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  1. Carbon Nanofiber Electrode for Neurochemical Monitoring

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    Zhang, David A.; Rand, Emily; Marsh, Michael; Andrews, Russell J.; Lee, Kendall H.; Meyyappan, M.

    2014-01-01

    The ability to rapidly detect neurotransmitter release has broad implications in the study of a variety of neurodegenerative diseases. Electrochemical detection methods using carbon nanofiber nanoelectrodes integrated into the Wireless Instantaneous Neurotransmitter Concentration Sensing System (WINCS) offer many important advantages including biocompatibility, selectivity, sensitivity, and rapid adsorption kinetics. Carbon nanofiber nanoelectrodes exhibit greater selectivity and sensitivity in the electrochemical detection of neurotransmitters compared to macroelectrodes and are able to resolve a ternary mixture of dopamine (DA), serotonin (5-HT), and ascorbic acid as well as to detect individual neurotransmitters in concentrations as low as 50 nM for DA and 100 nM for 5-HT using differential pulse voltammetry. Adsorption kinetics studies and isopropyl alcohol treatments modeled on previous studies on carbon fiber microelectrodes were conducted to investigate the analogous properties on carbon nanofiber electrodes using fast-scan cyclic voltammetry with WINCS and showed analogous results in carbon nanofiber electrodes compared with carbon fiber microelectrodes. PMID:23975638

  2. Nanofiber membrane-electrode-assembly and method of fabricating same

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    Pintauro, Peter N.; Ballengee, Jason; Brodt, Matthew

    2016-02-02

    In one aspect of the present invention, a fuel cell membrane-electrode-assembly (MEA) has an anode electrode, a cathode electrode, and a membrane disposed between the anode electrode and the cathode electrode. At least one of the anode electrode, the cathode electrode and the membrane is formed of electrospun nanofibers.

  3. Electrospun carbon nanofibers for electrochemical capacitor electrodes

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    Wang, Tong

    The objective of this work is to electrospin poly(acrylonitrile) (PAN) based nanofibers with controlled diameter and to stabilize and carbonize them for developing meso-porous carbon for application as electrochemical capacitor electrodes. A sacrificial polymer, poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) (SAN) has been used to control porosity. Carbon nanotubes (CNT) have been used to increase electrode conductivity and hence power density. The study has been divided into two parts. In part I, electrospinning behavior of PAN and PAN/CNT has been studied. The diameter of electrospun PAN fibers was monitored as a function of polymer molecular weight, solution concentration, solution flow rate, distance between the spinneret and the target, and the applied voltage. Bead free PAN fibers of 60 nm diameter have been electrospun. Various electrospun fibers have been characterized by wide angle X-ray diffraction and by Raman spectroscopy. Electrospinning process has been observed by high speed photography. In part II, the electrospun PAN, PAN/SAN, and PAN/SAN/CNT fiber mats were stabilized, carbonized, and processed into electrochemical capacitor electrodes. The performance of the electrochemical capacitors was tested by the constant current charge/discharge and cyclic voltammetry in 6 molar potassium hydroxide aqueous solution. The surface area and pore size distribution of the electrodes were measured using N2 adsorption and desorption. The effect of surface area and pore size distribution on the capacitance performance has been studied. The capacitance performance of various carbonized electrospun fibers mats have been compared to those of the PAN/SAN/CNT film, carbon nanotube bucky paper, and activated carbon pellet. The capacitance of PAN/SAN/CNT fiber mat over 200 F/g (at a current density of 1 A/g) and the power density approaching 1 kW/kg have been observed. Addition of 1 wt% carbon nanotubes in PAN/SAN, improves the power density by a factor of four. For comparison, the

  4. Passivation coating on electrospun copper nanofibers for stable transparent electrodes.

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    Hsu, Po-Chun; Wu, Hui; Carney, Thomas J; McDowell, Matthew T; Yang, Yuan; Garnett, Erik C; Li, Michael; Hu, Liangbing; Cui, Yi

    2012-06-26

    Copper nanofiber networks, which possess the advantages of low cost, moderate flexibility, small sheet resistance, and high transmittance, are one of the most promising candidates to replace indium tin oxide films as the premier transparent electrode. However, the chemical activity of copper nanofibers causes a substantial increase in the sheet resistance after thermal oxidation or chemical corrosion of the nanofibers. In this work, we utilize atomic layer deposition to coat a passivation layer of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) and aluminum oxide onto electrospun copper nanofibers and remarkably enhance their durability. Our AZO-copper nanofibers show resistance increase of remarkably only 10% after thermal oxidation at 160 °C in dry air and 80 °C in humid air with 80% relative humidity, whereas bare copper nanofibers quickly become insulating. In addition, the coating and baking of the acidic PEDOT:PSS layer on our fibers increases the sheet resistance of bare copper nanofibers by 6 orders of magnitude, while the AZO-Cu nanofibers show an 18% increase.

  5. Silver-functionalized carbon nanofiber composite electrodes for ibuprofen detection

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    Manea, Florica; Motoc, Sorina; Pop, Aniela; Remes, Adriana; Schoonman, Joop

    2012-06-01

    The aim of this study is to prepare and characterize two types of silver-functionalized carbon nanofiber (CNF) composite electrodes, i.e., silver-decorated CNF-epoxy and silver-modified natural zeolite-CNF-epoxy composite electrodes suitable for ibuprofen detection in aqueous solution. Ag carbon nanotube composite electrode exhibited the best electroanalytical parameters through applying preconcentration/differential-pulsed voltammetry scheme.

  6. Nanofibers of fullerene C60 through interplay of ball-and-socket supermolecules.

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    Hubble, Lee J; Raston, Colin L

    2007-01-01

    Mixing solutions of p-tBu-calix[5]arene and C(60) in toluene results in a 1:1 complex (C(60)) intersection(p-tBu-calix[5]arene), which precipitates as nanofibers. The principle structural unit is based on a host-guest ball-and-socket nanostructure of the two components, with an extended structure comprising zigzag/helical arrays of fullerenes (powder X-ray diffraction data coupled with molecular modeling). Under argon at temperatures above 309 degrees C, the fibers undergo selective volatilization of the calixarenes to afford C(60)-core nanostructures encapsulated in a graphitic material sheath, which exhibits a dramatic increase in surface area. Above 650 degrees C the material exhibits an ohmic conductance response, due to the encapsulation process.

  7. Nanofiber web textile dry electrodes for long-term biopotential recording.

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    Oh, Tong Inoh; Yoon, Sun; Kim, Tae Eui; Wi, Hun; Kim, Kap Jin; Woo, Eung Je; Sadleir, Rosalind J

    2013-04-01

    Electrode properties are key to the quality of measured biopotential signals. Ubiquitous health care systems require long-term monitoring of biopotential signals from normal volunteers and patients in home or hospital environments. In these settings it is appropriate to use dry textile electrode networks for monitoring purposes, rather than the gel or saline-sponge skin interfaces used with Ag/AgCl electrodes. In this study, we report performance test results of two different electrospun conductive nanofiber webs, and three metal plated fabrics. We evaluated contact impedance, step response, noise and signal fidelity performance indices for all five dry electrodes, and compared them to those of conventional Ag/AgCl electrodes. Overall, we found nanofiber web electrodes matched Ag/AgCl electrode performance more closely than metal plated fabric electrodes, with the contact resistance and capacitance of Ag plated PVDF nanofiber web electrodes being most similar to Ag/AgCl over the 10 Hz to 500 kHz frequency range. We also observed that step responses of all three metal-plated fabrics were poorer than those for nanofiber web electrodes and Ag/AgCl. Further, noise standard deviation and noise power spectral densities were generally lower in nanofiber web electrodes than metal plated fabrics; and waveform fidelity of ECG-like traces recorded from nanofiber web electrodes was higher than for metal plated fabrics. We recommend textile nanofiber web electrodes in applications where flexibility, comfort and durability are required in addition to good electrical characteristics.

  8. Vertically aligned carbon nanofiber nanoelectrode arrays: electrochemical etching and electrode reusability

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    Gupta, Rakesh K.; Meyyappan, M.; Koehne, Jessica E.

    2014-01-01

    Vertically aligned carbon nanofibers in the form of nanoelectrode arrays were grown on nine individual electrodes, arranged in a 3 × 3 array geometry, in a 2.5 cm2 chip. Electrochemical etching of the carbon nanofibers was employed for electrode activation and enhancing the electrode kinetics. Here, we report the effects of electrochemical etching on the fiber height and electrochemical properties. Electrode regeneration by amide hydrolysis and electrochemical etching is also investigated for electrode reusability. PMID:25089188

  9. Nanofiber spraying method using a supplementary electrode

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    Kim, GeunHyung; Kim, WanDoo

    2006-07-01

    Using a supplementary electrode, electrospun poly(ɛ-carprolactone) fibers were deposited on various substrates with different electrical properties. The ability to coat the substrates was independent of the surface electric resistance of the substrates. This was due to the charge reduction of the sprayed fibers, which resulted from passing through the supplementary electrode. The sprayed fibers might find applications in smart textiles, advanced coating technology, and as biomedical wound dressings.

  10. Vertically aligned carbon nanofiber electrode arrays for nucleic acid detection

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    Arumugam, Prabhu U.; Yu, Edmond; Riviere, Roger; Meyyappan, M.

    2010-10-01

    We present electrochemical detection of DNA targets that corresponds to Escherichia coli O157:H7 16S rRNA gene using a nanoelectrode array consisting of vertically aligned carbon nanofiber (VACNF) electrodes. Parylene C is used as gap filling 'matrix' material to avoid high temperature processing in electrode construction. This easy to deposit film of several micron heights provides a conformal coating between the high aspect ratio VACNFs with negligible pin-holes. The low background currents show the potential of this approach for ultra-sensitive detection. Consistent and reproducible electrochemical-signals are achieved using a simple electrode preparation. This simple, reliable and low-cost approach is a forward step in developing practical sensors for applications like pathogen detection, early cancer diagnosis and environmental monitoring.

  11. Preparation of porous carbon nanofibers derived from PBI/PLLA for supercapacitor electrodes

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    Jung, Kyung-Hye; Ferraris, John P.

    2016-10-01

    Porous carbon nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning blend solutions of polybenzimidazole/poly-L-lactic acid (PBI/PLLA) and carbonization. During thermal treatment, PLLA was decomposed, resulting in the creation of pores in the carbon nanofibers. From SEM images, it is shown that carbon nanofibers had diameters in the range of 100-200 nm. The conversion of PBI to carbon was confirmed by Raman spectroscopy, and the surface area and pore volume of carbon nanofibers were determined using nitrogen adsorption/desorption analyses. To investigate electrochemical performances, coin-type cells were assembled using free-standing carbon nanofiber electrodes and ionic liquid electrolyte. cyclic voltammetry studies show that the PBI/PLLA-derived porous carbon nanofiber electrodes have higher capacitance due to lower electrochemical impedance compared to carbon nanofiber electrode from PBI only. These porous carbon nanofibers were activated using ammonia for further porosity improvement and annealed to remove the surface functional groups to better match the polarity of electrode and electrolyte. Ragone plots, correlating energy density with power density calculated from galvanostatic charge-discharge curves, reveal that activation/annealing further improves energy and power densities.

  12. Extensive Penetration of Evaporated Electrode Metals into Fullerene Films: Intercalated Metal Nanostructures and Influence on Device Architecture.

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    Zhang, Guangye; Hawks, Steven A; Ngo, Chilan; Schelhas, Laura T; Scholes, D Tyler; Kang, Hyeyeon; Aguirre, Jordan C; Tolbert, Sarah H; Schwartz, Benjamin J

    2015-11-18

    Although it is known that evaporated metals can penetrate into films of various organic molecules that are a few nanometers thick, there has been little work aimed at exploring the interaction of the common electrode metals used in devices with fullerene derivatives, such as organic photovoltaics (OPVs) or perovskite solar cells that use fullerenes as electron transport layers. In this paper, we show that when commonly used electrode metals (e.g., Au, Ag, Al, Ca, etc.) are evaporated onto films of fullerene derivatives (such as [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM)), the metal penetrates many tens of nanometers into the fullerene layer. This penetration decreases the effective electrical thickness of fullerene-based sandwich structure devices, as measured by the device's geometric capacitance, and thus significantly alters the device physics. For the case of Au/PCBM, the metal penetrates a remarkable 70 nm into the fullerene, and we see penetration of similar magnitude in a wide variety of fullerene derivative/evaporated metal combinations. Moreover, using transmission electron microscopy to observed cross-sections of the films, we show that when gold is evaporated onto poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)/PCBM sequentially processed OPV quasi-bilayers, Au nanoparticles with diameters of ∼3-20 nm are formed and are dispersed entirely throughout the fullerene-rich overlayer. The plasmonic absorption and scattering from these nanoparticles are readily evident in the optical transmission spectrum, demonstrating that the interpenetrated metal significantly alters the optical properties of fullerene-rich active layers. This opens a number of possibilities in terms of contact engineering and light management so that metal penetration in devices that use fullerene derivatives could be used to advantage, making it critical that researchers are aware of the electronic and optical consequences of exposing fullerene-derivative films to evaporated electrode metals.

  13. Graphene-doped electrospun nanofiber membrane electrodes and proton exchange membrane fuel cell performance

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    Wei, Meng; Jiang, Min; Liu, Xiaobo; Wang, Min; Mu, Shichun

    2016-09-01

    A rational electrode structure can allow proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells own high performance with a low noble metal loading and an optimal transport pathway for reaction species. In this study, we develop a graphene doped polyacrylonitile (PAN)/polyvinylident fluoride (PVDF) (GPP) electrospun nanofiber electrode with improved electrical conductivity and high porosity, which could enhance the triple reaction boundary and promote gas and water transport throughout the porous electrode. Thus the increased electrochemical active surface area (ECSA) of Pt catalysts and fuel cell performance can be expected. As results, the ECSA of hot-pressed electrospun electrodes with 2 wt% graphene oxide (GO) is up to 84.3 m2/g, which is greatly larger than that of the conventional electrode (59.5 m2/g). Significantly, the GPP nanofiber electrospun electrode with Pt loading of 0.2 mg/cm2 exhibits higher fuel cell voltage output and stability than the conventional electrode.

  14. Towards Scalable Binderless Electrodes: Carbon Coated Silicon Nanofiber Paper via Mg Reduction of Electrospun SiO2 Nanofibers

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    Favors, Zachary; Bay, Hamed Hosseini; Mutlu, Zafer; Ahmed, Kazi; Ionescu, Robert; Ye, Rachel; Ozkan, Mihrimah; Ozkan, Cengiz S.

    2015-02-01

    The need for more energy dense and scalable Li-ion battery electrodes has become increasingly pressing with the ushering in of more powerful portable electronics and electric vehicles (EVs) requiring substantially longer range capabilities. Herein, we report on the first synthesis of nano-silicon paper electrodes synthesized via magnesiothermic reduction of electrospun SiO2 nanofiber paper produced by an in situ acid catalyzed polymerization of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) in-flight. Free-standing carbon-coated Si nanofiber binderless electrodes produce a capacity of 802 mAh g-1 after 659 cycles with a Coulombic efficiency of 99.9%, which outperforms conventionally used slurry-prepared graphite anodes by over two times on an active material basis. Silicon nanofiber paper anodes offer a completely binder-free and Cu current collector-free approach to electrode fabrication with a silicon weight percent in excess of 80%. The absence of conductive powder additives, metallic current collectors, and polymer binders in addition to the high weight percent silicon all contribute to significantly increasing capacity at the cell level.

  15. Organic Electrodes Consisting of Dianthratetrathiafulvalene and Fullerene and Their Application in Organic Field Effect Transistors

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    Kato, Takuji; Origuchi, Chikako; Shinoda, Masato; Adachi, Chihaya

    2011-05-01

    A double layer of dianthratetrathiafulvalene (DATTF) and fullerene (C60) on an n++-Si wafer pretreated with n-octyltrichlorosilane exhibited a high electrical conductivity of σ= 0.12 S/cm and was used as source-drain electrodes in organic field effect transistors (OFETs). A simplified OFET device architecture composed of an organic semiconducting active layer and an organic electrode layer was easily fabricated by successive vacuum deposition of organic donor and acceptor layers. It was confirmed that this device configuration is applicable for both p- and n-type FET operation.

  16. High-performance supercapacitor electrode from cellulose-derived, inter-bonded carbon nanofibers

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    Cai, Jie; Niu, Haitao; Wang, Hongxia; Shao, Hao; Fang, Jian; He, Jingren; Xiong, Hanguo; Ma, Chengjie; Lin, Tong

    2016-08-01

    Carbon nanofibers with inter-bonded fibrous structure show high supercapacitor performance when being used as electrode materials. Their preparation is highly desirable from cellulose through a pyrolysis technique, because cellulose is an abundant, low cost natural material and its carbonization does not emit toxic substance. However, interconnected carbon nanofibers prepared from electrospun cellulose nanofibers and their capacitive behaviors have not been reported in the research literature. Here we report a facile one-step strategy to prepare inter-bonded carbon nanofibers from partially hydrolyzed cellulose acetate nanofibers, for making high-performance supercapacitors as electrode materials. The inter-fiber connection shows considerable improvement in electrode electrochemical performances. The supercapacitor electrode has a specific capacitance of ∼241.4 F g-1 at 1 A g-1 current density. It maintains high cycling stability (negligible 0.1% capacitance reduction after 10,000 cycles) with a maximum power density of ∼84.1 kW kg-1. They may find applications in the development of efficient supercapacitor electrodes for energy storage applications.

  17. Heterogeneous WSx/WO3 thorn-bush nanofiber electrodes for sodium-ion batteries

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    Ryu, Won -Hee; Wilson, Hope; Sohn, Sungwoo; ...

    2016-01-25

    Heterogeneous electrode materials with hierarchical architectures promise to enable considerable improvement in future energy storage devices. In this study, we report on a tailored synthetic strategy used to create heterogeneous tungsten sulfide/oxide core–shell nanofiber materials with vertically and randomly aligned thorn-bush features, and we evaluate them as potential anode materials for high-performance Na-ion batteries. The WSx (2 ≤ x ≤ 3, amorphous WS3 and crystalline WS2) nanofiber is successfully prepared by electrospinning and subsequent calcination in a reducing atmosphere. To prevent capacity degradation of the WSx anodes originating from sulfur dissolution, a facile post-thermal treatment in air is applied tomore » form an oxide passivation surface. Interestingly, WO3 thorn bundles are randomly grown on the nanofiber stem, resulting from the surface conversion. We elucidate the evolving morphological and structural features of the nanofibers during post-thermal treatment. The heterogeneous thorn-bush nanofiber electrodes deliver a high second discharge capacity of 791 mAh g–1 and improved cycle performance for 100 cycles compared to the pristine WSx nanofiber. Lastly, we show that this hierarchical design is effective in reducing sulfur dissolution, as shown by cycling analysis with counter Na electrodes.« less

  18. Heterogeneous WSx/WO₃ Thorn-Bush Nanofiber Electrodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Ryu, Won-Hee; Wilson, Hope; Sohn, Sungwoo; Li, Jinyang; Tong, Xiao; Shaulsky, Evyatar; Schroers, Jan; Elimelech, Menachem; Taylor, André D

    2016-03-22

    Heterogeneous electrode materials with hierarchical architectures promise to enable considerable improvement in future energy storage devices. In this study, we report on a tailored synthetic strategy used to create heterogeneous tungsten sulfide/oxide core-shell nanofiber materials with vertically and randomly aligned thorn-bush features, and we evaluate them as potential anode materials for high-performance Na-ion batteries. The WSx (2 ≤ x ≤ 3, amorphous WS3 and crystalline WS2) nanofiber is successfully prepared by electrospinning and subsequent calcination in a reducing atmosphere. To prevent capacity degradation of the WSx anodes originating from sulfur dissolution, a facile post-thermal treatment in air is applied to form an oxide passivation surface. Interestingly, WO3 thorn bundles are randomly grown on the nanofiber stem, resulting from the surface conversion. We elucidate the evolving morphological and structural features of the nanofibers during post-thermal treatment. The heterogeneous thorn-bush nanofiber electrodes deliver a high second discharge capacity of 791 mAh g(-1) and improved cycle performance for 100 cycles compared to the pristine WSx nanofiber. We show that this hierarchical design is effective in reducing sulfur dissolution, as shown by cycling analysis with counter Na electrodes.

  19. Direct Electron Transfer of Hemoglobin on Manganese III Oxide-Ag Nanofibers Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode

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    Negahdary, Masoud; Mazaheri, Gholamreza; Rad, Somyyeh; Hadi, Mohammadreza; Malekzadeh, Roya; Saadatmand, Mohammad Mahdi; Rezaei-Zarchi, Saeed; Pishbin, Fariba; Khosravian-hemami, Mojdeh

    2012-01-01

    We investigated the electrochemical behavior of hemoglobin by glassy carbon electrode modified with Mn2O3-Ag nanofibers. The Mn2O3-Ag nanofibers were used as facilitator electron transfer between Hb and glassy-carbon-modified electrode. The Mn2O3-Ag nanofibers are studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The hemoglobin showed a quasireversible electrochemical redox behavior with a formal potential of −49 mV (versus Ag/AgCl) in 0.1 M potassium phosphate buffer solution at pH 7.0. The designed biosensor possesses good stability and reproducibility and achieves 95% of the steady-state current in less than five seconds. PMID:22550487

  20. Carbon Microfibers Grown on Graphite Electrode During Fullerene Generation Using Composite Graphite Rods

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    Ata, Masafumi; Kijima, Yasunori; Imoto, Hiroshi; Matsuzawa, Nobuyuki; Takahashi, Noboru

    1994-07-01

    Using carbon/metal composite electrodes, silver-colored carbon deposits were obtained on the top edges of negative electrodes during electric arc vaporization for fullerene generation. Needle-shaped, rod-shaped, and winding carbon fibers 20 30 µm in length and 3 4 µm in diameter were observed on the surface of the deposits, using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results of energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) microanalysis on the fibers showed that metal carbides exist at the top portions of these fibers. It was suggested that the growth of such fibers was induced by the catalytic activity of small clusters of metal carbides which act as seeds. The structures of the fibers were discussed based on these experimental results.

