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  1. Azobenzene

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    Azobenzene ; CASRN 103 - 33 - 3 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic Effect

  2. Palladium Nanoparticles Embedded in a Layer-by-Layer Nanoreactor Built with Poly(Acrylic Acid) Using "Electro-Click Chemistry".

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    Villalba, Matias; Bossi, Mariano; Pozo, Maria Del; Calvo, Ernesto J

    2016-07-12

    Palladium nanoparticles (Pd NPs) were formed by electrochemical reduction of Pd(NH3)4(3+) ions entrapped by ion exchange in poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) multilayer films grown by the Sharpless "click reaction." The alkyne (PAAalk) and azide (PAAaz) groups were covalently bound to the PAA, and the catalyzed buildup of the multilayer film was performed by electrochemical reduction of Cu(2+) to Cu(+). The size of the Pd NPs formed in Au/(PAAalk)3(PAAaz)2 multilayer films by the click reaction, that is, 50 nm, is larger than that of similar Pd NPs formed in electrostatically bound Au/(PAA)3(PAH)2 nanoreactors, that is, 6-9 nm, under similar conditions. A combination of electrochemical methods and electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance, polarization modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS), ellipsometry, and scanning electron microscopy has been used to follow these processes. Cyclic voltammetry of the resulting Pd NPs in a 0.1 M H2SO4 solution at 0.1 V·s(-1) shows the PdO reduction peak at the same potential as that on the clean Pd surface unlike the NPs formed in electrostatically self-assembled Au/(PAA)3(PAH)2 nanoreactors with a 0.2 V shift in the cathodic direction most probably because of the strong adsorption of amino groups on the Pd NP surfaces.

  3. In Situ Synthesis of Metal Nanoparticle Embedded Hybrid Soft Nanomaterials.

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    Divya, Kizhmuri P; Miroshnikov, Mikhail; Dutta, Debjit; Vemula, Praveen Kumar; Ajayan, Pulickel M; John, George

    2016-09-20

    The allure of integrating the tunable properties of soft nanomaterials with the unique optical and electronic properties of metal nanoparticles has led to the development of organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials. A promising method for the synthesis of such organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials is afforded by the in situ generation of metal nanoparticles within a host organic template. Due to their tunable surface morphology and porosity, soft organic materials such as gels, liquid crystals, and polymers that are derived from various synthetic or natural compounds can act as templates for the synthesis of metal nanoparticles of different shapes and sizes. This method provides stabilization to the metal nanoparticles by the organic soft material and advantageously precludes the use of external reducing or capping agents in many instances. In this Account, we exemplify the green chemistry approach for synthesizing these materials, both in the choice of gelators as soft material frameworks and in the reduction mechanisms that generate the metal nanoparticles. Established herein is the core design principle centered on conceiving multifaceted amphiphilic soft materials that possess the ability to self-assemble and reduce metal ions into nanoparticles. Furthermore, these soft materials stabilize the in situ generated metal nanoparticles and retain their self-assembly ability to generate metal nanoparticle embedded homogeneous organic-inorganic hybrid materials. We discuss a remarkable example of vegetable-based drying oils as host templates for metal ions, resulting in the synthesis of novel hybrid nanomaterials. The synthesis of metal nanoparticles via polymers and self-assembled materials fabricated via cardanol (a bioorganic monomer derived from cashew nut shell liquid) are also explored in this Account. The organic-inorganic hybrid structures were characterized by several techniques such as UV-visible spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and

  4. Nickel nanoparticles embedded in carbon foam for improving electromagnetic shielding effectiveness

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    Kumar, Rajeev; Kumari, Saroj; Dhakate, Sanjay R.

    2015-06-01

    To improve electromagnetic shielding effectiveness of light weight carbon foam (CF), magnetic nanoparticles were embedded in it during processing. The CF was developed from the coal tar pitch and mixture of coal tar pitch-Nickel (Ni) nanoparticles by sacrificial template technique and heat treated to up 1,000 °C. To ascertain the effect of Ni nanoparticles embedded in CF, it was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, vector network analyzer and vibration sample magnetometer. It is observed that Ni nanoparticles embedded in the carbon material play an important role for improving the structure and electrical conductivity of CF-Ni by catalytic carbonization. The structural investigation suggests that the Ni nanoparticles embedded in the carbon material in bulk as well on the surface of CF. The CF demonstrates excellent shielding response in the frequency range 8.2-12.4 GHz in which total shielding effectiveness (SE) dominated by absorption losses. The total SE is -25 and -61 dB of CF and CF-Ni, it is governed by absorption losses -48.5 dB in CF-Ni. This increase is due to the increase in dielectric and magnetic losses of ferromagnetic Ni nanoparticles with high surface area. Thus, light weight CF embedded with small amount of magnetic nanoparticles can be useful material for stealth technology.

  5. Enhanced antioxidant activity of gold nanoparticle embedded 3,6-dihydroxyflavone: a combinational study

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    Medhe, Sharad; Bansal, Prachi; Srivastava, Man Mohan

    2012-12-01

    The antioxidative effect of selected dietary compounds (3,6-dihydroxyflavone, lutein and selenium methyl selenocysteine) was determined in single and combination using DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-l-picrylhydrazyl), OH (hydroxyl), H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) and NO (nitric oxide) radical scavenging assays. Radical scavenging effect of the dietary phytochemicals individually are found to be in the order: ascorbic acid (standard) > lutein > 3,6-dihydroxyflavone > selenium methyl selenocysteine, at concentration 100 μg/ml, confirmed by all the four bioassays (p < 0.05). Among the various combinations studied, the triplet combination of 3,6-dihydroxyflavone, lutein and selenium methyl selenocysteine (1:1:1), exhibited enhancement in the target activity at same concentration level. Synthesized gold nanoparticle embedded 3,6-dihydroxyflavone further enhanced the target antioxidant activity. The combinational study including gold nanoparticle embedded 3,6-dihydroxyflavone with other native dietary nutrients showed remarkable increase in antioxidant activity at the same concentration level. The present in vitro study on combinational and nanotech enforcement of dietary phytochemicals shows the utility in the architecture of nanoparticle embedded phytoproducts having a wide range of applications in medical science.

  6. A Study of Heterogeneous Catalysis by Nanoparticle-Embedded Paper-Spray Ionization Mass Spectrometry.

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    Banerjee, Shibdas; Basheer, Chanbasha; Zare, Richard N

    2016-10-04

    We have developed nanoparticle-embedded paper-spray mass spectrometry for studying three types of heterogeneously catalyzed reactions: 1) Palladium-nanoparticle-catalyzed Suzuki cross-coupling reactions, 2) palladium- or silver-nanoparticle-catalyzed 4-nitrophenol reduction, and 3) gold-nanoparticle-catalyzed glucose oxidation. These reactions were almost instantaneous on the nanocatalyst-embedded paper, which subsequently transferred the transient intermediates and products to a mass spectrometer for their detection. This in situ method of capturing transient intermediates and products from heterogeneous catalysis is highly promising for investigating the mechanism of catalysis and rapidly screening catalytic activity under ambient conditions.

  7. 21 CFR 173.73 - Sodium polyacrylate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Sodium polyacrylate. 173.73 Section 173.73 Food and... Substances and Polymer Adjuvants for Food Treatment § 173.73 Sodium polyacrylate. Sodium polyacrylate (CAS... polyacrylic acid with an aqueous sodium hydroxide solution. As determined by a method entitled...

  8. Enhanced electron field emission from ZnO nanoparticles-embedded DLC films prepared by electrochemical deposition

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    Zhang, Peizeng; Li, Ruishan; Yang, Hua; Feng, Youcai; Xie, Erqing

    2012-06-01

    ZnO nanoparticles-embedded diamond-like amorphous (DLC) carbon films have been prepared by electrochemical deposition. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) results confirm that the embedded ZnO nanoparticles are in the wurtzite structure with diameters of around 4 nm. Based on Raman measurements and atomic force microscope (AFM) results, it has been found that ZnO nanoparticles embedding could enhance both graphitization and surface roughness of DLC matrix. Also, the field electron emission (FEE) properties of the ZnO nanoparticles-embedded DLC film were improved by both lowering the turn-on field and increasing the current density. The enhancement of the FEE properties of the ZnO-embedded DLC film has been analyzed in the context of microstructure and chemical composition.

  9. Preparation and characterization of Ag nanoparticle-embedded blank and ligand-anchored silica gels.

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    Im, Hee-Jung; Lee, Byung Cheol; Yeon, Jei-Won

    2013-11-01

    Ag nanoparticles, used for halogen (especially iodine) adsorption and an evaluation of halogen behavior, were embedded in synthesized inorganic-organic hybrid gels. In particular, an irradiation method using an electron beam plays a part in introducing Ag nanoparticles to the organofunctionalized silica gels from AgNO3 solutions in a simple way at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. For preparation of the Ag nanoparticle-embedded inorganic-organic hybrid gels, ligands of ethylenediamine (NH2CH2CH2NH-, TMSen) and mercapto (HS-) functionalized three-dimensional porous SiO2 sol-gels were first synthesized through hydrolysis and condensation reactions, and Ag nanoparticles were then embedded into the ethylenediamine- and mercapto-anchored silica gels each, through electron-beam irradiation. The addition of ligands yielded larger average pore sizes than the absence of any ligand. Moreover, the ethylenediamine ligand led to looser structures and better access of the Ag nanoparticles to the ethylenediamine-anchored gel. As a result, more Ag nanoparticles were introduced into the ethylenediamine-anchored gel. The preparation and characterization of Ag nanoparticle-embedded blank and ligand-anchored silica gels are discussed in detail.

  10. Silver nanoparticle-embedded polymersome nanocarriers for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant infections

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    Geilich, Benjamin M.; van de Ven, Anne L.; Singleton, Gloria L.; Sepúlveda, Liuda J.; Sridhar, Srinivas; Webster, Thomas J.

    2015-02-01

    The rapidly diminishing number of effective antibiotics that can be used to treat infectious diseases and associated complications in a physician's arsenal is having a drastic impact on human health today. This study explored the development and optimization of a polymersome nanocarrier formed from a biodegradable diblock copolymer to overcome bacterial antibiotic resistance. Here, polymersomes were synthesized containing silver nanoparticles embedded in the hydrophobic compartment, and ampicillin in the hydrophilic compartment. Results showed for the first time that these silver nanoparticle-embedded polymersomes (AgPs) inhibited the growth of Escherichia coli transformed with a gene for ampicillin resistance (bla) in a dose-dependent fashion. Free ampicillin, AgPs without ampicillin, and ampicillin polymersomes without silver nanoparticles had no effect on bacterial growth. The relationship between the silver nanoparticles and ampicillin was determined to be synergistic and produced complete growth inhibition at a silver-to-ampicillin ratio of 1 : 0.64. In this manner, this study introduces a novel nanomaterial that can effectively treat problematic, antibiotic-resistant infections in an improved capacity which should be further examined for a wide range of medical applications.

  11. Removal of azobenzene from water by kaolinite.

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    Zhang, Xiaoling; Hong, Hanlie; Li, Zhaohui; Guan, Junfang; Schulz, Laura

    2009-10-30

    The use of natural kaolinite clay to remove azobenzene from aqueous solutions under different pHs, ionic strengths, initial solid mass used, and initial solution concentrations was investigated. Batch kinetic experiments showed that the adsorption of azobenzene onto kaolinite followed a pseudo-second-order kinetics with an initial rate of 7.2 mg/g-h and a rate constant of 0.19 g/mg-h. The equilibrium azobenzene adsorption on kaolinite was well described by the Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms with an adsorption capacity of 11 mg/g, or 60 mmol/kg, corresponding to a monolayer adsorption on the surface of kaolinite. Adsorption increased with decreases in solution pH and increases in solution ionic strength. The enthalpy change of adsorption was -38 kJ/mol, suggesting that both physical and chemical adsorption was responsible for the retention of azobenzene on kaolinite. The high affinity of azobenzene for siloxane and gibbsite surfaces was attributed to the attractive Coulombic and van der Waals' forces between the surface and the planar structure of the organic molecule.

  12. Study of the relative performance of silicon and germanium nanoparticles embedded gate oxide in metal-oxide-semiconductor memory devices

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    Chakraborty, G.; Sengupta, A.; Requejo, F. G.; Sarkar, C. K.

    2011-03-01

    In the present work, we have investigated a comparative performance of the silicon (Si) and germanium (Ge) nanoparticles embedded SiO2 floating gate MOS memory devices. In such devices for low applied fields, the tunneling current is dominated by the direct tunneling mechanism, whereas for higher electric fields, the Fowler-Nordheim tunneling mechanism dominates. As the device dimensions get smaller, problem arises in the conventional MOS memory devices due to the leakage through the thin tunnel oxide. This leakage can be reduced via charge trapping by embedding nanoparticles in the gate dielectric of such devices. Here one objective is to prevent the leakage due to the direct tunneling mechanism and the other objective is to reduce the write voltage, by lowering the onset voltage of the Fowler-Nordheim tunneling mechanism. Our simulations for the current voltage characteristics covered both the low and the high applied field regions. Simulations showed that both the Si and the Ge nanoparticles embedded gate dielectrics offer reduction of the leakage current and a significant lowering of the writing or programming onset voltage, compared to the pure SiO2 gate dielectric. In terms of the comparative performance, the Germanium nanoparticles embedded gate dielectric showed better results compared to the silicon nanoparticles embedded one. The results of the simulations are discussed in the light of recent experimental results.

  13. Pt nanoparticles embedded on reduced graphite oxide with excellent electrocatalytic properties

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    Saravanan, Gengan; Mohan, Subramanian

    2016-11-01

    Economically viable electrochemical approach has been developed for the synthesis of Pt nanoparticles through electrodeposition technique on the surface of Reduced Graphite Oxide (RGO). Pt nanoparticles embedded Reduced Graphite Oxide on Glassy Carbon Electrode are employed (Pt-rGO/GCE) for electrooxidation of formic acid. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) image shows that reduced graphite oxide act as an excellent support to anchor the Pt nanoparticles. Cyclic voltammetry results confirmed that Pt-rGO/GCE enhanced current density as many folds than that of bare platinum electrode for electrooxidation of formic acid. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns for Pt-graphene composites illustrate that peaks at 69.15 and 23° for Pt (220) and graphene carbon (002) respectively. 13C NMR spectrum of the electrochemically reduced graphite oxide resonance contains only one peak at 133 ppm which retains graphitic sp2 carbon and does not contain any oxygenated carbon and the carbonyl carbons.

  14. Cobalt diselenide nanoparticles embedded within porous carbon polyhedra as advanced electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Wu, Renbing; Xue, Yanhong; Liu, Bo; Zhou, Kun; Wei, Jun; Chan, Siew Hwa

    2016-10-01

    Highly efficient and cost-effective electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is crucial for a variety of renewable energy applications. Herein, strongly coupled hybrid composites composed of cobalt diselenide (CoSe2) nanoparticles embedded within graphitic carbon polyhedra (GCP) as high-performance ORR catalyst have been rationally designed and synthesized. The catalyst is fabricated by a convenient method, which involves the simultaneous pyrolysis and selenization of preformed Co-based zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF-67). Benefiting from the unique structural features, the resulting CoSe2/GCP hybrid catalyst shows high stability and excellent electrocatalytic activity towards ORR (the onset and half-wave potentials are 0.935 and 0.806 V vs. RHE, respectively), which is superior to the state-of-the-art commercial Pt/C catalyst (0.912 and 0.781 V vs. RHE, respectively).

  15. The calculations of electromagnetic fields around nanoparticles embedded in biological media

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    Prytkova, Vera D.; Tuchin, Valery V.

    2010-08-01

    The goal of our project is to use computational methods, such as discrete dipole approximation (DDA) to study nanoparticles in biomedical photonics problems. Nanoparticle absorption and scattering are strongly affected by their shape, size, composition and dielectric environment. We focus on light scattering from nanoparticles embedded in biological or biocompatible media, such as water, glycerin and hemoglobin at erythrocyte hemoglobin concentration at concentration characteristic to intrinsic erythrocyte concentration. This method lets us consider complex refractive index of the nanoparticle and the surrounding medium as a function on the wavelength of light. We are interested in strong absorption and scattering around 800 nm that makes such nanoparticles potentially useful in biomedical applications, such as detection and curing cancer. Considering nanoparticles in living cells containing nanoparticles lets us understand light scattering from normal and pathological structures within biological tissue.

  16. Magneto-optical Faraday rotation of semiconductor nanoparticles embedded in dielectric matrices.

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    Savchuk, Andriy I; Stolyarchuk, Ihor D; Makoviy, Vitaliy V; Savchuk, Oleksandr A

    2014-04-01

    Faraday rotation has been studied for CdS, CdTe, and CdS:Mn semiconductor nanoparticles synthesized by colloidal chemistry methods. Additionally these materials were prepared in a form of semiconductor nanoparticles embedded in polyvinyl alcohol films. Transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy analyses served as confirmation of nanocrystallinity and estimation of the average size of the nanoparticles. Spectral dependence of the Faraday rotation for the studied nanocrystals and nanocomposites is correlated with a blueshift of the absorption edge due to the confinement effect in zero-dimensional structures. Faraday rotation spectra and their temperature behavior in Mn-doped nanocrystals demonstrates peculiarities, which are associated with s, p-d exchange interaction between Mn²⁺ ions and band carriers in diluted magnetic semiconductor nanostructures.

  17. 21 CFR 173.73 - Sodium polyacrylate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Sodium polyacrylate. 173.73 Section 173.73 Food... Polymer Substances and Polymer Adjuvants for Food Treatment § 173.73 Sodium polyacrylate. Sodium... the polyacrylic acid with an aqueous sodium hydroxide solution. As determined by a method...

  18. 21 CFR 173.73 - Sodium polyacrylate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Sodium polyacrylate. 173.73 Section 173.73 Food... Polymer Substances and Polymer Adjuvants for Food Treatment § 173.73 Sodium polyacrylate. Sodium... the polyacrylic acid with an aqueous sodium hydroxide solution. As determined by a method...

  19. 21 CFR 173.73 - Sodium polyacrylate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Sodium polyacrylate. 173.73 Section 173.73 Food... Polymer Substances and Polymer Adjuvants for Food Treatment § 173.73 Sodium polyacrylate. Sodium... the polyacrylic acid with an aqueous sodium hydroxide solution. As determined by a method...

  20. 21 CFR 173.73 - Sodium polyacrylate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Sodium polyacrylate. 173.73 Section 173.73 Food... for Food Treatment § 173.73 Sodium polyacrylate. Sodium polyacrylate (CAS Reg. No. 9003-04-7) may be... aqueous sodium hydroxide solution. As determined by a method entitled “Determination of Weight Average...

  1. Photo-induced deformation of azobenzene polymers: theory and simulations

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    Saphiannikova, Marina; Toshchevikov, Vladimir; Ilnytskyi, Jaroslav; Heinrich, Gert

    2011-11-01

    A microscopic theory is developed to describe light-induced deformation of azobenzene polymers of different chemical structures: uncross-linked low-molecular-weight azobenzene polymers and cross-linked azobenzene polymers (azobenzene elastomers) bearing azobenzene chromophores in their strands. According to the microscopic theory the light-induced deformation is caused by reorientation of azobenzene chromophores with respect to the electric vector of the linearly polarized light, E. Theoretical calculations of the order parameter of short azobenzene molecules (oligomers) affected by the light show that the sign of the light-induced deformation (expansion / contraction along the vector E) depends strongly on the chemical structure of the oligomers. The conclusion of the theory about different signs of the light-induced deformation of low-molecular-weight azobenzene polymers is in an agreement with performed series of molecular dynamics simulations. Using the microscopic theory it is shown that cross-linked azobenzene polymers demonstrate the same light-induced deformation (expansion / contraction) as their low-molecular-weight analogues, i.e. polymers consisting of short azobenzene molecules whose chemical structure is the same as chain fragments of the elastomers.

  2. Enantiopure sulfinyl azobenzenes as chiroptical switches.

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    Carreño, M Carmen; García, Isabel; Ribagorda, María; Merino, Estíbaliz; Pieraccini, Silvia; Spada, Gian Piero

    2005-07-07

    [reaction: see text] Photoswitchable enantiopure sulfinyl azo compounds have been synthesized. A remarkable perturbation of the azo system by the stereogenic sulfinyl moiety has been observed by CD in both the trans and the cis azobenzenes resulting by photoisomerization. After five irradiation cycles, the configurational integrity of these chiral switches remains unchanged.

  3. Photoisomerization of azobenzene moiety in crosslinking polymer materials

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    Wang, Hui; Chen, Wei-Qiang; Jin, Feng; Dong, Xian-Zi; Zhao, Zhen-Sheng; Duan, Xuan-Ming

    2012-10-01

    In this study, a series of acryloyloxy-substituted azobenzene derivatives, 3-(tert-butyl)-4,4'-bisacryoloxy-azobenzene (tBu-Azo-AO), 3-(tert-butyl)-4,4'-bis[3-(acryoloxy)propoxy]-azobenzene (tBu-Azo-AO3) and 3-(tert-butyl)-4,4'-bis[6-(acryoloxy)hexyloxy]-azobenzene (tBu-Azo-AO6) were synthesized and employed as monomers to prepare polymer films by copolymerizing dipentaerythritol hexaacrylate (DPE-6A) and methyl methacrylate (MMA), respectively. When exposed to a nanosecond laser beam at the wavelength of 355 nm, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectra of the resultant polymer films with different irradiation time were monitored. On the basis of the absorbance of the π-π* electronic transition, the kinetics of trans-to-cis photoisomerization of three kinds of azobenzene moieties were demonstrated and found to be influenced by both the pump energy and azobenzene concentration.

  4. Surface-plasmon enhanced ultrafast third-order optical nonlinearities in ellipsoidal gold nanoparticles embedded bismuthate glasses

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    Chen, Feifei; Dai, Shixun; Xu, Tiefeng; Shen, Xiang; Lin, Changgui; Nie, Qiuhua; Liu, Chao; Heo, Jong

    2011-09-01

    Ellipsoidal gold nanoparticles embedded bismuthate glasses have been prepared via a facile melt-annealing approach. Femtosecond Z-scan measurement shows that the nanocomposites exhibit a maximum third-order nonlinear susceptibility χ(3) of 4.88 × 10-10 esu at 800 nm, which is two orders higher than that of the host glass. Optical Kerr shutter measurement demonstrates ultrafast response time (in scale of sub-picosecond) of the intraband transition enhanced third-order nonlinearities.

  5. Cobalt nanoparticles-embedded magnetic ordered mesoporous carbon for highly effective adsorption of rhodamine B

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    Tang, Lin; Cai, Ye; Yang, Guide; Liu, Yuanyuan; Zeng, Guangming; Zhou, Yaoyu; Li, Sisi; Wang, Jiajia; Zhang, Sheng; Fang, Yan; He, Yibin

    2014-09-01

    Cobalt nanoparticles-embedded magnetic ordered mesoporous carbon (Co/OMC), prepared through a simple method involving infusing and calcination, was used as a highly effective adsorbent for rhodamine B (Rh B) removal. Several techniques, including SEM, HRTEM, nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms, XRD, Raman spectra, EDX, zeta potential and VSM measurement, were applied to characterize the adsorbent. Batch tests were conducted to investigate the adsorption performance. The adsorption capacity of the resultant adsorbent was relatively high compared with raw ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) and reached an equilibrium value of 468 mg/g at 200 mg/L initial Rh B concentration. Removal efficiency even reached 96% within 25 min at 100 mg/L initial Rh B concentration. Besides, the adsorption amount increased with the increase of solution pH, adsorbent dose and initial Rh B concentration. Kinetics study showed that the adsorption agreed well with pseudo-second-order model (R2 = 0.999) and had a significant correlation with intra-particle diffusion model in the both two adsorption periods. Furthermore, thermodynamics research indicated that the adsorption process was endothermic and spontaneous in nature. The adsorption isotherms fitted well with Langmuir model, demonstrating the formation of mono-molecular layer on the surface of Co/OMC during adsorption process. The results confirmed that Co/OMC has the potential superiority in removal of Rh B from aqueous solution.

  6. Shaping of Au nanoparticles embedded in various layered structures by swift heavy ion beam irradiation

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    Dawi, E. A.; ArnoldBik, W. M.; Ackermann, R.; Habraken, F. H. P. M.

    2016-10-01

    We present a novel method to extend the ion-beam induced shaping of metallic nanoparticles in various layered structures. Monodisperse Au nanoparticles having mean diameter of 30 nm and their ion-shaping process is investigated for a limited number of experimental conditions. Au nanoparticles were embedded within a single plane in various layered structures of silicon nitride films (Si3N4), combinations of oxide-nitride films (SiO2-Si3N4) and amorphous silicon films (a-Si) and have been sequentially irradiated at 300 K at normal incidence with 50 and 25 MeV Ag ions, respectively. Under irradiation with heavy Ag ions and with sequential increase of the irradiation fluence, the evolution of the Au peak derived from the Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry show broadening in Au peak, which indicates that the Au becomes distributed over a larger depth region, indicative of the elongation of the nanoparticles. The latter is observed almost for every layer structure investigated except for Au nanoparticles embedded in pure a-Si matrix. The largest elongation rate at all fluences is found for the Au nanoparticles encapsulated in pure Si3N4 films. For all irradiation energy applied, we again demonstrate the existence of both threshold and saturation fluences for the elongation effects mentioned.

  7. Magnetic properties of Ni nanoparticles embedded in silica matrix (KIT-6) synthesized via novel chemical route

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    Dalavi, Shankar B.; Panda, Rabi N.; Raja, M. Manivel

    2015-06-24

    Thermally stable Ni nanoparticles have been embedded in mesoporous silica matrix (KIT-6) via novel chemical reduction method by using superhydride as reducing agent. X-ray diffraction (XRD) study confirms that pure and embedded Ni nanoparticles crystallize in face centered cubic (fcc) structure. Crystallite sizes of pure Ni, 4 wt% and 8 wt% Ni in silica were estimated to be 6.0 nm, 10.4 nm and 10.5 nm, respectively. Morphology and dispersion of Ni in silica matrix were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Magnetic study shows enhancement of magnetic moments of Ni nanoparticles embedded in silica matrix compared with that of pure Ni. The result has been interpreted on the basis of size reduction and magnetic exchange effects. Saturation magnetization values for pure Ni, 4 wt% and 8 wt% Ni in silica were found to be 15.77 emu/g, 5.08 emu/g and 2.00 emu/g whereas coercivity values were 33.72 Oe, 92.47 Oe and 64.70 Oe, respectively. We anticipate that the observed magnetic properties may find application as soft magnetic materials.

  8. Polymeric nanoparticles-embedded organogel for roxithromycin delivery to hair follicles.

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    Główka, Eliza; Wosicka-Frąckowiak, Hanna; Hyla, Kinga; Stefanowska, Justyna; Jastrzębska, Katarzyna; Klapiszewski, Łukasz; Jesionowski, Teofil; Cal, Krzysztof

    2014-09-01

    Drug delivery into hair follicles with the use of nanoparticles (NPs) is gaining more importance as drug-loaded NPs may accumulate in hair follicle openings. The aim was to develop and evaluate a pluronic lecithin organogel (PLO) with roxithromycin (ROX)-loaded NPs for follicular targeting. Polymeric NPs were evaluated in terms of particle shape, size, zeta potential, suspension stability, encapsulation efficiency and in vitro drug release. Lyophilized NPs were incorporated into the PLO and rheological measurements of the nanoparticles-embedded organogels were done. The fate of the NPs in the skin was traced by incorporation of a fluorescent dye into the NPs. As a result, ROX was efficiently incorporated into polymeric NPs characterized by the appropriate size (approximately 300 nm) allowing drug delivery to hair follicles. In ex vivo human skin penetration studies, horizontal skin sections revealed fluorescence deep in the hair follicles. Although the organogel has higher affinity to the lipidic follicular area than an aqueous suspension of NPs, it did not seem to improve penetration of the NPs along the hair shaft. The results proved that it was possible to achieve preferential targeting to the pilosebaceous unit using polymeric NPs formulated either into the aqueous suspension or semisolid topical formulation.

  9. Magnetic properties of Ni nanoparticles embedded in silica matrix (KIT-6) synthesized via novel chemical route

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    Dalavi, Shankar B.; Raja, M. Manivel; Panda, Rabi. N.

    2015-06-01

    Thermally stable Ni nanoparticles have been embedded in mesoporous silica matrix (KIT-6) via novel chemical reduction method by using superhydride as reducing agent. X-ray diffraction (XRD) study confirms that pure and embedded Ni nanoparticles crystallize in face centered cubic (fcc) structure. Crystallite sizes of pure Ni, 4 wt% and 8 wt% Ni in silica were estimated to be 6.0 nm, 10.4 nm and 10.5 nm, respectively. Morphology and dispersion of Ni in silica matrix were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Magnetic study shows enhancement of magnetic moments of Ni nanoparticles embedded in silica matrix compared with that of pure Ni. The result has been interpreted on the basis of size reduction and magnetic exchange effects. Saturation magnetization values for pure Ni, 4 wt% and 8 wt% Ni in silica were found to be 15.77 emu/g, 5.08 emu/g and 2.00 emu/g whereas coercivity values were 33.72 Oe, 92.47 Oe and 64.70 Oe, respectively. We anticipate that the observed magnetic properties may find application as soft magnetic materials.

  10. Transport properties of β-Ga2O3 nanoparticles embedded in Nb thin films

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    Vaidhyanathan, L. S.; Srinivasan, M. P.; Chandra Mohan, P.; Baisnab, D. K.; Mythili, R.; Janawadkar, M. P.

    2015-01-01

    The origin of ferromagnetism in nanoparticles of nonmagnetic oxides is an interesting area of research. In the present work, transport properties of niobium thin films, with β-Ga2O3 nanoparticles embedded within them, are presented. Nanoparticles of β-Ga2O3 embedded in a Nb matrix were prepared at room temperature by radio frequency co-sputtering technique on Si (100) and glass substrates held at room temperature. The thin films deposited on Si substrates were subjected to Ar annealing at a temperature range of 600-650 C for 1 hour. Films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Micro-Raman and elemental identification was performed with an Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS). Transport measurements were performed down to liquid helium temperatures by four-probe contact technique, showed characteristics analogous to those observed in the context of a Kondo system. A comparison of the experimental data with the theoretical formalism of Kondo and Hamann is presented. It is suggested that this behavior arises from the existence of magnetic moments associated with the oxygen vacancy defects in the nanoparticles of the nonmagnetic oxide Ga2O3.

  11. Silver nanoparticles embedded in zeolite membranes: release of silver ions and mechanism of antibacterial action

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    Nagy, Amber; Harrison, Alistair; Sabbani, Supriya; Munson, Robert S; Dutta, Prabir K; Waldman, W James

    2011-01-01

    Background The focus of this study is on the antibacterial properties of silver nanoparticles embedded within a zeolite membrane (AgNP-ZM). Methods and Results These membranes were effective in killing Escherichia coli and were bacteriostatic against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. E. coli suspended in Luria Bertani (LB) broth and isolated from physical contact with the membrane were also killed. Elemental analysis indicated slow release of Ag+ from the AgNP-ZM into the LB broth. The E. coli killing efficiency of AgNP-ZM was found to decrease with repeated use, and this was correlated with decreased release of silver ions with each use of the support. Gene expression microarrays revealed upregulation of several antioxidant genes as well as genes coding for metal transport, metal reduction, and ATPase pumps in response to silver ions released from AgNP-ZM. Gene expression of iron transporters was reduced, and increased expression of ferrochelatase was observed. In addition, upregulation of multiple antibiotic resistance genes was demonstrated. The expression levels of multicopper oxidase, glutaredoxin, and thioredoxin decreased with each support use, reflecting the lower amounts of Ag+ released from the membrane. The antibacterial mechanism of AgNP-ZM is proposed to be related to the exhaustion of antioxidant capacity. Conclusion These results indicate that AgNP-ZM provide a novel matrix for gradual release of Ag+. PMID:21931480

  12. DNA compaction by azobenzene-containing surfactant

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    Zakrevskyy, Yuriy; Kopyshev, Alexey; Lomadze, Nino; Santer, Svetlana

    2011-08-15

    We report on the interaction of cationic azobenzene-containing surfactant with DNA investigated by absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, and atomic force microscopy. The properties of the surfactant can be controlled with light by reversible switching of the azobenzene unit, incorporated into the surfactant tail, between a hydrophobic trans (visible irradiation) and a hydrophilic cis (UV irradiation) configuration. The influence of the trans-cis isomerization of the azobenzene on the compaction process of DNA molecules and the role of both isomers in the formation and colloidal stability of DNA-surfactant complexes is discussed. It is shown that the trans isomer plays a major role in the DNA compaction process. The influence of the cis isomer on the DNA coil configuration is rather small. The construction of a phase diagram of the DNA concentration versus surfactant/DNA charge ratio allows distancing between three major phases: colloidally stable and unstable compacted globules, and extended coil conformation. There is a critical concentration of DNA above which the compacted globules can be hindered from aggregation and precipitation by adding an appropriate amount of the surfactant in the trans configuration. This is because of the compensation of hydrophobicity of the globules with an increasing amount of the surfactant. Below the critical DNA concentration, the compacted globules are colloidally stable and can be reversibly transferred with light to an extended coil state.

  13. Cooperative Switching in Nanofibers of Azobenzene Oligomers

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    Weber, Christopher; Liebig, Tobias; Gensler, Manuel; Zykov, Anton; Pithan, Linus; Rabe, Jürgen P.; Hecht, Stefan; Bléger, David; Kowarik, Stefan

    2016-05-01

    Next-generation molecular devices and machines demand the integration of molecular switches into hierarchical assemblies to amplify the response of the system from the molecular level to the meso- or macro-scale. Here, we demonstrate that multi-azobenzene oligomers can assemble to form robust supramolecular nanofibers in which they can be switched repeatedly between the E- and Z-configuration. While in isolated oligomers the azobenzene units undergo reversible photoisomerization independently, in the nanofibers they are coupled via intermolecular interactions and switch cooperatively as evidenced by unusual thermal and kinetic behavior. We find that the photoisomerization rate from the Z-isomer to the E-isomer depends on the fraction of Z-azobenzene in the nanofibers, and is increased by more than a factor of 4 in Z-rich fibers when compared to E-rich fibers. This demonstrates the great potential of coupling individual photochromic units for increasing their quantum efficiency in the solid state with potential relevance for actuation and sensing.

  14. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Processing of Barium Titanate Nanoparticles Embedded in Polymer Films.

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    Toomey, Michael D; Gao, Kai; Mendis, Gamini P; Slamovich, Elliott B; Howarter, John A

    2015-12-30

    Barium titanate nanoparticles embedded in flexible polymer films were synthesized using hydrothermal processing methods. The resulting films were characterized with respect to material composition, size distribution of nanoparticles, and spatial location of particles within the polymer film. Synthesis conditions were varied based on the mechanical properties of the polymer films, ratio of polymer to barium titanate precursors, and length of aging time between initial formulations of the solution to final processing of nanoparticles. Block copolymers of poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride) (SMAh) were used to spatially separate titanium precursors based on specific chemical interactions with the maleic anhydride moiety. However, the glassy nature of this copolymer restricted mobility of the titanium precursors during hydrothermal processing. The addition of rubbery butadiene moieties, through mixing of the SMAh with poly(styrene-butadiene-styrene) (SBS) copolymer, increased the nanoparticle dispersion as a result of greater diffusivity of the titanium precursor via higher mobility of the polymer matrix. Additionally, an aminosilane was used as a means to retard cross-linking in polymer-metalorganic solutions, as the titanium precursor molecules were shown to react and form networks prior to hydrothermal processing. By adding small amounts of competing aminosilane, excessive cross-linking was prevented without significantly impacting the quality and composition of the final barium titanate nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to verify nanoparticle compositions. Particle sizes within the polymer films were measured to be 108 ± 5 nm, 100 ± 6 nm, and 60 ± 5 nm under different synthetic conditions using electron microscopy. Flexibility of the films was assessed through measurement of the glass transition temperature using dynamic mechanical analysis. Dielectric permittivity was measured using an impedance analyzer.

  15. Subsurface Synthesis and Characterization of Ag Nanoparticles Embedded in MgO

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    Vilayur Ganapathy, Subramanian; Devaraj, Arun; Colby, Robert J.; Pandey, Archana; Varga, Tamas; Shutthanandan, V.; Manandhar, Sandeep; El-Khoury, Patrick Z.; Kayani, Asghar N.; Hess, Wayne P.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai

    2013-03-08

    Metal nanoparticles exhibit localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) which is very sensitive to the size and shape of the nanoparticle and the dielectric medium surrounding it. LSPR causes field enhancement near the surface of the nanoparticle making them interesting candidates for plasmonic applications. In particular, partially exposed metallic nanoparticles distributed in a dielectric matrix form hotspots which are prime locations for LSPR spectroscopy and sensing. This study involves synthesizing partially buried Ag nanoparticles in MgO and investigating the characteristics of this material system. Ag nanoparticles of different shapes and size distributions were synthesized below the surface of MgO by implanting 200 keV Ag+ ions followed by annealing at 10000C for 10 and 30 hours. A detailed optical and structural characterization was carried out to understand the evolution of Ag nanoparticle microstructure and size distribution inside the MgO matrix. Micro x-ray diffraction (MicroXRD) was employed to investigate the structural properties and estimate the crystallite size. The nanoparticles evolved from a spherical to faceted morphology with annealing time, assuming an octahedral shape truncated at the (001) planes as seen from aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images. The nanoparticles embedded in MgO were shown to be pure metallic Ag using atom probe tomography (APT). The nanoparticles were partially exposed to the surface employing plasma etch techniques to remove the overlaying MgO. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were employed to study the surface morphology and obtain a height distribution for the partially exposed nanoparticles.

  16. Deflocculation of clay suspensions using sodium polyacrylates

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    Jedlicka, P.

    1984-01-01

    Rheological properties of elutriated kaolin suspensions deflocculated by Na polyacrylate (DAC 3 and DAC 4) were studied and compared to those deflocculated by the conventional Na2CO3 water and glass and imported Dispex N40. The deflocculating effect of Na polyacrylate was comparable to that of Dispex N40. The optimum amounts of Na polyacrylate were determined for suspensions based on 5-type kaolin. The Na polyacrylate can be successfully used for decreasing the water content of ceramic slips for casting and spray drying.

  17. Enhancement of the memory effects for nonvolatile memory devices fabricated utilizing ZnO nanoparticles embedded in a Si3N4 layer.

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    Oh, Do-Hyun; Cho, Woon-Jo; Son, Dong Ick; Kim, Tae Whan

    2010-05-01

    ZnO nanoparticles embedded in a Si3N4 layer by using spin-coating and thermal treatment were fabricated to investigate the feasible applications in charge trapping regions of the metal/oxide/nitride/oxide/p-Si memory devices. The magnitude of the flatband voltage shift of the capacitance-voltage (C-V) curve for the Al/SiO2/ZnO nanoparticles embedded in Si3N4 layer/SiO2/p-Si memory device was larger than that of Al/ZnO nanoparticles embedded in SiO2 layer/p-Si and Al/SiO2/Si3N4/SiO2/p-Si devices. The increase in the flatband voltage shift of the C-V curve for the Al/SiO2/ZnO nanoparticles embedded in Si3N4 layer/SiO2/p-Si memory device in comparison with other devices was attributed to the existence of the ZnO nanoparticles or the interface trap states between the ZnO nanoparticles and the Si3N4 layer resulting from existence of ZnO nanoparticles embedded in the Si3N4 layer.

  18. Magnetic properties of nanocomposites formed by magnetic nanoparticles embedded in a non-magnetic matrix: a simulation approach.

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    Serna, J Ceballos; Restrepo-Parra, E; Rojas, J C Riaño

    2012-06-01

    In this work, simulations of magnetic properties of nanocomposites formed by magnetic nanoparticles embedded in a non magnetic matrix are presented. These simulations were carried by means of the Monte Carlo Method and Heisenberg model. Properties as magnetization and Hysteresis loops were obtained varying different parameters as the nanoparticle size, distance between nanoparticles and temperature. The model employed includes interaction between ions belonging to each nanoparticle and also the interaction between nanoparticles. Results show that the magnetization and the coercive force decrease as a function of the nanoparticles distance.

  19. Potential of bismuth nanoparticles embedded in a glass matrix for spectral-selective thermo-optical devices

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    Jiménez de Castro, M.; Cabello, F.; Toudert, J.; Serna, R.; Haro-Poniatowski, E.

    2014-09-01

    The optical transmission at a fixed visible wavelength of Bi nanoparticles embedded in a dielectric is known to show a sharp hysteretic evolution as a function of the temperature due to the reversible melting-solidification of the nanoparticles. In this work, we explore the temperature-dependent optical response of Bi nanoparticles embedded in a doped germanate glass (GeO2-Al2O3-Na2O) in a broad range from the visible to the near infrared. The transmission contrast induced by melting of the nanoparticles is shown to be strongly wavelength-dependent and evolves from positive to negative as the wavelength increases. This behaviour is well modelled using effective medium calculations, assuming that the nanoparticles size, shape, and distribution are unmodified upon melting, while their dielectric function turns from that of solid Bi to that of liquid Bi thus modifying markedly their optical response. These results open a route to the spectral tailoring of the thermo-optical response of Bi nanoparticles-based materials, which can be profitable for the engineering of wavelength-selective thermo-optical modulators and filters with optimized amplitude of modulation and wavelength dependence.

  20. Molecular mechanics modeling of azobenzene-based photoswitches.

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    Duchstein, Patrick; Neiss, Christian; Görling, Andreas; Zahn, Dirk

    2012-06-01

    We present an extension of the generalized amber force field to allow the modeling of azobenzenes by means of classical molecular mechanics. TD-DFT calculations were employed to derive different interaction models for 4-hydroxy-4'-methyl-azobenzene, including the ground (S(0)) and S(1) excited state. For both states, partial charges and the -N = N- torsion potentials were characterized. On this basis, we pave the way to large-scale model simulations involving azobenzene molecular switches. Using the example of an isolated molecule, the mechanics of cyclic switching processes are demonstrated by classical molecular dynamics simulations.

  1. Graphene-modulated photo-absorption in adsorbed azobenzene monolayers.

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    Fu, Qiang; Cocchi, Caterina; Nabok, Dmitrii; Gulans, Andris; Draxl, Claudia

    2017-02-22

    The impact of graphene on the photo-absorption properties of trans- and cis-azobenzene monolayers is studied in the framework of density-functional theory and many-body perturbation theory. We find that, despite the weak hybridization between the electronic bands of graphene and those of the azobenzene monolayers, graphene remarkably modulates the absorption spectra of the adsorbates. The excitation energies are affected via two counteracting mechanisms: substrate polarization reduces the band-gap of azobenzene, and enhanced dielectric screening weakens the attractive interaction between electrons and holes. The competition between these two effects gives rise to an overall blueshift of peaks stemming from intramolecular excitations, and a redshift of peaks from intermolecular ones. Even more interesting is that excitations corresponding to intermolecular electron-hole pairs, which are dark in the isolated monolayers, are activated by the graphene substrate. Our results demonstrate that the photoisomerization process of weakly adsorbed azobenzene undergoes notable changes on a carbon-based substrate.

  2. Theoretical study of the isomerization mechanism of azobenzene and disubstituted azobenzene derivatives.

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    Crecca, Christina R; Roitberg, Adrian E

    2006-07-06

    A series of azobenzenes was studied using ab initio methods to determine the substituent effects on the isomerization pathways. Energy barriers were determined from three-dimensional potential energy surfaces of the ground and electronically excited states. In the ground state (S(0)), the inversion pathway was found to be preferred. Our results show that electron donating substituents increase the isomerization barrier along the inversion pathway, whereas electron withdrawing substituents decrease it. The inversion pathway of the first excited state (S(1)) showed trans --> cis barriers with no curve crossing between S(0) and S(1). In contrast, a conical intersection was found between the ground and first excited states along the rotation pathway for each of the azobenzenes studied. No barriers were found in this pathway, and we therefore postulate that after n --> pi (S(1) <-- S(0)) excitation, the rotation mechanism dominates. Upon pi --> pi (S(2) <-- S(0)) excitation, there may be sufficient energy to open an additional pathway (concerted-inversion) as proposed by Diau. Our potential energy surface explains the experimentally observed difference in trans-to-cis quantum yields between S(1) and S(2) excitations. The concerted inversion channel is not available to the remaining azobenzenes, and so they must employ the rotation pathway for both n --> pi and pi --> pi excitations.

  3. Holographic data storage using azobenzene polymer

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    Wang, Michael R.; Yang, Jianwen; Yan, Xingzhong; DeMasi, Ralph

    2001-10-01

    It is well known that holographic data storage can significantly increase data storage capacity. However, the technological maturity of holographic data storage is believed to be impeded by the lack of good holographic material that can be erased and recorded optically with almost unlimited rewriting cycles, large index modulation for large capacity multiplexed data recording, long lifetime, and immunity to destructive readout for archival applications. The performance of an azobenzene polymer is presented for holographic data storage applications. Initial experiments demonstrated that it is capable of satisfying many of above requirements. Recording of holograms without follow-up processing and being stable in application environment are its most attractive features. Applications of such material to other adaptive structures are possible.

  4. Active systems based on silver-montmorillonite nanoparticles embedded into bio-based polymer matrices for packaging applications.

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    Incoronato, A L; Buonocore, G G; Conte, A; Lavorgna, M; Nobile, M A Del

    2010-12-01

    Silver-montmorillonite (Ag-MMT) antimicrobial nanoparticles were obtained by allowing silver ions from nitrate solutions to replace the Na(+) of natural montmorillonite and to be reduced by thermal treatment. The Ag-MMT nanoparticles were embedded in agar, zein, and poly(ε-caprolactone) polymer matrices. These nanocomposites were tested in vitro with a three-strain cocktail of Pseudomonas spp. to assess antimicrobial effectiveness. The results indicate that Ag-MMT nanoparticles embedded into agar may have antimicrobial activity against selected spoilage microorganisms. No antimicrobial effects were recorded with active zein and poly(ε-caprolactone). The water content of the polymeric matrix was the key parameter associated with antimicrobial effectiveness of this active system intended for food packaging applications.

  5. Light scattering measurement of sodium polyacrylate products

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    Lama, Nisha; Norwood, David; Boone, Steven; Massie-Boyer, Valerie

    2015-03-01

    In the presentation, we will describe the use of a multi-detector HPLC incorporating the DAWN EOS multi-angle laser light scattering (MALLS) detector to measure the properties such as molecular weight, RMS radius, contour and persistence length and polydispersity of sodium polyacrylate products. The samples of sodium polyacrylate are used in various industries as thickening agents, coating dispersants, artificial snow, laundry detergent and disposable diapers. Data and results obtained from the experiment will be presented.

  6. Review of the recent progress in photoresponsive molecularly imprinted polymers containing azobenzene chromophores.

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    Wei, Yu-bo; Tang, Qian; Gong, Cheng-bin; Lam, Michael Hon-Wah

    2015-11-05

    Photoresponsive molecularly imprinted polymers (PMIPs) containing azobenzene have received wide research attention in recent years and made notable achievements. This article reviews the recent developments on PMIPs containing azobenzene. Topics include the following: (i) brief introduction of azobenzene, molecularly imprinted polymers, and PMIPs containing azobenzene; (ii) progress in functional monomers, cross-linkers, and polymerization conditions; (iii) preparation methods, properties, applications, as well as advantages and disadvantages of conventional PMIPs; (iv) substrate, preparation method, and applications of photoresponsive surface molecularly imprinted polymers; and (v) some perspectives for further development of PMIPs containing azobenzene.

  7. Nonlinear dynamics and thermodynamics of azobenzene polymer networks

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    Oates, William S.; Bin, Jonghoon

    2013-04-01

    The nonlinear photomechanics and thermodynamics of azobenzene liquid crystal polymer networks is studied to quantify interactions between wavelength dependent molecular conformation changes that occur within a polymer network. The transfer of energy from light to liquid crystals to a polymer network strongly depends on the wavelength and polarization of light where trans or rod shaped azobenzene chromophores convert to a cis or kinked conformation and simultaneously may relax back to the trans state but in a different orientation. This behavior requires an understanding of the dynamic interactions between light and azobenzene molecules and thermodynamics of light-matter interactions. We investigate this behavior by quantifying transmission and absorption of electro-magnetic energy with stored energy within the solid material. This is conducted by introducing a set of optical order parameters coupled to photochemistry that evolve as a function of electro-magnetic radiation.

  8. Cobalt nanoparticles embedded in N-doped carbon as an efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction and evolution reactions

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    Su, Yunhe; Zhu, Yihua; Jiang, Hongliang; Shen, Jianhua; Yang, Xiaoling; Zou, Wenjian; Chen, Jianding; Li, Chunzhong

    2014-11-01

    Cobalt based catalysts are promising bifunctional electrocatalysts for both oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions (ORR and OER) in unitized regenerative fuel cells (URFCs) operating with alkaline electrolytes. Here we report a hybrid composite of cobalt nanoparticles embedded in nitrogen-doped carbon (Co/N-C) via a solvothermal carbonization strategy. With the synergistic effect arising from the N-doped carbon and cobalt nanoparticles in the composite, the Co/N-C hybrid catalyst exhibits highly efficient bifunctional catalytic activity and excellent stability toward both ORR and OER. The ΔE (oxygen electrode activity parameter for judging the overall electrocatalytic activity of a bifunctional electrocatalyst) value for Co/N-C is 0.859 V, which is smaller than those of Pt/C and most of the non-precious metal catalysts in previous studies. Furthermore, the Co/N-C composite also shows better bifunctional catalytic activity than its oxidative counterparts, which could be attributed to the high specific surface area and the efficient charge transfer ability of the composite, as well as the good synergistic effect between N-doped carbon and the Co nanoparticles in the Co/N-C composite.Cobalt based catalysts are promising bifunctional electrocatalysts for both oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions (ORR and OER) in unitized regenerative fuel cells (URFCs) operating with alkaline electrolytes. Here we report a hybrid composite of cobalt nanoparticles embedded in nitrogen-doped carbon (Co/N-C) via a solvothermal carbonization strategy. With the synergistic effect arising from the N-doped carbon and cobalt nanoparticles in the composite, the Co/N-C hybrid catalyst exhibits highly efficient bifunctional catalytic activity and excellent stability toward both ORR and OER. The ΔE (oxygen electrode activity parameter for judging the overall electrocatalytic activity of a bifunctional electrocatalyst) value for Co/N-C is 0.859 V, which is smaller than those

  9. Electron attachment to trans-azobenzene.

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    Modelli, Alberto; Burrow, Paul D

    2009-10-14

    The temporary anion states of gas-phase trans-azobenzene are characterised by means of electron transmission spectroscopy (ETS) in the 0-6 eV range. The measured energies of vertical electron attachment are compared with the energies of the pi* virtual orbitals of the neutral molecule supplied by HF (at MP2 optimized geometries) and B3LYP calculations. The calculated energies, scaled with empirical equations, reproduce quantitatively the energies of the corresponding spectral features and predict a positive vertical electron affinity of 0.83 eV. The total anion current at the walls of the collision chamber and the mass-selected molecular anion current are also reported as a function of the impact electron energy. In agreement with previous data, long-lived (>1 mus) parent molecular anions are detected at zero eV and near 1 eV. The close similarity of the electron transmission spectrum with the derivatives with respect to energy of the anion currents suggests strongly that shape resonances produced by electron capture into empty pi* orbitals are the initial step in formation of the long lived molecular anions. This appears to rule out mechanisms in which direct formation of core-excited anion states are invoked. However, according to DFT calculations, conversion of the shape resonances around 1 eV to longer-lived sigma-pi* core-excited doublet anion states is possible on energetic grounds.

  10. Carrier transport in flexible organic bistable devices of ZnO nanoparticles embedded in an insulating poly(methyl methacrylate) polymer layer

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    Son, Dong-Ick; Park, Dong-Hee; Choi, Won Kook; Cho, Sung-Hwan; Kim, Won-Tae; Kim, Tae Whan

    2009-05-01

    The bistable effects of ZnO nanoparticles embedded in an insulating poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer single layer by using flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates were investigated. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images revealed that ZnO nanoparticles were formed inside the PMMA polymer layer. Current-voltage (I-V) measurement on the Al/ZnO nanoparticles embedded in an insulating PMMA polymer layer/ITO/PET structures at 300 K showed a nonvolatile electrical bistability behavior with a flat-band voltage shift due to the existence of the ZnO nanoparticles, indicative of trapping, storing, and emission of charges in the electronic states of the ZnO nanoparticles. The carrier transport mechanism of the bistable behavior for the fabricated organic bistable device (OBD) structures is described on the basis of the I-V results by analyzing the effect of space charge.

  11. Approximate photochemical dynamics of azobenzene with reactive force fields

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    Li, Yan; Hartke, Bernd

    2013-12-14

    We have fitted reactive force fields of the ReaxFF type to the ground and first excited electronic states of azobenzene, using global parameter optimization by genetic algorithms. Upon coupling with a simple energy-gap transition probability model, this setup allows for completely force-field-based simulations of photochemical cis→trans- and trans→cis-isomerizations of azobenzene, with qualitatively acceptable quantum yields. This paves the way towards large-scale dynamics simulations of molecular machines, including bond breaking and formation (via the reactive force field) as well as photochemical engines (presented in this work)

  12. Approximate photochemical dynamics of azobenzene with reactive force fields

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    Li, Yan; Hartke, Bernd

    2013-12-01

    We have fitted reactive force fields of the ReaxFF type to the ground and first excited electronic states of azobenzene, using global parameter optimization by genetic algorithms. Upon coupling with a simple energy-gap transition probability model, this setup allows for completely force-field-based simulations of photochemical cis→trans- and trans→cis-isomerizations of azobenzene, with qualitatively acceptable quantum yields. This paves the way towards large-scale dynamics simulations of molecular machines, including bond breaking and formation (via the reactive force field) as well as photochemical engines (presented in this work).

  13. Cobalt nanoparticles embedded in N-doped carbon as an efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction and evolution reactions.

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    Su, Yunhe; Zhu, Yihua; Jiang, Hongliang; Shen, Jianhua; Yang, Xiaoling; Zou, Wenjian; Chen, Jianding; Li, Chunzhong

    2014-12-21

    Cobalt based catalysts are promising bifunctional electrocatalysts for both oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions (ORR and OER) in unitized regenerative fuel cells (URFCs) operating with alkaline electrolytes. Here we report a hybrid composite of cobalt nanoparticles embedded in nitrogen-doped carbon (Co/N-C) via a solvothermal carbonization strategy. With the synergistic effect arising from the N-doped carbon and cobalt nanoparticles in the composite, the Co/N-C hybrid catalyst exhibits highly efficient bifunctional catalytic activity and excellent stability toward both ORR and OER. The ΔE (oxygen electrode activity parameter for judging the overall electrocatalytic activity of a bifunctional electrocatalyst) value for Co/N-C is 0.859 V, which is smaller than those of Pt/C and most of the non-precious metal catalysts in previous studies. Furthermore, the Co/N-C composite also shows better bifunctional catalytic activity than its oxidative counterparts, which could be attributed to the high specific surface area and the efficient charge transfer ability of the composite, as well as the good synergistic effect between N-doped carbon and the Co nanoparticles in the Co/N-C composite.

  14. Highly Reversible and Ultrafast Sodium Storage in NaTi2(PO4)3 Nanoparticles Embedded in Nanocarbon Networks.

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    Jiang, Yu; Shi, Jinan; Wang, Min; Zeng, Linchao; Gu, Lin; Yu, Yan

    2016-01-13

    Sodium ion batteries (NIBs) have been considered as an alternative for Li ion batteries (LIBs). NaTi2(PO4)3 (denoted as NTP) is a superior anode material for NIBs. However, the poor electrochemical performance of NTP resulting from the low electronic conductivity prevents its application. Here, NTP nanoparticles embedded in carbon network (denoted as NTP/C) were fabricated using a simple soft-template method. This anode material exhibits superior electrochemical performance when used as anode electrodes for NIBs, including highly reversible capacity (108 mAh g(-1) at 100 C) for excellent rate performance and long cycle life (83 mAh g(-1) at 50 C after 6000 cycles). The excellent sodium storage property can be resulted from the synergistic effects of nanosized NTP, thinner carbon shell and the interconnected carbon network, leading to the low charge transfer resistance, the large surface area for electrolyte to soak in and enough void to buffer the volume variation during the repeated cycle.

  15. Gold nanoparticle-embedded silk protein-ZnO nanorod hybrids for flexible bio-photonic devices

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    Gogurla, Narendar; Kundu, Subhas C.; Ray, Samit K.

    2017-04-01

    Silk protein has been used as a biopolymer substrate for flexible photonic devices. Here, we demonstrate ZnO nanorod array hybrid photodetectors on Au nanoparticle-embedded silk protein for flexible optoelectronics. Hybrid samples exhibit optical absorption at the band edge of ZnO as well as plasmonic energy due to Au nanoparticles, making them attractive for selective UV and visible wavelength detection. The device prepared on Au-silk protein shows a much lower dark current and a higher photo to dark-current ratio of ∼105 as compared to the control sample without Au nanoparticles. The hybrid device also exhibits a higher specific detectivity due to higher responsivity arising from the photo-generated hole trapping by Au nanoparticles. Sharp pulses in the transient photocurrent have been observed in devices prepared on glass and Au-silk protein substrates due to the light induced pyroelectric effect of ZnO, enabling the demonstration of self-powered photodetectors at zero bias. Flexible hybrid detectors have been demonstrated on Au-silk/polyethylene terephthalate substrates, exhibiting characteristics similar to those fabricated on rigid glass substrates. A study of the performance of photodetectors with different bending angles indicates very good mechanical stability of silk protein based flexible devices. This novel concept of ZnO nanorod array photodetectors on a natural silk protein platform provides an opportunity to realize integrated flexible and self-powered bio-photonic devices for medical applications in near future.

  16. MOF-Derived Hollow Co9 S8 Nanoparticles Embedded in Graphitic Carbon Nanocages with Superior Li-Ion Storage.

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    Liu, Jun; Wu, Chao; Xiao, Dongdong; Kopold, Peter; Gu, Lin; van Aken, Peter A; Maier, Joachim; Yu, Yan

    2016-05-01

    Novel electrode materials consisting of hollow cobalt sulfide nanoparticles embedded in graphitic carbon nanocages (HCSP⊂GCC) are facilely synthesized by a top-down route applying room-temperature synthesized Co-based zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF-67) as the template. Owing to the good mechanical flexibility and pronounced structure stability of carbon nanocages-encapsulated Co9 S8 , the as-obtained HCSP⊂GCC exhibit superior Li-ion storage. Working in the voltage of 1.0-3.0 V, they display a very high energy density (707 Wh kg(-1) ), superior rate capability (reversible capabilities of 536, 489, 438, 393, 345, and 278 mA h g(-1) at 0.2, 0.5, 1, 2, 5, and 10C, respectively), and stable cycling performance (≈26% capacity loss after long 150 cycles at 1C with a capacity retention of 365 mA h g(-1) ). When the work voltage is extended into 0.01-3.0 V, a higher stable capacity of 1600 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 100 mA g(-1) is still achieved.

  17. Gold nanoparticle-embedded silk protein-ZnO nanorod hybrids for flexible bio-photonic devices.

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    Gogurla, Narendar; Kundu, Subhas C; Ray, Samit K

    2017-04-07

    Silk protein has been used as a biopolymer substrate for flexible photonic devices. Here, we demonstrate ZnO nanorod array hybrid photodetectors on Au nanoparticle-embedded silk protein for flexible optoelectronics. Hybrid samples exhibit optical absorption at the band edge of ZnO as well as plasmonic energy due to Au nanoparticles, making them attractive for selective UV and visible wavelength detection. The device prepared on Au-silk protein shows a much lower dark current and a higher photo to dark-current ratio of ∼10(5) as compared to the control sample without Au nanoparticles. The hybrid device also exhibits a higher specific detectivity due to higher responsivity arising from the photo-generated hole trapping by Au nanoparticles. Sharp pulses in the transient photocurrent have been observed in devices prepared on glass and Au-silk protein substrates due to the light induced pyroelectric effect of ZnO, enabling the demonstration of self-powered photodetectors at zero bias. Flexible hybrid detectors have been demonstrated on Au-silk/polyethylene terephthalate substrates, exhibiting characteristics similar to those fabricated on rigid glass substrates. A study of the performance of photodetectors with different bending angles indicates very good mechanical stability of silk protein based flexible devices. This novel concept of ZnO nanorod array photodetectors on a natural silk protein platform provides an opportunity to realize integrated flexible and self-powered bio-photonic devices for medical applications in near future.

  18. Transport properties of β-Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles embedded in Nb thin films

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    Vaidhyanathan, L.S. Baisnab, D.K.; Janawadkar, M.P.; Srinivasan, M.P.; Chandra Mohan, P.; Mythili, R.

    2015-01-15

    The origin of ferromagnetism in nanoparticles of nonmagnetic oxides is an interesting area of research. In the present work, transport properties of niobium thin films, with β-Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles embedded within them, are presented. Nanoparticles of β-Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} embedded in a Nb matrix were prepared at room temperature by radio frequency co-sputtering technique on Si (100) and glass substrates held at room temperature. The thin films deposited on Si substrates were subjected to Ar annealing at a temperature range of 600-650 C for 1 hour. Films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Micro-Raman and elemental identification was performed with an Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS). Transport measurements were performed down to liquid helium temperatures by four-probe contact technique, showed characteristics analogous to those observed in the context of a Kondo system. A comparison of the experimental data with the theoretical formalism of Kondo and Hamann is presented. It is suggested that this behavior arises from the existence of magnetic moments associated with the oxygen vacancy defects in the nanoparticles of the nonmagnetic oxide Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  19. Gold nanoparticles embedded in silica hollow nanospheres induced by compressed CO2 as an efficient catalyst for selective oxidation.

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    Guo, Li; Zhang, Ran; Chen, Chen; Chen, Jizhong; Zhao, Xiuge; Chen, Angjun; Liu, Xuerui; Xiu, Yuhe; Hou, Zhenshan

    2015-03-07

    Metal nanoparticles embedded in hollow materials are important due to their wide applications in catalysis. In this work, we disclosed a nontraditional synthetic pathway to prepare silica hollow nanospheres by hydrothermal treatment in the presence of compressed CO2. Especially, the silica hollow nanospheres with an outer diameter of about 16 nm and an inner pore size of 7 nm were obtained using 1.0 MPa CO2. The formation mechanism of silica hollow nanospheres induced by CO2 was investigated by high-pressured UV/Vis spectroscopy. Moreover, gold nanoparticles (2.5 nm) embedded in the silica hollow nanospheres were prepared by a one-pot synthesis using HAuCl4 as a precursor. The current synthetic route of nano-catalysts was simple and facile, in which no etching agent was needed in the process of the hollow material preparation. Besides, this nano-catalyst showed an excellent catalytic performance in epoxidation of styrene with high conversion (82.2%) and selectivity (90.2%) toward styrene oxide, as well as in the selective oxidation of ethylbenzene with good conversion (26.6%) and selectivity (87.8%) toward acetophenone. Moreover, the Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) embedded in silica hollow nanospheres exhibited an excellent recyclability in both the oxidation reactions.

  20. Two-Solvent Method Synthesis of NiO/ZnO Nanoparticles Embedded in Mesoporous SBA-15: Photocatalytic Properties Study

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    Dai, Peng; Yan, Tao-tao; Yu, Xin-xin; Bai, Zhi-man; Wu, Ming-zai

    2016-04-01

    Different loadings of NiO/ZnO nanoparticles embedded in mesoporous silica (SBA-15) were prepared via a two-solvent method with the ordered hexagonal mesoporous structure of SBA-15 kept. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, diffusive reflective UV-vis spectroscopy, and N2 adsorption porosimetry were employed to characterize the nanocomposites. The results indicate that the ordered hexagonal mesoporous structure of SBA-15 is kept and the absorption band edges of the nanocomposites shift into the ultraviolet light regime. The photocatalytic activity of our samples for degradation of methylene orange was investigated under UV light irradiation, and the results show that the nanocomposites have higher photodegradation ability toward methylene orange than commercial pure P-25. The photocatalytic activity of the nanocomposites was found to be dependent on both the adsorption ability of the SBA-15 and the photocatalytic activity of NiO-ZnO nanoparticles encapsulated in SBA-15. In addition, there is an optimal loading of NiO-ZnO nanoparticles. Too high or low loading will lower the photodegradation ability of the nanocomposites.

  1. Synthesis of azobenzenes from quinone acetals and arylhydrazines.

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    Carreño, M Carmen; Mudarra, Gerardo Fernández; Merino, Estíbaliz; Ribagorda, María

    2004-05-14

    Direct reaction between quinone bisacetals and arylhydrazines gives azobenzenes. The presence of catalytic amounts of cerium ammonium nitrate strongly accelerates the reaction. When the bisacetal has a substituent at the 2,5-cyclohexadiene framework, only one regioisomer is formed. The method represents a simple, mild, and novel synthetic access to differently substituted azocompounds in high to excellent yield.

  2. Photoresponsive ionic liquid crystals based on azobenzene guanidinium salts.

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    Wuckert, Eugen; Harjung, Marc D; Kapernaum, Nadia; Mueller, Carsten; Frey, Wolfgang; Baro, Angelika; Giesselmann, Frank; Laschat, Sabine

    2015-04-07

    The use of non-ionic LC phases as anisotropic matrices for E/Z-isomerization of azo-guest molecules is often restricted due to limited solubilities and demixing effects. In this study we therefore employed an ionic liquid crystal (ILC) matrix to follow the photo-induced E/Z-isomerization of ionic mesogenic azobenzene guanidinium guests. The latter were prepared from 4-hydroxy-4'-(octyloxy)azobenzene, which was first treated with N-(bromoalkyl)phthalimides to introduce the spacer with varying chain length. Removal of phthalimide and final reaction with a formamidinium salt linked the ionic head group to the photoisomerizable azobenzene unit. Investigation of the mesomorphic behaviour revealed for all azobenzene ILCs smectic A mesophases with high translational order parameters and partial bilayers, as could be stated by layer spacing d. Similar packing behaviour was found for the solid state by X-ray crystal structure analysis. E/Z-isomerization of azobenzene ILCs which were completely miscible with the ionic LC phase of C12MIM-Br as anisotropic host was induced by irradiation with UV light and the reisomerization observed by time-resolved UV-Vis spectroscopy. For comparison, water was used as isotropic host. Z/E-reisomerization activation energies exhibited similar values of 97-100 kJ mol(-1) irrespective of spacer lengths and the type of host. The results demonstrate that a proper match of steric requirements of host and guest as well as layer spacings are needed for a decreased activation energy.

  3. Macroscale cobalt-MOFs derived metallic Co nanoparticles embedded in N-doped porous carbon layers as efficient oxygen electrocatalysts

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    Lu, Hai-Sheng; Zhang, Haimin; Liu, Rongrong; Zhang, Xian; Zhao, Huijun; Wang, Guozhong

    2017-01-01

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) materials have aroused great research interest in different areas owing to their unique properties, such as high surface area, various composition, well-organized framework and controllable porous structure. Controllable fabrication of MOFs materials at macro-scale may be more promising for their large-scale practical applications. Here we report the synthesis of macro-scale Co-MOFs crystals using 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid (H3BTC) linker in the presence of Co2+, triethylamine (TEA) and nonanoic acid by a facile solvothermal reaction. Further, the as-fabricated Co-MOFs as precursor was pyrolytically treated at different temperatures in N2 atmosphere to obtain metallic Co nanoparticles embedded in N-doped porous carbon layers (denoted as Co@NPC). The results demonstrate that the Co-MOFs derived sample obtained at 900 °C (Co@NPC-900) shows a porous structure (including micropore and mesopore) with a surface area of 110.8 m2 g-1 and an N doping level of 1.62 at.% resulted from TEA in the pyrolysis process. As electrocatalyst, the Co@NPC-900 exhibits bifunctional electrocatalytic activities toward the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline media which are key reactions in some renewable energy technologies such as fuel cells and rechargeable metal-air batteries. The results indicate that the Co@NPC-900 can afford an onset potential of 1.50 V (vs. RHE) and a potential value of 1.61 V (vs. RHE) at a current density of 10 mA cm-2 for ORR and OER with high applicable stability, respectively. The efficient catalytic activity of Co@NPC-900 as bifunctional oxygen electrocatalyst can be ascribed to N doping and embedded metallic Co nanoparticles in carbon structure providing catalytic active sites and porous structure favourable for electrocatalysis-related mass transport.

  4. Investigation of bi-enzymatic reactor based on hybrid monolith with nanoparticles embedded and its proteolytic characteristics.

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    Shangguan, Lulu; Zhang, Lingyi; Xiong, Zhichao; Ren, Jun; Zhang, Runsheng; Gao, Fangyuan; Zhang, Weibing

    2015-04-03

    The bottom-up strategy of proteomic profiling study based on mass spectrometer (MS) has drawn high attention. However, conventional solution-based digestion could not satisfy the demands of highly efficient and complete high throughput proteolysis of complex samples. We proposed a novel bi-enzymatic reactor by immobilizing two different enzymes (trypsin/chymotrypsin) onto a mixed support of hybrid organic-inorganic monolith with SBA-15 nanoparticles embedded. Typsin and chymotrypsin were crossly immobilized onto the mixed support by covalent bonding onto the monolith with glutaraldehyde as bridge reagent and chelation via copper ion onto the nanoparticles, respectively. Compared with single enzymatic reactors, the bi-enzymatic reactor improved the overall functional analysis of membrane proteins of rat liver by doubling the number of identified peptides (from 1184/1010 with trypsin/chymotrypsin enzymatic reactors to 2891 with bi-enzymatic reactor), which led to more proteins identified with deep coverage (from 452/336 to 620); the efficiency of the bi-enzymatic reactor is also better than that of solution-based tandem digestion, greatly shorting the digestion time from 24h to 50s. Moreover, more transmembrane proteins were identified by bi-enzymatic reactor (106) compared with solution-based tandem digestion (95) with the same two enzymes and enzymatic reactors with single enzyme immobilized (75 with trypsin and 66 with chymotrypsin). The proteolytic characteristics of the bi-enzymatic reactors were evaluated by applying them to digestion of rat liver proteins. The reactors showed good digestion capability for proteins with different hydrophobicity and molecular weight.

  5. Predicting photoisomerization profile of the highly polymerized nematic azobenzene liquid crystal network: First principle calculation

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    Yun, J.; Li, C.; Chung, H.; Choi, J.; Cho, M.

    2015-05-01

    The cis profile of azobenzene is a key factor in predicting the photodeformation of the nematic azobenzene liquid crystal network (LCN). An ab initio based method for predicting the photoisomerization profile of azobenzene is developed by coupling the stimulated Raman adiabatic passage (STIRAP) method with non-linear Beers law, and compared with experimental data. Using this combined method, we calculate the photoisomerization profile of azobenzene with various light input conditions. We identify the cis profile of the nematic LCN structure evolves into a step-like decaying shape when the direction of polarized light is parallel to the nematic direction.

  6. Two-solvent method synthesis of SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles embedded in SBA-15: Gas-sensing and photocatalytic properties study

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    Dai, Peng; Zhang, Lili; Li, Guang; Sun, Zhaoqi; Liu, Xiansong; Wu, Mingzai

    2014-02-01

    Graphical abstract: Different loadings of SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles embedded in mesoporous silica (sample S1, S2 and S3) show higher response to H{sub 2} at lower operating temperature than pure SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles. - Highlights: • Two-solvent method is firstly used to synthesize SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles embedded in mesoporous silica (SBA-15). • The SnO{sub 2}/SBA-15 nanocomposites show higher response to H{sub 2} at lower operating temperature than pure SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles. • The SnO{sub 2}/SBA-15 nanocomposites have higher photodegradation ability toward methylene blue than pure SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles. - Abstract: Different loadings of SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles embedded in mesoporous silica (SBA-15) were prepared via a two-solvent method with the ordered hexagonal mesoporous structure of SBA-15 kept. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and N{sub 2} adsorption porosimetry were employed to characterize the nanocomposites. Compared with pure SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles, the SnO{sub 2}/SBA-15 nanocomposites show higher response to H{sub 2} at lower operating temperature. The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared SnO{sub 2}/SBA-15 for degradation of methylene blue was investigated under UV light irradiation and the results show that the SnO{sub 2}/SBA-15 nanocomposites have higher photodegradation ability toward methylene blue than pure SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles.

  7. Formation and microstructural properties of locally distributed ZnSiO3 nanoparticles embedded in a SiO2 layer by using a focused electron beam.

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    Shin, J W; No, Y S; Kim, T W; Choi, W K

    2008-10-01

    Locally distributed crystalline ZnSiO3 nanoparticles embedded in a SiO2 layer inserted between the ZnO thin film and the Si substrate were formed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with a focused electron beam irradiation process. High-resolution TEM (HRTEM) images and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) profiles showed that ZnSiO3 nanocrystals with a size of approximately 6 nm were formed in the SiO2 layer. The formation mechanisms of the ZnSiO3 nanocrystals in the SiO2 layer are described on the basis of the HRTEM images and the EDS profiles.

  8. Co-Rich ZnCoO Nanoparticles Embedded in Wurtzite Zn1-xCoxO Thin Films: Possible Origin of Superconductivity.

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    Zeng, Yu-Jia; Gauquelin, Nicolas; Li, Dan-Ying; Ruan, Shuang-Chen; He, Hai-Ping; Egoavil, Ricardo; Ye, Zhi-Zhen; Verbeeck, Johan; Hadermann, Joke; Van Bael, Margriet J; Van Haesendonck, Chris

    2015-10-14

    Co-rich ZnCoO nanoparticles embedded in wurtzite Zn0.7Co0.3O thin films are grown by pulsed laser deposition on a Si substrate. Local superconductivity with an onset Tc at 5.9 K is demonstrated in the hybrid system. The unexpected superconductivity probably results from Co3+ in the Co-rich ZnCoO nanoparticles or from the interface between the Co-rich nanoparticles and the Zn0.7Co0.3O matrix.

  9. Mesogenic linear azobenzene polymer-stabilized nematic liquid crystals

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    Bagramyan, Arutyun; Thibault-Maheu, Olivier; Galstian, Tigran; Bessette, Andre; Zhao, Yue

    2011-03-15

    We describe the detailed study of a polymer stabilized liquid crystal compound, which was created by using a reactive (monofunctional) azobenzene mesogenic guest and a nematic liquid crystal host. The resonant interaction of light with the azobenzene segment of the guest and the mesogenic nature of the latter enable the optical alignment of host molecules and the permanent fixing of that orientation by means of UV polymerization of the guest. We use dynamic spectral, polarimetric, and scattering techniques to study the orientational ordering and interaction of the guest-host system. We show that the uniform UV polymerization of this compound results in a low scattering material system with dielectric and elastic properties that are relatively close to those of the host, while still providing the capacity for optical configuration of its morphology.

