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  1. Influence of interactions to the properties of ultrasmall CoFe2O4 nanoparticles estimated by Mössbauer study

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    Mažeika, K?stutis; Mikalauskait?, Agn?; Jagminas, Ar?nas

    2015-09-01

    Superparamagnetic properties of ultrasmall CoFe2O4 (1-3 nm) nanoparticles before and after gold plating were studied by Mössbauer spectrometry. The nanoparticles in the suspension in water were compared with same dried nanoparticles. Blocking temperature increases by 10-20 K after drying of the suspension. Strong dipolar and indirect exchange interactions between nanoparticles in the dried state were used to explain observed differences. The strength of interactions was estimated by the application of the multilevel model for the description of Mössbauer spectra. The strength of interactions between nanoparticles in the dried state, as it was observed, decreased with temperature. Moreover, the multilevel model allowed us to determine the superparamagnetic relaxation time and the barrier height. The results indicate that magnetic anisotropy of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles should be similar to the anisotropy of bulk CoFe2O4.

  2. Polyethylene glycol coated CoFe2O4 nanoparticles: A potential spinel ferrite for biomedical applications

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    Humbe, Ashok V.; Birajdar, Shankar D.; Bhandari, J. M.; Waghule, N. N.; Bhagwat, V. R.; Jadhav, K. M.

    2015-06-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of the polyethylene glycol (PEG) coated cobalt spinel ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles have been reported in the present study. CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were prepared by sol-gel auto-combustion method using citric acid + ethylene glycol as a fuel. The prepared powder of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles was annealed at 600°C for 6h and used for further study. The structural characterization of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were carried out by X-ray diffraction technique. The X-ray analysis confirmed the formation of single phase cubic spinel structure. The crystallite size, Lattice constant and X-ray density of the PEG coated CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were calculated by using XRD data. The presence of PEG on CoFe2O4 nanoparticles and reduced agglomeration in the CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were revealed by SEM studies. The magnetic properties were studied by pulse field hysteresis loop tracer technique at a room temperature. The magnetic parameters such as saturation magnetization, remanence magnetization, coercivity etc have been obtained. These magnetic parameters were get decreased by PEG coating.

  3. Strain/defect induced enhanced coercivity in single domain CoFe2O4 nanoparticles

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    Singh, Simrjit; Munjal, Sandeep; Khare, Neeraj

    2015-07-01

    Two sets of single domain CoFe2O4 (CFO) nanoparticles have been synthesized using hydrothermal technique which are of the same sizes, but with different amount of strain/defects. The nanoparticles synthesized at a lower growth temperature (80 °C) exhibit high density of planar defects and oxygen vacancies as compared to the CFO nanoparticles grown at higher temperature (180 °C). The CFO nanoparticles with high density of defects also possess higher intrinsic strain. The nanoparticles with higher strain/defects exhibit higher coercivity and smaller value of saturation magnetization. The effect of strain on the magnetization characteristics of CFO nanoparticles is simulated using the Object Oriented MicroMagnetic Framework. The observed larger value of coercivity for the CFO nanoparticles with higher intrinsic strain is attributed to strain induced enhanced anisotropy of the nanoparticles.

  4. Magnetic properties and energy absorption of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia

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    Torres, T E; Morales, M P; Ibarra, A; Marquina, C; Ibarra, M R; Goya, G F; 10.1088/1742-6596/200/7/072101

    2011-01-01

    We have studied the magnetic and power absorption properties of three samples of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles with sizes from 5 to 12 nm prepared by thermal decomposition of Fe (acac)3 and Co(acac)2 at high temperatures. The blocking temperatures TB estimated from magnetization M(T) curves spanned the range 180 < TB < 320 K, reflecting the large magnetocrystalline anisotropy of these nanoparticles. Accordingly, high coercive fields HC \\approx 1.4 - 1.7 T were observed at low temperatures. Specific Power Absorption (SPA) experiments carried out in ac magnetic fields indicated that, besides particle volume, the effective magnetic anisotropy is a key parameter determining the absorption efficiency. SPA values as high as 98 W/g were obtained for nanoparticles with average size of \\approx12 nm.

  5. The magnetic and colloidal properties of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles synthesized by co-precipitation.

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    Gyergyek, Sašo; Drofenik, Miha; Makovec, Darko

    2014-01-01

    Magnetic CoFe(2)O(4) nanoparticles were synthesized by co-precipitation at 80 °C. This co-precipitation was achieved by the rapid addition of a strong base to an aqueous solution of cations. The investigation of the samples that were quenched at different times after the addition of the base, using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) and X-ray powder diffractometry, revealed the formation of a Co-deficient amorphous phase and Co(OH)(2), which rapidly reacted to form small CoFe(2)O(4) nanoparticles. The nanoparticles grew with the time of aging at elevated temperature. The colloidal suspensions of the nanoparticles were prepared in both an aqueous medium and in a non-polar organic medium, with the adsorption of citric acid and ricinoleic acid on the nanoparticles, respectively. The measurements of the room-temperature magnetization revealed the ferrimagnetic state of the CoFe(2)O(4) nanoparticles, while their suspensions displayed superparamagnetic behaviour. PMID:25286204

  6. Non-equilibrium cation distribution and enhanced spin disorder in hollow CoFe2O4 nanoparticles.

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    Jaffari, G Hassnain; Ceylan, A; Bui, Holt P; Beebe, Thomas P; Ozcan, S; Shah, S Ismat

    2012-08-22

    We present magnetic properties of hollow and solid CoFe(2)O(4) nanoparticles that were obtained by annealing of Co(33)Fe(67)/CoFe(2)O(4) (core/shell) nanoparticles. Hollow nanoparticles were polycrystalline whereas the solid nanoparticles were mostly single crystal. Electronic structure studies were performed by photoemission which revealed that particles with hollow morphology have a higher degree of inversion compared to solid nanoparticles and the bulk counterpart. Electronic structure and the magnetic measurements show that particles have uncompensated spins. Quantitative comparison of saturation magnetization (M(S )), assuming bulk Néel type spin structure with cationic distribution, calculated from quantitative XPS analysis, is presented. The thickness of uncompensated spins is calculated to be significantly large for particles with hollow morphology compared to solid nanoparticles. Both morphologies show a lack of saturation up to 7 T. Moreover magnetic irreversibility exists up to 7 T of cooling fields for the entire temperature range (10-300 K). These effects are due to the large bulk anisotropy constant of CoFe(2)O(4) which is the highest among the cubic spinel ferrites. The effect of the uncompensated spins for hollow nanoparticles was investigated by cooling the sample in large fields of up to 9 T. The magnitude of horizontal shift resulting from the unidirectional anisotropy was more than three times larger than that of solid nanoparticles. As an indication signature of uncompensated spin structure, 11% vertical shift for hollow nanoparticles is observed, whereas solid nanoparticles do not show a similar shift. Deconvolution of the hysteresis response recorded at 300 K reveals the presence of a significant paramagnetic component for particles with hollow morphology which further confirms enhanced spin disorder. PMID:22810351

  7. Monodisperse CoFe2O4 nanoparticles supported on Vulcan XC-72: High performance electrode materials for lithium-air and lithium-ion batteries

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    ?ener, Tansel; Kayhan, Emine; Sevim, Melike; Metin, Önder

    2015-08-01

    Addressed herein is the preparation and the electrode performance of monodisperse CoFe2O4 nanoparticles (NPs) supported on Vulcan XC-72 for the Lithium-air battery (LAB) and Lithium-ion battery (LIB). Monodisperse CoFe2O4 NPs were synthesized by the thermal decomposition of cobalt(II) acetylacetonate and iron(III) acetylacetonate in oleylamine and oleic acid in the presence of 1,2-tetradecanediol and benzyl ether. As-prepared CoFe2O4 NPs with a particle size of 11 nm were then supported on Vulcan XC-72 (Vulcan-CoFe2O4) at different theoretical loadings (20, 40 and 60 wt % CoFe2O4 NPs) by using the simple liquid phase self assembly method. CoFe2O4 NPs dispersed on Vulcan-CoFe2O4 composites were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). The AAS analyses indicated that the Vulcan-CoFe2O4 composites with different loadings were included 3.7, 8.1 and 16.4 wt % CoFe2O4 on the metal basis. The electrode performance of Vulcan-CoFe2O4 composites were evaluated as the anode active material for LIB and cathode active material for LABs by performing the galvanostatic charge-discharge tests. The highest discharge capacity for both LAB (7510 mAh g(Vulcan+CoFe2O4)-1; 13380 mAh gCoFe2O4-1 @ 0.1C) and LIB (863 mAh g(Vulcan+CoFe2O4)-1; 9330 mAh gCoFe2O4-1@ 0.1C) was investigated with 16.4 wt % CoFe2O4.

  8. Magnetic couplings in CoFe2O4/FeCo-FeO core-shell nanoparticles

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    Soares, J. M.; Conceição, O. L. A.; Machado, F. L. A.; Prakash, A.; Radha, S.; Nigam, A. K.

    2015-01-01

    CoFe2O4/FeCo-FeO core-shell nanoparticles with an average particle size of about 4.3 nm were prepared by reducing nanoparticles of superparamagnetic cobalt-ferrite under hydrogen and oxygen atmospheres. The low temperature magnetic hysteresis showed an interesting behavior which has only been observed in thin film multilayer systems. At low magnetic fields H(< 0.2 kOe) the behavior is dominated by the magnetic structure of the magnetically soft shell while for higher values of H the exchange-spring core-shell coupling plays a major role. A particle model which is coherent with the observed magnetic behavior has been also proposed.

  9. Temperature dependence of magnetic anisotropy constant in CoFe2O4 nanoparticles examined by Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Yoon, Sunghyun

    2015-04-01

    The temperature dependence of the effective magnetic anisotropy constant of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles is determined based on the measurements of SQUID magnetometry and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Under an intuitive assumption that the superparamagnetic fraction of the cumulative area in the particle size distribution at a temperature is equal to the doublet fraction in the Mössbauer spectra at that temperature, we are able to get a relation between r and T B, from which the temperature dependence of the effective magnetic anisotropy constant is determined. The resultant magnetic anisotropy constant increases markedly with decreasing temperature from 2.0 ×105 J/m 3 at 300 K to 8.3 ×106 J/m 3 at 125 K.

  10. Magnetic interactions in silica coated nanoporous assemblies of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles with cubic magnetic anisotropy

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    Laureti, S.; Varvaro, G.; Testa, A. M.; Fiorani, D.; Agostinelli, E.; Piccaluga, G.; Musinu, A.; Ardu, A.; Peddis, D.

    2010-08-01

    Magnetic interactions in silica coated spherical nanoporous assemblies of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles have been investigated by low temperature field dependent remanent magnetization (MDCD and MIRM) and magnetization relaxation measurements. The synthesis procedure leads to the formation of spherical aggregates of about 50-60 nm in diameter composed of hexagonal shaped nanocrystals with shared edges. The negative deviation from the non-interacting case in the Henkel plot indicates the predominance of dipole-dipole interactions favouring the demagnetized state, although the presence of exchange interactions in the porous system cannot be excluded. The activation volume, derived from time dependent magnetization measurements, turns out to be comparable with the particle physical volume, thus indicating, in agreement with static and dynamic irreversible magnetization measurements, that the magnetization reversal actually involves individual crystals.

  11. Heat generation of aqueously dispersed CoFe 2O 4 nanoparticles as heating agents for magnetically activated drug delivery and hyperthermia

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    Kim, Dong-Hyun; Nikles, David E.; Johnson, Duane T.; Brazel, Christopher S.

    Self-heating from magnetic nanoparticles under AC magnetic field can be used either for hyperthermia or to trigger the release of an anti-cancer drug, using thermo-responsive polymers. The heat generated by applying an AC magnetic field depends on the properties of magnetic nanoparticles (composition, size, crystal structure) as well as the frequency and amplitude of the magnetic field. Before these systems can be efficiently applied for in vitro or in vivo studies, a thorough analysis of the magnetically induced heating is required. In this study, CoFe 2O 4 nanoparticles were synthesized, dispersed in water, and investigated as heating agents for magnetic thermo-drug delivery and hyperthermia. The temperature profiles and infrared (IR) camera images of heat generation of CoFe 2O 4 nanoparticles under various AC magnetic fields of 127-700 Oe at 195, 231, and 266 kHz were measured using an IR thermacam, excluding the external AC magnetic field interruption. The CoFe 2O 4 nanoparticles were successfully dispersed in water using an 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid ligand exchange method to exchange the solvent used for synthesis of hexane for water. During the heating experiments, each of CoFe 2O 4 nanoparticle solutions reached a steady state where the temperature rose between 0.1 and 42.9 °C above ambient conditions when a magnetic field of 127-634 Oe was applied at 231 or 266 kHz. The heat generation was found to be dependent on the intensity of AC magnetic field and applied frequency. Therefore, the desired heating for magnetically triggered drug delivery or hyperthermia could be achieved in water-dispersed CoFe 2O 4 nanoparticles by adjusting the AC magnetic field and frequency.

  12. Immobilization of glucose oxidase using CoFe2O4/SiO2 nanoparticles as carrier

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    Wang, Hai; Huang, Jun; Wang, Chao; Li, Dapeng; Ding, Liyun; Han, Yun

    2011-04-01

    Aminated-CoFe2O4/SiO2 magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared from primary silica particles using modified StÖber method. Glucose oxidase (GOD) was immobilized on CoFe2O4/SiO2 NPs via cross-linking with glutaraldehyde (GA). The optimal immobilization condition was achieved with 1% (v/v) GA, cross-linking time of 3 h, solution pH of 7.0 and 0.4 mg GOD (in 3.0 mg carrier). The immobilized GOD showed maximal catalytic activity at pH 6.5 and 40 °C. After immobilization, the GOD exhibited improved thermal, storage and operation stability. The immobilized GOD still maintained 80% of its initial activity after the incubation at 50 °C for 25 min, whereas free enzyme had only 20% of initial activity after the same incubation. After kept at 4 °C for 28 days, the immobilized and free enzyme retained 87% and 40% of initial activity, respectively. The immobilized GOD maintained approximately 57% of initial activity after reused 7 times. The KM (Michaelis-Menten constant) values for immobilized GOD and free GOD were 14.6 mM and 27.1 mM, respectively.

  13. Synthesis of well-dispersed magnetic CoFe2O4 nanoparticles in cellulose aerogels via a facile oxidative co-precipitation method.

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    Wan, Caichao; Li, Jian

    2015-12-10

    With the increasing emphasis on green chemistry, it is becoming more important to develop environmentally friendly matrix materials for the synthesis of nanocomposites. Cellulose aerogels with hierarchical micro/nano-scale three-dimensional network beneficial to control and guide the growth of nanoparticles, are suitable as a class of ideal green nanoparticles hosts to fabricate multifunctional nanocomposites. Herein, a facile oxidative co-precipitation method was carried out to disperse CoFe2O4 nanoparticles in the cellulose aerogels matrixes, and the cellulose aerogels were prepared from the native wheat straw based on a green NaOH/polyethylene glycol solution. The mean diameter of the well-dispersed CoFe2O4 nanoparticles in the hybrid aerogels is 98.5 nm. Besides, the hybrid aerogels exhibit strong magnetic responsiveness, which could be flexibly actuated by a small magnet. And this feature also makes this class of magnetic aerogels possibly useful as recyclable adsorbents and some magnetic devices. Meanwhile, the mild green preparation method could also be extended to fabricate other miscellaneous cellulose-based nanocomposites. PMID:26428110

  14. An in vivo evaluation of acute toxicity of cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles in larval-embryo Zebrafish (Danio rerio).

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    Ahmad, Farooq; Liu, Xiaoyi; Zhou, Ying; Yao, Hongzhou

    2015-09-01

    The broad spectrum applications of CoFe2O4 NPs have attracted much interest in medicine, environment and industry, resulting in exceedingly higher exposures to humans and environmental systems in succeeding days. Their health effects and potential biological impacts need to be determined for risk assessment. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos were exposed to environmentally relevant doses of nano-CoFe2O4 (mean diameter of 40nm) with a concentration range of 10-500?M for 96h. Acute toxic end points were evaluated by survival rate, malformation, hatching delay, heart dysfunction and tail flexure of larvae. Dose and time dependent developmental toxicity with severe cardiac edema, down regulation of metabolism, hatching delay and tail/spinal cord flexure and apoptosis was observed. The biochemical changes were evaluated by ROS, Catalase (CAT), Lipid peroxidation (LPO), Acid phophatase (AP) and Glutatione s- transferase (GST). An Agglomeration of NPs and dissolution of ions induces severe mechanical damage to membranes and oxidative stress. Severe apoptosis of cells in the head, heart and tail region with inhibition of catalase confirms ROS induced acute toxicity with increasing concentration. Increased activity of GST and AP at lower concentrations of CoFe2O4 NPs demonstrates the severe oxidative stress. Circular dichroism (CD) spectra indicated the weak interactions of NPs with BSA and slight changes in ?-helix structure. In addition, CoFe2O4 NPs at lower concentrations do not show any considerable interference with assay components and analytical instruments. The results are possible elucidation of pathways of toxicity induced by these particles, as well as contributing in defining the protocols for risk assessment of these nanoparticles. PMID:26197244

  15. CoFe2O4 nanoparticles as oxidase mimic-mediated chemiluminescence of aqueous luminol for sulfite in white wines.

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    Zhang, Xiaodan; He, Shaohui; Chen, Zhaohui; Huang, Yuming

    2013-01-30

    Recently, the intrinsic enzyme-like activity of nanoparticles (NPs) has become a growing area of interest. However, the analytical applications of the NP-based enzyme mimetic are mainly concentrated on their peroxidase-like activity; no attempts have been made to investigate the analytical applications based on the oxidase mimic activities of NPs. For the first time, we report that CoFe(2)O(4) NPs were found to possess intrinsic oxidase-like activity and could catalyze luminol oxidation by dissolved oxygen to produce intensified chemiluminescence (CL). The effect of sulfite on CoFe(2)O(4) NP oxidase mimic-mediated CL of aqueous luminol was investigated. It is very interesting that when adding sulfite to the luminol-CoFe(2)O(4) system, the role of sulfite in the luminol-CoFe(2)O(4) NP-sulfite system depends on its concentration. At a relatively low concentration level, sulfite presents an inhibition effect on the luminol-CoFe(2)O(4) NP system. However, it does have an enhancement effect at a higher concentration level. Investigations on the effect of the solution pH and luminol and CoFe(2)O(4) NP concentrations on the kinetic characteristics of the studied CL system in the presence of trace sulfite suggested that the enhancement and inhibition of the luminol-CoFe(2)O(4) NP-sulfite CL system also depended on the solution pH. It seems that the concentrations of luminol and CoFe(2)O(4) NPs did not influence the CL pathway. The possible mechanism of the luminol-CoFe(2)O(4) NP-sulfite CL system was also discussed. On this basis, a flow injection chemiluminescence method was established for the determination of trace sulfite in this study. Under the optimal conditions, the proposed system could respond down to 2.0 × 10(-8) M sulfite. The method has been applied to the determination of trace sulfite in white wine samples with satisfactory results. The results given by the proposed method are in good agreement with those given by the standard titration method. PMID:23289402

  16. Exchange bias of MnFe2O4@?Fe2O3 and CoFe2O4@?Fe2O3 core/shell nanoparticles

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    Cabreira-Gomes, R.; G. Silva, F.; Aquino, R.; Bonville, P.; Tourinho, F. A.; Perzynski, R.; Depeyrot, J.

    2014-11-01

    We compare here exchange bias (EB) properties of chemically synthesized core-shell nanoparticles (NPs), based either on a core of soft ferrite (MnFe2O4) or hard ferrite (CoFe2O4) protected by a maghemite shell (?-Fe2O3). These NPs dispersed in acidic solutions are electrostatically stabilized, yielding to stable colloidal dispersions with a strong interparticle repulsion and negligible dipolar interactions in the probed range of temperatures. Field cooled (FC) magnetic hysteresis loops of non-textured frozen dispersions (with magnetic anisotropy axis of NPs distributed at random) and those of a powder based on the same NPs present a shift along the H-axis, expressing the coupling between the spin-ordered cores and the disordered surface layer of the NPs. The bias field is found to present a maximum, larger for NPs based on harder ferrite core. It is obtained for a cooling field of the order of one half of the anisotropy field, which is much larger for the CoFe2O4 cores than for MnFe2O4 ones. In powders, particles are in contact leading to an interparticle exchange which is not present in the dilute solutions where exchange bias properties are only due to an intraparticle exchange between core and surface. The thermal dependence of the bias field is well described by a reduced exponential behavior with a characteristic freezing temperature of about 8 K.

  17. The anomalous memory effect related to the relaxation of surface and core moments observed in well-dispersed CoFe2O4 nanoparticles

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    Huang, S.; Ma, Y. Q.; Xu, S. T.

    2015-12-01

    Well-dispersed uniform cobalt ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized by thermal decomposition of a metal-organic salt in organic solvent with a high boiling point, and characterized by XRD, TEM and detailed magnetic measurements. The moments of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles consist of the core and canted surface moments below 200 K, and the exchange-coupling between the surface and core spins enhanced the remanence (Mr) to saturation (Ms) magnetization ratio (Mr/Ms) at the temperature of 10 K. Interestingly, the anomalous memory effect was observed in a broad temperature range which can be attributed to the relaxation of surface spins below 200 K and the one from the moments of magnetically ordered entity larger than one particle above 200 K.

  18. Engineered spin-valve type magnetoresistance in Fe3O4-CoFe2O4 core-shell nanoparticles

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    Anil Kumar, P.; Ray, Sugata; Chakraverty, S.; Sarma, D. D.

    2013-09-01

    Naturally occurring spin-valve-type magnetoresistance (SVMR), recently observed in Sr2FeMoO6 samples, suggests the possibility of decoupling the maximal resistance from the coercivity of the sample. Here we present the evidence that SVMR can be engineered in specifically designed and fabricated core-shell nanoparticle systems, realized here in terms of soft magnetic Fe3O4 as the core and hard magnetic insulator CoFe2O4 as the shell materials. We show that this provides a magnetically switchable tunnel barrier that controls the magnetoresistance of the system, instead of the magnetic properties of the magnetic grain material, Fe3O4, and thus establishing the feasibility of engineered SVMR structures.

  19. Comparison of the magnetic, radiolabeling, hyperthermic and biodistribution properties of hybrid nanoparticles bearing CoFe2O4 and Fe3O4 metal cores

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    Psimadas, D.; Baldi, G.; Ravagli, C.; Comes Franchini, M.; Locatelli, E.; Innocenti, C.; Sangregorio, C.; Loudos, G.

    2014-01-01

    Metal oxide nanoparticles, hybridized with various polymeric chemicals, represent a novel and breakthrough application in drug delivery, hyperthermia treatment and imaging techniques. Radiolabeling of these nanoformulations can result in new and attractive dual-imaging agents as well as provide accurate in vivo information on their biodistribution profile. In this paper a comparison study has been made between two of the most promising hybrid core-shell nanosystems, bearing either magnetite (Fe3O4) or cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) cores, regarding their magnetic, radiolabeling, hyperthermic and biodistribution properties. While hyperthermic properties were found to be affected by the metal-core type, the radiolabeling ability and the in vivo fate of the nanoformulations seem to depend critically on the size and the shell composition.

  20. Oleate-based hydrothermal preparation of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles, and their magnetic properties with respect to particle size and surface coating

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    Repko, Anton; Vejpravová, Jana; Vacková, Ta?ana; Zákutná, Dominika; Niž?anský, Daniel

    2015-09-01

    We present a facile and high-yield synthesis of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles by hydrothermal hydrolysis of Co-Fe oleate in the presence of pentanol/octanol/toluene and water at 180 or 220 °C. The particle size (6-10 nm) was controlled by the composition of the organic solvent and temperature. Magnetic properties were then investigated with respect to the particle size and surface modification with citric acid or titanium dioxide (leading to hydrophilic particles). The as-prepared hydrophobic nanoparticles (coated by oleic acid) had a minimum inter-particle distance of 2.5 nm. Their apparent blocking temperature (estimated as a maximum of the zero-field-cooled magnetization) was 180 K, 280 K and 330 K for the particles with size of 6, 9 and 10.5 nm, respectively. Replacement of oleic acid on the surface by citric acid decreased inter-particle distance to less than 1 nm, and increased blocking temperature by ca. 10 K. On the other hand, coating with titanium dioxide, supported by nitrilotri(methylphosphonic acid), caused increase of the particle spacing, and lowering of the blocking temperature by ca. 20 K. The CoFe2O4@TiO2 nanoparticles were sufficiently stable in water, methanol and ethanol. The particles were also investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy and alternating-current (AC) susceptibility measurements, and their analysis with Vögel-Fulcher and power law. Effect of different particle coating and dipolar interactions on the magnetic properties is discussed.

  1. Tuning of structural and magnetic properties of Mn-doped CoFe2O4 nanoparticles

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    Rani, Stuti; Varma, G. D.

    2015-06-01

    In the present manuscript, MnxCo1-xFe2O4 (x=0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0) nanoparticles have been synthesized with co-precipitation method by annealing at 900 °C and studied the structural and magnetic properties. X ray diffraction pattern reveals the formation of single phase cubic spinel structure with the space group Fd-3m. An impurity peak of ?-Fe2O3 has been observed in the XRD patterns of samples with Mn composition, x ? 0.4. However, this impurity phase of ?-Fe2O3 is not observed in the MnFe2O4 sample synthesized by annealing at 500 °C. FESEM results indicate the formation of nano-sized particles. Magnetic measurements show ferrimagnetic interaction in MnxCo1-xFe2O4 (x?0) nanoparticles at room temperature. However, MnFe2O4 sample synthesized by annealing at 500 °C shows superparamagnetic behavior. We have fitted the M-H curve of MnFe2O4 synthesized by annealing at 500 °C with modified Langvenin function to confirm superparamagnetism. The correlation between the structural and observed magnetic properties of as synthesized samples nanoparticles will be described and discussed in this paper.

  2. Preparation, characterization and catalytic activity of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles as a magnetically recoverable catalyst for selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde and reduction of organic dyes.

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    Nasrollahzadeh, Mahmoud; Bagherzadeh, Mojtaba; Karimi, Hirbod

    2016-03-01

    The CoFe2O4 nanoparticles (NPs) performance was studied in the oxidation of benzyl alcohol (BzOH) to benzaldehyde (BzH) with hydrogen peroxide as an oxidant under solvent-free conditions. The influences of reaction conditions like the amount of catalyst, the molar ratio of H2O2:BzOH, reaction temperature and times on the oxidation of BzOH by using CoFe2O4 NPs were investigated in details. Under optimum conditions, excellent result, >99% conversation of BzOH to BzH as the only product, was obtained. The nanocatalyst was also used for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP), Congo red (CR), Methylene blue (MB) in water at room temperature. The magnetic properties of the catalyst provided a convenient and easy route for the separation of the catalyst from the reaction mixture by an external bar magnet. No obvious loss of activity was observed when the spent catalyst reused in three consecutive runs. PMID:26674244

  3. Interfaces exchange bias and magnetic properties of ordered CoFe2O4/Co3O4 nanocomposites

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    Zhang, B. B.; Xu, J. C.; Wang, P. F.; Han, Y. B.; Hong, B.; Jin, H. X.; Jin, D. F.; Peng, X. L.; Li, J.; Yang, Y. T.; Gong, J.; Ge, H. L.; Wang, X. Q.

    2015-11-01

    Cobalt ferrites (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles were implanted into the ordered mesoporous cobaltosic oxide (Co3O4) nanowires to synthesize magnetic CoFe2O4/Co3O4 nanocomposites. X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 physical absorption-desorption, transmission electron microscope (TEM) and energy disperse spectroscopy (EDS) were used to characterize the microstructure of mesoporous Co3O4 and CoFe2O4/Co3O4 nanocomposites. The percent of pore-volume of mesoporous Co3O4 nanowires was calculated to be about 41.99% and CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were revealed to exist in the mesopores of Co3O4. The magnetic behavior of both samples were investigated with superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). Magnetization increased with the doping CoFe2O4 and decreasing temperature, while coercivity hardly changed. The exchange bias effect was obviously observed at 100 K and enhanced with the doping CoFe2O4. CoFe2O4 nanoparticles reinforced the interfaces magnetic interaction between antiferromagnetic Co3O4 and ferrimagnetic CoFe2O4.

  4. Effect of Mn2+ doping and SiO2 coating on magneto-optical properties of CoFe2O4 nano-particles

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    Awad, Kamal R.; Wahsh, M. M. S.; Othman, A. G. M.; Girgis, E.; Mabrouk, M. R.; Morsy, Fatma A.

    2015-11-01

    Co1-xMnxFe2O4 (x = 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0) magnetic nanoparticles were prepared using a modified citrate gel method and fired at 500 °C for 2 h. The modified Stöber method was used for coating the magnetic nanoparticles with a silica shell. The effects of Mn2+ substitution and the method of preparation on the formation of crystalline phases, particle size, morphology and the optical and magnetic properties of the synthesized materials were investigated by XRD, SAED, HR-TEM, EDX, UV/VIS double-beam spectrophotometry and vibrating sample magnetometry. The average crystallite size of the synthesized nanoparticles was 18.6-43.9 nm. The maximum value of saturation magnetization (Ms) achieved was 65.668 emu/g for Mn0.2Co0.8Fe2O4 nanoparticles. Diffuse reflectance increased with an increase of Mn2+content and SiO2 shell. These coated magnetic nanoparticles are promising materials for application to magnetic sensors and biomedical nanodevices.

  5. Structural and magnetic studies of the nickel doped CoFe2O4 ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by the chemical co-precipitation method

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    Kumar, Ashok; Yadav, Nisha; Rana, Dinesh S.; Kumar, Parmod; Arora, Manju; Pant, R. P.

    2015-11-01

    The physical properties of nickel doped cobalt ferrite nanoparticles NixCo1-xFe2O4 (x=0.5, 0.75, 0.9) derived by the chemical co-precipitation route are characterized by XRD, FTIR, TEM, EPR, search coil and ac susceptibility techniques to develop stable kerosene based ferrofluid. XRD patterns and TEM images confirm the single phase formation of NixCo1-xFe2O4 nanoparticles whose crystallite size increases and lattice parameters decreases with the increase in Ni content. EPR resonance signal peak-to-peak line width and resonance field value decreases with the increase in Ni concentration in these samples. The broad nature of resonance signal is attributed to the ferromagnetic nature of the as-prepared nanoparticles and the increase in super exchange interaction among Ni2+-O-Co2+ facilitate the shifting of resonance value to lower field. The hysteresis loops of these nickel doped cobalt ferrite analogs exhibits highly magnetic nature of these nanoparticles at ambient temperature whose saturation magnetization, coerecivity and remanence magnetization decreases linearly with the increase in Ni-concentration in cobalt ferrite. The magnetic susceptibility with temperature curve shows increasing trend of blocking temperature with rise in nickel ion concentration.

  6. Synthesis of Trimagnetic Multishell MnFe2 O4 @CoFe2 O4 @NiFe2 O4 Nanoparticles.

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    Gavrilov-Isaac, Véronica; Neveu, Sophie; Dupuis, Vincent; Taverna, Dario; Gloter, Alexandre; Cabuil, Valérie

    2015-06-10

    The synthesis and characterization of original ferrite multishell magnetic nanoparticles made of a soft core (manganese ferrite) covered with two successive shells, a hard one (cobalt ferrite) and then a soft one (nickel ferrite), are described. The results demonstrate the modulation of the coercivity when new magnetic shells are added. PMID:25684735

  7. Intrinsic dependence of the magnetic properties of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles prepared via chemical methods with addition of chelating agents

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    Mendonça, E. C.; Tenório, Mayara A.; Mecena, S. G.; Zucolotto, B.; Silva, L. S.; Jesus, C. B. R.; Meneses, C. T.; Duque, J. G. S.

    2015-12-01

    In this work, the effect of addition of different chelating agents on the magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles produced by the combining of both co-precipitation and hydrothermal methods is reported. The Rietveld analyses of X-ray diffraction patterns reveal that our samples are single phase (space group: Fd-3m) with small average sizes. The weight losses observed in the thermogravimetric measurements together with the M×H curves show that the organic contamination coming from chelating agent decomposition can give rise to misinterpretation of the magnetization measurements. Besides, analyses of the zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) magnetization measurements and the M×H curves measured at room temperature allows us to state that both the average blocking temperature and particles size distribution are sensitive to the kind of chelating agent.

  8. Simultaneous effects of surface spins: rarely large coercivity, high remanence magnetization and jumps in the hysteresis loops observed in CoFe2O4 nanoparticles

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    Xu, S. T.; Ma, Y. Q.; Zheng, G. H.; Dai, Z. X.

    2015-04-01

    Well-dispersed uniform cobalt ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized by thermal decomposition of a metal-organic salt in organic solvent with a high boiling point. Some of the nanoparticles were diluted in a SiO2 matrix and then the undiluted and diluted samples were characterized and their magnetic behavior explored. The undiluted and diluted samples exhibited maximum coercivity Hc of 23 817 and 15 056 Oe at 10 K, respectively, which are the highest values reported to date, and the corresponding ratios of remanence (Mr) to saturation (Ms) magnetization (Mr/Ms) were as high as 0.85 and 0.76, respectively. Interestingly, the magnetic properties of the samples changed at 200 K, which was observed in magnetic hysteresis M(H) loops and zero-field cooling curves as well as the temperature dependence of Hc, Mr/Ms, anisotropy, dipolar field, and the magnetic grain size. Below 200 K, both samples have large effective anisotropy, which arises from the surface spins, resulting in large Hc and Mr/Ms. Above 200 K, the effective anisotropy decreases because there is no contribution from surface spins, while the dipolar interaction increases, resulting in small Hc and Mr/Ms. Our results indicate that strong anisotropy and weak dipolar interaction tend to increase Hc and Mr/Ms, and also clarify that the jumps around H = 0 in M(H) loops can be attributed to the reorientation of surface spins. This work exposes the underlying mechanism in nanoscale magnetic systems, which should lead to improved magnetic performance.

  9. Simultaneous effects of surface spins: rarely large coercivity, high remanence magnetization and jumps in the hysteresis loops observed in CoFe2O4 nanoparticles.

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    Xu, S T; Ma, Y Q; Zheng, G H; Dai, Z X

    2015-04-21

    Well-dispersed uniform cobalt ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized by thermal decomposition of a metal-organic salt in organic solvent with a high boiling point. Some of the nanoparticles were diluted in a SiO2 matrix and then the undiluted and diluted samples were characterized and their magnetic behavior explored. The undiluted and diluted samples exhibited maximum coercivity Hc of 23,817 and 15,056 Oe at 10 K, respectively, which are the highest values reported to date, and the corresponding ratios of remanence (Mr) to saturation (Ms) magnetization (Mr/Ms) were as high as 0.85 and 0.76, respectively. Interestingly, the magnetic properties of the samples changed at 200 K, which was observed in magnetic hysteresis M(H) loops and zero-field cooling curves as well as the temperature dependence of Hc, Mr/Ms, anisotropy, dipolar field, and the magnetic grain size. Below 200 K, both samples have large effective anisotropy, which arises from the surface spins, resulting in large Hc and Mr/Ms. Above 200 K, the effective anisotropy decreases because there is no contribution from surface spins, while the dipolar interaction increases, resulting in small Hc and Mr/Ms. Our results indicate that strong anisotropy and weak dipolar interaction tend to increase Hc and Mr/Ms, and also clarify that the jumps around H = 0 in M(H) loops can be attributed to the reorientation of surface spins. This work exposes the underlying mechanism in nanoscale magnetic systems, which should lead to improved magnetic performance. PMID:25787852

  10. A new CoFe2O4-Cr2O3-SiO2 fluorescent magnetic nanocomposite

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    Borgohain, Chandan; Senapati, Kula Kamal; Mishra, Debabrata; Sarma, Kanak Ch.; Phukan, Prodeep

    2010-10-01

    A combined sonochemical co-precipitaion method has been developed for the synthesis of a CoFe2O4-Cr2O3-SiO2 magnetic nanocomposite. The synthesis involved the pre-synthesis of CoFe2O4-Cr2O3 nanoparticles, which were subsequently coated with SiO2 by treatment with tetraethyl orthosilicate. It was observed that the as-prepared CoFe2O4-Cr2O3-SiO2 nanocomposite exhibits photoluminescence properties without the addition of any external fluorescent marker. The fluorescent magnetic nanoparticles (FMNPs) had a typical diameter of 30 +/- 5 nm and a saturation magnetization of 5.1 emu g-1 at room temperature. This as-prepared nanocomposite was used for staining cultured HeLa cells for fluorescence imaging.

  11. Magnetoelectric CoFe2O4/polyvinylidene fluoride electrospun nanofibres.

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    Gonçalves, R; Martins, P; Moya, X; Ghidini, M; Sencadas, V; Botelho, G; Mathur, N D; Lanceros-Mendez, S

    2015-05-01

    Magnetoelectric 0-1 composites comprising CoFe2O4 (CFO) nanoparticles in a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymer-fibre matrix have been prepared by electrospinning. The average diameter of the electrospun composite fibres is ?325 nm, independent of the nanoparticle content, and the amount of the crystalline polar ? phase is strongly enhanced when compared to pure PVDF polymer fibres. The piezoelectric response of these electroactive nanofibres is modified by an applied magnetic field, thus evidencing the magnetoelectric character of the CFO/PVDF 0-1 composites. PMID:25871851

  12. Magnetoelectric CoFe2O4/polyvinylidene fluoride electrospun nanofibres

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    Gonçalves, R.; Martins, P.; Moya, X.; Ghidini, M.; Sencadas, V.; Botelho, G.; Mathur, N. D.; Lanceros-Mendez, S.

    2015-04-01

    Magnetoelectric 0-1 composites comprising CoFe2O4 (CFO) nanoparticles in a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymer-fibre matrix have been prepared by electrospinning. The average diameter of the electrospun composite fibres is ~325 nm, independent of the nanoparticle content, and the amount of the crystalline polar ? phase is strongly enhanced when compared to pure PVDF polymer fibres. The piezoelectric response of these electroactive nanofibres is modified by an applied magnetic field, thus evidencing the magnetoelectric character of the CFO/PVDF 0-1 composites.

  13. Realization of highest specific absorption rate near superparamagnetic limit of CoFe2O4 colloids for magnetic hyperthermia applications

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    Krishna Surendra, Muvvala; Dutta, Rajesh; Ramachandra Rao, M. S.

    2014-04-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles offer some attractive possibilities in biomedicine with local heat generation abilities. Here we report on the realization of highest specific absorption rate (˜2 kW g-1) and a stable dynamic heat production (42-46 °C) using oleic acid coated CoFe2O4 based ferrofluids which are very promising for hyperthermia applications. CoFe2O4 nanoparticles with different sizes were prepared via co-precipitation method followed by heat treatment in the temperature range 100-600 °C to vary the particle sizes from 12-24 nm. Structural analysis using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) shows well separated oleic acid coated CoFe2O4 nanoparticles with a tapered spherical nature and narrow size (3 nm) distribution. Thermo-gravimetric analysis reveals the strong bonding of oleic acid to the CoFe2O4 nanoparticles. Magnetization studies show oleic acid coated CoFe2O4 nanoparticles have high saturation magnetization and reduced surface spin randomization compared to bare particles. Heat production efficiency was studied near the superparamagnetic limit of CoFe2O4 as a function of magnetic core size and ferrofluid concentration. For a given particle size and concentration, the maximum specific absorption rate varies as the square of the magnetic field applied. Notable increase in the maximum specific absorption rate was found with decrease in particle size and concentration. MTT assay studies with L-929 cells using oleic acid coated CoFe2O4 nanoparticles reveals that the particles with a size of 12 nm are more biocompatible compared to particles with a size of 24 nm.

  14. Microwave assisted combustion synthesis of nanocrystalline CoFe2O4 for LPG sensing

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    Chaudhari, Prashant; Acharya, S. A.; Darunkar, S. S.; Gaikwad, V. M.

    2015-08-01

    A microwave-assisted citrate precursor method has been utilized for synthesis of nanocrystalline powders of CoFe2O4. The process takes only a few minutes to obtain as-synthesized CoFe2O4. Structural properties of the synthesized material were investigated by X-ray diffraction; scanning electron microscopy, Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The gas sensing properties of thick film of CoFe2O4 prepared by screen printing towards Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) revealed that CoFe2O4 thick films are sensitive and shows maximum sensitivity at 350°C for 2500 ppm of LPG.

  15. ZnO supported CoFe2O4 nanophotocatalysts for the mineralization of Direct Blue 71 in aqueous environments.

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    Sathishkumar, Panneerselvam; Pugazhenthiran, Nalenthiran; Mangalaraja, Ramalinga Viswanathan; Asiri, Abdullah M; Anandan, Sambandam

    2013-05-15

    In this study, an attempt was made to render both the magnetic and photocatalytic properties in a semiconductor material to enhance the efficiency of degradation and recycling possibility of magnetic nanophotocatalysts. CoFe2O4 and CoFe2O4 loaded ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by a simple co-precipitation method and characterized using various analytical tools and in addition to check its visible light assisted photocatalytic activity. CoFe2O4/ZnO nanocatalyst coupled with acceptor, peroxomonosulphate (PMS) showed 1.69-fold enhancement in Direct Blue 71 (triazo dye; DB71) mineralization within 5h. The accomplished enrichment in decolorization was due to the production of more number of non-selective and active free radicals at the catalyst surface. PMID:23523908

  16. Microemulsion synthesis and magnetic properties of hydroxyapatite-encapsulated nano CoFe2O4

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    Foroughi, Firoozeh; Hassanzadeh-Tabrizi, S. A.; Amighian, Jamshid

    2015-05-01

    Hydroxyapatite-encapsulated cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanopowders were synthesized by one step microemulsion method. The powders were characterized by X-ray Diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. TEM results showed that nanoparticles calcined at 700 °C have core-shell morphology. It was found that the resultant phases, morphology and magnetic properties of the samples depend on calcining temperature. The synthesized nanoparticles showed a maximum saturation magnetization of 7.8 emu/g with a wasp-waisted hysteresis loop. The magnetion was reduced by increasing calcining temperature to 900 °C. This reduction is due to the reaction of cobalt ferrite with hydroxyapatite which leads to CaFe12(PO4)8(OH)12 phase.

  17. A simple aloe vera plant-extracted microwave and conventional combustion synthesis: Morphological, optical, magnetic and catalytic properties of CoFe2O4 nanostructures

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    Manikandan, A.; Sridhar, R.; Arul Antony, S.; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2014-11-01

    Nanocrystalline magnetic spinel CoFe2O4 was synthesized by a simple microwave combustion method (MCM) using ferric nitrate, cobalt nitrate and Aloe vera plant extracted solution. For the comparative study, it was also prepared by a conventional combustion method (CCM). Powder X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray and selected-area electron diffraction results indicate that the as-synthesized samples have only single-phase spinel structure with high crystallinity and without the presence of other phase impurities. The crystal structure and morphology of the powders were revealed by high resolution scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, show that the MCM products of CoFe2O4 samples contain sphere-like nanoparticles (SNPs), whereas the CCM method of samples consist of flake-like nanoplatelets (FNPs). The band gap of the samples was determined by UV-Visible diffuse reflectance and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The magnetization (Ms) results showed a ferromagnetic behavior of the CoFe2O4 nanostructures. The Ms value of CoFe2O4-SNPs is higher i.e. 77.62 emu/g than CoFe2O4-FNPs (25.46 emu/g). The higher Ms value of the sample suggest that the MCM technique is suitable for preparing high quality nanostructures for magnetic applications. Both the samples were successfully tested as catalysts for the conversion of benzyl alcohol. The resulting spinel ferrites were highly selective for the oxidation of benzyl alcohol and exhibit important difference among their activities. It was found that CoFe2O4-SNPs catalyst show the best performance, whereby 99.5% selectivity of benzaldehyde was achieved at close to 93.2% conversion.

  18. Preparation and photocatalytic properties of nanometer-sized magnetic TiO2/SiO2/CoFe2O4 composites.

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    Li, Hansheng; Zhang, Yaping; Wu, Qin; Wang, Xitao; Liu, Changhao

    2011-11-01

    Magnetic TiO2/SiO2/CoFe2O4 nanoparticles (TiO2/SCFs) were prepared by a sol-gel process in a reverse microemulsion combined with solvent-thermal technique. TiO2/SCFs were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, thermogravimetric analysis-differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectrometry, TEM, BET specific surface area measurement, and magnetic analysis. Structure analyses indicated that TiO2/SCFs presented a core-shell structure with TiO2 uniformly coating on SiO2/CoFe2O4 nanomagnets (SCFs) and typical ferromagnetic hysteresis. TiO2/SCFs showed larger specific surface area and better photocatalytic activities than TiO2 and TiO2/CoFe2O4 photocatalysts prepared by the same method. The doping interaction between TiO2 and CoFe2O4 reduced thanks to the inert SiO2 mesosphere. PMID:22413361

  19. Preparation and adsorption properties of magnetic CoFe2O4-chitosan composite microspheres

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    Lian, Qi; Zheng, Xue-Fang; Hu, Tie-Feng

    2015-11-01

    Magnetic chitosan microspheres made from novel polymer materials show outstanding applied characteristics. Magnetic chitosan microspheres are rather cheap, non-toxic, tasteless, alkali resistant, corrosion resistant, easily degradable, easily recyclable, and so on. It can be widely used in many fields. In this paper, magnetic CoFe2O4/chitosan core-shell microspheres are prepared by means of emulsification cross-linking technique using CoFe2O4 as core and glutaric dialdehyde as crosslinking agent. The results demonstrated that the different calcining temperature of magnetic (CoFe2O4) particles, CoFe2O4/chitosan ratio and stirring time of the suspension medium are the most effective parameters that control the size, size distribution, morphology and magnetism of the described microspheres. Finally, the size, morphology and chemical structure of the prepared materials are studied by different methods. The results show that the optimal calcination temperature of magnetic particles is 700°C, the optimal ratio of CoFe2O4/chitosan is 1: 1, ultrasonic dispersion time is 30 min. The prepared chitosan magnetic microspheres have small size and are well dispersed when the stirring time is 3 h. The prepared magnetic chitosan microspheres are well shaped spheres with a diameter from 1 to 50 ?m, in which CoFe2O4 particles are dispersed uniformly. The magnetic chitosan microspheres show excellent magnetic response and have good adsorption characteristics.

  20. Self-oriented CoFe2O4 composites for non-reciprocal microwave components

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    Tchangoulian, A.; Abou Diwan, E.; Vincent, D.; Neveu, S.; Nader, C.; Habchy, R.

    2014-07-01

    In telecommunication systems, heavy bulky magnets are used to establish the proper functioning of a circulator by ensuring the uniform orientation of the ferrite material's magnetic moment. Thus to develop an unbiased coplanar microwave circulator, the approach based on "ferromagnetic nanowired composite substrates" was promising. The idea was to do a magnetophoretic deposition of nanocoloidal cobalt ferrite nanoparticles into porous alumina membranes and permanently orient them uniformly. Therefore, in order to check the orientation possibility of the nanoparticle, samples of magnetic thin films on glass substrates were synthetized from CoFe2O4 nanoparticles dispersed in a silica sol-gel matrix using the dip-coating technique with and without a uniformly applied magnetic field. To investigate the magnetic behavior of the prepared samples, the Faraday rotation as a function of the applied magnetic field was measured using a spectral polarimeter. The unambiguous qualitative difference between the Faraday rotation hysteresis loops shows a large variation of coercive (?0Hc) and remanent field (Mr/Ms) values, thus proving the orientation of the nanoparticles. Such nanocomposite is a promising candidate for future miniature microwave circulators fabrication.

  1. Magnetoelectricity in CoFe2O4 nanocrystal-P(VDF-HFP) thin films

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    2013-01-01

    Transition metal ferrites such as CoFe2O4, possessing a large magnetostriction coefficient and high Curie temperature (Tc > 600 K), are excellent candidates for creating magnetic order at the nanoscale and provide a pathway to the fabrication of uniform particle-matrix films with optimized potential for magnetoelectric coupling. Here, a series of 0–3 type nanocomposite thin films composed of ferrimagnetic cobalt ferrite nanocrystals (8 to 18 nm) and a ferroelectric/piezoelectric polymer poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropene), P(VDF-HFP), were prepared by multiple spin coating and cast coating over a thickness range of 200 nm to 1.6 ?m. We describe the synthesis and structural characterization of the nanocrystals and composite films by XRD, TEM, HRTEM, STEM, and SEM, as well as dielectric and magnetic properties, in order to identify evidence of cooperative interactions between the two phases. The CoFe2O4 polymer nanocomposite thin films exhibit composition-dependent effective permittivity, loss tangent, and specific saturation magnetization (Ms). An enhancement of the effective permittivity and saturation magnetization of the CoFe2O4-P(VDF-HFP) films was observed and directly compared with CoFe2O4-polyvinylpyrrolidone, a non-ferroelectric polymer-based nanocomposite prepared by the same method. The comparison provided evidence for the observation of a magnetoelectric effect in the case of CoFe2O4-P(VDF-HFP), attributed to a magnetostrictive/piezoelectric interaction. An enhancement of Ms up to +20.7% was observed at room temperature in the case of the 10 wt.% CoFe2O4-P(VDF-HFP) sample. PMID:24004499

  2. Magnetoelectricity in CoFe2O4 nanocrystal-P(VDF-HFP) thin films

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    Liu, Xiaohua; Liu, Shuangyi; Han, Myung-Geun; Zhao, Lukas; Deng, Haiming; Li, Jackie; Zhu, Yimei; Krusin-Elbaum, Lia; O'Brien, Stephen

    2013-09-01

    Transition metal ferrites such as CoFe2O4, possessing a large magnetostriction coefficient and high Curie temperature ( T c > 600 K), are excellent candidates for creating magnetic order at the nanoscale and provide a pathway to the fabrication of uniform particle-matrix films with optimized potential for magnetoelectric coupling. Here, a series of 0-3 type nanocomposite thin films composed of ferrimagnetic cobalt ferrite nanocrystals (8 to 18 nm) and a ferroelectric/piezoelectric polymer poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropene), P(VDF-HFP), were prepared by multiple spin coating and cast coating over a thickness range of 200 nm to 1.6 ?m. We describe the synthesis and structural characterization of the nanocrystals and composite films by XRD, TEM, HRTEM, STEM, and SEM, as well as dielectric and magnetic properties, in order to identify evidence of cooperative interactions between the two phases. The CoFe2O4 polymer nanocomposite thin films exhibit composition-dependent effective permittivity, loss tangent, and specific saturation magnetization ( M s). An enhancement of the effective permittivity and saturation magnetization of the CoFe2O4-P(VDF-HFP) films was observed and directly compared with CoFe2O4-polyvinylpyrrolidone, a non-ferroelectric polymer-based nanocomposite prepared by the same method. The comparison provided evidence for the observation of a magnetoelectric effect in the case of CoFe2O4-P(VDF-HFP), attributed to a magnetostrictive/piezoelectric interaction. An enhancement of M s up to +20.7% was observed at room temperature in the case of the 10 wt.% CoFe2O4-P(VDF-HFP) sample.

  3. Structural and magnetic properties of CoFe2O4/NiFe2O4 core/shell nanocomposite prepared by the hydrothermal method

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    Sattar, A. A.; EL-Sayed, H. M.; ALsuqia, Ibrahim

    2015-12-01

    CoFe2O4/NiFe2O4 core/shell magnetic nanocomposite was synthesized by using hydrothermal method.The analysis of XRD indicated the coexistence of CoFe2O4, NiFe2O4as core/shell composite. The core/shell structure of the composite sample has been confirmed by HR-TEM images, EDX and FT-IR measurements. The size of obtained core/shell nanoparticles was 17 nm in core diameter and about 3 nm in shell thickness. The magnetization measurements showed that both the coercive field and the saturation magnetization of the resulting core/shell nanocomposite were slightly decreased compared to those of the CoFe2O4 core but the thermal stability is of the magnetization parameter was enhanced. Furthermore, superparamagnetic phase is established at temperatures higher than the room temperature. The results were discussed in terms of the surface pinning and the magnetic interaction at the interface between the core and shell.

  4. Flux growth of high-quality CoFe 2O 4 single crystals and their characterization

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    Wang, W. H.; Ren, X.

    2006-04-01

    We report the growth of high-quality CoFe 2O 4 single crystals using a borax flux method. The crystals were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, electron probe microanalysis and Raman spectroscopy. We found the crystals are flux-free and highly homogeneous in composition. X-ray rocking curves of the CoFe 2O 4 single crystals showed a full-width at half-maximum of 0.15°. The saturation magnetization of the CoFe 2O 4 single crystals was measured to be 90 emu/g or equivalently 3.65 ? B/f.u. at 5 K.

  5. Eco-friendly synthesized nanocrystalline CoFe2O4 materials by molten salt flux method

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    Raja, T. S. Gokul; Sreenija, S. V.; Balamurugan, S.

    2015-06-01

    In this brief article, the synthesis of nanocrystalline CoFe2O4 material by molten salt flux (NaCl:KCl) method and their characterization by XRD, FTIR, and HRSEM-EDX are reported. The molten salt flux synthesized material reveals single cubic CoFe2O4 phase with lattice parameter, a = 0.8384(6) nm and average crystalline size, D of 44.66 nm. The fine particles with the size of 147 ˜ 386 nm is seen through HRSEM images on the surface of nanocrystalline CoFe2O4 materials.

  6. Transport critical current density of (Bi1.6Pb0.4)Sr2Ca2Cu3O10/Ag superconductor tapes with addition of nanosized CoFe2O4

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    Hafiz, M.; Abd-Shukor, R.

    2015-09-01

    The effect of nanosized CoFe2O4 (60 nm) addition on the transport critical current density, J c, of (Bi1.6Pb0.4)Sr2Ca2Cu3O10(CoFe2O4) x ( x = 0-0.05 wt%) superconductor prepared by the co-precipitation method was investigated. The optimal J c (measured using the four-point probe method) was observed in the x = 0.01 wt% pellets. Using this optimal wt%, Ag-sheathed (Bi1.6Pb0.4)Sr2Ca2Cu3O10(CoFe2O4)0.01 superconductor tapes were fabricated using the powder-in-tube method. The tapes were sintered for 50 and 100 h at 845 °C. The phase and microstructure of the samples were determined using the powder X-ray diffraction method and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The temperature dependence of J c for the tapes in various applied magnetic fields was also measured. J c of (Bi1.6Pb0.4)Sr2Ca2Cu3O10(CoFe2O4)0.01/Ag tapes sintered for 100 h was 22,420 A/cm2 at 30 K. The non-added tapes sintered for 100 h showed a much lower J c (8280 A/cm2 at 30 K). This study showed that addition of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles enhanced the transport critical current density in the (Bi1.6Pb0.4)Sr2Ca2Cu3O10 superconductor tapes. This result is consistent with the previous calculations on frozen flux superconductor in a nanomagnet-superconductor hybrid system.

  7. Research Update: Facile synthesis of CoFe2O4 nano-hollow spheres for efficient bilirubin adsorption

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    Rakshit, Rupali; Pal, Monalisa; Chaudhuri, Arka; Mandal, Madhuri; Mandal, Kalyan

    2015-11-01

    Herein, we report an unprecedented bilirubin (BR) adsorption efficiency of CoFe2O4 (CFO) nanostructures in contrast to the commercially available activated carbon and resin which are generally used for haemoperfusion and haemodialysis. We have synthesized CFO nanoparticles of diameter 100 nm and a series of nano-hollow spheres of diameter 100, 160, 250, and 350 nm using a simple template free solvothermal technique through proper variation of reaction time and capping agent, oleylamine (OLA), respectively, and carried out SiO2 coating by employing Stöber method. The comparative BR adsorption study of CFO and SiO2 coated CFO nanostructures indicates that apart from porosity and hollow configuration of nanostructures, the electrostatic affinity between anionic carboxyl group of BR and cationic amine group of OLA plays a significant role in adsorbing BR. Finally, we demonstrate that the BR adsorption capacity of the nanostructures can be tailored by varying the morphology as well as size of the nanostructures. We believe that our developed magnetic nanostructures could be considered as a potential material towards therapeutic applications against hyperbilirubinemia.

  8. High-pressure x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopic studies of the tetragonal spinel CoFe2O4 Zhongwu Wang,1,2,

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    Downs, Robert T.

    High-pressure x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopic studies of the tetragonal spinel CoFe2O4 to pressures of 93.6 and 63.2 GPa, respectively, to explore the pressure-induced phase transformation of CoFe2O4 spinel. CoFe2O4 adopts a distorted tetragonal spinel structure at one atmosphere. At a pressure

  9. A novel nonenzymatic hydrogen peroxide sensor based on LaNi0.5Ti0.5O3/CoFe2O4 modified electrode.

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    Ye, Daixin; Xu, Yanhong; Luo, Liqiang; Ding, Yaping; Wang, Yulong; Liu, Xiaojuan; Xing, Lijun; Peng, Jinwei

    2012-01-01

    A novel nonenzymatic hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) sensor based on LaNi(0.5)Ti(0.5)O(3)/CoFe(2)O(4) nanoparticles modified glassy carbon electrode (LNT-CFO/GCE) was proposed. Perovskite-type nanocomposite oxide LaNi(0.5)Ti(0.5)O(3)/CoFe(2)O(4) was synthesized by sol-gel method and characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The electrochemical properties of the modified electrode were studied by cyclic voltammetry and amperometry, which showed an excellent electrocatalytic activity for the oxidation of H(2)O(2). Under the optimum conditions, the linear response was obtained in the range of 0.1 ?M to 8.2 mM, with the correlation coefficient of 0.997. The sensitivity of the modified electrode was calculated to be 3.21 ?A ?M(-1) cm(-2) and the detection limit was 23 nM (based on the S/N=3). PMID:21917429

  10. Nanolamellar magnetoelectric BaTiO3CoFe2O4 bicrystal Shenqiang Ren,1

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    Rubloff, Gary W.

    of ferromagnetic CoFe2O4 CFO and ferroelectric BaTiO3 BTO components are epitaxially joined. The Curie temperatures­11 syntheses of CFO/BTO com- posites. Avellaneda and Harshe12 already demonstrated that solidification of eutectic BTO-CFO leads to lamellar micro- structures. Phase separated self-assembled BTO/CFO three

  11. Tunable multiferroic properties in nanocomposite PbTiO3CoFe2O4 epitaxial thin films

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    Rubloff, Gary W.

    components. There have been a num- ber of reports on BaTiO3 BTO ­CoFe2O4 CFO multifer- roic composites and related materials.6,10 In these composite systems, eutectic separation of CFO and BTO give rise in BTO­CFO composition spreads where we identified a composition region which was ferromagnetic

  12. In situ synthesis of hierarchical CoFe2O4 nanoclusters/graphene aerogels and their high performance for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Wang, Beibei; Wang, Gang; Lv, Zhengyuan; Wang, Hui

    2015-10-01

    In this article, we demonstrate a simple solvothermal method towards in situ growth of hierarchical CoFe2O4 nanoclusters on graphene aerogels (GAs). SEM and TEM results confirm that CoFe2O4 nanoclusters are well wrapped by the graphene skeleton. As an anode material for lithium-ion batteries, the CoFe2O4/GAs composite displays a stable cycling performance with a reversible capacity of over 100 discharge/charge cycles at the current density of 0.1 A g(-1), considerably higher than that of CoFe2O4 nanoclusters. Moreover, the reversible capacity of the CoFe2O4/GAs composite exhibits 966 mA h g(-1) after 300 cycles even at a high current density of 0.5 A g(-1). Most important of all, a new CoFe2O4/GAs//LiCoO2 full cell was successfully assembled, and this exhibited excellent electrochemical performance. The superior electrochemical performance of the CoFe2O4/GAs composite in half and full cells can be attributed to the synergistic interaction between the uniform CoFe2O4 nanoclusters and GAs, the high electrical conductivity, and the three-dimensional hierarchically porous structure, which can not only facilitate the diffusion of Li ions and electrolyte into the electrodes, but also prevent volume expansion/contraction upon prolonged discharge/charge cycling. PMID:26411385

  13. Toxicity of cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanobeads in Chlorella vulgaris: interaction, adaptation and oxidative stress.

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    Ahmad, Farooq; Yao, Hongzhou; Zhou, Ying; Liu, Xiaoyi

    2015-11-01

    The potential toxicity of CoFe2O4 nanobeads (NBs) in Chlorella vulgaris was observed up to 72h. Algal cell morphology, membrane integrity and viability were severely compromised due to adsorption and aggregation of NBs on algal surfaces, release of Fe(3+) and Co(2+) ions and possible mechanical damage by NBs. Interactions with NBs and effective decrease in ions released by aggregation and exudation of algal cells as a self defense mechanism were observed by Fourier transform infrared attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The results corroborated CoFe2O4 NBs induced ROS triggered oxidative stress, leading to a reduction in catalase activity, activation of the mutagenic glutathione s-transferase (mu-GST) and acid phosphatase (AP) antioxidant enzymes, and an increase in genetic aberrations, metabolic and cellular signal transduction dysfunction. Circular dichroism (CD) spectra indicated the weak interactions of NBs with BSA, with slight changes in the ?-helix structure of BSA confirming conformational changes in structure, hence the potential for functional interactions with biomolecules. Possible interferences of CoFe2O4 NBs with assay techniques and components indicated CoFe2O4 NBs at lower concentration do not show any significant interference with ROS, catalase, mu-GST and no interference with CD measurements. This study showed ROS production is one of the pathways of toxicity initiated by CoFe2O4 NBs and illustrates the complex processes that may occur between organisms and NBs in natural complex ecosystem. PMID:26291677

  14. Tuning the formation and functionalities of ultrafine CoFe2O4 nanocrystals via interfacial coherent strain.

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    Hsieh, Ying-Hui; Kuo, Ho-Hung; Liao, Sheng-Chieh; Liu, Heng-Jui; Chen, Ying-Jiun; Lin, Hong-Ji; Chen, Chien-Te; Lai, Chih-Huang; Zhan, Qian; Chueh, Yu-Lun; Chu, Ying-Hao

    2013-07-21

    Complex oxide nanocrystals with a spinel structure show their remarkable optical, electronic, mechanical, thermal, and magnetic properties. In this study, we present a simple yet versatile strategy to grow self-assembled epitaxial CoFe2O4 nanocrystals with well-controlled size (less than 10 nm) and single orientation. CoFe2O4 nanocrystals were fabricated via phase separation in a BiFeO3-CoF2O4 ultrathin film by pulsed laser deposition. The coherent strain at the BiFeO3-CoF2O4 interface suppressed the growth of the nanocrystals regardless of substrate temperatures. This strain also resulted in the ferromagnetic anisotropy and interesting conducting behaviors of ultrafine CFO nanocrystals. PMID:23732994

  15. Tuning the formation and functionalities of ultrafine CoFe2O4 nanocrystals via interfacial coherent strain

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    Hsieh, Ying-Hui; Kuo, Ho-Hung; Liao, Sheng-Chieh; Liu, Heng-Jui; Chen, Ying-Jiun; Lin, Hong-Ji; Chen, Chien-Te; Lai, Chih-Huang; Zhan, Qian; Chueh, Yu-Lun; Chu, Ying-Hao

    2013-06-01

    Complex oxide nanocrystals with a spinel structure show their remarkable optical, electronic, mechanical, thermal, and magnetic properties. In this study, we present a simple yet versatile strategy to grow self-assembled epitaxial CoFe2O4 nanocrystals with well-controlled size (less than 10 nm) and single orientation. CoFe2O4 nanocrystals were fabricated via phase separation in a BiFeO3-CoF2O4 ultrathin film by pulsed laser deposition. The coherent strain at the BiFeO3-CoF2O4 interface suppressed the growth of the nanocrystals regardless of substrate temperatures. This strain also resulted in the ferromagnetic anisotropy and interesting conducting behaviors of ultrafine CFO nanocrystals.

  16. Superior Electrochemical Properties of Nanofibers Composed of Hollow CoFe2 O4 Nanospheres Covered with Onion-Like Graphitic Carbon.

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    Hong, Young Jun; Cho, Jung Sang; Kang, Yun Chan

    2015-12-01

    Nanofibers composed of hollow CoFe2 O4 nanospheres covered with onion-like carbon are prepared by applying nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion to the electrospinning process. Amorphous carbon nanofibers embedded with CoFe2 @onion-like carbon nanospheres are prepared by reduction of the electrospun nanofibers. Oxidation of the CoFe2 -C nanofibers at 300?°C under a normal atmosphere produces porous nanofibers composed of hollow CoFe2 O4 nanospheres covered with onion-like carbon. CoFe2 nanocrystals are transformed into the hollow CoFe2 O4 nanospheres during oxidation through a well-known nanoscale Kirkendall diffusion process. The discharge capacities of the carbon-free CoFe2 O4 nanofibers composed of hollow nanospheres and the nanofibers composed of hollow CoFe2 O4 nanospheres covered with onion-like carbon are 340 and 930?mA?h?g(-1) , respectively, for the 1000th cycle at a current density of 1?A?g(-1) . The nanofibers composed of hollow CoFe2 O4 nanospheres covered with onion-like carbon exhibit an excellent rate performance even in the absence of conductive materials. PMID:26542385

  17. Thickness dependence of the magnetoelastic effect of CoFe2O4 films grown on piezoelectric substrates

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    Rus, S. F.; Herklotz, A.; Roth, R.; Schultz, L.; Dörr, K.

    2013-07-01

    Epitaxial CoFe2O4 (CFO) films of varying thickness were grown on piezoelectric Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)0.72Ti0.28O3 substrates. The magnetic anisotropy of the CFO films is controlled by the piezoelectric in-plane strain imposed by the substrate constraint during application of an electric field. We find that the strain-induced change of the remanent magnetization is constant at large thickness, but drops significantly below ˜100 nm. This thickness dependence of the magnetoelastic effect is shown not to be caused by a variation of the as-grown strain state.

  18. Directed self-assembly of epitaxial CoFe2O(4)-BiFeO3 multiferroic nanocomposites.

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    Comes, Ryan; Liu, Hongxue; Khokhlov, Mikhail; Kasica, Richard; Lu, Jiwei; Wolf, Stuart A

    2012-05-01

    CoFe(2)O(4) (CFO)-BiFeO(3) (BFO) nanocomposites are an intriguing option for future memory and logic technologies due to the magnetoelectric properties of the system. However, these nanocomposites form with CFO pillars randomly located within a BFO matrix, making implementation in devices difficult. To overcome this, we present a technique to produce patterned nanocomposites through self-assembly. CFO islands are patterned on Nb-doped SrTiO(3) to direct the self-assembly of epitaxial CFO-BFO nanocomposites, producing square arrays of CFO pillars. PMID:22486737

  19. The resistive switching memory of CoFe2O4 thin film using nanoporous alumina template

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    Jiang, Changjun; Wu, Lei; Wei, WenWen; Dong, Chunhui; Yao, Jinli

    2014-10-01

    A novel conductive process for resistive random access memory cells is investigated based on nanoporous anodized aluminum oxide template. Bipolar resistive switching characteristic is clearly observed in CoFe2O4 thin film. Stable and repeatable resistive switching behavior is acquired at the same time. On the basis of conductive filament model, possible generation mechanisms for the resistive switching behaviors are discussed intensively. Besides, the magnetic properties of samples (before and after the annealing process) are characterized, and the distinct changes of magnetic anisotropy and coercive field are detected. The present results provide a new perspective to comprehend the underlying physical origin of the resistive switching effect.

  20. Magnetic and magnetostrictive behavior of Dy 3+ doped CoFe 2O 4 single crystals grown by flux method

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    Kambale, Rahul C.; Song, K. M.; Won, C. J.; Lee, K. D.; Hur, N.

    2012-02-01

    We studied the effect of Dy 3+ content on the magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite single crystal. The single crystals of CoFe 1.9Dy 0.1O 4 were grown by the flux method using Na 2B 4O 7.10 H 2O (Borax) as a solvent (flux). The black and shiny single crystals were obtained as a product. The X-ray diffraction analysis at room temperature confirmed the spinel cubic structure with lattice constant a=8.42 Å of the single crystals. The compositional analysis endorses the presence of constituents Co, Fe and Dy elements after sintering at 1300 °C within the final structure. The magnetic hysteresis measurements at various temperatures viz. 10 K, 100 K, 200 K and 300 K reveal the soft ferrimagnetic nature of the single crystal than that of for pure CoFe 2O 4. The observed saturation magnetization ( Ms) and coercivity ( Hc) are found to be lower than that of pure CoFe 2O 4 single crystal. The magnetostriction ( ?) measurement was carried out along the [001] direction. The magnetic measurements lead to conclude that the present single crystals can be used for magneto-optic recording media.

  1. Synthesis, structure, and magnetic studies on the CoFe2O4-BiFeO3 nanocomposite films with different number of CoFe2O4 layers

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    Liu, Y. Q.; Zhang, B.; Wu, Y. H.; Zhang, J.; Li, D.; Liu, Y.; Wei, M. B.; Yang, J. H.

    2013-09-01

    The multiferroic heterostructures consisting of CoFe2O4 (CFO)-BiFeO3 (BFO) layers with increasing the number of CFO layers (2, 4, 6 and 8) have been grown on LaNiO3 buffered Si (1 0 0) substrate by a simple sol-gel spin-coating route. X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows that the CFO and BFO phases have been successfully retained in the heterostructures and the films are polycrystalline. The high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) images show the clear interplanar distances and the interface between the two phases. The magnetization (M) versus field (H) loops reveal that, with increasing the CFO layers, the magnetization of CFO-BFO films will be enhanced. The Ms, Mr and Hc of the composite film with 8 CFO layers are measured to be the largest values of 1304 emu/cm3, 562 emu/cm3 and 2074 Oe, respectively.

  2. Pinning of Ferroelectric Domain Walls in Nanostructured CoFe2O4-BiFeO3 Composite

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    Freedy, Keren; Comes, Ryan; Siebein, Kerry; Lu, Jiwei; Wolf, Stuart

    2015-03-01

    Ferroelectric domain walls in BiFeO3(BFO) thin films have attracted interest due to the observation of enhanced electronic transport at the domain walls in an otherwise insulating material. To understand the properties of domain walls in nanostructured thin films having matrix-pillar morphology, thin films of CoFe2O4 (CFO)-BFO were grown epitaxially by pulsed electron deposition on SrTiO3 (STO) substrates. Piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) measurements indicate that the vertically-oriented CFO nanopillars act as pinning sites for the in-plane domain walls. The pinning effect is most likely due to misfit dislocations at the matrix/pillar interface which have been identified in transmission electron microscopy images. The ability to produce ordered nanocomposites by directed self-assembly offers potential for more extensive investigation of domain wall behavior.

  3. The resistive switching memory of CoFe2O4 thin film using nanoporous alumina template

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    2014-01-01

    A novel conductive process for resistive random access memory cells is investigated based on nanoporous anodized aluminum oxide template. Bipolar resistive switching characteristic is clearly observed in CoFe2O4 thin film. Stable and repeatable resistive switching behavior is acquired at the same time. On the basis of conductive filament model, possible generation mechanisms for the resistive switching behaviors are discussed intensively. Besides, the magnetic properties of samples (before and after the annealing process) are characterized, and the distinct changes of magnetic anisotropy and coercive field are detected. The present results provide a new perspective to comprehend the underlying physical origin of the resistive switching effect. PACS 68.37.-d; 73.40.Rw; 73.61.-r PMID:25404869

  4. Heterointerface design and strain tuning in epitaxial BiFeO3:CoFe2O4 nanocomposite films

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    Zhang, Wenrui; Fan, Meng; Li, Leigang; Chen, Aiping; Su, Qing; Jia, Quanxi; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.; Wang, Haiyan

    2015-11-01

    The ability to control the morphology of heterointerfaces with coupled functionalities is fascinating from both fundamental and technological perspectives. Here, using BiFeO3:CoFe2O4 vertically aligned nanocomposite (VAN) films as a model system, we demonstrate a simple and effective method to modulate the heterointerface and its morphology in nanocomposite films with pulsed laser deposition. By tuning the deposition frequency through thickness during film growth, both vertically straight and gradient heterointerfaces have been achieved. The modulated heterointerface is strongly correlated with strain tuning and interface coupling, and thus modifies the magnetic anisotropy, coercive fields, and ferroelectric switching behavior. This study provides a viable approach for tailoring the interface strain and coupling in VAN and achieving tunable physical properties.

  5. Magnetic Properties of Liquid-Phase Sintered CoFe2O4 for Application in Magnetoelastic and Magnetoelectric Transducers

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    de Brito, Vera Lúcia Othéro; Cunha, Stéphanie Alá; Lemos, Leonardo Violim; Nunes, Cristina Bormio

    2012-01-01

    Cobalt ferrite is a ferrimagnetic magnetostrictive ceramic that has potential application in magnetoelastic and magnetoelectric transducers. In this work, CoFe2O4 was obtained using a conventional ceramic method and Bi2O3 was used as additive in order to obtain liquid-phase sintered samples. Bi2O3 was added to the ferrite in amounts ranging from 0.25 mol% to 0.45 mol% and samples were sintered at 900 °C and 950 °C. It was observed the presence of Bi-containing particles in the microstructure of the sintered samples and the magnetostriction results indicated microstructural anisotropy. It was verified that it is possible to get dense cobalt ferrites, liquid-phase sintered, with relative densities higher than 90% and with magnetostriction values very close to samples sintered without additives. PMID:23112589

  6. Comparative study of nano-sized particles CoFe2O4 effects on superconducting properties of Y-123 and Y-358

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    Slimani, Y.; Hannachi, E.; Ben Salem, M. K.; Hamrita, A.; Varilci, A.; Dachraoui, W.; Ben Salem, M.; Ben Azzouz, F.

    2014-10-01

    The effects of nano-sized CoFe2O4 particles (10 nm) addition on the structural and the normal state resistivity of YBa2Cu3O7 (noted Y-123) and Y3Ba5Cu8O18 (noted Y-358) polycrystalline were systematically studied. Samples were synthesized in oxygen atmosphere using a standard solid state reaction technique by adding CoFe2O4 up to 2 wt%. Phases, microstructure and superconductivity have been systematically investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrical measurements ?(T). XRD results reveal that the lattice parameters change for both Y-123 and Y-358 phases. SEM observations reveal that the grain size is reduced with increasing the content of CoFe2O4. The measurements for the resistivity dependence of temperature show that the depression in superconducting temperature is more pronounced for CoFe2O4 addition in Y-358 compound than in Y-123 one. These results may be attributed to the existence of much more disorder due to a greater number of Cu sites to be substituted by Fe and Co in Y-358 compared to Y-123.

  7. Magnetoelectric nano-Fe3O4?CoFe2O4?PbZr0.53Ti0.47O3 composite

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    Ren, Shenqiang; Wuttig, Manfred

    2008-02-26

    A new magnetoelectric hybrid device composed of a nanoparticulate magnetostrictive iron oxide-cobalt ferritefilm on a piezoelectric lead zirconic titanate crystal serving as both substrate and straining medium is described. Nano-Fe3O4?CoFe2O4...