  1. Electrochemical behavior of an antiviral drug acyclovir at fullerene-C(60)-modified glassy carbon electrode.

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    Shetti, Nagaraj P; Malode, Shweta J; Nandibewoor, Sharanappa T

    2012-12-01

    Electrochemical oxidation of acyclovir at fullerene-C(60)-modified glassy carbon electrode has been investigated using cyclic and differential pulse voltammetry. In pH 7.4 phosphate buffer, acyclovir showed an irreversible oxidation peak at about 0.96V. The cyclic voltammetric results showed that fullerene-C(60)-modified glassy carbon electrode can remarkably enhance electrocatalytic activity towards the oxidation of acyclovir. The electrocatalytic behavior was further exploited as a sensitive detection scheme for the acyclovir determination by differential pulse voltammetry. Effects of anodic peak potential (E(p)/V), anodic peak current (I(p)/μA) and heterogeneous rate constant (k(0)) have been discussed. Under optimized conditions, the concentration range and detection limit were 9.0×10(-8) to 6.0×10(-6)M and 1.48×10(-8)M, respectively. The proposed method was applied to acyclovir determination in pharmaceutical samples and human biological fluids such as urine and blood plasma as a real sample. This method can also be employed in quality control and routine determination of drugs in pharmaceutical formulations.

  2. Flexible and Highly Biocompatible Nanofiber-Based Electrodes for Neural Surface Interfacing.

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    Heo, Dong Nyoung; Kim, Han-Jun; Lee, Yi Jae; Heo, Min; Lee, Sang Jin; Lee, Donghyun; Do, Sun Hee; Lee, Soo Hyun; Kwon, Il Keun

    2017-03-28

    Polyimide (PI)-based electrodes have been widely used as flexible biosensors in implantable device applications for recording biological signals. However, the long-term quality of neural signals obtained from PI-based nerve electrodes tends to decrease due to nerve damage by neural tissue compression, mechanical mismatch, and insufficient fluid exchange between the neural tissue and electrodes. Here, we resolve these problems with a developed PI nanofiber (NF)-based nerve electrode for stable neural signal recording, which can be fabricated via electrospinning and inkjet printing. We demonstrate an NF-based nerve electrode that can be simply fabricated and easily applied due to its high permeability, flexibility, and biocompatibility. Furthermore, the electrode can record stable neural signals for extended periods of time, resulting in decreased mechanical mismatch, neural compression, and contact area. NF-based electrodes with highly flexible and body-fluid-permeable properties could enable future neural interfacing applications.

  3. Highly Flexible Indium Tin Oxide Nanofiber Transparent Electrodes by Blow Spinning.

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    Wang, Haolun; Liao, Suiyang; Bai, Xiaopeng; Liu, Zhenglian; Fang, Minghao; Liu, Tao; Wang, Ning; Wu, Hui

    2016-12-07

    Transparent conductive film (TCF) has found wide applications. Indium tin oxide (ITO) is currently the most widely used transparent electrode. However, major problem of ITO is the lacking of flexibility, which totally limits its applications. Here, we report a highly flexible transparent electrode consisting of freestanding ITO nanofiber network fabricated by blow spinning, the advantage of which is its high-efficiency, low cost and safety. When the bending radius decreased to 0.5 mm, the resistance of the transparent electrodes only increased by 18.4%. Furthermore, the resistance was almost unchanged after thousands of bending cycles at 3.5 mm bending radius.

  4. Platinum/Palladium hollow nanofibers as high-efficiency counter electrodes for enhanced charge transfer

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    Navarro Pardo, F.; Benetti, D.; Zhao, H. G.; Castaño, V. M.; Vomiero, A.; Rosei, F.

    2016-12-01

    Pt/Pd hollow nanofibers were obtained by sputtering a Pt/Pd alloy (80/20 wt%) onto polymer nanofibers (used as sacrificial template) and were used as counter-electrodes (CEs) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We demonstrate that optimization of nanofiber density and Pt/Pd sputtering thickness can increase the short circuit current density and consequently lead to a ∼15% enhancement in power conversion efficiency (PCE), when compared to the commonly used flat Pt/Pd CEs with the same thickness. The processes that contribute to such PCE improvement are: (i) increased surface area provided by the high aspect ratio hollow nanofibers and (ii) improved electro-catalytic performance, as validated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements. The latter showed a two-fold decrease in the charge-transfer resistance of the nanostructured-CE, compared to the flat CE. The contribution of the Pt/Pd hollow nanofiber to light scattering was negligible as shown by reflectance measurements. These results suggest a simple and straightforward strategy to increase PCE in DSSCs, to minimize the use of precious metals used in this kind of devices and, more generally, to tailor the CE structure in photoelectrochemical systems to boost their functional properties, thanks to the advantages afforded by this complex morphology.

  5. Improved direct electrochemistry for proteins adsorbed on a UV/ozone-treated carbon nanofiber electrode.

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    Xue, Qiang; Kato, Dai; Kamata, Tomoyuki; Guo, Qiaohui; You, Tianyan; Niwa, Osamu

    2013-01-01

    We studied the direct electron transfer (DET) of proteins on a carbon nanofiber (CNF) modified carbon film electrode by employing the one-step UV/ozone treatment of CNF. This treatment changed the CNF surface from hydrophobic to hydrophilic because a sufficient quantity of oxygen functional groups was introduced onto the CNF surface. Furthermore, this simple approach increased both the effective surface area and the number of edge-plane defect sites. As a result, the reversibility of redox species, such as ferrocyanide and dopamine, was greatly improved on the treated electrode surface. We obtained on efficient DET of bilirubin oxidase (BOD) and cytochrome c (cyt c) at the treated CNF electrode, which exhibited 38 (for BOD) and 6 (for cyt c) times higher than that at untreated CNF modified electrode. These results indicate that the combination of nanostructured carbon and this UV/ozone treatment process can efficiently create a functionalized surface for the electron transfer of proteins.

  6. Indium tin oxide nanopillar electrodes in polymer/fullerene solar cells.

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    Rider, David A; Tucker, Ryan T; Worfolk, Brian J; Krause, Kathleen M; Lalany, Abeed; Brett, Michael J; Buriak, Jillian M; Harris, Kenneth D

    2011-02-25

    Using high surface area nanostructured electrodes in organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices is a route to enhanced power conversion efficiency. In this paper, indium tin oxide (ITO) and hybrid ITO/SiO(2) nanopillars are employed as three-dimensional high surface area transparent electrodes in OPVs. The nanopillar arrays are fabricated via glancing angle deposition (GLAD) and electrochemically modified with nanofibrous PEDOT:PSS (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(p-styrenesulfonate)). The structures are found to have increased surface area as characterized by porosimetry. When applied as anodes in polymer/fullerene OPVs (architecture: commercial ITO/GLAD ITO/PEDOT:PSS/P3HT:PCBM/Al, where P3HT is 2,5-diyl-poly(3-hexylthiophene) and PCBM is [6,6]-phenyl-C(61)-butyric acid methyl ester), the air-processed solar cells incorporating high surface area, PEDOT:PSS-modified ITO nanoelectrode arrays operate with improved performance relative to devices processed identically on unstructured, commercial ITO substrates. The resulting power conversion efficiency is 2.2% which is a third greater than for devices prepared on commercial ITO. To further refine the structure, insulating SiO(2) caps are added above the GLAD ITO nanopillars to produce a hybrid ITO/SiO(2) nanoelectrode. OPV devices based on this system show reduced electrical shorting and series resistance, and as a consequence, a further improved power conversion efficiency of 2.5% is recorded.

  7. Catalytic Improvement on Counter Electrode of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using Electrospun Pt Nano-Fibers.

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    Seol, Hyunwoong; Shiratani, Masaharu; Seneekatima, Kannanut; Pornprasertsuk, Rojana

    2016-04-01

    A dye-sensitized solar cell is one of cost-competitive photovoltaic devices. For higher performance, all components have been actively studied and improved. However, Pt is still a dominant catalyst since first development although some catalytic materials were studied so far. Catalytic materials of counter electrode play an important role in the performance because it supplies electrons from counter electrode to electrolyte. Therefore, the catalytic activation of counter electrode is closely connected with the performance enhancement. In this work, Pt nano-fiber was fabricated by electrospinning and applied for the counter electrode. Its wide surface area is advantageous for good conductivity and catalytic activation. Morphological characteristics of nano-fibers were analyzed according to electrospinning conditions. Photovoltaic properties, cyclic voltammetry, impedance analysis verified the catalytic activation. Consequently, dye-sensitized solar cell with Pt nano-fiber electrospun at 5.0 kV of applied voltage had higher performance than conventional dye-sensitized solar cell with Pt thin film. This work is significant for related researches because all nano-fibers counter electrode material proposed so far never exceeded the performance of conventional Pt counter electrode.

  8. Graphene/heparin template-controlled polyaniline nanofibers composite for high energy density supercapacitor electrode

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    Moniruzzaman Sk, Md; Yue, Chee Yoon; Jena, Rajeeb Kumar

    2014-12-01

    Graphene/PANI nanofibers composites are prepared for the first time using a novel in situ polymerization method based on the chemical oxidative polymerization of aniline using heparin as a soft template. The even dispersion of individual graphene sheet within the polymer nanofibers matrix enhances the kinetics for both charge transfer and ion transport throughout the electrode. This novel G25PNF75 composite (weight ratio of GO:PANI = 25:75) shows a high specific capacitance of 890.79 F g-1 and an excellent energy density of 123.81 Wh kg-1 at a constant discharge current of 0.5 mA. The composite exhibits excellent cycle life with 88.78% specific capacitance retention after 1000 charge-discharge cycles. The excellent performance of the composite is due to the synergistic combination of graphene which provides good electrical conductivity and mechanical stability, and PANI nanofiber which provides good redox activity that consequently contributed such high energy density.

  9. Investigation of Lithium-Air Battery Discharge Product Formed on Carbon Nanotube and Nanofiber Electrodes

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    Mitchell, Robert Revell, III

    Carbon nanotubes have been actively investigated for integration in a wide variety of applications since their discovery over 20 years ago. Their myriad desirable material properties including exceptional mechanical strength, high thermal conductivities, large surface-to-volume ratios, and considerable electrical conductivities, which are attributable to a quantum mechanical ability to conduct electrons ballistically, have continued to motivate interest in this material system. While a variety of synthesis techniques exist, carbon nanotubes and nanofibers are most often conveniently synthesized using chemical vapor deposition (CVD), which involves their catalyzed growth from transition metal nanoparticles. Vertically-aligned nanotube and nanofiber carpets produced using CVD have been utilized in a variety of applications including those related to energy storage. Li-air (Li-O2) batteries have received much interest recently because of their very high theoretical energy densities (3200 Wh/kgLi2O2 ). which make them ideal candidates for energy storage devices for future fully-electric vehicles. During operation of a Li-air battery O2 is reduced on the surface a porous air cathode, reacting with Li-ions to form lithium peroxide (Li-O2). Unlike the intercalation reactions of Li-ion batteries, discharge in a Li-air cell is analogous to an electrodeposition process involving the nucleation and growth of the depositing species on a foreign substrate. Carbon nanofiber electrodes were synthesized on porous substrates using a chemical vapor deposition process and then assembled into Li-O2 cells. The large surface to volume ratio and low density of carbon nanofiber electrodes were found to yield a very high gravimetric energy density in Li-O 2 cells, approaching 75% of the theoretical energy density for Li 2O2. Further, the carbon nanofiber electrodes were found to be excellent platforms for conducting ex situ electron microscopy investigations of the deposition Li2O2 phase

  10. Electrosorption of ions from aqueous solutions with carbon nanotubes and nanofibers composite film electrodes

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    Wang, X. Z.; Li, M. G.; Chen, Y. W.; Cheng, R. M.; Huang, S. M.; Pan, L. K.; Sun, Z.

    2006-07-31

    Electrosorption of ions from aqueous solutions with carbon nanotubes and nanofibers (CNTs-CNFs) composite film electrodes has been demonstrated. The large area CNTs-CNFs film was directly grown on Ni plate by low pressure and low temperature thermal chemical vapor deposition. The CNTs-CNFs electrodes have great advantages such as low cost, easy operation, long-term reproducibility, and integrity of monolithic CNTs-CNFs film and current collector. Batch-mode experiments at low voltage (0.4-2 V) were conducted in a continuously recycling system to investigate the electrosorption process. Purification of water with good reproducibility was achieved because of optimal pore size distribution of CNTs-CNFs composite films.

  11. Electrosorption of ions from aqueous solutions with carbon nanotubes and nanofibers composite film electrodes

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    Wang, X. Z.; Li, M. G.; Chen, Y. W.; Cheng, R. M.; Huang, S. M.; Pan, L. K.; Sun, Z.

    2006-07-01

    Electrosorption of ions from aqueous solutions with carbon nanotubes and nanofibers (CNTs-CNFs) composite film electrodes has been demonstrated. The large area CNTs-CNFs film was directly grown on Ni plate by low pressure and low temperature thermal chemical vapor deposition. The CNTs-CNFs electrodes have great advantages such as low cost, easy operation, long-term reproducibility, and integrity of monolithic CNTs-CNFs film and current collector. Batch-mode experiments at low voltage (0.4-2V) were conducted in a continuously recycling system to investigate the electrosorption process. Purification of water with good reproducibility was achieved because of optimal pore size distribution of CNTs-CNFs composite films.

  12. Influence of nitrogen doping on oxygen reduction electrocatalysis at carbon nanofiber electrodes.

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    Maldonado, Stephen; Stevenson, Keith J

    2005-03-17

    Nondoped and nitrogen-doped (N-doped) carbon nanofiber (CNF) electrodes were prepared via a floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method using precursors consisting of ferrocene and either xylene or pyridine to control the nitrogen content. Structural and compositional differences between the nondoped and N-doped varieties were assessed using TEM, BET, Raman, TGA, and XPS. Electrochemical methods were used to study the influence of nitrogen doping on the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The N-doped CNF electrodes demonstrate significant catalytic activity toward oxygen reduction in aqueous KNO(3) solutions at neutral to basic pH. Electrochemical data are presented which indicate that the ORR proceeds by the peroxide pathway via two successive two-electron reductions. However, for N-doped CNF electrodes, the reduction process can be treated as a catalytic regenerative process where the intermediate hydroperoxide (HO(2)(-)) is chemically decomposed to regenerate oxygen, 2HO(2)(-) <==> O(2) + 2OH(-). The proposed electrocatalysis mechanisms for ORR at both nondoped and N-doped varieties are supported by electrochemical simulations and by measured difference in hydroperoxide decomposition rate constants. Remarkably, approximately 100 fold enhancement for hydroperoxide decomposition is observed for N-doped CNFs, with rates comparable to the best known peroxide decomposition catalysts. Collectively the data indicate that exposed edge plane defects and nitrogen doping are important factors for influencing adsorption of reactive intermediates (i.e., superoxide, hydroperoxide) and for enhancing electrocatalysis for the ORR at nanostructured carbon electrodes.

  13. Manufacturing carbon nanofiber electrodes with embedded metallic nanoparticles using block copolymers templates

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    Ghazinejad, Maziar; Holmberg, Sunshine; Madou, Marc

    2016-09-01

    Owing to its superb thermal and electrical attributes, as well as electrochemical stability, carbon is emerging as an attractive material for fabrication of many bioelectrochemical devices such as biosensors and biofuel cells. However, carbon's inert nature makes it difficult to functionalize with biocatalysts; often requiring harsh chemical treatment, such as nitric acid oxidation, to attach reactive amines and carboxylic acids to its surface. Recent studies, however, points toward a self-assembly approach for fabricating well organized layers of carbon loaded with arrays of metallic nanoparticles patterned by block-copolymers (BCP) templates. Herein, we demonstrate an effective method for developing carbon nanofibers meshes embedded with metal nanoparticles, by incorporating a BCP self-assembly approach into our C-MEMS fabrication technique. The main phase of this hybrid method includes electrospinning metal salt-loaded BCP into nanofiber meshes, and subsequently reducing the metal salts into metal nanoparticles prior to pyrolysis. This cost-effective process will pave the way for fabricating scalable advanced 3-D carbon electrodes that can be applied to biosensors and biofuel cells devices.

  14. Chemical vapor-deposited carbon nanofibers on carbon fabric for supercapacitor electrode applications

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    2012-01-01

    Entangled carbon nanofibers (CNFs) were synthesized on a flexible carbon fabric (CF) via water-assisted chemical vapor deposition at 800°C at atmospheric pressure utilizing iron (Fe) nanoparticles as catalysts, ethylene (C2H4) as the precursor gas, and argon (Ar) and hydrogen (H2) as the carrier gases. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and electron dispersive spectroscopy were employed to characterize the morphology and structure of the CNFs. It has been found that the catalyst (Fe) thickness affected the morphology of the CNFs on the CF, resulting in different capacitive behaviors of the CNF/CF electrodes. Two different Fe thicknesses (5 and 10 nm) were studied. The capacitance behaviors of the CNF/CF electrodes were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry measurements. The highest specific capacitance, approximately 140 F g−1, has been obtained in the electrode grown with the 5-nm thickness of Fe. Samples with both Fe thicknesses showed good cycling performance over 2,000 cycles. PMID:23181897

  15. Vanadium nitride quantum dot/nitrogen-doped microporous carbon nanofibers electrode for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Wu, Yage; Ran, Fen

    2017-03-01

    In this article, vanadium nitride quantum dot/nitrogen-doped microporous carbon nanofibers (VNQD/CNF) is developed by a method of combination of electrostatic spinning and high-temperature calcination under the atmosphere of NH3: N2 = 3: 2 for high performance supercapacitors. VNQD dispersing into CNF, enrichment of N atom doped in carbon bulk, and abundant porous structure not only prevent the growth and aggregation of VN nanoparticles, improve electrical conductivity, wettability, and stability of the electrode materials, but also enhance fast migration of electrolyte ions during the electrochemical process. Thus, VNQD/CNF exhibits a high specific capacitance of 406.5 F g-1 at 0.5 A g-1 and a good rate capability with a capacitance retention of 75.1% at 5.0 A g-1. Additionally, VNQD/CNF as a negative electrode are combined with Ni(OH)2 as a positive electrode to fabricate the hybrid supercapacitor of VNQD/CNF//Ni(OH)2. Remarkably, at a power density of 774.6 W kg-1, the supercapacitor device delivers an ultrahigh energy density of 31.2 Wh kg-1.

  16. Polyaniline nanofiber sponge filled graphene foam as high gravimetric and volumetric capacitance electrode

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    Pedrós, J.; Boscá, A.; Martínez, J.; Ruiz-Gómez, S.; Pérez, L.; Barranco, V.; Calle, F.

    2016-06-01

    A 3D hierarchical porous composite structure is developed via the controlled electrodeposition of a polyaniline nanofiber sponge (PANI-NFS) that fills the pores of a chemical vapor deposited graphene foam (GF). The PANI-NFS/GF composite combines the efficient electronic transport in the GF scaffold (with 100-500 μm pore size) with the rapid diffusion of the electrolyte ions into the high-specific-surface-area and densely-packed PANI-NFS (with 100-500 nm pore size). The factor of 1000 in the pore hierarchy and the synergy between the materials, that form a supercapacitor composite electrode with an integrated extended current collector, lead to both very high gravimetric and volumetric capacitances. In particular, values of 1474 F g-1 and 86 F cm-3 for a GF filling factor of 11% (leading to an estimated value of 782 F cm-3 for 100%), respectively, are obtained at a current density of 0.47 A g-1. Moreover, the composite electrode presents a capacitance retention of 83% after 15000 cycles. This excellent behavior makes the PANI-NFS/GF composite electrodes very attractive for high-performance supercapacitors.

  17. Low-cost electrospun highly crystalline kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 nanofiber counter electrodes for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Mali, Sawanta S; Patil, Pramod S; Hong, Chang Kook

    2014-02-12

    In the present investigation, kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanofibers were obtained by electrospinning process using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and cellulose acetate (CA) solvent separately. The synthesized CZTS nanofibers were characterized using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), optical absorption, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), micro-Raman spectroscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Our results showed that the PVP synthesized CZTS nanofibers are a single crystalline while CA assisted CZTS nanofibers are polycrystalline in nature. The optical properties demonstrated that the prepared nanofibers have strong absorption in 300-550 nm range with band gap energy of 1.5 eV. The X-ray and micro-Raman analysis revealed that synthesised nanofibers showing pure phase kesterite CZTS. Further the synthesized CZTS nanofibers were used as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Our results indicate that, PVP-CZTS and CA-CZTS counter electrode based DSSC shows 3.10% and 3.90% respectively. The detailed interfaces of these counter electrodes and DSSCs were analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopic (EIS) measurements for analysis of such high power conversion efficiency. The present study will be helpful for alternative counter electrode for Pt counter electrodes in DSSCs application. We believe that our synthetic method will be helpful for low-cost and efficient thin film photovoltaic technology.

  18. Palladium nanoparticles decorated on activated fullerene modified screen printed carbon electrode for enhanced electrochemical sensing of dopamine.

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    Palanisamy, Selvakumar; Thirumalraj, Balamurugan; Chen, Shen-Ming; Ali, M Ajmal; Al-Hemaid, Fahad M A

    2015-06-15

    In the present work, an enhanced electrochemical sensor for dopamine (DA) was developed based on palladium nanoparticles decorated activated fullerene-C60 (AC60/PdNPs) composite modified screen printed carbon electrode (SPCE). The scanning electron microscopy and elemental analysis confirmed the formation of PdNPs on AC60. The fabricated AC60/PdNPs composite modified electrode exhibited an enhanced electrochemical response to DA with a lower oxidation potential than that of SPCE modified with PdNPs and C60, indicating the excellent electrooxidation behavior of the AC60/PdNPs composite modified electrode. The electrochemical studies confirmed that the electrooxidation of DA at the composite electrode is a diffusion controlled electrochemical process. The differential pulse voltammetry was employed for the determination of DA; under optimum conditions, the electrochemical oxidation signal of DA increased linearly at the AC60/PdNPs composite from 0.35 to 133.35 μM. The limit of detection was found as 0.056 μM with a sensitivity of 4.23 μA μM(-1) cm(-2). The good recovery of DA in the DA injection samples further revealed the good practicality of AC60/PdNPs modified electrode.

  19. Highly oriented electrospun polycaprolactone micro/nanofibers prepared by a field-controllable electrode and rotating collector

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    Lee, Hyeongjin; Yoon, Hyeon; Kim, Geunhyung

    2009-11-01

    Highly aligned electrospun nanofibers were fabricated using a field-controllable electrospinning process. The technique involved a cylindrical electrode connected to a spinning nozzle to stabilize the initial jet, and a field-controllable electrode generating an alternating current (AC) electric field fixed with a rotating collector. Aligned polycaprolactone (PCL) micro/nanofibers were prepared successfully using this process. Due to two electrostatic forces, the Coulombic force and the field-induced torque due to dipole-dipole interaction, the PCL micro/nanofibers were highly stretched in the direction of the electric field; the alignment depended on the applied frequency of the electrode. Wide-angle X-ray diffraction measurement was used to observe the crystallinity and molecular orientation of the electrospun fiber mats. As using the field-controllable rotating collector, the molecular orientation of PCL was improved relative to that of the normal electrospinning process. The oriented electrospun PCL fibers exhibited an increased storage modulus compared to conventionally fabricated electrospun fibers. In addition, the average fiber diameter was reduced and the distribution was narrower compared to those fabricated by the conventional electrospinning process.