  10. Threshold collision induced dissociation experiment for azobenzene and its derivatives

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    Rezaee, Mohammadreza; Compton, Robert

    In this study we investigated protonated azobenzene cation and properties of trans 2,2',6,6'-tetrafluoroazobenzene anion using the collision induced dissociation method and the results are compared with the results from ab initio electronic structure calculations. We measured the bond dissociation energies experimentally and found which theoretical quantum chemistry methods yield best results. Several high accuracy multi-level calculations such as CBS-QB3, G3 and G4 had been carried out to obtain reliable thermochemical information for azobenzene and several of its derivatives and their anion or cation. We also performed other experiments such as Raman spectroscopy to study these light sensitive molecules with promising applications such as photo-switching.

  11. Azobenzene Modified Polymer Electrolyte Membrane for Ion Gating

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    Piedrahita, Camilo; Mballa, Mireille; He, Ruixuan; Kyu, Thein

    By virtue of ion concentration gradient across cell membranes, neuron cells are highly polarized driving electrical potential difference (e.g., Gibbs law). To regulate and control ion movement, living cells have specific channels with gates that are permeable to cations, enabling or excluding them via charge polarity and size. This mechanism for generating and transmitting signals from one neuron to another controls body movement via brain function. By virtue of trans-cis isomerization, azobenzene derivative (AZO) has been heavily sought for ion-gating in biological cells as a means of signal generation and transmission through nervous systems. In this work, PEM consisted of PEGDA/SCN/LiTFSI was modified with AZO derivatives for gating of lithium ions. At low concentrations of azobenzene of 3 wt Supported by NSF-DMR 1502543.

  12. Ordering of azobenzenes by two-photon isomerization

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    Ishitobi, Hidekazu; Sekkat, Zouheir; Kawata, Satoshi

    2006-10-28

    We report on light induced orientation by two-photon isomerization of azobenzenes in films of polymer. The dynamics of isomerization and orientation by one-photon absorption and two-photon absorption (TPA) are similar, and TPA creates a degree of molecular orientation which is comparable to that achieved by single-photon isomerization, in agreement with the theoretical predictions of two-photon isomeric orientation.

  13. Swimming photochromic azobenzene single crystals in triacrylate solution.

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    Milam, Kenneth; O'Malley, Garrett; Kim, Namil; Golovaty, Dmitry; Kyu, Thein

    2010-06-17

    Self-motion of a growing single crystal of azobenzene chromophore in triacrylate solution (TA) is investigated in relation to the solid-liquid phase diagram bound by the solidus and liquidus lines. Upon thermal quenching from the isotropic melt to the crystal + liquid gap, various single crystals develop in a manner dependent on concentration and supercooling depth. During the crystal growth, TA solvent is rejected from the growing faceted fronts, enriching with TA in close proximity to the crystal-solution interface. The concentration gradient that formed as the result of TA expulsion induces convective flows in the solution and generates spatial variability of surface tension usually responsible for Marangoni effect. Either or both of these phenomena may have contributed to the observed self-motion including swimming, sinking, and floating of the azobenzene rhomboidal crystal in TA solution. A stationary rhomboidal crystal is also shown to swim upon irradiation with the UV light because of a mechanical torque generated by the trans-cis isomerization. Judging from the sinking or floating behavior of the azobenzene crystal, it may be inferred that the nucleation occurs at the solution-air interface.

  14. Light-controllable reflection wavelength of blue phase liquid crystals doped with azobenzene-dimers.

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    Chen, Xingwu; Wang, Ling; Li, Chenyue; Xiao, Jiumei; Ding, Hangjun; Liu, Xin; Zhang, Xiaoguang; He, Wanli; Yang, Huai

    2013-10-03

    A new series of azobenzene-dimers were synthesized and doped into the blue phase liquid crystals to broaden the temperature range of BPs. It is found that not only can the reflection wavelength of BPI be reversibly controlled but BPI can also be transformed into the cholesteric phase owing to isomerization of azobenzene induced by light.

  15. An azobenzene unit embedded in a cyclopeptide as a type-specific and spatially directed switch.

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    Haberhauer, Gebhard; Kallweit, Christine; Wölper, Christoph; Bläser, Dieter

    2013-07-22

    By embedding an azobenzene unit into a chiral scaffold, switching of azobenzene from the trans-(P) isomer to the cis-(P) isomer and back was achieved (black arrows in picture). The embedding leads to a flipping process in which the phenyl rings can only move directly towards one another in the switching process.

  16. Reversible switching of electrical conductivity in an AOT-isooctane-water microemulsion via photoisomerization of azobenzene.

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    Bufe, Markus; Wolff, Thomas

    2009-07-21

    The electrical conductivity of microemulsions composed of aerosol OT (AOT), isooctane, and water as a function of temperature was studied in the absence and presence of azobenzene, and consequences of an in situ trans-cis photoisomerization of azobenzene were investigated. A conductivity onset upon raising the temperature of a water-in-oil microemulsion indicates percolation. Small amounts (0.1-5% w/w) of solubilized azobenzene induce higher percolation temperatures T(p) (by up to 19 K), and photoisomerization of azobenzene shifts T(p) back to values that may be below T(p) in the absence of azobenzene. Consequently, the microemulsion can be switched from nonconducting to conducting by exposing samples to UV-light at lambda > 310 nm, without varying temperature or composition. The effect reverts within several minutes after turning off the irradiation lamp through thermal reisomerization. By that, reversible switching of electrical conductivity is brought about.

  17. Industrial solution contaminated by polyacrylates: their elimination by electrochemical combustion.

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    Masci, M; Chiti, L; De Lorenzo, A; Mantione, D; De Battisti, A; Vatistas, N

    2001-01-01

    The electrochemical combustion of polyacrylates was studied through both direct and indirect oxidation. The obtained results indicate the non elimination of the polyacrylates with the direct oxidation, while the indirect oxidation with NaCl completely eliminates these organic compounds. In the last case the effects of different initial concentrations of NaCl, anode materials and current densities was studied.

  18. 21 CFR 177.1211 - Cross-linked polyacrylate copolymers.

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    2011-04-01

    ... weight of aqueous sodium chloride solution at 20 °C for 24 hours. The low molecular weight extractives... applied mass). The solvent used shall be at least 60 milliliters aqueous sodium chloride solution per gram... polyacrylate copolymers consist of: (1) The grafted copolymer of cross-linked sodium polyacrylate identified...

  19. 21 CFR 177.1211 - Cross-linked polyacrylate copolymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... weight of aqueous sodium chloride solution at 20 °C for 24 hours. The low molecular weight extractives... applied mass). The solvent used shall be at least 60 milliliters aqueous sodium chloride solution per gram... polyacrylate copolymers consist of: (1) The grafted copolymer of cross-linked sodium polyacrylate identified...

  20. 21 CFR 177.1211 - Cross-linked polyacrylate copolymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... weight of aqueous sodium chloride solution at 20 °C for 24 hours. The low molecular weight extractives... applied mass). The solvent used shall be at least 60 milliliters aqueous sodium chloride solution per gram... polyacrylate copolymers consist of: (1) The grafted copolymer of cross-linked sodium polyacrylate identified...

  1. 21 CFR 177.1211 - Cross-linked polyacrylate copolymers.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... weight of aqueous sodium chloride solution at 20 °C for 24 hours. The low molecular weight extractives... applied mass). The solvent used shall be at least 60 milliliters aqueous sodium chloride solution per gram... polyacrylate copolymers consist of: (1) The grafted copolymer of cross-linked sodium polyacrylate identified...

  2. Polyacrylate membranes for tunable liquid-filled microlenses

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    Zhang, Wei; Zappe, Hans; Seifert, Andreas

    2013-04-01

    We present the use of polyacrylate membranes for the fabrication of pneumatically actuated variable lenses. Whereas the most commonly used membrane material for tunable liquid-filled lenses is polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), polyacrylate membranes have the advantages of high resistance to swelling in silicone oil and enhanced compatibility with a wide range of aqueous optical liquids. These features are quantitatively demonstrated by comparing the material properties and performance of PDMS and polyacrylate membrane lenses. The optical transparency of polyacrylate is more than 92%. The surface roughness is below 3.3 nm rms, and reversible elastic deformation could be demonstrated. Optical measurements show that the cutoff frequency of the modulation transfer function of polyacrylate lenses with different liquid fillings, using a reference contrast of 0.2, is more than 1.5 times larger than that of the same system assembled with PDMS membranes filled with water.

  3. Polarization holographic data storage using azobenzene polyster as storage material

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    Loerincz, Emoeke; Szarvas, Gabor; Koppa, Pal; Ujhelyi, Ferenc; Erdei, Gabor; Sueto, Attila; Varhegyi, Peter; Sajti, Sz.; Kerekes, A.; Ujvari, T.; Ramanujam, P. S.

    2003-07-01

    Polarization holographic read/write and read only demonstrator systems have been developed using ~2 ´m thick azobenzene polyester on a card form media. The thin-film holographic system has practical advantages, e.g. high diffraction efficiency, no cross talk between the holograms, reading in reflection mode, no hardware servo, different wavelengths for writing and reading (non-volatile storage), data encryption possibility, no problem with material shrinkage, etc. The candidate azobenzene polyester has good thermal, room temperature and ambient light stability and good optical properties for the purpose of thin film application. Using thin-film holography the possibilities of multiplexing are limited, however, raw data density as high as 2.77 bit/´m2 has been achieved in an optimized Fourier holographic system using high numerical aperture (NAþ 0.74) objective in a 8f arrangement with sparse code modulation and Fourier-filtering at 532 nm. High density polarization holographic demonstrator systems have been developed using ~2μm thick azobenzene polyesters on reflective card form media. FFT computer simulation of the system including saturation model of the material allows optimization of system components including data density and capacity. A raw density as high as 2.77 bit/μm2 has been achieved without multiplexing in a compact, portable read/write sytem at 532 nm allowing more than 1000 readout without data loss. A separate read only system working at 635 nm realizes non-volatile readout and allows card exchange at a data density of 1.3 bit/μm2. Security level of the presents holographic optical card systems can be further increased by using phase encoded reference beam. Advantageous applications of the proposed encrypted holographic card system are also outlined.

  4. Modification of nucleic acids by azobenzene derivatives and their applications in biotechnology and nanotechnology.

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    Li, Jing; Wang, Xingyu; Liang, Xingguo

    2014-12-01

    Azobenzene has been widely used as a photoregulator due to its reversible photoisomerization, large structural change between E and Z isomers, high photoisomerization yield, and high chemical stability. On the other hand, some azobenzene derivatives can be used as universal quenchers for many fluorophores. Nucleic acid is a good candidate to be modified because it is not only the template of gene expression but also widely used for building well-organized nanostructures and nanodevices. Because the size and polarity distribution of the azobenzene molecule is similar to a nucleobase pair, the introduction of azobenzene into nucleic acids has been shown to be an ingenious molecular design for constructing light-switching biosystems or light-driven nanomachines. Here we review recent advances in azobenzene-modified nucleic acids and their applications for artificial regulation of gene expression and enzymatic reactions, construction of photoresponsive nanostructures and nanodevices, molecular beacons, as well as obtaining structural information using the introduced azobenzene as an internal probe. In particular, nucleic acids bearing multiple azobenzenes can be used as a novel artificial nanomaterial with merits of high sequence specificity, regular duplex structure, and high photoregulation efficiency. The combination of functional groups with biomolecules may further advance the development of chemical biotechnology and biomolecular engineering.

  5. Shapeshifting photoswitchable azobenzene compounds and their biological applications

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    Peddie, Victoria; Heng, Sabrina; Mustafa, Sanam; Thomas, Jacob; Hutchinson, Mark R.; Abell, Andrew D.

    2016-11-01

    The photoisomerisation of azobenzenes between trans and cis results in well-defined changes in geometry and a considerable change of polarity. Thus, incorporating an azobenezene into a bioactive compound provides an opportunity to control biological activity, with ideally one configuration being active and the other inactive. This can allow the role of a specific biomolecule to be probed in its native environment by controlling activity both spatially and temporally using light. Incorporating such a photoswitchable moiety into the structure of a known GRK2 inhibitor can generate photoswitchable inhibitors, which can be used to reversibly regulate the activity of GRK2, and hence GPRCs.

  6. Functionalized graphene and graphene oxide solution via polyacrylate coating.

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    Saha, Arindam; Basiruddin, S K; Ray, S C; Roy, S S; Jana, Nikhil R

    2010-12-01

    Water soluble graphene with various chemical- and biofunctionalities is essential for their different applications. However, exfoliated graphenes are insoluble in water and water soluble graphene oxide precipitate if they are chemically reduced to graphene. We have developed a polyacrylate coating method for graphene oxide and then chemically reduced it into graphene. We found that polyacrylate coating can improve the colloidal stability of both graphene and graphene oxide. The coated graphene has been characterized using XPS, FTIR, XRD and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The primary amine present on the coating backbone has been used to derive glucose functionalized water soluble graphene. Various other functional graphenes can be anticipated from the polyacrylate coated graphene.

  7. Plasmonic modification of electron-longitudinal-optical phonon coupling in Ag-nanoparticle embedded InGaN/GaN quantum wells

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    Llopis, Antonio; Neogi, Arup; Pereira, Sérgio M. S.; Watson, Ian M.

    2014-09-01

    Surface plasmon enhanced GaN and InGaN quantum wells (QWs) show promise for use as room-temperature light emitters. The effectiveness of the plasmon enhancement, however, is limited by the strong electron/hole and longitudinal optical phonon coupling found in the III-V nitrides. The electron-phonon coupling within semiconductor QWs has been modified using silver nanoparticles embedded within the QWs. Direct evidence is provided for this change via confocal Raman spectroscopy of the samples. This evidence is augmented by Angle-dependent photoluminescence experiments which show the alteration of the electron-phonon coupling strength through measurement of the emitted phonon replicas. Together these demonstrate a direct modification of carrier-phonon interactions within the system, opening up the possibility of controlling the coupling strength to produce high-efficiency room-temperature light emitters.

  8. Deuterium isotope effects in 13C NMR spectra of trans-azobenzene

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    Vikić-Topić, Draz̆en; Novak, Predrag; Smrec̆ki, Vilko; Meić, Zlatko

    1997-06-01

    Deuterium isotope effects on 13C chemical shifts have been determined in a series of deuteriated trans-azobenzene isotopomers. The longest effect observed is the one over ten bonds ( 10Δ) in 4- 2H-isotopomer at C-4' atom amounting to 3.3 ppb. The magnitude and the extent of isotope effects in trans-azobenzene are related to those observed in isoelectronic and conformationally similar trans-stilbene. The sign alternation pattern of the long-range isotope effects in trans-azobenzene parallels that in isoelectronic trans-stilbene, cis-stilbene and trans-N-benzylideneaniline.

  9. Conformational Dynamics of o-Fluoro-Substituted Z-Azobenzene.

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    Rastogi, S K; Rogers, R A; Shi, J; Gao, C; Rinaldi, P L; Brittain, W J

    2015-11-20

    A conformational analysis of o-fluoro Z-azobenzene reveals a slight preference for aromatic C-F/π interaction. Density functional theory (DFT) indicates that the conformation with a C-F/π interaction is preferred by approximately 0.3-0.5 kcal/mol. Ground-state conformations were corroborated with X-ray crystallography. (Z)-Azobenzene (Z-AB) with at least one o-fluoro per ring displays (19)F-(19)F through-space (TS) coupling. 2D J-resolved NMR was used to distinguish through-bond from TS coupling ((TS)JFF). (TS)JFF decreases as the temperature is lowered and the multiplets coalesce into broad singlets. We hypothesize that the coalescence temperature (Tc) corresponds to the barrier for phenyl rotation. The experimentally determined barrier of 8-10 kcal/mol has been qualitatively verified by DFT where transition states with a bisected geometry were identified with zero-point energies of 6-9 kcal/mol relative to ground state. These values are significantly higher that values estimated from previous theoretical studies but lie within a reasonable range for phenyl rotation in hydrocarbon systems.

  10. Photoelectrical properties of indandione fragment containing azobenzene compounds

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    Latvels, Janis; Grzibovskis, Raitis; Pudzs, Kaspars; Vembris, Aivars; Blumberga, Dagnija

    2014-05-01

    Organic materials are becoming more popular due to their potential application in electronics. Low molecular weight materials possible produce from solution are in special consideration. It gives the possibility to avoid both thermal evaporation in vacuum, and use of polymers in thin film preparation process. Indandione fragment containing azobenzene compounds are one of such materials. These compounds are good candidates for use in design of novel molecular electronic devices due to their possibility to form amorphous structure from solution thus allowing developing flexible, small size systems with low production costs. In this work three indandione fragment containing azobenzene compounds were investigated. Difference between these compounds is bulky groups which assist formation of amorphous thin film. Absorption spectra of the investigated compounds are similar to P3HT but with higher absorption coefficient. Molecule ionization and electron affinity levels of these compounds are around -5.45eV and -3.80eV, respectively. Combining PCBM with investigated compounds could lead to difference between electron affinity levels maximum of 0.15eV. It is several times less compared to ~1eV for P3HT:PCBM system. Higher difference between the donor ionization level and the acceptor affinity level could also be obtained which should lead to the higher open circuit voltage.

  11. Polyaspartate scale inhibitors -- Biodegradable alternatives to polyacrylates

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    Ross, R.J.; Low, K.C.; Shannon, J.E.

    1996-12-01

    Polyaspartates are highly biodegradable alternatives to polyacrylate based scale inhibitors. This paper presents laboratory testing data on polyaspartate inhibitors of calcium and barium mineral scales. The optimum molecular weight for polyaspartate inhibitors of calcium carbonate, calcium sulfate and barium sulfate mineral scales was determined to be between 1,000 and 4,000 Mw (weight average molecular weight as calculated by Size Exclusion Chromatography). For inhibition of calcium carbonate and barium sulfate, polyaspartates in the range of 3,000-4,000 Mw were most effective. For calcium sulfate inhibition, the optimum molecular weight lies in the 1,000 to 2,000 Mw range. Biodegradability data (OECD 301B Ready Biodegradability) on polyaspartates of a variety of molecular weights is also presented which demonstrates the high biodegradability of this class of mineral scale inhibitors.

  12. Optical Modulation of the Diffraction Efficiency in an Indoline Azobenzene/Amorphous Polycarbonate Film

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    Williams, G. V. M.; Do, My T. T.; Middleton, A.; Raymond, S. G.; Bhuiyan, M. D. H.; Kay, A. J.

    2016-07-01

    We have made a diffraction grating in an indoline azobenzene/amorphous polycarbonate film by two-beam interference at 532 nm that periodically photodegrades the indoline azobenzene dye. Subsequent illumination of the film with 532-nm light into the trans-isomer band leads to trans- cis isomerization in the indoline azobenzene dye and results in a decrease in the trans-isomer band absorption coefficient. This causes the diffraction efficiency to decrease when probed at 655 nm. The diffraction efficiency returns to its original value when the 532-nm light is blocked by thermal relaxation from the indoline azobenzene cis-isomer to the trans-isomer. Thus, we have been able to optically modulate the diffraction efficiency in a thin film diffraction grating.

  13. Azobenzene C-Nucleosides for Photocontrolled Hybridization of DNA at Room Temperature.

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    Goldau, Thomas; Murayama, Keiji; Brieke, Clara; Asanuma, Hiroyuki; Heckel, Alexander

    2015-12-01

    Herein, we report the reversible light-regulated destabilization of DNA duplexes by using azobenzene C-nucleoside photoswitches. The incorporation of two different azobenzene residues into DNA and their photoswitching properties are described. These new residues demonstrate a photoinduced destabilization effect comparable to the widely applied D-threoninol-linked azobenzene switch, which is currently the benchmark. The photoswitches presented herein show excellent photoswitching efficiencies in DNA duplexes - even at room temperature - which are superior to commonly used azobenzene-based nucleic acid photoswitches. In addition, these photoswitching residues exhibit high thermal stability and excellent fatigue resistance, thus rendering them one of the most efficient candidates for the regulation of duplex stability with light.

  14. Optical Modulation of the Diffraction Efficiency in an Indoline Azobenzene/Amorphous Polycarbonate Film.

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    Williams, G V M; Do, My T T; Middleton, A; Raymond, S G; Bhuiyan, M D H; Kay, A J

    2016-12-01

    We have made a diffraction grating in an indoline azobenzene/amorphous polycarbonate film by two-beam interference at 532 nm that periodically photodegrades the indoline azobenzene dye. Subsequent illumination of the film with 532-nm light into the trans-isomer band leads to trans-cis isomerization in the indoline azobenzene dye and results in a decrease in the trans-isomer band absorption coefficient. This causes the diffraction efficiency to decrease when probed at 655 nm. The diffraction efficiency returns to its original value when the 532-nm light is blocked by thermal relaxation from the indoline azobenzene cis-isomer to the trans-isomer. Thus, we have been able to optically modulate the diffraction efficiency in a thin film diffraction grating.

  15. Precise Actuation of Bilayer Photomechanical Films Coated with Molecular Azobenzene Chromophores.

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    Liu, Ziyi; Tang, Rong; Xu, Dandan; Liu, Jian; Yu, Haifeng

    2015-06-01

    Bilayer photomechanical films are fabricated by depositing one layer of molecular azobenzene chromophores onto flexible low-density polyethylene substrates. The photoinduced bending and unbending behavior of five azobenzene derivatives including azobenzene, 4-hydroxy-azobenzene, 4-((4-hydroxyphenyl)diazenyl)bezoitrile, 4-((4-methoxyph-enyl)diazenyl)phenol, and 4-(phenyldiazenyl)phenol is systematically studied by considering the incident light intensity and the thickness of the coated chromophore layers. Precise control of photoinduced curling of the bilayer film is successfully achieved upon irradiation with two beams of UV light, and the curled films can be recovered by thermal relaxation in the dark. The easily fabricated bilayer films show fast photomechanical response, strong photoinduced stress, and stability similar to crosslinked polymeric films.

  16. Irradiance and Temperature Dependence of Photo-Induced Orientation in Two Azobenzene-Based Polymers

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    1998-06-23

    and Almeria Natansohn* Department of Chemistry, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6 Paul Rochon Department of Physics, Royal Military...1. IRRADIANCE AND TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE OF PHOTO-INDUCED ORIENTATION IN TWO AZOBENZENE-BASED POLYMERS Dennis Hore and Almeria Natansohn...IRRADIANCE AND TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE OF PHOTO-INDUCED ORIENTATION IN TWO AZOBENZENE-BASED POLYMERS Dennis Hore and Almeria Natansohn Department of

  17. Direct Fabrication of Micro/Nano-Patterned Surfaces by Vertical-Directional Photofluidization of Azobenzene Materials.

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    Choi, Jaeho; Cho, Wonhee; Jung, Yeon Sik; Kang, Hong Suk; Kim, Hee-Tak

    2017-02-28

    Anisotropic movement of azobenzene materials (i.e., azobenzene molecules incorporated in polymer, glass, or supramolecules) has provided significant opportunities for the fabrication of micro/nanoarchitectures. The examples include circular holes, line gaps, ellipsoidal holes, and nanofunnels. However, all of the previous studies have only focused on the lateral directional movement for the structural shaping of azobenzene materials. Herein, we propose structural shaping based on a vertical directional movement of azobenzene materials. To do this, light with oblique incidence, containing normal direction light polarization, was illuminated onto azobenzene materials film contact with patterned elastomeric molds (i.e., PDMS) so that the resulting vertical directional movement of azobenzene materials fills in the cavities of the molds and results in pattern formation. As a result, a range of patterns with sizes of features from micro- to sub-100 nm scale was successfully fabricated in a large area (few cm(2)), and the structural height was deterministically controlled by simply adjusting irradiation time. In addition to the notable capability of fabricating the single-scale structures, the technique provides a facile way to fabricate complex hierarchical multiscale structures, ensuring its versatility and wide applicability to various applications. As a selected exemplary application of the multiscale structures, a superhydrophobic surface has been successfully demonstrated.

  18. Azobenzene: A Photoactive Building Block for Supramolecular Architectures.

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    Baroncini, Massimo; Bergamini, Giacomo

    2017-01-05

    The development of nanoscale systems capable to perform specific functions under external control is a challenging task and a fascinating objective in Chemistry. Photochromic compounds undergo radical changes in their physico-chemical properties upon light excitation, for this reason they are valuable building blocks for the construction of photo-controllable molecular devices, machines and materials. The E-Z photoisomerization of azobenzene has been known for almost 80 years and - owing to its high efficiency and excellent reversibility - has been widely employed to introduce an element of photo-control in a large variety of compounds, biomolecules, nanosystems and materials. Here we present some of our research results highlighting how this outstanding photochrome can be utilized to develop systems with light-induced functionalities.

  19. Fluorinated Azobenzenes for Shape-Persistent Liquid Crystal Polymer Networks.

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    Iamsaard, Supitchaya; Anger, Emmanuel; Aßhoff, Sarah Jane; Depauw, Alexis; Fletcher, Stephen P; Katsonis, Nathalie

    2016-08-16

    Liquid crystal polymer networks respond with an anisotropic deformation to a range of external stimuli. When doped with molecular photoswitches, these materials undergo complex shape modifications under illumination. As the deformations are reversed when irradiation stops, applications where the activated shape is required to have thermal stability have been precluded. Previous attempts to incorporate molecular switches into thermally stable photoisomers were unsuccessful at photogenerating macroscopic shapes that are retained over time. Herein, we show that to preserve photoactivated molecular deformation on the macroscopic scale, it is important not only to engineer the thermal stability of the photoswitch but also to adjust the cross-linking density in the polymer network and to optimize the molecular orientations in the material. Our strategy resulted in materials containing fluorinated azobenzenes that retain their photochemical shape for more than eight days, which constitutes the first demonstration of long-lived photomechanical deformation in liquid-crystal polymer networks.

  20. Photochromic switching of the DNA helicity induced by azobenzene derivatives

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    Deiana, Marco; Pokladek, Ziemowit; Olesiak-Banska, Joanna; Młynarz, Piotr; Samoc, Marek; Matczyszyn, Katarzyna

    2016-01-01

    The photochromic properties of azobenzene, involving conformational changes occurring upon interaction with light, provide an excellent tool to establish new ways of selective regulation applied to biosystems. We report here on the binding of two water-soluble 4-(phenylazo)benzoic acid derivatives (Azo-2N and Azo-3N) with double stranded DNA and demonstrate that the photoisomerization of Azo-3N leads to changes in DNA structure. In particular, we show that stabilization and destabilization of the B-DNA secondary structure can be photochemically induced in situ by light. This photo-triggered process is fully reversible and could be an alternative pathway to control a broad range of biological processes. Moreover, we found that the bicationic Azo-3N exhibited a higher DNA-binding constant than the monocationic Azo-2N pointing out that the number of positive charges along the photosensitive polyamines chain plays a pivotal role in stabilizing the photochrome-DNA complex. PMID:27339811

  1. Photochromic switching of the DNA helicity induced by azobenzene derivatives

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    Deiana, Marco; Pokladek, Ziemowit; Olesiak-Banska, Joanna; Młynarz, Piotr; Samoc, Marek; Matczyszyn, Katarzyna

    2016-06-01

    The photochromic properties of azobenzene, involving conformational changes occurring upon interaction with light, provide an excellent tool to establish new ways of selective regulation applied to biosystems. We report here on the binding of two water-soluble 4-(phenylazo)benzoic acid derivatives (Azo-2N and Azo-3N) with double stranded DNA and demonstrate that the photoisomerization of Azo-3N leads to changes in DNA structure. In particular, we show that stabilization and destabilization of the B-DNA secondary structure can be photochemically induced in situ by light. This photo-triggered process is fully reversible and could be an alternative pathway to control a broad range of biological processes. Moreover, we found that the bicationic Azo-3N exhibited a higher DNA-binding constant than the monocationic Azo-2N pointing out that the number of positive charges along the photosensitive polyamines chain plays a pivotal role in stabilizing the photochrome-DNA complex.

  2. Antimicrobial azobenzene compounds and their potential use in biomaterials

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    Sessa, L.; Concilio, S.; Iannelli, P.; De Santis, F.; Porta, A.; Piotto, S.

    2016-04-01

    We recently synthesized a class of active compounds with azobenzene structure [1] and lowest in silico toxicity values. The antimicrobial activity of these molecules and their thermal stability are very promising and indicate that they may have interesting and therapeutically significant applications. This work aims to develop new materials with antibacterial and antifungal activity inserting different percentages of synthetic antimicrobial azo compounds in commercial polymer matrices. We realized thin films using solvent casting and melt compounding techniques. The obtained materials retained the proprieties of the pure matrices. This means that azo dye dissolved in the matrix does not influence the thermal behavior and the morphology of the material. Tested films exhibited the capability to inhibit biofilms formation of S. aureus and C. albicans. Spectrophotometric investigation of the azo compound released from the polymer matrices confirmed that the realized materials might be interesting for biomedical tools, antibacterial surfaces, and films for active packaging.

  3. Azobenzene-based supramolecular polymers for processing MWCNTs

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    Maggini, Laura; Marangoni, Tomas; Georges, Benoit; Malicka, Joanna M.; Yoosaf, K.; Minoia, Andrea; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Armaroli, Nicola; Bonifazi, Davide

    2012-12-01

    Photothermally responsive supramolecular polymers containing azobenzene units have been synthesised and employed as dispersants for multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in organic solvents. Upon triggering the trans-cis isomerisation of the supramolecular polymer intermolecular interactions between MWCNTs and the polymer are established, reversibly affecting the suspensions of the MWCNTs, either favouring it (by heating, i.e. cis --> trans isomerisation) or inducing the CNTs' precipitation (upon irradiation, trans --> cis isomerisation). Taking advantage of the chromophoric properties of the molecular subunits, the solubilisation/precipitation processes have been monitored by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy. The structural properties of the resulting MWCNT-polymer hybrid materials have been thoroughly investigated via thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) and modelled with molecular dynamics simulations.Photothermally responsive supramolecular polymers containing azobenzene units have been synthesised and employed as dispersants for multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in organic solvents. Upon triggering the trans-cis isomerisation of the supramolecular polymer intermolecular interactions between MWCNTs and the polymer are established, reversibly affecting the suspensions of the MWCNTs, either favouring it (by heating, i.e. cis --> trans isomerisation) or inducing the CNTs' precipitation (upon irradiation, trans --> cis isomerisation). Taking advantage of the chromophoric properties of the molecular subunits, the solubilisation/precipitation processes have been monitored by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy. The structural properties of the resulting MWCNT-polymer hybrid materials have been thoroughly investigated via thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy

  4. Fabrication of silver nanoparticles embedded into polyvinyl alcohol (Ag/PVA) composite nanofibrous films through electrospinning for antibacterial and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activities.

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    Zhang, Zhijie; Wu, Yunping; Wang, Zhihua; Zou, Xueyan; Zhao, Yanbao; Sun, Lei

    2016-12-01

    Silver nanoparticle-embedded polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) nanofibers were prepared through electrospinning technique, using as antimicrobial agents and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates. Ag nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized in liquid phase, followed by evenly dispersing in PVA solution. After electrospinning of the mixed solution at room temperature, the PVA embedded with Ag NPs (Ag/PVA) composite nanofibers were obtained. The morphologies and structures of the as-synthesized Ag nanoparticles and Ag/PVA fibers were characterized by the techniques of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Ag NPs have an average diameter of 13.8nm, were found to be uniformly dispersed in PVA nanofibers. The Ag/PVA nanofibers provided robust antibacterial activities against both Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) microorganisms. It's also found that Ag/PVA nanofibers make a significant contribution to the high sensitivity of SERS to 4-mercaptophenol (4-MPh) molecules.

  5. Performance of an optimized Zr-based nanoparticle-embedded PSF blend hollow fiber membrane in treatment of fluoride contaminated water.

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    He, Jinsong; Siah, Tiong-Shie; Paul Chen, J

    2014-06-01

    Consumption of water that has excessive fluoride can cause adverse health impacts on human beings. A Zr-based nanoparticle-embedded PSF blend hollow fiber membrane was successfully prepared and optimized for removal of fluoride from the aqueous solution. Both static and dynamic adsorption of fluoride on the membrane was investigated. It was showed that the membrane could effectively remove fluoride within a wide pH ranging from 3 to 10. At neutral pH, the adsorption equilibrium was reached within 24 h. The maximum adsorption capacity of the optimized membrane was 60.65 mg/g, much higher than many commercial adsorbents. The presence of NO3(-), SiO3(2-) or HA has insignificant effects on the fluoride removal. However, the removal was retarded as the concentration of HCO3(-) or PO4(3-) was increased. Furthermore, the membrane could remove fluoride efficiently through the continuous filtration, even in presence of natural organic matters. The spent membrane could be regenerated and then reused for the removal of fluoride with great efficiency. The adsorption history could be well described by an intraparticle diffusion model. The XPS analysis showed that the adsorption of fluoride was mainly associated with the ion-exchange between SO4(2-) and F(-) ions. Finally, the toxicity analysis revealed that the treated water was safe for human consumption.

  6. Nonvolatile flexible organic bistable devices fabricated utilizing CdSe/ZnS nanoparticles embedded in a conducting poly N-vinylcarbazole polymer layer

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    Son, Dong-Ick; Kim, Ji-Hwan; Park, Dong-Hee; Choi, Won Kook; Li, Fushan; Ham, Jung Hun; Kim, Tae Whan

    2008-02-01

    The bistable effects of CdSe/ZnS nanoparticles embedded in a conducting poly N-vinylcarbazole (PVK) polymer layer by using flexible poly-vinylidene difluoride (PVDF) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates were investigated. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images revealed that CdSe/ZnS nanoparticles were formed inside the PVK polymer layer. Current-voltage (I-V) measurement on the Al/[CdSe/ZnS nanoparticles+ PVK]/ITO/PVDF and Al/[CdSe/ZnS nanoparticles+ PVK ]/ITO/PET structures at 300 K showed a nonvolatile electrical bistability behavior with a flat-band voltage shift due to the existence of the CdSe/ZnS nanoparticles, indicative of trapping, storing and emission of charges in the electronic states of the CdSe nanoparticles. A bistable behavior for the fabricated organic bistable device (OBD) structures is described on the basis of the I-V results. These results indicate that OBDs fabricated by embedding inorganic CdSe/ZnS nanoparticles in a conducting polymer matrix on flexible substrates are prospects for potential applications in flexible nonvolatile flash memory devices.

  7. A universal sensor for mercury (Hg, Hg(I), Hg(II)) based on silver nanoparticle-embedded polymer thin film.

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    Ramesh, G V; Radhakrishnan, T P

    2011-04-01

    Detection of mercury at concentration levels down to parts-per-billion is a problem of fundamental and practical interest due to the high toxicity of the metal and its role in environmental pollution. The extensive research in this area has been focused primarily on specific sensing of mercuric (Hg(2+)) ion. As mercury exists in the oxidation states, +2, +1 and 0 all of which are highly toxic, a universal sensor covering all the three while ensuring high sensitivity, selectivity, and linearity of response, and facilitating in situ as well as ex situ deployment, would be very valuable. Silver nanoparticle-embedded poly(vinyl alcohol) (Ag-PVA) thin film fabricated through a facile protocol is shown to be a fast, efficient and selective sensor for Hg(2+), Hg(2)(2+) and Hg in aqueous medium with a detection limit of 1 ppb. The sensor response is linear in the 10 ppb to 1 ppm concentration regime. A unique characteristic of the thin film based sensor is the blue shift occurring concomitantly with the decrease in the surface plasmon resonance absorption upon interaction with mercury, making the sensing highly selective. Unlike the majority of known sensors that work only in situ, the thin film sensor can be used ex situ as well. Examination of the thin film using microscopy and spectroscopy through the sensing process provides detailed insight into the sensing event.

  8. Gold nanoparticle-embedded porous graphene thin films fabricated via layer-by-layer self-assembly and subsequent thermal annealing for electrochemical sensing.

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    Xi, Qian; Chen, Xu; Evans, David G; Yang, Wensheng

    2012-06-26

    A uniform three-dimensional (3D) gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-embedded porous graphene (AuEPG) thin film has been fabricated by electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly of AuNPs and graphene nanosheets functionalized with bovine serum albumin and subsequent thermal annealing in air at 340 °C for 2 h. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) investigations for the AuEPG film indicate that an AuNP was embedded in every pore of the porous graphene film, something that was difficult to achieve with previously reported methods. The mechanism of formation of the AuEPG film was initially explored. Application of the AuEPG film in electrochemical sensing was further demonstrated by use of H(2)O(2) as a model analyte. The AuEPG film-modified electrode showed improved electrochemical performance in H(2)O(2) detection compared with nonporous graphene-AuNP composite film-modified electrodes, which is mainly attributed to the porous structure of the AuEPG film. This work opens up a new and facile way for direct preparation of metal or metal oxide nanoparticle-embedded porous graphene composite films, which will enable exciting opportunities in highly sensitive electrochemical sensors and other advanced applications based on graphene-metal composites.

  9. Cobalt Nanoparticle-Embedded Porous Carbon Nanofibers with Inherent N- and F-Doping as Binder-Free Bifunctional Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction and Evolution Reactions.

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    Singhal, Richa; Kalra, Vibha

    2017-01-18

    Efficient, low-cost, non-precious metal-based, and stable bifunctional electrocatalysts are key to various energy storage and conversion devices such as regenerative fuel cells and metal-air batteries. In this work, we report cobalt nanoparticle-embedded porous carbon nanofibers with inherent N- and F-doping as binder-free bifunctional electrocatalysts with excellent activity for both the oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reaction (ORR/OER) in an alkaline medium. Single-step electrospinning of a solution of the polymer mixture (carbon precursor) and the cobalt precursor followed by controlled pyrolysis with an intermediate reduction step in H2 (to reduce cobalt oxides to cobalt) was utilized to synthesize an integrated freestanding catalyst. The fabricated catalyst with effective structural and electronic interaction between the cobalt metal nanoparticles and the N- and F-doped carbon defect sites showed enhanced catalytic properties compared to the benchmark catalysts for ORR and OER (Pt, Ir, and Ru). The ORR potential at the current density of -3 mA cm(-2) was 0.81 VRHE and the OER potential at a current density of 10 mA cm(-2) was 1.595 VRHE , resulting in a ΔE of only 0.785 V.

  10. Functionalized graphene and graphene oxide solution via polyacrylate coating

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    Saha, Arindam; Basiruddin, Sk; Ray, S. C.; Roy, S. S.; Jana, Nikhil R.

    2010-12-01

    Water soluble graphene with various chemical- and biofunctionalities is essential for their different applications. However, exfoliated graphenes are insoluble in water and water soluble graphene oxide precipitate if they are chemically reduced to graphene. We have developed a polyacrylate coating method for graphene oxide and then chemically reduced it into graphene. We found that polyacrylate coating can improve the colloidal stability of both graphene and graphene oxide. The coated graphene has been characterized using XPS, FTIR, XRD and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The primary amine present on the coating backbone has been used to derive glucose functionalized water soluble graphene. Various other functional graphenes can be anticipated from the polyacrylate coated graphene.Water soluble graphene with various chemical- and biofunctionalities is essential for their different applications. However, exfoliated graphenes are insoluble in water and water soluble graphene oxide precipitate if they are chemically reduced to graphene. We have developed a polyacrylate coating method for graphene oxide and then chemically reduced it into graphene. We found that polyacrylate coating can improve the colloidal stability of both graphene and graphene oxide. The coated graphene has been characterized using XPS, FTIR, XRD and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The primary amine present on the coating backbone has been used to derive glucose functionalized water soluble graphene. Various other functional graphenes can be anticipated from the polyacrylate coated graphene. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Details of XPS, XRD, AFM and FTIR of polymer coated GO and G and results of fluorescence quenching experiments. See DOI: 10.1039/c0nr00376j

  11. Photoresponsive Release from Azobenzene-Modified Single Cubic Crystal NaCl/Silica Particles

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    Jiang, Xingmao; Liu, Nanguo; Assink, Roger A.; ...

    2011-01-01

    Azobenzene ligands were uniformly anchored to the pore surfaces of nanoporous silica particles with single crystal NaCl using 4-(3-triethoxysilylpropylureido)azobenzene (TSUA). The functionalization delayed the release of NaCl significantly. The modified particles demonstrated a photocontrolled release by trans/cis isomerization of azobenzene moieties. The addition of amphiphilic solvents, propylene glycol (PG), propylene glycol propyl ether (PGPE), and dipropylene glycol propyl ether (DPGPE) delayed the release in water, although the wetting behavior was improved and the delay is the most for the block molecules with the longest carbon chain. The speedup by UV irradiation suggests a strong dependence of diffusion on the switchablemore » pore size. TGA, XRD, FTIR, and NMR techniques were used to characterize the structures.« less

  12. Synthesis and Site-Specific Incorporation of Red-Shifted Azobenzene Amino Acids into Proteins.

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    John, Alford A; Ramil, Carlo P; Tian, Yulin; Cheng, Gang; Lin, Qing

    2015-12-18

    A series of red-shifted azobenzene amino acids were synthesized in moderate-to-excellent yields via a two-step procedure in which tyrosine derivatives were first oxidized to the corresponding quinonoidal spirolactones followed by ceric ammonium nitrate-catalyzed azo formation with the substituted phenylhydrazines. The resulting azobenzene-alanine derivatives exhibited efficient trans/cis photoswitching upon irradiation with a blue (448 nm) or green (530 nm) LED light. Moreover, nine superfolder green fluorescent protein (sfGFP) mutants carrying the azobenzene-alanine analogues were expressed in E. coli in good yields via amber codon suppression with an orthogonal tRNA/PylRS pair, and one of the mutants showed durable photoswitching with the LED light.

  13. A Unified Material Description for Light Induced Deformation in Azobenzene Polymers

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    Bin, Jonghoon; Oates, William S.

    2015-01-01

    Complex light-matter interactions in azobenzene polymers have limited our understanding of how photoisomerization induces deformation as a function of the underlying polymer network and form of the light excitation. A unified modeling framework is formulated to advance the understanding of surface deformation and bulk deformation of polymer films that are controlled by linear or circularly polarized light or vortex beams. It is shown that dipole forces strongly respond to polarized light in contrast to higher order quadrupole forces that are often used to describe surface relief grating deformation through a field gradient constitutive law. The modeling results and comparisons with a broad range of photomechanical data in the literature suggest that the molecular structure of the azobenzene monomers dramatically influences the photostrictive behavior. The results provide important insight for designing azobenzene monomers within a polymer network to achieve enhanced photo-responsive deformation. PMID:26437598

  14. Light-driven strong spin valve effects in an azobenzene-based spin optoelectronic device

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    Zeng, Jing; Chen, Ke-Qiu; Deng, Xiaohui; Long, Mengqiu

    2016-10-01

    A photoswitched single-molecule junction, a stable and reversible single-molecule electrical switch, has been successfully prepared by means of molecular engineering (2016 Science 352 1443). In this work we use a first-principles computational approach to investigate the spin valve effect of an azobenzene-based spin optoelectronic device. Our results demonstrate that the magnetoresistive ratio of the spin optoelectronic device is only about 65% when the azobenzene is in cis configuration, which is a low performance for practical applications. However, the magnetoresistive ratio of the device can be enhanced to about 2775% when the cis configuration of the azobenzene is changed into the trans configuration by applying a pulse of light. As a consequence, photoexcitation provides an effective way to obtain a high-performance spin optoelectronic device.

  15. Time-dependent density functional study on the photoisomerization mechanism of azobenzene

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    Oyama, Norihisa; Tateyama, Yoshitaka; Miyamoto, Yoshiyuki; Ohno, Takahisa

    2004-03-01

    Photochemical reactions in organic molecules have attracted considerable attention in semiconductor physics and also in bioscience. Azobenzene is a simple molecule which shows the reversible photoisomerization at high quantum yields, and can be used as a light-driven molecular switch and so on. However, the photoisomerization process of azobenzene is still an open question because of its femtosecond ultra-fast reaction. In this talk, we present time-dependent density functional calculations for the azobenzene molecule, and discuss the mechanism of photoisomerization induced by S1 and S2 excitations. This research is partially supported by ACT-JST, and also by FSIS and Special Coordination Funds of MEXT of Japanese Government. The calculations were carried out partly using the Numerical Materials Simulator in National Institute for Materials Science, and partly using the NEC-SX5 at Cybermedia Center of Osaka University.

  16. Orthogonal light-induced self-assembly of nanoparticles using differently substituted azobenzenes.

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    Manna, Debasish; Udayabhaskararao, Thumu; Zhao, Hui; Klajn, Rafal

    2015-10-12

    Precise control of the self-assembly of selected components within complex mixtures is a challenging goal whose realization is important for fabricating novel nanomaterials. Herein we show that by decorating the surfaces of metallic nanoparticles with differently substituted azobenzenes, it is possible to modulate the wavelength of light at which the self-assembly of these nanoparticles is induced. Exposing a mixture of two types of nanoparticles, each functionalized with a different azobenzene, to UV or blue light induces the selective self-assembly of only one type of nanoparticles. Irradiation with the other wavelength triggers the disassembly of the aggregates, and the simultaneous self-assembly of nanoparticles of the other type. By placing both types of azobenzenes on the same nanoparticles, we created unique materials ("frustrated" nanoparticles) whose self-assembly is induced irrespective of the wavelength of the incident light.

  17. Nanoparticle assembly of a photo- and pH-responsive random azobenzene copolymer.

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    Feng, Ning; Han, Guoxiang; Dong, Jie; Wu, Hao; Zheng, Yudong; Wang, Guojie

    2014-05-01

    Stimuli-responsive polymeric nanoparticles with a core of hydrophobic azobenzene-containing acrylate units and a shell of hydrophilic acrylic acid units were prepared from a novel photo- and pH-responsive amphiphilic random azobenzene copolymer. Upon UV light irradiation, the trans azobenzene changed to the cis form and thus the water contact angle and the absorption of water on the polymer film could be changed, while little effect was exerted on the morphology of the nanoparticles although the polarity of the core of nanoparticles increased. Adjusting pH of the nanoparticle solution could exert a strong effect on the morphology of the nanoparticles. The prime nanoparticles (pH 6) changed to nanoparticle aggregates at pH 3, and to swollen nanoparticles at pH 11. The controlled release of Nile Red from the nanoparticles under the stimuli was demonstrated.

  18. Local Density Fluctuations Predict Photoisomerization Quantum Yield of Azobenzene-Modified DNA.

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    Kingsland, Addie; Samai, Soumyadyuti; Yan, Yunqi; Ginger, David S; Maibaum, Lutz

    2016-08-04

    Azobenzene incorporated into DNA has a photoisomerization quantum yield that depends on the DNA sequence near the azobenzene attachment site. We use Molecular Dynamics computer simulations to elucidate which physical properties of the modified DNA determine the quantum yield. We show for a wide range of DNA sequences that the photoisomerization quantum yield is strongly correlated with the variance of the number of atoms in close proximity to the outer phenyl ring of the azobenzene group. We infer that quantum yield is controlled by the availability of fluctuations that enable the conformational change. We demonstrate that these simulations can be used as a qualitative predictive tool by calculating the quantum yield for several novel DNA sequences, and confirming these predictions using UV-vis spectroscopy. Our results will be useful for the development of a wide range of applications of photoresponsive DNA nanotechnology.

  19. Optically Reconfigurable Monolayer of Azobenzene Donor Molecules on Oxide Surfaces.

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    McElhinny, Kyle M; Huang, Peishen; Joo, Yongho; Kanimozhi, Catherine; Lakkham, Arunee; Sakurai, Kenji; Evans, Paul G; Gopalan, Padma

    2017-03-07

    The structural configuration of molecules assembled at organic-inorganic interfaces within electronic materials strongly influences the functional electronic and vibrational properties relevant to applications ranging from energy storage to photovoltaics. Controlling and characterizing the structural state of an interface and its evolution under external stimuli is crucial both for the fundamental understanding of the factors influenced by molecular structure and for the development of methods for material synthesis. It has been challenging to create complete molecular monolayers that exhibit external reversible control of the structure and electronic configuration. We report a monolayer/inorganic interface consisting of an organic monolayer assembled on an oxide surface, exhibiting structural and electronic reconfiguration under ultraviolet illumination. The molecular monolayer is linked to the surface through a carboxylate link, with the backbone bearing an azobenzene functional group and the head group consisting of a rhenium-bipyridine group. Optical spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and X-ray reflectivity show that closely packed monolayers are formed from these molecules via the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Reversible photoisomerization is observed in solution and in monolayers assembled on Si and quartz substrates. The reconfiguration of these monolayers provides additional means to control excitation and charge transfer processes that are important in applications in catalysis, molecular electronics, and solar energy conversion.

  20. Contactless, photoinitiated snap-through in azobenzene-functionalized polymers

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    Shankar, M. Ravi; Smith, Matthew L.; Tondiglia, Vincent P.; Lee, Kyung Min; McConney, Michael E.; Wang, David H.; Tan, Loon-Seng; White, Timothy J.

    2013-01-01

    Photomechanical effects in polymeric materials and composites transduce light into mechanical work. The ability to control the intensity, polarization, placement, and duration of light irradiation is a distinctive and potentially useful tool to tailor the location, magnitude, and directionality of photogenerated mechanical work. Unfortunately, the work generated from photoresponsive materials is often slow and yields very small power densities, which diminish their potential use in applications. Here, we investigate photoinitiated snap-through in bistable arches formed from samples composed of azobenzene-functionalized polymers (both amorphous polyimides and liquid crystal polymer networks) and report orders-of-magnitude enhancement in actuation rates (approaching 102 mm/s) and powers (as much as 1 kW/m3). The contactless, ultra-fast actuation is observed at irradiation intensities <<100 mW/cm2. Due to the bistability and symmetry of the snap-through, reversible and bidirectional actuation is demonstrated. A model is developed to elucidate the underlying mechanics of the snap-through, specifically focusing on isolating the role of sample geometry, mechanical properties of the materials, and photomechanical strain. Using light to trigger contactless, ultrafast actuation in an otherwise passive structure is a potentially versatile tool to use in mechanical design at the micro-, meso-, and millimeter scales as actuators, as well as switches that can be triggered from large standoff distances, impulse generators for microvehicles, microfluidic valves and mixers in laboratory-on-chip devices, and adaptive optical elements. PMID:24190994

  1. Photoinduced conformational switch of enantiopure azobenzenes controlled by a sulfoxide.

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    Carreño, M Carmen; García, Isabel; Núñez, Irene; Merino, Estíbaliz; Ribagorda, María; Pieraccini, Silvia; Spada, Gian Piero

    2007-06-06

    Two series of enantiopure azobenzenes with a p-tolylsulfoxide at the ortho or meta position with respect to the azo group, have been regioselectively synthesized. Both can act as enantiopure molecular switches showing different structural features owing to the presence of the stereogenic sulfur. The photoisomerization process, studied by UV-vis, circular dichroism (CD), NMR, and chiral HPLC evidenced a double role of the sulfoxide. A transfer of chirality from the sulfoxide to the azo system was observed by CD in both cis and trans-isomers of the meta sulfinyl derivatives 3, whereas this perturbation was evident for the ortho sulfinyl series 7 only in the cis isomer. The NMR study evidenced that the s-cis rigid conformation of the bisaromatic sulfoxide was fixing a different orientation of the overall system in each series both in the trans and cis isomers, by forcing a final U-shaped structure in cis-3 and an S-shaped structure in cis-7. Very different values of specific optical rotations were measured in both trans and cis isomers, also reflecting the existence of distinct chiral entities in the photostationary states. The easy and reversible changes occurring between different conformational states could find applications in the photocontrol of several molecular switches.

  2. Photomechanical response of azobenzene/organophilic mica complexes

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    Fujita, T.; Iyi, N.; Klapyta, Z.; Fujii, K.; Kaneko, Y.; Kitamura, K

    2003-12-10

    To clarify whether photomechanical response is limited to the special combination of azobenzene (AzBz)/organophilic tetrasilicic mica (TSM) complexes, another swelling synthetic fluoro-mica, lithium taeniolite, was used as a starting host for AzBz/organophilic mica complexes. Basal spacings of organophilic taeniolites (o-TNs) prepared by the intercalation of trimethylalkylammonium (TMAA) into the TN increased linearly as alkyl chain length in TMAA increased from 2.44 to 2.86 nm. This indicates paraffin-type arrangement of TMAA in the TN gallery. Intercalation of AzBz to o-TN was performed via the gas phase at 100 deg. C. Photoresponses of AzBz/o-TN complexes were examined by XRD measurement under alternate UV and visible light irradiation. A decrease in basal spacing was observed under UV irradiation, and an increase was under visible light irradiation. Basal spacing change was 0.09-0.18 nm, which corresponds to 3-5% of the AzBz/o-TN basal spacing. These results indicate that reversible photomechanical response is a general phenomenon for AzBz/organophilic mica complexes.

  3. A one-pot synthetic approach to prepare palladium nanoparticles embedded hierarchically porous TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres for hydrogen peroxide sensing

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    Kong Lirong; Lu Xiaofeng; Bian Xiujie; Zhang Wanjin; Wang Ce

    2010-10-15

    A simple one-step method to fabricate hierarchically porous TiO{sub 2}/Pd composite hollow spheres without any template was developed by using solvothermal treatment. Pd nanoparticles (2-5 nm) were well dispersed in the mesopores of the TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres via in-situ reduction. In our experiment, polyvinylpyrrolidone played an important role in the synthetic process as the reducing agent and the connective material between TiO{sub 2} and Pd nanoparticles. HF species generated from solvothermal reaction leaded to the formation of TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres and Ostwald ripening was another main factor that affected the size and structure of the hollow spheres. The as-prepared TiO{sub 2}/Pd composite hollow spheres exhibited high electrocatalytic activity towards the reduction of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. The sensitivity was about 226.72 {mu}A mM{sup -1} cm{sup -2} with a detection limit of 3.81 {mu}M at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3. These results made the hierarchically porous TiO{sub 2}/Pd composite a promising platform for fabricating new nonenzymic biosensors. - Graphical Abstract: A new one-step solvothermal method was developed to prepare Pd nanoparticles embedded hierarchically porous TiO{sub 2} hollow spheres. Due to its unique nanostructure, the prepared TiO{sub 2}/Pd modified GC electrode exhibit a high sensitivity (226.72 {mu}A mM{sup -1} cm{sup -2}), a relatively low reduction potential (-0.2 V), a fast response time (<3 s) and a relatively low detection limit of 3.81 {mu}M (S/N=3) towards H{sub 2}O{sub 2}.

  4. Spontaneous gradual accumulation of hexagonally-aligned nano-silica on gold nanoparticles embedded in stabilized zirconia: a pathway from catalytic to NH3-sensing performance

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    Plashnitsa, Vladimir V.; Elumalai, Perumal; Fujio, Yuki; Kawaguchi, Toshikazu; Miura, Norio

    2011-05-01

    The present study highlights the influence of nano-impurities on the catalytic/sensing performance of nano-structured Au sensing-electrodes (SEs) housed in a quartz reactor and operated at high temperature over a long period of time. The planar sensor, made from a nano-structured Au-SE on a polished-polycrystalline (pp) yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) substrate exhibited initially negligible electromotive force (emf) response to each of the examined gases (CO, CH4, C3H8, C3H6, NOx and NH3; 400 ppm each) at 700 °C in the presence of 5 vol.% oxygen and 5 vol.% water vapor. Such a poor emf response was attributed to the excellent gas-phase oxidation/reduction ability of Au nanoparticles embedded in the YSZ substrate at high temperature. The response of the planar sensor made up of nano-structured Au-SE was monitored for about 75 days at 700 °C. As a result of this long-term monitoring, we detected the appearance of highly sensitive and selective NH3 gas-sensing properties after 45-75 days of sensor operation. Detailed observation of the morphology and composition of the as-fabricated nano-structured Au-SE after 75 days operation at 700 °C revealed the gradual accumulation of hexagonally-aligned SiO2 nano-impurities on the surface of the Au nanoparticles. The NH3 sensing mechanism of the YSZ-based sensor using the spontaneously-formed composite (nano-Au + nano-SiO2)-SE is therefore proposed to be based on a strong acid-base interaction between gaseous NH3 and SiO2 nano-impurities, followed by spillover of adsorbed NH3 towards the nano-Au/pp-YSZ interface.

  5. Interactions of sodium montmorillonite with poly(acrylic acid).

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    Tran, Nguyen H; Dennis, Gary R; Milev, Adriyan S; Kannangara, G S Kamali; Wilson, Michael A; Lamb, Robert N

    2005-10-15

    The chemical-structural modifications of the natural clay sodium montmorillonite during interaction with poly(acrylic acid) were studied mainly by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. Samples of modified montmorillonite were prepared from the reaction of sodium montmorillonite ( approximately 0.5 g) and an aqueous solution of poly(acrylic acid) (pH approximately 1.8, 50 g) at varying temperatures. X-ray diffraction indicated that the montmorillonite interlayer space ( approximately 13 A), formed by regular stacking of the silicate layers (dimension approximately 1x1000 nm), expanded to approximately 16 A as the reaction was carried out at room temperature and at 30 degrees C. At 60 degrees C, the interlayer space further expanded to approximately 20 A. The results of X-ray photoemission spectroscopy indicated that poly(acrylic acid) molecules exchange sodium ions on the surface of the silicate layers. These combined results allowed development of a reaction model that explains the dependency of the interlayer expansion with temperature. Information concerning the surface chemical reactions and systematic increases in the interlayer distances is particularly useful if montmorillonite and poly(acrylic acid) are to be used for formation of nanocomposite materials.

  6. Preparation and icephobic properties of polymethyltrifluoropropylsiloxane-polyacrylate block copolymers

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    Li, Xiaohui; Zhao, Yunhui; Li, Hui; Yuan, Xiaoyan

    2014-10-01

    Five polymethyltrifluoropropylsiloxane (PMTFPS)-polyacrylate block copolymers (PMTFPS-b-polyacrylate) were synthesized by free radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate, n-butyl acrylate and hydroxyethyl methacrylate using PMTFPS macroazoinitiator (PMTFPS-MAI) in range of 10-50 mass percentages. The morphology, surface chemical composition and wettability of the prepared copolymer films were investigated by transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and water contact angle measurement. Delayed icing time and ice shear strength of the films were also detected for the icephobic purpose. The surface morphologies of the copolymers were different from those of the bulk because of the migration of the PMTFPS segments to the air interface during the film formation. Maximal delayed icing time (186 s at -15 °C) and reduction of the ice shear strength (301 ± 10 kPa) which was significantly lower than that of polyacrylates (804 ± 37 kPa) were achieved when the content of PMTFPS-MAI was 20 wt%. The icephobicity of the copolymers was attributed primarily to the enrichment of PMTFPS on the film surface and synergistic effect of both silicone and fluorine. Thus, the results show that the PMTFPS-b-polyacrylate copolymer can be used as icephobic coating materials potentially.

  7. 21 CFR 177.1211 - Cross-linked polyacrylate copolymers.

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    2014-04-01

    ...). The solvent used shall be at least 60 milliliters aqueous sodium chloride solution per gram of... grafted copolymer of cross-linked sodium polyacrylate identified as 2-propenoic acid, polymers with N,N-di-2-propenyl-2-propen-1-amine and hydrolyzed polyvinyl acetate, sodium salts, graft (CAS Reg....

  8. Colorimetric response of azobenzene-terminated polydiacetylene vesicles under thermal and photic stimuli

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    You, Xian; Chen, Xin; Zou, Gang; Su, Wei; Zhang, Qijin; He, Pingsheng

    2009-11-01

    We study the colorimetric reversibility of pure polymerized p-nitro azobenzene moiety-substituted diacetylene (PNADA) and PNADA/polymerized 10,12-pentacosadiynoic acid (PDA) complex vesicles under thermal and photic stimuli. Because of the strong intermolecular interaction among azobenzene mesogens within the vesicles, PNADA vesicles show enhanced stability and completely reversible thermochromic response. Polydiacetylene based complex vesicles with partial reversible chromatic properties under both thermal and photonic stimuli were reported for the first time, which provided a novel model system for the understanding of the chromatic transition mechanism of polydiacetylene materials.

  9. Optically-tunable beam steering grating based n azobenzene doped cholesteric liquid crystal.

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    Jau, Hung-Chang; Lin, Tsung-Hsien; Fung, Ri-Xin; Huang, San-Yi; Liu, J-H; Fuh, Andy Y-G

    2010-08-02

    This work proposes an optically controllable beam-steering device, fabricated using cholesteric liquid crystals (CLCs) that are doped with azobenzene. The trans-cis photoisomerization of azobenzene changes the pitch of the CLC fingerprint structure and shifts the diffraction angle. The diffraction angle increases when the cell is irradiated with UV light, and restored when it is irradiated with green light. Combining the photoisomerization effect with electrical effect, the CLC beam-steering device provides a steering angle of approximately 19 degrees. The tuning is continuous and could be completed within a few seconds.

  10. Orientation dynamics of azobenzene-based self-assembled monolayers

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    Fang, Guanjiu

    2007-12-01

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) synthesized on glass and incorporating azobenzene are illuminated with actinic light to study the effect of photo-isomerization on in-plane molecular orientation. Measurements of the monolayer birefringence show that the SAM orientation dynamics are non-first-order kinetics, characterized by an exponential relaxation with a distribution of relaxation times. The orientational birefringence decays as a power law with an exponent that decreases with increasing initial writing intensity, indicative of orientational trapping wells with a distribution of depths. The distribution of trapping well depths, resulting from the distribution of free volumes among the SAM molecules, is modified by exposure to light. This depth modification indicates that photoisomerization is a collective process depending on neighboring molecules. Increasing the light intensity enhances the collective effect so that the orientation dynamics are changed from fractal to normal diffusion. With a further increase in light intensity, the collective effect does not change any more so that the mean width of the trapping well depth distribution, characterized by the power law exponent, becomes constant. The liquid crystal alignment in a photo-buffed SAM/rubbed nylon twisted nematic cell is very stable at room temperature, but it is lost upon cooling if the liquid crystal is heated into the isotropic phase, which is attributed to the thermal orientational relaxation of the SAM molecules. The liquid crystal response to reorienting the SAM with polarized light depends on the initial SAM writing time: the harder the initial writing, the slower subsequent reorientation, which is similar to the behavior of bare SAMs. The reorientation of the liquid crystals shows hysteresis compared with that of bare SAMs, with a larger dose required at higher intensity.

  11. Facile synthesis of ultrafine SnO2 nanoparticles embedded in carbon networks as a high-performance anode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Wang, Fei; Jiao, Hongxing; He, Erkang; Yang, Shaoan; Chen, Yongmei; Zhao, Mingshu; Song, Xiaoping

    2016-09-01

    SnO2@C nanocomposites are easily synthesized in a large scale by the hydrolysis of Sn4+ ions in a polyacrylic acid (PAA) hydrogel system, followed by the decomposition of Sn(OH)4 and carbonization of PAA by heat treatment in one-system. The SnO2@C nanocomposites contain uniform ultrafine SnO2 nanoparticles (≈4.3 nm) homogenously embedded in a three-dimensional carbon matrix. This unique structure efficiently suppresses the particle pulverization and aggregation of SnO2, thus maintaining the electrode integrity during long-term lithiation/delithiation process. The discharge capacity of SnO2@C nanocomposites is maintained at ∼597.3 mAh g-1 after 220 cycles. This scalable approach has great potential in the applications of high-capacity anodes in Li-ion batteries.

  12. Azobenzene-based surface patterns revisited: New insights with new materials? (Conference Presentation)

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    Priimagi, Arri

    2016-09-01

    This contribution focuses on a relatively old topic of azobenzene photomechanics, namely the photoinduced surface patterning. The phenomenon was demonstrated alreay in 1995, yet it has not redeemed its promise as a simple, one-step patterning method that could challenge the more conventional microfabrication techniques. However, inspired by recent advances in fabrication techniques, materials development, and theoretical modelling, the field is going through a revival from both fundamental and applied perspectives. (i) How much (or how little) azobenzene needed in order to create the surface patterns? (ii) What is the maximum size of objects that can be moved with light? (iii) Can one pattern crystalline materials? (iv) Under what conditions ss the patterning process light-reversible? These questions will herein be addressed via four case studies, all employing supramolecular materials where non-covalent intermolecular interactions are used to attach the azobenzenes into a passive host matrix. All azobenzene-based material movements are triggered by photoisomerization and are therefore inherently related to one another, and therefore we believe our observations to provide useful insights also for photomobile materials and photomechanical actuation.

  13. Photosensitive response of azobenzene containing films towards pure intensity or polarization interference patterns

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    Yadavalli, Nataraja Sekhar; Santer, Svetlana; Saphiannikova, Marina

    2014-08-04

    In this paper, we report on differences in the response of photosensitive azobenzene containing films upon irradiation with the intensity or polarization interference patterns. Two materials are studied differing in the molecular weight: an azobenzene-containing polymer and a molecular glass formed from a much smaller molecule consisting of three connected azobenzene units. Topography changes occurring along with the changes in irradiation conditions are recorded using a homemade set-up combining an optical part for generation and shaping of interference patterns and an atomic force microscope for acquiring the kinetics of film deformation. In this way, we could reveal the unique behavior of photosensitive materials during the first few minutes of irradiation: the change in topography is initially driven by an increase in the azobenzene free volume along with the trans-cis isomerization, followed by the mass transport finally resulting in the surface relief grating. This study demonstrates the great potential of our setup to experimentally highlight puzzling processes governing the formation of surface relief gratings.

  14. Surface Organization, Light-Driven Surface Changes, and Stability of Semifluorinated Azobenzen Polymers

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    Paik,M.; Krishnan, S.; You, F.; Li, X.; Hexemer, A.; Ando, Y.; Kang, S.; Fischer, D.; Kramer, E.; Ober, C.

    2007-01-01

    A series of polymers with 4-perfluoroalkyl-modified azobenzene side groups was investigated for its light-induced changes in surface properties. The ultraviolet (UV) light activated trans to cis isomerization of the azobenzene group, and the influence of molecular order and orientation on this process were studied using near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy and water contact angle measurements. Light-induced molecular reorganization in the near-surface region was studied by NEXAFS using in situ UV irradiation of polymer thin films. Differential scanning calorimetry and wide-angle X-ray scattering studies showed that sufficiently long fluoroalkyl groups formed well-ordered smectic mesophases in the bulk, as well as on the surface, which was evidenced by NEXAFS. The disruption of mesogen packing by photoisomerization was found to be influenced by the fluoroalkyl segment length. Surfaces with perfluorohexyl and perfluorooctyl groups that showed high orientational order were also highly resistant to light-induced changes. In such cases, the trans-cis isomerization resulted in greater lowering of the azobenzene phenyl ring order parameters than the perfluoroalkyl order parameters. UV exposure caused reorientation of the phenyl rings of the azobenzene group, but the terminal perfluoroalkyl segments remained more or less ordered.

  15. Structure control for fine tuning fluorescence emission from side-chain azobenzene polymers.

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    Smitha, P; Asha, S K

    2007-06-14

    New fluorescent azobenzene dyes and side-chain polymers have been synthesized and characterized and their photophysical properties studied. A series of azobenzene dyes having different fluorophores such as phenol (S1), phenylphenol (S2) and naphthol (S3) incorporated in them were synthesized. S2 had unusually high fluorescence with a quantum yield of phi f = 0.2 recorded in dichloromethane (DCM), whereas S1 and S3 were found to be weakly fluorescent. The azobenzene dyes were converted into methacrylate monomers having short ethyleneoxy spacers and then free radically polymerized. Phenylphenol-based azobenzene polymer (P2) continued to show fluorescence, whereas fluorescence was completely quenched in the case of phenol (P1)- and naphthol (P3)-based polymers. Phenylphenol, though twisted in the ground state is known to have a more planar geometry in the excited state--a factor that enables it to retain its fluorescence behavior even when it is incorporated as part of an azobenzene unit. In contrast, naphthol, which is a better fluorophore compared to phenylphenol, loses much of its emissive behavior upon coupling to the azobenzene unit. The extent of trans to cis photoisomerization in solution was very low (approximately 17%) for P2 after 30 min of continuous irradiation using 365 nm light, in contrast to approximately 40% for P1 under identical conditions. This is attributed to the steric repulsion brought about by the bulky phenylphenol units that restrict rotation. A 2-fold enhancement in fluorescence emission was observed for P2 upon irradiation by UV light at 360 nm, which relaxed to the original intensity in about 7 day's time. The higher emission of the cis azobenzenes is generally attributed to an inhibition of photoinduced electron transfer (PET) mechanism. The emission of P2 showed a concentration dependence which increased initially and then decreased in intensity with the formation of a new red-shifted peak at higher concentration due to aggregation

  16. Optimal Parameter Determination for Tritiated Water Storage in Polyacrylic Networks

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    Postolache, C.; Matei, Lidia; Georgescu, Rodica; Ionita, Gh.

    2005-07-15

    Due to the remarkable capacity of water retaining, croslinked polyacrylic acids (PAA) represent an interesting alternative for tritiated water trapping. The study was developed on radiolytical processes in PAA:HTO systems derivated from irradiation of polymeric network by disintegration of tritium atoms from HTO. The aim of these studies is the identification of polymeric structures and optimal storage conditions.Sol and gel fractions were determinated by radiometrical methods using PAA labeled with 14-C at carboxylic groups and T at main chains of the polymer. Simulation of radiolytical processes was realized using {gamma} radiation field emitted by a irradiation source of 60-Co which ensures a maximum of absorbed dose rate of 3 kGy/h. Self-radiolytical effects were investigated using labeled PAA in HTO with great radioactive concentration (37-185 GBq/mL). The experiment suggests as optimum for HTO storage as tritium liquid wastes a 1:30 PAA:HTO swelling degree at 18.5-37 MBqL. HTO radioactive concentration.RES studies of radiolytical processes were also realized on dry polyacrylic acid (PAA) and polyacrylic based hydrogels irradiated and determined at 77 K. In the study we observed the effect of swelling capacity of hydrogel o the formation of free radicals.

  17. Ion exchange selectivity for cross-linked polyacrylic acid

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    May, C. E.; Philipp, W. H.

    1983-01-01

    The ion separation factors for 21 common metal ions with cross-linked polyacrylic acid were determined as a function of pH and the percent of the cross-linked polyacrylic acid neutralized. The calcium ion was used as a reference. At a pH of 5 the decreasing order of affinity of the ions for the cross-linked polyacrylic acid was found to be: Hg++, Fe+++, Pb++, Cr+++, Cu++, Cd++, Al+++, Ag+, Zn++, Ni++, Mn++, Co++, Ca++, Sr++, Ba++, Mg++, K+, Rb+, Cs+, Na+, and Li+. Members of a chemical family exhibited similar selectivities. The Hg++ ion appeared to be about a million times more strongly bound than the alkali metal ions. The relative binding of most of the metal ions varied with pH; the very tightly and very weakly bound ions showed the largest variations with pH. The calcium ion-hydrogen ion equilibrium was perturbed very little by the presence of the other ions. The separation factors and selectivity coefficients are discussed in terms of equilibrium and thermodynamic significance.

  18. Photoinduced bending behavior of cross-linked azobenzene liquid-crystalline polymer films with a poly(oxyethylene) backbone.

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    Lv, Jiu-an; Wang, Weiru; Xu, Jixiang; Ikeda, Tomiki; Yu, Yanlei

    2014-07-01

    Cross-linked azobenzene liquid-crystalline polymer films with a poly(oxyethylene) backbone are synthesized by photoinitiated cationic copolymerization. Azobenzene moieties in the film surface toward the light source are simultaneously photoaligned during photopolymerization with unpolarized 436 nm light and thus form a splayed alignment in the whole film. The prepared films show reversible photoinduced bending behavior with opposite bending directions when different surfaces of one film face to ultraviolet light irradiation.

  19. Mechanized azobenzene-functionalized zirconium metal-organic framework for on-command cargo release

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    Meng, Xiangshi; Gui, Bo; Yuan, Daqiang; Zeller, Matthias; Wang, Cheng

    2016-01-01

    Stimuli-responsive metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have gained increasing attention recently for their potential applications in many areas. We report the design and synthesis of a water-stable zirconium MOF (Zr-MOF) that bears photoresponsive azobenzene groups. This particular MOF can be used as a reservoir for storage of cargo in water, and the cargo-loaded MOF can be further capped to construct a mechanized MOF through the binding of β-cyclodextrin with the azobenzene stalks on the MOF surface. The resulting mechanized MOF has shown on-command cargo release triggered by ultraviolet irradiation or addition of competitive agents without premature release. This study represents a simple approach to the construction of stimuli-responsive mechanized MOFs, and considering mechanized UiO-68-azo made from biocompatible components, this smart system may provide a unique MOF platform for on-command drug delivery in the future. PMID:27493996

  20. Multiresponsive chiroptical switch of an azobenzene-containing lipid: solvent, temperature, and photoregulated supramolecular chirality.

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    Duan, Pengfei; Li, Yuangang; Li, Liangchun; Deng, Jingen; Liu, Minghua

    2011-04-07

    An azobenzene-containing lipid was designed as a functional organogelator, and its self-assembly as well as the chiroptical properties were investigated. The gelator shows good gelation ability in various organic solvents ranging from polar to nonpolar solvents. Although the molecule did not show a CD signal in the absorption band of azobenzene in solution, supramolecular chirality was observed upon gel formation. Moreover, the supramolecular chirality exhibited a multiresponse to temperature, photoirradiation, and the solvent polarity. Particularly, positive supramolecular chirality was observed in polar solvents, while it inverted to a negative one in nonpolar solvents. All the responses in relating to the supramolecular chirality were reversible and thus produced a multiresponsive chiroptical switch.

  1. Photoinduced reversible switching of porosity in molecular crystals based on star-shaped azobenzene tetramers.

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    Baroncini, Massimo; d'Agostino, Simone; Bergamini, Giacomo; Ceroni, Paola; Comotti, Angiolina; Sozzani, Piero; Bassanetti, Irene; Grepioni, Fabrizia; Hernandez, Taylor M; Silvi, Serena; Venturi, Margherita; Credi, Alberto

    2015-08-01

    The development of solid materials that can be reversibly interconverted by light between forms with different physico-chemical properties is of great interest for separation, catalysis, optoelectronics, holography, mechanical actuation and solar energy conversion. Here, we describe a series of shape-persistent azobenzene tetramers that form porous molecular crystals in their E-configuration, the porosity of which can be tuned by changing the peripheral substituents on the molecule. Efficient E→Z photoisomerization of the azobenzene units takes place in the solid state and converts the crystals into a non-porous amorphous melt phase. Crystallinity and porosity are restored upon Z→E isomerization promoted by visible light irradiation or heating. We demonstrate that the photoisomerization enables reversible on/off switching of optical properties such as birefringence as well as the capture of CO2 from the gas phase. The linear design, structural versatility and synthetic accessibility make this new family of materials potentially interesting for technological applications.

