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  1. Osteoporosis Prevention by Adlay ( Yì Yǐ: The Seeds of Coix Lachryma-Jobi L. var. ma-yuen Stapf) in a Mouse Model.

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    Yang, Rong-Sen; Lu, Yi-Hsiang; Chiang, Wenchang; Liu, Shing-Hwa

    2013-04-01

    Osteoporosis is characterized by reduced bone mass and quality due to an imbalanced bone remodeling. A grass crop, adlay (Coix lachryma-jobi), is a kind of nourishing food, which has also been used in traditional Chinese medicine. In this study, we investigated the effect of adlay (C. lachryma-jobi L. var. ma-yuen Stapf) on osteoporosis using an ovariectomized mouse model. The adlay diet (10% and 30% adlay in mouse diet) or water extract of adlay (0.3 g/kg/day) was given to ovariectomized mice for 4 weeks. In some experiments, the primary rat osteoblast cells were used to test the possible mechanism of adlay on osteoporosis. The body weight was slightly increased and uterus weight was markedly decreased in ovariectomized mice, which were not affected by adlay treatment. Adlay diet (30%) and adlay extract feedings significantly reversed the decreased bone alkaline phosphatase activity and calcium contents and bone mineral density in ovariectomized mice. Moreover, adlay extracts increased the osteoblast cell proliferation in a dose-dependent manner. Adlay extracts also increased the protein expressions of proliferating cell nuclear antigen and phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) 1/2 in osteoblast cells. ERK inhibitor PD98059 significantly reversed the increased osteoblast cell proliferation by adlay extracts. Taken together, these findings indicate that adlay effectively alleviates the osteoporotic status in ovariectomized mice. Adlay is capable of increasing the proliferation of osteoblast cells via an ERK-regulated signaling pathway. Adlay may be a helpful healthy food for osteoporosis prevention.

  2. Postharvest strategies for deoxynivalenol and zearalenone reduction in stored adlay (Coix lachryma-jobi L.) grains.

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    Choi, Hye Jin; An, Tae-Jin; Kim, Juil; Park, Seong-Hwan; Kim, Dongwook; Ahn, Young-Sup; Moon, Yuseok

    2014-03-01

    Improperly practiced postharvest procedures can pose mycotoxin-related risks in the production of medicinal herbs. As a health food with pharmacological supplements, cereal-based adlay has been broadly used in oriental medical practice. Compared with the standard production protocol, three provisional critical control points (CCPs) in the conventional procedure were identified and assessed for mycotoxin contamination in the adlay from small farms in Korea. Although various mycotoxins were present, the prevalence of deoxynivalenol (DON) or zearalenone (ZEN) was relatively high in the adlay. In terms of drying conditions, field drying in the conventional pathway was associated with more exposure to DON than heated-air drying. Moreover, the DON or ZEN levels in chaff were higher than the levels in the inner grain, suggesting that the hulling process as another CCP would reduce the DON or ZEN exposure. In particular, the DON or ZEN levels in adlay stored for protracted periods without dehulling were very high, but a lower storage temperature of 12°C was not effective at significantly reducing these mycotoxins. In this case, the inner grain was more contaminated with DON or ZEN than the chaff after protracted storage because surface fungi, which produce mycotoxins, can penetrate deep into grain with time. Heated-air drying and nonprotracted storage limited DON contamination in adlay. More importantly, an early dehulling process should be adopted as an easy preventive action to reduce the risk of exposure to DON or ZEN in adlay postharvest. This is monitored as a central CCP for safer production of adlay from local farms. PMID:24674439

  3. Biological activities of fructooligosaccharide (FOS)-containing Coix lachryma-jobi Linn. extract.

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    Manosroi, Jiradej; Khositsuntiwong, Narinthorn; Manosroi, Aranya

    2014-02-01

    Fructooligosaccharide (FOS), a prebiotic was extracted from the grain of Coix lachryma-jobi Linn. (Job's tears) by hot water extraction at 60 °C for 1 h. The resulting dried powder extract was assayed for FOS content of 1-kestose (GF2), nystose (GF3) and 1-β-D-fructofuranosylnystose (GF4) using HPLC equipped with RI detector. Total FOS content of the extract was 24.98 ± 7.48% (g/100 g crude extract). The biological activity including antioxidant and cytotoxicity of the FOS-containing extract was determined. The antioxidant activity by DPPH free radical scavenging of FOS-containing extract was comparable to vitamin C (0.97 fold of vitamin C) with a slight lipid peroxidation inhibition activity. The extract exhibited no cytotoxic effect on normal human skin fibroblast. These results have confirmed not only the source of FOS from Job's tears extract but also its potential application as antioxidant in food or cosmetic products. PMID:24493893

  4. In vitro anti-cancer activities of Job's tears (Coix lachryma-jobi Linn.) extracts on human colon adenocarcinoma.

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    Manosroi, Aranya; Sainakham, Mathukorn; Chankhampan, Charinya; Manosroi, Worapaka; Manosroi, Jiradej

    2016-03-01

    The whole seed (W), endosperm (E) and hull (H) of five cultivars of Job's tears (Coix lachryma-jobi Linn. var. ma-yuen Stapf) including Thai Black Phayao, Thai Black Loei, Laos Black Loei, Laos White Loei and Laos Black Luang Phra Bang were processed before solvent extraction by non-cooking, roasting, boiling and steaming Each part of the Job's tears was extracted by the cold and hot process by refluxing with methanol and hexane. The total of 330 extracts included 150 methanol extracts and 180 hexane extracts were investigated for anti-proliferative activity on human colon adenocarcinoma cell line (HT-29) by the sulforhodamine B (SRB) assay. The extracts which gave high anti-proliferative activity were tested for apoptotic activity by acridine orange and ethidium bromide double staining and anti-oxidative activities including free radical scavenging and lipid peroxidation inhibition activities. The extract from the hull of Thai Black Loei roasted before extracting by hot methanol (M-HTBL-R2) showed the highest anti-proliferative activity on HT-29 with the IC50 values of 11.61 ± 0.95 μg/ml, while the extract from the non-cooked hull of Thai Black Loei by cold methanol extraction (M-HTBL-N1) gave the highest apoptosis (8.17 ± 1.18%) with no necrosis. In addition, M-HTBL-R2 and M-HTBL-N1 indicated free radical scavenging activity at the SC50 values of 0.48 ± 0.12 and 2.47 ± 1.15 mg/ml, respectively. This study has demonstrated the anti-colorectal cancer potential of the M-HTBL-R2 and M-HTBL-N1 extracts. PMID:26981007

  5. A polysaccharide fraction of adlay seed (Coixlachryma-jobi L.) induces apoptosis in human non-small cell lung cancer A549 cells

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    Lu, Xiangyi; Liu, Wei; Wu, Junhua; Li, Mengxian; Wang, Juncheng; Wu, Jihui; Luo, Cheng

    2013-01-11

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A polysaccharide from adlay seed, its molecular mass, optical rotation and sugars was determined. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We demonstrated that a polysaccharide from adlay can induce apoptosis in cancer cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The polysaccharide inhibited the metabolism and proliferation of NSCLC A549 cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The polysaccharide may trigger apoptosis via the mitochondria-dependent pathway. -- Abstract: Different seed extracts from Coix lachryma-jobi (adlay seed) have been used for the treatment of various cancers in China, and clinical data support the use of these extracts for cancer therapy; however, their underlying molecular mechanisms have not been well defined. A polysaccharide fraction, designated as CP-1, was extracted from the C.lachryma-jobi L. var. using the ethanol subsiding method. CP-1 induced apoptosis in A549 cells in a dose-dependent manner, as determined by MTT assay. Apoptotic bodies were observed in the cells by scanning electronic microscopy. Apoptosis and DNA accumulation during S-phase of the cell cycle were determined by annexin V-FITC and PI staining, respectively, and measured by flow cytometry. CP-1 also extended the comet tail length on single cell gel electrophoresis, and disrupted the mitochondrial membrane potential. Further analysis by western blotting showed that the expression of caspase-3 and caspase-9 proteins was increased. Taken together, our results demonstrate that CP-1 is capable of inhibiting A549 cell proliferation and inducing apoptosis via a mechanism primarily involving the activation of the intrinsic mitochondrial pathway. The assay data suggest that in addition to its nutritional properties, CP-1 is a very promising candidate polysaccharide for the development of anti-cancer medicines.

  6. Modulation of gut microbiota by polyphenols from adlay (Coix lacryma-jobi L. var. ma-yuen Stapf.) in rats fed a high-cholesterol diet.

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    Wang, Qingyu; Du, Zhongyao; Zhang, Hao; Zhao, Liang; Sun, Jing; Zheng, Xiaonan; Ren, Fazheng

    2015-01-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the beneficial effects of polyphenol extract of adlay (Coix lacryma-jobi L. var. ma-yuen Stapf.) (PEA) on gut microbiota in rats fed a high-cholesterol diet (HCD). Rats were fed HCD containing 1% cholesterol (w/w), with or without a daily intragastric supplement of 200 mg/kg body weight PEA. Results showed that PEA significantly ameliorated increases in serum cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol values and significantly restored high-density lipoprotein cholesterol values. The HCD-induced imbalance of gut microflora was modulated by the consumption of PEA. Most bacterial strains influenced by PEA are related to host lipid metabolism. The abundances of one Erysipelotrichales strains and two Clostridia strains were lower in the PEA group than in the control. Phenolic compounds in PEA were identified by HPLC. The findings indicate that PEA may be a useful dietary supplement in the treatment of elevated cholesterol levels and the imbalanced gut microbial ecology.

  7. Assessment of the Genetic Diversity of Different Job's Tears (Coix lacryma-jobi L.) Accessions and the Active Composition and Anticancer Effect of Its Seed Oil

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    Xi, Xiu-Jie; Zhu, Yun-Guo; Tong, Ying-Peng; Yang, Xiao-Ling; Tang, Nan-Nan; Ma, Shu-Min; Li, Shan; Cheng, Zhou

    2016-01-01

    Job’s tears (Coix lachryma-jobi L.) is an important crop used as food and herbal medicine in Asian countries. A drug made of Job’s tears seed oil has been clinically applied to treat multiple cancers. In this study, the genetic diversity of Job’s tears accessions and the fatty acid composition, triglyceride composition, and anti-proliferative effect of Job’s tears seed oil were analyzed using morphological characteristics and ISSR markers, GC-MS, HPLC-ELSD, and the MTT method. ISSR analysis demonstrated low genetic diversity of Job’s tears at the species level (h = 0.21, I = 0.33) and the accession level (h = 0.07, I = 0.10), and strong genetic differentiation (GST = 0.6702) among all accessions. It also clustered the 11 accessions into three cultivated clades corresponding with geographical locations and two evidently divergent wild clades. The grouping patterns based on morphological characteristics and chemical profiles were in accordance with those clustered by ISSR analysis. Significant differences in morphological characteristics, fatty acid composition, triglyceride composition, and inhibition rates of seed oil were detected among different accessions, which showed a highly significant positive correlation with genetic variation. These results suggest that the seed morphological characteristics, fatty acid composition, and triglyceride composition may be mainly attributed to genetic factors. The proportion of palmitic acid and linoleic acid to oleic acid displayed a highly significant positive correlation with the inhibition rates of Job’s tears seed oil for T24 cells, and thus can be an important indicator for quality control for Job’s tears. PMID:27070310

  8. Triterpene-loaded microemulsion using Coix lacryma-jobi seed extract as oil phase for enhanced antitumor efficacy: preparation and in vivo evaluation

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    Qu, Ding; He, Junjie; Liu, Congyan; Zhou, Jing; Chen, Yan

    2014-01-01

    Ganoderma lucidum triterpene-loaded microemulsions (TMEs) using Coix lacryma-jobi (adlay) seed oil as oil phase were prepared, characterized, and evaluated for enhanced antitumor activity. Ternary phase diagrams for the TMEs were constructed and the optimal preparation was developed. Transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering showed that this formulation had a well defined spherical shape, a homogeneous distribution, a small size, and a narrow polydispersity index. The drug-loading rate was determined to be 9.87% by ultraviolet spectrophotometry, and acceptable stability under various stimulations in vitro was confirmed. Importantly, the TME formulation showed a significantly greater antiproliferative effect towards human lung carcinoma (A549) cells and murine lung tumor (Lewis) cells in comparison with suspension formulations containing triterpene and adlay seed oil as a positive control. The half-maximal inhibitory concentration of the TMEs was about 0.62 mg crude drug per mL, being 2.5-fold improved relative to that of the corresponding suspension formulation, but no significant cytotoxicity was observed for the bare microemulsion in A549 cells and Lewis cells. In vivo, the TME formulation showed markedly enhanced antitumor efficacy in a xenograft model of Lewis lung cancer after intragastric administration. Compared with cyclophosphamide, the TME formulation showed similar antitumor activity but less general toxicity. These results indicate the feasibility of using a microemulsion to increase the solubility of triterpene and adlay. TMEs hold promise as an efficient drug delivery system for the treatment of lung cancer. PMID:24379669

  9. Triterpene-loaded microemulsion using Coix lacryma-jobi seed extract as oil phase for enhanced antitumor efficacy: preparation and in vivo evaluation.

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    Qu, Ding; He, Junjie; Liu, Congyan; Zhou, Jing; Chen, Yan

    2014-01-01

    Ganoderma lucidum triterpene-loaded microemulsions (TMEs) using Coix lacryma-jobi (adlay) seed oil as oil phase were prepared, characterized, and evaluated for enhanced antitumor activity. Ternary phase diagrams for the TMEs were constructed and the optimal preparation was developed. Transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering showed that this formulation had a well defined spherical shape, a homogeneous distribution, a small size, and a narrow polydispersity index. The drug-loading rate was determined to be 9.87% by ultraviolet spectrophotometry, and acceptable stability under various stimulations in vitro was confirmed. Importantly, the TME formulation showed a significantly greater antiproliferative effect towards human lung carcinoma (A549) cells and murine lung tumor (Lewis) cells in comparison with suspension formulations containing triterpene and adlay seed oil as a positive control. The half-maximal inhibitory concentration of the TMEs was about 0.62 mg crude drug per mL, being 2.5-fold improved relative to that of the corresponding suspension formulation, but no significant cytotoxicity was observed for the bare microemulsion in A549 cells and Lewis cells. In vivo, the TME formulation showed markedly enhanced antitumor efficacy in a xenograft model of Lewis lung cancer after intragastric administration. Compared with cyclophosphamide, the TME formulation showed similar antitumor activity but less general toxicity. These results indicate the feasibility of using a microemulsion to increase the solubility of triterpene and adlay. TMEs hold promise as an efficient drug delivery system for the treatment of lung cancer. PMID:24379669

  10. Molecular Conduction through Adlayers: Cooperative Effects can Help or Hamper Electron Transport

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    Reuter, Matthew G; Seideman, Tamar; Ratner, Mark A.

    2011-01-01

    We use a one-electron, tight-binding model of a molecular adlayer sandwiched between two metal electrodes to explore how cooperative effects between molecular wires influence electron transport through the adlayer. When compared to an isolated molecular wire, an adlayer exhibits cooperative effects that generally enhance conduction away from an isolated wire s resonance and diminish conductance near such a resonance. We also find that the interwire distance (related to the adlayer density) is a key quantity. Substrate-mediated coupling induces most of the cooperative effects in dense adlayers, whereas direct, interwire coupling (if present) dominates in sparser adlayers. In this manner, cooperative effects through dense adlayers cannot be removed, suggesting an optimal adlayer density for maximizing conduction.

  11. Adenine adlayers on Cu(111): XPS and NEXAFS study

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    Tsud, Nataliya; Bercha, Sofiia; Ševčíková, Klára; Matolín, Vladimír; Acres, Robert G.; Prince, Kevin C.

    2015-11-07

    The adsorption of adenine on Cu(111) was studied by photoelectron and near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. Disordered molecular films were deposited by means of physical vapor deposition on the substrate at room temperature. Adenine chemisorbs on the Cu(111) surface with strong rehybridization of the molecular orbitals and the Cu 3d states. Annealing at 150 °C caused the desorption of weakly bonded molecules accompanied by formation of a short-range ordered molecular adlayer. The interface is characterized by the formation of new states in the valence band at 1.5, 7, and 9 eV. The present work complements and refines existing knowledge of adenine interaction with this surface. The coverage is not the main parameter that defines the adenine geometry and adsorption properties on Cu(111). Excess thermal energy can further rearrange the molecular adlayer and, independent of the initial coverage, the flat lying stable molecular adlayer is formed.

  12. Platinum adlayered ruthenium nanoparticles, method for preparing, and uses thereof

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    Tong, YuYe; Du, Bingchen

    2015-08-11

    A superior, industrially scalable one-pot ethylene glycol-based wet chemistry method to prepare platinum-adlayered ruthenium nanoparticles has been developed that offers an exquisite control of the platinum packing density of the adlayers and effectively prevents sintering of the nanoparticles during the deposition process. The wet chemistry based method for the controlled deposition of submonolayer platinum is advantageous in terms of processing and maximizing the use of platinum and can, in principle, be scaled up straightforwardly to an industrial level. The reactivity of the Pt(31)-Ru sample was about 150% higher than that of the industrial benchmark PtRu (1:1) alloy sample but with 3.5 times less platinum loading. Using the Pt(31)-Ru nanoparticles would lower the electrode material cost compared to using the industrial benchmark alloy nanoparticles for direct methanol fuel cell applications.

  13. Bitargeted microemulsions based on coix seed ingredients for enhanced hepatic tumor delivery and synergistic therapy.

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    Qu, Ding; Sun, Wenjie; Liu, Mingjian; Liu, Yuping; Zhou, Jing; Chen, Yan

    2016-04-30

    A hepatic tumor bitargeted microemulsions drug delivery system using coix seed oil and coix seed polysaccharide (CP) acting as anticancer components, as well as functional excipients, was developed for enhanced tumor-specific accumulation by CP-mediated enhancement on passive tumor targeting and modification of galactose stearate (tumor-targeted ligand). In the physicochemical characteristics studies, galactose stearate-modified coix seed multicomponent microemulsions containing 30% CP (w%) (Gal-C-MEs) had a well-defined spherical shape with a small size (47.63 ± 1.41 nm), a narrow polydispersity index (PDI, 0.101 ± 0.002), and a nearly neutral surface charge (-4.37 ± 1.76 mV). The half-maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) of Gal-C-MEs against HepG2 cells was 70.2 μg/mL, which decreased by 1.8-fold in comparison with that of coix seed multicomponent microemulsions (C-MEs). The fluorescence intensity of fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-loaded Gal-C-MEs (FITC-Gal-C-MEs) internalized by HepG2 cells was 1.8-fold higher than that of FITC-loaded C-MEs (FIT C-C-MEs), but the cellular uptake of the latter became reduce by 1.6-fold when the weight ratio of CP decreased up to 10%. In the cell apoptosis studies, C-MEs (containing 30% CP) did not show a significant difference with Gal-C-MEs, but exhibited 3.3-fold and 1.5-fold increase relative to C-MEs containing 10% CP and 20% CP, respectively. In the in vivo tumor targeting studies, Cy5-loaded Gal-C-MEs (Cy5-Gal-C-MEs), notably distributed in the tumor sites and still found even at 48 h post-administration, displayed the strongest capability of tumor tissue accumulation and retention among all the test groups. Most importantly, Gal-C-MEs had stronger inhibition of tumor growth, prolonged survival time and more effectively tumor cell apoptosis induction in comparison with C-MEs containing different amounts of CP, which further confirmed that a certain amount of CP and tumor-targeted ligand were of great importance to

  14. Dissolved organic matter adsorption to model surfaces: adlayer formation, properties, and dynamics at the nanoscale.

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    Armanious, Antonius; Aeppli, Meret; Sander, Michael

    2014-08-19

    Adlayers of dissolved organic matter (DOM) form on many surfaces in natural and engineered systems and affect a number of important processes in these systems. Yet, the nanoscalar properties and dynamics of DOM adlayers remain poorly investigated. This work provides a systematic analysis of the properties and dynamics of adlayers formed from a diverse set of eight humic and fulvic acids, used as DOM models, on surfaces of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of different alkylthiols covalently bound to gold supports. DOM adsorption to positively charged amine-terminated SAMs resulted in the formation of water-rich adlayers with nanometer thicknesses that were relatively rigid, irreversibly adsorbed, and collapsed upon air drying, as demonstrated by combined quartz crystal microbalance and ellipsometry measurements. DOM adlayer thicknesses varied only slightly with solution pH from 5 to 8 but increased markedly with increasing ionic strength. Contact angle measurements revealed that the DOM adlayers were relatively polar, likely due to the high water contents of the adlayers. Comparing DOM adsorption to SAM-coated sensors that systematically differed in surface charge and polarity characteristics showed that electrostatics dominated DOM-surface interactions. Laccase adsorption to DOM adlayers on amine-terminated SAMs served to demonstrate the applicability of the presented experimental approach to study the interactions of (bio)macromolecules and (nano)particles with DOM.

  15. Investigations of the Host Range of the Corn Cyst Nematode, Heterodera zeae, from Maryland

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    Ringer, Chloe E.; Sardanelli, Sandra; Krusberg, Lorin R.

    1987-01-01

    The host range of the corn cyst nematode, Heterodera zeae, recently detected in Maryland, was investigated. A total of 269 plant entries, representing 68 families, 172 genera, and 204 species, was inoculated with cysts or a mixture of eggs and second-stage juveniles of H. zeae. The host range of the Maryland population of H. zeae was limited to plants of the Gramineae and included 11 tribes, 33 genera, 42 species, and 77 entries. All 22 corn (Zea mays) cultivars tested were hosts. Other economic hosts included certain cultivars of barley (Hordeum vulgare), oat (Arena sativa), rice (Oryza sativa), sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), sugar cane (Saccharum interspecific hybrid), and wheat (Triticum aestivum). Fall panicum (Panicum dichotomiflorum), a weed species common to cultivated fields in Maryland, was also a host for H. zeae. Other hosts included meadow foxtail (Alopecurus pratensis), Calamagrostis eipgeios, Job's tears (Coix Lachryma-Jobi), green sprangletop (Leptochloa dubia), witchgrass (Panicum capillare), broomcorn (Panicum miliaceum), fountain grass (Pennisetum rueppeli), reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea), common reed (Phragmites australis), eastern gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides), corn (Zea mays), and teosinte (Zea mexicana). PMID:19290286

  16. Mixed adlayer of alkanethiol and peptide on GaAs(100): quantitative characterization by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Wampler, Heeyeon P; Zemlyanov, Dmitry Y; Lee, Kangho; Janes, David B; Ivanisevic, Albena

    2008-04-01

    Homogeneous and mixed adlayers composed of an alkanethiol (1-octadecanethiol, ODT) and a peptide (CGISYGRKKRRQRRR) on GaAs(100) were formed in two different solvent systems: phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) and N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF). The chemical composition of each adlayer was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The data showed that the makeup of the adlayer and its stability largely depends on the solvent used. Angle-resolved XPS also revealed that the adlayer thickness and tilt angles were different from values obtained from ellipsometry measurements and vastly varied between the two solvents used. The coverage data extracted from the XPS measurements indicated that homogeneous adlayers of peptide in PBS buffer form a multilayered film. Homogeneous alkanethiol adlayers exhibited monolayer coverage under all solvent treatments. Coadsorbed layers containing both alkanethiol and peptide have fractional monolayer coverage in both solvents. PMID:18275237

  17. Structural relaxation of adlayers in the presence of adsorbate-induced reconstruction: C60/Cu(111)

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    Pai, Woei Wu; Hsu, Ching-Ling; Lin, M. C.; Lin, K. C.; Tang, T. B.

    2004-03-01

    We revisit submonolayer growth of C60 on Cu(111) by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), with emphasis on the formation of higher-order commensurate metastable states. These phases show concomitant interfacial reconstruction, adlayer buckling, and adlayer rotation in order to match as closely as possible the 10.0 Å C60 nearest neighbor (NN) distance. Most interestingly, a clear correlation between the adlayer rotation angle and molecular contrast patterns is demonstrated. This is caused by the C60-induced reconstruction at preferred binding sites and adlayer buckling in adjustment to strain. Four contrast patterns, i.e., “disordered maze,” “linear-wall maze,” “p(√(7)×√(7)),” and “p(2×2),” with increasing C60 NN distances are categorized. In the most compressed phase, buckling is favored and it is analogous to the ground state of a strongly-coupled antiferromagnetic system on a triangular lattice with alike adlayer buckling and interfacial corrugation. In contrast, the molecular orderings in the other structures are mostly dictated by lateral displacements of C60 toward preferred reconstructive binding sites. These metastable phases thus illustrate structural relaxation of a molecular layer on an adsorbate-induced reconstructed substrate in different adsorbate-adsorbate and adsorbate-substrate interaction limits.

  18. Structural relaxation of an adlayer in presence of adsorbate-induced reconstruction: C_60/Cu(111)

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    Pai, Woei Wu; Hsu, C. L.; Lin, M. C.; Lin, K. C.

    2004-03-01

    We revisit submonolayer growth of C_60 on Cu(111) by STM, with emphasis on the formation of higher-order commensurate metastable states. These phases show concomitant interfacial reconstruction, adlayer buckling, and adlayer rotation to match to the 10.0 ÅC_60 nearest neighbor (NN) distance. Most interestingly, a clear correlation between the adlayer rotation angle and molecular contrast patterns is demonstrated. This is caused by the C_60-induced reconstruction at preferred binding sites and adlayer buckling in adjustment to strain. Four contrast patterns, i.e., ''disordered-maze'', ''linear-wall-maze'', ''p(√7 × √7)'', and ''p (2 × 2)'', with increasing C_60 NN distances are categorized. In the most compressed phase, buckling is favored and it is analogous to the ground state of an antiferromagnetic system on a triangular lattice with alike adlayer buckling and interfacial corrugation. In contrast, the molecular orderings in the other structures are mostly dictated by lateral displacements of C_60 toward preferred reconstructive binding sites. These phases thus illustrate structural relaxation of a molecular layer on an adsobate-induced reconstructed substrate in different adsorbate-adsorbate and adsorbate-substrate interaction limits.

  19. Removal of copper ions from aqueous solution by adlai shell (Coix lacryma-jobi L.) adsorbents.

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    de Luna, Mark Daniel G; Flores, Edgar D; Cenia, Marie Chela B; Lu, Ming-Chun

    2015-09-01

    Adlai shell (Coix lacryma-jobi L.) adsorbents (ASA) were used to remove copper ions from aqueous solutions under batch conditions. The effect of physical and chemical modification of ASA on Cu(II) removal was evaluated. Results showed that the high coefficients of determination for the pseudo-second order (R(2) > 0.9999) and for the intraparticle diffusion (R(2) > 0.9843) equations indicate that the rate-determining step is a combination of pore diffusion and chemisorption at low Cu(II) concentration and boundary layer, pore diffusion and chemisorption at high Cu(II) concentration. At 298K and 100 mg L(-1) Cu(II), the computed qe and k2 values were 17.2 mg g(-1) and 0.012 g mg(-1) min(-1), respectively. The Freundlich model (R(2) > 0.9636) adequately describes the experimental data indicating heterogeneous adsorption. Overall, the results of the study demonstrate the potential of adlai shell adsorbents for the removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions. PMID:26081160

  20. Removal of copper ions from aqueous solution by adlai shell (Coix lacryma-jobi L.) adsorbents.

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    de Luna, Mark Daniel G; Flores, Edgar D; Cenia, Marie Chela B; Lu, Ming-Chun

    2015-09-01

    Adlai shell (Coix lacryma-jobi L.) adsorbents (ASA) were used to remove copper ions from aqueous solutions under batch conditions. The effect of physical and chemical modification of ASA on Cu(II) removal was evaluated. Results showed that the high coefficients of determination for the pseudo-second order (R(2) > 0.9999) and for the intraparticle diffusion (R(2) > 0.9843) equations indicate that the rate-determining step is a combination of pore diffusion and chemisorption at low Cu(II) concentration and boundary layer, pore diffusion and chemisorption at high Cu(II) concentration. At 298K and 100 mg L(-1) Cu(II), the computed qe and k2 values were 17.2 mg g(-1) and 0.012 g mg(-1) min(-1), respectively. The Freundlich model (R(2) > 0.9636) adequately describes the experimental data indicating heterogeneous adsorption. Overall, the results of the study demonstrate the potential of adlai shell adsorbents for the removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions.

  1. In vitro and in vivo studies on adlay-derived seed extracts: phenolic profiles, antioxidant activities, serum uric acid suppression, and xanthine oxidase inhibitory effects.

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    Zhao, Mouming; Zhu, Dashuai; Sun-Waterhouse, Dongxiao; Su, Guowan; Lin, Lianzhu; Wang, Xiao; Dong, Yi

    2014-08-01

    This study aimed to explore the potential of polished adlay, brown adlay, adlay bran, and adlay hull to prevent and treat hyperuricemia. Brown adlay extract effectively decreased the serum uric acid levels of oxonate-induced hyperuricemic rats. Free and bound phenolic extracts from these materials contained significant amounts of phenolics, with free phenolics dominated by chlorogenic acid and p-coumaric acid while bound phenolics dominated by p-coumaric acid and ferulic acid. Free and bound phenolics of adlay bran exhibited significant xanthine oxidase inhibition activities, 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging activities, oxygen radical absorbance capacities, and superoxide radical scavenging activities. Adlay bran phenolics could be effective xanthine oxidase inhibitors and radical scavengers. p-Coumaric acid is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor with strong superoxide radical scavenging activity. However, ferulic acid is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor with weak superoxide radical scavenging activity. Chlorogenic acid is a superoxide radical scavenger with weak xanthine oxidase inhibitory activity.

  2. Inhibitory Effects of Adlay Extract on Melanin Production and Cellular Oxygen Stress in B16F10 Melanoma Cells

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    Huang, Huey-Chun; Hsieh, Wan-Yu; Niu, Yu-Lin; Chang, Tsong-Min

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the effects of adlay extract on melanin production and the antioxidant characteristics of the extract. The seeds were extracted by the supercritical fluid CO2 extraction (SFE) method. The effect of adlay extract on melanin production was evaluated using mushroom tyrosinase activity assay, intracellular tyrosinase activity, antioxidant properties and melanin content. Those assays were performed spectrophotometrically. In addition, the expression of melanogenesis-related proteins was determined by western blotting. The results revealed that the adlay extract suppressed intracellular tyrosinase activity and decreased the amount of melanin in B16F10 cells. The adlay extract decreased the expression of microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF), tyrosinase, tyrosinase related protein-1 (TRP-1) and tyrosinase related protein-2 (TRP-2). The extract also exhibited antioxidant characteristics such as free radical scavenging capacity and reducing power. It effectively decreased intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels in B16F10 cells. We concluded that the adlay extract inhibits melanin production by down-regulation of MITF, tyrosinase, TRP-1 and TRP-2. The antioxidant properties of the extract may also contribute to the inhibition of melanogenesis. The adlay extract can therefore be applied as an inhibitor of melanogenesis and could also act as a natural antioxidant in skin care products. PMID:25244016

  3. Electron-stimulated desorption of cesium atoms from adlayers on a gold surface

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    Kuznetsov, Yu. A.; Lapushkin, M. N.; Potekhina, N. D.

    2016-06-01

    We have studied the process of electron-stimulated desorption (ESD) of Cs atoms from a Cs/CsAu/Au/W system. It is established that ESD takes place from a Cs adlayer and the adjacent CsAu layer of this system. A model of Cs atom desorption from the Cs/CsAu/Au/W system is proposed. The results confirm the semiconductor nature of CsAu compounds.

  4. Cyanophenyl vs. pyridine substituent: impact on the adlayer structure and formation on HOPG and Au(111).

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    Dai, Y; Eggers, B; Metzler, M; Künzel, D; Groß, A; Jacob, T; Ziener, U

    2016-03-01

    A new cyano substituted bis(terpyridine) derivative CN-BTP was synthesized and its adsorption on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) and Au(111) was investigated. CN-BTP is closely related to the previously investigated 2,4'-BTP, where the cyanophenyl groups are replaced by pyridine moieties. The scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) investigation of CN-BTP at the liquid|HOPG interface shows a highly ordered herringbone structure that is stabilized by double weak intermolecular C-HN hydrogen bonds, partially through the -CN substituents, which is different from the most stable square structure of 2,4'-BTP. The adsorption processes were investigated using cyclic voltammetry (CV) on Au(111) in a neutral phosphate buffer. A fast and full adlayer formation could be observed with CN-BTP, whereas an extremely slow process with 2,4'-BTP under the same conditions was found. Our data show that the CN substituents on BTP not only change the structure of the monolayer at the liquid|HOPG interface, but also accelerate the phase transition process in the electrolyte dramatically. This could be explained by the adlayer-substrate interactions, which is supported by DFT calculations. Our findings might be extended more generally to further pyridine comprising self-assembling molecules to fine-tune the adlayer structure and phase transition/adsorption kinetics by replacing pyridine by cyanophenyl moieties.

  5. Adsorption and desorption characteristics of adlay bran free phenolics on macroporous resins.

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    Yang, Qingyun; Zhao, Mouming; Lin, Lianzhu

    2016-03-01

    In this study, the adsorption and desorption characteristics of six macroporous resins including XAD-7HP, XAD-16, HP-20, HP-2MGL, SP-207 and SP-825 for enrichment of adlay bran free phenolics were studied. XAD-16, SP-207 and SP-825 were chosen for further study due to their strong adsorption and desorption capacities. XAD-16, SP-207 and SP-825 had similar phenolics adsorption/desorption behaviors. Pseudo-second-order kinetics model and Freundlich isotherm model were suitable for describing the whole exothermic and physical adsorption processes of adlay bran free phenolics on XAD-16, SP-207 and SP-825. After treatment with gradient elution on XAD-16 resin column, the free phenolics were mostly enriched (from 89.61 to 1015.26mg/100g) in 50% ethanol fraction. The oxygen radical absorbance capacity of 50% ethanol fraction was eight times higher than that of the crude extract. Therefore, the production of highly concentrated phenolics might expand the application of adlay bran used as a bioactive ingredient in functional food.

  6. Glycerol-Induced Membrane Stiffening: The Role of Viscous Fluid Adlayers

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    Pocivavsek, Luka; Gavrilov, Kseniya; Cao, Kathleen D.; Chi, Eva Y.; Li, Dongxu; Lin, Binhua; Meron, Mati; Majewski, Jaroslaw; Lee, Ka Yee C.

    2011-12-09

    Lipid interfaces, ranging from cell membranes to thin surfactant layers that stabilize lung alveoli, are integral to living systems. Such interfaces are often subjected to mechanical forces, and because of their membrane-like geometry, they can easily deform by bending into localized folds. In this work, we explore the role of small molecules (i.e., glycerol) on the mechanical stability of model lung surfactant monolayers. We demonstrate that the presence of glycerol increases local monolayer bending stiffness by orders of magnitude. Our x-ray and neutron reflectivity measurements indicate that water is preferentially depleted, or glycerol is preferentially enriched, at the lipid headgroup/solvent interface, and that this glycerol-enriched layer extends O(10) beneath the monolayer with an adsorption free energy of 2.5 to 4.6 kJ/mol. The dramatic change in membrane bending stiffness in the presence of the sugar adlayer is understood in terms of two models: (1), lipid antiplasticization by glycerol; and (2), a continuum mechanical model of the viscous adlayer.

  7. Glycerol-Induced Membrane Stiffening: The Role of Viscous Fluid Adlayers

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    Pocivavsek, Luka; Gavrilov, Kseniya; Cao, Kathleen D.; Chi, Eva Y.; Li, Dongxu; Lin, Binhua; Meron, Mati; Majewski, Jaroslaw; Lee, Ka Yee C.

    2011-01-01

    Lipid interfaces, ranging from cell membranes to thin surfactant layers that stabilize lung alveoli, are integral to living systems. Such interfaces are often subjected to mechanical forces, and because of their membrane-like geometry, they can easily deform by bending into localized folds. In this work, we explore the role of small molecules (i.e., glycerol) on the mechanical stability of model lung surfactant monolayers. We demonstrate that the presence of glycerol increases local monolayer bending stiffness by orders of magnitude. Our x-ray and neutron reflectivity measurements indicate that water is preferentially depleted, or glycerol is preferentially enriched, at the lipid headgroup/solvent interface, and that this glycerol-enriched layer extends O(10Å) beneath the monolayer with an adsorption free energy of −2.5 to −4.6 kJ/mol. The dramatic change in membrane bending stiffness in the presence of the sugar adlayer is understood in terms of two models: 1), lipid antiplasticization by glycerol; and 2), a continuum mechanical model of the viscous adlayer. PMID:21723821

  8. The electronic structure of NaCl adlayers on W(110) studied by ionizing radiation

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    Dieckhoff, S.; Müller, H.; Maus-Friedrichs, W.; Brenten, H.; Kempter, V.

    1992-12-01

    The electronic structure of thin NaCl adlayers deposited on W(110) at room temperature is studied with electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), ion impact electron spectroscopy (IIES) with He + and He 2+ ions, metastable impact electron spectroscopy (MIES) with He ∗ atoms, ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), and AES. It is concluded that NaCl adsorbs molecularly under the studied conditions. The transition from the electronic structure of single adsorbed NaCl molecules to the well-known bulk structure could be studied by following the emergence of bulk properties, such as interband transitions and excitonic excitations, as a function of the NaCl exposure. Our results are consistent with lateral growth of two-dimensional islands during the formation of the first adlayer. The electronic transition processes at the surface induced by electrons as well as He projectiles in different excitation and charge states, in particular the vacancy production in the Cl - 3p valence band, are studied. Their relevance for desorption induced by electronic transitions (DIET) is discussed.

  9. Development of a sensitive and reliable high performance liquid chromatography method with fluorescence detection for high-throughput analysis of multi-class mycotoxins in Coix seed.

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    Kong, Wei-Jun; Li, Jun-Yuan; Qiu, Feng; Wei, Jian-He; Xiao, Xiao-He; Zheng, Yuguo; Yang, Mei-Hua

    2013-10-17

    As an edible and medicinal plant, Coix seed is readily contaminated by more than one group of mycotoxins resulting in potential risk to human health. A reliable and sensitive method has been developed to determine seven mycotoxins (aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2, zearalenone, α-zearalenol, and β-zearalenol) simultaneously in 10 batches of Coix seed marketed in China. The method is based on a rapid ultrasound-assisted solid-liquid extraction (USLE) using methanol/water (80/20) followed by immunoaffinity column (IAC) clean-up, on-line photochemical derivatization (PCD), and high performance liquid chromatography coupled with fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD). Careful optimization of extraction, clean-up, separation and detection conditions was accomplished to increase sample throughput and to attain rapid separation and sensitive detection. Method validation was performed by analyzing samples spiked at three different concentrations for the seven mycotoxins. Recoveries were from 73.5% to 107.3%, with relative standard deviations (RSDs) lower than 7.7%. The intra- and inter-day precisions, expressed as RSDs, were lower than 4% for all studied analytes. Limits of detection and quantification ranged from 0.01 to 50.2 μg kg(-1), and from 0.04 to 125.5 μg kg(-1), respectively, which were below the tolerance levels for mycotoxins set by the European Union. Samples that tested positive were further analyzed by HPLC tandem electrospray ionization mass spectrometry for confirmatory purposes. This is the first application of USLE-IAC-HPLC-PCD-FLD for detecting the occurrence of multi-class mycotoxins in Coix seed.

  10. Critical role of surface hydration on the dynamics of serum adsorption studied with monoethylene glycol adlayers on gold.

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    Avci, Ceren; Sheikh, Sonia; Blaszykowski, Christophe; Thompson, Michael

    2013-01-18

    The dynamics of serum adsorption on bare and monoethylene glycol adlayer-modified gold surfaces is investigated using acoustic wave physics. Hydration experiments support the pivotal role ascribed to water in the antifouling of surfaces. Behavioural discrepancy is interpreted in terms of difference in water structuring properties (surface kosmotropicity).

  11. Influence of Sodium Periodate and Tyrosinase on Binding of Alginate to Adlayers of Mytilus edulis Foot Protein 1.

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    Suci; Geesey

    2000-10-15

    Mytilus edulis foot protein 1 (Mefp-1) is the most well-characterized component of this sea mussel's adhesive plaque. The plaque is a condensed, heterogeneous mixture consisting of a large proportion of cross-linked biopolymers that bonds the mussel to a chosen mooring. Mefp-1 is densely populated with lysine and L-3,4-dihyroxyphenylalanine (L-dopa) residues incorporated into a repeating amino acid sequence motif. It has been proposed that one plaque cross-linking reaction is the nucleophilic addition of the epsilon-amino groups of the lysine residues into the oxidized catechol (o-diphenol) functionality (quinone) of the L-dopa residues. In order to determine if this reaction occurs in adlayers of Mefp-1, a previously developed assay for epsilon-amino groups was applied. Adlayers of Mefp-1 were exposed to an oxidant, either the enzyme, mushroom tyrosinase, or sodium periodate. Binding of alginate to adlayers was used to probe for accessibility of epsilon-amino groups. It was found that lysine residues lose the ability to bind alginate after exposure to sodium periodate, but that this loss is not clearly due to a reaction with L-dopa residues. There is a slight decrease of binding of alginate to adlayers of Mefp-1 exposed to either active or thermally deactivated mushroom tyrosinase, probably due to the obstruction of binding sites by bound enzyme. Adsorption kinetics of mushroom tyrosinase onto adlayers of Mefp-1 for active and thermally inactivated enzyme were nearly identical. Attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to characterize these interactions at a germanium (Ge) interface. Copyright 2000 Academic Press. PMID:11017742

  12. On the role of organic adlayers in the anomalous water sorptivity of Lépine limestone.

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    Ioannou, Ioannis; Hoff, William D; Hall, Christopher

    2004-11-01

    Sorptivity data are reported for the capillary absorption of water, ethanol, propan-2-ol, and n-heptane by the calcitic limestone Lépine (Lavoux à grain). The data confirm that the water sorptivity is anomalously low, an indication of partial wetting by water. Results are expressed in terms of a wetting index. The water sorptivity increases after heat treatment and chemical oxidation by hydrogen peroxide bleaching, while the sorptivity with organic liquids is unchanged. These treatments, therefore, increase the water wetting index. The results provide strong evidence that the presence of a natural organic adlayer is responsible for the anomalously low water sorptivity of this particular limestone. This natural water repellency effect may be exploited in developing chemical treatments to modify the water transport properties of stone. PMID:15380433

  13. The involvement of Opaque 2 on beta-prolamin gene regulation in maize and Coix suggests a more general role for this transcriptional activator.

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    Cord Neto, G; Yunes, J A; da Silva, M J; Vettore, A L; Arruda, P; Leite, A

    1995-03-01

    The maize opaque 2 (o2) mutation is known to have numerous pleiotropic effects. Some polypeptides have their expression depressed while others are enhanced. The best characterized effects of the o2 mutation are those exerted on endosperm genes encoding the storage protein class of the 22 kDa alpha-zeins and the ribosome inactivating protein b-32. The Opaque 2 (O2) locus encodes a basic domain-leucine zipper DNA-binding factor, O2, which transcriptionally regulates these genes. In the maize-related grass Coix lacryma-jobi, an O2-homologous protein regulates the 25 kDa alpha-coixin family. We show in this paper that O2 transcriptionally regulates the structurally and developmentally different class of the beta-prolamins. A new O2-binding box was identified in beta-prolamin genes from maize and Coix that, together with the boxes previously identified in other endosperm expressed genes, forms a curious collection of O2 cis elements. This may have regulatory implications on the role of O2 in the mechanism that controls coordinated gene expression in the developing endosperm. Considering that the O2 locus controls at least three distinct classes of genes in maize endosperm, we propose that the O2 protein may play a more general role in maize endosperm development than previously conceived.

  14. Conditioning materials with biomacromolecules: composition of the adlayer and influence on cleanability.

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    Touré, Yetioman; Genet, Michel J; Dupont-Gillain, Christine C; Sindic, Marianne; Rouxhet, Paul G

    2014-10-15

    The influence of substrate hydrophobicity and biomacromolecules (dextran, bovine serum albumin - BSA) adsorption on the cleanability of surfaces soiled by spraying aqueous suspensions of quartz particles (10-30μm size), then dried, was investigated using glass and polystyrene as substrates. The cleanability was evaluated using radial flow cell (RFC). The surface composition was determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The interpretation of XPS data allowed the complexity due to the ubiquitous presence of organic contaminants to be coped with, and the surface composition to be expressed in terms of both the amount of adlayer and the mass concentration of adlayer constituents. When soiled with a suspension of particles in water, glass was much less cleanable than polystyrene, which was attributed to its much lower water contact angle, in agreement with previous observations on starch soil. Dextran was easily desorbed and did not affect the cleanability. The presence of BSA at the interface strongly improved the cleanability of glass while the contact angle did not change appreciably. In contrast, soiling polystyrene with quartz particles suspended in a BSA solution instead of water did not change markedly the cleanability, while the contact angle was much lower and the aggregates of soiling particles were more flat. These observations are explained by the major role of capillary forces developed upon drying, which influence the closeness of the contact between the soiling particles and the substrate and, thereby, the adherence of particles. The capillary forces are proportional to the liquid surface tension and depend in a more complex way on contact angles of the particles and of the substrate. The dependence of cleanability on capillary forces, and in particular on the liquid surface tension, is predominant as compared with its dependence on the size and shape of the soiling aggregates, which influence the efficiency of shear forces exerted by the

  15. On the existence of ordered organic adlayers at the Cu(111)/electrolyte interface.

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    Friebel, Daniel; Mangen, Thomas; Obliers, Britta; Schlaup, Christian; Broekmann, Peter; Wandelt, Klaus

    2004-03-30

    We have reinvestigated the behavior of a Cu(111) electrode in pure and cinchonidine containing aqueous 0.1 M HClO4 solution by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and in situ electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). In contrast to previous publications by Wan et al. (Langmuir 2000, 19, 1958-1962 and references cited therein) on Cu(111) in pure 0.1 M HClO4 which claimed an adsorbate-free Cu(111) surface in the entire potential range, we have found a highly ordered hexagonal adsorbate structure with a (4 x 4) unit cell, which is stable in the potential range from hydrogen evolution at -350 to -150 mV (RHE). The adsorbate-free (1 x 1) Cu(111) surface is only visible in a fairly small potential range from -150 to +50 mV. A disordered surface structure is formed at more positive potentials which is interpreted by adsorption of an oxygen-containing species. Furthermore, the formation of a highly ordered cinchonidine adlayer on Cu(111) in 0.1 M HClO4 as reported by Wan et al. (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124, 14300-14301) could not be reproduced here. In fact, the similarity of all structures reported by Wan et al. for a great variety of different organic adlayers on Cu(111) in HClO4 solution including cinchonidine with the (4 x 4) superstructure found here already in pure HClO4 solution (i.e., without organic solute) casts serious doubts on the validity of those previous results by Wan et al. in general.

  16. The electronic structure of CsI adlayers on W(110)

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    Hitzke, A.; Pülm, S.; Müller, H.; Hausmann, R.; Günster, J.; Dieckhoff, S.; Maus-Friedrichs, W.; Kempter, V.

    1993-07-01

    The electronic structure of thin CsI adlayers deposited on W(110) at room temperature is studied by ion impact electron spectroscopy (IIES) with He + and He 2+ ions, metastable impact electron spectroscopy (MIES) with He ∗ atoms, ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), work function measurements, and to some extent with electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). The transition from the eletronic structure of single adsorbed molecules to that of the bulk structure could be studied by following the emergence of bulk properties, in particular the bandgap, as a function of the CsI exposure. The experimental results are consistent with the following conclusions: The first step in the layer growth is molecular adsorption of CsI perpendicular to the surface with the iodine end of the molecule pointing toward the substrate accompanied by decrease of the surface work function. The next step, starting with the occurrence of a pronounced work function minimum, is the formation of two-dimensional islands formed by CsI molecules. The results are consistent with lateral growth of the islands until the substrate is largely covered by CsI. The electronic structure of the adlayer cannot be distinguished anymore from that of CsI bulk material by means of electron spectroscopic techniques at exposures which are more than three times that of the occurrence of the work function minimum. The production of vacancies in the I - (5p) and Cs + (5p) orbitals under the influence of the ionizing radiation is studied as a function of the CsI exposure. Their relevance for the desorption process induced by electronic transitions (DIET) is discussed.

  17. Prophylactic Treatment with Adlay Bran Extract Reduces the Risk of Severe Acute Radiation Dermatitis: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Study

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    Huang, Chih-Jen; Hou, Ming-Feng; Kan, Jung-Yu; Juan, Chiung-Hui; Yuan, Shyng-Shiou F.; Luo, Kuei-Hau; Chuang, Hung-Yi; Hu, Stephen Chu-Sung

    2015-01-01

    Acute radiation dermatitis is a frequent adverse effect in patients with breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy, but there are only a small number of studies providing evidence-based interventions for this clinical condition. Adlay is a cereal crop that has been previously shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In this study, we seek to evaluate the effectiveness of oral prophylactic treatment with adlay bran extract in reducing the risk of severe acute radiation dermatitis. A total of 110 patients with breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy were analyzed. Using a prospective, randomized, double-blind design, 73 patients received oral treatment with adlay bran extract and 37 patients received olive oil (placebo). Treatment was started at the beginning of radiation therapy and continued until the termination of radiation treatment. Our results showed that the occurrence of severe acute radiation dermatitis (RTOG grade 2 or higher) was significantly lower in patients treated with oral adlay bran extract compared to placebo (45.2% versus 75.7%, adjusted odds ratio 0.24). No serious adverse effects from adlay bran treatment were noted. In conclusion, prophylactic oral treatment with adlay bran extract reduces the risk of severe acute radiation dermatitis and may have potential use in patients with breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy. PMID:26495009

  18. Adlayer structure of octa-alkoxy-substituted copper(II) phthalocyanine on Au(111) by electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Wang, Li; Ou-Yang, Liangyue; Yau, Shueh-Lin

    2008-01-01

    Electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (ECSTM) has been used to examine the adlayer of octa-alkoxy-substituted copper(II) phthalocyanines (CuPc(OC(8)H(17))(8)) on Au(111) in 0.1 M HClO(4), where the molecular adlayer was prepared by spontaneous adsorption from a benzene solution containing this molecule. Topography STM scans revealed long-range ordered, interweaved arrays of CuPc(OC(8)H(17))(8) with coexistent rectangular and hexagonal symmetries. High-quality STM molecular resolution yielded the internal molecular structure and the orientation of CuPc(OC(8)H(17))(8) admolecules. These STM results could shed insight into the method of generating ordered molecular assemblies of phthalocyanine molecules with long-chained substitutes on metal surface.

  19. Interaction and dynamics of ambient water adlayers on graphite probed using AFM voltage nanolithography and electrostatic force microscopy.

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    Gowthami, T; Kurra, Narendra; Raina, Gargi

    2014-04-18

    In this work, we report the impact of the interaction and dynamics of increasing ambient water adlayers on etch patterns on a hydrophobic highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surface obtained using atomic force microscopy (AFM) voltage nanolithography in contact mode by applying a positive bias to the sample. The changes in the dimensions of the etch patterns were investigated as a function of the increasing number of water adlayers present on the HOPG, which is varied by changing the time interval since HOPG cleavage. Changes in the width of the etch patterns and the surrounding water droplets were monitored with time, using intermittent-contact-mode AFM. Electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) has been employed to study the charged nature of the etch patterns and the neighboring water film with time. The width of the etch patterns made on freshly cleaved HOPG shows an increase of ∼33% over 48 h, whereas nine-day-old cleaved HOPG shows a 79% increase over the same period. No changes in the dimensions are observed while imaging in a nitrogen atmosphere soon after lithography. In ambient conditions, the EFM phase shift of the patterns shows a large change of ∼84-88% over 30 h. This study demonstrates the effect of the stored electrostatic energy of a polarized ice-like water adlayer, resulting in changes in the dimensions of the etch patterns long after lithography, whereas liquid-like water droplets do not affect the etch patterns.

  20. Interaction and dynamics of ambient water adlayers on graphite probed using AFM voltage nanolithography and electrostatic force microscopy.

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    Gowthami, T; Kurra, Narendra; Raina, Gargi

    2014-04-18

    In this work, we report the impact of the interaction and dynamics of increasing ambient water adlayers on etch patterns on a hydrophobic highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surface obtained using atomic force microscopy (AFM) voltage nanolithography in contact mode by applying a positive bias to the sample. The changes in the dimensions of the etch patterns were investigated as a function of the increasing number of water adlayers present on the HOPG, which is varied by changing the time interval since HOPG cleavage. Changes in the width of the etch patterns and the surrounding water droplets were monitored with time, using intermittent-contact-mode AFM. Electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) has been employed to study the charged nature of the etch patterns and the neighboring water film with time. The width of the etch patterns made on freshly cleaved HOPG shows an increase of ∼33% over 48 h, whereas nine-day-old cleaved HOPG shows a 79% increase over the same period. No changes in the dimensions are observed while imaging in a nitrogen atmosphere soon after lithography. In ambient conditions, the EFM phase shift of the patterns shows a large change of ∼84-88% over 30 h. This study demonstrates the effect of the stored electrostatic energy of a polarized ice-like water adlayer, resulting in changes in the dimensions of the etch patterns long after lithography, whereas liquid-like water droplets do not affect the etch patterns. PMID:24651210

  1. Anti-fouling properties of Fab' fragments immobilized on silane-based adlayers

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    Crivianu-Gaita, Victor; Romaschin, Alexander; Thompson, Michael

    2015-12-01

    Biosensors require surfaces that are highly specific towards the target analyte and that are minimally fouling. However, surface tuning to minimize fouling is a difficult task. The last decade has seen an increase in the use of immobilized antigen-binding antibody fragments (Fab') in biosensors. One Fab' linker compound S-(11-trichlorosilyl-undecanyl)-benzothiosulfonate (TUBTS) and three spacers were used to create the silane-based adlayers. The ultra-high frequency electromagnetic piezoelectric acoustic sensor (EMPAS) was used to gauge the fouling properties of the various surfaces using bovine serum albumin (BSA), goat IgG, and mouse serum. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), contact angle, and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were employed to characterize the surfaces. It was discovered that immobilized oriented Fab' fragments reduced the fouling levels of surfaces up to 80% compared to the surfaces without fragments. An explanation for this phenomenon is that the antibody fragments increase the hydration of the surfaces and aid in the formation of an anti-fouling water barrier. The anti-fouling effect of the Fab' fragments is at its maximum when there is an even distribution of fragments across the surfaces. Finally, using Fab'-covered surfaces, a cancer biomarker was detected from serum, showing the applicability of this work to the field of biodetection.

  2. Creating a Nanospace under an h-BN Cover for Adlayer Growth on Nickel(111).

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    Yang, Yang; Fu, Qiang; Li, Haobo; Wei, Mingming; Xiao, Jianping; Wei, Wei; Bao, Xinhe

    2015-12-22

    Heterostructures of two-dimensional (2D) atomic crystals have attracted increasing attention, while fabrication of the 2D stacking structures remains a challenge. In this work, we present a route toward formation of 2D heterostructures via confined growth of a 2D adlayer underneath the other 2D overlayer. Taking a hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) monolayer on Ni(111) as a model system, both epitaxial and nonepitaxial h-BN islands have been identified on the Ni surface. Surface science studies combined with density functional theory calculations reveal that the nonepitaxial h-BN islands interact weakly with the Ni(111) surface, which creates a 2D nanospace underneath the h-BN islands. An additional h-BN or graphene layer can be grown in the space between the nonepitaxial h-BN islands and Ni(111) surface, forming h-BN/h-BN bilayer structures and h-BN/graphene heterostructures. These results suggest that confined growth under 2D covers may provide an effective route to obtain stacks of 2D atomic crystals.

  3. Organic adlayer on inorganic materials: XPS analysis selectivity to cope with adventitious contamination

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    Landoulsi, Jessem; Genet, Michel J.; Fleith, Sandrine; Touré, Yetioman; Liascukiene, Irma; Méthivier, Christophe; Rouxhet, Paul G.

    2016-10-01

    This work addresses the ubiquitous presence of organic contaminants at inorganic solid surfaces and the improvement of XPS analysis selectivity to cope with it. Water contact angle measurements showed that the adsorption of organic contaminants occurs readily in ambient air, and faster and more extensively under high vacuum. It is stronger on stainless steel (SS) compared to silica and is significantly reduced when SS is sterilized by autoclaving. The reliability of XPS data was evaluated (selectivity, precision, accuracy) by correlations between spectral data incorporating a large amount of results obtained with different XPS spectrometers on SS and glass samples cleaned in different ways and conditioned with several biomacromolecules. The methodology used allows a discrimination to be made between contaminants and deliberately adsorbed biomacromolecules, and offers perspectives for tracking the source of contamination. Furthermore, a discrimination can be made between oxygen from the organic adlayer and oxygen from the substrate, and the O 1s component above 532.0 eV observed for SS is shown to be due to organic contaminants rather than adsorbed water. This approach offers new perspectives to examine the interactions (displacement or not) between contaminants and compounds of interest, e.g. proteins, at the stage of the adsorption process.

  4. Alkyl-Nitrile Adlayers as Probes of Plasmonically Induced Electric Fields

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    Kwasnieski, Daniel T.; Wang, Hao; Schultz, Zachary D.

    2015-01-01

    Vibrational Stark shifts observed from mercaptoalkyl monolayers on surface enhanced Raman (SERS) active materials are reported to provide a direct measurement of the local electric field around plasmonic nanostructures. Adlayers of CN−, p-mercaptobenzonitrile, and n-mercaptobutylnitrile were adsorbed to a heterogeneous nanostructured Ag surface. The frequency of the CN moiety was observed to shift in a correlated fashion with the SERS intensity. These shifts are attributed to a vibrational Stark shift arising from rectification of the optical field, which gives rise to a DC potential on the surface. All three molecules showed CN Stark shifts on the plasmonic surfaces. P-mercaptobenzonitrile is observed to be a well-behaved probe of the electric field, providing a narrow spectral line, suggesting a more uniform orientation on the surface. The utility of p-mercaptobenzonitrile was demonstrated by successfully assessing the electric field between gold nanoparticles adsorbed to a monolayer of the nitrile on a flat gold surface. A model is presented where the Stark shift of the alkyl-nitrile probe can be correlated to optical field, providing an intensity independent measurement of the local electric field environment. PMID:26213606

  5. Effect of ultrasonic treatment on immunological activities of polysaccharides from adlay.

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    Yao, Yang; Zhu, Yingying; Gao, Yue; Ren, Guixing

    2015-09-01

    Alkali-extractable polysaccharides from the seed of adlay and their two polysaccharide sub-fractions (AAP-1 and AAP-2) were isolated and purified by anion-exchange and gel filtration chromatography. Ultrasonic treatment was put in place to obtain AAP-1' and AAP-2'. Average molecular weights (Mws) of AAP-1, AAP-1', AAP-2, and AAP-2' were 94.2 kDa, 63.1 kDa, 82.3 kDa, and 60.4 kDa, respectively. Monosaccharides composition analysis indicated that AAP-1 and AAP-1' were composed of Rha, Ara, Glc, and Gal in a molar ratio of 1.1:0.4:0.7:0.5 and 1.4:1.6:0.4:0.7. AAP-2 and AAP-2' were composed of Xyl, Rha, Gal and Glc in a molar percent of 0.4:1.4:1.6:0.5 and 0.3:1.6:1.1:0.7. In vitro study showed that AAP-1, AAP-1', AAP-2, and AAP-2' were all able to encourage the production of secretory molecules (NO, TNF-α and IL-6) of RAW264.7 murine macrophages in concentrations determines manner. AAP-2' seemed to be the most potent and induced significantly higher the NO production. These findings suggest that the ultrasonic polysaccharides isolated in our study have immune potentiation effects on macrophages and should serve as a beneficial health food.