  20. Heterogeneous WSx/WO3 thorn-bush nanofiber electrodes for sodium-ion batteries

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    Ryu, Won -Hee; Wilson, Hope; Sohn, Sungwoo; Li, Jinyang; Tong, Xiao; Shaulsky, Evyatar; Schroers, Jan; Elimelech, Menachem; Taylor, Andre D.

    2016-01-25

    Heterogeneous electrode materials with hierarchical architectures promise to enable considerable improvement in future energy storage devices. In this study, we report on a tailored synthetic strategy used to create heterogeneous tungsten sulfide/oxide core–shell nanofiber materials with vertically and randomly aligned thorn-bush features, and we evaluate them as potential anode materials for high-performance Na-ion batteries. The WSx (2 ≤ x ≤ 3, amorphous WS3 and crystalline WS2) nanofiber is successfully prepared by electrospinning and subsequent calcination in a reducing atmosphere. To prevent capacity degradation of the WSx anodes originating from sulfur dissolution, a facile post-thermal treatment in air is applied to form an oxide passivation surface. Interestingly, WO3 thorn bundles are randomly grown on the nanofiber stem, resulting from the surface conversion. We elucidate the evolving morphological and structural features of the nanofibers during post-thermal treatment. The heterogeneous thorn-bush nanofiber electrodes deliver a high second discharge capacity of 791 mAh g–1 and improved cycle performance for 100 cycles compared to the pristine WSx nanofiber. Lastly, we show that this hierarchical design is effective in reducing sulfur dissolution, as shown by cycling analysis with counter Na electrodes.

  1. Layer-by-Layer assembled hybrid multilayer thin film electrodes based on transparent cellulose nanofibers paper for flexible supercapacitors applications

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    Wang, Xi; Gao, Kezheng; Shao, Ziqiang; Peng, Xiaoqing; Wu, Xue; Wang, Feijun

    2014-03-01

    Cellulose nanofibers (CNFs) paper with low thermal expansion and electrolyte absorption properties is considered to be a good potential substrate for supercapacitors. Unlike traditional substrates, such as glass or plastic, CNFs paper saves surfaces pretreatment when Layer-by-Layer (LbL) assembly method is used. In this study, negatively charged graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene: poly(styrene sulfonate)) (PEDOT:PSS) nanoparticles are deposited onto CNFs paper with positively charged polyaniline (PANI) nanowires as agents to prepare multilayer thin film electrodes, respectively. Due to the different nanostructures of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) and PEDOT:PSS, the microstructures of the electrodes are distinguishing. Our work demonstrate that CNFs paper/PANI/RGO electrode provides a more effective pathway for ion transport facilitation compared with CNFs paper/PANI/PEDOT:PSS electrode. The supercapacitor fabricated by CNFs/[PANI-RGO]8 (S-PG-8) exhibits an excellent areal capacitance of 5.86 mF cm-2 at a current density of 0.0043 mA cm-2, and at the same current density the areal capacitance of the supercapacitor fabricated by CNFs/[PANI-PEDOT:PSS]8 (S-PP-8) is 4.22 mF cm-2. S-PG-8 also exhibits good cyclic stability. This study provides a novel method using CNFs as substrate to prepare hybrid electrodes with diverse microstructures that are promising for future flexible supercapacitors.

  2. Surface chemical analysis of CuO nanofiber composite electrodes at different stages of lithiation/delithiation

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    Gangaja, Binitha; Chandrasekharan, Sruthi; Vadukumpully, Sajini; Nair, Shantikumar V.; Santhanagopalan, Dhamodaran

    2017-02-01

    High aspect ratio, electrospun CuO nanofibers have been fabricated and tested for its electrochemical performance as lithium ion battery anode. These nanofibers are composed of CuO nanoparticles about 35-40 nm in size forming good inter-connected network. Fabricated half cells maintained specific capacity of 310 mAh g-1 at 1C rate for 100 cycles and stabilized capacity of about 120 mAh g-1 at 5C rate for 1000 cycles. Ex situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was performed to understand the electrodes surface chemical changes at the end of first discharge, first charge and after tenth charge. The solid electrolyte interface (SEI) layer comprised of LiF, Li2CO3 and Li2O while their quantity varied depending on the stage of lithiation/delithiation. Initially, no copper signal is observed on the surface of the SEI layer. However, in situ sputtering of the electrodes in the XPS chamber revealed that at the end of first discharge, formation Cu0 with detectable fraction of LixCuO2 and hydroxide in the SEI layer. At the end of first charge, a large fraction of Cu2O phase with a small fraction of hydroxide is observed. At the end of 10th charge no change in SEI layer content but increase in thickness was observed.

  3. Vapor-phase polymerization of poly(3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene) nanofibers on carbon cloth as electrodes for flexible supercapacitors

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    Zhao, Xin; Dong, Mengyang; Zhang, Junxian; Li, Yingzhi; Zhang, Qinghua

    2016-09-01

    In this study, an evaporative vapor-phase polymerization approach was employed to fabricate vertically aligned poly(3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) nanofibers on the surface of carbon cloth (CC). Optimized reaction conditions can obtain well distributed and uniform layers of high-aspect-ratio PEDOT nanofibers on CC. The hierarchical PEDOT/CC structure as a freestanding electrode exhibits good electrochemical properties. As a flexible symmetric supercapacitor, the PEDOT/CC hybrid electrode displays a specific areal capacitance of 201.4 mF cm-2 at 1 mA cm-2, good flexibility with a higher value (204.6 mF cm-2) in the bending state, and a good cycling stability of 92.4% after 1000 cycles. Moreover, the device shows a maximum energy density of 4.0 Wh kg-1 (with a power density of 3.2 kW kg-1) and a maximum power density of 4.2 kW kg-1 (with an energy density of 3.1 Wh kg-1). The results demonstrate that PEDOT may be a promising material for storage devices through a simple and efficient vapor-phase polymerization process with precisely controlled reaction conditions.

  4. Bi5FeTi3O15 nanofibers/graphene nanocomposites as an effective counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zheng, H. W.; Liang, X.; Yu, Y. H.; Wang, K.; Zhang, X. A.; Men, B. Q.; Diao, C. L.; Peng, C. X.; Yue, G. T.

    2017-01-01

    The present study reports Bi5FeTi3O15 (BFTO) nanofibers/graphene (Gr) nanocomposites (BGr) as counter electrodes (CEs) in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). BFTO nanofibers with diameters of 40-100 nm were fabricated by sol-gel based electrospinning technique. The microstructure and surface morphology of the BFTO nanofibers and the BGr nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The electrochemical performances of BGr CEs were comprehensively characterized and investigated. Compared to pristine BFTO, the nanocomposites have a marked improvement in electrocatalytic performance for the reduction of triiodide because of larger surface area and lower transfer resistance on the electrolyte-electrode interface. The maximum power conversion efficiency has reached 9.56%, which is much larger than that of pure BFTO CEs (0.22%).

  5. Synthesis of a novel electrode material containing phytic acid-polyaniline nanofibers for simultaneous determination of cadmium and lead ions.

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    Huang, Hui; Zhu, Wencai; Gao, Xiaochun; Liu, Xiuyu; Ma, Houyi

    2016-12-01

    The development of nanostructured conducting polymers based materials for electrochemical applications has attracted intense attention due to their environmental stability, unique reversible redox properties, abundant electron active sites, rapid electron transfer and tunable conductivity. Here, a phytic acid doped polyaniline nanofibers based nanocomposite was synthesized using a simple and green method, the properties of the resulting nanomaterial was characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). A glassy carbon electrode modified by the nanocomposite was evaluated as a new platform for the simultaneous detection of trace amounts of Cd(2+) and Pb(2+) using differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry (DPASV). The synergistic contribution from PANI nanofibers and phytic acid enhances the accumulation efficiency and the charge transfer rate of metal ions during the DPASV analysis. Under the optimal conditions, good linear relationships were obtained for Cd(2+) in a range of 0.05-60 μg L(-1), with the detection limit (S/N = 3) of 0.02 μg L(-1), and for Pb(2+) in a range of 0.1-60 μg L(-1), with the detection limit (S/N = 3) of 0.05 μg L(-1). The new electrode was successfully applied to real water samples for simultaneous detection of Cd(2+) and Pb(2+) with good recovery rates. Therefore, the new electrode material may be a capable candidate for the detection of trace levels of heavy metal ions.

  6. Surface analysis and electrochemistry of a robust carbon-nanofiber-based electrode platform H2O2 sensor

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    Suazo-Dávila, D.; Rivera-Meléndez, J.; Koehne, J.; Meyyappan, M.; Cabrera, C. R.

    2016-10-01

    A vertically aligned carbon nanofiber-based (VACNF) electrode platform was developed for an enzymeless hydrogen peroxide sensor. Vertical nanofibers have heights on the order of 2-3 μm, and diameters that vary from 50 to 100 nm as seen by atomic force microscopy. The VACNF was grown as individual, vertically, and freestanding structures using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The electrochemical sensor, for the hydrogen peroxide measurement in solution, showed stability and reproducibility in five consecutive calibration curves with different hydrogen peroxide concentrations over a period of 3 days. The detection limit was 66 μM. The sensitivity for hydrogen peroxide electrochemical detection was 0.0906 mA cm-2 mM-1, respectively. The sensor was also used for the measurement of hydrogen peroxide as the by-product of the reaction of cholesterol with cholesterol oxidase as a biosensor application. The sensor exhibits linear behavior in the range of 50 μM-1 mM in cholesterol concentrations. The surface analysis and electrochemistry characterization is presented.

  7. Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers

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    ... Current Intelligence Bulletin 65: Occupational Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir ... composed of engineered nanoparticles, such as metal oxides, nanotubes, nanowires, quantum dots, and carbon fullerenes (buckyballs), among ...

  8. Large Areal Mass, Mechanically Tough and Freestanding Electrode Based on Heteroatom-doped Carbon Nanofibers for Flexible Supercapacitors.

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    Liu, Rong; Ma, Lina; Mei, Jia; Huang, Shu; Yang, Shaoqiang; Li, Enyuan; Yuan, Guohui

    2017-02-21

    A flexible and freestanding supercapacitor electrode with a N,P-co-doped carbon nanofiber network (N,P-CNFs)/graphene (GN) composite loaded on bacterial cellulose (BC) is first designed and fabricated in a simple, low-cost, and effective approach. The porous structure and excellent mechanical properties make the BC paper an ideal substrate that shows a large areal mass of 8 mg cm(-2) . As a result, the flexible N,P-CNFs/GN/BC paper electrode shows appreciable areal capacitance (1990 mF cm(-2) in KOH and 2588 mF cm(-2) in H2 SO4 electrolytes) without sacrificing gravimetric capacitance (248.8 F g(-1) and 323.5 F g(-1) ), exhibits excellent cycling ability (without capacity loss after 20 000 cycles), and remarkable tensile strength (42.8 MPa). By direct coupling of two membrane electrodes, the symmetric supercapacitor delivers a prominent areal capacitance of 690 mF cm(-2) in KOH and 898 mF cm(-2) in H2 SO4 , and remarkable power/energy density (19.98 mW cm(-2) /0.096 mW h cm(-2) in KOH and 35.01 mW cm(-2) /0.244 mW h cm(-2) in H2 SO4 ). Additionally, it shows stable behavior in both bent and flat states. These results promote new opportunities for N,P-CNFs/GN/BC paper electrodes as high areal performance, freestanding electrodes for flexible supercapacitors.

  9. Electrospun Perovskite Nanofibers

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    Chen, Dongsheng; Zhu, Yanyan

    2017-02-01

    CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite nanofibers were synthesized by versatile electrospinning techniques. The synthetic CH3NH3PbI3 nanofibers were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and photoluminescence. As counter electrodes, the synthesized nanofibers increased the performance of the dye-sensitized solar cells from 1.58 to 2.09%. This improvement was attributed to the enhanced smoothness and efficiency of the electron transport path. Thus, CH3NH3PbI3 perovskites nanofibers are potential alternative to platinum counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells.

  10. Graphene-Composite Carbon Nanofiber-Based Electrodes for Energy Storage Devices

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    2014-04-18

    elongated stripes of graphene, as a conductive filler of CNFs. The GNR/carbon composite nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning from poly...acrylonitrile) (PAN) containing graphene oxide nanoribbons (GONRs), and successive twisting and carbonization.The electrospinning process can exert...directional shear force coupling with the external electric field to the flow of the spinning solution. During electrospinning , the well-dispersed GONRs were

  11. Highly sensitive and selective determination of methylergometrine maleate using carbon nanofibers/silver nanoparticles composite modified carbon paste electrode.

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    Kalambate, Pramod K; Rawool, Chaitali R; Karna, Shashi P; Srivastava, Ashwini K

    2016-12-01

    A highly sensitive and selective voltammetric method for determination of Methylergometrine maleate (MM) in pharmaceutical formulations, urine and blood serum samples has been developed based on enhanced electrochemical response of MM at carbon nanofibers and silver nanoparticles modified carbon paste electrode (CNF-AgNP-CPE). The electrode material was characterized by various techniques viz., X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The electrocatalytic response of MM at CNF-AgNP-CPE was studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV), differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Under optimized conditions, the proposed sensor exhibits excellent electrochemical response towards MM. The DPV study shows greatly enhanced electrochemical signal for MM at CNF-AgNP-CPE lending high sensitivity to the proposed sensor for MM detection. The peak (Ip) current for MM is found to be rectilinear in the range 4.0×10(-8)-2.0×10(-5)M with a detection limit of 7.1×10(-9)M using DPV. The feasibility of the proposed sensor in analytical applications was investigated by conducting experiments on commercial pharmaceutical formulations, human urine and blood serum samples, which yielded satisfactory recoveries of MM. The proposed electrochemical sensor offers high sensitivity, selectivity, reproducibility and practical utility. We recommend it as an authentic and productive electrochemical sensor for successful determination of MM.

  12. Electrocatalytic Behavior of Hemoglobin Oxidation of Hydrazine Based on ZnO Nano-rods with Carbon Nanofiber Modified Electrode.

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    Wu, Min; Ding, Wen; Meng, Junli; Ni, Henmei; Li, Ying; Ma, Quanhong

    2015-01-01

    A novel biosensor was developed by immobilizing hemoglobin (Hb) on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) modified with a composite of ZnO nano-rods and carbon nanofiber (CNF), a strong reducer, hydrazine, was firstly used to evaluate the electrochemical behavior of Hb on Hb/ZnO/CNF/GCE. UV-vis and circular dichroism (CD) spectra indicated the conformational structure of Hb interaction with ZnO/CNF was predominantly an α-helical structure. The modified electrodes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and cyclic voltammetry. Electrocatalytic mechanism of Hb to oxidation reaction of hydrazine was suggested. The bioelectrocatalytic activity, kinetic parameters of Michaelis-Menten constant (Km), stability and reproducibility were also investigated. A linear dependence of peak currents to the concentrations of hydrazine was observed in the range from 1.98 × 10(-5) to 1.71 × 10(-3) mol L(-1) with a correlation coefficient of 0.998, and a detection limit (S/N = 3) of 6.60 μmol L(-1) was estimated.

  13. In situ synthesis of binary cobalt-ruthenium nanofiber alloy counter electrode for electrolyte-free cadmium sulfide quantum dot solar cells

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    Du, Nan; Ren, Lei; Sun, Weifu; Jin, Xiao; Zhao, Qing; Cheng, Yuanyuan; Wei, Taihuei; Li, Qinghua

    2015-06-01

    A facile, low-cost and low-temperature fabrication approach of counter electrode is essential for pursuing robust photovoltaic devices. Herein, we develop a hydrothermal in situ growth of Cobalt-Ruthenium (Co-Ru) alloy nanofiber electrode for quantum dot solar cell (QDSC) applications. Colloidal CdS QDs with tunable absorption band edge are synthesized and used as light absorber. After optimizing the QDs with the highest photoluminescence quantum yield accompanied by considerable solar light absorption ability, QDSC based on Co-Ru alloy electrode delivers a much higher power conversion efficiency than its counterparts, i.e., either pure Co or Ru metal electrodes. In detail, Co-Ru alloy electrode exhibits high specific area, excellent electrical behavior, intimate interface contact, and good stability, thus leading to notable improved device performances. The impressive robust function of Co-Ru alloy with simple manufacturing procedure highlights its potential applications in robust QDSCs.

  14. Fabrication of electrospun nanofibers bundles

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    Ye, Junjun; Sun, Daoheng

    2007-12-01

    Aligned nanofibers, filament bundle composed of large number of nanofibers have potential applications such as bio-material, composite material etc. A series of electrospinning experiments have been conducted to investigate the electrospinning process,in which some parameters such as polymer solution concentration, bias voltage, distance between spinneret and collector, solution flow rate etc have been setup to do the experiment of nanofibers bundles construction. This work firstly reports electrospun nanofiber bundle through non-uniform electrical field, and nanofibers distributed in different density on electrodes from that between them. Thinner nanofibers bundle with a few numbers of nanofiber is collected for 3 seconds; therefore it's also possible that the addressable single nanofiber could be collected to bridge two electrodes.

  15. Nitrogen-doped carbon nanofibers derived from polypyrrole coated bacterial cellulose as high-performance electrode materials for supercapacitors and Li-ion batteries

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    Lei, Wen; Han, Lili; Xuan, Cuijuan; Lin, Ruoqian; Liu, Hongfang; Xin, Huolin L.; Wang, Deli

    2016-05-24

    Here, nitrogen-doped carbon nanofiber (NDCN) was synthesized via carbonization of polypyrrole (PPy) coated bacterial cellulose (BC) composites, where BC serves as templates as well as precursor, and PPy serves as the nitrogen source. The synthesized NDCN was employed as electrode for both supercapacitors and Li-ion batteries. The large surface area exposed to electrolyte resulting from the 3D carbon networks leads to sufficient electrode/electrolyte interface and creates shorter transport paths of electrolyte ions and Li+ ion. Besides, the three types of N dopants in NDCN improve the electronic conductivity, as well as superior electrochemical performance.

  16. Nitrogen-doped carbon nanofibers derived from polypyrrole coated bacterial cellulose as high-performance electrode materials for supercapacitors and Li-ion batteries

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    Lei, Wen; Han, Lili; Xuan, Cuijuan; ...

    2016-05-24

    Here, nitrogen-doped carbon nanofiber (NDCN) was synthesized via carbonization of polypyrrole (PPy) coated bacterial cellulose (BC) composites, where BC serves as templates as well as precursor, and PPy serves as the nitrogen source. The synthesized NDCN was employed as electrode for both supercapacitors and Li-ion batteries. The large surface area exposed to electrolyte resulting from the 3D carbon networks leads to sufficient electrode/electrolyte interface and creates shorter transport paths of electrolyte ions and Li+ ion. Besides, the three types of N dopants in NDCN improve the electronic conductivity, as well as superior electrochemical performance.

  17. Synergistic effect of carbon nanofiber/nanotube composite catalyst on carbon felt electrode for high-performance all-vanadium redox flow battery.

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    Park, Minjoon; Jung, Yang-jae; Kim, Jungyun; Lee, Ho il; Cho, Jeaphil

    2013-10-09

    Carbon nanofiber/nanotube (CNF/CNT) composite catalysts grown on carbon felt (CF), prepared from a simple way involving the thermal decomposition of acetylene gas over Ni catalysts, are studied as electrode materials in a vanadium redox flow battery. The electrode with the composite catalyst prepared at 700 °C (denoted as CNF/CNT-700) demonstrates the best electrocatalytic properties toward the V(2+)/V(3+) and VO(2+)/VO2(+) redox couples among the samples prepared at 500, 600, 700, and 800 °C. Moreover, this composite electrode in the full cell exhibits substantially improved discharge capacity and energy efficiency by ~64% and by ~25% at 40 mA·cm(-2) and 100 mA·cm(-2), respectively, compared to untreated CF electrode. This outstanding performance is due to the enhanced surface defect sites of exposed edge plane in CNF and a fast electron transfer rate of in-plane side wall of the CNT.

  18. Integrated fast assembly of free-standing lithium titanate/carbon nanotube/cellulose nanofiber hybrid network film as flexible paper-electrode for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Cao, Shaomei; Feng, Xin; Song, Yuanyuan; Xue, Xin; Liu, Hongjiang; Miao, Miao; Fang, Jianhui; Shi, Liyi

    2015-05-27

    A free-standing lithium titanate (Li4Ti5O12)/carbon nanotube/cellulose nanofiber hybrid network film is successfully assembled by using a pressure-controlled aqueous extrusion process, which is highly efficient and easily to scale up from the perspective of disposable and recyclable device production. This hybrid network film used as a lithium-ion battery (LIB) electrode has a dual-layer structure consisting of Li4Ti5O12/carbon nanotube/cellulose nanofiber composites (hereinafter referred to as LTO/CNT/CNF), and carbon nanotube/cellulose nanofiber composites (hereinafter referred to as CNT/CNF). In the heterogeneous fibrous network of the hybrid film, CNF serves simultaneously as building skeleton and a biosourced binder, which substitutes traditional toxic solvents and synthetic polymer binders. Of importance here is that the CNT/CNF layer is used as a lightweight current collector to replace traditional heavy metal foils, which therefore reduces the total mass of the electrode while keeping the same areal loading of active materials. The free-standing network film with high flexibility is easy to handle, and has extremely good conductivity, up to 15.0 S cm(-1). The flexible paper-electrode for LIBs shows very good high rate cycling performance, and the specific charge/discharge capacity values are up to 142 mAh g(-1) even at a current rate of 10 C. On the basis of the mild condition and fast assembly process, a CNF template fulfills multiple functions in the fabrication of paper-electrode for LIBs, which would offer an ever increasing potential for high energy density, low cost, and environmentally friendly flexible electronics.

  19. Free-standing and binder-free sodium-ion electrodes with ultralong cycle life and high rate performance based on porous carbon nanofibers.

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    Li, Weihan; Zeng, Linchao; Yang, Zhenzhong; Gu, Lin; Wang, Jiaqing; Liu, Xiaowu; Cheng, Jianxiu; Yu, Yan

    2014-01-21

    Free-standing and binder-free porous carbon nanofibers (P-CNFs) electrodes were prepared by pyrolysis of PAN-F127/DMF nanofibers via an electrospinning process as potential anodes for Na-ion batteries (NIB). The P-CNFs delivers a reversible capacity of 266 mA h g(-1) after 100 cycles at 0.2 C, corresponding to ~80% of the initial charge capacity. When cycled at a current density as high as 500 mA g(-1) (2 C), it still delivers a reversible capacity of ~140 mA h g(-1) after 1000 cycles. The improvement of electrochemical performance is attributed to the special design and microstructure of P-CNFs, which conferred a variety of advantages: hierarchical porous channels enabling short transport length for ions and electrons, 3D interconnected structure resulting in low contact resistances, good mechanical properties leading to the excellent morphology stability.