  2. Azobenzenes as light-controlled molecular electronic switches in nanoscale metal-molecule-metal junctions.

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    Mativetsky, Jeffrey M; Pace, Giuseppina; Elbing, Mark; Rampi, Maria A; Mayor, Marcel; Samorì, Paolo

    2008-07-23

    Conductance switching associated with the photoisomerization of azobenzene-based (Azo) molecules was observed in nanoscopic metal-molecule-metal junctions. The junctions were formed by using a conducting atomic force microscope (C-AFM) approach, where a metallic AFM tip was used to electrically contact a gold-supported Azo self-assembled monolayer. The measured 30-fold increase in conductance is consistent with the expected decrease in tunneling barrier length resulting from the conformational change of the Azo molecule.

  3. Theory of light-induced deformation of azobenzene elastomers: Influence of network structure

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    Toshchevikov, V. P.; Saphiannikova, M.; Heinrich, G.

    2012-07-01

    Azobenzene elastomers have been extensively explored in the last decade as photo-deformable smart materials which are able to transform light energy into mechanical stress. Presently, there is a great need for theoretical approaches to accurately predict the quantitative response of these materials based on their microscopic structure. Recently, we proposed a theory of light-induced deformation of azobenzene elastomers using a simple regular cubic network model [V. Toshchevikov, M. Saphiannikova, and G. Heinrich, J. Phys. Chem. B 116, 913 (2012), 10.1021/jp206323h]. In the present study, we extend the previous theory using more realistic network models which take into account the random orientation of end-to-end vectors of network strands as well as the molecular weight distribution of the strands. Interaction of the chromophores with the linearly polarized light is described by an effective orientation potential which orients the chromophores perpendicular to the polarization direction. We show that both monodisperse and polydisperse azobenzene elastomers can demonstrate either a uniaxial expansion or contraction along the polarization direction. The sign of deformation (expansion/contraction) depends on the orientation distribution of chromophores with respect to the main chains which is defined by the chemical structure and by the lengths of spacers. The degree of cross-linking and the polydispersity of network strands do not affect the sign of deformation but influence the magnitude of light-induced deformation. We demonstrate that photo-mechanical properties of mono- and poly-disperse azobenzene elastomers with random spatial distribution of network strands can be described in a very good approximation by a regular cubic network model with an appropriately chosen length of the strands.

  4. Self-assembly of azobenzene bilayer membranes in binary ionic liquid-water nanostructured media.

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    Kang, Tejwant Singh; Ishiba, Keita; Morikawa, Masa-aki; Kimizuka, Nobuo

    2014-03-11

    Anionic azobenzene-containing amphiphile 1 (sodium 4-[4-(N-methyl-N-dodecylamino)phenylazo]benzenesulfonate) forms ordered bilayer membranes in binary ionic liquid (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate, [C2mim][C2OSO3])-water mixtures. The binary [C2mim][C2OSO3]-water mixture is macroscopically homogeneous at any mixing ratio; however, it possesses fluctuating nanodomains of [C2mim][C2OSO3] molecules as observed by dynamic light scattering (DLS). These nanodomains show reversible heat-induced mixing behavior with water. Although the amphiphile 1 is substantially insoluble in pure water, it is dispersible in the [C2mim][C2OSO3]-water mixtures. The concentration of [C2mim][C2OSO3] and temperature exert significant influences on the self-assembling characteristics of 1 in the binary media, as shown by DLS, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis spectroscopy, and zeta-potential measurements. Bilayer membranes with rod- or dotlike nanostructures were formed at a lower content of [C2mim][C2OSO3] (2-30 v/v %), in which azobenzene chromophores adopt parallel molecular orientation regardless of temperature. In contrast, when the content of [C2mim][C2OSO3] is increased above 60 v/v %, azobenzene bilayers showed thermally reversible gel-to-liquid crystalline phase transition. The self-assembly of azobenzene amphiphiles is tunable depending on the volume fraction of [C2mim][C2OSO3] and temperature, which are associated with the solvation by nanoclusters in the binary [C2mim][C2OSO3]-water media. These observations clearly indicate that mixtures of water-soluble ionic liquids and water provide unique and valiant environments for ordered molecular self-assembly.

  5. Two-Photon Neuronal and Astrocytic Stimulation with Azobenzene-Based Photoswitches

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    2015-01-01

    Synthetic photochromic compounds can be designed to control a variety of proteins and their biochemical functions in living cells, but the high spatiotemporal precision and tissue penetration of two-photon stimulation have never been investigated in these molecules. Here we demonstrate two-photon excitation of azobenzene-based protein switches and versatile strategies to enhance their photochemical responses. This enables new applications to control the activation of neurons and astrocytes with cellular and subcellular resolution. PMID:24857186

  6. Photocontrolled Supramolecular Assembling of Azobenzene-Based Biscalix[4]arenes upon Starting and Stopping Laser Trapping.

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    Yuyama, Ken-Ichi; Marcelis, Lionel; Su, Pei-Mei; Chung, Wen-Sheng; Masuhara, Hiroshi

    2017-01-24

    Laser trapping in chemistry covers various studies ranging from single molecules, nanoparticles, and quantum dots to crystallization and liquid-liquid phase separation of amino acids. In this work, a supramolecular assembly of azobenzene-based biscalix[4]arene is generated in ethyl acetate using laser trapping; its nucleation and growth are elucidated. No trapping behavior was observed when a 1064 nm laser beam was focused inside of the solution; however, interesting assembling phenomena were induced when it was shined at the air/solution interface. A single disk having two layers was first prepared at the focal point of ∼1 μm and then expanded to the size of a few tens of micrometers, although no optical force was exerted outside of the focal volume. Upon switching the trapping laser off, needles were generated at the outer layer of the assembly, giving a stable sea urchin-like morphology to the generated assembly. At a 30-50% dilution of the initial solution in ethyl acetate, a mushroom-like morphology was also observed. Laser trapping-induced assembly of azobenzene-based biscalix[4]arene was quite different from the sharp-ellipsoidal aggregates obtained by the spontaneous evaporation of the solution. These trapping phenomena were specifically observed for biscalix[4]arene in the trans conformation of azo-benzene moiety but not for the cis-form, suggesting that the laser trapping of this azobenzene-based biscalix[4]arene is photocontrollable. Dynamics and mechanism of the supramolecular assembling are considered, referring to laser trapping-induced nucleation and liquid-liquid phase separation of amino acids.

  7. Alternating photoinduced mass transport triggered by light polarization in azobenzene containing sol-gel films

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    Fabbri, F.; Lassailly, Y.; Lahlil, K.; Boilot, J. P.; Peretti, J.

    2010-02-01

    Combined shear-force and near-field optical microscopies are used for real-time monitoring of the formation of photoinduced surface relief gratings in photochromic thin films containing azobenzene derivatives. The correlated optical and topographical images provide evidence that the direction of the photoinduced matter migration is defined by the light polarization pattern and that, for a given light intensity pattern, modulating the polarization between two orthogonal states gives rise to alternating mass transport.

  8. Light-induced noncentrosymmetry in acceptor-donor-substituted azobenzene solutions

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    Zhao, Jiang; Si, Jinhai; Wang, Yougui; Ye, Peixian; Fu, Xingfa; Qiu, Ling; Shen, Yuquan

    1995-10-01

    Light-induced noncentrosymmetry was achieved experimentally in acceptor-donor-substituted azobenzene solutions and observed by phase-matched nondegenerate six-wave mixing. The microscopic origin of the induced noncentrosymmetry was found to be orientational hole burning, which was distinguished directly with net orientation of molecules by experimental observations. The decay time of the induced noncentrosymmetry depended on the rotational orientation time of the sample's molecule, which varied linearly with the viscosity of the solvent.

  9. Molecularly Engineered Azobenzene Derivatives for High Energy Density Solid-State Solar Thermal Fuels.

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    Cho, Eugene N; Zhitomirsky, David; Han, Grace G D; Liu, Yun; Grossman, Jeffrey C

    2017-03-15

    Solar thermal fuels (STFs) harvest and store solar energy in a closed cycle system through conformational change of molecules and can release the energy in the form of heat on demand. With the aim of developing tunable and optimized STFs for solid-state applications, we designed three azobenzene derivatives functionalized with bulky aromatic groups (phenyl, biphenyl, and tert-butyl phenyl groups). In contrast to pristine azobenzene, which crystallizes and makes nonuniform films, the bulky azobenzene derivatives formed uniform amorphous films that can be charged and discharged with light and heat for many cycles. Thermal stability of the films, a critical metric for thermally triggerable STFs, was greatly increased by the bulky functionalization (up to 180 °C), and we were able to achieve record high energy density of 135 J/g for solid-state STFs, over a 30% improvement compared to previous solid-state reports. Furthermore, the chargeability in the solid state was improved, up to 80% charged from 40% charged in previous solid-state reports. Our results point toward molecular engineering as an effective method to increase energy storage in STFs, improve chargeability, and improve the thermal stability of the thin film.

  10. Light-enhanced liquid-phase exfoliation and current photoswitching in graphene-azobenzene composites

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    Döbbelin, Markus; Ciesielski, Artur; Haar, Sébastien; Osella, Silvio; Bruna, Matteo; Minoia, Andrea; Grisanti, Luca; Mosciatti, Thomas; Richard, Fanny; Prasetyanto, Eko Adi; de Cola, Luisa; Palermo, Vincenzo; Mazzaro, Raffaello; Morandi, Vittorio; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Ferrari, Andrea C.; Beljonne, David; Samorì, Paolo

    2016-04-01

    Multifunctional materials can be engineered by combining multiple chemical components, each conferring a well-defined function to the ensemble. Graphene is at the centre of an ever-growing research effort due to its combination of unique properties. Here we show that the large conformational change associated with the trans-cis photochemical isomerization of alkyl-substituted azobenzenes can be used to improve the efficiency of liquid-phase exfoliation of graphite, with the photochromic molecules acting as dispersion-stabilizing agents. We also demonstrate reversible photo-modulated current in two-terminal devices based on graphene-azobenzene composites. We assign this tuneable electrical characteristics to the intercalation of the azobenzene between adjacent graphene layers and the resulting increase in the interlayer distance on (photo)switching from the linear trans-form to the bulky cis-form of the photochromes. These findings pave the way to the development of new optically controlled memories for light-assisted programming and high-sensitive photosensors.

  11. Tuning the optical emission of MoS{sub 2} nanosheets using proximal photoswitchable azobenzene molecules

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    Li, Juan; Wierzbowski, Jakob; Ceylan, Özlem; Klein, Julian; Anh, Tuan Le; Meggendorfer, Felix; Finley, Jonathan J.; Margapoti, Emanuela; Nisic, Filippo; Dragonetti, Claudia; Palma, Carlos-Andres; Barth, Johannes V.

    2014-12-15

    We report photoluminescence measurements performed on monolayer- and two-layer-MoS{sub 2} placed on two types of mixed self-assembled monolayers (mSAMs) of photoswitchable azobenzene molecules. The two mSAMs differ via the electronegative character of the azobenzene derivatives. Thin layers of a transition metal dichalcogenide—MoS{sub 2}—were mechanically exfoliated on mSAM to allow for direct interaction between the molecules and the MoS{sub 2} layers. When the MoS{sub 2} nanosheet is in contact with the electropositive azobenzene molecules in trans configuration, an emission side band at lower energies and at low excitation powers suggest n-type doping. The photoisomerization of the molecules from trans to cis configuration lowers the doping, quenching the side band and enhancing the overall PL efficiency by a factor of ∼3. Opposite results were observed with the chlorinated, more electronegative molecules, exhibiting a reversed trend in the PL efficiency between trans and cis, but with an overall larger intensity. The type of doping induced by the two types of mSAMs was determined by Kelvin probe force microscopy technique.

  12. Kinetics of light-induced ordering and deformation in LC azobenzene-containing materials.

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    Toshchevikov, Vladimir; Petrova, Tatiana; Saphiannikova, Marina

    2017-04-12

    Azobenzene-containing smart materials are able to transform the energy of light into directional mechanical stress. We develop a theory of time-dependent light-induced ordering and deformation in azobenzene materials starting from the kinetic equations of photoisomerization. The liquid crystalline (LC) interactions between rod-like trans-isomers are taken into account. Angular selectivity of the photoisomerization known as an "angular hole burning" or the Weigert effect leads to the light-induced ordering and deformation of the azobenzene materials. The time evolution of ordering and deformation is found as a function of intensity of light depending on the opto-mechanical characteristics of the materials, such as probabilities of the optical excitation of trans- and cis-isomers, angular jump during the single isomerization event, viscosity of the materials, strength of the LC interactions in both the isotropic and LC materials, and the angular distribution of chromophores in polymer chains. Established structural-property relationships are in agreement with a number of experiments and can be used for the construction of light-controllable smart materials for practical applications.

  13. Light-enhanced liquid-phase exfoliation and current photoswitching in graphene–azobenzene composites

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    Döbbelin, Markus; Ciesielski, Artur; Haar, Sébastien; Osella, Silvio; Bruna, Matteo; Minoia, Andrea; Grisanti, Luca; Mosciatti, Thomas; Richard, Fanny; Prasetyanto, Eko Adi; De Cola, Luisa; Palermo, Vincenzo; Mazzaro, Raffaello; Morandi, Vittorio; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Ferrari, Andrea C.; Beljonne, David; Samorì, Paolo

    2016-01-01

    Multifunctional materials can be engineered by combining multiple chemical components, each conferring a well-defined function to the ensemble. Graphene is at the centre of an ever-growing research effort due to its combination of unique properties. Here we show that the large conformational change associated with the trans–cis photochemical isomerization of alkyl-substituted azobenzenes can be used to improve the efficiency of liquid-phase exfoliation of graphite, with the photochromic molecules acting as dispersion-stabilizing agents. We also demonstrate reversible photo-modulated current in two-terminal devices based on graphene–azobenzene composites. We assign this tuneable electrical characteristics to the intercalation of the azobenzene between adjacent graphene layers and the resulting increase in the interlayer distance on (photo)switching from the linear trans-form to the bulky cis-form of the photochromes. These findings pave the way to the development of new optically controlled memories for light-assisted programming and high-sensitive photosensors. PMID:27052205

  14. Photomechanical bending mechanics of polydomain azobenzene liquid crystal polymer network films

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    Cheng Liang; Torres, Yanira; Oates, William S.; Lee, Kyung Min; McClung, Amber J.; Baur, Jeffery; White, Timothy J.

    2012-07-01

    Glassy, polydomain azobenzene liquid crystal polymer networks (azo-LCNs) have been synthesized, characterized, and modeled to understand composition dependence on large amplitude, bidirectional bending, and twisting deformation upon irradiation with linearly polarized blue-green (440-514 nm) light. These materials exhibit interesting properties for adaptive structure applications in which the shape of the photoresponsive material can be rapidly reconfigured with light. The basis for the photomechanical output observed in these materials is absorption of actinic light by azobenzene, which upon photoisomerization dictates an internal stress within the local polymer network. The photoinduced evolution of the underlying liquid crystal microstructure is manifested as macroscopic deformation of the glassy polymer film. Accordingly, this work examines the polarization-controlled bidirectional bending of highly concentrated azo-LCN materials and correlates the macroscopic output (observed as bending) to measured blocked stresses upon irradiation with blue-green light of varying polarization. The resulting photomechanical output is highly dependent on the concentration of crosslinked azobenzene mesogens employed in the formulation. Experiments that quantify photomechanical bending and photogenerated stress are compared to a large deformation photomechanical shell model to quantify the effect of polarized light interactions with the material during static and dynamic polarized light induced deformation. The model comparisons illustrate differences in internal photostrain and deformation rates as a function of composition and external mechanical constraints.

  15. Photoswitching in nanoporous, crystalline solids: an experimental and theoretical study for azobenzene linkers incorporated in MOFs.

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    Wang, Zhengbang; Heinke, Lars; Jelic, Jelena; Cakici, Murat; Dommaschk, Marcel; Maurer, Reinhard J; Oberhofer, Harald; Grosjean, Sylvain; Herges, Rainer; Bräse, Stefan; Reuter, Karsten; Wöll, Christof

    2015-06-14

    In this article, we use the popular photoswitchable molecule, azobenzene, to demonstrate that the embedding in a nanoporous, crystalline solid enables a precise understanding of light-induced, reversible molecular motion. We investigate two similar azobenzene-containing, pillared-layer metal-organic frameworks (MOFs): Cu2(AzoBPDC)2(BiPy) and Cu2(NDC)2(AzoBiPy). Experimental results from UV-vis spectroscopy and molecular uptake experiments as well as theoretical results based on density-functional theory (DFT) show that in the Cu2(AzoBPDC)2(BiPy) MOF structure, the azobenzene side groups undergo photoisomerization when irradiated with UV or visible light. In a very similar MOF structure, Cu2(NDC)2(AzoBiPy), the experimental studies show an unexpected absence of photoisomerization. The DFT calculations reveal that in both MOFs the initial and final states of the photoswitching process (the trans and the cis conformation) have similar energies, which strongly suggests that the reason for the effective blocking of photoswitching in the AzoBiPy-based MOFs must be related to the switching process itself. More detailed calculations show that in Cu2(NDC)2(AzoBiPy) a naphthalene linker from the molecular framework blocks the photoisomerization trajectory which leads from the trans to the cis conformation. For Cu2(AzoBPDC)2(BiPy), as a result of the different geometry, such a steric hindrance is absent.

  16. Photo Induced Membrane Separation for Water Purification and Desalination Using Azobenzene Modified Anodized Alumina Membranes.

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    Fujiwara, Masahiro; Imura, Tatsuki

    2015-06-23

    Water purification and desalination to produce end-use water are important agendas in 21st century, because the global water shortage is becoming increasingly serious. Those processes using light energy, especially solar energy, without the consumption of fossil fuels are desired for creating sustainable society. For these earth-friendly water treatments, nanoporous materials and membranes are expected to provide new technologies. We have reported before that the repetitive photo isomerization of azobenzene groups between the trans and cis isomers induced by the simultaneous irradiation of UV and visible lights accelerates the molecular movement of nearby molecules in nanoporous materials. After further studies, we recently found that the permeation of water through azobenzene modified anodized alumina membranes as a photo responsive nanoporous membrane was achieved by the simultaneous irradiation of UV and visible lights, while no water penetration occurred under no light, only single UV or visible light. The photo induced permeation of water was promoted by the vaporization of water with the repetitive photo isomerization of azobenzene. This membrane permeation achieved the purification of water solutions, because dye molecules and a protein dissolved in aqueous solutions were not involved in the photo induced penetrated water. When 3.5% of sodium chloride solution as model seawater was employed for this membrane separation, the salt content of the permeated water was less than 0.01% to accomplish the complete desalination of seawater.

  17. Photoinduced anisotropy of second-harmonic generation from azobenzene-modified alkylsiloxane monolayers

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    Yi, Y. W.; Furtak, T. E.; Farrow, M. J.; Walba, D. M.

    2003-09-01

    Noncontact alignment of liquid crystal displays offers the advantage of reduced contamination and minimal surface charging. This approach also provides a means of reversible alignment after a device has been assembled. With this objective we have synthesized self-assembled monolayers based on dimethylaminoazobenzene units covalently attached to a glass surface by means of a short alkylsiloxane anchor, a derivatized version of methyl red (d-MR). The resulting architecture favors an orientation in which the axis of the azobenzene group should be nearly parallel to the surface with an isotropic azimuthal distribution. Under illumination with polarized light the trans-cis isomerization and subsequent relaxation serves to wiggle the molecule into an orientation perpendicular to the treatment polarization. We have tested this scenario using optical second harmonic generation and supporting optical techniques. We are able to identify a surface order parameter that characterizes the photoalignment of the azobenzene group, and have shown that the treatment illumination promotes the formation of H aggregates of the azobenzene species. We have also demonstrated that the treated d-MR layer successfully aligns a nematic liquid crystal.

  18. Surface hopping dynamics of direct trans --> cis photoswitching of an azobenzene derivative in constrained adsorbate geometries

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    Floß, Gereon; Granucci, Giovanni; Saalfrank, Peter

    2012-12-01

    With ongoing miniaturization of electronic devices, the need for individually addressable, switchable molecules arises. An example are azobenzenes on surfaces which have been shown to be switchable between trans and cis forms. Here, we examine the "direct" (rather than substrate-mediated) channel of the trans → cis photoisomerization after ππ* excitation of tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene physisorbed on surfaces mimicking Au(111) and Bi(111), respectively. In spirit of the direct channel, the electronic structure of the surface is neglected, the latter merely acting as a rigid platform which weakly interacts with the molecule via Van-der-Waals forces. Starting from thermal ensembles which represent the trans-form, sudden excitations promote the molecules to ππ*-excited states which are non-adiabatically coupled among themselves and to a nπ*-excited and the ground state, respectively. After excitation, relaxation to the ground state by internal conversion takes place, possibly accompanied by isomerization. The process is described here by "on the fly" semiclassical surface hopping dynamics in conjunction with a semiempirical Hamiltonian (AM1) and configuration-interaction type methods. It is found that steric constraints imposed by the substrate lead to reduced but non-vanishing, trans → cis reaction yields and longer internal conversion times than for the isolated molecule. Implications for recent experiments for azobenzenes on surfaces are discussed.

  19. Synthesis of polyacrylic-acid-based thermochromic polymers

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    Srivastava, Jyoti; Alam, Sarfaraz; Mathur, G. N.

    2003-10-01

    Smart materials respond to environmental stimuli with particular changes in some variables (for example temperature, pressure and electric field etc), for that reason they are often called responsive materials. In the present work, we have synthesized thermochromic polymer based on poly acrylic acid cobalt chloride (CoCl2) and phosphoric acid (H3PO4) that visually and reversibly changes color in the temperature range (70 - 130°C). These thermochromic materials can be used as visual sensors of temperature. Thermochromic polymers are based on polyacrylic acid and CoCl2 complex.

  20. Precipitation of biomimetic fluorhydroxyapatite/polyacrylic acid nanostructures

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    Roche, Kevin J.; Stanton, Kenneth T.

    2015-01-01

    Ordered structures of fluorhydroxyapatite (FHA) nanoparticles that resemble the nanostructure of natural human enamel have been prepared. Wet precipitation in the presence of polyacrylic acid (PAA) was used, and the particle morphology was altered by varying several reaction conditions. High molecular weight PAA increased particle length from around 54 nm to several hundred nanometres, while maintaining particle width at 15 nm. PAA concentration and the order of mixing the reactants also influenced crystal morphology. Optimum conditions produced dense, aligned bundles of highly elongated nanorods, which are very similar to the hierarchical nanostructure of human tooth enamel.

  1. Nickel adsorption by sodium polyacrylate-grafted activated carbon.

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    Ewecharoen, A; Thiravetyan, P; Wendel, E; Bertagnolli, H

    2009-11-15

    A novel sodium polyacrylate grafted activated carbon was produced by using gamma radiation to increase the number of functional groups on the surface. After irradiation the capacity for nickel adsorption was studied and found to have increased from 44.1 to 55.7 mg g(-1). X-ray absorption spectroscopy showed that the adsorbed nickel on activated carbon and irradiation-grafted activated carbon was coordinated with 6 oxygen atoms at 2.04-2.06 A. It is proposed that this grafting technique could be applied to other adsorbents to increase the efficiency of metal adsorption.

  2. A comparative study of photoinduced deformation in azobenzene containing polymer films.

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    Yadavalli, Nataraja Sekhar; Loebner, Sarah; Papke, Thomas; Sava, Elena; Hurduc, Nicolae; Santer, Svetlana

    2016-03-07

    In this paper two groups supporting different views on the mechanism of light induced polymer deformation argue about the respective underlying theoretical conceptions, in order to bring this interesting debate to the attention of the scientific community. The group of Prof. Nicolae Hurduc supports the model claiming that the cyclic isomerization of azobenzenes may cause an athermal transition of the glassy azobenzene containing polymer into a fluid state, the so-called photo-fluidization concept. This concept is quite convenient for an intuitive understanding of the deformation process as an anisotropic flow of the polymer material. The group of Prof. Svetlana Santer supports the re-orientational model where the mass-transport of the polymer material accomplished during polymer deformation is stated to be generated by the light-induced re-orientation of the azobenzene side chains and as a consequence of the polymer backbone that in turn results in local mechanical stress, which is enough to irreversibly deform an azobenzene containing material even in the glassy state. For the debate we chose three polymers differing in the glass transition temperature, 32 °C, 87 °C and 95 °C, representing extreme cases of flexible and rigid materials. Polymer film deformation occurring during irradiation with different interference patterns is recorded using a homemade set-up combining an optical part for the generation of interference patterns and an atomic force microscope for acquiring the kinetics of film deformation. We also demonstrated the unique behaviour of azobenzene containing polymeric films to switch the topography in situ and reversibly by changing the irradiation conditions. We discuss the results of reversible deformation of three polymers induced by irradiation with intensity (IIP) and polarization (PIP) interference patterns, and the light of homogeneous intensity in terms of two approaches: the re-orientational and the photo-fluidization concepts. Both agree

  3. The aniline-to-azobenzene oxidation reaction on monolayer graphene or graphene oxide surfaces fabricated by benzoic acid.

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    Lee, Myungjin; Kim, Kijeong; Lee, Hangil

    2013-09-02

    The oxidation of aniline to azobenzene was conducted in the presence of either monolayer graphene (EG) or graphene-oxide-like surface, such as GOx, under ultra-high vacuum conditions maintaining a 365-nm UV light exposure to enhance the oxidation reaction. The surface-bound products were investigated using micro Raman spectroscopy, high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy, and work function measurements. The oxygen carriers present on the GOx surfaces, but not on the EG surfaces, acted as reaction reagents to facilitate the oxidation reaction from aniline to azobenzene. Increasing the aniline concentration at 300 K confirmed that the exchange ratio from the aniline to the azobenzene was enhanced, as determined by the intensity ratio between the aniline- and azobenzene-induced N 1 s core-level spectra. The work function changed dramatically as the aniline concentration increased, indicating that the aniline on the GOx surface conveyed n-type doping characteristics at a low coverage level. A higher aniline concentration increased the p-type doping character by increasing the azobenzene concentration on the GOx surface. A comparison of the oxidation reactivity of aniline molecules on the EG or GOx surfaces revealed the role of the oxygen carriers on the GOx surfaces in the context of catalytic oxidation.

  4. The aniline-to-azobenzene oxidation reaction on monolayer graphene or graphene oxide surfaces fabricated by benzoic acid

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    2013-01-01

    The oxidation of aniline to azobenzene was conducted in the presence of either monolayer graphene (EG) or graphene-oxide-like surface, such as GOx, under ultra-high vacuum conditions maintaining a 365-nm UV light exposure to enhance the oxidation reaction. The surface-bound products were investigated using micro Raman spectroscopy, high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy, and work function measurements. The oxygen carriers present on the GOx surfaces, but not on the EG surfaces, acted as reaction reagents to facilitate the oxidation reaction from aniline to azobenzene. Increasing the aniline concentration at 300 K confirmed that the exchange ratio from the aniline to the azobenzene was enhanced, as determined by the intensity ratio between the aniline- and azobenzene-induced N 1 s core-level spectra. The work function changed dramatically as the aniline concentration increased, indicating that the aniline on the GOx surface conveyed n-type doping characteristics at a low coverage level. A higher aniline concentration increased the p-type doping character by increasing the azobenzene concentration on the GOx surface. A comparison of the oxidation reactivity of aniline molecules on the EG or GOx surfaces revealed the role of the oxygen carriers on the GOx surfaces in the context of catalytic oxidation. PMID:24229051

  5. Biodegradability of a polyacrylate superabsorbent in agricultural soil.

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    Wilske, Burkhard; Bai, Mo; Lindenstruth, Beate; Bach, Martin; Rezaie, Zahra; Frede, Hans-Georg; Breuer, Lutz

    2014-01-01

    Superabsorbent polymers (SAP) are used, inter alia, as soil amendment to increase the water holding capacity of soils. Biodegradability of soil conditioners has become a desired key characteristic to protect soil and groundwater resources. The present study characterized the biodegradability of one acrylate based SAP in four agricultural soils and at three temperatures. Mineralisation was measured as the (13)CO₂ efflux from (13)C-labelled SAP in soil incubations. The SAP was either single-labelled in the carboxyl C-atom or triple-labelled including additionally the two C-atoms interlinked in the SAP backbone. The dual labelling allowed estimating the degradation of the polyacrylate main chain. The (13)CO₂ efflux from samples was measured using an automated system including wavelength-scanned cavity ring-down spectroscopy. Based on single-labelled SAP, the mean degradation after 24 weeks varied between 0.45% in loamy sand and 0.82% in loam. However, the differences between degradation rates in different soils were not significant due to a large intra-replicate variability. Similarly, mean degradation did not differ significantly between effective temperature regimes of 20° and 30 °C after 12 weeks. Results from the triple-labelled SAP were lower as compared to their single-labelled variant. Detailed results suggest that the polyacrylate main chain degraded in the soils, if at all, at rates of 0.12-0.24 % per 6 months.

  6. Induction of mesenchymal stem cell chondrogenesis by polyacrylate substrates.

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    Glennon-Alty, Laurence; Williams, Rachel; Dixon, Simon; Murray, Patricia

    2013-04-01

    Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can generate chondrocytes in vitro, but typically need to be cultured as aggregates in the presence of transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β), which makes scale-up difficult. Here we investigated if polyacrylate substrates modelled on the functional group composition and distribution of the Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) integrin-binding site could induce MSCs to undergo chondrogenesis in the absence of exogenous TGF-β. Within a few days of culture on the biomimetic polyacrylates, both mouse and human MSCs, and a mesenchymal-like mouse-kidney-derived stem cell line, began to form multi-layered aggregates and started to express the chondrocyte-specific markers, Sox9, collagen II and aggrecan. Moreover, collagen II tended to be expressed in the centre of the aggregates, similarly to developing limb buds in vivo. Surface analysis of the substrates indicated that those with the highest surface amine content were most effective at promoting MSC chondrogenesis. These results highlight the importance of surface group functionality and the distribution of those groups in the design of substrates to induce MSC chondrogenesis.

  7. Mechanism of Concentration Dependence of Water Diffusivity in Polyacrylate Gels

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    Mani, Sriramvignesh; Khabaz, Fardin; Khare, Rajesh

    Membrane based separation processes offer an energy efficient alternative to traditional distillation based separation processes. In this work, we focus on the molecular mechanisms underlying the process of separation of dilute ethanol-water mixture using polyacrylate gels as pervaporation membranes. The diffusivities of the components in swollen gels exhibit concentration dependence. We have used molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to study the correlation between the dynamics of solvent (water and ethanol) molecules, polymer dynamics and solvent structure in the swollen gel systems as a function of solvent concentration. Three different polyacrylate gels were studied: (1) poly n-butyl acrylate (PBA), (2) copolymer of butyl acrylate and 2-hydroxyethyl acrylate P(BA50-HEA50), and (3) poly 2-hydroxyethyl acrylate (PHEA). Simulation results show that solvent concentration has a significant effect on local structure of the solvent molecules and chain dynamics; these factors (local structure and chain dynamics), in turn, affect the diffusivity of these molecules. At low concentration, solvent molecules are well dispersed in the gel matrix and form hydrogen bonds with the polymer. Solvent mobility is correlated with polymer mobility in this configuration and consequently water and ethanol molecules exhibit slower dynamics, this effect is especially significant in PHEA gel. At high solvent concentration, water molecules form large clusters in the system accompanied by enhancement in mobility of both the gel network and the solvent molecules.

  8. Mass spectrometric identification of an azobenzene derivative produced by smectite-catalyzed conversion of 3-amino-4-hydroxyphenylarsonic acid

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    Wershaw, R. L.; Rutherford, D.W.; Rostad, C.E.; Garbarino, J.R.; Ferrer, I.; Kennedy, K.R.; Momplaisir, G.-M.; Grange, A.

    2003-01-01

    The compound 3-amino-4-hydroxyphenylarsonic acid (3-amino-HPAA) reacts with smectite to form a soluble azobenzene arsonic acid compound. This reaction is of particular interest because it provides a possible mechanism for the formation of a new type of arsenic compound in natural water systems. 3-Amino-HPAA is a degradation product excreted by chickens that are fed rations amended with roxarsone. Roxarsone is used to control coccidial intestinal parasites in most of the broiler chickens grown in the United States. The structure of the azobenzene arsonic acid compound was first inferred from negative-ion and positive-ion low-resolution mass-spectrometric analyses of the supernatant of the smectite suspension. Elemental composition of the parent ion determined by high-resolution positive-ion mass spectrometric measurements was consistent with the proposed structure of the azobenzene arsonic acid compound. Published by Elsevier Science B.V.

  9. Photo-orientation of azobenzene-containing liquid-crystalline materials by means of domain structure rearrangement.

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    Bogdanov, Alexey V; Vorobiev, Andrey Kh

    2013-11-07

    A novel mechanism of photo-orientation of azobenzene-containing liquid-crystalline materials is proposed. This mechanism is based on the notion of photochemically induced domain rearrangement driven by destabilization of liquid-crystalline phase in light absorbing domains due to photochemical formation of non-mesogenic cis-azobenzene moieties. The experimental evidence of photoinduced movement of a domain boundary is presented, and the velocity of this movement is measured. A mathematical model for photo-orientation of a polydomain azobenzene-containing material is formulated. The values of model parameters for a liquid-crystalline azopolymer have been measured in separate experiments. Theoretical predictions demonstrate quantitative agreement with the experimental observations.

  10. Femtosecond pump-probe photoionization-photofragmentation spectroscopy: Photoionization-induced twisting and coherent vibrational motion of azobenzene cation

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    Ho-Wei, Jr.; Chen, Wei-Kan; Cheng, Po-Yuan

    2009-10-01

    We report studies of ultrafast dynamics of azobenzene cation using femtosecond photoionization-photofragmentation spectroscopy. In our experiments, a femtosecond pump pulse first produces an ensemble of azobenzene cations via photoionization of the neutrals. A delayed probe pulse then brings the evolving ionic system to excited states that ultimately undergo ion fragmentation. The dynamics is followed by monitoring either the parent-ion depletion or fragment-ion formation as a function of the pump-probe delay time. The observed transients for azobenzene cation are characterized by a constant ion depletion modulated by a rapidly damped oscillatory signal with a period of about 1 ps. Theoretical calculations suggest that the oscillation arises from a vibration motion along the twisting inversion coordinate involving displacements in CNNC and phenyl-ring torsions. The oscillation is damped rapidly with a time constant of about 1.2 ps, suggesting that energy dissipation from the active mode to bath modes takes place in this time scale.

  11. Manipulation and assembly of small objects in liquid crystals by dynamical disorganizing effect of push-pull-azobenzene-dye.

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    Kurihara, Seiji; Ohta, Kazuhiro; Oda, Takahiro; Izumi, Ryo; Kuwahara, Yutaka; Ogata, Tomonari; Kim, Sun-Nam

    2013-01-01

    The phase transition of a nematic liquid crystal containing a push-pull azobenzene dye could be induced efficiently during irradiation with visible light. The dynamical disorganizing effect of the push-pull azobenzene dye on the liquid crystalline order through its trans-cis-trans photoisomerizaion cycle under visible light was contributed to the efficient phase transition. Then, the effects of light irradiation on the motion of small objects dispersed in the liquid crystals containing the push-pull azobenzene were explored, and the manipulation and assembly of those objects were successfully achieved in the nematic phase but also in the smectic phase. The combination of the photo-controlled dynamical change in the liquid crystalline order and the intrinsic self-assembly property of a liquid crystal is promising for use in technologies that require not only the organization of small objects but also the photo-driving of nano- and micro-sized mechanical materials.

  12. Photo-induced morphological winding and unwinding motion of nanoscrolls composed of niobate nanosheets with a polyfluoroalkyl azobenzene derivative

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    Nabetani, Yu; Takamura, Hazuki; Uchikoshi, Akino; Hassan, Syed Zahid; Shimada, Tetsuya; Takagi, Shinsuke; Tachibana, Hiroshi; Masui, Dai; Tong, Zhiwei; Inoue, Haruo

    2016-06-01

    Photo-responsive nanoscrolls can be successfully fabricated by mixing a polyfluoroalkyl azobenzene derivative and a niobate nanosheet, which is exfoliated from potassium hexaniobate. In this study, we have found that the photo-responsive nanoscroll shows a morphological motion of winding and unwinding, which is basically due to the nanosheet sliding within the nanoscroll, by efficient photo-isomerization reactions of the intercalated azobenzene in addition to the interlayer distance change of the nanoscrolls. The relative nanosheet sliding of the nanoscroll is estimated to be ca. 280 nm from the AFM morphology analysis. The distance of the sliding motion is over 20 times that of the averaged nanosheet sliding in the azobenzene/niobate hybrid film reported previously. Photo-responsive nanoscrolls can be expected to be novel photo-activated actuators and artificial muscle model materials.Photo-responsive nanoscrolls can be successfully fabricated by mixing a polyfluoroalkyl azobenzene derivative and a niobate nanosheet, which is exfoliated from potassium hexaniobate. In this study, we have found that the photo-responsive nanoscroll shows a morphological motion of winding and unwinding, which is basically due to the nanosheet sliding within the nanoscroll, by efficient photo-isomerization reactions of the intercalated azobenzene in addition to the interlayer distance change of the nanoscrolls. The relative nanosheet sliding of the nanoscroll is estimated to be ca. 280 nm from the AFM morphology analysis. The distance of the sliding motion is over 20 times that of the averaged nanosheet sliding in the azobenzene/niobate hybrid film reported previously. Photo-responsive nanoscrolls can be expected to be novel photo-activated actuators and artificial muscle model materials. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Fig. S1. Photo-isomerization reaction of nanoscrolls. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr02177h

  13. Oral vaccination against diphtheria using polyacryl starch microparticles as adjuvant.

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    Rydell, Niclas; Sjöholm, Ingvar

    2004-03-12

    Oral vaccination offers the advantage of eliciting both a mucosal and a systemic immune response. This study investigated the use of polyacryl starch microparticles as adjuvant for oral vaccination against diphtheria. Diphtheria toxin or cross-reacting material (CRM197) were covalently conjugated to the microparticles and fed to mice by oral gavage. Investigation of formaldehyde treatment as a means of either detoxifying (diphtheria toxin) or stabilising (CRM197) these formulations were also made. We show that all our formulations given orally or parenterally to mice induced a strong systemic immune response. Only formulations given orally induced a mucosal IgA-response. Furthermore, our formulations given parenterally or orally induced a strong diphtheria toxin-neutralising antibody response.

  14. Functionalized gold nanorod solution via reverse micelle based polyacrylate coating.

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    Basiruddin, S K; Saha, Arindam; Pradhan, Narayan; Jana, Nikhil R

    2010-05-18

    Functionalization of gold nanorods is a key issue for their biomedical application, and currently it is performed via either electrostatic interaction or thiol based strategy. We have developed a polyacrylate based coating chemistry for gold nanorods that can be used in deriving a variety of functional nanorods with high colloidal stability. The coating processes can introduce primary amines, fluorescein, or poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) on the nanorod surface in one step process. While fluorescein incorporation can produce fluorescent nanorods, primary amine groups can be used for further functionalization. Various functional nanorods have been successfully synthesized from these coated nanorods and used in different applications. Glucose and biotin functionalized nanorods are used for protein detection, and oleyl functionalized nanorods with fluorescein incorporated in the polymer shell are used for fluorescence based cell labeling.

  15. Polyacrylate microspheres composite for all-solid-state reference electrodes.

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    Kisiel, Anna; Donten, Mikołaj; Mieczkowski, Józef; Rius-Ruiz, F Xavier; Maksymiuk, Krzysztof; Michalska, Agata

    2010-09-01

    A novel concept is proposed for the encapsulation of components within polyacrylate microspheres, prior to their incorporation into a membrane phase. Thus finer and better controlled dispersion of heterogeneous membrane components can be achieved. This concept was verified by using a poly(n-butyl acrylate) membrane-based reference electrode as an example. In this example the proper dispersion of solid constituents of the heterogeneous membrane and prevention of their leakage are both of primary importance. Potassium chloride-loaded poly(n-butyl acrylate) microspheres were prepared and then left in contact with silver nitrate to convert some of the KCl into AgCl. The material obtained was introduced into a poly(n-butyl acrylate) membrane. The reference electrode membranes obtained in this way were characterized with much more stable potential (both in different electrolytes and over time) compared with electrodes prepared by the direct introduction of KCl and AgCl to the membrane.

  16. Polyacrylic acids-bovine serum albumin complexation: Structure and dynamics.

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    Othman, Mohamed; Aschi, Adel; Gharbi, Abdelhafidh

    2016-01-01

    The study of the mixture of BSA with polyacrylic acids at different masses versus pH allowed highlighting the existence of two regimes of weak and strong complexation. These complexes were studied in diluted regime concentration, by turbidimetry, dynamic light scattering (DLS), zeta-potential measurements and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). We have followed the pH effect on the structure and properties of the complex. This allowed refining the interpretation of the phase diagram and understanding the observed phenomena. The NMR measurements allowed probing the dynamics of the constituents versus the pH. The computational method was used to precisely determine the electrostatic potential of BSA and how the polyelectrolyte binds to it at different pH.

  17. Research on the chemical mechanism in the polyacrylate latex modified cement system

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    Wang, Min; Wang, Rumin; Zheng, Shuirong; Farhan, Shameel; Yao, Hao; Jiang, Hao

    2015-10-15

    In this paper, the chemical mechanism in the polyacrylate latex modified cement system was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and compact pH meter. All results have shown that the chemical reactions in the polyacrylate modified system can be divided into three stages. The hydration reactions of cement can produce large amounts of Ca(OH){sub 2} (calcium hydroxide) and lead the whole system to be alkali-rich and exothermic at the first stage. Subsequently, this environment can do great contributions to the hydrolysis of ester groups in the polyacrylate chains, resulting in the formation of carboxyl groups at the second stage. At the third stage, the final crosslinked network structure of the product was obtained by the reaction between the carboxyl groups in the polyacrylate latex chains and Ca(OH){sub 2}.

  18. A spiral designed surface based on amino-perylene grafted polyacrylic acid.

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    Celia, Elena; Amigoni, Sonia; Taffin de Givenchy, Elisabeth; Pieters, Gregory; Gaucher, Anne; Prim, Damien; Audibert, Jean-Frederic; Méallet-Renault, Rachel; Pansu, Robert; Guittard, Frédéric

    2014-10-18

    This communication shows the possibility of inducing spontaneous special surface organisation by means of grafting a fluorescent aminobenzo[g,h,i]perylene derivative onto surface grown polyacrylic chains.

  19. Substrate-Controlled Transformation of Azobenzenes to Indazoles and Indoles via Rh(III)-Catalysis.

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    Cai, Shangjun; Lin, Songyun; Yi, Xiangli; Xi, Chanjuan

    2017-01-06

    Rh(III)-catalyzed substrate-controlled transformation of azobenzenes to indazoles and 2-acyl (NH) indoles is achieved via C-H functionalization. Generally, good functional groups tolerance, satisfying yields, and excellent regio-selectivity are achieved in this reaction. Mechanistically, the reaction with acrylates undergoes β-hydride elimination, while the reaction with vinyl ketones or acrylamides undergoes nucleophilic addition. Copper acetate was supposed to play different roles in the β-hydride elimination to furnish indazoles and nucleophilic addition of C-Rh bond to deliver 2-acyl (NH) indoles.

  20. All-Optical, Photonic Band Gap Modulation in Azobenzene Liquid Crystal Doped Cholesterics (Preprint)

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    2006-10-01

    pitch h of the CLC, ~A = hen 11- nJ..)and As = hn, where n IIand nl. are the local principal values of the refractive indices of the CLC and n = (n II...molecule is typically used to affect local LC-ordering. The ability to use this process to effectively (and reversibly) modulate the pitch of a CLC and...via irradiation of microwatt and even nanowatt power light beams due to photoisomerization processes of the azobenzene core. Due to a wide mesophase

  1. Reversible change of birefringence sign by optical and thermal processes in an azobenzene polymethacrylate

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    Rodriguez, F.J.; Sanchez, C.; Villacampa, B.; Alcala, R.; Cases, R.; Millaruelo, M.; Oriol, L.

    2005-01-10

    Birefringence ({delta}n) induced in an azobenzene polymethacrylate by combination of biphotonic and thermotropic processes has subsequently been changed in sign by room temperature illumination with linearly polarized blue light. The sign of {delta}n can be reversed again, by simply heating up the film to 100 deg. C. This change of {delta}n between positive and negative values can be repeated several times. Besides, by appropriate choice of film thickness and blue light irradiation conditions the same absolute value for positive and negative {delta}n values can be obtained.

  2. Structure and energetics of azobenzene on Ag(111): benchmarking semiempirical dispersion correction approaches.

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    Mercurio, G; McNellis, E R; Martin, I; Hagen, S; Leyssner, F; Soubatch, S; Meyer, J; Wolf, M; Tegeder, P; Tautz, F S; Reuter, K

    2010-01-22

    We employ normal-incidence x-ray standing wave and temperature programed desorption spectroscopy to derive the adsorption geometry and energetics of the prototypical molecular switch azobenzene at Ag(111). This allows us to assess the accuracy of semiempirical correction schemes as a computationally efficient means to overcome the deficiency of semilocal density-functional theory with respect to long-range van der Waals (vdW) interactions. The obtained agreement underscores the significant improvement provided by the account of vdW interactions, with remaining differences mainly attributed to the neglect of electronic screening at the metallic surface.

  3. Azobenzene-functionalized carbon nanotubes as high-energy density solar thermal fuels.

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    Kolpak, Alexie M; Grossman, Jeffrey C

    2011-08-10

    Solar thermal fuels, which reversibly store solar energy in molecular bonds, are a tantalizing prospect for clean, renewable, and transportable energy conversion/storage. However, large-scale adoption requires enhanced energy storage capacity and thermal stability. Here we present a novel solar thermal fuel, composed of azobenzene-functionalized carbon nanotubes, with the volumetric energy density of Li-ion batteries. Our work also demonstrates that the inclusion of nanoscale templates is an effective strategy for design of highly cyclable, thermally stable, and energy-dense solar thermal fuels.

  4. Azobenzene Modified Imidacloprid Derivatives as Photoswitchable Insecticides: Steering Molecular Activity in a Controllable Manner

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    Xu, Zhiping; Shi, Lina; Jiang, Danping; Cheng, Jiagao; Shao, Xusheng; Li, Zhong

    2015-01-01

    Incorporating the photoisomerizable azobenzene into imidacloprid produced a photoswitchable insecticidal molecule as the first neonicotinoid example of remote control insecticide performance with spatiotemporal resolution. The designed photoswitchable insecticides showed distinguishable activity against Musca both in vivo and in vitro upon irradiation. Molecular docking study further suggested the binding difference of the two photoisomers. The generation of these photomediated insecticides provides novel insight into the insecticidal activity facilitating further investigation on the functions of insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and opens a novel way to control and study insect behavior on insecticide poisoning using light. PMID:26434681

  5. A multifunctional azobenzene-based polymeric adsorbent for effective water remediation

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    Wan, Decheng; Chen, Feng; Geng, Qingrui; Lu, Hang; Willcock, Helen; Liu, Qiuming; Wang, Fangyingkai; Zou, Kaidian; Jin, Ming; Pu, Hongting; Du, Jianzhong

    2014-12-01

    The efficient removal of trace carcinogenic organic pollutants, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and ionic dyes, from water is an important technical challenge. We report a highly effective recyclable multifunctional azobenzene (AZ)-based silica-supported polymeric adsorbent which can simultaneously remove both PAHs and anionic dyes from water to below parts per billion (ppb) level based on multiple interactions such as the hydrophobic effect, π-π stacking and electrostatic interactions, thus providing a new strategy for designer water remediation materials.

  6. Azobenzene Modified Imidacloprid Derivatives as Photoswitchable Insecticides: Steering Molecular Activity in a Controllable Manner

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    Xu, Zhiping; Shi, Lina; Jiang, Danping; Cheng, Jiagao; Shao, Xusheng; Li, Zhong

    2015-10-01

    Incorporating the photoisomerizable azobenzene into imidacloprid produced a photoswitchable insecticidal molecule as the first neonicotinoid example of remote control insecticide performance with spatiotemporal resolution. The designed photoswitchable insecticides showed distinguishable activity against Musca both in vivo and in vitro upon irradiation. Molecular docking study further suggested the binding difference of the two photoisomers. The generation of these photomediated insecticides provides novel insight into the insecticidal activity facilitating further investigation on the functions of insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and opens a novel way to control and study insect behavior on insecticide poisoning using light.

  7. A multifunctional azobenzene-based polymeric adsorbent for effective water remediation.

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    Wan, Decheng; Chen, Feng; Geng, Qingrui; Lu, Hang; Willcock, Helen; Liu, Qiuming; Wang, Fangyingkai; Zou, Kaidian; Jin, Ming; Pu, Hongting; Du, Jianzhong

    2014-12-03

    The efficient removal of trace carcinogenic organic pollutants, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and ionic dyes, from water is an important technical challenge. We report a highly effective recyclable multifunctional azobenzene (AZ)-based silica-supported polymeric adsorbent which can simultaneously remove both PAHs and anionic dyes from water to below parts per billion (ppb) level based on multiple interactions such as the hydrophobic effect, π-π stacking and electrostatic interactions, thus providing a new strategy for designer water remediation materials.

  8. Kinetics of chromium ion absorption by cross-linked polyacrylate films

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    May, C. E.

    1984-01-01

    Three cross-linked ion exchange membranes were studied as to their ability to absorb chromium ion from aqueous chromium III nitrate solutions. Attention was given to the mechanism of absorption, composition of the absorbed product, and the chemical bonding. The membranes were: calcium polyacrylate, polyacrylic acid, and a copolymer of acrylic acid and vinyl alcohol. For the calcium polyacrylate and the copolymer, parabolic kinetics were observed, indicating the formation of a chromium polyacrylate phase as a coating on the membrane. The rate of absorption is controlled by the diffusion of the chromium ion through this coating. The product formed in the copolymer involves the formation of a coordination complex of a chromium ion with 6 carboxylic acid groups from the same molecule. The absorption of the chromium ion by the polyacrylic acid membranes appears to be more complicated, involving cross-linking. This is due to the coordination of the chromium ion with carboxylic acid groups from more than one polymer molecule. The absorption rate of the chromium ion by the calcium salt membrane was found to be more rapid than that by the free polyacrylic acid membrane.

  9. Temperature-induced collapse of alkaline Earth cation-polyacrylate anion complexes.

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    Lages, Sebastian; Schweins, Ralf; Huber, Klaus

    2007-09-06

    Polyacrylate anions are used to inhibit CaCO3 precipitation and may be a promising additive to control formation of inorganic nanoparticles. The origin of this applicability lies in specific interactions between the alkaline earth cations and the carboxylate functions along the polyacrylate chains. In the absence of CO32- anions, these interactions eventually cause precipitation of polyelectrolytes. Extended investigation of dilute sodium polyacrylate solutions approaching this precipitation threshold revealed a dramatic shrinking of the PA coil dimensions once the threshold is reached (Eur. Phys. J. E 2001, 5, 117). Recent isothermal calorimetric titration experiments by Antonietti et al. (Macromolecules 2004, 37, 3444) indicated that the driving force of this precipitation is entropic in nature. In the present work, we investigated the impact of temperature on the structural changes of dissolved polyacrylate chains decorated with alkaline earth cations. To this end, large polyacrylate chains were brought close to the precipitation threshold by the addition of distinct amounts of Ca2+ or Sr2+ cations. The resulting structural intermediates were then subjected to temperature variations in the range of 15 degrees C polyacrylate coils were recorded by means of light and neutron scattering. As a major result, we could unambiguously demonstrate that the coils can reversibly be collapsed and extended by increasing and decreasing the temperature, respectively.

  10. Molecular modeling studies of interactions between sodium polyacrylate polymer and calcite surface

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    Ylikantola, A.; Linnanto, J.; Knuutinen, J.; Oravilahti, A.; Toivakka, M.

    2013-07-01

    The interactions between calcite pigment and sodium polyacrylate dispersing agent, widely used in papermaking as paper coating components, were investigated using classical force field and quantum chemical approaches. The objective was to understand interactions between the calcite surface and sodium polyacrylate polymer at 300 K using molecular dynamics simulations. A quantum mechanical ab initio Hartree-Fock method was also used to obtain detailed information about the sodium polyacrylate polymer structure. The effect of water molecules (moisture) on the interactions was also examined. Calculations showed that molecular weight, branching and the orientation of sodium polyacrylate polymers influence the interactions between the calcite surface and the polymer. The force field applied, and also water molecules, were found to have an impact on all systems studied. Ab initio Hartree-Fock calculations indicated that there are two types of coordination between sodium atoms and carboxylate groups of the sodium polyacrylate polymer, inter- and intra-carboxylate group coordination. In addition, ab initio Hartree-Fock calculations of the structure of the sodium polyacrylate polymer produced important information regarding interactions between the polymers and carboxylated styrene-butadiene latex particles.

  11. MASS SPECTROMETRIC IDENTIFICATION OF AN AZOBENZENE DERIVATIVE PRODUCED BY SMECTITE-CATALYZED CONVERSION OF 3-AMINO-4-HYDROXPHENYLARSONIC ACID

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    We report here the first evidence of a possible mechanism for the formation of an azobenzene arsonic acid compound in the environment The compound was formed when 3-amino-4-hydroxyphenylarsonic acid (3-amino-HPAA) was added to aqueous suspensions of smectite clay The 3-amino-HPAA...

  12. Photoswitching of azobenzene-containing self-assembled monolayers as a tool for control over silicon surface electronic properties.

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    Malyar, Ivan V; Titov, Evgenii; Lomadze, Nino; Saalfrank, Peter; Santer, Svetlana

    2017-03-14

    We report on photoinduced remote control of work function and surface potential of a silicon surface modified with a photosensitive self-assembled monolayer consisting of chemisorbed azobenzene molecules (4-nitroazobenzene). It was found that the attachment of the organic monolayer increases the work function by hundreds of meV due to the increase in the electron affinity of silicon substrates. The change in the work function on UV light illumination is more pronounced for the azobenzene jacketed silicon substrate (ca. 250 meV) in comparison to 50 meV for the unmodified surface. Moreover, the photoisomerization of azobenzene results in complex kinetics of the work function change: immediate decrease due to light-driven processes in the silicon surface followed by slower recovery to the initial state due to azobenzene isomerization. This behavior could be of interest for electronic devices where the reaction on irradiation should be more pronounced at small time scales but the overall surface potential should stay constant over time independent of the irradiation conditions.

  13. Light-induced dynamic shaping and self-division of multipodal polyelectrolyte-surfactant microarchitectures via azobenzene photomechanics

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    Martin, Nicolas; Sharma, Kamendra P.; Harniman, Robert L.; Richardson, Robert M.; Hutchings, Ricky J.; Alibhai, Dominic; Li, Mei; Mann, Stephen

    2017-01-01

    Light-induced shape transformations represent a fundamental step towards the emergence of adaptive materials exhibiting photomechanical behaviours. Although a range of covalent azobenzene-based photoactive materials has been demonstrated, the use of dynamic photoisomerization in mesostructured soft solids involving non-covalent co-assembly has received little attention. Here we prepare discrete micrometre-sized hydrated particles of a hexagonally ordered polyelectrolyte-surfactant mesophase based on the electrostatically induced co-assembly of poly(sodium acrylate) (PAA) and trans-azobenzene trimethylammonium bromide (trans-azoTAB), and demonstrate unusual non-equilibrium substrate-mediated shape transformations to complex multipodal microarchitectures under continuous blue light. The microparticles spontaneously sequester molecular dyes, functional enzymes and oligonucleotides, and undergo self-division when transformed to the cis state under UV irradiation. Our results illustrate that weak bonding interactions in polyelectrolyte-azobenzene surfactant mesophases can be exploited for photo-induced long-range molecular motion, and highlight how dynamic shape transformations and autonomous division can be activated by spatially confining azobenzene photomechanics in condensed microparticulate materials.

  14. Light-induced dynamic shaping and self-division of multipodal polyelectrolyte-surfactant microarchitectures via azobenzene photomechanics

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    Martin, Nicolas; Sharma, Kamendra P.; Harniman, Robert L.; Richardson, Robert M.; Hutchings, Ricky J.; Alibhai, Dominic; Li, Mei; Mann, Stephen

    2017-01-01

    Light-induced shape transformations represent a fundamental step towards the emergence of adaptive materials exhibiting photomechanical behaviours. Although a range of covalent azobenzene-based photoactive materials has been demonstrated, the use of dynamic photoisomerization in mesostructured soft solids involving non-covalent co-assembly has received little attention. Here we prepare discrete micrometre-sized hydrated particles of a hexagonally ordered polyelectrolyte-surfactant mesophase based on the electrostatically induced co-assembly of poly(sodium acrylate) (PAA) and trans-azobenzene trimethylammonium bromide (trans-azoTAB), and demonstrate unusual non-equilibrium substrate-mediated shape transformations to complex multipodal microarchitectures under continuous blue light. The microparticles spontaneously sequester molecular dyes, functional enzymes and oligonucleotides, and undergo self-division when transformed to the cis state under UV irradiation. Our results illustrate that weak bonding interactions in polyelectrolyte-azobenzene surfactant mesophases can be exploited for photo-induced long-range molecular motion, and highlight how dynamic shape transformations and autonomous division can be activated by spatially confining azobenzene photomechanics in condensed microparticulate materials. PMID:28112266

  15. Temperature- and Photocontrolled Unfolding/Folding of a Triple-Helical Azobenzene-Stapled Collagen Peptide Monitored by Infrared Spectroscopy.

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    Lorenz, Lisa; Kusebauch, Ulrike; Moroder, Luis; Wachtveitl, Josef

    2016-05-04

    The triple-helical structure of a model collagen peptide possessing azobenzene-derived clamps integrated in all three strands as side-chain-to-side-chain crosslinks is analyzed by IR spectroscopy in comparative thermal excursion experiments with the triple helix of a typical reference collagen peptide consisting of only glycine-proline-hydroxyproline repeats. By exploiting the known stabilizing effects of aqueous alcoholic solvents on the unique collagen fold, deuterated ethylene glycol/water (1:1) is used as a solvent to investigate the effect of the light-switchable trans/cis-azobenzene clamp on the stability of the triple helix in terms of H/D exchange rates and thermal unfolding. Results of this comparative analysis clearly reveal only a minor destabilization of the triple helix by the hydrophobic azobenzene moieties compared to the reference collagen peptide as reflected by a lower midpoint of the thermal unfolding and higher rates of H/D exchange. However, it also reveals that the driving force exerted by the trans-to-cis photoisomerization of the azobenzene moieties is insufficient for unfolding of the compact triple-helical collagen fold. Only temperature-dependent untightening of this fold with heating results in a reversible photomodulated unfolding and refolding of the azo-collagen peptide into the original triple helix.

  16. Photoswitching of azobenzene-containing self-assembled monolayers as a tool for control over silicon surface electronic properties

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    Malyar, Ivan V.; Titov, Evgenii; Lomadze, Nino; Saalfrank, Peter; Santer, Svetlana

    2017-03-01

    We report on photoinduced remote control of work function and surface potential of a silicon surface modified with a photosensitive self-assembled monolayer consisting of chemisorbed azobenzene molecules (4-nitroazobenzene). It was found that the attachment of the organic monolayer increases the work function by hundreds of meV due to the increase in the electron affinity of silicon substrates. The change in the work function on UV light illumination is more pronounced for the azobenzene jacketed silicon substrate (ca. 250 meV) in comparison to 50 meV for the unmodified surface. Moreover, the photoisomerization of azobenzene results in complex kinetics of the work function change: immediate decrease due to light-driven processes in the silicon surface followed by slower recovery to the initial state due to azobenzene isomerization. This behavior could be of interest for electronic devices where the reaction on irradiation should be more pronounced at small time scales but the overall surface potential should stay constant over time independent of the irradiation conditions.

  17. New insights into mechanistic photoisomerization of ethylene-bridged azobenzene from ab initio multiple spawning simulation.

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    Liu, Lihong; Wang, Yating; Fang, Qiu

    2017-02-14

    Ethylene-bridged azobenzene (br-AB) has aroused broad interests due to its unique photoswitching properties. Numerous dynamical simulations have been performed for the br-AB photoisomerization, which focused mainly on the conformational effect and the funnel role of minimum-energy conical intersection (MECI) on the mechanism. In the present work, we use the "full quantum" ab initio multiple spawning method to simulate the br-AB photoisomerization, which provides new insights into the mechanism. Upon irradiation of br-AB to the first excited singlet state (S1), most of the excess energies are trapped in the azo-moiety. Since the intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution is slower than the S1 relaxation processes, the nonadiabatic transition from S1 to the ground state (S0) occurs in the vicinity of high-energy crossing seam and even the largest probabilities of the S1 → S0 transition are not distributed in the MECI regions. Once decaying to the S0 state through the high-energy region, the subsequent isomerization and re-formation of the initial isomer are ultrafast processes in the S0 state. It is the nonergodic behavior of the S1 and S0 dynamics that is mainly responsible for the unique photoswitching properties of the ethylene-bridged azobenzene, which will be discussed in detail.

  18. Photomodulation of fluoride ion binding through anion-π interactions using a photoswitchable azobenzene system

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    Rananaware, Anushri; Samanta, Mousumi; Bhosale, Rajesh S.; Kobaisi, Mohammad Al; Roy, Biswajit; Bheemireddy, Varun; Bhosale, Sidhanath V.; Bandyopadhyay, Subhajit; Bhosale, Sheshanath V.

    2016-01-01

    The discovery of photoswitchable azobenzene-systems that undergo trans-to-cis photoisomerisation was a milestone in supramolecular chemistry. Such photoswitches have possible applications in data storage, stimuli responsive delivery systems, and molecular machines due to fast and selective switching. However, the light induced cis isomer of azobenzene is rather unstable and reverts thermally and photochemically to the thermodynamically stable trans configuration. We report, for the first time, controlled photoswitching of an azo-naphthalenediimide (azo-NDI) which can be achieved upon binding of fluoride ions through anion-π interaction. This NDI-F–NDI “sandwich” stabilises the cis configuration through the generation of an NDI•− radical anion, and a dianionic, NDI2− species that becomes unusually stable in the cis form. The sandwiched cis form reverts to the trans form only upon decomplexation of F−. A model pollutant was successfully degraded using the photogenerated NDI-F–NDI sandwich. This opens a wide range of applications in molecular and supramolecular nanotechnology. PMID:26953168

  19. Surface modification of magnetite nanoparticle with azobenzene-containing water dispersible polymer

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    Theamdee, Pawinee; Traiphol, Rakchart; Rutnakornpituk, Boonjira; Wichai, Uthai; Rutnakornpituk, Metha

    2011-10-01

    We here report the synthesis of magnetite nanoparticle (MNP) grafted with poly (ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA)-azobenzene acrylate (ABA) statistical copolymer via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) for drug entrapment and photocontrolled release. MNP was synthesized via thermal decomposition of iron (III) acetylacetonate in benzyl alcohol and surface functionalized to obtain ATRP initiating sites. Molar compositions of the copolymer on MNP surface were systematically varied (100:0, 90:10, 70:30, and 50:50 of PEGMA:ABA, respectively) to obtain water dispersible particles with various amounts of azobenzene. The presence of polymeric shell on MNP core was evidenced by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Drug loading and entrapment efficiencies as well as drug release behavior of the copolymer-MNP complexes were investigated. It was found that when percent of ABA in the copolymers was increased, entrapment and loading efficiencies of prednisolone model drug were enhanced. Releasing rate and percent of the released prednisolone of the complex exposed in UV light were slightly enhanced as compared to the system without UV irradiation. This copolymer-MNP complex with photocontrollable drug release and magnetic field-directed properties is warranted for further studies for potential uses as a novel drug delivery vehicle.

  20. Theory and computer simulation of photo induced deformations in liquid crystal azobenzene polymers

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    Saphiannikova, Marina; Toshchevikov, Vladimir; Petrova, Tatiana; Ilnytskyi, Jaroslav

    2016-09-01

    Light-controllable azobenzene materials have a remarkable potential for micro- and nanotechnologies as patterning templates, sensors, micropumps and actuators. The photoisomerization between trans and cis states of azo-chromophores is the primary source of photodeformation in azo-polymers. The direction of deformation can be controlled by the light polarization. In our analytical and computer simulation studies, description of the light-induced anisotropy is simplified by applying effective orientation potential to the trans isomers orienting them perpendicular to the light polarization. Using coarse-grained modelling we proved that effective potential approximates well the reorientation of trans isomers under linearly polarized light. The proposed orientation approach is quite promising. It allows not only the explanation of the sign and magnitude of photodeformation in azo-polymers with diverse chemical architecture and topology, but also the prediction of new effects, such as appearance of biaxial deformation in liquid crystal (LC) azo-polymers. A rich behavior is predicted for two-component polymer networks containing azobenzenes and non-chromophoric LC mesogens. Whether such two-component network expands or contracts with respect to the light polarization, depends on the art of attachment of the mesogens to the network strands.

  1. Fluorescence modulation of cadmium sulfide quantum dots by azobenzene photochromic switches.

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    Javed, Hina; Fatima, Kalsoom; Akhter, Zareen; Nadeem, Muhammad Arif; Siddiq, Muhammad; Iqbal, Azhar

    2016-02-01

    We have investigated the attachment of azobenzene photochromic switches on the modified surface of cadmium sulfide (CdS) quantum dots (QDs). The modification of CdS QDs is done by varying the concentration of the capping agent (mercaptoacetic acid) and NH3 in order to control the size of the QDs. The X-ray diffraction studies revealed that the crystallite size of CdS QDs ranged from 6 to 10 nm. The azobenzene photochromic derivatives bis(4-hydroxybenzene-1-azo)4,4'(1,1' diphenylmethane) (I) and 4,4'-diazenyldibenzoic acid (II) were synthesized and attached with surface-modified CdS QDs to make fluorophore-photochrome CdS-(I) and CdS-(II) dyad assemblies. Upon UV irradiation, the photochromic compounds (I) and (II) undergo a reversible trans-cis isomerization. The photo-induced trans-cis transformation helps to transfer photo-excited electrons from the conduction band of the CdS QDs to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of cis isomer of photochromic compounds (I) and (II). As a result, the fluorescence of CdS-(I) and CdS-(II) dyads is suppressed approximately five times compared to bare CdS QDs. The fluorescence modulation in such systems could help to design luminescent probes for bioimaging applications.

  2. New insights into mechanistic photoisomerization of ethylene-bridged azobenzene from ab initio multiple spawning simulation

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    Liu, Lihong; Wang, Yating; Fang, Qiu

    2017-02-01

    Ethylene-bridged azobenzene (br-AB) has aroused broad interests due to its unique photoswitching properties. Numerous dynamical simulations have been performed for the br-AB photoisomerization, which focused mainly on the conformational effect and the funnel role of minimum-energy conical intersection (MECI) on the mechanism. In the present work, we use the "full quantum" ab initio multiple spawning method to simulate the br-AB photoisomerization, which provides new insights into the mechanism. Upon irradiation of br-AB to the first excited singlet state (S1), most of the excess energies are trapped in the azo-moiety. Since the intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution is slower than the S1 relaxation processes, the nonadiabatic transition from S1 to the ground state (S0) occurs in the vicinity of high-energy crossing seam and even the largest probabilities of the S1 → S0 transition are not distributed in the MECI regions. Once decaying to the S0 state through the high-energy region, the subsequent isomerization and re-formation of the initial isomer are ultrafast processes in the S0 state. It is the nonergodic behavior of the S1 and S0 dynamics that is mainly responsible for the unique photoswitching properties of the ethylene-bridged azobenzene, which will be discussed in detail.

  3. Synthesis of poly glycidylmethacrylate grafted azobenzene copolymer: Photosensitivity and nonlinear optical properties

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    Sousani, Abbas; Moghadam, Peyman Najafi; Hasanzadeh, Reza; Motiei, Hamideh; Bagheri, Massoumeh

    2016-01-01

    In this work poly glycidylmethacrylate grafted 4-hydroxy-4‧-methoxy-azobenzene (Azo-PGMA) was synthesized. For this propose firstly 4-hydroxy-4‧-methoxy-azobenzene (AZO) was prepared, then poly glycidylmethacrylate was prepared by free radical polymerization of glycidylmethacrylate in the presence of benzoyl peroxide as initiator under inert atmosphere in dry THF. Finally the homopolymer was functionalized by AZO moieties. The characterization of the synthesized copolymer was carried out by 1H NMR, FT-IR, thermal gravimetric analyze (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and optical polarizing microscope (POM) analysis. The UV-vis studies were carried out on Azo-PGMA copolymer and the results showed that the synthesized Azo-PGMA copolymer has ultra-fast response to UV light and has slow relaxation time. Also the third-order nonlinear optical properties of the Azo-PGMA copolymer and AZO were studied by using Z-scan technique. Nonlinear refraction and absorption coefficients of the above mentioned materials were measured by the closed and open aperture Z-scan method using a continuous wave Nd-YAG laser at 532 nm. The positive nonlinear absorption in Azo-PGMA and AZO was investigated at the wavelength of λ = 532 nm, respectively and the measured values of nonlinear refraction in both of the samples were from the order of 10-8 cm2/W.

  4. Impact of sodium polyacrylate on the amorphous calcium carbonate formation from supersaturated solution.

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    Liu, J; Pancera, S; Boyko, V; Gummel, J; Nayuk, R; Huber, K

    2012-02-21

    A detailed in situ scattering study has been carried out on the formation of amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) particles modulated by the presence of small amounts of sodium polyacrylate chains. The work is aiming at an insight into the modulation of ACC formation by means of two polyacrylate samples differing in their molecular weight by a factor of 50. The ACC formation process was initiated by an in situ generation of CO(3)(2-) ions via hydrolysis of 10 mM dimethylcarbonate in the presence of 10 mM CaCl(2). Analysis of the formation process by means of time-resolved small-angle X-ray and light scattering in the absence of any additives provided evidence for a monomer addition mechanism for the growth of ACC particles. ACC formation under these conditions sets in after a lag-period of some 350 s. In the presence of sodium polyacrylate chains, calcium polyacrylate aggregates are formed during the lag-period, succeeded by a modulated ACC growth in a second step. The presence of anionic polyacrylate chains changed the shape of the growing particles toward loose and less homogeneous entities. In the case of low amounts (1.5-7.5 mg/L) of the long chain additive with 97 kDa, the size of the aggregates is comparable to the size of the successively formed hybrid particles. No variation of the lag-period has been observed in this case. Use of the short chain additive with 2 kDa enabled increase of the additive concentration up to 100 mg/L and resulted in a significant increase of the lag-period. This fact, together with the finding that the resulting hybrid particles remained stable in the latter case, identified short chain sodium polyacrylates as more efficient modulators than long chain polyacrylates.

  5. Mn(x)O(y)/NC and Co(x)O(y)/NC nanoparticles embedded in a nitrogen-doped carbon matrix for high-performance bifunctional oxygen electrodes.

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    Masa, Justus; Xia, Wei; Sinev, Ilya; Zhao, Anqi; Sun, Zhenyu; Grützke, Stefanie; Weide, Philipp; Muhler, Martin; Schuhmann, Wolfgang

    2014-08-04

    Reversible interconversion of water into H2 and O2, and the recombination of H2 and O2 to H2O thereby harnessing the energy of the reaction provides a completely green cycle for sustainable energy conversion and storage. The realization of this goal is however hampered by the lack of efficient catalysts for water splitting and oxygen reduction. We report exceptionally active bifunctional catalysts for oxygen electrodes comprising Mn3O4 and Co3O4 nanoparticles embedded in nitrogen-doped carbon, obtained by selective pyrolysis and subsequent mild calcination of manganese and cobalt N4 macrocyclic complexes. Intimate interaction was observed between the metals and nitrogen suggesting residual M-N(x) coordination in the catalysts. The catalysts afford remarkably lower reversible overpotentials in KOH (0.1 M) than those for RuO2, IrO2, Pt, NiO, Mn3O4, and Co3O4, thus placing them among the best non-precious-metal catalysts for reversible oxygen electrodes reported to date.

  6. Au nanoparticle scaffolds modulating intermolecular interactions among the conjugated azobenzenes chemisorbed on curved surfaces: tuning the kinetics of cis-trans isomerisation

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    Raimondo, Corinna; Kenens, Bart; Reinders, Federica; Mayor, Marcel; Uji-I, Hiroshi; Samorì, Paolo

    2015-08-01

    π-π Intermolecular interactions among adjacent conjugated azobenzenes chemisorbed on (non-)flat Au surfaces can be tuned by varying the curvature of the Au nanoparticles. Here we show that such interactions rule the thermal cis-trans isomerization kinetics, towards a better control on the azobenzene bistability for its optimal integration as a responsive material.π-π Intermolecular interactions among adjacent conjugated azobenzenes chemisorbed on (non-)flat Au surfaces can be tuned by varying the curvature of the Au nanoparticles. Here we show that such interactions rule the thermal cis-trans isomerization kinetics, towards a better control on the azobenzene bistability for its optimal integration as a responsive material. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Physico-chemical characterization of the different sizes of nanoparticles, UV-Vis, Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS), materials and methods. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03688g

  7. [Action mechanism of sodium polyacrylates against stomach ulcer].

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    Kokue, E; Hayama, T

    1975-05-01

    Three sodium polyacrylates (PAS) with different viscosities were examined for antiulcerogenic properties. Rats were fed with sugar containing a PAS for 4 hr and subjected to 12 hr reserpinization or stress by water immersion. Lower incidence of ulceration and larger amount of stomach content after the experiment were found in the PAS administered groups. The higher viscous PAS was more effective in prevention of ulceration and in prolongation of gastric emptying. Intragastric administration of the drugs to pylorus ligated rats reduced forestomach ulceration. However, differences in the antiulcerogenic activity of three drugs were not observed. The effects on the gastric secretion of three PAS (50 mg) were also examined, using pylorus ligated (6 hr) rats. In PAS groups, the free acid in the gastric juice was reduced to some extent. There was, however, no relation between the antiacid effect and viscosity. The drugs inhibited the peptic digestion in vitro, but the difference of viscosity was not related to the antipeptic effect. It is concluded that prolongation of gastric emptying may be a major factor in the antiulcerogenic activity of PAS.