  8. Role of spinel substrate in the morphology of BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 epitaxial nanocomposite films

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    Spinu, Leonard

    of perovskite BiFeO3 (BFO) and spinel CoFe2O4 (CFO) that self-assemble into nanostructures with CFO nanopillars piezoelectricity in BFO (Refs. 6­8) and magnetostric- tion in CFO (Ref. 9) make the composite an optimal combi

  9. Multiferroic properties of Pb,,Zr,Ti...O3/CoFe2O4 composite thin films N. Ortega,a

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    Rubloff, Gary W.

    titanate PZT ­cobalt iron oxide CFO composite thin films. It is found that upon annealing, the multilayered structures are intermixed at least partially, and CFO is phase separated into PZT matrix to form a composite synthesized multilayered Pb Zr0.53Ti0.47 O3 PZT ­CoFe2O4 CFO thin films on pla- tinized silicon substrate

  10. Antibacterial action of doped CoFe2O4 nanocrystals on multidrug resistant bacterial strains.

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    Velho-Pereira, S; Noronha, A; Mathias, A; Zakane, R; Naik, V; Naik, P; Salker, A V; Naik, S R

    2015-07-01

    The bactericidal effect of pristine and doped cobalt ferrite nanoparticles has been evaluated against multiple drug resistant clinical strains by assessing the number of colony-forming units (CFU). Monophasic polycrystalline ferrites have been prepared by the malate-glycolate sol-gel autocombustion method as confirmed by the X-ray diffraction study. Various changes occurring during the preparative stages have been demonstrated using TG-DTA analysis which is well complemented by the FTIR spectroscopy. The antibacterial studies carried out demonstrate a bactericidal effect of the nanoparticles wherein the number of CFU has been found to decrease with doping. Cellular distortions have been revealed through SEM. Variation in the number of CFU with dopant type has also been reported herein. PMID:25953569

  11. Magnetoelectric CoFe2O4/polyvinylidene fluoride electrospun nanofibres

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    Gonçalves, R.; Martins, P.; Moya, X.; Ghidini, M.; Sencadas, V.; Botelho, G.; Mathur, N. D.; Lanceros-Mendez, S.

    2015-03-24

    of cell growth and differentiation, active drug release and tissue stimulation10, 11. Experimental PVDF powder (Solef 1010) was purchased from Solvay Solexis, CFO nanoparticles (35–55 nm) were purchased from Nanoamor, and pure grade N... was introduced into the electrospinning deposition setup, using a plastic syringe connected to a flux regulator; in order to create a jet, high voltage was applied between the syringe needle and an aluminium foil, where the electrospun fibres are collected...

  12. Strain-controlled easy axis orientation of epitaxial CoFe2O4 films by He implantation

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    Herklotz, Andreas; Wong, Antony T.; Rus, Stefania F.; Ward, Thomas Z.

    2015-03-01

    Heteroepitaxial strain engineering is an essential tool in the strongly correlated systems for investigating fundamental coupling effects and for more practical control of thin film properties. Here, we use strain doping by He implantation as an alternative technique to control thin film functionalities. We demonstrate the tuning of the magnetic anisotropy of CoFe2O4 (CFO) films through He implantation. Compressively strained thin films of CFO are grown coherently on MgO substrates and show pronounced out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy. Successive doping of the CFO films with He using a commercial ion gun results in an expansion of the out-of-plane lattice parameter while maintaining in-plane epitaxial lock to the substrate. We observe a continuous rotation of the magnetic easy axis towards the film plane with increasing unit cell tetragonality. The results are in agreement with the strain-induced change of the magnetic anisotropy due to the large negative magnetostriction of CFO and demonstrate that strain doping via He implantation is an elegant path to tune desired characteristics of transition metal oxide thin films. This work was supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering Division.

  13. Magnetodielectric properties of CoFe2O4-BaTiO3 core-shell nanocomposite

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    Selvi, M. Malar; Manimuthu, P.; Kumar, K. Saravana; Venkateswaran, C.

    2014-11-01

    The magneto-electric (ME) and multiferroic CoFe2O4 (CFO)/BaTiO3 (BTO) core-shell nanocomposite is prepared by co-precipitation followed by citrate-gel method. The XRD patterns indicate that the magnetic CFO phase is compatible with the ferroelectric BTO phase. The core-shell nature with homogeneous mixing of magnetic and dielectric phase is confirmed by microstructural analysis. The magnetic and ferroelectric phase preserves their basic individual properties in the core-shell form. The magnetodielectric (MD) response of the nanocomposite is attributed to magnetostriction of CFO at low frequencies, and at high frequencies is due to magnetostriction and the magnetoresistance effects. The Maxwell-Wagner effect combined with the magnetoresistance (MR) is dominant at the intermediate frequencies. The ME coupling susceptibility of the sample was indirectly derived through the MD measurements by eliminating the combined ‘Maxwell-Wagner and the magnetoresistive effects’. ME coupling susceptibility of 0.6±0.2 mV/cm Oe is obtained indirectly by MD measurements at room temperature upto a maximum field of 7 kOe. The observed MD effects are attributed to the presence of magnetostrictive and magnetoresistive behavior of core-shell nanocomposite.

  14. Epitaxial Bi5Ti3FeO15-CoFe2O4 pillar-matrix multiferroic nanostructures.

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    Imai, Akira; Cheng, Xuan; Xin, Huolin L; Eliseev, Eugene A; Morozovska, Anna N; Kalinin, Sergei V; Takahashi, Ryota; Lippmaa, Mikk; Matsumoto, Yuji; Nagarajan, Valanoor

    2013-12-23

    Epitaxial self-assembled ferro(i)magnetic spinel (CoFe2O4 (CFO)) and ferroelectric bismuth layered perovskite (Bi5Ti3FeO15 (BTFO)) pillar-matrix nanostructures are demonstrated on (001) single-crystalline strontium titanate substrates. The CFO remains embedded in the BTFO matrix as vertical pillars (?50 nm in diameter) up to a volume fraction of 50%. Piezoresponse force microscopy experiments evidence a weak out-of-plane and a strong in-plane ferroelectricity in the BTFO phase, despite previously reported paraelectricity along the c-axis in a pure BTFO film. Phenomenological Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire-based thermodynamic computations show that the radial stress induced by the CFO nanopillars can influence these ferroelectric phases, thus signifying the importance of the nanopillars. The CFO pillars demonstrate robust ferromagnetic hysteresis loops with little degradation in the saturation magnetization (ca. 4 ?B/f.u.). Thus BTFO-CFO nanocomposites show significant promise as a lead-free magnetoelectric materials system. PMID:24215598

  15. Magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroic BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 composite nanofibers via electrospinning

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    Fu, Bi; Lu, Ruie; Gao, Kun; Yang, Yaodong; Wang, Yaping

    2015-07-01

    Magnetoelectric (ME) coupling in Pb-based multiferroic composites has been widely investigated due to the excellent piezoelectric property of lead zirconate titanate (PZT). In this letter, we report a strategy to create a hybrid Pb-free ferroelectric and ferromagnetic material and detect its ME coupling at the nanoscale. Hybrid Pb-free multiferroic BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 (BTO-CFO) composite nanofibers (NFs) were generated by sol-gel electrospinning. The perovskite structure of BTO and the spinel structure of CFO nanograins were homogenously distributed in the composite NFs and verified by bright-field transmission electron microscopy observations along the perovskite [111] zone axis. Multiferroicity was confirmed by amplitude-voltage butterfly curves and magnetic hysteresis loops. ME coupling was observed in terms of a singularity on a dM/dT curve at the ferroelectric Curie temperature (TC) of BaTiO3. The lateral ME coefficient was investigated by the evolution of the piezoresponse under an external magnetic field of 1000 Oe and was estimated to be ?31 =0.78× 104 \\text{mV cm}-1 \\text{Oe}-1 . These findings could enable the creation of nanoscale Pb-free multiferroic composite devices.

  16. Modification of structure and magnetic anisotropy of epitaxial CoFe2O4 films by hydrogen reduction

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    Chen, Aiping; Poudyal, Narayan; Xiong, Jie; Liu, J. Ping; Jia, Quanxi

    2015-03-01

    Heteroepitaxial CoFe2O4 (CFO) thin films with different thicknesses were deposited on MgO (001) substrates. The as-deposited CFO films show a clear switching of magnetic anisotropy with increasing film thickness. The thinner films (<100 nm) show a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy due to the out-of-plane compressive strain. The thicker films exhibit an in-plane easy axis owing to the dominating shape anisotropy effect. The magnetostriction coefficient of CFO films is estimated to be ?[001] = -188 × 10-6. Metallic CoFe2 films were obtained by annealing the as-deposited CFO films in forming gas (Ar 93% + H2 7%) at 450 °C. XRD shows that CoFe2 films are textured out-of-plane and aligned in-plane, owing to lattice matching between CoFe2 and MgO substrate. TEM results indicate that as-deposited films are continuous while the annealed films exhibit a nanopore mushroom structure. The magnetic anisotropy of CoFe2 films is dominated by the shape effect. The results demonstrate that hydrogen reduction can be effectively used to modify microstructures and physical properties of complex metal oxide materials.

  17. Reusable nanocomposite of CoFe2O4/chitosan-graft-poly(acrylic acid) for removal of Ni(II) from aqueous solution

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    Nguyen, Van Cuong; Huynh, Thi Kim Ngoc

    2014-06-01

    In this paper, CoFe2O4/chitosan-graft-poly(acrylic acid) (CoFe2O4/CS-graft-PAA) nanocomposites were prepared successfully by coprecipitation of the compounds in alkaline solution and were used for removal of nickel (II) ions from aqueous solution. The sorption rate was affected significantly by the initial concentration of the solution, sorbent amount, and pH value of the solution. Batch experiments were conducted to investigate the adsorption capacity under different initial concentration (ranging from 25 to 150 mg L-1), solution pH (4.1, 5.3, 6.4 and 7.6), and contact time. These nanocomposites can be recycled conveniently from water with the assistance of an external magnet because of their exceptional properties. The prepared nanocomposites were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray powder diffraction (XRD), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA).

  18. Fabrication of CoFe2O4-graphene nanocomposite and its application in the magnetic solid phase extraction of sulfonamides from milk samples.

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    Li, Yazhen; Wu, Xuewen; Li, Zhaoqian; Zhong, Shuxian; Wang, Weiping; Wang, Aijun; Chen, Jianrong

    2015-11-01

    In the present study, a graphene-based magnetic nanocomposite (CoFe2O4-graphene, CoFe2O4-G) was synthesized and used successfully as an adsorbent for the magnetic solid phase extraction (MSPE) of sulfonamides for the first time. The surface morphologies and structures of the CoFe2O4-G nanocomposite were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), FT-IR, UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and vibration sample magnetometer (VSM). Five sulfonamides, including sulfamerazine, sulfamethizole, sulfadoxine, sulfamethoxazole and sulfisoxazole were used as model analytes to evaluate the enrichment properties of the prepared adsorbent in MSPE. After preconcentration, the adsorbent could be conveniently separated from the aqueous samples by an external magnet, and the analytes desorbed from adsorbent were determined by high performance liquid chromatography-ultraviolet detection (HPLC-UV). Extraction parameters including sample pH, amount of sorbent, extraction time and desorption conditions were optimized in detail. Under the optimal conditions, good linear relationships between the peak areas and the concentrations of the analytes were obtained. The linear ranges were 0.02-50.00mgL(-1) with correlation coefficients (r)?0.9982. The limits of detection were less than 1.59?gL(-1). Good reproducibility was obtained. The relative standard deviations of intra- and inter-day analysis were less than 4.3% and 6.5%, respectively. The proposed method was successfully applied for the analysis of sulfonamides in milk samples. The average recoveries determined for two milk samples spiked at levels from 5 to 20?gL(-1) were 62.0-104.3% with relative standard deviations less than 14.0%. In addition, the CoFe2O4-G could be reused after cleaning with acetone and ultrapure water successively. PMID:26452959

  19. Ascorbic acid-assisted synthesis of cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) hierarchical flower-like microspheres with enhanced lithium storage properties

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

    2014-06-01

    CoFe2O4 flower-like microspheres are prepared via a surfactant- and template-free method, involving the controlled hytrothermal synthesis firstly and a subsequent thermal decomposition treatment. The microspheres with diameters of 3-4 ?m are characterized by the assembly of numerous porous and inter-connected lamella structures. Lithium-ion batteries electrodes based on the as-prepared CoFe2O4 microspheres show a high specific capacity of 733.5 mAh g-1 after 50 cycles at a current density of 200 mA g-1 and a good cyclic stability, as well as excellent rate capability. The enhanced electrochemical performance can be attributed to the hierarchical microsphere structure with high sufficient interfacial contact area between the microspheres and electrolyte, the short diffusion distance of Li+, better accommodation of structural stress and volume change with the lithiation/delithiation process. It is suggested that the CoFe2O4 microsphere is one of the most promising candidates for high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

  20. Strain relaxation and enhanced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in BiFeO3:CoFe2O4 vertically aligned nanocomposite thin films

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    Zhang, Wenrui; Jian, Jie; Chen, Aiping; Jiao, Liang; Khatkhatay, Fauzia; Li, Leigang; Chu, Frank; Jia, Quanxi; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.; Wang, Haiyan

    2014-02-01

    Self-assembled BiFeO3:CoFe2O4 (BFO:CFO) vertically aligned nanocomposite thin films have been fabricated on SrTiO3 (001) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. The strain relaxation mechanism between BFO and CFO with a large lattice mismatch has been studied by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The as-prepared nanocomposite films exhibit enhanced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy as the BFO composition increases. Different anisotropy sources have been investigated, suggesting that spin-flop coupling between antiferromagnetic BFO and ferrimagnetic CFO plays a dominant role in enhancing the uniaxial magnetic anisotropy.

  1. Local probing of magnetoelectric coupling and magnetoelastic control of switching in BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 thin-film nanocomposite

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    Yan, Feng; Chen, Guannan; Lu, Li; Finkel, Peter; Spanier, Jonathan E.

    2013-07-01

    We report on the combination of piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM), magnetic force microscopy, and local ferroelectric switching with magnetic field for the study of a thin-film magnetoelectric (ME) nanocomposite. The collection of PFM under an applied variable magnetic field within a polycrystalline perovskite-spinel BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 (BFO-CFO) 0-3 type thin-film nanocomposite enables quantitative and proximal measurement of magnetoelastic strain-driven ME response. Combination of measurement of the as-grown strain state with local measurements of microstructure and macroscopic magnetization permits local mapping of ME coupling.

  2. Inhomogeneity Induced Conductivity Fluctuation in YBa2Cu3O7-?/BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 Composite

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    Sahoo, Mousumibala; Behera, Dhrubananda

    2013-08-01

    Polycrystalline (1-x)YBa2Cu3O7-y + xBaTiO3-CoFe2O4(x = 0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6 wt.%) superconductors were prepared by solid state route. XRD analysis reveals no significant change in "b" parameter and increase in "a" and "c" parameters. SEM micrographs show no change in grain size of the samples. With the increase of BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 (BTO-CFO) addition it has been analyzed that the superconducting transition temperatures (Tc) determined from standard four-probe method was decreased and dropped sharply with higher wt.% addition. Excess conductivity fluctuation analysis using Aslamazov-Larkin model fitting reveals transition of two dominant regions (2D and 3D) above Tc. The decrease in 2D-3D crossover temperature TLD (Lawerence-Doniach temperature) in the mean field region has been observed as a consequent dominance of 3D region to increase in wt.% in the composite. The increasing value of ?wl and ?0 and the decreasing trend in the value of zero-resistance critical temperature (Tc0) indicates that the connectivity between grains decreases gradually with the addition of magneto-electric composite BTO-CFO.

  3. Multiferroic properties of Pb0.90Sr0.10TiO3-CoFe2O4 nanostructured bilayered thin film

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    Bala, Kanchan; Kotnala, R. K.; Negi, N. S.

    2015-05-01

    Pb0.90Sr0.10TiO3-CoFe2O4(PST10-CFO) nanostructured bilayered thin film were grown on Si (100) substrate by using metallo-organic decomposition chemical route and spin coating technique. Results show that PST (pervoskite structure) and CFO (spinel) phase coexist in the bilayered thin films, annealed at 650°C for 2hr and no obvious impurity phase can be detected. The structural, surface morphology and micro structural properties were confirmed by X-Ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscope (AFM) respectively. Excellent ferroelectric behavior at different voltage was observed, with two platinum electrodes only at surface of the bilayer thin film. A room temperature ferromagnetic behavior was observed in the bilayered Pb0.90Sr0.10TiO3-CoFe2O4 nanostructured thin film. The saturation magnetization and variation in coercivity value of the bilayer thin film is lower than that of the pure CFO film in the presence of non ferromagnetic PST layer which is the attributed that the significant coupling between the two phases.

  4. General design of hollow porous CoFe2O4 nanocubes from metal-organic frameworks with extraordinary lithium storage.

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    Guo, Hong; Li, Tingting; Chen, Weiwei; Liu, Lixiang; Yang, Xiangjun; Wang, Yapeng; Guo, Yicheng

    2014-12-21

    Hollow porous CoFe(2)O(4) nanocubes from metal-organic frameworks were fabricated through a general facile strategy. The intrinsic hollow nanostructure can shorten the lengths for both electronic and ionic transport, enlarge the surface area of electrodes, and improve accommodation of the volume change during Li insertion/extraction cycling. The hybrid multi-elements characteristics allow the volume change to take place in a stepwise manner during the electrochemical cycle. Therefore, the as-prepared CoFe(2)O(4) electrode exhibits outstanding performance as anode materials for lithium ion batteries. The stable capacity arrives at 815 mA h g(-1) for 20 C. Subsequently, a specific capacity of ca. 1043 mA h g(-1) is recovered when the current rate reduces back to 1 C after 200 cycles. This general strategy may shed light on a new avenue for large-scale synthesis of hollow porous hybrid nanocubes via MOFs for energy storage, environmental remediation and other novel applications. PMID:25374151

  5. Structural and dielectric properties of laser ablated BaTiO3 films deposited over electrophoretically dispersed CoFe2O4 grains

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    Barbosa, J. G.; Gomes, I. T.; Pereira, M. R.; Moura, C.; Mendes, J. A.; Almeida, B. G.

    2014-10-01

    Thin film nanocomposites with mixed connectivity, composed by CoFe2O4 grains, deposited by electrophoresis on Si|Pt substrates, and subsequently covered by a laser ablation deposited BaTiO3 layer were prepared with different cobalt ferrite concentrations. Their structure presented a combination of BaTiO3, with its tetragonal and the orthorhombic phases coexisting at room temperature, and CoFe2O4 with the cubic spinel structure. The cobalt ferrite nanograins were under in-plane tensile stress, while the BaTiO3 phase was under in-plane compressive stress. The dielectric measurements showed that as the barium titanate grain size decreased, its ferroelectric Curie temperature shifted to lower temperatures relative to the bulk. This grain size dependent TC shift was associated and modeled by a core-shell structure of BaTiO3 grains in the films, with a tetragonal core and cubic shell. Additionally, a diffuse tetragonal-orthorhombic phase transition was observed and, in agreement with Raman spectroscopy results, associated to the coexistence of barium titanate orthorhombic and tetragonal phases in the room temperature region. This led to the formation of polar nanoclusters with random polarization orientations, which induced a frustrated phase transition between the tetragonal and orthorhombic phases of barium titanate in the films.

  6. On stoichiometry and intermixing at the spinel/perovskite interface in CoFe2O4/BaTiO3 thin films

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    Tileli, Vasiliki; Duchamp, Martial; Axelsson, Anna-Karin; Valant, Matjaz; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.; Alford, Neil Mcn.

    2014-11-01

    The performance of complex oxide heterostructures depends primarily on the interfacial coupling of the two component structures. This interface character inherently varies with the synthesis method and conditions used since even small composition variations can alter the electronic, ferroelectric, or magnetic functional properties of the system. The focus of this article is placed on the interface character of a pulsed laser deposited CoFe2O4/BaTiO3 thin film. Using a range of state-of-the-art transmission electron microscopy methodologies, the roles of substrate morphology, interface stoichiometry, and cation intermixing are determined on the atomic level. The results reveal a surprisingly uneven BaTiO3 substrate surface formed after the film deposition and Fe atom incorporation in the top few monolayers inside the unit cell of the BaTiO3 crystal. Towards the CoFe2O4 side, a disordered region extending several nanometers from the interface was revealed and both Ba and Ti from the substrate were found to diffuse into the spinel layer. The analysis also shows that within this somehow incompatible composite interface, a different phase is formed corresponding to the compound Ba2Fe3Ti5O15, which belongs to the ilmenite crystal structure of FeTiO3 type. The results suggest a chemical activity between these two oxides, which could lead to the synthesis of complex engineered interfaces.The performance of complex oxide heterostructures depends primarily on the interfacial coupling of the two component structures. This interface character inherently varies with the synthesis method and conditions used since even small composition variations can alter the electronic, ferroelectric, or magnetic functional properties of the system. The focus of this article is placed on the interface character of a pulsed laser deposited CoFe2O4/BaTiO3 thin film. Using a range of state-of-the-art transmission electron microscopy methodologies, the roles of substrate morphology, interface stoichiometry, and cation intermixing are determined on the atomic level. The results reveal a surprisingly uneven BaTiO3 substrate surface formed after the film deposition and Fe atom incorporation in the top few monolayers inside the unit cell of the BaTiO3 crystal. Towards the CoFe2O4 side, a disordered region extending several nanometers from the interface was revealed and both Ba and Ti from the substrate were found to diffuse into the spinel layer. The analysis also shows that within this somehow incompatible composite interface, a different phase is formed corresponding to the compound Ba2Fe3Ti5O15, which belongs to the ilmenite crystal structure of FeTiO3 type. The results suggest a chemical activity between these two oxides, which could lead to the synthesis of complex engineered interfaces. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Magnetic moment data of the structure, linear decomposition graph of the interface layer in its constituent components of CoFe2O4 and BaTiO3, reference Fe L3,2 EEL data used for MLLS analysis of the Fe oxidation and coordination variation, and a table detailing the partial ionization cross-sections used for quantitative MLLS analysis. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr04339a

  7. Carbon dioxide-induced homogeneous deposition of nanometer-sized cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) on graphene as high-rate and cycle-stable anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Wang, Lingyan; Zhuo, Linhai; Zhang, Chao; Zhao, Fengyu

    2015-02-01

    In the preparation of metal oxide composite materials, the common organic solvents limit the homogenous dispersion of guest component on substrate for their high viscosity, surface tension and low diffusivity. Herein, we take advantage of the unique properties of supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) to successfully deposit uniform CoFe2O4 nanoparticles (CFO NPs) on the surface of graphene without need of surfactants or precipitants. The obtained CFO NPs are 8-10 nm in size and homogeneously anchored on graphene sheets as spacers to reduce the degree of graphene restacking. Additionally, the effects of pressure and solvent on the crystallinity, dispersion and particle size of the NPs are discussed. The CFO@G-CE composite synthesized in scCO2-expanded ethanol exhibits excellent cyclability and significantly improved rate capability than the CFO@G-E in pure ethanol and CFO@G-NE in the mixture of high pressure nitrogen and ethanol. It is certified, by the structural and morphological analyses of the intermediates and phase observations, that the reaction medium greatly affects the dispersion and size of the particles, and thus influences their electrochemical performances. The proposed strategy is shortcut (reaction time: 2 h) and effective in execution, hence, we hope that the presented strategy would encourage further studies on other hybrid nanomaterials fabrication.

  8. Synthesis of coaxial CoFe2O4 - K0.5Na0.5NbO3 nanotubes by sol-gel technique using inexpensive templates

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    Chitralekha, C. S.; Rasi, Mohammed; Aravind, P. B.; Anantharaman, M. R.; Nair, Swapna. S.

    2015-06-01

    A modified sol-gel method was introduced by employing a cost effective novel template to synthesize coaxial one dimensional (1-D) composite nanostructures based on CoFe2O4 (CFO) - K0.5Na0.5NbO3 (KNN) and magnetic nanostructures based on CoFe2O4 (CFO). The studies with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed that the composite material is characterized by the 1-D tubular structure. The absorption edge is blue shifted for both KNN and CFO nanotubes due to the lattice strain effect.

  9. Solvothermal synthesis of CoFe2O4 submicron compact spheres and tunable coercivity induced via low-temperature thermal treatment

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    Zhou, Ling; Fu, Qiuyun; Zhou, Dongxiang; Xue, Fei; Tian, Yahui

    2015-10-01

    Compact CoFe2O4 submicron spheres were successfully prepared by a typical solvothermal synthesis method using potassium acetate as protective agent. The as-prepared spheres exhibited the onset of superparamagnetism. The saturation magnetization (Ms), remanent magnetization (Mr), coercivity (Hc) and remanence ratio R (Mr/Ms) were 46.79 emu/g, 0.84 emu/g, 18.4 Oe and 0.018, respectively. Followed by thermal treatment at 250-600 °C, the annealed spheres exhibited a sharp increment in coercivity without significant growth in crystal size. The coercivity of the sample annealed at 250 °C was 597.5 Oe and the sample annealed at 600 °C was increased to 1371.7 Oe. The probable mechanism of the increment in coercivity was suggested to be induced by the enhanced exchange interactions as the organics degraded in thermal treatment.

  10. Stress-mediated magnetic anisotropy and magnetoelastic coupling in epitaxial multiferroic PbTiO3-CoFe2O4 nanostructures

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    Tsai, C. Y.; Chen, H. R.; Chang, F. C.; Tsai, W. C.; Cheng, H. M.; Chu, Y. H.; Lai, C. H.; Hsieh, W. F.

    2013-04-01

    This study reports a self-assembled multiferroic nanostructure, composed of PbTiO3 (PTO) pillars embedded in a CoFe2O4 (CFO) matrix, deposited on MgO(001) by pulsed laser deposition. The epitaxial relationship in the PTO-CFO nanostructure is (100)[101]PTO?(001)[101]CFO?(001)[101]MgO, confirming the in-plane aligned polarization of PTO. The perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of this thin film results from the magnetoelastic anisotropy that exceeds the shape anisotropy. The increased frequency and the enhanced intensity of the tetrahedral (T-) site phonon modes by increasing the magnetic field indicate strong magnetoelastic coupling through magnetostriction in this multiferroic nanostructure. The anisotropic Raman strength enhancement of the T-site phonon along different directions suggests the magnetoelastic coupling is most efficient in the in-plane direction.

  11. Anisotropic strain, magnetic properties, and lattice dynamics in self-assembled multiferroic CoFe2O4-PbTiO3 nanostructures

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    Tsai, C. Y.; Chen, H. R.; Chang, F. C.; Kuo, H. H.; Cheng, H. M.; Tsai, W. C.; Chu, Y. H.; Lai, C. H.; Hsieh, W. F.

    2014-04-01

    We investigate the anisotropic stress dependent magnetic and phonon behaviors in self-assembled CoFe2O4-PbTiO3 (CFO-PTO) nanostructures deposited on SrRuO3 buffered SrTiO3 substrates of various thickness. The increased vertical compressed stress with increasing thickness enhances the vertical magnetic anisotropy of CFO while gradually reducing the vertical polarization of PTO. By applying the magnetic-field dependent Raman scattering, the CFO-A1g and T2g(1) phonon frequencies shift oppositely because of the magnetostriction. Moreover, the PTO-A1 mode intensities anomalously enhance and the A1 and E mode frequencies, respectively, increase and decrease, which prove the existence of the stress-mediated magnetoelectric (ME) effect. This study shows that the ME transmission process is dominated by interfacial stress, which is critical for enhancing the ME efficiency.

  12. Annealing control of magnetic anisotropy and phase separation in CoFe2O4-BaTiO3 nanocomposite films

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    Rafique, Mohsin; Herklotz, A.; Guo, E.-J.; Roth, R.; Schultz, L.; Dörr, K.; Manzoor, Sadia

    2013-12-01

    Multiferroic heteroepitaxial nanocomposite films of BaTiO3 and CoFe2O4 (CFO) have been grown by pulsed laser deposition employing alternating ablation of two ceramic targets. Films grown at temperatures between 650 °C and 710 °C contain columnar CFO grains about 10-20 nm in diameter embedded in a BaTiO3 matrix. The very strong vertical compression of these grains causes large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Post-growth annealing treatments above the growth temperature gradually release the compression. This allows one to tune the stress-induced magnetic anisotropy. Additionally, annealing leads to substantial enhancement of the saturation magnetization MS. Since MS of a pure CFO film remains unchanged by a similar annealing procedure, MS is proposed to depend on the volume fraction of the obtained CFO phase. We suggest that MS can be utilized to monitor the degree of phase separation in nanocomposite films.

  13. Large out-of-plane ferroelectric polarization in flat epitaxial BaTiO3 on CoFe2O4 heterostructures

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    Dix, N.; Fina, I.; Bachelet, R.; Fàbrega, L.; Kanamadi, C.; Fontcuberta, J.; Sánchez, F.

    2013-04-01

    Engineering interfaces in perovskite/spinel heterostructures is challenged by structural differences. We have used kinetic growth limitations to fabricate flat BaTiO3/CoFe2O4 (BTO/CFO) epitaxial bilayers on La2/3Sr1/3MnO3/SrTiO3(001). In situ analysis of lattice strain during growth has revealed that BTO grows relaxed on highly lattice-mismatched CFO, thus suppressing tensile epitaxial stress effects. As a result, BTO is ferroelectric along the out-of-plane direction with bulk-like polarization. These results show that very high lattice mismatch in heteroepitaxy can be an opportunity rather than a limitation to integrate dissimilar materials with optimized functional properties.

  14. Spin and phonon anomalies in epitaxial self-assembled CoFe2O4-BaTiO3 multiferroic nanostructures

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    Tsai, C. Y.; Cheng, H. M.; Chen, H. R.; Huang, K. F.; Tsai, L. N.; Chu, Y. H.; Lai, C. H.; Hsieh, W. F.

    2014-06-01

    Temperature dependent magnetic and phonon anomalies in epitaxial self-assembled CoFe2O4 (CFO) rods embedded in BaTiO3 (BTO) matrix nanostructures were investigated. The temperature dependence of A1(2TO) phonon frequency of BTO indicates that the BTO matrix experiences structural transformations. The lattice strain produced during the structural transformations drives spin reorientation in CFO rods, resulting in anomalous changes of magnetization. Through correlating the phonon anomalies with the increase of in-plane spin ordering, we show the spin-phonon coupling induces the softening of A1g and A1(2TO) phonons. It suggests that spin strongly couples with lattice strain and phonons in this nanostructure.

  15. Ti diffusion in (001) SrTiO3-CoFe2O4 epitaxial heterostructures: blocking role of a MgAl2O4 buffer.

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    Rebled, J M; Foerster, M; Estradé, S; Rigato, F; Kanamadi, C; Sánchez, F; Peiró, F; Fontcuberta, J

    2013-11-01

    Titanium diffusion from (001) SrTiO3 (STO) substrates into CoFe2O4 (CFO) films grown using pulsed laser deposition is reported. To elucidate the reasons for Ti interdiffusion, a comparative study of CFO films grown on MgAl2O4 (MAO) and STO substrates, buffered by thin STO and MAO layers, has been made. It is shown that whereas bottom STO layers always result in Ti migration, a thin MAO layer, only 8 nm thick, is effective in blocking it. We argue that this success relies on the lower mobility of Ti ions in the MAO lattice compared to that of CFO. This result should contribute to the development of high quality epitaxial heterostructures of dissimilar complex oxides. PMID:24068072

  16. Hierarchical templating of a BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 multiferroic nanocomposite by a triblock terpolymer film.

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    Choi, Hong Kyoon; Aimon, Nicolas M; Kim, Dong Hun; Sun, Xue Yin; Gwyther, Jessica; Manners, Ian; Ross, Caroline A

    2014-09-23

    A process route to fabricate templated BiFeO3/CoFe2O4 (BFO/CFO) vertical nanocomposites is presented in which the self-assembly of the BFO/CFO is guided using a self-assembled triblock terpolymer. A linear triblock terpolymer was selected instead of a diblock copolymer in order to produce a square-symmetry template, which had a period of 44 nm. The triblock terpolymer pattern was transferred to a (001) Nb:SrTiO3 substrate to produce pits that formed preferential sites for the nucleation of CFO crystals, in contrast to the BFO, which wetted the flat regions of the substrate. The crystallographic orientation and magnetic properties of the templated BFO/CFO were characterized. PMID:25184546

  17. Sum rules in x-ray resonant Raman scattering: recovering the Co ground state information in CoFe2O4 as a test case.

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    Braicovich, L; Tagliaferri, A; van der Laan, G; Ghiringhelli, G; Brookes, N B

    2003-03-21

    We present an approach to x-ray resonant Raman scattering suitable for sum-rule analysis. In magnetic systems it gives ground state information as represented by an expansion in coupled multipoles of orbital and spin moments. The experiment is based on the angular dependence of the integrated peak intensities. In 3d transition elements one obtains information up to order 4 from the channel 2p(6)3d(n)-->2p(5)3d(n+1)-->2p(6)3s(1)3d(n+1). By combining these results with L(2,3) absorption dichroism, we show quantitatively the atomiclike properties of cobalt in CoFe2O4 up to high-order multipoles. PMID:12688965

  18. Dynamic Multiscale Model for Dielectric Anomaly in PbTiO3-CoFe2O4 Epitaxial Nanocomposite Film

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    Hu, Chuan-Sheng; Sun, Xia; Luo, Zhen-Lin; Gao, Chen

    2014-11-01

    Theoretical calculations based on a multiscale model are proposed to interpret the dielectric anomalous enhancement observed around x = 0.2 in the (PbTiO3)1-x-(CoFe2O4)x (0 <= x <= 1) epitaxial nanocomposite spread film. First principles calculation combined with thermodynamics statistics reveals that the dynamic ratio between different PbTiO3 phases under an external electric field is responsible for the dielectric anomaly. To verify this model with direct microstructure evidence, high resolution and high accuracy synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction of (PbTiO3)0.8-(CoFe2O4)0.2 epitaxial composite film under an in situ electric field is collected, in which an obvious modulation of the phase balance of PbTiO3 is observed.

  19. Ligand-induced evolution of intrinsic fluorescence and catalytic activity from cobalt ferrite nanoparticles.

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    Pal, Monalisa; Kundu, Anirban; Rakshit, Rupali; Mandal, Kalyan

    2015-06-01

    To develop CoFe(2)O(4) as magneto-fluorescent nanoparticles (NPs) for biomedical applications, it would be advantageous to identify any intrinsic fluorescence of this important magnetic material by simply adjusting the surface chemistry of the NPs themselves. Herein, we demonstrate that intrinsic multicolor fluorescence, covering the whole visible region, can be induced by facile functionalization of CoFe(2)O(4) NPs with Na-tartrate. Moreover, the functionalized CoFe(2)O(4) NPs also show unprecedented catalytic efficiency in the degradation of both biologically and environmentally harmful dyes, pioneering the potential application of these NPs in therapeutics and wastewater treatment. Detailed investigation through various spectroscopic tools unveils the story behind the emergence of this unique optical property of CoFe(2)O(4) NPs upon functionalization with tartrate ligands. We believe our developed multifunctional CoFe(2)O(4) NPs hold great promise for advanced biomedical and technological applications. PMID:25867626

  20. Regulation of the forming process and the set voltage distribution of unipolar resistance switching in spin-coated CoFe2O4 thin films

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    Mustaqima, Millaty; Yoo, Pilsun; Huang, Wei; Lee, Bo Wha; Liu, Chunli

    2015-04-01

    We report the preparation of (111) preferentially oriented CoFe2O4 thin films on Pt(111)/TiO2/SiO2/Si substrates using a spin-coating process. The post-annealing conditions and film thickness were varied for cobalt ferrite (CFO) thin films, and Pt/CFO/Pt structures were prepared to investigate the resistance switching behaviors. Our results showed that resistance switching without a forming process is preferred to obtain less fluctuation in the set voltage, which can be regulated directly from the preparation conditions of the CFO thin films. Therefore, instead of thicker film, CFO thin films deposited by two times spin-coating with a thickness about 100 nm gave stable resistance switching with the most stable set voltage. Since the forming process and the large variation in set voltage have been considered as serious obstacles for the practical application of resistance switching for non-volatile memory devices, our results could provide meaningful insights in improving the performance of ferrite material-based resistance switching memory devices.

  1. Engineered magnetic shape anisotropy in BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 self-assembled thin films.

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    Wang, Zhiguang; Li, Yanxi; Viswan, Ravindranath; Hu, Bolin; Harris, Vincent G; Li, Jiefang; Viehland, Dwight

    2013-04-23

    We report growth of various phase architectures of self-assembled BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 (BFO-CFO) thin films on differently oriented SrTiO3 (STO) substrates. CFO forms segregated square, stripe, and triangular nanopillars embedded in a coherent BFO matrix on (001)-, (110)-, and (111)-oriented STO substrates, respectively. Nanostructures with an aspect ratio of up to 5:1 with a prominent magnetic anisotropy were obtained on both (001) and (110) STO along out-of-plane and in-plane directions. Magnetic easy axis rotation from in-plane to out-of-plane directions was realized through aspect ratio control. An intractable in-plane anisotropy was fixed in CFO on (111) STO due to the triangular shape of the ferromagnetic phase nanopillars. These studies established a detailed relationship of magnetic anisotropy with specific shape and dimensions of ordered magnetic arrays. The results suggest a way to effectively control the magnetic anisotropy in patterned ferromagnetic oxide arrays with tunable shape, aspect ratio, and elastic strain conditions of the nanostructures. PMID:23473343

  2. Regulation of the forming process and the set voltage distribution of unipolar resistance switching in spin-coated CoFe2O4 thin films.

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    Mustaqima, Millaty; Yoo, Pilsun; Huang, Wei; Lee, Bo Wha; Liu, Chunli

    2015-01-01

    We report the preparation of (111) preferentially oriented CoFe2O4 thin films on Pt(111)/TiO2/SiO2/Si substrates using a spin-coating process. The post-annealing conditions and film thickness were varied for cobalt ferrite (CFO) thin films, and Pt/CFO/Pt structures were prepared to investigate the resistance switching behaviors. Our results showed that resistance switching without a forming process is preferred to obtain less fluctuation in the set voltage, which can be regulated directly from the preparation conditions of the CFO thin films. Therefore, instead of thicker film, CFO thin films deposited by two times spin-coating with a thickness about 100 nm gave stable resistance switching with the most stable set voltage. Since the forming process and the large variation in set voltage have been considered as serious obstacles for the practical application of resistance switching for non-volatile memory devices, our results could provide meaningful insights in improving the performance of ferrite material-based resistance switching memory devices. PMID:25897310

  3. Study of strain-mediated couplings in SrRuO3-CoFe2O4 nanocomposite by Raman spectroscopy

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    Chen, Yi-Chun; Chien, Chia-Hsien; Huang, Yen-Chin; Liu, Heng-Jui; Chu, Ying-Hao

    2014-03-01

    Self-assembled vertical nanostructures have the advantage of high interface-to-volume ratio and can be used to generate new functionalities by the choice of combination of constituents. Recently, we found an interesting behavior of photo-induced magnetization switching in a self-assembled system, CoFe2O4 (CFO) nanopillars embedded in SrRuO3(SRO) matrix. In this study, to further reveal the coupling mechanism of this hetero-structure, we used Raman spectroscopy to investigate their phonons under external stimulus. When an external out-of-plane magnetic field is applied, the CFO A1g phonon (688 cm-1) had a red shift due to the negative magnetostriction effect, while the SRO Ag phonon (183 cm-1) also had a correspondent red shift. This result indicates the crystal structures of SRO matrix are affected by the deformation of the CFO pillars through the magnetostrictive couplings. Moreover, at the phase transition temperature of SRO (160 K), three phonons (T2u, Eg, Eu) of CFO also had a significant blue shift, which reveals again the strain-mediated coupling.

  4. Magnetic anomalies in self-assembled SrRuO3 -CoFe2O4 nanostructures studied by Raman spectroscopy

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    Chen, Yi-Chun; Huang, Yen-Chin; Chien, Chia-Hsien; Liu, Heng-Jui; Chu, Ying-Hao

    2015-03-01

    Self-assembled nanostructures with high interface-to-volume ratio usually possess interesting physical properties through the coupling between neighboring materials. In complex-oxide nanocomposites, the interplay of spin, charge, orbital, and lattice degrees of freedom especially provides various functionalities. Our recent study had shown photo-induced magnetization switching in a self-assembled system, CoFe2O4 (CFO)- SrRuO3(SRO), where the CFO nanopillars were embedded in the SRO matrix. Moreover, this system also has significant magnetoresistance behaviors. In this study, we used Raman spectroscopy to investigate the magnetic coupling mechanisms in CFO-SRO nanostructures. Compared to the pure CFO films, the CFO nano-pillars under out-of-plane compressive strain show a slightly increase of A1g(Co)/A1g(Fe) intensity ratio, which corresponds to a migration of Co ions from O-site (oxygen octahedron) to T-site (oxygen tetrahedron). This behavior can be further tuned by external stimulus, such as magnetic fields and temperatures. A strong increase of A1g(Co)/A1g(Fe) ratio together with a discontinuous A1g frequency shift occur at the SRO magnetic transition temperature. This result indicated that the spin-orbital interaction in CFO can be modulated by the SRO magnetic orderings.

  5. Substrate clamping effect onto magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroic BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 core-shell nanofibers via coaxial electrospinning

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    Fu, Bi; Lu, Ruie; Gao, Kun; Yang, Yaodong; Wang, Yaping

    2015-10-01

    We report large lateral magnetoelectric (ME) coupling coefficients ? 31 of 1.2×104 \\text{mV} \\text{cm}-1 \\text{Oe}-1 and 3.5× 104 \\text{mV} \\text{cm}-1 \\text{Oe}-1 in substrate bonded and free-standing multiferroic BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 (BTO-CFO) core-shell nanofibers (NFs) with and without substrate clamping effect, respectively. The BTO-CFO core-shell NFs were synthesised by a sol-gel coaxial electrospinning technique, and their ME coupling was directly observed by demonstrating the evolution of piezoelectric coefficient (d 33), ferroelectric domain, and phase contrast induced by an external magnetic field. These impressed ? 31 coefficients originated from the nanoconfinement of the interphase elastic interaction between the ferromagnetic core fiber and the ferroelectric shell interlayer, as well as the strain transformation at the one-dimensional (1D) fiber boundary. This means that the decreasing substrate clamping effect results in an enhanced ME coupling in multiferroic NFs, which is similar to that of thin films. These findings make people understand the substrate clamping effect and enable nanoscale ME device applications.

  6. Preparation and Dielectric Characteristics of Semitransparent CoFe2O4-P(VDF-TrFE) Nanocomposite Films

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    Dong, Wen; Guo, Yiping; Liu, Yun; Liu, Hezhou; Li, Hua

    2013-04-01

    Polymer-ceramic nanocomposites play an important role in embedded capacitors. However, polymer-ceramic dielectrics are limited for commercial applications due to their low transmittance, poor adhesion, and poor thermal stress reliability at high filler loadings. Thus, materials design and processing is critical to prepare films with improved dielectric properties and low filler loading. In this work, we use a spin coating-assisted method to fabricate poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) [P(VDF-TrFE)]-CoFe2O4 (CFO) nanocomposite films. Magnetic CFO nanoparticles in the size range of 10 nm to 40 nm were successfully synthesized using a hydrothermal process. The dispersion of the nanoparticles, the dielectric properties, and the transmittance of the nanocomposite films were studied. The dielectric constant of the nanocomposite films increased by about 45% over the frequency range of 100 Hz to 1 MHz, compared with that of pristine P(VDF-TrFE) film. Optical measurements indicated that the transmittance of the films remains above 60% in the visible range, indicating a relatively low content of CFO in the polymer matrix. Our experimental results suggest that spin coating-assisted dispersion may be a promising route to fabricate dielectric polymer-ceramic nanocomposite films of controllable thickness.

  7. Preparation of silica coated cobalt ferrite magnetic nanoparticles for the purification of histidine-tagged proteins

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    Aygar, Gülfem; Kaya, Murat; Özkan, Necati; Kocab?y?k, Semra; Volkan, Mürvet

    2015-12-01

    Surface modified cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles containing Ni-NTA affinity group were synthesized and used for the separation of histidine tag proteins from the complex matrices through the use of imidazole side chains of histidine molecules. Firstly, CoFe2O4 nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution were prepared in an aqueous solution using the controlled co-precipitation method. In order to obtain small CoFe2O4 agglomerates, oleic acid and sodium chloride were used as dispersants. The CoFe2O4 particles were coated with silica and subsequently the surface of these silica coated particles (SiO2-CoFe2O4) was modified by amine (NH2) groups in order to add further functional groups on the silica shell. Then, carboxyl (-COOH) functional groups were added to the SiO2-CoFe2O4 magnetic nanoparticles through the NH2 groups. After that N?,N?-Bis(carboxymethyl)-L-lysine hydrate (NTA) was attached to carboxyl ends of the structure. Finally, the surface modified nanoparticles were labeled with nickel (Ni) (II) ions. Furthermore, the modified SiO2-CoFe2O4 magnetic nanoparticles were utilized as a new system that allows purification of the N-terminal His-tagged recombinant small heat shock protein, Tpv-sHSP 14.3.

  8. Synthesis, characterization and Monte Carlo simulation of CoFe2O4/Polyvinylpyrrolidone nanocomposites: The coercivity investigation

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    Mirzaee, Sh; Farjami shayesteh, S.; Mahdavifar, S.; Hekmatara, S. Hoda.

    2015-11-01

    To study the influence of polymer matrix on the effective magnetic anisotropy constant and coercivity of magnetic nanoparticles, we have synthesized the Cobalt ferrite/Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) nanocomposites by co-precipitation method in four different processes. In addition the Monte Carlo simulation and law of approach to the saturation magnetization have been applied to achieve the anisotropy constants. The obtained experimental and theoretical results showed a decrease in anisotropy constant relative to the bulk cobalt ferrite. We have showed that the PVP matrix can interact with metal cations and made them approximately immobilized to participate in spinel structure. Hence different anisotropy constants or coercivity were obtained for synthesized nanocomposites. In addition, PVP matrix can attach to the surface of magnetic particles and make them approximately non-interacting. The synthesized samples have been characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Magnetic measurements were made at room temperature using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM).

  9. Multiferroic and magnetoelectric properties of CoFe2O4/Pb1-xSrxTiO3 composite films

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    Negi, N. S.; Bala, Kanchan; Yadav, Akash; Kotnala, R. K.

    2015-04-01

    To realize multiferroic and magnetoelectric properties, bi-layered nanocomposite films consisting of CoFe2O4 (CFO)/Pb1-xSrxTiO3 (PST) phases (x = 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3) have been deposited on Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si substrate by using a metallo-organic decomposition process. Both the PST perovskite and the CFO spinel phases are confirmed from X-ray diffraction patterns and Raman spectra of the composite films. The composite films exhibit room temperature multiferroic properties. The values of saturation magnetization (Ms), remanent magnetization (Mr), and coercive field (Hc) of the composite films are in the range of 108-119 kA/m, 42-51 kA/m, and 44.5-64.1 kA/m, respectively. In addition, the saturation polarization (Ps), remanent polarization (Pr), and electrical coercive field (Ec) are observed in the range of 11.3-14.4 ?C/cm2, 2.9-4.8 ?C/cm2, and 56-59.5 kV/cm, respectively. The dielectric response in the presence of applied magnetic field, Hdc ˜ 238.6 kA/m shows a high magnetocapacitance value ˜385% at frequency 100 kHz for CFO/PST composite film with x = 0.1. The maximum magnetoelectric voltage co-efficient value, ?E ˜ 380 kV/(m × T) has been achieved in the composite films with x = 0.1. The influence of elastic/and or interfacial strain on multiferroic magnetoelectric properties is evident from the results.

  10. Carboxyl functionalization of ultrasmall luminescent silicon nanoparticles through thermal hydrosilylation

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    Braun, Paul

    Carboxyl functionalization of ultrasmall luminescent silicon nanoparticles through thermal and optical properties of silicon nanoparticles (Si-np) are a strong function of size,17,18 allowing them use as environmentally sensitive probes, similar to work that was done with porous silicon

  11. Effects of magnetic cobalt ferrite nanoparticles on biological and artificial lipid membranes

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    Drašler, Barbara; Drobne, Damjana; Novak, Sara; Valant, Janez; Boljte, Sabina; Otrin, Lado; Rappolt, Michael; Sartori, Barbara; Igli?, Aleš; Kralj-Igli?, Veronika; Šuštar, Vid; Makovec, Darko; Gyergyek, Sašo; Ho?evar, Matej; Godec, Matjaž; Zupanc, Jernej

    2014-01-01

    Background The purpose of this work is to provide experimental evidence on the interactions of suspended nanoparticles with artificial or biological membranes and to assess the possibility of suspended nanoparticles interacting with the lipid component of biological membranes. Methods 1-Palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) lipid vesicles and human red blood cells were incubated in suspensions of magnetic bare cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) or citric acid (CA)-adsorbed CoFe2O4 nanoparticles dispersed in phosphate-buffered saline and glucose solution. The stability of POPC giant unilamellar vesicles after incubation in the tested nanoparticle suspensions was assessed by phase-contrast light microscopy and analyzed with computer-aided imaging. Structural changes in the POPC multilamellar vesicles were assessed by small angle X-ray scattering, and the shape transformation of red blood cells after incubation in tested suspensions of nanoparticles was observed using scanning electron microscopy and sedimentation, agglutination, and hemolysis assays. Results Artificial lipid membranes were disturbed more by CA-adsorbed CoFe2O4 nanoparticle suspensions than by bare CoFe2O4 nanoparticle suspensions. CA-adsorbed CoFe2O4-CA nanoparticles caused more significant shape transformation in red blood cells than bare CoFe2O4 nanoparticles. Conclusion Consistent with their smaller sized agglomerates, CA-adsorbed CoFe2O4 nanoparticles demonstrate more pronounced effects on artificial and biological membranes. Larger agglomerates of nanoparticles were confirmed to be reactive against lipid membranes and thus not acceptable for use with red blood cells. This finding is significant with respect to the efficient and safe application of nanoparticles as medicinal agents. PMID:24741305

  12. Influence of the thickness of BiFeO3 on the ferromagnet properties of layered multiferroic CoFe2O4-BiFeO3 films

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    Liu, Y. Q.; Wu, Y. H.; Zhang, J.; Wei, M. B.; Liu, Y.; Li, D.; Yang, L. L.; Yang, J. H.

    2013-03-01

    Multiferroic layered films consisting of CoFe2O4-BiFeO3 (CFO-BFO) with increasing the thickness of BFO layer have been prepared on the LaNiO3 (LNO)-buffered Si (1 0 0) substrate via a simple spin-coating process. The thickness effects of BFO layer on the magnetic properties of CFO-BFO films have been investigated in detail. The X-ray diffraction results testify that magnetic CFO and ferroelectric BFO phases coexist in the heterostructured films. The HRTEM images show the well-defined microstructure of the CFO layer on LNO buffer. The magnetic measurement reveal that, with increasing the BFO thickness, the Ms of CFO-BFO films will be enhanced due to the stress. The film with 400 nm thickness BFO layers demonstrates the highest Ms value of 230 emu/cm3, which exhibits 137.1% enhancement than that of the film without BFO layers.

  13. Orientation-Dependent Properties of CoFe2O4-Bi3.15Nd0.85Ti3O12 Bilayer Multiferroic Films Prepared by a Sol-Gel Method

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    Zhang, Fuwei; Yang, Feng; Dong, Cuifang; Liu, Xiaotong; Nan, Huilin; Wang, Yingying; Zong, Zhihao; Tang, Minghua

    2015-07-01

    Lead-free bilayer multiferroic films of CoFe2O4 (CFO) and oriented Bi3.15Nd0.85Ti3O12 (BNT) were deposited on a conventional Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) substrate by use of a sol-gel method. BNT layers with different preferred orientations were grown by use of different spinning and annealing processes. The ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, and magnetoelectric (ME) properties of the CFO-BNT bilayer thin films were investigated at room temperature. a-Axis-oriented bilayer films had larger ME voltage coefficients and larger converse ME response than c-axis-oriented films. This study shows that the orientation of the BNT layer has a stress-mediated interfacial effect which can substantially affect the magnetoelectric coupling behavior of the bilayer structures.

  14. Synthesis of Monodisperse FeCo Nanoparticles by Reductive Salt-Matrix Annealing

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    Poudyal, Narayan; Chaubey, Girija S.; Rong, Chuan-bing; Cui, Jun; Liu, J.Ping

    2013-08-02

    We report here a novel synthetic method to prepare monodisperse air-stable FeCo nanoparticles. CoFe2O4 nanoparticles with different sizes were first synthesized by a chemical solution method. The as-synthesized CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were then mixed with ball-milled NaCl powders and heated to 400–500oC in forming gas (Ar 93% + H2 7%). The salt powder worked as a separating medium that prevents the CoFe2O4 nanoparticles from agglomerating during the heat treatment while the forming gas reduces the CoFe2O4 nanoparticles to FeCo nanoparticles. Monodisperse FeCo nanoparticles were recovered by dissolving the NaCl in water and subsequently washing with ethanol and acetone. Structural analyses confirmed that FeCo nanoparticles retained the same size as their oxide precursors. The size of the FeCo nanoparticles can be well tuned by controlling the size of the CoFe2O4 nanoparticles. The saturation magnetization of FeCo nanoparticles is size dependent and increases with size.

  15. [Ultrasmall nanoparticles for radiotherapy: AGuIX].

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    Lux, F; Detappe, A; Dufort, S; Sancey, L; Louis, C; Carme, S; Tillement, O

    2015-10-01

    Since twenty years, many nanoparticles based on high atomic number elements have been developed as radiosensitizers. The design of these nanoparticles is limited by the classical rules associated with the development of nanoparticles for oncology and by the specific ones associated to radiosensitizers, which aim to increase the effect of the dose in the tumor area and to spare the health tissues. For this application, systemic administration of nanodrugs is possible. This paper will discuss the development of AGuIX nanoparticles and will emphasize on this example the critical points for the development of a nanodrug for this application. AGuIX nanoparticles display hydrodynamic diameters of a few nanometers and are composed of polysiloxane and gadolinium chelates. This particle has been used in many preclinical studies and is evaluated for a further phase I clinical trial. Finally, in addition to its high radiosensitizing potential, AGuIX display MRI functionality and can be used as theranostic nanodrug for personalized medicine. PMID:26343033

  16. Magnetic (CoFe2O4)0.1(CeO2)0.9 nanocomposite as effective pinning centers in FeSe0.1Te0.9 thin films.

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    Huang, Jijie; Chen, Li; Jian, Jie; Tyler, Kevin; Li, Leigang; Wang, Han; Wang, Haiyan

    2016-01-20

    Magnetic epitaxial (CoFe2O4)0.1(CeO2)0.9 nanocomposite layers were incorporated into superconducting FeSe0.1Te0.9 thin films as either a cap layer or a buffer layer. Both capped and buffered samples show an enhancement of the superconducting property compared to the reference sample without the incorporated layer, while the capped one shows the best pinning properties of all the samples. Specifically for the capped sample, the critical temperature [Formula: see text] is ~12.5?K, while the self-field critical current density [Formula: see text] increases to as high as 1.20 MA cm(-2) at 4?K. Its [Formula: see text] value shows a slower decrease with increasing applied magnetic field, with the lowest power-law exponent ? values (derived following [Formula: see text] by the [Formula: see text] plot) of 0.20, 0.23 and 0.33 at 2?K, 4?K and 8?K, respectively. This nanocomposite capped sample also exhibits a high upper critical field [Formula: see text] of 166 T, which indicates its potential in high field applications. This pinning method provides an effective way of enhancing the superconducting property of iron chalcogenide thin film. PMID:26654936

  17. Effect of thickness on the stress and magnetoelectric coupling in bilayered Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3-CoFe2O4 films

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    Wang, Jing; Li, Zheng; Wang, Jianjun; He, Hongcai; Nan, Cewen

    2015-01-01

    Magnetoelectric bilayered Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3-CoFe2O4(PZT-CFO) films with different PZT thicknesses were grown on (111)Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates using chemical solution spin-coating. Structural characterization by X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy shows pure phases and well-defined interfaces between the PZT and CFO films. The CFO-PZT-substrate structure effectively alleviates the substrate clamping effect for the CFO layer, showing appreciable magnetoelectric responses in the composite films. Both the direct magnetoelectric effect and the magnetic field-induced Raman shifts in the A1(TO1) soft mode of PZT demonstrate the magnetic-mechanical-electric coupling in the films. The results also indicate that with a constant CFO layer thickness, the thickness of the PZT layer plays an important role in the stress relaxation and strong magnetoelectric coupling. The coupling could be further enhanced by increasing the CFO thickness, optimizing the volume (thickness) fraction of the PZT thickness, and releasing the clamping effect from the substrate.

  18. Magnetostatic Coupling in Ba0.8Sr0.2TiO3/CoFe2O4 Magnetoelectric Composite Thin Films of 2-2-Type Structure

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    Rao, Wei; Wang, Yun-Bo; Wang, Ye-An; Gao, Jun-Xiong; Zhou, Wen-Li; Yu, Jun

    2014-01-01

    Ba0.8Sr0.2TiO3/CoFe2O4(BST/CFO) magnetoelectric composite thin films of 2-2-type structures are prepared onto Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates by a sol-gel process and spin coating technique. The structure of the prepared thin film is substrate/BST/CFO/…/CFO/BST. Three CFO ferromagnetic layers are separated from each other by a thin BST layer. The upper CFO layer is magnetostatically coupled with the lower CFO layer. Subsequent scanning electron microscopy investigations show that the prepared thin films exhibit good morphologies and have a compact structure, and the cross-sectional micrographs clearly display a multilayered nanostructure of multilayered thin films. The composite thin films exhibit good magnetic and ferroelectric properties. The spacing between ferromagnetic layers can be varied by adjusting the thickness of intermediate BST layer. It is found that the strength of magnetostatic coupling has a great impact on magnetoelectric properties of composite thin film; that is, the magnetoelectric voltage coefficient of the composite thin film tends to increase with the decrease of pacing between two neighboring CFO ferromagnetic layers as a result of magnetostatic coupling effect.

  19. Probing optical band gaps at the nanoscale in NiFe2O4 and CoFe2O4 epitaxial films by high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy

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    Dileep, K.; Loukya, B.; Pachauri, N.; Gupta, A.; Datta, R.

    2014-09-01

    Nanoscale optical band gap variations in epitaxial thin films of two different spinel ferrites, i.e., NiFe2O4 (NFO) and CoFe2O4 (CFO), have been investigated by spatially resolved high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy. Experimentally, both NFO and CFO show indirect/direct band gaps around 1.52 eV/2.74 and 2.3 eV, and 1.3 eV/2.31 eV, respectively, for the ideal inverse spinel configuration with considerable standard deviation in the band gap values for CFO due to various levels of deviation from the ideal inverse spinel structure. Direct probing of the regions in both the systems with tetrahedral A site cation vacancy, which is distinct from the ideal inverse spinel configuration, shows significantly smaller band gap values. The experimental results are supported by the density functional theory based modified Becke-Johnson exchange correlation potential calculated band gap values for the different cation configurations.

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

  1. Molecularly stabilised ultrasmall gold nanoparticles: synthesis, characterization and bioactivity.

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    Leifert, Annika; Pan-Bartnek, Yu; Simon, Ulrich; Jahnen-Dechent, Willi

    2013-07-21

    Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are widely used as contrast agents in electron microscopy as well as for diagnostic tests. Due to their unique optical and electrical properties and their small size, there is also a growing field of potential applications in medical fields of imaging and therapy, for example as drug carriers or as active compounds in thermotherapy. Besides their intrinsic optical properties, facile surface decoration with (bio)functional ligands renders AuNPs ideally suited for many industrial and medical applications. However, novel AuNPs may have toxicological profiles differing from bulk and therefore a thorough analysis of the quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) is required. Several mechanisms are proposed that cause adverse effects of nanoparticles in biological systems. Catalytic generation of reactive species due to the large and chemically active surface area of nanomaterials is well established. Because nanoparticles approach the size of biological molecules and subcellular structures, they may overcome natural barriers by active or passive uptake. Ultrasmall AuNPs with sizes of 2 nm or less may even behave as molecular ligands. These types of potential interactions would imply a size and ligand-dependent behaviour of any nanomaterial towards biological systems. Thus, to fully understand their QSAR, AuNPs bioactivity should be analysed in biological systems of increasing complexity ranging from cell culture to whole animal studies. PMID:23743952

  2. Effect of BaTiO3 addition on structural, multiferroic and magneto-dielectric properties of 0.3CoFe2O4-0.7BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Adhlakha, Nidhi; Yadav, K. L.; Singh, Ripandeep

    2014-10-01

    This study reports the various physical properties of (1 - x)(0.3CoFe2O4-0.7BiFeO3)-xBaTiO3 composites (equivalently denoted as 0.3CFO-0.7BFO/BT) with the compositions x = 0, 0.30, 0.35, 0.40 and 1.0. The composites are synthesized through a hybrid processing technique in which 0.3CFO-0.7BFO is prepared through a sol-gel process, and BT is processed through a solid state reaction method. Subsequently, the effects of the addition of BT on the structural, dielectric, magnetic and magneto-dielectric properties of 0.3CFO-0.7BFO have been investigated for various BT concentrations. The Rietveld refinement analysis of x-ray diffraction patterns reveals the structural distortion in the BFO phase with the addition of BT, while no such distortion has been observed for the CFO phase. Energy dispersive spectroscopy confirms the presence of two types of grains that correspond to the 0.3CFO-0.7BFO and BT phases in field emission scanning electron micrographs of the composites. Improved dielectric properties have been observed, which are associated with the improved density of composites with the addition of BT. Measurements of the magnetic and ferroelectric hysteresis loops at room temperature indicate that the composites exhibit ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism simultaneously at room temperature. An increase of the electric polarization has been observed due to structural distortion arising with the addition of BT. The significant dependence of the dielectric constant on the magnetic field has been observed in the prepared composites. The highest value of the magneto-dielectric response (3.2%) has been observed for a 40 mol% addition of BT.

  3. On Ultrasmall Nanocrystals

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    McBride, James R.; Dukes, Albert D.; Schreuder, Michael A.; Rosenthal, Sandra J.

    2010-01-01

    Ultrasmall nanocrystals are a growing sub-class of traditional nanocrystals that exhibit new properties at diameters typically below 2 nm. In this review, we define what constitutes an ultrasmall nanoparticle while distinguishing between ultrasmall and magic-size nanoparticles. After a brief overview of ultrasmall nanoparticles, including ultrasmall gold clusters, our recent work is presented covering the optical properties, structure, and application of ultrasmall CdSe nanocrystals. This unique material has potential application in solid state lighting due to its balanced white emission. This section is followed by a discussion on the blurring boundary between what can be considered a nanoparticle and a molecule. PMID:21132106

  4. Cytotoxicity of Ultrasmall Gold Nanoparticles on Planktonic and Biofilm Encapsulated Gram-Positive Staphylococci.

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    Boda, Sunil Kumar; Broda, Janine; Schiefer, Frank; Weber-Heynemann, Josefine; Hoss, Mareike; Simon, Ulrich; Basu, Bikramjit; Jahnen-Dechent, Willi

    2015-07-01

    The emergence of multidrug resistant bacteria, especially biofilm-associated Staphylococci, urgently requires novel antimicrobial agents. The antibacterial activity of ultrasmall gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) is tested against two gram positive: S. aureus and S. epidermidis and two gram negative: Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains. Ultrasmall AuNPs with core diameters of 0.8 and 1.4 nm and a triphenylphosphine-monosulfonate shell (Au0.8MS and Au1.4MS) both have minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration of 25 × 10(-6) m [Au]. Disc agar diffusion test demonstrates greater bactericidal activity of the Au0.8MS nanoparticles over Au1.4MS. In contrast, thiol-stabilized AuNPs with a diameter of 1.9 nm (AuroVist) cause no significant toxicity in any of the bacterial strains. Ultrasmall AuNPs cause a near 5 log bacterial growth reduction in the first 5 h of exposure, and incomplete recovery after 21 h. Bacteria show marked membrane blebbing and lysis in biofilm-associated bacteria treated with ultrasmall AuNP. Importantly, a twofold MIC dosage of Au0.8MS and Au1.4MS each cause around 80%-90% reduction in the viability of Staphylococci enveloped in biofilms. Altogether, this study demonstrates potential therapeutic activity of ultrasmall AuNPs as an effective treatment option against staphylococcal infections. PMID:25712910

  5. Confirmation of disordered structure of ultrasmall CdSe nanoparticles from X-ray atomic pair distribution function analysis.

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    Yang, Xiaohao; Masadeh, Ahmad S; McBride, James R; Božin, Emil S; Rosenthal, Sandra J; Billinge, Simon J L

    2013-06-14

    The atomic pair distribution function (PDF) analysis of X-ray powder diffraction data has been used to study the structure of small and ultra-small CdSe nanoparticles. A method is described that uses a wurtzite and zinc-blende mixed phase model to account for stacking faults in CdSe particles. The mixed-phase model successfully describes the structure of nanoparticles larger than 2 nm yielding a stacking fault density of about 30%. However, for ultrasmall nanoparticles smaller than 2 nm, the models cannot fit the experimental PDF showing that the structure is significantly modified from that of larger particles and the bulk. The observation of a significant change in the average structure at ultra-small size is likely to explain the unusual properties of the ultrasmall particles such as their white light emitting ability. PMID:23525376

  6. Synthesis, Characterization and Direct Intracellular Imaging of Ultrasmall and Uniform Glutathione-Coated Gold Nanoparticles

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    Morgan, Jeffrey T.; Brown, Patrick H.; Adams, April; Mudiyanselage, Pushpa; Zhang, Guofeng; Ackerson, Christopher J.; Kruhlak, Michael J.

    2013-01-01

    Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with core sizes below 2 nm and compact ligand shells constitute versatile platforms for the development of novel reagents in nanomedicine. Due to their ultrasmall size, these AuNPs are especially attractive in applications requiring delivery to crowded intracellular spaces in the cytosol and nucleus. For eventual use in vivo, ultrasmall AuNPs should ideally be monodisperse, since small variations in size may affect how they interact with cells and behave in the body. Here we report the synthesis of ultrasmall, uniform 144-atom AuNPs protected by p-mercaptobenzoic acid (Au144(pMBA)60) followed by ligand exchange with glutathione (GSH). Quantitative scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) reveals that the resulting GSH-coated AuNPs (Au(GSH)) have a uniform mass distribution with cores that contain 134 gold atoms on average. Particle size dispersity is analyzed by analytical ultracentrifugation, giving a narrow distribution of apparent hydrodynamic diameter of 4.0 ± 0.6 nm. To evaluate the nanoparticles' intracellular fate, the cell penetrating peptide TAT is attached non-covalently to Au(GSH), which is confirmed by fluorescence quenching and isothermal titration calorimetry. HeLa cells are then incubated with both Au(GSH) and the Au(GSH)-TAT complex, and imaged without silver enhancement of the AuNPs in unstained thin sections by STEM. This imaging approach enables unbiased detection and quantification of individual ultrasmall nanoparticles and aggregates in the cytoplasm and nucleus of the cells. PMID:22517616

  7. High-Performance Flexible Organic Nano-Floating Gate Memory Devices Functionalized with Cobalt Ferrite Nanoparticles.

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    Jung, Ji Hyung; Kim, Sunghwan; Kim, Hyeonjung; Park, Jongnam; Oh, Joon Hak

    2015-10-01

    Nano-floating gate memory (NFGM) devices are transistor-type memory devices that use nanostructured materials as charge trap sites. They have recently attracted a great deal of attention due to their excellent performance, capability for multilevel programming, and suitability as platforms for integrated circuits. Herein, novel NFGM devices have been fabricated using semiconducting cobalt ferrite (CoFe2 O4 ) nanoparticles (NPs) as charge trap sites and pentacene as a p-type semiconductor. Monodisperse CoFe2 O4 NPs with different diameters have been synthesized by thermal decomposition and embedded in NFGM devices. The particle size effects on the memory performance have been investigated in terms of energy levels and particle-particle interactions. CoFe2 O4 NP-based memory devices exhibit a large memory window (?73.84 V), a high read current on/off ratio (read Ion /Ioff ) of ?2.98 × 10(3) , and excellent data retention. Fast switching behaviors are observed due to the exceptional charge trapping/release capability of CoFe2 O4 NPs surrounded by the oleate layer, which acts as an alternative tunneling dielectric layer and simplifies the device fabrication process. Furthermore, the NFGM devices show excellent thermal stability, and flexible memory devices fabricated on plastic substrates exhibit remarkable mechanical and electrical stability. This study demonstrates a viable means of fabricating highly flexible, high-performance organic memory devices. PMID:26153227

  8. Use of a polyol liquid collection medium to obtain ultrasmall magnetic nanoparticles by laser pyrolysis

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    Martínez, G.; Malumbres, A.; Mallada, R.; Hueso, J. L.; Irusta, S.; Bomatí-Miguel, O.; Santamaría, J.

    2012-10-01

    The present work addresses the main bottleneck in the synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles by laser pyrolysis. Since the introduction of laser pyrolysis for the production of nanoparticles nearly three decades ago, this method has been repeatedly presented as a highly promising alternative, on account of two main characteristics: (i) its flexibility, since nanoparticles can be formed from a wide variety of precursors in both gas and liquid phase, and (ii) its continuous nature, avoiding the intrinsic variability of batch processing. However, the results reported to date invariably show considerable aggregation of the obtained nanoparticles, which strongly limits their application in most fields. In this work, we have been able to circumvent this problem by collecting the particles in a polyol liquid medium. This method prevents the formation of aggregates and renders a uniform distribution of well dispersed ultrasmall nanoparticles (<4 nm) in a water-compatible solvent. We consider that the effectiveness of this novel collection method for the production of well-dispersed magnetic nanoparticles will be of high interest to a wide range of scientists working in the nanoparticle synthesis field and may enable new applications wherever there is a strict requirement for non-agglomerated nanoparticles.

  9. Enhanced magnetism and ferroelectricity in epitaxial Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3/CoFe2O4/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 multiferroic heterostructures grown using dual-laser ablation technique

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    Mukherjee, Devajyoti; Hordagoda, Mahesh; Lampen, Paula; Phan, Manh-Huong; Srikanth, Hariharan; Witanachchi, Sarath; Mukherjee, Pritish

    2014-05-01

    PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3/CoFe2O4/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (PZT/CFO/LSMO) and PZT/LSMO heterostructures were grown on single-crystal MgO (100) substrates using the dual-laser ablation technique. X-ray diffraction confirmed the epitaxial relationship between the layers in the heterostructures. Magnetization measurements showed in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy in PZT/CFO/LSMO with enhanced saturation magnetization of 288 emu/cm3 as compared to 244 emu/cm3 for PZT/LSMO. With the introduction of the hard magnetic CFO, the low coercivity of PZT/LSMO increased from 0.1 kOe to 1.4 kOe. Polarization measurements showed well-saturated square hysteresis loops for PZT/CFO/LSMO with enhanced remanent polarization (Pr) values of 69 ?C/cm2 at a coercive field (Ec) of 88 kV/cm as compared to Pr = 51 ?C/cm2 at Ec = 39 kV/cm for PZT/LSMO. The improved hard ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties in PZT/CFO/LSMO as compared to PZT/LSMO make it desirable for multiferroic device applications.

  10. Influence of the morphology of ferrite nanoparticles on the directed assembly into magnetically anisotropic hierarchical structures.

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    Lisjak, Darja; Jenuš, Petra; Mertelj, Alenka

    2014-06-10

    The effect of the morphology of ferrite nanoparticles on their assembly in a magnetic field was studied. Thin BaFe12O19 nanoplatelets were compared with isotropic, spherical or octahedral, CoFe2O4 nanoparticles, all of which were synthesized hydrothermally. The nanoplatelets and nanoparticles assembled into a variety of hierarchical structures from stable suspensions during the "drop deposition" and drying in a magnetic field. The alignment of the nanoparticles in the magnetic field was observed in situ with an optical microscope. The morphologies of the nanoparticles and the subsequent assemblies were observed with transmission and scanning electron microscopes, respectively. The magnetic properties of the nanoparticles and the assemblies were measured with a vibrating-sample magnetometer. The BaFe12O19 nanoplatelets aligned in the plane of the substrate and formed several-micrometers-thick, ordered films with a magnetic alignment of approximately 90%. The CoFe2O4 nanoparticles assembled into thick, dense columns with a height of several hundreds of micrometers and showed a magnetic alignment of up to 60%. The differences in the morphologies and the magnetic alignments between the BaFe12O19 and CoFe2O4 hierarchical structures could be explained in terms of the differences in the shape and magnetocrystalline structure of the specific nanoparticles. PMID:24841592

  11. Ligand-dependent luminescence of ultra-small Eu(3+)-doped NaYF4 nanoparticles.

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    Wawrzynczyk, Dominika; Bednarkiewicz, Artur; Nyk, Marcin; Strek, Wieslaw; Samoc, Marek

    2013-06-01

    Pure cubic phase ultra-small ?-NaYF4:4 % Eu(3+) colloidal nanoparticles were synthesized by thermal decomposition reaction using three various capping ligands, i.e., oleic acid, trioctylphosphine oxide, and hexadecylamine. To expose as many Eu(3+) ions as possible to interactions with the surface-bounded ligands, the nanoparticles were fabricated to have the diameters below 10 nm. The geometrical structure and properties of surface ligands needed for qualitative estimation of their influence on spectroscopic features of the investigated Eu(3+) doped nanoparticles were obtained from DFT quantum-chemical calculations. Significant changes of luminescence spectra shapes and luminescence lifetime values were observed upon changes in the local chemical environment. We show that the ratio R = (5) D 0 ? (7) F 1/(5) D 0 ? (7) F 2 of the intensities of the forced electric dipole (J = 2) and magnetic dipole (J = 1) transitions in the synthesized Eu(3+) doped nanoparticles is highly sensitive to the type of ligand present on the nanoparticle surface. Similarly, (5) D 0 luminescence lifetimes are found to be sensitive to the refractive index, and also to the dielectric constant of ligands used during the synthesis to coat nanoparticles surface. We argue that the photophysical and electro-optical properties of colloidal Eu(3+) doped inorganic nanoparticles show hyper-sensitive response to the chemical surroundings in the close vicinity of the nanoparticle itself. The behavior of both steady-state luminescence and its kinetics demonstrates the potential suitability of the studied nanoparticles for constructing self-referencing optical nano-sensors. PMID:23807867

  12. Various ligand-coated ultrasmall gadolinium-oxide nanoparticles: Water proton relaxivity and in-vivo T1 MR image

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    Park, Ja Young; Kim, Sung June; Lee, Gang Ho; Jin, Seonguk; Chang, Yongmin; Bae, Ji Eun; Chae, Kwon Seok

    2015-04-01

    Surface coating of nanoparticles with ligands is essential in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) because of solubility in water and biocompatibility. In this study, five organic molecules were used for surface coating of ultrasmall gadolinium-oxide (Gd2O3) nanoparticles (d avg = 2.0 nm). All of the samples showed large longitudinal (r1) and transverse (r2) water proton relaxivities with r2/r1 ratios that were close to one, corresponding to ideal conditions for T1 MRI contrast agents. Finally, in-vivo T1 MR images were acquired to prove the effectiveness of the surface-coated ultrasmall Gd2O3 nanoparticles as a T1 MRI contrast agent.

