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  1. Stable molecular configuration in crystalline carboxylic acids

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    Hayashi, Soichi; Umemura, Junzo; Nakamura, Ryoko

    1980-12-01

    The stable (lower enthalpy) molecular configurations of propionic, butyric, Jeric and lauric acids in the crystalline state have been examined via their atom-atom potentials. It was found that the cis configuration is more stable than the trans configuration for propionic, butyric and valeric acids, and that the trans configuration is more stable than the cis configuration for lauric acid, in accord with a previous IR spectral analysis. The potential energy of benzoic acid was recalculated using the positions of atoms given by Speakman, and indicates that the A form is more stable than the B form, in agreement with the results of previous work.

  2. Soluble, High Molecular Weight Polysilsesquioxanes with Carboxylate Functionalities

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    RAHIMIAN,KAMYAR; LOY,DOUGLAS A.; WHEELER,DAVID R.

    2000-07-14

    Trialkoxysilyl-containing monomers of the type (RO){sub 3}Si(CH{sub 2}){sub 3}C(O)OtBu (R = Me, Et) were prepared by hydrosilation of the corresponding vinylic tert-butyl esters CH{sub 3}CHCH{sub 2}C(O)OtBu. Acid- or base-catalyzed polymerization of the monomers leads to very high molecular weight polymers with relatively narrow polydispersities. The polymerization results in complete condensation of the alkoxy groups while the tert-butyl ester functionality remains fully intact. Partial or full deprotection of the tert-butyl group can easily be achieved to yield the corresponding carboxylic acid polymers. The ester and carboxylic acid functionalities of these new materials allow for their potential use in a variety of applications such as scavenging of heavy metals.

  3. Carboxylate Precursor Effects on MOD Derived Metal Oxide (Nickel/Nickel Oxide ) Thin Films

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    Gao, Xiang

    Thin films in the (Ni/NiO) system have been widely studied because of their significant potential for use in batteries, fuel cells, solar cells, supercapacitors, magnetic devices and various sensor applications. Such films typically are deposited onto suitable substrates by electrochemical or vapor deposition methods, followed by heat treatment to develop the oxide structure. In this study, by contrast, the Ni/NiO thin films were prepared by metallo-organic decomposition (MOD) technique in order to facilitate the development of nano structure feature as well as molecular scale mixing and excellent composition control. Critical parameters that must be controlled during this deposition process to achieve high quality films include: carboxylate precursor chemistry, solution chemistry, film structure chemistry, film deposition characteristics, film structure development and pyrolysis characteristics. These crucial control parameters are, for the most areas, poorly understood for this system especially for the carboxylate precursor chemistry effects on properties of Ni/NiO thin films. The goal of this work, therefore, is to understand and design those parameters in term of precursor species, viscosity, solute concentration and solvent composition as well as film deposition and heat treatment conditions that can lead to the controlled fabrication of nano-sized, high surface area, low resistive Ni/NiO thin films on Si and metallic substrates such as stainless steels and silver. The solvent system used consisted of a unique mixture of propionic acid and amylamine, in molar ratio of 0.5--2.0, with Ni acetate as the solute precursor in the concentration range of 0.2--2 mol/l. The films were prepared by spin deposition at 3000 rpm from carboxylate solution precursors with viscosity range of 10--640 cP. Good quality nano-sized Ni/NiO thin films, in the range of 0.2--2 microm thickness, on Si or stainless steel substrates were obtained by a mixed AA/PPA solvent system in the

  4. Oxidation reaction of high molecular weight carboxylic acids in supercritical water.

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    Jin, Fangming; Moriya, Takehiko; Enomoto, Heiji

    2003-07-15

    Stearic acid, being a model compound of high molecular weight carboxylic acids, was oxidized in a batch reactor by changing the oxygen supply with an insufficient oxygen supply at a constant reaction time at 420 degrees C. On the basis of the intermediate products identified by GC/MS, NMR, and HPLC analyses and the free-radical reaction mechanism, the oxidation pathways of high molecular weight carboxylic acids in supercritical water are discussed. The reaction of carboxylic acids in supercritical water proceeds with the consecutive oxidation of higher molecular weight carboxylic acids to lower molecular weight carboxylic acids through several major pathways. The attack of the hydroxyl radical occurs not only at the carbons in alpha-, beta-, gamma-positions to a --COOH group but also at the carbons ((omega-1)-carbon and/or omega-carbon) far in the alkyl chain from a --COOH group, which may lead to the formation of dicarboxylic acids. PMID:12901673

  5. Photocatalytic Decarboxylative Hydroxylation of Carboxylic Acids Driven by Visible Light and Using Molecular Oxygen.

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    Song, Hai-Tao; Ding, Wei; Zhou, Quan-Quan; Liu, Jing; Lu, Liang-Qiu; Xiao, Wen-Jing

    2016-08-19

    This paper discloses the first example of photocatalytic direct decarboxylative hydroxylation of carboxylic acids. It enables the conversion of a variety of readily available carboxylic acids to alcohols in moderate to high yields. This unprecedented protocol is accomplished under extremely mild reaction conditions using molecular oxygen (O2) as a green oxidant and using visible light as a driving force. PMID:27385267

  6. Low molecular weight carboxylic acids in oxidizing porphyry copper tailings.

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    Dold, Bernhard; Blowes, David W; Dickhout, Ralph; Spangenberg, Jorge E; Pfeifer, Hans-Rudolf

    2005-04-15

    The distribution of low molecular weight carboxylic acids (LMWCA) was investigated in pore water profiles from two porphyry copper tailings impoundments in Chile (Piuquenes at La Andina and Cauquenes at El Teniente mine). The objectives of this study were (1) to determine the distribution of LMWCA, which are interpreted to be the metabolic byproducts of the autotroph microbial community in this low organic carbon system, and (2) to infer the potential role of these acids in cycling of Fe and other elements in the tailings impoundments. The speciation and mobility of iron, and potential for the release of H+ via hydrolysis of the ferric iron, are key factors in the formation of acid mine drainage in sulfidic mine wastes. In the low-pH oxidation zone of the Piuquenes tailings, Fe(III) is the dominant iron species and shows high mobility. LMWCA, which occur mainly between the oxidation front down to 300 cm below the tailings surface at both locations (e.g., max concentrations of 0.12 mmol/L formate, 0.17 mmol/L acetate, and 0.01 mmol/L pyruvate at Piuquenes and 0.14 mmol/L formate, 0.14 mmol/L acetate, and 0.006 mmol/L pyruvate at Cauquenes), are observed at the same location as high Fe concentrations (up to 71.2 mmol/L Fe(II) and 16.1 mmol/L Fe(III), respectively). In this zone, secondary Fe(III) hydroxides are depleted. Our data suggest that LMWCA may influence the mobility of iron in two ways. First, complexation of Fe(III), through formation of bidentate Fe(III)-LMWCA complexes (e.g., pyruvate, oxalate), may enhance the dissolution of Fe(III) (oxy)hydroxides or may prevent precipitation of Fe(III) (oxy)hydroxides. Soluble Fe(III) chelate complexes which may be mobilized downward and convert to Fe(II) by Fe(III) reducing bacteria. Second, monodentate LMWCA (e.g., acetate and formate) can be used by iron-reducing bacteria as electron donors (e.g., Acidophilum spp.), with ferric iron as the electron acceptor. These processes may, in part, explain the low abundances

  7. Vibrational spectroscopic and molecular docking study of 4-Methylphenylquinoline-2-carboxylate

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    Fazal, E.; Panicker, C. Yohannan; Varghese, Hema Tresa; Nagarajan, S.; Sudha, B. S.; War, Javeed Ahamad; Srivastava, S. K.; Harikumar, B.; Anto, P. L.

    2015-05-01

    FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra of 4-Methylphenylquinoline-2-carboxylate were recorded and analyzed. The structure of the molecule has been optimized and structural characteristics have been determined by density functional theory. The geometrical parameters (DFT) are in agreement with the XRD results. HOMO and LUMO and other chemical properties are reported. Nonlinear optical properties are also reported. A detailed molecular picture of the title compound and its interactions were obtained from NBO analysis. The negative (red and yellow) regions of the MEP are related to electrophilic reactivity and the positive (blue) regions to nucleophilic reactivity, as shown in the MEP plot and the carbonyl group and the phenyl rings are observed as electrophilic. PASS analysis predicts that the 4-Methylphenylquinoline-2-carboxylate might exhibit anti-diabetic activity. Molecular docking results suggest that the compound might exhibit inhibitory activity against GPb.

  8. Partial Hydrothermal Oxidation of High Molecular Weight Unsaturated Carboxylic Acids for Upgrading of Biodiesel Fuel

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    Kawasaki, K.; Jin, F.; Kishita, A.; Tohji, K.; Enomoto, H.

    2007-03-01

    With increasing environmental awareness and crude oil price, biodiesel fuel (BDF) is gaining recognition as a renewable fuel which may be used as an alternative diesel fuel without any modification to the engine. The cold flow and viscosity of BDF, however, is a major drawback that limited its use in cold area. In this study, therefore, we investigated that partial oxidation of high molecular weight unsaturated carboxylic acids in subcritical water, which major compositions in BDF, to upgrade biodiesel fuel. Oleic acid, (HOOC(CH2)7CH=CH(CH2)7CH3), was selected as a model compound of high molecular weight unsaturated carboxylic acids. All experiments were performed with a batch reactor made of SUS 316 with an internal volume of 5.7 cm3. Oleic acid was oxidized at 300 °C with oxygen supply varying from 1-10 %. Results showed that a large amount of carboxylic acids and aldehydes having 8-9 carbon atoms were formed. These experimental results suggest that the hydrothermal oxidative cleavage may mainly occur at double bonds and the cleavage of double bonds could improve the cold flow and viscosity of BDF.

  9. Low-Molecular Weight Carboxylic Acids in Gas Phase in a Developing Megacity

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    Khwaja, H. A.; Saied, S.; Hussain, M. M.; Siddique, A.; Butts, C.; Kamran, S. S.; Khan, M. K.

    2013-12-01

    Carboxylic acids are amongst the plethora of pollutants that are currently ubiquitous in the environment. Molecular distributions of carboxylic acids have been studied in the atmosphere of the developing mega city Karachi, Pakistan. As a region the city is experiencing industrial and population growth at an unparallel rate. Karachi served as a great focal point to observe the effects of industrial development on a growing city and how it contributes to the progression of environmental pollution. Results indicate that acetic and formic acids are important components of the Karachi atmosphere. The most abundant acids, by a substantial margin, were acetic acid and formic acid, with concentrations of 0.70 - 14.2 ppb and 0.82 - 11.0 ppb, respectively. On the average acetic acid levels exceeded those of formic acid. Concentrations of propionic acid, pyruvic acid, and glyoxalic acid ranged 0.03 - 1.41, 0.01 - 0.28, and 0.02 - 0.14 ppb, respectively. The gaseous acids showed diurnal cycles, with higher mixing ratios during nighttime. Compared with other metropolitans in the world, the level of acetic and formic acid concentration of Karachi is much higher. The ratio of formic to acetic acid was used to distinguish primary sources from secondary sources. A mean ratio of 0.85 was found. A positive correlation (r = 0.65 - 0.94) was observed between the acid concentrations suggesting that they have similar sources. Carboxylic acid concentrations appear to arise both from direct emissions and from atmospheric oxidation of hydrocarbons.

  10. Molecular theory of liquid crystal thin films

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    Meng, Shihong

    A molecular theory has been developed to describe the isotropic-nematic transitoon of model nematogens in bulk and in thin films. The surfaces of thin films can be hard surfaces or coated with surfactant monolayers. The theory only includes hard body interactions between all molecule species: solvent, nematogens and surfactants. We have studied the influence of the separation between confining walls, concentration of nematogens, as well as the surface anchoring and areal density of surfactant at the interface upon the phases of nematogens. We have explained the possible existence of planar degenerate phase through entropic pictures and have confirmed close to the bulk isotropic-nematic transition point, the order of the phases of nematogens from isotropic to nematic then back to isotropic when varying the areal density of surfactant monolayers at interfaces. From the results obtained, we believe that we have captured the main competing interactions between surfactants and nematogens and our molecular level theory is capable of describing these two interactions of different natures. Our results can provide a guideline for molecular design of biosensors. We have modeled the molecular systems with as much simplification as possible while retaining the main features. The thesis is arranged into introduction, results on bulk, thin films confined between hard walls and between surfactant monolayers.

  11. Carboxylate-based molecular magnet: One path toward achieving stable quantum correlations at room temperature

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    Cruz, C.; Soares-Pinto, D. O.; Brandão, P.; dos Santos, A. M.; Reis, M. S.

    2016-02-01

    The control of quantum correlations in solid-state systems by means of material engineering is a broad avenue to be explored, since it makes possible steps toward the limits of quantum mechanics and the design of novel materials with applications on emerging quantum technologies. In this context, this letter explores the potential of molecular magnets to be prototypes of materials for quantum information technology. More precisely, we engineered a material and from its geometric quantum discord we found significant quantum correlations up to 9540 K (even without entanglement); and, in addition, a pure singlet state occupied up to around 80 K (above liquid nitrogen temperature). These results could only be achieved due to the carboxylate group promoting a metal-to-metal huge magnetic interaction.

  12. Preface: Thin films of molecular organic materials

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    Fraxedas, J.

    2008-03-01

    This special issue is devoted to thin films of molecular organic materials and its aim is to assemble numerous different aspects of this topic in order to reach a wide scientific audience. Under the term 'thin films', structures with thicknesses spanning from one monolayer or less up to several micrometers are included. In order to narrow down this relaxed definition (how thin is thin?) I suggest joining the stream that makes a distinction according to the length scale involved, separating nanometer-thick films from micrometer-thick films. While the physical properties of micrometer-thick films tend to mimic those of bulk materials, in the low nanometer regime new structures (e.g., crystallographic and substrate-induced phases) and properties are found. However, one has to bear in mind that some properties of micrometer-thick films are really confined to the film/substrate interface (e.g. charge injection), and are thus of nanometer nature. Supported in this dimensionality framework, this issue covers the most ideal and model 0D case, a single molecule on a surface, through to the more application-oriented 3D case, placing special emphasis on the fascinating 2D domain that is monolayer assembly. Thus, many aspects will be reviewed, such as single molecules, self-organization, monolayer regime, chirality, growth, physical properties and applications. This issue has been intentionally restricted to small molecules, thus leaving out polymers and biomolecules, because for small molecules it is easier to establish structure--property relationships. Traditionally, the preparation of thin films of molecular organic materials has been considered as a secondary, lower-ranked part of the more general field of this class of materials. The coating of diverse surfaces such as silicon, inorganic and organic single crystals, chemically modified substrates, polymers, etc., with interesting molecules was driven by the potential applications of such molecular materials

  13. Optical Properties of Thin Film Molecular Mixtures

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    Jaworske, Donald A.; Shumway, Dean A.; Lyons, Valerie (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Thin films composed of molecular mixtures of metal and dielectric are being considered for use as solar selective coatings for a variety of space power applications. By controlling the degree of molecular mixing, the solar selective coatings can be tailored to have the combined properties of high solar absorptance, alpha, and low infrared emittance, epsilon. On orbit, these combined properties would simultaneously maximize the amount of solar energy captured by the coating and minimize the amount of thermal energy radiated. Mini-satellites equipped with solar collectors coated with these cermet coatings may utilize the captured heat energy to power a heat engine to generate electricity, or to power a thermal bus that directs heat to remote regions of the spacecraft. Early work in this area identified the theoretical boundary conditions needed to operate a Carnot cycle in space, including the need for a solar concentrator, a solar selective coating at the heat inlet of the engine, and a radiator. A solar concentrator that can concentrate sunlight by a factor of 100 is ideal. At lower values, the temperature of the solar absorbing surface becomes too low for efficient heat engine operation, and at higher values, cavity type heat receivers become attractive. In designing the solar selective coating, the wavelength region yielding high solar absorptance must be separated from the wavelength region yielding low infrared emittance by establishing a sharp transition in optical properties. In particular, a sharp transition in reflectance is desired in the infrared to achieve the desired optical performance. For a heat engine operating at 450C, a sharp transition at 1.8 micrometers is desired. The radiator completes the heat flow through the Carnot cycle. Additional work has been done supporting the use of molecular mixtures for terrestrial applications. Sputter deposition provides a means to apply coatings to the tubes that carry a working fluid at the focus of trough

  14. ESTIMATION OF HYDROLYSIS RATE CONSTANTS OF CARBOXYLIC ACID ESTER AND PHOSPHATE ESTER COMPOUNDS IN AQUEOUS SYSTEMS FROM MOLECULAR STRUCTURE BY SPARC

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    SPARC (SPARC Performs Automated Reasoning in Chemistry) chemical reactivity models were extended to calculate hydrolysis rate constants for carboxylic acid ester and phosphate ester compounds in aqueous non- aqueous and systems strictly from molecular structure. The energy diffe...

  15. Porous Organic Cage Thin Films and Molecular-Sieving Membranes.

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    Song, Qilei; Jiang, Shan; Hasell, Tom; Liu, Ming; Sun, Shijing; Cheetham, Anthony K; Sivaniah, Easan; Cooper, Andrew I

    2016-04-01

    Porous organic cage molecules are fabricated into thin films and molecular-sieving membranes. Cage molecules are solution cast on various substrates to form amorphous thin films, with the structures tuned by tailoring the cage chemistry and processing conditions. For the first time, uniform and pinhole-free microporous cage thin films are formed and demonstrated as molecular-sieving membranes for selective gas separation. PMID:26800019

  16. Characterization of the Connexin45 Carboxyl-Terminal Domain Structure and Interactions with Molecular Partners

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    Kopanic, Jennifer L.; Al-mugotir, Mona H.; Kieken, Fabien; Zach, Sydney; Trease, Andrew J.; Sorgen, Paul L.

    2014-01-01

    Mechanisms underlying the initiation and persistence of lethal cardiac rhythms are of significant clinical and scientific interests. Gap junctions are principally involved in forming the electrical connections between myocytes, and changes in distribution, density, and properties are consistent characteristics in arrhythmic heart disease. Therefore, understanding the structure and function of gap junctions during normal and abnormal impulse propagation are essential in the control of arrhythmias. For example, Cx45 is predominately expressed in the specialized myocytes of the impulse generation and conduction system. In both ventricular and atrial human working myocytes, Cx45 is present in very low quantities. However, a reduction in Cx43 coupled with an increased Cx45 protein levels within the ventricles have been observed after myocardial infarction and end-stage heart failure. Cx45 may influence electrical and/or metabolic coupling as a result of pathophysiological overexpression. Our goal was to identify mechanisms that could cause cellular coupling to be different between the cardiac connexins. Based upon the conserved transmembrane and extracellular loop segments, our focus was on identifying features within the divergent cytoplasmic portions. Here, we biophysically characterize the carboxyl-terminal domain of Cx45 (Cx45CT). Purification revealed the possibility of oligomeric species, which was confirmed by analytical ultracentrifugation experiments. Sedimentation equilibrium and circular dichroism studies of different Cx45CT constructs identified one region of α-helical structure (A333-N361) that mediates CT dimerization through hydrophobic contacts. Interestingly, the binding affinity of Cx45CT dimerization is 1000-fold stronger than Cx43CT dimerization. Cx45CT resonance assignments were also used to identify the binding sites and affinities of molecular partners involved in the Cx45 regulation; although none disrupted dimerization, many of these proteins

  17. Discrimination of fresh fruit juices by a fluorescent sensor array for carboxylic acids based on molecularly imprinted titania.

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    Tan, Jin; Li, Rong; Jiang, Zi-Tao

    2014-12-15

    Design of chemical sensor arrays that can discriminate real-world samples has been highly attractive in recent years. Herein a fluorescent indicator-displacement sensor array for discrimination of fresh fruit juices was developed. By coupling the unique high affinity of titania to electron-donating anions and the cross-reactivity of molecularly imprinted materials to structurally similar species, a small array was fabricated using only one rhodamine-based fluorescent dye and three synthesized materials. Citric, malic, succinic and tartaric acids were chosen as indices. The recognition mechanism was investigated by spectrofluorimetric titration using a non-linear Langmuir-type adsorption model. The proposed method was applied to discriminate thirteen fruit juices through their carboxylic acid contents. Principal component analysis of the data clearly grouped the thirteen juices with the first principal component owning 98.2% of the total variation. The comparison of the sensor array with HPLC determination of the carboxylic acids was finally made. PMID:25038646

  18. Optical Properties of Thin Film Molecular Mixtures

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    Jaworske, Donald A.; Shumway, Dean A.

    2003-01-01

    Thin films composed of molecular mixtures of metal and dielectric are being considered for use as solar selective coatings for a variety of space power applications. By controlling the degree of molecular mixing, the solar selective coatings can be tailored to have the combined properties of high solar absorptance, , and low infrared emittance, . On orbit, these combined properties would simultaneously maximize the amount of solar energy captured by the coating and minimize the amount of thermal energy radiated. Mini-satellites equipped with solar collectors coated with these cermet coatings may utilize the captured heat energy to power a heat engine to generate electricity, or to power a thermal bus that directs heat to remote regions of the spacecraft. Early work in this area identified the theoretical boundary conditions needed to operate a Carnot cycle in space, including the need for a solar concentrator, a solar selective coating at the heat inlet of the engine, and a radiator.1 A solar concentrator that can concentrate sunlight by a factor of 100 is ideal. At lower values, the temperature of the solar absorbing surface becomes too low for efficient heat engine operation, and at higher values, cavity type heat receivers become attractive. In designing the solar selective coating, the wavelength region yielding high solar absorptance must be separated from the wavelength region yielding low infrared emittance by establishing a sharp transition in optical properties. In particular, a sharp transition in reflectance is desired in the infrared to achieve the desired optical performance. For a heat engine operating at 450 C, a sharp transition at 1.8 micrometers is desired.2 The radiator completes the heat flow through the Carnot cycle.

  19. Patterns and conformations in molecularly thin films

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    Basnet, Prem B.

    Molecularly thin films have been a subject of great interest for the last several years because of their large variety of industrial applications ranging from micro-electronics to bio-medicine. Additionally, molecularly thin films can be used as good models for biomembrane and other systems where surfaces are critical. Many different kinds of molecules can make stable films. My research has considered three such molecules: a polymerizable phospholipid, a bent-core molecules, and a polymer. One common theme of these three molecules is chirality. The phospolipid molecules studied here are strongly chiral, which can be due to intrinsically chiral centers on the molecules and also due to chiral conformations. We find that these molecules give rise to chiral patterns. Bent-core molecules are not intrinsically chiral, but individual molecules and groups of molecules can show chiral structures, which can be changed by surface interactions. One major, unconfirmed hypothesis for the polymer conformation at surface is that it forms helices, which would be chiral. Most experiments were carried out at the air/water interface, in what are called Langmuir films. Our major tools for studying these films are Brewster Angle Microscopy (BAM) coupled with the thermodynamic information that can be deduced from surface pressure isotherms. Phospholipids are one of the important constituents of liposomes -- a spherical vesicle com-posed of a bilayer membrane, typically composed of a phospholipid and cholesterol bilayer. The application of liposomes in drug delivery is well-known. Crumpling of vesicles of polymerizable phospholipids has been observed. With BAM, on Langmuir films of such phospholipids, we see novel spiral/target patterns during compression. We have found that both the patterns and the critical pressure at which they formed depend on temperature (below the transition to a i¬‘uid layer). Bent-core liquid crystals, sometimes knows as banana liquid crystals, have drawn

  20. Isolation and molecular characterization of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid synthase genes in Hevea brasiliensis.

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    Zhu, Jia-Hong; Xu, Jing; Chang, Wen-Jun; Zhang, Zhi-Li

    2015-01-01

    Ethylene is an important factor that stimulates Hevea brasiliensis to produce natural rubber. 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid synthase (ACS) is a rate-limiting enzyme in ethylene biosynthesis. However, knowledge of the ACS gene family of H. brasiliensis is limited. In this study, nine ACS-like genes were identified in H. brasiliensis. Sequence and phylogenetic analysis results confirmed that seven isozymes (HbACS1-7) of these nine ACS-like genes were similar to ACS isozymes with ACS activity in other plants. Expression analysis results showed that seven ACS genes were differentially expressed in roots, barks, flowers, and leaves of H. brasiliensis. However, no or low ACS gene expression was detected in the latex of H. brasiliensis. Moreover, seven genes were differentially up-regulated by ethylene treatment. These results provided relevant information to help determine the functions of the ACS gene in H. brasiliensis, particularly the functions in regulating ethylene stimulation of latex production. PMID:25690030

  1. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and molecular modeling of a tetranuclear platinum(II) complex with thiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid

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    Corbi, Pedro P.; Formiga, André L. B.; Bonk, Fábio A.; Quintão, Frederico A.; Ferraresi, Diego K. D.; Lustri, Wilton R.; Massabni, Antonio C.

    2012-07-01

    The synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and molecular modeling of a novel tetranuclear platinum(II) complex with thiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid (THC) are described. Elemental analysis is consistent with the composition PtCl2C4H7NO2S·H2O. Infrared (IR) spectroscopic results and solid-state 13C and 15N nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) data indicate coordination of the ligand to Pt(II) through the nitrogen and sulfur atoms. The square planar geometry of the platinum(II) complex is completed by chlorine atoms. Density functional theory (DFT) suggests the formation of a tetrameric cluster as the most probable structure, where each THC molecule bridges between two metal centers. The compound is insoluble in water.

  2. Structure of eight molecular salts assembled from noncovalent bonding between carboxylic acids, imidazole, and benzimidazole

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    Jin, Shouwen; Zhang, Huan; Liu, Hui; Wen, Xianhong; Li, Minghui; Wang, Daqi

    2015-09-01

    Eight organic salts of imidazole/benzimidazole have been prepared with carboxylic acids as 2-methyl-2-phenoxypropanoic acid, α-ketoglutaric acid, 5-nitrosalicylic acid, isophthalic acid, 4-nitro-phthalic acid, and 3,5-dinitrosalicylic acid. The eight crystalline forms reported are proton-transfer compounds of which the crystals and compounds were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis, IR, mp, and elemental analysis. These structures adopted hetero supramolecular synthons, with the most common R22(7) motif observed at salts 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8. Analysis of the crystal packing of 1-8 suggests that there are extensive strong Nsbnd H⋯O, and Osbnd H⋯O hydrogen bonds (charge assisted or neutral) between acid and imidazolyl components in all of the salts. Except the classical hydrogen bonding interactions, the secondary propagating interactions also play important roles in structure extension. This variety, coupled with the varying geometries and number of acidic groups of the acids utilized, has led to the creation of eight supramolecular arrays with 1D-3D structure. The role of weak and strong noncovalent interactions in the crystal packing is analyzed. The results presented herein indicate that the strength and directionality of the Nsbnd H⋯O, and Osbnd H⋯O hydrogen bonds between acids and imidazole/benzimidazole are sufficient to bring about the formation of organic salts.

  3. Features of the Photoalignment of Disodium Bis-[(4-Hydroxy-3-Carboxylate-6-Methyl)Phenylazo]-5,5'-Dioxobenzothiophene in Thin Films

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    Chaplanova, J. D.; Muravskii, A. A.; Agabekov, V. E.; Gracheva, E. A.; Mikulich, V. S.

    2015-05-01

    Thin films and multilayer thin-fi lm coatings based on the new dichroic azo dye disodium bis[(4-hydroxy-3-carboxylate-6-methyl)phenylazo]-5,5'-dioxobenzothiophene (FtF-1) were produced by the spin-coating method. The optical properties and morphology of the FtF-1 films depended on the formation conditions and used solvents. Reversible photo-induced dichroism was observed in films obtained by spin-coating of FtF-1 solutions in DMF and aqueous polyvinylpyrrolidone on quartz substrates upon irradiation with plane-polarized light (λ = 450 nm, I = 15 mW/cm2). The anisotropic properties of the FtF-1 films were caused by trans-cis-isomerization of the irradiated dye molecules.

  4. Effect of Molecular Structure on the Relative Hydrogen Peroxide Scavenging Ability of Some α-Keto Carboxylic Acids.

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    Lopalco, Antonio; Stella, Valentino J

    2016-09-01

    The α-keto carboxylic acid, pyruvic acid (1) was found to be a very effective peroxide scavenger but is subject to an aldol-like self-condensation/polymerization reaction. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the hydrogen peroxide, H2O2, scavenging ability of 3-methyl-2-oxobutanoic acid (2), 4-methyl-2-oxopentanoic acid (3), and 2-oxo-2-phenylacetic acid (phenylglyoxylic acid, 4) in the pH range 2-9 at 25°C and the effect of molecular structure on the relative reactivity. The reaction with H2O2 was followed by UV spectrophotometry at 220 or 260 nm and high-performance liquid chromatography. Pseudo-first order, buffer-independent decarboxylation kinetics were observed in the presence of molar excess H2O2. The second-order rate constants for 2-4 followed a sigmoidal shape and mechanism similar to pyruvic acid. Pyruvic acid was a superior H2O2 scavenger to 2-4 over the pH range 2-9 but 4 was more reactive than 2 and 3 at pH values above 6. There was a qualitative correlation between the degree of keto-group hydration and reactivity of the acids in the pH range 4-6 while the data above pH 7 suggested that the intrinsic decarboxylation step for 4 was faster than for pyruvic acid. Differences in reactivity to molecular structure were analyzed. PMID:27209460

  5. Conformation of the umifenovir cation in the molecular and crystal structures of four carboxylic acid salts

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    Orola, Liana; Sarcevica, Inese; Kons, Artis; Actins, Andris; Veidis, Mikelis V.

    2014-01-01

    The umifenovir salts of maleic, salicylic, glutaric, and gentisic acid as well as the chloroform solvate of the salicylate were prepared. Single crystals of the five compounds were obtained and their molecular and crystal structures determined by X-ray diffraction. In each structure the conformation of phenyl ring with respect to the indole group of the umifenovir moiety is different. The water solubility and melting points of the studied umifenovir salts have been determined.

  6. The Effect of Phenazine-1-Carboxylic Acid on the Morphological, Physiological, and Molecular Characteristics of Phellinus noxius.

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    Huang, Huazhi; Sun, Longhua; Bi, Keke; Zhong, Guohua; Hu, Meiying

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the effect of phenazine-1-carboxylic acid (PCA) on morphological, physiological, and molecular characteristics of Phellinus noxius has been investigated, and the potential antifungal mechanism of PCA against P. noxius was also explored. The results revealed that PCA showed in vitro antifungal potential against P. noxius and completely inhibited P. noxius hyphae at concentrations >40 μg/mL. PCA inhibited both mycelial growth and the loss of mycelial biomass in vitro in a dose-dependent manner. Morphological changes in PCA-treated P. noxius hyphae, such as irregularly swollen mycelia as well as short hyphae with increased septation and less branching, were observed by optical microscopy. The intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels were significantly increased in PCA-treated P. noxius cells as compared to control groups. Induced hyperpolarization of the mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), repressed superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity and up-regulated gene expression of seven tested genes were also found in PCA-treated P. noxius groups. Thus, the present results suggested that the mechanism of action of PCA against P. noxius might be attributed to direct damage of mycelium and high intracellular ROS production, and indirect induction of genes involved in cell detoxification, oxidation-reduction process, and electron transport of the respiratory chain. PMID:27187325

  7. Molecular cloning and expression analysis of an 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate synthase gene from Oncidium Gower Ramsey.

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    Shi, Le-Song; Liu, Jin-Ping

    2016-01-01

    1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC) synthase (ACS) is a rate-limiting enzyme in the biosynthesis of ethylene which regulates many aspects of the plant development and responses to biotic and abiotic stresses. In this study, a full-length cDNA of ACC synthase, OnACS2, was cloned from the senescing flower of Oncidium Gower Ramsey by RACE. The full-length cDNA of OnACS2 (GenBank accession no. JQ822087) was 1557 bp in length with an open reading frame (ORF) of 1308 bp encoding for a protein of 435 amino acid residues. The predicted OnACS2 protein had a molecular mass of 49.1 kDa with pI value of 7.51. Phylogenetic analysis indicated its evolutionary relationships with corresponding orthologous sequences in orchids, Hosta ventricosa and monocots. Real-time PCR assay demonstrated that OnACS2 was constitutively expressed in all tested organs with the highest transcript level in the gynandria. Differential expression pattern of OnACS2 gene correlated to the ethylene production and the subsequent occurrence of senescent symptoms in flower suggested that OnACS2 probably played an important role in the initiation of flower senescence. PMID:26631967

  8. Growth and physical properties of molecular organic thin films

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    Fraxedas, J.

    2004-04-01

    Highly-oriented polycrystalline thin films of molecular organic materials consisting of small molecules can be easily obtained by physical and chemical vapour deposition methods. The crystallographic phase, orientation and morphology of the films critically depend on the interface and on the kinetics of growth and can be controlled, to a certain extent, by a judicious selection of the substrates and of the growth parameters. This article shortly explores the formation of organic-inorganic heterostructures as a function of coverage: from the most fundamental case, a single molecule on a surface, to thick films (thickness ˜ 1 μ m). The case of high-quality thick TTF-TCNQ films exemplifies the fact that the derived physical properties are essentially identical to those obtained from single crystals. Key words. Molecular organic materials thin films interfaces.

  9. Molecular cloning and characterization of two thermostable carboxyl esterases from Geobacillus stearothermophilus.

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    Ewis, Hosam E; Abdelal, Ahmed T; Lu, Chung-Dar

    2004-03-31

    Screening of the genomic libraries of Geobacillus stearothermophilus ATCC12980 and ATCC7954 for esterase/lipase activity led to the isolation of two positive clones. The results of subclonings and sequence analyses identified two genes, est30 and est55, encoding two different carboxylesterases, and genetic rearrangement in the est55 locus was revealed from genomic comparison. The est30 gene encodes a polypeptide of 248 amino acids with a calculated molecular mass of 28338 Da, and the est55 gene encodes a polypeptide of 499 amino acids with a calculated molecular mass of 54867 Da. Both enzymes were purified to near homogeneity from recombinant strains of Escherichia coli. The results of enzyme characterization showed that while both enzymes possess optimal activities with short chain acyl derivatives, Est55 has a broader pH tolerance (pH 8-9) and optimal temperature range (30-60 degrees C) than Est30. The activation energy of Est55 (35.7 kJ/mol) was found to be significantly lower than that of Est30 (101.9 kJ/mol). Both enzymes were stable at 60 degrees C for more than 2 h; at 70 degrees C, the half-life for thermal inactivation was 40 and 180 min for Est55 and Est30, respectively. With p-nitrophenyl caproate as the substrate and assayed at 60 degrees C, Est55 had K(m) and k(cat) values of 0.5 microM and 39758 s(-1) while Est30 exhibited values of 2.16 microM and 38 s(-1). Inhibition studies indicated that both Est30 and Est55 were strongly inhibited by phenylmethanesulfonyl fluoride, p-hydroxymercuribenzoate, and tosyl-l-phenylalanine, consistent with the proposed presence of Ser-His-Glu catalytic triad of the alpha/beta hydrolase family. The enzymatic properties of Est30 and Est55 reported here warrant the potential applications of these enzymes in biotechnological industries. PMID:15033540

  10. Chloroaluminum phthalocyanine thin films: chemical reaction and molecular orientation.

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    Latteyer, Florian; Peisert, Heiko; Uihlein, Johannes; Basova, Tamara; Nagel, Peter; Merz, Michael; Schuppler, Stefan; Chassé, Thomas

    2013-05-01

    The chemical transformation of the polar chloroaluminum phthalocyanine, AlClPc, to μ-(oxo)bis(phthalocyaninato)aluminum(III), (PcAl)2O, in thin films on indium tin oxide is studied and its influence on the molecular orientation is discussed. The studies were conducted using complementary spectroscopic techniques: Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. In addition, density functional theory calculations were performed in order to identify specific vibrations and to monitor the product formation. The thin films of AlClPc were annealed in controlled environmental conditions to obtain (PcAl)2O. It is shown that the chemical transformation in the thin films can proceed only in the presence of water. The influence of the reaction and the annealing on the molecular orientation was studied with Raman spectroscopy and NEXAFS spectroscopy in total electron yield and partial electron yield modes. The comparison of the results obtained from these techniques allows the determination of the molecular orientation of the film as a function of the probing depth. PMID:23494276

  11. On the relationship between the structure of self-assembled carboxylic acid monolayers on alumina and the organization and electrical properties of a pentacene thin film

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    Lang, Philippe; Mottaghi, Daniel; Lacaze, Pierre-Camille

    2016-03-01

    The modification of insulating surfaces by self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) is an elegant way of tailoring the gate dielectric of organic field effect transistors (OFET) to pentacene and is commonly used to improve electrical performance. A SAM based on an alkylcarboxylic acid deposited on a thin layer of alumina, serving as the gate dielectric is considered. The relationship between carrier mobility and (i) the length of the carboxylic acid (CH3(CH2)nCOOH; n = 9, 14, 18), (ii) substrate preparation and (iii) the SAM and pentacene thin film structures is considered. The size and boundaries of pentacene grains are not limiting factors for carrier mobility, and the most relevant parameter, which depends on whether there is a SAM or not, is the organization of the first pentacene layers in contact with the gate dielectric. The variation of the interplanar distance d(0 0 1) of the pentacene layers close to the alumina surface is much greater without SAM than with, and this could explain the lower carrier mobility observed in the case of a bare alumina dielectric. The relationship between the disorder associated with this variation and mobility is discussed.