  20. Low temperature growth of graphene on Cu-Ni alloy nanofibers for stable, flexible electrodes

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    Liu, Zheng-Dong; Yin, Zong-You; Du, Ze-Hui; Yang, Yang; Zhu, Min-Min; Xie, Ling-Hai; Huang, Wei

    2014-04-01

    Here, we report a facile approach to grow graphene on Cu-Ni alloy NFs at a temperature as low as 450-500 °C, in which solid polystyrene (PS) carbon source and two-temperature-zone furnace were used to prepare graphene. The graphene coated Cu-Ni (designated as G-coated Cu-Ni) NFs were fully characterized by Raman spectra, XPS, FESEM and TEM. The G-coated Cu-Ni NFs exhibited excellent anti-oxidation, anti-corrosion and flexibility properties. The anti-corrosion of G-coated Cu-Ni NFs was examined through cyclic voltammetry measurements by using sea water as the electrolyte solution. Finally, using crossed arrays of G-coated Cu-Ni NF composite electrode thin films (sheet resistance is ~10 Ω sq-1) as the flexible electrode, an alternating current (AC) electroluminescent (EL) device with a configuration of G-coated Cu-Ni/active layer (ZnS : Cu phosphor)/dielectric layer (BaTiO3)/front electrode (CNT) has been fabricated. Under an AC voltage of 200 V and frequency of 1300 Hz, the ACEL device emitted blue light at 496 nm with a brightness of 103 cd m-2.Here, we report a facile approach to grow graphene on Cu-Ni alloy NFs at a temperature as low as 450-500 °C, in which solid polystyrene (PS) carbon source and two-temperature-zone furnace were used to prepare graphene. The graphene coated Cu-Ni (designated as G-coated Cu-Ni) NFs were fully characterized by Raman spectra, XPS, FESEM and TEM. The G-coated Cu-Ni NFs exhibited excellent anti-oxidation, anti-corrosion and flexibility properties. The anti-corrosion of G-coated Cu-Ni NFs was examined through cyclic voltammetry measurements by using sea water as the electrolyte solution. Finally, using crossed arrays of G-coated Cu-Ni NF composite electrode thin films (sheet resistance is ~10 Ω sq-1) as the flexible electrode, an alternating current (AC) electroluminescent (EL) device with a configuration of G-coated Cu-Ni/active layer (ZnS : Cu phosphor)/dielectric layer (BaTiO3)/front electrode (CNT) has been fabricated. Under

  1. Low-temperature self-assembled vertically aligned carbon nanofibers as counter-electrode material for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Mahpeykar, S. M.; Tabatabaei, M. K.; Ghafoori-fard, H.; Habibiyan, H.; Koohsorkhi, J.

    2013-11-01

    Low-temperature AC-DC PECVD is employed for direct growth of vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (VACNFs) on ordinary transparent conductive glass as counter-electrode material for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on utilization of VACNFs grown directly on ordinary FTO-coated glass as a cost-effective catalyst material in DSSCs. According to the FESEM images, the as-grown arrays are well aligned and dense, and offer uniform coverage on the surface of the substrate. In-plane and out-of-plane conductivity measurements reveal their good electrical conductivity, and Raman spectroscopy suggests a high number of electrocatalytic active sites, favoring charge transport at the electrolyte/electrode interface. Hybrid VACNF/Pt electrodes are also fabricated for performance comparison with Pt and VACNF electrodes. X-ray diffraction results verify the crystallization of Pt in hybrid electrodes and further confirm the vertical alignment of carbon nanofibers. Electrochemical characterization indicates that VACNFs provide both high catalytic and good charge transfer capability, which can be attributed to their high surface area, defect-rich and one-dimensional structure, vertical alignment and low contact resistance. As a result, VACNF cells can achieve a comparable performance (˜5.6%) to that of the reference Pt cells (˜6.5%). Moreover, by combination of the excellent charge transport and catalytic ability of VACNFs and the high conductivity of Pt nanoparticles, hybrid VACNF/Pt cells can deliver a performance superior to that of the Pt cells (˜7.2%), despite having a much smaller amount of Pt loading, which raises hopes for low-cost large-scale production of DSSCs in the future.

  2. Biomass-Derived Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanofiber Network: A Facile Template for Decoration of Ultrathin Nickel-Cobalt Layered Double Hydroxide Nanosheets as High-Performance Asymmetric Supercapacitor Electrode.

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    Lai, Feili; Miao, Yue-E; Zuo, Lizeng; Lu, Hengyi; Huang, Yunpeng; Liu, Tianxi

    2016-06-01

    The development of biomass-based energy storage devices is an emerging trend to reduce the ever-increasing consumption of non-renewable resources. Here, nitrogen-doped carbonized bacterial cellulose (CBC-N) nanofibers are obtained by one-step carbonization of polyaniline coated bacterial cellulose (BC) nanofibers, which not only display excellent capacitive performance as the supercapacitor electrode, but also act as 3D bio-template for further deposition of ultrathin nickel-cobalt layered double hydroxide (Ni-Co LDH) nanosheets. The as-obtained CBC-N@LDH composite electrodes exhibit significantly enhanced specific capacitance (1949.5 F g(-1) at a discharge current density of 1 A g(-1) , based on active materials), high capacitance retention of 54.7% even at a high discharge current density of 10 A g(-1) and excellent cycling stability of 74.4% retention after 5000 cycles. Furthermore, asymmetric supercapacitors (ASCs) are constructed using CBC-N@LDH composites as positive electrode materials and CBC-N nanofibers as negative electrode materials. By virtue of the intrinsic pseudocapacitive characteristics of CBC-N@LDH composites and 3D nitrogen-doped carbon nanofiber networks, the developed ASC exhibits high energy density of 36.3 Wh kg(-1) at the power density of 800.2 W kg(-1) . Therefore, this work presents a novel protocol for the large-scale production of biomass-derived high-performance electrode materials in practical supercapacitor applications.

  3. Synthesis of chitin nanofibers, MWCNTs and MnO2 nanoflakes 3D porous network flexible gel-film for high supercapacitive performance electrodes

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    Liu, Shengnan; Li, Dagang

    2017-03-01

    As the porous structure and conductivity result in improvement of electrochemical properties, the chitin nanofibers (ChNFs), multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and MnO2 (manganese dioxide) nanoflakes 3D porous network core-shell structure gel-film was fabricated for flexible free-standing supercapacitor electrodes. The electrodes were characterized by various techniques and the results demonstrate that the as-synthesized ChNFs/MWCNTs/MnO2 gel-film electrodes exhibits excellent supercapacitive behaviours. The ChNFs/MWCNTs/MnO2 gel-film electrode shows a high capacitance of 295.2 mF/cm2 at 0.1 mA/cm2 in 1 M Na2SO4 aqueous electrolyte because of its 3D porous structure. Furthermore, the electrodes also showed surprising cycling stability for 5000 cycles with retention rate up to 157.14% at 1 mA/cm2. The data presents great promise in the application of high-performance flexible supercapacitors with the low cost, light-weight and excellent cycling ability.

  4. Microwave-assisted preparation of carbon nanofiber-functionalized graphite felts as electrodes for polymer-based redox-flow batteries

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    Schwenke, A. M.; Janoschka, T.; Stolze, C.; Martin, N.; Hoeppener, S.; Schubert, U. S.

    2016-12-01

    A simple and fast microwave-assisted protocol to functionalize commercially available graphite felts (GFs) with carbon nanofibers (CNFs) for the application as electrode materials in redox-flow batteries (RFB) is demonstrated. As catalyst for the CNF synthesis nickel acetate is applied and ethanol serves as the carbon source. By the in-situ growth of CNFs, the active surface of the electrodes is increased by a factor of 50, which is determined by the electrochemical double layer capacities of the obtained materials. Furthermore, the morphology of the CNF-coating is investigated by scanning electron microscopy. Subsequently, the functionalized electrodes are applied in a polymer-based redox-flow battery (pRFB) using a TEMPO- and a viologen polymer as active materials. Due to the increased surface area as compared to an untreated graphite felt electrode, the current rating is improved by about 45% at 80 mA cm-2 and, furthermore, a decrease in overpotentials is observed. Thus, using this microwave-assisted synthesis approach, CNF-functionalized composite electrodes are prepared with a very simple protocol suitable for real life applications and an improvement of the overall performance of the polymer-based redox-flow battery is demonstrated.

  5. Electrochemical Selective and Simultaneous Detection of Diclofenac and Ibuprofen in Aqueous Solution Using HKUST-1 Metal-Organic Framework-Carbon Nanofiber Composite Electrode.

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    Motoc, Sorina; Manea, Florica; Iacob, Adriana; Martinez-Joaristi, Alberto; Gascon, Jorge; Pop, Aniela; Schoonman, Joop

    2016-10-17

    In this study, the detection protocols for the individual, selective, and simultaneous determination of ibuprofen (IBP) and diclofenac (DCF) in aqueous solutions have been developed using HKUST-1 metal-organic framework-carbon nanofiber composite (HKUST-CNF) electrode. The morphological and electrical characterization of modified composite electrode prepared by film casting was studied by scanning electronic microscopy and four-point-probe methods. The electrochemical characterization of the electrode by cyclic voltammetry (CV) was considered the reference basis for the optimization of the operating conditions for chronoamperometry (CA) and multiple-pulsed amperometry (MPA). This electrode exhibited the possibility to selectively detect IBP and DCF by simple switching the detection potential using CA. However, the MPA operated under optimum working conditions of four potential levels selected based on CV shape in relation to the potential value, pulse time, and potential level number, and order allowed the selective/simultaneous detection of IBP and DCF characterized by the enhanced detection performance. For this application, the HKUST-CNF electrode exhibited a good stability and reproducibility of the results was achieved.

  6. Electrochemical Selective and Simultaneous Detection of Diclofenac and Ibuprofen in Aqueous Solution Using HKUST-1 Metal-Organic Framework-Carbon Nanofiber Composite Electrode

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    Motoc, Sorina; Manea, Florica; Iacob, Adriana; Martinez-Joaristi, Alberto; Gascon, Jorge; Pop, Aniela; Schoonman, Joop

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the detection protocols for the individual, selective, and simultaneous determination of ibuprofen (IBP) and diclofenac (DCF) in aqueous solutions have been developed using HKUST-1 metal-organic framework-carbon nanofiber composite (HKUST-CNF) electrode. The morphological and electrical characterization of modified composite electrode prepared by film casting was studied by scanning electronic microscopy and four-point-probe methods. The electrochemical characterization of the electrode by cyclic voltammetry (CV) was considered the reference basis for the optimization of the operating conditions for chronoamperometry (CA) and multiple-pulsed amperometry (MPA). This electrode exhibited the possibility to selectively detect IBP and DCF by simple switching the detection potential using CA. However, the MPA operated under optimum working conditions of four potential levels selected based on CV shape in relation to the potential value, pulse time, and potential level number, and order allowed the selective/simultaneous detection of IBP and DCF characterized by the enhanced detection performance. For this application, the HKUST-CNF electrode exhibited a good stability and reproducibility of the results was achieved. PMID:27763509

  7. Robust electrodes based on coaxial TiC/C-MnO2 core/shell nanofiber arrays with excellent cycling stability for high-performance supercapacitors.

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    Zhang, Xuming; Peng, Xiang; Li, Wan; Li, Limin; Gao, Biao; Wu, Guosong; Huo, Kaifu; Chu, Paul K

    2015-04-17

    A coaxial electrode structure composed of manganese oxide-decorated TiC/C core/shell nanofiber arrays is produced hydrothermally in a KMnO4 solution. The pristine TiC/C core/shell structure prepared on the Ti alloy substrate provides the self-sacrificing carbon shell and highly conductive TiC core, thus greatly simplifying the fabrication process without requiring an additional reduction source and conductive additive. The as-prepared electrode exhibits a high specific capacitance of 645 F g(-1) at a discharging current density of 1 A g(-1) attributable to the highly conductive TiC/C and amorphous MnO2 shell with fast ion diffusion. In the charging/discharging cycling test, the as-prepared electrode shows high stability and 99% capacity retention after 5000 cycles. Although the thermal treatment conducted on the as-prepared electrode decreases the initial capacitance, the electrode undergoes capacitance recovery through structural transformation from the crystalline cluster to layered birnessite type MnO2 nanosheets as a result of dissolution and further electrodeposition in the cycling. 96.5% of the initial capacitance is retained after 1000 cycles at high charging/discharging current density of 25 A g(-1). This study demonstrates a novel scaffold to construct MnO2 based SCs with high specific capacitance as well as excellent mechanical and cycling stability boding well for future design of high-performance MnO2-based SCs.

  8. Fullerene materials

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    Malhotra, R.; Ruoff, R.S.; Lorents, D.C.

    1995-04-01

    Fullerenes are all-carbon cage molecules. The most celebrated fullerene is the soccer-ball shaped C{sub 60}, which is composed of twenty hexagons and twelve pentagons. Because its structure is reminiscent of the geodesic domes of architect R. Buckminster Fuller, C{sub 60} is called buckminsterfullerene, and all the materials in the family are designated fullerenes. Huffman and Kraetschmer`s discovery unleashed activity around the world as scientists explored production methods, properties, and potential uses of fullerenes. Within a short period, methods for their production in electric arcs, plasmas, and flames were discovered, and several companies began selling fullerenes to the research market. What is remarkable is that in all these methods, carbon atoms assemble themselves into cage structures. The capability for self-assembly points to some inherent stability of these structures that allows their formation. The unusual structure naturally leads to unusual properties. Among them are ready solubility in solvents and a relatively high vapor pressure for a pure carbon material. The young fullerene field has already produced a surprising array of structures for the development of carbon-base materials having completely new and different properties from any that were previously possible.

  9. Bacterial-cellulose-derived carbon nanofiber@MnO₂ and nitrogen-doped carbon nanofiber electrode materials: an asymmetric supercapacitor with high energy and power density.

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    Chen, Li-Feng; Huang, Zhi-Hong; Liang, Hai-Wei; Guan, Qing-Fang; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2013-09-14

    A new kind of high-performance asymmetric supercapacitor is designed with pyrolyzed bacterial cellulose (p-BC)-coated MnO₂ as a positive electrode material and nitrogen-doped p-BC as a negative electrode material via an easy, efficient, large-scale, and green fabrication approach. The optimal asymmetric device possesses an excellent supercapacitive behavior with quite high energy and power density.

  10. A rapid and sensitive method for hydroxyl radical detection on a microfluidic chip using an N-doped porous carbon nanofiber modified pencil graphite electrode.

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    Ouyang, Jun; Li, Zhong-Qiu; Zhang, Jing; Wang, Chen; Wang, Jiong; Xia, Xing-Hua; Zhou, Guo-Jun

    2014-07-07

    Hydroxyl radicals (˙OH) play an important role in human diseases. Traditional detection methods are time consuming and require expensive instruments. Here, we present a simple and sensitive method for the detection of hydroxyl radicals on a microfluidic chip using an electrochemical technique. Aniline monomer is electrochemically polymerized on the surface of a pencil graphite electrode and carbonized at 800 °C. The resulting N-doped porous carbon nanofiber-modified pencil graphite electrode is embedded into a microfluidic chip directly as a working electrode. 4-Hydroxybenzoic acid (4-HBA) is selected as the trapping agent owing to its unique 3,4-DHBA product and high trapping efficiency. A low detection limit of 1.0 × 10(-6) M is achieved on the microfluidic chip. As a demonstration, the microfluidic chip is successfully utilized for the detection of ˙OH in cigarette smoke. The strong π-π stacking and hydrophobic interactions between the nitrogen-doped carbon materials and the pencil graphite make the modified electrode well-suited for the microfluidic chip.

  11. Polyvinyl Alcohol-derived carbon nanofibers/carbon nanotubes/sulfur electrode with honeycomb-like hierarchical porous structure for the stable-capacity lithium/sulfur batteries

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    Deng, Nanping; Kang, Weimin; Ju, Jingge; Fan, Lanlan; Zhuang, Xupin; Ma, Xiaomin; He, Hongsheng; Zhao, Yixia; Cheng, Bowen

    2017-04-01

    The honeycomb-like hierarchical porous carbon nanofibers (PCNFs)-carbon nanotubes (CNTs)-sulfur(S) composite electrode is successfully desgined and prepared through ball-milling and heating method, in which the PCNFs are carbonized from fibers in the membrane composed of Polyvinyl Alcohol and Polytetrafluoroethylene by electro-blown spinning technology. The prepared PCNFs-CNTs-S composite are regarded as cathode for lithium-sulfur battery. The tailored porous structure and CNTs in the composite facilitate construction of a high electrical conductive pathway and store more S/polysulfides, and the dissoluble loss of intermediate S species in electrolyte can also be restrained because of acidized PVA-based porous carbon nanofibers. Meanwhile, the porous strcucture and CNTs can effectively alleviate volume changes in battery cycling process. Moreover, the presence of LiNO3 in electrolyte helps the electrochemical oxidation of Li2S and LiNO3-derived surface film effectively suppresses the migration of soluble polysulfide to the Li anode surface. Therefore, the obtained PCNFs-CNTs-S cathode exhibits excellent performance in Li-S battery with a high initial discharge capacity as high as 1302.9 mAh g-1, and super stable capacity retention with 809.1 mAh g-1 after 300 cycles at the current density of 837.5 mA g-1 (0.5 C). And the rate capability of PCNFs-CNTs-S electrode is much better than those of CNTs-S and PCNFs-S electrodes.

  12. Electrospun lignin-derived carbon nanofiber mats surface-decorated with MnO2 nanowhiskers as binder-free supercapacitor electrodes with high performance

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    Ma, Xiaojing; Kolla, Praveen; Zhao, Yong; Smirnova, Alevtina L.; Fong, Hao

    2016-09-01

    The aim of this study is to explore innovative materials for the development of next-generation supercapacitor electrodes. The hypothesis is that, upon the surface-decoration with appropriate amount of MnO2 nanowhiskers, freestanding and highly graphitic electrospun carbon nanofiber (ECNF) mats (with fiber diameters of ∼200 nm and BET specific surface areas of ∼583 m2 g-1) derived from a natural product of lignin would be binder-free supercapacitor electrodes with high performance. To test the hypothesis, the ECNF mats have been prepared first; thereafter, the acquired ECNF mats have been surface-decorated with varied amounts of MnO2 nanowhiskers to prepare three types of ECNF/MnO2 mats. The morphological and structural properties of ECNF and ECNF/MnO2 mats are characterized by SEM, TEM and XRD, the weight percentages of MnO2 nanowhiskers in three ECNF/MnO2 mats are determined by thermal gravimetric analysis; while the electrochemical performance of each mat/electrode is evaluated by cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge/discharge method, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. This study reveals that, all of the three ECNF/MnO2 mats/electrodes have significantly enhanced electrochemical performances compared to the ECNF mat/electrode; while the ECNF/MnO2 (1:1) mat/electrode exhibits the highest gravimetric capacitance of 83.3 F g-1, energy density of 84.3 W h kg-1, and power density of 5.72 kW kg-1.

  13. Synthesis of nanofiber-composed dandelion-like CoNiAl triple hydroxide as an electrode material for high-performance supercapacitor

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    Xue, Junying; Ren, Wanzhong; Wang, Minmin; Cui, Hongtao

    2014-12-01

    In this work, CoNiAl triple hydroxide with nanofiber-composed dandelion-like morphology was synthesized on nickel foam by a hydrothermal route. This delicate nanostructure was initiated from the rolling up of hydroxide nanosheets. The hierarchical nanostructure and optimized molar ratio of Co, Ni, and Al guarantees the high electrochemical performance of obtained samples. The maximum specific capacitance of 2,791 F g-1 for the as-prepared CoNiAl hydroxides was achieved at scan rate of 5 mV s-1 in 3 M KOH aqueous solution. The capacitance of material still remained 85 % after 2,000 charge-discharge cycles. These results demonstrated that the as-prepared CoNiAl triple hydroxide can be applied as a high-performance electrode material for supercapacitor.

  14. Bulk-Type All-Solid-State Lithium-Ion Batteries: Remarkable Performances of a Carbon Nanofiber-Supported MgH2 Composite Electrode.

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    Zeng, Liang; Ichikawa, Takayuki; Kawahito, Koji; Miyaoka, Hiroki; Kojima, Yoshitsugu

    2017-01-25

    Magnesium hydride, MgH2, a recently developed compound for lithium-ion batteries, is considered to be a promising conversion-type negative electrode material due to its high theoretical lithium storage capacity of over 2000 mA h g(-1), suitable working potential, and relatively small volume expansion. Nevertheless, it suffers from unsatisfactory cyclability, poor reversibility, and slow kinetics in conventional nonaqueous electrolyte systems, which greatly limit the practical application of MgH2. In this work, a vapor-grown carbon nanofiber was used to enhance the electrical conductivity of MgH2 using LiBH4 as the solid-state electrolyte. It shows that a reversible capacity of over 1200 mA h g(-1) with an average voltage of 0.5 V (vs Li/Li(+)) can be obtained after 50 cycles at a current density of 1000 mA g(-1). In addition, the capacity of MgH2 retains over 1100 mA h g(-1) at a high current density of 8000 mA g(-1), which indicates the possibility of using MgH2 as a negative electrode material for high power and high capacity lithium-ion batteries in future practical applications. Moreover, the widely studied sulfide-based solid electrolyte was also used to assemble battery cells with MgH2 electrode in the same system, and the electrochemical performance was as good as that using LiBH4 electrolyte.

  15. Highly Conductive Mo2C Nanofibers Encapsulated in Ultrathin MnO2 Nanosheets as a Self-Supported Electrode for High-Performance Capacitive Energy Storage.

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    Shi, Minjie; Zhao, Liping; Song, Xuefeng; Liu, Jing; Zhang, Peng; Gao, Lian

    2016-11-30

    Nanostructured transition metal carbides (TMCs) with superior electrochemical properties are promising materials for high-efficiency energy-storage applications. Herein one-dimensional molybdenum carbide nanofibers (Mo2C NFs) have been fabricated by a facile and effective electrospinning strategy. Based on the cross-linked network architecture with ultrahigh electronic conductivity, each Mo2C NF is uniformly encapsulated in lamellar manganese dioxide (MnO2) via electrodeposition, forming a self-supported MnO2-Mo2C NF film with excellent electrochemical activity. Remarkably, the highly conductive inner layer of porous Mo2C NFs acts like a "highway" to facilitate charge transport and ionic diffusion, while the MnO2 nanosheets with abundant active area are favorable for the accumulation of effective electric charges. Benefiting from these features, the hybrid film is directly applied as the self-standing electrode of supercapacitors (SCs) without any additives, which delivers considerably large specific capacitance with strong durability in both aqueous and organic (ionic liquid) electrolytes. This work elucidates a feasible way toward heteronanofiber engineering of TMCs on a promising additive-free electrode for flexible and high-performance SCs.