  13. Ultrasmall cationic superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles as nontoxic and efficient MRI contrast agent and magnetic-targeting tool

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    Uchiyama, Mayara Klimuk; Toma, Sergio Hiroshi; Rodrigues, Stephen Fernandes; Shimada, Ana Lucia Borges; Loiola, Rodrigo Azevedo; Cervantes Rodríguez, Hernán Joel; Oliveira, Pedro Vitoriano; Luz, Maciel Santos; Rabbani, Said Rahnamaye; Toma, Henrique Eisi; Poliselli Farsky, Sandra Helena; Araki, Koiti

    2015-01-01

    Fully dispersible, cationic ultrasmall (7 nm diameter) superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, exhibiting high relaxivity (178 mM?1s?1 in 0.47 T) and no acute or subchronic toxicity in Wistar rats, were studied and their suitability as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging and material for development of new diagnostic and treatment tools demonstrated. After intravenous injection (10 mg/kg body weight), they circulated throughout the vascular system causing no microhemorrhage or thrombus, neither inflammatory processes at the mesentery vascular bed and hepatic sinusoids (leukocyte rolling, adhesion, or migration as evaluated by intravital microscopy), but having been spontaneously concentrated in the liver, spleen, and kidneys, they caused strong negative contrast. The nanoparticles are cleared from kidneys and bladder in few days, whereas the complete elimination from liver and spleen occurred only after 4 weeks. Ex vivo studies demonstrated that cationic ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles caused no effects on hepatic and renal enzymes dosage as well as on leukocyte count. In addition, they were readily concentrated in rat thigh by a magnet showing its potential as magnetically targeted carriers of therapeutic and diagnostic agents. Summarizing, cationic ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles are nontoxic and efficient magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents useful as platform for the development of new materials for application in theranostics. PMID:26251595

  14. RGD-functionalized ultrasmall iron oxide nanoparticles for targeted T1-weighted MR imaging of gliomas

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    Luo, Yu; Yang, Jia; Yan, Yu; Li, Jingchao; Shen, Mingwu; Zhang, Guixiang; Mignani, Serge; Shi, Xiangyang

    2015-08-01

    We report a convenient approach to prepare ultrasmall Fe3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) functionalized with an arginylglycylaspartic acid (RGD) peptide for in vitro and in vivo magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of gliomas. In our work, stable sodium citrate-stabilized Fe3O4 NPs were prepared by a solvothermal route. Then, the carboxylated Fe3O4 NPs stabilized with sodium citrate were conjugated with polyethylene glycol (PEG)-linked RGD. The formed ultrasmall RGD-functionalized nanoprobe (Fe3O4-PEG-RGD) was fully characterized using different techniques. We show that these Fe3O4-PEG-RGD particles with a size of 2.7 nm are water-dispersible, stable, cytocompatible and hemocompatible in a given concentration range, and display targeting specificity to glioma cells overexpressing ?v?3 integrin in vitro. With the relatively high r1 relaxivity (r1 = 1.4 mM-1 s-1), the Fe3O4-PEG-RGD particles can be used as an efficient nanoprobe for targeted T1-weighted positive MR imaging of glioma cells in vitro and the xenografted tumor model in vivo via an active RGD-mediated targeting pathway. The developed RGD-functionalized Fe3O4 NPs may hold great promise to be used as a nanoprobe for targeted T1-weighted MR imaging of different ?v?3 integrin-overexpressing cancer cells or biological systems.We report a convenient approach to prepare ultrasmall Fe3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) functionalized with an arginylglycylaspartic acid (RGD) peptide for in vitro and in vivo magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of gliomas. In our work, stable sodium citrate-stabilized Fe3O4 NPs were prepared by a solvothermal route. Then, the carboxylated Fe3O4 NPs stabilized with sodium citrate were conjugated with polyethylene glycol (PEG)-linked RGD. The formed ultrasmall RGD-functionalized nanoprobe (Fe3O4-PEG-RGD) was fully characterized using different techniques. We show that these Fe3O4-PEG-RGD particles with a size of 2.7 nm are water-dispersible, stable, cytocompatible and hemocompatible in a given concentration range, and display targeting specificity to glioma cells overexpressing ?v?3 integrin in vitro. With the relatively high r1 relaxivity (r1 = 1.4 mM-1 s-1), the Fe3O4-PEG-RGD particles can be used as an efficient nanoprobe for targeted T1-weighted positive MR imaging of glioma cells in vitro and the xenografted tumor model in vivo via an active RGD-mediated targeting pathway. The developed RGD-functionalized Fe3O4 NPs may hold great promise to be used as a nanoprobe for targeted T1-weighted MR imaging of different ?v?3 integrin-overexpressing cancer cells or biological systems. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional experimental results. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04003e

  15. Ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles with titanium-N,N-dialkylcarbamato coating

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    Dolci, S.; Domenici, V.; Duce, C.; Tiné, M. R.; Ierardi, V.; Valbusa, U.; Jaglicic, Z.; Boni, A.; Gemmi, M.; Pampaloni, G.

    2014-09-01

    This work deals with the preparation and physical-chemical characterization of new ultrasmall iron oxide superparamagnetic nanoparticles (USPIONs) functionalized with titanium-N,N-dialkylcarbamato. The preparation was performed starting with monodispersed USPIONs covered with oleic acid, synthesized by thermal-decomposition, and subsequently functionalized with metal-carbamato by a ligand-exchange reaction. The surface and coating structure was characterized by infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy on the solid powders and thermogravimetry (TG) coupled with an FT-IR detector in order to better investigate the self-assembling properties of the coating. A detailed dimensional and morphological study was carried out by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis. Zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) magnetic susceptibility curves as well as the magnetization behavior as a function of temperature were investigated on both the starting oleic-USPIONs and those covered by titanium-N,N-dialkylcarbamato. These results confirmed the superparamagnetic properties of the new nanoparticles (NPs), highlighting the quite high saturation value of the magnetization. Based on the results obtained by combining different experimental techniques, a model of the coating structure and ligand organization around the magnetic core is proposed for both NPs, i.e. the starting USPIONs covered by oleic acid and the new USPIONs functionalized by titanium-N,N-dialkylcarbamato.

  16. Clinical translation of an ultrasmall inorganic optical-PET imaging nanoparticle probe.

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    Phillips, Evan; Penate-Medina, Oula; Zanzonico, Pat B; Carvajal, Richard D; Mohan, Pauliah; Ye, Yunpeng; Humm, John; Gönen, Mithat; Kalaigian, Hovanes; Schöder, Heiko; Strauss, H William; Larson, Steven M; Wiesner, Ulrich; Bradbury, Michelle S

    2014-10-29

    A first-in-human clinical trial of ultrasmall inorganic hybrid nanoparticles, "C dots" (Cornell dots), in patients with metastatic melanoma is described for the imaging of cancer. These renally excreted silica particles were labeled with (124)I for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging and modified with cRGDY peptides for molecular targeting. (124)I-cRGDY-PEG-C dot particles are inherently fluorescent, containing the dye, Cy5, so they may be used as hybrid PET-optical imaging agents for lesion detection, cancer staging, and treatment management in humans. However, the clinical translation of nanoparticle probes, including quantum dots, has not kept pace with the accelerated growth in minimally invasive surgical tools that rely on optical imaging agents. The safety, pharmacokinetics, clearance properties, and radiation dosimetry of (124)I-cRGDY-PEG-C dots were assessed by serial PET and computerized tomography after intravenous administration in patients. Metabolic profiles and laboratory tests of blood and urine specimens, obtained before and after particle injection, were monitored over a 2-week interval. Findings are consistent with a well-tolerated inorganic particle tracer exhibiting in vivo stability and distinct, reproducible pharmacokinetic signatures defined by renal excretion. No toxic or adverse events attributable to the particles were observed. Coupled with preferential uptake and localization of the probe at sites of disease, these first-in-human results suggest safe use of these particles in human cancer diagnostics. PMID:25355699

  17. Determination of biodistribution of ultrasmall, near-infrared emitting gold nanoparticles by photoacoustic and fluorescence imaging

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    Poon, Wilson; Heinmiller, Andrew; Zhang, Xuan; Nadeau, Jay L.

    2015-06-01

    This study compares fluorescence and photoacoustic (PA) imaging of ex vivo tumors and organs from tumor-bearing mice injected intravenously with ultrasmall (<3 nm) tiopronin-capped Au nanoparticles and compares the data with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Good agreement is seen in particle distributions and concentrations at the organ level. The spatial resolution from the imaging techniques allows for localization of the particles within organ structures. Although the particles do not have a plasmon peak, their absorbance in the near-infrared (NIR) is sufficient for PA excitation. PA imaging shows an increase of signal as particle concentrations increase, with changes in spectrum if particles aggregate. Fluorescence imaging using the particles' native NIR emission shows agreement in general intensity in each organ, though quenching of emission can be seen at very high concentrations. Both of these imaging techniques are noninvasive and labor-saving alternatives to organ digestion and ICP-MS and may provide insight into cellular distribution of particles. The simple construct avoids the use of toxic semiconductor materials or dyes, relying upon the gold itself for both the fluorescence and PA signal. This provides a useful alternative to more complex approaches to multimodal imaging and one that is readily translatable to the clinic.

  18. Charge storage characteristics of ultra-small Pt nanoparticle embedded GaAs based non-volatile memory

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    Jeff, R. C.; Yun, M.; Ramalingam, B.; Lee, B.; Misra, V.; Triplett, G.; Gangopadhyay, S.

    2011-08-01

    Charge storage characteristics of ultra-small Pt nanoparticle embedded devices were characterized by capacitance-voltage measurements. A unique tilt target sputtering configuration was employed to produce highly homogenous nanoparticle arrays. Pt nanoparticle devices with sizes ranging from ˜0.7 to 1.34 nm and particle densities of ˜3.3-5.9 × 1012 cm-2 were embedded between atomic layer deposited and e-beam evaporated tunneling and blocking Al2O3 layers. These GaAs-based non-volatile memory devices demonstrate maximum memory windows equivalent to 6.5 V. Retention characteristics show that over 80% charged electrons were retained after 105 s, which is promising for device applications.

  19. One-step synthesis of water-dispersible ultra-small Fe3O4 nanoparticles as contrast agents for T1 and T2 magnetic resonance imaging

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    Wang, Guannan; Zhang, Xuanjun; Skallberg, Andreas; Liu, Yaxu; Hu, Zhangjun; Mei, Xifan; Uvdal, Kajsa

    2014-02-01

    Uniform, highly water-dispersible and ultra-small Fe3O4 nanoparticles were synthesized via a modified one-step coprecipitation approach. The prepared Fe3O4 nanoparticles not only show good magnetic properties, long-term stability in a biological environment, but also exhibit good biocompatibility in cell viability and hemolysis assay. Due to the ultra-small sized and highly water-dispersibility, they exhibit excellent relaxivity properties, the 1.7 nm sized Fe3O4 nanoparticles reveal a low r2/r1 ratio of 2.03 (r1 = 8.20 mM-1 s-1, r2 = 16.67 mM-1 s-1) and the 2.2 nm sized Fe3O4 nanoparticles also appear to have a low r2/r1 ratio of 4.65 (r1 = 6.15 mM-1 s-1, r2 = 28.62 mM-1 s-1). This demonstrates that the proposed ultra-small Fe3O4 nanoparticles have great potential as a new type of T1 magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents. Especially, the 2.2 nm sized Fe3O4 nanoparticles, have a competitive r1 value and r2 value compared to commercial contrasting agents such as Gd-DTPA (r1 = 4.8 mM-1 s -1), and SHU-555C (r2 = 69 mM-1 s-1). In vitro and in vivo imaging experiments, show that the 2.2 nm sized Fe3O4 nanoparticles exhibit great contrast enhancement, long-term circulation, and low toxicity, which enable these ultra-small sized Fe3O4 nanoparticles to be promising as T1 and T2 dual contrast agents in clinical settings.Uniform, highly water-dispersible and ultra-small Fe3O4 nanoparticles were synthesized via a modified one-step coprecipitation approach. The prepared Fe3O4 nanoparticles not only show good magnetic properties, long-term stability in a biological environment, but also exhibit good biocompatibility in cell viability and hemolysis assay. Due to the ultra-small sized and highly water-dispersibility, they exhibit excellent relaxivity properties, the 1.7 nm sized Fe3O4 nanoparticles reveal a low r2/r1 ratio of 2.03 (r1 = 8.20 mM-1 s-1, r2 = 16.67 mM-1 s-1) and the 2.2 nm sized Fe3O4 nanoparticles also appear to have a low r2/r1 ratio of 4.65 (r1 = 6.15 mM-1 s-1, r2 = 28.62 mM-1 s-1). This demonstrates that the proposed ultra-small Fe3O4 nanoparticles have great potential as a new type of T1 magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents. Especially, the 2.2 nm sized Fe3O4 nanoparticles, have a competitive r1 value and r2 value compared to commercial contrasting agents such as Gd-DTPA (r1 = 4.8 mM-1 s -1), and SHU-555C (r2 = 69 mM-1 s-1). In vitro and in vivo imaging experiments, show that the 2.2 nm sized Fe3O4 nanoparticles exhibit great contrast enhancement, long-term circulation, and low toxicity, which enable these ultra-small sized Fe3O4 nanoparticles to be promising as T1 and T2 dual contrast agents in clinical settings. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr05550g

  20. Synergistic Effect between Ultra-Small Nickel Hydroxide Nanoparticles and Reduced Graphene Oxide sheets for the Application in High-Performance Asymmetric Supercapacitor

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    Liu, Yonghuan; Wang, Rutao; Yan, Xingbin

    2015-01-01

    Nanoscale electrode materials including metal oxide nanoparticles and two-dimensional graphene have been employed for designing supercapacitors. However, inevitable agglomeration of nanoparticles and layers stacking of graphene largely hamper their practical applications. Here we demonstrate an efficient co-ordination and synergistic effect between ultra-small Ni(OH)2 nanoparticles and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) sheets for synthesizing ideal electrode materials. On one hand, to make the ultra-small Ni(OH)2 nanoparticles work at full capacity as an ideal pseudocapacitive material, RGO sheets are employed as an suitable substrate to anchor these nanoparticles against agglomeration. As a consequence, an ultrahigh specific capacitance of 1717?F g?1 at 0.5?A g?1 is achieved. On the other hand, to further facilitate ion transfer within RGO sheets as an ideal electrical double layer capacitor material, the ultra-small Ni(OH)2 nanoparticles are introduced among RGO sheets as the recyclable sacrificial spacer to prevent the stacking. The resulting RGO sheets exhibit superior rate capability with a high capacitance of 182?F g?1 at 100?A g?1. On this basis, an asymmetric supercapacitor is assembled using the two materials, delivering a superior energy density of 75?Wh kg?1 and an ultrahigh power density of 40 000?W kg?1. PMID:26053847

  1. Synergistic Effect between Ultra-Small Nickel Hydroxide Nanoparticles and Reduced Graphene Oxide sheets for the Application in High-Performance Asymmetric Supercapacitor

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    Liu, Yonghuan; Wang, Rutao; Yan, Xingbin

    2015-06-01

    Nanoscale electrode materials including metal oxide nanoparticles and two-dimensional graphene have been employed for designing supercapacitors. However, inevitable agglomeration of nanoparticles and layers stacking of graphene largely hamper their practical applications. Here we demonstrate an efficient co-ordination and synergistic effect between ultra-small Ni(OH)2 nanoparticles and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) sheets for synthesizing ideal electrode materials. On one hand, to make the ultra-small Ni(OH)2 nanoparticles work at full capacity as an ideal pseudocapacitive material, RGO sheets are employed as an suitable substrate to anchor these nanoparticles against agglomeration. As a consequence, an ultrahigh specific capacitance of 1717?F g-1 at 0.5?A g-1 is achieved. On the other hand, to further facilitate ion transfer within RGO sheets as an ideal electrical double layer capacitor material, the ultra-small Ni(OH)2 nanoparticles are introduced among RGO sheets as the recyclable sacrificial spacer to prevent the stacking. The resulting RGO sheets exhibit superior rate capability with a high capacitance of 182?F g-1 at 100?A g-1. On this basis, an asymmetric supercapacitor is assembled using the two materials, delivering a superior energy density of 75?Wh kg-1 and an ultrahigh power density of 40 000?W kg-1.

  2. Photoacoustic and magnetoelastic property of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles and its attenuation with barium titanate coating

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    Betal, Soutik; Dutta, Moumita; Khachatryan, Edward; Cotica, Luiz; Nash, Kelly; Bhalla, Amar; Guo, Ruyan

    2015-08-01

    We report an experimental study, where Cobalt Ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles exhibit Photoacoustic (PA) emission peak intensity of 235.2V/J when analyzed under the Opto-Acoustic measurement setup. PA emission peak intensity decreases to 210V/J when AC Magnetic field is applied and further when Barium Titanate coated cobalt ferrite nanoparticles were analyzed, the PA peak further reduces to 68.76667V/J and with application of AC magnetic field the peak completely disappears. The measurement depicts the Photoacoustic and magnetoelastic behavior of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles.

  3. Cobalt ferrite nanoparticles under high pressure

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    Saccone, F. D.; Ferrari, S.; Errandonea, D.; Grinblat, F.; Bilovol, V.; Agouram, S.

    2015-08-01

    We report by the first time a high pressure X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy study of cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles carried out at room temperature up to 17 GPa. In contrast with previous studies of nanoparticles, which proposed the transition pressure to be reduced from 20-27 GPa to 7.5-12.5 GPa (depending on particle size), we found that cobalt ferrite nanoparticles remain in the spinel structure up to the highest pressure covered by our experiments. In addition, we report the pressure dependence of the unit-cell parameter and Raman modes of the studied sample. We found that under quasi-hydrostatic conditions, the bulk modulus of the nanoparticles (B0 = 204 GPa) is considerably larger than the value previously reported for bulk CoFe2O4 (B0 = 172 GPa). In addition, when the pressure medium becomes non-hydrostatic and deviatoric stresses affect the experiments, there is a noticeable decrease of the compressibility of the studied sample (B0 = 284 GPa). After decompression, the cobalt ferrite lattice parameter does not revert to its initial value, evidencing a unit cell contraction after pressure was removed. Finally, Raman spectroscopy provides information on the pressure dependence of all Raman-active modes and evidences that cation inversion is enhanced by pressure under non-hydrostatic conditions, being this effect not fully reversible.

  4. Synthesis, Characterization, and X-ray Attenuation Properties of Ultrasmall BiOI Nanoparticles: Toward Renal Clearable Particulate CT Contrast Agents

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    2015-01-01

    A unique decelerated hydrolytic procedure is developed and reported here for the preparation of ultrasmall nanoparticles (NPs) of PVP-coated BiOI with a narrow size distribution, i.e., 2.8 ± 0.5 nm. The crystal structure of this compound is determined by X-ray powder diffraction using the bulk materials. The stability, cytotoxicity, and potential use of the PVP-coated ultrasmall BiOI NPs as a CT contrast agent are investigated. Because of the combined X-ray attenuation effect of bismuth and iodine, such NPs exhibit a CT value that is among the best of those of the inorganic nanoparticle-based CT contrast agents reported in the literature. PMID:25283335

  5. Ultra-small BaGdF5-based upconversion nanoparticles as drug carriers and multimodal imaging probes.

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    Yang, Dongmei; Dai, Yunlu; Liu, Jianhua; Zhou, Ying; Chen, Yinyin; Li, Chunxia; Ma, Ping'an; Lin, Jun

    2014-02-01

    A new type of drug-delivery system (DDS) was constructed, in which the anti-cancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) was conjugated to the ultra-small sized (sub-10 nm) BaGdF5:Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) based upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs). This multifunctional DDS simultaneously possesses drug delivery and optical/magnetic/X-ray computed tomography imaging capabilities. The DOX can be selectively released by cleavage of hydrazone bonds in acidic environment, which shows a pH-triggered drug release behavior. The MTT assay shows these DOX-conjugated UCNPs exhibit obvious cytotoxic effect on HeLa cells. Moreover, to improve the upconversion luminescence intensity, core-shell structured UCNPs were constructed. The in vitro upconversion luminescence images of these UCNPs uptaken by HeLa cells show bright emission with high contrast. In addition, these UCNPs were further explored for T1-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) and X-ray computed tomography (CT) imaging in vitro. Long-term in vivo toxicity studies indicated that mice intravenously injected with 10 mg/kg of UCNPs survived for 40 days without any apparent adverse effects to their health. The results indicate that this multifunctional drug-delivery system with optimized size, excellent optical/MR/CT trimodal imaging capabilities, and pH-triggered drug release property is expected to be a promising platform for simultaneous cancer therapy and bioimaging. PMID:24314558

  6. Fabrication of Efficient Hydrogenation Nanoreactors by Modifying the Freedom of Ultrasmall Platinum Nanoparticles within Yolk-Shell Nanospheres.

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    Peng, Juan; Lan, Guojun; Guo, Miao; Wei, Xuming; Li, Can; Yang, Qihua

    2015-07-13

    The synthesis of silica-based yolk-shell nanospheres confined with ultrasmall platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) stabilized with poly(amidoamine), in which the interaction strength between Pt NPs and the support could be facilely tuned, is reported. By ingenious utilization of silica cores with different surface wettability (hydrophilic vs. -phobic) as the adsorbent, Pt NPs could be confined in different locations of the yolk-shell nanoreactor (core vs. hollow shell), and thus, exhibit different interaction strengths with the nanoreactor (strong vs. weak). It is interesting to find that the adsorbed Pt NPs are released from the core to the hollow interiors of the yolk-shell nanospheres when a superhydrophobic inner core material (SiO2 -Ph) is employed, which results in the preparation of an immobilized catalyst (Pt@SiO2-Ph); this possesses the weakest interaction strength with the support and shows the highest catalytic activity (88?500 and 7080?h(-1) for the hydrogenation of cyclohexene and nitrobenzene, respectively), due to its unaffected freedom of Pt NPs for retention of the intrinsic properties. PMID:26094810

  7. Ultra-small mesoporous silica nanoparticles as efficient carriers for pH responsive releases of anti-cancer drugs.

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    Zheng, Haoquan; Tai, Cheuk-Wai; Su, Jie; Zou, Xiaodong; Gao, Feifei

    2015-11-18

    Mesoporous silica has emerged as one of the most promising carriers for drug delivery systems. However, the synthesis of ultra-small mesoporous silica nanoparticles (UMSNs) and their application in drug delivery remains a significant challenge. Here, spherical UMSNs (?25 nm) have been synthesized and tested as drug carriers. Anti-cancer drugs mitoxantrone (MX), doxorubicin (DOX) and methotrexate (MTX) have been utilized as model drugs. The pH-responsive drug delivery system can be constructed based on electrostatic interactions between carriers and drug molecules. The UMSNs could store drugs under physiological conditions and release them under acidic conditions. Different pH-responsive release profiles were obtained in phosphate buffer solutions (PBSs) at the designed pH values (from 4.0 to 7.4). MX and DOX can be used in the pH-responsive delivery system, while MTX cannot be used. Furthermore, we found that the physiological stabilities of these drug molecules in UMSNs are in a decreasing order MX > DOX > MTX, which follows the order of their isoelectric point (pI) values. PMID:26535559

  8. Microwave characterization of magnetically hard and soft ferrite nanoparticles in K-band

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    Della Pina, C.; Falletta, E.; Ferretti, A. M.; Ponti, A.; Gentili, G. G.; Verri, V.; Nesti, R.

    2014-10-01

    Nano-sized magnetic particles show great promise in improving the performance of microwave absorbers with respect to the corresponding bulk materials. In this paper, magnetically hard and soft ferrite nanoparticles (CoFe2O4 and Fe3O4) having an average size of 14 and 11 nm were prepared by co-precipitation method and characterized in terms of morphology, structure, and magnetic properties. Their permeability and permittivity were measured by a waveguide technique, embedding each sample in a host medium. Their parameters at microwave frequencies were retrieved by comparing different effective medium equations.

  9. Synthesis and magnetic behavior of ultra-small bimetallic FeCo/graphite nanoparticles

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    Castrillón, M.; Mayoral, A.; Urtizberea, A.; Marquina, C.; Irusta, S.; Meier, J. G.; Santamaría, J.

    2013-12-01

    FeCo-alloy graphite-coated nanoparticles with mean particle diameter under 8 nm have been synthesized following a CVD carbon-deficient method. The superior magnetic properties of FeCo-alloy nanoparticles makes them good candidates to be used as magnetic filler in magneto-polymer composites. Thanks to the protective effect of the graphite shell, FeCo nanoparticles are stable under oxygen atmosphere up to 200?° C. The as-prepared nanoparticles presented a highly long range chemically ordered core being ferromagnetic at room temperature with a saturation magnetization at room temperature close to the bulk value. After annealing at 750 K the saturation magnetization and the coercive field increase. To investigate the processes involved in the thermal treatment, the temperature dependence of the magnetization and the particle composition, size and structure have been characterized before and after annealing. Besides powder x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), a detailed study by means of advanced transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques has been carried out. In particular, aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), has shown that nanoparticles became faceted after the thermal treatment, as a mechanism to reach the thermodynamic equilibrium within the metastable phase. This outstanding feature, not previously reported, leads to an increase of the shape anisotropy, which in turn might be the origin of the observed increase of the coercive field after annealing.

  10. Synthesis of ultrasmall magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and study of their colloid and surface chemistry

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    Goloverda, Galina; Jackson, Barry; Kidd, Clayton; Kolesnichenko, Vladimir

    2009-05-01

    Colloidal nanoparticles of Fe 3O 4 (4 nm) were synthesized by high-temperature hydrolysis of chelated iron (II) and (III) diethylene glycol alkoxide complexes in a solution of the parent alcohol (H 2DEG) without using capping ligands or surfactants: [Fe(DEG)Cl 2] 2-+2[Fe(DEG)Cl 3] 2-+2H 2O+2OH -?Fe 3O 4+3H 2DEG+8Cl - The obtained particles were reacted with different small-molecule polydentate ligands, and the resulting adducts were tested for aqueous colloid formation. Both the carboxyl and ?-hydroxyl groups of the hydroxyacids are involved in coordination to the nanoparticles' surface. This coordination provides the major contribution to the stability of the ligand-coated nanoparticles against hydrolysis.

  11. Ultra-small lipid nanoparticles promote the penetration of coenzyme Q10 in skin cells and counteract oxidative stress.

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    Lohan, Silke B; Bauersachs, Sonja; Ahlberg, Sebastian; Baisaeng, Nuttakorn; Keck, Cornelia M; Müller, Rainer H; Witte, Ellen; Wolk, Kerstin; Hackbarth, Steffen; Röder, Beate; Lademann, Jürgen; Meinke, Martina C

    2015-01-01

    UV irradiation leads to the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). An imbalance between the antioxidant system and ROS can lead to cell damage, premature skin aging or skin cancer. To counteract these processes, antioxidants such as coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) are contained in many cosmetics. To improve and optimize cell/tissue penetration properties of the lipophilic CoQ10, ultra-small lipid nanoparticles (usNLC) were developed. The antioxidant effectiveness of CoQ10-loaded usNLC compared to conventional nanocarriers was investigated in the human keratinocyte cell line HaCaT. Using confocal laser scanning microscopy investigations of the carriers additionally loaded with nile red showed a clear uptake into cells and their distribution within the cytoplasm. By use of the XTT cell viability test, CoQ10 concentrations of 10-50 ?g/ml were shown to be non-toxic, and the antioxidant potential of 10 ?g/ml CoQ10 loaded usNLC in the HaCaT cells was analyzed via electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy after cellular exposure to UVA (1J/cm(2)) and UVB (18 mJ/cm(2)) irradiation. In comparison with the CoQ10-loaded conventional carriers, usNLC-CoQ10 demonstrated the strongest reduction of the radical formation; reaching up to 23% compared to control cells without nanocarrier treatment. Therefore, usNLC-CoQ10 are very suitable to increase the antioxidant potential of skin. PMID:25500282

  12. Dual-mode T1 and T2 magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent based on ultrasmall mixed gadolinium-dysprosium oxide nanoparticles: synthesis, characterization, and in vivo application

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    Tegafaw, Tirusew; Xu, Wenlong; Wasi Ahmad, Md; Baeck, Jong Su; Chang, Yongmin; Bae, Ji Eun; Chae, Kwon Seok; Kim, Tae Jeong; Lee, Gang Ho

    2015-09-01

    A new type of dual-mode T1 and T2 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent based on mixed lanthanide oxide nanoparticles was synthesized. Gd3+ (8S7/2) plays an important role in T1 MRI contrast agents because of its large electron spin magnetic moment resulting from its seven unpaired 4f-electrons, and Dy3+ (6H15/2) has the potential to be used in T2 MRI contrast agents because of its very large total electron magnetic moment: among lanthanide oxide nanoparticles, Dy2O3 nanoparticles have the largest magnetic moments at room temperature. Using these properties of Gd3+ and Dy3+ and their oxide nanoparticles, ultrasmall mixed gadolinium-dysprosium oxide (GDO) nanoparticles were synthesized and their potential to act as a dual-mode T1 and T2 MRI contrast agent was investigated in vitro and in vivo. The D-glucuronic acid coated GDO nanoparticles (davg = 1.0 nm) showed large r1 and r2 values (r2/r1 ? 6.6) and as a result clear dose-dependent contrast enhancements in R1 and R2 map images. Finally, the dual-mode imaging capability of the nanoparticles was confirmed by obtaining in vivo T1 and T2 MR images.

  13. Dual-mode T1 and T2 magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent based on ultrasmall mixed gadolinium-dysprosium oxide nanoparticles: synthesis, characterization, and in vivo application.

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    Tegafaw, Tirusew; Xu, Wenlong; Ahmad, Md Wasi; Baeck, Jong Su; Chang, Yongmin; Bae, Ji Eun; Chae, Kwon Seok; Kim, Tae Jeong; Lee, Gang Ho

    2015-09-11

    A new type of dual-mode T1 and T2 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent based on mixed lanthanide oxide nanoparticles was synthesized. Gd(3+) ((8)S7/2) plays an important role in T1 MRI contrast agents because of its large electron spin magnetic moment resulting from its seven unpaired 4f-electrons, and Dy(3+) ((6)H15/2) has the potential to be used in T2 MRI contrast agents because of its very large total electron magnetic moment: among lanthanide oxide nanoparticles, Dy2O3 nanoparticles have the largest magnetic moments at room temperature. Using these properties of Gd(3+) and Dy(3+) and their oxide nanoparticles, ultrasmall mixed gadolinium-dysprosium oxide (GDO) nanoparticles were synthesized and their potential to act as a dual-mode T1 and T2 MRI contrast agent was investigated in vitro and in vivo. The D-glucuronic acid coated GDO nanoparticles (davg = 1.0 nm) showed large r1 and r2 values (r2/r1 ? 6.6) and as a result clear dose-dependent contrast enhancements in R1 and R2 map images. Finally, the dual-mode imaging capability of the nanoparticles was confirmed by obtaining in vivo T1 and T2 MR images. PMID:26291827

  14. Enhancing the antimicrobial activity of natural extraction using the synthetic ultrasmall metal nanoparticles

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    Li, Huanhuan; Chen, Quansheng; Zhao, Jiewen; Urmila, Khulal

    2015-01-01

    The use of Catechin as an antibacterial agent is becoming ever-more common, whereas unstable and easy oxidation, have limited its application. A simple and low-energy-consuming approach to synthesize highly stable and dispersive Catechin-Cu nanoparticles(NPs) has been developed, in which the stability and dispersivity of the NPs are varied greatly with the pH value and temperature of the reaction. The results demonstrate that the optimal reaction conditions are pH 11 at room temperature. As-synthesized NPs display excellent antimicrobial activity, the survival rates of bacterial cells exposed to the NPs were evaluated using live/dead Bacterial Viability Kit. The results showed that NPs at the concentration of 10?ppm and 20?ppm provided rapid and effective killing of up to 90% and 85% of S. aureus and E. coli within 3?h, respectively. After treatment with 20?ppm and 40?ppm NPs, the bacteria are killed completely. Furthermore, on the basis of assessing the antibacterial effects by SEM, TEM, and AFM, it was found the cell membrane damage of the bacteria caused by direct contact of the bacteria with the NPs was the effective mechanism in the bacterial inactivation. PMID:26046938

  15. Synthesis of stable ultra-small Cu nanoparticles for direct writing flexible electronics

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    Li, Wei; Chen, Minfang

    2014-01-01

    In this study, pure Cu nanoparticles (NPs) have been successfully synthesized and the Cu nano-ink was prepared for direct writing on photo paper using a roller pen. The tri-sodium citrate was used as initial reducing-cum-surfactant agent followed by hydrazine as a second massive reducing agent and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as extra surfactant agent. From the XRD, TEM, and HR-TEM analyses, the synthesized particles are confirmed to be Cu in spherical shape with sizes range of 2.5 ± 1.0 nm. By analyzing the FT-IR spectroscopy and TGA curves, it was found that the obtained particles capped with tri-sodium citrate and CTAB layers are stable to oxidation up to the temperature 228 °C. The reduced size and enhanced air-stability of the Cu NPs result in an improved particle density upon sintering, which is mainly responsible for the increased conductivity of the Cu patterns. The resistivity of Cu patterns sintered in Ar at 160 °C for 2 h is 7.2 ± 0.6 ?? cm, which is 4.40 times the bulk Cu resistivity. The drawn Cu lines exhibited excellent integrity and good conductivity, which were experimentally tested. Moreover, a Cu electrode and a sample RFID antenna were successfully made.

  16. Creation of high-density and low-defect single-layer film of magnetic nanoparticles by the method of interfacial molecular films.

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    Fujimori, Atsuhiro; Ohmura, Kyohei; Honda, Nanami; Kakizaki, Koichi

    2015-03-17

    A technique to solubilize fine magnetic inorganic particles in general organic solvents is proposed via surfaces modification by long-chain carboxylic acids. This organic modification should overcome the relatively weak van der Waals interactions between the nanoparticles, allowing the formation of ordered arrangements of the modified Fe3O4 and CoFe2O4 materials. Using nanodispersions of these organo-modified magnetic nanoparticles as "spreading solutions", Langmuir monolayers of these particles were formed. Multiparticle layered structures were constructed by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. The fabrication of single- and multiparticle layers of organo-modified magnetic nanoparticles was investigated using surface pressure-area (?-A) isotherms, out-of-plane X-ray diffraction (XRD), in-plane XRD, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The out-of-plane XRD profile of a single-particle layer of organo-modified Fe3O4 clearly showed a sharp peak which was attributed to the distance between Fe3O4 layers along the c-axis. The AFM image of single-particle layer of organo-modified CoFe2O4 revealed integrated particle organization with a uniform height; these aggregated particles formed large two-dimensional crystals. For both nanoparticle species, regular periodic structures along the c-axis and high-density single-particle layers were produced via the Langmuir and LB techniques. PMID:25727135

  17. Synthesis of magnetic cobalt ferrite nanoparticles with controlled morphology, monodispersity and composition: the influence of solvent, surfactant, reductant and synthetic conditions.

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    Lu, Le T; Dung, Ngo T; Tung, Le D; Thanh, Cao T; Quy, Ong K; Chuc, Nguyen V; Maenosono, Shinya; Thanh, Nguyen T K

    2015-12-14

    In our present work, magnetic cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles have been successfully synthesised by thermal decomposition of Fe(iii) and Co(ii) acetylacetonate compounds in organic solvents in the presence of oleic acid (OA)/ oleylamine (OLA) as surfactants and 1,2-hexadecanediol (HDD) or octadecanol (OCD-ol) as an accelerating agent. As a result, CoFe2O4 nanoparticles of different shapes were tightly controlled in size (range of 4-30 nm) and monodispersity (standard deviation only at ca. 5%). Experimental parameters, such as reaction time, temperature, surfactant concentration, solvent, precursor ratio, and accelerating agent, in particular, the role of HDD, OCD-ol, and OA/OLA have been intensively investigated in detail to discover the best conditions for the synthesis of the above magnetic nanoparticles. The obtained nanoparticles have been successfully applied for producing oriented carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and they have potential to be used in biomedical applications. PMID:26542630

  18. Metal-induced self-assembly of peroxiredoxin as a tool for sorting ultrasmall gold nanoparticles into one-dimensional clusters

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    Ardini, Matteo; Giansanti, Francesco; di Leandro, Luana; Pitari, Giuseppina; Cimini, Annamaria; Ottaviano, Luca; Donarelli, Maurizio; Santucci, Sandro; Angelucci, Francesco; Ippoliti, Rodolfo

    2014-06-01

    Nanomanipulation of matter to create responsive, ordered materials still remains extremely challenging. Supramolecular chemistry has inspired new strategies by which such nanomaterials can be synthesized step by step by exploiting the self-recognition properties of molecules. In this work, the ring-shaped architecture of the 2-Cys peroxiredoxin I protein from Schistosoma mansoni, engineered to have metal ion-binding sites, is used as a template to build up 1D nanoscopic structures through metal-induced self-assembly. Chromatographic and microscopic analyses demonstrate the ability of the protein rings to stack directionally upon interaction with divalent metal ions and form well-defined nanotubes by exploiting the intrinsic recognition properties of the ring surfaces. Taking advantage of such behavior, the rings are then used to capture colloidal Ni2+-functionalized ultrasmall gold nanoparticles and arrange them into 1D arrays through stacking into peapod-like complexes. Finally, as the formation of such nano-peapods strictly depends on nanoparticle dimensions, the peroxiredoxin template is used as a colloidal cut-off device to sort by size the encapsulated nanoparticles. These results open up possibilities in developing Prx-based methods to synthesize new advanced functional materials.Nanomanipulation of matter to create responsive, ordered materials still remains extremely challenging. Supramolecular chemistry has inspired new strategies by which such nanomaterials can be synthesized step by step by exploiting the self-recognition properties of molecules. In this work, the ring-shaped architecture of the 2-Cys peroxiredoxin I protein from Schistosoma mansoni, engineered to have metal ion-binding sites, is used as a template to build up 1D nanoscopic structures through metal-induced self-assembly. Chromatographic and microscopic analyses demonstrate the ability of the protein rings to stack directionally upon interaction with divalent metal ions and form well-defined nanotubes by exploiting the intrinsic recognition properties of the ring surfaces. Taking advantage of such behavior, the rings are then used to capture colloidal Ni2+-functionalized ultrasmall gold nanoparticles and arrange them into 1D arrays through stacking into peapod-like complexes. Finally, as the formation of such nano-peapods strictly depends on nanoparticle dimensions, the peroxiredoxin template is used as a colloidal cut-off device to sort by size the encapsulated nanoparticles. These results open up possibilities in developing Prx-based methods to synthesize new advanced functional materials. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01526f

  19. Facile Scalable Synthesis of TiO2/Carbon Nanohybrids with Ultrasmall TiO2 Nanoparticles Homogeneously Embedded in Carbon Matrix.

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    Wang, Xiaoyan; Meng, Jian-Qiang; Wang, Meimei; Xiao, Ying; Liu, Rui; Xia, Yonggao; Yao, Yuan; Metwalli, Ezzeldin; Zhang, Qian; Qiu, Bao; Liu, Zhaoping; Pan, Jing; Sun, Ling-Dong; Yan, Chun-Hua; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Cheng, Ya-Jun

    2015-11-01

    A facile scalable synthesis of TiO2/C nanohybrids inspired by polymeric dental restorative materials has been developed, which creates ultrasmall TiO2 nanoparticles homogeneously embedded in the carbon matrix. The average size of the nanoparticles is tuned between about 1 and 5 nm with the carbon content systematically increased from 0% to 65%. Imaging analysis and a scattering technique have been applied to investigate the morphology of the TiO2 nanoparticles. The composition, nature of carbon matrix, crystallinity, and tap density of the TiO2/C nanohybrids have been studied. The application of the TiO2/C nanohybrids as lithium-ion battery anode is demonstrated. Unusual discharge/charge profiles have been exhibited, where characteristic discharge/charge plateaus of crystalline TiO2 are significantly diminished. The tap density, cyclic capacities, and rate performance at high current densities (10 C, 20 C) of the TiO2/C nanohybrid anodes have been effectively improved compared to the bare carbon anode and the TiO2/C nanohybrids with larger particle size. PMID:26465800

  20. Bcl-2-functionalized ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles coated with amphiphilic polymer enhance the labeling efficiency of islets for detection by magnetic resonance imaging

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    Yang, Bin; Cai, Haolei; Qin, Wenjie; Zhang, Bo; Zhai, Chuanxin; Jiang, Biao; Wu, Yulian

    2013-01-01

    Based on their versatile, biocompatible properties, superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) or ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) nanoparticles are utilized for detecting and tracing cells or tumors in vivo. Here, we developed an innoxious and concise synthesis approach for a novel B-cell lymphoma (Bcl)-2 monoclonal antibody-functionalized USPIO nanoparticle coated with an amphiphilic polymer (carboxylated polyethylene glycol monooleyl ether [OE-PEG-COOH]). These nanoparticles can be effectively internalized by beta cells and label primary islet cells, at relatively low iron concentration. The biocompatibility and cytotoxicity of these products were investigated by comparison with the commercial USPIO product, FeraSpin™ S. We also assessed the safe dosage range of the product. Although some cases showed a hypointensity change at the site of transplant, a strong magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was detectable by a clinical MRI scanner, at field strength of 3.0 Tesla, in vivo, and the iron deposition/attached in islets was confirmed by Prussian blue and immunohistochemistry staining. It is noteworthy that based on our synthesis approach, in future, we could exchange the Bcl-2 with other probes that would be more specific for the targeted cells and that would have better labeling specificity in vivo. The combined results point to the promising potential of the novel Bcl-2-functionalized PEG-USPIO as a molecular imaging agent for in vivo monitoring of islet cells or other cells. PMID:24204136

  1. Magnetization reversal in epitaxial highly anisotropic CoFe2O4 hetero-structures

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    Lisfi, A.; Pokharel, S.; Morgan, W.; Salamanca-Riba, L.; Wuttig, M.

    2015-05-01

    Magnetization reversal in epitaxial cobalt ferrite films grown on (110) MgO substrate has been investigated through angular studies of hysteresis loop and DCD remanence curve. The angular dependences of the coercivity and the switching field of these films strongly deviate from those typically known for coherent and incoherent rotation modes. However, the best fit for these angular curves suggests that domain wall nucleation is the appropriate mode for the magnetization reversal in these hetero-structures.

  2. Nanolamellar magnetoelectric BaTiO3–CoFe2O4 bicrystal

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    Ren, Shenqiang; Laver, Mark; Wuttig, Manfred

    2009-10-13

    +d110 BTO ? ?, whereas the stored epitaxial elastic energy U111 = 1 2 ??110 epi ? 2YCFO/BTO. The quantity YCFO/BTO is the shear modu- lus of the CFO/BTO parallel composite. With the values YBTO=67 GPa ?Ref. 18? and YCFO=141.6 GPa,19 U111=4.7 ?106 J /m... magnetic tunability ??r??1d?r /dH?10?2. Information about the nature of the clusters,22 thought to cause relaxor behavior, can be extracted from the activation enthalpy of the Vogel–Fulcher relationship, ln?f / f0? = ??H? / ?k?Tm?T?f?Th?? shown...

  3. Synthesis and controllable oxidation of monodisperse cobalt-doped wüstite nanoparticles and their core-shell stability and exchange-bias stabilization.

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    Chen, Chih-Jung; Chiang, Ray-Kuang; Kamali, Saeed; Wang, Sue-Lein

    2015-09-14

    Cobalt-doped wüstite (CWT), Co0.33Fe0.67O, nanoparticles were prepared via the thermal decomposition of CoFe2-oleate complexes in organic solvents. A controllable oxidation process was then performed to obtain Co0.33Fe0.67O/CoFe2O4 core-shell structures with different core-to-shell volume ratios and exchange bias properties. The oxidized core-shell samples with a ?4 nm CoFe2O4 shell showed good resistance to oxygen transmission. Thus, it is inferred that the cobalt ferrite shell provides a better oxidation barrier performance than magnetite in the un-doped case. The hysteresis loops of the oxidized 19 nm samples exhibited a high exchange bias field (H(E)), an enhanced coercivity field (H(C)), and a pronounced vertical shift, thus indicating the presence of a strong exchange bias coupling effect. More importantly, the onset temperature of H(E) was found to be higher than 200 K, which suggests that cobalt doping increases the Néel temperature (T(N)) of the CWT core. In general, the results show that the homogeneous dispersion of Co in iron precursors improves the stability of the final CWT nanoparticles. Moreover, the CoFe2O4 shells formed following oxidation increase the oxidation resistance of the CWT cores and enhance their anisotropy energy. PMID:26243163

  4. Vascular toxicity of ultra-small TiO2 nanoparticles and single walled carbon nanotubes in vitro and in vivo.

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    Bayat, Narges; Lopes, Viviana R; Schölermann, Julia; Jensen, Lasse Dahl; Cristobal, Susana

    2015-09-01

    Ultra-small nanoparticles (USNPs) at 1-3 nm are a subset of nanoparticles (NPs) that exhibit intermediate physicochemical properties between molecular dispersions and larger NPs. Despite interest in their utilization in applications such as theranostics, limited data about their toxicity exist. Here the effect of TiO2-USNPs on endothelial cells in vitro, and zebrafish embryos in vivo, was studied and compared to larger TiO2-NPs (30 nm) and to single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). In vitro exposure showed that TiO2-USNPs were neither cytotoxic, nor had oxidative ability, nevertheless were genotoxic. In vivo experiment in early developing zebrafish embryos in water at high concentrations of TiO2-USNPs caused mortality possibly by acidifying the water and caused malformations in the form of pericardial edema when injected. Myo1C involved in glomerular development of zebrafish embryos was upregulated in embryos exposed to TiO2-USNPs. They also exhibited anti-angiogenic effects both in vitro and in vivo plus decreased nitric oxide concentration. The larger TiO2-NPs were genotoxic but not cytotoxic. SWCNTs were cytotoxic in vitro and had the highest oxidative ability. Neither of these NPs had significant effects in vivo. To our knowledge this is the first study evaluating the effects of TiO2-USNPs on vascular toxicity in vitro and in vivo and this strategy could unravel USNPs potential applications. PMID:26066004

  5. Synthesis and dose interval dependent hepatotoxicity evaluation of intravenously administered polyethylene glycol-8000 coated ultra-small superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle on Wistar rats.

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    Rajan, Balan; Sathish, Shanmugam; Balakumar, Subramanian; Devaki, Thiruvengadam

    2015-03-01

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles are being used in medical imaging, drug delivery, cancer therapy, and so on. However, there is a direct need to identify any nanotoxicity associated with these nanoparticles. However uncommon, drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is a major health concern that challenges pharmaceutical industry and drug regulatory agencies alike. In this study we have synthesized and evaluated the dose interval dependent hepatotoxicity of polyethylene glycol-8000 coated ultra-small superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (PUSPIOs). To assess the hepatotoxicity of intravenously injected PUSPIOs, alterations in basic clinical parameters, hematological parameters, hemolysis assay, serum levels of liver marker enzymes, serum and liver lipid peroxidation (LPO) levels, enzymatic antioxidant levels, and finally histology of liver, kidney, spleen, lung, brain, and heart tissues were studied in control and experimental Wistar rat groups over a 30-day period. The results of our study showed a significant increase in the aspartate transaminase (AST) enzyme activity at a dose of 10mg/kg b.w. PUSPIOs twice a week. Besides, alanine transaminase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and gamma-glutamyl transferase (?GT) enzyme activity showed a slender increase when compared with control experimental groups. A significant increase in the serum and liver LPO levels at a dose of 10mg/kg b.w. PUSPIOs twice a week was also observed. Histological analyses of liver, kidney, spleen, lung, brain and heart tissue samples showed no obvious uncharacteristic changes. In conclusion, PUSPIOs were found to posses excellent biocompatibility and Wistar rats showed much better drug tolerance to the dose of 10mg/kg b.w. per week than the dose of 10mg/kg b.w. twice a week for the period of 30 days. PMID:25721486

  6. Comprehensive assessment of nephrotoxicity of intravenously administered sodium-oleate-coated ultra-small superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles in rats.

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    Šebeková, Katarína; Dušinská, Mária; Simon Klenovics, Kristína; Kollárová, Radana; Boor, Peter; Kebis, Anton; Staruchová, Marta; Vlková, Barbora; Celec, Peter; Hodosy, Július; Ba?iak, Ladislav; Tušková, Radka; Be?o, Milan; Tulinská, Jana; Príbojová, Jana; Bilani?ová, Dagmar; Pojana, Giulio; Marcomini, Antonio; Volkovová, Katarína

    2014-03-01

    As a main excretory organ, kidney is predisposed to direct/indirect injury. We addressed the potential nephrotoxic effects following expositions of healthy rats to nanoparticle (NP) loads relevant to humans in a situation of 100% bioavailability. Up to 4 weeks after administration, a single iv bolus of oleate-coated ultra-small superparamagnetic iron oxide NPs (in dose of 0.1%, 1.0% and 10.0% of LD50) or TiO2 NPs (1.0% of LD50) did not elicit decline in renal function, damage to proximal tubules, alterations in: renal histology or expression of pro-inflammatory/pro-fibrotic genes, markers of systemic or local renal micro-inflammation or oxidative damage. Antioxidant enzyme activities in renal cortex, mildly elevated at 24 h, completely restored at later time points. Data obtained by multifaceted approach enable the prediction of human nephrotoxicity during preclinical studies, and may serve as comparison for alternative testing strategies using in vitro and in silico methods essential for the NP-nephrotoxicity risk assessment. PMID:23272807

  7. Antibiotic-free nanotherapeutics: ultra-small, mucus-penetrating solid lipid nanoparticles enhance the pulmonary delivery and anti-virulence efficacy of novel quorum sensing inhibitors.

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    Nafee, Noha; Husari, Ayman; Maurer, Christine K; Lu, Cenbin; de Rossi, Chiara; Steinbach, Anke; Hartmann, Rolf W; Lehr, Claus-Michael; Schneider, Marc

    2014-10-28

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease mainly manifested in the respiratory tract. Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is the most common pathogen identified in cultures of the CF airways, however, its eradication with antibiotics remains challenging as it grows in biofilms that counterwork human immune response and dramatically decrease susceptibility to antibiotics. P. aeruginosa regulates pathogenicity via a cell-to-cell communication system known as quorum sensing (QS) involving the virulence factor (pyocyanin), thus representing an attractive target for coping with bacterial pathogenicity. The first in vivo potent QS inhibitor (QSI) was recently developed. Nevertheless, its lipophilic nature might hamper its penetration of non-cellular barriers such as mucus and bacterial biofilms, which limits its biomedical application. Successful anti-infective inhalation therapy necessitates proper design of a biodegradable nanocarrier allowing: 1) high loading and prolonged release, 2) mucus penetration, 3) effective pulmonary delivery, and 4) maintenance of the anti-virulence activity of the QSI. In this context, various pharmaceutical lipids were used to prepare ultra-small solid lipid nanoparticles (us-SLNs) by hot melt homogenization. Plain and QSI-loaded SLNs were characterized in terms of colloidal properties, drug loading, in vitro release and acute toxicity on Calu-3 cells. Mucus penetration was studied using a newly-developed confocal microscopy technique based on 3D-time-lapse imaging. For pulmonary application, nebulization efficiency of SLNs and lung deposition using next generation impactor (NGI) were performed. The anti-virulence efficacy was investigated by pyocyanin formation in P. aeruginosa cultures. Ultra-small SLNs (<100nm diameter) provided high encapsulation efficiency (68-95%) according to SLN composition, high burst in phosphate buffer saline compared to prolonged release of the payload over >8h in simulated lung fluid with minor burst. All types and concentrations of plain and QSI-loaded SLNs maintained the viability of Calu-3 cells. 3D time-lapse confocal imaging proved the ability of SLNs to penetrate into artificial sputum model. SLNs were efficiently nebulized; NGI experiments revealed their deposition in the bronchial region. Overall, nanoencapsulated QSI showed up to sevenfold superior anti-virulence activity to the free compound. Most interestingly, the plain SLNs exhibited anti-virulence properties themselves, which was shown to be related to anti-virulence effects of the emulsifiers used. These startling findings represent a new perspective of ultimate significance in the area of nano-based delivery of novel anti-infectives. PMID:24997276

  8. Magnetic Assembly and Cross-Linking of Nanoparticles for Releasable Magnetic Microstructures.

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    Velez, Camilo; Torres-Díaz, Isaac; Maldonado-Camargo, Lorena; Rinaldi, Carlos; Arnold, David P

    2015-10-27

    This article describes a versatile method to fabricate magnetic microstructures with complex two-dimensional geometric shapes using magnetically assembled iron oxide (Fe3O4) and cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles. Magnetic pole patterns are imprinted into magnetizable media, onto which magnetic nanoparticles are assembled from a colloidal suspension into defined shapes via the shaped magnetic field gradients. The kinetics of this assembly process are studied by evaluation of the microstructure features (e.g., line width and height) as a function of time, particle type, and volume fraction. After assembly, the iron oxide particles are cross-linked in situ and subsequently released by dissolving a sacrificial layer. The free-floating magnetic structures are shown to retain their patterned shape during manipulation with external magnetic fields. PMID:26364509

  9. Author's personal copy Facile synthesis of ultra-small Bi2Te3 nanoparticles, nanorods and nanoplates and

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    Ruan, Xiulin

    reactivity between bismuth and tellurium salts. To summarize, Bi2Te3 nanoparticles can be syn- thesized via. For synthesis, a mixture of 1.82 mmol tellurium pow- der and 3 ml tri-n-octylphosphine was loaded into a flask

  10. Acid-functionalized nanoparticles for biomass hydrolysis

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    Pena Duque, Leidy Eugenia

    Cellulosic ethanol is a renewable source of energy. Lignocellulosic biomass is a complex material composed mainly of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin. Biomass pretreatment is a required step to make sugar polymers liable to hydrolysis. Mineral acids are commonly used for biomass pretreatment. Using acid catalysts that can be recovered and reused could make the process economically more attractive. The overall goal of this dissertation is the development of a recyclable nanocatalyst for the hydrolysis of biomass sugars. Cobalt iron oxide nanoparticles (CoFe2O4) were synthesized to provide a magnetic core that could be separated from reaction using a magnetic field and modified to carry acid functional groups. X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirmed the crystal structure was that of cobalt spinel ferrite. CoFe2O4 were covered with silica which served as linker for the acid functions. Silica-coated nanoparticles were functionalized with three different acid functions: perfluoropropyl-sulfonic acid, carboxylic acid, and propyl-sulfonic acid. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) images were analyzed to obtain particle size distributions of the nanoparticles. Total carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur were quantified using an elemental analyzer. Fourier transform infra-red spectra confirmed the presence of sulfonic and carboxylic acid functions and ion-exchange titrations accounted for the total amount of catalytic acid sites per nanoparticle mass. These nanoparticles were evaluated for their performance to hydrolyze the beta-1,4 glycosidic bond of the cellobiose molecule. Propyl-sulfonic (PS) and perfluoropropyl-sulfonic (PFS) acid functionalized nanoparticles catalyzed the hydrolysis of cellobiose significantly better than the control. PS and PFS were also evaluated for their capacity to solubilize wheat straw hemicelluloses and performed better than the control. Although PFS nanoparticles were stronger acid catalysts, the acid functions leached out of the nanoparticle during the catalytic reactions. PS nanoparticles were further evaluated for the pretreatment of corn stover in order to increase digestibility of the biomass. The pretreatment was carried out at three different catalyst load and temperature levels. At 180°C, the total glucose yield was linearly correlated to the catalyst load. A maximum glucose yield of 90% and 58% of the hemicellulose sugars were obtained at this temperature.

  11. Mechanisms of cell penetration and cytotoxicity of ultrasmall Au nanoparticles conjugated to doxorubicin and/or targeting peptides

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    Nadeau, Jay; Poon, Wilson; Zhang, Xuan

    2015-03-01

    The goals of this work were to determine whether conjugation of any of four selected peptides to Au nanoparticles improved their delivery to B16 melanoma in vitro and in vivo. In in vitro cytotoxicity assays, peptides and conjugates were endocytosed but did not escape from endosomes. None of the peptides showed any cytotoxicity, with or without conjugation to the nanoparticles. The combination of peptides and doxorubicin did not improve upon the cytotoxicity of gold-doxorubicin alone. We then tested targeting in vivo using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry to quantify the concentration of Au in the organs of B16 tumor-bearing mice 4, 24, and 72 h after intravenous Au nanoparticle injection. These experiments showed that in some cases, peptide conjugation improved upon the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect. A peptide based upon the myxoma virus and the cyclic RGD peptide were both effective at tumor targeting; myxoma was more effective with un-PEGylated particles, and cRGD with PEGylated particles. The FREG and melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH) peptides did not improve targeting. These results suggest that these peptides may improve delivery of Au particles to tumors, but also may prevent entry of particles into cell nuclei.

  12. Magnetic nanoparticles for "smart liposomes".

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    Nakayama, Yoshitaka; Mustapi?, Mislav; Ebrahimian, Haleh; Wagner, Pawel; Kim, Jung Ho; Hossain, Md Shahriar Al; Horvat, Joseph; Martinac, Boris

    2015-12-01

    Liposomal drug delivery systems (LDDSs) are promising tools used for the treatment of diseases where highly toxic pharmacological agents are administered. Currently, destabilising LDDSs by a specific stimulus at a target site remains a major challenge. The bacterial mechanosensitive channel of large conductance (MscL) presents an excellent candidate biomolecule that could be employed as a remotely controlled pore-forming nanovalve for triggered drug release from LDDSs. In this study, we developed superparamagnetic nanoparticles for activation of the MscL nanovalves by magnetic field. Synthesised CoFe2O4 nanoparticles with the radius less than 10 nm were labelled by SH groups for attachment to MscL. Activation of MscL by magnetic field with the nanoparticles attached was examined by the patch clamp technique showing that the number of activated channels under ramp pressure increased upon application of the magnetic field. In addition, we have not observed any cytotoxicity of the nanoparticles in human cultured cells. Our study suggests the possibility of using magnetic nanoparticles as a specific trigger for activation of MscL nanovalves for drug release in LDDSs. PMID:26184724

  13. Cold plasma treatment of magnetic nanoparticles

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    Wang, Ke

    This thesis investigates the application of cold plasma to remove the oleic acid bonded on magnetic nanoparticles: SmCo5 nanoflakes prepared via surfactant assisted high energy ball milling and CoFe2O 4 nanoparticles prepared via chemical synthesis. Oleic acid molecules bonded on nanoparticles are in the carboxylate form which could not be washed away by organic solvents in ultrasonic bath; only free oleic acid molecules left on the nanoparticle surface after ball milling can be washed away through ultrasonic bath. High temperature annealing method works for removing oleic acid but nanoparticles would be damaged because of oxidation and decomposition. The RF cold plasma has advantages over above methods as the plasma temperature is typically around room temperature, and the energetic ions could strike away carboxylate molecules bonded on the surface of nanoparticles without changing the surface chemistry. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) was performed to see if there was phase transformation, decomposition during plasma treatment. The content change of oleic acid molecules on the nanoparticles surface was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).

  14. Ultrasmall Li2S Nanoparticles Anchored in Graphene Nanosheets for High-Energy Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Zhang, Kai; Wang, Lijiang; Hu, Zhe; Cheng, Fangyi; Chen, Jun

    2014-01-01

    Li2S has a high theoretical capacity of 1166?mAh g?1, but it suffers from limited rate and cycling performance. Herein we reported in-situ synthesis of thermally exfoliated graphene?Li2S (in-situ TG?Li2S) nanocomposite and its application as a superior cathode material alternative to sulfur. Li2S nanoparticles with the size of ~8.5?nm homogeneously anchored in graphene nanosheets were prepared via chemical reduction of pre-sublimed sulfur by lithium triethylborohydride (LiEt3BH). The in-situ TG?Li2S nanocomposite exhibited an initial capacity of 1119?mAh g?1 Li2S (1609?mAh g?1 S) with a negligible charged potential barrier in the first cycle. The discharge capacity retained 791?mAh g?1 Li2S (1137?mAh g?1 S) after 100 cycles at 0.1C and exceeded 560?mAh g?1 Li2S (805?mAh g?1 S) at a high rate of 2C. Moreover, coupling the composite with Si thin film anode, a Li2S/Si full cell was produced, delivering a high specific capacity of ~900?mAh g?1 Li2S (1294?mAh g?1 S). The outstanding electrode performance of in-situ TG?Li2S composite was attributed to the well dispersed small Li2S nanoparticles and highly conductive graphene nanosheets, which provided merits of facile ionic and electronic transport, efficient utilization of the active material, and flexible accommodation of volume change. PMID:25253198

  15. Annealing relaxation of ultrasmall gold nanostructures

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    Chaban, Vitaly

    2015-01-01

    Except serving as an excellent gift on proper occasions, gold finds applications in life sciences, particularly in diagnostics and therapeutics. These applications were made possible by gold nanoparticles, which differ drastically from macroscopic gold. Versatile surface chemistry of gold nanoparticles allows coating with small molecules, polymers, biological recognition molecules. Theoretical investigation of nanoscale gold is not trivial, because of numerous metastable states in these systems. Unlike elsewhere, this work obtains equilibrium structures using annealing simulations within the recently introduced PM7-MD method. Geometries of the ultrasmall gold nanostructures with chalcogen coverage are described at finite temperature, for the first time.

  16. Magnetic Structure of Fe-doped CoFe(2)O(4) Probed by X-ray Magnetic Spectroscopies

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    J Moyer; C Vaz; D Arena; D Kumah; E Negusse; V Henrich

    2011-12-31

    The magnetic properties of iron-doped cobalt ferrite (Co{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2+x}O{sub 4}) (001) thin films grown epitaxially on MgO (001) substrates are investigated by superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry and soft x-ray magnetic linear and circular dichroisms. All Co{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2+x}O{sub 4} (0.01 {le} x {le} 0.63) samples have out-of-plane magnetic easy axes and large coercive fields, unlike Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, due to a large Co{sup 2+} orbital moment. The magnetic moments for those samples are significantly reduced from their bulk values; however, as x increases, the magnetic moments tend nearer to their bulk values and increase more rapidly as x approaches 1. This reduction in magnetic moment is attributed to spin canting among the Co{sup 2+} cations, owing to a small in-plane tensile strain in the film and to an increased antiferromagnetic alignment among all the cations caused by a partially inverse spinel cubic structure and the likely presence of antiphase boundaries. Our results show that small changes in stoichiometry can lead to significant changes in the magnetic moment of Co{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2+x}O{sub 4}, especially at large values of x.

  17. Electrical manipulation of interface conduction in BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 columnar heterostructures

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    Chen, Yi-Chun; Hsieh, Ying-Hui; Liou, Jia-Ming; Shen, Chia-Ying; Chu, Ying-Hao

    2013-03-01

    Complex oxide interfaces emerge as one of the most exciting subjects in the condensed-matter field due to its unique physical properties and new possibilities for next-generation electronic devices. Recently, we found local conduction at the tubular interfaces of self-assembled BiFeO3 (BFO)-CoFe2O4 (CFO) heterostructures. In this study, to further investigate the electrical properties of the tubular oxide interface, conductive atomic force microscopy (CAFM) at different temperatures was performed to examine the sample. The origin of local conduction at the BFO-CFO vertical interface is identified as a result of the accumulation of oxygen vacancies. In addition, the interface conduction can be modulated with non-volatile and reversible behaviors via an external electric field. This memritor-like phenomenon can be understood owing to the movement of oxygen vacancies driven by the applied bias. The bias causes the oxygen vacancies either accumulate or deplete to the metal contact tip, which in turn affect the resistance at the tubular interface. Our results provide the control of the conduction at complex oxide interfaces and suggest the possibility for new devices based on complex oxide interfaces.

  18. Synthesis, magnetic and optical properties of core/shell Co1-xZnxFe2O4/SiO2 nanoparticles

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    2011-01-01

    The optical properties of multi-functionalized cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4), cobalt zinc ferrite (Co0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4), and zinc ferrite (ZnFe2O4) nanoparticles have been enhanced by coating them with silica shell using a modified Stöber method. The ferrites nanoparticles were prepared by a modified citrate gel technique. These core/shell ferrites nanoparticles have been fired at temperatures: 400°C, 600°C and 800°C, respectively, for 2 h. The composition, phase, and morphology of the prepared core/shell ferrites nanoparticles were determined by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. The diffuse reflectance and magnetic properties of the core/shell ferrites nanoparticles at room temperature were investigated using UV/VIS double-beam spectrophotometer and vibrating sample magnetometer, respectively. It was found that, by increasing the firing temperature from 400°C to 800°C, the average crystallite size of the core/shell ferrites nanoparticles increases. The cobalt ferrite nanoparticles fired at temperature 800°C; show the highest saturation magnetization while the zinc ferrite nanoparticles coated with silica shell shows the highest diffuse reflectance. On the other hand, core/shell zinc ferrite/silica nanoparticles fired at 400°C show a ferromagnetic behavior and high diffuse reflectance when compared with all the uncoated or coated ferrites nanoparticles. These characteristics of core/shell zinc ferrite/silica nanostructures make them promising candidates for magneto-optical nanodevice applications. PMID:21774807

  19. Evolution of the magnetic structure with chemical composition in spinel iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Muscas, G.; Yaacoub, N.; Concas, G.; Sayed, F.; Sayed Hassan, R.; Greneche, J. M.; Cannas, C.; Musinu, A.; Foglietti, V.; Casciardi, S.; Sangregorio, C.; Peddis, D.

    2015-08-01

    Magnetic properties of iron oxide nanoparticles with spinel structure are strictly related to a complex interplay between cationic distribution and the presence of a non-collinear spin structure (spin canting). With the aim to gain better insight into the effect of the magnetic structure on magnetic properties, in this paper we investigated a family of small crystalline ferrite nanoparticles of the formula CoxNi1-xFe2O4 (0 <= x <= 1) having equal size (~4.5 nm) and spherical-like shape. The field dependence of magnetization at low temperatures indicated a clear increase of magnetocrystalline anisotropy and saturation magnetization (higher than the bulk value for CoFe2O4: ~130 A m2 kg-1) with the increase of cobalt content. The magnetic structure of nanoparticles has been investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy under an intense magnetic field (8 T) at a low temperature (10 K). The magnetic properties have been explained in terms of an evolution of the magnetic structure with the increase of cobalt content. In addition a direct correlation between cationic distribution and spin canting has been proposed, explaining the presence of a noncollinear spin structure in terms of superexchange interaction energy produced by the average cationic distribution and vacancies in the spinel structure.Magnetic properties of iron oxide nanoparticles with spinel structure are strictly related to a complex interplay between cationic distribution and the presence of a non-collinear spin structure (spin canting). With the aim to gain better insight into the effect of the magnetic structure on magnetic properties, in this paper we investigated a family of small crystalline ferrite nanoparticles of the formula CoxNi1-xFe2O4 (0 <= x <= 1) having equal size (~4.5 nm) and spherical-like shape. The field dependence of magnetization at low temperatures indicated a clear increase of magnetocrystalline anisotropy and saturation magnetization (higher than the bulk value for CoFe2O4: ~130 A m2 kg-1) with the increase of cobalt content. The magnetic structure of nanoparticles has been investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy under an intense magnetic field (8 T) at a low temperature (10 K). The magnetic properties have been explained in terms of an evolution of the magnetic structure with the increase of cobalt content. In addition a direct correlation between cationic distribution and spin canting has been proposed, explaining the presence of a noncollinear spin structure in terms of superexchange interaction energy produced by the average cationic distribution and vacancies in the spinel structure. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr02723c

  20. Structural and magnetic properties of cobalt-doped iron oxide nanoparticles prepared by solution combustion method for biomedical applications

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    Venkatesan, Kaliyamoorthy; Rajan Babu, Dhanakotti; Kavya Bai, Mane Prabhu; Supriya, Ravi; Vidya, Radhakrishnan; Madeswaran, Saminathan; Anandan, Pandurangan; Arivanandhan, Mukannan; Hayakawa, Yasuhiro

    2015-01-01

    Cobalt-doped iron oxide nanoparticles were prepared by solution combustion technique. The structural and magnetic properties of the prepared samples were also investigated. The average crystallite size of cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) magnetic nanoparticle was calculated using Scherrer equation, and it was found to be 16±5 nm. The particle size was measured by transmission electron microscope. This value was found to match with the crystallite size calculated by Scherrer equation corresponding to the prominent intensity peak (311) of X-ray diffraction. The high-resolution transmission electron microscope image shows clear lattice fringes and high crystallinity of cobalt ferrite magnetic nanoparticles. The synthesized magnetic nanoparticles exhibited the saturation magnetization value of 47 emu/g and coercivity of 947 Oe. The anti-microbial activity of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles showed better results as an anti-bacterial agent. The affinity constant was determined for the nanoparticles, and the cytotoxicity studies were conducted for the cobalt ferrite nanoparticles at different concentrations and the results are discussed. PMID:26491320

  1. Exchange bias mediated by interfacial nanoparticles (invited)

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    Berkowitz, A. E.; Sinha, S. K.; Fullerton, E. E.; Smith, D. J.

    2015-05-01

    The objective of this study on the iconic exchange-bias bilayer Permalloy/CoO has been to identify those elements of the interfacial microstructure and accompanying magnetic properties that are responsible for the exchange-bias and hysteretic properties of this bilayer. Both epitaxial and polycrystalline samples were examined. X-ray and neutron reflectometry established that there existed an interfacial region, of width ˜1 nm, whose magnetic properties differed from those of Py or CoO. A model was developed for the interfacial microstructure that predicts all the relevant properties of this system; namely; the temperature and Permalloy thickness dependence of the exchange-bias, HEX, and coercivity, HC; the much smaller measured values of HEX from what was nominally expected; the different behavior of HEX and HC in epitaxial and polycrystalline bilayers. A surprising result is that the exchange-bias does not involve direct exchange-coupling between Permalloy and CoO, but rather is mediated by CoFe2O4 nanoparticles in the interfacial region.

  2. Enigmatic, ultrasmall, uncultivated Archaea

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    Baker, Brett J.; Comolli, Luis; Dick, Gregory J.; Hauser, Loren John; Hyatt, Philip Douglas; Dill, Brian; Land, Miriam L; Verberkmoes, Nathan C; Hettich, Robert {Bob} L; Banfield, Jillian F.

    2010-01-01

    Metagenomics has provided access to genomes of as yet uncultivated microorganisms in natural environments, yet there are gaps in our knowledge particularly for Archaea that occur at relatively low abundance and in extreme environments. Ultrasmall cells (<500 nm in diameter) from lineages without cultivated representatives that branch near the crenarchaeal/euryarchaeal divide have been detected in a variety of acidic ecosystems. We reconstructed composite, near-complete 1-Mb genomes for three lineages, referred to as ARMAN (archaeal Richmond Mine acidophilic nanoorganisms), from environmental samples and a biofilm filtrate. Genes of two lineages are among the smallest yet described, enabling a 10% higher coding density than found genomes of the same size, and there are noncontiguous genes. No biological function could be inferred for up to 45% of genes and no more than 63% of the predicted proteins could be assigned to a revised set of archaeal clusters of orthologous groups. Some core metabolic genes are more common in Crenarchaeota than Euryarchaeota, up to 21% of genes have the highest sequence identity to bacterial genes, and 12 belong to clusters of orthologous groups that were previously exclusive to bacteria. A small subset of 3D cryo-electron tomographic reconstructions clearly show penetration of the ARMAN cell wall and cytoplasmic membranes by protuberances extended from cells of the archaeal order Thermoplasmatales. Interspecies interactions, the presence of a unique internal tubular organelle [Comolli, et al. (2009) ISME J 3:159 167], and many genes previously only affiliated with Crenarchaea or Bacteria indicate extensive unique physiology in organisms that branched close to the time that Cren- and Euryarchaeotal lineages diverged.

  3. Enigmatic, ultrasmall, uncultivated Archaea

    SciTech Connect

    Baker, Brett J.; Comolli, Luis; Dick, Gregory J.; Hauser, Loren John; Hyatt, Philip Douglas; Dill, Brian; Land, Miriam L; Verberkmoes, Nathan C; Hettich, Robert {Bob} L; Banfield, Jillian F.

    2010-01-01

    Metagenomics has provided access to genomes of as yet uncultivated microorganisms in natural environments, yet there are gaps in our knowledge-particularly for Archaea-that occur at relatively low abundance and in extreme environments. Ultrasmall cells (<500 nm in diameter) from lineages without cultivated representatives that branch near the crenarchaeal/euryarchaeal divide have been detected in a variety of acidic ecosystems. We reconstructed composite, near-complete similar to 1-Mb genomes for three lineages, referred to as ARMAN (archaeal Richmond Mine acidophilic nanoorganisms), from environmental samples and a biofilm filtrate. Genes of two lineages are among the smallest yet described, enabling a 10% higher coding density than found genomes of the same size, and there are noncontiguous genes. No biological function could be inferred for up to 45% of genes and no more than 63% of the predicted proteins could be assigned to a revised set of archaeal clusters of orthologous groups. Some core metabolic genes are more common in Crenarchaeota than Euryarchaeota, up to 21% of genes have the highest sequence identity to bacterial genes, and 12 belong to clusters of orthologous groups that were previously exclusive to bacteria. A small subset of 3D cryo-electron tomographic reconstructions clearly show penetration of the ARMAN cell wall and cytoplasmic membranes by protuberances extended from cells of the archaeal order Thermoplasmatales. Interspecies interactions, the presence of a unique internal tubular organelle [Comolli, et al. (2009) ISME J 3: 159-167], and many genes previously only affiliated with Crenarchaea or Bacteria indicate extensive unique physiology in organisms that branched close to the time that Cren- and Euryarchaeotal lineages diverged.

  4. Evolution of the magnetic structure with chemical composition in spinel iron oxide nanoparticles.

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    Muscas, G; Yaacoub, N; Concas, G; Sayed, F; Sayed Hassan, R; Greneche, J M; Cannas, C; Musinu, A; Foglietti, V; Casciardi, S; Sangregorio, C; Peddis, D

    2015-08-28

    Magnetic properties of iron oxide nanoparticles with spinel structure are strictly related to a complex interplay between cationic distribution and the presence of a non-collinear spin structure (spin canting). With the aim to gain better insight into the effect of the magnetic structure on magnetic properties, in this paper we investigated a family of small crystalline ferrite nanoparticles of the formula CoxNi1-xFe2O4 (0 ?x? 1) having equal size (?4.5 nm) and spherical-like shape. The field dependence of magnetization at low temperatures indicated a clear increase of magnetocrystalline anisotropy and saturation magnetization (higher than the bulk value for CoFe2O4: ?130 A m(2) kg(-1)) with the increase of cobalt content. The magnetic structure of nanoparticles has been investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy under an intense magnetic field (8 T) at a low temperature (10 K). The magnetic properties have been explained in terms of an evolution of the magnetic structure with the increase of cobalt content. In addition a direct correlation between cationic distribution and spin canting has been proposed, explaining the presence of a noncollinear spin structure in terms of superexchange interaction energy produced by the average cationic distribution and vacancies in the spinel structure. PMID:26203789

  5. High longitudinal relaxivity of ultra-small gadolinium oxide prepared by microsecond laser ablation in diethylene glycol

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    Luo, Ningqi; Tian, Xiumei; Xiao, Jun; Hu, Wenyong; Yang, Chuan; Li, Li; Chen, Dihu

    2013-04-01

    Ultra-small gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) can be used as T1-weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) contrast agent own to its high longitudinal relaxivity (r1) and has attracted intensive attention in these years. In this paper, ultra-small Gd2O3 nanoparticles of 3.8 nm in diameter have been successfully synthesized by a microsecond laser ablating a gadolinium (Gd) target in diethylene glycol (DEG). The growth inhibition effect induced by the large viscosity of DEG makes it possible to synthesize ultra-small Gd2O3 by laser ablation in DEG. The r1 value and T1-weighted MR images are measured by a 3.0 T MRI spectroscope. The results show these nanoparticles with a high r1 value of 9.76 s-1 mM-1 to be good MRI contrast agents. We propose an explanation for the high r1 value of ultra-small Gd2O3 by considering the decreasing factor (surface to volume ratio of the nanoparticles, S/V) and the increasing factor (water hydration number of the Gd3+ on Gd2O3 surface, q), which offer a new look into the relaxivity studies of MRI contrast agents. Our research provides a new approach to preparing ultra-small Gd2O3 of high r1 value by laser ablation in DEG and develops the understanding of high relaxivity of ultra-small Gd2O3 MRI contrast agents.

  6. Micrometric periodic assembly of magnetotactic bacteria and magnetic nanoparticles using audio tapes

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    Godoy, M.; Moreno, A. J.; Jorge, G. A.; Ferrari, H. J.; Antonel, P. S.; Mietta, J. L.; Ruiz, M.; Negri, R. M.; Pettinari, M. J.; Bekeris, V.

    2012-02-01

    We report micrometric periodic assembly of live and dead magnetotactic bacteria, Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1, which synthesize chains of magnetic nanoparticles inside their bodies, and of superparamagnetic Fe3O4 and ferromagnetic CoFe2O4 nanoparticles in aqueous suspensions using periodically magnetized audio tapes. The distribution of the stray magnetic field at the surface of the tapes was determined analytically and experimentally by magneto-optic imaging. Calculations showed that the magnetic field close to the tape surface was of the order of 100 mT, and the magnetic field gradient was larger than 1 T mm-1. Drops of aqueous solutions were deposited on the tapes, and bacteria and particles were trapped at locations where magnetic energy is minimized, as observed using conventional optical microscopy. Suspensions of M. magneticum AMB-1 treated with formaldehyde and kanamycin were studied, and patterns of trapped dead bacteria indicated that magnetic forces dominate over self-propelling forces in these experiments, in accordance with calculated values. The behavior of the different types of samples is discussed.