  6. Determination of type A trichothecenes in coix seed by magnetic solid-phase extraction based on magnetic multi-walled carbon nanotubes coupled with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Dong, Maofeng; Si, Wenshuai; Wang, Weimin; Bai, Bing; Nie, Dongxia; Song, Weiguo; Zhao, Zhihui; Guo, Yirong; Han, Zheng

    2016-09-01

    Magnetic solid-phase extraction (m-SPE) is a promising sample preparation approach due to its convenience, speed, and simplicity. For the first time, a rapid and reliable m-SPE approach using magnetic multi-walled carbon nanotubes (m-MWCNTs) as the adsorbent was proposed for purification of type A trichothecenes including T-2 toxins (T2), HT-2 toxins (HT-2), diacetoxyscirpenol (DAS), and neosolaniol (NEO) in coix seed. The m-MWCNTs were synthesized by assembling the magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4) with MWCNTs by sonication through an aggregation wrap mechanism, and characterized by transmission electron microscope. Several key parameters affecting the performance of the procedure were extensively investigated including extraction solutions, desorption solvents, and m-MWCNT amounts. Under the optimal sample preparation conditions followed by analysis with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS), high sensitivity (limit of quantification in the range of 0.3-1.5 μg kg(-1)), good linearity (R (2) > 0.99), satisfactory recovery (73.6-90.6 %), and acceptable precision (≤2.5 %) were obtained. The analytical performance of the developed method has also been successfully evaluated in real coix seed samples. Graphical Abstract Flow chart of determination of type A trichothecenes in coix seed by magnetic solid-phase extraction coupled with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

  7. The formation and activity of platinum adlayers on diamond electrodes for electrocatalysis

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    Bennett, Jason Alan

    The research described in this dissertation evaluates the potential of diamond as an advanced carbon electrocatalyst support material. This includes both assessing the physical and electrochemical properties of the material as well as a comprehensive investigation into the nature of metal adlayer formation on the material. The physical and electrochemical properties of boron-doped polycrystalline diamond thin films, prepared with varying levels of sp2-bonded nondiamond carbon impurity, were systematically investigated. This impurity was introduced through adjustment of the methane-to-hydrogen source gas ratio used for the deposition. Increasing the methane-to-hydrogen ratio resulted in an increase in the fraction of grain boundary, the extent of secondary nucleation, and the amount of sp2-bonded nondiamond carbon impurity. The effect of the source gas ratio on the electrochemical response towards several well known redox analytes and the oxygen reduction reaction in both acidic and alkaline media was also investigated. The results demonstrate that the grain boundaries, and the sp2-bonded nondiamond carbon impurity presumably residing there, can have a significant impact on the electrode reaction kinetics for certain redox systems and little influence for others. The morphological and microstructural stability of microcrystalline and nanocrystalline boron-doped diamond thin film electrodes under conditions observed in phosphoric acid fuel cells was investigated. The electrodes were exposed to a 2 h period of anodic polarization in 85% H3PO 4 at ˜180°C and 0.1 A/cm2. Catastrophic degradation was not observed for either type of diamond. The oxidation of the microcrystalline diamond was limited to the surface, and the effects could be reversed upon exposure to a hydrogen plasma. The nanocrystalline diamond exhibited similar responses to well known redox analytes after anodic polarization, however an irreversible increase in the film capacitance was also observed

  8. Adlayer structure dependent ultrafast desorption dynamics in carbon monoxide adsorbed on Pd (111).

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    Hong, Sung-Young; Xu, Pan; Camillone, Nina R; White, Michael G; Camillone, Nicholas

    2016-07-01

    We report our ultrafast photoinduced desorption investigation of the coverage dependence of substrate-adsorbate energy transfer in carbon monoxide adlayers on the (111) surface of palladium. As the CO coverage is increased, the adsorption site population shifts from all threefold hollows (up to 0.33 ML), to bridge and near bridge (>0.5 to 0.6 ML) and finally to mixed threefold hollow plus top site (at saturation at 0.75 ML). We show that between 0.24 and 0.75 ML this progression of binding site motifs is accompanied by two remarkable features in the ultrafast photoinduced desorption of the adsorbates: (i) the desorption probability increases roughly two orders magnitude, and (ii) the adsorbate-substrate energy transfer rate observed in two-pulse correlation experiments varies nonmonotonically, having a minimum at intermediate coverages. Simulations using a phenomenological model to describe the adsorbate-substrate energy transfer in terms of frictional coupling indicate that these features are consistent with an adsorption-site dependent electron-mediated energy coupling strength, ηel, that decreases with binding site in the order: three-fold hollow > bridge and near bridge > top site. This weakening of ηel largely counterbalances the decrease in the desorption activation energy that accompanies this progression of adsorption site motifs, moderating what would otherwise be a rise of several orders of magnitude in the desorption probability. Within this framework, the observed energy transfer rate enhancement at saturation coverage is due to interadsorbate energy transfer from the copopulation of molecules bound in three-fold hollows to their top-site neighbors.

  9. Adlayer structure dependent ultrafast desorption dynamics in carbon monoxide adsorbed on Pd (111)

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    Hong, Sung -Young; Xu, Pan; Camillone, Nina R.; White, Michael G.; Camillone, III, Nicholas

    2016-07-01

    Here, we report our ultrafast photoinduced desorption investigation of the coverage dependence of substrate–adsorbate energy transfer in carbon monoxide adlayers on the (111) surface of palladium. As the CO coverage is increased, the adsorption site population shifts from all threefold hollows (up to 0.33 ML), to bridge and near bridge (>0.5 to 0.6 ML) and finally to mixed threefold hollow plus top site (at saturation at 0.75 ML). We show that between 0.24 and 0.75 ML this progression of binding site motifs is accompanied by two remarkable features in the ultrafast photoinduced desorption of the adsorbates: (i) the desorption probabilitymore » increases roughly two orders magnitude, and (ii) the adsorbate–substrate energy transfer rate observed in two-pulse correlation experiments varies nonmonotonically, having a minimum at intermediate coverages. Simulations using a phenomenological model to describe the adsorbate–substrate energy transfer in terms of frictional coupling indicate that these features are consistent with an adsorption-site dependent electron-mediated energy coupling strength, ηel, that decreases with binding site in the order: three-fold hollow > bridge and near bridge > top site. This weakening of ηel largely counterbalances the decrease in the desorption activation energy that accompanies this progression of adsorption site motifs, moderating what would otherwise be a rise of several orders of magnitude in the desorption probability. Within this framework, the observed energy transfer rate enhancement at saturation coverage is due to interadsorbate energy transfer from the copopulation of molecules bound in three-fold hollows to their top-site neighbors.« less

  10. Adlayer structure dependent ultrafast desorption dynamics in carbon monoxide adsorbed on Pd (111)

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    Hong, Sung-Young; Xu, Pan; Camillone, Nina R.; White, Michael G.; Camillone, Nicholas

    2016-07-01

    We report our ultrafast photoinduced desorption investigation of the coverage dependence of substrate-adsorbate energy transfer in carbon monoxide adlayers on the (111) surface of palladium. As the CO coverage is increased, the adsorption site population shifts from all threefold hollows (up to 0.33 ML), to bridge and near bridge (>0.5 to 0.6 ML) and finally to mixed threefold hollow plus top site (at saturation at 0.75 ML). We show that between 0.24 and 0.75 ML this progression of binding site motifs is accompanied by two remarkable features in the ultrafast photoinduced desorption of the adsorbates: (i) the desorption probability increases roughly two orders magnitude, and (ii) the adsorbate-substrate energy transfer rate observed in two-pulse correlation experiments varies nonmonotonically, having a minimum at intermediate coverages. Simulations using a phenomenological model to describe the adsorbate-substrate energy transfer in terms of frictional coupling indicate that these features are consistent with an adsorption-site dependent electron-mediated energy coupling strength, ηel, that decreases with binding site in the order: three-fold hollow > bridge and near bridge > top site. This weakening of ηel largely counterbalances the decrease in the desorption activation energy that accompanies this progression of adsorption site motifs, moderating what would otherwise be a rise of several orders of magnitude in the desorption probability. Within this framework, the observed energy transfer rate enhancement at saturation coverage is due to interadsorbate energy transfer from the copopulation of molecules bound in three-fold hollows to their top-site neighbors.

  11. Nonreversible immobilization of water-borne plutonium onto self-assembled adlayers of silanized humic materials.

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    Shcherbina, Natalia S; Kalmykov, Stepan S; Karpiouk, Leonid A; Ponomarenko, Sergey A; Hatfield, Kirk; Haire, Richard; Perminova, Irina V

    2014-02-18

    The objective was to study plutonium partitioning between immobile and mobile humic materials at the water-solid interfaces. Immobilization of the humic materials on solid supports was performed in situ using self-adhesive silanized humic derivatives. The presence of the humic adlayers on solid supports was shown to significantly enhance Pu sorption and its retention under both steady state and dynamic conditions. While plutonium may exist in multiple oxidations states plus colloidal forms, the major thrust in this work was to study the behavior of most mobile--the PuO2(+) form in dilute solutions. The values of the plutonium partition coefficients (Kd) between water and humics-coated silica gels after 10 days exposure reached 1.6 × 10(4) L · kg(-1) at pH 7.5 under anaerobic conditions with a total plutonium concentration of 1.2 × 10(-8) M exceeding those for the uncoated SiO2 (6.3 × 10(2) L · kg(-1)). Column tests showed substantial sequestration of water-borne plutonium (up to 73%) on the humics-coated silica gels. Remobilization experiments conducted under batch conditions at different pH values (3.5, 4.5, 7.5) showed that no more than 3% of the sequestered Pu was remobilized from the humics-coated silica gels by treatment with dissolved humic materials at environmentally relevant pH of 7.5. Consequently, silanized humic materialas can be seen as both molecular probes and as potent candidate materials for scavenging mobile Pu from an aqueous phase.

  12. In situ X-ray studies of adlayer-induced crystal nucleation at the liquid-liquid interface

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    Elsen, Annika; Festersen, Sven; Runge, Benjamin; Koops, Christian T.; Ocko, Benjamin M.; Deutsch, Moshe; Seeck, Oliver H.; Murphy, Bridget M.; Magnussen, Olaf M.

    2013-05-29

    Crystal nucleation and growth at a liquid–liquid interface is studied on the atomic scale by in situ Å-resolution X-ray scattering methods for the case of liquid Hg and an electrochemical dilute electrolyte containing Pb2+, F-, and Br- ions. In the regime negative of the Pb amalgamation potential Φrp = -0.70 V, no change is observed from the surface-layered structure of pure Hg. Upon potential-induced release of Pb2+ from the Hg bulk at Graphic, the formation of an intriguing interface structure is observed, comprising a well-defined 7.6-Å–thick adlayer, decorated with structurally related 3D crystallites. Both are identified by their diffraction peaks as PbFBr, preferentially aligned with their Graphic axis along the interface normal. X-ray reflectivity shows the adlayer to consist of a stack of five ionic layers, forming a single-unit-cell–thick crystalline PbFBr precursor film, which acts as a template for the subsequent quasiepitaxial 3D crystal growth. This growth behavior is assigned to the combined action of electrostatic and short-range chemical interactions.

  13. In situ X-ray studies of adlayer-induced crystal nucleation at the liquid–liquid interface

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    Elsen, Annika; Festersen, Sven; Runge, Benjamin; Koops, Christian T.; Ocko, Benjamin M.; Deutsch, Moshe; Seeck, Oliver H.; Murphy, Bridget M.; Magnussen, Olaf M.

    2013-01-01

    Crystal nucleation and growth at a liquid–liquid interface is studied on the atomic scale by in situ Å-resolution X-ray scattering methods for the case of liquid Hg and an electrochemical dilute electrolyte containing Pb2+, F−, and Br− ions. In the regime negative of the Pb amalgamation potential V, no change is observed from the surface-layered structure of pure Hg. Upon potential-induced release of Pb2+ from the Hg bulk at , the formation of an intriguing interface structure is observed, comprising a well-defined 7.6-Å–thick adlayer, decorated with structurally related 3D crystallites. Both are identified by their diffraction peaks as PbFBr, preferentially aligned with their axis along the interface normal. X-ray reflectivity shows the adlayer to consist of a stack of five ionic layers, forming a single-unit-cell–thick crystalline PbFBr precursor film, which acts as a template for the subsequent quasiepitaxial 3D crystal growth. This growth behavior is assigned to the combined action of electrostatic and short-range chemical interactions. PMID:23553838

  14. Controlling the relative rates of adlayer formation and removal during etching in inductively coupled plasmas

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    Fuller, Nicholas Colvin Masi

    Laser desorption (LD) of the adlayer coupled with laser induced fluorescence (LIF) and plasma induced emission (PIE) of desorbed adsorbates is used to investigate the relative rates of chlorination and sputtering during the etching of Si in inductively coupled Cl2-Ar plasmas. Such an analysis is a two-fold process: surface analysis and plasma characterization. Surface analysis of Si etching using LD-LIF and LD-PIE techniques combined with etch rate measurements have revealed that the coverage of SiCl2 and etch rate increases and coverage of Si decreases abruptly for a chlorine fraction of 75% and ion energy of 80 eV. The precise Cl2 fraction for which these abrupt changes occur increases with an increase in ion energy. These changes may be caused by local chemisorption-induced reconstruction of Si <100>. Furthermore, the chlorination and sputtering rates are increased by ˜ an order of magnitude as the plasma is changed from Ar-dominant to Cl-dominant. Characterization of the plasma included determination of the dominant ion in Cl2 plasmas using LIF and a Langmuir probe and measurement of the absolute densities of Cl2, Cl, Cl+, and At + in Cl2-Ar discharges using optical emission actinometry. These studies reveal that Cl+ is the dominant positive ion in the H-mode and the dissociation of Cl2 to Cl increases with an increase in Ar fraction due to an increase in electron temperature. Furthermore, for powers exceeding 600 W, the neutral to ion flux ratio is strongly dependent on Cl2 fraction and is attributed mostly to the decrease in Cl density. Such dependence of the flux ratio on Cl2 fraction is significant in controlling chlorination and sputtering rates not only for Si etching, but for etching other key technological materials. ICP O2 discharges were also studied for low-kappa polymeric etch applications. These studies reveal that the electron temperature is weakly dependent on rf power and O2 dissociation is low (˜2%) at the maximum rf power density of 5.7 Wcm

  15. Collision-induced desorption in 193-nm photoinduced reactions in (O{sub 2}+CO) adlayers on Pt(112)

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    Han Song; Ma Yunsheng; Matsushima, Tatsuo

    2005-09-01

    The spatial distribution of desorbing O{sub 2} and CO{sub 2} was examined in 193-nm photoinduced reactions in O{sub 2}+CO adlayers on stepped Pt (112)=[(s)3(111)x(001)]. The O{sub 2} desorption collimated in inclined ways in the plane along the surface trough, confirming the hot-atom collision mechanism. In the presence of CO(a), the product CO{sub 2} desorption also collimated in an inclined way, whereas the inclined O{sub 2} desorption was suppressed. The inclined O{sub 2} and CO{sub 2} desorption is explained by a common collision-induced desorption model. At high O{sub 2} coverage, the CO{sub 2} desorption collimated closely along the (111) terrace normal.

  16. Growth and electronic structure of alkali-metal adlayers on icosahedral Al{sub 70.5}Pd{sub 21}Mn{sub 8.5}

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    Shukla, A. K.; Dhaka, R. S.; Biswas, C.; Banik, S.; Barman, S. R.; Horn, K.; Ebert, Ph.; Urban, K.

    2006-02-01

    We report x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) study of Na and K adlayers on icosahedral Al{sub 70.5}Pd{sub 21}Mn{sub 8.5} (i-Al-Pd-Mn) quasicrystal. The Na 1s core-level exhibits a continuous linear shift of 0.8 eV towards lower binding energies (BE) with increasing coverage up to one monolayer (ML) saturation coverage. In the case of K/i-Al-Pd-Mn, a similar linear shift in the K 2p spectra towards lower BE is observed. In both cases, the plasmon related loss features are observed only above 1 ML. The substrate core-level peaks, such as Al 2p, do not exhibit any shift with the adlayer deposition up to the highest coverage. Based on these experimental observations and previous studies of alkali metal growth on metals, we conclude that below 1 ML, both Na and K form a dispersed phase on i-Al-Pd-Mn and there is hardly any charge transfer to the substrate. The variation of the adlayer and substrate core-level intensities with coverage indicates layer by layer growth.

  17. Effects of the surface mobility on the oxidation of adsorbed CO on platinum electrodes in alkaline media. The role of the adlayer and surface defects.

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    Herrero, Enrique; Chen, Qing-Song; Hernández, Javier; Sun, Shi-Gang; Feliu, Juan M

    2011-10-01

    The oxidation of adsorbed CO on Pt single crystal electrodes has been studied in alkaline media. The surfaces used in this study were the Pt(111) electrode and vicinal stepped and kinked surfaces with (111) terraces. The kinked surfaces have either (110) steps broken by (100) kinks or (100) steps broken by (110) kinks and different kink densities. The voltammetric profiles for the CO stripping on those electrodes show peaks corresponding to the oxidation of CO on the (111) terraces, on the (100) steps/kinks and on the (110) steps/kinks at very distinctive potentials. Additionally, the stripping voltammograms always present a prewave. The analysis of the results with the different stepped and kinked surfaces indicates that the presence of the prewave is not associated with defects or kinks in the electrode surface. Also, the clear separation of the CO stripping process in different peak contributions indicates that the mobility of CO on the surface is very low. Using partial CO stripping experiments and studies at different pH, it has been proposed that the low mobility is a consequence of the negative absolute potential at which the adlayers are formed in alkaline media. Also, the surface diffusion coefficient for CO in these media has been estimated from the dependence of the stripping charge of the peaks with the scan rate of the voltammetry. PMID:21863178

  18. Conductance control at the LaAlO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3}-interface by a multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} ad-layer

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    Mix, Christian; Finizio, Simone; Kläui, Mathias; Jakob, Gerhard

    2014-06-30

    Multilayered BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO)/LaAlO{sub 3} (LAO) thin film samples were fabricated on SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. In this work, the ferroelectric polarization of a multiferroic BFO ad-layer on top of the quasi-two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) at the LAO/STO interface is used to manipulate the conductivity of the quasi-2DEG. By microstructuring the conductive area of the LAO/STO-interface, a four-point geometry for the measurement of the resistivity was achieved. Piezo force microscopy allows for imaging and poling the spontaneous ferroelectric polarization of the multiferroic layer. The resistance changes showed a linear dependence on the area scanned and a hysteretic behavior with respect to the voltages applied in the scanning process. This is evidence for the ferroelectric polarization of the multiferroic causing the resistance changes. Coupling the antiferromagnetic BFO layer to another ferromagnetic layer could enable a magnetic field control of the conductance of the quasi-2DEG at the LAO/STO interface.

  19. Redox-switching in a viologen-type adlayer: an electrochemical shell-isolated nanoparticle enhanced Raman spectroscopy study on Au(111)-(1×1) single crystal electrodes.

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    Liu, Bo; Blaszczyk, Alfred; Mayor, Marcel; Wandlowski, Thomas

    2011-07-26

    We reported the first application of in situ shell-isolated nanoparticle enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SHINERS) to an interfacial redox reaction under electrochemical conditions. We construct gap-mode sandwich structures composed of a thiol-terminated HS-6V6H viologen adlayer immobilized on a single crystal Au(111)-(1×1) electrode and covered by Au(60 nm)@SiO(2) core-shell nanoparticles acting as plasmonic antennas. We observed high-quality, potential-dependent Raman spectra of the three viologen species V(2+), V(+●), and V(0) on a well-defined Au(111) substrate surface and could map their potential-dependent evolution. Comparison with experiments on powder samples revealed an enhancement factor of the nonresonant Raman modes of ∼3 × 10(5), and up to 9 × 10(7) for the resonance modes. The study illustrates the unique capability of SHINERS and its potential in the entire field of electrochemical surface science to explore structures and reaction pathways on well-defined substrate surfaces, such as single crystals, for molecular, (electro-)catalytic, bioelectrochemical systems up to fundamental double layer studies at electrified solid/liquid interfaces.

  20. Redox-switching in a viologen-type adlayer: an electrochemical shell-isolated nanoparticle enhanced Raman spectroscopy study on Au(111)-(1×1) single crystal electrodes.

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    Liu, Bo; Blaszczyk, Alfred; Mayor, Marcel; Wandlowski, Thomas

    2011-07-26

    We reported the first application of in situ shell-isolated nanoparticle enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SHINERS) to an interfacial redox reaction under electrochemical conditions. We construct gap-mode sandwich structures composed of a thiol-terminated HS-6V6H viologen adlayer immobilized on a single crystal Au(111)-(1×1) electrode and covered by Au(60 nm)@SiO(2) core-shell nanoparticles acting as plasmonic antennas. We observed high-quality, potential-dependent Raman spectra of the three viologen species V(2+), V(+●), and V(0) on a well-defined Au(111) substrate surface and could map their potential-dependent evolution. Comparison with experiments on powder samples revealed an enhancement factor of the nonresonant Raman modes of ∼3 × 10(5), and up to 9 × 10(7) for the resonance modes. The study illustrates the unique capability of SHINERS and its potential in the entire field of electrochemical surface science to explore structures and reaction pathways on well-defined substrate surfaces, such as single crystals, for molecular, (electro-)catalytic, bioelectrochemical systems up to fundamental double layer studies at electrified solid/liquid interfaces. PMID:21634391

  1. The growth of sulfur adlayers on Au(100)

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    Jiang, Yue; Ren, Shendong; Chen, Chi-Lu; Liang, Xihui; Fan, Liang-Jen; Yang, Yaw-Wen; Tang, Jian-Ming; Luh, Dah-An

    2015-02-14

    We have studied the growth of S layers adsorbed on Au(100) with low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), X-ray photoemission spectra (XPS), and scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Three phases of S/Au(100)—(2 × 2), trimer, and c(2 × 4)—are identified; the latter two are not previously reported. A dose of S{sub 2} at 300 K transformed Au(100)-(5 × 20) initially into the (2 × 2) phase and formed the c(2 × 4) phase at a saturation coverage. The STM results show that monolayer Au islands formed during the initial S dose and remained throughout the growth, resulting in a rough c(2 × 4) surface. We show that a highly ordered c(2 × 4) phase can be obtained with a flat (2 × 2) phase as an intermediate step during growth. Based on the evolution of XPS and STM images with varied S{sub 2} dose, the components of S 2p are assigned and structural models for the various S/Au(100) phases are proposed. In the (2 × 2) phase, one S atom resides on a four-fold hollow site in each (2 × 2) unit cell, corresponding to a S coverage of 0.25 ML; in the trimer phase, three S atoms form a trimer residing on a four-fold hollow site in each (2 × 2) unit cell, corresponding to a S coverage of 0.75 ML; in the c(2 × 4) phase, there are five S atoms in each primitive unit cell of c(2 × 4); three of them form a trimer residing on a four-fold hollow site, and the other two form a dimer located on the top of the trimer, corresponding to a nominal S coverage of 1.25 ML. With the proposed structural models, the growth of S on Au(100) at 300 K is described in detail.

  2. Surface modification of piezoelectric aluminum nitride with functionalizable organosilane adlayers

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    Chan, Edmund; Jackson, Nathan; Mathewson, Alan; Galvin, Paul; Alamin Dow, Ali B.; Kherani, Nazir P.; Blaszykowski, Christophe; Thompson, Michael

    2013-10-01

    The world of biosensors is expanding at a rapid pace with an ever-increasing demand for more sensitive miniaturized devices. Acoustic wave biosensors are not spared from this trend. In this domain, the search for enhanced sensitivity is increasingly oriented toward the rational design of new piezoelectric materials with superior properties to substitute for prevalent quartz. With respect to surface chemistry, construction of the biorecognition element, more often than not, requires the use of bifunctional molecules that can spontaneously assemble on the substrate and form organic surfaces readily biofunctionalizable in a subsequent, ideally single step. In this context, we present herein the surface modification of aluminum nitride (AlN) with alkyltrichlorosilane cross-linking molecules bearing a functionalizable benzenethiosulfonate moiety. This latter feature is next demonstrated through the straightforward, preactivation-free immobilization of thiolated biotin probes. To date, AlN has only received little attention in the field of piezoelectric biosensors despite its many attractive properties and the perspective to operate devices at ultra-high frequencies (GHz) with unprecedented sensitivity. To our knowledge, this work describes one of the first examples of direct surface derivatization of AlN with bifunctional trichlorosilane molecules. It also constitutes a first step toward the development of electrodeless GHz piezoelectric biosensing platforms based on AlN and trichlorosilane surface chemistry.

  3. Adlayer structures of anthracenthiol on Au(111) after removal of covering multilayers with probe scan

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    Azzam, Waleed

    2016-05-01

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of anthracene-2-thiol (AnT) on Au(111) have been investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). A preparation of AnT-SAMs from ethanolic solutions results in a deposition of multilayer films. As a result, the general features that have been frequently observed for different systems of thiol-modified gold surfaces are hidden in AnT-SAMs. The thin overlayers on top of the chemisorbed anthracenethiolate monolayer are removed by the STM-tip after a repetitive scanning over the same part of the SAM at nondestructive imaging conditions. After ∼2 h of consecutive and continuous STM scanning, smooth AnT-SAM surfaces were formed. The polished surfaces contain vacancy depressions rather than the elevated gold islands which are typically formed after the adsorption of purely aromatic thiols such as AnT on Au(111). The STM data showed the coexistence of two distinct stable commensurate phases, namely, α and β. High-resolution STM images revealed a (√{ 3 } × 8) structure for the α phase and a (√{ 7 } × 4) R11° structure for the β phase whose unit cells contain, respectively, four and two molecules. The β phase was found to be 50% less densely packed than the α phase. The lower molecular density of the β phase should be correlated with a significantly larger tilt angle of the AnT molecular backbone with respect to the surface normal.

  4. Chlorine adlayer-templated growth of a hybrid inorganic-organic layered structure on Au(111)

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    Rzeźnicka, I. I.; Horino, H.; Yagyu, K.; Suzuki, T.; Kajimoto, S.; Fukumura, H.

    2016-10-01

    Growth of a hybrid inorganic-organic layered structure on the Au(111) surface using a one-step solution growth is reported. The hybrid structure is consist of 4,4‧-bipyridine [4,4‧-BiPyH2]2 + cations, Cl anions and Au adatoms, provided from substrate by means of the adsorbate-induced surface phase transition of a surface reconstruction. Its surface and bulk structures were characterized by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), and Raman spectroscopy. STM results reveal growth of the first [4,4‧-BiPyH2]2 + layer on top of the p(√{ 3} ×√{ 3})" separators=", R 30 ° chlorine overlayer formed on the Au(111) surface. These two layers are found to provide a platform for a following three-dimensional growth facilitated by hydrogen bonding, aurophilic and π-π stacking interactions.

  5. Platinum-based electrocatalysts synthesized by depositing contiguous adlayers on carbon nanostructures

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    Adzic, Radoslav R.; Harris, Alexander

    2015-10-06

    High-surface-area carbon nanostructures coated with a smooth and conformal submonolayer-to-multilayer thin metal films and their method of manufacture are described. The manufacturing process may involve initial oxidation of the carbon nanostructures followed by immersion in a solution with the desired pH to create negative surface dipoles. The nanostructures are subsequently immersed in an alkaline solution containing non-noble metal ions which adsorb at surface reaction sites. The metal ions are then reduced via chemical or electrical means and the nanostructures are exposed to a solution containing a salt of one or more noble metals which replace adsorbed non-noble surface metal atoms by galvanic displacement. Subsequent film growth may be performed via the initial quasi-underpotential deposition of a non-noble metal followed by immersion in a solution comprising a more noble metal. The resulting coated nanostructures may be used, for example, as high-performance electrodes in supercapacitors, batteries, or other electric storage devices.

  6. Platinum-based electrocatalysts synthesized by depositing contiguous adlayers on carbon nanostructures

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    Adzic, Radoslav; Harris, Alexander

    2013-03-26

    High-surface-area carbon nanostructures coated with a smooth and conformal submonolayer-to-multilayer thin metal films and their method of manufacture are described. The preferred manufacturing process involves the initial oxidation of the carbon nanostructures followed by immersion in a solution with the desired pH to create negative surface dipoles. The nanostructures are subsequently immersed in an alkaline solution containing non-noble metal ions which adsorb at surface reaction sites. The metal ions are then reduced via chemical or electrical means and the nanostructures are exposed to a solution containing a salt of one or more noble metals which replace adsorbed non-noble surface metal atoms by galvanic displacement. Subsequent film growth may be performed via the initial quasi-underpotential deposition of a non-noble metal followed by immersion in a solution comprising a more noble metal. The resulting coated nanostructures may be used, for example, as high-performance electrodes in supercapacitors, batteries, or other electric storage devices.

  7. Electrodes synthesized from carbon nanostructures coated with a smooth and conformal metal adlayer

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    Adzic, Radoslav; Harris, Alexander

    2014-04-15

    High-surface-area carbon nanostructures coated with a smooth and conformal submonolayer-to-multilayer thin metal films and their method of manufacture are described. The preferred manufacturing process involves the initial oxidation of the carbon nanostructures followed by a surface preparation process involving immersion in a solution with the desired pH to create negative surface dipoles. The nanostructures are subsequently immersed in an alkaline solution containing a suitable quantity of non-noble metal ions which adsorb at surface reaction sites. The metal ions are then reduced via chemical or electrical means. The nanostructures are exposed to a solution containing a salt of one or more noble metals which replace adsorbed non-noble surface metal atoms by galvanic displacement. The process can be controlled and repeated to obtain a desired film coverage. The resulting coated nanostructures may be used, for example, as high-performance electrodes in supercapacitors, batteries, or other electric storage devices.

  8. A green chemistry of graphene: photochemical reduction towards monolayer graphene sheets and the role of water adlayers.

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    Li, Xin-Hao; Chen, Jie-Sheng; Wang, Xinchen; Schuster, Manfred E; Schlögl, Robert; Antonietti, Markus

    2012-04-01

    Clean sheets: Stable aqueous dispersions of graphene sheets (GSs) are obtained by exposing graphene oxide to irradiation with light at room temperature, without using any chemical additives. The photochemical reduction method is sustainable and scalable, repairs a majority of defects in the graphene layers, and can be used to fine-tune surface functional groups. Interestingly, the aqueous GS dispersions are stable without any added surfactant. The existence of a water layer that is strongly bound to GS is evidenced. PMID:22415902

  9. Submonolayer Ag films on Fe(100): A first-principles analysis of energetics controlling adlayer thermodynamics and kinetics

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    Li, Wei; Huang, Li; Evans, James W.; Han, Yong

    2016-04-01

    Epitaxial growth of Ag on Fe(100) and postdeposition relaxation have been studied in several experiments. We provide a first-principles density functional theory analysis of key adatom interaction energies and diffusion barriers controlling growth and relaxation kinetics for the submonolayer regime, as these have not been assessed previously. A cluster expansion approach is used to obtain an extensive set of conventional lateral interactions between adatoms on fourfold hollow adsorption sites. We find robust oscillatory decay of pair interactions with increasing separation, and of trio interactions with increasing perimeter length. First- and second-nearest-neighbor pair interactions, as well as compact linear and bent trio interactions, dominate. The adatom terrace diffusion barrier is estimated to be Ed≈0.39 eV. We also provide a limited analysis of unconventional interactions for which one adatom is at the bridge-site transition state for hopping and one or more others are at fourfold hollow sites. Energy barriers for diffusion along island edges can be determined with the aid of both conventional and unconventional interactions.

  10. Potential Dependent Adlayer Structures of a Sulfur-Covered Au(111) Electrode in Alkaline Solution: An in Situ STM Study

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    Schlaup, C.; Friebel, D.; Broekmann, P.; Wandelt, K.; /Bonn U. /SLAC, SSRL

    2009-05-11

    A sulfur-covered Au(1 1 1) electrode ({Theta}{sub S} = 0.33 ML) subjected to potential increases in an S-free NaOH solution, i.e., at a fixed S coverage, leads to the reversible formation of a rhombic phase at anodic potentials. The local S coverage increase which is required for the formation of the rhombic phase results from a coverage decrease within the ({radical}3 x {radical}3)R30{sup o} regions, where single-S-atom-defects and, in later stages, S vacancy islands are formed. Due to the high potential induced S-Au bond strength, it was possible for the first time to retain islands of this incomplete ({radical}3 x {radical}3)R30{sup o} S layer in the 2D solid state. Furthermore, a Au mass transport was observed during the growth of the rhombic phase. This clearly calls for a reinterpretation of its chemical nature.

  11. A green chemistry of graphene: photochemical reduction towards monolayer graphene sheets and the role of water adlayers.

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    Li, Xin-Hao; Chen, Jie-Sheng; Wang, Xinchen; Schuster, Manfred E; Schlögl, Robert; Antonietti, Markus

    2012-04-01

    Clean sheets: Stable aqueous dispersions of graphene sheets (GSs) are obtained by exposing graphene oxide to irradiation with light at room temperature, without using any chemical additives. The photochemical reduction method is sustainable and scalable, repairs a majority of defects in the graphene layers, and can be used to fine-tune surface functional groups. Interestingly, the aqueous GS dispersions are stable without any added surfactant. The existence of a water layer that is strongly bound to GS is evidenced.

  12. The ultrasonic-enhanced factor of mass-transfer coefficient in the supercritical carbon dioxide extraction

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    Luo, Benyi; Lu, Yigang

    2008-10-01

    Based on several hypotheses about the process of supercritical carbon dioxide extraction, the onflow around the solute granule is figured out by the Navier-Stocks equation. In combination with the Higbie’s solute infiltration model, the link between the mass-transfer coefficient and the velocity of flow is found. The mass-transfer coefficient with the ultrasonical effect is compared with that without the ultrasonical effect, and then a new parameter named the ultrasonic-enhanced factor of mass-transfer coefficient is brought forward, which describes the mathematical model of the supercritical carbon dioxide extraction process enhanced by ultrasonic. The model gives out the relationships among the ultrasonical power, the ultrasonical frequency, the radius of solute granule and the ultrasonic-enhanced factor of mass-transfer coefficient. The results calculated by this model fit well with the experimental data, including the extraction of Coix Lacryma-jobi Seed Oil (CLSO) and Coix Lacryma-jobi Seed Ester (CLSE) from coix seeds and the extraction of Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) from the alga by means of the ultrasonic-enhanced supercritical carbon dioxide extraction (USFE) and the supercritical carbon dioxide extraction (SFE) respectively. This proves the rationality of the ultrasonic-enhanced factor model. The model provides a theoretical basis for the application of ultrasonic-enhanced supercritical fluid extraction technique.

  13. Microemulsion-based synergistic dual-drug codelivery system for enhanced apoptosis of tumor cells.

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    Qu, Ding; Ma, Yihua; Sun, Wenjie; Chen, Yan; Zhou, Jing; Liu, Congyan; Huang, Mengmeng

    2015-01-01

    A microemulsion-based synergistic dual-drug codelivery system was developed for enhanced cell apoptosis by transporting coix seed oil and etoposide into A549 (human lung carcinoma) cells simultaneously. Results obtained by dynamic light scattering showed that an etoposide (VP16)-loaded coix seed oil microemulsion (EC-ME) delivery system had a small size around 35 nm, a narrow polydispersity index, and a slightly negative surface charge. The encapsulating efficiency and total drug loading rate were 97.01% and 45.48%, respectively, by high-performance liquid chromatography. The release profiles at various pH values showed an obvious pH-responsive difference, with the accumulated amount of VP16 released at pH 4.5 (and pH 5.5) being 2.7-fold higher relative to that at pH 7.4. Morphologic alteration (particle swelling) associated with a mildly acidic pH environment was found on transmission electron microscopy. In the cell study, the EC-ME system showed a significantly greater antiproliferative effect toward A549 cells in comparison with free VP16 and the mixture of VP16 and coix seed oil. The half-maximal inhibitory concentration of the EC-ME system was 3.9-fold and 10.4-fold lower relative to that of free VP16 and a mixture of VP16 and coix seed oil, respectively. Moreover, fluorescein isothiocyanate and VP16 (the green fluorescent probe and entrapped drug, respectively) were efficiently internalized into the cells by means of coix seed oil microemulsion through intuitive observation and quantitative measurement. Importantly, an EC-ME system containing 20 μg/mL of VP16 showed a 3.3-fold and 3.5-fold improvement in induction of cell apoptosis compared with the VP-16-loaded microemulsion and free VP16, respectively. The EC-ME combination strategy holds promise as an efficient drug delivery system for induction of apoptosis and treatment of lung cancer.

  14. Microemulsion-based synergistic dual-drug codelivery system for enhanced apoptosis of tumor cells

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    Qu, Ding; Ma, Yihua; Sun, Wenjie; Chen, Yan; Zhou, Jing; Liu, Congyan; Huang, Mengmeng

    2015-01-01

    A microemulsion-based synergistic dual-drug codelivery system was developed for enhanced cell apoptosis by transporting coix seed oil and etoposide into A549 (human lung carcinoma) cells simultaneously. Results obtained by dynamic light scattering showed that an etoposide (VP16)-loaded coix seed oil microemulsion (EC-ME) delivery system had a small size around 35 nm, a narrow polydispersity index, and a slightly negative surface charge. The encapsulating efficiency and total drug loading rate were 97.01% and 45.48%, respectively, by high-performance liquid chromatography. The release profiles at various pH values showed an obvious pH-responsive difference, with the accumulated amount of VP16 released at pH 4.5 (and pH 5.5) being 2.7-fold higher relative to that at pH 7.4. Morphologic alteration (particle swelling) associated with a mildly acidic pH environment was found on transmission electron microscopy. In the cell study, the EC-ME system showed a significantly greater antiproliferative effect toward A549 cells in comparison with free VP16 and the mixture of VP16 and coix seed oil. The half-maximal inhibitory concentration of the EC-ME system was 3.9-fold and 10.4-fold lower relative to that of free VP16 and a mixture of VP16 and coix seed oil, respectively. Moreover, fluorescein isothiocyanate and VP16 (the green fluorescent probe and entrapped drug, respectively) were efficiently internalized into the cells by means of coix seed oil microemulsion through intuitive observation and quantitative measurement. Importantly, an EC-ME system containing 20 μg/mL of VP16 showed a 3.3-fold and 3.5-fold improvement in induction of cell apoptosis compared with the VP-16-loaded microemulsion and free VP16, respectively. The EC-ME combination strategy holds promise as an efficient drug delivery system for induction of apoptosis and treatment of lung cancer. PMID:25709440

  15. Mobility of indium on the ZnO(0001) surface

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    Heinhold, R.; Reeves, R. J.; Allen, M. W.; Williams, G. T.; Evans, D. A.

    2015-02-02

    The mobility of indium on the Zn-polar (0001) surface of single crystal ZnO wafers was investigated using real-time x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A sudden transition in the wettability of the ZnO(0001) surface was observed at ∼520 °C, with indium migrating from the (0001{sup ¯}) underside of the wafer, around the non-polar (11{sup ¯}00) and (112{sup ¯}0) sidewalls, to form a uniform self-organized (∼20 Å) adlayer. The In adlayer was oxidized, in agreement with the first principles calculations of Northrup and Neugebauer that In{sub 2}O{sub 3} precipitation can only be avoided under a combination of In-rich and Zn-rich conditions. These findings suggest that unintentional In adlayers may form during the epitaxial growth of ZnO on indium-bonded substrates.

  16. Single-Molecule Imaging of Iron-Phthalocyanine-Catalyzed Oxygen Reduction Reaction by in Situ Scanning Tunneling Microscopy.

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    Gu, Jing-Ying; Cai, Zhen-Feng; Wang, Dong; Wan, Li-Jun

    2016-09-27

    We report herein an in situ electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (ECSTM) investigation of iron-phthalocyanine (FePc)-catalyzed oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). A highly ordered FePc adlayer is revealed on a Au(111) electrode. The center ions in the FePc adlayer show uniform high contrast in an oxygen-saturated electrolyte, which is attributed to the formation of an FePc-O2 complex. In situ STM results reveal the sharp contrast change upon shifting the electrode potential to trigger the ORR. Theoretical simulation has supplied further evidence for the contrast difference of the adsorbed FePc species. PMID:27508323

  17. The effect of adsorption on static conductivity of epitaxial graphene

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    Davydov, S. Yu.

    2014-12-01

    An analytical expression for adsorption-induced changes in the static conductivity of the adlayer-single-sheet-graphene-substrate system has been obtained using the Kubo-Greenwood formalism with allowance for the dipole-dipole repulsion in the adlayer. The cases of both metal and semiconductor substrates have been considered. The results are applied to description of the hydrogen monolayer-single-sheet-graphene-tungsten substrate system. Numerical estimations show that the magnitude of the effect of the adsorbed hydrogen monolayer on the static conductivity σeg of epitaxial graphene on tungsten is on the order of the σeg value.

  18. IN SITU SURFACE X-RAY SCATTERING STUDIES OF ELECTROSORPTION

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    WANG,J.X.; ADZIC,R.R.; OCKO,B.M.

    1998-07-01

    A short review of the application of surface x-ray scattering techniques to the electrode/electrolyte interfaces is presented. Recent results on metal, halide, and metal-halide adlayers with three specific systems: Bi on Au(100) and Au(110); Br on Au(100) and Ag(100); and the coadsorption of Tl with Br or I on Au(111), are given as an illustration. Factors affecting ordering of pure metal and halide adlayers and the metal-halide surface compounds are discussed in some detail.

  19. Single-Molecule Imaging of Iron-Phthalocyanine-Catalyzed Oxygen Reduction Reaction by in Situ Scanning Tunneling Microscopy.

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    Gu, Jing-Ying; Cai, Zhen-Feng; Wang, Dong; Wan, Li-Jun

    2016-09-27

    We report herein an in situ electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (ECSTM) investigation of iron-phthalocyanine (FePc)-catalyzed oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). A highly ordered FePc adlayer is revealed on a Au(111) electrode. The center ions in the FePc adlayer show uniform high contrast in an oxygen-saturated electrolyte, which is attributed to the formation of an FePc-O2 complex. In situ STM results reveal the sharp contrast change upon shifting the electrode potential to trigger the ORR. Theoretical simulation has supplied further evidence for the contrast difference of the adsorbed FePc species.

  20. Indium incorporation processes investigated by pulsed and continuous growth of ultrathin InGaN quantum wells

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    Rossow, U.; Hoffmann, L.; Bremers, H.; Buß, E. R.; Ketzer, F.; Langer, T.; Hangleiter, A.; Mehrtens, T.; Schowalter, M.; Rosenauer, A.

    2015-03-01

    We study the incorporation of indium into AlxGa1-x N/GaN quantum well (QW) structures with high indium concentrations above 25% for QW thicknesses in the range 2 nm down to half a c-lattice constant under pulsed and continuous growth conditions. We want to clarify which processes limit the incorporation of indium and lead to a degrading layer structure. The data are discussed in the context of the adlayer proposed by theory (Northrup et al., 2000) [1]. The interplay of the adlayer with the incoming flux, the high desorption rate and segregation of indium can consistently explain the various observed phenomena.

  1. Antioxidative Dietary Compounds Modulate Gene Expression Associated with Apoptosis, DNA Repair, Inhibition of Cell Proliferation and Migration

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    Wang, Likui; Gao, Shijuan; Jiang, Wei; Luo, Cheng; Xu, Maonian; Bohlin, Lars; Rosendahl, Markus; Huang, Wenlin

    2014-01-01

    Many dietary compounds are known to have health benefits owing to their antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties. To determine the molecular mechanism of these food-derived compounds, we analyzed their effect on various genes related to cell apoptosis, DNA damage and repair, oxidation and inflammation using in vitro cell culture assays. This review further tests the hypothesis proposed previously that downstream products of COX-2 (cyclooxygenase-2) called electrophilic oxo-derivatives induce antioxidant responsive elements (ARE), which leads to cell proliferation under antioxidative conditions. Our findings support this hypothesis and show that cell proliferation was inhibited when COX-2 was down-regulated by polyphenols and polysaccharides. Flattened macrophage morphology was also observed following the induction of cytokine production by polysaccharides extracted from viili, a traditional Nordic fermented dairy product. Coix lacryma-jobi (coix) polysaccharides were found to reduce mitochondrial membrane potential and induce caspase-3- and 9-mediated apoptosis. In contrast, polyphenols from blueberries were involved in the ultraviolet-activated p53/Gadd45/MDM2 DNA repair system by restoring the cell membrane potential. Inhibition of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 by saponin extracts of ginsenoside (Ginsen) and Gynostemma and inhibition of S100A4 by coix polysaccharides inhibited cancer cell migration and invasion. These observations suggest that antioxidants and changes in cell membrane potential are the major driving forces that transfer signals through the cell membrane into the cytosol and nucleus, triggering gene expression, changes in cell proliferation and the induction of apoptosis or DNA repair. PMID:25226533

  2. Self-assembled monolayer and multilayer formation using redox-active Ru complex with phosphonic acids on silicon oxide surface

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    Ishida, Takao; Terada, Kei-ichi; Hasegawa, Kiichi; Kuwahata, Hironao; Kusama, Kazunori; Sato, Ryo; Nakano, Miki; Naitoh, Yasuhisa; Haga, Masa-aki

    2009-08-01

    The formation of self-assembled monolayer and multilayer using redox-active Ru complex molecules with phosphonic acids on SiO 2 surface has been examined using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ellipsometry, and time of flight secondary mass-ion spectroscopy (TOF-SIMS). We found that an introduction of a Zr adlayer leads to higher surface molecular density of Ru complex SAMs on the SiO 2 surface, compared to that of obtained from the direct adsorption of Ru complex monolayer on the SiO 2 surface. We further tried to fabricate a multilayer film using this molecule with Zr(IV) ion acting as a chemical glue by a successive immersion process. The XPS data revealed that the molecular densities of the multilayers were also higher for the immobilization with Zr adlayer between Ru complex and SiO 2 surface than those without the Zr adlayer, suggesting that Zr adlayer is effective in forming highly packed molecular layer of phosphonic acids on SiO 2 surface. We found the film growth reached a saturation point after 6 layers on the SiO 2 surface. The film growth saturation can be explained by a molecular domain boundary effect encountered due to the large tilt angle of the molecular layer.

  3. Further demonstration of a local evanescent field array coupled (LEAC) biosensor concept

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    Yuan, Guangwei; Pownall, R.; Stephens, M.; Dandy, D.; Chen, T.; Nikkel, P.; Lear, K.

    2007-03-01

    Low-cost, label-free immunoassay biosensors are needed for point-of-care clinical diagnostics, food safety, environmental monitoring, and biosecurity applications. A novel local, evanescent-field, array coupled (LEAC) photonic biosensor that can simultaneously sense multiple viruses, proteins, or DNA oligomers is being investigated. The sensing mechanism relies on the formation of a biological adlayer via specific binding of an analyte target to one of several localized patches of immobilized biological molecule probes (antibodies, ssDNA, aptamers). The attached analytes modify the waveguide cross-section and thus the optical field. A buried array of evanescently coupled photodetector elements along the length of the waveguide, each opposite a region of specific antibody type, locally sense the modification in the evanescent field due to adlayers of bound analytes. Proof-of-concept experiments have demonstrated strong optical modulation responses to artificial adlayers varying from 17 to ˜100 nm in thickness as observed by near-field scanning optical microscopy. LEAC sensors with electronic readout circuits are have been fabricated in a commercial 0.35 μm CMOS technology. Currently, research efforts are characterizing the effect of different polymer and organic molecules adlayers on the detected optical signal using these sensors.

  4. Functionalization of organic semiconductor crystals via the Diels-Alder reaction.

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    Qualizza, Brittni A; Prasad, Srividya; Chiarelli, M Paul; Ciszek, Jacob W

    2013-05-18

    A surface adlayer is generated on organic single crystals (tetracene and rubrene) using the site specific Diels-Alder reaction and a series of vapor phase dienophiles. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) confirms adsorption on the surfaces of tetracene and rubrene and mass spectrometry demonstrates the reaction's applicability to a range of dienophiles. PMID:23571721

  5. Lateral Interactions in Monolayer Thick Mercury Films

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    Kime, Yolanda Jan

    An understanding of lateral adatom-adatom interactions is often an important part of understanding electronic structure and adsorption energetics in monolayer thick films. In this dissertation I use angle-resolved photoemission and thermal desorption spectroscopies to explore the relationship between the adatom-adatom interaction and other characteristics of the adlayer, such as electronic structure, defects, or coexistent structural phases in the adlayer. Since Hg binds weakly to many substrates, the lateral interactions are often a major contribution to the dynamics of the overlayer. Hg adlayer systems are thus ideal for probing lateral interactions. The electronic structures of Hg adlayers on Ag(100), Cu(100), and Cu_3Au(100) are studied with angle-resolved ultraviolet photoemission. The Hg atomic 5d_{5/2} electronic band is observed to split into two levels following adsorption onto some surfaces. The energetic splitting of the Hg 5d_{5/2} level is found to be directly correlated to the adlayer homogeneous strain energy. The existence of the split off level also depends on the order or disorder of the Hg adlayer. The energetics of Hg adsorption on Cu(100) are probed using thermal desorption spectroscopy. Two different ordered adlayer structures are observed for Hg adsorption on Cu(100) at 200 K. Under some adsorption conditions and over a range of exposures, the two phases are seen to coexist on the surface prior to the thermal desorption process. A phase transition from the more dense to the less dense phase is observed to occur during the thermal desorption process. Inherent differences in defect densities are responsible for the observed differences between lateral interactions measured previously with equilibrium (atom beam scattering) and as measured by the non-equilibrium (thermal desorption) technique reported here. Theoretical and experimental evidence for an indirect through-metal interaction between adatoms is also discussed. Although through

  6. The role of hydrogen in oxygen-assisted chemical vapor deposition growth of millimeter-sized graphene single crystals

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    Zhao, Pei; Cheng, Yu; Zhao, Dongchen; Yin, Kun; Zhang, Xuewei; Song, Meng; Yin, Shaoqian; Song, Yenan; Wang, Peng; Wang, Miao; Xia, Yang; Wang, Hongtao

    2016-03-01

    Involving oxygen in the traditional chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process has proven a promising approach to achieve large-scale graphene single crystals (GSCs), but its many relevant fundamental aspects are still not fully understood. Here we report a systematic study on the role of hydrogen in the growth of millimeter-sized GSCs using enclosure-like Cu structures via the oxygen-assisted CVD process. Results show that GSCs have different first layer growth behaviors on the inside and outside surfaces of a Cu enclosure when the H2 environment is varied, and these behaviors will consequently and strongly influence the adlayer formation in these GSCs, leading to two entirely different growth modes. Low H2 partial pressure (PH2) tends to result in fast growth of dendritically shaped GSCs with multiple small adlayers, but high PH2 can modify the GSC shape into hexagons with single large adlayer nuclei. This difference of adlayers is attributed to the different C diffusion paths determined by the shapes of their host GSCs. On the basis of these observations, we developed an isothermal two-step method to obtain GSCs with significantly improved growth rate and sample quality, in which low PH2 is first set to accelerate the growth rate followed by high PH2 to restrict the adlayer nuclei. Our results prove that the growth of GSCs can reach a reasonable optimization between their growth rates and sample quality by simply adjusting the CVD H2 environment, which we believe will lead to more improvements in graphene synthesis and fundamental insight into the related growth mechanisms.Involving oxygen in the traditional chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process has proven a promising approach to achieve large-scale graphene single crystals (GSCs), but its many relevant fundamental aspects are still not fully understood. Here we report a systematic study on the role of hydrogen in the growth of millimeter-sized GSCs using enclosure-like Cu structures via the oxygen-assisted CVD

  7. The role of hydrogen in oxygen-assisted chemical vapor deposition growth of millimeter-sized graphene single crystals.

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    Zhao, Pei; Cheng, Yu; Zhao, Dongchen; Yin, Kun; Zhang, Xuewei; Song, Meng; Yin, Shaoqian; Song, Yenan; Wang, Peng; Wang, Miao; Xia, Yang; Wang, Hongtao

    2016-04-14

    Involving oxygen in the traditional chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process has proven a promising approach to achieve large-scale graphene single crystals (GSCs), but its many relevant fundamental aspects are still not fully understood. Here we report a systematic study on the role of hydrogen in the growth of millimeter-sized GSCs using enclosure-like Cu structures via the oxygen-assisted CVD process. Results show that GSCs have different first layer growth behaviors on the inside and outside surfaces of a Cu enclosure when the H2 environment is varied, and these behaviors will consequently and strongly influence the adlayer formation in these GSCs, leading to two entirely different growth modes. Low H2 partial pressure (PH2) tends to result in fast growth of dendritically shaped GSCs with multiple small adlayers, but high PH2 can modify the GSC shape into hexagons with single large adlayer nuclei. This difference of adlayers is attributed to the different C diffusion paths determined by the shapes of their host GSCs. On the basis of these observations, we developed an isothermal two-step method to obtain GSCs with significantly improved growth rate and sample quality, in which low PH2 is first set to accelerate the growth rate followed by high PH2 to restrict the adlayer nuclei. Our results prove that the growth of GSCs can reach a reasonable optimization between their growth rates and sample quality by simply adjusting the CVD H2 environment, which we believe will lead to more improvements in graphene synthesis and fundamental insight into the related growth mechanisms.

  8. Hybridization behavior of mixed DNA/alkylthiol monolayers on gold: characterization by surface plasmon resonance and 32P radiometric assay.

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    Gong, Ping; Lee, Chi-Ying; Gamble, Lara J; Castner, David G; Grainger, David W

    2006-05-15

    Nucleic acid assay from a complex biological milieu is attractive but currently difficult and far from routine. In this study, DNA hybridization from serum dilutions into mixed DNA/mercaptoundecanol (MCU) adlayers on gold was monitored by surface plasmon resonance (SPR). Immobilized DNA probe and hybridized target densities on these surfaces were quantified using 32P-radiometric assays as a function of MCU diluent exposure. SPR surface capture results correlated with radiometric analysis for hybridization performance, demonstrating a maximum DNA hybridization on DNA/MCU mixed adlayers. The maximum target surface capture produced by MCU addition to the DNA probe layer correlates with structural and conformational data on identical mixed DNA/MCU adlayers on gold derived from XPS, NEXAFS, and fluorescence intensity measurements reported in a related study (Lee, C.-Y.; Gong, P.; Harbers, G. M.; Grainger, D. W.; Castner, D. G.; Gamble, L. J. Anal. Chem. 2006, 78, 3316-3325.). MCU addition into the DNA adlayer on gold also improved surface resistance to both nonspecific DNA and serum protein adsorption. Target DNA hybridization from serum dilutions was monitored with SPR on the optimally mixed DNA/MCU adlayers. Both hybridization kinetics and efficiency were strongly affected by nonspecific protein adsorption from a complex milieu even at a minimal serum concentration (e.g., 1%). No target hybridization was detected in SPR assays from serum concentrations above 30%, indicating nonspecific protein adsorption interference of DNA capture and hybridization from complex milieu. Removal of nonsignal proteins from nucleic acid targets prior to assay represents a significant issue for direct sample-to-assay nucleic acid diagnostics from food, blood, tissue, PCR mixtures, and many other biologically complex sample formats. PMID:16689533

  9. The role of hydrogen in oxygen-assisted chemical vapor deposition growth of millimeter-sized graphene single crystals.

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    Zhao, Pei; Cheng, Yu; Zhao, Dongchen; Yin, Kun; Zhang, Xuewei; Song, Meng; Yin, Shaoqian; Song, Yenan; Wang, Peng; Wang, Miao; Xia, Yang; Wang, Hongtao

    2016-04-14

    Involving oxygen in the traditional chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process has proven a promising approach to achieve large-scale graphene single crystals (GSCs), but its many relevant fundamental aspects are still not fully understood. Here we report a systematic study on the role of hydrogen in the growth of millimeter-sized GSCs using enclosure-like Cu structures via the oxygen-assisted CVD process. Results show that GSCs have different first layer growth behaviors on the inside and outside surfaces of a Cu enclosure when the H2 environment is varied, and these behaviors will consequently and strongly influence the adlayer formation in these GSCs, leading to two entirely different growth modes. Low H2 partial pressure (PH2) tends to result in fast growth of dendritically shaped GSCs with multiple small adlayers, but high PH2 can modify the GSC shape into hexagons with single large adlayer nuclei. This difference of adlayers is attributed to the different C diffusion paths determined by the shapes of their host GSCs. On the basis of these observations, we developed an isothermal two-step method to obtain GSCs with significantly improved growth rate and sample quality, in which low PH2 is first set to accelerate the growth rate followed by high PH2 to restrict the adlayer nuclei. Our results prove that the growth of GSCs can reach a reasonable optimization between their growth rates and sample quality by simply adjusting the CVD H2 environment, which we believe will lead to more improvements in graphene synthesis and fundamental insight into the related growth mechanisms. PMID:26987665

  10. Dissociative adsorption of O2 on unreconstructed metal (100) surfaces: Pathways, energetics, and sticking kinetics

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    Liu, Da-Jiang; Evans, James W.

    2014-05-01

    An accurate description of oxygen dissociation pathways and kinetics for various local adlayer environments is key for an understanding not just of the coverage dependence of oxygen sticking, but also of reactive steady states in oxidation reactions. Density functional theory analysis for M(100) surfaces with M =Pd, Rh, and Ni, where O prefers the fourfold hollow adsorption site, does not support the traditional Brundle-Behm-Barker picture of dissociative adsorption onto second-nearest-neighbor hollow sites with an additional blocking constraint. Rather adsorption via neighboring vicinal bridge sites dominates, although other pathways can be active. The same conclusion also applies for M =Pt and Ir, where oxygen prefers the bridge adsorption site. Statistical mechanical analysis is performed based on kinetic Monte Carlo simulation of a multisite lattice-gas model consistent with our revised picture of adsorption. This analysis determines the coverage and temperature dependence of sticking for a realistic treatment of the oxygen adlayer structure.

  11. Combined theoretical and experimental study on the adsorption of methanol on the ZnO(1010) surface.

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    Kiss, J; Langenberg, D; Silber, D; Traeger, F; Jin, L; Qiu, H; Wang, Y; Meyer, B; Wöll, Ch

    2011-06-30

    The structure, dynamics, and energetics of methanol adlayers on the nonpolar ZnO(1010) surface have been studied by He-atom diffraction (HAS), high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS), thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), and density functional calculations. The experimental and theoretical data consistently show that at temperatures below 357 K methanol forms an ordered adlayer with a (2 × 1) periodicity and a coverage of one monolayer in which half of the methanol molecules are dissociated. The ordering of the methanol molecules is governed by repulsive interactions between the methyl groups of the methanol molecules. This repulsive interaction is also responsible for the formation of a second, low-density phase at higher temperatures with half monolayer coverage of undissociated methanol which is stable up to 440 K.

  12. Monolithically integrated broad-band Mach-Zehnder interferometers for highly sensitive label-free detection of biomolecules through dual polarization optics.

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    Psarouli, A; Salapatas, A; Botsialas, A; Petrou, P S; Raptis, I; Makarona, E; Jobst, G; Tukkiniemi, K; Sopanen, M; Stoffer, R; Kakabakos, S E; Misiakos, K

    2016-01-01

    Protein detection and characterization based on Broad-band Mach-Zehnder Interferometry is analytically outlined and demonstrated through a monolithic silicon microphotonic transducer. Arrays of silicon light emitting diodes and monomodal silicon nitride waveguides forming Mach-Zehnder interferometers were integrated on a silicon chip. Broad-band light enters the interferometers and exits sinusoidally modulated with two distinct spectral frequencies characteristic of the two polarizations. Deconvolution in the Fourier transform domain makes possible the separation of the two polarizations and the simultaneous monitoring of the TE and the TM signals. The dual polarization analysis over a broad spectral band makes possible the refractive index calculation of the binding adlayers as well as the distinction of effective medium changes into cover medium or adlayer ones. At the same time, multi-analyte detection at concentrations in the pM range is demonstrated. PMID:26825114

  13. Proteins dominate in the surface layers formed on materials exposed to extracellular polymeric substances from bacterial cultures.

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    Yang, Yi; Wikieł, Agata J; Dall'Agnol, Leonardo T; Eloy, Pierre; Genet, Michel J; Moura, José J G; Sand, Wolfgang; Dupont-Gillain, Christine C; Rouxhet, Paul G

    2016-01-01

    The chemical compositions of the surface conditioning layers formed by different types of solutions (from isolated EPS to whole culture media), involving different bacterial strains relevant for biocorrosion were compared, as they may influence the initial step in biofilm formation. Different substrata (polystyrene, glass, steel) were conditioned and analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Peak decomposition and assignment were validated by correlations between independent spectral data and the ubiquitous presence of organic contaminants on inorganic substrata was taken into account. Proteins or peptides were found to be a major constituent of all conditioning layers and polysaccharides were not present in appreciable concentrations; the proportion of nitrogen which may be due to DNA was lower than 15%. There was no significant difference between the compositions of the adlayers formed from different conditioning solutions, except for the adlayers produced with tightly bound EPS extracted from D. alaskensis.

  14. Halide electroadsorption on single crystal surfaces

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    Ocko, B.M.; Wandlowski, T.

    1997-07-01

    The structure and phase behavior of halides have been investigated on single crystals of Ag and Au using synchrotron x-ray scattering techniques. The adlayer coverages are potential dependent. For all halides studied the authors found that with increasing potential, at a critical potential, a disordered adlayer transforms into an ordered structure. Often these ordered phases are incommensurate and exhibit potential-dependent lateral separations (electrocompression). The authors have analyzed the electrocompression in terms of a model which includes lateral interactions and partial charge. A continuous compression is not observed for Br on Ag(100). Rather, they find that the adsorption is site-specific (lattice gas) in both the ordered and disordered phases. The coverage increases with increasing potential and at a critical potential the disordered phase transforms to a well-ordered commensurate structure.

  15. Diffractive-optics-based sensor as a tool for detection of biocompatibility of titanium and titanium-doped hydrocarbon samples.