  12. Control of wettability of molecularly thin liquid films by nanostructures.

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    Fukuzawa, Kenji; Deguchi, Takanori; Yamawaki, Yasuhiro; Itoh, Shintaro; Muramatsu, Takuro; Zhang, Hedong

    2008-03-18

    The patterning of liquid thin films on solid surfaces is very important in various fields of science and engineering related to surfaces and interfaces. A method of nanometer-scale patterning of a molecularly thin liquid film on a silicon substrate using the lyophobicity of the oxide nanostructures has recently been reported (Fukuzawa, K.; Deguchi, T.; Kawamura, J.; Mitsuya, Y.; Muramatsu, T.; Zhang, H. Appl. Phys. Lett. 2005, 87, 203108). However, the origin of the lyophobicity of the nanostructure with a height of around 1 nm, which was fabricated by probe oxidation, has not yet been clarified. In the present study, the change in thickness of the liquid film on mesa-shaped nanostructures and the wettability for the various combinations of the thickness of the liquid films and the height of ridge-shaped nanostructures were investigated. These revealed that lyophobicity is caused by a lowering of the intermolecular interaction between the liquid and silicon surfaces by the nanostructure and enables the patterning of a liquid film along it. The tendency of the wettability for a given liquid film and nanostructure size can be predicted by estimating the contributions of the intermolecular interaction and capillary pressure. In this method, the height of the nanostructure can control the wettability. These results can provide a novel method of nanoscale patterning of liquid thin films, which will be very useful in creating new functional surfaces. PMID:18237215

  13. Molecular tailoring of interfaces for thin film on substrate systems

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    Grady, Martha Elizabeth

    Thin film on substrate systems appear most prevalently within the microelectronics industry, which demands that devices operate in smaller and smaller packages with greater reliability. The reliability of these multilayer film systems is strongly influenced by the adhesion of each of the bimaterial interfaces. During use, microelectronic components undergo thermo-mechanical cycling, which induces interfacial delaminations leading to failure of the overall device. The ability to tailor interfacial properties at the molecular level provides a mechanism to improve thin film adhesion, reliability and performance. This dissertation presents the investigation of molecular level control of interface properties in three thin film-substrate systems: photodefinable polyimide films on passivated silicon substrates, self-assembled monolayers at the interface of Au films and dielectric substrates, and mechanochemically active materials on rigid substrates. For all three materials systems, the effect of interfacial modifications on adhesion is assessed using a laser-spallation technique. Laser-induced stress waves are chosen because they dynamically load the thin film interface in a precise, noncontacting manner at high strain rates and are suitable for both weak and strong interfaces. Photodefinable polyimide films are used as dielectrics in flip chip integrated circuit packages to reduce the stress between silicon passivation layers and mold compound. The influence of processing parameters on adhesion is examined for photodefinable polyimide films on silicon (Si) substrates with three different passivation layers: silicon nitride (SiNx), silicon oxynitride (SiOxNy), and the native silicon oxide (SiO2). Interfacial strength increases when films are processed with an exposure step as well as a longer cure cycle. Additionally, the interfacial fracture energy is assessed using a dynamic delamination protocol. The high toughness of this interface (ca. 100 J/m2) makes it difficult

  14. Sorption of carboxylic acid from carboxylic salt solutions at pHs close to or above the pK[sub a] of the acid, with regeneration with an aqueous solution of ammonia or low-molecular-weight alkylamine

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    King, C.J.; Tung, L.A.

    1992-07-21

    Carboxylic acids are sorbed from aqueous feedstocks at pHs close to or above the acids' pH[sub a] into a strongly basic organic liquid phase or onto a basic solid adsorbent or moderately basic ion exchange resin. The acids are freed from the sorbent phase by treating it with aqueous alkylamine or ammonia thus forming an alkylammonium or ammonium carboxylate which dewatered and decomposed to the desired carboxylic acid and the alkylamine or ammonia. 8 figs.

  15. Preparation of Robust, Thin Zeolite Membrane Sheet for Molecular Separation

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    Liu, Wei; Zhang, Jian; Canfield, Nathan L.; Saraf, Laxmikant V.

    2011-10-19

    This paper reports a feasibility study on the preparation of zeolite membrane films on a thin, porous metal support sheet (50-{micro}m thick). Zeolite sodium A (NaA) and silicalite zeolite frameworks are chosen to represent synthesis of respective hydrophilic-type and hydrophobic-type zeolite membranes on this new support. It is found that a dense, continuous inter-grown zeolite crystal layer at a thickness less than 2 {micro}m can be directly deposited on such a support by using direct and secondary growth techniques. The resulting membrane shows excellent adhesion on the metal sheet. Molecular-sieving functions of the prepared membranes are characterized with ethanol/water separation, CO2 separation, and air dehumidification. The results show great potential to make flexible metal-foil-like zeolite membranes for a range of energy conversion and environmental applications.

  16. Polar organic marker compounds in atmospheric aerosol in the Po Valley during the Supersito campaigns - Part 1: Low molecular weight carboxylic acids in cold seasons

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    Pietrogrande, Maria Chiara; Bacco, Dimitri; Visentin, Marco; Ferrari, Silvia; Poluzzi, Vanes

    2014-04-01

    In the framework of the “Supersito” project, three intensive experimental campaigns were conducted in the Po Valley (Northern Italy) in cold seasons, such as late autumn, pre-winter and deep-winter, over three years from 2011 to 2013. As a part of a study on polar marker compounds, including carboxylic acids, sugar derivatives and lignin phenols, the present study reports a detailed discussion on the atmospheric concentrations of 14 low molecular weight carboxylic acids, mainly dicarboxylic and oxo-hydroxy carboxylic acids, as relevant markers of primary and secondary organic aerosols. PM2.5 samples were collected in two monitoring sites, representing urban and rural background stations. The total quantities of carboxylic acids were 262, 167 and 249 ng m-3 at the urban site and 308, 115, 248 ng m-3 at the rural site in pre-winter, fall and deep-winter, respectively. These high concentrations can be explained by the large human emission sources in the urbanized region, combined with the stagnant atmospheric conditions during the cold seasons that accumulate the organic precursors and accelerate the secondary atmospheric reactions. The distribution profiles of the investigated markers suggest the dominant contributions of primary anthropogenic sources, such as traffic, domestic heating and biomass burning. These results are confirmed by comparison with additional emission tracers, such as anhydro-saccharides for biomass burning and fatty acids originated from different anthropogenic sources. In addition, some secondary constituents were detected in both sites, as produced by in situ photo-chemical reactions from both biogenic (e.g. pinonic acid) and anthropogenic precursors (e.g. phthalic and adipic acids). The impact of different sources from human activities was elucidated by investigating the week pattern of carboxylic and fatty acid concentrations. The weekly trends of analytes during the warmer campaign (fall 2012; mean temperature: 12 °C) may be related to

  17. New Molecular Theory for Dense, Thin Polymer Films

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    Freed, Karl

    2015-03-01

    The development of a molecular theory for dense polymer systems ranks among the most challenging problems in the statistical mechanics of complex matter. These difficulties become compounded when considering the influence of molecular details on thermodynamic properties of thin polymer films, properties deviating from those of the bulk phases. A new theory of dense polymer films is developed as a significant generalization of methods used to devise the lattice cluster theory, an extension of Flory-Huggins theory that include details of monomer structure and short range correlations (neglected in FH theory) and that has successfully been applied to a wide range of polymer systems. The new theory incorporates the essential ``transport'' constraints of Helfand and focuses on the strict imposition of excluded volume constraints, appropriate to dense polymer systems, rather than the maintenance of chain connectivity as appropriate for lower densities and implemented in self-consistent theories of polymer adsorption at interfaces. The theory is illustrated by presenting examples of the computed density and chain end profiles for free standing films as a function of bulk density, chain length, temperature, and chain semi-flexibility.

  18. Molecular level computational studies of polyethylene and polyacrylonitrile composites containing single walled carbon nanotubes: effect of carboxylic acid functionalization on nanotube-polymer interfacial properties

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    Haghighatpanah, Shayesteh; Bohlén, Martin; Bolton, Kim

    2014-01-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) and molecular mechanics (MM) methods have been used to investigate additive-polymer interfacial properties in single walled carbon nanotube (SWNT)—polyethylene and SWNT—polyacrylonitrile composites. Properties such as the interfacial shear stress and bonding energy are similar for the two composites. In contrast, functionalizing the SWNT with carboxylic acid groups leads to an increase in these properties, with a larger increase for the polar polyacrylonitrile composite. Increasing the percentage of carbon atoms that were functionalized from 1 to 5% also leads to an increase in the interfacial properties. In addition, the interfacial properties depend on the location of the functional groups on the SWNT wall. PMID:25229056

  19. Structure of six anhydrous molecular salts assembled from noncovalent associations between carboxylic acids and bis-N-imidazoles

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    Jin, Shouwen; Guo, Ming; Wang, Daqi

    2012-08-01

    Six crystalline organic acid-base adducts derived from bis(N-imidazolyl) and carboxylic acids (3,5-dinitrobenzoic acid, 5-nitrosalicylic acid, 3,5-dinitrosalicylic acid, and phthalic acid) were prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis, IR, mp, and elemental analysis. The six compounds are all organic salts. In salts 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 the corresponding bis(imidazole) derivatives are diprotonated, while in 3, the corresponding bis(imidazole) derivative is only monoprotonated. All supramolecular architectures of the salts 1-6 involve extensive Nsbnd H⋯O, Osbnd H⋯O, CH⋯O, and CH2⋯O hydrogen bonds as well as other noncovalent interactions. The role of weak and strong noncovalent interactions in the crystal packing is ascertained. All the salts displayed 3D framework structures under the cooperation of these weak interactions. The results presented herein indicate that the strength and directionality of the N+sbnd H⋯O-, Osbnd H⋯O, and Nsbnd H⋯N hydrogen bonds between carboxylic acids and ditopic imidazoles are sufficient to bring about the formation of binary organic salts.

  20. Electro-deposited poly-luminol molecularly imprinted polymer coating on carboxyl graphene for stir bar sorptive extraction of estrogens in milk.

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    Liu, Haibo; Qiao, Li; Gan, Ning; Lin, Saichai; Cao, Yuting; Hu, Futao; Wang, Jiayu; Chen, Yinji

    2016-08-01

    Electrochemical polymerization of luminol molecularly imprinted polymer on carboxyl graphene (MIP/CG) was developed as stir bar sorptive extraction (SBSE) coating for selective pre-concentration and specific recognition of bisphenol A (BPA), hexoestrol and diethylstilbestrol in milk samples. Luminol was employed as monomer and BPA as the template to prepare MIP under 0-0.6V electro-polymerization. Carboxyl graphene was modified on pencil lead as the substrate to increase extraction capacity. The preparation and extraction conditions affecting the extraction efficiency were optimized. Under the optimized conditions, a good linearity of three estrogens was obtained in the range of 4-1000ngmL(-1). The average recoveries at the three spiked levels of the three estrogens ranged from 83.4% to 96.3% with the relative standard deviations (RSD)≤7.1%. The limits of detection were in the range of 0.36-1.09ngmL(-1). The developed method with low cost, high selectivity and good reproducibility can be potentially applied for determining trace estrogens in complex food samples. PMID:27249165

  1. Molecularly Oriented Polymeric Thin Films for Space Applications

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    Fay, Catharine C.; Stoakley, Diane M.; St.Clair, Anne K.

    1997-01-01

    The increased commitment from NASA and private industry to the exploration of outer space and the use of orbital instrumentation to monitor the earth has focused attention on organic polymeric materials for a variety of applications in space. Some polymeric materials have exhibited short-term (3-5 yr) space environmental durability; however, future spacecraft are being designed with lifetimes projected to be 10-30 years. This gives rise to concern that material property change brought about during operation may result in unpredicted spacecraft performance. Because of their inherent toughness and flexibility, low density, thermal stability, radiation resistance and mechanical strength, aromatic polyimides have excellent potential use as advanced materials on large space structures. Also, there exists a need for high temperature (200-300 C) stable, flexible polymeric films that have high optical transparency in the 300-600nm range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Polymers suitable for these space applications were fabricated and characterized. Additionally, these polymers were molecularly oriented to further enhance their dimensional stability, stiffness, elongation and strength. Both unoriented and oriented polymeric thin films were also cryogenically treated to temperatures below -184 C to show their stability in cold environments and determine any changes in material properties.

  2. Molecular dynamics simulation of VN thin films under indentation

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    Fu, Tao; Peng, Xianghe; Huang, Cheng; Yin, Deqiang; Li, Qibin; Wang, Zhongchang

    2015-12-01

    We investigated with molecular dynamics simulation the mechanical responses of VN (0 0 1) thin films subjected to indentation with a diamond columnar indenter. We calculated the generalized stacking-fault energies as a function of the displacement in the rbond2 1 1 0lbond2 directions on the {0 0 1}, {1 1 0}, and {1 1 1} planes, and analyzed systematically the microstructures and their evolution during the indentation with the centro-symmetry parameters and the slices of the VN films. We found the slips on {1 1 0}rbond2 1 1 0lbond2 of the VN film under indentation at the initial stage. With the increase of indentation depth, slips are also activated on {1 1 1}rbond2 1 1 0lbond2 and {1 0 0}rbond2 0 1 1lbond2 systems. We further found that the slip system is determined by the stacking-fault energy rather than the layer spacing. The indentations with other different parameters were also performed, and the results further prove the validity of the conclusion.

  3. Supercritical fluid molecular spray thin films and fine powders

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    Smith, Richard D.

    1988-01-01

    Solid films are deposited, or fine powders formed, by dissolving a solid material into a supercritical fluid solution at an elevated pressure and then rapidly expanding the solution through a short orifice into a region of relatively low pressure. This produces a molecular spray which is directed against a substrate to deposit a solid thin film thereon, or discharged into a collection chamber to collect a fine powder. The solvent is vaporized and pumped away. Solution pressure is varied to determine, together with flow rate, the rate of deposition and to control in part whether a film or powder is produced and the granularity of each. Solution temperature is varied in relation to formation of a two-phase system during expansion to control porosity of the film or powder. A wide variety of film textures and powder shapes are produced of both organic and inorganic compounds. Films are produced with regular textural feature dimensions of 1.0-2.0 .mu.m down to a range of 0.01 to 0.1 .mu.m. Powders are formed in very narrow size distributions, with average sizes in the range of 0.02 to 5 .mu.m.

  4. Sorption of carboxylic acid from carboxylic salt solutions at PHS close to or above the pK.sub.a of the acid, with regeneration with an aqueous solution of ammonia or low-molecular-weight alkylamine

    DOEpatents

    King, C. Judson; Tung, Lisa A.

    1992-01-01

    Carboxylic acids are sorbed from aqueous feedstocks at pHs close to or above the acids' pH.sub.a into a strongly basic organic liquid phase or onto a basic solid adsorbent or moderately basic ion exchange resin. the acids are freed from the sorbent phase by treating it with aqueous alkylamine or ammonia thus forming an alkylammonium or ammonium carobxylate which dewatered and decomposed to the desired carboxylic acid and the alkylamine or ammonia.

  5. Ordered nanocolumn-array organic semiconductor thin films with controllable molecular orientation

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    Yang, Bingchu; Duan, Haichao; Zhou, Conghua; Gao, Yongli; Yang, Junliang

    2013-12-01

    Ordered nanocolumn-array phthalocynine semiconductor thin films with controllable molecular orientation were fabricated by combining molecular template growth (MTG) and glancing angle deposition (GLAD) techniques. The pre-deposited planar perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic-3,4,9,10-dianhydride (PTCDA) molecular template layer induces phthalocynine molecules arrange with a lying-down molecular orientation, in which the π-π stacking is vertical to the substrate improving the charge transport along the vertical direction; While the GLAD technique supports the formation of nanocolumn-array thin films, supplying a much larger exposed surface area than the conventional compact thin films. The ordered nanocolumn-array thin films with controllable molecular orientation fabricated by combining MTG and GLAD techniques show the potentials to fabricate ordered bulk heterojunction for improving the performance in organic photovoltaics.

  6. Improved Parameterization of Amine-Carboxylate and Amine-Phosphate Interactions for Molecular Dynamics Simulations Using the CHARMM and AMBER Force Fields.

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    Yoo, Jejoong; Aksimentiev, Aleksei

    2016-01-12

    Over the past decades, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of biomolecules have become a mainstream biophysics technique. As the length and time scales amenable to the MD method increase, shortcomings of the empirical force fields, which have been developed and validated using relatively short simulations of small molecules, become apparent. One common artifact is aggregation of water-soluble biomolecules driven by artificially strong charge-charge interactions. Here, we report a systematic atom pair-specific refinement of Lennard-Jones parameters (NBFIX) describing amine-carboxylate and amine-phosphate interactions, which bring MD simulations of basic peptide-mediated nucleic acid assemblies and lipid bilayer membranes into better agreement with experimental data. As our refinement does not affect the existing parametrization of bonded interactions or alter the solvation free energies, it improves the realism of an MD simulation without introducing additional artifacts. PMID:26632962

  7. On the microstructure of organic solutions of mono-carboxylic acids: Combined study by infrared spectroscopy, small-angle neutron scattering and molecular dynamics simulations

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    Eremin, Roman A.; Kholmurodov, Kholmirzo T.; Petrenko, Viktor I.; Rosta, László; Grigoryeva, Natalia A.; Avdeev, Mikhail V.

    2015-11-01

    The data of infrared spectroscopy (IR), molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) have been combined to conclude about the nanoscale structural organization of organic non-polar solutions of saturated mono-carboxylic acids with different alkyl chain lengths for diluted solutions of saturated myristic (C14) and stearic (C18) acids in benzene and decalin. In particular, the degree of dimerization was found from the IR spectra. The structural anisotropy of the acids and their dimers was used in the treatment of the data of MD simulations to describe the solute-solvent interface in a cylindrical approximation and show its rather strong influence on SANS. The corresponding scattering length density profiles were used to fit the experimental SANS data comprising the information about the acid molecule isomerization. The SANS data from concentrated solutions showed a partial self-assembling of the acids within the nematic transition is different for two solvents due to lyophobic peculiarities.

  8. Molecular solution processing of metal chalcogenide thin film solar cells

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    Yang, Wenbing

    The barrier to utilize solar generated electricity mainly comes from their higher cost relative to fossil fuels. However, innovations with new materials and processing techniques can potentially make cost effective photovoltaics. One such strategy is to develop solution processed photovoltaics which avoid the expensive vacuum processing required by traditional solar cells. The dissertation is mainly focused on two absorber material system for thin film solar cells: chalcopyrite CuIn(S,Se)2 (CISS) and kesterite Cu2ZnSn(S,Se) 4 organized in chronological order. Chalcopyrite CISS is a very promising material. It has been demonstrated to achieve the highest efficiency among thin film solar cells. Scaled-up industry production at present has reached the giga-watt per year level. The process however mainly relies on vacuum systems which account for a significant percentage of the manufacturing cost. In the first section of this dissertation, hydrazine based solution processed CISS has been explored. The focus of the research involves the procedures to fabricate devices from solution. The topics covered in Chapter 2 include: precursor solution synthesis with a focus on understanding the solution chemistry, CISS absorber formation from precursor, properties modification toward favorable device performance, and device structure innovation toward tandem device. For photovoltaics to have a significant impact toward meeting energy demands, the annual production capability needs to be on TW-level. On such a level, raw materials supply of rare elements (indium for CIS or tellurium for CdTe) will be the bottleneck limiting the scalability. Replacing indium with zinc and tin, earth abundant kesterite CZTS exhibits great potential to reach the goal of TW-level with no limitations on raw material availability. Chapter 3 shows pioneering work towards solution processing of CZTS film at low temperature. The solution processed devices show performances which rival vacuum

  9. Molecular dynamics studies of thin film nucleation and substrate modification

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    Hu, Yanhong

    Deposition of energetic particles on solid surfaces has found increasing application in surface science. However, the detailed surface chemistry and relevant atomic mechanisms are not well understood. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are an ideal method to study these processes atomistically because they usually occur on short time scales (of the order of a few picoseconds). In this dissertation, MD simulations are performed to investigate thin film formation through organic cluster beam deposition and chemical modification of carbon nanotube/polymer composites via polyatomic ion beam deposition. The interatomic forces are calculated from the reactive empirical bond-order (REBO) potential for carbon-based systems coupled with the Lennard-Jones potentials. The reliability of this approach is examined by comparing its predictions for ethylene-cluster beam deposition with the results of a more accurate order-N nonorthogonal tight-binding method. The results show that the REBO potential captures the general characters of the relevant chemistry. The deposition processes of interest occur at room temperature; hence, appropriate temperature control methods must be employed in the simulations. A comparison study of four temperature control methods during the simulation of cluster deposition finds that the generalized Langevin equation approach is sufficient for dissipation of excess system energy if the deposition occurs on a large enough substrate at a moderate incident energy (<40 eV/cluster-atom). A new temperature control method has been developed for use at higher incident energies. In the simulations of thin film formation through organic cluster beam deposition, the dependence of the results on the intracluster bonding, incident angle and deposition direction is examined. Beams of ethylene clusters, adamantane molecules, and C20 molecules are thus deposited on a diamond surface with varying lateral momenta along two different crystallographic orientations at

  10. Molecular Aspects of Transport in Thin Films of Controlled Architecture

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    Paul W. Bohn

    2009-04-16

    Our laboratory focuses on developing spatially localized chemistries which can produce structures of controlled architecture on the supermolecular length scale -- structures which allow us to control the motion of molecular species with high spatial resolution, ultimately on nanometer length scales. Specifically, nanocapillary array membranes (NCAMs) contain an array of nanometer diameter pores connecting vertically separated microfluidic channels. NCAMs can manipulate samples with sub-femtoliter characteristic volumes and attomole sample amounts and are opening the field of chemical analysis of mass-limited samples, because they are capable of digital control of fluid switching down to sub-attoliter volumes; extension of analytical “unit operations” down to sub-femtomole sample sizes; and exerting spatiotemporal control over fluid mixing to enable studies of reaction dynamics. Digital flow switching mediated by nanocapillary array membranes can be controlled by bias, ionic strength, or pore diameter and is being studied by observing the temporal characteristics of transport across a single nanopore in thin PMMA membranes. The control of flow via nanopore surface characteristics, charge density and functional group presentation, is being studied by coupled conductivity and laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) measurements. Reactive mixing experiments previously established low millisecond mixing times for NCAM-mediated fluid transfer, and this has been exploited to demonstrate capture of mass-limited target species by Au colloids. Voltage and thermally-activated polymer switches have been developed for active control of transport in NCAMs. Thermally-switchable and size-selective transport was achieved by grafting poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) brushes onto the exterior surface of a Au-coated polycarbonate track-etched membrane, while the voltage-gated properties of poly(hydroxyethylmethacrylate) were characterized dynamically. Electrophoretic separations have been

  11. Molecular Sieves: Porous Organic Cage Thin Films and Molecular-Sieving Membranes (Adv. Mater. 13/2016).

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    Song, Qilei; Jiang, Shan; Hasell, Tom; Liu, Ming; Sun, Shijing; Cheetham, Anthony K; Sivaniah, Easan; Cooper, Andrew I

    2016-04-01

    Porous organic cage molecules are a new class of molecular materials that combine microporosity and solution-processability. On page 2629, E. Sivaniah, A. I. Cooper, and co-workers demonstrate solution processing of cage molecules into thin films with tunable structures. For the first time, cage molecules are fabricated into continuous and pinhole-free microporous molecular-sieving membranes, as confirmed by selective gas transport in terms of high permeance and molecular selectivity. Image credit: Adam Kewley. PMID:27037946

  12. Molecular cloning and characterization of the mouse carboxyl ester lipase gene and evidence for expression in the lactating mammary gland

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    Lidmer, A.S.; Lundberg, L.; Kannius, M.; Bjursell, G.

    1995-09-01

    DNA hybridization was used to isolate a 2.04-kb cDNA encoding carboxyl ester lipase (CEL) from a mouse lactating mammary gland, {lambda}gt10 cDNA library. The cDNA sequence translated into a protein of 599 amino acids, including 20 amino acids of a putative signal peptide. Comparison of the deduced amino acid sequence of the mouse CEL with CEL from five other species revealed that there is a high degree of a homology between the different species. The mouse CEL gene was also isolated and found to span approximately 7.2 kb and to include 11 exons. This organization is similar to those of the recently reported human and rat CEL genes. We have also analyzed expression of the CEL gene in the mammary glands from other species by performing a Northern blot analysis with RNA from goat and cow. The results show that the gene is expressed in both species. 36 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  13. Vibrational studies of molecular organization in evaporated phthalocyanine thin solid films

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    Aroca, R.; Thedchanamoorthy, A.

    1995-01-01

    This report presents results on the study of the molecular organization, utilizing transmission and reflection absorption FTIR spectroscopy, of thin films of phthalocyanine complexes and metal free phthalocyanine. The spatial anisotropy was probed.

  14. Enhanced Rates of Photoinduced Molecular Orientation in a Series of Molecular Glassy Thin Films.

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    Snell, Kristen E; Hou, Renjie; Ishow, Eléna; Lagugné-Labarthet, François

    2015-07-01

    Photoinduced orientation in a series of molecular glasses made of small push-pull azo derivatives is dynamically investigated for the first time. Birefringence measurements at 632.8 nm are conducted with a temporal resolution of 100 ms to probe the fast rate of the azo orientation induced under polarized light and its temporal stability over several consecutive cycles. To better evaluate the influence of the azo chemical substituents and their electronic properties on the orientation of the whole molecule, a series of push-pull azo derivatives involving a triphenylaminoazo core substituted with distinct electron-withdrawing moieties is studied. All resulting thin films are probed using polarization modulation infrared spectroscopy that yields dynamical linear dichroism measurements during a cycle of orientation followed by relaxation. We show here in particular that the orientation rates of small molecule-based azo materials are systematically increased up to 7-fold compared to those of a reference polymer counterpart. For specific compounds, the percentage of remnant orientation is also higher, which makes these materials of great interest and promising alternatives to azobenzene-containing polymers for a variety of applications requiring a fast response and absolute control over the molecular weight. PMID:26072966

  15. Vibrational modes and changing molecular conformation of perfluororubrene in thin films and solution

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    Anger, F.; Scholz, R.; Gerlach, A.; Schreiber, F.

    2015-06-01

    We investigate the vibrational properties of perfluororubrene (PF-RUB) in thin films on silicon wafers with a native oxide layer as well as on silicon wafers covered with a self-assembled monolayer and in dichloromethane solution. In comparison with computed Raman and IR spectra, we can assign the molecular modes and identify two molecular conformations with twisted and planar tetracene backbones of the molecule. Moreover, we employ Raman imaging techniques to study the morphology and distribution of the molecular conformation in PF-RUB thin films.

  16. Synthesis, crystal structures, molecular docking, and in vitro biological activities evaluation of transition metal complexes with 4-(3,4-dichlorophenyl) piperazine-1-carboxylic acid

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    Chen, Zhi-Jian; Chen, Ya-Na; Xu, Chun-Na; Zhao, Shan-Shan; Cao, Qi-Yue; Qian, Shao-Song; Qin, Jie; Zhu, Hai-Liang

    2016-08-01

    Three novel mononuclear complexes, [MⅡ(L)2·2H2O], (M = Cu, Ni or Cd; HL = 4-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)piperazine-1-carboxylic acid)were synthesized and structurally determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Molecular docking study preliminarily revealed that complex 1 had potential urease inhibitory activity. In accordance with the result of calculation, in vitro tests of the inhibitory activities of complexes 1-3 against jack bean urease showed complex 1 (IC50 = 8.17 ± 0.91 μM) had better inhibitory activities than the positive reference acetohydroxamic acid (AHA) (IC50 = 26.99 ± 1.43 μM), while complexes 2 and 3 showed no inhibitory activities., kinetics study was carried out to explore the mechanism of the inhibiting of the enzyme, and the result indicated that complex 1 was a competitive inhibitor of urease. Albumin binding experiment and in vitro toxicity evaluation of complex 1 were implemented to explore its Pharmacological properties.

  17. Synthesis, molecular structure and spectral analysis of ethyl 4-formyl-3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrrole-2-carboxylate thiosemicarbazone: A combined DFT and AIM approach

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    Singh, R. N.; Kumar, Amit; Tiwari, R. K.; Rawat, Poonam; Verma, Divya; Baboo, Vikas

    2012-05-01

    A new ethyl 4-formyl-3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrrole-2-carboxylate thiosemicarbazone (EFDMPCT) has been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis and FT-IR, 1H NMR, UV-Visible, DART-mass spectroscopy. Quantum chemical calculations have been performed by DFT level of theory using B3LYP functional and 6-31G (d,p) as basis set. The calculated 1H NMR chemical shifts using gauge including atomic orbitals (GIAO) approach are in good agreement with the observed chemical shifts. The electronic transitions within molecule have been interpreted using the time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT). The calculated and experimental wavenumbers analyses confirm the existence of dimer. Topological parameters electron density, Laplacian of electron density, kinetic electron energy density, potential electron density and the total electron energy density at the bond critical points (BCP) analyzed using 'Atoms in Molecules' AIM theory reveals intra and inter molecular hydrogen bonding other weaker interactions in detail. The calculated intermolecular hydrogen bond energy of dimer is -12.2176 kcal/mol using AIM calculation. The results of AIM ellipticity confirm the existence of resonance assisted hydrogen bonds in dimer. The calculated thermodynamic parameters show that reaction is exothermic and non-spontaneous at room temperature. The local reactivity descriptors find the reactive sites within molecules have been calculated.

  18. Rapid determination of memantine in human plasma by using nanoring carboxyl-functionalized paramagnetic molecularly imprinted polymer d-μ-SPE and UFLC-MS/MS.

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    Qiu, Hai-Wen; Xia, Lei; Gong, Li-Min; Ruan, Lie-Min; Zhao, Yong-Gang

    2015-06-01

    A novel, simple, and sensitive method based on the use of dispersive micro-solid-phase extraction (d-μ-SPE) procedure combined with ultra-fast liquid chromatography-tandem quadrupole mass spectrometry (UFLC-MS/MS) for the determination of memantine (ME) was developed and validated over the linearity range 0.05-10.0 µg/L with 100 μL of human plasma using memantine-D6 (ME-D6) as the internal standard. The novel nanoring carboxyl-functionalized paramagnetic molecularly imprinted polymer (NR-CF-Mag-MIP) was synthesized by ultrasound-assisted suspension polymerization, using ME as a template molecule, methacrylic acid as a functional monomer, and divinylbenzene as a cross-linking agent. The NR-CF-Mag-MIP was used as the d-μ-SPE sorbent to extract ME from human plasma samples. The obtained results demonstrated the higher extraction capacity of NR-CF-Mag-MIP with recoveries between 97.6 and 101%. The limits of quantification (LOQs) for ME was 0.015 µg/L. Validation results on linearity, specificity, accuracy, precision, and stability, as well as on application to the analysis of samples taken up to 480 h after oral administration of 20 mg (two 10 mg capsules) of ME in healthy volunteers demonstrated the applicability to bioequivalence studies. PMID:25209851

  19. Five novel lanthanide complexes with 2-chloroquinoline-4-carboxylic acid and 1,10-phenanthroline: Crystal structures, molecular spectra, thermal properties and bacteriostatic activities

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    Wang, Ye; Jin, Cheng-Wei; He, Shu-Mei; Ren, Ning; Zhang, Jian-Jun

    2016-12-01

    Five novel lanthanide complexes [Ln2(2-ClQL)6(phen)2(H2O)2]·2H2O (Ln = Pr(1), Sm(2), Eu(3), Ho(4), Er(5)); 2-ClQL: 2-chloroquinoline-4-carboxylate; phen: 1,10-phenanthroline; were synthesized by conventional solution method at room temperature and characterized via elemental analysis, powder x-ray diffraction, Infrared spectroscopy and Raman spectrometry. The results indicate that complexes 1-5 are isostructural, and each Ln3+ ion is eight-coordinated adopting a distorted square antiprismatic molecular geometry. Binuclear complex 1 are stitched together via hydrogen bonding interactions to form 1D chains, and further to form 2D sheets by the π-π interactions. Luminescence investigation reveals that complex 3 displays strong red emission. TG/DTG-FTIR, reveal the thermal decomposition processes and products of title complexes. The bacteriostatic activities of the complexes were evaluated against Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus aureus.

  20. Molecular composition and size distribution of sugars, sugar-alcohols and carboxylic acids in airborne particles during a severe urban haze event caused by wheat straw burning

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    Wang, Gehui; Chen, Chunlei; Li, Jianjun; Zhou, Bianhong; Xie, Mingjie; Hu, Shuyuan; Kawamura, Kimitaka; Chen, Yan

    2011-05-01

    Molecular compositions and size distributions of water-soluble organic compounds (WSOC, i.e., sugars, sugar-alcohols and carboxylic acids) in particles from urban air of Nanjing, China during a severe haze event caused by field burning of wheat straw were characterized and compared with those in the summer and autumn non-haze periods. During the haze event levoglucosan (4030 ng m -3) was the most abundant compound among the measured WSOC, followed by succinic acid, malic acid, glycerol, arabitol and glucose, being different from those in the non-haze samples, in which sucrose or azelaic acid showed a second highest concentration, although levoglucosan was the highest. The measured WSOC in the haze event were 2-20 times more than those in the non-hazy days. Size distribution results showed that there was no significant change in the compound peaks in coarse mode (>2.1 μm) with respect to the haze and non-haze samples, but a large difference in the fine fraction (<2.1 μm) was found with a sharp increase during the hazy days mostly due to the increased emissions of wheat straw burning. Molecular compositions of organic compounds in the fresh smoke particles from wheat straw burning demonstrate that sharply increased concentrations of glycerol and succinic and malic acids in the fine particles during the haze event were mainly derived from the field burning of wheat straw, although the sources of glucose and related sugar-alcohols whose concentrations significantly increased in the fine haze samples are unclear. Compared to that in the fresh smoke particles of wheat straw burning an increase in relative abundance of succinic acid to levoglucosan during the haze event suggests a significant production of secondary organic aerosols during transport of the smoke plumes.

  1. Structural studies on choline-carboxylate bio-ionic liquids by x-ray scattering and molecular dynamics

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    Tanzi, Luana; Ramondo, Fabio; Caminiti, Ruggero; Campetella, Marco; Di Luca, Andrea; Gontrani, Lorenzo

    2015-09-21

    We report a X-ray diffraction and molecular dynamics study on three choline-based bio-ionic liquids, choline formate, [Ch] [For], choline propanoate, [Ch][Pro], and choline butanoate, [Ch][But]. For the first time, this class of ionic liquids has been investigated by X-ray diffraction. Experimental and theoretical structure factors have been compared for each term of the series. Local structural organization has been obtained from ab initio calculations through static models of isolated ion pairs and dynamic simulations of small portions of liquids through twelve, ten, and nine ion pairs for [Ch][For], [Ch][Pro], and [Ch][But], respectively. All the theoretical models indicate that cations and anions are connected by strong hydrogen bonding and form stable ion pairs in the liquid that are reminiscent of the static ab initio ion pairs. Different structural aspects may affect the radial distribution function, like the local structure of ion pairs and the conformation of choline. When small portions of liquids have been simulated by dynamic quantum chemical methods, some key structural features of the X-ray radial distribution function were well reproduced whereas the classical force fields here applied did not entirely reproduce all the observed structural features.

  2. Structural studies on choline-carboxylate bio-ionic liquids by x-ray scattering and molecular dynamics

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    Tanzi, Luana; Ramondo, Fabio; Caminiti, Ruggero; Campetella, Marco; Di Luca, Andrea; Gontrani, Lorenzo

    2015-09-01

    We report a X-ray diffraction and molecular dynamics study on three choline-based bio-ionic liquids, choline formate, [Ch] [For], choline propanoate, [Ch][Pro], and choline butanoate, [Ch][But]. For the first time, this class of ionic liquids has been investigated by X-ray diffraction. Experimental and theoretical structure factors have been compared for each term of the series. Local structural organization has been obtained from ab initio calculations through static models of isolated ion pairs and dynamic simulations of small portions of liquids through twelve, ten, and nine ion pairs for [Ch][For], [Ch][Pro], and [Ch][But], respectively. All the theoretical models indicate that cations and anions are connected by strong hydrogen bonding and form stable ion pairs in the liquid that are reminiscent of the static ab initio ion pairs. Different structural aspects may affect the radial distribution function, like the local structure of ion pairs and the conformation of choline. When small portions of liquids have been simulated by dynamic quantum chemical methods, some key structural features of the X-ray radial distribution function were well reproduced whereas the classical force fields here applied did not entirely reproduce all the observed structural features.

  3. Dewetting dynamics of nickel thin film on alpha-quartz substrate: A molecular dynamics study

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    Maekawa, Yuki; Shibuta, Yasushi

    2016-08-01

    Dewetting dynamics of the nickel thin film on the alpha-quartz substrate is closely investigated by molecular dynamics simulation. Morphology after the spontaneous dewetting of thin films changes from multi-droplets, single-droplet and cylindrical structure as the film thickness increases. In the thin cylindrical structure, a neck is induced to break into the droplet due to the Plateau-Rayleigh instability whereas the thick cylindrical structure does not break. Nucleation and subsequent solidification happen only in the large droplet after the dewetting due to the size effect, which is dominated by the kinetic factor of nucleation in the small system.

  4. Anomalous scaling behavior and surface roughening in molecular thin-film deposition

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    Yim, S.; Jones, T. S.

    2006-04-15

    The thin film growth dynamics of a molecular semiconductor, free-base phthalocyanine (H{sub 2}Pc), deposited by organic molecular beam deposition, has been studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and height difference correlation function (HDCF) analysis. The measured dynamic scaling components ({alpha}{sub loc}=0.61{+-}0.12, {beta}=1.02{+-}0.08, and 1/z=0.72{+-}0.13) are consistent with rapid surface roughening and anomalous scaling behavior. A detailed analysis of AFM images and simple growth models suggest that this behavior arises from the pronounced upward growth of crystalline H{sub 2}Pc mounds during the initial stages of thin film growth.

  5. Thin Films of Molecular Metals TTF-TCNQ

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    Fraxedas, J.; Molas, S.; Figueras, A.; Jiménez, I.; Gago, R.; Auban-Senzier, P.; Goffman, M.