  8. Omniphobic low moisture permeation transparent polyacrylate/silica nanocomposite.

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    Hsu, Sheng-Hao; Chang, Yuan-Ling; Tu, Yu-Chieh; Tsai, Chieh-Ming; Su, Wei-Fang

    2013-04-24

    We report the development of low moisture permeation and transparent dense polyacrylate/silica nanocomposite material that can exhibit both superhydrophobic and oleophobic (omniphobic) properties. The material was prepared by a three-step process. The first step involved the preparation of UV polymerizable solventless hybrid resin and the fabrication of nanocomposite. The hybrid resin consisted of a mixture of acrylate monomer, initiator, and acrylate-modified different size silica nanoparticles. The second step was to roughen the surface of the nanocomposite with unique nanotexture by oxygen plasma. In the third step, we applied a low surface tension fluoro monolayer on the treated surface. The nanocomposite exhibits desired superhydrophobicity and oleophobicity with a water contact angle of 158.2° and n-1-octadecene contact angle of 128.5°, respectively; low moisture permeation of 1.44 g·mm/m(2)·day; and good transparency (greater than 82% at 450-800 nm for ~60 μm film). The material has potential applications in optoelectronic encapsulation, self-cleaning coating, etc.

  9. Microencapsulation of pancreatic islets in a water insoluble polyacrylate.

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    Sugamori, M E; Sefton, M V

    1989-01-01

    Rat pancreatic islets were encapsulated in a water insoluble polyacrylate (Eudragit RL), a model polymer, by coaxial extrusion and interfacial precipitation. Despite exposure to organic solvents and nonsolvents (diethyl phthalate, corn oil, and mineral oil) and to shear, the islets survived encapsulation. They continued to secrete insulin into the tissue culture medium and responded to glucose in both static glucose challenges and perifusion assays as well and as long as control islets which were not encapsulated, but were maintained in tissue culture alongside the encapsulated islets. Unfortunately, there was a great deal of variability in the performance of all islets studied, making unequivocal conclusions difficult. Some encapsulated islets survived more than 140 days in vitro and histologically appeared healthy. However, there appeared to be a general deterioration in insulin secretion capacity following prolonged culture in all islets, with corresponding changes (e.g., central necrosis) visible by microscopy. Although Eudragit RL is not practical as an encapsulation polymer, this study was useful in demonstrating that islets may be encapsulated in materials other than alginate-polylysine, and ultimately in materials that may have a more optimum blend of the desired properties: biocompatibility, permselectivity, and mechanical durability.

  10. Deswelling kinetics of polyacrylate gels in solutions of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide.

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    Nilsson, Peter; Hansson, Per

    2007-08-23

    The deswelling kinetics of single sodium polyacrylate gel beads (radius 40-160 microm) in aqueous solutions of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide under conditions of forced convection are investigated using micromanipulator assisted light microscopy. The purpose of the study is to further evaluate a previously published model (J. Phys. Chem. B 2003, 107, 9203) using a higher homolog surfactant. For gels with expected fast deswelling (small gel size/low surfactant concentration) and/or in low electrolyte concentration, the model is found to correctly predict the deswelling characteristics of the gel beads. However, for some gels with expected slow deswelling, especially in high electrolyte concentration (10 mM NaBr), the model widely underestimates the required deswelling time. The reason for this is argued to be the longer time frame and high bromide concentration allowing the formation of a denser, more ordered structure in the surface phase, which resists the deformation and reorganization of material necessary for deswelling. Unexpectedly long lag times before the start of deswelling are also found for gels in low surfactant concentration, indicating that a relatively high surfactant concentration in the gel, greatly exceeding the critical aggregation concentration, is needed to start formation of a collapsed surface phase. This critical surfactant concentration is found to be dependent on initial gel radius, as small gels require a relatively higher concentration to initiate collapse.

  11. Antimicrobial activity of poly(acrylic acid) block copolymers.

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    Gratzl, Günther; Paulik, Christian; Hild, Sabine; Guggenbichler, Josef P; Lackner, Maximilian

    2014-05-01

    The increasing number of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains has developed into a major health problem. In particular, biofilms are the main reason for hospital-acquired infections and diseases. Once formed, biofilms are difficult to remove as they have specific defense mechanisms against antimicrobial agents. Antimicrobial surfaces must therefore kill or repel bacteria before they can settle to form a biofilm. In this study, we describe that poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) containing diblock copolymers can kill bacteria and prevent from biofilm formation. The PAA diblock copolymers with poly(styrene) and poly(methyl methacrylate) were synthesized via anionic polymerization of tert-butyl acrylate with styrene or methyl methacrylate and subsequent acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of the tert-butyl ester. The copolymers were characterized via nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), elemental analysis, and acid-base titrations. Copolymer films with a variety of acrylic acid contents were produced by solvent casting, characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and tested for their antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The antimicrobial activity of the acidic diblock copolymers increased with increasing acrylic acid content, independent of the copolymer-partner, the chain length and the nanostructure.

  12. Azobenzene-based organic salts with ionic liquid and liquid crystalline properties

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    Stappert, Kathrin; Muthmann, Johanna; Spielberg, Eike T.; Mudring, Anja -Verena

    2015-07-23

    Two sets of new azobenzene-based bromide salts are synthesized, and their thermal photochromic properties are studied. Both sets are based on the imidazolium cation. The first set (1) features a symmetric biscation where two imidazolium head groups (Im) with different alkyl chains (Cn) are connected to a central azobenzene unit (Azo): [Azo(C1-Im-Cn)2]; n = 6, 8, 10, 12, 14. The other one contains an n-alkyl-imidazolium cation (Cn-Im) bearing a terminal azobenzene unit (C1-Azo) substituted with an alkoxy chain (O-Cm) of either two (2) or six (3) carbon atoms: [C1-Azo-O-Cm-Im-Cn]; m = 2, n = 8, 10, 12 and m = 6, n = 8, 10, 12, 14, 16. For both cation classes, the influence of alkyl chains of varying length on the thermal phase behavior was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarizing optical microscopy (POM). For five compounds (Azo(-C1-Im-C12)2 (1d), Azo(-C1-Im-C12)2 (1e), C1-Azo-O-C2-Im-C10 (2b), C1-Azo-O-C2-Im-C12 (2c), and C1-Azo-O-C6-Im-C16 (3e)), the formation of a liquid crystalline phase was observed. The biscationic salts (1) are all comparatively high melting organic salts (180–240 °C), and only the two representatives with long alkylchains (C12 and C14) exhibit liquid crystallinity. The monocationic salts with an O–C2 bridge (2) melt between 140 and 170 °C depending on the alkyl chain length, but from an alkyl chain of 10 and more carbon atoms on they form a smectic A liquid crystalline phase. The representatives of the third set with a O–C6 bridge qualify as ionic liquids with melting points less than 100 °C. However, only the representative with a hexadecyl chain forms a liquid crystalline phase. Representative single crystals for all sets of cations could be grown that allowed for single crystal structure analysis. Together with small-angle X-ray scattering experiments they allow for a more detailed understanding of the thermal properties. As a result, through irradiation with UV

  13. Azobenzene-based organic salts with ionic liquid and liquid crystalline properties

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    Stappert, Kathrin; Muthmann, Johanna; Spielberg, Eike T.; ...

    2015-07-23

    Two sets of new azobenzene-based bromide salts are synthesized, and their thermal photochromic properties are studied. Both sets are based on the imidazolium cation. The first set (1) features a symmetric biscation where two imidazolium head groups (Im) with different alkyl chains (Cn) are connected to a central azobenzene unit (Azo): [Azo(C1-Im-Cn)2]; n = 6, 8, 10, 12, 14. The other one contains an n-alkyl-imidazolium cation (Cn-Im) bearing a terminal azobenzene unit (C1-Azo) substituted with an alkoxy chain (O-Cm) of either two (2) or six (3) carbon atoms: [C1-Azo-O-Cm-Im-Cn]; m = 2, n = 8, 10, 12 and m =more » 6, n = 8, 10, 12, 14, 16. For both cation classes, the influence of alkyl chains of varying length on the thermal phase behavior was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarizing optical microscopy (POM). For five compounds (Azo(-C1-Im-C12)2 (1d), Azo(-C1-Im-C12)2 (1e), C1-Azo-O-C2-Im-C10 (2b), C1-Azo-O-C2-Im-C12 (2c), and C1-Azo-O-C6-Im-C16 (3e)), the formation of a liquid crystalline phase was observed. The biscationic salts (1) are all comparatively high melting organic salts (180–240 °C), and only the two representatives with long alkylchains (C12 and C14) exhibit liquid crystallinity. The monocationic salts with an O–C2 bridge (2) melt between 140 and 170 °C depending on the alkyl chain length, but from an alkyl chain of 10 and more carbon atoms on they form a smectic A liquid crystalline phase. The representatives of the third set with a O–C6 bridge qualify as ionic liquids with melting points less than 100 °C. However, only the representative with a hexadecyl chain forms a liquid crystalline phase. Representative single crystals for all sets of cations could be grown that allowed for single crystal structure analysis. Together with small-angle X-ray scattering experiments they allow for a more detailed understanding of the thermal properties. As a result, through irradiation with UV-light (320–366 nm) all

  14. Kinetics of copper ion absorption by cross-linked calcium polyacrylate membranes

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    Philipp, W. H.; May, C. E.

    1983-01-01

    The absorption of copper ions from aqueous copper acetate solutions by cross-linked calcium acrylate membranes was found to obey parabolic kinetics similar to that found for oxidation of metals that form protective oxide layers. For pure calcium polyacrylate membranes the rate constant was essentially independent of copper acetate concentration and film thickness. For a cross-linked copolymer film of polyvinyl alcohol and calcium polyacrylate, the rate constant was much greater and dependent on the concentration of copper acetate. The proposed mechanism in each case involves the formation of a copper polyacrylate phase on the surface of the membrane. The diffusion of the copper ion through this phase appears to be the rate controlling step for the copolymer film. The diffusion of the calcium ion is apparently the rate controlling step for the calcium polyacrylate. At low pH, the copper polyacrylate phase consists of the normal copper salt; at higher pH, the phase appears to be the basic copper salt.

  15. The inhibition of matrix metalloproteinase activity in chronic wounds by a polyacrylate superabsorber.

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    Eming, Sabine; Smola, Hans; Hartmann, Berenike; Malchau, Gebhart; Wegner, Ronny; Krieg, Thomas; Smola-Hess, Sigrun

    2008-07-01

    Excessive matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) levels have been observed in wound fluid of impaired healing wounds. This is thought to interfere with granulation tissue formation as newly formed extracellular matrix and cytokines are degraded and the wound becomes deadlocked, unable to progress to the next healing stages. In the cleansing phase, associated with high MMP activity levels, hydroactive wound dressings containing polyacrylate superabsorber particles are particularly effective. We tested whether these particles can block MMP activity in wound fluid obtained from chronic venous leg ulcers. Polyacrylate superabsorber particles inhibited MMP activity by more than 87% in a fluorogenic peptide substrate assay. Further analysis revealed two underlying molecular mechanisms. First, experiments showed direct binding of MMPs to the particles. Secondly, polyacrylate superabsorber particles can bind Ca2+ and Zn2+ ions competing with MMPs for divalent ions required for enzymatic activity. Furthermore, we provide the first evidence in vivo that MMPs bind effectively to polyacrylate superabsorber particles within the hostile environment of chronic wounds. We conclude that polyacrylate superabsorber particles can rescue the highly proteolytic microenvironment of non-healing wounds from MMP activity so that more conductive conditions allow healing to proceed.

  16. The effect of TiO2/aluminosilicate nanocomposite additives on the mechanical and thermal properties of polyacrylic coatings

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    Nosrati, Rahimeh; Olad, Ali

    2015-12-01

    The commercial grade polyacrylic latex was modified in order to prepare a mechanical and thermal improved coating. TiO2/Ag-exchanged-aluminosilicate nanocomposites with montmorillonite, zeolite-A and clinoptilolite aluminosilicates were prepared and used as additive in the matrix of polyacrylic latex to achieve a coating with proper mechanical and thermal properties. X-ray diffraction patterns and FESEM were used to characterize the composition, structure, and morphology of the nanocomposite additives. Polyacrylic coatings modified by TiO2/Ag-exchanged-aluminosilicate nanocomposite additives showed higher adhesion strength and hardness compared to unmodified commercial grade polyacrylic coatings. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) analysis showed lower glass transition temperature for modified polyacrylic coatings than that of unmodified polyacrylic coatings. The tensile tests were also carried out for unmodified and modified polyacrylic coatings. According to the results, the modified polyacrylic based coating with TiO2/Ag-exchanged-clinoptilolite nanocomposite additive was the best coating considering most of useful properties.

  17. Cooperative light-induced molecular movements of highly ordered azobenzene self-assembled monolayers.

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    Pace, Giuseppina; Ferri, Violetta; Grave, Christian; Elbing, Mark; von Hänisch, Carsten; Zharnikov, Michael; Mayor, Marcel; Rampi, Maria Anita; Samorì, Paolo

    2007-06-12

    Photochromic systems can convert light energy into mechanical energy, thus they can be used as building blocks for the fabrication of prototypes of molecular devices that are based on the photomechanical effect. Hitherto a controlled photochromic switch on surfaces has been achieved either on isolated chromophores or within assemblies of randomly arranged molecules. Here we show by scanning tunneling microscopy imaging the photochemical switching of a new terminally thiolated azobiphenyl rigid rod molecule. Interestingly, the switching of entire molecular 2D crystalline domains is observed, which is ruled by the interactions between nearest neighbors. This observation of azobenzene-based systems displaying collective switching might be of interest for applications in high-density data storage.

  18. Cooperative light-induced molecular movements of highly ordered azobenzene self-assembled monolayers

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    Pace, Giuseppina; Ferri, Violetta; Grave, Christian; Elbing, Mark; von Hänisch, Carsten; Zharnikov, Michael; Mayor, Marcel; Rampi, Maria Anita; Samorì, Paolo

    2007-01-01

    Photochromic systems can convert light energy into mechanical energy, thus they can be used as building blocks for the fabrication of prototypes of molecular devices that are based on the photomechanical effect. Hitherto a controlled photochromic switch on surfaces has been achieved either on isolated chromophores or within assemblies of randomly arranged molecules. Here we show by scanning tunneling microscopy imaging the photochemical switching of a new terminally thiolated azobiphenyl rigid rod molecule. Interestingly, the switching of entire molecular 2D crystalline domains is observed, which is ruled by the interactions between nearest neighbors. This observation of azobenzene-based systems displaying collective switching might be of interest for applications in high-density data storage. PMID:17535889

  19. Switching Thin Films of Azobenzene-Containing Metal-Organic Frameworks with Visible Light.

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    Müller, Kai; Knebel, Alexander; Zhao, Fangli; Bléger, David; Caro, Jürgen; Heinke, Lars

    2017-04-03

    Stimuli-responsive molecules change their properties when exposed to external signals, such as light, and enable the preparation of smart materials. UV light, which often destroys organic materials, is typically required for activating the desired response of photoswitchable compounds, significantly limiting the potential applications of light-operated smart materials. Herein, we present the first metal-organic framework (MOF), which enables reversible modulation of key properties upon irradiation with visible light only. The fluorinated azobenzene side groups in the MOF structure can be reversibly switched between the trans and cis state by green and violet light, avoiding UV light. It was demonstrated that the uptake of guest molecules by these MOF films can be switched in a fully remote-controlled way. The membrane separation of hydrogen/hydrocarbon mixtures was investigated. The light-induced changes of the MOF pore size result in the switching of the permeation and of the selection factor.

  20. Azobenzene Containing Low-Molecular Weight Organic Glasses for Optical Recording

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    Aleksejeva, J.; Teteris, J.; Tokmakovs, A.

    In this work photoinduced processes and holographic surface relief formation in azobenzene containing low- molecular weight organic glasses were studied. The molecular glasses due to trans-cis isomerisation and photo- orientation of molecules possess high sensitivity to the light irradiation and therefore they are promising media for holographic recording. Electric field of linearly polarized light causes an alignment of molecule dipoles perpendicularly to the electric field vector and this process is accompanied by an appearance of photoinduced optical anisotropy in organic glasses. The photoinduced birefringence and dichroism induced by 532 nm light was studied. Holographic recording in organic molecular glasses was performed with 532 nm solid-state diode-pumped laser Verdi-6. Very rapid holographic grating recording and surface relief formation at small recording beam intensities was observed. The dependence of recorded grating diffraction efficiency and surface relief depth on recording beams polarization state and intensities was studied. The surface relief was studied with AFM.

  1. Nanosilica and Polyacrylate/Nanosilica: A Comparative Study of Acute Toxicity.

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    Niu, Ying-Mei; Zhu, Xiao-Li; Chang, Bing; Tong, Zhao-Hui; Cao, Wen; Qiao, Pei-Huan; Zhang, Lin-Yuan; Zhao, Jing; Song, Yu-Guo

    2016-01-01

    We compared the acute toxicity of nanosilica and polyacrylate/nanosilica instillation in Wistar rats (n = 60). Exposure to nanosilica and polyacrylate/nanosilica showed a 30% mortality rate. When compared with saline-treated rats, animals in both exposure groups exhibited a significant reduction of PO2 (P < 0.05) at both 24 and 72 hr. after exposure. Both exposure groups exhibited a significant reduction of neutrophils in arterial blood compared to saline controls (P < 0.05) 24 hr. after exposure. The levels of blood ALT and LDH in exposed groups were found to be significantly increased (P < 0.05) 24 hr. following exposure. The exposed groups exhibited various degrees of pleural effusion and pericardial effusion. Our findings indicated respiratory exposure to polyacrylate/nanosilica and nanosilica is likely to cause multiple organ toxicity.

  2. Attenuating the size and molecular carrier capabilities of polyacrylate nanoparticles by a hydrophobic fluorine effect.

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    Labruère, Raphaël; Turos, Edward

    2012-08-15

    This study investigates the effect of introducing alkyl chain fluorination on the properties of polyacrylate nanoparticles prepared in aqueous solution by emulsion polymerization. For this, 2,2,3,3,4,4,4-heptafluorobutyl acrylate (1) and methyl trifluoroacrylate (2) were tested as monomers as a means to prepare fluorinated polyacrylate nanoparticles to evaluate how side chain fluorination may affect nanoparticle size and drug carrier properties. Our results show that as fluorine content within the polyacrylate matrix increases, the size of the nanoparticle systematically diminishes, from 45 nm (for nanoparticles containing no fluoroacrylate) to ~7 nm (for nanoparticles constructed solely of fluoroacrylate). We also observe that as fluoroacrylate content and hydrophobicity increases, the nanoparticles decrease their ability to incorporate lipophilic molecules during the process of emulsification. These findings have meaningful implications in the implementation of fluorinated nanoparticles in molecular delivery.

  3. Nanosilica and Polyacrylate/Nanosilica: A Comparative Study of Acute Toxicity

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    Niu, Ying-Mei; Zhu, Xiao-Li; Chang, Bing; Tong, Zhao-Hui; Cao, Wen; Qiao, Pei-Huan; Zhang, Lin-Yuan; Zhao, Jing; Song, Yu-Guo

    2016-01-01

    We compared the acute toxicity of nanosilica and polyacrylate/nanosilica instillation in Wistar rats (n = 60). Exposure to nanosilica and polyacrylate/nanosilica showed a 30% mortality rate. When compared with saline-treated rats, animals in both exposure groups exhibited a significant reduction of PO2 (P < 0.05) at both 24 and 72 hr. after exposure. Both exposure groups exhibited a significant reduction of neutrophils in arterial blood compared to saline controls (P < 0.05) 24 hr. after exposure. The levels of blood ALT and LDH in exposed groups were found to be significantly increased (P < 0.05) 24 hr. following exposure. The exposed groups exhibited various degrees of pleural effusion and pericardial effusion. Our findings indicated respiratory exposure to polyacrylate/nanosilica and nanosilica is likely to cause multiple organ toxicity. PMID:26981538

  4. Polymer coatings to passivate calcite from acid attack: polyacrylic acid and polyacrylonitrile.

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    Thompson, Mary; Wilkins, Shelley J; Compton, Richard G; Viles, Heather A

    2003-04-01

    The extent of passivation of calcite toward dissolution by aqueous acids arising from polymeric coatings based on polyacrylic acid or polyacrylonitrile is evaluated using a channel flow cell technique with microdisc electrode detection. In situ passivation with polyacrylic acid leads to a reduction in the reactivity of calcite toward acid attack with a reduction in the rate constant by up to an order of magnitude compared with untreated calcite. Ex situ passivation with polyacrylic acid for 24 h results in good coverage of the calcite by the polymer but it is shown to erode from the surface when exposed to an aqueous acid solution. In contrast, polyacrylonitrile is demonstrated to form a regular coating after exposure for just 1 h and offers robust potent protection from aqueous acid attack.

  5. Photoresponsive elastic properties of azobenzene-containing poly(ethylene-glycol)-based hydrogels

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    Rosales, Adrianne M.; Mabry, Kelly M.; Nehls, Eric Michael; Anseth, Kristi S.

    2015-01-01

    The elastic modulus of the extracellular matrix is a dynamic property that changes during various biological processes, such as disease progression or wound healing. Most cell culture platforms, however, have traditionally exhibited static properties, making it necessary to replate cells to study the effects of different elastic moduli on cell phenotype. Recently, much progress has been made in the development of substrates with mechanisms for either increasing or decreasing stiffness in situ, but there are fewer examples of substrates that can both stiffen and soften, which may be important for simulating the effects of repeated ECM injury and resolution. In the work presented here, poly(ethylene glycol)-based hydrogels reversibly stiffen and soften with multiple light stimuli via photoisomerization of an azobenzene-containing crosslinker. Upon irradiation with cytocompatible doses of 365 nm light (10 mW/cm2, 5 min), isomerization to the azobenzene cis configuration leads to a softening of the hydrogel up to 100-200 Pa (shear storage modulus, G’). This change in gel properties is maintained over a timescale of several hours due to the long half-life of the cis isomer. The initial modulus of the gel can be recovered upon irradiation with similar doses of visible light. With applications in mechanobiology in mind, cytocompatibility with a mechanoresponsive primary cell type is demonstrated. Porcine aortic valvular interstitial cells were encapsulated in the developed hydrogels and shown to exhibit high levels of survival, as well as a spread morphology. The developed hydrogels enable a route to the noninvasive control of substrate modulus independent of changes in the chemical composition or network connectivity, allowing for investigations of the effect of dynamic matrix stiffness on adhered cell behavior. PMID:25629423

  6. Dual-setting calcium phosphate cement modified with ammonium polyacrylate.

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    dos Santos, Luís Alberto; Carrodeguas, Raúl García; Boschi, Anselmo Ortega; de Arruda, Antônio Celso

    2003-05-01

    alpha-Tricalcium phosphate bone cement, as formerly designed and developed by Driessens et al., consists of a powder composed by alpha-tricalcium phosphate (alpha-TCP) and hydroxyapatite (HA) seeds, and an aqueous solution of Na2HPO4 as mixing liquid. After mixing powder and liquid, alpha-TCP dissolves into the liquid and calcium deficient hydroxyapatite (CDHA), more insoluble than the former, precipitates as an entanglement of crystals, which causes the setting and hardening of the cement. alpha-TCP bone cement offers several advantages in comparison to calcium phosphate bioceramics and acrylic bone cements as bone graft and repairing material, like perfect adaptability to the defect size and shape, osteotransductibility, and absence of thermal effect during setting. The main handicap is its low mechanical strength. Therefore, approaching its mechanical strength to that of human bone could considerably extend its applications. In the present work, an in situ polymerization system based on acrylamide (AA) and ammonium polyacrylate (PA) as liquid reducer was added to alpha-TCP cement to increase its mechanical strength. The results showed that the addition of 20 wt% of acrylamide and 1 wt% AP to the liquid increased the compressive and tensile strength of alpha-TCP bone cement by 149 and 69% (55 and 21 MPa), respectively. The improvement in mechanical strength seems to be caused by a decrease of porosity and the reinforcing effect of a polyacrylamide network coexisting with the entanglement of CDHA crystals. The studied additives do not affect the nature of the final product of the setting reaction, CDHA, but promote the reduction of its crystal size.

  7. Probing structure-antifouling activity relationships of polyacrylamides and polyacrylates.

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    Zhao, Chao; Zhao, Jun; Li, Xiaosi; Wu, Jiang; Chen, Shenfu; Chen, Qiang; Wang, Qiuming; Gong, Xiong; Li, Lingyan; Zheng, Jie

    2013-07-01

    We have synthesized two different polyacrylamide polymers with amide groups (polySBAA and polyHEAA) and two corresponding polyacrylate polymers without amide groups (polySBMA and polyHEA), with particular attention to the evaluation of the effect of amide group on the hydration and antifouling ability of these systems using both computational and experimental approaches. The influence of polymer architectures of brushes, hydrogels, and nanogels, prepared by different polymerization methods, on antifouling performance is also studied. SPR and ELISA data reveal that all polymers exhibit excellent antifouling ability to repel proteins from undiluted human blood serum/plasma, and such antifouling ability can be further enhanced by presenting amide groups in polySBAA and polyHEAA as compared to polySBMA and polyHEA. The antifouling performance is positively correlated with the hydration properties. Simulations confirm that four polymers indeed have different hydration characteristics, while all presenting a strong hydration overall. Integration of amide group with pendant hydroxyl or sulfobetaine group in polymer backbones is found to increase their surface hydration of polymer chains and thus to improve their antifouling ability. Importantly, we present a proof-of-concept experiment to synthesize polySBAA nanogels, which show a switchable property between antifouling and pH-responsive functions driven by acid-base conditions, while still maintaining high stability in undiluted fetal bovine serum and minimal toxicity to cultured cells. This work provides important structural insights into how very subtle structural changes in polymers can yield great improvement in biological activity, specifically the inclusion of amide group in polymer backbone/sidechain enables to obtain antifouling materials with better performance for biomedical applications.

  8. Taste sensing with polyacrylic acid grafted cellulose membrane.

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    Majumdar, Sarmishtha; Dey, Joykrishna; Adhikari, Basudam

    2006-03-15

    There are reports of fabrication of taste sensor by adsorbing lipids into Millipore filter paper, which improved the taste sensing efficiency of membrane remarkably. We have made an attempt to prepare taste sensor material by grafting polyacrylic acid (PAA) to cellulose. The research work covers polymer membrane preparation, morphology study, and structural characterization of the membrane and study of the taste sensing characteristics of this membrane for five different taste substances. FTIR spectroscopic analysis and SEM were done to get an idea about the structure and morphology of the PAA grafted cellulose membrane. Surface charge density of the membrane was estimated. The sensor characteristics like temporal stability, response stability, response to different taste substances, and reproducibility of sensing performance were studied using PAA grafted cellulose membrane. Sensor device prepared with this membrane has shown distinct response patterns for different taste substances in terms of membrane potential. Threshold concentrations of PAA grafted cellulose membrane for HCl, NaCl, quinine-hydrochloride (Q-HCl), sucrose and monosodium glutamate are 0.001 mM, 0.01 mM, 0.08 mM, 0.08 mM and 0.01 mM, respectively. The threshold concentrations except that in Q-HCl are below human threshold concentrations. Membranes also showed characteristic response patterns for organic acids like acetic acid, citric acid, formic acid, etc., mineral acids like HCl, H(2)SO(4) and HNO(3), etc., salts, bitter substances, sweet substances and umami substances. Sensor device prepared with this membrane has excellent shelf life.

  9. Nano electrochemical reactors of Fe2O3 nanoparticles embedded in shells of nitrogen-doped hollow carbon spheres as high-performance anodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zheng, Fangcai; He, Mengni; Yang, Yang; Chen, Qianwang

    2015-02-01

    Iron oxides are extensively investigated as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) because of their large specific capacities. However, they undergo huge volume changes during cycling that result in anode pulverization and loss of electrical connectivity. As a result, the capacity retention of the iron oxide anodes is poor and should be improved for commercial applications. Herein, we report the preparation of ultrasmall Fe2O3 nanoparticles embedded in nitrogen-doped hollow carbon sphere shells (Fe2O3@N-C) by the direct pyrolysis of Fe-based zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (Fe-ZIF) at 620 °C in air. As an anode material for LIBs, the capacity retained was 1573 mA h g-1 after 50 cycles at a current density of 0.1 C (1 C = 1000 mA g-1). Even undergoing the high-rate capability test twice, it can still deliver a remarkably reversible and stable capacity of 1142 mA h g-1 after 100 cycles at a current density of 1 C. The excellent electrochemical performance is attributed to the unique structure of ultrasmall Fe2O3 nanoparticles uniformly distributed in the shell of nitrogen-doped carbon spheres, which simultaneously solve the major problems of pulverization, facilitate rapid electrochemical kinetics, and effectively avoid the aggregation of Fe2O3 nanoparticles during de/lithiation. The novel method developed in this work for the synthesis of functional hybrid materials can be extended to the preparation of various MOFs-derived functional nanocomposites owing to the versatility of links and metal centers in MOFs.Iron oxides are extensively investigated as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) because of their large specific capacities. However, they undergo huge volume changes during cycling that result in anode pulverization and loss of electrical connectivity. As a result, the capacity retention of the iron oxide anodes is poor and should be improved for commercial applications. Herein, we report the preparation of ultrasmall Fe2O3 nanoparticles

  10. Photoswitching of glass transition temperatures of azobenzene-containing polymers induces reversible solid-to-liquid transitions

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    Zhou, Hongwei; Xue, Changguo; Weis, Philipp; Suzuki, Yasuhito; Huang, Shilin; Koynov, Kaloian; Auernhammer, Günter K.; Berger, Rüdiger; Butt, Hans-Jürgen; Wu, Si

    2016-10-01

    The development of polymers with switchable glass transition temperatures (Tg) can address scientific challenges such as the healing of cracks in high-Tg polymers and the processing of hard polymers at room temperature without using plasticizing solvents. Here, we demonstrate that light can switch the Tg of azobenzene-containing polymers (azopolymers) and induce reversible solid-to-liquid transitions of the polymers. The azobenzene groups in the polymers exhibit reversible cis-trans photoisomerization abilities. Trans azopolymers are solids with Tg above room temperature, whereas cis azopolymers are liquids with Tg below room temperature. Because of the photoinduced solid-to-liquid transitions of these polymers, light can reduce the surface roughness of azopolymer films by almost 600%, repeatedly heal cracks in azopolymers, and control the adhesion of azopolymers for transfer printing. The photoswitching of Tg provides a new strategy for designing healable polymers with high Tg and allows for control over the mechanical properties of polymers with high spatiotemporal resolution.

  11. Regulation of substituent groups on morphologies and self-assembly of organogels based on some azobenzene imide derivatives

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    Jiao, Tifeng; Wang, Yujin; Zhang, Qingrui; Zhou, Jingxin; Gao, Faming

    2013-04-01

    In this paper, new azobenzene imide derivatives with different substituent groups were designed and synthesized. Their gelation behaviors in 21 solvents were tested as novel low-molecular-mass organic gelators. It was shown that the alkyl substituent chains and headgroups of azobenzene residues in gelators played a crucial role in the gelation behavior of all compounds in various organic solvents. More alkyl chains in molecular skeletons in present gelators are favorable for the gelation of organic solvents. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy observations revealed that the gelator molecules self-assemble into different aggregates, from wrinkle, lamella, and belt to fiber with the change of solvents. Spectral studies indicated that there existed different H-bond formations between amide groups and conformations of methyl chains. The present work may give some insight to the design and character of new organogelators and soft materials with special molecular structures.

  12. Nanostructure formation by self-assembled monolayers: influence of the isomerization state of azobenzene ligands on monolayer formation

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    Vogel, Florian; Bretthauer, Frauke; Siemeling, Ulrich; Träger, Frank

    2011-03-01

    The monolayer formation of photoswitchable self-assembled monolayers of azobenzene-functionalized molecules was studied in situ and in real time by optical second-harmonic generation. Especially the influence of the isomerization state during the adsorption process was measured in our experiments. As will be shown, the isomerization state has a significant influence on the adsorption process of the investigated molecules. Based on the results of the second-harmonic generation experiments the kinetics of the adsorption process was determined.

  13. Optical Actuation of Inorganic/Organic Interfaces: Comparing Peptide-Azobenzene Ligand Reconfiguration on Gold and Silver Nanoparticles.

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    Palafox-Hernandez, J Pablo; Lim, Chang-Keun; Tang, Zhenghua; Drew, Kurt L M; Hughes, Zak E; Li, Yue; Swihart, Mark T; Prasad, Paras N; Knecht, Marc R; Walsh, Tiffany R

    2016-01-13

    Photoresponsive molecules that incorporate peptides capable of material-specific recognition provide a basis for biomolecule-mediated control of the nucleation, growth, organization, and activation of hybrid inorganic/organic nanostructures. These hybrid molecules interact with the inorganic surface through multiple noncovalent interactions which allow reconfiguration in response to optical stimuli. Here, we quantify the binding of azobenzene-peptide conjugates that exhibit optically triggered cis-trans isomerization on Ag surfaces and compare to their behavior on Au. These results demonstrate differences in binding and switching behavior between the Au and Ag surfaces. These molecules can also produce and stabilize Au and Ag nanoparticles in aqueous media where the biointerface can be reproducibly and reversibly switched by optically triggered azobenzene isomerization. Comparisons of switching rates and reversibility on the nanoparticles reveal differences that depend upon whether the azobenzene is attached at the peptide N- or C-terminus, its isomerization state, and the nanoparticle composition. Our integrated experimental and computational investigation shows that the number of ligand anchor sites strongly influences the nanoparticle size. As predicted by our molecular simulations, weaker contact between the hybrid biomolecules and the Ag surface, with fewer anchor residues compared with Au, gives rise to differences in switching kinetics on Ag versus Au. Our findings provide a pathway toward achieving new remotely actuatable nanomaterials for multiple applications from a single system, which remains difficult to achieve using conventional approaches.

  14. Molecular characteristics of a fluorescent chemosensor for the recognition of ferric ion based on photoresponsive azobenzene derivative

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    Chi, Zhen; Ran, Xia; Shi, Lili; Lou, Jie; Kuang, Yanmin; Guo, Lijun

    2017-01-01

    Metal ion recognition is of great significance in biological and environmental detection. So far, there is very few research related to the ferric ion sensing based on photoresponsive azobenzene derivatives. In this work, we report a highly selective fluorescent ;turn-off; sensor for Fe3 + ions and the molecular sensing characteristics based on an azobenzene derivative, N-(3,4,5-octanoxyphenyl)-N‧-4-[(4-hydroxyphenyl)azophenyl]1,3,4-oxadiazole (AOB-t8). The binding association constant was determined to be 6.07 × 103 M- 1 in ethanol and the stoichiometry ratio of 2:2 was obtained from Job's plot and MS spectra. The AOB-t8 might be likely to form the dimer structure through the chelation of ferric ion with the azobenzene moiety. Meanwhile, it was found that the photoisomerization property of AOB-t8 was regulated by the binding with Fe3 +. With the chelation of Fe3 +, the regulated molecular rigidity and the perturbed of electronic state and molecular geometry was suggested to be responsible for the accelerated isomerization of AOB-t8 to UV irradiation and the increased fluorescence lifetime of both trans- and cis-AOB-t8-Fe(III). Moreover, the reversible sensing of AOB-t8 was successfully observed by releasing the iron ion from AOB-t8-Fe(III) with the addition of citric acid.

  15. Ultrafast dynamics of the azobenzene-coumarin complex: investigation of cooling dynamics measured by an integrated molecular thermometer.

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    Velate, Suresh; Danilov, Evgeny O; Rodgers, Michael A J

    2005-10-13

    The energy dissipation mechanism from photoexcited azobenzene (Az) was studied by femtosecond time-resolved UV absorption spectroscopy using 7-amino-4-trifluoromethylcoumarin (ATC) as a probe. The distance between the probe molecule and Az was fixed by covalently linking them together through a rigid proline spacer. Picosecond dynamics in THF solutions were studied upon excitation into the S1 state by a 100 fs laser pulse at 480 nm. Transient absorption spectra obtained for Az-Pro-ATC combined the S1 state absorption and vibrationally excited ground-state absorption of ATC. Correction of the transient spectrum of Az-Pro-ATC for the S1 absorption provided the time-resolved absorption spectrum of the ATC hot band. Three major components were observed in the transient kinetics of Az-Pro-ATC vibrational cooling. It is proposed that in ca. 0.25 ps after the excitation, the S1 state of azobenzene decays to form an initial vibrationally excited nonthermalized ground state of Az-Pro-ATC that involves vibrational modes of both azobenzene and coumarin. This hot ground state decays in ca. 0.32 ps to the next, vibrationally equilibrated, transient state by redistributing the energy within the molecule. Subsequently, the latter state cools by transferring its energy to the closest solvent molecules in ca. 5 ps; then, the energy diffuses to the bulk solvent in 13 ps.

  16. Formulating gels for decreased mucociliary transport using rheologic properties: polyacrylic acids.

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    Shah, Ankur J; Donovan, Maureen D

    2007-04-20

    The purpose of these studies was to identify the rheologic properties of polyacrylic acid gels necessary for optimal reductions in mucociliary clearance. The mucociliary transport of 2 bioadhesive polyacrylic acid polymers, polycarbophil and carbopol, was assessed in vitro by measuring their clearance rates across explants of ciliated bovine tracheal tissue. The viscoelastic properties of polymer gels were measured in the presence of mucus using controlled stress rheometry. Combinations of apparent viscosity (eta) and complex modulus (G*) were found to be the most useful parameters in the identification of polyacrylic acid formulations capable of decreasing mucociliary transport rate (MTR). A narrow range of eta and G* values suitable for reducing mucociliary clearance, while remaining sufficiently fluid for intranasal administration, were identified. The correlations between the rheologic parameters of the polycarbophil gels and their mucociliary transport rates were used to identify other polyacrylic acid gels that also had suitable mucociliary clearance properties, demonstrating that these parameters can be used to direct the optimization of formulations using simple in vitro rheologic testing.

  17. 40 CFR 721.10702 - Polyfluorinated alkyl thio polyacrylic acid-acrylamide (generic).

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    2014-07-01

    ... acid-acrylamide (generic). 721.10702 Section 721.10702 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL...-acrylamide (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as polyfluorinated alkyl thio polyacrylic acid-acrylamide (PMN P-11-534)...

  18. Influence of sodium polyacrylate on the rheology of aqueous Laponite dispersions.

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    Labanda, Jordi; Llorens, Joan

    2005-09-01

    Aqueous Laponite dispersions containing a sodium polyacrylate were analyzed, at fixed ionic strength and pH, by rheometric and electroacoustic (for zeta-potential determinations) techniques at 7 days after their preparation. The rheological behavior of these dispersions was determined by oscillatory and flow experiments. Addition of sodium polyacrylate modifies the interactions between Laponite particles and therefore the physical state of the dispersion. The phase diagram of Laponite dispersion as a function of sodium polyacrylate concentration shows different sol-gel transitions for a specific Laponite concentration as a function of the polyacrylate concentration. Under equilibrium flow conditions the Laponite dispersions fit the pseudoplastic Oswald-de Waele power law model. At the same time, these dispersions show thixotropy, which was analyzed using a second-order kinetic equation. The kinetic processes were characterized by breakdown and build-up parameters, which were found to depend on shear rate. This kinetic equation was modified by a power law exponent of viscosity with shear rate that takes into account the viscosity variations when the shear rates are suddenly changed, in order to fit the hysteresis loops.

  19. Molecular Understanding and Structural-Based Design of Polyacrylamides and Polyacrylates as Antifouling Materials.

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    Chen, Hong; Zhao, Chao; Zhang, Mingzhen; Chen, Qiang; Ma, Jie; Zheng, Jie

    2016-04-12

    Design and synthesis of highly bioinert and biocompatible antifouling materials are crucial for a broad range of biomedical and engineering applications. Among antifouling materials, polyacrylamides and polyacrylates have proved so promising because of cheap raw materials, ease of synthesis and applicability, and abundant functional groups. The strong surface hydration and the high surface packing density of polyacrylamides and polyacrylates are considered to be the key contributors to their antifouling property. In this article, we review our studies on the design and synthesis of a series of polyacrylamides and polyacrylates with different molecular structures. These polymers can be fabricated into different architectural forms (brushes, nanoparticles, nanogels, and hydrogels), all of which are highly resistant to the attachment of proteins, cells, and bacteria. We find that small structural changes in the polymers can lead to large enhancement in surface hydration and antifouling performance, both showing a positive correlation. This reveals a general design rule for effective antifouling materials. Furthermore, polyacrylamides and polyacrylates are readily functionalized with other bioactive compounds to achieve different new multifunctionalities.

  20. Spectroscopic enhancement in nanoparticles embedded glasses

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    Sahar, M. R. Ghoshal, S. K.

    2014-09-25

    This presentation provides an overview of the recent progress in the enhancement of the spectroscopic characteristics of the glass embedded with nanoparticles (NPs). Some of our research activities with few significantly new results are highlighted and facilely analyzed. The science and technology dealing with the manipulation of the physical properties of rare earth doped inorganic glasses by embedding metallic NPs or nanoclusters produce the so-called 'nanoglass'. Meanwhile, the spectroscopic enhancement relates the intensity of the luminescence measured at certain transition. The enhancement which expectedly due to the 'plasmonics wave' (referring to the coherent coupling of photons to free electron oscillations called plasmon) occurs at the interface between a conductor and a dielectric. Plasmonics being an emerging concept in advanced optical material of nanophotonics has given this material the ability to exploit the optical response at nanoscale and opened up a new avenue in metal-based glass optics. There is a vast array of plasmonic NPs concepts yet to be explored, with applications spanning solar cells, (bio) sensing, communications, lasers, solid-state lighting, waveguides, imaging, optical data transfer, display and even bio-medicine. Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) can enhance the optical response of nanoglass by orders of magnitude as observed. The luminescence enhancement and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) are new paradigm of research. The enhancement of luminescence due to the influence of metallic NPs is the recurring theme of this paper.

  1. Spectroscopic enhancement in nanoparticles embedded glasses

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    Sahar, M. R.; Ghoshal, S. K.

    2014-09-01

    This presentation provides an overview of the recent progress in the enhancement of the spectroscopic characteristics of the glass embedded with nanoparticles (NPs). Some of our research activities with few significantly new results are highlighted and facilely analyzed. The science and technology dealing with the manipulation of the physical properties of rare earth doped inorganic glasses by embedding metallic NPs or nanoclusters produce the so-called 'nanoglass'. Meanwhile, the spectroscopic enhancement relates the intensity of the luminescence measured at certain transition. The enhancement which expectedly due to the 'plasmonics wave' (referring to the coherent coupling of photons to free electron oscillations called plasmon) occurs at the interface between a conductor and a dielectric. Plasmonics being an emerging concept in advanced optical material of nanophotonics has given this material the ability to exploit the optical response at nanoscale and opened up a new avenue in metal-based glass optics. There is a vast array of plasmonic NPs concepts yet to be explored, with applications spanning solar cells, (bio) sensing, communications, lasers, solid-state lighting, waveguides, imaging, optical data transfer, display and even bio-medicine. Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) can enhance the optical response of nanoglass by orders of magnitude as observed. The luminescence enhancement and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) are new paradigm of research. The enhancement of luminescence due to the influence of metallic NPs is the recurring theme of this paper.

  2. Photodynamics and time-resolved fluorescence of azobenzene in solution: a mixed quantum-classical simulation.

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    Cusati, Teresa; Granucci, Giovanni; Persico, Maurizio

    2011-04-06

    We have simulated the photodynamics of azobenzene by means of the Surface Hopping method. We have considered both the trans → cis and the cis → trans processes, caused by excitation in the n → π* band (S(1) state). To bring out the solvent effects on the excited state dynamics, we have run simulations in four different environments: in vacuo, in n-hexane, in methanol, and in ethylene glycol. Our simulations reproduce very well the measured quantum yields and the time dependence of the intensity and anisotropy of the transient fluorescence. Both the photoisomerization and the S(1) → S(0) internal conversion require the torsion of the N═N double bond, but the N-C bond rotations and the NNC bending vibrations also play a role. In the trans → cis photoconversion the N═N torsional motion and the excited state decay are delayed by increasing the solvent viscosity, while the cis → trans processes are less affected. The analysis of the simulation results allows the experimental observations to be explained in detail, and in particular the counterintuitive increase of the trans → cis quantum yield with viscosity, as well as the relationship between the excited state dynamics and the solvent effects on the fluorescence lifetimes and depolarization.

  3. Photoisomerization dynamics of azobenzene in solution with S1 excitation: a femtosecond fluorescence anisotropy study.

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    Chang, Chih-Wei; Lu, Ying-Chih; Wang, Tsai-Te; Diau, Eric Wei-Guang

    2004-08-18

    Measurements of anisotropy of femtosecond fluorescence after direct excitation of the S1(n,pi*) state of azobenzene in hexane and ethylene glycol solutions have been carried out to address the controversy about inversion and rotation in the mechanism of photoisomerization. The observed anisotropies in hexane decay to a nonzero asymptotic level with a relaxation period the same as that for slow decay of the corresponding biexponential transient; this effect is attributed to involvement of the out-of-plane CNNC-torsional motion on approach to a twisted conical intersection along the "rotation channel" that depolarizes the original in-plane transition moment. In contrast, when the rotational channel becomes substantially hindered in ethylene glycol, the anisotropies show no discernible decay feature, but the corresponding transients show prominent decays attributed to involvement of in-plane symmetric motions; the latter approach a planar-sloped conical intersection along a "concerted inversion channel" for efficient internal conversion through vibronic coupling. The proposed mechanism is consistent with theoretical calculations and rationalizes both results on quantum yields and ultrafast observations.

  4. Photopatterned surface relief gratings in azobenzene-amorphous polycarbonate thin films

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    Vollmann, Morten; Getek, Peter; Olear, Kellie; Combs, Cody; Campos, Benjamin; Witkowski, Edmund; Cain, Erin; McGee, David

    Photoinduced orientation of azobenzene chromophores in polymeric host materials has been broadly explored for optical processing applications. Illumination of the chromophore with polarized light rotates the trans isomer perpendicular to the polarization, resulting in spatially modulated birefringence. The photoinduced anisotropy may also drive mass transport, with surface relief patterns being observed in a wide variety of systems. Here we report photoinduced birefringence in a guest-host system of Disperse Red 1- amorphous polycarbonate (DR1-APC). Birefringence was induced with a 490 nm laser and probed at 633 nm, with typical values of Δn = 0.01 in 2 micron thick films. Illumination of DR1-APC with intensity and/or polarization gratings also resulted in sinusoidal surface relief patterns with periodicity 1- 3 micron as controlled by the interbeam crossing angle of the 490 nm writing beams; the surface modulation was +/- 20 nm as measured by atomic force microscopy. Photopatterned DR1-APC is advantageous for applications given the ease of thin-film fabrication and the high glass transition temperature of APC, resulting in robust optically-induced surface gratings. We acknowledge support from NSF-DMR Award No. 1138416.

  5. Two-photon brightness of azobenzene photoswitches designed for glutamate receptor optogenetics

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    Carroll, Elizabeth C.; Berlin, Shai; Levitz, Joshua; Kienzler, Michael A.; Yuan, Zhe; Madsen, Dorte; Larsen, Delmar S.; Isacoff, Ehud Y.

    2015-01-01

    Mammalian neurotransmitter-gated receptors can be conjugated to photoswitchable tethered ligands (PTLs) to enable photoactivation, or photoantagonism, while preserving normal function at neuronal synapses. “MAG” PTLs for ionotropic and metabotropic glutamate receptors (GluRs) are based on an azobenzene photoswitch that is optimally switched into the liganding state by blue or near-UV light, wavelengths that penetrate poorly into the brain. To facilitate deep-tissue photoactivation with near-infrared light, we measured the efficacy of two-photon (2P) excitation for two MAG molecules using nonlinear spectroscopy. Based on quantitative characterization, we find a recently designed second generation PTL, l-MAG0460, to have a favorable 2P absorbance peak at 850 nm, enabling efficient 2P activation of the GluK2 kainate receptor, LiGluR. We also achieve 2P photoactivation of a metabotropic receptor, LimGluR3, with a new mGluR-specific PTL, d-MAG0460. 2P photoswitching is efficiently achieved using digital holography to shape illumination over single somata of cultured neurons. Simultaneous Ca2+-imaging reports on 2P photoswitching in multiple cells with high temporal resolution. The combination of electrophysiology or Ca2+ imaging with 2P activation by optical wavefront shaping should make second generation PTL-controlled receptors suitable for studies of intact neural circuits. PMID:25653339

  6. Conformal Electroplating of Azobenzene-Based Solar Thermal Fuels onto Large-Area and Fiber Geometries.

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    Zhitomirsky, David; Grossman, Jeffrey C

    2016-10-05

    There is tremendous growth in fields where small functional molecules and colloidal nanomaterials are integrated into thin films for solid-state device applications. Many of these materials are synthesized in solution and there often exists a significant barrier to transition them into the solid state in an efficient manner. Here, we develop a methodology employing an electrodepositable copolymer consisting of small functional molecules for applications in solar energy harvesting and storage. We employ azobenzene solar thermal fuel polymers and functionalize them to enable deposition from low concentration solutions in methanol, resulting in uniform and large-area thin films. This approach enables conformal deposition on a variety of conducting substrates that can be either flat or structured depending on the application. Our approach further enables control over film growth via electrodepsition conditions and results in highly uniform films of hundreds of nanometers to microns in thickness. We demonstrate that this method enables superior retention of solar thermal fuel properties, with energy densities of ∼90 J/g, chargeability in the solid state, and exceptional materials utilization compared to other solid-state processing approaches. This novel approach is applicable to systems such as photon upconversion, photovoltaics, photosensing, light emission, and beyond, where small functional molecules enable solid-state applications.

  7. Kinetics of oxidation of azobenzene nitrene with molecular oxygen in amorphous polymers

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    Kondratenko, E.V.; Bolshakov, B.V.; Tolkatchev, V.A.

    1996-12-31

    Kinetics of disappearance of azobenzene nitrene at 115-120 K in polymethyl methacrylate, poly styrene, polycarbonate and polysulfone films saturated with oxygen has been studied. For condition of oxygen excess the disappearance of nitrous is shown to be a result only of the reaction with the dissolved gas. Kinetics of the process is identical to that of the oxidation of macro radicals in the same polymer. The nonexponential character of kinetic curves is shown to be related with the existence of the rate constant distribution. The values of the width of distribution range in the narrow interval being practically the same for various polymers. The data about the width of the distribution function for the oxidation of macro radicals in amorphous polymers known from literature also fit into this interval. All the particles participating in the reaction with the experimental accuracy have the same dependence of the rate constant on temperature. The activation energies of reactions in various amorphous polymers have very close values.

  8. Synthesis of organic-inorganic hybrid azobenzene materials for the preparation of nanofibers by electrospinning

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    Bućko, Aleksandra; Zielińska, Sonia; Ortyl, Ewelina; Larkowska, Maria; Barille, Regis

    2014-12-01

    The new photochromic hybrid materials containing different mole fractions of highly photoactive 4-[(E)-[4-[ethyl(2-hydroxyethyl)amino]phenyl]azo]-N-(4-methylpyrimidin-2-yl)benzenesulfonamide (SMERe) were prepared by a low temperature sol-gel process. The guest-host systems with triethoxyphenylsilane matrix were obtained. These materials were used to form thin transparent films by a spin-coating technique. Then the ability of thin hybrid films to reversible trans-cis photoisomerization under illumination was investigated using ellipsometry and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The reversible changes of refractive index of the films under illumination were in the range of 0.005-0.056. The maximum absorption of these materials was located at 462-486 nm. Moreover, the organic-inorganic azobenzene materials were used to form nanofibers by electrospinning using various parameters of the process. The microstructure of electrospun fibers depended on sols properties (e.g. concentration and viscosity of the sols) and process conditions (e.g. the applied voltage, temperature or type of the collector) at ambient conditions. The morphology of obtained nanofibers was analyzed by an optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. In most instances, the beadless fibers were obtained. The wettability of the surface of electrospun fibers deposited on glass substrates was investigated.

  9. Size Switchable Supramolecular Nanoparticle Based on Azobenzene Derivative within Anionic Pillar[5]arene

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    Zhang, Cai-Cai; Li, Sheng-Hua; Zhang, Cui-Fang; Liu, Yu

    2016-01-01

    A photo/thermal-switchable supramolecular nanoparticles assembly has been constructed based on an inclusion complex between anionic pillar[5]arene 2C-WP5A and azobenzene derivative Azo-py-OMe (G). The novel anionic pillar[5]arene-based host-guest inclusion complexation was investigated by the 1H NMR titration, 2D ROESY and isothermal titration microcalorimetry (ITC) showing high association constant (Ka) of (2.60 ± 0.06) × 104 M−1 with 1:1 binding stoichiometry. Furthermore, the supramolecular nanoparticles assembly can be conveniently obtained from G and a small amount of 2C-WP5A in aqueous solution, which was so-called “host induced aggregating (HIA)”. The size and morphology of the supramolecular nanoparticles assembly were characterized by TEM and DLS. As a result of the photo/thermal-isomerization of G included in the cavity of 2C-WP5A, the size of these nanoparticles could reversibly change from ~800 nm to ~250 nm, which could switch the solution of this assembly from turbid to clear. PMID:27849055

  10. Size Switchable Supramolecular Nanoparticle Based on Azobenzene Derivative within Anionic Pillar[5]arene

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    Zhang, Cai-Cai; Li, Sheng-Hua; Zhang, Cui-Fang; Liu, Yu

    2016-11-01

    A photo/thermal-switchable supramolecular nanoparticles assembly has been constructed based on an inclusion complex between anionic pillar[5]arene 2C-WP5A and azobenzene derivative Azo-py-OMe (G). The novel anionic pillar[5]arene-based host-guest inclusion complexation was investigated by the 1H NMR titration, 2D ROESY and isothermal titration microcalorimetry (ITC) showing high association constant (Ka) of (2.60 ± 0.06) × 104 M‑1 with 1:1 binding stoichiometry. Furthermore, the supramolecular nanoparticles assembly can be conveniently obtained from G and a small amount of 2C-WP5A in aqueous solution, which was so-called “host induced aggregating (HIA)”. The size and morphology of the supramolecular nanoparticles assembly were characterized by TEM and DLS. As a result of the photo/thermal-isomerization of G included in the cavity of 2C-WP5A, the size of these nanoparticles could reversibly change from ~800 nm to ~250 nm, which could switch the solution of this assembly from turbid to clear.

  11. Azobenzene-based photomechanical monolayers as light-addressable nano-engineered structures.

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    Dahdah, J. M.; Furtak, T. E.; Walba, D. M.; Fang, G.; Yi, Y.; Maclennan, J. E.; Clark, N. A.

    2007-03-01

    Azobenzene-based photomechanical monolayers have received a great deal of attention for their potential as platforms for light-addressable nano-engineered structures in bioscience, photonics, and display technologies. We have developed an aminoazobenzene material (d-MR), derived from methyl red, which forms high-quality, covalently anchored monolayers on glass. These monolayers demonstrate unusually high sensitivity to polarized light, which controls the molecular orientation distribution through optical anisotropy of the trans-cis isomerization. In an effort to understand and optimize this phenomenon we are studying the influence of the two-dimensional molecular field on the dynamics of the light-driven reorganization. We have correlated the behavior of d-MR monolayers, as determined by spectral studies of dichroism and differential reflection ellipsometry, to dilute solutions of d-MR in a variety of solvents, as characterized by absorption cross sections, quantum yields, and characteristic time constants. The resulting information has helped to clarify the details of how these molecules respond to light leading to design strategies for even higher performing monolayers.

  12. Photo-tuning of lasing from a dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystals by photoisomerization of a sugar derivative having plural azobenzene groups

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    Kurihara, Seiji; Hatae, Yohko; Yoshioka, Teppei; Moritsugu, Masaki; Ogata, Tomonari; Nonaka, Takamasa

    2006-03-01

    Cholesteric liquid crystal (Ch LC) was prepared by mixing a nematic LC, a sugar derivative having plural azobenzene substituents, and a laser dye. Laser emission from the dye-doped Ch LC was observed at the longer edge of the selective reflection band of the Ch LC. Reversible change in the helical pitch of the Ch LC was caused by the trans-cis photoisomerization of the sugar derivative having plural azobenzene substituents. According to the change in the helical pitch of the Ch LC, the lasing properties were simultaneously affected by the UV and visible light irradiation; laser emission wavelength, intensity, singlemode-multimode.

  13. Bound excitons and many-body effects in x-ray absorption spectra of azobenzene-functionalized self-assembled monolayers

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    Cocchi, Caterina; Draxl, Claudia

    2015-11-01

    We study x-ray absorption spectra of azobenzene-functionalized self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), investigating excitations from the nitrogen K edge. Azobenzene with H-termination and functionalized with CF3 groups is considered. The Bethe-Salpeter equation is employed to compute the spectra, including excitonic effects, and to determine the character of the near-edge resonances. Our results indicate that core-edge excitations are intense and strongly bound: their binding energies range from about 6 to 4 eV, going from isolated molecules to densely-packed SAMs. Electron-hole correlation rules these excitations, while the exchange interaction plays a negligible role.

  14. Photoresponsive azo-doped aerosil/7CB nematic nanocomposites: the effect from concentration of the azobenzene photoactive agent

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    Hadjichristov, G. B.; Marinov, Y. G.; Petrov, A. G.; Prasad, S. K.

    2017-01-01

    We studied nanomaterials composed from 3 wt.% aerosil nanospheres and the room-temperature nematic liquid crystal 4-n-heptyl cyanobiphenyl (7CB), as doped with the photoactive liquid crystal 4-(4'-ethoxyphenylazo)phenyl hexanoate (EPH). The molecules of the azobenzene photoactive agent EPH were included at concentration ranging from 1 wt.% to 10 wt.%. The object of our interest is the effect of the EPH amount on the photosensitized electro-optical properties of thin films of aerosil/7CB/EPH nematic nanocomposites.

  15. COOH-terminated SAMs on Gold Fabricated from an Azobenzene Derivative with a 1,2-dithiolane Headgroup

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    Siemeling, U.; Rittinghaus, S; Weidner, T; Brison, J; Castner, D

    2010-01-01

    Well-defined and homogeneous, contamination-free self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) were fabricated by the chemisorption of lip-NH-p-C{sub 6}H{sub 4}-N {double_bond} N-p-C{sub 6}H{sub 4}-COOH (lip = {alpha}-lipoyl) onto gold. This adsorbate species is composed of a 1,2-dithiolane-based headgroup, an azobenzene-based (and hence photochromic) spacer unit and a carboxylic acid functional group. The SAM constituents are covalently attached to the substrate by the bidentate thiolate anchor groups and exhibit a strongly tilted binding configuration.

  16. Excited-state Raman spectroscopy with and without actinic excitation: S{sub 1} Raman spectra of trans-azobenzene

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    Dobryakov, A. L.; Quick, M.; Ioffe, I. N.; Granovsky, A. A.; Ernsting, N. P.; Kovalenko, S. A.

    2014-05-14

    We show that femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy can record excited-state spectra in the absence of actinic excitation, if the Raman pump is in resonance with an electronic transition. The approach is illustrated by recording S{sub 1} and S{sub 0} spectra of trans-azobenzene in n-hexane. The S{sub 1} spectra were also measured conventionally, upon nπ* (S{sub 0} → S{sub 1}) actinic excitation. The results are discussed and compared to earlier reports.

  17. Fabrication of polyacrylate core-shell nanoparticles via spray drying method

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    Chen, Pengpeng; Cheng, Zenghui; Chu, Fuxiang; Xu, Yuzhi; Wang, Chunpeng

    2016-05-01

    Fine polyacrylate particles are thought to be environmental plastisols for car industry. However, these particles are mainly dried through demulsification of the latexes, which is not reproducible and hard to be scaled up. In this work, a spray drying method had been applied to the plastisols-used acrylate latex. By adjusting the core/shell ratio, spray drying process of the latex was fully studied. Scanning electronic microscopy observation of the nanoparticles before and after spray drying indicated that the core-shell structures could be well preserved and particles were well separated by spray drying if the shell was thick enough. Otherwise, the particles fused into each other and core-shell structures were destroyed. Polyacrylate plastisols were developed using diisononylphthalate as a plasticizer, and plastigels were obtained after heat treatment of the sols. Results showed that the shell thickness also had a great influence on the storage stability of the plastisols and mechanical properties of the plastigels.

  18. In vivo studies of polyacrylate nanoparticle emulsions for topical and systemic applications.

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    Greenhalgh, Kerriann; Turos, Edward

    2009-03-01

    We have recently reported on a new nanomedicine containing antibiotic-conjugated polyacrylate nanoparticles, which has shown activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in vitro and no cytotoxicity toward human dermal cells. The water-based nanoparticle emulsion is capable of solubilizing lipophilic antibiotics for systemic administration, and the nanoparticle drug delivery vehicle has shown protective properties for antibiotics from hydrolytic cleavage by bacterial penicillinases, thus rejuvenating the drug's activity against resistant microbes such as MRSA. Here we report the first in vivo study of this penicillin-conjugated nanoparticle emulsion in determining toxicological responses initiated upon systemic and topical application in a murine model. Favorable results were observed in vivo upon both routes of administration and, when topically applied to a dermal abrasion model, the emulsion enhanced wound healing by an average of 3 to 5 days. This study suggests that polyacrylate nanoparticle-containing emulsions may afford promising opportunities for treating both skin and systemic infections.

  19. Optical waveguide BTX gas sensor based on polyacrylate resin thin film.

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    Kadir, Razak; Yimit, Abliz; Ablat, Hayrensa; Mahmut, Mamtimin; Itoh, Kiminori

    2009-07-01

    An optical sensor sensitive to BTX has been developed by spin coating a thin film of polyacrylate resin onto a tin- diffused glass optical waveguide. A pair of prism coupler was employed for optical coupling matched with diiodomethane (CH2l2). The guided wave transmits in waveguide layer and passes through the film as an evanescent wave. Polyacrylate film has a strong capacity of absorbing oil gases. The film is stable in N2 but benzene exposure at room temperature can result in rapid and reversible changes of transmittance (7) and refractive index (n1) of this film. It has been demonstrated that the sensor containing a 10 mm boardand about a hundred nanometers thick resin film can detect lower than 8 ppm BTX.

  20. Lowering the resistivity of polyacrylate ion-selective membranes by platinum nanoparticles addition.

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    Jaworska, Ewa; Kisiel, Anna; Maksymiuk, Krzysztof; Michalska, Agata

    2011-01-01

    The effect of platinum nanoparticles introduction into polyacrylate membranes was examined. Platinum nanoparticles were added to the membrane cocktail before photopolymerization of the poly(n-butyl acrylate) based ion-selective membranes. Thus obtained sensors were characterized with significantly lowered electrical resistance and increased stability of potential readings compared to classical poly(n-butyl acrylate) membranes. The analytical parameters of platinum nanoparticle containing membranes were well comparable with those of classical membranes.

  1. Controlled formation of ag nanoparticles by means of long-chain sodium polyacrylates in dilute solution.

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    Huber, Klaus; Witte, Thomas; Hollmann, Jutta; Keuker-Baumann, Susanne

    2007-02-07

    A new tool is presented to control formation of Ag nanoparticles. Small amounts of silver ions were added to dilute solutions of long-chain sodium polyacrylates (NaPA). Four NaPA samples covering a molar mass regime of 97 kD < or = Mw < or = 650 kD have been used. With amounts of added Ag(+) as low as 1-2% of the COO(-) groups of the polyanionic chains, significant changes could already be induced in the NaPA coils with 650 kD. If the NaPA concentration was kept below 0.1 g/L, the coils with 650 kD exhibited a significant coil shrinking in stable solutions. At larger NaPA concentrations, addition of Ag+ initiates an aggregation of the polyacrylate coils toward compact structures. Coil shrinking and aggregation was revealed by means of time-resolved static light scattering. If exposed to UV-radiation, small Ag particles formed within the shrunken anionic polyacrylate coils. The Ag nanoparticles were identified by means of an enhanced light scattering and a characteristic plasmon absorption band around 410 nm. No such Ag particle formation could be observed even at 5 times larger concentrations of Ag(+) and NaPA if the two smallest polyacrylate samples have been used under otherwise equal conditions. This molar mass sensitive response of NaPA to Ag(+)-addition suggests an interesting phenomenon: if the coil size of the NaPa chains, which act as Ag(+) collectors, is large enough, local Ag(+) concentration in these coil-shaped Ag(+) containers exceeds a critical value, and irradiation with UV generates Ag nanoparticles.

  2. Structure and Hydrogen Bonding of Water in Polyacrylate Gels: Effects of Polymer Hydrophilicity and Water Concentration.

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    Mani, Sriramvignesh; Khabaz, Fardin; Godbole, Rutvik V; Hedden, Ronald C; Khare, Rajesh

    2015-12-10

    The ability to tune the hydrophilicity of polyacrylate copolymers by altering their composition makes these materials attractive candidates for membranes used to separate alcohol-water mixtures. The separation behavior of these polyacrylate membranes is governed by a complex interplay of factors such as water and alcohol concentrations, water structure in the membrane, polymer hydrophilicity, and temperature. We use molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the effect of polymer hydrophilicity and water concentration on the structure and dynamics of water molecules in the polymer matrix. Samples of poly(n-butyl acrylate) (PBA), poly(2-hydroxyethyl acrylate) (PHEA), and a 50/50 copolymer of BA and HEA were synthesized in laboratory, and their properties were measured. Model structures of these systems were validated by comparing the simulated values of their volumetric properties with the experimental values. Molecular simulations of polyacrylate gels swollen in water and ethanol mixtures showed that water exhibits very different affinities toward the different (carbonyl, alkoxy, and hydroxyl) functional groups of the polymers. Water molecules are well dispersed in the system at low concentrations and predominantly form hydrogen bonds with the polymer. However, water forms large clusters at high concentrations along with the predominant formation of water-water hydrogen bonds and the acceleration of hydrogen bond dynamics.

  3. The capture and stabilization of curcumin using hydrophobically modified polyacrylate aggregates and hydrogels.

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    Harada, Takaaki; Pham, Duc-Truc; Lincoln, Stephen F; Kee, Tak W

    2014-08-07

    Hydrophobically modified polyacrylates are shown to suppress the degradation of the medicinal pigment curcumin under physiological conditions. In aqueous solution, the 3% octadecyl randomly substituted polyacrylate, PAAC18, forms micelle-like aggregates at a concentration of <1 wt % and a hydrogel at >1 wt %. Under both conditions, PAAC18 shows a remarkable ability to suppress the degradation of curcumin at pH 7.4 and 37 °C such that its degradation half-life is increased by 1600-2000-fold. The suppression of degradation is attributed to hydrophobic interactions between curcumin and the octadecyl substituents of PAAC18 within the micelle-like aggregates and the hydrogel, as indicated by 2D NOESY (1)H NMR spectroscopy. UV-visible absorption titration results are consistent with the interaction of curcumin with five octadecyl substituents on average, which appears to substantially exclude water and greatly decrease the curcumin degradation rate. Dynamic light scattering and zeta potential measurements show the average hydrodynamic diameters of the PAAC18 aggregates to be 0.86-1.15 μm with a negative surface charge. In contrast to the octadecyl substitution, the 3% dodecyl randomly substituted polyacrylate, PAAC12, shows a negligible effect on slowing the degradation of curcumin, consistent with the dodecyl substituents being insufficiently long to capture curcumin in a adequately hydrophobic environment. These observations indicate the potential for PAAC18 to act as a model drug delivery system.

  4. Rheological characterization of cataplasm bases composed of cross-linked partially neutralized polyacrylate hydrogel.

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    Wang, Jian; Zhang, Hongqin; An, Dianyun; Yu, Jian; Li, Wei; Shen, Teng; Wang, Jianxin

    2014-10-01

    Viscoelasticity is a useful parameter for characterizing the intrinsic properties of the cross-linked polyacrylate hydrogel used in cataplasm bases. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of various formulation parameters on the rheological characteristics of polyacrylate hydrogel. The hydrogel layers were formed using a partially neutralized polyacrylate (Viscomate(™)), which contained acrylic acid and sodium acrylate in different copolymerization ratios, as the cross-linked gel framework. Dihydroxyaluminum aminoacetate (DAAA), which produces aluminum ions, was used as the cross-linking agent. Rheological analyses were performed using a "stress amplitude sweep" and a "frequency sweep". The results showed that greater amounts of acrylic acid in the structure of Viscomate as well as higher concentrations of DAAA and Viscomate led to an increase in the elastic modulus (G'). However, greater amounts of acrylic acid in the structure of Viscomate and higher concentrations of DAAA had an opposite on the viscous modulus (G″); this might be owing to higher steric hindrance. The results of this study can serve as guidelines for the optimization of formulations for cataplasms.

  5. Effect of Water Concentration on the Molecular Structure of Polyacrylate Gels

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    Mani, Sriramvignesh; Khabaz, Fardin; Khare, Rajesh

    2015-03-01

    Recent studies have suggested pervaporation to be a promising alternative method for separation of aqueous solution of alcohol compared to distillation based separation processes. The ability to tune the hydrophobic/hydrophilic character makes polyacrylate gels attractive candidate materials for separating water-alcohol mixture by pervaporation. Experimentally, it is observed that the amount of water absorbed in the gel i.e. the degree of swelling of the gel shows a large variation with polymer chemistry. Relatively few studies exist highlighting the effects of water concentration on the membrane separation efficiency which in turn is directly related to the internal molecular structure of the water rich membranes. In this regard, an all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulation is employed to study water structure in polyacrylate gels. As a first step, polyacrylate copolymer systems with varying degree of hydrophobicity are prepared using the simulated annealing polymerization technique. Atomistic structures of gels containing different amounts of water are also prepared. Effect of water content on the acrylate-water system microstructure is determined by characterizing the packing of water molecules as well as the hydrogen bonding in these systems. In addition, the change in dynamics of water molecules due to the interactions with polymer is captured by monitoring the auto-correlation function of their dipole vector.

  6. Poly(vinylidene fluoride) polymer based nanocomposites with enhanced energy density by filling with polyacrylate elastomers and BaTiO3 nanoparticles

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    Yu, Ke; Bai, Yuanyuan; Zhou, Yongcun; Niu, Yujuan; Wang, Hong

    2014-02-01

    Polyacrylate elastomers were introduced into poly(vinylidene fluoride) polymer-based nanocomposites filled with BaTiO3 nanoparticles and the three-phase nanocomposite films were prepared. The energy discharged of the nanocomposite with 3 vol. % polyacrylate elastomers is 8.8 J/cm3, approximately 11% higher compared to that of the nanocomposite without adding polyacrylate elastomers. Large elastic deformation of the polyacrylate elastomers increases Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars interfacial polarization and space charge polarization of the nanocomposites with the electric field increasing, which results in increased maximum polarization and energy discharged of the nanocomposites.

  7. Preparation and thermo-optic switch properties based on chiral azobenzene-containing polyurethane

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    Ye, Feiyan; Qiu, Fengxian; Yang, Dongya; Cao, Guorong; Guan, Yijun; Zhuang, Lin

    2013-07-01

    A chiral azo chromophore compound 4-(4'-nitro-phenyl-diazenyl)-phenyl-1,2-propanediol ether (NPDPPE) was prepared with p-nitroaniline, phenol and R(-)-3-chloro-1,2-propanediol by the diazo-coupling reaction. Then, the chromophore molecule NPDPPE was polymerized with isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI) to obtain novel chiral azobenzene-containing polyurethane (CACPU). The chemical structures of chromophore molecule and CACPU were characterized by the FT-IR and UV-visible spectroscopy. The physical properties (thermal conductivity, thermal diffusion coefficient, and specific heat capacity) and mechanical properties (tensile strength, elongation at break and hardness) of CACPU thin films were measured. The refractive index and thermo-optic (TO) coefficient (dn/dT) of CACPU thin film was investigated for TE (transversal electric) polarizations by using an attenuated total reflection (ATR) configuration at the wavelengths of 532, 650 and 850 nm. The transmission loss of film was measured using the charge coupled device (CCD) digital imaging devices. A Y-branch switch and Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) thermo-optic switches based on thermo-optic effect were proposed and the performances of switches were simulated. The results showed that the power consumption of the Y-branch thermo-optic switch was only 3.28 mW. The rising and falling times of Y-branch and MZI switches were 12.0 ms and 2.0 ms, respectively. The conclusion has potential significance to improve and develop new Y-branch digital optical switch (DOS), MZI thermo-optic switch, directional coupler (DC) switch and optical modulators.

  8. Photo-responsive and thermoreversible networks from the self-assembly of azobenzene-containing liquid crystal triblock copolymers (Conference Presentation)

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    Kurji, Zuleikha; Kornfield, Julia A.; Kuzyk, Mark G.

    2016-09-01

    We report the synthesis of azobenzene-containing coil-liquid crystal-coil triblock copolymers that can serve as mechano-optic actuators for applications that include non-invasively steering fiber optics. The coil (polystyrene) end-blocks phase segregate from the liquid crystal midblock forming of uniform and uniformly-spaced physical crosslinks, resulting in highly reproducible and thermoreversible networks by self-assembly. These polymers are elastic in the melt (at room temperature) and can be easily spun, coated or molded. Mechanical stretching results in a temporary monodomain alignment. Starting from identical triblock prepolymers (with polystyerene end blocks and 1,2-polybutadiene midblocks), a matched pair (azobenzene-containing, and non-azobenzene-containing) of liquid crystal triblock copolymers was synthesized. These triblocks were then be blended to prepare a series of elastomers with 0 to 5% azobenzene groups, while matching in nearly all other physical properties (cross-link density, modulus, birefringence, etc.), allowing the effect of concentration of photo-responsive groups to be unambiguously determined. Results will be presented that demonstrate this approach to independent control of optical density and photo-mechanical sensitivity.

  9. Enhanced Release of Molecules upon Ultraviolet (UV) Light Irradiation from Photoresponsive Hydrogels Prepared from Bifunctional Azobenzene and Four-Arm Poly(ethylene glycol).

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    Rastogi, Shiva K; Anderson, Hailee E; Lamas, Joseph; Barret, Scott; Cantu, Travis; Zauscher, Stefan; Brittain, William J; Betancourt, Tania

    2017-03-07

    Advances in biosensors and drug delivery are dependent on hydrogels that respond to external stimuli. In this work, we describe the preparation and characterization of photoresponsive hydrogels prepared by cross-linking of di-NHS ester of azobenzoic acid and four-armed, amine-terminated poly(ethylene glycol). The porous structure and composition of the hydrogels were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The reversible photoisomerization of the azobenzene-containing hydrogel cross-linkers in the gels was confirmed by absorption spectroscopy. Specifically, the photoisomerization of the cross-linkers between their trans and cis configurations was observed by monitoring the absorbance of the hydrogels at the two characteristic peaks of azobenzene (π-π* at 330 nm and n-π* at 435 nm). The effect of photoisomerization on the hydrogel structure was investigated by microscopy. Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation-induced reduction in hydrogel size was observed, which may be a result of the inherently smaller footprint of the cis azobenzene conformation, as well as dipole-dipole interactions between the polar cis azobenzene and the polymer network. The UV-triggered reduction in hydrogel size was accompanied by enhanced release of the near-infrared fluorescent dye Alexa Fluor 750 (AF750). Enhanced release of AF750 was observed in samples irradiated with UV versus dark control. Together, these data demonstrate the potential of these systems as reversible photoresponsive biomaterials.