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    Silvennoinen, Raimo; Hasoň, Stanislav; Vetterl, Vladimír; Penttinen, Niko; Silvennoinen, Martti; Myller, Kari; Cernochová, Pavlína; Bartáková, Sonia; Prachár, Patrik; Cvrček, Ladislav

    2010-10-10

    Adsorption of the elongated human plasma fibrinogen (HPF) and globular human serum albumin molecules on a titanium-based surface is monitored by analyzing permittivity and optical roughness of protein-modified surfaces by using a diffractive optical element (DOE)-based sensor and variable angle spectro-ellipsometry (VASE). Both DOE and VASE confirmed that fibrinogen forms a thicker and more packed surface adlayer compared to a more porous and weakly adsorbed albumin adlayer. A linear relation of the permittivity (ε(')) and dielectric loss (ε('')) was found for some of the dry titanium-doped hydrocarbon (TDHC) surfaces with excellent HPF adsorption ability. We discuss some aspects of TDHC's aging and its possible effects on fibrinogen adsorption.

  16. Monolithically integrated broad-band Mach-Zehnder interferometers for highly sensitive label-free detection of biomolecules through dual polarization optics.

    PubMed

    Psarouli, A; Salapatas, A; Botsialas, A; Petrou, P S; Raptis, I; Makarona, E; Jobst, G; Tukkiniemi, K; Sopanen, M; Stoffer, R; Kakabakos, S E; Misiakos, K

    2015-12-02

    Protein detection and characterization based on Broad-band Mach-Zehnder Interferometry is analytically outlined and demonstrated through a monolithic silicon microphotonic transducer. Arrays of silicon light emitting diodes and monomodal silicon nitride waveguides forming Mach-Zehnder interferometers were integrated on a silicon chip. Broad-band light enters the interferometers and exits sinusoidally modulated with two distinct spectral frequencies characteristic of the two polarizations. Deconvolution in the Fourier transform domain makes possible the separation of the two polarizations and the simultaneous monitoring of the TE and the TM signals. The dual polarization analysis over a broad spectral band makes possible the refractive index calculation of the binding adlayers as well as the distinction of effective medium changes into cover medium or adlayer ones. At the same time, multi-analyte detection at concentrations in the pM range is demonstrated.

  17. Monolithically integrated broad-band Mach-Zehnder interferometers for highly sensitive label-free detection of biomolecules through dual polarization optics

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    Psarouli, A.; Salapatas, A.; Botsialas, A.; Petrou, P. S.; Raptis, I.; Makarona, E.; Jobst, G.; Tukkiniemi, K.; Sopanen, M.; Stoffer, R.; Kakabakos, S. E.; Misiakos, K.

    2015-01-01

    Protein detection and characterization based on Broad-band Mach-Zehnder Interferometry is analytically outlined and demonstrated through a monolithic silicon microphotonic transducer. Arrays of silicon light emitting diodes and monomodal silicon nitride waveguides forming Mach-Zehnder interferometers were integrated on a silicon chip. Broad-band light enters the interferometers and exits sinusoidally modulated with two distinct spectral frequencies characteristic of the two polarizations. Deconvolution in the Fourier transform domain makes possible the separation of the two polarizations and the simultaneous monitoring of the TE and the TM signals. The dual polarization analysis over a broad spectral band makes possible the refractive index calculation of the binding adlayers as well as the distinction of effective medium changes into cover medium or adlayer ones. At the same time, multi-analyte detection at concentrations in the pM range is demonstrated. PMID:26825114

  18. Versatile UHV compatible Knudsen type effusion cell

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    Shukla, A.K.; Banik, S.; Dhaka, R.S.; Biswas, C.; Barman, S.R.; Haak, H.

    2004-11-01

    A versatile Knudsen type effusion cell has been fabricated for growing nanostructures and epitaxial layers of metals and semiconductors. The cell provides excellent vacuum compatibility (10{sup -10} mbar range during operation), efficient water cooling, uniform heating, and moderate input power consumption (100 W at 1000 deg. C). The thermal properties of the cell have been determined. The performance of the cell has been assessed by x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) for Mn adlayer growth on Al(111). We find that this Knudsen cell has a stable deposition rate of 0.17 monolayer per minute at 550 deg. C. From the XPS spectra, we show that the Mn adlayers are completely clean, i.e., devoid of any surface contamination.

  19. Monolithically integrated broad-band Mach-Zehnder interferometers for highly sensitive label-free detection of biomolecules through dual polarization optics

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    Psarouli, A.; Salapatas, A.; Botsialas, A.; Petrou, P. S.; Raptis, I.; Makarona, E.; Jobst, G.; Tukkiniemi, K.; Sopanen, M.; Stoffer, R.; Kakabakos, S. E.; Misiakos, K.

    2015-12-01

    Protein detection and characterization based on Broad-band Mach-Zehnder Interferometry is analytically outlined and demonstrated through a monolithic silicon microphotonic transducer. Arrays of silicon light emitting diodes and monomodal silicon nitride waveguides forming Mach-Zehnder interferometers were integrated on a silicon chip. Broad-band light enters the interferometers and exits sinusoidally modulated with two distinct spectral frequencies characteristic of the two polarizations. Deconvolution in the Fourier transform domain makes possible the separation of the two polarizations and the simultaneous monitoring of the TE and the TM signals. The dual polarization analysis over a broad spectral band makes possible the refractive index calculation of the binding adlayers as well as the distinction of effective medium changes into cover medium or adlayer ones. At the same time, multi-analyte detection at concentrations in the pM range is demonstrated.

  20. Dissociative adsorption of O2 on unreconstructed metal (100) surfaces: Pathways, energetics, and sticking kinetics

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    Liu, Da-Jiang; Evans, James W.

    2014-05-06

    An accurate description of oxygen dissociation pathways and kinetics for various local adlayer environments is key for an understanding not just of the coverage dependence of oxygen sticking, but also of reactive steady states in oxidation reactions. Density functional theory analysis for M(100) surfaces with M=Pd, Rh, and Ni, where O prefers the fourfold hollow adsorption site, does not support the traditional Brundle-Behm-Barker picture of dissociative adsorption onto second-nearest-neighbor hollow sites with an additional blocking constraint. Rather adsorption via neighboring vicinal bridge sites dominates, although other pathways can be active. The same conclusion also applies for M=Pt and Ir, where oxygen prefers the bridge adsorption site. Statistical mechanical analysis is performed based on kinetic Monte Carlo simulation of a multisite lattice-gas model consistent with our revised picture of adsorption. This analysis determines the coverage and temperature dependence of sticking for a realistic treatment of the oxygen adlayer structure.

  1. Deexcitation mechanisms in metastable He-surface collisions

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    Conrad, H.; Ertl, G.; Küppers, J.; Sesselman, W.; Haberland, H.

    1980-11-01

    Electron emission caused by impact of metastable He atoms on surfaces can either proceed by a two-stage resonance ionization + Auger neutralisation (RI + AN) or by a one-stage Auger deexcitation (AD or Penning ionization) mechanism. The RI + AN mechanism will dominate with clean transition metal surfaces and may be suppressed for example by lowering the local work function as demonstrated for K and Cs adlayers.

  2. Influence of adsorption or desorption and surface diffusion on the formation kinetics of open half-monolayer coverage.

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    Feldman, E P; Stefanovich, L I; Terekhova, Yu V

    2014-06-01

    The formation kinetics of open half-monolayer films on solid substrates is studied by the deposition of particles from a gaseous (vapor) phase to a cold substrate (room temperature) provided the lateral interaction between the particles of adsorbed layer (adlayer) is attractive. A detailed analysis of two limiting cases is presented: when the half-monolayer film formation rate is limited by the adsorption of particles from the gas phase and when the formation of the half-monolayer film surface is determined by the rate of surface diffusion of the adsorbed particles. The asymptotic analysis of the coverage dispersion evolution and the characteristic spatial scale of coverage inhomogeneities at the early and late stages of relaxation of a submonolayer film after quenching under the spinodal is carried out. It is found that separation of the adlayer occurs, so inhomogeneities of submonolayer films at the later stages of the process tend to equilibrium values of coverage in any case. However, asymptotic and numerical analysis shows that in the second case for some relationship between the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of the adlayer an intermediate asymptotic relaxation process can be observed. It testifies to a kinetic slowdown of the separation process at the spinodal values of coverages. This fact manifests as the appearance of the intermediate plateau in the evolution curves for the coverage dispersion and nonmonotonic change of the characteristic spatial scale of coverage inhomogeneities. Moreover, at the early stages of the coverage evolution, the incubation period is revealed in the development of its inhomogeneities. It is shown that at the later stages of the separation of the half-monolayer film, the characteristic spatial scale of coverage inhomogeneities increases with time according to the law τ {1/2} and the width of the transition region between enriched and depleted regions of adlayer decreases as 1/τ {1/2}.

  3. Effects of protonation of pyridine moieties on the 2D assembly of porphyrin layers on Au(111) at electrochemical interfaces.

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    Yoshimoto, Soichiro

    2012-05-14

    Unique molecular assemblies of a porphyrin derivative are prepared on Au(111) by controlling the protonation/unprotonation of the pyridine groups. The porphyrin derivative, driven by the protonation of the pyridine groups, can provide characteristic assemblies with specific molecular conformations on an Au(111) surface at the electrochemical interface. In situ scanning tunneling microscopy images revealed clear differences in the adlayer structures for the unprotonated and the protonated forms of the molecules that depended upon the electrochemical potential.

  4. Wurtzite GaN Surface Reconstructions Studied Using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    Smith, Arthur R.

    1998-03-01

    Using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we have identified two important classes of surface reconstructions which occur on wurtzite GaN. The surfaces are prepared in-situ using molecular beam epitaxy. The first class belongs to the (000bar1) or N-face of GaN and consists of four dominant reconstructions: 1×1, 3×3, 6×6, and c(6×12). The 1×1 has the lowest Ga concentration and is produced by heating the surface to high temperature ( ~ 800 ^circC). First principles total energy calculations demonstrate that this 1×1 consists of a Ga monolayer (or adlayer) bonded to the uppermost N-terminated bilayer; this adlayer is under tensile stress due to a smaller preferred Ga-Ga bond length compared to the GaN lattice constant. The other three reconstructions on the N-face are produced by depositing sub-monolayer quantities of Ga onto the 1×1. These additional Ga atoms reduce the stress in the adlayer, thus forming energetically favorable adatom-on-adlayer structures. The second class of reconstructions belongs to the (0001) or Ga-face; most of these reconstructions have been observed in prior work using electron diffraction, including 2×2 and 5×5. We also find a ``1×1'' on the Ga-face which, in contrast to the N-face 1×1, has the highest surface Ga concentration and occurs under Ga-rich growth conditions. At room temperature, low energy electron diffraction on this ``1×1'' reveals satellite spots surrounding the integral order spots. As the temperature is increased, these satellite spots develop into a ring-like structure and finally disappear at ~ 200 ^circC. These observations are consistent with a fluid layer of Ga atoms.

  5. Adsorption mode of cinchonidine on Cu(111) surface.

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    Xu, Qing-Min; Wang, Dong; Wan, Li-Jun; Bai, Chun-Li; Wang, Yuan

    2002-12-01

    The adsorption mode of cinchonidine on Cu(111) was directly obtained by in situ STM. The molecules were found to adsorb on the substrate surface and form a long-range ordered adlayer with (4 x 4) symmetry. While the quinoline rings lie parallel to Cu(111), the chiral quinuclidine moiety extends out of the surface. The enantioselectivity of catalysts may relate to this special adsorption conformation of cinchonidine on the surface.

  6. Mn deposition on Ni{sub 2}MnGa(100)

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    Nayak, J.; Rai, Abhishek; D'Souza, S. W.; Maniraj, M.; Barman, S. R.

    2012-06-05

    We report the study of Mn adlayers on a Mn deficient Ni{sub 2}MnGa(100) surface by using low energy electron diffraction (LEED). The spot profile analysis indicates that after 0.2 monolayer (ML) deposition, the LEED spots become very sharp. This pattern indicates the removal of Mn vacancies formed on the surface due to Mn deficiency. But with further growth of Mn layers on this surface, the LEED spots become broad.

  7. Selective growth of graphene in layer-by-layer via chemical vapor deposition.

    PubMed

    Park, Jaehyun; An, Hyosub; Choi, Dong-Chul; Hussain, Sajjad; Song, Wooseok; An, Ki-Seok; Lee, Won-Jun; Lee, Naesung; Lee, Wan-Gyu; Jung, Jongwan

    2016-08-14

    Selective and precise control of the layer number of graphene remains a critical issue for the practical applications of graphene. First, it is highly challenging to grow a continuous and uniform few-layer graphene since once the monolayer graphene fully covers a copper (Cu) surface, the growth of the second layer stops, resulting in mostly nonhomogeneous films. Second, from the selective adlayer growth point of view, there is no clear pathway for achieving this. We have developed the selective growth of a graphene adlayer in layer-by-layer via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) which makes it possible to stack graphene on a specific position. The key idea is to deposit a thin Cu layer (∼40 nm thick) on pre-grown monolayer graphene and to apply additional growth. The thin Cu atop the graphene/Cu substrate acts as a catalyst to decompose methane (CH4) gas during the additional growth. The adlayer is grown selectively on the pre-grown graphene, and the thin Cu is removed through evaporation during CVD, eventually forming large-area and uniform double layer graphene. With this technology, highly uniform graphene films with precise thicknesses of 1 to 5 layers and graphene check patterns with 1 to 3 layers were successfully demonstrated. This method provides precise LBL growth for a uniform graphene film and a technique for the design of new graphene devices. PMID:27436358

  8. Density functional theory screening of gas-treatment strategies for stabilization of high energy-density lithium metal anodes

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    Koch, Stephan L.; Morgan, Benjamin J.; Passerini, Stefano; Teobaldi, Gilberto

    2015-11-01

    To explore the potential of molecular gas treatment of freshly cut lithium foils in non-electrolyte-based passivation of high-energy-density Li anodes, density functional theory (DFT) has been used to study the decomposition of molecular gases on metallic lithium surfaces. By combining DFT geometry optimization and Molecular Dynamics, the effects of atmospheric (N2, O2, CO2) and hazardous (F2, SO2) gas decomposition on Li(bcc) (100), (110), and (111) surfaces on relative surface energies, work functions, and emerging electronic and elastic properties are investigated. The simulations suggest that exposure to different molecular gases can be used to induce and control reconstructions of the metal Li surface and substantial changes (up to over 1 eV) in the work function of the passivated system. Contrary to the other considered gases, which form metallic adlayers, SO2 treatment emerges as the most effective in creating an insulating passivation layer for dosages ≤1 mono-layer. The substantial Li → adsorbate charge transfer and adlayer relaxation produce marked elastic stiffening of the interface, with the smallest change shown by nitrogen-treated adlayers.

  9. X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Characterization of Zn Underpotential Deposition on Au(111) from Phosphate Supporting Electrolyte

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    Lee, J R; O'Malley, R L; O'Connell, T J; Vollmer, A; Rayment, T

    2009-12-11

    Zn K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) has been used to investigate the structure of Zn monolayers prepared on Au(111) electrodes via underpotential deposition (UPD) from phosphate supporting electrolyte. Theoretical modeling of the XAS data indicates that the Zn adatoms adopt a commensurate ({radical}3x{radical}3)R30{sup o} ({mu}{sub sc} = 0.33) adlayer structure and reside within the 3-fold hollow sites of the Au(111) surface. Meanwhile, phosphate counter-ions co-adsorb on the UPD adlayer and bridge between the Zn adatoms in a ({radical}3x{radical}3)R30{sup o} ({mu}{sub sc} = 0.33) configuration, with each phosphorous atom residing above a vacant 3-fold hollow site of the Au(111). Significantly, this surface structure is invariant between the electrochemical potential for UPD adlayer formation and the onset of bulk Zn electrodeposition. Analysis of the Zn K-edge absorption onset also presents the possibility that the Zn adatoms do not fully discharge during the process of UPD, which had been proposed in prior voltammetric studies of the phosphate/Zn(UPD)/Au(111) system.

  10. Revealing a 5,000-y-old beer recipe in China.

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    Wang, Jiajing; Liu, Li; Ball, Terry; Yu, Linjie; Li, Yuanqing; Xing, Fulai

    2016-06-01

    The pottery vessels from the Mijiaya site reveal, to our knowledge, the first direct evidence of in situ beer making in China, based on the analyses of starch, phytolith, and chemical residues. Our data reveal a surprising beer recipe in which broomcorn millet (Panicum miliaceum), barley (Hordeum vulgare), Job's tears (Coix lacryma-jobi), and tubers were fermented together. The results indicate that people in China established advanced beer-brewing technology by using specialized tools and creating favorable fermentation conditions around 5,000 y ago. Our findings imply that early beer making may have motivated the initial translocation of barley from the Western Eurasia into the Central Plain of China before the crop became a part of agricultural subsistence in the region 3,000 y later. PMID:27217567

  11. Kanglaite attenuates UVB-induced down-regulation of aquaporin-3 in cultured human skin keratinocytes

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    SHAN, SHI-JUN; XIAO, TING; CHEN, JOHN; GENG, SHI-LING; LI, CHANG-PING; XU, XUEGANG; HONG, YUXIAO; JI, CHAO; GUO, YING; WEI, HUACHEN; LIU, WEI; LI, DAPENG; CHEN, HONG-DUO

    2012-01-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) radiation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of skin photoaging. Depending on the wavelength of UV, the epidermis is affected primarily by UVB. One major characteristic of photoaging is the dehydration of the skin. Membrane-inserted water channels (aquaporins) are involved in this process. In this study we demonstrated that UVB radiation induced aquaporin-3 (AQP3) down-regulation in cultured human skin keratinocytes. Kanglaite is a mixture consisting of extractions of Coix Seed, which is an effective anti-neoplastic agent and can inhibit the activities of protein kinase C and NF-κB. We demonstrated that Kanglaite inhibited UVB-induced AQP3 down-regulation of cultured human skin keratinocytes. Our findings provide a potential new agent for anti-photoaging. The related molecular mechanisms remain to be further elucidated. PMID:22211241

  12. Revealing a 5,000-y-old beer recipe in China.

    PubMed

    Wang, Jiajing; Liu, Li; Ball, Terry; Yu, Linjie; Li, Yuanqing; Xing, Fulai

    2016-06-01

    The pottery vessels from the Mijiaya site reveal, to our knowledge, the first direct evidence of in situ beer making in China, based on the analyses of starch, phytolith, and chemical residues. Our data reveal a surprising beer recipe in which broomcorn millet (Panicum miliaceum), barley (Hordeum vulgare), Job's tears (Coix lacryma-jobi), and tubers were fermented together. The results indicate that people in China established advanced beer-brewing technology by using specialized tools and creating favorable fermentation conditions around 5,000 y ago. Our findings imply that early beer making may have motivated the initial translocation of barley from the Western Eurasia into the Central Plain of China before the crop became a part of agricultural subsistence in the region 3,000 y later.

  13. Ultrastructure and phylogeny of Ustilago coicis *

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    Zhang, Jing-ze; Guan, Pei-gang; Tao, Gang; Ojaghian, Mohammad Reza; Hyde, Kevin David

    2013-01-01

    Ustilago coicis causes serious smut on Coix lacryma-jobi in Dayang Town, Jinyun County, Zhejiang Province of China. In this paper, ultrastructural assessments on fungus-host interactions and teliospore development are presented, and molecular phylogenetic analyses have been done to elucidate the phylogenetic placement of the taxon. Hyphal growth within infected tissues was both intracellular and intercellular and on the surface of fungus-host interaction, and the fungal cell wall and the invaginated host plasma membrane were separated by a sheath comprising two distinct layers between the fungal cell wall and the invaginated host plasma membrane. Ornamentation development of teliospore walls was unique as they appeared to be originated from the exosporium. In addition, internal transcribed spacer (ITS) and large subunit (LSU) sequence data showed that U. coicis is closely related to Ustilago trichophora which infects grass species of the genus Echinochloa (Poaceae). PMID:23549851

  14. Surface-Bound Intermediates in Low-Temperature Methanol Synthesis on Copper. Participants and Spectators

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    Yang, Yong; Mei, Donghai; Peden, Charles H.F.; Campbell, Charles T.; Mims, Charles A.

    2015-11-03

    The reactivity of surface adsorbed species present on copper catalysts during methanol synthesis at low temperatures was studied by simultaneous infrared spectroscopy (IR) and mass spectroscopy (MS) measurements during “titration” (transient surface reaction) experiments with isotopic tracing. The results show that adsorbed formate is a major bystander species present on the surface under steady-state methanol synthesis reaction conditions, but it cannot be converted to methanol by reaction with pure H2, nor with H2 plus added water. Formate-containing surface adlayers for these experiments were produced during steady state catalysis in (a) H2:CO2 (with substantial formate coverage) and (b) moist H2:CO (with no IR visible formate species). Both these reaction conditions produce methanol at steady state with relatively high rates. Adlayers containing formate were also produced by (c) formic acid adsorption. Various "titration" gases were used to probe these adlayers at modest temperatures (T = 410-450K) and 6 bar total pressure. Methanol gas (up to ~1% monolayer equivalent) was produced in "titration" from the H2:CO2 catalytic adlayers by H2 plus water, but not by dry hydrogen. The decay in the formate IR features accelerated in the presence of added water vapor. The H2:CO:H2O catalytic adlayer produced similar methanol titration yields in H2 plus water but showed no surface formate features in IR (less than 0.2% monolayer coverage). Finally, formate from formic acid chemisorption produced no methanol under any titration conditions. Even under (H2:CO2) catalytic reaction conditions, isotope tracing showed that pre-adsorbed formate from formic acid did not contribute to the methanol produced. Although non-formate intermediates exist during low temperature methanol synthesis on copper which can be converted to methanol gas

  15. (Non) formation of methanol by direct hydrogenation of formate on copper catalysts

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    Yang, Yong; Mims, Charles A.; Disselkamp, Robert S.; Kwak, Ja Hun; Peden, Charles HF; Campbell, C. T.

    2010-10-14

    We have attempted to hydrogenate adsorbed formate species on copper catalysts to probe the importance of this postulated mechanistic step in methanol synthesis. Surface formate coverages up to 0.25 were produced at temperatures between 413K and 453K on supported (Cu/SiO2) copper and unsupported copper catalysts. The adlayers were produced by various methods including (1) steady state catalytic conditions in CO2-H2 (3:1, 6 bar) atmospheres, and (2) by exposure of the catalysts to formic acid. As reported in earlier work, the catalytic surface at steady state contains bidentate formate species with coverages up to saturation levels of ~ 0.25 at the low temperatures of this study. The reactivity of these formate adlayers was investigated at relevant reaction temperatures in atmospheres containing up to 6 bar H2 partial pressure by simultaneous mass spectrometry (MS) and infrared (IR) spectroscopy measurements. The yield of methanol during the attempted hydrogenation (“titration”) of these adlayers was insignificant (<0.2 mol % of the formate adlayer) even in dry hydrogen partial pressures up to 6 bar. Hydrogen titration of formate species produced from formic acid also failed to produce significant quantities of methanol, and attempted titration in gases consisting of CO-hydrogen mixtures or dry CO2 were also unproductive. The formate decomposition kinetics, measured by IR, were also unaffected by these changes in the gas composition. Similar experiments on unsupported copper also failed to show any methanol. From these results, we conclude that methanol synthesis on copper cannot result from the direct hydrogenation of (bidentate) formate species in simple steps involving adsorbed H species alone. Furthermore, experiments performed on both supported (Cu/SiO2) and unsupported copper catalysts gave similar results implying that the methanol synthesis reaction mechanism only involves metal surface chemistry. Pre-exposure of the bidentate formate adlayer to oxidation

  16. Two-dimensional material confined water.

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    Li, Qiang; Song, Jie; Besenbacher, Flemming; Dong, Mingdong

    2015-01-20

    CONSPECTUS: The interface between water and other materials under ambient conditions is of fundamental importance due to its relevance in daily life and a broad range of scientific research. The structural and dynamic properties of water at an interface have been proven to be significantly difference than those of bulk water. However, the exact nature of these interfacial water adlayers at ambient conditions is still under debate. Recent scanning probe microscopy (SPM) experiments, where two-dimensional (2D) materials as ultrathin coatings are utilized to assist the visualization of interfacial water adlayers, have made remarkable progress on interfacial water and started to clarify some of these fundamental scientific questions. In this Account, we review the recently conducted research exploring the properties of confined water between 2D materials and various surfaces under ambient conditions. Initially, we review the earlier studies of water adsorbed on hydrophilic substrates under ambient conditions in the absence of 2D coating materials, which shows the direct microscopic results. Subsequently, we focus on the studies of water adlayer growth at both hydrophilic and hydrophobic substrates in the presence of 2D coating materials. Ice-like water adlayers confined between hydrophobic graphene and hydrophilic substrates can be directly observed in detail by SPM. It was found that the packing structure of the water adlayer was determined by the hydrophilic substrates, while the orientation of intercalation water domains was directed by the graphene coating. In contrast to hydrophilic substrates, liquid-like nanodroplets confined between hydrophobic graphene and hydrophobic substrates appear close to step edges and atomic-scale surface defects, indicating that atomic-scale surface defects play significant roles in determining the adsorption of water on hydrophobic substrates. In addition, we also review the phenomena of confined water between 2D hydrophilic MoS2 and

  17. Two-dimensional material confined water.

    PubMed

    Li, Qiang; Song, Jie; Besenbacher, Flemming; Dong, Mingdong

    2015-01-20

    CONSPECTUS: The interface between water and other materials under ambient conditions is of fundamental importance due to its relevance in daily life and a broad range of scientific research. The structural and dynamic properties of water at an interface have been proven to be significantly difference than those of bulk water. However, the exact nature of these interfacial water adlayers at ambient conditions is still under debate. Recent scanning probe microscopy (SPM) experiments, where two-dimensional (2D) materials as ultrathin coatings are utilized to assist the visualization of interfacial water adlayers, have made remarkable progress on interfacial water and started to clarify some of these fundamental scientific questions. In this Account, we review the recently conducted research exploring the properties of confined water between 2D materials and various surfaces under ambient conditions. Initially, we review the earlier studies of water adsorbed on hydrophilic substrates under ambient conditions in the absence of 2D coating materials, which shows the direct microscopic results. Subsequently, we focus on the studies of water adlayer growth at both hydrophilic and hydrophobic substrates in the presence of 2D coating materials. Ice-like water adlayers confined between hydrophobic graphene and hydrophilic substrates can be directly observed in detail by SPM. It was found that the packing structure of the water adlayer was determined by the hydrophilic substrates, while the orientation of intercalation water domains was directed by the graphene coating. In contrast to hydrophilic substrates, liquid-like nanodroplets confined between hydrophobic graphene and hydrophobic substrates appear close to step edges and atomic-scale surface defects, indicating that atomic-scale surface defects play significant roles in determining the adsorption of water on hydrophobic substrates. In addition, we also review the phenomena of confined water between 2D hydrophilic MoS2 and

  18. Selective growth of graphene in layer-by-layer via chemical vapor deposition

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    Park, Jaehyun; An, Hyosub; Choi, Dong-Chul; Hussain, Sajjad; Song, Wooseok; An, Ki-Seok; Lee, Won-Jun; Lee, Naesung; Lee, Wan-Gyu; Jung, Jongwan

    2016-07-01

    Selective and precise control of the layer number of graphene remains a critical issue for the practical applications of graphene. First, it is highly challenging to grow a continuous and uniform few-layer graphene since once the monolayer graphene fully covers a copper (Cu) surface, the growth of the second layer stops, resulting in mostly nonhomogeneous films. Second, from the selective adlayer growth point of view, there is no clear pathway for achieving this. We have developed the selective growth of a graphene adlayer in layer-by-layer via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) which makes it possible to stack graphene on a specific position. The key idea is to deposit a thin Cu layer (~40 nm thick) on pre-grown monolayer graphene and to apply additional growth. The thin Cu atop the graphene/Cu substrate acts as a catalyst to decompose methane (CH4) gas during the additional growth. The adlayer is grown selectively on the pre-grown graphene, and the thin Cu is removed through evaporation during CVD, eventually forming large-area and uniform double layer graphene. With this technology, highly uniform graphene films with precise thicknesses of 1 to 5 layers and graphene check patterns with 1 to 3 layers were successfully demonstrated. This method provides precise LBL growth for a uniform graphene film and a technique for the design of new graphene devices.Selective and precise control of the layer number of graphene remains a critical issue for the practical applications of graphene. First, it is highly challenging to grow a continuous and uniform few-layer graphene since once the monolayer graphene fully covers a copper (Cu) surface, the growth of the second layer stops, resulting in mostly nonhomogeneous films. Second, from the selective adlayer growth point of view, there is no clear pathway for achieving this. We have developed the selective growth of a graphene adlayer in layer-by-layer via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) which makes it possible to stack graphene

  19. Indium arsenide as a material for biological applications: Assessment of surface modifications, toxicity, and biocompatibility

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    Jewett, Scott A.

    III-V semiconductors such as InAs have recently been employed in a variety of applications where the electronic and optical characteristics of traditional, silicon-based materials are inadequate. InAs has a narrow band gap and very high electron mobility in the near-surface region, which makes it very attractive for high performance transistors, optical applications, and chemical sensing. However, InAs forms an unstable surface oxide layer in ambient conditions, which can corrode over time and leach toxic indium and arsenic components. Current research has gone into making InAs more attractive for biological applications through passivation of the surface by adlayer adsorption. In particular, wet-chemical methods are current routes of exploration due to their simplicity, low cost, and flexibility in the type of passivating molecule. This dissertation focuses on surface modifications of InAs using wet-chemical methods in order to further its use in biological applications. First, the adsorption of collagen binding peptides and mixed peptide/thiol adlayers onto InAs was assessed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) along with atomic force microscopy (AFM) data suggested that the peptides successfully adsorbed onto InAs, but were only able to block oxide regrowth to a relatively low extent. This low passivation ability is due to the lack of covalent bonds of the peptide to InAs, which are necessary to effectively block oxide regrowth. The addition of a thiol, in the form of mixed peptide/thiol adlayers greatly enhanced passivation of InAs while maintaining peptide presence on the surface. Thiols form tight, covalent bonds with InAs, which prevents oxide regrowth. The presence of the collagen-binding peptide on the surface opens the door to subsequent modification with collagen or polyelectrolyte-based adlayers. Next, the stability and toxicity of modified InAs substrates were determined using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and zebrafish

  20. SrTiO{sub 3}(001)-({radical}(5)x{radical}(5))-R26.6 deg. reconstruction: A surface resulting from phase separation in a reducing environment

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    Newell, David T.; Silly, Fabien; Castell, Martin R.; Harrison, Alastair

    2007-05-15

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) was used to produce atomic resolution images of the Nb-doped SrTiO{sub 3}(001)-({radical}(5)x{radical}(5))-R26.6 deg. reconstruction and its precursor surfaces. Low-energy electron diffraction was used to identify the surface structure in combination with the STM imaging. The ({radical}(5)x{radical}(5))-R26.6 deg. reconstruction was observed growing as an adlayer on top of the underlying terraces. The formation of this structure could routinely be detected by an increase in the crystal's electrical conductivity during ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) annealing at 1300 deg. C. This rise in conductivity occurs due to significant reduction of the crystal. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) on these samples showed small islands with a rectangular base separated by flat regions. Auger electron spectroscopy showed titanium enrichment, and strontium and oxygen depletion of the surface region. The islands seen in the SEM images are TiO crystals, as reported by S. B. Lee et al. [Ultramicroscopy 104, 30 (2005)]. The flat regions between the islands are composed of a Sr adlayer on the surface that is consistent with the ({radical}(5)x{radical}(5))-R26.6 deg. adatom model of Kubo and Nazoye [Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 1801 (2001)]. We propose that the TiO islands and the ({radical}(5)x{radical}(5))-R26.6 deg. Sr adlayer reconstruction form due to phase separation in the surface region of the crystal. This phase separation is driven by oxygen depletion which occurs during high-temperature UHV annealing of the sample.

  1. Vibrational dynamics and band structure of methyl-terminated Ge(111).

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    Hund, Zachary M; Nihill, Kevin J; Campi, Davide; Wong, Keith T; Lewis, Nathan S; Bernasconi, M; Benedek, G; Sibener, S J

    2015-09-28

    A combined synthesis, experiment, and theory approach, using elastic and inelastic helium atom scattering along with ab initio density functional perturbation theory, has been used to investigate the vibrational dynamics and band structure of a recently synthesized organic-functionalized semiconductor interface. Specifically, the thermal properties and lattice dynamics of the underlying Ge(111) semiconductor crystal in the presence of a commensurate (1 × 1) methyl adlayer were defined for atomically flat methylated Ge(111) surfaces. The mean-square atomic displacements were evaluated by analysis of the thermal attenuation of the elastic He diffraction intensities using the Debye-Waller model, revealing an interface with hybrid characteristics. The methyl adlayer vibrational modes are coupled with the Ge(111) substrate, resulting in significantly softer in-plane motion relative to rigid motion in the surface normal. Inelastic helium time-of-flight measurements revealed the excitations of the Rayleigh wave across the surface Brillouin zone, and such measurements were in agreement with the dispersion curves that were produced using density functional perturbation theory. The dispersion relations for H-Ge(111) indicated that a deviation in energy and lineshape for the Rayleigh wave was present along the nearest-neighbor direction. The effects of mass loading, as determined by calculations for CD3-Ge(111), as well as by force constants, were less significant than the hybridization between the Rayleigh wave and methyl adlayer librations. The presence of mutually similar hybridization effects for CH3-Ge(111) and CH3-Si(111) surfaces extends the understanding of the relationship between the vibrational dynamics and the band structure of various semiconductor surfaces that have been functionalized with organic overlayers.

  2. Layer-by-layer evolution of structure, strain, and activity for the oxygen evolution reaction in graphene-templated Pt monolayers.

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    Abdelhafiz, Ali; Vitale, Adam; Joiner, Corey; Vogel, Eric; Alamgir, Faisal M

    2015-03-25

    In this study, we explore the dimensional aspect of structure-driven surface properties of metal monolayers grown on a graphene/Au template. Here, surface limited redox replacement (SLRR) is used to provide precise layer-by-layer growth of Pt monolayers on graphene. We find that after a few iterations of SLRR, fully wetted 4-5 monolayer Pt films can be grown on graphene. Incorporating graphene at the Pt-Au interface modifies the growth mechanism, charge transfers, equilibrium interatomic distances, and associated strain of the synthesized Pt monolayers. We find that a single layer of sandwiched graphene is able to induce a 3.5% compressive strain on the Pt adlayer grown on it, and as a result, catalytic activity is increased due to a greater areal density of the Pt layers beyond face-centered-cubic close packing. At the same time, the sandwiched graphene does not obstruct vicinity effects of near-surface electron exchange between the substrate Au and adlayers Pt. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) techniques are used to examine charge mediation across the Pt-graphene-Au junction and the local atomic arrangement as a function of the Pt adlayer dimension. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) are used as probes to examine the electrochemically active area of Pt monolayers and catalyst activity, respectively. Results show that the inserted graphene monolayer results in increased activity for the Pt due to a graphene-induced compressive strain, as well as a higher resistance against loss of the catalytically active Pt surface.

  3. A sensitivity metric and software to guide the analysis of soft films measured by a quartz crystal microbalance.

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    McNamara, Thomas P; Blanford, Christopher F

    2016-05-10

    This article introduces a set of mathematical and computational tools for use with a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) to aid in experimental planning and data interpretation. The optimisation tools are based on a metric we term the total parameter matrix sensitivity (TPM-sensitivity). TPM-sensitivity is defined mathematically as the Jacobian determinant of a QCM's responses (e.g., frequency change or dissipation/bandwidth change for a given harmonic) with respect to changes in the physical properties of a soft film and surrounding solution (e.g., density or viscosity). Large TPM-sensitivity values denote conditions where the sensor responses are not only large but also allow the selected unknown physical properties to be mathematically decoupled. In some cases, the viscoelastic properties of an adlayer can be determined using only frequency responses. We validated this method using experimentally obtained data of an ageing adlayer of the enzyme bilirubin oxidase from Myrothecium verrucaria. Fits to these measurements produced more realistic film parameters when responses, including frequency-only combinations, were selected to maximise TPM sensitivity. We provide documented MATLAB code with a graphical user interface to enable other QCM users to employ this analysis. The current software can be applied to any single, homogeneous adlayer that obeys a Kelvin-Voigt viscoelastic model and sits under a semi-infinite Newtonian fluid. Only initial estimates of the film values are required, with the analysis providing guidance and predictions, allowing users to create testable hypothesis and determine the physical changes on the surface rather than have pre-existing values for them.

  4. Preconditioning of model biocarriers by soluble pollutants: a QCM-D study.

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    Huang, Hui; Ding, Li-li; Ren, Hong-qiang; Geng, Jin-ju; Xu, Ke; Zhang, Yan

    2015-04-01

    Preconditioning of a biocarrier surface is the first step in triggering biofilm formation in attached-growth bioreactors. However, the quantification and control of this step as influenced by solution conditions and biocarrier properties have been rarely explored. In this paper, deposition behaviors of soluble pollutants on the model biocarriers polystyrene (PS) and polyamide (PA) were performed using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D). Three types of wastewater from municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants and 12 synthetic wastewaters with different configurations of model macromolecules (bovine serum albumin and sodium alginate) and ionic compositions (Na(+) and Ca(2+)) were prepared. Results showed that high organic contents (protein and humic acid) in real wastewater increased deposition compared to the impact of ions on the two types of carriers. For synthetic wastewater, an interesting phenomenon was observed in that the presence of Ca(2+) can transform a thin and rigid adlayer into a denser and viscoelastic one on the surface of PS with low organic contents, yet a viscoelastic adlayer can directly form on PS and an increase in the ionic strength hinders deposition in the presence of high organic contents. The deposition of solutes on PA produces a thicker and viscoelastic adlayer that is strengthened an elevated concentration of organic materials. Additionally, a weakening effect of Ca(2+) on deposition was revealed under high ionic strength. This is the first demonstration of control strategies for preconditioning hydrophilic and hydrophobic biocarriers under different water quality conditions and has important implications for the design of a start-up process for biofilm formation in attached-growth bioreactors. PMID:25785553

  5. Vibrational dynamics and band structure of methyl-terminated Ge(111)

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    Hund, Zachary M.; Nihill, Kevin J.; Sibener, S. J.; Campi, Davide; Bernasconi, M.; Wong, Keith T.; Lewis, Nathan S.; Benedek, G.

    2015-09-28

    A combined synthesis, experiment, and theory approach, using elastic and inelastic helium atom scattering along with ab initio density functional perturbation theory, has been used to investigate the vibrational dynamics and band structure of a recently synthesized organic-functionalized semiconductor interface. Specifically, the thermal properties and lattice dynamics of the underlying Ge(111) semiconductor crystal in the presence of a commensurate (1 × 1) methyl adlayer were defined for atomically flat methylated Ge(111) surfaces. The mean-square atomic displacements were evaluated by analysis of the thermal attenuation of the elastic He diffraction intensities using the Debye-Waller model, revealing an interface with hybrid characteristics. The methyl adlayer vibrational modes are coupled with the Ge(111) substrate, resulting in significantly softer in-plane motion relative to rigid motion in the surface normal. Inelastic helium time-of-flight measurements revealed the excitations of the Rayleigh wave across the surface Brillouin zone, and such measurements were in agreement with the dispersion curves that were produced using density functional perturbation theory. The dispersion relations for H-Ge(111) indicated that a deviation in energy and lineshape for the Rayleigh wave was present along the nearest-neighbor direction. The effects of mass loading, as determined by calculations for CD{sub 3}-Ge(111), as well as by force constants, were less significant than the hybridization between the Rayleigh wave and methyl adlayer librations. The presence of mutually similar hybridization effects for CH{sub 3}-Ge(111) and CH{sub 3}-Si(111) surfaces extends the understanding of the relationship between the vibrational dynamics and the band structure of various semiconductor surfaces that have been functionalized with organic overlayers.

  6. A sensitivity metric and software to guide the analysis of soft films measured by a quartz crystal microbalance.

    PubMed

    McNamara, Thomas P; Blanford, Christopher F

    2016-05-10

    This article introduces a set of mathematical and computational tools for use with a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) to aid in experimental planning and data interpretation. The optimisation tools are based on a metric we term the total parameter matrix sensitivity (TPM-sensitivity). TPM-sensitivity is defined mathematically as the Jacobian determinant of a QCM's responses (e.g., frequency change or dissipation/bandwidth change for a given harmonic) with respect to changes in the physical properties of a soft film and surrounding solution (e.g., density or viscosity). Large TPM-sensitivity values denote conditions where the sensor responses are not only large but also allow the selected unknown physical properties to be mathematically decoupled. In some cases, the viscoelastic properties of an adlayer can be determined using only frequency responses. We validated this method using experimentally obtained data of an ageing adlayer of the enzyme bilirubin oxidase from Myrothecium verrucaria. Fits to these measurements produced more realistic film parameters when responses, including frequency-only combinations, were selected to maximise TPM sensitivity. We provide documented MATLAB code with a graphical user interface to enable other QCM users to employ this analysis. The current software can be applied to any single, homogeneous adlayer that obeys a Kelvin-Voigt viscoelastic model and sits under a semi-infinite Newtonian fluid. Only initial estimates of the film values are required, with the analysis providing guidance and predictions, allowing users to create testable hypothesis and determine the physical changes on the surface rather than have pre-existing values for them. PMID:27079276

  7. Encapsulated Pd nanocrystals supported by nanoline-structured SrTiO3(001).

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    Silly, Fabien; Castell, Martin R

    2005-06-30

    Palladium nanocrystals were grown on a nanostructured SrTiO(3)(001) surface and annealed in ultrahigh vacuum at 620 degrees C. This leads to the so-called strong metal-support interaction (SMSI) state, characterized by encapsulation of the metal clusters with an oxide layer. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) of the oxide adlayer on the Pd(111) cluster surface reveals two superstructures with different lattice parameters and crystallographic rotations. Interpretation of the STM images is most readily achieved via noncommensurate TiO(x)() surface layers which result in two distinct Moiré patterns. PMID:16852520

  8. Quenching of the luminescence intensity of GaN nanowires under electron beam exposure: impact of C adsorption on the exciton lifetime

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    Lähnemann, Jonas; Flissikowski, Timur; Wölz, Martin; Geelhaar, Lutz; Grahn, Holger T.; Brandt, Oliver; Jahn, Uwe

    2016-11-01

    Electron irradiation of GaN nanowires in a scanning electron microscope strongly reduces their luminous efficiency as shown by cathodoluminescence imaging and spectroscopy. We demonstrate that this luminescence quenching originates from a combination of charge trapping at already existing surface states and the formation of new surface states induced by the adsorption of C on the nanowire sidewalls. The interplay of these effects leads to a complex temporal evolution of the quenching, which strongly depends on the incident electron dose per area. Time-resolved photoluminescence measurements on electron-irradiated samples reveal that the carbonaceous adlayer affects both the nonradiative and the radiative recombination dynamics.

  9. Self-organization of surfactant molecules on solid surface: an STM study of sodium alkyl sulfonates [rapid communication

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    Yin, Xiu-Li; Wan, Li-Jun; Yang, Zheng-Yu; Yu, Jia-Yong

    2005-02-01

    Adsorption and self-organization of sodium alkyl sulfonates (STS and SHS) on HOPG have been studied by using in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Both SHS and STS molecules adsorb on HOPG surface and form long-range well-ordered monolayers. The molecular rows and the axes of alkyl chain of the molecules cross each other at angles of 60° and 90° in the STS and SHS layers, respectively. Molecular details such as sulfonate functional group (head) and alkyl chain are clearly imaged. The neighboring molecules in different rows form a "head to head" configuration. Structural models for the molecular arrangement of the two adlayers are proposed.

  10. Surface confined metallosupramolecular architectures: formation and scanning tunneling microscopy characterization.

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    Li, Shan-Shan; Northrop, Brian H; Yuan, Qun-Hui; Wan, Li-Jun; Stang, Peter J

    2009-02-17

    Metallosupramolecular compounds have attracted a great deal of attention over the past two decades largely because of their unique, highly complex structural characteristics and their potential electronic, magnetic, optical, and catalytic properties. These molecules can be prepared with relative ease using coordination-driven self-assembly techniques. In particular, the use of electron-poor square-planar Pt(II) transition metals in conjunction with rigid, electron-rich pyridyl donors has enabled the spontaneous self-assembly of a rich library of 2D metallacyclic and 3D metallacage assemblies via the directional-bonding approach. With this progress in the preparation and characterization of metallosupramolecules, researchers have now turned their attention toward fully exploring and developing their materials properties. Assembling metallosupramolecular compounds on solid supports represents a vitally important step toward developing their materials properties. Surfaces provide a means of uniformly aligning and orienting these highly symmetric metallacycles and metallacages. This uniformity increases the level of coherence between molecules above that which can be achieved in the solution phase and provides a way to integrate adsorbed layers, or adlayers, into a solid-state materials setting. The dynamic nature of kinetically labile Pt(II)-N coordination bonds requires us to adjust deposition and imaging conditions to retain the assemblies' stability. Toward these aims, we have used scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to image these adlayers and to understand the factors that govern surface self-assembly and the interactions that influence their structure and stability. This Account describes our efforts to deposit 2D rectangular and square metallacycles and 3D trigonal bipyramidal and chiral trigonal prism metallacages on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) and Au(111) substrates to give intact assemblies and ordered adlayers. We have investigated the effects

  11. Aflatoxin contamination in foods and foodstuffs in Tokyo: 1986-1990.

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    Tabata, S; Kamimura, H; Ibe, A; Hashimoto, H; Iida, M; Tamura, Y; Nishima, T

    1993-01-01

    Aflatoxins were determined in 3054 samples of foods or foodstuffs, including cereals, nuts, beans, spices, dairy products, dry fruits, and edible oil. Samples were collected in Tokyo from 1986 to 1990. Aflatoxins were found in rice products, adlay, corn, crude sugar, peanut products, pistachio nuts, brazil nuts, sesame products, butter beans, white pepper, red pepper, paprika, nutmeg, and mixed spices. The highest incidence of aflatoxin contamination was observed in nutmeg (80%), and the highest level of aflatoxin B1 was observed in pistachio nuts (1382 ppb). PMID:8448440

  12. Transverse thermal depinning and nonlinear sliding friction of an adsorbed monolayer.

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    Granato, E; Ying, S C

    2000-12-18

    We study the response of an adsorbed monolayer under a driving force as a model of sliding friction phenomena between two crystalline surfaces with a boundary lubrication layer. Using Langevin-dynamics simulation, we determine the nonlinear response in the direction transverse to a high symmetry direction along which the layer is already sliding. We find that below a finite transition temperature there exist a critical depinning force and hysteresis effects in the transverse response in the dynamical state when the adlayer is sliding smoothly along the longitudinal direction. PMID:11135998

  13. Adsorption structure of water molecules on the Be(0001) surface

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    Yang, Yu; Li, Yanfang; Wang, Shuangxi; Zhang, Ping

    2014-06-07

    By using density functional theory calculations, we systematically investigate the adsorption of water molecules at different coverages on the Be(0001) surface. The coverage dependence of the prototype water structures and energetics for water adlayer growth are systematically studied. The structures, energetics, and electronic properties are calculated and compared with other available studies. Through our systematic investigations, we find that water molecules form clusters or chains on the Be(0001) surface at low coverages. When increasing the water coverage, water molecules tend to form a 2 × 2 hexagonal network on the Be(0001) surface.

  14. A square titanium nanomesh on W(100)

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    Trembulowicz, A.; Ciszewski, A.

    2007-08-01

    A regular square mesh structure with 4.5 nm periodicity was formed after annealing an adsorption layer of Ti on W(100) at 1370 K. The nanomesh consists of two self-assembled layers on top of the Ti adlayer, ~3.5 physical monolayers thick on average. The first layer of the nanomesh is composed of wires ~1.3 nm wide arranged along the \\langle 010 \\rangle directions of the W(100) substrate. The second one is formed by islands of ~1.6 nm in diameter arrayed upon crossing sites of the wires. The nanomesh is thermally stable up to 1470 K.

  15. Direct STM investigation of cinchona alkaloid adsorption on Cu(III).

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    Xu, Qing-Min; Wang, Dong; Han, Mei-Juan; Wan, Li-Jun; Bai, Chun-Li

    2004-04-13

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) combined with cyclic voltammetry has been employed to investigate the adsorption of cinchonine on Cu(111). Similar to cinchonidine, cinchonine forms a long-range ordered adlayer with (4 x 4) symmetry on the substrate. The structural details on molecular adsorption were obtained by high-resolution STM images. On the basis of the previous results and obtained STM images, the quinoline ring is proposed to lie parallel to Cu(111) and serve as an anchoring group. The chiral quinuclidine moiety extends out of the surface to facilitate the interaction with the prochiral reactants.

  16. Formation and Structure of the Aluminum-Silicon CARBIDE(0001) Interface

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    Sun, Bingxi

    The structure and chemistry of the interface between aluminum and single crystal SiC is of potential interest in both the composite materials and microelectronics industries. In this thesis, the development of this interface has been studied by using a range of surface science techniques. Interfaces were formed by vapor deposition of up to several monolayers of aluminum onto a clean, stoichiometric 6H-SiC(0001) surface in ultrahigh vacuum. The growth mechanism, changes in adlayer morphology, desorption upon annealing and film/substrate interfacial reactions were studied in situ by Auger electron spectroscopy, Auger depth profiling and thermal desorption spectroscopy. Results indicate that the aluminum deposited onto the surface at room temperature is metallic, and that deposition proceeds by the nucleation and growth of three-dimensional islands on the otherwise bare SiC surface, by the Volmer -Weber mechanism. The details of the growth process depend on the deposition rate, with some island coalescence occurring during deposition. Heating the films subsequent to deposition leads first to further island coalescence, followed by desorption of a fraction of the aluminum and reaction of the remaining aluminum with the SiC surface to form a monolayer of Al _4C_3 on the surface. Thermal desorption spectroscopy studies showed first order kinetics at low adlayer coverages, giving way to zero order kinetics at higher coverages. In both regimes, the desorption activation energy was approximately 40 Kcal/mol. This behavior is explained in terms of desorption from an aluminum adlayer on the SiC surface, with the adlayer population being maintained by the detachment of aluminum atoms from the islands at high coverages. The implications from this work are that the as -deposited interface is stable up to 700 K, but that a reaction to produce Al_4C_3 takes place at higher temperatures. This reaction product is stable up to at least 1100 K, well above the melting point of aluminum

  17. Mono- and multilayers of molecular spoked carbazole wheels on graphite

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    Aggarwal, A Vikas; Kalle, Daniel; Höger, Sigurd

    2014-01-01

    Summary Self-assembled monolayers of a molecular spoked wheel (a shape-persistent macrocycle with an intraannular spoke/hub system) and its synthetic precursor are investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) at the liquid/solid interface of 1-octanoic acid and highly oriented pyrolytic graphite. The submolecularly resolved STM images reveal that the molecules indeed behave as more or less rigid objects of certain sizes and shapes – depending on their chemical structures. In addition, the images provide insight into the multilayer growth of the molecular spoked wheels (MSWs), where the first adlayer acts as a template for the commensurate adsorption of molecules in the second layer. PMID:25550744

  18. Electrochemical behaviour of irreversibly adsorbed tellurium dosed from solution on Pt( h, k, l) single crystal electrodes in sulphuric and perchloric acid media

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    Feliu, J. M.; Llorca, M. J.; Gómez, R.; Aldaz, A.

    1993-11-01

    The voltammetric behaviour of irreversibly adsorbed tellurium on the three platinum basal planes has been studied. It has been shown that there exists a surface redox process on both Pt(111) and Pt(100) electrodes which involves 4 electrons per adatom species. This process leads to the formation of oxygenated tellurium adspecies that remain stable on the surface. For both Pt(111) and Pt(100) electrodes adatom desorption takes place at higher potential values than those corresponding to the surface redox process. However, in the case of Pt(110) electrodes the first oxidation process leads to the dissolution of the adlayer.

  19. Transverse thermal depinning and nonlinear sliding friction of an adsorbed monolayer.

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    Granato, E; Ying, S C

    2000-12-18

    We study the response of an adsorbed monolayer under a driving force as a model of sliding friction phenomena between two crystalline surfaces with a boundary lubrication layer. Using Langevin-dynamics simulation, we determine the nonlinear response in the direction transverse to a high symmetry direction along which the layer is already sliding. We find that below a finite transition temperature there exist a critical depinning force and hysteresis effects in the transverse response in the dynamical state when the adlayer is sliding smoothly along the longitudinal direction.

  20. Electrical detection of the biological interaction of a charged peptide via gallium arsenide junction-field-effect transistors.

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    Lee, Kangho; Nair, Pradeep R; Alam, Muhammad A; Janes, David B; Wampler, Heeyeon P; Zemlyanov, Dmitry Y; Ivanisevic, Albena

    2008-06-01

    GaAs junction-field-effect transistors (JFETs) are utilized to achieve label-free detection of biological interaction between a probe transactivating transcriptional activator (TAT) peptide and the target trans-activation-responsive (TAR) RNA. The TAT peptide is a short sequence derived from the human immunodeficiency virus-type 1 TAT protein. The GaAs JFETs are modified with a mixed adlayer of 1-octadecanethiol (ODT) and TAT peptide, with the ODT passivating the GaAs surface from polar ions in physiological solutions and the TAT peptide providing selective binding sites for TAR RNA. The devices modified with the mixed adlayer exhibit a negative pinch-off voltage (V(P)) shift, which is attributed to the fixed positive charges from the arginine-rich regions in the TAT peptide. Immersing the modified devices into a TAR RNA solution results in a large positive V(P) shift (>1 V) and a steeper subthreshold slope ( approximately 80 mVdecade), whereas "dummy" RNA induced a small positive V(P) shift ( approximately 0.3 V) without a significant change in subthreshold slopes ( approximately 330 mVdecade). The observed modulation of device characteristics is analyzed with analytical modeling and two-dimensional numerical device simulations to investigate the electronic interactions between the GaAs JFETs and biological molecules.

  1. Temperature Dependence in Femtosecond Desorption at Metal Surfaces

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    Misewich, James

    1998-03-01

    Femtosecond laser induced desorption at metal surfaces is distinguished by two salient observations: the high yield of the reaction and the short correlation time in pump-probe measurements. This has led to the proposal of a model for desorption induced by multiple electronic transitions (DIMET). (J.A. Misewich, T.F. Heinz, and D.M. Newns, Phys. Rev. Lett. v.68 (1992) 3737.) The effect of the adsorbate temperature in DIMET has been studied using stochastic trajectory calculations with initial adsorbate vibrational quantum state occupation. We find that initial vibrational excitation substantially increases the desorption yield. These findings are related to two experimental observations. The long time-scale wings found in femtosecond time-resolved correlation measurements are thought to reflect the residual vibrational excitation left in the undesorbed adlayer following the first laser pulse. (J.A. Misewich, A. Kalamarides, T.F. Heinz, U. Hoefer, and M.M.T. Loy, J. Chem. Phys. v.100 (1994) 736.) Also, the wavelength dependence of femtosecond desorption experiments (S. Deliwala, R.J. Finlay, J.R. Goldman, T.H. Her, W.D. Mieher, and E. Mazur, Chem. Phys. Lett. v.242 (1995) 617 and D.G. Busch and W. Ho, Phys. Rev. Lett. v.77 (1996) 1338.) suggests a role for nonthermalized electrons which is interpreted in terms of the vibrational excitation left in the adlayer from unsuccessful DIET (single excitation) events as a result of the wavelength dependent nonthermalized electron distribution.

  2. Cluster formation and distributions in field ionization of coadsorbed methanol and water on platinum

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    Rothfuss, C. J.; Medvedev, V. K.; Stuve, E. M.

    2016-08-01

    Pure and mixed clusters of methanol and water were examined with pulsed field desorption time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOF-MS) as a function of adlayer composition varying from pure water to nominally pure methanol. The experiments were performed on a Pt tip at 165 K and total pressure of approximately 5 × 10-6 Torr. Protonated clusters of up 7 water molecules and up to 4 methanol molecules were detected. For mixed adlayers, mixed clusters involving 1 or 2 water and methanol molecules were observed. The hydronium cluster (H2O)H+ exhibited unusual behavior in that its maximum intensity occurred for an approximately equimolar mixture. This was attributed to direct ionization of a methanol monohydrate species, (CH3OH ṡ H2O). Water production was observed in methanol-rich layers and ascribed to scission of the C-O bond to produce CH3 and OH. The TOF-MS data exhibited significant time lags for most higher mass clusters. The time lags for pure H2O were analyzed in terms of a two-step mechanism involving a trade-off of ion cluster emission and growth, from which the rate constant for cluster growth was estimated as 9 × 10-6 s-1.

  3. An amorphous monolayer: Infrared spectroscopic and theoretical studies of SO2 on NaCl (100)

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    Berg, Otto; Ewing, George E.; Meredith, Andrew W.; Stone, Anthony J.

    1996-05-01

    At temperatures between 100 and 110 K, exposing the (100) face of NaCl to unsaturated SO2 gas yields a stable adlayer. Infrared spectra of adsorbed SO2 contain complex resonances near the origins of the molecular symmetric and asymmetric stretching vibrations. On photometric grounds the absolute coverage of the surface is found to be one molecule per exposed Na+Cl- ion pair. The spectra of this monolayer consist of several sharp lines overlapping one broad feature for each molecular mode. By comparison to vibrational excitons in simpler systems, the coexistence of crystalline and amorphous adlayer structures is strongly indicated. This partial ordering is pressure dependent, and develops spontaneously on a time scale of minutes. The disordered component, in contrast, is never in equilibrium with the gas phase. Computational simulations have detailed the microscopic basis of this behavior. Accurate ab initio models of the SO2 molecule and NaCl(100) surface were used in a Monte Carlo simulation of the experimental conditions. At both half and full coverage, an amorphous two-dimensional condensate developed. This is minimally consistent with the polarized infrared photometry. Seemingly equilibrated Monte Carlo runs retained some memory of the initial molecular configuration, again consistent with hysteresis observed in the spectroscopic experiments. No structural order developed in the simulations, but the energetic state of affairs was clarified: the potential driving adsorption and condensation is deep in comparison to available thermal energy, but relatively insensitive to molecular orientation.

  4. Adsorption and thermal decomposition of 2-octylthieno[3,4-b]thiophene on Au(111).

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    Park, Joon B; Zong, Kyukwan; Jeon, Il Chul; Hahn, Jae Ryang; Stacchiola, Dario; Starr, David; Müller, Kathrin; Noh, Jaegeun

    2012-10-15

    The adsorption and thermal stability of 2-octylthieno[3,4-b]thiophene (OTTP) on the Au(111) surfaces have been studied using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), temperature programmed desorption (TPD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). UHV-STM studies revealed that the vapor-deposited OTTP on Au(111) generated disordered adlayers with monolayer thickness even at saturation coverage. XPS and TPD studies indicated that OTTP molecules on Au(111) are stable up to 450 K and further heating of the sample resulted in thermal decomposition to produce H(2) and H(2)S via C-S bond scission in the thieno-thiophene rings. Dehydrogenation continues to occur above 600 K and the molecules were ultimately transformed to carbon clusters at 900 K. Highly resolved air-STM images showed that OTTP adlayers on Au(111) prepared from solution are composed of a well-ordered and low-coverage phase where the molecules lie flat on the surface, which can be assigned as a (9×2√33)R5° structure. Finally, based on analysis of STM, TPD, and XPS results, we propose a thermal decomposition mechanism of OTTP on Au(111) as a function of annealing temperature. PMID:22818203

  5. Electrical detection of the biological interaction of a charged peptide via gallium arsenide junction-field-effect transistors

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    Lee, Kangho; Nair, Pradeep R.; Alam, Muhammad A.; Janes, David B.; Wampler, Heeyeon P.; Zemlyanov, Dmitry Y.; Ivanisevic, Albena

    2008-01-01

    GaAs junction-field-effect transistors (JFETs) are utilized to achieve label-free detection of biological interaction between a probe transactivating transcriptional activator (TAT) peptide and the target trans-activation-responsive (TAR) RNA. The TAT peptide is a short sequence derived from the human immunodeficiency virus-type 1 TAT protein. The GaAs JFETs are modified with a mixed adlayer of 1-octadecanethiol (ODT) and TAT peptide, with the ODT passivating the GaAs surface from polar ions in physiological solutions and the TAT peptide providing selective binding sites for TAR RNA. The devices modified with the mixed adlayer exhibit a negative pinch-off voltage (VP) shift, which is attributed to the fixed positive charges from the arginine-rich regions in the TAT peptide. Immersing the modified devices into a TAR RNA solution results in a large positive VP shift (>1 V) and a steeper subthreshold slope (∼80 mV∕decade), whereas “dummy” RNA induced a small positive VP shift (∼0.3 V) without a significant change in subthreshold slopes (∼330 mV∕decade). The observed modulation of device characteristics is analyzed with analytical modeling and two-dimensional numerical device simulations to investigate the electronic interactions between the GaAs JFETs and biological molecules. PMID:19484151

  6. Interaction of benzene with amorphous solid water adsorbed on polycrystalline Ag.

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    Bahr, S; Kempter, V

    2007-08-21

    The interaction of benzene with polycrystalline Ag and amorphous solid water (D(2)O) deposited thereupon at 124 K was investigated. Metastable impact electron spectroscopy, Reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy, and temperature programmed desorption were utilized to obtain information on the electronic structure and the relative contribution to the bonding properties of the aromatic molecules among themselves and with D(2)O. On Ag, the benzene molecular plane is oriented parallel to the surface in the first layer. The second layer is tilted with respect to the first one. A total work function decrease of 0.8 eV takes place during the buildup of the first two layers. On amorphous solid water, the orientational distribution of the benzene molecular planes is initially peaked at an angle parallel to the water surface. During the completion of the first adlayer a coverage-induced reorientation takes place, inducing a tilt of the benzene molecules of the first adlayer. Still larger benzene exposures appear to lead to the formation of three-dimensional benzene clusters. Films produced by codepositing benzene and D(2)O or by postdepositing D(2)O layers on benzene films display "volcano like" benzene desorption during ice crystallization.