    2002-11-01

    We present recent results on the characterization of highly ordered polycrystalline thin films of the charge transfer salt TTF-TCNQ (TTF=tetrathiafulvalene, TCNQ=tetracyanoquinodimethane) prepared by thermal sublimation in high vacuum under different conditions. The increase in orientation and microcrystal size as a function of substrate and annealing temperatures is addressed. A consequence of such an increase is the reduction of the conductivity activation energy, which eventually leads to the observation of the Peierls transition by resistivity measurements. X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy studies performed with synchrotron radiation reveal directly the influence of charge transfer on unoccupied states near the Fermi level.

  6. Molecular structure, FT-IR, vibrational assignments, HOMO-LUMO, MEP, NBO analysis and molecular docking study of ethyl-6-(4-chlorophenyl)-4-(4-fluorophenyl)-2-oxocyclohex-3-ene-1-carboxylate

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    Sheena Mary, Y.; Yohannan Panicker, C.; Sapnakumari, M.; Narayana, B.; Sarojini, B. K.; Al-Saadi, Abdulaziz A.; Van Alsenoy, Christian; War, Javeed Ahmad

    2015-03-01

    The optimized molecular structure, vibrational frequencies, corresponding vibrational assignments of ethyl-6-(4-chlorophenyl)-4-(4-fluoro-phenyl)-2-oxocyclohex-3-ene-1-carboxylate have been investigated experimentally and theoretically using Gaussian09 software. The title compound was optimized using the HF and DFT levels of theory. The geometrical parameters are in agreement with the XRD data. The stability of the molecule has been analyzed by NBO analysis. The HOMO and LUMO analysis is used to determine the charge transfer within the molecule. Molecular electrostatic potential was performed by the DFT method. As can be seen from the MEP map of the title compound, regions having the negative potential are over the electro negative atoms, the region having the positive potential are over the phenyl rings and the remaining species are surrounded by zero potential. First hyperpolarizability is calculated in order to find its role in non linear optics. The title compound binds at the active sites of both CypD and β-secretase and the molecular docking results draw the conclusion that the compound might exhibit β-secretase inhibitory activity which could be utilized for development of new anti-alzheimeric drugs with mild CypD inhibitory activity.

  7. Molecular structure, FT-IR, vibrational assignments, HOMO-LUMO, MEP, NBO analysis and molecular docking study of ethyl-6-(4-chlorophenyl)-4-(4-fluorophenyl)-2-oxocyclohex-3-ene-1-carboxylate.

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    Sheena Mary, Y; Yohannan Panicker, C; Sapnakumari, M; Narayana, B; Sarojini, B K; Al-Saadi, Abdulaziz A; Van Alsenoy, Christian; War, Javeed Ahmad

    2015-03-01

    The optimized molecular structure, vibrational frequencies, corresponding vibrational assignments of ethyl-6-(4-chlorophenyl)-4-(4-fluoro-phenyl)-2-oxocyclohex-3-ene-1-carboxylate have been investigated experimentally and theoretically using Gaussian09 software. The title compound was optimized using the HF and DFT levels of theory. The geometrical parameters are in agreement with the XRD data. The stability of the molecule has been analyzed by NBO analysis. The HOMO and LUMO analysis is used to determine the charge transfer within the molecule. Molecular electrostatic potential was performed by the DFT method. As can be seen from the MEP map of the title compound, regions having the negative potential are over the electro negative atoms, the region having the positive potential are over the phenyl rings and the remaining species are surrounded by zero potential. First hyperpolarizability is calculated in order to find its role in non linear optics. The title compound binds at the active sites of both CypD and β-secretase and the molecular docking results draw the conclusion that the compound might exhibit β-secretase inhibitory activity which could be utilized for development of new anti-alzheimeric drugs with mild CypD inhibitory activity. PMID:25463053

  8. Influence of molecular architecture on the dewetting of thin polystyrene films.

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    Krishnan, R S; Mackay, M E; Hawker, C J; Van Horn, B

    2005-06-21

    The control of dewetting for thin polymer films is a technical challenge and of significant academic interest. We have used polystyrene nanoparticles to inhibit dewetting of high molecular weight, linear polystyrene, demonstrating that molecular architecture has a unique effect on surface properties. Neutron reflectivity measurements were used to demonstrate that the nanoparticles were uniformly distributed in the thin (ca. 40 nm) film prior to high temperature annealing, yet after annealing, they were found to separate to the solid substrate, a silanized silicon wafer. Dewetting was eliminated when the nanoparticles separated to form a monolayer or above while below this surface coverage the dewetting dynamics was severely retarded. Blending linear polystyrene of similar molecular weight to the polystyrene nanoparticle with the high molecular weight polystyrene did not eliminate dewetting. PMID:15952821

  9. Synthesis, crystal structures, molecular docking, and in vitro biological activities of transition metals with 4-(2,3-dichlorophenyl)piperazine-1-carboxylic acid.

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    Yang, Dan-Dan; Chen, Ya-Nan; Wu, Yu-Shan; Wang, Rui; Chen, Zhi-Jian; Qin, Jie; Qian, Shao-Song; Zhu, Hai-Liang

    2016-07-15

    Four novel mononuclear complexes, [Cd(L)2·2H2O] (1), [Ni(L)2·2H2O] (2) [Cu(L)2·H2O] (3), and [Zn(L)2·2H2O] (4) (CCDC numbers: 1444630-1444633 for complexes 1-4) (HL=4-(2,3-dichlorophenyl)piperazine-1-carboxylic acid) were synthesized, and have been characterized by IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, and X-ray crystallography. Molecular docking study preliminarily revealed that complex 1 had potential telomerase inhibitory activity. In accordance with the result of calculation, in vitro tests of the inhibitory activities of complex 1 against telomerase showed complex 1 (IC50=8.17±0.91μM) had better inhibitory activities, while complexes 2, 3 and 4 showed no inhibitory activities. Antiproliferative activity in human cancer cell line HepG2 was further determined by MTT assays. The IC50 value (6.5±0.2μM) for the complex 1 having good inhibitory activity against HepG2 was at the same micromolar concentrations with cis-platinum (2.2±1.2μM). While the IC50 value for the metal-free ligand, complex 2, 3 and 4 was more than 100μM. These results indicated that telomerase was potentially an anticancer drug target and showed that complex 1 was a potent inhibitor of human telomerase as well as an antiproliferative compound. PMID:27241690

  10. The chemistry of aminoguanidine derivatives - preparation, crystal structure, thermal properties, and molecular docking studies of aminoguanidinium salts of several carboxylic acids

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    Selvakumar, Rajendran; Geib, Steven J.; Muthu Sankar, Aathi; Premkumar, Thathan; Govindarajan, Subbaiah

    2015-11-01

    The reaction of aminoguanidine bicarbonate (Amg) with oxamic, oxalic, malonic and sulfoacetic acids yielded (AmgH)H2NOC-COO (1), OOC-CONHNHC(NH2)NH2 (2) (AmgH)HOOC-CH2-COO (3) and O3S-CH2-CONHNHC(NH2)NH2 (4), respectively. For the first time, we studied the salt-forming ability of aminoguanidine with several carboxylic acids, such as oxamic, oxalic, malonic and sulphoacetic acids. We also compared the structural and thermal properties of these salts. Oxamic and malonic acids form only mono-aminoguanidinium salts, whereas oxalic acid mainly forms di-aminoguanidinium oxalate. In addition, oxalic acid forms guanylhydrazido-oxalic acid which exists as zwitter ion. Unlike other acids, sulfoacetic acid readily forms only the zwitter ionic salts (2-guanylhydrazido-oxo-methanesulfonic acid) rather than the usual simple salt. This result may be a result of the highly acidic nature of the sulfonic group, which favors acid catalyzed condensation. More significantly, for the first time, the ability guanylhydrazido-oxalic acid (2) and 2-guanylhydrazido-oxo-methanesulfonic acid (4) to inhibit human butyrylcholinesterase (human BChE) receptor has been studied with a molecular docking approach. The binding of the compounds to human BChE was examined as it is crucial to understanding the biological significance of aminoguanidine derivatives. The compounds were identified and characterized by analytical, FT-IR spectroscopic and thermal studies. Furthermore, the structures of compounds 1, 2 and 4 were confirmed by single X-ray diffraction studies. Compounds 1 and 2 crystallized in a monoclinic crystal system with P21/c and Cc space groups, respectively, whereas compound 4 crystalized in an orthorhombic system with a Pbca space group. All the compounds (1-4) underwent endo- followed by exothermic decomposition in the temperature range from 130 to 600 °C to yield gaseous products.

  11. Tunneling Nanoelectromechanical Switches Based on Compressible Molecular Thin Films.

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    Niroui, Farnaz; Wang, Annie I; Sletten, Ellen M; Song, Yi; Kong, Jing; Yablonovitch, Eli; Swager, Timothy M; Lang, Jeffrey H; Bulović, Vladimir

    2015-08-25

    Abrupt switching behavior and near-zero leakage current of nanoelectromechanical (NEM) switches are advantageous properties through which NEMs can outperform conventional semiconductor electrical switches. To date, however, typical NEMs structures require high actuation voltages and can prematurely fail through permanent adhesion (defined as stiction) of device components. To overcome these challenges, in the present work we propose a NEM switch, termed a "squitch," which is designed to electromechanically modulate the tunneling current through a nanometer-scale gap defined by an organic molecular film sandwiched between two electrodes. When voltage is applied across the electrodes, the generated electrostatic force compresses the sandwiched molecular layer, thereby reducing the tunneling gap and causing an exponential increase in the current through the device. The presence of the molecular layer avoids direct contact of the electrodes during the switching process. Furthermore, as the layer is compressed, the increasing surface adhesion forces are balanced by the elastic restoring force of the deformed molecules which can promote zero net stiction and recoverable switching. Through numerical analysis, we demonstrate the potential of optimizing squitch design to enable large on-off ratios beyond 6 orders of magnitude with operation in the sub-1 V regime and with nanoseconds switching times. Our preliminary experimental results based on metal-molecule-graphene devices suggest the feasibility of the proposed tunneling switching mechanism. With optimization of device design and material engineering, squitches can give rise to a broad range of low-power electronic applications. PMID:26244821

  12. Modeling Ellipsometry Measurements of Molecular Thin-Film Contamination on Genesis Array Samples

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    Calaway, Michael J.; Stansbery, E. K.; McNamara, K. M.

    2006-01-01

    The discovery of a molecular thin-film contamination on Genesis flown array samples changed the course of preliminary assessment strategies. Analytical techniques developed to measure solar wind elemental abundances must now compensate for a thin-film contamination. Currently, this is done either by experimental cleaning before analyses or by depth-profiling techniques that bypass the surface contamination. Inside Johnson Space Center s Genesis dedicated ISO Class 4 (Class 10) cleanroom laboratory, the selection of collector array fragments allocated for solar wind analyses are based on the documentation of overall surface quality, visible surface particle contamination greater than 1 m, and the amount of thin film contamination measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry. Documenting the exact thickness, surface topography, and chemical composition of these contaminates is also critical for developing accurate cleaning methods. However, the first step in characterization of the molecular film is to develop accurate ellipsometry models that will determine an accurate thickness measurement of the contamination film.

  13. Optical observations of molecular dissociation in thin foils

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    Berry, H.G.; Gay, T.J.; Brooks, R.L.

    1981-01-01

    We have measured the intensity and polarizations of light emitted from atomic excited states of dissociated molecular ions. Using HeH/sup +/ projectiles, we have observed factors of 1 to 5 enhancements of the light from n=3, /sup 1/ /sup 3/P,D states of He I and some He II and H I emissions. Observations of Lyman-..cap alpha.. emission after dissociation of H/sub 2//sup +/ and H/sub 3//sup +/ show rapid variations in light yield for small internuclear separations at the foil surface.

  14. Molecular-Orientation-Induced Rapid Roughening and Morphology Transition in Organic Semiconductor Thin-Film Growth

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    Yang, Junliang; Yim, Sanggyu; Jones, Tim S.

    2015-01-01

    We study the roughening process and morphology transition of organic semiconductor thin film induced by molecular orientation in the model of molecular semiconductor copper hexadecafluorophthalocyanine (F16CuPc) using both experiment and simulation. The growth behaviour of F16CuPc thin film with the thickness, D, on SiO2 substrate takes on two processes divided by a critical thickness: (1) D ≤ 40 nm, F16CuPc thin films are composed of uniform caterpillar-like crystals. The kinetic roughening is confirmed during this growth, which is successfully analyzed by Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) model with scaling exponents α = 0.71 ± 0.12, β = 0.36 ± 0.03, and 1/z = 0.39 ± 0.12; (2) D > 40 nm, nanobelt crystals are formed gradually on the caterpillar-like crystal surface and the film growth shows anomalous growth behaviour. These new growth behaviours with two processes result from the gradual change of molecular orientation and the formation of grain boundaries, which conversely induce new molecular orientation, rapid roughening process, and the formation of nanobelt crystals. PMID:25801646

  15. Molecular orientation in soft matter thin films studied by resonant soft X-ray reflectivity

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    Mezger, Markus; Jerome, Blandine; Kortright, Jeffrey B.; Valvidares, Manuel; Gullikson, Eric; Giglia, Angelo; Mahne, Nicola; Nannarone, Stefano

    2011-01-12

    We present a technique to study depth profiles of molecular orientation in soft matter thin films with nanometer resolution. The method is based on dichroism in resonant soft X-ray reflectivity using linear s- and p-polarization. It combines the chemical sensitivity of Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy to specific molecular bonds and their orientation relative to the polarization of the incident beam with the precise depth profiling capability of X-ray reflectivity. We demonstrate these capabilities on side chain liquid crystalline polymer thin films with soft X-ray reflectivity data at the carbon K edge. Optical constants of the anisotropic refractive index ellipsoid were obtained from a quantitative analysis using the Berreman formalism. For films up to 50 nm thickness we find that the degree of orientation of the long axis exhibits no depth variation and isindependent of the film thickness.

  16. Rupture mechanism of liquid crystal thin films realized by large-scale molecular simulations

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    Nguyen, Trung D; Carrillo, Jan-Michael Y; Brown, W Michael; Matheson, Michael A

    2014-01-01

    The ability of liquid crystal (LC) molecules to respond to changes in their environment makes them an interesting candidate for thin film applications, particularly in bio-sensing, bio-mimicking devices, and optics. Yet the understanding of the (in)stability of this family of thin films has been limited by the inherent challenges encountered by experiment and continuum models. Using unprecedented largescale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, we address the rupture origin of LC thin films wetting a solid substrate at length scales similar to those in experiment. Our simulations show the key signatures of spinodal instability in isotropic and nematic films on top of thermal nucleation, and importantly, for the first time, evidence of a common rupture mechanism independent of initial thickness and LC orientational ordering. We further demonstrate that the primary driving force for rupture is closely related to the tendency of the LC mesogens to recover their local environment in the bulk state. Our study not only provides new insights into the rupture mechanism of liquid crystal films, but also sets the stage for future investigations of thin film systems using peta-scale molecular dynamics simulations.

  17. Rupture mechanism of liquid crystal thin films realized by large-scale molecular simulations.

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    Nguyen, Trung Dac; Carrillo, Jan-Michael Y; Matheson, Michael A; Brown, W Michael

    2014-03-21

    The ability of liquid crystal (LC) molecules to respond to changes in their environment makes them an interesting candidate for thin film applications, particularly in bio-sensing, bio-mimicking devices, and optics. Yet the understanding of the (in)stability of this family of thin films has been limited by the inherent challenges encountered by experiment and continuum models. Using unprecedented large-scale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, we address the rupture origin of LC thin films wetting a solid substrate at length scales similar to those in experiment. Our simulations show the key signatures of spinodal instability in isotropic and nematic films on top of thermal nucleation, and importantly, for the first time, evidence of a common rupture mechanism independent of initial thickness and LC orientational ordering. We further demonstrate that the primary driving force for rupture is closely related to the tendency of the LC mesogens to recover their local environment in the bulk state. Our study not only provides new insights into the rupture mechanism of liquid crystal films, but also sets the stage for future investigations of thin film systems using peta-scale molecular dynamics simulations. PMID:24264516

  18. Molecular layer-by-layer assembled thin-film composite membranes for water desalination.

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    Gu, Joung-Eun; Lee, Seunghye; Stafford, Christopher M; Lee, Jong Suk; Choi, Wansuk; Kim, Bo-Young; Baek, Kyung-Youl; Chan, Edwin P; Chung, Jun Young; Bang, Joona; Lee, Jung-Hyun

    2013-09-14

    Molecular layer-by-layer (mLbL) assembled thin-film composite membranes fabricated by alternating deposition of reactive monomers on porous supports exhibit both improved salt rejection and enhanced water flux compared to traditional reverse osmosis membranes prepared by interfacial polymerization. Additionally, the well-controlled structures achieved by mLbL deposition further lead to improved antifouling performance. PMID:23847127

  19. Thickness determination of molecularly thin lubricant films by angle-dependent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Pang, Chongjun; Bai, Mingwu

    2007-03-01

    An angle-dependent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) method used to measure the thickness of molecularly thin lubricants was developed. The method was built based on an island model of patched overlayer on a flat substrate by using the photoemission signal solely from the lubricant film. Typical molecularly thin Zdol films on the CHx overcoat of unused commercial magnetic disks were measured to verify the metrology. The lubricant thickness determined by the metrology was equal to the recent result by thermostatic high vacuum atomic force microscopy. The measured deduction in the thickness of the molecularly thin lubricant films, successively irradiated by the monochromatic source operated at 14 kV/250 W, was as low as 1 Ǻ during the first irradiation hour. XPS spectra showed that no hydrocarbons, water or oxygen were adsorbed over the Zdol outer surfaces in the tested XPS conditions. The inelastic mean free path (IMFP) of C 1s in Zdol or in CHx was found to be independent of take off angle (TOA) when TOA < 40°. The IMFP of C 1s in Zdol was ˜63.5 Ǻ and the lubricant island thickness was ˜35 Ǻ.

  20. Highly-oriented molecular arrangements and enhanced magnetic interactions in thin films of CoTTDPz using PTCDA templates.

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    Eguchi, Keitaro; Nanjo, Chihiro; Awaga, Kunio; Tseng, Hsiang-Han; Robaschik, Peter; Heutz, Sandrine

    2016-07-14

    In the present work, the templating effect of thin layers of perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) on the growth of cobalt tetrakis(thiadiazole)porphyrazine (CoTTDPz) thin films was examined. X-ray diffraction and optical absorption spectra indicate that while CoTTDPz forms amorphous thin films on the bare substrates, it forms crystalline thin films on the PTCDA templates, in which the molecular planes of CoTTDPz are considered to be parallel to the substrates. Magnetic measurements reveal a significantly enhanced antiferromagnetic interaction of CoTTDPz in the templated thin films, with values reaching over 13 K. The ability to generate crystalline films and to control their orientation using molecular templates is an important strategy in the fields of organic electronics and spintronics in order to tailor the physical properties of organic thin films to suit their intended application. PMID:27183955

  1. Carboxylic acylating agents substituted with olefin polymers of high molecular weight mono-olefins, derivatives thereof, and fuels and lubricants containing same

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    Hayashi, K.

    1986-06-24

    A lubricant composition is described comprising a major amount of oil of lubricating viscosity and a minor amount of the reaction product of: (A) one or more alpha-beta olefinically unsaturated carboxylic reagents containing two to about 20 carbon atoms exclusive of the carboxyl-based groups with (B) one or more olefin polymers of at least 30 carbon atoms selected from the group consisting of (i) polymers of C/sub 12/-C/sub 30/ mono-olefins with the proviso that the polymers include polymers derived from ethylene and (ii) chlorinated or brominated analogs of (i); reacted with (II) one or more amines, one or more alcohols, or a mixture of one or more amines and/or one or more alcohols.

  2. Highly versatile catalytic hydrogenation of carboxylic and carbonic acid derivatives using a Ru-triphos complex: molecular control over selectivity and substrate scope.

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    vom Stein, Thorsten; Meuresch, Markus; Limper, Dominik; Schmitz, Marc; Hölscher, Markus; Coetzee, Jacorien; Cole-Hamilton, David J; Klankermayer, Jürgen; Leitner, Walter

    2014-09-24

    The complex [Ru(Triphos)(TMM)] (Triphos = 1,1,1-tris(diphenylphosphinomethyl)ethane, TMM = trimethylene methane) provides an efficient catalytic system for the hydrogenation of a broad range of challenging functionalities encompassing carboxylic esters, amides, carboxylic acids, carbonates, and urea derivatives. The key control factor for this unique substrate scope results from selective activation to generate either the neutral species [Ru(Triphos)(Solvent)H2] or the cationic intermediate [Ru(Triphos)(Solvent)(H)(H2)](+) in the presence of an acid additive. Multinuclear NMR spectroscopic studies demonstrated together with DFT investigations that the neutral species generally provides lower energy pathways for the multistep reduction cascades comprising hydrogen transfer to C═O groups and C-O bond cleavage. Carboxylic esters, lactones, anhydrides, secondary amides, and carboxylic acids were hydrogenated in good to excellent yields under these conditions. The formation of the catalytically inactive complexes [Ru(Triphos)(CO)H2] and [Ru(Triphos)(μ-H)]2 was identified as major deactivation pathways. The former complex results from substrate-dependent decarbonylation and constitutes a major limitation for the substrate scope under the neutral conditions. The deactivation via the carbonyl complex can be suppressed by addition of catalytic amounts of acids comprising non-coordinating anions such as HNTf2 (bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide). Although the corresponding cationic cycle shows higher overall barriers of activation, it provides a powerful hydrogenation pathway at elevated temperatures, enabling the selective reduction of primary amides, carbonates, and ureas in high yields. Thus, the complex [Ru(Triphos)(TMM)] provides a unique platform for the rational selection of reaction conditions for the selective hydrogenation of challenging functional groups and opens novel synthetic pathways for the utilization of renewable carbon sources. PMID:25208046

  3. Defect-Controlled Preparation of UiO-66 Metal-Organic Framework Thin Films with Molecular Sieving Capability.

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    Zhang, Caiqin; Zhao, Yajing; Li, Yali; Zhang, Xuetong; Chi, Lifeng; Lu, Guang

    2016-01-01

    Metal-organic framework (MOF) UiO-66 thin films are solvothermally grown on conducting substrates. The as-synthesized MOF thin films are subsequently dried by a supercritical process or treated with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The obtained UiO-66 thin films show excellent molecular sieving capability as confirmed by the electrochemical studies for redox-active species with different sizes. PMID:26548455

  4. Mass spectrometric behaviour of carboxylated polyethylene glycols and carboxylated octylphenol ethoxylates.

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    Frańska, Magdalena; Zgoła, Agnieszka; Rychłowska, Joanna; Szymański, Andrzej; Łukaszewski, Zenon; Frański, Rafał

    2003-01-01

    Mass spectrometric behaviour of mono- and di-carboxylated polyethylene glycols (PEGCs and CPEGCs) and carboxylated octylphenol ethoxylates (OPECs) are discussed. The tendency for ionisation (deprotonation, protonation and cationisation by alkali metal cations) of carboxylated PEGs was compared with that of non-carboxylated correspondents by using both secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and electrospray ionisation (ESI). The fragmentation of the PEGCs and CPEGCs is discussed and also compared with their neutral correspondents, PEGs. The B/E mass spectra were recorded, using secondary ion mass spectrometry as a method for generation, for deprotonated and protonated molecules and molecules cationised by alkali metal cations. The fragmentation behaviour of PEGs is found to be different from that of CPEGCs, The presence of carboxylic groups may be confirmed not only by the determination of molecular weights of the ethoxylates studied, but also on the basis of the fragment ions formed. The metastable decomposition of the [OPEC-H](-) ions proceed through the cleavage of the bond between the octylphenol moiety and the ethoxylene chain leading to the octylphenoxy anions. It permits determination of the mass of the hydrophobic moiety of the studied carboxylated alkylphenol ethoxylate. ESI mass spectra recorded in the negative ion mode were found to be more suitable for the determination of the average molecular weight of carboxylated ethoxylates than SI mass spectra. PMID:12939494

  5. Influence of carboxylic ion-pairing reagents on retention of peptides in thin-layer chromatography systems with C18 silica-based adsorbents.

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    Gwarda, Radosław Ł; Aletańska-Kozak, Monika; Klimek-Turek, Anna; Ziajko-Jankowska, Agnieszka; Matosiuk, Dariusz; Dzido, Tadeusz H

    2016-04-01

    One of the main problems related to chromatography of peptides concerns adverse interactions of their strong basic groups with free silanol groups of the silica based stationary phase. Influence of type and concentration of ion-pairing regents on peptide retention in reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) systems has been discussed before. Here we present influence of these mobile phase additives on retention of some peptide standards in high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) systems with C18 silica-based adsorbents. We prove, that due to different characteristic of adsorbents used in both techniques (RP HPLC and HPTLC), influence of ion-pairing reagents on retention of basic and/or amphoteric compounds also may be quite different. C18 silica-based HPTLC adsorbents provide more complex mechanism of retention and should be rather considered as mixed-mode adsorbents. PMID:26944833

  6. Molecularly thin fluoro-polymeric nanolubricant films: tribology, rheology, morphology, and applications.

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    Chung, Pil Seung; Jhon, Myung S; Choi, Hyoung Jin

    2016-03-01

    Molecularly thin perfluoropolyether (PFPE) has been used extensively as a high-performance lubricant in various applications and, more importantly, on carbon overcoats to enhance the reliability and lubrication of micro-/nanoelectro-mechanical systems, where the tribological performance caused by its molecular architecture is a critical issue, as are its physical properties and rheological characteristics. This Highlight addresses recent trends in the development of fluoro-polymeric lubricant films with regard to their tribology, rheology, and physio-chemical properties as they relate to heat-assisted magnetic recording. Nanorheology has been employed to examine the dynamic response of nonfunctional and functional PFPEs, while the viscoelastic properties of nanoscale PFPE films and the relaxation processes as a function of molecular structure and end-group functionality were analyzed experimentally; furthermore, the characteristics of binary blends were reported. PMID:26907953

  7. Synthesis, characterization, and pulsed laser ablation of molecular sieves for thin film applications

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    Munoz, Trinidad, Jr.

    1998-12-01

    Molecular sieves are one class of crystalline low density metal oxides which are made up of one-, two-, and three dimensional pores and/or cages. We have investigated the synthesis and characterization of metal substituted aluminophosphates and all silica molecular sieves for thin film applications. A new copper substituted aluminophosphate, CuAPO-5 has been synthesized and characterized using x-ray powder diffraction, FT-IR spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Electron spin resonance and electron spin echo modulation provided supporting evidence of framework incorporation of Cu(II) ions. Thus, an exciting addition has been added to the family of metal substituted aluminophosphates where substitution of the metal has been demonstrated as framework species. Also presented here is the synthesis and characterization of an iron substituted aluminophosphate, FeAPO-5, and an all silica zeolite, UTD-1 for thin film applications. Pulsed laser ablation has been employed as the technique to generate thin films. Here an excimer laser (KrFsp*, 248 nm) was used to deposit the molecular sieves on a variety of substrates including polished silicon, titanium nitride, and porous stainless steel disks. The crystallinity of the deposited films was enhanced by a post hydrothermal treatment. A vapor phase treatment of the laser deposited FeAPO-5 films has been shown to increase the crystallinity of the film without increasing film thickness. Thin films of the FeAPO-5 molecular sieves were subsequently used as the dielectric phase in capacitive type chemical sensors. The capacitance change of the FeAPO-5 devices to the relative moisture makes them potential humidity sensors. The all silica zeolite UTD-1 thin films were deposited on polished silicon and porous supports. A brief post hydrothermal treatment of the laser deposited films deposited on polished silicon and porous metal supports resulted in oriented film growth lending these films to applications in gas separations

  8. Molecular Orientation of Hydroquinone Adsorbed at a Platinum(111) Thin-Layer Electrode.

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    Ren; Hubbard

    1999-01-15

    Reported are new findings regarding the molecular orientation of hydroquinone (HQ) adsorbed on Pt surfaces. The packing density of hydroquinone adsorbed from 1 M HClO4 supporting electrolyte has been measured by use of a Pt(111) thin-layer electrode. The packing-density-vs-concentration profiles for hydroquinone, measured by a differential thin-layer electrode method at an ordered Pt(111) surface and at an electrochemically disordered Pt(111) surface, are identical within an experimental error of about 8%. The profiles from this study are similar to the ones obtained previously at an ordered Pt(111) surface by Auger spectroscopy, but they are significantly different from those reported previously for polycrystalline Pt thin-layer electrodes. A procedure based upon displacement of HQ by thiocyanate has been developed as an alternative method for determining the packing density of adsorbed HQ. Both methods afford information regarding the molecular state of HQ adsorbed at the Pt(111) surface. Copyright 1999 Academic Press. PMID:9885274

  9. The effects of polymer molecular weight on filament thinning and drop breakup in microchannels

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    Arratia, P. E.; Cramer, L.-A.; Gollub, J. P.; Durian, D. J.

    2009-11-01

    We investigate the effects of fluid elasticity on the dynamics of filament thinning and drop breakup processes in a cross-slot microchannel. Elasticity effects are examined using dilute aqueous polymeric solutions of molecular weight (MW) ranging from 1.5×103 to 1.8×107. Results for polymeric fluids are compared to those for a viscous Newtonian fluid. The shearing or continuous phase that induces breakup is mineral oil. All fluids possess similar shear-viscosity (~0.2 Pa s) so that the viscosity ratio between the oil and aqueous phases is close to unity. Measurements of filament thickness as a function of time show different thinning behavior for the different aqueous fluids. For Newtonian fluids, the thinning process shows a single exponential decay of the filament thickness. For low MW fluids (103, 104 and 105), the thinning process also shows a single exponential decay, but with a decay rate that is slower than for the Newtonian fluid. The decay time increases with polymer MW. For high MW (106 and 107) fluids, the initial exponential decay crosses over to a second exponential decay in which elastic stresses are important. We show that the decay rate of the filament thickness in this exponential decay regime can be used to measure the steady extensional viscosity of the fluids. At late times, all fluids cross over to an algebraic decay which is driven mainly by surface tension.

  10. Molecular cloning and expression of partial cDNAs and deduced amino acid sequence of a carboxyl-terminal fragment of human apolipoprotein B-100.

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    Wei, C F; Chen, S H; Yang, C Y; Marcel, Y L; Milne, R W; Li, W H; Sparrow, J T; Gotto, A M; Chan, L

    1985-01-01

    Apolipoprotein (apo) B-100 cDNAs were identified in a human liver cDNA library cloned in the expression vector lambda gt11. The beta-galactosidase-apoB-100 fusion protein was detected by two independently produced low density lipoprotein polyclonal antisera and by three apoB-100 monoclonal antibodies that crossreact with apoB-74. It was not recognized by two apoB-100 monoclonal antibodies that crossreact with apoB-26. The longest clone, lambda B8, was completely sequenced. It contains a 2.8-kilobase DNA fragment containing the codons for the carboxyl-terminal 836 amino acid residues of apo-B-100, as well as the 3' untranslated region of apoB-100 mRNA. We have thus mapped apoB-74 to the carboxyl-terminal portion of apoB-100. The deduced amino acid sequence of the cloned DNA matches the sequences of 14 apoB-100 peptides determined in our laboratory. Minor differences in amino acid sequence were noted in three of the peptides, suggesting polymorphism of apoB-100 at the protein and DNA levels. Secondary structure predictions reveal an unusual pattern for apolipoproteins, consisting of beta-structure (24%), alpha-helical content (33%), and random structure (30%). Ten amphipathic helical regions of 10-24 residues were identified. This carboxyl-terminal fragment of apoB-100 is considerably more hydrophobic than other apolipoproteins with known structure. Its lipid binding regions might include stretches of highly hydrophobic beta-sheets as well as amphipathic helices. Our findings on apoB structure might be important for understanding the role of apoB-100-containing lipoproteins in atherosclerosis. PMID:2932736

  11. Nitric Acid Dehydration Using Perfluoro Carboxylate and Mixed Sulfonate/Carboxylate Membranes

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    R.L. Ames

    2004-09-01

    Perfluoro ionomer membranes are tetrafluoro ethylene-based materials with microheterogeneous structures consisting of a hydrophobic polymer backbone and a hydrophilic side-chain cluster region. Due to the ionomer cluster morphology, these films exhibit unique transport properties. Recent investigations with perfluoro sulfonate and perfluoro sulfonate/carboxylate composite polymers have demonstrated their value in the dehydration of nitric acid and they show potential as an alternative to conventional, energy intensive unit operations in the concentration of acid feeds. As a result, investigations were conducted to determine the feasibility of using pure perfluoro carboxylate and mixed perfluoro sulfonate/carboxylate films for the dehydration of nitric acid because of the speculation of improved water selectivity of the carboxylate pendant chain. During the first phase of these investigations the effort was focused on generating a thin, solution cast perfluoro carboxylate ionomer film, to evaluate the general, chemical and physical characteristics of the polymer, and to assess the material's aqueous transport performance (flux and nitrate separation efficiencies) in pervaporation and high-pressure environments. Results demonstrated that generating robust solution-cast films was difficult yet a number of membranes survived high trans-membrane pressures up to 700 psig. General characterization of the solution cast product showed reduced ion exchange capacities when compared with thicker, ''as received'' perfluoro carboxylate and similar sulfonate films. Small angle x-ray scattering analysis results suggested that the solution cast carboxylate films contained a small fraction of sulfonate terminated side-chains. Aqueous transport experimentation showed that permeate fluxes for both pure water and nitric acid were approximately two orders of magnitude smaller for the carboxylate solution cast membranes when compared to their sulfonate counterparts of similar thickness

  12. Atomic/molecular layer deposition: a direct gas-phase route to crystalline metal-organic framework thin films.

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    Ahvenniemi, E; Karppinen, M

    2016-01-21

    Atomic/molecular layer deposition offers us an elegant way of fabricating crystalline copper(ii)terephthalate metal-organic framework (MOF) thin films on various substrate surfaces. The films are grown from two gaseous precursors with a digital atomic/molecular level control for the film thickness under relatively mild conditions in a simple and fast one-step process. PMID:26612265

  13. Adsorption of PolyCarboxylate Poly(ethylene glycol) (PCP) esters on Montmorillonite (Mmt): effect of exchangeable cations (Na+, Mg2+ and Ca2+) and PCP molecular structure.

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    Ait-Akbour, Rachid; Boustingorry, Pascal; Leroux, Fabrice; Leising, Frédéric; Taviot-Guého, Christine

    2015-01-01

    This study deals with the adsorption of PolyCarboxylate Poly(ethylene glycol) esters (PCP) superplasticizers on Na-, Mg- and Ca-saturated Montmorillonite (Mmt) clays. The interactions have been examined through different experimental methods: adsorption isotherms, zeta potential measurements and sedimentation experiments. It was found that PCP adsorption depends both on the architecture of PCP molecules and the nature of cation located on the interlayer exchange sites of the Montmorillonite. Whatever the PCP, a larger amount was adsorbed on Na-Mont than on Mg-Mont or Ca-Mont. This indicates the occurrence of two adsorption mechanisms: (i) a superficial adsorption via electrostatic interactions between the carboxylate groups of PCP and positively charged sites on clay surfaces, (ii) intercalation of ether units of the PCP grafts in the interlayer space by displacement of water molecules coordinated to the exchangeable cations. Furthermore, despite the weak negative values of the zeta potential, the addition of PCP promotes the stability of the suspensions which is attributed to steric repulsion acting between particles. PMID:25313488

  14. Molecular dynamics as observed with probes of different dimensions in thin polymer films

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    Zhao, Jiang; Zhang, Hao; Yang, Jingfa; Wang, Fuyi; Liu, Di

    Rotational motion of individual fluorescence molecules doped in thin films of poly vinylacetate (PVAc) was monitored by single molecule fluorescence de-focus microscopy. Perylendiimide and its derivatives of different dimension were chosen as probes for local dynamics. The results demonstrate that the local vibration mode detected by different molecules probe depends on dimension of the probes - the larger probes the lower frequency. The population of rotating probes is found to increase with temperature elevation, depending on the molecular dimension as well. The comparison of the results with thermo-dynamic measurements helps to shed new light on the physical picture of glass transition. Supported by MoST of China.

  15. Influence of molecular structure and microstructure on device performance of polycrystalline pentacene thin-film transistors

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    Cheng, Horng-Long; Mai, Yu-Shen; Chou, Wei-Yang; Chang, Li-Ren

    2007-04-01

    The authors have fabricated the pentacene thin films on polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and on silicon dioxide dielectric surfaces featuring similar surface energy and surface roughness. On both surfaces the pentacene films displayed high crystal quality from x-ray diffraction scans, although the film on PMMA had significantly smaller grain size. The pentacene transistors with PMMA exhibited excellent electrical characteristics, including high mobility of above 1.1cm2/Vs, on/off ratio above 106, and sharp subthreshold slope below 1V/decade. The analysis of molecular microstructure of the pentacene films provided a reasonable explanation for the high performance using resonance micro-Raman spectroscopy.

  16. Ion-beam assisted deposition of thin molybdenum films studied by molecular dynamics simulation

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    Robbemond, Arie; Thijsse, Barend J.

    1997-05-01

    We report results obtained by molecular dynamics simulation of low energy argon-ion assisted growth of thin molybdenum films (≈ 20 Å). The effects of a single ion impact are discussed, but more particularly we consider film growth from a manufacturing viewpoint and examine the properties of the completed films. Results for ion-beam assisted deposition are compared with those for unassisted growth (i.e. physical vapor deposition). Surface orientation, atomic displacements, surface roughness, sputtering, point defects, and the influence of off-normal atom incidence are discussed.

