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  1. Phosphorus-containing bisimide resins

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    Varma, I. K.; Fohlen, G. M.; Parker, J. A. (Inventor)

    1981-01-01

    The production of fire-resistant resins particularly useful for making laminates with inorganic fibers such as graphite fibers is discussed. The resins are by (1) condensation of an ethylenically unsaturated cyclic anhydride with a bis(diaminophenyl) phosphine oxide, and (2) by addition polymerization of the bisimide so obtained. Up to about 50%, on a molar basis, of benzophenonetetracarboxylic acid anhydride can be substituted for some of the cyclic anhydride to alter the properties of the products. Graphite cloth laminates made with these resins show 800 C char yields greater than 70% by weight in nitrogen. Limiting oxygen indexes of more than 100% are determined for these resins.

  2. New phosphorus-containing bisimide resins

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    Varma, I. K.; Fohlen, G. M.; Hsu, M.-T.; Parker, J. A.

    1984-01-01

    Phosphorus-based flame retardants have been effectively used in a wide variety of polymeric materials. Such additives, however, may either influence the decomposition reaction in polymers or lack durability due to a tendency to be leached out by solvents. Attention is given to the synthesis, characterization, thermal stability and degradation mechanisms of bisimide resins, and an evaluation is conducted of the flammability and mechanical properties of graphite cloth-reinforced laminates fabricated from one of the six phosphorus-containing bisimide resins considered.

  3. From toroidal to rod-like condensates of semiflexible polymers.

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    Hoang, Trinh Xuan; Giacometti, Achille; Podgornik, Rudolf; Nguyen, Nhung T T; Banavar, Jayanth R; Maritan, Amos

    2014-02-14

    The competition between toroidal and rod-like conformations as possible ground states for DNA condensation is studied as a function of the stiffness, the length of the DNA, and the form of the long-range interactions between neighboring molecules, using analytical theory supported by Monte Carlo simulations. Both conformations considered are characterized by a local nematic order with hexagonal packing symmetry of neighboring DNA molecules, but differ in global configuration of the chain and the distribution of its curvature as it wraps around to form a condensate. The long-range interactions driving the DNA condensation are assumed to be of the form pertaining to the attractive depletion potential as well as the attractive counterion induced soft potential. In the stiffness-length plane we find a transition between rod-like to toroid condensate for increasing stiffness at a fixed chain length L. Strikingly, the transition line is found to have a L(1/3) dependence irrespective of the details of the long-range interactions between neighboring molecules. When realistic DNA parameters are used, our description reproduces rather well some of the experimental features observed in DNA condensates. PMID:24527935

  4. 2-Hydroxypropyltrimethylammonium xylan adsorption onto rod-like cellulose nanocrystal.

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    Sim, Jae Hyun; Dong, Shuping; Röemhild, Katrin; Kaya, Abdulaziz; Sohn, Daewon; Tanaka, Keiji; Roman, Maren; Heinze, Thomas; Esker, Alan R

    2015-02-15

    Chemical incompatibility and relatively weak interaction between lignocellulosic fibers and synthetic polymers have made studies of wood fiber-thermoplastic composite more challenging. In this study, adsorption of 2-hydroxypropyltrimethylammonium xylans onto rod-like cellulose nanocrystals are investigated by zeta-potential measurements, and polarized and depolarized dynamic light scattering as a factor for better understanding of lignocellulosic fibers and cellulose nanocrystals. Zeta-potential measurements show xylan derivative adsorption onto cellulose nanocrystals. Decay time distributions of the ternary system and binary system from dynamic light scattering show that aggregates exist in the binary system and they disappear in the ternary system. At low 2-hydroxypropyltrimethylammonium xylan concentrations relative to that of cellulose nanocrystal, xylan derivatives adsorbed onto some of the cellulose nanocrystal. Hence, more xylan derivatives adsorbed onto cellulose nanocrystal increased with increasing xylan derivative concentration. Also, the concentration dependence of the ratio of the rotational diffusion coefficient to the translational diffusion coefficient revealed a strong adsorptive interaction between xylan derivatives and the cellulose nanocrystals. PMID:25460697

  5. Electroless silver coating of rod-like glass particles.

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    Moon, Jee Hyun; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Choi, Hyung Wook; Lee, Sang Wha; Park, Sang Joon

    2008-09-01

    An electroless silver coating of rod-like glass particles was performed and silver glass composite powders were prepared to impart electrical conductivity to these non-conducting glass particles. The low density Ag-coated glass particles may be utilized for manufacturing conducting inorganic materials for electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding applications and the techniques for controlling the uniform thickness of silver coating can be employed in preparation of biosensor materials. For the surface pretreatment, Sn sensitization was performed and the coating powders were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focused ion beam microscopy (FIB), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) along with the surface resistant measurements. In particular, the use of FIB technique for determining directly the Ag-coating thickness was very effective on obtaining the optimum conditions for coating. The surface sensitization and initial silver loading for electroless silver coating could be found and the uniform and smooth silver-coated layer with thickness of 46 nm was prepared at 2 mol/l of Sn and 20% silver loading. PMID:18571859

  6. Orbital Processing of Eutectic Rod-Like Arrays

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    Larson, David J., Jr.

    1998-01-01

    The eutectic is one of only three solidification classes that exist. The others are isostructural and peritectic-class reactions, respectively. Simplistically, in a binaryeutectic phase diagram, a single liquid phase isothermally decomposes to two solid phases in a cooperative manner. The melting point minimum at the eutectic composition, isothermal solidification temperature, near-isocompositional solidification and refined solidification microstructure lend themselves naturally to such applications as brazing and soldering; industries that eutectic alloys dominate. Interest in direct process control of microstructures has led, more recently, to in-situ eutectic directional solidification with applications in electro-magnetics and electro-optics. In these cases, controlled structural refinement and the high aspect ratio and regularity of the distributed eutectic phases is highly significant to the fabrication and application of these in-situ natural composites. The natural pattern formation and scaling of the dispersed phase on a sub-micron scale has enormous potential application, since fabricating bulk materials on this scale mechanically has proven to be particularly difficult. It is thus of obvious importance to understand the solidification of eutectic materials since they are of great commercial significance. The dominant theory that describes eutectic solidification was derived for diffusion-controlled growth of alloys where both solid eutectic phases solidify metallically, i.e. without faceting at the solidification interface. Both high volume fraction (lamellar) and low volume fraction (rod-like) regular metallic arrays are treated by this theory. Many of the useful solders and brazements, however, and most of the regular in-situ composites are characterized by solidification reactions that are faceted/non-faceted in nature, rather than doubly non-faceted (metallic). Further, diffusion-controlled growth conditions are atypical terrestrially since

  7. Size Dependent Cellular Uptake of Rod-like Bionanoparticles with Different Aspect Ratios.

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    Liu, Xiangxiang; Wu, Fengchi; Tian, Ye; Wu, Man; Zhou, Quan; Jiang, Shidong; Niu, Zhongwei

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the cellular internalization mechanism of nanoparticles is essential to study their biological fate. Especially, due to the anisotropic properties, rod-like nanoparticles have attracted growing interest for the enhanced internalization efficiency with respect to spherical nanoparticles. Here, to elucidate the effect of aspect ratio of rod-like nanoparticles on cellular uptake, tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), a typical rod-like bionanoparticle, is developed as a model. Nanorods with different aspect ratios can be obtained by ultrasound treatment and sucrose density gradient centrifugation. By incubating with epithelial and endothelial cells, we found that the rod-like bionanoparticles with various aspect ratios had different internalization pathways in different cell lines: microtubules transport in HeLa and clathrin-mediated uptake in HUVEC for TMV4 and TMV8; caveolae-mediated pathway and microtubules transport in HeLa and HUVEC for TMV17. Differently from most nanoparticles, for all the three TMV nano-rods with different aspect ratios, macropinocytosis takes no effect on the internalization in both cell types. This work provides a fundamental understanding of the influence of aspect ratio on cellular uptake decoupled from charge and material composition. PMID:27080246

  8. Size Dependent Cellular Uptake of Rod-like Bionanoparticles with Different Aspect Ratios

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    Liu, Xiangxiang; Wu, Fengchi; Tian, Ye; Wu, Man; Zhou, Quan; Jiang, Shidong; Niu, Zhongwei

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the cellular internalization mechanism of nanoparticles is essential to study their biological fate. Especially, due to the anisotropic properties, rod-like nanoparticles have attracted growing interest for the enhanced internalization efficiency with respect to spherical nanoparticles. Here, to elucidate the effect of aspect ratio of rod-like nanoparticles on cellular uptake, tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), a typical rod-like bionanoparticle, is developed as a model. Nanorods with different aspect ratios can be obtained by ultrasound treatment and sucrose density gradient centrifugation. By incubating with epithelial and endothelial cells, we found that the rod-like bionanoparticles with various aspect ratios had different internalization pathways in different cell lines: microtubules transport in HeLa and clathrin-mediated uptake in HUVEC for TMV4 and TMV8; caveolae-mediated pathway and microtubules transport in HeLa and HUVEC for TMV17. Differently from most nanoparticles, for all the three TMV nano-rods with different aspect ratios, macropinocytosis takes no effect on the internalization in both cell types. This work provides a fundamental understanding of the influence of aspect ratio on cellular uptake decoupled from charge and material composition. PMID:27080246

  9. Theory and simulations of toroidal and rod-like structures in single-molecule DNA condensation.

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    Cortini, Ruggero; Caré, Bertrand R; Victor, Jean-Marc; Barbi, Maria

    2015-03-14

    DNA condensation by multivalent cations plays a crucial role in genome packaging in viruses and sperm heads, and has been extensively studied using single-molecule experimental methods. In those experiments, the values of the critical condensation forces have been used to estimate the amplitude of the attractive DNA-DNA interactions. Here, to describe these experiments, we developed an analytical model and a rigid body Langevin dynamics assay to investigate the behavior of a polymer with self-interactions, in the presence of a traction force applied at its extremities. We model self-interactions using a pairwise attractive potential, thereby treating the counterions implicitly. The analytical model allows to accurately predict the equilibrium structures of toroidal and rod-like condensed structures, and the dependence of the critical condensation force on the DNA length. We find that the critical condensation force depends strongly on the length of the DNA, and finite-size effects are important for molecules of length up to 10(5)μm. Our Langevin dynamics simulations show that the force-extension behavior of the rod-like structures is very different from the toroidal ones, so that their presence in experiments should be easily detectable. In double-stranded DNA condensation experiments, the signature of the presence of rod-like structures was not unambiguously detected, suggesting that the polyamines used to condense DNA may protect it from bending sharply as needed in the rod-like structures. PMID:25770562

  10. Theory and simulations of toroidal and rod-like structures in single-molecule DNA condensation

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    Cortini, Ruggero; Caré, Bertrand R.; Victor, Jean-Marc; Barbi, Maria

    2015-03-01

    DNA condensation by multivalent cations plays a crucial role in genome packaging in viruses and sperm heads, and has been extensively studied using single-molecule experimental methods. In those experiments, the values of the critical condensation forces have been used to estimate the amplitude of the attractive DNA-DNA interactions. Here, to describe these experiments, we developed an analytical model and a rigid body Langevin dynamics assay to investigate the behavior of a polymer with self-interactions, in the presence of a traction force applied at its extremities. We model self-interactions using a pairwise attractive potential, thereby treating the counterions implicitly. The analytical model allows to accurately predict the equilibrium structures of toroidal and rod-like condensed structures, and the dependence of the critical condensation force on the DNA length. We find that the critical condensation force depends strongly on the length of the DNA, and finite-size effects are important for molecules of length up to 105μm. Our Langevin dynamics simulations show that the force-extension behavior of the rod-like structures is very different from the toroidal ones, so that their presence in experiments should be easily detectable. In double-stranded DNA condensation experiments, the signature of the presence of rod-like structures was not unambiguously detected, suggesting that the polyamines used to condense DNA may protect it from bending sharply as needed in the rod-like structures.

  11. Effect of the ortho alkylation of perylene bisimides on the alignment and self-assembly properties.

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    Dasgupta, Debarshi; Kendhale, Amol M; Debije, Michael G; Ter Schiphorst, Jeroen; Shishmanova, Ivelina K; Portale, Giuseppe; Schenning, Albertus P H J

    2014-08-01

    The effect of the ortho alkylation of perylene bisimides on the alignment and self-assembly properties has been studied. It was found that the dichroic properties of perylene bisimides in a liquid crystal host can be reversed with a single synthetic step by ortho alkylation. Furthermore, a solvent-induced growth of ultralong organic n-type semiconducting fibrils from non-ortho-alkylated perylene bisimide was observed. Ortho substitution of the perylene bisimide core alters the mode of fibrillar growth, leading to isotropic crystallization. PMID:25478308

  12. Novel self-growth photocatalytic rod-like heterojunction for hydrogen production under visible light

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    Liu, Xiaobin; Que, Wenxiu; Xing, Yonglei; Yin, Xingtian; He, Yucheng; Javed, H. M. Asif

    2015-06-01

    Novel H3ONb3O8-CuNb3O8 (HN-CN) semiconductors with a configuration of rod-like heterojunction were formed through analogous self-growth process, including ion-exchange and crystal structure transition processes. A p-type CuNb3O8 nano-semiconductor was grown on a layer structured rod-like KNb3O8 crystal and the as-prepared HN-CN sample showed a broad absorption range (~800 nm). Especially, the HN-CN sample exhibited an improved photocatalytic activity for hydrogen production, and a model was proposed to explain the improvement in photocatalytic activity. Current study may provide a new way for the preparation of the p-n heterojunction with high performance under visible light.

  13. Preparation of hydroxyapatite rod-like crystals by protein precursor method

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    Han Yingchao; Li Shipu . E-mail: zlhyc@yahoo.com.cn; Wang Xinyu; Jia Li; He Jianhua

    2007-06-05

    Hydroxyapatite (HAP) rod-like crystals were successfully prepared by thermolysis of bovine serum albumin (BSA)/calcium-phosphate (CaP) colloidal precursors. The precursors were obtained by precipitation method from Ca(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub 2} and Ca(OH){sub 2}, in which BSA was added as regulation additive and ultrasound irradiation was utilized as assistant technology. The properties of the precursors, such as size distribution, morphology, thermodynamic changes, were determined by DLS, SPM and TGA-DTA. The characterization results from DLS, SPM, TG-DTA, XRD and SEM indicated that BSA interacted with CaP particles and formed about 7-130 nm BSA/CaP hybrid colloidal particles between 2 and 4 g/L of BSA concentration. With the increasing of sintering temperature, BSA disintegrated and burned out, and rod-like HAP crystals formed at about 600 deg. C. With the increasing of BSA concentration, the phase composition of products did not change and the HAP crystals became more uniform and smaller. The ratio of length to width ranged from 7.6 to 12 at 4 g/L BSA concentration. This method provides for a controllable bottom-up fabrication of HAP rod-like crystals.

  14. High performance mixed bisimide resins and composites based thereon

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    Parker, J. A.; ations.

    1986-01-01

    Mixtures of bismaleimide/biscitraconirnide resins produces materials which have better handling, processing or mechanical and thermal properties, particularly in graphite composites, than materials made with the individual resins. The mechanical strength of cured graphite composites prepared from a 1:1 copolymer of such bisimide resins is excellent at both ambient and elevated temperatures. The copolymer mixture provides improved composites which are lighter than metals and replace metals in many aerospace applications.

  15. Phase behaviour of liquid-crystal monolayers of rod-like and plate-like particles.

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    Martínez-Ratón, Yuri; Varga, Szabolcs; Velasco, Enrique

    2014-05-28

    Orientational and positional ordering properties of liquid crystal monolayers are examined by means of Fundamental-Measure Density Functional Theory. Particles forming the monolayer are modeled as hard parallelepipeds of square section of size σ and length L. Their shapes are controlled by the aspect ratio κ = L/σ (>1 for prolate and <1 for oblate shapes). The particle centers of mass are restricted to a flat surface and three possible and mutually perpendicular orientations (in-plane and along the layer normal) of their uniaxial axes are allowed. We find that the structure of the monolayer depends strongly on particle shape and density. In the case of rod-like shapes, particles align along the layer normal in order to achieve the lowest possible occupied area per particle. This phase is a uniaxial nematic even at very low densities. In contrast, for plate-like particles, the lowest occupied area can be achieved by random in-plane ordering in the monolayer, i.e., planar nematic ordering takes place even at vanishing densities. It is found that the random in-plane ordering is not favorable at higher densities and the system undergoes an in-plane ordering transition forming a biaxial nematic phase or crystallizes. For certain values of the aspect ratio, the uniaxial-biaxial nematic phase transition is observed for both rod-like and plate-like shapes. The stability region of the biaxial nematic phase enhances with decreasing aspect ratios for plate-like particles, while the rod-like particles exhibit a reentrant phenomenon, i.e., a sequence of uniaxial-biaxial-uniaxial nematic ordering with increasing density if the aspect ratio is larger than 21.34. In addition to this, packing fraction inversion is observed with increasing surface pressure due to the alignment along the layers normal. At very high densities the nematic phase destabilizes to a nonuniform phases (columnar, smectic, or crystalline phases) for both shapes. PMID:24880324

  16. Biotemplating rod-like viruses for the synthesis of copper nanorods and nanowires

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    2012-01-01

    Background In the past decade spherical and rod-like viruses have been used for the design and synthesis of new kind of nanomaterials with unique chemical positioning, shape, and dimensions in the nanosize regime. Wild type and genetic engineered viruses have served as excellent templates and scaffolds for the synthesis of hybrid materials with unique properties imparted by the incorporation of biological and organic moieties and inorganic nanoparticles. Although great advances have been accomplished, still there is a broad interest in developing reaction conditions suitable for biological templates while not limiting the material property of the product. Results We demonstrate the controlled synthesis of copper nanorods and nanowires by electroless deposition of Cu on three types of Pd-activated rod-like viruses. Our aqueous solution-based method is scalable and versatile for biotemplating, resulting in Cu-nanorods 24–46 nm in diameter as measured by transmission electron microscopy. Cu2+ was chemically reduced onto Pd activated tobacco mosaic virus, fd and M13 bacteriophages to produce a complete and uniform Cu coverage. The Cu coating was a combination of Cu0 and Cu2O as determined by X- ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. A capping agent, synthesized in house, was used to disperse Cu-nanorods in aqueous and organic solvents. Likewise, reactions were developed to produce Cu-nanowires by metallization of polyaniline-coated tobacco mosaic virus. Conclusions Synthesis conditions described in the current work are scalable and amenable for biological templates. The synthesized structures preserve the dimensions and shape of the rod-like viruses utilized during the study. The current work opens the possibility of generating a variety of nanorods and nanowires of different lengths ranging from 300 nm to micron sizes. Such biological-based materials may find ample use in nanoelectronics, sensing, and cancer therapy. PMID:22548773

  17. Rod-like cholesterol micelles in aqueous solution studied using polarized and depolarized dynamic light scattering.

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    Castanho, M A; Brown, W; Prieto, M J

    1992-01-01

    Micelles of cholesterol in aqueous solution have been investigated using polarized and depolarized dynamic light scattering. They are shown to be highly extended and characterized by a narrow size distribution. It is shown that a rod-like model is applicable with length, L = 580 nm. Determination of the rotational diffusion coefficient by analysis of the autocorrelation function gave a value of theta = 150 s-1, which is close to the calculated value for the rod with this dimension. Depolarized dynamic light scattering measurements as a function of angle gave a value of 110 s-1. PMID:1489905

  18. The evolution towards the rod-like axisymmetric structure for turbulent stress tensor

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    Li, Yi

    2015-08-01

    Modelling the turbulent stress tensor is a main task for both large eddy simulations and methods based on Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes equations. The turbulent stress is known as the subgrid-scale stress in the former and the Reynolds stress in the latter. In this paper, we examine the observation that the stress tensor tends to evolve towards a rod-like axisymmetric configuration. This observation has been well documented for the subgrid-scale stress. However, for the Reynolds stress, the available data are still too limited to draw a definite conclusion. In the first part of the paper, we show that the tendency is also universal for the Reynolds stress by direct numerical simulations of decaying anisotropic turbulence. To show the universality, it is crucial to examine the decaying process from initial turbulent fields with a wide range of levels of anisotropy. Such initial fields are generated by a novel synthetic turbulence model based on the so-called constrained multi-turnover Lagrangian map. In the second part, we use the direct numerical simulation data to study the dynamical mechanisms of the evolution towards the rod-like structures. Among others, the analyses show that the nonlinear self-interaction term is the driving force of the process, and that the pressure tends to enhance the disk-like axisymmetric structure but overall tends to reduce the anisotropy of the stress tensor. The results shed light on the subtle difference between the pressure and the nonlinear self-interaction terms.

  19. Rod-like nanocrystalline B-VO{sub 2}: Hydrothermal synthesis, characterization and electrochemical properties

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    Soltane, L.; Sediri, F.

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Rod-like nanocrystalline VO{sub 2}(B) was prepared by hydrothermal process. • Reaction time on the morphology has been investigated. • CV has revealed reversible redox behavior with charge–discharge cycling. • Average coulombic efficiency is upper 98%. • Energy-related applications such as cathodes in lithium batteries. - Abstract: Rod-like nanocrystalline VO{sub 2}(B) has been successfully synthesized via a simple hydrothermal process by using V{sub 2}O{sub 5} as vanadium source and 4-butylaniline H{sub 3}C–(CH{sub 2}){sub 3}–(C{sub 6}H{sub 4})–HH{sub 2} as reducing and structure directing agent. The compounds were analyzed through X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy and UV–visible spectroscopy. The VO{sub 2}(B) nanorods are up to several micrometers in length and about 80 nm in thickness with a large optical band gap of ∼2.709 eV. Thin films of VO{sub 2}(B) nanorods deposited on ITO substrates were electrochemically characterized by cyclic voltammetry. The voltammograms show reversible redox behavior with charge–discharge cycling process corresponding to the reversible lithium intercalation/deintercalation into the crystal lattice. The average coulombic efficiency to this redox processes is upper 98% during the electrochemistry measurements.

  20. Perylene bisimides with rigid 2,2'-biphenol bridges at bay area as conjugated chiral platforms.

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    Xie, Zengqi; Würthner, Frank

    2010-07-16

    Facile nucleophilic substitution of two chlorine atoms by 2,2'-biphenol at one of the two bay areas (1,12- and 6,7-positions) of core-tetrachlorinated perylene bisimide afforded a novel, completely desymmetrized perylene bisimide building block, which could be further functionalized by substitution of the remaining two chlorine atoms. The atropisomers (P- and M-enantiomers) of the core twisted perylene bisimides were resolved by HPLC on a chiral column at room temperature, and the activation parameters for racemization were elucidated. PMID:20560541

  1. Spatial configurations of charged rod-like particles in external electric field

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    Lisina, I.; Lisin, E.; Vaulina, O.

    2016-03-01

    Formation of different spatial configurations for system of charged rod-like particles is considered theoretically and numerically, including formation of layered structures in the external electric field. Analytical model for a determination of the angle between the axis of a rod and the symmetry axis of electric trap is presented. New algorithm is proposed here for a dynamical simulation of many interacting non-spherical particles. Conditions for a correct replacement of the interaction between uniformly charged rods by the interaction of "bipoles" (i.e., by two similar point charges) are obtained. Study was performed in a wide range of parameters that are similar to conditions of laboratory experiments in a dusty plasma.

  2. Thin film growth of aromatic rod-like molecules on graphene

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    Kratzer, M.; Teichert, C.

    2016-07-01

    Research on graphene (Gr) is a vastly expanding field due to its potential for technological applications. Its close structural and chemical relationship to conjugated organic molecules makes it a superior candidate as a transparent electrode material in organic electronics and optoelectronics. The growth of organic thin films—intensively investigated in the past few decades—has demonstrated the complexity in growth and nucleation processes arising from the anisotropy and spatial extension of the molecular building blocks. Choosing the small, conjugated rod-like molecules para-hexaphenyl and pentacene as model representatives for small organic molecules, we review recent findings in organic thin film growth on a variety of Gr substrates. Special attention is paid to the differences in the resulting growth arising from the various methods of Gr fabrication and support that affect both the Gr–molecule interfacing and the involved molecular diffusion processes.

  3. Solution Behavior of Amphiphilic Glycodendrimers with a Rod-Like Core.

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    Ordanini, Stefania; Zanchetta, Giuliano; Porkolab, Vanessa; Ebel, Christine; Fieschi, Franck; Guzzetti, Ileana; Potenza, Donatella; Palmioli, Alessandro; Podlipnik, Črtomir; Meroni, Daniela; Bernardi, Anna

    2016-06-01

    Glycodendrimers based on aromatic cores have an amphiphilic character and have been reported to generate supramolecuar assemblies in water. A new group of glycodendrimers with an aromatic rod-like core were recently described as potent antagonists of DC-SIGN-mediated viral infections. A full characterization of the aggregation properties of these materials is presented here. The results show that these compounds exist mostly as monomers in water solution, in dynamic equilibrium with small aggregates (dimers or trimers). Larger aggregates observed by dynamic light scattering and transmission Electron Microscopy for some of the dendrimers are found to be portions of materials not fully solubilized and can be removed either by optimizing the dissolution protocol or by centrifugation of the samples. PMID:26898184

  4. Template- and micelle-free synthesis of rod-like gold nanoparticles with UVA irradiation

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    Li, Xue-Zheng; Lu, Qi-Fei; Zeng, Xian-Shun; Wang, Da-Jian

    2010-01-01

    Rod-like gold nanoparticles can be formed from HAuCl4 aqueous solution with ultraviolet (UV) irradiation in the absence of templates, avoiding possible poisonous surfactant embedded into the surface of functional gold nanoparticles applied in biomedicine. The aspect ratio of nanorods ranges from 1.1 to 4.4 with the concentration of HAuCl4 0.2 mM, which can be verified by HRTEM images and the absorption spectrum. It is found that the nanocluster with several atoms occurs prior to the formation of nanorods, highly corresponding to its typical absorption spectrum. Tracing the evolution in absorption spectra of HAuCl4 aqueous solution, it can be concluded that the formation mechanism of gold nanoparticles in this process is different from that in the conventional inductive growth model, possibly in a growth pattern with imperfect oriented attachment (IOA) relevant to the colliding-and-growing.

  5. Distinct Tissue Mineral Density in Plate- and Rod-like Trabeculae of Human Trabecular Bone.

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    Wang, Ji; Kazakia, Galateia J; Zhou, Bin; Shi, X Tony; Guo, X Edward

    2015-09-01

    Trabecular bone quality includes both microstructural and intrinsic tissue mineralization properties. However, the tissue mineralization in individual trabeculae of different trabecular types and orientations has not yet been investigated. The aim of this study was to develop an individual trabecula mineralization (ITM) analysis technique to determine tissue mineral density (TMD) distributions in plate- and rod-like trabeculae, respectively, and to compare the TMD of trabeculae along various orientations in micro-computed tomography (μCT) images of trabecular bone samples from the femoral neck, greater trochanter, and proximal tibia. ITM analyses indicated that trabecular plates, on average, had significantly higher TMD than trabecular rods. In addition, the distribution of TMD in trabecular plates depended on trabecular orientation with the lowest TMD in longitudinal plates and the highest TMD in transverse plates. Conversely, there was a relatively uniform distribution of TMD among trabecular rods, with respect to trabecular orientation. Further analyses of TMD distribution revealed that trabecular plates had higher mean and peak TMD, whereas trabecular rods had a wider TMD distribution and a larger portion of low mineralized trabeculae. Comparison of apparent Young's moduli derived from micro-finite element models with and without heterogeneous TMD demonstrated that heterogeneous TMD in trabecular plates had a significant influence on the elastic mechanical property of trabecular bone. In conclusion, this study revealed differences in TMD between plate- and rod-like trabeculae and among various trabecular orientations. The observation of less mineralized longitudinal trabecular plates suggests interesting implications of these load-bearing plates in bone remodeling. The newly developed ITM analysis can be a valuable technique to assess the influence of metabolic bone diseases and their pharmaceutical treatments on not only microstructure of trabecular bone but

  6. Formation of semiconductor Cu{sub 2-x}Se rod-like crystals through a solvothermal reaction

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    Liu Yuanfang; Zeng Jinghui; Li Cun; Cao Jinbo; Wang Yuanyuan; Qian Yitai

    2002-12-01

    Micron-sized rod-like crystals of Cu{sub 2-x}Se were successfully grown for the first time by a hydrothermal reaction from CuCl{sub 2}{center_dot}2H{sub 2}O and Se powder at 60 deg. C for 2 h. X-ray powder diffraction patterns (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images, and transmission electron microscope (TEM) images show that the product is cubic Cu{sub 2-x}Se rod-like crystal and well crystallized. Hydrazine hydrate was used as solvent in the process and played an important role in the formation of rod-like Cu{sub 2-x}Se crystals. The optical properties of Cu{sub 2-x}Se, such as absorption spectra, photoluminescence (PL) spectra, and Raman spectrum are also reported for the first time.

  7. Synthesis of flower- and rod-like nickel sulfide nanostructures by an organic-free hydrothermal process

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    Pan Qingtao; Huang Kai; Ni Shibing; Yang Feng; He Deyan

    2008-06-03

    Well-crystalline flower- and rod-like NiS nanostructures have been synthesized by an organic-free hydrothermal process at a low temperature of 200 deg. C. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were employed to characterize the as-synthesized NiS nanostructures. The effects of temperature and reaction time on the morphology have been also investigated. The two-step flake-cracking mechanism for the formation of flower- and rod-like NiS nanostructures was discussed. The products were also investigated by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy.

  8. Donor-linked di(perylene bisimide)s: arrays exhibiting fast electron transfer for photosynthesis mimics.

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    Wu, Yishi; Zhen, Yonggang; Wang, Zhaohui; Fu, Hongbing

    2013-02-28

    The first example of donor-linked di(perylene bisimide)s is reported. UV-vis absorption spectra of these newly synthesized dyads showed intense absorption across the entire visible region, demonstrating their excellent light-harvesting activities. The severe fluorescence quenching event probed by steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy and the free-energy calculations suggested the possibility of electron transfer (ET) in these arrays upon photoexcitation. Further femtosecond transient absorption spectra clarified that the fluorescence quenching was due to fast intramolecular ET. The rate of the charge separation (CS) was found to be as high as 10(12) s(-1) in CH(2)Cl(2). It was suggested that the large ET driving forces, strong donor-acceptor electronic coupling, and relatively small reorganization energy of diPBI accounted for the rapid ET process in a synergic manner. The fate of the generated radical ion pair depended on the solvent used. Rapid charge recombination to ground state occurred for the dyads in polar CH(2)Cl(2) and for diPBI-TPA in nonpolar toluene. However, sufficient (3)diPBI* population was attained via efficient spin-orbit coupled intersystem crossing from the charge-separated state for diPBI-PdTPP in toluene. These photophysical properties are interpreted as the cooperation between thermodynamic feasibility and kinetic manipulation. PMID:23391220

  9. Depletion induced isotropic-isotropic phase separation in suspensions of rod-like colloids.

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    Jungblut, S; Tuinier, R; Binder, K; Schilling, T

    2007-12-28

    When non-adsorbing polymers are added to an isotropic suspension of rod-like colloids, the colloids effectively attract each other via depletion forces. We performed Monte Carlo simulations to study the phase diagram of such rod-polymer mixture. The colloidal rods were modeled as hard spherocylinders; the polymers were described as spheres of the same diameter as the rods. The polymers may overlap with no energy cost, while the overlap of polymers and rods is forbidden. Large amounts of depletant cause phase separation of the mixture. We estimated the phase boundaries of isotropic-isotropic coexistence both in the bulk and in confinement. To determine the phase boundaries we applied the grand canonical ensemble using successive umbrella sampling [J. Chem. Phys. 120, 10925 (2004)], and we performed a finite size scaling analysis to estimate the location of the critical point. The results are compared with predictions of the free volume theory developed by Lekkerkerker and Stroobants [Nuovo Cimento D 16, 949 (1994)]. We also give estimates for the interfacial tension between the coexisting isotropic phases and analyze its power-law behavior on the approach of the critical point. PMID:18163708

  10. Transformation of amorphous calcium carbonate to rod-like single crystal calcite via "copying" collagen template.

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    Xue, Zhonghui; Hu, Binbin; Dai, Shuxi; Du, Zuliang

    2015-10-01

    Collagen Langmuir films were prepared by spreading the solution of collagen over deionized water, CaCl2 solution and Ca(HCO3)2 solution. Resultant collagen Langmuir monolayers were then compressed to a lateral pressure of 10 mN/m and held there for different duration, allowing the crystallization of CaCO3. The effect of crystallization time on the phase composition and microstructure of CaCO3 was investigated. It was found that amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) was obtained at a crystallization time of 6 h. The amorphous CaCO3 was transformed to rod-like single crystal calcite crystals at an extended crystallization time of 12 h and 24 h, via "copying" the symmetry and dimensionalities of collagen fibers. Resultant calcite crystallites were well oriented along the longitudinal axis of collagen fibers. The ordered surface structure of collagen fibers and electrostatic interactions played key roles in tuning the oriented nucleation and growth of the calcite crystallites. The mineralized collagen possessing both desired mechanical properties of collagen fiber and good biocompatibility of calcium carbonate may be assembled into an ideal biomaterial for bone implants. PMID:26117783

  11. Synthesis, Characterization and Luminescence Properties of Rod-Like LaPO4:Eu3+ Nanostructures.

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    Peng, Li; Yun, Liu; Xiaolei, Shi; Yaxin, Guo; Gangqiang, Zhu

    2016-04-01

    Large-scale, rod-like nanostructures of LaPO4:Eu3+ phosphors were synthesized using a simple hydrothermal method. The phase composition, structure and morphology of the final products were characterized by XRD, FE-SEM and TEM. Highly crystalline material was obtained as confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction measurements. The FE-SEM and TEM observations indicate that the obtained LaPO4:Eu3+ nanorods have a diameter of about 10-20 nm, and a length of about 100-600 nm. Meanwhile, the excitation and emission spectra of the products at room temperature were measured using a fluorescence spectrometer. The effects of pH and Eu3+-doping on the morphology and luminescence properties of the as-prepared powders were investigated. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra show that the emission intensity of the LaPO4:Eu3+ phosphors improved with increases in concentrations of Eu3+ from 3 mol% to 14 mol%, and then decreased for higher concentrations. PMID:27451758

  12. LptA Assembles into Rod-Like Oligomers Involving Disorder-to-Order Transitions

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    Santambrogio, Carlo; Sperandeo, Paola; Villa, Riccardo; Sobott, Frank; Polissi, Alessandra; Grandori, Rita

    2013-10-01

    LptA is a periplasmic protein involved in the transport of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from the inner membrane (IM) to the outer membrane (OM) of Gram-negative bacteria. Growing evidence supports a model in which LptA assembles into oligomers, forming a physical bridge connecting IM and OM. This work investigates assembly and architecture of LptA oligomers. Circular dichroism and "native" electrospray-ionization ion-mobility mass spectrometry (ESI-IM-MS) are employed to test concentration dependence of LptA structural features and to analyze the morphology of higher-order aggregates. The results show that LptA progressively assembles into rod-like oligomers without fixed stoichiometry, and grows by an n + 1 mechanism up to at least the pentamer. The oligomerization process induces disorder-to-order transitions in the polypeptide chain. Comparison with crystallographic and computational data suggests that these conformational changes likely involve short disordered regions at the N- and C-termini of monomeric LptA. The protein response to thermal denaturation displays strong concentration dependence, indicating that oligomerization increases protein stability. LptA conformational stability can also be enhanced by in vitro LPS binding. The genesis of these fibrillar structures could be relevant for the correct transport of LPS across the bacterial periplasm.

  13. Mucin aggregation from a rod-like meso-scale model

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    Moreno, Nicolas; Perilla, Jairo E.; Colina, Coray M.; Lísal, Martin

    2015-05-01

    Dissipative particle dynamics, a meso-scale particle-based model, was used to study the aggregation of mucins in aqueous solutions. Concentration, strength of the mucin-water interactions, as well as the effects of size, shape, and composition of the model molecules were studied. Model proteins were represented as rod-like objects formed by coarse-grained beads. In the first model, only one type of beads formed the mucin. It was found that all the surfaces were available to form aggregates and the conformation of the aggregates was a function of the strength of the mucin-water interaction. With this model, the number of aggregates was unaffected by the initial position of the mucins in the simulation box, except for the lowest mucin concentration. In a more refined mucin model, two kinds of beads were used in the molecule in order to represent the existence of cysteine-like terminal groups in the actual molecule. With this new scheme, aggregation took place by the interaction of the terminal groups between model molecules. The kinetic analysis of the evolution of the number of aggregates with time was also studied for both mucin models.

  14. Rod-like cyanophenyl probe molecules nanoconfined to oxide particles: Density of adsorbed surface species

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    Frunza, Stefan; Frunza, Ligia; Ganea, Constantin Paul; Zgura, Irina; Brás, Ana Rita; Schönhals, Andreas

    2016-02-01

    Surface layers have already been observed by broadband dielectric spectroscopy for composite systems formed by adsorption of rod-like cyanophenyl derivates as probe molecules on the surface of oxide particles. In this work, features of the surface layer are reported; samples with different amounts of the probe molecules adsorbed onto oxide (nano) particles were prepared in order to study their interactions with the surface. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was applied to analyze the amount of loaded probe molecules. The density of the surface species ns was introduced and its values were estimated from quantitative Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) coupled with TGA. This parameter allows discriminating the composites into several groups assuming a similar interaction of the probe molecules with the hosts of a given group. An influence factor H is further proposed as the ratio of the number of molecules in the surface layer showing a glassy dynamics and the number of molecules adsorbed tightly on the surface of the support: It was found for aerosil composites and used for calculating the maximum filling degree of partially filled silica MCM-41 composites showing only one dielectric process characteristic for glass-forming liquids and a bulk behavior for higher filling degrees.

  15. Hydrodynamic interactions in metal rod-like particle suspensions due to induced charge electroosmosis

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    Rose, K A; Hoffman, B; Saintillan, D; Shaqfeh, E G; Santiago, J G

    2008-05-05

    We present a theoretical and experimental study of the role of hydrodynamic interactions on the motion and dispersion of metal rod-like particles in the presence of an externally applied electric field. In these systems, the electric field polarizes the particles and induces an electroosmosis flow relative to the surface of each particle. The simulations include the effect of the gravitational body force, buoyancy, far-field hydrodynamic interactions, near-field lubrication forces, and electric field interactions. The particles in the simulations and experiments were observed to experience repeated pairing interactions in which they come together axially with their ends approaching each other, slide past one another until their centers approach, and then push apart. These interactions were confirmed in measurements of particle orientations and velocities, pair distribution functions, and net dispersion of the suspension. For large electric fields, the pair distribution functions show accumulation and depletion regions consistent with many pairing events. For particle concentrations of 1e8 particles/mL and higher, dispersion within the suspension dramatically increases with increased field strength.

  16. Probing the self-assembly and stability of oligohistidine based rod-like micelles by aggregation induced luminescence.

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    Frisch, Hendrik; Spitzer, Daniel; Haase, Mathias; Basché, Thomas; Voskuhl, Jens; Besenius, Pol

    2016-06-15

    The synthesis and self-assembly of a new C2-symmetric oligohistidine amphiphile equipped with an aggregation induced emission luminophore is reported. We observe the formation of highly stable and ordered rod-like micelles in phosphate buffered saline, with a critical aggregation concentration below 200 nM. Aggregation induced emission of the luminophore confirms the high stability of the anisotropic assemblies in serum. PMID:26972230

  17. Electrostatics and depletion determine competition between 2D nematic and 3D bundled phases of rod-like DNA nanotubes.

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    Park, Chang-Young; Fygenson, Deborah K; Saleh, Omar A

    2016-06-21

    Rod-like particles form solutions of technological and biological importance. In particular, biofilaments such as actin and microtubules are known to form a variety of phases, both in vivo and in vitro, whose appearance can be controlled by depletion, confinement, and electrostatic interactions. Here, we utilize DNA nanotubes to undertake a comprehensive study of the effects of those interactions on two particular rod-like phases: a 2D nematic phase consisting of aligned rods pressed against a glass surface, and a 3D bundled network phase. We experimentally measure the stability of these two phases over a range of depletant concentrations and ionic strengths, finding that the 2D phase is slightly more stable than the 3D phase. We formulate a quantitative model of phase stability based on consideration of pairwise rod-rod and rod-surface interactions; notably, we include a careful accounting of solution electrostatics interactions using an effective-charge strategy. The model is relatively simple and contains no free parameters, yet predicts phase boundaries in good agreement with the experiment. Our results indicate that electrostatic interactions, rather than depletion, are largely responsible for the enhanced stability of the 2D phase. This work provides insight into the polymorphism of rod-like solutions, indicating why certain phases appear, and providing a means (and a predictive model) for controlling those phases. PMID:27126684

  18. Syntheses and Chemosensory of Anthracene and Phenanthrene Bisimide Derivatives

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    Bogusz, Zachary A.

    2004-01-01

    As the present technology of biochemical weapons advances, it is essential for science to attempt to prepare our nation for such an occurrence. Various areas of current research are devoted to precautionary measures and potential antidotes for national security. A practical application of these precautions would be the development of a chemical capable of detecting harmful gas. The benefits of being capable to synthesis a chemical compound that would warn and identify potentially deadly gases would ensure a higher level of safety. The chemicals in question can be generalized as bisimide anthracene derivatives. The idea behind these compounds is that in the presence of certain nerve gases, the compound will actually fluoresce, giving an indication that there is a strong likelihood of the presence of a nerve gas and ensure the proper precautionary measures are taken. The fluorescence is due to the quenching of an electric proton transfer within the structure of the molecule. The system proves to be very unique on account of the fact that the fluorescence can be "turned off" by reducing the system. By utilizing the synthesis designed by Dr. Faysal Ilhan, four distinct compounds can be synthesized through photochemical reactions involving para- and ortho- diketones. The photochemistry involved is very modem and much research is being devoted to fully understanding the possibilities and alternative applications of such materials. and meta-nitro anthracene bisimide (ABI-NO2), the amine of each (ABI-NH2), a para- and meta-nitro phenanthrene bisimjde (PBI-NO2), and the amine of each (PBI-NH2). Upon synthesizing these distinct compounds, I must then purify and analyze them in order to obtain any relevant trends, behaviors, and characteristics. The chemical composition analyses that will be conducted are the procedures taken by Dr. Daniel Tyson on previous experiments. The results generated from the data will point further research in the correct direction and hopefully

  19. Random copolyesters containing perylene bisimide: flexible films and fluorescent fibers.

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    Nisha, S Kumari; Asha, S K

    2014-08-13

    Random copolyesters of poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) and [poly(1,4-cyclohexylenedimethylene-1,4- cyclohexanedicarboxylate)] (PCCD) incorporating varying mol ratios of perylene bisimide (PBI) were developed via a high-temperature solution-blending approach. PCCD incorporating PBI was developed by melt polycondenzation followed by a polyester-polyester transesterification reaction between PCCD-PBI and PLLA. The polymers exhibited good solubility in common organic solvents and formed free-standing films, which showed bright red emission upon irradiation with ultraviolet radiation. A solid state fluorescence quantum yield of 10% was observed for this PBI based polyester, which was much higher than that reported in literature for PBI based polymers in the solid state (<1%). Strong red fluorescent nanofibers of these polymers were successfully constructed by electrospinning technique. A random copolyester incorporating donor based on oligo(p-pheneylenevinylene) (OPV) and PBI as acceptor chromophore was also synthesized and fluorescence microscopy images of the electrospun fibers of this polymer exhibited blue, green and red emission upon excitation at different wavelengths. The high temperature solution blending approach involving a high molecular weight polymer and a suitably functionalized π conjugated molecule described here is a unique method by which 1D nanostructures of a wide range of π-conjugated chromophores could be fabricated having strong fluorescence, with the scope of application in nanoscale optoelectronics, biological devices, as well as sensing. PMID:25055318

  20. TiO{sub 2} supported on rod-like mesoporous silica SBA-15: Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic behaviour

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    Li, Yanjuan; Li, Nan; Tu, Jinchun; Li, Xiaotian; Wang, Beibei; Chi, Yue; Liu, Darui; Yang, Dianfan

    2011-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rod-like SBA-15 and normal SBA-15 were used to prepare TiO{sub 2}/SBA-15 composites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TiO{sub 2}/SBA-15 composites were studied as catalysts for methyl orange photodegradation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TiO{sub 2}/Rod-SBA-15 exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than TiO{sub 2}/Nor-SBA-15. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The higher catalytic activity was a result of the controlled morphology of SBA-15. -- Abstract: TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles have been successfully incorporated in the pores of mesoporous silica SBA-15 with different morphologies by a wet impregnation method. The composites were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), inductively coupled plasma (ICP) emission spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N{sub 2}-sorption and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photodegradation of methyl orange (MO) was used to study their photocatalytic property. It is indicated that the morphology of SBA-15 had a great influence on the photocatalytic activity of the composites. When TiO{sub 2}/SBA-15 composite was prepared by loading TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles on uniform rod-like SBA-15 of 1 {mu}m length, it showed higher photocatalytic degradation rate than that on less regular but much larger SBA-15 support. This difference was rationalized in terms of the homogeneously distributed and shorter channels of rod-like SBA-15, which favored mass transport and improved the efficient utilization of the pore surface.

  1. Photoinduced processes in self-assembled porphyrin/perylene bisimide metallosupramolecular boxes.

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    Indelli, M Teresa; Chiorboli, Claudio; Scandola, Franco; Iengo, Elisabetta; Osswald, Peter; Würthner, Frank

    2010-11-18

    Two new supramolecular boxes, (ZnMC)(2)(rPBI)(2) and (ZnMC)(2)(gPBI)(2), have been obtained by axial coordination of N,N'-dipyridyl-functionalized perylene bisimide (PBI) dyes to the zinc ion centers of two 2+2 porphyrin metallacycles (ZnMC = [trans,cis,cis-RuCl(2)(CO)(2)(Zn·4'-cis-DPyP)](2)). The two molecular boxes involve PBI pillars with different substituents at the bay area: the "red" PBI (rPBI = N,N'-di(4-pyridyl)-1,6,7,12-tetra(4-tert-butylphenoxy)perylene-3,4:9,10-tetracarboxylic acid bisimide) containing tert-butylphenoxy substituents and the "green" PBI (gPBI = N,N'-di(4-pyridyl)-1,7-bis(pyrrolidin-1-yl)perylene-3,4:9,10-tetracarboxylic acid bisimide) bearing pyrrolidinyl substituents. Due to the rigidity of the modules and the simultaneous formation of four pyridine-zinc bonds, these discrete adducts self-assemble quantitatively and are remarkably stable in dichloromethane solution. The photophysical behavior of the new supramolecular boxes has been studied in dichloromethane by emission spectroscopy and ultrafast absorption techniques. A different photophysical behavior is observed for the two systems. In (ZnMC)(2)(rPBI)(2), efficient electron transfer quenching of both perylene bisimide and zinc porphyrin chromophores is observed, leading to a charge separated state, PBI(-)-Zn(+), in which a perylene bisimide unit is reduced and zinc porphyrin is oxidized. In the deactivation of the perylene bisimide localized excited state, an intermediate zwitterionic charge transfer state of type PBI(-)-PBI(+) seems to play a relevant role. In (ZnMC)(2)(gPBI)(2), singlet energy transfer from the Zn porphyrin chromophores to the perylene bisimide units occurs with an efficiency of 0.7. This lower than unity value is due to a competing electron transfer quenching, leading to the charge separated state PBI(-)-Zn(+). The distinct photophysical behavior of these two supramolecular boxes is interpreted in terms of energy changes occurring upon replacement of the "red" r

  2. Functional and Molecular Characterization of Rod-like Cells from Retinal Stem Cells Derived from the Adult Ciliary Epithelium

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    Demontis, Gian Carlo; Aruta, Claudia; Comitato, Antonella; De Marzo, Anna; Marigo, Valeria

    2012-01-01

    In vitro generation of photoreceptors from stem cells is of great interest for the development of regenerative medicine approaches for patients affected by retinal degeneration and for high throughput drug screens for these diseases. In this study, we show unprecedented high percentages of rod-fated cells from retinal stem cells of the adult ciliary epithelium. Molecular characterization of rod-like cells demonstrates that they lose ciliary epithelial characteristics but acquire photoreceptor features. Rod maturation was evaluated at two levels: gene expression and electrophysiological functionality. Here we present a strong correlation between phototransduction protein expression and functionality of the cells in vitro. We demonstrate that in vitro generated rod-like cells express cGMP-gated channels that are gated by endogenous cGMP. We also identified voltage-gated channels necessary for rod maturation and viability. This level of analysis for the first time provides evidence that adult retinal stem cells can generate highly homogeneous rod-fated cells. PMID:22432014

  3. Determination of the positions and orientations of concentrated rod-like colloids from 3D microscopy data.

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    Besseling, T H; Hermes, M; Kuijk, A; de Nijs, B; Deng, T-S; Dijkstra, M; Imhof, A; van Blaaderen, A

    2015-05-20

    Confocal microscopy in combination with real-space particle tracking has proven to be a powerful tool in scientific fields such as soft matter physics, materials science and cell biology. However, 3D tracking of anisotropic particles in concentrated phases remains not as optimized compared to algorithms for spherical particles. To address this problem, we developed a new particle-fitting algorithm that can extract the positions and orientations of fluorescent rod-like particles from three dimensional confocal microscopy data stacks. The algorithm is tailored to work even when the fluorescent signals of the particles overlap considerably and a threshold method and subsequent clusters analysis alone do not suffice. We demonstrate that our algorithm correctly identifies all five coordinates of uniaxial particles in both a concentrated disordered phase and a liquid-crystalline smectic-B phase. Apart from confocal microscopy images, we also demonstrate that the algorithm can be used to identify nanorods in 3D electron tomography reconstructions. Lastly, we determined the accuracy of the algorithm using both simulated and experimental confocal microscopy data-stacks of diffusing silica rods in a dilute suspension. This novel particle-fitting algorithm allows for the study of structure and dynamics in both dilute and dense liquid-crystalline phases (such as nematic, smectic and crystalline phases) as well as the study of the glass transition of rod-like particles in three dimensions on the single particle level. PMID:25922931

  4. Simulation of the electron diffraction patterns from needle/rod-like precipitates in Al-Mg-Si alloys

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    Li Kai; Song Min; Du Yong; Zhang Hong

    2011-09-15

    The origin of the selected area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns from needle/rod-like metastable precipitates embedded in {alpha}-Al matrix in Al-Mg-Si alloys have been studied via an example of {beta}'' phase. In addition, the SAED pattern from {beta}'' phase has been simulated with significant improvement in comparison with the previous simulations. Three important factors, i.e. the 12 crystallographically equivalent variants of {beta}'' phase in the {alpha}-Al matrix due to the highly symmetric f.c.c. structure of {alpha}-Al, the coherence between {beta}'' phase and the {alpha}-Al matrix, and the double diffractions from the {alpha}-Al matrix and {beta}'' phase, are proved to contribute to the special square-shaped features in the SAED patterns from {beta}'' phase and thus fully taken into account in the simulation. An improved but simplified method for simulating the SAED patterns from needle/rod-like metastable precipitates has been developed. This method is further verified by simulating the SAED pattern from Q phase. The simulated SAED patterns from both {beta}'' and Q phases fit the experimentally determined patterns very well. - Highlights: {yields}An improved method has been developed to simulate the SADPs of Al alloys. {yields}The formation mechanism of SADPs of Al alloys has been systemically studied. {yields}Double diffraction contributes to the formation of the SADPs of Al alloys.

  5. Determination of the positions and orientations of concentrated rod-like colloids from 3D microscopy data

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    Besseling, T. H.; Hermes, M.; Kuijk, A.; de Nijs, B.; Deng, T.-S.; Dijkstra, M.; Imhof, A.; van Blaaderen, A.

    2015-05-01

    Confocal microscopy in combination with real-space particle tracking has proven to be a powerful tool in scientific fields such as soft matter physics, materials science and cell biology. However, 3D tracking of anisotropic particles in concentrated phases remains not as optimized compared to algorithms for spherical particles. To address this problem, we developed a new particle-fitting algorithm that can extract the positions and orientations of fluorescent rod-like particles from three dimensional confocal microscopy data stacks. The algorithm is tailored to work even when the fluorescent signals of the particles overlap considerably and a threshold method and subsequent clusters analysis alone do not suffice. We demonstrate that our algorithm correctly identifies all five coordinates of uniaxial particles in both a concentrated disordered phase and a liquid-crystalline smectic-B phase. Apart from confocal microscopy images, we also demonstrate that the algorithm can be used to identify nanorods in 3D electron tomography reconstructions. Lastly, we determined the accuracy of the algorithm using both simulated and experimental confocal microscopy data-stacks of diffusing silica rods in a dilute suspension. This novel particle-fitting algorithm allows for the study of structure and dynamics in both dilute and dense liquid-crystalline phases (such as nematic, smectic and crystalline phases) as well as the study of the glass transition of rod-like particles in three dimensions on the single particle level.

  6. Direct Arylation of Pyrroles via Indirect Electroreductive C-H Functionalization Using Perylene Bisimide as an Electron-Transfer Mediator.

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    Sun, Guoquan; Ren, Shuya; Zhu, Xinhai; Huang, Manna; Wan, Yiqian

    2016-02-01

    The indirect electroreductive coupling of aryl halides and pyrroles was successfully conducted using a catalytic amount of perylene bisimide as a mediator in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis((trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl)imide ([EMIM]NTf2)/DMSO. PMID:26800089

  7. Binary mixtures of rod-like colloids under shear: microscopically-based equilibrium theory and order-parameter dynamics

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    Lugo-Frías, Rodrigo; Klapp, Sabine H. L.

    2016-06-01

    This paper is concerned with the dynamics of a binary mixture of rod-like, repulsive colloidal particles driven out of equilibrium by means of a steady shear flow (Couette geometry). To this end we first derive, starting from a microscopic density functional in Parsons–Lee approximation, a mesoscopic free energy functional whose main variables are the orientational order parameter tensors. Based on this mesoscopic functional we then explore the stability of isotropic and nematic equilibrium phases in terms of composition and rod lengths. Second, by combining the equilibrium theory with the Doi–Hess approach for the order parameter dynamics under shear, we investigate the orientational dynamics of binary mixtures for a range of shear rates and coupling parameters. We find a variety of dynamical states, including synchronized oscillatory states of the two components, but also symmetry breaking behavior where the components display different in-plane oscillatory states.

  8. Complete separation of macroscopic rod-like bimetallic nanoassembly perpendicular and parallel on substrate for simultaneous sensing of microorganisms.

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    Jia, HaoWei; Wang, Jin; Qiu, Li; Ge, HongGua

    2015-10-01

    Although two kinds of macroscopic ordered tridimensional nanoassemblies, i.e., alignment of nanorods, can be yielded by controllable droplet evaporation methods, complete separation of the nanoassembly perpendicular or parallel to substrate is quite challenging. It can, however, be realized by the aid of facet blocking combined with the tuning of ionic strength and colloidal concentration. The as-fabricated rod-like bimetallic nanoassembly has proved to be an excellent SERS active substrate compared to random aggregates. It should be mentioned that macroscopic ordered tridimensional nanoassembly perpendicular to the substrate can be used as a highly active SERS substrate with good uniformity and can be successfully applied for finely discriminating two microorganisms: Escherichia coli bacteria and Saccharomycetes. PMID:26377353

  9. Binary mixtures of rod-like colloids under shear: microscopically-based equilibrium theory and order-parameter dynamics.

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    Lugo-Frías, Rodrigo; Klapp, Sabine H L

    2016-06-22

    This paper is concerned with the dynamics of a binary mixture of rod-like, repulsive colloidal particles driven out of equilibrium by means of a steady shear flow (Couette geometry). To this end we first derive, starting from a microscopic density functional in Parsons-Lee approximation, a mesoscopic free energy functional whose main variables are the orientational order parameter tensors. Based on this mesoscopic functional we then explore the stability of isotropic and nematic equilibrium phases in terms of composition and rod lengths. Second, by combining the equilibrium theory with the Doi-Hess approach for the order parameter dynamics under shear, we investigate the orientational dynamics of binary mixtures for a range of shear rates and coupling parameters. We find a variety of dynamical states, including synchronized oscillatory states of the two components, but also symmetry breaking behavior where the components display different in-plane oscillatory states. PMID:27115342

  10. Penetration of spherical and rod-like gold nanoparticles into intact and barrier-disrupted human skin

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    Graf, Christina; Nordmeyer, Daniel; Ahlberg, Sebastian; Raabe, Jörg; Vogt, Annika; Lademann, Jürgen; Rancan, Fiorenza; Rühl, Eckart

    2015-03-01

    The penetration of spherical and rod-like gold nanoparticles into human skin is reported. Several skin preparation techniques are applied, including cryo techniques, such as plunge freezing and freeze drying, and the use of wet cells. Their advantages and drawbacks for observing nanoparticle uptake are discussed. Independent of the particle shape no uptake into intact skin is observed by a combination of imaging approaches, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and scanning X-ray microscopy (STXM). These results are discussed along with suitable skin preparation approaches. Experiments on barrier-disrupted skin, i.e. mechanical lesions made by pricking, indicate, however, that gold particles can be identified deep in the dermis, as follows from STXM studies on wet skin samples.

  11. Directional Freezing of Nanocellulose Dispersions Aligns the Rod-Like Particles and Produces Low-Density and Robust Particle Networks.

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    Munier, Pierre; Gordeyeva, Korneliya; Bergström, Lennart; Fall, Andreas B

    2016-05-01

    We show that unidirectional freezing of nanocellulose dispersions produces cellular foams with high alignment of the rod-like nanoparticles in the freezing direction. Quantification of the alignment in the long direction of the tubular pores with X-ray diffraction shows high orientation of cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) and cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) at particle concentrations above 0.2 wt % (CNC) and 0.08 wt % (CNF). Aggregation of CNF by pH decrease or addition of salt significantly reduces the particle orientation; in contrast, exceeding the concentration where particles gel by mobility constraints had a relatively small effect on the orientation. The dense nanocellulose network formed by directional freezing was sufficiently strong to resist melting. The formed hydrogels were birefringent and displayed anisotropic laser diffraction patterns, suggesting preserved nanocellulose alignment and cellular structure. Nondirectional freezing of the hydrogels followed by sublimation generates foams with a pore structure and nanocellulose alignment resembling the structure of the initial directional freezing. PMID:27071304

  12. Synthesis of Cone-Shaped Colloids from Rod-Like Silica Colloids with a Gradient in the Etching Rate.

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    Hagemans, Fabian; van der Wee, Ernest B; van Blaaderen, Alfons; Imhof, Arnout

    2016-04-26

    We present the synthesis of monodisperse cone-shaped silica colloids and their fluorescent labeling. Rod-like silica colloids prepared by ammonia-catalyzed hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate in water droplets containing polyvinylpyrrolidone cross-linked by citrate ions in pentanol were found to transform into cone-shaped particles upon mild etching by NaOH in water. The diameter and length of the resulting particles were determined by those of the initial rod-like silica colloids. The mechanism responsible for the cone-shape involves silica etching taking place with a varying rate along the length of the particle. Our experiments thus also lead to new insights into the variation of the local particle structure and composition. These are found to vary gradually along the length of the rod, as a result of the way the rod grows out of a water droplet that keeps itself attached to the flat end of the bullet-shaped particles. Subtle differences in composition and structure could also be resolved by high-resolution stimulated emission depletion confocal microscopy on fluorescently labeled particles. The incorporation of a fluorescent dye chemically attached to an amine-based silane coupling agent resulted in a distribution of fluorophores mainly on the outside of the rod-shaped particles. In contrast, incorporation of the silane coupling agent alone resulted in a homogeneous distribution. Additionally, we show that etching rods, where a silane coupling agent alone was incorporated and subsequently coupled to a fluorescent dye, resulted in fluorescent silica cones, the orientation of which can be discerned using super-resolution confocal microscopy. PMID:27046046

  13. Rod-like particles matching algorithm based on SOM neural network in dispersed two-phase flow measurements

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    Abbasi Hoseini, Afshin; Zavareh, Zahra; Lundell, Fredrik; Anderson, Helge I.

    2014-04-01

    A matching algorithm based on self-organizing map (SOM) neural network is proposed for tracking rod-like particles in 2D optical measurements of dispersed two-phase flows. It is verified by both synthetic images of elongated particles mimicking 2D suspension flows and direct numerical simulations-based results of prolate particles dispersed in a turbulent channel flow. Furthermore, the potential benefit of this algorithm is evaluated by applying it to the experimental data of rod-like fibers tracking in wall turbulence. The study of the behavior of elongated particles suspended in turbulent flows has a practical importance and covers a wide range of applications in engineering and science. In experimental approach, particle tracking velocimetry of the dispersed phase has a key role together with particle image velocimetry of the carrier phase to obtain the velocities of both phases. The essential parts of particle tracking are to identify and match corresponding particles correctly in consecutive images. The present study is focused on the development of an algorithm for pairing non-spherical particles that have one major symmetry axis. The novel idea in the algorithm is to take the orientation of the particles into account for matching in addition to their positions. The method used is based on the SOM neural network that finds the most likely matching link in images on the basis of feature extraction and clustering. The fundamental concept is finding corresponding particles in the images with the nearest characteristics: position and orientation. The most effective aspect of this two-frame matching algorithm is that it does not require any preliminary knowledge of neither the flow field nor the particle behavior. Furthermore, using one additional characteristic of the non-spherical particles, namely their orientation, in addition to its coordinate vector, the pairing is improved both for more reliable matching at higher concentrations of dispersed particles and

  14. YVO 4:Eu 3+ arrays with flower-like and rod-like shape fabricated by a hydrothermal method

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    Bao, Amurisana; Lai, Hua; Yang, Yuming; Xu, Weiwei; Tao, Chunyan; Zhang, Hua; Yang, Hua

    2008-09-01

    Large-scale well-aligned rod-like and flower-like YVO 4:Eu 3+ crystals were prepared on glass substrates by a hydrothermal method in a controllable way with additive ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid disodium salt [Na 2H 2L·2H 2O]. No extra surfactants or templates were used. In the synthesis process, well-aligned YVO 4:Eu 3+ microrods were fabricated on YVO 4:Eu 3+-seed-coated substrates. The YVO 4:Eu 3+ seed precursor was prepared by a sol-gel reaction. And well-defined flower-like YVO 4:Eu 3+ microstructures were fabricated on bare substrates. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photoluminescence (PL). TEM and SEM studies reveal that the flower-like superstructure is composed of dozens of radially oriented rhombus-shaped microrods and the crystalline microrods with rectangle cross-sections and well-defined crystallographic faces are grown directly onto the substrates. This convenient method may be applicable to prepare other orthovanadate phosphors with 3D morphologies.

  15. Stability of nematic and smectic phases in rod-like mesogens with orientation-dependent attractive interactions.

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    Martínez-Haya, B; Cuetos, A

    2007-07-19

    The stability of isotropic (I), nematic (N), smectic A (Sm A), and hexatic (Hex) liquid crystalline phases is studied for a fluid of molecules with a rod-like shape and dispersive interactions dependent on orientation. The fluid is modeled with the spherocylindrical Gay-Berne-Kihara interaction potential proposed in a recent work, with parameters favoring parallel pair orientations. The liquid crystal phase diagram is characterized for different molecular aspect ratios by means of Monte Carlo simulations in the isobaric-isothermal ensemble. Three types of triple points are observed, namely, I-Sm A-Hex, I-N-Sm A, and N-Sm A-Hex, leading to island-shape domains for the smectic A phase. The resulting phase diagrams are compared with those derived previously for prolate fluids of ellipsoidal and spherocylindrical symmetry. It is concluded that the stability of the layered phases with respect to the nematic phase is enhanced in the spherocylindrical fluids due to geometrical constraints. Furthermore, the anisotropy of the dispersive interactions induces a stronger dependence of the overall phase diagram on temperature and aids in the energetic stabilization of the hexatic crystalline phase with respect to the fluid smectic A phase. PMID:17592869

  16. Rod-Like Microglia Are Restricted to Eyes with Laser-Induced Ocular Hypertension but Absent from the Microglial Changes in the Contralateral Untreated Eye

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    de Hoz, Rosa; Gallego, Beatriz I.; Ramírez, Ana I.; Rojas, Blanca; Salazar, Juan J.; Valiente-Soriano, Francisco J.; Avilés-Trigueros, Marcelino; Villegas-Perez, Maria P.; Vidal-Sanz, Manuel; Triviño, Alberto; Ramírez, José M.

    2013-01-01

    In the mouse model of unilateral laser-induced ocular hypertension (OHT) the microglia in both the treated and the normotensive untreated contralateral eye have morphological signs of activation and up-regulation of MHC-II expression in comparison with naïve. In the brain, rod-like microglia align to less-injured neurons in an effort to limit damage. We investigate whether: i) microglial activation is secondary to laser injury or to a higher IOP and; ii) the presence of rod-like microglia is related to OHT. Three groups of mice were used: age-matched control (naïve, n=15); and two lasered: limbal (OHT, n=15); and non-draining portion of the sclera (scleral, n=3). In the lasered animals, treated eyes as well as contralateral eyes were analysed. Retinal whole-mounts were immunostained with antibodies against, Iba-1, NF-200, MHC-II, CD86, CD68 and Ym1. In the scleral group (normal ocular pressure) no microglial signs of activation were found. Similarly to naïve eyes, OHT-eyes and their contralateral eyes had ramified microglia in the nerve-fibre layer related to the blood vessel. However, only eyes with OHT had rod-like microglia that aligned end-to-end, coupling to form trains of multiple cells running parallel to axons in the retinal surface. Rod-like microglia were CD68+ and were related to retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) showing signs of degeneration (NF-200+RGCs). Although MHC-II expression was up-regulated in the microglia of the NFL both in OHT-eyes and their contralateral eyes, no expression of CD86 and Ym1 was detected in ramified or in rod-like microglia. After 15 days of unilateral lasering of the limbal and the non-draining portion of the sclera, activated microglia was restricted to OHT-eyes and their contralateral eyes. However, rod-like microglia were restricted to eyes with OHT and degenerated NF-200+RGCs and were absent from their contralateral eyes. Thus, rod-like microglia seem be related to the neurodegeneration associated with HTO. PMID:24367610

  17. Rod-like microglia are restricted to eyes with laser-induced ocular hypertension but absent from the microglial changes in the contralateral untreated eye.

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    de Hoz, Rosa; Gallego, Beatriz I; Ramírez, Ana I; Rojas, Blanca; Salazar, Juan J; Valiente-Soriano, Francisco J; Avilés-Trigueros, Marcelino; Villegas-Perez, Maria P; Vidal-Sanz, Manuel; Triviño, Alberto; Ramírez, José M

    2013-01-01

    In the mouse model of unilateral laser-induced ocular hypertension (OHT) the microglia in both the treated and the normotensive untreated contralateral eye have morphological signs of activation and up-regulation of MHC-II expression in comparison with naïve. In the brain, rod-like microglia align to less-injured neurons in an effort to limit damage. We investigate whether: i) microglial activation is secondary to laser injury or to a higher IOP and; ii) the presence of rod-like microglia is related to OHT. Three groups of mice were used: age-matched control (naïve, n=15); and two lasered: limbal (OHT, n=15); and non-draining portion of the sclera (scleral, n=3). In the lasered animals, treated eyes as well as contralateral eyes were analysed. Retinal whole-mounts were immunostained with antibodies against, Iba-1, NF-200, MHC-II, CD86, CD68 and Ym1. In the scleral group (normal ocular pressure) no microglial signs of activation were found. Similarly to naïve eyes, OHT-eyes and their contralateral eyes had ramified microglia in the nerve-fibre layer related to the blood vessel. However, only eyes with OHT had rod-like microglia that aligned end-to-end, coupling to form trains of multiple cells running parallel to axons in the retinal surface. Rod-like microglia were CD68+ and were related to retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) showing signs of degeneration (NF-200+RGCs). Although MHC-II expression was up-regulated in the microglia of the NFL both in OHT-eyes and their contralateral eyes, no expression of CD86 and Ym1 was detected in ramified or in rod-like microglia. After 15 days of unilateral lasering of the limbal and the non-draining portion of the sclera, activated microglia was restricted to OHT-eyes and their contralateral eyes. However, rod-like microglia were restricted to eyes with OHT and degenerated NF-200+RGCs and were absent from their contralateral eyes. Thus, rod-like microglia seem be related to the neurodegeneration associated with HTO. PMID:24367610

  18. Review of Crystalline Structures of Some Selected Homologous Series of Rod-Like Molecules Capable of Forming Liquid Crystalline Phases

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    Zugenmaier, Peter

    2011-01-01

    The crystal structures of four homologous series of rod-like molecules are reviewed, two of which form hydrogen bonds and two with a symmetric chemical constitution. Many of the compounds investigated turn into liquid crystalline phases upon temperature increase. It is of valuable interest to know possible conformations and possible packing arrangements as prerequisites to model liquid crystalline structures. The hydrogen bonds of homologous series of pure 4-(ω-hydroxyalkyloxy)-4′-hydroxybiphenyl (HnHBP, n the alkyloxy tail length) are realized through head to tail arrangements of the hydroxyl groups and crystallize except one compound in chiral space groups without the molecules containing any asymmetric carbon. The hydrogen bonds of the homologous series of 4-substituted benzoic acids with various lengths of the tail provide dimers through strong polar bonding of adjacent carboxyl groups and thus provide the stiff part of a mesogenic unit prerequisite for liquid crystalline phases. The homologous series of dialkanoyloxybiphenyls (BP-n, n = 1, 19), of which nine compounds could be crystallized, show liquid crystalline behavior for longer alkane chain lengths, despite the high mobility of the alkane chain ends already detectable in the crystal phase. A single molecule, half a molecule or two half molecules form the asymmetric unit in a centrosymmetric space group. The homologous series of 1,4-terephthalidene-bis-N-(4′-n-alkylaniline) (TBAA-n) exhibit a large variety of packing arrangements in the crystalline state, with or without relying on the symmetry center within the molecules. PMID:22174604

  19. Electrodeposition of Pluronic F127 assisted rod-like EMD/carbon arrays for efficient energy storage.

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    Biswal, Avijit; Tripathy, Bankim Ch; Li, Dan; Minakshi, Manickam

    2015-10-01

    In the traditional Duracell battery, the results obtained to date remain marginal in terms of cyclability. The development of the existing Zn-MnO2 with superior electrochemical performance for use in alkaline rechargeable batteries is reported. Electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) was synthesized from a conventional manganese sulphate bath but having a unique non-ionic surfactant (Pluronic F127), and activated carbon, in an electrolytic cell. The surface areas and morphologies of the as-prepared EMDs were influenced by the presence of these novel additives in the solution while the X-ray data revealed that there was no noticeable change in the crystal orientations thus all the EMDs were structurally similar. The synergistic effect of the optimal ratio of surfactant to carbon powder produced rod-like arrays exhibiting a larger surface area, which facilitates ion transport for better energy storage. It is interesting to note that EMD deposited in the presence of F127 showed better cyclability whereas in the presence of carbon, although it showed better storage capability, it was endowed with poor efficiency when compared with the surfactant added sample, nevertheless the results are better than the existing Zn-MnO2 technology (additive free EMD). Therefore, both the surfactant (50 mg dm(-3)) and the activated carbon (5 g dm(-3)) have been added together in the bath and the resultant EMD exhibits a high specific capacity and an excellent cycling stability. Moreover, the presence of surfactant and activated carbon improved the discharge capacity and its retention thus making this alkaline technology feasible for storing renewable energy for future use. The synergistic effect and the mechanism involved have been discussed. PMID:26314493

  20. 3D rod-like copper oxide with nanowire hierarchical structure: Ultrasound assisted synthesis from Cu2(OH)3NO3 precursor, optical properties and formation mechanism

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    Ba, Ningning; Zhu, Lianjie; Li, Hongbin; Zhang, Guangzhi; Li, Jianfa; Sun, Jingfeng

    2016-03-01

    3-dimensional (3D) rod-like CuO with nanowire hierarchical structure has been synthesized successfully by a facile ultrasound assisted method combined with thermal conversion, using rouaite Cu2(OH)3NO3 as the precursor. The product was characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, HRTEM and FT-IR spectrum. Its optical properties were studied by means of UV-Vis diffuse reflectance absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectrum. Series of control experiments have been performed to explore influencing factors to the product morphologies and a possible formation mechanism has been proposed. The results show that each CuO rod assembled by tens of nanowires is 200-300 nm in diameter and about 1000 nm in length. Each nanowire contains many interconnected nanoparticles with sizes of about 15 nm. Particularly, ultrasound processing was found beneficial to the formation of the 3D rod-like CuO with nanowire hierarchical structure.