  7. Biomedical Applications of Advanced Multifunctional Magnetic Nanoparticles.

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    Long, Nguyen Viet; Yang, Yong; Teranishi, Toshiharu; Thi, Cao Minh; Cao, Yanqin; Nogami, Masayuki

    2015-12-01

    In this review, we have presented the latest results and highlights on biomedical applications of a class of noble metal nanoparticles, such as gold, silver and platinum, and a class of magnetic nanoparticles, such as cobalt, nickel and iron. Their most important related compounds are also discussed for biomedical applications for treating various diseases, typically as cancers. At present, both physical and chemical methods have been proved very successful to synthesize, shape, control, and produce metal- and oxide-based homogeneous particle systems, e.g., nanoparticles and microparticles. Therefore, we have mainly focused on functional magnetic nanoparticles for nanomedicine because of their high bioadaptability to the organs inside human body. Here, bioconjugation techniques are very crucial to link nanoparticles with conventional drugs, nanodrugs, biomolecules or polymers for biomedical applications. Biofunctionalization of engineered nanoparticles for biomedicine is shown respective to in vitro and in vivo analysis protocols that typically include drug delivery, hyperthermia therapy, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and recent outstanding progress in sweep imaging technique with Fourier transformation (SWIFT) MRI. The latter can be especially applied using magnetic nanoparticles, such as Co-, Fe-, Ni-based nanoparticles, ?-Fe2O3, and Fe3O4 oxide nanoparticles for analysis and treatment of malignancies. Therefore, this review focuses on recent results of scientists, and related research on diagnosis and treatment methods of common and dangerous diseases by biomedical engineered nanoparticles. Importantly, nanosysems (nanoparticles) or microsystems (microparticles) or hybrid micronano systems are shortly introduced into nanomedicine. Here, Fe oxide nanoparticles ultimately enable potential and applicable technologies for tumor-targeted imaging and therapy. Finally, we have shown the latest aspects of the most important Fe-based particle systems, such as Fe, ?-Fe2O3, Fe3O4, Fe-Fe(x)O(y) oxide core-shell nanoparticles, and CoFe2O4-MnFe2O4 core-shell nanoparticles for nanomedicine in the efficient treatment of large tumors at low cost in near future. PMID:26682455

  8. Tuning the magnetic properties of Co-ferrite nanoparticles through the 1,2-hexadecanediol concentration in the reaction mixture.

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    Moya, Carlos; Morales, María del Puerto; Batlle, Xavier; Labarta, Amílcar

    2015-05-21

    This work reports on the effect of the 1,2-hexadecanediol content on the structural and magnetic properties of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles synthesized by thermal decomposition of metal-organic precursors in 1-octadecene. Although pseudo-spherical particles having an average size of about 8 nm and similar stoichiometry have been observed in all studied samples, a high level of variability in the crystal quality and, in turn, in the magnetic properties has been found as a function of the amount of 1,2-hexadecanediol added to the reaction mixture. The magnetic study reveals that samples progress from glassy magnetic behavior to bulk-like, ferrimagnetic order as the crystal quality improves. The analysis of the reaction mixtures by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy at various stages of the reaction shows the key role of the 1,2-hexadecanediol in favoring the decomposition of the metal-organic precursor, formation of an intermediate Co(2+)Fe(3+)-oleate complex and, finally, the nucleation of nanoparticles at lower temperatures. PMID:25917308

  9. Enhanced Flux-Pinning Properties in Superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-? Thin Films with Nanoengineering Methods 

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    Tsai, Chen-Fong

    2013-05-01

    thin films. The 0-D ferromagnetic Fe2O3 and CoFe2O4 nanoparticles, 2-D CeO2 multilayers, and tunable vertically aligned nanocomposites (VAN) of (Fe2O3)x:(CeO2)1-x and (CoFe2O4)x:(CeO2)1-x systems are introduced into the YBCO matrix as artificial pinning...

  10. Fabrication of Porous Anodic Alumina with Ultrasmall Nanopores

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    2010-01-01

    Anodization of Al foil under low voltages of 1–10 V was conducted to obtain porous anodic aluminas (PAAs) with ultrasmall nanopores. Regular nanopore arrays with pore diameter 6–10 nm were realized in four different electrolytes under 0–30°C according to the AFM, FESEM, TEM images and current evolution curves. It is found that the pore diameter and interpore distance, as well as the barrier layer thickness, are not sensitive to the applied potentials and electrolytes, which is totally different from the rules of general PAA fabrication. The brand-new formation mechanism has been revealed by the AFM study on the samples anodized for very short durations of 2–60 s. It is discovered for the first time that the regular nanoparticles come into being under 1–10 V at the beginning of the anodization and then serve as a template layer dominating the formation of ultrasmall nanopores. Under higher potentials from 10 to 40 V, the surface nanoparticles will be less and less and nanopores transform into general PAAs. PMID:20676199

  11. The role of annealing temperature and bio template (egg white) on the structural, morphological and magnetic properties of manganese substituted MFe2O4 (M=Zn, Cu, Ni, Co) nanoparticles

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    Ranjith Kumar, E.; Jayaprakash, R.; Kumar, Sanjay

    2014-02-01

    Manganese substituted ferrites (ZnFe2O4, CuFe2O4, NiFe2O4 and CoFe2O4) have been prepared in the bio template medium by using a simple evaporation method. The annealing temperature plays an important position on changing particle size and morphology of the mixed ferrite nanoparticles were found out by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy methods. The role of manganese substitution in the mixed ferrite nanoparticles were also analyzed for different annealing temperature. The substitution of Mn also creates a vital change in magnetic properties which is studied by using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). These spinel ferrites are decomposed to ?-Fe2O3 after annealing above 550 °C in air. However, ?-Fe2O3 phase was slowly vanished after ferrites annealing above 900 °C. The effect of this secondary phase on the structural change and magnetic properties of the mixed ferrite nanoparticles is discussed.

  12. Formation and evolution of crystalline magnetic phases of CoFe2O4 with temperature depending on the nature of the diol used

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    Thomas, Dippong; Zoita, Berinde; Ivan, Pauliuc

    2013-05-01

    An organic precursor was obtained from cobalt nitrate and iron nitrate with different diols (etilendiol, 1,2-propanediol and 1,3-propanediol). The precursor was observed through thermal analysis and FT-IR spectrometry, techniques aimed at tracking the formation of carboxylate type complex combinations and establishing the optimal synthesis temperature. The formation of magnetic crystalline phases is observed through advanced heat treatments.

  13. On the correlation between nanoscale structure and magnetic properties in ordered mesoporous cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) thin films.

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    Quickel, Thomas E; Le, Van H; Brezesinski, Torsten; Tolbert, Sarah H

    2010-08-11

    In this work, we report the synthesis of periodic nanoporous cobalt ferrite (CFO) that exhibits tunable room temperature ferrimagnetism. The porous cubic CFO frameworks are fabricated by coassembly of inorganic precursors with a large amphiphilic diblock copolymer, referred to as KLE. The inverse spinel framework boasts an ordered open network of pores averaging 14 nm in diameter. The domain sizes of the crystallites are tunable from 6 to 15 nm, a control which comes at little cost to the ordering of the mesostructure. Increases in crystalline domain size directly correlate with increases in room temperature coercivity. In addition, these materials show a strong preference for out-of-plane oriented magnetization, which is unique in a thin film system. The preference is explained by in-plane tensile strain, combined with relaxation of the out-of-plane strain through flexing of the mesopores. It is envisioned that the pores of this ferrimagnet could facilitate the formation of a diverse range of exchange coupled composite materials. PMID:20698611

  14. The converse magnetoelectric characteristics of Mn and Mg doped CoFe2O4-PbTiO3 composites

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    Liu, Ting-ting; Wang, Zhi; Mao, Jun; Cheng, Ning-ning; Ni, Li-jun

    2014-05-01

    Electric-field-induced magnetization characteristics are demonstrated in xCo0.6Mg0.2Mn0.2Fe2O4-(1 - x) PbTiO3 (x = 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, and 0.7) composites synthesized by sol-gel method. The converse magnetoelectric effect (CME) with driving frequency in a range of 4-16 kHz was measured at room temperature. The composite of 0.6Co0.6Mg0.2Mn0.2Fe2O4-0.4PbTiO3 exhibits the maximum CME coefficient at electromechanical resonance frequency of 13 kHz. Doping Mn and Mg into CFO enhances CME coefficients and resistivity of compositions, which provide great opportunities for electric field tunable microwave devices.

  15. Raman scattering spectra, magnetic and ferroelectric properties of BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 nanocomposite thin films structure

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    Tyagi, Mintu; Kumari, Mukesh; Chatterjee, Ratnamala; Sharma, Puneet

    2014-09-01

    Multiferroic (1-x)BiFeO3(BFO)-xCoFe2O4(CFO) (x=0 and 0.1) nanocomposite thin films were deposited on ITO coated glass using sol-gel spin coating technique. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy examinations confirm the coexistence of both perovskite BFO and spinel CFO phases. The effect of addition of CFO in BFO matrix has been studied on Raman spectra, magnetic and ferroelectric properties. BFO/CFO nanocomposite showed good magnetic behavior (Ms~40.3 emu/cm3, Mr~12.9 emu/cm3, Hc~90 Oe) with no change in ferroelectric properties. The strain analysis carried out by Raman spectroscopy reveals that both BFO and CFO bands are found to be strained in BFO/CFO composite nanostructure. The strain of the bands is discussed on the basis of lattice mismatch (interfacial stress) between CFO (a=0.839 nm) and BFO (a=0.396 nm) phases.

  16. A novel magnetically separable TiO2/CoFe2O4 nanofiber with high photocatalytic activity under UVvis light

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    Gong, Jian Ru

    ,5]. The electrospinning technology has been recognized as an effective, versatile and mature method for the production electrospinning technology. In order to reclaim TiO2 photocatalysts effectively, we proposed a simple process combined with sol­gel method and electrospinning technology for fabricating magnetic photocatalytic

  17. Enhanced magnetic performance of lead-free (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-CoFe2O4 magnetoelectric ceramics

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    Jarupoom, Parkpoom; Jaita, Pharatree

    2015-09-01

    This research was conducted to study the magnetoelectric ceramics with the composition belonging to (1- x)(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3- xCoFe2O4 or (1- x)BNT- xCF (when x = 0 - 0.02 mol fraction). All compositions have been synthesized by a conventional mixed oxide method and sintered at the temperature ranging of 900°C-1150°C. The ceramics were fabricated to investigate the effects of CF on crystal structure, microstructure, magnetoelectric effect (ME) and electrical properties of BNT ceramic. The optimum sintering temperature was found to be 1100°C for pure BNT ceramic and 1000°C for BNT-CF sample group. X-ray diffraction pattern revealed that all compositions exhibited a single perovskite structure without impurity phase. Diffraction peaks from the amount of CF were not observed in these patterns which may be due to the relatively low concentration of CF added into BNT ceramic and may be below the detection limit of the instrument. The reduction of grain size and dielectric improvement were observed when CF was added. The addition of CF improved the magnetic behavior as well as resulted in a slight change in ferroelectric properties. The addition of 2 mol. % CF into BNT was found to be the optimal composition for produce the magnetoelectric materials simultaneously exhibiting good ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties at room temperature. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  18. Magneto-electric Nanoparticles to Enable Field-controlled High-Specificity Drug Delivery to Eradicate Ovarian Cancer Cells

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    Guduru, Rakesh; Liang, Ping; Runowicz, Carolyn; Nair, Madhavan; Atluri, Venkata; Khizroev, Sakhrat

    2013-10-01

    The nanotechnology capable of high-specificity targeted delivery of anti-neoplastic drugs would be a significant breakthrough in Cancer in general and Ovarian Cancer in particular. We addressed this challenge through a new physical concept that exploited (i) the difference in the membrane electric properties between the tumor and healthy cells and (ii) the capability of magneto-electric nanoparticles (MENs) to serve as nanosized converters of remote magnetic field energy into the MENs' intrinsic electric field energy. This capability allows to remotely control the membrane electric fields and consequently trigger high-specificity drug uptake through creation of localized nano-electroporation sites. In in-vitro studies on human ovarian carcinoma cell (SKOV-3) and healthy cell (HOMEC) lines, we applied a 30-Oe d.c. field to trigger high-specificity uptake of paclitaxel loaded on 30-nm CoFe2O4@BaTiO3 MENs. The drug penetrated through the membrane and completely eradicated the tumor within 24 hours without affecting the normal cells.

  19. Magneto-electric Nanoparticles to Enable Field-controlled High-Specificity Drug Delivery to Eradicate Ovarian Cancer Cells

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    Guduru, Rakesh; Liang, Ping; Runowicz, Carolyn; Nair, Madhavan; Atluri, Venkata; Khizroev, Sakhrat

    2013-01-01

    The nanotechnology capable of high-specificity targeted delivery of anti-neoplastic drugs would be a significant breakthrough in Cancer in general and Ovarian Cancer in particular. We addressed this challenge through a new physical concept that exploited (i) the difference in the membrane electric properties between the tumor and healthy cells and (ii) the capability of magneto-electric nanoparticles (MENs) to serve as nanosized converters of remote magnetic field energy into the MENs' intrinsic electric field energy. This capability allows to remotely control the membrane electric fields and consequently trigger high-specificity drug uptake through creation of localized nano-electroporation sites. In in-vitro studies on human ovarian carcinoma cell (SKOV-3) and healthy cell (HOMEC) lines, we applied a 30-Oe d.c. field to trigger high-specificity uptake of paclitaxel loaded on 30-nm CoFe2O4@BaTiO3 MENs. The drug penetrated through the membrane and completely eradicated the tumor within 24 hours without affecting the normal cells. PMID:24129652

  20. High longitudinal relaxivity of ultra-small gadolinium oxide prepared by microsecond laser ablation in diethylene glycol

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    Luo Ningqi; Xiao Jun; Hu Wenyong; Chen Dihu; Tian Xiumei; Yang Chuan; Li Li

    2013-04-28

    Ultra-small gadolinium oxide (Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}) can be used as T{sub 1}-weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) contrast agent own to its high longitudinal relaxivity (r{sub 1}) and has attracted intensive attention in these years. In this paper, ultra-small Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles of 3.8 nm in diameter have been successfully synthesized by a microsecond laser ablating a gadolinium (Gd) target in diethylene glycol (DEG). The growth inhibition effect induced by the large viscosity of DEG makes it possible to synthesize ultra-small Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} by laser ablation in DEG. The r{sub 1} value and T{sub 1}-weighted MR images are measured by a 3.0 T MRI spectroscope. The results show these nanoparticles with a high r{sub 1} value of 9.76 s{sup -1} mM{sup -1} to be good MRI contrast agents. We propose an explanation for the high r{sub 1} value of ultra-small Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} by considering the decreasing factor (surface to volume ratio of the nanoparticles, S/V) and the increasing factor (water hydration number of the Gd{sup 3+} on Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} surface, q), which offer a new look into the relaxivity studies of MRI contrast agents. Our research provides a new approach to preparing ultra-small Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} of high r{sub 1} value by laser ablation in DEG and develops the understanding of high relaxivity of ultra-small Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} MRI contrast agents.

  1. Ultrasmall near-infrared gold nanoclusters for tumor fluorescence imaging in vivo

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    Wu, Xu; He, Xiaoxiao; Wang, Kemin; Xie, Can; Zhou, Bing; Qing, Zhihe

    2010-10-01

    In this paper, we explore the possibility of using ultrasmall near-infrared (NIR) gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) as novel contrast imaging agents for tumor fluorescence imaging in vivo. The fluorescence imaging signal of the tail vein administrated AuNCs in living organisms can spectrally be well distinguished from the background with maximum emission wavelength at about 710 nm, and the high photostability of AuNCs promises continuous imaging in vivo. The uptake of AuNCs by the reticuloendothelial system is relatively low in comparison with other nanoparticle-based contrast imaging agents due to their ultrasmall hydrodynamic size (~2.7 nm). Through the body weight change analysis, the results show that the body weight of the mice administrated with AuNCs has not been changed obviously in comparison with that of the control mice injected with PBS. Furthermore, using MDA-MB-45 and Hela tumor xenograft models, in vivo and ex vivo imaging studies show that the ultrasmall NIR AuNCs are able to be highly accumulated in the tumor areas, thanks to the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effects. And the tumor-to-background ratio is about 15 for 6 h postinjection. The results indicate that the ultrasmall NIR AuNCs appear as very promising contrast imaging agents for in vivo fluorescence tumor imaging.

  2. RGD-conjugated iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles for magnetic resonance imaging contrast enhancement and hyperthermia.

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    Zheng, S W; Huang, M; Hong, R Y; Deng, S M; Cheng, L F; Gao, B; Badami, D

    2014-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop a specific targeting magnetic nanoparticle probe for magnetic resonance imaging and therapy in the form of local hyperthermia. Carboxymethyl dextran-coated ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles with carboxyl groups were coupled to cyclic arginine-glycine-aspartic peptides for integrin ?(v)?? targeting. The particle size, magnetic properties, heating effect, and stability of the arginine-glycine-aspartic-ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide were measured. The arginine-glycine-aspartic-ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide demonstrates excellent stability and fast magneto-temperature response. Magnetic resonance imaging signal intensity of Bcap37 cells incubated with arginine-glycine-aspartic-ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide was significantly decreased compared with that incubated with plain ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide. The preferential uptake of arginine-glycine-aspartic-ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide by target cells was further confirmed by Prussian blue staining and confocal laser scanning microscopy. PMID:23796630

  3. Ultrasmall Chitosan-Genipin Nanocarriers Fabricated from Reverse Microemulsion Process for Tumor Photothermal Therapy in Mice.

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    Song, Xiaojie; Wu, Hao; Li, Shen; Wang, Yanfang; Ma, Xiaojun; Tan, Mingqian

    2015-07-13

    Nanocarriers play an important role in improving the photo- and thermal-stability of photosensitizers to gain better pharmacokinetics behavior in tumor photothermal therapy. Herein, PEGylated chitosan (CG-PEG; PEG: polyethylene glycol) nanoparticles with ultrasmall size (?5 nm) were prepared through a water-in-oil reverse microemulsion method using genipin as a cross-linker. Particle size and zeta-potential can be tuned by varying the molar ratio between chitosan amino groups and genipin. CG-PEG-ICG (ICG: indocyanine green) nanoparticles were fabricated by adding ICG to CG-PEG aqueous solution through a self-assembly method via electrostatic interaction. The resultant CG-PEG-ICG nanoparticles exhibited improved photo- and thermal-stability, good biocompatibility, and low toxicity. When irradiated with a laser, the cells incubated with CG-PEG-ICG nanoparticles showed very low cell viability (15%), indicating the CG-PEG-ICG nanoparticles possess high in vitro photothermal toxicity. Moreover, the CG-PEG nanocarriers can significantly alter the biodistribution and prolong the retention time of ICG in the mice body after intravenous injection. In vivo photothermal study of tumors injected with CG-PEG-ICG nanoparticles containing ICG at a concentration greater than 100 ?g·mL(-1) (100 ?L) induced irreversible tissue damage. The growth of U87 tumors was dramatically inhibited by CG-PEG-ICG nanoparticles, demonstrating that the CG-PEG nanoparticles may act as potential ICG nanocarriers for effective in vivo tumor photothermal therapy. PMID:26075349

  4. Brine assemblages of ultrasmall microbial cells within the ice cover of Lake Vida, Antarctica.

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    Kuhn, Emanuele; Ichimura, Andrew S; Peng, Vivian; Fritsen, Christian H; Trubl, Gareth; Doran, Peter T; Murray, Alison E

    2014-06-01

    The anoxic and freezing brine that permeates Lake Vida's perennial ice below 16 m contains an abundance of very small (?0.2-?m) particles mixed with a less abundant population of microbial cells ranging from >0.2 to 1.5 ?m in length. Fluorescent DNA staining, electron microscopy (EM) observations, elemental analysis, and extraction of high-molecular-weight genomic DNA indicated that a significant portion of these ultrasmall particles are cells. A continuous electron-dense layer surrounding a less electron-dense region was observed by EM, indicating the presence of a biological membrane surrounding a cytoplasm. The ultrasmall cells are 0.192 ± 0.065 ?m, with morphology characteristic of coccoid and diplococcic bacterial cells, often surrounded by iron-rich capsular structures. EM observations also detected the presence of smaller unidentified nanoparticles of 0.020 to 0.140 ?m among the brine cells. A 16S rRNA gene clone library from the brine 0.1- to 0.2-?m-size fraction revealed a relatively low-diversity assemblage of Bacteria sequences distinct from the previously reported >0.2-?m-cell-size Lake Vida brine assemblage. The brine 0.1- to 0.2-?m-size fraction was dominated by the Proteobacteria-affiliated genera Herbaspirillum, Pseudoalteromonas, and Marinobacter. Cultivation efforts of the 0.1- to 0.2-?m-size fraction led to the isolation of Actinobacteria-affiliated genera Microbacterium and Kocuria. Based on phylogenetic relatedness and microscopic observations, we hypothesize that the ultrasmall cells in Lake Vida brine are ultramicrocells that are likely in a reduced size state as a result of environmental stress or life cycle-related conditions. PMID:24727273

  5. Brine Assemblages of Ultrasmall Microbial Cells within the Ice Cover of Lake Vida, Antarctica

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    Kuhn, Emanuele; Ichimura, Andrew S.; Peng, Vivian; Fritsen, Christian H.; Trubl, Gareth; Doran, Peter T.

    2014-01-01

    The anoxic and freezing brine that permeates Lake Vida's perennial ice below 16 m contains an abundance of very small (?0.2-?m) particles mixed with a less abundant population of microbial cells ranging from >0.2 to 1.5 ?m in length. Fluorescent DNA staining, electron microscopy (EM) observations, elemental analysis, and extraction of high-molecular-weight genomic DNA indicated that a significant portion of these ultrasmall particles are cells. A continuous electron-dense layer surrounding a less electron-dense region was observed by EM, indicating the presence of a biological membrane surrounding a cytoplasm. The ultrasmall cells are 0.192 ± 0.065 ?m, with morphology characteristic of coccoid and diplococcic bacterial cells, often surrounded by iron-rich capsular structures. EM observations also detected the presence of smaller unidentified nanoparticles of 0.020 to 0.140 ?m among the brine cells. A 16S rRNA gene clone library from the brine 0.1- to 0.2-?m-size fraction revealed a relatively low-diversity assemblage of Bacteria sequences distinct from the previously reported >0.2-?m-cell-size Lake Vida brine assemblage. The brine 0.1- to 0.2-?m-size fraction was dominated by the Proteobacteria-affiliated genera Herbaspirillum, Pseudoalteromonas, and Marinobacter. Cultivation efforts of the 0.1- to 0.2-?m-size fraction led to the isolation of Actinobacteria-affiliated genera Microbacterium and Kocuria. Based on phylogenetic relatedness and microscopic observations, we hypothesize that the ultrasmall cells in Lake Vida brine are ultramicrocells that are likely in a reduced size state as a result of environmental stress or life cycle-related conditions. PMID:24727273

  6. Dispersive solid-phase extraction based on oleic acid-coated magnetic nanoparticles followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for UV-filter determination in water samples.

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    Román, Iván P; Chisvert, Alberto; Canals, Antonio

    2011-05-01

    A sensitive analytical method to concentrate and determine extensively used UV filters in cosmetic products at (ultra)trace levels in water samples is presented. The method is based on a sample treatment using dispersive solid-phase extraction (dSPE) with laboratory-made chemisorbed oleic acid-coated cobalt ferrite (CoFe(2)O(4)@oleic acid) magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) as optimized sorbent for the target analytes. The variables involved in dSPE were studied and optimized in terms of sensitivity, and the optimum conditions were: mass of sorbent, 100mg; donor phase volume, 75 mL; pH, 3; and sodium chloride concentration, 30% (w/v). After dSPE, the MNPs were eluted twice with 1.5 mL of hexane, and then the eluates were evaporated to dryness and reconstituted with 50 ?L of N,O-bis(trimethylsilyl)trifluoroacetamide (BSTFA) for the injection into the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Under the optimized experimental conditions the method provided good levels of repeatability with relative standard deviations below 16% (n=5, at 100 ng L(-1) level). Limit of detection values ranged between 0.2 and 6.0 ng L(-1), due to the high enrichment factors achieved (i.e., 453-748). Finally, the proposed method was applied to the analysis of water samples of different origin (tap, river and sea). Recovery values showed that the matrices under consideration do not significantly affect the extraction process. PMID:21411104

  7. Investigation of phase formation of (Zn, Mg)0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 nanoferrites

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    Msomi, J. Z.; Dlamini, W. B.; Moyo, T.; Ezekiel, P.

    2015-01-01

    Zn0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 and Mg0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 nanoparticles have been prepared through high energy ball milling of single phase mixtures of ZnFe2O4 and CoFe2O4 or MgFe2O4 and CoFe2O4 nanosized oxides. The Mössbauer spectra of the milled products ZnFe2O4/CoFe2O4 and MgFe2O4/CoFe2O4 reveal the presence of Zn0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 and Mg0.5Co0.5Fe2O4, respectively. In an alternative route, Zn0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 and Mg0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 compounds were prepared directly from metal chloride solutions through glycol-thermal reaction. The coercive fields of the Zn0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 and Mg0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 oxides produced by glycol-thermal reaction were found to be about 100 Oe and 161 Oe, respectively. Larger coercive fields of about 184 Oe and 255 Oe have been observed for the milled ZnFe2O4/CoFe2O4 and MgFe2O4/CoFe2O4 oxides.

  8. Ultra-small scale-free geometric networks J. E. Yukich1

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    Yukich, Joseph E.

    Ultra-small scale-free geometric networks J. E. Yukich1 May 3, 2006 Abstract We consider a family. Second, Gp is ultra-small in the sense that the graph distance between lattice points x and y is bounded - y| . Ultra-small graph distances imply efficiency, are consistent with the `small world phenomenon

  9. Spectral modification of whispering-gallery-mode resonances in spheroidal resonators due to interaction with ultra-small particles.

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    Deych, Lev; Shuvayev, Vladimir

    2015-10-01

    The recently developed general ab initio theory of nanoparticle-induced modifications of the spectrum of whispering gallery modes of optical spheroidal resonators is applied to the case in which distinct particle-induced resonances overlap and cannot be resolved. This situation occurs in the case of resonances with low Q-factors and/or ultra-small particles. The position of the single resonance observed in these situations depends on the strengths and widths of the overlapping resonances. We determine this position by considering the spectral characteristics of the total power scattered by the resonator. The obtained theoretical results are compared against the available experimental data and heuristic theories. PMID:26421575

  10. Structural Investigation of MFe2O4 (M ) Fe, Co) Magnetic Fluids Guilherme V. M. Jacintho,

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    Brolo, Alexandre G.

    -enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). XRD and TEM analysis have shown that the magnetic nanoparticles (nonmodified in the Raman spectra and vice versa. SERS measurements of a CoFe2O4 thin film on a SERS-active gold electrode

  11. Ultrasmall Black Phosphorus Quantum Dots: Synthesis and Use as Photothermal Agents.

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    Sun, Zhengbo; Xie, Hanhan; Tang, Siying; Yu, Xue-Feng; Guo, Zhinan; Shao, Jundong; Zhang, Han; Huang, Hao; Wang, Huaiyu; Chu, Paul K

    2015-09-21

    Black phosphorus quantum dots (BPQDs) were synthesized using a liquid exfoliation method that combined probe sonication and bath sonication. With a lateral size of approximately 2.6?nm and a thickness of about 1.5?nm, the ultrasmall BPQDs exhibited an excellent NIR photothermal performance with a large extinction coefficient of 14.8 L g(-1)?cm(-1) at 808?nm, a photothermal conversion efficiency of 28.4%, as well as good photostability. After PEG conjugation, the BPQDs showed enhanced stability in physiological medium, and there was no observable toxicity to different types of cells. NIR photoexcitation of the BPQDs in the presence of C6 and MCF7 cancer cells led to significant cell death, suggesting that the nanoparticles have large potential as photothermal agents. PMID:26296530

  12. Synthesis and characterization of a mixture of CoFe2O4 and MgFe2O4 from layered double hydroxides: Band gap energy and magnetic responses

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    Agú, Ulises A.; Oliva, Marcos I.; Marchetti, Sergio G.; Heredia, Angélica C.; Casuscelli, Sandra G.; Crivello, Mónica E.

    2014-11-01

    A mixture of nanocrystals of cobalt ferrite and magnesium ferrite was obtained from Layered Double Hydroxides (LDH) through a co-precitation method with a theoretical molar ratio M2+:Fe3+=3:1, where M2+represents Mg2+ and/or Co2+. The molar ratios between Co2+:Fe3+ were 0.0 (0Co), 0.2 (5Co), and 0.4 (10Co). In order to assess the effect on the properties of the LDH and their oxides, the molar percentages were 0, 5 and 10%. Two different synthesis methods were evaluated; (i) ageing at room temperature (rt), and (ii) hydrothermal ageing at 200 °C in autoclave (ht), both methods needed 15 h of ageing. Then, these LDH were calcined in air atmosphere at 550 °C for 10 h. The calcined materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravymetric analysis (TGA), temperature-programmed reduction (TPR), infrared spectroscopy with Fourier transform (FTIR), Diffuse Reflectance UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis-DRS), Mössbauer spectroscopy and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). The magnetic response was analyzed using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The band gap energy of the iron oxides was determined through the UV-vis-DRS analysis. Through these studies it was possible to identify the presence of a mixture of cobalt ferrite and magnesium ferrite. Samples did not show hematite and cobalt oxides, but the presence of MgO in the periclase phase was determined. This magnesium oxide promoted a good dispersion of the ferrites. Moreover, when a single ferrite phase of Co or Mg was formed, a diminution of the crystal size with consequent enlarged values of band gap energy was observed. Thus, materials synthesized by room temperature ageing promoted the superparamagnetic behaviour of samples, attributed to the content of the cobalt ferrite structure in nanocrystals. In regard to the estimated band gap energy, all samples exhibited low levels. These results indicate that these solids would be suitable for photocatalysts use in all visible light range, and that they could be easily removed from the reaction medium by a simple magnetic separation procedure.

  13. THE THICKNESS DEPENDENCE OF OXYGEN PERMEABILITY IN SOL-GEL DERIVED CGO-COFE2O4 THIN FILMS ON POROUS CERAMIC SUBSTRATES: A SPUTTERED BLOCKING LAYER FOR THICKNESS CONTROL

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    Brinkman, K

    2009-01-08

    Mixed conductive oxides are a topic of interest for applications in oxygen separation membranes as well as use in producing hydrogen fuel through the partial oxidation of methane. The oxygen flux through the membrane is governed both by the oxygen ionic conductivity as well as the material's electronic conductivity; composite membranes like Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}O{sub 2-{delta}} (CGO)-CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (CFO) use gadolinium doped ceria oxides as the ionic conducting material combined with cobalt iron spinel which serves as the electronic conductor. In this study we employ {approx} 50 nm sputtered CeO{sub 2} layers on the surface of porous CGO ceramic substrates which serve as solution 'blocking' layers during the thin film fabrication process facilitating the control of film thickness. Films with thickness of {approx} 2 and 4 microns were prepared by depositing 40 and 95 separate sol-gel layers respectively. Oxygen flux measurements indicated that the permeation increased with decreasing membrane thickness; thin film membrane with thickness on the micron level showed flux values an order of magnitude greater (0.03 {micro}mol/cm{sup 2} s) at 800 C as compared to 1mm thick bulk ceramic membranes (0.003 {micro}mol/cm{sup 2}).

  14. Ultrasmall silicon quantum dots F. A. Zwanenburg,1,a

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    Ultrasmall silicon quantum dots F. A. Zwanenburg,1,a A. A. van Loon,1 G. A. Steele,1 C. E. W. M single quantum dots in p-type silicon nanowires, defined by Schottky tunnel barriers with Ni and Ni.1063/1.3155854 I. INTRODUCTION The observation of quantum states in silicon devices re- quires small structures

  15. Cobalt ferrite nanoparticles decorated on exfoliated graphene oxide, application for amperometric determination of NADH and H2O2.

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    Ensafi, Ali A; Alinajafi, Hossein A; Jafari-Asl, M; Rezaei, B; Ghazaei, F

    2016-03-01

    Here, cobalt ferrite nanohybrid decorated on exfoliated graphene oxide (CoFe2O4/EGO) was synthesized. The nanohybrid was characterized by different methods such as X-ray diffraction spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray diffraction microanalysis, transmission electron microscopy, FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy and electrochemical methods. The CoFe2O4/EGO nanohybrid was used to modify glassy carbon electrode (GCE). The voltammetric investigations showed that CoFe2O4/EGO nanohybrid has synergetic effect towards the electro-reduction of H2O2 and electro-oxidation of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH). Rotating disk chronoamperometry was used for their quantitative analysis. The calibration curves were observed in the range of 0.50 to 100.0?molL(-1) NADH and 0.9 to 900.0?molL(-1) H2O2 with detections limit of 0.38 and 0.54?molL(-1), respectively. The repeatability, reproducibility and selectivity of the electrochemical sensor for analysis of the analytes were studied. The new electrochemical sensor was successfully applied for the determination of NADH and H2O2 in real samples with satisfactory results. PMID:26706531

  16. Measuring and controlling the transport of magnetic nanoparticles

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    Stephens, Jason R.

    Despite the large body of literature describing the synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles, few analytical tools are commonly used for their purification and analysis. Due to their unique physical and chemical properties, magnetic nanoparticles are appealing candidates for biomedical applications and analytical separations. Yet in the absence of methods for assessing and assuring their purity, the ultimate use of magnetic particles and heterostructures is likely to be limited. For magnetic nanoparticles, it is the use of an applied magnetic flux or field gradient that enables separations. Flow based techniques are combined with applied magnetic fields to give methods such as magnetic field flow fractionation and high gradient magnetic separation. Additional techniques have been explored for manipulating particles in microfluidic channels and in mesoporous membranes. This thesis further describes development of these and new analytical tools for separation and analysis of colloidal particles is critically important to enable the practical use of these, particularly for medicinal purposes. Measurement of transport of nanometer scale particles through porous media is important to begin to understand the potential environmental impacts of nanomaterials. Using a diffusion cell with two compartments separated by either a porous alumina or polycarbonate membrane as a model system, diffusive flux through mesoporous materials is examined. Experiments are performed as a function of particle size, pore diameter, and solvent, and the particle fluxes are monitored by the change in absorbance of the solution in the receiving cell. Using the measured extinction coefficient and change in absorbance of the solution as a function of time, the fluxes of 3, 8, and 14 nm diameter CoFe2O4 particles are determined as they are translocated across pores with diameters 30, 50, 100, and 200 nm in hexane and aqueous solutions. In general, flux decreases with increasing particle size and increases with pore diameter. We find that fluxes are faster in aqueous solutions than in hexane, which is attributed to the hydrophilic nature of the porous membranes and differences in wettability. The impact of an applied magnetic flux gradient, which induces magnetization and motion, on permeation is also examined. Surface chemistry plays an important role in determining flux through porous media such as in the environment. Diffusive flux of nanoparticles through alkylsilane modified porous alumina is measured as a model for understanding transport in porous media of differing surface chemistries. Experiments are performed as a function of particle size, pore diameter, attached hydrocarbon chain length and chain terminus, and solvent. Particle fluxes are monitored by the change in absorbance of the solution in the receiving side of a diffusion cell. In general, flux increases when the membranes are modified with alkylsilanes compared to untreated membranes, which is attributed to the hydrophobic nature of the porous membranes and differences in wettability. We find that flux decreases, in both hexane and aqueous solutions, when the hydrocarbon chain lining the interior pore wall increases in length. The rate and selectivity of transport across these membranes is related to the partition coefficient (Kp) and the diffusion coefficient (D) of the permeating species. By conducting experiments as a function of initial particle concentration, we find that KpD increases with increasing particle size, is greater in alkylsilane--modified pores, and larger in hexane solution than water. The impact of the alkylsilane terminus (--CH3, --Br, --NH2, --COOH) on permeation in water is also examined. In water, the highest KpD is observed when the membranes are modified with carboxylic acid terminated silanes and lowest with amine terminated silanes as a result of electrostatic effects during translocation. Finally, the manipulation of magnetic nanoparticles for the controlled formation of linked nanoparticle assemblies between microfluidic channels by the application of an external

  17. Mesoscopic superconductivity in ultrasmall metallic grains

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    Alhassid, Y.; Nesterov, K. N.

    2014-10-15

    A nano-scale metallic grain (nanoparticle) with irregular boundaries in which the single-particle dynamics are chaotic is a zero-dimensional system described by the so-called universal Hamiltonian in the limit of a large number of electrons. The interaction part of this Hamiltonian includes a superconducting pairing term and a ferromagnetic exchange term. Spin-orbit scattering breaks spin symmetry and suppresses the exchange interaction term. Of particular interest is the fluctuation-dominated regime, typical of the smallest grains in the experiments, in which the bulk pairing gap is comparable to or smaller than the single-particle mean-level spacing, and the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) mean-field theory of superconductivity is no longer valid. Here we study the crossover between the BCS and fluctuation-dominated regimes in two limits. In the absence of spin-orbit scattering, the pairing and exchange interaction terms compete with each other. We describe the signatures of this competition in thermodynamic observables, the heat capacity and spin susceptibility. In the presence of strong spin-orbit scattering, the exchange interaction term can be ignored. We discuss how the magnetic-field response of discrete energy levels in such a nanoparticle is affected by pairing correlations. We identify signatures of pairing correlations in this response, which are detectable even in the fluctuation-dominated regime.

  18. Synthesis, kinetics and photocatalytic study of "ultra-small" Ag-NPs obtained by a green chemistry method using an extract of Rosa 'Andeli' double delight petals.

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    Suárez-Cerda, Javier; Alonso-Nuñez, Gabriel; Espinoza-Gómez, Heriberto; Flores-López, Lucía Z

    2015-11-15

    This paper reports the effect of different concentrations of Rosa 'Andeli' double delight petals aqueous extract (PERA) in the synthesis of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs), using an easy green chemistry method. Its kinetics study and photocatalytic activity were also evaluated. The Ag-NPs were obtained using an aqueous silver nitrate solution (AgNO3) with 9.66% w/v, 7.25% w/v, and 4.20% w/v PERA as both reducing-stabilizing agent. The formation of the Ag-NPs was demonstrated by analysis of UV-vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). TEM analysis shows spherical nanoparticles in shape and size between ?0.5 and 1.4nm. A comparative study was done to determine which concentration was the best reducing-stabilizing agent, and we found out that "ultra-small" nanoparticles (0.5-1.1nm) were obtained with 9.66% w/v of PERA. The size of the Ag-NPs depends on the concentration of PERA and Ag(I). The reaction of formation of "ultra-small" Ag-NPs, proved to be first order for metallic precursor (silver) and second order for reducing-stabilizing agent (PERA). The Ag-NPs showed photocatalytic activity, in degradation of commercial dye with an efficiency of 95%. PMID:26218196

  19. Synthesis of structurally ordered Pt3Ti and Pt3V nanoparticles as methanol oxidation catalysts.

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    Cui, Zhiming; Chen, Hao; Zhao, Mengtian; Marshall, Daniel; Yu, Yingchao; Abruña, Héctor; DiSalvo, Francis J

    2014-07-23

    Structurally ordered Pt3Ti or Pt3V intermetallic nanoparticle catalysts with ultrasmall particle sizes have never been successfully synthesized. Herein, we present a KCl-nanoparticle method to successfully provide such compounds. These two catalysts show enhanced catalytic activity and stability for methanol oxidation compared to pure Pt. PMID:25000137

  20. Ultra-small, highly stable, and membrane-impermeable fluorescent nanosensors for oxygen

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    Wang, Xu-dong; Stolwijk, Judith A.; Sperber, Michaela; Meier, Robert J.; Wegener, Joachim; Wolfbeis, Otto S.

    2013-09-01

    We report on the preparation of ultra-small fluorescent nanosensors for oxygen via a one-pot approach. The nanoparticles have a hydrophobic core capable of firmly hosting hydrophobic luminescent oxygen probes. Their surface is composed of a dense and long-chain poly(ethylene glycol) shell, which renders them cell-membrane impermeable but yet highly sensitive to oxygen, and also highly stable in aqueous solutions and cell culture media. These features make them potentially suitable for sensing oxygen in extracellular fluids such as blood, interstitial and brain fluid, in (micro) bioreactors and micro- or nanoscale fluidic devices. Four kinds of nanosensors are presented, whose excitation spectra cover a wide spectral range (395-630 nm), thus matching many common laser lines, and with emission maxima ranging from 565 to 800 nm, thereby minimizing interference from background luminescence of biomatter. The unquenched lifetimes are on the order of 5.8-234 ?s, which—in turn—enables lifetime imaging and additional background separation via time-gated methods.

  1. Physicochemical characterization of ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide particles (USPIO) for biomedical application as MRI contrast agents

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    Di Marco, Mariagrazia; Sadun, Claudia; Port, Marc; Guilbert, Irene; Couvreur, Patrick; Dubernet, Catherine

    2007-01-01

    Ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) particles are maghemite or magnetite nanoparticles currently used as contrast agent in magnetic resonance imaging. The coatings surrounding the USPIO inorganic core play a major role in both the in vitro stability and, over all, USPIO’s in vivo fate. Different physicochemical properties such as final size, surface charge and coating density are key factors in this respect. Up to now no precise structure – activity relationship has been described to predict entirely the USPIOs stability, as well as their pharmacokinetics and their safety. This review is focused on both the classical and the latest available techniques allowing a better insight in the magnetic core structure and the organic surface of these particles. Concurrently, this work clearly shows the difficulty to obtain a complete physicochemical characterization of USPIOs particles owing to their small dimensions, reaching the analytical resolution limits of many commercial instruments. An extended characterization is therefore necessary to improve the understanding of the properties of USPIOs when dispersed in an aqueous environment and to set the specifications and limits for their conception. PMID:18203428

  2. Multifunctional ultrasmall nanoplatforms for vascular-targeted interstitial photodynamic therapy of brain tumors guided by real-time MRI.

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    Bechet, Denise; Auger, Florent; Couleaud, Pierre; Marty, Eric; Ravasi, Laura; Durieux, Nicolas; Bonnet, Corinne; Plénat, François; Frochot, Céline; Mordon, Serge; Tillement, Olivier; Vanderesse, Régis; Lux, François; Perriat, Pascal; Guillemin, François; Barberi-Heyob, Muriel

    2015-04-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for brain tumors appears to be complementary to conventional treatments. A number of studies show the major role of the vascular effect in the tumor eradication by PDT. For interstitial PDT (iPDT) of brain tumors guided by real-time imaging, multifunctional nanoparticles consisting of a surface-localized tumor vasculature targeting neuropilin-1 (NRP-1) peptide and encapsulated photosensitizer and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents, have been designed. Nanoplatforms confer photosensitivity to cells and demonstrate a molecular affinity to NRP-1. Intravenous injection into rats bearing intracranial glioma exhibited a dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI for angiogenic endothelial cells lining the neovessels mainly located in the peripheral tumor. By using MRI completed by NRP-1 protein expression of the tumor and brain adjacent to tumor tissues, we checked the selectivity of the nanoparticles. This study represents the first in vivo proof of concept of closed-head iPDT guided by real-time MRI using targeted ultrasmall nanoplatforms. From the clinical editor: The authors constructed tumor vascular peptide targeting multifunctional silica-based nanoparticles, with encapsulated gadolinium oxide as MRI contrast agent and chlorin as a photosensitizer, as a proof of concept novel treatment for glioblastoma in an animal model. PMID:25645959

  3. Influence of pH on the structural and magnetic behavior of cobalt ferrite synthesized by sol-gel auto-combustion

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    Kakade, S. G.; Kambale, R. C.; Kolekar, Y. D.

    2015-06-01

    Cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) shown to be promising candidate for applications such as high-density magnetic recording, enhanced memory storage, magnetic fluids and catalysts. Utility of ferrite nanoparticles depends on its size, dispersibility in solutions, and magnetic properties. We have investigated the structural properties of synthesized cobalt ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by sol gel auto combustion for uncontrolled, acidic, neutral and basic pH values. X-ray diffraction (XRD) study confirms the cubic spinel phase formation with lattice constant 8.38 Å. In this study, we have optimized the pH value to synthesize homogenous cobalt ferrite nanoparticles with enhanced magnetic behavior. The surface morphology has been investigated by employing SEM images and the confirmation of spinel ferrite was also supported by using IR spectroscopy. Magnetic measurements for CoFe2O4 compositions (with pH <1, pH = 3, 7, 10) were investigated using VSM measurements.

  4. Ultrasmall SnO2 Nanocrystals: Hot-bubbling Synthesis, Encapsulation in Carbon Layers and Applications in High Capacity Li-Ion Storage

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    Ding, Liping; He, Shulian; Miao, Shiding; Jorgensen, Matthew R.; Leubner, Susanne; Yan, Chenglin; Hickey, Stephen G.; Eychmüller, Alexander; Xu, Jinzhang; Schmidt, Oliver G.

    2014-01-01

    Ultrasmall SnO2 nanocrystals as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have been synthesized by bubbling an oxidizing gas into hot surfactant solutions containing Sn-oleate complexes. Annealing of the particles in N2 carbonifies the densely packed surface capping ligands resulting in carbon encapsulated SnO2 nanoparticles (SnO2/C). Carbon encapsulation can effectively buffer the volume changes during the lithiation/delithiation process. The assembled SnO2/C thus deliver extraordinarily high reversible capacity of 908?mA·h·g?1 at 0.5 C as well as excellent cycling performance in the LIBs. This method demonstrates the great potential of SnO2/C nanoparticles for the design of high power LIBs. PMID:24732294

  5. A Universal Approach to Ultrasmall Magneto-Fluorescent Nanohybrids.

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    Feld, Artur; Merkl, Jan-Philip; Kloust, Hauke; Flessau, Sandra; Schmidtke, Christian; Wolter, Christopher; Ostermann, Johannes; Kampferbeck, Michael; Eggers, Robin; Mews, Alf; Schotten, Theo; Weller, Horst

    2015-10-12

    Seeded emulsion polymerization is a powerful universal method to produce ultrasmall multifunctional magnetic nanohybrids. In a two-step procedure, iron oxide nanocrystals were initially encapsulated in a polystyrene (PS) shell and subsequently used as beads for a controlled assembly of elongated quantum dots/quantum rods (QDQRs). The synthesis of a continuous PS shell allows the whole construct to be fixed and the composition of the nanohybrid to be tuned. The fluorescence of the QDQRs and magnetism of iron oxide were perfectly preserved, as confirmed by single-particle investigation, fluorescence decay measurements, and relaxometry. Bio-functionalization of the hybrids was straightforward, involving copolymerization of appropriate affinity ligands as shown by immunoblot analysis. Additionally, the universality of this method was shown by the embedment of a broad scale of NPs. PMID:26136318

  6. Thermal Signatures of Pairing Correlations in Nuclei and Nanoparticles

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    Y. Alhassid

    2007-02-15

    The Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) mean-field theory of the pairing interaction breaks down for nuclei and ultra-small metallic grains (nanoparticles). Finite-temperature pairing correlations in such finite-size systems can be calculated beyond the BCS theory in an auxiliary-field Monte Carlo approach. We identify thermal signatures of pairing correlations in both nuclei and nanoparticles that depend on the particle-number parity.

  7. Size dependence of magnetorheological properties of cobalt ferrite ferrofluid

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    Radhika, B.; Sahoo, Rasmita; Srinath, S.

    2015-06-01

    Cobalt Ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized using co-precipitation method at reaction temperatures of 40°C and 80°C. X-Ray diffraction studies confirm cubic phase formation. The average crystallite sizes were found to be ˜30nm and ˜48nm for 40°C sample and 80°C sample respectively. Magnetic properties measured using vibrating sample magnetometer show higher coercivety and magnetization for sample prepared at 80°C. Magnetorheological properties of CoFe2O4 ferrofluids were measured and studied.

  8. Nanoparticles for neuroimaging

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    Re, F.; Moresco, R.; Masserini, M.

    2012-02-01

    The advent of nanotechnology has introduced a variety of novel exciting possibilities into the medical and clinical field. Nanoparticles, ultra-small object sized between 100 and 1 nm, are promising diagnostic tools for various diseases among other devices, thanks to the possibility of their functionalization allowing the selective targeting of organs, tissues and cells and to facilitate their transport to primary target organs. However, brain targeting represents a still unresolved challenge due to the presence of the blood-brain barrier, a tightly packed layer of endothelial cells that prevents unwanted substances entering the central nervous system. We review a range of nanoparticles suitable for in vivo diagnostic imaging of neurodegenerative diseases and brain disorders, highlighting the possibility to potentially increase their efficiency and kinetics of brain-targeting. We also review a range of imaging techniques with an emphasis on most recently introduced molecular imaging modalities, their current status and future potential.

  9. Nanoparticles

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    Keshavarz, Mohsen K.; Vasilevskiy, Dimitri; Masut, Remo A.; Turenne, Sylvain

    2014-06-01

    Nanostructured bulk materials are regarded as a means of enhancing the performance of thermoelectric (TE) materials and devices. Powder metallurgy has the distinct advantage over conventional synthesis that it can start directly from nanosized particles. However, further processing, for example extrusion, usually requires elevated temperatures, which lead to grain growth. We have found that introduction of semiconductor nanoparticles of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), a well-known solid lubricant, suppresses grain growth in bismuth telluride-based alloys, thus improving the extrusion process. Scanning electron microscope images show that adding MoS2 particles at concentrations of 0.2, 0.4, and 0.8 wt% to p-type (Bi0.2Sb0.8)2Te3, under otherwise identical extrusion conditions, reduces average grain size by a factor of four. Scherer's formula applied to x-ray diffraction data indicates that average crystallite sizes (˜17 nm) of powders are not significantly different from those of alloys extruded with MoS2 (˜18 nm), which is in stark contrast with those for conventional alloy (Bi0.2Sb0.8)2Te3 extruded under the same conditions (˜80 nm). Harman measurements of TE properties reveal a decrease of the thermal conductivity accompanied by reduction of the room-temperature figure of merit ( ZT) from 0.9 to 0.7, because of a lower power factor. Above 370 K, however, the performance of alloys containing MoS2 surpasses that of (Bi0.2Sb0.8)2Te3, with reduction of the thermal conductivity which is more significant at temperatures above the cross point of the ZT values.

  10. Hydrogen gas sensing with networks of ultra-small palladium nanowires formed on filtration membranes.

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    Zeng, X. Q.; Latimer, M. L.; Xiao, Z. L.; Panuganti, S.; Welp, U.; Kwok, W. K.; Xu, T.

    2010-11-29

    Hydrogen sensors based on single Pd nanowires show promising results in speed, sensitivity, and ultralow power consumption. The utilization of single Pd nanowires, however, face challenges in nanofabrication, manipulation, and achieving ultrasmall transverse dimensions. We report on hydrogen sensors that take advantage of single palladium nanowires in high speed and sensitivity and that can be fabricated conveniently. The sensors are based on networks of ultrasmall (<10 nm) palladium nanowires deposited onto commercially available filtration membranes. We investigated the sensitivities and response times of these sensors as a function of the thickness of the nanowires and also compared them with a continuous reference film. The superior performance of the ultrasmall Pd nanowire network based sensors demonstrates the novelty of our fabrication approach, which can be directly applied to palladium alloy and other hydrogen sensing materials.

  11. Ultrafast and Ultrasmall Spectroscopy of Phase Transition in VO2

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    Liu, Mengkun

    2014-03-01

    Recent advances in optical spectroscopy facilitate the probing of vibrational and electronic properties of materials with unprecedented spatial and time resolution (down to ~ 10 nanometers and ~ 10-s femtoseconds, respectively). In this talk, we report on ultrafast and ultrasmall aspects of the insulator-to-metal transition (IMT) in a canonical correlated electron material, vanadium dioxide (VO2) . Using scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) and spectroscopy (nano-FTIR), we revealed unidirectional conducting stripes in strained VO2 films at sub-micrometer scale over a wide temperature range (320K-380K). Investigating the formation of this microscopic stripe state, we resolved the enigma of the macroscopic electronic anisotropy and disentangled three distinct stages of the VO2 phase transition [Phys. Rev. Lett. 111 (9), 096602 (2013) and follow-up studies]. Furthermore, with newly developed terahertz (THz) pump THz probe spectroscopy, we demonstrated the first THz-field-induced insulator-to-metal switching experiments. We show that high-field THz pulses can effectively reduce the Coulomb-induced potential barrier for carrier transport and lead to subsequent rapid lattice heating. The fundamental electric-field-switching time of VO2 can be in the order of a few picoseconds, with which the direct current measurements are incapable to measure due to instrumental limitations [Nature, 487, 345-348 (2012)]. With these comprehensive studies we offer unique insights into the electron and phonon evolution at fundamental time, energy and length scales. These novel spectroscopic techniques also provide universal methodologies for studying many other classes of transition metal oxides and phase transition materials.

  12. New coherent states in periodic arrays of ultrasmall Josephson junctions

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    Jacobs, L.; Jose, J.V.; Novotny, M.A.; Goldman, A.M.

    1988-09-01

    An extensive study of the thermodynamics of a two-dimensional periodic array of ultrasmall Josephson junctions with and without a transverse magnetic field is presented. A quantum Monte Carlo algorithm is introduced to study a model that includes the Josephson energy, E/sub J/, as well as the charging energy, E/sub c/, contributions. The superfluid density, internal energy, and specific heat for different lattice sizes and numbers of Monte Carlo simulation sweeps are studied as a function of the ratio ..cap alpha.. = E/sub c//E/sub J/, the temperature and the magnitude of the magnetic field. When ..cap alpha..not =0, it is found that as the temperature is lowered the model has two phase transitions. First, a second-order Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless (BKT) transition renormalized by the quantum fluctuations represented by a finite ..cap alpha... Below this BKT transition the system has long-range phase coherence; thus it is a state with zero resistance. At lower temperatures, a first-order phase transition appears which is entirely due to the quantum fluctuations that nucleate vortex excitations. Below this ''quantum induced transition'' (QUIT) the model still has a finite but diminished superfluid density, thus indicating that the QUIT is between two different zero-resistance states, one dominated by thermal fluctuations and the other by quantum fluctuations. A QUIT is found to be more pronounced in the case where there is a magnetic field. The case studied here corresponds in the classical limit to the fully frustrated state. Finally, we discuss the physical properties of this new low-temperature phase as well as the necessary conditions to test this prediction experimentally.

  13. Enzymatic- and temperature-sensitive controlled release of ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxides (USPIOs)

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    2011-01-01

    Background Drug and contrast agent delivery systems that achieve controlled release in the presence of enzymatic activity are becoming increasingly important, as enzymatic activity is a hallmark of a wide array of diseases, including cancer and atherosclerosis. Here, we have synthesized clusters of ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxides (USPIOs) that sense enzymatic activity for applications in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). To achieve this goal, we utilize amphiphilic poly(propylene sulfide)-bl-poly(ethylene glycol) (PPS-b-PEG) copolymers, which are known to have excellent properties for smart delivery of drug and siRNA. Results Monodisperse PPS polymers were synthesized by anionic ring opening polymerization of propylene sulfide, and were sequentially reacted with commercially available heterobifunctional PEG reagents and then ssDNA sequences to fashion biofunctional PPS-bl-PEG copolymers. They were then combined with hydrophobic 12 nm USPIO cores in the thin-film hydration method to produce ssDNA-displaying USPIO micelles. Micelle populations displaying complementary ssDNA sequences were mixed to induce crosslinking of the USPIO micelles. By design, these crosslinking sequences contained an EcoRV cleavage site. Treatment of the clusters with EcoRV results in a loss of R2 negative contrast in the system. Further, the USPIO clusters demonstrate temperature sensitivity as evidenced by their reversible dispersion at ~75°C and re-clustering following return to room temperature. Conclusions This work demonstrates proof of concept of an enzymatically-actuatable and thermoresponsive system for dynamic biosensing applications. The platform exhibits controlled release of nanoparticles leading to changes in magnetic relaxation, enabling detection of enzymatic activity. Further, the presented functionalization scheme extends the scope of potential applications for PPS-b-PEG. Combined with previous findings using this polymer platform that demonstrate controlled drug release in oxidative environments, smart theranostic applications combining drug delivery with imaging of platform localization are within reach. The modular design of these USPIO nanoclusters enables future development of platforms for imaging and drug delivery targeted towards proteolytic activity in tumors and in advanced atherosclerotic plaques. PMID:21352596

  14. General Approach for MOF-Derived Porous Spinel AFe2O4 Hollow Structures and Their Superior Lithium Storage Properties.

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    Yu, Hong; Fan, Haosen; Yadian, Boluo; Tan, Huiteng; Liu, Weiling; Hng, Huey Hoon; Huang, Yizhong; Yan, Qingyu

    2015-12-01

    A general and simple approach for large-scale synthesis of porous hollow spinel AFe2O4 nanoarchitectures via metal organic framework self-sacrificial template strategy is proposed. By employing this method, we can successfully synthesize uniform NiFe2O4, ZnFe2O4, and CoFe2O4 hollow architectures that are hierarchically assembled by nanoparticles. When these hollow microcubes were tested as anode for lithium ion batteries, good rate capability and long-term cycling stability can be achieved. For example, high specific capacities of 636, 449, and 380 mA h g(-1) were depicted by NiFe2O4, ZnFe2O4, and CoFe2O4, respectively, at a high current density of 8.0 A g(-1). NiFe2O4 exhibits high specific capacities of 841 and 447 mA h g(-1) during the 100th cycle when it was tested at current densities of 1.0 and 5.0 A g(-1), respectively. Discharge capacities of 390 and 290 mA h g(-1) were delivered by the ZnFe2O4 and CoFe2O4, respectively, during the 100th cycle at 5.0 A g(-1). PMID:26572743

  15. Ultra-Small Reader/Writer with Multiple Contactless Interfaces on a Flexible Circuit Board

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    Yamamoto, Hideaki; Ikeda, Minoru; Hosoda, Yasuhiro

    In order to incorporate the reader/writers (RWs) into mobile electronic devices, miniaturization and flexibility are required. To meet these requirements, we fabricate an ultra-small RW with multiple contactless interfaces by mounting main unit circuits inside the antenna coil and using flexible multi-layer circuit board.

  16. Surface-Stress-Driven Lattice Contraction Effects on the Extinction Spectra of Ultrasmall Silver Nanowires

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    Park, Harold S.

    -driven lattice contraction on the extinction spectra of silver nanowires with a square cross section of length 2 in the silver nanowires due to surface-stress-driven lattice contraction increases with an increase for ultrasmall silver nanowires. Introduction Noble metal nanostructures, particularly those made of silver

  17. Magnetic properties, water proton relaxivities, and in-vivo MR images of paramagnetic nanoparticles

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    Lee, Gang Ho; Chang, Yongmin

    2015-07-01

    In this mini review, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents based on lanthanideoxide (Ln2O3) nanoparticles are described. Ln2O3 (Ln = Gd, Dy, Ho, and Er) nanoparticles are paramagnetic, but show appreciable magnetic moments at room temperature and even at ultrasmall particle diameters. Among Ln2O3 nanoparticles, Gd2O3 nanoparticles show larger longitudinal water proton relaxivity (r1) values than Gd-chelates because of the large amount of Gd in the nanoparticle, and the other Ln2O3 nanoparticles (Ln = Dy, Ho, and Er) show appreciable transverse water proton relaxivity (r2) values. Therefore, Gd2O3 nanoparticles are potential T1 MRI contrast agents while the other Ln2O3 nanoparticles are potential T2 MRI contrast agents at high MR fields.

  18. Graphene stabilized ultra-small CuNi nanocomposite with high activity and recyclability toward catalysing the reduction of aromatic nitro-compounds.

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    Fang, Hao; Wen, Ming; Chen, Hanxing; Wu, Qingsheng; Li, Weiying

    2015-12-17

    Nowadays, it is of great significance and a challenge to design a noble-metal-free catalyst with high activity and a long lifetime for the reduction of aromatic nitro-compounds. Here, a 2D structured nanocomposite catalyst with graphene supported CuNi alloy nanoparticles (NPs) is prepared, and is promising for meeting the requirements of green chemistry. In this graphene/CuNi nanocomposite, the ultra-small CuNi nanoparticles (?2 nm) are evenly anchored on graphene sheets, which is not only a breakthrough in the structures, but also brings about an outstanding performance in activity and stability. Combined with a precise optimization of the alloy ratios, the reaction rate constant of graphene/Cu61Ni39 reached a high level of 0.13685 s(-1), with a desirable selectivity as high as 99% for various aromatic nitro-compounds. What's more, the catalyst exhibited a unprecedented long lifetime because it could be recycled over 25 times without obvious performance decay or even a morphology change. This work showed the promise and great potential of noble-metal-free catalysts in green chemistry. PMID:26646949

  19. Synthesis of ultrasmall Li-Mn spinel oxides exhibiting unusual ion exchange, electrochemical, and catalytic properties.

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    Miyamoto, Yumi; Kuroda, Yoshiyuki; Uematsu, Tsubasa; Oshikawa, Hiroyuki; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Suzuki, Kosuke; Hibino, Mitsuhiro; Yamaguchi, Kazuya; Mizuno, Noritaka

    2015-01-01

    The efficient surface reaction and rapid ion diffusion of nanocrystalline metal oxides have prompted considerable research interest for the development of high functional materials. Herein, we present a novel low-temperature method to synthesize ultrasmall nanocrystalline spinel oxides by controlling the hydration of coexisting metal cations in an organic solvent. This method selectively led to Li-Mn spinel oxides by tuning the hydration of Li(+) ions under mild reaction conditions (i.e., low temperature and short reaction time). These particles exhibited an ultrasmall crystallite size of 2.3?nm and a large specific surface area of 371?±?15 m(2) g(-1). They exhibited unique properties such as unusual topotactic Li(+)/H(+) ion exchange, high-rate discharge ability, and high catalytic performance for several aerobic oxidation reactions, by creating surface phenomena throughout the particles. These properties differed significantly from those of Li-Mn spinel oxides obtained by conventional solid-state methods. PMID:26456216

  20. Control of Mass Transport and Chemical Reaction Kinetics in Ultrasmall Volumes

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    Collier, Charles

    2012-02-01

    This talk will describe means for triggering chemical reactions for studying reaction kinetics under extreme confinement with sub-millisecond temporal resolution, including on-demand generation and fusion of femtoliter (10-15 L) volume water-in-oil droplets, and triggering reactions in femtoliter chambers microfabricated in poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS). We demonstrated a reversible chemical toggle switch, which lays the groundwork for exploring more complex chemical and biochemical reaction sequences triggered and monitored in real time in discrete ultrasmall reactors, such as sequential and coupled enzymatic reactions. We are also developing methods to vary confinement and macromolecular crowding in ultrasmall, water-in-oil droplets and chambers micromolded in PDMS as biomimetic reaction vessels containing minimal synthetic gene circuits, in order to better understand how confinement, reduced dimensionality and macromolecular crowding affect molecular mechanisms involved in the operation and regulation of genetic circuits in living cells.

  1. Studies on ultrasmall bacteria in relation to the presence of bacteria in the stratosphere

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    Alshammari, Fawaz; Wainwright, Milton; Alabri, Khalid; Alharbi, Sulamain A.

    2011-04-01

    Recent studies confirm that bacteria exist in the stratosphere. It is generally assumed that these bacteria are exiting from Earth, although it is possible that some are incoming from space. Most stratospheric bacterial isolates belong to the spore-forming genus Bacillus, although non-spore formers have also been isolated. Theoretically, the smaller a bacterium is, the more likely it is to be carried from Earth to the stratosphere. Ultrasmall bacteria have been frequently isolated from Earth environments, but not yet from the stratosphere. This is an anomalous situation, since we would expect such small bacteria to be over represented in the stratosphere-microflora. Here, we show that ultrasmall bacteria are present in the environment on Earth (i.e. in seawater and rainwater) and discuss the paradox of why they have not been isolated from the stratosphere.

  2. Synthesis of ultrasmall Li–Mn spinel oxides exhibiting unusual ion exchange, electrochemical, and catalytic properties

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    Miyamoto, Yumi; Kuroda, Yoshiyuki; Uematsu, Tsubasa; Oshikawa, Hiroyuki; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Suzuki, Kosuke; Hibino, Mitsuhiro; Yamaguchi, Kazuya; Mizuno, Noritaka

    2015-01-01

    The efficient surface reaction and rapid ion diffusion of nanocrystalline metal oxides have prompted considerable research interest for the development of high functional materials. Herein, we present a novel low-temperature method to synthesize ultrasmall nanocrystalline spinel oxides by controlling the hydration of coexisting metal cations in an organic solvent. This method selectively led to Li–Mn spinel oxides by tuning the hydration of Li+ ions under mild reaction conditions (i.e., low temperature and short reaction time). These particles exhibited an ultrasmall crystallite size of 2.3?nm and a large specific surface area of 371?±?15 m2 g?1. They exhibited unique properties such as unusual topotactic Li+/H+ ion exchange, high-rate discharge ability, and high catalytic performance for several aerobic oxidation reactions, by creating surface phenomena throughout the particles. These properties differed significantly from those of Li–Mn spinel oxides obtained by conventional solid-state methods. PMID:26456216

  3. Design of an ultrasmall Au nanocluster-CeO2 mesoporous nanocomposite catalyst for nitrobenzene reduction

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    Chong, Hanbao; Li, Peng; Xiang, Ji; Fu, Fangyu; Zhang, Dandan; Ran, Xiaorong; Zhu, Manzhou

    2013-07-01

    In this work we are inspired to explore gold nanoclusters supported on mesoporous CeO2 nanospheres as nanocatalysts for the reduction of nitrobenzene. Ultrasmall Au nanoclusters (NCs) and mesoporous CeO2 nanospheres were readily synthesized and well characterized. Due to their ultrasmall size, the as-prepared Au clusters can be easily absorbed into the mesopores of the mesoporous CeO2 nanospheres. Owing to the unique mesoporous structure of the CeO2 support, Au nanoclusters in the Au@CeO2 may effectively prevent the aggregation which usually results in a rapid decay of the catalytic activity. It is notable that the ultrasmall gold nanoclusters possess uniform size distribution and good dispersibility on the mesoporous CeO2 supports. Compared to other catalyst systems with different oxide supports, the as-prepared Au nanocluster-CeO2 nanocomposite nanocatalysts showed efficient catalytic performance in transforming nitrobenzene into azoxybenzene. In addition, a plausible mechanism was deeply investigated to explain the transforming process. Au@CeO2 exhibited efficient catalytic activity for reduction of nitrobenzene. This strategy may be easily extended to fabricate many other heterogeneous catalysts including ultrasmall metal nanoclusters and mesoporous oxides.In this work we are inspired to explore gold nanoclusters supported on mesoporous CeO2 nanospheres as nanocatalysts for the reduction of nitrobenzene. Ultrasmall Au nanoclusters (NCs) and mesoporous CeO2 nanospheres were readily synthesized and well characterized. Due to their ultrasmall size, the as-prepared Au clusters can be easily absorbed into the mesopores of the mesoporous CeO2 nanospheres. Owing to the unique mesoporous structure of the CeO2 support, Au nanoclusters in the Au@CeO2 may effectively prevent the aggregation which usually results in a rapid decay of the catalytic activity. It is notable that the ultrasmall gold nanoclusters possess uniform size distribution and good dispersibility on the mesoporous CeO2 supports. Compared to other catalyst systems with different oxide supports, the as-prepared Au nanocluster-CeO2 nanocomposite nanocatalysts showed efficient catalytic performance in transforming nitrobenzene into azoxybenzene. In addition, a plausible mechanism was deeply investigated to explain the transforming process. Au@CeO2 exhibited efficient catalytic activity for reduction of nitrobenzene. This strategy may be easily extended to fabricate many other heterogeneous catalysts including ultrasmall metal nanoclusters and mesoporous oxides. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: EM images and size distribution of gold NCs, the XRD pattern of the CeO2 mesoporous spheres N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm of Au@CeO2[P], EDS analysis of Au@CeO2[P], the time conversion plot of nitrobenzene reduction, spectroscopic characterization and the NMR spectrum of products. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr01977b

  4. Synthesis of ultrasmall Li-Mn spinel oxides exhibiting unusual ion exchange, electrochemical, and catalytic properties

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    Miyamoto, Yumi; Kuroda, Yoshiyuki; Uematsu, Tsubasa; Oshikawa, Hiroyuki; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Suzuki, Kosuke; Hibino, Mitsuhiro; Yamaguchi, Kazuya; Mizuno, Noritaka

    2015-10-01

    The efficient surface reaction and rapid ion diffusion of nanocrystalline metal oxides have prompted considerable research interest for the development of high functional materials. Herein, we present a novel low-temperature method to synthesize ultrasmall nanocrystalline spinel oxides by controlling the hydration of coexisting metal cations in an organic solvent. This method selectively led to Li-Mn spinel oxides by tuning the hydration of Li+ ions under mild reaction conditions (i.e., low temperature and short reaction time). These particles exhibited an ultrasmall crystallite size of 2.3?nm and a large specific surface area of 371?±?15 m2 g-1. They exhibited unique properties such as unusual topotactic Li+/H+ ion exchange, high-rate discharge ability, and high catalytic performance for several aerobic oxidation reactions, by creating surface phenomena throughout the particles. These properties differed significantly from those of Li-Mn spinel oxides obtained by conventional solid-state methods.

  5. Folate-targeted polymeric micelles loaded with ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide: combined small size and high MRI sensitivity

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    Hong, Guo-bin; Zhou, Jing-xing; Yuan, Ren-xu

    2012-01-01

    Targeted delivery of contrast agents is a highly desirable strategy for enhancing diagnostic efficiency and reducing side effects and toxicity. Water-soluble and tumor-targeting superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) were synthesized by loading hydrophobic SPIONs into micelles assembled from an amphiphilic block copolymer poly(ethylene glycol)- poly(?-caprolactone) (PEG-PCL) bearing folate in the distal ends of PEG chains. Compared to the water-soluble SPIONs obtained by small molecular surfactant coating, ultrasmall SPION encapsulation with PEG-PCL micelles (PEG-PCL-SPIONs) simultaneously increases transverse (r2) and decreases longitudinal (r1) magnetic resonance (MR) relaxivities of water proton in micelle solution, leading to a notably high r2/r1 ratio up to 78, which makes the PEG-PCL-SPIONs a highly sensitive MR imaging (MRI) T2 contrast agent. The mean size of folate-attached SPION micelles (Fa-PEG-PCL-SPIONs) is 44 ± 3 nm on average, ideal for in vivo MRI applications in which long circulation is greatly determined by small particle size and is highly desirable. Prussian blue staining of BEL-7402 cells over-expressing folate receptors, after incubation with micelle-containing medium, demonstrated that folate functionalization of the magnetic particles significantly enhanced their cell uptake. The potential of Fa-PEG-PCL-SPIONs as a potent MRI probe for in vivo tumor detection was assessed. At 3 hours after intravenous injection of the Fa-PEG-PCL-SPION solution into mice bearing subcutaneous xenografts of human BEL-7402 hepatoma, a 41.2% signal intensity decrease was detected in the T2-weighted MR images of the tumor, indicating the efficient accumulation of Fa-PEG-PCL-SPIONs in the tumor tissue. PMID:22745549

  6. An insight into the metabolic responses of ultra-small superparamagnetic particles of iron oxide using metabonomic analysis of biofluids

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    Feng, Jianghua; Liu, Huili; Zhang, Limin; Bhakoo, Kishore; Lu, Lehui

    2010-10-01

    Ultra-small superparamagnetic particles of iron oxides (USPIO) have been developed as intravenous organ/tissue-targeted contrast agents to improve magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in vivo. However, their potential toxicity and effects on metabolism have attracted particular attention. In the present study, uncoated and dextran-coated USPIO were investigated by analyzing both rat urine and plasma metabonomes using high-resolution NMR-based metabonomic analysis in combination with multivariate statistical analysis. The wealth of information gathered on the metabolic profiles from rat urine and plasma has revealed subtle metabolic changes in response to USPIO administration. The metabolic changes include the elevation of urinary ?-hydroxy-n-valerate, o- and p-HPA, PAG, nicotinate and hippurate accompanied by decreases in the levels of urinary ?-ketoglutarate, succinate, citrate, N-methylnicotinamide, NAG, DMA, allantoin and acetate following USPIO administration. The changes associated with USPIO administration included a gradual increase in plasma glucose, N-acetyl glycoprotein, saturated fatty acid, citrate, succinate, acetate, GPC, ketone bodies (?-hydroxybutyrate, acetone and acetoacetate) and individual amino acids, such as phenylalanine, lysine, isoleucine, glycine, glutamine and glutamate and a gradual decrease of myo-inositol, unsaturated fatty acid and triacylglycerol. Hence USPIO administration effects are reflected in changes in a number of metabolic pathways including energy, lipid, glucose and amino acid metabolism. The size- and surface chemistry-dependent metabolic responses and possible toxicity were observed using NMR analysis of biofluids. These changes may be attributed to the disturbances of hepatic, renal and cardiac functions following USPIO administrations. The potential biotoxicity can be derived from metabonomic analysis and serum biochemistry analysis. Metabonomic strategy offers a promising approach for the detection of subtle physiological responses on mammalian metabolism, and can be employed to investigate the potential adverse effects of other nanoparticles and nanomaterials on the environment and human health.

  7. Magnetic colloidal superparticles of Co, Mn and Ni ferrite featured with comb-type and/or linear amphiphilic polyelectrolytes; NMR and MRI relaxometry.

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    Menelaou, Melita; Iatridi, Zacharoula; Tsougos, Ioannis; Vasiou, Katerina; Dendrinou-Samara, Catherine; Bokias, Georgios

    2015-06-28

    The ability to encapsulate hydrophobic ferrites in colloidal superparticle structures of an a-telechelic hexadecyl-functionalized poly(methacrylic acid) (C16H33-PMAA) polymer with a linear architecture was investigated and compared with that of two amphiphilic comb-type water-soluble copolymers, namely, P(ANa-co-DAAm) and P(MANa-co-DMA), which are comprised of a poly(sodium acrylate) or poly(sodium methacrylate) backbone and pendent dodecyl acrylamide or dodecyl methacrylate chains, respectively. In the case of C16H33-PMAA, the pH-sensitive self-assembly behavior, which was studied through Nile Red probing and TEM, was related to its encapsulation properties. Hydrophobic MFe2O4 nanoparticles coated with oleylamine (MFe2O4@OAm MNPs, where M = Co, Mn, Ni) with a similar shape and size (?9 nm) and magnetization values of 87.4, 63.1 and 55.0 emu g(-1) for CoFe2O4@OAm, MnFe2O4@OAm and NiFe2O4@OAm, respectively, were successfully encapsulated into the hydrophobic cores of spherical micellar structures formed by the copolymers in an aqueous solution through a solvent mixing procedure. The synthesized magnetic colloidal superparticles fell in the static dephasing regime (SDR). NMR relaxivity measurements of MFe2O4@P(ANa-co-DAAm), MFe2O4@P(MANa-co-DMA) and MFe2O4@C16H33-PMAA at pH = 4.5 and pH = 7 (where M = Co, Mn, Ni) at 11.7 T were recorded and the transverse relaxivity (r2) (mM(-1) s(-1)) was determined. Among all, the CoFe2O4@polymers demonstrated the highest r2 relaxivity values, ranging from 61.6 for CoFe2O4@C16H33-PMAA (pH = 7) to 316.0 mM(-1) s(-1) for CoFe2O4@P(ANa-co-DAAm). The relaxation efficiency (r1 and r2) of CoFe2O4@P(ANa-co-DAAm) was investigated further by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at 1.5 T and 3 T and the r2/r1 ratios were found to be 16.5 and 18.2, respectively, indicating its potential use as a T2 contrast agent. PMID:25986081

  8. Ultrasmall particle detection using a submicron Hall sensor

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    Kazakova, O.; Gallop, J.; Panchal, V.; See, P.; Cox, D. C.; Spasova, M.; Cohen, L. F.