  17. Imaging the condensation and evaporation of molecularly thin ethanol films with surface forces apparatus

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    Zhao, Gutian; Tan, Qiyan; Xiang, Li; Zhang, Di; Ni, Zhonghua E-mail: yunfeichen@seu.edu.cn; Yi, Hong; Chen, Yunfei E-mail: yunfeichen@seu.edu.cn

    2014-01-15

    A new method for imaging condensation and evaporation of molecularly thin ethanol films is reported. It is found that the first adsorbed layer of ethanol film on mica surface behaves as solid like structure that cannot flow freely. With the increase of exposure time, more ethanol molecules condense over the mica surface in the saturated ethanol vapor condition. The first layer of adsorbed ethanol film is about 3.8 Å thick measured from the surface forces apparatus, which is believed to be the average diameter of ethanol molecules while they are confined in between two atomically smooth mica surfaces.

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

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    G Evmenenko; B Stripe; P Dutta

    2011-12-31

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

  19. Molecular doping for control of gate bias stress in organic thin film transistors

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    Hein, Moritz P. Lüssem, Björn; Jankowski, Jens; Tietze, Max L.; Riede, Moritz K.; Zakhidov, Alexander A.; Leo, Karl; Fraunhofer COMEDD, Maria-Reiche-Str. 2, 01109 Dresden

    2014-01-06

    The key active devices of future organic electronic circuits are organic thin film transistors (OTFTs). Reliability of OTFTs remains one of the most challenging obstacles to be overcome for broad commercial applications. In particular, bias stress was identified as the key instability under operation for numerous OTFT devices and interfaces. Despite a multitude of experimental observations, a comprehensive mechanism describing this behavior is still missing. Furthermore, controlled methods to overcome these instabilities are so far lacking. Here, we present the approach to control and significantly alleviate the bias stress effect by using molecular doping at low concentrations. For pentacene and silicon oxide as gate oxide, we are able to reduce the time constant of degradation by three orders of magnitude. The effect of molecular doping on the bias stress behavior is explained in terms of the shift of Fermi Level and, thus, exponentially reduced proton generation at the pentacene/oxide interface.

  20. Coexistence of spinodal instability and thermal nucleation in thin-film rupture: insights from molecular levels.

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    Nguyen, Trung Dac; Fuentes-Cabrera, Miguel; Fowlkes, Jason D; Rack, Philip D

    2014-03-01

    Despite extensive investigation using hydrodynamic models and experiments over the past decades, there remain open questions regarding the origin of the initial rupture of thin liquid films. One of the reasons that makes it difficult to identify the rupture origin is the coexistence of two dewetting mechanisms, namely, thermal nucleation and spinodal instability, as observed in many experimental studies. Using a coarse-grained model and large-scale molecular dynamics simulations, we are able to characterize the very early stage of dewetting in nanometer-thick liquid-metal films wetting a solid substrate. We observe the features characteristic of both spinodal instability and thermal nucleation in the spontaneously dewetting films and show that these two macroscopic mechanisms share a common origin at molecular levels. PMID:24730848

  1. Coexistence of spinodal instability and thermal nucleation in thin-film rupture: Insights from molecular levels

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    Nguyen, Trung Dac; Fuentes-Cabrera, Miguel; Fowlkes, Jason D.; Rack, Philip D.

    2014-03-01

    Despite extensive investigation using hydrodynamic models and experiments over the past decades, there remain open questions regarding the origin of the initial rupture of thin liquid films. One of the reasons that makes it difficult to identify the rupture origin is the coexistence of two dewetting mechanisms, namely, thermal nucleation and spinodal instability, as observed in many experimental studies. Using a coarse-grained model and large-scale molecular dynamics simulations, we are able to characterize the very early stage of dewetting in nanometer-thick liquid-metal films wetting a solid substrate. We observe the features characteristic of both spinodal instability and thermal nucleation in the spontaneously dewetting films and show that these two macroscopic mechanisms share a common origin at molecular levels.

  2. Pyrrolidinium-2-carboxyl-ate-4-nitro-phenol (1/2).

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    Sowmya, Narayanan Swarna; Vidyalakshmi, Yechuri; Sampathkrishnan, Sadasivam; Srinivasan, Thothadri; Velmurugan, Devadasan

    2013-10-31

    In the title compound, C5H9NO2·2C6H5NO3, the pyrrolidine ring of the pyrrolidinium-2-carboxyl-ate zwitterion adopts a twisted conformation on the -CH2-CH2- bond adjacent to the N atom. The mean plane of this pyrrolidine ring forms dihedral angles of 25.3 (3) and 32.1 (3)° with the two nitro-phenol rings. An intra-molecular N-H⋯O hydrogen bond occurs in the pyrrolidinium-2-carboxyl-ate mol-ecule. In the crystal, mol-ecules are linked via O-H⋯O and N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, enclosing R (3) 2(8) ring motifs, forming chains running parallel to the a axis. These chains are further cross-linked by O-H⋯O and C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming undulating two-dimensional networks lying parallel to (001). PMID:24454145

  3. Vacuum sublimed α ,ω-dihexylsexithiophene thin films: Correlating electronic structure and molecular orientation

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    Duhm, S.; Salzmann, I.; Koch, N.; Fukagawa, H.; Kataoka, T.; Hosoumi, S.; Nebashi, K.; Kera, S.; Ueno, N.

    2008-08-01

    In order to correlate the molecular orientation of organic thin films with charge injection barriers at organic/metal interfaces, the electronic structure and molecular orientation of vacuum sublimed thin films of α ,ω-dihexylsexithiophene (DH6T) on the substrates Ag(111), highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), and tetratetracontane (TTC) precovered Ag(111) were investigated. Results from metastable atom electron spectroscopy, ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction were used to derive growth models (including molecular orientation and conformation) of DH6T on the different substrates. On Ag(111), DH6T exhibits a transition from lying molecules in the monolayer/bilayer range to almost standing upright molecules in multilayers. This is accompanied by a shift of the molecular energy levels to a lower binding energy by 0.65 eV with respect to the vacuum level. The unit cell of standing DH6T on lying DH6T on Ag(111) is estimated to be similar to the DH6T bulk phase. On HOPG, DH6T grows in the bulk phase with lying orientation, starting already from the monolayer coverage. DH6T on TTC precovered Ag(111) grows in an almost lying orientation and a conformation that allows a strong overlap of the hexyl chains of DH6T with the alkyl chains of TTC. In all cases, the electronic structure and, particulary, the ionization energy of DH6T is dependent on the orientation of DH6T, i.e., lying DH6T has higher ionization energy than standing DH6T.

  4. Channel cracks in atomic-layer and molecular-layer deposited multilayer thin film coatings

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    Long, Rong; Dunn, Martin L.

    2014-06-21

    Metal oxide thin film coatings produced by atomic layer deposition have been shown to be an effective permeation barrier. The primary failure mode of such coatings under tensile loads is the propagation of channel cracks that penetrate vertically into the coating films. Recently, multi-layer structures that combine the metal oxide material with relatively soft polymeric layers produced by molecular layer deposition have been proposed to create composite thin films with desired properties, including potentially enhanced resistance to fracture. In this paper, we study the effects of layer geometry and material properties on the critical strain for channel crack propagation in the multi-layer composite films. Using finite element simulations and a thin-film fracture mechanics formalism, we show that if the fracture energy of the polymeric layer is lower than that of the metal oxide layer, the channel crack tends to penetrate through the entire composite film, and dividing the metal oxide and polymeric materials into thinner layers leads to a smaller critical strain. However, if the fracture energy of the polymeric material is high so that cracks only run through the metal oxide layers, more layers can result in a larger critical strain. For intermediate fracture energy of the polymer material, we developed a design map that identifies the optimal structure for given fracture energies and thicknesses of the metal oxide and polymeric layers. These results can facilitate the design of mechanically robust permeation barriers, an important component for the development of flexible electronics.

  5. Photoluminescence of localized excitons in ZnCdO thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wu, T. Y.; Huang, Y. S.; Hu, S. Y.; Lee, Y. C.; Tiong, K. K.; Chang, C. C.; Shen, J. L.; Chou, W. C.

    2016-07-01

    We have investigated the luminescence characteristics of Zn1-xCdxO thin films with different Cd contents grown by molecular beam epitaxy system. The temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) and excitation power-dependent PL spectra were measured to clarify the luminescence mechanisms of the Zn1-xCdxO thin films. The peak energy of the Zn1-xCdxO thin films with increasing the Cd concentration is observed as redshift and can be fitted by the quadratic function of alloy content. The broadened full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) estimated from the 15 K PL spectra as a function of Cd content shows a larger deviation between the experimental values and theoretical curve, which indicates that experimental FWHM values are affected not only by alloy compositional disorder but also by localized excitons occupying states in the tail of the density of states. The Urbach energy determined from an analysis of the lineshape of the low-energy side of the PL spectrum and the degree of localization effect estimated from the temperature-induced S-shaped PL peak position described an increasing mean exciton-localization effects in ZnCdO films with increasing the Cd content. In addition, the PL intensity and peak position as a function of excitation power are carried out to clarify the types of radiative recombination and the effects of localized exciton in the ZnCdO films with different Cd contents.

  6. Molecular cloning and functional expression of two monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 receptors reveals alternative splicing of the carboxyl-terminal tails.

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    Charo, I F; Myers, S J; Herman, A; Franci, C; Connolly, A J; Coughlin, S R

    1994-01-01

    Monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 (MCP-1) is a member of the chemokine family of cytokines that mediate leukocyte chemotaxis. The potent and specific activation of monocytes by MCP-1 may mediate the monocytic infiltration of tissues in atherosclerosis and other inflammatory diseases. We have isolated cDNAs that encode two MCP-1-specific receptors with alternatively spliced carboxyl tails. Expression of the receptors in Xenopus oocytes conferred robust mobilization of intracellular calcium in response to nanomolar concentrations of MCP-1 but not to related chemokines. The MCP-1 receptors are most closely related to the receptor for the chemokines macrophage inflammatory protein 1 alpha and RANTES (regulated on activation, normal T expressed and secreted). The identification of the MCP-1 receptor and cloning of two distinct isoforms provide powerful tools for understanding the specificity and signaling mechanisms of this important chemokine. Images PMID:8146186

  7. Organic and inorganic-organic thin film structures by molecular layer deposition: A review.

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    Sundberg, Pia; Karppinen, Maarit

    2014-01-01

    The possibility to deposit purely organic and hybrid inorganic-organic materials in a way parallel to the state-of-the-art gas-phase deposition method of inorganic thin films, i.e., atomic layer deposition (ALD), is currently experiencing a strongly growing interest. Like ALD in case of the inorganics, the emerging molecular layer deposition (MLD) technique for organic constituents can be employed to fabricate high-quality thin films and coatings with thickness and composition control on the molecular scale, even on complex three-dimensional structures. Moreover, by combining the two techniques, ALD and MLD, fundamentally new types of inorganic-organic hybrid materials can be produced. In this review article, we first describe the basic concepts regarding the MLD and ALD/MLD processes, followed by a comprehensive review of the various precursors and precursor pairs so far employed in these processes. Finally, we discuss the first proof-of-concept experiments in which the newly developed MLD and ALD/MLD processes are exploited to fabricate novel multilayer and nanostructure architectures by combining different inorganic, organic and hybrid material layers into on-demand designed mixtures, superlattices and nanolaminates, and employing new innovative nanotemplates or post-deposition treatments to, e.g., selectively decompose parts of the structure. Such layer-engineered and/or nanostructured hybrid materials with exciting combinations of functional properties hold great promise for high-end technological applications. PMID:25161845

  8. Growth of SrVO{sub 3} thin films by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy

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    Eaton, Craig; Brahlek, Matthew; Engel-Herbert, Roman; Moyer, Jarrett A.; Alipour, Hamideh M.; Grimley, Everett D.; LeBeau, James M.

    2015-11-15

    The authors report the growth of stoichiometric SrVO{sub 3} thin films on (LaAlO{sub 3}){sub 0.3}(Sr{sub 2}AlTaO{sub 6}){sub 0.7} (001) substrates using hybrid molecular beam epitaxy. This growth approach employs a conventional effusion cell to supply elemental A-site Sr and the metalorganic precursor vanadium oxytriisopropoxide (VTIP) to supply vanadium. Oxygen is supplied in its molecular form through a gas inlet. An optimal VTIP:Sr flux ratio has been identified using reflection high-energy electron-diffraction, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and scanning transmission electron microscopy, demonstrating stoichiometric SrVO{sub 3} films with atomically flat surface morphology. Away from the optimal VTIP:Sr flux, characteristic changes in the crystalline structure and surface morphology of the films were found, enabling identification of the type of nonstoichiometry. For optimal VTIP:Sr flux ratios, high quality SrVO{sub 3} thin films were obtained with smallest deviation of the lattice parameter from the ideal value and with atomically smooth surfaces, indicative of the good cation stoichiometry achieved by this growth technique.

  9. Organic and inorganic–organic thin film structures by molecular layer deposition: A review

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    Sundberg, Pia

    2014-01-01

    Summary The possibility to deposit purely organic and hybrid inorganic–organic materials in a way parallel to the state-of-the-art gas-phase deposition method of inorganic thin films, i.e., atomic layer deposition (ALD), is currently experiencing a strongly growing interest. Like ALD in case of the inorganics, the emerging molecular layer deposition (MLD) technique for organic constituents can be employed to fabricate high-quality thin films and coatings with thickness and composition control on the molecular scale, even on complex three-dimensional structures. Moreover, by combining the two techniques, ALD and MLD, fundamentally new types of inorganic–organic hybrid materials can be produced. In this review article, we first describe the basic concepts regarding the MLD and ALD/MLD processes, followed by a comprehensive review of the various precursors and precursor pairs so far employed in these processes. Finally, we discuss the first proof-of-concept experiments in which the newly developed MLD and ALD/MLD processes are exploited to fabricate novel multilayer and nanostructure architectures by combining different inorganic, organic and hybrid material layers into on-demand designed mixtures, superlattices and nanolaminates, and employing new innovative nanotemplates or post-deposition treatments to, e.g., selectively decompose parts of the structure. Such layer-engineered and/or nanostructured hybrid materials with exciting combinations of functional properties hold great promise for high-end technological applications. PMID:25161845

  10. A highly selective molecularly imprinted sorbent for extraction of 2-aminothiazoline-4-carboxylic acid--Synthesis, characterization and application in post-mortem whole blood analysis.

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    Luliński, Piotr; Giebułtowicz, Joanna; Wroczyński, Piotr; Maciejewska, Dorota

    2015-11-13

    In this paper, the optimized synthesis and detailed characterization of novel imprinted material for selective extraction of 2-aminothiazoline-4-carboxylic acid (ATCA) were described. The prepolymeric system contained 1-allyl-2-thiourea and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate in methanol, tetrahydrofuran and dimethyl sulfoxide porogenic mixture and 2-aminothiazole-4-carboxylic acid which was used as the template for ATCA. This structural analog of the target analyte was found to provide the imprinted polymer with sufficient binding capacity (60.7 ± 0.9 μg g(-1)) and high selectivity (imprinting factor equal to 18.4) toward ATCA. The adsorption of ATCA was analyzed by the Langmuir model. The heterogeneous population of binding sites on the imprinted polymer was characterized by dissociation constants equal to 3.72 μg L(-1) and 435 μg L(-1) for high and low affinity binding sites, respectively. The morphology of the polymer was studied employing SEM and BET analyses and the composition was confirmed by EDS and (13)C CP/MAS NMR analyses. Adsorption of amino acids on the imprinted material was tested to analyze the impact of the sample components. The superiority of the imprinted sorbent was proved in a novel dispersive solid phase extraction procedure of ATCA from post-mortem whole blood with respect to the extraction efficacy on the commercial ion-exchange sorbents. The limit of quantification and limit of detection of ATCA in the new analytical method were 12 μg L(-1) and 3.5 μg L(-1), respectively. The recovery of ATCA was in the range of 81-89% and the precision of the method ranged from 1.5 to 2.7%. PMID:26463428

  11. ESTIMATION OF CARBOXYLIC ACID ESTER HYDROLYSIS RATE CONSTANTS

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    SPARC chemical reactivity models were extended to calculate hydrolysis rate constants for carboxylic acid esters from molecular structure. The energy differences between the initial state and the transition state for a molecule of interest are factored into internal and external...

  12. High Lipophilicty of Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylate and Sulfonate

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    Jing, Ping; Rodgers, Patrick J.; Amemiya, Shigeru

    2009-01-01

    Here we report on remarkably high lipophilicity of perfluoroalkyl carboxylate and sulfonate. A lipophilic nature of this emerging class of organic pollutants has been hypothesized as an origin of their bioaccumulation and toxicity. Both carboxylate and sulfonate, however, are considered hydrophilic while perfluroalkyl groups are not only hydrophobic but also oleophobic. Partition coefficients of homologous series of perfluoroalkyl and alkyl carboxylates between water and n-octanol were determined as a measure of their lipophilicity by ion-transfer cyclic voltammetry. Very similar lipophilicity of perfluoroalkyl and alkyl chains with the same length is demonstrated experimentally for the first time by fragment analysis of the partition coefficients. This finding is important for pharmaceutical and biomedical applications of perfluoroalkyl compounds. Interestingly, ∼2 orders of magnitude higher lipophilicity of a perfluoroalkyl carboxylate or sulfonate in comparison to its alkyl counterpart is ascribed nearly exclusively to their oxoanion groups. The higher lipophilicity originates from a strong electron-withdrawing effect of the perfluoroalkyl group on the adjacent oxoanion group, which is weakly hydrated to decrease its hydrophilicity. In fact, the inductive effect is dramatically reduced for a fluorotelomer with an ethylene spacer between perfluorohexyl and carboxylate groups, which is only as lipophilic as its alkyl counterpart, nonanoate, and is 400 times less lipophilic than perfluorononanoate. The high lipophilicity of perfluoroalkyl carboxylate and sulfonate implies that their permeation across such a thin lipophilic membrane as a bilayer lipid membrane is limited by their transfer at a membrane/water interface. The limiting permeability is lower and less dependent on their lipophilicity than the permeability controlled by their diffusion in the membrane interior as assumed in the classical solubility-diffusion model. PMID:19170492

  13. Hygroscopic Characteristics of Alkylaminium Carboxylate Aerosols.

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    Gomez-Hernandez, Mario; McKeown, Megan; Secrest, Jeremiah; Marrero-Ortiz, Wilmarie; Lavi, Avi; Rudich, Yinon; Collins, Don R; Zhang, Renyi

    2016-03-01

    The hygroscopic growth factor (HGF) and cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activity for a series of alkylaminium carboxylate aerosols have been measured using a hygroscopicity tandem differential mobility analyzer coupled to a condensation particle counter and a CCN counter. The particles, consisting of the mixtures of mono- (acetic, propanoic, p-toluic, and cis-pinonic acid) and dicarboxylic (oxalic, succinic, malic, adipic, and azelaic acid) acid with alkylamine (mono-, di-, and trimethylamines), represent those commonly found under diverse environmental conditions. The hygroscopicity parameter (κ) of the alkylaminium carboxylate aerosols was derived from the HGF and CCN results and theoretically calculated. The HGF at 90% RH is in the range of 1.3 to 1.8 for alkylaminium monocarboxylates and 1.1 to 2.2 for alkylaminium dicarboxylates, dependent on the molecular functionality (i.e., the carboxylic or OH functional group in organic acids and methyl substitution in alkylamines). The κ value for all alkylaminium carboxylates is in the range of 0.06-1.37 derived from the HGF measurements at 90% RH, 0.05-0.49 derived from the CCN measurements, and 0.22-0.66 theoretically calculated. The measured hygroscopicity of the alkylaminium carboxylates increases with decreasing acid to base ratio. The deliquescence point is apparent for several of the alkylaminium dicarboxylates but not for the alkylaminium monocarboxylates. Our results reveal that alkylaminium carboxylate aerosols exhibit distinct hygroscopic and deliquescent characteristics that are dependent on their molecular functionality, hence regulating their impacts on human health, air quality, and direct and indirect radiative forcing on climate. PMID:26794419

  14. Molecular orientation dependence of hole-injection barrier in pentacene thin film on the Au surface in organic thin film transistor

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    Ihm, Kyuwook; Kim, Bongsoo; Kang, Tai-Hee; Kim, Ki-Jeong; Joo, Min Ho; Kim, Tae Hyeong; Yoon, Sang Soo; Chung, Sukmin

    2006-07-01

    We have investigated the effects of a buffer layer insertion on the performance of the pentacene based thin film transistor with a bottom contact structure. When the pentacene molecules have a standing up coordination on the Au surface that is modified by the benzenethiol or methanethiol, the transition region in the pentacene thin film is removed along the boundary between the Au and silicon oxide region, and the hole-injection barrier decreases by 0.4eV. Pentacene on various surfaces showed that the highly occupied molecular level is 0.2-0.4eV lower in the standing up coordination than in the lying down coordination.

  15. Apparatus for producing ultraclean bicrystals by the molecular beam epitaxy growth and ultrahigh vacuum bonding of thin films

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    Amiri-Hezaveh, A.; Balluffi, R.W. )

    1993-10-01

    An apparatus has been designed and constructed which is capable of growing single-crystal thin films and then bonding them together face-to-face to produce bicrystals under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions. The films are grown in molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system capable of growing well-characterized single-crystal thin films of metals, semiconductors, and high [ital T][sub [ital c

  16. Solar Selective Coatings Prepared From Thin-Film Molecular Mixtures and Evaluated

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    Jaworske, Don A.

    2003-01-01

    Thin films composed of molecular mixtures of metal and dielectric are being considered for use as solar selective coatings for a variety of space power applications. By controlling molecular mixing during ion-beam sputter deposition, researchers can tailor the solar selective coatings to have the combined properties of high solar absorptance and low infrared emittance. On orbit, these combined properties simultaneously maximize the amount of solar energy captured by the coating and minimize the amount of thermal energy radiated. The solar selective coatings are envisioned for use on minisatellites, for applications where solar energy is used to power heat engines or to heat remote regions in the interior of the spacecraft. Such systems may be useful for various missions, particularly those to middle Earth orbit. Sunlight must be concentrated by a factor of 100 or more to achieve the desired heat inlet operating temperature. At lower concentration factors, the temperature of the heat inlet surface of the heat engine is too low for efficient operation, and at high concentration factors, cavity type heat receivers become attractive. The an artist's concept of a heat engine, with the annular heat absorbing surface near the focus of the concentrator coated with a solar selective coating is shown. In this artist's concept, the heat absorbing surface powers a small Stirling convertor. The astronaut's gloved hand is provided for scale. Several thin-film molecular mixtures have been prepared and evaluated to date, including mixtures of aluminum and aluminum oxide, nickel and aluminum oxide, titanium and aluminum oxide, and platinum and aluminum oxide. For example, a 2400- Angstrom thick mixture of titanium and aluminum oxide was found to have a solar absorptance of 0.93 and an infrared emittance of 0.06. On the basis of tests performed under flowing nitrogen at temperatures as high as 680 C, the coating appeared to be durable at elevated temperatures. Additional durability

  17. High-temperature antiferromagnetism in molecular semiconductor thin films and nanostructures

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    Serri, Michele; Wu, Wei; Fleet, Luke R.; Harrison, Nicholas M.; Hirjibehedin, Cyrus F.; Kay, Christopher W.M.; Fisher, Andrew J.; Aeppli, Gabriel; Heutz, Sandrine

    2014-01-01

    The viability of dilute magnetic semiconductors in applications is linked to the strength of the magnetic couplings, and room temperature operation is still elusive in standard inorganic systems. Molecular semiconductors are emerging as an alternative due to their long spin-relaxation times and ease of processing, but, with the notable exception of vanadium-tetracyanoethylene, magnetic transition temperatures remain well below the boiling point of liquid nitrogen. Here we show that thin films and powders of the molecular semiconductor cobalt phthalocyanine exhibit strong antiferromagnetic coupling, with an exchange energy reaching 100 K. This interaction is up to two orders of magnitude larger than in related phthalocyanines and can be obtained on flexible plastic substrates, under conditions compatible with routine organic electronic device fabrication. Ab initio calculations show that coupling is achieved via superexchange between the singly occupied a1g () orbitals. By reaching the key milestone of magnetic coupling above 77 K, these results establish quantum spin chains as a potentially useable feature of molecular films. PMID:24445992

  18. High-temperature antiferromagnetism in molecular semiconductor thin films and nanostructures.

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    Serri, Michele; Wu, Wei; Fleet, Luke R; Harrison, Nicholas M; Hirjibehedin, Cyrus F; Kay, Christopher W M; Fisher, Andrew J; Aeppli, Gabriel; Heutz, Sandrine

    2014-01-01

    The viability of dilute magnetic semiconductors in applications is linked to the strength of the magnetic couplings, and room temperature operation is still elusive in standard inorganic systems. Molecular semiconductors are emerging as an alternative due to their long spin-relaxation times and ease of processing, but, with the notable exception of vanadium-tetracyanoethylene, magnetic transition temperatures remain well below the boiling point of liquid nitrogen. Here we show that thin films and powders of the molecular semiconductor cobalt phthalocyanine exhibit strong antiferromagnetic coupling, with an exchange energy reaching 100 K. This interaction is up to two orders of magnitude larger than in related phthalocyanines and can be obtained on flexible plastic substrates, under conditions compatible with routine organic electronic device fabrication. Ab initio calculations show that coupling is achieved via superexchange between the singly occupied a1g () orbitals. By reaching the key milestone of magnetic coupling above 77 K, these results establish quantum spin chains as a potentially useable feature of molecular films. PMID:24445992

  19. Evaporation characteristics of thin film liquid argon in nano-scale confinement: A molecular dynamics study

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    Hasan, Mohammad Nasim; Shavik, Sheikh Mohammad; Rabbi, Kazi Fazle; Haque, Mominul

    2016-07-01

    Molecular dynamics simulation has been carried out to explore the evaporation characteristics of thin liquid argon film in nano-scale confinement. The present study has been conducted to realize the nano-scale physics of simultaneous evaporation and condensation inside a confined space for a three phase system with particular emphasis on the effect of surface wetting conditions. The simulation domain consisted of two parallel platinum plates; one at the top and another at the bottom. The fluid comprised of liquid argon film at the bottom plate and vapor argon in between liquid argon and upper plate of the domain. Considering hydrophilic and hydrophobic nature of top and bottom surfaces, two different cases have been investigated: (i) Case A: Both top and bottom surfaces are hydrophilic, (ii) Case B: both top and bottom surfaces are hydrophobic. For all cases, equilibrium molecular dynamics (EMD) was performed to reach equilibrium state at 90 K. Then the lower wall was set to four different temperatures such as 110 K, 120 K, 130 K and 140 K to perform non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD). The variation of temperature and density as well as the variation of system pressure with respect to time were closely monitored for each case. The heat fluxes normal to top and bottom walls were estimated and discussed to illuminate the effectiveness of heat transfer in both hydrophilic and hydrophobic confinement at various boundary temperatures of the bottom plate.

  20. Cationic mononuclear ruthenium carboxylates as catalyst prototypes for self-induced hydrogenation of carboxylic acids

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    Naruto, Masayuki; Saito, Susumu

    2015-01-01

    Carboxylic acids are ubiquitous in bio-renewable and petrochemical sources of carbon. Hydrogenation of carboxylic acids to yield alcohols produces water as the only byproduct, and thus represents a possible next generation, sustainable method for the production of these alternative energy carriers/platform chemicals on a large scale. Reported herein are molecular insights into cationic mononuclear ruthenium carboxylates ([Ru(OCOR)]+) as prototypical catalysts for the hydrogenation of carboxylic acids. The substrate-derived coordinated carboxylate was found to function initially as a proton acceptor for the heterolytic cleavage of dihydrogen, and subsequently also as an acceptor for the hydride from [Ru–H]+, which was generated in the first step (self-induced catalysis). The hydrogenation proceeded selectively and at high levels of functional group tolerance, a feature that is challenging to achieve with existing heterogeneous/homogeneous catalyst systems. These fundamental insights are expected to significantly benefit the future development of metal carboxylate-catalysed hydrogenation processes of bio-renewable resources. PMID:26314266

  1. Molecular mechanism of the intramembrane cleavage of the β-carboxyl terminal fragment of amyloid precursor protein by γ-secretase

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    Morishima-Kawashima, Maho

    2014-01-01

    Amyloid β-protein (Aβ) plays a central role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease, the most common age-associated neurodegenerative disorder. Aβ is generated through intramembrane proteolysis of the β-carboxyl terminal fragment (βCTF) of β-amyloid precursor protein (APP) by γ-secretase. The initial cleavage by γ-secretase occurs in the membrane/cytoplasm boundary of the βCTF, liberating the APP intracellular domain (AICD). The remaining βCTFs, which are truncated at the C-terminus (longer Aβs), are then cropped sequentially in a stepwise manner, predominantly at three residue intervals, to generate Aβ. There are two major Aβ product lines which generate Aβ40 and Aβ42 with concomitant release of three and two tripeptides, respectively. Additionally, many alternative cleavages occur, releasing peptides with three to six residues. These modulate the Aβ product lines and define the species and quantity of Aβ generated. Here, we review our current understanding of the intramembrane cleavage of the βCTF by γ-secretase, which may contribute to the future goal of developing an efficient therapeutic strategy for Alzheimer's disease. PMID:25505888

  2. Pharmacophore Elucidation and Molecular Docking Studies on 5-Phenyl-1-(3-pyridyl)-1H-1,2,4-triazole-3-carboxylic Acid Derivatives as COX-2 Inhibitors

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    Lindner, Marc; Sippl, Wolfgang; Radwan, Awwad A.

    2010-01-01

    A set of 5-phenyl-1-(3-pyridyl)-1H-1,2,4-triazole-3-carboxylic acid derivatives (16–32) showing anti-inflammatory activity was analyzed using a three-dimensional qualitative structure-selectivity relationship (3D QSSR) method. The CatalystHipHop approach was used to generate a pharmacophore model for cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors based on a training set of 15 active inhibitors (1–15). The degree of fitting of the test set compounds (16–32) to the generated hypothetical model revealed a qualitative measure of the more or less selective COX-2 inhibition of these compounds. The results indicate that most derivatives (16, 18, 20–25, and 30–32) are able to effectively satisfy the proposed pharmacophore geometry using energy accessible conformers (Econf < 20 kcal/mol). In addition, the triazole derivatives (16–32) were docked into COX-1 and COX-2 X-ray structures, using the program GOLD. Based on the docking results it is suggested that several of these novel triazole derivatives are active COX inhibitors with a significant preference for COX-2. In principle, this work presents an interesting, comprehensive approach to theoretically predict the mode of action of compounds that showed anti-inflammatory activity in an in vivo model. PMID:21179343

  3. Cobalt(II) metal-organic framework micro-nanoparticles: Molecular self-assembly from layers to micropores showing the conjunctive orientation of carboxyl groups

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    Ye, Jing; Li, Xiaoqi; Xu, Zhen-liang; Xu, Haitao

    2015-08-01

    Cobalt metal-organic framework (MOF) materials CoL(1,4-chdc)·mH2O (1,4-chdc = 1,4-cyclohexanedicarboxylic acid, L1 = 1,2-di(4-pyridyl)ethylene, and m = 0 for 1Co; L2 = 1,4-bis(4-pyridyl)-2,3-diaza-1,3-butadiene and m = 2 for 2Co) were assembled in a MeOH-H2O solvent system. They crystallized in a monoclinic system with space group P2(1)/c, Z = 4, a = 9.479(4) Å, b = 13.704(6) Å, c = 14.455(6) Å, and β = 99.424(6)° for 1Co, and a = 14.349(11) Å, b = 12.088(9) Å, c = 26.62(2) Å, and β = 97.255(11)° for 2Co. It was shown that N-ligand can regulate and control the conjunctive orientation of carboxyl groups in these MOFs; thus, the MOFs exhibited structures that ranged from layers to micropores. Furthermore, the micro-nanoparticles of 1Co and 2Co were investigated for new potential applications of micro-nano MOFs.

  4. Carboxylic acid sorption regeneration process

    DOEpatents

    King, C. Judson; Poole, Loree J.

    1995-01-01

    Carboxylic acids are sorbed from aqueous feedstocks into an organic liquid phase or onto a solid adsorbent. The acids are freed from the sorbent phase by treating it with aqueous alkylamine thus forming an alkylammonium carboxylate which is dewatered and decomposed to the desired carboxylic acid and the alkylamine.

  5. Carboxylic acid sorption regeneration process

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    King, C.J.; Poole, L.J.

    1995-05-02

    Carboxylic acids are sorbed from aqueous feedstocks into an organic liquid phase or onto a solid adsorbent. The acids are freed from the sorbent phase by treating it with aqueous alkylamine thus forming an alkylammonium carboxylate which is dewatered and decomposed to the desired carboxylic acid and the alkylamine. 10 figs.

  6. Self-Limiting Growth of Metal Fluoride Thin Films by Oxidation Reactions Employing Molecular Precursors

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    Qiu, S. R.; Lai, H.-F.; Yarmoff, J. A.

    2000-08-14

    FeF{sub 2} films are grown by the reaction of XeF{sub 2} and SeF{sub 6} with iron foil. The growth initially follows the Mott-Cabrera parabolic rate law, indicating that the process is diffusion limited. At a certain film thickness, however, the growth abruptly stops, with the thickness using XeF{sub 2} being nearly double that with SeF{sub 6} . It is suggested that the shutdown is due to the inability of the molecules to dissociate when too far from the substrate and that SeF{sub 6} must approach more closely than XeF{sub 2} . This work suggests the use of molecular precursors to grow thin films via a self-limiting chemical process. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  7. Improved Stability Of Amorphous Zinc Tin Oxide Thin Film Transistors Using Molecular Passivation

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    Rajachidambaram, Meena Suhanya; Pandey, Archana; Vilayur Ganapathy, Subramanian; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Herman, Gregory S.

    2013-10-21

    The role of back channel surface chemistry on amorphous zinc tin oxide (ZTO) bottom gate thin film transistors (TFT) have been characterized by positive bias-stress measurements and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Positive bias-stress turn-on voltage shifts for ZTO-TFTs were significantly reduced by passivation of back channel surfaces with self-assembled monolayers of n-hexylphosphonic acid (n-HPA) when compared to ZTO-TFTs with no passivation. These results indicate that adsorption of molecular species on exposed back channel of ZTO-TFTs strongly influence observed turn-on voltage shifts, as opposed to charge injection into the dielectric or trapping due to oxygen vacancies.

  8. Epitaxial Cd3As2 Thin Films Synthesized by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Schumann, Timo; Goyal, Manik; Stemmer, Susanne

    Cd3As2 is a three-dimensional (3D) Dirac semimetal, i.e. it possesses Dirac cones in a 3D bulk state where the band dispersion relation is linear near the Fermi energy. Cd3As2 is has raised considerable interest due to its high electron mobilities in bulk crystals and for novel quantum phenomena, such as chiral anomalies. However, few studies have been performed using thin films of Cd3As2. In this presentation, we report on the synthesis of Cd3As2 thin films by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Single phase, epitaxial films were grown on undoped GaSb(111)B substrates with the (112) facet of Cd3As2 parallel to the GaSb(111) surface. We report on the structural quality and orientation variants in the films. Electrical transport properties indicate electron mobilities exceeding 6000 cm2V-1s-1. We discuss the impact of the MBE growth parameters and substrate preparation on the structural and electrical properties of the films.

  9. Molecular Layer-seeded Ultra-thin Top-gate Dielectrics for High Transconductance Graphene Transistors

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    Sangwan, Vinod; Jariwala, Deep; Karmel, Hunter; Alaboson, Justice; Lauhon, Lincoln; Marks, Tobin; Hersam, Mark

    2012-02-01

    The potential of graphene in integrated analog and digital circuits can only be fully realized through incorporation of ultra-thin gate dielectrics to enable large-scale small-channel graphene field-effect transistors (GFETs). Atomic-layer deposition (ALD) is a viable technique to fabricate gate-dielectrics, however, it requires a seeding layer on otherwise inert graphene. Here, we demonstrate a single molecule thick perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride overlayer as an effective seeding layer to grow high-κ Al2O3 on mechanically exfoliated graphene for high-performance GFETs. Using an ultra-thin (< 1nm) seeding layer, in contrast to polymer films (5-10 nm), we demonstrate fabrication of the thinnest ALD-grown gate-dielectric (4 nm) reported to date in top-gated GFETs. This yields high performance GFETs with the intrinsic transconductance parameter approaching 2.4 mS and the field-effect mobility ˜3000 cm^2/Vs. We also demonstrate generalization of this molecular layer seeded-ALD growth method to higher- κ gate dielectrics, yielding further enhanced GFET transconductance for possible application to radio-frequency circuits.

  10. Coherent growth of superconducting TiN thin films by plasma enhanced molecular beam epitaxy

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    Krockenberger, Yoshiharu; Karimoto, Shin-ichi; Yamamoto, Hideki; Semba, Kouich

    2012-10-15

    We have investigated the formation of titanium nitride (TiN) thin films on (001) MgO substrates by molecular beam epitaxy and radio frequency acitvated nitrogen plasma. Although cubic TiN is stabile over a wide temperature range, superconducting TiN films are exclusively obtained when the substrate temperature exceeds 710 Degree-Sign C. TiN films grown at 720 Degree-Sign C show a high residual resistivity ratio of approximately 11 and the superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}) is well above 5 K. Superconductivity has been confirmed also by magnetiztion measurements. In addition, we determined the upper critical magnetic field ({mu}{sub 0}H{sub c2}) as well as the corresponding coherence length ({xi}{sub GL}) by transport measurements under high magnetic fields. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy data revealed full in plane coherency to the substrate as well as a low defect density in the film, in agreement with a mean-free path length Script-Small-L Almost-Equal-To 106 nm, which is estimated from the residual resistivity value. The observations of reflection high energy electron diffraction intensity oscillations during the growth, distinct Laue fringes around the main Bragg peaks, and higher order diffraction spots in the reciprocal space map suggest the full controlability of the thickness of high quality superconducting TiN thin films.

