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  1. Fabrication of freestanding heteroepitaxial diamond substrate via micropatterns and microneedles

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    Aida, Hideo; Kim, Seong-Woo; Ikejiri, Kenjiro; Kawamata, Yuki; Koyama, Koji; Kodama, Hideyuki; Sawabe, Atsuhito

    2016-03-01

    The fabrication of a high-quality freestanding diamond substrate was successfully demonstrated via heteroepitaxy by introducing diamond micropatterns and microneedles in the early stage of growth. Micropatterns contributed to a marked reduction in the number of dislocations induced by epitaxial lateral overgrowth, and microneedles relaxed heteroepitaxial strain. Raman spectroscopy indicated the absence of nondiamond carbon inclusions in the obtained freestanding substrate. The full width at half maximum of the X-ray rocking curve for diamond (004) reflections was 0.07°, the lowest value for heteroepitaxial diamond that has been reported so far. The results provide novel insights toward realizing large-diameter single-crystalline diamond substrates.

  2. Micropatterned single-walled carbon nanotube electrodes for use in high-performance transistors and inverters.

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    Kang, Woonggi; Kim, Nam Hee; Lee, Dong Yun; Chang, Suk Tai; Cho, Jeong Ho

    2014-06-25

    We demonstrated the solution-processed single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) source-drain electrodes patterned using a plasma-enhanced detachment patterning method for high-performance organic transistors and inverters. The high-resolution SWNT electrode patterning began with the formation of highly uniform SWNT thin films on a hydrophobic silanized substrate. The SWNT source-drain patterns were then formed by modulating the interfacial energies of the prepatterned elastomeric mold and the SWNT thin film using oxygen plasma. The SWNT films were subsequently selectively delaminated using a rubber mold. The patterned SWNTs could be used as the source-drain electrodes for both n-type PTCDI-C8 and p-type pentacene field-effect transistors (FETs). The n- and p-type devices exhibited good and exactly matched electrical performances, with a field-effect mobility of around 0.15 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and an ON/OFF current ratio exceeding 10(6). The single electrode material was used for both the n and p channels, permitting the successful fabrication of a high-performance complementary inverter by connecting a p-type pentacene FET to an n-type PTCDI-C8 FET. This patterning technique was simple, inexpensive, and easily scaled for the preparation of large-area electrode micropatterns for flexible microelectronic device fabrication. PMID:24915751

  3. Large-scale fabrication of free-standing, micropatterned silica nanotubes via a hybrid hydrogel-templated route.

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    Chen, Song; Shi, Xuetao; Chinnathambi, Shanmugavel; Hanagata, Nobutaka

    2013-08-01

    Free-standing, micropatterned silica nanotube membranes are in situ fabricated using a micropatterned silica-coated collagen hybrid hydrogel as template. They are substrate-free, and not only maintained their micropatterned microstructure well, but also exhibited strong cell contact guidance ability to direct cell alignment and differentiation, indicating their good potential for biomedical applications. PMID:23386331

  4. Techniques of Electrode Fabrication

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    Guo, Liang; Li, Xinyong; Chen, Guohua

    Electrochemical applications using many kinds of electrode materials as an advanced oxidation/reduction technique have been a focus of research by a number of groups during the last two decades. The electrochemical approach has been adopted successfully to develop various environmental applications, mainly including water and wastewater treatment, aqueous system monitoring, and solid surface analysis. In this chapter, a number of methods for the fabrication of film-structured electrode materials were selectively reviewed. Firstly, the thermal decomposition method is briefly described, followed by introducing chemical vapor deposition (CVD) strategy. Especially, much attention was focused on introducing the methods to produce diamond novel film electrode owing to its unique physical and chemical properties. The principle and influence factors of hot filament CVD and plasma enhanced CVD preparation were interpreted by refereeing recent reports. Finally, recent developments that address electro-oxidation/reduction issues and novel electrodes such as nano-electrode and boron-doped diamond electrode (BDD) are presented in the overview.

  5. Fabrication of microengineered templates and their applications into micropatterned cell culture.

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    Choi, Jin Ho; Lee, Hyun; Jin, Hee Kyung; Bae, Jae-Sung; Kim, Gyu Man

    2013-03-01

    We present a fabrication method of PDMS microtemplates and their applications into a localized culture of primary mammalian cells. Three types of microtemplates of microwell, microstencil and microcontact printing stamp (mCP) were fabricated, and their feasibilities into cell culture were studied. All of microtemplates were fabricated by PDMS casting from SU-8 mold prepared by photolithography. The pattern used in the test was 500 microm dots. In the culture test of microstencil, a stencil was placed on a glass disk coated with Poly-D-Lysine (PDL) layer. In the other test of microcontact printing, PDL layer was patterned by microcontact printing. The mammalian cells of mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEF) and cortical neuron were successfully cultured into micropatterns by using the microtemplates. The results showed that cells could be cultured into micropatterns with precisely controlled manner at any shapes and specific size for bioscience study and bioengineering applications. PMID:23620992

  6. Effective Method for Micro-Patterning Arene-Terminated Monolayers on a Si(111) Electrode.

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    Yamanoi, Yoshinori; Kobayashi, Tetsuhiro; Maeda, Hiroaki; Miyachi, Mariko; Ara, Masato; Tada, Hirokazu; Nishihara, Hiroshi

    2016-07-12

    Microstructured electrodes are significant to modern electrochemistry. A representative aromatic group, 4-ferrocenylphenyl one, was covalently bound to a micropatterned silicon electrode via the arylation of a hydrogen-terminated silicon(111) surface formed selectively on a Si wafer. Starting from a silicon(100)-on-insulator (SOI) wafer, the aromatic monolayer was attached sequentially by spin-coating a resist, electron beam lithography, Cr/Au deposition, lift-off, anisotropic etching with aqueous KOH solution, and Pd-catalyzed arylation. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) are used to characterize the coupling reaction between 4-ferrocenyl group and silicon substrate, and to confirm performance of the final modified microsized electrode. These data show that this synthetic protocol gives chemically well-defined and robust functionalized monolayers on a silicon semiconducting surface with a small electrode. PMID:27328628

  7. Fabrication of Micropatterns using Salt Crystals from Solvent Evaporation

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    Lee, Dong-Eun; Go, Seung Jae; Lee, Dong Hyun

    2013-03-01

    Herein, we investigated the crystallization behaviors of sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) from highly diluted aqueous solutions. Aqueous Na2CO3 solutions which were applied on substrate surfaces by either dropping or draining exhibited a variety of well-defined crystal structures over large areas during water evaporation. It was also found that both sizes and shapes of salt crystals could be effectively controlled by the experimental conditions such as their concentration, evaporation rate, temperature and humidity. Furthermore, it was observed that the salt crystals could be oriented to specific direction as the evaporation of water occurred on the tilted substrates. The crystals of Na2CO3\\ were then employed as the master pattern to fabricate the soft mold of poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS). Then silver (Ag) inks were filled into the pores of PDMS molds and transferred to various substrates by imprinting techniques to produce electrically conductive electrodes for potential electric devices. The National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant (2011-0013084) and Gyeonggi Regional Research Center (GRRC) Program (2012-111150)

  8. Fabrication of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and inorganic micropattern on flexible polymer substrate.

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    Xiang, Junhui; Zhu, Peixin; Masuda, Yoshitake; Koumoto, Kunihito

    2004-04-13

    By grafting (aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) as the buffer layer on poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) surface, the SAMs ofoctadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS), phenyltrichlorosilane (PTCS), vinyltrichlorosilane (VTCS), andp-tolyltrichlorosilane (TTCS) were fabricated on the flexible polymer substrate. The properties of SAMs were accurately controlled by adjusting the immersing time of substrates in the solutions and the concentration of the solutions. The SAMs acted as templates, and TiO2 micropattern was successfully deposited on OTS, TTCS, and PTCS SAMs. PMID:15875858

  9. The development of a micropatterned electrode for studies of zinc electrodeposition

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    Sutija, D.P.; Muller, R.H.; Tobias, C.W.

    1986-12-01

    A micropatterned electrode was prepared for the study of electrocrystallization. Using microphotolithography, in conjunction with evaporation and pulse electrodeposition of thin films, a set of artificially roughened electrodes with hemispherical surface features five microns in diameter was developed. Voltammetric studies were conducted to determine the best electrode material. Gold, platinum, and various carbon surfaces were evaluated for zinc nucleation density and hydrogen overpotential. Surface homogeneity was examined by both light and scanning electron microscopy. Gold was determined to possess the best combination of material properties: chemical inertness, low melting point, and a high work function allowing underpotential deposition of zinc which reduces the rate of hydrogen evolution. Stripping coulometry was employed to determine zinc limiting currents, and evaluate effective diffusion coefficients in concentrated zinc chloride solutions. Although the method worked well for dilute zinc chloride and copper sulfate solutions, it failed at higher current densities; the emergence of surface roughness obscured actual limiting current plateaus.

  10. Fabrication of Pillar Shaped Electrode Arrays for Artificial Retinal Implants

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    Kim, Eui Tae; Seo, Jong-Mo; Woo, Se Joon; Zhou, Jing Ai; Chung, Hum; Kim, Sung June

    2008-01-01

    Polyimide has been widely applied to neural prosthetic devices, such as the retinal implants, due to its well-known biocompatibility and ability to be micropatterned. However, planar films of polyimide that are typically employed show a limited ability in reducing the distance between electrodes and targeting cell layers, which limits site resolution for effective multi-channel stimulation. In this paper, we report a newly designed device with a pillar structure that more effectively interfaces with the target. Electrode arrays were successfully fabricated and safely implanted inside the rabbit eye in suprachoroidal space. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) showed well-preserved pillar structures of the electrode without damage. Bipolar stimulation was applied through paired sites (6:1) and the neural responses were successfully recorded from several regions in the visual cortex. Electrically evoked cortical potential by the pillar electrode array stimulation were compared to visual evoked potential under full-field light stimulation.

  11. Fabrication of interdigitated micropatterns of self-assembled polymer nanofilms containing cell-adhesive materials.

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    Shaikh Mohammed, Javeed; Decoster, Mark A; McShane, Michael J

    2006-03-14

    Micropatterns of different biomaterials with micro- and nanoscale features and defined spatial arrangement on a single substrate are useful tools for studying cellular-level interactions, and recent reports have highlighted the strong influence of scaffold compliance in determining cell behavior. In this paper, a simple yet versatile and precise patterning technique for the fabrication of interdigitated micropatterns of nanocomposite multilayer coatings on a single substrate is demonstrated through a combination of lithography and layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly processes, termed polymer surface micromachining (PSM). The first nanofilm pattern is constructed using lithography, followed by LbL multilayer assembly and lift-off, and the process is repeated with optical alignment to obtain interdigitated patterns on the same substrate. Thus, the method is analogous to surface micromachining, except that the deposition materials are polymers and biological materials that are used to produce multilayer nanocomposite structures. A key feature of the multilayers is the capability to tune properties such as stiffness by appropriate selection of materials, deposition conditions, and postdeposition treatments. Two- and four-component systems on glass coverslips are presented to demonstrate the versatility of the approach to construct precisely defined, homogeneous nanofilm patterns. In addition, an example of a complex system used as a testbed for in vitro cell adhesion and growth is provided: micropatterns of poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate)/poly-L-lysine hydrobromide (PSS/PLL) and secreted phospholipase A(2)/poly(ethyleneimine) (sPLA(2)/PEI) multilayers. The interdigitated square nanofilm array patterns were obtained on a single coverslip with poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) as a cell-repellent background. Cell culture experiments show that cortical neurons respond and bind specifically to the sPLA(2) micropatterns in competition with PLL micropatterns. The

  12. Fabrication of robust micro-patterned polymeric films via static breath-figure process and vulcanization.

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    Li, Lei; Zhong, Yawen; Gong, Jianliang; Li, Jian; Huang, Jin; Ma, Zhi

    2011-02-15

    Here, we present the preparation of thermally stable and solvent resistant micro-patterned polymeric films via static breath-figure process and sequent vulcanization, with a commercially available triblock polymer, polystyrene-b-polyisoprene-b-polystyrene (SIS). The vulcanized honeycomb structured SIS films became self-supported and resistant to a wide range of organic solvents and thermally stable up to 350°C for 2h, an increase of more than 300K as compared to the uncross-linked films. This superior robustness could be attributed to the high degree of polyisoprene cross-linking. The versatility of the methodology was demonstrated by applying to another commercially available triblock polymer, polystyrene-b-polybutadiene-b-polystyrene (SBS). Particularly, hydroxy groups were introduced into SBS by hydroboration. The functionalized two-dimensional micro-patterns feasible for site-directed grafting were created by the hydroxyl-containing polymers. In addition, the fixed microporous structures could be replicated to fabricate textured positive PDMS stamps. This simple technique offers new prospects in the field of micro-patterns, soft lithography and templates. PMID:21168143

  13. Method for fabrication of electrodes

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    Jankowski, Alan F.; Morse, Jeffrey D.; Barksdale, Randy

    2004-06-22

    Described herein is a method to fabricate porous thin-film electrodes for fuel cells and fuel cell stacks. Furthermore, the method can be used for all fuel cell electrolyte materials which utilize a continuous electrolyte layer. An electrode layer is deposited on a porous host structure by flowing gas (for example, Argon) from the bottomside of the host structure while simultaneously depositing a conductive material onto the topside of the host structure. By controlling the gas flow rate through the pores, along with the process conditions and deposition rate of the thin-film electrode material, a film of a pre-determined thickness can be formed. Once the porous electrode is formed, a continuous electrolyte thin-film is deposited, followed by a second porous electrode to complete the fuel cell structure.

  14. Nanoscale biomimetics studies of Salvinia molesta for micropattern fabrication.

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    Hunt, James; Bhushan, Bharat

    2011-11-01

    The emerging field of biomimetics allows one to take inspiration from nature and mimic it in order to create various products, devices and structures. There are a large number of objects, including bacteria, plants, land and aquatic animals and seashells, with properties of commercial interest. The subject of interest for this research is the water fern Salvinia molesta because of its ability to trap air. Air-retaining surfaces are of technological interest due to their ability to reduce drag when used for fluid transport, ship coatings and other submersible industrial products in which drag is a concern. The purpose of this research is to mimic the air trapping ability of S. molesta in order to prove that a structure can be created in the lab that can mimic the behavior of the fern as well as demonstrate microfabrication techniques that can be utilized in industry to produce such materials. In this work, a novel methodology for the fabrication of microstructures that mimic the water-pinning and air-trapping ability of S. molesta is introduced. Water contact angle, water roll angle and adhesive force of the new microstructure and water fern are investigated. PMID:21802093

  15. Simple Fabrication of Nickel Micropatterning under Ambient Condition: Use of Pen-Type Nanolithography and Electroless Plating

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    Onoue, Miki; Ushijima, Hirobumi

    2012-06-01

    Recently, the research and development of printed electronics has been expanded. Patterning of various materials is required to fabricate many electronic devices by the printing technique. Nickel patterning, for instance, is the subject matter of condensers. In this study, we demonstrated (1) catalytic Pd patterning by fountain-pen nanolithography (FPN) and (2) the preparation of Ni micropatterns by Ni electroless plating. The FPN is one of the pen-type nanolithography techniques and it can yield microsize patterns.

  16. Fabricating solid carbon porous electrodes from powders

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    Kaschmitter, James L.; Tran, Tri D.; Feikert, John H.; Mayer, Steven T.

    1997-01-01

    Fabrication of conductive solid porous carbon electrodes for use in batteries, double layer capacitors, fuel cells, capacitive dionization, and waste treatment. Electrodes fabricated from low surface area (<50 m.sup.2 /gm) graphite and cokes exhibit excellent reversible lithium intercalation characteristics, making them ideal for use as anodes in high voltage lithium insertion (lithium-ion) batteries. Electrodes having a higher surface area, fabricated from powdered carbon blacks, such as carbon aerogel powder, carbon aerogel microspheres, activated carbons, etc. yield high conductivity carbon compositives with excellent double layer capacity, and can be used in double layer capacitors, or for capacitive deionization and/or waste treatment of liquid streams. By adding metallic catalysts to be high surface area carbons, fuel cell electrodes can be produced.

  17. Fabricating solid carbon porous electrodes from powders

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    Kaschmitter, J.L.; Tran, T.D.; Feikert, J.H.; Mayer, S.T.

    1997-06-10

    Fabrication is described for conductive solid porous carbon electrodes for use in batteries, double layer capacitors, fuel cells, capacitive deionization, and waste treatment. Electrodes fabricated from low surface area (<50 m{sup 2}/gm) graphite and cokes exhibit excellent reversible lithium intercalation characteristics, making them ideal for use as anodes in high voltage lithium insertion (lithium-ion) batteries. Electrodes having a higher surface area, fabricated from powdered carbon blacks, such as carbon aerogel powder, carbon aerogel microspheres, activated carbons, etc. yield high conductivity carbon composites with excellent double layer capacity, and can be used in double layer capacitors, or for capacitive deionization and/or waste treatment of liquid streams. By adding metallic catalysts to high surface area carbons, fuel cell electrodes can be produced. 1 fig.

  18. Method of fabrication of electrodes and electrolytes

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    Jankowski, Alan F.; Morse, Jeffrey D.

    2004-01-06

    Fuel cell stacks contain an electrolyte layer surrounded on top and bottom by an electrode layer. Porous electrodes are prepared which enable fuel and oxidant to easily flow to the respective electrode-electrolyte interface without the need for high temperatures or pressures to assist the flow. Rigid, inert microspheres in combination with thin-film metal deposition techniques are used to fabricate porous anodes, cathodes, and electrolytes. Microshperes contained in a liquid are randomly dispersed onto a host structure and dried such that the microsperes remain in position. A thin-film deposition technique is subsequently employed to deposit a metal layer onto the microsperes. After such metal layer deposition, the microspheres are removed leaving voids, i.e. pores, in the metal layer, thus forming a porous electrode. Successive repetitions of the fabrication process result in the formation of a continuous fuel cell stack. Such stacks may produce power outputs ranging from about 0.1 Watt to about 50 Watts.

  19. Centimeter-long and large-scale micropatterns of reduced graphene oxide films: fabrication and sensing applications.

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    He, Qiyuan; Sudibya, Herry Gunadi; Yin, Zongyou; Wu, Shixin; Li, Hai; Boey, Freddy; Huang, Wei; Chen, Peng; Zhang, Hua

    2010-06-22

    Recently, the field-effect transistors (FETs) with graphene as the conducting channels have been used as a promising chemical and biological sensors. However, the lack of low cost and reliable and large-scale preparation of graphene films limits their applications. In this contribution, we report the fabrication of centimeter-long, ultrathin (1-3 nm), and electrically continuous micropatterns of highly uniform parallel arrays of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) films on various substrates including the flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) films by using the micromolding in capillary method. Compared to other methods for the fabrication of graphene patterns, our method is fast, facile, and substrate independent. In addition, we demonstrate that the nanoelectronic FETs based on our rGO patterns are able to label-freely detect the hormonal catecholamine molecules and their dynamic secretion from living cells. PMID:20441213

  20. Chondrocyte Behavior on Micropatterns Fabricated Using Layer-by-Layer Lift-Off: Morphological Analysis

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    Shaik, Jameel; Shaikh Mohammed, Javeed; McShane, Michael J.; Mills, David K.

    2013-01-01

    Cell patterning has emerged as an elegant tool in developing cellular arrays, bioreactors, biosensors, and lab-on-chip devices and for use in engineering neotissue for repair or regeneration. In this study, micropatterned surfaces were created using the layer-by-layer lift-off (LbL-LO) method for analyzing canine chondrocytes response to patterned substrates. Five materials were chosen based on our previous studies. These included: poly(dimethyldiallylammonium chloride) (PDDA), poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI), poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS), collagen, and chondroitin sulfate (CS). The substrates were patterned with these five different materials, in five and ten bilayers, resulting in the following multilayer nanofilm architectures: (PSS/PDDA)5, (PSS/PDDA)10; (CS/PEI)4/CS, (CS/PEI)9/CS; (PSS/PEI)5, (PSS/PEI)10; (PSS/Collagen)5, (PSS/Collagen)10; (PSS/PEI)4/PSS, (PSS/PEI)9/PSS. Cell characterization studies were used to assess the viability, longevity, and cellular response to the configured patterned multilayer architectures. The cumulative cell characterization data suggests that cell viability, longevity, and functionality were enhanced on micropatterned PEI, PSS, collagen, and CS multilayer nanofilms suggesting their possible use in biomedical applications. PMID:27006918

  1. Micropatterning microtubules.

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    Portran, Didier

    2014-01-01

    The following protocol describes a method to control the orientation and polarity of polymerizing microtubules (MTs). Reconstitution of specific geometries of dynamic MT networks is achieved using a ultraviolet (UV) micropatterning technique in combination with stabilized MT microseeds. The process is described in three main parts. First, the surface is passivated to avoid the non-specific absorption of proteins, using different polyethylene glycol (PEG)-based surface treatment. Second, specific adhesive surfaces (the micropatterns) are imprinted through a photomask using deep UVs. Lastly, MT microseeds are adhered to the micropatterns followed by MT polymerization. PMID:24484656

  2. Fabrication methods for low impedance lithium polymer electrodes

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    Chern, Terry Song-Hsing; MacFadden, Kenneth Orville; Johnson, Steven Lloyd

    1997-01-01

    A process for fabricating an electrolyte-electrode composite suitable for high energy alkali metal battery that includes mixing composite electrode materials with excess liquid, such as ethylene carbonate or propylene carbonate, to produce an initial formulation, and forming a shaped electrode therefrom. The excess liquid is then removed from the electrode to compact the electrode composite which can be further compacted by compression. The resulting electrode exhibits at least a 75% lower resistance.

  3. Fabrication methods for low impedance lithium polymer electrodes

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    Chern, T.S.; MacFadden, K.O.; Johnson, S.L.

    1997-12-16

    A process is described for fabricating an electrolyte-electrode composite suitable for high energy alkali metal battery that includes mixing composite electrode materials with excess liquid, such as ethylene carbonate or propylene carbonate, to produce an initial formulation, and forming a shaped electrode therefrom. The excess liquid is then removed from the electrode to compact the electrode composite which can be further compacted by compression. The resulting electrode exhibits at least a 75% lower resistance.

  4. Fabrication Process of Micro-patterns on Cell-Culturing Substrates toward High-Resolution Control and Observation of Cell Migration

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    Sugawara, Michiko; Choi, Wonjun; Nakanishi, Jun; Yamaguchi, Kazuo; Yokota, Hideo; Yagi, Tohru

    It is well known that cell migrations play a key role in the living systems. From the basic technical point of view, cell migration control is one of the important and useful ways to clarify the mechanism of the cell migration qualitatively and quantitatively. For the purpose of high-resolution control and observation of the cell migrations, which is the goal of this research, in this study, an attempt was made to establish the fabrication process of micro-patterns on caged cell-culturing substrates using inverted microscope with high magnification objective lens. With the combination of fluorescence antibody technique, the adequate ultraviolet (UV) lay exposure time was obtained for the formation of micro-patterns of fibronectin on the caged cell-culturing substrates. We also confirmed that it was possible to control the position of micro-patterns by the primary and secondary UV exposure. In addition, Swiss 3T3 cell culture experiment demonstrated that the initial shape of the cell could be restricted by the primary UV exposure and that the secondary UV exposure was remarkably useful to control the cell migration.

  5. Fabrication of poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel micropatterns with osteoinductive growth factors and evaluation of the effects on osteoblast activity and function

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    Subramani, K.; Birch, M. A.

    2006-09-01

    The aims of this study were to fabricate poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogel micropatterns on a biomaterial surface to guide osteoblast behaviour and to study how incorporating vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) within the adhered hydrogel influenced cell morphology. Standard photolithographic procedures or photopolymerization through a poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) mould were used to fabricate patterned PEG hydrogels on the surface of silanized silicon wafers. Hydrogel patterns were evaluated by light microscopy and surface profilometry. Rat osteoblasts were cultured on these surfaces and cell morphology investigated by fluorescence microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Release of protein trapped in the polymerized PEG was evaluated and VEGF-PEG surfaces were characterized for their ability to support cell growth. These studies show that photopolymerized PEG can be used to create anti-adhesive structures on the surface of silicon that completely control where cell interaction with the substrate takes place. Using conventional lithography, structures down to 50 µm were routinely fabricated with the boundaries exhibiting sloping sides. Using the PDMS mould approach, structures were fabricated as small as 10 µm and boundaries were very sharp and vertical. Osteoblasts exhibiting typical morphology only grew on the silicon wafer surface that was not coated with PEG. Adding BSA to the monomer solution showed that protein could be released from the hydrogel for up to 7 days in vitro. Incorporating VEGF in the hydrogel produced micropatterns that dramatically altered osteoblast behaviour. At boundaries with the VEGF-PEG hydrogel, there was striking formation of cellular processes and membrane ruffling indicative of a change in cell morphology. This study has explored the morphogenetic properties of VEGF and the applications of nano/microfabrication techniques for guided tissue (bone) regeneration in dental and

  6. Smooth electrode and method of fabricating same

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    Weaver, Stanton Earl; Kennerly, Stacey Joy; Aimi, Marco Francesco

    2012-08-14

    A smooth electrode is provided. The smooth electrode includes at least one metal layer having thickness greater than about 1 micron; wherein an average surface roughness of the smooth electrode is less than about 10 nm.

  7. Fabrication techniques for reverse electrode coaxial germanium nuclear radiation detectors

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    Hansen, W.L.; Haller, E.E.

    1980-11-01

    Germanium detectors with reverse polarity coaxial electrodes have been shown to exhibit improved resistance to radiation damage as compared with conventional electrode devices. However, the production of reverse electrode devices involves the development of new handling and fabrication techniques which has limited their wider application. We have developed novel techniques which lead to a device which is simple to fabricate, environmentally passivated and surface state adjusted.

  8. Enzyme-etching technique to fabricate micropatterns of aligned collagen fibrils

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    Liu, Honghai; Chen, Ruikai; Yang, Huaxiao; Qin, Wan; Borg, Thomas K.; Dean, Delphine; Xu, Meifeng; Gao, Bruce Z.

    2014-01-01

    A technique to tailor-make pre-coated, pre-aligned bovine collagen fibrils, derived from neonatal cardiomyocytes, on the surface of a glass slide into a designated pattern is reported. The unwanted collagen-coated area was erased by a collagenase solution and the tailored area was retained by attaching a microfabricated polydimethylsiloxane stamp directly to the collagen-coated surface. Using this technique, collagen patterns with designated orientations and with clear pattern boundaries and defined shapes were fabricated. PMID:24562408

  9. Fabrication of Nanoindented Electrodes for Glucose Detection

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    Slaughter, Gymama

    2010-01-01

    Background The objective of this article was to design, fabricate, and evaluate a novel type of glucose biosensors based on the use of atomic force microscopy to create nanoindented electrodes (NIDEs) for the selective detection of glucose. Methods Atomic force microscopy nanoindentation techniques were extended to covalently immobilized glucose oxidase on NIDEs via composite hydrogel membranes composed of interpenetrating networks of inherently conductive poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) tetramethacrylate grown within ultraviolet cross-linked hydroxyethylmethacrylate-based hydrogels to produce an in vitro amperometric NIDE biosensor for the long-term monitoring of glucose. Results The calibration curve for glucose was linear from 0.25 to 20 mM. Results showed that the NIDE glucose biosensor has a much higher detection sensitivity of 0.32 μA/mM and rapid response times (<5 seconds). There was no interference from the competing interferent (fructose) present; the only interference was from species that react with H2O2 (ascorbic acid). The linear equation was Bresponse (μA) = 0.323 [glucose] (mM) + 0.634 (μA); n = 24, r2 = 0.994. Conclusion Results showed that the resultant NIDE glucose biosensor increases the dynamic range, device sensitivity, and response time and has excellent detecting performance for glucose. PMID:20307392

  10. Fabrication of DNA Polymer Brush Arrays by Destructive Micropatterning and Rolling-Circle Amplification

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    Barbee, Kristopher D.; Chandrangsu, Matt; Huang, Xiaohua

    2011-01-01

    A method for fabricating DNA polymer brush arrays using photolithography and plasma etching followed by solid-phase enzymatic DNA amplification is reported. After attaching oligonucleotide primers to the surface of a glass coverslip, a thin layer of photoresist is spin-coated on the glass and patterned via photolithography to generate an array of posts in the resist. An oxygen-based plasma is then used to destroy the exposed oligonucleotide primers. The glass coverslip with the primer array is assembled into a microfluidic chip and DNA polymer brushes are synthesized on the oligonucleotide array by rolling-circle DNA amplification. We have demonstrated that the linear polymers can be rapidly synthesized in situ with a high degree of control over their density and length. PMID:21305694

  11. Bio-Inspired Chemical Fabrication of Stretchable Transparent Electrodes.

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    Yu, You; Zhang, Yaokang; Li, Kan; Yan, Casey; Zheng, Zijian

    2015-07-01

    Stretchable and transparent electrodes are fabricated by chemical deposition of metal thin films on natural veins of leaves at ambient conditions. These vein-based transparent electrodes show excellent electro-optical property (0.9 Ω sq(-1) at 83% T) even at 50% tensile strains, ideal for flexible and stretchable optoelectronic devices. PMID:25786920

  12. Fabrication of high aspect ratio micro electrode by using EDM

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    Mejid Elsiti, Nagwa; Noordin, M. Y.; Umar Alkali, Adam

    2016-02-01

    The electrical discharge machining (EDM) process inherits characteristics that make it a promising micro-machining technique. Micro electrical discharge machining (micro- EDM) is a derived form of EDM, which is commonly used to manufacture micro and miniature parts and components by using the conventional electrical discharge machining fundamentals. Moving block electro discharge grinding (Moving BEDG) is one of the processes that can be used to fabricate micro-electrode. In this study, a conventional die sinker EDM machine was used to fabricate the micro-electrode. Modifications are made to the moving BEDG, which include changing the direction of movements and control gap in one electrode. Consequently current was controlled due to the use of roughing, semi-finishing and finishing parameters. Finally, a high aspect ratio micro-electrode with a diameter of 110.49μm and length of 6000μm was fabricated.

  13. Method of electrode fabrication for solid oxide electrochemical cells

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    Jensen, Russell R.

    1990-01-01

    A process for fabricating cermet electrodes for solid oxide electrochemical cells by sintering is disclosed. First, a porous metal electrode is fabricated on a solid oxide cell, such as a fuel cell by, for example, sintering, and is then infiltrated with a high volume fraction stabilized zirconia suspension. A second sintering step is used to sinter the infiltrated zirconia to a high density in order to more securely attach the electrode to the solid oxide electrolyte of the cell. High performance fuel electrodes can be obtained with this process. Further electrode performance enhancement may be achieved if stabilized zirconia doped with cerium oxide, chromium oxide, titanium oxide, and/or praseodymium oxide for electronic conduction is used.

  14. Method of electrode fabrication for solid oxide electrochemical cells

    DOEpatents

    Jensen, R.R.

    1990-11-20

    A process for fabricating cermet electrodes for solid oxide electrochemical cells by sintering is disclosed. First, a porous metal electrode is fabricated on a solid oxide cell, such as a fuel cell by, for example, sintering, and is then infiltrated with a high volume fraction stabilized zirconia suspension. A second sintering step is used to sinter the infiltrated zirconia to a high density in order to more securely attach the electrode to the solid oxide electrolyte of the cell. High performance fuel electrodes can be obtained with this process. Further electrode performance enhancement may be achieved if stabilized zirconia doped with cerium oxide, chromium oxide, titanium oxide, and/or praseodymium oxide for electronic conduction is used. 5 figs.

  15. System of fabricating a flexible electrode array

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    Krulevitch, Peter; Polla, Dennis L.; Maghribi, Mariam N.; Hamilton, Julie; Humayun, Mark S.; Weiland, James D.

    2010-10-12

    An image is captured or otherwise converted into a signal in an artificial vision system. The signal is transmitted to the retina utilizing an implant. The implant consists of a polymer substrate made of a compliant material such as poly(dimethylsiloxane) or PDMS. The polymer substrate is conformable to the shape of the retina. Electrodes and conductive leads are embedded in the polymer substrate. The conductive leads and the electrodes transmit the signal representing the image to the cells in the retina. The signal representing the image stimulates cells in the retina.

  16. System of fabricating a flexible electrode array

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    Krulevitch, Peter; Polla, Dennis L.; Maghribi, Mariam N.; Hamilton, Julie; Humayun, Mark S.; Weiland, James D.

    2012-01-28

    An image is captured or otherwise converted into a signal in an artificial vision system. The signal is transmitted to the retina utilizing an implant. The implant consists of a polymer substrate made of a compliant material such as poly(dimethylsiloxane) or PDMS. The polymer substrate is conformable to the shape of the retina. Electrodes and conductive leads are embedded in the polymer substrate. The conductive leads and the electrodes transmit the signal representing the image to the cells in the retina. The signal representing the image stimulates cells in the retina.

  17. Controlled atmosphere for fabrication of cermet electrodes

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    Ray, S.P.; Woods, R.W.

    1998-08-11

    A process is disclosed for making an inert electrode composite wherein a metal oxide and a metal are reacted in a gaseous atmosphere at an elevated temperature of at least about 750 C. The metal oxide is at least one of the nickel, iron, tin, zinc and zirconium oxides and the metal is copper, silver, a mixture of copper and silver or a copper-silver alloy. The gaseous atmosphere has an oxygen content that is controlled at about 5--3000 ppm in order to obtain a desired composition in the resulting composite. 2 figs.

  18. Controlled atmosphere for fabrication of cermet electrodes

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    Ray, Siba P.; Woods, Robert W.

    1998-01-01

    A process for making an inert electrode composite wherein a metal oxide and a metal are reacted in a gaseous atmosphere at an elevated temperature of at least about 750.degree. C. The metal oxide is at least one of the nickel, iron, tin, zinc and zirconium oxides and the metal is copper, silver, a mixture of copper and silver or a copper-silver alloy. The gaseous atmosphere has an oxygen content that is controlled at about 5-3000 ppm in order to obtain a desired composition in the resulting composite.

  19. Design, fabrication and skin-electrode contact analysis of polymer microneedle-based ECG electrodes

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    O’Mahony, Conor; Grygoryev, Konstantin; Ciarlone, Antonio; Giannoni, Giuseppe; Kenthao, Anan; Galvin, Paul

    2016-08-01

    Microneedle-based ‘dry’ electrodes have immense potential for use in diagnostic procedures such as electrocardiography (ECG) analysis, as they eliminate several of the drawbacks associated with the conventional ‘wet’ electrodes currently used for physiological signal recording. To be commercially successful in such a competitive market, it is essential that dry electrodes are manufacturable in high volumes and at low cost. In addition, the topographical nature of these emerging devices means that electrode performance is likely to be highly dependent on the quality of the skin-electrode contact. This paper presents a low-cost, wafer-level micromoulding technology for the fabrication of polymeric ECG electrodes that use microneedle structures to make a direct electrical contact to the body. The double-sided moulding process can be used to eliminate post-process via creation and wafer dicing steps. In addition, measurement techniques have been developed to characterize the skin-electrode contact force. We perform the first analysis of signal-to-noise ratio dependency on contact force, and show that although microneedle-based electrodes can outperform conventional gel electrodes, the quality of ECG recordings is significantly dependent on temporal and mechanical aspects of the skin-electrode interface.

  20. Fabrication and Characterization of Carbon MEMS Fractal Electrodes

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    Lala, Varun Deepak

    Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) is a technology that can be defined as microfabricated mechanical and electro-mechanical elements (i.e., devices and structures). Over the past several decades MEMS researchers and developers have demonstrated an extremely large number of applications such as Microsensors, Microactuators, Accelerometers, Micromirrors etc. Silicon is by-far the most preferred material of choice to build MEMS. However, Silicon does fall short in applications that involve harsh environments and areas such as biological, chemical MEMS sensing etc. This is where Carbon scores over Silicon because of its advantageous properties like better polymerization, wide electrochemical stability window, biocompatibility etc. The present work starts by introducing the basic techniques used to fabricate Carbon-MEMS. Processes are then explained to produce different types C-MEMS electrodes which can be further developed into novel biosensors, microbattery etc. The main aim of this study was to compare the different types of C-MEMS electrodes and conclude which type would be the best to further develop applications from. Application such as a micro-battery requires electrodes to have high surface area as more the surface area, more is the charge stored. For an application such as biosensors, surface area of the electrode affects the sensitivity and accurateness of the sensor. Thus an electrode with high surface area is always desirable. In this work, different C-MEMS electrodes having fractal structures were fabricated and compared for their surface area. The C-MEMS electrodes were characterized using Cyclic Voltammetry (CV), Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) technique. It was found that the sample Carbonized RF gel with Long carbon fibers had the largest surface area out of all the different types.

  1. Electrode fabrication for high-speed polarization mode converter

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    Meng, X.; Zhang, S.; Chen, C.; Poirier, M.; Shepherd, F. R.; Das, S. R.

    2004-05-01

    As part of the development of a traveling wave polarization converter (TWPC), a technique for producing ``T-electrodes'' adjacent to the ridge sidewalls and air bridges has been developed. To maximize the conversion efficiency, the rf electrodes on the etched floor are required to be very close to the ridge sidewalls. In the fabrication of the electrode, patterned seed layer stripes were first put on the etched floor on both sides of the waveguide by a metal lift-off process. Onto this seed layer, the T-electrode was electroplated through a patterned thick photoresist. After resist removal, the unwanted seed layer was stripped off by chemical etch back. Through this multistep process, the electrodes were constructed successfully with the desired proximity to the ridge waveguide. For easy chip assembly, the bond pads were designed to be on the same side of the device. Two long and wide metal air bridges over the ridge waveguide were made to connect the electrode on one side to the bond pads on the other side of the ridge. It was found that the air bridges were easily damaged in the bonding process prior to lap and polish because of the particular device structure, i.e., air bridges being the highest point of the wafer and only a small number of air bridges on the wafer. To protect the air bridge a patterned photoresist layer was applied before the wafer was bonded to a carrier. .

  2. Detection of Electrocardiogram by Electrodes with Fabrics Using Capacitive Coupling

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    Ueno, Akinori; Furusawa, Yoichi; Hoshino, Hiroshi; Ishiyama, Yoji

    This article reports on a novel technique for detecting electrocardiogram (ECG) at a condition where thin cloth is interpolated between sensing electrodes and the skin to which the electrodes are attached. The technique is based upon capacitive coupling composed of the electrode, the cloth and the skin, so that the electrode can lead alternating electrocardiographic current through capacitance of the coupling. The technique is also founded on impedance transforming circuit that has extremely high input impedance around 1000GΩ and low output impedance, so as to match high output impedance of the electrode to low input impedance required by subsequent circuitry. A pilot ECG measuring device was manufactured using the technique and experiments showed (1) ECG recordings using the device with silk of 240μm thickness or with cotton of 564μm thickness were quite similar to ECGs recorded from the skin using conventional system, (2) stable ECGs were observed with the silk below 600μm thickness or with the cotton below 1128μm thickness, (3) effects of long-term measurement and perspiration on ECG waveform were negligible. These results prove feasibility of the proposed technique for detecting ECG by electrodes with fabrics.

  3. Miniaturized EAPs with compliant electrodes fabricated by ion implantation

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    Shea, H.

    2011-04-01

    Miniaturizing dielectric electroactive polymer (EAP) actuators will lead to highly-integrated mechanical systems on a chip, combining dozens to thousands of actuators and sensors on a few cm2. We present here µm to mm scale electroactive polymer (EAP) devices, batch fabricated on the chip or wafer scale, based on ion-implanted electrodes. Low-energy (2-10 keV) implantation of gold ions into a silicone elastomer leads to compliant stretchable electrodes consisting of a buried 20 nm thick layer of gold nanoparticles in a silicone matrix. These electrodes: 1) conduct at strains up to 175%, 2) are patternable on the µm scale, 3) have stiffness similar to silicone, 4) have good conductivity, and 5) excellent adhesion since implanted in the silicone. The EAP devices consist of 20 to 30 µm thick silicone membranes with µm to mm-scale ion-implanted electrodes on both sides, bonded to a holder. Depending on electrode shape and membrane size, several actuation modes are possible. Characterization of 3mm diameter bi-directional buckling mode actuators, mm-scale tunable lens arrays, 2-axis beam steering mirrors, as well as arrays of 72 cell-size (100x200 µm2) actuators to apply mechanical strain to single cells are reported. Speeds of up to several kHz are observed.

  4. High Speed, Low Cost Fabrication of Gas Diffusion Electrodes for Membrane Electrode Assemblies

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    DeCastro, Emory S.; Tsou, Yu-Min; Liu, Zhenyu

    2013-09-20

    Fabrication of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) depends on creating inks or pastes of catalyst and binder, and applying this suspension to either the membrane (catalyst coated membrane) or gas diffusion media (gas diffusion electrode) and respectively laminating either gas diffusion media or gas diffusion electrodes (GDEs) to the membrane. One barrier to cost effective fabrication for either of these approaches is the development of stable and consistent suspensions. This program investigated the fundamental forces that destabilize the suspensions and developed innovative approaches to create new, highly stable formulations. These more concentrated formulations needed fewer application passes, could be coated over longer and wider substrates, and resulted in significantly lower coating defects. In March of 2012 BASF Fuel Cell released a new high temperature product based on these advances, whereby our customers received higher performing, more uniform MEAs resulting in higher stack build yields. Furthermore, these new materials resulted in an “instant” increase in capacity due to higher product yields and material throughput. Although not part of the original scope of this program, these new formulations have also led us to materials that demonstrate equivalent performance with 30% less precious metal in the anode. This program has achieved two key milestones in DOE’s Manufacturing R&D program: demonstration of processes for direct coating of electrodes and continuous in-line measurement for component fabrication.

  5. Process for fabricating ribbed electrode substrates and other articles

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    Goller, Glen J.; Breault, Richard D.; Smith, J. Harold

    1984-01-01

    A process for fabricating a resin bonded carbon fiber article, and in particular electrochemical cell electrode substrates and the like requiring different mean pore sizes in different areas, involves simultaneously heating and compacting different mixtures of carbon fibers and resin in different areas of an article forming mold, wherein the carbon fibers in each of the different mixtures have different, known bulk densities. The different bulk densities of the carbon fibers in the mixtures are chosen to yield the desired mean pore sizes and other properties in the article after heating and compacting the mixtures. Preferably, the different bulk densities are obtained using different carbon fiber lengths in the molding mixtures. The process is well suited to forming ribbed electrode substrates with preselected optimum mean pore sizes, porosities, and densities in the ribs, the webs connecting the ribs, and in the edge seals.

  6. A comparative study on electrosorption behavior of carbon nanotubes electrodes fabricated via different methods

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    Zhu, Guang; Wang, Hongyan; Zhang, Li

    2016-04-01

    The carbon nanotubes (CNTs) electrodes were fabricated via electrophoretic deposition (EPD), press and screen printing methods, respectively. The electrochemical properties and electrosorption performance of the CNTs electrodes were tested, respectively. Inhere, screen printing, as a conventional method for fabricating supercapacitor electrodes, was used for fabricating the CDI electrodes for the first time. Such a comparison is reasonably envisaged not only to be used to further understanding the influence of fabrication method on the electrode performance, but also to form a fundamental basis for CDI applications.

  7. Graphene as Transparent Electrodes: Fabrication and New Emerging Applications.

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    Xu, Yuanhong; Liu, Jingquan

    2016-03-01

    Graphene has been regarded as a promising candidate for a new generation of transparent electrodes (TEs) due to its prominent characteristics including high optical transmittance, exceptional electronic transport, outstanding mechanical strength, and environmental stability. Comprehensive and critical insights into the latest advances in graphene-based TEs (GTEs) since, but not limited to 2013, are provided, with an emphasis on fabrication, modification, and versatile applications. Several emerging application areas not previously summarized, including electrochromic devices, supercapacitors, electrochemical and electrochemiluminescent sensors, are discussed in detail. The challenges and prospects in these fields are also addressed. PMID:26854030

  8. Nanofiber membrane-electrode-assembly and method of fabricating same

    DOEpatents

    Pintauro, Peter N.; Ballengee, Jason; Brodt, Matthew

    2016-02-02

    In one aspect of the present invention, a fuel cell membrane-electrode-assembly (MEA) has an anode electrode, a cathode electrode, and a membrane disposed between the anode electrode and the cathode electrode. At least one of the anode electrode, the cathode electrode and the membrane is formed of electrospun nanofibers.

  9. Fabric-Based Wearable Dry Electrodes for Body Surface Biopotential Recording.

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    Yokus, Murat A; Jur, Jesse S

    2016-02-01

    A flexible and conformable dry electrode design on nonwoven fabrics is examined as a sensing platform for biopotential measurements. Due to limitations of commercial wet electrodes (e.g., shelf life, skin irritation), dry electrodes are investigated as the potential candidates for long-term monitoring of ECG signals. Multilayered dry electrodes are fabricated by screen printing of Ag/AgCl conductive inks on flexible nonwoven fabrics. This study focuses on the investigation of skin-electrode interface, form factor design, electrode body placement of printed dry electrodes for a wearable sensing platform. ECG signals obtained with dry and wet electrodes are comparatively studied as a function of body posture and movement. Experimental results show that skin-electrode impedance is influenced by printed electrode area, skin-electrode interface material, and applied pressure. The printed electrode yields comparable ECG signals to wet electrodes, and the QRS peak amplitude of ECG signal is dependent on printed electrode area and electrode on body spacing. Overall, fabric-based printed dry electrodes present an inexpensive health monitoring platform solution for mobile wearable electronics applications by fulfilling user comfort and wearability. PMID:26241969

  10. Femtosecond laser rapid fabrication of large-area rose-like micropatterns on freestanding flexible graphene films.

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    Shi, Xuesong; Li, Xin; Jiang, Lan; Qu, Liangti; Zhao, Yang; Ran, Peng; Wang, Qingsong; Cao, Qiang; Ma, Tianbao; Lu, Yongfeng

    2015-01-01

    We developed a simple, scalable and high-throughput method for fabrication of large-area three-dimensional rose-like microflowers with controlled size, shape and density on graphene films by femtosecond laser micromachining. The novel biomimetic microflower that composed of numerous turnup graphene nanoflakes can be fabricated by only a single femtosecond laser pulse, which is efficient enough for large-area patterning. The graphene films were composed of layer-by-layer graphene nanosheets separated by nanogaps (~10-50 nm), and graphene monolayers with an interlayer spacing of ~0.37 nm constituted each of the graphene nanosheets. This unique hierarchical layering structure of graphene films provides great possibilities for generation of tensile stress during femtosecond laser ablation to roll up the nanoflakes, which contributes to the formation of microflowers. By a simple scanning technique, patterned surfaces with controllable densities of flower patterns were obtained, which can exhibit adhesive superhydrophobicity. More importantly, this technique enables fabrication of the large-area patterned surfaces at centimeter scales in a simple and efficient way. This study not only presents new insights of ultrafast laser processing of novel graphene-based materials but also shows great promise of designing new materials combined with ultrafast laser surface patterning for future applications in functional coatings, sensors, actuators and microfluidics. PMID:26615800

  11. Femtosecond laser rapid fabrication of large-area rose-like micropatterns on freestanding flexible graphene films

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    Shi, Xuesong; Li, Xin; Jiang, Lan; Qu, Liangti; Zhao, Yang; Ran, Peng; Wang, Qingsong; Cao, Qiang; Ma, Tianbao; Lu, Yongfeng

    2015-11-01

    We developed a simple, scalable and high-throughput method for fabrication of large-area three-dimensional rose-like microflowers with controlled size, shape and density on graphene films by femtosecond laser micromachining. The novel biomimetic microflower that composed of numerous turnup graphene nanoflakes can be fabricated by only a single femtosecond laser pulse, which is efficient enough for large-area patterning. The graphene films were composed of layer-by-layer graphene nanosheets separated by nanogaps (~10-50 nm), and graphene monolayers with an interlayer spacing of ~0.37 nm constituted each of the graphene nanosheets. This unique hierarchical layering structure of graphene films provides great possibilities for generation of tensile stress during femtosecond laser ablation to roll up the nanoflakes, which contributes to the formation of microflowers. By a simple scanning technique, patterned surfaces with controllable densities of flower patterns were obtained, which can exhibit adhesive superhydrophobicity. More importantly, this technique enables fabrication of the large-area patterned surfaces at centimeter scales in a simple and efficient way. This study not only presents new insights of ultrafast laser processing of novel graphene-based materials but also shows great promise of designing new materials combined with ultrafast laser surface patterning for future applications in functional coatings, sensors, actuators and microfluidics.

  12. Femtosecond laser rapid fabrication of large-area rose-like micropatterns on freestanding flexible graphene films

    PubMed Central

    Shi, Xuesong; Li, Xin; Jiang, Lan; Qu, Liangti; Zhao, Yang; Ran, Peng; Wang, Qingsong; Cao, Qiang; Ma, Tianbao; Lu, Yongfeng

    2015-01-01

    We developed a simple, scalable and high-throughput method for fabrication of large-area three-dimensional rose-like microflowers with controlled size, shape and density on graphene films by femtosecond laser micromachining. The novel biomimetic microflower that composed of numerous turnup graphene nanoflakes can be fabricated by only a single femtosecond laser pulse, which is efficient enough for large-area patterning. The graphene films were composed of layer-by-layer graphene nanosheets separated by nanogaps (~10–50 nm), and graphene monolayers with an interlayer spacing of ~0.37 nm constituted each of the graphene nanosheets. This unique hierarchical layering structure of graphene films provides great possibilities for generation of tensile stress during femtosecond laser ablation to roll up the nanoflakes, which contributes to the formation of microflowers. By a simple scanning technique, patterned surfaces with controllable densities of flower patterns were obtained, which can exhibit adhesive superhydrophobicity. More importantly, this technique enables fabrication of the large-area patterned surfaces at centimeter scales in a simple and efficient way. This study not only presents new insights of ultrafast laser processing of novel graphene-based materials but also shows great promise of designing new materials combined with ultrafast laser surface patterning for future applications in functional coatings, sensors, actuators and microfluidics. PMID:26615800

  13. Porous chitosan scaffolds with surface micropatterning and inner porosity and their effects on Schwann cells.

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    Li, Guicai; Zhao, Xueying; Zhao, Weixin; Zhang, Luzhong; Wang, Caiping; Jiang, Maorong; Gu, Xiaosong; Yang, Yumin

    2014-10-01

    Chitosan is found to promote the regeneration of peripheral nerve system in our previous studies, whereas the regeneration speed is not satisfied with clinical request. Micropatterning could promote cell orientation and growth, however, the effect of porous chitosan micropatterning on nerve regeneration is rarely reported. In this study, the porous chitosan micropatterning with surface ridge/groove and inner porosity structure was fabricated using a combination of micromodeling and lyophilization method. The morphology and stability of the prepared chitosan micropatterning were evaluated, the regulation of Schwann cells behavior by chitosan micropatterning was evaluated. The results showed that the chitosan micropatterning displayed stripe-like structure with a clear and complete edge. The micropatterning with 30/30 μm was more stable than 20/20 μm sample. Schwann cells on chitosan micropatterning showed orientation adhesion and began to grow along a certain direction after culture for 2 h, and displayed the minimal orientation angle and the largest length/width ratio on 30/30 μm micropatterning after further culture for 3 d and 5 d, indicating the most obvious cell orientation. Moreover, the secretion of nerve growth factor (NGF) demonstrated that the micropatterned chitosan had no negative influence on the physiological function of Schwann cells. Thus, the results indicate that the porous chitosan micropatterning can regulate Schwann cell growth well, which may have potential application in nerve regeneration. The study provides an important basis for constructing porous nerve conduit with micropatterning structure in the inner wall. PMID:25002265

  14. A simple approach for fabrication of dual-disk electrodes with a nanometer-radius electrode and a micrometer-radius electrode.

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    Gao, Ning; Lin, Xiaohong; Jia, Wenzhi; Zhang, Xiaoli; Jin, Wenrui

    2007-09-30

    We developed a new simple approach to fabricate dual-disk electrodes with a nanometer-radius electrode and a micrometer-radius electrode. First, nanometer-sized electrodes and micrometer-sized electrodes were constructed using 10-mum-radius metal wires, respectively. To fabricate the nanometer-sized electrode, after the apex of the 10-mum-radius metal wire was electrochemically etched to an ultrafine point with a nanometer-radius, the metal wire was electrochemically coated with a phenol-allyphenol copolymer film. The micrometer-sized electrode was fabricated by directly electrochemical coating the metal wire with an extremely thin phenol-allyphenol copolymer film. Then, the nanometer-radius electrode (the first electrode) and the 10-mum-radius electrode (the second electrode) were inserted into two sides of a thick-septum borosilicate theta (theta) tubing, respectively. The second electrode protruded from the top of the theta tubing. The top of the theta tubing was sealed with insulating ethyl alpha-cyanoacrylate. The top of the theta tubing with both electrodes was ground flat and polished successively with fine sandpaper and aluminum oxide powder until the tip of the first electrode was exposed. Since the second electrode protruded from the top of the theta tubing, its 10-mum-radius tip was naturally formed during polishing. The dual-disk electrodes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and cyclic voltammetry. The success rate for fabrication of the dual-disk electrodes is approximately 80% due to double insurance from two coating layers of different polymers. PMID:19073075

  15. Multiphoton photochemical crosslinking-based fabrication of protein micropatterns with controllable mechanical properties for single cell traction force measurements.

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    Tong, Ming Hui; Huang, Nan; Zhang, Wei; Zhou, Zhuo Long; Ngan, Alfonso Hing Wan; Du, Yanan; Chan, Barbara Pui

    2016-01-01

    Engineering 3D microstructures with predetermined properties is critical for stem cell niche studies. We have developed a multiphoton femtosecond laser-based 3D printing platform, which generates complex protein microstructures in minutes. Here, we used the platform to test a series of fabrication and reagent parameters in precisely controlling the mechanical properties of protein micropillars. Atomic force microscopy was utilized to measure the reduced elastic modulus of the micropillars, and transmission electron microscopy was used to visualize the porosity of the structures. The reduced elastic modulus of the micropillars associated positively and linearly with the scanning power. On the other hand, the porosity and pore size of the micropillars associated inversely and linearly with the scanning power and reagent concentrations. While keeping the elastic modulus constant, the stiffness of the micropillars was controlled by varying their height. Subsequently, the single cell traction forces of rabbit chondrocytes, human dermal fibroblasts, human mesenchymal stem cells, and bovine nucleus pulposus cells (bNPCs) were successfully measured by culturing the cells on micropillar arrays of different stiffness. Our results showed that the traction forces of all groups showed positive relationship with stiffness, and that the chondrocytes and bNPCs generated the highest and lowest traction forces, respectively. PMID:26817674

  16. Multiphoton photochemical crosslinking-based fabrication of protein micropatterns with controllable mechanical properties for single cell traction force measurements

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    Tong, Ming Hui; Huang, Nan; Zhang, Wei; Zhou, Zhuo Long; Ngan, Alfonso Hing Wan; Du, Yanan; Chan, Barbara Pui

    2016-01-01

    Engineering 3D microstructures with predetermined properties is critical for stem cell niche studies. We have developed a multiphoton femtosecond laser-based 3D printing platform, which generates complex protein microstructures in minutes. Here, we used the platform to test a series of fabrication and reagent parameters in precisely controlling the mechanical properties of protein micropillars. Atomic force microscopy was utilized to measure the reduced elastic modulus of the micropillars, and transmission electron microscopy was used to visualize the porosity of the structures. The reduced elastic modulus of the micropillars associated positively and linearly with the scanning power. On the other hand, the porosity and pore size of the micropillars associated inversely and linearly with the scanning power and reagent concentrations. While keeping the elastic modulus constant, the stiffness of the micropillars was controlled by varying their height. Subsequently, the single cell traction forces of rabbit chondrocytes, human dermal fibroblasts, human mesenchymal stem cells, and bovine nucleus pulposus cells (bNPCs) were successfully measured by culturing the cells on micropillar arrays of different stiffness. Our results showed that the traction forces of all groups showed positive relationship with stiffness, and that the chondrocytes and bNPCs generated the highest and lowest traction forces, respectively. PMID:26817674

  17. Multiphoton photochemical crosslinking-based fabrication of protein micropatterns with controllable mechanical properties for single cell traction force measurements

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    Tong, Ming Hui; Huang, Nan; Zhang, Wei; Zhou, Zhuo Long; Ngan, Alfonso Hing Wan; Du, Yanan; Chan, Barbara Pui

    2016-01-01

    Engineering 3D microstructures with predetermined properties is critical for stem cell niche studies. We have developed a multiphoton femtosecond laser-based 3D printing platform, which generates complex protein microstructures in minutes. Here, we used the platform to test a series of fabrication and reagent parameters in precisely controlling the mechanical properties of protein micropillars. Atomic force microscopy was utilized to measure the reduced elastic modulus of the micropillars, and transmission electron microscopy was used to visualize the porosity of the structures. The reduced elastic modulus of the micropillars associated positively and linearly with the scanning power. On the other hand, the porosity and pore size of the micropillars associated inversely and linearly with the scanning power and reagent concentrations. While keeping the elastic modulus constant, the stiffness of the micropillars was controlled by varying their height. Subsequently, the single cell traction forces of rabbit chondrocytes, human dermal fibroblasts, human mesenchymal stem cells, and bovine nucleus pulposus cells (bNPCs) were successfully measured by culturing the cells on micropillar arrays of different stiffness. Our results showed that the traction forces of all groups showed positive relationship with stiffness, and that the chondrocytes and bNPCs generated the highest and lowest traction forces, respectively.

  18. Creation of cell micropatterns using a newly developed gel micromachining technique.

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    Nakashima, Yuta; Yamamoto, Yusuke; Hikichi, Yuki; Nakanishi, Yoshitaka

    2016-01-01

    Creation of cell micropatterns comprising heterogeneous cell populations is an important technique for tissue engineering, medical transplantation, drug discovery, and regenerative medicine. This paper presents a novel gel patterning technique similar to general micromachining for creating cell micropatterns using alginate gel to inhibit cell adhesion. The alginate thin-film micropattern was formed on a glass plate by photolithography and wet etching. Cell micropatterns were subsequently created along the alginate micropattern on the glass plate. This technique permits the creation of cell micropatterns with arbitrary geometry because hydrogel materials promoting or inhibiting cell adhesion can be patterned precisely. Moreover, this technique permits processing of the culture surface during cultivation because none of the materials used such as hydrogels and hydrogel-etching solutions exhibit cytotoxicity. A cell micropattern comprising different cell types was successfully created using the presented technique. This technique will be conducive to further improvement of the fabrication of artificial tissues formed by heterogeneous cells. PMID:27458788

  19. Cyclic electrodeposition of PtCu alloy: facile fabrication of highly porous platinum electrodes.

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    Kloke, Arne; Köhler, Christian; Gerwig, Ramona; Zengerle, Roland; Kerzenmacher, Sven

    2012-06-01

    Cyclic electrodeposition of platinum and copper enables the fabrication of high surface area electrodes (roughness factors of >3000) by multiple alternation of alloy co-deposition and dealloying of copper from the just-fabricated alloy layers. The underlying processes, resulting electrode structures, and their applicability to potentially implantable glucose fuel cells are discussed. PMID:22549848

  20. Optimization and fabrication of porous carbon electrodes for Fe/Cr redox flow cells

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    Jalan, V.; Morriseau, B.; Swette, L.

    1982-01-01

    Negative electrode development for the NASA chromous/ferric Redox battery is reported. The effects of substrate material, gold/lead catalyst composition and loading, and catalyzation procedures on the performance of the chromium electrode were investigated. Three alternative catalyst systems were also examined, and 1/3 square foot size electrodes were fabricated and delivered to NASA at the conclusion of the program.

  1. Photosensitive-polyimide based method for fabricating various neural electrode architectures

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    Kato, Yasuhiro X.; Furukawa, Shigeto; Samejima, Kazuyuki; Hironaka, Naoyuki; Kashino, Makio

    2012-01-01

    An extensive photosensitive-polyimide (PSPI)-based method for designing and fabricating various neural electrode architectures was developed. The method aims to broaden the design flexibility and expand the fabrication capability for neural electrodes to improve the quality of recorded signals and integrate other functions. After characterizing PSPI's properties for micromachining processes, we successfully designed and fabricated various neural electrodes even on a non-flat substrate using only one PSPI as an insulation material and without the time-consuming dry etching processes. The fabricated neural electrodes were an electrocorticogram (ECoG) electrode, a mesh intracortical electrode with a unique lattice-like mesh structure to fixate neural tissue, and a guide cannula electrode with recording microelectrodes placed on the curved surface of a guide cannula as a microdialysis probe. In vivo neural recordings using anesthetized rats demonstrated that these electrodes can be used to record neural activities repeatedly without any breakage and mechanical failures, which potentially promises stable recordings for long periods of time. These successes make us believe that this PSPI-based fabrication is a powerful method, permitting flexible design, and easy optimization of electrode architectures for a variety of electrophysiological experimental research with improved neural recording performance. PMID:22719725

  2. Fabrication of a three-electrode battery using hydrogen-storage materials

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    Roh, Chi-Woo; Seo, Jung-Yong; Moon, Hyung-Seok; Park, Hyun-Young; Nam, Na-Yun; Cho, Sung Min; Yoo, Pil J.; Chung, Chan-Hwa

    2015-04-01

    In this study, an energy storage device using a three-electrode battery is fabricated. The charging process takes place during electrolysis of the alkaline electrolyte where hydrogen is stored at the palladium bifunctional electrode. Upon discharging, power is generated by operating the alkaline fuel cell using hydrogen which is accumulated in the palladium hydride bifunctional electrode during the charging process. The bifunctional palladium electrode is prepared by electrodeposition using a hydrogen bubble template followed by a galvanic displacement reaction of platinum in order to functionalize the electrode to work not only as a hydrogen storage material but also as an anode in a fuel cell. This bifunctional electrode has a sufficiently high surface area and the platinum catalyst populates at the surface of electrode to operate the fuel cell. The charging and discharging performance of the three-electrode battery are characterized. In addition, the cycle stability is investigated.

  3. Thin film lithium-based batteries and electrochromic devices fabricated with nanocomposite electrode materials

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    Gillaspie, Dane T; Lee, Se-Hee; Tracy, C. Edwin; Pitts, John Roland

    2014-02-04

    Thin-film lithium-based batteries and electrochromic devices (10) are fabricated with positive electrodes (12) comprising a nanocomposite material composed of lithiated metal oxide nanoparticles (40) dispersed in a matrix composed of lithium tungsten oxide.

  4. Cochlear Dummy Electrodes for Insertion Training and Research Purposes: Fabrication, Mechanical Characterization, and Experimental Validation.

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    Kobler, Jan-Philipp; Dhanasingh, Anandhan; Kiran, Raphael; Jolly, Claude; Ortmaier, Tobias

    2015-01-01

    To develop skills sufficient for hearing preservation cochlear implant surgery, surgeons need to perform several electrode insertion trials in ex vivo temporal bones, thereby consuming relatively expensive electrode carriers. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the insertion characteristics of cochlear electrodes in a plastic scala tympani model and to fabricate radio opaque polymer filament dummy electrodes of equivalent mechanical properties. In addition, this study should aid the design and development of new cochlear electrodes. Automated insertion force measurement is a new technique to reproducibly analyze and evaluate the insertion dynamics and mechanical characteristics of an electrode. Mechanical properties of MED-EL's FLEX(28), FLEX(24), and FLEX(20) electrodes were assessed with the help of an automated insertion tool. Statistical analysis of the overall mechanical behavior of the electrodes and factors influencing the insertion force are discussed. Radio opaque dummy electrodes of comparable characteristics were fabricated based on insertion force measurements. The platinum-iridium wires were replaced by polymer filament to provide sufficient stiffness to the electrodes and to eradicate the metallic artifacts in X-ray and computed tomography (CT) images. These low-cost dummy electrodes are cheap alternatives for surgical training and for in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo research purposes. PMID:26247024

  5. Cochlear Dummy Electrodes for Insertion Training and Research Purposes: Fabrication, Mechanical Characterization, and Experimental Validation

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    Kobler, Jan-Philipp; Dhanasingh, Anandhan; Kiran, Raphael; Jolly, Claude; Ortmaier, Tobias

    2015-01-01

    To develop skills sufficient for hearing preservation cochlear implant surgery, surgeons need to perform several electrode insertion trials in ex vivo temporal bones, thereby consuming relatively expensive electrode carriers. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the insertion characteristics of cochlear electrodes in a plastic scala tympani model and to fabricate radio opaque polymer filament dummy electrodes of equivalent mechanical properties. In addition, this study should aid the design and development of new cochlear electrodes. Automated insertion force measurement is a new technique to reproducibly analyze and evaluate the insertion dynamics and mechanical characteristics of an electrode. Mechanical properties of MED-EL's FLEX28, FLEX24, and FLEX20 electrodes were assessed with the help of an automated insertion tool. Statistical analysis of the overall mechanical behavior of the electrodes and factors influencing the insertion force are discussed. Radio opaque dummy electrodes of comparable characteristics were fabricated based on insertion force measurements. The platinum-iridium wires were replaced by polymer filament to provide sufficient stiffness to the electrodes and to eradicate the metallic artifacts in X-ray and computed tomography (CT) images. These low-cost dummy electrodes are cheap alternatives for surgical training and for in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo research purposes. PMID:26247024

  6. Fabrication of an Inexpensive Ion-Selective Electrode.

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    Palanivel, A.; Riyazuddin, P.

    1984-01-01

    The preparation and performance of a graphite (silver/copper sulfide) electrode is described. This rod, extracted from a used dry cell, is an acceptable substitute for ion-selective electrodes after it has been cleaned by abrasion followed by an overnight treatment with hydrochloric acid. (JN)

  7. Rapid fabrication of supercapacitor electrodes using bionanoscaffolds in capillary microfluidics

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    Zang, F.; Chu, S.; Gerasopoulos, K.; Culver, J. N.; Ghodssi, R.

    2015-12-01

    This paper reports the utilization of capillary microfluidics to rapidly create nanostructure-patterned electrodes for energy storage applications. Using patterned photoresist as open-channel capillary microfluidics, Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) bio-nanoscaffolds suspended in solution are autonomously delivered onto planar gold electrodes over a 1 cm2 area. The TMVs assemble on the electrode and form a dense bio-nanoscaffold layer due to enhanced evaporation-assisted assembly in the open-channel capillary microfluidic device within an hour. The TMV structures are coated with Ni/NiO through electroless plating and thermal oxidation to form supercapacitor electrodes. The galvanostatic charge/discharge cycle showed a 3.6-fold increase in areal capacitance for the nanostructured electrode compared to planar structures.

  8. The fabrication, characterisation and electrochemical investigation of screen-printed graphene electrodes.

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    Randviir, Edward P; Brownson, Dale A C; Metters, Jonathan P; Kadara, Rashid O; Banks, Craig E

    2014-03-14

    We report the fabrication, characterisation (SEM, Raman spectroscopy, XPS and ATR) and electrochemical implementation of novel screen-printed graphene electrodes. Electrochemical characterisation of the fabricated graphene electrodes is undertaken using an array of electroactive redox probes and biologically relevant analytes, namely: potassium ferrocyanide(II), hexaammine-ruthenium(III) chloride, N,N,N',N'-tetramethyl-p-phenylenediamine (TMPD), β-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH), L-ascorbic acid (AA), uric acid (UA) and dopamine hydrochloride (DA). The electroanalytical capabilities of the fabricated electrodes are also considered towards the sensing of AA and DA. The electrochemical and (electro)analytical performances of the fabricated screen-printed graphene electrodes are considered with respect to the relative surface morphologies and material compositions (elucidated via SEM, Raman, XPS and ATR spectroscopy), the density of electronic states (% global coverage of edge-plane like sites/defects) and the specific fabrication conditions utilised. Comparisons are made between two screen-printed graphene electrodes and alternative graphite based screen-printed electrodes. The graphene electrodes are fabricated utilising two different commercially prepared 'graphene' inks, which have long screen ink lifetimes (>3 hours), thus this is the first report of a true mass-reproducible screen-printable graphene ink. Through employment of appropriate controls/comparisons we are able to report a critical assessment of these screen-printed graphene electrodes. This work is of high importance and demonstrates a proof-of-concept approach to screen-printed graphene electrodes that are highly reproducible, paving the way for mass-producible graphene sensing platforms in the future. PMID:24458292

  9. Nanoimprint-assisted fabrication of high haze metal mesh electrode for solar cells

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    Iwahashi, Takashi; Yang, Rong; Okabe, Noriaki; Sakurai, Junpei; Lin, Jun; Matsunaga, Daisuke

    2014-12-01

    We propose a concept of transparent electrode for solar cells surpassing conventional transparent conductive oxide. Transparent electrode requires low electrical resistivity, high optical transparency, and high optical haze. Although transparent conductive oxide by chemical vapor deposition is widely used as a transparent electrode for solar cells, a breakthrough of the trade-off between electrical and optical properties is required for further improvement of solar cell efficiency. We demonstrate solution-processed electrode fabrication by using nanoimprint technology and metal nanoparticle ink. Silver mesh electrode is self-aligned on nanoimprinted texture with concave pattern as a template for mesh grid. Our electrode concept can realize desired high optical haze by nanoimprinted texture, as well as low electrical resistivity and high optical transparency by metal mesh electrode simultaneously, which boosts solar cell efficiency.

  10. Fabrication of a flexible and conductive lyocell fabric decorated with graphene nanosheets as a stable electrode material.

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    Mengal, Naveed; Sahito, Iftikhar Ali; Arbab, Alvira Ayoub; Sun, Kyung Chul; Qadir, Muhammad Bilal; Memon, Anam Ali; Jeong, Sung Hoon

    2016-11-01

    Textile electrodes are highly desirable for wearable electronics as they offer light-weight, flexibility, cost effectiveness and ease of fabrication. Here, we propose the use of lyocell fabric as a flexible textile electrode because of its inherently super hydrophilic characteristics and increased moisture uptake. A highly concentrated colloidal solution of graphene oxide nanosheets (GONs) was coated on to lyocell fabric and was then reduced in to graphene nanosheets (GNs) using facile chemical reduction method. The proposed textile electrode has a very high surface conductivity with a very low value of surface resistance of only 40Ωsq(-1), importantly without use of any binding or adhesive material in the processing step. Atomic force spectroscopy (AFM) and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were conducted to study the topographical properties and sheet exfoliation of prepared GONs. The surface morphology, structural characterization and thermal stability of the fabricated textile electrode were studied by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X ray photon spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy, Wide angle X ray diffraction spectroscopy (WAXD) and Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) respectively. These results suggest that the GONs is effectively adhered on to the lyocell fabric and the conversion of GONs in to GNs by chemical reduction has no adverse effect on the crystalline structure of textile substrate. The prepared graphene coated conductive lyocell fabric was found stable in water and electrolyte solution and it maintained nearly same surface electrical conductivity at various bending angles. The electrical resistance results suggest that this lyocell based textile electrode (L-GNs) is a promising candidate for flexible and wearable electronics and energy harvesting devices. PMID:27516245

  11. Fabrication of interdigitated electrodes by inkjet printing technology for apllication in ammonia sensing

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    Dam Le, Duy; Nhien Nguyen, Thi Ngoc; Chanh Tin Doan, Duc; Dung Dang, Thi My; Chien Dang, Mau

    2016-06-01

    In this paper interdigitated electrodes for gas sensors were fabricated by inkjet printing technology. Silver electrodes were inkjet printed on Si/SiO2 substrates instead of traditional photolithography method. The inkjet printing parameters to obtain desired dimensions, thickness of the electrodes and distance between the interdigitated electrodes were optimized in this study. The fabricated interdigitated silver electrodes were tested for application in ammonia gas sensors. Conductive polyaniline (PANI) layer was coated on the silver interdigitated electrodes by drop-coating. Ammonia detection of the PANI-coated chips was characterized with a gas measurement system in which humidity and ammonia concentrations were well-controlled. The electrical conductivity of the PANI films coated on the electrodes was measured when the PANI films were exposed to nitrogen and ammonia. The conductivity of the PANI films decreased significantly due to the deprotonation process of PANI upon ammonia expodure. The recovery time was about 15 min by heating up the polymer chip at 60 °C. The results showed that the silver electrodes fabricated by inkjet printing technique could be used as a sensor platform for ammonia detection.

  12. Photoresist-Free Patterning by Mechanical Abrasion of Water-Soluble Lift-Off Resists and Bare Substrates: Toward Green Fabrication of Transparent Electrodes

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    Printz, Adam D.; Chan, Esther; Liong, Celine; Martinez, René S.; Lipomi, Darren J.