  10. A Light-Responsive Self-Assembly Formed by a Cationic Azobenzene Derivative and SDS as a Drug Delivery System

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    Geng, Shengyong; Wang, Yuzhu; Wang, Liping; Kouyama, Tsutomu; Gotoh, Toshiaki; Wada, Satoshi; Wang, Jin-Ye

    2017-01-01

    The structure of a self-assembly formed from a cationic azobenzene derivative, 4-cholesterocarbonyl-4‧-(N,N,N-triethylamine butyloxyl bromide) azobenzene (CAB) and surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) in aqueous solution was studied by cryo-TEM and synchrotron radiation small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Both unilamellar and multilamellar vesicles could be observed. CAB in vesicles were capable to undergo reversible trans-to-cis isomerization upon UV or visible light irradiation. The structural change upon UV light irradiation could be catched by SAXS, which demonstrated that the interlamellar spacing of the cis-multilamellar vesicles increased by 0.2–0.3 nm. Based on this microstructural change, the release of rhodamine B (RhB) and doxorubicin (DOX) could be triggered by UV irradiation. When incubated NIH 3T3 cells and Bel 7402 cells with DOX-loaded CAB/SDS vesicles, UV irradiation induced DOX release decreased the viability of both cell lines significantly compared with the non-irradiated cells. The in vitro experiment indicated that CAB/SDS vesicles had high efficiency to deliver loaded molecules into cells. The in vivo experiment showed that CAB/SDS vesicles not only have high drug delivery efficiency into rat retinas, but also could maintain high drug concentration for a longer time. CAB/SDS catanionic vesicles may find potential applications as a smart drug delivery system for controlled release by light.

  11. Opposite photo-induced deformations in azobenzene-containing polymers with different molecular architecture: Molecular dynamics study

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    Ilnytskyi, Jaroslav M.; Neher, Dieter; Saphiannikova, Marina

    2011-07-28

    Photo-induced deformations in azobenzene-containing polymers (azo-polymers) are central to a number of applications, such as optical storage and fabrication of diffractive elements. The microscopic nature of the underlying opto-mechanical coupling is yet not clear. In this study, we address the experimental finding that the scenario of the effects depends on molecular architecture of the used azo-polymer. Typically, opposite deformations in respect to the direction of light polarization are observed for liquid crystalline and amorphous azo-polymers. In this study, we undertake molecular dynamics simulations of two different models that mimic these two types of azo-polymers. We employ hybrid force field modeling and consider only trans-isomers of azobenzene, represented as Gay-Berne sites. The effect of illumination on the orientation of the chromophores is considered on the level of orientational hole burning and emphasis is given to the resulting deformation of the polymer matrix. We reproduce deformations of opposite sign for the two models being considered here and discuss the relevant microscopic mechanisms in both cases.

  12. Sensitivity of photoelectron diffraction to conformational changes of adsorbed molecules: Tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene/Au(111)

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    Schuler, A.; Greif, M.; Seitsonen, A. P.; Mette, G.; Castiglioni, L.; Osterwalder, J.; Hengsberger, M.

    2017-01-01

    Electron diffraction is a standard tool to investigate the atomic structure of surfaces, interfaces, and adsorbate systems. In particular, photoelectron diffraction is a promising candidate for real-time studies of structural dynamics combining the ultimate time resolution of optical pulses and the high scattering cross-sections for electrons. In view of future time-resolved experiments from molecular layers, we studied the sensitivity of photoelectron diffraction to conformational changes of only a small fraction of molecules in a monolayer adsorbed on a metallic substrate. 3,3′,5,5′-tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene served as test case. This molecule can be switched between two isomers, trans and cis, by absorption of ultraviolet light. X-ray photoelectron diffraction patterns were recorded from tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene/Au(111) in thermal equilibrium at room temperature and compared to patterns taken in the photostationary state obtained by exposing the surface to radiation from a high-intensity helium discharge lamp. Difference patterns were simulated by means of multiple-scattering calculations, which allowed us to determine the fraction of molecules that underwent isomerization. PMID:28217715

  13. Opposite photo-induced deformations in azobenzene-containing polymers with different molecular architecture: Molecular dynamics study

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    Ilnytskyi, Jaroslav M.; Neher, Dieter; Saphiannikova, Marina

    2011-07-01

    Photo-induced deformations in azobenzene-containing polymers (azo-polymers) are central to a number of applications, such as optical storage and fabrication of diffractive elements. The microscopic nature of the underlying opto-mechanical coupling is yet not clear. In this study, we address the experimental finding that the scenario of the effects depends on molecular architecture of the used azo-polymer. Typically, opposite deformations in respect to the direction of light polarization are observed for liquid crystalline and amorphous azo-polymers. In this study, we undertake molecular dynamics simulations of two different models that mimic these two types of azo-polymers. We employ hybrid force field modeling and consider only trans-isomers of azobenzene, represented as Gay-Berne sites. The effect of illumination on the orientation of the chromophores is considered on the level of orientational hole burning and emphasis is given to the resulting deformation of the polymer matrix. We reproduce deformations of opposite sign for the two models being considered here and discuss the relevant microscopic mechanisms in both cases.

  14. Sensitivity of photoelectron diffraction to conformational changes of adsorbed molecules: Tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene/Au(111).

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    Schuler, A; Greif, M; Seitsonen, A P; Mette, G; Castiglioni, L; Osterwalder, J; Hengsberger, M

    2017-01-01

    Electron diffraction is a standard tool to investigate the atomic structure of surfaces, interfaces, and adsorbate systems. In particular, photoelectron diffraction is a promising candidate for real-time studies of structural dynamics combining the ultimate time resolution of optical pulses and the high scattering cross-sections for electrons. In view of future time-resolved experiments from molecular layers, we studied the sensitivity of photoelectron diffraction to conformational changes of only a small fraction of molecules in a monolayer adsorbed on a metallic substrate. 3,3',5,5'-tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene served as test case. This molecule can be switched between two isomers, trans and cis, by absorption of ultraviolet light. X-ray photoelectron diffraction patterns were recorded from tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene/Au(111) in thermal equilibrium at room temperature and compared to patterns taken in the photostationary state obtained by exposing the surface to radiation from a high-intensity helium discharge lamp. Difference patterns were simulated by means of multiple-scattering calculations, which allowed us to determine the fraction of molecules that underwent isomerization.

  15. A Light-Responsive Self-Assembly Formed by a Cationic Azobenzene Derivative and SDS as a Drug Delivery System

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    Geng, Shengyong; Wang, Yuzhu; Wang, Liping; Kouyama, Tsutomu; Gotoh, Toshiaki; Wada, Satoshi; Wang, Jin-Ye

    2017-01-01

    The structure of a self-assembly formed from a cationic azobenzene derivative, 4-cholesterocarbonyl-4′-(N,N,N-triethylamine butyloxyl bromide) azobenzene (CAB) and surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) in aqueous solution was studied by cryo-TEM and synchrotron radiation small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Both unilamellar and multilamellar vesicles could be observed. CAB in vesicles were capable to undergo reversible trans-to-cis isomerization upon UV or visible light irradiation. The structural change upon UV light irradiation could be catched by SAXS, which demonstrated that the interlamellar spacing of the cis-multilamellar vesicles increased by 0.2–0.3 nm. Based on this microstructural change, the release of rhodamine B (RhB) and doxorubicin (DOX) could be triggered by UV irradiation. When incubated NIH 3T3 cells and Bel 7402 cells with DOX-loaded CAB/SDS vesicles, UV irradiation induced DOX release decreased the viability of both cell lines significantly compared with the non-irradiated cells. The in vitro experiment indicated that CAB/SDS vesicles had high efficiency to deliver loaded molecules into cells. The in vivo experiment showed that CAB/SDS vesicles not only have high drug delivery efficiency into rat retinas, but also could maintain high drug concentration for a longer time. CAB/SDS catanionic vesicles may find potential applications as a smart drug delivery system for controlled release by light. PMID:28051069

  16. A Light-Responsive Self-Assembly Formed by a Cationic Azobenzene Derivative and SDS as a Drug Delivery System.

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    Geng, Shengyong; Wang, Yuzhu; Wang, Liping; Kouyama, Tsutomu; Gotoh, Toshiaki; Wada, Satoshi; Wang, Jin-Ye

    2017-01-04

    The structure of a self-assembly formed from a cationic azobenzene derivative, 4-cholesterocarbonyl-4'-(N,N,N-triethylamine butyloxyl bromide) azobenzene (CAB) and surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) in aqueous solution was studied by cryo-TEM and synchrotron radiation small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Both unilamellar and multilamellar vesicles could be observed. CAB in vesicles were capable to undergo reversible trans-to-cis isomerization upon UV or visible light irradiation. The structural change upon UV light irradiation could be catched by SAXS, which demonstrated that the interlamellar spacing of the cis-multilamellar vesicles increased by 0.2-0.3 nm. Based on this microstructural change, the release of rhodamine B (RhB) and doxorubicin (DOX) could be triggered by UV irradiation. When incubated NIH 3T3 cells and Bel 7402 cells with DOX-loaded CAB/SDS vesicles, UV irradiation induced DOX release decreased the viability of both cell lines significantly compared with the non-irradiated cells. The in vitro experiment indicated that CAB/SDS vesicles had high efficiency to deliver loaded molecules into cells. The in vivo experiment showed that CAB/SDS vesicles not only have high drug delivery efficiency into rat retinas, but also could maintain high drug concentration for a longer time. CAB/SDS catanionic vesicles may find potential applications as a smart drug delivery system for controlled release by light.

  17. Electrochemical lithiation performance and characterization of silicon-graphite composites with lithium, sodium, potassium, and ammonium polyacrylate binders.

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    Han, Zhen-Ji; Yamagiwa, Kiyofumi; Yabuuchi, Naoaki; Son, Jin-Young; Cui, Yi-Tao; Oji, Hiroshi; Kogure, Akinori; Harada, Takahiro; Ishikawa, Sumihisa; Aoki, Yasuhito; Komaba, Shinichi

    2015-02-07

    Poly(acrylic acid) (PAH), which is a water soluble polycarboxylic acid, is neutralized by adding different amounts of LiOH, NaOH, KOH, and ammonia (NH4OH) aqueous solutions to fix neutralization degrees. The differently neutralized polyacid, alkali and ammonium polyacrylates are examined as polymeric binders for the preparation of Si-graphite composite electrodes as negative electrodes for Li-ion batteries. The electrode performance of the Si-graphite composite depends on the alkali chemicals and neutralization degree. It is found that 80% NaOH-neutralized polyacrylate binder (a pH value of the resultant aqueous solution is ca. 6.7) is the most efficient binder to enhance the electrochemical lithiation and de-lithiation performance of the Si-graphite composite electrode compared to that of conventional PVdF and the other binders used in this study. The optimum polyacrylate binder highly improves the dispersion of active material in the composite electrode. The binder also provides the strong adhesion, suitable porosity, and hardness for the composite electrode with 10% (m/m) binder content, resulting in better electrochemical reversibility. From these results, the factors of alkali-neutralized polyacrylate binders affecting the electrode performance of Si-graphite composite electrodes are discussed.

  18. Polyacrylate-water partitioning of biocidal compounds: enhancing the understanding of biocide partitioning between render and water.

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    Bollmann, Ulla E; Ou, Yi; Mayer, Philipp; Trapp, Stefan; Bester, Kai

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, the application of polymer-based renders and paints for façade coatings of buildings has risen enormously due to the increased mounting of thermal insulation systems. These materials are commonly equipped with biocides - algaecides, fungicides, and bactericides - to protect the materials from biological deterioration. However, the biocides need to be present in the water phase in order to be active and, hence, they are flushed of the material by rain water. In order to increase the knowledge about the partitioning of biocides from render into the water phase, partition constants between the polymer - in this case polyacrylate - and water were studied using glass fibre filters coated with polyacrylate. The polyacrylate-water partition constants (logKAcW) of ten biocides used in construction material varied between 1.66 (isoproturon) and 3.57 (dichloro-N-octylisothiazolinone). The correlation of the polyacrylate-water partition constants with the octanol-water partition constants is significant, but the polyacrylate-water partition constants were predominantly below octanol-water partition constants (Kow). The comparison with render-water distribution constants showed that estimating the leaching of biocides from render based on polymer-water partitioning is a useful and practical tool.

  19. A facile fabrication of light diffusing film with LDP/polyacrylates composites coating for anti-glare LED application

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    Song, Shisen; Sun, Yaojie; Lin, Yandan; You, Bo

    2013-05-01

    In this paper, we present a facile coating technique to fabricate the light diffusing film with hemispherical surface convex micro-structure. The coating was prepared by different ratio of light-diffusing particles (LDP)/polyacrylates composites via in situ radical polymerization, with the H2SO4 and vinyl triethoxysilane (A-151) pretreatment made the LDP better dispersed and incorporated with polyacrylate polymer chains. When the mass ratio (LDP/polyacrylate) was 0.5, the film obtained the highest light-diffusing effect and more than 90% transmittance due to the formation of hemispherical surface convex micro-structure. The light diffusing films have excellent anti-glare property if applied to LED light system.

  20. Poly(acrylic acid) to induce competitive crystallization of a theophylline/oxalic acid cocrystal and a theophylline polymorph

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    Jang, Jisun; Kim, Il Won

    2016-01-01

    Polymeric additives to induce competitive crystallization of pharmaceutical compounds were explored. A cocrystal of theophylline and oxalic acid was used as a model system, and poly(acrylic acid), poly(caprolactone), and poly(ethylene glycol) were the additives. The cocrystal formation was selectively hindered with addition of poly(acrylic acid). First the size of the cocrystals were reduced, and eventually the cocrystallization was inhibited to generate neat theophylline crystals. The theophylline crystals were of a distinctively different crystal structure from known polymorphs, based on powder X-ray diffraction. They were also obtained in nanoscale size, when millimeter-scale crystals formed without poly(acrylic acid). Polymeric additives that could form specific interactions with crystallizing compounds seem to be useful tools for the phase and size control of pharmaceutical crystals.

  1. Solid-state reference electrodes based on carbon nanotubes and polyacrylate membranes.

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    Rius-Ruiz, F Xavier; Kisiel, Anna; Michalska, Agata; Maksymiuk, Krzystof; Riu, Jordi; Rius, F Xavier

    2011-04-01

    A novel potentiometric solid-state reference electrode containing single-walled carbon nanotubes as the transducer layer between a polyacrylate membrane and the conductor is reported here. Single-walled carbon nanotubes act as an efficient transducer of the constant potentiometric signal originating from the reference membrane containing the Ag/AgCl/Cl(-) ions system, and they are needed to obtain a stable reference potentiometric signal. Furthermore, we have taken advantage of the light insensitivity of single-walled carbon nanotubes to improve the analytical performance characteristics of previously reported solid-state reference electrodes. Four different polyacrylate polymers have been selected in order to identify the most efficient reservoir for the Ag/AgCl system. Finally, two different arrangements have been assessed: (1) a solid-state reference electrode using photo-polymerised n-butyl acrylate polymer and (2) a thermo-polymerised methyl methacrylate:n-butyl acrylate (1:10) polymer. The sensitivity to various salts, pH and light, as well as time of response and stability, has been tested: the best results were obtained using single-walled carbon nanotubes and photo-polymerised n-butyl acrylate polymer. Water transport plays an important role in the potentiometric performance of acrylate membranes, so a new screening test method has been developed to qualitatively assess the difference in water percolation between the polyacrylic membranes studied. The results presented here open the way for the true miniaturisation of potentiometric systems using the excellent properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes.

  2. Measurement of respirable superabsorbent polyacrylate (SAP) dust by ethanol derivatization using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) detection.

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    McCormack, Paul; Lemmo, John S; Macomber, Margaret; Holcomb, Mark L; Lieckfield, Robert

    2011-04-01

    Superabsorbent polyacrylate (SAP) is an important industrial chemical manufactured primarily as sodium polyacrylate but occasionally as potassium salt. It has many applications owing to its intrinsic physical property of very high water absorption, which can be more than 100 times it own weight. SAP is commonly used in disposable diapers and feminine hygiene products and is known by a number of synonyms-sodium polyacrylate, superabsorbent polyacrylate (SAP), polyacrylate absorbent (PA), and superabsorbent material (SAM). Germany and The Netherlands have adopted a nonbinding scientific guideline value 0.05 mg/m³ (8-hr time-weighted average, TWA) as the maximum allowable workplace concentration for the respirable dust of SAP (<10 μm particle diameter). Three industry associations representing Europe, the United States, and Asia have adopted the German scientific guideline value of 0.05 mg/m³ (8-hr TWA) as a voluntary guideline. A new test method based on alcohol derivatization of the acrylate was developed and validated for the analysis of respirable superabsorbent polyacrylate dust collected on filter cassettes in the workplace environment. This method is an alternative to the commonly used sodium-based method, which is limited owing to potential interference by other sources of sodium from the workplace and laboratory environments. The alcohol derivatization method effectively eliminates sodium interference from several classes of sodium compounds, as shown by their purposeful introduction at two and six times the equivalent amount of SAP present in reference samples. The accuracy of the method, as determined by comparison with sodium analysis of known reference samples, was greater than 80% over the study range of 5-50 μg of SAP dust. The lower reporting limit of the method is 3.0 μg of SAP per sample, which is equivalent to 3 (μg/m³) for an 8-hr sampling period at the recommended flow rate of 2.2 L/min.

  3. Pervaporation separation of ethanol-water mixtures using polyacrylic acid composite membranes

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    Neidlinger, H.H.

    1985-05-07

    Synthetic, organic, polymeric membranes were prepared from polyacrylic acid salts for use with pervaporation apparatus in the separation of ehthanol-water mixtures. The polymeric material was prepared in dilute aqueous solution and coated onto a polysulfone support film, from which excess polymeric material was subsequently removed. Cross-links were then generated by limited exposure to toluene-2,4-diisocyanata solution, after which the prepared membrane was heat-cured. The resulting membrane structure showed selectivity in permeating water over a wide range of feed concentrations. 4 tabs.

  4. Experimental evidence for two thermodynamic length scales in neutralized polyacrylate gels

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    Horkay, Ferenc; Hecht, Anne-Marie; Grillo, Isabelle; Basser, Peter J.; Geissler, Erik

    2002-11-01

    The small angle neutron scattering (SANS) behavior of fully neutralized sodium polyacrylate gels is investigated in the presence of calcium ions. Analysis of the SANS response reveals the existence of three characteristic length scales, two of which are of thermodynamic origin, while the third length is associated with the frozen-in structural inhomogeneities. This latter contribution exhibits power law behavior with a slope of about -3.6, reflecting the presence of interfaces. The osmotically active component of the scattering signal is defined by two characteristic length scales, a correlation length ξ and a persistence length L.

  5. Structure and Proton Conductivity in Mixtures of Poly(acrylic acid) and Imidazole

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    Yang, Han-Chang; Griffin, Philip J.; Winey, Karen I.; University of Pennsylvania Team

    2015-03-01

    Proton conductivity in polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) typically involves water, which requires that during operation the humidity of the PEM be carefully controlled. In contrast, anhydrous protic polymer membranes promote proton transport by incorporating heterocyclic molecules, such as imidazole and its derivatives, into acid-containing polymers. In this work, we explore the interplay between nanoscale-structure and proton conduction of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) blended at varying compositions with 2-ethyl-4-methylimidazole (EMI). We present the glass transition temperature from differential scanning calorimetry, morphology characterization from X-ray scattering, and proton conductivity from electrical impedance spectroscopy.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of methylene-blue-doped polyvinyl alcohol-polyacrylic acid blend for holographic recording.

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    Ushamani, Mythili; Sreekumar, Krishnapillai; Kartha, Cheranellore S; Joseph, Rani

    2004-06-20

    A methylene-blue-sensitized polymer blend of polyvinyl alcohol and polyacrylic acid is fabricated and tested for holographic recording. It was found to have good characteristics such as high sensitivity, storage stability, ease of fabrication, and environmental stability. Optimization of the ratio of polyvinyl alcohol/polyacrylic acid, the sensitizer concentration, pH, energy, diffraction efficiency measurements, etc., have been done. pH is found to have a great influence on the recovery of the dye in this matrix. The results of experimental investigations into the properties of this new material are reported.

  7. A single-component photo-responsive fluid based on a gemini surfactant with an azobenzene spacer.

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    Song, Binglei; Hu, Yufang; Zhao, Jianxi

    2009-05-15

    A new gemini surfactant with an azobenzene group incorporated in the spacer has been synthesized. In water, this new compound forms a photo-responsive fluid, and the properties have been characterized by rheology and freeze-fracture electron microscopy (FF-TEM). UV/Vis irradiation causes a reversible change in zero shear viscosity of about 5 orders of magnitude. The different rheological properties correspond to different aggregation states in solution. A densely entangled network and small discrete micelles are respectively responsible for the high viscosity and the low viscosity state, as revealed by FF-TEM. The simplicity and high photo-efficiency of this single-component system act as a foundation for designing novel stimuli-responsive materials.

  8. Azobenzene liquid crystalline materials for efficient optical switching with pulsed and/or continuous wave laser beams.

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    Hrozhyk, Uladzimir A; Serak, Svetlana V; Tabiryan, Nelson V; Hoke, Landa; Steeves, Diane M; Kimball, Brian R

    2010-04-12

    This study compares optical switching capabilities of liquid crystal (LC) materials based on different classes of azobenzene dyes. LCs based on molecules containing benzene rings with nearly symmetrical pi-pi conjugation respond more efficiently to a cw beam than to a nanosecond laser pulse and maintain the changes induced by the beam for tens of hours. Using azo dye molecules containing two benzene rings with push-pull pi-pi conjugation we demonstrate high photosensitivity to both a cw beam as well as nanosecond laser pulse with only 1 s relaxation of light-induced changes in material properties. Even faster, 1 ms restoration time is obtained for azo dye molecules containing hetaryl (benzothiazole) ring with enhanced push-pull pi-pi conjugation. These materials respond most efficiently to pulsed excitation while discriminating cw radiation.

  9. Optical properties of azobenzene-functionalized self-assembled monolayers: Intermolecular coupling and many-body interactions

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    Cocchi, Caterina; Moldt, Thomas; Gahl, Cornelius; Weinelt, Martin; Draxl, Claudia

    2016-12-01

    In a joint theoretical and experimental work, the optical properties of azobenzene-functionalized self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are studied at different molecular packing densities. Our results, based on density-functional and many-body perturbation theory, as well as on differential reflectance (DR) spectroscopy, shed light on the microscopic mechanisms ruling photo-absorption in these systems. While the optical excitations are intrinsically excitonic in nature, regardless of the molecular concentration, in densely packed SAMs intermolecular coupling and local-field effects are responsible for a sizable weakening of the exciton binding strength. Through a detailed analysis of the character of the electron-hole pairs, we show that distinct excitations involved in the photo-isomerization at low molecular concentrations are dramatically broadened by intermolecular interactions. Spectral shifts in the calculated DR spectra are in good agreement with the experimental results. Our findings represent an important step forward to rationalize the excited-state properties of these complex materials.

  10. Reversible Photoinduced Switching of Permeability in a Cast Non-Porous Film Comprising Azobenzene Liquid Crystalline Polymer.

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    Liu, Jian; Wang, Mingle; Dong, Mingling; Gao, Liude; Tian, Jingjing

    2011-10-04

    Permeation characteristics of an azobenzene-containing liquid crystalline (LC) non-porous film are investigated using a metallic corrosion method. Thin films (300 nm) are fabricated by the solution casting of an azobenzene side-chain LC polymer on freshly polished carbon steel coupons. Coated coupons are treated under the following conditions: a) gradual annealing at a cooling rate lower than 1 °C · min(-1) from 150 °C (above its Tg ) to room temperature, and b) irradiation at 465 nm (20 mW · cm(-2) ) with either circularly polarized light (CPL) or non-polarized light (NPL). The morphology of these films is characterized using X-ray diffraction, polarized optical microscopy, and transmission measurements. The results suggest that the annealing treatment resulted in the formation of a polydomain structure consisting of locally ordered small smectic domains that lack mutual orientation. Ordered micro domains are surrounded by disordered phases. CPL and NPL irradiation generates a monodomain orientated structure and an isotropic liquid crystal glass, respectively. The permeability of these non-porous films treated by CPL, NPL, and annealing are found to be 6.14 × 10(-4) , 1.92 × 10(-2) , and 1.56 × 10(-3) cm(3)  · m(-2)  · d(-1) . An orientation-dependent structure model is constructed to explain the permeation phenomenon, considering the ordered phase is impermeable, only the disordered phase is accessible to penetrating molecules. Fast switching of gas permeation is demonstrated by alternative irradiation of the film with CPL and NPL, which results in an approximately 30-fold difference in the permeability of the non-porous film.

  11. Poly(acrylic acid) modifying bentonite with in-situ polymerization for removing lead ions.

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    He, Y F; Zhang, L; Yan, D Z; Liu, S L; Wang, H; Li, H R; Wang, R M

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, a new kind of poly(acrylic acid) modified clay adsorbent, the poly(acrylic acid)/bentonite composite (PAA/HB) was prepared by in-situ polymerization, and utilized to remove lead(II) ions from solutions. The maximum adsorption of adsorbent is at pH 5 for metal ions, whereas the adsorption starts at pH 2. The effects of contact time (5-60 min), initial concentration of metal ions (200-1,000 mg/L) and adsorbent dosage (0.04-0.12 g/100 mL) have been reported in this article. The experimental data were investigated by means of kinetic and equilibrium adsorption isotherms. The kinetic data were analyzed by the pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order equation. The experimental data fitted the pseudo-second-order kinetic model very well. Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms were tried for the system to better understand the adsorption isotherm process. The maximal adsorption capacity of the lead(II) ions on the PAA/HB, as calculated from the Langmuir model, was 769.2 mg/g. The results in this study indicated that PAA/HB was an attractive candidate for removing lead(II) (99%).

  12. Fast redox of composite electrode of nitroxide radical polymer and carbon with polyacrylate binder

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    Komaba, Shinichi; Tanaka, Tatsuya; Ozeki, Tomoaki; Taki, Takayuki; Watanabe, Hiroaki; Tachikawa, Hiroyuki

    For organic radical batteries, poly(2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidinyloxy-4-yl methacrylate) (PTMA) has been reported as a promising positive electrode material. The PTMA/C composite electrode prepared with polyacrylate binder demonstrated the fast redox performance for the application to aprotic secondary batteries. When the variation in discharge capacities of the PTMA/C composite electrode was tested galvanostatically at 20 C rates, the electrode retained 96% of the initial capacity after 1000 cycles. This is attributed to the fact that the redox of PTMA is a simple reaction to form the oxoammonium salt doped with ClO 4 - anions in the electrolyte. When the PTMA/C composite electrode was discharged at different C rates, the electrode retained 81% of the theoretical capacity even at 50 C rates. This remarkably high rate capability originates from the fast electron-transfer kinetic of the 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine- N-oxyl (so-called TEMPO) radical, partially jelled polyacrylate binder, and the improved conductivity throughout the electrode by thoroughly mixing with carbon.

  13. Fabrication of monodisperse hollow silica spheres and effect on water vapor permeability of polyacrylate membrane.

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    Bao, Yan; Yang, Yongqiang; Ma, Jianzhong

    2013-10-01

    Polystyrene/silica core-shell spheres were fabricated using polystyrene as templates by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate through a sol-gel process, in which polystyrene was synthesized by emulsion polymerization. Then, hollow silica spheres were obtained after selective removal of the organic polystyrene core from the polystyrene/silica core-shell spheres by tetrahydrofuran etching. The effect of hollow silica spheres on water vapor permeability, mechanical property, and water uptake of polyacrylate membrane were investigated. The microstructure analysis shows that the mean size and wall thickness of hollow silica spheres are 170 nm and 20 nm, respectively. The silica shells consist of amorphous silica seed assembly with a broad size distribution, which roughen the surfaces of hollow silica spheres greatly. The specific surface area of hollow silica spheres is bigger than that of polystyrene/silica core-shell spheres. Hollow silica spheres can significantly improve water vapor permeability of polyacrylate membrane, but lead to the reduction in mechanical property.

  14. External polyacrylate-coating as alternative material for preparation of photopolymerized sol-gel monolithic column.

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    Vaz, Fernando Antonio Simas; de Castro, Patrícia Mendonça; Molina, Celso; Ribeiro, Sidney José Lima; Polachini, Ferminio César; Messaddeq, Younes; Nunes, Adriana Palombo; de Oliveira, Marcone Augusto Leal

    2008-06-30

    Photopolymerized sol-gel monolithic columns for use in capillary electrochromatography were prepared in 125 microm i.d. polyacrylate-coated fused-silica capillaries. The polyacrylate-coating, unlike the polyimide one, is transparent to the radiation used (approximately 370 nm), and thus, no coating removal is necessary. This is a very important particularity since intrinsic capillary column characteristics, such as flexibility and mechanical resistance, are unchanged. A mixture containing metacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS) as the polymeric precursor, hydrochloric acid as the catalyst, toluene as the porogen and bis(2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl)-phenylphosphine oxide (Irgacure 819) as the photoinitiator was irradiated at 370 nm for 20 min inside the capillaries to prepare the columns through sol-gel approach. The versatility and viability of the use of polyacrilate as a new capillary external coating were shown through preparation of two columns under different conditions, which were tested in electrochromatography for separation of standard mixture containing thiourea (marker compound), propylbenzene, phenanthrene and pyrene.

  15. A convenient method to prepare emulsified polyacrylate nanoparticles from powders [corrected] for drug delivery applications.

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    Garay-Jimenez, Julio C; Turos, Edward

    2011-08-01

    We describe a method to obtain purified, polyacrylate nanoparticles in a homogeneous powdered form that can be readily reconstituted in aqueous media for in vivo applications. Polyacrylate-based nanoparticles can be easily prepared by emulsion polymerization using a 7:3 mixture of butyl acrylate and styrene in water containing sodium dodecyl sulfate as a surfactant and potassium persulfate as a water-soluble radical initiator. The resulting emulsions contain nanoparticles measuring 40-50 nm in diameter with uniform morphology, and can be purified by centrifugation and dialysis to remove larger coagulants as well as residual surfactant and monomers associated with toxicity. These purified emulsions can be lyophilized in the presence of maltose (a non-toxic cryoprotectant) to provide a homogeneous dried powder, which can be reconstituted as an emulsion by addition of an aqueous diluent. Dynamic light scattering and microbiological experiments were carried out on the reconstituted nanoparticles. This procedure allows for ready preparation of nanoparticle emulsions for drug delivery applications.

  16. Clay-polymer nanocomposite material from the delamination of kaolinite in the presence of sodium polyacrylate.

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    Letaief, Sadok; Detellier, Christian

    2009-09-15

    A chemical route for the delamination of kaolinite in a polymeric matrix is reported in this work. The strategy that was used is based on mixing polyelectrolytes of opposite charges, an organic polyanion, polyacrylate, with an inorganic polycation resulting from the modification of the internal surfaces of kaolinite. The delamination was carried out by the reaction of sodium polyacrylate (PANa) with kaolinite whose internal aluminol surfaces were previously grafted with triethanolamine and subsequently quaternized with iodomethane (TOIM-K) to form an extended lamellar inorganic polycation. X-ray diffraction as well as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) confirmed the complete delamination of the kaolinite particles. 13C CP/MAS NMR showed the removal of the ammonium groups resulting from hydrolysis of the internal surfaces once exposed, and 29Si CP/MAS NMR spectra were in agreement with the retention of the 1:1 aluminosilicate kaolinite layers structures. From the thermogravimetry (TG) data, the respective percentages in mass of PA and kaolinite in the delaminated nanocomposite could be estimated to be 61% and 39%, respectively, in the conditions of the particular experiment. The procedure was repeated several times to show the reproducibility of the delamination. The interlayer functionalization of kaolinite was crucial for the success of the delamination procedure. SEM pictures show that some individual kaolinite platelets fold and form curved structures.

  17. Synthesis of molecularly imprinted organic-inorganic hybrid azobenzene materials by sol-gel for radiation induced selective recognition of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid

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    Shuai Jiang, Guang; An Zhong, Shi; Chen, Lan; Blakey, Idriss; Whitaker, Andrew

    2011-02-01

    A novel photoresponsive functional monomer bearing a siloxane polymerisable group and azobenzene moieties was synthesized. This monomer was then used to prepare photoresponsive molecularly imprinted polymers (MIP), which have specific binding sites for 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) through hydrogen bonding moieties. The binding affinity of the imprinted recognition sites was switchable by alternate irradiations with ultraviolet and visible light, suggesting that azobenzene groups located inside the binding sites could be used as chemical sensors and the trans-cis isomerization could regulate the affinity for the 2,4-D. In addition, the concentration of the 2,4-D was able to be quantified by monitoring the trans-to-cis photoisomerization rate constant.

  18. Pd/Cu cooperative catalysis: an efficient synthesis of (3-isoindazolyl)allenes via cross-coupling of 2-alkynyl azobenzenes and terminal alkynes.

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    Zhu, Chuan; Feng, Chao; Yamane, Motoki

    2017-02-23

    An efficient synthesis of (3-isoindazolyl)allenes from 2-alkynyl azobenzenes and terminal alkynes via cooperative Pd(PPh3)2Cl2/CuI-catalyzed cross-coupling has been developed. By making use of this approach, (3-isoindazolyl)allenes with various substituents can be synthesized in good to excellent yields. A rapid synthesis of biologically active indazolo[2,3-a]quinoline was also achieved using this method as the key step.

  19. Synthesis of Functionalized Hydrazines: Facile Homogeneous (N‐Heterocyclic Carbene)‐Palladium(0)‐Catalyzed Diboration and Silaboration of Azobenzenes

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    Ansell, Melvyn B.; Kostakis, George E.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract The bis(N‐heterocyclic carbene)(diphenylacetylene)palladium complex [Pd(ITMe)2(PhC≡CPh)] (ITMe=1,3,4,5‐tetramethylimidazol‐2‐ylidene) acts as a highly active pre‐catalyst in the diboration and silaboration of azobenzenes to synthesize a series of novel functionalized hydrazines. The reactions proceed using commercially available diboranes and silaboranes under mild reaction conditions. PMID:28111537

  20. A stencil printed, high energy density silver oxide battery using a novel photopolymerizable poly(acrylic acid) separator.

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    Braam, Kyle; Subramanian, Vivek

    2015-01-27

    A novel photopolymerized poly(acrylic acid) separator is demonstrated in a printed, high-energy-density silver oxide battery. The printed battery demonstrates a high capacity of 5.4 mA h cm(-2) at a discharge current density of 2.75 mA cm(-2) (C/2 rate) while delivering good mechanical flexibility and robustness.

  1. Sustainable and scalable production of monodisperse and highly uniform colloidal carbonaceous spheres using sodium polyacrylate as the dispersant.

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    Gong, Yutong; Xie, Lei; Li, Haoran; Wang, Yong

    2014-10-28

    Monodisperse, uniform colloidal carbonaceous spheres were fabricated by the hydrothermal treatment of glucose with the help of a tiny amount of sodium polyacrylate (PAANa). This synthetic strategy is effective at high glucose concentration and for scale-up experiments. The sphere size can be easily tuned by the reaction time, temperature and glucose concentration.

  2. Polyacrylate/nanosilica causes pleural and pericardial effusion, and pulmonary fibrosis and granuloma in rats similar to those observed in exposed workers.

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    Zhu, Xiaoli; Cao, Wen; Chang, Bing; Zhang, Linyuan; Qiao, Peihuan; Li, Xue; Si, Lifang; Niu, Yingmei; Song, Yuguo

    2016-01-01

    Nanomaterials offer great benefit as well as potential damage to humans. Workers exposed to polyacrylate coatings have pleural effusion, pericardial effusion, and pulmonary fibrosis and granuloma, which are thought to be related to the high exposure to nanomaterials in the coatings. The study aimed to determine whether polyacrylate/silica nanoparticles cause similar toxicity in rats, as observed in exposed workers. Ninety male Wistar rats were randomly divided into five groups with 18 rats in each group. The groups included the saline control group, another control group of polyacrylate only, and low-, intermediate-, and high-dose groups of polyacrylate/nanosilica with concentrations of 3.125, 6.25, and 12.5 mg/kg. Seventy-five rats for the 1-week study were terminated for scheduled necropsy at 24 hours, 3 days, and 7 days postintratracheal instillation. The remaining 15 rats (three males/group) had repeated ultrasound and chest computed tomography examinations in a 2-week study to observe the pleural and pericardial effusion and pulmonary toxicity. We found that polyacrylate/nanosilica resulted in pleural and pericardial effusions, where nanosilica was isolated and detected. Effusion occurred on day 3 and day 5 post-administration of nanocomposites in the 6.25 and 12.5 mg/kg groups, it gradually rose to a maximum on days 7-10 and then slowly decreased and disappeared on day 14. With an increase in polyacrylate/nanosilica concentrations, pleural effusion increased, as shown by ultrasonographic qualitative observations. Pulmonary fibrosis and granuloma were also observed in the high-dose polyacrylate/nanosilica group. Our study shows that polyacrylate/nanosilica results in specific toxicity presenting as pleural and pericardial effusion, as well as pulmonary fibrosis and granuloma, which are almost identical to results in reported patients. These results indicate the urgent need and importance of nanosafety and awareness of toxicity of polyacrylate/nanosilica.

  3. Polyacrylate/nanosilica causes pleural and pericardial effusion, and pulmonary fibrosis and granuloma in rats similar to those observed in exposed workers

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    Zhu, Xiaoli; Cao, Wen; Chang, Bing; Zhang, Linyuan; Qiao, Peihuan; Li, Xue; Si, Lifang; Niu, Yingmei; Song, Yuguo

    2016-01-01

    Nanomaterials offer great benefit as well as potential damage to humans. Workers exposed to polyacrylate coatings have pleural effusion, pericardial effusion, and pulmonary fibrosis and granuloma, which are thought to be related to the high exposure to nanomaterials in the coatings. The study aimed to determine whether polyacrylate/silica nanoparticles cause similar toxicity in rats, as observed in exposed workers. Ninety male Wistar rats were randomly divided into five groups with 18 rats in each group. The groups included the saline control group, another control group of polyacrylate only, and low-, intermediate-, and high-dose groups of polyacrylate/nanosilica with concentrations of 3.125, 6.25, and 12.5 mg/kg. Seventy-five rats for the 1-week study were terminated for scheduled necropsy at 24 hours, 3 days, and 7 days postintratracheal instillation. The remaining 15 rats (three males/group) had repeated ultrasound and chest computed tomography examinations in a 2-week study to observe the pleural and pericardial effusion and pulmonary toxicity. We found that polyacrylate/nanosilica resulted in pleural and pericardial effusions, where nanosilica was isolated and detected. Effusion occurred on day 3 and day 5 post-administration of nanocomposites in the 6.25 and 12.5 mg/kg groups, it gradually rose to a maximum on days 7–10 and then slowly decreased and disappeared on day 14. With an increase in polyacrylate/nanosilica concentrations, pleural effusion increased, as shown by ultrasonographic qualitative observations. Pulmonary fibrosis and granuloma were also observed in the high-dose polyacrylate/nanosilica group. Our study shows that polyacrylate/nanosilica results in specific toxicity presenting as pleural and pericardial effusion, as well as pulmonary fibrosis and granuloma, which are almost identical to results in reported patients. These results indicate the urgent need and importance of nanosafety and awareness of toxicity of polyacrylate

  4. Hydrogels from Amorphous Calcium Carbonate and Polyacrylic Acid: Bio-Inspired Materials for "Mineral Plastics".

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    Sun, Shengtong; Mao, Li-Bo; Lei, Zhouyue; Yu, Shu-Hong; Cölfen, Helmut

    2016-09-19

    Given increasing environmental issues due to the large usage of non-biodegradable plastics based on petroleum, new plastic materials, which are economic, environmentally friendly, and recyclable are in high demand. One feasible strategy is the bio-inspired synthesis of mineral-based hybrid materials. Herein we report a facile route for an amorphous CaCO3 (ACC)-based hydrogel consisting of very small ACC nanoparticles physically cross-linked by poly(acrylic acid). The hydrogel is shapeable, stretchable, and self-healable. Upon drying, the hydrogel forms free-standing, rigid, and transparent objects with remarkable mechanical performance. By swelling in water, the material can completely recover the initial hydrogel state. As a matrix, thermochromism can also be easily introduced. The present hybrid hydrogel may represent a new class of plastic materials, the "mineral plastics".

  5. Electrophoretic deposition of polyacrylic acid and composite films containing nanotubes and oxide particles.

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    Wang, Y; Deen, I; Zhitomirsky, I

    2011-10-15

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method has been developed for the deposition of thin films of polyacrylic acid (PAA). This method allowed the formation of uniform films of controlled thickness on conductive substrates. It was shown that PAA can be used as a common dispersing agent suitable for charging and EPD of various materials, such as multiwalled carbon nanotubes, halloysite nanotubes, MnO(2), NiO, TiO(2) and SiO(2). The feasibility of EPD of composite films containing the nanotubes and oxide particles in a PAA matrix has been demonstrated. The kinetics of deposition and deposition mechanisms were investigated and discussed. The films were studied by thermogravimetric analysis, differential thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The results indicated that film thickness and composition can be varied. Obtained results pave the way for the fabrication of PAA and composite films for biomedical, electrochemical and other applications.

  6. Methods for Purifying and Detoxifying Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate-Stabilized Polyacrylate Nanoparticles

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    Garay-Jimenez, Julio C.; Young, Ashley; Gergeres, Danielle; Greenhalgh, Kerriann; Turos, Edward

    2008-01-01

    Recent research in our laboratory has centered on studies of polyacrylate and polyacrylamide nanoparticle emulsions for use in antibiotic delivery. Our goal is to develop these nanoparticle emulsions for treatment of life-threatening bacterial infections such as those caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). For this intended application, it is necessary to ensure that the biological activity of the emulsion is due only to the drug attached to the polymeric chain, rather than to any extraneous components. To investigate this, we evaluated cytotoxicity and microbiological activity of the nanoparticle emulsions before and after purification by centrifugation, dialysis, and gel filtration. Depending on the amount of surfactant used, all or most of the microbial and cellular toxicity can be removed by a simple purification procedure. PMID:18472305

  7. Polyacrylate adsorbents for the selective adsorption of cholesterol-rich lipoproteins from plasma or blood

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    Heuck, Claus-Chr.

    2011-01-01

    Polyacrylate (PAA) adsorbents selectively bind low density lipoproteins (LDL) from human plasma and blood, whereas very low density lipoproteins (VLDL) are only minimally adsorbed. The adsorption of cholesterol-rich lipoproteins to PAA adsorbents is related to the molecular weight (mw) of the polyanion ligand. Ca++ and Mg++ inhibit the binding of LDL to PAA adsorbents. The chemical composition of the organic hardgels of the adsorbents does not have an influence on adsorption. The selective adsorption of LDL to PAA adsorbents can be explained to result from their low negative surface charge density and the specific colloid-chemical properties of the surface-bound PAA, which do not prevent LDL from binding to charge-like domains of the ligand. By contrast, VLDL and high density lipoproteins (HDL) are repelled from the adsorbents due to their higher negative surface charge density. PMID:21289994

  8. Synthesis and characterization of zinc chloride containing poly(acrylic acid) hydrogel by gamma irradiation

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    Park, Jong-Seok; Kuang, Jia; Gwon, Hui-Jeong; Lim, Youn-Mook; Jeong, Sung-In; Shin, Young-Min; Seob Khil, Myung; Nho, Young-Chang

    2013-07-01

    In this study, the characterization of zinc chloride incorporated into a poly(acrylic acid) (PAAc) hydrogel prepared by gamma-ray irradiation was investigated. Zinc chloride powder with different concentrations was dissolved in the PAAc solution, and it was crosslinked with gamma-ray irradiation. The effects of various parameters such as zinc ion concentration and irradiation doses on characteristics of the hydrogel formed were investigated in detail for obtaining an antibacterial wound dressing. In addition, the gel content, pH-sensitive (pH 4 or 7) swelling ratio, and UV-vis absorption spectra of the zinc particles in the hydrogels were characterized. Moreover, antibacterial properties of these new materials against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli strains were observed on solid growth media. The antibacterial tests indicated that the zinc chloride containing PAAc hydrogels have good antibacterial activity.

  9. On the spacer and mesogenic unit QNS reorientational motion investigation in liquid crystal polyacrylate

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    Cvikl, B.; Peternelj, J.

    1992-01-01

    The incoherent quasi elastic cold neutron scattering data of the side chain dynamics of the backnbone deuterated linear polymer polyacrylate of Benguigui et al. J. Phys. II France 1 (1991) 451), have been successfully interpreted in the isotropic, smectic A and re-entrant nematic phases. The spacer dynamics of the twelve protons are interpreted in terms of the mode1 according to which the protons are subjectec to the transverse oscillations of the standing wave variety with only the fundamental mode of vibrations being excited. The motion of the biphenyl group, constituting the mesogenic unit, can be appropriately described in terms of the uniaxial restricted reorientational model, according to which the benzene rings are subjected, to small step stochastic angular displacements, around their para axis, within a circular segment of an apex angle φ0.

  10. Radiation synthesis of superabsorbent poly(acrylic acid)-carrageenan hydrogels

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    Francis, Sanju; Kumar, Manmohan; Varshney, Lalit

    2004-04-01

    A series of superabsorbent hydrogels were prepared from carrageenan and partially neutralized acrylic acid by gamma irradiation at room temperature. The gel fraction, swelling kinetics and the equilibrium degree of swelling (EDS) of the hydrogels were studied. It was found that the incorporation of even 1% carrageenan (sodium salt) increases the EDS of the hydrogels from ˜320 to ˜800 g/g. Thermal analysis were carried out to determine the amount of free water and bound water in the hydrogels. Under optimum conditions, poly(acrylic acid)-carrageenan hydrogels with high gel fraction (˜80%) and very high EDS (˜800 g/g) were prepared gamma radiolytically from aqueous solution containing 15% partially neutralized acrylic acid and 1-5% carrageenan. The hydrogels were also found to be sensitive to the pH and the ionic strength of the medium.

  11. Poly(acrylic acid) nanogel as a substrate for cellulase immobilization for hydrolysis of cellulose.

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    Ahmed, Ibrahim Nasser; Chang, Ray; Tsai, Wei-Bor

    2017-04-01

    Cellulase was adsorbed onto poly(acrylic acid), PAA, nanogel, that was fabricated via inverse-phase microemulsion polymerization. The PAA nanogel was around 150nm in diameter and enriched with carboxyl groups. The surface charge of PAA nanogel depended on the pHs of the environment and affected the adsorption of cellulase. The temperature stability of the immobilized cellulase was greatly enhanced in comparison to the free enzyme, especially at high temperature. At 80°C, the immobilized cellulase remained ∼75% of hydrolytic activity, in comparison to ∼55% for the free cellulase. Furthermore, the immobilized cellulase was more active than the free enzyme in acidic buffers. The immobilized cellulase could be recovered via centrifugation and can be used repeatedly, although the recovery ratio needs further improvement. In conclusion, PAA nanogel has the potential in the application of enzyme immobilization for biochemical processes.

  12. Ultrasound stimulus effect on hydrogen bonding in networked alumina and polyacrylic acid slurry.

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    Ngoc, Ngo Le; Takaomi, Kobayashi

    2010-01-01

    The influence of ultrasound (US) on the viscosity of aqueous slurry composing polyacrylic acid (PAA) and alumina was studied. For exposure to an aqueous slurry solution, US waves emitted at three different frequencies of 28, 45, and 100 kHz were used. Results show that the stimulus effect of US on viscosity change was a breakage of the hydrogen bonding networks of alumina and PAA in the slurry solution. That decrease in viscosity was enhanced strongly by US exposure as the output power was increased from 175 to 300 W. In addition, a lower US frequency was effective for slurry viscosity reduction. The reduced viscosity of the slurry also depended on the solution pH. After US was stopped, the viscosity increased gradually and recovered to its original value within about 15 min. The stimulus effect on the viscosity change was cycled by US.

  13. Mode of action of immunological adjuvants: some physicochemical factors influencing the effectivity of polyacrylic adjuvants.

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    Kreuter, J; Haenzel, I

    1978-01-01

    The adjuvant effects of different polyacrylic products and monomers were tested. Influenza vaccine was used as a model antigen. Addition of monomers resulted in a decrease in the antibody response, though adjuvant activity of the monomers should be expected according to some theories on adjuvant action. The particle size of the polymer adjuvants proved to be a very important parameter for adjuvant activity. Particles of 0.1 to 0.2 micron yielded a good adjuvant effect, whereas conglomerates or particles bigger than 0.5 micron yielded only poor or no adjuvant effects. The adjuvant effect of 0.1- to 0.2-micron particles was much more reproducible than rat of Al(OH)3. Attention is drawn to the importance of using physiochemically reproducible materials, such as polymer particles, for experimental work. Images PMID:631894

  14. Antiviral activity of polyacrylic and polymethacrylic acids. I. Mode of action in vitro.

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    De Somer, P; De Clercq, E; Billiau, A; Schonne, E; Claesen, M

    1968-09-01

    Polyacrylic acid (PAA) and polymethacrylic acid (PMAA) were investigated for their antiviral properties in tissue culture. Compared to other related polyanions, as dextran sulfate, polystyrene sulfonate, polyvinyl sulfate, and polyphloroglucinol phosphate, PAA and PMAA were found to be significantly more antivirally active and less cytotoxic. PMAA added 24 hr prior to virus inoculation inhibited viral growth most efficiently but it was still effective when added 3 hr after infection. Neither a direct irreversible action on the virus nor inhibition of virus penetration into the cell could explain the antiviral activity of PMAA. PMAA inhibited the adsorption of the virus to the host cell and suppressed the one-cycle viral synthesis in tissue cultures inoculated with infectious RNA.

  15. Polyacrylate bound TiSb2 electrodes for Li-ion batteries

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    Gómez-Cámer, Juan Luis; Novák, Petr

    2015-01-01

    Crystalline TiSb2 electrodes prepared using two different binders, PVDF and lithium polyacrylate (LiPAA), were examined as negative electrodes in Li-ion batteries. The cycle life of the electrodes is strongly influenced by the choice of the binder, reaching ca. 120 cycles with LiPAA vs. ca. 90 cycles achieved with the common binder PVDF. Moreover, rate capability is improved using LiPAA binder. The reduction in TiSb2 particle size is shown to influence the average practical specific charge at high charge/discharge rates. The reasons for this improvement are discussed and the optimized electrode was demonstrated in full Li-ion cells.

  16. Synthetic polyacrylate polymers as particulate intranasal vaccine delivery systems for the induction of mucosal immune response.

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    Zaman, Mehfuz; Simerska, Pavla; Toth, Istvan

    2010-04-01

    The nasal route as a site of vaccine delivery for both local and systemic effect is currently of considerable interest. The administration of vaccines to mucosal surfaces such as the nasopharynx associated lymphoid tissues confers many advantages since the nasal mucosa is a primary site through which most inhaled antigens are encountered. However, the success of intranasally delivered mucosal vaccines is limited by lack of effective vaccine formulations or delivery systems suitable for use in humans. This review provides a brief overview of the mucosal immune system at the nasal surface, enhancement techniques for induction of mucosal immune response after intranasal administration of particulate systems and an explanation of the inherent properties of polyacrylate polymer-based particulate systems that may facilitate mucosal immune responses.

  17. Intrinsically stretchable transparent electrodes based on silver-nanowire-crosslinked-polyacrylate composites.

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    Hu, Weili; Niu, Xiaofan; Li, Lu; Yun, Sungryul; Yu, Zhibin; Pei, Qibing

    2012-08-31

    Stretchable transparent composites have been synthesized consisting of a silver nanowire (AgNW) network embedded in the surface layer of a crosslinked poly(acrylate) matrix. The interpenetrating networks of AgNWs and the crosslinked polymer matrix lead to high surface conductivity, high transparency, and rubbery elasticity. The presence of carboxylic acid groups on the polymer chains enhances the bonding between AgNWs and the polymer matrix, and further increases the stretchability of the composites. The sheet resistance of the composite electrode increases by only 2.3 times at 50% strain. Repeated stretching to 50% strain and relaxation only causes a small increase of the sheet resistance after 600 cycles. The morphology of the composites during reversible stretching and relaxation has been investigated to expound the conductivity changes.

  18. Polyacrylate adsorbents for the selective adsorption of cholesterol-rich lipoproteins from plasma or blood.

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    Heuck, Claus-Chr

    2011-01-24

    Polyacrylate (PAA) adsorbents selectively bind low density lipoproteins (LDL) from human plasma and blood, whereas very low density lipoproteins (VLDL) are only minimally adsorbed. The adsorption of cholesterol-rich lipoproteins to PAA adsorbents is related to the molecular weight (mw) of the polyanion ligand. Ca(++) and Mg(++) inhibit the binding of LDL to PAA adsorbents. The chemical composition of the organic hardgels of the adsorbents does not have an influence on adsorption. The selective adsorption of LDL to PAA adsorbents can be explained to result from their low negative surface charge density and the specific colloid-chemical properties of the surface-bound PAA, which do not prevent LDL from binding to charge-like domains of the ligand. By contrast, VLDL and high density lipoproteins (HDL) are repelled from the adsorbents due to their higher negative surface charge density.

  19. Intrinsically stretchable transparent electrodes based on silver-nanowire-crosslinked-polyacrylate composites

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    Hu, Weili; Niu, Xiaofan; Li, Lu; Yun, Sungryul; Yu, Zhibin; Pei, Qibing

    2012-08-01

    Stretchable transparent composites have been synthesized consisting of a silver nanowire (AgNW) network embedded in the surface layer of a crosslinked poly(acrylate) matrix. The interpenetrating networks of AgNWs and the crosslinked polymer matrix lead to high surface conductivity, high transparency, and rubbery elasticity. The presence of carboxylic acid groups on the polymer chains enhances the bonding between AgNWs and the polymer matrix, and further increases the stretchability of the composites. The sheet resistance of the composite electrode increases by only 2.3 times at 50% strain. Repeated stretching to 50% strain and relaxation only causes a small increase of the sheet resistance after 600 cycles. The morphology of the composites during reversible stretching and relaxation has been investigated to expound the conductivity changes.

  20. Wheat Gluten Blends with Maleic Anhydride-Functionalized Polyacrylate Cross-Linkers for Improved Properties.

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    Diao, Cheng; Xia, Hongwei; Parnas, Richard S

    2015-10-14

    A family of polyacrylate-based cross-linkers was synthesized to maximize the toughness of high Tg, high modulus wheat gluten blends in the glassy state. Mechanical testing and damping measurements were conducted to provide an example where the work of fracture and strength of the blend substantially exceeds polystyrene while maintaining flexure stiffness in excess of 3 GPa. The new rubbery cross-linkers, polymethyl acrylate-co-maleic anhydride and polyethyl acrylate-co-maleic anhydride, improve WG mechanical properties and reduce water absorption simultaneously. MDSC, FTIR, HPLC, and NMR data confirmed the cross-linking reaction with wheat gluten. Flexural, DMA, and water absorption testing were carried out to characterize the property improvements. DMA was conducted to investigate the relationship between energy damping and mechanical property improvement. If the cross-linker damping temperature is close to the testing temperature, the entire sample exhibits high damping, toughness, and strength.

  1. ABS polymer electroless plating through a one-step poly(acrylic acid) covalent grafting.

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    Garcia, Alexandre; Berthelot, Thomas; Viel, Pascal; Mesnage, Alice; Jégou, Pascale; Nekelson, Fabien; Roussel, Sébastien; Palacin, Serge

    2010-04-01

    A new, efficient, palladium- and chromium-free process for the electroless plating of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) polymers has been developed. The process is based on the ion-exchange properties of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) chemically grafted onto ABS via a simple and one-step method that prevents using classical surface conditioning. Hence, ABS electroless plating can be obtained in three steps, namely: (i) the grafting of PAA onto ABS, (ii) the copper Cu(0) seeding of the ABS surface, and (iii) the nickel or copper metallization using commercial-like electroless plating bath. IR, XPS, and SEM were used to characterize each step of the process, and the Cu loading was quantified by atomic absorption spectroscopy. This process successfully compares with the commercial one based on chromic acid etching and palladium-based seed layer, because the final metallic layer showed excellent adhesion with the ABS substrate.

  2. Effects of sodium polyacrylate on water retention and infiltration capacity of a sandy soil.

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    Zhuang, Wenhua; Li, Longguo; Liu, Chao

    2013-01-01

    Based on the laboratory study, the effects of sodium polyacrylate (SP) was investigated at 5 rates of 0, 0.08, 0.2, 0.5, and 1%, on water retention, saturated hydraulic conductivity(Ks), infiltration characteristic and water distribution profiles of a sandy soil. The results showed that water retention and available water capacity effectively increased with increasing SP rate. The Ks and the rate of wetting front advance and infiltration under certain pond infiltration was significantly reduced by increasing SP rate, which effectively reduced water in a sandy soil leaking to a deeper layer under the plough layer. The effect of SP on water distribution was obviously to the up layer and very little to the following deeper layers. Considering both the effects on water retention and infiltration capacity, it is suggested that SP be used to the sandy soil at concentrations ranging from 0.2 to 0.5%.

  3. Low Light CMOS Contact Imager with an Integrated Poly-Acrylic Emission Filter for Fluorescence Detection

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    Dattner, Yonathan; Yadid-Pecht, Orly

    2010-01-01

    This study presents the fabrication of a low cost poly-acrylic acid (PAA) based emission filter integrated with a low light CMOS contact imager for fluorescence detection. The process involves the use of PAA as an adhesive for the emission filter. The poly-acrylic solution was chosen due its optical transparent properties, adhesive properties, miscibility with polar protic solvents and most importantly its bio-compatibility with a biological environment. The emission filter, also known as an absorption filter, involves dissolving an absorbing specimen in a polar protic solvent and mixing it with the PAA to uniformly bond the absorbing specimen and harden the filter. The PAA is optically transparent in solid form and therefore does not contribute to the absorbance of light in the visible spectrum. Many combinations of absorbing specimen and polar protic solvents can be derived, yielding different filter characteristics in different parts of the spectrum. We report a specific combination as a first example of implementation of our technology. The filter reported has excitation in the green spectrum and emission in the red spectrum, utilizing the increased quantum efficiency of the photo sensitive sensor array. The thickness of the filter (20 μm) was chosen by calculating the desired SNR using Beer-Lambert’s law for liquids, Quantum Yield of the fluorophore and the Quantum Efficiency of the sensor array. The filters promising characteristics make it suitable for low light fluorescence detection. The filter was integrated with a fully functional low noise, low light CMOS contact imager and experimental results using fluorescence polystyrene micro-spheres are presented. PMID:22399920

  4. Relevance of nonfunctional linear polyacrylic acid for the biodegradation of superabsorbent polymer in soils.

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    Bai, Mo; Wilske, Burkhard; Buegger, Franz; Esperschütz, Jürgen; Bach, Martin; Frede, Hans-Georg; Breuer, Lutz

    2015-04-01

    Biodegradability is a desired characteristic for synthetic soil amendments. Cross-linked polyacrylic acid (PAA) is a synthetic superabsorbent used to increase the water availability for plant growth in soils. About 4% within products of cross-linked PAA remains as linear polyacrylic acid (PAAlinear). PAAlinear has no superabsorbent function but may contribute to the apparent biodegradation of the overall product. This is the first study that shows specifically the biodegradation of PAAlinear in agricultural soil. Two (13)C-labeled PAAlinear of the average molecular weights of 530, 400, and 219,500 g mol(-1) were incubated in soil. Mineralization of PAAlinear was measured directly as the (13)CO2 efflux from incubation vessels using an automatic system, which is based on (13)C-sensitive wavelength-scanned cavity ring-down spectroscopy. After 149 days, the PAAlinear with the larger average molecular weight and chain length showed about half of the degradation (0.91% of the initial weight) of the smaller PAAlinear (1.85%). The difference in biodegradation was confirmed by the δ(13)C signature of the microbial biomass (δ(13)Cmic), which was significantly enriched in the samples with short PAAlinear (-13‰ against reference Vienna Pee Dee Belemnite,VPDB) as compared to those with long PAAlinear (-16‰ VPDB). In agreement with other polymer studies, the results suggest that the biodegradation of PAAlinear in soil is determined by the average molecular weight and occurs mainly at terminal sites. Most importantly, the study outlines that the size of PAA that escapes cross-linking can have a significant impact on the overall biodegradability of a PAA-based superabsorbent.

  5. Polyethylenimine-polyacrylic acid nanocomposites: Type of bonding does influence the gene transfer efficacy and cytotoxicity.

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    Tripathi, Sushil K; Ahmadi, Zeba; Gupta, Kailash C; Kumar, Pradeep

    2016-04-01

    The main aim of the current study is to compare the physicochemical properties, cytotoxicity and gene-transfer ability of electrostatically and covalently linked nanocomposites of polyethylenimine (PEI) and polyacrylic acid (PAA) on mammalian cells. Two series of nanocomposites, ionic PEI-PAA (iPP) and covalent PEI-PAA (cPP), were synthesized by varying the amounts of polyacrylic acid (PAA). Physicochemical characterization revealed that iPP nanopcomposites were of bigger sized than cPP nanocomposites with zeta potential almost comparable. Nucleic acid binding assay displayed that iPP and cPP nanocomposites, having sufficient cationic charge, efficiently interacted with plasmid DNA and completely retarded its electrophoretic mobility on agarose gel. In vitro MTT assay showed slightly higher cell viability of cPP/pDNA complexes over their ionic counterparts. Both the series of nanocomposite/pDNA complexes exhibited considerably higher transfection efficacy compared to pDNA complexes of native bPEI and the standard transfection reagent, Lipofectamine, with cPP/pDNA complexes performed much better than iPP/pDNA complexes. Flow cytometry further confirmed these findings where cPP-4/pDNA complex showed transfection in ∼ 85% HEK293 cells, while iPP-2/pDNA complex transfected ∼ 67% HEK293 cells. Lipofectamine/pDNA and bPEI/pDNA complexes could transfect just ∼ 35% and ∼ 26% HEK293 cells. All these results demonstrate the superiority of covalently linked nanocomposites (cPP) which could be used as efficient carriers for nucleic acids in future gene delivery applications.

  6. Formation of calcium carbonate films on chitosan substrates in the presence of polyacrylic acid

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    He, Linghao; Xue, Rui; Song, Rui

    2009-05-15

    In this investigation, chitosan membranes with different surface average degrees of deacetylation (DA) are prepared and then are employed as the support matrix to culture calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}). In the presence of high concentration of polyacrylic acid (PAA), the CaCO{sub 3} films obtained on the surface of all chitosan films mainly consisted of vaterite, which suggests the presence of bulk PAA plays an overwhelming part in stabilizing the vaterite. As a comparison, the influences of active groups indicate that only in case of low concentration PAA the thin CaCO{sub 3} films grown on chitosan with 8% DA mainly consisted of vaterite owing to the strong nucleation ability of -NH{sub 2} group, whereas, for those grown on chitosan with 80% DA the CaCO{sub 3} films mainly consisted of aragonite. A more complex scenario revealed that in the case of intermediate concentration of PAA the formed polymorphs behave as mixtures of vaterite and aragonite. - Graphical abstract: Chitosan membranes with different degrees of deacetylation (DA) are employed as support to culture calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}). In high concentration of polyacrylic acid (PAA), the CaCO{sub 3} films obtained consisted of vaterite. However, the CaCO{sub 3} film grown on chitosan with 8% DA mainly consisted of vaterite as opposed to aragonite for chitosan with 8% DA. The schematic presentation of the formation of calcium carbonate on chitosan films with different degrees of acetylation in the presence of PAA with low-, mid- and high concentrations.

  7. Pancytopenia with severe thrombocytopenia in a patient treated with twice-weekly LDL-apheresis by polyacrylate adsorption from whole blood.

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    Nowack, Rainer; Wiedemann, Günther

    2010-01-01

    Pancytopenia with severe thrombocytopenia occurred in a patient treated with low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-apheresis by polyacrylate adsorption from whole blood, after treatment frequency had been increased from once to twice a week. Cell counts recovered with discontinuation of LDL-apheresis, but thrombocytopenia recurred after resumption of twice-weekly treatments. Thrombocyte counts remained stable following the replacement of polyacrylate adsorption from whole blood by double-filtration plasmapheresis. The complications' close coincidence with twice-weekly polyacrylate adsorption from whole blood suggests a causal relationship, although by a still unknown mechanism. Monitoring of thrombocytes should be advised in patients treated with LDL-apheresis by polyacrylate adsorption from whole blood.

  8. Photochromic Composite for Random Lasing Based on Porous Polypropylene Infiltrated with Azobenzene-Containing Liquid Crystalline Mixture.

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    Lisinetskii, Victor; Ryabchun, Alexander; Bobrovsky, Alexey; Schrader, Sigurd

    2015-12-09

    We report on a new low-cost and easily fabricated type of liquid crystalline polymer composites demonstrating low threshold random lasing, which can be used as a cheap and simple mirror-less laser source. The composite is based on mass-producible commercially available porous polypropylene (Celgard 2500) infiltrated with low-molar-mass liquid crystal material doped with Rhodamine 800 laser dye. Excitation with red nanosecond laser (630 nm) induces random lasing with the emission peak in NIR spectral range (804 nm) with noticeable degree of linear polarization. The possibility to control the lasing threshold and polarization of the output light with UV radiation through photoswitching of liquid crystal phase from nematic to isotropic is demonstrated. The photocontrollable phase switching is achieved by reversible E/Z isomerization of the azobenzene dopant introduced to the nematic host matrix. It is revealed that the isotropic state of liquid crystal provides more efficient random lasing with lower threshold due to significant scattering of the ordinary wave.

  9. Supra-dendron Gelator Based on Azobenzene-Cyclodextrin Host-Guest Interactions: Photoswitched Optical and Chiroptical Reversibility.

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    Xie, Fan; Ouyang, Guanghui; Qin, Long; Liu, Minghua

    2016-12-12

    A novel amphiphilic dendron (AZOC8 GAc) with three l-glutamic acid units and an azobenzene moiety covalently linked by an alkyl spacer has been designed. The compound formed hydrogels with water at very low concentration and self-assembled into chiral-twist structures. The gel showed a reversible macroscopic volume phase transition in response to pH variations and photo-irradiation. During the photo-triggered changes, although the gel showed complete reversibility in its optical absorptions, only an incomplete chiroptical property change was achieved. On the other hand, the dendron could form a 1:1 inclusion complex through a host-guest interaction with α-cyclodextrin (α-CD), designated as supra-dendron gelator AZOC8 GAc/α-CD. The supra-dendron showed similar gelation behavior to that of AZOC8 GAc, but with enhanced photoisomerization-transition efficiency and chiroptical switching capacity, which was completely reversible in terms of both optical and chiroptical performances. The self-assembly of the supra-dendron is a hierarchical or multi-supramolecular self-assembling process. This work has clearly illustrated that the hierarchical and multi-supramolecular self-assembling system endows the supramolecular nanostructures or materials with superior reversible optical and chiroptical switching.

  10. Effect of photoisomerization of azobenzene dopants on the flexoelectric properties of short-pitch cholesteric liquid crystals

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    Komitov; Ruslim; Ichimura

    2000-05-01

    The flexoelectric properties of short-pitch cholesteric mixtures doped with three different azobenzenes, 4,4'-dihexyloxyazobenzene (4,4'-azo), 3,3'-dihexyloxy-2,2'-dimethylazobenzene (3,3'-azol), and 3,3'-dihexanoyloxy-2,2'-dimethylazobenzene (3,3'-azo2), respectively, were studied upon illumination with uv light. Their effective flexoelectric coefficients were derived from the flexoelectro-optic response of the mixtures aligned in uniform lying helix texture. Considering the fact that the pitch of the mixtures became shorter upon uv illumination, an increase of their effective flexoelectric coefficients was found to take place due to the photoisomerization of the dyes. The largest change was found for the coefficient of the guest-host mixture containing 4,4'-azo dye, most probably due to the bent shape of the dye cis-isomer. This observation is in good agreement with our previous studies on the influence of the molecular shape on the liquid-crystal flexoelectric properties and it suggests a possible way for enhancement of the amplitude of flexoelectro-optic response in cholesterics by using liquid-crystal materials with pronounced molecular shape dissymmetry.

  11. Room temperature optical image storage devices based on novel photo-responsive chiral azobenzene liquid crystal dopants

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    Chen, Si; Chen, Yining; Tong, Xiaoqian; Wu, Bozhen; Ma, Meng; Shi, Yanqin; Wang, Xu

    2016-11-01

    A room temperature optical image storage device based on a novel kind of chiral azobenzene liquid crystal compound (Azo-CC) dopant was reported in this paper, which could realize room temperature photocatalytic phase transition when doping in host liquid crystal E7. With a comparation of the referential achiral compound (Azo-ACC), the chemical structure, liquid crystalline and photoresponsive properties of the compounds were characterized by 1H-NMR, POM and UV-vis, respectively. The result showed that the compound with chiral group (Azo-CC) exhibited better photoresponsive properties than the referential achiral compound (Azo-ACC), indicating the introduction of chiral group is the key factor to provide E7 host room temperature photosensitive properties, which could not only made the liquid crystal molecular reoriented but also could change the whole nematic host liquid crystal to helical-twisted matrix. In addition, to understand the optical-switching behavior into detail, the photoisomerization dynamics of the systems o was also analyzed.

  12. Covalent functionalization of graphene by azobenzene with molecular hydrogen bonds for long-term solar thermal storage.

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    Feng, Yiyu; Liu, Hongpo; Luo, Wen; Liu, Enzuo; Zhao, Naiqin; Yoshino, Katsumi; Feng, Wei

    2013-11-19

    Reduced graphene oxide-azobenzene (RGO-AZO) hybrids were prepared via covalent functionalization for long-term solar thermal storage. Thermal barrier (ΔEa) of cis to tran reversion and thermal storage (ΔH) were improved by molecular hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) through ortho- or para-substitution of AZO. Intramolecular H-bonds thermally stabilized cis-ortho-AZO on RGO with a long-term half-life of 5400 h (ΔEa = 1.2 eV), which was much longer than that of RGO-para-AZO (116 h). RGO-para-AZO with one intermolecular H-bond showed a high density of thermal storage up to 269.8 kJ kg(-1) compared with RGO-ortho-AZO (149.6 kJ kg(-1)) with multiple intra- and intermolecular H-bonds of AZO according to relaxed stable structures. Thermal storage in experiment was the same order magnitude to theoretical data based on ΔH calculated by density functional theory and packing density. Photoactive RGO-AZO hybrid can be developed for high-performance solar thermal storage by optimizing molecular H-bonds.

  13. Femtosecond fluorescence dynamics of rotation-restricted azobenzenophanes: new evidence on the mechanism of trans --> cis photoisomerization of azobenzene.

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    Lu, Ying-Chih; Diau, Eric Wei-Guang; Rau, Hermann

    2005-03-17

    The ultrafast relaxation dynamics of two rotation-restricted (azobenzeno-2S-phane and azobenzeno-4S-phane) and one rotation-free (4,4'-dimethylazobenzene) azobenzene derivatives were investigated using femtosecond fluorescence up-conversion on both S(1)(n,pi) and S(2)(pi,pi) excitations. On S(2) excitation, pulse-limited kinetics with a decay coefficient of approximately 100 fs corresponding to ultrafast S(2) --> S(1) relaxation is found to be common for all molecules under investigation regardless of the molecular structure. This indicates that a direct rotational relaxation on the S(2) surface is unfavorable. On S(1) excitation, we observed biphasic fluorescence decay with a femtosecond component attributed to the decay of the Franck-Condon state prepared by excitation and a picosecond component attributed to the deactivation of the relaxed molecule on the S(1) surface. This picosecond component is slowed by at least a factor of 2 for the rotation-restricted 2S-bridged molecule compared to that of the rotation-free molecule; for the even stronger rotation-restricted azobenzeno-4S-phane, the decrease is by a factor of 10. These differences in deactivation suggest that the relaxed states and probably the trajectories for rotation-free and rotation-restricted molecules are different on the S(1) surface, which should be important for the quantum yield of photoisomerization.

  14. DFT study of linear and nonlinear optical properties of donor-acceptor substituted stilbenes, azobenzenes and benzilideneanilines.

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    Krawczyk, Przemysław

    2010-04-01

    A theoretical analysis of the linear and nonlinear optical properties of six push-pull pi-conjugated molecules with stilbene, azobenzene and benzilideneaniline as a backbone is presented. The photophysical properties of the investigated systems were determined by using response functions combined with density functional theory (DFT). Several different exchange-correlation potentials were applied in order to determine parameters describing the one- and two-photon spectra of the studied molecules. In particular, the recently proposed Coulomb-attenuated model (CAM-B3LYP) was used to describe charge-transfer (CT) excited states. In order to compare theoretical predictions with available experimental data, calculations with inclusion of solvent effects were performed. The BLYP and the CAM-B3LYP functionals were found to yield values of two-photon absorption (TPA) probabilities closer to experimental values than the B3LYP functional or the HF wavefunction. Moreover, molecular static hyperpolarisabilities were determined using both DFT and second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation (MP2) theory. Likewise, the CAM-B3LYP functional was found to outperform other applied exchange-correlation potentials in determining first hyperpolarisability (beta). Moreover, it was confirmed on a purely theoretical basis that the presence of a -C=C- bridge between the phenyl rings leads to a much larger nonlinear optical response in comparison with a -N=N- bridge.

  15. Covalent functionalization of graphene by azobenzene with molecular hydrogen bonds for long-term solar thermal storage

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    Feng, Yiyu; Liu, Hongpo; Luo, Wen; Liu, Enzuo; Zhao, Naiqin; Yoshino, Katsumi; Feng, Wei

    2013-01-01

    Reduced graphene oxide-azobenzene (RGO-AZO) hybrids were prepared via covalent functionalization for long-term solar thermal storage. Thermal barrier (ΔEa) of cis to tran reversion and thermal storage (ΔH) were improved by molecular hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) through ortho- or para-substitution of AZO. Intramolecular H-bonds thermally stabilized cis-ortho-AZO on RGO with a long-term half-life of 5400 h (ΔEa = 1.2 eV), which was much longer than that of RGO-para-AZO (116 h). RGO-para-AZO with one intermolecular H-bond showed a high density of thermal storage up to 269.8 kJ kg−1 compared with RGO-ortho-AZO (149.6 kJ kg−1) with multiple intra- and intermolecular H-bonds of AZO according to relaxed stable structures. Thermal storage in experiment was the same order magnitude to theoretical data based on ΔH calculated by density functional theory and packing density. Photoactive RGO-AZO hybrid can be developed for high-performance solar thermal storage by optimizing molecular H-bonds. PMID:24247355

  16. Molecular structure and vibrational and chemical shift assignments of 3'-chloro-4-dimethylamino azobenzene by DFT calculations.