    2010-05-15

    We demonstrate detection of a single FePt nanoparticle (diameter 150 nm, moment {approx}10{sup 7} {mu}{sub B}) using an ultrasensitive InSb Hall sensor with the bar lateral width of 600 nm. The white noise of a typical nanodevice, S{sub V}{sup 1/2{approx_equal}}28 nV/{radical}Hz, is limited only by two-terminal resistance of the voltage leads which results in a minimum field sensitivity of the device B{sub min}=0.87 {mu}T/{radical}Hz. To detect a single FePt bead, we employed a phase-sensitive method based on measuring the ac susceptibility change in a bead when exposed to a switched dc magnetic field. Such nano-Hall devices, enabling detection of potentially even smaller moments, are of considerable significance both for nanomagnetic metrology and high sensitivity biological and environmental detectors.

  9. Clinical applications of iron oxide nanoparticles for magnetic resonance imaging of brain tumors.

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    Iv, Michael; Telischak, Nicholas; Feng, Dan; Holdsworth, Samantha J; Yeom, Kristen W; Daldrup-Link, Heike E

    2015-01-01

    Current neuroimaging provides detailed anatomic and functional evaluation of brain tumors, allowing for improved diagnostic and prognostic capabilities. Some challenges persist even with today's advanced imaging techniques, including accurate delineation of tumor margins and distinguishing treatment effects from residual or recurrent tumor. Ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles are an emerging tool that can add clinically useful information due to their distinct physiochemical features and biodistribution, while having a good safety profile. Nanoparticles can be used as a platform for theranostic drugs, which have shown great promise for the treatment of CNS malignancies. This review will provide an overview of clinical ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxides and how they can be applied to the diagnostic and therapeutic neuro-oncologic setting. PMID:25867862

  10. Influence of calcination temperature on structural and magnetic properties of nanocomposites formed by Co-ferrite dispersed in sol-gel silica matrix using tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl) orthosilicate as precursor

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    2011-01-01

    Effects of calcination temperatures varying from 400 to 1000°C on structural and magnetic properties of nanocomposites formed by Co-ferrite dispersed in the sol-gel silica matrix using tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl) orthosilicate (THEOS) as water-soluble silica precursor have been investigated. Studies carried out using XRD, FT-IR, TEM, STA (TG-DTG-DTA) and VSM techniques. Results indicated that magnetic properties of samples such as superparamagnetism and ferromagnetism showed great dependence on the variation of the crystallinity and particle size caused by the calcination temperature. The crystallization, saturation magnetization Ms and remenant magnetization Mr increased as the calcination temperature increased. But the variation of coercivity Hc was not in accordance with that of Ms and Mr, indicating that Hc is not determined only by the crystallinity and size of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles. TEM images showed spherical nanoparticles dispersed in the silica network with sizes of 10-30 nm. Results showed that the well-established silica network provided nucleation locations for CoFe2O4 nanoparticles to confinement the coarsening and aggregation of nanoparticles. THEOS as silica matrix network provides an ideal nucleation environment to disperse CoFe2O4 nanoparticles and thus to confine them to aggregate and coarsen. By using THEOS as water-soluble silica precursor over the currently used TEOS and TMOS, the organic solvents are not needed owing to the complete solubility of THEOS in water. Synthesized nanocomposites with adjustable particle sizes and controllable magnetic properties make the applicability of Co-ferrite even more versatile. PMID:21486494

  11. Holographic interferometry of ultrasmall-pressure-induced curvature changes of bilayer lipid membranes

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    Picard, G.; Schneider-Henriquez, J.E.; Fendler, J.H. )

    1990-01-25

    Two-exposure interferometric holograms have been shown to sensitively report ultrasmall-pressure (10 natm)-induced curvature changes in glyceryl monooleate (GMO) bilayer lipid membranes (BLMs). The number of concentric fringes observed, and hence the lateral distance between the plane of the Teflon and the BLM, increased linearly with increasing transmembrane pressure and led to a value of 1.1 {plus minus} 0.05 dyn/cm for the surface tension of the BLM. BLMs with appreciable Plateau-Gibbs borders have been shown to undergo nonuniform deformation; the bilayer portion is distorted less than the surrounding Plateau-Gibbs border upon the application of a transmembrane pressure gradient.

  12. Fabrication and characterization of well-aligned plasmonic nanopillars with ultrasmall separations

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    2014-01-01

    We show the fabrication of well-aligned gold and silver nanopillars with various array parameters via interference lithography followed by ion beam milling and compare the etching rates of these two metallic materials. Silver is suitable for fabricating ultrafine arrays with ultrasmall separations due to high milling rates. The optical properties of the fabricated nanopillars are specifically characterized from both normal incidence and oblique incident angles. Tunable surface plasmon resonances are achieved with varying structural parameters. Strong coupling effects are enabled when the separation between adjacent nanopillars is dramatically reduced, leading to useful applications in sensing and waveguiding. PMID:24959111

  13. Fabrication and characterization of well-aligned plasmonic nanopillars with ultrasmall separations

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    Si, Guangyuan; Jiang, Xiaoxiao; Lv, Jiangtao; Gu, Qiongchan; Wang, Fengwen

    2014-06-01

    We show the fabrication of well-aligned gold and silver nanopillars with various array parameters via interference lithography followed by ion beam milling and compare the etching rates of these two metallic materials. Silver is suitable for fabricating ultrafine arrays with ultrasmall separations due to high milling rates. The optical properties of the fabricated nanopillars are specifically characterized from both normal incidence and oblique incident angles. Tunable surface plasmon resonances are achieved with varying structural parameters. Strong coupling effects are enabled when the separation between adjacent nanopillars is dramatically reduced, leading to useful applications in sensing and waveguiding.

  14. Networks of ultrasmall Pd/Cr bilayer nanowires as high performance hydrogen sensors.

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    Zeng, X.-Q.; Wang, Y.-L.; Deng, H.; Latimer, M. L.; Xiao, Z.-L.; Pearson, J.; Xu, T.; Wang, H.-H.; Welp, U.; Crabtree, G. W.; Kwok, W.-K.

    2011-01-01

    The newly developed hydrogen sensor, based on a network of ultrasmall pure palladium nanowires sputter-deposited on a filtration membrane, takes advantage of single palladium nanowires' characteristics of high speed and sensitivity while eliminating their nanofabrication obstacles. However, this new type of sensor, like the single palladium nanowires, cannot distinguish hydrogen concentrations above 3%, thus limiting the potential applications of the sensor. This study reports hydrogen sensors based on a network of ultrasmall Cr-buffered Pd (Pd/Cr) nanowires on a filtration membrane. These sensors not only are able to outperform their pure Pd counterparts in speed and durability but also allow hydrogen detection at concentrations up to 100%. The new networks consist of a thin layer of palladium deposited on top of a Cr adhesion layer 1-3 nm thick. Although the Cr layer is insensitive to hydrogen, it enables the formation of a network of continuous Pd/Cr nanowires with thicknesses of the Pd layer as thin as 2 nm. The improved performance of the Pd/Cr sensors can be attributed to the increased surface area to volume ratio and to the confinement-induced suppression of the phase transition from Pd/H solid solution ({alpha}-phase) to Pd hydride ({beta}-phase).

  15. Morphological characterization of carbon-nanofiber-reinforced epoxy nanocomposites using ultra-small angle scattering

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    Justice, R.S.; Anderson, D.P.; Brown, J.M.; Arlen, M.J.; Colleary, A.J.; Lafdi, K.; Schaefer, D.W.

    2010-07-01

    Studies of the properties of nanocomposites reinforced with vapor-grown carbon nanofibers (VGCFs) can be found throughout the literature. Electrical, mechanical, viscoelastic, and rheological properties are just a few of the characteristics that have been well discussed. Although these properties depend on morphology, morphological characterization is rare. Due to its 2-dimensional nature, microscopy is of limited value when analyzing network morphologies. This work will show how the characterization of the three-dimensional geometry and network formation of VGCFs can be determined using ultra-small angle scattering techniques. Ultra-small angle x-ray and neutron scattering (USAXS and USANS) were used to characterize the morphology of carbon nanofibers suspended in epoxy. Using a simplified tube model, we estimate the dimensions of suspended fibers. The assumption of tubular fibers accounts for the increased surface area observed with USAXS that is not accounted for using a solid rod model. Furthermore, USANS was used to search for a structural signature associated with the electrical percolation threshold. USANS extends to longer dimensional scales than USAXS, which measures a smaller range of momentum transfer. To determine the electrical percolation threshold, AC impedance spectroscopy was employed to verify that an electrically conductive, percolated network forms at VGCNF loadings of 0.8% < CNF wt% < 1.2%. These values correlate with the USANS data, where a morphological transition is seen at {approx}1.2% loading.

  16. Accelerator mass spectrometry of ultra-small samples with applications in the biosciences

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    Salehpour, Mehran; Håkansson, Karl; Possnert, Göran

    2013-01-01

    An overview is presented covering the biological accelerator mass spectrometry activities at Uppsala University. The research utilizes the Uppsala University Tandem laboratory facilities, including a 5 MV Pelletron tandem accelerator and two stable isotope ratio mass spectrometers. In addition, a dedicated sample preparation laboratory for biological samples with natural activity is in use, as well as another laboratory specifically for 14C-labeled samples. A variety of ongoing projects are described and presented. Examples are: (1) Ultra-small sample AMS. We routinely analyze samples with masses in the 5-10 ?g C range. Data is presented regarding the sample preparation method, (2) bomb peak biological dating of ultra-small samples. A long term project is presented where purified and cell-specific DNA from various part of the human body including the heart and the brain are analyzed with the aim of extracting regeneration rate of the various human cells, (3) biological dating of various human biopsies, including atherosclerosis related plaques is presented. The average built up time of the surgically removed human carotid plaques have been measured and correlated to various data including the level of insulin in the human blood, and (4) In addition to standard microdosing type measurements using small pharmaceutical drugs, pre-clinical pharmacokinetic data from a macromolecular drug candidate are discussed.

  17. Unique Regulation of the Calvin Cycle in the Ultrasmall Green Alga Ostreococcus Steven Robbens,1,2

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    Gent, Universiteit

    Unique Regulation of the Calvin Cycle in the Ultrasmall Green Alga Ostreococcus Steven Robbens,1 of the Calvin cycle in land plants at night. GapB originated from a GapA gene duplication and differs from Gap dehydrogenase -- CP12 -- Calvin cycle Short Communication: During photosynthesis, plast- ids of land plants

  18. Multifunctional wood materials with magnetic, superhydrophobic and anti-ultraviolet properties

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    Gan, Wentao; Gao, Likun; Sun, Qingfeng; Jin, Chunde; Lu, Yun; Li, Jian

    2015-03-01

    Multifunctional wood materials with magnetic, superhydrophobic and anti-ultraviolet properties were obtained successfully by precipitated CoFe2O4 nanoparticles on the wood surface and then treated with a layer of octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS). The as-fabricated wood composites exhibited excellent magnetic property and the water contact angle of the OTS-modified magnetic wood surface reached as high as 150°, revealed the superhydrophobic property. Moreover, accelerated aging tests suggested that the treated wood composites also have an excellent anti-ultraviolet property.

  19. Novel hybrid multifunctional magnetoelectric porous composite films

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    Martins, P.; Gonçalves, R.; Lopes, A. C.; Venkata Ramana, E.; Mendiratta, S. K.; Lanceros-Mendez, S.

    2015-12-01

    Novel multifunctional porous films have been developed by the integration of magnetic CoFe2O4 (CFO) nanoparticles into poly(vinylidene fluoride)-Trifuoroethylene (P(VDF-TrFE)), taking advantage of the synergies of the magnetostrictive filler and the piezoelectric polymer. The porous films show a piezoelectric response with an effective d33 coefficient of -22 pC/N-1, a maximum magnetization of 12 emu g-1 and a maximum magnetoelectric coefficient of 9 mV cm-1 Oe-1. In this way, a multifunctional membrane has been developed suitable for advanced applications ranging from biomedical to water treatment.

  20. Quantitative measurement of nanoparticle halo formation around colloidal microspheres in binary mixtures.

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    Zhang, F.; Long, G. G.; Jemian, P. R.; Ilavsky, J.; Milam, V. T.; Lewis, J. A.

    2008-07-01

    A new colloidal stabilization mechanism, known as nanoparticle 'haloing' (Tohver, V.; Smay, J. E.; Braem, A.; Braun, P. V.; Lewis, J. A. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2001, 98, (16), 8950-8954), has been predicted theoretically and inferred experimentally in microsphere--nanoparticle mixtures that possess high charge and size asymmetry. The term 'halo' implies the existence of a nonzero separation distance between the highly charged nanoparticles and the negligibly charged microspheres that they surround. By means of ultrasmall-angle X-ray scattering, we have quantified the microsphere--nanoparticle separation distance as well as the number of nanoparticles and their lateral separation distance within the self-organized halos that form in these binary mixtures.

  1. Multipole plasmons and their disappearance in few-nanometre silver nanoparticles

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    Raza, Søren; Kadkhodazadeh, Shima; Christensen, Thomas; di Vece, Marcel; Wubs, Martijn; Mortensen, N. Asger; Stenger, Nicolas

    2015-11-01

    Electron energy-loss spectroscopy can be used for detailed spatial and spectral characterization of optical excitations in metal nanoparticles. In previous electron energy-loss experiments on silver nanoparticles with radii smaller than 20 nm, only the dipolar surface plasmon resonance was assumed to play a role. Here, applying electron energy-loss spectroscopy to individual silver nanoparticles encapsulated in silicon nitride, we observe besides the usual dipole resonance an additional surface plasmon resonance corresponding to higher angular momenta for nanoparticle radii as small as 4 nm. We study the radius and electron beam impact position dependence of both resonances separately. For particles smaller than 4 nm in radius the higher-order surface plasmon mode disappears, in agreement with generalized non-local optical response theory, while the dipole resonance blueshift exceeds our theoretical predictions. Unlike in optical spectra, multipole surface plasmons are important in electron energy-loss spectra even of ultrasmall metallic nanoparticles.

  2. Multipole plasmons and their disappearance in few-nanometre silver nanoparticles

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    Raza, Søren; Kadkhodazadeh, Shima; Christensen, Thomas; Di Vece, Marcel; Wubs, Martijn; Mortensen, N. Asger; Stenger, Nicolas

    2015-01-01

    Electron energy-loss spectroscopy can be used for detailed spatial and spectral characterization of optical excitations in metal nanoparticles. In previous electron energy-loss experiments on silver nanoparticles with radii smaller than 20?nm, only the dipolar surface plasmon resonance was assumed to play a role. Here, applying electron energy-loss spectroscopy to individual silver nanoparticles encapsulated in silicon nitride, we observe besides the usual dipole resonance an additional surface plasmon resonance corresponding to higher angular momenta for nanoparticle radii as small as 4?nm. We study the radius and electron beam impact position dependence of both resonances separately. For particles smaller than 4?nm in radius the higher-order surface plasmon mode disappears, in agreement with generalized non-local optical response theory, while the dipole resonance blueshift exceeds our theoretical predictions. Unlike in optical spectra, multipole surface plasmons are important in electron energy-loss spectra even of ultrasmall metallic nanoparticles. PMID:26537568

  3. Mixed lanthanide oxide nanoparticles as dual imaging agent in biomedicine

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    Xu, Wenlong; Bony, Badrul Alam; Kim, Cho Rong; Baeck, Jong Su; Chang, Yongmin; Bae, Ji Eun; Chae, Kwon Seok; Kim, Tae Jeong; Lee, Gang Ho

    2013-01-01

    There is no doubt that the molecular imaging is an extremely important technique in diagnosing diseases. Dual imaging is emerging as a step forward in molecular imaging technique because it can provide us with more information useful for diagnosing diseases than single imaging. Therefore, diverse dual imaging modalities should be developed. Molecular imaging generally relies on imaging agents. Mixed lanthanide oxide nanoparticles could be valuable materials for dual magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-fluorescent imaging (FI) because they have both excellent and diverse magnetic and fluorescent properties useful for dual MRI-FI, depending on lanthanide ions used. Since they are mixed nanoparticles, they are compact, robust, and stable, which is extremely useful for biomedical applications. They can be also easily synthesized with facile composition control. In this study, we explored three systems of ultrasmall mixed lanthanide (Dy/Eu, Ho/Eu, and Ho/Tb) oxide nanoparticles to demonstrate their usefulness as dual T2 MRI–FI agents. PMID:24220641

  4. Facile synthesis of ultra-small PbSe nanorods for photovoltaic application

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    Han, Lu; Liu, Jie; Yu, Ningning; Liu, Zeke; Gu, Jinan; Lu, Jialing; Ma, Wanli

    2015-01-01

    Nanocrystal array solar cells based on lead chalcogenide quantum dots (QDs) have recently achieved a high power conversion efficiency of over 8%. The device performance is expected to further increase by using 1-dimensional nanorods (NRs), due to their improved carrier transport over zero-dimensional quantum dots. However, previously reported PbSe NRs have not been used in solar cells mainly because of their large diameters, resulting in a small bandgap unsuitable for photovoltaic application. In this work, we have demonstrated a new method for synthesizing monodisperse ultra-small PbSe NRs with the diameter approaching 2 nm (Eg > 1.2 eV), which can be attributed to the use of diphenylphosphine (DPP) and trans-2-octenoic acid (t-2-OA). The introduction of trace DPP can greatly lower the reaction temperature, leading to reduced diameters for the obtained PbSe NRs as well as largely increased yield. The use of short-chain t-2-OA together with oleic acid as capping ligands results in high monomer reactivity, fast nucleus diffusion and high growth rate, which realize the anisotropic growth of ultra-small PbSe NRs at low reaction temperatures. The PbSe NRs show n-type properties and high electron mobility as measured using field-effect transistors. The PbSe NRs with narrow diameters also demonstrate a suitable bandgap for photovoltaic application. They are used for the first time in solar cells and their improved efficiency is demonstrated when used together with QDs.Nanocrystal array solar cells based on lead chalcogenide quantum dots (QDs) have recently achieved a high power conversion efficiency of over 8%. The device performance is expected to further increase by using 1-dimensional nanorods (NRs), due to their improved carrier transport over zero-dimensional quantum dots. However, previously reported PbSe NRs have not been used in solar cells mainly because of their large diameters, resulting in a small bandgap unsuitable for photovoltaic application. In this work, we have demonstrated a new method for synthesizing monodisperse ultra-small PbSe NRs with the diameter approaching 2 nm (Eg > 1.2 eV), which can be attributed to the use of diphenylphosphine (DPP) and trans-2-octenoic acid (t-2-OA). The introduction of trace DPP can greatly lower the reaction temperature, leading to reduced diameters for the obtained PbSe NRs as well as largely increased yield. The use of short-chain t-2-OA together with oleic acid as capping ligands results in high monomer reactivity, fast nucleus diffusion and high growth rate, which realize the anisotropic growth of ultra-small PbSe NRs at low reaction temperatures. The PbSe NRs show n-type properties and high electron mobility as measured using field-effect transistors. The PbSe NRs with narrow diameters also demonstrate a suitable bandgap for photovoltaic application. They are used for the first time in solar cells and their improved efficiency is demonstrated when used together with QDs. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr05707d

  5. Ultra-small and anionic starch nanospheres: formation and vitro thrombolytic behavior study.

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    Huang, Yinjuan; Ding, Shenglong; Liu, Mingzhu; Gao, Chunmei; Yang, Jinlong; Zhang, Xinjie; Ding, Bin

    2013-07-25

    This paper is considered as the first report on the investigation of nattokinase (NK) release from anionic starch nanospheres. The ultra-small and anionic starch nanospheres were prepared by the method of reverse micro-emulsion crosslinking in this work. Starch nanospheres were characterized through Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS). Effects of preparation conditions on particle size were studied. The cytotoxicity, biodegradable and vitro thrombolytic behaviors of nattokinase (NK) loaded anionic starch nanospheres were also studied. The results showed that the anionic starch nanospheres are non-toxic, biocompatible and biodegradable. Moreover, the anionic starch nanospheres can protect NK from fast biodegradation hence prolongs the circulation in vivo and can reduce the risk of acute hemorrhage complication by decreasing the thrombolysis rate. PMID:23768583

  6. Manipulating superconducting fluctuations by the Little–Parks–de Gennes effect in ultrasmall Al loops

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    Staley, Neal E.; Liu, Ying

    2012-01-01

    The destruction of superconducting phase coherence by quantum fluctuations and the control of these fluctuations are a problem of long-standing interest, with recent impetus provided by the relevance of these issues to the pursuit of high temperature superconductivity. Building on the work of Little and Parks, de Gennes predicted more than three decades ago that superconductivity could be destroyed near half-integer-flux quanta in ultrasmall loops, resulting in a destructive regime, and restored by adding a superconducting side branch, which does not affect the flux quantization condition. We report the experimental observation of this Little–Parks–de Gennes effect in Al loops prepared by advanced e-beam lithography. We show that the effect can be used to restore the lost phase coherence by employing side branches. PMID:22927386

  7. Ultrasmall-angle X-ray scattering analysis of photonic crystal structure

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    Abramova, V. V.; Sinitskii, A. S.; Grigor'eva, N. A.; Grigor'ev, S. V.; Belov, D. V.; Petukhov, A. V.; Mistonov, A. A.; Vasil'eva, A. V.; Tret'yakov, Yu. D.

    2009-07-15

    The results of an ultrasmall-angle X-ray scattering study of iron(III) oxide inverse opal thin films are presented. The photonic crystals examined are shown to have fcc structure with amount of stacking faults varying among the samples. The method used in this study makes it possible to easily distinguish between samples with predominantly twinned fcc structure and nearly perfect fcc stacking. The difference observed between samples fabricated under identical conditions is attributed to random layer stacking in the self-assembled colloidal crystals used as templates for fabricating the inverse opals. The present method provides a versatile tool for analyzing photonic crystal structure in studies of inverse opals made of various materials, colloidal crystals, and three-dimensional photonic crystals of other types.

  8. Fabrication and hyperthermia effect of magnetic functional fluids based on amorphous particles

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    Yang, Chuncheng; Bian, Xiufang; Qin, Jingyu; Guo, Tongxiao; Zhao, Shuchun

    2015-03-01

    An experimental study conducted on the preparation and hyperthermia effect of magnetic functional fluids based on Fe73.5Nb3Cu1Si13.5B9 amorphous particles, CoFe2O4 nanoparticles and Fe3O4 nanoparticles dispersed in water is presented. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry and vibrating sample magnetometer methods have been used to characterize the morphology, structure and magnetic property of the amorphous particles. It is disclosed that the Fe73.5Nb3Cu1Si13.5B9 particles are still amorphous after being milled for 48 h. Moreover, the saturation magnetization of metallic glass particles is approximately 75% and 50% larger than that of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles and Fe3O4 nanoparticles, respectively. The hyperthermia experiment results show that when alternating electrical current is 150 A, the temperature of the functional fluids based on amorphous particles could rise to 33 °C in 1500 s. When the current is 300 A, the final stable temperature could reach to 60 °C. This study demonstrates that the Fe73.5Nb3Cu1Si13.5B9 magnetic functional fluids may have potential on biomedical applications.

  9. Ultrasmall Gold Nanorod Vesicles with Enhanced Tumor Accumulation and Fast Excretion from the Body for Cancer Therapy.

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    Song, Jibin; Yang, Xiangyu; Jacobson, Orit; Huang, Peng; Sun, Xiaolian; Lin, Lisen; Yan, Xuefeng; Niu, Gang; Ma, Qingjie; Chen, Xiaoyuan

    2015-09-01

    A new kind of ultrasmall dissociable AuNR@PEG/PLGA vesicles (?60 nm) (AuNR = gold nanorod; PEG = poly(ethylene glycol); PLGA = poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)) assembled from small AuNRs (dimension: ?8 nm × 2 nm) is reported. They exhibit several striking features: prolonged circulation and prominent tumor accumulation; rapid excretion from the body as AuNR@PEG after therapy; enhanced photoacoustic and photo thermal properties; and high photothermal cancer therapy efficacy. PMID:26198622

  10. Ultrasmall Glutathione-Protected Gold Nanoclusters as Next Generation Radiotherapy Sensitizers with High Tumor Uptake and High Renal Clearance

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    Zhang, Xiao-Dong; Luo, Zhentao; Chen, Jie; Song, Shasha; Yuan, Xun; Shen, Xiu; Wang, Hao; Sun, Yuanming; Gao, Kai; Zhang, Lianfeng; Fan, Saijun; Leong, David Tai; Guo, Meili; Xie, Jianping

    2015-01-01

    Radiotherapy is often the most straightforward first line cancer treatment for solid tumors. While it is highly effective against tumors, there is also collateral damage to healthy proximal tissues especially with high doses. The use of radiosensitizers is an effective way to boost the killing efficacy of radiotherapy against the tumor while drastically limiting the received dose and reducing the possible damage to normal tissues. Here, we report the design and application of a good radiosensitizer by using ultrasmall Au29–43(SG)27–37 nanoclusters (<2?nm) with a naturally-occurring peptide (e.g., glutathione or GSH) as the protecting shell. The GSH-coated Au29–43(SG)27–37 nanoclusters can escape the RES absorption, leading to a good tumor uptake (~8.1% ID/g at 24?h post injection). As a result, the as-designed Au nanoclusters led to a strong enhancement for radiotherapy, as well as a negligible damage to normal tissues. After the treatment, the ultrasmall Au29–43(SG)27–37 nanoclusters can be efficiently cleared by the kidney, thereby avoiding potential long-term side-effects caused by the accumulation of gold atoms in the body. Our data suggest that the ultrasmall peptide-protected Au nanoclusters are a promising radiosensitizer for cancer radiotherapy. PMID:25727895

  11. Ultrasmall Glutathione-Protected Gold Nanoclusters as Next Generation Radiotherapy Sensitizers with High Tumor Uptake and High Renal Clearance

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    Zhang, Xiao-Dong; Luo, Zhentao; Chen, Jie; Song, Shasha; Yuan, Xun; Shen, Xiu; Wang, Hao; Sun, Yuanming; Gao, Kai; Zhang, Lianfeng; Fan, Saijun; Leong, David Tai; Guo, Meili; Xie, Jianping

    2015-03-01

    Radiotherapy is often the most straightforward first line cancer treatment for solid tumors. While it is highly effective against tumors, there is also collateral damage to healthy proximal tissues especially with high doses. The use of radiosensitizers is an effective way to boost the killing efficacy of radiotherapy against the tumor while drastically limiting the received dose and reducing the possible damage to normal tissues. Here, we report the design and application of a good radiosensitizer by using ultrasmall Au29-43(SG)27-37 nanoclusters (<2 nm) with a naturally-occurring peptide (e.g., glutathione or GSH) as the protecting shell. The GSH-coated Au29-43(SG)27-37 nanoclusters can escape the RES absorption, leading to a good tumor uptake (~8.1% ID/g at 24 h post injection). As a result, the as-designed Au nanoclusters led to a strong enhancement for radiotherapy, as well as a negligible damage to normal tissues. After the treatment, the ultrasmall Au29-43(SG)27-37 nanoclusters can be efficiently cleared by the kidney, thereby avoiding potential long-term side-effects caused by the accumulation of gold atoms in the body. Our data suggest that the ultrasmall peptide-protected Au nanoclusters are a promising radiosensitizer for cancer radiotherapy.

  12. Sugar and pH dual-responsive snap-top nanocarriers based on mesoporous silica-coated Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles for cargo delivery.

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    Qiu, Xi-Long; Li, Qing-Lan; Zhou, Yue; Jin, Xiao-Yu; Qi, Ai-Di; Yang, Ying-Wei

    2015-03-11

    A facile strategy to prepare snap-top magnetic nanocarriers has been developed where ultrasmall superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles were used as the core with mesoporous silica as the shell followed by the covalent installation of a layer of ?-cyclodextrins on the outer surfaces. The smart hybrid nanomaterials showed remarkable pH- and sugar-responsive cargo release property and low cytotoxicity as proved by an MTT assay with HEK293T cell lines. PMID:25670321

  13. Complete Exchange of the Hydrophobic Dispersant Shell on Monodisperse Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles

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    2015-01-01

    High-temperature synthesized monodisperse superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles are obtained with a strongly bound ligand shell of oleic acid and its decomposition products. Most applications require a stable presentation of a defined surface chemistry; therefore, the native shell has to be completely exchanged for dispersants with irreversible affinity to the nanoparticle surface. We evaluate by attenuated total reflectance?Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR?FTIR) and thermogravimetric analysis/differential scanning calorimetry (TGA/DSC) the limitations of commonly used approaches. A mechanism and multiple exchange scheme that attains the goal of complete and irreversible ligand replacement on monodisperse nanoparticles of various sizes is presented. The obtained hydrophobic nanoparticles are ideally suited for magnetically controlled drug delivery and membrane applications and for the investigation of fundamental interfacial properties of ultrasmall core–shell architectures. PMID:26226071

  14. Morphology and magnetic flux distribution in superparamagnetic, single-crystalline Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticle rings

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    Takeno, Yumu; Murakami, Yasukazu E-mail: kannanmk@uw.edu; Shindo, Daisuke; Sato, Takeshi; Tanigaki, Toshiaki; Park, Hyun Soon; Ferguson, R. Matthew; Krishnan, Kannan M. E-mail: kannanmk@uw.edu

    2014-11-03

    This study reports on the correlation between crystal orientation and magnetic flux distribution of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles in the form of self-assembled rings. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy demonstrated that the nanoparticles were single-crystalline, highly monodispersed, (25?nm average diameter), and showed no appreciable lattice imperfections such as twins or stacking faults. Electron holography studies of these superparamagnetic nanoparticle rings indicated significant fluctuations in the magnetic flux lines, consistent with variations in the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the nanoparticles. The observations provide useful information for a deeper understanding of the micromagnetics of ultrasmall nanoparticles, where the magnetic dipolar interaction competes with the magnetic anisotropy.

  15. Manganese (II) Chelate Functionalized Copper Sulfide Nanoparticles for Efficient Magnetic Resonance/Photoacoustic Dual-Modal Imaging Guided Photothermal Therapy

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    Liu, Renfa; Jing, Lijia; Peng, Dong; Li, Yong; Tian, Jie; Dai, Zhifei

    2015-01-01

    The integration of diagnostic and therapeutic functionalities into one nanoplatform shows great promise in cancer therapy. In this research, manganese (II) chelate functionalized copper sulfide nanoparticles were successfully prepared using a facile hydrothermal method. The obtained ultrasmall nanoparticles exhibit excellent photothermal effect and photoaoustic activity. Besides, the high loading content of Mn(II) chelates makes the nanoparticles attractive T1 contrast agent in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In vivo photoacoustic imaging (PAI) results showed that the nanoparticles could be efficiently accumulated in tumor site in 24 h after systematic administration, which was further validated by MRI tests. The subsequent photothermal therapy of cancer in vivo was achieved without inducing any observed side effects. Therefore, the copper sulfide nanoparticles functionalized with Mn(II) chelate hold great promise as a theranostic nanomedicine for MR/PA dual-modal imaging guided photothermal therapy of cancer. PMID:26284144

  16. Bio-NCs - the marriage of ultrasmall metal nanoclusters with biomolecules

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    Goswami, Nirmal; Zheng, Kaiyuan; Xie, Jianping

    2014-10-01

    Ultrasmall metal nanoclusters (NCs) have attracted increasing attention due to their fascinating physicochemical properties. Today, functional metal NCs are finding growing acceptance in biomedical applications. To achieve a better performance in biomedical applications, metal NCs can be interfaced with biomolecules, such as proteins, peptides, and DNA, to form a new class of biomolecule-NC composites (or bio-NCs in short), which typically show synergistic or novel physicochemical and physiological properties. This feature article focuses on the recent studies emerging at the interface of metal NCs and biomolecules, where the interactions could impart unique physicochemical properties to the metal NCs, as well as mutually regulate biological functions of the bio-NCs. In this article, we first provide a broad overview of key concepts and developments in the novel biomolecule-directed synthesis of metal NCs. A special focus is placed on the key roles of biomolecules in metal NC synthesis. In the second part, we describe how the encapsulated metal NCs affect the structure and function of biomolecules. Followed by that, we discuss several unique synergistic effects observed in the bio-NCs, and illustrate them with examples highlighting their potential biomedical applications. Continued interdisciplinary efforts are required to build up in-depth knowledge about the interfacial chemistry and biology of bio-NCs, which could further pave their ways toward biomedical applications.

  17. Ultrasmall Nanoplatforms as Calcium-Responsive Contrast Agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

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    Moussaron, Albert; Vibhute, Sandip; Bianchi, Andrea; Gündüz, Serhat; Kotb, Shady; Sancey, Lucie; Motto-Ros, Vincent; Rizzitelli, Silvia; Crémillieux, Yannick; Lux, Francois; Logothetis, Nikos K; Tillement, Olivier; Angelovski, Goran

    2015-10-01

    The preparation of ultrasmall and rigid platforms (USRPs) that are covalently coupled to macrocycle-based, calcium-responsive/smart contrast agents (SCAs), and the initial in vitro and in vivo validation of the resulting nanosized probes (SCA-USRPs) by means of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is reported. The synthetic procedure is robust, allowing preparation of the SCA-USRPs on a multigram scale. The resulting platforms display the desired MRI activity-i.e., longitudinal relaxivity increases almost twice at 7 T magnetic field strength upon saturation with Ca(2+) . Cell viability is probed with the MTT assay using HEK-293 cells, which show good tolerance for lower contrast agent concentrations over longer periods of time. On intravenous administration of SCA-USRPs in living mice, MRI studies indicate their rapid accumulation in the renal pelvis and parenchyma. Importantly, the MRI signal increases in both kidney compartments when CaCl2 is also administrated. Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy experiments confirm accumulation of SCA-USRPs in the renal cortex. To the best of our knowledge, these are the first studies which demonstrate calcium-sensitive MRI signal changes in vivo. Continuing contrast agent and MRI protocol optimizations should lead to wider application of these responsive probes and development of superior functional methods for monitoring calcium-dependent physiological and pathological processes in a dynamic manner. PMID:26179212

  18. Fabrication of Si Thermoelectric Nanomaterials Containing Ultrasmall Epitaxial Ge Nanodots with an Ultrahigh Density

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    Yamasaka, Shuto; Nakamura, Yoshiaki; Ueda, Tomohiro; Takeuchi, Shotaro; Yamamoto, Yuta; Arai, Shigeo; Tanji, Takayoshi; Tanaka, Nobuo; Sakai, Akira

    2015-06-01

    A Si-based nanomaterial is proposed for use as a thermoelectric material. Ultrasmall epitaxial Ge nanodots (NDs) with an ultrahigh density are introduced into Si films as phonon scatterers using an ultrathin SiO2 film technique. The nanomaterial has the stacked structure Si/Ge NDs/Si on Si substrates. Reflection high-energy electron diffraction reveals epitaxial growth of the Ge NDs and Si layers in all of the stacking stages. Sharp interfaces of the Ge NDs/Si in the stacked structures were observed by high-angle annular field scanning transmission electron microscopy. The Ge NDs were controlled in terms of their composition and strain: main parts of the NDs did not alloy with Si, and the elastic strain was relaxed. These features were confirmed by Raman scattering and x-ray diffraction measurements. The fabrication techniques used to make the simple Si-based stacked structure with strain-relaxed almost pure Ge NDs are useful to develop thermoelectric nanomaterials.

  19. Enhanced sensitivity and contrast with bimodal atomic force microscopy with small and ultra-small amplitudes in ambient conditions

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    Santos, Sergio

    2013-12-01

    Here, we introduce bimodal atomic force microscopy operated with sub-nm and ultra-small, i.e., sub-angstrom, first and second mode amplitudes in ambient conditions. We show how the tip can be made to oscillate in the proximity of the surface and in perpetual contact with the adsorbed water layers while the second mode amplitude and phase provide enhanced contrast and sensitivity. Nonlinear and nonmonotonic behavior of the experimental observables is discussed theoretically with a view to high resolution, enhanced contrast, and minimally invasive mapping. Fractions of meV of energy dissipation are shown to provide contrast above the noise level.

  20. Enhanced sensitivity and contrast with bimodal atomic force microscopy with small and ultra-small amplitudes in ambient conditions

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    Santos, Sergio

    2013-12-02

    Here, we introduce bimodal atomic force microscopy operated with sub-nm and ultra-small, i.e., sub-angstrom, first and second mode amplitudes in ambient conditions. We show how the tip can be made to oscillate in the proximity of the surface and in perpetual contact with the adsorbed water layers while the second mode amplitude and phase provide enhanced contrast and sensitivity. Nonlinear and nonmonotonic behavior of the experimental observables is discussed theoretically with a view to high resolution, enhanced contrast, and minimally invasive mapping. Fractions of meV of energy dissipation are shown to provide contrast above the noise level.

  1. A self-sensing piezoelectric microcantilever biosensor for detection of ultrasmall adsorbed masses: theory and experiments.

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    Faegh, Samira; Jalili, Nader; Sridhar, Srinivas

    2013-01-01

    Detection of ultrasmall masses such as proteins and pathogens has been made possible as a result of advancements in nanotechnology. Development of label-free and highly sensitive biosensors has enabled the transduction of molecular recognition into detectable physical quantities. Microcantilever (MC)-based systems have played a widespread role in developing such biosensors. One of the most important drawbacks of all of the available biosensors is that they all come at a very high cost. Moreover, there are certain limitations in the measurement equipments attached to the biosensors which are mostly optical measurement systems. A unique self-sensing detection technique is proposed in this paper in order to address most of the limitations of the current measurement systems. A self-sensing bridge is used to excite piezoelectric MC-based sensor functioning in dynamic mode, which simultaneously measures the system's response through the self-induced voltage generated in the piezoelectric material. As a result, the need for bulky, expensive read-out equipment is eliminated. A comprehensive mathematical model is presented for the proposed self-sensing detection platform using distributed-parameters system modeling. An adaptation strategy is then implemented in the second part in order to compensate for the time-variation of piezoelectric properties which dynamically improves the behavior of the system. Finally, results are reported from an extensive experimental investigation carried out to prove the capability of the proposed platform. Experimental results verified the proposed mathematical modeling presented in the first part of the study with accuracy of 97.48%. Implementing the adaptation strategy increased the accuracy to 99.82%. These results proved the measurement capability of the proposed self-sensing strategy. It enables development of a cost-effective, sensitive and miniaturized mass sensing platform. PMID:23666133

  2. How size evaluation of lymph node is protocol dependent in MRI when using ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Gharehaghaji, Nahideh; Oghabian, Mohammad Ali; Sarkar, Saeed; Darki, Fahimeh; Beitollahi, Ali

    2009-05-01

    In this study, the volume of susceptibility artifact was evaluated in T1 and T2-weighted spin echo (SE) and gradient echo (GRE) images at various parameters using registration and subtraction methods. In order to state an important misinterpretation problem in lymphography, it was demonstrated that a lymph node size may be enlarged approximately 10 times when a T2*-weighted GRE protocol is used. To overcome this problem a technical consideration using multisequence (GRE and SE) paradigm was suggested to ensure both lymph node detection and metastasis identification in lymphatic system. The paradigm was also extended by post-processing manipulation of the SE images using a registration and subtraction approach for detection of lymphatic lesions.

  3. Study on the productivity of silicon nanoparticles by picosecond laser ablation in water: towards gram per hour yield.

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    Intartaglia, Romuald; Bagga, Komal; Brandi, Fernando

    2014-02-10

    An investigation on the productivity of silicon nanoparticles by picosecond laser ablation in water is presented. A systematic experimental study is performed as function of the laser wavelength, fluence and ablation time. In case of ablation at 1064 nm silicon nanoparticles with a mean diameter of 40 nm are produced. Instead, ablation at 355 nm results in nanoparticles with a mean diameter of 9 nm for short ablation time while the mean diameter decreases to 3 nm at longer ablation time. An original model based on the in-situ ablation/photo-fragmentation physical process is developed, and it very well explains the experimental productivity findings. The reported phenomenological model has a general validity, and it can be applied to analyze pulsed laser ablation in liquid in order to optimize the process parameters for higher productivity. Finally, an outlook is given towards gram per hour yield of ultra-small silicon nanoparticles. PMID:24663602

  4. Toward an image-guided microbeam radiation therapy using gadolinium-based nanoparticles.

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    Le Duc, Géraldine; Miladi, Imen; Alric, Christophe; Mowat, Pierre; Bräuer-Krisch, Elke; Bouchet, Audrey; Khalil, Enam; Billotey, Claire; Janier, Marc; Lux, François; Epicier, Thierry; Perriat, Pascal; Roux, Stéphane; Tillement, Olivier

    2011-12-27

    Ultrasmall gadolinium-based nanoparticles (GBNs) induce both a positive contrast for magnetic resonance imaging and a radiosentizing effect. The exploitation of these characteristics leads to a greater increase in lifespan of rats bearing brain tumors since the radiosensitizing effect of GBNs can be activated by X-ray microbeams when the gadolinium content is, at the same time, sufficiently high in the tumor and low in the surrounding healthy tissue. GBNs exhibit therefore an interesting potential for image-guided radiotherapy. PMID:22040385

  5. Glutathione-Coated Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles: A Surface Ligand for Minimizing Serum Protein Adsorption

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    2015-01-01

    Ultrasmall glutathione-coated luminescent gold nanoparticles (GS-AuNPs) are known for their high resistance to serum protein adsorption. Our studies show that these NPs can serve as surface ligands to significantly enhance the physiological stability and lower the serum protein adsorption of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs), in addition to rendering the NPs the luminescence property. After the incorporation of GS-AuNPs onto the surface of SPIONs to form the hybrid nanoparticles (HBNPs), these SPIONs’ protein adsorption was about 10-fold lower than those of the pure glutathione-coated SPIONs suggesting that GS-AuNPs are capable of providing a stealth effect against serum proteins. PMID:25029478

  6. Glutathione-coated luminescent gold nanoparticles: a surface ligand for minimizing serum protein adsorption.

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    Vinluan, Rodrigo D; Liu, Jinbin; Zhou, Chen; Yu, Mengxiao; Yang, Shengyang; Kumar, Amit; Sun, Shasha; Dean, Andrew; Sun, Xiankai; Zheng, Jie

    2014-08-13

    Ultrasmall glutathione-coated luminescent gold nanoparticles (GS-AuNPs) are known for their high resistance to serum protein adsorption. Our studies show that these NPs can serve as surface ligands to significantly enhance the physiological stability and lower the serum protein adsorption of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs), in addition to rendering the NPs the luminescence property. After the incorporation of GS-AuNPs onto the surface of SPIONs to form the hybrid nanoparticles (HBNPs), these SPIONs' protein adsorption was about 10-fold lower than those of the pure glutathione-coated SPIONs suggesting that GS-AuNPs are capable of providing a stealth effect against serum proteins. PMID:25029478

  7. Bifunctional non-noble metal oxide nanoparticle electrocatalysts through lithium-induced conversion for overall water splitting

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    Wang, Haotian; Lee, Hyun-Wook; Deng, Yong; Lu, Zhiyi; Hsu, Po-Chun; Liu, Yayuan; Lin, Dingchang; Cui, Yi

    2015-01-01

    Developing earth-abundant, active and stable electrocatalysts which operate in the same electrolyte for water splitting, including oxygen evolution reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction, is important for many renewable energy conversion processes. Here we demonstrate the improvement of catalytic activity when transition metal oxide (iron, cobalt, nickel oxides and their mixed oxides) nanoparticles (?20?nm) are electrochemically transformed into ultra-small diameter (2–5?nm) nanoparticles through lithium-induced conversion reactions. Different from most traditional chemical syntheses, this method maintains excellent electrical interconnection among nanoparticles and results in large surface areas and many catalytically active sites. We demonstrate that lithium-induced ultra-small NiFeOx nanoparticles are active bifunctional catalysts exhibiting high activity and stability for overall water splitting in base. We achieve 10?mA?cm?2 water-splitting current at only 1.51?V for over 200?h without degradation in a two-electrode configuration and 1?M KOH, better than the combination of iridium and platinum as benchmark catalysts. PMID:26099250

  8. Cytotoxicity, tumor targeting and PET imaging of sub-5 nm KGdF4 multifunctional rare earth nanoparticles

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    Cao, Xinmin; Cao, Fengwen; Xiong, Liqin; Yang, Yang; Cao, Tianye; Cai, Xi; Hai, Wangxi; Li, Biao; Guo, Yixiao; Zhang, Yimin; Li, Fuyou

    2015-08-01

    Ultrasmall sub-5 nm KGdF4 rare earth nanoparticles were synthesized as multifunctional probes for fluorescent, magnetic, and radionuclide imaging. The cytotoxicity of these nanoparticles in human glioblastoma U87MG and human non-small cell lung carcinoma H1299 cells was evaluated, and their application for in vitro and in vivo tumor targeted imaging has also been demonstrated.Ultrasmall sub-5 nm KGdF4 rare earth nanoparticles were synthesized as multifunctional probes for fluorescent, magnetic, and radionuclide imaging. The cytotoxicity of these nanoparticles in human glioblastoma U87MG and human non-small cell lung carcinoma H1299 cells was evaluated, and their application for in vitro and in vivo tumor targeted imaging has also been demonstrated. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Details of the experimental section as well as EDXA, XRD, zeta potential, FTIR, TGA, stability, TEM, Z scanning, ICP-MS, and MicroPET/CT images. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03374h

  9. Bifunctional non-noble metal oxide nanoparticle electrocatalysts through lithium-induced conversion for overall water splitting

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    Wang, Haotian; Lee, Hyun-Wook; Deng, Yong; Lu, Zhiyi; Hsu, Po-Chun; Liu, Yayuan; Lin, Dingchang; Cui, Yi

    2015-06-01

    Developing earth-abundant, active and stable electrocatalysts which operate in the same electrolyte for water splitting, including oxygen evolution reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction, is important for many renewable energy conversion processes. Here we demonstrate the improvement of catalytic activity when transition metal oxide (iron, cobalt, nickel oxides and their mixed oxides) nanoparticles (~20 nm) are electrochemically transformed into ultra-small diameter (2-5 nm) nanoparticles through lithium-induced conversion reactions. Different from most traditional chemical syntheses, this method maintains excellent electrical interconnection among nanoparticles and results in large surface areas and many catalytically active sites. We demonstrate that lithium-induced ultra-small NiFeOx nanoparticles are active bifunctional catalysts exhibiting high activity and stability for overall water splitting in base. We achieve 10 mA cm-2 water-splitting current at only 1.51 V for over 200 h without degradation in a two-electrode configuration and 1 M KOH, better than the combination of iridium and platinum as benchmark catalysts.

  10. Bifunctional non-noble metal oxide nanoparticle electrocatalysts through lithium-induced conversion for overall water splitting.

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    Wang, Haotian; Lee, Hyun-Wook; Deng, Yong; Lu, Zhiyi; Hsu, Po-Chun; Liu, Yayuan; Lin, Dingchang; Cui, Yi

    2015-01-01

    Developing earth-abundant, active and stable electrocatalysts which operate in the same electrolyte for water splitting, including oxygen evolution reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction, is important for many renewable energy conversion processes. Here we demonstrate the improvement of catalytic activity when transition metal oxide (iron, cobalt, nickel oxides and their mixed oxides) nanoparticles (?20?nm) are electrochemically transformed into ultra-small diameter (2-5?nm) nanoparticles through lithium-induced conversion reactions. Different from most traditional chemical syntheses, this method maintains excellent electrical interconnection among nanoparticles and results in large surface areas and many catalytically active sites. We demonstrate that lithium-induced ultra-small NiFeOx nanoparticles are active bifunctional catalysts exhibiting high activity and stability for overall water splitting in base. We achieve 10?mA?cm(-2) water-splitting current at only 1.51?V for over 200?h without degradation in a two-electrode configuration and 1?M KOH, better than the combination of iridium and platinum as benchmark catalysts. PMID:26099250

  11. Anomalous enhancement in the magnetoconductance of graphene/CoFe2O4 composite due to spin-orbit coupling

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    Bhattacharya, Shatabda; Maiti, Ramaprasad; Baskey Sen, Moni; Saha, Shyamal Kumar; Chakravorty, Dipankar

    2015-11-01

    To understand the effect of charge transfer from the d-orbital of transition metal (TM) to the graphene p-orbital at the graphene/TM interface, magnetoconductance measurements have been carried out in graphene/CoFe2O4 composites over the temperature range from 20-300 K. A transition from positive to negative magnetoconductance is observed at 80 K. Below 80 K, magnetoconductance increases with decreasing temperature in the usual way; however, above 80 K it increases unusually with increasing temperature and reaches about 65% at 300 K. This anomalous enhancement in magnetoconductance at the higher temperature region has been explained on the basis of spin-orbit coupling acting at the interface. The nanocomposite containing large interfaces between graphene and CoFe2O4 nanoparticles exhibits a superior magnetodielectric effect with a 22% change in dielectric permittivity for an applied magnetic field of 1.8 T as a result of the combined effect between the Maxwell-Wagner polarization at the interface and a positive magnetoconductance of CoFe2O4.

  12. The role of pH on the particle size and magnetic consequence of cobalt ferrite

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    Safi, Rohollah; Ghasemi, Ali; Shoja-Razavi, Reza; Tavousi, Majid

    2015-12-01

    Cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles with various size distributions were prepared by a chemical co-precipitation method at different pH condition from 8 to 13. The structural characterizations of the prepared samples were carried out using powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscope. The XRD results revealed that a single cubic CoFe2O4 phase with the average crystallite sizes of about 5-24 nm were formed. Cation distribution occupancy in tetrahedral and octahedral sites were estimated by employing Rietveld refinement technique. The results showed that the whole series of samples contain a partial inverse spinel structure. FTIR measurements between 370 and 4000 cm-1 confirmed the intrinsic cation vibrations of spinel structure of the samples. The room temperature magnetic properties of the samples have been examined using vibrating sample magnetometer. It is found that with increasing the pH of reaction, the magnetization and coercive field could be increased. The sample synthesized at pH~8 and 9 showed superparamagnetic behavior and highest coercive field up to 650 Oe is attributed to the sample synthesized with pH~13.

  13. Ultrasmall Glutathione-Protected Gold Nanoclusters as Next Generation Radiotherapy Sensitizers with High Tumor Uptake and High Renal Clearance

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    Zhang, Xiao-Dong; Chen, Jie; Song, Shasha; Yuan, Xun; Shen, Xiu; Wang, Hao; Sun, Yuanming; Gao, Kai; Zhang, Lianfeng; Fan, Saijun; Leong, David Tai; Guo, Meili; Xie, Jianping

    2015-01-01

    Radiotherapy is often the most straightforward first line cancer treatment for solid tumors. While it is highly effective against tumors, there is also collateral damage to healthy proximal tissues especially with high doses. The use of radiosensitizers is an effective way to boost the killing efficacy of radiotherapy against the tumor while drastically limiting the received dose and reducing the possible damage to normal tissues. Here, we report the design and application of a good radiosensitizer by using ultrasmall gold nanoclusters with a naturally occurring peptide (e.g., glutathione or GSH) as the protecting shell. The GSH coated gold nanoclusters can escape the RES absorption, leading to a good tumor uptake (8.1% ID/g at 24 h post injection). As a result, the as-designed Au nanoclusters led to a strong enhancement for radiotherapy, as well as a negligible damage to normal tissues. After the treatment, the ultrasmall gold nanoclusters can be efficiently cleared by the kidney, thereby avoiding potential ...

  14. Wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide with long propagation length and ultra-small deep-subwavelength mode area

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    Gui, Chengcheng; Wang, Jian

    2015-01-01

    We present a novel design of wedge hybrid plasmonic terahertz (THz) waveguide consisting of a silicon (Si) nanowire cylinder above a triangular gold wedge with surrounded high-density polyethylene as cladding. It features long propagation length and ultra-small deep-subwavelength mode confinement. The mode properties of wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide are comprehensively characterized in terms of propagation length (L), normalized mode area (Aeff /A0), figure of merit (FoM), and chromatic dispersion (D). The designed wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide enables an ultra-small deep-subwavelength mode area which is more than one-order of magnitude smaller compared to previous rectangular one. When choosing the diameter of Si nanowire cylinder, a smaller diameter (e.g. 10??m) is preferred to achieve longer L and higher FoM, while a larger diameter (e.g. 60??m) is favorable to obtain smaller Aeff /A0 and higher FoM. We further study the impacts of possible practical fabrication errors on the mode properties. The simulated results of propagation length and normalized mode area show that the proposed wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide is tolerant to practical fabrication errors in geometry parameters such as misalignment in the horizontal direction, variation of wedge tip angle, and variation of wedge tip curvature radius. PMID:26155782

  15. In Situ Encapsulation of Ultrasmall CuO Quantum Dots with Controlled Band-Gap and Reversible Thermochromism.

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    Ge, Yuzhen; Shah, Zameer Hussain; Wang, Cui; Wang, Jiasheng; Mao, Wenxin; Zhang, Shufen; Lu, Rongwen

    2015-12-01

    Silica encapsulated ultrasmall CuO quantum dots (QDs; CuO@SiO2) were synthesized by reverse microemulsion. The CuO QDs with sizes ranging from 2.0 to 1.0 nm with corresponding band gaps of 1.4 to 2.6 eV were prepared simply by varying the concentration of the Cu(2+) precursor. The samples were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and UV-vis spectroscopy. The CuO@SiO2 composite displayed reversible thermochromism which resulted from the strong electron-phonon coupling of ultrasmall CuO in the confined space of SiO2 and the enhanced band-gap shift in the visible light region depending on temperature. Besides, the as synthesized CuO@SiO2 was found to be highly stable for reversible thermochromism due to the micropore structure of silica matrix and local confinement of the QDs. PMID:26600010

  16. Wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide with long propagation length and ultra-small deep-subwavelength mode area.

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    Gui, Chengcheng; Wang, Jian

    2015-01-01

    We present a novel design of wedge hybrid plasmonic terahertz (THz) waveguide consisting of a silicon (Si) nanowire cylinder above a triangular gold wedge with surrounded high-density polyethylene as cladding. It features long propagation length and ultra-small deep-subwavelength mode confinement. The mode properties of wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide are comprehensively characterized in terms of propagation length (L), normalized mode area (Aeff/A0), figure of merit (FoM), and chromatic dispersion (D). The designed wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide enables an ultra-small deep-subwavelength mode area which is more than one-order of magnitude smaller compared to previous rectangular one. When choosing the diameter of Si nanowire cylinder, a smaller diameter (e.g. 10??m) is preferred to achieve longer L and higher FoM, while a larger diameter (e.g. 60??m) is favorable to obtain smaller Aeff/A0 and higher FoM. We further study the impacts of possible practical fabrication errors on the mode properties. The simulated results of propagation length and normalized mode area show that the proposed wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide is tolerant to practical fabrication errors in geometry parameters such as misalignment in the horizontal direction, variation of wedge tip angle, and variation of wedge tip curvature radius. PMID:26155782

  17. Quantum Tunneling of Magnetization in Ultrasmall Half-Metallic V3O4 Quantum Dots: Displaying Quantum Superparamagnetic State

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    Xiao, Chong; Zhang, Jiajia; Xu, Jie; Tong, Wei; Cao, Boxiao; Li, Kun; Pan, Bicai; Su, Haibin; Xie, Yi

    2012-01-01

    Quantum tunneling of magnetization (QTMs), stemming from their importance for understanding materials with unconventional properties, has continued to attract widespread theoretical and experimental attention. However, the observation of QTMs in the most promising candidates of molecular magnets and few iron-based compounds is limited to very low temperature. Herein, we first highlight a simple system, ultrasmall half-metallic V3O4 quantum dots, as a promising candidate for the investigation of QTMs at high temperature. The quantum superparamagnetic state (QSP) as a high temperature signature of QTMs is observed at 16?K, which is beyond absolute zero temperature and much higher than that of conventional iron-based compounds due to the stronger spin-orbital coupling of V3+ ions bringing high anisotropy energy. It is undoubtedly that this ultrasmall quantum dots, V3O4, offers not only a promising candidate for theoretical understanding of QTMs but also a very exciting possibility for computers using mesoscopic magnets. PMID:23091695

  18. Wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide with long propagation length and ultra-small deep-subwavelength mode area

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    Gui, Chengcheng; Wang, Jian

    2015-07-01

    We present a novel design of wedge hybrid plasmonic terahertz (THz) waveguide consisting of a silicon (Si) nanowire cylinder above a triangular gold wedge with surrounded high-density polyethylene as cladding. It features long propagation length and ultra-small deep-subwavelength mode confinement. The mode properties of wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide are comprehensively characterized in terms of propagation length (L), normalized mode area (Aeff /A0), figure of merit (FoM), and chromatic dispersion (D). The designed wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide enables an ultra-small deep-subwavelength mode area which is more than one-order of magnitude smaller compared to previous rectangular one. When choosing the diameter of Si nanowire cylinder, a smaller diameter (e.g. 10??m) is preferred to achieve longer L and higher FoM, while a larger diameter (e.g. 60??m) is favorable to obtain smaller Aeff /A0 and higher FoM. We further study the impacts of possible practical fabrication errors on the mode properties. The simulated results of propagation length and normalized mode area show that the proposed wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide is tolerant to practical fabrication errors in geometry parameters such as misalignment in the horizontal direction, variation of wedge tip angle, and variation of wedge tip curvature radius.

  19. Targeting of peptide conjugated magnetic nanoparticles to urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) expressing cells

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    Hansen, Line; Unmack Larsen, Esben Kjær; Nielsen, Erik Holm; Iversen, Frank; Liu, Zhuo; Thomsen, Karen; Pedersen, Michael; Skrydstrup, Troels; Nielsen, Niels Chr.; Ploug, Michael; Kjems, Jørgen

    2013-08-01

    Ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) nanoparticles are currently being used as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent in vivo, mainly by their passive accumulation in tissues of interest. However, a higher specificity can ideally be achieved when the nanoparticles are targeted towards cell specific receptors and this may also facilitate specific drug delivery by an enhanced target-mediated endocytosis. We report efficient peptide-mediated targeting of magnetic nanoparticles to cells expressing the urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR), a surface biomarker for poor patient prognosis shared by several cancers including breast, colorectal, and gastric cancers. Conjugation of a uPAR specific targeting peptide onto polyethylene glycol (PEG) coated USPIO nanoparticles by click chemistry resulted in a five times higher uptake in vitro in a uPAR positive cell line compared to nanoparticles carrying a non-binding control peptide. In accordance with specific receptor-mediated recognition, a low uptake was observed in the presence of an excess of ATF, a natural ligand for uPAR. The uPAR specific magnetic nanoparticles can potentially provide a useful supplement for tumor patient management when combined with MRI and drug delivery.Ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) nanoparticles are currently being used as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent in vivo, mainly by their passive accumulation in tissues of interest. However, a higher specificity can ideally be achieved when the nanoparticles are targeted towards cell specific receptors and this may also facilitate specific drug delivery by an enhanced target-mediated endocytosis. We report efficient peptide-mediated targeting of magnetic nanoparticles to cells expressing the urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR), a surface biomarker for poor patient prognosis shared by several cancers including breast, colorectal, and gastric cancers. Conjugation of a uPAR specific targeting peptide onto polyethylene glycol (PEG) coated USPIO nanoparticles by click chemistry resulted in a five times higher uptake in vitro in a uPAR positive cell line compared to nanoparticles carrying a non-binding control peptide. In accordance with specific receptor-mediated recognition, a low uptake was observed in the presence of an excess of ATF, a natural ligand for uPAR. The uPAR specific magnetic nanoparticles can potentially provide a useful supplement for tumor patient management when combined with MRI and drug delivery. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr32922d

  20. A new approach to quantification of metamorphism using ultra-small and small angle neutron scattering.

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    Anovitz, Lawrence {Larry} M; Lynn, Gary W; Cole, David R

    2009-12-01

    In this paper we report the results of a study using small angle and ultra-small angle neutron scattering techniques (SANS and USANS) to examine the evolution of carbonates during contact metamorphism. Data were obtained from samples collected along two transects in the metamorphosed Hueco limestone at the Marble Canyon, Texas, contact aureole. These samples were collected from the igneous contact out to {approx}1700 m. Scattering curves obtained from these samples show mass fractal behavior at low scattering vectors, and surface fractal behavior at high scattering vectors. Significant changes are observed in the surface and mass fractal dimensions as well as the correlation lengths (pore and grain sizes), surface area to volume ratio and surface Gibbs Free energy as a function of distance, including regions of the aureole outside the range of classic metamorphic petrology. A change from mass-fractal to non-fractal behavior is observed at larger scales near the outer boundary of the aureole that implies significant reorganization of pore distributions early in the metamorphic history. Surface fractal results suggest significant smoothing of grain boundaries, coupled with changes in pore sizes. A section of the scattering curve with a slope less than -4 appears at low-Q in metamorphosed samples, which is not present in unmetamorphosed samples. A strong spike in the surface area to volume ratio is observed in rocks near the mapped metamorphic limit, which is associated with reaction of small amounts of organic material to graphite. It may also represent an increase in pore volume or permeability, suggesting that a high permeability zone forms at the boundary of the aureole and moves outwards as metamorphism progresses. Neutron scattering data also correlate well with transmission electron microscopic (TEM) observations, which show formation of micro- and nanopores and microfractures during metamorphism. The scattering data are, however, quantifiable for a bulk rock in a manner that is difficult to achieve using high-resolution imaging (e.g. TEM). Thus, neutron scattering techniques provide a new approach to the analysis and study of metamorphism.

  1. Nanoparticle cluster gas sensor: Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticles for NH3 detection with ultrahigh sensitivity.

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    Liu, Xu; Chen, Nan; Han, Bingqian; Xiao, Xuechun; Chen, Gang; Djerdj, Igor; Wang, Yude

    2015-09-28

    Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters were synthesized by a simple solvothermal method. The structure, morphology, chemical state and specific surface area were analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and N2-sorption studies, respectively. The SnO2 nanoparticle cluster matrix consists of tens of thousands of SnO2 nanoparticles with an ultra-small grain size estimated to be 3.0 nm. And there are abundant random-packed wormhole-like pores, caused by the inter-connection of the SnO2 nanoparticles, throughout each cluster. The platinum element is present in two forms including metal (Pt) and tetravalent metal oxide (PtO2) in the Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters. The as-synthesized pure and Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters were used to fabricate gas sensor devices. It was found that the gas response toward 500 ppm of ammonia was improved from 6.48 to 203.44 through the activation by Pt. And the results indicate that the sensor based on Pt activated SnO2 not only has ultrahigh sensitivity but also possesses good response-recovery properties, linear dependence, repeatability, selectivity and long-term stability, demonstrating the potential to use Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters as ammonia gas sensors. At the same time, the formation mechanisms of the unique nanoparticle clusters and highly enhanced sensitivity are also discussed. PMID:26289622

  2. Sensing Nanoparticles with a Cantilever-Based Scannable Optical Cavity of Low Finesse and Sub-?3 Volume

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    Kelkar, Hrishikesh; Wang, Daqing; Martín-Cano, Diego; Hoffmann, Björn; Christiansen, Silke; Götzinger, Stephan; Sandoghdar, Vahid

    2015-11-01

    We report on the realization of an open plane-concave Fabry-Perot resonator with a mode volume below ?3 at optical frequencies. We discuss some of the less-common features of this microcavity regime and show that the ultrasmall mode volume allows us to detect cavity resonance shifts induced by single nanoparticles even at quality factors as low as 100. Being based on low-reflectivity micromirrors fabricated on a silicon cantilever, our experimental arrangement provides broadband operation, tunability of the cavity resonance, and lateral scanning. These features are interesting for a range of applications including biochemical sensing, modification of photophysics, and optomechanical studies.

  3. Manipulation of High-Order Scattering Processes in Ultrasmall Optical Resonators to Control Far-Field Emission

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    Redding, Brandon; Ge, Li; Song, Qinghai; Solomon, Glenn S.; Cao, Hui

    2014-04-01

    By imposing a set of harmonic perturbations to a microcavity boundary, we induce conversion and mixing of orbital angular momentum of light via surface scattering. Multiple scattering paths are available due to high-order scattering, which can be greatly enhanced by quasidegenerate resonances. By manipulating the relative strengths of these scattering processes, we theoretically synthesize the angular momentum spectra of individual modes so as to control their far-field patterns. We demonstrate experimentally that in wavelength-scale cavities of a fixed shape, the neighboring modes can have dramatically different emission directionality. This phenomenon is robust against slight shape deviation and surface roughness, and provides a general mechanism to control the emission direction of ultrasmall resonators.

  4. Polarity determination by electron energy-loss spectroscopy: application to ultra-small III-nitride semiconductor nanocolumns.

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    Kong, X; Risti?, J; Sanchez-Garcia, M A; Calleja, E; Trampert, A

    2011-10-14

    Channeling-enhanced electron energy-loss spectroscopy is applied to determine the polarity of ultra-small nitride semiconductor nanocolumns in transmission electron microscopy. The technique demonstrates some practical advantages in the nanostructure analysis, especially for feature sizes of less than 50 nm. We have studied GaN and (Al, Ga)N nanocolumns grown in a self-assembled way by molecular beam epitaxy directly on bare Si(111) substrates and on AlN buffer layers, respectively. The GaN nanocolumns on Si show an N polarity, while the (Al, Ga)N nanocolumns on an AlN buffer exhibit a Ga polarity. The different polarities of nanocolumns grown in a similar procedure are interpreted in terms of the specific interface bonding configurations. Our investigation contributes to the understanding of polarity control in III-nitride nanocolumn growth. PMID:21914935

  5. Polarity determination by electron energy-loss spectroscopy: application to ultra-small III-nitride semiconductor nanocolumns

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    Kong, X.; Risti?, J.; Sanchez-Garcia, M. A.; Calleja, E.; Trampert, A.

    2011-10-01

    Channeling-enhanced electron energy-loss spectroscopy is applied to determine the polarity of ultra-small nitride semiconductor nanocolumns in transmission electron microscopy. The technique demonstrates some practical advantages in the nanostructure analysis, especially for feature sizes of less than 50 nm. We have studied GaN and (Al, Ga)N nanocolumns grown in a self-assembled way by molecular beam epitaxy directly on bare Si(111) substrates and on AlN buffer layers, respectively. The GaN nanocolumns on Si show an N polarity, while the (Al, Ga)N nanocolumns on an AlN buffer exhibit a Ga polarity. The different polarities of nanocolumns grown in a similar procedure are interpreted in terms of the specific interface bonding configurations. Our investigation contributes to the understanding of polarity control in III-nitride nanocolumn growth.

  6. Thermal decomposition of [Co(en)3][Fe(CN)6]? 2H2O: Topotactic dehydration process, valence and spin exchange mechanism elucidation

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    2013-01-01

    Background The Prussian blue analogues represent well-known and extensively studied group of coordination species which has many remarkable applications due to their ion-exchange, electron transfer or magnetic properties. Among them, Co-Fe Prussian blue analogues have been extensively studied due to the photoinduced magnetization. Surprisingly, their suitability as precursors for solid-state synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles is almost unexplored. In this paper, the mechanism of thermal decomposition of [Co(en)3][Fe(CN)6] ?? 2H2O (1a) is elucidated, including the topotactic dehydration, valence and spins exchange mechanisms suggestion and the formation of a mixture of CoFe2O4-Co3O4 (3:1) as final products of thermal degradation. Results The course of thermal decomposition of 1a in air atmosphere up to 600°C was monitored by TG/DSC techniques, 57Fe Mössbauer and IR spectroscopy. As first, the topotactic dehydration of 1a to the hemihydrate [Co(en)3][Fe(CN)6] ?? 1/2H2O (1b) occurred with preserving the single-crystal character as was confirmed by the X-ray diffraction analysis. The consequent thermal decomposition proceeded in further four stages including intermediates varying in valence and spin states of both transition metal ions in their structures, i.e. [FeII(en)2(?-NC)CoIII(CN)4], FeIII(NH2CH2CH3)2(?-NC)2CoII(CN)3] and FeIII[CoII(CN)5], which were suggested mainly from 57Fe Mössbauer, IR spectral and elemental analyses data. Thermal decomposition was completed at 400°C when superparamagnetic phases of CoFe2O4 and Co3O4 in the molar ratio of 3:1 were formed. During further temperature increase (450 and 600°C), the ongoing crystallization process gave a new ferromagnetic phase attributed to the CoFe2O4-Co3O4 nanocomposite particles. Their formation was confirmed by XRD and TEM analyses. In-field (5 K / 5 T) Mössbauer spectrum revealed canting of Fe(III) spin in almost fully inverse spinel structure of CoFe2O4. Conclusions It has been found that the thermal decomposition of [Co(en)3][Fe(CN)6] ?? 2H2O in air atmosphere is a gradual multiple process accompanied by the formation of intermediates with different composition, stereochemistry, oxidation as well as spin states of both the central transition metals. The decomposition is finished above 400°C and the ongoing heating to 600°C results in the formation of CoFe2O4-Co3O4 nanocomposite particles as the final decomposition product. PMID:23391378

  7. Protein fibrillation and nanoparticle interactions: opportunities and challenges.

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    Mahmoudi, Morteza; Kalhor, Hamid R; Laurent, Sophie; Lynch, Iseult

    2013-04-01

    Due to their ultra-small size, nanoparticles (NPs) have distinct properties compared with the bulk form of the same materials. These properties are rapidly revolutionizing many areas of medicine and technology. NPs are recognized as promising and powerful tools to fight against the human brain diseases such as multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer's disease. In this review, after an introductory part on the nature of protein fibrillation and the existing approaches for its investigations, the effects of NPs on the fibrillation process have been considered. More specifically, the role of biophysicochemical properties of NPs, which define their affinity for protein monomers, unfolded monomers, oligomers, critical nuclei, and other prefibrillar states, together with their influence on protein fibrillation kinetics has been described in detail. In addition, current and possible-future strategies for controlling the desired effect of NPs and their corresponding effects on the conformational changes of the proteins, which have significant roles in the fibrillation process, have been presented. PMID:23463168

  8. Protein fibrillation and nanoparticle interactions: opportunities and challenges

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    Mahmoudi, Morteza; Kalhor, Hamid R.; Laurent, Sophie; Lynch, Iseult

    2013-03-01

    Due to their ultra-small size, nanoparticles (NPs) have distinct properties compared with the bulk form of the same materials. These properties are rapidly revolutionizing many areas of medicine and technology. NPs are recognized as promising and powerful tools to fight against the human brain diseases such as multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer's disease. In this review, after an introductory part on the nature of protein fibrillation and the existing approaches for its investigations, the effects of NPs on the fibrillation process have been considered. More specifically, the role of biophysicochemical properties of NPs, which define their affinity for protein monomers, unfolded monomers, oligomers, critical nuclei, and other prefibrillar states, together with their influence on protein fibrillation kinetics has been described in detail. In addition, current and possible-future strategies for controlling the desired effect of NPs and their corresponding effects on the conformational changes of the proteins, which have significant roles in the fibrillation process, have been presented.

  9. Magnetic Nanopillars Fabricated Using Electron Beam Lithography

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    Magnetic Nanopillars Fabricated Using Electron Beam Lithography P R O J E C T L E A D E R : Stuart M E N T S Fabricated the smallest reported CoFe2 O4 nanopillars using electron beam lithography (NIST) G O A L To fabricate CoFe2 O4 nanopillars with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in order

  10. Simulation of Ultra-Small MOSFETs Using a 2-D Quantum-Corrected Drift-Diffusion Model

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    Biegal, Bryan A.; Rafferty, Connor S.; Yu, Zhiping; Ancona, Mario G.; Dutton, Robert W.; Saini, Subhash (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    The continued down-scaling of electronic devices, in particular the commercially dominant MOSFET, will force a fundamental change in the process of new electronics technology development in the next five to ten years. The cost of developing new technology generations is soaring along with the price of new fabrication facilities, even as competitive pressure intensifies to bring this new technology to market faster than ever before. To reduce cost and time to market, device simulation must become a more fundamental, indeed dominant, part of the technology development cycle. In order to produce these benefits, simulation accuracy must improve markedly. At the same time, device physics will become more complex, with the rapid increase in various small-geometry and quantum effects. This work describes both an approach to device simulator development and a physical model which advance the effort to meet the tremendous electronic device simulation challenge described above. The device simulation approach is to specify the physical model at a high level to a general-purpose (but highly efficient) partial differential equation solver (in this case PROPHET, developed by Lucent Technologies), which then simulates the model in 1-D, 2-D, or 3-D for a specified device and test regime. This approach allows for the rapid investigation of a wide range of device models and effects, which is certainly essential for device simulation to catch up with, and then stay ahead of, electronic device technology of the present and future. The physical device model used in this work is the density-gradient (DG) quantum correction to the drift-diffusion model [Ancona, Phys. Rev. B 35(5), 7959 (1987)]. This model adds tunneling and quantum smoothing of carrier density profiles to the drift-diffusion model. We used the DG model in 1-D and 2-D (for the first time) to simulate both bipolar and unipolar devices. Simulations of heavily-doped, short-base diodes indicated that the DG quantum corrections do not have a large effect on the IN characteristics of electronic devices without heteroj unction s. On the other hand, ultra-small MOSFETs certainly exhibit important quantum effects that the DG model will include: quantum repulsion of the inversion and gate charges from the oxide interfaces, and quantum tunneling through thin gate oxides. We present initial results of 2-D DG simulations of ultra-small MOSFETs. Subtle but important issues involving the specification of the model, boundary conditions, and interface constraints for DG simulation of MOSFETs will also be illuminated.

  11. Nanostructured materials for multifunctional applications under NSF-CREST research at Norfolk State University

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    Pradhan, A. K.; Mundle, R.; Zhang, K.; Holloway, T.; Amponsah, O.; Biswal, D.; Konda, R.; White, C.; Dondapati, H.; Santiago, K.; Birdsong, T.; Arslan, M.; Peeples, B.; Shaw, D.; Smak, J.; Samataray, C.; Bahoura, M.

    2012-04-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles of CoFe2O4 have been synthesized under an applied magnetic field through a co-precipitation method followed by thermal treatments at different temperatures, producing nanoparticles of varying size. The magnetic behavior of these nanoparticles of varying size was investigated. As-grown nanoparticles demonstrate superparamagnetism above the blocking temperature, which is dependent on the particle size. The anomalous magnetic behavior is attributed to the preferred Co ions and vacancies arrangements when the CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized under applied magnetic field. Furthermore, this magnetic property is strongly dependent on the high temperature heat treatments, which produce Co ions and vacancies disorder. We performed the fabrication of condensed and mesoporous silica coated CoFe2O4 magnetic nanocomposites. The CoFe2O4 magnetic nanoparticles were encapsulated with well-defined silica layer. The mesopores in the shell were fabricated as a consequence of removal of organic group of the precursor through annealing. The NiO nanoparticles were loaded into the mesoporous silica. The mesoporous silica coated magnetic nanostructure loaded with NiO as a final product may have potential use in the field of biomedical applications. Growth mechanism of ZnO nanorod arrays on ZnO seed layer investigated by electric and Kelvin probe force microscopy. Both electric and Kelvin force probe microscopy was used to investigate the surface potentials on the ZnO seed layer, which shows a remarkable dependence on the annealing temperature. The optimum temperature for the growth of nanorod arrays normal to the surface was found to be at 600 °C, which is in the range of right surface potentials and energy measured between 500 °C and 700 °C. We demonstrated from both EFM and Kelvin force probe microscopy studies that surface potential controls the growth of ZnO nanorods. This study will provide important understanding of growth of other nanostructures. ZnO nanolayers were also grown by atomic layer deposition techniques. These nanolayers of ZnO demonstrate remarkable optical and electrical properties. These nanolayers were patterned by the Electron Beam Lithography (EBL) technique. A major goal of nanotechnology is to couple the self-assembly of molecular nanostructures with conventional lithography, using either or both bottom-up and top-down fabrication methods, that would enable us to register individual molecular nanostructures onto the functional devices. However, combining the nanofabrication technique with high resolution Electron Beam Lithography, we can achieve 3D bimolecular or/and DNA origami that will be able to identify nucleic acid sequences, antigen targets, and other molecules, as for a perfect nano-biosensor. We have explored some of the nanopatterning using EBL in order to fabricate biomolecule sensing on a single chip with sub nm pitch. The applications are not limited for the bioactivity, but for enhancing immunoreactions, cell culture dishes, and tissue engineering applications.