  7. Influence of pH and Surface Chemistry on Poly(L-lysine) Adsorption onto Solid Supports Investigated by Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation Monitoring.

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    Choi, Jae-Hyeok; Kim, Seong-Oh; Linardy, Eric; Dreaden, Erik C; Zhdanov, Vladimir P; Hammond, Paula T; Cho, Nam-Joon

    2015-08-20

    Poly(L-lysine) (PLL) adsorption onto various materials has been widely applied as a surface modification strategy and layer-by-layer fabrication method. Considering the role of electrostatic charges, a detailed understanding of the influence of solution pH on PLL adsorption process is important for optimization of PLL coating protocols. Herein, PLL adsorption onto different polar and hydrophilic substrates—silica, an amine-terminated self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on gold, and a carboxyl-terminated SAM on gold—across a range of pH conditions was investigated using the quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation. The adsorption kinetics consisted of an initial rapid phase, followed by a second phase where adsorption rate gradually decelerated. These features were interpreted by applying a mean-field kinetic model implying diffusion-limited adsorption in the first phase and reconfiguration of adsorbed PLL molecules in the second phase. The adsorption kinetics and uptake were found to be sensitive to the pH condition, surface chemistry, and flow rate. The strongest PLL adsorption occurred at pH 11 on all three surfaces while weak PLL adsorption generally occurred under acidic conditions. The surface morphology and roughness of adsorbed PLL layers were investigated using atomic force microscopy, and strong PLL adsorption is found to produce a uniform and smooth adlayer while weak adsorption formed a nonuniform and rough adlayer.

  8. Redox-activity and self-organization of iron-porphyrin monolayers at a copper/electrolyte interface

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    Phan, Thanh Hai; Wandelt, Klaus

    2015-03-01

    The electrochemical behaviour and molecular structure of a layer of water-soluble 5,10,15,20-Tetrakis-(N-methyl-4-pyridyl)-porphyrin-Fe(III) pentatosylate, abbreviated as FeTMPyP, on a chloride modified Cu(100) electrode surface were investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry (CV) and in-situ electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy. Voltammetric results of HOPG in an electrolyte containing FeTMPyP molecules indicate three distinguishable redox steps involving both the central iron metal and the π-conjugated ring system. However, only the first two reduction steps are observable within the narrow potential window of CVs of Cu(100) measured in the same electrolyte. In the potential range below the first reduction peak, at which the [FeIIITMPyP]5+ molecules are reduced to the corresponding [FeIITMPyP]4+ species, in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images revealed, for the first time, a highly ordered adlayer of this reduced porphyrin species on the chloride terminated Cu(100) surface. The ordered adlayer exhibits a (quasi)square unit cell with the lattice vectors |a → 2| = |b → 2| = 1 . 53 ± 0 . 1 nm and an angle of 93° ± 2° between them. A model is proposed based on the STM observation illustrating the arrangement of the [FeIITMPyP]4+ molecules at the electrolyte/copper interface.

  9. Electron spectroscopy of surfaces by impact of metastable He atoms: CO on Pd(110)

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    Conrad, H.; Ertl, G.; Küppers, J.; Sesselmann, W.; Haberland, H.

    1982-09-01

    Deexcitation of metastable He∗ 2 1S (excitation energy E∗ = 20.6 eV) or 2 3S ( E* =19.8 eV) atoms at a clean Pd(110) surface proceeds through a two-stage process (resonance ionization + Auger neutralization, RI + AN). The measured electron energy distribution reflects the self-convolution of the local density of states of the outmost atomic layer. A CO adlayer suppresses the RI step and the spectra are caused by Auger deexcitation (Penning ionization). Comparison with corresponding UPS data allows identification of the valence orbitals of the adsorbate. Emission up to the Fermi level is ascribed to contributions from the 5σ level. The effectively available excitation energy in front of the adlayer is lowered by 0.5 eV. Extensive data on the variation of the intensities from the adsorbate valence levels with angle of incidence as well as of emission are presented and are analyzed in terms of an empirical model.

  10. High-resolution He-scattering apparatus for gas-surface interaction studies

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    David, Rudolf; Kern, Klaus; Zeppenfeld, Peter; Comsa, George

    1986-11-01

    A high-resolution apparatus designed for the study of elastic and inelastic scattering of thermal helium atoms from crystal surfaces is presented. The highly expanded He nozzle beam has an energy spread ΔE/E of about 1.4% and is collimated to 0.2°. The angle subtended by the detector opening as seen from the sample is also 0.2°. Beam intensities as low as 10-6 of the specular beam intensity from a low-temperature clean Pt(111) surface are detectable. Pseudorandom chopping with a resolution of 2.5 μs (flight path 790 mm) is used for time-of-flight (TOF) analysis of the scattered helium. The base pressure in the sample chamber is in the low 10-11 mbar. The capabilities of the apparatus are demonstrated for physisorbed Xe adlayers on Pt(111). The results presented are obtained by using He scattering in various modes: coherent inelastic, coherent elastic, and incoherent (diffuse) elastic. This technique allows for a nondestructive nearly exhaustive characterization of the thermodynamics, structure, and dynamics of physisorbed adlayers on arbitrary substrates.

  11. First-principles calculations: The elemental transition metals and their compounds

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    Watson, R.E.; Fernando, G.W.; Weinert, M.; Davenport, J.W.

    1991-01-01

    If done with sufficient care, present day a priori theory yields calculated enthalpies of formation whose agreement with experiment (when such data is available) is of the order of the experimental scatter. Comparisons will be made for the Pt-Ti systems for which such data exist and for which one crystal structure involves atomics sites of low symmetry. Two other cases will be considered for which there is no direct experimental heats data. The first of these will be the structural stabilities of the 4d elemental metals. Such structural stabilities have been an issue of contention between electronic structure theorists and those who construct phase diagrams for some twenty-five years. The second involves the energetics of forming metal adlayers and artificial multilayers. The distortion energies associated with the requirement that adlayers (or multilayers) conform to some given substrate are often the controlling factors in the fabrication of multilayer materials. This contribution is best understood by invoking a combination of elemental structural promotion energies plus elastic distortions from these structures. As will be seen, the fabrication of multilayers also involves a term not normally encountered in bulk phase diagram considerations, namely the difference in surface energies of the two multilayer constituents. 22 refs., 4 figs.

  12. Platinum and Palladium Overlayers Dramatically Enhance the Activity of Ruthenium Nanotubes for Alkaline Hydrogen Oxidation

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    St. John, Samuel; Atkinson, Robert W.; Unocic, Kinga A.; Unocic, Raymond R.; Zawodzinski, Thomas A.; Papandrew, Alexander B.

    2015-10-18

    Templated vapor synthesis and thermal annealing were used to synthesize unsupported metallic Ru nanotubes with Pt or Pd overlayers. By controlling the elemental composition and thickness of these overlayers, we obtain nanostructures with very high alkaline hydrogen oxidation activity. For nanotubes with a nominal atomic composition of Ru0.90Pt0.10 display a surface-specific activity (2.4 mA/cm2) that is 35 times greater than that of pure Ru nanotubes at a 50 mV overpotential and 2.5 times greater than that of pure Pt nanotubes (0.98 mA/cm2). The surface-segregated structure also confers dramatically increased Pt utilization efficiency. We find a platinum-mass-specific activity of 1240 A/gPt for the optimized nanotube versus 280 A/gPt for carbon-supported Pt nanoparticles and 109 A/gPt for monometallic Pt nanotubes. Here, we attribute the enhancement of both area- and platinum-mass-specific activity to the atomic-scale homeomorphism of the nanotube form factor with adlayer-modified polycrystals. Subsurface ligand and bifunctional effects previously observed on segregated, adlayer-modified polycrystals are translated to nanoscale catalysts.

  13. Platinum and Palladium Overlayers Dramatically Enhance the Activity of Ruthenium Nanotubes for Alkaline Hydrogen Oxidation

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    St. John, Samuel; Atkinson, Robert W.; Unocic, Kinga A.; Unocic, Raymond R.; Zawodzinski, Thomas A.; Papandrew, Alexander B.

    2015-10-18

    Templated vapor synthesis and thermal annealing were used to synthesize unsupported metallic Ru nanotubes with Pt or Pd overlayers. By controlling the elemental composition and thickness of these overlayers, we obtain nanostructures with very high alkaline hydrogen oxidation activity. For nanotubes with a nominal atomic composition of Ru0.90Pt0.10 display a surface-specific activity (2.4 mA/cm2) that is 35 times greater than that of pure Ru nanotubes at a 50 mV overpotential and 2.5 times greater than that of pure Pt nanotubes (0.98 mA/cm2). The surface-segregated structure also confers dramatically increased Pt utilization efficiency. We find a platinum-mass-specific activity of 1240 A/gPtmore » for the optimized nanotube versus 280 A/gPt for carbon-supported Pt nanoparticles and 109 A/gPt for monometallic Pt nanotubes. Here, we attribute the enhancement of both area- and platinum-mass-specific activity to the atomic-scale homeomorphism of the nanotube form factor with adlayer-modified polycrystals. Subsurface ligand and bifunctional effects previously observed on segregated, adlayer-modified polycrystals are translated to nanoscale catalysts.« less

  14. On the vibrational behaviour of cyanide adsorbed at Pt(1 1 1) and Pt(1 0 0) surfaces in alkaline solutions

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    Huerta, F.; Montilla, F.; Morallón, E.; Vázquez, J. L.

    2006-03-01

    This communication deals with the vibrational behaviour of cyanide adlayers formed on Pt(1 1 1) and Pt(1 0 0) surfaces in the electrochemical environment. In situ FTIR spectroscopy can be employed to follow the potential dependence of the C-N stretching frequency in acidic electrolytes with quite a low uncertainty. Owing to the stability of the cyanide adlayer in alkaline solutions, experiments performed in NaOH medium are usually perturbed by the significant overlapping of the reference and the sample FTIR spectra. Deconvolution of the spectra was carried out assuming a Lorentz oscillator. The procedure allowed to confirm that two potential regions with different band centre frequency tuning coexist for Pt(1 1 1)-CN in perchloric acid medium. Conversely, in the alkaline electrolyte a single tuning rate for the band position was found for both surfaces studied. The lack of reorientation of the C-N molecular axis together with the occurrence of a certain screening effect of negatively charged hydroxyl anions on the electric field at the interface could be at the origin of the different behaviour displayed in both electrolytic media.

  15. Electrochemical reactivity of aromatic molecules at nanometer-sized surface domains: from Pt(hkl) single crystal electrodes to preferentially oriented platinum nanoparticles.

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    Rodríguez-López, Margarita; Solla-Gullón, Jose; Herrero, Enrique; Tuñón, Paulino; Feliu, Juan M; Aldaz, Antonio; Carrasquillo, Arnaldo

    2010-02-24

    This manuscript compares the electrochemically controlled adsorption of hydroquinone-derived adlayers and their reductive desorption from nanometer-sized Pt(111) domains present on the surface (i) of model stepped single-crystal electrodes and (ii) of preferentially oriented Pt nanoparticles. The results obtained using a stepped surface series, i.e., Pt(S)[(n - 1)(111)x(110)], suggest that in the presence of 2 mM H(2)Q((aq)) the electrochemically detected desorption-adsorption process takes place selectively from ordered Pt(111) domains present as terraces, while being precluded at other available surface sites, i.e., Pt(110) steps, where adsorption takes place irreversibly. This domain-selective electroanalytical detection scheme is employed later to selectively monitor desorption-adsorption of hydroquinone-derived adlayers from ordered, nanometer-scaled Pt(111) domains on the surface of preferentially oriented Pt nanoparticles, confirming the existence of well-ordered (111) domains on the surface of the Pt nanoparticles. A good correlation is noted between the electrochemical behavior at well-ordered Pt(hkl) surfaces and at preferentially oriented Pt nanoparticles. Key learnings and potential applications are discussed. The results demonstrate the technical feasibility of performing domain-selective decapping of nanoparticles by handle of an externally controlled parameter, i.e., the applied potential.

  16. Covalent attachment of a peptide to the surface of gallium nitride

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    Makowski, Matthew S.; Zemlyanov, Dmitry Y.; Lindsey, Jason A.; Bernhard, Jonathan C.; Hagen, Evan M.; Chan, Burke K.; Petersohn, Adam A.; Medow, Matthew R.; Wendel, Lindsay E.; Chen, Dafang; Canter, Jamie M.; Ivanisevic, Albena

    2011-08-01

    The properties of GaN have made it not only an ideal material for high power and high frequency electronic devices, but also a semiconductor suitable for application in biosensing devices. The utilization of GaN in electronic biosensors has increased the importance of characterizing robust and easily implemented organic functionalization methods for GaN surfaces. This work demonstrates and characterizes a route to functionalize the GaN (0001) surface with two organic molecules, hexylamine and a peptide, through olefin cross-metathesis with Grubbs first generation catalyst. The GaN (0001) surface was chlorinated, functionalized with a terminal alkene group using a Grignard reaction, and then terminated with a carboxyl group using an olefin cross-metathesis reaction. With a condensation reaction, the final step in the reaction scheme bound hexylamine or a peptide to the carboxyl terminated GaN surface. Qualitative and quantitative X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data verified the success of each step in the reaction scheme. Surface element composition, adlayer coverages, and adlayer thicknesses were calculated based on the XPS data. At least a monolayer of surface molecules covered the GaN surface.

  17. An ultrahigh vacuum compatible sample holder for studying complex metal surfaces.

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    Dhaka, R S; Shukla, A K; Maniraj, M; D'Souza, S W; Nayak, J; Barman, S R

    2010-04-01

    We present a design of a compact and versatile sample holder meant for studying complex (ternary) metallic crystals that require sputtering and annealing to high temperatures under ultrahigh vacuum (10(-10) mbar range) for obtaining the clean, ordered and stoichiometric surface. A resistive heater is fixed to the sample holder and not to the sample plate, and thus can be thoroughly degassed initially to high temperatures without heating the sample. The heater, which is mounted vertically on the sample holder frame, slides into the sample plate of rectangular cross-section during sample transfer. For efficient cooling that is required for adlayer deposition, Cu braids can be pressed on the sample plate from both sides through a screw mechanism. The sample holder has 5 degrees of freedom including a tilt rotation. The sample holder has been used to study different metal surfaces such as ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, alkali metal and Mn adlayers on Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal, aluminum metal, and Al-Mn alloys. Here, our recent results on temperature dependent low energy electron diffraction study of Ni(2)MnGa(100) are presented.

  18. In situ surface extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy of a lead monolayer at a silver(111) electrode/electrolyte interface

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    Samant, M.G.; Borges, G.L.; Gordon J.G. II; Melroy, O.R.; Blum, L.

    1987-09-30

    With use of fluorescence detection and grazing incidence excitation, the X-ray absorption spectrum was obtained, at the PbL/sub III/ edge, of a monoatomic adlayer of lead on a silver (111) electrode immersed in solution. The adlayer was produced by under potential deposition from aqueous lead acetate/sodium acetate electrolyte. The edge position and the near-edge structure confirm that the lead is fully reduced to the zerovalent state. The extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) contains no detectable contribution from lead-silver scattering, either because the lead layer is incommensurate with the underlying silver lattice or because there is large thermal motion of the lead atoms. Instead, the fine structure is due to scattering from a single type of light atom, most likely oxygen. This oxygen must arise from adsorbed water molecules or acetate ions. The lead-oxygen distance changes with the electrode potential from 2.33 +/- 0.02 A at -0.53 V to 2.38 +/- 0.02 A at -1 V (vs. Ag/AgCl, 3 M KCl).

  19. Sum-frequency generation of acetate adsorption on Au and Pt surfaces: Molecular structure effects

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    Braunschweig, Björn; Mukherjee, Prabuddha; Kutz, Robert B.; Wieckowski, Andrzej; Dlott, Dana D.

    2010-12-01

    The reversible adsorption of acetate on polycrystalline Au and Pt surfaces was investigated with broadband sum-frequency generation (SFG) and cyclic voltammetry. Specifically adsorbed acetate as well as coadsorbed sulfuric acid anions are observed for the first time with SFG and give rise to dramatically different SFG intensities on Au and Pt surfaces. While similar coverages of acetate adlayers on Au and Pt surfaces are well established by previous studies, an identification of the interfacial molecular structure has been elusive. However, we have applied the high sensitivity of SFG for interfacial polar ordering to identify different acetate structures at Au and Pt surfaces in contact with HClO4 and H2SO4 electrolytes. Acetate competes with the formation of surface oxides and shifts the oxidation threshold of both Au and Pt electrodes anodically. Effects of the supporting electrolyte on the formation of acetate adlayers are revealed by comparing SFG spectra in HClO4 and H2SO4 solutions: Sulfuric acid anions modify the potential-dependent acetate adsorption, compete with adsorbed acetate on Au and coadsorb with acetate on Pt surfaces.

  20. Competitive Coadsorption Dynamics of Viruses and Dissolved Organic Matter to Positively Charged Sorbent Surfaces.

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    Armanious, Antonius; Münch, Melanie; Kohn, Tamar; Sander, Michael

    2016-04-01

    Adsorption onto solid-water interfaces is a key process governing the fate and transport of waterborne viruses. Although negatively charged viruses are known to extensively adsorb onto positively charged adsorbent surfaces, virus adsorption in such systems in the presence of negatively charged dissolved organic matter (DOM) as coadsorbate remains poorly studied and understood. This work provides a systematic assessment of the adsorption dynamics of negatively charged viruses (i.e., bacteriophages MS2, fr, GA, and Qβ) and polystyrene nanospheres onto a positively charged model sorbent surface in the presence of varying DOM concentrations. In all systems studied, DOM competitively suppressed the adsorption of the viruses and nanospheres onto the model surface. Electrostatic repulsion of the highly negatively charged MS2, fr, and the nanospheres impaired their adsorption onto DOM adlayers that formed during the coadsorption process. In contrast, the effect of competition on overall adsorption was attenuated for less-negatively charged GA and Qβ because these viruses also adsorbed onto DOM adlayer surfaces. Competition in MS2-DOM coadsorbate systems were accurately described by a random sequential adsorption model that explicitly accounts for the unfolding of adsorbed DOM. Consistent findings for viruses and nanospheres suggest that the coadsorbate effects described herein generally apply to systems containing negatively charged nanoparticles and DOM. PMID:26901121

  1. Therapeutic Potential of Traditional Chinese Medicine on Inflammatory Diseases

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    Tsai, Wen-Hsin; Yang, Chih-Ching; Li, Ping-Chia; Chen, Wang-Chuan; Chien, Chiang-Ting

    2013-01-01

    Increased oxidative stress induces inflammation to several tissues/organs leading to cell death and long-term injury. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, and autophagic regulatory functions has been widely used as preventive or therapeutic strategy in modern medicine. Oxidative stress and inflammation have been widely reported to contribute to cigarette smoke-induced lung inflammation, hepatotoxicity, or sympathetic activation-induced liver inflammation, lipopolysaccharide-induced renal inflammation, and substance P-mediated neurogenic hyperactive bladder based on clinical findings. In this review, we introduce several evidences for TCM treatment including Monascus adlay (MA) produced by inoculating adlay (Cois lachrymal-jobi L. var. ma-yuen Stapf) with Monascus purpureus on lung injury, Amla (Emblica officinalis Gaertn. of Euphorbiaceae family) on hepatotoxin-induced liver inflammation, Virgate Wormwood Decoction (Yīn Chén Hāo tāng) and its active component genipin on sympathetic activation–induced liver inflammation, and green tea extract and its active components, catechins, or a modified TCM formula Five Stranguries Powder (Wǔ Lén Sǎn) plus Crataegi Fructus (Shān Zhā) on hyperactive bladder. The pathophysiologic and molecular mechanisms of TCM on ameliorating inflammatory diseases are discussed in the review. PMID:24716170

  2. Electrochemistry, surface plasmon resonance, and quartz crystal microbalance: an associative study on cytochrome c adsorption on pyridine tail-group monolayers on gold.

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    Paulo, Tércio de F; de Sousa, Ticyano P; de Abreu, Dieric S; Felício, Nathalie H; Bernhardt, Paul V; Lopes, Luiz G de F; Sousa, Eduardo H S; Diógenes, Izaura C N

    2013-07-25

    Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), surface plasmon resonance (SPR), and electrochemistry techniques were used to study the electron-transfer (ET) reaction of cytochrome c (Cyt c) on gold surfaces modified with thionicotinamide, thioisonicotinamide, 4-mercaptopyridine, 5-(4-pyridyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazole-2-thiol, 5-phenyl-1,3,4-oxadiazole-2-thiol, 4,4'-bipyridine, and 4,4'-dithiopyridine. The electrochemical results showed that the ET process is complex, being chiefly diffusional with steps depending on the orientation of the pyridine or phenyl tail group of the modifiers. The correlation between the electrochemical results and those acquired by SPR and QCM indicated the presence of an adlayer of Cyt c adsorbed on the thiolate SAMs. This adlayer, although being not electroactive, is essential to assess the ET reaction of Cyt c in solution. The results presented in this work are consistent with the statement (Feng, Z. Q.; Imabayashi, S.; Kakiuchi, T.; Niki, K. J. Electroanal. Chem. 1995, 394, 149-154) that the ET reaction of Cyt c can be explained in terms of the through-bond tunneling mechanism.

  3. Influence of pH and Surface Chemistry on Poly(L-lysine) Adsorption onto Solid Supports Investigated by Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation Monitoring.

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    Choi, Jae-Hyeok; Kim, Seong-Oh; Linardy, Eric; Dreaden, Erik C; Zhdanov, Vladimir P; Hammond, Paula T; Cho, Nam-Joon

    2015-08-20

    Poly(L-lysine) (PLL) adsorption onto various materials has been widely applied as a surface modification strategy and layer-by-layer fabrication method. Considering the role of electrostatic charges, a detailed understanding of the influence of solution pH on PLL adsorption process is important for optimization of PLL coating protocols. Herein, PLL adsorption onto different polar and hydrophilic substrates—silica, an amine-terminated self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on gold, and a carboxyl-terminated SAM on gold—across a range of pH conditions was investigated using the quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation. The adsorption kinetics consisted of an initial rapid phase, followed by a second phase where adsorption rate gradually decelerated. These features were interpreted by applying a mean-field kinetic model implying diffusion-limited adsorption in the first phase and reconfiguration of adsorbed PLL molecules in the second phase. The adsorption kinetics and uptake were found to be sensitive to the pH condition, surface chemistry, and flow rate. The strongest PLL adsorption occurred at pH 11 on all three surfaces while weak PLL adsorption generally occurred under acidic conditions. The surface morphology and roughness of adsorbed PLL layers were investigated using atomic force microscopy, and strong PLL adsorption is found to produce a uniform and smooth adlayer while weak adsorption formed a nonuniform and rough adlayer. PMID:26061703

  4. Work of Adhesion of a Sessile Drop to a Clean Surface.

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    Schroder

    1999-05-15

    According to the Young-Dupré equation, as interpreted by Bangham and Razouk, the work of adhesion of a sessile drop to a smooth solid surface is given by WS(V)L = gammaL (1 + cos θ), where θ is the equilibrium contact angle measured at equilibrium of the system with the saturated vapor of the liquid, and WS(V)L is the work of adhesion of that drop to the solid surface which is in equilibrium with that vapor and may contain an adlayer of the vapor. For calculation of WSL, the work of adhesion of a sessile drop to a clean solid surface, the equation WSL = gammaL (1 + cos θ) + Pie is generally used (although Bangham and Razouk never proposed it). Pie is the negative of the free energy of formation of the adlayer, sometimes called the spreading pressure. In the present work it is shown that the latter equation cannot be accurate. Copyright 1999 Academic Press.

  5. Therapeutic potential of traditional chinese medicine on inflammatory diseases.

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    Tsai, Wen-Hsin; Yang, Chih-Ching; Li, Ping-Chia; Chen, Wang-Chuan; Chien, Chiang-Ting

    2013-07-01

    Increased oxidative stress induces inflammation to several tissues/organs leading to cell death and long-term injury. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, and autophagic regulatory functions has been widely used as preventive or therapeutic strategy in modern medicine. Oxidative stress and inflammation have been widely reported to contribute to cigarette smoke-induced lung inflammation, hepatotoxicity, or sympathetic activation-induced liver inflammation, lipopolysaccharide-induced renal inflammation, and substance P-mediated neurogenic hyperactive bladder based on clinical findings. In this review, we introduce several evidences for TCM treatment including Monascus adlay (MA) produced by inoculating adlay (Cois lachrymal-jobi L. var. ma-yuen Stapf) with Monascus purpureus on lung injury, Amla (Emblica officinalis Gaertn. of Euphorbiaceae family) on hepatotoxin-induced liver inflammation, Virgate Wormwood Decoction (Yīn Chén Hāo tāng) and its active component genipin on sympathetic activation-induced liver inflammation, and green tea extract and its active components, catechins, or a modified TCM formula Five Stranguries Powder (Wǔ Lén Sǎn) plus Crataegi Fructus (Shān Zhā) on hyperactive bladder. The pathophysiologic and molecular mechanisms of TCM on ameliorating inflammatory diseases are discussed in the review. PMID:24716170

  6. Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation Monitoring: Enabling Real-Time Characterization of Biological Materials and Their Interactions

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    Dixon, Matthew C.

    2008-01-01

    In recent years, there has been a rapid growth in the number of scientific reports in which the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) technique has played a key role in elucidating various aspects of biological materials and their interactions. This article illustrates some key advances in the development of a special variation of this technique called quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D). The main feature and advantage of QCM-D, compared with the conventional QCM, is that it in addition to measuring changes in resonant frequency (Δf), a simultaneous parameter related to the energy loss or dissipation (ΔD) of the system is also measured. Δf essentially measures changes in the mass attached to the sensor surface, while ΔD measures properties related to the viscoelastic properties of the adlayer. Thus, QCM-D measures two totally independent properties of the adlayer. The focus of this review is an overview of the QCM-D technology and highlights of recent applications. Specifically, recent applications dealing with DNA, proteins, lipids, and cells will be detailed. This is not intended as a comprehensive review of all possible applications of the QCM-D technology, but rather a glimpse into a few highlighted application areas in the biomolecular field that were published in 2007. PMID:19137101

  7. HCI Adsorption and Ionization on Amorphous and Crystalline H2O Films below 50 K

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    Ayotte, Patrick; Marchand, Patrick; Daschbach, John L.; Smith, R. Scott; Kay, Bruce D.

    2011-06-16

    Molecular beams were used to grow amorphous and crystalline H2O films and to dose HCl on their surface. The adsorption state of HCl on the films was probed with infrared spectroscopy. The spectral signature of hydronium ions was observed only when the HCl adlayer was in direct contact with the solid water films at temperatures as low as 20 K. The spectral signature of solid HCl (amorphous or crystalline) was identified only after saturation of the adsorption sites in the first layer or when deposited onto a rare gas spacer layer between the HCl and water film. The Zundel continuum is also clearly observed when the first HCl adlayer is in contact with the thin solid water films. These observations strongly support the spontaneous ionic dissociation of the first layer HCl adsorbed onto the ice surface, and the subsequent condensation of solid HCl, as observed by Parent and coworkers. [F. Bournel et al. Physical Review B 2002, 65, 2014041] using synchrotron-based electron spectroscopy

  8. Electrical detection of the biological interaction of a charged peptide via gallium arsenide junction-field-effect transistors

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    Lee, Kangho; Nair, Pradeep R.; Alam, Muhammad A.; Janes, David B.; Wampler, Heeyeon P.; Zemlyanov, Dmitry Y.; Ivanisevic, Albena

    2008-06-01

    GaAs junction-field-effect transistors (JFETs) are utilized to achieve label-free detection of biological interaction between a probe transactivating transcriptional activator (TAT) peptide and the target trans-activation-responsive (TAR) RNA. The TAT peptide is a short sequence derived from the human immunodeficiency virus-type 1 TAT protein. The GaAs JFETs are modified with a mixed adlayer of 1-octadecanethiol (ODT) and TAT peptide, with the ODT passivating the GaAs surface from polar ions in physiological solutions and the TAT peptide providing selective binding sites for TAR RNA. The devices modified with the mixed adlayer exhibit a negative pinch-off voltage (VP) shift, which is attributed to the fixed positive charges from the arginine-rich regions in the TAT peptide. Immersing the modified devices into a TAR RNA solution results in a large positive VP shift (>1 V) and a steeper subthreshold slope (˜80 mV/decade), whereas "dummy" RNA induced a small positive VP shift (˜0.3 V) without a significant change in subthreshold slopes (˜330 mV/decade). The observed modulation of device characteristics is analyzed with analytical modeling and two-dimensional numerical device simulations to investigate the electronic interactions between the GaAs JFETs and biological molecules.

  9. Effect of pH and addition of salt on the adsorption behavior of lysozyme on gold, silica, and titania surfaces observed by quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring.

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    Nezu, Takashi; Masuyama, Tomoyuki; Sasaki, Kaori; Saitoh, Setsuo; Taira, Masayuki; Araki, Yoshima

    2008-07-01

    The adsorption behaviors of lysozyme on dentally related Au, SiO2, and TiO2 surfaces were investigated by a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) method. Frequency shifts indicated that while lysozyme (pI 11) was fairly adsorbed on the SiO2 (pI 1.9) surface at both pH 3 and 7, it was adsorbed on TiO2 (pI 6.3) surface only at pH 7. However, adsorption was disturbed by 50 mM NaCl. These results strongly suggested an electrostatic nature of the adsorption behavior. Though a large-scale adsorption of the lysozyme on Au sensor was pH-insensitive, softness of the adlayer as seen from the dissipation profile was pH-dependent, indicating an interaction of another type. With all the surfaces, the small dissipation change indicated a stiff lysozyme adlayer. Results of this study revealed that the controlled electrostatic interaction between the material surface and lysozyme might be a useful method for imparting antibacterial property to the dental materials.

  10. Structure and Function Evolution of Thiolate Monolayers on Gold

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    Grant Alvin Edwards

    2006-05-01

    The use of n-alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayers on gold has blossomed in the past few years. These systems have functioned as models for common interfaces. Thiolate monolayers are ideal because they are easily modified before or after deposition. The works contained within this dissertation include interfacial characterization (inbred reflection absorption spectroscopy, ellipsometry, contact angle, scanning probe microscopy, and heterogeneous electron-transfer kinetics) and various modeling scenarios. The results of these characterizations present ground-breaking insights into the structure, function, and reproducible preparation of these monolayers. Surprisingly, three interfacial properties (electron-transfer, contact angle, and ellipsometry) were discovered to depend directly on the odd-even character of the monolayer components. Molecular modeling was utilized to investigate adlayer orientation, and suggests that these effects are adlayer structure specific. Finally, the electric force microscopy and theoretical modeling investigations of monolayer samples are presented, which show that the film dielectric constant, thickness, and dipole moment directly affect image contrast. In addition, the prospects for utilization of this emerging technique are outlined.

  11. Surface and subsurface oxygen on Pd(111)

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    Leisenberger, F. P.; Koller, G.; Sock, M.; Surnev, S.; Ramsey, M. G.; Netzer, F. P.; Klötzer, B.; Hayek, K.

    2000-01-01

    The interaction of O2 with Pd(111) in the temperature range from 300 K to 1000 K was studied by molecular beam adsorption, thermal desorption (TDS), low energy electron diffraction (LEED), high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS). Using a capillary array doser and high effective oxygen pressures, evidence was found for the formation of a densely packed chemisorbed oxygen adlayer saturating at ΘO close to 1 and separately for subsurface migration of oxygen at elevated temperatures, but not at room temperature and below. Up to completion of a p(2×2) oxygen adlayer at 0.25 ML surface coverage, the dissociative sticking probability of oxygen into the chemisorbed state is high and masks the much slower diffusion into the bulk. Beyond 0.25 ML surface coverage, the adsorption rate into the chemisorbed state becomes small and the influence of bulk migration detectable. Exposure of the sample to high oxygen dosages at 1000 K fills up the subsurface reservoir and subsequent sticking measurements are no longer influenced by oxygen loss to the bulk. The subsurface oxygen could be distinguished in both XPS and off-specular HREELS. These latter techniques revealed that considerable concentrations of oxygen in the near-surface region can build up, even at lower temperatures (523 K) and oxygen exposures (40 L). In contrast to chemisorbed oxygen atoms on Pd(111), the subsurface species cannot be removed by reaction with CO.

  12. Oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy combined with traditional medicines for neutropenia in colorectal cancer: A meta-analysis of the contributions of specific plants.

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    Chen, Menghua; May, Brian H; Zhou, Iris W; Sze, Daniel Man-Yuen; Xue, Charlie C; Zhang, Anthony L

    2016-09-01

    This review assessed the effects on chemotherapy induced neutropenia (CIN) of combining oxaliplatin regimens with traditional plant-based medicines (TMs) in the management of colorectal cancer (CRC). 32 RCTs (2224 participants) were included. Meta-analysis showed reduced incidence of grade 3/4 CIN (RR 0.45[0.31, 0.65], I(2)=0%). No studies reported serious adverse events or reduction in tumour response rates associated with concurrent use of oxaliplatin and TM. Due to small sample sizes and risk of bias, these results should be interpreted with caution. Analyses of sub-groups of studies that used similar TM interventions assessed the relative contributions of individual plant-based ingredients to the results. Astragalus, Codonopsis, Atractylodes, Poria and Coix, in various combinations were consistently associated with reduced CIN incidence when administered orally. Experimental studies of these plants have reported reduced myelosuppression and/or enhanced immune response. Further studies of these plants may lead to the development of interventions to supplement conventional CIN treatment. PMID:27497028

  13. Expression of functional recombinant human growth hormone in transgenic soybean seeds.

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    Cunha, Nicolau B; Murad, André M; Cipriano, Thaís M; Araújo, Ana Cláudia G; Aragão, Francisco J L; Leite, Adilson; Vianna, Giovanni R; McPhee, Timothy R; Souza, Gustavo H M F; Waters, Michael J; Rech, Elíbio L

    2011-08-01

    We produced human growth hormone (hGH), a protein that stimulates growth and cell reproduction, in genetically engineered soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merrill] seeds. Utilising the alpha prime (α') subunit of β-conglycinin tissue-specific promoter from soybean and the α-Coixin signal peptide from Coix lacryma-jobi, we obtained transgenic soybean lines that expressed the mature form of hGH in their seeds. Expression levels of bioactive hGH up to 2.9% of the total soluble seed protein content (corresponding to approximately 9 g kg(-1)) were measured in mature dry soybean seeds. The results of ultrastructural immunocytochemistry assays indicated that the recombinant hGH in seed cotyledonary cells was efficiently directed to protein storage vacuoles. Specific bioassays demonstrated that the hGH expressed in the soybean seeds was fully active. The recombinant hGH protein sequence was confirmed by mass spectrometry characterisation. These results demonstrate that the utilisation of tissue-specific regulatory sequences is an attractive and viable option for achieving high-yield production of recombinant proteins in stable transgenic soybean seeds.

  14. Correct targeting of proinsulin in protein storage vacuoles of transgenic soybean seeds.

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    Cunha, N B; Araújo, A C G; Leite, A; Murad, A M; Vianna, G R; Rech, E L

    2010-06-22

    Soybean plants are promising bioreactors for the expression of biochemically complex proteins that cannot be produced in a safe and/or economically viable way in microorganisms, eukaryotic culture cells or secreted by transgenic animal glands. Soybeans present many desirable agronomic characteristics for high scale protein production, such as high productivity, short reproductive cycle, photoperiod sensitivity, and natural organs destined for protein accumulation in the seeds. The significant similarities between plant and human cells in terms of protein synthesis processes, folding, assembly, and post-translational processing are important for efficient accumulation of recombinant proteins. We obtained two transgenic lines using biolystics, incorporating the human proinsulin gene under control of the monocot tissue-specific promoter from sorghum gamma-kafirin seed storage protein gene and the alpha-coixin cotyledonary vacuolar signal peptide from Coix lacryma-jobi (Poaceae). Transgenic plants expressed the proinsulin gene and accumulated the polypeptide in mature seeds. Protein targeting to cotyledonary protein storage vacuoles was successfully achieved and confirmed with immunocytochemistry assays. The combination of different regulatory sequences was apparently responsible for high stability in protein accumulation, since human proinsulin was detected after seven years under room temperature storage conditions.

  15. Occurrence of toxigenic fungi and determination of mycotoxins by HPLC-FLD in functional foods and spices in China markets.

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    Kong, Weijun; Wei, Riwei; Logrieco, Antonio F; Wei, Jianhe; Wen, Jing; Xiao, Xiaohe; Yang, Meihua

    2014-03-01

    Twenty-four samples including 14 functional foods and 10 spices obtained from Chinese markets were examined for their mould profile. The mycotoxin contamination levels were also determined by an optimized HPLC-FLD method. 124 fungal isolates belonging to four different genera were recovered with Aspergillus and Penicillium as predominant fungi, with an incidence of 66.1% and 15.3%, respectively. In functional foods Aspergillus niger section (57.1%) was isolated more frequently, followed by Aspergillus flavi section (50.0%) and Aspergillus ochraceus section (21.4%), with the most contaminated samples being Coix seeds. Similar fungal presence and frequency were encountered in spice with A. niger section group (60.0%) and A. flavi section (40.0%) as main fungi. Cumin and Pricklyash peel samples showed the highest fungal contamination. Four functional foods and three spices were found to be positive at low levels for mycotoxins including aflatoxin B1 (up to 0.26μg/kg) and ochratoxin A (OTA) (5.0μg/kg). The more frequently detected mycotoxin was AFB1 (16.7%).

  16. Screening of traditional antidiabetic medicinal plants of Mauritius for possible alpha-amylase inhibitory effects in vitro.

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    Kotowaroo, M I; Mahomoodally, M F; Gurib-Fakim, A; Subratty, A H

    2006-03-01

    In this study, seven exotic/indigenous medicinal plants of Mauritius, namely Coix lacryma-jobi (Poaceae), Aegle marmelos (Rutaceae), Artocarpus heterophyllus (Moraceae), Vangueria madagascariensis (Rubiaceae), Azadirachta indica (Meliaceae), Eriobotrya japonica (Rosaceae) and Syzigium cumini (Myrtaceae) were studied for possible effects on starch breakdown by alpha-amylase in vitro. The results showed that only Artocarpus heterophyllus significantly (p < 0.05) inhibited alpha-amylase activity in vitro. To confirm the observed effects, a further biochemical assay was undertaken to investigate the effects of Artocarpus heterophyllus on alpha-amylase activity using rat plasma in vitro. It was found that the aqueous leaf extract significantly (p < 0.05) inhibited alpha-amylase activity in rat plasma. The highest inhibitory activity (27.20 +/- 5.00%) was observed at a concentration of 1000 microg/mL. However, in both cases dose dependency was not observed. Enzyme kinetic studies using the Michaelis-Menten and Lineweaver-Burk equations were performed to establish the type of inhibition involved. In the presence of the plant extract the maximal velocity (Vmax) remained constant (1/150 g / L/s) whereas the Michaelis-Menten constant (Km) increased by 5.79 g / L, indicating that the aqueous leaf extract of Artocarpus heterophyllus behaved as a competitive inhibitor. Results from the present study tend to indicate that Artocarpus heterophyllus could act as a 'starch blocker' thereby reducing post-prandial glucose peaks.

  17. Subsurface flow reedbeds using alternative media for the treatment of domestic greywater in Monteverde, Costa Rica, Central America.

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    Dallas, S; Ho, G

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes the performance of reedbeds using plastic (PET) bottle segments as an alternative low-cost media for the treatment of domestic greywater in Monteverde, Costa Rica, Central America. Twelve reedbeds consisting of four sets of triplicates were monitored through wet and dry seasons in order to determine the effect of media type (PET versus crushed rock) and the effect of plants. In both seasons, performance of the planted reedbeds with PET media, for BOD and fecal coliform removal, was either comparable to, or better than, that of the crushed rock systems. The planted PET reedbeds achieved fecal coliform removal rates > 99.9% in all cases equating to reductions of between 3 and nearly 5 log, with an average BOD outflow of 12.9 mg/L over both seasons. The hydraulic loading rate varied between 1.33 and 2.67 cm/day and hydraulic retention times (HRT) ranged from 3.5 to 7.5 days. The six reedbeds planted with Coix lacryma-jobi proved to be significantly more effective in pathogen removal and BOD reduction than the unplanted reedbeds. The planted PET reedbeds also increased their biomass by twice that of the planted crushed rock reedbeds during the study period. The majority of this increase was shown to be due to root growth. This paper discusses the implications of the above results for developing countries and identifies potential areas for further research.

  18. Short-term parasite-infection alters already the biomass, activity and functional diversity of soil microbial communities

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    Li, Jun-Min; Jin, Ze-Xin; Hagedorn, Frank; Li, Mai-He

    2014-11-01

    Native parasitic plants may be used to infect and control invasive plants. We established microcosms with invasive Mikania micrantha and native Coix lacryma-jobi growing in mixture on native soils, with M. micrantha being infected by parasitic Cuscuta campestris at four intensity levels for seven weeks to estimate the top-down effects of plant parasitism on the biomass and functional diversity of soil microbial communities. Parasitism significantly decreased root biomass and altered soil microbial communities. Soil microbial biomass decreased, but soil respiration increased at the two higher infection levels, indicating a strong stimulation of soil microbial metabolic activity (+180%). Moreover, a Biolog assay showed that the infection resulted in a significant change in the functional diversity indices of soil microbial communities. Pearson correlation analysis indicated that microbial biomass declined significantly with decreasing root biomass, particularly of the invasive M. micrantha. Also, the functional diversity indices of soil microbial communities were positively correlated with soil microbial biomass. Therefore, the negative effects on the biomass, activity and functional diversity of soil microbial community by the seven week long plant parasitism was very likely caused by decreased root biomass and root exudation of the invasive M. micrantha.

  19. Insights into heterogeneous atmospheric oxidation chemistry through vibrational sum frequency generation studies of tailor-made model systems

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    Voges, Andrea Beth

    2006-04-01

    As surfaces are known to have profound implications for chemical transport, reactivity, and energy budgets in atmospheric environments, we have designed a nonlinear optical sum frequency generation (SFG) system that can be used to study atmospherically relevant heterogeneous chemistry. The aims of this project were two-fold: first, to develop and characterize tailor-made organically coated substrates relevant to tropospheric chemistry and second, carry out kinetic studies that model naturally occurring heterogeneous atmospheric reactions. After construction of the broadband SFG system, we studied siloxane substrates functionalized with organic adlayers. The organic adlayers were specifically chosen to contain environmentally relevant functional groups, namely, an acid-terminated alkyl chain, several ester functionalized alkyl chains, and a non-functionalized alkyl chain. Hydrolysis of methyl ester functionalized surfaces was carried out to produce carboxylic acid functionalized surfaces and monitored using SFG. In order to access more complicated atmospherically relevant substrates, we then focused on the synthesis and characterization of a derivative of limonene, a biogenically emitted compound, chemically bound to a glass surface. We employed both electrophilic, and nucleophilic linker chemistries to increase the versatility of our approach. SFG spectra indicated that while orientation of the surface-bound terpenes depended on the linker strategy we employed, the C=C double bond was accessible to gas phase ozone regardless of the strategy applied. We then used SFG to track the interaction of a terpene-linked species with ozone and calculate reaction probabilities. Exposure of the amide-linked terpene substrate to ppm levels of ozone at a total pressure of 1 atm and 300 K yielded an initial reaction probability of approximately 1 x 10 -5, which was significantly higher than the corresponding gas phase reaction involving 1-methyl-1-cyclohexene. The chemical

  20. Electron Transfer Reactivity Patterns at Chemically Modified Electrodes: Fundamentals and Application to the Optimization of Redox Recycling Amplification Systems

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    Bergren, Adam Johan

    2006-01-01

    Electroanalytical chemistry is often utilized in chemical analysis and Fundamental studies. Important advances have been made in these areas since the advent of chemically modified electrodes: the coating of an electrode with a chemical film in order to impart desirable, and ideally, predictable properties. These procedures enable the exploitation of unique reactivity patterns. This dissertation presents studies that investigate novel reaction mechanisms at self-assembled monolayers on gold. In particular, a unique electrochemical current amplification scheme is detailed that relies on a selective electrode to enable a reactivity pattern that results in regeneration of the analyte (redox recycling). This regenerating reaction can occur up to 250 times for each analyte molecule, leading to a notable enhancement in the observed current. The requirements of electrode selectivity and the resulting amplification and detection limit improvements are described with respect to the heterogeneous and homogeneous electron transfer rates that characterize the system. These studies revealed that the heterogeneous electrolysis of the analyte should ideally be electrochemically reversible, while that for the regenerating agent should be held to a low level. Moreover, the homogeneous reaction that recycles the analyte should occur at a rapid rate. The physical selectivity mechanism is also detailed with respect to the properties of the electrode and redox probes utilized. It is shown that partitioning of the analyte into/onto the adlayer leads to the extraordinary selectivity of the alkanethiolate monolayer modified electrode. Collectively, these studies enable a thorough understanding of the complex electrode mechanism required for successful redox recycling amplification systems, Finally, in a separate (but related) study, the effect of the akyl chain length on the heterogeneous electron transfer behavior of solution-based redox probes is reported, where an odd-even oscillation

  1. Organic pollutant photodecomposition by Ag/KNbO3 nanocomposites: A combined experimental and theoretical study

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    Zhang, Tingting; Liu, Ping; Lei, Wanying; Rodriguez, J. A.; Yu, Jiaguo; Qi, Yang; Liu, Gang; Liu, Minghua

    2016-01-12

    In this study, Ag nanoparticles supported on well-defined perovskite orthorhombic KNbO3 nanowires are synthesized via facile photoreduction and systematically characterized by XRD, Raman, DRUV–vis, XPS, PL, TEM, HRTEM, and HAADF-STEM. The photoreactivity of Ag/KNbO3 nanocomposites as a function of Ag contents (0.4–2.8 wt %) is assessed toward aqueous rhodamine B degradation under UV- and visible-light, respectively. It is found that the UV-induced photoreactivity initially increases and then decreases with increasing Ag contents. At an optimal Ag content (ca. 1.7 wt %), the greatest photoreactivity is achieved under UV light, with the photocatalytic reaction rate of 1.7 wt % Ag/KNbO3 exceedingmore » that of pristine KNbO3 by a factor of ca. 13. In contrast, visible light-induced photoreactivity monotonically increases with increasing Ag contents in the range of 0.4–2.8 wt %. On the basis of the detected active species and intermediate products in the photocatalytic processes, conjugated structure cleavage and N-deethylation are revealed to be the respective predominant pathway under UV and visible-light illumination. To gain an insight into the observed photoreactivity, the electronic properties of Ag/KNbO3 have been investigated using spin-polarized DFT calculations. Herein, Ag extended adlayers (1–4 ML) on the slab models of KNbO3 (101) are employed to mimic large supported Ag nanoparticles. A Bader analysis of the electron density shows a small net charge transfer (ca. 0.1 e) from KNbO3 to Ag. The electron localization function of Ag/KNbO3 (101) illustrates that Ag adlayers with thickness larger than 2 ML are essentially metallic, and weak polarization occurs at the interface. In addition, the metallic Ag adlayers generate a continuum of Ag bandgap states, which play a key role in determining different Ag content-dependent behavior between UV and visible-light illumination.« less

  2. Statics and dynamics of halide sub-monolayer electrosorption on silver: Computer simulations with comparison to experiments

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    Abou Hamad, Ibrahim

    This dissertation investigates equilibrium and dynamical properties of sub-monolayer chemical adsorption of Br and Cl on single-crystal Ag(100) electrodes. Computational methods, such as Monte Carlo simulations with First-order Reversal Curve analysis, are used along with experimental data in this study. Monte Carlo simulations of a two-dimensional lattice-gas approximation for the adlayer are used to explore equilibrium properties of the system. Lateral interaction energies between adsorbates, as well other system parameters like the electrosorption valency, are determined by fitting simulations to experimental chronocoulometry isotherms. While neither the electrosorption valency nor the lateral interactions show any dependence on the adsorbate coverage for the Br/Ag(100) system, a model in which both are coverage dependent is required to adequately describe the Cl/Ag(100) system. A self-consistent, entirely electrostatic picture of the lateral interactions with coverage dependence is developed, and a relationship between the lateral interactions and the electrosorption valency is investigated for Cl on Ag(100). The adsorbates form a disordered adlayer at low electrochemical potentials. At a more positive elctrochemical potential the adlayer undergoes a disorder-order phase transition at to an ordered c(2 x 2) phase. This phase transition produces a peak in the current density observed in cyclic-voltammetry experiments. Kinetic Monte Carlo of the lattice-gas model are used to simulate cyclic-voltammetry experiments. The scan-rate dependence of the separation between positive- and negative-going peaks in cyclic voltammetry simulations are compared to experimental peak separations. This dynamics study identifies the inverse Monte Carlo attempt frequency with a physical timescale. Although kinetic Monte Carlo simulations can provide long-time simulations of the dynamics of physical and chemical systems, this identification is not yet possible in general. To further

  3. Hreels Studies of Surface Phonons in Ultrathin Epitaxial Films, NICKEL/COPPER(001) and COBALT/COPPER(001)

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    Kim, Jae-Sung

    High Resolution Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (HREELS) is applied to observe surface phonons in ultrathin epitaxial overlayers on the Cu(001) substrate surfaces, Ni/Cu(001) and Co/Co(001), along the high symmetry directions (from |Gamma to |{X} and from |Gamma to |{ M}). From analysis of the phonon dispersion curves and scattering cross sections, information about structure and elastic properties of the overlayers is obtained. As preliminary work, the substrate surface, Cu(001), is studied extensively to clarify the still unsettled characterization of its surface by finding salient surface sensitive modes, the gap mode(S_6) and the S _2 mode, and applying a first principles calculation analysis for the first time. Finally, the bonding properties of the overlayer surfaces are studied by observing adsorbate--substrate vibrations in ordered oxygen adlayers, C(2 x 2) O/Co/Cu, P(2 x 2) O/Co/Cu(001) and C(2 x 2) O/Ni/Cu(001).

  4. Chiral Selective Chemistry Induced by Natural Selection of Spin-Polarized Electrons.

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    Rosenberg, Richard A; Mishra, Debabrata; Naaman, Ron

    2015-06-15

    The search to understand the origin of homochirality in nature has been ongoing since the time of Pasteur. Previous work has shown that DNA can act as a spin filter for low-energy electrons and that spin-polarized secondary electrons produced by X-ray irradiation of a magnetic substrate can induce chiral selective chemistry. In the present work it is demonstrated that secondary electrons from a substrate that are transmitted through a chiral overlayer cause enantiomeric selective chemistry in an adsorbed adlayer. We determine the quantum yields (QYs) for dissociation of (R)- or (S)-epichlorohydrin adsorbed on a chiral self-assembled layer of DNA on gold and on bare gold (for control). The results show that there is a significant difference in the QYs between the two enantiomers when adsorbed on DNA, but none when they are adsorbed on bare Au. We propose that the effect results from natural spin filtering effects cause by the chiral monolayer.

  5. Polydopamine as a biomimetic electron gate for artificial photosynthesis.

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    Kim, Jae Hong; Lee, Minah; Park, Chan Beum

    2014-06-16

    We report on the capability of polydopamine (PDA), a mimic of mussel adhesion proteins, as an electron gate as well as a versatile adhesive for mimicking natural photosynthesis. This work demonstrates that PDA accelerates the rate of photoinduced electron transfer from light-harvesting molecules through two-electron and two-proton redox-coupling mechanism. The introduction of PDA as a charge separator significantly increased the efficiency of photochemical water oxidation. Furthermore, simple incorporation of PDA ad-layer on the surface of conducting materials, such as carbon nanotubes, facilitated fast charge separation and oxygen evolution through the synergistic effect of PDA-mediated proton-coupled electron transfer and the high conductivity of the substrate. Our work shows that PDA is an excellent electron acceptor as well as a versatile adhesive; thus, PDA constitutes a new electron gate for harvesting photoinduced electrons and designing artificial photosynthetic systems.

  6. Adsorption of atomic hydrogen on ZnO(1010): STM study.

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    Yin, Xiu-Li; Birkner, Alexander; Hänel, Kathrin; Löber, Thomas; Köhler, Ulrich; Wöll, Christof

    2006-04-01

    The adsorption of atomic hydrogen on a single crystal ZnO(1010) surface has been studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) under ultrahigh vacuum conditions at room temperature and at elevated temperatures. High resolution STM images indicate that a well-ordered (1x1) H adlayer is formed on the ZnO(1010) surface. The STM data strongly indicate that the hydrogen adsorbs on top of the oxygen atoms forming hydroxyl species. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) studies reveal a H atom induced metallization at room temperature. In contrast to the clean surface for the hydrogen-covered surface distinct defects structures consisting of missing O and Zn atoms could be identified.

  7. Surface engineering of nanoparticles in suspension for particle based bio-sensing

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    Sen, Tapas; Bruce, Ian J.

    2012-08-01

    Surface activation of nanoparticles in suspension using amino organosilane has been carried out via strict control of a particle surface ad-layer of water using a simple but efficient protocol `Tri-phasic Reverse Emulsion' (TPRE). This approach produced thin and ordered layers of particle surface functional groups which allowed the efficient conjugation of biomolecules. When used in bio-sensing applications, the resultant conjugates were highly efficient in the hybrid capture of complementary oligonucleotides and the detection of food borne microorganism. TPRE overcomes a number of fundamental problems associated with the surface modification of particles in aqueous suspension viz. particle aggregation, density and organization of resultant surface functional groups by controlling surface condensation of the aminosilane. The approach has potential for application in areas as diverse as nanomedicine, to food technology and industrial catalysis.

  8. Effect of oxygen and ozone on p-type doping of ultra-thin WSe2 and MoSe2 field effect transistors.

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    Wang, Shunfeng; Zhao, Weijie; Giustiniano, Francesco; Eda, Goki

    2016-02-14

    We report on the p-type doping effect of oxygen and ozone molecules on mono- and few-layer WSe2 and MoSe2 field effect transistors. We show that adsorption of oxygen and ozone under ambient conditions results in subtantial doping and corresponding enhancement in the hole conductivity of the devices. Ozone-induced doping is found to be rapid and efficient, saturating within minutes of exposure whereas oxygen-induced doping occurs over a period of days to reach the equivalent level of doping. Our observations reveal that the water adlayer on the material surface plays a crucial role in solubilizing oxygen and ozone and in forming a redox couple with a large chemical potential. PMID:26790367

  9. Two-dimensional semiconductor HfSe{sub 2} and MoSe{sub 2}/HfSe{sub 2} van der Waals heterostructures by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Aretouli, K. E.; Tsipas, P.; Tsoutsou, D.; Marquez-Velasco, J.; Xenogiannopoulou, E.; Giamini, S. A.; Vassalou, E.; Kelaidis, N.; Dimoulas, A.

    2015-04-06

    Using molecular beam epitaxy, atomically thin 2D semiconductor HfSe{sub 2} and MoSe{sub 2}/HfSe{sub 2} van der Waals heterostructures are grown on AlN(0001)/Si(111) substrates. Details of the electronic band structure of HfSe{sub 2} are imaged by in-situ angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy indicating a high quality epitaxial layer. High-resolution surface tunneling microscopy supported by first principles calculations provides evidence of an ordered Se adlayer, which may be responsible for a reduction of the measured workfunction of HfSe{sub 2} compared to theoretical predictions. The latter reduction minimizes the workfunction difference between the HfSe{sub 2} and MoSe{sub 2} layers resulting in a small valence band offset of only 0.13 eV at the MoSe{sub 2}/HfSe{sub 2} heterointerface and a weak type II band alignment.

  10. Self-organization of S adatoms on Au(111): √3R30° rows at low coverage

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    Walen, Holly; Liu, Da-Jiang; Oh, Junepyo; Lim, Hyunseob; Kim, Yousoo; Evans, J. W.; Thiel, P. A.

    2015-07-07

    Using scanning tunneling microscopy, we observe an adlayer structure that is dominated by short rows of S atoms, on unreconstructed regions of a Au(111) surface. This structure forms upon adsorption of low S coverage (less than 0.1 monolayer) on a fully reconstructed clean surface at 300 K, then cooling to 5 K for observation. The rows adopt one of three orientations that are rotated by 30° from the close-packed directions of the Au(111) substrate, and adjacent S atoms in the rows are separated by √3 times the surface lattice constant, a. Monte Carlo simulations are performed on lattice-gas models, derived using a limited cluster expansion based on density functional theory energetics. Models which include long-range pairwise interactions (extending to 5a), plus selected trio interactions, successfully reproduce the linear rows of S atoms at reasonable temperatures.

  11. Self-organization of S adatoms on Au(111): √3R30° rows at low coverage

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    Walen, Holly; Liu, Da -Jiang; Oh, Junepyo; Lim, Hyunseob; Evans, J. W.; Kim, Yousoo; Thiel, P. A.

    2015-07-06

    Using scanning tunneling microscopy, we observe an adlayer structure that is dominated by short rows of S atoms, on unreconstructed regions of a Au(111) surface. This structure forms upon adsorption of low S coverage (less than 0.1 monolayer) on a fully reconstructed cleansurface at 300 K, then cooling to 5 K for observation. The rows adopt one of three orientations that are rotated by 30° from the close-packed directions of the Au(111) substrate, and adjacent S atoms in the rows are separated by √3 times the surface lattice constant, a. Monte Carlo simulations are performed on lattice-gas models, we derivedmore » using a limited cluster expansion based on density functional theory energetics. Furthermore, models which include long-range pairwise interactions (extending to 5a), plus selected trio interactions, successfully reproduce the linear rows of S atoms at reasonable temperatures.« less

  12. UV photoreaction cross sections of CO and D2O on NiAl(110)

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    Nagai, Kenta; Watanabe, Kazuo

    2016-01-01

    Adsorption states and photoreactions of CO and D2O adsorbed on NiAl(110) at 90 K were studied by temperature-programmed desorption (TPD). Coverage dependence of TPD spectra showed growth behavior of adlayers of these molecules consistent with the literature, but a new path of thermal dissociation of D2O upon adsorption at 90 K was found. The photoreaction cross sections of CO and D2O at 4.7 eV were estimated in the order of 10- 21 cm2 and 10- 20 cm2, respectively. This result suggests that photoexcitation of the NiAl(110) substrate itself, a typical substrate used in supported model catalyst studies, will induce only negligible photoreactions of molecules adsorbed at surfaces of metal nanoparticles supported on ultrathin alumina films formed on NiAl(110).

  13. Smoothing kinetics of CdTe(0 0 1)-surfaces: indication for a step/terrace exchange barrier

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    Neureiter, H.; Schinzer, S.; Sokolowski, M.; Umbach, E.

    1999-05-01

    The thermal smoothing of Ar + sputtered CdTe(0 0 1) surfaces was studied by high-resolution low-energy electron diffraction (typically at 250°C). The smoothing proceeds in two steps: in the first, the number of open layers is reduced by interlayer transport, resulting in a morphology of adlayer islands or vacancy islands on an otherwise almost flat surface. In the second step, the islands grow by Ostwald ripening. Comparison of the experimental data with theoretical models indicates that the smoothing kinetics is determined by an exchange process at the step/terrace "interface". Thus there exists a considerable barrier for the attachment/detachment of the diffusing species at the steps, which presumably is also relevant for growth processes.

  14. Effect of oxygen and ozone on p-type doping of ultra-thin WSe2 and MoSe2 field effect transistors.

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    Wang, Shunfeng; Zhao, Weijie; Giustiniano, Francesco; Eda, Goki

    2016-02-14

    We report on the p-type doping effect of oxygen and ozone molecules on mono- and few-layer WSe2 and MoSe2 field effect transistors. We show that adsorption of oxygen and ozone under ambient conditions results in subtantial doping and corresponding enhancement in the hole conductivity of the devices. Ozone-induced doping is found to be rapid and efficient, saturating within minutes of exposure whereas oxygen-induced doping occurs over a period of days to reach the equivalent level of doping. Our observations reveal that the water adlayer on the material surface plays a crucial role in solubilizing oxygen and ozone and in forming a redox couple with a large chemical potential.