  16. A new microplatform based on titanium dioxide nanofibers/graphene oxide nanosheets nanocomposite modified screen printed carbon electrode for electrochemical determination of adenine in the presence of guanine.

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    Arvand, Majid; Ghodsi, Navid; Zanjanchi, Mohammad Ali

    2016-03-15

    The current techniques for determining adenine have several shortcomings such as high cost, high time consumption, tedious pretreatment steps and the requirements for highly skilled personnel often restrict their use in routine analytical practice. This paper describes the development and utilization of a new nanocomposite consisting of titanium dioxide nanofibers (TNFs) and graphene oxide nanosheets (GONs) for screen printed carbon electrode (SPCE) modification. The synthesized GONs and TNFs were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The modified electrode (TNFs/GONs/SPCE) was used for electrochemical characterization of adenine. The TNFs/GONs/SPCE exhibited an increase in peak current and the electron transfer kinetics and decrease in the overpotential for the oxidation reaction of adenine. Using differential pulse voltammetry (DPV), the prepared sensor showed good sensitivity for determining adenine in two ranges from 0.1-1 and 1-10 μM, with a detection limit (DL) of 1.71 nM. Electrochemical studies suggested that the TNFs/GONs/SPCE provided a synergistic augmentation on the voltammetric behavior of electrochemical oxidation of adenine, which was indicated by the improvement of anodic peak current and a decrease in anodic peak potential. The amount of adenine in pBudCE4.1 plasmid was determined via the proposed sensor and the result was in good compatibility with the sequence data of pBudCE4.1 plasmid.

  17. Reproducible preparation of a stable polypyrrole-coated-silver nanoparticles decorated polypyrrole-coated-polycaprolactone-nanofiber-based cloth electrode for electrochemical sensor application.

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    Li, Li; Wang, Xiaoping; Liu, Guiting; Wang, Zhenzhen; Wang, Feng; Guo, Xiaoyu; Wen, Ying; Yang, Haifeng

    2015-11-06

    A piece of conductive cloth has been successfully constructed from polypyrrole-coated silver nanoparticle (Ag@PPy) composites decorated on electrospun polycaprolactone (PCL) nanofibers that formed the core-shell structure of Ag@PPy/PCL@PPy via a photo-induced one-step redox reaction. The photochemical reaction method both accelerated the rate of formation of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) and enhanced the dispersion of Ag NPs at the surface of PCL@PPy film. The resulting Ag@PPy/PCL@PPy-based cloth was flexible enough to be cut and pasted onto a glass carbon electrode for the preparation of a biosensor. The resulting biosensor showed good electrochemical activity toward the reduction of H2O2 with low detection limit down to 1 μM (S/N = 3) and wide linear detection ranging from 0.01 mM to 3.5 mM (R(2) = 0.990). This sensor has been applied to detect the trace H2O2 residual in milk. The cloth electrode has been proved to exhibit long-term stability, high selectivity, and excellent reproducibility.

  18. Highly dispersed Fe3O4 nanosheets on one-dimensional carbon nanofibers: Synthesis, formation mechanism, and electrochemical performance as supercapacitor electrode materials

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    Mu, Jingbo; Chen, Bin; Guo, Zengcai; Zhang, Mingyi; Zhang, Zhenyi; Zhang, Peng; Shao, Changlu; Liu, Yichun

    2011-12-01

    Highly dispersed Fe3O4 nanosheets on one-dimensional (1D) carbon nanofibers (CNFs) were firstly fabricated by combining the versatility of the electrospinning technique and solvent-thermal process. The electrochemical performances of the Fe3O4/CNFs nanocomposites as the electrode materials for supercapacitors were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge-discharge measurement in 1 M Na2SO3 electrolyte. At different scan rates, the sample showed excellent capacitance behavior. The high capacitive behavior could be ascribed to the high electrical conductivity and the one-dimensional properties of the CNFs in Fe3O4/CNFs nanocomposites, which could decrease the charge transfer resistance of the Fe3O4. At the same time, the high specific surface area and high level exposure of the Fe3O4 nanosheets on the surface of the CNFs increased the electrochemical utilization of Fe3O4. Moreover, in comparison to the pure Fe3O4 (83 F g-1), the as-prepared Fe3O4/CNFs nanocomposites electrode exhibited a higher specific capacitance (135 F g-1). Meanwhile, the supercapacitor devices of the Fe3O4/CNFs nanocomposites exhibited excellent long cycle life along with 91% specific capacitance retained after 1000 cycle tests. Finally, a possible mechanism for the formation of the Fe3O4 nanosheets on the surface of CNFs was suggested.

  19. Highly flexible NiCo2O4/CNTs doped carbon nanofibers for CO2 adsorption and supercapacitor electrodes.

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    Iqbal, Nousheen; Wang, Xianfeng; Ahmed Babar, Aijaz; Yu, Jianyong; Ding, Bin

    2016-08-15

    Controllable synthesis of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) with hierarchical porosity and high flexibility are extremely desirable for CO2 adsorption and energy storage applications. Herein, we report a nickel cobaltite/carbon nanotubes doped CNFs (NiCo2O4/CNTs CNFs) mesoporous membrane that shows well-developed flexibility, tailored pore structure, hydrophobic character, and high stability. Ascribed to these unique features, NiCo2O4/CNTs CNFs membrane shows high CO2 capture of 1.54mmol/g at 25°C and 1.0bar, and electrochemical measurements for supercapacitors exhibit good performance with specific capacitances of 220F/g (in 1M KOH) at a current density of 1A/g. The successful synthesis of such hybrid membrane provides new insight into development of various multifunctional applications.

  20. Low-cost Cr doped Pt3Ni alloy supported on carbon nanofibers composites counter electrode for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Xiao, Junying; Cui, Midou; Wang, Mingkun; Sui, Huidong; Yang, Kun; Li, Ling; Zhang, Wenming; Li, Xiaowei; Fu, Guangsheng; Hagfeldt, Anders; Zhang, Yucang

    2016-10-01

    Pt3Ni alloy supported by carbon nanofibers (CNs) composites (Pt3Ni/CNs) synthesized by a simple solvothermal process was introduced into dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) as counter electrode (CE) for the first time, and the DSCs based on Pt3Ni/CNs CE obtained a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.34%. To enhance the catalytic activity of Pt3Ni/CNs composites, transition metal chrome (Cr) was doped in Pt3Ni/CNs to synthesize the composites of Cr-Pt3Ni/CNs using the same method. Due to the high electrocatalytic activity and rapid charge transfer ability, the PCE of the DSCs employing Cr-Pt3Ni/CNs as CE increased to 8.76%, which was much higher than that of Pt CE (7.04%) measured in the same condition. The impressive results along with low cost and simple synthesis process demonstrated transition metal doping was a promising method to produce substitutes for Pt to reduce the cost and increase the PCE of DSCs.

  1. A novel strategy to construct high performance lithium-ion cells using one dimensional electrospun nanofibers, electrodes and separators

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    Aravindan, Vanchiappan; Sundaramurthy, Jayaraman; Kumar, Palaniswamy Suresh; Shubha, Nageswaran; Ling, Wong Chui; Ramakrishna, Seeram; Madhavi, Srinivasan

    2013-10-01

    We successfully demonstrated the performance of novel, one-dimensional electrospun nanofibers as cathode, anode and separator-cum-electrolyte in full-cell Li-ion configuration. The cathode, LiMn2O4 delivered excellent cycle life over 800 cycles at current density of 150 mA g-1 with capacity retention of ~93% in half-cell assembly (Li/LiMn2O4). Under the same current rate, the anode, anatase phase TiO2, rendered ~77% initial reversible capacity after 500 cycles in half-cell configuration (Li/TiO2). Gelled electrospun PVdF-HFP exhibits liquid-like conductivity of ~3.2 mS cm-1 at ambient temperature conditions (30 °C). For the first time, a full-cell is fabricated with enitrely electrospun one-dimensional materials by adjusting the mass loading of cathode with respect to anode in the presence of gelled PVdF-HFP membrane as a separator-cum-electrolyte. Full-cell LiMn2O4|gelled PVdF-HFP|TiO2 delivered good capacity characteristics and excellent cyclability with an operating potential of ~2.2 V at a current density of 150 mA g-1. Under harsh conditions (16 C rate), the full-cell showed a very stable capacity behavior with good calendar life. This clearly showed that electrospinning is an efficient technique for producing high performance electro-active materials to fabricate a high performance Li-ion assembly for commercialization without compromising the eco-friendliness and raw material cost.We successfully demonstrated the performance of novel, one-dimensional electrospun nanofibers as cathode, anode and separator-cum-electrolyte in full-cell Li-ion configuration. The cathode, LiMn2O4 delivered excellent cycle life over 800 cycles at current density of 150 mA g-1 with capacity retention of ~93% in half-cell assembly (Li/LiMn2O4). Under the same current rate, the anode, anatase phase TiO2, rendered ~77% initial reversible capacity after 500 cycles in half-cell configuration (Li/TiO2). Gelled electrospun PVdF-HFP exhibits liquid-like conductivity of ~3.2 mS cm-1 at

  2. A novel strategy to construct high performance lithium-ion cells using one dimensional electrospun nanofibers, electrodes and separators.

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    Aravindan, Vanchiappan; Sundaramurthy, Jayaraman; Kumar, Palaniswamy Suresh; Shubha, Nageswaran; Ling, Wong Chui; Ramakrishna, Seeram; Madhavi, Srinivasan

    2013-11-07

    We successfully demonstrated the performance of novel, one-dimensional electrospun nanofibers as cathode, anode and separator-cum-electrolyte in full-cell Li-ion configuration. The cathode, LiMn2O4 delivered excellent cycle life over 800 cycles at current density of 150 mA g(-1) with capacity retention of ~93% in half-cell assembly (Li/LiMn2O4). Under the same current rate, the anode, anatase phase TiO2, rendered ~77% initial reversible capacity after 500 cycles in half-cell configuration (Li/TiO2). Gelled electrospun PVdF-HFP exhibits liquid-like conductivity of ~3.2 mS cm(-1) at ambient temperature conditions (30 °C). For the first time, a full-cell is fabricated with enitrely electrospun one-dimensional materials by adjusting the mass loading of cathode with respect to anode in the presence of gelled PVdF-HFP membrane as a separator-cum-electrolyte. Full-cell LiMn2O4|gelled PVdF-HFP|TiO2 delivered good capacity characteristics and excellent cyclability with an operating potential of ∼2.2 V at a current density of 150 mA g(-1). Under harsh conditions (16 C rate), the full-cell showed a very stable capacity behavior with good calendar life. This clearly showed that electrospinning is an efficient technique for producing high performance electro-active materials to fabricate a high performance Li-ion assembly for commercialization without compromising the eco-friendliness and raw material cost.

  3. Improved conversion efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells based on electrospun Al-doped ZnO nanofiber electrodes prepared by seed layer treatment

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    Yun Sining; Lim, Sangwoo

    2011-02-15

    The application of electrospun nanofibers in electronic devices is limited due to their poor adhesion to conductive substrates. To improve this, a seed layer (SD) is introduced on the FTO substrate before the deposition of the electrospun composite nanofibers. This facilitates the release of interfacial tensile stress during calcination and enhances the interfacial adhesion of the AZO nanofiber films with the FTO substrate. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) based on these AZO nanofiber photoelectrodes have been fabricated and investigated. An energy conversion efficiency ({eta}) of 0.54-0.55% has been obtained under irradiation of AM 1.5 simulated sunlight (100 mW/cm{sup 2}), indicating a massive improvement of {eta} in the AZO nanofiber film DSSCs after SD-treatment of the FTO substrate as compared to those with no treatment. The SD-treatment has been demonstrated to be a simple and facile method to solve the problem of poor adhesion between electrospun nanofibers and the conductive substrate. -- Graphical abstract: The poor adhesion between electrospun nanofibers and substrate is improved by a simple and facile seed layer (SD) treatment. The energy conversion efficiency of AZO nanofiber-based DSSCs has been greatly increased by SD-treatment of the FTO substrate. Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} A simple and facile method (SD-treatment) has been demonstrated. {yields} The poor adhesion between electrospun nanofibers and substrate is improved by the SD-treatment. {yields} The {eta} of AZO nanofiber-based DSSCs has been greatly improved by SD-treatment of the FTO substrate.

  4. Conversion of fullerenes to diamond

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    Gruen, Dieter M.

    1994-01-01

    A method of forming synthetic diamond on a substrate. The method involves providing a substrate surface covered with a fullerene or diamond coating, positioning a fullerene in an ionization source, creating a fullerene vapor, ionizing fullerene molecules, accelerating the fullerene ions to energies above 250 eV to form a fullerene ion beam, impinging the fullerene ion beam on the substrate surface and continuing these steps to obtain a diamond film thickness on the substrate.

  5. Conversion of fullerenes to diamond

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    Gruen, Dieter M.

    1993-01-01

    A method of forming synthetic diamond on a substrate is disclosed. The method involves providing a substrate surface covered with a fullerene or diamond coating, positioning a fullerene in an ionization source, creating a fullerene vapor, ionizing fullerene molecules, accelerating the fullerene ions to energies above 250 eV to form a fullerene ion beam, impinging the fullerene ion beam on the substrate surface and continuing these steps to obtain a diamond thickness on the substrate.

  6. Fullerene Nanogears

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1997-01-01

    The Numerical Aerospace Simulation Systems Division (NAS) of the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California is conducting research into molecular-sized devices known as Nanotechnology. This photograph depicts two 'Fullerene Nano-gears' with multiple teeth. The hope is that one day, products can be constructed made of thousands of tiny machines that could self-repair and adapt to the environment in which they exist. Researchers have simulated attaching benzyne molecules to the outside of a nanotube to form gear teeth. Nanotubes are molecular-sized pipes made of carbon atoms. To 'drive' the gears, the supercomputer simulated a laser that served as a motor. The laser creates an electric field around the nanotube. A positively charged atom is placed on one side of the nanotube, and a negatively charged atom on the other side. The electric field drags the nanotube around like a shaft turning. Jie Han, Al Globus, Richard Jaffe and Glenn Deardorff are the authors of a technical paper detailing this technology which appears in The Journal of Nanotechnology.

  7. Polyhydroxy fullerenes

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    Georgieva, Angelina T.; Pappu, Vijay; Krishna, Vijay; Georgiev, Pando G.; Ghiviriga, Ion; Indeglia, Paul; Xu, Xin; Fan, Z. Hugh; Koopman, Ben; Pardalos, Panos M.; Moudgil, Brij

    2013-07-01

    Characterization of C60 polyhydroxyfullerenes (PHF) prepared in alkaline media, preparation facilitated by phase-transfer catalyst, presents challenges in determining the chemical structure resulting from the possibility of multiple isomers or analogs with greater or fewer hydroxyl groups from a single reaction mixture. This paper presents the utilization of analytical methods employed in tandem, especially X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy for semi-quantitative analysis on the number of hydroxyl groups present in PHF. Capillary Electrophoresis was used for purity estimation of the material. Multiple spectra and electropherograms were analyzed using a new simultaneous curve fitting method. The most accurate estimate of hydroxyl groups for C60 polyhydroxy fullerenes obtained is between 16 and 18 allylic hydroxyl groups by combining analytical methods' results with 5 % accuracy. High precision (reproducibility) of the experiments is observed. Purity of 98 % is estimated by capillary electrophoresis. The size of PHF nanoparticles or aggregates has been determined by atomic force microscopy to be 7.4-14.2 nm. According to the elemental analysis the average probable empirical formula for the most pure PHF at pH 7.1 is C60O17H12Na5(NaHCO3)3(H2O)13 and the average formula weight is 1,605.9 g/mol. This is the first thorough characterization of PHF in terms of purity.

  8. Fullerenes in Allende Meteorite

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    Becker, L.; Bada, J. L.; Winans, R. E.; Bunch, T. E.

    1994-01-01

    The detection of fullerenes in deposits from meteor impacts has led to renewed interest in the possibility that fullerenes are present in meteorites. Although fullerenes have not previously been detected in the Murchison and Allende meteorites, the Allende meteorite is known to contain several well-ordered graphite particles which are remarkably similar in size and appearance to the fullerene-related structures carbon onions and nanotubes. We report that fullerenes are in fact present in trace amounts in the Allende meteorite. In addition to fullerenes, we detected many polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the Allende meteorite, consistent with previous reports. In particular, we detected benzofluoranthene and corannulene (C20H10), five-membered ring structures which have been proposed as precursors to the formation of fullerene synthesis, perhaps within circumstellar envelopes or other sites in the interstellar medium.

  9. Investigation of Carrier Collection Capability in Organic Heterostructure with Conductive Polymer Nanofiber

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    Yamashita, Kenichi; Maeda, Tatsuya; Kusakabe, Youhei; Kotaki, Masaya

    2011-08-01

    The capability of carrier collection was investigated for an organic heterointerface with conductive polymer nanofibers and a fullerene derivative. The electrospinning method was employed for fabricating conductive polymer nanofibers. In a photovoltaic device with this heterointerface, a rather large photocurrent was obtained in spite of the fact that the polymer nanofibers were large at submicrometer diameter. It was considered that conductive polymer nanofibers can serve as a conduction path for photoinduced carriers and might be helpful for the marked improvement in power conversion efficiency of organic thin film solar cell.

  10. Combustion method for producing fullerenes

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    Howard, Jack B.; McKinnon, J. Thomas

    1993-01-01

    A method for synthesizing fullerenes in flames is provided. Fullerenes are prepared by burning carbon-containing compounds in a flame and collecting the condensibles. The condensibles contain the desired fullerenes. Fullerene yields can be optimized and fullerene composition can be selectively varied. Fullerene yields and compositions are determined by selectively controlling flame conditions and parameters such as C/O ratio, pressure, temperature, residence time, diluent concentration and gas velocity.

  11. Combustion method for producing fullerenes

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    Howard, J.B.; McKinnon, J.T.

    1993-12-28

    A method for synthesizing fullerenes in flames is provided. Fullerenes are prepared by burning carbon-containing compounds in a flame and collecting the condensable. The condensable contain the desired fullerenes. Fullerene yields can be optimized and fullerene composition can be selectively varied. Fullerene yields and compositions are determined by selectively controlling flame conditions and parameters such as C/O ratio, pressure, temperature, residence time, diluent concentration and gas velocity. 4 figures.

  12. Electric-arc synthesis of soot with high content of higher fullerenes in parallel arc

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    Dutlov, A. E.; Nekrasov, V. M.; Sergeev, A. G.; Bubnov, V. P.; Kareev, I. E.

    2016-12-01

    Soot with a relatively high content of higher fullerenes (C76, C78, C80, C82, C84, C86, etc.) is synthesized in a parallel arc upon evaporation of pure carbon electrodes. The content of higher fullerenes in soot extract amounts to 13.8 wt % when two electrodes are simultaneously burnt in electric-arc reactor. Such a content is comparable with the content obtained upon evaporation of composite graphite electrodes with potassium carbonate impurity.

  13. Electrode

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    Clere, T.M.

    1983-08-30

    A 3-dimensional electrode is disclosed having substantially coplanar and substantially flat portions and ribbon-like curved portions, said curved portions being symmetrical and alternating in rows above and below said substantially coplanar, substantially flat portions, respectively, and a geometric configuration presenting in one sectional aspect the appearance of a series of ribbon-like oblate spheroids interrupted by said flat portions and in another sectional aspect, 90/sup 0/ from said one aspect, the appearance of a square wave pattern.

  14. Morphology of nested fullerenes

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    Srolovitz, D.J.; Safran, S.A.; Homyonfer, M.; Tenne, R. )

    1995-03-06

    We introduce a continuum model which shows that dislocations and/or grain boundaries are intrinsic features of nested fullerenes whose thickness exceeds a critical value to relieve the large inherent strains in these structures. The ratio of the thickness to the radius of the nested fullerenes is determined by the ratio of the surface to curvature and dislocation (or grain boundary) energies. Confirming experimental evidence is presented for nested fullerenes with small thicknesses and with spherosymmetric shapes.

  15. Information Entropy of Fullerenes.

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    Sabirov, Denis Sh; Ōsawa, Eiji

    2015-08-24

    The reasons for the formation of the highly symmetric C60 molecule under nonequilibrium conditions are widely discussed as it dominates over numerous similar fullerene structures. In such conditions, evolution of structure rather than energy defines the processes. We have first studied the diversity of fullerenes in terms of information entropy. Sorting 2079 structures from An Atlas of Fullerenes [ Fowler , P. W. ; Manolopoulos , D. E. An Atlas of Fullerenes ; Oxford : Clarendon , 1995 . ], we have found that the information entropies of only 14 fullerenes (<1% of the studied structures) lie between the values of C60 and C70, the two most abundant fullerenes. Interestingly, buckminsterfullerene is the only fullerene with zero information entropy, i.e., an exclusive compound among the other members of the fullerene family. Such an efficient sorting demonstrates possible relevance of information entropy to chemical processes. For this reason, we have introduced an algorithm for calculating changes in information entropy at chemical transformations. The preliminary calculations of changes in information entropy at the selected fullerene reactions show good agreement with thermochemical data.

  16. Thermoelectricity in fullerene-metal heterojunctions.

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    Yee, Shannon K; Malen, Jonathan A; Majumdar, Arun; Segalman, Rachel A

    2011-10-12

    Thermoelectricty in heterojunctions, where a single-molecule is trapped between metal electrodes, has been used to understand transport properties at organic-inorganic interfaces. (1) The transport in these systems is highly dependent on the energy level alignment between the molecular orbitals and the Fermi level (or work function) of the metal contacts. To date, the majority of single-molecule measurements have focused on simple small molecules where transport is dominated through the highest occupied molecular orbital. (2, 3) In these systems, energy level alignment is limited by the absence of electrode materials with low Fermi levels (i.e., large work functions). Alternatively, more controllable alignment between molecular orbitals and the Fermi level can be achieved with molecules whose transport is dominated by the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) because of readily available metals with lower work functions. Herein, we report molecular junction thermoelectric measurements of fullerene molecules (i.e., C(60), PCBM, and C(70)) trapped between metallic electrodes (i.e., Pt, Au, Ag). Fullerene junctions demonstrate the first strongly n-type molecular thermopower corresponding to transport through the LUMO, and the highest measured magnitude of molecular thermopower to date. While the electronic conductance of fullerenes is highly variable, due to fullerene's variable bonding geometries with the electrodes, the thermopower shows predictable trends based on the alignment of the LUMO with the work function of the electrodes. Both the magnitude and trend of the thermopower suggest that heterostructuring organic and inorganic materials at the nanoscale can further enhance thermoelectric performance, therein providing a new pathway for designing thermoelectric materials.