    2013-01-01

    This paper describes the fabrication of transparent electrodes based on grids of copper microwires using a non-photolithographic process. The process—“abrasion lithography”—takes two forms. In the first implementation (Method I), a water-soluble commodity polymer film is abraded with a sharp tool, coated with a conductive film, and developed by immersion in water. Water dissolves the polymer film and lifts off the conductive film in the unabraded areas. In the second implementation (Method II), the substrate is abraded directly by scratching with a sharp tool (i.e., no polymer film necessary). The abraded regions of the substrate are recessed and roughened. Following deposition of a conductive film, the lower profile and roughened topography in the abraded regions prevents mechanical exfoliation of the conductive film using adhesive tape, and thus the conductive film remains only where the substrate is scratched. As an application, conductive grids exhibit average sheet resistances of 17 Ω sq–1 and transparencies of 86% are fabricated and used as the anode in organic photovoltaic cells in concert with the conductive polymer, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). Compared to devices in which PEDOT:PSS alone serves as an anode, devices comprising grids of copper/nickel microwires and PEDOT:PSS exhibit lowered series resistance, which manifests in greater fill factor and power conversion efficiency. This simple method of forming micropatterns could find use in applications where cost and environmental impact should be minimized, especially as a potential replacement for the transparent electrode indium tin oxide (ITO) in thin-film electronics over large areas (i.e., solar cells) or as a method of rapid prototyping for laboratory-scale devices. PMID:24358321

  13. A flexible polypyrrole-coated fabric counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Xu, Jie; Li, Meixia; Wu, Lei; Sun, Yongyuan; Zhu, Ligen; Gu, Shaojin; Liu, Li; Bai, Zikui; Fang, Dong; Xu, Weilin

    2014-07-01

    The current dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) technology is mostly based on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrate. The main problem with the FTO glass substrate is its rigidity, heavyweight and high cost. DSSCs with a fabric as substrate not only offer the advantages of flexibility, stretchability and light mass, but also provide the opportunities for easy implantation to wearable electronics. Herein, a novel fabric counter electrode (CE) for DSSCs has been reported employing a daily-used cotton fabric as substrate and polypyrrole (PPy) as catalytic material. Nickel (Ni) is deposited on the cotton fabric as metal contact by a simple electroless plating method to replace the expensive FTO. PPy is synthesized by in situ polymerization of pyrrole monomer on the Ni-coated fabric. The fabric CE shows sufficient catalytic activity towards the reduction of I3-. The DSSC fabricated using the fabric CE exhibits power conversion efficiency of ∼3.30% under AM 1.5.

  14. Fabrication of catalytic electrodes for molten carbonate fuel cells

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    Smith, James L.

    1988-01-01

    A porous layer of catalyst material suitable for use as an electrode in a molten carbonate fuel cell includes elongated pores substantially extending across the layer thickness. The catalyst layer is prepared by depositing particulate catalyst material into polymeric flocking on a substrate surface by a procedure such as tape casting. The loaded substrate is heated in a series of steps with rising temperatures to set the tape, thermally decompose the substrate with flocking and sinter bond the catalyst particles into a porous catalytic layer with elongated pores across its thickness. Employed as an electrode, the elongated pores provide distribution of reactant gas into contact with catalyst particles wetted by molten electrolyte.

  15. Water soluble binder for fabrication of Li4Ti5O12 electrodes

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    Pohjalainen, Elina; Räsänen, Samuli; Jokinen, Miikka; Yliniemi, Kirsi; Worsley, David A.; Kuusivaara, Juha; Juurikivi, Jouni; Ekqvist, Risto; Kallio, Tanja; Karppinen, Maarit

    2013-03-01

    Less expensive and greener aqueous electrode preparation processes are essential for the market penetration of lithium ion batteries to mid-scale applications. So far only carboxyl methyl cellulose (CMC) binder has been adopted for industrial use to fabricate carbon electrodes without harmful organic solvents but this process is prone to bacterial growth. In this study a new binder candidate, Acryl S020, is introduced for an aqueous preparation process that has been used for preparing Li4Ti5O12 electrodes for lithium ion batteries. It is shown that with our water based process electrodes with capacities comparable to those electrodes fabricated with the conventional organic solvent based process with the PVDF binder are obtained. Moreover, our lithium titanate electrodes with the Acryl S020 binder show high capacity retention and they can be operated at sub-zero temperatures. Electrodes were also fabricated with pilot-scale gravure printing and slot-die coating methods and they showed stable cycles lives of 500 cycles.

  16. The fabrication of low-impedance nanoporous gold multiple-electrode arrays for neural electrophysiology studies

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    Seker, Erkin; Berdichevsky, Yevgeny; Begley, Matthew R; Reed, Michael L; Staley, Kevin J; Yarmush, Martin L

    2011-01-01

    Neural electrodes are essential tools for the study of the nervous system and related diseases. Low electrode impedance is a figure of merit for sensitive detection of neural electrical activity and numerous studies have aimed to reduce impedance. Unfortunately, most of these efforts have been tethered by a combination of poor functional coating adhesion, complicated fabrication techniques, and poor fabrication repeatability. We address these issues with a facile method for reliably producing multiple-electrode arrays with low impedance by patterning highly adherent nanoporous gold films using conventional microfabrication techniques. The high surface area-to-volume ratio of self-assembled nanoporous gold results in a more than 25-fold improvement in the electrode-electrolyte impedance, where at 1 kHz, 850 kΩ impedance for conventional Au electrodes is reduced to 30 kΩ for nanoporous gold electrodes. Low impedance provides a superior signal-to-noise ratio for detection of neural activity in noisy environments. We systematically studied the effect of film morphology on electrode impedance and successfully recorded field potentials from rat hippocampal slices. Here, we present our fabrication approach, the relationship between film morphology and impedance, and field potential recordings. PMID:20203356

  17. Micropatterning with a liquid crystal display (LCD) projector.

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    Itoga, Kazuyoshi; Kobayashi, Jun; Yamato, Masayuki; Okano, Teruo

    2014-01-01

    Photolithography has been applied to biological applications such as cell and protein micropatterning and the fabrication of microfluidic channels. However, the preparation of photomasks for projecting micropattern lighting images is often time consuming and costly. Therefore, we have developed maskless photolithography devices by modifying the optics of commercially available liquid crystal display (LCD) projectors from extended to reduced projection. The developed second and third devices produce practically a centimeter-scale micropattern by dividing an original large mask pattern into several patterns, which are individually and synchronously exposed to substrates with a motorized XY-stage, applying them to cell micropatterning and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microfluidic device production. The first part of this chapter describes the developments of the maskless photolithography devices. The second part describes the exposure control system with a motorized XY-stage. The third part describes the applications of devices to cell micropatterning. The last part describes the application of the devices to the fabrication of the PDMS microfluidic channel. Maskless photolithography with an LCD projector has a large advantage with no requirement for a photomask. In particular, the maskless photolithography devices show a greater power by optimizing the conditions of pattern size and shape. PMID:24439283

  18. Silicon Nanowire Fabric as a Lithium Ion Battery Electrode Material

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    Chockla, Aaron M.; Harris, Justin T.; Akhavan, Vahid A.; Bogart, Timothy D.; Holmberg, Vincent C.; Steinhagen, Chet; Mullins, C. Buddie; Stevenson, Keith J.; Korgel, Brian A.

    2011-11-09

    A nonwoven fabric with paperlike qualities composed of silicon nanowires is reported. The nanowires, made by the supercritical-fluid–liquid–solid process, are crystalline, range in diameter from 10 to 50 nm with an average length of >100 μm, and are coated with a thin chemisorbed polyphenylsilane shell. About 90% of the nanowire fabric volume is void space. Thermal annealing of the nanowire fabric in a reducing environment converts the polyphenylsilane coating to a carbonaceous layer that significantly increases the electrical conductivity of the material. This makes the nanowire fabric useful as a self-supporting, mechanically flexible, high-energy-storage anode material in a lithium ion battery. Anode capacities of more than 800 mA h g{sup –1} were achieved without the addition of conductive carbon or binder.

  19. A Novel Method of Fabricating Convoluted Shaped Electrode Arrays for Neural and Retinal Prostheses

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    Bhandari, R.; Negi, S.; Rieth, L.; Normann, R. A.; Solzbacher, F.

    2008-01-01

    A novel fabrication technique has been developed for creating high density (6.25 electrodes/mm2), out of plane, high aspect ratio silicon-based convoluted microelectrode arrays for neural and retinal prostheses. The convoluted shape of the surface defined by the tips of the electrodes could compliment the curved surfaces of peripheral nerves and the cortex, and in the case of retina, its spherical geometry. The geometry of these electrode arrays has the potential to facilitate implantation in the nerve fascicles and to physically stabilize it against displacement after insertion. This report presents a unique combination of variable depth dicing and wet isotropic etching for the fabrication of a variety of convoluted neural array geometries. Also, a method of deinsulating the electrode tips using photoresist as a mask and the limitations of this technique on uniformity are discussed. PMID:19122774

  20. Fabrication and performance evaluation of hybrid supercapacitor electrodes based on carbon nanotubes and sputtered TiO2.

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    Aravinda, L S; Nagaraja, K K; Nagaraja, H S; Bhat, K Udaya; Bhat, B Ramachandra

    2016-08-01

    We report a simple and eco-friendly method for the fabrication of a titanium dioxide/functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotube (TiO2/FMWCNT) composite electrode for use in supercapacitors. The nanocomposite electrodes were formed by depositing titanium dioxide onto FMWCNTs using reactive magnetron sputtering, thus providing a green roue for the formation of the binder-free composite electrode. It is shown that the electrochemical performance of the fabricated electrodes can be altered by tuning the thickness of the titanium dioxide overlayer. The integrated nanocomposite electrode showed an improved specific capacitance of 90 Fg(-1) in two-electrode configuration. PMID:27334299

  1. Fabrication and performance evaluation of hybrid supercapacitor electrodes based on carbon nanotubes and sputtered TiO2

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    Aravinda, L. S.; Nagaraja, K. K.; Nagaraja, H. S.; Udaya Bhat, K.; Ramachandra Bhat, B.

    2016-08-01

    We report a simple and eco-friendly method for the fabrication of a titanium dioxide/functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotube (TiO2/FMWCNT) composite electrode for use in supercapacitors. The nanocomposite electrodes were formed by depositing titanium dioxide onto FMWCNTs using reactive magnetron sputtering, thus providing a green roue for the formation of the binder-free composite electrode. It is shown that the electrochemical performance of the fabricated electrodes can be altered by tuning the thickness of the titanium dioxide overlayer. The integrated nanocomposite electrode showed an improved specific capacitance of 90 Fg‑1 in two-electrode configuration.

  2. Fabrication of fuel cell electrodes and other catalytic structures

    DOEpatents

    Smith, J.L.

    1987-02-11

    A porous layer of catalyst material suitable for use as an electrode in a molten carbonate fuel cell includes elongated pores substantially extending across the layer thickness. The catalyst layer is prepared by depositing particulate catalyst material into polymeric flocking on a substrate surface by a procedure such as tape casting. The loaded substrate is heated in a series of steps with rising temperatures to set the tape, thermally decompose the substrate with flocking and sinter bond the catalyst particles into a porous catalytic layer with elongated pores across its thickness. Employed as an electrode, the elongated pores provide distribution of reactant gas into contact with catalyst particles wetted by molten electrolyte. 1 fig.

  3. ITO DBR electrodes fabricated on PET substrate for organic electronics.

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    Tien, W C; Chu, A K

    2014-02-24

    A conductive distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) fabricated on PET substrate using the single indium tin oxide (ITO) material is proposed. The large index contrast of the DBRs was obtained by depositing alternating layers of dense and porous ITO films. The high refractive index of the dense ITO films was achieved by long-throw radio-frequency magnetron sputtering technique at room temperature. On the other hand, the porous ITO films with low refractive index were fabricated by supercritical CO2 (SCCO2) treatment at 60 °C. The index contrast of the dense and porous ITO films as larger as 0.59 at blue spectral range was obtained. For the 4.5-period ITO DBR fabricated on PET substrate, the reflectance and sheet resistance of 85.1% and 47 Ω/◻ were achieved at 475 nm. PMID:24663715

  4. Fabrication of highly porous platinum electrodes for micro-scale applications by pulsed electrodeposition and dealloying

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    Köhler, Christian; Kloke, Arne; Drzyzga, Anna; Zengerle, Roland; Kerzenmacher, Sven

    2013-11-01

    We present the implementation and optimization of a novel electrodeposition method for the fabrication of highly porous platinum electrodes. It is based on the co-deposition of platinum and copper and the selective dealloying of copper in a pulsed manner. The new process yields mechanically stable platinum electrodes with roughness factors of up to RF = 6500 ± 700, compared to the state-of-the-art cyclic electrodeposition method this corresponds to an improvement in RF by 111%. Furthermore the time demand for fabrication is reduced by 59%, whereas the platinum utilization is increased by 53%. The method is particularly advantageous for applications such as micro fuel cells since it enables the precise deposition of catalytically active electrodes on micro-structured conductive areas. In this context the novel platinum electrodes show higher current densities for the oxidation of formic acid and glucose than state-of-the-art electrodes. In terms of methanol oxidation their catalytic activity is comparable to commercial direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) electrodes, fabricated from Pt-Ru nanoparticles dispersed on carbon black.

  5. Fabrication and electrical properties of single wall carbon nanotube channel and graphene electrode based transistors arrays

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    Seo, M.; Kim, H.; Kim, Y. H.; Yun, H.; McAllister, K.; Lee, S. W.; Na, J.; Kim, G. T.; Lee, B. J.; Kim, J. J.; Jeong, G. H.; Lee, I.; Kim, K. S.

    2015-07-20

    A transistor structure composed of an individual single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) channel with a graphene electrode was demonstrated. The integrated arrays of transistor devices were prepared by transferring patterned graphene electrode patterns on top of the aligned SWNT along one direction. Both single and multi layer graphene were used for the electrode materials; typical p-type transistor and Schottky diode behavior were observed, respectively. Based on our fabrication method and device performances, several issues are suggested and discussed to improve the device reliability and finally to realize all carbon based future electronic systems.

  6. Fabrication of comb interdigitated electrodes array (IDA) for a microbead-based electrochemical assay system.

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    Kim, Sang Kyung; Hesketh, Peter J; Li, Changming; Thomas, Jennifer H; Halsall, H Brian; Heineman, William R

    2004-11-01

    This research is directed towards developing a more sensitive and rapid electrochemical sensor for enzyme labeled immunoassays by coupling redox cycling at interdigitated electrode arrays (IDA) with the enzyme label beta-galactosidase. Coplanar and comb IDA electrodes with a 2.4 microm gap were fabricated and their redox cycling currents were measured. ANSYS was used to model steady state currents for electrodes with different geometries. Comb IDA electrodes enhanced the signal about three times more than the coplanar IDAs, which agreed with the results of the simulation. Magnetic microbead-based enzyme assay, as a typical example of biochemical detection, was done using the comb and coplanar IDAs. The enzymes could be placed close to the sensing electrodes (approximately 10 microm for the comb IDAs) and detection took less than 1 min with a limit of detection of 70 amol of beta-galactosidase. We conclude that faster and more sensitive assays can be achieved with the comb IDA. PMID:15522606

  7. Percutaneous multiple electrode connector, design parameters and fabrication (biomedical)

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    Myers, L. A.

    1977-01-01

    A percutaneous multielectrode connector was designed which utilizes an ultrapure carbon collar to provide an infection free biocompatible passage through the skin. The device provides reliable electrical continuity, mates and demates readily with the implant, and is fabricated with processes and materials oriented to commercial production.

  8. Design, fabrication and evaluation of a conforming circumpolar peripheral nerve cuff electrode for acute experimental use

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    Foldes, Emily L.; Ackermann, D. Michael; Bhadra, Niloy; Kilgore, Kevin L.; Bhadra, Narendra

    2011-01-01

    Nerve cuff electrodes are a principle tool of basic and applied electro-neurophysiology studies and are championed for their ability to achieve good nerve recruitment with low thresholds. We describe the design and method of fabrication for a novel circumpolar peripheral nerve electrode for acute experimental use. This cylindrical cuff-style electrode provides approximately 270 degrees of radial electrode contact with a nerve for each of an arbitrary number of contacts, has a profile that allows for simple placement and removal in an acute nerve preparation, and is designed for adjustment of the cylindrical diameter to ensure a close fit on the nerve. For each electrode, the electrical contacts were cut from 25 µm platinum foil as an array so as to maintain their positions relative to each other within the cuff. Lead wires were welded to each intended contact. The structure was then molded in silicone elastomer, after which the individual contacts were electrically isolated. The final electrode was curved into a cylindrical shape with an inner diameter corresponding to that of the intended target nerve. The positions of these contacts were well maintained during the molding and shaping process and failure rates during fabrication due to contact displacements were very low. Established electrochemical measurements were made on one electrode to confirm expected behavior for a platinum electrode and to measure the electrode impedance to applied voltages at different frequencies. These electrodes have been successfully used for nerve stimulation, recording, and conduction block in a number of different acute animal experiments by several investigators. PMID:21187115

  9. Automated catalyst processing for cloud electrode fabrication for fuel cells

    DOEpatents

    Goller, Glen J.; Breault, Richard D.

    1980-01-01

    A process for making dry carbon/polytetrafluoroethylene floc material, particularly useful in the manufacture of fuel cell electrodes, comprises of the steps of floccing a co-suspension of carbon particles and polytetrafluoroethylene particles, filtering excess liquids from the co-suspension, molding pellet shapes from the remaining wet floc solids without using significant pressure during the molding, drying the wet floc pellet shapes within the mold at temperatures no greater than about 150.degree. F., and removing the dry pellets from the mold.

  10. Use of Recordable Compact Discs to Fabricate Electrodes for Microchip-based Analysis Systems

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    Kirkpatrick, Douglas C.; Antwi, Christiana; Martin, R. Scott

    2010-01-01

    This work demonstrates that recordable compact discs (CDs) that contain gold as a reflective layer can be used as an electrode substrate for microchip-based analysis systems. A fabrication procedure that enables the reproducible patterning of multiple electrodes has been developed. It is shown that the microelectrodes can be integrated within a PDMS-based fluidic network and used for amperometric detection of electroactive analytes at both single and dual microelectrodes. A detailed comparison is made between the CD-based patterned electrodes and electrodes made by the traditional method of sputtering gold and titanium adhesion layers onto a glass substrate. It is also shown that mercury can be electrodeposited onto a CD-based microelectrode and the amalgam electrode used to selectively detect thiols. Finally, it is demonstrated that a decoupler for microchip-based electrophoresis can be made by electrodepositing palladium onto a gold electrode and a separate downstream gold working electrode can be used for amperometric detection. These CD-based patterned electrodes are attractive alternatives for situations where device cost is of a concern or sputtering facilities are unavailable. PMID:21031142

  11. Enzyme-free glucose sensor based on Au nanobouquet fabricated indium tin oxide electrode.

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    Lee, Jin-Ho; El-Said, Waleed Ahmed; Oh, Byung-Keun; Choi, Jeong-Woo

    2014-11-01

    In this study, we demonstrated a simple, rapid and inexpensive fabrication method to develop a novel gold nanobouquet structure fabricated indium tin oxide (GNB/ITO) electrode based on electrochemical deposition of gold ions onto ITO substrate. The morphology of the fabricated electrode surface was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to confirm the GNB formation. Enzyme-free detection of glucose using a GNB/ITO electrode was described with high sensitivity and selectivity based on cyclic voltammetry assay. The results demonstrate a linear relation within wide concentration range (500 nM to 10 mM) of glucose, with a correlation coefficient of 0.988. The interference effect of uric acid was effectively avoided for the detection of glucose (1 μM to 10 mM). Moreover, the developed sensor was applied to determine the concentration of glucose in the presence of human serum to indicate the ability of GNB/ITO electrodes in real samples. Hence, newly developed GNB/ITO electrode has potential application in enzyme-free glucose sensor with highly sensitivity and selectivity. PMID:25958541

  12. The fabrication of a bifunctional oxygen electrode without carbon components for alkaline secondary batteries

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    Price, Stephen W. T.; Thompson, Stephen J.; Li, Xiaohong; Gorman, Scott F.; Pletcher, Derek; Russell, Andrea E.; Walsh, Frank C.; Wills, Richard G. A.

    2014-08-01

    The fabrication of a gas diffusion electrode (GDE) without carbon components is described. It is therefore suitable for use as a bifunctional oxygen electrode in alkaline secondary batteries. The electrode is fabricated in two stages (a) the formation of a PTFE-bonded nickel powder layer on a nickel foam substrate and (b) the deposition of a NiCo2O4 spinel electrocatalyst layer by dip coating in a nitrate solution and thermal decomposition. The influence of modifications to the procedure on the performance of the GDEs in 8 M NaOH at 333 K is described. The GDEs can support current densities up to 100 mA cm-2 with state-of-the-art overpotentials for both oxygen evolution and oxygen reduction. Stable performance during >50 successive, 1 h oxygen reduction/evolution cycles at a current density of 50 mA cm-2 has been achieved.

  13. Tin nanoparticle thin film electrodes fabricated by the vacuum filtration method for enhanced battery performance.

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    Lee, Jae Hyun; Kong, Byung-Seon; Baek, Youn-Kyoung; Yang, Seung Bo; Jung, Hee-Tae

    2009-06-10

    A novel method for fabricating tin nanoparticle thin film electrodes that show good performance in lithium ion batteries during cycling is reported. The vacuum filtration method has the advantage of affording a high degree of dispersion of the electrode components, thereby providing good electrical contacts between the tin nanoparticles and the conductive carbon or current collector. The reversible capacity and initial Coulombic efficiency are 726 mA h g(-1) and 85.3%, respectively, with this thin film electrode. Cycle life performance tests under real battery conditions show that the battery capacity and reaction peaks remained stable for up to 50 cycles. SEM shows that the uniform morphology of the vacuum filtered film was maintained throughout the cycle life test. This novel vacuum filtration method for providing nanoparticle-based film electrodes has further potential applications for use in various devices such as high power, thin film batteries, supercapacitors and organic-inorganic hybrid photovoltaic cells. PMID:19448286

  14. Fabrication of Impregnated-Electrode-Type Polyatomic Ion Source with Ionic Liquid

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    Takeuchi, Mitsuaki; Ryuto, Hiromichi; Takaoka, Gikan H.

    2011-01-07

    Three types of ionic liquid ion source characterized by needle-type, capillary-needle-type and impregnated-electrode-type emitters were fabricated and demonstrated. The ion emission of a pure ionic liquid was demonstrated for the capillary-needle- and impregnated-electrode-type emitters. The emission stability of the impregnated-electrode-type emitter is currently insufficient for the shallow implantation of carbon due to occasional discharge. However, the impregnated-electrode-type emitter showed the largest emission current of 14 {mu}A at 6 kV among these emitters. This was considered to be caused by the relatively high feedability of the ionic liquid obtained from the emitter tip made of porous copper.

  15. Dielectrophoretic micropatterning with microparticle monolayers covalently linked to glass surfaces.

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    Suzuki, Masato; Yasukawa, Tomoyuki; Mase, Yoshiaki; Oyamatsu, Daisuke; Shiku, Hitoshi; Matsue, Tomokazu

    2004-12-01

    Two-dimensional micropatterns of microparticles were fabricated on glass substrates with negative dielectrophoretic force, and the patterned microparticles were covalently bound on the substrate via cross-linking agents. The line and grid patterns of microparticles were prepared using the repulsive force of negative dielectrophoresis (n-DEP). The template interdigitated microband array (IDA) electrodes (width and gap 50 mum) were incorporated into the dielectrophoretic patterning cell with a fluidic channel. The microstructures on the glass substrates with amino or sulfhydryl groups were immobilized with the cross-linking agents disuccinimidyl suberate (DSS) and m-maleimidobenzoyl-N-hydroxy-succinimide ester (MBS). Diaphorase (Dp), a flavoenzyme, was selectively attached on the patterned microparticles using the maleimide groups of MBS. The enzyme activity on the patterned particles was electrochemically characterized with a scanning electrochemical microscope (SECM) in the presence of NADH and ferrocenylmethanol as a redox mediator. The SECM images proved that Dp was selectively immobilized onto the surface of microparticles to maintain its catalytic activity. PMID:15568852

  16. Advancements in electrode design and laser techniques for fabricating micro-electrode arrays as part of a retinal prosthesis.

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    Dodds, C W D; Schuettler, M; Guenther, T; Lovell, N H; Suaning, G J

    2011-01-01

    Retinal micro-electrode arrays (MEAs) for a visual prosthesis were fabricated by laser structuring of platinum (Pt) foil and liquid silicone rubber. A new design was created using a folding technique to create a multi-layered array from a single Pt sheet. This method allowed a reduction in both the electrode pitch, and the overall width of the array, while maintaining coplanar connection points for more stable interconnections to other components of the system. The design also included a section which could be rolled to create a cylindrical segment in order to minimise the size of the exit in the sclera after implantation. A picosecond mode-locked 532 nm laser system was investigated as a replacement for the nanosecond Q-switched 1064 nm laser currently in use. Trials showed that the ps system could produce high quality electrode tracks with a minimum pitch of 30 μm, less than 40% the pitch achievable with the ns laser. A method was investigated for the cutting of Pt foils without damaging the underlying silicone by laser machining to a depth just below the thickness of the foil. Initial samples showed promise with full penetration of the foil only occurring at cross points of the laser paths. The ps laser was also used to create roughened surfaces, in order to increase the electrochemical surface area of the electrodes. Surfaces were imaged using a scanning electron microscope, and compared to surfaces roughened with the ns laser. The ps laser was seen to offer a reduction in feature size, as well as an increase in control over the appearance of the electrode surface. PMID:22254389

  17. Fabrication and characterization of cuprous oxide solar cell with net-shaped counter electrode

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    Basuki, Stefanus; Uranus, Henri P.; Pangaribuan, Julinda

    2015-01-01

    In this work, simple solar cells using cuprous oxide were fabricated and characterized. The solar cells in this experiment used cuprous oxide plate as detecting electrode and copper wires which were woven into a net-shape with a gap size of 2 x 2 cm as a counter electrode. Twenty samples of solar cells were fabricated with oxide layer which were thermally grown in temperature up to 550 oC. Samples with variations in oxidation time (15 minutes, 30 minutes, 40 minutes, and 45 minutes) and distance between electrodes (2 cm, 3 cm, and 4 cm) with an electrolyte solution of NaCl with molarity of 2.188 mol/l were produced. The samples were characterized by measuring their V-I curve. For this purpose, a simple, own-made solar simulator were fabricated and characterized. Using curve fitting technique, parameters such as FF (Fill Factor), efficiency, open circuit voltage, short circuit current, internal resistance, and performance degradation as a function of time of the cells were extracted. The result shows optimum efficiency of 4.573. 10-4%, while optimum oxidation time is 40 minutes and optimum distance between electrodes is 3 cm.

  18. Fabrication of a Polyaniline Ultramicroelectrode via a Self Assembled Monolayer Modified Gold Electrode

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    Bolat, Gulcin; Kuralay, Filiz; Eroglu, Gunes; Abaci, Serdar

    2013-01-01

    Herein, we report a simple and inexpensive way for the fabrication of an ultramicroelectrode and present its characterization by electrochemical techniques. The fabrication of polyaniline UME involves only two steps: modification of a gold (Au) electrode by self assembled monolayers (SAM) and then electrodeposition of polyaniline film on this thiol-coated Au electrode by using cyclic voltammetry and constant potential electrolysis methods. Two types of self-assembled monolayers (4-mercapto-1-butanol, MB, and 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid, MUA) were used, respectively, to see the effect of chain length on microelectrode formation. Microelectrode fabrication and utility of the surface was investigated by cyclic voltammetric measurements in a redox probe. The thus prepared polyaniline microelectrode was then used for DNA immobilization. Discrimination between double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) and single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) was obtained with enhanced electrochemical signals compared to a polyaniline-coated Au electrode. Different modifications on the electrode surfaces were examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). PMID:23797740

  19. Facile 3D Metal Electrode Fabrication for Energy Applications via Inkjet Printing and Shape Memory Polymer

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    Roberts, R. C.; Wu, J.; Hau, N. Y.; Chang, Y. H.; Feng, S. P.; Li, D. C.

    2014-11-01

    This paper reports on a simple 3D metal electrode fabrication technique via inkjet printing onto a thermally contracting shape memory polymer (SMP) substrate. Inkjet printing allows for the direct patterning of structures from metal nanoparticle bearing liquid inks. After deposition, these inks require thermal curing steps to render a stable conductive film. By printing onto a SMP substrate, the metal nanoparticle ink can be cured and substrate shrunk simultaneously to create 3D metal microstructures, forming a large surface area topology well suited for energy applications. Polystyrene SMP shrinkage was characterized in a laboratory oven from 150-240°C, resulting in a size reduction of 1.97-2.58. Silver nanoparticle ink was patterned into electrodes, shrunk, and the topology characterized using scanning electron microscopy. Zinc-Silver Oxide microbatteries were fabricated to demonstrate the 3D electrodes compared to planar references. Characterization was performed using 10M potassium hydroxide electrolyte solution doped with zinc oxide (57g/L). After a 300s oxidation at 3Vdc, the 3D electrode battery demonstrated a 125% increased capacity over the reference cell. Reference cells degraded with longer oxidations, but the 3D electrodes were fully oxidized for 4 hours, and exhibited a capacity of 5.5mA-hr/cm2 with stable metal performance.

  20. Fabrication and modeling of electrochemical double-layer capacitors using carbon nano-onion electrode structures

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    Parigi, Fabio

    Electrochemical capacitors or ultracapacitors (UCs) that are commercially available today overcome battery limitations in terms of charging time (from tens of minutes to seconds) and limited lifetime (from a few thousand cycles up to more than one million) but still lack specific energy and energy density (2-5% of a lithium ion battery). The latest innovations in carbon nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes as an active electrode material for UCs, can provide up to five times as much energy and deliver up to seven times more power than today's activated carbon electrodes. Further improvements in UC power density have been achieved by using state-of-the-art carbon nano-onions (CNOs) for ultracapacitor electrodes. CNO UCs could exhibit up to five times the power density of single-wall CNT UCs and could substantially contribute to reducing the size of an energy storage system as well as the volume and weight, thus improving device performance. This dissertation describes the fabrication of CNO electrodes as part of an UC device, the measurement and analysis of the new electrode's performance as an energy storage component, and development of a new circuit model that accurately describes the CNO UC electrical behavior. The novel model is based on the impedance spectra of CNO UCs and cyclic voltammetry measurements. Further, the model was validated using experimental data and simulation. My original contributions are the fabrication process for reliable and repeatable electrode fabrication and the modeling of a carbon nano-onion ultracapacitor. The carbon nano-onion ultracapacitor model, composed of a resistor, an inductor, a capacitor (RLC), and a constant phase element (CPE), was developed along with a parameter extraction procedure for the benefit of other users. The new model developed, proved to be more accurate than previously reported UC models.

  1. Design and fabrication of an electrohydrodynamically actuated microlens with areal density modulated electrodes

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    Ousati Ashtiani, Alireza; Jiang, Hongrui

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we introduce an electrode design for electrohydrodynamically actuated liquid microlenses. The effective electrode areal density radially increases which results in centering of the liquid tunable microlens with a planar device structure. A model was developed to demonstrate the centering mechanism of the liquid microlens. 3D electrostatic simulation was conducted and validity of the idea was examined. A simple fabrication process was developed that uses a surface modified SU-8 as the insulator. The focal length of the microlens was measured to vary from 10.1 mm to 5.8 mm as the voltage varied from zero to 100 V.

  2. Fabrication of carbon nanotube nanogap electrodes by helium ion sputtering for molecular contacts

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    Thiele, Cornelius; Vieker, Henning; Beyer, André; Gölzhäuser, Armin; Flavel, Benjamin S.; Hennrich, Frank; Muñoz Torres, David; Eaton, Thomas R.; Mayor, Marcel; Kappes, Manfred M.; Löhneysen, Hilbert v.; and others

    2014-03-10

    Carbon nanotube nanogaps have been used to contact individual organic molecules. However, the reliable fabrication of a truly nanometer-sized gap remains a challenge. We use helium ion beam lithography to sputter nanogaps of only (2.8 ± 0.6) nm size into single metallic carbon nanotubes embedded in a device geometry. The high reproducibility of the gap size formation provides a reliable nanogap electrode testbed for contacting small organic molecules. To demonstrate the functionality of these nanogap electrodes, we integrate oligo(phenylene ethynylene) molecular rods, and measure resistance before and after gap formation and with and without contacted molecules.

  3. Fabrication of a carbon nanotube protruding electrode array for a retinal prosthesis

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    Wang, Ke; Dai, Hongjie; Fishman, Harvey A.; Harris, James S.

    2005-01-01

    Implantable retinal prosthetic devices consisting of microelectrode arrays are being built in attempts to restore vision. Current retinal prostheses use metal planar electrodes. We are developing a novel electro-neural interface using carbon nanotube (CNT) bundles as flexible, protruding microelectrodes. We have synthesized vertically self-assembled, multi-walled CNT bundles by thermal chemical vapor deposition. Using conventional silicon-based micro-fabrication processes, these CNT bundles were integrated onto pre-patterned circuits. CNT protruding electrodes have significant potentials in providing safer stimulation for retinal prostheses. They could also act as recording units to sense electrical and chemical activities in neural systems for fundamental neuroscience research.

  4. Underwater microdischarge in arranged microbubbles produced by electrolysis in electrolyte solution using fabric-type electrode

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    Sakai, Osamu; Kimura, Masaru; Tachibana, Kunihide; Shirafuji, Tatsuru

    2008-12-08

    Pulsed microdischarge was generated in microbubbles produced by electrolysis in an electrolyte solution without external gas feed by using a fabric-type electrode. The electrode structure not only allowed low-voltage ignition of the atmospheric-pressure discharge in hydrogen or oxygen containing microbubbles but also worked effectively in producing and holding the bubbles on its surface. The generation of reactive species was verified by optical emissions from the produced microplasmas, and their transport into the solution was monitored by the change in hydrogen concentration.

  5. Fabrication and evaluation of an improved polymer-based cochlear electrode array for atraumatic insertion.

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    Gwon, Tae Mok; Min, Kyou Sik; Kim, Jin Ho; Oh, Seung Ha; Lee, Ho Sun; Park, Min-Hyun; Kim, Sung June

    2015-04-01

    An atraumatic cochlear electrode array has become indispensable to high-performance cochlear implants such as electric acoustic stimulation (EAS), wherein the preservation of residual hearing is significant. For an atraumatic implantation, we propose and demonstrate a new improved design of a cochlear electrode array based on liquid crystal polymer (LCP), which can be fabricated by precise batch processes and a thermal lamination process, in contrast to conventional wire-based cochlear electrode arrays. Using a thin-film process of LCP-film-mounted silicon wafer and thermal press lamination, we devise a multi-layered structure with variable layers of LCP films to achieve a sufficient degree of basal rigidity and a flexible tip. A peripheral blind via and self-aligned silicone elastomer molding process can reduce the width of the array. Measuring the insertion and extraction forces in a human scala tympani model, we investigate five human temporal bone insertion trials and record electrically evoked auditory brainstem responses (EABR) acutely in a guinea pig model. The diameters of the finalized electrode arrays are 0.3 mm (tip) and 0.75 mm (base). The insertion force with a displacement of 8 mm from a round window and the maximum extraction force are 2.4 mN and 34.0 mN, respectively. The electrode arrays can be inserted from 360° to 630° without trauma at the basal turn. The EABR data confirm the efficacy of the array. A new design of LCP-based cochlear electrode array for atraumatic implantation is fabricated. Verification indicates that foretells the development of an atraumatic cochlear electrode array and clinical implant. PMID:25681972

  6. Fabrication of nano-gap electrode arrays by the construction and selective chemical etching of nano-crosswire stacks

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    Son, Kyung-Ah (Inventor); Prokopuk, Nicholas (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    Methods of fabricating nano-gap electrode structures in array configurations, and the structures so produced. The fabrication method involves depositing first and second pluralities of electrodes comprising nanowires using processes such as lithography, deposition of metals, lift-off processes, and chemical etching that can be performed using conventional processing tools applicable to electronic materials processing. The gap spacing in the nano-gap electrode array is defined by the thickness of a sacrificial spacer layer that is deposited between the first and second pluralities of electrodes. The sacrificial spacer layer is removed by etching, thereby leaving a structure in which the distance between pairs of electrodes is substantially equal to the thickness of the sacrificial spacer layer. Electrode arrays with gaps measured in units of nanometers are produced. In one embodiment, the first and second pluralities of electrodes are aligned in mutually orthogonal orientations.

  7. All-carbon based graphene field effect transistor with graphitic electrodes fabricated by e-beam direct writing on PMMA

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    Chen, Wei; Yu, Yayun; Zheng, Xiaoming; Qin, Shiqiao; Wang, Fei; Fang, Jingyue; Wang, Guang; Wang, Chaocheng; Wang, Li; Peng, Gang; Zhang, Xue-Ao

    2015-07-01

    A so called all-carbon based graphene field effect transistor (GFET) in which the electrodes are composed of graphite-like nano-sheets instead of metals in the traditional devices is fabricated by one-step e-beam direct writing (EBDW). It is also found that the graphite-like nano-sheets in electrodes are perpendicular to the channel graphene, which is confirmed by the transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The one-step fabrication of the carbonaceous electrodes is more convenient and lower-cost comparing to the preparation of traditional metal electrodes and can be applied to many other nano-electronic devices.

  8. All-carbon based graphene field effect transistor with graphitic electrodes fabricated by e-beam direct writing on PMMA

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    Chen, Wei; Yu, Yayun; Zheng, Xiaoming; Qin, Shiqiao; Wang, Fei; Fang, Jingyue; Wang, Guang; Wang, Chaocheng; Wang, Li; Peng, Gang; Zhang, Xue-Ao

    2015-01-01

    A so called all-carbon based graphene field effect transistor (GFET) in which the electrodes are composed of graphite-like nano-sheets instead of metals in the traditional devices is fabricated by one-step e-beam direct writing (EBDW). It is also found that the graphite-like nano-sheets in electrodes are perpendicular to the channel graphene, which is confirmed by the transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The one-step fabrication of the carbonaceous electrodes is more convenient and lower-cost comparing to the preparation of traditional metal electrodes and can be applied to many other nano-electronic devices. PMID:26195033

  9. Fabrication of high aspect ratio nanogrid transparent electrodes via capillary assembly of Ag nanoparticles.

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    Kang, Juhoon; Park, Chang-Goo; Lee, Su-Han; Cho, Changsoon; Choi, Dae-Geun; Lee, Jung-Yong

    2016-06-01

    In this report, we describe the fabrication of periodic Ag nanogrid electrodes by capillary assembly of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) along patterned nanogrid templates. By assembling the AgNPs into these high-aspect-ratio nanogrid patterns, we can obtain high-aspect-ratio nanogratings, which can overcome the inherent trade-off between the optical transmittance and the sheet resistance of transparent electrodes. The junction resistance between the AgNPs is effectively reduced by photochemical welding and post-annealing. The fabricated high-aspect-ratio nanogrid structure with a line width of 150 nm and a height of 450 nm has a sheet resistance of 15.2 Ω sq(-1) and an optical transmittance of 85.4%. PMID:27187802

  10. Method of fabricating conductive electrodes on the front and backside of a thin film structure

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    Tabada, Phillipe J.; Tabada, legal representative, Melody; Pannu, Satinderpall S.

    2011-05-22

    A method of fabricating a thin film device having conductive front and backside electrodes or contacts. Top-side cavities are first formed on a first dielectric layer, followed by the deposition of a metal layer on the first dielectric layer to fill the cavities. Defined metal structures are etched from the metal layer to include the cavity-filled metal, followed by depositing a second dielectric layer over the metal structures. Additional levels of defined metal structures may be formed in a similar manner with vias connecting metal structures between levels. After a final dielectric layer is deposited, a top surface of a metal structure of an uppermost metal layer is exposed through the final dielectric layer to form a front-side electrode, and a bottom surface of a cavity-filled portion of a metal structure of a lowermost metal layer is also exposed through the first dielectric layer to form a back-side electrode.

  11. Micro-patterning of ionic reservoirs within a double bilayer lipid membrane to fabricate a 2D array of ion-channel switch based electrochemical biosensors

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    Sansinena, J. M.; Yee, C. K.; Sapuri, A.; Swanson, Basil I.; Redondo, A.; Parikh, A. N.

    2004-01-01

    We present a simple approach for the design of ionic reservoir arrays within a double phospholipid bilayer to ultimately develop a 2D array of ion-channel switch based electrochemical biosensors. As a first step, a primary bilayer lipid membrane is deposited onto an array of electrodes patterned onto a substrate surface. Subsequently, an array of microvoids is created within the bilayer by a wet photolithographic patterning of phospholipid bilayers using a deep UV light source and a quartz/chrome photomask. To ensure registry, the photomask used to pattern bilayers is designed to match up the microvoids within the primary bilayer with the array of electrodes on the substrate surface. The deposition of a secondary bilayer lipid membrane onto the primary bilayer that spans across the patterned microvoids leads to the formation of the array of ionic reservoirs within the double phospholipid bilayer. This is accomplished using giant unilamellar vesicles and by exploiting membrane electrostatics. The use of ion-channels incorporated into the secondary bilayer that covers the individual ionic reservoirs allows the construction of a 2D array of ion-channel switch based electrochemical biosensors that are able to recognize different target-agents simultaneously.

  12. Fabrication of high aspect ratio nanogrid transparent electrodes via capillary assembly of Ag nanoparticles

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    Kang, Juhoon; Park, Chang-Goo; Lee, Su-Han; Cho, Changsoon; Choi, Dae-Geun; Lee, Jung-Yong

    2016-05-01

    In this report, we describe the fabrication of periodic Ag nanogrid electrodes by capillary assembly of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) along patterned nanogrid templates. By assembling the AgNPs into these high-aspect-ratio nanogrid patterns, we can obtain high-aspect-ratio nanogratings, which can overcome the inherent trade-off between the optical transmittance and the sheet resistance of transparent electrodes. The junction resistance between the AgNPs is effectively reduced by photochemical welding and post-annealing. The fabricated high-aspect-ratio nanogrid structure with a line width of 150 nm and a height of 450 nm has a sheet resistance of 15.2 Ω sq-1 and an optical transmittance of 85.4%.In this report, we describe the fabrication of periodic Ag nanogrid electrodes by capillary assembly of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) along patterned nanogrid templates. By assembling the AgNPs into these high-aspect-ratio nanogrid patterns, we can obtain high-aspect-ratio nanogratings, which can overcome the inherent trade-off between the optical transmittance and the sheet resistance of transparent electrodes. The junction resistance between the AgNPs is effectively reduced by photochemical welding and post-annealing. The fabricated high-aspect-ratio nanogrid structure with a line width of 150 nm and a height of 450 nm has a sheet resistance of 15.2 Ω sq-1 and an optical transmittance of 85.4%. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr01896c

  13. Spatial Control of Condensation using Chemical Micropatterns

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    Murphy, Kevin; Hansen, Ryan; Nath, Saurabh; Retterer, Scott; Collier, Patrick; Boreyko, Jonathan; Nature-Inspired Fluids; Interfaces Team; CenterNanophase Materials Sciences Team

    2015-11-01

    Surfaces exhibiting wettability patterns can spatially control the nucleation of condensation to enable enhanced fog harvesting and phase-change heat transfer. To date, studies of patterned condensation have utilized a combination of chemical and topographical features, making it difficult to isolate the effects of intrinsic wettability versus surface roughness on spatially controlling the condensate. Here, we fabricate chemical micropatterns consisting of hydrophilic silicon oxide and a smooth hydrophobic silane monolayer to isolate the effects of changes in intrinsic wettability on the spatial control of condensation. Complete spatial control, defined as every nucleation and growth event occurring exclusively on the hydrophilic features, was observed even for supercooled droplets at high water vapor supersaturation. However, this complete spatial control was found to break down beyond a critical spacing that depended upon the extent of supersaturation. The average diameter of condensate was found to be smaller for the chemically micropatterned surfaces compared to a uniformly hydrophobic surface. Control of inter-droplet spacing between supercooled condensate through chemical patterning can be employed to minimize the growth of inter-droplet frost on cold surfaces.

  14. Design and Fabrication of Ultralight Weight, Adjustable Multi-electrode Probes for Electrophysiological Recordings in Mice

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    Liang, Li; Siegle, Joshua H.; Voigts, Jakob; Wilson, Matthew; Halassa, Michael M.

    2014-01-01

    The number of physiological investigations in the mouse, mus musculus, has experienced a recent surge, paralleling the growth in methods of genetic targeting for microcircuit dissection and disease modeling. The introduction of optogenetics, for example, has allowed for bidirectional manipulation of genetically-identified neurons, at an unprecedented temporal resolution. To capitalize on these tools and gain insight into dynamic interactions among brain microcircuits, it is essential that one has the ability to record from ensembles of neurons deep within the brain of this small rodent, in both head-fixed and freely behaving preparations. To record from deep structures and distinct cell layers requires a preparation that allows precise advancement of electrodes towards desired brain regions. To record neural ensembles, it is necessary that each electrode be independently movable, allowing the experimenter to resolve individual cells while leaving neighboring electrodes undisturbed. To do both in a freely behaving mouse requires an electrode drive that is lightweight, resilient, and highly customizable for targeting specific brain structures. A technique for designing and fabricating miniature, ultralight weight, microdrive electrode arrays that are individually customizable and easily assembled from commercially available parts is presented. These devices are easily scalable and can be customized to the structure being targeted; it has been used successfully to record from thalamic and cortical regions in a freely behaving animal during natural behavior. PMID:25225749

  15. Fabrication of nanoporous thin-film working electrodes and their biosensing applications.

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    Li, Tingjie; Jia, Falong; Fan, Yaxi; Ding, Zhifeng; Yang, Jun

    2013-04-15

    Electrochemical detection for point-of-care diagnostics is of great interest due to its high sensitivity, fast analysis time and ability to operate on a small scale. Herein, we report the fabrication of a nanoporous thin-film electrode and its application in the configuration of a simple and robust enzymatic biosensor. The nanoporous thin-film was formed in a planar gold electrode through an alloying/dealloying process. The nanoporous electrode has an electroactive surface area up to 40 times higher than that of a flat gold electrode of the same size. The nanoporous electrode was used as a substrate to build an enzymatic electrochemical biosensor for the detection of glucose in standard samples and control serum samples. The example glucose biosensor has a linear response up to 30 mM, with a high sensitivity of 0.50 μA mM⁻¹ mm⁻², and excellent anti-interference ability against lactate, uric acid and ascorbic acid. Abundant catalyst and enzyme were stably entrapped in the nanoporous structure, leading to high stability and reproducibility of the biosensor. Development of such nanoporous structure enables the miniaturization of high-performance electrochemical biosensors for point-of-care diagnostics or environmental field testing. PMID:23208085

  16. Spraying enzymes in microemulsions of AOT in nonpolar organic solvents for fabrication of enzyme electrodes.

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    Shipovskov, Stepan; Trofimova, Daria; Saprykin, Eduard; Christenson, Andreas; Ruzgas, Tautgirdas; Levashov, Andrey V; Ferapontova, Elena E

    2005-11-01

    A new technique suitable for automated, large-scale fabrication of enzyme electrodes by air-spraying enzymes in organic inks is presented. Model oxidoreductases, tyrosinase (Tyr) and glucose oxidase (GOx), were adapted to octane-based ink by entrapment in a system of reverse micelles (RM) of surfactant AOT in octane to separate and stabilize the catalytically active forms of the enzymes in nonpolar organic media. Nonpolar caoutchouk polymer was also used to create a kind of "dry micelles" at the electrode/solution interface. Enzyme/RM/polymer-containing organic inks were air-brushed onto conductive supports and were subsequently covered by sprayed Nafion membranes. The air-brushed enzyme electrodes exhibited relevant bioelectrocatalytic activity toward catechol and glucose, with a linear detection range of 0.1-100 microM catechol and 0.5-7 mM glucose; the sensitivities were 2.41 A M(-1) cm(-2) and 2.98 mA M(-1) cm(-2) for Tyr and GOx electrodes, respectively. The proposed technique of air-brushing enzymes in organic inks enables automated construction of disposable enzyme electrodes of various designs on a mass-production scale. PMID:16255612

  17. A MEMS fabricated flexible electrode array for recording surface field potentials.

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    Hollenberg, Brian A; Richards, Cecilia D; Richards, Robert; Bahr, David F; Rector, David M

    2006-05-15

    We developed a method to microfabricate flexible electrode arrays on a thin Kapton substrate, which was engineered to minimize trauma when inserted between the dura and skull to obtain surface EEG recordings. The array consisted of 64 gold electrodes, each 150microm in diameter on a 750microm spaced 8x8 grid. Using photolithographic procedures, any arrangement of electrodes can be implemented. We used the electrode array to record evoked response signals to create topographical maps of the whisker barrels on the cortical surface with excellent signal stability over a period of 8h. The materials used for this fabrication are potentially biologically inert and, with some additional modifications to the design, can be chronically implanted with minimal side effects. Retinal prosthesis, human neurosurgery, and neurological research are all limited to some degree by the resolution and biological compatibility of the implants used. This type of array could greatly enhance the spatial resolution, signal quality, and stability of implantable surface electrode arrays. PMID:16352343

  18. Facile fabrication of nanogap electrodes for suspended graphene characterization using direct ion beam patterning

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    Qi, Zhengqing John; Johnson, A. T. Charlie

    2014-03-01

    Graphene is a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms with exceptional electronic and mechanical properties, giving it tremendous potential in nanoelectromechanical system devices. Here, we present a method to easily and reproducibly fabricate suspended graphene nanoribbons across nanogap electrodes of various separation lengths, demonstrating a technique with aggressive gap scalability and device geometry control. Fabrication is based on using a focused gallium ion beam to create a slit between joined electrodes prepatterened on a 100 nm thick silicon nitride membrane. The transparency of the nitride membrane provides reduced ion backscattering and adds milling resolution. Large-area monolayer graphene grown by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition was transferred onto the silicon nitride chip and patterned into a free-standing ribbon geometry via electron beam lithography on organic ebeam resist followed by an O2 plasma etch. We find that commonly used inorganic negative tone resist that requires a buffered oxide etch for resist removal will attack the adhesion layer (Cr2O3) between the electrode and nitride membrane, which is exposed immediately after milling, so an organic resist was selected to avoid this. Using this technique, we fabricate freestanding graphene devices contacted by electrodes of sub-100 nm separation length and preform a comparative study on the effects of current annealing on device resistance. The gap resolution of this technique is limited by the gallium ion beam, which allows for sub-100 nm gaps. Sub-10 nm gaps are feasible with He ion beams, proving direct applications in probing the high field transport properties of graphene nanoribbons at post-CMOS length scales.

  19. Fiber and fabric solar cells by directly weaving carbon nanotube yarns with CdSe nanowire-based electrodes

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    Zhang, Luhui; Shi, Enzheng; Ji, Chunyan; Li, Zhen; Li, Peixu; Shang, Yuanyuan; Li, Yibin; Wei, Jinquan; Wang, Kunlin; Zhu, Hongwei; Wu, Dehai; Cao, Anyuan

    2012-07-01

    Electrode materials are key components for fiber solar cells, and when combined with active layers (for light absorption and charge generation) in appropriate ways, they enable design and fabrication of efficient and innovative device structures. Here, we apply carbon nanotube yarns as counter electrodes in combination with CdSe nanowire-grafted primary electrodes (Ti wire) for making fiber and fabric-shaped photoelectrochemical cells with power conversion efficiencies in the range 1% to 2.9%. The spun-twist long nanotube yarns possess both good electrical conductivity and mechanical flexibility compared to conventional metal wires or carbon fibers, which facilitate fabrication of solar cells with versatile configurations. A unique feature of our process is that instead of making individual fiber cells, we directly weave single or multiple nanotube yarns with primary electrodes into a functional fabric. Our results demonstrate promising applications of semiconducting nanowires and carbon nanotubes in woven photovoltaics.Electrode materials are key components for fiber solar cells, and when combined with active layers (for light absorption and charge generation) in appropriate ways, they enable design and fabrication of efficient and innovative device structures. Here, we apply carbon nanotube yarns as counter electrodes in combination with CdSe nanowire-grafted primary electrodes (Ti wire) for making fiber and fabric-shaped photoelectrochemical cells with power conversion efficiencies in the range 1% to 2.9%. The spun-twist long nanotube yarns possess both good electrical conductivity and mechanical flexibility compared to conventional metal wires or carbon fibers, which facilitate fabrication of solar cells with versatile configurations. A unique feature of our process is that instead of making individual fiber cells, we directly weave single or multiple nanotube yarns with primary electrodes into a functional fabric. Our results demonstrate promising applications

  20. Fabrication and Characterisation of the Graphene Ring Micro Electrode (GRiME) with an Integrated, Concentric Ag/AgCl Reference Electrode

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    Dickinson, James W.; Bromley, Michael; Andrieux, Fabrice P. L.; Boxall, Colin

    2013-01-01

    We report the fabrication and characterisation of the first graphene ring micro electrodes with the addition of a miniature concentric Ag/AgCl reference electrode. The graphene ring electrode is formed by dip coating fibre optics with graphene produced by a modified Hummers method. The reference electrode is formed using an established photocatalytically initiated electroless deposition (PIED) plating method. The performance of the so-formed graphene ring micro electrodes (GRiMEs) and associated reference electrode is studied using the probe redox system ferricyanide and electrode thicknesses assessed using established electrochemical methods. Using 220 μm diameter fibre optics, a ∼15 nm thick graphene ring electrode is obtained corresponding to an inner to outer radius ratio of >0.999, so allowing for use of extant analytical descriptions of very thin ring microelectrodes in data analysis. GRiMEs are highly reliable (current response invariant over >3,000 scans), with the concentric reference electrode showing comparable stability (current response invariant over >300 scans). Furthermore the micro-ring design allows for efficient use of electrochemically active graphene edge sites and the associated nA scale currents obtained neatly obviate issues relating to the high resistivity of undoped graphene. Thus, the use of graphene in ring microelectrodes improves the reliability of existing micro-electrode designs and expands the range of use of graphene-based electrochemical devices. PMID:23493126

  1. Fabrication and characterisation of the graphene ring micro electrode (GRiME) with an integrated, concentric Ag/AgCl reference electrode.

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    Dickinson, James W; Bromley, Michael; Andrieux, Fabrice P L; Boxall, Colin

    2013-01-01

    We report the fabrication and characterisation of the first graphene ring micro electrodes with the addition of a miniature concentric Ag/AgCl reference electrode. The graphene ring electrode is formed by dip coating fibre optics with graphene produced by a modified Hummers method. The reference electrode is formed using an established photocatalytically initiated electroless deposition (PIED) plating method. The performance of the so-formed graphene ring micro electrodes (GRiMEs) and associated reference electrode is studied using the probe redox system ferricyanide and electrode thicknesses assessed using established electrochemical methods. Using 220 µm diameter fibre optics, a ~15 nm thick graphene ring electrode is obtained corresponding to an inner to outer radius ratio of >0.999, so allowing for use of extant analytical descriptions of very thin ring microelectrodes in data analysis. GRiMEs are highly reliable (current response invariant over >3,000 scans), with the concentric reference electrode showing comparable stability (current response invariant over >300 scans). Furthermore the micro-ring design allows for efficient use of electrochemically active graphene edge sites and the associated nA scale currents obtained neatly obviate issues relating to the high resistivity of undoped graphene. Thus, the use of graphene in ring microelectrodes improves the reliability of existing micro-electrode designs and expands the range of use of graphene-based electrochemical devices. PMID:23493126

  2. High-resolution and high-conductive electrode fabrication on a low thermal resistance flexible substrate

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    Kang, Bongchul; Kno, Jinsung; Yang, Minyang

    2011-07-01

    Processes based on the liquid-state pattern transfer, like inkjet printing, have critical limitations including low resolution and low electrical conductivity when fabricating electrodes on low thermal resistance flexible substrates such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Those are due to the nonlinear transfer mechanism and the limit of the sintering temperature. Although the laser direct curing (LDC) of metallic inks is an alternative process to improve the resolution, it is also associated with the disadvantages of causing thermal damage to the polymer substrate. This paper suggests the laser induced pattern adhesion transfer method to fabricate electrodes of both high electrical conductivity and high resolution on a PET substrate. First, solid patterns are cost-effectively created by the LDC of the organometallic silver ink on a glass that is optically and thermally stable. The solid patterns sintered on the glass are transferred to the PET substrate by the photo-thermally generated adhesion force of the substrate. Therefore, we achieved electrodes with a minimum line width of 10 µm and a specific resistance of 3.6 μΩcm on the PET substrate. The patterns also showed high mechanical reliability.

  3. Fabrication and application of flexible graphene silk composite film electrodes decorated with spiky Pt nanospheres.

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    Liang, Bo; Fang, Lu; Hu, Yichuan; Yang, Guang; Zhu, Qin; Ye, Xuesong

    2014-04-21

    A free-standing graphene silk composite (G/S) film was fabricated via vacuum filtration of a mixed suspension of graphene oxide and silk fibres, followed by chemical reduction. Spiky structured Pt nanospheres were grown on the film substrate by cyclic voltammetry electrodeposition. The electrical and mechanical performance of a single graphene coated silk fibre was investigated. The conductivity of a single graphene coated silk fibre is 57.9 S m(-1). During 1000 bending measurements, the conductivity was stable and showed negligible variation. The G/S film has a sheet resistivity of 90 Ω □(-1) with a porous and hierarchical structure. The spiky Pt nanosphere decorated G/S film was directly used as a H₂O₂ electrode with a sensitivity of 0.56 mA mM(-1) cm(-2), a linear range of 0-2.5 mM and an ultralow detection limit of 0.2 μM (S/N = 3). A glucose biosensor electrode was further fabricated by enzyme immobilization. The results show a sensitivity of 150.8 μA mM(-1) cm(-2) and a low detection limit of 1 μM (S/N = 3) for glucose detection. The strategy of coating graphene sheets on a silk fibre surface provides a new approach for developing electrically conductive biomaterials, tissue engineering scaffolds, bendable electrodes, and wearable biomedical devices. PMID:24615460

  4. Fabrication and In vivo Evaluation of Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) Stimulus Electrodes for Fully Implantable Retinal Prosthesis

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    Kigure, Chikashi; Naganuma, Hideki; Sasaki, Yuichiro; Kino, Hisashi; Tomita, Hiroshi; Tanaka, Tetsu

    2013-04-01

    The development of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) stimulus electrodes and the relationship between the electrical stimulation of a rabbit retina and electrically evoked potential (EEP) were studied in detail. We fabricated implantable flexible cables with Pt, IrOx, and PEDOT electrodes and evaluated the electrochemical impedances (EIs) and charge injection capacities (CICs) of such electrodes. From the result, we confirmed that PEDOT electrodes have both lower EIs and larger CICs than Pt and IrOx electrodes. In addition, we performed in vivo experiments with PEDOT electrodes and clarified the relationships between the electrical stimulation of the rabbit retina and EEP. It is highly probable that visual restoration will be realized safely with PEDOT electrodes.

  5. Fabrication of a Micro-Needle Array Electrode by Thermal Drawing for Bio-Signals Monitoring.

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    Ren, Lei; Jiang, Qing; Chen, Keyun; Chen, Zhipeng; Pan, Chengfeng; Jiang, Lelun

    2016-01-01

    A novel micro-needle array electrode (MAE) fabricated by thermal drawing and coated with Ti/Au film was proposed for bio-signals monitoring. A simple and effective setup was employed to form glassy-state poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) into a micro-needle array (MA) by the thermal drawing method. The MA was composed of 6 × 6 micro-needles with an average height of about 500 μm. Electrode-skin interface impedance (EII) was recorded as the insertion force was applied on the MAE. The insertion process of the MAE was also simulated by the finite element method. Results showed that MAE could insert into skin with a relatively low compression force and maintain stable contact impedance between the MAE and skin. Bio-signals, including electromyography (EMG), electrocardiography (ECG), and electroencephalograph (EEG) were also collected. Test results showed that the MAE could record EMG, ECG, and EEG signals with good fidelity in shape and amplitude in comparison with the commercial Ag/AgCl electrodes, which proves that MAE is an alternative electrode for bio-signals monitoring. PMID:27322278

  6. Large-scale graphene-based composite films for flexible transparent electrodes fabricated by electrospray deposition

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    Kim, Woo Sik; Moon, Sook Young; Kim, Hui Jin; Park, Sungjin; Koyanagi, Jun; Huh, Hoon

    2014-12-01

    Large-scale transparent conducting electrodes were fabricated using the electrospray method on a glass wafer and polyethylene terephthalate film using chemically reduced graphene oxide and poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT). Graphene oxide (GO) is prepared by the modified Hummers method, and reduced GO (RG) is prepared at low temperature. By varying the concentration of RG and PEDOT of the composite material on the substrate, the electrical conductivity and transmittance of the electrode was controlled. The optical transmittance values of the graphene-based electrode at a wavelength of 550 nm were between 81 and 95% and had sheet resistances from 370 to 5400 Ω sq-1. After 1000 cycles of a bending test, the sheet resistances of the graphene-based composite films were unchanged. Different types of graphene and graphene-based electrodes were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution Raman spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, transmittance, and electrical conductivity measurements.

  7. Fabrication and characterization of polyaniline-graphene nanoplatelets composite electrode materials for hybrid supercapacitor applications

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    Shi, HaoTian H.; Naguib, Hani E.

    2015-04-01

    Supercapacitor device electrochemical performance characteristics of different nanocomposite materials containing polyaniline (PAni) and graphene nanoplatelets (GnPs) have been evaluated with two-electrode electrochemical setup. The PAni-based nanocomposite electrodes have been fabricated via ultrasonicated in-situ chemical polymerization and solvent casting process. The specific capacitance of the supercapacitor electrode have reached as high as 357.07 F/g at 10mV/s, in the case of 15:1 PAni/GnPs, as a result of graphene nanoparticles' large surface area providing an ideal template for polymerization to occur. Electrodes under study are namely, pristine GnPs, pristine PAni, and 5:1, 15:1 PAni/GnPs nanocomposites. Material composition has been confirmed via thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), while scanning electron microscopy (SEM) has been used to characterize the morphologies of the nanostructures. Threedimensional nanocomposite morphology has been observed in the micrographs of these nanocomposites, indicating a relationship between the material surface area and the charge storage ability.

  8. Fabrication of a Micro-Needle Array Electrode by Thermal Drawing for Bio-Signals Monitoring

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    Ren, Lei; Jiang, Qing; Chen, Keyun; Chen, Zhipeng; Pan, Chengfeng; Jiang, Lelun

    2016-01-01

    A novel micro-needle array electrode (MAE) fabricated by thermal drawing and coated with Ti/Au film was proposed for bio-signals monitoring. A simple and effective setup was employed to form glassy-state poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) into a micro-needle array (MA) by the thermal drawing method. The MA was composed of 6 × 6 micro-needles with an average height of about 500 μm. Electrode-skin interface impedance (EII) was recorded as the insertion force was applied on the MAE. The insertion process of the MAE was also simulated by the finite element method. Results showed that MAE could insert into skin with a relatively low compression force and maintain stable contact impedance between the MAE and skin. Bio-signals, including electromyography (EMG), electrocardiography (ECG), and electroencephalograph (EEG) were also collected. Test results showed that the MAE could record EMG, ECG, and EEG signals with good fidelity in shape and amplitude in comparison with the commercial Ag/AgCl electrodes, which proves that MAE is an alternative electrode for bio-signals monitoring. PMID:27322278

  9. Integration of a carbon nanotube based electrode in silicon microtechnology to fabricate electrochemical transducers

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    Luais, E.; Boujtita, M.; Gohier, A.; Tailleur, A.; Casimirius, S.; Djouadi, M. A.; Granier, A.; Tessier, P. Y.

    2008-10-01

    An original approach was developed and validated for the fabrication of a carbon nanotube (CNT) electrode synthesized directly onto a carbon buffer thin film deposited on a highly doped monocrystalline silicon surface. The buffer layer of amorphous carbon thin film was deposited by physical vapour deposition on the silicon substrate before CNT synthesis. For this purpose, nickel was deposited on the carbon buffer layer by an electrochemical procedure and used as a catalyst for the CNT growth. The CNT synthesis was achieved by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) in an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma chamber using a C2H2/NH3 gas mixture. In order to evaluate the electrochemical behaviour of the CNT-based electrode, the carbon layer and the silicon/carbon interface were studied. The resulting buffer layer enhanced the electronic transport from the doped silicon to the CNTs. The electrode surface was studied by XPS and characterized by both SEM and TEM. The electrochemical response exhibited by the resulting electrodes modified with CNTs was also examined by cyclic voltammetry. The whole process was found to be compatible with silicon microtechnology and could be envisaged for the direct integration of microsensors on silicon chips.

  10. Materials and fabrication of electrode scaffolds for deposition of MnO2 and their true performance in supercapacitors

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    Cao, Jianyun; Li, Xiaohong; Wang, Yaming; Walsh, Frank C.; Ouyang, Jia-Hu; Jia, Dechang; Zhou, Yu

    2015-10-01

    MnO2 is a promising electrode material for high energy supercapacitors because of its large pseudo-capacitance. However, MnO2 suffers from low electronic conductivity and poor cation diffusivity, which results in poor utilization and limited rate performance of traditional MnO2 powder electrodes, obtained by pressing a mixed paste of MnO2 powder, conductive additive and polymer binder onto metallic current collectors. Developing binder-free MnO2 electrodes by loading nanoscale MnO2 deposits on pre-fabricated device-ready electrode scaffolds is an effective way to achieve both high power and energy performance. These electrode scaffolds, with interconnected skeletons and pore structures, will not only provide mechanical support and electron collection as traditional current collectors but also fast ion transfer tunnels, leading to high MnO2 utilization and rate performance. This review covers design strategies, materials and fabrication methods for the electrode scaffolds. Rational evaluation of the true performance of these electrodes is carried out, which clarifies that some of the electrodes with as-claimed exceptional performances lack potential in practical applications due to poor mass loading of MnO2 and large dead volume of inert scaffold materials/void spaces in the electrode structure. Possible ways to meet this challenge and bring MnO2 electrodes from laboratory studies to real-world applications are considered.

  11. Micropatterned coumarin polyester thin films direct neurite orientation.

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    McCormick, Aleesha M; Maddipatla, Murthy V S N; Shi, Shuojia; Chamsaz, Elaheh A; Yokoyama, Hiroshi; Joy, Abraham; Leipzig, Nic D

    2014-11-26

    Guidance and migration of cells in the nervous system is imperative for proper development, maturation, and regeneration. In the peripheral nervous system (PNS), it is challenging for axons to bridge critical-sized injury defects to achieve repair and the central nervous system (CNS) has a very limited ability to regenerate after injury because of its innate injury response. The photoreactivity of the coumarin polyester used in this study enables efficient micropatterning using a custom digital micromirror device (DMD) and has been previously shown to be biodegradable, making these thin films ideal for cell guidance substrates with potential for future in vivo applications. With DMD, we fabricated coumarin polyester thin films into 10×20 μm and 15×50 μm micropatterns with depths ranging from 15 to 20 nm to enhance nervous system cell alignment. Adult primary neurons, oligodendrocytes, and astrocytes were isolated from rat brain tissue and seeded onto the polymer surfaces. After 24 h, cell type and neurite alignment were analyzed using phase contrast and fluorescence imaging. There was a significant difference (p<0.0001) in cell process distribution for both emergence angle (from the body of the cell) and orientation angle (at the tip of the growth cone) confirming alignment on patterned surfaces compared to control substrates (unpatterned polymer and glass surfaces). The expected frequency distribution for parallel alignment (≤15°) is 14% and the two micropatterned groups ranged from 42 to 49% alignment for emergence and orientation angle measurements, where the control groups range from 12 to 22% for parallel alignment. Despite depths being 15 to 20 nm, cell processes could sense these topographical changes and preferred to align to certain features of the micropatterns like the plateau/channel interface. As a result this initial study in utilizing these new DMD micropatterned coumarin polyester thin films has proven beneficial as an axon guidance platform

  12. Fabrication of Ag nanowire and Al-doped ZnO hybrid transparent electrodes

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    You, Sslimsearom; Park, Yong Seo; Choi, Hyung Wook; Kim, Kyung Hwan

    2016-01-01

    Among the materials used as transparent electrodes, silver nanowires (AgNWs) have attracted attention because of their high transmittance and excellent conductivity. However, AgNWs have shortcomings, including their poor adhesion, oxidation by atmospheric oxygen, and unstable characteristics at high temperature. To overcome these shortcomings, multi-layer thin films with an aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO)/AgNW/AZO structure were fabricated using facing targets sputtering. The samples heated to 350 °C exhibited stable electrical characteristics. In addition, the adhesion to the substrate was improved compared with AgNWs layer. The AZO/AgNW/AZO thin films with multilayer structure overcame the shortcomings of AgNWs, and we propose their use as transparent electrodes with excellent properties for optoelectronic applications.

  13. Fabrication of continuous flow microfluidics device with 3D electrode structures for high throughput DEP applications using mechanical machining.

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    Zeinali, Soheila; Çetin, Barbaros; Oliaei, Samad Nadimi Bavil; Karpat, Yiğit

    2015-07-01

    Microfluidics is the combination of micro/nano fabrication techniques with fluid flow at microscale to pursue powerful techniques in controlling and manipulating chemical and biological processes. Sorting and separation of bio-particles are highly considered in diagnostics and biological analyses. Dielectrophoresis (DEP) has offered unique advantages for microfluidic devices. In DEP devices, asymmetric pair of planar electrodes could be employed to generate non-uniform electric fields. In DEP applications, facing 3D sidewall electrodes is considered to be one of the key solutions to increase device throughput due to the generated homogeneous electric fields along the height of microchannels. Despite the advantages, fabrication of 3D vertical electrodes requires a considerable challenge. In this study, two alternative fabrication techniques have been proposed for the fabrication of a microfluidic device with 3D sidewall electrodes. In the first method, both the mold and the electrodes are fabricated using high precision machining. In the second method, the mold with tilted sidewalls is fabricated using high precision machining and the electrodes are deposited on the sidewall using sputtering together with a shadow mask fabricated by electric discharge machining. Both fabrication processes are assessed as highly repeatable and robust. Moreover, the two methods are found to be complementary with respect to the channel height. Only the manipulation of particles with negative-DEP is demonstrated in the experiments, and the throughput values up to 105 particles / min is reached in a continuous flow. The experimental results are compared with the simulation results and the limitations on the fabrication techniques are also discussed. PMID:25808433

  14. Improvements in purification of silver nanowires by decantation and fabrication of flexible transparent electrodes. Application to capacitive touch sensors.

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    Mayousse, Céline; Celle, Caroline; Moreau, Eléonore; Mainguet, Jean-François; Carella, Alexandre; Simonato, Jean-Pierre

    2013-05-31

    Transparent flexible electrodes made of metallic nanowires, and in particular silver nanowires (AgNWs), appear as an extremely promising alternative to transparent conductive oxides for future optoelectronic devices. Though significant progresses have been made the last few years, there is still some room for improvement regarding the synthesis of high quality silver nanowire solutions and fabrication process of high performance electrodes. We show that the commonly used purification process can be greatly simplified through decantation. Using this process it is possible to fabricate flexible electrodes by spray coating with sheet resistance lower than 25 Ω sq⁻¹ at 90% transparency in the visible spectrum. These electrodes were used to fabricate an operative transparent flexible touch screen. To our knowledge this is the first reported AgNW based touch sensor relying on capacitive technology. PMID:23619480

  15. Evaluation of microwave plasma sintering for the fabrication of dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) electrodes.

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    Dembele, A; Rahman, M; MacElroy, J M D; Dowling, D P

    2012-06-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have demonstrated considerable potential due to their solar energy conversion efficiency and their fabrication from relatively low cost materials. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles are widely used in the fabrication of the DSSC electrodes. There is a considerable energy requirement however required for the sintering of the TiO2 particles during the fabrication of the mesoporous electrodes. This study investigates the use of microwave (MW) plasma treatments as a rapid, energy efficient processing technique for the sintering of the metal oxide particles. A comparison is made with conventional furnace treatments for the sintering of TiO2 nanoparticles (Degussa P25), deposited onto fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrates. Subsequent to the TiO2 sintering, ruthenium based dye (N719) adsorption studies were carried out for coatings heated using both sintering techniques. Based on UV/Vis absorption spectra measurements of 5 mins plasma and 30 mins furnace sintering, it was observed that both sintering techniques exhibited similar levels of dye adsorption. A decrease in the level of dye adsorption was observed for the TiO2 coatings sintered for longer periods (up to 10 mins in this study). This change with longer plasma treatment times was associated with rutile grain growth and a decrease in surface roughness, possibly due to a densification of the mesoporous structure. The effect of TiO2 coating plasma treatment times on the conversion efficiency of the dye sensitised electrodes was also evaluated. Plasma treatments of 5 mins were found to yield the highest conversion efficiency of 6.4%. PMID:22905529

  16. Fabrication and Characterization of Planar Screen-Printed Ag/AgCl Reference Electrode for Disposable Sensor Strip

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    Idegami, Koutarou; Chikae, Miyuki; Nagatani, Naoki; Tamiya, Eiichi; Takamura, Yuzuru

    2010-09-01

    An accurate disposable planar Ag/AgCl reference electrode with an internal electrolyte was successfully fabricated by the screen-printing process. The internal electrolyte layer was also printed by using an electrolyte paste of sodium alginate containing KCl. The potential stability of the electrode was investigated at different operation times and Cl- concentrations in test solutions. Results show that the electrode has long-term potential stability (approximately 60 min), and that its performance does not depend on the Cl- concentration. This electrode can be used to provide various promising applications in sensing techniques based on disposable strips for sensing purposes.

  17. Fabrication of 3D copper oxide structure by holographic lithography for photoelectrochemical electrodes.

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    Jin, Woo-Min; Kang, Ji-Hwan; Moon, Jun Hyuk

    2010-11-01

    We fabricated three-dimensional copper oxide structure by holographic lithography and electroless deposition. A five-beam interference pattern defined a woodpile structure of SU-8. The surface modification of SU-8 structure was achieved by multilayer coating of polyelectrolyte, which is critical for activating the surface for the reduction of copper. Copper was deposited onto the surface of the structure by electroless deposition, and subsequent calcinations removed the SU-8 structure and simultaneously oxidized the copper into copper oxide. The porous copper oxide structure was used as a photoelectrochemical electrode. Because of the highly porous structure, our structure showed higher photocurrent efficiency. PMID:21062017

  18. Synergistic effects of micropatterned biodegradable conduits and Schwann cells on sciatic nerve regeneration

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    Rutkowski, Gregory E.; Miller, Cheryl A.; Jeftinija, Srdija; Mallapragada, Surya K.