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    Toy, Mehmet; Tanak, Hasan

    2016-01-05

    In the present work, a combined experimental and theoretical study on ground state molecular structure, spectroscopic and nonlinear optical properties of azo compound 3'-chloro-4-dimethlamino azobenzene are reported. The molecular geometry, vibrational wavenumbers and the first order hyperpolarizability of the title compound were calculated with the help of density functional theory computations. The optimized geometric parameters obtained by using DFT (B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p)) show good agreement with the experimental data. The vibrational transitions were identified based on the recorded FT-IR spectra in the range of 4000-400cm(-1) for solid state. The (1)H isotropic chemical shifts with respect to TMS were also calculated using the gauge independent atomic orbital (GIAO) method and compared with the experimental data. Using the TD-DFT method, electronic absorption spectra of the title compound have been predicted, and good agreement is determined with the experimental ones. To investigate the NLO properties of the title compound, the polarizability and the first hyperpolarizability were calculated using the density functional B3LYP method with the 6-311++G(d,p) basis set. According to results, the title compound exhibits non-zero first hyperpolarizability value revealing second order NLO behavior. In addition, DFT calculations of the title compound, molecular electrostatic potential and frontier molecular orbitals were also performed at 6-311++G(d,p) level of theory.

  17. Monolayer alignment on azobenzene surfaces during UV light irradiation: Analysis of optical polarized absorption measurement results and theoretical treatment

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    Zakharov, A.V.; Taguchi, Dai; Manaka, Takaaki; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa

    2006-01-14

    The influence of the charge separation during the trans-cis conformational change on the surface of azobenzene 6Az10PVA monolayer on the polar liquid-crystal monolayer film, such as 4-n-pentyl-4{sup '}-cyanobiphenyl(5CB), is investigated. The effective anchoring energy (in the Rapini-Papolar form) is phenomenologically described in the framework of the molecular model, which takes into account the interaction between the surface polarization and surface electric field, for number of conformational states of the boundary surface. It is shown, using the experimental data for the voltage across the 6Az10PVA+5CB film, provided by the surface-potential technique, that the charge separation during the conformational changing, caused by the UV irradiation, may lead to changing of the surface alignment of liquid-crystalline molecules. The influence of the photoisomerization process on the orientational order parameter S{sub 2}(t) using the optical polarized absorption measurement is also investigated.

  18. Azobenzene-caged sulforhodamine dyes: a novel class of ‘turn-on’ reactive probes for hypoxic tumor cell imaging

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    Chevalier, Arnaud; Piao, Wen; Hanaoka, Kenjiro; Nagano, Tetsuo; Renard, Pierre-Yves; Romieu, Anthony

    2015-12-01

    New sulforhodamine-based fluorescent ‘turn-on’ probes have been developed for the direct imaging of cellular hypoxia. Rapid access to this novel class of water-soluble ‘azobenzene-caged’ fluorophores was made possible through an easily-implementable azo-coupling reaction between a fluorescent primary arylamine derived from a sulforhodamine 101 scaffold (named SR101-NaphtNH 2 ) and a tertiary aniline whose N-substituents are neutral, cationic, or zwitterionic. The detection mechanism is based on the bioreductive cleavage of the azo bond that restores strong far-red fluorescence (emission maximum at 625 nm) by regenerating the original sulforhodamine SR101-NaphtNH 2 . This valuable fluorogenic response was obtained for the three ‘smart’ probes studied in this work, as shown by an in vitro assay using rat liver microsomes placed under aerobic and then under hypoxic conditions. Most importantly, the probe namely SR101-NaphtNH 2 -Hyp-diMe was successfully applied for imaging the hypoxic status of tumor cells (A549 cells).

  19. The synthesis and in vitro characterization of the mucoadhesion and swelling of poly(acrylic acid) hydrogels.

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    Warren, S J; Kellaway, I W

    1998-05-01

    The purpose of this research was to synthesize insoluble, mucoadhesive hydrogels by crosslinking linear poly(acrylic acid) with sucrose and investigate the relationship between hydrogel crosslink density, swelling, and in vitro mucoadhesion. A condensation reaction was employed to synthesize the hydrogels and crosslink density was varied by altering sucrose concentration and cure time. Equilibrium swelling at pH 7.4 was measured both gravimetrically and geometrically. In vitro mucoadhesion was determined by a tensile technique. Equilibrium swelling studies indicated that the crosslink density was proportional to both sucrose concentration and duration of cure time. In vitro mucoadhesive properties of the hydrogels improved as crosslink density increased. This was attributed to an increase in poly(acrylic acid) chain density/unit area of the equilibrium swollen hydrogel, which promoted interaction of the mucoadhesive and glycoprotein polymer chains.

  20. Influence of He/O 2 atmospheric pressure plasma jet treatment on subsequent wet desizing of polyacrylate on PET fabrics

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    Li, Xuming; Lin, Jun; Qiu, Yiping

    2012-01-01

    The influence of He/O2 atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) treatment on subsequent wet desizing of polyacrylate on PET fabrics was studied in the present paper. Weight loss results indicated that the weight loss increased with an increase of plasma treatment time. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed an increased surface roughness after the plasma treatment. SEM also showed that the fiber surfaces were as clean as unsized fibers after 35 s treatment followed by NaHCO3 desizing. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis indicated that oxygen-based functional groups increased for the plasma treated polyacrylate sized fabrics. The percent desizing ratio (PDR) results showed that more than 99% PDR was achieved after 65 s plasma treatment followed by a 5 min NaHCO3 desizing. Compared to conventional wet desizing, indicating that plasma treatment could significantly reduce desizing time.

  1. Separation of poly(acrylic acid) salts according to topology using capillary electrophoresis in the critical conditions.

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    Maniego, Alison R; Ang, Dale; Guillaneuf, Yohann; Lefay, Catherine; Gigmes, Didier; Aldrich-Wright, Janice R; Gaborieau, Marianne; Castignolles, Patrice

    2013-11-01

    Branching was detected in polyacrylates synthesised through radical polymerization via solution-state NMR, while inconsistencies have been reported for the determination of the molar mass of hydrophilic polyacrylates using aqueous-phase and organic-phase size-exclusion chromatography. In this work, poly(sodium acrylate)s, PNaAs, of various topologies were separated for the first time using free-solution capillary electrophoresis (CE). Free-solution CE does not separate the PNaAs by their molar mass, similarly to separations by liquid chromatography in the critical conditions, rather by different topologies (linear, star branched, and hyperbranched). The electrophoretic mobility of PNaAs increases as the degree of branching decreases. Separation is shown to be not only by the topology but also by the end groups as expected for a separation in the critical conditions: replacing a relatively bulky nitroxide end group with hydrogen atom yielded a higher electrophoretic mobility. This novel method, capillary electrophoresis in the critical conditions enabled, for the first time, the separation of hydrophilic polyacrylates according to their topology (branching) and their chain ends. This will allow meaningful and accurate characterization of their branched topologies as well as molar masses and progress in for advanced applications such as drug delivery or flocculation.

  2. Analyzing freely dissolved concentrations of cationic surfactant utilizing ion-exchange capability of polyacrylate coated solid-phase microextraction fibers.

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    Chen, Yi; Droge, Steven T J; Hermens, Joop L M

    2012-08-24

    A 7-μm polyacrylate (PA) coated fiber was successfully employed to determine freely dissolved concentrations of cationic surfactants by solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and utilizing the capability of the PA-coating to sorb organic cations via ion-exchange at carboxylic groups. Measured fiber-water partitioning coefficients (K(fw)) were constant below a fiber loading of 2mmol per liter polyacrylate, allowing for simple and accurate analysis in a concentration range that is relevant from a risk assessment point of view. Ion-exchange was confirmed to be the main sorption mechanism because of a decreasing K(fw) with either higher CaCl(2) concentrations or lower pH, and maximum fiber uptake at the polyacrylate cation-exchange capacity (CEC, at 30mmol/L PA). Fiber-water sorption isotherms were established in various aqueous media in toxicological relevant concentrations. The developed SPME method has a high potential for application in ecotoxicological studies, as demonstrated in sorption studies with humic acid in different electrolyte solutions at aqueous concentrations down to the sub nM range. Cationic surfactant sorption affinities for humic acid also depend on medium composition but are orders of magnitude higher than to the PA fiber on a sorbent weight basis.

  3. Improvement in soil and sorghum health following the application of polyacrylate polymers to a Cd-contaminated soil.

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    Guiwei, Q; de Varennes, A; Martins, L L; Mourato, M P; Cardoso, A I; Mota, A M; Pinto, A P; Gonçalves, M L

    2010-01-15

    Contamination of soils with cadmium (Cd) is a serious global issue due to its high mobility and toxicity. We investigated the application of insoluble polyacrylate polymers to improve soil and plant health. Sorghum was grown in a Cd-contaminated sandy soil. Polyacrylate polymers at 0.2% (w/w) were added to half of the soil. Control soil without plants was also included in the experiment. Growth of sorghum was stimulated in the polymer-amended soil. The concentration of Cd in the shoots, and the activities of catalase and ascorbate peroxidase decreased in plants from polymer-amended soil compared with unamended control. The amount of CaCl(2)-extractable Cd in the polymer-amended soil was 55% of that in the unamended soil. The Cd extracted in sorghum shoots was 0.19 mg per plant grown on soil without polymer and 0.41 mg per plant grown on polymer-amended soil. The total amount of Cd removed from each pot corresponded to 1.5 and more than 6% of soil CaCl(2)-extractable Cd in unamended and polymer-amended soil, respectively. The activities of soil acid phosphatase, beta-glucosidase, urease, protease and cellulase were greatest in polymer-amended soil with sorghum. In conclusion, the application of polyacrylate polymers to reduce the bioavailable Cd pool seems a promising method to enhance productivity and health of plants grown on Cd-contaminated soils.

  4. Synthesis and Characterization of nano-SiO2 modified fluorine-containing polyacrylate emulsifier-free emulsion

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    Zhou, Jianhua; Chen, Xin; Duan, Hao; Ma, Jianzhong; Ma, Yurong

    2015-03-01

    Nano-SiO2 modified fluorine-containing polyacrylate emulsifier-free emulsion, consisting of methyl methacrylate, butyl acrylate, dodecafluoroheptyl methacrylate and ethyl silicate, was successfully synthesized by emulsion polymerization using surfmer and sol-gel process. When increasing ethyl silicate content, the latex centrifugal stability decreased, and the latex particle size increased. The contact angle results showed that the finished fabric had an excellent water and oil repellency. Furthermore, compared with fluorine-containing polyacrylate emulsifier-free emulsion, the obtained nano-SiO2 modified fluorine-containing polyacrylate emulsifier-free emulsion proved to be highly solvent-resistant and water-resistant. In addition, the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) indicated that the nano-SiO2 presented on the surface of latex particles. The atomic force microscope (AFM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX) confirmed that the hybrid film had a rough surface and the organic fluorine segment could migrate onto the film-air interface.

  5. Electrical induction and optical erasure of birefringence in the isotropic liquid phase of a dichiral azobenzene liquid-crystalline compound (Presentation Recording)

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    Yamamoto, Takahiro; Nishiyama, Isa

    2015-10-01

    Liquid crystal is a representative soft matter, which has physical properties between those of conventional liquid and those of crystal in a temperature range above a melting point. A liquid-crystal display (LCD) employs the response of the liquid-crystal alignment to the electric field and is a key device of an information display. For common LCDs, the precise control of the initial alignment of LC molecules is needed so that a good dark state, thus a high contrast ratio, can be obtained. If the birefringence can be induced in the liquid phase by the application of electric field, it is of great use as a material for the LCD application. In this study, we will report a unique property of dichiral azobenzene liquid crystals: an electric induction of birefringence in a liquid phase of an antiferroelectric dichiral azobenzene liquid crystal. The optically isotropic texture changes into the homogenous birefringent texture by the application of the in-plane electric field above the clearing temperature of the liquid crystal. We find that one of the possible reasons of the induction of the birefringence in the isotropic phase is the electrically-induced increase of the phase transition temperature between the antiferroelectric liquid-crystalline and "liquid" phases, i.e., increase in the clearing temperature. The resulting birefringence can be disappeared by the irradiation of UV light, due to the photoinduced isomerization of the azobenzene compound, thus dual control of the birefringent structure, by the irradiation of light and/or by the application of the electric field, is achieved.

  6. Effect of sodium polyacrylate molecular weight on the crystallogenesis of calcium carbonate

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    Jada, A.; Ait Akbour, R.; Jacquemet, C.; Suau, J. M.; Guerret, O.

    2007-08-01

    Aqueous solutions of sodium polyacrylates (NaPA) series having molecular weights ( Mw) ranging from 2540 to 9890 g mol -1 are used as precipitation media to control the size and shape of calcium carbonate (CaCO 3) particles. The retarding effect of polyacrylates on CaCO 3 nucleation is evidenced by the increase of the induction time, τ, of the precipitated CaCO 3, from τ=55 s in the absence of additives, to τ values in the range 100-2500 s in the presence of NaPA samples. The data also show the coexistence of two polymorphs, calcite and vaterite, for CaCO 3 particles as prepared in the presence of NaPA samples. The vaterite fraction, fv, varies in all instances with the polymer concentration, Cpoly (g. L -1), and reaches its maximum value, fv,max at optimal ratio, R (mol. g -1), of Ca ion to polymer (NaPA), R=[Ca]/([NaPA]=Cpoly). No simple general trend is found to explain the influence of the molecular weight ( Mw) of NaPA on the induction time, τ, and on the vaterite fraction, fv, since these two parameters are found to vary with Cpoly and Mw. However, under certain experimental conditions, an optimum polymer molecular weight ( Mw=5530 g mol -1) of the NaPA series, gives the highest values of fv,max and τ. Such optimum indicates the influence of Mw of NaPA on CaCO 3 nucleation and growth, and it is related to the surface density and the rate of adsorption of the polymer onto the growing crystal. The CaCO 3 particle size is reduced from about 20 μm, as obtained in the control experiment, to sizes varying in the range 2-8 μm in the presence NaPA samples. Polymers having low Mw values ( Mw<5000 g mol -1) are found to be more efficient in reducing the CaCO 3 particle size.

  7. Poly(acrylic acid) brushes pattern as a 3D functional biosensor surface for microchips

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    Wang, Yan-Mei; Cui, Yi; Cheng, Zhi-Qiang; Song, Lu-Sheng; Wang, Zhi-You; Han, Bao-Hang; Zhu, Jin-Song

    2013-02-01

    Poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) brushes, a novel three dimensional (3D) precursor layer of biosensor or protein microarrays, possess high protein loading level and low non-specific protein adsorption. In this article, we describe a simple and convenient way to fabricate 3D PAA brushes pattern by microcontact printing (μCP) and characterize it with FT-IR and optical microscopy. The carboxyl groups of PAA brushes can be applied to covalently immobilize protein for immunoassay. Thriving 3D space made by patterning PAA brushes thin film is available to enhance protein immobilization, which is confirmed by measuring model protein interaction between human immunoglobulin G (H-IgG) and goat anti-H-IgG (G-H-IgG) with fluorescence microscopy and surface plasmon resonance imaging (SPRi). As expected, the SPRi signals of H-IgG coating on 3D PAA brushes pattern and further measuring specific binding with G-H-IgG are all larger than that of 3D PAA brushes without pattern and 2D bare gold surface. We further revealed that this surface can be used for high-throughput screening and clinical diagnosis by label-free assaying of Hepatitis-B-Virus surface antibody (HBsAb) with Hepatitis-B-Virus surface antigen (HBsAg) concentration array chip. The linearity range for HBsAb assay is wider than that of conventional ELISA method.

  8. Simulated sugar factory wastewater remediation kinetics using algal-bacterial raceway reactor promoted by polyacrylate polyalcohol.

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    Memon, Abdul Rehman; Andresen, John; Habib, Muddasar; Jaffar, Muhammad

    2014-04-01

    The remediation kinetics of simulated sugar factory wastewater (SFW) using an algal-bacterial culture (ABC) of Chlorella vulgaris in association with Pseudomonas putida in a raceway reactor was found to be enhanced by 89% with the addition of 80ppm of copolymer Polyacrylate polyalcohol (PAPA). This was achieved by efficient suspension of the ABC throughout the water body maintaining optimum pH and dissolved oxygen that led to rapid COD removal and improved algal biomass production. The suspension of the ABC using the co-polymer PAPA maintained a DO of 8-10mgl(-1) compared to 2-3mgl(-1) when not suspended. As a result, the non-suspended ABC only achieved a 50% reduction in COD after 96h compared to a 89% COD removal using 80ppm PAPA suspension. In addition, the algae biomass increased from 0.4gl(-1)d(-1) for the non-suspended ABC to 1.1gl(-1)d(-1) when suspended using 80ppm PAPA.

  9. Characterization of bioactive RGD peptide immobilized onto poly(acrylic acid) thin films by plasma polymerization

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    Seo, Hyun Suk; Ko, Yeong Mu; Shim, Jae Won; Lim, Yun Kyong; Kook, Joong-Ki; Cho, Dong-Lyun; Kim, Byung Hoon

    2010-11-01

    Plasma surface modification can be used to improve the surface properties of commercial pure Ti by creating functional groups to produce bioactive materials with different surface topography. In this study, a titanium surface was modified with acrylic acid (AA) using a plasma treatment and immobilized with bioactive arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) peptide, which may accelerate the tissue integration of bone implants. Both terminals containing the -NH2 of RGD peptide sequence and -COOH of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) thin film were combined with a covalent bond in the presence of 1-ethyl-3-3-dimethylaminopropyl carbodiimide (EDC). The chemical structure and morphology of AA film and RGD immobilized surface were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). All chemical analysis showed full coverage of the Ti substrate with the PAA thin film containing COOH groups and the RGD peptide. The MC3T3-E1 cells were cultured on each specimen, and the cell alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity were examined. The surface-immobilized RGD peptide has a significantly increased the ALP activity of MC3T3-E1 cells. These results suggest that the RGD peptide immobilization on the titanium surface has an effect on osteoblastic differentiation of MC3T3-E1 cells and potential use in osteo-conductive bone implants.

  10. pH-Responsive Behavior of Poly(acrylic acid) Brushes of Varying Thickness

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    Yadav, Vivek; Robertson, Megan; Conrad, Jacinta

    2015-03-01

    We have investigated the pH-dependent response of polyelectrolyte brushes of varying thickness. Our model system consists of poly(acrylic acid) brushes, which change from hydrophobic and neutral at low pH to hydrophilic and negatively charged at high pH, synthesized using a grafting-from approach at constant grafting density. As the polymer brush thickness increased, the brushes exhibited greater hysteresis in static water contact angle as a function of pH. We extracted the pKa of the polymer brushes from contact angle measurements. The relationship between the pKa and brush thickness depended on the order in which the brushes were exposed to solutions of varying pH: pKa decreased on increasing brush thickness when going from basic to acidic medium whereas pKa increased on increasing brush thickness when going from acidic to basic medium. We speculate that the origin of hysteresis can be explained by pH-dependent conformational changes in these polyelectrolyte brushes.

  11. Removal of lead from aqueous solutions by a poly(acrylic acid)/bentonite nanocomposite

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    Rafiei, H. R.; Shirvani, M.; Ogunseitan, O. A.

    2016-11-01

    We synthesized a novel poly acrylic acid-organobentonite (PAA-Bent) nanocomposite by successive intercalation of cetyltrimethylammonium (CTA) surfactant and polyacrylic acid (PAA) into the bentonite (Bent) interlayer spaces. The surfactant-modified clay (CTA-Bent) and PAA-Bent nanocomposite were characterized by XRD and FT-IR techniques and used for removal of Pb(II) from aqueous solution. The XRD results confirmed the intercalation of CTA and PAA into the interlayer spaces of the bentonite increasing the d 001 spacing of the clay from 12.2 up to 38.9 Å. FT-IR analysis of the modified clay samples revealed the functional groups of CTA and PAA constituents alighted on the bentonite surfaces. Maximum Pb sorption capacity of the Bent and PAA-Bent predicted by Langmuir model were 52.3 and 93.0 mg g-1, respectively, showing that the synthesized nanocomposite superiorly adsorbed Pb from the solution as compared to the Bent. The maximum Pb removal efficiency of 99.6 % was achieved by the nanocomposite at 25 °C with <30 min contact time for a 7.5 g L-1 solid-to-liquid ratio and an initial metal concentration of 400 mg L-1. The results indicated that PAA-Bent nanocomposite can be efficiently used as a superadsorbent for the removal of Pb(II) from aqueous solution.

  12. Surface hydrophobization by electrostatic deposition of hydrophobically modified poly(acrylates) and their complexes with surfactants

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    Gîfu, Ioana Cătălina; Maxim, Monica Elisabeta; Iovescu, Alina; Simion, Elena Livia; Aricov, Ludmila; Anastasescu, Mihai; Munteanu, Cornel; Anghel, Dan-Florin

    2016-05-01

    The present study demonstrates the hydrophobic effect of poly(electrolyte) multilayer films when they are alkyl-grafted and complexed or not with surfactants. For this purpose, sodium hydrophobically modified poly(acrylates) (PACnNa, n = 10, 18) or their anionic complexes with alkyltrimethylammonium bromides (CxTAB, x = 10, 12, 14, 18), and the cationic poly(diallyldimethyldiammonium chloride) (PDDAMAC) are assembled by layer-by-layer deposition on a glass substrate. Contact angle (CA) measurements reveal that films constructed with PACnNa-CxTAB/PDADMAC are superior water repellants than those of PACnNa/PDADMAC. For example, the highest CA is obtained for the PAC18Na-C18TAB/PDADMAC. Moreover, it has been observed that the CA increases with the alkyl chain length of PACnNa and of surfactant. The film roughness and thickness have the same trend as wettability. Thinner and less coarse films are obtained by NaCl addition, as witnessed by SEM and AFM.

  13. Conjugation, characterization and toxicity of lipophosphoglycan-polyacrylic acid conjugate for vaccination against leishmaniasis.

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    Topuzogullari, Murat; Cakir Koc, Rabia; Dincer Isoglu, Sevil; Bagirova, Melahat; Akdeste, Zeynep; Elcicek, Serhat; Oztel, Olga N; Yesilkir Baydar, Serap; Canim Ates, Sezen; Allahverdiyev, Adil M

    2013-06-03

    Research on the conjugates of synthetic polyelectrolytes with antigenic molecules, such as proteins, peptides, or carbohydrates, is an attractive area due to their highly immunogenic character in comparison to classical adjuvants. For example, polyacrylic acid (PAA) is a weak polyelectrolyte and has been used in several biomedical applications such as immunological studies, drug delivery, and enzyme immobilization. However, to our knowledge, there are no studies that document immune-stimulant properties of PAA in Leishmania infection. Therefore, we aimed to develop a potential vaccine candidate against leishmaniasis by covalently conjugating PAA with an immunologically vital molecule of lipophosphoglycan (LPG) found in Leishmania parasites. In the study, LPG and PAA were conjugated by a multi-step procedure, and final products were analyzed with GPC and MALDI-TOF MS techniques. In cytotoxicity experiments, LPG-PAA conjugates did not indicate toxic effects on L929 and J774 murine macrophage cells. We assume that LPG-PAA conjugate can be a potential vaccine candidate, and will be immunologically characterized in further studies to prove its potential.

  14. Superabsorbent biphasic system based on poly(lactic acid) and poly(acrylic acid)

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    Sartore, Luciana; Pandini, Stefano; Baldi, Francesco; Bignotti, Fabio

    2016-05-01

    In this research work, biocomposites based on crosslinked particles of poly(acrylic acid), commonly used as superabsorbent polymer (SAP), and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) were developed to elucidate the role of the filler (i.e., polymeric crosslinked particles) on the overall physico-mechanical behavior and to obtain superabsorbent thermoplastic products. Samples prepared by melt-blending of components in different ratios showed a biphasic system with a regular distribution of particles, with diameter ranging from 5 to 10 μm, within the PLLA polymeric matrix. The polymeric biphasic system, coded PLASA i.e. superabsorbent poly(lactic acid), showed excellent swelling properties, demonstrating that cross-linked particles retain their superabsorbent ability, as in their free counterparts, even if distributed in a thermoplastic polymeric matrix. The thermal characteristics of the biocomposites evidence enhanced thermal stability in comparison with neat PLLA and also mechanical properties are markedly modified by addition of crosslinked particles which induce regular stiffening effect. Furthermore, in aqueous environments the particles swell and are leached from PLLA matrix generating very high porosity. These new open-pore PLLA foams, produced in absence of organic solvents and chemical foaming agents, with good physico-mechanical properties appear very promising for several applications, for instance in tissue engineering for scaffold production.

  15. Rheological and filtration behavior of aqueous alumina casting slips dispersed with polyacrylate and polymethacrylate deflocculants

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    Shemo, David M.

    Dynamic stress-controlled rheometry methods and filtration analysis were used to characterize aluminum oxide suspensions relative to several process variables. These included dispersant molecular weight, dispersant concentration, solids concentration, alumina PSD, and aging time. It is believed that through rheological analysis, a better understanding of a slip's structure and dewatering behavior can be achieved. Based upon time- and stress-sweep data, structural models were developed for the build-up (gelation) and break-down (yielding) processes in alumina suspensions. Aqueous alumina suspensions dispersed with acrylate-based polyelectrolytes of average molecular weights of 2400, 3500, and 15000 were evaluated over an aging period of up to ten days. The aging-induced variations in their rheological, filtration, and electrochemical characteristics were quantified. These effects were related to changes in the structures of the suspensions over time. It was found that the aging effect was most pronounced for slips dispersed with higher molecular weight polyacrylate or polymethacrylate deflocculants. A mechanism was proposed to account for the aging behavior and the effect of dispersant molecular weight. Alumina slips were prepared with bimodal particle size compositions by combining two sub-micron alumina powders. Variation in rheological behavior with the composition was evaluated for slips at moderate and high solids concentration, and at fully dispersed and under dispersed states. The corresponding changes in the filtration behavior and cast density were measured. A structural model was constructed for the observed variations with alumina composition.

  16. Recovery of nickel from aqueous solutions by complexation-ultrafiltration process with sodium polyacrylate and polyethylenimine.

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    Shao, Jiahui; Qin, Shu; Davidson, Joshua; Li, Wenxi; He, Yiliang; Zhou, H Susan

    2013-01-15

    The recovery of nickel from aqueous dilute solutions by complexation-ultrafiltration process with sodium polyacrylate (PAAS) and polyethylenimine (PEI) was studied. Experiments were performed as a function of aqueous pH, polymer/Ni(2+) ratio and background electrolyte concentration. At optimum experimental conditions, the nickel removal rate reaches 99.5% using PAAS and 93.0% using PEI as the complexation agent. The nickel removal rate was found to decrease as the adding salt NaCl concentration increases for both complexation agents. A series of experiments implied that the mechanism could be the compressing electric double layer other than the competitive complexation. Diafiltration technique was further performed to regenerate complexation agents and recover nickel. The nickel removal rates were found to be close to those obtained with the original PEI and PAAS. Finally, Langmuir-type binding isotherm equation was employed to evaluate the extent of nickel bound to PAAS and PEI. The overall results from the two-step process of complexation-UF and decomplexation-UF separation showed that it could be a promising method for nickel removal and recovery from aqueous solutions.

  17. Graphene sheets stacked polyacrylate latex composites for ultra-efficient electromagnetic shielding

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    Li, Yong; Zhang, Song; Ni, Yuwei

    2016-07-01

    Graphene sheets (GS) are at the forefront of electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding/attenuation materials science research because of their excellent electrical properties (Wen B et al 2014 Adv. Mater. 26 3484, Zhang Y et al 2015 Adv. Mater. 27 2049). GS/polyacrylate (PA) composites were prepared using a solvent-free latex technology, which favored the build-up of a segregated GS architecture stacked in the polymer matrix. GS were obtained from graphite flakes (GF) via a mechanical delamination approach in water. The microstructure, electrical, dielectric and electromagnetic shielding properties of the GS/PA composites were correlated in this manuscript. A remarkably low percolation threshold of ˜0.11 mass per cent for room-temperature electrical conductivity was obtained in the GS/PA composites owing to the stacked architecture of GS with high aspect ratios. This unique nanostructured GS architecture not only enhanced the electrical conductivity of composites, but also dramatically increased complex permittivity by inducing strong Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars (MWS) polarization at the highly conductive GS/non-conductive PA interfaces. The EMI shielding effectiveness (SE) of these composites was enhanced with increasing GS content, and the composite with 6 wt% GS loading exhibited a high EMI SE of ˜66 dB over a frequency of 8.2-12.4 GHz, resulting from the pronounced conduction loss, dielectric relaxation, and multi-scattering.

  18. Bionanoparticles of amphiphilic copolymers polyacrylate bearing cholesterol and ascorbate for drug delivery.

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    Liu, Yijiang; Wang, Yanzhai; Zhuang, Dequan; Yang, Junjiao; Yang, Jing

    2012-07-01

    In this study, a series of amphiphilic polymers with poly(ascorbyl acrylate) (PAAA) as hydrophilic blocks and polyacrylate bearing side-chain cholesteryl mesogens (PCholDEGA) as hydrophobic blocks were prepared using a combination of four-step reactions consisting of two consecutive reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT), desulfurization, and hydrogenolysis under normal pressure. The thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) as well as wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) studies showed that the copolymers with PCholDEGA as major block had relatively high stability and clear isotropization temperature (T(i)). Small-angle X-ray diffraction (SAXD) investigation exhibited that the copolymers had bilayer smectic A structure. Their self-assembly behavior was monitored by turbidity change using UV-vis spectrometer, and the morphology and size of the nanoparticles via self-assembly were detected using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS). The entrapment efficiency and loading capacity of these amphiphilic copolymers were investigated using nile red and drug molecule Ibuprofen. These polymeric micelles with PAAA shell extending into the aqueous solution and strong hydrophobic PCholDEGA core have potential abilities to act as promising nanovehicles with high loading and targeting delivery.

  19. Enhanced stability of polyacrylate-coated magnetite nanoparticles in biorelevant media.

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    Hajdú, Angéla; Szekeres, Márta; Tóth, Ildikó Y; Bauer, Rita A; Mihály, Judith; Zupkó, István; Tombácz, Etelka

    2012-06-01

    Magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) were prepared by alkaline hydrolysis of Fe(II) and Fe(III) chlorides. Adsorption of polyacrylic acid (PAA) on MNPs was measured at pH=6.5±0.3 and I=0.01 M (NaCl) to find the optimal PAA amount for MNP stabilization under physiological conditions. We detected an H-bond formation between magnetite surface groups and PAA by ATR-FTIR measurements, but bonds of metal ion-carboxylate complexes, generally cited in literature, were not identified at the given pH and ionic strength. The dependence of the electrokinetic potential and the aggregation state on the amount of added PAA at various pHs was measured by electrophoretic mobility and dynamic light-scattering methods. The electrokinetic potential of the naked MNPs was low at near physiological pH, but PAA adsorption overcharged the particles. Highly negatively charged, well-stabilized carboxylated MNPs formed via adsorption of PAA in an amount of approximately ten times of that necessary to compensate the original positive charge of the magnetite. Coagulation kinetics experiments revealed gradual enhancement of salt tolerance at physiological pH from ~0.001 M at no added PAA up to ~0.5 M at 1.12 mmol/g PAA. The PAA-coated MNPs exert no substantial effect on the proliferation of malignant (HeLa) or non-cancerous fibroblast cells (MRC-5) as determined by means of MTT assays.

  20. Evaluations of Mesogen Orientation in Thin Films of Polyacrylate with Cyanobiphenyl Side Chain.

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    Tanaka, Daisuke; Mizuno, Tasuku; Hara, Mitsuo; Nagano, Shusaku; Saito, Itsuki; Yamamoto, Katsuhiro; Seki, Takahiro

    2016-04-19

    The orientation behavior of mesogens in a polyacrylate with cyanobiphenyl (CB) side chain in thin films was investigated in detail by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GI-SAXS) measurements using both high-energy X-rays of Cu Kα line (λ = 0.154 nm) and low-energy synchrotron X-rays (λ = 0.539 nm). By changing the film thickness ranging 7-200 nm, it is concluded that the planar orientation is predominant for thin films with thickness below 10-15 nm. This planar mesogen orientation near the substrate surface coexists with the homeotropically aligned CB mesogens in films thicker than 30 nm. For the thinnest 7 nm film, the planar orientation is unexpectedly lost, which is in consort with a disordering of smectic layer structure. Peculiar orienting characteristics of CB mesogen are suggested, which probably stem from the tendency to form an antiparallel arrangement of mesogens due to the strong dipole moment of the terminal cyano group.

  1. Polysulfone and polyacrylate-based zwitterionic coatings for the prevention and easy removal of marine biofouling.

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    Hibbs, Michael R; Hernandez-Sanchez, Bernadette A; Daniels, Justin; Stafslien, Shane J

    2015-01-01

    A series of polysulfone and polyacrylate-based zwitterionic coatings were prepared on epoxy-primed aluminum substrata and characterized for their antifouling (AF) and fouling-release (FR) properties towards marine bacteria, microalgae and barnacles. The zwitterionic polymer coatings provided minimal resistance against bacterial biofilm retention and microalgal cell attachment, but facilitated good removal of attached microbial biomass by exposure to water-jet apparatus generated hydrodynamic shearing forces. Increasing the ion content of the coatings improved the AF properties, but required a stronger adhesive bond to the epoxy-primed aluminum substratum to prevent coating swelling and dissolution. Grafted poly(sulfobetaine) (gpSBMA), the most promising zwitterionic coating identified from microfouling evaluations, enabled the removal of four out of five barnacles reattached to its surface without incurring damage to their baseplates. This significant result indicated that gpSBMA relied predominately on its surface chemistry for its FR properties since it was very thin (~1-2 µm) relative to commercial coating standards (>200 µm).

  2. Preparation and characterization of aqueous polyurethane oil/polyacrylate latex interpenetrating polymer network

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    Zhou, M. M.; Ma, L. L.; Du, J.; Cao, F.; Xiao, J. J.

    2015-07-01

    A series of aqueous polyurethane oil (network I)/polyacrylate (network II) latex interpenetrating polymer networks (LIPNs) were synthesized via the technology of latex interpenetrating polymer network combined seed emulsion polymerization process. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, laser particle size distributing analyzer and universal tension machine were utilized to characterize the bulk structures and mechanical properties of LIPNs. For used as damping material, the damping performance of LIPNs were analyzed by dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). It was found that the damping temperature region of LIPN was wider than those of aqueous polyurethane oil, the temperature region with greater tanδ changed with the TPGDA content and hard-/soft-segment mass weight ratio (mMMA/mBA) and the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the network I and network II in LIPN occurred within shift each other, even overlap with increasing mMMA/mBA value. The results show that LIPNs synthesized through the combined process have greater tanδ and wider damping temperature region, which is suitable for the use of damping coatings.

  3. Antioxidant Hydroxytyrosol-Based Polyacrylate with Antimicrobial and Antiadhesive Activity Versus Staphylococcus Epidermidis.

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    Crisante, Fernanda; Taresco, Vincenzo; Donelli, Gianfranco; Vuotto, Claudia; Martinelli, Andrea; D'Ilario, Lucio; Pietrelli, Loris; Francolini, Iolanda; Piozzi, Antonella

    2016-01-01

    The accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in microbial biofilms has been recently recognized to play a role in promoting antibiotic resistance in biofilm-growing bacteria. ROS are also over-produced when a medical device is implanted and they can promote device susceptibility to infection or aseptic loosening. High levels of ROS seem also to be responsible for the establishment of chronic wounds.In this study, a novel antioxidant polyacrylate was synthesized and investigated in terms of antimicrobial and antibiofilm activity. The polymer possesses in side-chain hydroxytyrosol (HTy), that is a polyphenolic compound extracted from olive oil wastewaters.The obtained 60 nm in size polymer nanoparticles showed good scavenging and antibacterial activity versus a strain of Staphylococcus epidermidis. Microbial adherence assays evidenced that the hydroxytyrosol-containing polymer was able to significantly reduce bacterial adhesion compared to the control. These findings open novel perspective for a successful use of this antioxidant polymer for the prevention or treatment of biofilm-based infections as those related to medical devices or chronic wounds.

  4. Effect of salt and surfactant concentration on the structure of polyacrylate gel/surfactant complexes.

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    Nilsson, Peter; Unga, Johan; Hansson, Per

    2007-09-20

    Small-angle X-ray scattering was used to elucidate the structure of crosslinked polyacrylate gel/dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide complexes equilibrated in solutions of varying concentrations of surfactant and sodium bromide (NaBr). Samples were swollen with no ordering (micelle free), or they were collapsed with either several distinct peaks (cubic Pm3n) or one broad correlation peak (disordered micellar). The main factor determining the structure of the collapsed complexes was found to be the NaBr concentration, with the cubic structure existing up to approximately 150 mM NaBr and above which only the disordered micellar structure was found. Increasing the salt concentration decreases the polyion mediated attractive forces holding the micelles together causing swelling of the gel. At sufficiently high salt concentration the micelle-micelle distance in the gel becomes too large for the cubic structure to be retained, and it melts into a disordered micellar structure. As most samples were above the critical micelle concentration, the bulk of the surfactant was in the form of micelles in the solution and the surfactant concentration thereby had only a minor influence on the structure. However, in the region around 150 mM NaBr, increasing the surfactant concentration, at constant NaBr concentration, was found to change the structure from disordered micellar to ordered cubic and back to disordered again.

  5. Regular and irregular deswelling of polyacrylate and hyaluronate gels induced by oppositely charged surfactants.

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    Nilsson, Peter; Hansson, Per

    2008-09-15

    The deswelling kinetics of macroscopic polyacrylate (PA) gels in solutions of dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (C(12)TAB) and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (C(16)TAB), with and without added sodium bromide, as well as hyaluronate (HA) gels in solutions of cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) are investigated. Additional data are also provided by small-angle X-ray scattering and microgel experiments. The purpose is to study the deswelling behavior of (1) regularly deswelling gels, for which the deswelling is successfully described using a core/shell model earlier employed for microgels, and (2) irregularly deswelling gels, where the gel turns into a balloon-like structure with a dense outer layer surrounding a liquid-filled core. For regularly deswelling gels, the deswelling of PA/C(12)TAB is found to be controlled by diffusion through both stagnant layer and collapsed surface phase, while for PA/C(16)TAB it is found to be controlled mainly by the latter. The difference in deswelling rate between the two is found to correspond to the difference in surfactant diffusion coefficient in the surface phase. Factors found to promote irregular deswelling, described as balloon formation, are rapid surfactant binding, high bromide and surfactant concentration, longer surfactant chain length, and macroscopic gel size. Scattering data indicating a cubic structure for HA/CPC complexes are reported.

  6. Polysulfone and polyacrylate-based zwitterionic coatings for the prevention and easy removal of marine biofouling

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    Hibbs, Michael R.; Hernandez-Sanchez, Bernadette A.; Daniels, Justin; ...

    2015-09-07

    A series of polysulfone and polyacrylate-based zwitterionic coatings were prepared on epoxy-primed aluminum substrata and characterized for their antifouling (AF) and fouling-release (FR) properties towards marine bacteria, microalgae and barnacles. The zwitterionic polymer coatings provided minimal resistance against bacterial biofilm retention and microalgal cell attachment, but facilitated good removal of attached microbial biomass by exposure to water-jet apparatus generated hydrodynamic shearing forces. Increasing the ion content of the coatings improved the AF properties, but required a stronger adhesive bond to the epoxy-primed aluminum substratum to prevent coating swelling and dissolution. Grafted poly(sulfobetaine) (gpSBMA), the most promising zwitterionic coating identified frommore » microfouling evaluations, enabled the removal of four out of five barnacles reattached to its surface without incurring damage to their baseplates. As a result, this significant result indicated that gpSBMA relied predominately on its surface chemistry for its FR properties since it was very thin (~1–2 µm) relative to commercial coating standards (>200 µm).« less

  7. Protein absorption and fouling on poly(acrylic acid)-graft-polypropylene microfiltration membrane

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    Liu, Yanjun; Ma, Huiying; Lv, Chunying; Yang, Jia; Fu, Xueqi

    2009-07-01

    A series of pH-sensitive poly (acrylic acid)-graft-polypropylene hollow fiber microfiltration membranes were prepared by UV-photo-irradiation. Bovine serum albumin (BSA) was chosen as the model protein to investigate its absorption and fouling behaviors on membranes. The results showed that the hydrophilicity of grafted membrane was improved by poly(acrylic acid) chains with parts of membrane pores blocked. The grafted membranes were markedly pH-dependent on the water permeability as pH was altered from 1 to 11. The zeta potential of grafted membranes calculated by streaming potential was negative in most pH range. Electrostatic interaction energy calculated by DLVO theory showed the electric interaction force between grafted membrane and BSA was attractive. With the rise of grafting degree, the electric attractive force between grafted membrane and BSA increased as pH=3 and decreased as pH=8, while it kept basically unchanged as pH=4.7. As a result, most serious fouling was observed as pH=4.7. Grafted membranes had a lower BSA absorption and better antifouling behavior as pH=8, while the opposite result was revealed as pH=3. In conclusion, the absorption and fouling behavior of BSA on membranes was pH-dependent due to the pH-dependence of membrane charge, and the conformation of BSA and grafting chains.

  8. Optimization of interfacial properties of carbon fiber/epoxy composites via a modified polyacrylate emulsion sizing

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    Yuan, Xiaomin; Zhu, Bo; Cai, Xun; Liu, Jianjun; Qiao, Kun; Yu, Junwei

    2017-04-01

    The adhesion behavior of epoxy resin to carbon fibers has always been a challenge, on account of the inertness of carbon fibers and the lack of reactive functional groups. In this work, a modified polyacrylate sizing agent was prepared to modify the interface between the carbon fiber and the epoxy matrix. The surface characteristics of carbon fibers were investigated to determine chemical composition, morphology, wettability, interfacial phase analysis and interfacial adhesion. Sized carbon fibers featured improved wettability and a slightly decreased surface roughness due to the coverage of a smooth sizing layer, compared with the unsized ones. Moreover, the content of surface activated carbon atoms increased from 12.65% to 24.70% and the interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) of carbon fiber/epoxy composites raised by 14.2%, indicating a significant improvement of chemical activity and mechanical property. SEM images of the fractured surface of composites further proved that a gradient interfacial structure with increased thicknesses was formed due to the transition role of the sizing. Based on these results, a sizing mechanism consisting of chemical interaction bonding and physical force absorption was proposed, which provides an efficient and feasible method to solve the poor adhesion between carbon fiber and epoxy matrix.

  9. Conjugation, characterization and toxicity of lipophosphoglycan-polyacrylic acid conjugate for vaccination against leishmaniasis

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    2013-01-01

    Research on the conjugates of synthetic polyelectrolytes with antigenic molecules, such as proteins, peptides, or carbohydrates, is an attractive area due to their highly immunogenic character in comparison to classical adjuvants. For example, polyacrylic acid (PAA) is a weak polyelectrolyte and has been used in several biomedical applications such as immunological studies, drug delivery, and enzyme immobilization. However, to our knowledge, there are no studies that document immune-stimulant properties of PAA in Leishmania infection. Therefore, we aimed to develop a potential vaccine candidate against leishmaniasis by covalently conjugating PAA with an immunologically vital molecule of lipophosphoglycan (LPG) found in Leishmania parasites. In the study, LPG and PAA were conjugated by a multi-step procedure, and final products were analyzed with GPC and MALDI-TOF MS techniques. In cytotoxicity experiments, LPG-PAA conjugates did not indicate toxic effects on L929 and J774 murine macrophage cells. We assume that LPG-PAA conjugate can be a potential vaccine candidate, and will be immunologically characterized in further studies to prove its potential. PMID:23731716

  10. Polysulfone and polyacrylate-based zwitterionic coatings for the prevention and easy removal of marine biofouling

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    Hibbs, Michael R.; Hernandez-Sanchez, Bernadette A.; Daniels, Justin; Stafslien, Shane J.

    2015-09-07

    A series of polysulfone and polyacrylate-based zwitterionic coatings were prepared on epoxy-primed aluminum substrata and characterized for their antifouling (AF) and fouling-release (FR) properties towards marine bacteria, microalgae and barnacles. The zwitterionic polymer coatings provided minimal resistance against bacterial biofilm retention and microalgal cell attachment, but facilitated good removal of attached microbial biomass by exposure to water-jet apparatus generated hydrodynamic shearing forces. Increasing the ion content of the coatings improved the AF properties, but required a stronger adhesive bond to the epoxy-primed aluminum substratum to prevent coating swelling and dissolution. Grafted poly(sulfobetaine) (gpSBMA), the most promising zwitterionic coating identified from microfouling evaluations, enabled the removal of four out of five barnacles reattached to its surface without incurring damage to their baseplates. As a result, this significant result indicated that gpSBMA relied predominately on its surface chemistry for its FR properties since it was very thin (~1–2 µm) relative to commercial coating standards (>200 µm).

  11. Kinetics study of phase separation in polyacrylic acid/nematic LC system by optical technique

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    Mucha, Maria; Krolikowski, Z.

    2002-06-01

    Thin polymer layers containing liquid crystal LC of non- linear optical properties were obtained from polyacrylic acid. Samples were produced by phase separation as a consequence of chemical polymerization (PIPS method) resulting in precipitation of liquid crystals in the form of droplets in a polymer matrix being formed. Films were produced in variable conditions of polymerization time and temperature and different content of an initiator (1 - 3 wt%). They contained of 10 - 40 wt% of LC. The cell thickness was constant and equal to 20 micrometers . Systems obtained in this way were subjected to thermo-optical and electro-optical studies, morphological structure investigation and DSC analysis. The polymerization time has a significant influence on the size and number of LC droplets. The presence of benzoyl peroxide can cause partial destruction of LC properties which is reflected by a decrease of isotropization temperature TI of the liquid crystal. An increase of the initiator amount shortens the time of polymerization (ti), while process enthalpy ((Delta) H) increases. Hence, the liquid crystal separation time decreases as well. Films prepared by this method present good electro-optical properties. Rise and decay times of orientation are short and equal to 2 - 17 ms (depending on driving voltage applied) and about 80 ms, respectively. Threshold voltage for the best sample is equal to 5 V. Optimal conditions are found: LC content equals 20%, wt(i) equals 1%, polymerization temperature Tp equals 100 - 110 degree(s)C.

  12. [Enhanced reductive decoloration of methylene blue by polyacrylic acid modified zero-valent iron nanoparticles].

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    He, Jing; Wang, Xiang-Yu; Wang, Pei; Liu, Kun-Qian

    2015-03-01

    Nano zerovalent iron ( NZVI) technology has attracted tremendous amount of interests for degrading a number of environmental contaminants found both in surface water and underground water. However, these nanoscale particles are prone to aggregate, which may result in the decrease of its reactivity in liquid phase. Iron nanoparticles (Fe NPs) modified with polyacrylic acid (PAA) has enhanced the dispersion of NZVI and reduced its agglomeration. For the first time, PAA modified NPs (PAA-Fe NPs) were used for degradation of methylene blue in water phase. The PAA-Fe NPs prepared were characterized in terms of TEM, SEM, XRD and specific surface area. The results indicated that, the surface area of PAA-Fe NPs was increased, compared with unmodified pristine zero-valent iron NPs, and PAA-Fe NPs were smoother with smaller particle size. With addition of 0.1 g x L(-1) of PAA, the decolorization efficiency of methylene blue by PAA-Fe NPs was 98.84% in 60 min, which was 27.32% higher than that of pristine Fe NPs. Decolorization efficiencies were also affected by initial pH value, initial concentration of methylene blue, dosage of PAA-Fe NPs, and degradation temperature. Kinetic analyses based on the experimental data illustrated that the decolorization reaction of methylene blue fitted well to the pseudo first-order kinetics model.

  13. A novel poly(acrylic acid-co-acrylamide)/diatomite composite flocculant with outstanding flocculation performance.

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    Xu, Kun; Liu, Yao; Wang, Yang; Tan, Ying; Liang, Xuecheng; Lu, Cuige; Wang, Haiwei; Liu, Xiusheng; Wang, Pixin

    2015-01-01

    Series of anionic flocculants with outstanding flocculation performance, poly(acrylic acid-co-acrylamide)/diatomite composite flocculants (PAAD) were successfully prepared through aqueous solution copolymerization and applied to flocculate from oil-field fracturing waste-water. The structure of PAAD was characterized by Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy, (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance and X-ray diffraction tests, and its properties were systematically evaluated by viscometer, thermogravimetry analysis and flocculation measurements. Furthermore, the influences of various reaction parameters on the apparent viscosity of flocculant solution were studied, and the optimum synthesis condition was determined. The novel composite flocculants exhibited outstanding flocculation properties. Specifically, the dosage of composite flocculants that could make the transmittance of treated wastewater exceed 90% was only approximately 12-35 ppm, which was far lower than that of conventional flocculants. Meanwhile, the settling time was lower than 5 s, which was similar to that of conventional flocculants. This was because PAAD flocculants had a higher absorption capacity, and larger chain extending space than conventional linear flocculants, which could refrain from the entanglement of linear polymer chains and significantly improve flocculation capacity.

  14. Cisplatin-incorporated nanoparticles of poly(acrylic acid-co-methyl methacrylate) copolymer

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    Lee, Kyung Dong; Jeong, Young-Il; Kim, Da Hye; Lim, Gyun-Taek; Choi, Ki-Choon

    2013-01-01

    Background Although cisplatin is extensively used in the clinical field, its intrinsic toxicity limits its clinical use. We investigated nanoparticle formations of poly(acrylic acid-co-methyl methacrylate) (PAA-MMA) incorporating cisplatin and their antitumor activity in vitro and in vivo. Methods Cisplatin-incorporated nanoparticles were prepared through the ion-complex formation between acrylic acid and cisplatin. The anticancer activity of cisplatin-incorporated nanoparticles was assessed with CT26 colorectal carcinoma cells. Results Cisplatin-incorporated nanoparticles have small particle sizes of less than 200 nm with spherical shapes. Drug content was increased according to the increase of the feeding amount of cisplatin and acrylic acid content in the copolymer. The higher acrylic acid content in the copolymer induced increase of particle size and decrease of zeta potential. Cisplatin-incorporated nanoparticles showed a similar growth-inhibitory effect against CT26 tumor cells in vitro. However, cisplatin-incorporated nanoparticles showed improved antitumor activity against an animal tumor xenograft model. Conclusion We suggest that PAA-MMA nanoparticles incorporating cisplatin are promising carriers for an antitumor drug-delivery system. PMID:23966778

  15. A self-cleaning coating based on commercial grade polyacrylic latex modified by TiO2/Ag-exchanged-zeolite-A nanocomposite

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    Nosrati, Rahimeh; Olad, Ali; Nofouzi, Katayoon

    2015-08-01

    The commercial grade polyacrylic latex was modified in order to prepare a self-cleaning coating. TiO2/Ag-exchanged-zeolite-A nanocomposite was prepared and used as additive in the matrix of polyacrylic latex to achieve a hydrophilic and photocatalytic coating. FTIR and UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction patterns and FESEM were used to characterize the composition and structure of the nanocomposites and coatings. The acrylic coatings, were prepared by using of TiO2/Ag-exchanged-zeolite-A additive, had better UV and visible light absorption, hydrophilic, degradation of organic pollutants, stability in water and antimicrobial properties than pristine commercial grade polyacrylic latex coating. According to the results, the modified polyacrylic based coating containing 0.5 wt% of TiO2/Ag-exchanged-zeolite-A nanocomposite additive with TiO2 to Ag-exchanged-zeolite-A ratio of 1:2 was the best coating considering most of useful properties such as small band gap and low water contact angle. The water contact angle for unmodified polyacrylic latex coating was 68° which was decreased to less than 10° in modified coating after 24 h LED lamp illumination.

  16. Effect of trans-cis photoisomerization on phase equilibria and phase transition of liquid-crystalline azobenzene chromophore and its blends with reactive mesogenic diacrylate

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    Kim, Namil; Li, Quan; Kyu, Thein

    2011-03-01

    Photoisomerization-induced phase transition of neat liquid-crystalline azobenzene chromophore (LCAC) and its effect on phase diagrams of its mixtures with reactive mesogenic diacrylate monomer (RM257) have been investigated experimentally and theoretically. Upon irradiation with ultraviolet light, the nematic phase of LCAC transformed to isotropic, while the crystal phase showed corrugated textures on the surface (i.e., ripples). The phase-transition temperatures and corresponding morphologies of the blends have been investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry and optical microscopy. A theoretical phase diagram of a binary nematic and crystalline system was constructed by self-consistently solving the combined free energies of Flory-Huggins, Maier-Saupe, and phase-field theory. The calculation revealed various coexistence regions such as nematic + liquid (N1 + L2), crystal + liquid (Cr1 + L2), crystal + nematic (Cr1 + N2), and crystal + crystal (Cr1 + Cr2) over a broad range of compositions including the single-phase nematic (N1, N2) of the corresponding constituents. The calculated liquidus lines were in good accord with the depressed mesophase-isotropic transition points. The present paper demonstrates the effect of trans-cis photoisomerization on the mesophase transitions of neat LCAC and the phase diagram of LCAC-RM257 as well as on the ripple formation (i.e., periodic undulation) on the azobenzene crystals.

  17. Effect of trans-cis photoisomerization on phase equilibria and phase transition of liquid-crystalline azobenzene chromophore and its blends with reactive mesogenic diacrylate.

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    Kim, Namil; Li, Quan; Kyu, Thein

    2011-03-01

    Photoisomerization-induced phase transition of neat liquid-crystalline azobenzene chromophore (LCAC) and its effect on phase diagrams of its mixtures with reactive mesogenic diacrylate monomer (RM257) have been investigated experimentally and theoretically. Upon irradiation with ultraviolet light, the nematic phase of LCAC transformed to isotropic, while the crystal phase showed corrugated textures on the surface (i.e., ripples). The phase-transition temperatures and corresponding morphologies of the blends have been investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry and optical microscopy. A theoretical phase diagram of a binary nematic and crystalline system was constructed by self-consistently solving the combined free energies of Flory-Huggins, Maier-Saupe, and phase-field theory. The calculation revealed various coexistence regions such as nematic + liquid (N₁ + L₂), crystal + liquid (Cr₁ + L₂), crystal + nematic (Cr₁ + N₂), and crystal + crystal (Cr₁ + Cr₂) over a broad range of compositions including the single-phase nematic (N₁, N₂) of the corresponding constituents. The calculated liquidus lines were in good accord with the depressed mesophase-isotropic transition points. The present paper demonstrates the effect of trans-cis photoisomerization on the mesophase transitions of neat LCAC and the phase diagram of LCAC-RM257 as well as on the ripple formation (i.e., periodic undulation) on the azobenzene crystals.

  18. Photoinduced dichroism and optical anisotropy in a liquid-crystalline azobenzene side chain polymer caused by anisotropic angular distribution of trans and cis isomers

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    Blinov, Lev M.; Kozlovsky, Mikhail V.; Ozaki, Masanori; Skarp, Kent; Yoshino, Katsumi

    1998-10-01

    Photochromism has been studied for two comb-like liquid-crystalline copolymers (I) and (II) containing azobenzene chromophores in their side chains. In a smectic glass phase of both copolymers, upon short-time irradiation by UV light, long-living cis isomers are observed. Both copolymers manifest the photoinduced anisotropy, the physical mechanisms of which seem to be quite different. In spin-coated films of polymer (II), the origin of the anisotropy is a strong stable dichroism, which is due to an enrichment and depletion of the chosen angular direction, correspondingly, with trans and cis isomers of the azobenzene chromophores. Polymer (I) manifests no dichroism at all, and its induced optical anisotropy may be accounted for by a rather slow chromophore reorientation. In copolymer (II) a considerable reorientation of the mesogenic groups also occurs as a secondary phenomenon at the stage of the cis isomer formation only. This observation shed more light on the general process of the light-induced molecular reorientation in polymers, liquid crystals, and Langmuir-Blodgett films, which is of great importance for holographic information recording.

  19. Poly(Acrylic Acid-b-Styrene) Amphiphilic Multiblock Copolymers as Building Blocks for the Assembly of Discrete Nanoparticles

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    Greene, Anna C.; Zhu, Jiahua; Pochan, Darrin J.; Jia, Xinqiao; Kiick, Kristi L.

    2011-01-01

    In order to expand the utility of current polymeric micellar systems, we have developed amphiphilic multiblock copolymers containing alternating blocks of poly(acrylic acid) and poly(styrene). Heterotelechelic poly(tert-butyl acrylate-b-styrene) diblock copolymers containing an α-alkyne and an ω-azide were synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), allowing control over the molecular weight while maintaining narrow polydispersity indices. The multiblock copolymers were constructed by copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition of azide-alkyne end functional diblock copolymers which were then characterized by 1H NMR, FT-IR and SEC. The tert-butyl moieties of the poly(tert-butyl acrylate-b-styrene) multiblock copolymers were easily removed to form the poly(acrylic acid-b-styrene) multiblock copolymer ((PAA-PS)9), which contained up to 9 diblock repeats. The amphiphilic multiblock (PAA-PS)9 (Mn = 73.3 kg/mol) was self-assembled by dissolution into tetrahydrofuran and extensive dialysis against deionized water for 4 days. The critical micelle concentration (CMC) for (PAA-PS)9 was determined by fluorescence spectroscopy using pyrene as a fluorescent probe and was found to be very low at 2 × 10-4 mg/mL. The (PAA-PS)9 multiblock was also analyzed by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The hydrodynamic diameter of the particles was found to be 11 nm. Discrete spherical particles were observed by TEM with an average particle diameter of 14 nm. The poly(acrylic acid) periphery of the spherical particles should allow for future conjugation of biomolecules. PMID:21552373

  20. Transport in Porous Media of Poly(Acrylic Acid) Coated Ferrihydrite Nanoparticles

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    Jaffe, P. R.; Xiang, A.; Koel, B. E.

    2012-12-01

    Augmentation of soils with iron to enhance biological processes such as uranium reduction via iron reducing bacteria, e.g., Geobacter sp., might be achieved via the injection of iron nanoparticles into the subsurface. The challenge is to make these nanoparticles transportable in the subsurface while not affecting the iron bioavailability. Poorly crystallized 2-line ferrihydrite iron oxide nanoparticles were synthesized and coated with different amounts of poly(acrylic acid) polymers (Na-PAA6K or Na-PAA140K). Analyses were then performed on these particles, including sorption/desorption of the polymer onto the iron nanoparticles, particle size, zeta potential, transport in sand and soil columns, and bioavailabity of the Fe(III) in the absence and presence of the coating to iron reducing organisms. Results showed that at pH values of environmental relevance, the zeta potential of the particles varied from about 3 mV (pH=8.2) for the non-coated particles to about -30 mV for the particles coated with the polymers to their highest sorption capacity. The coated particle diameter was shown to be in the range of 200 nm. Column transport experiments showed that for the highest polymer coating the nanoparticle breakthrough was virtually identical to that of bromide, while significant filtration was observed for particles with an intermediate coating, and complete particle removal via filtration was observed for the non-coated particles. These results held for sand as well as for soil, which had been previously characterized, from a field site at Rifle, CO. Bioavailability experiments showed no difference in the iron reduction rate between the untreated and treated nanoparticles. These results show that it is possible to manufacture iron nanoparticles to enhance biological iron reduction, and that the transport properties of these treated particles is tunable so that a desired retention in the porous medium can be achieved.

  1. Protein polymer conjugates: improving the stability of hemoglobin with poly(acrylic acid).

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    Thilakarathne, Vindya; Briand, Victoria A; Zhou, Yuxiang; Kasi, Rajeswari M; Kumar, Challa V

    2011-06-21

    The synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of a novel polymer-protein conjugate are reported here. The covalent conjugation of high-molecular weight poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) to the lysine amino groups of met-hemoglobin (Hb) resulted in the covalent conjugation of Hb to PAA (Hb-PAA conjugate), as confirmed by dialysis and electrophoresis studies. The retention of native-like structure of Hb in Hb-PAA was established from Soret absorption, circular dichroism studies, and the redox activity of the iron center in Hb-PAA. The peroxidase-like activities of the Hb-PAA conjugate further confirmed the retention of Hb structure and biological activity. Thermal denaturation of the conjugate was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry and steam sterilization studies. The Hb-PAA conjugate indicated an improved denaturation temperature (T(d)) when compared to that of the unmodified Hb. One astonishing observation was that polymer conjugation significantly enhanced the Hb-PAA storage stability at room temperature. After 120 h of storage at room temperature in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) at pH 7.4, for example, Hb-PAA retained 90% of its initial activity and unmodified Hb retained <60% of its original activity under identical conditions of buffer, pH, and temperature. Our conjugate demonstrates the key role of polymers in enhancing Hb stability via a very simple, efficient, general route. Water-swollen, lightly cross-linked, stable Hb-polymer nanogels of 100-200 nm were produced quickly and economically by this approach for a wide variety of applications.

  2. Ionic strength assay via polyacrylate-ferriferrous oxide magnetic photonic crystals.

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    Li, Yan-Ran; Sun, Ye; Wang, He-Fang

    2015-05-21

    Convenient reading out and/or determination of ionic strength (IS) is of great significance for both scientific research and real life applications. We presented here a novel method for the rapid and sensitive IS assay based on the electrolyte-induced sensitive wavelength blueshifts of the reflection spectra of polyacrylate capped Fe3O4 magnetic photonic crystals (PA-Fe3O4-MPCs). For HCl, MgSO4 and the common electrolytes corresponding to the salinity of seawater (including NaCl, KCl, MgCl2, CaCl2, Na2SO4 and their mixtures), the PA-Fe3O4-MPCs displayed wavelength blueshifts identical to the total IS of the aqueous solutions, regardless of the kind of above-mentioned electrolytes in the solutions. Besides, the PA-Fe3O4-MPCs exhibited relatively high sensitivity (an average of 294 nm L mmol(-1) in the range of 0.05-0.30 mmol L(-1), and an even higher value of 386 nm L mmol(-1) at 0.05-0.15 mmol L(-1)) and fast response (within 8 s) to the IS of aqueous solutions. The relative standard deviation (RSD) for IS (NaCl, 0.1 mmol L(-1)) was 4.4% (n = 5). The developed method was applied to determine the salinity of seawater samples, and the determined results were validated by the traditional standard chlorinity titration and electric conductimetry method. The recoveries were in the range of 92-104%. The proposed PA-Fe3O4-MPCs based reflectometry method would have great potential for IS and salinity assays.

  3. Light scattering study of partially ionized poly(acrylic acid) systems : comparison between gels and solutions

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    Moussaid, A.; Munch, J. P.; Schosseler, F.; Candau, S. J.

    1991-06-01

    Static and quasielastic light scattering experiments have been performed on the reaction bath of partially neutralized poly(acrylic acid) solutions and gels. The intensity scattered from gels is independent on the scattering wavevector, giving thus evidence that the gels are homogeneous at the scale of the wavelength of the light, contrary to what is generally observed in neutral gels. The comparison of the time and ensemble averages of the autocorrelation function of scattered light intensity shows that the gels behave with respect to that experiment as ergodic media. The variations of the intensity scattered from gels and solutions, with the ionization degree and the polymer concentration were found to be in good agreement with those predicted from simple theoretical arguments. The variations of the cooperative diffusion with these same parameters were found similar for gels and solutions. Des mesures de diffusion statique et quasiélastique de la lumière ont été effectuées sur des solutions et des gels d'acide poly(acrylique) partiellement ionisés. L'intensité diffusée par les gels est indépendante du vecteur d'onde de transfert, ce qui montre leur homogénéité, contrairement au cas des gels neutres. La comparaison des moyennes temporelle et spatiale de la fonction d'autocorrélation de l'intensité de la lumière diffusée montre que ces gels se comportent comme des milieux ergodiques. Les variations de l'intensité diffusée par les gels et les solutions en fonction de la concentration en polymère et du degré d'ionisation sont en bon accord avec les prédictions théoriques. Les variations du coefficient de diffusion avec ces mêmes paramètres sont identiques pour les gels et les solutions.

  4. An in situ FTIR-ATR study of polyacrylate adsorbed onto hematite at high pH and high ionic strength.

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    Kirwan, Luke J; Fawell, Phillip D; van Bronswijk, Wilhelm

    2004-05-11

    FTIR-ATR was used to examine in situ the interaction of polyacrylate and hematite at pH 13. Static light scattering and mobility measurements were used to assess solution polyacrylate dimensions and hematite surface charge, respectively. Polyacrylate adsorption occurred only with the addition of electrolyte (e.g., NaCl), and it was found that excess cations, up to approximately 1 M, facilitated adsorption, above which the effect was found to plateau. At pH 13 and at low ionic strength, adsorption of polyacrylate onto hematite is facilitated by cations in solution shielding both the negative acrylate functionality of the polymer and the negative hematite surface. The shielding of the hematite surface continues to increase with increasing salt concentration up to a measured 3 M. Similarly, the shielding of the polymer increased with electrolyte concentration up to approximately 1 M salt, beyond which no further increase in shielding was observed. At this concentration the polymer assumes a finite minimum size in solution that ultimately limits the amount adsorbed. The dimension of the polymer in solution was found to be independent of monovalent cation type. Thus, at high pH and high ionic strength adsorption is determined by the degree of hematite surface charge reduction. The cation-hematite surface interaction was found to be specific, with lithium leading to greater polyacrylate adsorption than sodium, which was followed by cesium. The stronger affinity of lithium for the hematite surface over sodium and cesium is indicative of the inverse lyotropic adsorption series and has been rationalized in the past by the "structure-making-structure-breaking" model. These results provide a useful insight into the likely adsorption mechanism for polyacrylate flocculants at high pH and ionic strength onto residues in the Bayer processing of bauxite.

  5. The Fouling of Zirconium(IV) Hydrous Oxide–Polyacrylate Dynamically Formed Membranes during the Nanofiltration of Lactic Acid Solutions

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    Polom, Ewa

    2013-01-01

    The results of investigations of flux decline during nanofiltration (NF) of lactic acid solutions using dynamically formed zirconium(IV) hydrous oxide/polyacrylate membranes (Zr(IV)/PAA) under conditions resulting in low and high lactic acid rejection are reported. The experimental permeate flux versus time curves were analyzed in the frame of resistance in a series model with the aim of developing the characteristic of resistances. Analysis of experimental data and results of calculations showed that the reduction of fouling effects in the investigated system could be achieved due to appropriate hydrodynamic process conditions and regular rinsing with deionized water. PMID:24957066

  6. Quantifying the association constant and stoichiometry of the complexation between colloidal polyacrylate-coated gold nanoparticles and chymotrypsin.

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    Hou, Jie; Szaflarski, Diane M; Simon, John D

    2013-04-25

    Qualitative and quantitative insights into the capacity and association constant for the binding of chymotrypsin to polyacrylate-coated gold nanoparticles is determined using fluorescence quenching, optical absorption and circular dichroism spectroscopy, isothermal calorimetry, and gel electrophoresis. The collective data reveal a binding capacity and constant for this particular system of ~7 and ~2 × 10(6) M(-1), respectively. These values vary among the individual techniques, and not all techniques are able to provide quantitative information. The present study demonstrates that accurately quantifying the association between nanoparticles and biological materials requires using multiple approaches to ensure consistency among the binding parameters determined.

  7. The Fouling of Zirconium(IV) Hydrous Oxide-Polyacrylate Dynamically Formed Membranes during the Nanofiltration of Lactic Acid Solutions.

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    Polom, Ewa

    2013-12-10

    The results of investigations of flux decline during nanofiltration (NF) of lactic acid solutions using dynamically formed zirconium(IV) hydrous oxide/polyacrylate membranes (Zr(IV)/PAA) under conditions resulting in low and high lactic acid rejection are reported. The experimental permeate flux versus time curves were analyzed in the frame of resistance in a series model with the aim of developing the characteristic of resistances. Analysis of experimental data and results of calculations showed that the reduction of fouling effects in the investigated system could be achieved due to appropriate hydrodynamic process conditions and regular rinsing with deionized water.

  8. Using polyacrylate-coated SPME fibers to quantify sorption of polar and ionic organic contaminants to dissolved organic carbon.

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    Haftka, Joris J-H; Scherpenisse, Peter; Jonker, Michiel T O; Hermens, Joop L M

    2013-05-07

    A passive sampling method using polyacrylate-coated solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fibers was applied to determine sorption of polar and ionic organic contaminants to dissolved organic carbon (DOC). The tested contaminants included pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, hormones, and pesticides and represented neutral, anionic, and cationic structures. Prior to the passive sampler application, sorption of the chemicals to the fibers was characterized. This was needed in order to accurately translate concentrations measured in fibers to freely dissolved aqueous concentrations during the sorption tests with DOC. Sorption isotherms of neutral compounds to the fiber were linear, whereas isotherms of basic chemicals covered a nonlinear and a linear range. Sorption of acidic and basic compounds to the fiber was pH-dependent and was dominated by sorption of the neutral sorbate species. Fiber- and DOC-water partition coefficients of neutral compounds were both linearly related to octanol-water partition coefficients (log Kow). The results of this study show that polyacrylate fibers can be used to quantify sorption to DOC of neutral and ionic contaminants, having multiple functional groups and spanning a wide hydrophobicity range (log Kow = 2.5-7.5).

  9. Preparation and characterization of inorganic-organic trilayer core-shell polysilsesquioxane/polyacrylate/polydimethylsiloxane hybrid latex particles

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    Bai, Ruiqin; Qiu, Teng; Han, Feng; He, Lifan; Li, Xiaoyu

    2012-07-01

    The inorganic-organic trilayer core-shell polysilsesquioxane/polyacrylate/polydimethylsiloxane hybrid latex particles have been successfully prepared via seeded emulsion polymerization of acrylate monomers and octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) gradually, using functional polymethacryloxypropylsilsesquioxane (PSQ) latex particles with reactive methacryloxypropyl groups synthesized by the hydrolysis and polycondensation of (3-methacryloxypropyl)trimethoxysilane in the presence of mixed emulsifiers as seeds. The FTIR spectra show that acrylate monomers and D4 are effectively involved in the emulsion copolymerization and formed the polydimethylsiloxane-containing hybrid latex particles. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) confirm that the resultant hybrid latex particles have evident trilayer core-shell structure and a narrow size distribution. XPS analysis also indicates that polysilsesquioxane/polyacrylate/polydimethylsiloxane hybrid latex particles have been successfully prepared and PDMS is rich in the surface of the hybrid latex film. Additionally, compared with the hybrid latex film without PDMS, the hybrid latex film containing PDMS shows higher hydrophobicity (water contact angle) and lower water absorption.

  10. Xylitol production from rice straw hemicellulose hydrolyzate by polyacrylic hydrogel thin films with immobilized Candida subtropicalis WF79.

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    Liaw, Wen-Chang; Chen, Chee-Shan; Chang, Wen-Shion; Chen, Kuan-Pin

    2008-02-01

    Xylose from rice straw hemicellulose hydrolysate was fermented for xylitol production using Candida subtropicalis WF79 cells immobilized in polyacrylic hydrogel thin films of 200 mum thickness. Cell immobilization was conducted by first suspending the yeast cells in a mixture of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA, hydrophilic monomer), polyethylene glycol diacrylate (PEG-DA, crosslinking agent), and benzoin isopropyl ether (photoinitiator). The mixture was then allowed to form polyacrylic hydrogel thin films, between two pieces of glass sheets, by UV-initiated photopolymerization. The hemicellulose of rice straw was hydrolyzed using dilute sulfuric acid at 126 degrees C. The hydrolysate was neutralized with calcium hydroxide. After separating the solid residues and calcium sulfate precipitates by filtration, the hydrolysate was treated with charcoal to partially remove potential inhibitory substances, followed by vacuum concentration to obtain solutions of desired xylose concentrations for yeast fermentation. The thin films with immobilized yeast cells were submerged in the xylose solution from rice straw hydrolysate for fermentation in an Erlenmeyer flask. The maximum yield was 0.73 g of xylitol per gram of xylose consumed. In the 52.5-day long durability test, after 40 d of repeated batchwise operation, the fermentation activities of the cell immobilized in thin films began to decline to a yield of 0.57 g/g at the end.

  11. All-optically controllable and highly efficient scattering mode light modulator based on azobenzene liquid crystals and poly(N-vinylcarbazole) films.

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    Liu, Yen-Chen; Cheng, Ko-Ting; Chen, Yuan-Di; Fuh, Andy Ying-Guey

    2013-07-29

    The present study reports that isothermal phase transition induced by photoisomerization of azobenzene liquid crystals (azo-LCs) from trans- to cis-isomers results in the dissolution of poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) into azo-LCs. Transparent (scattering) states can be demonstrated using uniform (rough) morphologies of PVK generated by slow (rapid) phase separation of PVK and azo-LCs from cis- to trans-isomers. The PVK films were examined in detail using scanning electron microscopy. Scattering performance resulting from the rough PVK surface induced micron-sized LC domains, and transparent performance resulting from the reformed uniform PVK surface can be optically and reversibly switched. Finally, all-optically controllable and highly efficient (contrast ratio of 370:1) scattering mode light modulators based on azo-LCs and PVK films were demonstrated.

