 216 times of its weight in absorption efficiency, which is tens of times higher than that of conventional sorbent materials. It is strongly believed that the novel hierarchical graphene structures and synergy among different techniques will lead to more future advances in graphene applications. PMID:24270315

  1. Proton Conducting Self-Assembled Metal-Organic Framework/Polyelectrolyte Hollow Hybrid Nanostructures.

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    Sen, Unal; Erkartal, Mustafa; Kung, Chung-Wei; Ramani, Vijay; Hupp, Joseph T; Farha, Omar K

    2016-09-01

    Herein, a room temperature chemical process to synthesize functional, hollow nanostructures from zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) and poly(vinylphosphonic acid) (PVPA) is reported. Syntheses are initiated by physically blending the components-a process that is accompanied first by encapsulation of ZIF-8 crystallites by PVPA and then by fragmentation of the crystallites. The fragmentation process is driven by partial displacement of the methyl-imidazolate ligands of Zn(II) in ZIF-8 by phosphonate groups on PVPA. Differences in rates of diffusion for the components of the reactive mixture yield a Kirkendall-like effect that is expressed as a hollow-particle morphology. The obtained hollow nanostructures feature hybrid shells containing PVPA, ZIF-8, and their cross-reacted products. The hybrid structures display substantial proton conductivities that increase with increasing temperature, even under the anhydrous conditions prevailing at temperatures above the boiling point of water. For example, at T = 413 K the proton conductivity of ZIF-8@PVPA reaches 3.2 (±0.12) × 10(-3) S cm(-1), a value comparatively higher than that for PVPA (or ZIF-8) in isolation. The high value may reflect the availability in the hybrid structures of free (and partially free), amphoteric imidazole species, and their hydrogen-bonding interactions with phosphonate and/or phosphonic acid units. The persistence of ample conductivity at high temperature reflects the elimination of phosphonic acid group dehydration and dimerization-an effect that strikingly degrades the conductivity of pure PVPA under anhydrous conditions. PMID:27540749

  2. CoMn2O4 Spinel Hierarchical Microspheres Assembled with Porous Nanosheets as Stable Anodes for Lithium-ion Batteries

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    Hu, Lin; Zhong, Hao; Zheng, Xinrui; Huang, Yimin; Zhang, Ping; Chen, Qianwang

    2012-01-01

    Herein, we report the feasibility to enhance the capacity and stability of CoMn2O4 anode materials by fabricating hierarchical mesoporous structure. The open space between neighboring nanosheets allows for easy diffusion of the electrolyte. The hierarchical microspheres assembled with nanosheets can ensure that every nanosheet participates in the electrochemical reaction, because every nanosheet is contacted with the electrolyte solution. The hierarchical structure and well interconnected pores on the surface of nanosheets will enhance the CoMn2O4/electrolyte contact area, shorten the Li+ ion diffusion length in the nanosheets, and accommodate the strain induced by the volume change during the electrochemical reaction. The last, hierarchical architecture with spherical morphology possesses relatively low surface energy, which results in less extent of self-aggregation during charge/discharge process. As a result, CoMn2O4 hierarchical microspheres can achieve a good cycle ability and high rate capability. PMID:23248749

  3. High-surface-area mesoporous TiO2 microspheres via one-step nanoparticle self-assembly for enhanced lithium-ion storage

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    Wang, Hsin-Yi; Chen, Jiazang; Hy, Sunny; Yu, Linghui; Xu, Zhichuan; Liu, Bin

    2014-11-01

    Mesoporous TiO2 microspheres assembled from TiO2 nanoparticles with specific surface areas as high as 150 m2 g-1 were synthesized via a facile one-step solvothermal reaction of titanium isopropoxide and anhydrous acetone. Aldol condensation of acetone gradually releases structural H2O, which hydrolyzes and condenses titanium isopropoxide, forming TiO2 nanocrystals. Simultaneous growth and aggregation of TiO2 nanocrystals leads to the formation of high-surface-area TiO2 microspheres under solvothermal conditions. After a low-temperature post-synthesis calcination, carbonate could be incorporated into TiO2 as a dopant with the carbon source coming from the organic byproducts during the synthesis. Carbonate doping modifies the electronic structure of TiO2 (e.g., Fermi level, Ef), and thus influences its electrochemical properties. Solid electrolyte interface (SEI) formation, which is not common for titania, could be initiated in carbonate-doped TiO2 due to elevated Ef. After removing carbonate dopants by high-temperature calcination, the mesoporous TiO2 microspheres showed much improved performance in lithium insertion and stability at various current rates, attributed to a synergistic effect of high surface area, large pore size and good anatase crystallinity.Mesoporous TiO2 microspheres assembled from TiO2 nanoparticles with specific surface areas as high as 150 m2 g-1 were synthesized via a facile one-step solvothermal reaction of titanium isopropoxide and anhydrous acetone. Aldol condensation of acetone gradually releases structural H2O, which hydrolyzes and condenses titanium isopropoxide, forming TiO2 nanocrystals. Simultaneous growth and aggregation of TiO2 nanocrystals leads to the formation of high-surface-area TiO2 microspheres under solvothermal conditions. After a low-temperature post-synthesis calcination, carbonate could be incorporated into TiO2 as a dopant with the carbon source coming from the organic byproducts during the synthesis. Carbonate doping