    2004-09-01

    This paper describes a novel biodegradable conduit that provides a combination of physical, chemical and biological cues at the cellular level to facilitate peripheral nerve regeneration. The conduit consists of a porous poly(D,L-lactic acid) (PDLLA) tubular support structure with a micropatterned inner lumen. Schwann cells were pre-seeded into the lumen to provide additional trophic support. Conduits with micropatterned inner lumens pre-seeded with Schwann cells (MS) were fabricated and compared with three types of conduits used as controls: M (conduits with micropatterned inner lumens without pre-seeded Schwann cells), NS (conduits without micropatterned inner lumens pre-seeded with Schwann cells) and N (conduits without micropatterned inner lumens, without pre-seeded Schwann cells). The conduits were implanted in rats with 1 cm sciatic nerve transections and the regeneration and functional recovery were compared in the four different cases. The number or size of regenerated axons did not vary significantly among the different conduits. The time of recovery, and the sciatic function index, however, were significantly enhanced using the MS conduits, based on qualitative observations as well as quantitative measurements using walking track analysis. This demonstrates that biodegradable micropatterned conduits pre-seeded with Schwann cells that provide a combination of physical, chemical and biological guidance cues for regenerating axons at the cellular level offer a better alternative for repairing sciatic nerve transactions than conventional biodegradable conduits.

  19. Bench-top method for fabricating glass-sealed nanodisk electrodes, glass nanopore electrodes, and glass nanopore membranes of controlled size.

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    Zhang, Bo; Galusha, Jeremy; Shiozawa, Peter G; Wang, Gangli; Bergren, Adam Johan; Jones, Ronald M; White, Ryan J; Ervin, Eric N; Cauley, Chris C; White, Henry S

    2007-07-01

    A simple benchtop method of fabricating glass-sealed nanometer-sized Au and Pt disk electrodes, glass nanopore electrodes, and glass nanopore membranes is reported. The synthesis of all three structures is initiated by sealing the tips of electrochemically sharpened Au and Pt microwires into glass membranes at the end of a soda lime or lead glass capillary. Pt and Au nanodisk electrodes are obtained by hand polishing using a high-input impedance metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET)-based circuit to monitor the radius of the metal disk. Proper biasing of the MOSFET circuit, based on a numerical analysis of the polishing circuit impedance, allows for the reproducible fabrication of Pt disk electrodes of radii as small as 10 nm. Significantly smaller background currents in voltammetric measurements are obtained using lead glass capillaries, a consequence of the lower mobility of Pb(2+) (relative to Na(+)) in the glass matrix. Glass nanopore electrodes and glass nanopore membranes are fabricated, respectively, by removal of part or all of the metal sealed in the glass membranes. The nanostructures are characterized by atomic force microscopy, steady-state voltammetry, and ion conductivity measurements. PMID:17550232

  20. Forming lipid bilayer membrane arrays on micropatterned polyelectrolyte film surfaces.

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    Zhang, Ying; Wang, Lei; Wang, Xuejing; Qi, Guodong; Han, Xiaojun

    2013-07-01

    A novel method of forming lipid bilayer membrane arrays on micropatterned polyelectrolyte film surfaces is introduced. Polyelectrolyte films were fabricated by the layer-by-layer technique on a silicon oxide surface modified with a 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) monolayer. The surface pK(a) value of the APTES monolayer was determined by cyclic voltammetry to be approximately 5.61, on the basis of which a pH value of 2.0 was chosen for layer-by-layer assembly. Micropatterned polyelectrolyte films were obtained by deep-UV (254 nm) photolysis though a mask. Absorbed fluorescent latex beads were used to visualize the patterned surfaces. Lipid bilayer arrays were fabricated on the micropatterned surfaces by immersing the patterned substrates into a solution containing egg phosphatidylcholine vesicles. Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching studies yielded a lateral diffusion coefficient for probe molecules of 1.31±0.17 μm(2) s(-1) in the bilayer region, and migration of the lipid NBD PE in bilayer lipid membrane arrays was observed in an electric field. PMID:23695862

  1. Fabrication of Crystalline Indium Tin Oxide Nanobasket Electrodes using Aluminum Anodic Oxide Template

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    Wang, Gou-Jen; Chen, He-Tsing; Yang, Hsihang

    2008-07-01

    Fabrication of crystalline indium tin oxide (ITO) nanobasket electrodes shaped by an anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template for better electron conductivity is presented. ITO films were deposited on porous AAO templates by RF magnetron sputtering. The sputter-coated ITO films were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) to illustrate the nanobasket morphologies. The compositions of the ITO films were characterized by energy-dispersive X-ray (EDS) analysis. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis was conducted to evaluate the crystallinity. The crystallinity can be enhanced by annealing at 300 °C. Although the conductivity of the ITO nanobasket film is larger than that of the conventional ITO thin film, the harvest efficiency can be markedly increased due to the nanobasket structure which enables most of the photoexcited electrons to reach their nearest electrode before losing their momentum. The presented ITO nanobasket films can be further used as a more effective electrode material for photovoltaics such as dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs).

  2. A novel procedure for fabricating flexible screen-printed electrodes with improved electrochemical performance

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    Du, C. X.; Han, L.; Dong, S. L.; Li, L. H.; Wei, Y.

    2016-07-01

    Screen-printed electrodes (SPEs) with improved electrochemical performance were fabricated in this study. The SPEs on hydrophilic surface of polyethylene ethylene terephthalate (PET) film showed better electrochemical behaviour than that on hydrophobic surface. The optimal condition of pretreating fresh SPEs was that alternately dealt with chemical treatment (soaked in 3M NaOH solutions for 1h) and high temperature curing (heated at 120 °C for 15 min) for two times. After chemical treatment, the electrochemical performance of self-made SPEs was better than the commercial three electrodes system. By analyzing cyclic voltammetry (CV) curves, we found that the oxidation peak currents and peak to peak separation reached 407.65 μA and 111.16 mV, which mean the sensitivity and electron transfer rate improved 1.9 times and 3.8 times compared with fresh SPEs, and 2 times and 3 times compared with commercial DropSens (DS) electrodes. The obtained SPEs were stable, convenient and inexpensive, which could be extensively applied for developing novel electrochemical sensors.

  3. Post-CMOS fabrication of Working Electrodes for On-Chip Recordings of Transmitter Release

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    Ayers, Sunitha; Berberian, Khajak; Gillis, Kevin D.; Lindau, Manfred; Minch, Bradley A.

    2010-01-01

    The release of neurotransmitters and hormones from secretory vesicles plays a fundamental role in the function of the nervous system including neuronal communication. High-throughput testing of drugs modulating transmitter release is becoming an increasingly important area in the fields of cell biology, neurobiology, and neurology. Carbon-fiber amperometry, provides high-resolution measurements of amount and time course of transmitter release from single vesicles, and their modulation by drugs and molecular manipulations. However, such methods do not allow the rapid collection of data from a large number of cells. To allow such testing, we have developed a CMOS potentiostat circuit that can be scaled to a large array. In this paper, we present two post-CMOS fabrication methods to incorporate the electrochemical electrode material. We demonstrate by proof of principle the feasibility of on-chip electrochemical measurements of dopamine, and catecholamine release from adrenal chromaffin cells. The measurement noise is consistent with the typical electrode noise in recordings with external amplifiers. The electronic noise of the potentiostat in recordings with 400 μs integration time is ~0.11 pA and is negligible compared to the inherent electrode noise. PMID:20514361

  4. Chemical vapor-deposited carbon nanofibers on carbon fabric for supercapacitor electrode applications

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    2012-01-01

    Entangled carbon nanofibers (CNFs) were synthesized on a flexible carbon fabric (CF) via water-assisted chemical vapor deposition at 800°C at atmospheric pressure utilizing iron (Fe) nanoparticles as catalysts, ethylene (C2H4) as the precursor gas, and argon (Ar) and hydrogen (H2) as the carrier gases. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and electron dispersive spectroscopy were employed to characterize the morphology and structure of the CNFs. It has been found that the catalyst (Fe) thickness affected the morphology of the CNFs on the CF, resulting in different capacitive behaviors of the CNF/CF electrodes. Two different Fe thicknesses (5 and 10 nm) were studied. The capacitance behaviors of the CNF/CF electrodes were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry measurements. The highest specific capacitance, approximately 140 F g−1, has been obtained in the electrode grown with the 5-nm thickness of Fe. Samples with both Fe thicknesses showed good cycling performance over 2,000 cycles. PMID:23181897

  5. Fabrication and application of flexible graphene silk composite film electrodes decorated with spiky Pt nanospheres

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    Liang, Bo; Fang, Lu; Hu, Yichuan; Yang, Guang; Zhu, Qin; Ye, Xuesong

    2014-03-01

    A free-standing graphene silk composite (G/S) film was fabricated via vacuum filtration of a mixed suspension of graphene oxide and silk fibres, followed by chemical reduction. Spiky structured Pt nanospheres were grown on the film substrate by cyclic voltammetry electrodeposition. The electrical and mechanical performance of a single graphene coated silk fibre was investigated. The conductivity of a single graphene coated silk fibre is 57.9 S m-1. During 1000 bending measurements, the conductivity was stable and showed negligible variation. The G/S film has a sheet resistivity of 90 Ω □-1 with a porous and hierarchical structure. The spiky Pt nanosphere decorated G/S film was directly used as a H2O2 electrode with a sensitivity of 0.56 mA mM-1 cm-2, a linear range of 0-2.5 mM and an ultralow detection limit of 0.2 μM (S/N = 3). A glucose biosensor electrode was further fabricated by enzyme immobilization. The results show a sensitivity of 150.8 μA mM-1 cm-2 and a low detection limit of 1 μM (S/N = 3) for glucose detection. The strategy of coating graphene sheets on a silk fibre surface provides a new approach for developing electrically conductive biomaterials, tissue engineering scaffolds, bendable electrodes, and wearable biomedical devices.A free-standing graphene silk composite (G/S) film was fabricated via vacuum filtration of a mixed suspension of graphene oxide and silk fibres, followed by chemical reduction. Spiky structured Pt nanospheres were grown on the film substrate by cyclic voltammetry electrodeposition. The electrical and mechanical performance of a single graphene coated silk fibre was investigated. The conductivity of a single graphene coated silk fibre is 57.9 S m-1. During 1000 bending measurements, the conductivity was stable and showed negligible variation. The G/S film has a sheet resistivity of 90 Ω □-1 with a porous and hierarchical structure. The spiky Pt nanosphere decorated G/S film was directly used as a H2O2 electrode with a

  6. Study on Fabrication and UV Photoelectric Property of TiO2 Nanotube Array Electrodes.

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    Fu, Yao; Duan, Xiao-Long; Xing, Ming-Ming; Luo, Xi-Xian; Zhang, Ying-Hui; Liu, Wang

    2016-04-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanotube array electrodes were successfully fabricated by a two-step anodization method on Ti sheet substrates in an electrolyte composed of ammonium fluoride, deionized water, and glycol. The tube wall was smooth, and the average internal and external diameters, wall thickness, and tube length achieved were 80 nm, 90 nm, 10 nm, and 9 µm, respectively. X-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy results revealed that the TiO2 nanotube arrays presented an amorphous structure. When calcined at 300 °C, the arrays crystallized into the anatase phase, and the crystallization degree of the oxide layer increased as the temperature rose. Calcinating at 400 °C did not obviously disrupt the porous structure of the highly ordered arrays. However, higher temperature enlarged the diameter of the nanotube array and roughened the tube wall. When the temperature reached 600 °C, the nanotube mouth broke because of the excessive stress, causing the oxide layer's thinness and nanotube mouth clogging. The photoelectric test showed that the electrode presented obvious photoresponse under 300-400 nm UV excitation (maximized at 360 nm). The degree of crystallization and the micro-structure of the oxide layer can significantly affect the photoelectric properties of the electrode. After calcination at 400 °C, the TiO2 nanotube arrays, with highly ordered tubular structure directly connected to the Ti substrate, can ensure the rapid transportation of photo-induced electrons to the Ti substrate, while the high crystallinity of the arrays can help reduce the defect density of the nanotube and extend the lifetime of the photo-induced carriers. The electrode showed the best photoelectric property, and the photocurrent intensity was maximized (29.6 µA). However, the calcination process with over-temperature resulted in substantial loss of the TiO2 oxide layer, mouth clogging, and a severe decline in the photoelectric properties. PMID:27451743

  7. Wafer level fabrication of single cell dispenser chips with integrated electrodes for particle detection

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    Schoendube, Jonas; Yusof, Azmi; Kalkandjiev, Kiril; Zengerle, Roland; Koltay, Peter

    2015-02-01

    This work presents the microfabrication and experimental evaluation of a dispenser chip, designed for isolation and printing of single cells by combining impedance sensing and drop-on-demand dispensing. The dispenser chip features 50  ×  55 µm (width × height) microchannels, a droplet generator and microelectrodes for impedance measurements. The chip is fabricated by sandwiching a dry film photopolymer (TMMF) between a silicon and a Pyrex wafer. TMMF has been used to define microfluidic channels, to serve as low temperature (75 °C) bonding adhesive and as etch mask during 300 µm deep HF etching of the Pyrex wafer. Due to the novel fabrication technology involving the dry film resist, it became possible to fabricate facing electrodes at the top and bottom of the channel and to apply electrical impedance sensing for particle detection with improved performance. The presented microchip is capable of dispensing liquid and detecting microparticles via impedance measurement. Single polystyrene particles of 10 µm size could be detected with a mean signal amplitude of 0.39  ±  0.13 V (n=439 ) at particle velocities of up to 9.6 mm s-1 inside the chip.

  8. High-Performance Flexible Transparent Electrode with an Embedded Metal Mesh Fabricated by Cost-Effective Solution Process.

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    Khan, Arshad; Lee, Sangeon; Jang, Taehee; Xiong, Ze; Zhang, Cuiping; Tang, Jinyao; Guo, L Jay; Li, Wen-Di

    2016-06-01

    A new structure of flexible transparent electrodes is reported, featuring a metal mesh fully embedded and mechanically anchored in a flexible substrate, and a cost-effective solution-based fabrication strategy for this new transparent electrode. The embedded nature of the metal-mesh electrodes provides a series of advantages, including surface smoothness that is crucial for device fabrication, mechanical stability under high bending stress, strong adhesion to the substrate with excellent flexibility, and favorable resistance against moisture, oxygen, and chemicals. The novel fabrication process replaces vacuum-based metal deposition with an electrodeposition process and is potentially suitable for high-throughput, large-volume, and low-cost production. In particular, this strategy enables fabrication of a high-aspect-ratio (thickness to linewidth) metal mesh, substantially improving conductivity without considerably sacrificing transparency. Various prototype flexible transparent electrodes are demonstrated with transmittance higher than 90% and sheet resistance below 1 ohm sq(-1) , as well as extremely high figures of merit up to 1.5 × 10(4) , which are among the highest reported values in recent studies. Finally using our embedded metal-mesh electrode, a flexible transparent thin-film heater is demonstrated with a low power density requirement, rapid response time, and a low operating voltage. PMID:27027390

  9. Flexible and conductive cotton fabric counter electrode coated with graphene nanosheets for high efficiency dye sensitized solar cell

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    Sahito, Iftikhar Ali; Sun, Kyung Chul; Arbab, Alvira Ayoub; Qadir, Muhammad Bilal; Choi, Yun Seon; Jeong, Sung Hoon

    2016-07-01

    Textile fabric based electrodes due to their lightweight, flexibility and cost effectiveness, coupled with the ease of fabrication are recently given a huge attention as wearable energy sources. The current dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are based on Platinized-Fluorinated Tin oxide (Pt-FTO) glass electrode, which is not only expensive, but also rigid and heavyweight. In this work, a highly conductive-graphene coated cotton fabric (HC-GCF) is fabricated with a surface resistance of only 7 Ω sq-1. HC-GCF is used as an efficient counter electrode (CE) in DSSC and the results are examined using photovoltaic and electrochemical analysis. HC-GCF counter electrode shows a negligible change of resistance to bending at various bending positions and is also found extremely resistant to electrolyte solution and washing with water. Cyclic voltammogram, Nyquist and the Tafel plots suggest an excellent electro catalytic activity (ECA) for the reduction of tri-iodide (I3-) ions. Symmetrical cells prepared using HC-GCF, indicate a very low charge transfer resistance (RCT) of only 1.2 Ω, which is nearly same to that of the Pt with 1.04 Ω. Furthermore, a high photovoltaic conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.93% is achieved using HC-GCF counter electrode using polymer electrolyte.

  10. Novel functionally graded acicular electrode for solid oxide cells fabricated by the freeze-tape-casting process

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    Chen, Yu; Bunch, Jacob; Li, Tingshuai; Mao, Zhengping; Chen, Fanglin

    2012-09-01

    The performance of electrode supported solid oxide cells is often limited by gas transport in the thick electrode support. In this study, a novel functionally graded acicular hydrogen electrode microstructure has been fabricated by the freeze-tape-casting method. The effects of freeze-tape-casting processing parameters such as solid loading, freezing bed temperature and tape pulling rate on the morphology of the hydrogen electrode support have been investigated. The electrochemical performance of the cells having the novel functionally graded acicular hydrogen electrode has been significantly improved. In the fuel cell mode, a high power output of 1.28 W cm-2 and a low polarization resistance of 0.166 Ω cm2 have been achieved at 800 °C with H2 as fuel and ambient air as oxidant using nickel-yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) as the hydrogen electrode, YSZ as the electrolyte, and (La0.75Sr0.25)0.95MnO3-YSZ as the oxygen electrode. In the electrolysis mode, a high current density of 2.3 A cm-2 with 30 vol% absolute humidity in the hydrogen electrode at 800 °C has been achieved with an applied cell voltage of 1.6 V. It has been revealed that the novel acicular hydrogen electrode decreases the gas diffusion resistance, thus enhancing the cell performance.

  11. Fabrication of Polyaniline/Graphene/Polyester Textile Electrode Materials for Flexible Supercapacitors with High Capacitance and Cycling Stability.

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    Shao, Fu; Bian, Shao-Wei; Zhu, Quan; Guo, Mei-Xia; Liu, Si; Peng, Yi-Hang

    2016-07-01

    Vertical polyaniline (PANI) nanowire arrays on graphene-sheet-coated polyester cloth (RGO/PETC) were fabricated by the in situ chemical polymerization of aniline. The 3D conductive network that was formed by the graphene sheets greatly enhanced the conductivity of PANI/RGO/PETC and improved its mechanical stability. PANI nanowire arrays increased the active surface area of PANI, whilst the hierarchically porous structure of the PANI/RGO/PETC electrode facilitated the diffusion of the electrolyte ions. Electrochemical measurements showed that the composite electrode exhibited a maximum specific capacitance of 1293 F g(-1) at a current density of 1 A g(-1) . Capacitance retention was greater than 95 %, even after 3000 cycles, which indicated that the electrode material has excellent cycling stability. Moreover, the electrode structure endowed the PANI/RGO/PETC electrode with a stable electrochemical performance under mechanical bending and stretching. PMID:27156174

  12. Quantum information experiments with a micro-fabricated, cryogenic, surface-electrode ion trap

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    Wilson, A. C.; Brown, K. R.; Ospelkaus, C.; Colombe, Y.; Leibfried, D.; Wineland, D. J.

    2011-05-01

    Although the basic components of a quantum information processor using trapped ions have been demonstrated, scaling to large numbers of qubits and operations so that algorithms and simulations of practical importance can be implemented remains a major challenge. This is technically challenging because it requires significant improvements in the precision with which quantum states of ions are prepared, manipulated and measured. Solutions are multi-disciplinary - involving micro-fabrication, cryogenics, integrated photonic devices, as wells as materials and surface science. Here we report progress from experiments that address a range of these issues. We use a micro-fabricated, cryogenic, surface-electrode ion trap, with two closely-spaced independently controlled potential wells. In the first experiment with this new apparatus, we implement a scheme for coupling two ions trapped in separate wells, and demonstrate tunable energy exchange at approximately the single quantum level. A second experiment investigates errors in single qubit gates (rotations) with the use of randomized bench-marking. Although the basic components of a quantum information processor using trapped ions have been demonstrated, scaling to large numbers of qubits and operations so that algorithms and simulations of practical importance can be implemented remains a major challenge. This is technically challenging because it requires significant improvements in the precision with which quantum states of ions are prepared, manipulated and measured. Solutions are multi-disciplinary - involving micro-fabrication, cryogenics, integrated photonic devices, as wells as materials and surface science. Here we report progress from experiments that address a range of these issues. We use a micro-fabricated, cryogenic, surface-electrode ion trap, with two closely-spaced independently controlled potential wells. In the first experiment with this new apparatus, we implement a scheme for coupling two ions trapped

  13. Fabrication of new solid state phosphate selective electrodes for environmental monitoring.

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    Tafesse, Fikru; Enemchukwu, Martin

    2011-02-15

    A highly selective and sensitive phosphate sensor has been fabricated by constructing a crystal disk consisting of variable mixtures of aluminium powder (Al), aluminium phosphate (AlPO(4)) and powdered copper (Cu). The membrane sensor exhibits linear potential response in the concentration range of 1.0×10(-1) to 1.0×10(-6) mol L(-1). The proposed sensor also exhibits a fast response time of <60s. Its detection limit is lower than 1.0×10(-6) mol L(-1). The electrode has a long lifetime and can be stored in air when not in use. The selectivity of the sensor with respect to other common ions is excellent. PMID:21238742

  14. Chitin Nanofiber Micropatterned Flexible Substrates for Tissue Engineering†

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    Hassanzadeh, Pegah; Kharaziha, Mahshid; Nikkhah, Mehdi; Shin, Su-Ryon; Jin, Jungho; He, Simeiqi; Sun, Wei; Zhong, Chao; Dokmeci, Mehmet R.; Khademhosseini, Ali; Rolandi, Marco

    2013-01-01

    Engineered tissues require enhanced organization of cells and extracellular matrix (ECM) for proper function. To promote cell organization, substrates with controlled micro- and nanopatterns have been developed as supports for cell growth, and to induce cellular elongation and orientation via contact guidance. Micropatterned ultra-thin biodegradable substrates are desirable for implantation in the host tissue. These substrates, however, need to be mechanically robust to provide substantial support for the generation of new tissues, to be easily retrievable, and to maintain proper handling characteristics. Here, we introduce ultra–thin (<10 μm), self-assembled chitin nanofiber substrates micropatterned with replica molding for engineering cell sheets. These substrates are biodegradable, mechanically strong, yet flexible, and easily manipulated into the desired shape. As a proof-of-concept, fibroblast cell proliferation, elongation, and alignment were studied on the developed substrates with different pattern dimensions. On the optimized substrates, the majority of the cells aligned (<10°) along the major axis of micropatterned features. With the ease of fabrication and mechanical robustness, the substrates presented herein can be utilized as versatile system for the engineering and delivery of ordered tissue in applications such as myocardial repair. PMID:24179675

  15. Highly Elastic Micropatterned Hydrogel for Engineering Functional Cardiac Tissue

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    Annabi, Nasim; Tsang, Kelly; Mithieux, Suzanne M.; Nikkhah, Mehdi; Ameri, Afshin

    2013-01-01

    Heart failure is a major international health issue. Myocardial mass loss and lack of contractility are precursors to heart failure. Surgical demand for effective myocardial repair is tempered by a paucity of appropriate biological materials. These materials should conveniently replicate natural human tissue components, convey persistent elasticity, promote cell attachment, growth and conformability to direct cell orientation and functional performance. Here, microfabrication techniques are applied to recombinant human tropoelastin, the resilience-imparting protein found in all elastic human tissues, to generate photocrosslinked biological materials containing well-defined micropatterns. These highly elastic substrates are then used to engineer biomimetic cardiac tissue constructs. The micropatterned hydrogels, produced through photocrosslinking of methacrylated tropoelastin (MeTro), promote the attachment, spreading, alignment, function, and intercellular communication of cardiomyocytes by providing an elastic mechanical support that mimics their dynamic mechanical properties in vivo. The fabricated MeTro hydrogels also support the synchronous beating of cardiomyocytes in response to electrical field stimulation. These novel engineered micropatterned elastic gels are designed to be amenable to 3D modular assembly and establish a versatile, adaptable foundation for the modeling and regeneration of functional cardiac tissue with potential for application to other elastic tissues. PMID:24319406

  16. Flexible Electrode Design: Fabrication of Freestanding Polyaniline-Based Composite Films for High-Performance Supercapacitors.

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    Khosrozadeh, Ali; Darabi, Mohammad Ali; Xing, Malcolm; Wang, Quan

    2016-05-11

    Polyaniline (PANI) is a promising pseudocapacitance electrode material. However, its structural instability leads to low cyclic stability and limited rate capability which hinders its practical applications. In view of the limitations, flexible PANI-based composite films are developed to improve the electrochemical performance of electrode materials. We report in the research a facile and cost-effective approach for fabrication of a high-performance supercapacitor (SC) with excellent cyclic stability and tunable energy and power densities. SC electrode containing a very high mass loading of active materials is a flexible film of PANI, tissue wiper-based cellulose, graphite-based exfoliated graphite (ExG), and silver nanoparticles with potential applications in wearable electronics. The optimum preparation weight ratios of silver nitrate/aniline and ExG/aniline used in the research are estimated to be 0.18 and 0.65 (or higher), respectively. Our results show that an ultrahigh capacitance of 3.84 F/cm(2) (240.10 F/g) at a discharge rate of 5 mA can be achieved. In addition, our study shows that the power density can be increased from 1531.3 to 3000 W/kg by selecting the weight ratio of ExG/aniline to be more than 0.65, with a sacrifice in the energy density. The obtained promising electrochemical properties are found to be mainly attributed to an effective combination of PANI, ExG, cushiony cellulose scaffold, and silver as well as the porosity of the composite. PMID:27116563

  17. Fabrication of a flexible Ag-grid transparent electrode using ac based electrohydrodynamic Jet printing

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    Park, Jaehong; Hwang, Jungho

    2014-10-01

    In the dc voltage-applied electrohydrodynamic (EHD) jet printing of metal nanoparticles, the residual charge of droplets deposited on a substrate changes the electrostatic field distribution and interrupts the subsequent printing behaviour, especially for insulating substrates that have slow charge decay rates. In this paper, a sinusoidal ac voltage was used in the EHD jet printing process to switch the charge polarity of droplets containing Ag nanoparticles, thereby neutralizing the charge on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. Printed Ag lines with a width of 10 µm were invisible to the naked eye. After sintering lines with 500 µm of line pitch at 180 °C, a grid-type transparent electrode (TE) with a sheet resistance of ˜7 Ω sq-1 and a dc to optical conductivity ratio of ˜300 at ˜84.2% optical transmittance was obtained, values that were superior to previously reported results. In order to evaluate the durability of the TE under bending stresses, the sheet resistance was measured as the number of bending cycles was increased. The sheet resistance of the Ag grid electrode increased only slightly, by less than 20% from its original value, even after 500 cycles. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that Ag (invisible) grid TEs have been fabricated on PET substrates by ac voltage applied EHD jet printing.

  18. Digital holographic characterization of liquid microlenses array fabricated in electrode-less configuration

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    Miccio, L.; Vespini, V.; Grilli, S.; Paturzo, M.; Finizio, A.; De Nicola, S.; Ferraro, P.

    2009-06-01

    We show how thin liquid film on polar dielectric substrate can form an array of liquid micro-lenses. The effect is driven by the pyroelectric effect leading to a new concept in electro-wetting (EW). EW is a viable method for actuation of liquids in microfluidic systems and requires the design and fabrication of complex electrodes for suitable actuation of liquids. When compared to conventional electrowetting devices, the pyroelectric effect allowed to have an electrode-less and circuitless configuration. In our case the surface electric charge induced by the thermal stimulus is able to pattern selectively the surface wettability according to geometry of the ferroelectric domains micro-engineered into the lithium niobate crystal. We show that different geometries of liquid microlenses can be obtained showing also a tuneability of the focal lenses down to 1.6 mm. Thousand of liquid microlenses, each with 100 μm diameter, can be formed and actuated. Also different geometries such as hemi-cylindrical and toroidal liquid structures can be easily obtained. By means of a digital holography method, an accurate characterization of the micro-lenses curvature is performed and presented. The preliminary results concerning the imaging capability of the micro-lens array are also reported. Microlens array can find application in medical stereo-endoscopy, imaging, telecommunication and optical data storage too.

  19. Fabricating electrodes for amperometric detection in hybrid paper/polymer lab-on-a-chip devices.

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    Godino, Neus; Gorkin, Robert; Bourke, Ken; Ducrée, Jens

    2012-09-21

    We present a novel, low-resource fabrication and assembly method for creating disposable amperometric detectors in hybrid paper-polymer devices. Currently, mere paper-based microfluidics is far from being able to achieve the same level of process control and integration as state-of-the-art microfluidic devices made of polymers. To overcome this limitation, in this work both substrate types are synergistically combined through a hybrid, multi-component/multi-material system assembly. Using established inkjet wax printing, we transform the paper into a profoundly hydrophobic substrate in order to create carbon electrodes which are simply patterned from carbon inks via custom made adhesive stencils. By virtue of the compressibility of the paper substrate, the resulting electrode-on-paper hybrids can be directly embedded in conventional, 3D polymeric devices by bonding through an adhesive layer. This manufacturing scheme can be easily recreated with readily available off-the-shelf equipment, and is extremely cost-efficient and rapid with turn-around times of only a few hours. PMID:22842728

  20. A lactulose sensor based on coupled enzyme reactions with a ring electrode fabricated from tetrathiafulvalen-tetracyanoquinodimetane.

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    Sekine, Y; Hall, E A

    1998-10-15

    A dual enzyme electrode is explored for measuring lactulose in milk. A ring electrode (diameter = 3 mm; ring width = 10-20 microns) is proposed onto which tetrathiafulvalen-tetracyanoquinodimetane (TTF-TCNQ) salt was physically packed. The electrode is a band electrode with dimensions approaching those for micro electrodes, so that the improved faradaic current/charging current ratio lead to improved detection limits. Fructose dehydrogenase (FDH) and beta-galactosidase (beta-gal) were immobilized by covering the electrode surface with a dialysis membrane. Lactulose was hydrolyzed to D-fructose and D-galactose by beta-gal. The hydrolyzed D-fructose was oxidized by FDH which was simultaneously reduced to the reduced form (FDH-PQQH2). The FDH-PQQH2 was directly reoxidized by TTF-TCNQ on the ring electrode, whose current was monitored at 200 mV vs Ag/AgCl. The detection limit of the lactulose sensor was 1.0 microM and the selectivity for lactulose was at least 1000 times higher than that for lactose. Pasteurized, UHT and sterilized milks were applied to the lactulose sensor, showing good accuracy and precision and, furthermore, good correlation to a reference photometric method, even though no rigorous procedure for the electrode fabrication has presently been addressed. PMID:9839388

  1. Maskless fabrication of a microfluidic device with interdigitated electrodes on PCB using laser ablation

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    Contreras-Saenz, Michael; Hassard, Christian; Vargas-Chacon, Rafael; Gordillo, Jose Luis; Camacho-Leon, Sergio

    2016-03-01

    This paper reports the maskless fabrication of a microfluidic device with interdigitated electrodes (IDE) based on the technology of MicroElectroMechanical Systems on Printed Circuit Board (PCB-MEMS) and laser ablation. The device has flame retardant (FR)-4 resin as substrate, cooper (Cu) as active material and SU-8 polymer as structural material. By adjusting the laser parameters, Cu IDEs and SU-8 microchannels were successfully patterned onto the FR-4 substrate. The respective width, gap and overlap of the IDEs were 50 μm, 25 μm and 500 μm. The respective width, depth and length of the microchannels were 210 μm, 24.6 μm and 6.3 mm. The resolution and repeatability achieved in this approach, along with the low cost of the involved materials and techniques, enable an affordable micromachining platform with rapid fabrication-test cycle to develop active multiphysic microdevices with several applications in the fields of biosensing, cell culture, drug delivery, transport and sorting of molecules, among others.

  2. Fabrication and functionalization of PCB gold electrodes suitable for DNA-based electrochemical sensing.

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    Salvo, P; Henry, O Y F; Dhaenens, K; Acero Sanchez, J L; Gielen, A; Werne Solnestam, B; Lundeberg, J; O'Sullivan, C K; Vanfleteren, J

    2014-01-01

    The request of high specificity and selectivity sensors suitable for mass production is a constant demand in medical research. For applications in point-of-care diagnostics and therapy, there is a high demand for low cost and rapid sensing platforms. This paper describes the fabrication and functionalization of gold electrodes arrays for the detection of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in printed circuit board (PCB) technology. The process can be implemented to produce efficiently a large number of biosensors. We report an electrolytic plating procedure to fabricate low-density gold microarrays on PCB suitable for electrochemical DNA detection in research fields such as cancer diagnostics or pharmacogenetics, where biosensors are usually targeted to detect a small number of genes. PCB technology allows producing high precision, fast and low cost microelectrodes. The surface of the microarray is functionalized with self-assembled monolayers of mercaptoundodecanoic acid or thiolated DNA. The PCB microarray is tested by cyclic voltammetry in presence of 5 mM of the redox probe K3Fe(CN6) in 0.1 M KCl. The voltammograms prove the correct immobilization of both the alkanethiol systems. The sensor is tested for detecting relevant markers for breast cancer. Results for 5 nM of the target TACSTD1 against the complementary TACSTD1 and non-complementary GRP, MYC, SCGB2A1, SCGB2A2, TOP2A probes show a remarkable detection limit of 0.05 nM and a high specificity. PMID:24948454

  3. Fracture mechanism of metal electrode integrated on a chip and fabrication of a poly(ethylene terephthalate) electrophoresis microchip.

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    Liu, Chong; Li, Jing-Min; Liu, Jun-Shan; Wang, Li-Ding; Hao, Zhen-Xia; Chen, Heng-Wu

    2009-10-15

    Thermal bonding is an important technique to fabricate polymer electrophoresis microchip. However, the metal electrodes deposited on polymer substrate can readily fracture during the thermal bonding. In this paper, poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) was exploited to fabricate the electrophoresis microchip with an integrated gold electrode for amperometric detection. The fracture of the gold electrode was studied through FEA (finite element analysis) simulations, the potentially risk positions on the electrode were shown. The calculation results were tested by bonding experiments and were proven to be consistent with the experiments. Besides, an optimal bonding temperature for PET chip was also presented based on FEA simulations and bonding experiments. Considering the low surface properties of PET, oxygen plasma-assisted thermal bonding technique was used to enhance bonding. Upon treated for 150 s, the PET substrates could be thermally bonded at 62 degrees C without electrode fracture. The fabricated PET chips were demonstrated for detection of standard glucose solution. Satisfactory reproducibility was achieved, and the RSD values of peak height and migration time of the PET CE chips were 0.51% and 2.17%, respectively. PMID:19635368

  4. Fabrication and characterization of p+-i-p+ type organic thin film transistors with electrodes of highly doped polymer

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    Tadaki, Daisuke; Ma, Teng; Zhang, Jinyu; Iino, Shohei; Hirano-Iwata, Ayumi; Kimura, Yasuo; Rosenberg, Richard A.; Niwano, Michio

    2016-04-01

    Organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) have been explored because of their advantageous features such as light-weight, flexible, and large-area. For more practical application of organic electronic devices, it is very important to realize OTFTs that are composed only of organic materials. In this paper, we have fabricated p+-i-p+ type of OTFTs in which an intrinsic (i) regioregular poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) layer is used as the active layer and highly doped p-type (p+) P3HT is used as the source and drain electrodes. The 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ) was used as the p-type dopant. A fabricating method of p+-i-p+ OTFTs has been developed by using SiO2 and aluminum films as capping layers for micro-scaled patterning of the p+-P3HT electrodes. The characteristics of the OTFTs were examined using the photoelectron spectroscopy and electrical measurements. We demonstrated that the fabricated p+-i-p+ OTFTs work with carrier injection through a built-in potential at p+/i interfaces. We found that the p+-i-p+ OTFTs exhibit better FET characteristics than the conventional P3HT-OTFT with metal (Au) electrodes, indicating that the influence of a carrier injection barrier at the interface between the electrode and the active layer was suppressed by replacing the metal electrodes with p+-P3HT layers.

  5. Fabrication and Characterization of a Micromachined Swirl-Shaped Ionic Polymer Metal Composite Actuator with Electrodes Exhibiting Asymmetric Resistance

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    Feng, Guo-Hua; Liu, Kim-Min

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a swirl-shaped microfeatured ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) actuator. A novel micromachining process was developed to fabricate an array of IPMC actuators on a glass substrate and to ensure that no shortcircuits occur between the electrodes of the actuator. We demonstrated a microfluidic scheme in which surface tension was used to construct swirl-shaped planar IPMC devices of microfeature size and investigated the flow velocity of Nafion solutions, which formed the backbone polymer of the actuator, within the microchannel. The unique fabrication process yielded top and bottom electrodes that exhibited asymmetric surface resistance. A tool for measuring surface resistance was developed and used to characterize the resistances of the electrodes for the fabricated IPMC device. The actuator, which featured asymmetric electrode resistance, caused a nonzero-bias current when the device was driven using a zero-bias square wave, and we propose a circuit model to describe this phenomenon. Moreover, we discovered and characterized a bending and rotating motion when the IPMC actuator was driven using a square wave. We observed a strain rate of 14.6% and a displacement of 700 μm in the direction perpendicular to the electrode surfaces during 4.5-V actuation. PMID:24824370

  6. Continuous Droplet Removal upon Dropwise Condensation of Humid Air on a Hydrophobic Micropatterned Surface

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    2015-01-01

    Combination of two physical phenomena, capillary pressure gradient and wettability gradient, allows a simple two-step fabrication process that yields a reliable hydrophobic self-cleaning condenser surface. The surface is fabricated with specific microscopic topography and further treatment with a chemically inert low-surface-energy material. This process does not require growth of nanofeatures (nanotubes) or hydrophilic–hydrophobic patterning of the surface. Trapezoidal geometry of the microfeatures facilitates droplet transfer from the Wenzel to the Cassie state and reduces droplet critical diameter. The geometry of the micropatterns enhances local coalescence and directional movement for droplets with diameter much smaller than the radial length of the micropatterns. The hydrophobic self-cleaning micropatterned condenser surface prevents liquid film formation and promotes continuous dropwise condensation cycle. Upon dropwise condensation, droplets follow a designed wettability gradient created with micropatterns from the most hydrophobic to the least hydrophobic end of the surface. The surface has higher condensation efficiency, due to its directional self-cleaning property, than a plain hydrophobic surface. We explain the self-actuated droplet collection mechanism on the condenser surface and demonstrate experimentally the creation of an effective wettability gradient over a 6 mm radial distance. In spite of its fabrication simplicity, the fabricated surface demonstrates self-cleaning property, enhanced condensation performance, and reliability over time. Our work enables creation of a hydrophobic condenser surface with the directional self-cleaning property that can be used for collection of biological (chemical, environmental) aerosol samples or for condensation enhancement. PMID:25073014

  7. Continuous droplet removal upon dropwise condensation of humid air on a hydrophobic micropatterned surface.

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    Zamuruyev, Konstantin O; Bardaweel, Hamzeh K; Carron, Christopher J; Kenyon, Nicholas J; Brand, Oliver; Delplanque, Jean-Pierre; Davis, Cristina E

    2014-08-26

    Combination of two physical phenomena, capillary pressure gradient and wettability gradient, allows a simple two-step fabrication process that yields a reliable hydrophobic self-cleaning condenser surface. The surface is fabricated with specific microscopic topography and further treatment with a chemically inert low-surface-energy material. This process does not require growth of nanofeatures (nanotubes) or hydrophilic-hydrophobic patterning of the surface. Trapezoidal geometry of the microfeatures facilitates droplet transfer from the Wenzel to the Cassie state and reduces droplet critical diameter. The geometry of the micropatterns enhances local coalescence and directional movement for droplets with diameter much smaller than the radial length of the micropatterns. The hydrophobic self-cleaning micropatterned condenser surface prevents liquid film formation and promotes continuous dropwise condensation cycle. Upon dropwise condensation, droplets follow a designed wettability gradient created with micropatterns from the most hydrophobic to the least hydrophobic end of the surface. The surface has higher condensation efficiency, due to its directional self-cleaning property, than a plain hydrophobic surface. We explain the self-actuated droplet collection mechanism on the condenser surface and demonstrate experimentally the creation of an effective wettability gradient over a 6 mm radial distance. In spite of its fabrication simplicity, the fabricated surface demonstrates self-cleaning property, enhanced condensation performance, and reliability over time. Our work enables creation of a hydrophobic condenser surface with the directional self-cleaning property that can be used for collection of biological (chemical, environmental) aerosol samples or for condensation enhancement. PMID:25073014

  8. Fabrication of Pt nanoparticles-decorated CVD diamond electrode for biosensor applications.

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    Song, Min-Jung; Kim, Jong-Hoon; Lee, Seung-Koo; Lim, Dae-Soon

    2011-01-01

    An electrochemical biosensor was developed using boron-doped diamond (BDD) as an electrode material. To enhance the electrical performance of the electrode, the BDD electrode was decorated with Pt-nanoparticles (Pt-NPs) by electrochemical deposition. Their morphology according to the applied potentials for the synthesis of Pt-NPs was characterized by SEM. To identify the performance of the electrode modified with Pt-NPs, glucose detection was used as a sample sensing process, and the results were compared with those of a gold electrode and a bare BDD electrode. The electrochemical characteristics of the modified electrode were examined by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The BDD electrode with the Pt-NPs showed higher sensitivity and a lower detection limit than the Au electrode and BDD electrode. The proposed biosensor based on the Pt-NPs decorated BDD electrode showed high sensitivity, a low detection limit, fast direct electron transfer and good stability. PMID:21985922

  9. Fabrication and electrical properties of single wall carbon nanotube channel and graphene electrode based transistors; Toward all carbon electronics

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    Lee, Sang Wook; Seo, Miri; Na, Junhong; Kim, Yong Hyeon; Lee, Byeong-Joo; Kim, Jin-Ju; Yun, Hoyeol; Kim, Hakseong; Yoon, Ho-Ang; Kim, Keun Soo; Jeong, Goo-Hwan; Kim, Gyu Tae

    2014-03-01

    A transistor structure composed of an individual single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) channel with a graphene electrode was demonstrated. The integrated arrays of transistor devices were prepared by transferring patterned graphene electrode array on top of the pre-deposited SWNTs which were aligned along one direction. Aligned arrays of SWNTs were synthesized by thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method on quartz substrate. The micro scale contact electrodes and following circuit structures were defined by photo lithography on the large area graphene produced by CVD. Both of the single and multi layer graphene were used for the electrode materials. In this presentation, the device fabrication procedure, the contact properties, and the transistor performances of the device structures were discussed. This work was supported by NRF.

  10. Fabrication of interdigitated high-performance zinc oxide nanowire modified electrodes for glucose sensing.

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    Haarindraprasad, R; Hashim, Uda; Gopinath, Subash C B; Perumal, Veeradasan; Liu, Wei-Wen; Balakrishnan, S R

    2016-06-21

    Diabetes is a metabolic disease with a prolonged elevated level of glucose in the blood leads to long-term complications and increases the chances for cardiovascular diseases. The present study describes the fabrication of a ZnO nanowire (NW)-modified interdigitated electrode (IDE) to monitor the level of blood glucose. A silver IDE was generated by wet etching-assisted conventional lithography, with a gap between adjacent electrodes of 98.80 μm. The ZnO-based thin films and NWs were amended by sol-gel and hydrothermal routes. High-quality crystalline and c-axis orientated ZnO thin films were observed by XRD analyses. The ZnO thin film was annealed for 1, 3 and 5 h, yielding a good-quality crystallite with sizes of 50, 100 and 110 nm, and the band gaps were measured as 3.26, 3.20 and 3.17 eV, respectively. Furthermore, a flower-modeled NW was obtained with the lowest diameter of 21 nm. Our designed ZnO NW-modified IDE was shown to have a detection limit as low as 0.03 mg/dL (correlation coefficient = 0.98952) of glucose with a low response time of 3 s, perform better than commercial glucose meter, suitable to instantly monitor the glucose level of diabetes patients. This study demonstrated the high performance of NW-mediated IDEs for glucose sensing as alternative to current glucose sensors. PMID:27188319

  11. Multiwalled carbon nanotube coated polyester fabric as textile based flexible counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cell.

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    Arbab, Alvira Ayoub; Sun, Kyung Chul; Sahito, Iftikhar Ali; Qadir, Muhammad Bilal; Jeong, Sung Hoon

    2015-05-21

    Textile wearable electronics offers the combined advantages of both electronics and textile characteristics. The essential properties of these flexible electronics such as lightweight, stretchable, and wearable power sources are in strong demand. Here, we have developed a facile route to fabricate multi walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) coated polyester fabric as a flexible counter electrode (CE) for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A variety of MWCNT and enzymes with different structures were used to generate individual enzyme-dispersed MWCNT (E-MWCNT) suspensions by non-covalent functionalization. A highly concentrated colloidal suspension of E-MWCNT was deposited on polyester fabric via a simple tape casting method using an air drying technique. In view of the E-MWCNT coating, the surface structure is represented by topologically randomly assembled tubular graphene units. This surface morphology has a high density of colloidal edge states and oxygen-containing surface groups which execute multiple catalytic sites for iodide reduction. A highly conductive E-MWCNT coated fabric electrode with a surface resistance of 15 Ω sq(-1) demonstrated 5.69% power conversion efficiency (PCE) when used as a flexible CE for DSSCs. High photo voltaic performance of our suggested system of E-MWCNT fabric-based DSSCs is associated with high sheet conductivity, low charge transfer resistance (RCT), and excellent electro catalytic activity (ECA). Such a conductive fabric demonstrated stable conductivity against bending cycles and strong mechanical adhesion of E-MWCNT on polyester fabric. Moreover, the polyester fabric is hydrophobic and, therefore, has good sealing capacity and retains the polymer gel electrolyte without seepage. This facile E-MWCNT fabric CE configuration provides a concrete fundamental background towards the development of textile-integrated solar cells. PMID:25912056

  12. Facile fabrication of binder-free NiO electrodes with high rate capacity for lithium-ion batteries

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    Gu, Lili; Xie, Wenhe; Bai, Shuai; Liu, Boli; Xue, Song; Li, Qun; He, Deyan

    2016-04-01

    NiO nanocone arrays are fabricated on nickel foam substrate by a simple hydrothermal synthesis and a subsequent annealing in air. The obtained architecture is directly used as an anode for lithium-ion batteries without any binder. It delivers a capacity of 969 mAh g-1 in the 120th cycle at a current density of 0.5 C. Even at 10 C, the electrode can still deliver a capacity as high as 605.9 mAh g-1. The excellent electrochemical performance could be ascribed to the integrity and porosity of the cycled electrodes.

  13. Neural pathfinding on uni- and multidirectional photopolymerized micropatterns.

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    Tuft, Bradley W; Xu, Linjing; White, Scott P; Seline, Alison E; Erwood, Andrew M; Hansen, Marlan R; Guymon, C Allan

    2014-07-23

    Overcoming signal resolution barriers of neural prostheses, such as the commercially available cochlear impant (CI) or the developing retinal implant, will likely require spatial control of regenerative neural elements. To rationally design materials that direct nerve growth, it is first necessary to determine pathfinding behavior of de novo neurite growth from prosthesis-relevant cells such as spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) in the inner ear. Accordingly, in this work, repeating 90° turns were fabricated as multidirectional micropatterns to determine SGN neurite turning capability and pathfinding. Unidirectional micropatterns and unpatterned substrates are used as comparisons. Spiral ganglion Schwann cell alignment (SGSC) is also examined on each surface type. Micropatterns are fabricated using the spatial reaction control inherent to photopolymerization with photomasks that have either parallel line spacing gratings for unidirectional patterns or repeating 90° angle steps for multidirectional patterns. Feature depth is controlled by modulating UV exposure time by shuttering the light source at given time increments. Substrate topography is characterized by white light interferometry and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Both pattern types exhibit features that are 25 μm in width and 7.4 ± 0.7 μm in depth. SGN neurites orient randomly on unpatterned photopolymer controls, align and consistently track unidirectional patterns, and are substantially influenced by, but do not consistently track, multidirectional turning cues. Neurite lengths are 20% shorter on multidirectional substrates compared to unidirectional patterns while neurite branching and microfeature crossing events are significantly higher. For both pattern types, the majority of the neurite length is located in depressed surface features. Developing methods to understand neural pathfinding and to guide de novo neurite growth to specific stimulatory elements will enable design of innovative

  14. Neural Pathfinding on Uni- and Multidirectional Photopolymerized Micropatterns

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    2015-01-01

    Overcoming signal resolution barriers of neural prostheses, such as the commercially available cochlear impant (CI) or the developing retinal implant, will likely require spatial control of regenerative neural elements. To rationally design materials that direct nerve growth, it is first necessary to determine pathfinding behavior of de novo neurite growth from prosthesis-relevant cells such as spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) in the inner ear. Accordingly, in this work, repeating 90° turns were fabricated as multidirectional micropatterns to determine SGN neurite turning capability and pathfinding. Unidirectional micropatterns and unpatterned substrates are used as comparisons. Spiral ganglion Schwann cell alignment (SGSC) is also examined on each surface type. Micropatterns are fabricated using the spatial reaction control inherent to photopolymerization with photomasks that have either parallel line spacing gratings for unidirectional patterns or repeating 90° angle steps for multidirectional patterns. Feature depth is controlled by modulating UV exposure time by shuttering the light source at given time increments. Substrate topography is characterized by white light interferometry and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Both pattern types exhibit features that are 25 μm in width and 7.4 ± 0.7 μm in depth. SGN neurites orient randomly on unpatterned photopolymer controls, align and consistently track unidirectional patterns, and are substantially influenced by, but do not consistently track, multidirectional turning cues. Neurite lengths are 20% shorter on multidirectional substrates compared to unidirectional patterns while neurite branching and microfeature crossing events are significantly higher. For both pattern types, the majority of the neurite length is located in depressed surface features. Developing methods to understand neural pathfinding and to guide de novo neurite growth to specific stimulatory elements will enable design of innovative

  15. Design and fabrication of nanowire electrodes on a flexible substrate for detection of myocardial ischemia

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    Ramachandran, Vasuda; Yoon, Hargsoon; Varadan, Vijay K.

    2009-03-01

    According to a report by the American Heart Association, there are approximately 3-4 million Americans that may experience silent Myocardial Ischemia (MI). Silent MI is a serious heart condition that can progress to a severe heart attack without any warning and the consequences of such an event can turn fatal quickly. Therefore, there is a strong need for a sensor that can continuously monitor the onset of the condition to prevent high risk individuals from deadly heart attacks. An increase in extracellular potassium levels is the first sign of MI and timely sensing with an implantable potassium sensing biosensor could play a critical role in detecting and expediting care. There are challenges in the development of an implantable potassium sensing electrode one of which includes signal drift. The incorporation of novel nanostructures and smarter materials hold the potential to combat these problems. This paper presents a unique design for an all-solid-state potassium sensing device which offers miniaturization along with enhanced signal transduction. These characteristics are important when it comes to implantable devices and signal drift. Sensor design details along with fabrication processes and sensing results are discussed.

  16. Fabrication and characterization of a CuO/ITO heterojunction with a graphene transparent electrode

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    Mageshwari, K.; Han, Sanghoo; Park, Jinsub

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we investigate the electrical properties of a CuO-ITO heterojunction diode with the use of a graphene transparent electrode by current-voltage (I-V) characteristics. CuO thin films were deposited onto an ITO substrate by a simple sol-gel spin coating method and annealed at 500 °C. The x-ray diffraction pattern of the CuO thin films revealed the polycrystalline nature of CuO and exhibited a monoclinic crystal structure. FESEM images showed a uniform and densely packed particulate morphology. The optical band gap of CuO thin films estimated using UV-vis absorption spectra was found to be 2.50 eV. The I-V characteristics of the fabricated CuO-ITO heterojunction showed a well-defined rectifying behavior with improved electrical properties after the insertion of graphene. The electronic parameters of the heterostructure such as barrier height, ideality factor and series resistance were determined from the I-V measurements, and the possible current transport mechanism was discussed.

  17. Fabrication of Gate-Electrode Integrated Carbon-Nanotube Bundle Field Emitters

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    Toda, Risaku; Bronikowski, Michael; Luong, Edward; Manohara, Harish

    2008-01-01

    A continuing effort to develop carbon-nanotube-based field emitters (cold cathodes) as high-current-density electron sources has yielded an optimized device design and a fabrication scheme to implement the design. One major element of the device design is to use a planar array of bundles of carbon nanotubes as the field-emission tips and to optimize the critical dimensions of the array (principally, heights of bundles and distances between them) to obtain high area-averaged current density and high reliability over a long operational lifetime a concept that was discussed in more detail in Arrays of Bundles of Carbon Nanotubes as Field Emitters (NPO-40817), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 31, No. 2 (February 2007), page 58. Another major element of the design is to configure the gate electrodes (anodes used to extract, accelerate, and/or focus electrons) as a ring that overhangs a recess wherein the bundles of nanotubes are located, such that by virtue of the proximity between the ring and the bundles, a relatively low applied potential suffices to generate the large electric field needed for emission of electrons.

  18. Field Emission of Wet Transferred Suspended Graphene Fabricated on Interdigitated Electrodes.

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    Xu, Ji; Wang, Qilong; Tao, Zhi; Qi, Zhiyang; Zhai, Yusheng; Wu, Shengqi; Zhang, Xiaobing; Lei, Wei

    2016-02-10

    Suspended graphene (SG) membranes could enable strain-engineering of ballistic Dirac fermion transport and eliminate the extrinsic bulk disorder by annealing. When freely suspended without contact to any substrates, graphene could be considered as the ultimate two-dimensional (2D) morphology, leading to special field characteristics with the 2D geometrical effect and effectively utilized as an outstanding structure to explore the fundamental electronic or optoelectronic mechanism. In this paper, we report field emission characterization on an individual suspended few-layer graphene. A controllable wet transfer method is used to obtain the continuous and suspended graphene membrane on interdigitated gold electrodes. This suspended structure displays an overall field emission from the entirely surface, except for the variation in the emitting positions, acquiring a better enhancement than the exfoliated graphene on the conventional flat substrate. We also observe the transition process from space charge flow at low bias to the Fowler-Nordheim theory at high current emission regime. It could enable theoretical and experimental investigation of the typical electron emission properties of the 2D regime. Numerical simulations are also carried out to study the electrical properties of the suspended structure. Further improvement on the fabrication would realize low disorder, high quality, and large-scale suspended graphene devices. PMID:26795930

  19. Fabrication of micro/nano-composite porous TiO2 electrodes for quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Song, Xiaohui; Wang, Minqiang; Xing, Tiying; Deng, Jianping; Ding, Jijun; Yang, Zhi; Zhang, Xiangyu

    2014-05-01

    For colloidal quantum dots-sensitized solar cells (QDSSC), the penetration and distribution of quantum dots (QDs) within electrodes is very crucial for performance improvement. In view of much bigger size of colloidal QDs than that of dye molecules, a TiO2 electrode with open structure is helpful for the distribution of QDs. In this study, micro/nano-composite porous TiO2 electrodes are fabricated by incorporating polystyrene (PS) spheres into the TiO2 screen-printing paste. After sintering, the embedded PS spheres are burnt off, leaving randomly distributed submicrometer voids in the electrodes, which favor easy penetration of the colloidal CdSe QDs within the TiO2 electrodes, and thus avoiding the unfavorable clogging of pores by CdSe QDs. In addition, this kind of composite structure enhances the scattering properties of the electrodes and hence the light capture inside the device. In order to obtain optimized devices, we probe into the influence of the PS concentration on the photovoltaic performance. The result shows that a maximum conversion efficiency of 2.23% is obtained for the QDSSC made from the PS:TiO2 = 1:4 paste.

  20. Laser Direct Writing of Conductive Silver Micropatterns on Transparent Flexible Double-Decker-Shaped Polysilsesquioxane Film Using Silver Nanoparticle Ink

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    Aminuzzaman, Mohammod; Watanabe, Akira; Miyashita, Tokuji

    2015-12-01

    This paper describes fabrication of conductive, highly adhesive silver (Ag) micropatterns on transparent flexible double-decker-shaped polysilsesquioxane (DDPSQ) film by a laser direct writing technique using a precursor film prepared from liquid-dispersed Ag nanoparticles. The laser-written Ag micropatterns have been characterized by optical microscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, surface profilometry, and resistivity measurements. The line width of the Ag micropatterns can be flexibly controlled by changing the objective lens magnification and laser spot size. Using a ×100 objective lens and laser energy density of 170.50 kW/cm2, Ag micropatterns with line width of about 4 μm have been achieved. The Ag micropatterns show excellent adherence to the DDPSQ surface as evaluated by Scotch-tape test. The resistivity of the Ag micropatterns has been determined to be 4.1 × 10-6 Ω cm using the two-point probe method, being almost comparable to that of bulk Ag (1.6 × 10-6 Ω cm). Thus, high-quality, narrow, homogeneous Ag microlines with high conductivity and adhesion can be produced under optimized laser scanning conditions.

  1. Anisotropic micro-cloths fabricated from DNA-stabilized carbon nanotubes: one-stop manufacturing with electrode needles

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    Frusawa, Hiroshi; Yoshii, Gen

    2015-03-01

    Among a variety of solution-based approaches to fabricate anisotropic films of aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs), we focus on the dielectrophoretic assembly method using AC electric fields in DNA-stabilized CNT suspensions. We demonstrate that a one-stop manufacturing system using electrode needles can draw anisotropic DNA-CNT hybrid films of 10 to 100 µm in size (i.e., free-standing DNA-CNT micro-cloths) from the remaining suspension into the atmosphere while maintaining structural order. It has been found that a maximal degree of polarization (ca. 40%) can be achieved by micro-cloths fabricated from a variety of DNA-CNT mixtures. Our results suggest that the one-stop method can impart biocompatibility to the downsized CNT films and that the DNA-stabilized CNT micro-cloths directly connected to an electrode could be useful for biofuel cells in terms of electron transfer and/or enzymatic activity.

  2. Micropatterning of a Bipolar Plate Using Direct Laser Melting Process

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    Jang, Jeong-hwan; Joo, Byeong-don; Mun, Sung-min; Moona, Young-hoon

    2010-06-15

    Direct laser melting (DLM) technology has been used to fabricate the micro-pattern of the bipolar plate in a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC). A suitable approach to enhance the performance of the bipolar plate has been performed to optimize the DLM process. To fabricate the micro pattern, a DLM process with 316L stainless steel powder has been used. For the melted height of 1 mm, the DLM process conditions were optimized such as; laser power of 200 W, scan rate of 36.62 mm/s and the 8-layer structures. To characterize the effect of material type, the bipolar plates of various types were analyzed. In case of the 316L stainless steel DLM patterning, a current density of 297 mA/cm{sup 2} was achieved but the case of the 316L stainless steel plate, 248 mA/cm{sup 2} current density that is lower than that of other materials was achieved. The overall cell performance of 316L stainless steel DLM patterning bipolar plate was better than that of the 316L stainless steel plate. This has significant advantages for the micropatterning using DLM process. The use of 316L stainless steel powder material as micro pattern material will reduce the machining cost as well as volume of the fuel cell stack.

  3. Fabrication of nano-electrode arrays of free-standing carbon nanotubes on nano-patterned substrate by imprint method

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    Chang, W. S.; Kim, J. W.; Choi, D. G.; Han, C. S.

    2011-01-01

    The synthesis of isolated carbon nanotubes with uniform outer diameters and ordered spacing over wafer-scale areas was investigated for fabrication of nano-electrode arrays on silicon wafers for field emission and sensor devices. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were grown on TiN electrode layer with iron catalyst patterned by nano-imprint lithography (NIL), which allows the precise placement of individual CNTs on a substrate. The proposed techniques, including plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) and NIL, are simple, inexpensive, and reproducible methods for fabrication of nano-scale devices in large areas. The catalyst patterns were defined by an array of circles with 200 nm in diameter, and variable lengths of pitch. The nano-patterned master and Fe catalyst were observed with good pattern fidelity over a large area by atomic force microscope (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Nano-electrodes of MWCNTs had diameters ranging from 50 nm to 100 nm and lengths of about 300 nm. Field emission tests showed the reducing ignition voltage as the geometry of nanotube arrays was controlled by catalyst patterning. These results showed a wafer-scale approach to the control of the size, pitch, and position of nano-electrodes of nanotubes for various applications including electron field-emission sources, electrochemical probes, functionalized sensor elements, and so on.

  4. Fabrication of gallium hexacyanoferrate modified carbon ionic liquid paste electrode for sensitive determination of hydrogen peroxide and glucose.

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    Haghighi, Behzad; Khosravi, Mehdi; Barati, Ali

    2014-07-01

    Gallium hexacyanoferrate (GaHCFe) and graphite powder were homogeneously dispersed into n-dodecylpyridinium hexafluorophosphate and paraffin to fabricate GaHCFe modified carbon ionic liquid paste electrode (CILPE). Mixture experimental design was employed to optimize the fabrication of GaHCFe modified CILPE (GaHCFe-CILPE). A pair of well-defined redox peaks due to the redox reaction of GaHCFe through one-electron process was observed for the fabricated electrode. The fabricated GaHCFe-CILPE exhibited good electrocatalytic activity towards reduction and oxidation of H2O2. The observed sensitivities for the electrocatalytic oxidation and reduction of H2O2 at the operating potentials of +0.8 and -0.2V were about 13.8 and 18.3 mA M(-1), respectively. The detection limit (S/N=3) for H2O2 was about 1 μM. Additionally, glucose oxidase (GOx) was immobilized on GaHCFe-CILPE using two methodology, entrapment into Nafion matrix and cross-linking with glutaraldehyde and bovine serum albumin, in order to fabricate glucose biosensor. Linear dynamic rage, sensitivity and detection limit for glucose obtained by the biosensor fabricated using cross-linking methodology were 0.1-6mM, 0.87 mA M(-1) and 30 μM, respectively and better than those obtained (0.2-6mM, 0.12 mA M(-1) and 50 μM) for the biosensor fabricated using entrapment methodology. PMID:24857484

  5. Bipolarly stacked electrolyser for energy and space efficient fabrication of supercapacitor electrodes

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    Liu, Xiaojuan; Wu, Tao; Dai, Zengxin; Tao, Keran; Shi, Yong; Peng, Chuang; Zhou, Xiaohang; Chen, George Z.

    2016-03-01

    Stacked electrolysers with titanium bipolar plates are constructed for electrodeposition of polypyrrole electrodes for supercapacitors. The cathode side of the bipolar Ti plates are pre-coated with activated carbon. In this new design, half electrolysis occurs which significantly lowers the deposition voltage. The deposited electrodes are tested in a symmetrical unit cell supercapacitor and an asymmetrical supercapacitor stack. Both devices show excellent energy storage performances and the capacitance values are very close to the design value, suggesting a very high current efficiency during the electrodeposition. The electrolyser stack offers multi-fold benefits for preparation of conducting polymer electrodes, i.e. low energy consumption, facile control of the electrode capacitance and simultaneous preparation of a number of identical electrodes. Therefore, the stacked bipolar electrolyser is a technology advance that offers an engineering solution for mass production of electrodeposited conducting polymer electrodes for supercapacitors.

  6. Electrochemically switchable platform for the micro-patterning and release of heterotypic cell sheets.

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    Guillaume-Gentil, Orane; Gabi, Michael; Zenobi-Wong, Marcy; Vörös, Janos

    2011-02-01

    This article describes a dynamic platform in which the biointerfacial properties of micro-patterned domains can be switched electrochemically through the spatio-temporally controlled dissolution and adsorption of polyelectrolyte coatings. Insulating SU-8 micro-patterns created on a transparent indium tin oxide electrode by photolithography allowed for the local control over the electrochemical dissolution of polyelectrolyte mono- and multilayers, with polyelectrolytes shielded from the electrochemical treatment by the underlying photoresist stencil. The platform allowed for the creation of micro-patterned cell co-cultures through the electrochemical removal of a non-fouling polyelectrolyte coating and the localized adsorption of a cell adhesive one after attachment of the first cell population. In addition, the use of weak adhesive polyelectrolyte coatings on the photoresist domains allowed for the detachment of a contiguous heterotypic cell sheet upon electrochemical trigger. Cells grown on the ITO domains peeled off upon electrochemical dissolution of the sacrificial polyelectrolyte substrate, whereas adjacent cell areas on the insulated weakly adhesive substrate easily detached through the contractile force generated by neighboring cells. This electrochemical strategy for the micro-patterning and detachment of heterotypic cell sheets combines simplicity, precision and versatility, and presents great prospects for the creation of cellular constructs which mimic the cellular complexity of native tissues. PMID:21057978

  7. Direct fabrication of Cu/Cu2O composite micro-temperature sensor using femtosecond laser reduction patterning

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    Mizoshiri, Mizue; Ito, Yasuaki; Arakane, Shun; Sakurai, Junpei; Hata, Seiichi

    2016-06-01

    Micro-temperature sensors, which composed of a Cu2O-rich sensing part and two Cu-rich electrodes, were directly fabricated by femtosecond laser reduction patterning of CuO nanoparticles. Patterning of the microstructures was performed by laser scanning with pitches of 5, 10, and 15 µm. Cu2O-rich micropatterns were formed at the laser scan speed of 1 mm/s, the pitch of 5 µm, and the pulse energy of 0.54 nJ. Cu-rich micropatterns that had high generation selectivity of Cu against Cu2O were fabricated at the laser scan speed of 15 mm/s, the pitch of 5 µm, and the pulse energy of 0.45 nJ. Electrical resistivities of the Cu2O- and Cu-rich micropatterns were approximately 10 Ω m and 9 µΩ m, respectively. The temperature coefficient of the resistance of the micro-temperature sensor fabricated under these laser irradiation conditions was ‑5.5 × 10‑3/°C. This resistance property with a negative value was consistent with that of semiconductor Cu2O.

  8. Continuous flow ink etching for direct micropattern of silicon dioxide

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    Xing, Jiyao; Rong, Weibin; Wang, Lefeng; Sun, Lining

    2016-07-01

    A continuous flow ink etching (CFIE) method is presented to directly create micropatterns on a 60 nm thick silicon dioxide (SiO2) layer. This technique employs a micropipette filled with potassium bifluoride (KHF2) aqueous solution to localize SiO2 dissolution in the vicinity of the micropipette tip. Both dot and line features with well-defined edges were fabricated and used as hardmasks for silicon etching. The linear density of etchant ink deposited on the SiO2 can be used to regulate the depth, width and 2D morphology of the line pattern. The characterization of CFIE including the resolution (about 4 μm), reproducibility and capability to form complex structures are reported. This technique provides a simple and flexible alternative to generate the SiO2 hardmask for silicon microstructure fabrication.

  9. Fabrication and Electrochemical Characterization of Nanoporous Silicon Electrode for Amperometric Urea Biosensor

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    Yun, Donghwa; Song, Min-Jung; Hwang, Sungwoo; Hong, Suk-In

    2012-06-01

    We describe a new type of biosensor that employs a modified gold electrode based on nanoporous silicon (NPSi) for the electrochemical detection of urea. Urease (Urs) was covalently immobilized onto an Au/NPSi electrode functionalized with 3-mercaptopropionic acid (3-MPA). Amperometric calibration curves for both NPSi and planar silicon (PLSi)-based urea sensitive electrodes were compared in the range of 0.3 to 4.5 mM urea concentrations. The Michaelis-Menten constant (Km) was determined using the amperometric method. The electrochemical active area (Aea) of the 3-MPA/Au/NPSi electrode was evaluated using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and the result was compared with the 3-MPA/Au/PLSi electrode. Measured sensitivity of the Urs/SAMs/Au/NPSi electrode is ca. 2.05 µA mM-1 cm-2 and that of the Urs/SAMs/Au/PLSi electrode is ca. 1.10 µA mM-1 cm-2. About 1.8 times of sensitivity increase is obtained in the Au/NPSi electrode.

  10. All-Organic Actuator Fabricated with Single Wall Carbon Nanotube Electrodes

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    Lowther, Sharon E.; Harrison, Joycelyn S.; Kang, Jinho; Park, Cheol; Park, Chan Eon

    2008-01-01

    Compliant electrodes to replace conventional metal electrodes have been required for many actuators to relieve the constraint on the electroactive layer. Many conducting polymers have been proposed for the alternative electrodes, but they still have a problem of poor thermal stability. This article reports a novel all-organic actuator with single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) films as the alternative electrode. The SWCNT film was obtained by filtering a SWCNT solution through an anodized alumina membrane. The conductivity of the SWCNT film was about 280 S/cm. The performance of the SWCNT film electrode was characterized by measuring the dielectric properties of NASA Langley Research Center - Electroactive Polymer (LaRC-EAP) sandwiched by the SWCNT electrodes over a broad range of temperature (from 25 C to 280 C) and frequency (from 1 KHz to 1 MHz). The all-organic actuator with the SWCNT electrodes showed a larger electric field-induced strain than that with metal electrodes, under identical measurement conditions.

  11. Fabrication of NiO thin film electrode for supercapacitor applications

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    Mali, V. V.; Navale, S. T.; Chougule, M. A.; Khuspe, G. D.; Godse, P. R.; Patil, V. B.; Pawar, S. A.

    2014-04-24

    Nanocrystalline NiO electrode is successfully electrosynthesized for supercapacitor application. The nanocrystalline NiO electrode is characterized using scanning electron microscope (SEM). Nickel oxide is a highly porous and the film surface looked smooth and composed of fine elongated particles. The supercapacitive performance of NiO electrode is tested using cyclic voltammetry (C-V) technique in 0.5M Na{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 3} electrolyte within potential range of −1.2 to +1.2 V. The effect of scan rate on the capacitance of NiO electrode is studied. The highest specific capacitance of 439 Fg{sup −1} at the voltage scan rate of 50mVs{sup −1} is achieved. Additionally stability and charging–discharging of NiO electrode are studied.

  12. Lift-Off Free Fabrication Approach for Periodic Structures with Tunable Nano Gaps for Interdigitated Electrode Arrays.

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    Partel, Stefan; Dincer, Can; Kasemann, Stephan; Kieninger, Jochen; Edlinger, Johannes; Urban, Gerald

    2016-01-26

    We report a simple, low-cost and lift-off free fabrication approach for periodic structures with adjustable nanometer gaps for interdigitated electrode arrays (IDAs). It combines an initial structure and two deposition process steps; first a dielectric layer is deposited, followed by a metal evaporation. The initial structure can be realized by lithography or any other structuring technique (e.g., nano imprint, hot embossing or injection molding). This method allows the fabrication of nanometer sized gaps and completely eliminates the need for a lift-off process. Different substrate materials like silicon, Pyrex or polymers can be used. The electrode gap is controlled primarily by sputter deposition of the initial structure, and thus, adjustable gaps in the nanometer range can be realized independently of the mask or stamp pattern. Electrochemical characterizations using redox cycling in ferrocenemethanol (FcMeOH) demonstrate signal amplification factors of more than 110 together with collection factors higher than 99%. Furthermore, the correlation between the gap width and the amplification factor was studied to obtain an electrochemical performance assessment of the nano gap electrodes. The results demonstrate an exponential relationship between amplification factor and gap width. PMID:26625012

  13. Design, Fabrication, and Testing of Silicon-integrated Li-ion Secondary Micro Batteries with Interdigital Electrodes

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    Hoeppner, K.; Ferch, M.; Froebe, A.; Gernhardt, R.; Hahn, R.; Mackowiak, P.; Mukhopadhyay, B.; Roder, S.; Saalhofen, I.; Lang, K.-D.

    2015-12-01

    This paper reports the design, fabrication, and testing of silicon-integrated lithium ion secondary micro batteries with a side-by-side electrode setup. Cavities separated by narrow silicon spacers served as containments for two interdigitally arranged electrodes and were etched into <110>-Si by wet chemical etching. The etched silicon battery containments were passivated by a layer of SiOx/SixNy. Al current collectors were applied by sputtering and back etching. A volumetric micro dispenser served to fill the cavities with slurries of the active materials - lithium cobalt manganese oxide (Liy(Ni1/2Co1/5Mn3/10)O2) as the cathode and lithium titanate (Li4Ti5O12) as the anode material. Filling with electrolyte, encapsulation, and electrochemical characterization of the finished cells took place in an Ar-filled glove box. The fabricated batteries with IDE show considerably lower impedances than cells with single side by side electrodes and are capable of constant current loads up to 10 C. A linear capacity loss rate of <0.1% per cycle was observed over 30 full cycles at 0.2C.

  14. Micropatterning of neural stem cells and Purkinje neurons using a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stencil.

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    Choi, Jin Ho; Lee, Hyun; Jin, Hee Kyung; Bae, Jae-sung; Kim, Gyu Man

    2012-12-01

    A new fabrication method of a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stencil embedded microwell plate is proposed and applied to a localized culture of Purkinje neurons (PNs) and neural stem cells (NSCs). A microwell plate combines a PDMS stencil and well plate. The PDMS stencil was fabricated by spin casting from an SU-8 master mold. Gas blowing using nitrogen was adopted to perforate the stencil membrane. An acrylic well plate compartment mold was fabricated using computer numerical control (CNC) machining. By PDMS casting using a stencil placed on an acrylic mold, microwell plates were fabricated without punching or the use of a plasma bonding process. By using the stencil as a physical mask for the cell culture, PNs and NSCs were successfully cultured into micropatterns. The microwell plate could be applied to the localizing and culturing of a cell. The micropatterned NSCs were differentiated into neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes. The results showed that cells could be cultured and differentiated into micropatterns in a precisely controlled manner in any shape and in specific sizes for bioscience study and bioengineering applications. PMID:23042549

  15. Positive Electrode Fabrication for Bi-polar Ni-h2 Cells

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    Edgar, T. A.