  11. Nanometric thin polymeric films based on molecularly imprinted technology: towards electrochemical sensing applications.

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    Ginzburg-Turgeman, Roni; Mandler, Daniel

    2010-09-28

    A new approach for assembling selective electrodes based on molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) is presented. The approach is based on the radical polymerization of a mixture of methacrylic acid (MAA) and ethyleneglycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) in the presence of an initiator, benzoyl peroxide (BPO) and an activator, N,N'-dimethyl-p-toluidine (DMpT) at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. To form nanometric thin polymeric films the polymerization solution was spin-coated in the course of polymerization. The different physical and chemical parameters that affected the properties of the films, such as the spinning rate and the EGDMA:MAA ratio, were studied and optimized. A variety of techniques, e.g., rheoscopy, SEM, AFM, profilometry and electrochemistry, were used to characterize the films and the polymerization process. By optimizing the conditions very thin and reproducible films could be prepared and imprinted. The electrochemical behavior of the films showed that they were permeable to water-soluble electroactive species providing that either polyethylene glycol or template species were added to the polymerization mixture. Finally, we demonstrated that films imprinted with ferrocenylmethyl alcohol (Fc-MeOH) successfully extracted the imprinted species after their removal from MIPs. PMID:20668737

  12. Growth Parameters for Thin Film InBi Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Keen, B.; Makin, R.; Stampe, P. A.; Kennedy, R. J.; Sallis, S.; Piper, L. J.; McCombe, B.; Durbin, S. M.

    2014-04-01

    The alloying of bismuth with III-V semiconductors, in particular GaAs and InAs thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), has attracted considerable interest due to the accompanying changes in band structure and lattice constant. Specifically, bismuth incorporation in these compounds results in both a reduction in band gap (through shifting of the valence band) and an increase in the lattice constant of the alloy. To fully understand the composition of these alloys, a better understanding of the binary endpoints is needed. At present, a limited amount of literature exists on the III-Bi family of materials, most of which is theoretical work based on density functional theory calculations. The only III-Bi material known to exist (in bulk crystal form) is InBi, but its electrical properties have not been sufficiently studied and, to date, the material has not been fabricated as a thin film. We have successfully deposited crystalline InBi on (100) GaAs substrates using MBE. Wetting of the substrate is poor, and regions of varying composition exist across the substrate. To obtain InBi, the growth temperature had to be below 100 °C. It was found that film crystallinity improved with reduced Bi flux, into an In-rich regime. Additionally, attempts were made to grow AlBi and GaBi.

  13. Multiferroic fluoride BaCoF4 Thin Films Grown Via Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Borisov, Pavel; Johnson, Trent; García-Castro, Camilo; Kc, Amit; Schrecongost, Dustin; Cen, Cheng; Romero, Aldo; Lederman, David

    Multiferroic materials exhibit exciting physics related to the simultaneous presence of multiple long-range orders, in many cases consisting of antiferromagnetic (AF) and ferroelectric (FE) orderings. In order to provide a new, promising route for fluoride-based multiferroic material engineering, we grew multiferroic fluoride BaCoF4 in thin film form on Al2O3 (0001) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. The films grow with the orthorhombic b-axis out-of-plane and with three in-plane structural twin domains along the polar c-axis directions. The FE ordering in thin films was verified by FE remanent hysteresis loops measurements at T = 14 K and by room temperature piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). An AF behavior was found below Neel temperature TN ~ 80 K, which is in agreement with the bulk properties. At lower temperatures two additional magnetic phase transitions at 19 K and 41 K were found. First-principles calculations demonstrated that the growth strain applied to the bulk BaCoF4 indeed favors two canted spin orders, along the b- and a-axes, respectively, in addition to the main AF spin order along the c-axis. Supported by FAME (Contract 2013-MA-2382), WV Research Challenge Grant (HEPC.dsr.12.29), and DMREF-NSF 1434897.

  14. Highly Ordered Organic Molecular Thin Films on Silicon Studied by STM and LEED

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    Wagner, Sean; Zhang, Pengpeng

    2014-03-01

    Achieving growth of long-range ordered organic molecular thin films on inorganic substrates continues to be a significant challenge for organic electronics applications. Here, we report the growth of highly ordered zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) thin films both in-plane and out-of-plane on the deactivated Si(111) surface by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and low energy electron diffraction (LEED). By adjusting the substrate temperature during deposition, the anisotropic step-flow growth mode can be accessed causing a reduction in the substrate symmetry which allows for the long-range in-plane ordering as well as the decrease of grain boundary density. Additionally, the ZnPc molecules are able to maintain a highly ordered configuration in multi-layers despite a gradual decrease in the molecule-substrate interaction, which is attributed to the strong interlayer π- π interaction. We appreciate the fruitful discussion with Prof. Richard Lunt. This research is funded by the DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program (Grant number DE-SC0006400) through the Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  15. Thin film growth of CaFe2As2 by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Hatano, T.; Kawaguchi, T.; Fujimoto, R.; Nakamura, I.; Mori, Y.; Harada, S.; Ujihara, T.; Ikuta, H.

    2016-01-01

    Film growth of CaFe2As2 was realized by molecular beam epitaxy on six different substrates that have a wide variation in the lattice mismatch to the target compound. By carefully adjusting the Ca-to-Fe flux ratio, we obtained single-phase thin films for most of the substrates. Interestingly, an expansion of the CaFe2As2 lattice to the out-of-plane direction was observed for all films, even when an opposite strain was expected. A detailed microstructure observation of the thin film grown on MgO by transmission electron microscope revealed that it consists of cube-on-cube and 45°-rotated domains. The latter domains were compressively strained in plane, which caused a stretching along the c-axis direction. Because the domains were well connected across the boundary with no appreciable discontinuity, we think that the out-of-plane expansion in the 45°-rotated domains exerted a tensile stress on the other domains, resulting in the unexpectedly large c-axis lattice parameter, despite the apparently opposite lattice mismatch.

  16. Molecular and cellular characterization of the biological effects of ruthenium(II) complexes incorporating 2-pyridyl-2-pyrimidine-4-carboxylic acid.

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    Pierroz, Vanessa; Joshi, Tanmaya; Leonidova, Anna; Mari, Cristina; Schur, Julia; Ott, Ingo; Spiccia, Leone; Ferrari, Stefano; Gasser, Gilles

    2012-12-19

    A great majority of the Ru complexes currently studied in anticancer research exert their antiproliferative activity, at least partially, through ligand exchange. In recent years, however, coordinatively saturated and substitutionally inert polypyridyl Ru(II) compounds have emerged as potential anticancer drug candidates. In this work, we present the synthesis and detailed characterization of two novel inert Ru(II) complexes, namely, [Ru(bipy)(2)(Cpp-NH-Hex-COOH)](2+) (2) and [Ru(dppz)(2)(CppH)](2+) (3) (bipy = 2,2'-bipyridine; CppH = 2-(2'-pyridyl)pyrimidine-4-carboxylic acid; Cpp-NH-Hex-COOH = 6-(2-(pyridin-2-yl)pyrimidine-4-carboxamido)hexanoic acid; dppz = dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine). 3 is of particular interest as it was found to have IC(50) values comparable to cisplatin, a benchmark standard in the field, on three cancer cell lines and a better activity on one cisplatin-resistant cell line than cisplatin itself. The mechanism of action of 3 was then investigated in detail and it could be demonstrated that, although 3 binds to calf-thymus DNA by intercalation, the biological effects that it induces did not involve a nuclear DNA related mode of action. On the contrary, confocal microscopy colocalization studies in HeLa cells showed that 3 specifically targeted mitochondria. This was further correlated by ruthenium quantification using High-resolution atomic absorption spectrometry. Furthermore, as determined by two independent assays, 3 induced apoptosis at a relatively late stage of treatment. The generation of reactive oxygen species could be excluded as the cause of the observed cytotoxicity. It was demonstrated that the mitochondrial membrane potential in HeLa was impaired by 3 as early as 2 h after its introduction and even more with increasing time. PMID:23181418

  17. Molecular separations using nanostructured porous thin films fabricated by glancing angle deposition

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    Bezuidenhout, Louis Wentzel

    Biomolecular separation techniques are an enabling technology that indirectly in.uence many aspects of our lives. Advances have led to faster analyses, reduced costs, higher specificity, and new analytical techniques, impacting areas such as health care, environmental monitoring, polymer sciences, agriculture, and nutrition. Further development of separations technology is anticipated to follow the path of computing technology such that miniaturization through the development of microfluidics technology, lab-on-a-chip systems, and other integrative, multi-component systems will further extend our analysis capabilities. Creation of new and improvement of existing separation technologies is an integral part of the pathway to miniaturized systems. the work of this thesis investigates molecular separations using porous nanostructured films fabricated by the thin film process glancing angle deposition (GLAD). Structural architecture, pore size and shape, and film density can be finely controlled to produce high-surface area thin films with engineered morphology. The characteristic size scales and structural control of GLAD films are well-suited to biomolecules and separation techniques, motivating investigation into the utility and performance of GLAD films for biomolecular separations. This project consisted of three phases. First, chromatographic separation of dye molecules on silica GLAD films was demonstrated by thin layer chromatography Direct control of film nanostructure altered the separation characteristics; most strikingly, anisotropic structures provided two-dimensional analyte migration. Second, nanostructures made with GLAD were integrated in PDMS microfluidic channels using a sacrificial etching process; DNA molecules (10/48 kbp and 6/10/20 kbp mixtures) were electrophoretically separated on a microfluidic chip using a porous bed of SiO2 vertical posts. Third, mass spectrometry of proteins and drugs in the mass range of 100-1300 m/z was performed using

  18. Invertebrate muscles: thin and thick filament structure; molecular basis of contraction and its regulation, catch and asynchronous muscle

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    Hooper, Scott L.; Hobbs, Kevin H.; Thuma, Jeffrey B.

    2008-01-01

    This is the second in a series of canonical reviews on invertebrate muscle. We cover here thin and thick filament structure, the molecular basis of force generation and its regulation, and two special properties of some invertebrate muscle, catch and asynchronous muscle. Invertebrate thin filaments resemble vertebrate thin filaments, although helix structure and tropomyosin arrangement show small differences. Invertebrate thick filaments, alternatively, are very different from vertebrate striated thick filaments and show great variation within invertebrates. Part of this diversity stems from variation in paramyosin content, which is greatly increased in very large diameter invertebrate thick filaments. Other of it arises from relatively small changes in filament backbone structure, which results in filaments with grossly similar myosin head placements (rotating crowns of heads every 14.5 nm) but large changes in detail (distances between heads in azimuthal registration varying from three to thousands of crowns). The lever arm basis of force generation is common to both vetebrates and invertebrates, and in some invertebrates this process is understood on the near atomic level. Invertebrate actomyosin is both thin (tropomyosin:troponin) and thick (primarily via direct Ca++ binding to myosin) filament regulated, and most invertebrate muscles are dually regulated. These mechanisms are well understood on the molecular level, but the behavioral utility of dual regulation is less so. The phosphorylation state of the thick filament associated giant protein, twitchin, has been recently shown to be the molecular basis of catch. The molecular basis of the stretch activation underlying asynchronous muscle activity, however, remains unresolved. PMID:18616971

  19. Molecular beam epitaxy deposition of Gd2O3 thin films on SrTiO3 (100) substrate

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    Wang, Jinxing; Hao, Jinghua; Zhang, Yangyang; Wei, Hongmei; Mu, Juyi

    2016-06-01

    Gd2O3 thin films are grown on the SrTiO3 (100) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) deposition. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, conventional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) are performed to investigate the microstructure of deposited thin films. It is found that the as-deposited thin film possesses a very uniform thickness of ∼40 nm and is composed of single cubic phase Gd2O3 grains. STEM and TEM observations reveal that Gd2O3 thin film grows epitaxially on the SrTiO3 (100) substrate with (001)Gd2O3//(100)STO and [110]Gd2O3//[001]STO orientations. Furthermore, the Gd atoms are found to diffuse into the SrTiO3 substrate for a depth of one unit cell and substitute for the Sr atoms near the interface.

  20. Phases, line tension and pattern formation in molecularly thin films at the air-water interface

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    Mandal, Pritam

    A Langmuir film, which is a molecularly thin insoluble film on a liquid substrate, is one practical realization of a quasi-two dimensional matter. The major advantages of this system for the study of phase separation and phase co-existence are (a) it allows accurate control of the components and molecular area of the film and (b) it can be studied by various methods that require very flat films. Phase separation in molecularly thin films plays an important role in a range of systems from biomembranes to biosensors. For example, phase-separated lipid nano-domains in biomembranes are thought to play crucial roles in membrane function. I use Brewster Angel Microscopy (BAM) coupled with Fluorescence Microscopy (FM) and static Light Scattering Microscopy (LSM) to image phases and patterns within Langmuir films. The three microscopic techniques --- BAM, FM and LSM --- are complimentary to each other, providing distinct sets of information. They allow direct comparison with literature results in lipid systems. I have quantitatively validated the use of detailed hydrodynamic simulations to determine line tension in monolayers. Line tension decreases as temperature rises. This decrease gives us information on the entropy associated with the line, and thus about line structure. I carefully consider the thermodynamics of line energy and entropy to make this connection. In the longer run, LSM will be exploited to give us further information about line structure. I have also extended the technique by testing it on domains within the curved surface of a bilayer vesicle. I also note that in the same way that the presence of surface-active agents, known as surfactants, affects surface energy, the addiction of line active agents alters the inter-phase line energy. Thus my results set to stage to systematically study the influence of line active agents ---'linactants' --- on the inter-phase line energy. Hierarchal self-assembled chiral patterns were observed as a function of

  1. Molecular dynamic simulations of surface morphology and pulsed laser deposition growth of lithium niobate thin films on silicon substrate

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    Liu, Yue; Zhu, Hao-Nan; Pei, Zi-Dong; Kong, Yong-Fa; Xu, Jing-Jun

    2015-05-01

    The molecular dynamic simulation of lithium niobate thin films deposited on silicon substrate is carried out by using the dissipative particle dynamics method. The simulation results show that the Si (111) surface is more suitable for the growth of smooth LiNbO3 thin films compared to the Si(100) surface, and the optimal deposition temperature is around 873 K, which is consistent with the atomic force microscope results. In addition, the calculation molecular number is increased to take the electron spins and other molecular details into account. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB922003), the International S&T Cooperation Program of China (Grant No. 2013DFG52660), the Taishan Scholar Construction Project Special Fund, China, and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant Nos. 65030091 and 65010961).

  2. Growth mechanism of CuZnInSe2 thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Tseng, Ya Hsin; Yang, Chu Shou; Wu, Chia Hsing; Chiu, Jai Wei; Yang, Min De; Wu, Chih-Hung

    2013-09-01

    CuZnInSe2 (CZIS) has potential application in solar cell for absorption layer, and give an advantage to change the band gap from CuInSe2 (1.02 eV) to ZnSe (2.67 eV). Using molecular beam epitaxy technology, the CZIS thin films were grown via CuInSe (CIS) and ZnSe base. In the case of CIS, thin films were grown on Mo-coated soda lime glass with various zinc flux. CIS was transformed into chalcopyrite and sphalerite coexisting CZIS easily but it is difficult to transform into the pure sphalerite CZIS. Zn/(Zn+In+Cu) ratio has limited to approximate 36 at% and the excess-Zn played a catalyst role. In the case of ZnSe base, which was grown on GaAs (001), various In and Cu flux defined as the TIn series and TCu series, respectively. There are four types of compound in the TIn series and TCu series, including ZnSe, InxSey, ZnIn2Se4 (ZIS) and CZIS. In the TIn series under the lowest In and Cu flux, selenium (Se) were randomly combined with cations to form the CZIS. When TIn is increased in this moment, the CZIS was transformed into ZIS. In the TCu series, CZIS demonstrated via In-rich ZIS (Zn(In, Cu)Se) and InxSey base ((Zn, Cu)InSe). It is chalcopyrite and sphalerite coexisting structure in the medium TCu region. In the high TCu region, it is transformed into the Zn-poor and Cu-rich CZIS.

  3. Structure, vibrational spectra and DFT characterization of the intra- and inter-molecular interactions in 2-hydroxy-5-methylpyridine-3-carboxylic acid--normal modes of the eight-membered HB ring.

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    Godlewska, P; Jańczak, J; Kucharska, E; Hanuza, J; Lorenc, J; Michalski, J; Dymińska, L; Węgliński, Z

    2014-01-01

    Fourier transform IR and Raman spectra, XRD studies and DFT quantum chemical calculations have been used to characterize the structural and vibrational properties of 2-hydroxy-5-methylpyridine-3-carboxylic acid. In the unit-cell of this compound two molecules related by the inversion center interact via OH⋯N hydrogen bonds. The double hydrogen bridge system is spaced parallel to the (102) crystallographic plane forming eight-membered arrangement characteristic for pyridine derivatives. The six-membered ring is the second characteristic unit formed via the intramolecular OH⋯O hydrogen bond. The geometry optimization of the monomer and dimer have been performed applying the Gaussian03 program package. All calculations were performed in the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) basis set using the XRD data as input parameters. The relation between the molecular and crystal structures has been discussed in terms of the hydrogen bonds formed in the unit cell. The vibrations of the dimer have been discussed in terms of the resonance inside the system built of five rings coupled via hydrogen bonds. PMID:24184924

  4. Graphene nanosheet: synthesis, molecular engineering, thin film, hybrids, and energy and analytical applications.

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    Guo, Shaojun; Dong, Shaojun

    2011-05-01

    The emergence of graphene nanosheet (GN, 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics) has recently opened up an exciting new field in the science and technology of two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials with continuously growing academic and technological impetus. GN exhibits unique electronic, optical, magnetic, thermal and mechanical properties arising from its strictly 2D structure and thus has many important technical applications. Actually, GN-based materials have enormous potential to rival or even surpass the performance of carbon nanotube-based counterparts, given that cheap, large-scale production and processing methods for high-quality GN become available. Therefore, the studies on GN in the aspects of chemistry, physical, materials, biology and interdisciplinary science have been in full flow in the past five years. In this critical review, from the viewpoint of chemistry and materials, we will cover recent significant advances in synthesis, molecular engineering, thin film, hybrids, and energy and analytical applications of the "star-material" GN together with discussion on its major challenges and opportunities for future GN research (315 references). PMID:21283849

  5. Adhesion and friction properties of molecularly thin perfluoropolyether liquid films on solid surface.

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    Tani, Hiroshi; Tagawa, Norio

    2012-02-28

    The adhesion and friction properties of molecularly thin perfluoropolyether (PFPE) lubricant films dip-coated on a diamond-like carbon (DLC) overcoat of magnetic disks were studied using a pin-on-disk-type micro-tribotester that we developed. The load and friction forces were simultaneously measured on a rotating disk surface under an increasing/decreasing load cycle and slow sliding conditions. Experiments were performed using two types of PFPE lubricants: Fomblin Z-tetraol2000S with functional end-groups and Fomblin Z-03 without any end-group. The curves of the friction force as a function of the applied load agree with the curves estimated using the Johnson-Kendall-Roberts (JKR) model. The friction forces on the Z-03 films having different thicknesses were not found to decrease drastically; however, the friction forces on the Z-tetraol film were found to decrease drastically when the film thickness is more than ~1.2 nm. This drastic change in the case of the Z-tetraol film is estimated to be affected by the coverage of the lubricant film. PMID:22292931

  6. Molecular Ionization-Desorption Analysis Source (MIDAS) for Mass Spectrometry: Thin-Layer Chromatography.

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    Winter, Gregory T; Wilhide, Joshua A; LaCourse, William R

    2016-02-01

    Molecular ionization-desorption analysis source (MIDAS), which is a desorption atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (DAPCI) type source, for mass spectrometry has been developed as a multi-functional platform for the direct sampling of surfaces. In this article, its utility for the analysis of thin-layer chromatography (TLC) plates is highlighted. Amino acids, which are difficult to visualize without staining reagents or charring, were detected and identified directly from a TLC plate. To demonstrate the full potential of MIDAS, all active ingredients from an analgesic tablet, separated on a TLC plate, were successfully detected using both positive and negative ion modes. The identity of each of the compounds was confirmed from their mass spectra and compared against standards. Post separation, the chemical signal (blue permanent marker) as reference marks placed at the origin and solvent front were used to calculate retention factor (Rf) values from the resulting ion chromatogram. The quantitative capabilities of the device were exhibited by scanning caffeine spots on a TLC plate of increasing sample amount. A linear curve based on peak are, R2 = 0.994, was generated for seven spots ranging from 50 to 1000 ng of caffeine per spot. PMID:26471042

  7. Atomically-thin molecular layers for electrode modification of organic transistors.

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    Gim, Yuseong; Kang, Boseok; Kim, BongSoo; Kim, Sun-Guk; Lee, Joong-Hee; Cho, Kilwon; Ku, Bon-Cheol; Cho, Jeong Ho

    2015-09-01

    Atomically-thin molecular layers of aryl-functionalized graphene oxides (GOs) were used to modify the surface characteristics of source-drain electrodes to improve the performances of organic field-effect transistor (OFET) devices. The GOs were functionalized with various aryl diazonium salts, including 4-nitroaniline, 4-fluoroaniline, or 4-methoxyaniline, to produce several types of GOs with different surface functional groups (NO2-Ph-GO, F-Ph-GO, or CH3O-Ph-GO, respectively). The deposition of aryl-functionalized GOs or their reduced derivatives onto metal electrode surfaces dramatically enhanced the electrical performances of both p-type and n-type OFETs relative to the performances of OFETs prepared without the GO modification layer. Among the functionalized rGOs, CH3O-Ph-rGO yielded the highest hole mobility of 0.55 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and electron mobility of 0.17 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) in p-type and n-type FETs, respectively. Two governing factors: (1) the work function of the modified electrodes and (2) the crystalline microstructures of the benchmark semiconductors grown on the modified electrode surface were systematically investigated to reveal the origin of the performance improvements. Our simple, inexpensive, and scalable electrode modification technique provides a significant step toward optimizing the device performance by engineering the semiconductor-electrode interfaces in OFETs. PMID:26243510

  8. Producing and imaging a thin line of He2 ∗ molecular tracers in helium-4

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    Gao, J.; Marakov, A.; Guo, W.; Pawlowski, B. T.; Van Sciver, S. W.; Ihas, G. G.; McKinsey, D. N.; Vinen, W. F.

    2015-09-01

    Cryogenic helium-4 has long been recognized as a useful material in fluids research. The unique properties of helium-4 in the gaseous phase and the normal liquid phase allow for the generation of turbulent flows with exceptionally high Reynolds and Rayleigh numbers. In the superfluid phase, helium-4 exhibits two-fluid hydrodynamics and possesses fascinating properties due to its quantum nature. However, studying the flows in helium-4 has been very challenging largely due to the lack of effective visualization and velocimetry techniques. In this article, we discuss the development of novel instrumentation for flow-visualization in helium based on the generation and imaging of thin lines of metastable He2 ∗ tracer molecules. These molecular tracers are created via femtosecond-laser field-ionization of helium atoms and can be imaged using a laser-induced fluorescence technique. By observing the displacement and distortion of the tracer lines in helium, quantitative information about the flow field can be extracted. We present experimental results in the study of thermal counterflow in superfluid helium that validate the concept of this technique. We also discuss anticipated future developments of this powerful visualization technique.

  9. Producing and imaging a thin line of He*₂ molecular tracers in helium-4.

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    Gao, J; Marakov, A; Guo, W; Pawlowski, B T; Van Sciver, S W; Ihas, G G; McKinsey, D N; Vinen, W F

    2015-09-01

    Cryogenic helium-4 has long been recognized as a useful material in fluids research. The unique properties of helium-4 in the gaseous phase and the normal liquid phase allow for the generation of turbulent flows with exceptionally high Reynolds and Rayleigh numbers. In the superfluid phase, helium-4 exhibits two-fluid hydrodynamics and possesses fascinating properties due to its quantum nature. However, studying the flows in helium-4 has been very challenging largely due to the lack of effective visualization and velocimetry techniques. In this article, we discuss the development of novel instrumentation for flow-visualization in helium based on the generation and imaging of thin lines of metastable He*₂ tracer molecules. These molecular tracers are created via femtosecond-laser field-ionization of helium atoms and can be imaged using a laser-induced fluorescence technique. By observing the displacement and distortion of the tracer lines in helium, quantitative information about the flow field can be extracted. We present experimental results in the study of thermal counterflow in superfluid helium that validate the concept of this technique. We also discuss anticipated future developments of this powerful visualization technique. PMID:26429454

  10. Molecular Ionization-Desorption Analysis Source (MIDAS) for Mass Spectrometry: Thin-Layer Chromatography

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    Winter, Gregory T.; Wilhide, Joshua A.; LaCourse, William R.

    2016-02-01

    Molecular ionization-desorption analysis source (MIDAS), which is a desorption atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (DAPCI) type source, for mass spectrometry has been developed as a multi-functional platform for the direct sampling of surfaces. In this article, its utility for the analysis of thin-layer chromatography (TLC) plates is highlighted. Amino acids, which are difficult to visualize without staining reagents or charring, were detected and identified directly from a TLC plate. To demonstrate the full potential of MIDAS, all active ingredients from an analgesic tablet, separated on a TLC plate, were successfully detected using both positive and negative ion modes. The identity of each of the compounds was confirmed from their mass spectra and compared against standards. Post separation, the chemical signal (blue permanent marker) as reference marks placed at the origin and solvent front were used to calculate retention factor (Rf) values from the resulting ion chromatogram. The quantitative capabilities of the device were exhibited by scanning caffeine spots on a TLC plate of increasing sample amount. A linear curve based on peak are, R2 = 0.994, was generated for seven spots ranging from 50 to 1000 ng of caffeine per spot.

  11. Frictional Response of Molecularly Thin Liquid Polymer Films Subject to Constant Shear Stress

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    Tschirhart, Charles; Troian, Sandra

    2014-03-01

    Measurements of the frictional response of nanoscale viscous films are typically obtained using the surface force apparatus in which a fluid layer is confined between smooth solid substrates approaching at constant speed or force. The squeezing pressure causes lateral flow from which the shear viscosity can be deduced. Under these conditions however, molecularly thin films tend to solidify wholly or partially and estimates of the shear viscosity can exceed those in macroscale films by many orders of magnitude. This problem can be avoided altogether by examining the response of an initially flat, supported, free surface film subject to comparable values of surface shear stress by application of an external inert gas stream. This method was first conceived by Derjaguin in 1944; more recent studies by Mate et al. at IBM Almaden on complex polymeric systems have uncovered fluid layering and other interesting behaviors. The only drawback is that this alternative technique requires an accurate model for interface distortion. We report on ellipsometric measurements of ultrathin polymeric films in efforts to determine whether the usual interface equations for free surface films based purely on continuum models can be properly extended to nanoscale films. Supported by a Fred and Jean Felberg Fellowship and G. W. Housner Student Discovery Fund.

  12. Molecular cloning of a cDNA for human {triangle}{sup 1}-pyrroline-5-carboxylate (P5C) dehydrogenase, the gene defective in type 2 hyperprolinemia

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    Hu, C.A.; Lin, W.; Valle, D.

    1994-09-01

    P5C dehydrogenase (EC 1.5.1.12) is a mitochondrial matrix NAD(P) dependent enzyme catalyzing the conversion of P5C, derived from either proline or ornithine, to glutamate. This reaction is an important component in the pathway interconnecting the urea cycle with the tricarboxylic acid cycle. Deficiency of P5C dehydrogenase causes type 2 hyperprolinemia (HPII), an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by seizures, hyperprolinemia and accumulation of P5C. To investigate the molecular basis of HPII and the pathophysiology of gyrate atrophy, a disorder of ornithine metabolism, we have cloned a cDNA for P5C dehydrogenase. Utilizing published sequences of peptides from purified human P5C dehydrogenase and the nucleotide sequence of yeast P5C dehydrogenase, we designed degenerate PCR primers to amplify cDNAs from a HepG2 cDNA library. We identified an amplified fragment of the correct size that encoded one of the many peptides and used it to clone near full length clones of the corresponding cDNA. The longest is 1.8 kb with a 1,485 bp ORF encoding a protein corresponding to the C terminal 495 residues of yeast P5C dehydrogenase. The predicted amino acid sequence of this clone has 100% identity to published sequence of human P5C dehydrogenase peptides and 42% identity with the corresponding sequence of the yeast enzyme. This cDNA detects a 2.3 kb transcript in Northern blots of fibroblast RNA. We conclude we have cloned a near full length cDNA for human P5C dehydrogenase. Studies investigating the molecular basis of HPII are in progress.

  13. Molecular mechanism of the negative regulation of Smad1/5 protein by carboxyl terminus of Hsc70-interacting protein (CHIP).

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    Wang, Le; Liu, Yi-Tong; Hao, Rui; Chen, Lei; Chang, Zhijie; Wang, Hong-Rui; Wang, Zhi-Xin; Wu, Jia-Wei

    2011-05-01

    The transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) superfamily of ligands signals along two intracellular pathways, Smad2/3-mediated TGF-β/activin pathway and Smad1/5/8-mediated bone morphogenetic protein pathway. The C terminus of Hsc70-interacting protein (CHIP) serves as an E3 ubiquitin ligase to mediate the degradation of Smad proteins and many other signaling proteins. However, the molecular mechanism for CHIP-mediated down-regulation of TGF-β signaling remains unclear. Here we show that the extreme C-terminal sequence of Smad1 plays an indispensable role in its direct association with the tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) domain of CHIP. Interestingly, Smad1 undergoes CHIP-mediated polyubiquitination in the absence of molecular chaperones, and phosphorylation of the C-terminal SXS motif of Smad1 enhances the interaction and ubiquitination. We also found that CHIP preferentially binds to Smad1/5 and specifically disrupts the core signaling complex of Smad1/5 and Smad4. We determined the crystal structures of CHIP-TPR in complex with the phosphorylated/pseudophosphorylated Smad1 peptides and with an Hsp70/Hsc70 C-terminal peptide. Structural analyses and subsequent biochemical studies revealed that the distinct CHIP binding affinities of Smad1/5 or Smad2/3 result from the nonconservative hydrophobic residues at R-Smad C termini. Unexpectedly, the C-terminal peptides from Smad1 and Hsp70/Hsc70 bind in the same groove of CHIP-TPR, and heat shock proteins compete with Smad1/5 for CHIP interaction and concomitantly suppress, rather than facilitate, CHIP-mediated Smad ubiquitination. Thus, we conclude that CHIP inhibits the signaling activities of Smad1/5 by recruiting Smad1/5 from the functional R-/Co-Smad complex and further promoting the ubiquitination/degradation of Smad1/5 in a chaperone-independent manner. PMID:21454478

  14. Small molecular weight organic thin-film photodetectors and solar cells

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    Peumans, Peter; Yakimov, Aharon; Forrest, Stephen R.

    2003-04-01

    In this review, we discuss the physics underlying the operation of single and multiple heterojunction, vacuum-deposited organic solar cells based on small molecular weight thin films. For single heterojunction cells, we find that the need for direct contact between the deposited electrode and the active organics leads to quenching of excitons. An improved device architecture, the double heterojunction, is shown to confine excitons within the active layers, allowing substantially higher internal efficiencies to be achieved. A full optical and electrical analysis of the double heterostructure architecture leads to optimal cell design as a function of the optical properties and exciton diffusion lengths of the photoactive materials. Combining the double heterostructure with novel light trapping schemes, devices with external efficiencies approaching their internal efficiency are obtained. When applied to an organic photovoltaic cell with a power conversion efficiency of 1.0%±0.1% under 1 sun AM1.5 illumination, devices with external power conversion efficiencies of 2.4%±0.3% are reported. In addition, we show that by using materials with extended exciton diffusion lengths LD, highly efficient double heterojunction photovoltaic cells are obtained, even in the absence of a light trapping geometry. Using C60 as an acceptor material, double heterostructure external power conversion efficiencies of 3.6%±0.4% under 1 sun AM1.5 illumination are obtained. Stacking of single heterojunction devices leads to thin film multiple heterojunction photovoltaic and photodetector structures. Thin bilayer photovoltaic cells can be stacked with ultrathin (˜5 Å), discontinuous Ag layers between adjacent cells serving as efficient recombination sites for electrons and holes generated in the neighboring cells. Such stacked cells have open circuit voltages that are n times the open circuit voltage of a single cell, where n is the number of cells in the stack. In optimized structures, the

  15. Structural and Magnetic Phase Transitions in Manganese Arsenide Thin-Films Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Jaeckel, Felix Till

    Phase transitions play an important role in many fields of physics and engineering, and their study in bulk materials has a long tradition. Many of the experimental techniques involve measurements of thermodynamically extensive parameters. With the increasing technological importance of thin-film technology there is a pressing need to find new ways to study phase transitions at smaller length-scales, where the traditional methods are insufficient. In this regard, the phase transitions observed in thin-films of MnAs present interesting challenges. As a ferromagnetic material that can be grown epitaxially on a variety of technologically important substrates, MnAs is an interesting material for spintronics applications. In the bulk, the first order transition from the low temperature ferromagnetic alpha-phase to the beta-phase occurs at 313 K. The magnetic state of the beta-phase has remained controversial. A second order transition to the paramagnetic gamma-phase takes place at 398 K. In thin-films, the anisotropic strain imposed by the substrate leads to the interesting phenomenon of coexistence of alpha- and beta-phases in a regular array of stripes over an extended temperature range. In this dissertation these phase transitions are studied in films grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs (001). The films are confirmed to be of high structural quality and almost purely in the A0 orientation. A diverse set of experimental techniques, germane to thin-film technology, is used to probe the properties of the film: Temperature-dependent X-ray diffraction and atomic-force microscopy (AFM), as well as magnetotransport give insights into the structural properties, while the anomalous Hall effect is used as a probe of magnetization during the phase transition. In addition, reflectance difference spectroscopy (RDS) is used as a sensitive probe of electronic structure. Inductively coupled plasma etching with BCl3 is demonstrated to be effective for patterning MnAs. We show

  16. Defect-free thin InAs nanowires grown using molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Zhang, Zhi; Chen, Ping-Ping; Lu, Wei; Zou, Jin

    2016-01-21

    In this study, we designed a simple method to achieve the growth of defect-free thin InAs nanowires with a lateral dimension well below their Bohr radius on different substrate orientations. By depositing and annealing a thin layer of Au thin film on a (100) substrate surface, we have achieved the growth of defect-free uniform-sized thin InAs nanowires. This study provides a strategy to achieve the growth of pure defect-free thin nanowires. PMID:26671780

  17. Prediction of the solubility of cucurbitacin drugs in self-associating poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(alpha-benzyl carboxylate epsilon-caprolactone) block copolymer with different tacticities using molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Patel, Sarthak K; Lavasanifar, Afsaneh; Choi, Phillip

    2010-01-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation was used to investigate the solubility of two hydrophobic drugs Cucurbitacin B (CuB) and Cucurbitacin I (CuI) in poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(alpha-benzyl carboxylate epsilon-caprolactone) (PEO-b-PBCL) block copolymers with different tacticities. In particular, di-block copolymer with three different tacticities viz. PEO-b-iPBCL, PEO-b-sPBCL, and PEO-b-aPBCL were used. The solubility was quantified by calculating the corresponding Flory-Huggins interaction parameters (chi) using random binary mixture models with 10wt% of drug. The tacticity of the di-block copolymer was found to influence significantly the solubility of two drugs in it. In particular, based on MD simulation results, only PEO-b-sPBCL exhibited solubility while the other two did not. Given the fact that the drugs were shown to be soluble in PEO-b-PBCL experimentally, it is predicted that the tacticity of the di-block copolymer synthesized in experiment is syndiotactic. This predication matches well with the dominant ring opening polymerization of cyclic lactones to syndiotactic polymers by stannous octoate as catalyst used to prepare PEO-b-PBCL block copolymers in our previous experiments. The simulation results showed that the solubility of the drugs in PEO-b-sPBCL is attributed to the favorable intra-molecular interaction of the di-block copolymer and favorable intermolecular interaction between the di-block copolymer and the drugs. Radial distribution function analysis provides useful insights into the nature and type of the intermolecular interactions. PMID:19796808

  18. Molecular characterisation of the amino- and carboxyl-domains in different Glu-A1x alleles of Triticum urartu Thum. ex Gandil.

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    Alvarez, Juan B; Gutiérrez, M Victoria; Guzmán, Carlos; Martín, Luis M

    2013-07-01

    The wild diploid wheat (Triticum urartu Thum. ex Gandil.) is a potential gene source for wheat breeding, as this species has been identified as the A-genome donor in polyploid wheats. One important wheat breeding trait is bread-making quality, which is associated in bread wheat (T. aestivum ssp. aestivum L. em. Thell.) with the high-molecular-weight glutenin subunits. In T. urartu, these proteins are encoded by the Glu-A1x and Glu-A1Ay genes at the Glu-A (u) 1 locus. The Glu-A1x genes of 12 Glu-A (u) 1 allelic variants previously detected in this species were analysed using PCR amplification and sequencing. Data showed wide diversity for the Glu-A1x alleles in T. urartu, which also showed clear differences to the bread wheat alleles. This variation could enlarge the high-quality genetic pool of modern wheat and be used to diversify the bread-making quality in durum (T. turgidum ssp. durum Desf. em. Husn.) and common wheat. PMID:23525634

  19. Molecular Packing Structure of Mesogenic Octa-Hexyl Substituted Phthalocyanine Thin Film by X-ray Diffraction Analysis.