  1. Tetrahydrophthalic Anhydrides as Addition Curing Polyimide End Caps: Thermal Isomerization of Methylendianiline 3,6-Diphenyltetrahydrophthalic Bisimides

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    Frimer, Aryeh A.; Gilinsky-Sharon, Pessia; Gottlieb, Hugo E.; Meador, Mary Ann B.; Johnston, J. Christopher

    2005-01-01

    In depth NMR studies confirm that heating a 1:2 mixture of cis, cis, cis 3,6-diphenyltetrahydrophthalic anhydride (end cap 9c) with methylenedianiline at 316 C initially yields the corresponding highly congested cis, cis, cis 3,6-diphenyltetrahydrophthalic bisimide 11, which is converted at this temperature to the observed product, the less hindered trans, cis, trans isomer 12.

  2. Rod-like CuMnOx transformed from mixed oxide particles by alkaline hydrothermal treatment as a novel catalyst for catalytic combustion of toluene.

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    Li, W B; Liu, Z X; Liu, R F; Chen, J L; Xu, B Q

    2016-08-17

    Rod-like copper manganese mixed oxides (CuMnx-NR) have been synthesized from copper manganese mixed oxide particles by sodium hydroxide hydrothermal treatment, and a higher BET surface area of 221 m(2) g(-1) is obtained on the nanorod-like sample, which exhibits superior catalytic activity toward toluene combustion at 210 °C due to the increase in its oxygen mobility of the chemisorbed oxygen species as well as the increase in surface concentrations of higher valance cations, Cu(2+), Mn(3+) and Mn(4+), in the samples. PMID:27498822

  3. Substitution effect on the adlayer formation of tetrachloroperylene bisimides on HOPG surface

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    Chen, Qing; Zhang, Xu; Chen, Ting; Wang, Dong; Qian, Hua-Lei; Wang, Zhao-Hui; Wan, Li-Jun

    2010-11-01

    Di-perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic acid bisimides (diPBI) is an n-type graphene molecule with nonplanar conformation. The controllable assembly and molecular adlayer structures of tetrachlorinated diPBI derivatives with different alkyl chains substitutions on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite were studied by scanning tunneling microscopy. When the molecule was substituted by butyl, the formation of multilayer or monolayer can be regulated by the solution concentration. When the molecule was substituted by 2-ethylhexyl, however, it can only form monolayer assembly. The unit cell of 2-ethylhexyl substituted diPBI adlayer was expanded to a rectangular shape compared to that of the butyl substituted diPBI. The steric repulsion of the alkyl chains (straight or branched) substitution is proposed as the key factor to control the adlayer structures of diPBI derivatives. The result is helpful to the design and fabrication of the organic film of chemically synthesized graphene type materials.

  4. Rapid Energy Transfer Enabling Control of Emission Polarization in Perylene Bisimide Donor-Acceptor Triads.

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    Menelaou, Christopher; ter Schiphorst, Jeroen; Kendhale, Amol M; Parkinson, Patrick; Debije, Michael G; Schenning, Albertus P H J; Herz, Laura M

    2015-04-01

    Materials showing rapid intramolecular energy transfer and polarization switching are of interest for both their fundamental photophysics and potential for use in real-world applications. Here, we report two donor-acceptor-donor triad dyes based on perylene-bisimide subunits, with the long axis of the donors arranged either parallel or perpendicular to that of the central acceptor. We observe rapid energy transfer (<2 ps) and effective polarization control in both dye molecules in solution. A distributed-dipole Förster model predicts the excitation energy transfer rate for the linearly arranged triad but severely underestimates it for the orthogonal case. We show that the rapid energy transfer arises from a combination of through-bond coupling and through-space transfer between donor and acceptor units. As they allow energy cascading to an excited state with controllable polarization, these triad dyes show high potential for use in luminescent solar concentrator devices. PMID:26262968

  5. Poly(acrylic acid)-regulated Synthesis of Rod-Like Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticles for Inducing the Osteogenic Differentiation of MC3T3-E1 Cells.

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    Yang, Wei; Yao, Chenxue; Cui, Zhengyang; Luo, Dandan; Lee, In-Seop; Yao, Juming; Chen, Cen; Kong, Xiangdong

    2016-01-01

    Calcium carbonate, especially with nanostructure, has been considered as a good candidate material for bone regeneration due to its excellent biodegradability and osteoconductivity. In this study, rod-like calcium carbonate nanoparticles (Rod-CC NPs) with desired water dispersibility were achieved with the regulation of poly (acrylic acid). Characterization results revealed that the Rod-CC NPs had an average length of 240 nm, a width of 90 nm with an average aspect ratio of 2.60 and a negative ζ-potential of -22.25 ± 0.35 mV. The degradation study illustrated the nanoparticles degraded 23% at pH 7.4 and 45% at pH 5.6 in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) solution within three months. When cultured with MC3T3-E1 cells, the Rod-CC NPs exhibited a positive effect on the proliferation of osteoblast cells. Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity assays together with the osteocalcin (OCN) and bone sialoprotein (BSP) expression observations demonstrated the nanoparticles could induce the differentiation of MC3T3-E1 cells. Our study developed well-dispersed rod-like calcium carbonate nanoparticles which have great potential to be used in bone regeneration. PMID:27164090

  6. Poly(acrylic acid)-regulated Synthesis of Rod-Like Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticles for Inducing the Osteogenic Differentiation of MC3T3-E1 Cells

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    Yang, Wei; Yao, Chenxue; Cui, Zhengyang; Luo, Dandan; Lee, In-Seop; Yao, Juming; Chen, Cen; Kong, Xiangdong

    2016-01-01

    Calcium carbonate, especially with nanostructure, has been considered as a good candidate material for bone regeneration due to its excellent biodegradability and osteoconductivity. In this study, rod-like calcium carbonate nanoparticles (Rod-CC NPs) with desired water dispersibility were achieved with the regulation of poly (acrylic acid). Characterization results revealed that the Rod-CC NPs had an average length of 240 nm, a width of 90 nm with an average aspect ratio of 2.60 and a negative ζ-potential of −22.25 ± 0.35 mV. The degradation study illustrated the nanoparticles degraded 23% at pH 7.4 and 45% at pH 5.6 in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) solution within three months. When cultured with MC3T3-E1 cells, the Rod-CC NPs exhibited a positive effect on the proliferation of osteoblast cells. Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity assays together with the osteocalcin (OCN) and bone sialoprotein (BSP) expression observations demonstrated the nanoparticles could induce the differentiation of MC3T3-E1 cells. Our study developed well-dispersed rod-like calcium carbonate nanoparticles which have great potential to be used in bone regeneration. PMID:27164090

  7. Rapid self-assembly of porous square rod-like nickel persulfide via a facile solution method for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Ruan, Yunjun; Jiang, Jianjun; Wan, Houzhao; Ji, Xiao; Miao, Ling; Peng, Lu; Zhang, Bao; Lv, Lin; Liu, Jia

    2016-01-01

    The square rod-like NiS2 with open ends is synthesized by a general solution method without substrate followed by a post annealing treatment. This method involves a rapid self-assembly and a spontaneous aging process controlled by the time of the solution reaction. And the one-step solution-controlled reaction benefits for the convenient fabrication of metal sulfide precursors. The NiS2 with the length varying from 3 to 8 μm and the width of 2 μm has both open ends, and the BET surface area and average pore diameter of the NiS2 are 59.2 m2 g-1 and 24.4 nm, respectively. The porous NiS2 square rods show a high specific capacitance (1020.2 F g-1 at 1 A g-1 and 534.9 F g-1 at 10 A g-1) as well as excellent cycle life (93.4% of the initial specific capacitance remains after 1000 cycles). Furthermore, an asymmetric supercapacitor device fabricated by using the NiS2 as the cathode and reduced graphene oxide as the anode delivers an energy density of 32.76 Wh kg-1 at a power density of 954 W kg-1. Therefore, the porous square rod-like NiS2 synthesized by an effective route exhibits outstanding electrochemical performance as a promising cathode material for supercapacitors.

  8. Rapid Facile Microwave-assisted Solvothermal Synthesis of Rod-like CuO/TiO2 for High Efficiency photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution

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    Yu, Yi-Hsien; Chen, Ying-Pin; Cheng, Zhengdong

    2015-03-01

    Rod-like CuO/TiO2 was prepared by a rapid facile microwave-assisted solvothermal method for high efficiency photocatalytic hydrogen evolution. The structure of obtained CuO/TiO2 samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), and the amount of produced hydrogen was analyzed by gas chromatography (GC). CuO decorated TiO2 rods exhibited greatly improvement of photocatalytic hydrogen evolution. Utilizing 30 mg of CuO/TiO2 rods sample showed highest hydrogen evolution rate over utilizing 50 mg and 100 mg. Comparing to hydrogen evolution rate of 45.4 μmol h-1 g1 by using bare Rod-like TiO2, 1 wt% CuO loaded TiO2 rods presented the highest hydrogen evolution rate of 3508.7 μmol h-1 g-1 while hydrogen evolution rate of 0.5 wt%, 5 wt%, and 10 wt% CuO loaded TiO2 rods were 157.1, 2817, and 2595 μmol h-1 g-1, respectively. Such enhancement of photocatalytic activity could be ascribed to that CuO improves not only light harvesting but also enhanced separation of electron-hole charge carriers

  9. Effects of molecular chirality on self-assembly and switching in liquid crystals at the cross-over between rod-like and bent shapes.

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    Ocak, Hale; Poppe, Marco; Bilgin-Eran, Belkız; Karanlık, Gürkan; Prehm, Marko; Tschierske, Carsten

    2016-09-21

    A bent-core compound derived from a 4-cyanoresorcinol core unit with two terephthalate based rod-like wings and carrying chiral 3,7-dimethyloctyloxy side chains has been synthesized in racemic and enantiomerically pure form and characterized by polarizing microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction and electro-optical investigations to study the influence of molecular chirality on the superstructural chirality and polar order in lamellar liquid crystalline phases. Herein we demonstrate that the coupling of molecular chirality with superstructural layer chirality in SmCsPF domain phases (forming energetically distinct diastereomeric pairs) can fix the tilt direction and thus stabilize synpolar order, leading to bistable ferroelectric switching in the SmC* phases of the (S)-enantiomer, whereas tristable modes determine the switching of the racemate. Moreover, the mechanism of electric field induced molecular reorganization changes from a rotation around the molecular long axis in the racemate to a rotation on the tilt-cone for the (S)-enantiomer. At high temperature the enantiomer behaves like a rod-like molecule with a chirality induced ferroelectric SmC* phase and an electroclinic effect in the SmA'* phase. At reduced temperature sterically induced polarization, due to the bent molecular shape, becomes dominating, leading to much higher polarization values, thus providing access to high polarization ferroelectric materials with weakly bent compounds having only "weakly chiral" stereogenic units. Moreover, the field induced alignment of the SmCsPF(()*()) domains gives rise to a special kind of electroclinic effect appearing even in the absence of molecular chirality. Comparison with related compounds indicates that the strongest effects of chirality appear for weakly bent molecules with a relatively short coherence length of polar order, whereas for smectic phases with long range polar order the effects of the interlayer interfaces can override

  10. Understanding and optimising the packing density of perylene bisimide layers on CVD-grown graphene

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    Berner, Nina C.; Winters, Sinéad; Backes, Claudia; Yim, Chanyoung; Dümbgen, Kim C.; Kaminska, Izabela; Mackowski, Sebastian; Cafolla, Attilio A.; Hirsch, Andreas; Duesberg, Georg S.

    2015-10-01

    The non-covalent functionalisation of graphene is an attractive strategy to alter the surface chemistry of graphene without damaging its superior electrical and mechanical properties. Using the facile method of aqueous-phase functionalisation on large-scale CVD-grown graphene, we investigated the formation of different packing densities in self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of perylene bisimide derivatives and related this to the amount of substrate contamination. We were able to directly observe wet-chemically deposited SAMs in scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) on transferred CVD graphene and revealed that the densely packed perylene ad-layers adsorb with the conjugated π-system of the core perpendicular to the graphene substrate. This elucidation of the non-covalent functionalisation of graphene has major implications on controlling its surface chemistry and opens new pathways for adaptable functionalisation in ambient conditions and on the large scale.The non-covalent functionalisation of graphene is an attractive strategy to alter the surface chemistry of graphene without damaging its superior electrical and mechanical properties. Using the facile method of aqueous-phase functionalisation on large-scale CVD-grown graphene, we investigated the formation of different packing densities in self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of perylene bisimide derivatives and related this to the amount of substrate contamination. We were able to directly observe wet-chemically deposited SAMs in scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) on transferred CVD graphene and revealed that the densely packed perylene ad-layers adsorb with the conjugated π-system of the core perpendicular to the graphene substrate. This elucidation of the non-covalent functionalisation of graphene has major implications on controlling its surface chemistry and opens new pathways for adaptable functionalisation in ambient conditions and on the large scale. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available

  11. Effect of N-substituents on redox, optical, and electronic properties of naphthalene bisimides used for field-effect transistors fabrication.

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    Gawrys, Pawel; Djurado, David; Rimarcík, Ján; Kornet, Aleksandra; Boudinet, Damien; Verilhac, Jean-Marie; Lukes, Vladimír; Wielgus, Ireneusz; Zagorska, Malgorzata; Pron, Adam

    2010-02-11

    Three groups of naphthalene bisimides were synthesized and comparatively studied, namely, alkyl bisimides, alkylaryl ones, and novel bisimides containing the alkylthienyl moiety in the N-substituent. The experimental absorption spectra measured in CHCl(3) exhibit one intensive absorption band that is uniformly detected in the spectral range of 340 to 400 nm for all studied molecules. This band consists of three or four vibronic peaks. The introduction of an alkylthienyl group results in the appearance of an additional band (in the spectral range from 282 to 326 nm, depending on the position of the substituent) that can be ascribed to the pi-pi* transition in the thienyl chromophore. The minimal substituent effect on the lowest electronic transitions was explained using the quantum chemical calculations based on the time-dependent density functional theory. The investigation of the shapes of frontier orbitals have also shown that the oxidation of bisimides containing thiophene moiety is primary connected with the electron abstraction from the thienyl ring. To the contrary, the addition of an electron in the reduction process leads to an increase in the electron density in the central bisimide core. As shown by the electrochemical measurements, the onset of the first reduction potential (so-called "electrochemically determined LUMO level") is sensitive toward the type of the substituent being shifted from about -3.72 eV for bisimides with alkyl substituents to about -3.83 eV for alkylaryl ones and to about -3.94 eV for bisimides with thienyl groups. The presence of the thienyl ring also lowers the energy difference between the HOMO and LUMO orbitals. These experimental data can be well correlated with the DFT calculations in terms of HOMO/LUMO shapes and energies. Taking into account the low position of their LUMO level and their highly ordered supramolecular organization, the new bisimides are good candidates for the use in n-channel field effect transistors

  12. Excited-State Vibrational Coherence in Perylene Bisimide Probed by Femtosecond Broadband Pump-Probe Spectroscopy.

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    Son, Minjung; Park, Kyu Hyung; Yoon, Min-Chul; Kim, Pyosang; Kim, Dongho

    2015-06-18

    Broadband laser pulses with ultrashort duration are capable of triggering impulsive excitation of the superposition of vibrational eigenstates, giving rise to quantum beating signals originating from coherent wave packet motions along the potential energy surface. In this work, coherent vibrational wave packet dynamics of an N,N'-bis(2,6-dimethylphenyl)perylene bisimide (DMP-PBI) were investigated by femtosecond broadband pump-probe spectroscopy which features fast and balanced data acquisition with a wide spectral coverage of >200 nm. Clear modulations were observed in the envelope of the stimulated emission decay profiles of DMP-PBI with the oscillation frequencies of 140 and 275 cm(-1). Fast Fourier transform analysis of each oscillatory mode revealed characteristic phase jumps near the maxima of the steady-state fluorescence, indicating that the observed vibrational coherence originates from an excited-state wave packet motion. Quantum calculations of the normal modes at the low-frequency region suggest that low-frequency C-C (C═C) stretching motions accompanied by deformation of the dimethylphenyl substituents are responsible for the manifestation of such coherent wave packet dynamics. PMID:25992707

  13. Coordination-driven self-assembly of PEO-functionalized perylene bisimides: supramolecular diversity from a limited set of molecular building blocks.

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    Gebers, Jan; Rolland, Damien; Frauenrath, Holger

    2009-01-01

    A limited number of poly(ethylene oxide)-substituted perylene bisimides, some of which are equipped with terpyridine ligands for transition-metal coordination (see structure), combine different types of noncovalent interactions to yield optoelectronically active organic materials with different types of supramolecular morphologies. PMID:19455536

  14. Photoluminescence and conductivity of self-assembled pi-pi stacks of perylene bisimide dyes.

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    Chen, Zhijian; Stepanenko, Vladimir; Dehm, Volker; Prins, Paulette; Siebbeles, Laurens D A; Seibt, Joachim; Marquetand, Philipp; Engel, Volker; Würthner, Frank

    2007-01-01

    The self-assembly of a new, highly fluorescent perylene bisimide dye 2 into pi stacks, both in solution and condensed phase, has been studied in detail by NMR spectroscopy, vapor pressure osmometry (VPO), UV/Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), optical polarizing microscopy (OPM) and X-ray diffraction. The NMR and VPO measurements revealed the formation of extended pi-pi stacks of the dye molecules in solution. The aggregate size determined from VPO and DOSY NMR measurements agree well with that obtained from the concentration and temperature-dependent UV/Vis spectral data by employing the isodesmic model (equal K model). In the condensed state, dye 2 possesses a hexagonal columnar liquid crystalline (LC) phase as confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. The columnar stacking of this dye has been further explored by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Well-resolved columnar nanostructures of the compound are observed on graphite surface. A color-tunable luminescence from green to red has been observed upon aggregation which is accompanied by an increase of the fluorescence lifetime and depolarization. The observed absorption properties can be explained in terms of molecular exciton theory. The charge transport properties of dye 2 have been investigated by pulse radiolysis-time resolved microwave conductivity measurements and a 1D charge carrier mobility up to 0.42 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) is obtained. Considering the promising self-assembly, semiconducting, and luminescence properties of this dye, it might serve as a useful functional material for nano(opto)electronics. PMID:17143925

  15. Fabrication and humidity sensing performance studies of a fluorescent film based on a cholesteryl derivative of perylene bisimide.

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    Zhang, Shujuan; Zhou, Feng; Peng, Haonan; Liu, Taihong; Ding, Liping; Fang, Yu

    2016-08-01

    A fluorescent film based on a cholesteryl derivative of perylene bisimide (PTCDI-co-CholDEA) was fabricated via utilization of an electrostatic spinning technique on a glass plate surface. SEM studies revealed that the film was characterized by fibrous network structure. It is the structure and the chemical composition that make the fluorescence emission of the film sensitive to the variation of local environmental humidity. The sensitivity of the sensing is 0.1497 (×10(4)a.u. of the intensity)/1% RH, of which RH is the abbreviation of relative humidity. The maximum quenching efficiency of the film is 55.4% when humidity reaches 97% RH. Furthermore, the sensing process is fully reversible, and presence of other commonly found liquids shows little effect to the monitoring process. PMID:27131145

  16. Supramolecular block copolymers by kinetically controlled co-self-assembly of planar and core-twisted perylene bisimides

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    Görl, Daniel; Zhang, Xin; Stepanenko, Vladimir; Würthner, Frank

    2015-05-01

    New synthetic methodologies for the formation of block copolymers have revolutionized polymer science within the last two decades. However, the formation of supramolecular block copolymers composed of alternating sequences of larger block segments has not been realized yet. Here we show by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), 2D NMR and optical spectroscopy that two different perylene bisimide dyes bearing either a flat (A) or a twisted (B) core self-assemble in water into supramolecular block copolymers with an alternating sequence of (AmBB)n. The highly defined ultralong nanowire structure of these supramolecular copolymers is entirely different from those formed upon self-assembly of the individual counterparts, that is, stiff nanorods (A) and irregular nanoworms (B), respectively. Our studies further reveal that the as-formed supramolecular block copolymer constitutes a kinetic self-assembly product that transforms into thermodynamically more stable self-sorted homopolymers upon heating.

  17. Supramolecular block copolymers by kinetically controlled co-self-assembly of planar and core-twisted perylene bisimides

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    Görl, Daniel; Zhang, Xin; Stepanenko, Vladimir; Würthner, Frank

    2015-01-01

    New synthetic methodologies for the formation of block copolymers have revolutionized polymer science within the last two decades. However, the formation of supramolecular block copolymers composed of alternating sequences of larger block segments has not been realized yet. Here we show by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), 2D NMR and optical spectroscopy that two different perylene bisimide dyes bearing either a flat (A) or a twisted (B) core self-assemble in water into supramolecular block copolymers with an alternating sequence of (AmBB)n. The highly defined ultralong nanowire structure of these supramolecular copolymers is entirely different from those formed upon self-assembly of the individual counterparts, that is, stiff nanorods (A) and irregular nanoworms (B), respectively. Our studies further reveal that the as-formed supramolecular block copolymer constitutes a kinetic self-assembly product that transforms into thermodynamically more stable self-sorted homopolymers upon heating. PMID:25959777

  18. Fabrication and humidity sensing performance studies of a fluorescent film based on a cholesteryl derivative of perylene bisimide

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    Zhang, Shujuan; Zhou, Feng; Peng, Haonan; Liu, Taihong; Ding, Liping; Fang, Yu

    2016-08-01

    A fluorescent film based on a cholesteryl derivative of perylene bisimide (PTCDI-co-CholDEA) was fabricated via utilization of an electrostatic spinning technique on a glass plate surface. SEM studies revealed that the film was characterized by fibrous network structure. It is the structure and the chemical composition that make the fluorescence emission of the film sensitive to the variation of local environmental humidity. The sensitivity of the sensing is 0.1497 (× 104 a.u. of the intensity)/1% RH, of which RH is the abbreviation of relative humidity. The maximum quenching efficiency of the film is 55.4% when humidity reaches 97% RH. Furthermore, the sensing process is fully reversible, and presence of other commonly found liquids shows little effect to the monitoring process.

  19. Hydrothermal synthesis of mesoporous rod-like nanocrystalline vanadium oxide hydrate V{sub 3}O{sub 7}·H{sub 2}O from hydroquinone and V{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Mjejri, I.; Etteyeb, N.; Sediri, F.

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Rod-like nanocrystalline V{sub 3}O{sub 7}·H{sub 2}O has heen synthesized hydrothermally. • Molar ratio is key factor for structure and morphology. • Electrochemical properties were also studied. • CV has revealed reversible redox behavior with charge–discharge cycling. - Abstract: Rod-like nanocrystalline V{sub 3}O{sub 7}·H{sub 2}O has been synthesized hydrothermally via a simple and elegant route. Techniques X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, thermal analysis (TG-DTA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV–vis spectroscopy and nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherms have been used to characterize the structure, morphology and composition of the materials. The as-prepared V{sub 3}O{sub 7}·H{sub 2}O nanorods are up to several of micrometers in length, about 130 nm in width and about 70 nm in thickness in average, respectively. Cyclic voltammetric characterization of thin films of V{sub 3}O{sub 7}·H{sub 2}O nanorods has revealed reversible redox behavior with charge–discharge cycling corresponding to the reversible lithium intercalation/deintercalation.

  20. Direct observation of ultrafast coherent exciton dynamics in helical π-stacks of self-assembled perylene bisimides

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    Sung, Jooyoung; Kim, Pyosang; Fimmel, Benjamin; Würthner, Frank; Kim, Dongho

    2015-01-01

    Ever since the discovery of dye self-assemblies in nature, there have been tremendous efforts to exploit biomimetic supramolecular assemblies for tailored artificial photon processing materials. This feature necessarily has resulted in an increasing demand for understanding exciton dynamics in the dye self-assemblies. In a sharp contrast with J-type aggregates, however, the detailed observation of exciton dynamics in H-type aggregates has remained challenging. In this study, as we succeed in measuring transient fluorescence from Frenkel state of π-stacked perylene tetracarboxylic acid bisimide dimer and oligomer aggregates, we present an experimental demonstration on Frenkel exciton dynamics of archetypal columnar π–π stacks of dyes. The analysis of the vibronic peak ratio of the transient fluorescence spectra reveals that unlike the simple π-stacked dimer, the photoexcitation energy in the columnar π-stacked oligomer aggregates is initially delocalized over at least three molecular units and moves coherently along the chain in tens of femtoseconds, preceding excimer formation process. PMID:26492820

  1. Modification of nanocrystalline WO3 with a dicationic perylene bisimide: applications to molecular level solar water splitting.

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    Ronconi, Federico; Syrgiannis, Zois; Bonasera, Aurelio; Prato, Maurizio; Argazzi, Roberto; Caramori, Stefano; Cristino, Vito; Bignozzi, Carlo Alberto

    2015-04-15

    [(N,N'-Bis(2-(trimethylammonium)ethylene) perylene 3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic acid bisimide)(PF6)2] (1) was observed to spontaneously adsorb on nanocrystalline WO3 surfaces via aggregation/hydrophobic forces. Under visible irradiation (λ > 435 nm), the excited state of 1 underwent oxidative quenching by electron injection (kinj > 10(8) s(-1)) to WO3, leaving a strongly positive hole (Eox ≈ 1.7 V vs SCE), which allows to drive demanding photo-oxidation reactions in photoelectrochemical cells (PECs). The casting of IrO2 nanoparticles (NPs), acting as water oxidation catalysts (WOCs) on the sensitized electrodes, led to a 4-fold enhancement in photoanodic current, consistent with hole transfer from oxidized dye to IrO2 occurring on the microsecond time scale. Once the interaction of the sensitizer with suitable WOCs is optimized, 1/WO3 photoanodes may hold potentialities for the straightforward building of molecular level devices for solar fuel production. PMID:25837588

  2. Understanding ground- and excited-state properties of perylene tetracarboxylic acid bisimide crystals by means of quantum chemical computations.

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    Zhao, Hong-Mei; Pfister, Johannes; Settels, Volker; Renz, Manuel; Kaupp, Martin; Dehm, Volker C; Würthner, Frank; Fink, Reinhold F; Engels, Bernd

    2009-11-01

    Quantum chemical protocols explaining the crystal structures and the visible light absorption properties of 3,4:9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic acid bisimide (PBI) derivates are proposed. Dispersion-corrected density functional theory has provided an intermolecular potential energy of PBI dimers showing several energetically low-lying minima, which corresponds well with the packing of different PBI dyes in the solid state. While the dispersion interaction is found to be crucial for the binding strength, the minimum structures of the PESs are best explained by electrostatic interactions. Furthermore, a method is introduced, which reproduces the photon energies at the absorption maxima of PBI pigments within 0.1 eV. It is based on time-dependent Hartree-Fock (TD-HF) excitation energies calculated for PBI dimers with the next-neighbor arrangement in the pigment and incorporates crystal packing effects. This success provides clear evidence that the electronically excited states, which determine the color of these pigments, have no significant charge-transfer character. The developed protocols can be applied in a routine manner to understand and to predict the properties of such pigments, which are important materials for organic solar cells and (opto-)electronic devices. PMID:19860479

  3. Synthesis and electrocatalytic performance for p-nitrophenol reduction of rod-like Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Ag/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} composites

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    Pan, Lu; Tang, Jing; Wang, Fengwu

    2013-07-15

    Graphical abstract: The pure Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Ag/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} composite with 5% Ag all exhibited rod-like morphology, and the microrods were actually composed of nanoparticles with mean size of 35 nm or so. - Highlights: • A facile route was designed to fabricate rod-like Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Ag/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} composite nanomaterials. • Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Ag/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} composite were modified on a GCE directly. • All samples exhibited enhanced catalytic property for p-nitrophenol reduction. - Abstract: Rod-like precursors of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Ag/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} composites with different Ag contents were synthesized via a co-precipitation method. Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Ag/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} composite samples were fabricated by calcining each precursor at 400 °C for 3 h. The as-prepared samples were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA/DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Ag/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} composites were used as electrocatalyst modified on a glassy carbon electrode for p-nitrophenol reduction in basic solution. The results showed that p-nitrophenol could be reduced effectively on the modified electrode. By comparison with a bare glassy carbon electrode, peak current increased markedly with Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Ag/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} samples, and peak potential decreased obviously with Ag/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} samples. Ag/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} composites with 4% Ag exhibited the highest electrocatalytic activity for p-nitrophenol reduction.

  4. Ce (III) - Porphyrin Sandwich Complex Ce2(TPP)3: A Rod-Like Nanoparticle as a Fluorescence Turn-Off Probe for Detection of Hg (II) and Cu (II).

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    Boroujerdi, Ramin

    2016-05-01

    In this study the researcher reports a novel, one step synthesized rod-like nanoparticles of cerium (III)-tetraphenylporphyrin sandwich complex as a spectrofluorometric sensor to measure trace amount of Hg (II) and Cu (II) metal ions. Moreover, the synthesized fluorescent probe was able to detect higher amounts (>10(-4) M) of Hg (II) in aqueous media by changing the color which can also be used as a selective mercury naked-eye sensor. The selectivity and sensitivity of the sensor based on its fluorescence quenching in the presence of Hg (II) and Cu (II) were studied according to the Stern-Volmer equation. The detection limit of the sensor was 16 nM for Hg (II) and about 2.34 μM for Cu (II) ions. Graphical Abstract Ce2(TPP)3 sandwich complex application as a fluorescent probe for measuring trace amounts of mercury and copper in real samples. PMID:26856340

  5. Bisimide amine cured epoxy /IME/ resins and composites. II - Ten-degree off-axis tensile and shear properties of Celion 6000/IME composites

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    Scola, D. A.

    1982-01-01

    Bisimide amines (BIAs), which are presently used as curing agents in a state-of-the-art epoxy resin, are oligomeric and polymeric mixtures. A series of composites consisting of the novel BIA-cured epoxy resin reinforced with Celion 6000 graphite fibers were fabricated and evaluated, and the ten-degree, off-axis uniaxial tensile and shear properties of these composites were determined. The use of the intralaminar shear strain-to-failure was used in the calculation of resin shear strain-to-failure. Study results indicate that several of these novel composite systems exhibit shear strain properties that are superior to those of the control composite system of the present experiments, which employed a sulfone curing agent.

  6. A novel water-soluble fluorescent polymer based on perylene bisimides dyes: one-pot preparation and its bio-imaging.

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    Tan, Haijian; Liu, Hongmei; Liu, Yaojun; Duan, Wenfeng; Yi, Xuegang; Wu, Yonggang; Zhao, Hongchi; Bai, Libin

    2016-04-01

    Perylene bisimides dye-based water-soluble fluorescent polymer P3, N,N'-bis(3-amyl)-1-bromo-7-{4'-[3''-(S-poly(N-acryloyl ethylene diamine hydrochloride)-2'''-methyl propionic acid)propionyloxy hexyloxy]phenyl} perylene-3,4:9,10-tetracarboxylic bisimides, was synthesized with polyelectrolyte modification via one-pot reaction (the reduction reaction of trithioester and click reaction between the thiol group and carbon-carbon double bond were simultaneously conducted in one pot with high conversion). One-pot method can overcome the limitation that usual click reaction between thiol and other groups has low conversion because thiol group is subject to rapid oxidation during purification and storage. Chemical, structural, and optical properties of P3 and intermediate products were fully characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared, gel permeation chromatograph, UV-vis spectra, and fluorescence spectra, respectively. The results revealed that P3 displayed excellent water solubility and not only exhibited red strong fluorescence emission band in water but also had the similar photoluminescent spectra to those of intermediate products (M4 and P2) in chloroform. Allowing for the potential application in biological detection field, cell viability and live cell imaging with the presence of P3 were further investigated with Hela cells. The results showed that P3 had low cytotoxicity with strong intracellular fluorescence entry. Meanwhile, with the augment of concentration of P3 (0-0.500 mg mL(-1)), the cell uptake and accumulation of P3 increased and thereby result in enhancement of the intracellular fluorescence. These experiment results suggested that P3 had enormous potential as a fluorescence probe to be an important component in biological detection field. PMID:26719068

  7. Room temperature synthesis of rod-like FeC2O4·2H2O and its transition to maghemite, magnetite and hematite nanorods through controlled thermal decomposition

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    Zhou, Weiwei; Tang, Kaibin; Zeng, Suyuan; Qi, Yunxia

    2008-02-01

    FeC2O4·2H2O nanorods with diameter of about 50 nm and length of up to several micrometers were synthesized at room temperature in a surfactant-assisted system, which was obtained by dissolving bis(2-ethylhexyl)sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT) in a mixed solution composed of water and ethylene glycol (EG). The influence of reaction conditions on the morphology of FeC2O4·2H2O is discussed in detail. Through direct thermal decomposition of FeC2O4·2H2O under different calcination conditions, maghemite (γ-Fe2O3), magnetite (Fe3O4) and hematite (α-Fe2O3) can be selectively obtained, preserving the rod-like morphology. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) characterizations showed that the as-obtained iron oxide nanorods were composed of fine particles with different crystal orientations. The magnetic properties of the as-obtained iron oxide nanorods were systematically investigated.

  8. Pentadecyl phenol- and cardanol-functionalized fluorescent, room-temperature liquid-crystalline perylene bisimides: effect of pendant chain unsaturation on self-assembly.

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    Bhavsar, Ghanashyam A; Asha, S K

    2011-11-01

    A new perylene bisimide (PBI) building block based on pentadecyl phenol (PDP) or cardanol was developed, which upon esterification with 3,4,5-tridodecyloxy gallate resulted in highly emissive, room-temperature liquid-crystalline (LC) molecules. The self assembly in solution was studied in detail by NMR spectroscopy, UV/Vis absorption, and fluorescence spectroscopy. In solution both PDP- and cardanol-based PBI exhibited similar behavior. They were molecularly dissolved in chloroform (CHCl(3)) but formed rotationally displaced H-type aggregates that emitted at 640 nm in methylcyclohexane (MCH). Surface morphology in dropcast films were characterized using microscopic techniques such as SEM, TEM, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The liquid-crystalline properties were studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarized light microscopy (PLM), and variable-temperature X-ray (small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WXRD)) studies. Variable-temperature X-ray studies in the LC phase indicated strong π-π stacking interaction present in the PDP-based PBI derivative, whereas the stacking was absent in the LC phase of the cardanol-based PBI. The latter formed self-organized structures of extremely short length due to the presence of cis double bonds in the C15 alkyl side chain, whereas the saturated alkyl side chain in PDP could pack efficiently, thereby resulting in nanofibers that were several micrometers in length. PMID:21956257

  9. Increasing 3D Supramolecular Order by Decreasing Molecular Order. A Comparative Study of Helical Assemblies of Dendronized Nonchlorinated and Tetrachlorinated Perylene Bisimides.

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    Partridge, Benjamin E; Leowanawat, Pawaret; Aqad, Emad; Imam, Mohammad R; Sun, Hao-Jan; Peterca, Mihai; Heiney, Paul A; Graf, Robert; Spiess, Hans W; Zeng, Xiangbing; Ungar, Goran; Percec, Virgil

    2015-04-22

    A nonplanar, twisted, and flexible tetrachlorinated perylene bisimide (Cl4PBI) was functionalized with two AB3 minidendrons containing hydrogenated or semifluorinated dodecyl groups. The hydrogenated dendron was attached to the imide groups of Cl4PBI via m = 0, 1, and 2 methylenic units, whereas the dendron containing semifluorinated groups was attached via m = 3 or a di(ethylene oxide) linker (m = 2EO). The supramolecular structures of these compounds, determined by a combination of differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, and solid-state NMR, were compared with those of nonchlorinated planar and rigid PBI reported previously, which demonstrated the thermodynamically controlled formation of 2D periodic arrays at high temperatures and 3D arrays at low temperatures. The molecularly less ordered Cl4PBI containing hydrogenated dendrons self-organize into exclusively 3D crystalline periodic arrays under thermodynamic control for m = 0 and 2, while the more highly molecularly ordered PBI produced less stable and ordered 3D crystals and also 2D assemblies. This induction of a higher degree of 3D order in supramolecular assemblies of the less well-ordered molecular building blocks was unanticipated. The semifluorinated dendronized Cl4PBI with m = 3 formed a 2D columnar hexagonal array under kinetic control, whereas the compound with m = 2EO formed an unusual 2D honeycomb-like hexagonal phase under thermodynamic control. These Cl4PBI compounds provide a new route to stable crystalline assemblies via thermodynamic control at lower temperatures than previously obtained with PBI, thus generating 3D order in an accessible range of temperature of interest for structural analysis and for technological applications. PMID:25830346

  10. Naphthalene bisimides asymmetrically and symmetrically N-substituted with triarylamine--comparison of spectroscopic, electrochemical, electronic and self-assembly properties.

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    Rybakiewicz, Renata; Zapala, Joanna; Djurado, David; Nowakowski, Robert; Toman, Petr; Pfleger, Jiri; Verilhac, Jean-Marie; Zagorska, Malgorzata; Pron, Adam

    2013-02-01

    Two semiconducting naphthalene bisimides were comparatively studied: NBI-(TAA)(2), symmetrically N-substituted with triaryl amine and asymmetric NBI-TAA-Oc with triaryl amine and octyl N-substituents. Both compounds show very similar spectroscopic and redox properties but differ in their supramolecular organization. As evidenced by STM, in monolayers on HOPG they form ordered 2D structures, however of different packing patterns. NBI-(TAA)(2) does not form ordered 3D structures, yielding amorphous thin films whereas films of NBI-TAA-Oc are highly crystalline. DFT calculations predict the ionization potential (IP) of 5.22 eV and 5.18 eV for NBI-TAA-Oc and NBI-(TAA)(2), respectively, as well as the electron affinity values (EA) of -3.25 eV and -3.22 eV. These results are consistent with the cyclic voltammetry data which yield similar values of IP (5.20 eV and 5.19 eV) and somehow different values of EA (-3.80 eV and -3.83 eV). As judged from these data, both semiconductors should exhibit ambipolar behavior. Indeed, NBI-TAA-Oc is ambipolar, showing hole and electron mobilities of 4.5 × 10(-5) cm(2)/(V s) and of 2.6 × 10(-4) cm(2)/(V s), respectively, in the field effect transistor configuration. NBI-(TAA)(2) is not ambipolar and yields field effect only in the p-channel configuration. This different behavior is rationalized on the basis of structural factors. PMID:23243662

  11. A new tunable light-emitting and π-stacked hexa-ethyleneglycol naphthalene-bisimide oligomer: synthesis, photophysics and electrochemical properties.

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    Bodapati, Jagadeesh B; Icil, Huriye

    2011-08-01

    An oligomer (3) containing flexible hydrophilic hexa(ethylene glycol) and hydrophobic naphthalene-bisimide chromophores has been synthesized by a one-step condensation reaction and its photophysical and electrochemical properties were investigated. 3 was characterized through the data from NMR, IR, UV-vis, GPC, DSC, TGA, elemental analysis and cyclic voltammetry. The average molecular weight (M(w)) of 3 was 4430 g mol(-1). Intrinsic viscosity was measured as 0.28 dL g(-1) in m-cresol at 25 °C. It has high thermal stability (T(d) = 325 °C). Interestingly, compound 3 shows excimer-like emission in all kinds of solvents. The band gap energy (E(g)), LUMO and HOMO energy values in nonpolar and polar protic solvents were 2.71 eV/3.12 eV, -3.69 eV/-3.88 eV and -6.40 eV/-7.00 eV for 3, respectively. The oligomer showed concentration and solvent dependent fluorescent color tunability. Remarkably, the fluorescent colors of the excimer emissions at 10(-6) M concentration in CHCl(3), DMF and MeOH are light yellow, light blue-yellow and strong blue, respectively, and become more intense at higher concentrations. The excimer emission color in CHCl(3) and DMF is fluorescent yellow and changed to green in MeOH at 10(-4) M concentration. 3 shows two reversible reduction steps at -1.103 and -1.457 V (vs. ferrocene/ferrocenium) in nonpolar solvent CH(2)Cl(2) and only one at -0.917 V in (50:50) CH(3)OH-CH(3)CN binary solvent mixture with higher reversibility. Strong blue-shifts of emission band were noted in protic solvents, which confirm the existence of a negative solvatochromism probably due to protonation. The strong solvent-dependent photophysical and electrochemical properties, including the large shift of excimer emission maximum reflecting self-assembly mediated through hydrogen bonding and π-stacking interactions, make the oligomer a potential candidate for various photo-sensing applications. PMID:21552597

  12. Triggering activity of catalytic rod-like supramolecular polymers.

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    Huerta, Elisa; van Genabeek, Bas; Lamers, Brigitte A G; Koenigs, Marcel M E; Meijer, E W; Palmans, Anja R A

    2015-02-23

    Supramolecular polymers based on benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamides (BTAs) functionalized with an L- or D-proline moiety display high catalytic activity towards aldol reactions in water. High turnover frequencies (TOF) of up to 27×10(-4) s(-1) and excellent stereoselectivities (up to 96% de, up to 99% ee) were observed. In addition, the catalyst could be reused and remained active at catalyst loadings and substrate concentrations as low as 0.1 mol % and 50 mM, respectively. A temperature-induced conformational change in the supramolecular polymer triggers the high activity of the catalyst. The supramolecular polymer's helical sense in combination with the configuration of the proline (L- or D-) is responsible for the observed selectivity. PMID:25614098

  13. Geometric model and analysis of rod-like large space structures

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    Nayfeh, A. H.; Hefney, M. S.

    1978-01-01

    The application of geometrical schemes to large sphere antenna reflectors was investigated. The purpose of these studies is to determine the shape and size of flat segmented surfaces which approximate general shells of revolution and in particular spherical and paraboloidal reflective surfaces. The extensive mathematical and computational geometry analyses of the reflector resulted in the development of a general purpose computer program. This program is capable of generating the complete design parameters of the dish and can meet stringent accuracy requirements. The computer program also includes a graphical self contained subroutine which graphically displays the required design.

  14. Fabrication of rod-like CeO 2: Characterization, optical and electrochemical properties

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    Zhang, Dong-En; Ni, Xiao-Min; Zheng, Hua-Gui; Zhang, Xiao-Jun; Song, Ji-Mei

    2006-11-01

    One-dimensional CeO 2 nanoparticles were obtained via the thermal treatment of cerium oxalate nanorods, which were synthesized through a convenient precipitation route. The morphology of the precursor was maintained during the heating process, while the size of the subunits was tailored by adjusting the calcining temperature. The optical absorption spectrum indicates that the direct band gaps of CeO 2 decreases from 3.95 to 3.86 eV as the calcination temperature increases from 500 to 800 °C. Thus-prepared nanostructured CeO 2 with subunits of about 15 nm exhibited a first discharge specific capacity of 574 mAh g -1 vs. Li metal, much higher than that of the sample with bigger building blocks (30 nm, 519 mAh g -1).

  15. Synthesis and ESR studies of 2'-deoxyuridines tethered with alkynyl, rod-like linkages#

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    Sniady, Adam; Sevilla, Michael D.; Meneni, Srinivasarao; Lis, Tadeusz; Szafert, Slawomir; Khanduri, Deepthi; Finke, John M.; Dembinski, Roman

    2015-01-01

    Sonogashira coupling of diacetyl 5-ethynyl-2'-deoxyuridine with diacetyl 5-iodo-2'-deoxyuridine gave the acylated ethynediyl-linked 2'-deoxyuridine dimer (3b) (63%) that was deprotected with ammonia/methanol to ethynediyl-linked 2'-deoxyuridines (3a) (79%). Reaction of 5-ethynyl-2'-deoxyuridine (1a) with 5-iodo-2'-deoxyuridine gave the furopyrimidine linked to 2'-deoxyuridine (78%). Catalytic oxidative coupling of 1a (O2, CuI, Pd/C, DMF) gave the butadiynediyl-linked 2'-deoxyuridines (4) (84%). Double Sonogashira coupling of 5-iodo-2'-deoxyuridine with 1,4-bis(ethynyl)benzene gave 1,4-phenylenediethyne-bridged 5-ethynyl-2'-deoxyuridines (5, 83%). Cu-catalyzed cycloisomerization of dimers 4 and 5 gave their furopyrimidine derivatives. One electron addition to 1a, 3a and 4 gave the anion radical whose ESR spectra showed the unpaired electron largely localized at C6 of one uracil ring (17 G doublet) at 77 K. For the ethynediyl- and butadiynyl-linked uridines 3a and 4 the ESR spectra of their one electron oxidized species at 77 K showed that the unpaired electron is delocalized over both rings. Thus structures 3a and 4 provide an efficient electronic link for hole conduction between the uracil rings. However, for the excess electron, an activation barrier prevents coupling to both rings. These dimeric structures could provide a gate that could separate hole transfer from electron transport between strands in DNA systems. In the crystal structure of acylated dimer 3b the bases were found in the anti position to each other across the ethynyl link. Similar anti conformation was preserved in the derived furopyrimidine–deoxyuridine dinucleoside. PMID:19609983

  16. Combustion synthesized rod-like nanostructure hematite with enhanced lithium storage properties

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    Xiong, Q.Q.; Shi, S.J.; Tang, H.; Wang, X.L.; Gu, C.D.; Tu, J.P.

    2015-01-15

    Graphical abstract: Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanorods are synthesized by combustion method using alcohol as both solvent and fuel. As an anode material for lithium-ion batteries, the Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanorod electrode delivers good electrochemical performance. - Highlights: • We prepared Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanorod by a facile and powerful combustion method. • The Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanorod shows high capacity, good cycle stability, and rate performance. • Combustion saves time and energy to meet the demand of green and sustainable industry. - Abstract: Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanorods are synthesized by combustion method using alcohol as both solvent and fuel, which is a facile and effective strategy for the large-scale and inexpensive fabrication. The Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanorods are with the well distributed diameters of 20–30 nm and length ranging from 80 to 100 nm. As an anode material for lithium-ion batteries, the Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanorod electrode delivers a high discharge capacity of 761.7 mA h g{sup −1} after 60 cycles at 500 mA g{sup −1}, and 727.2 mA h g{sup −1} at a high current density of 2000 mA g{sup −1}. The good electrochemical performance is attributed to the sufficient contact of active material and electrolyte, large surface area, and short diffusion length of Li{sup +}.

  17. Thermotropic rod-like mesogens as stabilizers for polyolefins and polyvinyl chloride

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    Burmistrov, V. A.; Kuvshinova, S. A.; Koifman, O. I.

    2016-02-01

    The main approaches to stabilization of polymers and requirements to anti-ageing agents are discussed. Considerable attention is paid to the progress in the studies of the stabilizing activity of various substances in polyolefin- and polyvinyl chloride-based compositions. Particular demand for environmentally benign organic heat stabilizers and antioxidants is noted. The so-called mesogenic structures serving as effective light and heat stabilizers for polymer composites are presented. The effects of mesogens on the supramolecular structure of polyethylene, deformation and relaxation properties and thermal parameters as well as melt flow index, tribological properties and other properties of polymer materials are discussed. The bibliography includes 112 references.

  18. Nematic Ordering in a Population of Growing and Dividing Rod-like Cells

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    Tsimring, Lev

    2007-03-01

    Morphogenesis is one of the most important themes in biology, and it is also central to nonequilibrium physics. The fundamental issue is to understand how local interactions of elementary components lead to collective behavior and the formation of a highly organized system. In nature this self-organization is found on many different scales, from single cells to schools of fish and herds of animals. Collective behavior leads to significant selective advantages for living organisms. At low density, communication among cells occurs mainly due to chemotaxis, the mechanical response of cell to the gradients of chemicals emitted by other cells. At higher densities, steric exclusion effects may strongly affect their collective behavior. In this work we focus on the mechanical interaction among non-motile bacteria in engineered biofilms. These biofilms are formed by growing two-dimensional bacterial colonies in a highly controlled microfluidic environment. We combine experimental observations and analysis with discrete-element molecular dynamics simulations and theoretical modeling to provide mesoscopic description of the biofilm growth. Our results reveal how cell growth and colony expansion trigger the formation of the orientational (nematic) order in the biofilms.

  19. Nanomechanical characterization of rod-like superlattice assembled from tobacco mosaic viruses

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    Wang, Haoran; Wang, Xinnan; Li, Tao; Lee, Byeongdu

    2013-01-01

    Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) and TMV-derived materials have demonstrated their great potential in biomedical applications, where the mechanical properties are determining factors for their proper functionalities and structural integrity. Recently, it has been found that a superlattice structure can be formed by two-dimensional hexagonal packing TMV self-assembly in Barium ions solution. In parallel to the exploration of possible applications of TMV superlattice, the mechanical properties were characterized by the atomic force microscopy based nanoindentation. The elastic modulus of 2.14 GPa was obtained by application of the extended Johnson-Kendall-Roberts (JKR) model with the force vs sample deformation data. The adhesion force was taken into consideration, and an easy-to-implement approach of using the extended JKR model was proposed by processing both the theoretical model and the experimental data. Finite element analysis was conducted to evaluate the reinforcing effect of the like-charge forces between the TMVs and the mechanical properties of the TMV superlattice. Using the Halpin-Tsai model, the transverse elastic modulus of the superlattice sample varied within 2.00-4.38 GPa, depending on the indentation locations. Attraction-repulsion equilibrium was found to maintain the packing of TMVs. This provides useful information to address the sources of the attraction and repulsion forces to control the TMV assembly.

  20. Optical gating of perylene bisimide fluorescence using dithienylcyclopentene photochromic switches

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    Pärs, Martti; Köhler, Jürgen; Gräf, Katja; Bauer, Peter; Thelakkat, Mukundan

    2013-11-25

    The emission of millions of fluorescence photons from a chromophore is controlled by the absorption of a few tens of photons in a photochromic molecule. The parameters that determine the efficiency of this process are investigated, providing insights for the development of an all-optical gate.

  1. Optical gating of perylene bisimide fluorescence using dithienylcyclopentene photochromic switches

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    Pärs, Martti; Gräf, Katja; Bauer, Peter; Thelakkat, Mukundan; Köhler, Jürgen

    2013-11-01

    The emission of millions of fluorescence photons from a chromophore is controlled by the absorption of a few tens of photons in a photochromic molecule. The parameters that determine the efficiency of this process are investigated, providing insights for the development of an all-optical gate.

  2. Rod-like plasmonic nanoparticles as optical building blocks: how differences in particle shape and structural geometry influence optical signal

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    Stender, Anthony

    2013-01-01

    Gold nanoparticles, particularly those with an anisotropic shape, have become a popular optical probe for experiments involving work on the nanoscale. However, to carry out such delicate and intricate experiments, it is first necessary to understand the detailed behavior of individual nanoparticles. In this series of experiments, optical and electron microscopy were utilized for the characterization of individual nanoparticles and small assemblies of nanoparticles. In the first experiment, gold nanorods were investigated. Single, isolated nanorods exhibit two maxima of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), which are associated with the two nanorod axes. Upon the physical rotation of a nanorod at one of its LSPR wavelengths under polarized illumination, the optical behavior varies in a sinusoidal fashion. A dimer of nanorods exhibits optical behavior quite similar to a nanorod, except the LSPR maxima are shifted and broader. Under differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy, a pair of nanorods separated by a distance below the diffraction limit can be distinguished from a single nanorod due to its optical behavior upon rotation. Dark field microscopy is unable to distinguish the two geometries. For the second set of experiments, the optical behavior of single gold nanorods at non-plasmonic wavelengths was investigated. The same nanorod was rotated with respect to a polarized light source under DIC, dark field, and polarized light microscopy. DIC microscopy was found to produce diffraction pattern peaks at non-plasmonic wavelengths, which could be altered by adjusting the setting of the polarizer. In the third set of experiments, the optical behavior of a single gold dumbbell and several simple dumbbell geometries were investigated with microscopy and simulations. The single dumbbell displayed behavior quite similar to that of a nanorod, but dumbbells exhibit a shift in both LSPR wavebands. Moreover, the shape of dumbbell particles allows them to interlock with one another quite easily. The dimers that form as a result display optical behavior that differs from what has been previously reported about nanorod dimers. Simulated surface charge density patterns reveal that hybridization of LSPR modes occurs readily along the lobes of individual dumbbells in some situations. A pentamer of dumbbells also displays hybridization of modes, and “hot spots” are observed at junctions between pairings of dumbbells. In the final set of experiments, the assembly behavior of nanoparticles in solution was observed in real time. In general, large assemblies of nanoparticles display backbone-like rigidity, but an interesting variety of movements is permitted within the larger structures.

  3. RGD-conjugated rod-like viral nanoparticles on 2D scaffold improved bone differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells

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    Wang, Qian; Pongkwan, Sitasuwan; Lee, L.; Li, Kai; Nguyen, Huong

    2014-05-01

    Viral nanoparticles have uniform and well-defined nano-structures and can be produced in large quantities. Several plant viral nanoparticles have been tested in biomedical applications due to the lack of mammalian cell infectivity. We are particularly interested in using Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), which has been demonstrated to enhance bone tissue regeneration, as a tuneable nanoscale building block for biomaterials development. Unmodified TMV particles have been shown to accelerate osteogenic differentiation of adult stem cells by synergistically upregulating BMP2 and IBSP expression with dexamethasone. However, the lack of affinity to mammalian cell surface resulted in low initial cell adhesion. In this study, to increase cell binding capacity of TMV based material the chemical functionalization of TMV with arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) peptide was explored. An azide-derivatized RGD peptide was “clicked” to tyrosine residues on TMV outer surface via an efficient copper(I) catalysed azide-alkyne cycloaddition reaction. The ligand spacing is calculated to be 2-4 nm, which could offer a polyvalent ligand clustering effect for enhanced cell receptor signalling, further promoting the proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells.

  4. Structure and Stability of Long Rod-like Dodecyltrimethylammonium Chloride Micelles in Solutions of Hydroxybenzoates: A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study.

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    Gujt, Jure; Bešter-Rogač, Marija; Spohr, Eckhard

    2016-08-16

    The relative position of the hydroxylic and carboxylic groups in the isomeric hydroxybenzoate (HB) anions is experimentally known to have a large impact on the thermodynamics of micellization of cationic surfactants, such as dodecyltrimethylammonium chloride (DTAC), and on the structure of the resulting micelles. To understand the effect of the different isomers on the molecular level, we employed atomistic molecular dynamics simulations to study systems containing infinitely long cylindrical DTAC micelles in aqueous solutions of the sodium salts of all three isomers of HB at a temperature and a pressure of 298.15 K and 1 atm. In all studied systems, the number of DTAC unimers is identical to the number of HB anions. At this concentration, the initially cylindrical micelles remain stable, irrespective of the nature of the isomer, whereas micelles rapidly disintegrated in the absence of HB anions. The HB isomers decrease the line density of unimers along the micellar axis and its concomitant thickness in the order o-HB > m-HB > p-HB. It is further observed that o-HB anions penetrate more deeply into the micellar core, induce a more ordered internal structure of the micelle, and are oriented more strongly than the other two isomers. In addition, the ortho isomer shows two different preferential orientations with respect to the radial direction of the cylindrical micelle; it can either be incorporated almost completely into the micelle or it can be attached through hydrogen bonding to one of those o-HB anions that are already incorporated into the micelle, and thus stick out of the micellar surface. PMID:27442259

  5. {NiLn} (Ln = Gd, Dy) rod-like nano-sized heteronuclear coordination clusters with a double carbonate bridge skeleton and remarkable MCE behaviour.

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    Guarda, Eliana; Bader, Katharina; van Slageren, Joris; Alborés, Pablo

    2016-05-17

    The newly obtained complexes [NiLn(Piv)16(teaH)6(OCH3)2(CO3)2(H2O)2] Ln = Gd, Dy, show a remarkable μ5-carbonate bridged octanuclear planar {Ni4Ln4} core further capped with embedded {Ni3Ln} cubane motifs to afford a rod shaped nano-sized molecule of about 1.2 × 2.8 nm. Unusual MCE behaviour has been found due to multiple low lying excited states arising from competing ferromagnetic and anti-ferromagnetic Ni-Ni and Ni-Ln exchange interactions. PMID:27126965

  6. Synthesis and luminescent properties of Sr3Al2O5Cl2: Eu2+, Dy3+ rod-like nanocrystals

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    Wang, Zhengliang; Zhang, Qiuhan; Rong, Meizhu; Tan, Huiying; Wang, Qin; Zhou, Qiang; Chen, Guo

    2016-08-01

    White long afterglow phosphor with nano-rods, Sr3Al2O5Cl2: Eu2+, Dy3+, has been successfully synthesized by the solid state reaction. Their structure, morphology, scanning electron microscopy, luminescent properties and long afterglow properties were investigated by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy luminescence spectra and the luminescence decay curve. The obtained phosphor Sr3Al2O5Cl2: Eu2+, Dy3+ exhibits two broad emission bands, which are located at ∼445 nm and ∼590 nm, respectively. White light can be observed from this phosphor with appropriate CIE values (x = 0.357, y = 0.332). The white afterglow duration of this phosphor is about 0.5 h (>0.35 mcd/m2).

  7. Fabrication of the C-N co-doped rod-like TiO{sub 2} photocatalyst with visible-light responsive photocatalytic activity

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    Li, Liang-Hai; Lu, Juan; Wang, Zuo-Shan; Yang, Lu; Zhou, Xiu-Feng; Han, Lu

    2012-06-15

    Highlights: ► Novel synthesis of C-N co-doped TiO{sub 2}. ► Self-assembly of C-N co-doped TiO{sub 2} nanorods by nanoparticles. ► Excellent photocatalytic efficiency. -- Abstract: The C-N co-doped TiO{sub 2} nanorods were synthesized by the vapor transport method of water molecules, and urea was used as the carbon and nitrogen source. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. The scanning electron microscope images showed that as-prepared TiO{sub 2} powders were nanorods, which were formed by the stacking of nanoparticles with a uniform size around 40 nm. The degradation of methylene blue with the prepared nanorods demonstrated the photocatalytic activities of TiO{sub 2} under visible light are improved by doping with C and N elements. The main reasons were discussed: doping with C and N elements could enhance the corresponding visible-light absorption of TiO{sub 2}. On the other hand, doping C and N could create more oxygen vacancies in the TiO{sub 2} crystals, which could capture the photogenerated electrons more effectively. Thus, more photogenerated holes could be left to improve the photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2}.

  8. Catalyst-assisted hydride vapor phase epitaxy of GaN nanowires: exceptional length and constant rod-like shape capability

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    Lekhal, K.; Avit, G.; André, Y.; Trassoudaine, A.; Gil, E.; Varenne, C.; Bougerol, C.; Monier, G.; Castelluci, D.

    2012-10-01

    The hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) process exhibits unexpected properties when growing GaN semiconductor nanowires (NWs). With respect to the classical well-known methods such as metal organic vapor phase epitaxy and molecular beam epitaxy, this near-equilibrium process based on hot wall reactor technology enables the synthesis of nanowires with a constant cylinder shape over unusual length. Catalyst-assisted HVPE shows a record short time process (less than 20 min) coupled to very low precursor consumption. NWs are grown at a fast solidification rate (50 μm h-1), facilitated by the high decomposition frequency of the chloride molecules involved in the HVPE process as element III precursors. In this work growth temperature and V/III ratio were investigated to determine the growth mechanism which led to such long NWs. Analysis based on the Ni-Ga phase diagram and the growth kinetics of near-equilibrium HVPE is proposed.

  9. Catalyst-assisted hydride vapor phase epitaxy of GaN nanowires: exceptional length and constant rod-like shape capability.

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    Lekhal, K; Avit, G; André, Y; Trassoudaine, A; Gil, E; Varenne, C; Bougerol, C; Monier, G; Castelluci, D

    2012-10-12

    The hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) process exhibits unexpected properties when growing GaN semiconductor nanowires (NWs). With respect to the classical well-known methods such as metal organic vapor phase epitaxy and molecular beam epitaxy, this near-equilibrium process based on hot wall reactor technology enables the synthesis of nanowires with a constant cylinder shape over unusual length. Catalyst-assisted HVPE shows a record short time process (less than 20 min) coupled to very low precursor consumption. NWs are grown at a fast solidification rate (50 μm h(-1)), facilitated by the high decomposition frequency of the chloride molecules involved in the HVPE process as element III precursors. In this work growth temperature and V/III ratio were investigated to determine the growth mechanism which led to such long NWs. Analysis based on the Ni-Ga phase diagram and the growth kinetics of near-equilibrium HVPE is proposed. PMID:22983695

  10. Mechanoresponsive change in photoluminescent color of rod-like liquid-crystalline compounds and control of molecular orientation on photoaligned layer

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    Kondo, Mizuho; Miura, Seiya; Okumoto, Kentaro; Hashimoto, Mayuko; Fukae, Ryohei; Kawatsuki, Nobuhiro

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, we reported novel liquid-crystalline luminophore that switches its photoluminescent color by mechanically grinding. Mechanochromic luminescence (MCL) is expected for mechanical sensor, cellular imaging, detection of microenvironmental changes, and optical memory. In this work, we focused on liquid-crystalline MCL compounds on alignment layer. Controlling the molecular alignment of MCL compounds with photoalignment layer have potential to succeed in functional MCL film such as polarized micropatterned MCL and directional detection of mechanical stimuli. Herein, we prepared asymmetric rodlike MCL compounds containing cyano- and pyridyl molecular terminal and explored their photoluminescence behavior under mechanical stimulus. The cyano terminated compound showed a nematic phase and tuned its photoluminescent color from green to yellow upon grinding, while the pyridyl-terminated compounds that show no mesophase changed its photoluminescent color from blue to green and reverted to its initial color by heating above its melting point. The cyano-terminated MCL was aligned along the orientation direction of photoalignment layer and pyridyl-terminated MCL exhibited uniaxial alignment when it coated on photoaligned film containing carboxylic acid.

  11. Optical gating with organic building blocks. A quantitative model for the fluorescence modulation of photochromic perylene bisimide dithienylcyclopentene triads

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    Pärs, Martti; Gradmann, Michael; Gräf, Katja; Bauer, Peter; Thelakkat, Mukundan; Köhler, Jürgen

    2014-01-01

    We investigated the capability of molecular triads, consisting of two strong fluorophores that were covalently linked to a photochromic molecule, for optical gating. Therefore we monitored the fluorescence intensity of the fluorophores as a function of the isomeric state of the photoswitch. From the analysis of our data we develop a kinetic model that allows us to predict quantitatively the degree of the fluorescence modulation as a function of the mutual intensities of the lasers that are used to induce the fluorescence and the switching of the photochromic unit. We find that the achievable contrast for the modulation of the fluorescence depends mainly on the intensity ratio of the two light beams and appears to be very robust against absolute changes of these intensities. The latter result provides valuable information for the development of all-optical circuits which would require to handle different signal strengths for the input and output levels. PMID:24614963

  12. Synthesis, photophysics of two new perylene bisimides and their photovoltaic performances in quasi solid state dye sensitized solar cells

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    Mikroyannidis, John A.; Stylianakis, Minas M.; Roy, M. S.; Suresh, P.; Sharma, G. D.

    Two new symmetrical compounds A and P based on perylene-anthracene and perylene-pyrene, respectively, were synthesized and characterized by FT-IR, 1H NMR, TGA and TMA. These compounds contained tert-butyl groups which enhanced their solubility, decomposed above 400 °C and gave char yields of 46-65% at 800 °C in N 2. Compound A showed significantly higher glass transition temperature (124 °C) than P (75 °C). Their absorption spectra were broad with longer wavelength absorption at 467-525 nm and optical band gap of 2.05 eV. The solutions of the compounds emitted green-yellow light with maximum at 555 nm, while their films were not photoluminescent. The compound A shows better photovoltaic response than compound P. Quasi solid state dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have been fabricated employing compound A as sensitizer and polymer sol gel as electrolyte and characterized through the current-voltage characteristics in dark as well as under illumination and electrochemical impedance spectra. We found that the Al 2O 3 modification of TiO 2 layer significantly improves the dye absorption resulting in enhancement of power conversion efficiency (PCE) (from 1.15 to 2.13%) which is attributed to the increase in electron lifetime and reduction in back transfer of electrons. Finally, the TiO 2 has been incorporated into the polymer electrolyte gel to improve the power conversion efficiency (3.42%) of the quasi solid state DSSC. The faster electron diffusion in the device, the high ionic conductivity and the low activation energy of the polymer electrolyte are also responsible for enhanced PCE, when TiO 2 nano-particles are incorporated in the polymer electrolyte.

  13. Optical gating with organic building blocks. A quantitative model for the fluorescence modulation of photochromic perylene bisimide dithienylcyclopentene triads

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    Pärs, Martti; Gradmann, Michael; Gräf, Katja; Bauer, Peter; Thelakkat, Mukundan; Köhler, Jürgen

    2014-03-01

    We investigated the capability of molecular triads, consisting of two strong fluorophores that were covalently linked to a photochromic molecule, for optical gating. Therefore we monitored the fluorescence intensity of the fluorophores as a function of the isomeric state of the photoswitch. From the analysis of our data we develop a kinetic model that allows us to predict quantitatively the degree of the fluorescence modulation as a function of the mutual intensities of the lasers that are used to induce the fluorescence and the switching of the photochromic unit. We find that the achievable contrast for the modulation of the fluorescence depends mainly on the intensity ratio of the two light beams and appears to be very robust against absolute changes of these intensities. The latter result provides valuable information for the development of all-optical circuits which would require to handle different signal strengths for the input and output levels.

  14. Assemblies based on the directing effect of non-classical W{sub 18} anionic clusters and the rod-like trans-1,2-di-(4-pyridyl)-ethylen (bpe)

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    Han, Zhangang; Wang, Yanna; Song, Xuejun; Huang, Jiao; Zhai, Xueliang

    2011-03-15

    Two polyoxometalate (POM) supramolecular assemblies based on W{sub 18} clusters and the rigid organic trans-1,2-di-(4-pyridyl)-ethylen (bpe) have been synthesized and fully characterized, namely (H{sub 2}bpe)3.5H{sub 2}[SbW{sub 18}O{sub 60}].5H{sub 2}O (1), and (H{sub 2}bpe)5[Ni{sub 4}(AsW{sub 9}O{sub 34}){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}].3H2O (2). Compounds 1-2 are formed from organic bpe cations and different polytungstate anions: pseudo-Dawson-type [SbW{sub 18}O{sub 60}]{sup 9-} in 1 and sandwich-type [Ni{sub 4}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}(AsW{sub 9}O{sub 34}){sub 2}]{sup 10-} in 2. Both of compounds 1-2 crystallize in a low-symmetrical space group of P-1 and consist of a complicated supramolecular network based on non-covalent intermolecular weak interactions, including hydrogen bonding and {pi}...{pi} stacking. The multipoint hydrogen bonding interactions constitute the structural feature in two supramolecular frameworks. The UV-vis, fluorescence and electrochemistry properties are also studied. -- Graphical abstract: Two polyoxometalate-based supramolecular assemblies built upon W{sub 18} clusters and the rigid organic trans-1,2-di-(4-pyridyl)-ethylen (bpe) have been synthesized and characterized. Research highlights: > Sb{sup 3+} has a larger ionic radius to prevent the formation of the sandwich-type polyoxometalate cluster. > Non-covalent interactions play important roles in the self-organization process. > Polyanion can structure the conjugated organic molecule into a parallel and ordered arrangement. > Polyanion-based hybrid is a potential candidate in the modified material for electrode.

  15. POSS-containing red fluorescent nanoparticles for rapid detection of aqueous fluoride ions.

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    Du, Fanfan; Bao, Yinyin; Liu, Bin; Tian, Jiao; Li, Qianbiao; Bai, Ruke

    2013-05-21

    Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-containing red fluorescent nanoparticles were designed and prepared for rapid detection of aqueous fluoride ions by virtue of the fluoride-triggered self-quenching of perylene bisimide dyes in nanoparticle cores. PMID:23575958

  16. A hyperbranched supramolecular polymer constructed by orthogonal triple hydrogen bonding and host-guest interactions.

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    Gu, Ruirui; Yao, Jian; Fu, Xin; Zhou, Wei; Qu, Da-Hui

    2015-03-28

    A hyperbranched supramolecular polymer has been constructed through orthogonal self-crosslinking by two classical binding interactions: triple hydrogen bonding interaction between a three-arm melamine derivative and DB24C8-containing bisimide and host-guest interaction between DB24C8 crown ether and ditopic dibenzyl ammonium moieties. PMID:25421931

  17. Alignment and alignment transition of bent core nematics

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    Elamain, Omaima; Hegde, Gurumurthy; Komitov, Lachezar

    2013-07-01

    We report on the alignment of nematics consisting of bimesogen bent core molecules of chlorine substituent of benzene derivative and their binary mixture with rod like nematics. It was found that the alignment layer made from polyimide material, which is usually used for promoting vertical (homeotropic) alignment of rod like nematics, promotes instead a planar alignment of the bent core nematic and its nematic mixtures. At higher concentration of the rod like nematic component in these mixtures, a temperature driven transition from vertical to planar alignment was found near the transition to isotropic phase.

  18. Growth of Bi2O3 rods using a trimethylbismuth and oxygen mixture

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    Kim, H. W.; Myung, J. H.; Shim, S. H.; Lee, C.

    2006-07-01

    We have successfully grown the rod-like structures of bismuth oxide (Bi2O3) on silicon substrate by a reaction of a trimethylbismuth (TMBi) and oxygen (O2) mixture without using any catalyst. We have characterized the samples by means of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The products consisted of bundles of rod-like structures. The Bi2O3 rods were of monoclinic structure.

  19. Imide modified epoxy matrix resins

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    Scola, D. A.; Pater, R. H.

    1981-01-01

    High char yield epoxy using novel bisimide amines (BIA's) as curing agents with a state of the art epoxy resin was developed. Stoichiometric quantities of the epoxy resin and the BIA's were studied to determine the cure cycle required for preparation of resin specimens. The bisimide cured epoxies were designated IME's (imide modified epoxy). The physical, thermal and mechanical properties of these novel resins were determined. The levels of moisture absorption exhibited by the bisimide amine cured expoxies (IME's) were considerably lower than the state of the art epoxies. The strain-to-failure of the control resin system was improved 25% by replacement of DDS with 6F-DDS. Each BIA containing resin exhibited twice the char yield of the control resin MY 720/DDS. Graphite fiber reinforced control (C) and IME resins were fabricated and characterized. Two of the composite systems showed superior properties compared to the other Celion 6000/IME composite systems and state of the art graphite epoxy systems. The two systems exhibited excellent wet shear and flexural strengths and moduli at 300 and 350 F.

  20. Imide modified epoxy matrix resins

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    Scola, D. A.

    1984-01-01

    The results of a program designed to develop tough imide modified epoxy resins cured by bisimide amine (BIA) hardeners are described. State-of-the-art epoxides MY720 and DER383 were used, and four bismide amines were evaluated. These were the BIA's derived from the 6F anhydride (4,4'-(hexafluoroisopropylidene) bis(phthalic anhydride) and the diamines 3,3'-diaminodiphynyl sulfone, 4,4'-oxygianiline, 4,4'-methylene dianiline, and 1,12-dodecane diamine. A key intermediate, designated 6F anhydride, is required for the synthesis of the bisimide amines. Reaction parameters to synthesize a precursor to the 6F anhydride (6FHC) in high yields were investigated. The catalyst trifluoromethane sulfonic acid was studied. Although small scale runs yielded the 6FHC in 50 percent yield, efforts to ranslate these results to a larger scale synthesis gave the 6FHC in only 9 percent yield. Results show that the concept of using bisimide amine as curing agents to improve the toughness properties of epoxies is valid.