    1984-01-01

    Bi-Polar nickel hydrogen design studies indicated a potential improvement in energy density and specific energy if positive electrodes could be manufactured in configurations of twice or more of the present normal thickness. Such electrodes would have to achieve similar active material loading, utilization, and cycle life to conventional 0.8mm I.P.U. nickel hydrogen electrodes. A capability for producing 1.0mm dry sinter and 1.5mm slurry sinter structures on production processes and equipment was demonstrated. The EPI/USAF electrochemical impregnation process proved capable of loading thick electrodes to 1.60 g/cubic centimeters void or higher. Sample electrodes incurred 2000 high rate stress cycles without significant structural or performance degradation. Formation regimes developed for thin plaque are not optimal for thick plaque and further investigation into electrode capacity build-up would seem warranted. Thick electrode technology development is continuing under other programs and shows promise of fulfilling the projected energy density and specific energy improvements.

  16. Nanostructured porous silicon micropatterns as a tool for substrate-conditioned cell research

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    Punzón-Quijorna, Esther; Sánchez-Vaquero, Vanessa; Muñoz-Noval, Álvaro; Pérez-Roldán, M. Jesus; Martín-Palma, Raúl J.; Rossi, Francois; Climent-Font, Aurelio; Manso-Silván, Miguel; Ruiz, J. Predestinacion García; Torres-Costa, Vicente

    2012-07-01

    The localized irradiation of Si allows a precise patterning at the microscale of nanostructured materials such as porous silicon (PS). PS patterns with precisely defined geometries can be fabricated using ion stopping masks. The nanoscale textured micropatterns were used to explore their influence as microenvironments for human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs). In fact, the change of photoluminescence emission from PS upon aging in physiological solution suggests the intense formation of silanol surface groups, which may play a relevant role in ulterior cell adhesion. The experimental results show that hMSCs are sensitive to the surface micropatterns. In this regard, preliminary β-catenin labeling studies reveal the formation of cell to cell interaction structures, while microtubule orientation is strongly influenced by the selective adhesion conditions. Relevantly, Ki-67 assays support a proliferative state of hMSCs on such nanostructured micropatterns comparable to that of standard cell culture platforms, which reinforce the candidature of porous silicon micropatterns to become a conditioning structure for in vitro culture of HMSCs.

  17. Nanostructured porous silicon micropatterns as a tool for substrate-conditioned cell research

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    2012-01-01

    The localized irradiation of Si allows a precise patterning at the microscale of nanostructured materials such as porous silicon (PS). PS patterns with precisely defined geometries can be fabricated using ion stopping masks. The nanoscale textured micropatterns were used to explore their influence as microenvironments for human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs). In fact, the change of photoluminescence emission from PS upon aging in physiological solution suggests the intense formation of silanol surface groups, which may play a relevant role in ulterior cell adhesion. The experimental results show that hMSCs are sensitive to the surface micropatterns. In this regard, preliminary β-catenin labeling studies reveal the formation of cell to cell interaction structures, while microtubule orientation is strongly influenced by the selective adhesion conditions. Relevantly, Ki-67 assays support a proliferative state of hMSCs on such nanostructured micropatterns comparable to that of standard cell culture platforms, which reinforce the candidature of porous silicon micropatterns to become a conditioning structure for in vitro culture of HMSCs. PMID:22799489

  18. In vitro neurite guidance effects induced by polylysine pinstripe micropatterns with polylysine background.

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    Joo, Sunghoon; Kang, Kyungtae; Nam, Yoonkey

    2015-08-01

    Engineered culture substrates with chemical neurite guidance cues have been used for studying the mechanism of axon pathfinding at cellular level. In this study, we designed a novel poly-l-lysine (PLL) micropattern ("pinstripe micropattern") to investigate how the same biomolecules with slightly different surface concentration can affect in vitro neuronal growth. The pinstripe micropattern was fabricated by stamping PLL on a PLL-coated glass coverslip, which resulted in denser PLL lines and a less-dense PLL background. There were two effects of the substrate on cultured primary hippocampal neuron: neurite initiation and growth cone turning. Although the whole surface was permissive for neurite outgrowth, we observed that the growth direction of neurites had a strong tendency to follow the stamped PLL line patterns with PLL background. However, the micropattern did not affect the spreading of cell body on the substrate. According to these investigations, we concluded that the PLL pinstripe pattern with PLL background, which had the step difference of polylysine concentrations, would be very useful for designing novel cell assays for the investigation of neurite guidance mechanisms, and suggested it as a new design method for controlling the direction of neurite growth on in vitro neural network. PMID:25630479

  19. Design, Fabrication and Testing of Silicon-integrated Li-ion Secondary Micro Batteries with Side-by-Side Electrodes

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    Hoeppner, K.; Ferch, M.; Eisenreich, M.; Marquardt, K.; Hahn, R.; Mackowiak, P.; Mukhopadhyay, B.; Ngo, H.-D.; Gernhardt, R.; Toepper, M.; Lang, K.-D.

    2013-12-01

    This paper reports the design, fabrication, and testing of silicon-integrated lithium ion secondary micro batteries with a side-by-side electrode setup. Two cavities separated by a narrow silicon spacer served as a containment for the electrodes and were etched into <110>-Si by wet chemical etching using aqueous KOH solution. The etched silicon battery containment was passivated by a stress-compensated layer of SiO2/Si3N4. Ti/Pt-current collectors were applied by E-beam evaporation and lift-off structuring. A volumetric dispenser served to fill the cavities with slurries of the active materials - lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2) as the anode and graphite as the cathode material. Encapsulation, electrolyte filling, and electrochemical characterisation of the finished cells took place in an Ar-filled glove box. The fabricated batteries have shown a rate capability of up to 5C and a linear capacity loss rate of <1 % per cycle over 30 full-cycles. Battery containments with different cavity and spacer widths have been fabricated.

  20. A three-dimensional flexible supercapacitor with enhanced performance based on lightweight, conductive graphene-cotton fabric electrode

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    Zhou, Qianlong; Ye, Xingke; Wan, Zhongquan; Jia, Chunyang

    2015-11-01

    Recently, the topic of developing lightweight, flexible and implantable energy storage systems to address the energy-supply problem of wearable electronics has aroused increasing interests. In this paper, by introducing reduced graphene oxide (rGO), we successfully converted the commercial cotton fabric into free-standing, electrically conductive and electrochemically active fabric. Flexible supercapacitor based on the obtained conductive reduced graphene oxide-carbonized cotton fabric (rGO/CCF) exhibits high capacitance (87.53 mF cm-2 at 2 mV s-1), well cycling stability (89.82% capacitance retention after 1000 charge-discharge cycles) and excellent electrochemical stability (90.5% capacitance retention after 100 bending cycles). Moreover, a macroscopic three-dimensional sandwich-interdigital device structure was designed to enhance the supercapacitor performance. The unique rGO/CCF based sandwich-interdigital structure (SIS) supercapacitor shows a volumetric capacitance of 5.53 F cm-3 at current density of 0.0625 A cm-3 in aqueous electrolyte, which is 1.67 and 4.28 orders higher than the traditional sandwich structure (SS) and interdigital structure (IS) supercapacitor based on the same electrode material and electrolyte. Furthermore, energy density enhancement of the supercapacitor has also been achieved by adopting the well-designed device structure. The original SIS supercapacitor based on the elaborate device structure and high-performance electrode material may provide new design opportunities for flexible energy storage devices.

  1. Fabrication of functionalized carbon nanotube buckypaper electrodes for application in glucose biosensors.

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    Papa, Henry; Gaillard, Melissa; Gonzalez, Leon; Chatterjee, Jhunu

    2014-12-01

    A highly sensitive glucose detection method was developed using functionalized carbon nanotube buckypaper as a free standing electrode in an electrochemical biosensor. Glucose oxidase was immobilized onto various buckypaper samples in order to oxidize glucose resulting in a measureable current/voltage signal output of the biosensor. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and amperometry were utilized to determine the sensitivity of these buckypaper electrodes. Sensors of three different types of buckypaper were prepared and compared. These modified buckypaper electrode-based sensors showed much higher sensitivity to glucose compared to other electrochemical glucose sensors. PMID:25587433

  2. Fabrication of a Multi-Walled Nanotube (MWNT) Ionic Liquid Electrode and Its Application for Sensing Phenolics in Red Wines

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    Kim, Kyo-Il; Kang, Hee-Young; Lee, Jae-Chan; Choi, Seong-Ho

    2009-01-01

    A multi-walled nanotube (MWNT) ionic liquid was prepared by the immobilization of 1-butylimidazole bromide onto an epoxy group on a poly(glycidyl methacrylate)-grafted MWNT, which was synthesized by radiation-induced graft polymerization of glycidyl methacrylate onto MWNT in an aqueous solution. Subsequently, a MWNT ionic liquid electrode was fabricated by hand-casting MWNT ionic liquid, tyrosinase, and chitosan solution as a binder on indium tin oxide (ITO) glass. The sensing ranges of the MWNT ionic liquid electrode with immobilized tyrosinase was in the range of 0.01-0.08 mM in a phosphate buffer solution. The optimal conditions such as pH, temperature, and effects of different phenolic compounds were determined. The total phenolic compounds of three commercial red wines were also determined on the tyrosinase-immobilized biosensor. PMID:22399973

  3. Pt metallization of laser transformed medical grade silicone rubber: Last step toward a miniaturized nerve electrode fabrication process

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    Dupas-Bruzek, C.; Dréan, P.; Derozier, D.

    2009-10-01

    Chronic nerve recording and stimulation became possible through the use of implanted electrodes cuffs. In particular, self-sizing spiral electrode cuffs limit mechanical damage to the tissue: these have been shown to be suitable for long term implantation in animal and in man. However, up to now, such electrode cuffs were handmade and were hardly reproducible. They possessed a small number of electrodes (dot contacts), each being linked to its own wire. In order to improve the selectivity of nerve recording and/or stimulation (functional electrical stimulation), the numbers of electrodes and tracks have to be increased within the same electrode cuff surface. To fulfill this requirement, we have developed a fabrication process that uses an UV laser to induce surface modification, which activates the silicone rubber and is used with a mask to give high definition tracks and electrodes. After this primary step, silicone rubber is immersed in a Pt autocatalytic bath leading to a selective Pt metallization of the laser activated tracks and electrodes. We report our process as well as the results on the Pt metallization, including its morphology, how the DC resistance of Pt tracks depends on the laser used and the irradiation conditions, and also the electrical resistance of Pt tracks submitted to Scotch tape tests or to imposed strains. We show that (i) the type of laser and the irradiation conditions have a strong influence on the nucleation and growth rate of platinum and thus on the DC resistance of the tracks, (ii) the tracks of width 400 μm and thickness 10 μm have a sheet resistivity of 0.2 Ω/sq, (iii) DC resistance does not change much during a 6 month soak in saline, (iv) strains above 2% breaks the track continuity, and (v) when strains below 53% are relaxed, the DC resistance returns to a low value. This recovery from large tensile strains means that nerve cuffs with such metallization could be handled by the surgeon without great care before and during

  4. Method for fabricating carbon/lithium-ion electrode for rechargeable lithium cell

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    Huang, Chen-Kuo (Inventor); Surampudi, Subbarao (Inventor); Attia, Alan I. (Inventor); Halpert, Gerald (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    The method includes steps for forming a carbon electrode composed of graphitic carbon particles adhered by an ethylene propylene diene monomer binder. An effective binder composition is disclosed for achieving a carbon electrode capable of subsequent intercalation by lithium ions. The method also includes steps for reacting the carbon electrode with lithium ions to incorporate lithium ions into graphitic carbon particles of the electrode. An electrical current is repeatedly applied to the carbon electrode to initially cause a surface reaction between the lithium ions and to the carbon and subsequently cause intercalation of the lithium ions into crystalline layers of the graphitic carbon particles. With repeated application of the electrical current, intercalation is achieved to near a theoretical maximum. Two differing multi-stage intercalation processes are disclosed. In the first, a fixed current is reapplied. In the second, a high current is initially applied, followed by a single subsequent lower current stage. Resulting carbon/lithium-ion electrodes are well suited for use as an anode in a reversible, ambient temperature, lithium cell.

  5. Micro-patterned ZnO semiconductors for high performance thin film transistors via chemical imprinting with a PDMS stamp.

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    Seong, Kieun; Kim, Kyongjun; Park, Si Yun; Kim, Youn Sang

    2013-04-01

    Chemical imprinting was conducted on ZnO semiconductor films via a chemical reaction at the contact regions between a micro-patterned PDMS stamp and ZnO films. In addition, we applied the chemical imprinting on Li doped ZnO thin films for high performance TFTs fabrication. The representative micro-patterned Li doped ZnO TFTs showed a field effect mobility of 4.2 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) after sintering at 300 °C. PMID:23439918

  6. Ultrathin MXene-Micropattern-Based Field-Effect Transistor for Probing Neural Activity.

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    Xu, Bingzhe; Zhu, Minshen; Zhang, Wencong; Zhen, Xu; Pei, Zengxia; Xue, Qi; Zhi, Chunyi; Shi, Peng

    2016-05-01

    A field-effect transistor (FET) based on ultrathin Ti3 C2 -MXene micropatterns is developed and utilized as a highly sensitive biosensor. The device is produced with the microcontact printing technique, making use of its unique advantages for easy fabrication. Using the MXene-FET device, label-free probing of small molecules in typical biological environments and fast detection of action potentials in primary neurons is demonstrated. PMID:26924616

  7. On-chip metal/polypyrrole quasi-reference electrodes for robust ISFET operation.

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    Duarte-Guevara, Carlos; Swaminathan, Vikhram V; Burgess, Mark; Reddy, Bobby; Salm, Eric; Liu, Yi-Shao; Rodriguez-Lopez, Joaquin; Bashir, Rashid

    2015-05-21

    To operate an ion-sensitive field-effect transistor (ISFETs) it is necessary to set the electrolyte potential using a reference electrode. Conventional reference electrodes are bulky, fragile, and too big for applications where the electrolyte volume is small. Several researchers have proposed tackling this issue using a solid-state planar micro-reference electrode or a reference field-effect transistor. However, these approaches are limited by poor robustness, high cost, or complex integration with other microfabrication processes. Here we report a simple method to create robust on-chip quasi-reference electrodes by electrodepositing polypyrrole on micro-patterned metal leads. The electrodes were fabricated through the polymerization of pyrrole on patterned metals with a cyclic voltammetry process. Open circuit potential measurements were performed to characterize the polypyrrole electrode performance, demonstrating good stability (±1 mV), low drift (∼1 mV h(-1)), and reduced pH response (5 mV per pH). In addition, the polypyrrole deposition was repeated in microelectrodes made of different metals to test compatibility with standard complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) processes. Our results suggest that nickel, a metal commonly used in semiconductor foundries for silicide formation, is a good candidate to form the polypyrrole quasi-reference electrodes. Finally, the polypyrrole microelectrodes were used to operate foundry fabricated ISFETs. These experiments demonstrated that transistors biased with polypyrrole electrodes have pH sensitivity and resolution comparable to ones that are biased with standard reference electrodes. Therefore, the simple fabrication, high compatibility, and robust electrical performance make polypyrrole an ideal choice for the fabrication of outstanding microreference electrodes that enable robust and sensitive operation of multiple ISFET sensors on a chip. PMID:25869990

  8. Construction of Modular Hydrogel Sheets for Micropatterned Macro-scaled 3D Cellular Architecture.

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    Son, Jaejung; Bae, Chae Yun; Park, Je-Kyun

    2016-01-01

    Hydrogels can be patterned at the micro-scale using microfluidic or micropatterning technologies to provide an in vivo-like three-dimensional (3D) tissue geometry. The resulting 3D hydrogel-based cellular constructs have been introduced as an alternative to animal experiments for advanced biological studies, pharmacological assays and organ transplant applications. Although hydrogel-based particles and fibers can be easily fabricated, it is difficult to manipulate them for tissue reconstruction. In this video, we describe a fabrication method for micropatterned alginate hydrogel sheets, together with their assembly to form a macro-scale 3D cell culture system with a controlled cellular microenvironment. Using a mist form of the calcium gelling agent, thin hydrogel sheets are easily generated with a thickness in the range of 100 - 200 µm, and with precise micropatterns. Cells can then be cultured with the geometric guidance of the hydrogel sheets in freestanding conditions. Furthermore, the hydrogel sheets can be readily manipulated using a micropipette with an end-cut tip, and can be assembled into multi-layered structures by stacking them using a patterned polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) frame. These modular hydrogel sheets, which can be fabricated using a facile process, have potential applications of in vitro drug assays and biological studies, including functional studies of micro- and macrostructure and tissue reconstruction. PMID:26779839

  9. Fabrication of CuO nanosheets modified Cu electrode and its excellent electrocatalytic performance towards glucose

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    Tian, Liangliang; Liu, Bitao

    2013-10-01

    Glucose (Glu) detection is of great importance in the fields of biological, environmental, and clinical analyses. In this study, CuO nanosheets (NSs) electrode prepared by a one-step synthesis route was applied to construct nonenzymatic glucose biosensor. The as-prepared CuO NSs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Electrocatalytic oxidation of the CuO NSs electrode towards glucose was studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry. For the amperometric glucose detection, the low detection limit of 0.8 μM (S/N = 3) with linear range from 0.8 μM to 2200 μM can be obtained using the CuO NSs electrode. Under the applied potential of 0.5 V vs. Ag/AgCl, the CuO NSs electrode exhibits a high sensitivity of 2792.64 μA mM-1 cm-2. It is believed that CuO NSs electrode is a promising material for the development of nonenzymatic electrochemical glucose sensors.

  10. Surface oxygen micropatterns on glow discharge polymer targets by photo irradiation

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    Reynolds, Hannah; Baxamusa, Salmaan; Haan, Steven W.; Fitzsimmons, Paul; Carlson, Lane; Farrell, Mike; Nikroo, Abbas; Watson, Brian J.

    2016-02-01

    Recent simulations predict surface oxygen may be a significant source of disruptive perturbations in the implosion process of glow-discharge polymers (GDP) ablators at the National Ignition Facility. GDP material held in ambient atmospheric conditions showed an increase in mass when stored in light transparent containers, which suggests that photo exposure is a driving force for oxygen absorption. To investigate if surface oxygen is a contributing factor of disruptive perturbations during implosion, a method to imprint a periodic micropattern of oxygen on the surface of GDP was developed and used to fabricate a flat sample for empirical testing. Photo exposure using collimated blue light was used to generate micropatterns of surface oxygen on the GDP material. The periodic oxygen micropattern was confirmed by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and energy dispersive spectroscopy. A SIMS depth profile showed the atomic percent of oxygen ranged from 8 at. % near the surface to 1 at. % at a depth of 2 μm in a sample exposed for 4 min. The molecular interactions formed between the GDP and oxygen molecules were characterized using Fourier transform infrared resonance (FTIR), which showed the formation of hydroxyl (O-H) and carbonyl (C=O) bonds. The FTIR enabled the oxygen mass uptake as a function of photo exposure time to be quantified (resolved to typically 0.05 at. % oxygen). This experimental protocol was then applied to produce a GDP flat part with a periodic 75 μm wavelength micropattern of photo exposed (oxygen rich) and masked (oxygen deficient) regions. The micropatterned GDP ablators developed in this work are being used to assess the effect of surface oxygen on disruptive perturbations during the inertial confinement fusion implosion process.

  11. Transparent aluminium nanowire electrodes with optical and electrical anisotropic response fabricated by defocused ion beam sputtering

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    Repetto, Diego; Giordano, Maria Caterina; Martella, Christian; Buatier de Mongeot, Francesco

    2015-02-01

    Self-organized Al nanowire (NW) electrodes have been obtained by defocused Ion Beam Sputtering (IBS) of polycrystalline Al films grown by sputter deposition. The electrical sheet resistance of the electrode has been acquired in situ during ion bombardment of the samples, evidencing an increase of the electronic transport anisotropy as a function of ion fluence between the two directions parallel and orthogonal to the NWs axis. Optical spectra in transmission also show a large dichroism between the two directions, suggesting the role of localized plasmons in the UV spectral range. The results show that Al NW electrodes, prepared under experimental conditions which are compatible with those of conventional industrial coaters and implanters, could represent a low cost alternative to the transparent conductive oxides employed in optoelectronic devices.

  12. Micropatterning electrospun scaffolds to create intrinsic vascular networks.

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    Jeffries, Eric M; Nakamura, Shintaro; Lee, Kee-Won; Clampffer, Jimmy; Ijima, Hiroyuki; Wang, Yadong

    2014-11-01

    Sufficient vascularization is critical to sustaining viable tissue-engineered (TE) constructs after implantation. Despite significant progress, current approaches lack suturability, porosity, and biodegradability, which hinders rapid perfusion and remodeling in vivo. Consequently, TE vascular networks capable of direct anastomosis to host vasculature and immediate perfusion upon implantation still remain elusive. Here, a hybrid fabrication method is presented for micropatterning fibrous scaffolds that are suturable, porous, and biodegradable. Fused deposition modeling offers an inexpensive and automated approach to creating sacrificial templates with vascular-like branching. By electrospinning around these poly(vinyl alcohol) templates and dissolving them in water, microvascular patterns were transferred to fibrous scaffolds. Results indicated that these scaffolds have sufficient suture retention strength to permit direct anastomosis in future studies. Vascularization of these scaffolds is demonstrated by in vitro endothelialization and perfusion. PMID:25142314

  13. Micropatterned Surfaces with Controlled Ligand Tethering

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    Petrie, Timothy A.; Stanley, Brandon T.; García, Andrés J.

    2008-01-01

    Microcontact printing (μ-CP) is a facile, cost-effective, and versatile soft-lithography technique to create 2-dimensional patterns of domains with distinct functionalities that provides a robust platform to generate micropatterned biotechnological arrays and cell culture substrates. Current μ-CP approaches rely on non-specific immobilization of biological ligands, either by direct printing or adsorption from solution, onto micropatterned domains surrounded by a non-fouling background. This technique is limited by insufficient control over ligand density. We present a modified μ-CP protocol involving stamping mixed ratios of carboxyl- and tri(ethylene glycol)-terminated alkanethiols that provides for precise covalent tethering of single or multiple ligands to prescribed micropatterns via standard peptide chemistry. Processing parameters were optimized to identify conditions that control relevant endpoint pattern characteristics. This technique provides a facile method to generate micropatterned arrays with tailorable and controlled presentation of biological ligands for biotechnological applications and analyses of cell-material interactions. PMID:18570314

  14. Highly conductive all-plastic electrodes fabricated using a novel chemically controlled transfer-printing method.

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    Kim, Nara; Kang, Hongkyu; Lee, Jong-Hoon; Kee, Seyoung; Lee, Seoung Ho; Lee, Kwanghee

    2015-04-01

    A novel transfer-printing method for high-performance all-plastic transparent electrodes is demonstrated. A solution process using H2 SO4 not only dramatically enhances the electrical conductivity of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) over 4000 S cm(-1) but also chemically modifies its adhesion properties, thereby enabling expeditious "pick-and-place" transfer onto arbitrary surfaces using elastomeric stamps. Flexible and transparent optoelectronic devices with transferred PEDOT:PSS electrodes show superb performances. PMID:25708658

  15. Removal characteristics of plasma chemical vaporization machining with a pipe electrode for optical fabrication

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    Takino, Hideo; Yamamura, Kazuya; Sano, Yasuhisa; Mori, Yuzo

    2010-08-10

    Plasma chemical vaporization machining (CVM) is a high-precision chemical shaping method using rf plasma generated in the proximity of an electrode in an atmospheric environment. The purpose of the present study is to clarify the removal characteristics of plasma CVM using a pipe electrode. Polished fused silica plates were processed by plasma CVM, polishing, and precision grinding under various conditions. The removal rate of plasma CVM was about 4 to 1100 times faster than that of polishing, and the maximum removal rate was almost equal to that of precision grinding. The roughness of the resultant surfaces was almost the same as that of the polished surfaces.

  16. Nano-fabricated perpendicular magnetic anisotropy electrodes for lateral spin valves and observation of Nernst-Ettingshausen related signals

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    Chejanovsky, N.; Sharoni, A.

    2014-08-21

    Lateral spin valves (LSVs) are efficient structures for characterizing spin currents in spintronics devices. Most LSVs are based on ferromagnetic (FM) electrodes for spin-injection and detection. While there are advantages for using perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) FM, e.g., stability to nano-scaling, these have almost not been studied. This is mainly due to difficulties in fabricating PMA FMs in a lateral geometry. We present here an efficient method, based on ion-milling through an AlN mask, for fabrication of LSVs with multi-layered PMA FMs such as Co/Pd and Co/Ni. We demonstrate, using standard permalloy FMs, that the method enables efficient spin injection. We show the multi-layer electrodes retain their PMA properties as well as spin injection and detection in PMA LSVs. In addition, we find a large asymmetric voltage signal which increases with current. We attribute this to a Nernst-Ettingshausen effect caused by local Joule heating and the perpendicular magnetic easy axis.

  17. Nano-fabricated perpendicular magnetic anisotropy electrodes for lateral spin valves and observation of Nernst-Ettingshausen related signals

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    Chejanovsky, N.; Sharoni, A.

    2014-08-01

    Lateral spin valves (LSVs) are efficient structures for characterizing spin currents in spintronics devices. Most LSVs are based on ferromagnetic (FM) electrodes for spin-injection and detection. While there are advantages for using perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) FM, e.g., stability to nano-scaling, these have almost not been studied. This is mainly due to difficulties in fabricating PMA FMs in a lateral geometry. We present here an efficient method, based on ion-milling through an AlN mask, for fabrication of LSVs with multi-layered PMA FMs such as Co/Pd and Co/Ni. We demonstrate, using standard permalloy FMs, that the method enables efficient spin injection. We show the multi-layer electrodes retain their PMA properties as well as spin injection and detection in PMA LSVs. In addition, we find a large asymmetric voltage signal which increases with current. We attribute this to a Nernst-Ettingshausen effect caused by local Joule heating and the perpendicular magnetic easy axis.

  18. Graphene-epoxy composite electrode fabricated by in situ polycondensation for enhanced amperometric detection in capillary electrophoresis.

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    Tang, Dengfeng; Ma, Guo; Zhang, Luyan; Chen, Gang

    2013-11-01

    This report describes the development and application of a novel graphene-epoxy composite electrode as a sensitive amperometric detector of capillary electrophoresis. The composite electrode was fabricated on the basis of the in situ polycondensation of a mixture of graphene and 1,2-ethanediamine-containing bisphenol A epoxy resin in the inner bore of a piece of fused silica capillary under heat. The structure of the material was investigated by scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The results indicated that graphene sheets were well dispersed and interconnected throughout the composite to form an electrically conductive network. The performance of this unique electrode was demonstrated by separating and detecting two naturally occurring phenolic compounds in rosemary in combination with capillary electrophoresis. The graphene-based detector offered significantly lower operating potentials, higher sensitivity, satisfactory resistance to surface fouling, and lower expense of operation, indicating great promise for a wide range of applications. PMID:24119752

  19. Graphitized-Carbon-Nanofiber Paper-Enzyme Electrode Fabrication Through Non-Covalent Modification for Enzyme Biofuel Cell Application.

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    Fapyane, Deby; Lee, Soo-Jin; Kang, Seung-Hwan; Ahn, Jou-Hyeon; Chang, In Seop

    2015-01-01

    Carbon nanofibers are an emerging smart material that are promising for use as a biosensor and a biofuel cell transducer material due to their morphological and electrochemical characteristics. In particular, graphitized carbon nanofibers possess unique structures of graphite-like edges within their high surface area that provide a large active site for enzyme attachment. For a specific application such as a biofuel cell, which requires highly stable electrical communication and electricity generation, non-covalent enzyme immobilization using bifunctional molecule is suggested as an appropriate approach because it does not change the carbon hybridization from sp2 to sp3 as covalent immobilization by acid treatment does. Graphitized carbon-nanofiber paper (GCNFp) electrode were fabricated through dispersion-filtration method in which glucose oxidase as model enzyme were immobilized by a bifunctional molecule that forms π-π stacking of the pyrene moiety with the nanofiber wall coupled by a reactive end-amine reaction. This system provides a practical enzyme-electrode hybrid that facilitates comparatively faster enzyme-electrode electrical communication than other system using similar material, as calculated from the heterogeneous electron-transfer rate constant (K(s)) which was 5.45 s(-1). PMID:26301307

  20. A top-down approach for fabricating free-standing bio-carbon supercapacitor electrodes with a hierarchical structure

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    Li, Yingzhi; Zhang, Qinghua; Zhang, Junxian; Jin, Lei; Zhao, Xin; Xu, Ting

    2015-01-01

    Biomass has delicate hierarchical structures, which inspired us to develop a cost-effective route to prepare electrode materials with rational nanostructures for use in high-performance storage devices. Here, we demonstrate a novel top-down approach for fabricating bio-carbon materials with stable structures and excellent diffusion pathways; this approach is based on carbonization with controlled chemical activation. The developed free-standing bio-carbon electrode exhibits a high specific capacitance of 204 F g−1 at 1 A g−1; good rate capability, as indicated by the residual initial capacitance of 85.5% at 10 A g−1; and a long cycle life. These performance characteristics are attributed to the outstanding hierarchical structures of the electrode material. Appropriate carbonization conditions enable the bio-carbon materials to inherit the inherent hierarchical texture of the original biomass, thereby facilitating effective channels for fast ion transfer. The macropores and mesopores that result from chemical activation significantly increase the specific surface area and also play the role of temporary ion-buffering reservoirs, further shortening the ionic diffusion distance. PMID:26394834

  1. Design, fabrication, and characterization of a 2.3 kJ plasma focus of negative inner electrode

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    Mathuthu, M.; Zengeni, T.G.; Gholap, A.V.

    1997-03-01

    The design, fabrication, and characterization of a 2.3 kJ plasma focus device with negative inner electrode are discussed. The purpose of the design was to initiate research in and study of plasma dynamics, nuclear reactions, and neutron emission mechanisms at the university. Also the device will be used to teach and demonstrate plasma phenomena at the postgraduate level and to perform experiments with inverted polarity to examine different operating regimes with nonstandard gases. It is hoped that in the long run the research work will help find a solution to the polarity riddle of plasma focus devices. When the system was operated with spectrographic argon as the filling gas, the best focus was obtained at a pressure range of 0.1{endash}1.25 Torr. With nitrogen as the filling gas, the best focus was obtained at pressures between 0.1 and 1.25 Torr. Air gave the best focus at a pressure range of 0.5{endash}1.5 Torr. The observed good focus action is attributed to the small inner electrode length (this reduces the amount of anode material ablated into the current sheath) and tapering of the inner electrode. Positive {ital z}-directed electrons contribute to the temperature and further ionization of the plasma gas during focusing. The performance of the device compares quite well with other known devices. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  2. Surface micropattern limits bacterial contamination

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    2014-01-01

    Background Bacterial surface contamination contributes to transmission of nosocomial infections. Chemical cleansers used to control surface contamination are often toxic and incorrectly implemented. Additional non-toxic strategies should be combined with regular cleanings to mitigate risks of human error and further decrease rates of nosocomial infections. The Sharklet micropattern (MP), inspired by shark skin, is an effective tool for reducing bacterial load on surfaces without toxic additives. The studies presented here were carried out to investigate the MP surfaces capability to reduce colonization of methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) compared to smooth control surfaces. Methods The MP and smooth surfaces produced in acrylic film were compared for remaining bacterial contamination and colonization following inoculation. Direct sampling of surfaces was carried out after inoculation by immersion, spray, and/or touch methods. Ultimately, a combination assay was developed to assess bacterial contamination after touch transfer inoculation combined with drying (persistence) to mimic common environmental contamination scenarios in the clinic or hospital environment. The combination transfer and persistence assay was then used to test antimicrobial copper beside the MP for the ability to reduce MSSA and MRSA challenge. Results The MP reduced bacterial contamination with log reductions ranging from 87-99% (LR = 0.90-2.18; p < 0.05) compared to smooth control surfaces. The MP was more effective than the 99.9% pure copper alloy C11000 at reducing surface contamination of S. aureus (MSSA and MRSA) through transfer and persistence of bacteria. The MP reduced MSSA by as much as 97% (LR = 1.54; p < 0.01) and MRSA by as much as 94% (LR = 1.26; p < 0.005) compared to smooth controls. Antimicrobial copper had no significant effect on MSSA contamination, but reduced MRSA contamination by 80% (LR

  3. Nano-level monitoring of Mn(2+) ion by fabrication of coated pyrolytic graphite electrode based on isonicotinohydrazide derivatives.

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    Sahani, Manoj Kumar; Singh, A K; Jain, A K

    2015-05-01

    The two ionophores N'(N',N‴E,N',N‴E)-N',N‴-((((oxybis(ethane-2,1-diyl))bis(oxy)) bis(2,1-phenylene))bis(methanylylidene))di(isonicotinohydrazide) (I1) and (N',N‴E,N',N‴E)-N',N‴-(((propane-1,3-diylbis(oxy))bis(2,1-phenylene))bis(methanylylidene))di(isonicotinohydrazide) (I2) were synthesised and investigated as neutral carrier in the fabrication of Mn(2+) ion selective sensor. Several membranes were prepared by incorporating different plasticizers and anionic excluders and their effect on potentiometric response was studied. The best analytical performance was obtained with the electrode having a membrane of composition of I2: PVC: o-NPOE: NaTPB in the ratio of 6:34:58:2 (w/w, mg). Comparative studies of coated graphite electrode (CGE) and coated pyrolytic graphite electrode (CPGE) based on I2 reveal the superiority of CPGE. The CPGE exhibits wide working concentration range of 1.23×10(-8)-1.0×10(-1) mol L(-1) and a detection limit down to 4.78×10(-9) mol L(-1) with a Nernstian slope of 29.5±0.4 mV decade(-1) of activity. The sensor performs satisfactorily over a wide pH range (3.5-9.0) and exhibited a quick response time (9s). The sensor can work satisfactorily in water-acetonitrile and water-methanol mixtures. It can tolerate 30% acetonitrile and 20% methanol content in the mixtures. The sensor could be used for a period of four months without any significant divergence in performance. The sensor reflects its utility in the quantification of Mn(2+) ion in real samples and has been successfully employed as an indicator electrode in the potentiometric titration of Mn(2+) ion with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). PMID:25746253

  4. Fabrication and characterization of protonic-ceramic fuel cells and electrolysis cells utilizing infiltrated lanthanum nickelate electrodes

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    Babiniec, Sean M.

    High-temperature protonic ceramics (HTPCs) have gained interest as fuel cell and electrolysis cell electrolytes, as well as hydrogen separation membranes. The transport of hydrogen as opposed to oxygen results in several benefits and applications, including higher fuel efficiency, dehydrogenation of fuel streams, and hydrogen-based chemical synthesis. However, limited work has been done in the development of air/steam electrodes for these devices. This work presents the characterization of lanthanum nickelate, La 2NiO4+delta (LN), as a potential air/steam electrode material for use with BaCe0.2Zr0.7Y0.1O3-delta (BCZY27) HTPC electrolytes fabricated by the solid-state reactive sintering technique. Two types of devices were made; a symmetric cell used for electrode characterization, and a full fuel cell/electrolysis cell used for device performance characterization. The symmetric cell consists of a 1 mm thick BCZY27 substrate with identical air/steam electrodes on both sides. Air/steam electrodes were made by infiltrating ˜ 50 nm lanthanum nickelate nanoparticles into a BCZY27 porous backbone. The fuel cell/electrolysis cell consists of a 1mm thick Ni/BCZY27 anode support, a 25 mum thick BCZY27 electrolyte, and a 50 mum thick porous BCZY27 backbone infiltrated with lanthanum nickelate. Through symmetric cell testing, it was found that the electrode polarization resistance decreases with increasing oxygen content, indicating good oxygen reduction reaction characteristics. A minimum polarization resistance was found as 2.58 Ohm-cm2 in 3% humidied oxygen at 700 °C. Full cell testing revealed a peak power density of 27 mW-cm-2 at 700 °C. Hydrogen flux measurements were also taken in the both galvanic/post-galvanic and electrolytic operation. Galvanic/post-galvanic fluxes exhibit a very high faradaic efficiency. However, electrolytic hydrogen fluxes were much lower than the calculated hydrogen faradaic flux, indicating a different charge carrier other than protons is

  5. Evaluation of friction enhancement through soft polymer micro-patterns in active capsule endoscopy

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    Buselli, Elisa; Pensabene, Virginia; Castrataro, Piero; Valdastri, Pietro; Menciassi, Arianna; Dario, Paolo

    2010-10-01

    Capsule endoscopy is an emerging field in medical technology. Despite very promising innovations, some critical issues are yet to be addressed, such as the management and possible exploitation of the friction in the gastrointestinal environment in order to control capsule locomotion more actively. This paper presents the fabrication and testing of bio-inspired polymeric micro-patterns, which are arrays of cylindrical pillars fabricated via soft lithography. The aim of the work is to develop structures that enhance the grip between an artificial device and the intestinal tissue, without injuring the mucosa. In fact, the patterns are intended to be mounted on microfabricated legs of a capsule robot that is able to move actively in the gastrointestinal tract, thus improving the robot's traction ability. The effect of micro-patterned surfaces on the leg-slipping behaviour on colon walls was investigated by considering both different pillar dimensions and the influence of tissue morphology. Several in vitro tests on biological samples demonstrated that micro-patterns of pillars made from a soft polymer with an aspect ratio close to 1 enhanced friction by 41.7% with regard to flat surfaces. This work presents preliminary modelling of the friction and adhesion forces in the gastrointestinal environment and some design guidelines for endoscopic devices.

  6. Facile fabrication of network film electrodes with ultrathin Au nanowires for nonenzymatic glucose sensing and glucose/O2 fuel cell.

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    Yang, Lu; Zhang, Yijia; Chu, Mi; Deng, Wenfang; Tan, Yueming; Ma, Ming; Su, Xiaoli; Xie, Qingji; Yao, Shuozhuo

    2014-02-15

    We report here on the facile fabrication of network film electrodes with ultrathin Au nanowires (AuNWs) and their electrochemical applications for high-performance nonenzymatic glucose sensing and glucose/O2 fuel cell under physiological conditions (pH 7.4, containing 0.15M Cl(-)). AuNWs with an average diameter of ~7 or 2 nm were prepared and can self-assemble into robust network films on common electrodes. The network film electrode fabricated with 2-nm AuNWs exhibits high sensitivity (56.0 μA cm(-2)mM(-1)), low detection limit (20 μM), short response time (within 10s), excellent selectivity, and good storage stability for nonenzymatic glucose sensing. Glucose/O2 fuel cells were constructed using network film electrodes as the anode and commercial Pt/C catalyst modified glassy carbon electrode as cathode. The glucose/O2 fuel cell using 2-nm AuNWs as anode catalyst output a maximum power density of is 126 μW cm(-2), an open-circuit cell voltage of 0.425 V, and a short-circuit current density of 1.34 mA cm(-2), respectively. Due to the higher specific electroactive surface area of 2-nm AuNWs, the network film electrode fabricated with 2-nm AuNWs exhibited higher electrocatalytic activity toward glucose oxidation than the network film electrode fabricated with 7-nm AuNWs. The network film electrode exhibits high electrocatalytic activity toward glucose oxidation under physiological conditions, which is helpful for constructing implantable electronic devices. PMID:24035853

  7. Direct top-down fabrication of nanoscale electrodes for organic semiconductors using fluoropolymer resists

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    Park, Jungho; Ho, Jonathan; Yun, Hoyeol; Park, Myeongjin; Lee, Jung Hyun; Seo, Miri; Campbell, Eleanor E. B.; Lee, Changhee; Pyo, Seungmoon; Lee, Sang Wook

    2013-06-01

    We report the use of a fluoropolymer resist for the damage-free e-beam lithographic patterning of organic semiconductors. The same material is also shown to be suitable as an orthogonal electron beam resist for the patterning of top-contact electrodes on organic thin films. We demonstrate this by characterizing pentacene field-effect transistors with feature sizes as small as 100 nm and compare the performance of bottom- and top-contacted devices.

  8. In situ fabrication of porous graphene electrodes for high-performance energy storage.

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    Wang, Zhong-Li; Xu, Dan; Wang, Heng-Guo; Wu, Zhong; Zhang, Xin-Bo

    2013-03-26

    In the development of energy-storage devices, simultaneously achieving high power and large energy capacity at fast rate is still a great challenge. In this paper, the synergistic effect of structure and doping in the graphene is demonstrated for high-performance lithium storage with ulftrafast and long-cycling capabilities. By an in situ constructing strategy, hierarchically porous structure, highly conductive network, and heteroatom doping are ideally combined in one graphene electrode. Compared to pristine graphene, it is found that the degree of improvement with both structure and doping effects is much larger than the sum of that with only structure effect or doping effect. Benefitting from the synergistic effect of structure and doping, the novel electrodes can deliver a high-power density of 116 kW kg(-1) while the energy density remains as high as 322 Wh kg(-1) at 80 A g(-1) (only 10 s to full charge), which provides an electrochemical storage level with the power density of a supercapacitor and the energy density of a battery, bridging the gap between them. Furthermore, the optimized electrodes exhibit long-cycling capability with nearly no capacity loss for 3000 cycles and wide temperature features with high capacities ranging from -20 to 55 °C. PMID:23383862

  9. Ultra-thin platinum catalytic electrodes fabricated by atomic layer deposition.

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    An, Jihwan; Kim, Young-Beom; Prinz, Fritz B

    2013-05-28

    Because noble metal catalysts (e.g. Pt) are one of the main contributors to low-temperature (<500 °C) fuel cell costs, significant efforts have been made to lower the noble metal loading in constructing fuel cell electrodes. In this work, ultra-thin (∼10 nm) platinum (Pt) cathode/catalyst layers were patterned by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and tested as catalytic electrodes (cathode) for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells. We found that 180 cycles or approximately 10 nm of ALD Pt, with a Pt loading of only 0.02 mg cm(-2), were sufficient for the purpose of a catalytic cathode. Furthermore, this ALD Pt resulted in fuel cell performance comparable to that achieved by 80 nm-thick sputtered Pt. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) observations revealed the optimized number of ALD cycles of Pt for the catalytic electrode, which renders both contiguity and high triple-phase boundary (TPB) density. This result suggests the ability to significantly reduce Pt loading, thereby reducing the cost, and furthermore, can be easily applied to high performance fuel cells with complex 3-D structures. PMID:23579635

  10. Three-Dimensional Photolithographic Micropatterning: A Novel Tool to Probe the Complexities of Cell Migration

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    West, Jennifer L.

    2013-01-01

    In order to independently study the numerous variables that influence cell movement, it will be necessary to employ novel tools and materials that allow for exquisite control of the cellular microenvirenment. In this work, we have applied advanced 3D micropatterning technology, known as two-photon laser scanning lithography (TP-LSL), to poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels modified with bioactive peptides in order to fabricate precisely designed microenvirenments to guide and quantitatively investigate cell migration. Specifically, TP-LSL was used to fabricate cell adhesive PEG-RGDS micropatterns on the surface of non-degradable PEG-based hydrogels (2D) and in the interior of proteolytically degradable PEG-based hydrogels (3D). HT1080 cell migration was guided down these adhesive micropatterns in both 2D and 3D, as observed via time-lapse microscopy. Differences in cell speed, cell persistence, and cell shape were observed based on variation of adhesive ligand, hydrogel composition, and patterned area for both 2D and 3D migration. Results indicated that HT1080s migrate faster and with lower persistence on 2D surfaces, while HT1080s migrating in 3D were smaller and more elongated. Further, cell migration was shown to have a biphasic dependence on PEG-RGDS concentration and cells moving within PEG-RGDS micropatterns were seen to move faster and with more persistence over time. Importantly, the work presented here begins to elucidate the multiple complex factors involved in cell migration, with typical confounding factors being independently controlled. The development of this unique platform will allow researchers to probe how cells behave within increasingly complex 3D microenvironments that begin to mimic specifically chosen aspects of the in vivo landscape. PMID:23460015

  11. Fabrication of self-forming silver network as transparent conductive electrode with photoresist

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    Yang, Chaobin; Merlo, Juan M.; Burns, Michael J.; Kempa, Krzysztof; Naughton, Michael J.

    It has been reported that a metal wire network, obtained by sputtering with a self-cracking gel film mask, can function as a TCO replacement, perhaps reducing end device cost. Toward further process simplification and cost reduction, we are investigating various electroless deposition schemes to template a wire network electrode. We report here that a conventional photoresist film can be prepared with a network of microcracks and can be used as a mask to electrolessly deposit metal, e.g. silver. With this method, no vacuum chambers are required, and undeposited metal can even be recycled for additional depositions.

  12. Fabrication of a polymer battery based on polypyrrole electrodes and a polymer gel electrolyte

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    Killian, J.G.; Coffey, B.M.; Poehler, T.O.; Searson, P.C.

    1995-12-31

    The electronic conductivity and redox behavior of conjugated polymers make them suitable for charge storage applications. The authors present preliminary results for an all polymer system consisting of a p-doped polypyrrole cathode and pseudo n-doped polypyrrole/polystyrenesulfonate anode. Using a thin film construction technique, electrodes were assembled into cells using a polymer gel electrolyte based on polyacrylonitrile, which has a high room temperature conductivity. Charge capacities of 13 mAh g{sup {minus}1} based on the mass of the electroactive polymer in the cathode have been obtained for over 100 cycles.

  13. Endothelial cell micropatterning: Methods, effects, and applications

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    Anderson, Deirdre E.J.; Hinds, Monica T.

    2012-01-01

    The effects of flow on endothelial cells have been widely examined for the ability of fluid shear stress to alter cell morphology and function; however, the effects of endothelial cell morphology without flow have only recently been observed. An increase in lithographic techniques in cell culture spurred a corresponding increase in research aiming to confine cell morphology. These studies lead to a better understanding of how morphology and cytoskeletal configuration affect the structure and function of the cells. This review examines endothelial cell micropatterning research by exploring both the many alternative methods used to alter endothelial cell morphology and the resulting changes in cellular shape and phenotype. Micropatterning induced changes in endothelial cell proliferation, apoptosis, cytoskeletal organization, mechanical properties, and cell functionality. Finally, the ways these cellular manipulation techniques have been applied to biomedical engineering research, including angiogenesis, cell migration, and tissue engineering, is discussed. PMID:21761242

  14. Flexible, Transparent and Conductive Carbon Nanotube Aerogels /PEDOT:PSS Electrodes created by Top-bottom Fabrication

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    Martinez, Patricia M.; Cerdan Pasaran, Andrea; Zakhidov, Anvar; University of Guanajuato, Mexico Collaboration

    The sheets of Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) have proven to be a good substitute for ITO. To improve their conductivity and increase optical transparency we have created composites which incorporate silver nanowires or other evaporated metals. Coating CNT/metals with PEDOT:PSS is important for creating hole transport/electron barrier layer functionality, but it is not easy to achieve using PEDOT:PSS solutions due to the hydrophobicity of CNT. We report a new top-to-bottom approach for the fabrication of highly flexible, transparent and conductive carbon nanotube-based electrodes using PDMS as a substrate. A uniform and smooth layer of approximately 50 nm of PEDOT:PSS was spin coated on top of a PDMS stamp followed by the deposition of vapor densified freestanding Multiwall Carbon Nanotube (MWNT) aerogels. An incorporation of silver nanowires, silver or Aluminum thin layer can be sprayed or evaporated on top of the freestanding MWNT aerogels in order to lower the sheet resistance even further. The PDMS substrate is drop cast on top of the configuration then the PDMS stamp is lifted-up. The PEDOT:PSS layer is selectively deposited on top of the MWNT only. The composite electrodes can be laminated on photovoltaic devices and on LEDs.

  15. Fabrication of Oxidation-Resistant Metal Wire Network-Based Transparent Electrodes by a Spray-Roll Coating Process.

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    Kiruthika, S; Gupta, Ritu; Anand, Aman; Kumar, Ankush; Kulkarni, G U

    2015-12-16

    Roll and spray coating methods have been employed for the fabrication of highly oxidation resistant transparent and conducting electrodes (TCEs) by a simple solution process using crackle lithography technique. We have spray-coated a crackle paint-based precursor to produce highly interconnected crackle network on PET roll mounted on a roll coater with web speed of 0.6 m/min. Ag TCE with a transmittance of 78% and sheet resistance of ∼20 Ω/□ was derived by spraying Ag precursor ink over the crackle template followed by lift-off and annealing under ambient conditions. The Ag wire mesh was stable toward bending and sonication tests but prone to oxidation in air. When electrolessly coated with Pd, its robustness toward harsh oxidation conditions was enhanced. A low-cost transparent electrode has also been realized by using only small amounts of Ag as seed layer and growing Cu wire mesh by electroless method. Thus, made Ag/Cu meshes are found to be highly stable for more than a year even under ambient atmosphere. PMID:26580415

  16. Fabrication and properties of mechanically grooved silicon solar cells with buried contact Cu electrode

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    Jang, Pyungwoo; Jung, Chi-Sup; Kim, Kwang-Ho; Kyu, Seomoon

    2011-09-01

    Mechanically grooved silicon solar cells with buried contact copper electrode were attempted. In order to groove a simple mechanical grooving system was home-made, in which synchronous motors in hard disc driver (HDD), audio amplifier, signal generator were used. For the anti-reflection films sputtering condition for SiNx films was optimized. With increasing input power, pressure, index of refraction of the films increased so that a very low etching rate of 0.8 nm/min could be achieved with a condition of Ar and N2 flow rate of 5 SCCM, input power of 300 W and sputtering pressure of 1 × 10-2 torr. Annealing condition for the formation of nickel silicie from electroless plated Ni-P layer was optimized as well as plating condition of copper electrode. However, the conversion efficiency of the BCSC in this study is 3.6% which is unexpectedly small. It seems that the reason for the low efficiency is due to short circuit forming in the lancet of the pyramid.

  17. A sensitive DNA biosensor fabricated from gold nanoparticles and graphene oxide on a glassy carbon electrode.

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    Hajihosseini, Saeedeh; Nasirizadeh, Navid; Hejazi, Mohammad Saeid; Yaghmaei, Parichereh

    2016-04-01

    A sensitive electrochemical DNA biosensor was developed for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) detection using differential pulse voltammetry. Single-stranded DNA probe was immobilized on a graphene oxide/gold nanoparticles modified glassy carbon electrode (GO/AuNPs/GCE). A hybridization reaction was conducted with the target DNA and the immobilized DNA on the electrode surface. Oracet blue (OB) was selected for the first time as a redox indicator for amplifying the electrochemical signal of DNA. Enhanced sensitivity was achieved through combining the excellent electric conductivity of GO/AuNPs and the electroactivity of the OB. The DNA biosensor displayed excellent performance to demonstrate the differences between the voltammetric signals of the OB obtained from different hybridization samples (non-complementary, mismatch and complementary DNAs). The proposed biosensor has a linear range of 60.0-600.0 pM and a detection limit of 27.0 pM for detection of H. pylori. In addition, the biosensor have responded very well in the simulated real sample evaluations, signifying its potential to be used in future clinical detection of the H. pylori bacteria. PMID:26838878

  18. Photopatternable transparent conducting oxide nanoparticles for transparent electrodes

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    Kim, Won Jin; Kim, Sung Jin; Cartwright, Alexander N.; Prasad, Paras N.

    2013-02-01

    We report a method to fabricate tailored transparent electrodes using photopatternable transparent conducting oxide nanoparticles (TCO NPs). We demonstrate solution-processed micropatterns by a conventional photolithography technique. We have synthesized indium tin oxide (ITO) NPs and functionalized them with a photolabile group, such as t-butoxycarbonyl (t-BOC), which can be deprotected by a chemical amplification reaction in the solid state film. The chemical amplification reaction leads to a shortening of the ligand that changes the solubility of the resulting ITO films. This ligand shortening process also contributes to a reduction of the sheet resistance in the resulting photopatterned ITO films. Furthermore, we have demonstrated the general viability and strength of this approach by also photopatterning zinc oxide (ZnO) NPs.

  19. Fabrication of transparent conductive electrode film using thermal roll-imprinted Ag metal grid and coated conductive polymer.

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    Yu, Jong-Su; Jo, Jeongdai; Yoon, Seong-Man; Kim, Do-Jin

    2012-02-01

    In this study, to fabricate a low-resistance and high optical transparent conductive electrode (TCE) film, the following steps were performed: the design and manufacture of an electroforming stamp mold, the fabrication of thermal-roll imprinted (TRI) poly-carbonate (PC) patterned films, the manufacture of high-conductivity and low-resistance Ag paste which was filled into patterned PC film using a doctor blade process and then coated with a thin film layer of conductive polymer by a spin coating process. As a result of these imprinting processes the PC films obtained a line width of 10 +/- 0.5 Mm, a channel length of 500 +/- 2 microm, and a pattern depth of 7.34 +/- 0.5 microm. After the Ag paste was used to fill part of the patterned film with conductive polymer coating, the following parameters were obtained: a sheet resistance of 9.65 Omega/sq, optical transparency values were 83.69% at a wavelength of 550 nm. PMID:22629916

  20. Facile fabrication of PEDOT:PSS/polythiophenes bilayered nanofilms on pure organic electrodes and their thermoelectric performance.

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    Shi, Hui; Liu, Congcong; Xu, Jingkun; Song, Haijun; Lu, Baoyang; Jiang, Fengxing; Zhou, Weiqiang; Zhang, Ge; Jiang, Qinglin

    2013-12-26

    A pure organic PEDOT:PSS nanofilm was used as a working electrode for the first time to electrodeposit polymer films of polythiophene (PTh) and its derivatives in a boron trifluoride diethyl ether (BFEE) solution, fabricating a novel generation of bilayered nanofilms. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) demonstrated good electrochemical stability of the as-formed films. Structures and surface morphologies were systematically investigated by the characterizations of cross-section SEM, FT-IR, UV-vis, SEM, and AFM. The resulting films revealed stable and enhanced thermoelectric (TE) performances. The electrical conductivity values of PEDOT:PSS/PTh, PEDOT:PSS/P3MeT, and PEDOT:PSS/P3HT nanofilms were determined to be 123.9, 136.5, and 200.5 S cm(-1), respectively. The power factor reached up to be a maximum value of 5.79 μW m(-1) k(-2). Thus, this technique offers a facile approach to a class of bilayered nanofilms, and it may provide a general strategy for fabricating a new generation of conducting polymers for more practical applications. PMID:24313672

  1. Fabrication of folic acid sensor based on the Cu doped SnO2 nanoparticles modified glassy carbon electrode

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    Lavanya, N.; Radhakrishnan, S.; Sudhan, N.; Sekar, C.; Leonardi, S. G.; Cannilla, C.; Neri, G.

    2014-07-01

    A novel folic acid biosensor has been fabricated using Cu doped SnO2 nanoparticles (NPs) synthesized by a simple microwave irradiation method. Powder XRD and TEM studies confirmed that both the pure and Cu doped SnO2 (Cu: 0, 10, 20wt%) crystallized in tetragonal rutile-type structure with spherical morphology. The average crystallite size of pure SnO2 was estimated to be around 16 nm. Upon doping, the crystallite sizes decreased to 9 nm and 5 nm for 10 and 20wt% Cu doped SnO2 respectively. XPS studies confirmed the electronic state of Sn and Cu to be 4+ and 2+ respectively. Cu (20wt%) doped SnO2 NPs are proved to be a good sensing element for the determination of folic acid (FA). Cu-SnO2 NPs (20wt%) modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) exhibited the lowest detection limit of 0.024 nM over a wide folic acid concentration range of 1.0 × 10-10 to 6.7 × 10-5 M at physiological pH of 7.0. The fabricated sensor is highly selective towards the determination of FA even in the presence of a 100 fold excess of common interferent ascorbic acid. The sensor proved to be useful for the estimation of FA content in pharmaceutical sample with satisfactory recovery.

  2. Fabrication process for CMUT arrays with polysilicon electrodes, nanometre precision cavity gaps and through-silicon vias

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    Due-Hansen, J.; Midtbø, K.; Poppe, E.; Summanwar, A.; Jensen, G. U.; Breivik, L.; Wang, D. T.; Schjølberg-Henriksen, K.

    2012-07-01

    Capacitive micromachined ultrasound transducers (CMUTs) can be used to realize miniature ultrasound probes. Through-silicon vias (TSVs) allow for close integration of the CMUT and read-out electronics. A fabrication process enabling the realization of a CMUT array with TSVs is being developed. The integrated process requires the formation of highly doped polysilicon electrodes with low surface roughness. A process for polysilicon film deposition, doping, CMP, RIE and thermal annealing that resulted in a film with sheet resistance of 4.0 Ω/□ and a surface roughness of 1 nm rms has been developed. The surface roughness of the polysilicon film was found to increase with higher phosphorus concentrations. The surface roughness also increased when oxygen was present in the thermal annealing ambient. The RIE process for etching CMUT cavities in the doped polysilicon gave a mean etch depth of 59.2 ± 3.9 nm and a uniformity across the wafer ranging from 1.0 to 4.7%. The two presented processes are key processes that enable the fabrication of CMUT arrays suitable for applications in for instance intravascular cardiology and gastrointestinal imaging.

  3. Fast fabrication of copper nanowire transparent electrodes by a high intensity pulsed light sintering technique in air.

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    Ding, Su; Jiu, Jinting; Tian, Yanhong; Sugahara, Tohru; Nagao, Shijo; Suganuma, Katsuaki

    2015-12-14

    Copper nanowire transparent electrodes have received increasing interest due to the low price and nearly equal electrical conductivity compared with other TEs based on silver nanowires and indium tin oxide (ITO). However, a post-treatment at high temperature in an inert atmosphere or a vacuum environment was necessary to improve the conductivity of Cu NW TEs due to the easy oxidation of copper in air atmosphere, which greatly cancelled out the low price advantage of Cu NWs. Here, a high intensity pulsed light technique was introduced to sinter and simultaneously deoxygenate these Cu NWs into a highly conductive network at room temperature in air. The strong light absorption capacity of Cu NWs enabled the welding of the nanowires at contact spots, as well as the removal of the thin layer of residual organic compounds, oxides and hydroxide of copper even in air. The Cu NW TE with a sheet resistance of 22.9 Ohm sq(-1) and a transparency of 81.8% at 550 nm has been successfully fabricated within only 6 milliseconds exposure treatment, which is superior to other films treated at high temperature in a hydrogen atmosphere. The HIPL process was simple, convenient and fast to fabricate easily oxidized Cu NW TEs in large scale in an air atmosphere, which will largely extend the application of cheap Cu NW TEs. PMID:26536570

  4. Large scale micropatterning of multi-walled carbon nanotube/polydimethylsiloxane nanocomposite polymer on highly flexible 12×24 inch substrates

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    Khosla, A.; Hilbich, D.; Drewbrook, C.; Chung, D.; Gray, B. L.

    2011-03-01

    We present the large scale micro-pattering of an electrically conducting multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) nanocomposite polymer prepared by high frequency (42 kHz) ultrasonic agitation of MWCNTs in the PDMS polymer matrix. Large scale micropatterning of the MWCNT-PDMS nanocomposite is achieved via soft lithography employing a 12" × 24" poly-methyl methacrylate (PMMA, commercially known as Plexiglass) micromold. The process has a 20µm minimum feature size. The PMMA micromold is fabricated by laser ablating 5-mm thick, 12" × 24" sheets using the Universal Laser System's VersaLASERlaser cutter system which employs a CO2 laser. We have characterized and compared the resistivity of 1cm × 0.5cm × 0.5cm MWCNT-PDMS structures with varying weight percentage (wt-%) of MWCNT (1-10% wt%) in the PDMS matrix with a result that the percolation threshold is achieved at 2 wt-%. Furthermore, we have demonstrated the ability to fabricate large numbers of microelectrodes with a length of 3.0 cm, width of 500µm, and height of 400µm. The resistivity of these electrodes was found to be equal to 9.93Ωm with a deviation of approximately 10%, indicating uniformity across large areas of the substrate. We have also demonstrated a large scale 12" × 24 hybrid microfabrication process for combining micromolded MWCNT-PDMS nanocomposite microstructures with nonconductive PDMS polymer.

  5. Low-Temperature Fabrication of TiO2 Necking Electrode by Sol-Gel Method and its Application to Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Murayama, Masaki; Yamazaki, Eiji; Nishikawa, Naomi; Hashimoto, Noritsugu; Mori, Tatsuo

    2006-10-01

    The low-temperature fabrication of TiO2 electrodes for use in a dye-sensitized solar cell was studied. The use of the sol-gel necking method with a Ti-precursor solution added to a paste including TiO2 nano particles resulted in a high-performance TiO2 electrode. A solar cell using the electrode showed a high efficiency of almost 2%, even when sintered at 200 °C. The improvement in the efficiency was due to the increase in photocurrent of the cell. Increasing the specific surface area of the TiO2 electrode sintered at around 200 °C was corresponded to an increase in the number of micropores. However, it did not contribute to the increase in the amount of adsorbed dye nor did it improve photocurrent. Rather, the crystallization of the added Ti-precursor solution and subsequent increase in conductivity of the TiO2 electrode improved photocurrent. The phase transition temperature of the Ti-precursor solution from amorphous to anatase was detected at 331 °C by differential thermal analysis (DTA) measurement. To fabricate the TiO2 electrode for use in a high-performance solar cell at lower temperatures, the control of crystallization is required.

  6. Graphene/polyaniline woven fabric composite films as flexible supercapacitor electrodes

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    Zang, Xiaobei; Li, Xiao; Zhu, Miao; Li, Xinming; Zhen, Zhen; He, Yijia; Wang, Kunlin; Wei, Jinquan; Kang, Feiyu; Zhu, Hongwei

    2015-04-01

    We report the design and preparation of graphene and polyaniline (PANI) woven-fabric composite films by in situ electropolymerization. The introduction of PANI greatly improves the electrochemical properties of solid-state supercapacitors which possess capacitances as high as 23 mF cm-2, and exhibit excellent cycling stability with ~100% capacitance retention after 2000 cycles. The devices have displayed superior flexibility with improved areal specific capacitances to 118% during deformation.We report the design and preparation of graphene and polyaniline (PANI) woven-fabric composite films by in situ electropolymerization. The introduction of PANI greatly improves the electrochemical properties of solid-state supercapacitors which possess capacitances as high as 23 mF cm-2, and exhibit excellent cycling stability with ~100% capacitance retention after 2000 cycles. The devices have displayed superior flexibility with improved areal specific capacitances to 118% during deformation. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: SEM image, Raman spectrum and electrochemical characterizations. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr00584a

  7. Imprinting Chemical and Responsive Micropatterns into Metal–Organic Frameworks

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    Han, Shuangbing; Wei, Yanhu; Valente, Cory; Forgan, Ross S.; Gassensmith, Jeremiah J.; Smaldone, Ronald A.; Nakanishi, Hideyuki; Coskun, Ali; Stoddart, J. Fraser; Grzybowski, Bartosz A.

    2010-12-08

    Wet stamping allows metal–organic framework (MOF) crystals to be imprinted with micropatterns of various organic chemicals. Printing the MOFs with photochromic molecules and pH indicators generates stimuli-responsive micropatterns which change their appearance upon contact with specific chemicals, thus reporting the environmental “status” of the crystal.

  8. Fabrication of graphene-based electrode in less than a minute through hybrid microwave annealing.

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    Youn, Duck Hyun; Jang, Ji-Wook; Kim, Jae Young; Jang, Jum Suk; Choi, Sun Hee; Lee, Jae Sung

    2014-01-01

    Highly efficient and stable MoS2 nanocrystals on graphene sheets (MoS2/GR) are synthesized via a hybrid microwave annealing process. Through only 45 second-irradiation using a household microwave oven equipped with a graphite susceptor, crystallization of MoS2 and thermal reduction of graphene oxide into graphene are achieved, indicating that our synthetic method is ultrafast and energy-economic. Graphene plays a crucial role as an excellent microwave absorber as well as an ideal support material that mediates the growth of MoS2 nanocrystals. The formed MoS2/GR electrocatalyst exhibits high activity of hydrogen evolution reaction with small onset overpotential of 0.1 V and Tafel slope of 50 mV per decade together with an excellent stability in acid media. Thus our hybrid microwave annealing could be an efficient generic method to fabricate various graphene-based hybrid electric materials for broad applications. PMID:24974846

  9. Role of the substrate in the electrical transport characteristics of focused ion beam fabricated nanogap electrode

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    Rajput, Nitul S.; Singh, Abhishek K.; Verma, H. C.

    2012-07-01

    Precise metallic nanogap structure is fabricated on a glass substrate by using a 30 keV focused Ga ion beam. While investigating the I-V behavior of the nanogap structure, tunneling through the substrate has been found to play a vital role in the electrical transportation process. Substrate breakdown occurs at a certain applied voltage and a metal vapor state is initiated through intense heat generation at the nanogap region. The experimental observation confirms the role of the substrate in the explosion process. Metallic spherical particles are formed during cooling/condensation of the metal vapors or splashing of the liquid droplets showing a wide distribution of size from few tens of nanometers to few microns.

  10. The fabrication of carbon-nanotube-coated electrodes and a field-emission-based luminescent device.

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    Agarwal, Sanjay; Yamini Sarada, B; Kar, Kamal K

    2010-02-10

    Tungsten substrates were coated with an Ni or Ni-Co catalyst by the electroless dip coating technique. Various carbon nanotubes were synthesized by the catalytic chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method under different growth conditions. It was observed that Ni-and Ni-Co-coated tungsten substrates give very good growth of carbon nanotubes (CNT) in terms of yield, uniformity and alignment at a growth temperature of 600 degrees C. We fabricated a field-emission-based luminescent light bulb where a tungsten wire coated with carbon nanotubes served as a cathode. Results show lower threshold voltage, better emission stability and higher luminescence for CNT cathodes in comparison with uncoated tungsten cathodes. We found that aligned-coiled carbon nanotubes are superior to straight CNTs in terms of field emission characteristics and luminescence properties. PMID:20057034

  11. Fabrication of graphene-based electrode in less than a minute through hybrid microwave annealing

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    Youn, Duck Hyun; Jang, Ji-Wook; Kim, Jae Young; Jang, Jum Suk; Choi, Sun Hee; Lee, Jae Sung

    2014-06-01

    Highly efficient and stable MoS2 nanocrystals on graphene sheets (MoS2/GR) are synthesized via a hybrid microwave annealing process. Through only 45 second-irradiation using a household microwave oven equipped with a graphite susceptor, crystallization of MoS2 and thermal reduction of graphene oxide into graphene are achieved, indicating that our synthetic method is ultrafast and energy-economic. Graphene plays a crucial role as an excellent microwave absorber as well as an ideal support material that mediates the growth of MoS2 nanocrystals. The formed MoS2/GR electrocatalyst exhibits high activity of hydrogen evolution reaction with small onset overpotential of 0.1 V and Tafel slope of 50 mV per decade together with an excellent stability in acid media. Thus our hybrid microwave annealing could be an efficient generic method to fabricate various graphene-based hybrid electric materials for broad applications.

  12. Laser-induced forward transfer of carbon nanowalls for soft electrodes fabrication

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    Constantinescu, Catalin; Vizireanu, Sorin; Ion, Valentin; Aldica, Gheorghe; Stoica, Silviu Daniel; Lazea-Stoyanova, Andrada; Alloncle, Anne-Patricia; Delaporte, Philippe; Dinescu, Gheorghe

    2016-06-01

    Carbon nanowalls (CNW) are two-dimensional interconnected graphitic nanostructures that have a few μm in length and height, reaching typical thicknesses of a few tens of nm. We present results on such layers synthesized in a low pressure argon plasma jet, injected with acetylene and hydrogen, on transparent substrates (quartz) heated at 600 °C, without catalyst. Thermogravimetric analysis reveals that the CNW are stable up to 420 °C in air, and Raman spectroscopy investigations highlight their graphene-like structure. Finally, using a pulsed Nd:YAG laser device (355 nm, 50 ps), we show that 2D-arrays of CNW (pixels and lines) can be printed by laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT), preserving their architecture and structure. Electrical measurements on 1 μm thick CNW demonstrate typical values in the range of 357.5-358.4 Ω for the samples grown on Au/Cr electrodes, and in the range of 450.1-474.7 Ω for the LIFT printed lines (under positive, negative, and neutral polarization; 1 kHz-5 MHz frequency range; 500 mV and 1 V, respectively). Their morphology is highlighted by means of optical and electronic microscopy. Such structures have potential applications as soft conductive lines, in sensor development and/or embedding purposes.

  13. DNA-modified Electrodes Fabricated using Copper-Free Click Chemistry for Enhanced Protein Detection

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    Furst, Ariel L.; Hill, Michael G.; Barton, Jacqueline K.

    2014-01-01

    A method of DNA monolayer formation has been developed using copper-free click chemistry that yields enhanced surface homogeneity and enables variation in the amount of DNA assembled; extremely low-density DNA monolayers, with as little as 5% of the monolayer being DNA, have been formed. These DNA-modified electrodes (DMEs) were characterized visually, with AFM, and electrochemically, and were found to facilitate DNA-mediated reduction of a distally bound redox probe. These low-density monolayers were found to be more homogeneous than traditional thiol-modified DNA monolayers, with greater helix accessibility through an increased surface area-to-volume ratio. Protein binding efficiency of the transcriptional activator TATA-binding protein (TBP) was also investigated on these surfaces and compared to that on DNA monolayers formed with standard thiol-modified DNA. Our low-density monolayers were found to be extremely sensitive to TBP binding, with a signal decrease in excess of 75% for 150 nM protein. This protein was detectable at 4 nM, on the order of its dissociation constant, with our low-density monolayers. The improved DNA helix accessibility and sensitivity of our low-density DNA monolayers to TBP binding reflects the general utility of this method of DNA monolayer formation for DNA-based electrochemical sensor development. PMID:24328347

  14. Fabrication and characteristics of an implantable, polymer-based, intrafascicular electrode.

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    Lawrence, Stephen M; Dhillon, Gurpreet S; Horch, Kenneth W

    2003-12-30

    We describe new manufacturing techniques and physical properties of an improved polymer-based longitudinal intrafascicular electrode (polyLIFE). Modifications were made to correct: (1) poor metal film adhesion and fatigue resistance, (2) inconsistent insulation adhesion and control over recording/stimulation zone length, and (3) insufficient tensile strength for clinical use. Metal adhesion was significantly improved by both plasma treatment and fiber rotation (about the long axis) during metal deposition. Fatigue resistance was improved by reduction in sputtering energy (time x power) combined with long axis rotation, resulting in thin metal films that were 250 times more resistant to cyclic bending fatigue. Insulation adhesion was enhanced with the application of an adhesion-promoting silicone (MED2-4013, Nusil), while the recording/stimulation zone length was controlled to 1 +/- 0.2mm (mean +/- S.D.). The polyLIFE was made more robust by the inclusion of three individually metallized fibers, improving its tensile strength by a factor of 4 while producing minimal changes to its overall stiffness. However, the metallized fiber redundancy did not significantly affect fatigue resistance. The manufacturing changes described in this study enable the construction of more mechanically robust polyLIFEs, which should provide greater success when chronically implanted in peripheral nerves. PMID:14659819

  15. DNA-modified electrodes fabricated using copper-free click chemistry for enhanced protein detection.

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    Furst, Ariel L; Hill, Michael G; Barton, Jacqueline K

    2013-12-31

    A method of DNA monolayer formation has been developed using copper-free click chemistry that yields enhanced surface homogeneity and enables variation in the amount of DNA assembled; extremely low-density DNA monolayers, with as little as 5% of the monolayer being DNA, have been formed. These DNA-modified electrodes (DMEs) were characterized visually, with AFM, and electrochemically, and were found to facilitate DNA-mediated reduction of a distally bound redox probe. These low-density monolayers were found to be more homogeneous than traditional thiol-modified DNA monolayers, with greater helix accessibility through an increased surface area-to-volume ratio. Protein binding efficiency of the transcriptional activator TATA-binding protein (TBP) was also investigated on these surfaces and compared to that on DNA monolayers formed with standard thiol-modified DNA. Our low-density monolayers were found to be extremely sensitive to TBP binding, with a signal decrease in excess of 75% for 150 nM protein. This protein was detectable at 4 nM, on the order of its dissociation constant, with our low-density monolayers. The improved DNA helix accessibility and sensitivity of our low-density DNA monolayers to TBP binding reflects the general utility of this method of DNA monolayer formation for DNA-based electrochemical sensor development. PMID:24328347

  16. Microcontact Peeling as a New Method for Cell Micropatterning

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    Yokoyama, Sho; Matsui, Tsubasa S.; Deguchi, Shinji

    2014-01-01

    Micropatterning is becoming a powerful tool for studying morphogenetic and differentiation processes of cells. Here we describe a new micropatterning technique, which we refer to as microcontact peeling. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates were treated with oxygen plasma, and the resulting hydrophilic layer of the surface was locally peeled off through direct contact with a peeling stamp made of aluminum, copper, or silicon. A hydrophobic layer of PDMS could be selectively exposed only at the places of the physical contact as revealed by water contact angle measurements and angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, which thus enabled successful micropatterning of cells with micro-featured peeling stamps. This new micropatterning technique needs no procedure for directly adsorbing proteins to bare PDMS in contrast to conventional techniques using a microcontact printing stamp. Given the several unique characteristics, the present technique based on the peel-off of inorganic materials may become a useful option for performing cell micropatterning. PMID:25062030

  17. Simple micropatterning method for enhancing fusion efficiency and responsiveness to electrical stimulation of C2C12 myotubes.