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    Ohmori, Masashi; Higashi, Takuya; Fujii, Akihiko; Ozaki, Masanori

    2016-04-01

    The molecular packing structure in a thin film of the liquid crystalline phthalocyanine, 1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25-octahexylphthalocyanine (C6PcH2), which is a promising small-molecular material for solution-processable organic thin-film solar cells, has been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement. The crystal structure of C6PcH2 in the spin-coated film was determined to be a centered rectangular structure (a = 36.4 Å, b = 20.3 Å). The tilt angle of the phthalocyanine core normal vector was 34-39° from the column axis, and the shortest intermolecular distance was 3.9-4.0 A. The crystal structure determined by XRD analysis was ascertained to be consistent with that calculated by Fourier analvsis. PMID:27451624

  20. RESEARCH ON THE ELECTRONIC AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF POLYMER AND OTHER ORGANIC MOLECULAR THIN FILMS

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    ALEXEI G. VITUKHNOVSKY; IGOR I. SOBELMAN - RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

    1995-09-06

    Optical properties of highly ordered films of poly(p-phenylene) (PPP) on different substrates, thin films of mixtures of conjugated polymers, of fullerene and its composition with polymers, molecular J-aggregates of cyanine dyes in frozen matrices have been studied within the framework of the Agreement. Procedures of preparation of high-quality vacuum deposited PPP films on different substrates (ITO, Si, GaAs and etc.) were developed. Using time-correlated single photon counting technique and fluorescence spectroscopy the high quality of PPP films has been confirmed. Dependence of structure and optical properties on the conditions of preparation were investigated. The fluorescence lifetime and spectra of highly oriented vacuum deposited PPP films were studied as a function of the degree of polymerization. It was shown for the first time that the maximum fluorescence quantum yield is achieved for the chain length approximately equal to 35 monomer units. The selective excitation of luminescence of thin films of PPP was performed in the temperature range from 5 to 300 K. The total intensity of luminescence monotonically decreases with decreasing temperature. Conditions of preparation of highly cristallyne fullerene C{sub 60} films by the method of vacuum deposition were found. Composites of C{sub 60} with conjugated polymers PPV and polyacetylene (PA) were prepared. The results on fluorescence quenching, IR and resonant Raman spectroscopy are consistent with earlier reported ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer from PPV to C{sub 60} and show that the electron transfer is absent in the case of the PA-C{sub 60} composition. Strong quenching of PPV fluorescence was observed in the PPV-PA blends. The electron transfer from PPV to PA can be considered as one of the possible mechanisms of this quenching. The dynamics of photoexcitations in different types of J-aggregates of the carbocyanine dye was studied at different temperatures in frozen matrices. The optical

  1. Shear thinning behavior of linear polymer melts under shear flow via nonequilibrium molecular dynamics

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    Xu, Xiaolei; Chen, Jizhong; An, Lijia

    2014-05-01

    The properties of both untangled and entangled linear polymer melts under shear flow are studied by nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. The results reveal that the dependence of shear viscosity η on shear rate dot{γ }, expressed by η ˜ dot{γ }^{-n}, exhibits three distinct regimes. The first is the well-known Newtonian regime, namely, η independent of shear rate at small shear rates dot{γ }<τ 0^{-1} (where τ0 is the longest polymer relaxation time at equilibrium). In the non-Newtonian regime (dot{γ }>τ 0^{-1}), the shear dependence of viscosity exhibits a crossover at a critical shear rate dot{γ }c dividing this regime into two different regimes, shear thinning regime I (ST-I) and II (ST-II), respectively. In the ST-I regime (τ ^{-1}_0dot{γ }c) a universal power law η ˜ dot{γ }^{-0.37} is found for considered chain lengths. Furthermore, the longer the polymer chain is, the smaller the shear viscosity for a given shear rate in the ST-II regime. The simulation also shows that a characteristic chain length, below which dot{γ }c will be equal to τ 0^{-1}, lies in the interval 30 < N < 50. For all considered chain lengths in the ST-II regime, we also find that the first and second normal stress differences N1 and N2 follow power laws of N1 ˜ dot{γ }^{2/3} and N2 ˜ dot{γ }^{0.82}, respectively; the orientation resistance parameter mG follows the relation mG ˜ dot{γ }^{0.75} and the tumbling frequency ftb follows f_{tb} ˜ dot{γ }^{0.75}. These results imply that the effects of entanglement on the shear dependences of these properties may be negligible in the ST-II regime. These findings may shed some light on the nature of shear thinning in flexible linear polymer melts.

  2. Atomically-thin molecular layers for electrode modification of organic transistors

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    Gim, Yuseong; Kang, Boseok; Kim, Bongsoo; Kim, Sun-Guk; Lee, Joong-Hee; Cho, Kilwon; Ku, Bon-Cheol; Cho, Jeong Ho

    2015-08-01

    Atomically-thin molecular layers of aryl-functionalized graphene oxides (GOs) were used to modify the surface characteristics of source-drain electrodes to improve the performances of organic field-effect transistor (OFET) devices. The GOs were functionalized with various aryl diazonium salts, including 4-nitroaniline, 4-fluoroaniline, or 4-methoxyaniline, to produce several types of GOs with different surface functional groups (NO2-Ph-GO, F-Ph-GO, or CH3O-Ph-GO, respectively). The deposition of aryl-functionalized GOs or their reduced derivatives onto metal electrode surfaces dramatically enhanced the electrical performances of both p-type and n-type OFETs relative to the performances of OFETs prepared without the GO modification layer. Among the functionalized rGOs, CH3O-Ph-rGO yielded the highest hole mobility of 0.55 cm2 V-1 s-1 and electron mobility of 0.17 cm2 V-1 s-1 in p-type and n-type FETs, respectively. Two governing factors: (1) the work function of the modified electrodes and (2) the crystalline microstructures of the benchmark semiconductors grown on the modified electrode surface were systematically investigated to reveal the origin of the performance improvements. Our simple, inexpensive, and scalable electrode modification technique provides a significant step toward optimizing the device performance by engineering the semiconductor-electrode interfaces in OFETs.Atomically-thin molecular layers of aryl-functionalized graphene oxides (GOs) were used to modify the surface characteristics of source-drain electrodes to improve the performances of organic field-effect transistor (OFET) devices. The GOs were functionalized with various aryl diazonium salts, including 4-nitroaniline, 4-fluoroaniline, or 4-methoxyaniline, to produce several types of GOs with different surface functional groups (NO2-Ph-GO, F-Ph-GO, or CH3O-Ph-GO, respectively). The deposition of aryl-functionalized GOs or their reduced derivatives onto metal electrode surfaces dramatically

  3. Ultrafast structural dynamics of LaVO3 thin films grown by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy

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    Brahlek, Matthew; Lapano, Jason; Stoica, Vladimir; Zhang, Lei; Zhang, Hai-Tian; Akamatsu, Hirofumi; Eaton, Craig; Gopalan, Venkatraman; Freeland, John; Wen, Haidan; Engel-Herbert, Roman

    LaVO3, with a partially full d-shell is expected to be metallic, but due to electron-electron interactions a gap emerges and the ground state is a Mott insulator. Such effects are a strong function of the bonding geometry, and particularly the V-O-V bond angle. Controlling these structural effects on the ultrafast time scale can lead to control over the underlying electronic ground state. Here we report the ultrafast structural dynamics of 25 and 50 nm thick LaVO3 thin films grown by the hybrid molecular beam epitaxy technique on SrTiO3 when excited across the bandgap by 800 nm light. Using time-resolved x-ray diffraction on the 100 ps time scale at Sector 7 of the Advanced Photon Source, we directly measured the structural changes with atomic accuracy by monitoring integer Bragg diffraction peaks and find a large out-of-plane strain of 0.18% upon optical excitation; the recovery time is ~1 ns for the 25 nm film and ~2 ns for the 50 nm film, consistent with the thermal transport from the film to the substrate. Further, we will discuss the response of the oxygen octahedral rotation patterns indicated by changes of the half-order diffraction peaks. Understanding such ultrafast structural deformation is important for optimizing optical excitations to create new metastable phases starting from a Mott insulator. This work was supported by the Department of Energy under Grant DE-SC0012375, and DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  4. Phase sensitive molecular dynamics of self-assembly glycolipid thin films: A dielectric spectroscopy investigation

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    Velayutham, T. S.; Ng, B. K.; Gan, W. C.; Majid, W. H. Abd.; Hashim, R.; Zahid, N. I.; Chaiprapa, Jitrin

    2014-08-01

    Glycolipid, found commonly in membranes, is also a liquid crystal material which can self-assemble without the presence of a solvent. Here, the dielectric and conductivity properties of three synthetic glycolipid thin films in different thermotropic liquid crystal phases were investigated over a frequency and temperature range of (10-2-106 Hz) and (303-463 K), respectively. The observed relaxation processes distinguish between the different phases (smectic A, columnar/hexagonal, and bicontinuous cubic Q) and the glycolipid molecular structures. Large dielectric responses were observed in the columnar and bicontinuous cubic phases of the longer branched alkyl chain glycolipids. Glycolipids with the shortest branched alkyl chain experience the most restricted self-assembly dynamic process over the broad temperature range studied compared to the longer ones. A high frequency dielectric absorption (Process I) was observed in all samples. This is related to the dynamics of the hydrogen bond network from the sugar group. An additional low-frequency mechanism (Process II) with a large dielectric strength was observed due to the internal dynamics of the self-assembly organization. Phase sensitive domain heterogeneity in the bicontinuous cubic phase was related to the diffusion of charge carriers. The microscopic features of charge hopping were modelled using the random walk scheme, and two charge carrier hopping lengths were estimated for two glycolipid systems. For Process I, the hopping length is comparable to the hydrogen bond and is related to the dynamics of the hydrogen bond network. Additionally, that for Process II is comparable to the bilayer spacing, hence confirming that this low-frequency mechanism is associated with the internal dynamics within the phase.

  5. Purification and Characterization of 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-Carboxylic Acid N-Malonyltransferase from Tomato Fruit.

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    Martin, M. N.; Saftner, R. A.

    1995-01-01

    1-Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC) can be oxidized to ethylene or diverted to the conjugate 1-(malonylamino)cyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (MACC) by an ACC N-malonyltransferase. We developed a facile assay for the ACC N-malonyltransferase that resolved [14C]MACC from [14C]ACC by thin-layer chromatography and detected and quantified them using a radioisotope-imaging system. Using this assay, we showed that ACC N-malonyltransferase activity has developmental and tissue-specific patterns of expression in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) fruit. In the pericarp, activity was elevated for several days postanthesis, subsequently declined to a basal level, increased 3-fold at the onset of ripening, and again declined in overripe fruit. In the seed, activity increased throughout embryogenesis, maturation, and desiccation. Treatment of fruit with ethylene increased activity 50- to 100-fold in the pericarp. ACC N-malonyltransferase was purified 22,000-fold to a specific activity of 22,000 nmol min-1 mg-1 protein using ammonium sulfate precipitation, DyeMatrex Green A affinity, anion-exchange, Cibacron Blue 3GA affinity, hydrophobic interaction, and molecular filtration chromatography. Native and sodium dodecyl sulfate-denatured enzyme showed molecular masses of 38 kD, indicating that the enzyme exists as a monomer. The enzyme exhibited a Km for ACC of 500 [mu]M, was not inhibited by D- or L-amino acids, and did not conjugate [alpha]-aminoisobutyric acid or L-amino acids. PMID:12228541

  6. Molecularly imprinted polymer for selective determination of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol and 11-nor-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol carboxylic acid using LC-MS/MS in urine and oral fluid.

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    Lendoiro, E; de Castro, A; Fernández-Vega, H; Cela-Pérez, M C; López-Vilariño, J M; González-Rodríguez, M V; Cruz, A; López-Rivadulla, M

    2014-06-01

    The use of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for solid phase extraction (MISPE) allows a rapid and selective extraction compared with traditional methods. Determination of Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and 11-nor-Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol carboxylic acid (THC-COOH) in oral fluid (OF) and urine was performed using homemade MISPEs for sample clean-up and liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Cylindrical MISPE shaped pills were synthesized using catechin as a mimic template. MISPEs were added to 0.5 mL OF or urine sample and sonicated 30 min for adsorption of analytes. For desorption, the MISPE was transfered to a clean tube, and sonicated for 15 min with 2 mL acetone:acetonitrile (3:1, v/v). The elution solvent was evaporated and reconstituted in mobile phase. Chromatographic separation was performed using a SunFire C18 (2.5 μm; 2.1 × 20 mm) column, and formic acid 0.1% and acetonitrile as mobile phase, with a total run time of 5 min. The method was fully validated including selectivity (no endogenous or exogenous interferences), linearity (1-500 ng/mL in OF, and 2.5-500 ng/mL in urine), limit of detection (0.75 and 1 ng/mL in OF and urine, respectively), imprecision (%CV <12.3%), accuracy (98.2-107.0% of target), extraction recovery (15.9-53.5%), process efficiency (10.1-46.2%), and matrix effect (<-55%). Analytes were stable for 72 h in the autosampler. Dilution 1:10 was assured in OF, and Quantisal™ matrix effect showed ion suppression (<-80.4%). The method was applied to the analysis of 20 OF and 11 urine specimens. This is the first method for determination of THC and THC-COOH in OF using MISPE technology. PMID:24429976

  7. Conformation of carboxylated schizophyllan in aqueous solution.

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    Yoshiba, Kazuto; Sato, Takahiro; Osumi, Takaaki; Ulset, Ann-Sissel T; Christensen, Bjørn E

    2015-12-10

    Carboxylated schizophyllan (sclerox) samples of different degrees of oxidation were molecularly characterized by size exclusion chromatography equipped with a multi-angle light scattering detector (SEC-MALS) in 0.10 M aqueous NaCl solution. The molar mass distribution obtained by SEC-MALS shows that sclerox of low degree of oxidation is dissolved mainly as the trimer, whereas the trimer and single chain coexist in solution of sclerox of high degree of oxidation. The trimer of sclerox is much more flexible than the fully ordered triple helix of the parent schizophyllan and easily dissociates into single chains upon heating. PMID:26428092

  8. The essential activated carboxyl group of inorganic pyrophosphatase.

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    Avaeva, S M; Bakuleva, N P; Baratova, L A; Nazarova, T I; Fink, N Y

    1977-05-12

    1. A carboxyl group of high reactivity has been found in inorganic pyrophosphatase (pyrophosphate phosphohydrolase, EC 3.6.1.1) from yeast. This group interacts with agents which react neither with carboxyl groups of low molecular weight compounds nor with other carboxyl groups of the protein. 2. The reaction of this activated carboxyl group with inorganic phosphate, hydroxylamine, N-methyl- and O-methylhydroxylamines, and glycine methyl ester has been studied. 3. Homoserine and homoserine lactone were found in the hydrolyzate of phosphorylated and NaBH4-reduced pyrophosphatase, indicating that an aspartyl residue is phosphorylated. 4. Hydroxylamine and other nucleophilic agents cause inactivation of pyrophosphatase as a result of interaction with a carboxyl group. Both diaminobutyric and diaminopropionic acids were seen in the acid hydrolyzate of the protein treated with hydroxylamine and subjected to rearrangement in the presence of carbodiimide. 5. The ways in which the activation of a carboxyl group in the enzyme is achieved and the presumed mechanism of action of inorganic pyrophosphatase are discussed. PMID:16652

  9. The Structure of Ice Nanoclusters and Thin-films of Water Ice: Implications for Icy Grains in Cold Molecular Clouds

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    Delzeit, Lance; Blake, David; Uffindell, Christine; DeVincenzi, Donald L. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The cubic to hexagonal phase transformation in water ice (I(sub c) yields I(sub h)) is used to measure the extent to which surface structure and impurities control bulk properties. In pure crystalline (I(sub c)) water ice nanoclusters and in thin-films of impure water ice, I(sub c) yields I(sub h) occurs at lower temperatures than in thin-films of pure water ice. The disordered surface of the 20 nm diameter nanoclusters promotes transformations or reactions which would otherwise be kinetically hindered. Likewise, impurities such as methanol introduce defects into the ice network, thereby allowing sluggish structural transitions to proceed. Such surface-related phenomena play an important role in promoting chemical reactions on interstellar ice grains within cold molecular clouds, where the first organic compounds are formed.

  10. Influence of molecular structure peculiarities of phthalocyanine derivatives on their supramolecular organization and properties in the bulk and thin films

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    Usol'tseva, Nadezhda V.; Kazak, Alexandr V.; Luk'yanov, Ivan Yu.; Sotsky, Valentin V.; Smirnova, Antonina I.; Yudin, Sergey G.; Shaposhnikov, Gennadiy P.; Galanin, Nikolay E.

    2014-08-01

    In order to study the influence of molecular structure peculiarities on supramolecular organization and properties in the bulk and thin films of discotic mesogens six new mix-substituted phthalocyanine derivatives with 3,6-dioctyloxyphthalonitrile and 3,4,5,6-tetrachlorophthalonitrile fragments were synthesized. Temperatures of phase transitions, types of mesophase and their dependence on molecule structure, chemical nature, position and ratio of different substituents as well as presence of holmium in the metal complexes were analyzed. The behavior of the studied molecules on the boundary between water and air was investigated and the peculiarity of supramolecular organization in floating layers as well as in thin films was determined. Quenching of luminescence in solutions of the studied compounds in the presence of fullerene C60 was determined, thus giving prospects for application of these compounds as sensors for fullerene microquantities.

  11. Breaking the Carboxyl Rule

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    Balashov, Sergei P.; Petrovskaya, Lada E.; Imasheva, Eleonora S.; Lukashev, Evgeniy P.; Dioumaev, Andrei K.; Wang, Jennifer M.; Sychev, Sergey V.; Dolgikh, Dmitriy A.; Rubin, Andrei B.; Kirpichnikov, Mikhail P.; Lanyi, Janos K.

    2013-01-01

    A lysine instead of the usual carboxyl group is in place of the internal proton donor to the retinal Schiff base in the light-driven proton pump of Exiguobacterium sibiricum (ESR). The involvement of this lysine in proton transfer is indicated by the finding that its substitution with alanine or other residues slows reprotonation of the Schiff base (decay of the M intermediate) by more than 2 orders of magnitude. In these mutants, the rate constant of the M decay linearly decreases with a decrease in proton concentration, as expected if reprotonation is limited by the uptake of a proton from the bulk. In wild type ESR, M decay is biphasic, and the rate constants are nearly pH-independent between pH 6 and 9. Proton uptake occurs after M formation but before M decay, which is especially evident in D2O and at high pH. Proton uptake is biphasic; the amplitude of the fast phase decreases with a pKa of 8.5 ± 0.3, which reflects the pKa of the donor during proton uptake. Similarly, the fraction of the faster component of M decay decreases and the slower one increases, with a pKa of 8.1 ± 0.2. The data therefore suggest that the reprotonation of the Schiff base in ESR is preceded by transient protonation of an initially unprotonated donor, which is probably the ϵ-amino group of Lys-96 or a water molecule in its vicinity, and it facilitates proton delivery from the bulk to the reaction center of the protein. PMID:23696649

  12. Self-regulated growth of LaVO{sub 3} thin films by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy

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    Zhang, Hai-Tian; Engel-Herbert, Roman; Dedon, Liv R.; Martin, Lane W.

    2015-06-08

    LaVO{sub 3} thin films were grown on SrTiO{sub 3} (001) by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy. A volatile metalorganic precursor, vanadium oxytriisopropoxide (VTIP), and elemental La were co-supplied in the presence of a molecular oxygen flux. By keeping the La flux fixed and varying the VTIP flux, stoichiometric LaVO{sub 3} films were obtained for a range of cation flux ratios, indicating the presence of a self-regulated growth window. Films grown under stoichiometric conditions were found to have the largest lattice parameter, which decreased monotonically with increasing amounts of excess La or V. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering measurements were carried out to confirm film compositions. Stoichiometric growth of complex vanadate thin films independent of cation flux ratios expands upon the previously reported self-regulated growth of perovskite titanates using hybrid molecular beam epitaxy, thus demonstrating the general applicability of this growth approach to other complex oxide materials, where a precise control over film stoichiometry is demanded by the application.

  13. Crystal structures of ethyl 6-(4-methyl-phen-yl)-4-oxo-4H-chromene-2-carboxyl-ate and ethyl 6-(4-fluoro-phen-yl)-4-oxo-4H-chromene-2-carboxyl-ate.

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    Gomes, Ligia R; Low, John Nicolson; Fernandes, Carlos; Gaspar, Alexandra; Borges, Fernanda

    2016-01-01

    The crystal structures of two chromone derivatives, viz. ethyl 6-(4-methyl-phen-yl)-4-oxo-4H-chromene-2-carboxyl-ate, C19H16O4, (1), and ethyl 6-(4-fluoro-phen-yl)-4-oxo-4H-chromene-2-carboxyl-ate C18H13FO4, (2), have been determined: (1) crystallizes with two mol-ecules in the asymmetric unit. A comparison of the dihedral angles beween the mean planes of the central chromone core with those of the substituents, an ethyl ester moiety at the 2-position and a para-substituted phenyl ring at the 6-position shows that each mol-ecule differs significantly from the others, even the two independent mol-ecules (a and b) of (1). In all three mol-ecules, the carbonyl groups of the chromone and the carboxyl-ate are trans-related. The supra-molecular structure of (1) involves only weak C-H⋯π inter-actions between H atoms of the substituent phenyl group and the phenyl group, which link mol-ecules into a chain of alternating mol-ecules a and b, and weak π-π stacking inter-actions between the chromone units. The packing in (2) involves C-H⋯O inter-actions, which form a network of two inter-secting ladders involving the carbonyl atom of the carboxyl-ate group as the acceptor for H atoms at the 7-position of the chromone ring and from an ortho-H atom of the exocyclic benzene ring. The carbonyl atom of the chromone acts as an acceptor from a meta-H atom of the exocyclic benzene ring. π-π inter-actions stack the mol-ecules by unit translation along the a axis. PMID:26870574

  14. Effect of native oxide layers on copper thin-film tensile properties: A reactive molecular dynamics study

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    Skarlinski, Michael D.; Quesnel, David J.

    2015-12-01

    Metal-oxide layers are likely to be present on metallic nano-structures due to either environmental exposure during use, or high temperature processing techniques such as annealing. It is well known that nano-structured metals have vastly different mechanical properties from bulk metals; however, difficulties in modeling the transition between metallic and ionic bonding have prevented the computational investigation of the effects of oxide surface layers. Newly developed charge-optimized many body [Liang et al., Mater. Sci. Eng., R 74, 255 (2013)] potentials are used to perform fully reactive molecular dynamics simulations which elucidate the effects that metal-oxide layers have on the mechanical properties of a copper thin-film. Simulated tensile tests are performed on thin-films while using different strain-rates, temperatures, and oxide thicknesses to evaluate changes in yield stress, modulus, and failure mechanisms. Findings indicate that copper-thin film mechanical properties are strongly affected by native oxide layers. The formed oxide layers have an amorphous structure with lower Cu-O bond-densities than bulk CuO, and a mixture of Cu2O and CuO charge character. It is found that oxidation will cause modifications to the strain response of the elastic modulii, producing a stiffened modulii at low temperatures (<75 K) and low strain values (<5%), and a softened modulii at higher temperatures. While under strain, structural reorganization within the oxide layers facilitates brittle yielding through nucleation of defects across the oxide/metal interface. The oxide-free copper thin-film yielding mechanism is found to be a tensile-axis reorientation and grain creation. The oxide layers change the observed yielding mechanism, allowing for the inner copper thin-film to sustain an FCC-to-BCC transition during yielding. The mechanical properties are fit to a thermodynamic model based on classical nucleation theory. The fit implies that the oxidation of the films

  15. Molecular fouling resistance of zwitterionic and amphiphilic initiated chemically vapor-deposited (iCVD) thin films

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    Yang, R; Goktekin, E; Wang, MH; Gleason, KK

    2014-01-01

    Biofouling is a universal problem in various applications ranging from water purification to implantable biomedical devices. Recent advances in surface modification have created a rich library of antifouling surface chemistries, many of which can be categorized into one of the two groups: hydrophilic surfaces or amphiphilic surfaces. We report the straightforward preparation of antifouling thin film coatings in both categories via initiated chemical vapor deposition. A molecular force spectroscopy-based method is demonstrated as a rapid and quantitative assessment tool for comparing the differences in antifouling characteristics. The fouling propensity of single molecules, as opposed to bulk protein solution or bacterial culture, is assessed. This method allows for the interrogation of molecular interaction without the complication resulted from protein conformational change or micro-organism group interactions. The molecular interaction follows the same trend as bacterial adhesion results obtained previously, demonstrating that molecular force probe is a valid method for the quantification and mechanistic examination of fouling. In addition, the molecular force spectroscopy-based method is able to distinguish differences in antifouling capability that is not resolvable by traditional static protein adsorption tests. To lend further insight into the intrinsic fouling resistance of zwitterionic and amphiphilic surface chemistries, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, advancing and receding water contact angles, and atomic force microscopy are used to elucidate the film properties that are relevant to their antifouling capabilities.

  16. Molecular fouling resistance of zwitterionic and amphiphilic initiated chemically vapor-deposited (iCVD) thin films

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    Yang, R; Goktekin, E; Wang, MH; Gleason, KK

    2014-08-08

    Biofouling is a universal problem in various applications ranging from water purification to implantable biomedical devices. Recent advances in surface modification have created a rich library of antifouling surface chemistries, many of which can be categorized into one of the two groups: hydrophilic surfaces or amphiphilic surfaces. We report the straightforward preparation of antifouling thin film coatings in both categories via initiated chemical vapor deposition. A molecular force spectroscopy-based method is demonstrated as a rapid and quantitative assessment tool for comparing the differences in antifouling characteristics. The fouling propensity of single molecules, as opposed to bulk protein solution or bacterial culture, is assessed. This method allows for the interrogation of molecular interaction without the complication resulted from protein conformational change or micro-organism group interactions. The molecular interaction follows the same trend as bacterial adhesion results obtained previously, demonstrating that molecular force probe is a valid method for the quantification and mechanistic examination of fouling. In addition, the molecular force spectroscopy-based method is able to distinguish differences in antifouling capability that is not resolvable by traditional static protein adsorption tests. To lend further insight into the intrinsic fouling resistance of zwitterionic and amphiphilic surface chemistries, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, advancing and receding water contact angles, and atomic force microscopy are used to elucidate the film properties that are relevant to their antifouling capabilities.

  17. Effect of molecular coverage on the electric conductance of a multi-walled carbon nanotube thin film

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    Kokabu, Takuya; Inoue, Shuhei; Matsumura, Yukihiko

    2016-06-01

    We investigated the influence of water adsorption on a CNT thin film. When we assumed that the magnitude of the change in electrical resistance was correlated with the surface coverage of the adsorbed molecules, this phenomenon could be explained by two-layer adsorption. The first layer was expressed by Langmuir adsorption and that on the second layer was expressed by Fowler-Guggenheim adsorption, which was derived by Bragg-Williams approximation and involved a lateral molecular interaction. The adsorption energy estimated by this assumption was on the same order as derived by DFT calculation.

  18. Improving stability of photoluminescence of ZnSe thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy by incorporating Cl dopant

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    Wang, J. S.; Chen, W. J.; Yang, C. S.; Tsai, Y. H.; Wang, H. H.; Chen, R. H.; Shen, J. L.; Tsai, C. D.

    2011-01-01

    This investigation studies the effect of chlorine (Cl) dopant in ZnSe thin films that were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on their photoluminescence (PL) and the stability thereof. Free excitonic emission was observed at room-temperature in the Cl-doped sample. Photon irradiation with a wavelength of 404 nm and a power density of 9.1 W/cm2 has a much stronger effect on PL degradation than does thermal heating to a temperature of 150 °C. Additionally, this study shows that the generation of nonradiative centers by both photon irradiation and thermal heating can be greatly inhibited by incorporating Cl dopant.

  19. Characterization of the non-uniform reaction in chemically-amplified calix[4]resorcinarene molecular resist thin films

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    Prabhu, Vivek M.; Kang, Shuhui; Kline, R. Joseph; DeLongchamp, Dean M.; Fischer, Daniel A.; Wu, Wen-li; Satija, Sushil K.; Bonnesen, Peter V; Sha, Jing; Ober, Christoper K.

    2011-01-01

    The ccc stereoisomer-purified tert-butoxycarbonyloxy (t-Boc) protected calix[4]resorcinarene molecular resists blended with photoacid generator exhibit a non-uniform photoacid catalyzed reaction in thin films. The surface displays a reduced reaction extent, compared to the bulk, with average surface-layer thickness (7.0 1.8) nm determined by neutron reflectivity with deuterium-labeled t-Boc groups. Ambient impurities (amines and organic bases) are known to quench surface reactions and contribute, but grazing incidence X-ray diffraction shows an additional effect that the protected molecular resist are preferentially oriented at the surface, while the bulk of the film displayed diffuse scattering representative of amorphous packing. The surface deprotection reaction and presence of photoacid was quantified by near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure measurements.

  20. Molecular weight effects in the third-harmonic generation spectroscopy of thin films of the conjugated polymer MEH-PPV.

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    Bahtiar, Ayi; Koynov, Kaloian; Ahn, Taek; Bubeck, Christoph

    2008-03-27

    Thin spin-cast films of poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV) were prepared from samples whose weight-average molecular weight (Mw) was varied in the range of 10-1600 kg/mol. We have characterized the films by means of transmission and reflection ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared (UV-vis-NIR) spectroscopy to derive the linear optical constants, and third-harmonic generation spectroscopy with variable laser wavelengths to get the modulus and phase angles of the complex third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility chi(3). Increasing molecular weight yields films with significantly larger chi(3) values, absorption coefficients, and refractive indices. The chi(3) values of films from the largest and lowest Mw differ by a factor of 4, which is caused by chain orientation effects, local field effects, and changes of the effective conjugation length. PMID:18311961

  1. Coexistence of spinodal instability and thermal nucleation in thin-film rupture:Insights from molecular levels

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    Nguyen, Trung D; Fuentes-Cabrera, Miguel A; Fowlkes, Jason Davidson; Rack, Philip D

    2014-01-01

    Despite extensive investigation using hydrodynamic models and experiments over the past decades, there remain open questions regarding the origin of the initial rupture of thin liquid films. One of the reasons that makes it difficult to identify the rupture origin is the coexistence of two dewettingmechanisms, namely, thermal nucleation and spinodal instability, as observed in many experimental studies. Using a coarse-grained model and large-scale molecular dynamics simulations, we are able to characterize the very early stage of dewetting in nanometer-thick liquid-metal films wetting a solid substrate. We observe the features characteristic of both spinodal instability and thermal nucleation in the spontaneously dewetting films and show that these two macroscopic mechanisms share a common origin at molecular levels.

  2. High mobility n-type organic thin-film transistors deposited at room temperature by supersonic molecular beam deposition

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    Chiarella, F. Barra, M.; Ciccullo, F.; Cassinese, A.; Toccoli, T.; Aversa, L.; Tatti, R.; Verucchi, R.

    2014-04-07

    In this paper, we report on the fabrication of N,N′-1H,1H-perfluorobutil dicyanoperylenediimide (PDIF-CN{sub 2}) organic thin-film transistors by Supersonic Molecular Beam Deposition. The devices exhibit mobility up to 0.2 cm{sup 2}/V s even if the substrate is kept at room temperature during the organic film growth, exceeding by three orders of magnitude the electrical performance of those grown at the same temperature by conventional Organic Molecular Beam Deposition. The possibility to get high-mobility n-type transistors avoiding thermal treatments during or after the deposition could significantly extend the number of substrates suitable to the fabrication of flexible high-performance complementary circuits by using this compound.

  3. Growth characteristics of Ti-based fumaric acid hybrid thin films by molecular layer deposition.

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    Cao, Yan-Qiang; Zhu, Lin; Li, Xin; Cao, Zheng-Yi; Wu, Di; Li, Ai-Dong

    2015-09-01

    Ti-based fumaric acid hybrid thin films were successfully prepared using inorganic TiCl4 and organic fumaric acid as precursors by molecular layer deposition (MLD). The effect of deposition temperature from 180 °C to 350 °C on the growth rate, composition, chemical state, and topology of hybrid films has been investigated systematically by means of a series of analytical tools such as spectroscopic ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy (AFM), high resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The MLD process of the Ti-fumaric acid shows self-limiting surface reaction with a reasonable growth rate of ∼0.93 Å per cycle and small surface roughness of ∼0.59 nm in root-mean-square value at 200 °C. A temperature-dependent growth characteristic has been observed in the hybrid films. On increasing the temperature from 180 °C to 300 °C, the growth rate decreases from 1.10 to 0.49 Å per cycle and the XPS composition of the film's C : O : Ti ratio changes from 8.35 : 7.49 : 1.00 to 4.66 : 4.80 : 1.00. FTIR spectra indicate that the hybrid films show bridging bonding mode at a low deposition temperature of 200 °C and bridging/bidentate mixed bonding mode at elevated deposition temperatures of 250 and 300 °C. The higher C and O amounts deviating from the ideal composition may be ascribed to increased organic incorporation into the hybrid films at lower deposition temperature and temperature-dependent density of reactive sites (-OH). The composition of hybrid films grown at 350 °C shows a dramatic decrease in C and O elemental composition (C : O : Ti = 1.97 : 2.76 : 1.00) due to the thermal decomposition of the fumaric acid precursor. The produced by-product H2O changes the structure of the hybrid films, resulting in the formation of more Ti-O bonds at high temperatures. The stability of the hybrid films against chemical and thermal treatment, and long-term storage by

  4. Low-line edge roughness extreme ultraviolet photoresists of organotin carboxylates

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    Del Re, Ryan; Passarelli, James; Sortland, Miriam; Cardineau, Brian; Ekinci, Yasin; Buitrago, Elizabeth; Neisser, Mark; Freedman, Daniel A.; Brainard, Robert L.

    2015-10-01

    Pure thin films of organotin compounds have been lithographically evaluated using extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL, 13.5 nm). Twenty compounds of the type R2Sn) were spin-coated from solutions in toluene, exposed to EUV light, and developed in organic solvents. Exposures produced negative-tone contrast curves and dense-line patterns using interference lithography. Contrast-curve studies indicated that the photosensitivity is linearly related to the molecular weight of the carboxylate group bound to tin. Additionally, photosensitivity was found to be linearly related to free radical stability of the hydrocarbon group bound directly to tin (R=phenyl, butyl, and benzyl). Dense-line patterning capabilities varied, but two resists in particular show exceptionally good line edge roughness (LER). A resist composed of an amorphous film of )SnCC)2 (1) achieved 1.4 nm LER at 22-nm half-pitch patterning and a resist composed of )Sn) (2) achieved 1.1 nm LER at 35-nm half-pitch at high exposure doses (600 mJ/cm2). Two photoresists that use olefin-based carboxylates, )SnCCH (3) and )SnCC (4), demonstrated better photospeeds (5 mJ/cm2 and 27 mJ/cm2) but worse LER.

  5. Molecular dynamics simulations of irradiation of α-Fe thin films with energetic Fe ions under channeling conditions

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    Aliaga, M. J.; Prokhodtseva, A.; Schaeublin, R.; Caturla, M. J.

    2014-09-01

    Using molecular dynamics simulations with recent interatomic potentials developed for Fe, we have studied the defects in thin films of pure bcc Fe induced by the displacement cascade produced by Fe atoms of 50, 100, and 150 keV impinging under a channeling incident angle of 6° to a [0 0 1] direction. The thin films have a thickness between 40 and 100 nm, to reproduce the thickness of the samples used in transmission electron microscope in situ measurements during irradiation. In the simulations we focus mostly on the effect of channeling and free surfaces on damage production. The results are compared to bulk cascades. The comparison shows that the primary damage in thin films of pure Fe is quite different from that originated in the volume of the material. The presence of near surfaces can lead to a variety of events that do not occur in bulk collisional cascades, such as the production of craters and the glide of self-interstitial defects to the surface. Additionally, in the range of energies and the incident angle used, channeling is a predominant effect that significantly reduces damage compared to bulk cascades.

  6. Atomic/Molecular Layer Deposition of Lithium Terephthalate Thin Films as High Rate Capability Li-Ion Battery Anodes.

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    Nisula, Mikko; Karppinen, Maarit

    2016-02-10

    We demonstrate the fabrication of high-quality electrochemically active organic lithium electrode thin films by the currently strongly emerging combined atomic/molecular layer deposition (ALD/MLD) technique using lithium terephthalate, a recently found anode material for lithium-ion battery (LIB), as a proof-of-the-concept material. Our deposition process for Li-terephthalate is shown to well comply with the basic principles of ALD-type growth including the sequential self-saturated surface reactions, a necessity when aiming at micro-LIB devices with three-dimensional architectures. The as-deposited films are found crystalline across the deposition temperature range of 200-280 °C, which is a trait highly desired for an electrode material but rather unusual for hybrid inorganic-organic thin films. Excellent rate capability is ascertained for the Li-terephthalate films with no conductive additives required. The electrode performance can be further enhanced by depositing a thin protective LiPON solid-state electrolyte layer on top of Li-terephthalate; this yields highly stable structures with capacity retention of over 97% after 200 charge/discharge cycles at 3.2 C. PMID:26812433

  7. O thin films with different Mg contents on r-plane sapphire substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Chen, W.; Pan, X. H.; Ding, P.; Zhang, H. H.; Chen, S. S.; Dai, W.; Huang, J. Y.; Lu, B.; Ye, Z. Z.

    2014-09-01

    We report the growth and characterization of a series of non-polar Zn1- x Mg x O thin films with different Mg contents, which have been prepared on r-plane sapphire substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Structural properties are anisotropic and surfaces of films show stripes running along the c-axis direction. The films exhibit atomically smooth surface with the minimal root mean square surface roughness of 0.36 nm. Non-polar Zn1- x Mg x O thin film is much easier to obtain pure a-plane single crystal orientation when Mg content is high. The quality of the non-polar Zn1- x Mg x O thin films is evidenced by X-ray diffraction (XRD) rocking curves full-width at half-maximum of 1,350 arcsec for the () reflection and 1,760 arcsec for the () reflection, respectively. Room temperature photoluminescence peak shifts monotonously from 3.29 to 3.56 eV as Mg content increases from 0 to 0.13. Alloying with Mg is found to widen the bandgap energy of the ZnO.