  12. Fabrication and characterization of stable superhydrophobic fluorinated-polyacrylate/silica hybrid coating

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    Li, Kunquan; Zeng, Xingrong; Li, Hongqiang; Lai, Xuejun

    2014-04-01

    The core-shell fluorinated-polyacrylate (PFA) emulsion was synthesized through emulsion polymerization method and the superhydrophobic PFA/SiO2 hybrid coating was successfully fabricated on the slide glass by spraying the mixture of PFA emulsion and hydrophobic SiO2 particles using ethanol as cosolvent. The PFA emulsion was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), dynamic light scattering (DLS), water contact angle (WCA), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and the effects of SiO2 content on the wetting behavior and surface morphology of PFA/SiO2 hybrid coating were investigated. To evaluate the stability of the hybrid coating, the acid and base resistance, weatherability and thermal stability were also studied. Results showed that the obtained PFA latex exhibited a core-shell structure with a particle size of 134.1 nm and a narrow polydispersity of 0.03. With the increase of dodecafluoroheptyl methacrylate (DFMA) content in the latex shell from 0 wt% to 31.8 wt%, the WCA of the PFA film enlarged from 85° to 104°, indicating that the introduction of fluorinated monomer was effective in reducing the surface energy. By adding different amount of SiO2 particles, the surface morphology and wetting behavior of the PFA/SiO2 hybrid coatings could be controlled. When the mass ratio of SiO2 to PFA emulsion was 0.2, the surface roughness (Rq) increased to 173.6 nm and the wetting behavior of the surface became superhydrophobic with a WCA of 153°, resulted from the corporation of low surface energy and the binary nano/microstructure on the surface. The as-prepared PFA/SiO2 hybrid coating showed good acid and base corrosion resistance, and it could keep superhydrophobicity after being heated at 250 °C for 2 h or exposed to ambient atmosphere for more than 3 months. Additionally, the superhydrophobic PFA/SiO2 hybrid coating could be applied to various substrates through spraying. This was a green and eco-friendly method in fabricating stable

  13. Interaction of sodium polyacrylate adsorbed on TiO2 with cationic and anionic surfactants.

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    Li, Haiyan; Tripp, Carl P

    2004-11-23

    Attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) was used to identify the structures formed during the adsorption of sodium polyacrylate (NaPA) on charged TiO2 particles and to determine the subsequent interaction of the adsorbed polymer structure with cationic and anionic surfactants. The nature of the polymer structure was deduced from the adsorbed amount in tandem with the information obtained from monitoring the change in the relative intensity of the COO- and COOH infrared bands. In particular, it is found that the relative number of COO- and COOH groups on the polymer backbone for the adsorbed state differs from that of the same polymer in solution. This difference is due to a shift in the population of COO-/COOH groups on the polymer backbone that arises when the COO- groups bind to positively charged sites on the surface. A change in the number COO-/COOH groups on the polymer is thus related to a change in the bound fraction of polymer. It is shown that the initial NaPA approaching the bare surface adopts a flat conformation with high bound fraction. Once the bare sites on the surface are covered, the accommodation of additional polymer on the surface requires the existing adsorbed layer to adopt a conformation with a lower bound fraction. When the adsorbed NaPA is probed with a solution containing the anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), the SDS competes for surface sites and displaces some of the bound NaPA segments from the surface, giving rise to an polymer layer adsorbed with an even lower bound fraction. In contrast, addition of a solution containing the cationic surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) results in the binding of the surfactant directly to the free COO- sites on the adsorbed polymer backbone. Confirmation of a direct interaction of the CTAB headgroup with the free COO- groups of the polymer is provided by intensity changes in the headgroup IR bands of the CTAB.

  14. Polyacrylic acid-coated iron oxide nanoparticles for targeting drug resistance in mycobacteria.

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    Padwal, Priyanka; Bandyopadhyaya, Rajdip; Mehra, Sarika

    2014-12-23

    The emergence of drug resistance is a major problem faced in current tuberculosis (TB) therapy, representing a global health concern. Mycobacterium is naturally resistant to most drugs due to export of the latter outside bacterial cells by active efflux pumps, resulting in a low intracellular drug concentration. Thus, development of agents that can enhance the effectiveness of drugs used in TB treatment and bypass the efflux mechanism is crucial. In this study, we present a new nanoparticle-based strategy for enhancing the efficacy of existing drugs. To that end, we have developed poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)-coated iron oxide (magnetite) nanoparticles (PAA-MNPs) as efflux inhibitors and used it together with rifampicin (a first line anti-TB drug) on Mycobacterium smegmatis. PAA-MNPs of mean diameter 9 nm interact with bacterial cells via surface attachment and are then internalized by cells. Although PAA-MNP alone does not inhibit cell growth, treatment of cells with a combination of PAA-MNP and rifampicin exhibits a synergistic 4-fold-higher growth inhibition compared to rifampicin alone. This is because the combination of PAA-MNP and rifampicin results in up to a 3-fold-increased accumulation of rifampicin inside the cells. This enhanced intracellular drug concentration has been explained by real-time transport studies on a common efflux pump substrate, ethidium bromide (EtBr). It is seen that PAA-MNP increases the accumulation of EtBr significantly and also minimizes the EtBr efflux in direct proportion to the PAA-MNP concentration. Our results thus illustrate that the addition of PAA-MNP with rifampicin may bypass the innate drug resistance mechanism of M. smegmatis. This generic strategy is also found to be successful for other anti-TB drugs, such as isoniazid and fluoroquinolones (e.g., norfloxacin), only when stabilized, coated nanoparticles (such as PAA-MNP) are used, not PAA or MNP alone. We hence establish coated nanoparticles as a new class of efflux

  15. Probing the extent of the Sr2+ ion condensation to anionic polyacrylate coils: a quantitative anomalous small-angle x-ray scattering study.

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    Goerigk, G; Huber, K; Schweins, R

    2007-10-21

    The shrinking process of anionic sodium polyacrylate (NaPA) chains in aqueous solution induced by Sr2+ counterions was analyzed by anomalous small-angle x-ray scattering. Scattering experiments were performed close to the precipitation threshold of strontium polyacrylate. The pure-resonant scattering contribution, which is related to the structural distribution of the Sr2+ counterions, was used to analyze the extent of Sr2+ condensation onto the polyacrylate coils. A series of four samples with different ratios [Sr2+][NaPA] (between 0.451 and 0.464) has been investigated. From the quantitative analysis of the resonant invariant, the amount of Sr cations localized in the collapsed phase was calculated with concentrations v between 0.94x10(17) and 2.01x10(17) cm(-3) corresponding to an amount of Sr cations in the collapsed phase between 9% and 23% of the total Sr2+ cations in solution. If compared to the concentration of polyacrylate expressed in moles of monomers [NaPA], a degree of site binding of r=[Sr2+][NaPA] between 0.05 and 0.11 was estimated. These values clearly differ from r=0.25, which was established from former light scattering experiments, indicating that the counterion condensation starts before the phase border is reached and increases rather sharply at the border.

  16. In situ investigation of complex BaSO4 fiber generation in the presence of sodium polyacrylate. 1. Kinetics and solution analysis.

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    Wang, Tongxin; Cölfen, Helmut

    2006-10-10

    Simple solution analysis of the formation mechanism of complex BaSO(4) fiber bundles in the presence of polyacrylate sodium salt, via a bioinspired approach, is reported. Titration of the polyacrylate solution with Ba(2+) revealed complex formation and the optimum ratio of Ba(2+) to polyacrylate for a slow polymer-controlled mineralization process. This is a much simpler and faster method to determine the appropriate additive/mineral concentration pairs as opposed to more common crystallization experiments in which the additive/mineral concentration is varied. Time-dependent pH measurements were carried out to determine the concentration of solution species from which BaSO(4) supersaturation throughout the fiber formation process can be calculated and the second-order kinetics of the Ba(2+) concentration in solution can be identified. Conductivity measurements, pH measurements, and analytical ultracentrifugation revealed the first formed species to be Ba-polyacrylate complexes. A combination of the solution analysis results and optical microscopic images allows a detailed picture of the complex precipitation and self-organization process, a particle-mediated process involving mesoscopic transformations, to be revealed.

  17. Iron nanoparticles embedded in carbon films: structural and optical properties

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    Mashayekhi, Fatemeh; Shafiekhani, Azizollah; Sebt, Seyed Ali

    2016-06-01

    In the present work amorphous hydrogenated carbon films with sputtered iron nanoparticles (Fe NPs @ a-C:H) were deposited by co-deposition of RF-sputtering and RF-plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition methods using acetylene gas and iron target on quartz and silicon substrates. Samples were prepared in different initial pressures and during constant deposition time. The crystalline structure of Fe NPs @ a-C:H was studied using X-ray diffraction and selected area electron diffraction patterns. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis presents that increasing the initial pressure decreases the atomic ratio of Fe/C and the sp3-hybridized carbon content in prepared samples. The transmission electron microscope image shows the encapsulated Fe NPs in carbon films. The optical properties and localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of samples were studied using UV-visible spectrophotometry, which is shown that increasing of Fe content decreases the intensity of LSPR peak and increases the optical band gap.

  18. Multilayer silver nanoparticles embedded in graded-index dielectric layers

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    Shokeen, Poonam; Jain, Amit; Gupta, Vinay; Kapoor, Avinashi

    2017-04-01

    A pulsed laser deposited SiO2/Ag/ZnO/Ag/TiO2 multilayer structure is studied to enhance the light trapping capability of thin-film solar cell. Structural and optical properties of structure are studied with scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, photoluminescence and UV-visible spectroscopy. Proposed geometry improves the extinction spectra and quenches photoluminescence in comparison to TiO2/Ag and SiO2/Ag/ZnO geometry. Finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations indicate a promising effect of the proposed geometries on thin-film solar cells. Twofold enhancement in total quantum efficiency of an optimized multilayer plasmonic graded-index thin-film solar cell is observed in comparison to the pristine solar cell. Results suggest a more concerted study of multilayer plasmonic nanostructures with graded-index anti-reflection coatings to improve the performance of thin-film photovoltaic devices.

  19. Organic memory device with polyaniline nanoparticles embedded as charging elements

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    Kim, Yo-Han; Kim, Minkeun; Oh, Sewook; Jung, Hunsang; Kim, Yejin; Yoon, Tae-Sik; Kim, Yong-Sang; Ho Lee, Hyun

    2012-04-01

    Polyaniline nanoparticles (PANI NPs) were synthesized and fabricated as charging elements for organic memory devices. The PANI NPs charging layer was self-assembled by epoxy-amine bonds between 3-glycidylpropyl trimethoxysilane functionalized dielectrics and PANI NPs. A memory window of 5.8 V (ΔVFB) represented by capacitance-voltage hysteresis was obtained for metal-pentacene-insulator-silicon capacitor. In addition, program/erase operations controlled by gate bias (-/+90 V) were demonstrated in the PANI NPs embedded pentacene thin film transistor device with polyvinylalcohol dielectric on flexible polyimide substrate. These results can be extended to development of fully organic-based electronic device.

  20. Optoelectronic device with nanoparticle embedded hole injection/transport layer

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    Wang, Qingwu [Chelmsford, MA; Li, Wenguang [Andover, MA; Jiang, Hua [Methuen, MA

    2012-01-03

    An optoelectronic device is disclosed that can function as an emitter of optical radiation, such as a light-emitting diode (LED), or as a photovoltaic (PV) device that can be used to convert optical radiation into electrical current, such as a photovoltaic solar cell. The optoelectronic device comprises an anode, a hole injection/transport layer, an active layer, and a cathode, where the hole injection/transport layer includes transparent conductive nanoparticles in a hole transport material.

  1. Cobalt magnetic nanoparticles embedded in carbon matrix: biofunctional validation

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    Krolow, Matheus Z.; Monte, Leonardo G.; Remião, Mariana H.; Hartleben, Cláudia P.; Moreira, Ângela N.; Dellagostin, Odir A.; Piva, Evandro; Conceição, Fabricio R.; Carreño, Neftalí L. V.

    2012-09-01

    Carbon nanostructures and nanocomposites display versatile allotropic morphologies, physico-chemical properties and have a wide range of applications in mechanics, electronics, biotechnology, structural material, chemical processing, and energy management. In this study we report the synthesis, characterization, and biotechnological application of cobalt magnetic nanoparticles, with diameter approximately 15-40 nm, embedded in carbon structure (Co/C-MN). A single-step chemical process was used in the synthesis of the Co/C-MN. The Co/C-MN has presented superparamagnetic behavior at room temperature an essential property for immunoseparation assays carried out here. To stimulate interactions between proteins and Co/C-MN, this nanocomposite was functionalized with acrylic acid (AA). We have showed the bonding of different proteins onto Co/C-AA surface using immunofluorescence assay. A Co/C-AA coated with monoclonal antibody anti-pathogenic Leptospira spp. was able to capture leptospires, suggesting that it could be useful in immunoseparation assays.

  2. Poly(acrylic acid)-directed synthesis of colloidally stable single domain magnetite nanoparticles via partial oxidation

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    Altan, Cem L.; Gurten, Berna; Sadza, Roel; Yenigul, Elcin; Sommerdijk, Nico A. J. M.; Bucak, Seyda

    2016-10-01

    Octahedral, single domain magnetite nanoparticles with average size of ~55 nm were synthesized through oxidative aging of a ferrous hydroxide (Fe(OH)2) precursor at high pH in water. The synthesis was also carried out in the presence of the hydrophilic polymer poly(acrylic acid). Presence of the polymer changed the particle morphology from octahedral to spherical while average size decreased to 40-50 nm. Although these particles have a tendency to precipitate due to their high magnetic moment, dispersions of these particles were obtained in the presence of this particular polymer which made the particles stable in water for several days making them suitable for various biotechnological applications such as cell separation owing to their low toxicity.

  3. Release of triamcinolone acetonide from mucoadhesive polymer composed of chitosan and poly(acrylic acid) in vitro.

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    Ahn, Jae-Soon; Choi, Hoo-Kyun; Chun, Myong-Kwan; Ryu, Jei-Man; Jung, Jae-Hee; Kim, Yue-Un; Cho, Chong-Su

    2002-03-01

    Transmucosal drug delivery (TMD) system using mucoadhesive polymer has been recently interested due to the rapid onset of action, high blood level, avoidance of the first-pass effect and the exposure of the drug to the gastrointestinal tract. A novel mucoadhesive polymer complex composed of chitosan and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) was prepared by template polymerization of acrylic acid in the presence of chitosan for the TMD system. Triamcinolone acetonide (TAA) was loaded into the chitosan/PAA polymer complex film. TAA was evenly dispersed in chitosan, PAA polymer complex film without interaction with polymer complex. Release behavior of TAA from the mucoadhesive polymer film was dependent on time, pH, loading content of drug, and chitosan PAA ratio. The analysis of the drug release from the mucoadhesive film showed that TAA might be released from the chitosan/PAA polymer complex film through non-Fickian diffusion mechanism.

  4. Efficient removal of malachite green dye using biodegradable graft copolymer derived from amylopectin and poly(acrylic acid).

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    Sarkar, Amit Kumar; Pal, Aniruddha; Ghorai, Soumitra; Mandre, N R; Pal, Sagar

    2014-10-13

    This article reports on the application of a high performance biodegradable adsorbent based on amylopectin and poly(acrylic acid) (AP-g-PAA) for removal of toxic malachite green dye (MG) from aqueous solution. The graft copolymer has been synthesized and characterized using various techniques including FTIR, GPC, SEM and XRD analyses. Biodegradation study suggests that the co-polymer is biodegradable in nature. The adsorbent shows excellent potential (Qmax, 352.11 mg g(-1); 99.05% of MG has been removed within 30 min) for removal of MG from aqueous solution. It has been observed that point to zero charge (pzc) of graft copolymer plays significant role in adsorption efficacy. The adsorption kinetics and isotherm follow pseudo-second order and Langmuir isotherm models, respectively. Thermodynamics parameters suggest that the process of dye uptake is spontaneous. Finally desorption study shows excellent regeneration efficiency of adsorbent.

  5. Antibacterial effects of protruding and recessed shark skin micropatterned surfaces of polyacrylate plate with a shallow groove.

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    Sakamoto, Akihiko; Terui, Yusuke; Horie, Chihiro; Fukui, Takashi; Masuzawa, Toshiyuki; Sugawara, Shintaro; Shigeta, Kaku; Shigeta, Tatsuo; Igarashi, Kazuei; Kashiwagi, Keiko

    2014-12-01

    Antibacterial effects in terms of biofilm formation and swarming motility were studied using polyacrylate plates having protruding or recessed shark skin micropatterned surfaces with a shallow groove (2 μm pattern width and spacing, 0.4 μm pattern height). It was found that biofilm formation and swarming motility of Pseudomonas aeruginosa were strongly inhibited by the shark skin pattern plates with a shallow (0.4 μm) pattern height. Biofilm formation of Staphylococcus aureus was also strongly inhibited. Live bacteria were located on the pattern rather than in the spacing. When the shape of pattern was a linear ridge instead of shark skin, the antibacterial effects were weaker than seen with the shark skin pattern. The results indicate that the pattern of shark skin is important for decreasing bacterial infection even with a shallow feature height.

  6. Preparation of CO₂/N₂-triggered reversibly coagulatable and redispersible polyacrylate latexes by emulsion polymerization using a polymeric surfactant.

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    Zhang, Qi; Yu, Guoqiang; Wang, Wen-Jun; Li, Bo-Geng; Zhu, Shiping

    2012-05-29

    We report here a novel approach for making reversibly coagulatable and redispersible polyacrylate latexes by emulsion (co)polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) using a polymeric surfactant, poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)(10) -block-poly(methyl methacrylate)(14) . The surfactant was protonated with HCl prior to use. The resulted PMMA latexes were readily coagulated with trace amount of caustic soda. The coagulated latex particles, after washing with deionized water, could be redispersed into fresh water to form stable latexes again by CO(2) bubbling with ultrasonication. The recovered latexes could then be coagulated by N(2) bubbling with gentle heating. These coagulation and redispersion processes were repeatable by the CO(2) /N(2) bubbling.

  7. Synthesis of polyacrylate/polyethylene glycol interpenetrating network hydrogel and its sorption of heavy-metal ions.

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    Tang, Qunwei; Sun, Xiaoming; Li, Qinghua; Wu, Jihuai; Lin, Jianming

    2009-02-01

    A simple two-step aqueous polymerization method was introduced to synthesize a polyacrylate/polyethylene glycol (PAC/PEG) interpenetrating network (IPN) hydrogel. On the basis of the effects of the ratio of PAC to PEG, neutralization degree, heavy-metal ion concentration, and temperature on the adsorption behavior of PAC/PEG IPN hydrogel toward Ni(2 +), Cr(3 +) and Cd(2 +), the preparation conditions were optimized. In our system, the greatest amount of Ni(2 +), Cr(3 +) and Cd(2 +) adsorbed were 102.34, 49.38 and 33.41 mg g(- 1), respectively. The adsorption abilities of a dried PAC/PEG composite and a swollen PAC/PEG IPN hydrogel were compared. It was found that the efficiency of removing metal ions using the swollen hydrogel was greater than that using the dried composite. The adsorption mechanism and model are also discussed.

  8. Synthesis of hollow silver spheres using poly-(styrene-methyl acrylic acid) as templates in the presence of sodium polyacrylate

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    Wang, Aili; Yin, Hengbo; Ge, Chen; Ren, Min; Liu, Yumin; Jiang, Tingshun

    2010-02-01

    Hollow silver spheres were successfully prepared by reducing AgNO 3 with ascorbic acid and using negatively charged poly-(styrene-methyl acrylic acid) (PSA) spheres as templates in the presence of sodium polyacrylate as a stabilizer. Firstly, silver cations adsorbed on the surface of PSA spheres via electrostatic attraction between the carboxyl groups and silver cations were reduced in situ by ascorbic acid. The silver nanoparticles deposited on the surface of PSA spheres served as seeds for the further growth of silver shells. After that, extra amount of AgNO 3 and ascorbic acid solutions were added to form PSA/Ag composites with thick silver shells. In order to obtain compact silver shells, the as-prepared PSA/Ag composites were heated at 150 °C for 3 h. Then hollow silver spheres were prepared by dissolving PSA templates with tetrahydrofuran.

  9. Determination of superabsorbent polyacrylate dust in workplace atmospheres after derivatization with ethanol and using HPLC with pulsed electrochemical detection.

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    Wink, O; Schack, F

    2000-10-01

    Superabsorbent polyacrylates (SAPs) have been used in the hygiene industry for many years. A derivatization and analytical method was developed for routine analysis of trace levels of SAP dust in workplace atmospheres. In comparison with existing methods, which are based on the sodium content or the ion exchange properties of the polymer, this method is more specific. It has the advantage of not being influenced by any sodium containing contaminants. Air samples are collected on Teflon filters using air monitoring sampling cassettes. The filters are subsequently placed in quartz vials and a reaction mixture containing hydrochloric acid in ethanol is added. The hydrochloric acid-ethanol solution, when heated, converts the carboxylic acid groups on the backbone of the insoluble polyacrylate into ethyl esters. After reaction, the excess of ethanol and hydrochloric acid is completely removed under vacuum. The sample is then treated with aqueous sodium hydroxide at 80 degrees C to release the bound ethanol. The solution is analyzed by HPLC on an anion exclusion stationary phase using dilute perchloric acid as mobile phase. Ethanol is identified and quantified with a pulsed electrochemical detector. Several environmental samples in addition to laboratory spiked samples were successfully analyzed with this technique. Recoveries averaged > 85% for spiked blank filters at levels from 5 to 50 micrograms per filter with relative standard deviations up to 7%. The instrument's limit of detection (LOD) for ethanol was 0.1 mg l-1. The LOD for derivatization and analysis corresponds to 3 micrograms of SAP per filter (assuming an esterification factor of 0.30 microgram of ethanol per microgram of SAP).

  10. Matrix tablets based on thiolated poly(acrylic acid): pH-dependent variation in disintegration and mucoadhesion.

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    Guggi, Davide; Marschütz, Michaela K; Bernkop-Schnürch, Andreas

    2004-04-15

    This study examined the influence of the pH on the mucoadhesive and cohesive properties of polyarcylic acid (PAA) and thiolated PAA. The pH of PAA (molecular mass: 450 kDa) and of a corresponding PAA-cysteine conjugate was adjusted to 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. The amount of immobilised thiol groups and disulfide bonds was determined via Ellman's reagent. Tablets were compressed out of each pH-batch of both thiolated and unmodified PAA and the swelling behaviour, the disintegration time and the mucoadhesiveness were evaluated. The amount of thiol/disulfide groups per gram thiolated PAA of pH 3 and pH 8 was determined to be 332 +/- 94 micromol and 162 +/- 46 micromol, respectively. The thiolated PAA tablets displayed a minimum four-fold higher water uptake compared to unmodified PAA tablets. A faster and higher water uptake of both polymer types was observed above pH 5. Thiolated polymer tablets showed a 3-20-fold more prolonged disintegration time than unmodified PAA tablets. The cohesiveness of PAA-cysteine conjugate increased at higher pH, whereas the unmodified PAA behaved inversely. A 3-7-fold stronger mucoadhesiveness was observed for the PAA-cysteine conjugate tablets compared to unmodified PAA tablets. For both thiolated and unmodified polymer the mucoadhesiveness was 2-4-fold enhanced below pH 5. The difference in mucoadhesion between the two polymer types was most pronounced at these lower pH values. In this study substantial information regarding the pH-dependence of mucoadhesion and cohesion of unmodified polyacrylates and of thiolated polyacrylates is provided, representing helpful basic information for an ameliorated deployment of these polymers.

  11. Predicting sediment sorption coefficients for linear alkylbenzenesulfonate congeners from polyacrylate-water partition coefficients at different salinities.

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    Rico-Rico, Angeles; Droge, Steven T J; Hermens, Joop L M

    2010-02-01

    The effect of the molecular structure and the salinity on the sorption of the anionic surfactant linear alkylbenzenesulfonate (LAS) to marine sediment has been studied. The analysis of several individual LAS congeners in seawater and of one specific LAS congener at different dilutions of seawater was carried out after extraction by polyacrylate solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fibers. Sorption isotherms for the tested LAS congeners on marine sediment and at different ionic composition were all nonlinear with a constant Freundlich exponent (n(F)) of 0.78 +/- 0.05. Differences in LAS sorption of a number of congeners were similar to the differences among the linear partition coefficients (K(fw)) observed for the polyacrylate SPME fibers in seawater. The sorption of LAS to both the sediment and the SPME fiber significantly decreased in media with lower salinity. Dissolved calcium could fully account for the changed affinity of LAS for the SPME fiber, although the high sorption in seawater was also equaled by a corresponding dissolved concentration of NaCl only. Sediment sorption coefficients of a single LAS congener at varying ionic composition was not as strongly related to the K(fw) values as the relation observed for different LAS compounds in seawater, likely because sorption mechanisms are different in both phases. In the absence of experimental data for octanol-water coefficients (K(ow)) of (i) individual LAS congeners at (ii) different ionic compositions, the use of K(fw) as a tool to predict sorption and other hydrophobicity-related processes is suggested.

  12. Reversible molecular switching at a metal surface: A case study of tetra- tert-butyl-azobenzene on Au(1 1 1)

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    Wolf, Martin; Tegeder, Petra

    2009-06-01

    Molecular switches represent a fascinating class of functional molecules, whose properties can be reversibly changed between different molecular states by excitation with light or other external stimuli. Using surface science concepts like self assembly to align such molecules in a well-defined geometry at solid surfaces, new functional properties may arise, which are relevant for different fields like, e.g., molecular electronics, sensing or biocompatible interfaces. For a microscopic understanding of molecular switching at surfaces, it is essential to obtain detailed knowledge on the underlying elementary processes, for instance the excitation mechanism in photoinduced switching. Here we present a case study of a specifically designed azobenzene derivative on a metal surface, namely tetra- tert-butyl-azobenzene (TBA) adsorbed on Au(1 1 1), which is so far one of the best studied system for which reversible conformational changes have been demonstrated. TBA/Au(1 1 1) can thus be viewed as model system in order to gain deeper insights into molecular switching processes at metal surfaces. We have studied the photoinduced and thermally activated reversible switching of TBA in direct contact with a Au(1 1 1) surface using two-photon photoemission (2PPE) and high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS). The trans/cis-isomerization of TBA is accompanied by reversible changes in the geometrical and electronic structure of the molecules, allowing to gain mechanistic and quantitative insight into the switching process. In particular, the cross sections for the photoisomerization, the ratio between the cis- and trans-TBA in the photostationary state, and the activation energy for the thermally induced cis→trans reaction have been determined and are found to be strongly reduced compared to the corresponding quantities in the liquid phase. Furthermore, the mechanism of optical excitation and molecular switching of TBA on Au(1 1 1) has been identified to arise

  13. Mesoporous polyacrylic acid supported silver nanoparticles as an efficient catalyst for reductive coupling of nitrobenzenes and alcohols using glycerol as hydrogen source.

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    Mandi, Usha; Roy, Anupam Singha; Kundu, Sudipta K; Roy, Susmita; Bhaumik, Asim; Islam, Sk Manirul

    2016-06-15

    Silver nanoparticle immobilized mesoporous cross-linked polyacrylic acid (Ag-MCP-1) has been synthesized via aqueous-phase polymerization of acrylic acid followed by the surface immobilization with silver nanoparticles. The nanocomposite material has been characterized by different spectroscopic techniques. Powder X-ray diffraction patterns revealed the formation of silver nanoparticles, while transmission electron microscope image showed that Ag nanoparticles are formed and uniformly dispersed in the mesoporous polyacrylic acid. The Ag-MCP-1 nanocomposite can be used as an efficient heterogeneous catalyst in the reductive coupling of nitrobenzenes and alcohols using glycerol as hydrogen source. This nanocomposite can be reused more than five times without any significant decrease in its catalytic activity.

  14. [Clinical cases about the therapeutic use of debriding dressing hidrodetersive polyacrylate fibers with TLC and foam dressings TLC-NOSF polyurethane in chronic wounds].

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    Blasco García, Carmen; Segovia Gómez, Teresa; Bermejo Martínez, Mariano; Cuesta Cuesta, Juan José; Alventosa Cortés, Ana María

    2012-10-01

    The treatment of chronic wounds requires the use of highly specific products for different phases of the healing process. This article raises a number of clinical cases with chronic wounds of vascular origin and pressure ulcers. Such cases required a initial debridement because of the large content of fibrin covering the wound bed at this stage was used dressing hidrodetersive polyacrylate fibers with TLC. Once the debridement is continued treatment with a polyurethane foam dressing with TLC-NOSF.

  15. Supramolecular Phase-Selective Gelation by Peptides Bearing Side-Chain Azobenzenes: Effect of Ultrasound and Potential for Dye Removal and Oil Spill Remediation

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    Bachl, Jürgen; Oehm, Stefan; Mayr, Judith; Cativiela, Carlos; Marrero-Tellado, José Juan; Díaz Díaz, David

    2015-01-01

    Phase selective gelation (PSG) of organic phases from their non-miscible mixtures with water was achieved using tetrapeptides bearing a side-chain azobenzene moiety. The presence of the chromophore allowed PSG at the same concentration as the minimum gelation concentration (MGC) necessary to obtain the gels in pure organic phases. Remarkably, the presence of the water phase during PSG did not impact the thermal, mechanical, and morphological properties of the corresponding organogels. In the case of miscible oil/water mixtures, the entire mixture was gelled, resulting in the formation of quasi-hydrogels. Importantly, PSG could be triggered at room temperature by ultrasound treatment of the mixture or by adding ultrasound-aided concentrated solution of the peptide in an oil-phase to a mixture of the same oil and water. Moreover, the PSG was not affected by the presence of salts or impurities existing in water from natural sources. The process could be scaled-up, and the oil phases (e.g., aromatic solvents, gasoline, diesel fuel) recovered almost quantitatively after a simple distillation process, which also allowed the recovery and reuse of the gelator. Finally, these peptidic gelators could be used to quantitatively remove toxic dyes from aqueous solutions. PMID:26006247

  16. Supramolecular phase-selective gelation by peptides bearing side-chain azobenzenes: effect of ultrasound and potential for dye removal and oil spill remediation.

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    Bachl, Jürgen; Oehm, Stefan; Mayr, Judith; Cativiela, Carlos; Marrero-Tellado, José Juan; Díaz, David Díaz

    2015-05-22

    Phase selective gelation (PSG) of organic phases from their non-miscible mixtures with water was achieved using tetrapeptides bearing a side-chain azobenzene moiety. The presence of the chromophore allowed PSG at the same concentration as the minimum gelation concentration (MGC) necessary to obtain the gels in pure organic phases. Remarkably, the presence of the water phase during PSG did not impact the thermal, mechanical, and morphological properties of the corresponding organogels. In the case of miscible oil/water mixtures, the entire mixture was gelled, resulting in the formation of quasi-hydrogels. Importantly, PSG could be triggered at room temperature by ultrasound treatment of the mixture or by adding ultrasound-aided concentrated solution of the peptide in an oil-phase to a mixture of the same oil and water. Moreover, the PSG was not affected by the presence of salts or impurities existing in water from natural sources. The process could be scaled-up, and the oil phases (e.g., aromatic solvents, gasoline, diesel fuel) recovered almost quantitatively after a simple distillation process, which also allowed the recovery and reuse of the gelator. Finally, these peptidic gelators could be used to quantitatively remove toxic dyes from aqueous solutions.

  17. Theoretical estimation of mesogenic characteristics of 4-methyl (2‧-hydroxy,4‧-n-hexadecyloxy) azobenzene - a nematic liquid crystal

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    Gaurav, Pankaj Kumar; Roychoudhury, Mihir

    2014-03-01

    The compound 4-methyl (2‧-hydroxy,4‧-n-hexadecyloxy) azobenzene was synthesized by Prajapati and co-workers (Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 369 (2001), pp. 37-46). Subsequent experiments (D. Pal, [PhD thesis], University of Lucknow, Lucknow, India, 2007) confirmed that the compound exists in nematic phase for a small range of temperature (72°C-80°C). In the present work, optimization of molecular geometry has been carried out by employing the Gaussian 03 suit of programs without any constraint using density functional B3LYP along with 6-31G** basis set and checked for imaginary frequencies. A detailed investigation on intermolecular interaction energy at various interacting configurations has been carried out. In order to study the mesogenic characteristics of the molecule, an attempt has been made to estimate the variation of order parameter with respect to the change in temperature as well as degrees of freedom. These studies will be helpful to understanding the mesogenic character of any molecule prior to synthesis and promises future application in molecular engineering.

  18. Photo-aligned blend films of azobenzene-containing polyimides with and without side-chains for inducing inclined alignment of liquid crystal molecules

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    Usami, Kiyoaki; Sakamoto, Kenji

    2011-08-01

    We have succeeded in controlling the pretilt angle of liquid crystal (LC) molecules over the whole range of 0 to 90° by using photo-aligned blend films of two azobenzene-containing polyimides (Azo-PIs) with and without side-chains. The Azo-PIs were synthesized from pyromellitic dianhydride and a mixture of 4,4'-diaminoazobenzene and 4-(4'-propylbi(cyclohexan)-4-yl)phenyl 3,5-diaminobenzoate (PBCP-DABA). PBCP-DABA is a diamine to introduce a side-chain structure into the polyimide. Defect-free uniform LC alignment was obtained in the pretilt angle (θp) ranges of θp ≤ 11° and θp ≥ 78°. Previously, we reported that the pretilt angle can be controlled using pure photo-aligned films of Azo-PIs with different molar fractions of PBCP-DABA. For the pure photo-aligned films, the defect-free pretilt angle ranges were θp < 5° and θp ≥ 85°. These results suggest that the azimuthal anchoring strength of the blend Azo-PI film is stronger than that of the pure films of Azo-PIs with side-chains, at least for the pretilt angle range from 5 to 11°. We found that the defect-free pretilt angle range can be extended by using the blend Azo-PI films instead of the pure Azo-PI films.

  19. Photochemical on-off switching of structural color of a multi-bilayered film consisting of azobenzene-polymer liquid crystal and polyvinylalcohol

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    Kurihara, Seiji; Moritsugu, Masaki; Kuwahara, Yutaka; Ogata, Tomonari

    2011-10-01

    Photo-responsive multi-bilayered film consisting of azobenzene polymer liquid crystals (PAzo) and polyvinylalcohol (PVA) was prepared on a glass substrate by spin coating of the polymer solutions alternately. The reflectivity of the multi-bilayered film disappeared by annealing at 80 °C. The disappearance of the reflection by the annealing was related to the thermal out-of-plane molecular orientation of PAzo even in the multi-bilayered film, leading to a very small difference in refractive indices between PAzo and PVA. The reflectance of the multi-bilayered film was increased again by UV irradiation because of the transformation from the out-of-plane orientation to the in-plane random orientation, resulting in the restoration of difference in the refractive indices. In this way, the on-off switching of the reflection was achieved by combination of the thermally spontaneous out-of-plane molecular orientation and following photoisomerization of PAzo comprising the multi-bilayered film.

  20. From Macromolecular to Small-Molecular Triggers: Facile Method toward Photoinduced LCST Phase Behavior of Thermoresponsive Polymers in Mixed Ionic Liquids Containing an Azobenzene Moiety.

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    Wang, Caihong; Ma, Xiaofeng; Kitazawa, Yuzo; Kobayashi, Yumi; Zhang, Shiguo; Kokubo, Hisashi; Watanabe, Masayoshi

    2016-12-01

    Instead of the reported photoinduced lower critical solution temperature (LCST) phase transition behavior in ionic liquids (ILs) achieved by photofunctional polymers, this study reports the facile photoinduced LCST phase behavior of nonfunctionalized polymers (poly(benzyl methacrylate) (PBnMA) and poly(2-phenylethyl methacrylate) (PPhEtMA)) in mixed ILs (1,3-dimethylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide; [C1 mim][NTf2 ] and a newly designed functionalized IL containing an azobenzene moiety (1-butyl-3-(4-phenylazobenzyl)imidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide; [Azo][NTf2 ])) as a small-molecular photo trigger. Interestingly, the length of the alkyl spacer between the ester and aryl groups, which is the only structural difference between the two polymers, leads to two different photoresponsive LCST phase transition behaviors. On the basis of spectroscopic studies, the different phase transition behaviors of PBnMA and PPhEtMA may attribute to the different cooperative interactions between the polymers and [C1 mim][NTf2 ].

  1. Selection of representative congener for polychlorinated trans-azobenzenes (PCt-ABs) based on comprehensive thermodynamical and quantum-chemical characterization.

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    Wilczyńska-Piliszek, Agata J; Puzyn, Tomasz; Piliszek, Sławomir; Falandysz, Jerzy

    2006-01-01

    Thirty-one thermodynamical and quantum-chemical descriptors were used to characterize all 209 chloro trans-azobenzenes (Ct-ABs, PCt-ABs) in terms of their environmental stability and specific dioxin-like toxicity. Some of the PCt-ABs are produced as a by-side impurity during the manufacture of 3,4-dichloroaniline (DCA) and its derivatives and thus can be found in technical products of certain chloroaniline herbicides. A prepared basic thermodynamic and quantum-chemical property data matrix of PCt-ABs was interpreted using Principal Component Analysis (PCA). The PCA of the thermodynamic and quantum-chemical data matrix created a three-dimensional model that explained 78% (68% + 6% + 4%) of the total variance in the data set. The loading plot shows that the first Principal Component (PC) is influenced by variables describing molecular weight, polarizability and lipophilicity. The second PC was strongly influenced by the most positive partial charge on atoms and the most negative partial charge on atoms. The third PC depends on energy of the highest occupied molecular orbital. Next, factors extracted from PCA were used for selection of a representative set of eight trans-chloroazobenzene congeners, which seemed in the best way reflect a diverse property of all 209 PCt-ABs.

  2. A multireference perturbation study of the NN stretching frequency of trans-azobenzene in nπ* excitation and an implication for the photoisomerization mechanism

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    Harabuchi, Yu; Ishii, Moe; Nakayama, Akira; Noro, Takeshi; Taketsugu, Tetsuya

    2013-02-01

    A multireference second-order perturbation theory is applied to calculate equilibrium structures and vibrational frequencies of trans-azobenzene in the ground and nπ* excited states, as well as the reaction pathways for rotation and inversion mechanism in the nπ* excited state. It is found that the NN stretching frequency exhibits a slight increase at the minimum energy structure in the nπ* state, which is explained by the mixing of the NN stretching mode with the CN symmetric stretching mode. We also calculate the NN stretching frequency at several selected structures along the rotation and inversion pathways in the nπ* state, and show that the frequency decreases gradually along the rotation pathway while it increases by ca. 300 cm-1 along the inversion pathway. The frequencies and energy variations along the respective pathways indicate that the rotation pathway is more consistent with the experimental observation of the NN stretching frequency in nπ* excitation.

  3. Photo-induced isomerization of ethylene-bridged azobenzene explored by ab initio based non-adiabatic dynamics simulation: A comparative investigation of the isomerization in the gas and solution phases

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    Cao, Jun; Liu, Li-Hong; Fang, Wei-Hai; Xie, Zhi-Zhong; Zhang, Yong

    2013-04-01

    Azobenzene is one of the most widely used photoactive units and recently an ethylene-bridged azobenzene (BAB) was reported to have greatly enhanced conversion efficiency, quantum yield, and other favorable properties. As the first step towards exploring its photo-switchable character in real systems, we report here a systematic study on the photoisomerization dynamics between trans (E) and cis (Z) isomers in the gas phase and the CH3OH solution, using ab initio based surface hopping and molecular dynamics, which is the first report of dynamics simulation to reveal the environmental effects on BAB photoreactions. Results show that while the relatively faster S1 relaxation of the photo-induced E → Z process is only mildly affected by the solvent effect, the relatively slower S1 relaxation of the reverse reaction becomes even slower in the solution compared to the gas phase. The subsequent S0 dynamics from the conical intersection between S1 and S0 (CI_E) to Z is accelerated in solution compared to the gas phase because of avoided re-crossing to the S1 state, while the S0 dynamics from the conical intersection between S1 and S0 (CI_Z) to E are basically the same in both phases. Overall, the solvent effect was found to enhance the back-and-forth photo-switch efficiency between the Z and E isomers compared to the gas phase, while the quantum yields are reduced. But the solution yields of both the forward and backward photoreactions are still around 0.4. Therefore, BAB may have good photo-responsive properties if used as a photoactive unit in real systems. These results will facilitate future experimental and theoretical studies in this area to help design new azobenzene derivatives as photoactive units in biological processes, nanoscale devices, and photo-responsive materials.

  4. Biodegradability and mechanical properties of poly(butylene succinate) composites with finely dispersed hydrophilic poly(acrylic acid)

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    Mizuno, Sawako; Hotta, Atsushi

    2014-03-01

    Biodegradability and mechanical properties of aliphatic poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) films with finely dispersed hydrophilic poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) were investigated. First, 3.5 wt% of PAA was chemically grafted onto the surface of the PBS films (surface-grafted PBS) by photo grafting polymerization, and then the grafted PAA was homogeneously and finely dispersed into PBS by dissolving the surface-grafted PBS into chloroform before mixing and drying to get solid PAA-dispersed PBS. Degradation of these modified PBS was investigated using gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and tensile testing. According to the GPC results, it was found that the PAA-dispersed PBS had intermediate biodegradability with the intermediate water intake, and the reaction constant of PAA-dispersed PBS was in between those of untreated PBS and surface-grafted PBS, in fact 25% higher and 17% lower, respectively. The experimental results presented that the biodegradability of PBS could be well controlled by the dispersion of PAA, possibly leading to the widespread use of PBS for biodegradable polymers.

  5. Simultaneous removal of atrazine and copper using polyacrylic acid-functionalized magnetic ordered mesoporous carbon from water: adsorption mechanism

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    Zhou, Yaoyu; Zhang, Fengfeng; Tang, Lin; Zhang, Jiachao; Zeng, Guangming; Luo, Lin; Liu, Yuanyuan; Wang, Pei; Peng, Bo; Liu, Xiaocheng

    2017-03-01

    Highly efficient simultaneous removal of atrazine and Cu(II) was accomplished using synthesized polyacrylic acid-functionalized magnetic ordered mesoporous carbon (P-MMC) as compared to magnetic ordered mesoporous carbon (MMC) and ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC). The mutual effects and interactive mechanism of their adsorption onto P-MMC were investigated systematically by binary, preloading and thermodynamic adsorption procedures. In both binary and preloading systems, the adsorption of atrazine was inhibited to some extent by the presence of Cu(II) because of selective recognition and direct competition, but the presence of atrazine had negligible effect on Cu(II) desorption. With the coexistence of humic acid (0–20 mg L‑1), both atrazine and Cu(II) sorption increased slightly in sole and binary systems. With the concentration of coexisting NaCl increasing from 0 to 100 mM, the adsorption capacity for Cu(II) slightly decreased, but as for atrazine adsorption, it decreased at first, and then increased slightly in sole and binary systems. P-MMC was applied to treat real environmental samples, and the sorption capacities for atrazine and Cu(II) in real samples were all more than 91.47% and 96.43% of those in lab ultrapure water, respectively. Finally, comprehensively considering the relatively good renewability and the superior behavior in the application to real water samples, P-MMC has potential in removal of atrazine, Cu(II) and possibly other persistent organic pollutants from wastewater.

  6. Interactions between lead-zirconate titanate, polyacrylic acid, and polyvinyl butyral in ethanol and their influence on electrophoretic deposition behavior.

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    Kuscer, Danjela; Bakarič, Tina; Kozlevčar, Bojan; Kosec, Marija

    2013-02-14

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is an attractive method for the fabrication of a few tens of micrometer-thick piezoelectric layers on complex-shape substrates that are used for manufacturing high-frequency transducers. Niobium-doped lead-zirconate titanate (PZT Nb) particles were stabilized in ethanol using poly(acrylic acid) (PAA). With Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), we found that the deprotonated carboxylic group from the PAA is coordinated with the metal in the perovskite PZT Nb structure, resulting in a stable ethanol-based suspension. The hydroxyl group from the polyvinyl butyral added into the suspension to prevent the formation of cracks in the as-deposited layer did not interact with the PAA-covered PZT Nb particles. PVB acts as a free polymer in ethanol-based suspensions. The electrophoretic deposition of micro- and nanometer-sized PZT Nb particles from ethanol-based suspensions onto electroded alumina substrates was attempted in order to obtain uniform, crack-free deposits. The interactions between the PZT Nb particles, the PAA, and the PVB in ethanol will be discussed and related to the properties of the suspensions, the deposition yield and the morphology of the as-deposited PZT Nb thick film.

  7. Poly(acrylic acid)/polyethylene glycol hygrogel prepared by using gamma-ray irradiation for mucosa adhesion

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    Nho, Young-Chang; Park, Jong-Seok; Shin, Jung-Woong; Lim, Youn-Mook; Jeong, Sung-In; Shin, Young-Min; Gwon, Hui-Jeong; Khil, Myung-Seob; Lee, Deok-Won; Ahn, Sung-Jun

    2015-01-01

    A buccal delivery system provides a much milder environment for drug delivery compared to an oral delivery which presents a hostile environment for drugs, especially proteins and polypeptides, owing to acid hydrolysis. Local delivery in an oral cavity has particular applications in the treatment of toothaches, periodontal disease, and bacterial infections. Poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)-based hydrogels prepared using a chemical initiator have been attempted for a mucoadhesive system owing to their flexibility and excellent bioadhesion. In this experiment, PAA and polyethylene glycol (PEG) were selected to prepare using a radiation process a bioadhesive hydrogel for adhesion to mucosal surfaces. PAA and PEG were dissolved in purified water to prepare a homogeneous PAA/PEG solution, and the solution was then irradiated using an electron beam at dose up to 70 kGy to make the hydrogels. Their physical properties, such as gel percent, swelling percent, and adhesive strength to mucosal surfaces, were investigated. In this experiment, various amounts of PEG were incorporated into the PAA to enhance the mucoadhesive property of the hydrogels. The effect of the molecular weight of PEG on the mucoadhesion was also examined.

  8. Biocompatibility of poly(ethylene glycol) and poly(acrylic acid) interpenetrating network hydrogel by intrastromal implantation in rabbit cornea

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    Zheng, Luo Luo; Vanchinathan, Vijay; Dalal, Roopa; Noolandi, Jaan; Waters, Dale J.; Hartmann, Laura; Cochran, Jennifer R.; Frank, Curtis W.; Yu, Charles Q.; Ta, Christopher N.

    2015-01-01

    We evaluated the biocompatibility of a poly(ethylene glycol) and poly(acrylic acid) (PEG/PAA) interpenetrating network hydrogel designed for artificial cornea in a rabbit model. PEG/PAA hydrogel measuring 6 mm in diameter was implanted in the corneal stroma of twelve rabbits. Stromal flaps were created with a microkeratome. Randomly, six rabbits were assigned to bear the implant for 2 months, two rabbits for 6 months, two rabbits for 9 months, one rabbit for 12 months, and one rabbit for 16 months. Rabbits were evaluated monthly. After the assigned period, eyes were enucleated, and corneas were processed for histology and immunohistochemistry. There were clear corneas in three of six rabbits that had implantation of hydrogel for 2 months. In the six rabbits with implant for 6 months or longer, the corneas remained clear in four. There was a high rate of epithelial defect and corneal thinning in these six rabbits. One planned 9-month rabbit developed extrusion of implant at 4 months. The cornea remained clear in the 16-month rabbit but histology revealed epithelial in-growth. Intrastromal implantation of PEG/PAA resulted in a high rate of long-term complications. PMID:25778285

  9. Improved Release of Celecoxib from High Drug Loading Amorphous Solid Dispersions Formulated with Polyacrylic Acid and Cellulose Derivatives.

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    Xie, Tian; Taylor, Lynne S

    2016-03-07

    Amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs) have been extensively exploited as a strategy for improving the dissolution performance of poorly water-soluble drugs. However, factors underpinning the observed dissolution profiles are not clearly understood, and the choice of polymeric carriers is largely empirical. In the current study, the dissolution performance of a high drug loading ASD containing the poorly water-soluble, anti-inflammatory agent, celecoxib, was optimized by using binary polymers combinations. Polyacrylic acid (PAA), a highly water-soluble polymer, was used to substantially increase the dissolution rate of the drug, while hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC) or HPMC acetate succinate (HPMCAS) were added to stabilize the solid amorphous matrix against crystallization upon hydration, as well as to maintain supersaturation. Quantitative measurements of the impact of the polymers on the solution nucleation and growth rates of celecoxib revealed that, while the cellulose derivatives are effective nucleation inhibitors, it is more difficult to completely prevent crystal growth in solutions containing seed crystals, in particular at high supersaturations. Therefore, it is critical to prevent the formation of crystals in the dissolving matrix during dissolution. By using certain ratios of HPMC and PAA, both rapid release as well as crystallization inhibition could be achieved, even at high drug loadings. Utilizing combinations of polymers may therefore be useful to tailor release profiles while providing optimized crystallization inhibition.

  10. Hysteretic memory in pH-response of water contact angle on poly(acrylic acid) brushes.

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    Yadav, Vivek; Harkin, Adrienne V; Robertson, Megan L; Conrad, Jacinta C

    2016-04-21

    We investigated the pH-dependent response of flat polyacid brushes of varying length and dispersity in the extended brush regime. Our model system consisted of poly(acrylic acid) brushes, which change from hydrophobic and neutral at low pH to hydrophilic and negatively charged at high pH, synthesized on silicon substrates using a grafting-from approach at constant grafting density. We observed three trends in the pH-response: first, the dry brush thickness increased as the pH was increased for brushes above a critical length, and this effect was magnified as the dispersity increased; second, the water contact angle measured at low pH was larger for brushes of greater dispersity; and third, brushes of sufficient dispersity exhibited hysteretic memory behavior in the pH-dependence of the contact angle, in which the contact angle upon increasing and decreasing pH differed. As a consequence, the pKa of the brushes measured upon increasing pH was consistently higher than that measured upon decreasing pH. The observed pH response is consistent with proposed changes in the conformation and charge distribution of the polyelectrolyte brushes that depend on the direction of pH change and the dispersity of the brushes.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of self-crosslinking fluorinated polyacrylate soap-free latices with core-shell structure

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    Xu, Wei; An, Qiufeng; Hao, Lifen; Zhang, Dan; Zhang, Min

    2013-03-01

    Novel self-crosslinking fluorinated polyacrylate soap-free latices (FMBN) with core-shell structure were synthesized by semicontinuous seeded emulsion polymerization method from dodecafluoroheptyl methacrylate (DFMA), methyl methacrylate (MMA), butyl acrylate (BA), and N-methylolamide (NMA) in the presence of a polymerizable emulsifier-ammonium allyloxtmethylate nonylphenol ethoxylates sulfate (DNS-86). Effects of the DNS-86 and DFMA amounts on stability and properties of the FMBN emulsions were studied. Besides, the latices and their film were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR) spectrum, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), laser particle size analyzer, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetry analysis (TGA), contact angle goniometer, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), respectively. FT-IR spectra and 1H NMR spectrum showed that DFMA successfully participated in soap-free emulsion polymerization and monomers formed the fluorinated acrylate copolymer. The resulted latex particles had the core-shell structure. The films formed from the FMBN latices thus had two Tg. Their thermal stability and Tg of the shell phase increased gradually with augment of DFMA amount in polymer. XPS, AFM and hydrophobicity analyses indicated the fluoroalkyl groups had the tendency to enrich at the film-air interface. This enrichment of fluorine at the film-air interface was more evident after the annealing process. Water contact angles of the FMBN film before and after the annealing process could attain 115.5° and 117.5°, individually.

  12. Simultaneous removal of atrazine and copper using polyacrylic acid-functionalized magnetic ordered mesoporous carbon from water: adsorption mechanism.

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    Zhou, Yaoyu; Zhang, Fengfeng; Tang, Lin; Zhang, Jiachao; Zeng, Guangming; Luo, Lin; Liu, Yuanyuan; Wang, Pei; Peng, Bo; Liu, Xiaocheng

    2017-03-02

    Highly efficient simultaneous removal of atrazine and Cu(II) was accomplished using synthesized polyacrylic acid-functionalized magnetic ordered mesoporous carbon (P-MMC) as compared to magnetic ordered mesoporous carbon (MMC) and ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC). The mutual effects and interactive mechanism of their adsorption onto P-MMC were investigated systematically by binary, preloading and thermodynamic adsorption procedures. In both binary and preloading systems, the adsorption of atrazine was inhibited to some extent by the presence of Cu(II) because of selective recognition and direct competition, but the presence of atrazine had negligible effect on Cu(II) desorption. With the coexistence of humic acid (0-20 mg L(-1)), both atrazine and Cu(II) sorption increased slightly in sole and binary systems. With the concentration of coexisting NaCl increasing from 0 to 100 mM, the adsorption capacity for Cu(II) slightly decreased, but as for atrazine adsorption, it decreased at first, and then increased slightly in sole and binary systems. P-MMC was applied to treat real environmental samples, and the sorption capacities for atrazine and Cu(II) in real samples were all more than 91.47% and 96.43% of those in lab ultrapure water, respectively. Finally, comprehensively considering the relatively good renewability and the superior behavior in the application to real water samples, P-MMC has potential in removal of atrazine, Cu(II) and possibly other persistent organic pollutants from wastewater.

  13. Mechanism of poly(acrylic acid) acceleration of antithrombin inhibition of thrombin: implications for the design of novel heparin mimics.

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    Monien, Bernhard H; Cheang, Kai I; Desai, Umesh R

    2005-08-11

    The bridging mechanism of antithrombin inhibition of thrombin is a dominant mechanism contributing a massive approximately 2500-fold acceleration in the reaction rate and is also a key reason for the clinical usage of heparin. Our recent study of the antithrombin-activating properties of a carboxylic acid-based polymer, poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), demonstrated a surprisingly high acceleration in thrombin inhibition (Monien, B. H.; Desai, U. R. J. Med. Chem. 2005, 48, 1269). To better understand this interesting phenomenon, we have studied the mechanism of PAA-dependent acceleration in antithrombin inhibition of thrombin. Competitive binding studies with low-affinity heparin and a heparin tetrasaccharide suggest that PAA binds antithrombin in both the pentasaccharide- and the extended heparin-binding sites, and these results are corroborated by molecular modeling. The salt-dependence of the K(D) of the PAA-antithrombin interaction shows the formation of five ionic interactions. In contrast, the contribution of nonionic forces is miniscule, resulting in an interaction that is significantly weaker than that observed for heparins. A bell-shaped profile of the observed rate constant for antithrombin inhibition of thrombin as a function of PAA concentration was observed, suggesting that inhibition proceeds through the "bridging" mechanism. The knowledge gained in this mechanistic study highlights important rules for the rational design of orally available heparin mimics.

  14. Blood-Vessel Mimicking Structures by Stereolithographic Fabrication of Small Porous Tubes Using Cytocompatible Polyacrylate Elastomers, Biofunctionalization and Endothelialization.

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    Huber, Birgit; Engelhardt, Sascha; Meyer, Wolfdietrich; Krüger, Hartmut; Wenz, Annika; Schönhaar, Veronika; Tovar, Günter E M; Kluger, Petra J; Borchers, Kirsten

    2016-04-20

    Blood vessel reconstruction is still an elusive goal for the development of in vitro models as well as artificial vascular grafts. In this study, we used a novel photo-curable cytocompatible polyacrylate material (PA) for freeform generation of synthetic vessels. We applied stereolithography for the fabrication of arbitrary 3D tubular structures with total dimensions in the centimeter range, 300 µm wall thickness, inner diameters of 1 to 2 mm and defined pores with a constant diameter of approximately 100 µm or 200 µm. We established a rinsing protocol to remove remaining cytotoxic substances from the photo-cured PA and applied thio-modified heparin and RGDC-peptides to functionalize the PA surface for enhanced endothelial cell adhesion. A rotating seeding procedure was introduced to ensure homogenous endothelial monolayer formation at the inner luminal tube wall. We showed that endothelial cells stayed viable and adherent and aligned along the medium flow under fluid-flow conditions comparable to native capillaries. The combined technology approach comprising of freeform additive manufacturing (AM), biomimetic design, cytocompatible materials which are applicable to AM, and biofunctionalization of AM constructs has been introduced as BioRap(®) technology by the authors.

  15. Thermoresponsive gelling behavior of concentrated alumina suspensions containing poly(acrylic acid) and PEO-PPO-PEO copolymer.

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    Kondo, Akira; Xu, Hui; Abe, Hiroya; Naito, Makio

    2012-05-01

    Thermoresponsive gelling behavior of concentrated alumina suspensions with poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and triblock copolymer (PEO(101)-PPO(56)-PEO(101), Pluronic F127) was investigated as a function of PAA concentration (0.4-1.2 mass%) for ceramic solid free forming. The copolymer species assemble into micelles at temperatures above 15°C, yielding aqueous physical gel. In this study, the concentrated alumina aqueous suspensions (φ=35 vol%) were first prepared using the anionic dispersant of PAA, and then the copolymer species (10 mass%) were dissolved at a cooled temperature at 10°C. The addition of the copolymer species had a negligible influence on the adsorption state of PAA onto the alumina surfaces. The PAA concentration needed for the saturation adsorption on the alumina surfaces was ~0.6 mass%. When the PAA concentration was this value or slightly less, the suspension became gel state at 30°C from low viscous state at 10°C. The thermally induced alumina gel had excellent viscoelastic properties, and thereby the three dimensional periodic ceramic structures were successfully fabricated by a direct colloidal printing method that using the gels as "solid" inks at the room temperature. On the other hand, when it exceeded the saturation adsorption limit, the gelling behavior was not observed, indicating that the non-adsorbing PAA species may partly suppress the micellization of the copolymer on the heating.

  16. Reversible fluorescence quenching by micelle selective benzophenone-induced interactions between brij micelles and polyacrylic acids: implications for chemical sensors.

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    Bandyopadhyay, Prasun; Ghosh, Amit K

    2010-09-09

    The fluorescence response of pyrene has been studied in the presence of nonionic brij micelles and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) with benzophenone (BP) as a neutral hydrophobic quencher. Pyrene emission is quenched ("off" state) in the presence of BP in brij 35 (polyoxyethylene-23-lauryl ether) and brij 56 (polyoxyethylene-10-cetyl ether) micelles. Quenched pyrene emission is selectively recovered ("on" state) for brij 35 micelles with the addition of PAA (starting conc 2.0 x 10(-5) M). Due to the interaction of PAA and brij 35 micelles and the relatively easier accessibility of PAA polymer chains near the bulky polyoxyethylene chain of brij 35 micelles, the chances of BP partition inside the hydrophobic polymer coil are more compared to brij 56 micelles. The PAA sensing ability of the "brij 35:pyrene:BP" system is dependent on the molecular weight (M) of the polymer. Fluorescence recovery has been observed with PAA (M approximately 150000) and complete recovery has been recorded with high M of PAA (M approximately 450000); however, no fluorescence change is observed in the presence of low M of PAA (M approximately 2000). In solution, such selective reversible fluorescence quenching has the potential for a new class of highly sensitive chemical sensor systems.

  17. Biocompatibility of poly(ethylene glycol) and poly(acrylic acid) interpenetrating network hydrogel by intrastromal implantation in rabbit cornea.

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    Zheng, Luo Luo; Vanchinathan, Vijay; Dalal, Roopa; Noolandi, Jaan; Waters, Dale J; Hartmann, Laura; Cochran, Jennifer R; Frank, Curtis W; Yu, Charles Q; Ta, Christopher N

    2015-10-01

    We evaluated the biocompatibility of a poly(ethylene glycol) and poly(acrylic acid) (PEG/PAA) interpenetrating network hydrogel designed for artificial cornea in a rabbit model. PEG/PAA hydrogel measuring 6 mm in diameter was implanted in the corneal stroma of twelve rabbits. Stromal flaps were created with a microkeratome. Randomly, six rabbits were assigned to bear the implant for 2 months, two rabbits for 6 months, two rabbits for 9 months, one rabbit for 12 months, and one rabbit for 16 months. Rabbits were evaluated monthly. After the assigned period, eyes were enucleated, and corneas were processed for histology and immunohistochemistry. There were clear corneas in three of six rabbits that had implantation of hydrogel for 2 months. In the six rabbits with implant for 6 months or longer, the corneas remained clear in four. There was a high rate of epithelial defect and corneal thinning in these six rabbits. One planned 9-month rabbit developed extrusion of implant at 4 months. The cornea remained clear in the 16-month rabbit but histology revealed epithelial in-growth. Intrastromal implantation of PEG/PAA resulted in a high rate of long-term complications.

  18. Blood-Vessel Mimicking Structures by Stereolithographic Fabrication of Small Porous Tubes Using Cytocompatible Polyacrylate Elastomers, Biofunctionalization and Endothelialization

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    Huber, Birgit; Engelhardt, Sascha; Meyer, Wolfdietrich; Krüger, Hartmut; Wenz, Annika; Schönhaar, Veronika; Tovar, Günter E. M.; Kluger, Petra J.; Borchers, Kirsten

    2016-01-01

    Blood vessel reconstruction is still an elusive goal for the development of in vitro models as well as artificial vascular grafts. In this study, we used a novel photo-curable cytocompatible polyacrylate material (PA) for freeform generation of synthetic vessels. We applied stereolithography for the fabrication of arbitrary 3D tubular structures with total dimensions in the centimeter range, 300 µm wall thickness, inner diameters of 1 to 2 mm and defined pores with a constant diameter of approximately 100 µm or 200 µm. We established a rinsing protocol to remove remaining cytotoxic substances from the photo-cured PA and applied thio-modified heparin and RGDC-peptides to functionalize the PA surface for enhanced endothelial cell adhesion. A rotating seeding procedure was introduced to ensure homogenous endothelial monolayer formation at the inner luminal tube wall. We showed that endothelial cells stayed viable and adherent and aligned along the medium flow under fluid-flow conditions comparable to native capillaries. The combined technology approach comprising of freeform additive manufacturing (AM), biomimetic design, cytocompatible materials which are applicable to AM, and biofunctionalization of AM constructs has been introduced as BioRap® technology by the authors. PMID:27104576

  19. Removal of Cr(VI) and As(V) ions from aqueous solutions by polyacrylate and polystyrene anion exchange resins

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    Jachuła, Justyna; Hubicki, Zbigniew

    2013-09-01

    The sorption of Cr(VI) and As(V) from the aqueous solutions with the polyacrylate anion exchangers of the strong base functional groups Amberlite IRA 458 and Amberlite IRA 958 was studied. The studies were carried out by the static-batch method. The concentration of Cr(VI) and As(V) ions in the aqueous solution was determined by the UV-VIS spectrophotometer. The influence of several parameters was studied with respect to sorption equilibrium. The phase contact time and the concentration affect the sorption process. The equilibrium state was established already after 15 min of phase contact time. Maximum uptake of Cr(VI) and As(V) occurred at pH 5 and 10, respectively. The determined kinetic parameters imply that the sorption process proceeds according to the equation type of pseudo second-order. Sorption equilibrium data were correlated with the Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms. Removal of As(V) ions on macroporous Amberlite IRA 900 decreased about 12 % in presence of other anions (Cl-, NO3 -, SO4 2-) in the solution. The sorption was temperature dependent.

  20. NMR Water Self-Diffusion and Relaxation Studies on Sodium Polyacrylate Solutions and Gels in Physiologic Ionic Solutions.

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    Bai, Ruiliang; Basser, Peter J; Briber, Robert M; Horkay, Ferenc

    2014-03-15

    Water self-diffusion coefficients and longitudinal relaxation rates in sodium polyacrylate solutions and gels were measured by NMR, as a function of polymer content and structure in a physiological concentration range of monovalent and divalent cations, Ca(2+) and Na(+). Several physical models describing the self-diffusion of the solvent were applied and compared. A free-volume model was found to be in good agreement with the experimental results over a wide range of polymer concentrations. The longitudinal relaxation rate exhibited linear dependence on polymer concentration below a critical concentration and showed non-linear behavior at higher concentrations. Both the water self-diffusion and relaxation were less influenced by the polymer in the gel state than in the uncrosslinked polymer solutions. The effect of Na(+) on the mobility of water molecules was practically undetectable. By contrast, addition of Ca(2+) strongly increased the longitudinal relaxation rate while its effect on the self-diffusion coefficient was much less pronounced.

  1. Novel polyacrylate-based cationic nanoparticles for survivin siRNA delivery combined with mitoxantrone for treatment of breast cancer.

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    Arami, Sanam; Mahdavi, Majid; Rashidi, Mohammad Reza; Fathi, Marziyeh; Hejazi, Mohammad-Saeid; Samadi, Nasser

    2016-11-01

    As a gene delivery method in breast cancer therapy, knocking down the undesired genes in the cancerous cells would be promising. Inhibitors of Apoptosis Protein (IAP) family genes are some of the genes whose responsibility is inhibition of apoptosis in cells. Silencing these genes seems to be helpful directing the tumor cells to death. siRNA sequence designed against survivin anti-apoptotic gene can play this role if carried to the cytoplasm. Here we prepared a positive charged biocompatible nano-sized particle made up of a Fe3O4 core covered respectively by polyacrylate (PA) and polyethyleneimine (PEI) layer, which could successfully deliver the siRNA into the MCF-7 cells. The particle structure was checked and having less than 50 nm diameter in size, positive charge and, safety towards MCF-7 cells besides being able to form nanoplexes with the siRNA strand helps it entering into the biologic assays part. The siRNA delivery evaluated via flowcytometry. Apoptosis induction was determined by DAPI staining. The efficiency of survivin gene knockdown was evaluated in mRNA and protein levels using Real time PCR and western blotting methods. Overall, the Fe3O4-PA-PEI nanoparticles can deliver siRNA effectively into the cytoplasm of the MCF-7 breast cancer cells and induce apoptosis.

  2. ATR-FTIR studies on ion interaction of lithium perchlorate in polyacrylate/poly(ethylene oxide) blends.

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    Sim, L H; Gan, S N; Chan, C H; Yahya, R

    2010-08-01

    The interaction behaviours between components of polyacrylate (PAc)/poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and lithium perchlorate (LiClO(4)) were investigated in detail by Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR)-Fourier Transformed Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Solution cast films of the PAc/PEO and PAc/PEO/LiClO(4) were examined. No obvious shifting of the characteristic ether and ester group stretching modes of PEO and PAc was observed, indicating incompatibility of the binary PAc/PEO blend. The spectroscopic studies on the PAc/PEO/LiClO(4) blends reveal that Li(+) ions coordinate individually to the polymer components at the ether oxygen of PEO and the C-O of the ester group of PAc. Frequency changes observed on the nu(C-O-C) and omega(CH(2)) of PEO confirm the coordination between PEO and Li(+) ions resulting in crystallinity suppression of PEO. The absence of experimental evidence on the formation of PEO-Li(+)-PAc complexes suggests that LiClO(4) does not enhance the compatibility of PAc/PEO blend.

  3. ATR-FTIR studies on ion interaction of lithium perchlorate in polyacrylate/poly(ethylene oxide) blends

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    Sim, L. H.; Gan, S. N.; Chan, C. H.; Yahya, R.

    2010-08-01

    The interaction behaviours between components of polyacrylate (PAc)/poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and lithium perchlorate (LiClO 4) were investigated in detail by Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR)-Fourier Transformed Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Solution cast films of the PAc/PEO and PAc/PEO/LiClO 4 were examined. No obvious shifting of the characteristic ether and ester group stretching modes of PEO and PAc was observed, indicating incompatibility of the binary PAc/PEO blend. The spectroscopic studies on the PAc/PEO/LiClO 4 blends reveal that Li + ions coordinate individually to the polymer components at the ether oxygen of PEO and the C-O of the ester group of PAc. Frequency changes observed on the ν(C-O-C) and ω(CH 2) of PEO confirm the coordination between PEO and Li + ions resulting in crystallinity suppression of PEO. The absence of experimental evidence on the formation of PEO-Li +-PAc complexes suggests that LiClO 4 does not enhance the compatibility of PAc/PEO blend.

  4. Use of insoluble polyacrylate polymers to aid phytostabilization of mine soils: effects on plant growth and soil characteristics.

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    Qu, G; de Varennes, A; Cunha-Queda, C

    2010-01-01

    We evaluated the use of polyacrylate polymers to aid phytostabilization of mine soils. In a pot experiment, perennial ryegrass was grown in a mine soil and in uncontaminated soil. Growth was stimulated in the polymer-amended mine soil compared with an unamended control, and water-extractable levels of soil Cu and Zn decreased after polymer application. In an experiment performed in six 60-cm-diameter cylinders filled with fertilized mine soil, polymers were applied to three cylinders, with the remainder used as unamended control. Total biomass produced by indigenous plant species sown in polymer-amended soil was 1.8 (Spring-Summer) or 2.4 times (Fall-Winter) greater than that of plants from unamended soil. The application of polymers to the mine soil led to the greatest activity of soil enzymes. Soil pH, biomass of Spergularia purpurea and Chaetopogon fasciculatus, and activities of protease and cellulase had large loadings on principal component (PC)1, whereas growth of Briza maxima and the activities of urease, acid phosphatase, and beta-glucosidase had large loadings on PC2. The treatments corresponding to controls were located on the negative side of PC1 and PC2. Amended treatments were on the positive side of PC2 (Spring-Summer) or on the positive side of PC1 (Fall-Winter), demonstrating differential responses of plants and soil parameters in the two growth cycles.

  5. Effect of anions and humic acid on the performance of nanoscale zero-valent iron particles coated with polyacrylic acid.

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    Kim, Hong-Seok; Ahn, Jun-Young; Kim, Cheolyong; Lee, Seockheon; Hwang, Inseong

    2014-10-01

    Effects of anions (NO3(-), HCO3(-), Cl(-), SO4(2-)) and humic acid on the reactivity and core/shell chemistries of polyacrylic acid-coated nanoscale zero-valent iron (PAA-NZVI) and inorganically modified NZVI (INORG-NZVI) particles were investigated. The reactivity tests under various ion concentrations (0.2-30mN) revealed the existence of a favorable molar ratio of anion/NZVI that increased the reactivity of NZVI particles. The presence of a relatively small amount of humic acid (0.5mgL(-1)) substantially decreased the INORG-NZVI reactivity by 76%, whereas the reactivity of PAA-NZVI decreased only by 12%. The XRD and TEM results supported the role of the PAA coating of PAA-NZVI in impeding the oxidation of the Fe(0) core by groundwater solutes. This protective role provided by the organic coating also resulted in a 2.3-fold increase in the trichloroethylene (TCE) reduction capacity of PAA-NZVI compared to that of INORG-NZVI in the presence of anions/humic acid. Ethylene and ethane were simultaneously produced as the major reduction products of TCE in both NZVI systems, suggesting that a hydrodechlorination occurred without the aid of metallic catalysts. The PAA coating, originally designed to improve the mobility of NZVI, enhanced TCE degradation performances of NZVI in the presence of anions and humic acid.

  6. Simultaneous removal of atrazine and copper using polyacrylic acid-functionalized magnetic ordered mesoporous carbon from water: adsorption mechanism

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    Zhou, Yaoyu; Zhang, Fengfeng; Tang, Lin; Zhang, Jiachao; Zeng, Guangming; Luo, Lin; Liu, Yuanyuan; Wang, Pei; Peng, Bo; Liu, Xiaocheng

    2017-01-01

    Highly efficient simultaneous removal of atrazine and Cu(II) was accomplished using synthesized polyacrylic acid-functionalized magnetic ordered mesoporous carbon (P-MMC) as compared to magnetic ordered mesoporous carbon (MMC) and ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC). The mutual effects and interactive mechanism of their adsorption onto P-MMC were investigated systematically by binary, preloading and thermodynamic adsorption procedures. In both binary and preloading systems, the adsorption of atrazine was inhibited to some extent by the presence of Cu(II) because of selective recognition and direct competition, but the presence of atrazine had negligible effect on Cu(II) desorption. With the coexistence of humic acid (0–20 mg L−1), both atrazine and Cu(II) sorption increased slightly in sole and binary systems. With the concentration of coexisting NaCl increasing from 0 to 100 mM, the adsorption capacity for Cu(II) slightly decreased, but as for atrazine adsorption, it decreased at first, and then increased slightly in sole and binary systems. P-MMC was applied to treat real environmental samples, and the sorption capacities for atrazine and Cu(II) in real samples were all more than 91.47% and 96.43% of those in lab ultrapure water, respectively. Finally, comprehensively considering the relatively good renewability and the superior behavior in the application to real water samples, P-MMC has potential in removal of atrazine, Cu(II) and possibly other persistent organic pollutants from wastewater. PMID:28252022

  7. Ultrathin-yttrium phosphate-shelled polyacrylate-ferriferrous oxide magnetic microspheres for rapid and selective enrichment of phosphopeptides.

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    Sun, Ye; Wang, He-Fang

    2013-11-05

    Rapid and selective enrichment of phosphopeptides from complex biological samples is essential and challenging in phosphorylated proteomics. We present the direct growth of the ultrathin YPO4 shell on the surface of polyacrylate capped secondary Fe3O4 microspheres (PA-Fe3O4@YPO4) for the rapid and selective trapping phosphopeptides from complex samples. The prepared PA-Fe3O4@YPO4 could be rapidly harvested in the presence of an applied magnetic field and easily re-dispersed in solutions after removing the external magnet. The ultrathin YPO4 shell on super-hydrophilic PA-Fe3O4 has the advantages of fast adsorption/desorption dynamics and low non-specific adsorption, thus trapping of phosphopeptides from the tryptic digests mixture of β-casein/BSA with molar ratio of 1/300 is achieved in 20s adsorption/desorption time. Two phosphopeptides can still be detected with a signal to noise ratio (S/N) over 3 when the amount of β-casein was as low as 8 fmol.

  8. Layer-by-layer structured films of TiO2 nanoparticles and poly(acrylic acid) on electrospun nanofibres

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    Ding, Bin; Kim, Jinho; Kimura, Eiji; Shiratori, Seimei

    2004-08-01

    We report a new approach for fabricating layer-by-layer (LBL) structured ultrathin hybrid films on electrospun nanofibres. Oppositely charged anatase TiO2 nanoparticles and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) were alternately deposited on the surface of negatively charged cellulose acetate (CA) nanofibres using the electrostatic LBL self-assembly technique. The fibrous mats were characterized by wide-angle x-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area techniques. The crystalline phase of anatase TiO2 remained unchanged in the resultant TiO2/PAA films coated on CA fibrous mats. Moreover, the TiO2/PAA film coated fibres showed rough surfaces with grains due to the deposition of aggregated TiO2 particles. The average diameter of the fibres increased from 344 to 584 nm and the BET surface area of the fibrous mats increased from 2.5 to 6.0 m2 g-1 after coating with five bilayers of TiO2/PAA films.

  9. Poly(acrylic acid)-grafted poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) networks: preparation, characterization and hydrogel behavior.

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    Yu, Rentong; Zheng, Sixun

    2011-01-01

    Poly(acrylic acid)-grafted poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) co-polymer networks (PNIPAAm-g-PAA) were prepared via the reversible addition-fragmentation transfer (RAFT) polymerization of N-isopropyl- acrylamide (NIPAAm) with trithiocarbonate-terminated PAA as a macromolecular chain-transfer agent in the presence of N,N-methylenebisacrylamide. The PNIPAAm-g-PAA co-polymer networks were characterized by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and small-angle X-ray scattering. It is found that the PNIPAAm-g-PAA co-polymer networks were microphase-separated, in which the microdomains of PNIPAAm-PAA interpolymer complexes were dispersed into the PNIPAAm matrix. The PNIPAAm-g-PAA hydrogels displayed a dual response to temperature and pH values. The thermoresponsive properties of PNIPAAm-g-PAA networks were investigated. Below the volume phase transition temperatures, the PNIPAAm-g-PAA hydrogels possessed much higher swelling ratios than control PNIPAAm hydrogel. In terms of swelling, deswelling and reswelling tests, it is judged that the PNIPAAm-g-PAA hydrogels displayed faster response to the external temperature changes than control PNIPAAm hydrogel. The improved thermoresponsive properties of hydrogels are ascribed to the formation of PAA-grafted PNIPAAm networks, in which the water-soluble PAA chains behave as the hydrophiphilic tunnels and allow water molecules to go through and, thus, to accelerate the diffusion of water molecules.