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    Takayama, Yuzo; Wagatsuma, Akira; Hoshino, Takayuki; Mabuchi, Kunihiko

    2015-01-01

    Cultured myotubes induced in vitro from myoblast cell lines have been widely used to investigate muscle functional properties and disease-related biological phenotypes. Until now, several cell patterning techniques have been applied to regulate in vitro myotube structures. However, these previous studies required specific geometry patterns or soft materials for inducing efficient myotube formation. Thus, more simple and easy handling method will be promising. In this study, we aimed to provide a method to form C2C12 myotubes with regulated sizes and orientations in simple line patterns. We used a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) stamp and a 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) polymer solution to fabricate line patterns for myotube formation onto a culture dish. We confirmed that C2C12 myotubes of well-defined size and orientation were reproducibly formed. In particular, myotubes formed in the micropatterned lines showed the increased fusion efficiency. Then, functional dynamics in the micropatterned myotubes were detected and analyzed using a calcium imaging method. We confirmed micropatterning in line patterns enhanced the responsiveness of myotubes to external electrical stimulations. These results indicate that micropatterning myoblasts with the MPC polymer is a simple and effective method to form functional myotube networks. PMID:25311428

  18. A highly oriented hybrid microarray modified electrode fabricated by a template-free method for ultrasensitive electrochemical DNA recognition

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    Shi, Lei; Chu, Zhenyu; Dong, Xueliang; Jin, Wanqin; Dempsey, Eithne

    2013-10-01

    Highly oriented growth of a hybrid microarray was realized by a facile template-free method on gold substrates for the first time. The proposed formation mechanism involves an interfacial structure-directing force arising from self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) between gold substrates and hybrid crystals. Different SAMs and variable surface coverage of the assembled molecules play a critical role in the interfacial directing forces and influence the morphologies of hybrid films. A highly oriented hybrid microarray was formed on the highly aligned and vertical SAMs of 1,4-benzenedithiol molecules with rigid backbones, which afforded an intense structure-directing power for the oriented growth of hybrid crystals. Additionally, the density of the microarray could be adjusted by controlling the surface coverage of assembled molecules. Based on the hybrid microarray modified electrode with a large specific area (ca. 10 times its geometrical area), a label-free electrochemical DNA biosensor was constructed for the detection of an oligonucleotide fragment of the avian flu virus H5N1. The DNA biosensor displayed a significantly low detection limit of 5 pM (S/N = 3), a wide linear response from 10 pM to 10 nM, as well as excellent selectivity, good regeneration and high stability. We expect that the proposed template-free method can provide a new reference for the fabrication of a highly oriented hybrid array and the as-prepared microarray modified electrode will be a promising paradigm in constructing highly sensitive and selective biosensors.Highly oriented growth of a hybrid microarray was realized by a facile template-free method on gold substrates for the first time. The proposed formation mechanism involves an interfacial structure-directing force arising from self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) between gold substrates and hybrid crystals. Different SAMs and variable surface coverage of the assembled molecules play a critical role in the interfacial directing forces and

  19. A highly oriented hybrid microarray modified electrode fabricated by a template-free method for ultrasensitive electrochemical DNA recognition.

    PubMed

    Shi, Lei; Chu, Zhenyu; Dong, Xueliang; Jin, Wanqin; Dempsey, Eithne

    2013-11-01

    Highly oriented growth of a hybrid microarray was realized by a facile template-free method on gold substrates for the first time. The proposed formation mechanism involves an interfacial structure-directing force arising from self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) between gold substrates and hybrid crystals. Different SAMs and variable surface coverage of the assembled molecules play a critical role in the interfacial directing forces and influence the morphologies of hybrid films. A highly oriented hybrid microarray was formed on the highly aligned and vertical SAMs of 1,4-benzenedithiol molecules with rigid backbones, which afforded an intense structure-directing power for the oriented growth of hybrid crystals. Additionally, the density of the microarray could be adjusted by controlling the surface coverage of assembled molecules. Based on the hybrid microarray modified electrode with a large specific area (ca. 10 times its geometrical area), a label-free electrochemical DNA biosensor was constructed for the detection of an oligonucleotide fragment of the avian flu virus H5N1. The DNA biosensor displayed a significantly low detection limit of 5 pM (S/N = 3), a wide linear response from 10 pM to 10 nM, as well as excellent selectivity, good regeneration and high stability. We expect that the proposed template-free method can provide a new reference for the fabrication of a highly oriented hybrid array and the as-prepared microarray modified electrode will be a promising paradigm in constructing highly sensitive and selective biosensors. PMID:24061929

  20. Hybrid subtractive micro-patterning of a self-assembled SiO2 nano/microsphere monolayer

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    Han, Seungyong; Hong, Sukjoon; Kang, Hyun Wook; Wanit, Manorokul; Kang, Bongchul; Ko, Seung Hwan

    2015-10-01

    Colloidal self-assembly and direct micro-patterning of functional materials have drawn intense interest as an alternative to the conventional photolithography based microelectronics fabrication process. In this paper, we introduce a facile subtractive micro contact printing method to create a patterned colloidal nano/micro sphere monolayer on a wafer scale by combining an additive ‘bottom-up’ self-assembly and subtractive ‘top-down’ printing process. A vacuum-assisted contact printing method enabled precise and uniform pressure control to directly fabricate a large-area micro-patterned hexagonally close packed structure of nano/micro spheres on the target substrate very fast, at low cost, under ambient conditions. In addition, analysis on the hybrid printing pressure and the patterning time has been conducted.

  1. Simultaneous fabrication of nanogap electrodes using field-emission-induced electromigration

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    Ito, Mitsuki; Yagi, Mamiko; Morihara, Kohei; Shirakashi, Jun-ichi

    2015-07-07

    We present a simple technique for simultaneous control of the electrical properties of multiple Ni nanogaps. This technique is based on electromigration induced by a field emission current and is called “activation.” Simultaneous tuning of the tunnel resistance of multiple nanogaps was achieved by passing a Fowler–Nordheim (F-N) field emission current through an initial group of three Ni nanogaps connected in series. The Ni nanogaps, which had asymmetrical shapes with initial gap separations in the 80–110-nm range, were fabricated by electron-beam lithography and a lift-off process. By performing the activation procedure, the current–voltage properties of the series-connected nanogaps were varied simultaneously from “insulating” to “metallic” via “tunneling” properties by increasing the preset current of the activation procedure. We can also simultaneously control the tunnel resistances of the series-connected nanogaps, which range from a resistance of the order of 100 TΩ–100 kΩ, by increasing the preset current from 1 nA to 30 μA. This tendency is quite similar to that of individually activated nanogaps, and the tunnel resistance values of the simultaneously activated nanogaps were almost the same at each preset current. These results clearly imply that the electrical properties of the series-connected nanogaps can be controlled simultaneously via the activation procedure.

  2. Fabrication of graphene-based electrode in less than a minute through hybrid microwave annealing

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    Youn, Duck Hyun; Jang, Ji-Wook; Kim, Jae Young; Jang, Jum Suk; Choi, Sun Hee; Lee, Jae Sung

    2014-01-01

    Highly efficient and stable MoS2 nanocrystals on graphene sheets (MoS2/GR) are synthesized via a hybrid microwave annealing process. Through only 45 second-irradiation using a household microwave oven equipped with a graphite susceptor, crystallization of MoS2 and thermal reduction of graphene oxide into graphene are achieved, indicating that our synthetic method is ultrafast and energy-economic. Graphene plays a crucial role as an excellent microwave absorber as well as an ideal support material that mediates the growth of MoS2 nanocrystals. The formed MoS2/GR electrocatalyst exhibits high activity of hydrogen evolution reaction with small onset overpotential of 0.1 V and Tafel slope of 50 mV per decade together with an excellent stability in acid media. Thus our hybrid microwave annealing could be an efficient generic method to fabricate various graphene-based hybrid electric materials for broad applications. PMID:24974846

  3. Nanometer sized electrodes fabricated by electromigration of Au and Pd nanowires

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    Vlad, Alexandru; Faniel, Sébastien; Hackens, Benoît; Bayot, Vincent; Melinte, Sorin

    2008-03-01

    Electromigration-driven metallic nanowire failure is presented. Here, Au and Pd nanowires patterned by electron-beam lithography were electrically stressed up to their breaking point. Feedback control and simple voltage sweep techniques have been successfully used to form nanometer-sized gaps. We observe a material- and geometry-dependent behavior. The Au nanowires showed a Joule-induced reversible resistance increase with the applied voltage up to the breaking point. In contrast, Pd nanowires presented an anomalous resistance decrease close to their failure point. This was associated to the melting and agglomeration of metallic grains within the electrically stressed nanowires. The SEM images acquired at intermediate stages of electromigration agree with the electrical data findings. The influence of the nanowire geometry upon the morphology of fabricated nanoelectrodes is considered. Beside the morphological characterization of our break junctions, we also measured their current-voltage characteristics. We observed single electron tunneling effects, probably due to the presence of metallic clusters formed close to the nanoelectrodes during the electromigration. Our results are consistent with recent findings on Coulomb blockade phenomena in electromigrated gold break junctions.

  4. Facile fabrication of sub-100 nm mesoscale inverse opal films and their application in dye-sensitized solar cell electrodes

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    Lee, Jung Woo; Lee, Jaemin; Kim, Cheolho; Cho, Chang-Yeol; Moon, Jun Hyuk

    2014-01-01

    Inverse opal (IO) films with mesoporous structures hold promise as high-performance electrodes for various photoelectrochemical devices because of their high specific area as well as their fully connected pore structure. A great challenge to their use is obtaining an intact film of mesoscale colloidal crystals as a template. Here, using the plate-sliding coating method coupled with hot air flow, we successfully deposited mesoscale colloidal crystals onto the substrate. A TiO2 mesoscale IO (meso-IO) with 70 nm pores was then successfully fabricated via atomic layer deposition of TiO2 and subsequent removal of the template. As a photoelectrochemical electrode, the meso-IO structure exhibits enhanced charge transport properties as well as a high specific area. Moreover, dye-sensitized solar cells fabricated using the meso-IO electrode exhibit a higher photocurrent and cell efficiency than a cell constructed using a conventional TiO2 nanoparticle electrode. This meso-IO film provides a new platform for developing electrodes for use in various energy storage and conversion devices. PMID:25348114

  5. Design, fabrication, and performance of brazed, graphite electrode, multistage depressed collectors with 500-W, continuous wave, 4.8- to 9.6-GHz traveling-wave tubes

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    Ramins, Peter; Ebihara, Ben

    1989-01-01

    A small, isotropic graphite electrode, multistage depressed collector (MDC) was designed, fabricated, and evaluated in conjunction with a 500-W, continuous wave (CW), 4.8- to 9.6-GHz traveling-wave tube (TWT). The carbon electrode surfaces were used to improve the TWT overall efficiency by minimizing the secondary electron emission losses in the MDC. The design and fabrication of the brazed graphite MDC assembly are described. The brazing technique, which used copper braze filler metal, is compatible with both vacuum and the more commonly available hydrogen atmosphere brazing furnaces. The TWT and graphite electrode MCC bakeout, processing, and outgassing characteristics were evaluated and found to be comparable to TWT's equipped with copper electrode MDC's. The TWT and MDC performance was optimized for broadband CW operation at saturation. The average radiofrequency (RF), overall, and MDC efficiencies were 14.9, 46.4, and 83.6 percent, respectively, across the octave operating band. A 1500-hr CW test, conducted without the use of an appendage ion pump, showed no gas buildup and excellent stability of the electrode surfaces.

  6. Room-temperature fabrication of graphene films on variable substrates and its use as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wan, Li; Wang, Shimin; Wang, Xianbao; Dong, Binhai; Xu, Zuxun; Zhang, Xiuhua; Yang, Bing; Peng, Simin; Wang, Jingchao; Xu, Chunhui

    2011-02-01

    Graphene films with controllable thicknesses, electrical and optical properties are fabricated on variable substrates at room temperature by a simple, efficient and low-cost solution-based method. This process is completely compatible with flexible substrates (polyethylene terephthalate, PET), fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) conductive glasses, and even glassy carbon electrodes. The graphene films show excellent conductivity and electrochemical activity. The films prepared on FTO conductive glasses, as an alternative to ubiquitously employed platinum-based counter electrodes (CEs) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), are demonstrated. The results suggest a new start in the direction of graphene CEs for the development of next generation of optoelectronics.

  7. Nanoparticle-Mediated Physical Exfoliation of Aqueous-Phase Graphene for Fabrication of Three-Dimensionally Structured Hybrid Electrodes

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    Lee, Younghee; Choi, Hojin; Kim, Min-Sik; Noh, Seonmyeong; Ahn, Ki-Jin; Im, Kyungun; Kwon, Oh Seok; Yoon, Hyeonseok

    2016-01-01

    Monodispersed polypyrrole (PPy) nanospheres were physically incorporated as guest species into stacked graphene layers without significant property degradation, thereby facilitating the formation of unique three-dimensional hybrid nanoarchitecture. The electrochemical properties of the graphene/particulate PPy (GPPy) nanohybrids were dependent on the sizes and contents of the PPy nanospheres. The nanohybrids exhibited optimum electrochemical performance in terms of redox activity, charge-transfer resistance, and specific capacitance at an 8:1 PPy/graphite (graphene precursor) weight ratio. The packing density of the alternately stacked nanohybrid structure varied with the nanosphere content, indicating the potential for high volumetric capacitance. The nanohybrids also exhibited good long-term cycling stability because of a structural synergy effect. Finally, fabricated nanohybrid-based flexible all-solid state capacitor cells exhibited good electrochemical performance in an acidic electrolyte with a maximum energy density of 8.4 Wh kg-1 or 1.9 Wh L-1 at a maximum power density of 3.2 kW kg-1 or 0.7 kW L-1 these performances were based on the mass or packing density of the electrode materials.

  8. Nanoparticle-Mediated Physical Exfoliation of Aqueous-Phase Graphene for Fabrication of Three-Dimensionally Structured Hybrid Electrodes

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    Lee, Younghee; Choi, Hojin; Kim, Min-Sik; Noh, Seonmyeong; Ahn, Ki-Jin; Im, Kyungun; Kwon, Oh Seok; Yoon, Hyeonseok

    2016-01-01

    Monodispersed polypyrrole (PPy) nanospheres were physically incorporated as guest species into stacked graphene layers without significant property degradation, thereby facilitating the formation of unique three-dimensional hybrid nanoarchitecture. The electrochemical properties of the graphene/particulate PPy (GPPy) nanohybrids were dependent on the sizes and contents of the PPy nanospheres. The nanohybrids exhibited optimum electrochemical performance in terms of redox activity, charge-transfer resistance, and specific capacitance at an 8:1 PPy/graphite (graphene precursor) weight ratio. The packing density of the alternately stacked nanohybrid structure varied with the nanosphere content, indicating the potential for high volumetric capacitance. The nanohybrids also exhibited good long-term cycling stability because of a structural synergy effect. Finally, fabricated nanohybrid-based flexible all–solid state capacitor cells exhibited good electrochemical performance in an acidic electrolyte with a maximum energy density of 8.4 Wh kg−1 or 1.9 Wh L−1 at a maximum power density of 3.2 kW kg−1 or 0.7 kW L−1; these performances were based on the mass or packing density of the electrode materials. PMID:26813878

  9. Three novel electrochemical electrodes for the fabrication of conducting polymer/SWCNTs layered nanostructures and their thermoelectric performance

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    Shi, Hui; Liu, Congcong; Jiang, Qinglin; Xu, Jingkun; Lu, Baoyang; Jiang, Fengxing; Zhu, Zhengyou

    2015-06-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), PEDOT:PSS/SWCNTs, and SWCNTs/PEDOT:PSS nanofilms were used as working electrodes to electrodeposit polyaniline (PANI) in a mixed alcohol solution of isopropyl alcohol (IPA), boron trifluoride ethyl ether (BFEE), and polyethylene glycol (PEG). The thermoelectric (TE) performances of the resulting nanofilms were systematically investigated. SWCNTs/PEDOT:PSS/PANI nanofilms showed a relatively high electrical conductivity value of 232.0 S cm-1. The Seebeck coefficient was enhanced and exhibited the values of 33.8, 25.6, and 23.0 μV K-1 for the SWCNTs/PANI, PEDOT:PSS/SWCNTs/PANI, and SWCNTs/PEDOT:PSS/PANI films, respectively. The maximum power factor achieved was 12.3 μW m-1 K-2. This technique offers a facile and versatile approach to a class of layered nanostructures, and it may provide a general strategy for fabricating a new generation of conducting polymer/SWCNTs materials for further practical applications.

  10. A miniature fuel cell with monolithically fabricated Si electrodes - Reduction of residual porous Si on catalyst layer

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    Kobayashi, Masahiro; Suzuki, Takahiro; Hayase, Masanori

    2014-12-01

    Higher performance was obtained in our miniature fuel cells by reducing the residual porous Si on catalyst layers. We have developed a miniature polymer electrolyte fuel cell by forming monolithic Si electrodes with MEMS techniques, in which a catalyst layer was synthesized on a Si chip by modifying porous Si to porous Pt by a wet plating process. As a result of technical limitations in the fabrication process, porous Si was left on the porous Pt catalyst layer. The residual porous Si was intended to lower the fuel cell performance by blocking reactant gas supply, and the effect of the residual porous Si on fuel cell performance was studied. The anodization conditions for porous Si formation were varied, and several prototype fuel cells were prepared with residual porous Si of different thickness. It was confirmed that a thick residual porous Si layer reduced cell performance, and high power density comparable to conventional large scale fuel cells was obtained with the least residual porous Si.

  11. Photochemical Production of Oligothiophene and Polythiophene Micropatterns from 2,5-diiodothiophene on Au in UHV

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    Liu,G.; Natarajan, S.; Kim, S.

    2005-01-01

    Fabrication of oligothiophene and polythiophene micropatterns is demonstrated by photochemical reactions of 2, 5-diiodothiophene adsorbed on an Au coated Si wafer under UHV conditions. For patterning, a TEM grid is utilized as a model stencil mask. Fluorescence microscopic analysis shows that polymer microstructures with good pattern fidelity are attained over a large area. RAIRS and NEXAFS analyses indicate that the electronic and molecular structures of the produced polymer are similar to those of chemically synthesized polythiophene. The structural defects of the photochemically produced polymer are negligible. The present procedure provides a very efficient strategy for growth and patterning of conjugated polymer microstructures with high quality in one step.

  12. Surface oxygen micropatterns on glow discharge polymer targets by photo irradiation

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    Reynolds, Hannah; Baxamusa, Salmaan; Haan, Steven W.; Fitzsimmons, Paul; Carlson, Lane; Farrell, Mike; Nikroo, Abbas; Watson, Brian J.

    2016-02-24

    Recent simulations predict surface oxygen may be a significant source of disruptive perturbations in the implosion process of glow-discharge polymers (GDP) ablators at the National Ignition Facility. GDP material held in ambient atmospheric conditions showed an increase in mass when stored in light transparent containers, which suggests that photo exposure is a driving force for oxygen absorption. To investigate if surface oxygen is a contributing factor of disruptive perturbations during implosion, we developed a method to imprint a periodic micropattern of oxygen on the surface of GDP and used it to fabricate a flat sample for empirical testing.

  13. Computer-controlled laser ablation: a convenient and versatile tool for micropatterning biofunctional synthetic surfaces for applications in biosensing and tissue engineering.

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    Vaidya, R; Tender, L M; Bradley, G; O'Brien, M J; Cone, M; López, G P

    1998-01-01

    This paper describes laser-based methods for preparing micropatterns of bioactive molecular species in self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and micropatterns of proteins and other biological molecules immobilized on solid substrates. Applications of these micropatterned surfaces in multianalyte biosensing and tissue engineering are emphasized. The focus of the paper is on the use of a computer-controlled laser ablation system comprising a research-grade inverted optical microscope, a pulsed nitrogen-pumped dye laser emitting at 390 nm, a programmable sample stage, and the computerized control system. The laser system can be implemented in a typical biosensor or tissue culture laboratory to enable the facile and reproducible fabrication of micropatterned surfaces by several methods. Various methods for patterning are discussed with examples given and emphasis placed on (1) laser ablation in the fabrication of photolithography masks, (2) electrochemical patterning of SAMs, and (3) laser desorption of SAMs. The relative merits of each technique are discussed with respect to application in fabrication of active surfaces for biosensing and tissue culture applications. PMID:9622517

  14. Injection molded polymeric micropatterns for bone regeneration study.

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    Zanchetta, Erika; Guidi, Enrica; Della Giustina, Gioia; Sorgato, Marco; Krampera, Mauro; Bassi, Giulio; Di Liddo, Rosa; Lucchetta, Giovanni; Conconi, Maria Teresa; Brusatin, Giovanna

    2015-04-01

    An industrially feasible process for the fast mass-production of molded polymeric micro-patterned substrates is here presented. Microstructured polystyrene (PS) surfaces were obtained through micro injection molding (μIM) technique on directly patterned stamps realized with a new zirconia-based hybrid spin-on system able to withstand 300 cycles at 90 °C. The use of directly patterned stamps entails a great advantage on the overall manufacturing process as it allows a fast, flexible, and simple one-step process with respect to the use of milling, laser machining, electroforming techniques, or conventional lithographic processes for stamp fabrication. Among the different obtainable geometries, we focused our attention on PS replicas reporting 2, 3, and 4 μm diameter pillars with 8, 9, 10 μm center-to-center distance, respectively. This enabled us to study the effect of the substrate topography on human mesenchymal stem cells behavior without any osteogenic growth factors. Our data show that microtopography affected cell behavior. In particular, calcium deposition and osteocalcin expression enhanced as diameter and interpillar distance size increases, and the 4-10 surface was the most effective to induce osteogenic differentiation. PMID:25756304

  15. Digital PCR using micropatterned superporous absorbent array chips.

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    Wang, Yazhen; Southard, Kristopher M; Zeng, Yong

    2016-06-21

    Digital PCR (dPCR) is an emerging technology for genetic analysis and clinical diagnostics. To facilitate the widespread application of dPCR, here we developed a new micropatterned superporous absorbent array chip (μSAAC) which consists of an array of microwells packed with highly porous agarose microbeads. The packed beads construct a hierarchically porous microgel which confers superior water adsorption capacity to enable spontaneous filling of PDMS microwells for fluid compartmentalization without the need of sophisticated microfluidic equipment and operation expertise. Using large λ-DNA as the model template, we validated the μSAAC for stochastic partitioning and quantitative digital detection of DNA molecules. Furthermore, as a proof-of-concept, we conducted dPCR detection and single-molecule sequencing of a mutation prevalent in blood cancer, the chromosomal translocation t(14;18), demonstrating the feasibility of the μSAAC for analysis of disease-associated mutations. These experiments were carried out using the standard molecular biology techniques and instruments. Because of its low cost, ease of fabrication, and equipment-free liquid partitioning, the μSAAC is readily adaptable to general lab settings, which could significantly facilitate the widespread application of dPCR technology in basic research and clinical practice. PMID:27010726

  16. Fabrication and characterization of implantable and flexible nerve cuff electrodes with Pt, Ir and IrOx films deposited by RF sputtering

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    Lee, Soo Hyun; Jung, Jung Hwan; Chae, Youn Mee; Suh, Jun-Kyo Francis; Kang, Ji Yoon

    2010-03-01

    This paper presents the fabrication and characterization of implantable and flexible nerve cuff electrodes for neural interfaces using the conventional BioMEMS technique. In order to fabricate a flexible nerve electrode, polyimide (PI) was chosen as the substrate material. Then, nerve electrodes were thermally re-formed in a cuff shape so as to increase the area in which the charges were transferred to the nerve. Platinum (Pt), iridium (Ir) and iridium oxide (IrOx) films, which were to serve as conducting materials for the nerve electrodes, were deposited at different working pressures by RF magnetron sputtering. The electrochemical properties of the deposited films were characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The charge delivery capacities of the films were recorded and calculated by cyclic voltammetry (CV). The deposited films of Pt, Ir and IrOx have strong differences in electrochemical properties, which depend on the working pressure of sputter. Each film deposited at 30 mTorr of working pressure shows the highest value of charge delivery capacity (CDC). For the IrOx films, the electrochemical properties were strongly affected by the working pressure as well as the Ar:O2 gas ratio. The IrOx film deposited with an Ar:O2 gas ratio of 8:1 showed the highest CDC of 59.5 mC cm-2, which was about five times higher than that of films deposited with a 1:1 gas ratio.

  17. Fabrication

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    Angel, Roger; Helms, Richard; Bilbro, Jim; Brown, Norman; Eng, Sverre; Hinman, Steve; Hull-Allen, Greg; Jacobs, Stephen; Keim, Robert; Ulmer, Melville

    1992-01-01

    What aspects of optical fabrication technology need to be developed so as to facilitate existing planned missions, or enable new ones? Throughout the submillimeter to UV wavelengths, the common goal is to push technology to the limits to make the largest possible apertures that are diffraction limited. At any one wavelength, the accuracy of the surface must be better than lambda/30 (rms error). The wavelength range is huge, covering four orders of magnitude from 1 mm to 100 nm. At the longer wavelengths, diffraction limited surfaces can be shaped with relatively crude techniques. The challenge in their fabrication is to make as large as possible a reflector, given the weight and volume constraints of the launch vehicle. The limited cargo diameter of the shuttle has led in the past to emphasis on deployable or erectable concepts such as the Large Deployable Reflector (LDR), which was studied by NASA for a submillimeter astrophysics mission. Replication techniques that can be used to produce light, low-cost reflecting panels are of great interest for this class of mission. At shorter wavelengths, in the optical and ultraviolet, optical fabrication will tax to the limit the most refined polishing methods. Methods of mechanical and thermal stabilization of the substrate will be severely stressed. In the thermal infrared, the need for large aperture is tempered by the even stronger need to control the telescope's thermal emission by cooled or cryogenic operation. Thus, the SIRTF mirror at 1 meter is not large and does not require unusually high accuracy, but the fabrication process must produce a mirror that is the right shape at a temperature of 4 K. Future large cooled mirrors will present more severe problems, especially if they must also be accurate enough to work at optical wavelengths. At the very shortest wavelengths accessible to reflecting optics, in the x-ray domain, the very low count fluxes of high energy photons place a premium on the collecting area. It is

  18. Micro-patterns fabrication using focused proton beam lithography

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    Cutroneo, M.; Havranek, V.; Mackova, A.; Semian, V.; Torrisi, L.; Calcagno, L.

    2016-03-01

    Proton beam writing technique was recently introduced at 3MV Tandetron accelerator at Nuclear Physics Institute in Rez (Czech Republic). It has been used, to produce three-dimensional (3D) micro-structures in poly(methylmethacrylate) by 2.0 MeV and 2.6 MeV protons micro-beam. Micro-channels (52 μm × 52 μm) have been realized. After chemical etching, the quality of the bottom and side walls of the produced structures in PMMA were analyzed using Scanning Transmission Ion Microscopy (STIM).

  19. Design, fabrication and performance of small, graphite electrode, multistage depressed collectors with 200-W, CW, 8- to 18-GHz traveling-wave tubes

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    Ebihara, Ben T.; Ramins, Peter

    1987-01-01

    Small multistage depressed collectors (MDC's) which used pyrolytic graphite, ion-beam-textured pyrolytic graphite, and isotropic graphite electrodes were designed, fabricated, and evaluated in conjuntion with 200-W, continuous wave (CW), 8- to 18-GHz traveling-wave tubes (TWT's). The design, construction, and performance of the MDC's are described. The bakeout performance of the collectors, in terms of gas evolution, was indistinguishable from that of typical production tubes with copper collectors. However, preliminary results indicate that some additional radiofrequency (RF) and dc beam processing time (and/or longer or higher temperature bakeouts) may be needed beyond that of typical copper electrode collectors. This is particularly true for pyrolytic graphite electrodes and for TWT's without appendage ion pumps. Extended testing indicated good long-term stability of the textured pyrolytic graphite and isotropic graphite electrode surfaces. The isotropic graphite in particular showed considerable promise as an MDC electrode material because of its high purity, low cost, simple construction, potential for very compact overall size, and relatively low secondary electron emission yield characteristics in the as-machined state. However, considerably more testing experience is required before definitive conclusions on its suitability for electronic countermeasure systems and space TWT's can be made.

  20. Influence of substrate micropatterning on biofilm growth

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    Koehler, Stephan; Li, Yiwei; Liu, Bi-Feng Liu; Weitz, David

    2015-11-01

    We culture triple reporter Bacillus Subtilis biofilm on micropatterned agar substrates. We track the biofilm development in terms of size, thickness, shape, and phenotype expression. For a tiling composed of elevated rectangles, we observe the biofilm develops an oval shape or triangular shape depending on the rectangle's aspect ratio and orientation. The motile cells are primarily located in the valleys between the rectangles and the matrix producing cells are mostly located on the rectangles. Wrinkles form at the edges of the elevated surfaces, and upon merging form channels centered on the elevated surface. After a few days, the spore-forming cells appear at the periphery. Since biofilms in nature grow on irregular surfaces, our work may provide insight into the complex patterns observed.

  1. Micropatterned Culture and Differentiation of Human Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells Using a Polydimethylsiloxane Microstencil.

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    Choi, Jin Ho; Bae, Jae-Sung; Lee, Hyun; Jin, Hee Kyung; Kim, Gyu Man

    2016-02-01

    A method for fabrication of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microstencils was developed and its application to localized culture of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) was tested. Unlike conventional culture methods, which culture cells on an entire surface, microscale cell culture provides precise control of the size and shape of stem cell patterns, and minimizes consumption of cells and culture media. A PDMS microstencil was fabricated by PDMS casting using an SU-8 mold prepared by photolithography. A pattern of 500-µm dots was tested. For the test, a PDMS microstencil was placed on a glass disk and cells were seeded on the stencil at a density of 5 x 10⁴ cells/cm². The hMSCs were cultured for 2 days at 37 °C in a humidified 5% CO2 atmosphere. The PDMS microstencil was removed after 2 days and the hMSC patterns were inspected under a microscope. The results confirmed that stem cells can be cultured using a PDMS microstencil. The micropatterned hMSCs retained their ability to differentiate into osteogenic and adipogenic cells. Thus, using a PDMS microstencil, stem cells can be cultured and differentiated in micropatterns in a precisely controlled manner, in any shape and size, for research and bioengineering applications. PMID:27305770

  2. Using silver nano-particle ink in electrode fabrication of high frequency copolymer ultrasonic transducers: modeling and experimental investigation.

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    Decharat, Adit; Wagle, Sanat; Jacobsen, Svein; Melandsø, Frank

    2015-01-01

    High frequency polymer-based ultrasonic transducers are produced with electrodes thicknesses typical for printed electrodes obtained from silver (Ag) nano-particle inks. An analytical three-port network is used to study the acoustic effects imposed by a thick electrode in a typical layered transducer configuration. Results from the network model are compared to experimental findings for the implemented transducer configuration, to obtain a better understanding of acoustical effects caused by the additional printed mass loading. The proposed investigation might be supportive of identification of suitable electrode-depositing methods. It is also believed to be useful as a feasibility study for printed Ag-based electrodes in high frequency transducers, which may reduce both the cost and production complexity of these devices. PMID:25903552

  3. Using Silver Nano-Particle Ink in Electrode Fabrication of High Frequency Copolymer Ultrasonic Transducers: Modeling and Experimental Investigation

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    Decharat, Adit; Wagle, Sanat; Jacobsen, Svein; Melandsø, Frank

    2015-01-01

    High frequency polymer-based ultrasonic transducers are produced with electrodes thicknesses typical for printed electrodes obtained from silver (Ag) nano-particle inks. An analytical three-port network is used to study the acoustic effects imposed by a thick electrode in a typical layered transducer configuration. Results from the network model are compared to experimental findings for the implemented transducer configuration, to obtain a better understanding of acoustical effects caused by the additional printed mass loading. The proposed investigation might be supportive of identification of suitable electrode-depositing methods. It is also believed to be useful as a feasibility study for printed Ag-based electrodes in high frequency transducers, which may reduce both the cost and production complexity of these devices. PMID:25903552

  4. Fabrication of fast, highly sensitive all-printed capacitive humidity sensors with carbon nanotube/polyimide hybrid electrodes

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    Itoh, Eiji; Takada, Akinori

    2016-02-01

    We have developed capacitive humidity sensors with highly gas permeable carbon nanotube top electrodes using solution techniques. The hydrophobic, porous carbon nanotube (CNT) network with polyimide as a binder was suitable for gas permeation, and the response of the capacitive humidity sensors was faster than that of the device with a 20-nm-thick Au top electrode. The capacitance change of the polymide capacitive humidity sensor with the printed CNT top electrode was almost proportional to the relative humidity and the capacitance was almost independent of the environmental temperature. The CNT electrodes strongly adhered to the partially fluorinated polyimide when CNT/polyimide nanocomposites were used as top electrodes. The response time was almost proportional to the square of the thickness of the polyimide dielectric layer, d, and the sensitivity was inversely proportional to d. The response time and sensitivity respectively decreased to less than 1 s and 1 pF/%RH in the device with d less than 1 µm.

  5. The Use of Glass Substrates with Bi-Functional Silanes for Designing Micropatterned Cell-Secreted Cytokine Immunoassays

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    Seo, Jeong Hyun; Chen, Li-Jung; Verkhoturov, Stanislav V.; Schweikert, Emile A.; Revzin, Alexander

    2011-01-01

    It is often desirable to sequester cells in specific locations on the surface and to integrate sensing elements next to the cells. In the present study, surfaces were fabricated so as to position cytokine sensing domains inside non-fouling poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogel microwells. Our aim was to increase sensitivity of micropatterned cytokine immunoassays through covalent attachment of biorecognition molecules. To achieve this, glass substrates were functionalized with a binary mixture of acrylate- and thiol-terminated methoxysilanes. During subsequent hydrogel photopatterning step acrylate moieties served to anchor hydrogel microwells to glass substrates. Importantly, glass attachment sites within the microwells contained thiol groups that could be activated with a hetero-bifunctional cross-linker for covalent immobilization of proteins. After incubation with fluorescently-labeled avidin, microwells fabricated on a mixed acryl/thiol silane layer emitted ~6 times more fluorescence compared to microwells fabricated on an acryl silane alone. This result highlighted the advantages of covalent attachment of avidin inside the microwells. To create cytokine immunoassays, micropatterned surfaces were incubated with biotinylated IFN-γ or TNF-α antibodies (Abs). Micropatterned immunoassays prepared in this manner were sensitive down to 1 ng/ml or 60 pM IFN-γ. To further prove utility of this bionterface design, macrophages were seeded into 30 µm diameter microwells fabricated on either bi-functional (acryl/thiol) or monofunctional silane layers. Both types of microwells were coated with avidin and biotin-anti-TNF-α prior to cell seeding. Short mitogenic activation followed by immunostaining for TNF-α revealed that microwells created on bi-functional silane layer had 3 times higher signal due to macrophage-secreted TNF-α compared to microwells fabricated on mono-functional silane. The rational design of cytokine-sensing surfaces described here will be leveraged

  6. Single and reciprocal friction testing of micropatterned surfaces for orthopedic device design.

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    Mitchell, N; Eljach, C; Lodge, B; Sharp, J L; Desjardins, J D; Kennedy, M S

    2012-03-01

    The use of micropatterning to create uniform surface morphologies has been cited as yielding improvements in the coefficient of friction during high velocity sliding contact. Studies have not been preformed to determine if these micropatterns could also be useful in biomedical applications, such as total joint replacement surfaces, where the lower sliding velocities are used. In addition, other factors such as lubricant viscosities and materials used are more tightly constrained. In this study, the effect of pattern geometry, feature size and lubricant on contact friction and surface damage was investigated using 316L steel in sliding contact with a stainless steel and polyethylene pins. Using a novel proprietary forming process that creates millions of microstructures in parallel, a variety of micropatterned surfaces were fabricated to study the influence of shape (oval, circular, square), geometry (depressions, pillars) and feature size (10, 50 and 100 mm) on both contact friction and surface damage. All samples were 316L stainless steel and the static and dynamic coefficients of friction when in contact with either a stainless steel or polyethylene counterface were measured in dry and lubricated conditions. All samples were characterized for surface uniformity and pattern aspect ratio using white light interferometry and optical microscope image analysis, and the coefficients of friction were measured for each surface/lubricant/pin system using a CETR scratch testing system. Results showed that round depressions with diameters of 10 μm had a significantly lower steady state coefficient of friction than the non-patterned substrates or substrates with greater diameter depression patterns. In addition, our results showed that the single-pass coefficient of friction measurements were not good predictors of the steady state coefficient of friction values measured. PMID:22340690

  7. Silver Nanowires Binding with Sputtered ZnO to Fabricate Highly Conductive and Thermally Stable Transparent Electrode for Solar Cell Applications.

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    Singh, Manjeet; Rana, Tanka R; Kim, SeongYeon; Kim, Kihwan; Yun, Jae Ho; Kim, JunHo

    2016-05-25

    Silver nanowire (AgNW) film has been demonstrated as excellent and low cost transparent electrode in organic solar cells as an alternative to replace scarce and expensive indium tin oxide (ITO). However, the low contact area and weak adhesion with low-lying surface as well as junction resistance between nanowires have limited the applications of AgNW film to thin film solar cells. To resolve this problem, we fabricated AgNW film as transparent conductive electrode (TCE) by binding with a thin layer of sputtered ZnO (40 nm) which not only increased contact area with low-lying surface in thin film solar cell but also improved conductivity by connecting AgNWs at the junction. The TCE thus fabricated exhibited transparency and sheet resistance of 92% and 20Ω/□, respectively. Conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) study revealed the enhancement of current collection vertically and laterally through AgNWs after coating with ZnO thin film. The CuInGaSe2 solar cell with TCE of our AgNW(ZnO) demonstrated the maximum power conversion efficiency of 13.5% with improved parameters in comparison to solar cell fabricated with conventional ITO as TCE. PMID:27149372

  8. Molecular imprinting method for fabricating novel glucose sensor: polyvinyl acetate electrode reinforced by MnO2/CuO loaded on graphene oxide nanoparticles.

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    Farid, Mohammad Masoudi; Goudini, Leila; Piri, Farideh; Zamani, Abbasali; Saadati, Fariba

    2016-03-01

    An enzyme free glucose sensor was prepared by a molecular imprinting method (MIP). The procedure was developed by in situ preparation of a new polyvinyl acetate (PVA) electrode reinforced by MnO2/CuO loaded on graphene oxide (GO) nanoparticles (PVA/MnO2@GO/CuO). The nanocomposite was modified in the presence of glucose and then imprinted. A carbone paste method with voltammetry was used in the fabrication of the sensor from prepared MIP nanocomposite. PVA/MnO2@GO/CuO electrode was characterized by X-ray diffraction, FT-IR spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Electrocatalytic activity of the electrode toward glucose oxidation was then investigated by cyclic voltammetry in alkaline medium. The results show that the response of PVA/MnO2@GO/CuO MIP is much higher than PVA/MnO2@GO/CuO non-imprinted electrode toward glucose oxidation. The detection limit was 53μM, and the sensor responses are linear for concentrations from 0.5 to 4.4mM. Relative standard deviations for intra- and inter-day determination were less than 6.0%. The relative recoveries for different samples were 96%. PMID:26471527

  9. A low-temperature fabricated gate-stack structure for Ge-based MOSFET with ferromagnetic epitaxial Heusler-alloy/Ge electrodes

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    Fujita, Yuichi; Yamada, Michihiro; Nagatomi, Yuta; Yamamoto, Keisuke; Yamada, Shinya; Sawano, Kentarou; Kanashima, Takeshi; Nakashima, Hiroshi; Hamaya, Kohei

    2016-06-01

    A possible low-temperature fabrication process of a gate-stack for Ge-based spin metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) is investigated. First, since we use epitaxial ferromagnetic Heusler alloys on top of the phosphorous doped Ge epilayer as spin injector and detector, we need a dry etching process to form Heusler-alloy/n+-Ge Schottky-tunnel contacts. Next, to remove the Ge epilayers damaged by the dry etching process, the fabricated structures are dipped in a 0.03% diluted H2O2 solution. Finally, Al/SiO2/GeO2/Ge gate-stack structures are fabricated at 300 °C as a top gate-stack structure. As a result, the currents in the Ge-MOSFET fabricated here can be modulated by applying gate voltages even by using the low-temperature formed gate-stack structures. This low-temperature fabrication process can be utilized for operating Ge spin MOSFETs with a top gate electrode.

  10. Controlled skeletal progenitor cell migration on nanostructured porous silicon/silicon micropatterns

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    Torres-Costa, V.; Sánchez-Vaquero, V.; Muñoz-Noval, Á.; González-Méndez, L.; Punzón-Quijorna, E.; Gallach-Pérez, D.; Manso-Silván, M.; Martínez-Muñoz, G.; Climent-Font, A.; García-Ruiz, J. P.; Martín-Palma, R. J.

    2011-10-01

    In this work nanostructured porous silicon (nanoPS) was used for the fabrication of surface micropatterns aiming at controlling cell adhesion and migration. In particular, surface patterns of nanoPS and Si were engineered by high-energy ion-beam irradiation and subsequent anodization. It was found that human skeletal progenitor cells are sensitive to oneand two-dimensional patterns and that focal adhesion is inhibited on nanoPS areas. In spite of this anti-fouling characteristics, studies on patterns with reduced Si areas show that cells conform to nanoPS pathways favoring migration through cell protrusion, body translocation and tail retraction from two parallel Si traction rails. Moreover, migration can be blocked and cells tend to arrange when grid patterns with the appropriate dimensions are fabricated. The experimental results confirm that progenitor cells are able to exploit nanoPS anti-fouling designs by adapting to it for migration purposes.

  11. Versatile Micropatterning of Plasmonic Nanostructures by Visible Light Induced Electroless Silver Plating on Gold Nanoseeds.

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    Yoshikawa, Hiroyuki; Hironou, Asami; Shen, ZhengJun; Tamiya, Eiichi

    2016-09-14

    A versatile fabrication technique for plasmonic silver (Ag) nanostructures that uses visible light exposure for micropatterning and plasmon resonance tuning is presented. The surface of a glass substrate modified with gold (Au) nanoseeds by a thermal dewetting process was used as a Ag plating platform. When a solution containing silver nitrate and sodium citrate was dropped on the Au nanoseeds under visible light exposure, the plasmon-mediated reduction of Ag ions was induced on the Au nanoseeds to form Ag nanostructures. The plasmon resonance spectra of Ag nanostructures were examined by an absorption spectral measurement and a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation. Some examples of Ag nanostructure patterning were demonstrated by means of light exposure through a photomask, direct writing with a focused laser beam, and the interference between two laser beams. Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) of 4-aminothiophenol (4-ATP) was conducted with fabricated Ag nanostructures. PMID:27564976

  12. Control of work function of indium tin oxide: A surface treatment by atmospheric-pressure plasma layer on fabric-type electrodes

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    Ueda, Yoshihiko; Abe, Junichi; Murata, Hideyuki; Gotoh, Yasuhito; Sakai, Osamu

    2014-01-01

    The surface electronic properties of metal oxides, which affect the performances of layered electronic devices, are controlled by non-thermal atmospheric-pressure plasmas generated using a fabric-type electrode and gas flow induced through this plasma layer. We specify a method to control the work function of indium tin oxide (ITO) films by this plasma, in which such reactive species as oxidant radicals are generated. These oxidants are spatially transported in the gas flow to the ITO surface and increase the ITO’s work function, as verified in our experimental results. To examine the effects of the increased work function in a specific electronic device, we treat the surface of an ITO electrode in an organic light-emitting diode and observe the enhancement of the light-emitting efficiency.

  13. Electrochemical fabrication and evaluation of highly sensitive nanorod-modified electrodes for a biotin/avidin system.

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    Lee, Seung-Jun; Anandan, Venkataramani; Zhang, Guigen

    2008-02-28

    Bioaffinity sensors need to be rapid, specific, and highly sensitive. To realize these features, electrodes that can elicit high electrochemical performance are necessary. In this study, we developed nanorod array electrode and performed cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) experiments to study the interfacial properties of the nanorod array electrode with Fe(CN)(6)(3-/4-) as the redox molecules. Results showed that both the CV and EIS measurements captured very well the resistive and capacitive changes due to the adsorption of functionalizing molecules and the coupling between avidin and biotin. The EIS measurements were more sensitive in discriminating small changes caused by the surface adsorption of various molecules. The use of avidin-functionalized gold nanorod modified electrodes had led to much increased detection sensitivity along with a detection-limit as low as 1 ng/mL of biotin. PMID:18077147

  14. Materials science and integration bases for fabrication of (BaxSr1-x)TiO3 thin film capacitors with layered Cu-based electrodes

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    Fan, W.; Kabius, B.; Hiller, J. M.; Saha, S.; Carlisle, J. A.; Auciello, O.; Chang, R. P. H.; Ramesh, R.

    2003-11-01

    The synthesis and fundamental material properties of layered TiAl/Cu/Ta electrodes were investigated to achieve the integration of Cu electrodes with high-dielectric constant (κ) oxide thin films for application to the fabrication of high-frequency devices. The Ta layer is an excellent diffusion barrier to inhibit deleterious Cu diffusion into the Si substrate, while the TiAl layer provides an excellent barrier against oxygen diffusion into the Cu layer to inhibit Cu oxidation during the growth of the high-κ layer in an oxygen atmosphere. Polycrystalline (BaxSr1-x)TiO3 (BST) thin films were grown on the Cu-based bottom electrode by rf magnetron sputtering at temperatures in the range 400-600 °C in oxygen, to investigate the performance of BST/Cu-based capacitors. Characterization of the Cu-based layered structure using surface analytical methods showed that two amorphous oxide layers were formed on both sides of the TiAl barrier, such that the oxide layer on the free surface of the TiAl layer correlates with TiAlOx, while the oxide layer at the TiAl/Cu interface is an Al2O3-rich layer. This double amorphous barrier layer structure effectively prevents oxygen penetration towards the underlying Cu and Ta layers. The TiAlOx interfacial layer, which has a relatively low dielectric constant compared with BST, reduced the total capacitance of the BST thin film capacitors. In addition, the layered electrode-oxide interface roughening observed during the growth of BST films at high temperature, due to copper grain growth, resulted in large dielectric loss on the fabricated BST capacitors. These problems were solved by growing the BST layer at 450 °C followed by a rapid thermal annealing at 700 °C. This process significantly reduced the thickness of the TiAlOx layer and interface roughness resulting in BST capacitors exhibiting properties suitable for the fabrication of high-performance high-frequency devices. In summary, relatively high dielectric constant (280), low

  15. A cell-repellent sulfonated PEG comb-like polymer for highly resolved cell micropatterns.

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    Jung, Jaeyeon; Na, Kyunga; Shin, Byungcheol; Kim, Okgene; Lee, Jonghwan; Yun, Kyusik; Hyun, Jinho

    2008-01-01

    This paper investigates the chemical modification of a cell-repellent poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based polymer to enhance its hydrophilicity with sulfonate groups, and its application in the fabrication of a cell microarray. First, a polymer comprised of a methyl methacrylate (MMA) backbone with PEG side-chains (PMMA-b-PEG) was synthesized from three monomers by radical polymerization and purified. Despite the hydrophilic side-groups in the amphiphilic polymer, the backbone structure's hydrophobicity allows for local adsorption of biomolecules in incubation media with or without serum. To enhance the hydrophilicity of the polymer, we tethered sulfonate groups to the hydroxyl groups on the PEG side chains (PMMA-b-PEG-SO3). The sulfate groups' physical and mechanical movement competitively repels biomolecules approaching the PMMA-b-PEG surface. Polymers modified with sulfonate were characterized by contact angle measurement, FT-IR, NMR, AFM and GPC. PMMA-b-PEG and PMMA-b-PEG-SO3 were successfully micropatterned on polystyrene and glass surfaces, and cell attachment was performed in either serum-free or serum-containing media, resulting in highly resolved cell micropatterns. PMID:18237490

  16. Constructive Formation and Connection of Aligned Micropatterned Neural Networks by Stepwise Photothermal Etching during Cultivation

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    Suzuki, Ikurou; Yasuda, Kenji

    2007-09-01

    To understand the topologically dependence of neural network function and its community effects, a constructive approach to forming a model culture system in which we can fully control the spatiotemporal pattern modification during cultivation is useful. We thus newly developed an on-chip multi-electrode array (MEA) system combined with an agarose microchamber (AMC) array to record the firing at multiple cells simultaneously over a long term and to topographically control the cell positions and their connections in order to form two linearly aligned micropatterned networks using additional photothermal etching during cultivation. The electrical connection through the additional neurite connection between two networks in both synchronized spontaneous firings and evoked responses to electrical stimulation was measured, and the localized synaptogenesis at the additional connection point and the propagation by chemical synapses were confirmed. The results show the advantages of AMC/MEA cultivation and measurement methods and indicate they will be useful for investigating community effects by pattern modification during cultivation.

  17. Directing cell migration using micropatterned and dynamically adhesive polymer brushes.

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    Costa, Patricia; Gautrot, Julien E; Connelly, John T

    2014-06-01

    Micropatterning techniques, such as photolithography and microcontact printing, provide robust tools for controlling the adhesive interactions between cells and their extracellular environment. However, the ability to modify these interactions in real time and examine dynamic cellular responses remains a significant challenge. Here we describe a novel strategy to create dynamically adhesive, micropatterned substrates, which afford precise control of cell adhesion and migration over both space and time. Specific functionalization of micropatterned poly(ethylene glycol methacrylate) (POEGMA) brushes with synthetic peptides, containing the integrin-binding arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) motif, was achieved using thiol-yne coupling reactions. RGD activation of POEGMA brushes promoted fibroblast adhesion, spreading and migration into previously non-adhesive areas, and migration speed could be tuned by adjusting the surface ligand density. We propose that this technique is a robust strategy for creating dynamically adhesive biomaterial surfaces and a useful assay for studying cell migration. PMID:24508539

  18. Facile fabrication of an efficient BiVO4 thin film electrode for water splitting under visible light irradiation.

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    Jia, Qingxin; Iwashina, Katsuya; Kudo, Akihiko

    2012-07-17

    An efficient BiVO(4) thin film electrode for overall water splitting was prepared by dipping an F-doped SnO(2) (FTO) substrate electrode in an aqueous nitric acid solution of Bi(NO(3))(3) and NH(4)VO(3), and subsequently calcining it. X-ray diffraction of the BiVO(4) thin film revealed that a photocatalytically active phase of scheelite-monoclinic BiVO(4) was obtained. Scanning electron microscopy images showed that the surface of an FTO substrate was uniformly coated with the BiVO(4) film with 300-400 nm of the thickness. The BiVO(4) thin film electrode gave an excellent anodic photocurrent with 73% of an IPCE at 420 nm at 1.0 V vs. Ag/AgCl. Modification with CoO on the BiVO(4) electrode improved the photoelectrochemical property. A photoelectrochemical cell consisting of the BiVO(4) thin film electrode with and without CoO, and a Pt counter electrode was constructed for water splitting under visible light irradiation and simulated sunlight irradiation. Photocurrent due to water splitting to form H(2) and O(2) was confirmed with applying an external bias smaller than 1.23 V that is a theoretical voltage for electrolysis of water. Water splitting without applying external bias under visible light irradiation was demonstrated using a SrTiO(3)Rh photocathode and the BiVO(4) photoanode. PMID:22699499

  19. Facile fabrication of an efficient BiVO4 thin film electrode for water splitting under visible light irradiation

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    Jia, Qingxin; Iwashina, Katsuya; Kudo, Akihiko

    2012-01-01

    An efficient BiVO4 thin film electrode for overall water splitting was prepared by dipping an F-doped SnO2 (FTO) substrate electrode in an aqueous nitric acid solution of Bi(NO3)3 and NH4VO3, and subsequently calcining it. X-ray diffraction of the BiVO4 thin film revealed that a photocatalytically active phase of scheelite-monoclinic BiVO4 was obtained. Scanning electron microscopy images showed that the surface of an FTO substrate was uniformly coated with the BiVO4 film with 300–400 nm of the thickness. The BiVO4 thin film electrode gave an excellent anodic photocurrent with 73% of an IPCE at 420 nm at 1.0 V vs. Ag/AgCl. Modification with CoO on the BiVO4 electrode improved the photoelectrochemical property. A photoelectrochemical cell consisting of the BiVO4 thin film electrode with and without CoO, and a Pt counter electrode was constructed for water splitting under visible light irradiation and simulated sunlight irradiation. Photocurrent due to water splitting to form H2 and O2 was confirmed with applying an external bias smaller than 1.23 V that is a theoretical voltage for electrolysis of water. Water splitting without applying external bias under visible light irradiation was demonstrated using a SrTiO3∶Rh photocathode and the BiVO4 photoanode. PMID:22699499

  20. Micropatterning of Proteins and Mammalian Cells on Indium Tin Oxide

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    Shah, Sunny S.; Howland, Michael C.; Chen, Li-Jung; Silangcruz, Jaime; Verkhoturov, Stanislav V.; Schweikert, Emile A.; Parikh, Atul N.; Revzin, Alexander

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes a novel surface engineering approach that combines oxygen plasma treatment and electrochemical activation to create micropatterned cocultures on indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates. In this approach, photoresist was patterned onto an ITO substrate modified with poly(ethylene) glycol (PEG) silane. The photoresist served as a stencil during exposure of the surface to oxygen plasma. Upon incubation with collagen (I) solution and removal of the photoresist, the ITO substrate contained collagen regions surrounded by nonfouling PEG silane. Chemical analysis carried out with time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) at different stages in micropatterned construction verified removal of PEG-silane during oxygen plasma and presence of collagen and PEG molecules on the same surface. Imaging ellipsometry and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were employed to further investigate micropatterned ITO surfaces. Biological application of this micropatterning strategy was demonstrated through selective attachment of mammalian cells on the ITO substrate. Importantly, after seeding the first cell type, the ITO surfaces could be activated by applying negative voltage (−1.4 V vs Ag/AgCl). This resulted in removal of nonfouling PEG layer and allowed to attach another cell type onto the same surface and to create micropatterned cocultures. Micropatterned cocultures of primary hepatocytes and fibroblasts created by this strategy remained functional after 9 days as verified by analysis of hepatic albumin. The novel surface engineering strategy described here may be used to pattern multiple cell types on an optically transparent and conductive substrate and is envisioned to have applications in tissue engineering and biosensing. PMID:20356132

  1. Low-temperature fabrication of ZnO nanorods/ferrocenyl-alkanethiol bilayer electrode and its application for enzymatic glucose detection.

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    Ma, Qiang; Nakazato, Kazuo

    2014-01-15

    A novel ZnO nanorods/ferrocenyl-alkanethiol (FcC11SH) bilayer structure was prepared and applied for the fabrication of glucose enzymatic biosensor. ZnO nanorod matrix was synthesized by low temperature aqueous method and provided a favorable environment for the immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOx). A monolayer of FcC11SH molecular was self-assembled on the surface of gold electrode and introduced a shuttling way for electronic communication between GOx and electrode. The morphology and structure of prepared ZnO nanorods were characterized by employing scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). Electrochemcial measurements of the sensor revealed a high and reproducible sensitivity of 27.8 μA cm(-2) mM(-1), and a linear range from 0.05 to 1.0mM with a detection limit of 20 μM. A relatively low value of Michaelis-Menten constant about 2.95 mM indicates the enhanced affinity of GOx to glucose. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time to fabricate the glucose biosensor by using ZnO and FcC11SH bilayer structure. PMID:24001511

  2. Fabrication and Optimization of ChE/ChO/HRP-AuNPs/c-MWCNTs Based Silver Electrode for Determining Total Cholesterol in Serum.

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    Lata, Kusum; Dhull, Vikas; Hooda, Vikas

    2016-01-01

    The developed method used three enzymes comprised of cholesterol esterase, cholesterol oxidase, and peroxidase for fabrication of amperometric biosensor in order to determine total cholesterol in serum samples. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and carboxylated multiwall carbon nanotubes (cMWCNTs) were used to design core of working electrode, having covalently immobilized ChO, ChE, and HRP. Polyacrylamide layer was finally coated on working electrode in order to prevent enzyme leaching. Chemically synthesised Au nanoparticles were subjected to transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for analysing the shape and size of the particles. Working electrode was subjected to FTIR and XRD. The combined action of AuNP and c-MWCNT showed enhancement in electrocatalytic activity at a very low potential of 0.27 V. The pH 7, temperature 40°C, and response time of 20 seconds, respectively, were observed. The biosensor shows a broad linear range from 0.5 mg/dL to 250 mg/dL (0.01 mM-5.83 mM) with minimum detection limit being 0.5 mg/dL (0.01 mM). The biosensor showed reusability of more than 45 times and was stable for 60 days. The biosensor was successfully tested for determining total cholesterol in serum samples amperometrically with no significant interference by serum components. PMID:26885393

  3. Electrochemical etching of metal wires in low-stress electric contact using a liquid metal electrode to fabricate tips for scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Nishimura, Takashi; Hassan, Amer Mahmoud Amer; Tomitori, Masahiko

    2013-11-01

    A liquid metal electrode of Ga was used to reproducibly fabricate a sharpened metal tip with an elongated shank by electrochemical etching for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The electrode was in contact with the wire for the tip in low stress; it was prevented that the tip end from being rugged owing to mechanical tear-off on splitting into two pieces by etching. The wire was vertically penetrated down through a film of an electrolyte solution held in meniscus onto a platinum (Pt) ring, and the lower part of the wire under the film was softly in contact with an electrode of the liquid metal having high wettability and viscosity, resulting in a good electric contact. A tip with a radius less than 20 nm and an elongated tip length of order of 1 μm was obtained, which was preferable for the build-up process in a thermal-field treatment. The tip was evaluated by scanning electron microscopy and field emission microscopy, and used in STM observation.

  4. A new method for fabricating a CuO/TiO2 nanotube arrays electrode and its application as a sensitive nonenzymatic glucose sensor.

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    Luo, Shenglian; Su, Fang; Liu, Chengbin; Li, Juanxiu; Liu, Ronghua; Xiao, Yan; Li, Yue; Liu, Xuanneng; Cai, Qingyun

    2011-10-30

    In this report, we presented a new method to fabricate TiO(2) nanotube (TiO(2) NT) arrays modified with cupric oxide (CuO) nanofibers, getting a novel TiO(2) NT arrays composition electrode for sensitive nonenzymatic glucose detection. For the preparation of CuO nanofibers, Cu nanoparticles were firstly electrodeposited onto the TiO(2) NT arrays, and then oxidized to CuO nanofibers followed by annealing in air. The CuO nanofibers modified TiO(2) NT (CuO/TiO(2) NT) arrays electrode for electrocatalytic detection of glucose was investigated by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry in 0.10 M NaOH solution. The linear range of detection of glucose extended up to 2.0mM (R=0.997, n=10) at a potential of 0.50 V (vs. SCE). The sensitivity was 79.79 μA cm(-2)mM(-1), and the detection limit was 1 μM (S/N=3). Significantly, the poisoning by chloride ion and the interferences from ascorbic acid, uric acid, lactose, sucrose, fructose and dopamine were negligible. Particularly, the CuO/TiO(2) NT arrays electrode showed excellent stability and repeatability over 1 month. The sensor was also investigated detecting glucose in human blood serum samples. PMID:22063525

  5. High-Resolution, Large-Area Fabrication of Compliant Electrodes via Laser Ablation for Robust, Stretchable Dielectric Elastomer Actuators and Sensors.

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    Araromi, Oluwaseun A; Rosset, Samuel; Shea, Herbert R

    2015-08-19

    A key element in stretchable actuators, sensors, and systems based on elastomer materials are compliant electrodes. While there exist many methodologies for fabricating electrodes on dielectric elastomers, very few succeed in achieving high-resolution patterning over large areas. We present a novel approach for the production of mechanically robust, high-resolution compliant electrodes for stretchable silicone elastomer actuators and sensors. Cast, 2-50 μm thick poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS)-carbon composite layers are patterned by laser ablation and subsequently bonded to a PDMS membrane by oxygen plasma activation. The technique affords great design flexibility and high resolution and readily scales to large-area arrays of devices. We validate our methodology by producing arrays of actuators and sensors on up to A4-size substrates, reporting on microscale dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) generating area strains of over 25%, and interdigitated capacitive touch sensors with high sensitivity yet insensitivity to substrate stretching. We demonstrate the ability to cofabricate highly integrated multifunctional transducers using the same process flow, showing the methodology's promise in realizing sophisticated and reliable complex stretchable devices with fine features over large areas. PMID:26197865

  6. Fabrication and Optimization of ChE/ChO/HRP-AuNPs/c-MWCNTs Based Silver Electrode for Determining Total Cholesterol in Serum

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    Lata, Kusum; Dhull, Vikas

    2016-01-01

    The developed method used three enzymes comprised of cholesterol esterase, cholesterol oxidase, and peroxidase for fabrication of amperometric biosensor in order to determine total cholesterol in serum samples. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and carboxylated multiwall carbon nanotubes (cMWCNTs) were used to design core of working electrode, having covalently immobilized ChO, ChE, and HRP. Polyacrylamide layer was finally coated on working electrode in order to prevent enzyme leaching. Chemically synthesised Au nanoparticles were subjected to transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for analysing the shape and size of the particles. Working electrode was subjected to FTIR and XRD. The combined action of AuNP and c-MWCNT showed enhancement in electrocatalytic activity at a very low potential of 0.27 V. The pH 7, temperature 40°C, and response time of 20 seconds, respectively, were observed. The biosensor shows a broad linear range from 0.5 mg/dL to 250 mg/dL (0.01 mM–5.83 mM) with minimum detection limit being 0.5 mg/dL (0.01 mM). The biosensor showed reusability of more than 45 times and was stable for 60 days. The biosensor was successfully tested for determining total cholesterol in serum samples amperometrically with no significant interference by serum components. PMID:26885393

  7. Micropatterning of porous silicon films by direct laser writing.

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    Khung, Yit-Lung; Graney, Sean D; Voelcker, Nicolas H

    2006-01-01

    In this study, we demonstrate that porous silicon films can be ablated by the pulsed nitrogen laser of a commercial MALDI mass spectrometer. The extent of laser-induced ablation was found to depend on the doping level and surface chemistry of the porous silicon film. Using direct laser writing with or without a mask, micropatterns were generated on the porous silicon surface. These micropatterns were subsequently used to guide the growth of mammalian cells including neuroblastoma. Excellent selectivity of cell growth toward the laser-ablated regions was established. PMID:17022678

  8. Comparison of amperometric biosensors fabricated by palladium sputtering, palladium electrodeposition and Nafion/carbon nanotube casting on screen-printed carbon electrodes.

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    Lee, Chung-Hun; Wang, Shih-Chang; Yuan, Chiun-Jye; Wen, Meng-Fang; Chang, Ku-Shang

    2007-01-15

    Different strategies, including palladium electrodeposition (Pd(CV)), Pd sputtering (Pd(S)) and Nafion-solubilized carbon nanotube casting (Nafion/CNT), were used to modify screen-printed carbon electrodes (SPCEs) for the fabrication of amperometric enzyme biosensors. The electrochemical properties of the bare and modified SPCEs and the optimal conditions for surface modification were determined. The electrochemical response of the bare SPCE to H(2)O(2) under the potential of 0.3 V could be improved about 100-fold by Pd modification by electrodeposition or sputtering. By contrast, the electrochemical response of the bare SPCE was enhanced by only about 11-fold by Nafion/CNT casting. Moreover, the Pd(CV)-SPCEs exhibited better reproducibility of electrochemical response (a relative standard deviation (R.S.D.)<6.0%) than freshly prepared Pd(S)-SPCEs (R.S.D.>10%). The glucose biosensor fabricated from Pd-modified electrodes could be stored for up to 108 days without loosing significant activity. The Pd(CV)-SPCE also showed very reliable signal characteristics upon 50 consecutively repeated measurements of ascorbic acid. The electrocatalytic detection of the Pd-SPCE was combined with additional advantages of resistance to surface fouling and hence good stability. In conclusion, this study demonstrated that deposition of Pd thin film on SPCEs by electrodeposition or sputtering provided superior enhancement of electrochemical properties compared to Nafion/CNT-SPCEs. Despite their high electrochemical response, Pd(S)-SPCEs required an activation process to improve stability and Pd(CV)-SPCEs suffered from poor between electrode reproducibility. PMID:16644200

  9. Field-Effect Transistors: Ultrathin MXene-Micropattern-Based Field-Effect Transistor for Probing Neural Activity (Adv. Mater. 17/2016).

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    Xu, Bingzhe; Zhu, Minshen; Zhang, Wencong; Zhen, Xu; Pei, Zengxia; Xue, Qi; Zhi, Chunyi; Shi, Peng

    2016-05-01

    A field-effect transistor (FET) based on ultrathin Ti3 C2 -MXene micropatterns is developed by C. Zhi, P. Shi, and co-workers, as described on page 3333. The FET can be utilized for label-free probing of small molecules in typical biological environments, e.g., for fast detection of action potentials in primary neurons. This device is produced with a microcontact printing technique, harnessing the unique advantages for easy fabrication. PMID:27122113

  10. Fabrication of silver nanowires and metal oxide composite transparent electrodes and their application in UV light-emitting diodes

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    Yan, Xingzhen; Ma, Jiangang; Xu, Haiyang; Wang, Chunliang; Liu, Yichun

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we prepared the silver nanowires (AgNWs)/aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) composite transparent conducting electrodes for n-ZnO/p-GaN heterojunction light emitting-diodes (LEDs) by drop casting AgNW networks and subsequent atomic layer deposition (ALD) of AZO at 150 °C. The contact resistances between AgNWs were dramatically reduced by pre-annealing in the vacuum chamber before the ALD of AZO. In this case, AZO works not only as the conformal passivation layer that protects AgNWs from oxidation, but also as the binding material that improves AgNWs adhesion to substrates. Due to the localized surface plasmons (LSPs) of the AgNWs resonant coupling with the ultraviolet (UV) light emission from the LEDs, a higher UV light extracting efficiency is achieved from LEDs with the AgNWs/AZO composite electrodes in comparison with the conventional AZO electrodes. Additionally, the antireflective nature of random AgNW networks in the composite electrodes caused a broad output light angular distribution, which could be of benefit to certain optoelectronic devices like LEDs and solar cells.

  11. Fabrication, characterization of two nano-composite CuO-ZnO working electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cell.

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    Habibi, Mohammad Hossein; Karimi, Bahareh; Zendehdel, Mahmoud; Habibi, Mehdi

    2013-12-01

    Two kind of CuO-ZnO nanocomposite working electrodes were synthesized by sol-gel technology and applied in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Their characteristics were studied by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (DRS). CuO-ZnO nanocomposite thin films were prepared doctor blade technique on the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) and used as working electrodes in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC). Their photovoltaic behavior were compared with standard using D35 dye and an electrolyte containing [Co(bpy)3](PF6)2, [Co(pby)3](PF6)3, LiClO4, and 4-tert-butylpyridine (TBP). The ranges of short-circuit current (JSC) from 0.18 to 0.21 (mA/cm(2)), open-circuit voltage (VOC) from 0.24 to 0.55V, and fill factor from 0.34 to 0.39 were obtained for the DSSCs made using the working electrodes. The efficiency of the working electrodes after the addition of TBL was more than doubled. The light scattering and carrier transport properties of these composites promote the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). PMID:23973582

  12. Layer by layer assembly of ultrathin V2O5 anchored MWCNTs and graphene on textile fabrics for fabrication of high energy density flexible supercapacitor electrodes

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    Shakir, Imran; Ali, Zahid; Bae, Jihyun; Park, Jongjin; Kang, Dae Joon

    2014-03-01

    Among transition metal oxides, vanadium oxides have received relatively modest attention for supercapacitor applications. Yet, this material is abundant, relatively inexpensive and offer several oxidation states which can provide a broad range of redox reactions suitable for supercapacitor operation. Electrochemical supercapacitors based on nanostructured vanadium oxide (V2O5) suffer from relatively low energy densities as they have low surface area and poor electrical conductivities. To overcome these problems, we developed a layer by layer assembly (LBL) technique in which a graphene layer was alternatively inserted between MWCNT films coated with ultrathin (3 nm) V2O5. The insertion of a conductive spacer of graphene between the MWCNT films coated with V2O5 not only prevents agglomeration between the MWCNT films but also substantially enhances the specific capacitance by 67%, to as high as ~2590 F g-1. Furthermore, the LBL assembled multilayer supercapacitor electrodes exhibited an excellent cycling performance of >97%, capacitance retention over 5000 cycles and a high energy density of 96 W h kg-1 at a power density of 800 W kg-1. Our approach clearly offers an exciting opportunity for enhancing the device performance of metal oxide-based electrochemical supercapacitors suitable for next-generation flexible energy storage devices by employing a facile LBL assembly technique.Among transition metal oxides, vanadium oxides have received relatively modest attention for supercapacitor applications. Yet, this material is abundant, relatively inexpensive and offer several oxidation states which can provide a broad range of redox reactions suitable for supercapacitor operation. Electrochemical supercapacitors based on nanostructured vanadium oxide (V2O5) suffer from relatively low energy densities as they have low surface area and poor electrical conductivities. To overcome these problems, we developed a layer by layer assembly (LBL) technique in which a graphene layer

  13. Capability of Sputtered Micro-patterned NiTi Thick Films

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    Bechtold, Christoph; Lima de Miranda, Rodrigo; Quandt, Eckhard

    2015-09-01

    Today, most NiTi devices are manufactured by a combination of conventional metal fabrication steps, e.g., melting, extrusion, cold working, etc., and are subsequently structured by high accuracy laser cutting. This combination has been proven to be very successful; however, there are several limitations to this fabrication route, e.g., in respect to the fabrication of more complex device designs, device miniaturization or the combination of different materials for the integration of further functionality. These issues have to be addressed in order to develop new devices and applications. The fabrication of micro-patterned films using magnetron sputtering, UV lithography, and wet etching has great potential to overcome limitations of conventional device manufacturing. Due to its fabrication characteristics, this method allows the production of devices with complex designs, high structural accuracy, smooth edge profile, at layer thicknesses up to 75 µm. The aim of this study is to present recent developments in the field of NiTi thin film technology, its advantages and limitations, as well as new possible applications in the medical and in non-medical fields. These developments include among others NiTi scaffold structures covered with NiTi membranes for their potential use as filters, heart valve components or aneurysm treatments, as well as micro-actuators for consumable electronics or automotive applications.

  14. Micropatterning neuronal cells on polyelectrolyte multilayers.

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    Reyes, Darwin R; Perruccio, Elizabeth M; Becerra, S Patricia; Locascio, Laurie E; Gaitan, Michael

    2004-09-28

    This paper describes an approach to adhere retinal cells on micropatterned polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) lines adsorbed on poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) surfaces using microfluidic networks. PEMs were patterned on flat, oxidized PDMS surfaces by sequentially flowing polyions through a microchannel network that was placed in contact with the PDMS surface. Polyethyleneimine (PEI) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) were the polyions used as the top layer cellular adhesion material. The microfluidic network was lifted off after the patterning was completed and retinal cells were seeded on the PEM/PDMS surfaces. The traditional practice of using blocking agents to prevent the adhesion of cells on unpatterned areas was avoided by allowing the PDMS surface to return to its uncharged state after the patterning was completed. The adhesion of rat retinal cells on the patterned PEMs was observed 5 h after seeding. Cell viability and morphology on the patterned PEMs were assayed. These materials proved to be nontoxic to the cells used in this study regardless of the number of stacked PEM layers. Phalloidin staining of the cytoskeleton revealed no apparent morphological differences in retinal cells compared with those plated on polystyrene or the larger regions of PEI and PAH; however, cells were relatively more elongated when cultured on the PEM lines. Cell-to-cell communication between cells on adjacent PEM lines was observed as interconnecting tubes containing actin that were a few hundred nanometers in diameter and up to 55 microm in length. This approach provides a simple, fast, and inexpensive method of patterning cells onto micrometer-scale features. PMID:15379510

  15. Study on the fabrication of transparent electrodes by using a thermal-roll imprinted Ag mesh and anATO thin film

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    Kim, Sung Jin; Choi, Kyoon; Choi, Se Young

    2016-03-01

    Transparent conductive films have been widely studied because of their potential applications in optoelectronic devices such as paper displays, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), organic lighting-emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic solar cells and so on. In this paper, we report on a low-resistance, a high-transparents conductive film that can be applied as It a flexible device substrate. In order to the fabricate transparent conductive film, we used a high-resolution roll imprinting method. The following steps were performed: The design and manufacture of an electroforming stamp mold, the fabrication of high resolution roll imprinted on flexible film, and the manufacture of an Ag grid that was filled by using a doctor blade process with a nano-sized Ag paste. Then on patterned Its films, antimony tin oxide was coated with ATO sol solution by using bar the coating method. The fabricated ATO/Ag mesh electrode showed good flexibility, and It exhibited a high optical transmittance of 85.3% in the visible wavelength and a sheet resistance of 41 Ω/sq. Furthermore, the bending test for mechanical properties showed that the ATO/Ag thin film had good flexibility.