  1. A supramolecular helix that disregards chirality.

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    Roche, Cécile; Sun, Hao-Jan; Leowanawat, Pawaret; Araoka, Fumito; Partridge, Benjamin E; Peterca, Mihai; Wilson, Daniela A; Prendergast, Margaret E; Heiney, Paul A; Graf, Robert; Spiess, Hans W; Zeng, Xiangbing; Ungar, Goran; Percec, Virgil

    2016-01-01

    The functions of complex crystalline systems derived from supramolecular biological and non-biological assemblies typically emerge from homochiral programmed primary structures via first principles involving secondary, tertiary and quaternary structures. In contrast, heterochiral and racemic compounds yield disordered crystals, amorphous solids or liquids. Here, we report the self-assembly of perylene bisimide derivatives in a supramolecular helix that in turn self-organizes in columnar hexagonal crystalline domains regardless of the enantiomeric purity of the perylene bisimide. We show that both homochiral and racemic perylene bisimide compounds, including a mixture of 21 diastereomers that cannot be deracemized at the molecular level, self-organize to form single-handed helical assemblies with identical single-crystal-like order. We propose that this high crystalline order is generated via a cogwheel mechanism that disregards the chirality of the self-assembling building blocks. We anticipate that this mechanism will facilitate access to previously inaccessible complex crystalline systems from racemic and homochiral building blocks. PMID:26673268

  2. A supramolecular helix that disregards chirality

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    Roche, Cécile; Sun, Hao-Jan; Leowanawat, Pawaret; Araoka, Fumito; Partridge, Benjamin E.; Peterca, Mihai; Wilson, Daniela A.; Prendergast, Margaret E.; Heiney, Paul A.; Graf, Robert; Spiess, Hans W.; Zeng, Xiangbing; Ungar, Goran; Percec, Virgil

    2016-01-01

    The functions of complex crystalline systems derived from supramolecular biological and non-biological assemblies typically emerge from homochiral programmed primary structures via first principles involving secondary, tertiary and quaternary structures. In contrast, heterochiral and racemic compounds yield disordered crystals, amorphous solids or liquids. Here, we report the self-assembly of perylene bisimide derivatives in a supramolecular helix that in turn self-organizes in columnar hexagonal crystalline domains regardless of the enantiomeric purity of the perylene bisimide. We show that both homochiral and racemic perylene bisimide compounds, including a mixture of 21 diastereomers that cannot be deracemized at the molecular level, self-organize to form single-handed helical assemblies with identical single-crystal-like order. We propose that this high crystalline order is generated via a cogwheel mechanism that disregards the chirality of the self-assembling building blocks. We anticipate that this mechanism will facilitate access to previously inaccessible complex crystalline systems from racemic and homochiral building blocks.

  3. Faraday polarization fluctuations of satellite beacon signals

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    Lee, M. C.; Klobuchar, J. A.

    1988-01-01

    The anisotropic effects of random density irregularities in causing Faraday polarization fluctuations of VHF radio signals are examined, taking both rod-like and sheet-like irregularities into consideration. It is found that the variance of Faraday polarization fluctuations depends on the ratio of perpendicular to parallel correlation lengths. The anisotropic effect of rod-like ionospheric irregularities are shown to be most appreciable for longitudinal propagation. The anisotropic effect of sheet-like ionospheric irregularities, however, is not strongly dependent on the radio propagation angle. During transionospheric propagation at large angles with respect to the geomagnetic field, sheet-like irregularities may cause greater Faraday polarization fluctuations than rod-like irregularities.

  4. Far-Red and Near-IR AIE-Active Fluorescent Organic Nanoprobes with Enhanced Tumor-Targeting Efficacy: Shape-Specific Effects.

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    Shao, Andong; Xie, Yongshu; Zhu, Shaojia; Guo, Zhiqian; Zhu, Shiqin; Guo, Jin; Shi, Ping; James, Tony D; Tian, He; Zhu, Wei-Hong

    2015-06-15

    The rational design of high-performance fluorescent materials for cancer targeting in vivo is still challenging. A unique molecular design strategy is presented that involves tailoring aggregation-induced emission (AIE)-active organic molecules to realize preferable far-red and NIR fluorescence, well-controlled morphology (from rod-like to spherical), and also tumor-targeted bioimaging. The shape-tailored organic quinoline-malononitrile (QM) nanoprobes are biocompatible and highly desirable for cell-tracking applications. Impressively, the spherical shape of QM-5 nanoaggregates exhibits excellent tumor-targeted bioimaging performance after intravenously injection into mice, but not the rod-like aggregates of QM-2. PMID:25950152

  5. On the rigidity of polynorbornenes with dipolar pendant groups.

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    Lin, Wei-Yu; Murugesh, Modachur G; Sudhakar, Sundarraj; Yang, Hsiao-Ching; Tai, Hwan-Ching; Chang, Chia-Seng; Liu, Yi-Hung; Wang, Yu; Chen, I-Wen Peter; Chen, Chun-Hsien; Luh, Tien-Yau

    2005-12-16

    A range of polynorbornenes (PNBs) with fused dipolar pendant groups at C-5,6 positions was synthesized by ring-opening metathesis polymerization catalyzed by a ruthenium carbene complex (Grubbs I). Photophysical studies, EFISH measurements, and atomic force microscopy images have been used to investigate the structures and morphology of these polymers. These results suggest that the polymers may adopt rigid rod-like structures. The presence of the double bonds in PNBs appeared to be indispensable for the rigidity of the polymers. Interaction between unsaturated pendant groups may result in coherent alignment leading to a rod-like structure. PMID:16278915

  6. Unsaturated syn- and anti-1,2-amino alcohols by cyclization of allylic bis-trichloroacetimidates. stereoselectivity dependence on substrate configuration.

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    Grigorjeva, Liene; Kinens, Artis; Jirgensons, Aigars

    2015-01-16

    Disubstituted allylic bis-imidates undergo Lewis acid catalyzed or spontaneous cyclization to oxazolines, which are precursors of unsaturated amino alcohols. Stereoselectivity of the cyclization is mainly determined by the substrate configuration. Highly selective cis-oxazoline formation is achieved starting from anti-E-bis-imidates while trans-oxazoline predominantly forms from anti-Z-bis-imidates. On the basis of DFT calculations, the stereoselectivity trends can be explained by the formation of the energetically most stable carbenium ion conformation, followed by the cyclization via most favorable bond rotations. PMID:25484278

  7. N,N′-(Oxydi-p-phenyl­ene)diphthalimide

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    Li, Yi-Tao; Wang, Zhiguo

    2008-01-01

    The title compound, C28H16N2O5, is a bis-imide derivative in which two phthalimide units are linked by an oxydi-p-phenyl­ene bridge. The dihedral angle between the planes of the two central benzene rings is 86.1 (4)°. The isoindole groups make dihedral angles of 46.0 (14) and 77.5 (13)° with the attached benzene rings. Inter­molecular C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds contribute to the stability of the structure. PMID:21200954

  8. Perylene Derivatives As Useful SERRS Reporters, Including Multiplexing Analysis.

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    Tenori, Eleonora; Colusso, Andrea; Syrgiannis, Zois; Bonasera, Aurelio; Osella, Silvio; Ostric, Adrian; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Meneghetti, Moreno; Prato, Maurizio

    2015-12-30

    Five perylene bisimide (PBI) derivatives were designed and synthesized, on the basis of quantum-chemical calculations. The influence of halogen substituents on the shape and energy of the frontier orbitals and the Raman spectra were calculated, in the prospect use in surface-enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS) studies. The corresponding experiments confirmed a very strong SERRS response in the presence of pristine (i.e., uncoated) gold nanoparticles. These spectra can be used for multiplexing measurements, namely measurements in which, by using a single laser excitation, one can recognize the simultaneous presence of several analytes. PMID:26252443

  9. APPARATUS FOR SHEARING TUBULAR JACKETS

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    Simon, J.P.

    1962-09-01

    A machine is designed for removing the jacket from the core of a used rod-like fuel element by shearing the jacket into a spiral ribbon. Three skewed rolls move the fuel element axially and rotatively, and a tool cooperates with one of the rolls to carry out the shearing action. (AEC)

  10. Morphological influence of cellulose nanoparticles (CNs) from cottonseed hulls on rheological properties of polyvinyl alcohol/CN suspensions

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    This work aims to extract and characterize fibrous, rod-like and spherical cellulose nanoparticles (CNs) from cottonseed hull and to investigate the structure-morphology-rheology relationships. The rheological behavior of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/CNs suspensions was also examined to guide the solve...

  11. Study and Characterization of Tobacco Mosaic Virus Head-to-tail Assembly Assisted by Aniline Polymerization

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    Niu,Z.; Bruckman, M.; Kotakadi, V.; He, J.; Emrick, T.; Russell, T.; Yang, L.; Wang, Q.

    2006-01-01

    One-dimensional composite nanofibres with narrow dispersity, high aspect ratio and high processibility have been fabricated by head-to-tail self-assembly of rod-like tobacco mosaic virus assisted by aniline polymerization, which can promote many potential applications including electronics, optics, sensing and biomedical engineering.

  12. Study of Chromosomes: Its Vital Importance in Agriculture, Biology, and Medicine

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    Chromosomes are rod-like structures in the nuclei of eukaryotic cells. DNA, the blueprint of life, combined with proteins (histones) is packaged into these dense string-like structures. Thus, chromosomes constitute an assembly of DNA and histones by which the genetic information is transmitted accu...

  13. Flagella as a novel alignment medium for the measurement of residual dipolar couplings in proteins.

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    Singh, Himanshu; Shukla, Manish; Rao, Basuthkar J; Chary, Kandala V R

    2013-12-18

    The two flexible rod-like flagella (∼500 nm in diameter and 5-15 μm long) of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a unicellular green alga, can weakly align molecules in an external magnetic field, thereby enabling the measurement of various residual dipolar couplings in solution NMR spectroscopy. PMID:24165953

  14. Plasmid size up to 20 kbp does not limit effective in vivo lung gene transfer using compacted DNA nanoparticles.

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    Fink, T L; Klepcyk, P J; Oette, S M; Gedeon, C R; Hyatt, S L; Kowalczyk, T H; Moen, R C; Cooper, M J

    2006-07-01

    Nanoparticles consisting of single molecules of DNA condensed with polyethylene glycol-substituted lysine 30-mers efficiently transfect lung epithelium following intrapulmonary administration. Nanoparticles formulated with lysine polymers having different counterions at the time of DNA mixing have distinct geometric shapes: trifluoroacetate or acetate counterions produce ellipsoids or rods, respectively. Based on intracytoplasmic microinjection studies, nanoparticle ellipsoids having a minimum diameter less than the 25 nm nuclear membrane pore efficiently transfect non-dividing cells. This 25 nm size restriction corresponds to a 5.8 kbp plasmid when compacted into spheroids, whereas the 8-11 nm diameter of rod-like particles is smaller than the nuclear pore diameter. In mice, up to 50% of lung cells are transfected after dosing with a rod-like compacted 6.9 kbp lacZ expression plasmid, and correction of the CFTR chloride channel was observed in humans following intranasal administration of a rod-like compacted 8.3 kbp plasmid. To further investigate the potential size and shape limitations of DNA nanoparticles for in vivo lung delivery, reporter gene activity of ellipsoidal and rod-like compacted luciferase plasmids ranging in size between 5.3 and 20.2 kbp was investigated. Equivalent molar reporter gene activities were observed for each formulation, indicating that microinjection size limitations do not apply to the in vivo gene transfer setting. PMID:16525478

  15. AERODYNAMIC SIZE MEASUREMENT OF AIRBORNE FIBERS AND HEALTH EFFECTS IMPLICATIONS

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    The constituent particles of many ambient and workplace aerosols of health effects concerns are of fibrous and aggregate geometric shapes. lthough the deposition sites of particles in the human respiratory system are primarily related to their aerodynamic diameters, for rod-like ...

  16. Recent biophysical studies in high magnetic fields

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    Maret, Georg

    1990-06-01

    A brief overview of biophysical effects of steady magnetic fields is given. The need of high field strength is illustrated by several recent diamagnetic orientation experiments. They include rod-like viruses, purple membranes and chromosomes. Results of various studies on bees, quails, rats and pigeons exposed to fields above 7 T are also resumed.

  17. Method for preparing spherical thermoplastic particles of uniform size

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    Day, J.R.

    1975-11-17

    Spherical particles of thermoplastic material of virtually uniform roundness and diameter are prepared by cutting monofilaments of a selected diameter into rod-like segments of a selected uniform length which are then heated in a viscous liquid to effect the formation of the spherical particles.

  18. Ultrasound assisted morphological control of mesoporous silica with improved lysozyme adsorption.

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    Sun, Shumin; Wang, Shen; Wang, Peiyuan; Wu, Qiong; Fang, Shaoming

    2015-03-01

    The morphological control of mesoporous silica without any additives has attracted much attention. Discrete rod-like and string-of-beads like mesoporous SBA-15 can be achieved under ultrasound irradiation without changing the composition of synthesis system. The smaller particles of SBA-15 showed improved lysozyme immobilization capacity and higher adsorption rate over conventional rope-like SBA-15. PMID:25150609

  19. Energy transfer within self-assembled cyclic multichromophoric arrays based on orthogonally arranged donor-acceptor building blocks.

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    Karakostas, Nikolaos; Kaloudi-Chantzea, Antonia; Martinou, Elisabeth; Seintis, Kostas; Pitterl, Florian; Oberacher, Herbert; Fakis, Mihalis; Kallitsis, Joannis K; Pistolis, George

    2015-01-01

    We herein present the coordination-driven supramolecular synthesis and photophysics of a [4+4] and a [2+2] assembly, built up by alternately collocated donor-acceptor chromophoric building blocks based, respectively, on the boron dipyrromethane (Bodipy) and perylene bisimide dye (PBI). In these multichromophoric scaffolds, the intensely absorbing/emitting dipoles of the Bodipy subunit are, by construction, cyclically arranged at the corners and aligned perpendicular to the plane formed by the closed polygonal chain comprising the PBI units. Steady-state and fs time-resolved spectroscopy reveal the presence of efficient energy transfer from the vertices (Bodipys) to the edges (PBIs) of the polygons. Fast excitation energy hopping - leading to a rapid excited state equilibrium among the low energy perylene-bisimide chromophores - is revealed by fluorescence anisotropy decays. The dynamics of electronic excitation energy hopping between the PBI subunits was approximated on the basis of a theoretical model within the framework of Förster energy transfer theory. All energy-transfer processes are quantitatively describable with Förster theory. The influence of structural deformations and orientational fluctuations of the dipoles in certain kinetic schemes is discussed. PMID:26396034

  20. Solubility and crystallizability: facile access to functionalized π-conjugated compounds with chlorendylimide protecting groups.

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    Gebers, Jan; Rolland, Damien; Marty, Roman; Suàrez, Stéphane; Cervini, Luca; Scopelliti, Rosario; Brauer, Jan Cornelius; Frauenrath, Holger

    2015-01-19

    Functional π-conjugated molecules are relevant for the preparation of new organic electronic materials with improved performance. However, their synthesis is often rendered difficult by their inherently low solubility, and the permanent attachment of solubilizing groups may change the properties of the material. Here, we introduced the chlorendylimidyl moiety as a new temporary protecting group for the straightforward large-scale synthesis of protected quarter-, sexi-, octathiophene, and perylene bisimide diamine and dicarboxylic acid derivatives. The obtained chlorendylimides and chlorendylimidyl active esters were highly soluble in organic solvents, and optical spectroscopy confirmed the low tendency of the compounds to aggregate in solution. At the same time, they could be conveniently purified by recrystallization or precipitation. Single-crystal X-ray structures obtained for most compounds showed supramolecular motifs highlighting the role of the rigid, polychlorinated chlorendyl moieties in their crystallization. The obtained protected diamine and dicarboxylic acid derivatives were easily deprotected and converted into various amide-substituted oligothiophenes and perylene bisimides that are of interest as new functional materials for organic electronic thin film or nanowire devices. PMID:25427947

  1. The molecular structure of hop latent viroid (HLV), a new viroid occurring worldwide in hops.

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    Puchta, H; Ramm, K; Sänger, H L

    1988-01-01

    A new viroid which does not seem to produce any symptoms of disease, and is therefore tentatively named hop latent viroid (HLV) was found to occur worldwide in hops. HLV proved to be infectious when mechanically inoculated onto viroid- and virus-free hops. The viroid nature of HLV was also substantiated by sequence analysis which revealed that HLV is a circular RNA consisting of 256 nucleotides, that can be arranged into the viroid-specific, rod-like secondary structure. HLV also contains the central conserved region typical for most of the presently known viroids. However HLV does not contain the viroid-specific oligo(A) stretch in the upper left part of its rod-like molecule. Because of this feature and a sequence similarity with the prototypes of the other viroid groups below 55%, HLV can be regarded as the first member of a new viroid group. Images PMID:2454454

  2. Particle-directed assembly of semiflexible polymer chains.

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    McGovern, Michael; Dorfman, Kevin D; Morse, David C

    2016-07-20

    We use Langevin dynamics simulations to study aggregation of semiflexible polymers driven by attractions between polymers and spherical particles. We consider a simple model with purely repulsive polymer/polymer and particle/particle interactions but attractive polymer/particle interactions. We find a rich "phase diagram" that contains several different types of globular and rod-like aggregates with either liquid-like or crystalline structure for the particle positions. Systems that exhibit rod-like aggregates with crystalline internal order exhibit a discontinuous rod-globule transition, while systems with liquid-like internal order exhibit a smooth crossover between isotropic and elongated aggregates with increasing chain stiffness. Polymers in elongated liquid-like aggregates often adopt helical configurations that wind around the axis of the aggregate. PMID:27378073

  3. A green chemical approach for synthesis of shape anisotropic gold nanoparticles

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    Kalyan Kamal, S. S.; Vimala, J.; Sahoo, P. K.; Ghosal, P.; Ram, S.; Durai, L.

    2014-06-01

    A complete green chemical reaction between aurochloric acid and tea polyphenols resulted in the reduction of Au3+ → Au0. The reaction was carried out in a Teflon-coated bomb digestion vessel at 200 °C. It was observed that with increasing the reaction time from 1 to 5 h, the shape of the nanoparticles changed from spherical- to rod-like structures. The reaction was followed with the help of UV-vis spectrometer, which showed a single absorption peak at 548 nm for 1-h reaction product and two peaks for a 5-h reaction product at 533 and 745 nm corresponding to the transverse and longitudinal surface plasmon resonance bands. Microstructures obtained from transmission electron microscope revealed that the samples obtained after 1-h reaction are predominantly spherical in shape with an average size of 15 nm. Whereas samples obtained after 5 h of reaction exhibited rod-like structures with an average size of 45 nm.

  4. Surfactant-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of hydroxyapatite nanopowders.

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    Bricha, Meriame; Belmamouni, Younes; Essassi, El Mokhtar; Ferreira, José M F; El Mabrouk, Khalil

    2012-10-01

    Rod-like hydroxyapatite nanoparticles (n-HAp) with a highly ordered nanostructure were prepared by hydrothermal synthesis from calcium chloride, and phosphoric acid, as calcium and phosphorus sources, respectively. Various surfactant families such as cationic (CTAB), anionic (SDS) and nonionic (Triton X-100) were used as regulators of the nucleation and crystal growth. The synthesized nanopowders were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectrograph (FTIR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The rod-like morphology was obtained regardless of the surfactant used during the hydrothermal treatment, but the aspect ratio of the crystals was found to be surfactant dependent. The mechanism of crystal growth as well-oriented nanostructure is discussed. PMID:23421176

  5. Mesostructured Composite Materials with Electrically Tunable Upconverting Properties.

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    Mundoor, Haridas; Smalyukh, Ivan I

    2015-11-01

    A promising approach of designing mesostructured materials with novel physical behavior is to combine unique optical and electronic properties of solid nanoparticles with long-range ordering and facile response of soft matter to weak external stimuli. Here, orientationally ordered nematic liquid crystalline dispersions of rod-like upconversion nanoparticles are designed, practically realized, and characterized. Boundary conditions on particle surfaces, defined through surface functionalization, promote spontaneous unidirectional self-alignment of the dispersed rod-like nanoparticles, mechanically coupled to the molecular ordering direction of the thermotropic nematic liquid crystal host. As host is electrically switched at low voltages ≈ 1 V, nanorods rotate, yielding tunable upconversion and polarized luminescence properties of the composite. Spectral and polarization dependencies are characterized and explained through invoking models of electrical switching of liquid crystals and upconversion dependence on crystalline matrices of nanorods, and their potential practical uses are discussed. PMID:26332163

  6. Undulatory Swimming in Shear-thinning Fluids

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    Shen, Xiaoning; Gagnon, David; Arratia, Paulo

    2012-11-01

    Many fluids in which microorganisms move, feed, and reproduce possess shear-rate dependent viscosity behavior (e.g. shear-thinning). Such fluids include wet soil, clay suspension, mucus, and gels. In this talk, we experimentally investigate the effects of shear-rate dependent viscosity on the swimming behavior of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans using velocimetry and tracking methods. Here, aqueous solutions of xanthan gum, which is a rod-like stiff polymer, are used with concentrations varying from the semi-dilute to the concentrated regime. The data is compared to swimming in simple, Newtonian fluids. We find that the nematode swims at an approximately constant speed in the semi-dilute regime. Surprisingly, the nematode exhibits 40% increases in swimming speed once immersed in a concentrated solution. The enhancement in swimming speed seems to be related to the dynamics of rod-like polymer networks formed in concentrated solutions. This work was supported by NSF-CAREER (CBET)-0954084.

  7. Controllable growth of dendrite-like CuO nanostructures by ethylene glycol assisted hydrothermal process

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    Zhang Hui; Li Shenzhong; Ma Xiangyang; Yang Deren

    2008-05-06

    The dendrite-like CuO nanostructures, consisting of a rod-like main stem and some rod-like sub-branches, have been synthesized by a simple ethylene glycol (EG) assisted hydrothermal method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the selected area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns indicate that the dendrite-like CuO nanostructures are of monoclinic phase and the individual branch of CuO is single crystalline in nature. The effects of the growth conditions such as temperature and pH value on the morphology and structures of CuO have also been investigated. It is indicated that different temperature and pH value result in the morphology and structure evolution of CuO. Moreover, a possible mechanism for the morphology and structures evolution of CuO has been primarily presented.

  8. Orientational Order of Molecular Assemblies on Inorganic Crystals

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    Chun, Jaehun; Saville, Dudley; Li, Je-Luen; Schniepp, Hannes; Car, Roberto; Aksay, Ilhan

    2006-03-01

    Surfactant micelles form oriented arrays on crystalline substrates such as HOPG (Highly Ordered Pyrolytic Graphite) although registration is unexpected since the template unit cell is small compared to the size of a rod-like micelle. In addition, with atomic force microscopy, we show that orientational ordering is a dynamic, multi-molecule process. Interaction energy calculations based on molecular simulations reveal that orientational energy differences on a molecular scale are too small to explain matters. However, treating the cooperative processes as a balance between van der Waals torque on a large, rod-like micellar assembly and Brownian motion shows that orientation is favored. Our study provides a physical insight on regulation of self-assembly structures at small length scale.

  9. Influence of convection on rod spacing of eutectics

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    Caram, R.; Chandrasekhar, S.; Wilcox, W. R.

    1990-01-01

    This paper describes a three-dimensional numerical model to study the influence of convection on the rod-like microstructure of an eutectic system. This model is based on a central finite difference approach. By applying it, the average concentration near the solid/liquid interface of a growing rod-like eutectic was determined for eutectic compositions C(e) of 0.03, 0.05, and 0.10. Following Jackson and Hunt (1966), the average interfacial composition was converted to a change of undercooling at the interface and, finally, to spacing between the rods. The change in rod spacing with increasing intensity of convection was calculated assuming the eutectic grows at minimum interfacial undercooling. It was confirmed that an increase in convection should coarsen the microstructure (i.e., the rod spacing increases with increasing intensity of stirring).

  10. One-step synthesis of hybrid silver particles for front contact paste for crystalline silicon solar cells

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    Che, Quande; Yang, Hongxing; Lu, Lin; Wang, Yuanhao; Wang, Hai

    2013-05-01

    This paper reports a one-step synthesis of hybrid rod-like and spherical silver particles and its application in the silver front contact paste for crystalline silicon solar cells. The hybrid silver particles were synthesized by reducing silver nitrate in ethylene glycol. X-ray diffraction indicated that the hybrid silver particles were well crystallized with no crystallographic impurities. Scanning electron microscopy showed that the rod-like particles in the hybrid particles were 0.2 µm to 0.5 µm in width and 1 µm to 4 µm in length, and that the average size of the spherical particles was 0.5 µm. The fabricated crystalline silicon solar cell based on the as-prepared hybrid silver particles showed good photovoltaic performance.

  11. Facile synthesis of symmetric bundle-like Sb2S3 micron-structures and their application in lithium-ion battery anodes.

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    Yi, Zheng; Han, Qigang; Cheng, Yong; Wu, Yaoming; Wang, Limin

    2016-06-01

    A novel two-step oxidation-sulfuration route is developed to fabricate the symmetric bundle-like Sb2S3 micron-structure, in which hundreds of one-dimensional Sb2S3 nanowires are tied. As an anode material for lithium-ion batteries, the bundle-like Sb2S3 delivers a discharge capacity of 548 mA h g(-1) after 100 cycles, much higher than the rod-like one. PMID:27231231

  12. Process for forming shaped group III-V semiconductor nanocrystals, and product formed using process

    DOEpatents

    Alivisatos, A. Paul; Peng, Xiaogang; Manna, Liberato

    2001-01-01

    A process for the formation of shaped Group III-V semiconductor nanocrystals comprises contacting the semiconductor nanocrystal precursors with a liquid media comprising a binary mixture of phosphorus-containing organic surfactants capable of promoting the growth of either spherical semiconductor nanocrystals or rod-like semiconductor nanocrystals, whereby the shape of the semiconductor nanocrystals formed in said binary mixture of surfactants is controlled by adjusting the ratio of the surfactants in the binary mixture.

  13. Process for forming shaped group II-VI semiconductor nanocrystals, and product formed using process

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    Alivisatos, A. Paul; Peng, Xiaogang; Manna, Liberato

    2001-01-01

    A process for the formation of shaped Group II-VI semiconductor nanocrystals comprises contacting the semiconductor nanocrystal precursors with a liquid media comprising a binary mixture of phosphorus-containing organic surfactants capable of promoting the growth of either spherical semiconductor nanocrystals or rod-like semiconductor nanocrystals, whereby the shape of the semiconductor nanocrystals formed in said binary mixture of surfactants is controlled by adjusting the ratio of the surfactants in the binary mixture.

  14. Cellular Uptake and Movement in 2D and 3D Multicellular Breast Cancer Models of Fructose-Based Cylindrical Micelles That Is Dependent on the Rod Length.

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    Zhao, Jiacheng; Lu, Hongxu; Xiao, Pu; Stenzel, Martina H

    2016-07-01

    While the shape effect of nanoparticles on cellular uptake has been frequently studied, no consistent conclusions are available currently. The controversy mainly focuses on the cellular uptake of elongated (i.e., filaments or rod-like micelles) as compared to spherical (i.e., micelles and vesicles) nanoparticles. So far, there is no clear trend that proposes the superiority of spherical or nonspherical nanoparticles with conflicting reports available in the literature. One of the reasons is that these few reports available deal with nanoparticles of different shapes, surface chemistries, stabilities, and aspects ratios. Here, we investigated the effect of the aspect ratio of cylindrical micelles on the cellular uptake by breast cancer cell lines MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231. Cylindrical micelles, also coined rod-like micelles, of various length were prepared using fructose-based block copolymers poly(1-O-methacryloyl-β-d-fructopyranose)-b-poly(methyl methacrylate). The critical water content, temperature, and stirring rate that trigger the morphological transition from spheres to rods of various aspect ratios were identified, allowing the generation of different kinetically trapping morphologies. High shear force as they are found with high stirring rates was observed to inhibit the formation of long rods. Rod-like micelles with length of 500-2000 nm were subsequently investigated toward their ability to translocate in breast cancer cells and penetrate into MCF-7 multicellular spheroid models. It was found that shorter rods were taken up at a higher rate than longer rods. PMID:27286273

  15. Nucleation and morphology of sodium metaborate dihydrate from NaOH solution

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    Qin, Shiyue; Zhang, Yifei; Zhang, Yi

    2016-01-01

    Szaibelyite ore is an important boron mineral used for producing boron compounds. Sodium metaborate dihydrate can be prepared through leaching of the szaibelyite ore in NaOH solution and the leaching liquor mainly consists of NaBO2 and NaOH. In this work, the induction time for sodium metaborate dihydrate crystallized in NaOH solution from 30 to 50 °C was systematically investigated. The primary nucleation and growth mechanism were determined on the basis of the induction time measurements. The crystals of various morphologies under different crystallization conditions were obtained: the rod-like crystals preferred to form at low temperature, while the plate-like crystals formed at high temperature; when the crystallization temperature was 30 °C, the flat rod-like crystals formed at low supersaturation, while the slim rod-like crystals formed at high supersaturation. Finally, the growth mechanism of the sodium metaborate dihydrate was identified with various models and the 2D nucleation-mediated model gave satisfactory fitting results.

  16. Morphological Effect of Non-targeted Biomolecule-Modified MNPs on Reticuloendothelial System.

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    Li, Xiao; Hu, Yan; Xiao, Jie; Cheng, Dengfeng; Xiu, Yan; Shi, Hongcheng

    2015-12-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) with special morphology were commonly used as biomaterials, while morphological effects of non-targeted biomolecule-modified MNPs on biological behaviors were still unclear. In this research, spherical and rod-like Fe3O4 in a comparable size were synthesized and then surface-modified by bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a model of non-targeted biomolecule-modified MNPs. Morphological effects were featured by TEM and quantification of in vitro phagocytic uptake, as well as the in vivo quantification of particles in reticuloendothelial system (RES)-related organs of normal Kunming mice. For these non-targeted BSA-modified MNPs, intracellular distributions were the same, but the rod-like MNPs were more likely to be uptake by macrophages; furthermore, the BSA-modified MNPs gathered in RES-related organs soon after intravenous injection, but the rod-like ones were expelled from the lung more quickly and expelled from the spleen more slowly. These preliminary results may be referable if MNPs or other similar biomolecule-modified nanoparticles were used. PMID:26383542

  17. Simulation study of proton transport in ionomers

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    Taylor, Philip; Allahyarov, Elshad

    2008-03-01

    Coarse-grained molecular-dynamics simulations were used to study the morphological changes induced in a Nafion-like ionomer by the imposition of a strong electric field. We observe that proton transport through this polymer electrolyte membrane is accompanied by morphological changes that include the formation of structures aligned along the direction of the applied field. The polar head groups of the ionomer side chains assemble into clusters, which then form rod-like formations, and these cylindrical structures then assemble into a hexagonally ordered array aligned with the direction of current flow. For dry ionomers, at current densities in excess of 1 A/cm^2 these rod-like clusters undergo an inner micro-phase separation, in which distinct wire-like lines of sulfonate head groups are accompanied by similar wire-like alignments of bound protons. The clusters appear to be of two types. If there are two, four, or five lines of sulfonates then there is an equal number of lines of protons, but if there are three lines of sulfonates then they are accompanied by four lines of protons. Occasionally these lines of sulfonates and protons form a helical structure. Upon removal of the electric field, the hexagonal array of rod-like structures remains, but the microphase separation disappears below the threshold current of 1 A/cm^2.

  18. Effect of hydroxyapatite on the biodegradation and biomechanical stability of polyester nanocomposites for orthopaedic applications.

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    Jayabalan, M; Shalumon, K T; Mitha, M K; Ganesan, K; Epple, M

    2010-03-01

    The effect of hydroxyapatite (HAP) on the performance of nanocomposites of an unsaturated polyester, i.e., hydroxy-terminated high molecular weight poly(proplyene fumarate) (HT-PPFhm), was investigated. A thermoset nanocomposite was prepared with nanoparticles of calcined HAP (<100 nm, rod-like shape, filler content 30 wt.%), HT-PPFhm and N-vinyl pyrrolidone, dibenzoyl peroxide and N,N-dimethyl aniline. Two more nanocomposites were prepared with precipitated HAP nanoparticles (<100 nm rod-like shape) and commercially available HAP nanoparticles (<200 nm spherical shape), respectively. Calcined HAP nanoparticles resulted in very good crosslinking in the resin matrix with high crosslinking density and interfacial bonding with the polymer, owing to the rod-like shape of the nanoparticles; this gave improved biomechanical strength and modulus and also controlled degradation of the nanocomposite for scaffold formation. The tissue compatibility and osteocompatibility of the nanocomposite containing calcined HAP nanoparticles was evaluated. The tissue compatibility was studied by intramuscular implantation in a rabbit animal model for 3 months as per ISO standard 10993/6. The in vivo femoral bone repair was also carried out in the rabbit animal model as per ISO standard 10993/6. The nanocomposite containing calcined HAP nanoparticles is both biocompatible and osteocompatible. PMID:19788944

  19. In situ synthesis carbonated hydroxyapatite layers on enamel slices with acidic amino acids by a novel two-step method.

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    Wu, Xiaoguang; Zhao, Xu; Li, Yi; Yang, Tao; Yan, Xiujuan; Wang, Ke

    2015-09-01

    In situ fabrication of carbonated hydroxyapatite (CHA) remineralization layer on an enamel slice was completed in a novel, biomimetic two-step method. First, a CaCO3 layer was synthesized on the surface of demineralized enamel using an acidic amino acid (aspartic acid or glutamate acid) as a soft template. Second, at the same concentration of the acidic amino acid, rod-like carbonated hydroxyapatite was produced with the CaCO3 layer as a sacrificial template and a reactant. The morphology, crystallinity and other physicochemical properties of the crystals were characterized using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX), respectively. Acidic amino acid could promote the uniform deposition of hydroxyapatite with rod-like crystals via absorption of phosphate and carbonate ions from the reaction solution. Moreover, compared with hydroxyapatite crystals coated on the enamel when synthesized by a one-step method, the CaCO3 coating that was synthesized in the first step acted as an active bridge layer and sacrificial template. It played a vital role in orienting the artificial coating layer through the template effect. The results show that the rod-like carbonated hydroxyapatite crystals grow into bundles, which are similar in size and appearance to prisms in human enamel, when using the two-step method with either aspartic acid or acidic glutamate (20.00 mmol/L). PMID:26046278

  20. Mesoscale Simulation of Asphaltene Aggregation.

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    Wang, Jiang; Ferguson, Andrew L

    2016-08-18

    Asphaltenes constitute a heavy aromatic crude oil fraction with a propensity to aggregate and precipitate out of solution during petroleum processing. Aggregation is thought to proceed according to the Yen-Mullins hierarchy, but the molecular mechanisms underlying mesoscopic assembly remain poorly understood. By combining coarse-grained molecular models parametrized using all-atom data with high-performance GPU hardware, we have performed molecular dynamics simulations of the aggregation of hundreds of asphaltenes over microsecond time scales. Our simulations reveal a hierarchical self-assembly mechanism consistent with the Yen-Mullins model, but the details are sensitive and depend on asphaltene chemistry and environment. At low concentrations asphaltenes exist predominantly as dispersed monomers. Upon increasing concentration, we first observe parallel stacking into 1D rod-like nanoaggregates, followed by the formation of clusters of nanoaggregates associated by offset, T-shaped, and edge-edge stacking. Asphaltenes possessing long aliphatic side chains cannot form nanoaggregate clusters due to steric repulsions between their aliphatic coronae. At very high concentrations, we observe a porous percolating network of rod-like nanoaggregates suspended in a sea of interpenetrating aliphatic side chains with a fractal dimension of ∼2. The lifetime of the rod-like aggregates is described by an exponential distribution reflecting a dynamic equilibrium between coagulation and fragmentation. PMID:27455391

  1. Morphological Effect of Non-targeted Biomolecule-Modified MNPs on Reticuloendothelial System

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    Li, Xiao; Hu, Yan; Xiao, Jie; Cheng, Dengfeng; Xiu, Yan; Shi, Hongcheng

    2015-09-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) with special morphology were commonly used as biomaterials, while morphological effects of non-targeted biomolecule-modified MNPs on biological behaviors were still unclear. In this research, spherical and rod-like Fe3O4 in a comparable size were synthesized and then surface-modified by bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a model of non-targeted biomolecule-modified MNPs. Morphological effects were featured by TEM and quantification of in vitro phagocytic uptake, as well as the in vivo quantification of particles in reticuloendothelial system (RES)-related organs of normal Kunming mice. For these non-targeted BSA-modified MNPs, intracellular distributions were the same, but the rod-like MNPs were more likely to be uptake by macrophages; furthermore, the BSA-modified MNPs gathered in RES-related organs soon after intravenous injection, but the rod-like ones were expelled from the lung more quickly and expelled from the spleen more slowly. These preliminary results may be referable if MNPs or other similar biomolecule-modified nanoparticles were used.

  2. Structure, morphologies and dye removal efficiency of ZnO nanorods grown on polycrystalline Zn substrate

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    Yin, Tiantian; Chen, Nan; Zhang, Yingying; Cai, Xiaoyan; Wang, Yude

    2014-10-01

    Rod-like ZnO with the different morphologies were grown on polycrystalline Zn substrate by a simple hydrothermal process in a NaOH or NH4OH solution at the hydrothermal temperature range from 80 to 150 °C for different reaction time. Variations preparation in the different alkali solution concentration, hydrothermal temperature, and reaction times were explored to shed light on the morphology of the rod-like nanostructures. The thorough structural characterization including X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectrum (XPS) were employed to examine the morphology and the microstructure of the final products. It was found that alkali solution concentration, hydrothermal temperature and time have important influence on the morphology of the rod-like nanostructures. The dye removal efficiency of ZnO nanorods was explored by the decoloration of azo dye Congo red (CR). In order to obtain the optimum removal conditions of Congo red, the performance of removing CR with various initial concentrations by ZnO nanorods on Zn substrates with different morphologies was tested under various ambient conditions (visible light illumination and darkness). All prepared samples showed an excellent dye removal efficiency for organic pollutants CR from wastewater, making them promising candidates for the wastewater treatment.

  3. Controlled synthesis of magnesium hydroxide nanoparticles with different morphological structures and related properties in flame retardant ethylene vinyl acetate blends

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    Lv, Jianping; Qiu, Longzhen; Qu, Baojun

    2004-11-01

    Magnesium hydroxide nanoparticles with different morphological structures of needle-, lamellar- and rod-like nanocrystals have been synthesized by solution precipitation reactions of alkaline with magnesium chloride in the presence of complex dispersants and characterized in terms of morphology, particle size, crystal habits and thermal behaviour by transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and thermogravimetric analysis. The sizes and morphologies of magnesium hydroxide nanocrystals can be controlled mainly by the reaction conditions of temperature, alkaline-injection rate and the concentrations of reactants. The data show that the needle-like morphology is of size 10 × 100 nm2, the lamellar shape 50 nm in diameter and estimated 10 nm in thickness, and the rod-like nanoparticles 4 µm in length and 95 nm in diameter, respectively. All three kinds of nanoparticles are of hexagonal structures. The needle- and lamellar-like nanoparticles can be obtained by the reactions of alkaline injected into magnesium chloride solution at about 2 and 20 °C, respectively, while the rod-like nanoparticles can be prepared by a slower alkaline-injection rate and lower aqueous ammonia concentration at about 10 °C. The results obtained from the ethylene-vinyl acetate nanocomposites blended with the lamellar-like nanoparticles show that magnesium hydroxide nanocrystals possess higher flame retardant efficiency and mechanical reinforcing effect by comparison with common micrometre grade magnesium hydroxide particles.

  4. Phase behavior and microstructures of the Gemini(12-3-12,2Br-)-SDS-H20 ternary

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    Shang, Yazhuo; Liu, Honglai; Hu, Ying; Prausnitz, John M.

    2005-12-02

    Phase behavior and microstructures have been investigated for aqueous mixtures of cationic Gemini surfactant (12-3-12,2Br{sup -}) and anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) using freeze-etching and negative-staining and with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The phase diagram shows different regions characterized by different microstructures. Most of the regions are occupied by multi-lamellar phases in which vesicles coexist with micelles when the solutions are dilute. The multi-lamellar vesicles have higher stability because of their special structures. The ratio of vesicles to micelles varies with concentration and composition of the mixed-surfactant solutions. At higher surfactant concentrations, we observe other phases: the lamellar phase, anisotropic phase, aqueous two-phase system (ATPS), rod-like micelle phase, as well as other unique microstructures such as cylindrical micelles formed by short rod-like micelles, and porous morphology. Observations are reported for the transformation among different phases, especially from rod-like to spherical micelles.

  5. Hierarchical growth of fluorescent dye aggregates in water by fusion of segmented nanostructures.

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    Zhang, Xin; Görl, Daniel; Stepanenko, Vladimir; Würthner, Frank

    2014-01-27

    Dye aggregates are becoming increasingly attractive for diverse applications, in particular as organic electronic and sensor materials. However, the growth processes of such aggregates from molecular to small assemblies up to nanostructures is still not properly understood, limiting the design of materials' functional properties. Here we elucidate the supramolecular growth process for an outstanding class of functional dyes, perylene bisimides (PBIs), by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), cryogenic scanning electron microscopy (cryo-SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Our studies reveal a sequential growth of amphiphilic PBI dyes from nanorods into nanoribbons in water by fusion and fission processes. More intriguingly, the fluorescence observed for higher hierarchical order nanoribbons was enhanced relative to that of nanorods. Our results provide insight into the relationship between molecular, morphological, and functional properties of self-assembled organic materials. PMID:24352910

  6. Adsorption and desorption behavior of asphaltene on polymer-brush-immobilized surfaces.

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    Higaki, Yuji; Hatae, Kaoru; Ishikawa, Tatsuya; Takanohashi, Toshimasa; Hayashi, Jun-ichiro; Takahara, Atsushi

    2014-11-26

    The adsorption behavior of a model compound for surface-active component of asphaltenes, N-(1-hexylheptyl)-N'-(12-carboxylicdodecyl) perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic bisimide (C5Pe), and detachment behavior of asphaltene deposit films for high-density polymer brushes were investigated. Zwitterionic poly(3-(N-2-methacryloyloxyethyl-N,N-dimethyl)ammonatopropanesulfonate (PMAPS) brushes and hydrophobic poly(n-hexyl methacrylate) (PHMA) brushes exhibit less C5Pe adsorption than poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). The asphaltene deposit films on the PHMA brush detached in a model oil (toluene/n-heptane=1/4 (v/v)), and the asphaltene films on the PMAPS brush detached in water. The antifouling character was explained by the interface free energy for the polymer-brush/asphaltenes (γSA) and polymer-brush/toluene (γSO). PMID:25370500

  7. Non-Fullerene-Acceptor-Based Bulk-Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells with Efficiency over 7.

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    Sun, Dan; Meng, Dong; Cai, Yunhao; Fan, Bingbing; Li, Yan; Jiang, Wei; Huo, Lijun; Sun, Yanming; Wang, Zhaohui

    2015-09-01

    A novel perylene bisimide (PBI) dimer-based acceptor material, SdiPBI-S, was developed. Conventional bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells based on SdiPBI-S and the wide-band-gap polymer PDBT-T1 show a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.16% with a high open-circuit voltage of 0.90 V, a high short-circuit current density of 11.98 mA/cm(2), and an impressive fill factor of 66.1%. Favorable phase separation and balanced carrier mobilites in the BHJ films account for the high photovoltaic performance. The results demonstrate that fine-tuning of PBI-based materials is a promising way to improve the PCEs of non-fullerene BHJ organic solar cells. PMID:26278192

  8. Entropically Driven Self-Assembly of Bolaamphiphilic Perylene Dyes in Water.

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    Görl, Daniel; Würthner, Frank

    2016-09-19

    The specific hydrophobic effect involved in the self-assembly of a bolaamphiphilic perylene bisimide (PBI) dye bearing oligoethylene glycol (OEG) chains has been identified. In pure water, the self-assembly is entropically driven and enthalpically disfavored, as explored by optical spectroscopy and isothermal titration calorimetry studies. Besides strong π-π interactions between the PBI units that are primarily of enthalpic nature, the major contribution to the self-assembly is the gain of entropy by release of confined water molecules from the hydration shell of the hydrophilic OEG moieties. Both contributions favor self-assembly, but their countervailing thermodynamic parameters are reflected in an uncommon temperature dependence, which can be inverted upon gradual addition of an organic cosolvent that makes the π-π interaction increasingly dominant. PMID:27558471

  9. Fire and heat resistant laminating resins based on malemeido and citraconimido substituted 1 -2,4- and -2,6- diaminobenzenes

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    Mikroyannidis, John A.; Kourtides, Demetrius A. (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    A novel class of fire and heat resistant bisimide resins prepared by thermal polymerization of maleimido or citraconimido substituted 1-(dialkox phosphonyl) methyl-2-4 and -2,6-diamino benzenes was presented. The polymer precursors are prepared by reacting 1-(diorgano oxyphosphonyl) methyl-2-4- and -2,6-diamino benzenes with maliec anhydride or citraconic anhydride in a mole ratio 1:2. Chain extension of the monomers is achieved by reacting the mono-N-maleimido derivaties of 1 (diorgano oxyphosphonyl) methyl -2,4- and -2,6-diamino benzenes with aryl tetracarboxylic dianhydrides, such as benzophenone tetracarboxylic dianhydride, or aryl diisocyanates, such as methylene bis(4-phenyl isocyanate), in a mole ratio 2:1. The polymerization of the monomers is studied by diferential scanning calorimetry and the thermal stability of the polymers is ascertained by thermogravimetric analysis.

  10. Bismaleimides and related maleimido polymers as matrix resins

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    Parker, J. A.; Kourtides, D. A.; Fohlen, G. M.

    1985-01-01

    Significant processing and property improvements can be achieved by copolymerization of state-of-the-art bisimides with various vinyl stilbazole derivatives to give both fire resistance and high-temperature properties from hot-melt compositions. Significant improvement in mechanical properties is achieved through these modifications, which may make these new matrix resins ideal candidates for fireworthy secondary graphite composite structures. Phosphorous modifications of maleimido polymers through phosphonate structure and tricyclophosphazene derivatives provide families of new matrix resins for short-time applications in severe thermo-oxidative environments. With further research these may provide matrix resins for long-term thermo-oxidative stability of advanced composites at temperatures up to 400 to 500 C.

  11. Fire and heat resistant laminating resins based on maleimido and citraconimido substituted 1-(diorgano oxyphosphonyl) methyl -2,4- and -2,6- diaminobenzenes

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    Mikroyannidis, John A. (Inventor); Kourtides, Demetrius A. (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    A class of fire and heat resistant bisimide resins prepared by thermal polymerization of maleimido or citraconimido substituted 1-((dialkoxyphosphonyl) methyl)-2-4 and -2,6-diaminobenzenes are described. The polymer precursors are prepared by reacting 1-((diorganooxyphosphonyl) methyl)-2-4 and -2,6-diaminobenzenes with maleic anhydride or citraconic anhydride in a mole ratio 1:2. Chain extension of the monomers is achieved by reacting the mono-N-maleimido derivatives of 1-((diorganooxyphosphonyl) methyl)-2,4 and -2,6-diaminobenzenes with aryl tetracarboxylic dianhydrides, such as benzophenone tetracarbocylic dianhydride, or aryl diisocyanates, such as methylenebis (4-phenylisocyanate), in a mole ratio 2:1. The polymerization of the monomers is studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and the thermal stability of the polymers is ascertained by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA).

  12. Photoconductive Cathode Interlayer for Highly Efficient Inverted Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Nian, Li; Zhang, Wenqiang; Zhu, Na; Liu, Linlin; Xie, Zengqi; Wu, Hongbin; Würthner, Frank; Ma, Yuguang

    2015-06-10

    A highly photoconductive cathode interlayer was achieved by doping a 1 wt % light absorber, such as perylene bisimide, into a ZnO thin film, which absorbs a very small amount of light but shows highly increased conductivity of 4.50 × 10(-3) S/m under sunlight. Photovoltaic devices based on this kind of photoactive cathode interlayer exhibit significantly improved device performance, which is rather insensitive to the thickness of the cathode interlayer over a broad range. Moreover, a power conversion efficiency as high as 10.5% was obtained by incorporation of our photoconductive cathode interlayer with the PTB7-Th:PC71BM active layer, which is one of the best results for single-junction polymer solar cells. PMID:26016386

  13. Delayed cure bismaleimide resins

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    Adams, Johnnie E.; Jamieson, Donald R.

    1984-08-07

    Polybismaleimides prepared by delayed curing of bis-imides having the formula ##STR1## wherein R.sub.1 and R.sub.2 each independently is H, C.sub.1-4 -alkyl, C.sub.1-4 -alkoxy, Cl or Br, or R.sub.1 and R.sub.2 together form a fused 6-membered hydrocarbon aromatic ring, with the proviso that R.sub.1 and R.sub.2 are not t-butyl or t-butoxy; X is O, S or Se; n is 1-3; and the --(CH.sub.2).sub.n -- group, optionally, is substituted by 1-3 methyl groups or by fluorine.

  14. Synthesis, Photophysical, and Biological Evaluation of Sulfated Polyglycerol Dendronized Perylenebisimides (PBIs)--A Promising Platform for Anti-Inflammatory Theranostic Agents?

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    Heek, T; Kühne, C; Depner, H; Achazi, K; Dernedde, J; Haag, R

    2016-03-16

    A set of four water-soluble perylene bisimides (PBI) based on sulfated polyglycerol (PGS) dendrons were developed, their photophysical properties determined via UV/vis and fluorescence spectroscopy, and their performance as possible anti-inflammatory agents evaluated via biological in vitro studies. It could be shown that in contrast to charge neutral PG-PBIs the introduction of the additional electrostatic repulsion forces leads to a decrease in the dendron generation necessary for aggregation suppression, allowing the preparation of PBIs with fluorescence quantum yields of >95% with a considerable decreased synthetic effort. Furthermore, the values determined for L-selectin binding down to the nanomolar range, their limited impact on blood coagulation, and their minor activation of the complement system renders these systems ideal for anti-inflammatory purposes. PMID:26890394

  15. Kinetics-controlled growth of bimetallic RhAg on Au nanorods and their catalytic properties

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    Ye, Wei; Guo, Xia; Xie, Fang; Zhu, Rui; Zhao, Qing; Yang, Jian

    2014-03-01

    Controlled growth of hybrid metallic nanocomposites for a desirable structure in a combination of selected components is highly important for their applications. Herein, the controllable growth of RhAg on the gold nanorods is achieved from the dumbbell-like RhAg-tipped nanorods to the brushy RhAg-coated nanorods, or the rod-like Au@Ag-Rh nanorattles. These different growth modes of RhAg on the gold nanorods are correlated with the reducing kinetics of RhCl3 and AgNO3. In view of the promising catalytic properties of Rh, the gold nanorods modified by RhAg in different structures are examined as catalysts for the oxidation of o-phenylenediamine. It is found that brushy RhAg-coated nanorods present a higher catalytic efficiency than dumbbell-like RhAg-tipped nanorods and rod-like Au@Ag-Rh nanorattles. These results would benefit the overgrowth control on the one-dimensional metallic nanorods and the rational design of new generation heterogeneous catalysts and optical devices.Controlled growth of hybrid metallic nanocomposites for a desirable structure in a combination of selected components is highly important for their applications. Herein, the controllable growth of RhAg on the gold nanorods is achieved from the dumbbell-like RhAg-tipped nanorods to the brushy RhAg-coated nanorods, or the rod-like Au@Ag-Rh nanorattles. These different growth modes of RhAg on the gold nanorods are correlated with the reducing kinetics of RhCl3 and AgNO3. In view of the promising catalytic properties of Rh, the gold nanorods modified by RhAg in different structures are examined as catalysts for the oxidation of o-phenylenediamine. It is found that brushy RhAg-coated nanorods present a higher catalytic efficiency than dumbbell-like RhAg-tipped nanorods and rod-like Au@Ag-Rh nanorattles. These results would benefit the overgrowth control on the one-dimensional metallic nanorods and the rational design of new generation heterogeneous catalysts and optical devices. Electronic

  16. Meso/macroporous {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} fabricated by thermal decomposition of nanorods ammonium aluminium carbonate hydroxide

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    Li, Guang-Ci; Liu, Yun-Qi; Guan, Li-Li; Hu, Xiao-Fu; Liu, Chen-Guang

    2012-04-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rod-like AACH were synthesized by a hydrothermal treatment. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer AACH was formed via a Al(OH){sub 3} {yields} (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}Al{sub 6}(CO{sub 3}){sub 3}(OH){sub 14}{center_dot}xH{sub 2}O {yields} NH{sub 4}Al(OH){sub 2}CO{sub 3}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O {yields} NH{sub 4}Al(OH){sub 2}CO{sub 3} path. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Alumina derived from AACH has a good thermal stability. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The obtained alumina possesses large pore volume and bimodal porosity. -- Abstract: Through exploring the reaction parameters during the synthesis of the AACH, rod-like ammonium aluminium carbonate hydroxide (AACH) with high crystallinity has been successfully prepared via a facile hydrothermal method. The synthesis parameters like time, the molar ratio of NH{sub 4}HCO{sub 3}/Al and the properties of starting materials were systematically investigated. The structure was characterized using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), IR and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The experimental results display that the obtained {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} materials possess meso/macroporosity and large pore volume, which are mainly attributed to the removal of gas molecules during the decomposition of AACH. Moreover, using the rod-like AACH as precursor, {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanorods were obtained via a low-temperature thermal decomposition method.

  17. Structure, morphology, and assembly behavior of kafirin.

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    Xiao, Jie; Li, Yunqi; Li, Ji; Gonzalez, Alejandro Perez; Xia, Qiuyang; Huang, Qingrong

    2015-01-14

    Prolamins from grains have attracted intensive attention in recent years due to their potential in satisfying the demand for environmentally friendly (biodegradable), abundantly available (sustainable), and cost-effective biomaterials. However, for kafirin, the prolamin from sorghum, its composition, structure, morphology, and self-assembly behaviors have not been fully characterized. In this paper, kafirin was extracted from the whole sorghum grain and found to contain 68, 14, 6, and 12% of α-, β-, and γ-fractions and cross-linked kafirin, respectively. Freeze-dried kafirin contained ∼49% α-helix in the solid state. When dissolved in 65% (v/v) isopropanol, 60% (v/v) tert-butanol, and 85% (v/v) ethanol aqueous solvents, the relative α-helix content in kafirin increased with the decrease of solvent polarity. Structural analysis using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) indicated that kafirin (2 mg/mL) took stretched and extended conformations with dimensions of 118 × 15 × 15 and 100 × 11 × 11 Å in 60% tert-butanol and 65% isopropanol, respectively. More elongated conformation of individual kafirin with high-order assembly was observed in 85% ethanol. Protein aggregation occurred as protein concentration increased in its good solvent. The morphology of kafirin assemblies captured by atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed that kafirin protein took uniform particle morphology at low concentration, and disk-like or rod-like structures resulting from solvent evaporation induced particle interactions emerged at high concentrations. These results suggest that both protein concentration and solvent polarity can effectively regulate kafirin assemblies from thick rod-like to slim rod-like structures, a convenient way to tune the fibrillation of prolamin-based biomaterials. PMID:25510968

  18. Structure, Morphology, and Assembly Behavior of Kafirin

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    2015-01-01

    Prolamins from grains have attracted intensive attention in recent years due to their potential in satisfying the demand for environmentally friendly (biodegradable), abundantly available (sustainable), and cost-effective biomaterials. However, for kafirin, the prolamin from sorghum, its composition, structure, morphology, and self-assembly behaviors have not been fully characterized. In this paper, kafirin was extracted from the whole sorghum grain and found to contain 68, 14, 6, and 12% of α-, β-, and γ-fractions and cross-linked kafirin, respectively. Freeze-dried kafirin contained ∼49% α-helix in the solid state. When dissolved in 65% (v/v) isopropanol, 60% (v/v) tert-butanol, and 85% (v/v) ethanol aqueous solvents, the relative α-helix content in kafirin increased with the decrease of solvent polarity. Structural analysis using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) indicated that kafirin (2 mg/mL) took stretched and extended conformations with dimensions of 118 × 15 × 15 and 100 × 11 × 11 Å in 60% tert-butanol and 65% isopropanol, respectively. More elongated conformation of individual kafirin with high-order assembly was observed in 85% ethanol. Protein aggregation occurred as protein concentration increased in its good solvent. The morphology of kafirin assemblies captured by atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed that kafirin protein took uniform particle morphology at low concentration, and disk-like or rod-like structures resulting from solvent evaporation induced particle interactions emerged at high concentrations. These results suggest that both protein concentration and solvent polarity can effectively regulate kafirin assemblies from thick rod-like to slim rod-like structures, a convenient way to tune the fibrillation of prolamin-based biomaterials. PMID:25510968

  19. Electronic properties of binary and mixed [RMNH]{sub n} (R=H,CH{sub 3}, M=Al,Ga,In) oligomers

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    Oranskaya, A. A. Pomogaeva, A. V. Timoshkin, A. Y.

    2015-03-30

    Theoretical investigation of structural and electronic properties is presented for the rod-like oligomers R{sub 3}-[MRNH]{sub 3n}-H{sub 3} and [RMNH]{sub n+1} (M=Ga,Al,In R=H,CH{sub 3}) of different lengths. Electronic structures of the oligomers with and without substitutions of Ga atoms with Al or In were studied at DFT level of theory. Clusters up to 8 nm of length were considered. A type of terminal groups of the oligomers is found to have a dominant influence on their electronic properties.

  20. Shape Transformation Following Reduction-Sensitive PEG Cleavage of Polymer/DNA Nanoparticles

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    Williford, John-Michael; Ren, Yong; Huang, Kevin; Pan, Deng; Mao, Hai-Quan

    2014-01-01

    PEGylated polycation/DNA micellar nanoparticles have been developed that can undergo shape transformation upon cleavage of the PEG grafts in response to an environmental cue. As a proof-of-principle, DNA nanoparticles with higher PEG grafting density adopting long, worm- and rod-like morphologies, transition to more condensed nanoparticles with spherical and short-rod morphologies upon cleavage of a fraction of the PEG grafts from the copolymer. This shape transformation leads to increased surface charges, correlating with improved transfection efficiency. PMID:25530853

  1. Negligible effect of grain boundaries on the thermal conductivity of rocks

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    Vandersande, J. W.; Pohl, R. O.

    1982-08-01

    The thermal conductivity of marble, gabbro, quartz-monzonite, basalt and of labradorite was measured between 0.3 and 80 K. In all cases, the phonon mean free paths ℓ¯ were found to increase with decreasing temperature, but even at the lowest temperatures, ℓ¯ was far smaller than the average grain sizes. This demonstrates that phonon scattering by grain boundaries has very little influence on the heat transport in these rocks. Evidence is presented that lamellae due to twinning or exsolution, rod-like large inclusions, and density fluctuations inside the grains mask the effect of grain boundaries.

  2. Morphology evolution of ZrB{sub 2} nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Zhang Yun; Li Ruixing; Jiang Yanshan; Zhao Bin; Duan Huiping; Li Junping; Feng Zhihai

    2011-08-15

    Zirconium diboride (ZrB{sub 2}) nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel method using zirconium n-propoxide (Zr(OPr){sub 4}), boric acid (H{sub 3}BO{sub 3}), sucrose (C{sub 12}H{sub 22}O{sub 11}), and acetic acid (AcOH). Clearly, it was a non-aqueous solution system at the very beginning of the reactions. Here, AcOH was used as both chemical modifier and solvent to control Zr(OPr){sub 4} hydrolysis. Actually, AcOH could dominate the hydrolysis by self-produced water of the chemical propulsion, rather than the help of outer water. C{sub 12}H{sub 22}O{sub 11} was selected, since it can be completely decomposed to carbon. Thus, carbon might be accounted precisely for the carbothermal reduction reaction. Furthermore, we investigated the influence of the gelation temperature on the morphology of ZrB{sub 2} particles. Increasing the gelation temperature, the particle shapes changed from sphere-like particles at 65 deg. C to a particle chain at 75 deg. C, and then form rod-like particles at 85 deg. C. An in-depth HRTEM observation revealed that the nanoparticles of ZrB{sub 2} were gradually fused together to evolve into a particle chain, finally into a rod-like shape. These crystalline nature of ZrB{sub 2} related to the gelation temperature obeyed the 'oriented attachment mechanism' of crystallography. - Graphical Abstract: Increasing the gelation temperature, the particle shapes changed from sphere-like particles at 65 deg. C to a particle chain at 75 deg. C, and then form rod-like particles at 85 deg. C. Highlights: > ZrB{sub 2} nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel method in an non-aqueous solution system. > AcOH was used as both chemical modifier and solvent to control Zr(OPr){sub 4} hydrolysis. > C{sub 12}H{sub 22}O{sub 11} was selected since it can be completely decomposed to carbon. > Increasing the gelation temperature, the particles changed from sphere-like to rod-like ones. > Crystalline nature of ZrB{sub 2} obeyed the 'oriented attachment mechanism' of

  3. Spherical and rodlike inorganic nanoparticle regulated the orientation of carbon nanotubes in polymer nanofibers

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    Jiang, Linbin; Tu, Hu; Lu, Yuan; Wu, Yang; Tian, Jing; Shi, Xiaowen; Wang, Qun; Zhan, Yingfei; Huang, Zuqiang; Deng, Hongbing

    2016-04-01

    PVA nanofibers containing carboxylic-modified MWCNTs were fabricated via electrospinning of PVA/MWCNTs mixed solution. The alignment of MWCNTs in PVA nanofibers was studied using transmission electron microscope and scanning electron microscope. In addition, the orientation of MWCNTs in PVA nanofibers was further investigated in the presence of rod-like nanoparticle rectorite (REC) and of spherical nanoparticle titanium dioxide (TiO2). The images demonstrated the embedment of MWCNTs in the nanofibers and the alignment of MWCNTs along the fiber axis. Moreover, the addition of REC and TiO2 improved the alignment of MWCNTs in PVA nanofibers.

  4. Draft genome sequence of Rhodococcus rhodochrous strain ATCC 17895

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    Chen, Bi-Shuang; Otten, Linda G.; Resch, Verena; Muyzer, Gerard; Hanefeld, Ulf

    2013-01-01

    Rhodococcus rhodochrous ATCC 17895 possesses an array of mono- and dioxygenases, as well as hydratases, which makes it an interesting organism for biocatalysis. R. rhodochrous is a Gram-positive aerobic bacterium with a rod-like morphology. Here we describe the features of this organism, together with the complete genome sequence and annotation. The 6,869,887 bp long genome contains 6,609 protein-coding genes and 53 RNA genes. Based on small subunit rRNA analysis, the strain is more likely to be a strain of Rhodococcus erythropolis rather than Rhodococcus rhodochrous. PMID:24501654

  5. ELECTROMAGNETIC APPARATUS FOR MOVING A ROD

    DOEpatents

    Young, J.N.

    1958-04-22

    An electromagnetic apparatus for moving a rod-like member in small steps in either direction is described. The invention has particular application in the reactor field where the reactor control rods must be moved only a small distance and where the use of mechanical couplings is impractical due to the high- pressure seals required. A neutron-absorbing rod is mounted in a housing with gripping uaits that engage the rod, and coils for magnetizing the gripping units to make them grip, shift, and release the rod are located outside the housing.

  6. Simulation study of poled low-water ionomers with different architectures

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    Allahyarov, Elshad; Taylor, Philip L.; Löwen, Hartmut

    2011-11-01

    The role of the ionomer architecture in the formation of ordered structures in poled membranes is investigated by molecular dynamics computer simulations. It is shown that the length of the sidechain Ls controls both the areal density of cylindrical aggregates Nc and the diameter of these cylinders in the poled membrane. The backbone segment length Lb tunes the average diameter Ds of cylindrical clusters and the average number of sulfonates Ns in each cluster. A simple empirical formula is noted for the dependence of the number density of induced rod-like aggregates on the sidechain length Ls within the parameter range considered in this study.

  7. Formation of a Double Diamond Cubic Phase by Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Self-Assembly of Bundled Bolaamphiphiles.

    PubMed

    Zeng, Xiangbing; Prehm, Marko; Ungar, Goran; Tschierske, Carsten; Liu, Feng

    2016-07-11

    A quaternary amphiphile with swallow-tail side groups displays a new bicontinuous thermotropic cubic phase with symmetry Pn3‾ m and formed by two interpenetrating networks where cylindrical segments are linked by H bonds at tetrahedral junctions. Each network segment contains two bundles, each containing 12 rod-like mesogens, lying along the segment axis. This assembly leads to the first thermotropic structure of the "double diamond" type. A quantitative geometric model is proposed to explain the occurrence of this rare phase. PMID:27270840

  8. Simple and highly efficient chiral dopant molecules possessing both rod- and arch-like units.

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    Kishikawa, Keiki; Aoyagi, Shota; Kohri, Michinari; Taniguchi, Tatsuo; Takahashi, Masahiro; Kohmoto, Shigeo

    2014-09-14

    A simple chiral dopant molecule (R)-1 with both rod- and arch-like units was prepared, and extremely large helical twisting powers (+123 to +228 μm(-1)) in nematic liquid crystal phases were achieved. We have demonstrated that the introduction of an arch-like unit in addition to rod-like units is highly effective in controlling the helical molecular alignment. As an application of the dopant, induction of blue phases by addition of a small amount of it was achieved. PMID:25041949

  9. Production of SnO 2 nanorods by redox reaction

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    Liu, Yingkai; Zheng, Chenglin; Wang, Wenzhong; Zhan, Yongjie; Wang, Guanghou

    2001-11-01

    SnO 2 nanorods were prepared by annealing precursor powders produced by mixing three kinds of inverse microemulsions (IμE). The microstructures of the resultant nanorods were studied by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAD). It has been found that the as-prepared materials have a rod-like shape with lengths of tens of micrometers and diameters of 30-200 nm under different conditions. We discussed the influences of temperature and surfactant on the formation of SnO 2 nanorods and the mechanism of the formation of SnO 2 nanorods.

  10. Spontaneous Mirror-Symmetry Breaking in Isotropic Liquid Phases of Photoisomerizable Achiral Molecules.

    PubMed

    Alaasar, Mohamed; Prehm, Marko; Cao, Yu; Liu, Feng; Tschierske, Carsten

    2016-01-01

    Spontaneous mirror-symmetry breaking is of fundamental importance in science as it contributes to the development of chiral superstructures and new materials and has a major impact on the discussion around the emergence of uniform chirality in biological systems. Herein we report chirality synchronization, leading to spontaneous chiral conglomerate formation in isotropic liquids of achiral and photoisomerizable azobenzene-based rod-like molecules. The position of fluorine substituents at the aromatic core is found to have a significant effect on the stability and the temperature range of these chiral liquids. Moreover, these liquid conglomerates occur in a new phase sequence adjacent to a 3D tetragonal mesophase. PMID:26490058

  11. Negligible effect of grain boundaries on the thermal conductivity of rocks

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    Vandersande, J.W.; Pohl, R.O.

    1982-08-01

    The thermal conductivity of marble, gabbro, quartz-monzonite, basalt and of labradorite was measured between 0.3 and 80 K. In all cases, the phonon mean free paths l-bar were found to increase with decreasing temperature, but even at the lowest temperatures, l-bar was far smaller than the average grain sizes. This demonstrates that phonon scattering by grain boundaries has very little influence on the heat transport in these rocks. Evidence is presented that lamellae due to twinning or exsolution, rod-like large inclusions, and density fluctuations inside the grains mask the effect of grain boundaries.

  12. Spatial organization of plastic deformation in single crystals with different structure of slip dislocation

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    Kunitsyna, T. S.; Teplyakova, L. A. Koneva, N. A.; Poltaranin, M. A.

    2015-10-27

    It is established that different structure of slip dislocation at the end of the linear hardening stage results in different distribution of dislocation charges in the volume of a single crystal. In the alloy with a near atomic order the slip of single dislocations leads to formation of planar structures—layers with the excess density of dislocations. In the alloy with long-range atomic order the slip of superdislocations brings the formation of the system of parallel rod-like charged dislocation linking.

  13. Lattice model for biaxial and uniaxial nematic liquid crystals

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    Sauerwein, Ricardo A.; de Oliveira, Mário J.

    2016-05-01

    We use a lattice gas model to describe the phase transitions in nematic liquid crystals. The phase diagram displays, in addition to the isotropic phase, the two uniaxial nematics, the rod-like and discotic nematics, and the biaxial nematic. Each site of the lattice has a constituent unit that takes only six orientations and is understood as being a parallelepiped brick with the three axes distinct. The possible orientations of a brick are those in which its axes are parallel to the axes of a Cartesian reference frame. The analysis of the model is performed by the use of a mean-field approximation and a Landau expansion of the free energy.

  14. Shape effects on dynamics of inertia-free spheroids in wall turbulence

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    Challabotla, Niranjan Reddy; Zhao, Lihao; Andersson, Helge I.

    2015-06-15

    The rotational motion of inertia-free spheroids has been studied in a numerically simulated turbulent channel flow. Although inertia-free spheroids were translated as tracers with the flow, neither the disk-like nor the rod-like particles adapted to the fluid rotation. The flattest disks preferentially aligned their symmetry axes normal to the wall, whereas the longest rods were parallel with the wall. The shape-dependence of the particle orientations carried over to the particle rotation such that the mean spin was reduced with increasing departure from sphericity. The streamwise spin fluctuations were enhanced due to asphericity, but substantially more for prolate than for oblate spheroids.

  15. Photoluminescence of Eu{sup 3+}-doped LaPO{sub 4} nanocrystals synthesized by combustion method

    SciTech Connect

    Xiu Zhiliang; Liu Suwen; Lue Mengkai . E-mail: mklu@icm.sdu.edu.cn; Zhang Haiping; Zhou Guangjun

    2006-03-09

    Eu{sup 3+}-doped LaPO{sub 4} nanocrystals were synthesized for the first time by a combustion method with urea as a fuel calcined at 700 deg. C. The diffraction profile of the obtained sample was indexed as a monoclinic monazite-structure by X-ray diffraction (XRD) data. The obtained nanocrystals appeared to be short rod-like with diameters of 5-10 nm and lengths of 20-70 nm. The luminescence intensities of Eu{sup 3+}-doped LaPO{sub 4} nanocrystals were found to be strongly dependent on the quantities of urea added and the concentration of Eu{sup 3+}.

  16. Intranuclear bundles of microfilaments and microtubules in chromaffin cells of the auricle of the heart of a lungfish, Protopterus aethiopicus.

    PubMed

    Scheuermann, D W; Adriaensen, D; De Groodt-Lasseel, M H

    1988-01-01

    Intranuclear microtubular-microfilamentous rod-like inclusions were investigated in chromaffin cells of the auricle of the heart of lungfishes. In conventional electron microscopy, these inclusions reveal a wide variety in appearance, depending on their orientation to the plane of sectioning. Whereas originally they were merely interpreted as a bundle of microfilaments, application of a goniometer stage showed the rod- or spindle-shaped intranuclear inclusions to have a basic substructure of parallel arranged microtubules among microfilaments, which are clearly connected to chromatin granules, occasionally penetrating dense areas of chromatin. The chemical nature and biological significance of these structures, which so far remain enigmatic, are discussed. PMID:3227775

  17. Imide modified epoxy matrix resins

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Scola, D. A.