  17. Identification of a positive-Seebeck-coefficient exohedral fullerene.

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    Almutlaq, Nasser; Al-Galiby, Qusiy; Bailey, Steven; Lambert, Colin J

    2016-07-14

    If fullerene-based thermoelectricity is to become a viable technology, then fullerenes exhibiting both positive and negative Seebeck coefficients are needed. C60 is known to have a negative Seebeck coefficient and therefore in this paper we address the challenge of identifying a positive-Seebeck-coefficient fullerene. We investigated the thermoelectric properties of single-molecule junctions of the exohedral fullerene C50Cl10 connected to gold electrodes and found that it indeed possesses a positive Seebeck coefficient. Furthermore, in common with C60, the Seebeck coefficient can be increased by placing more than one C50Cl10 in series. For a single C50Cl10, we find S = +8 μV K(-1) and for two C50Cl10's in series we find S = +30 μV K(-1). We also find that the C50Cl10 monomer and dimer have power factors of 0.5 × 10(-5) W m(-1) K(-2) and 6.0 × 10(-5) W m(-1) K(-2) respectively. These results demonstrate that exohedral fullerenes provide a new class of thermoelectric materials with desirable properties, which complement those of all-carbon fullerenes, thereby enabling the boosting of the thermovoltage in all-fullerene tandem structures.

  18. Nanofiber Anisotropic Conductive Films (ACF) for Ultra-Fine-Pitch Chip-on-Glass (COG) Interconnections

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    Lee, Sang-Hoon; Kim, Tae-Wan; Suk, Kyung-Lim; Paik, Kyung-Wook

    2015-11-01

    Nanofiber anisotropic conductive films (ACF) were invented, by adapting nanofiber technology to ACF materials, to overcome the limitations of ultra-fine-pitch interconnection packaging, i.e. shorts and open circuits as a result of the narrow space between bumps and electrodes. For nanofiber ACF, poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) polymers were used as nanofiber polymer materials. For PVDF and PBS nanofiber ACF, conductive particles of diameter 3.5 μm were incorporated into nanofibers by electrospinning. In ultra-fine-pitch chip-on-glass assembly, insulation was significantly improved by using nanofiber ACF, because nanofibers inside the ACF suppressed the mobility of conductive particles, preventing them from flowing out during the bonding process. Capture of conductive particles was increased from 31% (conventional ACF) to 65%, and stable electrical properties and reliability were achieved by use of nanofiber ACF.

  19. Process for fullerene functionalization

    DOEpatents

    Cahill, Paul A.; Henderson, Craig C.

    1995-01-01

    Di-addended and tetra-addended Buckminster fullerenes are synthesized through the use of novel organoborane intermediates. The C.sub.60, C.sub.70, or higher fullerene is reacted with a borane such as BH.sub.3 in a solvent such as toluene to form an organoborane intermediate. Reaction of the organoborane such as hydrolysis with water or alcohol results in the product di-addended and tetra-addended fullerene in up to 30% yields. Dihydrofullerenes and tetrahydrofullerenes are produced by the process of the invention.

  20. Process for fullerene functionalization

    DOEpatents

    Cahill, P.A.; Henderson, C.C.

    1995-12-12

    Di-addended and tetra-addended Buckminster fullerenes are synthesized through the use of novel organoborane intermediates. The C{sub 60}, C{sub 70}, or higher fullerene is reacted with a borane such as BH{sub 3} in a solvent such as toluene to form an organoborane intermediate. Reaction of the organoborane such as hydrolysis with water or alcohol results in the product di-addended and tetra-addended fullerene in up to 30% yields. Dihydrofullerenes and tetrahydrofullerenes are produced by the process of the invention. 7 figs.

  1. Metal Evaporation-Induced Degradation of Fullerene Acceptors in Polymer/Fullerene Solar Cells.

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    Huang, Wenchao; Gann, Eliot; Thomsen, Lars; Tadich, Anton; Cheng, Yi-Bing; McNeill, Christopher R

    2016-01-27

    Surface-sensitive NEXAFS spectroscopy is used to probe the interaction between low work function metal electrodes and fullerene derivatives in organic solar cells. Evaporation of either Ca or Al electrodes onto films of the fullerene derivatives (6,6)-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) and indene-C60 bisadduct (ICBA) leads to a dramatic change in the observed NEXAFS spectrum. The observed changes cannot be explained only in terms of interfacial electronic doping or charge transfer, but rather point to the formation of new chemical bonds that destroy the extensive electron delocalization on the C60 cage. A combination of ex situ and in situ ultrahigh vacuum measurements indicates that metal evaporation results in a change in the electronic structure of PCBM that then facilitates chemical degradation and oxidation in the presence of oxygen. To investigate the effect of this chemical interaction on device performance, a unique transfer method to laminate the Al electrode to the top of polymer blend is used, in which case, the chemical degradation of the fullerene is not observed. Device performance of P3HT/PCBM blend solar cells in which the top metal electrode has either been thermally evaporated or transferred is then compared. These results highlight that chemical, as well as electronic, interactions between metals and organic semiconductors must be considered.

  2. Fullerenes formation in flames

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    Howard, Jack B.

    1993-01-01

    Fullerenes are composed of carbon atoms arranged in approximately spherical or ellipsoidal cages resembling the geodesic domes designed by Buckminster Fuller, after whom the molecules were named. The approximately spherical fullerene, which resembles a soccer ball and contains sixty atoms (C60), is called buckminsterfullerene. The fullerene containing seventy carbon atoms (C70) is approximately ellipsoidal, similar to a rugby ball. Fullerenes were first detected in 1985, in carbon vapor produced by laser evaporation of graphite. The closed shell structure, which has no edge atoms vulnerable to reaction, was proposed to explain the observed high stability of certain carbon clusters relative to that of others at high temperatures and in the presence of an oxidizing gas.

  3. Combustion energy of fullerene soot

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    Man, Naoki; Nagano, Yatsuhisa; Kiyobayashi, Tetsu; Sakiyama, Minoru )

    1995-02-23

    The standard energy of combustion of fullerene soot generated in arc discharge was determined to be [minus]36.0 [+-] 0.5 kJ g[sup [minus]1] by oxygen-bomb combustion calorimetry. The value was much closer to those of C[sub 60] and C[sub 70] than that of graphite. This result provides an energetic reason for the remarkable yield of fullerenes in arc discharge and supports the mechanism of fullerene formation, where fullerenes are the lowest energy products. Fullerene onion formation is interpreted in terms of energy relaxation of the fullerene soot. 20 refs., 1 tab.

  4. Conversion of fullerenes to diamonds

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M.

    1995-01-01

    A method of forming synthetic diamond or diamond-like films on a substrate surface. The method involves the steps of providing a vapor selected from the group of fullerene molecules or an inert gas/fullerene molecule mixture, providing energy to the fullerene molecules consisting of carbon-carbon bonds, the energized fullerene molecules breaking down to form fragments of fullerene molecules including C.sub.2 molecules and depositing the energized fullerene molecules with C.sub.2 fragments onto the substrate with farther fragmentation occurring and forming a thickness of diamond or diamond-like films on the substrate surface.

  5. Conversion of fullerenes to diamond

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M.

    1994-01-01

    A method of forming synthetic hydrogen defect free diamond or diamond like films on a substrate. The method involves providing vapor containing fullerene molecules with or without an inert gas, providing a device to impart energy to the fullerene molecules, fragmenting at least in part some of the fullerene molecules in the vapor or energizing the molecules to incipient fragmentation, ionizing the fullerene molecules, impinging ionized fullerene molecules on the substrate to assist in causing fullerene fragmentation to obtain a thickness of diamond on the substrate.

  6. Functional Self-Assembled Nanofibers by Electrospinning

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    Greiner, A.; Wendorff, J. H.

    Electrospinning constitutes a unique technique for the production of nanofibers with diameters down to the range of a few nanometers. In strong contrast to conventional fiber producing techniques, it relies on self-assembly processes driven by the Coulomb interactions between charged elements of the fluids to be spun to nanofibers. The transition from a macroscopic fluid object such as a droplet emerging from a die to solid nanofibers is controlled by a set of complex physical instability processes. They give rise to extremely high extensional deformations and strain rates during fiber formation causing among others a high orientational order in the nanofibers as well as enhanced mechanical properties. Electrospinning is predominantly applied to polymer based materials including natural and synthetic polymers, but, more recently, its use has been extended towards the production of metal, ceramic and glass nanofibers exploiting precursor routes. The nanofibers can be functionalized during electrospinning by introducing pores, fractal surfaces, by incorporating functional elements such as catalysts, quantum dots, drugs, enzymes or even bacteria. The production of individual fibers, random nonwovens, or orientationally highly ordered nonwovens is achieved by an appropriate selection of electrode configurations. Broad areas of application exist in Material and Life Sciences for such nanofibers, including not only optoelectronics, sensorics, catalysis, textiles, high efficiency filters, fiber reinforcement but also tissue engineering, drug delivery, and wound healing. The basic electrospinning process has more recently been extended towards compound co-electrospinning and precision deposition electrospinning to further broaden accessible fiber architectures and potential areas of application.

  7. Unique Crystallization of Fullerenes: Fullerene Flowers

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    Kim, Jungah; Park, Chibeom; Song, Intek; Lee, Minkyung; Kim, Hyungki; Choi, Hee Cheul

    2016-01-01

    Solution-phase crystallization of fullerene molecules strongly depends on the types of solvent and their ratios because solvent molecules are easily included in the crystal lattice and distort its structure. The C70 (solute)–mesitylene (solvent) system yields crystals with various morphologies and structures, such as cubes, tubes, and imperfect rods. Herein, using C60 and C70 dissolved in mesitylene, we present a novel way to grow unique flower-shaped crystals with six symmetric petals. The different solubility of C60 and C70 in mesitylene promotes nucleation of C70 with sixfold symmetry in the early stage, which is followed by co-crystallization of both C60 and C70 molecules, leading to lateral petal growth. Based on the growth mechanism, we obtained more complex fullerene crystals, such as multi-deck flowers and tube-flower complexes, by changing the sequence and parameters of crystallization. PMID:27561446

  8. Unique Crystallization of Fullerenes: Fullerene Flowers

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    Kim, Jungah; Park, Chibeom; Song, Intek; Lee, Minkyung; Kim, Hyungki; Choi, Hee Cheul

    2016-08-01

    Solution-phase crystallization of fullerene molecules strongly depends on the types of solvent and their ratios because solvent molecules are easily included in the crystal lattice and distort its structure. The C70 (solute)–mesitylene (solvent) system yields crystals with various morphologies and structures, such as cubes, tubes, and imperfect rods. Herein, using C60 and C70 dissolved in mesitylene, we present a novel way to grow unique flower-shaped crystals with six symmetric petals. The different solubility of C60 and C70 in mesitylene promotes nucleation of C70 with sixfold symmetry in the early stage, which is followed by co-crystallization of both C60 and C70 molecules, leading to lateral petal growth. Based on the growth mechanism, we obtained more complex fullerene crystals, such as multi-deck flowers and tube-flower complexes, by changing the sequence and parameters of crystallization.

  9. The topology of fullerenes

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    Schwerdtfeger, Peter; Wirz, Lukas N; Avery, James

    2015-01-01

    Fullerenes are carbon molecules that form polyhedral cages. Their bond structures are exactly the planar cubic graphs that have only pentagon and hexagon faces. Strikingly, a number of chemical properties of a fullerene can be derived from its graph structure. A rich mathematics of cubic planar graphs and fullerene graphs has grown since they were studied by Goldberg, Coxeter, and others in the early 20th century, and many mathematical properties of fullerenes have found simple and beautiful solutions. Yet many interesting chemical and mathematical problems in the field remain open. In this paper, we present a general overview of recent topological and graph theoretical developments in fullerene research over the past two decades, describing both solved and open problems. WIREs Comput Mol Sci 2015, 5:96–145. doi: 10.1002/wcms.1207 Conflict of interest: The authors have declared no conflicts of interest for this article. For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website. PMID:25678935

  10. Multifunctional Composite Nanofibers for Smart Structures

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    2011-10-13

    demonstration 4.1 Nanofiber based supercapacitor, Lithium Ion battery and transparent electrodes for solar cell (student – Nicole Lee; collaborator...compensating power deficiencies of batteries or fuel cells in hybrid vehicles. Reducing their cost and increasing energy density are major...challenge for enabling next generation solar cell devices. High performance fibrous composite materials based on a carrier polymer with embedded functional

  11. Geological occurrence of fullerenes

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    Buseck, P.R.; Tsipursky, S.J.; Wang, S. ); Hettich, R. )

    1992-01-01

    Using HRTEM imaging, the authors found C[sub 60] and C[sub 70] fullerenes in shungite, a Precambrian carbon-rich rock from Karelia, Russia. Compositionally, shungite represents coals of the meta-anthracite rank, characterized by low ash and sulfur contents, low volatile yields, and high carbon contents. The shungite occurs within metamorphosed sediments. The overlying rocks consist of gray dolomitized sandstones and poorly sorted silts and clays; the underlying rocks are not exposed. The shungite consists of masses containing up to 99% carbon. Diabase is interstratified with shungite-bearing rocks, and the shungite concentration increases with proximity to the diabase. Their sample comes from inclusions in the diabase. In the HRTEM images the fullerenes appear round (presumably roughly spherical in three dimensions), with white rims and black centers, almost identical to images of synthetic C[sub 60] molecules. Following the HRTEM observations, the fullerene identities were confirmed, first by time-of-flight mass spectrometry and then by more precise laser ablation, laser desorption, and thermal desorption ionization plus Fourier transform (FT) mass spectrometry. These measurements verified that the fullerenes were not generated by the laser ionization event. HRTEM images show that locally they occur in ordered arrays that resemble crystals of synthetic C[sub 60]. FT mass spectra show that the C-13/C-12 isotopic ratios for C[sub 60] and C[sub 70] fall within the normal range of terrestrial isotopic values.

  12. Combustion Synthesis of Fullerenes and Fullerenic Nanostructures In Microgravity

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    Howard, Jack B.; Brooker, John E. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The objectives of the proposed research were to determine the effects of gravity on fullerenes formation in flames and, based on the observed effects, to develop fundamental understanding of fullerenes formation and to identify engineering principles for fullerenes production. The research method consisted of the operation of laminar diffusion flames under normal- and reduced-gravity conditions, and the collection from the flames and subsequent analysis of condensables including any fullerenes present, using coupled high performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The focus included fullerene molecules C60 and C70 and fullerenic nanostructures including tubes, spherules and other shapes. The normal-gravity experiments were performed at MIT and complementary reduced-gravity experiments were to have been contributed by NASA. The independent variables of interest are gravity, fuel type, fuel/oxygen ratio, pressure, gas velocity at burner, diluent type and concentration. Given the large number of variables and the absence of data on either fullerene formation in diffusion flames or gravitational effects on fullerene formation in diffusion or premixed flames, the first part of the work was exploratory while the later part involved detailed study of the most interesting mechanisms. Samples of condensable material from laminar low pressure benzene/argon/oxygen diffusion flames were collected and analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography to determine the yields of fullerenes, and by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) to characterize the fullerenic material, i.e., curved-layer nanostructures, on and within the soot particles. The highest concentration of fullerenes was always detected just above the visible stoichiometric surface of a flame. The percentage of fullerenes in the condensable material increases with decreasing pressure. The overall highest amount of fullerenes was found

  13. Purification process for vertically aligned carbon nanofibers

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    Nguyen, Cattien V.; Delziet, Lance; Matthews, Kristopher; Chen, Bin; Meyyappan, M.

    2003-01-01

    Individual, free-standing, vertically aligned multiwall carbon nanotubes or nanofibers are ideal for sensor and electrode applications. Our plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition techniques for producing free-standing and vertically aligned carbon nanofibers use catalyst particles at the tip of the fiber. Here we present a simple purification process for the removal of iron catalyst particles at the tip of vertically aligned carbon nanofibers derived by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The first step involves thermal oxidation in air, at temperatures of 200-400 degrees C, resulting in the physical swelling of the iron particles from the formation of iron oxide. Subsequently, the complete removal of the iron oxide particles is achieved with diluted acid (12% HCl). The purification process appears to be very efficient at removing all of the iron catalyst particles. Electron microscopy images and Raman spectroscopy data indicate that the purification process does not damage the graphitic structure of the nanotubes.

  14. Cycloaddition model for fullerene formation

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    Strout, D.L.; Scuseria, G.E.

    1996-04-18

    Since their discovery, the fullerenes have challenged scientists with a wide array of problems concerning their properties, behavior, and potential applications. One such fundamental question is that of the assembly of these carbon cages. Much effort has been directed at obtaining an understanding of the process whereby graphite is transformed into fullerenes. In a previous work, we introduced a novel interpretation of the ion chromatography results from fullerene generation experiments. In this work, that interpretation is expanded and ab initio calculations are performed to illustrate how the model explains the experimental results. This `cycloaddition model` is then used to develop a plausible fullerene assembly mechanism. 19 refs., 12 figs., 10 tabs.

  15. Solar generation of the fullerenes

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    Chibante, L.P.F.; Thess, A.; Alford, J.M.; Diener, M.D.; Smalley, R.E. )

    1993-08-26

    Fullerenes have been produced efficiently by direct vaporization of carbon in focused sunlight. Large-scale solar furnace implementations of this simple process may be uniquely capable of producing fullerenes and doped fullerenes in large amounts while avoiding the yield-limiting problems encountered with carbon arcs or plasmas. Evidence is presented that the worst of these problems is photochemical destruction of the fullerenes in the light from the arc. Solar furnaces can mitigate this problem both by avoiding the intense ultraviolet radiation associated with arcs and by preventing clustering of the carbon vapor until it passes into a relatively dark cluster formation and annealing zone. 21 refs., 4 figs.

  16. Nanocapillarity in fullerene tubules

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    Pederson, Mark R.; Broughton, Jeremy Q.

    1992-11-01

    Fullerene tubules are shown to be highly polarizable ``molecular straws'' capable of ingesting dipolar molecules. Local-density-functional calculations on HF molecules within a finite-length tubule, of size 144 atoms, demonstrate this effect. The energy of incarceration is several times the thermal ambient at room temperature. These calculations, now feasible on desktop workstations, open the way to the study of nanoscale capillarity and to, perhaps, precise control over shielding of specific ``guest'' compounds from external electric and magnetic fields.

  17. Electrosynthesis of nanofibers and nano-composite films

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    Lin, Yuehe; Liang, Liang; Liu, Jun

    2006-10-17

    A method for producing an array of oriented nanofibers that involves forming a solution that includes at least one electroactive species. An electrode substrate is brought into contact with the solution. A current density is applied to the electrode substrate that includes at least a first step of applying a first substantially constant current density for a first time period and a second step of applying a second substantially constant current density for a second time period. The first and second time periods are of sufficient duration to electrically deposit on the electrode substrate an array of oriented nanofibers produced from the electroactive species. Also disclosed are films that include arrays or networks of oriented nanofibers and a method for amperometrically detecting or measuring at least one analyte in a sample.

  18. Composite Electrodes for Electrochemical Supercapacitors

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    Li, Jun; Yang, Quan Min; Zhitomirsky, Igor

    2010-03-01

    Manganese dioxide nanofibers with length ranged from 0.1 to 1 μm and a diameter of about 4-6 nm were prepared by a chemical precipitation method. Composite electrodes for electrochemical supercapacitors were fabricated by impregnation of the manganese dioxide nanofibers and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) into porous Ni plaque current collectors. Obtained composite electrodes, containing 85% of manganese dioxide and 15 mass% of MWCNT, as a conductive additive, with total mass loading of 7-15 mg cm-2, showed a capacitive behavior in 0.5-M Na2SO4 solutions. The decrease in stirring time during precipitation of the nanofibers resulted in reduced agglomeration and higher specific capacitance (SC). The highest SC of 185 F g-1 was obtained at a scan rate of 2 mV s-1 for mass loading of 7 mg cm-2. The SC decreased with increasing scan rate and increasing electrode mass.

  19. Diamond film growth from fullerene precursors

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    Gruen, Dieter M.; Liu, Shengzhong; Krauss, Alan R.; Pan, Xianzheng

    1997-01-01

    A method and system for manufacturing diamond film. The method involves forming a fullerene vapor, providing a noble gas stream and combining the gas with the fullerene vapor, passing the combined fullerene vapor and noble gas carrier stream into a chamber, forming a plasma in the chamber causing fragmentation of the fullerene and deposition of a diamond film on a substrate.

  20. The smallest fullerene without a spiral

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    Brinkmann, Gunnar; Goedgebeur, Jan; McKay, Brendan D.

    2012-01-01

    In this note, we give the result of a computer search for the smallest fullerene that does not allow a face spiral code as used by Manolopoulos and Fowler and adopted in IUPAC recommendations for fullerene nomenclature. The search enumerated all the small fullerenes on up to 400 vertices and the conclusion is that the smallest fullerene without a face spiral has 380 vertices.

  1. Influence of TiO2 nanofiber additives for high efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Hwang, Kyung-Jun; Lee, Jae-Wook; Park, Ju-Young; Kim, Sun-Il

    2011-02-01

    TiO2 nanofibers were prepared from a mixture of titanium-tetra-isopropoxide and poly vinyl pyrrolidone by applying the electrospinning method. The samples were characterized by XRD, FE-SEM, TEM and BET analyses. The diameter of electrospun TiO2 nanofibers is in the range of 70 approximately 160 nm. To improve the short-circuit photocurrent, we added the TiO2 nanofibers in the TiO2 electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). TiO2 nanofibers added in DSSCs can make up to 20% more conversion energy than the conventional DSSC with only TiO2 films only.

  2. Carbon Nanofiber Reinforced Polymers

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    2006-01-01

    2006 2. REPORT TYPE 3. DATES COVERED 00-00-2006 to 00-00-2006 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Carbon Nanofiber Reinforced Polymers 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b...REVIEW Carbon Nanofiber Reinforced Polymers J.N. Baucom, A. Rohatgi, W.R. Pogue III, and J.P. Thomas Materials Science and Technology Division...of mass-produced and inexpensive, discontinuous carbon nanofibers to create a percolated fiber network within a polymeric matrix that will result in

  3. Treated Carbon Nanofibers for Storing Energy in Aqueous KOH

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    Firsich, David W.