  16. Fabrication of polycrystalline CdTe thin-film solar cells using carbon electrodes with carbon nanotubes

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    Okamoto, Tamotsu; Hayashi, Ryoji; Ogawa, Yohei; Hosono, Aikyo; Doi, Makoto

    2015-04-01

    The effects of adding carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to carbon back electrodes in polycrystalline CdTe thin-film solar cells were investigated. The CNTs were prepared by arc discharge under atmospheric pressure. The conductivity of the obtained CNT film with a density of 1.65 g/cm3 was approximately 2.6 × 103 S/cm. In the CdTe solar cells using carbon back electrodes with CNTs, the fill factor (FF) was improved as a result of adding CNTs with a concentration of 1 to 5 wt %. The improvement of FF was mainly due to the decrease in the series resistance of the CdTe solar cell. Furthermore, the open-circuit voltage (VOC) was improved by the CNT addition. The improvement of VOC was probably due to the reduction of the back barrier at the back contact.

  17. A Fully Integrated and Miniaturized Heavy-metal-detection Sensor Based on Micro-patterned Reduced Graphene Oxide.

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    Xuan, Xing; Hossain, Md Faruk; Park, Jae Yeong

    2016-01-01

    For this paper, a fully integrated and highly miniaturized electrochemical sensor was designed and fabricated on a silicon substrate. A solvothermal-assisted reduced graphene oxide named "TRGO" was then successfully micro-patterned using a lithography technique, followed by the electrodeposition of bismuth (Bi) on the surface of the micro-patterned TRGO for the electrochemical detection of heavy metal ions. The fully integrated electrochemical micro-sensor was then measured and evaluated for the detection of cadmium and lead-heavy metal ions in an acetic-acid buffered solution using the square wave anodic stripping voltammetry (SWASV) technique. The fabricated micro-sensor exhibited a linear detection range of 1.0 μg L(-1) to 120.0 μg L(-1) for both of the metal ions, and detection limits of 0.4 μg L(-1) and 1.0 μg L(-1) were recorded for the lead and cadmium (S/N = 3), respectively. Drinking-water samples were used for the practical assessment of the fabricated micro-sensor, and it showed an acceptable detection performance regarding the metal ions. PMID:27616629

  18. 3D Micropatterned Surface Inspired by Salvinia molesta via Direct Laser Lithography

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    2015-01-01

    Biomimetic functional surfaces are attracting increasing attention for their relevant technological applications. Despite these efforts, inherent limitations of microfabrication techniques prevent the replication of complex hierarchical microstructures. Using a 3D laser lithography technique, we fabricated a 3D patterned surface bioinspired to Salvinia molesta leaves. The artificial hairs, with crownlike heads, were reproduced by scaling down (ca. 100 times smaller) the dimensions of natural features, so that microscale hairs with submicrometric resolution were attained. The micropatterned surface, in analogy with the natural model, shows interesting properties in terms of hydrophobicity and air retention when submerged by water, even if realized with a hydrophilic material. Furthermore, we successfully demonstrated the capability to promote localized condensation of water droplets from moisture in the atmosphere. PMID:26558410

  19. Fabrication of electrodes on the aluminum doped zinc oxide thin films using an ultraviolet laser direct-patterning technology

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    Hsiao, Wen-Tse; Tseng, Shih-Feng; Kuo, Chao-Hui; Huang, Kuo-Cheng; Chiang, Donyau; Yao, Pin-Chiun; Chen, Ming-Fei

    Because transparent conductive oxide (TCO) thin films have more than 80% transmittance in visible spectrum, and high electrical conductivity, the TCO films are widely applied to flat panel displays and solar cells as transparent electrode materials. This study aims to develop a direct patterning technology on ZnO:Al (AZO) thin films by a diode-pumped solid state ultraviolet laser. The electrode patterns with array structures on AZO thin films were generated by a high-speed galvanometric scanning system. The optoelectronic properties of a patterned electrode have strong relation with the laser pulse frequency, the scan speed, and the patterning time. The surface morphology and roughness of patterned electrode were measured by three dimension confocal microscope and field emission scanning electron microscope, respectively. The resistivity of AZO thin films before and after laser patterning was measured by a four point probe instrument. The optical transmittance was recorded by a UV/VIS/NIR spectrophotometer. The experimental results indicated that the edge line width and depth decreased with increasing the scan speed. After the array patterns structure were formed by laser dry etching, the roughness Ra values of patterned area increased from 0.06 μm to 0.16 μm. These transmittances of patterned structure from 400 nm to 800 nm wavelengths averagely reached to 82%. The measured results of electrical conductively revealed that the resistivity gradually increased with increasing the pulse repetition frequency. In addition, surface morphologic examination on the straight lines, corners, and etched regions of patterned films revealed no micro-cracks observed which meant the patterned surface had a better surface quality.

  20. Fabrication of Carbon-Platinum Interdigitated Array Electrodes and Their Application for Investigating Homogeneous Hydrogen Evolution Catalysis

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    Liu, Fei; Divan, Ralu; Parkinson, Bruce A.

    2015-06-29

    Carbon interdigitated array (IDA) electrodes have been applied to study the homogeneous hydrogen evolution electrocatalyst [Ni(PPh2NBn2)2]2+ (where PPh2NBn2 is 1,5-dibenzyl-3,7-diphenyl-1,5-diaza-3,7-diphosphacyclooctane). The existence of reaction intermediates in the catalytic cycle is inferred from the electrochemical behavior of a glassy carbon disk electrodes and carbon IDA electrodes. The currents on IDA electrodes for an EC’ (electron transfer reaction followed by a catalytic reaction) mechanism are derived from the number of redox cycles and the contribution of non-catalytic currents. The catalytic reaction rate constant was then extracted from the IDA current equations. Applying the IDA current and kinetic equations to the electrochemical response of the [Ni(PPh2NBn2)2]2+ catalyst yielded a rate constant of 0.10 s-1 for the hydrogen evolution reaction that agrees with the literature value. The quantitative analysis of IDA cyclic voltammetry can be used as a simple and straightforward method for determining rate constants in other catalytic systems. This work was supported as part of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for DOE. Use of the Center for Nanoscale Materials was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  1. Method of fabricating electrode catalyst layers with directionally oriented carbon support for proton exchange membrane fuel cell

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    Liu, Di-Jia; Yang, Junbing

    2012-03-20

    A membrane electrode assembly (MEA) of the invention comprises an anode and a cathode and a proton conductive membrane therebetween, the anode and the cathode each comprising a patterned sheet of longitudinally aligned transition metal-containing carbon nanotubes, wherein the carbon nanotubes are in contact with and are aligned generally perpendicular to the membrane, wherein a catalytically active transition metal is incorporated throughout the nanotubes.

  2. Solid-state supercapacitors with rationally designed heterogeneous electrodes fabricated by large area spray processing for wearable energy storage applications

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    Huang, Chun; Zhang, Jin; Young, Neil P.; Snaith, Henry J.; Grant, Patrick S.

    2016-05-01

    Supercapacitors are in demand for short-term electrical charge and discharge applications. Unlike conventional supercapacitors, solid-state versions have no liquid electrolyte and do not require robust, rigid packaging for containment. Consequently they can be thinner, lighter and more flexible. However, solid-state supercapacitors suffer from lower power density and where new materials have been developed to improve performance, there remains a gap between promising laboratory results that usually require nano-structured materials and fine-scale processing approaches, and current manufacturing technology that operates at large scale. We demonstrate a new, scalable capability to produce discrete, multi-layered electrodes with a different material and/or morphology in each layer, and where each layer plays a different, critical role in enhancing the dynamics of charge/discharge. This layered structure allows efficient utilisation of each material and enables conservative use of hard-to-obtain materials. The layered electrode shows amongst the highest combinations of energy and power densities for solid-state supercapacitors. Our functional design and spray manufacturing approach to heterogeneous electrodes provide a new way forward for improved energy storage devices.

  3. Solid-state supercapacitors with rationally designed heterogeneous electrodes fabricated by large area spray processing for wearable energy storage applications.

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    Huang, Chun; Zhang, Jin; Young, Neil P; Snaith, Henry J; Grant, Patrick S

    2016-01-01

    Supercapacitors are in demand for short-term electrical charge and discharge applications. Unlike conventional supercapacitors, solid-state versions have no liquid electrolyte and do not require robust, rigid packaging for containment. Consequently they can be thinner, lighter and more flexible. However, solid-state supercapacitors suffer from lower power density and where new materials have been developed to improve performance, there remains a gap between promising laboratory results that usually require nano-structured materials and fine-scale processing approaches, and current manufacturing technology that operates at large scale. We demonstrate a new, scalable capability to produce discrete, multi-layered electrodes with a different material and/or morphology in each layer, and where each layer plays a different, critical role in enhancing the dynamics of charge/discharge. This layered structure allows efficient utilisation of each material and enables conservative use of hard-to-obtain materials. The layered electrode shows amongst the highest combinations of energy and power densities for solid-state supercapacitors. Our functional design and spray manufacturing approach to heterogeneous electrodes provide a new way forward for improved energy storage devices. PMID:27161379

  4. Fabrication of a nano-structured PbO2 electrode by using printing technology: Surface characterization and application

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    Kannan, K.; Muthuraman, G.; Cho, G.; Moon, I. S.

    2014-08-01

    This investigation aimed to introduce printing technology for the first time to prepare a nanostrucutured PbO2 electrode and its application to a cerium redox transfer process. The new method of nano-size PbO2 preparation demonstrated that nano-PbO2 could be obtained in less time and at less cost at room temperature. The prepared nano-PbO2 screen printed on a Ti electrode by three different compositions under similar conditions showed through surface and electrochemical analyses no adherence on Ti and no contact with other nano-PbO2 particles. Gravure printing of nano-PbO2 on a PET (poly ethylene thin) film at high pressure was done with two different compositions for the first time. The selective composition of 57.14 % nano-PbO2 powder with 4.28 % carbon black and 38.58 % ECA (ethyl carbitol acetate) produced a film with a nanoporous structure with an electron transfer ability. Finally, the optimized gravure-printed nano-PbO2 electrode was applied to the oxidation of Ce(III) to Ce(IV) by using cyclic voltammetry. The gravure-printed nano-PbO2 should pave the way to promising applications in electrochemical and sensor fields.

  5. Solid-state supercapacitors with rationally designed heterogeneous electrodes fabricated by large area spray processing for wearable energy storage applications

    PubMed Central

    Huang, Chun; Zhang, Jin; Young, Neil P.; Snaith, Henry J.; Grant, Patrick S.

    2016-01-01

    Supercapacitors are in demand for short-term electrical charge and discharge applications. Unlike conventional supercapacitors, solid-state versions have no liquid electrolyte and do not require robust, rigid packaging for containment. Consequently they can be thinner, lighter and more flexible. However, solid-state supercapacitors suffer from lower power density and where new materials have been developed to improve performance, there remains a gap between promising laboratory results that usually require nano-structured materials and fine-scale processing approaches, and current manufacturing technology that operates at large scale. We demonstrate a new, scalable capability to produce discrete, multi-layered electrodes with a different material and/or morphology in each layer, and where each layer plays a different, critical role in enhancing the dynamics of charge/discharge. This layered structure allows efficient utilisation of each material and enables conservative use of hard-to-obtain materials. The layered electrode shows amongst the highest combinations of energy and power densities for solid-state supercapacitors. Our functional design and spray manufacturing approach to heterogeneous electrodes provide a new way forward for improved energy storage devices. PMID:27161379

  6. Directed endothelial cell morphogenesis in micropatterned gelatin methacrylate hydrogels.

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    Nikkhah, Mehdi; Eshak, Nouran; Zorlutuna, Pinar; Annabi, Nasim; Castello, Marco; Kim, Keekyoung; Dolatshahi-Pirouz, Alireza; Edalat, Faramarz; Bae, Hojae; Yang, Yunzhi; Khademhosseini, Ali

    2012-12-01

    Engineering of organized vasculature is a crucial step in the development of functional and clinically relevant tissue constructs. A number of previous techniques have been proposed to spatially regulate the distribution of angiogenic biomolecules and vascular cells within biomaterial matrices to promote vascularization. Most of these approaches have been limited to two-dimensional (2D) micropatterned features or have resulted in formation of random vasculature within three-dimensional (3D) microenvironments. In this study, we investigate 3D endothelial cord formation within micropatterned gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) hydrogels with varying geometrical features (50-150 μm height). We demonstrated the significant dependence of endothelial cells proliferation, alignment and cord formation on geometrical dimensions of the patterned features. The cells were able to align and organize within the micropatterned constructs and assemble to form cord structures with organized actin fibers and circular/elliptical cross-sections. The inner layer of the cord structure was filled with gel showing that the micropatterned hydrogel constructs guided the assembly of endothelial cells into cord structures. Notably, the endothelial cords were retained within the hydrogel microconstructs for all geometries after two weeks of culture; however, only the 100 μm-high constructs provided the optimal microenvironment for the formation of circular and stable cord structures. Our findings suggest that endothelial cord formation is a preceding step to tubulogenesis and the proposed system can be used to develop organized vasculature for engineered tissue constructs. PMID:23018132

  7. Directed Endothelial Cell Morphogenesis in Micropatterned Gelatin Methacrylate Hydrogels

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    Nikkhah, Mehdi; Eshak, Nouran; Zorlutuna, Pinar; Annabi, Nasim; Castello, Marco; Kim, Keekyoung; Dolatshahi-Pirouz, Alireza; Edalat, Faramarz; Bae, Hojae; Yang, Yunzhi; Khademhosseini, Ali

    2013-01-01

    Engineering of organized vasculature is a crucial step in the development of functional and clinically relevant tissue constructs. A number of previous techniques have been proposed to spatially regulate the distribution of angiogenic biomolecules and vascular cells within biomaterial matrices to promote vascularization. Most of these approaches have been limited to two-dimensional (2D) micropatterned features or have resulted in formation of random vasculature within three-dimensional (3D) microenvironments. In this study, we investigate 3D endothelial cord formation within micropatterned gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) hydrogels with varying geometrical features (50–150 µm height). We demonstrated the significance dependence of endothelial cells proliferation, alignment and cord formation on geometrical dimensions of the patterned features. The cells were able to align and organize within the micropatterned constructs and assemble to form cord structures with organized actin fibers and circular/elliptical cross-sections. The inner layer of the cord structure was filled with gel showing that the micropatterned hydrogel constructs guided the assembly of endothelial cells into cord structures. Notably, the endothelial cords were retained within the hydrogel microconstructs for all geometries after two weeks of culture; however, only the 100 µm-high constructs provided the optimal microenvironment for the formation of circular and stable cord structures. Our findings suggest that endothelial cord formation is a preceding step to tubulogenesis and the proposed system can be used to develop organized vasculature for engineered tissue constructs. PMID:23018132

  8. Neurite outgrowth on fluorinated polyimide film micropatterned by ion irradiation

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    Okuyama, Y.; Sato, M.; Nagaoka, S.; Kawakami, H.; Suzuki, Y.; Iwaki, M.

    2003-05-01

    In this study, we investigated neurite outgrowth on a fluorinated polyimide film micropatterned by ion irradiation. We used the fluorinated polyimide because of its excellent thermal and mechanical properties and biocompatibility. Rattus norvegicus chromaphin (PC12) cells were used for in vitro studies. The polyimide films were irradiated with He +, Ne + or Kr + at 1 × 10 14 ions/cm 2 using an ion-beam mask. The lines in the mask were 120 and 160 μm wide and 120-160 μm apart. PC12 cells were selectively adhered on the polyimide film micropatterned by Kr +-irradiation. However, the neurite length on the film irradiated by Kr + was shorter than that determined in the film irradiated by He +. On the other hand, neurite outgrowth on the polyimide film micropatterned by He +-irradiation was at least 100 μm in length. This initial study indicated the enhanced outgrowth of PC12 cells on the fluorinated polyimide film micropatterned by ion irradiation.

  9. Phospholipid vesicle fusion on micropatterned polymeric bilayer substrates.

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    Okazaki, Takashi; Morigaki, Kenichi; Taguchi, Takahisa

    2006-09-01

    As an approach to create versatile model systems of the biological membrane we have recently developed a novel micropatterning strategy of substrate-supported planar lipid bilayers (SPBs) based on photolithographic polymerization of a diacetylene phospholipid, 1,2-bis(10,12-tricosadiynoyl)-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine. The micropatterned SPBs are composed of a polymeric bilayer matrix and embedded fluid lipid bilayers. In this study, we investigated the incorporation of fluid bilayers into micropatterned polymeric bilayer matrices through the adsorption and reorganization of phospholipid vesicles (vesicle fusion). Total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy observation showed that vesicle fusion started at the boundary of polymeric bilayers and propagated into the central part of lipid-free regions. On the other hand, quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring revealed that the transformation from adsorbed vesicles into SPBs was significantly accelerated for substrates with micropatterned polymeric bilayers. These results indicate that the edges of polymeric bilayers catalyze the formation of SPBs by destabilizing adsorbed vesicles and also support the premise that polymeric bilayers and embedded fluid bilayers are forming a continuous hybrid bilayer membrane, sealing energetically unfavorable bilayer edges. PMID:16766614

  10. Reprocessable squeezing electrode fabrication of olive-like Fe/Co/O nanoparticle@three dimensional nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxides for high performance lithium batteries

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    Qi, Li-Ya; Zhang, Yi-Wei; Xin, Yue-Long; Zuo, Zi-Cheng; Wu, Bin; Zhang, Xin-Xiang; Zhou, Heng-Hui

    2015-04-01

    A one step in situ synthesis approach is developed to construct 3D nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxides, in which olive-like multi-component metal oxides are homogeneously dispersed. The novel hybrid nanoarchitecture shows some particular properties derived from synergistic effects. The size of Fe/Co/O oxides is reduced and better controlled compared to that of individual oxides due to mutual dispersant interactions. Furthermore, the positive synergistic interaction between heterogeneous oxides and graphene nanosheets has effective control on the particle size and dispersion of nanoparticles. Taking advantage of the flexibility and the cohesiveness of graphene nanosheets, the obtained composite can be directly processed into a binder-free electrode through a unique time-saving ``squeezing'' process. The obtained electrode possesses a reprocessable feature, which provides possibilities for convenient storage and quick fabrication at any time and presents attractive electrochemical performance of robust long-term capability retention (562 mA h g-1 after 300 cycles at 10 A g-1) and superior rate performances (1162 mA h g-1 at 0.5 A g-1, 737 mA h g-1 at 5 A g-1, and 585 mA h g-1 at 10 A g-1).A one step in situ synthesis approach is developed to construct 3D nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxides, in which olive-like multi-component metal oxides are homogeneously dispersed. The novel hybrid nanoarchitecture shows some particular properties derived from synergistic effects. The size of Fe/Co/O oxides is reduced and better controlled compared to that of individual oxides due to mutual dispersant interactions. Furthermore, the positive synergistic interaction between heterogeneous oxides and graphene nanosheets has effective control on the particle size and dispersion of nanoparticles. Taking advantage of the flexibility and the cohesiveness of graphene nanosheets, the obtained composite can be directly processed into a binder-free electrode through a unique time

  11. Fabrication of microtemplates for the control of bacterial immobilization

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    Miyahara, Yasuhiro; Mitamura, Koji; Saito, Nagahiro; Takai, Osamu

    2009-09-15

    The authors described a region-selective immobilization methods of bacteria by using superhydrophobic/superhydrophilic and superhydrophobic/poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) micropatterns for culture scaffold templates. In the case of superhydrophobic/superhydrophilic micropatterns, the superhydrophobic surface was prepared first by microwave-plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (MPECVD) from trimethylmethoxysilane. Then the superhydrophilic regions were fabricated by irradiating the superhydrophobic surface with vuv light through a stencil mask. In the case of the superhydrophobic/PEG micropatterned surfaces, PEG surfaces were fabricated first by chemical reaction of ester groups of p-nitrophenyl PEG with NH{sub 2} group of NH{sub 2}-terminated self assembled monolayer from n-6-hexyl-3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane. The superhydrophobic regions were fabricated by MPECVD thorough a stencil mask. In this study four bacteria were selected from viewpoint of peptidoglycan cell wall (E. coli versus B. subtilis), extracellular polysaccharide (E.coli versus P. stutzeri, P. aeruginosa), and growth rate (P. stutzeri versus P. aeruginosa). The former micropattern brought discrete adhesions of E. coli and B. subtilis specifically on the hydrophobic regions, Furthermore, using the superhydrophobic/PEG micropattern, adhesion of bacteria expanded for E. coli, B. subtilis, P. stutzeri, and P. aeruginosa. They observed a high bacterial adhesion onto superhydrophobic surfaces and the inhibitive effect of bacterial adhesion on PEG surfaces.

  12. Micropatterned Structural Control Suppresses Mechanotaxis of Endothelial Cells

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    Lin, Xiefan; Helmke, Brian P.

    2008-01-01

    Vascular endothelial cell migration is critical in many physiological processes including wound healing and stent endothelialization. To determine how preexisting cell morphology influences cell migration under fluid shear stress, endothelial cells were preset in an elongated morphology on micropatterned substrates, and unidirectional shear stress was applied either parallel or perpendicular to the cell elongation axis. On micropatterned 20-μm lines, cells exhibited an elongated morphology with stress fibers and focal adhesion sites aligned parallel to the lines. On 115-μm lines, cell morphology varied as a function of distance from the line edge. Unidirectional shear stress caused unpatterned cells in a confluent monolayer to exhibit triphasic mechanotaxis behavior. During the first 3 h, cell migration speed increased in a direction antiparallel to the shear stress direction. Migration speed then slowed and direction became spatially heterogeneous. Starting 11–12 h after the onset of shear stress, the unpatterned cells migrated primarily in the downstream direction, and migration speed increased significantly. In contrast, mechanotaxis was suppressed after the onset of shear stress in cells on micropatterned lines during the same time period, for the cases of both parallel and perpendicular flow. The directional persistence time was much longer for cells on the micropatterned lines, and it decreased significantly after flow onset. Migration trajectories were highly correlated among micropatterned cells within a three-cell neighborhood, and shear stress disrupted this spatially correlated migration behavior. Thus, presetting structural morphology may interfere with mechanisms of sensing local physical cues, which are critical for establishing mechanotaxis in response to hemodynamic shear stress. PMID:18586851

  13. Programmable gradational micropatterning of functional materials using maskless lithography controlling absorption.

    PubMed

    Jung, Yushin; Lee, Howon; Park, Tae-Joon; Kim, Sungsik; Kwon, Sunghoon

    2015-01-01

    The demand for patterning functional materials precisely on surfaces of stimuli-responsive devices has increased in many research fields. In situ polymerization technology is one of the most convenient ways to place the functional materials on a desired location with micron-scale accuracy. To fabricate stimuli-responsive surfaces, controlling concentration of the functional material is much as important as micropatterning them. However, patterning and controlling concentration of the functional materials simultaneously requires an additional process, such as preparing multiple co-flow microfluidic structures and numbers of solutions with various concentrations. Despite applying these processes, fabricating heterogeneous patterns in large scale (millimeter scale) is still impossible. In this study, we propose an advanced in situ polymerization technique to pattern the surface in micron scale in a concentration-controlled manner. Because the concentration of the functional materials is manipulated by self-assembly on the surface, a complex pattern could be easily fabricated without any additional procedure. The complex pattern is pre-designed with absorption amount of the functional material, which is pre-determined by the duration of UV exposure. We show that the resolution reaches up to 2.5 μm and demonstrate mm-scale objects, maintaining the same resolution. We also fabricated Multi-bit barcoded micro particles verify the flexibility of our system. PMID:26490360

  14. Programmable gradational micropatterning of functional materials using maskless lithography controlling absorption

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    Jung, Yushin; Lee, Howon; Park, Tae-Joon; Kim, Sungsik; Kwon, Sunghoon

    2015-10-01

    The demand for patterning functional materials precisely on surfaces of stimuli-responsive devices has increased in many research fields. In situ polymerization technology is one of the most convenient ways to place the functional materials on a desired location with micron-scale accuracy. To fabricate stimuli-responsive surfaces, controlling concentration of the functional material is much as important as micropatterning them. However, patterning and controlling concentration of the functional materials simultaneously requires an additional process, such as preparing multiple co-flow microfluidic structures and numbers of solutions with various concentrations. Despite applying these processes, fabricating heterogeneous patterns in large scale (millimeter scale) is still impossible. In this study, we propose an advanced in situ polymerization technique to pattern the surface in micron scale in a concentration-controlled manner. Because the concentration of the functional materials is manipulated by self-assembly on the surface, a complex pattern could be easily fabricated without any additional procedure. The complex pattern is pre-designed with absorption amount of the functional material, which is pre-determined by the duration of UV exposure. We show that the resolution reaches up to 2.5 μm and demonstrate mm-scale objects, maintaining the same resolution. We also fabricated Multi-bit barcoded micro particles verify the flexibility of our system.

  15. Programmable gradational micropatterning of functional materials using maskless lithography controlling absorption

    PubMed Central

    Jung, Yushin; Lee, Howon; Park, Tae-Joon; Kim, Sungsik; Kwon, Sunghoon

    2015-01-01

    The demand for patterning functional materials precisely on surfaces of stimuli-responsive devices has increased in many research fields. In situ polymerization technology is one of the most convenient ways to place the functional materials on a desired location with micron-scale accuracy. To fabricate stimuli-responsive surfaces, controlling concentration of the functional material is much as important as micropatterning them. However, patterning and controlling concentration of the functional materials simultaneously requires an additional process, such as preparing multiple co-flow microfluidic structures and numbers of solutions with various concentrations. Despite applying these processes, fabricating heterogeneous patterns in large scale (millimeter scale) is still impossible. In this study, we propose an advanced in situ polymerization technique to pattern the surface in micron scale in a concentration-controlled manner. Because the concentration of the functional materials is manipulated by self-assembly on the surface, a complex pattern could be easily fabricated without any additional procedure. The complex pattern is pre-designed with absorption amount of the functional material, which is pre-determined by the duration of UV exposure. We show that the resolution reaches up to 2.5 μm and demonstrate mm-scale objects, maintaining the same resolution. We also fabricated Multi-bit barcoded micro particles verify the flexibility of our system. PMID:26490360

  16. Layer by layer assembly of ultrathin V₂O₅ anchored MWCNTs and graphene on textile fabrics for fabrication of high energy density flexible supercapacitor electrodes.

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    Shakir, Imran; Ali, Zahid; Bae, Jihyun; Park, Jongjin; Kang, Dae Joon

    2014-04-21

    Among transition metal oxides, vanadium oxides have received relatively modest attention for supercapacitor applications. Yet, this material is abundant, relatively inexpensive and offer several oxidation states which can provide a broad range of redox reactions suitable for supercapacitor operation. Electrochemical supercapacitors based on nanostructured vanadium oxide (V₂O₅) suffer from relatively low energy densities as they have low surface area and poor electrical conductivities. To overcome these problems, we developed a layer by layer assembly (LBL) technique in which a graphene layer was alternatively inserted between MWCNT films coated with ultrathin (3 nm) V₂O₅. The insertion of a conductive spacer of graphene between the MWCNT films coated with V₂O₅ not only prevents agglomeration between the MWCNT films but also substantially enhances the specific capacitance by 67%, to as high as ∼2590 F g(-1). Furthermore, the LBL assembled multilayer supercapacitor electrodes exhibited an excellent cycling performance of >97%, capacitance retention over 5000 cycles and a high energy density of 96 W h kg(-1) at a power density of 800 W kg(-1). Our approach clearly offers an exciting opportunity for enhancing the device performance of metal oxide-based electrochemical supercapacitors suitable for next-generation flexible energy storage devices by employing a facile LBL assembly technique. PMID:24604248

  17. Determination of the number of atoms present in nano contact based on shot noise measurements with highly stable nano-fabricated electrodes.

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    Takahashi, Ryoji; Kaneko, Satoshi; Marqués-González, Santiago; Fujii, Shintaro; Nishino, Tomoaki; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito; Kiguchi, Manabu

    2016-07-22

    A highly stable experimental setup was developed for the measurement of shot noise in atomic contacts and molecular junctions to determine the number of atoms or molecules present. The use of a nano-fabricated mechanically controllable break junction (MCBJ) electrode improved the overall stability of the experimental setup. The improved stability of the system and optimization of measurement system enabled us to comprehensively investigate the shot noise as well as charge transport properties in Au atomic contacts and molecular junctions. We present a solid proof that the number of atoms (cross sectional atom) in the Au atomic contacts was exactly one. In the atomic contacts, contribution from the additional channels was under the detection limit. Furthermore, the effect of molecular adsorption on the charge transport in the Au atomic contact was investigated. Additional transport channels were opened by exposing pyrazine molecules to the Au contacts, which gave rise to an increase in the Fano factor in the shot noise. PMID:27291763

  18. Determination of the number of atoms present in nano contact based on shot noise measurements with highly stable nano-fabricated electrodes

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    Takahashi, Ryoji; Kaneko, Satoshi; Marqués-González, Santiago; Fujii, Shintaro; Nishino, Tomoaki; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito; Kiguchi, Manabu

    2016-07-01

    A highly stable experimental setup was developed for the measurement of shot noise in atomic contacts and molecular junctions to determine the number of atoms or molecules present. The use of a nano-fabricated mechanically controllable break junction (MCBJ) electrode improved the overall stability of the experimental setup. The improved stability of the system and optimization of measurement system enabled us to comprehensively investigate the shot noise as well as charge transport properties in Au atomic contacts and molecular junctions. We present a solid proof that the number of atoms (cross sectional atom) in the Au atomic contacts was exactly one. In the atomic contacts, contribution from the additional channels was under the detection limit. Furthermore, the effect of molecular adsorption on the charge transport in the Au atomic contact was investigated. Additional transport channels were opened by exposing pyrazine molecules to the Au contacts, which gave rise to an increase in the Fano factor in the shot noise.

  19. Enhanced power production of a membrane electrode assembly microbial fuel cell (MFC) using a cost effective poly [2,5-benzimidazole] (ABPBI) impregnated non-woven fabric filter.

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    Choi, Soojung; Kim, Jung Rae; Cha, Jaehwan; Kim, Yejin; Premier, Giuliano C; Kim, Changwon

    2013-01-01

    A membrane electrode assembly (MEA) microbial fuel cell (MFC) with a non-woven paper fabric filter (NWF) was investigated as an alternative to a proton exchange membrane (PEM) separator. The MFC with a NWF generated a cell voltage of 545 mV and a maximum power density of 1027 mW/m(3), which was comparable to that obtained from MFCs with a PEM (551 mV, 609 mW/m(3)). The MFC with a NWF showed stable cell performance (550 mV) over 300 days, whereas, the MFC with PEM performance decreased significantly from 551 mV to 415 mV due to biofilm formation and chemical precipitation on the membrane surface. Poly [2,5-benzimidazole] (ABPBI) was evaluated with respect to its capacity to increased proton conductivity and contact between separator and electrodes. The overall performance of the MFC with ABPBI was improved by enhancing the ion conductivity and steric contact, producing 766 mW/m(3) at optimum loading of 50 mg ABPBI/cm(2). PMID:23196216

  20. Reprocessable squeezing electrode fabrication of olive-like Fe/Co/O nanoparticle@three dimensional nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxides for high performance lithium batteries.

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    Qi, Li-Ya; Zhang, Yi-Wei; Xin, Yue-Long; Zuo, Zi-Cheng; Wu, Bin; Zhang, Xin-Xiang; Zhou, Heng-Hui

    2015-05-01

    A one step in situ synthesis approach is developed to construct 3D nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxides, in which olive-like multi-component metal oxides are homogeneously dispersed. The novel hybrid nanoarchitecture shows some particular properties derived from synergistic effects. The size of Fe/Co/O oxides is reduced and better controlled compared to that of individual oxides due to mutual dispersant interactions. Furthermore, the positive synergistic interaction between heterogeneous oxides and graphene nanosheets has effective control on the particle size and dispersion of nanoparticles. Taking advantage of the flexibility and the cohesiveness of graphene nanosheets, the obtained composite can be directly processed into a binder-free electrode through a unique time-saving "squeezing" process. The obtained electrode possesses a reprocessable feature, which provides possibilities for convenient storage and quick fabrication at any time and presents attractive electrochemical performance of robust long-term capability retention (562 mA h g(-1) after 300 cycles at 10 A g(-1)) and superior rate performances (1162 mA h g(-1) at 0.5 A g(-1), 737 mA h g(-1) at 5 A g(-1), and 585 mA h g(-1) at 10 A g(-1)). PMID:25853984

  1. High-performance flexible Ag nanowire electrode with low-temperature atomic-layer-deposition fabrication of conductive-bridging ZnO film.

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    Duan, Ya-Hui; Duan, Yu; Chen, Ping; Tao, Ye; Yang, Yong-Qiang; Zhao, Yi

    2015-01-01

    As material for flexible transparent electrodes for organic photoelectric devices, the silver nanowires (AgNWs) have been widely studied. In this work, we propose a hybrid flexible anode with photopolymer substrate, which is composed of spin-coating-processed AgNW meshes and of zinc oxide (ZnO) prepared by low-temperature (60°C) atomic layer deposition. ZnO effectively fills in the voids of the AgNW mesh electrode, which is thus able to contact to the device all over the active area, to allow for efficient charge extraction/injection. Furthermore, ZnO grown by low temperature mainly relies on hole conduction to make the anode play a better role. Hole-only devices are fabricated to certify the functionality of the low-temperature ZnO film. Finally, we confirm that the ZnO film grown at a low temperature bring a significant contribution to the performance of the modified AgNW anode. PMID:25852386

  2. High-performance flexible Ag nanowire electrode with low-temperature atomic-layer-deposition fabrication of conductive-bridging ZnO film

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    Duan, Ya-Hui; Duan, Yu; Chen, Ping; Tao, Ye; Yang, Yong-Qiang; Zhao, Yi

    2015-02-01

    As material for flexible transparent electrodes for organic photoelectric devices, the silver nanowires (AgNWs) have been widely studied. In this work, we propose a hybrid flexible anode with photopolymer substrate, which is composed of spin-coating-processed AgNW meshes and of zinc oxide (ZnO) prepared by low-temperature (60°C) atomic layer deposition. ZnO effectively fills in the voids of the AgNW mesh electrode, which is thus able to contact to the device all over the active area, to allow for efficient charge extraction/injection. Furthermore, ZnO grown by low temperature mainly relies on hole conduction to make the anode play a better role. Hole-only devices are fabricated to certify the functionality of the low-temperature ZnO film. Finally, we confirm that the ZnO film grown at a low temperature bring a significant contribution to the performance of the modified AgNW anode.

  3. Fabrication of Mesoporous CoS2 Nanotube Arrays as the Counter Electrodes of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Tsai, Jung-Che; Hon, Min-Hsiung; Leu, Ing-Chi

    2015-09-01

    Mesoporous cobalt sulfide nanotube arrays on FTO-coated glass were synthesized by combining three simple technologies: the selective etching of ZnO sacrificial templates, mesoporous Co3 O4 formation from cobalt-chelated chitosan, and ion-exchange reaction (IER). The mesoporous Co3 O4 nanotubes composed of the Co3 O4 nanoparticles possess a high surface area and are taken advantage for further removal of templates and IER. The morphologies and crystal structures of the CoS2 nanotube arrays were characterized by SEM, TEM, and XRD analyses. Their electrocatalytic properties were determined by electrochemical analyses including cyclic voltammetry measurements and Tafel polarization. The DSSCs assembled with a CoS2 counter electrode achieved a power conversion efficiency of 6.13 %, which was comparable to that of the DSSC with the Pt counter electrode (6.04 %). This indicates that the mesoporous CoS2 nanotube array can be a low-cost and efficient alternative for the reduction of electrolytes in DSSCs. PMID:26154709

  4. An Easily Fabricated Electrochemical Sensor Based on a Graphene-Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode for Determination of Octopamine and Tyramine.

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    Zhang, Yang; Zhang, Meiqin; Wei, Qianhui; Gao, Yongjie; Guo, Lijuan; Al-Ghanim, Khalid A; Mahboob, Shahid; Zhang, Xueji

    2016-01-01

    A simple electrochemical sensor has been developed for highly sensitive detection of octopamine and tyramine by electrodepositing reduced graphene oxide (ERGO) nanosheets onto the surface of a glassy carbon electrode (GCE). The electrocatalytic oxidation of octopamine and tyramine is individually investigated at the surface of the ERGO modified glassy carbon electrode (ERGO/GCE) by using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). Several essential factors including the deposition cycle of reduced graphene oxide nanosheets and the pH of the running buffer were investigated in order to determine the optimum conditions. Furthermore, the sensor was applied to the quantification of octopamine and tyramine by DPV in the concentration ranges from 0.5 to 40 μM and 0.1 to 25 μM, respectively. In addition, the limits of detection of octopamine and tyramine were calculated to be 0.1 μM and 0.03 μM (S/N = 3), respectively. The sensor showed good reproducibility, selectivity and stability. Finally, the sensor successfully detected octopamine and tyramine in commercially available beer with satisfactory recovery ranges which were 98.5%-104.7% and 102.2%-103.1%, respectively. These results indicate the ERGO/GCE based sensor is suitable for the detection of octopamine and tyramine. PMID:27089341

  5. Fabrication of Binder-Free Pencil-Trace Electrode for Lithium-Ion Battery: Simplicity and High Performance.

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    Park, Hyean-Yeol; Kim, Min-Sik; Bae, Tae-Sung; Yuan, Jinliang; Yu, Jong-Sung

    2016-05-10

    A binder-free and solvent-free pencil-trace electrode with intercalated clay particles (mainly SiO2) is prepared via a simple pencil-drawing process on grinded Cu substrate with rough surface and evaluated as an anode material for lithium-ion battery. The pencil-trace electrode exhibits a high reversible capacity of 672 mA h g(-1) at 100 mA g(-1) after 100 cycles, which can be attributed to the unique multilayered graphene particles with lateral size of few micrometers and the formation of LixSi alloys generated by interaction between Li(+) and an active Si produced in the electrochemical reduction of nano-SiO2 in the clay particles between the multilayered graphene particles. The multilayered graphene obtained by this process consists of 1 up to 20 and occasionally up to 50 sheets and thus can not only help accommodating the volume change and alleviating the structural strain during Li ion insertion and extraction but also allow rapid access of Li ions during charge-discharge cycling. Drawing with a pencil on grinded Cu substrate is not only very simple but also cost-effective and highly scalable, easily establishing graphitic circuitry through a solvent-free and binder-free approach. PMID:27082026

  6. Fabrication of alpha-Fe2O3 nanopowder modified glassy carbon electrode for applications in electrochemical sensing.

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    Goyal, Rajendra N; Pandey, Ashish K; Kaur, Davinder; Kumar, Ashvani

    2009-08-01

    In the present study, Fe2O3 nanopowder has been grown by Ultrasonic mist chemical vapor deposition (UM-CVD), which is a promising method for large area deposition at low temperatures taking in to account of its simplicity, inexpensiveness and safety. Room temperature XRD results revealed prominent hematite phase with intense (104) reflection and was also in agreement with the HR-TEM results. In situ high temperature X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies clearly indicated the change of phase from hematite to magnetite as the temperature increases above 300 degrees C. The surface morphology and particle size distribution of Fe2O3 nanopowder were characterized using field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM), which revealed that the particles were spherical in nature and distributed in range of 50-100 nm. SQUID magnetometry results indicate the ferromagnetic nature of the nanopowder with crystallite size of 6 nm as calculated from M-H curve. Transmittance of approximately 55% and estimated direct band gap of 2.5 eV was observed. Further, the nanopowder was used to modify glassy carbon electrode (GCE) and the modified electrode was found to exhibit electrocatalytic activity for the oxidation of dopamine. It is expected that the nanopowder will exhibit promising applications in the development of sensors. PMID:19928136

  7. An Easily Fabricated Electrochemical Sensor Based on a Graphene-Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode for Determination of Octopamine and Tyramine

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    Zhang, Yang; Zhang, Meiqin; Wei, Qianhui; Gao, Yongjie; Guo, Lijuan; Al-Ghanim, Khalid A.; Mahboob, Shahid; Zhang, Xueji

    2016-01-01

    A simple electrochemical sensor has been developed for highly sensitive detection of octopamine and tyramine by electrodepositing reduced graphene oxide (ERGO) nanosheets onto the surface of a glassy carbon electrode (GCE). The electrocatalytic oxidation of octopamine and tyramine is individually investigated at the surface of the ERGO modified glassy carbon electrode (ERGO/GCE) by using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). Several essential factors including the deposition cycle of reduced graphene oxide nanosheets and the pH of the running buffer were investigated in order to determine the optimum conditions. Furthermore, the sensor was applied to the quantification of octopamine and tyramine by DPV in the concentration ranges from 0.5 to 40 μM and 0.1 to 25 μM, respectively. In addition, the limits of detection of octopamine and tyramine were calculated to be 0.1 μM and 0.03 μM (S/N = 3), respectively. The sensor showed good reproducibility, selectivity and stability. Finally, the sensor successfully detected octopamine and tyramine in commercially available beer with satisfactory recovery ranges which were 98.5%–104.7% and 102.2%–103.1%, respectively. These results indicate the ERGO/GCE based sensor is suitable for the detection of octopamine and tyramine. PMID:27089341

  8. A room-temperature process for fabricating a nano-Pt counter electrode on a plastic substrate for efficient dye-sensitized cells

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    Hsieh, Tsung-Yu; Wei, Tzu-Chien; Zhai, Peng; Feng, Shien-Ping; Ikegami, Masashi; Miyasaka, Tsutomu

    2015-06-01

    We present a method for depositing polyvinylpyrrolidone-capped platinum nanoparticles (PVP-nPt) on a plastic substrate as the counter electrode (CE) for dye-sensitized cells. This method was implemented using a modified two-step dip-coating process performed under ambient conditions. In particular, a short UV-ozone exposure period was adopted to replace conventional annealing, rendering the whole process feasible for plastic substrates. The surfactant required for deposition was confirmed by analyzing a Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy spectrum; however, we discovered that the surfactant jeopardized charge transfer between the PVP-nPt CE and the substrate. Furthermore, the UV-ozone treatment efficiently decomposed the surfactant, and the electrochemical-catalytic property improved considerably. When the CE was combined with a dye-sensitized photoanode fabricated on a plastic substrate, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) reached 6.24%. To further prove that the PCE is limited by the plastic photoanode instead of the proposed plastic PVP-nPt CE, a photoanode fabricated on FTO glass and the proposed plastic PVP-nPt CE with a PCE of 8.80% was demonstrated. Finally, thermal aging (conducted at 60 °C, 1000 h) test on this device indicated excellent durability, and the PCE was only 1% lower than its initial value.

  9. Facile fabrication of an electrochemical aptasensor based on magnetic electrode by using streptavidin modified magnetic beads for sensitive and specific detection of Hg(2.).

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    Wu, Dan; Wang, Yaoguang; Zhang, Yong; Ma, Hongmin; Pang, Xuehui; Hu, Lihua; Du, Bin; Wei, Qin

    2016-08-15

    In this work, a novel electrochemical aptasensor was developed for sensitive and specific detection of Hg(2+) based on thymine-Hg(2+)-thymine (T-Hg(2+)-T) structure via application of thionine (Th) as indicator signal. For the fabrication of the aptasensor, streptavidin modified magnetic beads (Fe3O4-SA) was firmly immobilized onto the magnetic glassy carbon electrode (MGCE) benefited from its magnetic character. Then biotin labeled T-riched single stranded DNA (Bio-ssDNA) connected with Fe3O4-SA specifically and steadily because of the specific binding capacity between streptavidin and biotin. The stable structure of T-Hg(2+)-T formed in the present of Hg(2+) provided convenience for the intercalation of Th. The detection of Hg(2+) was achieved by recording the differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) signal of Th. Under optimal experimental conditions, the linear range of the fabricated electrochemical aptasensor was 1-200nmol/L, with a detection limit of 0.33nmol/L. Furthermore, the proposed aptasensor may find a potential application for the detection of Hg(2+) in real water sample analysis. PMID:27031185

  10. Micropatterns of Matrigel for three-dimensional epithelial cultures.

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    Sodunke, Temitope R; Turner, Keneshia K; Caldwell, Sarah A; McBride, Kevin W; Reginato, Mauricio J; Noh, Hongseok Moses

    2007-09-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) epithelial culture models are widely used to promote a physiologically relevant microenvironment for the study of normal and aberrant epithelial organization. Despite the increased use of these models, their potential as a cell-based screening tool for therapeutics has been hindered by the lack of existing platforms for large-scale 3D cellular studies. Current 3D standard culture does not allow for single spheroid or 'acinus' analysis required for high-throughput systems. Here, we present general strategies for creating bulk micropatterns of Matrigel that can be used as a platform for 3D epithelial culture and cell-based assays at the single acinus level. Both buried and free-standing micropatterns of Matrigel were created using modified soft lithography techniques such as microtransfer molding (microTM) and dry lift-off technique. Surface modification of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) with oxygen plasma followed by treatment with poly(2-hydroxy-ethylmethacrylate) (poly-HEMA) was sufficient to promote deformation-free release of Matrigel patterns. In addition, a novel dual-layer dry lift-off technique was developed to simultaneously generate patterns of Matrigel and poly-HEMA on a single substrate. We also demonstrate that the micropatterned Matrigel can support 3D culture originating from a single normal human mammary epithelial (MCF-10A) cell or a human breast cancer cell (MDA-MB-231) with comparable phenotypes to standard 3D culture techniques. Culture of normal MCF-10A cells on micropatterned Matrigel resulted in formation of structures with the characteristic apoptosis of centrally located cells and formation of hollow lumens. Moreover, the carcinoma cell line showed their characteristic formation of disorganized invasive cellular clusters, lacking the normal epithelial architecture on micropatterned Matrigel. Hence, micropatterned Matrigel can be used as a 3D epithelial cell-based platform for a wide variety of applications in epithelial

  11. Nonenzymatic amperometric response of glucose on a nanoporous gold film electrode fabricated by a rapid and simple electrochemical method.

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    Xia, Yue; Huang, Wei; Zheng, Jufang; Niu, Zhenjiang; Li, Zelin

    2011-04-15

    An enzyme-free amperometric method was established for glucose detection using a nanoporous gold film (NPGF) electrode prepared by a rapid one-step anodic potential step method within 5 min. The prepared NPGF had an extremely high roughness and was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and cyclic voltammetry. Electrochemical responses of the as-prepared NPGF to glucose in 0.1M phosphate buffer solution (PBS, pH 7.4) with or without Cl(-) were discussed. In amperometric studies carried out at -0.15 V in the absence of Cl(-), the NPGF electrode exhibited a high sensitivity of 232 μA mM(-1)cm(-2) and gave a linear range from 1mM up to 14 mM with a detection limit of 53.2 μM (with a signal-to-noise ratio of 3). In addition, the oxidation of ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA) can be completely eliminated at such a low applied potential. On the other hand, the quantification of glucose in 0.1M PBS (pH 7.4) containing 0.1M NaCl offered an extended linear range from 10 μM to 11 mM with a sensitivity of 66.0 μA mM(-1)cm(-2) and a low detection limit of 8.7 μM (signal-to-noise ratio of 3) at a detection potential of 0.2V. PMID:21354778

  12. Controlled porosity in electrodes

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    Chiang, Yet-Ming; Bae, Chang-Jun; Halloran, John William; Fu, Qiang; Tomsia, Antoni P.; Erdonmez, Can K.

    2015-06-23

    Porous electrodes in which the porosity has a low tortuosity are generally provided. In some embodiments, the porous electrodes can be designed to be filled with electrolyte and used in batteries, and can include low tortuosity in the primary direction of ion transport during charge and discharge of the battery. In some embodiments, the electrodes can have a high volume fraction of electrode active material (i.e., low porosity). The attributes outlined above can allow the electrodes to be fabricated with a higher energy density, higher capacity per unit area of electrode (mAh/cm.sup.2), and greater thickness than comparable electrodes while still providing high utilization of the active material in the battery during use. Accordingly, the electrodes can be used to produce batteries with high energy densities, high power, or both compared to batteries using electrodes of conventional design with relatively highly tortuous pores.

  13. Plasticity of primary microglia on micropatterned geometries and spontaneous long-distance migration in microfluidic channels

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    2013-01-01

    Background Microglia possess an elevated grade of plasticity, undergoing several structural changes based on their location and state of activation. The first step towards the comprehension of microglia’s biology and functional responses to an extremely mutable extracellular milieu, consists in discriminating the morphological features acquired by cells maintained in vitro under diverse environmental conditions. Previous work described neither primary microglia grown on artificially patterned environments which impose physical cues and constraints, nor long distance migration of microglia in vitro. To this aim, the present work exploits artificial bio-mimetic microstructured substrates with pillar-shaped or line-grating geometries fabricated on poly(dimethylsiloxane) by soft lithography, in addition to microfluidic devices, and highlights some morphological/functional characteristics of microglia which were underestimated or unknown so far. Results We report that primary microglia selectively adapt to diverse microstructured substrates modifying accordingly their morphological features and behavior. On micropatterned pillar-shaped geometries, microglia appear multipolar, extend several protrusions in all directions and form distinct pseudopodia. On both micropatterned line-grating geometries and microfluidic channels, microglia extend the cytoplasm from a roundish to a stretched, flattened morphology and assume a filopodia-bearing bipolar structure. Finally, we show that in the absence of any applied chemical gradient, primary microglia spontaneously moves through microfluidic channels for a distance of up to 500 μm in approximately 12 hours, with an average speed of 0.66 μm/min. Conclusions We demonstrate an elevated grade of microglia plasticity in response to a mutable extracellular environment, thus making these cells an appealing population to be further exploited for lab on chip technologies. The development of microglia-based microstructured

  14. Micropattern-Guided Assembly of Overlapping Pairs of Dynamic Microtubules

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    Fourniol, Franck J.; Li, Tai-De; Bieling, Peter; Mullins, R. Dyche; Fletcher, Daniel A.; Surrey, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    Interactions between antiparallel microtubules are essential for the organization of spindles in dividing cells. The ability to form immobilized antiparallel microtubule pairs in vitro, combined with the ability to image them via TIRF microscopy, permits detailed biochemical characterization of microtubule cross-linking proteins and their effects on microtubule dynamics. Here, we describe methods for chemical micropatterning of microtubule seeds on glass surfaces in configurations that specifically promote the formation of antiparallel microtubule overlaps in vitro. We demonstrate that this assay is especially well suited for reconstitution of minimal midzone overlaps stabilized by the antiparallel microtubule cross-linking protein PRC1 and its binding partners. The micropatterning method is suitable for use with a broad range of proteins, and the assay is generally applicable to any microtubule cross-linking protein. PMID:24630116

  15. Confinement of transmembrane cell receptors in tunable stripe micropatterns.

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    Purrucker, Oliver; Förtig, Anton; Lüdtke, Karin; Jordan, Rainer; Tanaka, Motomu

    2005-02-01

    We report a simple method to confine transmembrane cell receptors in stripe micropatterns of a lipid/lipopolymer monolayer, which are formed as result of the transfer onto a solid substrate. The stripes are aligned perpendicular to the meniscus, whose periodicity can systematically be tuned by the transfer velocity. This strongly suggests the dominant role of the cooperative interaction between the film and substrate. Selective fluorescence labeling of lipids and lipopolymers confirms that the observed patterns coincide with the demixing of two species. Covalent coupling of polymer headgroups enables us to use the stripe patterns as a support for a lipid bilayer membrane. Spreading of lipid vesicles with platelet integrin alphaIIbbeta3 on a self-assembled membrane micropattern demonstrates that cell adhesion receptors are selectively incorporated into the lipopolymer-rich region. The method established here provides us with a tunable template for the confinement of receptor proteins to geometrically control the cell adhesion. PMID:15669865

  16. Phase emerging from intramonolayer cycloaddition on micro-patterned monolayer

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    Tajuddin, Hairul A.; Manning, Robert J.; Leggett, Graham J.; Williams, Nicholas H.

    2012-11-01

    Cu(I)-catalyzed cycloaddition between azide and acetylene, followed by hydrolysis of ester were performed on micro-patterned self-assembled monolayer to produce smaller features. The reactions were initially performed on mixed monolayers and analysed by water contact angle (CA) and confirmed by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). The contact angle measurement has shown a drastic wetting of water on the surface of mixed monolayer indicating that the terminal groups on mixed monolayer has changed into carboxylic acid and hydroxyl terminals. The reactions work in a similar way on micro-patterned SAM and analyzed by using friction force microscope. The emerging of the new lines with high friction force on the border suggested a successful intramonolayer reactions on the border of the patterned SAM.

  17. Phase emerging from intramonolayer cycloaddition on micro-patterned monolayer

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    Tajuddin, Hairul A.; Manning, Robert J.; Leggett, Graham J.; Williams, Nicholas H.

    2012-11-27

    Cu(I)-catalyzed cycloaddition between azide and acetylene, followed by hydrolysis of ester were performed on micro-patterned self-assembled monolayer to produce smaller features. The reactions were initially performed on mixed monolayers and analysed by water contact angle (CA) and confirmed by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). The contact angle measurement has shown a drastic wetting of water on the surface of mixed monolayer indicating that the terminal groups on mixed monolayer has changed into carboxylic acid and hydroxyl terminals. The reactions work in a similar way on micro-patterned SAM and analyzed by using friction force microscope. The emerging of the new lines with high friction force on the border suggested a successful intramonolayer reactions on the border of the patterned SAM.

  18. Fabrication of MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions with CoCrPt perpendicularly magnetized electrodes

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    Watanabe, Daisuke; Mizukami, Shigemi; Miyazaki, Terunobu; Oogane, Mikihiko; Naganuma, Hiroshi; Ando, Yasuo

    2009-04-01

    The applicability of perpendicularly magnetized CoCrPt films to the MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) was investigated. For this study, CoCrPt films deposited on the Ru buffer exhibited hcp(0002)-oriented growth by sputtering method using the low substrate temperature of 250 deg. C, low saturation magnetization of around 360 emu/cm{sup 3}, and high magnetic anisotropy field of 6 kOe, which is sufficient to retain the thermal stability of the magnetization direction. The MgO-based MTJs with a synthetic ferrimagnetlike structure were fabricated: CoFe was coupled magnetically with CoCrPt through the thin Ru layer. Transport properties with a magnetic field applied perpendicular to the film plane revealed a tunnel magnetoresistance ratio of about 6% at room temperature.

  19. Fabrication of MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions with CoCrPt perpendicularly magnetized electrodes

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    Watanabe, Daisuke; Mizukami, Shigemi; Oogane, Mikihiko; Naganuma, Hiroshi; Ando, Yasuo; Miyazaki, Terunobu

    2009-04-01

    The applicability of perpendicularly magnetized CoCrPt films to the MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) was investigated. For this study, CoCrPt films deposited on the Ru buffer exhibited hcp(0002)-oriented growth by sputtering method using the low substrate temperature of 250 °C, low saturation magnetization of around 360 emu/cm3, and high magnetic anisotropy field of 6 kOe, which is sufficient to retain the thermal stability of the magnetization direction. The MgO-based MTJs with a synthetic ferrimagnetlike structure were fabricated: CoFe was coupled magnetically with CoCrPt through the thin Ru layer. Transport properties with a magnetic field applied perpendicular to the film plane revealed a tunnel magnetoresistance ratio of about 6% at room temperature.

  20. Enhanced performance of sulfate reducing bacteria based biocathode using stainless steel mesh on activated carbon fabric electrode.

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    Sharma, Mohita; Jain, Pratiksha; Varanasi, Jhansi L; Lal, Banwari; Rodríguez, Jorge; Lema, Juan M; Sarma, Priyangshu M

    2013-12-01

    An anoxic biocathode was developed using sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) consortium on activated carbon fabric (ACF) and the effect of stainless steel (SS) mesh as additional current collector was investigated. Improved performance of biocathode was observed with SS mesh leading to nearly five folds increase in power density (from 4.79 to 23.11 mW/m(2)) and threefolds increase in current density (from 75 to 250 mA/m(2)). Enhanced redox currents and lower Tafel slopes observed from cyclic voltammograms of ACF with SS mesh indicated the positive role of uniform electron collecting points. Differential pulse voltammetry technique was employed as an additional tool to assess the redox carriers involved in bioelectrochemical reactions. SRB biocathode was also tested for reduction of volatile fatty acids (VFA) present in the fermentation effluent stream and the results indicated the possibility of integration of this system with anaerobic fermentation for efficient product recovery. PMID:24161648

  1. Method of fabricating electrode catalyst layers with directionally oriented carbon support for proton exchange membrane fuel cell

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    Liu, Di-Jia; Yang, Junbing

    2010-07-20

    A method of making a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) having an anode and a cathode and a proton conductive membrane there between. A bundle of longitudinally aligned carbon nanotubes with a catalytically active transition metal incorporated in the nanotubes forms at least one portion of the MEA and is in contact with the membrane. A combination selected from one or more of a hydrocarbon and an organometallic compound containing an catalytically active transition metal and a nitrogen containing compound and an inert gas and a reducing gas is introduced into a first reaction zone maintained at a first reaction temperature for a time sufficient to vaporize material therein. The vaporized material is transmitted to a second reaction zone maintained at a second reaction temperature for a time sufficient to grow longitudinally aligned carbon nanotubes with a catalytically active transition metal incorporated throughout the nanotubes. The nanotubes are in contact with a portion of the MEA at production or being positioned in contact thereafter. Methods of forming a PEMFC are also disclosed.

  2. Improved fullerene nanofiber electrodes used in direct methanol fuel cells

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    Wang, Q.; Zhang, Y.; Miyazawa, K.; Kato, R.; Hotta, K.; Wakahara, T.

    2009-04-01

    Platinum supported on fullerene nanofibers as possible electrodes for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) were studied. Fullerene nanofiber with 20 wt% Pt loading was mixed with 5 wt% Nafion solution. The mixture paste was coated on Nafion 117 membrane and sandwiched with silicon plates. To increase the surface reaction area of catalyst, nanoimprint was used to fabricate micro-patterns in the Nafion proton exchange membrane. Nanoimprint pattern consisted of dots of 500 nm-in-diameter, 140 nm-in-depth and 1 μm-in-spacing. The nanoimprint of the treated proton exchange membrane (PEM) was carried out in a desktop thermal nanoimprint system (NI273, Nano Craft Tech. Corp., Japan) at the optimized conditions of 130 °C and pressure of 3 MPa for 6 min. Then the Pt-coated PEM was sandwiched with micro-channelled silicon plates to form a micro-DMFC. With passively feeding of 1 M methanol solution and air at room temperature, the as-prepared cell had the open circuit voltage of 0.34 V and the maximum power density of 0.30 mW/cm2. Compared with a fresh cell, the results shows that nanofibers used in nanoimprinted PEM have an improvement on the performance of micro fuel cells.

  3. Fabrication of electric papers of graphene nanosheet shelled cellulose fibres by dispersion and infiltration as flexible electrodes for energy storage

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    Kang, Yan-Ru; Li, Ya-Li; Hou, Feng; Wen, Yang-Yang; Su, Dong

    2012-05-01

    An electrically conductive and electrochemically active composite paper of graphene nanosheet (GNS) coated cellulose fibres was fabricated via a simple paper-making process of dispersing chemically synthesized GNS into a cellulose pulp, followed by infiltration. The GNS nanosheet was deposited onto the cellulose fibers, forming a coating, during infiltration. It forms a continuous network through a bridge of interconnected cellulose fibres at small GNS loadings (3.2 wt%). The GNS/cellulose paper is as flexible and mechanically tough as the pure cellulose paper. The electrical measurements show the composite paper has a sheet resistance of 1063 Ω □-1 and a conductivity of 11.6 S m-1. The application of the composite paper as a flexible double layer supercapacitor in an organic electrolyte (LiPF6) displays a high capacity of 252 F g-1 at a current density of 1 A g-1 with respect to GNS. Moreover, the paper can be used as the anode in a lithium battery, showing distinct charge and discharge performances. The simple process for synthesising the GNS functionalized cellulose papers is attractive for the development of high performance papers for electrical, electrochemical and multifunctional applications.An electrically conductive and electrochemically active composite paper of graphene nanosheet (GNS) coated cellulose fibres was fabricated via a simple paper-making process of dispersing chemically synthesized GNS into a cellulose pulp, followed by infiltration. The GNS nanosheet was deposited onto the cellulose fibers, forming a coating, during infiltration. It forms a continuous network through a bridge of interconnected cellulose fibres at small GNS loadings (3.2 wt%). The GNS/cellulose paper is as flexible and mechanically tough as the pure cellulose paper. The electrical measurements show the composite paper has a sheet resistance of 1063 Ω □-1 and a conductivity of 11.6 S m-1. The application of the composite paper as a flexible double layer supercapacitor

  4. Positive and negative TiO2 micropatterns on organic polymer substrates.

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    Yang, Peng; Yang, Min; Zou, Shengli; Xie, Jingyi; Yang, Wantai

    2007-02-14

    Ordered titanium dioxide (TiO2) films have received increasing attention because of their great potential in photocatalysis, energy conversion, and electrooptical techniques. Such films are often fabricated as coatings on various substrates such as silicon or a variety of polymers. Liquid-phase deposition (LPD) of TiO2 films is especially promising for organic substrates due to its very mild reaction conditions. In the present paper, LPD is conducted on a wettability-patterned polypropylene surface to fabricate positive and negative TiO2 micropatterns. A thin layer of ammonium persulfate in an aqueous solution was sandwiched between two biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) films, and a photomask was employed to control the irradiation region. Within a short time interval, a high hydrophilicity could be obtained on the irradiation region, and an effective wettability contrast between the irradiated and unirradiated regions could be created to further induce the formation of two types of TiO2 micropatterns. Up until now, most approaches for micropatterning have been based on self-assembled monolayers on surfaces of gold (or other noble metals), silicon, and various polyesters. With the present method, however, there is no longer any limitation in the type of substrate used. Our work demonstrates that an anatase TiO2 film could be selectively deposited on a hydrophilic region, giving rise to a positive pattern with significant bonding strength and good line edge acuity, providing an effective solution toward the microfabrication on various inert polymer substrates. More surprisingly, we find, for the first time, that TiO2 could also be selectively retained on a hydrophobic region to form a negative pattern by simply adjusting the reaction conditions. Further analysis of the mechanism shows that, independent of the deposition conditions, the TiO2 deposition pattern changes gradually, from being initially negative to becoming positive as the deposition time increases

  5. Fabrication of electric papers of graphene nanosheet shelled cellulose fibres by dispersion and infiltration as flexible electrodes for energy storage.

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    Kang, Yan-Ru; Li, Ya-Li; Hou, Feng; Wen, Yang-Yang; Su, Dong

    2012-05-21

    An electrically conductive and electrochemically active composite paper of graphene nanosheet (GNS) coated cellulose fibres was fabricated via a simple paper-making process of dispersing chemically synthesized GNS into a cellulose pulp, followed by infiltration. The GNS nanosheet was deposited onto the cellulose fibers, forming a coating, during infiltration. It forms a continuous network through a bridge of interconnected cellulose fibres at small GNS loadings (3.2 wt%). The GNS/cellulose paper is as flexible and mechanically tough as the pure cellulose paper. The electrical measurements show the composite paper has a sheet resistance of 1063 Ω□(-1) and a conductivity of 11.6 S m(-1). The application of the composite paper as a flexible double layer supercapacitor in an organic electrolyte (LiPF(6)) displays a high capacity of 252 F g(-1) at a current density of 1 A g(-1) with respect to GNS. Moreover, the paper can be used as the anode in a lithium battery, showing distinct charge and discharge performances. The simple process for synthesising the GNS functionalized cellulose papers is attractive for the development of high performance papers for electrical, electrochemical and multifunctional applications. PMID:22535335

  6. Fabrication of tin-cobalt/carbon composite electrodes by electrodeposition using cationic surfactant for lithium-ion batteries

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    Lee, Cho-Long; Nam, Do-Hwan; Eom, Ji-Yong; Kwon, Hyuk-Sang

    2016-07-01

    Sn-Co alloy and Sn-Co/C composite are fabricated on the nodule-type Cu substrate by co-electrodeposition process using the pulse current in the pyrophosphate bath, and then their cycling performances are examined. To modify the surface property of carbon (acetylene black) particles and improve the dispersion of agglomerated carbon particles, CTAB (Cetrimonium bromide (C16H33)N(CH3)3Br) as a cationic surfactant is added into the electrodeposition bath.10.1007/s13391-016-6077-2 By addition of the CTAB, the amount of the carbon content in the Sn-Co/C composite is increased, and also the carbon particles are uniformly distributed in the Sn-Co electrodeposit. The Sn0.6Co0.4 alloy and (Sn0.6Co0.4)0.71/C0.29 composite are obtained after annealing as the final products. The (Sn0.6Co0.4)0.71/C0.29 composite anode exhibits better the capacity retention than the Sn0.6Co0.4 alloy anode due primarily to the role of the well-dispersed carbon particles as the second buffer phase and electrical conductive path in the Sn-Co/C composite during cycling.

  7. Design, Fabrication and Characterization of a Low-Impedance 3D Electrode Array System for Neuro-Electrophysiology

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    Kusko, Mihaela; Craciunoiu, Florea; Amuzescu, Bogdan; Halitzchi, Ferdinand; Selescu, Tudor; Radoi, Antonio; Popescu, Marian; Simion, Monica; Bragaru, Adina; Ignat, Teodora

    2012-01-01

    Recent progress in patterned microelectrode manufacturing technology and microfluidics has opened the way to a large variety of cellular and molecular biosensor-based applications. In this extremely diverse and rapidly expanding landscape, silicon-based technologies occupy a special position, given their statute of mature, consolidated, and highly accessible areas of development. Within the present work we report microfabrication procedures and workflows for 3D patterned gold-plated microelectrode arrays (MEA) of different shapes (pyramidal, conical and high aspect ratio), and we provide a detailed characterization of their physical features during all the fabrication steps to have in the end a reliable technology. Moreover, the electrical performances of MEA silicon chips mounted on standardized connector boards via ultrasound wire-bonding have been tested using non-destructive electrochemical methods: linear sweep and cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy. Further, an experimental recording chamber package suitable for in vitro electrophysiology experiments has been realized using custom-design electronics for electrical stimulus delivery and local field potential recording, included in a complete electrophysiology setup, and the experimental structures have been tested on newborn rat hippocampal slices, yielding similar performance compared to commercially available MEA equipments. PMID:23208555

  8. Towards the fabrication of the top-contact electrode in molecular junctions by photoreduction of a metal precursor.

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    Martín, Santiago; Pera, Gorka; Ballesteros, Luz M; Hope, Adam J; Marqués-González, Santiago; Low, Paul J; Pérez-Murano, Francesc; Nichols, Richard J; Cea, Pilar

    2014-03-17

    Langmuir films of 4-{[4-({4-[(trimethylsilyl)ethynyl]phenyl}ethynyl)phenyl]ethynyl} benzenaminium chloride ([1 H]Cl) undergo anion metathesis when assembled on an aqueous auric acid (HAuCl4 ) subphase. Subsequent transfer to solid supports gives well-formed Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers of [1 H]AuCl4 in which the trimethylsilyl group serves as the surface contacting group. Photoreduction of the aurate on these monolayers leads to the formation of metallic gold nanoislands, which were distributed over the surface of the film. Electrical properties of these nascent devices were determined by recording current-voltage (I-V) curves with conductive atomic force microscopy (c-AFM) using the PeakForce tunneling AFM (PF-TUNA) mode. This gives consistent sigmoidal I-V curves that are indicative of well-behaved junctions free of metallic filaments and short circuits. The photoreduction of a metal precursor incorporated onto monomolecular films is therefore proposed as an effective method for the fabrication of molecular junctions. PMID:24532391

  9. Two-step approach of fabrication of three-dimensional MnO2-graphene-carbon nanotube hybrid as a binder-free supercapacitor electrode

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    Xiong, Chuanyin; Li, Tiehu; Dang, Alei; Zhao, Tingkai; Li, Hao; Lv, Huiqin

    2016-02-01

    This paper describes the fabrication and characterization of a three-dimensional (3D) MnO2-graphene (GR)-CNT hybrid obtained by combining electrochemical deposition (ELD)-electrophoretic deposition (EPD) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Firstly, 3D MnO2-graphene oxide (GO) is fabricated via ELD-EPD. Secondly, the catalyst and xylene are mixed with solution of certain concentration. Thirdly, catalyst is loaded on the surface of MnO2-GO when the solution is sprayed into the furnace. Forth, MnO2-GO is restored to MnO2-GR at high temperature, meanwhile, MnO2-GR is served as a substrate to grow CNT, which is beneficial to provide high speed channel for carrier and obtain pseudocapacitance of MnO2. The as-prepared hybrid is characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy (Raman), and their supercapacitor properties are also investigated. The results show that a high specific capacitance of 330.75 F g-1 and high energy density of 36.68 Wh kg-1 while maintaining high power density of 8000 W kg-1 at a scan rate of 200 mV s-1. Furthermore, the hybrid displays a high specific capacitance of 187.53 F g-1 at ultrahigh scan rate of 400 mV s-1. These attractive results demonstrate that the hybrid is a promising electrode material for high performance supercapacitors.

  10. Stencil Micropatterning of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells for Probing Spatial Organization of Differentiation Fates.

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    Sahni, Geetika; Yuan, Jun; Toh, Yi-Chin

    2016-01-01

    Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), including embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells, have the intrinsic ability to differentiate into all three germ layers. This makes them an attractive cell source for regenerative medicine and experimental modeling of normal and diseased organogenesis. However, the differentiation of hPSCs in vitro is heterogeneous and spatially disordered. Cell micropatterning technologies potentially offer the means to spatially control stem cell microenvironments and organize the resultant differentiation fates. Micropatterning hPSCs needs to take into account the stringent requirements for hPSC survival and maintenance. Here, we describe stencil micropatterning as a method that is highly compatible with hPSCs. hPSC micropatterns are specified by the geometries of the cell stencil through-holes, which physically confine the locations where hPSCs can access and attach to the underlying extracellular matrix-coated substrate. Due to this mode of operation, there is greater flexibility to use substrates that can adequately support hPSCs as compared to other cell micropatterning methods. We also highlight critical steps for the successful generation of hPSC micropatterns. As an example, we demonstrate that stencil micropatterning of hPSCs can be used to modulate spatial polarization of cell-cell and cell-matrix adhesions, which in turn determines mesoendoderm differentiation patterns. This simple and robust method to micropattern hPSCs widens the prospects of establishing experimental models to investigate tissue organization and patterning during early embryonic development. PMID:27340925

  11. Unidirectional signal propagation in primary neurons micropatterned at a single-cell resolution

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    Yamamoto, H.; Matsumura, R.; Takaoki, H.; Katsurabayashi, S.; Hirano-Iwata, A.; Niwano, M.

    2016-07-01

    The structure and connectivity of cultured neuronal networks can be controlled by using micropatterned surfaces. Here, we demonstrate that the direction of signal propagation can be precisely controlled at a single-cell resolution by growing primary neurons on micropatterns. To achieve this, we first examined the process by which axons develop and how synapses form in micropatterned primary neurons using immunocytochemistry. By aligning asymmetric micropatterns with a marginal gap, it was possible to pattern primary neurons with a directed polarization axis at the single-cell level. We then examined how synapses develop on micropatterned hippocampal neurons. Three types of micropatterns with different numbers of short paths for dendrite growth were compared. A normal development in synapse density was observed when micropatterns with three or more short paths were used. Finally, we performed double patch clamp recordings on micropatterned neurons to confirm that these synapses are indeed functional, and that the neuronal signal is transmitted unidirectionally in the intended orientation. This work provides a practical guideline for patterning single neurons to design functional neuronal networks in vitro with the direction of signal propagation being controlled.

  12. Fabrication of electrodes with ultralow platinum loading by RF plasma processing of self-assembled arrays of Au@Pt nanoparticles

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    Banerjee, Ipshita; Kumaran, V.; Santhanam, Venugopal

    2016-07-01

    Conductive, carbon-free, electrocatalytically active, nanostructured electrodes with ultra-low platinum loading were fabricated using self-assembly of octadecanethiol-coated Au@Pt nanoparticles followed by RF plasma treatment. Bilayer arrays of Au@Pt nanoparticles with platinum loadings of 0.50, 1.04, 1.44, and 1.75 μg cm‑2 (corresponding to 0.5, 1, 1.5 and 2 atomic layer coverage of platinum on nominally 5 nm gold core) were subjected to RF argon plasma treatment for various durations and their electrical conductivity, morphological evolution, and electrocatalytic activity characterized. Samples with monolayer and above platinum coverages exhibit maximum electrochemically active surface areas values of ∼100 m2/gpt and specific activities that are ∼4× to 6× of a reference platinum nanoparticle bilayer array. The underlying gold core influences the structural evolution of the samples upon RF plasma treatment and leads to the formation of highly active Pt(110) facets on the surface at an optimal plasma treatment duration, which also corresponds to the onset of a sharp decline in lateral sheet resistance. The sample having a two atom thick platinum coating has the highest total mass activity of 48 ± 3 m2/g(pt+au), corresponding to 44% Pt atom utilization, while also exhibiting enhanced CO tolerance as well as high methanol oxidation reaction and oxygen reduction reaction activity.

  13. Facile fabrication of highly efficient carbon nanotube thin film replacing CuS counter electrode with enhanced photovoltaic performance in quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Gopi, Chandu V. V. M.; Venkata-Haritha, Mallineni; Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Kim, Hee-Je

    2016-04-01

    An ideal counter electrode (CE), with high electrocatalytic activity, high performance stability, cost-efficient and applicable fabrication simplicity, is necessary to give full play to the advantages of quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). Herein, we report a facile one-step preparation for carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been explored as an electrocatalyst and low-cost alternative to platinum (Pt) and cuprous sulfide (CuS) CEs for polysulfide reduction in QDSSCs. QDSSC using this newly prepared CNT as a CE achieves a higher power conversion efficiency of 4.67% than those with a CuS (3.67%) or Pt CE (1.56%). Besides, a preliminary stability test reveals that the new CNT CE exhibits good stability. The results of Tafel polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements revealed that the CNTs had higher electrocatalytic activity for the polysulfide redox reaction and a smaller charge transfer resistance (8.61 Ω) at the CE/electrolyte interface than the CuS (21.87 Ω) and Pt (54.99 Ω) CEs. These results indicate that the CNT CE has superior electrocatalytic activity and can potentially replace CuS and Pt as CEs in QDSSCs. The preparation method of the CNT CE is simple and shows much promise as an efficient, stable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly CE for QDSSCs.