  4. Hollow spherical supramolecular dendrimers.

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    Percec, Virgil; Peterca, Mihai; Dulcey, Andrés E; Imam, Mohammad R; Hudson, Steven D; Nummelin, Sami; Adelman, Peter; Heiney, Paul A

    2008-10-01

    The synthesis of a library containing 12 conical dendrons that self-assemble into hollow spherical supramolecular dendrimers is reported. The design principles for this library were accessed by development of a method that allows the identification of hollow spheres, followed by structural and retrostructural analysis of their Pm3n cubic lattice. The first hollow spherical supramolecular dendrimer was made by replacing the tapered dendron, from the previously reported tapered dendritic dipeptide that self-assembled into helical pores, with its constitutional isomeric conical dendron. This strategy generated a conical dendritic dipeptide that self-assembled into a hollow spherical supramolecular dendrimer that self-organizes in a Pm3n cubic lattice. Other examples of hollow spheres were assembled from conical dendrons without a dipeptide at their apex. These are conical dendrons originated from tapered dendrons containing additional benzyl ether groups at their apex. The inner part of the hollow sphere assembled from the dipeptide resembles the path of a spherical helix or loxodrome and, therefore, is chiral. The spheres assembled from other conical dendrons are nonhelical, even when they contain stereocenters on the alkyl groups from their periphery. Functionalization of the apex of the conical dendrons with diethylene glycol allowed the encapsulation of LiOTf and RbOTf in the center of the hollow sphere. These experiments showed that hollow spheres function as supramolecular dendritic capsules and therefore are expected to display functions complementary to those of other related molecular and supramolecular structures. PMID:18771261

  5. Microsphere assembly of TiO2 mesoporous nanosheets with highly exposed (101) facets and application in a light-trapping quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Tao, Xiyun; Ruan, Peng; Zhang, Xiang; Sun, Hongxia; Zhou, Xingfu

    2015-02-01

    The morphology of nano-titania has a significant effect on the photoelectric properties of dye-sensitized solar cells. In this study, microsphere assembly of a TiO2 mesoporous nanosheet constructed by nanocuboids was conducted via a simple hydrothermal process. The XRD pattern indicated that the hierarchical mesoporous microspheres are anatase phase with decreased (004) peaks. Raman spectrum shows enhanced Eg peaks at 143 and 638 cm-1 caused by the symmetric stretching vibration of O-Ti-O of the (101) crystalline facet in anatase TiO2. FESEM and TEM images show that well monodispersed TiO2 microspheres with a diameter of 2 μm are assembled by TiO2 mesoporous nanosheets with exposed (101) facets. The oriented attachment of TiO2 nanocuboids along the (101) direction leads to the formation of mesoporous titania nanosheets. The UV-Vis spectrum shows that the mesoporous TiO2 nanosheets have high scattering ability and light absorption by dye. Quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells that incorporate these microspheres into the top scattering layers exhibit a prominent improvement in the power conversion efficiency of 7.51%, which shows a 45.8% increase in the overall conversion efficiency when compared with the spine hierarchical TiO2 microspheres (5.15%). There is the potential application for microsphere assembly of mesoporous TiO2 nanosheets in quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells with excellent stability.

  6. Whispering gallery mode photoemission from self-assembled poly-para-phenylenevinylene microspheres

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    Kushida, Soh; Yamamoto, Yohei; Braam, Daniel; Lorke, Axel

    2015-12-31

    Poly[2-methoxy-5-(3,7-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MDMOPPV) self-assembles to form well-defined spheres with several micrometers in diameter upon addition of a methanol vapor into a chloroform solution of MDMOPPV. The single sphere of MDMOPPV with 5.7 µm diameter exhibits whispering gallery mode (WGM) photoemission upon excitation with focused laser beam. The periodic emission lines are characterized by transverse electric and magnetic WGMs, and Q-factor reaches ∼345 at the highest.