    2004-01-01

    A surface treatment has been found to enhance the performances of carbon nanofibers as electrode materials for electrochemical capacitors in which aqueous solutions of potassium hydroxide are used as the electrolytes. In the treatment, sulfonic acid groups are attached to edge plane sites on carbon atoms. The treatment is applicable to a variety of carbon nanofibers, including fibrils and both single- and multiple-wall nanotubes. The reason for choosing nanofibers over powders and other forms of carbon is that nanofibers offer greater power features. In previous research, it was found that the surface treatment of carbon nanofibers increased energy-storage densities in the presence of acid electrolytes. Now, it has been found that the same treatment increases energy-storage densities of carbon nanofibers in the presence of alkaline electrolytes when the carbon is paired with a NiOOH electrode. This beneficial effect varies depending on the variety of carbon substrate to which it is applied. It has been conjectured that the sulfonic acid groups, which exist in a deprotonated state in aqueous KOH solutions, undergo reversible electro-chemical reactions that are responsible for the observed increases in energystorage capacities. The increases can be considerable: For example, in one case, nanofibers exhibited a specific capacitance of 34 Farads per gram before treatment and 172 Farads per gram (an increase of about 400 percent) after treatment. The most promising application of this development appears to lie in hybrid capacitors, which are devices designed primarily for storing energy. These devices are designed to be capable of (1) discharge at rates greater than those of batteries and (2) storing energy at densities approaching those of batteries. A hybrid capacitor includes one electrode like that of a battery and one electrode like that of an electrochemical capacitor. For example, a hybrid capacitor could contain a potassium hydroxide solution as the electrolyte

  4. Fragmentation of fullerenes

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    Chancey, Ryan T.; Oddershede, Lene; Harris, Frank E.; Sabin, John R.

    2003-04-01

    We have performed classical molecular-dynamics simulations of the fragmentation collisions of neutral fullerenes (C24, C60, C100, and C240) with a hard wall. The interactions between the carbon atoms are modeled by a Tersoff potential and the position of each carbon atom at each time step is calculated using a sixth-order predictor-corrector method. The statistical distribution of the fragments depends on impact energy. At low energies, the fragment distribution appears symmetric, with both the large and small fragment distributions well fitted by an exponential function of the same exponent, the value of which decreases with impact energy. At intermediate energies, the distribution of the smallest fragments can be fitted equally well by a power law or an exponential function. At high impact energies, the entire fragmentation pattern is well described by a single exponential function, the exponent increasing with energy. The observed tendencies in fragment distributions as well as the obtained exponents are in agreement with experimental observations. The fragmentation behavior of the four investigated fullerenes is very similar, and it is noted that C60 appears to be the most stable.

  5. Synthesis and radiation resistance of fullerenes and fullerene derivatives

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    Shilin, V. A.; Lebedev, V. T.; Sedov, V. P.; Szhogina, A. A.

    2016-07-01

    The parameters of an electric-arc facility for the synthesis of fullerenes and endohedral metallofullerenes are optimized. The resistance of C60 and C70 fullerenes and C60(OH)30 and C70(OH)30 fullerenols against neutron irradiation is studied. It is established that the radiation resistance of the fullerenes is higher than that of the fullerenols, but the radiation resistance of the Gd@C2 n endometallofullerenes is lower than that of the corresponding Gd@C2 n (OH)38 fullerenols. The radiation resistance of mixtures of Me@C2 n (OH)38 ( Me = Gd, Tb, Sc, Fe, and Pr) endometallofullerenes with C60(OH)30 is determined. The factors affecting the radiation resistance of the fullerenes and fullerenols are discussed.

  6. Comparison of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticle-nanofiber and nanofiber-nanoparticle on the application of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC)

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    Kusumaning Tyas, Linda; Suryana, Risa; Nurosyid, Fahru; Asma Ilahi, Novita

    2017-01-01

    Dye-sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC) is a solar cell that has great potential in the future because of the cheaper cost of fabrication and environmentally friendly basic ingredients. This study aims to determine the effect of type of screen on the TiO2 layer as the active electrode DSSC. The active electrode TiO2 based DSSC fabricated by the method of double layer. Efficiency Dye-sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC) can be obtained from the current-voltage curve I-V meter. Nanofiber on the nanoparticles can reach a highest efficiency of DSSC about 0,015%. The second variation of between nanofiber-nanoparticle layering, and nanoparticle-nanofiber, it appears that the nanofiber layer of nanoparticles above, no significant changes, namely in 10 minutes η = 0.014965; 15 minutes η = 0.011021 and 20 minutes η = 0.013332. This is demonstrated by the nature of the dominant nanofiber as a photon trap covered by the nature of the dominant nanoparticles absorb the dye, so that overtime does not affect the incoming electron. While the results of nanofiber layer on the nanoparticles changed significantly in the variation of 20 minutes, ie η = 0.00283. You can also see the most optimum time was 15 minutes, which is η = 0.01559. This may be due in this 15 minute nanofiber coating has a thickness that is optimum so that electrons can reach the electrode diffuse due to the interaction between photons and the dye more.

  7. Enhanced Deposition Uniformity via an Auxiliary Electrode in Massive Electrospinning

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    Wu, Dezhi; Xiao, Zhiming; Deng, Lei; Sun, Yu; Tan, Qiulin; Dong, Linxi; Huang, Shaohua; Zhu, Rui; Liu, Yifang; Zheng, Wanxi; Zhao, Yang; Wang, Lingyun; Sun, Daoheng

    2016-01-01

    Uniform deposition of nanofibers in the massive electrospinning process is critical in the industrial applications of nanofibers. Tip-Induced Electrospinning (TIE) is a cost-effective large-scale nanofiber-manufacturing method, but it has poor deposition uniformity. An auxiliary conductive electrode connected to the emitting electrode was introduced to improve the deposition uniformity of the nanofibers. The effects of the auxiliary electrode shape, the tilted angles and the position of the boat-like electrode on the electric field distribution, the diameter of the nanofibers, the jet control and the deposition uniformity were explored by using finite element analysis of the electric field and experiments. Experiments showed that the boat-like electrode at 20 mm above the reservoir bottom with a 5° tilted angle helped to decrease the relative deposition error of nanofibers in the greatest extent to about 5.66%, indicating such an auxiliary electrode is a good candidate method to greatly improve the deposition uniformity of nanofibers in massive electrospinning. PMID:28335263

  8. Enhanced Deposition Uniformity via an Auxiliary Electrode in Massive Electrospinning.

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    Wu, Dezhi; Xiao, Zhiming; Deng, Lei; Sun, Yu; Tan, Qiulin; Dong, Linxi; Huang, Shaohua; Zhu, Rui; Liu, Yifang; Zheng, Wanxi; Zhao, Yang; Wang, Lingyun; Sun, Daoheng

    2016-07-22

    Uniform deposition of nanofibers in the massive electrospinning process is critical in the industrial applications of nanofibers. Tip-Induced Electrospinning (TIE) is a cost-effective large-scale nanofiber-manufacturing method, but it has poor deposition uniformity. An auxiliary conductive electrode connected to the emitting electrode was introduced to improve the deposition uniformity of the nanofibers. The effects of the auxiliary electrode shape, the tilted angles and the position of the boat-like electrode on the electric field distribution, the diameter of the nanofibers, the jet control and the deposition uniformity were explored by using finite element analysis of the electric field and experiments. Experiments showed that the boat-like electrode at 20 mm above the reservoir bottom with a 5° tilted angle helped to decrease the relative deposition error of nanofibers in the greatest extent to about 5.66%, indicating such an auxiliary electrode is a good candidate method to greatly improve the deposition uniformity of nanofibers in massive electrospinning.

  9. Glycofullerenes: Sweet fullerenes vanquish viruses

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    Vidal, Sébastien

    2016-01-01

    Fullerene-based dendritic structures coated with 120 sugars can be made in high yields in a relatively short sequence of reactions. The mannosylated compound is shown to inhibit Ebola infection in cells more efficiently than monofullerene-based glycoclusters.

  10. Failure modes of electrospun nanofibers

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    Zussman, E.; Rittel, D.; Yarin, A. L.

    2003-06-01

    Failure modes of electrospun polymer nanofibers are reported. The nanofibers have diameters in the range of 80-400 nm and lengths greater then several centimeters. The nanofibers fail by a multiple necking mechanism, sometimes followed by the development of a fibriliar structure. This phenomenon is attributed to a strong stretching of solidified nanofibers by the tapered accumulating wheel (electrostatic lens), if its rotation speed becomes too high. Necking has not been observed in the nanofibers collected on a grounded plate.

  11. Chemical Properties of the Fullerenes

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    1993-11-01

    fullerenes’ , a new form of elemental carbon . Fullerenes have potential application as novel sorbent materials to enhance the adsorption capabilities for...and multicomponent UV-visible absorption. We have also employed the separation method of Tour et a3, using Norit A decolorizing carbon as the...strength of the carbon - carbon bonds in Co is 453 l/mole. The absorption spectrum of C, gas in equilibrium with the solid was reco)rded between 500 and

  12. Fullerene derivatives as electron acceptors for organic photovoltaic cells.

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    Mi, Dongbo; Kim, Ji-Hoon; Kim, Hee Un; Xu, Fei; Hwang, Do-Hoon

    2014-02-01

    Energy is currently one of the most important problems humankind faces. Depletion of traditional energy sources such as coal and oil results in the need to develop new ways to create, transport, and store electricity. In this regard, the sun, which can be considered as a giant nuclear fusion reactor, represents the most powerful source of energy available in our solar system. For photovoltaic cells to gain widespread acceptance as a source of clean and renewable energy, the cost per watt of solar energy must be decreased. Organic photovoltaic cells, developed in the past two decades, have potential as alternatives to traditional inorganic semiconductor photovoltaic cells, which suffer from high environmental pollution and energy consumption during production. Organic photovoltaic cells are composed of a blended film of a conjugated-polymer donor and a soluble fullerene-derivative acceptor sandwiched between a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate)-coated indium tin oxide positive electrode and a low-work-function metal negative electrode. Considerable research efforts aim at designing and synthesizing novel fullerene derivatives as electron acceptors with up-raised lowest unoccupied molecular orbital energy, better light-harvesting properties, higher electron mobility, and better miscibility with the polymer donor for improving the power conversion efficiency of the organic photovoltaic cells. In this paper, we systematically review novel fullerene acceptors synthesized through chemical modification for enhancing the photovoltaic performance by increasing open-circuit voltage, short-circuit current, and fill factor, which determine the performance of organic photovoltaic cells.

  13. Facile hierarchical assembly of gold particle decorated conductive polymer nanofibers for electrochemical sensing

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    Dai, Minhui; Chen, Juhong; Goddard, Julie M.; Nugen, Sam R.

    2017-02-01

    In this study, we successfully applied vapor-phase polymerization towards the synthesis of PEDOT nanofibers which were subsequently functionalized with gold particles and used as electrodes for electrochemical sensing. Two methods were used to synthesize the PEDOT nanofibers including (1) electrospinning followed by vapor-phase polymerization (EVP), and (2) one-step vapor-phase polymerization (OSVP). The average diameter of EVP fibers was approximately 350 nm, and OSVP was approximately 200 nm. Gold particles (∼500 nm) were synthesized by an oxidation-reduction reaction between gold precursors and residue EDOT monomers on the surface of the PEDOT nanofibers. In order to investigate the electrochemical performance of these electrodes, ascorbic acid was chosen as an analyte model. Our results indicated that PEDOT nanofiber electrodes showed an enhanced response with respect to bare gold electrodes. Furthermore, the OSVP PEDOT nanofibers with gold particles demonstrated the highest sensitivity at low ascorbic acid concentrations. These hierarchically assembled, gold particle-decorated, conductive polymer nanofibers were further fabricated into flexible electrodes, demonstrating a potential in advanced applications such as wearable electronics.

  14. Electrospun Nanofiber-Coated Membrane Separators for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Lee, Hun

    Lithium-ion batteries are widely used as a power source for portable electronic devices and hybrid electric vehicles due to their excellent energy and power densities, long cycle life, and enhanced safety. A separator is considered to be the critical component in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. The separator is placed between the positive and negative electrodes in order to prevent the physical contact of electrodes while allowing the transportation of ions. In most commercial lithium-ion batteries, polyolefin microporous membranes are commonly used as the separator due to their good chemical stability and high mechanical strength. However, some of their intrinsic natures, such as low electrolyte uptake, poor adhesion property to the electrodes, and low ionic conductivity, can still be improved to achieve higher performance of lithium-ion batteries. In order to improve these intrinsic properties, polyolefin microporous membranes can be coated with nanofibers by using electrospinning technique. Electrospinning is a simple and efficient method to prepare nanofibers which can absorb a significant amount of liquid electrolyte to achieve low internal resistance and battery performance. This research presents the preparation and investigation of composite membrane separators prepared by coating nanofibers onto polyolefin microporous membranes via electrospinning technique. Polyvinylidene fluoride polymers and copolymers were used for the preparation of electrospun nanofiber coatings because they have excellent electrochemical stability, good adhesion property, and high temperature resistance. The nanofiber coatings prepared by electrospinning form an interconnected and randomly orientated structure on the surface of the polyolefin microporous membranes. The size of the nanofibers is on a scale that does not interfere with the micropores in the membrane substrates. The resultant nanofiber-coated membranes have the potential to combine advantages of both the polyolefin

  15. Hyaluronated fullerenes with photoluminescent and antitumoral activity.

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    Kwag, Dong Sup; Park, Kyeongsoon; Oh, Kyung Taek; Lee, Eun Seong

    2013-01-11

    Hyaluronated fullerene has strong near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence intensity without labelling with any fluorophores or isotopes. This fullerene allowed high-resolution fluorescent imaging of tumor sites in vivo and resulted in a significant regression of HCT-116 tumors.

  16. Rippling of polymer nanofibers.

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    Wu, Xiang-Fa; Kostogorova-Beller, Yulia Y; Goponenko, Alexander V; Hou, Haoqing; Dzenis, Yuris A

    2008-12-01

    This paper studies the evolution mechanism of surface rippling in polymer nanofibers under axial stretching. This rippling phenomenon has been detected in as-electrospun polyacrylonitrile in recent single-fiber tension tests, and in electrospun polyimide nanofibers after imidization. We herein propose a one-dimensional nonlinear elastic model that takes into account the combined effect of surface tension and nonlinear elasticity during the rippling initiation and its evolution in compliant polymer nanofibers. The polymer nanofiber is modeled as an incompressible, isotropically hyperelastic Mooney-Rivlin solid. The fiber geometry prior to rippling is considered as a long circular cylinder. The governing equation of surface rippling is established through linear perturbation of the static equilibrium state of the nanofiber subjected to finite axial prestretching. The critical stretch and ripple wavelength are determined in terms of surface tension, elastic property, and fiber radius. Numerical examples are demonstrated to examine these dependencies. In addition, a critical fiber radius is determined, below which the polymer nanofibers are intrinsically unstable. The present model, therefore, is capable of predicting the rippling condition in compliant nanofibers, and can be further used as a continuum mechanics approach for the study of surface instability and nonlinear wave propagation in compliant fibers and wires at the nanoscale.

  17. Diamond film growth from fullerene precursors

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    Gruen, D.M.; Liu, S.; Krauss, A.R.; Pan, X.

    1997-04-15

    A method and system are disclosed for manufacturing diamond film. The method involves forming a fullerene vapor, providing a noble gas stream and combining the gas with the fullerene vapor, passing the combined fullerene vapor and noble gas carrier stream into a chamber, forming a plasma in the chamber causing fragmentation of the fullerene and deposition of a diamond film on a substrate. 10 figs.

  18. Production of fullerenic nanostructures in flames

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    Howard, Jack B.; Vander Sande, John B.; Chowdhury, K. Das

    1999-01-01

    A method for the production of fullerenic nanostructures is described in which unsaturated hydrocarbon fuel and oxygen are combusted in a burner chamber at a sub-atmospheric pressure, thereby establishing a flame. The condensibles of the flame are collected at a post-flame location. The condensibles contain fullerenic nanostructures, such as single and nested nanotubes, single and nested nanoparticles and giant fullerenes. The method of producing fullerenic soot from flames is also described.

  19. Production Of Fullerenic Soot In Flames

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    Howard, Jack B.; Vander Sande, John B.; Chowdhury, K. Das

    2000-12-19

    A method for the production of fullerenic nanostructures is described in which unsaturated hydrocarbon fuel and oxygen are combusted in a burner chamber at a sub-atmospheric pressure, thereby establishing a flame. The condensibles of the flame are collected at a post-flame location. The condensibles contain fullerenic nanostructures, such as single and nested nanotubes, single and nested nanoparticles and giant fullerenes. The method of producing fullerenic soot from flames is also described.

  20. Amphiphilic poly(p-phenylene)-driven multiscale assembly of fullerenes to nanowhiskers.

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    Nurmawati, Muhammad Hanafiah; Ajikumar, Parayil Kumaran; Renu, Ravindranath; Sow, Chorng Haur; Valiyaveettil, Suresh

    2008-07-01

    Molecular level alignment of components and optimum morphology of hybrid materials are of great interest in many applications. Morphology control has been extensively used as a direct tool in the evaluation of interactions and assemblies of components in thin films. It is believed that preparation method and composition are powerful tools to direct the morphology, particularly in self-assembled systems such as fullerene-based hybrid materials. The present report outlines a synergistic self-assembly of fullerenes (C(60)) and functionalized poly (p-phenylene) (PPP) to develop nanofibers with high aspect ratios. Nanostructured PPP-C(60) hybrids were prepared by direct casting of the dilute solution on solid substrates and on water under ambient conditions. The formation of whiskers with high aspect ratio and investigation of interesting photophysical properties are discussed. An amphiphilic PPP was used as a template for preparing nanohybrids of C(60) at ambient temperature and conditions.

  1. 30 years of cosmic fullerenes

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    Berné, O.; Montillaud, J.; Mulas, G.; Joblin, C.

    2015-12-01

    In 1985, ``During experiments aimed at understanding the mechanisms by which long-chain carbon molecules are formed in interstellar space and circumstellar shells'', Harry Kroto and his collaborators serendipitously discovered a new form of carbon: fullerenes. The most emblematic fullerene (i.e. C_{60} ``buckminsterfullerene''), contains exactly 60 carbon atoms organized in a cage-like structure similar to a soccer ball. Since their discovery impacted the field of nanotechnologies, Kroto and colleagues received the Nobel prize in 1996. The cage-like structure, common to all fullerene molecules, gives them unique properties, in particular an extraordinary stability. For this reason and since they were discovered in experiments aimed to reproduce conditions in space, fullerenes were sought after by astronomers for over two decades, and it is only recently that they have been firmly identified by spectroscopy, in evolved stars and in the interstellar medium. This identification offered the opportunity to study the molecular physics of fullerenes in the unique physical conditions provided by space, and to make the link with other large carbonaceous molecules thought to be present in space : polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

  2. Fullerene materials: Synthesis and applications

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    Cassell, Alan Mitchell

    Chapter 1 describes the purification of gram quantities of Csb{70} using activated charcoal flash chromatography columns. A detailed procedure on the use of these columns as well as the analysis of the purified material is given. Chapter 2 describes the production and analysis of metal-containing fullerene soots produced by plasma arc discharge. A method for dispersing nanometer-sized metal particles in porous graphite rods is presented. The metal/graphite rods are then consumed in an arc discharge reactor to form the metal-containing fullerene soots. Transmission electron microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction analysis are used to characterize the soots. Chapter 3 describes the complexation of DNA with a fullerene ammonium salt. The fullerene ammonium salt/DNA complex is easily imagable using transmission electron microscopy. The formation of these DNA complexes, as well as the preparation for imaging is discussed. Also described is the preparation of a ammonium salt derivative of ferrocene which is complexed with DNA. Chapter 4 describes the self-assembly of fullerene ammonium salts. The salts assemble into vesicle and tubule type structures. Transmission electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, and energy dispersive X-ray analysis is used to investigate the structures.

  3. Nanoindentation study of nanofibers

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    Tan, E. P. S.; Lim, C. T.

    2005-09-01

    Nanoindentation study of a single poly(L-lactic acid) nanofiber produced by the phase separation method was performed using an atomic force microscope (AFM) cantilever tip. Issues concerning the use of AFM for nanoindentation of polymer nanofibers were discussed. The Hertz theory of contact mechanics was used to analyze the indentation results. It was found that the elastic modulus was comparable to that obtained from the nanoscale three-point bend test done in our previous study, after roughness correction was made.

  4. Pseudorotation in fullerene anions

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    Dunn, Janette L.; Hands, Ian D.; Bates, Colin A.

    2007-07-01

    Jahn-Teller (JT) problems are often characterised by an adiabatic potential energy surface (APES) containing either a set of isoenergetic wells or a trough of equivalent-energy points, which may be warped by higher-order coupling terms or anisotropic effects. In all three cases, the JT effect will be dynamic. Either tunnelling between the wells or rotation (of a distortion) around the trough will restore the original symmetry of the system. This motion is referred to as pseudorotation. It should be possible to observe a JT system in a distorted geometry if measurements are made on a sufficiently short timescale. In various cubic systems, this timescale has been calculated to be the order of picoseconds. Such timescales are accessible using modern methods of ultrafast spectroscopy. Measurements of pseudorotation rates can lead to important information on the strength and nature of the JT coupling present. We will present analytical calculations that allow the rate of pseudorotation to be determined in terms of the vibronic coupling parameters. We will show how these results can be applied to E ⊗ e systems and then to the more complicated system applicable to C60- anions. This is of particular interest because of the high icosahedral symmetry of fullerene ions and also because of the many potential uses of materials containing these ions. We conclude by outlining experiments that should be capable of measuring pseudorotation in C 60 anions.

  5. Plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition of multiwalled carbon nanofibers

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    Matthews, Kristopher; Cruden, Brett A.; Chen, Bin; Meyyappan, M.; Delzeit, Lance

    2002-01-01

    Plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition is used to grow vertically aligned multiwalled carbon nanofibers (MWNFs). The graphite basal planes in these nanofibers are not parallel as in nanotubes; instead they exhibit a small angle resembling a stacked cone arrangement. A parametric study with varying process parameters such as growth temperature, feedstock composition, and substrate power has been conducted, and these parameters are found to influence the growth rate, diameter, and morphology. The well-aligned MWNFs are suitable for fabricating electrode systems in sensor and device development.

  6. Enhancement of the photoelectric performance of dye-sensitized solar cells using Ag-doped TiO2 nanofibers in a TiO2 film as electrode.

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    Jin, En Mei; Zhao, Xing Guan; Park, Ju-Young; Gu, Hal-Bon

    2012-02-02

    For high solar conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells [DSSCs], TiO2 nanofiber [TN] and Ag-doped TiO2 nanofiber [ATN] have been extended to be included in TiO2 films to increase the amount of dye loading for a higher short-circuit current. The ATN was used on affected DSSCs to increase the open circuit voltage. This process had enhanced the exit in dye molecules which were rapidly split into electrons, and the DSSCs with ATN stop the recombination of the electronic process. The conversion efficiency of TiO2 photoelectrode-based DSSCs was 4.74%; it was increased to 6.13% after adding 5 wt.% ATN into TiO2 films. The electron lifetime of DSSCs with ATN increased from 0.29 to 0.34 s and that electron recombination was reduced.