  14. Fabrication of electrodes with ultralow platinum loading by RF plasma processing of self-assembled arrays of Au@Pt nanoparticles.

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    Banerjee, Ipshita; Kumaran, V; Santhanam, Venugopal

    2016-07-29

    Conductive, carbon-free, electrocatalytically active, nanostructured electrodes with ultra-low platinum loading were fabricated using self-assembly of octadecanethiol-coated Au@Pt nanoparticles followed by RF plasma treatment. Bilayer arrays of Au@Pt nanoparticles with platinum loadings of 0.50, 1.04, 1.44, and 1.75 μg cm(-2) (corresponding to 0.5, 1, 1.5 and 2 atomic layer coverage of platinum on nominally 5 nm gold core) were subjected to RF argon plasma treatment for various durations and their electrical conductivity, morphological evolution, and electrocatalytic activity characterized. Samples with monolayer and above platinum coverages exhibit maximum electrochemically active surface areas values of ∼100 m(2)/gpt and specific activities that are ∼4× to 6× of a reference platinum nanoparticle bilayer array. The underlying gold core influences the structural evolution of the samples upon RF plasma treatment and leads to the formation of highly active Pt(110) facets on the surface at an optimal plasma treatment duration, which also corresponds to the onset of a sharp decline in lateral sheet resistance. The sample having a two atom thick platinum coating has the highest total mass activity of 48 ± 3 m(2)/g(pt+au), corresponding to 44% Pt atom utilization, while also exhibiting enhanced CO tolerance as well as high methanol oxidation reaction and oxygen reduction reaction activity. PMID:27302373

  15. Characterization of Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 thin films fabricated by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition on Ir-based electrodes

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    Lee, Hee-Chul; Lee, Won-Jong

    2002-11-01

    Structural and electrical characteristics of Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 (PZT) ferroelectric thin films deposited on various Ir-based electrodes (Ir, IrO2, and Pt/IrO2) using electron cyclotron resonance plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition were investigated. On the Ir electrode, stoichiometric PZT films with pure perovskite phase could be obtained over a very wide range of processing conditions. However, PZT films prepared on the IrO2 electrode contain a large amount of PbOx phases and exhibited high Pb-excess composition. The deposition characteristics were dependent on the behavior of PbO molecules on the electrode surface. The PZT thin film capacitors prepared on the Ir bottom electrode showed different electrical properties depending on top electrode materials. The PZT capacitors with Ir, IrO2, and Pt top electrodes showed good leakage current characteristics, whereas those with the Ru top electrode showed a very high leakage current density. The PZT capacitor exhibited the best fatigue endurance with an IrO2 top electrode. An Ir top electrode provided better fatigue endurance than a Pt top electrode. The PZT capacitor with an Ir-based electrode is thought to be attractive for the application to ferroelectric random access memory devices because of its wide processing window for a high-quality ferroelectric film and good polarization, fatigue, and leakage current characteristics.

  16. Material Stiffness Effects on Neurite Alignment to Photopolymerized Micropatterns

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    2015-01-01

    The ability to direct neurite growth into a close proximity of stimulating elements of a neural prosthesis, such as a retinal or cochlear implant (CI), may enhance device performance and overcome current spatial signal resolution barriers. In this work, spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs), which are the target neurons to be stimulated by CIs, were cultured on photopolymerized micropatterns with varied matrix stiffnesses to determine the effect of rigidity on neurite alignment to physical cues. Micropatterns were generated on methacrylate thin film surfaces in a simple, rapid photopolymerization step by photomasking the prepolymer formulation with parallel line–space gratings. Two methacrylate series, a nonpolar HMA-co-HDDMA series and a polar PEGDMA-co-EGDMA series, with significantly different surface wetting properties were evaluated. Equivalent pattern periodicity was maintained across each methacrylate series based on photomask band spacing, and the feature amplitude was tuned to a depth of 2 μm amplitude for all compositions using the temporal control afforded by the UV curing methodology. The surface morphology was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and white light interferometry. All micropatterned films adsorb similar amounts of laminin from solution, and no significant difference in SGN survival was observed when the substrate compositions were compared. SGN neurite alignment significantly increases with increasing material modulus for both methacrylate series. Interestingly, SGN neurites respond to material stiffness cues that are orders of magnitude higher (GPa) than what is typically ascribed to neural environments (kPa). The ability to understand neurite response to engineered physical cues and mechanical properties such as matrix stiffness will allow the development of advanced biomaterials that direct de novo neurite growth to address the spatial signal resolution limitations of current neural prosthetics. PMID:25211120

  17. Cellular response to micropatterned growth promoting and inhibitory substrates

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    2013-01-01

    Background Normal development and the response to injury both require cell growth, migration and morphological remodeling, guided by a complex local landscape of permissive and inhibitory cues. A standard approach for studying by such cues is to culture cells on uniform substrates containing known concentrations of these molecules, however this method fails to represent the molecular complexity of the natural growth environment. Results To mimic the local complexity of environmental conditions in vitro, we used a contact micropatterning technique to examine cell growth and differentiation on patterned substrates printed with the commonly studied growth permissive and inhibitory substrates, poly-L-lysine (PLL) and myelin, respectively. We show that micropatterning of PLL can be used to direct adherence and axonal outgrowth of hippocampal and cortical neurons as well as other cells with diverse morphologies like Oli-neu oligodendrocyte progenitor cell lines and fibroblast-like COS7 cells in culture. Surprisingly, COS7 cells exhibited a preference for low concentration (1 pg/mL) PLL zones over adjacent zones printed with high concentrations (1 mg/mL). We demonstrate that micropatterning is also useful for studying factors that inhibit growth as it can direct cells to grow along straight lines that are easy to quantify. Furthermore, we provide the first demonstration of microcontact printing of myelin-associated proteins and show that they impair process outgrowth from Oli-neu oligodendrocyte precursor cells. Conclusion We conclude that microcontact printing is an efficient and reproducible method for patterning proteins and brain-derived myelin on glass surfaces in order to study the effects of the microenvironment on cell growth and morphogenesis. PMID:24119185

  18. Material stiffness effects on neurite alignment to photopolymerized micropatterns.

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    Tuft, Bradley W; Zhang, Lichun; Xu, Linjing; Hangartner, Austin; Leigh, Braden; Hansen, Marlan R; Guymon, C Allan

    2014-10-13

    The ability to direct neurite growth into a close proximity of stimulating elements of a neural prosthesis, such as a retinal or cochlear implant (CI), may enhance device performance and overcome current spatial signal resolution barriers. In this work, spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs), which are the target neurons to be stimulated by CIs, were cultured on photopolymerized micropatterns with varied matrix stiffnesses to determine the effect of rigidity on neurite alignment to physical cues. Micropatterns were generated on methacrylate thin film surfaces in a simple, rapid photopolymerization step by photomasking the prepolymer formulation with parallel line-space gratings. Two methacrylate series, a nonpolar HMA-co-HDDMA series and a polar PEGDMA-co-EGDMA series, with significantly different surface wetting properties were evaluated. Equivalent pattern periodicity was maintained across each methacrylate series based on photomask band spacing, and the feature amplitude was tuned to a depth of 2 μm amplitude for all compositions using the temporal control afforded by the UV curing methodology. The surface morphology was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and white light interferometry. All micropatterned films adsorb similar amounts of laminin from solution, and no significant difference in SGN survival was observed when the substrate compositions were compared. SGN neurite alignment significantly increases with increasing material modulus for both methacrylate series. Interestingly, SGN neurites respond to material stiffness cues that are orders of magnitude higher (GPa) than what is typically ascribed to neural environments (kPa). The ability to understand neurite response to engineered physical cues and mechanical properties such as matrix stiffness will allow the development of advanced biomaterials that direct de novo neurite growth to address the spatial signal resolution limitations of current neural prosthetics. PMID:25211120

  19. A novel process for fabricating membrane-electrode assemblies with low platinum loading for use in proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Karimi, Shahram

    A novel method based on pulse current electrodeposition (PCE) employing four different waveforms was developed and utilized for fabricating membrane-electrode assemblies (MEAs) with low platinum loading for use in low-temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cells. It was found that both peak deposition current density and duty cycle control the nucleation rate and the growth of platinum crystallites. Based on the combination of parameters used in this study, the optimum conditions for PCE were found to be a peak deposition current density of 400 mA cm-2, a duty cycle of 4%, and a pulse generated and delivered in the microsecond range utilizing a ramp-down waveform. MEAs prepared by PCE using the ramp-down waveform show performance comparable with commercial MEAs that employ ten times the loading of platinum catalyst. The thickness of the pulse electrodeposited catalyst layer is about 5-7 mum, which is ten times thinner than that of commercial state-of-the-art electrodes. MEAs prepared by PCE outperformed commercial MEAs when subjected to a series of steady-state and transient lifetime tests. In steady-state lifetime tests, the average cell voltage over a 3000-h period at a constant current density of 619 mA cm-2 for the in-house and the state-of-the-art MEAs were 564 mV and 505 mV, respectively. In addition, the influence of substrate and carbon powder type, hydrophobic polymer content in the gas diffusion layer, microporous layer loading, and the through-plane gas permeability of different gas diffusion layers on fuel cell performance were investigated and optimized. Finally, two mathematical models based on the microhardness model developed by Molina et al. [J. Molina, B. A. Hoyos, Electrochim. Acta, 54 (2009) 1784-1790] and Milchev [A. Milchev, "Electrocrystallization: Fundamentals of Nucleation And Growth" 2002, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 189-215] were refined and further developed, one based on pure diffusion control and another based on joint diffusion

  20. Stencil Micropatterning for Spatial Control of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Fate Heterogeneity.

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    Yuan, Jun; Sahni, Geetika; Toh, Yi-Chin

    2016-01-01

    Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) have the intrinsic ability to differentiate and self-organize into distinct tissue patterns, although this requires the presentation of spatial environmental cues, i.e., biochemical and mechanical gradients. Cell micropatterning technologies potentially offer the means to spatially control stem cell microenvironments and organize the resultant differentiation fates. Here, we describe stencil micropatterning as a simple and robust method to generate hPSC micropatterns for controlling hPSC differentiation patterns. hPSC micropatterns are specified by the geometries of the cell stencil through-holes, which physically confine the locations where the underlying extracellular matrix and hPSCs can access and attach to the substrate. This confers the unique capability of stencil micropatterning to work with a variety of culture substrates and extracellular matrices for optimal hPSC culture. We present the detailed steps of stencil micropatterning to successfully generate hPSC micropatterns, which can be used to investigate how spatial polarization of cell adhesion results in cell fate heterogeneity. PMID:27032943

  1. Micro-patterning and characterization of PHEMA-co-PAM-based optical chemical sensors for lab-on-a-chip applications

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    Zhu, Haixin; Zhou, Xianfeng; Su, Fengyu; Tian, Yanqing; Ashili, Shashanka; Holl, Mark R.; Meldrum, Deirdre R.

    2012-01-01

    We report a novel method for wafer level, high throughput optical chemical sensor patterning, with precise control of the sensor volume and capability of producing arbitrary microscale patterns. Monomeric oxygen (O2) and pH optical probes were polymerized with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and acrylamide (AM) to form spin-coatable and further crosslinkable polymers. A micro-patterning method based on micro-fabrication techniques (photolithography, wet chemical process and reactive ion etch) was developed to miniaturize the sensor film onto glass substrates in arbitrary sizes and shapes. The sensitivity of fabricated micro-patterns was characterized under various oxygen concentrations and pH values. The process for spatially integration of two sensors (Oxygen and pH) on the same substrate surface was also developed, and preliminary fabrication and characterization results were presented. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time that poly (2-hydroxylethyl methacrylate)-co-poly (acrylamide) (PHEMA-co-PAM)-based sensors had been patterned and integrated at the wafer level with micron scale precision control using microfabrication techniques. The developed methods can provide a feasible way to miniaturize and integrate the optical chemical sensor system and can be applied to any lab-on-a-chip system, especially the biological micro-systems requiring optical sensing of single or multiple analytes. PMID:23175599

  2. Highly compliant transparent electrodes

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    Shian, Samuel; Diebold, Roger M.; McNamara, Alena; Clarke, David R.

    2012-08-01

    Adaptive optical devices based on electric field induced deformation of dielectric elastomers require transparent and highly compliant electrodes to conform to large shape changes. Electrical, optical, and actuation properties of acrylic elastomer electrodes fabricated with single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and silver nanowires (AgNWs) have been evaluated. Based on these properties, a figure of merit is introduced for evaluating the overall performance of deformable transparent electrodes. This clearly indicates that SWCNTs outperform AgNWs. Under optimal conditions, optical transparency as high as 91% at 190% maximum actuation strain is readily achievable using SWCNT electrodes.

  3. Micro-Pattern Gaseous Detector Technologies and RD51 Collaboration

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    Titov, Maxim; Ropelewski, Leszek

    2013-04-01

    Discoveries in particle physics vitally depend on parallel advances in radiation-detector technologies. A true innovation in detector instrumentation concepts came in 1968, with the development of a fully parallel readout for a large array of sensing elements — the Multi-Wire Proportional Chamber (MWPC), which earned Georges Charpak a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1992. This invention revolutionized particle detection which moved from optical-readout devices (cloud chamber, emulsion or bubble chambers) to the electronics era. Over the past two decades advances in photo-lithography, microelectronics and printed-circuit board (PCB) techniques triggered a major transition in the field of gas detectors from wire structures to the Micro-Pattern Gas Detector (MPGD) concepts. The excellent spatial and time resolution, high rate capability, low mass, large active areas, and radiation hardness make them an invaluable tool to confront future detector challenges at the frontiers of research. The design of the new micro-pattern devices appears suitable for industrial production. Novel devices where MPGDs are directly coupled to the CMOS pixel readout serve as an "electronic bubble chamber" allowing to record space points and tracks in 3D. In 2008, the RD51 collaboration at CERN has been established to further advance technological developments of MPGDs and associated electronic-readout systems, for applications in basic and applied research. This review provides an overview of the state-of-the-art of the MPGD technologies and summarizes ongoing activities within the framework of the RD51 collaboration.

  4. Structural and molecular micropatterning of dual hydrogel constructs for neural growth models using photochemical strategies

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    Horn-Ranney, Elaine L.; Curley, J. Lowry; Catig, Gary C.; Huval, Renee M.; Moore, Michael J.

    2013-01-01

    Chemotactic and haptotactic cues guide neurite growth toward appropriate targets by eliciting attractive or repulsive responses from the neurite growth cones. Here we present an integrated system allowing both structural and molecular micropatterning in dual hydrogel 3D tissue culture constructs for directing in vitro neuronal growth via structural, immobilized, and soluble guidance cues. These tissue culture constructs were fabricated into specifiable geometries using UV light reflected from a digital micromirror device acting as a dynamic photomask, resulting in dual hydrogel constructs consisting of a cell growth-restrictive polyethylene glycol (PEG) boundary with a cell growth-permissive interior of photolabile α-carboxy-2-nitrobenzyl cysteine agarose (CNBC-A). This CNBC-A was irradiated in discrete areas and subsequently tagged with maleimide-conjugated biomolecules. Fluorescent microscopy showed biomolecule binding only at the sites of irradiation in CNBC-A, and confocal microscopy confirmed 3D binding through the depth of the construct. Neurite outgrowth studies showed contained growth throughout CNBC-A. The diffusion rate of soluble fluorescein-bovine serum albumin through the dual hydrogel construct was controlled by PEG concentration and the distance between the protein source and the agarose interior; the timescale for a transient protein gradient changed with these parameters. These findings suggest the dual hydrogel system is a usefulplatform for manipulating a 3D in vitro microenvironment with patterned structural and molecular guidance cues for modeling neural growth and guidance. PMID:22903647

  5. Effect of micro-patterning on bacterial adhesion on polyethylene terephthalate surface.

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    Wang, Liyun; Chen, Wei; Terentjev, Eugene

    2015-05-01

    Bacterial adhesion on surfaces commonly used in medicine and food industry could lead to infections and illnesses. Topographically patterned surfaces recently have shown to be a promising alternative to chemical antibacterial methods, which might release cytotoxin and promote antibiotic resistance. In this study, we fabricated micro-patterned polyethylene terephthalate surfaces, and quantitatively explored the amount and localization of Escherichia coli MG1655 cells attached on a series of defined topographies. The adhesion was conducted in static conditions and under a weak flow, in both physiological buffer and nutritious solutions. The results showed that in the presence of weak shear force, live bacteria could still maintain sensing ability in nutritious culture, but not in buffer solution. The finely textured surface, which could inhibit bacterial adhesion in the early stage of attachment, reversed its effect to enhance the adhesion after 24 h incubation, indicating that microbial cells seemed to be able to sense the disadvantageous condition and eventually overcome it. In terms of adhesion localization, bacteria exhibited preferential adhesion onto the edges of topographic features. The patterned substrates that have the most even (homogeneous) bacterial localization on topographic features retained the least attachment after 24 h exposure. PMID:25515774

  6. Rewritable and pH-Sensitive Micropatterns Based on Nanoparticle "Inks"

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    Wang, D. W.; Lagzi, Istvan; Wesson, Paul J.; Grzybowski, Bartosz A.

    2010-08-16

    Rewritable micropatterns based on nanoparticle “inks” are created in gel substrates by wet stamping. The colors of the patterns depend on pH, reflect the degree of nanoparticle aggregation, and can be written using acids and erased using bases. Micropatterns imprinted with salts are “permanent” but can change color upon pH changes; these patterns act as multiple-use pH sensors.

  7. Quantifying Electrical Interactions between Cardiomyocytes and Other Cells in Micropatterned Cell Pairs

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    Nguyen, Hung; Badie, Nima; McSpadden, Luke; Pedrotty, Dawn; Bursac, Nenad

    2014-01-01

    Micropatterning is a powerful technique to control cell shape and position on a culture substrate. In this chapter, we describe the method to reproducibly create large numbers of micropatterned heterotypic cell pairs with defined size, shape, and length of cell–cell contact. These cell pairs can be utilized in patch clamp recordings to quantify electrical interactions between cardiomyocytes and non-cardiomyocytes. PMID:25070342

  8. Improved visualization and quantitative analysis of drug effects using micropatterned cells.

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    Degot, Sébastien; Auzan, Muriel; Chapuis, Violaine; Béghin, Anne; Chadeyras, Amélie; Nelep, Constantin; Calvo-Muñoz, Maria Luisa; Young, Joanne; Chatelain, François; Fuchs, Alexandra

    2010-01-01

    To date, most HCA (High Content Analysis) studies are carried out with adherent cell lines grown on a homogenous substrate in tissue-culture treated micro-plates. Under these conditions, cells spread and divide in all directions resulting in an inherent variability in cell shape, morphology and behavior. The high cell-to-cell variance of the overall population impedes the success of HCA, especially for drug development. The ability of micropatterns to normalize the shape and internal polarity of every individual cell provides a tremendous opportunity for solving this critical bottleneck (1-2). To facilitate access and use of the micropatterning technology, CYTOO has developed a range of ready to use micropatterns, available in coverslip and microwell formats. In this video article, we provide detailed protocols of all the procedures from cell seeding on CYTOOchip micropatterns, drug treatment, fixation and staining to automated acquisition, automated image processing and final data analysis. With this example, we illustrate how micropatterns can facilitate cell-based assays. Alterations of the cell cytoskeleton are difficult to quantify in cells cultured on homogenous substrates, but culturing cells on micropatterns results in a reproducible organization of the actin meshwork due to systematic positioning of the cell adhesion contacts in every cell. Such normalization of the intracellular architecture allows quantification of even small effects on the actin cytoskeleton as demonstrated in these set of protocols using blebbistatin, an inhibitor of the actin-myosin interaction. PMID:21189468

  9. Sensor arrays from multicomponent micropatterned nanoparticles and graphene.

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    Nagelli, Enoch; Naik, Rajesh; Xue, Yuhua; Gao, Yunxiang; Zhang, Mei; Dai, Liming

    2013-11-01

    A novel approach for multicomponent patterning metal/metal oxide nanoparticles on graphene was developed, which involves region-specific plasma treatment, followed by region-selective substrate-enhanced electroless deposition of Au nanoparticles and solution alkalization of ferrous chloride tetrahydrate in the presence of ammonia into Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The resultant Fe3O4/Au multicomponent micropatterned-graphene films were found to be highly selective sensor arrays for detecting low levels of chemical vapor molecules at ppm levels. This novel concept could be applied to the development of various multicomponent patterned nanomaterials for many potential applications, ranging from nanoscale region-specific chemical-/bio-sensor arrays to multifunctional optoelectronic devices. PMID:24113252

  10. Controlling condensation and frost growth with chemical micropatterns

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    Boreyko, Jonathan B.; Hansen, Ryan R.; Murphy, Kevin R.; Nath, Saurabh; Retterer, Scott T.; Collier, C. Patrick

    2016-01-22

    Frost growth on chilled hydrophobic surfaces is an inter-droplet phenomenon, where frozen droplets harvest water from supercooled liquid droplets to grow ice bridges that propagate across the surface in a chain reaction. To date, no surface has been able to passively prevent the in-plane growth of frost across the population of supercooled condensate. Here, we demonstrate that when the nucleation sites for supercooled condensate are properly controlled with chemical micropatterns, the speed of frost growth can be slowed and even halted entirely. This stoppage of frost growth is attributed to the large interdroplet separation between condensate upon the onset ofmore » freezing, which was controlled by the pitch of the chemical patterns and by deliberately triggering an early freezing event. Lastly, these findings reveal that frost growth can be passively suppressed by designing surfaces to spatially control nucleation sites and/or temporally control the onset of freezing events.« less

  11. Controlling condensation and frost growth with chemical micropatterns

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    Boreyko, Jonathan B.; Hansen, Ryan R.; Murphy, Kevin R.; Nath, Saurabh; Retterer, Scott T.; Collier, C. Patrick

    2016-01-01

    In-plane frost growth on chilled hydrophobic surfaces is an inter-droplet phenomenon, where frozen droplets harvest water from neighboring supercooled liquid droplets to grow ice bridges that propagate across the surface in a chain reaction. To date, no surface has been able to passively prevent the in-plane growth of ice bridges across the population of supercooled condensate. Here, we demonstrate that when the separation between adjacent nucleation sites for supercooled condensate is properly controlled with chemical micropatterns prior to freezing, inter-droplet ice bridging can be slowed and even halted entirely. Since the edge-to-edge separation between adjacent supercooled droplets decreases with growth time, deliberately triggering an early freezing event to minimize the size of nascent condensation was also necessary. These findings reveal that inter-droplet frost growth can be passively suppressed by designing surfaces to spatially control nucleation sites and by temporally controlling the onset of freezing events. PMID:26796663

  12. Controlling condensation and frost growth with chemical micropatterns

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    Boreyko, Jonathan B.; Hansen, Ryan R.; Murphy, Kevin R.; Nath, Saurabh; Retterer, Scott T.; Collier, C. Patrick

    2016-01-01

    In-plane frost growth on chilled hydrophobic surfaces is an inter-droplet phenomenon, where frozen droplets harvest water from neighboring supercooled liquid droplets to grow ice bridges that propagate across the surface in a chain reaction. To date, no surface has been able to passively prevent the in-plane growth of ice bridges across the population of supercooled condensate. Here, we demonstrate that when the separation between adjacent nucleation sites for supercooled condensate is properly controlled with chemical micropatterns prior to freezing, inter-droplet ice bridging can be slowed and even halted entirely. Since the edge-to-edge separation between adjacent supercooled droplets decreases with growth time, deliberately triggering an early freezing event to minimize the size of nascent condensation was also necessary. These findings reveal that inter-droplet frost growth can be passively suppressed by designing surfaces to spatially control nucleation sites and by temporally controlling the onset of freezing events.

  13. Microfluidics-Based Laser Guided Cell-Micropatterning System

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    Erdman, Nick; Schmidt, Lucas; Qin, Wan; Yang, Xiaoqi; Lin, Yongliang; DeSilva, Mauris N; Gao, Bruce Z.

    2014-01-01

    The ability to place individual cells into an engineered microenvironment in a cell-culture model is critical for the study of in vivo-relevant cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions. Microfluidics provides a high-throughput modality to inject various cell types into a microenvironment. Laser guided systems provide the high spatial and temporal resolution necessary for single-cell micropatterning. Combining these two techniques, the authors designed, constructed, tested, and evaluated 1) a novel removable microfluidics-based cell-delivery biochip and 2) a combined system that uses the novel biochip coupled with a laser guided cell-micropatterning system to place individual cells into both 2D and 3D arrays. Cell-suspensions of chick forebrain neurons and glial cells were loaded into their respective inlet reservoirs and traversed the microfluidic channels until reaching the outlet ports. Individual cells were trapped and guided from the outlet of a microfluidic channel to a target site on the cell-culture substrate. At the target site, 2D and 3D pattern arrays were constructed with micron-level accuracy. Single-cell manipulation was accomplished at a rate of 150 μm/s in the radial plane and 50 μm/s in the axial direction of the laser beam. Results demonstrated that a single-cell can typically be patterned in 20-30 seconds, and that highly accurate and reproducible cellular arrays and systems can be achieved through coupling the microfluidics-based cell-delivery biochip with the laser guided system. PMID:25190714

  14. Microfluidics-based laser cell-micropatterning system.

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    Erdman, Nick; Schmidt, Lucas; Qin, Wan; Yang, Xiaoqi; Lin, Yongliang; DeSilva, Mauris N; Gao, Bruce Z

    2014-09-01

    The ability to place individual cells into an engineered microenvironment in a cell-culture model is critical for the study of in vivo relevant cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions. Microfluidics provides a high-throughput modality to inject various cell types into a microenvironment. Laser guided systems provide the high spatial and temporal resolution necessary for single-cell micropatterning. Combining these two techniques, the authors designed, constructed, tested and evaluated (1) a novel removable microfluidics-based cell-delivery biochip and (2) a combined system that uses the novel biochip coupled with a laser guided cell-micropatterning system to place individual cells into both two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) arrays. Cell-suspensions of chick forebrain neurons and glial cells were loaded into their respective inlet reservoirs and traversed the microfluidic channels until reaching the outlet ports. Individual cells were trapped and guided from the outlet of a microfluidic channel to a target site on the cell-culture substrate. At the target site, 2D and 3D pattern arrays were constructed with micron-level accuracy. Single-cell manipulation was accomplished at a rate of 150 μm s(-1) in the radial plane and 50 μm s(-1) in the axial direction of the laser beam. Results demonstrated that a single-cell can typically be patterned in 20-30 s, and that highly accurate and reproducible cellular arrays and systems can be achieved through coupling the microfluidics-based cell-delivery biochip with the laser guided system. PMID:25190714

  15. Defining the origins of electron transfer at screen-printed graphene-like and graphite electrodes: MoO2 nanowire fabrication on edge plane sites reveals electrochemical insights.

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    Rowley-Neale, Samuel J; Brownson, Dale A C; Banks, Craig E

    2016-08-18

    Molybdenum (di)oxide (MoO2) nanowires are fabricated onto graphene-like and graphite screen-printed electrodes (SPEs) for the first time, revealing crucial insights into the electrochemical properties of carbon/graphitic based materials. Distinctive patterns observed in the electrochemical process of nanowire decoration show that electron transfer occurs predominantly on edge plane sites when utilising SPEs fabricated/comprised of graphitic materials. Nanowire fabrication along the edge plane sites (and on edge plane like-sites/defects) of graphene/graphite is confirmed with Cyclic Voltammetry, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Raman Spectroscopy. Comparison of the heterogeneous electron transfer (HET) rate constants (k°) at unmodified and nanowire coated SPEs show a reduction in the electrochemical reactivity of SPEs when the edge plane sites are effectively blocked/coated with MoO2. Throughout the process, the basal plane sites of the graphene/graphite electrodes remain relatively uncovered; except when the available edge plane sites have been utilised, in which case MoO2 deposition grows from the edge sites covering the entire surface of the electrode. This work clearly illustrates the distinct electron transfer properties of edge and basal plane sites on graphitic materials, indicating favourable electrochemical reactivity at the edge planes in contrast to limited reactivity at the basal plane sites. In addition to providing fundamental insights into the electron transfer properties of graphite and graphene-like SPEs, the reported simple, scalable, and cost effective formation of unique and intriguing MoO2 nanowires realised herein is of significant interest for use in both academic and commercial applications. PMID:27487988

  16. Fabrication of novel coated pyrolytic graphite electrodes for the selective nano-level monitoring of Cd²⁺ ions in biological and environmental samples using polymeric membrane of newly synthesized macrocycle.

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    Sahani, Manoj Kumar; Singh, A K; Jain, A K; Upadhyay, Anjali; Kumar, Amit; Singh, Udai P; Narang, Shikha

    2015-02-20

    Novel 5-amino-1,3,4-thiadiazole-2-thiol unit based macrocyclic ionophore 5,11,17-trithia-1,3,7,9,13,15,19,20,21-nonaazatetracyclo[14.2.1.1(4,7).1(10,13)]henicosa-4(20),10(21),16(19)-triene-6,12,18-trithione (M1), was synthesized and characterized. Preliminary studies on M1 have showed that it has more the affinity toward Cd(2+) ion. Thus, the macrocyclic ionophore (M1) was used as electroactive material in the fabrication of PVC-membrane electrodes such as polymeric membrane electrode (PME), coated graphite electrode (CGE) and coated pyrolytic graphite electrode (CPGE) were prepared and its performance characteristic were compared with. The electroanalytical studies performed on PME, CGE and CPGE revealed that CPGE having membrane composition M1:PVC:1-CN:NaTPB in the ratio of 7:37:54:2 exhibits the best potentiometric characteristics in terms of detection limit of 7.58×10(-9) mol L(-1), Nernstian slope of 29.6 mV decade(-1) of activity. The sensor was found to be independent of pH in the range 2.5-8.5. The sensor showed a fast response time of 10s and could be used over a period of 4 months without any significant divergence in its potentiometric characteristics. The sensor has been employed for monitoring of the Cd(2+) ion in real samples and also used as an indicator electrode in the potentiometric titration of Cd(2+) ion with EDTA. PMID:25682247

  17. Nanotopography enhanced mobility determines mesenchymal stem cell distribution on micropatterned semiconductors bearing nanorough areas.

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    Gallach Pérez, Darío; Punzón Quijorna, Esther; Sanz, Ruy; Torres-Costa, Vicente; García Ruiz, Josefa P; Manso Silván, Miguel

    2015-02-01

    Surface micropatterns are relevant instruments for the in vitro analysis of cell cultures in non-conventional planar conditions. In this work, two semiconductors (Si and TiO2) have been micropatterned by combined ion-beam/chemical-etching processes leading to selective areas bearing nanorough features. A preferential affinity of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) for planar areas versus nanotopographic ones is observed. Fluorescence microscopy after β-catenin staining suggests that hMSCs adhesion is inhibited on nanostructured porous silicon areas. This has a direct impact in the development of actin fibers and suggests different cell migration mechanisms on the materials of a micropattern. hMSCs organization on nanotopographic micropatterns has been modeled by using a simplified random walk approach. The model attributes preferential cell mobilities on the nanotopographic areas with respect to the planar and considers purely stochastic movement with no inertial term. Simulations of the cell distribution have been run on 1D and 2D micropatterns and compared with the real hMSC cultures. The simulations allow defining two regimes for cell organization as a function of cell density. hMSCs ordering on planar areas is diffusion-induced in most micropatterns but constriction forced disorder appears for high cell densities. The relative mobility on the planar versus nanotopographic areas can be used as a quality indicator of the nanotopography contrasts in the diffusion induced ordering regime. It is shown that the relative mobility is favorable for the TiO2 versus the Si based system, and allows envisaging its use for the calibrated design of nanotopography based micropatterned materials. PMID:25546837

  18. High throughput and multiplex localization of proteins and cells for in situ micropatterning using pneumatic microfluidics.

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    Wang, Jian-Chun; Liu, Wenming; Tu, Qin; Ma, Chao; Zhao, Lei; Wang, Yaolei; Ouyang, Jia; Pang, Long; Wang, Jinyi

    2015-02-01

    Micropatterning technologies are emerging as an enabling tool for various microfluidic-based applications in life sciences. However, the high throughput and multiplex localization of multiple bio-components in a microfluidic device has not yet been well established. In this paper, we describe a simple and in situ micropatterning method using an integrated microfluidic device with pneumatic microstructures (PμSs) for highly controllable immobilization of both proteins and cells in a high throughput, geometry-dynamic, and multi-patterning way. The precise Pluronic F127 passivation of a microchamber surface except the PμS-blocked regions was performed and characterized, and the spatial dynamics and consistency of both the PμSs and protein/cell micropatterning were optically evaluated and quantitatively demonstrated too. Furthermore, a systematic investigation of PμS-assisted micropatterning in microfluidics was carried out. The feature of high throughput and spatial control of micropatterning can be simply realized by using the well-designed PμS arrays. Meanwhile, the co-micropatterning of different proteins (bovine serum albumin and chicken egg albumin) and cells (human umbilical vein endothelial cells and human hepatocellular carcinoma cells) in a microfluidic device was successfully accomplished with the orderly serial manipulation of PμS groups. We demonstrate that PμS-assisted micropatterning can be applied as a convenient microfluidic component for large-scale and diversified protein/cell patterning and manipulation, which could be useful for cell-based tissue organization, high-throughput imaging, protein-related interactions and immunoassays. PMID:25453039

  19. Flexible electrode belt for EIT using nanofiber web dry electrodes.

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    Oh, Tong In; Kim, Tae Eui; Yoon, Sun; Kim, Kap Jin; Woo, Eung Je; Sadleir, Rosalind J

    2012-10-01

    Efficient connection of multiple electrodes to the body for impedance measurement and voltage monitoring applications is of critical importance to measurement quality and practicality. Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) experiments have generally required a cumbersome procedure to attach the multiple electrodes needed in EIT. Once placed, these electrodes must then maintain good contact with the skin during measurements that may last several hours. There is usually also the need to manage the wires that run between the electrodes and the EIT system. These problems become more severe as the number of electrodes increases, and may limit the practicality and portability of this imaging method. There have been several trials describing human-electrode interfaces using configurations such as electrode belts, helmets or rings. In this paper, we describe an electrode belt we developed for long-term EIT monitoring of human lung ventilation. The belt included 16 embossed electrodes that were designed to make good contact with the skin. The electrodes were fabricated using an Ag-plated PVDF nanofiber web and metallic threads. A large contact area and padding were used behind each electrode to improve subject comfort and reduce contact impedances. The electrodes were incorporated, equally spaced, into an elasticated fabric belt. We tested the electrode belt in conjunction with the KHU Mark1 multi-frequency EIT system, and demonstrate time-difference images of phantoms and human subjects during normal breathing and running. We found that the Ag-plated PVDF nanofiber web electrodes were suitable for long-term measurement because of their flexibility and durability. Moreover, the contact impedance and stability of the Ag-plated PVDF nanofiber web electrodes were found to be comparable to similarly tested Ag/AgCl electrodes. PMID:22945587

  20. Nano-level monitoring of Er(III) by fabrication of coated graphite electrode based on newly synthesized Schiff base as neutral carrier.

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    Bandi, Koteswara Rao; Upadhyay, Anjali; Singh, Ashok K; Jain, A K

    2016-05-01

    Plasticized membranes using N-(-3-((thiazol-2-ylimino)methyl)benzylidene)thiazol-2-amine (S1) and 5-((-3-((5-mercapto-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-ylimino)methyl)benzylidene)amino)-1,3,4-thiadiazole-2-thiol (S2) have been prepared and explored as Er (III) selective electrodes. Effect of various plasticizers viz. dibutylphthalate, tri-n-butylphosphate, dioctylphthalate, acetophenone, 1-chloronapthalene, o-nitrophenyloctylether, and anion excluders viz. sodium tetraphenylborate and potassium tetrakis-p-(chlorophenyl)borate was studied in detail and improved performance was observed. Optimum performance was observed for the membrane electrode having a composition of S2: PVC: o-NPOE: KTpClPB in the ratio of 4: 38: 55: 3 (w/w, mg). The performance of the PME based on S2 was compared with CGE. The electrodes exhibit Nernstian slope for Er (III) ion with detection limit 5.4 × 10(-8)mol L(-1) for PME and 6.1 × 10(-9)mol L(-1) for CGE. The response time for PME and CGE was found to be 12s and 9s respectively. The practical utility of the CGE has been demonstrated by its usage as an indicator electrode in potentiometric titration of EDTA with Er (III) solution and determination of fluoride ions in mouthwash solution. The proposed electrode was also applied to the determination of added Er(3+) ion in water and binary mixtures. It is found that the electrode could be able to recover the Er(3+) ion in 96.2-99.5%. PMID:26952392

  1. Oleophobicity of Biomimetic Micropatterned Surface and Its Effect on the Adhesion of Frozen Oil.

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    Pan, Zihe; Zhang, Wei; Kowalski, Andrew; Zhao, Boxin

    2015-09-15

    The relationship between the oleophobicity of micropatterned surfaces and the reduction of oil adhesion at low temperatures was explored by using siloxane elastomer surfaces as a model system. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) surfaces were fabricated with varying oleophobicity from oleophilic to superoleophobic by combing the blending of trichloro(1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyl)silane (FDTS) into PDMS with the construction of bioinspired micropillars. The oil contact angles of micropillars were >130°, with the largest contact angle measured to be 146°. The micropillared surface showed remarkable self-cleaning properties; the contact angle hysteresis was <15°. The transparent oil droplets on PDMS surfaces of varied oleophobicity were frozen into a white-colored solid at -25 °C with the aid of a cooling system. Adhesion forces of the frozen oil droplets were obtained from the knock-off tests, showing that the adhesion forces dropped with the increased oleophobicity. The largest adhesion force was observed on the oleophilic flat surface, while the lowest adhesion force was on the highest oleophobic micropillared surface. The relative effectiveness of chemical and physical modifications on adhesion strength reduction was studied in terms of FDTS and micropillars, respectively. The results showed that a reduction of adhesion strength by 4% was reached by blending FDTS into flat PDMS, while a much more pronounced reduction of frozen oil adhesion strength by 60% was achieved by blending FDTS into PDMS micropillars; these results suggested a possible synergic effect of the FDTS chemistry and micropillar on the reduction of adhesion strength of frozen oil droplets. PMID:26300446

  2. Crosslinking of micropatterned collagen-based nerve guides to modulate the expected half-life.

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    Salvatore, L; Madaghiele, M; Parisi, C; Gatti, F; Sannino, A

    2014-12-01

    The microstructural, mechanical, compositional, and degradative properties of a nerve conduit are known to strongly affect the regenerative process of the injured peripheral nerve. Starting from the fabrication of micropatterned collagen-based nerve guides, according to a spin-casting process reported in the literature, this study further investigates the possibility to modulate the degradation rate of the scaffolds over a wide time frame, in an attempt to match different rates of nerve regeneration that might be encountered in vivo. To this aim, three different crosslinking methods, that is, dehydrothermal (DHT), carbodiimide-based (EDAC), and glutaraldehyde-based (GTA) crosslinking, were selected. The elastically effective degree of crosslinking, attained by each method and evaluated according to the classical rubber elasticity theory, was found to significantly tune the in vitro half-life (t1/2 ) of the matrices, with an exponential dependence of the latter on the crosslink density. The high crosslinking efficacy of EDAC and GTA treatments, respectively threefold and fourfold when compared to the one attained by DHT, led to a sharp increase of the corresponding in vitro half-lives (ca., 10, 172, and 690 h, for DHT, EDAC, and GTA treated matrices, respectively). As shown by cell viability assays, the cytocompatibility of both DHT and EDAC treatments, as opposed to the toxicity of GTA, suggests that such methods are suitable to crosslink collagen-based scaffolds conceived for clinical use. In particular, nerve guides with expected high residence times in vivo might be produced by finely controlling the biocompatible reaction(s) adopted for crosslinking. PMID:24532089

  3. Oriented growth and transdifferentiation of mesenchymal stem cells towards a Schwann cell fate on micropatterned substrates.

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    Sharma, Anup D; Zbarska, Svitlana; Petersen, Emma M; Marti, Mustafa E; Mallapragada, Surya K; Sakaguchi, Donald S

    2016-03-01

    While Schwann cells (SCs) have a significant role in peripheral nerve regeneration, their use in treatments has been limited because of lack of a readily available source. To address this issue, this study focused on the effect of guidance cues by employing micropatterned polymeric films to influence the alignment, morphology and transdifferentiation of bone marrow-derived rat mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) towards a Schwann cell-like fate. Two different types of polymers, biocompatible polystyrene (PS) and biodegradable poly(lactic acid) (PLA) were used to fabricate patterned films. Percentages of transdifferentiated MSCs (tMSCs) immunolabeled with SC markers (α-S100β and α-p75(NTR)) were found to be similar on patterned versus smooth PS and PLA substrates. However, patterning had a significant effect on the alignment and elongation of the tMSCs. More than 80% of the tMSCs were oriented in the direction of microgrooves (0°-20°), while cells on the smooth substrates were randomly oriented. The aspect ratio [AR, ratio of length (in direction of microgrooves) and breadth (in direction perpendicular to microgrooves)] of the tMSCs on patterned substrates had a value of approximately five, as compared to cells on smooth substrates where the AR was one. Understanding responses to these cues in vitro helps us in understanding the behavior and interaction of the cells with the 3D environment of the scaffolds, facilitating the application of these concepts to designing effective nerve guidance conduits for peripheral nerve regeneration. PMID:26371993

  4. Salivary gland cell differentiation and organization on micropatterned PLGA nanofiber craters

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    Soscia, David A.; Sequeira, Sharon J.; Schramm, Robert A.; Jayarathanam, Kavitha; Cantara, Shraddha I.; Larsen, Melinda; Castracane, James

    2013-01-01

    There is a need for an artificial salivary gland as a long-term remedy for patients suffering from salivary hypofunction, a leading cause of chronic xerostomia (dry mouth). Current salivary gland tissue engineering approaches are limited in that they either lack sufficient physical cues and surface area needed to facilitate epithelial cell differentiation, or they fail to provide a mechanism for assembling an interconnected branched network of cells. We have developed highly-ordered arrays of curved hemispherical “craters” in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) using wafer-level integrated circuit (IC) fabrication processes, and lined them with electrospun poly-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) nanofibers, designed to mimic the three-dimensional (3-D) in vivo architecture of the basement membrane surrounding spherical acini of salivary gland epithelial cells. These micropatterned scaffolds provide a method for engineering increased surface area and were additionally investigated for their ability to promote cell polarization. Two immortalized salivary gland cell lines (SIMS, ductal and Par-C10, acinar) were cultured on fibrous crater arrays of various radii and compared with those grown on flat PLGA nanofiber substrates, and in 3-D Matrigel. It was found that by increasing crater curvature, the average height of the cell monolayer of SIMS cells and to a lesser extent, Par-C10 cells, increased to a maximum similar to that seen in cells grown in 3-D Matrigel. Increasing curvature resulted in higher expression levels of tight junction protein occludin in both cell lines, but did not induce a change in expression of adherens junction protein Ecadherin. Additionally, increasing curvature promoted polarity of both cell lines, as a greater apical localization of occludin was seen in cells on substrates of higher curvature. Lastly, substrate curvature increased expression of the water channel protein aquaporin-5 (Aqp-5) in Par-C10 cells, suggesting that curved nanofiber

  5. Fabrication of Metal Nanoparticle-Modified Screen Printed Carbon Electrodes for the Evaluation of Hydrogen Peroxide Content in Teeth Whitening Strips

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    Popa, Adriana; Abenojar, Eric C.; Vianna, Adam; Buenviaje, Czarina Y. A.; Yang, Jiahua; Pascual, Cherrie B.; Samia, Anna Cristina S.

    2015-01-01

    A laboratory experiment in which students synthesize Ag, Au, and Pt nanoparticles (NPs) and use them to modify screen printed carbon electrodes for the electroanalysis of the hydrogen peroxide content in commercially available teeth whitening strips is described. This experiment is designed for two 3-h laboratory periods and can be adapted for…

  6. Determination of guanine and adenine by high-performance liquid chromatography with a self-fabricated wall-jet/thin-layer electrochemical detector at a glassy carbon electrode.

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    Zhou, Yaping; Yan, Hongling; Xie, Qingji; Yao, Shouzhuo

    2015-03-01

    A sensitive wall-jet/thin-layer amperometric electrochemical detector (ECD) coupled to high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was developed for simultaneous determination of guanine (G) and adenine (A). The analytes were detected at a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) and the HPLC-ECD calibration curves showed good linearity (R(2)>0.997) under optimized conditions. Limits of detection for G and A are 0.6 nM and 1.4 nM (S/N=3), respectively, which are lower than those obtained with an UV-vis detector and a commercial electrochemical detector. We have successfully applied this HPLC-ECD to assess the contents of G and A in hydrochloric acid-digested calf thymus double-stranded DNA. In addition, we compared in detail the analysis of G and A by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and by the HPLC-ECD system on both bare GCE and electroreduced graphene oxide (ERGO) modified GCE. We found that the adsorption of G and A on the electrode surfaces can vary their anodic CV peaks and the competitive adsorption of G and A on the limited sites of the electrode surfaces can cause crosstalk effects on their anodic CV peak signals, but the HPLC-ECD system is insensitive to such electrode-adsorption and can give more reliable analytical results. PMID:25618679

  7. Infrared face recognition based on intensity of local micropattern-weighted local binary pattern

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    Xie, Zhihua; Liu, Guodong

    2011-07-01

    The traditional local binary pattern (LBP) histogram representation extracts the local micropatterns and assigns the same weight to all local micropatterns. To combine the different contributions of local micropatterns to face recognition, this paper proposes a weighted LBP histogram based on Weber's law. First, inspired by psychological Weber's law, intensity of local micropattern is defined by the ratio between two terms: one is relative intensity differences of a central pixel against its neighbors and the other is intensity of local central pixel. Second, regarding the intensity of local micropattern as its weight, the weighted LBP histogram is constructed with the defined weight. Finally, to make full use of the space location information and lessen the complexity of recognition, the partitioning and locality preserving projection are applied to get final features. The proposed method is tested on our infrared face databases and yields the recognition rate of 99.2% for same-session situation and 96.4% for elapsed-time situation compared to the 97.6 and 92.1% produced by the method based on traditional LBP.

  8. Morphology and Intrinsic Excitability of Regenerating Sensory and Motor Neurons Grown on a Line Micropattern

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    Benzina, Ouafa; Cloitre, Thierry; Martin, Marta; Raoul, Cédric; Gergely, Csilla; Scamps, Frédérique

    2014-01-01

    Axonal regeneration is one of the greatest challenges in severe injuries of peripheral nerve. To provide the bridge needed for regeneration, biological or synthetic tubular nerve constructs with aligned architecture have been developed. A key point for improving axonal regeneration is assessing the effects of substrate geometry on neuronal behavior. In the present study, we used an extracellular matrix-micropatterned substrate comprising 3 µm wide lines aimed to physically mimic the in vivo longitudinal axonal growth of mice peripheral sensory and motor neurons. Adult sensory neurons or embryonic motoneurons were seeded and processed for morphological and electrical activity analyses after two days in vitro. We show that micropattern-guided sensory neurons grow one or two axons without secondary branching. Motoneurons polarity was kept on micropattern with a long axon and small dendrites. The micro-patterned substrate maintains the growth promoting effects of conditioning injury and demonstrates, for the first time, that neurite initiation and extension could be differentially regulated by conditioning injury among DRG sensory neuron subpopulations. The micro-patterned substrate impacts the excitability of sensory neurons and promotes the apparition of firing action potentials characteristic for a subclass of mechanosensitive neurons. The line pattern is quite relevant for assessing the regenerative and developmental growth of sensory and motoneurons and offers a unique model for the analysis of the impact of geometry on the expression and the activity of mechanosensitive channels in DRG sensory neurons. PMID:25329060

  9. Chitooligomer-Immobilized Biointerfaces with Micropatterned Geometries for Unidirectional Alignment of Myoblast Cells.

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    Poosala, Pornthida; Kitaoka, Takuya

    2016-01-01

    Skeletal muscle possesses a robust capacity to regenerate functional architectures with a unidirectional orientation. In this study, we successfully arranged skeletal myoblast (C2C12) cells along micropatterned gold strips on which chitohexaose was deposited via a vectorial chain immobilization approach. Hexa-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (GlcNAc6) was site-selectively modified at its reducing end with thiosemicarbazide, then immobilized on a gold substrate in striped micropatterns via S-Au chemisorption. Gold micropatterns ranged from 100 to 1000 µm in width. Effects of patterning geometries on C2C12 cell alignment, morphology, and gene expression were investigated. Unidirectional alignment of C2C12 cells having GlcNAc6 receptors was clearly observed along the micropatterns. Decreasing striped pattern width increased cell attachment and proliferation, suggesting that the fixed GlcNAc6 and micropatterns impacted cell function. Possibly, interactions between nonreducing end groups of fixed GlcNAc6 and cell surface receptors initiated cellular alignment. Our technique for mimicking native tissue organization should advance applications in tissue engineering. PMID:26784249

  10. Chitooligomer-Immobilized Biointerfaces with Micropatterned Geometries for Unidirectional Alignment of Myoblast Cells

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    Poosala, Pornthida; Kitaoka, Takuya

    2016-01-01

    Skeletal muscle possesses a robust capacity to regenerate functional architectures with a unidirectional orientation. In this study, we successfully arranged skeletal myoblast (C2C12) cells along micropatterned gold strips on which chitohexaose was deposited via a vectorial chain immobilization approach. Hexa-N-acetyl-d-glucosamine (GlcNAc6) was site-selectively modified at its reducing end with thiosemicarbazide, then immobilized on a gold substrate in striped micropatterns via S–Au chemisorption. Gold micropatterns ranged from 100 to 1000 µm in width. Effects of patterning geometries on C2C12 cell alignment, morphology, and gene expression were investigated. Unidirectional alignment of C2C12 cells having GlcNAc6 receptors was clearly observed along the micropatterns. Decreasing striped pattern width increased cell attachment and proliferation, suggesting that the fixed GlcNAc6 and micropatterns impacted cell function. Possibly, interactions between nonreducing end groups of fixed GlcNAc6 and cell surface receptors initiated cellular alignment. Our technique for mimicking native tissue organization should advance applications in tissue engineering. PMID:26784249

  11. Micropattern printing of adhesion, spreading, and migration peptides on poly(tetrafluoroethylene) films to promote endothelialization.

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    Gauvreau, Virginie; Laroche, Gaétan

    2005-01-01

    We report here the development of an original multistep micropatterning technique for printing peptides on surfaces, based on the ink-jet printer technology. Contrary to most micropatterning methods used nowadays, this technique is advantageous because it allows displaying 2D-arrays of multiple biomolecules. Moreover, this low cost procedure allies the advantages of computer-aided design with high flexibility and reproducibility. A Hewlett-Packard printer was modified to print peptide solutions, and Adobe Illustrator was used as the graphic-editing software to design high-resolution checkerboard-like micropatterns. In a first step, PTFE films were treated with ammonia plasma to introduce amino groups on the surface. These chemical functionalities were reacted with heterobifunctional cross-linker sulfo-succinimidyl 4-(N-maleimidomethyl)cycloexane-1-carboxylate (S-SMCC) to allow the subsequent surface covalent conjugation of various cysteine-modified peptides to the polymer substrate. These peptidic molecules containing RGD and WQPPRARI sequences were selected for their adhesive, spreading, and migrational properties toward endothelial cells. On one hand, our data demonstrated that the initial cell adhesion does not depend on the chemical structure and combination of the peptides covalently bonded either through conventional conjugation or micropatterning. On the other hand, spreading and migration of endothelial cells is clearly enhanced while coconjugating the GRGDS peptide in conjunction with WQPPRARI. This behavior is further improved by micropatterning these peptides on specific areas of the polymer surface. PMID:16173784

  12. Jointed Holder For Welding Electrodes

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    Gilbert, Jeffrey L.

    1991-01-01

    Adjustable-angle holder enables use of standard straight electrode with custom-fabricated bent gas cup for welding in difficult-to-reach places. Electrode replaced easily, without removing cup, with aid of tool loosening miniature collet nut on holder. Consumes fewer electrodes for given amount of welding. Angle of holder continuously adjustable to fit angle of gas cup or geometry of part welded. Holder made double-jointed to accommodate gas cup having compound angles.

  13. Electrodynamic Arrays Having Nanomaterial Electrodes

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    Trigwell, Steven (Inventor); Biris, Alexandru S. (Inventor); Calle, Carlos I. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    An electrodynamic array of conductive nanomaterial electrodes and a method of making such an electrodynamic array. In one embodiment, a liquid solution containing nanomaterials is deposited as an array of conductive electrodes on a substrate, including rigid or flexible substrates such as fabrics, and opaque or transparent substrates. The nanomaterial electrodes may also be grown in situ. The nanomaterials may include carbon nanomaterials, other organic or inorganic nanomaterials or mixtures.

  14. Making EDM Electrodes By Stereolithography

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    Barlas, Philip A.

    1988-01-01

    Stereolithography is computer-aided manufacturing technique. Used to make models and molds of electrodes for electrical-discharge machining (EDM). Eliminates intermediate steps in fabrication of plastic model of object used in making EDM electrode to manufacture object or mold for object.

  15. Effect of micropatterned TiO2 nanotubes thin film on the deposition of endothelial extracellular matrix: For the purpose of enhancing surface biocompatibility.

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    Wu, Juejue; Li, Jingan; Wu, Feng; He, Zikun; Yang, Ping; Huang, Nan

    2015-01-01

    The vascular endothelial cells (EC) extracellular matrix (ECM) on the biomaterial surface can significantly improve the blood compatibility and cell compatibility of the cardiovascular materials. In the present study, two types of micropatterned TiO2 nanotubes surfaces (gronano and toponano) were fabricated on the titanium surface by photolithography and two-step anodizing technology, for the purpose of enhancing the deposition and loading ability of the EC ECM. The effect of the micropatterned nanotubes on EC ECM deposition and loading was investigated by qualitative and quantitative characterizations of type IV collagen (CoIV). The blood compatibility of the deposited ECM layers was evaluated by platelet adhesion and activation tests, and the endothelialization function of the deposited ECM layers was investigated by EC culture for 3 days. As a result, there was more CoIV on the toponano surface compared with the control. Meanwhile, the ECM loaded toponano (ECM/toponano) possessed better blood compatibility and better endothelialization than the control. This ECM loaded micro-/nanocomposite thin film was anticipated for the potential application of the surface modification of cardiovascular devices based on its excellent biocompatibility. PMID:26282700

  16. Engineering connectivity by multiscale micropatterning of individual populations of neurons.

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    Albers, Jonas; Toma, Koji; Offenhäusser, Andreas

    2015-02-01

    Functional networks are the basis of information processing in the central nervous system. Essential for their formation are guided neuronal growth as well as controlled connectivity and information flow. The basis of neuronal development is generated by guiding cues and geometric constraints. To investigate the neuronal growth and connectivity of adjacent neuronal networks, two-dimensional protein patterns were created. A mixture of poly-L-lysine and laminin was transferred onto a silanized glass surface by microcontact printing. The structures were populated with dissociated primary cortical embryonic rat neurons. Triangular structures with diverse opening angles, height, and design were chosen as two-dimensional structures to allow network formation with constricted gateways. Neuronal development was observed by immunohistochemistry to pursue the influence of the chosen structures on the neuronal outgrowth. Neurons were stained for MAP2, while poly-L-lysine was FITC labeled. With this study we present an easy-to-use technique to engineer two-dimensional networks in vitro with defined gateways. The presented micropatterning method is used to generate daisy-chained neuronal networks with predefined connectivity. Signal propagation among geometrically constrained networks can easily be monitored by calcium-sensitive dyes, providing insights into network communication in vitro. PMID:25512037

  17. Micropatterned composite membranes of polymerized and fluid lipid bilayers.

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    Morigaki, Kenichi; Kiyosue, Kazuyuki; Taguchi, Takahisa

    2004-08-31

    Micropatterned composite membranes of polymerized and fluid lipid bilayers were constructed on solid substrates. Lithographic photopolymerization of a diacetylene-containing phospholipid, 1,2-bis(10,12-tricosadiynoyl)-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DiynePC), and subsequent removal of nonreacted monomers by a detergent solution (0.1 M sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)) yielded a patterned polymeric bilayer matrix on the substrate. Fluid lipid bilayers of phosphatidylcholine from egg yolk (egg-PC) were incorporated into the lipid-free wells surrounded by the polymeric bilayers through the process of fusion and reorganization of suspended small unilamellar vesicles. Spatial distribution of the fluid bilayers in the patterned bilayer depended on the degree of photopolymerization that in turn could be modulated by varying the applied UV irradiation dose. The polymeric bilayer domains blocked lateral diffusion of the fluid lipid bilayers and confined them in the defined areas (corrals), if the polymerization was conducted with a sufficiently large UV dose. On the other hand, lipid molecules of the fluid bilayers penetrated into the polymeric bilayer domains, if the UV dose was relatively small. A direct correlation was observed between the applied UV dose and the lateral diffusion coefficient of fluorescent marker molecules in the fluid bilayers embedded within the polymeric bilayer domains. Artificial control of lateral diffusion by polymeric bilayers may lead to the creation of complex and versatile biomimetic model membrane arrays. PMID:15323525

  18. Signal Propagation between Neuronal Populations Controlled by Micropatterning

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    Albers, Jonas; Offenhäusser, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    The central nervous system consists of an unfathomable number of functional networks enabling highly sophisticated information processing. Guided neuronal growth with a well-defined connectivity and accompanying polarity is essential for the formation of these networks. To investigate how two-dimensional protein patterns influence neuronal outgrowth with respect to connectivity and functional polarity between adjacent populations of neurons, a microstructured model system was established. Exclusive cell growth on patterned substrates was achieved by transferring a mixture of poly-l-lysine and laminin to a cell-repellent glass surface by microcontact printing. Triangular structures with different opening angle, height, and width were chosen as a pattern to achieve network formation with defined behavior at the junction of adjacent structures. These patterns were populated with dissociated primary cortical embryonic rat neurons and investigated with respect to their impact on neuronal outgrowth by immunofluorescence analysis, as well as their functional connectivity by calcium imaging. Here, we present a highly reproducible technique to devise neuronal networks in vitro with a predefined connectivity induced by the design of the gateway. Daisy-chained neuronal networks with predefined connectivity and functional polarity were produced using the presented micropatterning method. Controlling the direction of signal propagation among populations of neurons provides insights to network communication and offers the chance to investigate more about learning processes in networks by external manipulation of cells and signal cascades. PMID:27379230

  19. Signal Propagation between Neuronal Populations Controlled by Micropatterning.

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    Albers, Jonas; Offenhäusser, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    The central nervous system consists of an unfathomable number of functional networks enabling highly sophisticated information processing. Guided neuronal growth with a well-defined connectivity and accompanying polarity is essential for the formation of these networks. To investigate how two-dimensional protein patterns influence neuronal outgrowth with respect to connectivity and functional polarity between adjacent populations of neurons, a microstructured model system was established. Exclusive cell growth on patterned substrates was achieved by transferring a mixture of poly-l-lysine and laminin to a cell-repellent glass surface by microcontact printing. Triangular structures with different opening angle, height, and width were chosen as a pattern to achieve network formation with defined behavior at the junction of adjacent structures. These patterns were populated with dissociated primary cortical embryonic rat neurons and investigated with respect to their impact on neuronal outgrowth by immunofluorescence analysis, as well as their functional connectivity by calcium imaging. Here, we present a highly reproducible technique to devise neuronal networks in vitro with a predefined connectivity induced by the design of the gateway. Daisy-chained neuronal networks with predefined connectivity and functional polarity were produced using the presented micropatterning method. Controlling the direction of signal propagation among populations of neurons provides insights to network communication and offers the chance to investigate more about learning processes in networks by external manipulation of cells and signal cascades. PMID:27379230

  20. Optimizing micropattern geometries for cell shape and migration with genetic algorithms.

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    Albert, Philipp J; Schwarz, Ulrich S

    2016-07-11

    Adhesive micropatterns have become a standard tool to control cell shape and function in cell culture. However, the variety of possible patterns is infinitely large and experiments often restrict themselves to established designs. Here we suggest a systematic method to establish novel micropatterns for desired functions using genetic algorithms. The evolutionary fitness of a certain pattern is computed using a cellular Potts model that describes cell behavior on micropattern. We first predict optimal patterns for a desired cell shape. We then optimize ratchet geometries to bias cell migration in a certain direction and find that asymmetric triangles are superior over the symmetric ones often used in experiments. Finally we design geometries which reverse the migration direction of cells when cell density increases due to cell division. PMID:27334659

  1. Transformation of medical grade silicone rubber under Nd:YAG and excimer laser irradiation: First step towards a new miniaturized nerve electrode fabrication process

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    Dupas-Bruzek, C.; Robbe, O.; Addad, A.; Turrell, S.; Derozier, D.

    2009-08-01

    Medical grade silicone rubber, poly-dimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is a widely used biomaterial. Like for many polymers, its surface can be modified in order to change one or several of its properties which further allow this surface to be functionalized. Laser-induced surface modification of PDMS under ambient conditions is an easy and powerful method for the surface modification of PDMS without altering its bulk properties. In particular, we profit from both UV laser inducing surface modification and of UV laser micromachining to develop a first part of a new process aiming at increasing the number of contacts and tracks within the same electrode surface to improve the nerve selectivity of implantable self sizing spiral cuff electrodes. The second and last part of the process is to further immerse the engraved electrode in an autocatalytic Pt bath leading in a selective Pt metallization of the laser irradiated tracks and contacts and thus to a functionalized PDMS surface. In the present work, we describe the different physical and chemical transformations of a medical grade PDMS as a function of the UV laser and of the irradiation conditions used. We show that the ablation depths, chemical composition, structure and morphology vary with (i) the laser wavelength (using an excimer laser at 248 nm and a frequency-quadrupled Nd:YAG laser at 266 nm), (ii) the conditions of irradiation and (iii) the pulse duration. These different modified properties are expected to have a strong influence on the nucleation and growth rates of platinum which govern the adhesion and the thickness of the Pt layer on the electrodes and thus the DC resistance of tracks.

  2. A practical guide for the fabrication of microfluidic devices using glass and silicon

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    Iliescu, Ciprian; Taylor, Hayden; Avram, Marioara; Miao, Jianmin; Franssila, Sami

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes the main protocols that are used for fabricating microfluidic devices from glass and silicon. Methods for micropatterning glass and silicon are surveyed, and their limitations are discussed. Bonding methods that can be used for joining these materials are summarized and key process parameters are indicated. The paper also outlines techniques for forming electrical connections between microfluidic devices and external circuits. A framework is proposed for the synthesis of a complete glass/silicon device fabrication flow. PMID:22662101

  3. Continuity and Performance in Composite Electrodes

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    Chen, Guoying; Richardson, Thomas J.

    2009-12-23

    It is shown that the rate performance of a lithium battery composite electrode may be compromised by poor internal connectivity due to defects and inhomogeneities introduced during electrode fabrication or subsequent handling. Application of a thin conductive coating to the top surface of the electrode or to the separator surface in contact with the electrode improves the performance by providing alternative current paths to partially isolated particles of electroactive material. Mechanistic implications are discussed and strategies for improvement in electrode design and fabrication are presented.

  4. Fabrication of high performance flexible micro-supercapacitor arrays with hybrid electrodes of MWNT/V2O5 nanowires integrated with a SnO2 nanowire UV sensor

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    Kim, Daeil; Yun, Junyeong; Lee, Geumbee; Ha, Jeong Sook

    2014-09-01

    We report on the on-chip fabrication of high performance flexible micro-supercapacitor (MSC) arrays with hybrid electrodes of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT)/V2O5 nanowire (NW) composites and a solid electrolyte, which could power the SnO2 NW UV sensor integrated on the same flexible substrate. The patterned MSC using hybrid electrodes of MWNT/V2O5 NW composites with 10 vol% of V2O5 NWs exhibited excellent electrochemical performance with a high volume capacitance of 80 F cm-3 at a scan rate of 10 mV s-1 in a PVA-LiCl electrolyte and good cycle performance to maintain 82% of the capacitance after 10 000 cycles at a current density of 11.6 A cm-3. The patterned MSC also showed an excellent energy density of 6.8 mW h cm-3, comparable to that of a Li-thin film battery (1-10 mW h cm-3), and a power density of 80.8 W cm-3 comparable to that of state-of-the-art MSCs. In addition, the flexible MSC array on a PET substrate showed mechanical stability over bending with a bending radius down to 1.5 mm under both compressive and tensile stress. Even after 1000 bending cycles at a bending radius of 7 mm, 94% of the initial capacitance was maintained. Furthermore, we have shown the operation of a SnO2 NW UV sensor using such a fabricated MSC array integrated into the same circuit on the PET substrate.We report on the on-chip fabrication of high performance flexible micro-supercapacitor (MSC) arrays with hybrid electrodes of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT)/V2O5 nanowire (NW) composites and a solid electrolyte, which could power the SnO2 NW UV sensor integrated on the same flexible substrate. The patterned MSC using hybrid electrodes of MWNT/V2O5 NW composites with 10 vol% of V2O5 NWs exhibited excellent electrochemical performance with a high volume capacitance of 80 F cm-3 at a scan rate of 10 mV s-1 in a PVA-LiCl electrolyte and good cycle performance to maintain 82% of the capacitance after 10 000 cycles at a current density of 11.6 A cm-3. The patterned MSC also

  5. 3D Printing of Micropatterned Anion Exchange Membranes.

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    Seo, Jiho; Kushner, Douglas I; Hickner, Michael A

    2016-07-01

    Micropatterned anion exchange membranes (AEMs) have been 3D printed via a photoinitiated free radical polymerization and quaternization process. The photocurable formulation, consisting of diurethane dimethacrylate (DUDA), poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA), dipentaerythritol penta-/hexa- acrylate, and 4-vinylbenzyl chloride (VBC), was directly cured into patterned films using a custom 3D photolithographic printing process similar to stereolithography. Measurements of water uptake, permselectivity, and ionic resistance were conducted on the quaternized poly(DUDA-co-PEGDA-co-VBC) sample series to determine their suitability as ion exchange membranes. The water uptake of the polymers increased as the ion exchange capacity (IEC) increased due to greater quaternized VBC content. Samples with IEC values between 0.98 to 1.63 mequiv/g were synthesized by varying the VBC content from 15 to 25 wt %. The water uptake was sensitive to the PEGDA content in the network resulting in water uptake values ranging from 85 to 410 wt % by varying the PEGDA fractions from 0 to 60 wt %. The permselectivity of the AEM samples decreased from 0.91 (168 wt %, 1.63 mequiv/g) to 0.85 (410 wt %, 1.63 mequiv/g) with increasing water uptake and to 0.88 (162 wt %, 0.98 mequiv/g) with decreasing IEC. Permselectivity results were relatively consistent with the general understanding of the correlation between permselectivity, water uptake, and ion content of the membrane. Lastly, it was revealed that the ionic resistance of patterned membranes was lower than that of flat membranes with the same material volume or equivalent thickness. A parallel resistance model was used to explain the influence of patterning on the overall measured ionic resistance. This model may provide a way to maximize ion exchange membrane performance by optimizing surface patterns without chemical modification to the membrane. PMID:27218137

  6. Nano-level monitoring of Yb(III) by fabrication of coated graphite electrode based on newly synthesized hexaaza macrocyclic ligand.

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    Singh, Ashok K; Singh, Prerna

    2009-06-01

    The two macrocyclic ligands 2,12-(2-methoxyaniline)2-4,14-Me2-[20]-1,4,11,14-tetraene-1,5,8,11,15,18-N6 (L1) and 2,12-(2-methoxyaniline)(2)-4,14-Me2-8,18-dimethylacrylate-[20]-1,4,11,14-tetraene-1,5,8,11,15,18-N6 (L2) have been synthesized and explored as neutral ionophores for preparing poly(vinylchloride) (PVC) based membrane sensors selective to Yb(III) ions. Effects of various plasticizers and anion excluders were studied in detail and improved performance was observed. The best performance was obtained for the membrane sensor having a composition of L2:PVC:BA:NaTPB in the ratio of 5: 40: 52: 3 (w/w; mg). The performance of the membrane based on L2 was compared with polymeric membrane electrode (PME) as well as with coated graphite electrode (CGE). The electrodes exhibit Nernstian slope for Yb3+ ions with limits of detection of 4.3 x 10(-8) M for PME and 5.8 x 10(-9) M for CGE. The response time for PME and CGE was found to be 10 s and 8 s, respectively. The potentiometric responses are independent of the pH of the test solution in the pH range 3.0-8.0 for PME and 2.5-8.5 for CGE. The CGE has found to work satisfactorily in partially non-aqueous media upto 30% (v/v) content of methanol, ethanol and 20% (v/v) content of acetonitrile and could be used for a period of 5 months. The CGE was used as indicator electrode in the potentiometric titration of Yb3+ ions with EDTA and in determination of fluoride ions in mouthwash samples. It can be used for determination of sulfite in red and white wine samples and also in determination of Yb3+ in various binary mixtures with quantitative results. PMID:19446066

  7. Coated carbon nanotube array electrodes

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    Ren, Zhifeng; Wen, Jian; Chen, Jinghua; Huang, Zhongping; Wang, Dezhi

    2008-10-28

    The present invention provides conductive carbon nanotube (CNT) electrode materials comprising aligned CNT substrates coated with an electrically conducting polymer, and the fabrication of electrodes for use in high performance electrical energy storage devices. In particular, the present invention provides conductive CNTs electrode material whose electrical properties render them especially suitable for use in high efficiency rechargeable batteries. The present invention also provides methods for obtaining surface modified conductive CNT electrode materials comprising an array of individual linear, aligned CNTs having a uniform surface coating of an electrically conductive polymer such as polypyrrole, and their use in electrical energy storage devices.

  8. Coated carbon nanotube array electrodes

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    Ren, Zhifeng; Wen, Jian; Chen, Jinghua; Huang, Zhongping; Wang, Dezhi

    2006-12-12

    The present invention provides conductive carbon nanotube (CNT) electrode materials comprising aligned CNT substrates coated with an electrically conducting polymer, and the fabrication of electrodes for use in high performance electrical energy storage devices. In particular, the present invention provides conductive CNTs electrode material whose electrical properties render them especially suitable for use in high efficiency rechargeable batteries. The present invention also provides methods for obtaining surface modified conductive CNT electrode materials comprising an array of individual linear, aligned CNTs having a uniform surface coating of an electrically conductive polymer such as polypyrrole, and their use in electrical energy storage devices.

  9. Fabrication of high performance flexible micro-supercapacitor arrays with hybrid electrodes of MWNT/V2O5 nanowires integrated with a SnO2 nanowire UV sensor.

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    Kim, Daeil; Yun, Junyeong; Lee, Geumbee; Ha, Jeong Sook

    2014-10-21

    We report on the on-chip fabrication of high performance flexible micro-supercapacitor (MSC) arrays with hybrid electrodes of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT)/V2O5 nanowire (NW) composites and a solid electrolyte, which could power the SnO2 NW UV sensor integrated on the same flexible substrate. The patterned MSC using hybrid electrodes of MWNT/V2O5 NW composites with 10 vol% of V2O5 NWs exhibited excellent electrochemical performance with a high volume capacitance of 80 F cm(-3) at a scan rate of 10 mV s(-1) in a PVA-LiCl electrolyte and good cycle performance to maintain 82% of the capacitance after 10,000 cycles at a current density of 11.6 A cm(-3). The patterned MSC also showed an excellent energy density of 6.8 mW h cm(-3), comparable to that of a Li-thin film battery (1-10 mW h cm(-3)), and a power density of 80.8 W cm(-3) comparable to that of state-of-the-art MSCs. In addition, the flexible MSC array on a PET substrate showed mechanical stability over bending with a bending radius down to 1.5 mm under both compressive and tensile stress. Even after 1000 bending cycles at a bending radius of 7 mm, 94% of the initial capacitance was maintained. Furthermore, we have shown the operation of a SnO2 NW UV sensor using such a fabricated MSC array integrated into the same circuit on the PET substrate. PMID:25184811

  10. Fabrication and characterization of TiO2-NTs based hollow carbon fibers/carbon film composite electrode with NiOx decorated for capacitive application

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    Wei, Kajia; Wang, Yi; Han, Weiqing; Li, Jiansheng; Sun, Xiuyun; Shen, Jinyou; Wang, Lianjun

    2016-06-01

    This work designs a novel structure of TiO2 nanotubes (TiO2-NTs) based hollow carbon nanofibers (HCFs)/carbon film (CF) composite electrode with NiOx decorated for capacitive deionization application. The TiO2-NTs array is obtained through anode oxidation method on the titanium substrate, while the HCFs/CF is synthesized by thermal decomposition of a mixture of C6H12O6 and Ni(CH3COO)2·4H2O inside the nanochannels and over the caps of TiO2-NTs array, then followed by carbonization and HNO3 activation. The nickel possesses multi-functional effects during the synthesis process as carbon catalyst (Ni(II)), molecule binder (NiTi) and pseudo-capacitance supplier (NiOx). FE-SEM, XRD, Raman spectroscopy and water contact angle measurement reveal a uniform carbon distribution, favorable nickel dispersion, high stability and ideal hydrophilicity for this structure. With the addition of C6H12O6 and Ni(Ac)2·4H2O controlled at 10% (wt) and 2% (wt), respectively, a composite electrode with specific capacitance of 244.9 F·g-1, high oxygen evolution potential of 2.15 V and low water contact angle of 41.77° is obtained as well as minimum polarization impedance and efficient capacitive ability, which exhibits promising applications for practical employment.