    1982-01-01

    Results of a program designed to develop tough imide modified epoxy (IME) resins cured by bisimide amine (BIA) hardeners are presented. State of the art epoxy resin, MY720, was used. Three aromatic bisimide amines and one aromatic aliphatic BIA were evaluated. BIA's derived from 6F anhydride (3,3 prime 4,4 prime-(hexafluoro isopropyl idene) bis (phthalic anhydride) and diamines, 3,3 prime-diam nodiphenyl sulfone (3,3 prime-DDS), 4,4 prime-diamino diphenyl sulfone (4,4 prime-DDS), 1.12-dodecane diamine (1,12-DDA) were used. BIA's were abbreviated 6F-3,3 prime-DDS, 6F-4,4 prime-DDS, 6F-3,3 prime-DDS-4,4 prime DDS, and 6F-3,3 prime-DDS-1,12-DDA corresponding to 6F anhydride and diamines mentioned. Epoxy resin and BIA's (MY720/6F-3,3 prime-DDS, MY720/6F-3,3 prime-DDS-4,4 prime-DDS, MY720/6F-3,3 prime-DDS-1,12-DDA and a 50:50 mixture of a BIA and parent diamine, MY720/6F-3,3 prime-DDS/3,3 prime-DDS, MY720/6F-3,3 prime-DDS-4,4 prime-DDS/3,3 prime-DDS, MY720/6F-3,3 prime-DDS-1,12-DDA/3,3 prime-DDS were studied to determine effect of structure and composition. Effect of the addition of two commercial epoxies, glyamine 200 and glyamine 100 on the properties of several formulations was evaluated. Bisimide amine cured epoxies were designated IME's (imide modified epoxy). Physical, thermal and mechanical properties of these resins were determined. Moisture absorption in boiling water exhibited by several of the IME's was considerably lower than the state of the art epoxies (from 3.2% for the control and state of the art to 2.0 wt% moisture absorption). Char yields are increased from 20% for control and state of the art epoxies to 40% for IME resins. Relative toughness characteristics of IME resins were measured by 10 deg off axis tensile tests of Celion 6000/IME composites. Results show that IME's containing 6F-3,3 prime-DDS or 6F-3,3 prime-DDS-1,12-DDA improved the "toughness" characteristics of composites by about 35% (tensile strength), about 35% (intralaminar shear

  18. Twisted and tubular silica structures by anionic surfactant fibers encapsulation.

    PubMed

    Chekini, Mahshid; Guénée, Laure; Marchionni, Valentina; Sharma, Manish; Bürgi, Thomas

    2016-09-01

    Organic molecules imprinting can be used for introducing specific properties and functionalities such as chirality to mesoporous materials. Particularly organic self-assemblies can work as a scaffold for templating inorganic materials such as silica. During recent years chiral imprinting of anionic surfactant for fabrication of twisted rod-like silica structures assisted by co-structuring directing agent were thoroughly investigated. The organic self-assemblies of anionic surfactants can also be used for introducing other shapes in rod-like silica structures. Here we report the formation of amphiphilic N-miristoyl-l-alanine self-assemblies in aqueous solution upon stirring and at presence of l-arginine. These anionic surfactant self-assemblies form fibers that grow by increasing the stirring duration. The fibers were studied using transmission electron microscopy, infra-red spectroscopy and vibrational circular dichroism. Addition of silica precursor 1,2-bis(triethoxysilyl)ethylene and co-structuring directing agent N-trimethoxysilylpropyl-N,N,N-trimethylammonium chloride at different stages of fibers' growth leads to formation of different silica structures. By controlling stirring duration, we obtained twisted tubular silica structures as a result of fibers encapsulation. We decorated these structures with gold nanoparticles by different methods and measured their optical activity. PMID:27267039

  19. Preparation of molybdenum carbides with multiple morphologies using surfactants as carbon sources

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    Wang, Hongfen; Wang, Zhiqi; Chen, Shougang

    2012-10-15

    Molybdenum carbides with surfactants as carbon sources were prepared using the carbothermal reduction of the appropriate precursors (molybdenum oxides deposited on surfactant micelles) at 1023 K under hydrogen gas. The carburized products were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction and BET surface area measurements. From the SEM images, hollow microspherical and rod-like molybdenum carbides were observed. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that the annealing time of carburization had a large effect on the conversion of molybdenum oxides to molybdenum carbides. And BET surface area measurements indicated that the difference of carbon sources brought a big difference in specific surface areas of molybdenum carbides. - Graphical abstract: Molybdenum carbides having hollow microspherical and hollow rod-like morphologies that are different from the conventional monodipersed platelet-like morphologies. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Molybdenum carbides were prepared using surfactants as carbon sources. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The kinds of surfactants affected the morphologies of molybdenum carbides. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The time of heat preservation at 1023 K affected the carburization process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Molybdenum carbides with hollow structures had larger specific surface areas.

  20. Improving the stability of coal slurries: Final report. [Polygalacturonic acid and gum tragacanth

    SciTech Connect

    Fogler, H.S.

    1988-12-01

    Polysaccharides were found to stabilize colloidal dispersions (such as coal particles and polystyrene latex particles) even at high ionic strengths. The stability studies with various kinds of polysaccharides showed that rod-like molecules (such as poly (galacturonic acid) and gum tragacanth) are much more effective stabilizers than highly-branched molecules such as arabinogalactan. This effective stabilization with the rod-like molecules was found to result from the adsorption of polysaccharides on the particles, i.e., the steric stabilization mechanism. The stability depends significantly on the solution pH, the molecular weight and the surface charge of particles. Adsorption isotherms, the zeta potential and the conformation of adsorbed molecules (the steric layer thicknesses) were measured as a function of the solution pH, the molecular weight and the surface charge. Photon correlation spectroscopy studies showed that the conformation of adsorbed molecules is strongly dependent on the solution pH, the molecular weight and the surface charge, suggesting that the dependence of stability on these parameters is due to the change of the conformation of the molecules adsorbed on the surface. In addition, the solution pH has a significant effect on the flocculation behavior of particles and can be modulated to bring about peptization of particles. This type of stabilization is referred to as electrosteric stabilization whereby steric stabilization is induced by changing the electrical properties of the system (the solution pH in this case). 41 refs., 43 figs., 10 tabs.

  1. A Deep Look Into Erionite Fibres: an Electron Microscopy Investigation of their Self-Assembly

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Matassa, Roberto; Familiari, Giuseppe; Relucenti, Michela; Battaglione, Ezio; Downing, Clive; Pacella, Alessandro; Cametti, Georgia; Ballirano, Paolo

    2015-11-01

    The exposure of humans to erionite fibres of appropriate morphology and dimension has been unambiguously linked to the occurrence of Malignant Mesothelioma. For this reason, a detailed morpho-structural investigation through Electron Microscopy techniques has been performed on erionite samples collected at two different localities, Durkee (ED) and Rome (ER), Oregon, USA. The sample from Rome has been also investigated after a prolonged leaching with Gamble’s solution (ER4G) in order to evaluate the possible occurrence of morpho-structural modifications induced by this Simulated-Lung-Fluid (SLF). Here we report how the micrometric erionite fibres evolve in irregular ribbon- or rod-like bundles as a function of different nano-structural features. The reasons for the observed morphological variability have been explained by considering the structural defects located at ED surface fibrils (bi-dimensional ribbons) and the presence of nontronite, an iron-bearing clay mineral embedding the ER fibrils (mono-dimensional rods). ER4G shows a decrease in width of the rod-like fibres due to their partial digestion by SLF leaching, which synchronously dissolves nontronite. The reported results represent a valuable background toward the full comprehension of the morphological mechanisms responsible for potentially damage of lung tissue through the potential relocation of fibers to extrapulmonary sites, increasing the carcinogenic risk to humans.

  2. Nanoscale X-ray microscopic imaging of mammalian mineralized tissue.

    PubMed

    Andrews, Joy C; Almeida, Eduardo; van der Meulen, Marjolein C H; Alwood, Joshua S; Lee, Chialing; Liu, Yijin; Chen, Jie; Meirer, Florian; Feser, Michael; Gelb, Jeff; Rudati, Juana; Tkachuk, Andrei; Yun, Wenbing; Pianetta, Piero

    2010-06-01

    A novel hard transmission X-ray microscope (TXM) at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource operating from 5 to 15 keV X-ray energy with 14 to 30 microm2 field of view has been used for high-resolution (30-40 nm) imaging and density quantification of mineralized tissue. TXM is uniquely suited for imaging of internal cellular structures and networks in mammalian mineralized tissues using relatively thick (50 microm), untreated samples that preserve tissue micro- and nanostructure. To test this method we performed Zernike phase contrast and absorption contrast imaging of mouse cancellous bone prepared under different conditions of in vivo loading, fixation, and contrast agents. In addition, the three-dimensional structure was examined using tomography. Individual osteocytic lacunae were observed embedded within trabeculae in cancellous bone. Extensive canalicular networks were evident and included processes with diameters near the 30-40 nm instrument resolution that have not been reported previously. Trabecular density was quantified relative to rod-like crystalline apatite, and rod-like trabecular struts were found to have 51-54% of pure crystal density and plate-like areas had 44-53% of crystal density. The nanometer resolution of TXM enables future studies for visualization and quantification of ultrastructural changes in bone tissue resulting from osteoporosis, dental disease, and other pathologies. PMID:20374681

  3. Heat-induced structural transitions of alpha-crystallin studied by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Krivandin, A. V.; Kuklin, A. I.; Muranov, K. O.; Murugova, T. N.; Kozlov, S. S.; Genkina, N. K.

    2012-03-01

    Alpha-crystallin from the bovine eye lens was studied by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) in 90% D2O buffer solution at 20, 50, 60, 65, 75, 85 and 95°C. The temperature points for this study were specified on the basis of differential scanning calorimetric analysis of alpha-crystallin solutions which has shown two endothermic transitions with midpoints at 64.5 and 86°C. The SANS study revealed no significant alpha-crystallin quaternary structure alterations at 50°C as compared with 20°C. At 60-65°C the SANS data confirmed substantial alpha-crystallin quaternary structure rearrangements which resulted in the formation of alpha-crystallin oligomers with a similar shape but approximately twofold increased molecular weight as compared to the native state at 20°C. At higher temperatures (75, 85 and 95°C) the SANS patterns were very similar and were consistent with the scattering by rod-like particles with a cross-section radius of gyration ~55 This transformation of alpha-crystallin to the rod-like particles was evidently irreversible as these particles remained in solution after cooling to 20°C. Ab initio shape models of the native and high-temperature alpha-crystallin were retrieved with DAMMIN and DAMAVER software. Schematic model of alpha-crystallin heat-induced quaternary structure transitions was considered.

  4. Distinct Regulation of Adaxial-Abaxial Polarity in Anther Patterning in Rice[C][W][OA

    PubMed Central

    Toriba, Taiyo; Suzaki, Takuya; Yamaguchi, Takahiro; Ohmori, Yoshihiro; Tsukaya, Hirokazu

    2010-01-01

    Establishment of adaxial-abaxial polarity is essential for lateral organ development. The mechanisms underlying the polarity establishment in the stamen remain unclear, whereas those in the leaf are well understood. Here, we investigated a rod-like lemma (rol) mutant of rice (Oryza sativa), in which the development of the stamen and lemma is severely compromised. We found that the rod-like structure of the lemma and disturbed anther patterning resulted from defects in the regulation of adaxial-abaxial polarity. Gene isolation indicated that the rol phenotype was caused by a weak mutation in SHOOTLESS2 (SHL2), which encodes an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase and functions in trans-acting small interfering RNA (ta-siRNA) production. Thus, ta-siRNA likely plays an important role in regulating the adaxial-abaxial polarity of floral organs in rice. Furthermore, we found that the spatial expression patterns of marker genes for adaxial-abaxial polarity are rearranged during anther development in the wild type. After this rearrangement, a newly formed polarity is likely to be established in a new developmental unit, the theca primordium. This idea is supported by observations of abnormal stamen development in the shl2-rol mutant. By contrast, the stamen filament is likely formed by abaxialization. Thus, a unique regulatory mechanism may be involved in regulating adaxial-abaxial polarity in stamen development. PMID:20511295

  5. Synthesis and characterization of liquid crystalline polyester/graphene and a study of their properties.

    PubMed

    Hu, Wu-Quan; Zhu, Zong-Zhen; Jin, Jun; Dong, Zheng-Ping; Zhong, Xing; Zhou, Jing-Hui; Da, Shi-Jun; Li, Rong

    2012-03-01

    A new rod-like thermotropic liquid crystalline polyester (TLCP) material and its nanocomposites based on different concentrations of graphene were synthesized by in-situ high-temperature solution polymerization. The resulting nanocomposites were characterized using XRD, microscopic analysis (POM, SEM, and TEM), spectroscopic analysis (FT-IR, UV-Vis, and fluorescence), and thermal analysis (TGA and DSC). The XRD and POM methods showed that the composite materials exhibited only the nematic phase. The TEM images revealed that the graphene were distributed in the polymer with sizes ranging from 100 to 200 nm. The absorption spectroscopy data showed that the electronic properties of graphene were mostly retained without damaging their two-dimensional electronic properties, together with the analysis of the maximum absorption spectrum and concentration of the composites in terms of the Lambert-Beer law. The fluorescence from the TLCP moiety was almost completely quenched and red shifted by graphene, indicating that the linkage mode facilitated effective energy and electron transfer between the rod-like TLCP and the extended pi-system of graphene. Therefore, this novel nanocomposite material exhibits excellent thermal properties based on the thermogravimetric analysis. PMID:22755077

  6. Investigating the role of oriented nucleus in polymer shish-kebab crystal growth via phase-field method

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    Wang, Xiaodong; Ouyang, Jie; Su, Jin; Zhou, Wen

    2014-03-01

    The phase-field method has been developed to simulate the shish-kebab crystal growth in polymer crystallization by introducing the oriented nucleus. With the help of this developed phase-field model, the role of oriented nucleus in polymer shish-kebab crystal growth has been investigated. It appears that the growth mechanisms of shish-kebab crystal on a preformed oriented nucleus may be attributed to epitaxial growth and lattice match. First the oriented nucleus (early shish) further grows into stable shish entity through epitaxial growth, and then lattice match supplies the sites for kebabs and epitaxial lateral growth from these sites forms the kebabs. It also has been verified that kebabs can be grown on oriented nucleus in the total absence of any flow. Therefore, with regard to flow induced shish-kebab crystal, the oriented nucleus plays a major role in the growth of shish-kebab morphology and the flow mainly helps to generate the oriented nucleus. Besides, when the nucleus possesses a rod-like profile, the kebabs are generally parallel and equidistantly distributed, and the well-defined interval between adjacent kebabs is strongly influenced by the orientation angle of the rod-like nucleus. On the other hand, when the nucleus is slightly curved and presents a thread-like profile, the distribution of kebabs on the shish is no longer equidistant and the influence of orientation angle on the kebab density becomes weak.

  7. Seed-Mediated Growth of Gold Nanocrystals: Changes to the Crystallinity or Morphology as Induced by the Treatment of Seeds with a Sulfur Species

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    Zheng, Yiqun; Luo, Ming; Tao, Jing; Peng, Hsin-Chieh; Wan, Dehui; Zhu, Yimei; Xia, Younan

    2014-12-11

    We report our observation of changes to the crystallinity or morphology during seed-mediated growth of Au nanocrystals. When single-crystal Au seeds with a spherical or rod-like shape were treated with a chemical species such as S₂O₃²⁻ ions, twin defects were developed during the growth process to generate multiply twinned nanostructures. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis indicated that the S₂O₃²⁻ ions were chemisorbed on the surfaces of the seeds during the treatment. The chemisorbed S₂O₃²⁻ ions somehow influenced the crystallization of Au atoms added onto the surface during a growth process, leading to the formation of twin defects. In contrast to themore » spherical and rod-like Au seeds, the single-crystal structure was retained to generate a concave morphology when single-crystal Au seeds with a cubic or octahedral shape were used for a similar treatment and then seed-mediated growth. The different outcomes are likely related to the difference in spatial distribution of S₂O₃²⁻ ions chemisorbed on the surface of a seed. This approach based on surface modification is potentially extendable to other noble metals for engineering the crystallinity and morphology of nanocrystals formed via seed-mediated growth.« less

  8. Self-assembly of DNA origami particles in suspension of non-absorbing depleting polymers

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    Siavashpouri, Mahsa; Zakhary, Mark; Wachauf, Christian; Dietz, Hendrik; Dogic, Zvonimir

    2015-03-01

    The connection between the macroscopic properties of a liquid crystalline material and the microscopic features of the constituent molecules is the essential theme that permeates the field of liquid crystals. Previous studies have shown that monodisperse rod-like colloids such as filamentous bacteriophage self-assemble into 1D twisted ribbons in presence of attractive interactions mediated by non-absorbing polymers. The microscopic properties of the colloidal particles play an important role in determining the physical properties of these mesoscopic assemblages. Using structural DNA nanotechnology, we present the design and structure of DNA origami six-helix bundles with tunable microscopic properties, which can be used as a new building block for the self-assembly of rod-like colloidal particles. We demonstrate that formation of higher order structures from the assembly of colloidal rods is universal. By tuning the chirality, aspect ratio and flexibility of the DNA origami particles we can control the physical properties of the entire self-assembled structures.

  9. A Deep Look Into Erionite Fibres: an Electron Microscopy Investigation of their Self-Assembly.

    PubMed

    Matassa, Roberto; Familiari, Giuseppe; Relucenti, Michela; Battaglione, Ezio; Downing, Clive; Pacella, Alessandro; Cametti, Georgia; Ballirano, Paolo

    2015-01-01

    The exposure of humans to erionite fibres of appropriate morphology and dimension has been unambiguously linked to the occurrence of Malignant Mesothelioma. For this reason, a detailed morpho-structural investigation through Electron Microscopy techniques has been performed on erionite samples collected at two different localities, Durkee (ED) and Rome (ER), Oregon, USA. The sample from Rome has been also investigated after a prolonged leaching with Gamble's solution (ER4G) in order to evaluate the possible occurrence of morpho-structural modifications induced by this Simulated-Lung-Fluid (SLF). Here we report how the micrometric erionite fibres evolve in irregular ribbon- or rod-like bundles as a function of different nano-structural features. The reasons for the observed morphological variability have been explained by considering the structural defects located at ED surface fibrils (bi-dimensional ribbons) and the presence of nontronite, an iron-bearing clay mineral embedding the ER fibrils (mono-dimensional rods). ER4G shows a decrease in width of the rod-like fibres due to their partial digestion by SLF leaching, which synchronously dissolves nontronite. The reported results represent a valuable background toward the full comprehension of the morphological mechanisms responsible for potentially damage of lung tissue through the potential relocation of fibers to extrapulmonary sites, increasing the carcinogenic risk to humans. PMID:26567530

  10. A Deep Look Into Erionite Fibres: an Electron Microscopy Investigation of their Self-Assembly

    PubMed Central

    Matassa, Roberto; Familiari, Giuseppe; Relucenti, Michela; Battaglione, Ezio; Downing, Clive; Pacella, Alessandro; Cametti, Georgia; Ballirano, Paolo

    2015-01-01

    The exposure of humans to erionite fibres of appropriate morphology and dimension has been unambiguously linked to the occurrence of Malignant Mesothelioma. For this reason, a detailed morpho-structural investigation through Electron Microscopy techniques has been performed on erionite samples collected at two different localities, Durkee (ED) and Rome (ER), Oregon, USA. The sample from Rome has been also investigated after a prolonged leaching with Gamble’s solution (ER4G) in order to evaluate the possible occurrence of morpho-structural modifications induced by this Simulated-Lung-Fluid (SLF). Here we report how the micrometric erionite fibres evolve in irregular ribbon- or rod-like bundles as a function of different nano-structural features. The reasons for the observed morphological variability have been explained by considering the structural defects located at ED surface fibrils (bi-dimensional ribbons) and the presence of nontronite, an iron-bearing clay mineral embedding the ER fibrils (mono-dimensional rods). ER4G shows a decrease in width of the rod-like fibres due to their partial digestion by SLF leaching, which synchronously dissolves nontronite. The reported results represent a valuable background toward the full comprehension of the morphological mechanisms responsible for potentially damage of lung tissue through the potential relocation of fibers to extrapulmonary sites, increasing the carcinogenic risk to humans. PMID:26567530

  11. Morphology-controlled synthesis of α-FeOOH and its derivatives

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    Sun, Zhengzong; Feng, Xiaomiao; Hou, Wenhua

    2007-11-01

    α-FeOOH nanocrystals were synthesized in high yield via a facile and template-free hydrothermal method at low temperature. The morphology and composition of the samples were controlled by slowly releasing the SO42- ions from ammonium persulfate. The rod-like, bundle-like, and urchin-like α-FeOOH nanocrystals could be acquired respectively through a direct hydrothermal route with different quantities of SO42- ions. The rod-like α-FeOOH nanocrystals obtained have a diameter of 5-25 nm and a length of 100-200 nm. When the molar ratio of iron to SO42- was 1:1, the product was pure α-FeOOH phase. However, as the molar ratio was decreased from 1:1 to 1:4, pure FeSO4OH·2H2O phase was obtained. When the molar ratio was between 1:4 and 1:1, the prepared product was composed of two phases (α-FeOOH and FeSO4OH·2H2O). After hydrothermally aging the as-synthesized α-FeOOH nanorods at 180 °C for 1 d, α-Fe2O3 nanorods were obtained. However, the edge of the α-Fe2O3 nanorods was sword-like and different from the blunt edge of α-FeOOH nanorods due to a recrystallization mechanism.

  12. Nanowire Na0.35MnO2 from a hydrothermal method as a cathode material for aqueous asymmetric supercapacitors

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    Zhang, B. H.; Liu, Y.; Chang, Z.; Yang, Y. Q.; Wen, Z. B.; Wu, Y. P.; Holze, R.

    2014-05-01

    Nanowire Na0.35MnO2 was prepared by a simple and low energy consumption hydrothermal method; its electrochemical performance as a cathode material for aqueous asymmetric supercapacitors in Na2SO4 solution was investigated. Due to the nanowire structure its capacitance (157 F g-1) is much higher than that of the rod-like Na0.95MnO2 (92 F g-1) from solid phase reaction although its sodium content is lower. When it is assembled into an asymmetric aqueous supercapacitor using activated carbon as the counter electrode and aqueous 0.5 mol L-1 Na2SO4 electrolyte solution, the nanowire Na0.35MnO2 shows an energy density of 42.6 Wh kg-1 at a power density of 129.8 W kg-1 based on the total weight of the two electrode material, higher than those for the rod-like Na0.95MnO2, with an energy density of 27.3 Wh kg-1 at a power density of 74.8 W kg-1, and that of LiMn2O4. The new material presents excellent cycling behavior even when dissolved oxygen is not removed from the electrolyte solution. The results hold great promise for practical applications of this cathode material since sodium is much cheaper than lithium and its natural resources are rich.

  13. Synthesis of sub-nanosized Pt particles on mesoporous SBA-15 material and its application to the CO oxidation reaction

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    Wu, Hung-Chi; Chen, Tse-Ching; Lai, Nien-Chu; Yang, Chia-Min; Wu, Jia-Huang; Chen, Yan-Chu; Lee, Jyh-Fu; Chen, Ching-Shiun

    2015-10-01

    In this work, we show that the size and shape of Pt nanoparticles in SBA-15 can be controlled through vacuum and air calcination. The vacuum-calcination/H2-reduction process is used to thermally treat a 0.2 wt% Pt4+/SBA-15 sample to obtain small 2D clusters and single atoms that can significantly increase Pt dispersion in SBA-15. Compared with thermal treatments involving air-calcination/H2-reduction, which result in ~4.6 nm rod-like Pt particles, vacuum-calcination/H2-reduction can dramatically reduce the size of the Pt species to approximately 0.5-0.8 nm. The Pt particles undergoing air-calcination/H2-reduction have poor conversion efficiency because the fraction of terrace sites, the major sites for CO oxidation, on the rod-like Pt particles is small. In contrast, a large amount of low-coordinated Pt sites associated with 2D Pt species and single Pt atoms in SBA-15 is effectively generated through the vacuum-calcination/H2-reduction process, which may facilitate CO adsorption and induce strong reactivity toward CO oxidation. We investigated the effect of vacuum-calcination/H2-reduction on the formation of tiny 2D clusters and single atoms by characterizing the particles, elucidating the mechanism of formation, determining the active sites for CO oxidation and measuring the heat of CO adsorption.

  14. Systematic study on the influence of the morphology of α-MoO3 in the selective oxidation of propylene

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    Schuh, Kirsten; Kleist, Wolfgang; Høj, Martin; Jensen, Anker Degn; Beato, Pablo; Patzke, Greta R.; Grunwaldt, Jan-Dierk

    2015-08-01

    A variety of morphologically different α-MoO3 samples were prepared by hydrothermal synthesis and applied in the selective oxidation of propylene. Their catalytic performance was compared to α-MoO3 prepared by flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) and a classical synthesis route. Hydrothermal synthesis from ammonium heptamolybdate (AHM) and nitric acid at pH 1-2 led to ammonium containing molybdenum oxide phases that were completely transformed into α-MoO3 after calcination at 550 °C. A one-step synthesis of α-MoO3 rods was possible starting from MoO3·2H2O with acetic acid or nitric acid and from AHM with nitric acid at 180 °C. Particularly, if nitric acid was used during synthesis, the rod-like morphology of the samples could be stabilized during calcination at 550 °C and the following catalytic activity tests, which was beneficial for the catalytic performance in propylene oxidation. Characterization studies using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy showed that those samples, which retained their rod-like morphology during the activity tests, yielded the highest propylene conversion.

  15. Electron microscopy and computational studies of Ebh, a giant cell-wall-associated protein from Staphylococcus aureus

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    Sakamoto, Sou; Tanaka, Yoshikazu; Tanaka, Isao; Takei, Toshiaki; Yu, Jian; Kuroda, Makoto; Yao Min; Ohta, Toshiko; Tsumoto, Kouhei

    2008-11-14

    Ebh, a giant protein found in staphylococci, contains several domains, including a large central region with 52 imperfect repeats of a domain composed of 126 amino acids. We used electron microscopy to observe the rod-like structure of a partial Ebh protein containing 10 repeating units. This is the first report of the direct observation of an Ebh structure containing a large number of repeating units, although structures containing one, two, or four repeating units have been reported. The observed structure of the partial Ebh protein was distorted and had a length of ca. 520 A and a width of ca. 21 A. The observed structures were consistent with those deduced from crystal structure analysis, suggesting that the Ebh domains are connected to form a rod-like structure. The crystal structure data revealed distorted, string-like features in the simulated structure of the whole-length Ebh protein. Superposition of fragments of the simulated whole-length structure of the Ebh protein onto each electron micrograph showed a high level of correlation between the observed and calculated structures. These results suggest that Ebh is composed of highly flexible filate molecules. The highly repetitive structure and the associated unique structural flexibility of Ebh support the proposed function of this protein, i.e. binding to sugars in the cell wall. This binding might result in intra-cell-wall cross-linking that contributes to the rigidity of bacterial cells.

  16. Helical polyurethane-attapulgite nanocomposite: Preparation, characterization and study of optical activity

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    Wang Zhiqiang; Zhou Yuming; Sun Yanqing; Fan Kai; Guo Xingxing; Jiang Xiaolei

    2009-08-15

    Helical polyurethane-attapulgite (BM-ATT) based on R-1,1'-binaphthyl-2',2-diol (R-BINOL) composite was prepared after the surface modification of attapulgite (ATT). BM-ATT was characterized by Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HTEM) and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy. FT-IR and XRD analyses indicate that the helical polyurethane has been successfully grafted onto the surfaces of the modified ATT without destroying the original crystalline structure of ATT. BM-ATT exhibits the rod-like structure by SEM, TEM, and HTEM photographs. BM-ATT displays obvious Cotton effect for some absorbance in VCD spectrum, and its optical activity results from the singlehanded conformation of helical polyurethane. - Graphical Abstract: Helical polyurethane-attapulgite (BM-ATT) based on R-1,1'-binaphthyl-2',2-diol (R-BINOL) nanocomposite was prepared after surface modification of attapulgite (ATT). This rod-like composite is coated by the optically active polyurethane shell on the surfaces.

  17. Computer simulations of nematic drops: Coupling between drop shape and nematic order

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    Rull, L. F.; Romero-Enrique, J. M.; Fernandez-Nieves, A.

    2012-07-01

    We perform Monte Carlo computer simulations of nematic drops in equilibrium with their vapor using a Gay-Berne interaction between the rod-like molecules. To generate the drops, we initially perform NPT simulations close to the nematic-vapor coexistence region, allow the system to equilibrate and subsequently induce a sudden volume expansion, followed with NVT simulations. The resultant drops coexist with their vapor and are generally not spherical but elongated, have the rod-like particles tangentially aligned at the surface and an overall nematic orientation along the main axis of the drop. We find that the drop eccentricity increases with increasing molecular elongation, κ. For small κ the nematic texture in the drop is bipolar with two surface defects, or boojums, maximizing their distance along this same axis. For sufficiently high κ, the shape of the drop becomes singular in the vicinity of the defects, and there is a crossover to an almost homogeneous texture; this reflects a transition from a spheroidal to a spindle-like drop.

  18. Rhizopus oryzae lipase immobilized on hierarchical mesoporous silica supports for transesterification of rice bran oil.

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    Ramachandran, Prashanth; Narayanan, Guru Krupa; Gandhi, Sakthivel; Sethuraman, Swaminathan; Krishnan, Uma Maheswari

    2015-03-01

    The tunable textural properties of self-oriented mesoporous silica were investigated for their suitability as enzyme immobilization matrices to support transesterification of rice bran oil. Different morphologies of mesoporous silica (rod-like, rice-like, and spherical) were synthesized and characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. The surface area, pore size, and ordered arrangement of the pores were found to influence the immobilization and activity of the enzyme in the mesopores. The immobilization in rod-like silica was highest with an immobilization efficiency of 63 % and exhibited minimal activity loss after immobilization. Functionalization of the mesoporous surface with ethyl groups further enhanced the enzyme immobilization. The free enzyme lost most of its activity at 50 °C while the immobilized enzyme showed activity even up to 60 °C. Transesterified product yield of nearly 82 % was obtained for 24 h of reaction with enzyme immobilized on ethyl-functionalized SBA-15 at an oil:methanol ratio of 1:3. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) were used to characterize the transesterified product obtained. The reusability of the immobilized enzyme was studied for 3 cycles. PMID:25488500

  19. Preparation and electrochemical properties of lamellar MnO{sub 2} for supercapacitors

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    Yan, Jun; Wei, Tong; Cheng, Jie; Fan, Zhuangjun; Zhang, Milin

    2010-02-15

    Lamellar birnessite-type MnO{sub 2} materials were prepared by changing the pH of the initial reaction system via hydrothermal synthesis. The interlayer spacing of MnO{sub 2} with a layered structure increased gradually when the initial pH value varied from 12.43 to 2.81, while the MnO{sub 2}, composed of {alpha}-MnO{sub 2} and {gamma}-MnO{sub 2}, had a rod-like structure at pH 0.63. Electrochemical studies indicated that the specific capacitance of birnessite-type MnO{sub 2} was much higher than that of rod-like MnO{sub 2} at high discharge current densities due to the lamellar structure with fast intercalation/deintercalation of protons and high utilization of MnO{sub 2}. The initial specific capacitance of MnO{sub 2} prepared at pH 2.81 was 242.1 F g{sup -1} at 2 mA cm{sup -2} in 2 mol L{sup -1} (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}SO{sub 4} aqueous electrolyte. The capacitance increased by about 8.1% of initial capacitance after 200 cycles at a current density of 100 mA cm{sup -2}.

  20. Cu7 S4 Nanosuperlattices with Greatly Enhanced Photothermal Efficiency.

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    Cui, Jiabin; Jiang, Rui; Xu, Suying; Hu, Gaofei; Wang, Leyu

    2015-09-01

    According to the simulation, the self-assembly of Cu7 S4 nanocrystals would enhance the photothermal conversion efficiency (PCE) because of the localized surface plasmon resonance effects, which is highly desirable for photothermal therapy (PTT). A new strategy to synthesize Cu7 S4 nanosuperlattices with greatly enhanced PCE up to 65.7% under irradiation of 808 nm near infrared light is reported here. By tuning the surface properties of Cu7 S4 nanocrystals during the synthesis via thermolysis of a new single precursor, dispersed nanoparticles (NPs), rod-like alignments, and nanosuperlattices are obtained, respectively. To explore their PTT applications, these hydrophobic nanostructures are transferred into water by coating with home-made amphiphilic polymer while maintaining their original structures. Under identical conditions, the PCE are 48.62% and 56.32% for dispersed NPs and rod-like alignments, respectively. As expected, when the nanoparticles are self-assembled into nanosuperlattices, the PCE is greatly enhanced up to 65.7%. This strong PCE, along with their excellent photothermal stability and good biocompatibility, renders these nanosuperlattices good candidates as PTT agents. In vitro photothermal ablation performances have undoubtedly proved the excellent PCE of our Cu7 S4 nanosuperlattices. This research offers a versatile and effective solution to get PTT agents with high photothermal efficiency. PMID:25981697

  1. Nanoscale X-Ray Microscopic Imaging of Mammalian Mineralized Tissue

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    Andrews, Joy C.; Almeida, Eduardo; van der Meulen, Marjolein C.H.; Alwood, Joshua S.; Lee, Chialing; Liu, Yijin; Chen, Jie; Meirer, Florian; Feser, Michael; Gelb, Jeff; Rudati, Juana; Tkachuk, Andrei; Yun, Wenbing; Pianetta, Piero

    2010-01-01

    A novel hard transmission X-ray microscope (TXM) at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Light-source operating from 5 to 15 keV X-ray energy with 14 to 30 µm2 field of view has been used for high-resolution (30–40 nm) imaging and density quantification of mineralized tissue. TXM is uniquely suited for imaging of internal cellular structures and networks in mammalian mineralized tissues using relatively thick (50 µm), untreated samples that preserve tissue micro- and nanostructure. To test this method we performed Zernike phase contrast and absorption contrast imaging of mouse cancellous bone prepared under different conditions of in vivo loading, fixation, and contrast agents. In addition, the three-dimensional structure was examined using tomography. Individual osteocytic lacunae were observed embedded within trabeculae in cancellous bone. Extensive canalicular networks were evident and included processes with diameters near the 30–40 nm instrument resolution that have not been reported previously. Trabecular density was quantified relative to rod-like crystalline apatite, and rod-like trabecular struts were found to have 51–54% of pure crystal density and plate-like areas had 44–53% of crystal density. The nanometer resolution of TXM enables future studies for visualization and quantification of ultrastructural changes in bone tissue resulting from osteoporosis, dental disease, and other pathologies. PMID:20374681

  2. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of 1D TiO2 nanostructures.

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    Cabrera, Julieta; Alarcón, Hugo; López, Alcides; Candal, Roberto; Acosta, Dwight; Rodriguez, Juan

    2014-01-01

    Nanowire/nanorod TiO(2) structures of approximately 8 nm in diameter and around 1,000 nm long were synthesized by alkaline hydrothermal treatment of two different TiO(2) nanopowders. The first precursor was TiO(2) obtained by the sol-gel process (SG-TiO(2)); the second was the well-known commercial TiO(2) P-25 (P25-TiO(2)). Anatase-like 1D TiO(2) nanostructures were obtained in both cases. The one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures synthesized from SG-TiO(2) powders turned into rod-like nanostructures after annealing at 400 °C for 2 h. Conversely, the nanostructures synthesized from P25-TiO(2) preserved the tubular structure after annealing, displaying a higher Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area than the first system (279 and 97 m²/g, respectively). Despite the higher surface area shown by the 1D nanostructures, in both cases the photocatalytic activity was lower than for the P25-TiO(2) powder. However, the rod-like nanostructures obtained from SG-TiO(2) displayed slightly higher efficiency than the sol-gel prepared powders. The lower photocatalytic activity of the nanostructures with respect to P-25 can be associated with the lower crystallinity of 1D TiO(2) in both materials. PMID:25259484

  3. The filler-rubber interface in styrene butadiene nanocomposites with anisotropic silica particles: morphology and dynamic properties.

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    Tadiello, L; D'Arienzo, M; Di Credico, B; Hanel, T; Matejka, L; Mauri, M; Morazzoni, F; Simonutti, R; Spirkova, M; Scotti, R

    2015-05-28

    Silica-styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) nanocomposites were prepared by using shape-controlled spherical and rod-like silica nanoparticles (NPs) with different aspect ratios (AR = 1-5), obtained by a sol-gel route assisted by a structure directing agent. The nanocomposites were used as models to study the influence of the particle shape on the formation of nanoscale immobilized rubber at the silica-rubber interface and its effect on the dynamic-mechanical behavior. TEM and AFM tapping mode analyses of nanocomposites demonstrated that the silica particles are surrounded by a rubber layer immobilized at the particle surface. The spherical filler showed small contact zones between neighboring particles in contact with thin rubber layers, while anisotropic particles (AR > 2) formed domains of rods preferentially aligned along the main axis. A detailed analysis of the polymer chain mobility by different time domain nuclear magnetic resonance (TD-NMR) techniques evidenced a population of rigid rubber chains surrounding particles, whose amount increases with the particle anisotropy, even in the absence of significant differences in terms of chemical crosslinking. Dynamic measurements demonstrate that rod-like particles induce stronger reinforcement of rubber, increasing with the AR. This was related to the self-alignment of the anisotropic silica particles in domains able to immobilize rubber. PMID:25899456

  4. Viroids: From Genotype to Phenotype Just Relying on RNA Sequence and Structural Motifs

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    Flores, Ricardo; Serra, Pedro; Minoia, Sofía; Di Serio, Francesco; Navarro, Beatriz

    2012-01-01

    As a consequence of two unique physical properties, small size and circularity, viroid RNAs do not code for proteins and thus depend on RNA sequence/structural motifs for interacting with host proteins that mediate their invasion, replication, spread, and circumvention of defensive barriers. Viroid genomes fold up on themselves adopting collapsed secondary structures wherein stretches of nucleotides stabilized by Watson–Crick pairs are flanked by apparently unstructured loops. However, compelling data show that they are instead stabilized by alternative non-canonical pairs and that specific loops in the rod-like secondary structure, characteristic of Potato spindle tuber viroid and most other members of the family Pospiviroidae, are critical for replication and systemic trafficking. In contrast, rather than folding into a rod-like secondary structure, most members of the family Avsunviroidae adopt multibranched conformations occasionally stabilized by kissing-loop interactions critical for viroid viability in vivo. Besides these most stable secondary structures, viroid RNAs alternatively adopt during replication transient metastable conformations containing elements of local higher-order structure, prominent among which are the hammerhead ribozymes catalyzing a key replicative step in the family Avsunviroidae, and certain conserved hairpins that also mediate replication steps in the family Pospiviroidae. Therefore, different RNA structures – either global or local – determine different functions, thus highlighting the need for in-depth structural studies on viroid RNAs. PMID:22719735

  5. Morphological control of CuPc and its application in organic solar cells

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    Hsiao, Yu-Sheng; Whang, Wha-Tzong; Suen, Shich-Chang; Shiu, Jau-Ye; Chen, Chih-Ping

    2008-10-01

    We have prepared organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells possessing an ideal bulk heterojunction (BHJ) structure using the self-assembly of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) as the donor material and fullerene (C60) as the acceptor. The variable self-assembly behavior of CuPc on a diverse range of substrates (surface energies) allowed us to control the morphology of the interface and the degree of carrier transportation within the active layer. We observed rod-like CuPc structures on indium-tin oxide (ITO), poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) and Au substrates. Accordingly, the interfaces and continuing transport path between CuPc and fullerene domains could be greatly improved due to the ideal BHJ structure. In this paper, we discuss the mechanisms of producing CuPc rod-like films on ITO, PEDOT:PSS and Au. The OPV cell performance was greatly enhanced when a mixture of horizontal and vertical CuPc rods was present on the PEDOT:PSS surfaces, i.e. the power conversion efficiency was 50 times greater than that of the corresponding device featuring a planar CuPc structure.

  6. Morphological control of CuPc and its application in organic solar cells.

    PubMed

    Hsiao, Yu-Sheng; Whang, Wha-Tzong; Suen, Shich-Chang; Shiu, Jau-Ye; Chen, Chih-Ping

    2008-10-15

    We have prepared organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells possessing an ideal bulk heterojunction (BHJ) structure using the self-assembly of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) as the donor material and fullerene (C(60)) as the acceptor. The variable self-assembly behavior of CuPc on a diverse range of substrates (surface energies) allowed us to control the morphology of the interface and the degree of carrier transportation within the active layer. We observed rod-like CuPc structures on indium-tin oxide (ITO), poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) and Au substrates. Accordingly, the interfaces and continuing transport path between CuPc and fullerene domains could be greatly improved due to the ideal BHJ structure. In this paper, we discuss the mechanisms of producing CuPc rod-like films on ITO, PEDOT:PSS and Au. The OPV cell performance was greatly enhanced when a mixture of horizontal and vertical CuPc rods was present on the PEDOT:PSS surfaces, i.e. the power conversion efficiency was 50 times greater than that of the corresponding device featuring a planar CuPc structure. PMID:21832648

  7. A bizarre Jurassic maniraptoran theropod with preserved evidence of membranous wings.

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    Xu, Xing; Zheng, Xiaoting; Sullivan, Corwin; Wang, Xiaoli; Xing, Lida; Wang, Yan; Zhang, Xiaomei; O'Connor, Jingmai K; Zhang, Fucheng; Pan, Yanhong

    2015-05-01

    The wings of birds and their closest theropod relatives share a uniform fundamental architecture, with pinnate flight feathers as the key component. Here we report a new scansoriopterygid theropod, Yi qi gen. et sp. nov., based on a new specimen from the Middle-Upper Jurassic period Tiaojishan Formation of Hebei Province, China. Yi is nested phylogenetically among winged theropods but has large stiff filamentous feathers of an unusual type on both the forelimb and hindlimb. However, the filamentous feathers of Yi resemble pinnate feathers in bearing morphologically diverse melanosomes. Most surprisingly, Yi has a long rod-like bone extending from each wrist, and patches of membranous tissue preserved between the rod-like bones and the manual digits. Analogous features are unknown in any dinosaur but occur in various flying and gliding tetrapods, suggesting the intriguing possibility that Yi had membranous aerodynamic surfaces totally different from the archetypal feathered wings of birds and their closest relatives. Documentation of the unique forelimbs of Yi greatly increases the morphological disparity known to exist among dinosaurs, and highlights the extraordinary breadth and richness of the evolutionary experimentation that took place close to the origin of birds. PMID:25924069

  8. Nuclear Pasta at Finite Temperature with the Time-Dependent Hartree-Fock Approach

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    Schuetrumpf, B.; Klatt, M. A.; Iida, K.; Maruhn, J. A.; Mecke, K.; Reinhard, P.-G.

    2016-01-01

    We present simulations of neutron-rich matter at sub-nuclear densities, like supernova matter. With the time-dependent Hartree-Fock approximation we can study the evolution of the system at temperatures of several MeV employing a full Skyrme interaction in a periodic three-dimensional grid [1]. The initial state consists of α particles randomly distributed in space that have a Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution in momentum space. Adding a neutron background initialized with Fermi distributed plane waves the calculations reflect a reasonable approximation of astrophysical matter. The matter evolves into spherical, rod-like, connected rod-like and slab-like shapes. Further we observe gyroid-like structures, discussed e.g. in [2], which are formed spontaneously choosing a certain value of the simulation box length. The ρ-T-map of pasta shapes is basically consistent with the phase diagrams obtained from QMD calculations [3]. By an improved topological analysis based on Minkowski functionals [4], all observed pasta shapes can be uniquely identified by only two valuations, namely the Euler characteristic and the integral mean curvature. In addition we propose the variance in the cell-density distribution as a measure to distinguish pasta matter from uniform matter.

  9. RodZ links MreB to cell wall synthesis to mediate MreB rotation and robust morphogenesis

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    Morgenstein, Randy M.; Bratton, Benjamin P.; Nguyen, Jeffrey P.; Ouzounov, Nikolay; Shaevitz, Joshua W.; Gitai, Zemer

    2015-01-01

    The rod shape of most bacteria requires the actin homolog, MreB. Whereas MreB was initially thought to statically define rod shape, recent studies found that MreB dynamically rotates around the cell circumference dependent on cell wall synthesis. However, the mechanism by which cytoplasmic MreB is linked to extracytoplasmic cell wall synthesis and the function of this linkage for morphogenesis has remained unclear. Here we demonstrate that the transmembrane protein RodZ mediates MreB rotation by directly or indirectly coupling MreB to cell wall synthesis enzymes. Furthermore, we map the RodZ domains that link MreB to cell wall synthesis and identify mreB mutants that suppress the shape defect of ΔrodZ without restoring rotation, uncoupling rotation from rod-like growth. Surprisingly, MreB rotation is dispensable for rod-like shape determination under standard laboratory conditions but is required for the robustness of rod shape and growth under conditions of cell wall stress. PMID:26396257

  10. Hydration characteristics and environmental friendly performance of a cementitious material composed of calcium silicate slag.

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    Zhang, Na; Li, Hongxu; Zhao, Yazhao; Liu, Xiaoming

    2016-04-01

    Calcium silicate slag is an alkali leaching waste generated during the process of extracting Al2O3 from high-alumina fly ash. In this research, a cementitious material composed of calcium silicate slag was developed, and its mechanical and physical properties, hydration characteristics and environmental friendly performance were investigated. The results show that an optimal design for the cementitious material composed of calcium silicate slag was determined by the specimen CFSC7 containing 30% calcium silicate slag, 5% high-alumina fly ash, 24% blast furnace slag, 35% clinker and 6% FGD gypsum. This blended system yields excellent physical and mechanical properties, confirming the usefulness of CFSC7. The hydration products of CFSC7 are mostly amorphous C-A-S-H gel, rod-like ettringite and hexagonal-sheet Ca(OH)2 with small amount of zeolite-like minerals such as CaAl2Si2O8·4H2O and Na2Al2Si2O8·H2O. As the predominant hydration products, rod-like ettringite and amorphous C-A-S-H gel play a positive role in promoting densification of the paste structure, resulting in strength development of CFSC7 in the early hydration process. The leaching toxicity and radioactivity tests results indicate that the developed cementitious material composed of calcium silicate slag is environmentally acceptable. This study points out a promising direction for the proper utilization of calcium silicate slag in large quantities. PMID:26691955

  11. Computer simulations of nematic drops: coupling between drop shape and nematic order.

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    Rull, L F; Romero-Enrique, J M; Fernandez-Nieves, A

    2012-07-21

    We perform Monte Carlo computer simulations of nematic drops in equilibrium with their vapor using a Gay-Berne interaction between the rod-like molecules. To generate the drops, we initially perform NPT simulations close to the nematic-vapor coexistence region, allow the system to equilibrate and subsequently induce a sudden volume expansion, followed with NVT simulations. The resultant drops coexist with their vapor and are generally not spherical but elongated, have the rod-like particles tangentially aligned at the surface and an overall nematic orientation along the main axis of the drop. We find that the drop eccentricity increases with increasing molecular elongation, κ. For small κ the nematic texture in the drop is bipolar with two surface defects, or boojums, maximizing their distance along this same axis. For sufficiently high κ, the shape of the drop becomes singular in the vicinity of the defects, and there is a crossover to an almost homogeneous texture; this reflects a transition from a spheroidal to a spindle-like drop. PMID:22830709

  12. Seed-Mediated Growth of Gold Nanocrystals: Changes to the Crystallinity or Morphology as Induced by the Treatment of Seeds with a Sulfur Species

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    Zheng, Yiqun; Luo, Ming; Tao, Jing; Peng, Hsin-Chieh; Wan, Dehui; Zhu, Yimei; Xia, Younan

    2014-12-11

    We report our observation of changes to the crystallinity or morphology during seed-mediated growth of Au nanocrystals. When single-crystal Au seeds with a spherical or rod-like shape were treated with a chemical species such as S₂O₃²⁻ ions, twin defects were developed during the growth process to generate multiply twinned nanostructures. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis indicated that the S₂O₃²⁻ ions were chemisorbed on the surfaces of the seeds during the treatment. The chemisorbed S₂O₃²⁻ ions somehow influenced the crystallization of Au atoms added onto the surface during a growth process, leading to the formation of twin defects. In contrast to the spherical and rod-like Au seeds, the single-crystal structure was retained to generate a concave morphology when single-crystal Au seeds with a cubic or octahedral shape were used for a similar treatment and then seed-mediated growth. The different outcomes are likely related to the difference in spatial distribution of S₂O₃²⁻ ions chemisorbed on the surface of a seed. This approach based on surface modification is potentially extendable to other noble metals for engineering the crystallinity and morphology of nanocrystals formed via seed-mediated growth.

  13. Evaluation of microstructural development in electron beam melted Ti-6Al-4V

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    Safdar, A.; Wei, L.-Y.; Snis, A.; Lai, Z.

    2012-03-15

    In the current work an investigation of the microstructures of EBM built Ti-6Al-4V test bars has been performed using OM, SEM, TEM and XRD. It has been found that the prior {beta} phase, that formed during the initial solidification, possesses a column shaped morphology with growing direction parallel to built direction. Typical ({alpha} + {beta}) structures namely Widmanstaetten {alpha} platelets with rod-like {beta} phase formed on the interfaces of the fine {alpha} grains, have been observed in the columnar prior {beta} grains. Grain boundary {alpha} phase was found to be formed around the boundaries of the columnar prior {beta} grains. Different phases present in the parts, especially the BCC {beta} phases have been characterized. The TEM/EDX results indicate very high V composition in the {beta} phase. Results of TEM/SAED and XRD also revealed that a superlattice structure could be present in the {beta} phase. Phase transformation sequence is discussed according to the processing history and the microstructures observed. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {alpha} + {beta} and individual {beta} phase is observed and characterized by SEM, TEM and XRD. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {beta}-phase is identified as rod-like structure embedded in {alpha} matrix and platelets. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phase transformation sequence is discussed as per thermal history and microstructures.

  14. Trabecular Plate Loss and Deteriorating Elastic Modulus of Femoral Trabecular Bone in Intertrochanteric Hip Fractures

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    Wang, Ji; Zhou, Bin; Parkinson, Ian; Thomas, C. David L.; Clement, John G.; Fazzalari, Nick; Guo, X. Edward

    2013-01-01

    Osteoporotic hip fracture is associated with significant trabecular bone loss, which is typically characterized as low bone density by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and altered microstructure by micro-computed tomography (μCT). Emerging morphological analysis techniques, e.g. individual trabecula segmentation (ITS), can provide additional insights into changes in plate-like and rod-like trabeculae, two major microstructural types serving different roles in determining bone strength. Using ITS, we evaluated trabecular microstructure of intertrochanteric bone cores obtained from 23 patients undergoing hip replacement surgery for intertrochanteric fracture and 22 cadaveric controls. Micro-finite element (μFE) analyses were performed to further understand how the abnormalities seen by ITS might translate into effects on bone strength. ITS analyses revealed that, near fracture site, plate-like trabeculae were seriously depleted in fracture patients, but trabecular rod volume was maintained. Besides, decreased plate area and rod length were observed in fracture patients. Fracture patients also showed decreased elastic moduli and shear moduli of trabecular bone. These results provided evidence that in intertrochanteric hip fracture, preferential loss of plate-like trabeculae led to more rod-like microstructure and deteriorated mechanical competence adjacent to the fracture site, which increased our understanding of the biomechanical pathogenesis of hip fracture in osteoporosis. PMID:26273512

  15. Boundary-induced segregation in nanoscale thin films of athermal polymer blends.

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    Teng, Chih-Yu; Sheng, Yu-Jane; Tsao, Heng-Kwong

    2016-05-18

    The surface segregation of binary athermal polymer blends confined in a nanoscale thin film was investigated by dissipative particle dynamics. The polymer blend included linear/linear, star/linear, bottlebrush/linear, and rod-like/linear polymer systems. The segregation was driven by purely entropic effects and two different mechanisms were found. For the linear/linear and star/linear polymer blends, the smaller sized polymers were preferentially segregated to the boundary because their excluded volumes were smaller than those of the matrix polymers. For the bottlebrush/linear and rod-like/linear polymer blends, the polymers with a larger persistent length were preferentially segregated to the boundary because they favored staying in the depletion zone by alignment with the wall. Our simulation outcome was consistent with experimental results and also agreed with theoretical predictions - that is, a surface excess dictated by the chain ends for the branch/linear system. These consequences are of great importance in controlling the homogeneity and surface properties of polymer blend thin films. PMID:27108653

  16. CTAB-assisted synthesis of mesoporous F-N-codoped TiO{sub 2} powders with high visible-light-driven catalytic activity and adsorption capacity

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    Xie Yi Zhao Xiujian Li Yuanzhi; Zhao Qingnan; Zhou Xuedong; Yuan Qihua

    2008-08-15

    This article describes the preparation of mesoporous rod-like F-N-codoped TiO{sub 2} powder photocatalysts with anatase phase via a sol-gel route at the temperature of 373 K, using cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as surfactant. The as-prepared photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-vis DRS). The results showed that the photocatalysts possessed a homogeneous pore diameter and a high surface area of 106.3-160.7 m{sup 3} g{sup -1}. The increasing CTAB reactive concentration extended the visible-light absorption up to 600 nm. The F-N-codoped TiO{sub 2} powders exhibited significant higher adsorption capacity for methyl orange (MO) than that of Degussa P25 and showed more than 6 times higher visible-light-induced catalytic degradation for MO than that of P25. - Graphical abstract: The introduction of surfactant CTAB not only extended the visible light absorption of mesoporous F-N-codoped TiO{sub 2} up to 600 nm but also significantly enhanced the adsorption capacity and visible-light-induced degradation for methyl orange. Mesoporous rod-like F-N-codoped TiO{sub 2} powder photocatalysts were synthesized via a sol-gel route at low temperature of 373 K.

  17. Kinetics of the formation of 2D-hexagonal silica nanostructured materials by nonionic block copolymer templating in solution.

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    Manet, Sabine; Schmitt, Julien; Impéror-Clerc, Marianne; Zholobenko, Vladimir; Durand, Dominique; Oliveira, Cristiano L P; Pedersen, Jan Skov; Gervais, Christel; Baccile, Niki; Babonneau, Florence; Grillo, Isabelle; Meneau, Florian; Rochas, Cyrille

    2011-10-01

    The different steps of the self-assembly in solution of several 2D-hexagonal silica nanostructured SBA-15 materials have been investigated by SAXS and SANS in situ experiments. Unique quantitative information about the shape and size evolution upon time of the micellar aggregates throughout the self-assembly process is obtained using a complete model that describes well the scattering data for the various synthesis conditions. In all cases, before the precipitation of the material, the micelles shape changes from spherical to rod-like, where the structure of the rod-like micelles is linked to the structure of the 2D-hexagonal precipitated material. In addition, the kinetics of hydrolysis of the inorganic precursor (TEOS) has been determined by in situ Raman spectroscopy. More specifically, by comparing synthesis made with different acids (HNO(3), HBr, HCl, H(2)SO(4), and H(3)PO(4)), it is found that materials prepared using the "salting-out" anions (SO(4)(2-) and H(2)PO(4)(-)) are much better ordered than with the "salting-in" anions (NO(3)(-) and Br(-)). PMID:21863844

  18. Nanometer to Millimeter Scale Peptide-Porphyrin Materials

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    D Zaytsev; F Xie; M Mukherjee; A Bludin; B Demeler; R Breece; D Tierney; M Ogawa

    2011-12-31

    AQ-Pal14 is a 30-residue polypeptide that was designed to form an {alpha}-helical coiled coil that contains a metal-binding 4-pyridylalanine residue on its solvent-exposed surface. However, characterization of this peptide shows that it exists as a three-stranded coiled coil, not a two-stranded one as predicted from its design. Reaction with cobalt(III) protoporphyrin IX (Co-PPIX) produces a six-coordinate Co-PPIX(AQ-Pal14){sub 2} species that creates two coiled-coil oligomerization domains coordinated to opposite faces of the porphyrin ring. It is found that this species undergoes a buffer-dependent self-assembly process: nanometer-scale globular materials were formed when these components were reacted in unbuffered H{sub 2}O, while millimeter-scale, rod-like materials were prepared when the reaction was performed in phosphate buffer (20 mM, pH 7). It is suggested that assembly of the globular material is dictated by the conformational properties of the coiled-coil forming AQ-Pal14 peptide, whereas that of the rod-like material involves interactions between Co-PPIX and phosphate ion.

  19. Charge carrier mobilities in organic semiconductor crystals based on the spectral overlap.

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    Stehr, Vera; Fink, Reinhold F; Deibel, Carsten; Engels, Bernd

    2016-09-01

    The prediction of substance-related charge-transport properties is important for the tayloring of new materials for organic devices, such as organic solar cells. Assuming a hopping process, the Marcus theory is frequently used to model charge transport. Here another approach, which is already widely used for exciton transport, is adapted to charge transport. It is based on the spectral overlap of the vibrational donor and acceptor spectra. As the Marcus theory it is derived from Fermi's Golden rule, however, it contains less approximations, as the molecular vibrations are treated quantum mechanically. In contrast, the Marcus theory reduces all vibrational degrees of freedom to one and treats its influence classically. The approach is tested on different acenes and predicts most of the experimentally available hole mobilities in these materials within a factor of 2. This represents a significant improvement to values obtained from Marcus theory which is qualitatively correct but frequently overestimates the mobilities by factors up to 10. Furthermore, the charge-transport properties of two derivatives of perylene bisimide are investigated. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27371816

  20. A switchable bis-branched [1]rotaxane featuring dual-mode molecular motions and tunable molecular aggregation.

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    Li, Hong; Li, Xin; Cao, Zhan-Qi; Qu, Da-Hui; Ågren, Hans; Tian, He

    2014-01-01

    A multifunctional bis-branched [1]rotaxane containing a perylene bisimide (PBI) core and two identical bistable[1]rotaxane arms terminated with ferrocene units was prepared and characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, and 2D ROESY NMR spectroscopies and by HR-ESI spectrometry. The system is shown to possess several key features: (1) In acetone solution, external acid-base stimuli can result in relative mechanical movements of its ring and thread, which can induce extension and contraction movements of the whole system accompanied by a rotational movement of the ferrocene units, thus realizing dual-mode molecular motions, and the optimized conformations at different states are obtained through molecular dynamics simulations employing the general Amber force field. (2) The introduction of PBI enables the system fluorescence encoding through distance-dependent photoinduced electron transfer process from the ferrocene units to the PBI fluorophore. (3) The addition of Zn(2+) can increase the degree of aggregation of the system, while adding base hinders aggregation because of the movement of the macrocycle. The tunable aggregated nanostructural morphologies of [1]rotaxane were examined by scanning electron microscopy. These results can pave the way to achieve precise control of integrated and coupling nanomechanical motions at a single-molecule level and provide more insight into controlling the aggregate behavior of switchable mechanically interlocked molecules. PMID:25302680

  1. Phosphorus-containing imide resins - Modification by elastomers

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    Varma, I. K.; Fohlen, G. M.; Parker, J. A.; Varma, D. S.

    1984-01-01

    The syntheses and general features of addition-type maleimide resins based on bis(m-aminophenyl)phosphine oxide and tris(m-aminophenyl)phosphine oxide have been reported previously. These resins have been used to fabricate graphite cloth laminates having excellent flame resistance. These composites did not burn even in pure oxygen. However, these resins were somewhat brittle. This paper reports the modification of these phosphorus-containing resins by an amine-terminated butadiene-acrylonitrile copolymer (ATBN) and a perfluoroalkylene diaromatic amine elastomer (3F). An approximately two-fold increase in short beam shear strength and flexural strength was observed at 7 percent ATBN concentration. The tensile, flexural, and shear strengths were reduced when 18 percent ATBN was used. Anaerobic char yields of the resins at 800 C and the limiting oxygen indexes of the laminates decreased with increasing ATBN concentration. The perfluorodiamine (3F) was used with both imide resins at 6.4 percent concentration. The shear strength was doubled in the case of the bisimide with no loss of flammability characteristics. The modified trisimide laminate also had improved properties over the unmodified one. The dynamic mechanical analysis of a four-ply laminate indicated a glass transition temperature above 300 C. Scanning electron micrographs of the ATBN modified imide resins were also recorded.

  2. P3HT:DiPBI bulk heterojunction solar cells: morphology and electronic structure probed by multiscale simulation and UV/vis spectroscopy.

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    Winands, Thorsten; Böckmann, Marcus; Schemme, Thomas; Ly, Phong-Minh Timmy; de Jong, Djurre H; Wang, Zhaohui; Denz, Cornelia; Heuer, Andreas; Doltsinis, Nikos L

    2016-02-17

    Coarse grained molecular dynamics simulations are performed for a mixture of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and diperylene bisimide (DiPBI). The effect of different annealing and cooling protocols on the morphology is investigated and the resulting domain structures are analyzed. In particular, π-stacked clusters of DiPBI molecules are observed whose size decreases with increasing temperature. Domain structure and diffusivity data suggest that the DiPBI subsystem undergoes an order → disorder phase transition between 700 and 900 K. Electronic structure calculations based on density functional theory are carried out after backmapping the coarse grained model onto an atomistic force field representation built upon first principles. UV/vis absorption spectra of the P3HT:DiPBI mixture are computed using time-dependent density functional linear response theory and recorded experimentally for a spin-coated thin film. It is demonstrated that the absorption spectrum depends sensitively on the details of the amorphous structure, thus providing valuable insight into the morphology. In particular, the results show that the tempering procedure has a significant influence on the material's electronic properties. This knowledge may help to develop effective processing routines to enhance the performance of bulk heterojunction solar cells. PMID:26853376

  3. Impact of Alkyl Spacer Length on Aggregation Pathways in Kinetically Controlled Supramolecular Polymerization.

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    Ogi, Soichiro; Stepanenko, Vladimir; Thein, Johannes; Würthner, Frank

    2016-01-20

    We have investigated the kinetic and thermodynamic supramolecular polymerizations of a series of amide-functionalized perylene bisimide (PBI) organogelator molecules bearing alkyl spacers of varied lengths (ethylene to pentylene chains, PBI-1-C2 to PBI-1-C5) between the amide and PBI imide groups. These amide-functionalized PBIs form one-dimensional fibrous nanostructures as the thermodynamically favored states in solvents of low polarity. Our in-depth studies revealed, however, that the kinetic behavior of their supramolecular polymerization is dependent on the spacer length. Propylene- and pentylene-tethered PBIs follow a similar polymerization process as previously observed for the ethylene-tethered PBI. Thus, the monomers of these PBIs are kinetically trapped in conformationally restricted states through intramolecular hydrogen bonding between the amide and imide groups. In contrast, the intramolecularly hydrogen-bonded monomers of butylene-tethered PBI spontaneously self-assemble into nanoparticles, which constitute an off-pathway aggregate state with regard to the thermodynamically stable fibrous supramolecular polymers obtained. Thus, for this class of π-conjugated system, an unprecedented off-pathway aggregate with high kinetic stability could be realized for the first time by introducing an alkyl linker of optimum length (C4 chain) between the amide and imide groups. Our current system with an energy landscape of two competing nucleated aggregation pathways is applicable to the kinetic control over the supramolecular polymerization by the seeding approach. PMID:26699283

  4. Dipole-moment-driven cooperative supramolecular polymerization.

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    Kulkarni, Chidambar; Bejagam, Karteek K; Senanayak, Satyaprasad P; Narayan, K S; Balasubramanian, S; George, Subi J

    2015-03-25

    While the mechanism of self-assembly of π-conjugated molecules has been well studied to gain control over the structure and functionality of supramolecular polymers, the intermolecular interactions underpinning it are poorly understood. Here, we study the mechanism of self-assembly of perylene bisimide derivatives possessing dipolar carbonate groups as linkers. It was observed that the combination of carbonate linkers and cholesterol/dihydrocholesterol self-assembling moieties led to a cooperative mechanism of self-assembly. Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of an assembly in explicit solvent strongly suggest that the dipole-dipole interaction between the carbonate groups imparts a macro-dipolar character to the assembly. This is confirmed experimentally through the observation of a significant polarization in the bulk phase for molecules following a cooperative mechanism. The cooperativity is attributed to the presence of dipole-dipole interaction in the assembly. Thus, anisotropic long-range intermolecular interactions such as dipole-dipole interaction can serve as a way to obtain cooperative self-assembly and aid in rationalizing and predicting the mechanisms in various synthetic supramolecular polymers. PMID:25756951

  5. Fire and heat resistant laminating resin based on maleimido and citraconimido substituted 1-(diorganooxyphosphonyl-methyl)-2,4- and -2,6-diaminobenzenes

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    Beggs, James M. (Inventor); Mikroyannidis, John A. (Inventor); Kourtides, Demetrius A. (Inventor)

    1988-01-01

    The subject invention pertains to a novel class of fire-and heat-resistant bisimide resins prepared by thermal polymerization of maleimido or citraconimido substituded 1-(dialkoxyphosphonyl)-methyl-2-4 and -2,6-diaminobenzenes. Typical polymer presursors have the chemical structure wherein R is alkyl, substituted alkyl or aryl, and R sup 1 is hydrogen or lower alkyl. The polymer precursors are prepared by reacting 1-(diorganooxyphosphonyl)methyl-2-4 and -2,6-diaminobenzenes with maleic anhydride or citraconic anhydride in a mole ratio 1:2. Chains extension of the monomers is achieved by reacting the mono-N-maleimido derivatives of 1-(diorganooxyphosphonyl)methyl-2,4 and -2,6-diaminobenzenes with aryl tetracarboxylic dianhydrides, such as benzophenone tetracarboxylic diandydride, or aryl diisocyanates, such as methylenebis (4-phenylisocyanate), in a mole ratio 2:1. The polymerization of the monomers is studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and the thermal stability of the polymers is ascertained by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA).

  6. Reevaluation of Tetrahydrophthalic Anhydride as an End Cap for Improved Oxidation Resistance in Addition Polyimides

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    Meador, Mary Ann B.; Frimer, Aryeh A.; Johnston, J. Christopher

    2003-01-01

    Several substituted 1,2,3,6-tetrahydrophthalic anhydride end caps - including the 3-phenyl, 3-methoxy, 3-trimethylsilyloxy, and 3,6-diphenyl analogs - were synthesized via the Diels-Alder condensation of the corresponding butadienes and maleic anhydride. These anhydrides, as well as the commercially available 3-hydro and 4-methyl analogs, were each ground together with methylenedianiline in a 2:1 ratio and heated gradually from 204 C to 371 C, with the thermolysis followed by NMR. Generally speaking, a transformation via monoimide to bisimide was observed in the lower temperature range, followed by competition between crosslinking and aromatization. We believe that this competition produces a substantial percentage of aromatic product, with the concomitant lowering of the relative amount of crosslinking and is responsible for improving both thermal oxidative stability of tetrahydrophthalic end capped polyimides and their substantial frangibility. The thermolysis of the tetrahydrophthalimides under inert atmosphere dramatically lowers the amount of aromatization hence, the mechanism for aromatization is an oxidative one.

  7. The preparation of nylon-tube-supported hexokinase and glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase and the use of the co-immobilized enzymes in the automated determination of glucose.

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    Morris, D L; Campbell, J; Hornby, W E

    1975-01-01

    Triethyloxonium tetrafluoroborate was used to O-alkylate nylon-tube thus producing the imidate salt of the nylon which was further made to react with 1,6-diaminohexane. 2. Hexokinase (EC 2.7.1.1) and glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (EC 1.1.1.49) were immobilized on the amino-substituted nylon tube through glutaraldeyde and bisimidates. 3. The effect of varying the conditions of O-alkylation and the amount of enzyme immobilized on the activity of nylon tube-hexokinase derivatives was determined. 4. The effect of varying the amount of enzyme immobilized on the activity of nylon-tube-glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase derivatives was determined. 5. The thermal stability of nylon-tube-hexokinase and nylon-tube-glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase derivatives was studied. 6. Different ratios of hexokinase and glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase were co-immobilized on nylon tube, and the rate of conversion of glucose into 6-phosphogluconolactone was compared with the individual activities of the immobilized enzymes. 7. Hexokinase and glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase co-immobilized on nylon tube were used in the automated analysis of glucose. PMID:1167161

  8. A Versatile Method for the Preparation of Ferroelectric Supramolecular Materials via Radical End-Functionalization of Vinylidene Fluoride Oligomers.

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    García-Iglesias, Miguel; de Waal, Bas F M; Gorbunov, Andrey V; Palmans, Anja R A; Kemerink, Martijn; Meijer, E W

    2016-05-18

    A synthetic method for the end-functionalization of vinylidene fluoride oligomers (OVDF) via a radical reaction between terminal olefins and I-OVDF is described. The method shows a wide substrate scope and excellent conversions, and permits the preparation of different disc-shaped cores such as benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamides (BTAs), perylenes bisimide (PBI), and phthalocyanines (Pc) bearing three to eight ferroelectric oligomers at their periphery. The formation, purity, OVDF conformation, and morphology of the final adducts has been assessed by a combination of techniques, such as NMR, size exclusion chromatography, differential scanning calorimetry, polarized optical microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Finally, PBI-OVDF and Pc-OVDF materials show ferroelectric hysteresis behavior together with high remnant polarizations, with values as high as Pr ≈ 37 mC/m(2) for Pc-OVDF. This work demonstrates the potential of preparing a new set of ferroelectric materials simply by attaching OVDF oligomers to different small molecules. The use of carefully chosen small molecules paves the way to new functional materials in which ferroelectricity and electrical conductivity or light-harvesting properties coexist in a single compound. PMID:27119732

  9. Synthesis and Microstructural Characterization of Manganese Oxide Electrodes for Application as Electrochemical Supercapacitors

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    Babakhani, Banafsheh

    The aim of this thesis work was to synthesize Mn-based oxide electrodes with high surface area structures by anodic electrodeposition for application as electrochemical capacitors. Rod-like structures provide large surface areas leading to high specific capacitances. Since templated electrosynthesis of rods is not easy to use in practical applications, it is more desirable to form rod-like structures without using any templates. In this work, Mn oxide electrodes with rod-like structures (˜1.5 µm in diameter) were synthesized from a solution of 0.01 M Mn acetate under galvanostatic control without any templates, on Au coated Si substrates. The electrochemical properties of the synthesized nanocrystalline electrodes were investigated to determine the effect of morphology, chemistry and crystal structure on the corresponding electrochemical behavior of Mn oxide electrodes. Mn oxides prepared at different current densities showed a defective antifluoritetype crystal structure. The rod-like Mn oxide electrodes synthesized at low current densities (5 mAcm.2) exhibited a high specific capacitance due to their large surface areas. Also, specific capacity retention after 250 cycles in an aqueous solution of 0.5 M Na2SO4 at 100 mVs -1 was about 78% of the initial capacity (203 Fg-1 ). To improve the electrochemical capacitive behavior of Mn oxide electrodes, a sequential approach and a one-step method were adopted to synthesize Mn oxide/PEDOT electrodes through anodic deposition on Au coated Si substrates from aqueous solutions. In the former case, free standing Mn oxide rods (about 10 µm long and less than 1.5 µm in diameter) were first synthesized, then coated by electro-polymerization of a conducting polymer (PEDOT) giving coaxial rods. The one-step, co-electrodeposition method produced agglomerated Mn oxide/PEDOT particles. The electrochemical behavior of the deposits depended on the morphology and crystal structure of the fabricated electrodes, which were affected

  10. Role of nanomaterial physicochemical properties on fate and toxicity in bacteria and plants

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    Slomberg, Danielle

    Nanomaterials, defined as those having at least one dimension <100 nm, are ubiquitous in nature. However, engineered nanomaterials have gained increasing attention for use in drug-delivery applications and consumer goods. Examination of nanomaterial toxicity, both beneficial (e.g., drug delivery to bacterial pathogens) and detrimental (e.g., death of terrestrial plants), thus warranted. Herein, I present the evaluation of nitric oxide-releasing nanomaterial toxicity to bacteria and silica particle toxicity to plants as a function of nanomaterial physicochemical properties. Nanomaterial toxicity toward planktonic (i.e., free-floating) Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria was evaluated as a function of scaffold size, shape, and exterior functionality using nitric oxide-releasing (NO) silica particles, dendrimers, and chitosan oligosaccharides. Improved bactericidal efficacy was observed for silica particles with decreased size and increased aspect ratio (i.e., rod-like) due to improved particle-cell interactions. Likewise, better nanomaterial-bacteria association and biocidal action was noted for more hydrophobic NO-releasing dendrimers and chitosan oligosaccharides. Planktonic bacterial killing was not dependent on chitosan molecular weight due to rapid association between the cationic scaffolds and negatively-charged bacterial cell membranes. Given the importance of nanomaterial physicochemical properties in planktonic bacterial killing, the NO-releasing scaffolds were also evaluated against clinically-relevant bacterial biofilms. Similar to planktonic studies, smaller particle sizes proved more efficient in delivering NO throughout the biofilm. Particles with rod-like shape also eradicated biofilms more effectively. The role of NO-releasing dendrimer and chitosan oligosaccharide hydrophobicity was prominent in scaffold diffusion through the biofilm and subsequent NO delivery, with hydrophobic functionalities generally exhibiting better

  11. Facile synthesis, spectral properties and formation mechanism of sulfur nanorods in PEG-200

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    Xie, Xin-yuan; Li, Li-yun; Zheng, Pu-sheng; Zheng, Wen-jie; Bai, Yan; Cheng, Tian-feng; Liu, Jie

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Homogeneous rod-like structure of sulfur with a typical diameter of about 80 nm and an average aspect ratio of about 6–8 was obtained. The sulfur nanoparticles could self-assemble from spherical particles to nanorods in PEG-200. During the self-assembling process, the absorption band showed a red shift which was due to the production of nanorods. Highlights: ► A novel, facile and greener method to synthesize sulfur nanorods by the solubilizing and templating effect of PEG-200 was reported. ► S{sup 0} nanoparticles could self assemble in PEG-200 and finally form monodisperse and homogeneous rod-like structure with an average diameter of about 80 nm, the length ca. 600 nm. ► The absorption band showed a red shift and the RRS intensity enhanced continuously during the self-assembling process. ► PEG-200 induced the oriented attachment of sulfur nanoparticles by the terminal hydroxyl groups. -- Abstract: The synthesis of nano-sulfur sol by dissolving sublimed sulfur in a green solvent-PEG-200 was studied. Homogeneous rod-like structure of sulfur with a typical diameter of about 80 nm and an average aspect ratio of 6–8 was obtained. The structure, morphology, size, and stability of the products were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. The spectral properties of the products were investigated by ultraviolet-visible (UV–vis) absorption and resonance Rayleigh scattering spectroscopy (RRS). The results showed that the spherical sulfur nanoparticles could self-assemble into nanorods in PEG-200. During the self-assembling process, the absorption band showed a red shift and the RRS intensity enhanced continuously. There was physical cross-linking between PEG and sulfur nanoparticles. PEG-200 induced the oriented attachment of sulfur nanoparticles by

  12. Increased calcium content and inhomogeneity of mineralization render bone toughness in osteoporosis: mineralization, morphology and biomechanics of human single trabeculae.