  15. A multi-scale study of the adsorption of lanthanum on the (110) surface of tungsten

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    Samin, Adib J.; Zhang, Jinsuo

    2016-07-01

    In this study, we utilize a multi-scale approach to studying lanthanum adsorption on the (110) plane of tungsten. The energy of the system is described from density functional theory calculations within the framework of the cluster expansion method. It is found that including two-body figures up to the sixth nearest neighbor yielded a reasonable agreement with density functional theory calculations as evidenced by the reported cross validation score. The results indicate that the interaction between the adsorbate atoms in the adlayer is important and cannot be ignored. The parameterized cluster expansion expression is used in a lattice gas Monte Carlo simulation in the grand canonical ensemble at 773 K and the adsorption isotherm is recorded. Implications of the obtained results for the pyroprocessing application are discussed.

  16. The interface between HOPG and 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium hexafluorophosphate.

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    Müller, C; Németh, K; Vesztergom, S; Pajkossy, T; Jacob, T

    2016-01-14

    The interface between highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) and 1-butyl-3-metyl-imidazolium hexafluorophosphate (BMIPF6) has been studied using cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, immersion charge measurements and in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (in situ STM). The results are compared with those obtained with Au(100) in BMIPF6 (Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 11627). The main result is that the high frequency capacitance spectra on the two systems are similar to each other, however at low frequencies some slow interfacial processes cause the appearance of a second capacitance arc on Au(100), which is absent for HOPG. The slow processes are attributed to the rearrangement of the Au surface structure and to the formation of ionic liquid adlayers--these are visualized by in situ STM.

  17. Nanoscale Bio-Molecular Control Using EC-OWLS

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    Bearinger, J P; Voros, J; Hubbell, J A; Textor, M

    2002-11-20

    A recently developed technique termed ''Electrochemical Optical Waveguide Lightmode Spectroscopy'' (EC-OWLS) [1] combines evanescent-field optical sensing with electrochemical control of surface adsorption processes. Initial EC-OWLS investigations efficiently monitored molecular surface adsorption and layer thickness changes of an adsorbed polymer layer examined in situ as a function of potential applied to a waveguide1. A layer of indium tin oxide (ITO) served as both a high refractive index waveguide for optical sensing, and a conductive electrode; an electrochemical flow-through fluid cell incorporated working, reference and counter electrodes. Poly(L-lysine)-grafted-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLL-g-PEG) served as a model, polycation adsorbate. Results indicate that adsorption and desorption of PLL-g-PEG from aqueous buffer are a function of applied potential, and that binding events subsequent to PLL-g-PEG functionalization are dependent on reorganization in the molecular adlayer.

  18. Debranching of soluble wheat arabinoxylan dramatically enhances recalcitrant binding to cellulose.

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    Selig, Michael J; Thygesen, Lisbeth G; Felby, Claus; Master, Emma R

    2015-03-01

    The presence of xylan is a detriment to the enzymatic saccharification of cellulose in lignocelluloses. The inhibition of the processive cellobiohydrolase Cel7A by soluble wheat arabinoxylan is shown here to increase by 50% following enzymatic treatment with a commercially-purified α-L-arabinofuranosidase. The enhanced inhibitory effect was shown by T2 relaxation time measurements via low field NMR to coincide with an increasing degree of constraint put on the water in xylan solutions. Furthermore, quartz crystal micro-balance with dissipation experiments showed that α-L-arabinofuranosidase treatment considerably increased the rate and rigidity of arabinoxylan mass association with cellulose. These data also suggest significant xylan-xylan adlayer formation occurs following initial binding of debranched arabinoxylan. From this, we speculate the inhibitory effects of xylan to cellulases may result from reduced enzymatic access via the dense association of xylan with cellulose. PMID:25335745

  19. Self-referenced spectroscopy using plasmon waveguide resonance biosensor

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    Bahrami, Farshid; Maisonneuve, Mathieu; Meunier, Michel; Aitchison, J. Stewart; Mojahedi, Mo

    2014-01-01

    A plasmon waveguide resonance (PWR) sensor is designed, fabricated, and tested for self-referenced biosensing. The PWR sensor is able to support two different polarizations, TM and TE. The TM polarization has a large sensitivity to variations in the background refractive index while the TE polarization is more sensitive to the surface properties. The ability of the PWR sensor to simultaneously operate in both TM and TE modes is used to decouple the background index variations (bulk effects) from the changes in adlayer thickness (surface effects) via multimode spectroscopy. To benchmark the performance of the PWR, a conventional surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor is fabricated and tested under the same conditions. PMID:25136479

  20. Concentration-dependent structure and structural transition from chirality to nonchirality at the liquid-solid interface by coassembly

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    Xu, Li; Miao, Xinrui; Cui, Lihua; Liu, Pei; Chen, Xiaofeng; Deng, Wenli

    2015-07-01

    Understanding the formation and structural transition of the two-dimensional chirality of self-assembly is a subject which still gains significant interest in surface or interface chirality studies. Here, we present the solvent-induced chiral structural transition of a 2-hydroxy-7-pentadecyloxy-9-fluorenone (HPF) molecules' self-assembled adlayer through coassembly with achiral aliphatic solvents under different concentrations. Polymorphic chiral patterns are obtained at low concentrations of aliphatic solvents with different chain lengths. The HPF molecules form coassembled structures with these solvents through van der Waals interactions. At the same time, at high concentrations, HPF molecules uniformly form a nonchiral multimer structure without coadsorbed aliphatic solvent molecules. What is interesting is that these structures under different concentrations will finally change into a zigzag structure, which is the thermodynamically most stable configuration. Especially when using n-hexadecane as the solvent, the adlayer shows perfect steric matching due to the close chain length of HPF and n-hexadecane, which can maximize the molecule-solvent interactions. Thus, HPF molecules in n-hexadecane exhibit the most diversiform configuration. The distinct concentration-dependence has proven that the solvent molecules can act as a coadsorbed component through van der Waals interactions rather than simply a dispersant and further result in the probability and stability of chiral self-assembled monolayers by subtle tuning of the solvent-molecule and solvent-substrate interactions. This result provides a simple and alternative strategy to construct the 2D chiral assembled monolayer.Understanding the formation and structural transition of the two-dimensional chirality of self-assembly is a subject which still gains significant interest in surface or interface chirality studies. Here, we present the solvent-induced chiral structural transition of a 2-hydroxy-7-pentadecyloxy

  1. Strong affinity of hydrogen for the GaN(000-1) surface: Implications for molecular beam epitaxy and metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Northrup, J.E.; Neugebauer, J.

    2004-10-18

    The stabilities of clean and hydrogen covered GaN(000-1) surfaces are determined using density functional theory together with a finite temperature thermodynamics approach. Hydrogen has an extremely high affinity for the N-face surface: Even under ultrahigh vacuum conditions as realized in molecular beam epitaxial growth, with a residual hydrogen pressure of 10{sup -12} atm, the hydrogen terminated surface is, for very N-rich conditions, more stable than any clean surface. A transition to a surface covered by a Ga adlayer is predicted to occur as the Ga chemical potential increases. In typical metalorganic chemical vapor deposition conditions the (000-1) surface is predicted to be covered by 0.75 monolayers of hydrogen. The slower growth rate on the (000-1) surface in comparison to the (0001) surface is attributed to low adsorption of N on the H-covered (000-1) surface.

  2. Experimental studies of hydrogen on boron nitride: I. Adsorption isotherms of HD

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    Evans, M.D.; Sullivan, N.S.

    1995-09-01

    The authors report the results of measurements of adsorption isotherms of deuterium hydride (HD) adsorbed onto boron nitride. From this data they derive both the two-dimensional critical point temperatures (using Larher`s method) and the heat of adsorption for the first few layers of this system. These results are compared with similar measurements of HD adsorbed onto graphite and MgO. While substantial substeps within some adlayer steps are evident in the adsorption isotherms of HD on graphite and MgO and have been shown to indicate a two-dimensional liquid-solid transition within the layer, no substep is evident at the level of one percent of a step level for HD adsorbed onto BN.

  3. Oxidation processes in magneto-optic and related materials

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    Lee, Paul A.; Armstrong, Neal R.; Danzinger, James L.; England, Craig D.

    1992-01-01

    The surface oxidation processes of thin films of magneto-optic materials, such as the rare-earth transition metal alloys have been studied, starting in ultrahigh vacuum environments, using surface analysis techniques, as a way of modeling the oxidation processes which occur at the base of a defect in an overcoated material, at the instant of exposure to ambient environments. Materials examined have included FeTbCo alloys, as well as those same materials with low percentages of added elements, such a Ta, and their reactivities to both O2 and H2O compared with materials such as thin Fe films coated with ultrathin adlayers of Ti. The surface oxidation pathways for these materials is reviewed, and XPS data presented which indicates the type of oxides formed, and a critical region of Ta concentration which provides optimum protection.

  4. Molecular structure and chiral separation in {alpha}-sexithiophene ultrathin films on Au(111): Low-energy electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Kiel, Mario; Duncker, Klaus; Hagendorf, Christian; Widdra, Wolf

    2007-05-15

    The adsorption of the {pi}-conjugated organic molecule {alpha}-sexithiophene which is widely used in molecular electronics has been studied on Au(111) by low-energy electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy. For monolayer adsorption at room temperature, large, well-ordered domains of flat-lying molecules which arrange in molecular rows are observed. A detailed structure analysis reveals an incommensurate, line-on-line oriented monolayer with one molecule per unit cell. In contrast to the behavior in the three-dimensional bulk structure, flat-lying adsorption introduces molecular chirality: Right- and left-handed molecules separate into domains of different orientations which are mirror symmetric with respect to the [112] substrate direction. Details of the adlayer structure and the chiral self-recognition can be rationalized based on the van der Waals contour of the adsorbed molecules.

  5. In situ chemical probing of the electrode-electrolyte interface by ToF-SIMS

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    Liu, Bingwen; Yu, Xiao-Ying; Zhu, Zihua; Hua, Xin; Yang, Li; Wang, Zhaoying

    2014-01-01

    A portable vacuum interface allowing direct probing of the electrode-electrolyte interface was developed. A classical electrochemical system consisting of gold working electrode, platinum counter electrode, platinum reference electrode, and potassium iodide electrolyte was used to demonstrate real-time observation of the gold iodide adlayer on the electrode and chemical species as a result of redox reactions using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and the time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS, a vacuum-based surface analytical technique) simultaneously. This microfluidic electrochemical probe provides a new way to investigate the surface region with adsorbed molecules and region of diffused layer with chemical speciation in liquids in situ by surface sensitive techniques.

  6. Characterization of Monolayer Formation on Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Thin Films

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    Rhodes,C.; Lappi, S.; Fischer, D.; Sambasivan, S.; Genzer, J.; Franzen, S.

    2008-01-01

    The optical and electronic properties of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films on a glass substrate are investigated experimentally and theoretically. Optical studies with coupling in the Kretschmann configuration reveal an angle-dependent plasma frequency in the mid-IR for p-polarized radiation, suggestive of the detection of a Drude plasma frequency. These studies are complemented by oxygen depletion density functional theory studies for the calculation of the charge carrier concentration and plasma frequency for bulk AZO. In addition, we report on the optical and physical properties of thin film adlayers of n-hexadecanethiol (HDT) and n-octadecanethiol (ODT) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on AZO surfaces using reflectance FTIR spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), contact angle, and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. Our characterization of the SAM deposition onto the AZO thin film reveals a range of possible applications for this conducting metal oxide.

  7. FTIR study of ammonia formation via the successive hydrogenation of N atoms trapped in a solid N2 matrix at low temperatures.

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    Hidaka, Hiroshi; Watanabe, Motohiro; Kouchi, Akira; Watanabe, Naoki

    2011-09-21

    A Fourier transform infrared absorption spectroscopy (FTIR) study showed that NH(3) was formed by the successive reaction of hydrogen atoms with nitrogen atoms in an N(2) matrix at 10 K. Reactions appeared to proceed via the Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism because NH(3) formation was not observed at 20 K. At this temperature, H atoms did not adsorb significantly onto the N(2) matrix; i.e., the surface residence times were short. Furthermore, NH(3) yields via the successive hydrogenation of N atoms were significant, even after H atom deposition onto the N(2) matrix containing trapped N atoms onto which had been deposited a superficial pure solid N(2) adlayer. This result clearly indicates that H atoms diffuse in pure solid N(2) matrices at 10 K.

  8. The interfacial interactions of Tb-doped silica nanoparticles with surfactants and phospholipids revealed through the fluorescent response.

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    Bochkova, Olga D; Mustafina, Asiya R; Mukhametshina, Alsu R; Burilov, Vladimir A; Skripacheva, Viktoriya V; Zakharova, Lucia Ya; Fedorenko, Svetlana V; Konovalov, Alexander I; Soloveva, Svetlana E; Antipin, Igor S

    2012-04-01

    The quenching effect of dyes (phenol red and bromothymol blue) on Tb(III)-centered luminescence enables to sense the aggregation of cationic and anionic surfactants near the silica surface of Tb-doped silica nanoparticles (SN) in aqueous solutions. The Tb-centered luminescence of non-decorated SNs is diminished by the inner filter effect of both dyes. The decoration of the silica surface by cationic surfactants induces the quenching through the energy transfer between silica coated Tb(III) complexes and dye anions inserted into surfactant aggregates. Thus the distribution of surfactants aggregates at the silica/water interface and in the bulk of solution greatly affects dynamic quenching efficiency. The displacement of dye anions from the interfacial surfactant adlayer by anionic surfactants and phospholipids is accompanied by the "off-on" switching of Tb(III)-centered luminescence. PMID:22209651

  9. Graphite edge controlled registration of monolayer MoS{sub 2} crystal orientation

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    Lu, Chun-I; Butler, Christopher John; Yang, Hung-Hsiang; Chu, Yu-Hsun; Luo, Chi-Hung; Sun, Yung-Che; Hsu, Shih-Hao; Yang, Kui-Hong Ou; Huang, Jing-Kai; Hsing, Cheng-Rong; Wei, Ching-Ming Li, Lain-Jong; Lin, Minn-Tsong

    2015-05-04

    Transition metal dichalcogenides such as the semiconductor MoS{sub 2} are a class of two-dimensional crystals. The surface morphology and quality of MoS{sub 2} grown by chemical vapor deposition are examined using atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopy techniques. By analyzing the moiré patterns from several triangular MoS{sub 2} islands, we find that there exist at least five different superstructures and that the relative rotational angles between the MoS{sub 2} adlayer and graphite substrate lattices are typically less than 3°. We conclude that since MoS{sub 2} grows at graphite step-edges, it is the edge structure which controls the orientation of the islands, with those growing from zig-zag (or armchair) edges tending to orient with one lattice vector parallel (perpendicular) to the step-edge.

  10. Dual-polarization interferometry: an analytical technique to measure changes in protein structure in real time, to determine the stoichiometry of binding events, and to differentiate between specific and nonspecific interactions.

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    Swann, Marcus J; Peel, Louise L; Carrington, Simon; Freeman, Neville J

    2004-06-15

    The study of solution-phase interactions between small molecules and immobilized proteins is of intense interest, especially to the pharmaceutical industry. An optical sensing technique, dual polarization interferometry, has been employed for the detailed study of a model protein system, namely, d-biotin interactions with streptavidin immobilized on a solid surface. Changes in thickness and density of an immobilized streptavidin layer as a result of the binding of d-biotin have been directly measured in solution and in real time. The results obtained from this approach are in excellent agreement with X-ray crystallographic data for the structural changes expected in the streptavidin-D-biotin system. The mass changes measured on binding d-biotin also agree closely with anticipated binding capacity values. Determination of the density changes occurring in the protein adlayer provides a means for differentiation between specific and nonspecific interactions. PMID:15158477

  11. Predicting the stability of surface phases of molybdenum selenides

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    Roma, Guido; Ghorbani, Elaheh; Mirhosseini, Hossein; Kühne, Thomas D.; Kiss, Janos; Felser, Claudia

    2014-02-10

    The selenization of molybdenum might become an important step in the production of nanostructures based on the layered compound MoSe{sub 2}. It is already technologically relevant for the production of thin film chalcopyrite solar cells. However, the control of the process is still very poor, due to the lack of basic knowledge of the surface thermodynamics of the system. Here, we present a theoretical study on the stability of surface adlayers of Se on the Mo(110) surface, predicting surface patterns and their stability range in terms of temperature and selenium partial pressure. Our results, based on density functional theory, show that the attainable Se coverages range from 1/4 to 3/4 of a monolayer for systems in equilibrium with a gas formed of Se molecules. We provide simulated scanning tunneling microscopy images to help the experimental characterization of adsorbed surface patterns.

  12. In situ investigation of growth modes during plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy of (0001) GaN

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    Koblmueller, G.; Fernandez-Garrido, S.; Calleja, E.; Speck, J. S.

    2007-10-15

    Real-time analysis of the growth modes during homoepitaxial (0001) GaN growth by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy was performed using reflection high energy electron diffraction. A growth mode map was established as a function of Ga/N flux ratio and growth temperature, exhibiting distinct transitions between three-dimensional (3D), layer-by-layer, and step-flow growth modes. The layer-by-layer to step-flow growth transition under Ga-rich growth was surfactant mediated and related to a Ga adlayer coverage of one monolayer. Under N-rich conditions the transition from 3D to layer-by-layer growth was predominantly thermally activated, facilitating two-dimensional growth at temperatures of thermal decomposition.

  13. Surface disordering of Pb(110)

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    Tibbits, P.; Karimi, M.; Ila, D.; Dalins, I.; Vidali, G.

    1991-01-01

    A molecular dynamics simulation of Pb(110), using embedded atom method energy functional and two-body potential derived for the purpose, shows that near 400 K the three surface layers begin to disorder well before the bulk (interior) layers. Transfer of atoms from the first subsurface layer to the surface layer occurs. Disordering propagates beyond the top three layers above 550 K, accompanied by formation of an adlayer and vacancies in the top three layers. Behavior of the two-dimensional layer structure factors indicates that disordering is anisotropic. Simulation results are consistent with experimental observations of surface roughening near 400 K and more extensive surface ordering above 525 K. Results are consistent with simulations for Ni and Al.

  14. Controlling single and few-layer graphene crystals growth in a solid carbon source based chemical vapor deposition

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    Papon, Remi; Sharma, Subash; Shinde, Sachin M.; Vishwakarma, Riteshkumar; Tanemura, Masaki; Kalita, Golap

    2014-09-29

    Here, we reveal the growth process of single and few-layer graphene crystals in the solid carbon source based chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technique. Nucleation and growth of graphene crystals on a polycrystalline Cu foil are significantly affected by the injection of carbon atoms with pyrolysis rate of the carbon source. We observe micron length ribbons like growth front as well as saturated growth edges of graphene crystals depending on growth conditions. Controlling the pyrolysis rate of carbon source, monolayer and few-layer crystals and corresponding continuous films are obtained. In a controlled process, we observed growth of large monolayer graphene crystals, which interconnect and merge together to form a continuous film. On the other hand, adlayer growth is observed with an increased pyrolysis rate, resulting few-layer graphene crystal structure and merged continuous film. The understanding of monolayer and few-layer crystals growth in the developed CVD process can be significant to grow graphene with controlled layer numbers.

  15. Interactions of Oxygen and Ethylene with Submonolayer Ag Films Supported on Ni(111)

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    Alamgir, F.M.; Senanayake, S.; Rettew, R.E.; Meyer, A.; Chen, T.-L.; Petersburg, C.; Flege, J.I.; Falta, J.

    2011-06-01

    We investigate the oxidation of, and the reaction of ethylene with, Ni(111) with and without sub-monolayer Ag adlayers as a function of temperature. The addition of Ag to Ni(111) is shown to enhance the activity towards the ethylene epoxidation reaction, and increase the temperature at which ethylene oxide is stable on the surface. We present a systematic study of the formation of chemisorbed oxygen on the Ag-Ni(111) surfaces and correlate the presence and absence of O{sup 1-} and O{sup 2-} surface species with the reactivity towards ethylene. By characterizing the samples with low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) in combination with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), we have identified specific growth of silver on step-edge sites and successfully increased the temperature at which the produced ethylene oxide remains stable, a trait which is desirable for catalysis.

  16. Interactions of Oxygen and Ethylene with Submonolayer Ag Films Supported on Ni(111)

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    R Rettew; A Meyer; S Senanayake; T Chen; C Petersburg; J Flege; J Falta; F Alamgir

    2011-12-31

    We investigate the oxidation of, and the reaction of ethylene with, Ni(111) with and without sub-monolayer Ag adlayers as a function of temperature. The addition of Ag to Ni(111) is shown to enhance the activity towards the ethylene epoxidation reaction, and increase the temperature at which ethylene oxide is stable on the surface. We present a systematic study of the formation of chemisorbed oxygen on the Ag-Ni(111) surfaces and correlate the presence and absence of O{sup 1-} and O{sup 2-} surface species with the reactivity towards ethylene. By characterizing the samples with low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) in combination with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), we have identified specific growth of silver on step-edge sites and successfully increased the temperature at which the produced ethylene oxide remains stable, a trait which is desirable for catalysis.

  17. Controlled Immobilization Strategies to Probe Short Hyaluronan-Protein Interactions

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    Minsky, Burcu Baykal; Antoni, Christiane H.; Boehm, Heike

    2016-01-01

    Well-controlled grafting of small hyaluronan oligosaccharides (sHA) enables novel approaches to investigate biological processes such as angiogenesis, immune reactions and cancer metastasis. We develop two strategies for covalent attachment of sHA, a fast high-density adsorption and a two-layer system that allows tuning the density and mode of immobilization. We monitored the sHA adlayer formation and subsequent macromolecular interactions by label-free quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D). The modified surfaces are inert to unspecific protein adsorption, and yet retain the specific binding capacity of sHA. Thus they are an ideal tool to study the interactions of hyaluronan-binding proteins and short hyaluronan molecules as demonstrated by the specific recognition of LYVE-1 and aggrecan. Both hyaladherins recognize sHA and the binding is independent to the presence of the reducing end. PMID:26883791

  18. HCl adsorption and ionization on amorphous and crystalline H2O films below 50 K.

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    Ayotte, Patrick; Marchand, Patrick; Daschbach, John L; Smith, R Scott; Kay, Bruce D

    2011-06-16

    Molecular beams were used to grow amorphous and crystalline H(2)O films and to dose HCl upon their surface. The adsorption state of HCl on the ice films was probed with infrared spectroscopy. A Zundel continuum is clearly observed for exposures up to the saturation HCl coverage on ice upon which features centered near 2530, 2120, 1760, and 1220 cm(-1) are superimposed. The band centered near 2530 cm(-1) is observed only when the HCl adlayer is in direct contact with amorphous solid water or crystalline ice films at temperatures as low as 20 K. The spectral signature of solid HCl (amorphous or crystalline) was identified only after saturation of the adsorption sites in the first layer or when HCl was deposited onto a rare gas spacer layer between the HCl and ice film. These observations strongly support conclusions from recent electron spectroscopy work that reported ionic dissociation of the first layer HCl adsorbed onto the ice surface is spontaneous.

  19. Adsorption properties of decyl thiocyanate and decanethiol on platinum substrates studied by sum-frequency generation spectroscopy

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    Sartenaer, Yannick; Dreesen, Laurent; Humbert, Christophe; Volcke, Cédric; Tourillon, Gérard; Louette, Pierre; Thiry, Paul A.; Peremans, André

    2007-03-01

    Recently, thiocyanate groups were successfully used as precursors for thiolate assemblies. Indeed, they provide a useful alternative to thiol groups for self-assembly on metallic substrates. In order to check the adsorption properties and the quality of the thiocyanate-based self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), we use sum-frequency generation spectroscopy (SFG) and apply it to characterize the ad-layers of two similar molecules: decanethiol (DT) and decyl thiocyanate (DTCN) adsorbed on platinum surfaces. By comparing the SFG signals of the methyl and methylene vibration modes, we show that DTCN SAMs are less ordered than DT ones. These effects are related to the SAMs quality which depends on the molecular packing as highlighted by scanning tunnelling microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  20. Self-organization of S adatoms on Au(111): √3R30° rows at low coverage

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    Walen, Holly; Liu, Da -Jiang; Oh, Junepyo; Lim, Hyunseob; Evans, J. W.; Kim, Yousoo; Thiel, P. A.

    2015-07-06

    Using scanning tunneling microscopy, we observe an adlayer structure that is dominated by short rows of S atoms, on unreconstructed regions of a Au(111) surface. This structure forms upon adsorption of low S coverage (less than 0.1 monolayer) on a fully reconstructed cleansurface at 300 K, then cooling to 5 K for observation. The rows adopt one of three orientations that are rotated by 30° from the close-packed directions of the Au(111) substrate, and adjacent S atoms in the rows are separated by √3 times the surface lattice constant, a. Monte Carlo simulations are performed on lattice-gas models, we derived using a limited cluster expansion based on density functional theory energetics. Furthermore, models which include long-range pairwise interactions (extending to 5a), plus selected trio interactions, successfully reproduce the linear rows of S atoms at reasonable temperatures.

  1. A versatile strategy towards non-covalent functionalization of graphene by surface-confined supramolecular self-assembly of Janus tectons

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    Du, Ping; Bléger, David; Charra, Fabrice; Bouchiat, Vincent; Kreher, David; Mathevet, Fabrice

    2015-01-01

    Summary Two-dimensional (2D), supramolecular self-assembly at surfaces is now well-mastered with several existing examples. However, one remaining challenge to enable future applications in nanoscience is to provide potential functionalities to the physisorbed adlayer. This work reviews a recently developed strategy that addresses this key issue by taking advantage of a new concept, Janus tecton materials. This is a versatile, molecular platform based on the design of three-dimensional (3D) building blocks consisting of two faces linked by a cyclophane-type pillar. One face is designed to steer 2D self-assembly onto C(sp2)-carbon-based flat surfaces, the other allowing for the desired functionality above the substrate with a well-controlled lateral order. In this way, it is possible to simultaneously obtain a regular, non-covalent paving as well as supramolecular functionalization of graphene, thus opening interesting perspectives for nanoscience applications. PMID:25821703

  2. Electron emission from the interaction of He projectiles and UV photons with LiF on W(110)

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    Pülm, S.; Hitzke, A.; Günster, J.; Müller, H.; Kempter, V.

    1994-03-01

    The electronic structure of thin LiF adlayers deposited on W(110) at room temperature is studied by ion impact electron spectroscopy (IIES) with He+ ions, metastable impact electron spectroscopy (MIES) with He? atoms, ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), and to some extent with electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). The transition from the electronic structure of single adsorbed molecules to the emergence of the bulk structure could be studied by following the emergence of bulk properties, in particular the bandgap, as a function of the LiF exposure. The first step in the layer growth is molecular absorption of LiF. The next step is the formation of islands formed by the LiF molecules. The production of vacancies in the 2p F orbital under the influence of the ionizing radiation is studied as a function of the LiF exposure. Their relevance for the desorption processes induced by electronic transitions (DIET) is discussed.

  3. Cu/ZnO(0001) under oxidating and reducing conditions: A first-principles survey of surface structures

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    Warschkow, O.; Chuasiripattana, K.; Lyle, M. J.; Delley, B.; Stampfl, C.

    2011-09-01

    We investigate the stability of Cu-exposed ZnO(0001) surface structures in an oxygen environment using density functional theory and the method of ab initio atomistic thermodynamics. A two-dimensional phase diagram is constructed which identifies stable surface structures as a function of the copper and oxygen chemical potentials. Two structures with a (3×3)R30∘ unit cell are found to be prominently stable at intermediate oxygen and copper chemical potentials. These phases are characterized by a single adlayer of Cu4O3 and Cu12O13 stoichiometry on ZnO(0001). We rationalize recent experimental observations in the literature in terms of our results.

  4. Interactions at the Al-S-Fe interface: S inhibition of aluminum oxidation

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    Addepalli, S.G.; Lin, J.S.; Ekstrom, B.; Kelber, J.A.

    1999-08-01

    The deposition of aluminum on S/Fe(111) (1 x 1) at 300 K in UHV results in the formation of a disordered S-modified Al adlayer. Insertion of Al between the sulfur atoms and the Fe substrate is indicated by an increase of the S Auger signal with increasing Al deposition. Room-temperature oxidation of AlS/Fe(111) in UHV is inhibited compared to the oxidation of aluminum deposited on the sulfur-free Fe(111). The oxygen-uptake curves and variations in the S(LVV), Fe(MVV) intensities with oxygen exposure are also consistent with the insertion of the aluminum atoms between the S overlayer and the Fe substrate.

  5. Adsorption and thermal decomposition of diethyltellurium on GaAs(100)

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    Gheyas, Syed Irfan; Nishio, Mitsuhiro; Urisu, Tsuneo; Ogawa, Hiroshi

    1996-07-01

    Adsorption and thermal decomposition of diethyltellurium (DETe) on GaAs(100) have been studied using in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and temperature programmed desorption (TPD) techniques. Multilayer adsorption of DETe is achievable at 130 K but adlayer thickness saturates at about 0.80 monolayer at 310 K. DETe is primarily found to adsorb molecularly at 130 K for multilayer coverage. By 150 K the physisorbed layers of DETe desorb leaving only the chemisorbed metalalkyl on the surface. This metalalkyl dissociates before 200 K producing adsorbed tellurium (Te) atoms which in turn interact rather heavily with the surface gallium atoms. Carbons/hydrocarbons resulting from DETe dissociation desorb from the surface by 300 K. Te atoms, on the other hand, remain firmly attached to the surface well after 600 K.

  6. Intermolecular vs molecule–substrate interactions: A combined STM and theoretical study of supramolecular phases on graphene/Ru(0001)

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    Roos, Michael; Uhl, Benedikt; Künzel, Daniela; Hoster, Harry E; Groß, Axel

    2011-01-01

    Summary The competition between intermolecular interactions and long-range lateral variations in the substrate–adsorbate interaction was studied by scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and force field based calculations, by comparing the phase formation of (sub-) monolayers of the organic molecules (i) 2-phenyl-4,6-bis(6-(pyridin-3-yl)-4-(pyridin-3-yl)pyridin-2-yl)pyrimidine (3,3'-BTP) and (ii) 3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) on graphene/Ru(0001). For PTCDA adsorption, a 2D adlayer phase was formed, which extended over large areas, while for 3,3'-BTP adsorption linear or ring like structures were formed, which exclusively populated the areas between the maxima of the moiré structure of the buckled graphene layer. The consequences for the competing intermolecular interactions and corrugation in the adsorption potential are discussed and compared with the theoretical results. PMID:22003444

  7. Intermolecular vs molecule-substrate interactions: A combined STM and theoretical study of supramolecular phases on graphene/Ru(0001).

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    Roos, Michael; Uhl, Benedikt; Künzel, Daniela; Hoster, Harry E; Groß, Axel; Behm, R Jürgen

    2011-01-01

    The competition between intermolecular interactions and long-range lateral variations in the substrate-adsorbate interaction was studied by scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and force field based calculations, by comparing the phase formation of (sub-) monolayers of the organic molecules (i) 2-phenyl-4,6-bis(6-(pyridin-3-yl)-4-(pyridin-3-yl)pyridin-2-yl)pyrimidine (3,3'-BTP) and (ii) 3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) on graphene/Ru(0001). For PTCDA adsorption, a 2D adlayer phase was formed, which extended over large areas, while for 3,3'-BTP adsorption linear or ring like structures were formed, which exclusively populated the areas between the maxima of the moiré structure of the buckled graphene layer. The consequences for the competing intermolecular interactions and corrugation in the adsorption potential are discussed and compared with the theoretical results.

  8. High fidelity neuronal networks formed by plasma masking with a bilayer membrane: analysis of neurodegenerative and neuroprotective processes.

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    Hardelauf, Heike; Sisnaiske, Julia; Taghipour-Anvari, Amir Ali; Jacob, Peter; Drabiniok, Evelyn; Marggraf, Ulrich; Frimat, Jean-Philippe; Hengstler, Jan G; Neyer, Andreas; van Thriel, Christoph; West, Jonathan

    2011-08-21

    Spatially defined neuronal networks have great potential to be used in a wide spectrum of neurobiology assays. We present an original technique for the precise and reproducible formation of neuronal networks. A PDMS membrane comprising through-holes aligned with interconnecting microchannels was used during oxygen plasma etching to dry mask a protein rejecting poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) adlayer. Patterns were faithfully replicated to produce an oxidized interconnected array pattern which supported protein adsorption. Differentiated human SH-SY5Y neuron-like cells adhered to the array nodes with the micron-scale interconnecting tracks guiding neurite outgrowth to produce neuronal connections and establish a network. A 2.0 μm track width was optimal for high-level network formation and node compliance. These spatially standardized neuronal networks were used to analyse the dynamics of acrylamide-induced neurite degeneration and the protective effects of co-treatment with calpeptin or brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).

  9. Resonance-enhanced x-rays in thin films: a structure probe for membranes and surface layers.

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    Wang, J; Bedzyk, M J; Caffrey, M

    1992-10-30

    An x-ray resonance effect in an organic thin film on an x-ray reflecting mirror is reported. The resonance effect is the result of interference between reflected and refracted x-rays at the air-organic thin film interface and occurs at incident angles slightly above the critical angle of the film. In excellent agreement with theory, the primary resonant x-ray electric field that is confined in the organic thin film is approximately 20 times as intense as the electric field of the incident beam when measured at a position close to the center of the film. Resonance-enhanced x-rays can be used to characterize the internal structure of Langmuir-Blodgett thin film membranes. This effect may also find use in x-ray-based thin film devices and in the structural analysis of adlayers and surfaces that have thus far proved difficult, if not impossible, to study because of sensitivity limitations.

  10. Buckled silicene formation on Ir(111).

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    Meng, Lei; Wang, Yeliang; Zhang, Lizhi; Du, Shixuan; Wu, Rongting; Li, Linfei; Zhang, Yi; Li, Geng; Zhou, Haitao; Hofer, Werner A; Gao, Hong-Jun

    2013-02-13

    Silicene, a two-dimensional (2D) honeycomb structure similar to graphene, has been successfully fabricated on an Ir(111) substrate. It is characterized as a (√7×√7) superstructure with respect to the substrate lattice, as revealed by low energy electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy. Such a superstructure coincides with the (√3×√3) superlattice of silicene. First-principles calculations confirm that this is a (√3×√3)silicene/(√7×√7)Ir(111) configuration and that it has a buckled conformation. Importantly, the calculated electron localization function shows that the silicon adlayer on the Ir(111) substrate has 2D continuity. This work provides a method to fabricate high-quality silicene and an explanation for the formation of the buckled silicene sheet.

  11. Controlled Immobilization Strategies to Probe Short Hyaluronan-Protein Interactions

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    Minsky, Burcu Baykal; Antoni, Christiane H.; Boehm, Heike

    2016-02-01

    Well-controlled grafting of small hyaluronan oligosaccharides (sHA) enables novel approaches to investigate biological processes such as angiogenesis, immune reactions and cancer metastasis. We develop two strategies for covalent attachment of sHA, a fast high-density adsorption and a two-layer system that allows tuning the density and mode of immobilization. We monitored the sHA adlayer formation and subsequent macromolecular interactions by label-free quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D). The modified surfaces are inert to unspecific protein adsorption, and yet retain the specific binding capacity of sHA. Thus they are an ideal tool to study the interactions of hyaluronan-binding proteins and short hyaluronan molecules as demonstrated by the specific recognition of LYVE-1 and aggrecan. Both hyaladherins recognize sHA and the binding is independent to the presence of the reducing end.

  12. Biomedical interfaces: titanium surface technology for implants and cell carriers.

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    Schuler, Martin; Trentin, Diana; Textor, Marcus; Tosatti, Samuele G P

    2006-12-01

    Titanium and its alloys have become key materials for biomedical applications, mainly owing to their compatibility with human tissues and their mechanical strength. Effects of surface topography on cell and tissue response have been investigated extensively in the past, while (bio)chemical surface modification and its combination with designed topographies have remained largely unexplored. The following report describes some of the strategies used or intended to modify titanium surfaces, based on biological principles, with a focus on ultrathin biomimetic adlayers. One of the visions behind such approaches is to achieve improved healing and integration responses after implantation for patients, especially for those suffering from deficiencies, for example, diabetes or osteoporosis, two diseases that have increased drastically in our society during the last century.

  13. Fivefold i-Al-Pd-Mn surface as template for growing monatomic quasiperiodic layers: First-principles simulations for adatoms from groups one to three

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    Krajčí, Marian; Hafner, J.

    2008-04-01

    By using ab initio density-functional calculations, we have explored the conditions for the formation of quasiperiodic overlayers on top of a fivefold surface of an icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal. We calculate binding energies of single adatoms at special sites of the surface, with the aim to construct the potential-energy landscape of the quasiperiodic surface. We show that the energetically favorable adsorption sites are located at the vertices of a DHBS tiling [consisting of decagons (D), hexagons (H), boats (B), and stars (S)] describing the quasiperiodic ordering of the surface. An idealized structural model for the adlayer is constructed by decorating the interior of these tiles such that atoms are placed again in energetically favorable locations and that the local arrangement does not break the fivefold symmetry of the underlying substrate. The stability of this idealized structure is probed for elements from groups one to three of the Periodic Table by performing a conjugate-gradient relaxation under the action of the ab initio calculated forces. We demonstrate that in addition to a strong binding of the adatoms to the substrate, the size of the adatoms and the achievement of a dense surface coverage are the most important factors influencing the stability of quasiperiodic ordering in the adsorbed monolayer. From the analysis of the geometrical distribution of the adsorption sites, we conclude that a dense quasiperiodic overlayer with a density of 0.066atoms/Å2 (corresponding to a coverage Θ≈0.50 monolayers) can be formed by adatoms with an atomic size of 3.7ű0.4Å . Atoms with this size are Na, Ca, Y, and La. We suggest that these elements and presumably also most rare-earth elements are good candidates for the formation of highly regular quasiperiodic adlayers with a structure described by a decagonal DHBS tiling consisting of decagons, hexagons, boats, and pentagonal stars.

  14. Nitrogen valence electronic structure in the strong chemisorption limit: Molecular adsorption on Cr(110) and O/Cr(110)

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    Shinn, Neal D.

    1990-05-01

    Nitrogen adsorption and dissociation on clean and oxygen-dosed Cr(110) surfaces have been studied with angle-integrated synchrotron-radiation ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) and work-function measurements. At 90 K, nitrogen adsorbs molecularly via a mobile precursor state and exhibits UPS valence-orbital peaks at binding energies of 12.7 (weak), 8.4, and 7.1 eV with respect to the Fermi level; these positions and separations suggest an unusual N2(ads) valence electronic structure similar to that of ``π-bonded'' N2 on Fe(111). Thermal dissociation of N2(ads) commences at 100 K but remains incomplete until ~265 K. Chemisorbed N2 increases the work function Φ by 0.1+/-0.1 eV, whereas annealing the adlayer to 300 K subsequently reduces Φ by 0.7 eV due to dissociation. At 300 K, only dissociative chemisorption is observed but with a reduced sticking probability and a lower saturation coverage compared with thermally dissociating a molecular adlayer. A surface-sensitive Cr valence-band feature is identified which (i) shifts to increasing binding energy with N2 adsorption, but (ii) exhibits different coverage-dependent behavior for isoelectronic N2(ads) and CO(ads). Low coverages of chemisorbed oxygen do not inhibit N2 adsorption but co-adsorption effects are observed when a N2(ads) saturated surface is exposed to large oxygen doses. Consideration of these results in comparison with other nitrogen chemisorption studies shows that the bonding of nitrogen to Cr(110) is not well described by the usual σ-donation and π-backbonding concepts. A bonding geometry with both nitrogen atoms coordinated to chromium atoms is proposed in spite of the absence of surface hollow sites usually invoked to account for such a species.

  15. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy of Air Exposure Effects on Molecular Beam Epitaxy Grown WSe2 Monolayers and Bilayers.

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    Park, Jun Hong; Vishwanath, Suresh; Liu, Xinyu; Zhou, Huawei; Eichfeld, Sarah M; Fullerton-Shirey, Susan K; Robinson, Joshua A; Feenstra, Randall M; Furdyna, Jacek; Jena, Debdeep; Xing, Huili Grace; Kummel, Andrew C

    2016-04-26

    The effect of air exposure on 2H-WSe2/HOPG is determined via scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). WSe2 was grown by molecular beam epitaxy on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), and afterward, a Se adlayer was deposited in situ on WSe2/HOPG to prevent unintentional oxidation during transferring from the growth chamber to the STM chamber. After annealing at 773 K to remove the Se adlayer, STM images show that WSe2 layers nucleate at both step edges and terraces of the HOPG. Exposure to air for 1 week and 9 weeks caused air-induced adsorbates to be deposited on the WSe2 surface; however, the band gap of the terraces remained unaffected and nearly identical to those on decapped WSe2. The air-induced adsorbates can be removed by annealing at 523 K. In contrast to WSe2 terraces, air exposure caused the edges of the WSe2 to oxidize and form protrusions, resulting in a larger band gap in the scanning tunneling spectra compared to the terraces of air-exposed WSe2 monolayers. The preferential oxidation at the WSe2 edges compared to the terraces is likely the result of dangling edge bonds. In the absence of air exposure, the dangling edge bonds had a smaller band gap compared to the terraces and a shift of about 0.73 eV in the Fermi level toward the valence band. However, after air exposure, the band gap of the oxidized WSe2 edges became about 1.08 eV larger than that of the WSe2 terraces, resulting in the electronic passivation of the WSe2.

  16. Efficient Ceria-Platinum Inverse Catalyst for Partial Oxidation of Methanol.

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    Ostroverkh, Anna; Johánek, Viktor; Kúš, Peter; Šedivá, Romana; Matolín, Vladimír

    2016-06-28

    Ceria-platinum-based bilayered thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering were developed and tested in regard to their catalytic activity for methanol oxidation by employing a temperature-programmed reaction (TPR) technique. The composition and structure of the samples were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Both conventional (oxide-supported metal nanoparticles [NPs]) and inverse configurations (metal with oxide overlayer) were analyzed to uncover the structural dependence of activity and selectivity of these catalysts with respect to different pathways of methanol oxidation. We clearly demonstrate that the amount of cerium oxide (ceria) loading has a profound influence on methanol oxidation reaction characteristics. Adding a noncontinuous adlayer of ceria greatly enhances the catalytic performance of platinum (Pt) in favor of partial oxidation of methanol (POM), gaining an order of magnitude in the absolute yield of hydrogen. Moreover, the undesired by-production of carbon monoxide (CO) is strongly suppressed, making the ceria-platinum inverse catalyst a great candidate for clean hydrogen production. It is suggested that the methanol oxidation process is facilitated by the synergistic effect between both components of the inverse catalyst (involving oxygen from ceria and providing a reaction site on the adjacent Pt surface) as well as by the fact that the ability of ceria to exchange oxygen (i.e., to alter the oxidation state of Ce between 3+ and 4+) during the reaction is inversely proportional to its thickness. The increased redox capability of the discontinuous ceria adlayer shifts the preferred reaction pathway from dehydrogenation of hydroxymethyl intermediate to CO in favor of its oxidation to formate. PMID:27254727

  17. Enhanced spectroscopic gas sensors using in-situ grown carbon nanotubes

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    De Luca, A.; Cole, M. T.; Milne, W. I.; Hopper, R. H.; Boual, S.; Ali, S. Z.; Warner, J. H.; Robertson, A. R.; Udrea, F.; Gardner, J. W.

    2015-05-11

    In this letter, we present a fully complementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) compatible microelectromechanical system thermopile infrared (IR) detector employing vertically aligned multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT) as an advanced nano-engineered radiation absorbing material. The detector was fabricated using a commercial silicon-on-insulator (SOI) process with tungsten metallization, comprising a silicon thermopile and a tungsten resistive micro-heater, both embedded within a dielectric membrane formed by a deep-reactive ion etch following CMOS processing. In-situ CNT growth on the device was achieved by direct thermal chemical vapour deposition using the integrated micro-heater as a micro-reactor. The growth of the CNT absorption layer was verified through scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. The functional effects of the nanostructured ad-layer were assessed by comparing CNT-coated thermopiles to uncoated thermopiles. Fourier transform IR spectroscopy showed that the radiation absorbing properties of the CNT adlayer significantly enhanced the absorptivity, compared with the uncoated thermopile, across the IR spectrum (3 μm–15.5 μm). This led to a four-fold amplification of the detected infrared signal (4.26 μm) in a CO{sub 2} non-dispersive-IR gas sensor system. The presence of the CNT layer was shown not to degrade the robustness of the uncoated devices, whilst the 50% modulation depth of the detector was only marginally reduced by 1.5 Hz. Moreover, we find that the 50% normalized absorption angular profile is subsequently more collimated by 8°. Our results demonstrate the viability of a CNT-based SOI CMOS IR sensor for low cost air quality monitoring.

  18. Substrate effects on the monovacancies of silicene: studied from first principle methods.

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    Li, Rui; Han, Yang; Dong, Jinming

    2015-09-21

    The geometrical structures and electronic properties of defective silicene with monovacancies (MVs), placed on two different substrates, a h-BN sheet and an Ag(111) surface, have been investigated using the first-principles method. It is found that due to the weak van der Waals interaction from the h-BN sheet, there exists two kinds of MVs in the Si|h-BN composite, i.e., the self-healing MV-1 and MV-2 with a closed five- and nine-membered (5-9) pair of rings, with the former as the ground state MV, which is the same as in the case of the free-standing silicene with MVs. The electronic bands around the Fermi level of the Si|h-BN composite with the Si MVs are all induced by the Si atoms, leading to a nonmagnetically metallic ground state. But the Ag(111) substrate has a stronger coupling with the Si adlayer, leading to the existence of three kinds of inequivalent Si atoms, greatly changing the MV structures and the stability of the defective silicene adlayer, as well as its corresponding electronic structures. For example, the symmetric-like MVs are found to always be the stable MV structures in the Si|Ag(111) composite, no matter which type of inequivalent Si atom is removed from it. The Ag substrate has a dominant contribution to the electronic bands of the defective Si|Ag(111) composite with the Si MVs. Even so, some characteristic bands induced by the Si MV defects could still be found. PMID:26266323

  19. Friction coefficients for mechanically damaged bovine articular cartilage.

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    Shi, Liu; Brunski, Daniel B; Sikavitsas, Vassilios I; Johnson, Matthew B; Striolo, Alberto

    2012-07-01

    We used a pin-on-disc tribometer to measure the friction coefficient of both pristine and mechanically damaged cartilage samples in the presence of different lubricant solutions. The experimental set up maximizes the lubrication mechanism due to interstitial fluid pressurization. In phosphate buffer solution (PBS), the measured friction coefficient increases with the level of damage. The main result is that when poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) or hyaluronic acid (HA) are dissolved in PBS, or when synovial fluid (SF) is used as lubricant, the friction coefficients measured for damaged cartilage samples are only slightly larger than those obtained for pristine cartilage samples, indicating that the surface damage is in part alleviated by the presence of the various lubricants. Among the lubricants considered, 100 mg/mL of 100,000 Da MW PEO in PBS appears to be as effective as SF. We attempted to discriminate the lubrication mechanism enhanced by the various compounds. The lubricants viscosity was measured at shear rates comparable to those employed in the friction experiments, and a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring was used to study the adsorption of PEO, HA, and SF components on collagen type II adlayers pre-formed on hydroxyapatite. Under the shear rates considered the viscosity of SF is slightly larger than that of PBS, but lower than that of lubricant formulations containing HA or PEO. Neither PEO nor HA showed strong adsorption on collagen adlayers, while evidence of adsorption was found for SF. Combined, these results suggest that synovial fluid is likely to enhance boundary lubrication. It is possible that all three formulations enhance lubrication via the interstitial fluid pressurization mechanism, maximized by the experimental set up adopted in our friction tests.

  20. Enhanced spectroscopic gas sensors using in-situ grown carbon nanotubes

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    De Luca, A.; Cole, M. T.; Hopper, R. H.; Boual, S.; Warner, J. H.; Robertson, A. R.; Ali, S. Z.; Udrea, F.; Gardner, J. W.; Milne, W. I.

    2015-05-01

    In this letter, we present a fully complementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) compatible microelectromechanical system thermopile infrared (IR) detector employing vertically aligned multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT) as an advanced nano-engineered radiation absorbing material. The detector was fabricated using a commercial silicon-on-insulator (SOI) process with tungsten metallization, comprising a silicon thermopile and a tungsten resistive micro-heater, both embedded within a dielectric membrane formed by a deep-reactive ion etch following CMOS processing. In-situ CNT growth on the device was achieved by direct thermal chemical vapour deposition using the integrated micro-heater as a micro-reactor. The growth of the CNT absorption layer was verified through scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. The functional effects of the nanostructured ad-layer were assessed by comparing CNT-coated thermopiles to uncoated thermopiles. Fourier transform IR spectroscopy showed that the radiation absorbing properties of the CNT adlayer significantly enhanced the absorptivity, compared with the uncoated thermopile, across the IR spectrum (3 μm-15.5 μm). This led to a four-fold amplification of the detected infrared signal (4.26 μm) in a CO2 non-dispersive-IR gas sensor system. The presence of the CNT layer was shown not to degrade the robustness of the uncoated devices, whilst the 50% modulation depth of the detector was only marginally reduced by 1.5 Hz. Moreover, we find that the 50% normalized absorption angular profile is subsequently more collimated by 8°. Our results demonstrate the viability of a CNT-based SOI CMOS IR sensor for low cost air quality monitoring.

  1. Succinimidyl Ester Surface Chemistry: Implications of the Competition between Aminolysis and Hydrolysis on Covalent Protein Immobilization

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    2015-01-01

    N-Hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) ester terminal groups are commonly used to covalently couple amine-containing biomolecules (e.g., proteins and peptides) to surfaces via amide linkages. This one-step aminolysis is often performed in buffered aqueous solutions near physiological pH (pH 6 to pH 9). Under these conditions, the hydrolysis of the ester group competes with the amidization process, potentially degrading the efficiency of the coupling chemistry. The work herein examines the efficiency of covalent protein immobilization in borate buffer (50 mM, pH 8.50) using the thiolate monolayer formed by the chemisorption of dithiobis (succinimidyl propionate) (DSP) on gold films. The structure and reactivity of these adlayers are assessed via infrared spectroscopy (IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electrochemical reductive desorption, and contact angle measurements. The hydrolysis of the DSP-based monolayer is proposed to follow a reaction mechanism with an initial nucleation step, in contrast to a simple pseudo first-order reaction rate law for the entire reaction, indicating a strong dependence of the interfacial reaction on the packing and presence of defects in the adlayer. This interpretation is used in the subsequent analysis of IR-ERS kinetic plots which give a heterogeneous aminolysis rate constant, ka, that is over 3 orders of magnitude lower than that of the heterogeneous hydrolysis rate constant, kh. More importantly, a projection of these heterogeneous kinetic rates to protein immobilization suggests that under coupling conditions in which low protein concentrations and buffers of near physiological pH are used, proteins are more likely physically adsorbed rather than covalently linked. This result is paramount for biosensors that use NHS chemistry for protein immobilization due to effects that may arise from noncovalently linked proteins. PMID:25317495

  2. Optical reflectivity and Raman scattering in few-layer-thick graphene highly doped by K and Rb.

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    Jung, Naeyoung; Kim, Bumjung; Crowther, Andrew C; Kim, Namdong; Nuckolls, Colin; Brus, Louis

    2011-07-26

    We report the optical reflectivity and Raman scattering of few layer (L) graphene exposed to K and Rb vapors. Samples many tens of layers thick show the reflectivity and Raman spectra of the stage 1 bulk alkali intercalation compounds (GICs) KC(8) and RbC(8). However, these bulk optical and Raman properties only begin to appear in samples more than about 15 graphene layers thick. The 1 L to 4 L alkali exposed graphene Raman spectra are profoundly different than the Breit-Wigner-Fano (BWF) spectra of the bulk stage 1 compounds. Samples less than 10 layers thick show Drude-like plasma edge reflectivity dip in the visible; alkali exposed few layer graphenes are significantly more transparent than intrinsic graphene. Simulations show the in-plane free electron density is lower than in the bulk stage 1 GICs. In few layer graphenes, alkalis both intercalate between layers and adsorb on the graphene surfaces. Charge transfer electrically dopes the graphene sheets to densities near and above 10(+14) electrons/cm(2). New intrinsic Raman modes at 1128 and 1264 cm(-1) are activated by in-plane graphene zone folding caused by strongly interacting, locally crystalline alkali adlayers. The K Raman spectra are independent of thickness for L = 1-4, indicating that charge transfer from adsorbed and intercalated K layers are similar. The Raman G mode is downshifted and significantly broadened from intrinsic graphene. In contrast, the Rb spectra vary strongly with L and show increased doping by intercalated alkali as L increases. Rb adlayers appear to be disordered liquids, while intercalated layers are locally crystalline solids. A significant intramolecular G mode electronic resonance Raman enhancement is observed in K exposed graphene, as compared with intrinsic graphene. PMID:21682332

  3. a Theory of the Metallization of Semiconductor Surfaces by Alkali Atoms.

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    Te, Ronald Lim

    Experimental evidence suggest that alkali metal atoms adsorbed on a semiconductor substrate undergo a transition from insulating to metallic at low coverage. The electrons in the adlayer initially occupy isolated exponentially localized atomic orbitals, and become metallic with increasing coverage. Several investigations have shown that the onset of metallization occurs at less than a quarter of a monolayer. Interpretation of second-harmonic data, where the signal increases sharply at 1/6 monolayer, suggests a metallization transition due to the delocalization of surface electrons. This dissertation provides a theoretical framework for understanding the metallization of alkali overlayers. The adlayer is simulated using a rectangular lattice with more than 80,000 sites that are randomly occupied by atomic-like orbitals up to densities commensurate with the different coverages. A new computational technique called dynamic recursion was developed to handle calculations with large numbers of basis orbitals. Each alkali orbital is taken to have the same on-site energy; however, the orbital interactions involve several nearest neighbors and are an exponentially decreasing function of the orbitals' separation. This model gives a tight-binding Hamiltonian with random off-diagonal disorder. An investigation of states at the Fermi level shows a sharp transition between strongly and weakly localized states as a function of coverage. This numerically observed transition is indicative of an Anderson-type metal-insulator transition where disorder causes states of different degrees of localization to cross the Fermi level. The Hamiltonian studied exhibits a delocalization transition for states at the Fermi level, and is proposed as a model for the metallization of the alkali metal atoms adsorbed on a semiconductor substrate. These results are consistent with other work which show the existence of a mobility edge that separates exponentially localized from power-law localized

  4. Bridge-bonded formate: active intermediate or spectator species in formic acid oxidation on a Pt film electrode?

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    Chen, Y-X; Heinen, M; Jusys, Z; Behm, R J

    2006-12-01

    We present and discuss the results of an in situ IR study on the mechanism and kinetics of formic acid oxidation on a Pt film/Si electrode, performed in an attenuated total reflection (ATR) flow cell configuration under controlled mass transport conditions, which specifically aimed at elucidating the role of the adsorbed bridge-bonded formates in this reaction. Potentiodynamic measurements show a complex interplay between formation and desorption/oxidation of COad and formate species and the total Faradaic current. The notably faster increase of the Faradaic current compared to the coverage of bridge-bonded formate in transient measurements at constant potential, but with different formic acid concentrations, reveals that adsorbed formate decomposition is not rate-limiting in the dominant reaction pathway. If being reactive intermediate at all, the contribution of formate adsorption/decomposition to the reaction current decreases with increasing formic acid concentration, accounting for at most 15% for 0.2 M DCOOH at 0.7 VRHE. The rapid build-up/removal of the formate adlayer and its similarity with acetate or (bi-)sulfate adsorption/desorption indicate that the formate adlayer coverage is dominated by a fast dynamic adsorption-desorption equilibrium with the electrolyte, and that formate desorption is much faster than its decomposition. The results corroborate the proposal of a triple pathway reaction mechanism including an indirect pathway, a formate pathway, and a dominant direct pathway, as presented previously (Chen, Y. X.; et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 981), in which adsorbed formates act as a site-blocking spectator in the dominant pathway rather than as an active intermediate.

  5. Nonspecific detection of lead ions in water using a simple integrated optical polarimetric interferometer

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    Lu, Dan-feng; Li, Jinyang; Qi, Zhi-mei

    2013-06-01

    Real-time detection of heavy metal ions in water was implemented by using a composite optical waveguide (COWG) based polarimetric interferometer. The COWG was made by local deposition of a tapered nanometric layer of high-index materials onto a single-mode slab glass waveguide, and it is a low-cost robust waveguide with a locally large modal birefringence. The COWG-based polarimetric interferometer operates with a single incident laser beam and uses the transverse electric and transverse magnetic modes as the sensing and reference beams, respectively, and it can easily detect 0.1 ppm lead(II) ions in water via nonspecific adsorption on the tapered layer of TiO2. The excellent linearity was obtained between the lead(II) concentration and the ratio of concentration to the phase-difference change (Δϕ), suggesting that adsorption of lead(II) ions on the TiO2 film follows the Langmuir isotherm model. The saturation adsorption leads to Δϕmax = 7.485π. By use of the eigenvalue equations for a homogeneous waveguide to fit the measured refractive-index (RI) sensitivity of the interferometer, the equivalent thickness of Teq = 26.05 nm for the tapered TiO2 layer used was achieved. With Teq = 26.05 nm and Δϕmax = 7.485π and the thickness of 0.264 nm for the lead(II) adlayer, the adlayer RI was derived to be nad ≈ 1.945 at the maximum coverage.

  6. Mussel inspired preparation of MoS2 based polymer nanocomposites: The case of polyPEGMA

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    Zeng, Guangjian; Liu, Meiying; Liu, Xinhua; Huang, Qiang; Xu, Dazhuang; Mao, Liucheng; Huang, Hongye; Deng, Fengjie; Zhang, Xiaoyong; Wei, Yen

    2016-11-01

    In this work, we report a facile strategy to prepare PEGylated MoS2 nanosheets through the combination of mussel inspired chemistry and Michael addition reaction. The MoS2 nanosheets were obtained from lithium intercalation and exfoliation method. Meanwhile, the amino-contained poly((polyethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (PPEGMA) were obtained via chain transfer free radical polymerization using cysteamine hydrochloride as the chain transfer agents and PEGMA as the monomer. To introduce PPEGMA on MoS2 nanosheets, polydopamine (PDA) thin films were first coated on the surface of MoS2 nanosheets through self polymerization of dopamine as the ad-layers, which can react with amino-terminated PPEGMA through Michael addition reaction. The structure, morphology and chemical compositions of MoS2 nanosheets and MoS2-PDA-PPEGMA have been characterized by various characterization techniques. The results demonstrated that the amino-terminated PPEGMA can be successfully immobilized on MoS2 nanosheets via PDA thin films as the ad-layers. More importantly, the strategy described in this work could also be utilized for surface immobilization of various polymers on many other materials and surfaces because of the universal adhesion of PDA and the good monomer applicability of chain transfer free radical polymerization. Taken together, we developed a facile and versatile method to fabricate multifunctional MoS2 based polymer nanocomposites with designable properties and applications via combination of mussel inspired and chain transfer free radical polymerization. The resultant composites are expected to be potentially used for drug delivery and photothermal cancer treatment.

  7. Substrate effects on the monovacancies of silicene: studied from first principle methods.

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    Li, Rui; Han, Yang; Dong, Jinming

    2015-09-21

    The geometrical structures and electronic properties of defective silicene with monovacancies (MVs), placed on two different substrates, a h-BN sheet and an Ag(111) surface, have been investigated using the first-principles method. It is found that due to the weak van der Waals interaction from the h-BN sheet, there exists two kinds of MVs in the Si|h-BN composite, i.e., the self-healing MV-1 and MV-2 with a closed five- and nine-membered (5-9) pair of rings, with the former as the ground state MV, which is the same as in the case of the free-standing silicene with MVs. The electronic bands around the Fermi level of the Si|h-BN composite with the Si MVs are all induced by the Si atoms, leading to a nonmagnetically metallic ground state. But the Ag(111) substrate has a stronger coupling with the Si adlayer, leading to the existence of three kinds of inequivalent Si atoms, greatly changing the MV structures and the stability of the defective silicene adlayer, as well as its corresponding electronic structures. For example, the symmetric-like MVs are found to always be the stable MV structures in the Si|Ag(111) composite, no matter which type of inequivalent Si atom is removed from it. The Ag substrate has a dominant contribution to the electronic bands of the defective Si|Ag(111) composite with the Si MVs. Even so, some characteristic bands induced by the Si MV defects could still be found.

  8. Quasispecies nature of three maize streak virus isolates obtained through different modes of selection from a population used to assess response to infection of maize cultivars.