  7. Whispering gallery mode photoemission from self-assembled poly-para-phenylenevinylene microspheres

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    Kushida, Soh; Braam, Daniel; Lorke, Axel; Yamamoto, Yohei

    2015-12-01

    Poly[2-methoxy-5-(3,7-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MDMOPPV) self-assembles to form well-defined spheres with several micrometers in diameter upon addition of a methanol vapor into a chloroform solution of MDMOPPV. The single sphere of MDMOPPV with 5.7 µm diameter exhibits whispering gallery mode (WGM) photoemission upon excitation with focused laser beam. The periodic emission lines are characterized by transverse electric and magnetic WGMs, and Q-factor reaches ˜345 at the highest.

  8. Microcavity substrates casted from self-assembled microsphere monolayers for spheroid cell culture

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    Shen, Keyue; Lee, Jungwoo; Yarmush, Martin L.

    2015-01-01

    Multicellular spheroids are an important 3-dimensional cell culture model that reflects many key aspects of in vivo microenvironments. This paper presents a scalable, self-assembly based approach for fabricating microcavity substrates for multicellular spheroid cell culture. Hydrophobic glass microbeads were self-assembled into a tightly packed monolayer through the combined actions of surface tension, gravity, and lateral capillary forces at the water-air interface of a polymer solution. The packed bead monolayer was subsequently embedded in the dried polymer layer. The surface was used as a template for replicating microcavity substrates with perfect spherical shapes. We demonstrated the use of the substrate in monitoring the formation process of tumor spheroids, a proof-of-concept scale-up fabrication procedure into standard microplate formats, and its application in testing cancer drug responses in the context of bone marrow stromal cells. The presented technique offers a simple and effective way of forming high-density uniformlysized spheroids without microfabrication equipment for biological and drug screening applications. PMID:24781882

  9. Conductive polymer nanocomposites with hierarchical multi-scale structures via self-assembly of carbon-nanotubes on graphene on polymer-microspheres.

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    Tang, Changyu; Long, Gucheng; Hu, Xin; Wong, Ka-wai; Lau, Woon-ming; Fan, Meikun; Mei, Jun; Xu, Tao; Wang, Bin; Hui, David

    2014-07-21

    A novel and highly conductive 3-dimensional (3D) hierarchical multi-scale structure is formed by a new, simple, facile, and water-based method that enables practical production of conductive carbon nanofiller/polymer composites. More specifically, the π-π interaction between CNTs and graphene oxide (GO) is exploited to disperse conductive but non-polar CNTs with amphiphilic GO sheets to form a stable aqueous colloidal solution. Aqueous-dispersible latex-polystyrene microspheres are then added to enable the self-assembly processes of anchoring CNTs on GO and wrapping microspheres with GO-stabilized CNTs for the formation of an intriguing 3D hierarchical multi-scale structure. During this process, GO is reduced to conductive reduced-graphene oxide (RGO). The resultant RGO sheets act as "nano-walls" to prevent CNTs from randomly diffusing into the polymer bulk during thermal pressing of RGO-CNT/microspheres, which results in the formation of a 3D foam-like network of RGO-CNTs with high quality. The resultant composite with such a structure gives an ultra-low percolation threshold (0.03 vol% RGO-CNTs) and a reasonably high conductivity (153 S m(-1) at 4 vol% RGO-CNTs), which could satisfy various applications requiring both transparency and electrical conduction characteristics (e.g. transparent antistatic coatings, capacitive touch-screens, and transparent electronic devices). PMID:24791273

  10. Evaluation of a combined drug-delivery system for proteins assembled with polymeric nanoparticles and porous microspheres; characterization and protein integrity studies.

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    Alcalá-Alcalá, Sergio; Benítez-Cardoza, Claudia G; Lima-Muñoz, Enrique J; Piñón-Segundo, Elizabeth; Quintanar-Guerrero, David

    2015-07-15

    This work presents an evaluation of the adsorption/infiltration process in relation to the loading of a model protein, α-amylase, into an assembled biodegradable polymeric system, free of organic solvents and made up of poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) acid (PLGA). Systems were assembled in a friendly aqueous medium by adsorbing and infiltrating polymeric nanoparticles into porous microspheres. These assembled systems are able to load therapeutic amounts of the drug through adsorption of the protein onto the large surface area characteristic of polymeric nanoparticles. The subsequent infiltration of nanoparticles adsorbed with the protein into porous microspheres enabled the controlled release of the protein as a function of the amount of infiltrated nanoparticles, since the surface area available on the porous structure is saturated at different levels, thus modifying the protein release rate. Findings were confirmed by both the BET technique (N2 isotherms) and in vitro release studies. During the adsorption process, the pH of the medium plays an important role by creating an environment that favors adsorption between the surfaces of the micro- and nano-structures and the protein. Finally, assays of α-amylase activity using 2-chloro-4-nitrophenyl-α-D-maltotrioside (CNP-G3) as the substrate and the circular dichroism technique confirmed that when this new approach was used no conformational changes were observed in the protein after release. PMID:25936624