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    Busse, Björn; Hahn, Michael; Soltau, Markus; Zustin, Jozef; Püschel, Klaus; Duda, Georg N; Amling, Michael

    2009-12-01

    The differentiation and degree of the effects of mineral content and/or morphology on bone quality remain, to a large extent, unanswered due to several microarchitectural particularities in spatial measuring fields (e.g., force transfer, trajectories, microcalli). Therefore, as the smallest basic component of cancellous bone, we focused on single trabeculae to investigate the effects of mineralization and structure, both independently and in superposition. Transiliac Bordier bone cores and T12 vertebrae were obtained from 20 females at autopsy for specimen preparation, enabling radiographical analyses, histomorphometry, Bone Mineral Density Distribution (BMDD) analyses, and trabecular singularization to be performed. Evaluated contact X-rays and histomorphometric limits from cases with osteoporotic vertebral fractures generated two subdivisions, osteoporotic (n=12, Ø 78 years) and non-osteoporotic (n=8, Ø 49 years) cases, based on fracture appearance and bone volume (BV/TV). Measurements of trabecular number (Tb.N.), trabecular separation (Tb.Sp.), trabecular thickness (Tb.Th.), trabecular bone pattern factor (TBPf) and eroded surface (ES/BS) were carried out to provide detailed structural properties of the investigated groups. The mechanical properties of 400 rod-like single vertebral trabeculae, assessed by three-point bending, were matched with mineral properties as quantified by BMDD analyses of cross-sectioned rod-like and plate-like trabeculae, both in superposition and independently. Non-osteoporotic iliac crests and vertebrae displayed linear dependency on structure parameters, whereas osteoporotic compartments proved to be non-correlated with bone structure. Independent of trabecular thickness, osteoporotic rod-like trabeculae showed decreases in Young's modulus, fracture load, yield strength, ultimate stress, work to failure and bending stiffness, along with significantly increased mean calcium content and calcium width. Non-osteoporotic trabeculae

  13. Green self-assembly of zein-conjugated ZnO/Cd(OH)Cl hierarchical nanocomposites with high cytotoxicity and immune organs targeting

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    Wang, Hua-Jie; Cao, Ying; Wang, Cai-Feng; Cui, Shi-Zhong; Mi, Li-Wei; Miyazawa, Teruo

    2016-04-01

    Inorganic nanomedicines in the fight against cancer have progressed rapidly during recent years, with the synergistic advantages of multifunctional nanosystems compared to single component. Herein, a drug-combination opinion was introduced into “nanomedicine” based on the understanding of Trojan horse-anti-tumor mechanism of inorganic nano-medicines. Moreover, we reported the green and facile synthesis route of mono-dispersed and rod-like zein-conjugated ZnO/Cd(OH)Cl hierarchical nanocomposites. We found that the nanocomposites exhibited high-efficiency killing ability to tumor cells through lipid peroxidation mediated-membrane disintegration route. The safety studies in BALB/c mice didn’t detect injection anaphylaxis, hemolysis and cytotoxicity. More interestingly, the nano-composites could specially accumulate in liver and kidney, which will be helpful for targeting cure to these regional cancers.

  14. Controlled synthesis of crystalline calcium carbonate aggregates with unusual morphologies involving the phase transformation from amorphous calcium carbonate

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    Tang Hua; Yu Jiaguo Zhao Xiufeng

    2009-04-02

    Peanut-shaped CaCO{sub 3} aggregates, featured of two dandelion-like heads built up from rod-like subunits, have been synthesized via a facile precipitation reaction between Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} and CaCl{sub 2} at ambient temperature in the presence of magnesium ions and ethanol solvent. The as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). The results show that a high magnesium concentration and ethanol solvent are necessary for the formation of the unusual peanut-like aggregates. In addition, a multistep phase transformation process from amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) to a mixture of ACC and calcite and ultimately to calcite and aragonite was observed in the formation process of the unusual structures. A possible mechanism for the formation of the unusual peanut-shape aggregates has been proposed and discussed.

  15. Micrometer size rod formed by secondary self assembly of omeprazole with α- and β-cyclodextrins.

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    Rajendiran, N; Venkatesh, G

    2015-02-25

    Self assembly of α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) and β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) micro rods induced by omeprazole (OMP) were observed by SEM and TEM. OMP/CD inclusion complexes have formed the secondary self assembly micro meter size rod like structure. This structure was driven by the intermolecular hydrogen bonding as well as van der Waals forces. Both forces induced the ordered assembly and arrangement of OMP/CD inclusion complexes, whereas CD molecules acted as molecular bricks. The OMP/CD inclusion complexes primary assembled form individual nanorods and then secondary self aggregate nanorods were form a micro meter rod structure. The results indicate that inter-nanotubular hydrogen bonding plays a crucial role in the formation of the self assembled micro rods. The inclusion complexes were also characterized using FT-IR, DSC, powder XRD, (1)H NMR, absorption, fluorescence, life time measurements and molecular modeling methods. PMID:25277631

  16. Energy dependent saturation width of swift heavy ion shaped embedded Au nanoparticles

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    Kluth, P.; Giulian, R.; Sprouster, D. J.; Schnohr, C. S.; Byrne, A. P.; Cookson, D. J.; Ridgway, M. C.

    2009-03-01

    The transformation of Au nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in SiO2 from spherical to rod-like shapes induced by swift heavy ion irradiation has been studied. Irradiation was performed with A197u ions at energies between 54 and 185 MeV. Transmission electron microscopy and small angle x-ray scattering measurements reveal an energy dependent saturation width of the NP rods as well as a minimum size required for the NPs to elongate. The NP saturation width is correlated with the ion track diameter in the SiO2. NP melting and in-plane strain in the irradiated SiO2 are discussed as potential mechanisms for the observed deformation.

  17. Dissecting Biological Dark Matter: Single Cell Genetic Analysis of TM7, a Rare and Uncultivated Microbe from the Human Mouth

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    Fenner, Marsha W; Marcy, Yann; Ouverney, Cleber; Bik, Elisabeth M.; Losekann, Tina; Ivanova, Natalia; Martin, H. Garcia; Szeto, E.; Platt, Darren; Hugenholtz, Philip; Relman, David A.; Quake, Stephen R.

    2007-07-01

    We have developed a microfluidic device that allows the isolation and genome amplification of individual microbial cells, thereby enabling organism-level genomic analysis of complex microbial ecosystems without the need for culture. This device was used to perform a directed survey of the human subgingival crevice and to isolate bacteria having rod-like morphology. Several isolated microbes had a 16S rRNA sequence that placed them in candidate phylum TM7, which has no cultivated or sequenced members. Genome amplification from individual TM7 cells allowed us to sequence and assemble >1,000 genes, providing insight into the physiology of members of this phylum. This approach enables single-cell genetic analysis of any uncultivated minority member of a microbial community.

  18. Nucleotide sequence and proposed secondary structure of Columnea latent viroid: a natural mosaic of viroid sequences.

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    Hammond, R; Smith, D R; Diener, T O

    1989-01-01

    The Columnea latent viroid (CLV) occurs latently in certain Columnea erythrophae plants grown commercially. In potato and tomato, CLV causes potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTV)-like symptoms. Its nucleotide sequence and proposed secondary structure reveal that CLV consists of a single-stranded circular RNA of 370 nucleotides which can assume a rod-like structure with extensive base-pairing characteristic of all known viroids. The electrophoretic mobility of circular CLV under nondenaturing conditions suggests a potential tertiary structure. CLV contains extensive sequence homologies to the PSTV group of viroids but contains a central conserved region identical to that of hop stunt viroid (HSV). CLV also shares some biological properties with each of the two types of viroids. Most probably, CLV is the result of intracellular RNA recombination between an HSV-type and one or more PSTV-type viroids replicating in the same plant. Images PMID:2602114

  19. Spectrofluorimetric determination of second critical micellar concentration of SDS and SDS/Brij 30 systems.

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    Romani, Ana Paula; Machado, Antonio Eduardo da Hora; Hioka, Noboru; Severino, Divinomar; Baptista, Mauricio S; Codognoto, Lúcia; Rodrigues, Maira R; de Oliveira, Hueder Paulo Moisés

    2009-03-01

    Potentially useful stead-state fluorimetric technique was used to determine the critical micellar concentrations (CMC(1) and CMC(2)) for two micellar media, one formed by SDS and the other by SDS/Brij 30. A comparative study based on conductimetric and surfacial tension measurements suggests that the CMC(1) estimated by the fluorimetric method is lower than the value estimated by these other techniques. Equivalent values were observed for SDS micelles without Brij 30 neutral co-surfactant. The use of acridine orange as fluorescent probe permitted to determine both CMC(1) and CMC(2). Based on it an explanation on aspects of micelle formation mechanism is presented, particularly based on a spherical and a rod like structures. PMID:18815872

  20. Orientation of N-(1-(2-chlorophenyl)-2-(2-nitrophenyl)ethyl)-4-methylbenzenesulfonamide on silver nanoparticles: SERS studies

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    Anuratha, M.; Jawahar, A.; Umadevi, M.; Sathe, V. G.; Vanelle, P.; Terme, T.; Meenakumari, V.; Milton Franklin Benial, A.

    2014-10-01

    In the present study, the silver nanoparticles were synthesized using a solution combustion method with urea as fuel. The prepared silver nanoparticles show an FCC crystalline structure with particle size of 59 nm. FESEM image shows the prepared silver is a rod like structure. The surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectrum indicates that the N-(1-(2-chlorophenyl)-2-(2-nitrophenyl)ethyl)-4-methylbenzenesulfonamide (CS) molecule adsorbed on the silver nanoparticles. The spectral analysis reveals that the sulfonamide is adsorbed by tilted orientation on the silver surface. The Hatree Fock calculations were also performed to predict the vibrational motions of CS. This present investigation has been a model system to deduce the interaction of drugs with DNA.

  1. Adsorption of N-(1-(2-bromophenyl)-2-(2-nitrophenyl)ethyl)-4-methylbenzenesulfonamide on silver nanoparticles: SERS investigation

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    Anuratha, M.; Jawahar, A.; Umadevi, M.; Sathe, V. G.; Vanelle, P.; Terme, T.; Khoumeri, O.; Meenakumari, V.; Milton Franklin Benial, A.

    2015-03-01

    SERS provides essential data regarding the interaction of molecules in drugs with DNA. In the present study silver nanoparticles were synthesized using a solution combustion method with urea as fuel. The prepared silver nanoparticles are rod like structure. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) of N-(1-2-bromophenyl)-2-(2-nitrophenyl)ethyl)-4-methylbenzenesulfonamide (BrS) adsorbed on the silver nanoparticle was studied. The nRs and Raman spectral analysis reveal that the BrS adsorbed tilted orientation on the silver surface. Vibrational modes of nRs along with HF calculations are also performed to study the HOMO and LUMO behavior and vibrational features of BrS.

  2. High lift function of the pteroid bone and forewing of pterosaurs

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    Wilkinson, Matthew T; Unwin, David M; Ellington, Charles P

    2005-01-01

    The pteroid bone is a rod-like element found only in pterosaurs, the flying reptiles of the Mesozoic. It articulated at the wrist, and supported a membranous forewing in front of the inner part of the wing spar. The function of this bone, particularly its orientation, has been much debated. It is widely believed that it pointed towards the body, and that the forewing was relatively narrow. An alternative hypothesis states that it was directed forwards during flight, resulting in a much broader forewing that acted as a leading edge flap. We tested scale models in a wind tunnel to determine the aerodynamic consequences of these conflicting hypotheses, and found that performance is greatly improved if the pteroid is directed forwards: the lift : drag ratios are superior and the maximum lift is exceptionally high in comparison with conventional aerofoils. This high lift capability may have enabled even the largest pterosaurs to take off and land without difficulty. PMID:16519243

  3. Morphological influence of cellulose nanoparticles (CNs) from cottonseed hulls on rheological properties of polyvinyl alcohol/CN suspensions.

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    Zhou, Ling; He, Hui; Li, Mei-Chun; Song, Kunlin; Cheng, H N; Wu, Qinglin

    2016-11-20

    The present work describes the isolation of cellulose nanoparticles (CNs) with different morphologies and their influence on rheological properties of CN and CN-poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) suspensions. Cottonseed hulls were used for the first time to extract three types of CNs, including fibrous cellulose nanofibers, rod-like cellulose nanocrystals and spherical cellulose nanoparticles through mechanical and chemical methods. Rheology results showed that the rheological behavior of the CN suspensions was strongly dependent on CN concentration and particle morphology. For PVA/CN systems, concentration of PVA/CN suspension, morphology of CNs, and weight ratio of CN to PVA were three main factors that influenced their rheology behaviors. This research reveals the importance of CN morphology and composition concentration on the rheological properties of PVA/CN, providing new insight in preparing high performance hydrogels, fibers and films base on PVA/CN suspension systems. PMID:27561516

  4. Understanding nanocellulose chirality and structure-properties relationship at the single fibril level

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    Usov, Ivan; Nyström, Gustav; Adamcik, Jozef; Handschin, Stephan; Schütz, Christina; Fall, Andreas; Bergström, Lennart; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2015-06-01

    Nanocellulose fibrils are ubiquitous in nature and nanotechnologies but their mesoscopic structural assembly is not yet fully understood. Here we study the structural features of rod-like cellulose nanoparticles on a single particle level, by applying statistical polymer physics concepts on electron and atomic force microscopy images, and we assess their physical properties via quantitative nanomechanical mapping. We show evidence of right-handed chirality, observed on both bundles and on single fibrils. Statistical analysis of contours from microscopy images shows a non-Gaussian kink angle distribution. This is inconsistent with a structure consisting of alternating amorphous and crystalline domains along the contour and supports process-induced kink formation. The intrinsic mechanical properties of nanocellulose are extracted from nanoindentation and persistence length method for transversal and longitudinal directions, respectively. The structural analysis is pushed to the level of single cellulose polymer chains, and their smallest associated unit with a proposed 2 × 2 chain-packing arrangement.

  5. Micrometer size rod formed by secondary self assembly of omeprazole with α- and β-cyclodextrins

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    Rajendiran, N.; Venkatesh, G.

    2015-02-01

    Self assembly of α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) and β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) micro rods induced by omeprazole (OMP) were observed by SEM and TEM. OMP/CD inclusion complexes have formed the secondary self assembly micro meter size rod like structure. This structure was driven by the intermolecular hydrogen bonding as well as van der Waals forces. Both forces induced the ordered assembly and arrangement of OMP/CD inclusion complexes, whereas CD molecules acted as molecular bricks. The OMP/CD inclusion complexes primary assembled form individual nanorods and then secondary self aggregate nanorods were form a micro meter rod structure. The results indicate that inter-nanotubular hydrogen bonding plays a crucial role in the formation of the self assembled micro rods. The inclusion complexes were also characterized using FT-IR, DSC, powder XRD, 1H NMR, absorption, fluorescence, life time measurements and molecular modeling methods.

  6. Synthesis, photophysical and thin-film self-assembly properties of novel fluorescent molecules with carbon-carbon triple bonds

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    Niu, Qingfen; Sun, Hongjian; Li, Xiaoyan

    2014-12-01

    Three novel fluorescent molecules with carbon-carbon triple bonds 2TBEA, 2TBDA and TEPEB are successfully designed and synthesized. Their thermal, photophysical, electrochemical, electronic and thin-film self-assembly properties were characterized. Three dyes showed typical photoluminescence (PL) emission behaviors, the PL intensities firstly increased and then decreased with gradually decreasing concentration. The appealing fluorescence properties indicated that three dyes could be used as good fluorescent materials. Additionally, the thin-film self-assembly behaviors of three dyes were also investigated. The microstructures of their optical microscopy (OM) images exhibited high flexibility. Furthermore, SEM and AFM surface morphology of these self-assembly nanostructures revealed that three well-defined long-range order of rod-like and tube-like self-assembly systems exhibited interesting morphology properties. Therefore, three compounds may be of great interest for the development of organic thin-film materials.

  7. Surfactant-assisted Nanocasting Route for Synthesis of Highly Ordered Mesoporous Graphitic Carbon and Its Application in CO2 Adsorption

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    Wang, Yangang; Bai, Xia; Wang, Fei; Qin, Hengfei; Yin, Chaochuang; Kang, Shifei; Li, Xi; Zuo, Yuanhui; Cui, Lifeng

    2016-05-01

    Highly ordered mesoporous graphitic carbon was synthesized from a simple surfactant-assisted nanocasting route, in which ordered mesoporous silica SBA-15 maintaining its triblock copolymer surfactant was used as a hard template and natural soybean oil (SBO) as a carbon precursor. The hydrophobic domain of the surfactant assisted SBO in infiltration into the template’s mesoporous channels. After the silica template was carbonized and removed, a higher yield of highly-ordered graphitic mesoporous carbon with rod-like morphology was obtained. Because of the improved structural ordering, the mesoporous carbon after amine modification could adsorb more CO2 compared with the amine-functionalized carbon prepared without the assistance of surfactant.

  8. A magnetic protein biocompass.

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    Qin, Siying; Yin, Hang; Yang, Celi; Dou, Yunfeng; Liu, Zhongmin; Zhang, Peng; Yu, He; Huang, Yulong; Feng, Jing; Hao, Junfeng; Hao, Jia; Deng, Lizong; Yan, Xiyun; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhao, Zhongxian; Jiang, Taijiao; Wang, Hong-Wei; Luo, Shu-Jin; Xie, Can

    2016-02-01

    The notion that animals can detect the Earth's magnetic field was once ridiculed, but is now well established. Yet the biological nature of such magnetosensing phenomenon remains unknown. Here, we report a putative magnetic receptor (Drosophila CG8198, here named MagR) and a multimeric magnetosensing rod-like protein complex, identified by theoretical postulation and genome-wide screening, and validated with cellular, biochemical, structural and biophysical methods. The magnetosensing complex consists of the identified putative magnetoreceptor and known magnetoreception-related photoreceptor cryptochromes (Cry), has the attributes of both Cry- and iron-based systems, and exhibits spontaneous alignment in magnetic fields, including that of the Earth. Such a protein complex may form the basis of magnetoreception in animals, and may lead to applications across multiple fields. PMID:26569474

  9. Bound water in Kevlar 49 fibers

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    Garza, R.G.; Pruneda, C.O.; Morgan, R.J.

    1981-04-01

    From elemental analyses, thermogravimetric-mass spectroscopy studies and re-evaluation of previous water diffusion studies in Kevlar 49 fibers it is concluded that these fibers can contain two types of sorbed moisture. The fibers can absorb up to approx. 6 wt % loosely bound water with an activation energy for outgassing by desorption of 6 kcal/mole. This loosely bound water is a direct result of the presence of Na/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ impurities and the perturbations they induce on the packing of the rod-like poly (p-phenylene terephthalamide) macromolecules. Kevlar 49 fibers also inherently contain up to 30 wt % additional water which is tightly bound within the crystal lattice. This water exhibits an activation energy for outgassing by diffusion of approx. 40 kcal/mole and is only evolved from the fiber in significant quantities at t > 350/sup 0/C over a period of hours.

  10. Ligand-assisted soft-chemical synthesis of self-assembled different shaped mesoporous Co3O4: efficient visible light photocatalysts.

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    Roy, Mouni; Ghosh, Sourav; Naskar, Milan Kanti

    2015-04-21

    Mesoporous self-assembled cobalt oxide (Co3O4) of different shapes was synthesized by a facile soft-chemical process using cobalt nitrate, oxalic acid and phosphoric acid in the presence of cationic templates, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide, and pyridinium bromide at 75 °C/2 h followed by calcination at 300 °C. The effect of cationic templates of the samples on the physico-chemical properties, and the photocatalytic efficiency for the degradation of Chicago Sky Blue 6B was studied. Pyridinium bromide and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide facilitated formation of particles with different shaped morphology compared to cetyltrimethylammonium bromide. The rod-like particles having higher surface area exhibited higher photocatalytic performance. PMID:25792483

  11. Interdiffusion behavior between NiAlHf coating and Ni-based single crystal superalloy with different crystal orientations

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    Wang, Ruili; Gong, Xueyuan; Peng, Hui; Ma, Yue; Guo, Hongbo

    2015-01-01

    NiAlHf coatings were deposited onto Ni-based single crystal (SC) superalloy with different crystal orientations by electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD). The effects of the crystal orientations of the superalloy substrate on inter-diffusion behavior between the substrate and the NiAlHf coating were investigated. Substrate diffusion zone (SDZ) containing needle-like μ phases and interdiffusion zone (IDZ) mainly consisting of the ellipsoidal and rod-like μ phases were formed in the SC alloy after heat-treatment 10 h at 1100 °C. The thickness of secondary reaction zone (SRZ) formed in the SC alloy with (0 1 1) crystal orientation is about 14 μm after 50 h heat-treatment at 1100 °C, which is relatively thicker than that in the SC alloy with (0 0 1) crystal orientation, whereas the IDZ revealed similar thickness.

  12. Self-assembly mechanisms of nanofibers from peptide amphiphiles in solution and on substrate surfaces.

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    Liao, Hsien-Shun; Lin, Jing; Liu, Yang; Huang, Peng; Jin, Albert; Chen, Xiaoyuan

    2016-08-01

    We report the investigation of the self-assembly mechanism of nanofibers, using a small peptide amphiphile (NapFFKYp) as a model. Combining experimental and simulation methods, we identify the self-assembly pathways in the solution and on the substrates, respectively. In the solution, peptide amphiphiles undergo the nucleation process to grow into nanofibers. The nanofibers can further twist into high-ordered nanofibers with aging. On the substrates, peptide amphiphiles form nanofibers and nanosheet structures simultaneously. This surface-induced nanosheet consists of rod-like structures, and its thickness is substrate-dependent. Most intriguingly, water can transform the nanosheet into the nanofiber. Molecular dynamic simulation suggests that hydrophobic and ion-ion interactions are dominant forces during the self-assembly process. PMID:27447093

  13. Giant negative mobility of Janus particles in a corrugated channel

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    Ghosh, Pulak K.; Hänggi, Peter; Marchesoni, Fabio; Nori, Franco

    2014-06-01

    We numerically simulate the transport of elliptic Janus particles along narrow two-dimensional channels with reflecting walls. The self-propulsion velocity of the particle is oriented along either its major (prolate) or minor axis (oblate). In smooth channels, we observe long diffusion transients: ballistic for prolate particles and zero diffusion for oblate particles. Placed in a rough channel, prolate particles tend to drift against an applied drive by tumbling over the wall protrusions; for appropriate aspect ratios, the modulus of their negative mobility grows exceedingly large (giant negative mobility). This suggests that a small external drive suffices to efficiently direct self-propulsion of rod-like Janus particles in rough channels.

  14. Shape-Selectivity with Liquid Crystal and Side-Chain Liquid Crystalline Polymer SAW Sensor Interfaces

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    FRYE-MASON,GREGORY CHARLES; OBORNY,MICHAEL C.; PUGH,COLEEN; RICCO,ANTONIO; THOMAS,ROSS C.; ZELLERS,EDWARD T.; ZHANG,GUO-ZHENG

    1999-09-23

    A liquid crystal (LC) and a side-chain liquid crystalline polymer (SCLCP) were tested as surface acoustic wave (SAW) vapor sensor coatings for discriminating between pairs of isomeric organic vapors. Both exhibit room temperature smectic mesophases. Temperature, electric-field, and pretreatment with self-assembled monolayers comprising either a methyl-terminated or carboxylic acid-terminated alkane thiol anchored to a gold layer in the delay path of the sensor were explored as means of affecting the alignment and selectivity of the LC and SCLCP films. Results for the LC were mixed, while those for the SCLCP showed a consistent preference for the more rod-like isomer of each isomer pair examined.

  15. Green self-assembly of zein-conjugated ZnO/Cd(OH)Cl hierarchical nanocomposites with high cytotoxicity and immune organs targeting

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    Wang, Hua-Jie; Cao, Ying; Wang, Cai-Feng; Cui, Shi-Zhong; Mi, Li-Wei; Miyazawa, Teruo

    2016-01-01

    Inorganic nanomedicines in the fight against cancer have progressed rapidly during recent years, with the synergistic advantages of multifunctional nanosystems compared to single component. Herein, a drug-combination opinion was introduced into “nanomedicine” based on the understanding of Trojan horse-anti-tumor mechanism of inorganic nano-medicines. Moreover, we reported the green and facile synthesis route of mono-dispersed and rod-like zein-conjugated ZnO/Cd(OH)Cl hierarchical nanocomposites. We found that the nanocomposites exhibited high-efficiency killing ability to tumor cells through lipid peroxidation mediated-membrane disintegration route. The safety studies in BALB/c mice didn’t detect injection anaphylaxis, hemolysis and cytotoxicity. More interestingly, the nano-composites could specially accumulate in liver and kidney, which will be helpful for targeting cure to these regional cancers. PMID:27075504

  16. Broadening the Interface Between a Compensation Film and Its Substrate in a Direct Coating Process

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    Yu, Wumin; Foster, Mark

    2011-04-01

    Rigid-rod like aromatic polyimides (PIs) have been used as compensation films to widen viewing angles of liquid crystal displays (LCDs). A new procedure for incorporating the compensation film in the multilayer LCD assembly by directly coating the PI on a substrate film, e.g. triacetate cellulose (TAC), is preferred in industry for its simplicity and cost-effectiveness. Based on experimental results from other systems, it is thought that the adhesion of the PI layer to the TAC substrate should increase with increasing width of the interface between the two. To probe the interface width, sequential solution deposition processes were used to create model bilayer structures. Neutron Reflectivity measurements reveal that the interface width can be substantially increased by depositing the PI layer using a solvent mixture that includes a component which swells the TAC. Since changing coating temperature impacts multiple transport rates, there exists an optimum deposition temperature to maximize interface width.

  17. The dopant dependent photocatalytic activity of polyaniline towards the degradation of Rose Bengal dye

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    Chatterjee, Mukulika Jana; Banerjee, Dipali; Ghosh, Amrita; Mondal, Anup

    2016-05-01

    Polyaniline (PANI) with two different dopants, hydrochloric acid (HCl) and bismuth nitrate (Bi (NO3)3), were synthesized to investigate the effect of dopant on photocatalytic degradation of Rose Bengal, an organic dye, in presence of sunlight. PANI, synthesized by in situ polymerization was characterized by FESEM images, FTIR and UV-Vis spectra. FESEM images show rod like structures obtained for both the dopants. FTIR spectra confirms the formation of conducting PANI with the presence of C=N, C=C stretching modes in quinoid and benzenoid units. Band gap of PANI has been obtained from UV-Vis spectrum. Doped polyaniline exhibited a fast degradation of dye by 98.62 % & 98.12 % within 5 min & 8 min under visible light illumination for the dopant HCl & Bi (NO3)3 respectively.

  18. Characterization of a trimeric MPER containing HIV-1 gp41 antigen

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    Hinz, Andreas; Schoehn, Guy; Quendler, Heribert; Hulsik, David Lutje; Stiegler, Gabi; Katinger, Hermann; Seaman, Michael S.; Montefiori, David; Weissenhorn, Winfried

    2009-08-01

    The membrane-proximal external region (MPER) of gp41 is considered as a prime target for the induction of neutralizing antibodies, since it contains the epitopes for three broadly neutralizing antibodies (2F5, 4E10 and Z13). Here we present a novel gp41 construct (HA-gp41) comprising gp41 HR2 and MPER fused to two triple-stranded coiled-coil domains at both ends. HA-gp41 is trimeric, has a high helical content in solution and forms rod-like structures as revealed by negative staining electron microscopy. Immunization of rabbits with HA-gp41 induced antibodies directed against MPER, which failed to exert significant neutralization capacity against envelopes from primary isolates. Thus trimerisation of MPER regions does not suffice to induce a potent neutralizing antibody response specific for conserved regions within gp41.

  19. Microfluidic techniques for the study of self-assembly of soft materials

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    Aguade Cabanas, Rafael

    This research is an approach to the study of soft condensed matter where the use of new microfluidic technology plays a central role. Often, in the study of soft matter, the sample volumes are very small, of the order of nanoliters. Therefore to quantitatively measure the equilibrium or non-equilibrium phase behavior requires microfluidics. Presented here are (1) a new way of producing aqueous drops of order 1 nl volume, in oil, (2) a new fabrication protocol to make microfluidic devices out of epoxy glue, and (3) a new microfluidic flow cell to study colloidal self-assembly. Also presented here is a new kind of colloidal particle, consisting of single strands of DNA linked to the surface of fd virus. This new particle may serve as a liquid crystalline colloid with a temperature dependent tunable potential. The fabrication process is the first step in the study of the self-assembly of rod-like particles with a temperature dependent potential.

  20. Electrorheological properties of polyaniline-vanadium oxide nanostructures suspended in silicone oil

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    Goswami, Sumita; Brehm, Tiago; Filonovich, Sergej; Cidade, Maria Teresa

    2014-10-01

    In the present work, organic/inorganic hybrid nanostructures comprised of polyaniline and vanadium oxide were synthesized via a simple hydrothermal technique. The polyaniline/vanadium oxide hybrid morphology was tailored from rods to spheres by controlling the relative concentration of the reactants. The synthesized composites were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) for structural and morphological analyses. Electrorheological (ER) properties of the as-prepared nanocomposites suspended in silicone oil were investigated by a rotational viscometer under both steady and dynamic shear. The ER activity of the composite material suspensions showed higher ER effects for the product with the rod-like structures than for the product with the sphere-like structures. The typical ER behaviour showed by the polyaniline-vanadium oxide nanocomposites demonstrated their potential application as an ER smart material.

  1. Measuring the equation of state for a 2D colloidal membrane: A microfluidic approach to buffer exchange

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    Balchunas, Andrew; Cabanas, Rafael; Fraden, Seth; Dogic, Zvonimir

    Previous work has shown that monodisperse rod-like colloidal particles, such as a filamentous bacteriophage, self assemble into a 2D monolayer smectic in the presence of a non-adsorbing depleting polymer. These structures have the same functional form of bending rigidity and lateral compressibility as conventional lipid bi-layers, so we name the monolayer smectic a colloidal membrane. We have developed a microfluidic device such that the osmotic pressure acting on a colloidal membrane may be controlled via a full in situ buffer exchange. Rod density within individual colloidal membranes was measured as a function of osmotic pressure and a first order phase transition, from 2D fluid to 2D solid, was observed. kon and koff rates of rod to membrane binding were measured by lowering the osmotic pressure until membrane evaporation occurred.

  2. Self-catalytic crystal growth, formation mechanism, and optical properties of indium tin oxide nanostructures

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    Liang, Yuan-Chang; Zhong, Hua

    2013-08-01

    In-Sn-O nanostructures with rectangular cross-sectional rod-like, sword-like, and bowling pin-like morphologies were successfully synthesized through self-catalytic growth. Mixed metallic In and Sn powders were used as source materials, and no catalyst layer was pre-coated on the substrates. The distance between the substrate and the source materials affected the size of the Sn-rich alloy particles during crystal growth in a quartz tube. This caused In-Sn-O nanostructures with various morphologies to form. An X-ray photoelectron spectroscope and a transmittance electron microscope with an energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer were used to investigate the elemental binding states and compositions of the as-synthesized nanostructures. The Sn doping and oxygen vacancies in the In2O3 crystals corresponded to the blue-green and yellow-orange emission bands of the nanostructures, respectively.

  3. Mesogen-jacketed liquid crystalline polymers.

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    Chen, Xiao-Fang; Shen, Zhihao; Wan, Xin-Hua; Fan, Xing-He; Chen, Er-Qiang; Ma, Yuguo; Zhou, Qi-Feng

    2010-08-01

    This critical review covers the recent progress in the research of mesogen-jacketed liquid crystalline polymers (MJLCPs), special side-on side-chain liquid crystalline polymers with very short spacers or without spacers. MJLCPs can self-organize into supramolecular columnar phases with the polymer chains aligned parallel to one another or smectic phases with the backbones embedded in the smectic layers. The semi-rigid rod-like MJLCP with a tunable rod shape in both length and diameter provides an excellent building block in designing novel rod-coil liquid crystalline block copolymers which can self-assemble into hierarchical supramolecular nanostructures depending on the competition between liquid crystal formation and microphase separation (229 references). PMID:20559597

  4. Particle-Directed Assembly of Semiflexible Polymer Chains

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    McGovern, Michael; Dorfman, Kevin; Morse, David

    We use molecular dynamics simulations to investigate several models of semiflexible polymers that exhibit an attractive interaction with spherical particles. The organization of semiflexible polymer chains through attractive interactions with spherical particles occurs in several important processes in nature, such as the winding of DNA around histones and counter-ion condensation of charged polymers. The process is also of technological interest in the packaging of DNA for delivery to cells. In this presentation, we will present data on both the phase behavior and the kinetics of self-assembly as a function of the stiffness of the polymers, the attractive potential between the monomers and the particles, and the relative size of the monomers and particles. Our simulations suggest a transition between globular and rod-like aggregates that changes from a gradual to a sudden transition depending on particle size, and that rod formation is a slow, nucleation dependent process.

  5. Reversible switching of liquid crystal micro-particles in a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Imamura, Koki; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Ozaki, Masanori

    2016-01-21

    Liquid crystal micro-particles are functional materials possessing optical and dielectric anisotropies originating from the arrangement of rod-like molecules within the particles. Although they can be switched by an electric field, particles dispersed in isotropic hosts usually cannot return to their original state, because there is no restoration force acting on the particles. Here, we describe reversible switching of liquid crystal micro-particles by dispersing them in a nematic liquid crystal host. We fabricate square micro-particles with unidirectional molecular alignment and investigate their static and dynamic electro-optic properties by applying an in-plane electric field. The behavior of the micro-particles is well-described by the theoretical model we construct, making this study potentially useful for the development of liquid crystal-liquid crystal particle composites with engineered properties. PMID:26514389

  6. Double-twist cylinders in liquid crystalline cholesteric blue phases observed by transmission electron microscopy.

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    Tanaka, Shu; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Kawata, Yuto; Kuwahara, Ryusuke; Nishi, Ryuji; Ozaki, Masanori

    2015-01-01

    Cholesteric blue phases are liquid crystalline phases in which the constituent rod-like molecules spontaneously form three-dimensional, helical structures. Despite theoretical predictions that they are composed of cylindrical substructures within which the liquid crystal molecules are doubly twisted, real space observation of the arrangement of such structures had not been performed. Through transmission electron microscopy of photopolymerized blue phases with controlled lattice plane orientations, we report real space observation and comparison of the lattice structures of blue phases I and II. The two systems show distinctly different contrasts, reflecting the theoretically predicted, body centred and simple cubic arrangement of the double-twist cylinders. Transmission electron microscopy also reveals different tendencies of the two blue phases to align on unidirectionally rubbed surfaces. We thus show that TEM observation of alignment-controlled, photopolymerized liquid crystals can be a powerful tool to investigate complex liquid crystalline order. PMID:26530779

  7. Understanding the onset of oscillatory swimming in microchannels.

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    de Graaf, Joost; Mathijssen, Arnold J T M; Fabritius, Marc; Menke, Henri; Holm, Christian; Shendruk, Tyler N

    2016-05-25

    Self-propelled colloids (swimmers) in confining geometries follow trajectories determined by hydrodynamic interactions with the bounding surfaces. However, typically these interactions are ignored or truncated to the lowest order. We demonstrate that higher-order hydrodynamic moments cause rod-like swimmers to follow oscillatory trajectories in quiescent fluid between two parallel plates, using a combination of lattice-Boltzmann simulations and far-field calculations. This behavior occurs even far from the confining walls and does not require lubrication results. We show that a swimmer's hydrodynamic quadrupole moment is crucial to the onset of the oscillatory trajectories. This insight allows us to develop a simple model for the dynamics near the channel center based on these higher hydrodynamic moments, and suggests opportunities for trajectory-based experimental characterization of swimmers' hydrodynamic properties. PMID:27184912

  8. Fast switching from isotropic liquids to nematic liquid crystals: rotaxanes as smart fluids.

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    He, Hao; Sevick, Edith M; Williams, David R M

    2015-11-28

    We examine a solution of rod-like piston-rotaxanes, which can switch their length by external excitation (for example optically) from a short state of length L to a long state of length qL. We show that this solution can exhibit a number of different behaviours. In particular it can rapidly switch from an isotropic to a nematic liquid crystalline state. There is a minimum ratio q* = 1.13 for which transitions from a pure isotropic state to a pure nematic state are possible. We present a phase-switching diagram, which gives the six possible behaviours for this system. It turns out that a large fraction of the phase switching diagram is occupied by the transition from a pure isotropic to a pure nematic state. PMID:26419821

  9. Cl-capped CdSe nanocrystals via in situ generation of chloride anions

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    Palencia, Cristina; Lauwaet, Koen; de La Cueva, Leonor; Acebrón, María; Conde, Julio J.; Meyns, Michaela; Klinke, Christian; Gallego, José M.; Otero, Roberto; Juárez, Beatriz H.

    2014-05-01

    Halide ions cap and stabilize colloidal semiconductor nanocrystal (NC) surfaces allowing for NCs surface interactions that may improve the performance of NC thin film devices such as photo-detectors and/or solar cells. Current ways to introduce halide anions as ligands on surfaces of NCs produced by the hot injection method are based on post-synthetic treatments. In this work we explore the possibility to introduce Cl in the NC ligand shell in situ during the NCs synthesis. With this aim, the effect of 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE) in the synthesis of CdSe rod-like NCs produced under different Cd/Se precursor molar ratios has been studied. We report a double role of DCE depending on the Cd/Se precursor molar ratio (either under excess of cadmium or selenium precursor). According to mass spectrometry (ESI-TOF) and nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR), under excess of Se precursor (Se dissolved in trioctylphosphine, TOP) conditions at 265 °C ethane-1,2-diylbis(trioctylphosphonium)dichloride is released as a product of the reaction between DCE and TOP. According to XPS studies chlorine gets incorporated into the CdSe ligand shell, promoting re-shaping of rod-like NCs into pyramidal ones. In contrast, under excess Cd precursor (CdO) conditions, DCE reacts with the Cd complex releasing chlorine-containing non-active species which do not trigger NCs re-shaping. The amount of chlorine incorporated into the ligand shell can thus be controlled by properly tuning the Cd/Se precursor molar ratio.Halide ions cap and stabilize colloidal semiconductor nanocrystal (NC) surfaces allowing for NCs surface interactions that may improve the performance of NC thin film devices such as photo-detectors and/or solar cells. Current ways to introduce halide anions as ligands on surfaces of NCs produced by the hot injection method are based on post-synthetic treatments. In this work we explore the possibility to introduce Cl in the NC ligand shell in situ during the NCs synthesis. With this aim

  10. Efficient Thermolysis Route to Monodisperse Cu2ZnSnS4 Nanocrystals with Controlled Shape and Structure

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    Zhang, Xiaoyan; Guo, Guobiao; Ji, Cheng; Huang, Kai; Zha, Chenyang; Wang, Yifeng; Shen, Liming; Gupta, Arunava; Bao, Ningzhong

    2014-05-01

    Monodisperse Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanocrystals with tunable shape, crystalline phase, and composition are synthesized by efficient thermolysis of a single source precursor of mixed metal-oleate complexes in hot organic solvents with dissolved sulfur sources. Suitable tuning of the synthetic conditions and the Cu/(Zn + Sn) ratio of the precursor has enabled precise control of the crystalline phase in the form of kesterite, or a newly observed wurtzite structure. Nanocrystals with morphology in the form of spherical, rice-like, or rod-like shapes are obtained over a wide range of compositions (0.5 <= Cu/(Zn + Sn) <= 1.2). Both the final products and intermediates for each shape exhibit consistent composition and structure, indicating homogenous nucleation and growth of single-phase nanocrystals. Thin films prepared from colloidal nanocrystal suspensions display interesting shape-dependent photoresponse behavior under white light illumination from a solar simulator.

  11. Preparation and characterization of CuI nanorods using Cu(dmg) 2 as precursor via water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsions

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    Li, Xue-Liang; Zhu, Xiao-Yun; Duan, Ti-Lan; Qian, Yi-Tai

    2006-06-01

    CuI nanorods have been firstly prepared by water-in-oil microemulsions using Cu(dmg) 2 as precursor at low temperature as low as 70 °C. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements show that the CuI nanorods are pure γ-phase crystals with diameters ranging from 50 to 80 nm and lengths up to 500 nm. UV-vis spectrum reveals that the nanorods exhibit a blue shift and possess of wider band gap energy. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) reveals the nanorods own larger grain boundary resistance. Results of comparative experiments indicate that the rod-like structure of Cu(dmg) 2 crystals leads the CuI crystals growing in one direction especially and the reverse microemulsion system plays a crucial role in making products symmetrical and uniform.

  12. Efficient thermolysis route to monodisperse Cu₂ZnSnS₄ nanocrystals with controlled shape and structure.

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    Zhang, Xiaoyan; Guo, Guobiao; Ji, Cheng; Huang, Kai; Zha, Chenyang; Wang, Yifeng; Shen, Liming; Gupta, Arunava; Bao, Ningzhong

    2014-01-01

    Monodisperse Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanocrystals with tunable shape, crystalline phase, and composition are synthesized by efficient thermolysis of a single source precursor of mixed metal-oleate complexes in hot organic solvents with dissolved sulfur sources. Suitable tuning of the synthetic conditions and the Cu/(Zn + Sn) ratio of the precursor has enabled precise control of the crystalline phase in the form of kesterite, or a newly observed wurtzite structure. Nanocrystals with morphology in the form of spherical, rice-like, or rod-like shapes are obtained over a wide range of compositions (0.5 ≤ Cu/(Zn + Sn) ≤ 1.2). Both the final products and intermediates for each shape exhibit consistent composition and structure, indicating homogenous nucleation and growth of single-phase nanocrystals. Thin films prepared from colloidal nanocrystal suspensions display interesting shape-dependent photoresponse behavior under white light illumination from a solar simulator. PMID:24866987

  13. Phase Transformation Behavior at Low Temperature in Hydrothermal Treatment of Stable and Unstable Titania Sol

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    So; Park; Kim; Moon

    1997-07-15

    Nanosize titania sol was prepared from titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) and conditions for the formation of stable sol were identified. As the H+/TTIP mole ratio decreased and H2O/TTIP mole ratio increased, stable sol was likely to be formed. The size and crystallinity remained unchanged after hydrothermal treatment of the stable sol at between 160 and 240°C. However, hydrothermal treatment of unstable sol produced rod-like particles and crystallinity of particles was changed from anatase to rutile. This difference in phase transformation at low hydrothermal treatment temperature was likely to be caused by the fact that stable sol remained to be stable even after hydrothermal treatment, while unstable sol had a tendency to be aggregated. PMID:9268523

  14. Highly ordered Pb(Zr₀.₅₂ Ti₀.₄₈)O₃ piezoelectric nanorod arrays.

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    Yang, Su Chul; Sanghadasa, Mohan; Priya, Shashank

    2013-06-01

    One-dimensional (1D) piezoelectric nanostructures have attracted significant attention for a broad range of applications including optoelectronics, thermoelectrics, electrochemical and electromechanical converters. We demonstrate the synthesis of 1D nanostructures based upon Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 (PZT) on conductive substrates via sol-gel template synthesis. The vertically aligned PZT nanostructures with heights around one micron were synthesized by vacuum infiltration of sol-gel precursors into highly ordered cylindrical pores of anodized aluminum oxide templates. The 1D nanostructures were developed on large scale platinized silicon wafers and exhibited dense rod-like structure with a uniform diameter of 90 nm and an aspect ratio of 10. Scanning probe microscopy conducted on individual nanorods demonstrated good electromechanical properties with a high piezoelectric magnitude of 41 pm V(-1). We believe that this study opens the possibility of developing high performance nanoscale piezoelectric sensors and transducers. PMID:23637024

  15. Active tensor magnetic gradiometer system final report for Project MM–1514

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    Smith, David V.; Phillips, Jeffrey D.; Hutton, S. Raymond

    2014-01-01

    An interactive computer simulation program, based on physical models of system sensors, platform geometry, Earth environment, and spheroidal magnetically-permeable targets, was developed to generate synthetic magnetic field data from a conceptual tensor magnetic gradiometer system equipped with an active primary field generator. The system sensors emulate the prototype tensor magnetic gradiometer system (TMGS) developed under a separate contract for unexploded ordnance (UXO) detection and classification. Time-series data from different simulation scenarios were analyzed to recover physical dimensions of the target source. Helbig-Euler simulations were run with rectangular and rod-like source bodies to determine whether such a system could separate the induced component of the magnetization from the remanent component for each target. This report concludes with an engineering assessment of a practical system design.

  16. The Landau-de Gennes free energy expansion of a melt of V-shaped polymer molecules.

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    Aliev, M A; Ugolkova, E A; Kuzminyh, N Yu

    2016-08-28

    The phase behavior of a monodisperse melt of polymer molecules consisting of two rod-like segments joined at an angle α has been inspected within the Landau theory of phase transitions. The interactions between monomer units were assumed to be of the Maier-Saupe form. The Landau-de Gennes expansion of the free energy of the melt has been obtained up to the sixth order in powers of the nematic order parameter, the coefficients of this expansion have been calculated from the microscopic model of polymer molecule. The phase diagram contains the regions of stability of isotropic, prolate uniaxial, oblate uniaxial, and biaxial nematic phases. The isotropic-uniaxial nematic and uniaxial-biaxial nematic transitions are of the first and second order, respectively. We found two Landau points in the phase diagram at which continuous transition from biaxial nematic state to isotropic phase occurs. PMID:27586947

  17. Effect of Minor Zn Additions on the Mechanical and Corrosion Properties of Solution-Treated AM60-2%RE Magnesium Alloy

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    Liu, Z. L.; Liu, Y.; Liu, X. Q.; Wang, M. M.

    2016-07-01

    The microstructure, mechanical properties, and corrosion behaviors of solution-treated AM60-2%RE magnesium alloy containing 0.2-0.8% wt.% Zn were investigated. With the increase of Zn, the volume fraction of dispersed rod-like Al4RE and granular-like Al11RE3 phases of solution-treated AM60-2%RE + x%Zn increased, which improved the mechanical properties by dispersion strengthening. With increasing Zn content, the corrosion current density decreased, and the corrosion potential and electrochemical impedance of the alloys increased, and the corrosion resistance of solution-treated AM60-2%RE + x%Zn was improved. With the increase of Zn content, the leaf-like corrosion products of the alloy became smaller and more compact, and the content of Zn, Al, Ce, and La in corrosion products increased, which was beneficial to inhibit the corrosion progress.

  18. Room temperature synthesis of rutile nanorods and their applications on cloth

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    Fei, Bin; Deng, Zhaoxiang; Xin, John H.; Zhang, Yihe; Pang, Geoffrey

    2006-04-01

    In order to achieve better photocatalytic performance, rutile nanorods dispersed in anatase and brookite phases were synthesized from titanium isopropoxide (TIP) in a concentrated HNO3 solution at room temperature (23 °C). X-ray diffraction results indicated that the percentage of rutile increased with increasing peptization time. Scanning electron microscopy and and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy measurements revealed that the nanosized titania particles mainly consisted of granular anatase and brookite, and rod-like rutile. It was interesting that the stability of the colloid increased with increasing nanoparticle concentration, and the tricrystalline titania showed a photocatalytic activity higher than that of pure anatase. These nanocrystals were applied onto cotton fabrics, and achieved a promising bactericidal photocatalytic activity and excellent protection against UV radiation.

  19. From liquid crystal models to the guiding-center theory of magnetized plasmas

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    Tronci, Cesare

    2016-08-01

    Upon combining Northrop's picture of charged particle motion with modern liquid crystal theories, this paper provides a new description of guiding center dynamics (to lowest order). This new perspective is based on a rotation gauge field (gyrogauge) that encodes rotations around the magnetic field. In liquid crystal theory, an analogue rotation field is used to encode the rotational state of rod-like molecules. Instead of resorting to sophisticated tools (e.g. Hamiltonian perturbation theory and Lie series expansions) that still remain essential in higher-order gyrokinetics, the present approach combines the WKB method with a simple kinematical ansatz, which is then replaced into the charged particle Lagrangian. The latter is eventually averaged over the gyrophase to produce the guiding-center equations. A crucial role is played by the vector potential for the gyrogauge field. A similar vector potential is related to liquid crystal defects and is known as wryness tensor in Eringen's micropolar theory.

  20. Orientational dynamics of nematic liquid crystals under shear flow

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    Rienäcker, G.; Hess, S.

    The orientational dynamics of low molecular weight and polymeric nematic liquid crystals in a flow field is investigated, based on a nonlinear relaxation equation for the second rank alignment tensor. Various approximations are discussed: Assuming uniaxial alignment with a constant order parameter, the results of the Ericksen-Leslie theory are recovered. The detailed analysis to be presented here for plane Couette flow concerns (i) uniaxial alignment with a variable degree of order and (ii) the tensorial analysis involving the three symmetry-adapted components of the five components of the alignment tensor. The transitions between tumbling, wagging and aligning behavior observed in polymeric liquid crystals and described by the Doi theory of rod-like nematic polymers are recovered. Consequences for the rheological behavior are indicated.

  1. DNA-Grafted Supramolecular Polymers: Helical Ribbon Structures Formed by Self-Assembly of Pyrene-DNA Chimeric Oligomers.

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    Vyborna, Yuliia; Vybornyi, Mykhailo; Rudnev, Alexander V; Häner, Robert

    2015-06-26

    The controlled arraying of DNA strands on adaptive polymeric platforms remains a challenge. Here, the noncovalent synthesis of DNA-grafted supramolecular polymers from short chimeric oligomers is presented. The oligomers are composed of an oligopyrenotide strand attached to the 5'-end of an oligodeoxynucleotide. The supramolecular polymerization of these oligomers in an aqueous medium leads to the formation of one-dimensional (1D) helical ribbon structures. Atomic force and transmission electron microscopy show rod-like polymers of several hundred nanometers in length. DNA-grafted polymers of the type described herein will serve as models for the development of structurally and functionally diverse supramolecular platforms with applications in materials science and diagnostics. PMID:25960306

  2. Anisotropic magnetic porous assemblies of oxide nanoparticles interconnected via silica bridges for catalytic application.

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    Wacker, Josias B; Parashar, Virendra K; Gijs, Martin A M

    2011-04-19

    We report the microfluidic chip-based assembly of colloidal silanol-functionalized silica nanoparticles using monodisperse water-in-oil droplets as templates. The nanoparticles are linked via silica bridges, thereby forming superstructures that range from doublets to porous spherical or rod-like micro-objects. Adding magnetite nanoparticles to the colloid generates micro-objects that can be magnetically manipulated. We functionalized such magnetic porous assemblies with horseradish peroxidase and demonstrate the catalytic binding of fluorescent dye-labeled tyramide over the complete effective surface of the superstructure. Such nanoparticle assemblies permit easy manipulation and recovery after a heterogeneous catalytic process while providing a large surface similar to that of the individual nanoparticles. PMID:21417232

  3. Self-assembly of an amphiphilic macromolecule under spherical confinement: An efficient route to generate hollow nanospheres

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    Glagoleva, A. A.; Vasilevskaya, V. V.; Yoshikawa, K.; Khokhlov, A. R.

    2013-12-01

    In general, bio-macromolecules are composed of hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties and are confined within small cavities, such as cell membranes and intracellular organelles. Here, we studied the self-organization of macromolecules having groups with different affinities to solvents under spherical nano-scale confinement by means of computer modeling. It is shown that depending on the interaction parameters of monomer units composed of side- and main-chain monomer groups along a single linear macromolecule and on cavity size, such amphiphilic polymers undergo the conformational transitions between hollow nanospheres, rod-like and folded cylindrical structures, and a necklace conformation with and without a particular ordering of beads. The diagram of the conformations in the variables the incompatibility parameter of monomer units and the cavity radius is constructed.

  4. The structure of PMDA-PDA polyimide monolayers adsorbed on gold surfaces

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    Keil, M.; Paggel, J. J.; Schedel-Niedrig, Th.; Yokoyama, S.; Sotobayashi, H.; Bradshaw, A. M.

    1995-11-01

    Monolayers of the rod-like PMDA-PDA polyimide adsorbed on flame-annealed polycrystalline gold films have been studied with scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The polyimide layer was deposited using the Langmuir-Blodgett preparation technique of Imai and Kakimoto. STM measurements in air showed that the polyimide chains were aligned along the <211> directions of the {111}-oriented single crystal regions of the surface. Although {111}-oriented areas were barely identifiable in the corresponding UHV experiments, aligned polymer chains were also observed over large areas of the surface. X-ray absorption measurements on the latter samples at the nitrogen K-edge showed a preferential orientation of the aromatic ring planes.

  5. Method for preparing metallated filament-wound structures

    DOEpatents

    Peterson, George R.

    1979-01-01

    Metallated graphite filament-wound structures are prepared by coating a continuous multi-filament carbon yarn with a metal carbide, impregnating the carbide coated yarn with a polymerizable carbon precursor, winding the resulting filament about a mandrel, partially curing the impregnation in air, subjecting the wound composite to heat and pressure to cure the carbon precursor, and thereafter heating the composite in a sizing die at a pressure loading of at least 1000 psi for graphitizing the carbonaceous material in the composite. The carbide in the composite coalesces into rod-like shapes which are disposed in an end-to-end relationship parallel with the filaments to provide resistance to erosion in abrasive laden atmospheres.

  6. Highly ordered Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 piezoelectric nanorod arrays

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    Yang, Su Chul; Sanghadasa, Mohan; Priya, Shashank

    2013-06-01

    One-dimensional (1D) piezoelectric nanostructures have attracted significant attention for a broad range of applications including optoelectronics, thermoelectrics, electrochemical and electromechanical converters. We demonstrate the synthesis of 1D nanostructures based upon Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 (PZT) on conductive substrates via sol-gel template synthesis. The vertically aligned PZT nanostructures with heights around one micron were synthesized by vacuum infiltration of sol-gel precursors into highly ordered cylindrical pores of anodized aluminum oxide templates. The 1D nanostructures were developed on large scale platinized silicon wafers and exhibited dense rod-like structure with a uniform diameter of 90 nm and an aspect ratio of 10. Scanning probe microscopy conducted on individual nanorods demonstrated good electromechanical properties with a high piezoelectric magnitude of 41 pm V-1. We believe that this study opens the possibility of developing high performance nanoscale piezoelectric sensors and transducers.

  7. Thermal and mechanical properties of bio-nanocomposites reinforced by Luffa cylindrica cellulose nanocrystals.

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    Siqueira, Gilberto; Bras, Julien; Follain, Nadège; Belbekhouche, Sabrina; Marais, Stéphane; Dufresne, Alain

    2013-01-16

    Cellulose nanocrystals have been prepared by acid hydrolysis of Luffa cylindrica fibers. The acid-resistant residue consisted of rod-like nanoparticles with an average length an diameter around 242 and 5.2nm, respectively (aspect ratio around 46). These cellulose nanocrystals have been used as a reinforcing phase for the processing of bio-nanocomposites using polycaprolactone (PCL) as matrix. To promote interfacial filler/matrix interactions the surface of cellulose nanocrystals was chemically modified with n-octadecyl isocyanate (C(18)H(37)NCO). Evidence of the grafting was supported by infrared spectroscopy and elemental analysis. X-ray diffraction analysis was used to confirm the integrity of cellulose nanocrystals after chemical modification. Both unmodified and chemically modified nanocrystals were used to prepare nanocomposites. The thermal properties of these materials were determined from differential scanning calorimetry and their mechanical behavior was evaluated in both the linear and non-linear range. PMID:23121968

  8. Sol-gel synthesis of nanostructured indium tin oxide with controlled morphology and porosity

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    Kőrösi, László; Scarpellini, Alice; Petrik, Péter; Papp, Szilvia; Dékány, Imre

    2014-11-01

    Nanostructured indium tin oxide (ITO) powders and thin films differing in morphology and porosity were prepared by a sol-gel method. In3+ and Sn4+ were hydrolyzed in aqueous medium through the use of ethanolamine (EA) or sodium acetate (AC). X-ray diffraction measurements demonstrated that both EA and AC furnished indium tin hydroxide, which became nanocrystalline after aging for one day. The indium tin hydroxide samples calcined at 550 °C afforded ITO with a cubic crystal structure, but the morphology differed significantly, depending on the agent used for hydrolysis. Electron microscopy revealed the formation of round monodisperse nanoparticles when AC was used, whereas the application of EA led to rod-like ITO nanoparticles. Both types of nanoparticles were suitable for the preparation of transparent and conductive ITO thin films. The influence of the morphology and porosity on the optical properties is discussed.

  9. Green self-assembly of zein-conjugated ZnO/Cd(OH)Cl hierarchical nanocomposites with high cytotoxicity and immune organs targeting.

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    Wang, Hua-Jie; Cao, Ying; Wang, Cai-Feng; Cui, Shi-Zhong; Mi, Li-Wei; Miyazawa, Teruo

    2016-01-01

    Inorganic nanomedicines in the fight against cancer have progressed rapidly during recent years, with the synergistic advantages of multifunctional nanosystems compared to single component. Herein, a drug-combination opinion was introduced into "nanomedicine" based on the understanding of Trojan horse-anti-tumor mechanism of inorganic nano-medicines. Moreover, we reported the green and facile synthesis route of mono-dispersed and rod-like zein-conjugated ZnO/Cd(OH)Cl hierarchical nanocomposites. We found that the nanocomposites exhibited high-efficiency killing ability to tumor cells through lipid peroxidation mediated-membrane disintegration route. The safety studies in BALB/c mice didn't detect injection anaphylaxis, hemolysis and cytotoxicity. More interestingly, the nano-composites could specially accumulate in liver and kidney, which will be helpful for targeting cure to these regional cancers. PMID:27075504

  10. Viscosity of Sheared Helical filament Suspensions

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    Sartucci, Matthew; Urbach, Jeff; Blair, Dan; Schwenger, Walter

    The viscosity of suspensions can be dramatically affected by high aspect ratio particles. Understanding these systems provides insight into key biological functions and can be manipulated for many technological applications. In this talk, the viscosity as a function of shear rate of suspensions of helical filaments is compared to that of suspensions of straight rod-like filaments. Our goal is to determine the impact of filament geometry on low volume fraction colloidal suspensions in order to identify strategies for altering viscosity with minimal volume fraction. In this research, the detached flagella of the bacteria Salmonella Typhimurium are used as a model system of helical filaments and compared to mutated straight flagella of the Salmonella. We compare rheological measurements of the suspension viscosity in response to shear flow and use a combination of the rheology and fluorescence microscopy to identify the microstructural changes responsible for the observed rheological response.

  11. Optimization of experimental parameters based on the Taguchi robust design for the formation of zinc oxide nanocrystals by solvothermal method

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    Yiamsawas, Doungporn; Boonpavanitchakul, Kanittha; Kangwansupamonkon, Wiyong

    2011-05-15

    Research highlights: {yields} Taguchi robust design can be applied to study ZnO nanocrystal growth. {yields} Spherical-like and rod-like shaped of ZnO nanocrystals can be obtained from solvothermal method. {yields} [NaOH]/[Zn{sup 2+}] ratio plays the most important factor on the aspect ratio of prepared ZnO. -- Abstract: Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles and nanorods were successfully synthesized by a solvothermal process. Taguchi robust design was applied to study the factors which result in stronger ZnO nanocrystal growth. The factors which have been studied are molar concentration ratio of sodium hydroxide and zinc acetate, amount of polymer templates and molecular weight of polymer templates. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction technique were used to analyze the experiment results. The results show that the concentration ratio of sodium hydroxide and zinc acetate ratio has the greatest effect on ZnO nanocrystal growth.

  12. Genetically Engineered Plant Viral Nanoparticles Direct Neural Cells Differentiation and Orientation.

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    Feng, Sheng; Lu, Lin; Zan, Xingjie; Wu, Yehong; Lin, Yuan; Wang, Qian

    2015-09-01

    An important aim of tissue engineering is to design biomimetic materials with specific cell binding motifs and precisely controlled structural organization, thereby providing biochemical and physical cues for desired cellular behaviors. Previously, our group generated genetically modified tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) displaying integrin binding motifs, RGD1, RGD7, PSHRN3, P15, and DGEA. The resulting rod-like virus particles displaying integrin binding motifs were biocompatible with Neuro 2A (N2a), a mouse neural crest-derived cell line, and could promote the neurite outgrowth of N2a. The genetically modified viruses could be assembled with aligned orientation in the capillary by applying a shear force. The resulting aligned substrates were able to dictate directional neurite outgrowth of N2a cells. Therefore, this method could be potentially applied for neural tissue engineering, as a neural conduit for repairing peripheral nerve injuries. PMID:26247572

  13. Effect of pyridine as a ligand in precursor on morphology of CdS nanoparticles

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    Srinivasan, Narayanaswamy; Thirumaran, Subbiah

    2012-06-01

    [Cd(thqdtc)2], [Cd(thqdtc)2(py)] and [Cd(thqdtc)2(2,2'-bipy)] (where thqdtc = 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroquinolinecarbodithioate; py = pyridine; 2,2'-bipy = 2,2'-bipyridine) have been found to be effective single source precursors for the preparation of diethylenetriamine capped CdS nanoparticles via solvothermal method. Flower-like and rod-like CdS nanoparticles were prepared at a relatively low temperature by thermolysis of the precursors using chelating solvent diethylenetriamine. Use of [Cd(thqdtc)2] and [Cd(thqdtc)2(2,2'-bipy)] afforded rod-shaped nanoparticles and flower-like nanoparticles obtained from [Cd(thqdtc)2(py)]. UV-Visible spectroscopy established pronounced quantum confinement effect. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis revealed hexagonal crystal phase for so obtained CdS nanoparticles. The nanoparticles were also characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and fluorescence spectroscopy.

  14. Low-workfunction photocathodes based on acetylide compounds

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    Terdik, Joseph Z; Spentzouris, Linda; Terry, Jr., Jeffrey H; Harkay, Katherine C; Nemeth, Karoly; Srajer, George

    2014-05-20

    A low-workfunction photocathode includes a photoemissive material employed as a coating on the photocathode. The photoemissive material includes A.sub.nMC.sub.2, where A is a first metal element, the first element is an alkali metal, an alkali-earth element or the element Al; n is an integer that is 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4; M is a second metal element, the second metal element is a transition metal or a metal stand-in; and C.sub.2 is the acetylide ion C.sub.2.sup.2-. The photoemissive material includes a crystalline structure or non-crystalline structure of rod-like or curvy 1-dimensional polymeric substructures with MC.sub.2 repeating units embedded in a matrix of A.

  15. Central ions and lateral asparagine/glutamine zippers stabilize the post-fusion hairpin conformation of the SARS coronavirus spike glycoprotein

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    Duquerroy, Stephane; Rey, Felix A.

    2005-05-10

    The coronavirus spike glycoprotein is a class I membrane fusion protein with two characteristic heptad repeat regions (HR1 and HR2) in its ectodomain. Here, we report the X-ray structure of a previously characterized HR1/HR2 complex of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus spike protein. As expected, the HR1 and HR2 segments are organized in antiparallel orientations within a rod-like molecule. The HR1 helices form an exceptionally long (120 A) internal coiled coil stabilized by hydrophobic and polar interactions. A striking arrangement of conserved asparagine and glutamine residues of HR1 propagates from two central chloride ions, providing hydrogen-bonding 'zippers' that strongly constrain the path of the HR2 main chain, forcing it to adopt an extended conformation at either end of a short HR2 {alpha}-helix.

  16. Light scattering from diatomaceous earth aerosol

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    Alexander, Jennifer M.; Meland, B.; Laskina, Olga; Young, M. A.; Grassian, V. H.; Kleiber, P. D.

    2013-08-01

    The light scattering and extinction properties of mineral aerosol are strongly affected by dust particle shape. In this work, scattering phase function and polarization profiles of diatomaceous earth aerosol are measured at a wavelength of 550 nm, and the results are compared to T-matrix theory based simulations using uniform spheroid models for the particle shape. The particle shape distribution is determined by spectral fitting of the experimental infrared (IR) extinction spectral line profile for diatomaceous earth dust. It is found that a particle shape model that peaks toward both extreme rod-like and disk-like shapes results in the best fits to the IR spectral data. This particle shape model is then used as a basis for modeling the visible light scattering properties. While the visible simulations show only modestly good agreement with the data, the fits are generally better than those obtained using more commonly invoked particle shape distributions.

  17. Variable Emission Changes in Bi3+/Ln3+ (Ln = Eu, Sm, Dy) Co-doped Lutetium Vanadates (LuVO4)

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    Zheng, Yuhui; Hu, Jing; Deng, Surong; Gao, Jinwei; Wang, Qianming

    2016-06-01

    High-purity LuVO4: Ln3+/Bi3+ (Ln = Eu, Sm, Dy) phosphors with tetragonal zircon structures were successfully synthesized. The reactions have been carried out by multiple irradiations with very high efficiency. Transmission electron microscope images showed that the phosphors had rod-like structures with average lengths of about 200 nm. The host absorption edge of LuVO4: Ln3+/Bi3+ (Ln = Eu, Sm) shifted to the longer wavelength side. Furthermore, the red emission of Eu3+ ion and the orange emission of Sm3+ ion are remarkably enhanced by encapsulating Bi3+ in LuVO4 system, whereas in the case of LuVO4: Dy3+/Bi3+, the host absorption and the yellow emission from dysprosium have been suppressed in the presence of Bi3+. These novel findings will facilitate their use in the display field.

  18. Growth of gold nanoclusters and nanocrystals induced by lysozyme protein in thin film conformation

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    Bhowal, Ashim Chandra; Kundu, Sarathi

    2016-08-01

    Structures and growth behavior of gold nanoclusters and nanocrystals have been explored on thin films of globular protein lysozyme by using UV-vis and photoluminescence spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). A simple and one-step environment friendly method has been used to grow nanocrystals on protein surface from HAuCl4 solution. It has been found that if different interaction times are provided between lysozyme films and HAuCl4 solution, then initially formed tiny gold nanoclusters on protein surface transform into nanocrystals with the passage of time. XRD analysis shows the formation of faced-centered cubic lattice along (1 1 1) crystalline direction and AFM images confirm the presence of circular, rod-like, triangular and hexagonal crystal structures. Langmuir-like growth behavior has been identified for both the gold nanoclusters and nanocrystals formation induced by the lysozyme films, however, nanocrystal growth is relatively slower than nanocluster.

  19. Filamentous Phages As a Model System in Soft Matter Physics.

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    Dogic, Zvonimir

    2016-01-01

    Filamentous phages have unique physical properties, such as uniform particle lengths, that are not found in other model systems of rod-like colloidal particles. Consequently, suspensions of such phages provided powerful model systems that have advanced our understanding of soft matter physics in general and liquid crystals in particular. We described some of these advances. In particular we briefly summarize how suspensions of filamentous phages have provided valuable insight into the field of colloidal liquid crystals. We also describe recent experiments on filamentous phages that have elucidated a robust pathway for assembly of 2D membrane-like materials. Finally, we outline unique structural properties of filamentous phages that have so far remained largely unexplored yet have the potential to further advance soft matter physics and material science. PMID:27446051

  20. Elastocapillary interactions on nematic films

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    Liu, Iris B.; Gharbi, Mohamed A.; Ngo, Victor L.; Kamien, Randall D.; Yang, Shu; Stebe, Kathleen J.

    2015-01-01

    Rod-like colloids distort fluid interfaces and interact by capillarity. We explore this interaction at the free surface of aligned nematic liquid crystal films. Naive comparison of capillary and elastic energies suggests that particle assembly would be determined solely by surface tension. Here, we demonstrate that, under certain circumstances, the capillary and elastic effects are complementary and each plays an important role. Particles assemble end-to-end, as dictated by capillarity, and align along the easy axis of the director field, as dictated by elasticity. On curved fluid interfaces, however, curvature capillary energies can overcome the elastic orientations and drive particle migration along curvature gradients. Domains of dominant interaction and their transition are investigated. PMID:25941380

  1. Nematic twist-bend phase with nanoscale modulation of molecular orientation

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    Borshch, V.; Kim, Y.-K.; Xiang, J.; Gao, M; Jákli, A; Panov, V. P.; Vij, J. K.; Imrie, C. T.; Tamba, M. G.; Mehl, G. H.; Lavrentovich, O. D.

    2013-01-01

    A state of matter in which molecules show a long-range orientational order and no positional order is called a nematic liquid crystal. The best known and most widely used (for example, in modern displays) is the uniaxial nematic, with the rod-like molecules aligned along a single axis, called the director. When the molecules are chiral, the director twists in space, drawing a right-angle helicoid and remaining perpendicular to the helix axis; the structure is called a chiral nematic. Here using transmission electron and optical microscopy, we experimentally demonstrate a new nematic order, formed by achiral molecules, in which the director follows an oblique helicoid, maintaining a constant oblique angle with the helix axis and experiencing twist and bend. The oblique helicoids have a nanoscale pitch. The new twist-bend nematic represents a structural link between the uniaxial nematic (no tilt) and a chiral nematic (helicoids with right-angle tilt). PMID:24189583

  2. Thermal behavior of nano cellulose doped polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC)

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    Kashyap, Swati; Saxena, S. K.; Gupta, S. J.; Mahajan, Jyoti

    2016-05-01

    Nano cellulose or cellulose nanofibers (CNF) material is composed of Nano sized cellulose fibrils with a high aspect ratio and typical lateral dimensions are 20-50 nm. Its pseudo-plastic characteristics exhibit the property of certain gels or fluids (viscous) and over a period of time, becomes, Thixotropic. The ability of CNFs to go into a PDLC ultrasonically with a helical arrangement results in dried CNF films. The films thus acquire attractive thermal properties, creating possibilities for their use in various applications. In this presentation, we discuss the thermal behavior of Nano cellulose doped in PDLC that governs the formation of the desired helical structure. By comparison with the corresponding self-assembly processes of other rod-like nanoparticles, for example, carbon nanotubes particles, we outline in the present paper the variation in the number of mesogen phases in varying compositions of Nano Cellulose doped PDLCs.

  3. Influence of Flexibility and Dimensions of Nanocelluloses on the Flow Properties of Their Aqueous Dispersions.

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    Tanaka, Reina; Saito, Tsuguyuki; Hondo, Hiromasa; Isogai, Akira

    2015-07-13

    We report that the intrinsic viscosity [η] of nanocellulose dispersions can be solely expressed as a function of the aspect ratio p of the nanocellulose. Both short rod-like nanocrystalline and long spaghetti-like nanofibrillated celluloses were prepared as dispersions in water. The influence of the flexibility and dimensions of the nanocelluloses on the flow properties of their dispersions was investigated by experimental and theoretical approaches using seven nanocellulose samples with different widths (2.6-14.4 nm) and aspect ratios (23-376). As the aspect ratio of a nanocellulose increases, it becomes more flexible, and its dispersion has higher viscosity. Irrespective of the flexibility and dimensions of these nanocelluloses, the relationship between [η] and p was ρ[η] = 0.15 × p(1.9), where ρ is the density of the nanocellulose. PMID:26010082

  4. Macromolecular Brushes as Stabilizers of Hydrophobic Solute Nanoparticles.

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    Luo, Hanying; Raciti, David; Wang, Chao; Herrera-Alonso, Margarita

    2016-06-01

    Macromolecular brushes bearing poly(ethylene glycol) and poly(d,l-lactide) side chains were used to stabilize hydrophobic solute nanoparticles formed by a rapid change in solvent quality. Unlike linear diblock copolymers with the same hydrophilic and hydrophobic block chemistries, the brush copolymer enabled the formation of ellipsoidal β-carotene nanoparticles, which in cosolvent mixtures developed into rod-like structures, resulting from a combination of Ostwald ripening and particle aggregation. The stabilizing ability of the copolymer was highly dependent on the mobility of the hydrophobic component, influenced by its molecular weight. As shown here, asymmetric amphiphilic macromolecular brushes of this type may be used as hydrophobic drug stabilizers and potentially assist the shape control of nonspherical aggregate morphologies. PMID:27035279

  5. Synthesis and characterization of an electro-deposited polyaniline-bismuth telluride nanocomposite - A novel thermoelectric material

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    Chatterjee, Krishanu; Suresh, Asaithambi; Ganguly, Saibal; Kargupta, Kajari; Banerjee, Dipali

    2009-12-15

    The present work consists of synthesis and characterization of a novel thermoelectric material polyaniline (PANI)-bismuth telluride (Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}) nanocomposite using simultaneous electrochemical reactions and deposition method. The inorganic bismuth nitrate has been used as a dopant for polyaniline to achieve high electrical conductivity. A semi-batch mode of operation has been employed to control the rate of deposition of an individual component and thus the molecular architecture of the composite. The electro-deposited composite film on ITO coated glass substrate has been characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), FTIR analysis, scanning electron microscope (SEM), and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The microscopic analysis reveals the formation of rod-like nanostructures of diameter less than 100 nm. It has been found that smaller molecules of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} are dispersed in the macromolecules of PANI. The nanocomposite has been characterized by thermoelectric power.