  10. Effect of light on self-assembly of aqueous mixtures of sodium dodecyl sulfate and a cationic, bolaform surfactant containing azobenzene.

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    Hubbard, F Pierce; Abbott, Nicholas L

    2007-04-24

    We report light and small-angle neutron scattering measurements that characterize microstructures formed in aqueous surfactant solutions (up to 1.0 wt % surfactant) containing mixtures of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and the light-sensitive bolaform surfactant, bis(trimethylammoniumhexyloxy)azobenzene dibromide (BTHA) as a function of composition, equilibration time, and photostationary state (i.e., solutions rich in cis-BTHA or trans-BTHA). We observed formation of vesicles in both SDS-rich and trans-BTHA-rich regions of the microstructure diagram, with vesicles present over a particularly broad range of compositions for trans-BTHA-rich solutions. Illumination of mixtures of BTHA and SDS with a broadband UV light source leads to formation of photostationary states where the fraction of BTHA present as cis isomer (75-80% cis-BTHA) is largely independent of the mixing ratio of SDS and BTHA. For a relatively limited set of mixing ratios of SDS and BTHA, we observed UV illumination of SDS-rich vesicles to result in the reversible transformation of the vesicles to micellar aggregates and UV illumination of BTHA-rich vesicles to result in irreversible precipitation. Surprisingly, however, for many mixtures of trans-BTHA and SDS that formed solutions containing vesicles, illumination with UV light (which was confirmed to lead to photoisomerization of BTHA) resulted in only a small decrease in the number of vesicles in solution, relatively little change in the sizes of the remaining vesicles, and coexistance of the vesicles with micelles. These observations are consistent with a physical model in which the trans and cis isomers of BTHA present at the photostationary state tend to segregate between the different microstructures coexisting in solution (e.g., vesicles rich in trans-BTHA and SDS coexist with micelles rich in cis-BTHA and SDS). The results presented in this paper provide guidance for the design of light-tunable surfactants systems.

  11. Triggered J-aggregation in mixed Langmuir-Blodgett films of amphiphilic spiropyran having a methoxy group at the 5' position and an azobenzene derivative.

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    Kawasaki, Hisashi; Tozawa, Shinnosuke; Matani, Takashi; Hayashi, Toshihiro; Watanabe, Satoshi; Shibata, Hirobumi; Matsumoto, Mutsuyoshi

    2014-01-01

    Here, we describe the formation of J-aggregates triggered by isomerization of an azobenzene derivative, N-[p-[(p-dodecylphenylazo)phenyloxy]dodecylpyridinium bromide (AzP), in mixed Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films that contain an amphiphilic spiropyran with a methoxy group at the 5' position, MeO-SP1822. Pure LB films of MeO-SP1822 consist of multilayer domains embedded in a monolayer. UV irradiation of the films causes the isomerization of MeO-SP1822 to its merocyanine form, MeO-MC1822. Pure LB films of AzP comprise finger-like domains and granular domains. Irradiating mixed films of MeO-SP1822 and AzP with alternating UV and visible light causes J-aggregation of MeO-MC1822, with the amount of J-aggregates reaching a maximum at a 1:1 molar ratio. J-aggregation occurs in flat finger-like structures originating in the AzP-rich granular domains that are located on top of the MeO-MC1822-rich multilayer domains. J-aggregates are also present under the AzP-rich granular domains, though these domains do not serve as nucleation sites for the finger-like structures. We propose that granular domains serving as nucleation sites are partially buried in the multilayer domains, whereas those triggering the J-aggregation of MeO-MC1822 under the granular domains are situated on top of the multilayer domains.

  12. Poly(4-amino-1-1'-azobenzene-3, 4'-disulfonic acid) coated electrode for selective detection of dopamine from its interferences.

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    Kumar, S Ashok; Tang, Chun-Fang; Chen, Shen-Ming

    2008-01-15

    Here, we described a new method for electrochemically selective detection of dopamine (DA). In this report, for the first time, electrochemical polymerization of 4-amino-1-1'-azobenzene-3,4'-disulfonic acid (acid yellow 9 dye (AY)) was carried out onto the surface of glassy carbon (GC) electrode and indium tin oxide coated electrode (ITO) from acidic solution containing AY monomers. A polymerized film of acid yellow on the surface of a glassy carbon electrode was characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV). The redox response of the poly(AY) film on the GC electrode showed a couple of redox peak in 0.1M sulfuric acid solution and the pH dependent peak potential was -58mV/pH which was close to the Nernst behavior. The poly(AY) film-coated GC electrode (GC/PAY) exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity towards the oxidations of dopamine (DA) in 0.1M phosphate buffer solution (PBS, pH 7.0) and increased the anodic peak current three time higher than bare GC electrode. GC/PAY did not reduce the considerable overpotential for oxidation of DA when compare to bare GC electrode. However, in contrast to other polymer modified electrode, due to the strong negatively charged back bone of poly(AY) highly repelled the important interference of DA, such as ascorbic acid (AA), uric acid (UA) and reduced form of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) in 0.1M PBS (pH 7.0) and did not showed any response for oxidation of these interferences. This behavior makes the GC/PAY for selective detection of DA in the presence of higher concentrations AA, UA and NADH. Using differential pulse voltammetry the calibration curves for DA were obtained over the range of 1-100muM with good selectivity and sensitivity. The proposed method provides a simple method for selective detection of DA from its interferences.

  13. QSPR models for prediction of the soil sorption coefficient (log KOC) values of 209 polychlorinated trans-azobenzenes (PCt-ABs).

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    Wilczyńska-Piliszek, Agata J; Piliszek, Sławomir; Falandysz, Jerzy

    2012-01-01

    The values of the soil sorption coefficient (K(OC)) have been computed for 209 environmentally relevant trans polychlorinated azobenzenes (PCABs) lacking experimental partitioning data. The quantitative structure-property relationship (QSPR) approach and artificial neural networks (ANN) predictive ability used in models based on geometry optimalization and quantum-chemical structural descriptors, which were computed on the level of density functional theory (DFT) using B3LYP functional and 6-311++G** basis set and of the semi-empirical quantum chemistry method for property parameterization (PM6) of the molecular orbital package (MOPAC). An experimentally available data on physical and chemical properties of PCDD/Fs and PCBs were used as reference data for the QSPR models and ANNs predictions in this study. Both calculation methods gave similar results in term of absolute log K(OC) values, while the PM6 model generated in the MOPAC was a much more efficient compared to the DFT model in GAUSSIAN. The estimated values of log K(OC) varied between 4.93 and 5.62 for mono-, 5.27 and 7.46 for di-, 6.46 and 8.09 for tri-, 6.65 and 9.11 for tetra-, 6.75 and 9.68 for penta-, 6.44 and 10.24 for hexa-, 7.00 and 10.36 for hepta-, 7.09 and 9.82 octa-, 8.94 and 9.71 for nona-Ct-ABs, and 9.26 and 9.34 for deca-Ct-AB. Because of high log K(OC) values PCt-ABs could be classified as compounds with high affinity to the particles of soil, sediments and organic matter.

  14. Poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(vinyl alcohol) anchored maghemite nanoparticles designed for multi-stimuli triggered drug release

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    Liu, Ji; Detrembleur, Christophe; Debuigne, Antoine; de Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire; Mornet, Stéphane; Vander Elst, Luce; Laurent, Sophie; Labrugère, Christine; Duguet, Etienne; Jérôme, Christine

    2013-11-01

    Original core/corona nanoparticles composed of a maghemite core and a stimuli-responsive polymer coating made of poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(vinyl alcohol) macromolecules were fabricated for drug delivery system (DDS) application. This kind of DDS aims to combine the advantage of stimuli-responsive polymer coating, in order to regulate the drug release behaviours under different conditions and furthermore, improve the biocompatibility and in vivo circulation half-time of the maghemite nanoparticles. Drug loading capacity was evaluated with methylene blue (MB), a cationic model drug. The triggered release of MB was studied under various stimuli such as pH, ionic strength and temperature. Local heating generated under alternating magnetic field (AMF) application was studied, and remotely AMF-triggered release was also confirmed, while a mild heating-up of the release medium was observed. Furthermore, their potential application as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents was explored via relaxivity measurements and acquisition of T2-weighted images. Preliminary studies on the cytotoxicity against mouse fibroblast-like L929 cell line and also their cellular uptake within human melanoma MEL-5 cell line were carried out. In conclusion, this kind of stimuli-responsive nanoparticles appears to be promising carriers for delivering drugs to some tumour sites or into cellular compartments with an acidic environment.Original core/corona nanoparticles composed of a maghemite core and a stimuli-responsive polymer coating made of poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(vinyl alcohol) macromolecules were fabricated for drug delivery system (DDS) application. This kind of DDS aims to combine the advantage of stimuli-responsive polymer coating, in order to regulate the drug release behaviours under different conditions and furthermore, improve the biocompatibility and in vivo circulation half-time of the maghemite nanoparticles. Drug loading capacity was evaluated with methylene

  15. Shrinking of anionic polyacrylate coils induced by Ca2+, Sr2+ and Ba2+: a combined light scattering and ASAXS study.

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    Schweins, R; Goerigk, G; Huber, K

    2006-10-01

    Anionic polyacrylate chains (NaPA) form precipitates if alkaline earth cations are added in stoichiometric amounts. Accordingly, precipitation thresholds were established for three different alkaline earth cations Ca(2+), Sr(2+) and Ba(2+). Close to the precipitation threshold, the NaPA chains significantly decrease in size. This shrinking process was followed by means of combined static and dynamic light scattering. Intermediates were generated by varying the ratio [MCl(2)]/[NaPA] with M denoting the respective alkaline earth cation. All experiments were performed at an inert salt level of 0.01M NaCl. Similar coil-to-sphere transitions could be observed with all three alkaline earth cations Ca(2+), Sr(2+) and Ba(2+). Based on these findings, supplementary conventional and anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering experiments using selected intermediates close to the precipitation threshold of SrPA were performed. The distribution of Sr counterions around the polyacrylate chains in aqueous solution provided the desired scattering contrast. Energy-dependent scattering experiments enabled successful separation of the pure-resonant terms, which solely stem from the counterions. The Sr(2+) scattering roughly reflects the monomer distribution of the polyacrylate chains. Different ratios of the concentrations of [ SrCl(2)]/[NaPA] revealed dramatic changes in the scattering curves. The scattering curve at the lowest ratio indicated an almost coil-like behaviour, while at the higher ratios the scattering curves supported the model of highly contracted polymer chains. Most of X-ray scattering experiments on intermediate states revealed compact structural elements which were significantly smaller than the respective overall size of the NaPA particles.

  16. A carbonate controlled-addition method for amorphous calcium carbonate spheres stabilized by poly(acrylic acid)s.

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    Huang, Shu-Chen; Naka, Kensuke; Chujo, Yoshiki

    2007-11-20

    Stable amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) composite particle with a size-controlled monodispersed sphere was obtained by a new simple carbonate controlled-addition method by using poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) (Mw = 5000), in which an aqueous ammonium carbonate solution was added into an aqueous solution of PAA and CaCl2 with a different time period. The obtained ACC composite products consist of about 50 wt % of ACC, 30 wt % of PAA, and H2O. Average particle sizes of the ACC spheres increased from (1.8 +/- 0.4) x 102 to (5.5 +/- 1.2) x 102 nm with an increase of the complexation time of the PAA-CaCl2 solution from 3 min to 24 h, respectively. The ACC formed from the complexation time for 3 min was stable for 10 days with gentle stirring as well as 3 months under a quiescent condition in the aqueous solution. Moreover, the ACC was also stable at 400 degrees C. Stability of the amorphous phase decreased with an increase of the complexation time of the PAA-CaCl2 solution. No ACC was obtained when the lower molar mass PAAs (Mw = 1200 and 2100) were used. In the higher molar mass case (Mw = 25 000), a mixture of the amorphous phase and vaterite and calcite crystalline product was produced. The present results demonstrate that the interaction and the reaction kinetics of the PAA-Ca2+-H2O complex play an important role in the mineralization of CaCO3.

  17. Characterization of titanium dioxide nanoparticles modified with polyacrylic acid and H2O2 for use as a novel radiosensitizer.

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    Morita, Kenta; Miyazaki, Serika; Numako, Chiya; Ikeno, Shinya; Sasaki, Ryohei; Nishimura, Yuya; Ogino, Chiaki; Kondo, Akihiko

    2016-12-01

    An induction of polyacrylic acid-modified titanium dioxide with hydrogen peroxide nanoparticles (PAA-TiO2/H2O2 NPs) to a tumor exerted a therapeutic enhancement of X-ray irradiation in our previous study. To understand the mechanism of the radiosensitizing effect of PAA-TiO2/H2O2 NPs, analytical observations that included DLS, FE-SEM, FT-IR, XAFS, and Raman spectrometry were performed. In addition, highly reactive oxygen species (hROS) which PAA-TiO2/H2O2 NPs produced with X-ray irradiation were quantified by using a chemiluminescence method and a EPR spin-trapping method. We found that PAA-TiO2/H2O2 NPs have almost the same characteristics as PAA-TiO2. Surprisingly, there were no significant differences in hROS generation. However, the existence of H2O2 was confirmed in PAA-TiO2/H2O2 NPs, because spontaneous hROS production was observed w/o X-ray irradiation. In addition, PAA-TiO2/H2O2 NPs had a curious characteristic whereby they absorbed H2O2 molecules and released them gradually into a liquid phase. Based on these results, the H2O2 was continuously released from PAA-TiO2/H2O2 NPs, and then released H2O2 assumed to be functioned indirectly as a radiosensitizing factor.

  18. Behavior of Surface-Anchored Poly(acrylic acid) Brushes with Grafting Density Gradients on Solid Substrates: 1. Experiment

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    Wu,T.; Gong, P.; Szleifer, I.; Vicek, P.; Subr, V.; Genzer, J.

    2007-01-01

    We describe experiments pertaining to the formation of surface-anchored poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) brushes with a gradual variation of the PAA grafting densities on flat surfaces and provide detailed analysis of their properties. The PAA brush gradients are generated by first covering the substrate with a molecular gradient of the polymerization initiator, followed by the 'grafting from' polymerization of tert-butyl acrylate (tBA) from these substrate-bound initiator centers, and finally converting the PtBA into PAA. We use spectroscopic ellipsometry to measure the wet thickness of the grafted PAA chains in aqueous solutions at three different pH values (4, 5.8, and 10) and a series of ionic strengths (IS). Our measurements reveal that at low grafting densities, s, the wet thickness of the PAA brush (H) remains relatively constant, the polymers are in the mushroom regime. Beyond a certain value of s, the macromolecules enter the brush regime, where H increases with increasing s. For a given s, H exhibits a nonmonotonic behavior as a function of the IS. At large IS, the H is small because the charges along PAA are completely screened by the excess of the external salt. As IS decreases, the PAA enters the so-called salt brush (SB) regime, where H increases. At a certain value of IS, H reaches a maximum and then decreases again. The latter is a typical brush behavior in so-called osmotic brush (OB) regime. We provide detailed discussion of the behavior of the grafted PAA chains in the SB and OB regimes.

  19. Transport of poly(acrylic acid) coated 2-line ferrihydrite nanoparticles in saturated aquifer sediments for environmental remediation

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    Xiang, Aishuang; Zhou, Sheng; Koel, Bruce E.; Jaffé, Peter R.

    2014-04-01

    Groundwater remediation using iron oxide and zero-valent iron nanoparticles (NPs) can be effective, but is limited in many applications due to the NP strong retention in groundwater-saturated porous media after injection, the passivation of the porous surface, and the high cost of nanomaterials versus macro scale iron. In this study, we investigated transport of bare and polymer-coated 2-line ferrihydrite NPs (30-300 nm) in saturated aquifer sediments. The influence of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) polymer coatings was studied on the colloidal stability and transport in sediments packed column tests simulating groundwater flow in saturated sediments. In addition, the influence of calcium cations was investigated by transport measurements using sediments with calcium concentrations in the aqueous phase ranging from 0.5 (typical for most sediments) to 2 mM. Measurements were also made of zeta potential, hydrodynamic diameter, polymer adsorption and desorption properties, and bio-availability of PAA-coated NPs. We found that NP transport through the saturated aquifer sediments was improved by PAA coating and that the transport properties could be tuned by adjusting the polymer concentration. We further discovered that PAA coatings enhanced NP transport, compared to bare NPs, in all calcium-containing experiments tested, however, the presence of calcium always exhibited a negative effect on NP transport. In tests of bioavailability, the iron reduction rate of the coated and bare NPs by Geobacter sulfurreducens was the same, which shows that the PAA coating does not significantly reduce NP Fe(III) bioavailability. Our results demonstrate that much improved transport of iron oxide NP can be achieved in saturated aquifer sediments by introducing negatively charged polyelectrolytes and optimizing polymer concentrations, and furthermore, these coated NPs retain their bioavailability that is needed for applications in bio-environmental remediation.

  20. Biodistribution of polyacrylic acid-coated iron oxide nanoparticles is associated with proinflammatory activation and liver toxicity.

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    Couto, Diana; Freitas, Marisa; Costa, Vera Marisa; Chisté, Renan Campos; Almeida, Agostinho; Lopez-Quintela, M Arturo; Rivas, José; Freitas, Paulo; Silva, Paula; Carvalho, Félix; Fernandes, Eduarda

    2016-10-01

    Iron oxide nanoparticles (IONs) have physical and chemical properties that render them useful for several new biomedical applications. Still, so far, in vivo safety studies of IONs with coatings of biomedical interest are still scarce. The aim of this study, therefore, was to clarify the acute biological effects of polyacrylic acid (PAA)-coated IONs, by determining their biodistribution and their potential proinflammatory and toxic effects in CD-1 mice. The biodistribution of PAA-coated IONs in several organs (liver, spleen, kidneys, brain, heart, testes and lungs), the plasma cytokines, chemokine and aminotransferases levels, white blood cell count, oxidative stress parameters, adenosine triphosphate and histologic features of liver, spleen and kidneys were evaluated 24 h after a single acute (8, 20 or 50 mg kg(-1) ) intravenous administration of PAA-coated IONs in magnetite form. The obtained results showed that these IONs accumulate mainly in the liver and spleen and, to a lesser extent, in the lungs. Although our data showed that PAA-coated IONs do not cause severe organ damage, an inflammatory process was triggered in vivo, as evidenced by as evidenced by increased neutrophils and large lymphocytes in the differential blood count. Moreover, an accumulation of iron in macrophages of the liver and spleen was observed and hepatic lipid peroxidation was elicited, showing that the IONs are able to induce oxidative stress. The effects of these nanoparticles need to be further investigated regarding the mechanisms involved and the long-term consequences of intravenous administration of PAA-coated IONs. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  1. Characterization of a planar poly(acrylic acid) brush as a materials coating for controlled protein immobilization.

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    Hollmann, Oliver; Czeslik, Claus

    2006-03-28

    The adsorption of two different proteins at a planar poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) brush was studied as a function of the ionic strength of the protein solutions applying total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) spectroscopy. Planar PAA brushes were prepared with a grafting density of 0.11 nm(-2) and were characterized using X-ray reflectometry. Hen egg-white lysozyme and bovine serum albumin (BSA) were used as model proteins, which have a net positive and negative charge at neutral pH-values, respectively. It has been found that both proteins adsorb strongly at a planar PAA brush at low ionic strength. Whereas lysozyme interacts with a PAA brush under electrostatic attraction at neutral pH-values, BSA binds under electrostatic repulsion at pH > 5. Even at pH = 8, significant amounts of BSA are adsorbed to a planar PAA brush. In addition, the reversibility of BSA adsorption has been characterized. Dilution of a BSA solution leads to an almost complete desorption of BSA from a PAA brush at short contact times. When the ionic strength of the protein solutions is increased to about 100-200 mM, a planar PAA brush appears largely protein-resistant, regardless of the protein net charge. The results of this study indicate that the salt-dependent protein affinity of a PAA brush represents a unique effect that must be explained by a novel protein-binding mechanism. On the basis of a recent model, it is suggested that a release of counterions is the most probable driving force for protein adsorption at a PAA brush. In a general view, this study characterizes a planar PAA brush as a new materials coating for the controlled immobilization of proteins whose use in biotechnological applications appears to be rewarding.

  2. Interpolymer complexes of poly(acrylic acid) and chitosan: influence of the ionic hydrogel-forming medium.

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    de la Torre, Paloma M; Torrado, Susana; Torrado, Santiago

    2003-04-01

    Non-covalent polyionic complexes were developed for localized antibiotic delivery in the stomach. Freeze-dried interpolymer complexes based on polyacrylic acid (PAA) and chitosan (CS) were prepared in a wide range of copolymer compositions by dissolving both polymers in acidic conditions. The influence of hydrogel-forming medium on the swelling and drug release was evaluated. The properties of these complexes were investigated by using scanning electron microscopy, dynamic swelling/eroding and release experiments in enzyme-free simulated gastric fluid (SGF). The electrostatic polymer/polymer interactions generate polyionic complexes with different porous structures. In a low pH environment, the separation of both polymer chains augmented as the amount of cationic and carboxilic groups increased within the network. However, the presence of higher amount of ions in the hydrogel-forming medium produced a network collapse, decreasing the maximum swelling ratio in SGF. PAA:CS:A (1:2.5:2)-1.75 M complexes released around 54% and 71% of the amoxicillin in 1 and 2 h, respectively, in acidic conditions. A faster drug release from this interpolymer complex was observed when the ionic strength of the hydrogel-forming medium increased. Complexes with a high amount of both polymer chains within the network, PAA:CS:A(2.5:5:2), showed a suitable amoxicillin release without being affected by an increased amount of ions in the hydrogel-forming medium. These freeze-dried interpolymer complexes could serve as potential candidates for amoxicillin delivery in an acidic enviroment.

  3. Polyacrylic acid-coated cerium oxide nanoparticles: An oxidase mimic applied for colorimetric assay to organophosphorus pesticides.

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    Zhang, Shi-Xiang; Xue, Shi-Fan; Deng, Jingjing; Zhang, Min; Shi, Guoyue; Zhou, Tianshu

    2016-11-15

    It is important and urgent to develop reliable and highly sensitive methods that can provide on-site and rapid detection of extensively used organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) for their neurotoxicity. In this study, we developed a novel colorimetric assay for the detection of OPs based on polyacrylic acid-coated cerium oxide nanoparticles (PAA-CeO2) as an oxidase mimic and OPs as inhibitors to suppress the activity of acetylcholinesterase (AChE). Firstly, highly dispersed PAA-CeO2 was prepared in aqueous solution, which could catalyze the oxidation of TMB to produce a color reaction from colorless to blue. And the enzyme of AChE was used to catalyze the substrate of acetylthiocholine (ATCh) to produce thiocholine (TCh). As a thiol-containing compound with reducibility, TCh can decrease the oxidation of TMB catalyzed by PAA-CeO2. Upon incubated with OPs, the enzymatic activity of AChE was inhibited to produce less TCh, resulting in more TMB catalytically oxidized by PAA-CeO2 to show an increasing blue color. The two representative OPs, dichlorvos and methyl-paraoxon, were tested using our proposed assay. The novel assay showed notable color change in a concentration-dependent manner, and as low as 8.62 ppb dichlorvos and 26.73 ppb methyl-paraoxon can be readily detected. Therefore, taking advantage of such oxidase-like activity of PAA-CeO2, our proposed colorimetric assay can potentially be a screening tool for the precise and rapid evaluation of the neurotoxicity of a wealth of OPs.

  4. Intensification of depolymerization of polyacrylic acid solution using different approaches based on ultrasound and solar irradiation with intensification studies.

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    Prajapat, Amrutlal L; Gogate, Parag R

    2016-09-01

    Depolymerization of polyacrylic acid (PAA) as sodium salt has been investigated using ultrasonic and solar irradiations with process intensification studies based on combination with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and ozone (O3). Effect of solar intensity, ozone flow and ultrasonic power dissipation on the extent of viscosity reduction has been investigated for individual treatment approaches. The combined approaches such as US+solar, solar+O3, solar+H2O2, US+H2O2 and US+O3 have been subsequently investigated under optimum conditions and established to be more efficient as compared to individual approaches. Approach based on US (60W)+solar+H2O2 (0.01%) resulted in the maximum extent of viscosity reduction as 98.97% in 35min whereas operation of solar+H2O2 (0.01%), US (60W), H2O2 (0.3%) and solar irradiation resulted in about 98.08%, 90.13%, 8.91% and 90.77% intrinsic viscosity reduction in 60min respectively. Approach of US (60W)+solar+ozone (400mg/h flow rate) resulted in extent of viscosity reduction as 99.47% in 35min whereas only ozone (400mg/h flow rate), ozone (400mg/h flow rate)+US (60W) and ozone (400mg/h flow rate)+solar resulted in 69.04%, 98.97% and 98.51% reduction in 60min, 55min and 55min respectively. The chemical identity of the treated polymer using combined approaches was also characterized using FTIR (Fourier transform infrared) spectra and it was established that no significant structural changes were obtained during the treatment. Overall, it can be said that the combination technique based on US and solar irradiations in the presence of hydrogen peroxide is the best approach for the depolymerization of PAA solution.

  5. Competitive sorption of Pb(II) and Zn(II) on polyacrylic acid-coated hydrated aluminum-oxide surfaces.

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    Wang, Yingge; Michel, F Marc; Levard, Clement; Choi, Yong; Eng, Peter J; Brown, Gordon E

    2013-01-01

    Natural organic matter (NOM) often forms coatings on minerals. Such coatings are expected to affect metal-ion sorption due to abundant sorption sites in NOM and potential modifications to mineral surfaces, but such effects are poorly understood in complex multicomponent systems. Using poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), a simplified analog of NOM containing only carboxylic groups, Pb(II) and Zn(II) partitioning between PAA coatings and α-Al2O3 (1-102) and (0001) surfaces was investigated using long-period X-ray standing wave-florescence yield spectroscopy. In the single-metal-ion systems, PAA was the dominant sink for Pb(II) and Zn(II) for α-Al2O3(1-102) (63% and 69%, respectively, at 0.5 μM metal ions and pH 6.0). In equi-molar mixed-Pb(II)-Zn(II) systems, partitioning of both ions onto α-Al2O3(1-102) decreased compared with the single-metal-ion systems; however, Zn(II) decreased Pb(II) sorption to a greater extent than vice versa, suggesting that Zn(II) outcompeted Pb(II) for α-Al2O3(1-102) sorption sites. In contrast, >99% of both metal ions sorbed to PAA when equi-molar Pb(II) and Zn(II) were added simultaneously to PAA/α-Al2O3(0001). PAA outcompeted both α-Al2O3 surfaces for metal sorption but did not alter their intrinsic order of reactivity. This study suggests that single-metal-ion sorption results cannot be used to predict multimetal-ion sorption at NOM/metal-oxide interfaces when NOM is dominated by carboxylic groups.

  6. The influence of polymer topology on pharmacokinetics: differences between cyclic and linear PEGylated poly(acrylic acid) comb polymers.

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    Chen, Bo; Jerger, Katherine; Fréchet, Jean M J; Szoka, Francis C

    2009-12-16

    Water-soluble polymers for the delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs passively target solid tumors as a consequence of reduced renal clearance and the enhanced permeation and retention (EPR) effect. Elimination of the polymers in the kidney occurs due to filtration through biological nanopores with a hydrodynamic diameter comparable to the polymer. Therefore we have investigated chemical features that may broadly be grouped as "molecular architecture" such as: molecular weight, chain flexibility, number of chain ends and branching, to learn how they impact polymer elimination. In this report we describe the synthesis of four pairs of similar molecular weight cyclic and linear polyacrylic acid polymers grafted with polyethylene glycol (23, 32, 65, 114 kDa) with low polydispersities using ATRP and "click" chemistry. The polymers were radiolabeled with (125)I and their pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution after intravenous injection were determined in normal and C26 adenocarcinoma tumored BALB/c mice. Cyclic polymers above the renal threshold of 30 kDa had a significantly longer elimination time (between 10 and 33% longer) than did the comparable linear polymer (for the 66 kDa cyclic polymer, t(1/2,beta)=35+/-2 h) and a greater area under the serum concentration versus time curve. This resulted in a greater tumor accumulation of the cyclic polymer than the linear polymer counterpart. Thus water-soluble cyclic comb polymers join a growing list of polymer topologies that show greatly extended circulation times compared to their linear counterparts and provide alternative polymer architecture for use as drug carriers.

  7. Poly(acrylic acid) modified calcium phosphate cements: the effect of the composition of the cement powder and of the molecular weight and concentration of the polymeric acid.

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    Majekodunmi, A O; Deb, S

    2007-09-01

    Polymer modified calcium phosphate cements made with cement powders of varying tetracalcium phosphate [TTCP] content were prepared using two different molecular weight fractions of poly(acrylic acid) at four different concentrations. The ratio of the precursors (TTCP:DCPA) in the cement powder was found to influence the initial setting which decreased with increasing concentration of TTCP in the powder phase. It was also observed that cements derived from the higher molecular weight containing PAA yielded significantly (P < 0.05) shorter initial setting time (Ti) than cements containing the lower molecular weight, poly(acrylic acid) [GE7 PAA] The effect of the varying the TTCP content in the three different cement types PCPC-A, PCPC-B and PCPC-C showed that the trends of the compressive strength were specific to the concentration and molecular weight of the poly (acrylic acid). A 20% concentration of Glascol-E7 with a cement powder composed of an equimolar ratio of precursors (PCPC-B) resulted in optimal compressive strength within the range investigated. The TTCP content of the cement powder could also be varied to improve the diametral tensile strengths of the cements; the specific effects however, were again governed by both the concentration and molecular weight of the constituent poly (acrylic acid). The influence of TTCP on both the initial setting time and diametral tensile strength was related to the Ca (2+) ion concentration, which determined the rate and amount of cross-linking in the cement.

  8. Biodegradation of a biochar-modified waterborne polyacrylate membrane coating for controlled-release fertilizer and its effects on soil bacterial community profiles.

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    Zhou, Zijun; Du, Changwen; Li, Ting; Shen, Yazhen; Zeng, Yin; Du, Jie; Zhou, Jianmin

    2015-06-01

    Biochar-modified polyacrylate-like polymers are promising waterborne polymer-based membrane coatings for controlled-release fertilizers. However, the effect of these membrane polymers on paddy soil is unknown. A soil incubation experiment was conducted using Fourier transform infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy to monitor the changes in the polymer-coated membranes in paddy soil, and Biolog EcoPlates and polymerase chain reaction-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis were used to detect the effects of the membranes on soil bacterial community profiles. Compared to unmodified membranes, the biodegradation rate of the biochar-modified membrane was slower, and the membrane was more intact, which improved and guaranteed the controlled release of nutrients. Compared to the soil without membranes, the biochar-modified membranes, as well as unmodified ones, showed no significant impacts on the composition diversity of soil dominant bacterial community. The activity and functional diversity of soil culturable microbial community during the early stage of incubation were reduced by biochar-modified membranes due to the release of small amount of soluble organic materials but were both recovered in the 12(th) month of the incubation period. Therefore, the biochar-modified waterborne polyacrylate was environmentally friendly, demonstrating its potential both in the development of coated controlled-release fertilizers and in the utilization of crop residue.

  9. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Adsorption of Poly(acrylic acid) and Poly(methacrylic acid) on Dodecyltrimethylammonium Chloride Micelle in Water: Effect of Charge Density.

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    Sulatha, Muralidharan S; Natarajan, Upendra

    2015-09-24

    We have investigated the interaction of dodecyltrimethylammonium chloride (DoTA) micelle with weak polyelectrolytes, poly(acrylic acid) and poly(methacrylic acid). Anionic as well as un-ionized forms of the polyelectrolytes were studied. Polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes were formed within 5-11 ns of the simulation time and were found to be stable. Association is driven purely by electrostatic interactions for anionic chains whereas dispersion interactions also play a dominant role in the case of un-ionized chains. Surfactant headgroup nitrogen atoms are in close contact with the carboxylic oxygens of the polyelectrolyte chain at a distance of 0.35 nm. In the complexes, the polyelectrolyte chains are adsorbed on to the hydrophilic micellar surface and do not penetrate into the hydrophobic core of the micelle. Polyacrylate chain shows higher affinity for complex formation with DoTA as compared to polymethacrylate chain. Anionic polyelectrolyte chains show higher interaction strength as compared to corresponding un-ionized chains. Anionic chains act as polymeric counterion in the complexes, resulting in the displacement of counterions (Na(+) and Cl(-)) into the bulk solution. Anionic chains show distinct shrinkage upon adsorption onto the micelle. Detailed information about the microscopic structure and binding characteristics of these complexes is in agreement with available experimental literature.

  10. Core-shell-structured silica/polyacrylate particles prepared by Pickering emulsion: influence of the nucleation model on particle interfacial organization and emulsion stability.

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    Ji, Jing; Shu, Shi; Wang, Feng; Li, Zhilin; Liu, Jingjun; Song, Ye; Jia, Yi

    2014-01-01

    This work reports a new evidence of the versatility of silica sol as a stabilizer for Pickering emulsions. The organization of silica particles at the oil-water interface is a function of the nucleation model. The present results show that nucleation model, together with monomer hydrophobicity, can be used as a trigger to modify the packing density of silica particles at the oil-water interface: Less hydrophobic methylmethacrylate, more wettable with silica particles, favors the formation of core-shell-structured composite when the composite particles are prepared by miniemulsion polymerization in which monomers are fed in batch (droplet nucleation). By contrast, hydrophobic butylacrylate promotes the encapsulating efficiency of silica when monomers are fed dropwise (homogeneous nucleation). The morphologies of polyacrylate-nano-SiO2 composites prepared from different feed ratio of methylmethacrylate/butylacrylate (with different hydrophobicity) and by different feed processes are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. The results from SEM and TEM show that the morphologies of the as-prepared polyacrylate/nano-SiO2 composite can be a core-shell structure or a bare acrylic sphere. The stability of resulting emulsions composed of these composite particles is strongly dependent on the surface coverage of silica particles. The emulsion stability is improved by densely silica-packed composite particles.

  11. Growth arrest of lung carcinoma cells (A549) by polyacrylate-anchored peroxovanadate by activating Rac1-NADPH oxidase signalling axis.

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    Chatterjee, Nirupama; Anwar, Tarique; Islam, Nashreen S; Ramasarma, T; Ramakrishna, Gayatri

    2016-09-01

    Hydrogen peroxide is often required in sublethal, millimolar concentrations to show its oxidant effects on cells in culture as it is easily destroyed by cellular catalase. Previously, we had shown that diperoxovanadate, a physiologically stable peroxovanadium compound, can substitute H2O2 effectively in peroxidation reactions. We report here that peroxovanadate when anchored to polyacrylic acid (PAPV) becomes a highly potent inhibitor of growth of lung carcinoma cells (A549). The early events associated with PAPV treatment included cytoskeletal modifications, increase in GTPase activity of Rac1, accumulation of the reactive oxygen species, and also increase in phosphorylation of H2AX (γH2AX), a marker of DNA damage. These effects persisted even at 24 h after removal of the compound and culminated in increased levels of p53 and p21 together with growth arrest. The PAPV-mediated growth arrest was significantly abrogated in cells pre-treated with the N-acetylcysteine, Rac1 knocked down by siRNA and DPI an inhibitor of NADPH oxidase. In conclusion, our results show that polyacrylate derivative of peroxovanadate efficiently arrests growth of A549 cancerous cells by activating the axis of Rac1-NADPH oxidase leading to oxidative stress and DNA damage.

  12. Crosslinked, porous, polyacrylate beads

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    Rembaum, Alan (Inventor); Yen, Shiao-Ping S. (Inventor); Dreyer, William J. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    Uniformly-shaped, porous, round beads are prepared by the co-polymerization of an acrylic monomer and a cross-linking agent in the presence of 0.05 to 5% by weight of an aqueous soluble polymer such as polyethylene oxide. Cross-linking proceeds at high temperature above about 50.degree. C or at a lower temperature with irradiation. Beads of even shape and even size distribution of less than 2 micron diameter are formed. The beads will find use as adsorbents in chromatography and as markers for studies of cell surface receptors.

  13. Small, porous polyacrylate beads

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    Rembaum, Alan (Inventor); Yen, Shiao-Ping Siao (Inventor); Dreyer, William J. (Inventor)

    1976-01-01

    Uniformly-shaped, porous, round beads are prepared by the co-polymerization of an acrylic monomer and a cross-linking agent in the presence of 0.05 to 5% by weight of an aqueous soluble polymer such as polyethylene oxide. Cross-linking proceeds at high temperature above about 50.degree.C or at a lower temperature with irradiation. Beads of even shape and even size distribution of less than 2 micron diameter are formed. The beads will find use as adsorbents in chromatography and as markers for studies of cell surface receptors.

  14. Crosslinked, porous, polyacrylate beads

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    Rembaum, Alan (Inventor); Yen, Shiao-Ping Siao (Inventor); Dreyer, William J. (Inventor)

    1976-01-01

    Uniformly-shaped, porous, round beads are prepared by the co-polymerization of an acrylic monomer and a cross-linking agent in the presence of 0.05 to 5% by weight of an aqueous soluble polymer such as polyethylene oxide. Cross-linking proceeds at high temperature above about 50.degree.C or at a lower temperature with irradiation. Beads of even shape and even size distribution of less than 2 micron diameter are formed. The beads will find use as adsorbents in chromatography and as markers for studies of cell surface receptors.

  15. Toward "stable-on-the-table" enzymes: improving key properties of catalase by covalent conjugation with poly(acrylic acid).

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    Riccardi, Caterina M; Cole, Kyle S; Benson, Kyle R; Ward, Jessamyn R; Bassett, Kayla M; Zhang, Yiren; Zore, Omkar V; Stromer, Bobbi; Kasi, Rajeswari M; Kumar, Challa V

    2014-08-20

    Several key properties of catalase such as thermal stability, resistance to protease degradation, and resistance to ascorbate inhibition were improved, while retaining its structure and activity, by conjugation to poly(acrylic acid) (PAA, Mw 8000) via carbodiimide chemistry where the amine groups on the protein are appended to the carboxyl groups of the polymer. Catalase conjugation was examined at three different pH values (pH 5.0, 6.0, and 7.0) and at three distinct mole ratios (1:100, 1:500, and 1:1000) of catalase to PAA at each reaction pH. The corresponding products are labeled as Cat-PAA(x)-y, where x is the protein to polymer mole ratio and y is the pH used for the synthesis. The coupling reaction consumed about 60-70% of the primary amines on the catalase; all samples were completely water-soluble and formed nanogels, as evidenced by gel electrophoresis and electron microscopy. The UV circular dichroism (CD) spectra indicated substantial retention of protein secondary structure for all samples, which increased to 100% with increasing pH of the synthesis and polymer mole fraction. Soret CD bands of all samples indicated loss of ∼50% of band intensities, independent of the reaction pH. Catalytic activities of the conjugates increased with increasing synthesis pH, where 55-80% and 90-100% activity was retained for all samples synthesized at pH 5.0 and pH 7.0, respectively, and the Km or Vmax values of Cat-PAA(100)-7 did not differ significantly from those of the free enzyme. All conjugates synthesized at pH 7.0 were thermally stable even when heated to ∼85-90 °C, while native catalase denatured between 55 and 65 °C. All conjugates retained 40-90% of their original activities even after storing for 10 weeks at 8 °C, while unmodified catalase lost all of its activity within 2 weeks, under similar storage conditions. Interestingly, PAA surrounding catalase limited access to the enzyme from large molecules like proteases and significantly increased

  16. A Novel Route for Preparing Highly Stable Fe3O4 Fluid with Poly(Acrylic Acid) as Phase Transfer Ligand

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    Oanh, Vuong Thi Kim; Lam, Tran Dai; Thu, Vu Thi; Lu, Le Trong; Nam, Pham Hong; Tam, Le The; Manh, Do Hung; Phuc, Nguyen Xuan

    2016-08-01

    Highly stable Fe3O4 liquid was synthesized by thermal decomposition using poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) as a phase transfer ligand. The crystalline structure, morphology, and magnetic properties of the as-prepared samples were thoroughly characterized. Results demonstrated that the magnetic Fe3O4 nanomaterial was formed in liquid phase with a spinel single-phase structure, average size of 8-13 nm, and high saturation magnetization (up to 75 emu/g). The PAA-capped Fe3O4 nanoparticles displayed high stability over a wide pH range (from 4 to 7) in 300 mM salt solution. More importantly, the heat-generating capacity of the nanoparticle systems was quantified at a specific absorption rate (SAR) of 70.22 W/g, which is 35% higher than magnetic nanoparticles coated with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). These findings suggest the potential application of PAA-coated magnetic nanoparticles in magnetic hyperthermia.

  17. Rapid screening of phytosterols in orange juice by solid-phase microextraction on polyacrylate fibre derivatisation and gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric.

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    Balme, Sébastien; Gülaçar, Fazil O

    2012-05-01

    The potential of solid-phase microextraction on polyacrylate coated fibre, with sequential or simultaneous trimethylsilyl derivatisation followed by gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric analysis, was evaluated for a rapid determination of the distribution of the phytosterols in aqueous food matrixes. Influences of different parameters (bis(trimethylsilyl)trifluoro-acetamide and sterol exposure time, sterol concentration and experimental protocol) on the recovery of sterols were investigated to determine optimum conditions which were tested for sterol extraction and analysis from orange juice. Best selectivity, sterol recovery and derivatisation yields were obtained by extraction and simultaneous derivatisation through immersion of the SPME-PA fibre in the orange juice (10min, 65°C) after headspace absorption of BSTFA (30min, 65°C) on the fibre. Nevertheless the method developed cannot be used for quantitative analysis. But the possibility to effect rapid screen of phytosterol containing in complex media have been shown.

  18. A Prediction of the Damping Properties of Hindered Phenol AO-60/polyacrylate Rubber (AO-60/ACM) Composites through Molecular Dynamics Simulation

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    Yang, Da-Wei; Zhao, Xiu-Ying; Zhang, Geng; Li, Qiang-Guo; Wu, Si-Zhu

    2016-05-01

    Molecule dynamics (MD) simulation, a molecular-level method, was applied to predict the damping properties of AO-60/polyacrylate rubber (AO-60/ACM) composites before experimental measures were performed. MD simulation results revealed that two types of hydrogen bond, namely, type A (AO-60) -OH•••O=C- (ACM), type B (AO-60) - OH•••O=C- (AO-60) were formed. Then, the AO-60/ACM composites were fabricated and tested to verify the accuracy of the MD simulation through dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA). DMTA results showed that the introduction of AO-60 could remarkably improve the damping properties of the composites, including the increase of glass transition temperature (Tg) alongside with the loss factor (tan δ), also indicating the AO-60/ACM(98/100) had the best damping performance amongst the composites which verified by the experimental.

  19. Influence of mineral on the load deformation behavior of polymer in hydroxyapatite-polyacrylic acid nanocomposite biomaterials: a steered molecular dynamics study.

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    Bhowmik, Rahul; Katti, Kalpana S; Katti, Dinesh R

    2008-04-01

    Composites of hydroxyapatite and polymers are widely studied for bone replacement. To perform satisfactorily in the human body, these composites need to be biocompatible and exhibit optimum mechanical properties. The load-deformation behavior of composites is often investigated using experimental techniques. However, the molecular mechanisms of load deformation behavior are not clearly understood. We have used Steered Molecular Dynamics to evaluate the load-deformation behavior at interfaces in polyacrylic acid-hydroxyapatite (HAP) composite models. The polymer is pulled at constant velocity in close proximity of HAP. On comparing the results obtained for deformation behavior of polymer in vicinity of mineral and in the absence of mineral, it was found that energy required to pull the polymer in close proximity of HAP is significantly higher. Also, structural details of the load transfer mechanisms in composite were investigated under both conditions. Our simulations indicate that there is a significant role of mineral-polymer interactions on the mechanical response of polymer.

  20. Evaluation of chemical parameters and ecotoxicity of a soil developed on gossan following application of polyacrylates and growth of Spergularia purpurea.

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    Santos, Erika S; Abreu, Maria Manuela; de Varennes, Amarilis; Macías, Felipe; Leitão, Sara; Cerejeira, Maria José

    2013-09-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the chemical characteristics and ecotoxicity of a mine soil developed on gossan materials and amended with hydrophilic polyacrylate polymers after a growth cycle of Spergularia purpurea. Different acute bioassays (Daphnia magna immobilization; microalgae growth inhibition; germination and growth of lettuce and oat) were carried out with simulated leachates, pore water and soil samples. The germination and growth of native shrubs (Cistus ladanifer and Lavandula sampaioana) were also evaluated in the lysimeters where S. purpurea had grown. The soil had high total concentrations (g/kg) of Al (3.50-8.60), As (2.55-2.73), Cu (0.13-0.91) and Pb (4.48-6.16). However, the percentages of elements in aqueous extracts (simulating leachates, pore water, and the conditions of the rhizosphere soil) were small when compared to their total soil concentrations (less than 9% except for Na in leachates). Growth of S. purpurea and other natural colonization of plant species (Poaceae, Fabaceae and Asteraceae families) improved chemical characteristics but the application of the polyacrylate polymers contributed to a further improvement of soil quality. However, this was not sufficient to ensure the growth of a large number of shrubs despite a great germination rate. Among the several species used on the ecotoxicological assessment, the D. magna test was the only bioassay that showed a clear toxicity of soil leachates, suggesting the importance of using several ecotoxicological tests to assess the environmental risk of soil contamination and its rehabilitation. Although the studied soil can be considered contaminated taking into account the total soil concentrations of Al, As, Cu and Pb, the low concentrations of the same chemical elements in extractable solutions, that simulated the fractions really available for organisms, did not demonstrate a substantial toxic effects in the organisms and, consequently, negative impact on the environment.

  1. Thiolated polymers: self-crosslinking properties of thiolated 450 kDa poly(acrylic acid) and their influence on mucoadhesion.

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    Marschütz, Michaela K; Bernkop-Schnürch, Andreas

    2002-05-01

    This study examined the rheological and mucoadhesive properties of a self-crosslinking anionic thiolated polymer in vitro. Mediated by a carbodiimide, L-cysteine was covalently bound to poly(acrylic acid) of 450 kDa molecular mass. The resulting thiolated polymers (conjugates I and II) contained 90.5+/-15.8 and 511.6+/-52 micromol thiol groups per gram polymer, respectively (mean+/-S.D., n=3). The amount of covalently attached cysteine was therefore dependent on the concentration of carbodiimide used for the coupling reaction. Both conjugates (3%, m/v) were capable of forming inter- and/or intramolecular disulfide bonds in 100 mM phosphate buffer pH 6.8. Consequently, the apparent viscosity of conjugates I and II increased 12- and 10-fold, respectively, within 24 h of incubation at 37 degrees C. Further, rheological synergy was observed by mixing equal volumes of polymer (unmodified as well as modified) with a mucin solution. A six-fold increase in viscosity immediately after mixing could be observed for the conjugate II/mucin mixture. This clearly indicates the high interaction potential of self-crosslinking thiomers with the mucus gel layer. Mucoadhesion studies confirmed the rheological results. Tablets based on conjugate II remained attached on freshly excised porcine mucosa for about 25 times longer than the corresponding controls, which is the longest time of mucoadhesion ever found among anionic thiomers. Due to the results of the present study, self-crosslinking thiolated poly(acrylates) of 450 kDa represent very promising excipients for the development of various mucoadhesive drug delivery systems.

  2. Physicochemical properties of pH-controlled polyion complex (PIC) micelles of poly(acrylic acid)-based double hydrophilic block copolymers and various polyamines.

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    Warnant, J; Marcotte, N; Reboul, J; Layrac, G; Aqil, A; Jerôme, C; Lerner, D A; Gérardin, C

    2012-05-01

    The physicochemical properties of polyion complex (PIC) micelles were investigated in order to characterize the cores constituted of electrostatic complexes of two oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. The pH-sensitive micelles were obtained with double hydrophilic block copolymers containing a poly(acrylic acid) block linked to a modified poly(ethylene oxide) block and various polyamines (polylysine, linear and branched polyethyleneimine, polyvinylpyridine, and polyallylamine). The pH range of micellization in which both components are ionized was determined for each polyamine. The resulting PIC micelles were characterized using dynamic light scattering and small-angle X-ray scattering experiments (SAXS). The PIC micelles presented a core-corona nanostructure with variable polymer density contrasts between the core and the corona, as revealed by the analysis of the SAXS curves. It was shown that PIC micelle cores constituted by polyacrylate chains and polyamines were more or less dense depending on the nature of the polyamine. It was also determined that the density of the cores of the PIC micelles depended strongly on the nature of the polyamine. These homogeneous cores were surrounded by a large hairy corona of hydrated polyethylene oxide block chains. Auramine O (AO) was successfully entrapped in the PIC micelles, and its fluorescence properties were used to get more insight on the core properties. Fluorescence data confirmed that the cores of such micelles are quite compact and that their microviscosity depended on the nature of the polyamine. The results obtained on these core-shell micelles allow contemplating a wide range of applications in which the AO probe would be replaced by various cationic drugs or other similarly charged species to form drug nanocarriers or new functional nanodevices.

  3. Copper(II)/tertiary amine synergy in photoinduced living radical polymerization: accelerated synthesis of ω-functional and α,ω-heterofunctional poly(acrylates).

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    Anastasaki, Athina; Nikolaou, Vasiliki; Zhang, Qiang; Burns, James; Samanta, Shampa R; Waldron, Christopher; Haddleton, Alice J; McHale, Ronan; Fox, David; Percec, Virgil; Wilson, Paul; Haddleton, David M

    2014-01-22

    Photoinduced living radical polymerization of acrylates, in the absence of conventional photoinitiators or dye sensitizers, has been realized in "daylight'"and is enhanced upon irradiation with UV radiation (λ(max) ≈ 360 nm). In the presence of low concentrations of copper(II) bromide and an aliphatic tertiary amine ligand (Me6-Tren; Tren = tris(2-aminoethyl)amine), near-quantitative monomer conversion (>95%) is obtained within 80 min, yielding poly(acrylates) with dispersities as low as 1.05 and excellent end group fidelity (>99%). The versatility of the technique is demonstrated by polymerization of methyl acrylate to a range of chain lengths (DP(n) = 25-800) and a number of (meth)acrylate monomers, including macromonomer poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether acrylate (PEGA480), tert-butyl acrylate, and methyl methacrylate, as well as styrene. Moreover, hydroxyl- and vic-diol-functional initiators are compatible with the polymerization conditions, forming α,ω-heterofunctional poly(acrylates) with unparalleled efficiency and control. The control retained during polymerization is confirmed by MALDI-ToF-MS and exemplified by in situ chain extension upon sequential monomer addition, furnishing higher molecular weight polymers with an observed reduction in dispersity (Đ = 1.03). Similarly, efficient one-pot diblock copolymerization by sequential addition of ethylene glycol methyl ether acrylate and PEGA480 to a poly(methyl acrylate) macroinitiator without prior workup or purification is also reported. Minimal polymerization in the absence of light confers temporal control and alludes to potential application at one of the frontiers of materials chemistry whereby precise spatiotemporal "on/off" control and resolution is desirable.

  4. New Stable Cu(I) Catalyst Supported on Weakly Acidic Polyacrylate Resin for Green C-N Coupling: Synthesis of N-(Pyridin-4-yl)benzene Amines and N,N-Bis(pyridine-4-yl)benzene Amines.

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    Kore, Nitin; Pazdera, Pavel

    2016-12-22

    A method for preparation of a new stable Cu(I) catalyst supported on weakly acidic polyacrylate resin without additional stabilizing ligands is described. A simple and efficient methodology for Ullmann Cu(I) catalyzed C-N cross coupling reactions using this original catalyst is reported. Coupling reactions of 4-chloropyridinium chloride with anilines containing electron donating (EDG) or electron withdrawing (EWG) groups, naphthalen-2-amine and piperazine, respectively, are successfully demonstrated.

  5. Mineralisation of reconstituted collagen using polyvinylphosphonic acid/polyacrylic acid templating matrix protein analogues in the presence of calcium, phosphate and hydroxyl ions

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    Kim, Young Kyung; Gu, Li-sha; Bryan, Thomas E.; Kim, Jong Ryul; Chen, Liang; Liu, Yan; Yoon, James C.; Breschi, Lorenzo; Pashley, David H.; Tay, Franklin R.

    2010-01-01

    The complex morphologies of mineralised collagen fibrils are regulated through interactions between the collagen matrix and non-collagenous extracellular proteins. In the present study, polyvinylphosphonic acid, a biomimetic analogue of matrix phosphoproteins, was synthesised and confirmed with FTIR and NMR. Biomimetic mineralisation of reconstituted collagen fibrils devoid of natural non-collagenous proteins was demonstrated with TEM using a Portland cement-containing resin composite and a phosphate-containing fluid in the presence of polyacrylic acid as sequestration, and polyvinylphosphonic acid as templating matrix protein analogues. In the presence of these dual biomimetic analogues in the mineralisation medium, intrafibrillar and extrafibrillar mineralisation via bottom-up nanoparticle assembly based on the nonclassical crystallisation pathway could be identified. Conversely, only large mineral spheres with no preferred association with collagen fibrils were observed in the absence of biomimetic analogues in the medium. Mineral phases were evident within the collagen fibrils as early as 4 hours after the initially-formed amorphous calcium phosphate nanoprecursors were transformed into apatite nanocrystals. Selected area electron diffraction patterns of highly mineralised collagen fibrils were nearly identical to those of natural bone, with apatite crystallites preferentially aligned along the collagen fibril axes. PMID:20621767

  6. Reduction of Non-Specific Protein Adsorption Using Poly(ethylene) Glycol (PEG) Modified Polyacrylate Hydrogels In Immunoassays for Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B Detection

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    Charles, Paul T.; Stubbs, Veronte R.; Soto, Carissa M.; Martin, Brett D.; White, Brandy J.; Taitt, Chris R.

    2009-01-01

    Three PEG molecules (PEG-methacrylate, -diacrylate and -dimethacrylate) were incorporated into galactose-based polyacrylate hydrogels and their relative abilities to reduce non-specific protein adsorption in immunoassays were determined. Highly crosslinked hydrogels containing amine-terminated functionalities were formed and used to covalently attach antibodies specific for staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB). Patterned arrays of immobilized antibodies in the PEG-modified hydrogels were created with a PDMS template containing micro-channels for use in sandwich immunoassays to detect SEB. Different concentrations of the toxin were applied to the hydrogel arrays, followed with a Cy3-labeled tracer antibody specific for the two toxins. Fluorescence laser scanning confocal microscopy of the tracer molecules provided both qualitative and quantitative measurements on the detection sensitivity and the reduction in non-specific binding as a result of PEG incorporation. Results showed the PEG-modified hydrogel significantly reduced non-specific protein binding with a detection limit for SEB of 1 ng/mL. Fluorescence signals showed a 10-fold decrease in the non-specific binding and a 6-fold increase in specific binding of SEB. PMID:22389622

  7. pH-responsive drug delivery system based on luminescent CaF(2):Ce(3+)/Tb(3+)-poly(acrylic acid) hybrid microspheres.

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    Dai, Yunlu; Zhang, Cuimiao; Cheng, Ziyong; Ma, Ping'an; Li, Chunxia; Kang, Xiaojiao; Yang, Dongmei; Lin, Jun

    2012-03-01

    In this study, we design a controlled release system based on CaF(2):Ce(3+)/Tb(3+)-poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) composite microspheres, which were fabricated by filling the pH-responsive PAA inside CaF(2):Ce(3+)/Tb(3+) hollow spheres via photopolymerization route. The CaF(2):Ce(3+)/Tb(3+) hollow spheres prepared by hydrothermal route possess mesoporous structure and show strong green fluorescence from Tb(3+) under UV excitation. Doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX), a widely used anti-cancer drug, was used as a model drug to evaluate the loading and controlled release behaviors of the composite microspheres due to the good biocompatibility of the samples using MTT assay. The composite carriers provide a strongly pH-dependent drug release behavior owing to the intrinsic property of PAA and its interactions with DOX. The endocytosis process of drug-loaded microspheres was observed using confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and the in vitro cytotoxic effect against SKOV3 ovarian cancer cells of the DOX-loaded carriers was investigated. In addition, the extent of drug release could be monitored by the altering of photoluminescence (PL) intensity of CaF(2):Ce(3+)/Tb(3+). Considering the good biocompatibility, high drug loading content and pH-dependent drug release of the materials, these hybrid luminescent microspheres have potential applications in drug controlled release and disease therapy.

  8. Microchip electrophoresis with background electrolyte containing polyacrylic acid and high content organic solvent in cyclic olefin copolymer microchips for easily adsorbed dyes.

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    Wei, Xuan; Sun, Ping; Yang, Shenghong; Zhao, Lei; Wu, Jing; Li, Fengyun; Pu, Qiaosheng

    2016-07-29

    Plastic microchips can significantly reduce the fabrication cost but the adsorption of some analytes limits their application. In this work, background electrolyte containing ionic polymer and high content of organic solvent was adopted to eliminate the analyte adsorption and achieve highly efficient separation in microchip electrophoresis. Two dyes, rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) and rhodamine B (RhB) were used as the model analytes. By using methanol as the organic solvent and polyacrylic acid (PAA) as a multifunctional additive, successful separation of the two dyes within 75μm id. microchannels was realized. The role of PAA is multiple, including viscosity regulator, selectivity modifier and active additive for counteracting analyte adsorption on the microchannel surface. The number of theoretical plate of 7.0×10(5)/m was attained within an effective separation distance of 2cm using background electrolyte consisting 80% methanol, 0.36% PAA and 30mmol/L phosphate at pH 5.0. Under optimized conditions, relative standard deviations of Rh6G and RhB detection (n=5) were no more than 1.5% for migration time and 2.0% for peak area, respectively. The limit of detection (S/N=3) was 0.1nmol/L for Rh6G. The proposed technique was applied in the determination of both Rh6G and RhB in chilli powder and lipstick samples with satisfactory recoveries of 81.3-103.7%.

  9. Intrafibrillar mineralization of polyacrylic acid-bound collagen fibrils using a two-dimensional collagen model and Portland cement-based resins.

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    Wu, Shiyu; Gu, Lisha; Huang, Zihua; Sun, Qiurong; Chen, Huimin; Ling, Junqi; Mai, Sui

    2017-02-01

    The biomimetic remineralization of apatite-depleted dentin is a potential method for enhancing the durability of resin-dentin bonding. To advance this strategy from its initial proof-of-concept design, we sought to investigate the characteristics of polyacrylic acid (PAA) adsorption to desorption from type I collagen and to test the mineralization ability of PAA-bound collagen. Portland cement and β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) were homogenized with a hydrophilic resin blend to produce experimental resins. The collagen fibrils reconstituted on nickel (Ni) grids were mineralized using different methods: (i) group I consisted of collagen treated with Portland cement-based resin in simulated body fluid (SBF); (ii) group II consisted of PAA-bound collagen treated with Portland cement-based resin in SBF; and (iii) group III consisted of PAA-bound collagen treated with β-TCP-doped Portland cement-based resin in deionized water. Intrafibrillar mineralization was evaluated using transmission electron microscopy. We found that a carbonyl-associated peak at pH 3.0 increased as adsorption time increased, whereas a hydrogen bond-associated peak increased as desorption time increased. The experimental resins maintained an alkaline pH and the continuous release of calcium ions. Apatite was detected within PAA-bound collagen in groups II and III. Our results suggest that PAA-bound type I collagen fibrils can be mineralized using Portland cement-based resins.

  10. Preparation and optimization of superabsorbent hydrogel micromatrices based on poly(acrylic acid), partly sodium salt-g-poly(ethylene oxide) for modified release of indomethacin.

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    Yuksel, Nilufer; Beba, Leyla

    2009-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to prepare modified-release dosage of indomethacin (IND) in the form of micromatrices based on a superabsorbent hydrogel (SAH), poly(acrylic acid), partly sodium salt-g-poly(ethylene oxide) (PAAc-Na-g-PEO). A soaking procedure was used for the preparation of drug-loaded hydrogel micromatrices. The amount of IND, volume of drug-loading solution, and amount of PAAc-Na-g-PEO granules used for preparing micromatrices were the independent factors. The dependent factors were the measured responses from micromatrices, that is, percent recovery, percent entrapment efficiency, and the time at which 63.2% of the drug was released (T(d), minutes). A three-factor, three-level full factorial design (33) was created to optimize formulations. Nonlinear regression analysis indicated a good correlation between the measured responses and the independent factors. Optimum responses were obtained from medium levels of IND and SAH and low level of drug-loading solution. Differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction analysis, and scanning electron micrography indicated that IND crystals are physically adsorbed into the pores and irregular spaces of the hydrogel.

  11. Extraction protease expressed by Penicillium fellutanum from the Brazilian savanna using poly(ethylene glycol)/sodium polyacrylate/NaCl aqueous two-phase system.

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    Barros, Kleber V G; Souza, Paula M; Cardoso, Samuel L; Borges, Leonardo L; Filho, Edivaldo X F; Junior, Adalberto P; Magalhães, Pérola O

    2015-01-01

    The partitioning of protease expressed by Penicillium fellutanum from the Brazilian savanna in a novel inexpensive and stable aqueous two-phase system (ATPS) composed of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and sodium polyacrylate (NaPA) was studied in this work using factorial design. The ATPS is formed by mixing both polymers with a salt (NaCl) and fermented broth of P. fellutanum. The effects of molar mass (2,000, 4,000, and 6,000 g ⋅ mol(-1)) and concentration (6, 8, and 10 wt%) of PEG and that of NaPA concentration (6, 8, and 10 wt%) on protease partitioning (K) at 25 °C were studied. A two-level factorial design (2(3)) was implemented. The effect of Na2 SO4 concentration (5, 10, and 15 wt%) on the reextraction of the enzyme was also analyzed. The partition coefficient K ranged from 77.51 to 1.21, indicating the versatility of the method. The reextraction was achieved with the addition of 5% Na2 SO4 , allowing the partitioning of the protease to the upper phase, whereas total proteins were directed to the bottom phase. The results of partitioning using the PEG/NaPA/NaCl system and that of the subsequent reextraction with Na2 SO4 suggest that this method can be used to purify proteases from fermented broth of P. fellutanum.

  12. Influence of air-abrasion executed with polyacrylic acid-Bioglass 45S5 on the bonding performance of a resin-modified glass ionomer cement.

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    Sauro, Salvatore; Watson, Timothy F; Thompson, Ian; Toledano, Manuel; Nucci, Cesare; Banerjee, Avijit

    2012-04-01

    The aim of this study was to test the microtensile bond strength (μTBS), after 6 months of storage in PBS, of a resin-modified glass ionomer cement (RMGIC) bonded to dentine pretreated with Bioglass 45S5 (BAG) using various etching and air-abrasion techniques. The RMGIC (GC Fuji II LC) was applied onto differently treated dentine surfaces followed by light curing for 30 s. The specimens were cut into matchsticks with cross-sectional areas of 0.9 mm(2). The μTBS of the specimens was measured after 24 h or 6 months of storage in PBS and the results were statistically analysed using two-way anova and the Student-Newman-Keuls test (α = 0.05). Further RMCGIC-bonded dentine specimens were used for interfacial characterization, micropermeability, and nanoleakage analyses by confocal microscopy. The RMGIC-dentine interface layer showed no water absorption after 6 months of storage in PBS except for the interdiffusion layer of the silicon carbide (SiC)-abraded/polyacrylic acid (PAA)-etched bonded dentine. The RMGIC applied onto dentine air-abraded with BAG/H(2)O only or with BAG/PAA-fluid followed by etching procedures (10% PAA gel) showed no statistically significant reduction in μTBS after 6 months of storage in PBS. The abrasion procedures performed using BAG in combination with PAA might be a suitable strategy to enhance the bonding durability and the healing ability of RMGIC bonded to dentine.

  13. Poly(acrylic acid) Bridged Gadolinium Metal-Organic Framework-Gold Nanoparticle Composites as Contrast Agents for Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Bimodal Imaging

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    Tian, Chixia; Zhu, Liping; Lin, Feng; Boyes, Stephen G.

    2015-01-01

    Imaging contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) have received significant attention in the development of techniques for early-stage cancer diagnosis. Gadolinium (Gd) (III), which has seven unpaired electrons and a large magnetic moment, can dramatically influence the water proton relaxation and hence exhibits excellent MRI contrast. On the other hand, gold (Au), which has a high atomic number and high x-ray attenuation coefficient, is an ideal contrast agent candidate for x-ray based CT imaging. Gd metal organic framework (MOF) nanoparticles with tunable size, high Gd (III) loading and multivalency can potentially overcome the limitations of clinically utilized Gd chelate contrast agents. In this work, we report for the first time the integration of GdMOF nanoparticles with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) for the preparation of a MRI/CT bimodal imaging agent. Highly stable hybrid GdMOF/AuNPs composites have been prepared by using poly(acrylic acid) as a bridge between the GdMOF nanoparticles and AuNPs. The hybrid nanocomposites were then evaluated in MRI and CT imaging. The results revealed high longitudinal relaxivity in MRI and excellent CT imaging performance. Therefore, these GdMOF/AuNPs hybrid nanocomposites potentially provide a new platform for the development of multi-modal imaging probes. PMID:26147906

  14. Synthesis and characterization of polyacrylic acid- grafted-carboxylic graphene/titanium nanotube composite for the effective removal of enrofloxacin from aqueous solutions: Adsorption and photocatalytic degradation studies.

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    Anirudhan, Thayyath S; Shainy, F; Christa, J

    2017-02-15

    Polyacrylic acid-grafted-carboxylic graphene/titanium nanotube (PAA-g-CGR/TNT) composite was synthesized. It was effectively used as adsorbent as well as photocatalyst. The composite was characterized by FTIR, XRD, SEM, TEM, Surface Area Analyzer, XPS and DRS. The photocatalytic activity of PAA-g-CGR/TNT composite was evaluated on the basis of the degradation of pollutants by using sunlight. The band gap of the prepared photocatalyst was found to be 2.6eV. The removal of the antibiotic enrofloxacin (ENR) was achieved by two step mechanism based on adsorption and photodegradation. The maximum adsorption was observed at pH 5.0. The best fitted kinetic model was found to be pseudo-second-order. The maximum adsorption was observed at 30°C. The maximum adsorption capacity was found to be 13.40mg/g. The kinetics of photodegradation of ENR onto PAA-g-CGR/TNT composite follow first-order kinetics and optimum pH was found to be 5.0. The regeneration and reuse of the adsorbent-cum-photocatalyst were also examined upto five cycles.

  15. [Predicting the cadmium bioavailability in the soil of sugarcane field based on the diffusive gradients in thin films with binding phase of sodium polyacrylate].

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    Wang, Fang-Li; Song, Ning-Ning; Zhao, Yu-Jie; Zhang, Chang-Bo; Shen, Yue; Liu, Zhong-Qi

    2012-10-01

    The diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) technique with solid-state binding phases has been widely used for in situ collection and measurement of available heavy metals in waters, soils or sediments, whereas DGT with liquid binding phase is primarily used in the in situ analysis of heavy metals in waters. In this paper, rhizosphere soils of sugarcane were collected in Guangxi and the concentrations of cadmium (Cd) were determined by DGT with a solid-state binding phase of chelex100 (chelex100-DGT) and modified DGT with a liquid binding phase of sodium polyacrylate (CDM-PAAS-DGT). The result showed that the Cd contents in soils measured by DGT with both binding phases and Cd in the roots, leaves and unpolished stems of sugarcane had significant positive correlation. The extraction ability of the CDM-PAAAS-DGT was much higher than that of the chelex100-DGT. In addition, multivariate analyses were used to assess the impact of pH, cation exchange capacity (CEC), soil organic matter (OM) and texture. Two principal components were extracted and the linear regression models were established. The Cd bioavailability in soils could be accurately predicted by the CDM-PAAAS-DGT technique, which expanded its applicable area.

  16. Polyparameter linear free energy models for polyacrylate fiber-water partition coefficients to evaluate the efficiency of solid-phase microextraction.

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    Endo, Satoshi; Droge, Steven T J; Goss, Kai-Uwe

    2011-02-15

    The fiber-water partition coefficient, K(fw), is decisive for performance of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) techniques in organic chemical analyses. In this study, polyacrylate (PA)-coated fiber was evaluated for its K(fw) values toward diverse neutral organic compounds. Literature K(fw) data were thoroughly evaluated, and additional K(fw) values for 69 compounds were measured in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) solution at 37 °C. These K(fw) data, spanning over 6 orders of magnitude, were used to construct polyparameter linear free energy relationship (PP-LFER) models. The PP-LFER models fit well to the data with a standard deviation of 0.15-0.23 log units. Additional experiments indicated that the differences in temperature (25 vs 37 °C), electrolyte concentrations (pure water vs PBS), and conditioning methods (heat vs methanol) had only minor influences (<0.3 log units) on K(fw). Using the established PP-LFERs, the SPME extraction efficiency of PA coating toward compounds of differing polarity was evaluated in comparison to poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) coating. PA exhibited higher extraction capacities for H-bond donor compounds (e.g., phenols, anilines, amides, and many drugs and pesticides) with the estimated K(fw) values being 1-4 log units higher than those of PDMS. Also, PA was shown to be more efficient than PDMS for hydrophobic aromatic compounds.

  17. Poly(acrylic acid) modified lanthanide-doped GdVO4 hollow spheres for up-conversion cell imaging, MRI and pH-dependent drug release

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    Kang, Xiaojiao; Yang, Dongmei; Dai, Yunlu; Shang, Mengmeng; Cheng, Ziyong; Zhang, Xiao; Lian, Hongzhou; Ma, Ping'an; Lin, Jun

    2012-12-01

    In this study, multifunctional poly(acrylic acid) modified lanthanide-doped GdVO4 nanocomposites [PAA@GdVO4: Ln3+ (Ln = Yb/Er, Yb/Ho, Yb/Tm)] were constructed by filling PAA hydrogel into GdVO4 hollow spheres via photoinduced polymerization. The up-conversion (UC) emission colors (green, red and blue) can be tuned by changing the codopant compositions in the matrices. The composites have potential applications as bio-probes for cell imaging. Meanwhile, the hybrid spheres can act as T1 contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) owing to the existence of Gd3+ ions on the surface of composites. Due to the nature of PAA, DOX-loaded PAA@GdVO4:Yb3+/Er3+ system exhibits pH-dependent drug releasing kinetics. A lower pH offers a faster drug release rate. Such character makes the loaded DOX easily released at cancer cells. The cell uptake process of drug-loaded composites was observed by using confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). The results indicate the potential application of the multifunctional composites as theragnostics (effective bimodal imaging probes and pH-responsive drug carriers).

  18. Nanostructure of Poly(Acrylic Acid) Adsorption Layer on the Surface of Activated Carbon Obtained from Residue After Supercritical Extraction of Hops

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    Wiśniewska, M.; Nosal-Wiercińska, A.; Ostolska, I.; Sternik, D.; Nowicki, P.; Pietrzak, R.; Bazan-Wozniak, A.; Goncharuk, O.

    2017-01-01

    The nanostructure of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) adsorption layer on the surface of mesoporous-activated carbon HPA obtained by physical activation of residue after supercritical extraction of hops was characterized. This characterization has been done based on the analysis of determination of adsorbed polymer amount, surface charge density, and zeta potential of solid particles (without and in the PAA presence). The SEM, thermogravimetric, FTIR, and MS techniques have allowed one to examine the solid surface morphology and specify different kinds of HPA surface groups. The effects of solution pH, as well as polymer molecular weight and concentration, were studied. The obtained results indicated that the highest adsorption on the activated carbon surface was exhibited by PAA with lower molecular weight (i.e., 2000 Da) at pH 3. Under such conditions, polymeric adsorption layer is composed of nanosized PAA coils (slightly negatively charged) which are densely packed on the positive surface of HPA. Additionally, the adsorption of polymeric macromolecules into solid pores is possible.

  19. Radiation induced deposition of copper nanoparticles inside the nanochannels of poly(acrylic acid)-grafted poly(ethylene terephthalate) track-etched membranes

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    Korolkov, Ilya V.; Güven, Olgun; Mashentseva, Anastassiya A.; Atıcı, Ayse Bakar; Gorin, Yevgeniy G.; Zdorovets, Maxim V.; Taltenov, Abzal A.

    2017-01-01

    Poly(ethylene terephthalate) PET, track-etched membranes (TeMs) with 400 nm average pore size were UV-grafted with poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) after oxidation of inner surfaces by H2O2/UV system. Carboxylate groups of grafted PAA chains were easily complexed with Cu2+ ions in aqueous solutions. These ions were converted into metallic copper nanoparticles (NPs) by radiation-induced reduction of copper ions in aqueous-alcohol solution by gamma rays in the dose range of 46-250 kGy. Copper ions chelating with -COOH groups of PAA chains grafted on PET TeMs form polymer-metal ion complex that prevent the formation of agglomerates during reduction of copper ions to metallic nanoparticles. The detailed analysis by X-Ray diffraction technique (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) confirmed the deposition of copper nanoparticles with the average size of 70 nm on the inner surface of nanochannels of PET TeMs. Samples were also investigated by FTIR, ESR spectroscopies to follow copper ion reduction.

  20. Polyacrylic acid grafted kaolinite via a facile ‘grafting to’ approach based on heterogeneous esterification and its adsorption for Cu2+

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    Zhao, Ping; Zhou, Qi; Yan, Chunjie; Luo, Wenjun

    2017-03-01

    Kaolinite (KLN) was successfully decorated by polyacrylic acid (PAA) brushes via a facile ‘one-step’ manner in this study. This process was achieved by heterogeneous esterification between carboxyl on the PAA chains and hydroxyl on the KLN in the presence of Al3+ as catalyst. The prepared composite (denoted as PAA-g-KLN) was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), x-ray diffraction pattern (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and thermogravimetry (TG) to confirm the successful grafting of PAA brushes on the surface of KLN. Subsequently, the PAA-g-KLN was used as adsorbent for the removal of Cu2+ from wastewater. Due to the introduction of abundant and highly accessible carboxyl groups on the surface of kaolinite, PAA-g-KLN exhibited an enhanced adsorption performance than raw kaolinite, which could be up to 32.45 mg·g‑1 at 45 °C with a fast adsorption kinetic. Theoretical models analysis revealed that Langmuir isotherm model and the pseudo second-order model were more suitable for well elucidation of the experimental data. In addition, the regeneration experiment showed that the PAA-g-KLN could still keep a satisfactory adsorption capacity (>65%) by being reused for 6 consecutive cycles. The study provides an easy and rapid method for surface polyelectrolyte modification on inorganic mineral as a promising adsorbent to remove Cu2+ from aqueous solution.