  12. Silver Nanoparticles

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    Khaydarov, R. R.; Khaydarov, R. A.; Estrin, Y.; Evgrafova, S.; Scheper, T.; Endres, C.; Cho, S. Y.

    The bactericidal effect of silver nanoparticles obtained by a novel electrochemical method on Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Aspergillus niger and Penicillium phoeniceum cultures has been studied. The tests conducted have demonstrated that synthesized silver nanoparticles — when added to water paints or cotton fabrics — show a pronounced antibacterial/antifungal effect. It was shown that smaller silver nanoparticles have a greater antibacterial/antifungal efficacy. The paper also provides a review of scientific literature with regard to recent developments in the field of toxicity of silver nanoparticles and its effect on environment and human health.

  13. Ultrasmall biomolecule-anchored hybrid GdVO4 nanophosphors as a metabolizable multimodal bioimaging contrast agent.

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    Dong, Kai; Ju, Enguo; Liu, Jianhua; Han, Xueli; Ren, Jinsong; Qu, Xiaogang

    2014-10-21

    Multimodal molecular imaging has recently attracted much attention on disease diagnostics by taking advantage of individual imaging modalities. Herein, we have demonstrated a new paradigm for multimodal bioimaging based on amino acids-anchored ultrasmall lanthanide-doped GdVO4 nanoprobes. On the merit of special metal-cation complexation and abundant functional groups, these amino acids-anchored nanoprobes showed high colloidal stability and excellent dispersibility. Additionally, due to typical paramagnetic behaviour, high X-ray mass absorption coefficient and strong fluorescence, these nanoprobes would provide a unique opportunity to develop multifunctional probes for MRI, CT and luminescence imaging. More importantly, the small size and biomolecular coatings endow the nanoprobes with effective metabolisability and high biocompatibility. With the superior stability, high biocompatibility, effective metabolisability and excellent contrast performance, amino acids-capped GdVO4:Eu(3+) nanocastings are a promising candidate as multimodal contrast agents and would bring more opportunities for biological and medical applications with further modifications. PMID:25185795

  14. Cd1-xMnxTe ultrasmall quantum dots growth in a silicate glass matrix by the fusion method

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    Dantas, Noelio Oliveira; de Lima Fernandes, Guilherme; Baffa, Oswaldo; Gómez, Jorge Antônio; Almeida Silva, Anielle Christine

    2014-09-01

    In this study, we synthesized Cd1-xMnxTe ultrasmall quantum dots (USQDs) in SiO2-Na2CO3-Al2O3-B2O3 glass system using the fusion method. Growth of these Cd1-xMnxTe USQDs was confirmed by optical absorption, atomic force microscopy (AFM), magnetic force microscopy (MFM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements. The blueshift of absorption transition with increasing manganese concentration gives evidence of incorporation of manganese ions (Mn2+) in CdTe USQDs. AFM, TEM, and MFM confirmed, respectively, the formation of high quality Cd1-xMnxTe USQDs with uniformly distributed size and magnetic phases. Furthermore, EPR spectra showed six lines associated to the S = 5/2 spin half-filled d-state, characteristic of Mn2+, and confirmed that Mn2+ are located in the sites core and surface of the CdTe USQD. Therefore, synthesis of high quality Cd1-xMnxTe USQDs may allow the control of optical and magnetic properties.

  15. Current oscillations in ultra-small superconducting Nb-Nb junctions formed by STM at mK temperatures

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    Dreyer, Michael; Roychowdhury, Anita; Dana, Rami

    2014-03-01

    Using etched Nb STM tips we formed ultra-small tunnel junctions on a Nb crystal at an effective temperature of ~ 200 mK using an Oxford dilution refrigerator. The Nb crystal was prepared in UHV and then transferred into the mK STM. The resulting superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) junction displayed several sub-gap features from multiple Andreev reflections to a zero bias conductance peak. The latter showed features of a Josephson junction in the phase diffusion limit with side structures due to the electrical environment. Upon microwave irradiation the peak split into multiple peaks in accordance with theory, verifying Josephson tunneling. In addition we observed bias dependent oscillations of the tunneling current. The oscillations where recorded at a rate of 10 kS/s while acquiring conventional dI/dV or I(V) spectroscopic curves. Histograms of the current for each bias voltage step then reveal the nature of the oscillation. It ranges from multiple states in certain bias regions through pure oscillations to supercurrent-normal switching. Fourier transform of the current show in some cases a bias dependence of the main frequencies. Possible causes will be discussed.

  16. Polymeric nanoparticles-based topical delivery systems for the treatment of dermatological diseases

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    Zhang, Zheng; Tsai, Pei-Chin; Ramezanli, Tannaz; Michniak-Kohn, Bozena B.

    2013-01-01

    Human skin not only functions as a permeation barrier (mainly due to the stratum corneum layer), but also provides a unique delivery pathway for therapeutic and other active agents. These compounds penetrate via intercellular, intracellular and transappendageal routes, resulting in topical delivery (into skin strata) and transdermal delivery (to subcutaneous tissues and into the systemic circulation). Passive and active permeation enhancement methods have been widely applied to increase the cutaneous penetration. The pathology, pathogenesis and topical treatment approaches of dermatological diseases, such as psoriasis, contact dermatitis, and skin cancer, are then discussed. Recent literature has demonstrated that nanoparticles-based topical delivery systems can be successful in treating these skin conditions. The studies are reviewed starting with the nanoparticles based on natural polymers specially chitosan, followed by those made of synthetic, degradable (aliphatic polyesters) and non-degradable (polyarylates) polymers; emphasis is given to nanospheres made of polymers derived from naturally occurring metabolites, the tyrosine-derived nanospheres (TyroSpheres™). In summary, the nanoparticles-based topical delivery systems combine the advantages of both the nano-sized drug carriers and the topical approach, and are promising for the treatment of skin diseases. For the perspectives, the penetration of ultra-small nanoparticles (size smaller than 40 nm) into skin strata, the targeted delivery of the encapsulated drugs to hair follicle stem cells, and the combination of nanoparticles and microneedle array technologies for special applications such as vaccine delivery are discussed. PMID:23386536

  17. Biotemplated Synthesis of Anatase Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles via Lignocellulosic Waste Material

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    Bagheri, Samira; Abd Hamid, Sharifah Bee

    2014-01-01

    Anatase titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2-NPs) were synthesized by sol-gel method using rice straw as a soft biotemplate. Rice straw, as a lignocellulosic waste material, is a biomass feedstock which is globally produced in high rate and could be utilized in an innovative approach to manufacture a value-added product. Rice straw as a reliable biotemplate has been used in the sol-gel method to synthesize ultrasmall sizes of TiO2-NPs with high potential application in photocatalysis. The physicochemical properties of titanium dioxide nanoparticles were investigated by a number of techniques such as X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), ultraviolet visible spectra (UV-Vis), and surface area and pore size analysis. All results consensually confirmed that particle sizes of synthesized titanium dioxide were template-dependent, representing decrease in the nanoparticles sizes with increase of biotemplate concentration. Titanium dioxide nanoparticles as small as 13.0 ± 3.3?nm were obtained under our experimental conditions. Additionally, surface area and porosity of synthesized TiO2-NPs have been enhanced by increasing rice straw amount which results in surface modification of nanoparticles and potential application in photocatalysis. PMID:25126547

  18. Biotemplated synthesis of anatase titanium dioxide nanoparticles via lignocellulosic waste material.

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    Ramimoghadam, Donya; Bagheri, Samira; Abd Hamid, Sharifah Bee

    2014-01-01

    Anatase titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2-NPs) were synthesized by sol-gel method using rice straw as a soft biotemplate. Rice straw, as a lignocellulosic waste material, is a biomass feedstock which is globally produced in high rate and could be utilized in an innovative approach to manufacture a value-added product. Rice straw as a reliable biotemplate has been used in the sol-gel method to synthesize ultrasmall sizes of TiO2-NPs with high potential application in photocatalysis. The physicochemical properties of titanium dioxide nanoparticles were investigated by a number of techniques such as X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), ultraviolet visible spectra (UV-Vis), and surface area and pore size analysis. All results consensually confirmed that particle sizes of synthesized titanium dioxide were template-dependent, representing decrease in the nanoparticles sizes with increase of biotemplate concentration. Titanium dioxide nanoparticles as small as 13.0 ± 3.3?nm were obtained under our experimental conditions. Additionally, surface area and porosity of synthesized TiO2-NPs have been enhanced by increasing rice straw amount which results in surface modification of nanoparticles and potential application in photocatalysis. PMID:25126547

  19. Improved photocatalytic activity of gold decorated differently doped TiO2 nanoparticles: A comparative study.

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    Pal, Nabin Kumar; Kryschi, Carola

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, undoped and several differently doped (with Fe(3+), N(-), and ?-Al2O3) TiO2-nanoparticle-based photocatalysts and those covered with ultrasmall gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were engineered. Their photocatalytic performance was studied by utilizing them for the liquid-phase decomposition of the model dye methylene blue (MB) under visible-light irradiation. The structural, morphological, physico-chemical, and optical properties of the photocatalysts were investigated using X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, diffuse-reflectance UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Photodegradation kinetics of MB was followed by measuring the absorbance of MB at 664 nm at different irradiation times, whereas the mineralization of MB was examined by determining the total organic carbon (TOC) content. The photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanoparticles was shown to be significantly increased by introducing dopants into the crystal lattice and depositing AuNPs on the surface. Among those, ?-Al2O3 doped TiO2 nanoparticles covered with deposited AuNPs show the best photocatalytic performance. Altogether, the here engineered photocatalysts as consisting of doped TiO2 nanoparticles decorated with AuNPs establish novel three-component nanocomposite systems, where synergetic interactions between surface AuNPs, dopants and TiO2 were shown to significantly enhance the photocatalytic activity. PMID:26519796

  20. Nanoparticle scaffolds for syngas-fed solid oxide fuel cells

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    Boldrin, Paul; Ruiz-Trejo, Enrique; Yu, Jingwen; Gruar, Robert I.; Tighe, Christopher J.; Chang, Kee-Chul; Ilavsky, Jan; Darr, Jawwad A.; Brandon, Nigel

    2014-12-17

    Incorporation of nanoparticles into devices such as solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) may provide benefits such as higher surface areas or finer control over microstructure. However, their use with traditional fabrication techniques such as screen-printing is problematic. Here, we show that mixing larger commercial particles with nanoparticles allows traditional ink formulation and screen-printing to be used while still providing benefits of nanoparticles such as increased porosity and lower sintering temperatures. SOFC anodes were produced by impregnating ceria–gadolinia (CGO) scaffolds with nickel nitrate solution. The scaffolds were produced from inks containing a mixture of hydrothermally-synthesised nanoparticle CGO, commercial CGO and polymeric pore formers. The scaffolds were heat-treated at either 1000 or 1300 °C, and were mechanically stable. In situ ultra-small X-ray scattering (USAXS) shows that the nanoparticles begin sintering around 900–1000 °C. Analysis by USAXS and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that the low temperature heat-treated scaffolds possessed higher porosity. Impregnated scaffolds were used to produce symmetrical cells, with the lower temperature heat-treated scaffolds showing improved gas diffusion, but poorer charge transfer. Using these scaffolds, lower temperature heat-treated cells of Ni–CGO/200 ?m YSZ/CGO-LSCF performed better at 700 °C (and below) in hydrogen, and performed better at all temperatures using syngas, with power densities of up to 0.15 W cm-2 at 800 °C. This approach has the potential to allow the use of a wider range of materials and finer control over microstructure.

  1. Nanoparticle scaffolds for syngas-fed solid oxide fuel cells

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    Boldrin, Paul; Ruiz-Trejo, Enrique; Yu, Jingwen; Gruar, Robert I.; Tighe, Christopher J.; Chang, Kee-Chul; Ilavsky, Jan; Darr, Jawwad A.; Brandon, Nigel

    2014-12-17

    Incorporation of nanoparticles into devices such as solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) may provide benefits such as higher surface areas or finer control over microstructure. However, their use with traditional fabrication techniques such as screen-printing is problematic. Here, we show that mixing larger commercial particles with nanoparticles allows traditional ink formulation and screen-printing to be used while still providing benefits of nanoparticles such as increased porosity and lower sintering temperatures. SOFC anodes were produced by impregnating ceria–gadolinia (CGO) scaffolds with nickel nitrate solution. The scaffolds were produced from inks containing a mixture of hydrothermally-synthesised nanoparticle CGO, commercial CGO and polymericmore »pore formers. The scaffolds were heat-treated at either 1000 or 1300 °C, and were mechanically stable. In situ ultra-small X-ray scattering (USAXS) shows that the nanoparticles begin sintering around 900–1000 °C. Analysis by USAXS and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that the low temperature heat-treated scaffolds possessed higher porosity. Impregnated scaffolds were used to produce symmetrical cells, with the lower temperature heat-treated scaffolds showing improved gas diffusion, but poorer charge transfer. Using these scaffolds, lower temperature heat-treated cells of Ni–CGO/200 ?m YSZ/CGO-LSCF performed better at 700 °C (and below) in hydrogen, and performed better at all temperatures using syngas, with power densities of up to 0.15 W cm-2 at 800 °C. This approach has the potential to allow the use of a wider range of materials and finer control over microstructure.« less

  2. Ultra-dispersed Pt nanoparticles on SAPO-34/?-Al2O3 support for efficient propane dehydrogenation.

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    Chu, Yue; Zhang, Qiang; Wu, Tongwei; Nawaz, Zeeshan; Wang, Yao; Wei, Fei

    2014-09-01

    Ultra-dispersed precious metal nanoparticles with good thermal stability are highly required for heterogeneous catalysis. However, the efficient and effective strategy to disperse ultra-fine precious metal nanoparticles at high reaction temperature is still not fully understood yet. In this contribution, a family of catalysts with ultra-small Pt nanoparticles were prepared using impregnation method by adjusting the zeolite content in the SAPO-34 and ?-Al2O3 mixed support. The effect of Pt nanoparticle size on the catalytic activity, selectivity, and stability was investigated in the propane dehydrogenation reaction. Catalyst with smaller Pt particles exhibits better catalytic performance. Both the highest Pt dispersion and the best catalytic activity can be achieved by using SAPO-34 and ?-Al2O3 mixed support with 70 wt.% of SAPO-34. The size and structure of the Pt nanoparticles on the optimal catalyst were characterized by transmission electron microscopy. Pt nanoparticles with an average size of 1.32 nm were observed. There were stronger metal-support interactions between the oxidized tin species and Pt particles on SAPO-34 support compared to that on ?-Al2O3 catalyst. These lead to high Pt dispersion and consequently good catalytic performance. PMID:25924347

  3. Intermetallic nanoparticles

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    Singh, Dileep; Yusufoglu, Yusuf; Timofeeva, Elena; Routbort, Jules L.

    2015-11-20

    A process for preparing intermetallic nanoparticles of two or more metals is provided. In particular, the process includes the steps: a) dispersing nanoparticles of a first metal in a solvent to prepare a first metal solution, b) forming a reaction mixture with the first metal solution and a reducing agent, c) heating the reaction mixture to a reaction temperature; and d) adding a second metal solution containing a salt of a second metal to the reaction mixture. During this process, intermetallic nanoparticles, which contain a compound with the first and second metals are formed. The intermetallic nanoparticles with uniform size and a narrow size distribution is also provided. An electrochemical device such as a battery with the intermetallic nanoparticles is also provided.

  4. Intermetallic nanoparticles

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    Singh, Dileep; Yusufoglu, Yusuf; Timofeeva, Elena; Routbort, Jules

    2015-07-14

    A process for preparing intermetallic nanoparticles of two or more metals is provided. In particular, the process includes the steps: a) dispersing nanoparticles of a first metal in a solvent to prepare a first metal solution, b) forming a reaction mixture with the first metal solution and a reducing agent, c) heating the reaction mixture to a reaction temperature; and d) adding a second metal solution containing a salt of a second metal to the reaction mixture. During this process, intermetallic nanoparticles, which contain a compound with the first and second metals are formed. The intermetallic nanoparticles with uniform size and a narrow size distribution is also provided. An electrochemical device such as a battery with the intermetallic nanoparticles is also provided.

  5. Structural and magnetic properties of CoxFe3-xO4 versus Co/Fe molar ratio

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    Dippong, Thomas; Levei, Erika Andrea; Diamandescu, Lucian; Bibicu, Ion; Leostean, Cristian; Borodi, Gheorghe; Barbu Tudoran, Lucian

    2015-11-01

    CoxFe3-xO4 (x=0.5-2.5) magnetic nanoparticles were synthesized via redox reaction between cobalt nitrate, iron nitrate and 1-4-butanediol using five Co/Fe molar ratios, followed by calcination at 1000 °C. Single phase nanoscaled cobalt ferrite was obtained at x=1.0 and at slight Co excess (x=1.5), while at high Co/Fe molar ratios (x=2.0 and x=2.5) the prevailing phase was CoO accompanied by CoFe2O4 traces. The highest values of coercive field and saturation magnetization were obtained for the sample at x=1.0, while the lowest values were obtained in the sample with the highest Co excess (x=2.5). The results indicated that the used synthesis route was suitable for the synthesis of cobalt ferrite with moderate saturation magnetization and high coercive field values.

  6. Magnetic and ultrasonic studies on stable cobalt ferrite magnetic nanofluid.

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    Nabeel Rashin, M; Hemalatha, J

    2014-03-01

    Stable cobalt ferrite nanofluids of various concentrations have been prepared through co-precipitation method. Structural and morphological studies of nanoparticles are made with the help of X-ray diffraction technique and Transmission Electron Microscope respectively and it is found that the particles exhibit face centered cubic structure with an average size of 14 nm. The magnetic properties of the nanofluids have been analyzed at room temperature which revealed ferromagnetic behavior and also the very low value of coupling constant which ensures the negligible interparticle interaction in the absence of magnetic field. Ultrasonic investigations have been made for the nanofluids at different temperatures and magnetic fields. The temperature effects are explained with the help of open and close-packed water structure. The inter particle interactions of surface modified CoFe2O4 particles and the cluster formation at higher concentrations are realized through the variations in ultrasonic parameters. PMID:24188514

  7. Solvent-like ligand-coated ultrasmall cadmium selenide nanocrystals: strong electronic coupling in a self-organized assembly

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    Lawrence, Katie N.; Johnson, Merrell A.; Dolai, Sukanta; Kumbhar, Amar; Sardar, Rajesh

    2015-07-01

    Strong inter-nanocrystal electronic coupling is a prerequisite for delocalization of exciton wave functions and high conductivity. We report 170 meV electronic coupling energy of short chain poly(ethylene glycol) thiolate-coated ultrasmall (<2.5 nm in diameter) CdSe semiconductor nanocrystals (SNCs) in solution. Cryo-transmission electron microscopy analysis showed the formation of a pearl-necklace assembly of nanocrystals in solution with regular inter-nanocrystal spacing. The electronic coupling was studied as a function of CdSe nanocrystal size where the smallest nanocrystals exhibited the largest coupling energy. The electronic coupling in spin-cast thin-film (<200 nm in thickness) of poly(ethylene glycol) thiolate-coated CdSe SNCs was studied as a function of annealing temperature, where an unprecedentedly large, ~400 meV coupling energy was observed for 1.6 nm diameter SNCs, which were coated with a thin layer of poly(ethylene glycol) thiolates. Small-angle X-ray scattering measurements showed that CdSe SNCs maintained an order array inside the films. The strong electronic coupling of SNCs in a self-organized film could facilitate the large-scale production of highly efficient electronic materials for advanced optoelectronic device application.Strong inter-nanocrystal electronic coupling is a prerequisite for delocalization of exciton wave functions and high conductivity. We report 170 meV electronic coupling energy of short chain poly(ethylene glycol) thiolate-coated ultrasmall (<2.5 nm in diameter) CdSe semiconductor nanocrystals (SNCs) in solution. Cryo-transmission electron microscopy analysis showed the formation of a pearl-necklace assembly of nanocrystals in solution with regular inter-nanocrystal spacing. The electronic coupling was studied as a function of CdSe nanocrystal size where the smallest nanocrystals exhibited the largest coupling energy. The electronic coupling in spin-cast thin-film (<200 nm in thickness) of poly(ethylene glycol) thiolate-coated CdSe SNCs was studied as a function of annealing temperature, where an unprecedentedly large, ~400 meV coupling energy was observed for 1.6 nm diameter SNCs, which were coated with a thin layer of poly(ethylene glycol) thiolates. Small-angle X-ray scattering measurements showed that CdSe SNCs maintained an order array inside the films. The strong electronic coupling of SNCs in a self-organized film could facilitate the large-scale production of highly efficient electronic materials for advanced optoelectronic device application. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional experimental procedure, UV-vis absorption, EDS, and NMR spectra and cryo-TEM image. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr02038g

  8. A Self-Sensing Piezoelectric MicroCantilever Biosensor for Detection of Ultrasmall Adsorbed Masses: Theory and Experiments

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    Faegh, Samira; Jalili, Nader; Sridhar, Srinivas

    2013-01-01

    Detection of ultrasmall masses such as proteins and pathogens has been made possible as a result of advancements in nanotechnology. Development of label-free and highly sensitive biosensors has enabled the transduction of molecular recognition into detectable physical quantities. Microcantilever (MC)-based systems have played a widespread role in developing such biosensors. One of the most important drawbacks of all of the available biosensors is that they all come at a very high cost. Moreover, there are certain limitations in the measurement equipments attached to the biosensors which are mostly optical measurement systems. A unique self-sensing detection technique is proposed in this paper in order to address most of the limitations of the current measurement systems. A self-sensing bridge is used to excite piezoelectric MC-based sensor functioning in dynamic mode, which simultaneously measures the system's response through the self-induced voltage generated in the piezoelectric material. As a result, the need for bulky, expensive read-out equipment is eliminated. A comprehensive mathematical model is presented for the proposed self-sensing detection platform using distributed-parameters system modeling. An adaptation strategy is then implemented in the second part in order to compensate for the time-variation of piezoelectric properties which dynamically improves the behavior of the system. Finally, results are reported from an extensive experimental investigation carried out to prove the capability of the proposed platform. Experimental results verified the proposed mathematical modeling presented in the first part of the study with accuracy of 97.48%. Implementing the adaptation strategy increased the accuracy to 99.82%. These results proved the measurement capability of the proposed self-sensing strategy. It enables development of a cost-effective, sensitive and miniaturized mass sensing platform. PMID:23666133

  9. Nanoparticle cluster gas sensor: Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticles for NH3 detection with ultrahigh sensitivity

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    Liu, Xu; Chen, Nan; Han, Bingqian; Xiao, Xuechun; Chen, Gang; Djerdj, Igor; Wang, Yude

    2015-09-01

    Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters were synthesized by a simple solvothermal method. The structure, morphology, chemical state and specific surface area were analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and N2-sorption studies, respectively. The SnO2 nanoparticle cluster matrix consists of tens of thousands of SnO2 nanoparticles with an ultra-small grain size estimated to be 3.0 nm. And there are abundant random-packed wormhole-like pores, caused by the inter-connection of the SnO2 nanoparticles, throughout each cluster. The platinum element is present in two forms including metal (Pt) and tetravalent metal oxide (PtO2) in the Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters. The as-synthesized pure and Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters were used to fabricate gas sensor devices. It was found that the gas response toward 500 ppm of ammonia was improved from 6.48 to 203.44 through the activation by Pt. And the results indicate that the sensor based on Pt activated SnO2 not only has ultrahigh sensitivity but also possesses good response-recovery properties, linear dependence, repeatability, selectivity and long-term stability, demonstrating the potential to use Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters as ammonia gas sensors. At the same time, the formation mechanisms of the unique nanoparticle clusters and highly enhanced sensitivity are also discussed.Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters were synthesized by a simple solvothermal method. The structure, morphology, chemical state and specific surface area were analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and N2-sorption studies, respectively. The SnO2 nanoparticle cluster matrix consists of tens of thousands of SnO2 nanoparticles with an ultra-small grain size estimated to be 3.0 nm. And there are abundant random-packed wormhole-like pores, caused by the inter-connection of the SnO2 nanoparticles, throughout each cluster. The platinum element is present in two forms including metal (Pt) and tetravalent metal oxide (PtO2) in the Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters. The as-synthesized pure and Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters were used to fabricate gas sensor devices. It was found that the gas response toward 500 ppm of ammonia was improved from 6.48 to 203.44 through the activation by Pt. And the results indicate that the sensor based on Pt activated SnO2 not only has ultrahigh sensitivity but also possesses good response-recovery properties, linear dependence, repeatability, selectivity and long-term stability, demonstrating the potential to use Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters as ammonia gas sensors. At the same time, the formation mechanisms of the unique nanoparticle clusters and highly enhanced sensitivity are also discussed. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Table S1. Structural data and refinement parameters for SnO2 nanoparticle clusters calculated by Rietveld refinement; Fig. S1. The gas sensor and the testing principle diagram; Fig. S2. TEM images of the investigated unbroken Pt activated and pure SnO2 nanoparticle clusters; Fig. S3. XPS survey and high-resolution spectra of Sn 3d for the Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters; Fig. S4. Magnified dynamic response-recovery curve toward 1000 ppm of ammonia with labeled response/recovery time; Fig. S5. Dynamic response/recovery versus time curve of the as-fabricated sensor based on Pt-SnO2 nanoparticles toward 10 ppm of ammonia; Fig. S6. Dynamic response/recovery versus time curve of the as-fabricated sensor based on Pt-SnO2 nanoparticles toward 100 ppm of acetone, ethanol, formaldehyde and isopropanol. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03585f

  10. Polymeric nanoparticles

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    Bolhassani, Azam; Javanzad, Shabnam; Saleh, Tayebeh; Hashemi, Mehrdad; Aghasadeghi, Mohammad Reza; Sadat, Seyed Mehdi

    2014-01-01

    Nanocarriers with various compositions and biological properties have been extensively applied for in vitro/in vivo drug and gene delivery. The family of nanocarriers includes polymeric nanoparticles, lipid-based carriers (liposomes/micelles), dendrimers, carbon nanotubes, and gold nanoparticles (nanoshells/nanocages). Among different delivery systems, polymeric carriers have several properties such as: easy to synthesize, inexpensive, biocompatible, biodegradable, non-immunogenic, non-toxic, and water soluble. In addition, cationic polymers seem to produce more stable complexes led to a more protection during cellular trafficking than cationic lipids. Nanoparticles often show significant adjuvant effects in vaccine delivery since they may be easily taken up by antigen presenting cells (APCs). Natural polymers such as polysaccharides and synthetic polymers have demonstrated great potential to form vaccine nanoparticles. The development of new adjuvants or delivery systems for DNA and protein immunization is an expanding research field. This review describes polymeric carriers especially PLGA, chitosan, and PEI as vaccine delivery systems. PMID:24128651

  11. Precision Nanoparticles

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    John Hemminger

    2009-07-21

    A revolutionary technology that efficiently produces nanoparticles in uniform and prescribed sizes (1-100 nanometers) using supercritical fluids. INL researcher Robert Fox was joined by Idaho State University researchers Rene Rodriquez and Joshua Pak in d

  12. Precision Nanoparticles

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    John Hemminger

    2010-01-08

    A revolutionary technology that efficiently produces nanoparticles in uniform and prescribed sizes (1-100 nanometers) using supercritical fluids. INL researcher Robert Fox was joined by Idaho State University researchers Rene Rodriquez and Joshua Pak in d

  13. Heterometal nanoparticles from Ru-based molecular clusters covalently anchored onto functionalized carbon nanotubes and nanofibers

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    Vidick, Deborah; Ke, Xiaoxing; Devillers, Michel; Poleunis, Claude; Delcorte, Arnaud; Moggi, Pietro; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf

    2015-01-01

    Summary Heterometal clusters containing Ru and Au, Co and/or Pt are anchored onto carbon nanotubes and nanofibers functionalized with chelating phosphine groups. The cluster anchoring yield is related to the amount of phosphine groups available on the nanocarbon surface. The ligands of the anchored molecular species are then removed by gentle thermal treatment in order to form nanoparticles. In the case of Au-containing clusters, removal of gold atoms from the clusters and agglomeration leads to a bimodal distribution of nanoparticles at the nanocarbon surface. In the case of Ru–Pt species, anchoring occurs without reorganization through a ligand exchange mechanism. After thermal treatment, ultrasmall (1–3 nm) bimetal Ru–Pt nanoparticles are formed on the surface of the nanocarbons. Characterization by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and high angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) confirms their bimetal nature on the nanoscale. The obtained bimetal nanoparticles supported on nanocarbon were tested as catalysts in ammonia synthesis and are shown to be active at low temperature and atmospheric pressure with very low Ru loading. PMID:26199832

  14. DNA Base Pair Resolution Measurements Using Resonance Energy Transfer Efficiency in Lanthanide Doped Nanoparticles

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    Delplanque, Aleksandra; Wawrzynczyk, Dominika; Jaworski, Pawel; Matczyszyn, Katarzyna; Pawlik, Krzysztof; Buckle, Malcolm; Nyk, Marcin; Nogues, Claude; Samoc, Marek

    2015-01-01

    Lanthanide-doped nanoparticles are of considerable interest for biodetection and bioimaging techniques thanks to their unique chemical and optical properties. As a sensitive luminescence material, they can be used as (bio) probes in Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) where trivalent lanthanide ions (La3+) act as energy donors. In this paper we present an efficient method to transfer ultrasmall (ca. 8 nm) NaYF4 nanoparticles dispersed in organic solvent to an aqueous solution via oxidation of the oleic acid ligand. Nanoparticles were then functionalized with single strand DNA oligomers (ssDNA) by inducing covalent bonds between surface carboxylic groups and a 5’ amine modified-ssDNA. Hybridization with the 5’ fluorophore (Cy5) modified complementary ssDNA strand demonstrated the specificity of binding and allowed the fine control over the distance between Eu3+ ions doped nanoparticle and the fluorophore by varying the number of the dsDNA base pairs. First, our results confirmed nonradiative resonance energy transfer and demonstrate the dependence of its efficiency on the distance between the donor (Eu3+) and the acceptor (Cy5) with sensitivity at a nanometre scale. PMID:25748446

  15. CdTe quantum dots induce activation of human platelets: implications for nanoparticle hemocompatibility

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    Samuel, Stephen P; Santos-Martinez, Maria J; Medina, Carlos; Jain, Namrata; Radomski, Marek W; Prina-Mello, Adriele; Volkov, Yuri

    2015-01-01

    New nanomaterials intended for systemic administration have raised concerns regarding their biocompatibility and hemocompatibility. Quantum dots (QD) nanoparticles have been used for diagnostics, and recent work suggests their use for in vivo molecular and cellular imaging. However, the hemocompatibility of QDs and their constituent components has not been fully elucidated. In the present study, comprehensive investigation of QD–platelet interactions is presented. These interactions were shown using transmission electron microscopy. The effects of QDs on platelet function were investigated using light aggregometry, quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation, flow cytometry, and gelatin zymography. Platelet morphology was also analyzed by phase-contrast, immunofluorescence, atomic-force and transmission electron microscopy. We show that the QDs bind to platelet plasma membrane with the resultant upregulation of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa and P-selectin receptors, and release of matrix metalloproteinase-2. These findings unravel for the first time the mechanism of functional response of platelets to ultrasmall QDs in vitro. PMID:25897218

  16. Fluorescent nanoparticle interactions with biological systems: What have we learned so far?

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    Shang, Li; Nienhaus, Gerd Ulrich

    2015-03-01

    Fluorescent nanoparticles (NPs) are promising optical probes for biological and biomedical applications, thanks to their excellent photophysical properties, color tunability and facile bioconjugation. It still remains unclear, however, how fluorescent NPs behave in the complex biological environment. Our group has quantified interactions of different fluorescent NPs (i.e., semiconductor quantum dots and metal nanoclusters) with serum proteins and living cells by the combined use of different spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. Our studies show that (1) interactions with proteins may significantly alter the photophysical properties of the NPs as well as the responses of cells internalizing them; (2) protein surface charge distributions play an important role in the interactions of NPs with proteins and cells; (3) ultrasmall NPs (diameter less than 10 nm) show a cellular internalization behavior that is distinctly different from the one observed with larger particles (diameter ~100 nm).

  17. Magnetic PEGylated Pt3Co nanoparticles as a novel MR contrast agent: in vivo MR imaging and long-term toxicity study

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    Yin, Shengnan; Li, Zhiwei; Cheng, Liang; Wang, Chao; Liu, Yumeng; Chen, Qian; Gong, Hua; Guo, Liang; Li, Yonggang; Liu, Zhuang

    2013-11-01

    Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging using magnetic nanoparticles as the contrast agent has been extensively explored in biomedical imaging and disease diagnosis. Herein, we develop biocompatible polymer coated ultra-small Pt3Co magnetic nanoparticles as a new T2-weighted MR imaging contrast agent. A unique class of alloy Pt3Co nanoparticles is synthesized through a thermal decomposition method. After being modified with polyethylene glycol (PEG), the obtained Pt3Co-PEG nanoparticles exhibit an extremely high T2-weighted relaxivity rate (r2) up to 451.2 mM s-1, which is much higher than that of Resovist®, a commercial T2-MR contrast agent used in the clinic. In vitro experiments indicate no obvious cytotoxicity of Pt3Co-PEG nanoparticles to various cell lines. After intravenous injection of Pt3Co-PEG nanoparticles, in vivo T2-weighted MR imaging of tumor-bearing mice reveals strong tumor contrast, which is much higher than that offered by injecting Resovist®. We further study the long-term biodistribution and toxicology of this new type of MR contrast nanoparticles after intravenous injection into healthy mice. Despite the significant retention of Pt3Co-PEG nanoparticles in the mouse liver and spleen, no appreciable toxicity of these nanoparticles to the treated animals has been noted in our detailed histological and hematological analysis over a course of 60 days. Our work demonstrates that functionalized Pt3Co nanoparticles may be a promising new type of T2-weighted MR contrast agent potentially useful in biomedical imaging and diagnosis.Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging using magnetic nanoparticles as the contrast agent has been extensively explored in biomedical imaging and disease diagnosis. Herein, we develop biocompatible polymer coated ultra-small Pt3Co magnetic nanoparticles as a new T2-weighted MR imaging contrast agent. A unique class of alloy Pt3Co nanoparticles is synthesized through a thermal decomposition method. After being modified with polyethylene glycol (PEG), the obtained Pt3Co-PEG nanoparticles exhibit an extremely high T2-weighted relaxivity rate (r2) up to 451.2 mM s-1, which is much higher than that of Resovist®, a commercial T2-MR contrast agent used in the clinic. In vitro experiments indicate no obvious cytotoxicity of Pt3Co-PEG nanoparticles to various cell lines. After intravenous injection of Pt3Co-PEG nanoparticles, in vivo T2-weighted MR imaging of tumor-bearing mice reveals strong tumor contrast, which is much higher than that offered by injecting Resovist®. We further study the long-term biodistribution and toxicology of this new type of MR contrast nanoparticles after intravenous injection into healthy mice. Despite the significant retention of Pt3Co-PEG nanoparticles in the mouse liver and spleen, no appreciable toxicity of these nanoparticles to the treated animals has been noted in our detailed histological and hematological analysis over a course of 60 days. Our work demonstrates that functionalized Pt3Co nanoparticles may be a promising new type of T2-weighted MR contrast agent potentially useful in biomedical imaging and diagnosis. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr04212j

  18. OxLDL-targeted iron oxide nanoparticles for in vivo MRI detection of perivascular carotid collar induced atherosclerotic lesions in ApoE-deficient mice

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    Wen, Song; Liu, Dong-Fang; Liu, Zhen; Harris, Steven; Yao, Yu-Yu; Ding, Qi; Nie, Fang; Lu, Tong; Chen, Hua-Jun; An, Yan-Li; Zang, Feng-Chao; Teng, Gao-Jun

    2012-01-01

    Atherosclerotic disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in developed countries, and oxidized LDL (OxLDL) plays a key role in the formation, rupture, and subsequent thrombus formation in atherosclerotic plaques. In the current study, anti-mouse OxLDL polyclonal antibody and nonspecific IgG antibody were conjugated to polyethylene glycol-coated ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) nanoparticles, and a carotid perivascular collar model in apolipoprotein E-deficient mice was imaged at 7.0 Tesla MRI before contrast administration and at 8 h and 24 h after injection of 30 mg Fe/kg. The results showed MRI signal loss in the carotid atherosclerotic lesions after administration of targeted anti-OxLDL-USPIO at 8 h and 24 h, which is consistent with the presence of the nanoparticles in the lesions. Immunohistochemistry confirmed the colocalization of the OxLDL/macrophages and iron oxide nanoparticles. The nonspecific IgG-USPIO, unconjugated USPIO nanoparticles, and competitive inhibition groups had limited signal changes (p < 0.05). This report shows that anti-OxLDL-USPIO nanoparticles can be used to directly detect OxLDL and image atherosclerotic lesions within 24 h of nanoparticle administration and suggests a strategy for the therapeutic evaluation of atherosclerotic plaques in vivo. PMID:22393161

  19. Morphological, magnetic and electronic structural studies of nanostructured spinel ferrites

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    Jardim, Marcos; Moura Prata, Daniela

    The scope of this thesis includes study of structural, magnetic and electronic properties of nanostructured ferrites with different morphology/geometries (e.g. core/shell and hollow nanoparticles), and non-stroichiomteric thin-films. In the case of core/shell, shell composition is varied and spin glass (SG) features due to the thick amorphous shells are explored. Exchange Bias (EB) for core/shell (ferromagnetic/SG) nanoparticles namely X33Fe 67/XFe67O4 (X = Co, Ni, Fe) is presented. Limitations in the synthesis of various other alloys by inert gas condensation (IGC) due to the difference in the melting points are discussed. The existence of SG phase in these nanoparticles with CoFe2O4 shell results in the enhancement in EB. This is attributed to the large bulk anisotropy constant of the shell compared to other spinel cubic ferrites. Both dc magnetization and ac susceptibility measurements revealed a SG like transition which occurs at unusually large spin freezing temperature (TF ˜ 175K). The SG nature of the transition is also confirmed by the field dependence of the freezing temperature (TF(H)) following the well-known Almeida-Thouless (AT) line, deltaT F ˜ H2/3. Particles exhibit a large exchange bias (HEB ˜ 1357Oe) arising from the core-shell (ferromagnetic-SG) coupling. The unusually high SG transition temperature and large exchange bias effects are attributed to a combination of several factors including the thickness of the amorphous oxide shell and large values of the exchange and anisotropy constants associated with the CoFe2O 4 shell. In another extreme case of disordered spin systems, we synthesized NPs with hollow morphology with intentional choice of material namely NiFe 2O4 (CoFe2O4) which has lowest (highest) bulk anisotropy constant among the spinel ferrites. The hollow NPs are synthesized by self-templating process utilizing coupled interfacial chemical reactions and Kirkendall effect between the core (X33Fe67) and the shell (XFe2O4) of the core/shell structure is described. Reaction temperature and time dependent structural and morphological transformations are presented in detail. NiFe2O4 hollow particles show lack of saturation, enhancement in EB and inverse trend in the blocking temperature as a function of particles size. These are explained as being due to stabilized spin disorder and surface anisotropy. Unlike solid NPs, hollow NPs are polycrystalline. Electronic structure studies are performed by photoemission which reveals that CoFe2O4 particles with hollow morphology have higher degree of inversion compared to solid NPs. Electronic structure in comparison with magnetic studies reveal that particles exhibit uncompensated spins unlike bulk where Neel's collinear spin alignment is expected. For CoFe2O 4, both morphologies show lack of saturation up to 7T of applied field and magnetic irreversibility exists up to 7T of cooling fields for the entire temperature range (10 to 300K). These effects are explained in terms of temperature dependent large bulk anisotropy constant of CoFe2O4. Strong influence of uncompensated spins for particles with hollow morphology is characterized by cooling the sample in large fields, up to (˜9T). Magnitude of horizontal shift is more than three times larger compared to that of particles with solid morphology. 11% vertical shift for particles with hollow morphology is observed, whereas solid particles do not show corresponding shift. Finally, off-stoichiometric NiFe2O4 films prepared by pulsed laser deposition at low pressures and relatively high substrate temperatures were studied. Details of electronic structure of the films are presented and compared with stoichiometric bulk counterpart. Significant amount of oxygen vacancies and enhanced cationic inversion for non-stoichiometric thin films is observed. Films show spin glass features which are contrary to the usual ferrimagnetic response of the bulk nickel ferrite and spin freezing temperature which lies above room temperature in low fields (cooling field ˜ 0.1T). Interestingly, an exceptionally large exchange bi

  20. Enhanced primary tumor delineation in pancreatic adenocarcinoma using ultrasmall super paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle-ferumoxytol: an initial experience with histopathologic correlation

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    Hedgire, Sandeep S; Mino-Kenudson, Mari; Elmi, Azadeh; Thayer, Sarah; Fernandez-del Castillo, Carlos; Harisinghani, Mukesh G

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the role of ferumoxytol-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in delineating primary pancreatic tumors in patients undergoing preoperative neoadjuvant therapy. Materials and methods Eight patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma were enrolled in this study, and underwent MRI scans at baseline, immediate post, and at the 48 hour time point after ferumoxytol injection with quantitative T2* sequences. The patients were categorized into two groups; group A received preoperative neoadjuvant therapy and group B did not. The T2* of the primary pancreatic tumor and adjacent parenchyma was recorded at baseline and the 48 hour time point. After surgery, the primary tumors were assessed histopathologically for fibrosis and inflammation. Results The mean T2* of the primary tumor and adjacent parenchyma at 48 hours in group A were 22.11 ms and 16.34 ms, respectively; in group B, these values were 23.96 ms and 23.26 ms, respectively. The T2* difference between the tumor and adjacent parenchyma in group A was more pronounced compared to in group B. The tumor margins were subjectively more distinct in group A compared to group B. Histopathologic evaluation showed a rim of dense fibrosis with atrophic acini at the periphery of the lesion in group A. Conversely, intact tumor cells/glands were present at the periphery of the tumor in group B. Conclusion Ferumoxytol-enhanced MRI scans in patients receiving preoperative neoadjuvant therapy may offer enhanced primary tumor delineation, contributing towards achieving disease-free margin at the time of surgery, and thus improving the prognosis of pancreatic carcinomas. PMID:24790431

  1. Shrunk to femtolitre: Tuning high-throughput monodisperse water-in-oil droplet arrays for ultra-small micro-reactors

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    Wu, Tianzhun; Hirata, Katsuki; Suzuki, Hiroaki; Xiang, Rong; Tang, Zikang; Yomo, Tetsuya

    2012-08-01

    We report a facile, low-cost, and high-yielding microfluidic technology for in situ generating and arraying water-in-oil droplets by shrinking them to the order of femtolitres (fLs) as scalable batch micro-reactors. Instead of generating ultra-small droplets by the direct atomization, which requires dedicate control and high energy input, we shrink droplets to stable smaller ones by utilizing the controlled water diffusion in oil. This "shrunk to fL" method is combined with a three-dimensional microwell design to create high-density addressable droplet arrays. As the result, scalable, high-throughput, and well-aligned W/O arrays with excellent long-term stability and predicable droplet sizes have been achieved.

  2. Structurally ordered Pt–Zn/C series nanoparticles as efficient anode catalysts for formic acid electrooxidation

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    Zhu, Jing; Zheng, Xin; Wang, Jie; Wu, Zexing; Han, Lili; Lin, Ruoqian; Xin, Huolin L.; Wang, Deli

    2015-09-15

    Controlling the size, composition, and structure of bimetallic nanoparticles is of particular interest in the field of electrocatalysts for fuel cells. In the present work, structurally ordered nanoparticles with intermetallic phases of Pt3Zn and PtZn have been successfully synthesized via an impregnation reduction method, followed by post heat-treatment. The Pt3Zn and PtZn ordered intermetallic nanoparticles are well dispersed on a carbon support with ultrasmall mean particle sizes of ~5 nm and ~3 nm in diameter, respectively, which are credited to the evaporation of the zinc element at high temperature. These catalysts are less susceptible to CO poisoning relative to Pt/Cmore »and exhibited enhanced catalytic activity and stability toward formic acid electrooxidation. The mass activities of the as-prepared catalysts were approximately 2 to 3 times that of commercial Pt at 0.5 V (vs. RHE). As a result, this facile synthetic strategy is scalable for mass production of catalytic materials.« less

  3. Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles as radiosensitizer via enhanced reactive oxygen species formation

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    Klein, Stefanie; Sommer, Anja; Distel, Luitpold V.R.; Neuhuber, Winfried; Kryschi, Carola

    2012-08-24

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ultrasmall citrate-coated SPIONs with {gamma}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} structure were prepared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SPIONs uptaken by MCF-7 cells increase the ROS production for about 240%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The SPION induced ROS production is due to released iron ions and catalytically active surfaces. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Released iron ions and SPION surfaces initiate the Fenton and Haber-Weiss reaction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer X-ray irradiation of internalized SPIONs leads to an increase of catalytically active surfaces. -- Abstract: Internalization of citrate-coated and uncoated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles by human breast cancer (MCF-7) cells was verified by transmission electron microscopy imaging. Cytotoxicity studies employing metabolic and trypan blue assays manifested their excellent biocompatibility. The production of reactive oxygen species in iron oxide nanoparticle loaded MCF-7 cells was explained to originate from both, the release of iron ions and their catalytically active surfaces. Both initiate the Fenton and Haber-Weiss reaction. Additional oxidative stress caused by X-ray irradiation of MCF-7 cells was attributed to the increase of catalytically active iron oxide nanoparticle surfaces.

  4. Structurally ordered Pt–Zn/C series nanoparticles as efficient anode catalysts for formic acid electrooxidation

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    Zhu, Jing; Zheng, Xin; Wang, Jie; Wu, Zexing; Han, Lili; Lin, Ruoqian; Xin, Huolin L.; Wang, Deli

    2015-09-15

    Controlling the size, composition, and structure of bimetallic nanoparticles is of particular interest in the field of electrocatalysts for fuel cells. In the present work, structurally ordered nanoparticles with intermetallic phases of Pt3Zn and PtZn have been successfully synthesized via an impregnation reduction method, followed by post heat-treatment. The Pt3Zn and PtZn ordered intermetallic nanoparticles are well dispersed on a carbon support with ultrasmall mean particle sizes of ~5 nm and ~3 nm in diameter, respectively, which are credited to the evaporation of the zinc element at high temperature. These catalysts are less susceptible to CO poisoning relative to Pt/C and exhibited enhanced catalytic activity and stability toward formic acid electrooxidation. The mass activities of the as-prepared catalysts were approximately 2 to 3 times that of commercial Pt at 0.5 V (vs. RHE). As a result, this facile synthetic strategy is scalable for mass production of catalytic materials.

  5. High-sensitivity real-time analysis of nanoparticle toxicity in green fluorescent protein-expressing zebrafish.

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    Pan, Yu; Leifert, Annika; Graf, Michael; Schiefer, Frank; Thoröe-Boveleth, Sven; Broda, Janine; Halloran, Mary C; Hollert, Henner; Laaf, Dominic; Simon, Ulrich; Jahnen-Dechent, Willi

    2013-03-25

    Gold nanoparticles (AuNP) show great potential for diagnostic and therapeutic application in humans. A great number of studies have tested the cytotoxicity of AuNP using cell culture. There is, however, an urgent need to test AuNP in vertebrate animal models that interrogate biodistribution and complex biological traits like organ development, whole body metabolism, and cognitive function. The sheer number of different compounds precludes the use of small rodent model for initial screening. The extended fish embryo test (FET) is used here to bridge the gap between cell culture and small animal models. A study on the toxicity of ultrasmall AuNP in wild type and transgenic zebrafish is presented. FET faithfully reproduce all important findings of a previous study in HeLa cells and add new important information on teratogenicity and hepatotoxicity that could not be gained from studying cultured cells. PMID:23143852

  6. Conjugation of iron oxide nanoparticles with RGD-modified dendrimers for targeted tumor MR imaging.

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    Yang, Jia; Luo, Yu; Xu, Yanhong; Li, Jingchao; Zhang, Zaixian; Wang, Han; Shen, Mingwu; Shi, Xiangyang; Zhang, Guixiang

    2015-03-11

    This article reports a new approach for the synthesis of ultrasmall iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) conjugated with Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD)-modified dendrimers (G5.NHAc-RGD-Fe3O4 NPs) as a platform for targeted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of C6 glioma cells. Ultrasmall Fe3O4 NPs synthesized via a solvothermal route were conjugated with RGD peptide-modified generation-5 poly(amidoamine) dendrimers (G5.NH2-RGD). The final G5.NHAc-RGD-Fe3O4 NPs were formed following the acetylation of the remaining dendrimer terminal amines. The as-prepared multifunctional Fe3O4 NPs were characterized using various techniques. The results of a cell viability assay, cell morphological observation, and hemolysis assay indicated that the G5.NHAc-RGD-Fe3O4 NPs exhibit excellent cytocompatibility and hemocompatibility over the studied concentration range. In addition, RGD conjugated onto the Fe3O4 NPs allows for the efficient targeting of the particles to C6 cells that overexpress ?v?3 receptors, which was confirmed via in vitro cell MR imaging and cellular uptake. Finally, the G5.NHAc-RGD-Fe3O4 NPs were used in the targeted MR imaging of C6 glioma cells in mice. The results obtained from the current study indicate that the developed G5.NHAc-RGD-Fe3O4 NPs offer significant potential for use as contrast agents in the targeted MR imaging of different types of tumors. PMID:25695661

  7. Gadolinium nanoparticles and contrast agent as radiation sensitizers.

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    Taupin, Florence; Flaender, Mélanie; Delorme, Rachel; Brochard, Thierry; Mayol, Jean-François; Arnaud, Josiane; Perriat, Pascal; Sancey, Lucie; Lux, François; Barth, Rolf F; Carrière, Marie; Ravanat, Jean-Luc; Elleaume, Hélène

    2015-06-01

    The goal of the present study was to evaluate and compare the radiosensitizing properties of gadolinium nanoparticles (NPs) with the gadolinium contrast agent (GdCA) Magnevist(®) in order to better understand the mechanisms by which they act as radiation sensitizers. This was determined following either low energy synchrotron irradiation or high energy gamma irradiation of F98 rat glioma cells exposed to ultrasmall gadolinium NPs (GdNPs, hydrodynamic diameter of 3?nm) or GdCA. Clonogenic assays were used to quantify cell survival after irradiation in the presence of Gd using monochromatic x-rays with energies in the 25?keV-80?keV range from a synchrotron and 1.25 MeV gamma photons from a cobalt-60 source. Radiosensitization was demonstrated with both agents in combination with X-irradiation. At the same concentration (2.1?mg?mL(-1)), GdNPS had a greater effect than GdCA. The maximum sensitization-enhancement ratio at 4?Gy (SER4Gy) was observed at an energy of 65?keV for both the nanoparticles and the contrast agent (2.44???±???0.33 and 1.50???±???0.20, for GdNPs and GdCA, respectively). At a higher energy (1.25?MeV), radiosensitization only was observed with GdNPs (1.66???±???0.17 and 1.01???±???0.11, for GdNPs and GdCA, respectively). The radiation dose enhancements were highly 'energy dependent' for both agents. Secondary-electron-emission generated after photoelectric events appeared to be the primary mechanism by which Gd contrast agents functioned as radiosensitizers. On the other hand, other biological mechanisms, such as alterations in the cell cycle may explain the enhanced radiosensitizing properties of GdNPs. PMID:25988839

  8. Gadolinium nanoparticles and contrast agent as radiation sensitizers

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    Taupin, Florence; Flaender, Mélanie; Delorme, Rachel; Brochard, Thierry; Mayol, Jean-François; Arnaud, Josiane; Perriat, Pascal; Sancey, Lucie; Lux, François; Barth, Rolf F.; Carrière, Marie; Ravanat, Jean-Luc; Elleaume, Hélène

    2015-06-01

    The goal of the present study was to evaluate and compare the radiosensitizing properties of gadolinium nanoparticles (NPs) with the gadolinium contrast agent (GdCA) Magnevist® in order to better understand the mechanisms by which they act as radiation sensitizers. This was determined following either low energy synchrotron irradiation or high energy gamma irradiation of F98 rat glioma cells exposed to ultrasmall gadolinium NPs (GdNPs, hydrodynamic diameter of 3?nm) or GdCA. Clonogenic assays were used to quantify cell survival after irradiation in the presence of Gd using monochromatic x-rays with energies in the 25?keV-80?keV range from a synchrotron and 1.25 MeV gamma photons from a cobalt-60 source. Radiosensitization was demonstrated with both agents in combination with X-irradiation. At the same concentration (2.1?mg?mL-1), GdNPS had a greater effect than GdCA. The maximum sensitization-enhancement ratio at 4?Gy (SER4Gy) was observed at an energy of 65?keV for both the nanoparticles and the contrast agent (2.44???±???0.33 and 1.50???±???0.20, for GdNPs and GdCA, respectively). At a higher energy (1.25?MeV), radiosensitization only was observed with GdNPs (1.66???±???0.17 and 1.01???±???0.11, for GdNPs and GdCA, respectively). The radiation dose enhancements were highly ‘energy dependent’ for both agents. Secondary-electron-emission generated after photoelectric events appeared to be the primary mechanism by which Gd contrast agents functioned as radiosensitizers. On the other hand, other biological mechanisms, such as alterations in the cell cycle may explain the enhanced radiosensitizing properties of GdNPs.

  9. Self-assembled perovskite-spinel heterostructure on a highly distorted substrate

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    Zhu, Y. M.; Ke, D.; Yu, R.; Hsieh, Y. H.; Liu, H. J.; Liu, P. P.; Chu, Y. H.; Zhan, Q.

    2013-03-01

    The pattern configuration and interface structure in epitaxial BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 heterostructures grown on (010)pc NdGaO3 substrates have been investigated systematically by transmission electron microscopy and chemical analysis. The crystal orientation of CoFe2O4 variants was tuned to [111]CFO, while BiFeO3 kept [010]pc matching the substrate. Triangular prism-shaped CoFe2O4 embedded in the BiFeO3 matrix grew as an equilibrium island mode with {111}CFO as its surfaces and interfaces. Two types of BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 orientation relationships were determined as (001)[010]BFO//(0-22)[111]CFO and (101)[010]BFO//(-220)[111]CFO. The results reveal that the dominant factors controlling the growth orientation of the present vertical heterostructures are surface energy anisotropy and atomic structure continuity.

  10. Magnetic resonance imaging of folic acid-coated magnetite nanoparticles reflects tissue biodistribution of long-acting antiretroviral therapy

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    Li, Tianyuzi; Gendelman, Howard E; Zhang, Gang; Puligujja, Pavan; McMillan, JoEllyn M; Bronich, Tatiana K; Edagwa, Benson; Liu, Xin-Ming; Boska, Michael D

    2015-01-01

    Regimen adherence, systemic toxicities, and limited drug penetrance to viral reservoirs are obstacles limiting the effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Our laboratory’s development of the monocyte-macrophage-targeted long-acting nanoformulated ART (nanoART) carriage provides a novel opportunity to simplify drug-dosing regimens. Progress has nonetheless been slowed by cumbersome, but required, pharmacokinetic (PK), pharmacodynamics, and biodistribution testing. To this end, we developed a small magnetite ART (SMART) nanoparticle platform to assess antiretroviral drug tissue biodistribution and PK using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Herein, we have taken this technique a significant step further by determining nanoART PK with folic acid (FA) decorated magnetite (ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide [USPIO]) particles and by using SMART particles. FA nanoparticles enhanced the entry and particle retention to the reticuloendothelial system over nondecorated polymers after systemic administration into mice. These data were seen by MRI testing and validated by comparison with SMART particles and direct evaluation of tissue drug levels after nanoART. The development of alendronate (ALN)-coated magnetite thus serves as a rapid initial screen for the ability of targeting ligands to enhance nanoparticle-antiretroviral drug biodistribution, underscoring the value of decorated magnetite particles as a theranostic tool for improved drug delivery. PMID:26082630

  11. Magnetic resonance imaging of folic acid-coated magnetite nanoparticles reflects tissue biodistribution of long-acting antiretroviral therapy.

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    Li, Tianyuzi; Gendelman, Howard E; Zhang, Gang; Puligujja, Pavan; McMillan, JoEllyn M; Bronich, Tatiana K; Edagwa, Benson; Liu, Xin-Ming; Boska, Michael D

    2015-01-01

    Regimen adherence, systemic toxicities, and limited drug penetrance to viral reservoirs are obstacles limiting the effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Our laboratory's development of the monocyte-macrophage-targeted long-acting nanoformulated ART (nanoART) carriage provides a novel opportunity to simplify drug-dosing regimens. Progress has nonetheless been slowed by cumbersome, but required, pharmacokinetic (PK), pharmacodynamics, and biodistribution testing. To this end, we developed a small magnetite ART (SMART) nanoparticle platform to assess antiretroviral drug tissue biodistribution and PK using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Herein, we have taken this technique a significant step further by determining nanoART PK with folic acid (FA) decorated magnetite (ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide [USPIO]) particles and by using SMART particles. FA nanoparticles enhanced the entry and particle retention to the reticuloendothelial system over nondecorated polymers after systemic administration into mice. These data were seen by MRI testing and validated by comparison with SMART particles and direct evaluation of tissue drug levels after nanoART. The development of alendronate (ALN)-coated magnetite thus serves as a rapid initial screen for the ability of targeting ligands to enhance nanoparticle-antiretroviral drug biodistribution, underscoring the value of decorated magnetite particles as a theranostic tool for improved drug delivery. PMID:26082630

  12. Pulse-driven micro gas sensor fitted with clustered Pd/SnO2 nanoparticles.

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    Suematsu, Koichi; Shin, Yuka; Ma, Nan; Oyama, Tokiharu; Sasaki, Miyuki; Yuasa, Masayoshi; Kida, Tetsuya; Shimanoe, Kengo

    2015-08-18

    Real-time monitoring of specific gas concentrations with a compact and portable gas sensing device is required to sense potential health risk and danger from toxic gases. For such purposes, we developed an ultrasmall gas sensor device, where a micro sensing film was deposited on a micro heater integrated with electrodes fabricated by the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology. The developed device was operated in a pulse-heating mode to significantly reduce the heater power consumption and make the device battery-driven and portable. Using clustered Pd/SnO2 nanoparticles, we succeeded in introducing mesopores ranging from 10 to 30 nm in the micro gas sensing film (area: ? 150 ?m) to detect large volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The micro sensor showed quick, stable, and high sensor responses to toluene at ppm (parts per million) concentrations at 300 °C even by operating the micro heater in a pulse-heating mode where switch-on and -off cycles were repeated at one-second intervals. The high performance of the micro sensor should result from the creation of efficient diffusion paths decorated with Pd sensitizers by using the clustered Pd/SnO2 nanoparticles. Hence we demonstrate that our pulse-driven micro sensor using nanostructured oxide materials holds promise as a battery-operable, portable gas sensing device. PMID:26196499

  13. Targeting B16 tumors in vivo with peptide-conjugated gold nanoparticles

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    Poon, Wilson; Zhang, Xuan; Bekah, Devesh; Teodoro, Jose G.; Nadeau, Jay L.

    2015-07-01

    This study examines the effects of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and peptide conjugation on the biodistribution of ultrasmall (2.7 nm) gold nanoparticles in mice bearing B16 melanoma allografts. Nanoparticles were delivered intravenously, and biodistribution was measured at specific timepoints by organ digestion and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. All major organs were examined. Two peptides were tested: the cyclic RGD peptide (cRGD, which targets integrins); and a recently described peptide derived from the myxoma virus. We found the greatest specific tumor delivery using the myxoma peptide, with or without PEGylation. Un-PEGylated cRGD performed poorly, but PEGylated RGD showed a significant transient collection in the tumor. Liver and kidney were the primary targets of all constructs. None of the particles were able to cross the blood-brain barrier. Although it was able to deliver Au to B16 cells, the myxoma peptide did not show any cytotoxic activity against these cells, in contrast to previous reports. These results indicate that the effect of passive targeting by PEGylation and active targeting by peptides can be independent or combined, and that they should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis when designing new nanosystems for targeted therapies. Both myxoma peptide and cRGD should be considered for specific targeting to melanoma, but a thorough investigation of the cytotoxicity of the myxoma peptide to different cell lines remains to be performed.

  14. Sequential Drug Release and Enhanced Photothermal and Photoacoustic Effect of Hybrid Reduced Graphene Oxide-Loaded Ultrasmall Gold Nanorod Vesicles for Cancer Therapy.

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    Song, Jibin; Yang, Xiangyu; Jacobson, Orit; Lin, Lisen; Huang, Peng; Niu, Gang; Ma, Qingjie; Chen, Xiaoyuan

    2015-09-22

    We report a hybrid reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-loaded ultrasmall plasmonic gold nanorod vesicle (rGO-AuNRVe) (?65 nm in size) with remarkably amplified photoacoustic (PA) performance and photothermal effects. The hybrid vesicle also exhibits a high loading capacity of doxorubicin (DOX), as both the cavity of the vesicle and the large surface area of the encapsulated rGO can be used for loading DOX, making it an excellent drug carrier. The loaded DOX is released sequentially: near-infrared photothermal heating induces DOX release from the vesicular cavity, and an intracellular acidic environment induces DOX release from the rGO surface. Positron emission tomography imaging showed high passive U87MG tumor accumulation of (64)Cu-labeled rGO-AuNRVes (?9.7% ID/g at 24 h postinjection) and strong PA signal in the tumor region. Single intravenous injection of rGO-AuNRVe-DOX followed by low-power-density 808 nm laser irradiation (0.25 W/cm(2)) revealed effective inhibition of tumor growth due to the combination of chemo- and photothermal therapies. The rGO-AuNRVe-DOX capable of sequential DOX release by laser light and acid environment may have the potential for clinical translation to treat cancer patients with tumors accessible by light. PMID:26308265

  15. Cd{sub 1?x}Mn{sub x}Te ultrasmall quantum dots growth in a silicate glass matrix by the fusion method

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    Dantas, Noelio Oliveira; Lima Fernandes, Guilherme de; Almeida Silva, Anielle Christine; Baffa, Oswaldo; Gómez, Jorge Antônio

    2014-09-29

    In this study, we synthesized Cd{sub 1?x}Mn{sub x}Te ultrasmall quantum dots (USQDs) in SiO{sub 2}-Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glass system using the fusion method. Growth of these Cd{sub 1?x}Mn{sub x}Te USQDs was confirmed by optical absorption, atomic force microscopy (AFM), magnetic force microscopy (MFM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements. The blueshift of absorption transition with increasing manganese concentration gives evidence of incorporation of manganese ions (Mn{sup 2+}) in CdTe USQDs. AFM, TEM, and MFM confirmed, respectively, the formation of high quality Cd{sub 1?x}Mn{sub x}Te USQDs with uniformly distributed size and magnetic phases. Furthermore, EPR spectra showed six lines associated to the S?=?5/2 spin half-filled d-state, characteristic of Mn{sup 2+}, and confirmed that Mn{sup 2+} are located in the sites core and surface of the CdTe USQD. Therefore, synthesis of high quality Cd{sub 1?x}Mn{sub x}Te USQDs may allow the control of optical and magnetic properties.

  16. Nano electrochemical reactors of Fe2O3 nanoparticles embedded in shells of nitrogen-doped hollow carbon spheres as high-performance anodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zheng, Fangcai; He, Mengni; Yang, Yang; Chen, Qianwang

    2015-02-01

    Iron oxides are extensively investigated as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) because of their large specific capacities. However, they undergo huge volume changes during cycling that result in anode pulverization and loss of electrical connectivity. As a result, the capacity retention of the iron oxide anodes is poor and should be improved for commercial applications. Herein, we report the preparation of ultrasmall Fe2O3 nanoparticles embedded in nitrogen-doped hollow carbon sphere shells (Fe2O3@N-C) by the direct pyrolysis of Fe-based zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (Fe-ZIF) at 620 °C in air. As an anode material for LIBs, the capacity retained was 1573 mA h g-1 after 50 cycles at a current density of 0.1 C (1 C = 1000 mA g-1). Even undergoing the high-rate capability test twice, it can still deliver a remarkably reversible and stable capacity of 1142 mA h g-1 after 100 cycles at a current density of 1 C. The excellent electrochemical performance is attributed to the unique structure of ultrasmall Fe2O3 nanoparticles uniformly distributed in the shell of nitrogen-doped carbon spheres, which simultaneously solve the major problems of pulverization, facilitate rapid electrochemical kinetics, and effectively avoid the aggregation of Fe2O3 nanoparticles during de/lithiation. The novel method developed in this work for the synthesis of functional hybrid materials can be extended to the preparation of various MOFs-derived functional nanocomposites owing to the versatility of links and metal centers in MOFs.Iron oxides are extensively investigated as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) because of their large specific capacities. However, they undergo huge volume changes during cycling that result in anode pulverization and loss of electrical connectivity. As a result, the capacity retention of the iron oxide anodes is poor and should be improved for commercial applications. Herein, we report the preparation of ultrasmall Fe2O3 nanoparticles embedded in nitrogen-doped hollow carbon sphere shells (Fe2O3@N-C) by the direct pyrolysis of Fe-based zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (Fe-ZIF) at 620 °C in air. As an anode material for LIBs, the capacity retained was 1573 mA h g-1 after 50 cycles at a current density of 0.1 C (1 C = 1000 mA g-1). Even undergoing the high-rate capability test twice, it can still deliver a remarkably reversible and stable capacity of 1142 mA h g-1 after 100 cycles at a current density of 1 C. The excellent electrochemical performance is attributed to the unique structure of ultrasmall Fe2O3 nanoparticles uniformly distributed in the shell of nitrogen-doped carbon spheres, which simultaneously solve the major problems of pulverization, facilitate rapid electrochemical kinetics, and effectively avoid the aggregation of Fe2O3 nanoparticles during de/lithiation. The novel method developed in this work for the synthesis of functional hybrid materials can be extended to the preparation of various MOFs-derived functional nanocomposites owing to the versatility of links and metal centers in MOFs. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Detailed synthetic method, characterization, and electrochemical measurements. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06321j

  17. Cell tracking using nanoparticles.

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    Vaccaro, Dennis E; Yang, Meiheng; Weinberg, James S; Reinhardt, Christopher P; Groman, Ernest V

    2008-09-01

    Tracking cells in regenerative medicine is becoming increasingly important for basic cell therapy science, for cell delivery optimization and for accurate biodistribution studies. This report describes nanoparticles that utilize stable-isotope metal labels for multiple detection technologies in preclinical studies. Cells labeled with nanoparticles can be imaged by electron microscopy, fluorescence, and magnetic resonance. The nanoparticle-labeled cells can be quantified by neutron activation, thereby allowing, with the use of standard curves, the determination of the number of labeled cells in tissue samples from in vivo sources. This report describes the characteristics of these nanoparticles and methods for using these nanoparticles to label and track cells. PMID:20559922

  18. Assessing Nanoparticle Toxicity

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    Love, Sara A.; Maurer-Jones, Melissa A.; Thompson, John W.; Lin, Yu-Shen; Haynes, Christy L.

    2012-07-01

    Nanoparticle toxicology, an emergent field, works toward establishing the hazard of nanoparticles, and therefore their potential risk, in light of the increased use and likelihood of exposure. Analytical chemists can provide an essential tool kit for the advancement of this field by exploiting expertise in sample complexity and preparation as well as method and technology development. Herein, we discuss experimental considerations for performing in vitro nanoparticle toxicity studies, with a focus on nanoparticle characterization, relevant model cell systems, and toxicity assay choices. Additionally, we present three case studies (of silver, titanium dioxide, and carbon nanotube toxicity) to highlight the important toxicological considerations of these commonly used nanoparticles.

  19. In-Situ Monitoring of the Microstructure of TATB-based Explosive Formulations During Temperature Cycling using Ultra-small Angle X-ray Scattering

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    Willey, T M; Hoffman, D M; van Buuren, T; Lauderbach, L; Ilavsky, J; Gee, R H; Maiti, A; Overturf, G; Fried, L

    2008-02-06

    TATB (1,3,5 triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene), an extremely insensitive explosive, is used both in plastic-bonded explosives (PBXs) and as an ultra-fine pressed powder (UFTATB). With both PBXs and UFTATB, an irreversible expansion occurs with temperature cycling known as ratchet growth. In TATB-based explosives using Kel-F 800 as binder (LX-17 and PBX-9502), additional voids, sizes hundreds of nanometers to a few microns account for much of the volume expansion caused by temperature cycling. These voids are in the predicted size regime for hot-spot formation during ignition and detonation, and thus an experimental measure of these voids is important feedback for hot-spot theory and for determining the relationship between void size distributions and detonation properties. Also, understanding the mechanism of ratchet growth allows future choice of explosive/binder mixtures to minimize these types of changes to explosives, further extending PBX shelf life. This paper presents the void size distributions of LX-17, UFTATB, and PBXs using commercially available Cytop M, Cytop A, and Hyflon AD60 binders during temperature cycling between -55 C and 70 C. These void size distributions are derived from ultra-small angle x-ray scattering (USAXS), a technique sensitive to structures from about 10 nm to about 2 mm. Structures with these sizes do not appreciably change in UFTATB, indicating voids or cracks larger than a few microns appear in UFTATB during temperature cycling. Compared to Kel-F 800 binders, Cytop M and Cytop A show relatively small increases in void volume from 0.9% to 1.3% and 0.6% to 1.1%, respectively, while Hyflon fails to prevent irreversible volume expansion (1.2% to 4.6%). Computational mesoscale models of ratchet growth and binder wetting and adhesion properties point to mechanisms of ratchet growth, and are discussed in combination with the experimental results.

  20. De-alloyed platinum nanoparticles

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    Strasser, Peter (Houston, TX); Koh, Shirlaine (Houston, TX); Mani, Prasanna (Houston, TX); Ratndeep, Srivastava (Houston, TX)

    2011-08-09

    A method of producing de-alloyed nanoparticles. In an embodiment, the method comprises admixing metal precursors, freeze-drying, annealing, and de-alloying the nanoparticles in situ. Further, in an embodiment de-alloyed nanoparticle formed by the method, wherein the nanoparticle further comprises a core-shell arrangement. The nanoparticle is suitable for electrocatalytic processes and devices.

  1. Nanoparticles for Biomedical Imaging

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    Nune, Satish K.; Gunda, Padmaja; Thallapally, Praveen K.; Lin, Ying-Ying; Forrest, Laird M.; Berkland, Cory J.

    2009-11-01

    Background: Synthetic nanoparticles are emerging as versatile tools in biomedical applications, particularly in the area of biomedical imaging. Nanoparticles 1 to 100 nm in diameter possess dimensions comparable to biological functional units. Diverse surface chemistries, unique magnetic properties, tunable absorption and emission properties, and recent advances in the synthesis and engineering of various nanoparticles suggest their potential as probes for early detection of diseases such as cancer. Surface functionalization has further expanded the potential of nanoparticles as probes for molecular imaging. Objective: To summarize emerging research of nanoparticles for biomedical imaging with increased selectivity and reduced non-specific uptake with increased spatial resolution containing stabilizers conjugated with targeting ligands. Methods: This review summarizes recent technological advances in the synthesis of various nanoparticle probes, and surveys methods to improve the targeting of nanoparticles for their applications in biomedical imaging. Conclusion: Structural design of nanomaterials for biomedical imaging continues to expand and diversify. Synthetic methods have aimed to control the size and surface characteristics of nanoparticles to control distribution, half-life and elimination. Although molecular imaging applications using nanoparticles are advancing into clinical applications, challenges such as storage stability and long-term toxicology should continue to be addressed. Keywords: nanoparticle synthesis, surface modification, targeting, molecular imaging, and biomedical imaging.

  2. Stimulus responsive nanoparticles

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    Cairns, Darren Robert (Inventor); Huebsch, Wade W. (Inventor); Sierros, Konstantinos A. (Inventor); Shafran, Matthew S. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    Disclosed are various embodiments of methods and systems related to stimulus responsive nanoparticles. In one embodiment includes a stimulus responsive nanoparticle system, the system includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and a plurality of elongated electro-responsive nanoparticles dispersed between the first and second electrodes, the plurality of electro-responsive nanorods configured to respond to an electric field established between the first and second electrodes.

  3. Stimulus Responsive Nanoparticles

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    Cairns, Darran Robert (Inventor); Huebsch, Wade W. (Inventor); Sierros, Konstantinos A. (Inventor); Shafran, Matthew S. (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    Disclosed are various embodiments of methods and systems related to stimulus responsive nanoparticles. In one embodiment includes a stimulus responsive nanoparticle system, the system includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and a plurality of elongated electro-responsive nanoparticles dispersed between the first and second electrodes, the plurality of electro-responsive nanorods configured to respond to an electric field established between the first and second electrodes.

  4. Nanoparticles for biomedical imaging

    PubMed Central

    Nune, Satish K; Gunda, Padmaja; Thallapally, Praveen K; Lin, Ying-Ying; Forrest, M Laird; Berkland, Cory J

    2011-01-01

    Background Synthetic nanoparticles are emerging as versatile tools in biomedical applications, particularly in the area of biomedical imaging. Nanoparticles 1 – 100 nm in diameter have dimensions comparable to biological functional units. Diverse surface chemistries, unique magnetic properties, tunable absorption and emission properties, and recent advances in the synthesis and engineering of various nanoparticles suggest their potential as probes for early detection of diseases such as cancer. Surface functionalization has expanded further the potential of nanoparticles as probes for molecular imaging. Objective To summarize emerging research of nanoparticles for biomedical imaging with increased selectivity and reduced nonspecific uptake with increased spatial resolution containing stabilizers conjugated with targeting ligands. Methods This review summarizes recent technological advances in the synthesis of various nanoparticle probes, and surveys methods to improve the targeting of nanoparticles for their application in biomedical imaging. Conclusion Structural design of nanomaterials for biomedical imaging continues to expand and diversify. Synthetic methods have aimed to control the size and surface characteristics of nanoparticles to control distribution, half-life and elimination. Although molecular imaging applications using nanoparticles are advancing into clinical applications, challenges such as storage stability and long-term toxicology should continue to be addressed. PMID:19743894

  5. Edible oil structures at low and intermediate concentrations. II. Ultra-small angle X-ray scattering of in situ tristearin solids in triolein

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    Peyronel, Fernanda; Ilavsky, Jan; Mazzanti, Gianfranco; Marangoni, Alejandro G.; Pink, David A.