  6. Initial stages of organic film growth characterized by thermal desorption spectroscopy

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    Winkler, Adolf

    2016-01-01

    In the wake of the increasing importance of organic electronics, a more in-depth understanding of the early stages of organic film growth is indispensable. In this review a survey of several rod-like and plate-like organic molecules (p-quaterphenyl, p-sexiphenyl, hexaazatriphenylene-hexacarbonitrile (HATCN), rubicene, indigo) deposited on various application relevant substrates (gold, silver, mica, silicon dioxide) is given. The focus is particularly put on the application of thermal desorption spectroscopy to shed light on the kinetics and energetics of the molecule-substrate interaction. While each adsorption system reveals a manifold of features that are specific for the individual system, one can draw some general statements on the early stages of organic film formation from the available datasets. Among the important issues in this context is the formation of wetting layers and the dewetting as a function of the substrate surface conditions, organic film thickness and temperature.

  7. Nanobubbles stability and multiwall carbon nanotubes straightening on few-layer graphene surfaces

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    Al-Harthi, S. H.; Al-Barwani, M.; Elzain, M.; Al-Naamani, N.; Hysen, T.

    2011-08-01

    The formation of nanobubbles, straightening, and orientation of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are investigated by preparing thin films employing dip casting of colloidal solutions on few-layer graphene (FLG) surfaces. In contrast to what is known, it is observed that nanobubbles are formed on an ultrathin dewetted layer of 0.5 nm thickness and exhibit unusual stability at ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Further, nanobubble rings are observed at atmospheric pressure. The results provide direct experimental evidence of the interaction between MWCNTs and nanobubbles at air-liquid-solid triple contact line and at lower step edge of the FLG, which together lead to the alignment of MWCNTs. Due to the balance between the surface tension forces and the strain forces arising from tube bending, MWCNTs attained straight rod-like shape. This enabled us to evaluate the elastic modulus of the MWCNT as E = 0.9 TPa.

  8. Statistical foundations of liquid-crystal theory

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    Seguin, Brian; Fried, Eliot

    2013-01-01

    We develop a mechanical theory for systems of rod-like particles. Central to our approach is the assumption that the external power expenditure for any subsystem of rods is independent of the underlying frame of reference. This assumption is used to derive the basic balance laws for forces and torques. By considering inertial forces on par with other forces, these laws hold relative to any frame of reference, inertial or noninertial. Finally, we introduce a simple set of constitutive relations to govern the interactions between rods and find restrictions necessary and sufficient for these laws to be consistent with thermodynamics. Our framework provides a foundation for a statistical mechanical derivation of the macroscopic balance laws governing liquid crystals. PMID:23772091

  9. Tuning of Supramolecular Architectures of l-Valine-Containing Dicyanoplatinum(II) 2,2'-Bipyridine Complexes by Metal-Metal, π-π Stacking, and Hydrogen-Bonding Interactions.

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    Fu, Heidi Li-Ki; Po, Charlotte; He, Hexiang; Leung, Sammual Yu-Lut; Wong, Kam Sing; Yam, Vivian Wing-Wah

    2016-08-01

    A series of newly synthesized dicyanoplatinum(II) 2,2'-bipyridine complexes exhibits self-assembly properties in solution after the incorporation of the l-valine amino units appended with various hydrophobic motifs. These l-valine-derived substituents were found to have critical control over the aggregation behaviors of the complexes in the solution state. On one hand, one of the complexes was found to exhibit interesting circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) signals at low temperature due to the formation of chiral spherical aggregates in the temperature-dependent studies. On the other hand, systematic transformation from less uniform aggregates to well-defined fibrous and rod-like structures via Pt⋅⋅⋅Pt and π-π stacking interactions has also been observed in the mixed-solvent studies. These changes were monitored by UV/Vis absorption, emission, circular dichroism (CD), and CPL spectroscopies, and morphologies were studied by electron microscopy. PMID:27412571

  10. Polarization-independent submillisecond phase modulation utilizing polymer/short-pitch cholesteric liquid crystal composite.

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    Kobashi, Junji; Kim, Hoekyung; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Ozaki, Masanori

    2015-11-15

    A broadband, polarization-independent phase modulation spanning the visible range is demonstrated using a polymer/cholesteric liquid crystal composite with optical pitch in the ultraviolet. Polarization insensitivity is achieved as a result of two effects: (1) optical anisotropy of the rod-like molecules is canceled out by the short helical pitch, and (2) stabilization of the Grandjean texture by the polymer network suppresses depolarization. Polarization-independent modulation of the refractive index by approximately 0.045, corresponding to a phase modulation of π at 500 nm, is achieved with submillisecond response times. Our material system opens new avenues for polarization-independent, tunable optical devices, such as narrow bandpass filters, gratings, and adaptive lenses. PMID:26565875

  11. Bluish-green color emitting Ba2Si3O8:Eu2+ ceramic phosphors for white light-emitting diodes.

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    Xiao, F; Xue, Y N; Zhang, Q Y

    2009-10-15

    This paper reports on the structural and optical properties of Eu(2+) activated Ba(2)Si(3)O(8) ceramic phosphors synthesized by a sol-gel method. The ceramic phosphors have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and fluorescence measurements. The structural characterization results suggest that the as-prepared phosphors are of single phase monoclinic Ba(2)Si(3)O(8) with rod-like morphology. A broad excitation band ranging from 300 to 410 nm matches well with the ultraviolet (UV) radiation of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Upon 380 nm UV light excitation, these phosphors emit bluish-green emission centered at 500 nm with color coordination (x=0.25, y=0.40). All the obtained results indicate that the Ba(2)Si(3)O(8):Eu(2+) ceramic phosphors are promising bluish-green candidates for the phosphor-converted white LEDs. PMID:19720559

  12. Elucidation of propulsive force of microrobot using magnetic fluid

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    Saga, Norihiko; Nakamura, Taro

    2002-05-01

    Using the pattern of the peristaltic movement of an earthworm, a microrobot was developed for traveling in a tube using a magnetic fluid. In this microrobot, a cell equivalent to a segment of the earthworm is composed of a natural rubber tube into which a water-based magnetic fluid is sealed up. The cells are connected with rod-like elastic bodies of natural rubber. It was confirmed that this robot can travel in an acrylic tube (inner diameter: 12 mm, outer diameter: 14 mm) by providing a shifting magnetic field from the exterior. This article will describe how our microrobot is propelled, the mechanism of its propulsion, and the analytical results of the propulsive force.

  13. A Nanoscale Multiresponsive Luminescent Sensor Based on a Terbium(III) Metal-Organic Framework.

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    Dang, Song; Wang, Ting; Yi, Feiyan; Liu, Qinghui; Yang, Weiting; Sun, Zhong-Ming

    2015-08-01

    A nanoscale terbium-containing metal-organic framework (nTbL), with a layer-like structure and [H2 NMe2 ](+) cations located in the framework channels, was synthesized under hydrothermal conditions. The structure of the as-prepared sample was systematically confirmed by powder XRD and elemental analysis; the morphology was characterized by field-emission SEM and TEM. The photoluminescence studies revealed that rod-like nTbL exhibited bright-green emission, corresponding to (5)D4 →(7)FJ (J=6-3) transitions of the Tb(3+) ion under excitation. Further sensing measurements revealed that as-prepared nTbL could be utilized as a multiresponsive luminescent sensor, which showed significant and exclusive detection ability for Fe(3+) ions and phenylmethanol. These results highlight the practical applications of lanthanide-containing metal-organic frameworks as fluorescent probes. PMID:25965107

  14. Improved stoichiometry and photoanode efficiency of thermally evaporated CdS film with quantum dots as precursor.

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    Fan, Libo; Wang, Peng; Guo, Qiuquan; Lei, Yan; Li, Ming; Han, Hongpei; Zhao, Haifeng; Yang, Dongluo; Zheng, Zhi; Yang, Jun

    2015-08-21

    Good stoichiometry of cadmium sulfide (CdS) film facilitates its application in photovoltaic devices; however, traditional thermal evaporation usually results in a Cd-deficient CdS film at a low-substrate temperature. In this study, Cd-rich CdS quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized by a facile co-precipitation method and used as the precursor to thermally evaporate CdS film on indium tin oxide-coated glass (ITO/glass). As a consequence, the stoichiometry of CdS film was greatly improved with atomic ratio of Cd to S restored to unity. More importantly, the newly developed CdS film, with its rod-like surface microstructure, acted as an efficient photoanode in a photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell. Its properties, including surface morphology and roughness, crystal structure, chemical composition, film thickness, energy-level structure and photosensitivity, are studied in detail. PMID:26221785

  15. Improved stoichiometry and photoanode efficiency of thermally evaporated CdS film with quantum dots as precursor

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    Fan, Libo; Wang, Peng; Guo, Qiuquan; Lei, Yan; Li, Ming; Han, Hongpei; Zhao, Haifeng; Yang, Dongluo; Zheng, Zhi; Yang, Jun

    2015-08-01

    Good stoichiometry of cadmium sulfide (CdS) film facilitates its application in photovoltaic devices; however, traditional thermal evaporation usually results in a Cd-deficient CdS film at a low-substrate temperature. In this study, Cd-rich CdS quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized by a facile co-precipitation method and used as the precursor to thermally evaporate CdS film on indium tin oxide-coated glass (ITO/glass). As a consequence, the stoichiometry of CdS film was greatly improved with atomic ratio of Cd to S restored to unity. More importantly, the newly developed CdS film, with its rod-like surface microstructure, acted as an efficient photoanode in a photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell. Its properties, including surface morphology and roughness, crystal structure, chemical composition, film thickness, energy-level structure and photosensitivity, are studied in detail.

  16. Complex Multicolor Tilings and Critical Phenomena in Tetraphilic Liquid Crystals

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    Zeng, Xiangbing; Kieffer, Robert; Glettner, Benjamin; Nürnberger, Constance; Liu, Feng; Pelz, Karsten; Prehm, Marko; Baumeister, Ute; Hahn, Harald; Lang, Heinrich; Gehring, Gillian A.; Weber, Christa H. M.; Hobbs, Jamie K.; Tschierske, Carsten; Ungar, Goran

    2011-03-01

    T-shaped molecules with a rod-like aromatic core and a flexible side chain form liquid crystal honeycombs with aromatic cell walls and a cell interior filled with the side chains. Here, we show how the addition of a second chain, incompatible with the first (X-shaped molecules), can form honeycombs with highly complex tiling patterns, with cells of up to five different compositions (“colors”) and polygonal shapes. The complexity is caused by the inability of the side chains to separate cleanly because of geometric frustration. Furthermore, a thermoreversible transition was observed between a multicolor (phase-separated) and a single-color (mixed) honeycomb phase. This is analogous to the Curie transition in simple and frustrated ferro- and antiferromagnets; here spin flips are replaced by 180° reorientations of the molecules.

  17. Orientational order of motile defects in active nematics

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    Decamp, Stephen J.; Redner, Gabriel S.; Baskaran, Aparna; Hagan, Michael F.; Dogic, Zvonimir

    2015-11-01

    The study of liquid crystals at equilibrium has led to fundamental insights into the nature of ordered materials, as well as to practical applications such as display technologies. Active nematics are a fundamentally different class of liquid crystals, driven away from equilibrium by the autonomous motion of their constituent rod-like particles. This internally generated activity powers the continuous creation and annihilation of topological defects, which leads to complex streaming flows whose chaotic dynamics seem to destroy long-range order. Here, we study these dynamics in experimental and computational realizations of active nematics. By tracking thousands of defects over centimetre-scale distances in microtubule-based active nematics, we identify a non-equilibrium phase characterized by a system-spanning orientational order of defects. This emergent order persists over hours despite defect lifetimes of only seconds. Similar dynamical structures are observed in coarse-grained simulations, suggesting that defect-ordered phases are a generic feature of active nematics.

  18. Connection between the conformation and emission properties of poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene] single molecules during thermal annealing

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    Ou, Jiemei; Yang, Yuzhao; Lin, Wensheng; Yuan, Zhongke; Gan, Lin; Lin, Xiaofeng; Chen, Xudong; Chen, Yujie

    2015-03-01

    We investigated the transitions of conformations and their effects on emission properties of poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (MEH-PPV) single molecules in PMMA matrix during thermal annealing process. Total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy measurements reveal the transformation from collapsed conformations to extended, highly ordered rod-like structures of MEH-PPV single molecules during thermal annealing. The blue shifts in the ensemble single molecule PL spectra support our hypnosis. The transition occurs as the annealing temperature exceeds 100 °C, implying that an annealing temperature near the glass transition temperature Tg of matrix is ideal for the control and optimization of blend polymer films.

  19. The distribution of microtubules in differentiating cells of Micrasterias denticulata bréb.

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    Kiermayer, O

    1968-09-01

    As an extension of earlier cytophysiological and morphological studies on differentiating cells of Micrasterias denticulata, a fine structural investigation of glutaraldehyde-osmium tetroxide fixed material has been made. Special emphasis has been placed on the distribution of cytoplasmic microtubules and on their possible role in the processes of growth and differentiation. Four distinct systems of microtubules were found: (a) a band in the cortical protoplasm of the isthmus region which surrounds the nucleus; (b) several bands in the cortical protoplasm of the old half cells, with rod-like cross bridges between individual microtubules and between the microtubules and the plasmalemma; (c) clusters of microtubules near the posttelophase nucleus, some separated by "intertubular structures" possibly fibrils; and (d) microtubules in the internal and cortical protoplasm of differentiating half cells. PMID:24519210

  20. [Electronmicroscopic detection of a special kind of cytoplasmic vesicle in Micrasterias denticulata].

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    Kiermayer, O

    1971-03-01

    Electronmicroscopic studies of growing and non-growing cells of Micrasterias denticulata Bréb., fixed with glutaraldehyde-OsO4, showed a special kind of cytoplasmic vesicle which has so far not been found in other cells. These particles (1000-1200 Å in diameter) are characterized, by an unusual, multilayered membrane and a rod-like content of high electronoptic density. The vesicles are found to be accumulated in the vicinity of the nucleus and in a positional relationship to the nuclear pores. Although no evidence could be found either for a direct passage of the vesicles through the pores or for a "blebbing"-process from the nuclear membrane, the rod-containing vesicles could be functional in the process of nuclearcytoplasmic exchange. PMID:24493044

  1. ZnO nanorods prepared via ablation of Zn with millisecond laser in liquid media.

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    Honda, Mitsuhiro; Goto, Taku; Owashi, Tatsuki; Rozhin, Alex G; Yamaguchi, Shigeru; Ito, Tsuyohito; Kulinich, Sergei A

    2016-09-14

    ZnO nanomaterials with controlled size, shape and surface chemistry are required for applications in diverse areas, such as optoelectronics, photocatalysis, biomedicine and so on. Here, we report on ZnO nanostructures with rod-like and spherical shapes prepared via laser ablation in liquid using a laser with millisecond-long pulses. By changing laser parameters (such as pulse width and peak power), the size or aspect ratio of such nanostructures could be tuned. The surface chemistry and defects of the products were also strongly affected by applied laser conditions. The preparation of different structures is explained by the intense heating of liquid media caused by millisecond-long pulses and secondary irradiation of already-formed nanostructures. PMID:27507010

  2. ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, ACOUSTICS, HEAT TRANSFER, CLASSICAL MECHANICS, AND FLUID DYNAMICS: Apparently Negative Electric Polarization in Shaped Graded Dielectric Materials

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    Fan, Chun-Zhen; Gao, Yin-Hao; Gao, Yong; Huang, Ji-Ping

    2010-05-01

    By using a first-principles approach, we investigate the pathway of electric displacement fields in shaped graded dielectric materials existing in the form of cloaks with various shapes. We reveal a type of apparently negative electric polarization (ANEP), which is due to a symmetric oscillation of the paired electric permittivities, satisfying a sum rule. The ANEP does not occur for a spherical cloak, but appears up to maximum as a/b (the ratio between the long and short principal axis of the spheroidal cloak) is about 5/2, and eventually disappears as a/b becomes large enough corresponding to a rod-like shape. Further, the cloaking efficiency is calculated for different geometrical shapes and demonstrated to closely relate to the ANEP. The possibility of experiments is discussed. This work has relevance to dielectric shielding based on shaped graded dielectric materials.

  3. Effect of Minor Zn Additions on the Mechanical and Corrosion Properties of Solution-Treated AM60-2%RE Magnesium Alloy

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    Liu, Z. L.; Liu, Y.; Liu, X. Q.; Wang, M. M.

    2016-05-01

    The microstructure, mechanical properties, and corrosion behaviors of solution-treated AM60-2%RE magnesium alloy containing 0.2-0.8% wt.% Zn were investigated. With the increase of Zn, the volume fraction of dispersed rod-like Al4RE and granular-like Al11RE3 phases of solution-treated AM60-2%RE + x%Zn increased, which improved the mechanical properties by dispersion strengthening. With increasing Zn content, the corrosion current density decreased, and the corrosion potential and electrochemical impedance of the alloys increased, and the corrosion resistance of solution-treated AM60-2%RE + x%Zn was improved. With the increase of Zn content, the leaf-like corrosion products of the alloy became smaller and more compact, and the content of Zn, Al, Ce, and La in corrosion products increased, which was beneficial to inhibit the corrosion progress.

  4. Structural constraints on the evolution of the collagen fibril: convergence on a 1014-residue COL domain

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    Slatter, David Anthony; Farndale, Richard William

    2015-01-01

    Type I collagen is the fundamental component of the extracellular matrix. Its α1 gene is the direct descendant of ancestral fibrillar collagen and contains 57 exons encoding the rod-like triple-helical COL domain. We trace the evolution of the COL domain from a primordial collagen 18 residues in length to its present 1014 residues, the limit of its possible length. In order to maintain and improve the essential structural features of collagen during evolution, exons can be added or extended only in permitted, non-random increments that preserve the position of spatially sensitive cross-linkage sites. Such sites cannot be maintained unless the twist of the triple helix is close to 30 amino acids per turn. Inspection of the gene structure of other long structural proteins, fibronectin and titin, suggests that their evolution might have been subject to similar constraints. PMID:25994354

  5. Chiral conglomerates observed for a binary mixture of a nematic liquid crystal trimer and 6OCB.

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    Yoshizawa, Atsushi; Kato, Yusuke; Sasaki, Haruna; Takanishi, Yoichi; Yamamoto, Jun

    2015-12-01

    Dark conglomerates of domains with opposite handedness, which are designated as dark conglomerate phases (DC phases), have attracted much attention. After designing an achiral liquid crystal trimer, 4,4′-bis{7-[4-(5-octyloxypyrimidin-2-yl)phenyloxy]heptyloxy}biphenyl (1), which exhibits only a nematic phase, we prepared binary mixtures with some typical rod-like nematic liquid crystals, i.e., 4′-hexyloxy-4-cyanobiphenyl (6OCB), 2-(4-hexyloxyphenyl)-5-pentyloxypyrimidine (PPY), or 4-methyloxyphenyl 4-hexyloxycyclohexanecarboxylate (PCA), and investigated their phase transition behaviour. The binary mixtures containing 55–90 mol% of 6OCB were found to exhibit a nematic phase and a DC phase of chiral domains with opposite handedness. However, neither PPY nor PCA induced such a chiral conglomerate phase in the mixture with trimer 1. We discuss how core–core interactions contribute to produce such a chiral conglomerate phase. PMID:26395546

  6. Double-twist cylinders in liquid crystalline cholesteric blue phases observed by transmission electron microscopy

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    Tanaka, Shu; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Kawata, Yuto; Kuwahara, Ryusuke; Nishi, Ryuji; Ozaki, Masanori

    2015-01-01

    Cholesteric blue phases are liquid crystalline phases in which the constituent rod-like molecules spontaneously form three-dimensional, helical structures. Despite theoretical predictions that they are composed of cylindrical substructures within which the liquid crystal molecules are doubly twisted, real space observation of the arrangement of such structures had not been performed. Through transmission electron microscopy of photopolymerized blue phases with controlled lattice plane orientations, we report real space observation and comparison of the lattice structures of blue phases I and II. The two systems show distinctly different contrasts, reflecting the theoretically predicted, body centred and simple cubic arrangement of the double-twist cylinders. Transmission electron microscopy also reveals different tendencies of the two blue phases to align on unidirectionally rubbed surfaces. We thus show that TEM observation of alignment-controlled, photopolymerized liquid crystals can be a powerful tool to investigate complex liquid crystalline order. PMID:26530779

  7. Lattice model for biaxial and uniaxial nematic liquid crystals.

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    Sauerwein, Ricardo A; de Oliveira, Mário J

    2016-05-21

    We use a lattice gas model to describe the phase transitions in nematic liquid crystals. The phase diagram displays, in addition to the isotropic phase, the two uniaxial nematics, the rod-like and discotic nematics, and the biaxial nematic. Each site of the lattice has a constituent unit that takes only six orientations and is understood as being a parallelepiped brick with the three axes distinct. The possible orientations of a brick are those in which its axes are parallel to the axes of a Cartesian reference frame. The analysis of the model is performed by the use of a mean-field approximation and a Landau expansion of the free energy. PMID:27208971

  8. Double-twist cylinders in liquid crystalline cholesteric blue phases observed by transmission electron microscopy

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    Tanaka, Shu; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Kawata, Yuto; Kuwahara, Ryusuke; Nishi, Ryuji; Ozaki, Masanori

    2015-11-01

    Cholesteric blue phases are liquid crystalline phases in which the constituent rod-like molecules spontaneously form three-dimensional, helical structures. Despite theoretical predictions that they are composed of cylindrical substructures within which the liquid crystal molecules are doubly twisted, real space observation of the arrangement of such structures had not been performed. Through transmission electron microscopy of photopolymerized blue phases with controlled lattice plane orientations, we report real space observation and comparison of the lattice structures of blue phases I and II. The two systems show distinctly different contrasts, reflecting the theoretically predicted, body centred and simple cubic arrangement of the double-twist cylinders. Transmission electron microscopy also reveals different tendencies of the two blue phases to align on unidirectionally rubbed surfaces. We thus show that TEM observation of alignment-controlled, photopolymerized liquid crystals can be a powerful tool to investigate complex liquid crystalline order.

  9. Understanding the onset of oscillatory swimming in microchannels

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    de Graaf, Joost; Mathijssen, Arnold J. T. M.; Fabritius, Marc; Menke, Henri; Holm, Christian; Shendruk, Tyler N.

    Self-propelled colloids (swimmers) in confining geometries follow trajectories determined by hydrodynamic interactions with the bounding surfaces. However, typically these interactions are ignored or truncated to lowest order. We demonstrate that higher-order hydrodynamic moments cause rod-like swimmers to follow oscillatory trajectories in quiescent fluid between two parallel plates, using a combination of lattice-Boltzmann simulations and far-field calculations. This behavior occurs even far from the confining walls and does not require lubrication results. We show that a swimmer's hydrodynamic quadrupole moment is crucial to the onset of the oscillatory trajectories. This insight allows us to develop a simple model for the dynamics near the channel center based on these higher hydrodynamic moments, and suggests opportunities for trajectory-based experimental characterization of swimmers' hydrodynamic properties.

  10. Effect of filler alignment on percolation in polymer nanocomposites using tunneling-percolation model

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    Kale, Sohan; Sabet, Fereshteh A.; Jasiuk, Iwona; Ostoja-Starzewski, Martin

    2016-07-01

    In this study, we examine the effect of filler alignment on percolation behavior of polymer nanocomposites using Monte Carlo simulations of monodisperse prolate and oblate hard-core soft-shell ellipsoids representing carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoplatelets, respectively. The percolation threshold is observed to increase with increasing extent of alignment as expected. For a highly aligned system of rod-like fillers, the simulation results are shown to be in good agreement with the second virial approximation based predictions. However, for a highly aligned system of disk-like fillers, the second virial approximation based results are observed to significantly deviate from the simulations, even for higher aspect ratios. The effect of filler alignment on anisotropy in percolation behavior is also studied by predicting the percolation threshold along different directions. The anisotropy in percolation threshold is found to vanish even for highly aligned systems of fillers with increasing system size.

  11. Morphological control of tungsten-assisted β-Si3N4 nanowhiskers: Synthesis, mechanical and photoluminescence properties

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    Xia, Min; Ge, Changchun

    2012-02-01

    One-dimensional β-Si3N4 rod-like crystals, aligned whiskers and nanowires have been self-assembly synthesized by SHS process respectively. Morphologies of the β-Si3N4 crystals varied from rods to aligned whiskers and nanowires by using tungsten powders as catalysts. Results demonstrated that tungsten powders play a significant effect on the growth of the anisotropic β-Si3N4 crystals, and the particle size of tungsten powders determines the diameters of the whiskers and nanowires. Elastic bending modulus of individual whiskers was measured by in situ TEM process, the average value of elastic bending modulus of individual as-synthesized whiskers was 488 GPa. The photoluminescence study of nanowires confirmed a good crystalline structure.

  12. Early stage domain coarsening of the isotropic-nematic phase transition

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    Bradač, Z.; Kralj, Samo; Žumer, S.

    2011-07-01

    We study numerically the early stage domain coarsening dynamics of the temperature driven isotropic-nematic (I-N) liquid crystal phase transition. System of rod like objects which interact via the modified Lebwohl-Lasher pairwise interaction is considered in 3D. The coarsening dynamics is followed using Brownian molecular dynamics. The box-restricted lattice point fluctuations are allowed in order to get rid of lattice geometry enforced phenomena. We analyze order parameter growth and domain coarsening in the early regime of the I-N phase transition as a function of the quench rate. We show that soon after the transition bimodal distribution of domains appears, where the shorter branch gradually vanishes. The behavior of the system is in accordance with predictions of the Kibble-Zurek mechanism which was originally introduced to model conditions in the early universe.

  13. Morphological Control and Characterization of Monodispersed Ceria Particles

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    Minamidate, Y.; Yin, S.; Devaraju, M. K.; Sato, T.

    2010-11-24

    The morphological control of cerium oxide particles was carried out by a homogeneous precipitation followed by calcination in air at 400 deg. C. The effects of pre-aging temperature, aging time and precipitation reagents on the morphologies of final products were investigated. When urea was used as a precipitation reagent, monodispersed spherical and flake-like cerium carbonate hydroxide precursor was precipitated in the solution at 90 deg. C for 2 h after pre-aging at 25 deg. C - 50 deg. C for 24-72 h. On the other hand, monodispersed nanosize rod-like cerium hydroxide particles were obtained using triethanolamine as precipitation reagent. Ceria particles with the same morphologies and slightly smaller particle size than those of as-prepared cerium precursor could be obtained after calcination in air at 400 deg. C. Physical-chemical characteristics of the monodispersed cerium oxide particles were evaluated.

  14. Light absorption and plasmon - exciton interaction in three-layer nanorods with a gold core and outer shell composed of molecular J- and H-aggregates of dyes

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    Shapiro, B. I.; Tyshkunova, E. S.; Kondorskiy, A. D.; Lebedev, V. S.

    2015-12-01

    Optical properties of hybrid rod-like nanoparticles, consisting of a gold core, an intermediate passive organic layer (spacer) and outer layer of ordered molecular cyanine dye aggregates, are experimentally and theoretically investigated. It is shown that these dyes can form not only ordered J-aggregates but also H-aggregates (differing by the packing angle of dye molecules in an aggregate and having other spectral characteristics) in the outer shell of the hybrid nanostructure. Absorption spectra of synthesised three-layer nanorods are recorded, and their sizes are determined. The optical properties of the composite nanostructures under study are found to differ significantly, depending on the type of the molecular aggregate formed in the outer shell. The experimental data are quantitatively explained based on computer simulation using the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method, and characteristic features of the plasmon - exciton interaction in the systems under study are revealed.

  15. Flexibility of the Cytoplasmic Domain of the Phototaxis Transducer II from Natronomonas pharaonis

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    Budyak, Ivan L.; Mironova, Olga S.; Yanamala, Naveena; Manoharan, Vijayalaxmi; Büldt, Georg; Schlesinger, Ramona; Klein-Seetharaman, Judith

    2008-01-01

    Chemo- and phototaxis systems in bacteria and archaea serve as models for more complex signal transduction mechanisms in higher eukaryotes. Previous studies of the cytoplasmic fragment of the phototaxis transducer (pHtrII-cyt) from the halophilic archaeon Natronomonas pharaonis showed that it takes the shape of a monomeric or dimeric rod under low or high salt conditions, respectively. CD spectra revealed only approximately 24% helical structure, even in 4 M KCl, leaving it an open question how the rod-like shape is achieved. Here, we conducted CD, FTIR, and NMR spectroscopic studies under different conditions to address this question. We provide evidence that pHtrII-cyt is highly dynamic with strong helical propensity, which allows it to change from monomeric to dimeric helical coiled-coil states without undergoing dramatic shape changes. A statistical analysis of predicted disorder for homologous sequences suggests that structural flexibility is evolutionarily conserved within the methyl-accepting chemotaxis protein family. PMID:20107574

  16. Initial stages of organic film growth characterized by thermal desorption spectroscopy

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    Winkler, Adolf

    2015-01-01

    In the wake of the increasing importance of organic electronics, a more in-depth understanding of the early stages of organic film growth is indispensable. In this review a survey of several rod-like and plate-like organic molecules (p-quaterphenyl, p-sexiphenyl, hexaazatriphenylene-hexacarbonitrile (HATCN), rubicene, indigo) deposited on various application relevant substrates (gold, silver, mica, silicon dioxide) is given. The focus is particularly put on the application of thermal desorption spectroscopy to shed light on the kinetics and energetics of the molecule-substrate interaction. While each adsorption system reveals a manifold of features that are specific for the individual system, one can draw some general statements on the early stages of organic film formation from the available datasets. Among the important issues in this context is the formation of wetting layers and the dewetting as a function of the substrate surface conditions, organic film thickness and temperature. PMID:26778860

  17. Attachment limited versus diffusion limited nucleation of organic molecules: Hexaphenyl on sputter-modified mica.

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    Tumbek, L; Winkler, A

    2012-08-01

    The nucleation and growth of organic molecules is usually discussed in the framework of diffusion limited aggregation (DLA). In this letter we demonstrate for the rod-like organic molecules hexaphenyl (6P) on sputter-modified mica, that under specific experimental conditions the nucleation has to be described by attachment limited aggregation (ALA). The crucial parameter for the growth mode is the roughness of the substrate surface, as induced by ion sputtering. With decreasing surface roughness the diffusion probability of the molecules increases and the growth mode changes from DLA to ALA. This was derived from the deposition rate dependence of the island density. A critical size of i = 7 molecules was determined for the nucleation of 6P on a moderately sputtered mica surface. PMID:23470898

  18. Attachment limited versus diffusion limited nucleation of organic molecules: Hexaphenyl on sputter-modified mica

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    Tumbek, L.; Winkler, A.

    2012-08-01

    The nucleation and growth of organic molecules is usually discussed in the framework of diffusion limited aggregation (DLA). In this letter we demonstrate for the rod-like organic molecules hexaphenyl (6P) on sputter-modified mica, that under specific experimental conditions the nucleation has to be described by attachment limited aggregation (ALA). The crucial parameter for the growth mode is the roughness of the substrate surface, as induced by ion sputtering. With decreasing surface roughness the diffusion probability of the molecules increases and the growth mode changes from DLA to ALA. This was derived from the deposition rate dependence of the island density. A critical size of i = 7 molecules was determined for the nucleation of 6P on a moderately sputtered mica surface.

  19. Variable Emission Changes in Bi3+/Ln3+ (Ln = Eu, Sm, Dy) Co-doped Lutetium Vanadates (LuVO4)

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    Zheng, Yuhui; Hu, Jing; Deng, Surong; Gao, Jinwei; Wang, Qianming

    2016-02-01

    High-purity LuVO4: Ln3+/Bi3+ (Ln = Eu, Sm, Dy) phosphors with tetragonal zircon structures were successfully synthesized. The reactions have been carried out by multiple irradiations with very high efficiency. Transmission electron microscope images showed that the phosphors had rod-like structures with average lengths of about 200 nm. The host absorption edge of LuVO4: Ln3+/Bi3+ (Ln = Eu, Sm) shifted to the longer wavelength side. Furthermore, the red emission of Eu3+ ion and the orange emission of Sm3+ ion are remarkably enhanced by encapsulating Bi3+ in LuVO4 system, whereas in the case of LuVO4: Dy3+/Bi3+, the host absorption and the yellow emission from dysprosium have been suppressed in the presence of Bi3+. These novel findings will facilitate their use in the display field.

  20. Ferroelectric properties of neodymium-doped Sr 2Bi 4Ti 5O 18 thin film prepared by solgel route

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    Cui, L.; Hu, Y. J.

    2009-01-01

    Sr 2Bi 4Ti 5O 18 (SBTi) and Nd-modified SBTi (SBNT) thin films were deposited on Pt/Ti/SiO 2/Si (1 0 0) substrates using a sol-gel method. Structure, morphology and electric properties were investigated systematically. These films were randomly oriented and composed of rod-like grains. The remanent polarization (2 P r) and coercive field ( E c) of SBNT films were 30 μC/cm 2 and 55 kV/cm, respectively. This value of 2 P r was much higher than the reported value of SBTi prepared by pulsed-laser deposition. More importantly, the SBNT films showed high fatigue resistance against continuous switching up to 3×10 9 cycles and excellent charge-retaining ability up to 3×10 4 s.

  1. A dimension map for molecular aggregates.

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    Jian, Cuiying; Tang, Tian; Bhattacharjee, Subir

    2015-05-01

    A pair of gyradius ratios, defined from the principal radii of gyration, are used to generate a dimension map that describes the geometry of molecular aggregates in water and in organic solvents. Molecular dynamics simulations were performed on the aggregation of representative biomolecules and polyaromatic compounds to demonstrate application of the dimension map. It was shown that molecular aggregate data on the dimension map were bounded by two boundary curves, and that the map could be separated into three regions representing three groups of structures: one-dimensional rod-like structures; two-dimensional planar structures or short-cylinder-like structures; and three-dimensional sphere-like structures. Examining the location of the aggregates on the dimension map and how the location changes with solvent type and solute material parameter provides a simple yet effective way to infer the aggregation manner and to study solubility and mechanism of aggregation. PMID:25768393

  2. Long-term transgene expression in the central nervous system using DNA nanoparticles.

    PubMed

    Yurek, David M; Fletcher, Anita M; Smith, George M; Seroogy, Kim B; Ziady, Assem G; Molter, Joseph; Kowalczyk, Tomasz H; Padegimas, Linas; Cooper, Mark J

    2009-04-01

    This study demonstrates proof of concept for delivery and expression of compacted plasmid DNA in the central nervous system. Plasmid DNA was compacted with polyethylene glycol substituted lysine 30-mer peptides, forming rod-like nanoparticles with diameters between 8 and 11 nm. Here we show that an intracerebral injection of compacted DNA can transfect both neurons and glia, and can produce transgene expression in the striatum for up to 8 weeks, which was at least 100-fold greater than intracerebral injections of naked DNA plasmids. Bioluminescent imaging (BLI) of injected animals at the 11th postinjection week revealed significantly higher transgene activity in animals receiving compacted DNA plasmids when compared to animals receiving naked DNA. There was minimal evidence of brain inflammation. Intrastriatal injections of a compacted plasmid encoding for glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (pGDNF) resulted in a significant overexpression of GDNF protein in the striatum 1-3 weeks after injection. PMID:19223866

  3. High yield seedless synthesis of high-quality gold nanocrystals with various shapes.

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    Zhang, Jihui; Xi, Chunxiao; Feng, Cong; Xia, Haibing; Wang, Dayang; Tao, Xutang

    2014-03-11

    In this Article, high-quality gold nanocrystals (Au NCs) with various shapes including concave cubic, trisoctahedral, cubic, rod-like, and quasi-spherical have been successfully produced in high yield via adding a trace amount of NaBH4 solution into growth solutions mainly composed of HAuCl4, ascorbic acid, and surfactants. The sizes and shapes of as-prepared Au NCs can be tuned by the compositions of the growth solutions and the amount of NaBH4 added. The electrocatalytic performance of differently shaped Au NCs for methanol oxidation was studied; as-prepared trisoctahedral or concave cubic Au NCs are more highly active electrocatalysts for methanol oxidation due to the presence of high-index facets on their surface. PMID:24555832

  4. A new human gene (DXS1357E) with ubiquitous expression, located in Xq28 adjacent to the adrenoleukodystrophy gene

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    Mosser, J.; Sarde, C.O.; Vicaire, S.

    1994-07-15

    The authors have isolated a new human gene (DXS1357E; laboratory name: CDM) localized in Xq28. This gene is transcribed from the same CpG island as the adrenoleukodystrophy gene (ALD) and is oriented in the opposite direction. It encodes a 1.5-kb transcript that exhibits ubiquitous expression and contains a single open reading frame. The 246 deduced amino acid sequence suggests the presence of membrane-associated segments and a weak similarity with the rod-like tail portion of heavy chain myosins from different species. The DXS1357E gene may be a candidate for one of the many diseases mapping to this region. A preliminary analysis did not show rearrangements of the gene in 19 independent patients with Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy. 21 refs., 2 figs.

  5. Fuel Element for a Nuclear Reactor

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    Duffy, Jr., J. G.

    1961-05-30

    A lattice-type fissionable fuel structure for a nuclear reactor is offered. The fissionable material is formed into a plurality of rod-like bodies each encased in a fluid-tight jacket. A plurality of spaced longitudinal fins are mounted on the exterior of and extend radially from each jacket, and a portion of the fins extends radially beyond the remainder of the fins. A collar of short lengih for each body is mounted on the extended fins for spacing the bodies, and adjacent bodies abut each other through these collars. Should distortion of the bodies take place, collapse of the outer fins is limited by the shorter fins thereby insuring some coolant flow therethrough at all times.

  6. A magnetic protein biocompass

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    Qin, Siying; Yin, Hang; Yang, Celi; Dou, Yunfeng; Liu, Zhongmin; Zhang, Peng; Yu, He; Huang, Yulong; Feng, Jing; Hao, Junfeng; Hao, Jia; Deng, Lizong; Yan, Xiyun; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhao, Zhongxian; Jiang, Taijiao; Wang, Hong-Wei; Luo, Shu-Jin; Xie, Can

    2016-02-01

    The notion that animals can detect the Earth’s magnetic field was once ridiculed, but is now well established. Yet the biological nature of such magnetosensing phenomenon remains unknown. Here, we report a putative magnetic receptor (Drosophila CG8198, here named MagR) and a multimeric magnetosensing rod-like protein complex, identified by theoretical postulation and genome-wide screening, and validated with cellular, biochemical, structural and biophysical methods. The magnetosensing complex consists of the identified putative magnetoreceptor and known magnetoreception-related photoreceptor cryptochromes (Cry), has the attributes of both Cry- and iron-based systems, and exhibits spontaneous alignment in magnetic fields, including that of the Earth. Such a protein complex may form the basis of magnetoreception in animals, and may lead to applications across multiple fields.

  7. Undulatory swimming in fluids with polymer networks

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    Gagnon, D. A.; Shen, X. N.; Arratia, P. E.

    2013-10-01

    The motility behavior of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans in polymeric solutions of varying concentrations is systematically investigated in experiments using tracking and velocimetry methods. As the polymer concentration is increased, the solution undergoes a transition from the semi-dilute to the concentrated regime, where these rod-like polymers entangle, align, and form networks. Remarkably, we find an enhancement in the nematode's swimming speed of approximately 65% in concentrated solutions compared to semi-dilute solutions. Using velocimetry methods, we show that the undulatory swimming motion of the nematode induces an anisotropic mechanical response in the fluid. This anisotropy, which arises from the fluid micro-structure, is responsible for the observed increase in swimming speed.

  8. Undulatory Swimming in Fluids with Polymer Networks

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    Gagnon, David; Shen, Xiaoning; Arratia, Paulo

    2013-11-01

    In this talk, we systematically investigate the motility behavior of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans in polymeric solutions of varying concentration using tracking and velocimetry methods. As the polymer concentration is increased, the solution undergoes a transition from the semi-dilute to the concentrated regime, where these rod-like polymers entangle, align, and form networks. Remarkably, we find an enhancement in the nematode's swimming speed of approximately 65 percent in concentrated solutions compared to semi-dilute solutions. Using velocimetry methods, we show that the undulatory swimming motion of the nematode induces an anisotropic mechanical response in the fluid. This anisotropy, which arises from the fluid micro-structure, is responsible for the observed increase in swimming speed. This work was supported by NSF CAREER (CBET) 0954084.

  9. Photoinduced electron tunneling between randomly dispersed donors and acceptors in frozen glasses and other rigid matrices.

    PubMed

    Wenger, Oliver S

    2013-07-14

    In fluid solution un-tethered donors and acceptors can diffuse freely, and consequently the donor-acceptor distance is usually not fixed on the timescale of an electron transfer event. When attempting to investigate the influence of driving-force changes or donor-acceptor distance variations on electron transfer rates this can be a problem. In rigid matrices diffusion is suppressed, and it becomes possible to investigate fixed-distance electron transfer. This method represents an attractive alternative to investigate rigid rod-like donor-bridge-acceptor molecules which have to be made in elaborate syntheses. This perspective focuses specifically on the distance dependence of photoinduced electron transfer which occurs via tunneling of charge carriers through rigid matrices over distances between 1 and 33 Å. Some key aspects of the theoretical models commonly used for analyzing kinetic data of electron tunneling through rigid matrices are recapitulated. New findings from this rather mature field of research are emphasized. PMID:23722299

  10. Fabrication of shape controlled Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanostructure

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    Zheng, Y.Y.; Wang, X.B.; Shang, L.; Li, C.R.; Cui, C.; Dong, W.J.; Tang, W.H.; Chen, B.Y.

    2010-04-15

    Shape-controlled Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanostructure has been successfully prepared using polyethylene glycol as template in a water system at room temperature. Different morphologies of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanostructures, including spherical, cubic, rod-like, and dendritic nanostructure, were obtained by carefully controlling the concentration of the Fe{sup 3+}, Fe{sup 2+}, and the molecular weight of the polyethylene glycol. Transmission Electron Microscope images, X-ray powder diffraction patterns and magnetic properties were used to characterize the final product. This easy procedure for Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanostructure fabrication offers the possibility of a generalized approach to the production of single and complex nanocrystalline oxide with tunable morphology.

  11. Observation of Precipitation Evolution in Fe-Ni-Mn-Ti-Al Maraging Steel by Atom Probe Tomography

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    Pereloma, E. V.; Stohr, R. A.; Miller, M. K.; Ringer, S. P.

    2009-12-01

    We describe the full decomposition sequence in an Fe-Ni-Mn-Ti-Al maraging steel during isothermal annealing at 550 °C. Following significant pre-precipitation clustering reactions within the supersaturated martensitic solid solution, (Ni,Fe)3Ti and (Ni,Fe)3(Al,Mn) precipitates eventually form after isothermal aging for ~60 seconds. The morphology of the (Ni,Fe)3Ti particles changes gradually during aging from predominantly plate-like to rod-like, and, importantly, Mn and Al were observed to segregate to these precipitate/matrix interfaces. The (Ni,Fe)3(Al,Mn) precipitates occurred at two main locations: uniformly within the matrix and at the periphery of the (Ni,Fe)3Ti particles. We relate this latter mode of precipitation to the Mn-Al segregation.

  12. Observation of Precipitation Evolution in Fe-Ni-Mn-Ti-Al Maraging Steel using Atom Probe Tomography

    SciTech Connect

    Pereloma, E. V.; Stohr, R A; Miller, Michael K; Ringer, S. P.

    2009-01-01

    We describe the full decomposition sequence in an Fe-Ni-Mn-Ti-Al maraging steel during isothermal annealing at 550 C. Following significant pre-precipitation clustering reactions within the supersaturated martensitic solid solution, (Ni,Fe){sub 3}Ti and (Ni,Fe){sub 3}(Al,Mn) precipitates eventually form after isothermal aging for {approx}60 seconds. The morphology of the (Ni,Fe){sub 3}Ti particles changes gradually during aging from predominantly plate-like to rod-like, and, importantly, Mn and Al were observed to segregate to these precipitate/matrix interfaces. The (Ni,Fe){sub 3}(Al,Mn) precipitates occurred at two main locations: uniformly within the matrix and at the periphery of the (Ni,Fe){sub 3}Ti particles. We relate this latter mode of precipitation to the Mn-Al segregation.

  13. Synthesis and Magnetotransport Properties of CrO2-TiO2 Composites

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    Fan, Yin-Bo; Zhang, Cai-Ping; Du, Xiao-Bo; Wen, Ge-Hui; Ma, Hong-An; Jia, Xiao-Peng

    2013-03-01

    CrO2-TiO2 composites are synthesized by using a high temperature and high pressure method using CrO3 and H2TiO3 as precursors. The composites consist of large rod-like CrO2 crystals separated by small TiO2 grains. The CrO2 in the composites is very pure and its saturation magnetization is very close to the theoretical value (i.e., 2μB per formula unit). The composites exhibit a large negative magnetoresistance (MR) at 5K. The MR in CrO2-TiO2 composites is mainly attributed to spin-polarized tunneling between CrO2 crystals. The conductivity of the composites is best described by a fluctuation-induced tunneling model below 230K.

  14. Enhanced magnetoresistance in half-metallic CrO2-TiO2 composites

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    Fan, Yinbo; Zhang, Caiping; Du, Xiaobo; Wen, Gehui; Ma, Hongan; Jia, Xiaopeng

    2013-06-01

    CrO2-TiO2 composites were synthesized by a high temperature and high pressure method (HTHP). The CrO2-TiO2 composites are composed of large rod-like CrO2 crystals separated by TiO2 nanoparticles. The saturation magnetization of the CrO2 in the composites is very close to the theoretical value. The CrO2-TiO2 composites show greatly enhanced magnetoresistance than that of pure CrO2. This is mainly attributed to spin-dependent tunneling between adjacent CrO2 grains enhanced by the addition of TiO2. The tunneling mechanism in the composites can be best described by the fluctuation-induced tunneling model as convinced by the temperature dependence of the conductivity of the CrO2-TiO2 composites at low temperature.

  15. Understanding nanocellulose chirality and structure–properties relationship at the single fibril level

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    Usov, Ivan; Nyström, Gustav; Adamcik, Jozef; Handschin, Stephan; Schütz, Christina; Fall, Andreas; Bergström, Lennart; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2015-01-01

    Nanocellulose fibrils are ubiquitous in nature and nanotechnologies but their mesoscopic structural assembly is not yet fully understood. Here we study the structural features of rod-like cellulose nanoparticles on a single particle level, by applying statistical polymer physics concepts on electron and atomic force microscopy images, and we assess their physical properties via quantitative nanomechanical mapping. We show evidence of right-handed chirality, observed on both bundles and on single fibrils. Statistical analysis of contours from microscopy images shows a non-Gaussian kink angle distribution. This is inconsistent with a structure consisting of alternating amorphous and crystalline domains along the contour and supports process-induced kink formation. The intrinsic mechanical properties of nanocellulose are extracted from nanoindentation and persistence length method for transversal and longitudinal directions, respectively. The structural analysis is pushed to the level of single cellulose polymer chains, and their smallest associated unit with a proposed 2 × 2 chain-packing arrangement. PMID:26108282

  16. M23C6 carbides and Cr2N nitrides in aged duplex stainless steel: A SEM, TEM and FIB tomography investigation.

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    Maetz, J-Y; Douillard, T; Cazottes, S; Verdu, C; Kléber, X

    2016-05-01

    The precipitation evolution during ageing of a 2101 lean duplex stainless steel was investigated, revealing that the precipitate type and morphology depends on the nature of the grain boundary. Triangular M23C6 carbides precipitate only at γ/δ interfaces and rod-like Cr2N nitrides precipitate at both γ/δ and δ/δ interfaces. After 15min of ageing, the M23C6 size no longer evolves, whereas that of the Cr2N continues to evolve. For Cr2N, the morphology is maintained at γ/δ interfaces, whereas percolation occurs to form a continuous layer at δ/δ interfaces. By combining 2D and 3D characterisation at the nanoscale using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and focused ion beam (FIB) tomography, a complete description of the precipitation evolution was obtained, including the composition, crystallographic structure, orientation relationship with the matrix phases, location, morphology, size and volume fraction. PMID:26925831

  17. Structural and optical properties of Ta2O5:Eu3+: Mg2+ or Ca2+ phosphor prepared by molten salt method

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    Verma, Naveen; Mari, Bernabe; Singh, Krishan Chander; Jindal, Jitender; Mollar, Miguel; Rana, Ravi; Pereira, A. L. J.; Manjón, F. J.

    2016-04-01

    Ta2O5:Eu3+: Mg2+ or Ca2+ phosphor materials were prepared by molten salt method using KCl as flux. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns illustrated that the well crystallized Ta2O5:Eu3+: Mg2+ or Ca2+ were formed in the presence of flux under reduced temperature (800 °C) in contrast to conventional solid state method (1200-1500 °C). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images indicate the achievement of well dispersed particles (hexagonal tablet and rod-like structures). Meanwhile, the photo-luminescent studies demonstrated that Ta2O5 is an efficient host to sensitize europium red emissions. The addition of Mg2+ or Ca2+ as co-dopant enhanced the luminescent intensity of Ta2O5: Eu3+ compound.

  18. Improved Atomistic Monte Carlo Simulations Demonstrate that Poly-L-Proline Adopts Heterogeneous Ensembles of Conformations of Semi-Rigid Segments Interrupted by Kinks

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    Radhakrishnan, Aditya; Vitalis, Andreas; Mao, Albert H.; Steffen, Adam T.; Pappu, Rohit V.

    2012-01-01

    Poly-L-proline (PLP) polymers are useful mimics of biologically relevant proline-rich sequences. Biophysical and computational studies of PLP polymers in aqueous solutions are challenging because of the diversity of length scales and the slow time scales for conformational conversions. We describe an atomistic simulation approach that combines an improved ABSINTH implicit solvation model, with conformational sampling based on standard and novel Metropolis Monte Carlo moves. Refinements to forcefield parameters were guided by published experimental data for proline-rich systems. We assessed the validity of our simulation results through quantitative comparisons to experimental data that were not used in refining the forcefield parameters. Our analysis shows that PLP polymers form heterogeneous ensembles of conformations characterized by semi-rigid, rod-like segments interrupted by kinks, which result from a combination of internal cis peptide bonds, flexible backbone ψ-angles, and the coupling between ring puckering and backbone degrees of freedom. PMID:22329658

  19. Collective motion of microswimmers in viscoelastic fluids

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    Li, Gaojin; Ardekani, Arezoo

    2015-11-01

    The dynamics of suspension of self-propelled microorganisms show fascinating hydrodynamic phenomena, such as, large scale swarming motion, locally correlated motion, enhanced particle diffusion, and enhanced fluid mixing. Even though many studies have been conducted in a Newtonian fluid, the collective motion of microorganisms in non-Newtonian fluids is less understood. The non-Newtonian fluid rheological properties, such as viscoelasticity and shear-dependent viscosity in saliva, mucus and biofilm, significantly affect the swimming properties and hydrodynamic interaction of microorganisms. In this work, we use direct numerical simulation to investigate the collective motion of rod-like swimmers in viscoelastic fluids. Two swimming types, pusher and puller, are investigated. The background viscoelastic fluid is modeled using an Oldroyd-B constitutive equation. This work is supported by NSF CBET-1445955 and Indiana CTSI TR001108.

  20. Revisiting Taylor Dispersion: Differential enhancement of rotational and translational diffusion under oscillatory shear

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    Leahy, Brian; Ong, Desmond; Cheng, Xiang; Cohen, Itai

    2013-03-01

    The idea of Taylor dispersion - enhancement of translational diffusion under shear - has found applications in fields from pharmacology to chemical engineering. Here, in a combination of experiment and simulations, we study the translational and rotational diffusion of colloidal dimers under triangle-wave oscillatory shear. We find that the rotational diffusion is enhanced, in addition to the enhanced translational diffusion. This ``rotational Taylor dispersion'' depends strongly on the strain rate (Peclet number), aspect ratio, and the shear strain, in contradistinction to translational Taylor dispersion in a shear flow, which depends only weakly on strain rate and aspect ratio. This separate tunability of translations and orientations promises important applications in mixing and self-assembly of solutions of anisometric colloids. We discuss the corresponding effect on the structure and rheology of denser suspensions of rod-like particles. B. L. acknowledges supported by the Department of Defense (DoD) through the National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) Program.

  1. Dynamics of rod eutectic growth patterns in confined geometry

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    Şerefoǧlu, Melis; Bottin-Rousseau, S.; Akamatsu, S.; Faivre, G.

    2012-01-01

    The dynamics of rod-like eutectics are examined using a directional solidification setup, which allows real-time observation of the whole solidification front in specimens of transparent eutectic alloys -here, succinonitrile-(D)camphor. In steady-state, rod eutectic growth patterns consist of triangular arrays, more or less disturbed by topological defects. In the absence of strong convection and of crystallographic anisotropy, the long-time evolution of the pattern is dominated by "imperfections" of the system, such as misalignment of the temperature gradient, and finite-size. In this study, we present experimental results on the finite-size effects on rod eutectics and show that a rod to lamella transition takes place as a result of finite-size effect only, at a given alloy concentration.

  2. Orientational fluctuations of amorphous nematogenic solids

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    Ye, Fangfu; Lu, Bing; Goldbart, Paul

    2012-02-01

    Amorphous nematogenic solids (ANS) are media comprising rod-like nematogens that have been randomly linked to form elastically deformable macroscopic networks. Classes of ANS include chemical nematogen gels (i.e., networks of small molecules) and liquid crystalline elastomers (built from crosslinked nematogen-containing macromolecules), as well as biophysical networks such as those composed of actin filaments. We use a method inspired by the cavity approach to construct a replica free energy for these random systems, and investigate the correlations of the thermal fluctuations of the orientational alignment of the nematogens at spatially separated points. We identify two qualitatively distinct regimes: (a) a weakly localized regime, in which the correlations decay exponentially with separation; and (b) a strongly localized regime, characterized by correlations that also decay but oscillate as they do.

  3. Bionanowhiskers from jute: preparation and characterization.

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    Kasyapi, Nibedita; Chaudhary, Vidhi; Bhowmick, Anil K

    2013-02-15

    Bionanowhiskers were extracted from jute by acid hydrolysis. At first cellulose microfibrils were formed by alkali treatment. Addition of an acid to the microfibrils triggered the formation of cellulose nanowhiskers. These were characterized by using different techniques viz. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetry (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). In the FTIR study, absence of peak at 1738 cm(-1) indicated removal of hemicellulose. The rod like morphology of the nanowhiskers (length - 550±100 nm, width - 77±30 nm) was observed after 1h of acid hydrolysis, whereas further increase in time resulted in triangular shape morphology. Acid hydrolysis increased crystallinity, but decreased the temperature corresponding to major degradation (T(max)) and onset of degradation (T(i)). These bionanowhiskers might be useful as reinforcing element in nanocomposites. PMID:23399136

  4. Flexibility and rigidity of cross-linked Straight Fibrils under axial motion constraints.

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    Nagy Kem, Gyula

    2016-09-01

    The Straight Fibrils are stiff rod-like filaments and play a significant role in cellular processes as structural stability and intracellular transport. Introducing a 3D mechanical model for the motion of braced cylindrical fibrils under axial motion constraint; we provide some mechanism and a graph theoretical model for fibril structures and give the characterization of the flexibility and the rigidity of this bar-and-joint spatial framework. The connectedness and the circuit of the bracing graph characterize the flexibility of these structures. In this paper, we focus on the kinematical properties of hierarchical levels of fibrils and evaluate the number of the bracing elements for the rigidity and its computational complexity. The presented model is a good characterization of the frameworks of bio-fibrils such as microtubules, cellulose, which inspired this work. PMID:27289214

  5. Length-dependence of intramolecular electron transfer in σ-bonded rigid molecular rods: an ab initio molecular orbital study

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    Pati, Ranjit; Karna, Shashi P.

    2002-01-01

    The dependence of electron transfer (ET) coupling element, VAB, on the length of rigid-rod-like systems consisting of bicyclo[1.1.1]pentane (BCP), cubane (CUB), and bicyclo[2.2.2]octane (BCO) monomers, has been investigated with the use of ab initio Hartree-Fock (HF) method employing Marcus-Hush two-state (TS) model. The value of VAB decreases exponentially with increase in the number of the cage units of the σ-bonded molecules. The calculated decay constant, β, shows good agreement with previously reported data. For molecular length⩾15 Å, the value of VAB becomes negligibly small, suggesting complete suppression of the through bond direct tunneling contribution to ET process.

  6. Pattern formation in transparent media using ultrashort laser pulses

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    Thomas, J.; Bernard, R.; Alti, K.; Dharmadhikari, A. K.; Dharmadhikari, J. A.; Bhatnagar, A.; Santhosh, C.; Mathur, D.

    2013-09-01

    We report results of a systematic study of the morphology of laser-written structures within transparent media like fused silica, borosilicate glass (BK7), and polymethylmethylacrylate (PMMA) using a high-energy, 5.1 MHz repetition rate, femtosecond laser oscillator. Depending on experimental conditions, both smooth channels as well as dot patterns can be laser-written. The periodicity of the written dots is readily controlled by the energy dose, a single parameter that encompasses laser energy, translation speed at fixed repetition rate, and focusing conditions. We discover the importance of the direction in which laser-writing is carried out: the periodicity of the dot patterns written at fixed energy dose but with opposite writing directions is significantly different. In PMMA, extremely large rod-like structures (˜200 µm) are observed whose formation is also dependent on writing direction. We quantify guidance of 632 nm and 830 nm light in structures written in BK7.

  7. Understanding nanocellulose chirality and structure-properties relationship at the single fibril level.

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    Usov, Ivan; Nyström, Gustav; Adamcik, Jozef; Handschin, Stephan; Schütz, Christina; Fall, Andreas; Bergström, Lennart; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2015-01-01

    Nanocellulose fibrils are ubiquitous in nature and nanotechnologies but their mesoscopic structural assembly is not yet fully understood. Here we study the structural features of rod-like cellulose nanoparticles on a single particle level, by applying statistical polymer physics concepts on electron and atomic force microscopy images, and we assess their physical properties via quantitative nanomechanical mapping. We show evidence of right-handed chirality, observed on both bundles and on single fibrils. Statistical analysis of contours from microscopy images shows a non-Gaussian kink angle distribution. This is inconsistent with a structure consisting of alternating amorphous and crystalline domains along the contour and supports process-induced kink formation. The intrinsic mechanical properties of nanocellulose are extracted from nanoindentation and persistence length method for transversal and longitudinal directions, respectively. The structural analysis is pushed to the level of single cellulose polymer chains, and their smallest associated unit with a proposed 2 × 2 chain-packing arrangement. PMID:26108282

  8. Filamentous Phages As a Model System in Soft Matter Physics

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    Dogic, Zvonimir

    2016-01-01

    Filamentous phages have unique physical properties, such as uniform particle lengths, that are not found in other model systems of rod-like colloidal particles. Consequently, suspensions of such phages provided powerful model systems that have advanced our understanding of soft matter physics in general and liquid crystals in particular. We described some of these advances. In particular we briefly summarize how suspensions of filamentous phages have provided valuable insight into the field of colloidal liquid crystals. We also describe recent experiments on filamentous phages that have elucidated a robust pathway for assembly of 2D membrane-like materials. Finally, we outline unique structural properties of filamentous phages that have so far remained largely unexplored yet have the potential to further advance soft matter physics and material science. PMID:27446051

  9. A route for producing nano-CaRuO3 perovskite by combusting precursors prepared using reverse micelle synthesis

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    Jiao, Shuqiang; Tripuraneni Kilby, Kamal; Zhang, Lijuan; Fray, Derek J.

    2009-02-01

    Nanoparticles of Ca-Ru-O precursors have been prepared using a reverse micelle. Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction techniques showed that the precursors had an amorphous structure. The average diameter of the amorphous Ca-Ru-O particles was shown to be approximately 10 nm (within a range of ± 2 nm). An interesting result was that a rod-like nano-CaRuO3 perovskite was observed when the precursor was sintered at a temperature of 950 °C. Furthermore, the conversion of the powders to crystalline CaRuO3 perovskite occurred upon heat treatment at 450 °C in air. This is much lower than that for a standard solid-state reaction for CaCO3 and RuO2.

  10. [Electrochemical synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of gold nanoparticles].

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    Shen, Li-Ming; Yao, Jian-Lin; Gu, Ren-Ao

    2005-12-01

    Two electrochemical methods were used to synthesize Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) with different shapes depending on the applied current. The dumbbell, spheroid and rod-like AuNPs were synthesized by increasing the current with a certain increment, while spheroid and dumbbell AuNPs were obtained by applying constant current. The AuNPs were characterized by TEM, UV-Vis spectrum and surface enhanced Raman spectra (SERS). One absorption band located at near-IR region was observed on the AuNPs, indicating the existence of gold nanorods with the aspect ratio of about 6. The SERS effect from the AuNPs surface was studied by using crystal violet as probe molecules, which adsorbed on AuNPs surface with flat orientation. Meanwhile, the forming mechanism of AuNPs involving crystallization and growth was deduced based on the TEM results. PMID:16544491

  11. Self-catalytic crystal growth, formation mechanism, and optical properties of indium tin oxide nanostructures.

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    Liang, Yuan-Chang; Zhong, Hua

    2013-01-01

    In-Sn-O nanostructures with rectangular cross-sectional rod-like, sword-like, and bowling pin-like morphologies were successfully synthesized through self-catalytic growth. Mixed metallic In and Sn powders were used as source materials, and no catalyst layer was pre-coated on the substrates. The distance between the substrate and the source materials affected the size of the Sn-rich alloy particles during crystal growth in a quartz tube. This caused In-Sn-O nanostructures with various morphologies to form. An X-ray photoelectron spectroscope and a transmittance electron microscope with an energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer were used to investigate the elemental binding states and compositions of the as-synthesized nanostructures. The Sn doping and oxygen vacancies in the In2O3 crystals corresponded to the blue-green and yellow-orange emission bands of the nanostructures, respectively. PMID:23965167

  12. The human RNA polymerase II interacts with the terminal stem-loop regions of the hepatitis delta virus RNA genome

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    Greco-Stewart, Valerie S.; Miron, Paul; Abrahem, Abrahem; Pelchat, Martin . E-mail: mpelchat@uottawa.ca

    2007-01-05

    The hepatitis delta virus (HDV) is an RNA virus that depends on DNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RNAP) for its transcription and replication. While it is generally accepted that RNAP II is involved in HDV replication, its interaction with HDV RNA requires confirmation. A monoclonal antibody specific to the carboxy terminal domain of the largest subunit of RNAP II was used to establish the association of RNAP II with both polarities of HDV RNA in HeLa cells. Co-immunoprecipitations using HeLa nuclear extract revealed that RNAP II interacts with HDV-derived RNAs at sites located within the terminal stem-loop domains of both polarities of HDV RNA. Analysis of these regions revealed a strong selection to maintain a rod-like conformation and demonstrated several conserved features. These results provide the first direct evidence of an association between human RNAP II and HDV RNA and suggest two transcription start sites on both polarities of HDV RNA.

  13. Surfactant-assisted Nanocasting Route for Synthesis of Highly Ordered Mesoporous Graphitic Carbon and Its Application in CO2 Adsorption

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    Wang, Yangang; Bai, Xia; Wang, Fei; Qin, Hengfei; Yin, Chaochuang; Kang, Shifei; Li, Xi; Zuo, Yuanhui; Cui, Lifeng

    2016-01-01

    Highly ordered mesoporous graphitic carbon was synthesized from a simple surfactant-assisted nanocasting route, in which ordered mesoporous silica SBA-15 maintaining its triblock copolymer surfactant was used as a hard template and natural soybean oil (SBO) as a carbon precursor. The hydrophobic domain of the surfactant assisted SBO in infiltration into the template’s mesoporous channels. After the silica template was carbonized and removed, a higher yield of highly-ordered graphitic mesoporous carbon with rod-like morphology was obtained. Because of the improved structural ordering, the mesoporous carbon after amine modification could adsorb more CO2 compared with the amine-functionalized carbon prepared without the assistance of surfactant. PMID:27220563

  14. Effect of cadmium sulfide nanorod content on Freedericksz threshold voltage, splay and bend elastic constants in liquid-crystal nanocomposites

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    Nayek, Prasenjit; Karan, Santanu; Kundu, Sudarshan; Lee, Seung Hee; Das Gupta, Sudeshna; Roy, Soumen Kumar; Roy, Subir Kumar

    2012-06-01

    This report describes how doping liquid crystals (LC) with rod-like hexagonal semiconductor nanoprisms alters the dielectric and elastic properties of the composites as compared with a pristine nematic liquid crystal (NLC). Cadmium sulfide nanorods were synthesized via the solvothermal process and blended with a NLC. Nanorods were highly miscible with NLC and produced a topological defect-free texture up to a certain limit. A good dark state was achieved during the homeotropic configuration of the cell within that limit. Appreciable changes in splay and bend elastic constants of the LCs were observed after blending with nanorods. Long-range order was established in the hybrid system, and consequently the anisotropy was increased. The threshold voltage decreased dramatically by ˜31%. Dielectric study revealed a high-frequency mode, which might be due to anchoring of the LC with nanorods.

  15. Pseudo-Casimir forces in nematics with disorders in the bulk.

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    Karimi Pour Haddadan, Fahimeh

    2016-10-12

    A nematic liquid-crystalline slab is considered in which some rod-like particles are randomly distributed. The particles are locally elongated either homeotropic or planar with respect to the confining substrates of the cell. We consider thermal fluctuations of a nematic director which is aligned perpendicular to the confining substrates due to strong homeotropic anchoring at the substrates. The resulting fluctuation-induced force across the cell is analyzed for an annealed disorder in the anchoring of the nematic director at the dispersed mesoscopic particles. Within the saddle-point approximation to free energy of the system, the effect of the disorder is renormalization of the strength of the mean anchoring which is assumed to be homeotropic. By increasing the variance of the disorder, the modes become less massive and deviations from the mean behavior become larger, so that the disorder-free universal long-range attraction, due to the soft modes, is approached. PMID:27537426

  16. Effect of Ca addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of as-cast Mg-Sm alloys.

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    Luo, Xiaoping; Fang, Daqing; Chai, Yuesheng; Yang, Bin

    2016-08-01

    This study investigated the effect of Ca addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of as-cast Mg-4Sm alloys. The addition of 1.0 wt% Ca led to a significant grain refinement of Mg-4.0Sm alloys owing to the formation of rod-like Mg2Ca phases that acted as active nucleates for the Mg matrix. The as-cast Mg-4.0Sm-1.0Ca alloy showed the smallest grain size at 45 μm. Furthermore, the Mg-4.0Sm-1.0Ca alloy exhibited greater hardness, higher tensile strength, and higher yield tensile strength and elongation than the other two alloys with different Ca contents. These results were attributed to the grain refinement and precipitation strengthening of the Mg2Ca and Mg41Sm5 phases. Microsc. Res. Tech. 79:707-711, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27311709

  17. Self-contained instrument for measuring subterranean tunnel wall deflection

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    Rasmussen, Donald Edgar; Hof, Jr., Peter John

    1978-01-01

    The deflection of a subterranean tunnel is measured with a rod-like, self-contained instrument that is adapted to be inserted into a radially extending bore of the tunnel adjacent an end of the tunnel where the tunnel is being dug. One end of the instrument is anchored at the end of the bore remote from the tunnel wall, while the other end of the intrument is anchored adjacent the end of the wall in proximity to the tunnel wall. The two ends of the instrument are linearly displaceable relative to each other; the displacement is measured by a transducer means mounted on the instrument. Included in the instrument is a data storage means including a paper tape recorder periodically responsive to a parallel binary signal indicative of the measured displacement.

  18. Preparation and photoluminescence study of mesoporous indium hydroxide nanorods

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    Li, Changyu; Lian, Suoyuan; Liu, Yang; Liu, Shouxin; Kang, Zhenhui

    2010-02-15

    Mesoporous indium hydroxide nanorods were successfully synthesized by a mild one-step one-pot method. The obtained samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy with selected area electron diffraction, N{sub 2} adsorption, ultraviolet-visible absorption and photoluminescence, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy showed that there were some pores in the samples, which were mainly composed of rod-like shapes with length of 300 nm and diameter of 90 nm. N{sub 2} adsorption/desorption measurements confirmed that the prepared powder was mesoporous with average pore diameter of 3.1 nm. The ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy analysis indicated that the band gap energy of the samples was 5.15 eV. Photoluminescence spectrum showed that there were two strong emissions under ultraviolet light irradiation. The growth mechanism of indium hydroxide nanorods and the role of cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide were also discussed.

  19. Synthesis of zeolite Li-ABW from fly ash by fusion method.

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    Yao, Z T; Xia, M S; Ye, Y; Zhang, L

    2009-10-30

    The zeolite Li-ABW was synthesized by fusion method using fly ash as raw material. It comprised alkaline fusion followed by hydrothermal treatment in LiOH x H2O medium. Crystallinity of zeolite as high as 97.8% was attained under the following conditions: LiOH x H2O concentration, 3M; hydrothermal temperature, 180 degrees C; the corresponding aging time, 12 h. The content of Li-ABW increased at the expense of lithium aluminum silicate or quartz with an increase of LiOH x H2O concentration. With increasing hydrothermal temperature and aging time, the soluble species re-crystallized and crystalline phase transformation between different zeolites was observed. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation revealed that the obtained zeolite Li-ABW was a rod-like crystal. The pore size distribution curve indicated the presence of mesopores. PMID:19493616

  20. Confined liquid crystaline 5CB in 2D Thermodynamic Space - Preliminary Dielectric Relaxation Study

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    Pawlus, S.; Osinska, J.; Rzoska, S. J.; Kralj, S.; Cordoyiannis, G.

    Results of preliminary broadband dielectric spectroscopy studies in a wide range of temperatures and pressures range for a mixture of rod-like liquid crystalline 4-cyano-4-pentylalkylbiphenyl (5CB) and hydrophilic silica spheres (Aerosil 300) are shown. Pretransitional anomaly, observed previously in the bulk 5CB, has been found. Temperature dynamics of the mixture was investigated with via the DC conductivity σ, coupled to the reorientational relaxation. The derivative based analysis of electric conductivity showed a clear non-Arrhenius dynamics and indicated the anomalous increase of the fragility strength coefficient on approaching the isotropic-nematic transition. Pressure investigations of the solidification from the nematic phase showed the increase of the transition temperature on pressuring but with unusual increasing of dT NS /dP coefficient.

  1. Ceria-containing uncoated and coated hydroxyapatite-based galantamine nanocomposites for formidable treatment of Alzheimer's disease in ovariectomized albino-rat model.