  8. Maximizing the dielectric response of molecular thin films via quantum chemical design.

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    Heitzer, Henry M; Marks, Tobin J; Ratner, Mark A

    2014-12-23

    Developing high-capacitance organic gate dielectrics is critical for advances in electronic circuitry based on unconventional semiconductors. While high-dielectric constant molecular substances are known, the mechanism of dielectric response and the fundamental chemical design principles are not well understood. Using a plane-wave density functional theory formalism, we show that it is possible to map the atomic-scale dielectric profiles of molecule-based materials while capturing important bulk characteristics. For molecular films, this approach reveals how basic materials properties such as surface coverage density, molecular tilt angle, and π-system planarity can dramatically influence dielectric response. Additionally, relatively modest molecular backbone and substituent variations can be employed to substantially enhance film dielectric response. For dense surface coverages and proper molecular alignment, conjugated hydrocarbon chains can achieve dielectric constants of >8.0, more than 3 times that of analogous saturated chains, ∼2.5. However, this conjugation-related dielectric enhancement depends on proper molecular orientation and planarization, with enhancements up to 60% for proper molecular alignment with the applied field and an additional 30% for conformations such as coplanarity in extended π-systems. Conjugation length is not the only determinant of dielectric response, and appended polarizable high-Z substituents can increase molecular film response more than 2-fold, affording estimated capacitances of >9.0 μF/cm2. However, in large π-systems, polar substituent effects are substantially attenuated. PMID:25415650

  9. 1-Azaniumylcyclobutane-1-carboxylate monohydrate

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    Butcher, Ray J.; Brewer, Greg; Burton, Aaron S.; Dworkin, Jason

    2014-01-01

    In the title compound, C5H9NO2H2O, the amino acid is in the usual zwitterionic form involving the carboxylate group. The cyclobutane backbone of the amino acid is disordered over two conformations, with occupancies of 0.882 (7) and0.118 (7). In the crystal, NH O and OH O hydrogen bonds link the zwitterions [with the water molecule involved as both acceptor (with the NH3+) and donor (through a single carboxylate O from two different aminocyclobutane carboxylatemoities)], resulting in a two-dimensional layered structure lying parallel to (100).

  10. Intermolecular electronic coupling in organic molecular thin films measured by temperature modulation spectroscopy

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    Yadav, Abhishek; Jin, Y; Chan, P. K. L.; Shtein, Max; Pipe, Kevin P.

    2010-01-01

    Temperature modulation spectroscopy is used to obtain the temperature dependences of oscillator strength, exciton transition energy, and line width for a copper phthalocyanine thin film. With increasing temperature, the oscillator strength exhibits a pronounced decrease for charge transfer (CT) excitons, making this technique suitable for differentiating exciton types. From the measured magnitude and temperature dependence of the CT oscillator strength, we obtain estimates for the intermolecular electronic coupling and its exponential decay coefficient.

  11. Molecular solution approach to synthesize electronic quality Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films.

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    Yang, Wenbing; Duan, Hsin-Sheng; Cha, Kitty C; Hsu, Chia-Jung; Hsu, Wan-Ching; Zhou, Huanping; Bob, Brion; Yang, Yang

    2013-05-01

    Successful implementation of molecular solution processing from a homogeneous and stable precursor would provide an alternative, robust approach to process multinary compounds compared with physical vapor deposition. Targeting deposition of chemically clear, high quality crystalline films requires specific molecular structure design and solvent selection. Hydrazine (N2H4) serves as a unique and powerful medium, particularly to incorporate selected metallic elements and chalcogens into a stable solution as metal chalcogenide complexes (MCC). However, not all the elements and compounds can be easily dissolved. In this manuscript, we demonstrate a paradigm to incorporate previously insoluble transitional-metal elements into molecular solution as metal-atom hydrazine/hydrazine derivative complexes (MHHD), as exemplified by dissolving of the zinc constituent as Zn(NH2NHCOO)2(N2H4)2. Investigation into the evolution of molecular structure reveals the hidden roadmap to significantly enrich the variety of building blocks for soluble molecule design. The new category of molecular structures not only set up a prototype to incorporate other elements of interest but also points the direction for other compatible solvent selection. As demonstrated from the molecular precursor combining Sn-/Cu-MCC and Zn-MHHD, an ultrathin film of copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS) was deposited. Characterization of a transistor based on the CZTS channel layer shows electronic properties comparable to CuInSe2, confirming the robustness of this molecular solution processing and the prospect of earth abundant CZTS for next generation photovoltaic materials. This paradigm potentially outlines a universal pathway, from individual molecular design using selected chelated ligands and combination of building blocks in a simple and stable solution to fundamentally change the way multinary compounds are processed. PMID:23581974

  12. Path Integral Monte Carlo Simulations of Solid Molecular Hydrogen Surfaces and Thin HELIUM-4 Films on Molecular Hydrogen Substrates

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    Wagner, Marcus

    Based on Richard P. Feynman's formulation of quantum mechanics, Path Integral Monte Carlo is a computational ab-initio method to calculate finite temperature equilibrium properties of quantum many-body systems. As input, only fundamental physical constants and pair-potentials are required. We carry out the first ab-initio particle simulations of three related physical systems. First, the bare H _2 substrate is simulated between 0.5 and 1.3K, because a liquid H_2 film is a candidate for a new superfluid. We find evidence of quantum exchange in surface terraces for up to 1K. Second, the melting of the H_2 surface between 3 and 15K is examined since this is the cleanest example of quantum surface melting. Third, atomically thin superfluid ^4He films on H_2 surfaces are simulated, calculating binding energies per ^4He atom and third sound, an important experimental probe for superfuid ^4 He films. For all systems we compute density profiles perpendicular and parallel to the surface and compare to experiment. We treat both H_2 molecules and ^4He atoms on the same footing, as spherical particles. For simulations of bulk/vapor interfaces and surface adsorption, a realistic representation of the macroscopic surface is crucial. Therefore, we introduce an external potential to account for arbitrarily layered substrates and long-range corrections. Two algorithms for parallel computers with independent processors are introduced, one to manage concurrent simulations of entire phase-diagrams, and one to improve input/output speed for files shared by all processors.

  13. Effect of native oxide layers on copper thin-film tensile properties: A reactive molecular dynamics study

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    Skarlinski, Michael D.; Quesnel, David J.

    2015-12-21

    Metal-oxide layers are likely to be present on metallic nano-structures due to either environmental exposure during use, or high temperature processing techniques such as annealing. It is well known that nano-structured metals have vastly different mechanical properties from bulk metals; however, difficulties in modeling the transition between metallic and ionic bonding have prevented the computational investigation of the effects of oxide surface layers. Newly developed charge-optimized many body [Liang et al., Mater. Sci. Eng., R 74, 255 (2013)] potentials are used to perform fully reactive molecular dynamics simulations which elucidate the effects that metal-oxide layers have on the mechanical properties of a copper thin-film. Simulated tensile tests are performed on thin-films while using different strain-rates, temperatures, and oxide thicknesses to evaluate changes in yield stress, modulus, and failure mechanisms. Findings indicate that copper-thin film mechanical properties are strongly affected by native oxide layers. The formed oxide layers have an amorphous structure with lower Cu-O bond-densities than bulk CuO, and a mixture of Cu{sub 2}O and CuO charge character. It is found that oxidation will cause modifications to the strain response of the elastic modulii, producing a stiffened modulii at low temperatures (<75 K) and low strain values (<5%), and a softened modulii at higher temperatures. While under strain, structural reorganization within the oxide layers facilitates brittle yielding through nucleation of defects across the oxide/metal interface. The oxide-free copper thin-film yielding mechanism is found to be a tensile-axis reorientation and grain creation. The oxide layers change the observed yielding mechanism, allowing for the inner copper thin-film to sustain an FCC-to-BCC transition during yielding. The mechanical properties are fit to a thermodynamic model based on classical nucleation theory. The fit implies that the oxidation of the

  14. The role of surface electronic structure in thin film molecular ordering.

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    Sakurai, T.; Tromp, R. M.; Meyer zu Heringdorf, F.; Sadowski, J.; Thayer, Gayle Echo

    2005-05-01

    We show that the orientation of pentacene molecules is controlled by the electronic structure of the surface on which they are deposited. We suggest that the near-Fermi level density of states above the surface controls the interaction of the substrate with the pentacene {pi} orbitals. A reduction of this density as compared to noble metals, realized in semimetallic Bi(001) and Si(111)(5 x 2)Au surfaces, results in pentacene standing up. Interestingly, pentacene grown on Bi(001) is highly ordered, yielding the first vertically oriented epitaxial pentacene thin films observed to date.

  15. Molecular Beam Epitaxial (MBE) Growth and Characterization of Thin Films of Semiconductor Tin

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    Folkes, P.; Taylor, P.; Rong, C.; Nichols, B.; Hier, H.; Burke, R.; Neupane, M.

    Recent theoretical predictions that a two-dimensional monolayer of semiconductor tin is a two-dimensional topological insulator and experimental evidence of three-dimensional topological insulator behavior in strained ultrathin films of semiconductor tin grown by MBE on InSb has generated intense research interest. This research is primarily focused on the MBE growth and topological characteristics of ultrathin films of semiconductor tin. In this talk we present results of a study on the MBE growth and the transport, structural and optical characterization of thin films of semiconductor tin on several different substrates.

  16. Epitaxial growth of SrTiO{sub 3} thin film on Si by laser molecular beam epitaxy

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    Zhou, X. Y.; Miao, J.; Dai, J. Y.; Chan, H. L. W.; Choy, C. L.; Wang, Y.; Li, Q.

    2007-01-01

    SrTiO{sub 3} thin films have been deposited on Si (001) wafers by laser molecular beam epitaxy using an ultrathin Sr layer as the template. X-ray diffraction measurements indicated that SrTiO{sub 3} was well crystallized and epitaxially aligned with Si. Cross-sectional observations in a transmission electron microscope revealed that the SrTiO{sub 3}/Si interface was sharp, smooth, and fully crystallized. The thickness of the Sr template was found to be a critical factor that influenced the quality of SrTiO{sub 3} and the interfacial structure. Electrical measurements revealed that the SrTiO{sub 3} film was highly resistive.

  17. Nucleation and stochiometry dependence of rutile-TiO2 thin films grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Constantin, Costel; Sun, Kai; Feenstra, R. M.

    2008-03-01

    Considerable interest has been shown of late in transition-metal oxides. One case is the titanium dioxide system, which can have applications as a high-k dielectric gate insulator for Si-based devicesootnotetextZ. J. Luo et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 2803. In this study, rutile-TiO2 thin films were grown on GaN(0001) substrates by oxygen plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Two sets of films were grown, one in which the initial GaN surface is prepared WITH the pseudo 1x1 Ga-rich surface reconstruction, and the other set, WITHOUT the pseudo 1x1. On top of these two type of surfaces, the rutile-TiO2 thin films were grown at Ts˜ 600 ^oC, and with a thickness ˜ 40 - 50 nm. During growth, reflection high-energy electron diffraction indicated a reversible stoichiometry transition from O-rich to Ti-rich growth. Post-growth x-ray diffraction measurements performed on the samples WITHOUT the GaN pseudo 1x1, show the presence of additional peaks at 2θ = 52.9^o, which implies the existence of additional phases. In addition, the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy performed on these samples show a high degree of disorder, as compared to the samples prepared WITH the pseudo 1x1. Work supported by ONR.

  18. 7-Octenyltrichrolosilane/trimethyaluminum hybrid dielectrics fabricated by molecular-atomic layer deposition on ZnO thin film transistors

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    Huang, Jie; Lee, Mingun; Lucero, Antonio T.; Cheng, Lanxia; Ha, Min-Woo; Kim, Jiyoung

    2016-06-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication of 7-octenytrichlorosilane (7-OTS)/trimethylaluminum (TMA) organic–inorganic hybrid films using molecular-atomic layer deposition (MALD). The properties of 7-OTS/TMA hybrid films are extensively investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and electrical measurements. Our results suggest that uniform and smooth amorphous hybrid thin films with excellent insulating properties are obtained using the MALD process. Films have a relatively high dielectric constant of approximately 5.0 and low leakage current density. We fabricate zinc oxide (ZnO) based thin film transistors (TFTs) using 7-OTS/TMA hybrid material as a back gate dielectric with the top ZnO channel layer deposited in-situ via MALD. The ZnO TFTs exhibit a field effect mobility of approximately 0.43 cm2 V‑1 s‑1, a threshold voltage of approximately 1 V, and an on/off ratio of approximately 103 under low voltage operation (from ‑3 to 9 V). This work demonstrates an organic–inorganic hybrid gate dielectric material potentially useful in flexible electronics application.

  19. Effect of twin boundary on nanoimprint process of bicrystal Al thin film studied by molecular dynamics simulation

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    Xie, Yue-Hong; Xu, Jian-Gang; Song, Hai-Yang; Zhang, Yun-Guang

    2015-02-01

    The effects of a twin boundary (TB) on the mechanical properties of two types of bicrystal Al thin films during the nanoimprint process are investigated by using molecular dynamics simulations. The results indicate that for the TB direction parallel to the imprinting direction, the yield stress reaches the maximum for the initial dislocation nucleation when the mould directly imprints to the TB, and the yield stress first decreases with the increase of the marker interval and then increases. However, for the TB direction perpendicular to the imprinting direction, the effect of the TB location to the imprinting forces is very small, and the yield stress is greater than that with the TB direction parallel to the imprinting direction. The results also demonstrate that the direction of the slip dislocations and the deformation of the thin film caused by spring-back are different due to various positions and directions of the TB. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 10902083), the Program for New Century Excellent Talent in University of Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. NCET-12-1046), the Program for New Scientific and Technological Star of Shaanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2012KJXX-39), and the Program for Natural Science Basic Research Plan in Shaanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2014JQ1036).

  20. Research on the electronic and optical properties of polymer and other organic molecular thin films

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    1997-02-01

    The main goal of the work is to find materials and methods of optimization of organic layered electroluminescent cells and to study such properties of polymers and other organic materials that can be used in various opto-electronic devices. The summary of results obtained during the first year of work is presented. They are: (1) the possibility to produce electroluminescent cells using a vacuum deposition photoresist technology for commercial photoresists has been demonstrated; (2) the idea to replace the polyaryl polymers by other polymers with weaker hole conductivity for optimization of electroluminescent cells with ITO-Al electrodes has been suggested. The goal is to obtain amorphous processable thin films of radiative recombination layers in electroluminescent devices; (3) procedures of preparation of high-quality vacuum-deposited poly (p-phenylene) (PPP) films on various substrates have been developed; (4) it was found for the first time that the fluorescence intensity of PPP films depends on the degree of polymerization; (5) the role of interfaces between organic compounds, on one side, and metals or semiconductors, on the other side, has been studied and quenching of the fluorescence caused by semiconductor layer in thin sandwiches has been observed; (6) studies of the dynamics of photoexcitations revealed the exciton self-trapping in quasi-one-dimensional aggregates; and (7) conditions for preparation of highly crystalline fullerene C{sub 60} films by vacuum deposition have been found. Composites of C{sub 60} with conjugated polymers have been prepared.

  1. Charge Transfer-Induced Molecular Hole Doping into Thin Film of Metal-Organic Frameworks.

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    Lee, Deok Yeon; Kim, Eun-Kyung; Shrestha, Nabeen K; Boukhvalov, Danil W; Lee, Joong Kee; Han, Sung-Hwan

    2015-08-26

    Despite the highly porous nature with significantly large surface area, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) can be hardly used in electronic and optoelectronic devices due to their extremely poor electrical conductivity. Therefore, the study of MOF thin films that require electron transport or conductivity in combination with the everlasting porosity is highly desirable. In the present work, thin films of Co3(NDC)3DMF4 MOFs with improved electronic conductivity are synthesized using layer-by-layer and doctor blade coating techniques followed by iodine doping. The as-prepared and doped films are characterized using FE-SEM, EDX, UV/visible spectroscopy, XPS, current-voltage measurement, photoluminescence spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and incident photon to current efficiency measurements. In addition, the electronic and semiconductor properties of the MOF films are characterized using Hall Effect measurement, which reveals that, in contrast to the insulator behavior of the as-prepared MOFs, the iodine doped MOFs behave as a p-type semiconductor. This is caused by charge transfer-induced hole doping into the frameworks. The observed charge transfer-induced hole doping phenomenon is also confirmed by calculating the densities of states of the as-prepared and iodine doped MOFs based on density functional theory. Photoluminescence spectroscopy demonstrates an efficient interfacial charge transfer between TiO2 and iodine doped MOFs, which can be applied to harvest solar radiations. PMID:26226050

  2. Structure of a dinuclear cadmium complex with 2,2'-bi-pyridine, monodentate nitrate and 3-carb-oxy-6-methyl-pyridine-2-carboxyl-ate ligands: intra-molecular carbon-yl(lone pair)⋯π(ring) and nitrate(π)⋯π(ring) inter-actions.

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    Granifo, Juan; Suarez, Sebastián; Baggio, Ricardo

    2015-08-01

    The centrosymmetric dinuclear complex bis-(μ-3-carb-oxy-6-methyl-pyridine-2-carboxyl-ato)-κ(3) N,O (2):O (2);κ(3) O (2):N,O (2)-bis-[(2,2'-bi-pyridine-κ(2) N,N')(nitrato-κO)cadmium] methanol monosolvate, [Cd2(C8H6NO4)2(NO3)2(C10H8N2)2]·CH3OH, was isolated as colourless crystals from the reaction of Cd(NO3)2·4H2O, 6-methyl-pyridine-2,3-di-carb-oxy-lic acid (mepydcH2) and 2,2'-bi-pyridine in methanol. The asymmetric unit consists of a Cd(II) cation bound to a μ-κ(3) N,O (2):O (2)-mepydcH(-) anion, an N,N'-bidentate 2,2'-bi-pyridine group and an O-mono-dentate nitrate anion, and is completed with a methanol solvent mol-ecule at half-occupancy. The Cd complex unit is linked to its centrosymmetric image through a bridging mepydcH(-) carboxyl-ate O atom to complete the dinuclear complex mol-ecule. Despite a significant variation in the coordination angles, indicating a considerable departure from octa-hedral coordination geometry about the Cd(II) atom, the Cd-O and Cd-N distances in this complex are surprisingly similar. The crystal structure consists of O-H⋯O hydrogen-bonded chains parallel to a, further bound by C-H⋯O contacts along b to form planar two-dimensional arrays parallel to (001). The juxtaposed planes form inter-stitial columnar voids that are filled by the methanol solvent mol-ecules. These in turn inter-act with the complex mol-ecules to further stabilize the structure. A search in the literature showed that complexes with the mepydcH(-) ligand are rare and complexes reported previously with this ligand do not adopt the μ-κ(3) coordination mode found in the title compound. PMID:26396748

  3. Engineering of an ultra-thin molecular superconductor by charge transfer

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    Hla, Saw Wai; Hassanien, Abdelrahim; Kendal, Clark

    2016-06-07

    A method of forming a superconductive device of a single layer of (BETS).sub.2GaCl.sub.4 molecules on a substrate surface which displays a superconducting gap that increases exponentially with the length of the molecular chain is provided.

  4. Formation of Organic Thin Films of Nonlinear Optical Materials by Molecular Layer Epitaxy

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    Burtman, V.; Kopylova, T. N.; Van Der Boom, M.; Gadirov, R. M.; Tel'minov, E. N.; Nikonov, S. Yu.; Nikonova, E. N.

    2016-03-01

    Conditions are described under which films of [(aminophenyl)azo]pyridine are formed by molecular layer epitaxy, and their optical absorption and x-ray photoelectron spectra are investigated. The nonlinear properties of such structures are described with the help of measurements of the intensity of second harmonic generation as a function of the angle of incidence.

  5. The taxonomic status of the endangered thin-spined porcupine, Chaetomys subspinosus (Olfers, 1818), based on molecular and karyologic data

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    Vilela, Roberto V; Machado, Taís; Ventura, Karen; Fagundes, Valéria; de J Silva, Maria José; Yonenaga-Yassuda, Yatiyo

    2009-01-01

    Background The thin-spined porcupine, also known as the bristle-spined rat, Chaetomys subspinosus (Olfers, 1818), the only member of its genus, figures among Brazilian endangered species. In addition to being threatened, it is poorly known, and even its taxonomic status at the family level has long been controversial. The genus Chaetomys was originally regarded as a porcupine in the family Erethizontidae, but some authors classified it as a spiny-rat in the family Echimyidae. Although the dispute seems to be settled in favor of the erethizontid advocates, further discussion of its affinities should be based on a phylogenetic framework. In the present study, we used nucleotide-sequence data from the complete mitochondrial cytochrome b gene and karyotypic information to address this issue. Our molecular analyses included one individual of Chaetomys subspinosus from the state of Bahia in northeastern Brazil, and other hystricognaths. Results All topologies recovered in our molecular phylogenetic analyses strongly supported Chaetomys subspinosus as a sister clade of the erethizontids. Cytogenetically, Chaetomys subspinosus showed 2n = 52 and FN = 76. Although the sexual pair could not be identified, we assumed that the X chromosome is biarmed. The karyotype included 13 large to medium metacentric and submetacentric chromosome pairs, one small subtelocentric pair, and 12 small acrocentric pairs. The subtelocentric pair 14 had a terminal secondary constriction in the short arm, corresponding to the nucleolar organizer region (Ag-NOR), similar to the erethizontid Sphiggurus villosus, 2n = 42 and FN = 76, and different from the echimyids, in which the secondary constriction is interstitial. Conclusion Both molecular phylogenies and karyotypical evidence indicated that Chaetomys is closely related to the Erethizontidae rather than to the Echimyidae, although in a basal position relative to the rest of the Erethizontidae. The high levels of molecular and morphological

  6. Preparation and characterization of conducting thin films of molecular organic conductors (TTF-TCNQ)

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    Figueras, A.; Garelik, S.; Caro, J.; Cifré, J.; Veciana, J.; Rovira, C.; Ribera, E.; Canadell, E.; Seffar, A.; Fontcuberta, J.

    1996-09-01

    Tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) and tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) form a charge-transfer complex which exhibits a high electric conductivity. In this work TTF-TCNQ thin films were prepared by CVD (chemical vapour deposition) at low pressure and using TTF and TCNQ as precursors. Substrates were common glass. These layers exhibit preferential orientation in the crystallization along the [001] direction and have a room temperature conductivity ranged between 6-24 Ω -1 cm -1. Whereas at low temperatures (smaller than a transition temperature Tp) they display a highly resistive semiconductor-like behaviour, above Tp the conductivity exhibits a small effective activation energy. Tp ≈ 50-60 K is interpreted as a signature of the Peierls transition. The evaluation of the stoichiometry was performed by UV-visible spectroscopy. The morphology and structure of the layers were also studied.

  7. Growth of Cr2CoGa and inverse Heusler thin films using Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Jamer, Michelle; Decapua, Matthew; Player, Gabriel; Heiman, Don

    Theoretical calculations have predicted the existence of inverse Heusler compounds that exhibit zero-moment magnetization while retaining their half-metallicity. These unique compounds have been labeled spin gapless semiconductors (SGS), where the density of states (DOS) can behave as a half-metal or gapless semiconductor. There is a special interest for zero-moment SGS compounds since traditional antiferromagnets cannot be spin-polarized. Such compounds are experimentally attractive for future spintronic devices due to their large magnetic transition temperature (400-800 K). This work focuses on zero-moment inverse Heusler compounds including Cr2CoGa and Mn3Al. Thin films have been grown using MBE and their magnetic, structural, and electrical properties of these compounds have been characterized by various techniques, including XMCD and magnetometry. The atomic moments are found to be large, but significant cancellations lead to small average moments. Supported by NSF Grant ECCS-1402738.

  8. Ion and electron beam processing of condensed molecular solids to form thin films

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    Ruckman, M.W.; Strongin, M.; Mowlem, J.K.; Moore, J.F.; Strongin, D.R.

    1992-12-31

    Electron and ion beams can be used to deposit thin films and etch surfaces using gas phase precursors. However, the generation of undesirable gas phase products and the diffusion of the reactive species beyond the region irradiated by the electron or ion beam can limit selectivity. In this paper, the feasibility of processing condensed precursors such as diborane, tri-methyl aluminum, ammonia and water at 78 K with low energy ( 100--1000 eV) electron and ion beams (Ar{sup +}, N{sub 2}{sup +} and H{sub 2}{sup +}) ranging in current density from 50 nA to several {mu}a per cm{sup 2} is examined. It was found that boron, boron nitride and stoichiometric aluminum oxide films could be deposited from the condensed volatile; species using charged particle beams and some of the physical and chemical aspects and limitations of this new technique are discussed.

  9. Ion and electron beam processing of condensed molecular solids to form thin films

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    Ruckman, M.W.; Strongin, M. ); Mowlem, J.K.; Moore, J.F.; Strongin, D.R. . Dept. of Chemistry)

    1992-01-01

    Electron and ion beams can be used to deposit thin films and etch surfaces using gas phase precursors. However, the generation of undesirable gas phase products and the diffusion of the reactive species beyond the region irradiated by the electron or ion beam can limit selectivity. In this paper, the feasibility of processing condensed precursors such as diborane, tri-methyl aluminum, ammonia and water at 78 K with low energy ( 100--1000 eV) electron and ion beams (Ar[sup +], N[sub 2][sup +] and H[sub 2][sup +]) ranging in current density from 50 nA to several [mu]a per cm[sup 2] is examined. It was found that boron, boron nitride and stoichiometric aluminum oxide films could be deposited from the condensed volatile; species using charged particle beams and some of the physical and chemical aspects and limitations of this new technique are discussed.

  10. The effect of surfaces on molecular ordering in thin liquid-crystal systems.

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    Śliwa, I; Jeżewski, W; Zakharov, A V

    2016-08-28

    A theoretical method for analyzing the interplay between pair long-range intermolecular forces and nonlocal, relatively short-range, surface interactions in liquid crystals, confined between plates of thin planar cells, is developed. It is shown that this method, as involving the concept of local orientational and translational order parameters, enables detailed investigations of the emergence of smectic A, nematic, and isotopic phases, as well as yields an insight into phase transitions between them, in cases of systems strongly affected by surfaces. The evidence of various surface effects, including the coexistence of different phases and the inward propagation of surface melting under the increase of temperature, is also given. The underlying numerical procedure, based on the algorithm of self-consistent calculations of local order parameters, is found to be very effective, allowing one to consider model systems of rather large thicknesses, corresponding to thicknesses of real sample cells. PMID:27586944

  11. Stratification-induced order--disorder phase transitions in molecularly thin confined films

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    Schoen, M. ); Diestler, D.J. ); Cushman, J.H. )

    1994-10-15

    By means of grand canonical ensemble Monte Carlo simulations of a monatomic film confined between unstructured (i.e., molecularly smooth) rigidly fixed solid surfaces (i.e., walls), we investigate the mechanism of molecular stratification, i.e., the tendency of atoms to arrange themselves in layers parallel with the walls. Stratification is accompanied by a heretofore unnoticed order--disorder phase transition manifested as a maximum in density fluctuations at the transition point. The transition involves phases with different transverse packing characteristics, although the number of layers accommodated between the walls remains unchanged during the transition, which occurs periodically as the film thickens. However, with increasing thickness, an increasingly smaller proportion of the film is structurally affected by the transition. Thus, the associated maximum in density fluctuations diminishes rapidly with film thickness.

  12. Distance and molecular weight dependence of surface enhanced fluorescence in conjugated polymer thin films

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    Griffo, Michael S.; Carter, Sue A.

    2008-08-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) of poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-p-phenylene vinylene] (MEH-PPV) in the presence of Silver nanoparticles (NP) is studied. The purpose of this research is to understand the PL distance dependence of plasmon-polymer separation and a correlation between the surface enhanced fluorescence (SEF) and polymer molecular weight. Distinct peaks in PL are found for plasmon-polymer separations ranging from near the far field to the near field, under 100 nm. Extinction of the devices shows that changes in absorption cannot explain all enhancement in PL and suggests that a modification of the radiative lifetime is modified. The dependence of the photoluminescence of MEH-PPV on molecular weight shows variation but overall suggests chain length does not affect film quenching. This is largely attributed to the large polydispersity of the polymer materials used.

  13. A novel approach in controlling the conductivity of thin films using molecular layer deposition

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    Lushington, Andrew; Liu, Jian; Bannis, Mohammad N.; Xiao, Biwei; Lawes, Stephen; Li, Ruying; Sun, Xueliang

    2015-12-01

    Here we present a novel way to grow aluminum alkoxide films with tunable conductivity with molecular level accuracy with the use of molecular layer deposition (MLD). Alternating exposures of trimethylaluminum (TMA), ethylene glycol (EG), and terephthaloyl chloride (TC) are used to grow the aluminium alkoxide films. Control over film composition was accomplished by alternating cycles of EG and TC between cycles of TMA and EG. In this fashion the aluminum to carbon ratio can be accurately controlled. These films were then pyrolyzed under a reducing atmosphere to yield a conductive Al2O3/carbon composite. Raman spectroscopy determined that nanocrystalline sp2-graphitic carbon was formed following pyrolysis while sheet resistance measurements determined that conductivity of the film is directly related to aluminium-carbon ratio. To further elucidate the origin of conductivity within the film, synchrotron based XPS was performed.

  14. Molecular resolution friction microscopy of Cu phthalocyanine thin films on dolomite (104) in water.

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    Nita, Paweł; Pimentel, Carlos; Luo, Feng; Milián-Medina, Begoña; Gierschner, Johannes; Pina, Carlos M; Gnecco, Enrico

    2014-07-21

    The reliability of ultrathin organic layers as active components for molecular electronic devices depends ultimately on an accurate characterization of the layer morphology and ability to withstand mechanical stresses on the nanoscale. To this end, since the molecular layers need to be electrically decoupled using thick insulating substrates, the use of AFM becomes mandatory. Here, we show how friction force microscopy (FFM) in water allows us to identify the orientation of copper(ii)phthalocyanine (CuPc) molecules previously self-assembled on a dolomite (104) mineral surface in ultra-high vacuum. The molecular features observed in the friction images show that the CuPc molecules are stacked in parallel rows with no preferential orientation with respect to the dolomite lattice, while the stacking features resemble well the single CuPc crystal structure. This proves that the substrate induction is low and makes friction force microscopy in water a suitable alternative to more demanding dynamic AFM techniques in ultra-high vacuum. PMID:24932960

  15. Molecular resolution friction microscopy of Cu phthalocyanine thin films on dolomite (104) in water

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    Nita, Paweł; Pimentel, Carlos; Luo, Feng; Milián-Medina, Begoña; Gierschner, Johannes; Pina, Carlos M.; Gnecco, Enrico

    2014-06-01

    The reliability of ultrathin organic layers as active components for molecular electronic devices depends ultimately on an accurate characterization of the layer morphology and ability to withstand mechanical stresses on the nanoscale. To this end, since the molecular layers need to be electrically decoupled using thick insulating substrates, the use of AFM becomes mandatory. Here, we show how friction force microscopy (FFM) in water allows us to identify the orientation of copper(ii)phthalocyanine (CuPc) molecules previously self-assembled on a dolomite (104) mineral surface in ultra-high vacuum. The molecular features observed in the friction images show that the CuPc molecules are stacked in parallel rows with no preferential orientation with respect to the dolomite lattice, while the stacking features resemble well the single CuPc crystal structure. This proves that the substrate induction is low and makes friction force microscopy in water a suitable alternative to more demanding dynamic AFM techniques in ultra-high vacuum.

  16. Simple DFT-LSDA modeling of the molecular-like aspects of ultra-thin film properties

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    Trickey, S.B.; Mathar, R.J.; Boettger, J.C.

    1996-09-01

    Ordered ultra-thin films (UTF`s) are atomic n-layers (n = 1,2,3,...) with translational symmetry in-plane and molecular-like inter-planar spacings. Though commonly used (especially at relatively large n-values) as models of crystalline surfaces, they are intrinsically interesting and of growing technological significance as the basic building blocks of multi-layer electronic devices. Predicting the structure and properties of even a simple diatomic 1-layer means addressing aspects of molecular binding (and boundary conditions) in the context of an extended, periodically bounded system. At the level of refinement provided by the local spin density approximation to Density Functional Theory, the baseline standard of today`s predictive, chemically specific solid-state calculations, a number of technical and fundamental issues arise. The authors focus on treatment of the isolated atoms, on basis sets, and on numerical precision, as illustrated by the Fe atom and BN 1- and 2-layer calculations. Computational requirements are illustrated by a brief summary of recently completed calculations on crystalline sapphire, {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, which used the same code.

  17. Molecular dynamics study on the effect of boundary heating rate on the phase change characteristics of thin film liquid

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    Hasan, Mohammad Nasim; Morshed, A. K. M. Monjur; Rabbi, Kazi Fazle; Haque, Mominul

    2016-07-01

    In this study, theoretical investigation of thin film liquid phase change phenomena under different boundary heating rates has been conducted with the help of molecular dynamics simulation. To do this, the case of argon boiling over a platinum surface has been considered. The study has been conducted to get a better understanding of the nano-scale physics of evaporation/boiling for a three phase system with particular emphasis on the effect of boundary heating rate. The simulation domain consisted of liquid and vapor argon atoms placed over a platinum wall. Initially the whole system was brought to an equilibrium state at 90K with the help of equilibrium molecular dynamics and then the temperature of the bottom wall was increased to a higher temperature (250K/130K) over a finite heating period. Depending on the heating period, the boundary heating rate has been varied in the range of 1600×109 K/s to 8×109 K/s. The variations of argon region temperature, pressure, net evaporation number with respect to time under different boundary heating rates have been determined and discussed. The heat fluxes normal to platinum wall for different cases were also calculated and compared with theoretical upper limit of maximum possible heat transfer to elucidate the effect of boundary heating rate.

  18. Thermally driven smoothening of molecular thin films: Structural transitions in n-alkane layers studied in real-time

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    Pithan, Linus; Meister, Eduard; Jin, Chenyu; Weber, Christopher; Zykov, Anton; Sauer, Katrein; Brütting, Wolfgang; Riegler, Hans; Opitz, Andreas; Kowarik, Stefan

    2015-10-01

    We use thermal annealing to improve smoothness and to increase the lateral size of crystalline islands of n-tetratetracontane (TTC, C44H90) films. With in situ x-ray diffraction, we find an optimum temperature range leading to improved texture and crystallinity while avoiding an irreversible phase transition that reduces crystallinity again. We employ real-time optical phase contrast microscopy with sub-nm height resolution to track the diffusion of TTC across monomolecular step edges which causes the unusual smoothing of a molecular thin film during annealing. We show that the lateral island sizes increase by more than one order of magnitude from 0.5 μm to 10 μm. This desirable behavior of 2d-Ostwald ripening and smoothing is in contrast to many other organic molecular films where annealing leads to dewetting, roughening, and a pronounced 3d morphology. We rationalize the smoothing behavior with the highly anisotropic attachment energies and low surface energies for TTC. The results are technically relevant for the use of TTC as passivation layer and as gate dielectric in organic field effect transistors.

  19. Thermally driven smoothening of molecular thin films: Structural transitions in n-alkane layers studied in real-time.

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    Pithan, Linus; Meister, Eduard; Jin, Chenyu; Weber, Christopher; Zykov, Anton; Sauer, Katrein; Brütting, Wolfgang; Riegler, Hans; Opitz, Andreas; Kowarik, Stefan

    2015-10-28

    We use thermal annealing to improve smoothness and to increase the lateral size of crystalline islands of n-tetratetracontane (TTC, C44H90) films. With in situ x-ray diffraction, we find an optimum temperature range leading to improved texture and crystallinity while avoiding an irreversible phase transition that reduces crystallinity again. We employ real-time optical phase contrast microscopy with sub-nm height resolution to track the diffusion of TTC across monomolecular step edges which causes the unusual smoothing of a molecular thin film during annealing. We show that the lateral island sizes increase by more than one order of magnitude from 0.5 μm to 10 μm. This desirable behavior of 2d-Ostwald ripening and smoothing is in contrast to many other organic molecular films where annealing leads to dewetting, roughening, and a pronounced 3d morphology. We rationalize the smoothing behavior with the highly anisotropic attachment energies and low surface energies for TTC. The results are technically relevant for the use of TTC as passivation layer and as gate dielectric in organic field effect transistors. PMID:26520543

  20. Thermally driven smoothening of molecular thin films: Structural transitions in n-alkane layers studied in real-time

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    Pithan, Linus; Weber, Christopher; Zykov, Anton; Sauer, Katrein; Opitz, Andreas; Kowarik, Stefan; Meister, Eduard; Brütting, Wolfgang; Jin, Chenyu; Riegler, Hans

    2015-10-28

    We use thermal annealing to improve smoothness and to increase the lateral size of crystalline islands of n-tetratetracontane (TTC, C{sub 44}H{sub 90}) films. With in situ x-ray diffraction, we find an optimum temperature range leading to improved texture and crystallinity while avoiding an irreversible phase transition that reduces crystallinity again. We employ real-time optical phase contrast microscopy with sub-nm height resolution to track the diffusion of TTC across monomolecular step edges which causes the unusual smoothing of a molecular thin film during annealing. We show that the lateral island sizes increase by more than one order of magnitude from 0.5 μm to 10 μm. This desirable behavior of 2d-Ostwald ripening and smoothing is in contrast to many other organic molecular films where annealing leads to dewetting, roughening, and a pronounced 3d morphology. We rationalize the smoothing behavior with the highly anisotropic attachment energies and low surface energies for TTC. The results are technically relevant for the use of TTC as passivation layer and as gate dielectric in organic field effect transistors.

  1. Development of molecular precursors for deposition of indium sulphide thin film electrodes for photoelectrochemical applications.