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    Isnard, M; Granier, M; Frutos, R; Reynaud, B; Peterschmitt, M

    1998-12-01

    Three maize streak virus (MSV) isolates were derived from an MSV population used to assess the response to infection of maize cultivars. Isolate SP1 was obtained from this population through short acquisition and inoculation periods (1 and 5 min, respectively), using a single Cicadulina mbila vector. Isolate SP2 was derived from SP1 after transmission to a wild perennial host (Coix lacryma-jobi), on which it was maintained for about 4 years without insect transmission. Isolate N2A, the most pathogenic isolate, was obtained from the initial population after serial passages on almost completely resistant inbred maize lines. The complexity of each isolate was analysed by RFLP analysis and sequencing based on 120 SP1 clones, 36 SP2 clones and 40 N2A clones. All three isolates were composed of different but related clones, consistent with a quasispecies structure. The mutations were distributed throughout the genome. Mutation frequencies, based on all available sequences, were 3.8 x 10(-4) for SP1, 10.5 x 10(-4) for SP2 and 6.9 x 10(-4) for N2A. As expected from the bottleneck selection step, the intra-isolate variability of SP1 was relatively low. Comparison between SP1 and SP2 showed that SP1 heterogeneity increased during maintenance on the wild host. Furthermore, the consensus sequences of SP1 and SP2 differed by two non-synonymous substitutions in the complementary sense gene repA. N2A had a relatively low degree of heterogeneity, but was composed of several sub-populations. The results reflect the influence of the mode of selection of MSV isolates on their quasispecies organization, i.e. distribution of variants, and master sequence.

  9. Selectively Labeling the Heterologous Protein in Escherichia coli for NMR Studies: A Strategy to Speed Up NMR Spectroscopy

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    Almeida, F. C. L.; Amorim, G. C.; Moreau, V. H.; Sousa, V. O.; Creazola, A. T.; Américo, T. A.; Pais, A. P. N.; Leite, A.; Netto, L. E. S.; Giordano, R. J.; Valente, A. P.

    2001-01-01

    Nuclear magnetic resonance is an important tool for high-resolution structural studies of proteins. It demands high protein concentration and high purity; however, the expression of proteins at high levels often leads to protein aggregation and the protein purification step can correspond to a high percentage of the overall time in the structural determination process. In the present article we show that the step of sample optimization can be simplified by selective labeling the heterologous protein expressed in Escherichia coli by the use of rifampicin. Yeast thioredoxin and a coix transcription factor Opaque 2 leucine zipper (LZ) were used to show the effectiveness of the protocol. The 1H/15N heteronuclear correlation two-dimensional NMR spectrum (HMQC) of the selective 15N-labeled thioredoxin without any purification is remarkably similar to the spectrum of the purified protein. The method has high yields and a good 1H/15N HMQC spectrum can be obtained with 50 ml of M9 growth medium. Opaque 2 LZ, a difficult protein due to the lower expression level and high hydrophobicity, was also probed. The 15N-edited spectrum of Opaque 2 LZ showed only the resonances of the protein of heterologous expression (Opaque 2 LZ) while the 1H spectrum shows several other resonances from other proteins of the cell lysate. The demand for a fast methodology for structural determination is increasing with the advent of genome/proteome projects. Selective labeling the heterologous protein can speed up NMR structural studies as well as NMR-based drug screening. This methodology is especially effective for difficult proteins such as hydrophobic transcription factors, membrane proteins, and others.

  10. Southern rice black-streaked dwarf virus: a white-backed planthopper-transmitted fijivirus threatening rice production in Asia.

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    Zhou, Guohui; Xu, Donglin; Xu, Dagao; Zhang, Maoxin

    2013-09-09

    Southern rice black-streaked dwarf virus (SRBSDV), a non-enveloped icosahedral virus with a genome of 10 double-stranded RNA segments, is a novel species in the genus Fijivirus (family Reoviridae) first recognized in 2008. Rice plants infected with this virus exhibit symptoms similar to those caused by Rice black-streaked dwarf virus. Since 2009, the virus has rapidly spread and caused serious rice losses in East and Southeast Asia. Significant progress has been made in recent years in understanding this disease, especially about the functions of the viral genes, rice-virus-insect interactions, and epidemiology and control measures. The virus can be efficiently transmitted by the white-backed planthopper (WBPH, Sogatella furcifera) in a persistent circulative propagative manner but cannot be transmitted by the brown planthopper (Nilaparvata lugens) and small brown planthopper (Laodelphax striatellus). Rice, maize, Chinese sorghum (Coix lacryma-jobi) and other grass weeds can be infected via WBPH. However, only rice plays a major role in the virus infection cycle because of the vector's preference. In Southeast Asia, WBPH is a long-distance migratory rice pest. The disease cycle can be described as follows: SRBSDV and its WBPH vector overwinter in warm tropical or sub-tropical areas; viruliferous WBPH adults carry the virus from south to north via long-distance migration in early spring, transmit the virus to rice seedlings in the newly colonized areas, and lay eggs on the infected seedlings; the next generation of WBPHs propagate on infected seedlings, become viruliferous, disperse, and cause new disease outbreaks. Several molecular and serological methods have been developed to detect SRBSDV in plant tissues and individual insects. Control measures based on protection from WBPH, including seedbed coverage, chemical seed treatments, and chemical spraying of seedlings, have proven effective in China.

  11. Southern rice black-streaked dwarf virus: a white-backed planthopper-transmitted fijivirus threatening rice production in Asia.

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    Zhou, Guohui; Xu, Donglin; Xu, Dagao; Zhang, Maoxin

    2013-01-01

    Southern rice black-streaked dwarf virus (SRBSDV), a non-enveloped icosahedral virus with a genome of 10 double-stranded RNA segments, is a novel species in the genus Fijivirus (family Reoviridae) first recognized in 2008. Rice plants infected with this virus exhibit symptoms similar to those caused by Rice black-streaked dwarf virus. Since 2009, the virus has rapidly spread and caused serious rice losses in East and Southeast Asia. Significant progress has been made in recent years in understanding this disease, especially about the functions of the viral genes, rice-virus-insect interactions, and epidemiology and control measures. The virus can be efficiently transmitted by the white-backed planthopper (WBPH, Sogatella furcifera) in a persistent circulative propagative manner but cannot be transmitted by the brown planthopper (Nilaparvata lugens) and small brown planthopper (Laodelphax striatellus). Rice, maize, Chinese sorghum (Coix lacryma-jobi) and other grass weeds can be infected via WBPH. However, only rice plays a major role in the virus infection cycle because of the vector's preference. In Southeast Asia, WBPH is a long-distance migratory rice pest. The disease cycle can be described as follows: SRBSDV and its WBPH vector overwinter in warm tropical or sub-tropical areas; viruliferous WBPH adults carry the virus from south to north via long-distance migration in early spring, transmit the virus to rice seedlings in the newly colonized areas, and lay eggs on the infected seedlings; the next generation of WBPHs propagate on infected seedlings, become viruliferous, disperse, and cause new disease outbreaks. Several molecular and serological methods have been developed to detect SRBSDV in plant tissues and individual insects. Control measures based on protection from WBPH, including seedbed coverage, chemical seed treatments, and chemical spraying of seedlings, have proven effective in China. PMID:24058362

  12. Repressive effects of oat extracts on intracellular lipid-droplet formation in adipocytes and a three-dimensional subcutaneous adipose tissue model.

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    Kato, Shinya; Kato, Yuko; Shibata, Hiroki; Saitoh, Yasukazu; Miwa, Nobuhiko

    2015-04-01

    We assessed the repression of lipid-droplet formation in mouse mesenchymal stromal preadipocytes OP9 by specified oat extracts (Hatomugi, Coix lacryma-jobi var. ma-yuen) named "SPH" which were proteolytically and glucosyl-transferredly prepared from finely-milled oat whole-grain. Stimulation of OP9 preadipocytes with insulin-containing serum-replacement promoted differentiation to adipocytes, concurrently with an increase in the intracellular lipid droplets by 51.5%, which were repressed by SPH-bulk or SPH-water-extract at 840ppm, to 33.5% or 46.9%, respectively, but not by SPH-ethanol-extract at the same dose, showing the hydrophilic property of the anti-adipogenetic ingredients. The intracellular lipid droplets were scanty for intact preadipocytes, small-sized but abundant for the SPH-unadministered adipocytes, and large-sized but few for SPH-bulk-administered adipocytes being coexistent with many lipid-droplet-lacking viable cells, suggesting "the all-or-none rule" for lipid-droplet generation in cell-to-cell. Hydrogen-peroxide-induced cell death in human epidermal keratinocytes HaCaT was prevented by SPH-bulk at 100 or 150ppm by 5.6-8.1%, being consistent with higher viabilities of SPH-bulk-administered OP9 cells, together with repressions of both cell shrinkage and cell detachment from the culture substratum. In three-dimensional subcutaneous adipose tissue models reconstructed with HaCaT-keratinocytes and OP9-preadipocytes, lipid droplets were accumulated in dermal OP9-cell-parts, and repressed to 43.5% by SPH-bulk at 840ppm concurrently with marked diminishment of huge aggregates of lipid droplets. Thus SPH-bulk suppresses adipogenesis-associated lipid-droplet accumulation during differentiation of OP9 preadipocytes together with lowered cytotoxicity to either HaCaT keratinocytes or the preadipocytes. PMID:25686949

  13. Adsorption of Potassium on the MoS2(100) Surface: A First-Principles Investigation

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    Andersen, Amity; Kathmann, Shawn M.; Lilga, Michael A.; Albrecht, Karl O.; Hallen, Richard T.; Mei, Donghai

    2011-04-15

    Periodic density functional theory calculations were performed to investigate the interaction that potassium with the Mo and S edges of the MoS2(100) surface. Both neutral and cationic (+1) charged potassium-promoted systems at different sulfur coverages were considered. Our calculations indicate that the potassium atom readily donates its single 4s valence electron to the MoS2 structure for the neutral potassium-promoted system, and the neutral and cationic potassium-promoted systems demonstrate a similar adsorption behavior. Moreover, potassium changes the magnetic properties known to occur at the metallic edge surface, which have implications for electron spin dependent surface characterization methods (i.e., electron spin/paramagnetic spectroscopy). Potassium in both the neutral and cationic systems tends to maximize its interactions with the available sulfur atoms at the edge surface, preferring sites over four-fold S hollows on fully sulfided Mo and S edges and over the interstitial gap where two to four edge surface S atoms are available for coordination. As the potassium coverage increases, the adsorption energy per potassium atom, surface work function, and transfer of the K 4s electron to the MoS2(100) surface decreases, which is in line with an increased metallization of the potassium adlayer. The potassium adlayer tends to form chains along the interstitial with K-K distances ~1 Å, which is notably less than those of bulk bcc K metal (4.61 Å). Density of states for the potassium-saturated surface suggests enhanced involvement of broad K 3d states beginning just above the Fermi level. Potassium-promotion of MoS2(100) has implications for alcohol catalysis: increasing the surface basicity by increasing the electron charge of the surface, providing hydrogenation-promoting CO site, blocking edge surface that dissociate CO and lead to methanation, and limiting H2 dissociative adsorption to the edge surface and possibly inhibiting the H2 dissociative

  14. Exploring the complexity of supramolecular interactions for patterning at the liquid-solid interface.

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    Mali, Kunal S; Adisoejoso, Jinne; Ghijsens, Elke; De Cat, Inge; De Feyter, Steven

    2012-08-21

    The use of self-assembly to fabricate surface-confined adsorbed layers (adlayers) from molecular components provides a simple means of producing complex functional surfaces. The molecular self-assembly process relies on supramolecular interactions sustained by noncovalent forces such as van der Waals, electrostatic, dipole-dipole, and hydrogen bonding interactions. Researchers have exploited these noncovalent bonding motifs to construct well-defined two-dimensional (2D) architectures at the liquid-solid interface. Despite myriad examples of 2D molecular assembly, most of these early findings were serendipitous because the intermolecular interactions involved in the process are often numerous, subtle, cooperative, and multifaceted. As a consequence, the ability to tailor supramolecular patterns has evolved slowly. Insight gained from various studies over the years has contributed significantly to the knowledge of supramolecular interactions, and the stage is now set to systematically engineer the 2D supramolecular networks in a "preprogrammed" fashion. The control over 2D self-assembly of molecules has many important implications. Through appropriate manipulation of supramolecular interactions, one can "encode" the information at the molecular level via structural features such as functional groups, substitution patterns, and chiral centers which could then be retrieved, transferred, or amplified at the supramolecular level through well-defined molecular recognition processes. This ability allows for precise control over the nanoscale structure and function of patterned surfaces. A clearer understanding and effective use of these interactions could lead to the development of functional surfaces with potential applications in molecular electronics, chiral separations, sensors based on host-guest systems, and thin film materials for lubrication. In this Account, we portray our various attempts to achieve rational design of self-assembled adlayers by exploiting the

  15. Aluminum and copper chemical vapor deposition on fluoropolymer dielectrics and subsequent interfacial interactions

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    Sutcliffe, Ronald David

    Fluoropolymers have been proposed as a low capacitance replacement for silica glasses currently used in the microelectronics industry as interlevel dielectrics (ILDs). Fluoropolymers are particularly attractive due to their low dielectric constants (2.4-1.9) and chemical inertness. However, there are a number of issues that need to be addressed before fluoropolymers can be successfully integrated into microelectronic devices. One such issue is the area of the metallization of fluoropolymers. Problems with adhesion and diffusion at the metal/fluoropolymer interface have thus far limited the use of fluoropolymer ILDs in integrated circuits (ICs). This study is an investigation of the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of aluminum and copper on fluoropolymer surfaces and the subsequent inter-facial interactions. The fluoropolymers used are known commercially as Teflon-AF (a co-polymer of 2,2-bis(tetrafluoromethyl)-4,5-difluoro-1,3-dioxole and tetrafluoroethylene) and Parylene AF-4 (a homopolymer of alpha,alpha,alphasp', alphasp'-tetrafluoro-p-xylene). CVD was accomplished by condensing the organometallic precursors on the polymer surfaces at low temperatures (˜115 K) and subsequent annealing to higher temperatures in ultra-high vacuum. The interactions between deposition species and the polymer substrates were monitored by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It was found that a reaction occurs between trimethylaluminum, the polymer surface, and physisorbed water at or below 300 K, producing Al-F, Al-O, and Al-C bonds. The reaction produces a thermally stable aluminum oxide film on the fluoropolymer surface. A fluoride concentration gradient exists across the aluminum adlayer with increasing fluorination towards the adlayer/polymer interface. Annealing to higher temperature results in further defluorination of the polymer surface and additional Al-F formation. Aluminum CVD on a Parylene AF-4 surface modified by exposure to *OH flux results in increased aluminum

  16. Growth and decay of the Pd(1 1 1)-Pd 5O 4 surface oxide: Pressure-dependent kinetics and structural aspects

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    Gabasch, Harald; Unterberger, Werner; Hayek, Konrad; Klötzer, Bernhard; Kresse, Georg; Klein, Christof; Schmid, Michael; Varga, Peter

    2006-01-01

    Growth and decomposition of the Pd 5O 4 surface oxide on Pd(1 1 1) were studied at sample temperatures between 573 and 683 K and O 2 gas pressures between 10 -7 and 6 × 10 -5 mbar, by means of an effusive O 2 beam from a capillary array doser, scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and thermal desorption spectrometry (TDS). Exposures beyond the p(2 × 2)O adlayer (saturation coverage 0.25) at 683 K (near thermodynamic equilibrium with respect to Pd 5O 4 surface oxide formation) lead to incorporation of additional oxygen into the surface. To initiate the incorporation, a critical pressure beyond the thermodynamic stability limit of the surface oxide is required. This thermodynamic stability limit is near 8.9 × 10 -6 mbar at 683 K, in good agreement with calculations by density functional theory. A controlled kinetic study was feasible by generating nuclei by only a short O 2 pressure pulse and then following further growth kinetics in the lower (10 -6 mbar) pressure range. Growth of the surface oxide layer at a lower temperature (573 K) studied by STM is characterized by a high degree of heterogeneity. Among various metastable local structures, a seam of disordered oxide formed at the step edges is a common structural feature characteristic of initial oxide growth. Further oxide nucleation appears to be favoured along the interface between the p(2 × 2)O structure and these disordered seams. Among the intermediate phases one specifically stable phase was detected both during growth and decomposition of the Pd 5O 4 layer. It is hexagonal with a distance of about 0.62 nm between the protrusions. Its well-ordered form is a (√{67}×√{67})R12.2° superstructure. Isothermal decay of the Pd 5O 4 oxide layer at 693 K involves at first a rearrangement into the (√{67}×√{67})R12.2° structure, indicating its high-temperature stability. This structure can break up into small clusters of uniform size and leaves a free metal surface area covered by a p(2 × 2)O adlayer

  17. The role of interfacial water layer in atmospherically relevant charge separation

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    Bhattacharyya, Indrani

    Charge separation at interfaces is important in various atmospheric processes, such as thunderstorms, lightning, and sand storms. It also plays a key role in several industrial processes, including ink-jet printing and electrostatic separation. Surprisingly, little is known about the underlying physics of these charging phenomena. Since thin films of water are ubiquitous, they may play a role in these charge separation processes. This talk will focus on the experimental investigation of the role of a water adlayer in interfacial charging, with relevance to meteorologically important phenomena, such as atmospheric charging due to wave actions on oceans and sand storms. An ocean wave generates thousands of bubbles, which upon bursting produce numerous large jet droplets and small film droplets that are charged. In the 1960s, Blanchard showed that the jet droplets are positively charged. However, the charge on the film droplets was not known. We designed an experiment to exclusively measure the charge on film droplets generated by bubble bursting on pure water and aqueous salt solution surfaces. We measured their charge to be negative and proposed a model where a slight excess of hydroxide ions in the interfacial water layer is responsible for generating these negatively charged droplets. The findings from this research led to a better understanding of the ionic disposition at the air-water interface. Sand particles in a wind-blown sand layer, or 'saltation' layer, become charged due to collisions, so much so, that it can cause lightning. Silica, being hydrophilic, is coated with a water layer even under low-humidity conditions. To investigate the importance of this water adlayer in charging the silica surfaces, we performed experiments to measure the charge on silica surfaces due to contact and collision processes. In case of contact charging, the maximum charge separation occurred at an optimum relative humidity. On the contrary, in collisional charging process, no

  18. Guiding neuron development with planar surface gradients of substrate cues deposited using microfluidic devices

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    Millet, Larry J.; Stewart, Matthew E.; Nuzzo, Ralph G.

    2010-01-01

    Wiring the nervous system relies on the interplay of intrinsic and extrinsic signaling molecules that control neurite extension, neuronal polarity, process maturation and experience-dependent refinement. Extrinsic signals establish and enrich neuron-neuron interactions during development. Understanding how such extrinsic cues direct neurons to establish neural connections in vitro will facilitate the development of organised neural networks for investigating the development and function of nervous system networks. Producing ordered networks of neurons with defined connectivity in vitro presents special technical challenges because the results must be compliant with the biological requirements of rewiring neural networks. Here we demonstrate the ability to form stable, instructive surface-bound gradients of laminin that guide postnatal hippocampal neuron development in vitro. Our work uses a three-channel, interconnected microfluidic device that permits the production of adlayers of planar substrates through the combination of laminar flow, diffusion and physisorption. Through simple flow modifications, a variety of patterns and gradients of laminin (LN) and flourescein-conjugated poly-lysine (FITC-PLL) were deposited to present neurons with an instructive substratum to guide neuronal development. We present three variations in substrate design that produce distinct growth regimens for postnatal neurons in dispersed cell cultures. In the first approach, diffusion-mediated gradients of LN were formed on coverslips to guide neurons toward increasing LN concentrations. In the second approach, a combined gradient of LN and FITC-PLL was produced using aspiration-driven laminar flow to restrict neuronal growth to a 15 μm-wide growth zone at the center of the two superimposed gradients. The last approach demonstrates the capacity to combine binary lines of FITC-PLL in conjunction with surface gradients of LN and bovine serum albumin (BSA) to produce substrate adlayers

  19. Antifouling Polymer Brushes Displaying Antithrombogenic Surface Properties.

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    de los Santos Pereira, Andres; Sheikh, Sonia; Blaszykowski, Christophe; Pop-Georgievski, Ognen; Fedorov, Kiril; Thompson, Michael; Rodriguez-Emmenegger, Cesar

    2016-03-14

    The contact of blood with artificial materials generally leads to immediate protein adsorption (fouling), which mediates subsequent biological processes such as platelet adhesion and activation leading to thrombosis. Recent progress in the preparation of surfaces able to prevent protein fouling offers a potential avenue to mitigate this undesirable effect. In the present contribution, we have prepared several types of state-of-the-art antifouling polymer brushes on polycarbonate plastic substrate, and investigated their ability to prevent platelet adhesion and thrombus formation under dynamic flow conditions using human blood. Moreover, we compared the ability of such brushes--grafted on quartz via an adlayer analogous to that used on polycarbonate--to prevent protein adsorption from human blood plasma, assessed for the first time by means of an ultrahigh frequency acoustic wave sensor. Results show that the prevention of such a phenomenon constitutes one promising route toward enhanced resistance to thrombus formation, and suggest that antifouling polymer brushes could be of service in biomedical applications requiring extensive blood-material surface contact.

  20. Antioxidant properties of fruiting bodies, mycelia, and fermented products of the culinary-medicinal king oyster mushroom, Pleurotus eryngii (higher Basidiomycetes), with high ergothioneine content.

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    Liang, Chih-Hung; Ho, Kung-Jui; Huang, Ling-Yi; Tsai, Ching-Hsuan; Lin, Shin-Yi; Mau, Jeng-Leun

    2013-01-01

    The culinary-medicinal king oyster mushroom Pleurotus eryngii is known to contain ergothioneine, and its products, including fruiting bodies, mycelia, and solid-state fermented products (adlay and buckwheat), were prepared to study their antioxidant properties. Fruiting bodies, regular and Hi-Ergo mycelia, and fermented products contained 2.05, 1.68, 5.76, 0.79-0.80 mg/g of ergothioneine, respectively. On the basis of the results obtained, P. eryngii products had effective antioxidant activity, reducing power, and scavenging ability on 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radicals and chelating ability on ferrous ions. Hi-Ergo mycelia was the most effective in the first 3 antioxidant properties in addition to its ergothioneine content. In addition, fruiting bodies were more effective in all antioxidant properties than regular mycelia. For ethanolic and hot water extracts from mycelia and fruiting bodies, the correlation coefficients between total phenol contents and each antioxidant attribute were 0.483-0.921. Overall, P. eryngii products with high amounts of ergothioneine could be used beneficially as a functional food.

  1. The analysis of time-resolved optical waveguide absorption spectroscopy based on positive matrix factorization.

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    Liu, Ping; Li, Zhu; Li, Bo; Shi, Guolong; Li, Minqiang; Yu, Daoyang; Liu, Jinhuai

    2013-08-01

    Time-resolved optical waveguide absorption spectroscopy (OWAS) makes use of an evanescent field to detect the polarized absorption spectra of sub-monomolecular adlayers. This technique is suitable for the investigation of kinetics at the solid/liquid interface of dyes, pigments, fluorescent molecules, quantum dots, metallic nanoparticles, and proteins with chromophores. In this work, we demonstrate the application of positive matrix factorization (PMF) to analyze time-resolved OWAS for the first time. Meanwhile, PCA is researched to compare with PMF. The absorption/desorption kinetics of Rhodamine 6G (R6G) onto a hydrophilic glass surface and the dynamic process of Meisenheimer complex between Cysteine and TNT are selected as samples to verify experimental system and analytical methods. The results are shown that time-resolved OWAS can well record the absorption/desorption of R6G onto a hydrophilic glass surface and the dynamic formation process of Meisenheimer complexes. The feature of OWAS extracted by PMF is dynamic and consistent with the results analyzed by the traditional function of time/wavelength-absorbance. Moreover, PMF prevents the negative factors from occurring, avoids contradicting physical reality, and makes factors more easily interpretable. Therefore, we believe that PMF will provide a valuable analysis route to allow processing of increasingly large and complex data sets.

  2. pn-Heterojunction effects of perylene tetracarboxylic diimide derivatives on pentacene field-effect transistor.

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    Yu, Seong Hun; Kang, Boseok; An, Gukil; Kim, BongSoo; Lee, Moo Hyung; Kang, Moon Sung; Kim, Hyunjung; Lee, Jung Heon; Lee, Shichoon; Cho, Kilwon; Lee, Jun Young; Cho, Jeong Ho

    2015-01-28

    We investigated the heterojunction effects of perylene tetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI) derivatives on the pentacene-based field-effect transistors (FETs). Three PTCDI derivatives with different substituents were deposited onto pentacene layers and served as charge transfer dopants. The deposited PTCDI layer, which had a nominal thickness of a few layers, formed discontinuous patches on the pentacene layers and dramatically enhanced the hole mobility in the pentacene FET. Among the three PTCDI molecules tested, the octyl-substituted PTCDI, PTCDI-C8, provided the most efficient hole-doping characteristics (p-type) relative to the fluorophenyl-substituted PTCDIs, 4-FPEPTC and 2,4-FPEPTC. The organic heterojunction and doping characteristics were systematically investigated using atomic force microscopy, 2D grazing incidence X-ray diffraction studies, and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. PTCDI-C8, bearing octyl substituents, grew laterally on the pentacene layer (2D growth), whereas 2,4-FPEPTC, with fluorophenyl substituents, underwent 3D growth. The different growth modes resulted in different contact areas and relative orientations between the pentacene and PTCDI molecules, which significantly affected the doping efficiency of the deposited adlayer. The differences between the growth modes and the thin-film microstructures in the different PTCDI patches were attributed to a mismatch between the surface energies of the patches and the underlying pentacene layer. The film-morphology-dependent doping effects observed here offer practical guidelines for achieving more effective charge transfer doping in thin-film transistors.

  3. Manifestations of non-planar adsorption geometries of lead pyrenocyanine at the liquid-solid interface.

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    Mali, Kunal S; Zöphel, Lukas; Ivasenko, Oleksandr; Müllen, Klaus; De Feyter, Steven

    2013-10-01

    In this work, we provide evidence for multiple non-planar adsorption geometries of a novel pyrenocyanine derivative at the liquid-solid interface under ambient conditions. When adsorbed at the organic liquid-solid interface, lead pyrenocyanine forms well-ordered monolayers that exhibit peculiar non-periodic contrast variation. The different contrast of the adsorbed molecules is attributed to dissimilar adsorption geometries which arise from the non-planar conformation of the molecules. The non-planarity of the molecular backbone in turn arises due to a combination of the angularly extended pyrene subunits and the presence of the large lead ion, which is too big to fit inside the central cavity and thus is located out of the aromatic plane. The two possible locations of the lead atom, namely below and above the aromatic plane, could be identified as depression and protrusion in the central cavity, respectively. The manifestation of such multiple adsorption geometries on the structure of the resultant monolayer is discussed in detail. The packing density of these 2D arrays of molecules could be tuned by heating of the sample wherein the molecular packing changes from a low-density, pseudo six-fold symmetric to a high-density, two-fold symmetric arrangement. Finally, a well-ordered two-component system could be constructed by incorporating C60 molecules in the adlayer of lead pyrenocyanine at the liquid-solid interface.

  4. Enhanced gypsum scaling by organic fouling layer on nanofiltration membrane: Characteristics and mechanisms.

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    Wang, Jiaxuan; Wang, Lei; Miao, Rui; Lv, Yongtao; Wang, Xudong; Meng, Xiaorong; Yang, Ruosong; Zhang, Xiaoting

    2016-03-15

    To investigate how the characteristics of pregenerated organic fouling layers on nanofiltration (NF) membranes influence the subsequent gypsum scaling behavior, filtration experiments with gypsum were carried out with organic-fouled poly(piperazineamide) NF membranes. Organic fouling layer on membrane was induced by bovine serum albumin (BSA), humic acid (HA), and sodium alginate (SA), respectively. The morphology and components of the scalants, the role of Ca(2+) adsorption on the organic fouling layer during gypsum crystallization, and the interaction forces of gypsum on the membrane surface were investigated. The results indicated that SA- and HA-fouled membranes had higher surface crystallization tendency along with more severe flux decline during gypsum scaling than BSA-fouled and virgin membranes because HA and SA macromolecules acted as nuclei for crystallization. Based on the analyses of Ca(2+) adsorption onto organic adlayers and adhesion forces, it was found that the flux decline rate and extent in the gypsum scaling experiment was positively related to the Ca(2+)-binding capacity of the organic matter. Although the dominant gypsum scaling mechanism was affected by coupling physicochemical effects, the controlling factors varied among foulants. Nevertheless, the carboxyl density of organic matter played an important role in determining surface crystallization on organic-fouled membrane.

  5. Epitaxial monolayer MoS2 on mica with novel photoluminescence.

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    Ji, Qingqing; Zhang, Yanfeng; Gao, Teng; Zhang, Yu; Ma, Donglin; Liu, Mengxi; Chen, Yubin; Qiao, Xiaofen; Tan, Ping-Heng; Kan, Min; Feng, Ji; Sun, Qiang; Liu, Zhongfan

    2013-08-14

    Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is back in the spotlight because of the indirect-to-direct bandgap tunability and valley related physics emerging in the monolayer regime. However, rigorous control of the monolayer thickness is still a huge challenge for commonly utilized physical exfoliation and chemical synthesis methods. Herein, we have successfully grown predominantly monolayer MoS2 on an inert and nearly lattice-matching mica substrate by using a low-pressure chemical vapor deposition method. The growth is proposed to be mediated by an epitaxial mechanism, and the epitaxial monolayer MoS2 is intrinsically strained on mica due to a small adlayer-substrate lattice mismatch (~2.7%). Photoluminescence (PL) measurements indicate strong single-exciton emission in as-grown MoS2 and room-temperature PL helicity (circular polarization ~0.35) on transferred samples, providing straightforward proof of the high quality of the prepared monolayer crystals. The homogeneously strained high-quality monolayer MoS2 prepared in this study could competitively be exploited for a variety of future applications.

  6. Identification of parameters through which surface chemistry determines the lifetimes of hot electrons in small Au nanoparticles.

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    Aruda, Kenneth O; Tagliazucchi, Mario; Sweeney, Christina M; Hannah, Daniel C; Schatz, George C; Weiss, Emily A

    2013-03-12

    This paper describes measurements of the dynamics of hot electron cooling in photoexcited gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) with diameters of ∼3.5 nm, and passivated with either a hexadecylamine or hexadecanethiolate adlayer, using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy. Fits of these dynamics with temperature-dependent Mie theory reveal that both the electronic heat capacity and the electron-phonon coupling constant are larger for the thiolated NPs than for the aminated NPs, by 40% and 30%, respectively. Density functional theory calculations on ligand-functionalized Au slabs show that the increase in these quantities is due to an increased electronic density of states near the Fermi level upon ligand exchange from amines to thiolates. The lifetime of hot electrons, which have thermalized from the initial plasmon excitation, increases with increasing electronic heat capacity, but decreases with increasing electron-phonon coupling, so the effects of changing surface chemistry on these two quantities partially cancel to yield a hot electron lifetime of thiolated NPs that is only 20% longer than that of aminated NPs. This analysis also reveals that incorporation of a temperature-dependent electron-phonon coupling constant is necessary to adequately fit the dynamics of electron cooling.

  7. Comparative analysis of absorbance calculations for integrated optical waveguide configurations by use of the ray optics model and the electromagnetic wave theory.

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    Mendes, S B; Saavedra, S S

    2000-02-01

    Focusing on the use of planar waveguides as platforms for highly sensitive attenuated total reflection spectroscopy of organic thin films, we extend the ray optics model to provide absorbance expressions for the case of dichroic layers immobilized on the waveguide surface. Straightforward expressions are derived for the limiting case of weakly absorbing, anisotropically oriented molecules in the waveguide-cladding region. The second major focus is on the accuracy of the ray optics model. This model assumes that the introduction of absorbing species, either in the bulk cladding or as an adlayer on the waveguide surface, only causes a small perturbation to the original waveguide-mode profile. We investigate the accuracy of this assumption and the conditions under which it is valid. A comparison to an exact calculation by use of the electromagnetic wave theory is implemented, and the discrepancy of the ray optics model is determined for various waveguide configurations. We find that in typical situations in which waveguide-absorbance measurements are used to study organic thin films (k(l)/n(l)

  8. Surface-Confined Supramolecular Self-Assembly of Molecular Nanocranes for Chemically Lifting and Positioning C60 above a Conducting Substrate.

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    Du, Ping; Kreher, David; Mathevet, Fabrice; Maldivi, Pascale; Charra, Fabrice; Attias, André-Jean

    2015-12-21

    2D supramolecular self-assembly is a good way to form well-defined nanostructures on various substrates. One of the current challenges is to extend this approach to 3D functional building blocks. Here, we address this issue by providing a strategy for the controlled lifting and positioning of functional units above a graphitic substrate. This is the first time that multistory cyclophane-based 3D tectons incorporating C60 units have been designed and synthesized. Molecular modelling provides a description of the 3D geometries and evidences the flexible character of the building blocks. Despite this later feature, the supramolecular self-assembly of Janus tectons on HOPG yields well-ordered adlayers incorporating C60 arrays at well-defined mean distances from the surface. As our approach is not limited to C60 , the results reported here open-up possibilities for applications where the topological and electronic interactions between the substrate and the functional unit are of prime importance.

  9. Identification of parameters through which surface chemistry determines the lifetimes of hot electrons in small Au nanoparticles.

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    Aruda, Kenneth O; Tagliazucchi, Mario; Sweeney, Christina M; Hannah, Daniel C; Schatz, George C; Weiss, Emily A

    2013-03-12

    This paper describes measurements of the dynamics of hot electron cooling in photoexcited gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) with diameters of ∼3.5 nm, and passivated with either a hexadecylamine or hexadecanethiolate adlayer, using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy. Fits of these dynamics with temperature-dependent Mie theory reveal that both the electronic heat capacity and the electron-phonon coupling constant are larger for the thiolated NPs than for the aminated NPs, by 40% and 30%, respectively. Density functional theory calculations on ligand-functionalized Au slabs show that the increase in these quantities is due to an increased electronic density of states near the Fermi level upon ligand exchange from amines to thiolates. The lifetime of hot electrons, which have thermalized from the initial plasmon excitation, increases with increasing electronic heat capacity, but decreases with increasing electron-phonon coupling, so the effects of changing surface chemistry on these two quantities partially cancel to yield a hot electron lifetime of thiolated NPs that is only 20% longer than that of aminated NPs. This analysis also reveals that incorporation of a temperature-dependent electron-phonon coupling constant is necessary to adequately fit the dynamics of electron cooling. PMID:23440215

  10. Persistence of explosives under real world conditions

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    Papantonakis, Michael R.; Furstenberg, Robert; Nguyen, Viet; Fischer, Thomas; Howard, Andrew; Adams, Katy; Kendziora, Christopher A.; McGill, R. Andrew

    2016-05-01

    Those that handle explosives materials invariably become contaminated with particulates of materials, which become entrapped in the grooves of the fingers and are then transferred by contact to other surfaces. These particles provide an evidentiary trail which is useful for security applications, a fact which is enhanced by the fact that many explosives materials of interest have low vapor pressures, augmenting their longevity. The persistence or stability of explosives particles on a substrate is a function of several environmental parameters or particle properties, including vapor pressure, particle size and geometry, airflow, particle field size, substrate topography, humidity, reactivity, adlayers, admixtures, particle areal density, and temperature. In this work we deposited particles of 2,4-dinitrotoluene on standard microscope glass slides by particle sieving and studied their sublimation as a function of temperature and relative humidity. A custom airflow cell allowed us to monitor the particles with in situ photomicroscopy while keeping the airflow over the particles, substrate type, and areal field size constant for each experiment. We define the size-independent radial sublimation velocity for the equivalent sphere of a particle as the parameter to characterize the sublimation rate. The dependence of the sublimation rate for an ensemble of particles on temperature was quantified according the radial sublimation velocity, while the sublimation of 2,4-dinintrotoluene was found to independent of relative humidity between 25-90%.

  11. Self-assembly of bis(phthalocyaninato)terbium on metal surfaces

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    Deng, Zhitao; Rauschenbach, Stephan; Stepanow, Sebastian; Klyatskaya, Svetlana; Ruben, Mario; Kern, Klaus

    2015-09-01

    Single-molecule magnets represent the smallest stable magnetic entities available to technology, with promising applications in data storage and quantum computation in sight. Therefore, an interface between devices and single-molecule magnets must be developed, for which the self-assembly behavior at surfaces is highly relevant. The molecular magnet bis(phthalocyaninato)terbium (TbPc2) represents a molecular system with interesting magnetic properties. In order to fabricate low dimensional nanostructures based on TbPc2, the self-assembly behavior on Cu(100), Cu(111) and Au(111) substrates is studied in ultra-high vacuum (UHV). On Cu(100), TbPc2 does not aggregate even at high coverage, which yields a good zero-dimensional system. On Cu(111), the TbPc2 molecules self-assemble into ribbon-like islands with a high aspect ratio, or an isotropically growing phase, depending on the coverage. On Au(111), TbPc2 molecules form two-dimensional domains from the initial growth stage and extend to highly ordered films, which cover entire terraces at high coverage. The molecular ordering of TbPc2 can be understood based on the behavior of single Pc adlayers, taking into account the molecular double-decker structure. The freedom in the dihedral angle between top and bottom Pc ligands allows one to optimize the molecular ordering through a flexible conformation.

  12. Scanning tunneling microscopy investigation of copper phthalocyanine and truxenone derivative binary superstructures on graphite.

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    Liu, Jia; Wang, Dong; Wang, Jie-Yu; Pei, Jian; Wan, Li-Jun

    2011-02-01

    The binary self-assembly of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) and 2,3,7,8,12,13-hexahexyloxy-truxenone (TrO23) at the solid/liquid interface of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) was investigated by using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). Pseduohexagonal and linear patterned superstructures of CuPc are obtained by co-adsorbing with TrO23. High-resolution STM images reveal the structural details of the arrangement of TrO23 and CuPc in the binary assembly structures. The molecular ratio between CuPc and TrO23 in the adlayer can be modulated by the CuPc concentration in liquid phase. The electronic properties of CuPc and TrO23 in the co-adsorbed self-assembly are investigated by STS. The results presented here are helpful to the design and fabrication of multi-component functional molecular nanostructures.

  13. All-semiconductor plasmonic gratings for biosensing applications in the mid-infrared spectral range.

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    Barho, Franziska B; Gonzalez-Posada, Fernando; Milla-Rodrigo, Maria-José; Bomers, Mario; Cerutti, Laurent; Taliercio, Thierry

    2016-07-11

    We propose 1D periodic, highly doped InAsSb gratings on GaSb substrates as biosensing platforms applicable for surface plasmon resonance and surface enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopies. Based on finite-difference time-domain simulations, the electric field enhancement and the sensitivity on refractive index variations are investigated for different grating geometries. The proposed, optimized system achieves sensitivities of 900 nm RIU-1. A clear red shift of the plasmon resonance as well as the enhancement of an absorption line are presented for 2 nm thin adlayers in simulations. We experimentally confirm the high sensitivity of the InAsSb grating by measurements of the wavelength shift induced by a 200 nm thin polymethylmethacrylate layer and demonstrate an enhancement of vibrational signals. A comparison to a gold grating with equivalent optical properties in the mid-infrared is performed. Our simulations and experimental results underline the interest in the alternative plasmonic material InAsSb for highly sensitive biosensors for the mid-infrared spectral range. PMID:27410884

  14. Antioxidant properties of fruiting bodies, mycelia, and fermented products of the culinary-medicinal king oyster mushroom, Pleurotus eryngii (higher Basidiomycetes), with high ergothioneine content.

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    Liang, Chih-Hung; Ho, Kung-Jui; Huang, Ling-Yi; Tsai, Ching-Hsuan; Lin, Shin-Yi; Mau, Jeng-Leun

    2013-01-01

    The culinary-medicinal king oyster mushroom Pleurotus eryngii is known to contain ergothioneine, and its products, including fruiting bodies, mycelia, and solid-state fermented products (adlay and buckwheat), were prepared to study their antioxidant properties. Fruiting bodies, regular and Hi-Ergo mycelia, and fermented products contained 2.05, 1.68, 5.76, 0.79-0.80 mg/g of ergothioneine, respectively. On the basis of the results obtained, P. eryngii products had effective antioxidant activity, reducing power, and scavenging ability on 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radicals and chelating ability on ferrous ions. Hi-Ergo mycelia was the most effective in the first 3 antioxidant properties in addition to its ergothioneine content. In addition, fruiting bodies were more effective in all antioxidant properties than regular mycelia. For ethanolic and hot water extracts from mycelia and fruiting bodies, the correlation coefficients between total phenol contents and each antioxidant attribute were 0.483-0.921. Overall, P. eryngii products with high amounts of ergothioneine could be used beneficially as a functional food. PMID:23662614

  15. Accretion disc origin of the Earth's water.

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    Vattuone, Luca; Smerieri, Marco; Savio, Letizia; Asaduzzaman, Abu Md; Muralidharan, Krishna; Drake, Michael J; Rocca, Mario

    2013-07-13

    Earth's water is conventionally believed to be delivered by comets or wet asteroids after the Earth formed. However, their elemental and isotopic properties are inconsistent with those of the Earth. It was thus proposed that water was introduced by adsorption onto grains in the accretion disc prior to planetary growth, with bonding energies so high as to be stable under high-temperature conditions. Here, we show both by laboratory experiments and numerical simulations that water adsorbs dissociatively on the olivine {100} surface at the temperature (approx. 500-1500 K) and water pressure (approx. 10⁻⁸ bar) expected for the accretion disc, leaving an OH adlayer that is stable at least up to 900 K. This may result in the formation of many Earth oceans, provided that a viable mechanism to produce water from hydroxyl exists. This adsorption process must occur in all disc environments around young stars. The inevitable conclusion is that water should be prevalent on terrestrial planets in the habitable zone around other stars. PMID:23734050

  16. Tailored stimuli-responsive interaction between particles adjusted by straightforward adsorption of mixed layers of Poly(lysine)-g-PEG and Poly(lysine)-g-PNIPAM on anionic beads.

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    Malinge, Jeremy; Mousseau, Fanny; Zanchi, Drazen; Brun, Geoffrey; Tribet, Christophe; Marie, Emmanuelle

    2016-01-01

    We report a simple and versatile method to functionalize anionic colloid particles and control particle solubility. Poly(lysine)-based copolymers (PLL) grafted with polyethylene oxide (PLL-g-PEG) or poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PLL-g-PNIPAM) spontaneously adsorb on bare beads dispersed in aqueous solutions of the copolymers. The final composition of the mixed ad-layers formed (i.e. PEG/PNIPAM ratio) was adjusted by the polymer concentrations in solutions. While the (PLL-g-PEG)-coated particles were stable in a wide range of temperature, the presence of PLL-g-PNIPAM in the outer layer provided a reversible temperature-triggered aggregation at 32±1 °C. In the range of PNIPAM fraction going from 100% (beads fully covered by PLL-g-PNIPAM) down to a threshold 20% weight ratio (with 80% PLL-g-PEG), the particles aggregated rapidly to form micrometer size clusters. Below 20% weight fraction of PLL-g-PNIPAM, the kinetic was drastically lowered. Using PLL derivatives provides a straightforward route allowing to control the fraction of a functional chain (here PNIPAM) deposited on PEGylated particles, and in turn to adjust surface interaction and here the rate of particle-particle aggregation as a function of the density of functional chains. This approach can be generalized to many anionic surfaces onto which PLL is known to adhere tightly, such as glass or silica.

  17. Roughening of the Pb(110) Surface

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    Landa, A.; Wynblatt, P.

    1996-03-01

    Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations employing a many-body (glue) potential have been used to investigate the roughening transition on the Pb(110) surface. The semi-infinite system is modeled via a slab of eight dynamical layers on top of four static substrate layers, each with 50 close-packed rows of 50 atoms. At about 350 K, the Pb(110) surface begins to disorder via the generation of vacancies and the formation of an adlayer. At about 460 K, adatoms begin to collect in clusters and the vacancies left behind aggregate into holes. The roughening transition temperature (545 K) is detected through the behavior of the interface width. At the transition temperature, the concentration of adatoms reaches 0.19. The solid-gas interface has also been mapped to the BCSOS model with energy parameters extracted from the surface excitation energies of the the glue potential. This approach yields a roughening transition temperature of about 560 K, in a good agreement with the above mentioned statistical result. The time scale of the local roughening of an initially smooth surface, at 545 K, is about 0.6 ns. Supported by the NSF under grant DMR90249776 and PSC under grant DMR930031P.

  18. Surface structure of [XMIm]Tf2N ultrathin ionic liquid films probed by metastable He atoms and photoelectron spectroscopies (UPS and XPS)

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    Krischok, S.; Ulbrich, A.; Ikari, T.; Kempter, V.; Marschewski, M.; Höfft, O.

    2014-12-01

    The metastable induced electron spectroscopy (MIES), in combination with photoelectron spectroscopies, is a powerful tool to analyze the molecular arrangement at surfaces due to its high surface sensitivity. In this contribution MIES is applied to analyze structural changes at the surface of [EMIm]Tf2N and [OMIm]Tf2N films on two different substrates, Highly Ordered Pyrolytic Graphite (HOPG) and Au(111), as a function of the film thickness, starting from submonolayer coverage up to multilayers. The discussion is based on previous MIES studies of the vacuum-liquid interface of ionic liquids with imidazolium cations and on available DFT calculations. The presented data indicate that - in contrast to multilayers where the surface is dominated by the alkyl chains of the imidazolium cations - the structure of the first adlayer of [XMIm]Tf2N molecules on solid surfaces depends on the strength of their interaction with the surface resulting in alkyl chains aligned parallel or oblique to the substrate surface.

  19. Ultra-high frequency piezoelectric aptasensor for the label-free detection of cocaine.

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    Neves, Miguel A D; Blaszykowski, Christophe; Bokhari, Sumra; Thompson, Michael

    2015-10-15

    This paper describes a label-free and real-time piezoelectric aptasensor for the detection of cocaine. The acoustic wave sensing platform is a quartz substrate functionalized with an adlayer of S-(11-trichlorosilyl-undecanyl)-benzenethiosulfonate (BTS) cross-linker onto which the anti-cocaine MN4 DNA aptamer is next immobilized. Preparation of the sensor surface was monitored using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), while the binding of cocaine to surface-attached MN4 was evaluated using the electromagnetic piezoelectric acoustic sensor (EMPAS). The MN4 aptamer, unlike other cocaine aptamer variants, has its secondary structure preformed in the unbound state with only tertiary structure changes occurring during target binding. It is postulated that the highly sensitive EMPAS detected the binding of cocaine through target mass loading coupled to aptamer tertiary structure folding. The sensor achieved an apparent Kd of 45 ± 12 µM, and a limit of detection of 0.9 µM. Repeated regenerability of the sensor platform was also demonstrated. This work constitutes the first application of EMPAS technology in the field of aptasensors. Furthermore, it is so far one of the very few examples of a bulk acoustic wave aptasensor that is able to directly detect the binding interaction between an aptamer and a small molecule in a facile one-step protocol without the use of a complex assay or signal amplification step.

  20. Investigation of thin polymer layers for biosensor applications

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    Saftics, András; Agócs, Emil; Fodor, Bálint; Patkó, Dániel; Petrik, Péter; Kolari, Kai; Aalto, Timo; Fürjes, Péter; Horvath, Robert; Kurunczi, Sándor

    2013-09-01

    Novel biosensors made of polymers may offer advantages over conventional technology such as possibility of mass production and tunability of the material properties. With the ongoing work on the polymer photonic chip fabrication in our project, simple model samples were tested parallel for future immobilization and accessing conditions for applications in typical aqueous buffers. The model samples consist of a thin, high refractive index polyimide film on top of TEOS on Si wafer. These model samples were measured by in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry using different aqueous buffers. The experiments revealed a high drift in aqueous solutions; the drift in the ellipsometric parameters (delta, psi) can be evaluated and presented as changes in thickness and refractive index of the polyimide layer. The first molecular layer of immobilization is based on polyethyleneimine (PEI). The signal for the PEI adsorption was detected on a stable baseline, only after a long conditioning. The stability of polyimide films in aqueous buffer solutions should be improved toward the real biosensor application. Preliminary results are shown on the possibilities to protect the polyimide. Optical Waveguide Lightmode Spectroscopy (OWLS) has been used to demonstrate the shielding effect of the thin TiO2 adlayer in biosensor applications.

  1. The thermal chemistry of iodobenzene on Pt(111)

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    Cabibil, H.; Ihm, H.; White, J. M.

    2000-02-01

    The surface chemistry of iodobenzene (C 6H 5I) on Pt(111) has been studied by temperature-programmed desorption (TPD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) and isotopic labeling. XPS results show that for the first layer CI bond scission commences at 175 K. The phenyl fragment (C 6H 5) left after CI bond cleavage loses a hydrogen and forms an ortho-C 6H 4 (benzyne) intermediate. Upon further annealing, the benzyne is rehydrogenated and forms benzene (C 6H 6), with hydrogen supplied by the decomposition of other benzyne species. Formation of benzyne involves a change in the adsorption geometry of the adsorbate adlayer, which consequently opens new decomposition sites on the Pt(111) and allows the dissociation of approximately 70% of the second layer to occur. The dissociation of the second layer leads to additional C 6H 6 formation via a coupling reaction of a phenyl fragment from the second layer and a surface hydrogen. The role that iodine plays on these reaction pathways and the implications of these results to the surface chemistry of benzene on transition metal surfaces are discussed.

  2. Layer-by-layer deposition of vesicles mediated by supramolecular interactions.

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    Roling, Oliver; Wendeln, Christian; Kauscher, Ulrike; Seelheim, Patrick; Galla, Hans-Joachim; Ravoo, Bart Jan

    2013-08-13

    Vesicles are dynamic supramolecular structures with a bilayer membrane consisting of lipids or synthetic amphiphiles enclosing an aqueous compartment. Lipid vesicles have often been considered as mimics for biological cells. In this paper, we present a novel strategy for the preparation of three-dimensional multilayered structures in which vesicles containing amphiphilic β-cyclodextrin are interconnected by proteins using cyclodextrin guests as bifunctional linker molecules. We compared two pairs of adhesion molecules for the immobilization of vesicles: mannose-concanavalin A and biotin-streptavidin. Microcontact printing and thiol-ene click chemistry were used to prepare suitable substrates for the vesicles. Successful immobilization of intact vesicles through the mannose-concanavalin A and biotin-streptavidin motifs was verified by fluorescence microscopy imaging and dynamic light scattering, while the vesicle adlayer was characterized by quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring. In the case of the biotin-streptavidin motif, up to six layers of intact vesicles could be immobilized in a layer-by-layer fashion using supramolecular interactions. The construction of vesicle multilayers guided by noncovalent vesicle-vesicle junctions can be taken as a minimal model for artificial biological tissue. PMID:23898918

  3. Robust and tunable itinerant ferromagnetism at the silicon surface of the antiferromagnet GdRh2Si2.

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    Güttler, M; Generalov, A; Otrokov, M M; Kummer, K; Kliemt, K; Fedorov, A; Chikina, A; Danzenbächer, S; Schulz, S; Chulkov, E V; Koroteev, Yu M; Caroca-Canales, N; Shi, M; Radovic, M; Geibel, C; Laubschat, C; Dudin, P; Kim, T K; Hoesch, M; Krellner, C; Vyalikh, D V

    2016-01-01

    Spin-polarized two-dimensional electron states (2DESs) at surfaces and interfaces of magnetically active materials attract immense interest because of the idea of exploiting fermion spins rather than charge in next generation electronics. Applying angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, we show that the silicon surface of GdRh2Si2 bears two distinct 2DESs, one being a Shockley surface state, and the other a Dirac surface resonance. Both are subject to strong exchange interaction with the ordered 4f-moments lying underneath the Si-Rh-Si trilayer. The spin degeneracy of the Shockley state breaks down below ~90 K, and the splitting of the resulting subbands saturates upon cooling at values as high as ~185 meV. The spin splitting of the Dirac state becomes clearly visible around ~60 K, reaching a maximum of ~70 meV. An abrupt increase of surface magnetization at around the same temperature suggests that the Dirac state contributes significantly to the magnetic properties at the Si surface. We also show the possibility to tune the properties of 2DESs by depositing alkali metal atoms. The unique temperature-dependent ferromagnetic properties of the Si-terminated surface in GdRh2Si2 could be exploited when combined with functional adlayers deposited on top for which novel phenomena related to magnetism can be anticipated. PMID:27052006

  4. Use of zirconium-phosphate-carbonate chemistry to immobilize polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on boron-doped diamond.

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    Mazur, Maciej; Krysiński, Paweł; Blanchard, G J

    2005-09-13

    We report on the formation of monomolecular layers of perylene- and pyrene-alkanoic acids on boron-doped diamond (BDD) substrates. The carboxylic acid layers are bound by coordination to zirconium phosphate (ZP) functionalities on the BDD substrate surface. The resulting Zr-phosphate-carbonate (ZPC) linkages between the substrate and the adlayer are asymmetric, of the form -(OPO3(2-) Zr4+-O2C-R)+ X-. Pyrene and perylene are well-established optical probes of polarity and viscosity at interfaces. We have used electrochemical and steady-state fluorescence techniques to study the loading density and behavior of these monomolecular films, allowing comparison of BDD and indium-doped tin oxide (ITO) substrates. Electrochemical data suggest that the pyrene chromophores are positioned roughly at the same distance from the surface, regardless of the length of the anchoring alkanoic acid chain, a finding that can be explained by the pyrene lying on the substrate surface. Such a conformation is plausible given the surface coverage (5 x 10(-11) mol/cm2, ca. 0.1 monolayer) we measure for these systems. PMID:16142963

  5. Electrolyte interactions with vapor dosed and solution dosed carbon monoxide on platinum (111)

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    Borup, R. L.; Sauer, D. E.; Stuve, E. M.

    1997-03-01

    Carbon monoxide adsorption and interactions with electrolyte species were examined for a Pt(111) electrode in 0.1M HClO 4. The experiments were conducted with an ex situ ultrahigh vacuum (UHV)-electrochemical system, with CO being adsorbed either from the vapor phase in the vacuum chamber or from solution. CO oxidation coulometry and cyclic voltammetry were used to characterize CO coverage in solution, and thermal desorption spectroscopy was used to measure CO coverage in vacuum, desorption kinetics and to detect coadsorbed electrolyte species. In agreement with earlier studies, the saturation coverage of 0.68 ML of CO from solution dosing is nearly 40% greater than the saturation coverage of 0.50 ML in vacuum at room temperature. The higher saturation coverages survive transfer to vacuum, but only in the presence of coadsorbed electrolyte species (H 2O and ClO 4) retained after removal of the electrode from the electrolyte. In the absence of coadsorbed electrolyte species, saturated, solution dosed CO transferred to vacuum exhibits the same coverage as vapor dosed CO. Interaction between CO and electrolyte species was confirmed through detection of both in thermal desorption following immersion of a vapor dosed CO adlayer into solution and back-transfer to vacuum. Kinetic modeling of CO thermal desorption showed that, regardless of whether CO is adsorbed from solution or from vapor, the COCO repulsive interactions are approximately 40% less when electrolyte species are retained than when they are absent.

  6. Interaction of a Self-Assembled Ionic Liquid Layer with Graphite(0001): A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study.

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    Buchner, Florian; Forster-Tonigold, Katrin; Bozorgchenani, Maral; Gross, Axel; Behm, R Jürgen

    2016-01-21

    The interaction between (sub)monolayers of the ionic liquid 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide [BMP](+)[TFSA](-) and graphite(0001), which serves as a model for the anode|electolyte interface in Li-ion batteries, was investigated under ultrahigh vacuum conditions in a combined experimental and theoretical approach. High-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT-D) calculations were employed. After vapor deposition at 300 K, XPS indicates molecular adsorbates with a 1:1 ratio of cations/anions. Cool down to ∼100 K leads to the formation of an ordered (2D) crystalline phase, which coexists with a mobile (2D) liquid. DFT-D calculations reveal that adsorbed [BMP](+) and [TFSA](-) species are arranged alternately in a row-like adsorption structure (cation-anion-cation-anion) and that adsorption is dominated by dispersion interactions between adlayer and substrate, on the one hand, and electrostatic interactions between the ions in a row, on the other hand. Simulated STM images of that structure closely resemble the experimental molecular resolved STM images and show that the resolved features mostly stem from the cations.

  7. Shape-selected nanocrystals for in situ spectro-electrochemistry studies on structurally well defined surfaces under controlled electrolyte transport: A combined in situ ATR-FTIR/online DEMS investigation of CO electrooxidation on Pt

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    Jusys, Zenonas; Behm, R Jürgen

    2014-01-01

    Summary The suitability and potential of shape selected nanocrystals for in situ spectro-electrochemical and in particular spectro-electrocatalytic studies on structurally well defined electrodes under enforced and controlled electrolyte mass transport will be demonstrated, using Pt nanocrystals prepared by colloidal synthesis procedures and a flow cell set-up allowing simultaneous measurements of the Faradaic current, FTIR spectroscopy of adsorbed reaction intermediates and side products in an attenuated total reflection configuration (ATR-FTIRS) and differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS) measurements of volatile reaction products. Batches of shape-selected Pt nanocrystals with different shapes and hence different surface structures were prepared and structurally characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electrochemical methods. The potential for in situ spectro-electrocatalytic studies is illustrated for COad oxidation on Pt nanocrystal surfaces, where we could separate contributions from two processes occurring simultaneously, oxidative COad removal and re-adsorption of (bi)sulfate anions, and reveal a distinct structure sensitivity in these processes and also in the structural implications of (bi)sulfate re-adsorption on the CO adlayer. PMID:24991511

  8. Accretion disc origin of the Earth's water.

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    Vattuone, Luca; Smerieri, Marco; Savio, Letizia; Asaduzzaman, Abu Md; Muralidharan, Krishna; Drake, Michael J; Rocca, Mario

    2013-07-13

    Earth's water is conventionally believed to be delivered by comets or wet asteroids after the Earth formed. However, their elemental and isotopic properties are inconsistent with those of the Earth. It was thus proposed that water was introduced by adsorption onto grains in the accretion disc prior to planetary growth, with bonding energies so high as to be stable under high-temperature conditions. Here, we show both by laboratory experiments and numerical simulations that water adsorbs dissociatively on the olivine {100} surface at the temperature (approx. 500-1500 K) and water pressure (approx. 10⁻⁸ bar) expected for the accretion disc, leaving an OH adlayer that is stable at least up to 900 K. This may result in the formation of many Earth oceans, provided that a viable mechanism to produce water from hydroxyl exists. This adsorption process must occur in all disc environments around young stars. The inevitable conclusion is that water should be prevalent on terrestrial planets in the habitable zone around other stars.

  9. Potential-dependent structures investigated at the perchloric acid solution/iodine modified Au(111) interface by electrochemical frequency-modulation atomic force microscopy.

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    Utsunomiya, Toru; Tatsumi, Shoko; Yokota, Yasuyuki; Fukui, Ken-ichi

    2015-05-21

    Electrochemical frequency-modulation atomic force microscopy (EC-FM-AFM) was adopted to analyze the electrified interface between an iodine modified Au(111) and a perchloric acid solution. Atomic resolution imaging of the electrode was strongly dependent on the electrode potential within the electrochemical window: each iodine atom was imaged in the cathodic range of the electrode potential, but not in the more anodic range where the tip is retracted by approximately 0.1 nm compared to the cathodic case for the same imaging parameters. The frequency shift versus tip-to-sample distance curves obtained in the electric double layer region on the iodine adlayer indicated that the water structuring became weaker at the anodic potential, where the atomic resolution images could not be obtained, and immediately recovered at the original cathodic potential. The reversible hydration structures were consistent with the reversible topographic images and the cyclic voltammetry results. These results indicate that perchlorate anions concentrated at the anodic potential affect the interface hydration without any irreversible changes to the interface under these conditions.

  10. Emergent membrane-affecting properties of BSA-gold nanoparticleconstructs

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    Lystvet, Sina M.; Volden, Sondre; Yasuda, Masahiro; Halskau, Øyvind, Jr.; Glomm, Wilhelm R.

    2011-04-01

    By adsorbing bovine serum albumin (BSA) on gold nanoparticles (Aunps) with diameters 30 nm and 80 nm, different degrees of protein unfolding were obtained. Adsorption and adlayer conformation were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, ζ-potential measurements, steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence. The unfolding was also studied using 1-anilino-8-naphthalene sulfonate (ANS) as an extrinsic probe, showing that BSA unfolds more on 80 nm Aunp than on 30 nm Aunp. Langmuir monolayer studies using two distinct methods of introducing the BSA and BSA-Aunp constructs accompanied with Brewster Angle Microscopy (BAM) and Digital Video Microscope (DVM) imaging demonstrated that BSA-Aunp constructs induce film miscibility with l-α-phosphatidylethanolamine not seen for BSA or Aunp alone. The changes induced by partial unfolding clearly give better film-penetration ability, as well as disruption of liquid crystalline domains in the film, thereby inducing film miscibility. Gold or protein only does not possess the nanoscale film-affecting properties of the protein-goldconstructs, and as such the surface-active and miscibility-affecting characteristics of the BSA-Aunp represent emergent qualities.