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    Wahba, Sanaa M R; Darwish, Atef S; Kamal, Sara M

    2016-08-01

    This paper upraises delivery and therapeutic actions of galantamine drug (GAL) against Alzheimer's disease (AD) in rat brain through attaching GAL to ceria-containing hydroxyapatite (GAL@Ce-HAp) as well ceria-containing carboxymethyl chitosan-coated hydroxyapatite (GAL@Ce-HAp/CMC) nanocomposites. Physicochemical features of such nanocomposites were analyzed by XRD, FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis spectrophotometer, N2-BET, DLS, zeta-potential measurements, SEM, and HR-TEM. Limited interactions were observed in GAL@Ce-HAp with prevailed existence of dispersed negatively charged rod-like particles conjugated with ceria nanodots. On contrary, GAL@Ce-HAp/CMC was well-structured developing aggregates of uncharged tetragonal-shaped particles laden with accession of ceria quantum dots. Such nanocomposites were i.p. injected into ovariectomized AD albino-rats at galantamine dose of 2.5mg/kg/day for one month, then brain tissues were collected for biochemical and histological tests. GAL@Ce-HAp adopted as a promising candidate for AD curativeness, whereas oxidative stress markers were successfully upregulated, degenerated neurons in hippocampal and cerebral tissues were wholly recovered and Aβ-plaques were vanished. Also, optimizable in-vitro release for GAL and nanoceria were displayed from GAL@Ce-HAp, while delayed in-vitro release for those species were developed from GAL@Ce-HAp/CMC. This proof of concept work allow futuristic omnipotency of rod-like hydroxyapatite particles for selective delivery of GAL and nanoceria to AD affected brain areas. PMID:27157738

  2. Facile room temperature synthesis of SrSO{sub 4}:RE (RE = Sm{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Ce{sup 3+}) microrods via a precipitation method and its luminescence properties

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    Sun, Jiayue Sun, Guangchao; Du, Haiyan

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: PL emission spectra of SrSO{sub 4}:xSm{sup 3+} powder phosphors under 401 nm excitation. The inset shows Sm{sup 3+} concentration of relative luminescence intensity. - Highlights: • Three SrSO{sub 4} phosphors were synthesized by a facile precipitation reaction. • Rod-like SrSO{sub 4} obtained microcrystals are about 14 μm length and 6 μm width. • In the PL spectrum of SrSO{sub 4}:Ce{sup 3+}, two overlapping bands are observed. • Narrow bands are observed in spectra of SrSO{sub 4}:RE (RE = Sm{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+}). • The critical quenching concentrations are 0.8, 2 and 0.8 mol%, respectively. - Abstract: Three SrSO{sub 4}:RE phosphors activated with rare-earth ions (RE = Sm{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} and Ce{sup 3+}) were synthesized by a facile precipitation reaction without using any surfactants or templates. Especially, rod-like SrSO{sub 4} microcrystals with size of about 14 μm length and 6 μm width can be obtained under ambient condition at room temperature. The phase structure, microstructure and luminescence properties were characterized. In the photoluminescence property investigation of SrSO{sub 4}:Ce{sup 3+}, two overlapping bands with peaks at 301 and 320 nm due to Ce{sup 3+} were observed. Narrow bands observed in emission spectra and excitation spectra of SrSO{sub 4}:RE (RE = Sm{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+}) phosphors were well identified with the electronic transitions within the 4f{sup n} (n = 5 and 8) configurations of RE{sup 3+}.

  3. Phase behavior of mixtures of colloidal rods and spheres

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    Adams, Marie Elizabeth

    In this thesis we study entropy driven order in mixtures of rods and spheres. Systems of rod-like particles, as pure systems, exhibit rich liquid crystalline phase behavior. We chose to work with aqueous suspensions of either TMV or fd virus particles, both rod-like lyotropic systems. We complicate the phase behavior by adding a second component, colloidal spheres (PEG/PEO, BSA, polystyrene latex, or Dextran). Our first paper explores the phase behavior of TMV mixed with BSA or PEO, mapping out a phase diagram based on optical microscopy observations. We found our qualitative observations of TMV mixtures to be consistent with theoretical models of the depletion force. The second paper extends our study of phase behavior to mixtures of fd virus and polystyrene latex spheres. We qualitatively observe bulk demixing for very small diameter added spheres and for very large diameter added spheres. In addition, we observed microphase separation morphologies, such as lamellar and columnar structures, which formed for fd mixed with polystyrene latex spheres 0.1 microns in diameter. All of these microphase samples were viewed with differential interference microscopy (a few samples were further investigated using electron microscopy). Both our data and theoretical calculations illustrated that 0.1 micron diameter spheres have a stabilizing effect on the smectic phase. Our final work focused on fd virus mixed with Dextran. The purpose of these experiments was to examine the effect of added polymer on the isotropic-cholesteric co-existence region. I-Ch samples were prepared and fd and Dextran concentrations were measured using a spectrophotometer. Several conditions were explored, including two different molecular weights of Dextran and a range of ionic strengths. In agreement with theoretical predictions, the I-Ch coexistence region widens with added Dextran with the polymer preferentially partioned into the isotropic phase.

  4. A mechanistic study on the synthesis of β-Sialon whiskers from coal fly ash

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    Zhao, H.; Wang, P.Y.; Yu, J.L.; Zhang, J.

    2015-05-15

    Graphical abstract: The appearance of bead-like whiskers indicated that the growth mechanism of the β-Sialon whiskers was different from the conventional one, in which a chain of droplets were formed and then consumed to participate in the formation of the whiskers. - Highlights: • β-Sialon whiskers were synthesized using waste fly ash by carbothemal reduction reaction under nitrogen atmosphere. • Rod-like β-Sialon whiskers with a diameter of 100–500 nm were formed. • Bead-like whiskers as intermediate morphology of the growing β-Sialon whiskers were found with increasing sintering time. • The growth mechanism of β-Sialon whiskers was different from the conventional VLS mechanism. • A chain of droplets were formed and participated in the formation of the whiskers. - Abstract: β-Sialon whiskers were produced at 1420 °C through carbothemal reduction reaction under nitrogen atmosphere using fly ash from coal-fired power plants. The effects of sintering time on the phase formation and morphology of the products were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) techniques. Rod-like β-Sialon whiskers with the diameter of 100–500 nm were successfully formed. With increasing sintering time, bead-like morphology during the growth process of the whiskers was found, and growth mechanism of β-Sialon whiskers was also discussed in detail. The growth mechanism proposed in this study was different from the conventional vapor–liquid–solid (VLS) mechanism.

  5. EBSD analysis of magnesium addition on inclusion formation in SS400 structural steel

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    Luo, Sin-Jie; Su, Yen-Hao Frank; Lu, Muh-Jung; Kuo, Jui-Chao

    2013-08-15

    In this study, the effect of magnesium addition on the inclusion formation in SS400 steel was investigated. The experimental specimens with and without Mg addition treatment were compared. The microstructure was observed using optical microscopy after etching with 3% nital. The morphology and chemical composition of the inclusions were analyzed via scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectrometry. The lattice structure and orientation of the inclusions were identified by electron backscattering diffraction. The average size of inclusions in SS400 was between 0.67 and 0.75 μm, and between 0.65 and 0.68 μm in SS400 + Mg. The 2 ppm Mg addition resulted in the oxide formation change from Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} to MgO·Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and in the inclusion formation change from Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–MnS to MgO·Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–MnS. Moreover, a simple-phase MnS with an average grain size of 1 μm to 2 μm was observed in rod-like, globular, and polyhedron forms. - Highlights: • The effect of magnesium addition was investigated for SS400 steel. • 2 ppm Mg addition changes the inclusion formation from Al2O3-MnS to MgO·Al2O3-MnS. • MnS observed in inclusions exhibits rod-like, globular, and polyhedron forms.

  6. Ca2+-stabilized adhesin helps an Antarctic bacterium reach out and bind ice

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    Vance, Tyler D. R.; Olijve, Luuk L. C.; Campbell, Robert L.; Voets, Ilja K.; Davies, Peter L.; Guo, Shuaiqi

    2014-01-01

    The large size of a 1.5-MDa ice-binding adhesin [MpAFP (Marinomonas primoryensis antifreeze protein)] from an Antarctic Gram-negative bacterium, M. primoryensis, is mainly due to its highly repetitive RII (Region II). MpAFP_RII contains roughly 120 tandem copies of an identical 104-residue repeat. We have previously determined that a single RII repeat folds as a Ca2+-dependent immunoglobulin-like domain. Here, we solved the crystal structure of RII tetra-tandemer (four tandem RII repeats) to a resolution of 1.8 Å. The RII tetra-tandemer reveals an extended (~190-Å × ~25-Å), rod-like structure with four RII-repeats aligned in series with each other. The inter-repeat regions of the RII tetra-tandemer are strengthened by Ca2+ bound to acidic residues. SAXS (small-angle X-ray scattering) profiles indicate the RII tetra-tandemer is significantly rigidified upon Ca2+ binding, and that the protein's solution structure is in excellent agreement with its crystal structure. We hypothesize that >600 Ca2+ help rigidify the chain of ~120 104-residue repeats to form a ~0.6 μm rod-like structure in order to project the ice-binding domain of MpAFP away from the bacterial cell surface. The proposed extender role of RII can help the strictly aerobic, motile bacterium bind ice in the upper reaches of the Antarctic lake where oxygen and nutrients are most abundant. Ca2+-induced rigidity of tandem Ig-like repeats in large adhesins might be a general mechanism used by bacteria to bind to their substrates and help colonize specific niches. PMID:24892750

  7. The Impact of Grain Alignment of the Electron Transporting Layer on the Performance of Inverted Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Murali, Banavoth; Labban, Abdulrahman El; Eid, Jessica; Alarousu, Erkki; Shi, Dong; Zhang, Qiang; Zhang, Xixiang; Bakr, Osman M; Mohammed, Omar F

    2015-10-21

    This report presents a new strategy for improving solar cell power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) through grain alignment and morphology control of the ZnO electron transport layer (ETL) prepared by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. The systematic control over the ETL's grain alignment and thickness is shown, by varying the deposition pressure and operating substrate temperature during the deposition. Notably, a high PCE of 6.9%, short circuit current density (J(sc)) of 12.8 mA cm(-2), open circuit voltage (V(oc)) of 910 mV, and fill factor of 59% are demonstrated using the poly(benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene-thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione):[6,6]-phenyl-C(71) -butyric acid methyl ester polymer blend with ETLs prepared at room temperature exhibiting oriented and aligned rod-like ZnO grains. Increasing the deposition temperature during the ZnO sputtering induces morphological cleavage of the rod-like ZnO grains and therefore reduced conductivity from 7.2 × 10(-13) to ≈1.7 × 10(-14) S m(-1) and PCE from 6.9% to 4.28%. An investigation of the charge carrier dynamics by femtosecond (fs) transient absorption spectroscopy with broadband capability reveals clear evidence of faster carrier recombination for a ZnO layer deposited at higher temperature, which is consistent with the conductivity and device performance. PMID:26270242

  8. Mesomorphic properties of chiral three-arm liquid crystals containing 1,2,4-butanetriol as core

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    Tian, Mei; Wu, Shuang-jie; Tian, Xiao-Wei; Yao, Dan-Shu; Li, Chong-Liang; Hu, Jian-She; Zhang, Bao-Yan

    2016-03-01

    A series of symmetric and asymmetric three-arm liquid crystals (TALCs) of which the molecular structure with a central core of 1, 2, 4-butanetriol attached by three rod-like mesogenic moieties have successfully been synthesized. The rod-like mesogenic side arms are 4‧-(4-(trifluoromethyl) benzoyloxy) biphenyl-4-carboxylic acid (TFBA) and 4‧-(4-(allyloxy) benzoyloxy) biphenyl-4-carboxylic acid (AOBA), respectively. BTA0 and BTA3 are symmetric TALCs with three TFBA or three AOBA as LC side arms, respectively. BTA1 is an asymmetric TALC with one AOBA and two TFBA as side arms. BTA2 is an asymmetric TALC with two AOBA and one TFBA as side arms. The chemical structures and LC properties of the LC side arms and TALCs were characterised by FTIR, 1H NMR, elemental analysis, DSC, TG, POM and X-ray diffractometer. TFBA displayed smectic B (SmB) phase, AOBA exhibited nematic (N) phase. The TALCs all displayed chiral mesophase properties. BTA0 displayed chiral smectic C (SmC∗) mesophase. BTA1, BTA2 and BTA3 exhibited cholesteric (ch) mesophase. In addition, a chiral smectic A (SmA∗) mesophase was observed for BTA1. The results indicated that the 1, 2, 4-butanetriol is vital in inducing chiral mesophase of the TALCs. The side arms also played an important role in the mesophase type and mesogenic region. The TALCs displayed cholesteric mesophase when nematic LC side arm AOBA was introduced into the chiral core. The mesogenic region of the TALCs increased with the content of the wide-mesophase-region LC side arm AOBA introduced into the TALCs increasing. The melting temperature and the clear temperature of the TALCs were lower than those of the LC side arms (TFBA and AOBA). The mesophase regions of the TALCs were wider than those of the LC side arms.

  9. Viewing angle compensation of various LCD modes by using a liquid crystalline polymer film

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    Matsumoto, Takuya; Nishimura, Suzushi

    2013-09-01

    The authors have developed liquid crystalline retardation films to improve certain aspects of LCD image quality such as viewing angle performance and coloration. We have successfully created several types of optical retardation films using a rod-like liquid crystalline polymer. The resulting liquid crystalline polymer films have several advantages over conventional uni- or biaxially stretched retardation films. Precisely controlled structures such as twisted nematic, homogeneous nematic, hybrid nematic and homeotropic structures can provide ideal compensation of various LCD types, such as STN, TN, ECB, VA and IPS-LCDs. Twisted nematic film effectively prevents coloration of STN-LCDs, which is a critical flaw affecting color representation. Short pitch cholesteric film, which utilizes said rod-like liquid crystalline polymer and is the optical equivalent of a negative C-plate, can expand the viewing angle of VA-LCDs. Hybrid nematic film is quite unique in that the film functions not only as a wave plate but also as a viewing angle compensator for TN and ECB-LCDs. Homeotropic film, which acts as a positive-C plate, greatly improves the viewing angle performance of IPS and CPVA-LCDs. Our homeotropically aligned liquid crystalline film, called "NV film", is the world's thinnest retardation film. The thickness of the liquid crystalline layer is a mere 1 micrometer. Homeotropic film can be used to expand the viewing angle not only of LCDs but also OLED displays. And NV film, when used in in combination with a quarter wavelength plate, can expand the viewing angles of the circular polarizers used to prevent reflection in OLED displays.

  10. Self-assembly mechanisms of nanofibers from peptide amphiphiles in solution and on substrate surfaces

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    Liao, Hsien-Shun; Lin, Jing; Liu, Yang; Huang, Peng; Jin, Albert; Chen, Xiaoyuan

    2016-08-01

    We report the investigation of the self-assembly mechanism of nanofibers, using a small peptide amphiphile (NapFFKYp) as a model. Combining experimental and simulation methods, we identify the self-assembly pathways in the solution and on the substrates, respectively. In the solution, peptide amphiphiles undergo the nucleation process to grow into nanofibers. The nanofibers can further twist into high-ordered nanofibers with aging. On the substrates, peptide amphiphiles form nanofibers and nanosheet structures simultaneously. This surface-induced nanosheet consists of rod-like structures, and its thickness is substrate-dependent. Most intriguingly, water can transform the nanosheet into the nanofiber. Molecular dynamic simulation suggests that hydrophobic and ion-ion interactions are dominant forces during the self-assembly process.We report the investigation of the self-assembly mechanism of nanofibers, using a small peptide amphiphile (NapFFKYp) as a model. Combining experimental and simulation methods, we identify the self-assembly pathways in the solution and on the substrates, respectively. In the solution, peptide amphiphiles undergo the nucleation process to grow into nanofibers. The nanofibers can further twist into high-ordered nanofibers with aging. On the substrates, peptide amphiphiles form nanofibers and nanosheet structures simultaneously. This surface-induced nanosheet consists of rod-like structures, and its thickness is substrate-dependent. Most intriguingly, water can transform the nanosheet into the nanofiber. Molecular dynamic simulation suggests that hydrophobic and ion-ion interactions are dominant forces during the self-assembly process. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr04672j

  11. Highly Sensitive and Selective Photoelectrochemical Biosensor for Hg(2+) Detection Based on Dual Signal Amplification by Exciton Energy Transfer Coupled with Sensitization Effect.

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    Zhao, Ming; Fan, Gao-Chao; Chen, Jing-Jia; Shi, Jian-Jun; Zhu, Jun-Jie

    2015-12-15

    A highly sensitive and selective photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensor for Hg(2+) detection was developed on the basis of the synergistic effect of exciton energy transfer (EET) between CdS quantum dots (QDs) and Au nanoparticles (NPs) coupled with sensitization of rhodamine 123 (Rh123) for signal amplification. First, the TiO2/CdS hybrid structure obtained by depositing CdS QDs on TiO2 film was employed as a matrix for immobilizing probe DNA (pDNA). Next, Rh123 was introduced into the pDNA terminal, and then Au NP labeled target DNA (Au-tDNA) was hybridized with pDNA to form a rod-like double helix structure. The detection of Hg(2+) was based on a conformational change of the pDNA after incubating with Hg(2+). In the absence of Hg(2+), Rh123 was located away from the electrode surface due to the DNA hybridization, leading to inhibition of the sensitization effect, and meanwhile, the occurrence of EET between CdS QDs and Au NPs resulted in a photocurrent decrease. However, after incubating with Hg(2+), the rod-like double helix was disrupted, and the energy transfer was broken. In this case, the photocurrent recovered, and meanwhile, the folded pDNA made the labeled Rh123 move closer to the electrode surface, leading to the formation of the sensitization structure, which evidently increased the photocurrent intensity. The sensitivity of the biosensor for Hg(2+) detection was greatly enhanced for the dual signal amplification strategy. The linear range was 10 fM to 200 nM, with a detection limit of 3.3 fM. This biosensor provides a promising new platform for detecting various heavy metal ions at ultralow levels. PMID:26599580

  12. Solution structure of copper ion-induced molecular aggregates of tyrosine melanin.

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    Gallas, J M; Littrell, K C; Seifert, S; Zajac, G W; Thiyagarajan, P

    1999-08-01

    Melanin, the ubiquitous biological pigment, provides photoprotection by efficient filtration of light and also by its antioxidant behavior. In solutions of synthetic melanin, both optical and antioxidant behavior are affected by the aggregation states of melanin. We have utilized small-angle x-ray and neutron scattering to determine the molecular dimensions of synthetic tyrosine melanin in its unaggregated state in D(2)O and H(2)O to study the structure of melanin aggregates formed in the presence of copper ions at various copper-to-melanin molar ratios. In the absence of copper ions, or at low copper ion concentrations, tyrosine melanin is present in solution as a sheet-like particle with a mean thickness of 12.5 A and a lateral extent of approximately 54 A. At a copper-to-melanin molar ratio of 0.6, melanin aggregates to form long, rod-like structures with a radius of 32 A. At a higher copper ion concentration, with a copper-to-melanin ratio of 1.0, these rod-like structures further aggregate, forming sheet-like structures with a mean thickness of 51 A. A change in the charge of the ionizable groups induced by the addition of copper ions is proposed to account for part of the aggregation. The data also support a model for the copper-induced aggregation of melanin driven by pi stacking assisted by peripheral Cu(2+) complexation. The relationship between our results and a previous hypothesis for reduced cellular damage from bound-to-melanin redox metal ions is also discussed. PMID:10423458

  13. Complex tiling patterns in liquid crystals

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    Tschierske, C.; Nürnberger, C.; Ebert, H.; Glettner, B.; Prehm, M.; Liu, F.; Zeng, X.-B.; Ungar, G.

    2012-01-01

    In this account recent progress in enhancing the complexity of liquid crystal self-assembly is highlighted. The discussed superstructures are formed mainly by polyphilic T-shaped and X-shaped molecules composed of a rod-like core, tethered with glycerol units at both ends and flexible non-polar chain(s) in lateral position, but also related inverted molecular structures are considered. A series of honeycomb phases composed of polygonal cylinders ranging from triangular to hexagonal, followed by giant cylinder honeycombs is observed for ternary T-shaped polyphiles on increasing the size of the lateral chain(s). Increasing the chain size further leads to new modes of lamellar organization followed by three-dimensional and two-dimensional structures incorporating branched and non-branched axial rod-bundles. Grafting incompatible chains to opposite sides of the rod-like core leads to quaternary X-shaped polyphiles. These form liquid crystalline honeycombs where different cells are filled with different material. Projected on an Euclidian plane, all honeycomb phases can be described either by uniformly coloured Archimedean and Laves tiling patterns (T-shaped polyphiles) or as multi-colour tiling patterns (X-shaped polyphiles). It is shown that geometric frustration, combined with the tendency to segregate incompatible chains into different compartments and the need to find a periodic tiling pattern, leads to a significant increase in the complexity of soft self-assembly. Mixing of different chains greatly enhances the number of possible ‘colours’ and in this way, periodic structures comprising up to seven distinct compartments can be generated. Relations to biological self-assembly are discussed shortly. PMID:24098852

  14. Solution structures of {beta}-amyloid{sub 10-35} and {beta}-amyloid{sub 10-35} PEG3000 aggregates.

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    Benzinger, T. L. S.; Burkoth, T. S.; Gordon, D.; Lynn, D. G.; Meredith, S. C.; Morgan, D. M.; Seifert, S.; Thiyagarajan, P.; Urban, V.

    1999-07-02

    Small angle neutron and x-ray scattering (SANS/SAXS) studies were conducted on the structure of the aggregates formed from both the truncated model peptide {beta}-Amyloid(10-35) (A{beta}{sub 10-35}) and a block copolymer {beta}-Amyloid (10-35)-PEG3000 (A{beta}{sub 10-35}-PEG) in D{sub 2}O at pHs from 3.0 to 7.0. These studies indicate that A{beta}{sub 10-35} aggregates into rod-like particles (fibril) and their radii are strongly dependent on the Pm of the solution. The fibril-fibril association in A{beta}{sub 10-35} solutions is less of pH < 5.6, but becomes larger at higher pH. A{beta}{sub 10-35}-PEG also assembles into rod-like particles whose radius is larger by about 30 {angstrom} than that for A{beta}{sub 10-35} fibril at pH 4.2, while it is about 23 {angstrom} larger at higher pH. Contrast matching SAXS/SANS experiments that eliminate the coherent scattering from PEG reveal that PEG moiety is located at the periphery of the fibril. Also, the mass per unit length of the peptide portion is similar for both A{beta}{sub 10-35} and A{beta}{sub 10-35}-PEG fibrils at pH 5.6. The mass per unit length of the rods from SANS provides key information on the packing of A{beta}{sub 10-35} peptides in the fibril.

  15. Cl-capped CdSe nanocrystals via in situ generation of chloride anions.

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    Palencia, Cristina; Lauwaet, Koen; de la Cueva, Leonor; Acebrón, María; Conde, Julio J; Meyns, Michaela; Klinke, Christian; Gallego, José M; Otero, Roberto; Juárez, Beatriz H

    2014-06-21

    Halide ions cap and stabilize colloidal semiconductor nanocrystal (NC) surfaces allowing for NCs surface interactions that may improve the performance of NC thin film devices such as photo-detectors and/or solar cells. Current ways to introduce halide anions as ligands on surfaces of NCs produced by the hot injection method are based on post-synthetic treatments. In this work we explore the possibility to introduce Cl in the NC ligand shell in situ during the NCs synthesis. With this aim, the effect of 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE) in the synthesis of CdSe rod-like NCs produced under different Cd/Se precursor molar ratios has been studied. We report a double role of DCE depending on the Cd/Se precursor molar ratio (either under excess of cadmium or selenium precursor). According to mass spectrometry (ESI-TOF) and nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H NMR), under excess of Se precursor (Se dissolved in trioctylphosphine, TOP) conditions at 265 °C ethane-1,2-diylbis(trioctylphosphonium)dichloride is released as a product of the reaction between DCE and TOP. According to XPS studies chlorine gets incorporated into the CdSe ligand shell, promoting re-shaping of rod-like NCs into pyramidal ones. In contrast, under excess Cd precursor (CdO) conditions, DCE reacts with the Cd complex releasing chlorine-containing non-active species which do not trigger NCs re-shaping. The amount of chlorine incorporated into the ligand shell can thus be controlled by properly tuning the Cd/Se precursor molar ratio. PMID:24827847

  16. AGE-RELATED CHANGES IN HUMAN TRABECULAR BONE: RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MICROSTRUCTURAL STRESS AND STRAIN AND DAMAGE MORPHOLOGY

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    O’Neal, Jessica M.; Nagaraja, Srinidhi; Diab, Tamim; Vidakovic, Brani; Guldberg, Robert E.

    2011-01-01

    Accumulation of microdamage in aging and disease can cause skeletal fragility and is one of several factors contributing to osteoporotic fractures. To better understand the role of microdamage in fragility fracture, the mechanisms of bone failure must be elucidated on a tissue-level scale where interactions between bone matrix properties, the local biomechanical environment, and bone architecture are concurrently examined for their contributions to microdamage formation. A technique combining histological damage assessment of individual trabeculae with linear finite element solutions of trabecular von Mises and principal stress and strain was used to compare the damage initiation threshold between pre-menopausal (32–37 years, n=3 donors) and post-menopausal (71–80 years, n=3 donors) femoral cadaveric bone. Strong associations between damage morphology and stress and strain parameters were observed in both groups, and an age-related decrease in undamaged trabecular von Mises stress was detected. In trabeculae from younger donors, the 95% CI for von Mises stress on undamaged regions ranged from 50.7 – 67.9 MPa, whereas in trabeculae from older donors, stresses were significantly lower (38.7 – 50.2, p<0.01). Local microarchitectural analysis indicated that thinner, rod-like trabeculae oriented along the loading axis are more susceptible to severe microdamage formation in older individuals, while only rod-like architecture was associated with severe damage in younger individuals. This study therefore provides insight into how damage initiation and morphology relate to local trabecular microstructure and the associated stresses and strains under loading. Furthermore, by comparison of samples from pre- and post-menopausal women, the results suggest that trabeculae from younger individuals can sustain higher stresses prior to microdamage initiation. PMID:21724189

  17. Polymorphism of a long-chain cycloparaffin (CH2)120.

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    Ihn, K J; Tsuji, M; Kawaguchi, A; Katayama, K

    1992-01-15

    The polymorphism of a long-chain cycloparaffin (CH2)120 and chain packing in its crystals were discussed on the basis of some results obtained mainly by transmission electron microscopy. Monoclinic and orthorhombic single crystals of (CH2)120 were isothermally grown together from a dilute solution in p-xylene. Lozenge-shaped orthorhombic single crystals were more frequently observed than lath-shaped monoclinic ones. The basal surfaces of orthorhombic and monoclinic single crystal platelets were decorated with vapor-deposited polyethylene [PE]. Orthorhombic single crystals of (CH2)120 with the (110) twin boundary and monoclinic ones with the (100) twin boundary were also observed. Rod-like edge-on crystals of (CH2)120 were grown from a dilute p-xylene solution onto the (001) surface of alkali halides. The crystal system of the (CH2)120 edge-on crystals depended on the kind of substrate. The monoclinic crystal was grown on NaCl, the orthorhombic one on KBr and KCl. The monoclinic form of (CH2)120 edge-on crystal was transformed to the orthorhombic one by annealing on NaCl. In both monoclinic and orthorhombic edge-on crystals, the molecular plane determined by two zigzag stems in a molecule of (CH2)120 was parallel to the substrate surface and the molecular axis (crystallographic c-axis) was perpendicular to the longer side of the rod-like edge-on crystals. The sub-cell dimensions of the stem chains in both forms of (CH2)120 crystals were very similar to those of monoclinic and orthorhombic PE crystals, respectively. PMID:1372192

  18. Effects of Nano-CeO₂ with Different Nanocrystal Morphologies on Cytotoxicity in HepG2 Cells.

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    Wang, Lili; Ai, Wenchao; Zhai, Yanwu; Li, Haishan; Zhou, Kebin; Chen, Huiming

    2015-09-01

    Cerium oxide nanoparticles (nano-CeO₂) have been reported to cause damage and apoptosis in human primary hepatocytes. Here, we compared the toxicity of three types of nano-CeO₂ with different nanocrystal morphologies (cube-, octahedron-, and rod-like crystals) in human hepatocellular carcinoma cells (HepG2). The cells were treated with the nano-CeO₂ at various concentrations (6.25, 12.5, 25, 50, 100 μg/mL). The crystal structure, size and morphology of nano-CeO₂ were investigated by X-ray diffractometry and transmission electron microscopy. The specific surface area was detected using the Brunauer, Emmet and Teller method. The cellular morphological and internal structure were observed by microscopy; apoptotic alterations were measured using flow cytometry; nuclear DNA, mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), reactive oxygen species (ROS) and glutathione (GSH) in HepG2 cells were measured using high content screening technology. The scavenging ability of hydroxyl free radicals and the redox properties of the nano-CeO₂ were measured by square-wave voltammetry and temperature-programmed-reduction methods. All three types of nano-CeO₂ entered the HepG2 cells, localized in the lysosome and cytoplasm, altered cellular shape, and caused cytotoxicity. The nano-CeO₂ with smaller specific surface areas induced more apoptosis, caused an increase in MMP, ROS and GSH, and lowered the cell's ability to scavenge hydroxyl free radicals and antioxidants. In this work, our data demonstrated that compared with cube-like and octahedron-like nano-CeO₂, the rod-like nano-CeO₂ has lowest toxicity to HepG2 cells owing to its larger specific surface areas. PMID:26404340

  19. Self-assembly of fluorescent carbon dots in a N,N-dimethylmethanamide solution via Schiff base reaction

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    Hu, Shengliang; Ding, Yanli; Chang, Qing; Trinchi, Adrian; Lin, Kui; Yang, Jinlong; Liu, Jun

    2015-02-01

    The transition from nanoparticles suspended in aqueous solutions into solid fluorescent structures is developed for application in solid functional devices. The presented approach enables the organization of carbon dots into rod-like shapes that can still be re-dispersed into aqueous solution. Schiff bases forming at the surface of carbon dots not only protect their surface states, but also provide sites for tethering to other carbon dots. As a consequence, the large assemblies of CDs can come together to form regular, well ordered structures whilst still maintaining their photoluminescence properties. This opens up enormous possibilities for device manufacture, as these self-assemblies could be grown or grafted onto templates forming regular structures, and find innumerable applications ranging from optoelectronic devices, light harvesting to artificial photosynthesis.The transition from nanoparticles suspended in aqueous solutions into solid fluorescent structures is developed for application in solid functional devices. The presented approach enables the organization of carbon dots into rod-like shapes that can still be re-dispersed into aqueous solution. Schiff bases forming at the surface of carbon dots not only protect their surface states, but also provide sites for tethering to other carbon dots. As a consequence, the large assemblies of CDs can come together to form regular, well ordered structures whilst still maintaining their photoluminescence properties. This opens up enormous possibilities for device manufacture, as these self-assemblies could be grown or grafted onto templates forming regular structures, and find innumerable applications ranging from optoelectronic devices, light harvesting to artificial photosynthesis. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details and more characterization of carbon dot assemblies. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr07119k

  20. Cell responses to two kinds of nanohydroxyapatite with different sizes and crystallinities

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    Liu, Xiaochen; Zhao, Minzhi; Lu, Jingxiong; Ma, Jian; Wei, Jie; Wei, Shicheng

    2012-01-01

    Introduction Hydroxyapatite (HA) is the principal inorganic constituent of human bone. Due to its good biocompatibility and osteoconductivity, all kinds of HA particles were prepared by different methods. Numerous reports demonstrated that the properties of HA affected its biological effects. Methods Two kinds of nanohydroxyapatite with different sizes and crystallinities were obtained via a hydrothermal treatment method under different temperatures. It was found that at a temperature of 140°C, a rod-like crystal (n-HA1) with a diameter of 23 ± 5 nm, a length of 47 ± 14 nm, and crystallinity of 85% ± 5% was produced, while at a temperature of 80°C, a rod-like crystal (n-HA2) with a diameter of 16 ± 3 nm, a length of 40 ± 10 nm, and crystallinity of 65% ± 3% was produced. The influence of nanohydroxyapatite size and crystallinity on osteoblast viability was studied by MTT, scanning electron microscopy, and flow cytometry. Results n-HA1 gave a better biological response than n-HA2 in promoting cell growth and inhibiting cell apoptosis, and also exhibited much more active cell morphology. Alkaline phosphatase activity for both n-HA2 and n-HA1 was obviously higher than for the control, and no significant difference was found between n-HA1 and n-HA2. The same trend was observed on Western blotting for expression of type I collagen and osteopontin. In addition, it was found by transmission electron microscopy that large quantities of n-HA2 entered into the cell and damaged the cellular morphology. Release of tumor necrosis factor alpha from n-HA2 was markedly higher than from n-HA1, indicating that n-HA2 might trigger a severe inflammatory response. Conclusion This work indicates that not all nanohydroxyapatite should be considered a good biomaterial in future clinical applications. PMID:22419871

  1. Microwave heating synthesis and formation mechanism of chalcopyrite structured CuInS{sub 2} nanorods in deep eutectic solvent

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    Zhang, Jianjun Chen, Jun; Li, Qiang

    2015-03-15

    Graphical abstract: Chalcopyrite structured CuInS{sub 2} nanorods were synthesized by an environmentally friendly microwave heating method in deep eutectic solvent. Results show that microwave heating time plays an important role in the formation of CuInS{sub 2} nanostructure phase. The SEM results indicated that the obtained CuInS{sub 2} nanostructures display rod-like morphology with diameters of about 40 nm and lengths of about 400 nm. The UV–vis spectrum results indicated that the CuInS{sub 2} nanorods exhibit strong absorption from the entire visible light region to the near-infrared region beyond 1100 nm. The possible growth mechanism of CuInS{sub 2} nanorods was discussed. - Abstract: Chalcopyrite structured CuInS{sub 2} nanorods were synthesized by an environmentally friendly microwave heating method in deep eutectic solvent. The as-synthesized CuInS{sub 2} nanorods were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), respectively. The results indicated that the obtained CuInS{sub 2} nanostructures display rod-like morphology with diameters of about 40 nm and lengths of about 400 nm. The influences of microwave heating time on the formation of CuInS{sub 2} phase were discussed. Ultraviolet–visible (UV–vis) and photoluminescence (PL) spectra were utilized to investigate the optical properties of CuInS{sub 2} nanorods. The results showed that the as-synthesized CuInS{sub 2} nanorods exhibit strong absorption from the entire visible light region to the near-infrared region beyond 1100 nm. PL spectrum of the as-synthesized CuInS{sub 2} nanorods displays an emission peak centered at 580 nm under excitation wavelength of 366 nm at room temperature. The possible growth mechanism of CuInS{sub 2} nanorods was discussed.

  2. Molecular interactions of a polyaromatic surfactant C5Pe in aqueous solutions studied by a surface forces apparatus.

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    Wang, Jing; Lu, Qingye; Harbottle, David; Sjöblom, Johan; Xu, Zhenghe; Zeng, Hongbo

    2012-09-13

    Studies on molecular mechanisms of polyaromatic surfactants in stabilizing water-in-oil (W/O) or oil-in-water (O/W) emulsions are of great scientific and practical importance. A polyaromatic surfactant N-(1-hexylheptyl)-N'-(5-carboxylicpentyl) perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic bisimide (C5Pe) with well-defined molecular structure containing fused aromatic rings and heteroatoms similar to asphaltene molecules, was used in this study in an attempt to understand molecular interaction mechanisms of heavy oil components in aqueous solutions. A surface forces apparatus (SFA) was used to directly measure the molecular interactions of C5Pe. Solution pH, salt concentration and Ca(2+) addition showed a strong impact on molecular interactions between C5Pe adsorbed on mica surfaces. The repulsion observed between the two adsorbed C5Pe molecular layers was shown to have a steric and electrosteric origin. The force-distance profiles at short separation distances under high compression force were well fitted with the Alexander-de Gennes (AdG) model. At pH ≥ 4, the repulsive forces measured over a long separation distance under low compression force were shown to deviate from the AdG model but could be fitted with the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory, indicating an electrostatic origin of the observed repulsion due to ionization of -COOH groups. Adhesion between two C5Pe surfaces was shown to decrease sharply with increasing solution pH and salt concentration, being attributed to the decrease in surface hydrophobicity and hence hydrophobic attraction. Addition of Ca(2+) ions induced the formation of large C5Pe aggregates due to strong bonding of Ca(2+) with -COOH groups, leading to a longer range steric repulsion. Our results provide a new insight into the molecular interactions of polyaromatic surfactants at oil-water interfaces and in complex aqueous solutions. PMID:22913670

  3. Self-assembly of semiconductor organogelator nanowires for photoinduced charge separation.

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    Wicklein, André; Ghosh, Suhrit; Sommer, Michael; Würthner, Frank; Thelakkat, Mukundan

    2009-05-26

    We investigated an innovative concept of general validity based on an organogel/polymer system to generate donor-acceptor nanostructures suitable for charge generation and charge transport. An electron conducting (acceptor) perylene bisimide organogelator forms nanowires in suitable solvents during gelation process. This phenomenon was utilized for its self-assembly in an amorphous hole conducting (donor) polymer matrix to realize an interpenetrating donor-acceptor interface with inherent morphological stability. The self-assembly and interface generation were carried out either stepwise or in a single-step. Morphology of the donor-acceptor network in thin films obtained via both routes were studied by a combination of scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Additionally, photoinduced charge separation and charge transport in these systems were tested in organic solar cells. Fabrication steps of multilayer organogel/polymer photovoltaic devices were optimized with respect to morphology and surface roughness by introducing additional smoothening layers and charge injection/blocking layers. An inverted cell geometry was used here in which electrons are collected at the bottom electrode and holes at the top electrode. The simultaneous preparation of the interface exhibits almost 3-fold improvement in device characteristics compared to the successive method. The device characteristics under AM1.5 spectral conditions and 100 mW/cm(2) for the simultaneous preparation route are short circuit current J(sc) = 0.28 mA cm(-2), open circuit voltage V(OC) = 390 mV, fill factor FF = 38%, and a power conversion efficiency eta = 0.041%. PMID:19408933

  4. Comparison of the electronic structure of different perylene-based dye-aggregates.

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    Settels, Volker; Liu, Wenlan; Pflaum, Jens; Fink, Reinhold F; Engels, Bernd

    2012-07-01

    Aggregates of functionalized polycyclic aromatic molecules like perylene derivatives differ in important optoelectronic properties such as absorption and emission spectra or exciton diffusion lengths. Although those differences are well known, it is not fully understood if they are caused by variations in the geometrical orientation of the molecules within the aggregates, variations in the electronic structures of the dye aggregates or interplay of both. As this knowledge is of interest for the development of materials with optimized functionalities, we investigate this question by comparing the electronic structures of dimer systems of representative perylene-based chromophores. The study comprises dimers of perylene, 3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic acid bisimide (PBI), 3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (PTCDA), and diindeno perylene (DIP). Potential energy curves (PECs) and characters of those electronic states are investigated which determine the optoelectronic properties. The computations use the spin-component-scaled approximate coupled-cluster second-order method (SCS-CC2), which describes electronic states of predominately neutral excited (NE) and charge transfer (CT) character equally well. Our results show that the characters of the excited states change significantly with the intermolecular orientation and often represent significant mixtures of NE and CT characters. However, PECs and electronic structures of the investigated perylene derivatives are almost independent of the substitution patterns of the perylene core indicating that the observed differences in the optoelectronic properties mainly result from the geometrical structure of the dye aggregate. It also hints at the fact that optical properties can be computed from less-substituted model compounds if a proper aggregate geometry is chosen. PMID:22514040

  5. (Photo)physical Properties of New Molecular Glasses End-Capped with Thiophene Rings Composed of Diimide and Imine Units

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    2014-01-01

    New symmetrical arylene bisimide derivatives formed by using electron-donating–electron-accepting systems were synthesized. They consist of a phthalic diimide or naphthalenediimide core and imine linkages and are end-capped with thiophene, bithiophene, and (ethylenedioxy)thiophene units. Moreover, polymers were obtained from a new diamine, N,N′-bis(5-aminonaphthalenyl)naphthalene-1,4,5,8-dicarboximide and 2,5-thiophenedicarboxaldehyde or 2,2′-bithiophene-5,5′-dicarboxaldehyde. The prepared azomethine diimides exhibited glass-forming properties. The obtained compounds emitted blue light with the emission maximum at 470 nm. The value of the absorption coefficient was determined as a function of the photon energy using spectroscopic ellipsometry. All compounds are electrochemically active and undergo reversible electrochemical reduction and irreversible oxidation processes as was found in cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) studies. They exhibited a low electrochemically (DPV) calculated energy band gap (Eg) from 1.14 to 1.70 eV. The highest occupied molecular orbital and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital levels and Eg were additionally calculated theoretically by density functional theory at the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level. The photovoltaic properties of two model compounds as the active layer in organic solar cells in the configuration indium tin oxide/poly(3,4-(ethylenedioxy)thiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate)/active layer/Al under an illumination of 1.3 mW/cm2 were studied. The device comprising poly(3-hexylthiophene) with the compound end-capped with bithiophene rings showed the highest value of Voc (above 1 V). The conversion efficiency of the fabricated solar cell was in the range of 0.69–0.90%. PMID:24966893

  6. (Photo)physical Properties of New Molecular Glasses End-Capped with Thiophene Rings Composed of Diimide and Imine Units.

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    Grucela-Zajac, Marzena; Bijak, Katarzyna; Kula, Slawomir; Filapek, Michal; Wiacek, Malgorzata; Janeczek, Henryk; Skorka, Lukasz; Gasiorowski, Jacek; Hingerl, Kurt; Sariciftci, Niyazi Serdar; Nosidlak, Natalia; Lewinska, Gabriela; Sanetra, Jerzy; Schab-Balcerzak, Ewa

    2014-06-19

    New symmetrical arylene bisimide derivatives formed by using electron-donating-electron-accepting systems were synthesized. They consist of a phthalic diimide or naphthalenediimide core and imine linkages and are end-capped with thiophene, bithiophene, and (ethylenedioxy)thiophene units. Moreover, polymers were obtained from a new diamine, N,N'-bis(5-aminonaphthalenyl)naphthalene-1,4,5,8-dicarboximide and 2,5-thiophenedicarboxaldehyde or 2,2'-bithiophene-5,5'-dicarboxaldehyde. The prepared azomethine diimides exhibited glass-forming properties. The obtained compounds emitted blue light with the emission maximum at 470 nm. The value of the absorption coefficient was determined as a function of the photon energy using spectroscopic ellipsometry. All compounds are electrochemically active and undergo reversible electrochemical reduction and irreversible oxidation processes as was found in cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) studies. They exhibited a low electrochemically (DPV) calculated energy band gap (E g) from 1.14 to 1.70 eV. The highest occupied molecular orbital and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital levels and E g were additionally calculated theoretically by density functional theory at the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level. The photovoltaic properties of two model compounds as the active layer in organic solar cells in the configuration indium tin oxide/poly(3,4-(ethylenedioxy)thiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate)/active layer/Al under an illumination of 1.3 mW/cm(2) were studied. The device comprising poly(3-hexylthiophene) with the compound end-capped with bithiophene rings showed the highest value of V oc (above 1 V). The conversion efficiency of the fabricated solar cell was in the range of 0.69-0.90%. PMID:24966893

  7. Interference between Coulombic and CT-mediated couplings in molecular aggregates: H- to J-aggregate transformation in perylene-based π-stacks

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    Hestand, Nicholas J.; Spano, Frank C.

    2015-12-28

    The spectroscopic differences between J and H-aggregates are traditionally attributed to the spatial dependence of the Coulombic coupling, as originally proposed by Kasha. However, in tightly packed molecular aggregates wave functions on neighboring molecules overlap, leading to an additional charge transfer (CT) mediated exciton coupling with a vastly different spatial dependence. The latter is governed by the nodal patterns of the molecular LUMOs and HOMOs from which the electron (t{sub e}) and hole (t{sub h}) transfer integrals derive. The sign of the CT-mediated coupling depends on the sign of the product t{sub e}t{sub h} and is therefore highly sensitive to small (sub-Angstrom) transverse displacements or slips. Given that Coulombic and CT-mediated couplings exist simultaneously in tightly packed molecular systems, the interference between the two must be considered when defining J and H-aggregates. Generally, such π-stacked aggregates do not abide by the traditional classification scheme of Kasha: for example, even when the Coulomb coupling is strong the presence of a similarly strong but destructively interfering CT-mediated coupling results in “null-aggregates” which spectroscopically resemble uncoupled molecules. Based on a Frenkel/CT Holstein Hamiltonian that takes into account both sources of electronic coupling as well as intramolecular vibrations, vibronic spectral signatures are developed for integrated Frenkel/CT systems in both the perturbative and resonance regimes. In the perturbative regime, the sign of the lowest exciton band curvature, which rigorously defines J and H-aggregation, is directly tracked by the ratio of the first two vibronic peak intensities. Even in the resonance regime, the vibronic ratio remains a useful tool to evaluate the J or H nature of the system. The theory developed is applied to the reversible H to J-aggregate transformations recently observed in several perylene bisimide systems.

  8. Interference between Coulombic and CT-mediated couplings in molecular aggregates: H- to J-aggregate transformation in perylene-based π-stacks

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    Hestand, Nicholas J.; Spano, Frank C.

    2015-12-01

    The spectroscopic differences between J and H-aggregates are traditionally attributed to the spatial dependence of the Coulombic coupling, as originally proposed by Kasha. However, in tightly packed molecular aggregates wave functions on neighboring molecules overlap, leading to an additional charge transfer (CT) mediated exciton coupling with a vastly different spatial dependence. The latter is governed by the nodal patterns of the molecular LUMOs and HOMOs from which the electron (te) and hole (th) transfer integrals derive. The sign of the CT-mediated coupling depends on the sign of the product teth and is therefore highly sensitive to small (sub-Angstrom) transverse displacements or slips. Given that Coulombic and CT-mediated couplings exist simultaneously in tightly packed molecular systems, the interference between the two must be considered when defining J and H-aggregates. Generally, such π-stacked aggregates do not abide by the traditional classification scheme of Kasha: for example, even when the Coulomb coupling is strong the presence of a similarly strong but destructively interfering CT-mediated coupling results in "null-aggregates" which spectroscopically resemble uncoupled molecules. Based on a Frenkel/CT Holstein Hamiltonian that takes into account both sources of electronic coupling as well as intramolecular vibrations, vibronic spectral signatures are developed for integrated Frenkel/CT systems in both the perturbative and resonance regimes. In the perturbative regime, the sign of the lowest exciton band curvature, which rigorously defines J and H-aggregation, is directly tracked by the ratio of the first two vibronic peak intensities. Even in the resonance regime, the vibronic ratio remains a useful tool to evaluate the J or H nature of the system. The theory developed is applied to the reversible H to J-aggregate transformations recently observed in several perylene bisimide systems.

  9. Investigations into complex liquid crystal mixtures

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    Kirchhoff, Jennifer

    Liquid crystal phases exhibit physical characteristics that lie between those of liquid and crystal phases. The many liquid crystal sub-phases are defined based on the degree of positional and orientational ordering the molecules have and the materials that make up these liquid crystal phases. This thesis presents a study of the molecular packing and physical properties of complex liquid crystal phases using dopants to better examine the stability and packing mechanisms of these phases. It also looks at the dispersion of quantum dots in liquid crystal materials, examining the electro-optical properties of the mixtures. The main goal of this thesis is to examine the effects of dopants on the properties of liquid crystal phases using optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, electro-optical measurements, and X-ray scattering. For those mixtures with quantum dots fluorescence microscopy and photoluminescence measurements were also conducted. Rod-like liquid crystals are commonly used in display applications when the material is in a nematic liquid crystal phase, which is the least ordered phase exhibiting no positional ordering. The more complicated chiral smectic liquid crystal phases, which have a one dimensional layer structure, show potential for faster and tri-stable switching. A chiral rod-like liquid crystal material is doped with both chiral and achiral rod-like liquid crystals to examine the stability of one of the chiral smectic sub-phase, the SmC* FI1 phase. This phase consists of tilted molecules rotating about the cone defined by the tilt angle with a periodicity of three layers and an overall helical structure. The SmC*FI1 phase is stabilized by the competition between antiferroelectric and ferroelectric interactions, and small amounts of the achiral dopant broadens the range of this phase by almost 5°C. Higher dopant concentrations of the achiral material result in the destabilization of not just the SmC*FI1 phase but all tilted sub

  10. Synthesis and characterization of F-doped Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles with improved near infrared shielding ability

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    Liu, Jingxiao; Luo, Jiayu; Shi, Fei Liu, Suhua; Fan, Chuanyan; Xu, Qiang; Shao, Guolin

    2015-01-15

    F-doped Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles were successfully synthesized by the hydrothermal method with hydrofluoric acid as fluorine source, and a new kind of heat insulating films were prepared from dispersion of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} nanoparticles in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) aqueous solution. The effects of F doping on the crystal structure and morphology of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles as well as the near-infrared (NIR) shielding ability and heat insulation properties of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} films were investigated. The results indicated that HF acid addition could promote the formation of rod-like Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles during hydrothermal synthesis and increase the yield of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} powders. Moreover, the as-prepared films from dispersion solution of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles exhibited higher near-infrared (NIR) shielding ability and heat insulating properties than that of the undoped Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3} film. Particularly, the as-prepared Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} sample with F/W (molar ratio)=0.45 showed best NIR shielding ability and transparent heat insulating performance. The formation mechanism of nanorod-like particles and the effects of F doping on the properties of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} products were discussed. - Graphical abstract: F-doped Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles were successfully synthesized by the hydrothermal method with hydrofluoric acid as fluorine source. HF acid addition in the precursor solution could increase the yield of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} powders and promote the formation of rod-like Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles. Moreover, the as-prepared Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} films from dispersion solution of Cs{sub 0.33}WO{sub 3−x}F{sub x} particles exhibited higher near-infrared (NIR) shielding ability and heat insulating properties than that of the undoped

  11. Systematic study on the influence of the morphology of α-MoO{sub 3} in the selective oxidation of propylene

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    Schuh, Kirsten; Kleist, Wolfgang; Høj, Martin; Jensen, Anker Degn; Beato, Pablo; Grunwaldt, Jan-Dierk

    2015-08-15

    A variety of morphologically different α-MoO{sub 3} samples were prepared by hydrothermal synthesis and applied in the selective oxidation of propylene. Their catalytic performance was compared to α-MoO{sub 3} prepared by flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) and a classical synthesis route. Hydrothermal synthesis from ammonium heptamolybdate (AHM) and nitric acid at pH 1–2 led to ammonium containing molybdenum oxide phases that were completely transformed into α-MoO{sub 3} after calcination at 550 °C. A one-step synthesis of α-MoO{sub 3} rods was possible starting from MoO{sub 3}·2H{sub 2}O with acetic acid or nitric acid and from AHM with nitric acid at 180 °C. Particularly, if nitric acid was used during synthesis, the rod-like morphology of the samples could be stabilized during calcination at 550 °C and the following catalytic activity tests, which was beneficial for the catalytic performance in propylene oxidation. Characterization studies using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy showed that those samples, which retained their rod-like morphology during the activity tests, yielded the highest propylene conversion. - Graphical abstract: Hydrothermal synthesis from MoO{sub 3}·2H{sub 2}O in the presence of HNO{sub 3} led to rod-shaped particles which mainly expose (1 0 0) facets which are the most active surfaces. - Highlights: • Hydrothermal synthesis of MoO3 resulted in either rod or slab shaped particles depending on pH. • At pH<0 rods stable towards calcination and catalytic activity testing were formed. • Rod shaped particles had significantly higher activity than slab shaped ones. • The rod shaped particles mainly expose the (1 0 0) facets which are the most active surfaces. • Total surface area is not main determining factor for catalytic activity.

  12. Anisotropy in CdSe quantum rods

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    Li, Liang-shi

    2003-09-01

    The size-dependent optical and electronic properties of semiconductor nanocrystals have drawn much attention in the past decade, and have been very well understood for spherical ones. The advent of the synthetic methods to make rod-like CdSe nanocrystals with wurtzite structure has offered us a new opportunity to study their properties as functions of their shape. This dissertation includes three main parts: synthesis of CdSe nanorods with tightly controlled widths and lengths, their optical and dielectric properties, and their large-scale assembly, all of which are either directly or indirectly caused by the uniaxial crystallographic structure of wurtzite CdSe. The hexagonal wurtzite structure is believed to be the primary reason for the growth of CdSe nanorods. It represents itself in the kinetic stabilization of the rod-like particles over the spherical ones in the presence of phosphonic acids. By varying the composition of the surfactant mixture used for synthesis we have achieved tight control of the widths and lengths of the nanorods. The synthesis of monodisperse CdSe nanorods enables us to systematically study their size-dependent properties. For example, room temperature single particle fluorescence spectroscopy has shown that nanorods emit linearly polarized photoluminescence. Theoretical calculations have shown that it is due to the crossing between the two highest occupied electronic levels with increasing aspect ratio. We also measured the permanent electric dipole moment of the nanorods with transient electric birefringence technique. Experimental results on nanorods with different sizes show that the dipole moment is linear to the particle volume, indicating that it originates from the non-centrosymmetric hexagonal lattice. The elongation of the nanocrystals also results in the anisotropic inter-particle interaction. One of the consequences is the formation of liquid crystalline phases when the nanorods are dispersed in solvent to a high enough

  13. Stopped-flow kinetic studies of sphere-to-rod transitions of sodium alkyl sulfate micelles induced by hydrotropic salt.

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    Zhang, Jingyan; Ge, Zhishen; Jiang, Xiaoze; Hassan, P A; Liu, Shiyong

    2007-12-15

    The kinetics and mechanism of sphere-to-rod transitions of sodium alkyl sulfate micelles induced by hydrotropic salt, p-toluidine hydrochloride (PTHC), were investigated by stopped-flow with light scattering detection. Spherical sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) micelles transform into short ellipsoidal shapes at low salt concentrations ([PTHC]/[SDS], chi(PTHC)=0.3 and 0.4). Upon stopped-flow mixing aqueous solutions of spherical SDS micelles with PTHC, the scattered light intensity gradually increases with time. Single exponential fitting of the dynamic traces leads to characteristic relaxation time, tau(g), for the growth process from spherical to ellipsoidal micelles, and it increases with increasing SDS concentrations. This suggests that ellipsoidal micelles might be produced by successive insertion of unimers into spherical micelles, similar to the case of formation of spherical micelles as suggested by Aniansson-Wall (A-W) theory. At chi(PTHC) > or = 0.5, rod-like micelles with much higher axial ratio form. The scattered light intensity exhibits an initially abrupt increase and then levels off. The dynamic curves can be well fitted with single exponential functions, and the obtained tau(g) decreases with increasing SDS concentration. Thus, the growth from spherical to rod-like micelles might proceed via fusion of spherical micelles, in agreement with mechanism proposed by Ikeda et al. At chi(PTHC)=0.3 and 0.6, the apparent activation energies obtained from temperature dependent kinetic studies for the micellar growth are 40.4 and 3.6 kJ/mol, respectively. The large differences between activation energies for the growth from spherical to ellipsoidal micelles at low chi(PTHC) and the sphere-to-rod transition at high chi(PTHC) further indicate that they should follow different mechanisms. Moreover, the sphere-to-rod transition kinetics of sodium alkyl sulfate with varying hydrophobic chain lengths (n=10, 12, 14, and 16) are also studied. The longer the carbon chain

  14. Resolution dependence of the non-metric trabecular structure indices.

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    Sode, Miki; Burghardt, Andrew J; Nissenson, Robert A; Majumdar, Sharmila

    2008-04-01

    Non-metric indices of topological features of trabecular bone structure, such as structure model index (SMI), connectivity density (Conn.D), and degree of anisotropy (DA), provide unique information relevant to bone quality. With recent technological advancement, in vivo assessment of these indices may be possible from images acquired using high-resolution imaging techniques such as high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT). However, more detailed investigation of the dependence of non-metric indices on spatial resolution is needed to determine their applicability. The purpose of this study was to determine whether these three non-metric indices are affected by the spatial resolution of CT images. First, the SMI, Conn.D, and DA were calculated for trabecular bone specimens with varying plate-like and rod-like structures from resampled muCT images across a range of spatial resolutions and compared to the reference values. To account for differences in size across different species and anatomical sites, the results are reported in normalized resolution units. Next, the impact of resolution on the non-metric indices for cores of human distal tibia trabecular bone from clinical HR-pQCT images was evaluated to determine the applicability of the non-metric indices to in vivo imaging. We found that the non-metric indices of trabecular bone structure were affected by spatial resolution of CT images. Particularly, the SMI deviated from the high-resolution muCT reference value depending on the structure type, whether plate-like or rod-like. Both Conn.D and DA were underestimated in the images obtained at an in vivo resolution. It is not trivial to determine absolute threshold for validity of these non-metric indices without considering a specific study design (e.g. relative resolution, the size of the treatment effect to detect, and specimen type). The results of this study provide an upper bound for the accuracy of the non-metric indices under

  15. Effect of Carbide Ceramic Zone on Wear Resistance of the (Fe,Cr)7C3/Fe Surface Gradient Composite

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    Ye, Fangxia; Xu, Yunhua; Hojamberdiev, Mirabbos; Lai, Yujun; Wang, Chong; Wang, Xin

    2015-08-01

    In this work, we report on the influence of microstructure and mechanical properties of the (Fe,Cr)7C3 ceramic zone on wear resistance of the (Fe,Cr)7C3/Fe surface gradient composite fabricated by in situ synthesis method followed by a post-heat treatment at 1100 °C for 20 h in argon atmosphere. The phase composition, microstructure, nanoindentation hardness, elastic modulus, fracture toughness, and relative wear resistance of the (Fe,Cr)7C3/Fe surface gradient composite were investigated by means of x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, nanoindentation tester, and wear resistance testing instrument, respectively. The XRD results showed that (Fe,Cr)7C3 is the predominant crystalline phases in the fabricated composite. The volume fraction of the (Fe,Cr)7C3 particulates formed has a gradient distribution from the surface to the iron matrix, and the microstructure also changes significantly. The (Fe,Cr)7C3 bulk ceramic zone with the volume fraction of about 100% and the (Fe,Cr)7C3 dense ceramic zone with the volume fraction of about 90% were synthesized on the upper surface of the (Fe,Cr)7C3/Fe surface gradient composite, respectively. The average nanoindentation hardness and elastic modulus of the (Fe,Cr)7C3 bulk ceramic zone of the composite were determined to be 12.711 and 256.054 GPa, respectively. The fracture toughness of the (Fe,Cr)7C3 bulk ceramic zone is in the range of 2.06-4.19 MPa m1/2, and its relative wear resistance is about 56 times higher than that of the iron matrix. The (Fe,Cr)7C3 dense ceramic zone with rod-like, secondary (Fe,Cr)7C3 particulates was formed at the bottom of the (Fe,Cr)7C3 bulk ceramic zone. Rod-like, secondary (Fe,Cr)7C3 particulates are dense and grew in the direction of the iron substrate, providing higher wear resistance to the composite. The wear mechanisms of the (Fe,Cr)7C3 bulk and dense ceramic zones are considered to be microcutting, microcracking, and spalling pit.

  16. Effects of Solute and Surfactant Addition on the Crystallization and Morphology of Hydroxyapatite Powders Synthesized by Hydrolysis of Calcium Hydrogen Phosphate Dehydrate (DCPD)

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    Chen, Hui-Ting; Chang, Hsin-Fang; Ko, Horng-Huey; Hung, I.-Ming; Yen, Feng-Lin; Huang, Hong-Hsin; Hon, Min-Husing; Wang, Moo-Chin; Shih, Wei-Jen

    2013-02-01

    The effects of the addition of alcohol and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) on the crystallization and the morphology of hydroxyapatite (HA) powders synthesized by hydrolysis of calcium hydrogen phosphate dehydrate (DCPD) in the 2.5 M NaOH solutions at 348 K (75 °C) for 1 hour have been studied. The values of zeta potential have large differences between the sums of DCPD with CTAB ( Z DCPD+CTAB) minus the sum of DCPD and CTAB ( Z DCPD + Z CTAB), and of HA with CTAB ( Z HA+CTAB) minus the sum of HA and CTAB ( Z HA + Z CTAB), respectively. When the hydrolysis of DCPD occurred in the 2.5 M NaOH solutions at 348 K (75 °C) for 1 hour both with and without alcohol and CTAB, XRD results show the only one phase of HA in the as-dried powders. When the NaOH solution does not contain CTAB, the crystallite size of HA powders decreased from 23 ± 1 to 16 ± 1 nm as the alcohol content was more than 50 pct. The crystallite size of HA powders obtained from DCPD synthesized in the 2.5 M NaOH solution with 1.0 × 10-3 M CTAB decreased when the alcohol content was increased to 70 pct, whereas the crystallite size increased when the alcohol concentration was greater than that of 70 pct. SEM images show that the HA powders have a rod-like shape when DCPD was synthesized in the 2.5 M NaOH solution without CTAB or alcohol. When the NaOH solution had 1.0 × 10-3 M CTAB and various alcohol concentrations, the morphology of HA powder still maintained a rod-like or needle-like shape. The HA powder had a maximum specific surface area of 180.25 m2/g when the hydrolysis of DCPD occurred in a 2.5 M NaOH solution containing 1.0 × 10-3 M CTAB and 70 pct alcohol at 348 K (75 °C) for 1 hour.

  17. Brevipalpus-transmitted plant virus and virus-like diseases: cytopathology and some recent cases.

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    Kitajima, E W; Chagas, C M; Rodrigues, J C V

    2003-01-01

    An increasing number of diseases transmitted by Brevipalpus mite species (Acari: Tenuipalpidae) is being identified that affect economically important plants such as citrus, coffee, passion fruit, orchids, and several ornamentals. All of these diseases are characterized by localized lesions (chlorotic, green spots, or ringspots) on leaves, stems, and fruits. Virus or virus-like agents are considered to be the causal agents, possibly transmitted in a circulative-propagative manner by Brevipalpus mites. The virus or virus-like particles are short, rod-like, or bacilliform, that induce two characteristic types of cell alteration: (1) 'Nuclear type'--nuclei of parenchyma and epidermal cells in the lesions often contain a large electron lucent inclusion. Short, naked, rod-like (40-50 nm x 100-110 nm) particles may be seen in the viroplasm or nucleoplasm and in the cytoplasm. These particles are commonly arranged perpendicularly on the membranes of the nuclear envelope or endoplasmic reticulum (ER). In a very few instances, they were found to be membrane-bound, within the ER cavities. (2) 'Cytoplasmic type'--short bacilliform particles (60-70 nm x 110-120 nm) are present within the cisternae of the ER and often have electron dense viroplasm of varied shapes present in the cytoplasm. Bacilliform particles may be seen budding into the ER lumen near the viroplasm. These particles resemble those of members of the Rhabdoviridae, but are shorter. The only sequenced virus of this group, orchid fleck virus (OFV), has a negative sense (bipartite) type ssRNA genome, but its organization is similar to known rhabdoviruses, which are monopartite. Both types of cytopathological effects have been found associated with citrus leprosis. In orchids, OFV has a 'nuclear type' of cytopathology, but in some species the 'cytoplasmic type' has been found associated with ringspot symptoms. In Hibiscus and Clerodendron, green spot symptoms have been associated with the cytoplasmic type of cell

  18. Light scattering characterization of carbon nanotube dispersions and reinforcement of polymer composites

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    Zhao, Jian

    Dispersion and morphology of carbon nanotubes as well as enhancement for rubber reinforcement are studied. Several approaches including surfactant aids, functionalization and plasma treatment are used to assist dispersion. Several characterization methods are used to assess both the degree of dispersion and the level of reinforcement. Small angle light scattering is carried out as a primary tool to assess structure and dispersion of nanotubes treated through these approaches Stress-strain measurement and dynamic mechanical analysis are performed on elastomeric composites to study polymer reinforcement. These results are divided into five sections. The first section focuses on dispersion of untreated and acid-treated multi-walled carbon nanofibers (MWNF) suspended in water. Light scattering data provide the first insights into the mechanism by which surface treatment promotes dispersion. Both acid-treated and untreated nanofibers exhibit hierarchical morphology consisting of small-scale aggregates (bundles) that agglomerate to form fractal clusters that eventually precipitate. Although the morphology of the aggregates and agglomerates is nearly independent of surface treatment, their time evolution is quite different. Acid oxidation has little effect on bundle morphology. Rather acid treatment inhibits agglomeration of the bundles. The second section focuses on dispersion of the solubilized nanofibers. Light scattering data indicate that PEG-functionalized sample is dispersed at small rod-like bundle (side-by-side aggregate) level. Solubilization is achieved not by disrupting small-scale size-by-side bundles, but mainly by completely inhibiting large-scale agglomeration. The third section focuses on dispersion of plasma-treated carbon nanofibers. Comparison of untreated and plasma-treated nanofibers indicates that plasma treatment facilitates dispersion of nanofibers. The fourth section focuses on dispersion and structure of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs

  19. Photonic properties of self-assembled organic materials: Supramolecular films, and nanoribbon-templated gels and polymers

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    Li, Leiming

    Photonic properties were studied in two self-assembled systems: supramolecular rodcoil self-assemblies, and materials templated with dendron rodcoil (DRC) nanoribbons. A rodcoil molecule contains covalently connected rod-like and coil-like segments. The aggregation of rodcoils forms supramolecular polar layered structures with infinitymm symmetry. Nonlinear optical properties of these materials are determined by their molecular characteristics. Several sets of architecturally similar but chemically different rodcoils were studied, and their nonlinear susceptibility was found strongly influenced by molecular hyperpolarizability and layer spacing of the supramolecular materials formed by these molecules. The macroscopic polarization of these materials is relatively low, possibly caused by polydomain structures. To improve the polarization, glass substrates were patterned with periodic arrays of squares with lateral dimensions of 7 and 17mum, created by focused ion beams. The average molecular tilt angle was found smaller in the films on patterned substrates, suggesting that substrate micropatterning enhances overall polarization in these supramolecular films. DRC molecules contain covalently connected dendritic, rod-like, and coil-like segments, and form gels with certain monomers and solvents like styrene or 2-ethylhexyl methacrylate (EHMA). Gelation is triggered by the self-assembly of DRC molecules into a network of ribbon-like nanostructures that are 10nm wide, 2nm thick, and up to 10mum long. DRC nanoribbons improve chain orientation in stretched DRC-polystyrene samples polymerized from DRC-styrene gels, compared with pure polystyrene stretched to the same extent. Linear-shape dyes show significantly larger emission polarization when incorporated in stretched DRC-polystyrene than in stretched pure polystyrene. When subject to a DC electric field, DRC-EHMA gels undergo electrophoresis, creating solid films consisting mostly of oriented DRC nanoribbons. The poled

  20. Investigating the orientational order in smectic liquid crystals

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    Wang, Shun

    This thesis is composed of two projects. The first one is the investigation of a reversed phase sequence, which subsequently leads to the discovery of a novel Smectic-C liquid crystal phase. The 10OHFBBB1M7 (10OHF) compound shows a reversed phase sequence with the SmC*d4 phase occurring at a higher temperature than the SmC* phase. This phase sequence is stabilized by moderate doping of 9OTBBB1M7 (C9) or 11OTBBB1M7 (C11). To further study this unique phase sequence, the mixtures of 10OHFBBB1M7 and its homologs have been characterized by optical techniques. In order to perform the resonant X-ray diffraction experiment, we have added C9 and C11 compounds to the binary mixtures and pure 10OHF. In two of the studied mixtures, a new smectic-C* liquid crystal phase with six-layer periodicity has been discovered. Upon cooling, the new phase appears between the SmC*a phase having a helical structure and the SmC*d4 phase with four-layer periodicity. The SmC*d6 phase shows a distorted clock structure. Three theoretical models have predicted the existence of a six-layer phase. However, our experimental findings are not consistent with the theories. The second project involves the mixtures of liquid crystals with different shapes. The role of different interactions in stabilizing the antiferroelectric smectic liquid crystal phases have been a long-standing questions in the community. By mixing the antiferroelectric smectic liquid crystal with achiral liquid crystal molecules with rod and hockey-stick shapes, distinct different behaviors are obtained. In the case of the mixtures of chiral smectic liquid crystals with rod-like molecules, all the smectic-C* variant phases vanish with a small amount of doping. However, the hockey-stick molecule is much less destructive compared to the rod-like molecule. This suggests that the antiferroelectric smectic liquid crystal molecules may have a shape closer to a hockey-stick rather than a rod.

  1. Iron oxide nanorods as high-performance magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents

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    Mohapatra, Jeotikanta; Mitra, Arijit; Tyagi, Himanshu; Bahadur, D.; Aslam, M.

    2015-05-01

    An efficient magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent with a high R2 relaxivity value is achieved by controlling the shape of iron oxide to rod like morphology with a length of 30-70 nm and diameter of 4-12 nm. Fe3O4 nanorods of 70 nm length, encapsulated with polyethyleneimine show a very high R2 relaxivity value of 608 mM-1 s-1. The enhanced MRI contrast of nanorods is attributed to their higher surface area and anisotropic morphology. The higher surface area induces a stronger magnetic field perturbation over a larger volume more effectively for the outer sphere protons. The shape anisotropy contribution is understood by calculating the local magnetic field of nanorods and spherical nanoparticles under an applied magnetic field (3 Tesla). As compared to spherical geometry, the induced magnetic field of a rod is stronger and hence the stronger magnetic field over a large volume leads to a higher R2 relaxivity of nanorods.An efficient magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent with a high R2 relaxivity value is achieved by controlling the shape of iron oxide to rod like morphology with a length of 30-70 nm and diameter of 4-12 nm. Fe3O4 nanorods of 70 nm length, encapsulated with polyethyleneimine show a very high R2 relaxivity value of 608 mM-1 s-1. The enhanced MRI contrast of nanorods is attributed to their higher surface area and anisotropic morphology. The higher surface area induces a stronger magnetic field perturbation over a larger volume more effectively for the outer sphere protons. The shape anisotropy contribution is understood by calculating the local magnetic field of nanorods and spherical nanoparticles under an applied magnetic field (3 Tesla). As compared to spherical geometry, the induced magnetic field of a rod is stronger and hence the stronger magnetic field over a large volume leads to a higher R2 relaxivity of nanorods. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr00055f

  2. Surface and related bulk properties of titania nanoparticles recovered from aramid–titania hybrid films: A novel attempt

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    Al-Omani, Sara J.; Bumajdad, Ali; Al Sagheer, Fakhreia A.; Zaki, Mohamed I.