  11. One-Step Fabrication of a Multifunctional Magnetic Nickel Ferrite/Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes Nanohybrid-Modified Electrode for the Determination of Benomyl in Food.

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    Wang, Qiong; Yang, Jichun; Dong, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Lei

    2015-05-20

    Benomyl, as one kind of agricultural pesticide, has adverse impact on human health and the environment. It is urgent to develop effective and rapid methods for quantitative determination of benomyl. A simple and sensitive electroanalytical method for determination of benomyl using a magnetic nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4)/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) nanohybrid-modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was presented. The electrocatalytic properties and electroanalysis of benomyl on the modified electrode were investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). In the phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) of pH 6.0, this constructed biosensor exhibited two linear relationships with the benomyl concentration range from 1.00 × 10(-7) to 5.00 × 10(-7) mol/L and from 5.00 × 10(-7) to 1.00 × 10(-5) mol/L, respectively. The detection limit was 2.51 × 10(-8) mol/L (S/N = 3). Moreover, the proposed method was successfully applied to determine benomyl in real samples with satisfactory results. The NiFe2O4/MWCNTs/GCE showed good reproducibility and stability, excellent catalytic activity, and anti-interference. PMID:25947038

  12. Weld electrode cooling study

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    Masters, Robert C.; Simon, Daniel L.

    1999-03-01

    The U.S. auto/truck industry has been mandated by the Federal government to continuously improve their fleet average gas mileage, measured in miles per gallon. Several techniques are typically used to meet these mandates, one of which is to reduce the overall mass of cars and trucks. To help accomplish this goal, lighter weight sheet metal parts, with smaller weld flanges, have been designed and fabricated. This paper will examine the cooling characteristics of various water cooled weld electrodes and shanks used in resistance spot welding applications. The smaller weld flanges utilized in modern vehicle sheet metal fabrications have increased industry's interest in using one size of weld electrode (1/2 inch diameter) for certain spot welding operations. The welding community wants more data about the cooling characteristics of these 1/2 inch weld electrodes. To hep define the cooling characteristics, an infrared radiometer thermal vision system (TVS) was used to capture images (thermograms) of the heating and cooling cycles of several size combinations of weld electrodes under typical production conditions. Tests results will show why the open ended shanks are more suitable for cooling the weld electrode assembly then closed ended shanks.

  13. Micropatterned mammalian cells exhibit phenotype-specific left-right asymmetry

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    Wan, Leo Q.; Ronaldson, Kacey; Park, Miri; Taylor, Grace; Zhang, Yue; Gimble, Jeffrey M.; Vunjak-Novakovic, Gordana

    2011-01-01

    Left-right (LR) asymmetry (handedness, chirality) is a well-conserved biological property of critical importance to normal development. Changes in orientation of the LR axis due to genetic or environmental factors can lead to malformations and disease. While the LR asymmetry of organs and whole organisms has been extensively studied, little is known about the LR asymmetry at cellular and multicellular levels. Here we show that the cultivation of cell populations on micropatterns with defined boundaries reveals intrinsic cell chirality that can be readily determined by image analysis of cell alignment and directional motion. By patterning 11 different types of cells on ring-shaped micropatterns of various sizes, we found that each cell type exhibited definite LR asymmetry (p value down to 10-185) that was different between normal and cancer cells of the same type, and not dependent on surface chemistry, protein coating, or the orientation of the gravitational field. Interestingly, drugs interfering with actin but not microtubule function reversed the LR asymmetry in some cell types. Our results show that micropatterned cell populations exhibit phenotype-specific LR asymmetry that is dependent on the functionality of the actin cytoskeleton. We propose that micropatterning could potentially be used as an effective in vitro tool to study the initiation of LR asymmetry in cell populations, to diagnose disease, and to study factors involved with birth defects in laterality. PMID:21709270

  14. Live cell micropatterning reveals the dynamics of signaling complexes at the plasma membrane.

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    Löchte, Sara; Waichman, Sharon; Beutel, Oliver; You, Changjiang; Piehler, Jacob

    2014-11-10

    Interactions of proteins in the plasma membrane are notoriously challenging to study under physiological conditions. We report in this paper a generic approach for spatial organization of plasma membrane proteins into micropatterns as a tool for visualizing and quantifying interactions with extracellular, intracellular, and transmembrane proteins in live cells. Based on a protein-repellent poly(ethylene glycol) polymer brush, micropatterned surface functionalization with the HaloTag ligand for capturing HaloTag fusion proteins and RGD peptides promoting cell adhesion was devised. Efficient micropatterning of the type I interferon (IFN) receptor subunit IFNAR2 fused to the HaloTag was achieved, and highly specific IFN binding to the receptor was detected. The dynamics of this interaction could be quantified on the single molecule level, and IFN-induced receptor dimerization in micropatterns could be monitored. Assembly of active signaling complexes was confirmed by immunostaining of phosphorylated Janus family kinases, and the interaction dynamics of cytosolic effector proteins recruited to the receptor complex were unambiguously quantified by fluorescence recovery after photobleaching. PMID:25385185

  15. Dynamic 3D micropatterned cell co-cultures within photocurable and chemically degradable hydrogels

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    Sugiura, Shinji; Cha, Jae Min; Yanagawa, Fumiki; Zorlutuna, Pinar; Bae, Hojae; Khademhosseini, Ali

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we report on the development of dynamically controlled 3D micropatterned cellular co-cultures within photocurable and chemically degradable hydrogels. Specifically, we generated dynamic co-cultures of micropatterned murine embryonic stem (mES) cells with human hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) cells within 3D hydrogels. HepG2 cells were used due to their ability to direct the differentiation of mES cells through secreted paracrine factors. To generate dynamic co-cultures, mES cells were first encapsulated within micropatterned photocurable poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels. These micropatterned cell-laden PEG hydrogels were subsequently surrounded by calcium alginate (Ca-Alg) hydrogels containing HepG2 cells. After 4 days, the co-culture step was halted by exposing the system to sodium citrate solution, which removed the alginate gels and the encapsulated HepG2 cells. The encapsulated mES cells were then maintained in the resulting cultures for 16 days and cardiac differentiation was analyzed. We observed that the mES cells that were exposed to HepG2 cells in the co-cultures, generated cells with higher expression of cardiac genes and proteins as well as increased spontaneous beating. Due to its ability to control the 3D microenvironment of cells in a spatially and temporally regulated manner the method presented in this study is useful for a range of cell culture applications related to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. PMID:24170301

  16. Micropatterning control of tubular commitment in human adult renal stem cells.

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    Sciancalepore, Anna G; Portone, Alberto; Moffa, Maria; Persano, Luana; De Luca, Maria; Paiano, Aurora; Sallustio, Fabio; Schena, Francesco P; Bucci, Cecilia; Pisignano, Dario

    2016-07-01

    The treatment of renal injury by autologous, patient-specific adult stem cells is still an unmet need. Unsolved issues remain the spatial integration of stem cells into damaged areas of the organ, the commitment in the required cell type and the development of improved bioengineered devices. In this respect, biomaterials and architectures have to be specialized to control stem cell differentiation. Here, we perform an extensive study on micropatterned extracellular matrix proteins, which constitute a simple and non-invasive approach to drive the differentiation of adult renal progenitor/stem cells (ARPCs) from human donors. ARPCs are interfaced with fibronectin (FN) micropatterns, in the absence of exogenous chemicals or cellular reprogramming. We obtain the differentiation towards tubular cells of ARPCs cultured in basal medium conditions, the tubular commitment thus being specifically induced by micropatterned substrates. We characterize the stability of the tubular differentiation as well as the induction of a polarized phenotype in micropatterned ARPCs. Thus, the developed cues, driving the functional commitment of ARPCs, offer a route to recreate the microenvironment of the stem cell niche in vitro, that may serve, in perspective, for the development of ARPC-based bioengineered devices. PMID:27105437

  17. Curved and folded micropatterns in 3D cell culture and tissue engineering.

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    Yilmaz, Cem Onat; Xu, Zinnia S; Gracias, David H

    2014-01-01

    Cells live in a highly curved and folded micropatterned environment within the human body. Hence, there is a need to develop engineering paradigms to replicate these microenvironments in order to investigate the behavior of cells in vitro, as well as to develop bioartificial organs for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In this chapter, we first motivate the need for such micropatterns based on anatomical considerations and then survey methods that can be utilized to generate curved and folded micropatterns of relevance to 3D cell culture and tissue engineering. The methods surveyed can broadly be divided into two classes: top-down approaches inspired by conventional 2D microfabrication and bottom-up approaches most notably in the self-assembly of thin patterned films. These methods provide proof of concept that the high resolution, precise and reproducible patterning of cell and matrix microenvironments in anatomically relevant curved and folded geometries is possible. A specific protocol is presented to create curved and folded hydrogel micropatterns. PMID:24560507

  18. Dynamics of Cell Shape and Forces on Micropatterned Substrates Predicted by a Cellular Potts Model

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    Albert, Philipp J.; Schwarz, Ulrich S.

    2014-01-01

    Micropatterned substrates are often used to standardize cell experiments and to quantitatively study the relation between cell shape and function. Moreover, they are increasingly used in combination with traction force microscopy on soft elastic substrates. To predict the dynamics and steady states of cell shape and forces without any a priori knowledge of how the cell will spread on a given micropattern, here we extend earlier formulations of the two-dimensional cellular Potts model. The third dimension is treated as an area reservoir for spreading. To account for local contour reinforcement by peripheral bundles, we augment the cellular Potts model by elements of the tension-elasticity model. We first parameterize our model and show that it accounts for momentum conservation. We then demonstrate that it is in good agreement with experimental data for shape, spreading dynamics, and traction force patterns of cells on micropatterned substrates. We finally predict shapes and forces for micropatterns that have not yet been experimentally studied. PMID:24896113

  19. MAPLE deposition of 3D micropatterned polymeric substrates for cell culture

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    Paun, Irina Alexandra; Mihailescu, Mona; Calenic, Bogdan; Luculescu, Catalin Romeo; Greabu, Maria; Dinescu, Maria

    2013-08-01

    3D micropatterned poly(lactide-co-glycolide)/polyurethane (PLGA/PU) substrates were produced by MAPLE deposition through masks and used for regulating the behavior of oral keratinocyte stem cells in response to topography. Flat PLGA/PU substrates were produced for comparison. 3D imaging of the PLGA/PU substrates and of the cultured cells was performed by Digital Holographic Microscopy. The micropatterns were in the shape of squares of 50 × 50 and 80 × 80 μm2 areas, ~1.8 μm in height and separated by 20 μm wide channels. It was found that substrate topography guided the adhesion of the cultured cells: on the smooth substrates the cells adhered randomly and showed no preferred orientation; in contrast, on the micropatterned substrates the cells adhered preferentially onto the squares and not in the separating channels. Furthermore, key properties of the cells (size, viability, proliferation rate and stem cell marker expression) did not show any dependence on substrate topography. The size of the cultured cells, their viability, the proportions of actively/slow proliferating cells, as well as the stem cell markers expressions, were similar for both flat and micropatterned substrates. Finally, it was found that the cells cultured on the PLGA/PU substrates deposited by MAPLE exhibited similar properties as the controls (i.e. cells cultured on glass slides), indicating the capability of the former to preserve the properties of the keratinocyte stem cells.

  20. Electrode compositions

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    Block, J.; Fan, X.

    1998-10-27

    An electrode composition is described for use as an electrode in a non-aqueous battery system. The electrode composition contains an electrically active powder in a solid polymer and, as a dispersant, a C{sub 8}-C{sub 15} alkyl capped oligomer of a hexanoic acid that is electrochemically inert at 2.5--4.5 volts.

  1. Electrode compositions

    DOEpatents

    Block, Jacob; Fan, Xiyun

    1998-01-01

    An electrode composition for use as an electrode in a non-aqueous battery system. The electrode composition contains an electrically active powder in a solid polymer and, as a dispersant, a C.sub.8 -C.sub.15 alkyl capped oligomer of a hexanoic acid that is electrochemically inert at 2.5-4.5 volts.

  2. Fabrication and initial testing of the μDBS: a novel Deep Brain Stimulation electrode with thousands of individually controllable contacts.

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    Willsie, Andrew; Dorval, Alan

    2015-01-01

    High frequency electrical stimulation of deep brain structures such as the subthalamic nucleus in Parkinson's disease or thalamus for essential tremor is used clinically to reduce symptom severity. Deep brain stimulation activates neurons in specific brain structures and connection pathways, overriding aberrant neural activity associated with symptoms. While optimal deep brain stimulation might activate a particular neural structure precisely, existing deep brain stimulation can only generate roughly-spherical regions of activation that do not overlap with any target anatomy. Additionally, side effects linked to stimulation may be the result of limited control over placement of stimulation and its subsequent spread out of optimal target boundaries. We propose a novel lead with thousands of individually controllable contacts capable of asymmetric stimulation profiles. Here we outline the design motivation, manufacturing process, and initial testing of this new electrode design, placing it on track for further directional stimulation studies. PMID:25981752

  3. Direct and dry micro-patterning of nano-particles by electrospray deposition through a micro-stencil mask

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    Kim, J.-W.; Yamagata, Y.; Kim, B. J.; Higuchi, T.

    2009-02-01

    A new micro-pattern formation method for thin films of organic or bio-macromolecules is proposed. The method combines an electrospray deposition process with a micro-fabricated stencil mask made of a silicon nitride membrane. The highest resolution of 2 µm line and space is possible using 50 nm fluorescent latex beads. The deposited nano-structure consists of clusters of particles ranging from 100 to 200 nm, which indicates that nanometer resolution is potentially achievable. The surface roughness of the deposit is about 3.6 nm on average, and thickness uniformity is about 10 nm with 76 nm film thickness over 72 µm. Size uniformity of the 5 µm dots reaches 5.2% in the coefficient of variation (CV) value. These results indicate that the resolution and uniformity of the proposed method are high. In addition, the charged particles on the micro stencil mask of electrical insulation are proved to induce a focusing effect, which suggests that the size of the deposited pattern can be smaller than the mask aperture size.

  4. Magnetohydrodynamic electrode

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    Boquist, Carl W.; Marchant, David D.

    1978-01-01

    A ceramic-metal composite suitable for use in a high-temperature environment consists of a refractory ceramic matrix containing 10 to 50 volume percent of a continuous high-temperature metal reinforcement. In a specific application of the composite, as an electrode in a magnetohydrodynamic generator, the one surface of the electrode which contacts the MHD fluid may have a layer of varying thickness of nonreinforced refractory ceramic for electrode temperature control. The side walls of the electrode may be coated with a refractory ceramic insulator. Also described is an electrode-insulator system for a MHD channel.

  5. In vivo electrode implanting system

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    Collins, Jr., Earl R. (Inventor)

    1989-01-01

    A cylindrical intramuscular implantable electrode is provided with a strip of fabric secured around it. The fabric is woven from a polyester fiber having loops of the fiber protruding. The end of the main cylindrical body is provided with a blunt conductive nose, and the opposite end is provided with a smaller diameter rear section with an annular groove to receive tips of fingers extending from a release tube. The fingers are formed to spring outwardly and move the fingertips out of the annular groove in order to release the electrode from the release tube when a sheath over the electrode is drawn back sufficiently. The sheath compresses the fingers of the release tube and the fabric loops until it is drawn back. Muscle tissue grows into the loops to secure the electrode in place after the sheath is drawn back. The entire assembly of electrode, release tube and sheath can be inserted into the patient's muscle to the desired position through a hypodermic needle. The release tube may be used to manipulate the electrode in the patient's muscle to an optimum position before the electrode is released.

  6. Working Electrodes

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    Komorsky-Lovrić, Šebojka

    In electrochemistry an electrode is an electronic conductor in contact with an ionic conductor. The electronic conductor can be a metal, or a semiconductor, or a mixed electronic and ionic conductor. The ionic conductor is usually an electrolyte solution; however, solid electrolytes and ionic melts can be used as well. The term "electrode" is also used in a technical sense, meaning the electronic conductor only. If not specified otherwise, this meaning of the term "electrode" is the subject of the present chapter. In the simplest case the electrode is a metallic conductor immersed in an electrolyte solution. At the surface of the electrode, dissolved electroactive ions change their charges by exchanging one or more electrons with the conductor. In this electrochemical reaction both the reduced and oxidized ions remain in solution, while the conductor is chemically inert and serves only as a source and sink of electrons. The technical term "electrode" usually also includes all mechanical parts supporting the conductor (e.g., a rotating disk electrode or a static mercury drop electrode). Furthermore, it includes all chemical and physical modifications of the conductor, or its surface (e.g., a mercury film electrode, an enzyme electrode, and a carbon paste electrode). However, this term does not cover the electrolyte solution and the ionic part of a double layer at the electrode/solution interface. Ion-selective electrodes, which are used in potentiometry, will not be considered in this chapter. Theoretical and practical aspects of electrodes are covered in various books and reviews [1-9].

  7. Surface modification of polydimethylsiloxane with photo-grafted poly(ethylene glycol) for micropatterned protein adsorption and cell adhesion.

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    Sugiura, Shinji; Edahiro, Jun-ichi; Sumaru, Kimio; Kanamori, Toshiyuki

    2008-06-01

    In this study, we applied photo-induced graft polymerization to micropatterned surface modification of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) with poly(ethylene glycol). Two types of monomers, polyethylene glycol monoacrylate (PEGMA) and polyethylene glycol diacrylate (PEGDA), were tested for surface modification of PDMS. Changes in the surface hydrophilicity and surface element composition were characterized by contact angle measurement and electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis. The PEGMA-grafted PDMS surfaces gradually lost their hydrophilicity within two weeks. In contrast, the PEGDA-grafted PDMS surface maintained stable hydrophilic characteristics for more than two months. Micropatterned protein adsorption and micropatterned cell adhesion were successfully demonstrated using PEGDA-micropatterned PDMS surfaces, which were prepared by photo-induced graft polymerization using photomasks. The PEGDA-grafted PDMS exhibited useful characteristics for microfluidic devices (e.g. hydrophilicity, low protein adsorption, and low cell attachment). The technique presented in this study will be useful for surface modification of various research tools and devices. PMID:18242961

  8. Graphene-based electrodes.

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    Huang, Xiao; Zeng, Zhiyuan; Fan, Zhanxi; Liu, Juqing; Zhang, Hua

    2012-11-27

    Graphene, the thinnest two dimensional carbon material, has become the subject of intensive investigation in various research fields because of its remarkable electronic, mechanical, optical and thermal properties. Graphene-based electrodes, fabricated from mechanically cleaved graphene, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown graphene, or massively produced graphene derivatives from bulk graphite, have been applied in a broad range of applications, such as in light emitting diodes, touch screens, field-effect transistors, solar cells, supercapacitors, batteries, and sensors. In this Review, after a short introduction to the properties and synthetic methods of graphene and its derivatives, we will discuss the importance of graphene-based electrodes, their fabrication techniques, and application areas. PMID:22927209

  9. Highly transparent conductive electrode with ultra-low HAZE by grain boundary modification of aqueous solution fabricated alumina-doped zinc oxide nanocrystals

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    Nian, Qiong; Callahan, Michael; Look, David; Efstathiadis, Harry; Bailey, John; Cheng, Gary J.

    2015-06-01

    Commercial production of transparent conducting oxide (TCO) polycrystalline films requires high electrical conductivity with minimal degradation in optical transparency. Aqueous solution deposited TCO films would reduce production costs of TCO films but suffer from low electrical mobility, which severely degrades both electrical conductivity and optical transparency in the visible spectrum. Here, we demonstrated that grain boundary modification by ultra-violet laser crystallization (UVLC) of solution deposited aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanocrystals results in high Hall mobility, with a corresponding dramatic improvement in AZO electrical conductance. The AZO films after laser irradiation exhibit electrical mobility up to 18.1 cm2 V-1 s-1 with corresponding electrical resistivity and sheet resistances as low as 1 × 10-3 Ω cm and 75 Ω/sq, respectively. The high mobility also enabled a high transmittance (T) of 88%-96% at 550 nm for the UVLC films. In addition, HAZE measurement shows AZO film scattering transmittance as low as 1.8%, which is superior over most other solution deposited transparent electrode alternatives such as silver nanowires. Thus, AZO films produced by the UVLC technique have a combined figure of merit for electrical conductivity, optical transparency, and optical HAZE higher than other solution based deposition techniques and comparable to vacuumed based deposition methods.

  10. Highly transparent conductive electrode with ultra-low HAZE by grain boundary modification of aqueous solution fabricated alumina-doped zinc oxide nanocrystals

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    Nian, Qiong; Cheng, Gary J.; Callahan, Michael; Bailey, John; Look, David; Efstathiadis, Harry

    2015-06-01

    Commercial production of transparent conducting oxide (TCO) polycrystalline films requires high electrical conductivity with minimal degradation in optical transparency. Aqueous solution deposited TCO films would reduce production costs of TCO films but suffer from low electrical mobility, which severely degrades both electrical conductivity and optical transparency in the visible spectrum. Here, we demonstrated that grain boundary modification by ultra-violet laser crystallization (UVLC) of solution deposited aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanocrystals results in high Hall mobility, with a corresponding dramatic improvement in AZO electrical conductance. The AZO films after laser irradiation exhibit electrical mobility up to 18.1 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} with corresponding electrical resistivity and sheet resistances as low as 1 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm and 75 Ω/sq, respectively. The high mobility also enabled a high transmittance (T) of 88%-96% at 550 nm for the UVLC films. In addition, HAZE measurement shows AZO film scattering transmittance as low as 1.8%, which is superior over most other solution deposited transparent electrode alternatives such as silver nanowires. Thus, AZO films produced by the UVLC technique have a combined figure of merit for electrical conductivity, optical transparency, and optical HAZE higher than other solution based deposition techniques and comparable to vacuumed based deposition methods.

  11. Shape-dependent electron transfer kinetics and catalytic activity of NiO nanoparticles immobilized onto DNA modified electrode: fabrication of highly sensitive enzymeless glucose sensor.

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    Sharifi, Ensiyeh; Salimi, Abdollah; Shams, Esmaeil; Noorbakhsh, Abdollah; Amini, Mohammad K

    2014-06-15

    Herein we describe improved electron transfer properties and catalytic activity of nickel oxide nanoparticles (NiONPs) via the electrochemical deposition on DNA modified glassy carbon electrode (DNA/GCE) surface. NiONPs deposited on the bare and DNA-coated GCE showed different morphologies, electrochemical kinetics and catalytic activities. The atomic force microscopy (AFM) images revealed the formation of triangular NPs on the DNA/GCE that followed the shape produced by the DNA template, while the electrodeposition of NiONPs on the bare GCE surface led to the formation of spherical nanoparticles. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements revealed lower charge-transfer resistance (Rct) of triangular NiONPs compared to spherical NPs. Furthermore, the electrocatalytic activity of triangular NiONPs compared to spherical NPs toward glucose oxidation in alkaline media was significantly improved. The amperometric oxidation of glucose at NiONP-DNA/GCE, yielded a very high sensitivity of 17.32 mA mM(-1)cm(-2) and an unprecedented detection limit of 17 nM. The enhanced electron transfer properties and electrocatalytic activity of NiONP-DNA/GCE can be attributed to the higher fraction of sharp corners and edges present in the triangular NiONPs compared to the spherical NPs. The developed sensor was successfully applied to the determination of glucose in serum samples. PMID:24525015

  12. Conveniently fabricated heterojunction ZnO/TiO2 electrodes using TiO2 nanotube arrays for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Liu, Rui; Yang, Wein-Duo; Qiang, Liang-Sheng; Liu, Hsin-Yi

    2012-12-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays with an inner average pore diameter of 83 nm and a length of 14 μm are grown on Ti foils by electrochemical anodization in ammonium fluoride-water-glycerol solution. ZnO is introduced into the TiO2 nanotube arrays by a convenient electrodeposition technique. ZnO/TiO2 nanocomposites supported on Ti substrate are used as the photo-anode electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The morphology, structure and electrochemical properties are investigated using field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, UV-vis diffusion reflection spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry measurements. It is found that ZnO have been embedded in the TiO2 nanotube arrays, and changed some photoelectric properties. The conversion efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells is more than doubled, compared with that of bare TiO2 nanotube arrays with deposited 60 min. This improvement comes from the synergetic effect between ZnO and TiO2, which increases dye absorption, electron transport and electron lifetime.

  13. Facile fabrication of a novel anisotropic gold nanoparticle-chitosan-ionic liquid/graphene modified electrode for the determination of theophylline and caffeine.

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    Yang, Guangming; Zhao, Faqiong; Zeng, Baizhao

    2014-09-01

    In the present study, a suspension solution containing anisotropic gold nanoparticle (GNP), chitosan (CHIT) and ionic liquid (IL, i.e. 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, [BMIM][BF4]), is prepared by reducing HAuCl4 with sodium citrate in CHIT-IL aqueous solution. The hybrid solution is coated on a graphene (r-GO) modified glassy carbon electrode to construct an electrochemical sensor for the determination of theophylline (TP) and caffeine (CAF). The obtained hybrid film shows rough surface, and anisotropic GNPs are well dispersed on it. The factors concerning this assay strategy are carefully investigated, including the components of the hybrid film, the concentrations of r-GO, HAuCl4 and IL, and the pH of buffer solution. Under the optimized conditions, the linear response ranges are 2.50×10(-8)-2.10×10(-6) mol L(-1) and 2.50×10(-8)-2.49×10(-6) mol L(-1) for TP and CAF, respectively; the detection limits are 1.32×10(-9) mol L(-1) and 4.42×10(-9) mol L(-1), respectively. The electrochemical sensor shows good reproducibility, stability and selectivity, and it has been successfully applied to the determination of TP and CAF in real samples. PMID:24913865

  14. Nickel anode electrode

    DOEpatents

    Singh, Prabhakar; Benedict, Mark

    1987-01-01

    A nickel anode electrode fabricated by oxidizing a nickel alloying material to produce a material whose exterior contains nickel oxide and whose interior contains nickel metal throughout which is dispersed the oxide of the alloying material and by reducing and sintering the oxidized material to form a product having a nickel metal exterior and an interior containing nickel metal throughout which is dispersed the oxide of the alloying material.

  15. 3D Woven-Like Carbon Micropattern Decorated with Silicon Nanoparticles for Use in Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Kang, Da-Young; Kim, Cheolho; Gueon, Donghee; Park, Gyulim; Kim, Jung Sub; Lee, Joong Kee; Moon, Jun Hyuk

    2015-10-26

    Carbon/silicon composite materials are a promising anode substrate for use in lithium-ion batteries. In this study, we suggest a new architecture for a composite electrode made of a woven-like carbon material decorated with silicon nanoparticles. The 3D woven-like carbon (WLC) structure was fabricated using direct carbonization of multi-beam interference lithography polymer patterns. Subsequent solution coating was applied to decorate the WLC with silicon nanoparticles (SiNPs). The SiNP/WLC electrode exhibited a specific capacity of 930 mAh g(-1) , which is three times higher than the specific capacity of the bare electrode. Specifically, the SiNP/WLC electrode exhibited an outstanding retention capacity of 81 % after 50 cycles and a Coulombic efficiency of more than 98 %. This rate capability performance was attributed to the WLC structure and the uniform decoration of the SiNPs. PMID:26383881

  16. Liquid electrode

    DOEpatents

    Ekechukwu, Amy A.

    1994-01-01

    A dropping electrolyte electrode for use in electrochemical analysis of non-polar sample solutions, such as benzene or cyclohexane. The liquid electrode, preferably an aqueous salt solution immiscible in the sample solution, is introduced into the solution in dropwise fashion from a capillary. The electrolyte is introduced at a known rate, thus, the droplets each have the same volume and surface area. The electrode is used in making standard electrochemical measurements in order to determine properties of non-polar sample solutions.

  17. Carbon and carbon-coated electrodes for multistage depressed collectors for electron-beam devices - A technology review

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    Curren, Arthur N.

    1986-01-01

    Various aspects of carbon and carbon-coated multistaged depressed collector (MDC) electrode technology are reviewed. The physical properties of untreated graphite electrodes, ion-textured graphite electrodes, and textured, carbon-coated copper electrodes, and surface treatment procedures for these electrodes are described. The secondary electron emissions of the three electrode types are analyzed. MDC fabrication methods are discussed. The performances of MDCs fabricated with untreated graphite electrodes, ion-textured graphite electrodes, and textured, carbon-coated copper electrodes are evaluated. MDC and TWT efficiency levels for tubes fabricated with the three materials are measured.

  18. Fabricating superhydrophilic wool fabrics.

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    Chen, Dong; Tan, Longfei; Liu, Huiyu; Hu, Junyan; Li, Yi; Tang, Fangqiong

    2010-04-01

    A simple method for fabricating environmentally stable superhydrophilic wool fabrics is reported here. An ultrathin silica layer coated on the wool altered both the surface roughness and the surface energy of the fiber and endowed the wool fabrics with excellent water absorption. The process of coating silica sols was dependent on an acid solution of low pH, which influenced the electrostatic interactions between nanoparticles and wool fibers. The morphology and composition of silica-sol-coated wool fabrics were characterized by a combination of SEM, TEM, EDX, FTIR, and XPS measurements. The possible mechanism and size effect of silica nanoparticles on the hydrophilic property of wool fabric were discussed. The washing fastness of the superhydrophilic wool fabrics in perchlorethylene and water was also evaluated. This study shows that wool fabrics modified by optical transparence, chemical stability, and nontoxic silica sols are promising in constructing smart textiles. PMID:19908843

  19. Direct metal micropatterning on needle-type structures towards bioimpedance and chemical sensing applications

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    Kim, Sanghyeok; Park, Jae-ho; Kang, Kyungnam; Park, Chong-Ook; Park, Inkyu

    2015-01-01

    Direct metal patterning methods, such as screen printing, inkjet printing and gravure/flexography printing, are widely used to form electrodes or interconnections for printed electronic devices due to their inexpensive, simple and rapid fabrication as compared to vacuum-based conventional metallization processes. Here, we present direct metal patterning by modified screen printing on the curved surface of needle-type rod structures (i.e. rods with radius of ρ < 1 mm). We achieved various microscale patterns such as straight lines, zigzag lines, wavy lines and alphabetic words with a minimum width of 70 µm on the surface of the rod. Also, four pairs of line patterns were printed on the single rod for electrical interconnection. Printed patterns on the surface of the rod were used as electrodes for the control of a light emission diode (LED) as well as the real-time electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of electrolyte solutions and solid objects by the rod insertion. Furthermore, needles with multiple pairs of microelectrodes were used to measure the electrical impedance of biological samples such as fat and muscle tissues of porcine meat. In addition, a needle-type probe sensor with gas sensing capability was demonstrated by using a needle with printed Ag electrodes and Pd thin films.

  20. Performance of lightweight nickel electrodes

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    Britton, Doris L.

    1988-01-01

    The NASA Lewis Research Center is currently developing nickel electrodes for nickel-hydrogen (Ni-H2) batteries. These electrodes are lighter in weight and have higher energy densities than the heavier state-of-the-art (SOA) sintered nickel electrodes. In the present approach, lightweight materials or plaques are used as conductive supports for the nickel hydroxide active material. These plaques (fiber and felt, nickel plated plastic and graphite) are commercial products that are fabricated into nickel electrodes by electrochemically impregnating them with active material. Evaluation is performed in half cells structured in the bipolar configuration. Initial performance tests include capacity measurements at five discharge levels, C/2, 1.0C, 1.37C, 2.0C and 2.74C. The electrodes that pass the initial tests are life cycle tested in a low earth orbit regime at 80 percent depth of discharge. Different formulations of nickel fiber materials obtained from several manufacturers are currently being tested as possible candidates for nickel electrodes. One particular lightweight fiber mat electrode has accumulated over 3000 cycles to date, with stable capacity and voltage. Life and performance data of this electrode were investigated and presented. Good dimensional stability and active material adherence have been demonstrated in electrodes made from this lightweight plaque.

  1. Performance of lightweight nickel electrodes

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    Britton, Doris L.

    1988-01-01

    The NASA Lewis Research Center is currently developing nickel electrodes for nickel-hydrogen (Ni-H2) batteries. These electrodes are lighter in weight and have higher energy densities than the heavier state-of-the-art (SOA) sintered nickel electrodes. In the present approach, lightweight materials or plaques are used as conductive supports for the nickel hydroxide active material. These plaques (fiber and felt, nickel plated plastic and graphite) are commercial products that are fabricated into nickel electrodes by electrochemically impregnating them with active material. Evaluation is performed in half cells structured in the bipolar configuration. Initial performance tests include capacity measurements at five discharge levels, C/2, 1.0C 1.37C, 2.0C and 2.74C. The electrodes that pass the initial tests are life cycle tested in a low Earth orbit regime at 80 percent depth of discharge. Different formulations of nickel fiber materials obtained from several manufacturers are currently being tested as possible candidates for nickel electrodes. One particular lightweight fiber mat electrode has accumulated over 3000 cycles to date, with stable capacity and voltage. Life and performance data of this electrode were investigated and presented. Good dimensional stability and active material adherence have been demonstrated in electrodes made from this lightweight plaque.

  2. Composite electrode/electrolyte structure

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    Visco, Steven J.; Jacobson, Craig P.; DeJonghe, Lutgard C.

    2004-01-27

    Provided is an electrode fabricated from highly electronically conductive materials such as metals, metal alloys, or electronically conductive ceramics. The electronic conductivity of the electrode substrate is maximized. Onto this electrode in the green state, a green ionic (e.g., electrolyte) film is deposited and the assembly is co-fired at a temperature suitable to fully densify the film while the substrate retains porosity. Subsequently, a catalytic material is added to the electrode structure by infiltration of a metal salt and subsequent low temperature firing. The invention allows for an electrode with high electronic conductivity and sufficient catalytic activity to achieve high power density in ionic (electrochemical) devices such as fuel cells and electrolytic gas separation systems.

  3. Stochastic Micro-Pattern for Automated Correlative Fluorescence - Scanning Electron Microscopy

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    Begemann, Isabell; Viplav, Abhiyan; Rasch, Christiane; Galic, Milos

    2015-01-01

    Studies of cellular surface features gain from correlative approaches, where live cell information acquired by fluorescence light microscopy is complemented by ultrastructural information from scanning electron micrographs. Current approaches to spatially align fluorescence images with scanning electron micrographs are technically challenging and often cost or time-intensive. Relying exclusively on open-source software and equipment available in a standard lab, we have developed a method for rapid, software-assisted alignment of fluorescence images with the corresponding scanning electron micrographs via a stochastic gold micro-pattern. Here, we provide detailed instructions for micro-pattern production and image processing, troubleshooting for critical intermediate steps, and examples of membrane ultra-structures aligned with the fluorescence signal of proteins enriched at such sites. Together, the presented method for correlative fluorescence – scanning electron microscopy is versatile, robust and easily integrated into existing workflows, permitting image alignment with accuracy comparable to existing approaches with negligible investment of time or capital. PMID:26647824

  4. Stochastic Micro-Pattern for Automated Correlative Fluorescence - Scanning Electron Microscopy.

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    Begemann, Isabell; Viplav, Abhiyan; Rasch, Christiane; Galic, Milos

    2015-01-01

    Studies of cellular surface features gain from correlative approaches, where live cell information acquired by fluorescence light microscopy is complemented by ultrastructural information from scanning electron micrographs. Current approaches to spatially align fluorescence images with scanning electron micrographs are technically challenging and often cost or time-intensive. Relying exclusively on open-source software and equipment available in a standard lab, we have developed a method for rapid, software-assisted alignment of fluorescence images with the corresponding scanning electron micrographs via a stochastic gold micro-pattern. Here, we provide detailed instructions for micro-pattern production and image processing, troubleshooting for critical intermediate steps, and examples of membrane ultra-structures aligned with the fluorescence signal of proteins enriched at such sites. Together, the presented method for correlative fluorescence - scanning electron microscopy is versatile, robust and easily integrated into existing workflows, permitting image alignment with accuracy comparable to existing approaches with negligible investment of time or capital. PMID:26647824

  5. M3: Microscope-based maskless micropatterning with dry film photoresist

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    Leigh, Steven Y.; Tattu, Aashay; Mitchell, Joseph S. B.

    2011-01-01

    We present a maskless micropatterning system that utilizes a fluorescence microscope with programmable X-Y stage and dry film photoresist to realize feature sizes in the sub-millimeter range (40–700 μm). The method allows for flexible in-house maskless photolithography without a dedicated microfabrication facility and is well-suited for rapid prototyping of microfluidic channels, scaffold templates for protein/cell patterning or optically-guided cell encapsulation for biomedical applications. PMID:21190086

  6. Bone marrow stromal cell adhesion and morphology on micro- and sub-micropatterned titanium.

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    Cipriano, Aaron F; De Howitt, Natalie; Gott, Shannon C; Miller, Christopher; Rao, Masaru P; Liu, Huinan

    2014-04-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the adhesion and morphology of bone marrow derived stromal cells (BMSCs) on bulk titanium (Ti) substrates with precisely-patterned surfaces consisting of groove-based gratings with groove widths ranging from 50 micro m down to 0.5 micro m (500 nm). Although it is well known that certain surface patterning enhances osteoblast (bone-forming cell) functions, past studies on cell-pattern interactions reported in the literature have heavily relied on surface patterning on materials with limited clinical relevance for orthopedic applications, such as polymeric substrates. The clinical need for improving osseointegration and juxtaposed bone formation around load-bearing Ti implants motivated this in vitro study. BMSCs were selected as model cells due to their important role in bone regeneration. The results showed significantly greater BMSC adhesion density and more favorable cell morphology on sub-micropatterned gratings when compared with larger micropatterned gratings and non-patterned control surfaces after both 24 hr and 72 hr cultures. We observed increasing cellular alignment and elongation with decreasing feature size. We also identified two distinctive cellular morphologies: Type I-Attached and spread cells that elongated along the pattern axes; and Type II-Superficially adhered round cells. Sub-micropatterned gratings demonstrated significantly greater Type I cell density than the non-patterned control, and lower Type II cell density than the larger micropatterned gratings. Collectively, these results suggest potential for rationally designing nano-scale surface topography on Ti implants to improve osseointegration. PMID:24734518

  7. X-ray Polarimetry with a Micro-Pattern Gas Detector

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    Hill, Joe

    2005-01-01

    Topics covered include: Science drivers for X-ray polarimetry; Previous X-ray polarimetry designs; The photoelectric effect and imaging tracks; Micro-pattern gas polarimeter design concept. Further work includes: Verify results against simulator; Optimize pressure and characterize different gases for a given energy band; Optimize voltages for resolution and sensitivity; Test meshes with 80 micron pitch; Characterize ASIC operation; and Quantify quantum efficiency for optimum polarization sensitivity.

  8. Estradiol-tethered micropatterned surfaces for the study of estrogenic non-genomic pathways.

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    Qi, B; Shimizu, Y; Nakanishi, J; Winnik, F M

    2016-08-21

    Besides its well-known hormonal effects initiated in the nucleus, estradiol (E2) also activates non-nuclear pathways through interactions with receptors located on the cell plasma membrane. Micropatterned substrates consisting of gold dots bearing tethered E2 distributed on a cell-adhesive substrate were prepared and shown to trigger specifically E2 non-genomic effects in cells grown on the substrates. PMID:27451960

  9. Dynamic three-dimensional micropatterned cell co-cultures within photocurable and chemically degradable hydrogels.

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    Sugiura, Shinji; Cha, Jae Min; Yanagawa, Fumiki; Zorlutuna, Pinar; Bae, Hojae; Khademhosseini, Ali

    2016-08-01

    In this paper we report on the development of dynamically controlled three-dimensional (3D) micropatterned cellular co-cultures within photocurable and chemically degradable hydrogels. Specifically, we generated dynamic co-cultures of micropatterned murine embryonic stem (mES) cells with human hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) cells within 3D hydrogels. HepG2 cells were used due to their ability to direct the differentiation of mES cells through secreted paracrine factors. To generate dynamic co-cultures, mES cells were first encapsulated within micropatterned photocurable poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels. These micropatterned cell-laden PEG hydrogels were subsequently surrounded by calcium alginate (Ca-Alg) hydrogels containing HepG2 cells. After 4 days, the co-culture step was halted by exposing the system to sodium citrate solution, which removed the alginate gels and the encapsulated HepG2 cells. The encapsulated mES cells were then maintained in the resulting cultures for 16 days and cardiac differentiation was analysed. We observed that the mES cells that were exposed to HepG2 cells in the co-cultures generated cells with higher expression of cardiac genes and proteins, as well as increased spontaneous beating. Due to its ability to control the 3D microenvironment of cells in a spatially and temporally regulated manner, the method presented in this study is useful for a range of cell-culture applications related to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:24170301

  10. Diffraction-assisted micropatterning of silicon surfaces by ns-laser irradiation

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    Haro-Poniatowski, E. Acosta-Zepeda, C.; Mecalco, G.; Hernández-Pozos, J. L.; Batina, N.; Morales-Reyes, I.; Bonse, J.

    2014-06-14

    Single-pulse (532 nm, 8 ns) micropatterning of silicon with nanometric surface modulation is demonstrated by irradiating through a diffracting pinhole. The irradiation results obtained at fluences above the melting threshold are characterized by scanning electron and scanning force microscopy and reveal a good agreement with Fresnel diffraction theory. The physical mechanism is identified and discussed on basis of both thermocapillary and chemicapillary induced material transport during the molten state of the surface.

  11. Fabrication of tantalum and nitrogen codoped ZnO (Ta, N-ZnO) thin films using the electrospay: twin applications as an excellent transparent electrode and a field emitter.

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    Mahmood, Khalid; Park, Seung Bin; Sung, Hyung Jin

    2013-05-01

    The realization of stable p-type nitrogen-doped ZnO thin films with durable and controlled growth is important for the fabrication of nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices. ZnO thin films codoped with tantalum and nitrogen (Ta, N-ZnO) were fabricated by using the electrospraying method at an atmospheric pressure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies demonstrated that all the prepared films were polycrystalline in nature with hexagonal wurtzite structure. In addition, a shift in the XRD patterns was observed, and the crystal orientation was changed at a certain amount of nitrogen (>6 at.%) in the starting solution. Analysis of X-ray diffraction patterns and X-ray photoelectron spectra revealed that nitrogen which was combined with the zinc atom (N-Zn) was successfully doped into the ZnO crystal lattice. It was also observed that 2 at.% tantalum and 6 at.% nitrogen (2 at.% Ta and 6 at.% N) were the optimal dopant amounts to achieve the minimum resistivity of about 9.70 × 10(-5) Ω cm and the maximum transmittance of 98% in the visible region. Consequently, the field-emission characteristics of such a Ta, N-ZnO emitter can exhibit the higher current density of 1.33 mA cm(-2), larger field-enhancement factor (β) of 4706, lower turn-on field of 2.6 V μm(-1), and lower threshold field of 3.5 V μm(-1) attributed to the enhanced conductivity and better crystallinity of films. Moreover, the obtained values of resistivity were closest to the lowest resistivity values among the doped ZnO films as well as to the indium tin oxide (ITO) resistivity values that were previously studied. We confirmed that the tantalum and nitrogen atoms substitution in the ZnO lattice induced positive effects in terms of enhancing the free carrier concentration which will further improve the electrical, optical, and field-emission properties. The proposed electrospraying method was well suitable for the fabrication of Ta, N-ZnO thin films at optimum conditions with superior electrical

  12. Print-to-print: a facile multi-object micro-patterning technique.

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    Xing, Siyuan; Zhao, Siwei; Pan, Tingrui

    2013-04-01

    In recent years, micropatterning techniques have gained increasing popularity from a broad range of engineering and biology communities for the promise to establish highly quantitative investigations on miniature biological objects (e.g., cells and bacteria) with spatially defined microenvironments. However, majority of the existing techniques rely on cleanroom-based microfabrication and cannot be easily extended to a regular biological laboratory. In this paper, we present a simple versatile printing-based method, referred to as Print-to-Print (P2P), to form multi-object micropatterns for potential biological applications, along with our recent efforts to deliver out-of-cleanroom microfabrication solutions to the general public (Zhao et al. 2009), (Xing et al. 2011), (Wang et al. 2009), (Pan and Wang 2011), (Zhao et al. 2011). The P2P method employs only a commercially available solid-phase printer and custom-made superhydrophobic films. The entire patterning process does not involve any thermal or chemical treatment. Moreover, the non-contact nature of droplet transferring and printing steps can be highly advantageous for sensitive biological uses. Using the P2P process, a minimal feature resolution of 229 ± 17 μm has been successfully demonstrated. In addition, this approach has been applied to form biological micropatterning on various substrates as well as multi-object co-patterns on the commonly used surfaces. Finally, the reusability of superhydrophobic substrates has also been illustrated. PMID:23150204

  13. Role of Cytoskeletal Tension in the Induction of Cardiomyogenic Differentiation in Micropatterned Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell.

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    Tijore, Ajay; Cai, Pingqiang; Nai, Mui Hoon; Zhuyun, Li; Yu, Wang; Tay, Chor Yong; Lim, Chwee Teck; Chen, Xiaodong; Tan, Lay Poh

    2015-06-24

    The role of biophysical induction methods such as cell micropatterning in stem cell differentiation has been well documented previously. However, the underlying mechanistic linkage of the engineered cell shape to directed lineage commitment remains poorly understood. Here, it is reported that micropatterning plays an important role in regulating the optimal cytoskeletal tension development in human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) via cell mechanotransduction pathways to induce cardiomyogenic differentiation. Cells are grown on fibronectin strip patterns to control cell polarization and morphology. These patterned cells eventually show directed commitment toward the myocardial lineage. The cell's mechanical properties (cell stiffness and cell traction forces) are observed to be very different for cells that have committed to the myocardial lineage when compared with that of control. These committed cells have mechanical properties that are significantly lower indicating a correlation between the micropatterning-induced differentiation and actomyosin-generated cytoskeletal tension within patterned cells. To study this correlation, patterned cells are treated with RhoA pathway inhibitor. Severely down-regulated cardiomyogenic marker expression is observed in those treated patterned cells, thus emphasizing the direct dependence of hMSCs differentiation fate on the cytoskeletal tension. PMID:25946615

  14. The micropatterning of layers of colloidal quantum dots with inorganic ligands using selective wet etching.

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    Hu, Chen; Aubert, Tangi; Justo, Yolanda; Flamee, Stijn; Cirillo, Marco; Gassenq, Alban; Drobchak, Oksana; Beunis, Filip; Roelkens, Günther; Hens, Zeger

    2014-05-01

    The micropatterning of layers of colloidal quantum dots (QDs) stabilized by inorganic ligands is demonstrated using PbS core and CdSe/CdS core/shell QDs. A layer-by-layer approach is used to assemble the QD films, where each cycle involves the deposition of a QD layer by dip-coating, and the replacement of the native organic ligands by inorganic moieties, such as OH(-) and S(2-), followed by a thorough cleaning of the resulting film. This results in a smooth and crack-free QD film on which a photoresist can be spun. The micropatterns are defined by a positive photoresist, followed by the removal of uncovered QDs by selective wet etching with an HCl/H3PO4 mixture. The resulting patterns can have submicron feature dimensions, limited by the resolution of the lithographic process, and can be formed on planar and 3D substrates. It is shown that the photolithography and wet etching steps have little effect on the photoluminescence quantum yield of CdSe/CdS QDs. Compared with the unpatterned CdSe/CdS QD film, only a 10% degradation in the quantum yield is observed. These results demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed micropatterning method to implement the large-scale device integration of colloidal quantum dots. PMID:24722007

  15. A Fast and Accessible Methodology for Micro-Patterning Cells on Standard Culture Substrates Using Parafilm™ Inserts

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    McGuigan, Alison P.

    2011-01-01

    Micropatterning techniques provide direct control over the spatial organization of cells at the sub-mm scale. Regulation of these spatial parameters is important for controlling cell fate and cell function. While micropatterning has proved a powerful technique for understanding the impact of cell organization on cell behaviour, current methods for micropatterning cells require complex, specialized equipment that is not readily accessible in most biological and bioengineering laboratories. In addition, currently available methods require significant protocol optimization to ensure reliable and reproducible patterning. The inaccessibility of current methods has severely limited the widespread use of micropatterning as a tool in both biology and tissue engineering laboratories. Here we present a simple, cheap, and fast method to micropattern mammalian cells into stripes and circular patterns using Parafilm™, a common material found in most biology and bioengineering laboratories. Our method does not require any specialized equipment and does not require significant method optimization to ensure reproducible patterning. Although our method is limited to simple patterns, these geometries are sufficient for addressing a wide range of biological problems. Specifically, we demonstrate i) that using our Parafilm™ insert method we can pattern and co-pattern ARPE-19 and MDCK epithelial cells into circular and stripe micropatterns in tissue culture polystyrene (TCPS) wells and on glass slides, ii) that we can contain cells in the desired patterns for more than one month and iii) that upon removal of the Parafilm™ insert we can release the cells from the containment pattern and allow cell migration outward from the original pattern. We also demonstrate that we can exploit this confinement release feature to conduct an epithelial cell wound healing assay. This novel micropatterning method provides a reliable and accessible tool with the flexibility to address a wide range

  16. One-step fabrication of nanostructure-covered microstructures using selective aluminum anodization based on non-uniform electric field

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    Park, Yong Min; Kim, Byeong Hee; Seo, Young Ho

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents a selective aluminum anodization technique for the fabrication of microstructures covered by nanoscale dome structures. It is possible to fabricate bulging microstructures, utilizing the different growth rates of anodic aluminum oxide in non-uniform electric fields, because the growth rate of anodic aluminum oxide depends on the intensity of electric field, or current density. After anodizing under a non-uniform electric field, bulging microstructures covered by nanostructures were fabricated by removing the residual aluminum layer. The non-uniform electric field induced by insulative micropatterns was estimated by computational simulations and verified experimentally. Utilizing computational simulations, the intensity profile of the electric field was calculated according to the ratio of height and width of the insulative micropatterns. To compare computational simulation results and experimental results, insulative micropatterns were fabricated using SU-8 photoresist. The results verified that the shape of the bottom topology of anodic alumina was strongly dependent on the intensity profile of the applied electric field, or current density. The one-step fabrication of nanostructure-covered microstructures can be applied to various fields, such as nano-biochip and nano-optics, owing to its simplicity and cost effectiveness.

  17. Carbon material based microelectromechanical system (MEMS): Fabrication and devices

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    Xu, Wenjun

    silicon and metal based microsystems. In this thesis, this mature technique was exploited to generate a variety of microelectrode structures to facilitate the micropatterning and manipulation of the CNTs. Selective deposition of electrically charged CNTs onto desired locations was realized in an EPD process through patterning of electric field lines created by the microelectrodes fabricated through MEMS techniques. A variety of 2-D and 3-D micropatterns of CNTs with waferscale areas have been successfully achieved in both rigid and elastic systems. The thickness and morphology of the generated CNT patterns was found to be readily controllable through the parameters of the fabrication process. Studies also showed that for this technique, high surface hydrophobicity of the non-conductive regions in microstructures was critical to accomplish well-defined selective micropatterning of CNTs. Upon clearing the hurdles of the CNT manipulation, a patterned PDMS/CNT nanocomposite was fabricated through the aforementioned approach and was incorporated, investigated and validated in elastic force/strain microsensors. The gauge factor of the sensor exhibited a strong dependence on both the initial resistance of the device and the applied strain. Detailed analysis of the data suggests that the piezoresistive effect of this specially constructed bi-layer composite could be due to three mechanisms, and the sensing mechanism may vary when physical properties of the CNT network embedded in the polymer matrix alter. The feasibility of the PDSM/CNT composite being utilized as an elastic electret was further explored. The nanocomposite composed of these two non-traditional electret materials exhibited electret characteristics with reasonable charge storage stability when charged using a corona discharge. The power generation capacity of the corona-charged composite has been characterized and successfully demonstrated in both a ball drop experiment and cyclic mechanical load experiments

  18. Liquid electrode

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    Ekechukwu, A.A.

    1994-07-05

    A dropping electrolyte electrode is described for use in electrochemical analysis of non-polar sample solutions, such as benzene or cyclohexane. The liquid electrode, preferably an aqueous salt solution immiscible in the sample solution, is introduced into the solution in dropwise fashion from a capillary. The electrolyte is introduced at a known rate, thus, the droplets each have the same volume and surface area. The electrode is used in making standard electrochemical measurements in order to determine properties of non-polar sample solutions. 2 figures.

  19. Electrode/workpiece combinations

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    Benedict, J. J.

    1989-10-01

    Of the many machine tool operations available in the shop today, plunge cut Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) has become an increasingly useful method of materials fabrication. It is a necessary tool for the research and development type of work performed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). With advancing technology, plunge cut EDMs are more efficient, faster, have greater accuracy and are able to produce better surface finishes. They have been in the past and will continue to be an important part of the production of quality parts in both the Precision and NC Shop. It should be kept in mind that as a non-traditional machining process, EDMing is a time consuming process that can be a very expensive method of producing parts. For this reason, it must be used in the most efficient manner in order to make it a cost-effective means of fabrication, although technology has advanced to the point of state-of-the-art equipment, there is currently a void in available technical information needed for use with this process. The type of information sought after concerns the area of electrode/workpiece combinations. This is in reference to the task of choosing the correct electrode material for the specific workpiece material encountered. A brief description of the EDM process will help in understanding the electrode/workpiece relationship.

  20. Voltammetric behavior of gold nanotrench electrodes.

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    Guerrette, Joshua P; Percival, Stephen J; Zhang, Bo

    2011-10-01

    We report the fabrication and electrochemical response of a gold nanoband electrode located at the bottom of a glass/epoxy nanotrench, hereafter referred to as a gold nanotrench electrode. Gold nanotrench electrodes of 12.5 and 40 nm in width with various depths from a few tens of nanometers to approximately 4 μm are fabricated and further characterized by cyclic voltammetry. The fabrication of a Au nanotrench electrode follows a simple electrochemical etching process in which a small AC signal is applied to an inlaid Au nanoband electrode submersed in a NaCl solution. The voltammetric behavior of a Au nanotrench electrode is characterized by a quasi-steady-state response at lower scan rates (e.g., <1 V/s for a 12.5-nm-wide electrode). We present an analytical expression for the quasi-steady-state diffusion-limited current of the nanotrench electrode based upon the analysis of the mass-transport resistance. Finite-element simulation of steady-state and transient voltammetric responses of the nanotrench electrodes provides additional insights for the analytical model. Peak-shaped transient voltammetric responses were observed at scan rates as low as 5 V/s for both inlaid and nanotrench electrodes. This result may suggest that the exposed area of the nanoband electrode is much greater than that expected from the fabrication of the inlaid bands. However, the extent to which this is seen is greatly decreased in the nanotrench electrode by a smoothing effect during etching. Our results confirm previous reports of excess overhanging metal and delamination crack contributing significantly to the shape and magnitude of the voltammetric response. PMID:21866978

  1. Plated Metal Powders for Electrode Pastes

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    Bickler, D. B.

    1984-01-01

    Metal grains to be sintered precoated with frit metal. Coated metal powders used to make ink-like electrode pastes for printing and sintering electrode-fabrication process. Grains of base metal coated with lowmelting-point--, lead or tin-- by electroless deposition.

  2. Striped Electrodes for Solid-Electrolyte Cells

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    Richter, R.

    1983-01-01

    Striped thick-film platinum electrodes help insure lower overall cell resistance by permitting free flow of gases in gaps between stripes. Thickfilm stripes are also easier to fabricate than porous thin-film electrodes that cover entire surface. Possible applications for improved cells include oxygen production from carbon dioxide, extraction of oxygen from air, small fluidic pumping, sewage treatment, and fuel cells.

  3. Foldable micropatterned hydrogel film made from biocompatible PCL-b-PEG-b-PCL diacrylate by UV embossing.

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    Zhu, Ai Ping; Chan-Park, Mary B; Gao, Jian Xia

    2006-01-01

    Foldable hydrogel films with micropatterns measuring 480 microm by 45 microm by 54 microm by 2 cm (width of microchannel by width of microwall by height of wall by length of pattern) were made by UV embossing of a block copolymer of polycaprolactone (PCL) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), specifically PCL-b-PEG-b-PCL-diacrylate (DA), with a polydimethylsiloxane mold. The mold was treated with Ar/CF(4) plasma to simultaneously promote microchannel filling and demolding, and the glass substrate was modified with 3-(trimethoxysilyl) propyl acrylate to promote hydrogel adhesion to avoid delamination of the gel during demolding. The micropatterned hydrogel film was detached from the glass substrate by freeze-drying. As the films were demolded, the microstructured pattern was well replicated in the hydrogel. The gel pattern dimensions shrank with freeze-drying and increased with water swelling, but under both conditions, the gel micropattern morphology was perfectly preserved. PCL-b-PEG-b-PCL-DA hydrogel was found to have good biocompatibility compared with PEGDA hydrogel. A micropattern with a smaller microchannel width of 50 microm was also made. Micropatterned foldable and biocompatible hydrogel films have potential applications in the construction of tissue-engineering scaffolds. PMID:16134176

  4. Dependency of anti-ferro-magnetic coupling strength on Ru spacer thickness of [Co/Pd]{sub n}-synthetic-anti-ferro-magnetic layer in perpendicular magnetic-tunnel-junctions fabricated on 12-inch TiN electrode wafer

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    Chae, Kyo-Suk; Shim, Tae-Hun; Park, Jea-Gun

    2014-07-21

    We investigated the Ru spacer-thickness effect on the anti-ferro-magnetic coupling strength (J{sub ex}) of a [Co/Pd]{sub n}-synthetic-anti-ferro-magnetic layer fabricated with Co{sub 2}Fe{sub 6}B{sub 2}/MgO based perpendicular-magnetic-tunneling-junction spin-valves on 12-in. TiN electrode wafers. J{sub ex} peaked at a certain Ru spacer-thickness: specifically, a J{sub ex} of 0.78 erg/cm{sup 2} at 0.6 nm, satisfying the J{sub ex} criteria for realizing the mass production of terra-bit-level perpendicular-spin-transfer-torque magnetic-random-access-memory. Otherwise, J{sub ex} rapidly degraded when the Ru spacer-thickness was less than or higher than 0.6 nm. As a result, the allowable Ru thickness variation should be controlled less than 0.12 nm to satisfy the J{sub ex} criteria. However, the Ru spacer-thickness did not influence the tunneling-magneto-resistance (TMR) and resistance-area (RA) of the perpendicular-magnetic-tunneling-junction (p-MTJ) spin-valves since the Ru spacer in the synthetic-anti-ferro-magnetic layer mainly affects the anti-ferro-magnetic coupling efficiency rather than the crystalline linearity of the Co{sub 2}Fe{sub 6}B{sub 2} free layer/MgO tunneling barrier/Co{sub 2}Fe{sub 6}B{sub 2} pinned layer, although Co{sub 2}Fe{sub 6}B{sub 2}/MgO based p-MTJ spin-valves ex-situ annealed at 275 °C achieved a TMR of ∼70% at a RA of ∼20 Ω μm{sup 2}.

  5. Biomimetic Micropatterned Multi-channel Nerve Guides by Templated Electrospinning

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    Jeffries, Eric; Wang, Yadong

    2012-01-01

    This report describes a new approach for fabricating micro-channels within three-dimensional electrospun constructs. These key features serve to mimic the fascicular architecture and fibrous extracellular matrix found in native nerve. Both electrospun fibers and multi-channeled structure nerve guides have become areas of increasing interest for their beneficial roles in nerve repair. However, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of a guide that incorporates both. Multiple parallel channels provide a greater number of defined paths and increased surface area compared to cylindrical guides. Additionally, the fibrous nature of electrospun fibers permits better mass transport than solid-walled constructs. The flexible fabrication scheme allows tailoring of nerve guide parameters such as channel diameters ranging from 33-176μm and various wall thicknesses. Channel and fiber structures were assessed by optical and electron microscope images. Geometric calculations estimated a porosity of over 85% for these guides with 16% or less from the channels. In vitro culture with Schwann cells demonstrated cellular infiltration into channels with restricted migration between fibers. Finally, cell proliferation and survival throughout the guide indicates that this design warrants future in vivo examination. PMID:22179932

  6. Micro-patterning of Mammalian Cells on Suspended MEMS Resonant Sensors for Long-Term Growth Measurements

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    Corbin, Elise A.; Dorvel, Brian R.; Millet, Larry J.; King, William P.; Bashir, Rashid

    2014-01-01

    MEMS resonant mass sensors can measure the mass of individual cells, though long-term growth measurements are limited by the movement of cells off the sensor area. Micro-patterning techniques are a powerful approach to control the placement of individual cells in an arrayed format. In this work we present a method for micro-patterning cells on fully suspended resonant sensors through select functionalization and passivation of the chip surface. This method combines high-resolution photolithography with a blanket transfer technique for applying photoresist to avoid damaging the sensors. Cells are constrained to the patterned collagen area on the sensor by pluronic acting as a cell adhesion blocker. This micro-patterning method enables long-term growth measurements, which is demonstrated by a measurement of the change in mass of a human breast cancer cell over 18 h. PMID:24535001

  7. Composite substrate for bipolar electrodes

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    Tekkanat, B.; Bolstad, J.J.

    1992-12-22

    Substrates for electrode systems, particularly those to be used for bipolar electrodes in zinc-bromine batteries, are disclosed. The substrates preferably include carbon-black as a conductive filler in a polymeric matrix, with reinforcing materials such as glass fibers. Warpage of the zinc-bromine electrodes which was experienced in the prior art and which was believed to be caused by physical expansion of the electrodes due to bromine absorption by the carbon-black, is substantially eliminated when new substrate fabrication techniques are employed. In the present invention, substrates are prepared using a lamination process known as glass mat reinforced thermoplastics technology or, in an alternate embodiment, the substrate is made using a slurry process. 4 figs.

  8. Composite substrate for bipolar electrodes

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    Tekkanat, Bora; Bolstad, James J.

    1992-12-22

    Substrates for electrode systems, particularly those to be used for bipolar electrodes in zinc-bromine batteries, are disclosed. The substrates preferably include carbon-black as a conductive filler in a polymeric matrix, with reinforcing materials such as glass fibers. Warpage of the zinc-bromine electrodes which was experienced in the prior art and which was believed to be caused by physical expansion of the electrodes due to bromine absorption by the carbon-black, is substantially eliminated when new substrate fabrication techniques are employed. In the pesent invention, substrates are prepared using a lamination process known as glass mat reinforced thermoplastics technology or, in an alternate embodiment, the substrate is made using a slurry process.

  9. High power and high energy electrodes using carbon nanotubes

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    Martini, Fabrizio; Brambilla, Nicolo Michele; Signorelli, Riccardo

    2015-04-07

    An electrode useful in an energy storage system, such as a capacitor, includes an electrode that includes at least one to a plurality of layers of compressed carbon nanotube aggregate. Methods of fabrication are provided. The resulting electrode exhibits superior electrical performance in terms of gravimetric and volumetric power density.

  10. Stick-Jump (SJ) Evaporation of Strongly Pinned Nanoliter Volume Sessile Water Droplets on Quick Drying, Micropatterned Surfaces.

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    Debuisson, Damien; Merlen, Alain; Senez, Vincent; Arscott, Steve

    2016-03-22

    We present an experimental study of stick-jump (SJ) evaporation of strongly pinned nanoliter volume sessile water droplets drying on micropatterned surfaces. The evaporation is studied on surfaces composed of photolithographically micropatterned negative photoresist (SU-8). The micropatterning of the SU-8 enables circular, smooth, trough-like features to be formed which causes a very strong pinning of the three phase (liquid-vapor-solid) contact line of an evaporating droplet. This is ideal for studying SJ evaporation as it contains sequential constant contact radius (CCR) evaporation phases during droplet evaporation. The evaporation was studied in nonconfined conditions, and forced convection was not used. Micropatterned concentric circles were defined having an initial radius of 1000 μm decreasing by a spacing ranging from 500 to 50 μm. The droplet evaporates, successively pinning and depinning from circle to circle. For each pinning radius, the droplet contact angle and volume are observed to decrease quasi-linearly with time. The experimental average evaporation rates were found to decrease with decreasing pining radii. In contrast, the experimental average evaporation flux is found to increase with decreasing droplet radii. The data also demonstrate the influence of the initial contact angle on evaporation rate and flux. The data indicate that the total evaporation time of a droplet depends on the specific micropattern spacing and that the total evaporation time on micropatterned surfaces is always less than on flat, homogeneous surfaces. Although the surface patterning is observed to have little effect on the average droplet flux-indicating that the underlying evaporation physics is not significantly changed by the patterning-the total evaporation time is considerably modified by patterning, up to a factor or almost 2 compared to evaporation on a flat, homogeneous surface. The closely spaced concentric circle pinning maintains a large droplet radius and

  11. Micropatterning of silver nanoclusters embedded in polyvinyl alcohol films.

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    Karimi, Nazanin; Kunwar, Puskal; Hassinen, Jukka; Ras, Robin H A; Toivonen, Juha

    2016-08-01

    Direct laser writing has been utilized to fabricate highly photostable fluorescent nanocluster microstructures in an organic polymer poly(methacrylic acid), where the carboxyl functional group is reported to play a vital role in nanocluster stabilization. In this Letter, we demonstrate that not only the polymer containing the carboxyl functional group, but also the polymer comprising the hydroxyl group, namely polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), can act as an appropriate stabilizer matrix for laser-induced synthesis and patterning of silver nanoclusters. The as-formed nanoclusters in the PVA film exhibit broadband emission and photostability comparable to the nanoclusters formed in the poly(methacrylic acid) polymer. As PVA is a widely used, nontoxic, biocompatible and biodegradable polymer, the technique of patterning fluorescent nanoclusters in PVA thin films is expected to find numerous applications in fields like fluorescence imaging, biolabeling, and sensing. PMID:27472635

  12. Waterproof active paper via laser surface micropatterning of magnetic nanoparticles.

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    Chitnis, G; Ziaie, B

    2012-09-26

    Paper is one of the oldest and most abundant materials known to man. Recently, there has been a considerable interest in creating paper devices by combining paper with other functional materials. In this letter, we demonstrate a simple fabrication technique to create water-resistant ferro-patterns on wax paper using CO(2) laser ablation. A resolution of about 100 μm is achieved which is mostly limited by the cellulose fiber size (~50 μm) in the wax paper and can be improved by using a smaller cellulose matrix. Laser ablation results in modification of surface morphology and chemistry, leading to a change in surface energy. We also present a 2D model for ferrofluid deposition relating the size of the pattern to the amount of ferroparticles deposited on the surface. Finally, a paper gripper is presented to demonstrate advantages of our technique, which allows microscale patterning and machining in a single step. PMID:22939525

  13. Fabrication of dual porosity electrode structure

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    Smith, James L.; Kucera, Eugenia H.

    1991-01-01

    A substantially entirely fibrous ceramic which may have dual porosity of both micro and macro pores. Total porosity may be 60-75% by volume. A method of spraying a slurry perpendicularly to an ambient stream of air is disclosed along with a method of removing binders without altering the fiber morphology. Adding fine ceramic particulates to the green ceramic fibers enhances the sintering characteristics of the fibers.

  14. Fabrication of dual porosity electrode structure

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    Smith, J.L.; Kucera, E.H.

    1991-02-12

    A substantially entirely fibrous ceramic is described which may have dual porosity of both micro and macro pores. Total porosity may be 60-75% by volume. A method of spraying a slurry perpendicularly to an ambient stream of air is disclosed along with a method of removing binders without altering the fiber morphology. Adding fine ceramic particulates to the green ceramic fibers enhances the sintering characteristics of the fibers. 3 figures.

  15. Cermet electrode

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    Maskalick, Nicholas J.

    1988-08-30

    Disclosed is a cermet electrode consisting of metal particles of nickel, cobalt, iron, or alloys or mixtures thereof immobilized by zirconia stabilized in cubic form which contains discrete deposits of about 0.1 to about 5% by weight of praseodymium, dysprosium, terbium, or a mixture thereof. The solid oxide electrode can be made by covering a substrate with particles of nickel, cobalt, iron, or mixtures thereof, growing a stabilized zirconia solid oxide skeleton around the particles thereby immobilizing them, contacting the skeleton with a compound of praseodymium, dysprosium, terbium, or a mixture thereof, and heating the skeleton to a temperature of at least 500.degree. C. The electrode can also be made by preparing a slurry of nickel, cobalt, iron, or mixture and a compound of praseodymium, dysprosium, terbium, or a mixture thereof, depositing the slurry on a substrate, heating the slurry to dryness, and growing a stabilized zirconia skeleton around the metal particles.

  16. Magnetohydrodynamic electrode

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    Marchant, David D.; Killpatrick, Don H.

    1978-01-01

    An electrode capable of withstanding high temperatures and suitable for use as a current collector in the channel of a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) generator consists of a sintered powdered metal base portion, the upper surface of the base being coated with a first layer of nickel aluminide, an intermediate layer of a mixture of nickel aluminide - refractory ceramic on the first layer and a third or outer layer of a refractory ceramic material on the intermediate layer. The sintered powdered metal base resists spalling by the ceramic coatings and permits greater electrode compliance to thermal shock. The density of the powdered metal base can be varied to allow optimization of the thermal conductivity of the electrode and prevent excess heat loss from the channel.

  17. Nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide electrodes for electrochemical supercapacitors.

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    Nolan, Hugo; Mendoza-Sanchez, Beatriz; Ashok Kumar, Nanjundan; McEvoy, Niall; O'Brien, Sean; Nicolosi, Valeria; Duesberg, Georg S

    2014-02-14

    Herein we use Nitrogen-doped reduced Graphene Oxide (N-rGO) as the active material in supercapacitor electrodes. Building on a previous work detailing the synthesis of this material, electrodes were fabricated via spray-deposition of aqueous dispersions and the electrochemical charge storage mechanism was investigated. Results indicate that the functionalised graphene displays improved performance compared to non-functionalised graphene. The simplicity of fabrication suggests ease of up-scaling of such electrodes for commercial applications. PMID:24418938

  18. Influence of micro-patterned PLLA membranes on outgrowth and orientation of hippocampal neurites.

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    Morelli, Sabrina; Salerno, Simona; Piscioneri, Antonella; Papenburg, Bernke J; Di Vito, Anna; Giusi, Giuseppina; Canonaco, Marcello; Stamatialis, Dimitrios; Drioli, Enrico; De Bartolo, Loredana

    2010-09-01

    In neuronal tissue engineering many efforts are focused on creating biomaterials with physical and chemical pathways for controlling cellular proliferation and orientation. Neurons have the ability to respond to topographical features in their microenvironment causing among others, axons to proliferate along surface features such as substrate grooves in micro-and nanoscales. As a consequence these neuronal elements are able to correctly adhere, migrate and orient within their new environment during growth. Here we explored the polarization and orientation of hippocampal neuronal cells on nonpatterned and micro-patterned biodegradable poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) membranes with highly selective permeable properties. Dense and porous nonpatterned and micro-patterned membranes were prepared from PLLA by Phase Separation Micromolding. The micro-patterned membranes have a three-dimensional structure consisting of channels and ridges and of bricks of different widths. Nonpatterned and patterned membranes were used for hippocampal neuronal cultures isolated from postnatal days 1-3 hamsters and the neurite length, orientation and specific functions of cells were investigated up to 12 days of culture. Neurite outgrowth, length plus orientation tightly overlapped the pattern of the membrane surface. Cell distribution occurred only in correspondence to membrane grooves characterized by continuous channels whereas on membranes with interconnected channels, cells not only adhered to and elongated their cellular processes in the grooves but also in the breaking points. High orientation degrees of cells were determined particularly on the patterned porous membranes with channel width of 20 mum and ridges of 17 mum whereas on dense nonpatterned membranes as well as on polystyrene culture dish (PSCD) controls, a larger number of primary developed neurites were distributed. Based on these results, PLLA patterned membranes may directly improve the guidance of neurite extension and

  19. Photoelectrochemical electrodes

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    Williams, R. M.; Rembaum, A. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    The surface of a moderate band gap semiconductor such as p-type molybdenum sulfide is modified to contain an adherent film of charge mediating ionene polymer containing an electroactive unit such as bipyridimium. Electron transport between the electrode and the mediator film is favorable and photocorrosion and recombination processes are suppressed. Incorporation of particles of catalyst such as platinum within the film provides a reduction in overvoltage. The polymer film is readily deposited on the electrode surface and can be rendered stable by ionic or addition crosslinking. Catalyst can be predispersed in the polymer film or a salt can be impregnated into the film and reduced therein.

  20. Nanoparticle chains as electrochemical sensors and electrodes.

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    Pu, Long; Baig, Maarij; Maheshwari, Vivek

    2016-04-01

    With the advances in the field of nanotechnology, significant progress is being achieved in fabrication of nanoscale electrodes (nanoelectrodes) and using their properties for applications in multiple fields. Compared with conventional macroscale electrodes, nanoelectrodes offer many advantages that arise from their limited size. Self-assembled chains of metal nanoparticles in particular have drawn interest for fabrication of nanoelectrodes because of their unique electrical properties and geometric morphology. This article discusses the fabrication methods and potential applications of nanoparticle chains as nanoelectrodes in electrochemical systems and also as conductometric sensors. The challenges for such systems are also summarized. PMID:26758602