  11. Periodic Modulation of the Doping Level in Striped MoS₂ Superstructures.

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    Zhou, Xiebo; Shi, Jianping; Qi, Yue; Liu, Mengxi; Ma, Donglin; Zhang, Yu; Ji, Qingqing; Zhang, Zhepeng; Li, Cong; Liu, Zhongfan; Zhang, Yanfeng

    2016-03-22

    Although the recently discovered monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides exhibit novel electronic and optical properties, fundamental physical issues such as the quasiparticle bandgap tunability and the substrate effects remain undefined. Herein, we present the report of a quasi-one-dimensional periodically striped superstructure for monolayer MoS2 on Au(100). The formation of the unique striped superstructure is found to be mainly modulated by the symmetry difference between MoS2 and Au(100) and their lattice mismatch. More intriguingly, we find that the monolayer MoS2 is heavily n-doped on the Au(100) facet with a bandgap of 1.3 eV, and the Fermi level is upshifted by ∼0.10 eV on the ridge (∼0.2 eV below the conduction band) in contrast to the valley regions (∼0.3 eV below the conduction band) of the striped patterns after high-temperature sample annealing process. This tunable doping effect is considered to be caused by the different defect densities over the ridge/valley regions of the superstructure. Additionally, an obvious bandgap reduction is observed in the vicinity of the domain boundary for monolayer MoS2 on Au(100). This work should therefore inspire intensive explorations of adlayer-substrate interactions, the defects, and their effects on band-structure engineering of monolayer MoS2. PMID:26913990

  12. Bowl Inversion and Electronic Switching of Buckybowls on Gold.

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    Fujii, Shintaro; Ziatdinov, Maxim; Higashibayashi, Shuhei; Sakurai, Hidehiro; Kiguchi, Manabu

    2016-09-21

    Bowl-shaped π-conjugated compounds, or buckybowls, are a novel class of sp(2)-hybridized nanocarbon materials. In contrast to tubular carbon nanotubes and ball-shaped fullerenes, the buckybowls feature structural flexibility. Bowl-to-bowl structural inversion is one of the unique properties of the buckybowls in solutions. Bowl inversion on a surface modifies the metal-molecule interactions through bistable switching between bowl-up and bowl-down states on the surface, which makes surface-adsorbed buckybowls a relevant model system for elucidation of the mechano-electronic properties of nanocarbon materials. Here, we report a combination of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements and ab initio atomistic simulations to identify the adlayer structure of the sumanene buckybowl on Au(111) and reveal its unique bowl inversion behavior. We demonstrate that the bowl inversion can be induced by approaching the STM tip toward the molecule. By tuning the local metal-molecule interaction using the STM tip, the sumanene buckybowl exhibits structural bistability with a switching rate that is two orders of magnitude faster than that of the stochastic inversion process. PMID:27556409

  13. Characterization and control of molecular ordering on adsorbate-induced reconstructed surfaces

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    Pai, Woei Wu; Hsu, C. L.; Lin, K. C.; Sin, L. Y.; Tang, Tong B.

    2005-02-01

    Understanding molecular ordering is a critical step in achieving molecular self-assembly for the fabrication of nanomaterials, and molecular ordering in the adsorption of large molecules on atomically flat surfaces can be characterized with precision by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Complications arise therein from the expanded possibility of various adsorption structures, conformations and surface reconstructions. Here we present two cases of C 60 adsorbed on Ag(1 0 0) and Cu(1 1 1) that illustrate the importance of competitive interactions in the presence of adsorbate-induced reconstruction. In both studies, strong STM contrasts derive from topographic features arising from reconstructed substrates. C 60/Ag(1 0 0) presents a unique uniaxially incommensurate molecular packing. We have also found that one can control molecular ordering with a stepped surface to produce a single-domain film. In C 60/Cu(1 1 1), we are able to obtain metastable, yet well-defined, molecular ordering with precise annealing procedures. These metastable states exhibit a clear correlation between molecular contrast patterns and the adlayer rotation angle, as a consequence of competitive interactions between optimizing C 60 bonding at preferred reconstructive sites and C 60-C 60 repulsion. Finer control of selective preparation of these metastable structures offers a plausible way of fabricating nanostructures by design.

  14. Theory, modeling and instrumentation for materials by design: Proceedings of workshop

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    Allen, R.E.; Cocke, D.L.; Eberhardt, J.J.; Wilson, A.

    1984-01-01

    The following topics are contained in this volume: how can materials theory benefit from supercomputers and vice-versa; the materials of xerography; relationship between ab initio and semiempirical theories of electronic structure and renormalization group and the statistical mechanics of polymer systems; ab initio calculations of materials properties; metals in intimate contact; lateral interaction in adsorption: revelations from phase transitions; quantum model of thermal desorption and laser stimulated desorption; extended fine structure in appearance potential spectroscopy as a probe of solid surfaces; structural aspects of band offsets at heterojunction interfaces; multiconfigurational Green's function approach to quantum chemistry; wavefunctions and charge densities for defects in solids: a success for semiempirical theory; empirical methods for predicting the phase diagrams of intermetallic alloys; theoretical considerations regarding impurities in silicon and the chemisorption of simple molecules on Ni; improved Kohn-Sham exchange potential; structural stability calculations for films and crystals; semiempirical molecular orbital modeling of catalytic reactions including promoter effects; theoretical studies of chemical reactions: hydrolysis of formaldehyde; electronic structure calculations for low coverage adlayers; present status of the many-body problem; atomic scattering as a probe of physical adsorption; and, discussion of theoretical techniques in quantum chemistry and solid state physics.

  15. Adsorption of linear alkanes on Cu(111): Temperature and chain-length dependence of the softened vibrational mode

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    Fosser, Kari A.; Kang, Joo H.; Nuzzo, Ralph G.; Wöll, Christof

    2007-05-01

    The vibrational spectra of linear alkanes, with lengths ranging from n-propane to n-octane, were examined on a copper surface by reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy. The appearance and frequency of the "soft mode," a feature routinely seen in studies of saturated hydrocarbons adsorbed on metals, were examined and compared between the different adsorbates. The frequency of the mode was found to be dependent on both the number of methylene units of each alkane as well as specific aspects of the order of the monolayer phase. Studies of monolayer coverages at different temperatures provide insights into the nature of the two-dimensional (2D) melting transitions of these adlayer structures, ones that can be inferred from observed shifts in the soft vibrational modes appearing in the C-H stretching region of the infrared spectrum. These studies support recently reported hypotheses as to the origins of such soft modes: the metal-hydrogen interactions that mediate them and the dynamics that underlay their pronounced temperature dependencies. The present data strongly support a model for the 2D to one-dimensional order-order phase transition arising via a continuous rather than discrete first-order process.

  16. Temperature dependent optical properties of pentacene films on zinc oxide

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    Helzel, J.; Jankowski, S.; El Helou, M.; Witte, G.; Heimbrodt, W.

    2011-11-21

    The optical transitions of pentacene films deposited on ZnO have been studied by absorption spectroscopy as a function of temperature in the range of room temperature down to 10 K. The pentacene films were prepared with thicknesses of 10 nm, 20 nm, and 100 nm on the ZnO-O(000-1) surface by molecular beam deposition. A unique temperature dependence has been observed for the two Davydov components of the excitons for different film thicknesses. At room temperature, the energetic positions of the respective absorption bands are the same for all films, whereas the positions differ more than 20 meV at 10 K caused by the very different expansion coefficients of pentacene and ZnO. Although the pentacene is just bonded via van der Waals interaction to the ZnO substrate, the very first pentacene monolayer (adlayer) is forced to keep the initial position on the ZnO surface and suffering, therefore, a substantial tensile strain. For all the subsequent pentacene monolayers, the strain is reduced step by step resulting electronically in a strong potential gradient at the interface.

  17. Electrochemical and scanning probe microscopic characterization of spontaneously adsorbed organothiolate monolayers at gold

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    Wong, Sze-Shun Season

    1999-12-10

    This dissertation presented several results which add to the general knowledge base regarding organothiolates monolayer spontaneously adsorbed at gold films. Common to the body of this work is the use of voltammetric reductive resorption and variants of scanning probe microscopy to gain insight into the nature of the monolayer formation process as well as the resulting interface. The most significant result from this work is the success of using friction force microscopy to discriminate the end group orientation of monolayer chemisorbed at smooth gold surfaces with micrometer resolution (Chapter 4). The ability to detect the differences in the orientational disposition is demonstrated by the use PDMS polymer stamp to microcontact print an adlayer of n-alkanethiolate of length n in a predefine pattern onto a gold surface, followed by the solution deposition of a n-alkanethiol of n {+-} 1 to fill in the areas on the gold surface intentionally not coated by the stamping process. These two-component monolayers can be discriminated by using friction force microscopy which detects differences in friction contributed by the differences in the orientation of the terminal groups at surfaces. This success has recently led to the detection of the orientation differences at nanometer scale. Although the substrates examined in this work consisted entirely of smooth gold films, the same test can be performed on other smooth substrates and monolayer materials.

  18. HREELS, STM, and STS study of CH3-terminated Si(111)-(1×1) surface

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    Yamada, Taro; Kawai, Maki; Wawro, Andrzej; Suto, Shozo; Kasuya, Atsuo

    2004-12-01

    An ideally (1×1)-CH3(methyl)-terminated Si(111) surface was composed by Grignard reaction of photochlorinated Si(111) and the surface structure was for the first time confirmed by Auger electron spectroscopy, low energy electron diffraction, high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). HREELS revealed the vibration modes associated to the CH3-group as well as the C-Si bond. STM discerned an adlattice with (1×1) periodicity on Si(111) composed of protrusions with internal features, covering all surface terraces. The surface structure was confirmed to be stable at temperatures below 600 K. STS showed that an occupied-state band exists at gap voltage of -1.57 eV, generated by the surface CH3 adlattice. This CH3:Si(111)-(1×1) adlayer with high stability and unique electronic property is prospective for applications such as nanoscale lithography and advanced electrochemistry.

  19. Steric matching and the concentration induced self-assembled structural variety of 2,7-bis(n-alkoxy)-9-fluorenone at the aliphatic solvent/graphite interface.

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    Miao, Xinrui; Xu, Li; Cui, Lihua; Deng, Wenli

    2014-06-28

    Controlling and unraveling structural polymorphism has received special attention in 2D self-assembled monolayers. In this work, we investigated the steric matching and solution concentration controlled structural variety in the self-assembly of 2,7-bis(n-alkoxy)-9-fluorenone (F-OCn) at the n-tetradecane and n-tridecane/graphite interface under different concentrations, respectively. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) revealed that the coadsorbed adlayers of F-OCn and solvents (n = 12 to 16) were formed and exhibited concentration dependent 2D phases due to the steric matching. The self-assembled monolayer of F-OCn (n = 12 to 16) evolved from a low-density coadsorbed linear lamellar packing, which was formed at low concentrations, to higher-density patterns at relatively high concentrations. F-OC14 exhibited a complex structural variety, in which a systematic trend of decrease in the molecular density per unit cell with decreasing concentration was obtained. Except for F-OCn (n = 13, 15, 17), the zigzag structure showing the linear lamella with dimers was observed. Systematic experiments revealed that the self-assembly of F-OCn was chain-length dependent. The results provide insight into the structural variety exhibited by a series of organic molecules and furnish important guidelines to control the morphology by changing the solution concentration. PMID:24832360

  20. Ultrasensitive label free electrical detection of insulin in neat blood serum.

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    Luo, Xiliang; Xu, Mengyun; Freeman, Charlotte; James, Tim; Davis, Jason J

    2013-04-16

    Electrical assays potentially offer a highly sensitive, cheap, portable, automated, and multiplexed means of protein biomarker detection, characteristics with an ability to underpin both disease stratification and the development of point of care diagnostics. Most conveniently applied in a reagent free manner, all sensitive assays such as these suffer, however, from profound problems when applied in complex fluids such as blood serum. We report herein, the development, and clinical application, of a highly sensitive and selective electrical insulin biosensor based on a chemisorbed zwittorionic polymer support and a novel reagentless sensing technique based on phase monitoring electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The polymer adlayer is exceptionally effective in both reducing background response and maintaining receptive antibody binding efficacy, while the non-Faradaic analysis avoids potential interference from background electro-active molecules. Applied to the detection of even a low molecular weight protein (here, insulin), a linear range from 0.1 to 200 pM and an unprecedented femtomolar detection limit are possible in undiluted blood serum.

  1. Adsorption of the ionic liquid [BMP][TFSA] on Au(111) and Ag(111): substrate effects on the structure formation investigated by STM.

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    Uhl, Benedikt; Buchner, Florian; Alwast, Dorothea; Wagner, Nadja; Behm, R Jürgen

    2013-01-01

    In order to resolve substrate effects on the adlayer structure and structure formation and on the substrate-adsorbate and adsorbate-adsorbate interactions, we investigated the adsorption of thin films of the ionic liquid (IL) 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium-bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [BMP][TFSA] on the close-packed Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces by scanning tunneling microscopy, under ultra high vacuum (UHV) conditions in the temperature range between about 100 K and 293 K. At room temperature, highly mobile 2D liquid adsorbate phases were observed on both surfaces. At low temperatures, around 100 K, different adsorbed IL phases were found to coexist on these surfaces, both on silver and gold: a long-range ordered ('2D crystalline') phase and a short-range ordered ('2D glass') phase. Both phases exhibit different characteristics on the two surfaces. On Au(111), the surface reconstruction plays a major role in the structure formation of the 2D crystalline phase. In combination with recent density functional theory calculations, the sub-molecularly resolved STM images allow to clearly discriminate between the [BMP](+) cation and [TFSA](-) anion. PMID:24367760

  2. Interaction of a Self-Assembled Ionic Liquid Layer with Graphite(0001): A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study.

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    Buchner, Florian; Forster-Tonigold, Katrin; Bozorgchenani, Maral; Gross, Axel; Behm, R Jürgen

    2016-01-21

    The interaction between (sub)monolayers of the ionic liquid 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide [BMP](+)[TFSA](-) and graphite(0001), which serves as a model for the anode|electolyte interface in Li-ion batteries, was investigated under ultrahigh vacuum conditions in a combined experimental and theoretical approach. High-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT-D) calculations were employed. After vapor deposition at 300 K, XPS indicates molecular adsorbates with a 1:1 ratio of cations/anions. Cool down to ∼100 K leads to the formation of an ordered (2D) crystalline phase, which coexists with a mobile (2D) liquid. DFT-D calculations reveal that adsorbed [BMP](+) and [TFSA](-) species are arranged alternately in a row-like adsorption structure (cation-anion-cation-anion) and that adsorption is dominated by dispersion interactions between adlayer and substrate, on the one hand, and electrostatic interactions between the ions in a row, on the other hand. Simulated STM images of that structure closely resemble the experimental molecular resolved STM images and show that the resolved features mostly stem from the cations. PMID:26713562

  3. An ab initio-based approach to the stability of GaN(0 0 0 1) surfaces under Ga-rich conditions

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    Ito, Tomonori; Akiyama, Toru; Nakamura, Kohji

    2009-05-01

    Structural stability of GaN(0 0 0 1) under Ga-rich conditions is systematically investigated by using our ab initio-based approach. The surface phase diagram for GaN(0 0 0 1) including (2×2) and pseudo-(1×1) is obtained as functions of temperature and Ga beam equivalent pressure by comparing chemical potentials of Ga atom in the gas phase with that on the surface. The calculated results reveal that the pseudo-(1×1) appearing below 684-973 K changes its structure to the (2×2) with Ga adatom at higher temperatures beyond 767-1078 K via the newly found (1×1) with two adlayers of Ga. These results are consistent with the stable temperature range of both the pseudo-(1×1) and (2×2) with Ga adatom obtained experimentally. Furthermore, it should be noted that the structure with another coverage of Ga adatoms between the (1×1) and (2×2)-Ga does not appear as a stable structure of GaN(0 0 0 1). Furthermore, ghost island formation observed by scanning tunneling microscopy is discussed on the basis of the phase diagram.

  4. Robust and tunable itinerant ferromagnetism at the silicon surface of the antiferromagnet GdRh2Si2

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    Güttler, M.; Generalov, A.; Otrokov, M. M.; Kummer, K.; Kliemt, K.; Fedorov, A.; Chikina, A.; Danzenbächer, S.; Schulz, S.; Chulkov, E. V.; Koroteev, Yu. M.; Caroca-Canales, N.; Shi, M.; Radovic, M.; Geibel, C.; Laubschat, C.; Dudin, P.; Kim, T. K.; Hoesch, M.; Krellner, C.; Vyalikh, D. V.

    2016-01-01

    Spin-polarized two-dimensional electron states (2DESs) at surfaces and interfaces of magnetically active materials attract immense interest because of the idea of exploiting fermion spins rather than charge in next generation electronics. Applying angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, we show that the silicon surface of GdRh2Si2 bears two distinct 2DESs, one being a Shockley surface state, and the other a Dirac surface resonance. Both are subject to strong exchange interaction with the ordered 4f-moments lying underneath the Si-Rh-Si trilayer. The spin degeneracy of the Shockley state breaks down below ~90 K, and the splitting of the resulting subbands saturates upon cooling at values as high as ~185 meV. The spin splitting of the Dirac state becomes clearly visible around ~60 K, reaching a maximum of ~70 meV. An abrupt increase of surface magnetization at around the same temperature suggests that the Dirac state contributes significantly to the magnetic properties at the Si surface. We also show the possibility to tune the properties of 2DESs by depositing alkali metal atoms. The unique temperature-dependent ferromagnetic properties of the Si-terminated surface in GdRh2Si2 could be exploited when combined with functional adlayers deposited on top for which novel phenomena related to magnetism can be anticipated. PMID:27052006

  5. A photoemission study of Pd ultrathin films on Pt(111)

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    Mun, Bongjin Simon; Lee, Choongman; Stamenkovic, Vojislav; Markovic, Nenad M.; Ross Jr., Philip N.

    2005-05-11

    The origin of surface core-level shift (SCLS) of Pd thin films on Pt(111) substrate is investigated. At sub-monolayer coverage of Pd thin films, the splitting of Pd 3d core level peaks indicate the contribution of both initial and final-state of photo-ionization processes while there is almost no change on valence band (VB) spectra. When the coverage of Pd reaches to single monolayer, the final-state relaxation effect on the Pd 3d vanishes and only the initial-state effect, a negative SCLS, is present. Also, the VB spectrum at Pd monolayer films shows a clear band narrowing, that is the origin of the negative SCLS at monolayer coverage. As the Pd coverage is increased to more than monolayer thickness, the Pd 3d peaks start to show the surface layer contribution from second and third layers, positive SCLS, and the VB spectrum shows even narrower band width, possibly due to the formation of surface states and strained effect of Pd adlayers on top of the first pseudomorphic layer.

  6. Fully relativistic surface green function and its application to surface spectroscopies

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    Tamura, E.

    1993-06-30

    A fully relativistic layer-KKR formalism was developed and implemented for calculating the single-particle Green function in atomic layers parallel to crystalline surfaces magnetic and non magnetic materials: The method was applied to the calculation surface spectroscopies, such as low energy electron diffraction (LEED), angle-resolve ultraviolet photo emission spectroscopy (UPS), and photoelectron scattering. Numeric tests were performed for non magnetic actinide surfaces and magnetic Fe surface Theoretical angle-resolved UPS spectra are presented for uranium monolayers on Pt(111) and for f.c.c. u(lll) surfaces. We find that u island formation can take place if a peak in the UPS spectra appears just before the Fermi energy immediately as u is deposited on P and we suggest an experimental procedure for testing this prediction. An intensity map photo excited electrons from the 2p{sub 3/2} core states of Fe(110) surface is also show Sizable magnetic anisotropy is found due to the interference between exchange and spin-orbit interaction, which is suitable for studying a possible surface-induced magnetism actinide adlayers.

  7. Self-assembled monolayer of o-aminothiophenol on Fe(1 1 0) surface: a combined study by electrochemistry, in situ STM, and molecular simulations

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    Kong, De-Sheng; Yuan, Shi-Ling; Sun, Yu-Xi; Yu, Zhang-Yu

    2004-12-01

    Electrochemical measurements, in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) observation, and molecular mechanics (MM) simulations were performed to study the physiochemical properties such as the corrosion-inhibition effect and the optimal packing structure of o-aminothiophenol (OATP) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) formed on Fe(1 1 0) surface in 0.1 M NaClO 4 solution. The formation of OATP SAMs drastically depressed the Faradaic processes at the Fe(1 1 0) surface and reduced the electrical double-layer capacitance at the electrode/electrolyte interface, revealing the anticorrosion property and the blocking behavior of OATP adlayers. Two-dimensional ordered molecular arrays of OATP on Fe(1 1 0) surface with a p(2 × 2) commensurate structure were observed by STM measurements. MM calculations showed that the p(2 × 2) packing pattern is indeed the preferable structure for OATP molecules adsorbed on Fe(1 1 0), in accordance with STM experiments. The OATP SAM on Fe(1 1 0) is ≈0.50 nm in thickness and with a dielectric constant of ˜7.0.

  8. Influence of poly(ethylene oxide)-based copolymer on protein adsorption and bacterial adhesion on stainless steel: modulation by surface hydrophobicity.

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    Yang, Yi; Rouxhet, Paul G; Chudziak, Dorota; Telegdi, Judit; Dupont-Gillain, Christine C

    2014-06-01

    The aim of the present work is to study the adhesion of Pseudomonas NCIMB 2021, a typical aerobic marine microorganism, on stainless steel (SS) substrate. More particularly, the potential effect on adhesion of adsorbed poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) triblock copolymer is investigated. Bacterial attachment experiments were carried out using a modified parallel plate flow chamber, allowing different surface treatments to be compared in a single experiment. The amount of adhering bacteria was determined via DAPI staining and fluorescence microscopy. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to characterize the surface chemical composition of SS and hydrophobized SS before and after PEO-PPO-PEO adsorption. The adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA), a model protein, was investigated to test the resistance of PEO-PPO-PEO layers to protein adsorption. The results show that BSA adsorption and Pseudomonas 2021 adhesion are significantly reduced on hydrophobized SS conditioned with PEO-PPO-PEO. Although PEO-PPO-PEO is also found to adsorb on SS, it does not prevent BSA adsorption nor bacterial adhesion, which is attributed to different PEO-PPO-PEO adlayer structures on hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces. The obtained results open the way to a new strategy to reduce biofouling on metal oxide surfaces using PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer.

  9. Scattering, Adsorption, and Langmuir-Hinshelwood Desorption Models for Physisorptive and Chemisorptive Gas-Surface Systems

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    Bentley, Brook I.

    Surface effects limit the performance of hypersonic vehicles, micro-electro-mechanical devices, and directed energy systems. This research develops methods to predict adsorption, scattering, and thermal desorption of molecules on a surface. These methods apply to physisorptive (adsorption and scattering) and chemisorptive (thermal desorption) gas-surface systems. Engineering and design applications will benefit from these methods, hence they are developed under the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo construct. The novel adsorption and scattering contribution, the Modified Kisliuk with Scattering method, predicts angular and energy distributions, and adsorption probabilities. These results agree more closely with experiment than the state-of-the-art Cercignani-Lampis-Lord scattering kernel. Super-elastic scattering is predicted. Gas-adlayer interactions are included for the first time. Accommodation coefficents can be determined by fitting simulations to experimental data. The new thermal desorption model accurately calculates angular, translational, rotational, and vibrational distributions, and the rotational alignment parameter. The model is validated by comparing with experiments. Multiple transition states are considered in a set of non-dimensionalized equations of motion, linked with temporally-accurate event timing. Initial conditions are chosen from a new truncated Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. Run times are improved by eliminating the Gaussian Weighting of desorbing products. The absorption energy barrier is shown to significantly contribute only to the translational energy of desorbing molecules by contributing energy to each adatom in a similar manner.

  10. High resolution electrochemical STM : new structural results for underpotentially deposited Cu on Au(111) in acid sulfate solution.

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    Sieradzki, Karl; Vasiljevic, Natasa; Viyannalage, L.K.T.; Dimitrov, Nikolay

    2007-09-01

    Adsorption of sulfate assists Cu monolayer underpotential deposition (upd) on Au(111) in a unique way, rendering two distinct structural stages: (i) formation of a low-density Cu phase at coverage of 2/3 ML known as the ({radical}3 x {radical}3) R30{sup o} or honeycomb phase; (ii) formation of a complete monolayer, i.e., Cu-(1 x 1) phase pseudomorphic with respect to underlying Au(111) substrate. In this paper we present new structural in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) results for this system. We show and discuss the STM imaging of the copper honeycomb superstructure probed underneath the co-adsorbed ({radical}3 x {radical}3)R30{sup o} sulfate adlayer in the low-density phase. High resolution imaging during the phase transition from the low to high density copper phase unambiguously shows the existence of an ordered sulfate structure p(2 x 2) on the pseudomorphic Cu-(1 x 1) layer. The new structure is seen during the co-existence of two copper phases as well as upon completion of the Cu-(1 x 1) monolayer. While supported by earlier chronocoulometric measurements in the same system, the new structural results raise questions that need to be addressed in a future work.

  11. MBE Growth of InN/GaN(0001) and Shape Transitions of InN islands

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    Cao, Yongge; Xie, Maohai; Liu, Ying; Ng, Y. F.

    2003-03-01

    Plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxial growth of InN on GaN(0001) is investigated. Both layer-by-layer and Stranski-Krastanov (SK) growth modes are observed under different growth windows. Strain relaxation is studied by real-time recording of the in-plane lattice spacing evolutions on RHEED pattern, which suggest a gradual relaxation of the strain in InN film commenced during the first bilayer (BL) deposition and almost completed after 2-4 BLs. For SK growth, 3D islanding initiates after the strain has mostly been relieved, presumably by dislocations. Based on statistical analysis, the shape transitions of 3D islands are firstly observed in the III-nitrides system. The InN islands transform gradually from pyramids to platelets with increasing of In flux. Under In-rich growth condition, the reverse trend of island shape evolution dependence on volume size, compared with Equilibrium Crystal Shape (ECS) theory, is induced by the Indium self-surfactant effects, in which Indium adlayer on the top surface of InN islands will depress the thermodynamic driving force for the vertical growth of 3D islands. Lateral growth of 3D islands is not only the result of kinetic process but also favored by thermodynamics while Indium self-surfactant exist.

  12. Controlled n-Type Doping of Carbon Nanotube Transistors by an Organorhodium Dimer.

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    Geier, Michael L; Moudgil, Karttikay; Barlow, Stephen; Marder, Seth R; Hersam, Mark C

    2016-07-13

    Single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) transistors are among the most developed nanoelectronic devices for high-performance computing applications. While p-type SWCNT transistors are easily achieved through adventitious adsorption of atmospheric oxygen, n-type SWCNT transistors require extrinsic doping schemes. Existing n-type doping strategies for SWCNT transistors suffer from one or more issues including environmental instability, limited carrier concentration modulation, undesirable threshold voltage control, and/or poor morphology. In particular, commonly employed benzyl viologen n-type doping layers possess large thicknesses, which preclude top-gate transistor designs that underlie high-density integrated circuit layouts. To overcome these limitations, we report here the controlled n-type doping of SWCNT thin-film transistors with a solution-processed pentamethylrhodocene dimer. The charge transport properties of organorhodium-treated SWCNT thin films show consistent n-type behavior when characterized in both Hall effect and thin-film transistor geometries. Due to the molecular-scale thickness of the organorhodium adlayer, large-area arrays of top-gated, n-type SWCNT transistors are fabricated with high yield. This work will thus facilitate ongoing efforts to realize high-density SWCNT integrated circuits. PMID:27253896

  13. The onset of sub-surface oxidation induced by defects in a chemisorbed oxygen layer

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    Li, Jonathan; Li, Liang; Zhou, Guangwen

    2015-02-28

    We investigate the onset of internal oxidation of a Cu(110) surface induced by oxygen subsurface adsorption via defects in the Cu(110)–(2 × 1)–O chemisorbed layer. The presence of a boundary formed by merged add-row structure domains due to a mismatch of half unit-cell leads to preferred oxygen adsorption at the subsurface tetrahedral sites. The resulting distorted Cu–O tetrahedra along the domain boundary have comparable bond length and angles to those of the bulk oxide phase of Cu{sub 2}O. Our results indicate that the presence of defects in the oxygen-chemisorbed adlayer can lead to the internal oxidation via the formation of Cu{sub 2}O-like tetrahedra in between the topmost and second outermost atomic layers at the oxygen coverage θ = 0.53 and the second and third outermost atomic layers at θ = 0.56. These results show that the internal oxidation of a metal surface can occur in the very beginning of the oxygen chemisorption process enabled by the presence of defects in the oxygen chemisorbed layer.

  14. Importance of the Anchor Group Position (Para versus Meta) in Tetraphenylmethane Tripods: Synthesis and Self-Assembly Features.

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    Lindner, Marcin; Valášek, Michal; Homberg, Jan; Edelmann, Kevin; Gerhard, Lukas; Wulfhekel, Wulf; Fuhr, Olaf; Wächter, Tobias; Zharnikov, Michael; Kolivoška, Viliam; Pospíšil, Lubomír; Mészáros, Gábor; Hromadová, Magdaléna; Mayor, Marcel

    2016-09-01

    The efficient synthesis of tripodal platforms based on tetraphenylmethane with three acetyl-protected thiol groups in either meta or para positions relative to the central sp(3) carbon for deposition on Au (111) surfaces is reported. These platforms are intended to provide a vertical arrangement of the substituent in position 4 of the perpendicular phenyl ring and an electronic coupling to the gold substrate. The self-assembly features of both derivatives are analyzed on Au (111) surfaces by low-temperature ultra-high-vacuum STM, high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy, and reductive voltammetric desorption studies. These experiments indicated that the meta derivative forms a well-ordered monolayer, with most of the anchoring groups bound to the surface, whereas the para derivative forms a multilayer film with physically adsorbed adlayers on the chemisorbed para monolayer. Single-molecule conductance values for both tripodal platforms are obtained through an STM break junction experiment. PMID:27505302

  15. Stacking sequence and interlayer coupling in few-layer graphene revealed by in situ imaging

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    Wang, Zhu-Jun; Dong, Jichen; Cui, Yi; Eres, Gyula; Timpe, Olaf; Fu, Qiang; Ding, Feng; Schloegl, R.; Willinger, Marc-Georg

    2016-01-01

    In the transition from graphene to graphite, the addition of each individual graphene layer modifies the electronic structure and produces a different material with unique properties. Controlled growth of few-layer graphene is therefore of fundamental interest and will provide access to materials with engineered electronic structure. Here we combine isothermal growth and etching experiments with in situ scanning electron microscopy to reveal the stacking sequence and interlayer coupling strength in few-layer graphene. The observed layer-dependent etching rates reveal the relative strength of the graphene–graphene and graphene–substrate interaction and the resulting mode of adlayer growth. Scanning tunnelling microscopy and density functional theory calculations confirm a strong coupling between graphene edge atoms and platinum. Simulated etching confirms that etching can be viewed as reversed growth. This work demonstrates that real-time imaging under controlled atmosphere is a powerful method for designing synthesis protocols for sp2 carbon nanostructures in between graphene and graphite. PMID:27759024

  16. Supramolecular structures of halogenated oligothiophenes on the Si(111)-√3 ×√3-Ag surface

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    Liu, R.; Fu, C.; Perepichka, D. F.; Gallagher, M. C.

    2016-05-01

    We have studied the adsorption of brominated tetrathienoanthracene (TBTTA) molecules onto the Si(111)-√3 × √ 3-Ag surface at room temperature. The two-dimensional √ 3 silver adlayer acts to passivate the silicon surface and provides a high-mobility template for TBTTA adsorption. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images reveal that at low coverage, the molecules readily migrate to step edges and defects in the √ 3 overlayer. With increasing coverage, the molecules eventually form compact supramolecular structures. In terms of the hexagonal √ 3 lattice vectors (a√ 3 and b√ 3), the oblique unit cell of these structures can be defined by lattice vectors am = 3a√ 3 + 2b√ 3, and bm = - a√ 3 + b√ 3. The structures are quite fragile and can decompose under repeated STM imaging. This is particularly true at higher bias and suggests an electric field-induced dissociation in these instances. With increasing molecular dose, the size and stability of the structures increases. At higher coverage, the spatial extent of the supramolecular structures is often limited by defects in the underlying √ 3 layer. Our results suggest that the √ 3-Ag surface provides a relatively inert substrate for the adsorption of TBTTA molecules, and that the supramolecular structures are held together by relatively weak intermolecular forces.

  17. Restructuring of an Ir(210) electrode surface by potential cycling

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    Soliman, Khaled A; Kolb, Dieter M; Jacob, Timo

    2014-01-01

    Summary This study addresses the electrochemical surface faceting and restructuring of Ir(210) single crystal electrodes. Cyclic voltammetry measurements and in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy are used to probe structural changes and variations in the electrochemical behaviour after potential cycling of Ir(210) in 0.1 M H2SO4. Faceted structures are obtained electrochemically as a function of time by cycling at a scanrate of 1 V·s−1 between −0.28 and 0.70 V vs SCE, i.e., between the onset of hydrogen evolution and the surface oxidation regime. The electrochemical behaviour in sulfuric acid solution is compared with that of thermally faceted Ir(210), which shows a sharp characteristic voltammetric peak for (311) facets. Structures similar to thermally-induced faceted Ir(210) are obtained electrochemically, which typically correspond to polyoriented facets at nano-pyramids. These structures grow anisotropically in a preferred direction and reach a height of about 5 nm after 4 h of cycling. The structural changes are reflected in variations of the electrocatalytic activity towards carbon monoxide adlayer oxidation. PMID:25247118

  18. A combined nanoplasmonic and electrodeless quartz crystal microbalance setup

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    Larsson, Elin M.; Langhammer, Christoph; Zoric, Igor; Kasemo, Bengt; Edvardsson, Malin E. M.

    2009-12-15

    We have developed an instrument combining localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) sensing with electrodeless quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D). The two techniques can be run simultaneously, on the same sensor surface, and with the same time resolution and sensitivity as for the individual techniques. The electrodeless QCM eliminates the need to fabricate electrodes on the quartz crystal and gives a large flexibility in choosing the surface structure and coating for both QCM-D and LSPR. The performance is demonstrated for liquid phase measurements of lipid bilayer formation and biorecognition events, and for gas phase measurements of hydrogen uptake/release by palladium nanoparticles. Advantages of using the combined equipment for biomolecular adsorption studies include synchronized information about structural transformations and extraction of molecular (dry) mass and degree of hydration of the adlayer, which cannot be obtained with the individual techniques. In hydrogen storage studies the combined equipment, allows for synchronized measurements of uptake/release kinetics and quantification of stored hydrogen amounts in nanoparticles and films at practically interesting hydrogen pressures and temperatures.

  19. Tuning friction with an external magnetic field: A Quartz Crystal Microbalance study of physisorbed oxygen monolayers and multilayers sliding on nickel substrates

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    Fredricks, Z. B.; Stevens, K. M.; Acharya, B.; Krim, J.

    The sliding friction levels of oxygen monolayer and multilayer films adsorbed on nickel close to the oxygen monolayer solid-liquid melting transition temperature have been monitored by means of a Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) technique in the presence and absence of a weak external magnetic field. Friction levels for the monolayers in the presence of the field were observed to be half of those observed in the absence of a field. For thick films, the reduction was proportionately less, indicating an interfacial effect as the source of the magnetic sensitivity. While the presence of the field is expected to increase the normal force between the paramagnetic oxygen overlayer and the ferromagnetic substrate, the impact of this mechanism on friction appears to be minimal, or possibly masked by more dominant mechanisms. These include magnetically induced structural reorientation (magnetostriction), and/or realignment of adlayer spins in response to the applied field, both of which would reduce the physical or magnetic interfacial commensurability, thus lowering friction levels. Work supported by NSF DMR1310456.

  20. Surface-Mediated Hydrogen Bonding of Proteinogenic α-Amino Acids on Silicon.

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    Rahsepar, Fatemeh R; Moghimi, Nafiseh; Leung, K T

    2016-05-17

    a covalent-bond driven interfacial layer (first adlayer), followed by that of a transitional layer driven by interlayer and intralayer hydrogen bonding (second adlayer), and then finally the zwitterionic multilayers (with intralayer hydrogen bonding). The important role of surface-mediated hydrogen bonding as the key for this universal three-stage growth process is demonstrated. This finding provides new insight into biomolecule-semiconductor surface interactions often found in biosensors and biomolecular electronic devices. We also establish the trends in the H-bond length among different types of the hydrogen bonding for dimolecular structures in the gas phase and on the Si(111)7×7 surface, the latter of which could be validated by their STM images. Finally, five simple rules of thumb are developed to summarize the adsorption properties of these proteinogenic biomolecules as mediated by hydrogen bonding, and they are expected to provide a helpful guide to future studies of larger biomolecules and their potential applications. PMID:27014956

  1. Os layers spontaneously deposited on the Pt(111) electrode : XPS, STM and GIF-XAS study.

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    Rhee, C. K.; Wakisaka, M.; Tolmachev, Y.; Johnston, C.; Haasch, R.; Attenkofer, K.; Lu, G. Q.; You, H.; Wieckowski, A.; Univ. of Illinois Champaigh-Urbana

    2003-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) characterized adlayers of spontaneously deposited osmium on a Pt(111) electrode were investigated using ex-situ X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and in-situ grazing incidence fluorescence X-ray absorption spectroscopy (GIF-XAS). After a single spontaneous deposition, monoatomic (or nearly monoatomic) nanoislands of osmium are formed. The island diameter varies from 2 to 5 nm depending on the Os coverage, which in turn is adjusted by varying the concentration of the Os precursor salt (OsCl3) in the deposition bath and/or by the deposition time. XPS reveals three oxidation states: a metallic Os (the 4f7/2 core level binding energy of 50.8 eV), Os(IV) (51.5 eV) and Os(VIII) (52.4 eV). The metallic osmium exists at potentials below 500 mV (vs. RHE) while above 500 mV osmium is oxidized to Os(IV). Electrodissolution of osmium begins above 900 mV and occurs simultaneously with platinum oxidation. At ca. 1200 mV V versus the RHE reference, the oxidation state of some small amounts of osmium that survive dissolution is the Os(VIII). We demonstrate, for the first time, that mixed or odd valencies of osmium exist on the platinum surface at potentials higher that 800 mV. In-situ GIF-XAS measurements of an Os LIII edge also reveal the presence of three Os oxidation states. Namely, below the electrode potential of 400 mV, the X-ray fluorescent energy at maximum absorption is 10.8765 keV, and is characteristic of the metallic Os. In the potential range between 500 and 1000 mV this energy is gradually shifted to higher values, assignable to higher valencies of osmium, like Os(IV). This tendency continues to higher potentials consistent with the third, highly oxidized osmium form present, most likely Os(VIII). The variation of the 'raw edge jump height' of Os with the electrode potential, which is equivalent to a drop in osmium surface concentration, demonstrates that the electrochemical stripping of Os begins below 1.0 V versus RHE, as

  2. Chemical and Electronic Structure Studies of Refractory and Dielectric Thin Films.

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    Corneille, Jason Stephen

    1300 K yielded a stoichiometric film of rm SiO_2. The suboxides are believed to further react with oxygen forming rm SiO_2 at an elevated temperature. The growth of thin metallic iron films on Mo(100) was characterized as a preliminary study to the synthesis of iron oxides. By varying the substrate temperature during either the post or in-situ oxidation process, oxide films consisting of virtually pure phases of rm Fe_2O_3 and FeO can be successfully obtained as well as intermediate phases including rm Fe_3O_4. In addition, fairly discrete phase changes were found corresponding to the thermally induced reduction of the higher oxides. The adsorption of diborane on clean Ru(0001) and on surfaces precovered by ammonia was studied to lay the groundwork for the synthesis of boron nitride thin films. Boron -nitrogen adlayers were formed by exposing B/Ru(0001) surfaces to 5-10 Torr of ammonia or by coadsorbing ammonia and diborane at 90K with subsequent annealing to 600K. The adlayers formed were rich in boron and decomposed at temperatures well above 1100K. Finally, the adsorption and pyrolysis of tetrakis -(dimethylamido)-titanium (TDMAT) on several metal surfaces was studied as a precursor to the synthesis of titanium nitride thin films. TDMAT was found to decompose readily above {~}{480K} on metallic substrates, producing films with high carbon content. However, in the presence of ammonia, well below the threshold of gas-phase reaction ({< }{10^{-4}} Torr), the growth of low carbon-content titanium nitride films proceeds readily, via surface mediated reaction(s) of TDMAT and ammonia between 550-750K. The effects of surface temperature and reagent pressures are reported and discussed.

  3. Strong electric fields at a prototypical oxide/water interface probed by ab initio molecular dynamics: MgO(001).

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    Laporte, Sara; Finocchi, Fabio; Paulatto, Lorenzo; Blanchard, Marc; Balan, Etienne; Guyot, François; Saitta, Antonino Marco

    2015-08-21

    We report a density-functional theory (DFT)-based study of the interface of bulk water with a prototypical oxide surface, MgO(001), and focus our study on the often-overlooked surface electric field. In particular, we observe that the bare MgO(001) surface, although charge-neutral and defectless, has an intense electric field on the Å scale. The MgO(001) surface covered with 1 water monolayer (1 ML) is investigated via a supercell accounting for the experimentally-observed (2 × 3) reconstruction, stable at ambient temperature, and in which two out of six water molecules are dissociated. This 1 ML-hydrated surface is also found to have a high, albeit short-ranged, normal component of the field. Finally, the oxide/water interface is studied via room-temperature ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) using 34 H2O molecules between two MgO(001) surfaces. To our best knowledge this is the first AIMD study of the MgO(001)/liquid water interface in which all atoms are treated using DFT and including several layers above the first adsorbed layer. We observe that the surface electric field, averaged over the AIMD trajectories, is still very strong on the fully-wet surface, peaking at about 3 V Å(-1). Even in the presence of bulk-like water, the structure of the first layer in contact with the surface remains similar to the (2 × 3)-reconstructed ice ad-layer on MgO(001). Moreover, we observe proton exchange within the first layer, and between the first and second layers - indeed, the O-O distances close to the surface are found to be distributed towards shorter distances, a property which has been shown to directly promote proton transfer.

  4. DNA bases assembled on the Au(110)/electrolyte interface: a combined experimental and theoretical study.

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    Salvatore, Princia; Nazmutdinov, Renat R; Ulstrup, Jens; Zhang, Jingdong

    2015-02-19

    Among the low-index single-crystal gold surfaces, the Au(110) surface is the most active toward molecular adsorption and the one with fewest electrochemical adsorption data reported. Cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemically controlled scanning tunneling microscopy (EC-STM), and density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been employed in the present study to address the adsorption of the four nucleobases adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), and thymine (T), on the Au(110)-electrode surface. Au(110) undergoes reconstruction to the (1 × 3) surface in electrochemical environment, accompanied by a pair of strong voltammetry peaks in the double-layer region in acid solutions. Adsorption of the DNA bases gives featureless voltammograms with lower double-layer capacitance, suggesting that all the bases are chemisorbed on the Au(110) surface. Further investigation of the surface structures of the adlayers of the four DNA bases by EC-STM disclosed lifting of the Au(110) reconstruction, specific molecular packing in dense monolayers, and pH dependence of the A and G adsorption. DFT computations based on a cluster model for the Au(110) surface were performed to investigate the adsorption energy and geometry of the DNA bases in different adsorbate orientations. The optimized geometry is further used to compute models for STM images which are compared with the recorded STM images. This has provided insight into the physical nature of the adsorption. The specific orientations of A, C, G, and T on Au(110) and the nature of the physical adsorbate/surface interaction based on the combination of the experimental and theoretical studies are proposed, and differences from nucleobase adsorption on Au(111)- and Au(100)-electrode surfaces are discussed.

  5. Effect of growth temperature on composition control for vapor deposition of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} precursor films

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    Liu, Chong; Wang, Lianhong; Shu, Yonghua; Fan, Jing

    2014-12-09

    This work aims at exploiting the role of growth temperature on the dynamic behavior of deposition atoms as well as its resultant impact on the composition control during the synthesis of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} precursor films by vapor codeposition. The codeposition of Yt, BaF{sub 2} and Cu is performed in vacuum chamber under a wide range of growth temperature from 25°C to 600°C, the mass of each element deposited on LaAlO{sub 3} substrate and thus the film composition is examined by the inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy. It is shown that the deposition amount of Cu decreases obviously with the increase of growth temperature; however, the mass of Yt and BaF{sub 2} deposited on the substrate appears to be insensitive to growth temperature. Moreover, high temperature may also trigger the influence of adsorbates composition on Cu desorption, and therefore the deposition amount of Cu decreases almost linearly as the mol fraction of BaF{sub 2} in the adlayers increases. Nevertheless, when the deposition is conducted at room temperature, the influence of mol fraction of BaF{sub 2} on Cu desorption vanishes. The detailed mechanisms associated with above phenomena are unveiled by molecular dynamics analysis, additionally the physical picture about adsorption behaviors on the growing interface under different deposition conditions is summarized, which is valuable for handling the composition control during the vapor codeposition of different functional films.

  6. Annealing-Induced Bi Bilayer on Bi2Te3 Investigated via Quasi-Particle-Interference Mapping.

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    Schouteden, Koen; Govaerts, Kirsten; Debehets, Jolien; Thupakula, Umamahesh; Chen, Taishi; Li, Zhe; Netsou, Asteriona; Song, Fengqi; Lamoen, Dirk; Van Haesendonck, Chris; Partoens, Bart; Park, Kyungwha

    2016-09-27

    Topological insulators (TIs) are renowned for their exotic topological surface states (TSSs) that reside in the top atomic layers, and hence, detailed knowledge of the surface top atomic layers is of utmost importance. Here we present the remarkable morphology changes of Bi2Te3 surfaces, which have been freshly cleaved in air, upon subsequent systematic annealing in ultrahigh vacuum and the resulting effects on the local and area-averaging electronic properties of the surface states, which are investigated by combining scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) experiments with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Our findings demonstrate that the annealing induces the formation of a Bi bilayer atop the Bi2Te3 surface. The adlayer results in n-type doping, and the atomic defects act as scattering centers of the TSS electrons. We also investigated the annealing-induced Bi bilayer surface on Bi2Te3 via voltage-dependent quasi-particle-interference (QPI) mapping of the surface local density of states and via comparison with the calculated constant-energy contours and QPI patterns. We observed closed hexagonal patterns in the Fourier transform of real-space QPI maps with secondary outer spikes. DFT calculations attribute these complex QPI patterns to the appearance of a "second" cone due to the surface charge transfer between the Bi bilayer and the Bi2Te3. Annealing in ultrahigh vacuum offers a facile route for tuning of the topological properties and may yield similar results for other topological materials. PMID:27584869

  7. Adsorption of Water on JSC-1A Lunar Simulant Samples

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    Goering, John; Sah, Shweta; Burghaus, Uwe; Street, Kenneth W.

    2008-01-01

    Remote sensing probes sent to the moon in the 1990s indicated that water may exist in areas such as the bottoms of deep, permanently shadowed craters at the lunar poles, buried under regolith. Water is of paramount importance for any lunar exploration and colonization project which would require self-sustainable systems. Therefore, investigating the interaction of water with lunar regolith is pertinent to future exploration. The lunar environment can be approximated in ultra-high vacuum systems such as those used in thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). Questions about water dissociation, surface wetting, degree of crystallization, details of water-ice transitions, and cluster formation kinetics can be addressed by TDS. Lunar regolith specimens collected during the Apollo missions are still available though precious, so testing with simulant is required before applying to use lunar regolith samples. Hence, we used for these studies JSC-1a, mostly an aluminosilicate glass and basaltic material containing substantial amounts of plagioclase, some olivine and traces of other minerals. Objectives of this project include: 1) Manufacturing samples using as little raw material as possible, allowing the use of surface chemistry and kinetics tools to determine the feasibility of parallel studies on regolith, and 2) Characterizing the adsorption kinetics of water on the regolith simulant. This has implications for the probability of finding water on the moon and, if present, for recovery techniques. For condensed water films, complex TDS data were obtained containing multiple features, which are related to subtle rearrangements of the water adlayer. Results from JSC-1a TDS studies indicate: 1) Water dissociation on JSC-1a at low exposures, with features detected at temperatures as high as 450 K and 2) The formation of 3D water clusters and a rather porous condensed water film. It appears plausible that the sub- m sized particles act as nucleation centers.

  8. Interaction of Co with an Fe(111) surface

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    Seip, U.; Tsai, M.-C.; Christmann, K.; Küppers, J.; Ertl, G.

    1984-04-01

    Adsorption of CO on Fe(111) below 300 K causes the appearance of three different non-dissociated species as distinguished by their CO stretch frequencies of about 1530 cm -1 (a), 1800 cm -1 (b), and 2000 cm -1 (c). At T ≳ 220 K the b-state is first filled up and saturates after 1.5 L exposure; upon increasing the temperature it partly desorbs around 400 K and partly dissociates. Recombination of the C and O atoms followed by CO desorption takes place at about 800 K. Above 1.5 L exposure the a- and c-states are occupied simultaneously; in the thermal desorption spectrum in turn they show up as a relatively broad shoulder at ˜ 340 K, which indicates similar adsorption energies for these two species. Saturation of the surface is reached after about 6 L exposure, which is paralleled by a continuous work function increase of up to Δφ = 1.6 eV. A high background intensity in the LEED pattern suggests substantial disorder in the adlayer. Evaluation of the TDS data yields about 2:1 population of the b- and (c + a)-states. The unusual low CO frequency of the a-state finds its analogues in reports on CO adsorption at stepped surfaces, as well as with complex compounds where the π-orbitals of the ligand directly interact with a neighboring metal atom. This species is therefore identified with adsorption in the "deep hollow" sites on the rather open Fe(111) surface. The b-state is tentatively attributed to the "shallow hollow" sites, and the c-state to adsorption on the "on top" sites.

  9. Evolution Operator and Energy Spectrum of a Quasiclassical Particle Interacting with Bosons:. Application to Atom Surface Scattering

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    Gumhalter, Branko; Kieron, Burke; Langreth, David C.

    scattering from dispersionless surface phonons in atomic adlayers.

  10. CO chemisorption and dissociation at high coverages during CO hydrogenation on Ru catalysts.

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    Loveless, Brett T; Buda, Corneliu; Neurock, Matthew; Iglesia, Enrique

    2013-04-24

    Density functional theory (DFT) and infrared spectroscopy results are combined with mechanism-based rate equations to assess the structure and thermodynamics of chemisorbed CO (CO*) and its activation during Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS). CO* binding becomes weaker with increasing coverage on Ru(0001) and Ru201 clusters, but such decreases in binding energy occur at higher coverages on Ru201 clusters than on Ru(0001) surfaces (CO*/Ru = 1.55 to 0.75); such differences appear to reflect weaker repulsive interactions on the curved surfaces prevalent on small Ru201 clusters. Ru201 clusters achieve stable supramonolayer coverages (CO*/Ru > 1) by forming geminal dicarbonyls at low-coordination corner/edge atoms. CO* infrared spectra on Ru/SiO2 (~7 nm diameter) detect mobile adlayers that anneal into denser structures at saturation. Mechanism-based FTS rate equations give activation energies that reflect the CO*-saturated surfaces prevalent during catalysis. DFT-derived barriers show that CO* predominantly reacts at (111) terraces via H-assisted reactions, consistent with measured effects of H2 and CO pressures and cluster size effects on rates and O-rejection selectivities. Barriers are much higher for unassisted CO* dissociation on (111) terraces and low-coordination atoms, including step-edge sites previously proposed as active sites for CO* dissociation during FTS. DFT-derived barriers indicate that unassisted CO* dissociation is irreversible, making such steps inconsistent with measured rates. The modest activation barriers of H-assisted CO* dissociation paths remove a requirement for special low-coordination sites for unassisted CO* activation, which is inconsistent with higher rates on larger clusters. These conclusions seem generally applicable to Co, Fe, and Ru catalysts, which show similar FTS rate equations and cluster size effects. This study also demonstrates the feasibility and relevance of DFT treatments on the curved and crowded cluster surfaces where

  11. DNA bases assembled on the Au(110)/electrolyte interface: a combined experimental and theoretical study.

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    Salvatore, Princia; Nazmutdinov, Renat R; Ulstrup, Jens; Zhang, Jingdong

    2015-02-19

    Among the low-index single-crystal gold surfaces, the Au(110) surface is the most active toward molecular adsorption and the one with fewest electrochemical adsorption data reported. Cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemically controlled scanning tunneling microscopy (EC-STM), and density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been employed in the present study to address the adsorption of the four nucleobases adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), and thymine (T), on the Au(110)-electrode surface. Au(110) undergoes reconstruction to the (1 × 3) surface in electrochemical environment, accompanied by a pair of strong voltammetry peaks in the double-layer region in acid solutions. Adsorption of the DNA bases gives featureless voltammograms with lower double-layer capacitance, suggesting that all the bases are chemisorbed on the Au(110) surface. Further investigation of the surface structures of the adlayers of the four DNA bases by EC-STM disclosed lifting of the Au(110) reconstruction, specific molecular packing in dense monolayers, and pH dependence of the A and G adsorption. DFT computations based on a cluster model for the Au(110) surface were performed to investigate the adsorption energy and geometry of the DNA bases in different adsorbate orientations. The optimized geometry is further used to compute models for STM images which are compared with the recorded STM images. This has provided insight into the physical nature of the adsorption. The specific orientations of A, C, G, and T on Au(110) and the nature of the physical adsorbate/surface interaction based on the combination of the experimental and theoretical studies are proposed, and differences from nucleobase adsorption on Au(111)- and Au(100)-electrode surfaces are discussed. PMID:25611676

  12. A survey of state-of-the-art surface chemistries to minimize fouling from human and animal biofluids.

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    Blaszykowski, Christophe; Sheikh, Sonia; Thompson, Michael

    2015-10-15

    Upon contact with bodily fluids, synthetic materials spontaneously acquire a layer of various species (most notably proteins) on their surface. The concern with respect to biomedical equipment, implants or devices resides in the possibility for biological processes with potentially harmful effects to ensue. In biosensor technology, the issue with this natural fouling phenomenon is that of non-specific adsorption to sensing platforms, which generates an often overwhelming interference signal that prevents the detection, not to mention the quantification, of target analytes present at considerably lower concentration. To alleviate this ubiquitous, recurrent problem - this genuine biotechnological plague - considerable research efforts have been devoted over the last few decades to engineer antifouling coatings. Extensive literature now exists that describes stealth organic adlayers capable of reducing fouling surface coverage Γ down to a few ng cm(-2)- however from biotechnologically irrelevant buffered solutions free or nearly depleted of any potentially interfering species. Regrettably indeed, few coatings are known to display/retain such level of performance when exposed to otherwise more complex, real-life biosamples (even diluted). Herein, we comprehensively review the state-of-the-art surface chemistries developed to date (January 2015) to minimize fouling from 8 such uncomparatively more challenging biological media (blood plasma, blood serum, cell lysate, cerebrospinal fluid, egg, milk, saliva, and urine) - whether of human or animal origin. Literature search for another 25 biological milieux generated no (exploitable) hit. Also discussed in this Review are the identification of the species responsible for fouling, and the dependence of antifouling properties on biosample source variability.

  13. Parallel kinetic Monte Carlo simulation framework incorporating accurate models of adsorbate lateral interactions

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    Nielsen, Jens; d'Avezac, Mayeul; Hetherington, James; Stamatakis, Michail

    2013-12-01

    Ab initio kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations have been successfully applied for over two decades to elucidate the underlying physico-chemical phenomena on the surfaces of heterogeneous catalysts. These simulations necessitate detailed knowledge of the kinetics of elementary reactions constituting the reaction mechanism, and the energetics of the species participating in the chemistry. The information about the energetics is encoded in the formation energies of gas and surface-bound species, and the lateral interactions between adsorbates on the catalytic surface, which can be modeled at different levels of detail. The majority of previous works accounted for only pairwise-additive first nearest-neighbor interactions. More recently, cluster-expansion Hamiltonians incorporating long-range interactions and many-body terms have been used for detailed estimations of catalytic rate [C. Wu, D. J. Schmidt, C. Wolverton, and W. F. Schneider, J. Catal. 286, 88 (2012)]. In view of the increasing interest in accurate predictions of catalytic performance, there is a need for general-purpose KMC approaches incorporating detailed cluster expansion models for the adlayer energetics. We have addressed this need by building on the previously introduced graph-theoretical KMC framework, and we have developed Zacros, a FORTRAN2003 KMC package for simulating catalytic chemistries. To tackle the high computational cost in the presence of long-range interactions we introduce parallelization with OpenMP. We further benchmark our framework by simulating a KMC analogue of the NO oxidation system established by Schneider and co-workers [J. Catal. 286, 88 (2012)]. We show that taking into account only first nearest-neighbor interactions may lead to large errors in the prediction of the catalytic rate, whereas for accurate estimates thereof, one needs to include long-range terms in the cluster expansion.

  14. Origin of Asymmetry of Paired Nanogap Voltammograms Based on Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy: Contamination Not Adsorption.

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    Chen, Ran; Balla, Ryan J; Li, Zhiting; Liu, Haitao; Amemiya, Shigeru

    2016-08-16

    Formation of a nanometer-wide gap between tip and substrate electrodes by scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) enables voltammetric measurement of ultrafast electron-transfer kinetics. Herein, we demonstrate the advantage of SECM-based nanogap voltammetry to assess the cleanness of the substrate surface in solution by confirming that airborne contamination of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) causes the nonideal asymmetry of paired nanogap voltammograms of (ferrocenylmethyl)trimethylammonium (Fc(+)). We hypothesize that the amperometric response of a 1 μm-diameter Pt tip is less enhanced in the feedback mode, where more hydrophilic Fc(2+) is generated from Fc(+) at the tip and reduced voltammetrically at the HOPG surface covered with airborne hydrophobic contaminants. The tip current is more enhanced in the substrate generation/tip collection mode, where less charged Fc(+) is oxidized at the contaminated HOPG surface. In fact, symmetric pairs of nanogap voltammograms are obtained with the cleaner HOPG surface that is exfoliated in humidified air and covered with a nanometer-thick water adlayer to suppress airborne contamination. This result disproves a misconception that the asymmetry of paired nanogap voltammograms is due to electron exchange mediated by Fc(2+) adsorbed on the glass sheath of the tip. Moreover, weak Fc(+) adsorption on the HOPG surface causes only the small hysteresis of each voltammogram upon forward and reverse sweeps of the HOPG potential. Significantly, no Fc(2+) adsorption on the HOPG surface ensures that the simple outer-sphere pathway mediates ultrafast electron transfer of the Fc(2+/+) couple with standard rate constants of ≥12 cm/s as estimated from symmetric pairs of reversible nanogap voltammograms.

  15. In-Situ Characterization of Electrode-Solution Interfacial Processes by Atomic-Resolution Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy.

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    Gao, Xiaoping

    1992-01-01

    The author's research is directed towards the atomic-molecular-level understanding of electrochemical interfacial processes, utilizing in-situ atomic-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). The majority of this research effort has focussed on a systematic STM study of potential -induced surface reconstruction of gold single crystal electrodes and combined atomic-resolution STM and surface vibrational spectroscopy as in-situ probes of molecular adsorption and electrooxidation on metal electrodes. We have demonstrated for the first time that truly atomic-resolution STM images of gold surface reconstruction and molecular transformation can be observed at electrochemical interfaces under potential control conditions. The findings illustrate in a more general vein the power of STM for elucidating previously unobtainable details of surface atomic structure at electrochemical interfaces. The STM study shows that Au(111), (100), (110), (311), and (533) are observed to undergo reconstruction at the potentials corresponding to small (ca. 10-15 muc cm^{-2}) negative electrode charges. Some information regarding the mechanisms of the changes in atomic density required for reconstruction can be obtained from time- and potential -dependent sequences of STM images. In-situ potential-dependent STM studies of electrochemical processes of sulfide and iodide on Au(111), carbon monoxide on Rh(111) and (110) in aqueous solutions have been carried out and compared with SER spectra or infrared spectra. The details of potential-dependent adlayer structures and the formation of electrooxidation products, such as S _8 rings, polyiodide chains and crystal films, were observed and the results are in good agreement with the surface vibrational spectra. The orientation of adsorbed benzene and monosubstituted benzenes on gold electrodes have also been studied using SER spectroscopy. The results provide strong evidence that SERS selection

  16. Interactions of N2O5 and related nitrogen oxides with ice surfaces: desorption kinetics and collision dynamics.

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    Romero Lejonthun, Liza S E; Andersson, Patrik U; Hallquist, Mattias; Thomson, Erik S; Pettersson, Jan B C

    2014-11-26

    The detailed interactions of nitrogen oxides with ice are of fundamental interest and relevance for chemistry in cold regions of the atmosphere. Here, the interactions of NO, NO2, N2O4, and N2O5 with ice surfaces at temperatures between 93 and 180 K are investigated with molecular beam techniques. Surface collisions are observed to result in efficient transfer of kinetic energy and trapping of molecules on the ice surfaces. NO and NO2 rapidly desorb from pure ice with upper bounds for the surface binding energies of 0.16 ± 0.02 and 0.26 ± 0.03 eV, respectively. Above 150 K, N2O4 desorption follows first-order kinetics and is well described by the Arrhenius parameters Ea = 0.39 ± 0.04 eV and A = 10((15.4±1.2)) s(-1), while a stable N2O4 adlayer is formed at lower temperatures. A fraction of incoming N2O5 reacts to form HNO3 on the ice surface. The N2O5 desorption rates are substantially lower on pure water ice (Arrhenius parameters: Ea = 0.36 ± 0.02 eV; A = 10((15.3±0.7)) s(-1)) than on HNO3-covered ice (Ea = 0.24 ± 0.02 eV; A = 10((11.5±0.7)) s(-1)). The N2O5 desorption kinetics also sensitively depend on the sub-monolayer coverage of HNO3, with a minimum in N2O5 desorption rate at a low but finite coverage of HNO3. The studies show that none of the systems with resolvable desorption kinetics undergo ordinary desorption from ice, and instead desorption likely involves two or more surface states, with additional complexity added by coadsorbed molecules.