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: ► Aramid–titania hybrid films (5 and 10 wt%-TiO{sub 2}) were prepared via sol–gel processing. ► 450 °C calcination of the films yield anatase-TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles of rod-like morphology. ► The titania nanoparticle, crystal structure, high surface area are stable up to 800 °C. ► The novel approach has the advantage of nearly 100% recovery of titania. ► Increasing calcination temperature up to 1100 °C triggers anatase → rutile transition. -- Abstract: 5 and 10 wt%-TiO{sub 2}-containing aramid–titania hybrid films were prepared using sol–gel processing improved by the inclusion of 3-isocyanato-propyltriethoxysilane (ICTOS) to strengthen bonding of the titania species to the polymer backbone and, hence, lessen its agglomeration. The films were thermally degraded by heating at 450 °C in a dynamic atmosphere of air. The solid residues were found by thermogravimetry, X-ray diffractometry and electron microscopy to consist dominantly of uniformly agglomerated rod-like anatase-TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles, irrespective of the titania content of the film. The recovered titania particle morphology and surface microstructure were examined by field emission scanning and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, respectively. Whereas, the particle surface chemistry and texture were assessed, respectively, by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and N{sub 2} sorptiometry. The recovered titanias were found, irrespective of the film content of titania, to enjoy not only a high temperature (up to 800 °C) stable nanoscopic anatase bulk structure, but also a high-temperature stable surface chemical composition (lattice Ti{sup 4+} and O{sup 2−}, and adsorbed OH/CH{sub x} species), (101)-faceted microstructure and highly accessible (145–112 m{sup 2}/g), uniform mesoporous texture with average pore diameter in the narrow range of 3.9–6.3 nm. Increasing the calcination temperature up to 1100 °C enhances an anatase → rutile

  3. Synthesis and characterization of liquid-crystalline supramolecular architecture by a combination of molecular recognition and polymerization reaction

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    Ahn, Cheol-Hee

    In nature, self-assembly with well defined shapes obtained from combinations of polymeric building blocks with complex architecture are abundant since they are responsible for the production of structural materials and for the generation of some of the most efficient mechanisms. One of the many roles liquid crystallinity plays in natural systems is in their self-assembly and organization. The assembly of these complex natural systems is largely under thermodynamic control which is manipulated by their liquid crystallinity. The goal of this thesis is to use Nature as a model for the development of new synthetic concepts and strategies in the field of polymer science. The two models selected are rod-like and icosahedral viruses. The strategy involved in this thesis requires the design of libraries of monodendritic building blocks with well defined flat tapered and conical shapes which self-assemble into cylindrical and respectively spherical shapes. By analogy with viruses these supermolecules will generated hexagonal columnar and spherical cubic thermotropic phases. These liquid crystalline phases allow the determination of their shape by X-ray diffraction and Scanning Force Microscopy. Libraries of flat tapered and conical monodendritic building blocks will be functionalized with polymerizable groups and polymerized to generate the first examples of polymers of cylindrical and spherical shapes with diameter and length, and diameter controlled at the nanoscale level. The organization of these dendritic monomers in a liquid crystalline assembly is also used to aggregate their polymerizable groups in a reactor of artificially enhanced concentration and restricted geometry during the polymerization process and therefore, generate a new approach to the control of polymerization. The resulting liquid crystallinity provides access to the thermodynamically controlled assembly and characterization of these newly developed polymers. With few exceptions, there is no precedent

  4. Synthesis of Co-based bimetallic nanocrystals with one-dimensional structure for selective control on syngas conversion

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    Ba, Rongbin; Zhao, Yonghui; Yu, Lujing; Song, Jianjun; Huang, Shuangshuang; Zhong, Liangshu; Sun, Yuhan; Zhu, Yan

    2015-07-01

    Co-based bimetallic nanocrystals with one-dimensional (1D) branches were synthesized by the heterogeneous nucleation of Co atoms onto prenucleated seeds, such as Pd or Cu, through a facile wet-chemical route. The peripheral branches (rod-like) of the Co-Pd and Co-Cu nanocrystals were outspread along the (001) direction and were enclosed by (101) facets. By switching the prenucleated metals to form robust Co-Pd or Co-Cu bimetallic nanocatalysts, the selectivity of CO hydrogenation could be adjusted purposely towards heavy paraffins, light olefins or oxygenates. The Anderson-Schulz-Flory chain-lengthening probabilities for products were up to 0.9 over Co-Pd nanocrystals, showing that long-chain hydrocarbons can be formed with high selectivity using the targeted design of Co-Pd nanocrystal catalysts. These Co-based bimetallic nanocrystals with a 1D structure exhibited superior catalytic activities over the corresponding Co-based nanoparticles for synthesis gas conversion.Co-based bimetallic nanocrystals with one-dimensional (1D) branches were synthesized by the heterogeneous nucleation of Co atoms onto prenucleated seeds, such as Pd or Cu, through a facile wet-chemical route. The peripheral branches (rod-like) of the Co-Pd and Co-Cu nanocrystals were outspread along the (001) direction and were enclosed by (101) facets. By switching the prenucleated metals to form robust Co-Pd or Co-Cu bimetallic nanocatalysts, the selectivity of CO hydrogenation could be adjusted purposely towards heavy paraffins, light olefins or oxygenates. The Anderson-Schulz-Flory chain-lengthening probabilities for products were up to 0.9 over Co-Pd nanocrystals, showing that long-chain hydrocarbons can be formed with high selectivity using the targeted design of Co-Pd nanocrystal catalysts. These Co-based bimetallic nanocrystals with a 1D structure exhibited superior catalytic activities over the corresponding Co-based nanoparticles for synthesis gas conversion. Electronic supplementary

  5. Exciton-vibrational coupling in the dynamics and spectroscopy of Frenkel excitons in molecular aggregates

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    Schröter, M.; Ivanov, S. D.; Schulze, J.; Polyutov, S. P.; Yan, Y.; Pullerits, T.; Kühn, O.

    2015-03-01

    given in terms of a stochastic decoupling ansatz. This method has become the standard in exciton-vibrational theory and illustrative examples will be presented as well as a comparison with ML-MCTDH. Applications will be shown for generic model systems as well as for small aggregates mimicking those formed by perylene bisimide dyes. Further, photosynthetic antenna complexes will be discussed, including spectral densities and the role of exciton-vibrational coupling in two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy.

  6. Self-assembly of intramolecular charge-transfer compounds into functional molecular systems.

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    Li, Yongjun; Liu, Taifeng; Liu, Huibiao; Tian, Mao-Zhong; Li, Yuliang

    2014-04-15

    Highly polarized compounds exhibiting intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) are used widely as nonlinear optical (NLO) materials and red emitters and in organic light emitting diodes. Low-molecular-weight donor/acceptor (D/A)-substituted ICT compounds are ideal candidates for use as the building blocks of hierarchically structured, multifunctional self-assembled supramolecular systems. This Account describes our recent studies into the development of functional molecular systems with well-defined self-assembled structures based on charge-transfer (CT) interactions. From solution (sensors) to the solid state (assembled structures), we have fully utilized intrinsic and stimulus-induced CT interactions to construct these functional molecular systems. We have designed some organic molecules capable of ICT, with diversity and tailorability, that can be used to develop novel self-assembled materials. These ICT organic molecules are based on a variety of simple structures such as perylene bisimide, benzothiadiazole, tetracyanobutadiene, fluorenone, isoxazolone, BODIPY, and their derivatives. The degree of ICT is influenced by the nature of both the bridge and the substituents. We have developed new methods to synthesize ICT compounds through the introduction of heterocycles or heteroatoms to the π-conjugated systems or through extending the conjugation of diverse aromatic systems via another aromatic ring. Combining these ICT compounds featuring different D/A units and different degrees of conjugation with phase transfer methodologies and solvent-vapor techniques, we have self-assembled various organic nanostructures, including hollow nanospheres, wires, tubes, and ribbonlike architectures, with controllable morphologies and sizes. For example, we obtained a noncentrosymmetric microfiber structure that possessed a permanent dipole along its fibers' long axis and a transition dipole perpendicular to it; the independent NLO responses of this material can be separated and

  7. [Cooperative interaction of serum albumin with quaternized poly-4-vinyl pyridine and structure of the complexes].

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    Kabanov, V A; Evdakov, V P; Mustafaev, M I; Antipina, A D

    1977-01-01

    Interaction of bovine serum albumin (BSA) with quaternized poly-4-vinyl pyridine (PE) in aqueous solutions at pH 7 was studied. It was shown that in a wide range of the ratios of the components (nBSA/nPE) soluble stable cooperative complexes were formed. At the same time a certain critical content of the protein exists at which the system loses its homogeneity. Complex formation is not accompanied by protein denaturation. At smaller nBSA/nPE ratios non-homogeneous distribution of protein globulas among polyelectrolite macromolecules was found; this corresponded to the "all or none" principle. Using ultracentrifugation technique viscosimetric measurements and electron microscopy it was shown that the soluble complexes exist in the form of rode-like particles consisting of protein globules stabilized by polycation chains. Such particle can be considered as a model of nucleoprotein complex. At certain crytical nBSA/nPE rations the rod-like particles aggregate with additional number of BSA-molecules and form more complicate soluble and insoluble cooperative complexes. Possible structural models of the complexes described were suggested and the thermodinamic and kinetic cryteria of their self-assembly were discussed. PMID:37435

  8. Orientational disorder in the one-dimensional coordination polymer catena-poly[[bis­(acetyl­acetonato-κ2 O,O′)cobalt(II)]-μ-1,4-di­aza­bicyclo­[2.2.2]octane-κ2 N 1:N 4

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    Dumitru, Florina; Englert, Ulli; Braun, Beatrice

    2016-01-01

    The title compound, [Co(C5H7O2)2(C6H12N2)]n, was obtained as a one-dimensional coordination polymer from bis­(acetyl­acetonato)di­aqua­cobalt(II), [Co(acac)2(OH2)2], and 1,4-di­aza­bicyclo­[2.2.2]octane (DABCO), a di­amine with good bridging ability and rod-like spacer function. In the chain complex that extends along the c axis, the CoII atom is six-coordinated, the O-donor atoms of the chelating acac ligands occupying the equatorial positions and the bridging DABCO ligands being in trans-axial positions. In the crystal structure, the DABCO ligand is conformationally disordered in a 50:50 manner as a result of its location across a crystallographic mirror plane. The metal–metal distance is very close to that in a related compound exhibiting weak anti­ferromagnetic exchange between the CoII ions, and the title compound can thus be useful for obtaining more information about the contribution of different bridges to the magnetic coupling between paramagnetic ions. PMID:27375886

  9. Synthesis, PL characterizations and concentration quenching effect in Dy(3+) and Eu(3+) activated LiCaBO3 phosphor.

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    Kharabe, V R; Oza, Abha H; Dhoble, S J

    2015-06-01

    LiCaBO3 :Dy(3+) /Eu(3+) phosphors were synthesized by a solid-state reaction. The synthesized materials were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD) for confirmation. All the structural parameters were calculated from the XRD data. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed rod-like morphology. Photoluminescence (PL) emission spectra showed two emissions (484 and 577 nm) in Dy(3+) -doped LiCaBO3 :Dy(3+) phosphors with the concentration quenching effect and the critical distance was calculated to be about 22.76 Å. LiCaBO3 :Eu(3+) phosphor was effectively excited by a near-UV light of 392 nm. The emission spectra exhibited the transition from (5) D0 level to (7) FJ (J = 0-2) with main emission at 614 nm, which comes from the electrodipole transition because of the asymmetric point group. The quenching concentration of Eu(3+) is about 0.2 mol%, and the critical distance was calculated to be about 38.93 Å. PMID:25137055

  10. Nano-laminography for three-dimensional high-resolution imaging of flat specimens

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    Helfen, L.; Xu, F.; Suhonen, H.; Urbanelli, L.; Cloetens, P.; Baumbach, T.

    2013-05-01

    Developed for non-destructive three-dimensional (3D) imaging of flat specimens, synchrotron-radiation computed laminography (SR-CL) complements the established method of computed tomography (CT) which is optimised towards rod-like specimens elongated along one direction. SR-CL is realised by the inclination of the tomographic axis with respect to the incident x-ray beam by a defined angle. Its potential for 3D imaging of regions of interests in flat specimens has been demonstrated in various fields of investigation, e.g. in nondestructive device testing, cultural heritage studies, materials science and life sciences. Here we report on the latest developments of SR-CL at the ESRF beamline ID22NI which is dedicated to 3D nano-scale imaging using phase contrast and x-ray fluorescence. For the life sciences, the attractiveness of nano-laminography stems from the ability to study large heterogeneous samples at relatively low resolution in 2D or 3D and, subsequently, to focus on the regions of interest for high resolution 3D imaging.

  11. PLGA nanofibers blended with designer self-assembling peptides for peripheral neural regeneration.

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    Nune, Manasa; Krishnan, Uma Maheswari; Sethuraman, Swaminathan

    2016-05-01

    Electrospun nanofibers are attractive candidates for neural regeneration due to similarity to the extracellular matrix. Several synthetic polymers have been used but they lack in providing the essential biorecognition motifs on their surfaces. Self-assembling peptide nanofiber scaffolds (SAPNFs) like RADA16 and recently, designer SAPs with functional motifs RADA16-I-BMHP1 areexamples, which showed successful spinal cord regeneration. But these peptide nanofiber scaffolds have poor mechanical properties and faster degradation rates that limit their use for larger nerve defects. Hence, we have developed a novel hybrid nanofiber scaffold of polymer poly(L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) and RADA16-I-BMHP1. The scaffolds were characterized for the presence of peptides both qualitatively and quantitatively using several techniques like SEM, EDX, FTIR, CHN analysis, Circular Dichroism analysis, Confocal and thermal analysis. Peptide self-assembly was retained post-electrospinning and formed rod-like nanostructures on PLGA nanofibers. In vitro cell compatibility was studied using rat Schwann cells and their adhesion, proliferation and gene expression levels on the designed scaffolds were evaluated. Our results have revealed the significant effects of the peptide blended scaffolds on promoting Schwann cell adhesion, extension and phenotypic expression. Neural development markers (SEM3F, NRP2 & PLX1) gene expression levels were significantly upregulated in peptide blended scaffolds compared to the PLGA scaffolds. Thus the hybrid blended novel designer scaffolds seem to be promising candidates for successful and functional regeneration of the peripheral nerve. PMID:26952431

  12. Structural Insights into SraP-Mediated Staphylococcus aureus Adhesion to Host Cells

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    Zhang, Juan; Wang, Lei; Bai, Xiao-Hui; Zhang, Shi-Jie; Ren, Yan-Min; Li, Na; Zhang, Yong-Hui; Zhang, Zhiyong; Gong, Qingguo; Mei, Yide; Xue, Ting; Zhang, Jing-Ren; Chen, Yuxing; Zhou, Cong-Zhao

    2014-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus, a Gram-positive bacterium causes a number of devastating human diseases, such as infective endocarditis, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis and sepsis. S. aureus SraP, a surface-exposed serine-rich repeat glycoprotein (SRRP), is required for the pathogenesis of human infective endocarditis via its ligand-binding region (BR) adhering to human platelets. It remains unclear how SraP interacts with human host. Here we report the 2.05 Å crystal structure of the BR of SraP, revealing an extended rod-like architecture of four discrete modules. The N-terminal legume lectin-like module specifically binds to N-acetylneuraminic acid. The second module adopts a β-grasp fold similar to Ig-binding proteins, whereas the last two tandem repetitive modules resemble eukaryotic cadherins but differ in calcium coordination pattern. Under the conditions tested, small-angle X-ray scattering and molecular dynamic simulation indicated that the three C-terminal modules function as a relatively rigid stem to extend the N-terminal lectin module outwards. Structure-guided mutagenesis analyses, in addition to a recently identified trisaccharide ligand of SraP, enabled us to elucidate that SraP binding to sialylated receptors promotes S. aureus adhesion to and invasion into host epithelial cells. Our findings have thus provided novel structural and functional insights into the SraP-mediated host-pathogen interaction of S. aureus. PMID:24901708

  13. Growth of Hydrothermally Derived CdS-Based Nanostructures with Various Crystal Features and Photoactivated Properties.

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    Liang, Yuan-Chang; Lung, Tsai-Wen

    2016-12-01

    CdS crystallites with rod- and flower-like architectures were synthesized using a facile hydrothermal growth method. The hexagonal crystal structure of CdS dominated the growth mechanisms of the rod- and flower-like crystallites under specific growth conditions, as indicated by structural analyses. The flower-like CdS crystallites had a higher crystal defect density and lower optical band gap value compared with the rod-like CdS crystallites. The substantial differences in microstructures and optical properties between the rod- and flower-like CdS crystallites revealed that the flower-like CdS crystallites exhibited superior photoactivity, and this performance could be further enhanced through appropriate thermal annealing in ambient air. A postannealing procedure conducted in ambient air oxidized the surfaces of the flower-like CdS crystallites and formed a CdO phase. The formation of heterointerfaces between the CdS and CdO phases mainly contributed to the improved photoactivity of the synthesized flower-like CdS crystallites. PMID:27216602

  14. Aggregation of Actin and Cofilin in Identical Twins with Juvenile-Onset Dystonia

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    Gearing, Marla; Juncos, Jorge L.; Procaccio, Vincent; Gutekunst, Claire-Anne; Marino-Rodriguez, Elaine M.; Gyure, Kymberly A.; Ono, Shoichiro; Santoianni, Robert; Krawiecki, Nicolas S.; Wallace, Douglas C.; Wainer, Bruce H.

    2005-01-01

    The neuropathology of the primary dystonias is not well understood. We examined brains from identical twins with DYT1-negative, dopa-unresponsive dystonia. The twins exhibited mild developmental delays until age 12 years when they began developing rapidly progressive generalized dystonia. Genetic, metabolic, and imaging studies ruled out known causes of dystonia. Cognition was subnormal but stable until the last few years. Death occurred at ages 21 and 22 years. The brains were macroscopically unremarkable. Microscopic examination showed unusual glial fibrillary acidic protein–immunoreactive astrocytes in multiple regions and iron accumulation in pallidal and nigral neurons. However, the most striking findings were 1) eosinophilic, rod-like cytoplasmic inclusions in neocortical and thalamic neurons that were actin depolymerizing factor/cofilin-immunoreactive but only rarely actin-positive; and 2) abundant eosinophilic spherical structures in the striatum that were strongly actin- and actin depolymerizing factor/cofilin-positive. Electron microscopy suggested that these structures represent degenerating neurons and processes; the accumulating filaments had the same dimensions as actin microfilaments. To our knowledge, aggregation of actin has not been reported previously as the predominant feature in any neurodegenerative disease. Thus, our findings may shed light on a novel neuropathological change associated with dystonia that may represent a new degenerative mechanism involving actin, a ubiquitous constituent of the cytoskeletal system. PMID:12325076

  15. Dynamics of Small Inertia-Free Spheroidal Particles in a Turbulent Channel Flow

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    Challabotla, Niranjan Reddy; Zhao, Lihao; Andersson, Helge I.; Department of Energy; Process Engineering Team

    2015-11-01

    The study of small non-spherical particles suspended in turbulent fluid flows is of interest in view of the potential applications in industry and the environment. In the present work, we investigated the dynamics of inertia-free spheroidal particles suspended in fully-developed turbulent channel flow at Re τ = 180 by using the direct numerical simulations (DNS) for the Eulerian fluid phase coupled with the Lagrangian point-particle tracking. We considered inertia-free spheroidal particles with a wide range of aspect ratios from 0.01 to 50, i.e. from flat disks to long rods. Although the spheroids passively translate along with the fluid, the particle orientation and rotation strongly depend on the particle shape. The flattest disks were preferentially aligned with their symmetry axis normal to the wall, whereas the longest rods aligned parallel to the wall. Strong mean rotational spin was observed for spherical particles and this has been damped with increasing asphericity both for rod-like and disk-like spheroids. The anisotropic mean and fluctuating fluid vorticity resulted in particle spin anisotropies which exhibited a complex dependence on the particle asphericty. The Research Council of Norway, Notur and COST Action FP1005 are gratefully acknowledged.

  16. CO2 decomposition using electrochemical process in molten salts

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    Otake, Koya; Kinoshita, Hiroshi; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Suzuki, Ryosuke O.

    2012-08-01

    The electrochemical decomposition of CO2 gas to carbon and oxygen gas in LiCl-Li2O and CaCl2-CaO molten salts was studied. This process consists of electrochemical reduction of Li2O and CaO, as well as the thermal reduction of CO2 gas by the respective metallic Li and Ca. Two kinds of ZrO2 solid electrolytes were tested as an oxygen ion conductor, and the electrolytes removed oxygen ions from the molten salts to the outside of the reactor. After electrolysis in both salts, the aggregations of nanometer-scale amorphous carbon and rod-like graphite crystals were observed by transmission electron microscopy. When 9.7 %CO2-Ar mixed gas was blown into LiCl-Li2O and CaCl2-CaO molten salts, the current efficiency was evaluated to be 89.7 % and 78.5 %, respectively, by the exhaust gas analysis and the supplied charge. When a solid electrolyte with higher ionic conductivity was used, the current and carbon production became larger. It was found that the rate determining step is the diffusion of oxygen ions into the ZrO2 solid electrolyte.

  17. Ex vivo mammalian prions are formed of paired double helical prion protein fibrils

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    Terry, Cassandra; Wenborn, Adam; Gros, Nathalie; Sells, Jessica; Joiner, Susan; Hosszu, Laszlo L. P.; Tattum, M. Howard; Panico, Silvia; Clare, Daniel K.; Collinge, John; Saibil, Helen R.

    2016-01-01

    Mammalian prions are hypothesized to be fibrillar or amyloid forms of prion protein (PrP), but structures observed to date have not been definitively correlated with infectivity and the three-dimensional structure of infectious prions has remained obscure. Recently, we developed novel methods to obtain exceptionally pure preparations of prions from mouse brain and showed that pathogenic PrP in these high-titre preparations is assembled into rod-like assemblies. Here, we have used precise cell culture-based prion infectivity assays to define the physical relationship between the PrP rods and prion infectivity and have used electron tomography to define their architecture. We show that infectious PrP rods isolated from multiple prion strains have a common hierarchical assembly comprising twisted pairs of short fibres with repeating substructure. The architecture of the PrP rods provides a new structural basis for understanding prion infectivity and can explain the inability to systematically generate high-titre synthetic prions from recombinant PrP. PMID:27249641

  18. Mineralogical comparisons of experimental results investigating the biological impacts on rock transport processes.

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    Wagner, Doris; Milodowski, Antoni E; West, Julia M; Wragg, Joanna; Yoshikawa, Hideki

    2013-08-01

    This study investigates the influence of microbes on fluid transport in sedimentary and igneous host rock environments. It particularly focuses on granodiorite rock (Äspö; Sweden) and mudstone (Horonobe; Japan) that were utilised during laboratory-based column experiments. The results showed that biofilms form on both rock types in low nutrient conditions. Cryogenic scanning electron microscopy showed that the morphology of biofilaments varied from filamentous meshwork (in crushed granodiorite column experiments) to clusters of rod-like cells (fracture surfaces in mudstone). X-ray diffraction analysis of the fine fractions (<5 µm) revealed the formation of secondary clay mineral phases within the crushed Äspö granodiorite rock substrate only. The formation of secondary clay minerals appears to be enhanced when bacteria are present. All experiments showed biofilm formation, bacterial enhanced trapping of fines blocking off pore throats and/or secondary clay mineral formation. These observations illustrate the importance of bacteria on rock transport properties which will impact on the containment and migration of contaminants. PMID:23770916

  19. Sharpening the surface of magnetic paranematic droplets.

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    Tokarev, Alexander; Lee, Wah-Keat; Sevonkaev, Igor; Goia, Dan; Kornev, Konstantin G

    2014-03-28

    In a non-uniform magnetic field, the droplets of colloids of nickel nanorods and nanobeads aggregate to form a cusp at the droplet surface not deforming the entire droplet shape. When the field is removed, nanorods diffuse away and the cusp disappears. Spherical particles can form cusps in a similar way, but they stay aggregated after the release of the field; finally, the aggregates settle down to the bottom of the drop. The X-ray phase contrast imaging reveals that nanorods in the cusps stay parallel to each other without visible spatial order of their centers of mass. The formation of cusps can be explained with a model that includes magnetostatic and surface tension forces. The discovered possibility of controlled assembly and quenching of nanorod orientation under the cusped liquid surface offers vast opportunities for alignment of carbon nanotubes, nanowires and nanoscrolls, prior to spinning them into superstrong and multifunctional fibers. Magnetostatic and electrostatic analogies suggest that a similar ideal alignment can be achieved with the rod-like dipoles subject to a strong electric field. PMID:24800272

  20. Enhancement of cellular uptake, transport and oral absorption of protease inhibitor saquinavir by nanocrystal formulation

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    He, Yuan; Xia, Deng-ning; Li, Qiu-xia; Tao, Jin-song; Gan, Yong; Wang, Chi

    2015-01-01

    Aim: Saquinavir (SQV) is the first protease inhibitor for the treatment of HIV infection, but with poor solubility. The aim of this study was to prepare a colloidal nanocrystal suspension for improving the oral absorption of SQV. Methods: SQV nanocrystals were prepared using anti-solvent precipitation–high pressure homogenization method. The nanocrystals were characterized by a Zetasizer and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Their dissolution, cellular uptake and transport across the human colorectal adenocarcinoma cell line (Caco-2) monolayer were investigated. Bioimaging of ex vivo intestinal sections of rats was conducted with confocal laser scanning microscopy. Pharmacokinetic analysis was performed in rats administered nanocrystal SQV suspension (50 mg/kg, ig), and the plasma SQV concentrations were measured with HPLC. Results: The SQV nanocrystals were approximately 200 nm in diameter, with a uniform size distribution. The nanocrystals had a rod-like shape under TEM. The dissolution, cellular uptake, and transport across a Caco-2 monolayer of the nanocrystal formulation were significantly improved compared to those of the coarse crystals. The ex vivo intestinal section study revealed that the fluorescently labeled nanocrystals were located in the lamina propria and the epithelium of the duodenum and jejunum. Pharmacokinetic study showed that the maximal plasma concentration (Cmax) was 2.16-fold of that for coarse crystalline SQV suspension, whereas the area under the curve (AUC) of nanocrystal SQV suspension was 1.95-fold of that for coarse crystalline SQV suspension. Conclusion: The nanocrystal drug delivery system significantly improves the oral absorption of saquinavir. PMID:26256404

  1. Supramolecular Order of 2,5-Bis(dodecanoxy)phenyleneethynylene-Butadiyne Oligomers in the Solid State.

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    Vergara, Edgar; Arias, Eduardo; Moggio, Ivana; Gallardo-Vega, Carlos; Ziolo, Ronald F; Jiménez-Barrera, Rosa M; Navarro, Damaso; Rodríguez, Oliverio; Fernández, Salvador; Herrera, Manuel

    2015-06-23

    The supramolecular order of a 2,5-bis(dodecanoxy)phenyleneethynylene-butadiyne series of rod-like oligomers with 2, 4, 6, and 8 phenyleneethynylene moieties was studied in the solid state by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), temperature-dependent small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SWAXS), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), polarized optical microscopy (POM), high-resolution transmission microscopy (HRTEM), and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). It was found that all of the oligomers self-assemble in blocks of molecules that resemble bricks that are randomly oriented. These oligomers are described as sanidic liquid crystals as a term to classify their mesomorphic behavior because of their brick or board-like structure. The strong π-π interaction that governs the package of conjugated backbones was evidenced by the reiterative distances of 0.36 ± 0.017 nm found by SWAXS and 0.32 ± 0.017 nm found by HRTEM. A STM study of a cast film of the tetramer deposited on highly oriented pyrolitic graphite (HOPG) allowed for the visualization and determination of the conjugated backbone length of 2.48 nm and a phenyl-phenyl distance of 0.34 nm, suggesting that the molecules are stacked in lamellae perpendicularly aligned to the substrate. PMID:26023823

  2. Synthesis and characterization of ZnO and Ni doped ZnO nanorods by thermal decomposition method for spintronics application

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    Saravanan, R.; Santhi, Kalavathy; Sivakumar, N.; Narayanan, V.; Stephen, A.

    2012-05-15

    Zinc oxide nanorods and diluted magnetic semiconducting Ni doped ZnO nanorods were prepared by thermal decomposition method. This method is simple and cost effective. The decomposition temperature of acetate and formation of oxide were determined by TGA before the actual synthesis process. The X-ray diffraction result indicates the single phase hexagonal structure of zinc oxide. The transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy images show rod like structure of ZnO and Ni doped ZnO samples with the diameter {approx} 35 nm and the length in few micrometers. The surface analysis was performed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies. The Ni doped ZnO exhibits room temperature ferromagnetism. This diluted magnetic semiconducting Ni doped ZnO nanorods finds its application in spintronics. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The method used is very simple and cost effective compared to all other methods for the preparation DMS materials. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO and Ni doped ZnO nanorods Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ferromagnetism at room temperature.

  3. "Biodrop" Evaporation and Ring-Stain Deposits: The Significance of DNA Length.

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    Askounis, Alexandros; Takata, Yasuyuki; Sefiane, Khellil; Koutsos, Vasileios; Shanahan, Martin E R

    2016-05-01

    Small sessile drops of water containing either long or short strands of DNA ("biodrops") were deposited on silicon substrates and allowed to evaporate. Initially, the triple line (TL) of both types of droplet remained pinned but later receded. The TL recession mode continued at constant speed until almost the end of drop lifetime for the biodrops with short DNA strands, whereas those containing long DNA strands entered a regime of significantly lower TL recession. We propose a tentative explanation of our observations based on free energy barriers to unpinning and increases in the viscosity of the base liquid due to the presence of DNA molecules. In addition, the structure of DNA deposits after evaporation was investigated by AFM. DNA self-assembly in a series of perpendicular and parallel orientations was observed near the contact line for the long-strand DNA, while, with the short-stranded DNA, smoother ring-stains with some nanostructuring but no striations were evident. At the interior of the deposits, dendritic and faceted crystals were formed from short and long strands, respectively, due to diffusion and nucleation limited processes, respectively. We suggest that the above results related to the biodrop drying and nanostructuring are indicative of the importance of DNA length, i.e., longer DNA chains consisting of linearly bonded shorter, rod-like DNA strands. PMID:27074133

  4. Ultrastructural changes in LGMD1F.

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    Cenacchi, Giovanna; Peterle, Enrico; Fanin, Marina; Papa, Valentina; Salaroli, Roberta; Angelini, Corrado

    2013-06-01

    A large Italo-Spanish kindred with autosomal-dominant inheritance has been reported with proximal limb and axial muscle weakness. Clinical, histological and genetic features have been described. A limb girdle muscular dystrophy 1F (LGMD1F) disease locus at chromosome 7q32.1-32.2 has been previously identified. We report a muscle pathological study of two patients (mother and daughter) from this family. Muscle morphologic findings showed increased fiber size variability, fiber atrophy, and acid-phosphatase-positive vacuoles. Immunofluorescence against desmin, myotilin, p62 and LC3 showed accumulation of myofibrils, ubiquitin binding protein aggregates and autophagosomes. The ultrastructural study confirmed autophagosomal vacuoles. Many alterations of myofibrillar component were detected, such as prominent disarray, rod-like structures with granular aspect, and occasionally, cytoplasmic bodies. Our ultrastructural data and muscle pathological features are peculiar to LGMD1F and support the hypothesis that the genetic defect leads to a myopathy phenotype associated with disarrangement of the cytoskeletal network. PMID:23279333

  5. Ion irradiation effects on metallic nanocrystals

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    Kluth, P.; Johannessen, B.; Giulian, R.; Schnohr, C. S.; Foran, G. J.; Cookson, D. J.; Byrne, A. P.; Ridgway, M. C.

    We have investigated structural and morphological properties of metallic nanocrystals (NCs) exposed to ion irradiation. NCs were characterized by transmission electron microscopy in combination with advanced synchrotron-based analytical techniques, in particular X-ray absorption spectroscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering. A number of different effects were observed depending on the irradiation conditions. At energies where nuclear stopping is predominant, structural disorder/amorphization followed by inverse Ostwald ripening/dissolution due to ion beam mixing was observed for Au and Cu NCs embedded in SiO2. The ion-irradiation-induced crystalline to amorphous transition in the NCs, which cannot be achieved in the corresponding bulk metals, was attributed to their initially higher structural energy as compared to bulk material and possibly preferential nucleation of the amorphous phase at the NC/SiO2 interface. At very high irradiation energies (swift heavy ion irradiation), where the energy loss is nearly entirely due to electronic stopping, a size-dependent shape transformation of the NCs from spheres to rod like shapes was apparent in Au NCs. Our preliminary results are in good agreement with considerations on melting of the NCs in the ion track as one mechanism involved in the shape transformation.

  6. Preparation and Characterization of Lanthanum-Incorporated Hydroxyapatite Coatings on Titanium Substrates.

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    Lou, Weiwei; Dong, Yiwen; Zhang, Hualin; Jin, Yifan; Hu, Xiaohui; Ma, Jianfeng; Liu, Jinsong; Wu, Gang

    2015-01-01

    Titanium (Ti) has been widely used in clinical applications for its excellent biocompatibility and mechanical properties. However, the bioinertness of the surface of Ti has motivated researchers to improve the physicochemical and biological properties of the implants through various surface modifications, such as coatings. For this purpose, we prepared a novel bioactive material, a lanthanum-incorporated hydroxyapatite (La-HA) coating, using a dip-coating technique with a La-HA sol along with post-heat treatment. The XRD, FTIR and EDX results presented in this paper confirmed that lanthanum was successfully incorporated into the structure of HA. The La-HA coating was composed of rod-like particles which densely compacted together without microcracks. The results of the interfacial shear strength test indicated that the incorporation of lanthanum increased the bonding strength of the HA coating. The mass loss ratios under acidic conditions (pH=5.5) suggested that the La-HA coatings have better acid resistance. The cytocompatibility of the La-HA coating was also revealed by the relative activity of alkaline phosphatase, cellular morphology and cell proliferation assay in vitro. The present study suggested that La-HA coated on Ti has promising potential for applications in the development of a new type of bioactive coating for metal implants. PMID:26404255

  7. Solvothermal synthesis and characterization of Ln (Eu3+, Tb3+) doped hydroxyapatite.

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    Yang, Chun; Yang, Piaoping; Wang, Wenxin; Wang, Jun; Zhang, Milin; Lin, Jun

    2008-12-01

    Luminescent Ln (Eu3+, Tb3+) doped hydroxyapatite (Eu:HAp, Tb:HAp) phosphors were successfully fabricated via the cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)/n-octane/n-butanol/water microemulsion-mediated solvothermal process. The structure, morphology, and optical properties were systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and photoluminescence (PL) spectra as well as the kinetic decays, respectively. The XRD results reveal that the obtained Eu:HAp and Tb:HAp show the characteristic peaks of hydroxyapatite in a hexagonal lattice structure. It is observed that the as-prepared luminescent samples exhibit rod-like morphology with well dispersed and non-aggregated size distribution. Upon excitation by UV radiation, the phosphors demonstrate the characteristic 5D 0-7F 1-4 emission lines of Eu3+ and the characteristic 5D4-7F 3-6 emission lines of Tb3+. Moreover, the photoluminescence intensities (PL) of Eu3+ and Tb3+ can be tuned by altering the solvothermal temperature and the doping concentration of Eu3+ and Tb3+. PMID:18834595

  8. Synthesis of barium and strontium carbonate crystals with unusual morphologies using an organic additive

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    Chen, Long; Jiang, Jizhong; Bao, Zuben; Pan, Jian; Xu, Weibing; Zhou, Lili; Wu, Zhigang; Chen, Xu

    2013-12-01

    In this paper, strontium carbonate (SrCO3) and barium carbonate (BaCO3) crystals were synthesized in the presence of an organic additive-hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) using two CO2 sources. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffractometry were used to characterize the products. The results showed that the morphologies of orthorhombic strontianite SrCO3 transformed from branch-like to flower-like, and to capsicum-like at last, while the morphologies of BaCO3 change from fiber-like to branchlike, and to rod-like finally with an increase of the molar ratio HMT/Sr2+ and HMT/Ba2+ from 0.2 to 10 using ammonium carbonate as CO2 source. When using diethyl carbonate instead of ammonium carbonate as CO2 source, SrCO3 flowers aggregated by rods and BaCO3 shuttles were formed. The possible formation mechanisms of SrCO3 and BaCO3 crystals obtained in different conditions were also discussed.

  9. Phase transition of silica in the TMB-P123-H2O-TEOS quadru-component system: a feasible route to different mesostructured materials.

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    Xin, Chunling; Zhao, Ning; Zhan, Haijuan; Xiao, Fukui; Wei, Wei; Sun, Yuhan

    2014-11-01

    Various siliceous structures were obtained using a nonionic block copolymer (Pluronic P123) surfactant and trimethylbenzene (TMB) as a hydrophobic additive by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) in a sol-gel process. The resultant materials were characterized by small-angle X-ray diffraction (SAXRD), nitrogen adsorption analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results revealed the structure transformation from hexagonal structure (HEX) to multilamellar vesicles (MLVs) and then to mesocellular foams (MCFs) in the TMB-P123-H2O-TEOS quadru-component system. The morphology of the mesoporous silica was mainly controlled by the mass ratio of TMB/P123 resulted from the increasing volume of the hydrophobic chain of micelle of P123 that caused by more amount of TMB dissolved in the PPO segment of polymer. The fact that the occurrence of rod-like particles with curved ends and the coexistence of the MLVs and the HEX structure indicates that the MLVs are developed from the ends of HEX structures, rather than formed by a direct cooperative self-assembly mechanism. Further increasing of packing parameter of surfactant resulted from TMB addition transforms lamellar micelles to reversed micelles, leading to the formation of MCFs. PMID:25128865

  10. First experimental determination of permanent and induced electric dipolar moments of colloidal cellulose nanocrystals dispersed in apolar solvents

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    Frka-Petesic, Bruno; Jean, Bruno; Heux, Laurent

    2012-02-01

    Scientists and industrialists show a growing interest for cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) since these rod-like nanoparticles display excellent mechanical properties that make them perfect candidates for the design of high performance biobased composites. Furthermore, CNCs can be obtained as colloidal suspensions in apolar solvents that form chiral nematic (cholesteric) liquid crystals. Our aim is to obtain homogeneous unidimensionnal structures to enhance the optical and/or mechanical properties of CNCs-based architectures at a macroscopic scale. Using electric fields, CNCs suspensions from either cotton or tunicate were succesfully oriented in the direction of an electric field, in both AC and DC configurations. To probe the electric field induced orientation of the CNCs, a birefringence experimental set-up has been developped. While applying short electric DC field pulses, static and transient birefringence has been measured in diluted isotropic suspensions. From these measurements, we determined both the permanent and induced electric dipolar moments of the CNCs, whose effects appeared to be of the same order of magnitude. The results are discussed regarding to the CNC type and the apolar solvent used.

  11. Structure of bottle brush polymers on surfaces: weak versus strong adsorption.

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    Hsu, Hsiao-Ping; Paul, Wolfgang; Binder, Kurt

    2011-12-01

    Large-scale Monte Carlo simulations are presented for a coarse-grained model of cylindrical molecular brushes adsorbed on a flat structureless substrate, varying both the chain length N of the side chains and the backbone chain length N(b). For the case of good solvent conditions, both the cases of weak adsorption (only 10 to 15% of the monomers being bound to the surface) and strong adsorption (~40% of the monomers being bound to the surface, forcing the bottle brush into an almost 2D conformation) are studied. We focus on the scaling of the total linear dimensions of the cylindrical brush with both chain lengths N and N(b), demonstrating a crossover from rod-like behavior (for not very large N(b)) to the scaling of 2D self-avoiding walks. Despite the fact that snapshot pictures suggest a "worm-like" picture as a coarse-grained description of such cylindrical brushes, the Kratky-Porod worm-like chain model fails because there is no regime where Gaussian statistics applies. We compare the stiffness (orientational correlations of backbone bonds, persistence length estimates, etc.) of the adsorbed bottle brush polymers with their corresponding 3D nonadsorbed counterparts. Consequences for the discussion of pertinent experiments are briefly discussed. PMID:21751800

  12. Flow-induced anisotropy in the susceptibility of a particle suspension.

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    Karis, T E; Jhon, M S

    1986-07-01

    The initial susceptibility, or low-field high-frequency permeability, of a rod-like particle suspension or polymer solution can become anisotropic when the particles or molecules interact with a magnetic field in a directional manner and are nonrandomly oriented by certain types of flow field. This is the alignment that leads to thixotropy and deviatoric stresses during rheological measurements on these fluids. A general expression for the particle order parameter and the fluid permeability in terms of Legendre polynomials is derived by calculating the ensemble average over all possible orientation angles. This is an integral containing the orientation angle-dependent orientation probability function. The example case of single-domain magnetic particles suspended in extensional flow of a newtonian fluid is examined by using the following well-known models: chain-of-spheres model for the magnetic properties of a particle and the Kirkwood-Auer theory for the orientation probability function. From this, the particle orientation in the flow direction downstream from a sharp circular convergence is predicted to dramatically increase with an increase in the ratio of the extension rate to the particle rotary diffusion coefficient. Consequently, the measured permeability of the fluid is predicted to decrease parallel to, and to increase perpendicular to, the flow direction. PMID:16593725

  13. Ductile phase toughened ceramics by partial reduction reactions in the Ni-Al-O system: Mechanical properties and effect of dopants

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    Uestuendag, E.; Ret, P.; Shapiro, Y.; Subramanian, R.; Dieckmann, R.; Sass, S.L.

    1995-10-01

    Partial reduction reactions in the Ni-Al-O system, starting with the spinel compound NiAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}, are used to form metal-ceramic microstructures in situ. Two different morphologies of nearly pure Ni particles, equiaxed and rod-like, form within a ceramic matrix depending on the choice of processing parameters. Electron microscopy studies were performed for microstructural characterization, phase identification and chemical analysis. The fracture toughness of the Ni-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} mixture was significantly improved with respect to that of the original spinel phase. It is shown that cracking at the original spinel grain boundaries, likely due to the large volume changes associated with the reduction reaction, can be avoided by the addition of small amounts of ZrO{sub 2}. It is seen that ZrO{sub 2} also acts as a nucleation site for the precipitating metal and hence allows morphology control in microstructures obtained by partial reduction reactions.

  14. CdSe-sensitized branched CdS hierarchical nanostructures for efficient photoelectrochemical solar hydrogen generation.

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    Han, Zonghu; Wang, Meng; Chen, Xiangyan; Shen, Shaohua

    2016-04-28

    A two-step hydrothermal process was used to synthesize branched CdS hierarchical nanostructures, which were then sensitized by CdSe via a chemical bath deposition method. CdS nanorods grew on the surface of the existing CdS nanorods to form hierarchical assemblies. After the chemical bath deposition process, core-shell structures of branched CdS nanorods covered by a uniform CdSe overlayer were formed. The branched hierarchical nanostructure improved the optical absorption by increasing the optical path via additional light trapping, as well as increasing the contact area between the electrode and electrolyte for more reactive sites, contributing to the higher photoelectrochemical performance than that obtained for the rod-like nanostructures. After CdSe sensitization, with the optical absorption greatly extended to longer wavelengths and the photoexcited charge carriers efficiently separated at the type II CdS/CdSe interface, the branched CdS/CdSe hierarchical nanostructures showed considerably increased photoelectrochemical performance compared with the CdS/CdSe nanorods, with a photoconversion efficiency for solar hydrogen generation of 2.7%. PMID:27058590

  15. EM study of latent track morphology in TiO2 single crystals

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    O'Connell, J. H.; Skuratov, V. A.; Akilbekov, A.; Zhumazhanova, A.; Janse van Vuuren, A.

    2016-07-01

    A TEM investigation was conducted into the morphology of 167 MeV Xe (2 × 1010 cm-2 to 1014 cm-2) and 1 GeV Bi ion (2 × 1010 cm-2) induced latent tracks in single crystal TiO2 (rutile). At fluences up to 1011 cm-2 latent tracks are visible as discontinuous lines of strained crystal along the ion trajectory. From the implanted surface down to about 60-70 nm below the surface the tracks appear as continuous conical structures with a base of diameter 5-6 nm (Xe) and 8-9 nm (Bi) in contact with the surface with a mushroom shaped hillock extending outward from the surface. At fluences between 6 × 1012 cm-2 and 1013 cm-2 the crystal is amorphized but rod-like crystalline regions remain which are oriented along the ion trajectories. Amorphization extends from the surface down to 8.3 μm below suggesting an upper limit for the threshold electronic stopping power for amorphization of 7.3 keV nm-1. At 1014 cm-2 Xe the entire 8.3 μm subsurface region is rendered amorphous although some evidence of short range ordering remains.

  16. Computational Exploration of the Surface Properties of Cs2Te5 Photoemissive Material

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    Ruth, Anthony; Nemeth, Karoly; Harkay, Katherine; Spentzouris, Linda; Terry, Jeff

    2013-03-01

    Cs2Te is a broadly used photoemissive material due to its exceptionally high quantum efficiency (~ 20%). Our group has recently predicted that the acetylation of this material (Cs2TeC2) would lower its workfunction down to about 2.4 eV from ~ 3 eV, and preserve its high quantum efficiency. Such a modification is advantageous because visible light can be used in the operation of such a photoemissive device instead of ultraviolet light. To explore other variants of Cs2Te, we conducted DFT-based computational analysis of the photoemissive properties of Cs2Te5 which is a known phase of Cs and Te. Cs2Te5 attracted our attention for its rod-like 1D Te substructures embedded in a Cs matrix. This structure is similar to Cs2TeC2 as Cs2TeC2 contains TeC2 polymeric rods in a Cs matrix. In addition to that, exploration of various Cesium Telluride phases is necessary to better understand the working of Cs2Te photocathodes. We have calculated surface energies, workfunctions, and optical absorption spectra of several different surfaces of Cs2Te5. A comparison of the properties of various Cs2Te5 surfaces and their utilization in photoemissive devices will be presented.

  17. Tropomyosin isoforms and reagents

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    Schevzov, Galina; Whittaker, Shane P; Fath, Thomas; Lin, Jim JC

    2011-01-01

    Tropomyosins are rod-like dimers which form head-to-tail polymers along the length of actin filaments and regulate the access of actin binding proteins to the filaments.1 The diversity of tropomyosin isoforms, over 40 in mammals, and their role in an increasing number of biological processes presents a challenge both to experienced researchers and those new to this field. The increased appreciation that the role of these isoforms expands beyond that of simply stabilizing actin filaments has lead to a surge of reagents and techniques to study their function and mechanisms of action. This report is designed to provide a basic guide to the genes and proteins and the availability of reagents which allow effective study of this family of proteins. We highlight the value of combining multiple techniques to better evaluate the function of different tm isoforms and discuss the limitations of selected reagents. Brief background material is included to demystify some of the unfortunate complexity regarding this multi-gene family of proteins including the unconventional nomenclature of the isoforms and the evolutionary relationships of isoforms between species. Additionally, we present step-by-step detailed experimental protocols used in our laboratory to assist new comers to the field and experts alike. PMID:22069507

  18. Homogeneous alignment of liquid crystalline dendrimers confined in a slit-pore. A simulation study

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    Workineh, Zerihun G.; Vanakaras, Alexandros G.

    2016-03-01

    In this work we present results from isobaric-isothermal (NPT) Monte Carlo simulation studies of model liquid crystalline dendrimer (LCDr) systems confined in a slit-pore made of two parallel flat walls. The dendrimers are modelled as a collection of spherical and ellipsoidal particles corresponding to the junction points of the dendritic core and to the mesogenic units respectively. Assuming planar uniform (unidirectional) soft anchoring of the mesogenic units on the substrates we investigate the conformational and alignment properties of the LCDr system at different thermodynamic state points. Tractable coarse grained force fields have been used from our previous work. At low pressures the interior of the pore is almost empty, since almost all LCDrs are anchored to the substrates forming two-dimensional smectic-like structures with the mesogens aligned along the aligning direction of the substrates. As the pressure grows the LCDrs occupy the whole pore. However, even at low temperatures, the smectic organization does not transmit in the interior of the pore and is preserved for distances of 2-3 mesogenic diameters from the walls. For this reason, the global orientational order decreases with increasing pressure (density). In the vicinity (2-3 mesogenic diameters) of the pore walls, mesogenic units preserve the smectic structure whose layers are separated by layers of spherical beads. In this region individual LCDrs possess a rod like shape.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of hydroxyapatite nanofiber by chemical precipitation method using surfactants

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    Gao, Shan; Sun, Kangning; Li, Aimin; Wang, Hongyou

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ► We succeeded in synthesizing hydroxyapatite nano fibers by a chemical method. ► The reaction temperature is only 90 °C. ► The synthetic hydroxyapatite nano fiber is single crystal. - Abstract: We report a novel chemical precipitation route for the synthesis of hydroxyapatite (Ca{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2}, HA) fibers using surfactants as templates. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) reveal the characteristic peaks of HA. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and high-resolution TEM revealed the nano structure, crystallinity and morphology of the HA fibers. The morphology of the HA fibers after calcinations were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM). Br{sup −} ions were quickly replaced by the excess PO{sub 4}{sup 3−} ions in the solution after the addition of cetyltrime-thylammonium bromide (CTAB). Meanwhile, CTAB formed a rod-like micelles. Precursors reacted with PO{sub 4}{sup 3−} at the surface of CTAB micelles and finally formed the nanofiber structure.

  20. Key ornamental innovations facilitate diversification in an avian radiation

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    Maia, Rafael; Rubenstein, Dustin R.; Shawkey, Matthew D.

    2013-01-01

    Patterns of biodiversity are often explained by ecological processes, where traits that promote novel ways of interacting with the environment (key innovations) play a fundamental role in promoting diversification. However, sexual selection and social competition can also promote diversification through rapid evolution of ornamental traits. Because selection can operate only on existing variation, the tendency of ornamental traits to constrain or enable the production of novel phenotypes is a crucial but often overlooked aspect of diversification. Starlings are a speciose group characterized by diverse iridescent colors produced by nanometer-scale arrays of melanin-containing organelles (melanosomes) that play a central role in sexual selection and social competition. We show that evolutionary lability of these colors is associated with both morphological and lineage diversification in African starlings. The solid rod-like melanosome morphology has evolved in a directional manner into three more optically complex forms that can produce a broader range of colors than the ancestral form, resulting in (i) faster color evolution, (ii) the occupation of novel, previously unreachable regions of colorspace, and ultimately (iii) accelerated lineage diversification. As in adaptive radiations, key innovations in ornament production can provide high phenotypic trait variability, leading to dramatic effects on the tempo and mode of diversification. PMID:23754395

  1. Cadherin Mechanics and Complexation: The Importance of Calcium Binding

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    Cailliez, Fabien; Lavery, Richard

    2005-01-01

    E-cadherins belong to a family of membrane-bound, cellular adhesion proteins. Their adhesive properties mainly involve the two N-terminal extracellular domains (EC1 and EC2). The junctions between these domains are characterized by calcium ion binding sites, and calcium ions are essential for the correct functioning of E-cadherins. Calcium is believed to rigidify the extracellular portion of the protein, which, when complexed, adopts a rod-like conformation. Here, we use molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the dynamics of the EC1-2 portion of E-cadherin in the presence and in the absence of calcium ions. These simulations confirm that apo-cadherin shows much higher conformational flexibility on a nanosecond timescale than the calcium-bound form. It is also shown that although the apo-cadherin fragment can spontaneously complex potassium, these monovalent ions are incapable of rigidifying the interdomain junctions. In contrast, removal of the most solvent-exposed calcium ion at the EC1-2 junction does not significantly perturb the dynamical behavior of the fragment. We have also extended this study to the cis-dimer formed from two EC1-2 fragments, potentially involved in cellular adhesion. Here again, it is shown that the presence of calcium is an important factor in both rigidifying and stabilizing the complex. PMID:16183887

  2. Morphology and morphometrics of Heterodorus qinghaiensis n. sp. (Dorylaimida, Nordiidae) from soil samples in China.

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    Wu, W J; Yan, L; Xu, C L; Yu, L; Wang, K; Jin, S Y; Xie, H

    2016-07-01

    One new species of the family Nordiidae Jairajpuri & Siddiqi, 1964 from the enclosure grassland of Qinghai Province, China, Heterodorus qinghaiensis n. sp., is described and illustrated. The new species is characterized by the slender body, 1.29-1.46 mm in length; the granular lateral chord with numerous large depression plaques throughout its entirety; the lip region offset by a distinct depression; amphid goblet-shaped with aperture about half to two-thirds of corresponding body diameter; odontostyle 11-13 μm long; rod-like odontophore without basal flanges; pharyngeal basal expansion about one-third of the total neck length; didelphic genital system containing sperm; ovaries generally not reaching the sphincter level; vulva transversed and sclerotized; female tail conoid with round terminus; 3-5 spaced ventromedial supplements and spicule 32-41 μm long. It is close to H. liangi (Ahmad, Wu & Shaheen, 2002) Andrássy, 2009, H. brevidentatus (Thorne, 1939) Andrássy, 2009, H. monticola Andrássy, 2011, H. morgensis (Loof, 1988) Andrássy, 2009 and H. meghalayensis (Mushtaq, Baniyamuddin & Ahmad, 2007) Andrássy, 2009 in having inconspicuous or no lateral body pores, smaller odontostyle and ventrally curved tail. PMID:26095909

  3. Synthesis-Dependent Surface Defects and Morphology of Hematite Nanoparticles and Their Effect on Cytotoxicity in Vitro.

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    Cardillo, Dean; Tehei, Moeava; Hossain, Md Shahriar; Islam, Md Monirul; Bogusz, Kathrin; Shi, Dongqi; Mitchell, David; Lerch, Michael; Rosenfeld, Anatoly; Corde, Stéphanie; Konstantinov, Konstantin

    2016-03-01

    In this study, we investigate the toxicity of hematite (α-Fe2O3) nanoparticles on the Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cell line. The oxide particles have been synthesized through two different methods and annealing conditions. These two methods, spray precipitation and precipitation, resulted in particles with rod-like and spherical morphology and feature different particle sizes, surface features, and magnetic properties. Through flow cytometry it was found that particle morphology heavily influences the degree to which the nanomaterials are internalized into the cells. It was also found that the ability of the nanoparticles to generate free radicals species is hindered by the formation of tetrahedrally coordinated maghemite-like (γ-Fe2O3) spinel defects on the surfaces of the particles. The combination of these two factors resulted in variable cytotoxic effects of the hematite nanoparticles synthesized with different conditions. This article highlights the importance on the fabrication method, materials properties, and surface characteristics on the cytotoxicity of hematite nanomaterials. PMID:26881459

  4. Preparation of α-alumina nanoparticles with various shapes via hydrothermal phase transformation under supercritical water conditions

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    Hakuta, Y.; Nagai, N.; Suzuki, Y.-H.; Kodaira, T.; Bando, K. K.; Takashima, H.; Mizukami, F.

    2013-12-01

    Alumina (Al2O3) fine particles are widely used as industrial materials including fillers for metal or plastics, paints, polisher, cosmetics and electric substrates, due to its high hardness, chemical stability, and high thermal conductivity. The performance of those industrial products is closely related to the particle size or shape of the alumina particles used, and thus a new synthetic method to control size, shape, and crystal structure of the aluminum oxide is desired for the improvement of the performance. Hydrothermal phase transformation using various aluminum compounds such as oxide, hydroxide, and salt as a staring material, is known as one of the synthetic methods for producing alumina fine particles; however, the influence about the size and shape of the starting aluminum compounds has been little mentioned, although they strongly affect the size and shape of the final products. In this study, we investigated the influence of the shape, size and crystal structure of the starting aluminum compounds on those of the products, and newly succeeded in the production of rod-like α-Al2O3 nanoparticles from fibrous boehmite nanoparticles using hydrothermal phase transformation under supercritical water conditions.

  5. Novel Flower-like Nickel Sulfide as an Efficient Electrocatalyst for Non-aqueous Lithium-Air Batteries

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    Ma, Zhong; Yuan, Xianxia; Zhang, Zhenlin; Mei, Delong; Li, Lin; Ma, Zi-Feng; Zhang, Lei; Yang, Jun; Zhang, Jiujun

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, metal sulfide materials have been explored for the first time as a new choice of bifunctional cathode electrocatalyst materials for non-aqueous lithium-air batteries (LABs). Nickel sulfides with two different morphologies of flower-like (f-NiS) and rod-like (r-NiS) are successfully synthesized using a hydrothermal method with and without the assistance of cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide. As LAB cathode catalysts, both f-NiS and r-NiS demonstrate excellent catalytic activities towards the formation and decomposition of Li2O2, resulting in improved specific capacity, reduced overpotentials and enhanced cycling performance when compared to those of pure Super P based electrode. Moreover, the morphology of NiS materials can greatly affect LAB performance. Particularly, the f-NiS is more favorable than r-NiS in terms of their application in LABs. When compared to both r-NiS and pure super P materials as LAB cathode materials, this f-NiS catalyst material can give the highest capacity of 6733 mA h g−1 and the lowest charge voltage of 4.24 V at the current density of 75 mA g−1 and also exhibit an quite stable cycling performance. PMID:26658833

  6. Amino acid sequence of mouse nidogen, a multidomain basement membrane protein with binding activity for laminin, collagen IV and cells.

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    Mann, K; Deutzmann, R; Aumailley, M; Timpl, R; Raimondi, L; Yamada, Y; Pan, T C; Conway, D; Chu, M L

    1989-01-01

    The whole amino acid sequence of nidogen was deduced from cDNA clones isolated from expression libraries and confirmed to approximately 50% by Edman degradation of peptides. The protein consists of some 1217 amino acid residues and a 28-residue signal peptide. The data support a previously proposed dumb-bell model of nidogen by demonstrating a large N-terminal globular domain (641 residues), five EGF-like repeats constituting the rod-like domain (248 residues) and a smaller C-terminal globule (328 residues). Two more EGF-like repeats interrupt the N-terminal and terminate the C-terminal sequences. Weak sequence homologies (25%) were detected between some regions of nidogen, the LDL receptor, thyroglobulin and the EGF precursor. Nidogen contains two consensus sequences for tyrosine sulfation and for asparagine beta-hydroxylation, two N-linked carbohydrate acceptor sites and, within one of the EGF-like repeats an Arg-Gly-Asp sequence. The latter was shown to be functional in cell attachment to nidogen. Binding sites for laminin and collagen IV are present on the C-terminal globule but not yet precisely localized. Images PMID:2496973

  7. Two-dimensional ferromagnetic correlations above Tc in the Naturally layered CMR manganite La{sub 2-2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7} (x = 0.3-0.4).

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    Argyriou, D. N.

    1998-03-23

    Neutron diffuse scattering in the form of rod-like features are observed in single crystals of the layered CMR material La{sub 2{minus}2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7} (x=0.4,0.36), consistent with the presence of 2D ferromagnetic spin correlations. These diffuse features are observed over a wide temperature region, however, their coherence length does not appear to diverge at T{sub c}, although there is evidence of the development of three-dimensional correlations around ferromagnetic reflections of the 3D-ordered magnetic structure close to T{sub c}. Quasi-elastic neutron scattering on a ceramic sample of x = 0.3 shows that the lifetime of these ferromagnetic correlations increases at T {r_arrow} T{sub c}. They exhibit a spin-diffusion constant above T{sub c} of {approximately}5 meV {angstrom}{sup 2}, much lower than that reported for La{sub 2/3}Ca{sub 1/3}MnO{sub 3}. We discuss the relationship of these magnetic correlations to models of the ferromagnetic transition in CMR compounds.

  8. Thermodynamic description and unidirectional solidification of eutectic organic alloys: I. Succinonitrile-(D)camphor system

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    Witusiewicz, V.T.; Sturz, L.; Hecht, U.; Rex, S

    2004-09-06

    The temperature and enthalpy of transformations of organic alloys from the binary system succinonitrile-(D)camphor were measured by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) within the entire composition range. The analytical description of the Gibbs energies of pure succinonitrile (SCN) and pure (D)camphor (DC) were derived utilizing the data on temperature and enthalpy of transformations, and temperature dependencies of heat capacity available in the literature. The phase diagram for the binary SCN-DC system was assessed via the CALPHAD approach using Thermo-Calc by simultaneously optimizing the thermodynamic and phase equilibrium data available in the literature and measured in the present work. A good agreement between the experimental and calculated data for the phase diagram as well as for the thermochemical properties was achieved. Experiments and calculations show that the binary system SCN-DC has an eutectic reaction with the eutectic point at 311.5 K and 13.9 mol% DC. The enthalpy of mixing derived in the optimisation proves weak attractive interaction between dissimilar molecules. Unidirectional solidification of the eutectic alloy was performed in order to verify the nature of the eutectic: we find that eutectic growth occurs with both solid phases being nonfacetted and with a rod-like eutectic structure consisting of 23 vol% (DC) and 77 vol% (SCN). Due to the optical activity of DC its distribution in the solid sample is well detectible in polarised light.

  9. Thermodynamic description and unidirectional solidification of eutectic organic alloys: III. Binary systems neopentylglycol-(D)camphor and amino-methyl-propanediol-(D)camphor

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    Witusiewicz, V.T. . E-mail: victor@access.rwth-aachen.de; Sturz, L.; Hecht, U.; Rex, S.

    2004-11-08

    The temperature and enthalpy of transformation of organic alloys from the binary systems neopentylglycol-(D)camphor (NPG-DC) and 2-amino-2-methyl-1,3-propanediol-(D)camphor (AMPD-DC) were measured by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The phase diagrams of these binary systems were assessed via the CALPHAD approach using Thermo-Calc by simultaneously optimizing the thermodynamic and phase equilibrium data measured in the present work. Proper agreements between the experimental and calculated data for the phase diagrams as well as for the thermochemical properties were achieved. Experiments and calculations show that both the NPG-DC and the AMPD-DC system exhibit a nonvariant eutectic reaction with the eutectic point at 36.2 mol% DC and 326.0 K and at 9.3 mol% DC and 362.0 K, respectively. In each system the temperature of the eutectic reaction is higher than the temperature of the transformation from the ordered crystals to the orientationally disordered (plastic) crystals. Unidirectional solidification experiments were performed with several alloys in order to verify the nature of eutectic growth: We find that in both systems eutectic growth occurs with both solid phases being non-facetted and with a lamellar or rod-like eutectic structure. Due to the optical activity of DC its distribution in the solid samples is well detectible in polarised light.

  10. A temperature-tolerant interstitial worm with associated epibiotic bacteria from the shallow water fumaroles of Deception Island, Antarctica

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    Bright, M.; Arndt, C.; Keckeis, H.; Felbeck, H.

    2003-06-01

    A prominent not previously identified species of Monocelidae (Platyhelminthes, Proseriata) was found in the vicinity of fumarole activity at Fumarole Bay. The distribution of this animal and the metazoan meiobenthos in the vicinity of this area suggests that this species constitutes the most abundant species and the bulk of the biomass at these shallow water fumaroles. In contrast to the other metazoan meiofauna, the distribution of this species is positively correlated with the water temperature and gas emissions, indicating a preference for the areas around fumaroles. The range of temperature tolerated by this animal was determined in in vivo experiments to be at least 30-40°C. The outer surface the animals is colonized by apparently symbiotic bacteria, which are usually rod-like and approximately 0.68 μm wide and 2.07 μm long. The results of this study revealed a remarkable difference between shallow-water and deep-sea hydrothermal vent meiobenthic communities. Generalists capable of tolerating extreme abiotic conditions appear to dominate shallow-water vents, whereas endemism seems to be the rule in the deep-sea vents.

  11. Electric field induced birefringence in non-aqueous dispersions of mineral nanorods.

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    de la Cotte, Alexis; Merzeau, Pascal; Kim, Jong Wook; Lahlil, Khalid; Boilot, Jean-Pierre; Gacoin, Thierry; Grelet, Eric

    2015-09-01

    Lanthanum phosphate (LaPO4) nanorods dispersed in the non-aqueous solvent of ethylene glycol form a system exhibiting large intrinsic birefringence, high colloidal stability and the ability to self-organize into liquid crystalline phases. In order to probe the electro-optical response of these rod dispersions we study here the electric-field-induced birefringence, also called Kerr effect, for a concentrated isotropic liquid state with an in-plane a.c. sinusoidal electric field, in conditions of directly applied (electrodes in contact with the sample) or externally applied (electrodes outside the sample cell) fields. Performing an analysis of the electric polarizability of our rod-like particles in the framework of Maxwell-Wagner-O'Konski theory, we account quantitatively for the coupling between the induced steady-state birefringence and the electric field as a function of the voltage frequency for both sample geometries. The switching time of this non-aqueous transparent system has been measured, and combined with its high Kerr coefficients and its features of optically isotropic "off-state" and athermal phase behavior, this represents a promising proof-of-concept for the integration of anisotropic nanoparticle suspensions into a new generation of electro-optical devices. PMID:26189711

  12. A liquid-crystalline hexagonal columnar phase in highly-dilute suspensions of imogolite nanotubes

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    Paineau, Erwan; Krapf, Marie-Eve M.; Amara, Mohamed-Salah; Matskova, Natalia V.; Dozov, Ivan; Rouzière, Stéphan; Thill, Antoine; Launois, Pascale; Davidson, Patrick

    2016-01-01

    Liquid crystals have found wide applications in many fields ranging from detergents to information displays and they are also increasingly being used in the ‘bottom-up' self-assembly approach of material nano-structuration. Moreover, liquid-crystalline organizations are frequently observed by biologists. Here we show that one of the four major lyotropic liquid-crystal phases, the columnar one, is much more stable on dilution than reported so far in literature. Indeed, aqueous suspensions of imogolite nanotubes, at low ionic strength, display the columnar liquid-crystal phase at volume fractions as low as ∼0.2%. Consequently, due to its low visco-elasticity, this columnar phase is easily aligned in an alternating current electric field, in contrast with usual columnar liquid-crystal phases. These findings should have important implications for the statistical physics of the suspensions of charged rods and could also be exploited in materials science to prepare ordered nanocomposites and in biophysics to better understand solutions of rod-like biopolymers. PMID:26728415

  13. Zeolite-like liquid crystals

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    Poppe, Silvio; Lehmann, Anne; Scholte, Alexander; Prehm, Marko; Zeng, Xiangbing; Ungar, Goran; Tschierske, Carsten

    2015-01-01

    Zeolites represent inorganic solid-state materials with porous structures of fascinating complexity. Recently, significant progress was made by reticular synthesis of related organic solid-state materials, such as metal-organic or covalent organic frameworks. Herein we go a step further and report the first example of a fluid honeycomb mimicking a zeolitic framework. In this unique self-assembled liquid crystalline structure, transverse-lying π-conjugated rod-like molecules form pentagonal channels, encircling larger octagonal channels, a structural motif also found in some zeolites. Additional bundles of coaxial molecules penetrate the centres of the larger channels, unreachable by chains attached to the honeycomb framework. This creates a unique fluid hybrid structure combining positive and negative anisotropies, providing the potential for tuning the directionality of anisotropic optical, electrical and magnetic properties. This work also demonstrates a new approach to complex soft-matter self-assembly, by using frustration between space filling and the entropic penalty of chain extension. PMID:26486751

  14. Synthesis and Tribological Properties of WSe2Nanorods

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    2008-01-01

    The WSe2nanorods were synthesized via solid-state reaction method and characterized by X-ray diffractometer, TEM, and HRTEM. The results indicated the WSe2compounds had rod-like structures with diameters of 10–50 nm and lengths of 100–400 nm, and the growth process of WSe2nanorods was discussed on the basis of the experimental facts. The tribological properties of WSe2nanorods as additives in HVI500 base oil were investigated by UMT-2 multispecimen tribotester. Under the determinate conditions, the friction coefficient of the base oil containing WSe2nanorods was lower than that of the base oil, and decreased with increasing mass fraction of WSe2nanorods when it was <7 wt.%. Moreover, the base oil with the additives was rather suited to high load and high rotating speed. A combination of rolling friction, sliding friction, and stable tribofilm on the rubbing surface could explain the good friction and wear properties of WSe2nanorods as additives. PMID:20592963

  15. The Arabidopsis SKU6/SPIRAL1 Gene Encodes a Plus End–Localized Microtubule-Interacting Protein Involved in Directional Cell ExpansionW⃞

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    Sedbrook, John C.; Ehrhardt, David W.; Fisher, Sarah E.; Scheible, Wolf-Rüdiger; Somerville, Chris R.

    2004-01-01

    The sku6-1 mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana exhibits altered patterns of root and organ growth. sku6 roots, etiolated hypocotyls, and leaf petioles exhibit right-handed axial twisting, and root growth on inclined agar media is strongly right skewed. The touch-dependent sku6 root skewing phenotype is suppressed by the antimicrotubule drugs propyzamide and oryzalin, and right skewing is exacerbated by cold treatment. Cloning revealed that sku6-1 is allelic to spiral1-1 (spr1-1). However, modifiers in the Columbia (Col) and Landsberg erecta (Ler) ecotype backgrounds mask noncomplementation in sku6-1 (Col)/spr1-1 (Ler) F1 plants. The SPR1 gene encodes a plant-specific 12-kD protein that is ubiquitously expressed and belongs to a six-member gene family in Arabidopsis. An SPR1:green fluorescent protein (GFP) fusion expressed in transgenic seedlings localized to microtubules within the cortical array, preprophase band, phragmoplast, and mitotic spindle. SPR1:GFP was concentrated at the growing ends of cortical microtubules and was dependent on polymer growth state; the microtubule-related fluorescence dissipated upon polymer shortening. The protein has a repeated motif at both ends, separated by a predicted rod-like domain, suggesting that it may act as an intermolecular linker. These observations suggest that SPR1 is involved in microtubule polymerization dynamics and/or guidance, which in turn influences touch-induced directional cell expansion and axial twisting. PMID:15155883

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

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

    2013-03-01

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

  17. Facile synthesis of SiOx@C composite nanorods as anodes for lithium ion batteries with excellent electrochemical performance

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    Ren, Yurong; Li, Mingqi

    2016-02-01

    To develop high-capacity anode materials for lithium-ion batteries with long cycle life, SiOx@C composite nanorods are fabricated by a template assisted hydrothermal route followed by pyrolysis, using ethyltriethoxysilanes (EtSi(OEt)3), resorcinol/formaldehyde (RF) and cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as starting materials. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy (RA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and elemental analysis (EA) are employed to characterize the morphology, microstructure and composition of the as-prepared composite. The composite shows a rod-like morphology, which is composed of 65.4 wt% SiOx (x = 1.12) and 34.6 wt% C, and individual rod contains numerous interconnected nanospheres. When used as anodes in lithium-ion batteries, the SiOx@C nanorods exhibit a discharge capacity of about 720 mAh g-1 after 350 cycles at a current density of 100 mA g-1. The excellent electrochemical performance is attributed to the enhanced conductivity and unique material structure of the composite.

  18. Internal configuration and electric potential in planar negatively charged lipid head group region in contact with ionic solution.

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    Lebar, Alenka Maček; Velikonja, Aljaž; Kramar, Peter; Iglič, Aleš

    2016-10-01

    The lipid bilayer composed of negatively charged lipid 1-palmitoyl-3-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylserine (POPS) in contact with an aqueous solution of monovalent salt ions was studied theoretically by using the mean-field modified Langevin-Poisson-Boltzmann (MLPB) model. The MLPB results were tested by using molecular dynamic (MD) simulations. In the MLPB model the charge distribution of POPS head groups is theoretically described by the negatively charged surface which accounts for negatively charged phosphate groups, while the positively charged amino groups and negatively charged carboxylate groups are assumed to be fixed on the rod-like structures with rotational degree of freedom. The spatial variation of relative permittivity, which is not considered in the well-known Gouy-Chapman (GC) model or in MD simulations, is thoroughly derived within a strict statistical mechanical approach. Therefore, the spatial dependence and magnitude of electric potential within the lipid head group region and its close vicinity are considerably different in the MLPB model from the GC model. The influence of the bulk salt concentration and temperature on the number density profiles of counter-ions and co-ions in the lipid head group region and aqueous solution along with the probability density function for the lipid head group orientation angle was compared and found to be in qualitative agreement in the MLPB and MD models. PMID:27209203

  19. Characteristics of ZnO thin films doped by various elements

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    Kahraman, S.; Çakmak, H. M.; Çetinkaya, S.; Bayansal, F.; Çetinkara, H. A.; Güder, H. S.

    2013-01-01

    We have investigated the effects of Al, K and Co dopant elements on the properties of ZnO thin films deposited by CBD method on glass substrates. Changing in morphology, structural parameters, ionization energies of impurity levels, absorption behavior and optical band gap values were investigated through scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-Ray diffraction (XRD), resistance-temperature measurement (R-T) and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) techniques. From the SEM observations, various morphologies (rod-like, flower-like and rice-like) were observed. Those morphological variations were attributed to the change in stable growth mechanism of intrinsic ZnO, induced by different atomic radius and different electronegativity of dopants. XRD results indicated that all orientations are well indexed to hexagonal phase crystalline ZnO. The impurity level ionization energy values (ΔE) were estimated as 0.32/0.13/0.07 eV; 0.34/0.15 eV; 0.40/0.13 eV and 0.48/0.22 eV for the Al, K, Co doped samples and i-ZnO, respectively. Optical band gap values were found that the doped samples' were higher than the intrinsic one's. This increasing (blue shift) was attributed to a deterioration which occurred in the lattice of the structures after doping. This effect was also supported by the structural results.

  20. Monitoring Nanoscale Deformations in a Drawn Polymer Melt with Single-Molecule Fluorescence Polarization Microscopy.

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    Krause, Stefan; Neumann, Martin; Fröbe, Melanie; Magerle, Robert; von Borczyskowski, Christian

    2016-02-23

    Elongating a polymer melt causes polymer segments to align and polymer coils to deform along the drawing direction. Despite the importance of this molecular response for understanding the viscoelastic properties and relaxation behavior of polymeric materials, studies on the single-molecule level are rare and were not performed in real time. Here we use single-molecule fluorescence polarization microscopy for monitoring the position and orientation of single fluorescent perylene diimide molecules embedded in a free-standing thin film of a polymethyl acrylate (PMA) melt with a time resolution of 500 ms during the film drawing and the subsequent stress relaxation period. The orientation distribution of the perylene diimide molecules is quantitatively described with a model of rod-like objects embedded in a uniaxially elongated matrix. The orientation of the fluorescent probe molecules is directly coupled to the local deformation of the PMA melt, which we derive from the distances between individual dye molecules. In turn, the fluorescence polarization monitors the shape deformation of the polymer coils on a length scale of 5 nm. During stress relaxation, the coil shape relaxes four times more slowly than the mechanical stress. This shows that stress relaxation involves processes on length scales smaller than a polymer coil. Our work demonstrates how optical spectroscopy and microscopy can be used to study the coupling of individual fluorescent probe molecules to their embedding polymeric matrix and to an external mechanical stimulus on the single-molecule level. PMID:26831762