    2013-12-01

    Ultra-small angle X-ray scattering has been used for the first time to elucidate, in situ, the aggregation structure of a model edible oil system. The three-dimensional nano- to micro-structure of tristearin solid particles in triolein solvent was investigated using 5, 10, 15, and 20% solids. Three different sample preparation procedures were investigated: two slow cooling rates of 0.5°/min, case 1 (22 days of storage at room temperature) and case 2 (no storage), and one fast cooling of 30°/min, case 3 (no storage). The length scale investigated, by using the Bonse-Hart camera at beamline ID-15D at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, covered the range from 300 Å to 10 ?m. The unified fit and the Guinier-Porod models in the Irena software were used to fit the data. The former was used to fit 3 structural levels. Level 1 structures showed that the primary scatterers were essentially 2-dimensional objects for the three cases. The scatterers possessed lateral dimensions between 1000 and 4300 Å. This is consistent with the sizes of crystalline nanoplatelets present which were observed using cryo-TEM. Level 2 structures were aggregates possessing radii of gyration, Rg2 between 1800 Å and 12000 Å and fractal dimensions of either D2=1 for case 3 or 1.8?D2?2.1 for case 1 and case 2. D2 = 1 is consistent with unaggregated 1-dimensional objects. 1.8 ? D2 ? 2.1 is consistent with these 1-dimensional objects (below) forming structures characteristic of diffusion or reaction limited cluster-cluster aggregation. Level 3 structures showed that the spatial distribution of the level 2 structures was uniform, on the average, for case 1, with fractal dimension D3?3 while for case 2 and case 3 the fractal dimension was D3?2.2, which suggested that the large-scale distribution had not come to equilibrium. The Guinier-Porod model showed that the structures giving rise to the aggregates with a fractal dimension given by D2 in the unified fit level 2 model were cylinders described by the parameter s ?1 in the Guinier-Porod model. The size of the base of these cylinders was in agreement with the cryo-TEM observations as well as with the results of the level 1 unified fit model. By estimating the size of the nanoplatelets and understanding the structures formed via their aggregation, it will be possible to engineer novel lipids systems that embody desired functional characteristics.

  6. X-ray absorption spectroscopy on magnetic nanoscale systems for modern applications

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    Schmitz-Antoniak, Carolin

    2015-06-01

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy facilitated by state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation technology is presented as a powerful tool to study nanoscale systems, in particular revealing their static element-specific magnetic and electronic properties on a microscopic level. A survey is given on the properties of nanoparticles, nanocomposites and thin films covering a broad range of possible applications. It ranges from the ageing effects of iron oxide nanoparticles in dispersion for biomedical applications to the characterisation on a microscopic level of nanoscale systems for data storage devices. In this respect, new concepts for electrically addressable magnetic data storage devices are highlighted by characterising the coupling in a BaTiO3/CoFe2O4 nanocomposite as prototypical model system. But classical magnetically addressable devices are also discussed on the basis of tailoring the magnetic properties of self-assembled ensembles of FePt nanoparticles for data storage and the high-moment material Fe/Cr/Gd for write heads. For the latter cases, the importance is emphasised of combining experimental approaches in x-ray absorption spectroscopy with density functional theory to gain a more fundamental understanding.

  7. Efficient magneto-optical mode converter on glass

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    Garayt, Jean Philippe; Parsy, François; Jamon, Damien; Neveu, Sophie; Royer, François; Ghibaudo, Elise; Broquin, Jean-Emmanuel

    2014-03-01

    The integration of magneto-optical materials to realize non-reciprocal functions is still a difficult problem, because classical magneto-optical materials require an annealing temperature as high as 700°C. In this framework, this study shows how it is possible to realize efficient magneto-optical mode converter using the association of a magnetic nanoparticles silica/zirconia composite with an ion-exchanged glass waveguide. Using a sol gel process, a silica/zirconia matrix is doped by magnetic nanoparticles (CoFe2O4) and coated on a glass substrate containing straight channel waveguides made by a silver/sodium ion exchange. The extremities of the guides were previously buried using electric field-assisted burial in order to facilitate light injection. Soft annealing (90°C) and UV treatment, both compatible with the ion exchange process, have been implemented to finalize the magneto-optical film. Depending on the amount of nanoparticles in the composite, on the spatial distribution of the field in the guide and on the modal birefringence of the hybrid structure, the TE-TM conversion varies from several degrees to several tens of degrees.

  8. Transferring Biomarker into Molecular Probe: Melanin Nanoparticle as a Naturally Active Platform for Multimodality Imaging

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Developing multifunctional and easily prepared nanoplatforms with integrated different modalities is highly challenging for molecular imaging. Here, we report the successful transfer of an important molecular target, melanin, into a novel multimodality imaging nanoplatform. Melanin is abundantly expressed in melanotic melanomas and thus has been actively studied as a target for melanoma imaging. In our work, the multifunctional biopolymer nanoplatform based on ultrasmall (<10 nm) water-soluble melanin nanoparticle (MNP) was developed and showed unique photoacoustic property and natural binding ability with metal ions (for example, 64Cu2+, Fe3+). Therefore, MNP can serve not only as a photoacoustic contrast agent, but also as a nanoplatform for positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Traditional passive nanoplatforms require complicated and time-consuming processes for prebuilding reporting moieties or chemical modifications using active groups to integrate different contrast properties into one entity. In comparison, utilizing functional biomarker melanin can greatly simplify the building process. We further conjugated ?v?3 integrins, cyclic c(RGDfC) peptide, to MNPs to allow for U87MG tumor accumulation due to its targeting property combined with the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect. The multimodal properties of MNPs demonstrate the high potential of endogenous materials with multifunctions as nanoplatforms for molecular theranostics and clinical translation. PMID:25292385

  9. Transferring biomarker into molecular probe: melanin nanoparticle as a naturally active platform for multimodality imaging.

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    Fan, Quli; Cheng, Kai; Hu, Xiang; Ma, Xiaowei; Zhang, Ruiping; Yang, Min; Lu, Xiaomei; Xing, Lei; Huang, Wei; Gambhir, Sanjiv Sam; Cheng, Zhen

    2014-10-29

    Developing multifunctional and easily prepared nanoplatforms with integrated different modalities is highly challenging for molecular imaging. Here, we report the successful transfer of an important molecular target, melanin, into a novel multimodality imaging nanoplatform. Melanin is abundantly expressed in melanotic melanomas and thus has been actively studied as a target for melanoma imaging. In our work, the multifunctional biopolymer nanoplatform based on ultrasmall (<10 nm) water-soluble melanin nanoparticle (MNP) was developed and showed unique photoacoustic property and natural binding ability with metal ions (for example, (64)Cu(2+), Fe(3+)). Therefore, MNP can serve not only as a photoacoustic contrast agent, but also as a nanoplatform for positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Traditional passive nanoplatforms require complicated and time-consuming processes for prebuilding reporting moieties or chemical modifications using active groups to integrate different contrast properties into one entity. In comparison, utilizing functional biomarker melanin can greatly simplify the building process. We further conjugated ?v?3 integrins, cyclic c(RGDfC) peptide, to MNPs to allow for U87MG tumor accumulation due to its targeting property combined with the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect. The multimodal properties of MNPs demonstrate the high potential of endogenous materials with multifunctions as nanoplatforms for molecular theranostics and clinical translation. PMID:25292385

  10. Enhancing photothermal cancer therapy by clustering gold nanoparticles into spherical polymeric nanoconstructs

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    Iodice, Carmen; Cervadoro, Antonio; Palange, AnnaLisa; Key, Jaehong; Aryal, Santosh; Ramirez, Maricela R.; Mattu, Clara; Ciardelli, Gianluca; O'Neill, Brian E.; Decuzzi, Paolo

    2016-01-01

    Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have been proposed as agents for enhancing photothermal therapy in cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Different geometrical configurations have been used, ranging from spheres to rods and more complex star shapes, to modulate optical and ablating properties. In this work, multiple, ultra-small 6 nm AuNPs are encapsulated into larger spherical polymeric nanoconstructs (SPNs), made out of a poly(lactic acid-co-glycol acid) (PLGA) core stabilized by a superficial lipid-PEG monolayer. The optical and photothermal properties of the resulting nanoconstructs (Au-SPNs) are modulated by varying the initial loading input of AuNPs, ranging between 25 and 150 ?gAu. Au-SPNs exhibit a hydrodynamic diameter varying from ~100 to 180 nm, growing with the gold content, and manifest up to 2-fold increase in thermal energy production per unit mass of gold for an initial input of 100 ?gAu. Au-SPNs are stable under physiological conditions up to 7 days and have direct cytotoxic effect on tumor cells. The superior photothermal performance of Au-SPNs is assessed in vitro on monolayers of breast cancer cells (SUM-159) and tumor spheroids of glioblastoma multiforme cells (U87-MG). The encapsulation of small AuNPs into larger spherical nanoconstructs enhances photothermal ablation and could favor tumor accumulation.

  11. Nanoparticles and stem cells - has targeted therapy for aneurysms finally arrived?

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    Esfahani, Darian R; Viswanathan, Vyas; Alaraj, Ali

    2015-03-01

    Until recently, endovascular management of intracranial aneurysms has focused on mechanical and hemodynamic aspects: characterizing aneurysm morphology by angiogram, mechanical obstruction by detachable coils, and flow diversion with endovascular stents. Although now common practice, these interventions only ward off aneurysm rupture. The source of the problem, disease of the vessel wall itself, remains. New imaging technology and treatment modalities, however, are offering great promise to the field. In this review, we outline several new developments in the recent literature and pose potential adaptations toward cerebral aneurysms using them. The incidence, presentation, and contemporary endovascular treatment for aneurysms are first reviewed to lay the groundwork for new adaptations. Nanoparticles, including ultrasmall supraparagmenetic iron oxide particles (USPIOs), are next explored as a novel mechanism of predicting aneurysm wall instability and as an agent themselves for aneurysm occlusion. Cellular transplant grafts, bone marrow-derived stem cells (BM-MSCs), and endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are then investigated, with the role of cellular differentiation, chemokine secretion, and integration into the injured vascular wall receiving particular emphasis. Several promising translational papers are next discussed, with review of multiple studies that show benefit in aneurysm treatment and endovascular stenting using these agents as adjuncts. We next adapt these research findings into several potential applications we feel may be promising directions for the aspiring researcher. These new treatments may one day strengthen the arsenal of the endovascular neurosurgeon. PMID:25082670

  12. Single Nanoparticle Plasmonic Sensors

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    Sriram, Manish; Zong, Kelly; Vivekchand, S. R. C.; Gooding, J. Justin

    2015-01-01

    The adoption of plasmonic nanomaterials in optical sensors, coupled with the advances in detection techniques, has opened the way for biosensing with single plasmonic particles. Single nanoparticle sensors offer the potential to analyse biochemical interactions at a single-molecule level, thereby allowing us to capture even more information than ensemble measurements. We introduce the concepts behind single nanoparticle sensing and how the localised surface plasmon resonances of these nanoparticles are dependent upon their materials, shape and size. Then we outline the different synthetic approaches, like citrate reduction, seed-mediated and seedless growth, that enable the synthesis of gold and silver nanospheres, nanorods, nanostars, nanoprisms and other nanostructures with tunable sizes. Further, we go into the aspects related to purification and functionalisation of nanoparticles, prior to the fabrication of sensing surfaces. Finally, the recent developments in single nanoparticle detection, spectroscopy and sensing applications are discussed. PMID:26473866

  13. Single Nanoparticle Plasmonic Sensors.

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    Sriram, Manish; Zong, Kelly; Vivekchand, S R C; Gooding, J Justin

    2015-01-01

    The adoption of plasmonic nanomaterials in optical sensors, coupled with the advances in detection techniques, has opened the way for biosensing with single plasmonic particles. Single nanoparticle sensors offer the potential to analyse biochemical interactions at a single-molecule level, thereby allowing us to capture even more information than ensemble measurements. We introduce the concepts behind single nanoparticle sensing and how the localised surface plasmon resonances of these nanoparticles are dependent upon their materials, shape and size. Then we outline the different synthetic approaches, like citrate reduction, seed-mediated and seedless growth, that enable the synthesis of gold and silver nanospheres, nanorods, nanostars, nanoprisms and other nanostructures with tunable sizes. Further, we go into the aspects related to purification and functionalisation of nanoparticles, prior to the fabrication of sensing surfaces. Finally, the recent developments in single nanoparticle detection, spectroscopy and sensing applications are discussed. PMID:26473866

  14. Nanoparticle Approaches against Bacterial Infections

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    Gao, Weiwei; Thamphiwatana, Soracha; Angsantikul, Pavimol; Zhang, Liangfang

    2014-01-01

    Despite the wide success of antibiotics, the treatment of bacterial infection still faces significant challenges, particularly the emergence of antibiotic resistance. As a result, nanoparticle drug delivery platforms including liposomes, polymeric nanoparticles, dendrimers, and various inorganic nanoparticles have been increasingly exploited to enhance the therapeutic effectiveness of existing antibiotics. This review focuses on areas where nanoparticle approaches hold significant potential to advance the treatment of bacterial infection. These areas include targeted antibiotic delivery, environmentally responsive antibiotic delivery, combinatorial antibiotic delivery, nanoparticle-enabled antibacterial vaccination, and nanoparticle-based bacterial detection. In each area we highlight the innovative antimicrobial nanoparticle platforms and review their progress made against bacterial infections. PMID:25044325

  15. Gas Phase Nanoparticle Synthesis

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    Granqvist, Claes; Kish, Laszlo; Marlow, William

    This book deals with gas-phase nanoparticle synthesis and is intended for researchers and research students in nanomaterials science and engineering, condensed matter physics and chemistry, and aerosol science. Gas-phase nanoparticle synthesis is instrumental to nanotechnology - a field in current focus that raises hopes for environmentally benign, resource-lean manufacturing. Nanoparticles can be produced by many physical, chemical, and even biological routes. Gas-phase synthesis is particularly interesting since one can achieve accurate manufacturing control and hence industrial viability.

  16. Edible oil structures at low and intermediate concentrations. II. Ultra-small angle X-ray scattering of in situ tristearin solids in triolein

    SciTech Connect

    Peyronel, Fernanda; Marangoni, Alejandro G.; Ilavsky, Jan; Mazzanti, Gianfranco; Pink, David A.

    2013-12-21

    Ultra-small angle X-ray scattering has been used for the first time to elucidate, in situ, the aggregation structure of a model edible oil system. The three-dimensional nano- to micro-structure of tristearin solid particles in triolein solvent was investigated using 5, 10, 15, and 20% solids. Three different sample preparation procedures were investigated: two slow cooling rates of 0.5°/min, case 1 (22 days of storage at room temperature) and case 2 (no storage), and one fast cooling of 30°/min, case 3 (no storage). The length scale investigated, by using the Bonse-Hart camera at beamline ID-15D at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, covered the range from 300?Å to 10??m. The unified fit and the Guinier-Porod models in the Irena software were used to fit the data. The former was used to fit 3 structural levels. Level 1 structures showed that the primary scatterers were essentially 2-dimensional objects for the three cases. The scatterers possessed lateral dimensions between 1000 and 4300?Å. This is consistent with the sizes of crystalline nanoplatelets present which were observed using cryo-TEM. Level 2 structures were aggregates possessing radii of gyration, R{sub g2} between 1800?Å and 12000?Å and fractal dimensions of either D{sub 2}=1 for case 3 or 1.8?D{sub 2}?2.1 for case 1 and case 2. D{sub 2}?=?1 is consistent with unaggregated 1-dimensional objects. 1.8???D{sub 2}???2.1 is consistent with these 1-dimensional objects (below) forming structures characteristic of diffusion or reaction limited cluster-cluster aggregation. Level 3 structures showed that the spatial distribution of the level 2 structures was uniform, on the average, for case 1, with fractal dimension D{sub 3}?3 while for case 2 and case 3 the fractal dimension was D{sub 3}?2.2, which suggested that the large-scale distribution had not come to equilibrium. The Guinier-Porod model showed that the structures giving rise to the aggregates with a fractal dimension given by D{sub 2} in the unified fit level 2 model were cylinders described by the parameter s?1 in the Guinier-Porod model. The size of the base of these cylinders was in agreement with the cryo-TEM observations as well as with the results of the level 1 unified fit model. By estimating the size of the nanoplatelets and understanding the structures formed via their aggregation, it will be possible to engineer novel lipids systems that embody desired functional characteristics.

  17. Fluid flow in ultrasmall structures

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    Cheng, Jiangtao

    We describe studies of the pressure driven flow of several classical fluids through lithographically produced channels in which one dimension, the channel height h, is in the micron or nanometer size range. The measured flow rates are compared with theoretical predictions assuming no-slip boundary conditions at the walls of the channel. The results for water agree well with this prediction for h as small as 40 nm (our smallest channels). However, for hexane, decane, hexadecane, and silicone oil we find deviations from this theory when h is reduced below about 100 nm. The observed flow rates for small h are larger than theoretical expectations, implying significant slip at the walls, and values of the slip length are estimated. The results are compared with previous experimental and theoretical work. We have also developed an improved method of making micro-models for the study of multiphase flow in porous media. A central theme of our work is to use model systems to gain new insights into the geometrical aspects of multiphase flow. We would like to better understand how the geometry of the open pore space affects the geometry (fractal or otherwise) of the wetting and non-wetting phases, and how these geometries vary during a drainage/imbibition cycle. In addition to flow rate measurements at various levels of saturation, we have used photographic studies of the geometries of the wetting and non-wetting phases, in our case decane and nitrogen gas, to measure the interfacial area per unit "volume" (IAV) separating these phases. While the relation between saturation (S) and capillary pressure (Pcap) during these cycles is hysteretic, the IAV appears to be a single valued function of S and Pcap. This observation confirms, at least qualitatively, theoretical predictions of Gray and coworkers concerning the importance of IAV as a fundamental quantity necessary for understanding and characterizing multiphase flow. We believe this to be the first experimental measurement of the IAV for multiphase flow.

  18. Chemical Transformations in Individual Ultrasmall

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    reaction system, were immobilized with an infrared laser optical trap or by adhesion to modified) by which nanoliter to femtoliter wells can be created in silicon-based substrates (5). For self-enclosed volume elements, microdrop- lets in an immiscible solvent have been used (6). However, these techniques

  19. Gadolinium oxide nanoparticles and aptamer-functionalized silver nanoclusters-based multimodal molecular imaging nanoprobe for optical/magnetic resonance cancer cell imaging.

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    Li, Jingjing; You, Jia; Dai, Yue; Shi, Meilin; Han, Cuiping; Xu, Kai

    2014-11-18

    Multimodal molecular imaging has attracted more and more interest from researchers due to its combination of the strengths of each imaging modality. The development of specific and multifunctional molecular imaging probes is the key for this method. In this study, we fabricated an optical/magnetic resonance (MR) dual-modality molecular imaging nanoprobe, polyethylene glycol-coated ultrasmall gadolinium oxide (PEG-Gd2O3)/aptamer-Ag nanoclusters (NCs), for tracking cancer cells. To achieve this aim, PEG-Gd2O3 nanoparticles (NPs) as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent and aptamer functionalized silver nanoclusters (aptamer-Ag NCs) as fluorescence reporter were first synthesized by a one-pot approach, respectively. They were then conjugated by the covalent coupling reaction between the carboxyl group on the surface of PEG-Gd2O3 NPs and amino group modified on the 5'-end of AS1411 aptamer. With a suitable ratio, the fluorescence intensity of aptamer-Ag NCs and MR signal of PEG-Gd2O3 nanoparticles could both be enhanced after the formation of PEG-Gd2O3/aptamer-Ag NCs nanoprobe, which favored their application for multimodal molecular imaging. With this nanoprobe, MCF-7 tumor cells could be specifically tracked by both fluorescence imaging and magnetic resonance imaging in vitro. PMID:25338209

  20. Phonon-assisted energy back transfer-induced multicolor upconversion emission of Gd2O3:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) nanoparticles under near-infrared excitation.

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    Liu, Jun; Deng, Huawei; Huang, Zhanyun; Zhang, Yueli; Chen, Dihu; Shao, Yuanzhi

    2015-06-21

    Manipulation of upconversion (UC) emission is of particular importance for multiplexed bioimaging. Here, we precisely manipulate the UC color output by utilizing the phonon-assisted energy back transfer (EBT) process in ultra-small (sub-10 nm) Gd2O3:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) UC nanoparticles (UCNPs). We synthesized the Gd2O3:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) UCNPs by adopting the laser ablation in liquid (LAL) technique. The synthesized Gd2O3:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) UCNPs are small spherical and monoclinic structures. Continuous color-tunable (from green to red) UC fluorescence emission is achieved by increasing the concentration of Yb(3+) ions from 0 to 15 mol%. A phonon-assisted energy back transfer (EBT) process from Er(3+) ((4)S3/2 ? (4)I13/2) to nearby Yb(3+) ((2)F7/2 ? (2)F5/2), which can significantly enhance red emission at 672 nm and decrease green emission, is responsible for the color-tunable UC emission by increasing the Yb(3+) concentration in Gd2O3:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) UC nanoparticles. PMID:26006337

  1. GADOLINIUM(Gd)-BASED and Ion Oxide Nanoparticle Contrast Agents for Pre-Clinical and Clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (mri) Research

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    Ng, Thian C.

    2012-06-01

    It is known that one strength of MRI is its excellent soft tissue discrimination. It naturally provides sufficient contrast between the structural differences of normal and pathological tissues, their spatial extent and progression. However, to further extend its applications and enhance even more contrast for clinical studies, various Gadolinium (Gd)-based contrast agents have been developed for different organs (brain strokes, cancer, cardio-MRI, etc). These Gd-based contrast agents are paramagnetic compounds that have strong T1-effect for enhancing the contrast between tissue types. Gd-contrast can also enhance magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA) for studying stenosis and for measuring perfusion, vascular susceptibility, interstitial space, etc. Another class of contrast agents makes use of ferrite iron oxide nanoparticles (including Superparamagnetic Ion Oxide (SPIO) and Ultrasmall Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide (USPIO)). These nanoparticles have superior magnetic susceptibility effect and produce a drop in signal, namely in T2*-weighted images, useful for the determination of lymph nodes metastases, angiogenesis and arteriosclerosis plaques.

  2. Thermally Polymerized Rylene Nanoparticles

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    Andrew, Trisha Lionel

    Rylene dyes functionalized with varying numbers of phenyl trifluorovinyl ether (TFVE) moieties were subjected to a thermal emulsion polymerization to yield shape-persistent, water-soluble chromophore nanoparticles. Perylene ...

  3. Photoemission from metal nanoparticles

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    Protsenko, Igor E.; Uskov, Aleksandr V.

    2012-05-01

    The approach of A M Brodsky and Yu Ya Gurevich is generalized to photoemission from metal nanoparticles at the excitation of a localized plasmon resonance (LPR) in them. The cross section and the probability amplitude of photoemission from a nanoparticle are obtained analytically, taking into account the LPR excitation and the electromagnetic field and photoelectron mass changes at the metal-environment interface. An increase by two orders of magnitude in the photocurrent from a layer of Au nanoparticles to silicon compared to a bulk Au layer is predicted due to an increase in the electromagnetic field strength under the excitation of LPR and due to a significant part of the nanoparticle surface being nonparallel to the incident field polarization. Practicable applications of the results include improving the performance of photocells and photodetectors, and probably reducing the minimum photoeffect time.

  4. Renal Clearance of Nanoparticles

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    Choi, Hak Soo; Liu, Wenhao; Misra, Preeti; Tanaka, Eiichi; Zimmer, John P.; Ipe, Binil Itty; Bawendi, Moungi G.; Frangioni, John V.

    2008-01-01

    SUMMARY The field of nanotechnology holds great promise for the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. However, the size and charge of most nanoparticles preclude their efficient clearance from the body as intact nanoparticles. Without such clearance or their biodegradation into biologically benign components, toxicity is potentially amplified and radiological imaging is hindered. Using quantum dots (QDs) as a model system, we have precisely defined the requirements for renal filtration and urinary excretion of inorganic, metal-containing nanoparticles. Zwitterionic or neutral organic coatings prevented adsorption of serum proteins, which otherwise increased hydrodynamic diameter (HD) by over 15 nm and prevented renal excretion. A final HD smaller than 5.5 nm resulted in rapid and efficient urinary excretion, and elimination of QDs from the body. This study provides a foundation for the design and development of biologically targeted nanoparticles for biomedical applications. PMID:17891134

  5. Divalent metal nanoparticles

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    DeVries, Gretchen Anne

    2008-01-01

    Metal nanoparticles hold promise for many scientific and technological applications, such as chemical and biological sensors, vehicles for drug delivery, and subdiffraction limit waveguides. To fabricate such devices, a ...

  6. Magnetic nanoparticle temperature estimation

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    Weaver, John B.; Rauwerdink, Adam M.; Hansen, Eric W.

    2009-05-15

    The authors present a method of measuring the temperature of magnetic nanoparticles that can be adapted to provide in vivo temperature maps. Many of the minimally invasive therapies that promise to reduce health care costs and improve patient outcomes heat tissue to very specific temperatures to be effective. Measurements are required because physiological cooling, primarily blood flow, makes the temperature difficult to predict a priori. The ratio of the fifth and third harmonics of the magnetization generated by magnetic nanoparticles in a sinusoidal field is used to generate a calibration curve and to subsequently estimate the temperature. The calibration curve is obtained by varying the amplitude of the sinusoidal field. The temperature can then be estimated from any subsequent measurement of the ratio. The accuracy was 0.3 deg. K between 20 and 50 deg. C using the current apparatus and half-second measurements. The method is independent of nanoparticle concentration and nanoparticle size distribution.

  7. Externally modulated theranostic nanoparticles

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    Urban, Cordula; Urban, Alexander S.; Charron, Heather; Joshi, Amit

    2013-01-01

    Externally modulated nanoparticles comprise a rapidly advancing class of cancer nanotherapeutics, which combine the favorable tumor accumulation of nanoparticles, with external spatio-temporal control on therapy delivery via optical, magnetic, or ultrasound modalities. The local control on therapy enables higher tumor treatment efficacy, while simultaneously reducing off-target effects. The nanoparticle interactions with external fields have an additional advantage of frequently generating an imaging signal, and thus such agents provide theranostic (both diagnostic and therapeutic) capabilities. In this review, we classify the emerging externally modulated theranostic nanoparticles according to the mode of external control and describe the physiochemical mechanisms underlying the external control of therapy, and illustrate the major embodiments of nanoparticles in each class with proven biological efficacy: (I) electromagnetic radiation in visible and near-infrared range is being exploited for gold based and carbon nanostructures with tunable surface plasmon resonance (SPR) for imaging and photothermal therapy (PTT) of cancer, photochemistry based manipulations are employed for light sensitive liposomes and porphyrin based nanoparticles; (II) Magnetic field based manipulations are being developed for iron-oxide based nanostructures for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetothermal therapy; (III) ultrasound based methods are primarily being employed to increase delivery of conventional drugs and nanotherapeutics to tumor sites. PMID:24834381

  8. Antifungal nanoparticles and surfaces.

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    Paulo, Cristiana S O; Vidal, Maria; Ferreira, Lino S

    2010-10-11

    Nosocomial fungal infections, an increasing healthcare concern worldwide, are often associated with medical devices. We have developed antifungal nanoparticle conjugates that can act in suspension or attach to a surface, efficiently killing fungi. For that purpose, we immobilized covalently amphotericin B (AmB), a potent antifungal agent approved by the FDA, widely used in clinical practice and effective against a large spectrum of fungi, into silica nanoparticles. These antifungal nanoparticle conjugates are fungicidal against several strains of Candida sp., mainly by contact. In addition, they can be reused up to 5 cycles without losing their activity. Our results show that the antifungal nanoparticle conjugates are more fungistatic and fungicidal than 10 nm colloidal silver. The antifungal activity of the antifungal nanoparticle conjugates is maintained when they are immobilized on a surface using a chemical adhesive formed by polydopamine. The antifungal nanocoatings have no hemolytic or cytotoxic effect against red blood cells and blood mononuclear cells, respectively. Surfaces coated with these antifungal nanoparticle conjugates can be very useful to render medical devices with antifungal properties. PMID:20845938

  9. Heteroaggregation of cerium oxide nanoparticles and nanoparticles of pyrolyzed biomass

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Heteroaggregation with indigenous particles is an important process controlling the mobility of engineered nanomaterials in the environment. We studied heteroaggregation of cerium oxide nanoparticles (n-CeO2), which are widely used commercially, with nanoparticles of pyrogenic carbonaceous material ...

  10. Nanoparticle Interactions with Lipid Bilayers

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    Edwards, Shayson C.

    2015-01-01

    of protein cancer markers with biobarcoded nanoparticlenanoparticle is released 50 . Nanoparticles are also used for the application of proteinprotein sensing with nanopores—especially DNA sequencing, and artificial lipid bilayers have the potential be applied for use in nanoparticle

  11. Direct hierarchical assembly of nanoparticles

    DOEpatents

    Xu, Ting; Zhao, Yue; Thorkelsson, Kari

    2014-07-22

    The present invention provides hierarchical assemblies of a block copolymer, a bifunctional linking compound and a nanoparticle. The block copolymers form one micro-domain and the nanoparticles another micro-domain.

  12. MEASUREMENT OF NANOPARTICLES IN WATER

    EPA Science Inventory

    Measuring nanoparticles in water differs from traditional dissolved solute measurement in several ways. The most salient difference is that nanoparticles are colloids rather than solutes and therefore are subject to the interparticle interactions (mainly electrostatic and Van de...

  13. Nanoparticles for Targeted Drug Delivery

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    Chow, Gan-Moog

    Nanoparticles were synthesized and modified for target drug delivery. The research involved the aqueous synthesis of near infrared (NIR) sensitive Au-Au2S nanoparticles. An anti-cancer drug (cis-platin) ...

  14. Progress toward clonable inorganic nanoparticles.

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    Ni, Thomas W; Staicu, Lucian C; Nemeth, Richard S; Schwartz, Cindi L; Crawford, David; Seligman, Jeffrey D; Hunter, William J; Pilon-Smits, Elizabeth A H; Ackerson, Christopher J

    2015-10-15

    Pseudomonas moraviensis stanleyae was recently isolated from the roots of the selenium (Se) hyperaccumulator plant Stanleya pinnata. This bacterium tolerates normally lethal concentrations of SeO3(2-) in liquid culture, where it also produces Se nanoparticles. Structure and cellular ultrastructure of the Se nanoparticles as determined by cellular electron tomography shows the nanoparticles as intracellular, of narrow dispersity, symmetrically irregular and without any observable membrane or structured protein shell. Protein mass spectrometry of a fractionated soluble cytosolic material with selenite reducing capability identified nitrite reductase and glutathione reductase homologues as NADPH dependent candidate enzymes for the reduction of selenite to zerovalent Se nanoparticles. In vitro experiments with commercially sourced glutathione reductase revealed that the enzyme can reduce SeO3(2-) (selenite) to Se nanoparticles in an NADPH-dependent process. The disappearance of the enzyme as determined by protein assay during nanoparticle formation suggests that glutathione reductase is associated with or possibly entombed in the nanoparticles whose formation it catalyzes. Chemically dissolving the nanoparticles releases the enzyme. The size of the nanoparticles varies with SeO3(2-) concentration, varying in size form 5 nm diameter when formed at 1.0 ?M [SeO3(2-)] to 50 nm maximum diameter when formed at 100 ?M [SeO3(2-)]. In aggregate, we suggest that glutathione reductase possesses the key attributes of a clonable nanoparticle system: ion reduction, nanoparticle retention and size control of the nanoparticle at the enzyme site. PMID:26350616

  15. Lactobacillusassisted synthesis of titanium nanoparticles

    PubMed Central

    2007-01-01

    An eco-friendlylactobacillussp. (microbe) assisted synthesis of titanium nanoparticles is reported. The synthesis is performed at room temperature. X-ray and transmission electron microscopy analyses are performed to ascertain the formation of Ti nanoparticles. Individual nanoparticles as well as a number of aggregates almost spherical in shape having a size of 40–60 nm are found.

  16. Imaging of oxidation-specific epitopes with targeted nanoparticles to detect high-risk atherosclerotic lesions: Progress and future directions

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    Briley-Saebo, Karen; Yeang, Calvin; Witztum, Joseph L.; Tsimikas, Sotirios

    2014-01-01

    Oxidation-specific epitopes (OSE) within developing atherosclerotic lesions are key antigens that drive innate and adaptive immune responses in atherosclerosis, leading to chronic inflammation. Oxidized phospholipids and malondialdehyde-lysine epitopes are well-characterized OSE present in human atherosclerotic lesions, particularly in pathologically defined vulnerable plaques. Using murine and human OSE-specific antibodies as targeting agents, we have developed radionuclide and magnetic resonance based nanoparticles, containing gadolinium, manganese or lipid-coated ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide, to noninvasively image OSE within experimental atherosclerotic lesions. These methods quantitate plaque burden, allow detection of lesion progression and regression, plaque stabilization, and accumulation of OSE within macrophage-rich areas of the artery wall, suggesting they detect the most active lesions. Future studies will focus on using “natural” antibodies, lipopeptides and mimotopes for imaging applications. These approaches should enhance the clinical translation of this technique to image, monitor, evaluate efficacy of novel therapeutic agents and guide optimal therapy of high-risk atherosclerotic lesions. PMID:25297940

  17. Nanoparticle conjugation of CpG enhances adjuvancy for cellular immunity and memory recall at low dose

    PubMed Central

    de Titta, Alexandre; Ballester, Marie; Julier, Ziad; Nembrini, Chiara; Jeanbart, Laura; van der Vlies, André J.; Swartz, Melody A.; Hubbell, Jeffrey A.

    2013-01-01

    In subunit vaccines, strong CD8+ T-cell responses are desired, yet they are elusive at reasonable adjuvant doses. We show that targeting adjuvant to the lymph node (LN) via ultrasmall polymeric nanoparticles (NPs), which rapidly drain to the LN after intradermal injection, greatly enhances adjuvant efficacy at low doses. Coupling CpG-B or CpG-C oligonucleotides to NPs led to better dual-targeting of adjuvant and antigen (codelivered on separate NPs) in cross-presenting dendritic cells compared with free adjuvant. This led to enhanced dendritic cell maturation and T helper 1 (Th1)-cytokine secretion, in turn driving stronger effector CD8+ T-cell activation with enhanced cytolytic profiles and, importantly, more powerful memory recall. With only 4 ?g CpG, NP-CpG-B could substantially protect mice from syngeneic tumor challenge, even after 4 mo of vaccination, compared with free CpG-B. Together, these results show that nanocarriers can enhance vaccine efficacy at a low adjuvant dose for inducing potent and long-lived cellular immunity. PMID:24248387

  18. Phase-controlled synthesis of ?-NiS nanoparticles confined in carbon nanorods for High Performance Supercapacitors

    PubMed Central

    Sun, Chencheng; Ma, Mingze; Yang, Jun; Zhang, Yufei; Chen, Peng; Huang, Wei; Dong, Xiaochen

    2014-01-01

    A facile and phase-controlled synthesis of ?-NiS nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in carbon nanorods (CRs) is reported by in-situ sulfurating the preformed Ni/CRs. The nanopore confinement by the carbon matrix is essential for the formation of ?-NiS and preventing its transition to ?-phase, which is in strong contrast to large aggregated ?-NiS particles grown freely without the confinement of CRs. When used as electrochemical electrode, the hybrid electrochemical charge storage of the ultrasmall ?-NiS nanoparticels dispersed in CRs is benefit for the high capacitor (1092, 946, 835, 740?F g?1 at current densities of 1, 2, 5, 10?A g?1, respectively.). While the high electrochemical stability (approximately 100% retention of specific capacitance after 2000 charge/discharge cycles) is attributed to the supercapacitor-battery electrode, which makes synergistic effect of capacitor (CRs) and battery (NiS NPs) components rather than a merely additive composite. This work not only suggests a general approach for phase-controlled synthesis of nickel sulfide but also opens the door to the rational design and fabrication of novel nickel-based/carbon hybrid supercapacitor-battery electrode materials. PMID:25394517

  19. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles combining Au particles as glutathione and pH dual-sensitive nanocarriers for doxorubicin.

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    Xu, Shuang; Li, Yan; Chen, Zhenjie; Hou, Cuilan; Chen, Tong; Xu, Zhigang; Zhang, Xiaoyu; Zhang, Haixia

    2016-02-01

    Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) combining gold particles (MSNs-Au) were synthesized as nanocarriers for glutathione (GSH) and pH dual-sensitive intracellular controlled release of the anti-cancer drug doxorubicin (DOX). The MSNs were used as an adsorbent for DOX, and the ultra-small gold nanospheres (Au NPs) partly operated as gatekeepers to control the release of DOX from the pores of MSNs and as the driver of drug release in the presence of GSH due to the association between GSH and Au particles. Under different pH conditions, DOX release changed due to different levels of dissociation between the -SH group on the MSNs and the Au particles. The composition, morphology, and properties of the as-prepared composites were characterized by elemental analysis, fluorescence spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, thermal gravimetric and UV-visible spectroscopy. The in vitro release experiments showed that these smart nanocarriers effectively avoided drug leakage in the neutral media. Cytotoxicity and imaging studies also indicated that DOX-loaded Au-MSNs (DOX@MSNs-Au) had a significant inhibitory effect on the growth of Tca8113 cells and sustained the release rate of DOX. PMID:26652372

  20. Dynamic MRI using iron oxide nanoparticles to assess early vascular effects of antiangiogenic versus corticosteroid treatment in a glioma model.

    PubMed

    Varallyay, Csanad G; Muldoon, Leslie L; Gahramanov, Seymur; Wu, Yingjen J; Goodman, James A; Li, Xin; Pike, Martin M; Neuwelt, Edward A

    2009-04-01

    The vascular effects of antiangiogenic treatment may pose problems for evaluating brain tumor response based on contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We used serial dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI at 12 T to assess vascular responses to antiangiogenic versus steroid therapy. Athymic rats with intracerebral U87MG human glioma (n=17) underwent susceptibility-weighted perfusion MRI with ferumoxytol, a solely intravascular ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) nanoparticle, followed by T1-weighted dynamic gadodiamide-enhanced MRI to measure vascular permeability. Rats were imaged before and after 24, 48, and 72 h of treatment with the antiangiogenic agent bevacizumab or the corticosteroid dexamethasone. Contrast agent extravasation was seen rapidly after gadodiamide, but not with ferumoxytol administration. Bevacizumab significantly decreased the blood volume and decreased permeability in tumors as determined by increased time-to-peak enhancement. A single dose of 45 mg/kg bevacizumab resulted in changes analogous to dexamethasone given in an extremely high dose (12 mg/kg per day), and was significantly more effective than dexamethasone at 2 mg/kg per day. We conclude that dynamic perfusion MRI measurements with ferumoxytol USPIO to assess cerebral blood volume, along with dynamic gadodiamide-enhanced MR to assess vascular permeability, hold promise in more accurately detecting therapeutic responses to antiangiogenic therapy. PMID:19142191

  1. Phase-controlled synthesis of ?-NiS nanoparticles confined in carbon nanorods for High Performance Supercapacitors

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    Sun, Chencheng; Ma, Mingze; Yang, Jun; Zhang, Yufei; Chen, Peng; Huang, Wei; Dong, Xiaochen

    2014-11-01

    A facile and phase-controlled synthesis of ?-NiS nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in carbon nanorods (CRs) is reported by in-situ sulfurating the preformed Ni/CRs. The nanopore confinement by the carbon matrix is essential for the formation of ?-NiS and preventing its transition to ?-phase, which is in strong contrast to large aggregated ?-NiS particles grown freely without the confinement of CRs. When used as electrochemical electrode, the hybrid electrochemical charge storage of the ultrasmall ?-NiS nanoparticels dispersed in CRs is benefit for the high capacitor (1092, 946, 835, 740 F g-1 at current densities of 1, 2, 5, 10 A g-1, respectively.). While the high electrochemical stability (approximately 100% retention of specific capacitance after 2000 charge/discharge cycles) is attributed to the supercapacitor-battery electrode, which makes synergistic effect of capacitor (CRs) and battery (NiS NPs) components rather than a merely additive composite. This work not only suggests a general approach for phase-controlled synthesis of nickel sulfide but also opens the door to the rational design and fabrication of novel nickel-based/carbon hybrid supercapacitor-battery electrode materials.

  2. Synthesis and Film Formation of Monodisperse Nanoparticles and Nanoparticle Pairs

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    Kala, Shubhra; Rouenhoff, Marcel; Theissmann, Ralf; Kruis, Frank Einar

    The use of well-defined nanoparticles for functional film applications is described. The advantages of applying size-fractionation, e.g. by means of mobility analysis, are described together with the technological obstacles which have to be overcome. The synthesis of Au and Ge nanoparticles by means of spark discharge is described. To prepare alloy nanoparticles, two different approaches have been utilized. Au-Ge pair nanoparticles are formed by bipolar mixing after separate size selection of both materials. The synthesis of AuGe alloyed nanoparticles is also performed by co-sparking from two different electrodes. The development of an electrostatic precipitator for functional film formation is described.

  3. Virus templated metallic nanoparticles

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    Aljabali, Alaa A. A.; Barclay, J. Elaine; Lomonossoff, George P.; Evans, David J.

    2010-12-01

    Plant viruses are considered as nanobuilding blocks that can be used as synthons or templates for novel materials. Cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV) particles have been shown to template the fabrication of metallic nanoparticles by an electroless deposition metallization process. Palladium ions were electrostatically bound to the virus capsid and, when reduced, acted as nucleation sites for the subsequent metal deposition from solution. The method, although simple, produced highly monodisperse metallic nanoparticles with a diameter of ca. <=35 nm. CPMV-templated particles were prepared with cobalt, nickel, iron, platinum, cobalt-platinum and nickel-iron.Plant viruses are considered as nanobuilding blocks that can be used as synthons or templates for novel materials. Cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV) particles have been shown to template the fabrication of metallic nanoparticles by an electroless deposition metallization process. Palladium ions were electrostatically bound to the virus capsid and, when reduced, acted as nucleation sites for the subsequent metal deposition from solution. The method, although simple, produced highly monodisperse metallic nanoparticles with a diameter of ca. <=35 nm. CPMV-templated particles were prepared with cobalt, nickel, iron, platinum, cobalt-platinum and nickel-iron. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional experimental detail, agarose gel electrophoresis results, energy dispersive X-ray spectra, ?-potential measurements, dynamic light scattering data, nanoparticle tracking analysis and an atomic force microscopy image of Ni-CPMV. See DOI: 10.1039/c0nr00525h

  4. The investigation of the compression and tension behavior of the cobalt ferrite magnetorheological fluids synthesized by co-precipitation

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    Molazemi, M.; Shokrollahi, H.; Hashemi, B.

    2013-11-01

    This paper aims at studying the effect of the particle size on the compression and tension behavior of the cobalt ferrite-based magnetorheological fluid (MRF). To achieve this goal, Co-ferrite nano-particles (CoFe2O4) with three different sizes, were synthesized by the chemical co-precipitation method and then two of them were mixed together. The X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis, Scattering Electron Microscope (SEM), Laser Particle Size Analysis (LPSA) and Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) were carried out to study the phase analysis, particles morphology, particle distribution and magnetic properties, respectively. Then the compression and tension tests were conducted on MRFs containing silicon oil as a carrier. The results showed that the highest values of the compression and tension strengths of fluids correspond to the larger particle sizes (550 nm) with 1.241 and 0.594 MPa, respectively. Furthermore, the compression and tension strengths of the mixed one (1.153 and 0.388 MPa) containing 60 and 300 nm samples are higher than its components with 0.431 and 0.249 MPa, as well as 0.694 and 0.367 MPa, respectively.

  5. PEGylated Inorganic Nanoparticles

    SciTech Connect

    Karakoti, Ajay S.; Das, Soumya; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Seal, Sudipta

    2011-02-25

    Application of inorganic nanoparticles in diagnosis and therapy has become a critical component in targeted treatment of diseases. The surface modification of inorganic oxides is important for providing diversity in size, shape, solubility, long term stability and attachment of selective functional groups. PEGylation of surfaces is a key strategic approach for providing stealth characteristics to nanomaterials otherwise identified as foreign materials by human body. The current review describes the role of surface modification of oxides by polyethylene glycol (PEG) in providing versatile characteristics to inorganic oxide nanoparticles with a focus on their biomedical applications. The role of PEG as structure directing agent in synthesis of oxides is also captured in this short review.

  6. Nanoparticle shuttle memory

    DOEpatents

    Zettl, Alex Karlwalter (Kensington, CA)

    2012-03-06

    A device for storing data using nanoparticle shuttle memory having a nanotube. The nanotube has a first end and a second end. A first electrode is electrically connected to the first end of the nanotube. A second electrode is electrically connected to the second end of the nanotube. The nanotube has an enclosed nanoparticle shuttle. A switched voltage source is electrically connected to the first electrode and the second electrode, whereby a voltage may be controllably applied across the nanotube. A resistance meter is also connected to the first electrode and the second electrode, whereby the electrical resistance across the nanotube can be determined.

  7. Nanoparticles from renewable polymers

    PubMed Central

    Wurm, Frederik R.; Weiss, Clemens K.

    2014-01-01

    The use of polymers from natural resources can bring many benefits for novel polymeric nanoparticle systems. Such polymers have a variety of beneficial properties such as biodegradability and biocompatibility, they are readily available on large scale and at low cost. As the amount of fossil fuels decrease, their application becomes more interesting even if characterization is in many cases more challenging due to structural complexity, either by broad distribution of their molecular weights (polysaccharides, polyesters, lignin) or by complex structure (proteins, lignin). This review summarizes different sources and methods for the preparation of biopolymer-based nanoparticle systems for various applications. PMID:25101259

  8. Nanoparticles: pharmacological and toxicological significance

    PubMed Central

    Medina, C; Santos-Martinez, M J; Radomski, A; Corrigan, O I; Radomski, M W

    2007-01-01

    Nanoparticles are tiny materials (<1000 nm in size) that have specific physicochemical properties different to bulk materials of the same composition and such properties make them very attractive for commercial and medical development. However, nanoparticles can act on living cells at the nanolevel resulting not only in biologically desirable, but also in undesirable effects. In contrast to many efforts aimed at exploiting desirable properties of nanoparticles for medicine, there are limited attempts to evaluate potentially undesirable effects of these particles when administered intentionally for medical purposes. Therefore, there is a pressing need for careful consideration of benefits and side effects of the use of nanoparticles in medicine. This review article aims at providing a balanced update of these exciting pharmacological and potentially toxicological developments. The classes of nanoparticles, the current status of nanoparticle use in pharmacology and therapeutics, the demonstrated and potential toxicity of nanoparticles will be discussed. PMID:17245366

  9. Thermally stable nanoparticles on supports

    DOEpatents

    Roldan Cuenya, Beatriz; Naitabdi, Ahmed R.; Behafarid, Farzad

    2012-11-13

    An inverse micelle-based method for forming nanoparticles on supports includes dissolving a polymeric material in a solvent to provide a micelle solution. A nanoparticle source is dissolved in the micelle solution. A plurality of micelles having a nanoparticle in their core and an outer polymeric coating layer are formed in the micelle solution. The micelles are applied to a support. The polymeric coating layer is then removed from the micelles to expose the nanoparticles. A supported catalyst includes a nanocrystalline powder, thin film, or single crystal support. Metal nanoparticles having a median size from 0.5 nm to 25 nm, a size distribution having a standard deviation .ltoreq.0.1 of their median size are on or embedded in the support. The plurality of metal nanoparticles are dispersed and in a periodic arrangement. The metal nanoparticles maintain their periodic arrangement and size distribution following heat treatments of at least 1,000.degree. C.

  10. Nanoparticle-Based Biosensors and Bioassays

    SciTech Connect

    Liu, Guodong; Wang, Jun; Lin, Yuehe; Wang, Joseph

    2007-10-11

    In this book chapter, we review the recent advances in nanoparticles based bioassay. The nanoparticles include quantum dots, silica nanoparticles and apoferritin nanoparticles. The new nanoparticles-based labels hold great promise for multiplex protein and DNA detection and for enhancing the sensitivity of other bioassays.

  11. High relaxivities and strong vascular signal enhancement for NaGdF4 nanoparticles designed for dual MR/optical imaging.

    PubMed

    Naccache, Rafik; Chevallier, Pascale; Lagueux, Jean; Gossuin, Yves; Laurent, Sophie; Vander Elst, Luce; Chilian, Cornelia; Capobianco, John A; Fortin, Marc-André

    2013-11-01

    Near-infrared (NIR)-to-NIR upconverting NaY(Gd)F4 :Tm(3+) ,Yb(3+) paramagnetic nanoparticles (NPs) are efficiently detected by NIR imaging techniques. As they contain Gd(3+) ions, they also provide efficient "positive" contrast in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Water-dispersible small (?25 nm, "S-") and ultrasmall (<5 nm diam., "US-") NaY(Gd)F4 :Tm(3+) ,Yb(3+) NPs are synthesized by thermal decomposition and capped with citrate. The surface of citrate-coated US-NPs shows sodium depletion and high Gd elemental ratios, as confirmed by a comparative X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)/neutron absorption analysis study. US-NaGd0.745 F4 :Tm0.005 ,Yb0.25 NPs have hydrodynamic diameters close to that measured by TEM, with the lowest relaxometric ratios (r2 /r1 = 1.18) reported for NaGdF4 nanoparticle suspensions (r1 = 3.37 mM(-1) s(-1) at 1.4 T and 37 °C). Strong relaxivity peaks in the range of 20 (0.47 T) - 300 MHz (7.05 T) are revealed in nuclear magnetic resonance dispersion profiles, with high r2 /r1 ratios at increasing field strengths for S-NPs. This indicates the superiority of US-NPs over S-NPs for achieving high positive contrast at clinical MRI field strengths. I.-v. injected citrate-coated US-NPs evidence long blood retention times (>90 min) in mice. Biodistribution studies (48 h, 8 d) show elimination through the reticuloendothelial and urinary systems, similarly to other citrate-capped US-NP systems. In summary, upconverting NaY(Gd)F4 :Tm(3+) ,Yb(3+) nanoparticles have promising luminescent, relaxometric and blood-retention properties for dual MRI/optical imaging. PMID:23666643

  12. Biotemplated magnetic nanoparticle arrays.

    PubMed

    Galloway, Johanna M; Bramble, Jonathan P; Rawlings, Andrea E; Burnell, Gavin; Evans, Stephen D; Staniland, Sarah S

    2012-01-23

    Immobilized biomineralizing protein Mms6 templates the formation of uniform magnetite nanoparticles in situ when selectively patterned onto a surface. Magnetic force microscopy shows that the stable magnetite particles maintain their magnetic orientation at room temperature, and may be exchange coupled. This precision-mixed biomimetic/soft-lithography methodology offers great potential for the future of nanodevice fabrication. PMID:22052737

  13. Nanoparticles as biochemical sensors

    PubMed Central

    El-Ansary, Afaf; Faddah, Layla M

    2010-01-01

    There is little doubt that nanoparticles offer real and new opportunities in many fields, such as biomedicine and materials science. Such particles are small enough to enter almost all areas of the body, including cells and organelles, potentially leading to new approaches in nanomedicine. Sensors for small molecules of biochemical interest are of critical importance. This review is an attempt to trace the use of nanomaterials in biochemical sensor design. The possibility of using nanoparticles functionalized with antibodies as markers for proteins will be elucidated. Moreover, capabilities and applications for nanoparticles based on gold, silver, magnetic, and semiconductor materials (quantum dots), used in optical (absorbance, luminescence, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, surface plasmon resonance), electrochemical, and mass-sensitive sensors will be highlighted. The unique ability of nanosensors to improve the analysis of biochemical fluids is discussed either through considering the use of nanoparticles for in vitro molecular diagnosis, or in the biological/biochemical analysis for in vivo interaction with the human body. PMID:24198472

  14. Synthesis, characterization, in vitro and in vivo studies of dextrin-coated zinc-iron ferrite nanoparticles (Zn0.5Fe0.5Fe2O4) as contrast agent in MRI

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    Zare, T.; Lotfi, M.; Heli, H.; Azarpira, N.; Mehdizadeh, A. R.; Sattarahmady, N.; Abdollah-dizavandi, M. R.; Heidari, M.

    2015-09-01

    Iron oxide nanoparticles, such as ferrites, offer some attractive possibilities in biomedicine, especially in MRI applications. The objective of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of dextrin-coated zinc-iron ferrite nanoparticles (IFNPs) as an MRI contrast agent in in vivo and in vitro media. IFNPs were synthesized by an aqueous precipitation method in the presence of dextrin. An agarose phantom with different concentrations of dextrin-coated IFNPs was performed on a 1.5-T MRI. For in vivo MRI studies, implanted melanoma tumors in mice were immediately scanned after intra-tumoral injection of dextrin-coated IFNPs. Microscopic studies showed that the average diameter of dextrin-coated IFNPs was 12 ± 2.4 nm and the saturation magnetization for IFNPs was 31.5 emu g-1; r 1 and r 2 relaxivities of these ultrasmall superparamagnetic IFNPs in agarose phantom were obtained as 0.99 and 17.4 mmol L-1 s-1, respectively. The relaxivity measurements revealed that the dextrin-coated IFNPs can serve as a negative contrast agent. In vivo MRI showed that the dextrin-coated IFNPs can be used for tumor detection. The dextrin-coated IFNPs were suggested to be applied for lymph node and targeted imaging.

  15. Effect of chemical structure on the volume-phase transition in neutral and weakly charged poly(N-alkyl(meth)acrylamide) hydrogels studied by ultrasmall-angle x-ray scattering

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    Tirumala, Vijay R.; Ilavsky, Jan; Ilavsky, Michal

    2006-06-01

    Neutral poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PIPAAm), poly(N,N-diethylacrylamide) (PDEAAm), and poly(N-isopropylmethacrylamide) (PIPMAm) hydrogels and their weakly charged counterparts prepared by copolymerizing with sodium methacrylate (xMNa=0,0.025,0.05) were studied using ultrasmall-angle x-ray scattering. The volume-phase transition in hydrogels was observed as an increase in the inhomogeneity correlation length of the networks. The change in inhomogeneity correlation length was abrupt in neutral PIPAAm and PIPMAm gels with increase in temperature but was continuous in neutral PDEAAm gels. Addition of ionic comonomer to the network backbone suppressed the volume-phase transition in poly(N-alkylacrylamide)s but not in PIPMAm. The observed differences in temperature-induced volume change of these three polymers in water cannot be rationalized based on their relative hydrophobicity and are instead explained by considering the hydrogen-bonding constraints on their thermal fluctuations. Both PIPAAm and PDEAAm undergo volume collapse since their thermal fluctuations are constrained by hydrogen bonding with water to an extent that beyond a critical temperature they seek entropic compensation. Although thermal fluctuations in both PIPAAm and PIPMAm are equally constrained, thermal energy of the latter can be relaxed via the rotation of ?-methyl groups allowing it greater flexibility. Compared to N-alkylacrylamides, N-alkylmethacrylamide can thus sustain hydrogen bonding to relatively higher temperatures before seeking entropic compensation by undergoing volume collapse.

  16. MRI using ultrasmall superparamagnetic particles of iron oxide in patients under surveillance for abdominal aortic aneurysms to predict rupture or surgical repair: MRI for abdominal aortic aneurysms to predict rupture or surgery—the MA3RS study

    PubMed Central

    McBride, Olivia M B; Berry, Colin; Burns, Paul; Chalmers, Roderick T A; Doyle, Barry; Forsythe, Rachael; Garden, O James; Goodman, Kirsteen; Graham, Catriona; Hoskins, Peter; Holdsworth, Richard; MacGillivray, Thomas J; McKillop, Graham; Murray, Gordon; Oatey, Katherine; Robson, Jennifer M J; Roditi, Giles; Semple, Scott; Stuart, Wesley; van Beek, Edwin J R; Vesey, Alex; Newby, David E

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Population screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) halves the associated mortality and has led to the establishment of national screening programmes. Prediction of aneurysm growth and rupture is challenging and currently relies on serial diameter measurements with ultrasound. Recently, a novel MRI-based technique using ultrasmall superparamagnetic particles of iron oxide (USPIO) has demonstrated considerable promise as a method of identifying aneurysm inflammation and expansion. Methods and analysis The MA3RS study is a prospective observational multicentre cohort study of 350 patients with AAA in three centres across Scotland. All participants will undergo MRI with USPIO and aneurysm expansion will be measured over 2?years with CT in addition to standard clinical ultrasound surveillance. The relationship between mural USPIO uptake and subsequent clinical outcomes, including expansion, rupture and repair, will be evaluated and used to determine whether the technique augments standard risk prediction markers. To ensure adequate sensitivity to answer the primary question, we need to observe 130 events (composite of rupture or repair) with an estimated event rate of 41% over 2?years of follow-up. The MA3RS study is currently recruiting and expects to report in 2017. Discussion This is the first study to evaluate the use of USPIO-enhanced MRI to provide additional information to aid risk prediction models in patients with AAA. If successful, this study will lay the foundation for a large randomised controlled trial targeted at applying this technique to determine clinical management. Trial registration number Current Controlled Trials: ISRCTN76413758. PMID:25932334

  17. Progress toward clonable inorganic nanoparticles

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    Ni, Thomas W.; Staicu, Lucian C.; Nemeth, Richard S.; Schwartz, Cindi L.; Crawford, David; Seligman, Jeffrey D.; Hunter, William J.; Pilon-Smits, Elizabeth A. H.; Ackerson, Christopher J.

    2015-10-01

    Pseudomonas moraviensis stanleyae was recently isolated from the roots of the selenium (Se) hyperaccumulator plant Stanleya pinnata. This bacterium tolerates normally lethal concentrations of SeO32- in liquid culture, where it also produces Se nanoparticles. Structure and cellular ultrastructure of the Se nanoparticles as determined by cellular electron tomography shows the nanoparticles as intracellular, of narrow dispersity, symmetrically irregular and without any observable membrane or structured protein shell. Protein mass spectrometry of a fractionated soluble cytosolic material with selenite reducing capability identified nitrite reductase and glutathione reductase homologues as NADPH dependent candidate enzymes for the reduction of selenite to zerovalent Se nanoparticles. In vitro experiments with commercially sourced glutathione reductase revealed that the enzyme can reduce SeO32- (selenite) to Se nanoparticles in an NADPH-dependent process. The disappearance of the enzyme as determined by protein assay during nanoparticle formation suggests that glutathione reductase is associated with or possibly entombed in the nanoparticles whose formation it catalyzes. Chemically dissolving the nanoparticles releases the enzyme. The size of the nanoparticles varies with SeO32- concentration, varying in size form 5 nm diameter when formed at 1.0 ?M [SeO32-] to 50 nm maximum diameter when formed at 100 ?M [SeO32-]. In aggregate, we suggest that glutathione reductase possesses the key attributes of a clonable nanoparticle system: ion reduction, nanoparticle retention and size control of the nanoparticle at the enzyme site.Pseudomonas moraviensis stanleyae was recently isolated from the roots of the selenium (Se) hyperaccumulator plant Stanleya pinnata. This bacterium tolerates normally lethal concentrations of SeO32- in liquid culture, where it also produces Se nanoparticles. Structure and cellular ultrastructure of the Se nanoparticles as determined by cellular electron tomography shows the nanoparticles as intracellular, of narrow dispersity, symmetrically irregular and without any observable membrane or structured protein shell. Protein mass spectrometry of a fractionated soluble cytosolic material with selenite reducing capability identified nitrite reductase and glutathione reductase homologues as NADPH dependent candidate enzymes for the reduction of selenite to zerovalent Se nanoparticles. In vitro experiments with commercially sourced glutathione reductase revealed that the enzyme can reduce SeO32- (selenite) to Se nanoparticles in an NADPH-dependent process. The disappearance of the enzyme as determined by protein assay during nanoparticle formation suggests that glutathione reductase is associated with or possibly entombed in the nanoparticles whose formation it catalyzes. Chemically dissolving the nanoparticles releases the enzyme. The size of the nanoparticles varies with SeO32- concentration, varying in size form 5 nm diameter when formed at 1.0 ?M [SeO32-] to 50 nm maximum diameter when formed at 100 ?M [SeO32-]. In aggregate, we suggest that glutathione reductase possesses the key attributes of a clonable nanoparticle system: ion reduction, nanoparticle retention and size control of the nanoparticle at the enzyme site. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04097c

  18. Composite nanoparticles for gene delivery.

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    Wang, Yuhua; Huang, Leaf

    2014-01-01

    Nanoparticle-mediated gene and siRNA delivery has been an appealing area to gene therapists when they attempt to treat the diseases by manipulating the genetic information in the target cells. However, the advances in materials science could not keep up with the demand for multifunctional nanomaterials to achieve desired delivery efficiency. Researchers have thus taken an alternative approach to incorporate various materials into single composite nanoparticle using different fabrication methods. This approach allows nanoparticles to possess defined nanostructures as well as multiple functionalities to overcome the critical extracellular and intracellular barriers to successful gene delivery. This chapter will highlight the advances of fabrication methods that have the most potential to translate nanoparticles from bench to bedside. Furthermore, a major class of composite nanoparticle-lipid-based composite nanoparticles will be classified based on the components and reviewed in details. PMID:25409605

  19. Photoacoustic signal amplification through plasmonic nanoparticle aggregation

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    Bayer, Carolyn L.; Nam, Seung Yun; Chen, Yun-Sheng; Emelianov, Stanislav Y.

    2013-01-01

    Abstract. Photoacoustic imaging, using targeted plasmonic metallic nanoparticles, is a promising noninvasive molecular imaging method. Analysis of the photoacoustic signal generated by plasmonic metallic nanoparticles is complex because of the dependence upon physical properties of both the nanoparticle and the surrounding environment. We studied the effect of the aggregation of gold nanoparticles on the photoacoustic signal amplitude. We found that the photoacoustic signal from aggregated silica-coated gold nanoparticles is greatly enhanced in comparison to disperse silica-coated gold nanoparticles. Because cellular uptake and endocytosis of nanoparticles results in their aggregation, these results have important implications for the application of plasmonic metallic nanoparticles towards quantitative molecular imaging. PMID:23288414

  20. Evaluation of monolayer protected metal nanoparticle technology

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    Wu, Diana J

    2005-01-01

    Self assembling nanostructured nanoparticles represent a new class of synthesized materials with unique functionality. Such monolayer protected metal nanoparticles are capable of resisting protein adsorption, and if utilized ...

  1. Nanoparticles for Detection and Diagnosis

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    Agasti, Sarit S.; Rana, Subinoy; Park, Myoung-Hwan; Kim, Chae Kyu; You, Chang-Cheng; Rotello, Vincent M.

    2009-01-01

    Nanoparticle-based platforms for identification of chemical and biological agents offer substantial benefits to biomedical and environmental science. These platforms benefit from the availability of a wide variety of core materials as well as the unique physical and chemical properties of these nanoscale materials. This review surveys some of the emerging approaches in the field of nanoparticle based detection systems, highlighting the nanoparticle based screening methods for metal ions, proteins, nucleic acids, and biologically relevant small molecules. PMID:19913581

  2. Theranostic magnetic nanoparticles.

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    Yoo, Dongwon; Lee, Jae-Hyun; Shin, Tae-Hyun; Cheon, Jinwoo

    2011-10-18

    Early detection and treatment of disease is the most important component of a favorable prognosis. Biomedical researchers have thus invested tremendous effort in improving imaging techniques and treatment methods. Over the past decade, concepts and tools derived from nanotechnology have been applied to overcome the problems of conventional techniques for advanced diagnosis and therapy. In particular, advances in nanoparticle technology have created new paradigms for theranostics, which is defined as the combination of therapeutic and diagnostic agents within a single platform. In this Account, we examine the potential advantages and opportunities afforded by magnetic nanoparticles as platform materials for theranostics. We begin with a brief overview of relevant magnetic parameters, such as saturation magnetization, coercivity, and magnetocrystalline anisotropy. Understanding the interplay of these parameters is critical for optimizing magnetic characteristics needed for effective imaging and therapeutics, which include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) relaxivity, heat emission, and attractive forces. We then discuss approaches to constructing an MRI nanoparticle contrast agent with high sensitivity. We further introduce a new design concept for a fault-free contrast agent, which is a T1 and T2 dual mode hybrid. Important capabilities of magnetic nanoparticles are the external controllability of magnetic heat generation and magnetic attractive forces for the transportation and movement of biological objects. We show that these functions can be utilized not only for therapeutic hyperthermia of cancer but also for controlled release of cancer drugs through the application of an external magnetic field. Additionally, the use of magnetic nanoparticles to drive mechanical forces is demonstrated to be useful for molecular-level cell signaling and for controlling the ultimate fate of the cell. Finally, we show that targeted imaging and therapy are made possible by attaching a variety of imaging and therapeutic components. These added components include therapeutic genes (small interfering RNA, or siRNA), cancer-specific ligands, and optical reporting dyes. The wide range of accessible features of magnetic nanoparticles underscores their potential as the most promising platform material available for theranostics. PMID:21823593

  3. Influence of organic solvent on optical and structural properties of ultra-small silicon dots synthesized by UV laser ablation in liquid.

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    Intartaglia, Romuald; Bagga, Komal; Genovese, Alessandro; Athanassiou, Athanassia; Cingolani, Roberto; Diaspro, Alberto; Brandi, Fernando

    2012-11-28

    Ultra small silicon nanoparticles (Si-NPs) with narrow size distribution are prepared in a one step process by UV picosecond laser ablation of silicon bulk in liquid. Characterization by electron microscopy and absorption spectroscopy proves Si-NPs generation with an average size of 2 nm resulting from an in situ photofragmentation effect. In this context, the current work aims to explore the liquid medium (water and toluene) effect on the Si-NPs structure and on the optical properties of the colloidal solution. Si-NPs with high pressure structure (s.g. Fm3m) and diamond-like structure (s.g. Fd3m), in water, and SiC moissanite 3C phase (s.g. F4[combining macron]3m) in toluene are revealed by the means of High-Resolution TEM and HAADF-STEM measurements. Optical investigations show that water-synthesized Si-NPs have blue-green photoluminescence emission characterized by signal modulation at a frequency of 673 cm(-1) related to electron-phonon coupling. The synthesis in toluene leads to generation of Si-NPs embedded in the graphitic carbon-polymer composite which has intrinsic optical properties at the origin of the optical absorption and luminescence of the obtained colloidal solution. PMID:23059971

  4. Silver Nanoparticles in Dental Biomaterials

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    Corrêa, Juliana Mattos; Mori, Matsuyoshi; Sanches, Heloísa Lajas; da Cruz, Adriana Dibo; Poiate, Isis Andréa Venturini Pola

    2015-01-01

    Silver has been used in medicine for centuries because of its antimicrobial properties. More recently, silver nanoparticles have been synthesized and incorporated into several biomaterials, since their small size provides great antimicrobial effect, at low filler level. Hence, these nanoparticles have been applied in dentistry, in order to prevent or reduce biofilm formation over dental materials surfaces. This review aims to discuss the current progress in this field, highlighting aspects regarding silver nanoparticles incorporation, such as antimicrobial potential, mechanical properties, cytotoxicity, and long-term effectiveness. We also emphasize the need for more studies to determine the optimal concentration of silver nanoparticle and its release over time. PMID:25667594

  5. Safety of Nanoparticles in Medicine.

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    Wolfram, Joy; Zhu, Motao; Yang, Yong; Shen, Jianliang; Gentile, Emanuela; Paolino, Donatella; Fresta, Massimo; Nie, Guangjun; Chen, Chunying; Shen, Haifa; Ferrari, Mauro; Zhao, Yuliang

    2014-08-01

    Nanomedicine involves the use of nanoparticles for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. During the past two decades, a growing number of nanomedicines have received regulatory approval and many more show promise for future clinical translation. In this context, it is important to evaluate the safety of nanoparticles in order to achieve biocompatibility and desired activity. However, it is unwarranted to make generalized statements regarding the safety of nanoparticles, since the field of nanomedicine comprises a multitude of different manufactured nanoparticles made from various materials. Indeed, several nanotherapeutics that are currently approved, such as Doxil and Abraxane, exhibit fewer side effects than their small molecule counterparts, while other nanoparticles (e.g. metallic and carbon-based particles) tend to display toxicity. However, the hazardous nature of certain nanomedicines could be exploited for the ablation of diseased tissue, if selective targeting can be achieved. This review discusses the mechanisms for molecular, cellular, organ, and immune system toxicity, which can be observed with a subset of nanoparticles. Strategies for improving the safety of nanoparticles by surface modification and pretreatment with immunomodulators are also discussed. Additionally, important considerations for nanoparticle safety assessment are reviewed. In regards to clinical application, stricter regulations for the approval of nanomedicines might not be required. Rather, safety evaluation assays should be adjusted to be more appropriate for engineered nanoparticles. PMID:25090989

  6. Safety of Nanoparticles in Medicine.

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    Wolfram, Joy; Zhu, Motao; Yang, Yong; Shen, Jianliang; Gentile, Emanuela; Paolino, Donatella; Fresta, Massimo; Nie, Guangjun; Chen, Chunying; Shen, Haifa; Ferrari, Mauro; Zhao, Yuliang

    2015-01-01

    Nanomedicine involves the use of nanoparticles for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. During the past two decades, a growing number of nanomedicines have received regulatory approval and many more show promise for future clinical translation. In this context, it is important to evaluate the safety of nanoparticles in order to achieve biocompatibility and desired activity. However, it is unwarranted to make generalized statements regarding the safety of nanoparticles, since the field of nanomedicine comprises a multitude of different manufactured nanoparticles made from various materials. Indeed, several nanotherapeutics that are currently approved, such as Doxil and Abraxane, exhibit fewer side effects than their small molecule counterparts, while other nanoparticles (e.g. metallic and carbon-based particles) tend to display toxicity. However, the hazardous nature of certain nanomedicines could be exploited for the ablation of diseased tissue, if selective targeting can be achieved. This review discusses the mechanisms for molecular, cellular, organ, and immune system toxicity, which can be observed with a subset of nanoparticles. Strategies for improving the safety of nanoparticles by surface modification and pretreatment with immunomodulators are also discussed. Additionally, important considerations for nanoparticle safety assessment are reviewed. In regards to clinical application, stricter regulations for the approval of nanomedicines might not be required. Rather, safety evaluation assays should be adjusted to be more appropriate for engineered nanoparticles. PMID:26601723

  7. Hydrogel nanoparticle based immunoassay

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    Liotta, Lance A; Luchini, Alessandra; Petricoin, Emanuel F; Espina, Virginia

    2015-04-21

    An immunoassay device incorporating porous polymeric capture nanoparticles within either the sample collection vessel or pre-impregnated into a porous substratum within fluid flow path of the analytical device is presented. This incorporation of capture particles within the immunoassay device improves sensitivity while removing the requirement for pre-processing of samples prior to loading the immunoassay device. A preferred embodiment is coreshell bait containing capture nanoparticles which perform three functions in one step, in solution: a) molecular size sieving, b) target analyte sequestration and concentration, and c) protection from degradation. The polymeric matrix of the capture particles may be made of co-polymeric materials having a structural monomer and an affinity monomer, the affinity monomer having properties that attract the analyte to the capture particle. This device is useful for point of care diagnostic assays for biomedical applications and as field deployable assays for environmental, pathogen and chemical or biological threat identification.

  8. Reflection of nanoparticles

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    M. A. Ratner; A. V. Tur; V. V. Yanovsky

    2013-12-18

    This work is devoted to molecular dynamics modeling of collision of nanoparticle having a small number of degrees of freedom with a structureless plain. The new regularities are established that determine properties of such particles. Generalized collision law is obtained where particle properties are determined by two coefficient, on of which corresponds to restitution coefficient. The discovered regularity predicts the existence of anomalous mode of particle reflection from a massive plain. In this mode, velocity of nanoparticle after reflection from a plain can exceed the initial one. The criterion of realization of such mode is obtained. Anomalous collision mode was observed during numerical modeling. Physical mechanism are discussed of phenomena that are observed during numerical experiments.

  9. Metallic nanoparticles meet metadynamics.

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    Pavan, L; Rossi, K; Baletto, F

    2015-11-14

    Metadynamics coupled with classical molecular dynamics has been successfully applied to sample the configuration space of metallic and bimetallic nanoclusters. We implement a new set of collective variables related to the pair distance distribution function of the nanoparticle to achieve an exhaustive isomer sampling. As paradigmatic examples, we apply our methodology to Ag147, Pt147, and their alloy Ag(shell)Pt(core) at 2:1 and 1:1 chemical compositions. The proposed scheme is able to reproduce the known solid-solid structural transformation pathways, based on the Lipscomb's diamond-square-diamond mechanisms, both in mono and bimetallic nanoparticles. A discussion of the free energy barriers involved in these processes is provided. PMID:26567659

  10. Metallic nanoparticles meet metadynamics

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    Pavan, L.; Rossi, K.; Baletto, F.

    2015-11-01

    Metadynamics coupled with classical molecular dynamics has been successfully applied to sample the configuration space of metallic and bimetallic nanoclusters. We implement a new set of collective variables related to the pair distance distribution function of the nanoparticle to achieve an exhaustive isomer sampling. As paradigmatic examples, we apply our methodology to Ag147, Pt147, and their alloy AgshellPtcore at 2:1 and 1:1 chemical compositions. The proposed scheme is able to reproduce the known solid-solid structural transformation pathways, based on the Lipscomb's diamond-square-diamond mechanisms, both in mono and bimetallic nanoparticles. A discussion of the free energy barriers involved in these processes is provided.

  11. Characterization of starch nanoparticles

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    Szymo?ska, J.; Targosz-Korecka, M.; Krok, F.

    2009-01-01

    Nanomaterials already attract great interest because of their potential applications in technology, food science and medicine. Biomaterials are biodegradable and quite abundant in nature, so they are favoured over synthetic polymer based materials. Starch as a nontoxic, cheap and renewable raw material is particularly suitable for preparation of nanoparticles. In the paper, the structure and some physicochemical properties of potato and cassava starch particles of the size between 50 to 100 nm, obtained by mechanical treatment of native starch, were presented. We demonstrated, with the aim of the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and the non-contact Atomic Force Microscopy (nc-AFM), that the shape and dimensions of the obtained nanoparticles both potato and cassava starch fit the blocklets - previously proposed as basic structural features of native starch granules. This observation was supported by aqueous solubility and swelling power of the particles as well as their iodine binding capacity similar to those for amylopectin-type short branched polysaccharide species. Obtained results indicated that glycosidic bonds of the branch linkage points in the granule amorphous lamellae might be broken during the applied mechanical treatment. Thus the released amylopectin clusters could escape out of the granules. The starch nanoparticles, for their properties qualitatively different from those of native starch granules, could be utilized in new applications.

  12. Ordered mesoporous silica nanoparticles with and without embedded iron oxide nanoparticles: structure evolution during synthesis

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    Gruner, Sol M.

    Ordered mesoporous silica nanoparticles with and without embedded iron oxide nanoparticles of hexagonally ordered mesoporous silica nanoparticles with and without embedded iron oxide particles. Oleic acid nanoparticles indicate surface areas as high as for the mesoporous silica nanoparticles without iron oxide

  13. MICROBIAL IMPACTS OF ENGINEERED NANOPARTICLES

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    Reactivity at the nanometric scale is intimately linked to nanoparticle mobility and microbial sensitivity. Thus, first-order factors increasing nanoparticle reactivity should increase the rate of redox reactions with second-order effects on particle mobility and ecot...

  14. Thermal treatment of magnetite nanoparticles

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    Wykowska, Urszula; Satula, Dariusz; Nordblad, Per

    2015-01-01

    Summary This paper presents the results of a thermal treatment process for magnetite nanoparticles in the temperature range of 50–500 °C. The tested magnetite nanoparticles were synthesized using three different methods that resulted in nanoparticles with different surface characteristics and crystallinity, which in turn, was reflected in their thermal durability. The particles were obtained by coprecipitation from Fe chlorides and decomposition of an Fe(acac)3 complex with and without a core–shell structure. Three types of ferrite nanoparticles were produced and their thermal stability properties were compared. In this study, two sets of unmodified magnetite nanoparticles were used where crystallinity was as determinant of the series. For the third type of particles, a Ag shell was added. By comparing the coated and uncoated particles, the influence of the metallic layer on the thermal stability of the nanoparticles was tested. Before and after heat treatment, the nanoparticles were examined using transmission electron microscopy, IR spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Based on the obtained results, it was observed that the fabrication methods determine, to some extent, the sensitivity of the nanoparticles to external factors. PMID:26199842

  15. Solventless synthesis of ruthenium nanoparticles

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    García-Peña, Nidia G.; Redón, Rocío; Herrera-Gomez, Alberto; Fernández-Osorio, Ana Leticia; Bravo-Sanchez, Mariela; Gomez-Sosa, Gustavo

    2015-06-01

    This paper presents a novel solventless method for the synthesis of zero-valent ruthenium nanoparticles Ru(0). The proposed method, although not entirely new in the nanomaterials world, was used for the first time to synthesize zero-valent ruthenium nanoparticles. This new approach has proved to be an environmentally friendly, clean, cheap, fast, and reproducible technique which employs low amounts of solvent. It was optimized through varying amounts of reducing salt on a determined quantity of precursor and measuring the effect of this variation on the average particle size obtained. The resulting products were fully characterized by powder XRD, TEM, HR-TEM, and XPS studies, all of which corroborated the purity of the nanoparticles achieved. In order to verify the advantages of our method over other techniques, we compared our nanoparticles with two common colloidal-synthesized ruthenium nanoparticles.