  17. A colorimetric method for the molecular weight determination of polyethylene glycol using gold nanoparticles

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    Ling, Kai; Jiang, Hongyan; Zhang, Qiqing

    2013-12-01

    A gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-based colorimetric method was developed for the molecular weight (MW) determination of polyethylene glycol (PEG), a commonly used hydrophilic polymer. Addition of a salt solution to PEG-coated AuNP solutions helps in screening the electrostatic repulsion between nanoparticles and generating a color change of the solutions from wine red to blue in 10 min in accordance with the MW of PEG, which illustrates the different stability degrees (SDs) of the AuNPs. The SDs are calculated by the absorbance ratios of the stable to the aggregated AuNPs in the solution. The root mean square end-to-end length (< h 2>1/2) of PEG molecules shows a linear fit to the SDs of the PEG-coated AuNPs in a range of 1.938 ± 0.156 to 10.151 ± 0.176 nm. According to the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek theory, the reason for this linear relationship is that the thickness of the PEG adlayer is roughly equivalent to the < h 2>1/2 of the PEG molecules in solution, which determines the SDs of the AuNPs. Subsequently, the MW of the PEG can be obtained from its < h 2>1/2 using a mathematical relationship between < h 2>1/2 and MW of PEG molecule. Applying this approach, we determined the < h 2>1/2 and the MW of four PEG samples according to their absorbance values from the ordinary ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometric measurements. Therefore, the MW of PEG can be distinguished straightforwardly by visual inspection and determined by spectrophotometry. This novel approach is simple, rapid, and sensitive.

  18. Image potential states at metal-dielectric interfaces

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    Merry, W.R. Jr.

    1992-04-01

    Angle-resolved two-photon laser photoemission was used to observe the image potential electronic states on the (111) face of a silver single crystal. The transient image potential states were excited from the occupied bulk bands with photons whose energy was tunable around 4 eV. Photoemission of the image potential states was accomplished with photons of energy tunable around 2 eV. Image potential states were found to persist in the presence of physisorbed adlayers of xenon and cyclohexane. On clean Ag(111), the effective mass of the n=1 image potential state was found to be 1.4{plus minus}0.1 times the mass of a free electron (m{sub e}). A binding energy of 0.77 eV, measured by earlier workers, was assumed in analysis of the data for the clean surface. On Ag(111), at 75 K covered by one monolayer of xenon, the binding energy of the n=1 image potential state was unchanged relative to its value on the clean surface. An effective mass of (1.00{plus minus}0.05) {center dot} m{sub e} was obtained. On Ag(111) at 167 K, covered by one monolayer of cyclohexane, the binding energy of the n=2 member of the image potential series was 0.30{plus minus}0.05 eV. The energy of the n=1 state was again unchanged by deposition of the adsorbate. The effective masses of both states were (0.90{plus minus}0.1) {center dot} m{sub e}.

  19. Image potential states at metal-dielectric interfaces

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    Merry, W.R. Jr.

    1992-04-01

    Angle-resolved two-photon laser photoemission was used to observe the image potential electronic states on the (111) face of a silver single crystal. The transient image potential states were excited from the occupied bulk bands with photons whose energy was tunable around 4 eV. Photoemission of the image potential states was accomplished with photons of energy tunable around 2 eV. Image potential states were found to persist in the presence of physisorbed adlayers of xenon and cyclohexane. On clean Ag(111), the effective mass of the n=1 image potential state was found to be 1.4{plus_minus}0.1 times the mass of a free electron (m{sub e}). A binding energy of 0.77 eV, measured by earlier workers, was assumed in analysis of the data for the clean surface. On Ag(111), at 75 K covered by one monolayer of xenon, the binding energy of the n=1 image potential state was unchanged relative to its value on the clean surface. An effective mass of (1.00{plus_minus}0.05) {center_dot} m{sub e} was obtained. On Ag(111) at 167 K, covered by one monolayer of cyclohexane, the binding energy of the n=2 member of the image potential series was 0.30{plus_minus}0.05 eV. The energy of the n=1 state was again unchanged by deposition of the adsorbate. The effective masses of both states were (0.90{plus_minus}0.1) {center_dot} m{sub e}.

  20. Advances in sublimation studies for particles of explosives

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    Furstenberg, Robert; Nguyen, Viet; Fischer, Thomas; Abrishami, Tara; Papantonakis, Michael; Kendziora, Chris; Mott, David R.; McGill, R. Andrew

    2015-05-01

    When handling explosives, or related surfaces, the hands routinely become contaminated with particles of explosives and related materials. Subsequent contact with a solid surface results in particle crushing and deposition. These particles provide an evidentiary trail which is useful for security applications. As such, the opto-physico-chemical characteristics of these particles are critical to trace explosives detection applications in DOD or DHS arenas. As the persistence of these particles is vital to their forensic exploitation, it is important to understand which factors influence their persistence. The longevity or stability of explosives particles on a substrate is a function of several environmental parameters or particle properties including: Vapor pressure, particle geometry, airflow, particle field size, substrate topography, humidity, reactivity, adlayers, admixtures, particle areal density, and temperature. In this work we deposited particles of 2,4-dinitrotoluene on standard microscopy glass slides by particle sieving and studied their sublimation as a function of airflow velocity, areal particle density and particle field size. Analysis of 2D microscopic images was used to compute and track particle size and geometrical characteristics. The humidity, temperature and substrate type were kept constant for each experiment. A custom airflow cell, using standard microscopy glass slide, allowed in-situ photomicroscopy. Areal particle densities and airflow velocities were selected to provide relevant loadings and flow velocities for a range of potential applications. For a chemical of interest, we define the radial sublimation velocity (RSV) for the equivalent sphere of a particle as the parameter to characterize the sublimation rate. The RSV is a useful parameter because it is independent of particle size. The sublimation rate for an ensemble of particles was found to significantly depend on airflow velocity, the areal density of the particles, and the

  1. Oxygen-free conversion of methane to higher hydrocarbons through a dual-temperature two-step reaction sequence on platinum and ruthenium. 2: Removal of products at a fixed temperature

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    Amariglio, H.; Belgued, M.; Pareja, P.; Amariglio, A.

    1998-07-01

    In order to study the effect of the temperature (T{sub CH{sub 4}}) at which the catalysts were exposed to CH{sub 4} upon the C{sub 2+} products of the further hydrogenation, the latter process was conducted at a fixed temperature (T{sub H{sub 2}}) while different values were ascribed to T{sub CH{sub 4}} in a set of successive experiments. T{sub CH{sub 4}} did not exceed 320 C. Different sets were effected, corresponding to different values of T{sub H{sub 2}} (from room temperature to 200 C). If T{sub H{sub 2}} {le} 120 C hydrogenolysis was negligible, so that the variations of the production were only due to the changes affecting the adlayer. On both catalysts and at every value of T{sub H{sub 2}}, the production displayed a maximum versus T{sub CH{sub 4}}. On Pt, the selectivity to ethane and propane at a given T{sub H{sub 2}} monotonically decreased when T{sub CH{sub 4}} increased while that corresponding to the heavier products (C{sub 6}-C{sub 8}) increased. In contrast, on Ru, the selectivities to ethane and propane exhibited a minimum versus T{sub CH{sub 4}} while those to heptanes and octanes exhibited a maximum. The results are interpreted by assuming that, during the chemisorption of CH{sub 4}, several families of hydrocarbon precursors of different weights and shapes are formed on the metal surfaces. It must be assumed that, on Pt, the average weight of the precursors was an increasing function of T{sub CH{sub 4}}, whereas on Ru it displayed an optimum in the upper part of the explored range of T{sub CH{sub 4}}. No appreciable amount of unreactive carbon was formed under the conditions of the described experiments.

  2. Comparison of the adsorption kinetics and surface arrangement of "as received" and purified bovine submaxillary gland mucin (BSM) on hydrophilic surfaces.

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    Lundin, Maria; Sandberg, Tomas; Caldwell, Karin D; Blomberg, Eva

    2009-08-01

    The effect of bovine serum albumin (BSA) as impurity in a commercial bovine submaxillary gland mucin preparation (BSM; Sigma M3895) on the adsorption of BSM to hydrophilic surfaces (mica and silica) has been studied in terms of adsorption kinetics, amount and structure of the formed adlayer. The Surface Force Apparatus (SFA) was used to gain information about the extended and compressed structure of adsorbed "as received" BSM, purified BSM, BSA extracted from the "as received" BSM and mixtures of the latter purified proteins. The adsorbed amount was estimated using a combination of X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Enzyme-Linked Immuno Sorbent Assay (ELISA), Enzyme-Linked Lectin Assay (ELLA), Dual Polarization Interferometry (DPI) and Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM-D) measurements. Under the used conditions, purified BSM showed very low affinity for silica and only small amounts were found to adsorb on mica. Initially, the BSM molecules adopted an extended conformation on the mica surface with tails extending into the bulk phase. These tails were irreversibly compressed into a very thin (10A) layer upon applying a high load. "As received" BSM formed considerably thicker compressed layers (35A); however, the extended layer structure was qualitatively the same. When mixtures of purified BSM and BSA were coadsorbed on mica, a 9wt-% albumin content gave a comparable layer thickness as the "as received" BSM and from XPS data we draw the conclusion that the albumin content in the layer adsorbed from "as received" BSM was approximately 5wt-%. Adsorption from an equal amount of BSM and BSA revealed that even though the amount of BSM is scarce in the mixed layer, the few BSM molecules have a drastic effect on the adsorbed thickness and structure. Clearly, this study shows the importance of characterizing the mucin used since differences in purity give rise to different adsorption behaviours in terms of both adsorbed amount and layer structure.

  3. Investigation of the Behavior of Ethylene Molecular Films Using High Resolution Adsorp

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    Barbour, Andi M; Telling, Mark T.; Larese, John Z

    2010-01-01

    The wetting behavior of ethylene adsorbed on MgO(100) was investigated from 83-135 K using high resolution volumetric adsorption isotherms. The results are compared to ethylene adsorption on graphite, a prototype adsorption system, in an effort to gain further insight into the forces that drive the observed film growth. Layering transitions for ethylene on MgO(100) are observed below the bulk triple point of ethylene (T=104.0 K). The formation of three discrete adlayers is observed on the MgO(100) surface; onset of the second and third layers occurs at 79.2 ( 1.3 K and 98.3(0.9 K, respectively. Thermodynamic quantities such as differential enthalpy and entropy, heat of adsorption, and isosteric heat of adsorption are determined and compared to the previously published values for ethylene on graphite. The average area occupied by a ethylene molecule on MgO(100) is 22.6 ( 1.1A 2 molecule-1. The locations of two phase transitions are identified (i.e., layer critical temperatures at Tc2 (n=1) at 108.6 ( 1.7 K and Tc2 (n=2) at 116.5 ( 1.2 K) and a phase diagram is proposed. Preliminary neutron diffraction measurements reveal evidence of a monolayer solid with a lattice constant of 4.2A . High resolution INS measurements show that the onset to dynamical motion and monolayer melting take place at 35 K and 65 K, respectively. The data reported here exhibit a striking similarity to ethylene on graphite which suggests that molecule-molecule interactions play an important role in determining the physical properties and growth of molecularly thin ethylene films.

  4. Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide-Modified Spherical and Cube-Like Gold Nanoparticles as Extrinsic Raman Lables in Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Based Heterogeneous Immunoassays

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    Narayanan, R.; Lipert, R.; Porter, M.

    2008-02-22

    This paper reports on the characterization and preliminary comparison of gold nanoparticles of differing surface modification and shape when used as extrinsic Raman labels (ERLs) in high-sensitivity heterogeneous immunoassays based on surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). ERLs are gold nanoparticles coated with an adlayer of an intrinsically strong Raman scatterer, followed by a coating of a molecular recognition element (e.g., antibody). Three types of ERLs, all with a nominal size of {approx}30 nm, were fabricated by using spherical citrate-capped gold nanoparticles (sp-cit-Au NPs), spherical CTAB-capped gold nanoparticles (sp-CTAB-Au NPs), or cube-like CTAB-capped gold nanoparticles (cu-CTAB-Au NPs) as cores. The performance of these particles was assessed via a sandwich immunoassay for human IgG in phosphate buffered saline. The ERLs fabricated with sp-CTAB-Au NPs as cores proved to be more than 50 times more sensitive than those with sp-cit-Au NPs as cores; the same comparison showed that the ERLs with cu-CTAB-Au NPs as cores were close to 200 times more sensitive. Coupled with small differences in levels of nonspecific adsorption, these sensitivities translated to a limit of detection (LOD) of 94, 2.3, and 0.28 ng/mL, respectively, for the detection of human IgG in the case of sp-cit-Au NPs, sp-CTAB-Au NPs, and cu-CTAB-Au NPs. The LOD of the cu-CTAB-Au NPs is therefore {approx}340 times below that for the sp-cit-Au NPs. Potential applications of these labels to bioassays are briefly discussed.

  5. Structural and surface coverage effects on CO oxidation reaction over carbon-supported Pt nanoparticles studied by quadrupole mass spectrometry and diffuse reflectance FTIR spectroscopy.

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    Cheah, Seng Kian; Bernardet, Véronique P; Franco, Alejandro A; Lemaire, Olivier; Gelin, Patrick

    2016-06-01

    The CO oxidation reaction on carbon-supported Pt nanoparticles (average size of 2.8 to 7.7 nm) was studied under flowing conditions at atmospheric pressure and temperatures between 300 and 353 K by coupling quadrupole mass spectrometry (QMS) and diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS). The Pt loading was varied between 20 and 60 wt%. Gases diluted in He (0.5 mol%) were used together with Ar as a tracer. Reactions with CO and O2 introduced separately onto the samples were studied by QMS, applying successive step changes of the reaction mixtures. Variations in the rate of the reactions were observed and correlated with changes of the calculated coverage of the Pt surface by CO and/or O adspecies at varying steps of the experiment. The transient reaction of CO(g) with adsorbed O (Oad) was fast and mass transport-limited while that of O2(g) with adsorbed CO (COad) was sluggish. Following the same experimental procedures, FTIR spectra of adsorbed CO after varying steps were recorded, confirming the variations of COad and Oad as determined by QMS and indicating changes in the CO distribution over varying types of Pt surface sites. The influence of the adlayer composition (co-adsorption of COad and Oad), the particle size/structure and some possible surface reconstruction effects on the CO oxidation rate were evidenced and discussed. The structure of the Pt nanoparticles supported on carbon appears as an important factor for the efficiency of the so-called O2 bleeding as a CO mitigation strategy in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. PMID:27212705

  6. Interactions between glycine and amorphous solid water nanoscale films

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    Tzvetkov, George; Koller, Georg; Netzer, Falko P.

    2012-12-01

    The interactions of glycine (Gly) with amorphous solid water (ASW) nanolayers (≤ 100 ML), vapor-deposited on single crystalline AlOx surfaces at 100 K, have been investigated by near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS) at the oxygen K-edge, temperature-programmed thermal desorption (TPD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and temperature-dependent work function measurements. Gly-on-ASW, ASW-on-Gly, and Gly on top of ASW-on-Gly ultrathin films have been fabricated. In contrast to the uniform ASW films grown directly on the hydrophilic AlOx, water molecules adsorb on the hydrophobic Gly films in the form of 3D ASW clusters. This leads to significant differences in the NEXAFS and work function data obtained from ASW-on-AlOx and ASW-on-Gly films, respectively. Furthermore, these structural differences influence the chemical state of Gly molecules (neutral vs. zwitterionic) adsorbed on top of ASW films. N1s XPS measurements revealed an increased amount of neutral Gly molecules in the film top-deposited on the ASW-on-Gly structure in comparison to the neutral Gly in the films directly condensed on AlOx or grown on the ASW substrate. H2O TPD spectra demonstrate that the crystallization and desorption processes of ASW are affected in a different way by the Gly layers, top-deposited on to ASW-on-AlOx and ASW-on-Gly films. At the same time, Gly adlayers sink into the ASW film during crystallization/desorption of the latter and land softly on the alumina surface in the form of zwitterionic clusters.

  7. Direct observation of electron propagation and dielectric screening on the atomic length scale.

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    Neppl, S; Ernstorfer, R; Cavalieri, A L; Lemell, C; Wachter, G; Magerl, E; Bothschafter, E M; Jobst, M; Hofstetter, M; Kleineberg, U; Barth, J V; Menzel, D; Burgdörfer, J; Feulner, P; Krausz, F; Kienberger, R

    2015-01-15

    The propagation and transport of electrons in crystals is a fundamental process pertaining to the functioning of most electronic devices. Microscopic theories describe this phenomenon as being based on the motion of Bloch wave packets. These wave packets are superpositions of individual Bloch states with the group velocity determined by the dispersion of the electronic band structure near the central wavevector in momentum space. This concept has been verified experimentally in artificial superlattices by the observation of Bloch oscillations--periodic oscillations of electrons in real and momentum space. Here we present a direct observation of electron wave packet motion in a real-space and real-time experiment, on length and time scales shorter than the Bloch oscillation amplitude and period. We show that attosecond metrology (1 as = 10(-18) seconds) now enables quantitative insight into weakly disturbed electron wave packet propagation on the atomic length scale without being hampered by scattering effects, which inevitably occur over macroscopic propagation length scales. We use sub-femtosecond (less than 10(-15) seconds) extreme-ultraviolet light pulses to launch photoelectron wave packets inside a tungsten crystal that is covered by magnesium films of varied, well-defined thicknesses of a few ångströms. Probing the moment of arrival of the wave packets at the surface with attosecond precision reveals free-electron-like, ballistic propagation behaviour inside the magnesium adlayer--constituting the semi-classical limit of Bloch wave packet motion. Real-time access to electron transport through atomic layers and interfaces promises unprecedented insight into phenomena that may enable the scaling of electronic and photonic circuits to atomic dimensions. In addition, this experiment allows us to determine the penetration depth of electrical fields at optical frequencies at solid interfaces on the atomic scale. PMID:25592539

  8. A survey of state-of-the-art surface chemistries to minimize fouling from human and animal biofluids.

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    Blaszykowski, Christophe; Sheikh, Sonia; Thompson, Michael

    2015-10-15

    Upon contact with bodily fluids, synthetic materials spontaneously acquire a layer of various species (most notably proteins) on their surface. The concern with respect to biomedical equipment, implants or devices resides in the possibility for biological processes with potentially harmful effects to ensue. In biosensor technology, the issue with this natural fouling phenomenon is that of non-specific adsorption to sensing platforms, which generates an often overwhelming interference signal that prevents the detection, not to mention the quantification, of target analytes present at considerably lower concentration. To alleviate this ubiquitous, recurrent problem - this genuine biotechnological plague - considerable research efforts have been devoted over the last few decades to engineer antifouling coatings. Extensive literature now exists that describes stealth organic adlayers capable of reducing fouling surface coverage Γ down to a few ng cm(-2)- however from biotechnologically irrelevant buffered solutions free or nearly depleted of any potentially interfering species. Regrettably indeed, few coatings are known to display/retain such level of performance when exposed to otherwise more complex, real-life biosamples (even diluted). Herein, we comprehensively review the state-of-the-art surface chemistries developed to date (January 2015) to minimize fouling from 8 such uncomparatively more challenging biological media (blood plasma, blood serum, cell lysate, cerebrospinal fluid, egg, milk, saliva, and urine) - whether of human or animal origin. Literature search for another 25 biological milieux generated no (exploitable) hit. Also discussed in this Review are the identification of the species responsible for fouling, and the dependence of antifouling properties on biosample source variability. PMID:26215763

  9. Structural and surface coverage effects on CO oxidation reaction over carbon-supported Pt nanoparticles studied by quadrupole mass spectrometry and diffuse reflectance FTIR spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Cheah, Seng Kian; Bernardet, Véronique P; Franco, Alejandro A; Lemaire, Olivier; Gelin, Patrick

    2016-06-01

    The CO oxidation reaction on carbon-supported Pt nanoparticles (average size of 2.8 to 7.7 nm) was studied under flowing conditions at atmospheric pressure and temperatures between 300 and 353 K by coupling quadrupole mass spectrometry (QMS) and diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS). The Pt loading was varied between 20 and 60 wt%. Gases diluted in He (0.5 mol%) were used together with Ar as a tracer. Reactions with CO and O2 introduced separately onto the samples were studied by QMS, applying successive step changes of the reaction mixtures. Variations in the rate of the reactions were observed and correlated with changes of the calculated coverage of the Pt surface by CO and/or O adspecies at varying steps of the experiment. The transient reaction of CO(g) with adsorbed O (Oad) was fast and mass transport-limited while that of O2(g) with adsorbed CO (COad) was sluggish. Following the same experimental procedures, FTIR spectra of adsorbed CO after varying steps were recorded, confirming the variations of COad and Oad as determined by QMS and indicating changes in the CO distribution over varying types of Pt surface sites. The influence of the adlayer composition (co-adsorption of COad and Oad), the particle size/structure and some possible surface reconstruction effects on the CO oxidation rate were evidenced and discussed. The structure of the Pt nanoparticles supported on carbon appears as an important factor for the efficiency of the so-called O2 bleeding as a CO mitigation strategy in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells.

  10. Mannose-based molecular patterns on stealth microspheres for receptor-specific targeting of human antigen-presenting cells.

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    Wattendorf, Uta; Coullerez, Géraldine; Vörös, Janos; Textor, Marcus; Merkle, Hans P

    2008-10-21

    The targeting of antigen-presenting cells has recently gained strong attention for both targeted vaccine delivery and immunomodulation. We prepared surface-modified stealth microspheres that display various mannose-based ligands at graded ligand densities to target phagocytic C-type lectin receptors (CLRs) on human dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages. Decoration of microspheres with carbohydrate ligands was achieved (i) by electrostatic surface assembly of mannan onto previously formed adlayers of poly( l-lysine) (PLL) or a mix of PLL and poly( l-lysine)- graft-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLL-PEG), or (ii) through assembly of PLL-PEG equipped with small substructure mannoside ligands, such as mono- and trimannose, as terminal substitution of the PEG chains. Microspheres carrying mannoside ligands were also studied in combination with an integrin-targeting RGD peptide ligand. Because of the presence of a mannan or PEG corona, such microspheres were protected against protein adsorption and opsonization, thus allowing the formation of specific ligand-receptor interactions. Mannoside density was the major factor for the phagocytosis of mannoside-decorated microspheres, although with limited efficiency. This strengthens the recent hypothesis by other authors that the mannose receptor (MR) only acts as a phagocytic receptor when in conjunction with yet unidentified partner receptor(s). Analysis of DC surface markers for maturation revealed that neither surface-assembled mannan nor mannoside-modified surfaces on the microspheres could stimulate DC maturation. Thus, phagocytosis upon recognition by CLRs alone cannot trigger DC activation toward a T helper response. The microparticulate platform established in this work represents a promising tool for systematic investigations of specific ligand-receptor interactions upon phagocytosis, including the screening for potential ligands and ligand combinations in the context of vaccine delivery and immunomodulation.

  11. Surface chemical deposition of advanced electronic materials

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    Bjelkevig, Cameron

    The focus of this work was to examine the direct plating of Cu on Ru diffusion barriers for use in interconnect technology and the substrate mediated growth of graphene on boron nitride for use in advanced electronic applications. The electrodeposition of Cu on Ru(0001) and polycrystalline substrates (with and without pretreatment in an iodine containing solution) has been studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV), current--time transient measurements (CTT), in situ electrochemical atomic force microscopy (EC-AFM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The EC-AFM data show that at potentials near the OPD/UPD threshold, Cu crystallites exhibit pronounced growth anisotropy, with lateral dimensions greatly exceeding vertical dimensions. XPS measurements confirmed the presence and stability of adsorbed I on the Ru surface following pre-treatment in a KI/H2SO4 solution and following polarization to at least -200 mV vs. Ag/AgCl. CV data of samples pre-reduced in I-containing electrolyte exhibited a narrow Cu deposition peak in the overpotential region and a UPD peak. The kinetics of the electrodeposited Cu films was investigated by CTT measurements and applied to theoretical models of nucleation. The data indicated that a protective I adlayer may be deposited on an airexposed Ru electrode as the oxide surface is electrochemically reduced, and that this layer will inhibit reformation of an oxide during the Cu electroplating process. A novel method for epitaxial graphene growth directly on a dielectric substrate of systematically variable thickness was studied. Mono/multilayers of BN(111) were grown on Ru(0001) by atomic layer deposition (ALD), exhibiting a flat (non-nanomesh) R30(✓3x✓3) structure. BN(111) was used as a template for growth of graphene by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of C2H4 at 1000 K. Characterization by LEED, Auger, STM/STS and Raman indicate the graphene is in registry with the BN substrate, and exhibits a HOPG-like 0 eV bandgap density

  12. The Impact of Back-Sputtered Carbon on the Accelerator Grid Wear Rates of the NEXT and NSTAR Ion Thrusters

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    Soulas, George C.

    2013-01-01

    A study was conducted to quantify the impact of back-sputtered carbon on the downstream accelerator grid erosion rates of the NEXT (NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster) Long Duration Test (LDT1). A similar analysis that was conducted for the NSTAR (NASA's Solar Electric Propulsion Technology Applications Readiness Program) Life Demonstration Test (LDT2) was used as a foundation for the analysis developed herein. A new carbon surface coverage model was developed that accounted for multiple carbon adlayers before complete surface coverage is achieved. The resulting model requires knowledge of more model inputs, so they were conservatively estimated using the results of past thin film sputtering studies and particle reflection predictions. In addition, accelerator current densities across the grid were rigorously determined using an ion optics code to determine accelerator current distributions and an algorithm to determine beam current densities along a grid using downstream measurements. The improved analysis was applied to the NSTAR test results for evaluation. The improved analysis demonstrated that the impact of back-sputtered carbon on pit and groove wear rate for the NSTAR LDT2 was negligible throughout most of eroded grid radius. The improved analysis also predicted the accelerator current density for transition from net erosion to net deposition considerably more accurately than the original analysis. The improved analysis was used to estimate the impact of back-sputtered carbon on the accelerator grid pit and groove wear rate of the NEXT Long Duration Test (LDT1). Unlike the NSTAR analysis, the NEXT analysis was more challenging because the thruster was operated for extended durations at various operating conditions and was unavailable for measurements because the test is ongoing. As a result, the NEXT LDT1 estimates presented herein are considered preliminary until the results of future posttest analyses are incorporated. The worst-case impact of carbon back

  13. The Impact of Back-Sputtered Carbon on the Accelerator Grid Wear Rates of the NEXT and NSTAR Ion Thrusters

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    Soulas, George C.

    2013-01-01

    A study was conducted to quantify the impact of back-sputtered carbon on the downstream accelerator grid erosion rates of the NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) Long Duration Test (LDT1). A similar analysis that was conducted for the NASA's Solar Electric Propulsion Technology Applications Readiness Program (NSTAR) Life Demonstration Test (LDT2) was used as a foundation for the analysis developed herein. A new carbon surface coverage model was developed that accounted for multiple carbon adlayers before complete surface coverage is achieved. The resulting model requires knowledge of more model inputs, so they were conservatively estimated using the results of past thin film sputtering studies and particle reflection predictions. In addition, accelerator current densities across the grid were rigorously determined using an ion optics code to determine accelerator current distributions and an algorithm to determine beam current densities along a grid using downstream measurements. The improved analysis was applied to the NSTAR test results for evaluation. The improved analysis demonstrated that the impact of back-sputtered carbon on pit and groove wear rate for the NSTAR LDT2 was negligible throughout most of eroded grid radius. The improved analysis also predicted the accelerator current density for transition from net erosion to net deposition considerably more accurately than the original analysis. The improved analysis was used to estimate the impact of back-sputtered carbon on the accelerator grid pit and groove wear rate of the NEXT Long Duration Test (LDT1). Unlike the NSTAR analysis, the NEXT analysis was more challenging because the thruster was operated for extended durations at various operating conditions and was unavailable for measurements because the test is ongoing. As a result, the NEXT LDT1 estimates presented herein are considered preliminary until the results of future post-test analyses are incorporated. The worst-case impact of carbon

  14. Utilizing a Key Aptamer Structure-Switching Mechanism for the Ultrahigh Frequency Detection of Cocaine.

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    Neves, Miguel A D; Blaszykowski, Christophe; Thompson, Michael

    2016-03-15

    Aptasensing of small molecules remains a challenge as detection often requires the use of labels or signal amplification methodologies, resulting in both difficult-to-prepare sensor platforms and multistep, complex assays. Furthermore, many aptasensors rely on the binding mechanism or structural changes associated with target capture by the aptameric probe, resulting in a detection scheme customized to each aptamer. It is in this context that we report herein a sensitive cocaine aptasensor that offers both real-time and label-free measurement capabilities. Detection relies on the electromagnetic piezoelectric acoustic sensor (EMPAS) platform. The sensing interface consists of a S-(11-trichlorosilyl-undecanyl)benzenethiosulfonate (BTS) adlayer-coated quartz disc onto which a structure-switching cocaine aptamer (MN6) is immobilized, completing the preparation of the MN6 cocaine aptasensor (M6CA). The EMPAS system has recently been employed as the foundation of a cocaine aptasensor based on a structurally rigid cocaine aptamer variant (MN4), an aptasensor referred to by analogy as M4CA. M6CA represents a significant increase in terms of analytical performance, compared to not only M4CA but also other cocaine aptamer-based sensors that do not rely on signal amplification, producing an apparent K(d) of 27 ± 6 μM and a 0.3 μM detection limit. Remarkably, the latter is in the range of that achieved by cocaine aptasensors relying on signal amplification. Furthermore, M6CA proved to be capable not only of regaining its cocaine-binding ability via simple buffer flow over the sensing interface (i.e., without the necessity to implement an additional regeneration step, such as in the case of M4CA), but also of detecting cocaine in a multicomponent matrix possessing potentially assay-interfering species. Finally, through observation of the distinct shape of its response profiles to cocaine injection, demonstration was made that the EMPAS system in practice offers the

  15. Water Accommodation on Bare and Coated Ice

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    Kong, Xiangrui

    2015-04-01

    A good understanding of water accommodation on ice surfaces is essential for quantitatively predicting the evolution of clouds, and therefore influences the effectiveness of climate models. However, the accommodation coefficient is poorly constrained within the literature where reported values vary by up to three orders of magnitude. In addition, the complexity of the chemical composition of the atmosphere plays an important role in ice phase behavior and dynamics. We employ an environmental molecular beam (EMB) technique to investigate molecular water interactions with bare and impurity coated ice at temperatures from 170 K to 200 K. In this work, we summarize results of water accommodation experiments on bare ice (Kong et al., 2014) and on ice coated by methanol (Thomson et al., 2013), butanol (Thomson et al., 2013) and acetic acid (Papagiannakopoulos et al., 2014), and compare those results with analogous experiments using hexanol and nitric acid coatings. Hexanol is chosen as a complementary chain alcohol to methanol and butanol, while nitric acid is a common inorganic compound in the atmosphere. The results show a strong negative temperature dependence of water accommodation on bare ice, which can be quantitatively described by a precursor model. Acidic adlayers tend to enhance water uptake indicating that the system kinetics are thoroughly changed compared to bare ice. Adsorbed alcohols influence the temperature dependence of the accommodation coefficient and water molecules generally spend less time on the surfaces before desorbing, although the measured accommodation coefficients remain high and comparable to bare ice for the investigated systems. We conclude that impurities can either enhance or restrict water uptake in ways that are influenced by several factors including temperature and type of adsorbant, with potential implications for the description of ice particle growth in the atmosphere. This work was supported by the Swedish Research Council and

  16. Trimethylaluminum and Oxygen Atomic Layer Deposition on Hydroxyl-Free Cu(111).

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    Gharachorlou, Amir; Detwiler, Michael D; Gu, Xiang-Kui; Mayr, Lukas; Klötzer, Bernhard; Greeley, Jeffrey; Reifenberger, Ronald G; Delgass, W Nicholas; Ribeiro, Fabio H; Zemlyanov, Dmitry Y

    2015-08-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) of alumina using trimethylaluminum (TMA) has technological importance in microelectronics. This process has demonstrated a high potential in applications of protective coatings on Cu surfaces for control of diffusion of Cu in Cu2S films in photovoltaic devices and sintering of Cu-based nanoparticles in liquid phase hydrogenation reactions. With this motivation in mind, the reaction between TMA and oxygen was investigated on Cu(111) and Cu2O/Cu(111) surfaces. TMA did not adsorb on the Cu(111) surface, a result consistent with density functional theory (DFT) calculations predicting that TMA adsorption and decomposition are thermodynamically unfavorable on pure Cu(111). On the other hand, TMA readily adsorbed on the Cu2O/Cu(111) surface at 473 K resulting in the reduction of some surface Cu(1+) to metallic copper (Cu(0)) and the formation of a copper aluminate, most likely CuAlO2. The reaction is limited by the amount of surface oxygen. After the first TMA half-cycle on Cu2O/Cu(111), two-dimensional (2D) islands of the aluminate were observed on the surface by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). According to DFT calculations, TMA decomposed completely on Cu2O/Cu(111). High-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) was used to distinguish between tetrahedrally (Altet) and octahedrally (Aloct) coordinated Al(3+) in surface adlayers. TMA dosing produced an aluminum oxide film, which contained more octahedrally coordinated Al(3+) (Altet/Aloct HREELS peak area ratio ≈ 0.3) than did dosing O2 (Altet/Aloct HREELS peak area ratio ≈ 0.5). After the first ALD cycle, TMA reacted with both Cu2O and aluminum oxide surfaces in the absence of hydroxyl groups until film closure by the fourth ALD cycle. Then, TMA continued to react with surface Al-O, forming stoichiometric Al2O3. O2 half-cycles at 623 K were more effective for carbon removal than O2 half-cycles at 473 K or water half-cycles at 623 K. The growth rate was approximately 3

  17. Photooxidation and Photodesorption in the Photochemistry of Isobutene on TiO2(110)

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    Henderson, Michael A.

    2013-07-11

    The photochemistry of isobutene was examined on the rutile TiO2(110) surface as a function of the surface pretreatment condition and irradiation temperature using temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and photon stimulated desorption (PSD). Isobutene adsorbs molecularly on the clean TiO2(110) surface without detectable thermal decomposition. Preadsorption of oxygen, either as atoms or chemisorbed molecules, did not promote thermal reactions with isobutene, but instead blocked isobutene adsorption sites. Ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation of isobutene adsorbed on the clean surface led to depletion through photodesorption without significant photodecomposition. Isobutene PSD yields increased with increasing surface temperature suggesting that activated molecules sample their physisorbed potential energy surface during photodesorption. Preadsorption of oxygen promoted partial photooxidation of adsorbed isobutene to acetone, methacrolein and isobutanal. Acetone was only detected when molecular oxygen was present, indicating that O2 addition occurred across the C=C bond. In contrast, results from use of D6-isobutene indicated that coadsorption with either O adatoms or O2 molecules led to photochemical production of methacrolein (and likely isobutanal) through C-H bond cleavage on a methyl group. Irradiation an adlayer comprised of isobutene isolated from the surface by 1 ML of preadsorbed O2 showed the most photoconversion of isobutene, which suggests that photoactivation of adsorbed O2 is a key step in partial photooxidation of isobutene. Comparison of the isobutene PSD and oxidation product yields as a function of surface temperature between 20 and 120 K indicates a competition between photooxidation and photodesorption that varies with temperature. ‘Direct’ charge transfer events between isobutene and the surface, favored at higher temperature, compete with partial oxidation pathways initiated by ‘indirect’ activation of isobutene by O2, which is favored at

  18. Acetone Chemistry on Oxidized and Reduced TiO2(110)

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    Henderson, Michael A

    2004-12-09

    The chemistry of acetone on the oxidized and reduced surfaces of TiO2(110) was examined using temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS). The reduced surface was prepared with about 7% oxygen vacancy sites by annealing in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) at 850 K, and the oxidized surface was prepared by exposure of the reduced surface to molecular oxygen at 95 K followed by heating the surface to a variety of temperatures between 200 and 500 K. Acetone adsorbs molecularly on the reduced surface with no evidence for either decomposition or preferential binding at vacancy sites. Based on HREELS, the majority of acetone molecules adsorbed in an η¹ configuration at Ti⁴⁺ sites through interaction of lone pair electrons on the carbonyl oxygen atom. Repulsive acetone-acetone interactions shift the desorption peak from 345 K at low coverage to 175 K as the first layer saturates with a coverage of ~ 1 ML. In contrast, about 7% of the acetone adlayer decomposes when the surface is pretreated with molecular oxygen. Acetate is among the detected decomposition products, but only comprises about 1/3rd of the amount of acetone decomposed and its yield depends on the temperature at which the O₂ exposed surface was preheated to prior to acetone adsorption. Aside from the small level of irreversible decomposition, about 0.25 ML of acetone is stabilized to 375 K by coadsorbed oxygen. These acetone species exhibit an HREELS spectrum unlike that of η¹-acetone or of any other species proposed to exist from the interaction of acetone with TiO₂ powders. Based on the presence of extensive ¹⁶O/¹⁸O exchange between acetone and coadsorbed oxygen in the 375 K acetone TPD state, it is proposed that a polymeric form of acetone forms on the TiO₂(110) surface through nucleophilic attack of oxygen on the carbonyl carbon atom of acetone, and is propagated to neighboring η¹-acetone molecules. This process is initiated

  19. Interaction of alkali atoms with water multilayers adsorbed on TiO 2(1 1 0): a study with MIES and UPS

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    Krischok, S.; Höfft, O.; Kempter, V.

    2003-06-01

    metal film is observed. Under annealing, the entire multilayer system desorbs around 200 K; a titania surface covered by hydroxyl groups and alkali ions is remaining. This adlayer desorbs under further annealing above room temperature (around 400 K, but dependent on the particular alkali atom) resulting in a titania surface.

  20. Adsorption of human insulin on single-crystal gold surfaces investigated by in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy and electrochemistry.

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    Welinder, Anna C; Zhang, Jingdong; Steensgaard, Dorte B; Ulstrup, Jens

    2010-09-14

    We have explored the adsorption of zinc-free human insulin on the three low-index single-crystalline Au(111)-, Au(100)- and Au(110)-surfaces in aqueous buffer (KH(2)PO(4), pH 5) by a combination of electrochemical scanning tunnelling microscopy (in situ STM) at single-molecule resolution and linear sweep, LSV, cyclic, CV, and square wave (SQWV) voltammetry.Multifarious electrochemical patterns were observed. Most attention was given to reductive desorption caused by insulin binding to the Au-surfaces via up to three disulfide groups per insulin monomer, presumably converted to single Au-S links. SQWV suggested the Au-S bond strength order Au(111) > Au(110) > Au(100) based on the reductive desorption potentials. The voltammetric diversity was paralleled by different in situ STM insulin adsorption modes on the three surfaces. Single-molecule resolution was achieved in all cases. The coverage followed the order Au(110) > Au(100) > Au(111) and differs from the reductive desorption order that records the Au-S bonding element. Evenly distributed single molecules were scattered over large Au(111)-terraces, with intriguing molecular arrays disclosed near the terrace edges. In comparison, high-density molecular scale structures were observed both over the terraces and across terrace edges on Au(100). Larger rectangular structures also appeared (8-12% coverage). These are Au-islands from the lift of the reconstruction. Notably, 10 x 10 nm(2) patches of highly ordered much smaller structures, possibly from insulin decomposition emerged sporadically within the dense insulin adlayer. Insulin adsorbed in highest coverage on the Au(110) and followed the directional surface topology with insulin molecules aligned in the Au(110)-surface grooves, occasionally "spilling over" and merging into larger structures.Adsorption, Au-S binding, and insulin unfolding are all parts of insulin surface behaviour and reflected in both voltammetry and in situ STM. In spite of these complications

  1. Highly sensitive phage-based biosensor for the detection of beta-galactosidase.

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    Nanduri, Viswaprakash; Balasubramanian, Shankar; Sista, Srinivas; Vodyanoy, Vitaly J; Simonian, Aleksandr L

    2007-04-25

    full dose range and showed higher sensitivity as opposed to the batch mode studies. The mean K(d) and binding valences for the flow through mode studies was 1.3+/-0.001 nM and 1.5+/-0.03, in comparison to 26+/-0.003 nM and 2.4+/-0.01 for the batch mode studies. The average thickness of phage 1G40 adlayer deposited through flow through and batch mode was 3+/-0.002 and 0.66+/-0.001 nm, respectively.

  2. Ultrafast studies of electron dynamics at metal-dielectric interfaces

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    Ge, Nien-Hui

    1998-10-01

    Femtosecond time- and angle-resolved two-photon photoemission spectroscopy has been used to study fundamental aspects of excited electron dynamics at metal-dielectric interfaces, including layer-by-layer evolution of electronic structure and two-dimensional electron localization. On bare Ag(111), the lifetimes of image states are dominated by their position with respect to the projected bulk band structure. The n = 2 state has a shorter lifetime than the n = 1 state due to degeneracy with the bulk conduction band. As the parallel momentum of the n = 1 image electron increases, the lifetime decreases. With decreasing temperatures, the n = 1 image electrons, with zero or nonzero parallel momentum, all become longer lived. Adsorption of one to three layers of n-heptane results in an approximately exponential increase in lifetime as a function of layer thickness. This results from the formation of a tunneling barrier through which the interfacial electrons must decay, consistent with the repulsive bulk electron affinity of n-alkanes. The lifetimes of the higher quantum states indicate that the presence of the monolayer significantly reduces coupling of the image states to the bulk band structure. These results are compared with predictions of a dielectric continuum model. The study of electron lateral motion shows that optical excitation creates interfacial electrons in quasifree states for motion parallel to the n-heptane/Ag(111) interface. These initially delocalized electrons decay into a localized state within a few hundred femtoseconds. The localized electrons then decay back to the metal by tunneling through the adlayer potential barrier. The localization time depends strongly on the electron's initial parallel momentum and exhibits a non-Arrhenius temperature dependence. The experimental findings are consistent with a 2-D self-trapping process in which electrons become localized by interacting with the topmost plane of the alkane layer. The energy dependence of

  3. Trimethylaluminum and Oxygen Atomic Layer Deposition on Hydroxyl-Free Cu(111).

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    Gharachorlou, Amir; Detwiler, Michael D; Gu, Xiang-Kui; Mayr, Lukas; Klötzer, Bernhard; Greeley, Jeffrey; Reifenberger, Ronald G; Delgass, W Nicholas; Ribeiro, Fabio H; Zemlyanov, Dmitry Y

    2015-08-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) of alumina using trimethylaluminum (TMA) has technological importance in microelectronics. This process has demonstrated a high potential in applications of protective coatings on Cu surfaces for control of diffusion of Cu in Cu2S films in photovoltaic devices and sintering of Cu-based nanoparticles in liquid phase hydrogenation reactions. With this motivation in mind, the reaction between TMA and oxygen was investigated on Cu(111) and Cu2O/Cu(111) surfaces. TMA did not adsorb on the Cu(111) surface, a result consistent with density functional theory (DFT) calculations predicting that TMA adsorption and decomposition are thermodynamically unfavorable on pure Cu(111). On the other hand, TMA readily adsorbed on the Cu2O/Cu(111) surface at 473 K resulting in the reduction of some surface Cu(1+) to metallic copper (Cu(0)) and the formation of a copper aluminate, most likely CuAlO2. The reaction is limited by the amount of surface oxygen. After the first TMA half-cycle on Cu2O/Cu(111), two-dimensional (2D) islands of the aluminate were observed on the surface by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). According to DFT calculations, TMA decomposed completely on Cu2O/Cu(111). High-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) was used to distinguish between tetrahedrally (Altet) and octahedrally (Aloct) coordinated Al(3+) in surface adlayers. TMA dosing produced an aluminum oxide film, which contained more octahedrally coordinated Al(3+) (Altet/Aloct HREELS peak area ratio ≈ 0.3) than did dosing O2 (Altet/Aloct HREELS peak area ratio ≈ 0.5). After the first ALD cycle, TMA reacted with both Cu2O and aluminum oxide surfaces in the absence of hydroxyl groups until film closure by the fourth ALD cycle. Then, TMA continued to react with surface Al-O, forming stoichiometric Al2O3. O2 half-cycles at 623 K were more effective for carbon removal than O2 half-cycles at 473 K or water half-cycles at 623 K. The growth rate was approximately 3

  4. UV-O3-treated and protein-coated polymer surfaces facilitate endothelial cell adhesion and proliferation mediated by the PKCalpha/ERK/cPLA2 pathway.

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    Formosa, Fabio; Anfuso, Carmelina D; Satriano, Cristina; Lupo, Gabriella; Giurdanella, Giovanni; Ragusa, Nicola; Marletta, Giovanni; Alberghina, Mario

    2008-04-01

    We examined the adhesion and proliferation of immortalized endothelial cells GP8.39 (ECs) onto polyethyleneterephtalate (PET) and polyhydroxymethylsiloxane (PHMS) thin films, functionalized by UV-O(3) treatment and/or protein immobilization. The modified surface topography showed partial oxidation for both polymers, a slight increase in wettability and monopolar basic character for PET, and a hydrophilic bipolar acid-base behaviour for PHMS. UV-O(3) treatment did not induce significant roughness changes (under 1 nm) as shown by atomic force spectroscopy measurements (AFM). The EC adhesion and spreading onto untreated and modified surfaces were investigated both before and after immobilization of collagen (CA) and fibronectin (FN) adlayers. AFM analyses showed an open-weave protein layer on both untreated polymers which became a tight-woven net after UV-O(3) irradiation of underlying films. On day 5 after seeding, cell count analyses on irradiated PET surfaces, CA/FN-coated or not, showed EC adhesion and proliferation significantly greater than those on untreated polymers, indicating that UV-O(3) irradiation promoted fast endothelialization. A less pronounced EC spreading behaviour on treated PHMS was observed. In ECs grown on irradiated and CA- or FN-coated PET, the levels of phospho-protein kinase Calpha (p-PKCalpha, phospho-ERK1/2, and phospho-cytosolic phospholipase A(2) (p-cPLA(2)), all enzymes taken as signaling markers of cell adhesion and proliferation, decreased in comparison to those in CA- or FN-coated untreated PET. In contrast, in ECs grown on UV-O(3)-treated PHMS, Western blot analyses showed increased levels of p-PKCalpha, p-ERK1/2 and p-cPLA(2) in comparison with cells grown onto untreated polymer. The growth response of ECs to the substrates was related to the changes of polarity properties of UV-O(3)-treated polymer films, from hydrophobic/neutral towards hydrophilic/charged layers, and the signaling pathway remodelling to the cell proliferation

  5. The influence of nonadsorbed polymer on the behavior of weakly flocculated suspensions

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    Ogden, Andrea Lynn

    Nonadsorbed polymer effects on the stability of alumina (Alsb2Osb3)-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)-toluene suspensions were studied by rheological, optical microscopy, and sedimentation measurements. Suspensions contained an appropriate amount of PMMA (Msb{avg} = 70,000 g/mole) necessary to saturate the Alsb2Osb3 particles (4.8 mg PMMA/msp2 Alsb2Osb3), as determined by adsorption isotherm studies. The adlayer thickness (delta) was assumed to be equivalent to the hydrodynamic radius (≈11.6 nm) of the PMMA coils. In the absence of excess PMMA, suspensions exhibited strong shear thinning and low shear relative viscosities (etasbrel,0) in excess of 10sp4, indicative of their weakly flocculated nature. Correspondingly, total interparticle potential calculations obtained by summing van der Waals and steric interactions yielded an attractive minimum of a few ksb{b}T, at interparticle separation distances h ≈ 2delta. Upon the addition of nonadsorbed PMMA species, etasbrel,0 and the degree of shear thinning decreased over a broad range of free PMMA volume fractions (0.0005 ≤\\ phisbspPMMAfree ≤ 0.1). Using the model developed by Mao, Cates, and Lekkerkerker (MCL), a depletion potential was estimated as a function of phisbspPMMAfree. These calculations yielded a repulsive barrier on the order of ksb{b}T (or higher) at h > 2delta, suggesting that improved stability arises from kinetic (energy barrier) considerations. Aging studies were carried out on suspensions with high phisbspPMMAfree which appeared to be fully restabilized, as indicated by an initial Newtonian flow response. The minimum relative viscosity and characteristic floc size increased as a function of time, further supporting the kinetic origin of their stability. From the rate of floc growth, a repulsive barrier height was estimated using a model developed for charge-stabilized systems which demonstrated good agreement with the predictions of the MCL model. Substantial shear thickening behavior was

  6. The reaction of atomic oxygen with Si(100) and Si(111). II. Adsorption, passive oxidation and the effect of coincident ion bombardment

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    Engstrom, J. R.; Bonser, D. J.; Engel, Thomas

    coincident ion bombardment is reduced at elevated substrate temperatures (˜ 800 K), since the resulting increased propensity for adlayer rearrangement leads to a decrease in the number of active sites for oxygen chemisorption.

  7. Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy of Carbon Nanomaterials and Graphite.

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    Amemiya, Shigeru; Chen, Ran; Nioradze, Nikoloz; Kim, Jiyeon

    2016-09-20

    airborne contaminants during its exfoliation and handling by forming a water adlayer to obtain a reliable k(0) value of ≥12 cm/s from symmetric pairs of nanogap voltammograms. We envision that SECM of clean graphitic surfaces will enable us to reliably address not only effects of their electronic structures on their electrochemical reactivity, but also the activity of carbon-based or carbon-supported electrocatalysts for fuel cells and batteries.

  8. Interband Transitions

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    Varma, Shikha

    We have studied thin (1-7 monolayer) overlayers of Hg on Ag(100) and Cu(100) using angle-resolved photoemission and low energy electron diffraction. We have investigated the electronic states of well ordered, disordered and the liquid overlayers of mercury. We show that the electronic structure of the well ordered overlayers is very different than that of the disordered and the liquid overlayers. The well ordered overlayers of Hg on Ag(100) exhibit a new electronic state which is absent for the disordered overlayers of mercury as well as for gaseous mercury. We will argue that this new Hg state is a result of the interaction among the Hg-Hg atoms, when adsorbed on Ag(100). The strain among adlayer atoms also plays a crucial role in the development of the new electronic state. We have used the synchrotron radiation to study the partial cross-section and the branching ratio of the 5d electronic state of Hg. We have measured the partial cross-section and branching ratio of the well-ordered, disordered and liquid overlayers of mercury on Ag(100) and Cu(100). We have observed resonances in the photoemission intensities of the mercury 5d orbitals for thin films of mercury for incident photon energies near the 5p _{3/2}, 4f_{7/2 } and 4f_{5/2} thresholds. The results indicate that interband transitions from the 5p and 4f levels to the 5d orbitals can occur for a thin overlayer of mercury, as a result of final state 5f contributions, though such interband transitions are forbidden for the free isolated Hg atom. These resonances are attributed to the formation of a solid state band structure incorporating new itinerant mercury electronic state. These resonances are absent when the mercury film is disordered or melted. We have measured the branching ratio of the 5d orbital for thin mercury overlayers in the photon energy range between 26 to 105 eV. The branching ratios deviate from the nonrelativistic statistical value of 1.5, reaching values of 8.0. These results indicate

  9. Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy of Carbon Nanomaterials and Graphite.

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    Amemiya, Shigeru; Chen, Ran; Nioradze, Nikoloz; Kim, Jiyeon

    2016-09-20

    airborne contaminants during its exfoliation and handling by forming a water adlayer to obtain a reliable k(0) value of ≥12 cm/s from symmetric pairs of nanogap voltammograms. We envision that SECM of clean graphitic surfaces will enable us to reliably address not only effects of their electronic structures on their electrochemical reactivity, but also the activity of carbon-based or carbon-supported electrocatalysts for fuel cells and batteries. PMID:27602588

  10. Trimethylaluminum and Oxygen Atomic Layer Deposition on Hydroxyl-Free Cu(111)

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) of alumina using trimethylaluminum (TMA) has technological importance in microelectronics. This process has demonstrated a high potential in applications of protective coatings on Cu surfaces for control of diffusion of Cu in Cu2S films in photovoltaic devices and sintering of Cu-based nanoparticles in liquid phase hydrogenation reactions. With this motivation in mind, the reaction between TMA and oxygen was investigated on Cu(111) and Cu2O/Cu(111) surfaces. TMA did not adsorb on the Cu(111) surface, a result consistent with density functional theory (DFT) calculations predicting that TMA adsorption and decomposition are thermodynamically unfavorable on pure Cu(111). On the other hand, TMA readily adsorbed on the Cu2O/Cu(111) surface at 473 K resulting in the reduction of some surface Cu1+ to metallic copper (Cu0) and the formation of a copper aluminate, most likely CuAlO2. The reaction is limited by the amount of surface oxygen. After the first TMA half-cycle on Cu2O/Cu(111), two-dimensional (2D) islands of the aluminate were observed on the surface by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). According to DFT calculations, TMA decomposed completely on Cu2O/Cu(111). High-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) was used to distinguish between tetrahedrally (Altet) and octahedrally (Aloct) coordinated Al3+ in surface adlayers. TMA dosing produced an aluminum oxide film, which contained more octahedrally coordinated Al3+ (Altet/Aloct HREELS peak area ratio ≈ 0.3) than did dosing O2 (Altet/Aloct HREELS peak area ratio ≈ 0.5). After the first ALD cycle, TMA reacted with both Cu2O and aluminum oxide surfaces in the absence of hydroxyl groups until film closure by the fourth ALD cycle. Then, TMA continued to react with surface Al–O, forming stoichiometric Al2O3. O2 half-cycles at 623 K were more effective for carbon removal than O2 half-cycles at 473 K or water half-cycles at 623 K. The growth rate was approximately 3–4

  11. Thermal and Nonthermal Processes on Single Crystal Transition Metal Surfaces

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    Guo, Xingcai

    This dissertation contains three parts. Part I, "Fundamentals", provides concise description of concepts, detailed accounts of historic studies, and extensive reviews of current activities. Chapter 1 deals with thermal processes (adsorption and desorption), and Chapter 2 with nonthermal processes induced by electrons and by photons. Part II, "Experimental" (Chapter 3), describes the ultrahigh vacuum apparatus, surface science techniques, and procedures for single crystal preparation and gas exposure. Part III, "Results", is a collection of ten selected publications in refereed journals. Each chapter is self-contained. Thermal desorption of CO from Pd(111) (Chapter 4) has been studied by temperature programmed desorption. It is demonstrated that the effective desorption kinetic parameters extracted from desorption spectra are correlated with the adlayer structures and dependent on the sizes of ordered domains--a nonequilibrium effect. Site exchange of CO (Chapter 5) and site retention of O_2 (Chapter 6) on Pt(112) during thermal desorption are observed with isotope labeled adsorption on specific sites--steps or terraces. The adsorption and desorption kinetics of O _2 are compared on Pt(111) and Pt(112) surfaces (Chapter 7). The mechanisms of adsorption and the effect of well-defined defects are elucidated. O_2 adsorbed on Pd(111) is studied with thermal activation (Chapter 8), electron impact (Chapter 9), and photon irradiation (Chapter 10 -12). Various thermal processes are delineated with isotopic mixing experiments. Electron-induced conversion, dissociation, and desorption processes are observed. Cross sections (10^{-17} cm^2 ) and their electron energy dependences (0-500 eV) are measured. A resonance-enhanced desorption of atomic oxygen from Pd(111) is found at ~10 eV. Photon-induced conversion, dissociation, and desorption processes are observed. Cross sections (10^ {-19} cm^2) and photon energy dependence (1.4-5.4 eV) are extracted. Possible mechanisms are

  12. Roles of Fe2+, Fe3+, and Cr3+ Surface Sites in the Oxidation of NO on the (Fe,Cr)3O4(1 1 1) Surface Termination of an α-(Fe,Cr)2O3(0 0 0 1) Mixed Oxide

    SciTech Connect

    Henderson, Michael A.

    2014-10-01

    +O2 adlayer to 250 K prior to 460 nm light irradiation restored the level of thermal NO oxidation, revealing both that thermal activation is required for NO oxidation on the (Fe,Cr)3O4(111) surface and that the nitrate product was insensitive to 460 nm light. The author thanks Drs. Sara Chamberlin and Scott Chambers for supplying the film used in this work. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a multiprogram national laboratory operated for DOE by Battelle. The research was performed using EMSL, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

  13. Surface structure and composition determination by low-energy electron scattering and Monte Carlo simulations

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    Sun, Jiebing

    -IV technique. The reconstructed Si(001)-2x1 surface has been intriguing due to its great scientific and technical significance. Unfortunately, no satisfactory agreement between the LEED experimental and theoretical data have been achieved. Some controversies over this surface, such as the flip-flop dimer dynamics and the ground-state structure, still require further study. Utilizing LEEM to get electron scattering spectra from a single domain, we get a refined asymmetric tilted dimer structure. We investigate the 6H-SiC(0001) surface phase transition in order to ultimately understand the formation of graphene on it. LEEM diffraction data from a large single domain are analyzed for 3x3, 1x1 and 3x3 phases. All the surface structures turn out to have an "A" bi-layer bulk termination. It is found that the amount of Si at the surface decreases with increased temperature. Adatom-trimer-adlayer model for the 3x3 surface does not give a satisfactory result and more work needs to be done to resolve this structure. A mixed Si-vacancy top-site overlayer on the 1x1 surface is found. A 3x3 overlayer at the T4 registry on the substrate surface generates a best fit between experimental and calculated data.

  14. Structure and dynamics of ultrathin organic films

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    Kiktyeva, Tatyana A.

    Existing and newly developed nonlinear optical methods have been used to characterize molecular structure, orientation and dynamics at interfaces. Optical second harmonic generation (SHG) studies have been conducted on molecular films of the organic dyes, rhodamine 6G and malachite green, adsorbed at the fused silica/air interface. The second harmonic response from the organic dye films was found to be a non-monotonic function of the surface concentration with discontinuities corresponding to completion of successive monolayers. This behavior reflects ordering of molecular adlayers, which extends for several layers. Polarized SHG studies in conjunction with optical absorbance and fluorescence measurements were used to determine the type of interactions responsible for the adsorption in the ordered layers. The results indicate that the well-defined order within the first layer is due to the specific adsorbate-substrate interactions. Orientation in subsequent layers is teed by adsorbate-adsorbate interactions, dependent on the nature of the adsorbate and consequently on its orientation within the first layer. These results provide a direct measure of the extent of the interfacial ordering and molecular interactions at the solid/air interface and can be used to determine an adsorbate's filling factor. Time and frequency resolved vibrational spectra of a monolayer of amphiphilic molecules at the CaF2/air interface were investigated using infrared-visible sum frequency generation. Vibrational wave packet dynamics following coherent excitation of CH3 vibrational modes with broad bandwidth infrared pulses is reported. The induced macroscopic polarization displays quantum interference effects (quantum beats) and decays on a time scale dependent on the nature of the interfacial environment. These observations provide a link between the degree of structural order of the monolayer and the vibrational coherence lifetime. Monitoring interfacial wave packet dynamics represents a

  15. PREFACE: Functionalized Liquid Liquid Interfaces

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    Girault, Hubert; Kornyshev, Alexei A.; Monroe, Charles W.; Urbakh, Michael

    2007-09-01

    Most natural processes take place at interfaces. For this reason, surface science has been a focal point of modern research. At solid-liquid interfaces one can induce various species to adsorb or react, and thus may study interactions between the substrate and adsorbates, kinetic processes, optical properties, etc. Liquid-liquid interfaces, formed by immiscible liquids such as water and oil, have a number of distinctive features. Both sides of the interface are amenable to detailed physical and chemical analysis. By chemical or electrochemical means, metal or semiconductor nanoparticles can be formed or localised at the interface. Surfactants can be used to tailor surface properties, and also to place organic molecular or supermolecular constructions at the boundary between the liquids. Electric fields can be used to drive ions from one fluid to another, or even change the shape of the interface itself. In many cases, both liquids are optically transparent, making functionalized liquid-liquid interfaces promising for various optical applications based on the transmission or reflection of light. An advantage common to most of these systems is self-assembly; because a liquid-liquid interface is not mechanically constrained like a solid-liquid interface, it can easily access its most stable state, even after it has been driven far from equilibrium. This special issue focuses on four modes of liquid-liquid interfacial functionalization: the controlled adsorption of molecules or nanoparticles, the formation of adlayers or films, electrowetting, and ion transfer or interface-localized reactions. Interfacial adsorption can be driven electrically, chemically, or mechanically. The liquid-liquid interface can be used to study how anisotropic particles orient at a surface under the influence of a field, how surfactants interact with other adsorbates, and how nanoparticles aggregate; the transparency of the interface also makes the chirality of organic adsorbates amenable to