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    Ehsan, Muhammad Ali; Peiris, T A Nirmal; Wijayantha, K G Upul; Olmstead, Marilyn M; Arifin, Zainudin; Mazhar, Muhammad; Lo, K M; McKee, Vickie

    2013-08-14

    Symmetrical and unsymmetrical dithiocarbamato pyridine solvated and non-solvated complexes of indium(III) with the general formula [In(S2CNRR')3]·n(py) [where py = pyridine; R,R' = Cy, n = 2 (1); R,R' = (i)Pr, n = 1.5 (2); NRR' = Pip, n = 0.5 (3) and R = Bz, R' = Me, n = 0 (4)] have been synthesized. The compositions, structures and properties of these complexes have been studied by means of microanalysis, IR and (1)H-NMR spectroscopy, X-ray single crystal and thermogravimetric (TG/DTG) analyses. The applicability of these complexes as single source precursors (SSPs) for the deposition of β-In2S3 thin films on fluorine-doped SnO2 (FTO) coated conducting glass substrates by aerosol-assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) at temperatures of 300, 350 and 400 °C is studied. All films have been characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) for the detection of phase and stoichiometry of the deposit. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies reveal that precursors (1)-(4), irrespective of different metal ligand design, generate comparable morphologies of β-In2S3 thin films at different temperatures. Direct band gap energies of 2.2 eV have been estimated from the UV-vis spectroscopy for the β-In2S3 films fabricated from precursors (1) and (4). The photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of β-In2S3 were confirmed by recording the current-voltage plots under light and dark conditions. The plots showed anodic photocurrent densities of 1.25 and 0.65 mA cm(-2) at 0.23 V vs. Ag/AgCl for the β-In2S3 films made at 400 and 350 °C from the precursors (1) and (4), respectively. The photoelectrochemical performance indicates that the newly synthesised precursors are highly useful in fabricating β-In2S3 electrodes for solar energy harvesting and optoelectronic application. PMID:23787951

  2. Coherent control of the optical nonlinear and luminescence anisotropies in molecular thin films by multiphoton excitations.

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    Bidault, Sébastien; Brasselet, Sophie; Zyss, Joseph

    2004-06-01

    Photoinduced orientational distributions are implemented with one- and two-photon absorption interference in polymer films containing chromophores that exhibit luminescent and nonlinear properties. The odd- and even-order parameters of the final distribution are probed by simultaneous measurement of second-harmonic generation (SHG) and two-photon fluorescence (TPF). We show the possibility of engineering local SHG and TPF anisotropies by controlling the polarization states and intensities of the writing optical fields. Complex multipolar orders are modeled with an irreducible spherical tensor-based formalism jointly applied to the molecular polarizabilities and field tensors. PMID:15214309

  3. o-Carborane functionalized pentacenes: synthesis, molecular packing and ambipolar organic thin-film transistors.

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    Guo, Jixi; Liu, Danqing; Zhang, Jiahui; Zhang, Jiji; Miao, Qian; Xie, Zuowei

    2015-08-01

    New 6,13-bis[1'-(C≡C)-2'-R-1',2'-C2B10H10]pentacenes (R = H, Me, Et, n-Bu) are synthesized and fully characterized. The results show that the alkyl substituents on the second cage carbon have a significant impact on the molecular packing, and the incorporation of the o-carboranyl moiety into a π conjugated system can lower both LUMO and HOMO energy levels, converting a typical p-type semiconductor into an ambipolar one. PMID:26121634

  4. Dynamic interfaces in an organic thin film

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    Tao, Chenggang; Liu, Qiang; Riddick, Blake C.; Cullen, William G.; Reutt-Robey, Janice; Weeks, John D.; Williams, Ellen D.

    2008-01-01

    Low-dimensional boundaries between phases and domains in organic thin films are important in charge transport and recombination. Here, fluctuations of interfacial boundaries in an organic thin film, acridine-9-carboxylic acid on Ag(111), have been visualized in real time and measured quantitatively using scanning tunneling microscopy. The boundaries fluctuate via molecular exchange with exchange time constants of 10–30 ms at room temperature, with length-mode fluctuations that should yield characteristic f−1/2 signatures for frequencies less than ≈100 Hz. Although acridine-9-carboxylic acid has highly anisotropic intermolecular interactions, it forms islands that are compact in shape with crystallographically distinct boundaries that have essentially identical thermodynamic and kinetic properties. The physical basis of the modified symmetry is shown to arise from significantly different substrate interactions induced by alternating orientations of successive molecules in the condensed phase. Incorporating this additional set of interactions in a lattice–gas model leads to effective multicomponent behavior, as in the Blume–Emery–Griffiths model, and can straightforwardly reproduce the experimentally observed isotropic behavior. The general multicomponent description allows the domain shapes and boundary fluctuations to be tuned from isotropic to highly anisotropic in terms of the balance between intermolecular interactions and molecule–substrate interactions. PMID:18765797

  5. Realization of Cu-Doped p-Type ZnO Thin Films by Molecular Beam Epitaxy.

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    Suja, Mohammad; Bashar, Sunayna B; Morshed, Muhammad M; Liu, Jianlin

    2015-04-29

    Cu-doped p-type ZnO films are grown on c-sapphire substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Photoluminescence (PL) experiments reveal a shallow acceptor state at 0.15 eV above the valence band edge. Hall effect results indicate that a growth condition window is found for the formation of p-type ZnO thin films, and the best conductivity is achieved with a high hole concentration of 1.54 × 10(18) cm(-3), a low resistivity of 0.6 Ω cm, and a moderate mobility of 6.65 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at room temperature. Metal oxide semiconductor capacitor devices have been fabricated on the Cu-doped ZnO films, and the characteristics of capacitance-voltage measurements demonstrate that the Cu-doped ZnO thin films under proper growth conditions are p-type. Seebeck measurements on these Cu-doped ZnO samples lead to positive Seebeck coefficients and further confirm the p-type conductivity. Other measurements such as X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron, Raman, and absorption spectroscopies are also performed to elucidate the structural and optical characteristics of the Cu-doped p-type ZnO films. The p-type conductivity is explained to originate from Cu substitution of Zn with a valency of +1 state. However, all p-type samples are converted to n-type over time, which is mostly due to the carrier compensation from extrinsic defects of ZnO. PMID:25835032

  6. On the dynamic and static manifestation of molecular absorption in thin films probed by a microcantilever

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    Finot, Eric; Fabre, Arnaud; Passian, Ali; Thundat, Thomas

    2014-03-01

    Mechanical resonators shaped like microcantilevers have been demonstrated as a platform for very sensitive detection of chemical and biological analytes. However, its use as an analytical tool will require fundamental understanding of the molecular absorption-induced effects in the static and dynamic sensor response. The effect of absorption-induced surface stress on the microcantilever response is here investigated using palladium hydride formation. It is shown that the resonance and deformation states of the cantilever monitored simultaneously exhibit excellent correlation with the phase of the hydride formation. However, the associated frequency shifts and quasistatic bending are observed to be independent during solid solution phase. Importantly, absorption-induced changes in the elastic parameters of the palladium film are found to play a dominant role in the static and dynamic response. The presented results help in discerning the parameters that control the cantilever response as well as the relationships between these parameters.

  7. Synthesis of atomically thin hexagonal boron nitride films on nickel foils by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Nakhaie, S.; Wofford, J. M.; Schumann, T.; Jahn, U.; Ramsteiner, M.; Hanke, M.; Lopes, J. M. J. Riechert, H.

    2015-05-25

    Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is a layered two-dimensional material with properties that make it promising as a dielectric in various applications. We report the growth of h-BN films on Ni foils from elemental B and N using molecular beam epitaxy. The presence of crystalline h-BN over the entire substrate is confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. Atomic force microscopy is used to examine the morphology and continuity of the synthesized films. A scanning electron microscopy study of films obtained using shorter depositions offers insight into the nucleation and growth behavior of h-BN on the Ni substrate. The morphology of h-BN was found to evolve from dendritic, star-shaped islands to larger, smooth triangular ones with increasing growth temperature.

  8. Electrical and mechanical properties of molecularly functionalized mesoporous silica thin films

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    Singh, Amit Pratap

    Mesoporous silica (MPS) thin films are attractive for achieving low relative dielectric permittivity (low-kappa) interlayer isolation in integrated circuit wiring, but are susceptible to instabilities in electrical behavior due to water uptake and copper diffusion. This work investigates the electrical, chemical, and thermal instabilities, Cu diffusion, and adhesion of these materials for evaluating and enabling their use for applications as interlayer insulators in nanodevice wiring. Upon annealing Al/MPS/Si(001)/Al capacitors between 80 to 200°C, the flat-band voltage first increases, reaches a maximum, and then decreases. Concurrently, the initially observed deep depletion behavior is replaced by strong inversion. Subsequent air-exposure restores the preanneal C-V characteristics. Kinetics analyses reveal two thermally activated processes: proton generation through fissure of silanol bonds (activation energy Ea1 = 0.42 +/- 0.04 eV) and proton-induced depassivation of dangling bond traps (Ea2 = 0.54 +/- 0.05 eV) at the MPS/Si interface. We present an empirical model correlating these processes with the C-V characteristics. Further, we show that capping MPS films with a trimethyl-terminated organosilane irreversibly suppresses moisture-induced capacitance instabilities, and decreases the relative dielectric permittivity and Cu-induced leakage currents. Analysis of capacitance-voltage and current-voltage characteristics along with infrared spectroscopy shows that the trimethyl organosilanes inhibit hydrogen bonding of water molecules by rendering the dielectric surfaces hydrophobic. Fracture behavior and mechanical properties of pristine (i.e., un-functionalized MPS) and silylated mesoporous silica (SMPS) films were studied by four-point bend tests and nanoindentation measurements. Four-point bend measurements on Si/epoxy/Ti/Cu/MPS/Si stacks show that structures with un-silylated MPS films fracture at ˜3 J/m2, while those with SMPS films show a ˜50% lower

  9. Molecular dynamics simulation of mechanical deformation of ultra-thin metal and ceramic films

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    Belak, J.; Glosli, J.N.; Boercker, D.B.; Stowers, I.F.

    1995-04-01

    We present an overview of the molecular dynamics computer simulation method as employed in the study of the mechanical properties of surfaces at the manometer scale. The embedded atom method is used to model a clean metal surface and the bond-order model is used to model ceramic surfaces. The computer experiment consists of the indentation and scraping of a hard diamond-like tool into and across the surface. Results are presented for the (111) surface of copper and silver and for the (100) surface of silicon. We explicitly demonstrate in our point indentation simulations that nanoscale plasticity in metals takes place by nondislocation mechanisms, a result suggested by recent nanoindentation experiments. We also observe the surface to accommodate nearly the entire volume of the tip and the annealing out of plastic work as the tip is removed. In our orthogonal cutting simulation, we observe an interesting phenomenon: the system dynamically reorients the gain in front of the tool tip to minimize the work performed on the shear plane (i.e. the shear plane becomes an easy slip plane). Silicon transforms into an amorphous state which then flows plastically.

  10. Structure Property Relationships of Carboxylic Acid Isosteres

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    2016-01-01

    The replacement of a carboxylic acid with a surrogate structure, or (bio)-isostere, is a classical strategy in medicinal chemistry. The general underlying principle is that by maintaining the features of the carboxylic acid critical for biological activity, but appropriately modifying the physicochemical properties, improved analogs may result. In this context, a systematic assessment of the physicochemical properties of carboxylic acid isosteres would be desirable to enable more informed decisions of potential replacements to be used for analog design. Herein we report the structure–property relationships (SPR) of 35 phenylpropionic acid derivatives, in which the carboxylic acid moiety is replaced with a series of known isosteres. The data set generated provides an assessment of the relative impact on the physicochemical properties that these replacements may have compared to the carboxylic acid analog. As such, this study presents a framework for how to rationally apply isosteric replacements of the carboxylic acid functional group. PMID:26967507

  11. Molecular-dynamics simulations of thin polyisoprene films confined between amorphous silica substrates

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    Guseva, D. V.; Komarov, P. V.; Lyulin, Alexey V.

    2014-03-21

    Constant temperature–constant pressure (NpT) molecular-dynamics computer simulations have been carried out for the united-atom model of a non-crosslinked (1,4) cis-polyisoprene (PI) melt confined between two amorphous, fully coordinated silica surfaces. The Lennard-Jones 12-6 potential was implemented to describe the polymer–silica interactions. The thickness H of the produced PI–silica film has been varied in a wide range, 1 < H/R{sub g} < 8, where R{sub g} is the individual PI chain radius of gyration measured under the imposed confinement. After a thorough equilibration, the PI film stratified structure and polymer segmental dynamics have been studied. The chain structure in the middle of the films resembles that in a corresponding bulk, but the polymer-density profile shows a pronounced ordering of the polymer segments in the vicinity of silica surfaces; this ordering disappears toward the film middles. Tremendous slowing down of the polymer segmental dynamics has been observed in the film surface layers, with the segmental relaxation more than 150 times slower as compared to that in a PI bulk. This effect increases with decreasing the polymer-film thickness. The segmental relaxation in the PI film middles shows additional relaxation process which is absent in a PI bulk. Even though there are fast relaxation processes in the film middle, its overall relaxation is slower as compared to that in a bulk sample. The interpretation of the results in terms of polymer glassy bridges has been discussed.

  12. Subdiffraction-Resolution Optical Measurements of Molecular Transport in Thin Polymer Films.

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    Pahal, Suman; Raichur, Ashok M; Varma, Manoj M

    2016-06-01

    The measurement of molecular transport within polymer films yields information about the internal structural organization of the films and is useful in applications such as the design of polymeric capsules for drug delivery. Layer-by-layer assembly of polyelectrolyte multilayer films has been widely used in such applications where the multilayer structure often exhibits anisotropic transport resulting in different diffusivities in the lateral (parallel to the film) and transverse (normal to the film) directions. Although lateral transport can be probed using techniques such as fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), it cannot be applied to probing transverse diffusivity in polymer films smaller than the diffraction limit of light. Here we present a technique to probe the transport of molecules tagged with fluorphores in polymer films thinner than the optical diffraction limit using the modulation of fluorescence emission depending on the distance of the tagged molecules from a metal surface. We have used this technique to probe the diffusion of proteins biotin and bovine serum albumin (BSA) in polyelectrolyte multilayer films. We also studied the interdiffusion of chains in multilayer films using this technique. We observed a 3 order of magnitude increase in interdiffusion as a function of the ionic strength of the medium. This technique, along with FRAP, will be useful in studying anisotropic transport in polymer films, even those thinner than the diffraction limit, because the signal in this technique arises only from transverse and not lateral transport. Finally, this technique is also applicable to studying the diffusion of chromophore-labeled species within a polymer film. We demonstrate this aspect by measuring the transverse diffusion of methylene blue in the PAH-PAA multilayer system. PMID:27175850

  13. Molecular bottle brushes in thin films: An off-lattice Monte Carlo study

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    Saariaho, Mika; Ikkala, Olli; ten Brinke, Gerrit

    1999-01-01

    The effect of intramolecular excluded volume interactions on the conformations of isolated comb-shaped copolymers—"molecular bottle brushes"—in athermal solvents confined between two hard impenetrable parallel plates is studied by off-lattice Monte Carlo simulations. Equilibrium conformational properties of molecules consisting of a freely jointed backbone of 100 hard spheres (beads), where 50 equally flexible side chains of lengths M up to 30 beads are connected, are determined as a function of the width of the slit, including the pure two-dimensional (2D) case. Besides general properties such as the size and the shape of the chains and the orientation of the chains with respect to the confining plates, the persistence length of the bottle-brush backbone λ is considered in particular. It is demonstrated that due to the side chains, the backbone is, in fact, effectively confined between two soft plates, i.e., the side chains act like softening springs between the backbone and plates. The most striking result is that, unlike the three-dimensional (3D) situation, in the 2D case the ratio between λ and the diameter D, λ/D, of the bottle brush starts to increase as a function of the side chain length for M⩾10. For 3D, an increase of λ/D (the essential parameter for lyotropic behavior) as a function of M is predicted by theory but has so far not been observed numerically for the regime studied (i.e., M⩽30). These results suggest that due to the weaker excluded volume effect in 3D, a possible upturn of λ/D may only be observed for longer side chains than studied so far.

  14. Molecular-dynamics simulations of thin polyisoprene films confined between amorphous silica substrates.

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    Guseva, D V; Komarov, P V; Lyulin, Alexey V

    2014-03-21

    Constant temperature-constant pressure (NpT) molecular-dynamics computer simulations have been carried out for the united-atom model of a non-crosslinked (1,4) cis-polyisoprene (PI) melt confined between two amorphous, fully coordinated silica surfaces. The Lennard-Jones 12-6 potential was implemented to describe the polymer-silica interactions. The thickness H of the produced PI-silica film has been varied in a wide range, 1 < H/R(g) < 8, where R(g) is the individual PI chain radius of gyration measured under the imposed confinement. After a thorough equilibration, the PI film stratified structure and polymer segmental dynamics have been studied. The chain structure in the middle of the films resembles that in a corresponding bulk, but the polymer-density profile shows a pronounced ordering of the polymer segments in the vicinity of silica surfaces; this ordering disappears toward the film middles. Tremendous slowing down of the polymer segmental dynamics has been observed in the film surface layers, with the segmental relaxation more than 150 times slower as compared to that in a PI bulk. This effect increases with decreasing the polymer-film thickness. The segmental relaxation in the PI film middles shows additional relaxation process which is absent in a PI bulk. Even though there are fast relaxation processes in the film middle, its overall relaxation is slower as compared to that in a bulk sample. The interpretation of the results in terms of polymer glassy bridges has been discussed. PMID:24655202

  15. Photoconductivity of ultra-thin Ge(GeSn) layers grown in Si by low-temperature molecular beam epitaxy

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    Talochkin, A. B.; Chistokhin, I. B.; Mashanov, V. I.

    2016-04-01

    Photoconductivity (PC) spectra of Si/Ge(GeSn)/Si structures with the ultra-thin (1.0-2.3 nm) Ge and GeSn alloy layers grown by the low-temperature (T = 100 °C) molecular beam epitaxy are studied. Photoresponse in the range of 1.2-0.4 eV related to light absorption in the buried Ge(GeSn) layer is observed. It is shown that in case of lateral PC, a simple diffusion model can be used to determine the absorption coefficient of this layer α ˜ 105 cm-1. This value is 100 times larger than that of a single Ge quantum dot layer and is reached significantly above the band gap of most bulk semiconductors. The observed absorption is caused by optical transitions between electron and hole states localized at the interfaces. The anomalous high value of α can be explained by the unusual state of Ge(GeSn) layer with high concentration of dangling bonds, the optical properties of which have been predicted theoretically by Knief and von Niessen (Phys. Rev. B 59, 12940 (1999)).

  16. Bone responses to zirconia implants with a thin carbonate-containing hydroxyapatite coating using a molecular precursor method.

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    Hirota, Masatsugu; Hayakawa, Tohru; Ohkubo, Chikahiro; Sato, Mitsunobu; Hara, Hiroki; Toyama, Takeshi; Tanaka, Yasuhiro

    2014-08-01

    Thin carbonate-containing hydroxyapatite (CA) films coating partially stabilized zirconia (Y-TZP) were prepared (CA-Y-TZP) to establish a metal-free implant system. CA was coated using a molecular precursor method. The CA film was deposited on the surface of Y-TZP using a precursor solution, which was a mixture of a calcium-ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) complex and phosphate compounds. The deposited CA film was characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy measurements. A focus ion beam system technique revealed that the thickness of the CA film was less than 1.0 µm. Biological evaluations of CA-Y-TZP were performed by immersion experiments in simulated body fluid (SBF) and implantation experiments in the tibiae and femoral condyles of rabbits. In the SBF immersion experiment, apatite deposition progressed more on CA-Y-TZP at the early stage of immersion than on Y-TZP without the CA coating. Animal experiments revealed that bone formation on CA-Y-TZP was similar with than on Y-TZP. Histomorphometrical evaluations showed a significantly higher bone-to-implant contact ratio and bone mass on CA-Y-TZP after implantation into the femoral trabecular bone of rabbits. Therefore, CA-Y-TZP appears to be applicable as a metal-free implant. PMID:24449291

  17. Engineering the Crystalline Morphology of Polymer Thin Films at a Molecular Level via Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation

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    Jeong, Hyuncheol; Arnold, Craig; Priestley, Rodney

    2015-03-01

    Controlling the crystalline morphology of polymeric thin films at a molecular level has been increasingly important due to their potential as the active layer in organic electronics. Typically, the crystalline morphology in films is achieved via thermal annealing or melt-crystallization of spin-cast polymers. This approach often leads to a spherulitic morphology where the crystalline lamellae grow in all directions. Here, we introduce an alternative approach to make crystalline polymer films via Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE). Using polyethylene oxide (PEO) as a model polymer, we show that the preferential orientation of polymer crystals can be controlled during the film growth. By laser-ablating a frozen dilute solution of the desired polymer, MAPLE provides a non-destructive means for the deposition of polymer films. Due to the liquid nature of as-deposited polymers confined in nanodroplets, this technique can exploit the substrate effect on the crystal nucleation and growth of nano-confined polymers during the film growth. Mimicking the epitaxial growth of metallic films, this novel polymer deposition technique may enable the engineering of film properties in a way not achievable in bulk.

  18. Molecular beam deposition of Dy sub 1 Ba sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus. delta. (001) high-temperature superconductor thin films

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    Bae, J.; Seshadri, P.; Choudhary, K.M. )

    1992-03-01

    Epitaxial Dy{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}(001) high-temperature superconductor thin films on LaAlO{sub 3} substrates have been prepared by coevaporation of Dy, BaF{sub 2}, and Cu and postannealing. The vapors in desired ratio were evaporated from effusion cells in a miniature molecular beam deposition system. The films show critical transition temperature ({ital T}{sub {ital c},0}) of 89.5{plus minus}0.5 K. During process development it was found that single phase Dy{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2{minus}x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y}(001) thin films can be grown ({ital x}=0 to 0.3). Their electrical properties were useful in calibration of quartz crystal thin film thickness monitor (FTM) for determination of relationships between the actual vapor arrival rate (flux) and FTM reading.

  19. Fine-Tunable Absorption of Uniformly Aligned Polyurea Thin Films for Optical Filters Using Sequentially Self-Limited Molecular Layer Deposition.

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    Park, Yi-Seul; Choi, Sung-Eun; Kim, Hyein; Lee, Jin Seok

    2016-05-11

    Development of methods enabling the preparation of uniformly aligned polymer thin films at the molecular level is a prerequisite for realizing their optoelectronic characteristics as innovative materials; however, these methods often involve a compromise between scalability and accuracy. In this study, we have grown uniformly aligned polyurea thin films on a SiO2 substrate using molecular layer deposition (MLD) based on sequential and self-limiting surface reactions. By integrating plane-polarized Fourier-transform infrared, Raman spectroscopic tools, and density functional theory calculations, we demonstrated the uniform alignment of polyurea MLD films. Furthermore, the selective-wavelength absorption characteristics of thickness-controlled MLD films were investigated by integrating optical measurements and finite-difference time-domain simulations of reflection spectra, resulting from their thickness-dependent fine resonance with photons, which could be used as color filters in optoelectronics. PMID:27092573

  20. Synthesis and modification of mesoporous silica and the preparation of molecular sieve thin films via pulsed laser deposition

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    Coutinho, Decio Heringer

    2001-07-01

    Hexagonal mesoporous DAM-1 (Dallas Amorphous Material-1) was prepared using Vitamin E TPGS as the structure-directing agent. Depending upon the temperature and gel composition, highly ordered and hydrothermally stable DAM-1 with various morphologies could be achieved including spheres, gyroids, discoid, hexagonal plates and rods. This synthesis was modified to prepare hybrid organic-inorganic amine and thiol bifunctionalized DAM-1 by direct co-condensation under acidic conditions. Patterned DAM-1 thin films were prepared on patterned transparencies utilizing pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and line patterning techniques. DAM-1 laser ablation onto the patterned substrate followed by hydrothermal treatment resulted in a densely packed film. Removal of the patterned lines by sonication revealed patterned DAM-1 films. Thin films of zeolite type X were also prepared using the PLD technique. Laser ablation of zeolite X onto TiN-coated silicon wafers followed by a hydrothermal treatment resulted in partially oriented, crystalline membranes. Hydrothermal treatment of PLD films on stainless steel mesh produced a coated wire mesh with a 3-mum thick zeolite X film. A novel strategy for imprinting mesoporous SBA-15 that combines a triblock copolymer template and a chiral ruthenium complex is reported. A chiral PEO helix was formed by the chiral ruthenium complex interaction with the block copolymer during the synthesis of SBA-15. Upon removal of the chiral ruthenium complex, a stereospecfic cavity was created. Preliminary results indicated stereoselective absorption of Delta or Λ-Ru(phen)3 2+ isomer from a racemic mixture could be achieved depending on the chirality of the PEO chain. Practicum Two. The industrial practicum report describes the process development unit (PDU) 3-pentenenitrile (3PN) refining operation. This distillation works was operated to refine crude 3PN product, which contained 3PN, 2-methyl-3-butenenitrile (2M3BN), and other byproducts. This report also

  1. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy of strontium lanthanum copper oxide thin films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Harter, John Wallace

    Among the multitude of known cuprate material families and associated structures, the archetype is "infinite-layer" ACuO2, where perfectly square and flat CuO2 planes are separated by layers of alkaline earth atoms. The infinite-layer structure is free of magnetic rare earth ions, oxygen chains, orthorhombic distortions, incommensurate superstructures, ordered vacancies, and other complications that abound among the other material families. Furthermore, it is the only cuprate that can be made superconducting by both electron and hole doping, making it a potential platform for decoding the complex many-body interactions responsible for high-temperature superconductivity. Research on the infinite-layer compound has been severely hindered by the inability to synthesize bulk single crystals, but recent progress has led to high-quality superconducting thin film samples. Here we report in situ angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements of epitaxially-stabilized Sr1-chiLa chiCuO2 thin films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy. At low doping, the material exhibits a dispersive lower Hubbard band typical of other cuprate parent compounds. As carriers are added to the system, a continuous evolution from Mott insulator to superconducting metal is observed as a coherent low-energy band develops on top of a concomitant remnant lower Hubbard band, gradually filling in the Mott gap. For chi = 0.10, our results reveal a strong coupling between electrons and (pi,pi) anti-ferromagnetism, inducing a Fermi surface reconstruction that pushes the nodal states below the Fermi level and realizing nodeless superconductivity. Electron diffraction measurements indicate the presence of a surface reconstruction that is consistent with the polar nature of Sr1-chiLachiCuO2. Most knowledge about the electron-doped side of the cuprate phase diagram has been deduced by generalizing from a single material family, Re2-chi CechiCuO4, where robust antiferromagnetism has been observed past chi

  2. Giant regular polyhedra from calixarene carboxylates and uranyl

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    Pasquale, Sara; Sattin, Sara; Escudero-Adán, Eduardo C.; Martínez-Belmonte, Marta; de Mendoza, Javier

    2012-01-01

    Self-assembly of large multi-component systems is a common strategy for the bottom-up construction of discrete, well-defined, nanoscopic-sized cages. Icosahedral or pseudospherical viral capsids, built up from hundreds of identical proteins, constitute typical examples of the complexity attained by biological self-assembly. Chemical versions of the so-called 5 Platonic regular or 13 Archimedean semi-regular polyhedra are usually assembled combining molecular platforms with metals with commensurate coordination spheres. Here we report novel, self-assembled cages, using the conical-shaped carboxylic acid derivatives of calix[4]arene and calix[5]arene as ligands, and the uranyl cation UO22+ as a metallic counterpart, which coordinates with three carboxylates at the equatorial plane, giving rise to hexagonal bipyramidal architectures. As a result, octahedral and icosahedral anionic metallocages of nanoscopic dimensions are formed with an unusually small number of components. PMID:22510690

  3. Characterization and diagenesis of strong-acid carboxyl groups in humic substances

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    Leenheer, J.A.; Wershaw, R. L.; Brown, G.K.; Reddy, M.M.

    2003-01-01

    A small fraction of carboxylic acid functional groups in humic substances are exceptionally acidic with pKa values as low as 0.5. A review of acid-group theory eliminated most models and explanations for these exceptionally acidic carboxyl groups. These acidic carboxyl groups in Suwannee River fulvic acid were enriched by a 2-stage fractionation process and the fractions were characterized by elemental, molecular-weight, and titrimetric analyses, and by infrared and 13C- and 1H-nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry. An average structural model of the most acidic fraction derived from the characterization data indicated a high density of carboxyl groups clustered on oxygen-heterocycle alicyclic rings. Intramolecular H-bonding between adjacent carboxyl groups in these ring structures enhanced stabilization of the carboxylate anion which results in low pKa1 values. The standard, tetrahydrofuran tetracarboxylic acid, was shown to have similar acidity characteristics to the highly acidic fulvic acid fraction. The end products of 3 known diagenetic pathways for the formation of humic substances were shown to result in carboxyl groups clustered on oxygen-heterocycle alicyclic rings.

  4. Growth of 3C-SiC( 1 0 0 ) thin films on Si( 1 0 0 ) by the molecular ion beam deposition

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    Matsumoto, Takashi; Kiuchi, Masato; Sugimoto, Satoshi; Goto, Seiichi

    2001-11-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) thin films were produced on Si(1 0 0) at low growth temperatures of 750-1000°C, using the molecular ion beam deposition (IBD) technique with a precursor of organosilicon ions. The ions extracted at 25 keV were mass selected, and decelerated to 100 eV. The precursor of methylsilicenium ions (SiCH 3+), which has a Si-C bond in the molecular structure, was generated from dimethylsilane (SiH 2(CH 3) 2). The energy distribution of SiCH 3+ ions was measured by a PPM421 plasma process monitor. It was confirmed that the energy distributions were 100±1 eV. The chemical bondings and surface structures of SiC thin films were analyzed by Raman spectroscopy and reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED). In the Raman spectrum, a peak at 796 cm -1 was assigned to transverse optic phonon scattering in 3C-SiC. As a result of the analysis of RHEED patterns, 3C-SiC(1 0 0) were formed on Si(1 0 0) substrates. Using the molecular IBD technique with the precursor of methylsilicenium ions, the formation of SiC thin films is available on Si(1 0 0) at low temperature (750°C).

  5. Boron Carboxylate Catalysis of Homoallylboration

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    2015-01-01

    Boron tris(trifluoroacetate) is identified as the first effective catalyst for the homoallyl- and homocrotylboration of aldehydes by cyclopropylcarbinylboronates. NMR spectroscopic studies and theoretical calculations of key intermediates and transition states both suggest that a ligand-exchange mechanism, akin to our previously reported PhBCl2-promoted homoallylations, is operative. Our experimental and theoretical results also suggest that the catalytic activity of boron tris(trifluoroacetate) might originate from more facile catalytic turnover of the trifluoroacetate ligands (in agreement with DFT calculations) or from a lower propensity for formation of off-pathway reservoir intermediates (as observed by 1H NMR). This work shows that carboxylates are viable catalytic ligands for homoallyl- and homocrotylations of carbonyl compounds and opens the door to the development of catalytic asymmetric versions of this transformation. PMID:24754566

  6. Recovery of carboxylic acids produced by fermentation.

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    López-Garzón, Camilo S; Straathof, Adrie J J

    2014-01-01

    Carboxylic acids such as citric, lactic, succinic and itaconic acids are useful products and are obtained on large scale by fermentation. This review describes the options for recovering these and other fermentative carboxylic acids. After cell removal, often a primary recovery step is performed, using liquid-liquid extraction, adsorption, precipitation or conventional electrodialysis. If the carboxylate is formed rather than the carboxylic acid, the recovery process involves a step for removing the cation of the formed carboxylate. Then, bipolar electrodialysis and thermal methods for salt splitting can prevent that waste inorganic salts are co-produced. Final carboxylic acid purification requires either distillation or crystallization, usually involving evaporation of water. Process steps can often be combined synergistically. In-situ removal of carboxylic acid by extraction during fermentation is the most popular approach. Recovery of the extractant can easily lead to waste inorganic salt formation, which counteracts the advantage of the in-situ removal. For industrial production, various recovery principles and configurations are used, because the fermentation conditions and physical properties of specific carboxylic acids differ. PMID:24751382

  7. Crystal structure of ethyl 2-(3,5-di-fluoro-phen-yl)quinoline-4-carboxyl-ate.

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    Sunitha, V M; Naveen, S; Manjunath, H R; Benaka Prasad, S B; Manivannan, V; Lokanath, N K

    2015-05-01

    In the title compound, C18H13F2NO2, the two rings of the quinoline system are fused almost coaxially, with a dihedral angle between their planes of 2.28 (8)°. The plane of the attached benzene ring is inclined to the plane of the quinoline system by 7.65 (7)°. The carboxyl-ate group attached to the quinoline system is in an anti-periplanar conformation. There is a short intra-molecular C-H⋯O contact involving the carbonyl group. In the crystal, mol-ecules are linked via C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming chains lying in the (1-10) plane. PMID:25995938

  8. Molecular structure, spectral studies, intra and intermolecular interactions analyses in a novel ethyl 4-[3-(2-chloro-phenyl)-acryloyl]-3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrrole-2-carboxylate and its dimer: A combined DFT and AIM approach

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    Singh, R. N.; Baboo, Vikas; Rawat, Poonam; Kumar, Amit; Verma, Divya

    A newly synthesized chalcone, Ethyl 4-[3-(2-chloro-phenyl)-acryloyl]-3,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrrole-2-carboxylate (ECPADMPC) has been characterized by 1H NMR, 13C NMR, UV-Vis, FT-IR, Mass spectroscopy and elemental analysis. Quantum chemical calculations have been performed by DFT level of theory using B3LYP functional and 6-31G(d,p) as basis set. The time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) is used to find the various electronic transitions within molecule. A combined theoretical and experimental wavenumber analysis confirms the existence of dimer. Topological parameters-electron density (ρBCP), Laplacian of electron density (▿2ρBCP), energetic parameters-kinetic electron energy density (GBCP), potential electron density (VBCP) and the total electron energy density (HBCP) at the bond critical points (BCP) have been analyzed by 'Atoms in molecules' AIM theory in detail. The intermolecular hydrogen bond energy of dimer is calculated as -12.3 kcal/mol using AIM calculations. AIM ellipticity analysis is carried out to confirm the presence of resonance assisted intermolecular hydrogen bonds in stabilization of dimer. The analysis clearly depicts the presence of different kind of interactions in dimer. This dimer may work as model system to understand the H-bonding interaction in biomolecules. The local reactivity descriptor analysis is performed to find the reactive sites within molecule.

  9. Studies on molecular weaker interactions, spectroscopic analysis and chemical reactivity of synthesized ethyl 3,5-dimethyl-4-[3-(2-nitro-phenyl)-acryloyl]-1H-pyrrole-2-carboxylate through experimental and quantum chemical approaches

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    Singh, R. N.; Baboo, Vikas; Rawat, Poonam; Gupta, V. P.

    2013-04-01

    Ethyl 3,5-dimethyl-4-[3-(2-nitro-phenyl)-acryloyl]-1H-pyrrole-2-carboxylate (EDNPAPC) has been synthesized and characterized by 1H NMR, UV-Vis, FT-IR and Mass spectroscopy. Geometrical, spectral, thermodynamic properties have been calculated and evaluated using DFT level of theory, B3LYP functional and 6-31G(d,p) basis set. The observed absorption peaks at 364, 308 and 256 nm are corresponds to the calculated electronic transitions at 352, 286 nm and 252 nm respectively. The experimental data shows red shift in comparison to the calculated. The detailed vibrational analysis has been carried out with the aid of potential energy distribution (PED) and the experimental FTIR peaks confirm red shifts in Nsbnd H and Cdbnd O stretching bond as result of dimer formation. The multiple interactions present in the molecule have been evaluated with the help of QTAIM theory. The ellipticity values confirm the presence of resonance assisted hydrogen bonding in dimer formation. The binding energy of dimer formation through DFT and AIM calculations has been found to be 13.94 and 15.22 kcal/mol respectively. The binding energy of dimer after basis set superposition error (BSSE) found to be as 10.54 kcal/mol. Theoretical result from reactivity descriptors show that C6, C13 and C15 are more reactive sites for nucleophilic attack within molecule favoring the formation of heterocyclic compounds such as pyrazoline and oxazoline. The calculated β0 values for monomer and dimer are found to be as 1.8 × 10-30, 7.8 × 10-30 esu, respectively, indicating that this pyrrole chalcone is an attractive material for nonlinear optical (NLO) applications.

  10. Carboxylation and anaplerosis in neurons and glia.

    PubMed

    Hassel, B

    2000-01-01

    Anaplerosis, or de novo formation of intermediates of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle, compensates for losses of TCA cycle intermediates, especially alpha-ketoglutarate, from brain cells. Loss of alpha-ketoglutarate occurs through release of glutamate and GABA from neurons and through export of glutamine from glia, because these amino acids are alpha-ketoglutarate derivatives. Anaplerosis in the brain may involve four different carboxylating enzymes: malic enzyme, phosphoenopyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK), propionyl-CoA carboxylase, and pyruvate carboxylase. Anaplerotic carboxylation was for many years thought to occur only in glia through pyruvate carboxylase; therefore, loss of transmitter glutamate and GABA from neurons was thought to be compensated by uptake of glutamine from glia. Recently, however, anaplerotic pyruvate carboxylation was demonstrated in glutamatergic neurons, meaning that these neurons to some extent can maintain transmitter synthesis independently of glutamine. Malic enzyme, which may carboxylate pyruvate, was recently detected in neurons. The available data suggest that neuronal and glial pyruvate carboxylation could operate at as much as 30% and 40-60% of the TCA cycle rate, respectively. Cerebral carboxylation reactions are probably balanced by decarboxylation reactions,, because cerebral CO2 formation equals O2 consumption. The finding of pyruvate carboxylation in neurons entails a major revision of the concept of the glutamine cycle. PMID:11414279