  16. Superabsorption of light by nanoparticles.

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    Ladutenko, Konstantin; Belov, Pavel; Peña-Rodríguez, Ovidio; Mirzaei, Ali; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E; Shadrivov, Ilya V

    2015-12-01

    Nanoparticles have a fundamental limit as to how much light they can absorb. This limit is based on the finite number of modes excited in the nanoparticle at a given wavelength and maximum absorption capacity per mode. The enhanced absorption can be achieved when each mode supported by the nanoparticle absorbs light up to the maximum capacity. Using a stochastic optimization algorithm, we design multilayer nanoparticles, in which we can make several resonant modes overlap at the same frequency resulting in superabsorption. We further introduce the efficiency of the absorption for a nanoparticle, which is the absorption normalized by the physical size of the particle, and show that efficient absorbers do not always operate in the superabsorption regime. PMID:26531069

  17. Superabsorption of light by nanoparticles

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    Ladutenko, Konstantin; Belov, Pavel; Peña-Rodríguez, Ovidio; Mirzaei, Ali; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E.; Shadrivov, Ilya V.

    2015-11-01

    Nanoparticles have a fundamental limit as to how much light they can absorb. This limit is based on the finite number of modes excited in the nanoparticle at a given wavelength and maximum absorption capacity per mode. The enhanced absorption can be achieved when each mode supported by the nanoparticle absorbs light up to the maximum capacity. Using a stochastic optimization algorithm, we design multilayer nanoparticles, in which we can make several resonant modes overlap at the same frequency resulting in superabsorption. We further introduce the efficiency of the absorption for a nanoparticle, which is the absorption normalized by the physical size of the particle, and show that efficient absorbers do not always operate in the superabsorption regime.

  18. In vitro and in vivo characterization of several functionalized ultrasmall particles of iron oxide, vectorized against amyloid plaques and potentially able to cross the blood-brain barrier: toward earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease by molecular imaging.

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    Ansciaux, Emilie; Burtea, Carmen; Laurent, Sophie; Crombez, Deborah; Nonclercq, Denis; Vander Elst, Luce; Muller, Robert N

    2015-01-01

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder most often diagnosed 10?years after its onset and development. It is characterized by the accumulation of amyloid-? peptide (ABP) into amyloid plaques between nerve cells, which produces a massive local neurodegeneration. Molecular magnetic resonance imaging allows diagnosis of AD by showing ABP accumulation in the brain. The ultrasmall particles of iron oxide (USPIO) derivatives proposed in the present work were functionalized with peptides that present an affinity for ABP, independently of its state of aggregation. Their nanomolar Kd * confirms the high affinity of our vectorized contrast agents (VCA) for ABP and therefore their high labeling potential, specificity and sensitivity. Their lack of toxicity has been demonstrated, both by in vitro studies using the MTT method on several cell types, and by in vivo investigations with assessment of renal and hepatic biomarkers and by histopathology evaluation. The results of biodistribution studies corroborated by MRI demonstrate that USPIO-PHO (USPIO coupled to peptide C-IPLPFYN-C) are able to cross the blood-brain barrier without any facilitating strategy, and accumulates in the brain 90?min after its injection in NMRI mice. None of the USPIO derivatives were found in any organs one week after administration. To conclude, USPIO-PHO seems to have a genuine potential for labeling amyloid plaques in the brain; it has a nanomolar binding affinity, no toxic effects, and its elimination half-life is about 3?h. Further tests will be made on transgenic mice, aimed at confirming the potential of early AD diagnosis using our VCA. PMID:25284012

  19. Nanoparticle enhanced ionic liquid heat transfer fluids

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    Fox, Elise B.; Visser, Ann E.; Bridges, Nicholas J.; Gray, Joshua R.; Garcia-Diaz, Brenda L.

    2014-08-12

    A heat transfer fluid created from nanoparticles that are dispersed into an ionic liquid is provided. Small volumes of nanoparticles are created from e.g., metals or metal oxides and/or alloys of such materials are dispersed into ionic liquids to create a heat transfer fluid. The nanoparticles can be dispersed directly into the ionic liquid during nanoparticle formation or the nanoparticles can be formed and then, in a subsequent step, dispersed into the ionic liquid using e.g., agitation.

  20. Mucus permeating thiomer nanoparticles.

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    Köllner, S; Dünnhaupt, S; Waldner, C; Hauptstein, S; Pereira de Sousa, I; Bernkop-Schnürch, A

    2015-11-01

    The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate a novel mucoadhesive drug delivery system based on thiolated poly(acrylic acid) nanoparticles exhibiting mucolytic properties to enhance particle diffusion into deeper mucus regions before adhesion. Mediated by a carbodiimide, cysteine and the mucolytic enzyme papain were covalently attached to poly(acrylic acid) via amide bond formation. The conjugates were co-precipitated with calcium chloride in order to obtain papain modified (PAA-pap) and thiolated nanoparticles (PAA-cys) as well as particles containing both conjugates (PAA-cys-pap). The nanoparticulate systems were characterized regarding particle size distribution and zeta potential. Particle transport was investigated by diffusion studies across intestinal mucus using two different techniques. Furthermore, mucoadhesive properties of all particles were evaluated via rheological measurements. Results demonstrated that all nanoparticles were in a size range of 158-214nm and showed negative zeta potentials. Due to the presence of papain, the PAA-cys-pap particles were capable of cleaving mucoglycoprotein substructures and consequently exhibited a 2.0-fold higher penetration into the mucus layer in comparison with PAA-cys particles. Within the rheological studies, an 1.9-fold increase in mucoadhesion could be achieved for the nanoparticulate system based on thiolated PAA compared to papain modified particles (PAA-pap). Therefore, the newly developed particulate system (PAA-cys-pap) is characterized by mucoadhesive as well as mucolytic properties. The combination of both effects - mucus-permeating and mucoadhesive properties - might be a promising strategy for the development of oral drug delivery systems to overcome the mucus barrier and providing a prolonged residence time close to the absorption membrane. PMID:25603199

  1. Carcinogenicity of inhaled nanoparticles.

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    Roller, Markus

    2009-07-01

    Large epidemiological studies in the United States have shown a statistical association between air concentration of the fine dust fraction PM(2.5) in the general environment and increased risk of lung cancer. A quantitative risk assessment for lung cancer based on these studies corresponds to risk estimates based on studies at workplaces with exposure to diesel engine emissions; its magnitude cannot be explained by the known carcinogenicity of organic substances or metals adsorbed to the insoluble particle core. Carcinogenic effects of diesel particles were observed after inhalation in rats independently in several studies. The surprisingly strong effect of diesel particles was partially attributed to their small size. This hypothesis was corroborated by inhalation studies with synthetic nanoparticles virtually free of organic compounds. IARC found sufficient evidence for the carcinogenicity of carbon black and of titanium dioxide in experimental animals. Long-term studies by the method of intratracheal instillation confirmed the carcinogenic effects in rats for an even broader spectrum of synthetic nanoparticles. Non-positive studies with hamsters are not valid because hamsters did not develop lung tumors after inhalation of some known human carcinogens. In recent years, the number of publications reporting in vitro genotoxicity of TiO(2) and of carbon black nanomaterials has increased. Overall, there is clear positive evidence for carcinogenicity in rats, together with supporting evidence from human data of structurally related substances. Therefore, the European Union (EU) criteria for category 2 of carcinogenic substances appear to be fulfilled for bio-durable nanoparticles consisting of matter without known significant specific toxicity. PMID:19558247

  2. PEG-stabilized core-shell nanoparticles: impact of linear versus dendritic polymer shell architecture on colloidal properties and the reversibility of temperature-induced aggregation.

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    Gillich, Torben; Acikgöz, Canet; Isa, Lucio; Schlüter, A Dieter; Spencer, Nicholas D; Textor, Marcus

    2013-01-22

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) have been widely used experimentally and also clinically tested in diverse areas of biology and medicine. Applications include magnetic resonance imaging, cell sorting, drug delivery, and hyperthermia. Physicochemical surface properties are particularly relevant in the context of achieving high colloidal nanoparticle (NP) stability and preventing agglomeration (particularly challenging in biological fluids), increasing blood circulation time, and possibly targeting specific cells or tissues through the presentation of bioligands. Traditionally, NP surfaces are sterically stabilized with hydrophilic polymeric matrices, such as dextran or linear poly(ethylene glycol) brushes. While dendrimers have found applications as drug carriers, dispersants with dendritic ("dendrons") or hyperbranched structures have been comparatively neglected despite their unique properties, such as a precisely defined molecular structure and the ability to present biofunctionalities at high density at the NP periphery. This work covers the synthesis of SPIONs and their stabilization based on poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) chemistry and compares the physicochemical properties of NPs stabilized with linear and dendritic macromolecules of comparable molecular weight. The results highlight the impact of the polymeric interface architecture on solubility, colloidal stability, hydrodynamic radius, and thermoresponsive behavior. Dendron-stabilized NPs were found to provide excellent colloidal stability, despite a smaller hydrodynamic radius and lower degree of soft shell hydration compared to linear PEG analogues. Moreover, for the same grafting density and molecular weight of the stabilizers, OEG dendron-stabilized NPs show a reversible temperature-induced aggregation behavior, in contrast to the essentially irreversible aggregation and sedimentation observed for the linear PEG analogues. This new class of dendritically stabilized NPs is believed to have a potential for future biomedical and other applications, in which stability, resistance to (or reversible) aggregation, ultrasmall size (for crossing biological barriers or inclusion in responsive artificial membranes), and/or high corona density of (bio)active ligands are key. PMID:23214719

  3. Nanoparticle optical notch filters

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    Kasinadhuni, Pradeep Kumar

    Developing novel light blocking products involves the design of a nanoparticle optical notch filter, working on the principle of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR). These light blocking products can be used in many applications. One such application is to naturally reduce migraine headaches and light sensitivity. Melanopsin ganglion cells present in the retina of the human eye, connect to the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN-the body's clock) in the brain, where they participate in the entrainment of the circadian rhythms. As the Melanopsin ganglion cells are involved in triggering the migraine headaches in photophobic patients, it is necessary to block the part of visible spectrum that activates these cells. It is observed from the action potential spectrum of the ganglion cells that they absorb light ranging from 450-500nm (blue-green part) of the visible spectrum with a ?max (peak sensitivity) of around 480nm (blue line). Currently prescribed for migraine patients is the FL-41 coating, which blocks a broad range of wavelengths, including wavelengths associated with melanopsin absorption. The nanoparticle optical notch filter is designed to block light only at 480nm, hence offering an effective prescription for the treatment of migraine headaches.

  4. Magnetic nanoparticles for theragnostics

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    Shubayev, Veronica I.; Pisanic, Thomas R.; Jin, Sungho

    2009-01-01

    Engineered magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) represent a cutting-edge tool in medicine because they can be simultaneously functionalized and guided by a magnetic field. Use of MNPs has advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), guided drug and gene delivery, magnetic hyperthermia cancer therapy, tissue engineering, cell tracking and bioseparation. Integrative therapeutic and diagnostic (i.e., theragnostic) applications have emerged with MNP use, such as MRI-guided cell replacement therapy or MRI-based imaging of cancer-specific gene delivery. However, mounting evidence suggests that certain properties of nanoparticles (e.g., enhanced reactive area, ability to cross cell and tissue barriers, resistance to biodegradation) amplify their cytotoxic potential relative to molecular or bulk counterparts. Oxidative stress, a 3-tier paradigm of nanotoxicity, manifests in activation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) (tier I), followed by a pro-inflammatory response (tier II) and DNA damage leading to cellular apoptosis and mutagenesis (tier III). In vivo administered MNPs are quickly challenged by macrophages of the reticuloendothelial system (RES), resulting in not only neutralization of potential MNP toxicity but also reduced circulation time necessary for MNP efficacy. We discuss the role of MNP size, composition and surface chemistry in their intracellular uptake, biodistribution, macrophage recognition and cytotoxicity, and review current studies on MNP toxicity, caveats of nanotoxicity assessments and engineering strategies to optimize MNPs for biomedical use. PMID:19389434

  5. Nanoparticles in dermatology.

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    Papakostas, Dimitrios; Rancan, Fiorenza; Sterry, Wolfram; Blume-Peytavi, Ulrike; Vogt, Annika

    2011-10-01

    Recent advances in the field of nanotechnology have allowed the manufacturing of elaborated nanometer-sized particles for various biomedical applications. A broad spectrum of particles, extending from various lipid nanostructures such as liposomes and solid lipid nanoparticles, to metal, nanocrystalline and polymer particles have already been tested as drug delivery systems in different animal models with remarkable results, promising an extensive commercialization in the coming years. Controlled drug release to skin and skin appendages, targeting of hair follicle-specific cell populations, transcutaneous vaccination and transdermal gene therapy are only a few of these new applications. Carrier systems of the new generation take advantage of improved skin penetration properties, depot effect with sustained drug release and of surface functionalization (e.g., the binding to specific ligands) allowing specific cellular and subcellular targeting. Drug delivery to skin by means of microparticles and nanocarriers could revolutionize the treatment of several skin disorders. However, the toxicological and environmental safety of micro- and nanoparticles has to be evaluated using specific toxicological studies prior to a wider implementation of the new technology. This review aims to give an overview of the most investigated applications of transcutaneously applied particle-based formulations in the fields of cosmetics and dermatology. PMID:21837474

  6. Inorganic Nanoparticles in Cancer Therapy

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    Bhattacharyya, Sanjib; Kudgus, Rachel A.; Bhattacharya, Resham; Mukherjee, Priyabrata

    2011-01-01

    Nanotechnology is an evolving field with enormous potential for biomedical applications. The growing interest to use inorganic nanoparticles in medicine is due to the unique size and shape-dependent optoelectronic properties. Herein, we will focus on gold, silver and platinum nanoparticles, discussing recent developments for therapeutic applications with regard to cancer in terms of nanoparticles being used as a delivery vehicle as well as therapeutic agents. We will also discuss some of the key challenges to be addressed in future studies. PMID:21104301

  7. Method of synthesizing tungsten nanoparticles

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    Thoma, Steven G; Anderson, Travis M

    2013-02-12

    A method to synthesize tungsten nanoparticles has been developed that enables synthesis of nanometer-scale, monodisperse particles that can be stabilized only by tetrahydrofuran. The method can be used at room temperature, is scalable, and the product concentrated by standard means. Since no additives or stabilizing surfactants are required, this method is particularly well suited for producing tungsten nanoparticles for dispersion in polymers. If complete dispersion is achieved due to the size of the nanoparticles, then the optical properties of the polymer can be largely maintained.

  8. Presidential address SPECIAL COLLECTION: NANOMINERALS AND MINERAL NANOPARTICLES

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    Meyers, Stephen R.

    elements (Y, REEs) differs at the atomic scale in each zircon. Zircon JH4.0 (4.007 Ga, Jack Hills, Western) and JH4.4 (4.374 Ga, Jack Hills). Most clusters are flattened parallel to (100) or (010). U and Th.42 for the JH4.0, and 0.52 for JH4.4. These ratios are less precise (±10­18% 2) due to the ultra-small sample

  9. Non-Engineered Nanoparticles of C60

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    Deguchi, Shigeru; Mukai, Sada-atsu; Sakaguchi, Hide; Nonomura, Yoshimune

    2013-01-01

    We discovered that rubbing bulk solids of C60 between fingertips generates nanoparticles including the ones smaller than 20?nm. Considering the difficulties usually associated with nanoparticle production by pulverisation, formation of nanoparticles by such a mundane method is unprecedented and noteworthy. We also found that nanoparticles of C60 could be generated from bulk solids incidentally without deliberate engineering of any sort. Our findings imply that there exist highly unusual human exposure routes to nanoparticles of C60, and elucidating formation mechanisms of nanoparticles is crucial in assessing their environmental impacts. PMID:23807024

  10. Nanoparticles Containing Insoluble Drug for Cancer Therapy

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    Guo, Shutao; Huang, Leaf

    2014-01-01

    Nanoparticle drug formulations have been extensively researched and developed in the field of drug delivery as a means to efficiently deliver insoluble drugs to tumor cells. By mechanisms of the enhanced permeability and retention effect, nanoparticle drug formulations are capable of greatly enhancing the safety, pharmacokinetic profiles and bioavailability of the administered treatment. Here, the progress of various nanoparticle formulations in both research and clinical applications is detailed with a focus on the development of drug/gene delivery systems. Specifically, the unique advantages and disadvanges of polymeric nanoparticles, liposomes, solid lipid nanoparticles, nanocrystals and lipid-coated nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery will be investigated in detail. PMID:24113214

  11. Laser Generation and Printing of Nanoparticles

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    Barchanski, A.; Evlyukhin, A. B.; Koroleva, A.; Reinhardt, C.; Sajti, C. L.; Zywietz, U.; Chichkov, Boris N.

    Different laser-based methods for the fabrication of nanoparticles and ordered nanoparticle structures, including possibilities for their functionalization and replication in polymeric materials, are discussed. Nanoparticles made from noble metals, supporting collective electron oscillations, and low absorbing dielectric nanoparticles, having large permittivity values, can both be resonantly excited by external electromagnetic fields which make them attractive for biophotonic and sensing applications. For applications in biomedicine especially polymeric nanoparticles, as drug delivery systems, are very important. Fabrication of all these types of nanoparticles can be realized with laser technologies, which are briefly reviewed in this chapter.

  12. Method for producing metallic nanoparticles

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    Phillips, Jonathan; Perry, William L.; Kroenke, William J.

    2004-02-10

    Method for producing metallic nanoparticles. The method includes generating an aerosol of solid metallic microparticles, generating non-oxidizing plasma with a plasma hot zone at a temperature sufficiently high to vaporize the microparticles into metal vapor, and directing the aerosol into the hot zone of the plasma. The microparticles vaporize in the hot zone to metal vapor. The metal vapor is directed away from the hot zone and to the plasma afterglow where it cools and condenses to form solid metallic nanoparticles.

  13. Diamond Synthesis Employing Nanoparticle Seeds

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    Uppireddi, Kishore (Inventor); Morell, Gerardo (Inventor); Weiner, Brad R. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Iron nanoparticles were employed to induce the synthesis of diamond on molybdenum, silicon, and quartz substrates. Diamond films were grown using conventional conditions for diamond synthesis by hot filament chemical vapor deposition, except that dispersed iron oxide nanoparticles replaced the seeding. This approach to diamond induction can be combined with dip pen nanolithography for the selective deposition of diamond and diamond patterning while avoiding surface damage associated to diamond-seeding methods.

  14. Multiscaffold DNA Origami Nanoparticle Waveguides

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    2013-01-01

    DNA origami templated self-assembly has shown its potential in creating rationally designed nanophotonic devices in a parallel and repeatable manner. In this investigation, we employ a multiscaffold DNA origami approach to fabricate linear waveguides of 10 nm diameter gold nanoparticles. This approach provides independent control over nanoparticle separation and spatial arrangement. The waveguides were characterized using atomic force microscopy and far-field polarization spectroscopy. This work provides a path toward large-scale plasmonic circuitry. PMID:23841957

  15. Functionalized magnetic nanoparticle analyte sensor

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    Yantasee, Wassana; Warner, Maryin G; Warner, Cynthia L; Addleman, Raymond S; Fryxell, Glen E; Timchalk, Charles; Toloczko, Mychailo B

    2014-03-25

    A method and system for simply and efficiently determining quantities of a preselected material in a particular solution by the placement of at least one superparamagnetic nanoparticle having a specified functionalized organic material connected thereto into a particular sample solution, wherein preselected analytes attach to the functionalized organic groups, these superparamagnetic nanoparticles are then collected at a collection site and analyzed for the presence of a particular analyte.

  16. Interfacial functionalization and engineering of nanoparticles

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    Song, Yang

    The intense research interest in nanoscience and nanotechnology is largely fueled by the unique properties of nanoscale materials. In this dissertation, the research efforts are focused on surface functionalization and interfacial engineering of functional nanoparticles in the preparation of patchy nanoparticles (e.g., Janus nanoparticles and Neapolitan nanoparticles) such that the nanoparticle structures and properties may be manipulated to an unprecedented level of sophistication. Experimentally, Janus nanoparticles were prepared by an interfacial engineering method where one hemisphere of the originally hydrophobic nanoparticles was replaced with hydrophilic ligands at the air|liquid or solid|liquid interface. The amphiphilic surface characters of the Janus nanoparticles were verified by contact angle measurements, as compared to those of the bulk-exchange counterparts where the two types of ligands were distributed rather homogeneously on the nanoparticle surface. In a further study, a mercapto derivative of diacetylene was used as the hydrophilic ligands to prepare Janus nanoparticles by using hydrophobic hexanethiolate-protected gold nanoparticles as the starting materials. Exposure to UV irradiation led to effective covalent cross-linking between the diacetylene moieties of neighboring ligands and hence marked enhancement of the structural integrity of the Janus nanoparticles, which was attributable to the impeded surface diffusion of the thiol ligands on the nanoparticle surface, as manifested in fluorescence measurements of aged nanoparticles. More complicated bimetallic AgAu Janus nanoparticles were prepared by interfacial galvanic exchange reactions of a Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer of 1-hexanethiolate-passivated silver nanoparticles on a glass slide with gold(I)-mercaptopropanediol complex in a water/ethanol solution. The resulting nanoparticles exhibited an asymmetrical distribution not only of the organic capping ligands on the nanoparticle surface but also of the metal elements in the nanoparticle cores, in contrast to the bulk-exchange counterparts where these distributions were homogeneous within the nanoparticles, as manifested in contact angle, UV--vis, XPS, and TEM measurements. More interestingly, the electrocatalytic performance of the Janus nanoparticles was markedly better than the bulk-exchange ones, suggesting that the segregated distribution of the polar ligands from the apolar ones might further facilitate charge transfer from Ag to Au in the nanoparticle cores, leading to additional improvement of the adsorption and reduction of oxygen. This interfacial protocol was then adopted to prepare trimetallic Ag AuPt Neapolitan nanoparticles by two sequential galvanic exchange reactions of 1-hexanethiolate-capped silver nanoparticles with gold(I)-thiomalic acid and platinum(II)-hexanethiolate complexes. As both reactions were confined to an interface, the Au and Pt elements were situated on two opposite poles of the original Ag nanoparticles, which was clearly manifested in elemental mapping of the nanoparticles, and consistent with the damping and red-shift of the nanoparticle surface plasmon resonance. As nanoscale analogs to conventional amphiphilic molecules, the resulting Janus nanoparticles were found to form oil-in-water micelle-like or water-in-oil reverse micelle-like superparticulate structures depending on the solvent media. These unique characteristics were exploited for the effective transfer of diverse guest nanoparticles between organic and water phase. The transfer of hydrophobic nanoparticles from organic to water media or water-soluble nanoparticles to the organic phase was evidenced by TEM, DLS, UV-Vis, and PL measurements. In particular, line scans based on EDS analysis showed that the vesicle-like structures consisted of multiple layers of the Janus nanoparticles, which encapsulated the guest nanoparticles in the cores. The results highlight the unique effectiveness of using Janus nanoparticles in the formation of functional nanocomposites. Part of the dissertation research was al

  17. Celecoxib Nanoparticles for Therapeutic Angiogenesis.

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    Margulis, Katherine; Neofytou, Evgenios A; Beygui, Ramin E; Zare, Richard N

    2015-09-22

    Controllable induction of blood vessel formation (angiogenesis) presents an important therapeutic goal in ischemic diseases and is also beneficial in various normal physiological processes. In this study, we have shown that nanoparticles of celecoxib, a lipophilic nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, effectively evoke therapeutic angiogenesis in animal models, in both normal and ischemic organs. Celecoxib is widely considered to inhibit angiogenesis, although a recent study suggests that it can instead promote blood vessel growth in cancer cell lines. The hydrophobic nature of this drug necessitates its administration in nanoparticulate form in order to elicit a perceivable pharmacological response. We developed a facile method for nanoparticle formation by solvent extraction from microemulsions in supercritical carbon dioxide. This method exploits a spontaneous formation of nanometric domains within the microemulsion system and their rapid conversion to nanoparticles by supercritical fluid. The resultant nanoparticles were administered subcutaneously to mice in a biocompatible hydrogel, and caused a 4-fold increase in blood vessel count in normally perfused skin compared with drug-free particles. They were at least as effective in inducing angiogenesis as nanoparticles of deferoxamine, a well-established neovascularization promoter. Next, we evaluated their effect on ischemic tissues in murine model of myocardial infarction. We found that celecoxib nanoparticles were able to induce a significant vascularization of ischemic myocardium and hamper the progression of heart failure, which points toward a new approach for treating ischemia. PMID:26244654

  18. Kinetics of Gold Nanoparticle Formation

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    Cetnar, Ashley; Cingarapu, Sreeram; Klabunde, Kenneth

    2009-03-01

    My objective was to understand the chemical details of an important method of producing monodisperse nanoparticles. The nanoparticles synthesized are gold ligated by thiol ligands. The nanoparticles average 5 nanometers in diameter with about 5000 gold atoms and 600 thiol ligands per particle. The two methods used to prepare the particles are the solvated metal atom dispersion method and the inverse micelle method. Both processes break the gold into nanoparticles and are ligated to protect the particles from aggregation. After the nanoparticles are produced they are made monodisperse by digestive ripening. Digestive ripening occurs when the polydispersed product is refluxed over time. During this illusive procedure the multi-sized particles all become uniform in size. During reflux, the samples are analyzed by UV spectroscopy. The spectroscopy reveals a plasmon emitted from the nanoparticles at 530 nm from a standard sample of 1:30 gold to ligand ratio. During the reflux procedure, the gold Plasmon peak narrows and the peak becomes steeper. Over time, the peak of the Plasmon seems to be red shifted. As the amount of ligand was varied the gold plasmon appeared to shift.

  19. Phase separation in nanoparticles

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    Shirinyan, A. S.; Wautelet, M.

    2004-12-01

    The influences of the size, thermodynamic quantities and depletion of the parent phase on the separation thermodynamics of nanosized supersaturated binary solid solutions are studied theoretically. A quantitative analysis of the nucleation of one nucleus and of the decomposition in small isolated nanoparticles is presented. It is shown that three possibilities exist: phase separation, prohibition of decomposition, and formation of the metastable state of the nanoalloy. The conservation of matter leads to constraints on nucleation and growth of new phases. The case of solid-solid transition phenomena in a nanosystem is studied for regular solutions. This model leads to the existence of multiple equilibrium configurations for the same sets of initial parameters. Phase diagrams of small particles, i.e. probability-size, nucleation barrier-solubility, temperature-composition, are plotted within a regular solution model.

  20. Development of polymeric–cationic peptide composite nanoparticles, a nanoparticle-in-nanoparticle system for controlled gene delivery

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    Jain, Arvind K; Massey, Ashley; Yusuf, Helmy; McDonald, Denise M; McCarthy, Helen O; Kett, Vicky L

    2015-01-01

    We report the formulation of novel composite nanoparticles that combine the high transfection efficiency of cationic peptide-DNA nanoparticles with the biocompatibility and prolonged delivery of polylactic acid–polyethylene glycol (PLA-PEG). The cationic cell-penetrating peptide RALA was used to condense DNA into nanoparticles that were encapsulated within a range of PLA-PEG copolymers. The composite nanoparticles produced exhibited excellent physicochemical properties including size <200 nm and encapsulation efficiency >80%. Images of the composite nanoparticles obtained with a new transmission electron microscopy staining method revealed the peptide-DNA nanoparticles within the PLA-PEG matrix. Varying the copolymers modulated the DNA release rate >6 weeks in vitro. The best formulation was selected and was able to transfect cells while maintaining viability. The effect of transferrin-appended composite nanoparticles was also studied. Thus, we have demonstrated the manufacture of composite nanoparticles for the controlled delivery of DNA. PMID:26648722

  1. Magnetic Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications

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    Jing, Ying

    Nanotechnology is revolutionizing human's life. Synthesis and application of magnetic nanoparticles is a fast burgeoning field which has potential to bring significant advance in many fields, for example diagnosis and treatment in biomedical area. Novel nanoparticles to function efficiently and intelligently are in desire to improve the current technology. We used a magnetron-sputtering-based nanocluster deposition technique to synthesize magnetic nanoparticles in gas phase, and specifically engineered nanoparticles for different applications. Alternating magnetic field heating is emerging as a technique to assist cancer treatment or drug delivery. We proposed high-magnetic-moment Fe3Si particles with relatively large magnetic anisotropy energy should in principle provide superior performance. Such nanoparticles were experimentally synthesized and characterized. Their promising magnetic properties can contribute to heating performance under suitable alternating magnetic field conditions. When thermal energy is used for medical treatment, it is ideal to work in a designed temperature range. Biocompatible and "smart" magnetic nanoparticles with temperature self-regulation were designed from both materials science and biomedicine aspects. We chose Fe-Si material system to demonstrate the concept. Temperature dependent physical property was adjusted by tuning of exchange coupling between Fe atoms through incorporation of various amount of Si. The magnetic moment can still be kept in a promising range. The two elements are both biocompatible, which is favored by in-vivo medical applications. A combination of "smart" magnetic particles and thermo-sensitive polymer were demonstrated to potentially function as a platform for drug delivery. Highly sensitive diagnosis for point-of-care is in desire nowadays. We developed composition- and phase-controlled Fe-Co nanoparticles for bio-molecule detection. It has been demonstrated that Fe70Co30 nanoparticles and giant magnetoresistance sensor make a successful integrated system for bio-molecule detection. In addition, we proposed the concept of "magnetic coloring": magnetic nanoparticles with different M-H loop form an archive of labels for detection of multiple molecules in the same sample. The composition- and phase- controlled Fe-Co particles are candidate to serve this application. Magnetic nanoparticles can also play a role in "green" catalysis. We synthesized core-shell structured nanoparticle with core rich in Fe, and shell rich in FeSiO, which have capability for phtocatalysis and magnetic recycling. The magnetic core enables recycling of catalysts by applying an external magnetic field. The shell shows good optical absorption which indicates the possibility of phtocatalysis. A big challenge for nanoparticles synthesized in gas phase is to transfer them into aqueous environment, especially in biomedical field. We experimented different approaches to modify the surface of magnetic nanoparticles. A direct way was developed to introduce functional molecule onto the surface of nanoparticles in vacuum. A new design of nanoparticle collection was implemented to assist surface modification in vacuum and to enable large quantity of manufacturing.

  2. Molecular Imaging with Theranostic Nanoparticles

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    Jokerst, Jesse V.; Gambhir, Sanjiv S.

    2011-01-01

    Conspectus Nanoparticles offer diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities impossible with small molecules or micro-scale tools. As molecular biology merges with medical imaging to form the field of molecular imaging, nanoparticle imaging is increasingly common with both therapeutic and diagnostic applications. The term theranostic indicates technology with concurrent and complementary diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities. When performed with sub-micron materials, the field may be termed theranostic nanomedicine. Although nanoparticles have been FDA-approved for clinical use as transport vehicles for nearly 15 years, full translation of their theranostic potential is incomplete. Still, remarkable successes with nanoparticles have been realized in the areas of drug delivery and magnetic resonance imaging. Emerging applications include image-guided resection, optical/photoacoustic imaging in vivo, contrast-enhanced ultrasound, and thermoablative therapy. Diagnosis with nanoparticles in molecular imaging involves correlating signal to a phenotype. The disease’s size, stage, and biochemical signature can be gleaned from the location and intensity of nanoparticle signal emanating from a living subject. Therapy with NP uses the image for resection or delivery of small molecule or RNA thererapeutic. Ablation of the affected area is also possible via heat or radioactivity. The ideal theranostic NP: (1) selectively and rapidly accumulates in diseased tissue, (2) reports biochemical and morphological characteristics of the area, (3) delivers a non-invasive therapeutic, and (4) is safe and biodegrades with non-toxic byproducts. Above is a schematic of such a system which contains a central imaging core (yellow) surrounded by small molecule therapeutics (red). The system targets via ligands such as IgG (pink) and is protected from immune scavengers by a cloak of protective polymer (green). While no nanoparticle has achieved all of the above features, many NPs do fulfill one or more. While the most clinically translatable nanoparticles have been used in the field of magnetic resonance imaging, other types are quickly becoming more biocompatible by overcoming toxicity and biodistribution concerns. The document details diagnostic imaging and therapeutic uses of nanoparticles. We propose five main types of nanoparticles with concurrent diagnostic and thereapeutic uses and offer examples of each. PMID:21919457

  3. Ultrasound mediated nanoparticle drug delivery

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    Mullin, Lee B.

    Ultrasound is not only a powerful diagnostic tool, but also a promising therapeutic technology that can be used to improve localized drug delivery. Microbubble contrast agents are micron sized encapsulated gas filled bubbles that are administered intravenously. Originally developed to enhance ultrasound images, microbubbles are highly echogenic due to the gas core that provides a detectable impedance difference from the surrounding medium. The core also allows for controlled response of the microbubbles to ultrasound pulses. Microbubbles can be pushed using acoustic radiation force and ruptured using high pressures. Destruction of microbubbles can increase permeability at the cellular and vascular level, which can be advantageous for drug delivery. Advances in drug delivery methods have been seen with the introduction of nanoparticles, nanometer sized objects often carrying a drug payload. In chemotherapy, nanoparticles can deliver drugs to tumors while limiting systemic exposure due to abnormalities in tumor vasculature such large gaps between endothelial cells that allow nanoparticles to enter into the interstitial space; this is referred to as the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect. However, this effect may be overestimated in many tumors. Additionally, only a small percentage of the injected dose accumulates in the tumor, which most the nanoparticles accumulating in the liver and spleen. It is hypothesized that combining the acoustic activity of an ultrasound contrast agent with the high payload and extravasation ability of a nanoparticle, localized delivery to the tumor with reduced systemic toxicity can be achieved. This method can be accomplished by either loading nanoparticles onto the shell of the microbubble or through a coadministration method of both nanoparticles and microbubbles. The work presented in this dissertation utilizes novel and commercial nanoparticle formulations, combined with microbubbles and a variety of ultrasound systems. Ultrasound parameters are optimized to achieve maximum cell internalization of molecules and increased nanoparticle delivery to a cell layer on a coverslip. In-vivo studies demonstrate the possibility of using a lower dose of paclitaxel to slow tumor growth rates, increase doxorubicin concentration in tumor tissue, and enhance tumor delivery of fluorescent molecules through treatments that combine nanoparticles with ultrasound and microbubbles.

  4. Nanocrystal-constructed mesoporous CoFe?O? nanowire arrays aligned on flexible carbon fabric as integrated anodes with enhanced lithium storage properties.

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    Wang, Bo; Li, Songmei; Wu, Xiaoyu; Li, Bin; Liu, Jianhua; Yu, Mei

    2015-09-01

    A novel and facile two-step strategy is successfully developed for the large-scale fabrication of hierarchical mesoporous CoFe2O4 nanowire arrays (NWAs) on flexible carbon fabric as integrated anodes for highly efficient and reversible lithium storage. The synthesis involves the co-deposition of uniform bimetallic (Co, Fe) carbonate hydroxide hydrate precursor NWAs on carbon fabric and subsequent thermal transformation to spinel CoFe2O4 without damaging the morphology. The as-prepared CoFe2O4 nanowires have unique mesoporous structures, which are constructed by many interconnected nanocrystals with sizes of about 15-20 nm. The typical size of the nanowires is in the range of 70-100 nm in width and up to several micrometers in length. Such a hybrid nanostructure electrode presented here not only simplifies electrode processing, but also promises fast electron transport/collection and ion diffusion, and withstands volume variation upon prolonged charge/discharge cycling. As a result, the binder-free CoFe2O4/carbon fabric composite exhibits a high reversible capacity of 1185.75 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 200 mA g(-1), and a superior rate capability. More importantly, a reversible capacity as high as ?950 mA h g(-1) can be retained and there is no obvious decay after 150 cycles. PMID:26219540

  5. Self-organized two-dimensional onions

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    Ren, Shenqiang; Briber, Robert M.; Wuttig, Manfred

    2009-03-19

    Spontaneously self-assembled onion-type nanostructures based on block copolymers as templating materials are reported. Polystyrene-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymer containing CoFe2O4 and Pb1.1(Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3 precursors segregated to the two...

  6. Are Nanoparticles Spherical or Quasi-Spherical?

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    Sokolov, Stanislav V; Batchelor-McAuley, Christopher; Tschulik, Kristina; Fletcher, Stephen; Compton, Richard G

    2015-07-20

    The geometry of quasi-spherical nanoparticles is investigated. The combination of SEM imaging and electrochemical nano-impact experiments is demonstrated to allow sizing and characterization of the geometry of single silver nanoparticles. PMID:26176713

  7. Improved Stability of Solid Mixture Nanoparticles

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    Petta, Jason

    Engineering #12;Flash Nanoprecipitation Hydrophobic regions simultaneously precipitate to form nanoparticles Acid Naphthalene + Phenanthrene #12;Block Co-polymer Stabilized Solid Mixture Use flash Flash Nanoprecipitation Hydrophobic active Hydrophobic Inert Block copolymer Mixture Nanoparticles

  8. Targeted Nanoparticle Tested in Patients with Cancer

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    By packaging molecules of the chemotherapy drug docetaxel in nanoparticles, researchers aim to deliver a high dose directly to tumors and reduce the drug's toxicity. A trial to test the targeted nanoparticle is underway in humans.

  9. Ferritin protein encapsulated photoluminescent rare earth nanoparticle

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    Harada, T.; Yoshimura, H.

    2013-07-01

    Rare earth (yttrium (Y), europium (Eu), and terbium (Tb)) nanoparticles and Eu and Tb doped Y nanoparticles are synthesized in an apoferritin cavity. They exhibit a narrow size distribution and a high stability in an aqueous solution at pH 8.5. Eu and Eu doped Y (Y:Eu) nanoparticles exhibit red photoluminescence (emission peaks: 590 and 614 nm), while Tb and Tb doped Y (Y:Tb) nanoparticles exhibit green photoluminescence (emission peaks: 488, 544, 582, and 618 nm). High-resolution electron microscopy observations reveal that about 5% of the nanoparticles have a lattice structure, while the remaining nanoparticles are amorphous. Electron diffraction of the Y nanoparticles gives lattice spacings corresponding to the cubic structure of yttrium oxide (Y2O3). The most optimal dopant content for luminescence of Y:Eu and Y:Tb nanoparticles in apoferritin cavity are about 60% and 40%, respectively.

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Environmentally Benign Nanoparticles

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    There has been a growing interest in replacing current non-biodegradable and toxic nanosystems with environmentally benign biopolymer based ones to minimize post-utilization hazards due to uncontrolled accumulation of nanoparticles in the environment. Lignin based nanoparticles (...

  11. Alloy nanoparticle synthesis using ionizing radiation

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    Nenoff, Tina M. (Sandia Park, NM); Powers, Dana A. (Albuquerque, NM); Zhang, Zhenyuan (Durham, NC)

    2011-08-16

    A method of forming stable nanoparticles comprising substantially uniform alloys of metals. A high dose of ionizing radiation is used to generate high concentrations of solvated electrons and optionally radical reducing species that rapidly reduce a mixture of metal ion source species to form alloy nanoparticles. The method can make uniform alloy nanoparticles from normally immiscible metals by overcoming the thermodynamic limitations that would preferentially produce core-shell nanoparticles.

  12. NaGdF4:Yb(3+)/Er(3+)@NaGdF4:Nd(3+)@Sodium-Gluconate: Multifunctional and Biocompatible Ultrasmall Core-Shell Nanohybrids for UCL/MR/CT Multimodal Imaging.

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    Ma, Dandan; Meng, Lingjie; Chen, Yuzhong; Hu, Min; Chen, Yanke; Huang, Chen; Shang, Jin; Wang, Ruifeng; Guo, Youmin; Yang, Jian

    2015-08-01

    Multimodal bioimaging nanoparticles by integrating diverse imaging ingredients into one system, represent a class of emerging advanced materials that provide more comprehensive and accurate clinical diagnostics than conventional contrast agents. Here monodisperse and biocompatible core-shell nanoparticles, NaGdF4: Yb(3+)/Er(3+)@NaGdF4:Nd@sodium-gluconate (termed as GNa-Er@Nd), with about 26 nm in diameter were successfully prepared by a facile two step reactions in high boiling solvents, and followed a ligand exchange process with sodium gluconate. The resulting GNa-Er@Nd nanoparticles were well characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR), and zeta potentials. These nanohybrids present brightly dual-wavelength excited upconversion luminescence (UCL) under both 980 and 793 nm laser because of the synergistic effect of Yb(3+)/Er(3+) and Nd(3+). They also exhibited excellent relaxivity parameters (r1) in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and Hounsfield units (HU) in X-ray computed tomography (CT) that are comparable to the clinical contrast agents. Therefore, these small and monodisperse nanoparticles provide options to construct a unique platform for potential multimodal UCL/CT/MRI imaging simultaneously. PMID:26161913

  13. Nanoparticles for Imaging: Top or Flop?

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    Mertens, Marianne E.; Grimm, Jan; Lammers, Twan

    2014-01-01

    Nanoparticles are frequently suggested as diagnostic agents. However, except for iron oxide nanoparticles, diagnostic nanoparticles have been barely incorporated into clinical use so far. This is predominantly due to difficulties in achieving acceptable pharmacokinetic properties and reproducible particle uniformity as well as to concerns about toxicity, biodegradation, and elimination. Reasonable indications for the clinical utilization of nanoparticles should consider their biologic behavior. For example, many nanoparticles are taken up by macrophages and accumulate in macrophage-rich tissues. Thus, they can be used to provide contrast in liver, spleen, lymph nodes, and inflammatory lesions (eg, atherosclerotic plaques). Furthermore, cells can be efficiently labeled with nanoparticles, enabling the localization of implanted (stem) cells and tissue-engineered grafts as well as in vivo migration studies of cells. The potential of using nanoparticles for molecular imaging is compromised because their pharmacokinetic properties are difficult to control. Ideal targets for nanoparticles are localized on the endothelial luminal surface, whereas targeted nanoparticle delivery to extravascular structures is often limited and difficult to separate from an underlying enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect. The majority of clinically used nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems are based on the EPR effect, and, for their more personalized use, imaging markers can be incorporated to monitor biodistribution, target site accumulation, drug release, and treatment efficacy. In conclusion, although nanoparticles are not always the right choice for molecular imaging (because smaller or larger molecules might provide more specific information), there are other diagnostic and theranostic applications for which nanoparticles hold substantial clinical potential. PMID:25247562

  14. Dynamic Nanoparticles Assemblies

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    WANG, LIBING; XU, LIGUANG; KUANG, HUA; XU, CHUANLAI; KOTOV, NICHOLAS A.

    2012-01-01

    CONSPECTUS Importance Although nanoparticle (NP) assemblies are at the beginning of their development, their unique geometrical shapes and media-responsive optical, electronic and magnetic properties have attracted significant interest. Nanoscale assembly bridges multiple sizes of materials: individual nanoparticles, discrete molecule-like or virus-like nanoscale agglomerates, microscale devices, and macroscale materials. The capacity to self-assemble can greatly facilitate the integration of nanotechnology with other technologies and, in particular, with microscale fabrication. In this Account, we describe developments in the emerging field of dynamic NP assemblies, which are spontaneously formed superstructures containing more than two inorganic nanoscale particles that display ability to change their geometrical, physical, chemical, and other attributes. In many ways, dynamic assemblies can represent a bottleneck in the ‘bottom-up’ fabrication of NP-based devices because they can produce a much greater variety of assemblies, but they also provide a convenient tool for variation of geometries and dimensions of nanoparticle assemblies. Classification Superstructures of NPs (and those held together by similar intrinsic forces) are classified into two groups: Class 1 where media and external fields can alter shape, conformation, and order of stable superstructures with a nearly constant number same. The future development of successful dynamic assemblies requires understanding the equilibrium in dynamic NP systems. The dynamic nature of Class 1 assemblies is associated with the equilibrium between different conformations of a superstructure and is comparable to the isomerization in classical chemistry. Class 2 assemblies involve the formation and/or breakage of linkages between the NPs, which is analogous to the classical chemical equilibrium for the formation of a molecule from atoms. Finer classification of NP assemblies in accord with established conventions in the field may include different size dimensionalities: discrete assemblies (artificial molecules), one-dimensional (spaced chains) and two-dimensional (sheets) and three-dimensional (superlattices, twisted structures) assemblies. Notably, these dimensional attributes must be regarded as primarily topological in nature because all of these superstructures can acquire complex three-dimensional shapes. Preparation We discuss three primary strategies used to prepare NP superstructures: (1) anisotropy-based assemblies utilizing either intrinsic force field anisotropy around NPs or external anisotropy associated with templates and/or applied fields; (2) assembly methods utilizing uniform NPs with isotropic interactions; and (3) methods based on mutual recognition of biomolecules, such as DNA and antigen-antibody interactions. Applications We consider optical, electronic, and magnetic properties of dynamic superstructures, focusing primarily on multiparticle effects in NP superstructures as represented by surface plasmon resonance, NP-NP charge transport, and multibody magnetization. Unique properties of NP superstructures are being applied to biosensing, drug delivery, and nanoelectronics. For both Class 1 and Class 2 dynamic assemblies, biosensing is the most dominant and well-developed area of dynamic nanostructures being successfully transitioned into practice. We can foresee the rapid development of dynamic NP assemblies toward applications in harvesting of dissipated energy, photonics, and electronics. The final part of the review is devoted to the fundamental questions facing dynamic assemblies of NPs in the future. PMID:22449243

  15. Synthesis and microwave-absorbing properties of Co3Fe7@C core-shell nanostructure

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    Guo, Xiao Dang; Qiao, Xiao Jing; Ren, Qing Guo; Wan, Xiang; Li, Wang Chang; Sun, Zhi Gang

    2015-07-01

    Co3Fe7@C core-shell nanoparticles with high performance of microwave-absorbing properties were prepared by hydrothermal method and heat treatment. The transformation of structural, morphological and magnetic properties among the carbon-encapsulated composites, which were annealed at three different temperatures, were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). XRD analysis indicated the phase composition of Co3Fe7/CoFe2O4, Fe3C/Co3Fe7 and pure Co3Fe7 at different annealing temperatures. TEM confirmed the Co3Fe7@graphite core-shell nanostructure with an average particle size of 180 nm. The saturation magnetization ( M s) increased monotonically with the increase in temperature, which was attributed to the crystal growth and purity of metallic core. Co3Fe7@graphite nanoparticles exhibited the hysteretic loops of soft ferromagnetic behavior with high M s of 222.85 emu g-1, weak remanent magnetization ( M r) and coercivity ( H c). For Co3Fe7@graphite nanomaterial, a reflection loss exceeding -20 dB was obtained between 2.8 and 10.2 GHz, which almost covering from S-band to X-band. The maximum reflection loss is -26.8 dB at 9 GHz with 1.8 mm thickness. The excellent microwave absorption properties result from the proper electromagnetic match in core-shell nanostructure and the strong natural ferromagnetic resonance.

  16. Nanoparticle Superlattice Engineering with DNA

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    Macfarlane, Robert John

    In this thesis, we describe a set of design rules for using programmable oligonucleotide interactions, elements of both thermodynamic and kinetic control, and an understanding of the dominant forces that are responsible for particle assembly to design and deliberately make a wide variety of nanoparticle-based superlattices. Like the rules for ionic solids developed by Linus Pauling, these rules are guidelines for determining relative nanoparticle superlattice stability, rather than rigorous mathematical descriptions. However, unlike Pauling's rules, the set of rules developed herein allow one to not just predict crystal stability, but also to deliberately and independently control the nanoparticle sizes, interparticle spacings, and crystallographic symmetries of a superlattice. In the first chapter of this thesis, a general background is given for using DNA as a tool in programmable materials synthesis. Chapter 2 demonstrates how altering oligonucleotide length and nanoparticle size can be used to control nanoparticle superlattice lattice parameters with nanometer-scale precision. In the third chapter, the kinetics of crystallization are examined, and a method to selectively stabilize kinetic products is presented. The data in chapter 4 prove that it is the overall hydrodynamic radius of a DNA-functionalized particle, rather than the sizes of the inorganic nanoparticles being assembled, that dictates particle packing behavior. Chapter 5 demonstrates how particles that exhibit non-equivalent packing behavior can be used to control superlattice symmetry, and chapter 6 utilizes these data to develop a phase diagram that predicts lattice stability a priori to synthesis. In chapter 7, the ability to functionalize a particle with multiple types of oligonucleotides is used to synthesize complex lattices, including ternary superlattices that are capable of dynamic symmetry conversion between a binary and a ternary state. The final chapter provides an outlook on other developments in DNA-programmed nanoparticle assembly not covered in this thesis, as well as future challenges for this field. Supplementary information to support the conclusions of the thesis, as well as provide technical details on how these materials are synthesized, are provided in appendices at the end of the thesis. As a whole, this methodology presents a major advance towards nanoparticle superlattice engineering, as it effectively separates the identity of a particle core (and thereby its physical properties) from the variables that control its assembly, enabling the synthesis of designer nanoparticle-based materials.

  17. Optical trapping of nanoparticles.

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    Bergeron, Jarrah; Zehtabi-Oskuie, Ana; Ghaffari, Saeedeh; Pang, Yuanjie; Gordon, Reuven

    2013-01-01

    Optical trapping is a technique for immobilizing and manipulating small objects in a gentle way using light, and it has been widely applied in trapping and manipulating small biological particles. Ashkin and co-workers first demonstrated optical tweezers using a single focused beam. The single beam trap can be described accurately using the perturbative gradient force formulation in the case of small Rayleigh regime particles. In the perturbative regime, the optical power required for trapping a particle scales as the inverse fourth power of the particle size. High optical powers can damage dielectric particles and cause heating. For instance, trapped latex spheres of 109 nm in diameter were destroyed by a 15 mW beam in 25 sec, which has serious implications for biological matter. A self-induced back-action (SIBA) optical trapping was proposed to trap 50 nm polystyrene spheres in the non-perturbative regime. In a non-perturbative regime, even a small particle with little permittivity contrast to the background can influence significantly the ambient electromagnetic field and induce a large optical force. As a particle enters an illuminated aperture, light transmission increases dramatically because of dielectric loading. If the particle attempts to leave the aperture, decreased transmission causes a change in momentum outwards from the hole and, by Newton's Third Law, results in a force on the particle inwards into the hole, trapping the particle. The light transmission can be monitored; hence, the trap can become a sensor. The SIBA trapping technique can be further improved by using a double-nanohole structure. The double-nanohole structure has been shown to give a strong local field enhancement. Between the two sharp tips of the double-nanohole, a small particle can cause a large change in optical transmission, thereby inducing a large optical force. As a result, smaller nanoparticles can be trapped, such as 12 nm silicate spheres and 3.4 nm hydrodynamic radius bovine serum albumin proteins. In this work, the experimental configuration used for nanoparticle trapping is outlined. First, we detail the assembly of the trapping setup which is based on a Thorlabs Optical Tweezer Kit. Next, we explain the nanofabrication procedure of the double-nanohole in a metal film, the fabrication of the microfluidic chamber and the sample preparation. Finally, we detail the data acquisition procedure and provide typical results for trapping 20 nm polystyrene nanospheres. PMID:23354173

  18. Upconverting nanoparticles: assessing the toxicity.

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    Gnach, Anna; Lipinski, Tomasz; Bednarkiewicz, Artur; Rybka, Jacek; Capobianco, John A

    2015-03-21

    Lanthanide doped nanoparticles (Ln:NPs) hold promise as novel luminescent probes for numerous applications in nanobiophotonics. Despite excellent photostability, narrowband photoluminescence, efficient anti-Stokes emission and long luminescence lifetimes, which are needed to meet the requirements of multiplexed and background free detection at prolonged observation times, concern about their toxicity is still an issue for both in vivo and in vitro applications. Similar to other chemicals or pharmaceuticals, the very same properties that are desirable and potentially useful from a biomedical perspective can also give rise to unexpected and hazardous toxicities. In engineered bionanomaterials, the potentially harmful effects may originate not only from their chemical composition but also from their small size. The latter property enables the nanoparticles to bypass the biological barriers, thus allowing deep tissue penetration and the accumulation of the nanoparticles in a number of organs. In addition, nanoparticles are known to possess high surface chemical reactivity as well as a large surface-to-volume ratio, which may seriously affect their biocompatibility. Herein we survey the underlying mechanisms of nanotoxicity and provide an overview on the nanotoxicity of lanthanides and of upconverting nanoparticles. PMID:25176037

  19. Synthesis of gold nanoparticles and silver nanoparticles via green technology

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    Ahmed, Zulfiqaar; Balu, S. S.

    2012-11-01

    The proposed work describes the comparison of various methods of green synthesis for preparation of Gold and Silver nanoparticles. Pure extracts of Lemon (Citrus limon) and Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) were mixed with aqueous solution of auric tetrachloride and silver nitrate. The resultant solutions were treated with four common techniques to assist in the reduction namely photo catalytic, thermal, microwave assisted reduction and solvo - thermal reduction. UV - Visible Spectroscopy results and STM images of the final solutions confirmed the formation of stable metallic nanoparticles. A preliminary account of the green synthesis work is presented here.

  20. Ecotoxicity of Nanoparticles

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    Rana, Sachindri; Kalaichelvan, P. T.

    2013-01-01

    Nanotechnology is a science of producing and utilizing nanosized particles that are measured in nanometers. The unique size-dependent properties make the nanoparticles superior and indispensable as they show unusual physical, chemical, and properties such as conductivity, heat transfer, melting temperature, optical properties, and magnetization. Taking the advantages of these singular properties in order to develop new products is the main purpose of nanotechnology, and that is why it is regarded as “the next industrial revolution.” Although nanotechnology is quite a recent discipline, there have already high number of publications which discuss this topic. However, the safety of nanomaterials is of high priority. Whereas toxicity focuses on human beings and aims at protecting individuals, ecotoxicity looks at various trophic organism levels and intend to protect populations and ecosystems. Ecotoxicity includes natural uptake mechanisms and the influence of environmental factors on bioavailability (and thereby on toxicity). The present paper focuses on the ecotoxic effects and mechanisms of nanomaterials on microorganisms, plants, and other organisms including humans. PMID:23724300

  1. Vaccine delivery using nanoparticles

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    Gregory, Anthony E.; Titball, Richard; Williamson, Diane

    2013-01-01

    Vaccination has had a major impact on the control of infectious diseases. However, there are still many infectious diseases for which the development of an effective vaccine has been elusive. In many cases the failure to devise vaccines is a consequence of the inability of vaccine candidates to evoke appropriate immune responses. This is especially true where cellular immunity is required for protective immunity and this problem is compounded by the move toward devising sub-unit vaccines. Over the past decade nanoscale size (<1000 nm) materials such as virus-like particles, liposomes, ISCOMs, polymeric, and non-degradable nanospheres have received attention as potential delivery vehicles for vaccine antigens which can both stabilize vaccine antigens and act as adjuvants. Importantly, some of these nanoparticles (NPs) are able to enter antigen-presenting cells by different pathways, thereby modulating the immune response to the antigen. This may be critical for the induction of protective Th1-type immune responses to intracellular pathogens. Their properties also make them suitable for the delivery of antigens at mucosal surfaces and for intradermal administration. In this review we compare the utilities of different NP systems for the delivery of sub-unit vaccines and evaluate the potential of these delivery systems for the development of new vaccines against a range of pathogens. PMID:23532930

  2. Hyperbolic polaritons in nanoparticles

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    Sun, Zhiyuan; Rubio, Angel; Guinea, Francisco; Basov, Dimitri; Fogler, Michael

    2015-03-01

    Hyperbolic optical materials (HM) are characterized by permittivity tensor that has both positive and negative principal values. Collective electromagnetic modes (polaritons) of HM have novel properties promising for various applications including subdiffractional imaging and on-chip optical communication. Hyperbolic response is actively investigated in the context of metamaterials, anisotropic polar insulators, and layered superconductors. We study polaritons in spheroidal HM nanoparticles using Hamiltonian optics. The field equations are mapped to classical dynamics of fictitious particles (wave packets) of an indefinite Hamiltonian. This dynamics is quantized using the Einstein-Brillouin-Keller quantization rule. The eigenmodes are classified as either bulk or surface according to whether their transverse momenta are real or imaginary. To model how such hyperbolic polaritons can be probed by near-field experiments, we compute the field distribution induced inside and outside the spheroid by an external point dipole. At certain magic frequencies the field shows striking geometric patterns whose origin is traced to the classical periodic orbits. The theory is applied to natural hyperbolic materials hexagonal boron nitride and superconducting LaSrCuO.

  3. Metal Nanoparticle Aerogel Composites

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    Smith, David D.; Sibille, Laurent; Ignont, Erica; Snow, Lanee; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    We have fabricated sol-gels containing gold and silver nanoparticles. Formation of an aerogel produces a blue shift in the surface plasmon resonance as a result of the decrease in the dielectric constant of the matrix upon supercritical extraction of the solvent. However, as a result of chemical interface damping this blue shift does not obey effective medium theories. Annealing the samples in a reducing atmosphere at 400 C eliminates this discrepancy and results in narrowing and further blue shifting of the plasmon resonance. Metal particle aggregation also results in a deviation from the predictions of effective medium theories, but can be controlled through careful handling and by avoiding the use of alcohol. By applying effective medium theories to the heterogeneous interlayer surrounding each metal particle, we extend the technique of immersion spectroscopy to inhomogeneous materials characterized by spatially dependent dielectric constants, such as aerogels. We demonstrate that the shift in the surface plasmon wavelength provides the average fractional composition of each component (air and silica) in this inhomogeneous layer, i.e. the porosity of the aerogel or equivalently, for these materials, the catalytic dispersion. Additionally, the kinetics suggest that collective particle interactions in coagulated metal clusters are perturbed during silica gelation resulting in a change in the aggregate geometry.

  4. Nonadditivity of nanoparticle interactions.

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    Batista, Carlos A Silvera; Larson, Ronald G; Kotov, Nicholas A

    2015-10-01

    Understanding interactions between inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) is central to comprehension of self-organization processes and a wide spectrum of physical, chemical, and biological phenomena. However, quantitative description of the interparticle forces is complicated by many obstacles that are not present, or not as severe, for microsize particles (?Ps). Here we analyze the sources of these difficulties and chart a course for future research. Such difficulties can be traced to the increased importance of discreteness and fluctuations around NPs (relative to ?Ps) and to multiscale collective effects. Although these problems can be partially overcome by modifying classical theories for colloidal interactions, such an approach fails to manage the nonadditivity of electrostatic, van der Waals, hydrophobic, and other interactions at the nanoscale. Several heuristic rules identified here can be helpful for discriminating between additive and nonadditive nanoscale systems. Further work on NP interactions would benefit from embracing NPs as strongly correlated reconfigurable systems with diverse physical elements and multiscale coupling processes, which will require new experimental and theoretical tools. Meanwhile, the similarity between the size of medium constituents and NPs makes atomic simulations of their interactions increasingly practical. Evolving experimental tools can stimulate improvement of existing force fields. New scientific opportunities for a better understanding of the electronic origin of classical interactions are converging at the scale of NPs. PMID:26450215

  5. Fabrication of transparent ceramics using nanoparticles

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    Cherepy, Nerine J; Tillotson, Thomas M; Kuntz, Joshua D; Payne, Stephen A

    2012-09-18

    A method of fabrication of a transparent ceramic using nanoparticles synthesized via organic acid complexation-combustion includes providing metal salts, dissolving said metal salts to produce an aqueous salt solution, adding an organic chelating agent to produce a complexed-metal sol, heating said complexed-metal sol to produce a gel, drying said gel to produce a powder, combusting said powder to produce nano-particles, calcining said nano-particles to produce oxide nano-particles, forming said oxide nano-particles into a green body, and sintering said green body to produce the transparent ceramic.

  6. Nanoparticle Delivery Enhancement With Acoustically Activated Microbubbles

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    Mullin, Lee B; Phillips, Linsey C; Dayton, Paul A

    2013-01-01

    The application of microbubbles and ultrasound to deliver nanoparticle carriers for drug and gene delivery is an area that has expanded greatly in recent years. Under ultrasound exposure, microbubbles can enhance nanoparticle delivery by increasing cellular and vascular permeability. In this review, the underlying mechanisms of enhanced nanoparticle delivery with ultrasound and microbubbles and various proposed delivery techniques are discussed. Additionally, types of nanoparticles currently being investigated in preclinical studies, as well as the general limitations and benefits of a microbubble-based approach to nanoparticle delivery are reviewed. PMID:23287914

  7. Magnetism in nanoparticles: tuning properties with coatings.

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    Crespo, Patricia; de la Presa, Patricia; Marín, Pilar; Multigner, Marta; Alonso, José María; Rivero, Guillermo; Yndurain, Félix; González-Calbet, José María; Hernando, Antonio

    2013-12-01

    This paper reviews the effect of organic and inorganic coatings on magnetic nanoparticles. The ferromagnetic-like behaviour observed in nanoparticles constituted by materials which are non-magnetic in bulk is analysed for two cases: (a) Pd and Pt nanoparticles, formed by substances close to the onset of ferromagnetism, and (b) Au and ZnO nanoparticles, which were found to be surprisingly magnetic at the nanoscale when coated by organic surfactants. An overview of theories accounting for this unexpected magnetism, induced by the nanosize influence, is presented. In addition, the effect of coating magnetic nanoparticles with biocompatible metals, oxides or organic molecules is also reviewed, focusing on their applications. PMID:24201075

  8. Magnetism in nanoparticles: tuning properties with coatings

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    Crespo, Patricia; de la Presa, Patricia; Marín, Pilar; Multigner, Marta; María Alonso, José; Rivero, Guillermo; Yndurain, Félix; María González-Calbet, José; Hernando, Antonio

    2013-12-01

    This paper reviews the effect of organic and inorganic coatings on magnetic nanoparticles. The ferromagnetic-like behaviour observed in nanoparticles constituted by materials which are non-magnetic in bulk is analysed for two cases: (a) Pd and Pt nanoparticles, formed by substances close to the onset of ferromagnetism, and (b) Au and ZnO nanoparticles, which were found to be surprisingly magnetic at the nanoscale when coated by organic surfactants. An overview of theories accounting for this unexpected magnetism, induced by the nanosize influence, is presented. In addition, the effect of coating magnetic nanoparticles with biocompatible metals, oxides or organic molecules is also reviewed, focusing on their applications.

  9. Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) in nanoparticle synthesis.

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    Koczkur, Kallum M; Mourdikoudis, Stefanos; Polavarapu, Lakshminarayana; Skrabalak, Sara E

    2015-11-01

    Colloidal synthesis offers a route to nanoparticles (NPs) with controlled composition and structural features. This Perspective describes the use of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) to obtain such nanostructures. PVP can serve as a surface stabilizer, growth modifier, nanoparticle dispersant, and reducing agent. As shown with examples, its role depends on the synthetic conditions. This dependence arises from the amphiphilic nature of PVP along with the molecular weight of the selected PVP. These characteristics can affect nanoparticle growth and morphology by providing solubility in diverse solvents, selective surface stabilization, and even access to kinetically controlled growth conditions. This Perspective includes discussions of the properties of PVP-capped NPs for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), assembly, catalysis, and more. The contribution of PVP to these properties as well as its removal is considered. Ultimately, the NPs accessed through the use of PVP in colloidal syntheses are opening new applications, and the concluding guidelines provided herein should enable new nanostructures to be accessed facilely. PMID:26434727

  10. Green chemistry for nanoparticle synthesis.

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    Duan, Haohong; Wang, Dingsheng; Li, Yadong

    2015-08-21

    The application of the twelve principles of green chemistry in nanoparticle synthesis is a relatively new emerging issue concerning the sustainability. This field has received great attention in recent years due to its capability to design alternative, safer, energy efficient, and less toxic routes towards synthesis. These routes have been associated with the rational utilization of various substances in the nanoparticle preparations and synthetic methods, which have been broadly discussed in this tutorial review. This article is not meant to provide an exhaustive overview of green synthesis of nanoparticles, but to present several pivotal aspects of synthesis with environmental concerns, involving the selection and evaluation of nontoxic capping and reducing agents, the choice of innocuous solvents and the development of energy-efficient synthetic methods. PMID:25615873

  11. Optical Properties of Metallic Nanoparticles

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    Vallée, F.

    The bright and changing colours obtained by dispersing metallic compounds in a glass matrix have been known empirically for centuries. Indeed, glasses have been coloured in the bulk by inclusion of metallic powders since ancient times to make jewellery and ornaments (see Chap. 25). Then in the Middle Ages, they were used for stained glass windows and later on for coloured glass artefacts, e.g., ruby red glass objects. However, the role played by nanoparticles in this colouring effect, i.e., the effects of nanoparticles on optical properties, were only first studied scientifically in the nineteenth century, by Michael Faraday [1].

  12. DNA-guided nanoparticle assemblies

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    Gang, Oleg; Nykypanchuk, Dmytro; Maye, Mathew; van der Lelie, Daniel

    2013-07-16

    In some embodiments, DNA-capped nanoparticles are used to define a degree of crystalline order in assemblies thereof. In some embodiments, thermodynamically reversible and stable body-centered cubic (bcc) structures, with particles occupying <.about.10% of the unit cell, are formed. Designs and pathways amenable to the crystallization of particle assemblies are identified. In some embodiments, a plasmonic crystal is provided. In some aspects, a method for controlling the properties of particle assemblages is provided. In some embodiments a catalyst is formed from nanoparticles linked by nucleic acid sequences and forming an open crystal structure with catalytically active agents attached to the crystal on its surface or in interstices.

  13. Nanoparticle-based caspase sensors.

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    Maysinger, Dusica; Hutter, Eliza

    2015-02-01

    Recent advances in nanotechnology have provided new tools for measuring enzymatic activities that are relevant for the assessment of physiological and pathological processes. Caspases, the enzymes intimately linked with cell death and inflammation, are cysteine-dependent aspartate-directed proteases. The measurement of caspase activity requires assays that can provide data with specificity, precision and sensitivity. Several nanoparticle-based assays are now beginning to emerge. This article will first provide a brief discussion of conventional methods of measuring caspase activity and their limitations, followed by an overview of the advantages and limitations of nanoparticle-based strategies for sensing caspase enzymatic activity in vitro and in vivo. PMID:25707980

  14. Mechanical properties of nanoparticles: basics and applications

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    Guo, Dan; Xie, Guoxin; Luo, Jianbin

    2014-01-01

    The special mechanical properties of nanoparticles allow for novel applications in many fields, e.g., surface engineering, tribology and nanomanufacturing/nanofabrication. In this review, the basic physics of the relevant interfacial forces to nanoparticles and the main measuring techniques are briefly introduced first. Then, the theories and important results of the mechanical properties between nanoparticles or the nanoparticles acting on a surface, e.g., hardness, elastic modulus, adhesion and friction, as well as movement laws are surveyed. Afterwards, several of the main applications of nanoparticles as a result of their special mechanical properties, including lubricant additives, nanoparticles in nanomanufacturing and nanoparticle reinforced composite coating, are introduced. A brief summary and the future outlook are also given in the final part.

  15. Optical Characterization of Single Plasmonic Nanoparticles

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    Olson, Jana; Dominguez-Medina, Sergio; Hoggard, Anneli; Wang, Lin-Yung; Chang, Wei-Shun; Link, Stephan

    2015-01-01

    This tutorial review surveys the optical properties of plasmonic nanoparticles studied by various single particle spectroscopy techniques. The surface plasmon resonance of metallic nanoparticles depends sensitively on the nanoparticle geometry and its environment, with even relatively minor deviations causing significant changes in the optical spectrum. Because for chemically prepared nanoparticles a distribution of their size and shape is inherent, ensemble spectra of such samples are inhomogeneously broadened, hiding the properties of the individual nanoparticles. The ability to measure one nanoparticle at a time using single particle spectroscopy can overcome this limitation. This review provides an overview of different steady-state single particle spectroscopy techniques that provide detailed insight into the spectral characteristics of plasmonic nanoparticles. PMID:24979351

  16. Nanotoxicology and nanoparticle safety in biomedical designs

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    Ai, Jafar; Biazar, Esmaeil; Jafarpour, Mostafa; Montazeri, Mohamad; Majdi, Ali; Aminifard, Saba; Zafari, Mandana; Akbari, Hanie R; Rad, Hadi Gh

    2011-01-01

    Nanotechnology has wide applications in many fields, especially in the biological sciences and medicine. Nanomaterials are applied as coating materials or in treatment and diagnosis. Nanoparticles such as titania, zirconia, silver, diamonds, iron oxides, carbon nanotubes, and biodegradable polymers have been studied in diagnosis and treatment. Many of these nanoparticles may have toxic effects on cells. Many factors such as size, inherent properties, and surface chemistry may cause nanoparticle toxicity. There are methods for improving the performance and reducing toxicity of nanoparticles in medical design, such as biocompatible coating materials or biodegradable/biocompatible nanoparticles. Most metal oxide nanoparticles show toxic effects, but no toxic effects have been observed with biocompatible coatings. Biodegradable nanoparticles are also used in the efficient design of medical materials, which will be reviewed in this article. PMID:21698080

  17. Size-controlled synthesis of nickel nanoparticles

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    Hou, Y.; Kondoh, H.; Ohta, T.; Gao, S.

    2005-02-01

    A facile reduction approach with nickel acetylacetonate, Ni(acac) 2, and sodium borohydride or superhydride leads to monodisperse nickel nanoparticles in the presence of hexadecylamine (HDA) and trioctylphosphine oxide (TOPO). The combination of HDA and TOPO used in the conventional synthesis of semiconductor nanocrystals also provides better control over particle growth in the metal nanoparticle synthesis. The size of Ni nanoparticles can be readily tuned from 3 to 11 nm, depending on the ratio of HDA to TOPO in the reaction system. As-synthesized Ni nanoparticles have a cubic structure as characterized by power X-ray diffraction (XRD), selected-area electron diffraction (SAED). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images show that Ni nanoparticles have narrow size distribution. SQUID magnetometry was also used in the characterization of Ni nanoparticles. The synthetic procedure can be extended to the preparation of high quality metal or alloy nanoparticles.

  18. Hybrid nanocomposites containing carboxymethylcellulose and silver nanoparticles.

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    de Moura, Márcia R; Aouada, Fauze A; Mattoso, Luiz H C; Zucolotto, Valtencir

    2013-03-01

    Silver nanoparticles have high temperature stability and low volatility, and at the nanoscale are known to be an effective antifungal and antimicrobial agent. The present investigation involves the synthesis of silver nanoparticle/carboxymethylcellulose nanocomposites. The nanoparticles synthesised in this study had sizes in the range of 100 and 40 nm. The nanocomposites formed by a combination of metallic nanoparticles and carboxymethylcellulose were characterised by contact angle measurements, solubility tests, thermal and mechanical analyses, and morphological images. Improvements in the hydrophobic properties were observed with inclusion of the nanoparticles in the nanocomposites, with the best results occurring after the addition of 40 nm nanoparticles in a carboxymethylcellulose matrix. The silver nanoparticles tend to occupy the empty spaces in the pores of the carboxymethylcellulose matrix, inducing the collapse of these pores and thereby improving the tensile and barrier properties of the film. PMID:23755626

  19. Adjustable magnetoelectric effect of self-assembled vertical multiferroic nanocomposite films by the in-plane misfit strain and ferromagnetic volume fraction

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    Wu, Huaping; Chai, Guozhong; Zhou, Ting; Zhang, Zheng; Kitamura, Takayuki; Zhou, Haomiao

    2014-03-01

    The strain-mediated magnetoelectric (ME) property of self-assembled vertical multiferroic nanocomposite films epitaxially grown on cubic substrates was calculated by a nonlinear thermodynamic theory combined with the elastic theory. The dependent relations of phase state of ferroelectric films with the in-plane misfit strain, out-of-plane misfit strain, temperature, and volume fraction of ferromagnetic phase were confirmed. The effects of in-plane misfit strain and ferromagnetic volume fraction on the polarization and dielectric constant of ferroelectric films at room temperature were elaborately analyzed for the vertical BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 and PbTiO3-CoFe2O4 nanocomposite films. Our calculated results confirmed the relationship among ME effect and in-plane misfit strain and ferromagnetic volume fraction in the nanocomposite films. The ME voltage coefficients of vertical BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 and PbTiO3-CoFe2O4 nanocomposite films displayed various maximums and abrupt points at special phases and phase transition boundaries. The ME voltage coefficients of lead-free BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 nanocomposite films epitaxially grown on different substrates could reach a comparative value of ˜2 V.cm-1.Oe-1 under the controllable in-plane misfit strain induced by substrate clamping. Our results provided an available method for the optimal design of vertical multiferroic nanocomposites with adjustable ME effect by optimizing the ferromagnetic volume fraction and substrate type.

  20. Structural characterization of multimetallic nanoparticles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mukundan, Vineetha

    Bimetallic and trimetallic alloy nanoparticles have enhanced catalytic activities due to their unique structural properties. Using in situ time-resolved synchrotron based x-ray diffraction, we investigated the structural properties of nanoscale catalysts undergoing various heat treatments. Thermal treatment brings about changes in particle size, morphology, dispersion of metals on support, alloying, surface electronic properties, etc. First, the mechanisms of coalescence and grain growth in PtNiCo nanoparticles supported on planar silica on silicon were examined in detail in the temperature range 400-900°C. The sintering process in PtNiCo nanoparticles was found to be accompanied by lattice contraction and L10 chemical ordering. The mass transport involved in sintering is attributed to grain boundary diffusion and its corresponding activation energy is estimated from the data analysis. Nanoscale alloying and phase transformations in physical mixtures of Pd and Cu ultrafine nanoparticles were also investigated in real time with in situ synchrotron based x-ray diffraction complemented by ex situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. PdCu nanoparticles are interesting because they are found to be more efficient as catalysts in ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) than monometallic Pd catalysts. The combination of metal support interaction and reactive/non-reactive environment was found to determine the thermal evolution and ultimate structure of this binary system. The composition of the as prepared Pd:Cu mixture in this study was 34% Pd and 66% Cu. At 300°C, the nanoparticles supported on silica and carbon black intermix to form a chemically ordered CsCl-type (B2) alloy phase. The B2 phase transforms into a disordered fcc alloy at higher temperature (>450°C). The alloy nanoparticles supported on silica and carbon black are homogeneous in volume, but evidence was found of Pd surface enrichment. In sharp contrast, when supported on alumina, the two metals segregated at 300°C to produce almost pure fcc Cu and Pd phases. Upon further annealing of the mixture on alumina above 600°C, the two metals interdiffused, forming two distinct disordered alloys of compositions 30% and 90% Pd. The annealing atmosphere also plays a major role in the structural evolution of these bimetallic nanoparticles. The nanoparticles annealed in forming gas are larger than the nanoparticles annealed in helium due to reduction of the surface oxides that promotes coalescence and sintering. The nanoscale composition and structure of alloy catalysts affect heterogeneous catalysis. We also studied Pd:Cu nanoparticle mixtures of different compositions. In Pd:Cu of composition ratio 1:1, ordered B2 phase is formed during annealing at 450C. During the ramped annealing from 450°C to 750°C, the B2 phase transforms into two different alloys, one alloy rich in copper and the other rich in Pd. This structural evolution is different from that of Pd-Cu system in bulk. In the 3:1 composition, the B2 phase dominates in the isothermal anneal at 450C but a disordered alloy fcc phase is also formed. On annealing to 750°C, the disordered fcc phase grows at the expense of the B2 phase. These findings have important applications for the thermal activation of Pd-Cu nanocatalysts for EOR reactions.