  7. Enhancement of the photoelectric performance of dye-sensitized solar cells using Ag-doped TiO2 nanofibers in a TiO2 film as electrode

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    For high solar conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells [DSSCs], TiO2 nanofiber [TN] and Ag-doped TiO2 nanofiber [ATN] have been extended to be included in TiO2 films to increase the amount of dye loading for a higher short-circuit current. The ATN was used on affected DSSCs to increase the open circuit voltage. This process had enhanced the exit in dye molecules which were rapidly split into electrons, and the DSSCs with ATN stop the recombination of the electronic process. The conversion efficiency of TiO2 photoelectrode-based DSSCs was 4.74%; it was increased to 6.13% after adding 5 wt.% ATN into TiO2 films. The electron lifetime of DSSCs with ATN increased from 0.29 to 0.34 s and that electron recombination was reduced. PMID:22297128

  8. Spectral moments of fullerene cages

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    Zhang, Hongxing; Balasubramanian, K.

    Based on the symmetric method, analytical expression or recursive relations for the spectral moments of the C20, C24, C26, C28, C30, C32, C36, C38, C40, C42, C44, C50 and C60 fullerene cage clusters are obtained by factoring the original graphs and the corresponding characteristic polynomials into their smaller subgraphs and subpolynomials. We also give numerical results for the spectral moments. It is demonstrated that the symmetric method is feasible in enumerating the moments as well as factoring the characteristic polynomials for fullerene cages.

  9. Integer programming, fullerenes and nanotubes

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    Fowler, P.W.; Hansen, P.; Leroy, C.; Sachs, H.

    1994-12-31

    Graph theoretic and integer programming techniques provide answers to a series of questions in organic chemistry. We focus on problems on fullerenes, or closed carbon-cage molecules with large number of carbon atoms, and nanotubes, which are similar open or closed end tubes of carbon atoms with a few manometer diameter. These problems include isomer enumeration, counting Kekul{acute e} structures (or perfect matchings), finding Kekul{acute e} structures with a maximum number of resonant hexagons (i.e., determining the Clar and Fries numbers) and finding the stability number of fullerenes.

  10. Electrospun bismuth ferrite nanofibers for potential applications in ferroelectric photovoltaic devices.

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    Fei, Linfeng; Hu, Yongming; Li, Xing; Song, Ruobing; Sun, Li; Huang, Haitao; Gu, Haoshuang; Chan, Helen L W; Wang, Yu

    2015-02-18

    Bismuth ferrite (BFO) nanofibers were synthesized via a sol-gel-based electrospinning process followed by thermal treatment. The influences of processing conditions on the final structure of the samples were investigated. Nanofibers prepared under optimized conditions were found to have a perovskite structure with good quality of crystallization and free of impurity phase. Ferroelectric and piezoelectric responses were obtained from individual nanofiber measured on a piezoelectric force microscope. A prototype photovoltaic device using laterally aligned BFO nanofibers and interdigital electrodes was developed and its performance was examined on a standard photovoltaic system. The BFO nanofibers were found to exhibit an excellent ferroelectric photovoltaic property with the photocurrent several times larger than the literature data obtained on BFO thin films.

  11. Porous block nanofiber composite filters

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    Ginley, David S.; Curtis, Calvin J.; Miedaner, Alexander; Weiss, Alan J.; Paddock, Arnold

    2016-08-09

    Porous block nano-fiber composite (110), a filtration system (10) and methods of using the same are disclosed. An exemplary porous block nano-fiber composite (110) includes a porous block (100) having one or more pores (200). The porous block nano-fiber composite (110) also includes a plurality of inorganic nano-fibers (211) formed within at least one of the pores (200).

  12. Electrical Characterization of Polyaniline/polyethylene Oxide Nanofibers for Field Effect Transistors

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    Mueller, Carl H.; Theofylaktos, Noulie; Pinto, Nicholas J.; Robinson, Daryl C.; Miranda, Felix A.

    2002-01-01

    Nanofibers comprised of polyaniline/polyethylene oxide (PANI/PEO) are being developed for novel logic devices. We report the electrical conductivity of PANI/PEO nanofibers with diameters in the 100 to 200 nm range. We measured conductivity values of approx. 0.3 to 1.0 S/cm, which is higher than the values reported for thicker nanofibers, but less than the bulk value of PANI. The electrical measurements were performed by depositing the fibers on pre-electroded, oxidized silicon (Si) substrates. The excellent adherence of the nanofibers to the SiO2 as well as the gold (Au) electrodes may be useful in the design of future devices.

  13. Inorganic Fullerenes, Onions, and Tubes

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    York, Andrew P. E.

    2004-01-01

    Buckminsterfullerene, which is in the shape of a soccer-ball was first discovered in 1985, has many applications as a good lubricant, or as a new superconductor. The synthesis of these inorganic fullerenes involves a great deal of interdisciplinary research between physicists, material scientists, engineers and chemists from various fields.

  14. Synthesis of hierarchical MoO2/MoS2 nanofibers for electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution.

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    Rheem, Youngwoo; Han, Yosep; Lee, Kyu Hwan; Choi, Sung-Mook; Myung, Nosang V

    2017-03-10

    Perpendicularly attached MoS2 nanosheets on MoO2 conductive nanofibers were synthesized by combining electrospinning, calcination, and sulfurization processes. Compared to randomly stacked MoS2 nanosheets on MoO2 nanofiber, they show greater hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) performance (i.e., onset potential of -180 mV versus normal hydrogen electrode with the Tafel slope of 59 mV dec(-1)). HER performance decreases with increasing MoS2 nanocrystal size.

  15. Synthesis of hierarchical MoO2/MoS2 nanofibers for electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution

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    Rheem, Youngwoo; Han, Yosep; Lee, Kyu Hwan; Choi, Sung-Mook; Myung, Nosang V.

    2017-03-01

    Perpendicularly attached MoS2 nanosheets on MoO2 conductive nanofibers were synthesized by combining electrospinning, calcination, and sulfurization processes. Compared to randomly stacked MoS2 nanosheets on MoO2 nanofiber, they show greater hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) performance (i.e., onset potential of ‑180 mV versus normal hydrogen electrode with the Tafel slope of 59 mV dec‑1). HER performance decreases with increasing MoS2 nanocrystal size.

  16. Carbon Nanofiber Nanoelectrodes for Biosensing Applications

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    Koehne, Jessica Erin

    2014-01-01

    A sensor platform based on vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (CNFs) has been developed. Their inherent nanometer scale, high conductivity, wide potential window, good biocompatibility and well-defined surface chemistry make them ideal candidates as biosensor electrodes. Here, we report two studies using vertically aligned CNF nanoelectrodes for biomedical applications. CNF arrays are investigated as neural stimulation and neurotransmitter recording electrodes for application in deep brain stimulation (DBS). Polypyrrole coated CNF nanoelectrodes have shown great promise as stimulating electrodes due to their large surface area, low impedance, biocompatibility and capacity for highly localized stimulation. CNFs embedded in SiO2 have been used as sensing electrodes for neurotransmitter detection. Our approach combines a multiplexed CNF electrode chip, developed at NASA Ames Research Center, with the Wireless Instantaneous Neurotransmitter Concentration Sensor (WINCS) system, developed at the Mayo Clinic. Preliminary results indicate that the CNF nanoelectrode arrays are easily integrated with WINCS for neurotransmitter detection in a multiplexed array format. In the future, combining CNF based stimulating and recording electrodes with WINCS may lay the foundation for an implantable smart therapeutic system that utilizes neurochemical feedback control while likely resulting in increased DBS application in various neuropsychiatric disorders. In total, our goal is to take advantage of the nanostructure of CNF arrays for biosensing studies requiring ultrahigh sensitivity, high-degree of miniaturization, and selective biofunctionalization.

  17. Recent Advances in Electrochemical Biosensors Based on Fullerene-C60 Nano-Structured Platforms.

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    Pilehvar, Sanaz; De Wael, Karolien

    2015-11-23

    Nanotechnology is becoming increasingly important in the field of (bio)sensors. The performance and sensitivity of biosensors is greatly improved with the integration of nanomaterials into their construction. Since its first discovery, fullerene-C60 has been the object of extensive research. Its unique and favorable characteristics of easy chemical modification, conductivity, and electrochemical properties has led to its tremendous use in (bio)sensor applications. This paper provides a concise review of advances in fullerene-C60 research and its use as a nanomaterial for the development of biosensors. We examine the research work reported in the literature on the synthesis, functionalization, approaches to nanostructuring electrodes with fullerene, and outline some of the exciting applications in the field of (bio)sensing.

  18. Recent Advances in Electrochemical Biosensors Based on Fullerene-C60 Nano-Structured Platforms

    PubMed Central

    Pilehvar, Sanaz; De Wael, Karolien

    2015-01-01

    Nanotechnology is becoming increasingly important in the field of (bio)sensors. The performance and sensitivity of biosensors is greatly improved with the integration of nanomaterials into their construction. Since its first discovery, fullerene-C60 has been the object of extensive research. Its unique and favorable characteristics of easy chemical modification, conductivity, and electrochemical properties has led to its tremendous use in (bio)sensor applications. This paper provides a concise review of advances in fullerene-C60 research and its use as a nanomaterial for the development of biosensors. We examine the research work reported in the literature on the synthesis, functionalization, approaches to nanostructuring electrodes with fullerene, and outline some of the exciting applications in the field of (bio)sensing. PMID:26610583

  19. Development of Mass Spectrometric Ionization Methods for Fullerenes and Fullerene Derivatives

    EPA Science Inventory

    Currently investigations into the environmental behavior of fullerenes and fullerene derivatives is hampered by the lack of well characterized standards and by the lack of readily available quantitative analytical methods. Reported herein are investigations into the utility of ma...

  20. Potential methods for production of doped fullerenes

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    Fure, J.; Alford, M.; Diener, M.

    1992-12-01

    The task is to produce macroscopic amounts of fullerenes containing cesium or potassium. Laser vaporization of microscopic amounts of mechanical mixtures of graphite and chemical compounds containing K and Cs results in measurable amount of fullerenes like K@C{sub 60} and Cs@C{sub 60}. The problem with extending these methods to a scale that gives macroscopic amounts of fullerenes is that pre-heated target causes the volatile K and Cs compounds to evaporate whereas omitting the pre-heating reduces the yield of fullerenes. A possible way to avoid this problem could be to trap cesium or potassium atoms inside soot particles or gigantic fullerenes. Another way could be to introduce a partial pressure of the dopants in the tube furnace in which the fullerene production takes place.

  1. Fullerene-based materials research and development

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    Cahill, P. A.; Henderson, C. C.; Rohlfing, C. M.; Loy, D. A.; Assink, R. A.; Gillen, K. T.; Jacobs, S. J.; Dugger, M. T.

    1995-05-01

    The chemistry and physical properties of fullerenes, the third, molecular allotrope of carbon, have been studied using both experimental and computational techniques. Early computational work investigated the stability of fullerene isomers and oxides, which was followed by extensive work on hydrogenated fullerenes. Our work led to the first synthesis of a polymer containing C60 and the synthesis of the simplest hydrocarbon derivatives of C60 and C70. The excellent agreement between theory and experiment ((plus minus) 0.1 kcal/mol in the relative stability of isomers) has provided insight into the chemical nature of fullerenes and has yielded a sound basis for prediction of the structure of derivatized fullerenes. Such derivatives are the key to the preparation of fullerene-based materials.

  2. Nanofiber Filters Eliminate Contaminants

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2009-01-01

    With support from Phase I and II SBIR funding from Johnson Space Center, Argonide Corporation of Sanford, Florida tested and developed its proprietary nanofiber water filter media. Capable of removing more than 99.99 percent of dangerous particles like bacteria, viruses, and parasites, the media was incorporated into the company's commercial NanoCeram water filter, an inductee into the Space Foundation's Space Technology Hall of Fame. In addition to its drinking water filters, Argonide now produces large-scale nanofiber filters used as part of the reverse osmosis process for industrial water purification.

  3. Potentiometric urea biosensor based on an immobilised fullerene-urease bio-conjugate.

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    Saeedfar, Kasra; Heng, Lee Yook; Ling, Tan Ling; Rezayi, Majid

    2013-12-06

    A novel method for the rapid modification of fullerene for subsequent enzyme attachment to create a potentiometric biosensor is presented. Urease was immobilized onto the modified fullerene nanomaterial. The modified fullerene-immobilized urease (C60-urease) bioconjugate has been confirmed to catalyze the hydrolysis of urea in solution. The biomaterial was then deposited on a screen-printed electrode containing a non-plasticized poly(n-butyl acrylate) (PnBA) membrane entrapped with a hydrogen ionophore. This pH-selective membrane is intended to function as a potentiometric urea biosensor with the deposition of C60-urease on the PnBA membrane. Various parameters for fullerene modification and urease immobilization were investigated. The optimal pH and concentration of the phosphate buffer for the urea biosensor were 7.0 and 0.5 mM, respectively. The linear response range of the biosensor was from 2.31 × 10-3 M to 8.28 × 10-5 M. The biosensor's sensitivity was 59.67 ± 0.91 mV/decade, which is close to the theoretical value. Common cations such as Na+, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+ and NH4+ showed no obvious interference with the urea biosensor's response. The use of a fullerene-urease bio-conjugate and an acrylic membrane with good adhesion prevented the leaching of urease enzyme and thus increased the stability of the urea biosensor for up to 140 days.

  4. Development of Advanced Alloys using Fullerenes

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Sims, J.; Wasz, M.; O'Brien, J.; Callahan, D. L.; Barrera, E. V.

    1994-01-01

    Development of advanced alloys using fullerenes is currently underway to produce materials for use in the extravehicular mobility unit (EMU). These materials will be directed toward commercial usages as they are continually developed. Fullerenes (of which the most common is C(sub 60)) are lightweight, nanometer size, hollow molecules of carbon which can be dispersed in conventional alloy systems to enhance strength and reduce weight. In this research, fullerene interaction with aluminum is investigated and a fullerene-reinforced aluminum alloy is being developed for possible use on the EMU. The samples were manufactured using standard commercial approaches including powder metallurgy and casting. Alloys have been processed having 1.3, 4.0 and 8.0 volume fractions of fullerenes. It has been observed that fullerene dispersion is related to the processing approach and that they are stable for the processing conditions used in this research. Emphasis will be given to differential thermal analysis and wavelength dispersive analysis of the processed alloys. These two techniques are particularly useful in determining the condition of the fullerenes during and after processing. Some discussion will be given as to electrical properties of fullerene-reinforced materials. Although the aluminum and other advanced alloys with fullerenes are being developed for NASA and the EMU, the properties of these materials will be of interest for commercial applications where specific Dual-Use will be given.

  5. C(240)-----The most Chemically Inert Fullerene?

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    Haddon, R. C.; Scuseria, G. E.; Smalley, R. E.

    1997-01-01

    The reactivity of the fullerenes is primarily a function of their strain, as measured by the pyramidalization angle or curvature of the conjugated carbon atoms. The development of faceting in the structure of large icosahedral fullerenes leads to a minimum in the value of the maximum fullerene pyramidalization angle that lies in the vicinity of C-240. On this basis it is argued that C-240 will be the most chemically inert fullerene. This observation explains the production of [10,10] single-walled nanotubes because a C-240 hemisphere is required for the nucleation of such tubes.

  6. Toxicological Effects of Fullerenes on Caenorhabditis elegans

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    Schomaker, Justin; Snook, Renee; Howell, Carina

    2014-03-01

    The nematode species Caenorhabditis elegans is a useful genetic model organism due to its simplicity and the substantial molecular, genetic, and developmental knowledge about the species. In this study, this species was used to test the toxicological effects of C60 fullerene nanoparticles. In previous studies using rats, a solution of C60 fullerenes in olive oil proved to extend the life of the subjects. The purpose of this experiment was to subject C. elegans to varying concentrations of C60 fullerenes and observe their toxicological effects. Initial findings indicate a link between fullerene exposure and enlargement of the vulva as well as the formation of a small nodule at the base of the tail in some individuals. While the fullerenes are not lethally toxic in C. elegans, results will be presented that pertain to changes in life span and progeny of the nematodes exposed to varying concentrations of fullerenes as well as the mechanisms of toxicity. High magnification imaging via SEM and/or AFM will be used to characterize the fullerene nanoparticles. Testing the toxicity of fullerenes in a wide variety of organisms will lead to a more complete understanding of the effects of fullerenes on living organisms to ultimately understand their effects in humans. This work was supported by National Science Foundation grants DUE-1058829, DMR-0923047, DUE-0806660 and Lock Haven FPDC grants.

  7. FULLERENES AND PROTO-FULLERENES IN INTERSTELLAR CARBON DUST

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    Duley, W. W.; Hu Anming

    2012-01-20

    Laboratory spectra of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (HAC) particles prepared under a variety of conditions show spectral features at 7.05, 8.5, 17.4, and 18.9 {mu}m (1418, 1176, 575, and 529 cm{sup -1}) that have been associated with emission from C{sub 60} molecules. These lines occur in the spectra even though C{sub 60} molecules as such are not present in our samples. It appears that these four spectral lines in HAC can instead be associated with precursor molecules or 'proto-fullerenes' (PFs) that subsequently react to yield C{sub 60}. We develop a model tracing the evolution and de-hydrogenation of HAC dust and show that the observation of an emission feature at 16.4 {mu}m (610 cm{sup -1}) in astronomical spectra signals the presence of the pentagonal carbon rings required for the formation of fullerenes. We suggest that the set of four IR emission lines previously identified with C{sub 60} in many objects that also show the 16.4 {mu}m feature and other polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon bands arise from PFs rather than C{sub 60}. Tc1 is an example of a source in which de-hydrogenation has proceeded to the point where only fullerenes are present.

  8. Fullerenes and Proto-fullerenes in Interstellar Carbon Dust

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    Duley, W. W.; Hu, Anming

    2012-01-01

    Laboratory spectra of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (HAC) particles prepared under a variety of conditions show spectral features at 7.05, 8.5, 17.4, and 18.9 μm (1418, 1176, 575, and 529 cm-1) that have been associated with emission from C60 molecules. These lines occur in the spectra even though C60 molecules as such are not present in our samples. It appears that these four spectral lines in HAC can instead be associated with precursor molecules or "proto-fullerenes" (PFs) that subsequently react to yield C60. We develop a model tracing the evolution and de-hydrogenation of HAC dust and show that the observation of an emission feature at 16.4 μm (610 cm-1) in astronomical spectra signals the presence of the pentagonal carbon rings required for the formation of fullerenes. We suggest that the set of four IR emission lines previously identified with C60 in many objects that also show the 16.4 μm feature and other polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon bands arise from PFs rather than C60. Tc1 is an example of a source in which de-hydrogenation has proceeded to the point where only fullerenes are present.

  9. New High-Energy Nanofiber Anode Materials

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    Zhang, Xiangwu; Fedkiw, Peter; Khan, Saad; Huang, Alex; Fan, Jiang

    2013-11-15

    The overall goal of the proposed work was to use electrospinning technology to integrate dissimilar materials (lithium alloy and carbon) into novel composite nanofiber anodes, which simultaneously had high energy density, reduced cost, and improved abuse tolerance. The nanofiber structure allowed the anodes to withstand repeated cycles of expansion and contraction. These composite nanofibers were electrospun into nonwoven fabrics with thickness of 50 μm or more, and then directly used as anodes in a lithium-ion battery. This eliminated the presence of non-active materials (e.g., conducting carbon black and polymer binder) and resulted in high energy and power densities. The nonwoven anode structure also provided a large electrode-electrolyte interface and, hence, high rate capacity and good lowtemperature performance capability. Following are detailed objectives for three proposed project periods. • During the first six months: Obtain anodes capable of initial specific capacities of 650 mAh/g and achieve ~50 full charge/discharge cycles in small laboratory scale cells (50 to 100 mAh) at the 1C rate with less than 20 percent capacity fade; • In the middle of project period: Assemble, cycle, and evaluate 18650 cells using proposed anode materials, and demonstrate practical and useful cycle life (750 cycles of ~70% state of charge swing with less than 20% capacity fade) in 18650 cells with at least twice improvement in the specific capacity than that of conventional graphite electrodes; • At the end of project period: Deliver 18650 cells containing proposed anode materials, and achieve specific capacities greater than 1200 mAh/g and cycle life longer than 5000 cycles of ~70% state of charge swing with less than 20% capacity fade.

  10. Photophysics of fullerenes: Thermionic emission

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    Compton, R.N. |; Tuinman, A.A.; Huang, J.

    1996-09-01

    Multiphoton ionization of fullerenes using long-pulse length lasers occurs mainly through vibrational autoionization. In many cases the laser ionization can be described as thermionic in analogy to the boiling off of electrons from a filament. Thermionic emission manifests itself as a delayed emission of electrons following pulsed laser excitation. Klots has employed quasiequilibrium theory to calculate rate constants for thermionic emission from fullerenes which seem to quantitatively account for the observed delayed emission times and the measured electron energy distributions. The theory of Klots also accounts for the thermionic emission of C{sub 60} excited by a low power CW Argon Ion laser. Recently Klots and Compton have reviewed the evidence for thermionic emission from small aggregates where mention was also made of experiments designed to determine the effects of externally applied electric fields on thermionic emission rates. The authors have measured the fullerene ion intensity as a function of the applied electric field and normalized this signal to that produced by single photon ionization of an atom in order to correct for all collection efficiency artifacts. The increase in fullerene ion signal relative to that of Cs{sup +} is attributed to field enhanced thermionic emission. From the slope of the Schottky plot they obtain a temperature of approximately 1,000 K. This temperature is comparable to but smaller than that estimated from measurements of the electron kinetic energies. This result for field enhanced thermionic emission is discussed further by Klots and Compton. Thermionic emission from neutral clusters has long been known for autodetachment from highly excited negative ions. Similarly, electron attachment to C{sub 60} in the energy range from 8 to 12 eV results in C{sub 60} anions with lifetimes in the range of microseconds. Quasiequilibrium theory (QET) calculations are in reasonable accord with these measurements.

  11. The quest for inorganic fullerenes

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    Pietsch, Susanne; Dollinger, Andreas; Strobel, Christoph H.; Ganteför, Gerd E-mail: ydkim91@skku.edu; Park, Eun Ji; Kim, Young Dok E-mail: ydkim91@skku.edu; Seo, Hyun Ook; Pennycook, Stephen J.

    2015-10-07

    Experimental results of the search for inorganic fullerenes are presented. Mo{sub n}S{sub m}{sup −} and W{sub n}S{sub m}{sup −} clusters are generated with a pulsed arc cluster ion source equipped with an annealing stage. This is known to enhance fullerene formation in the case of carbon. Analogous to carbon, the mass spectra of the metal chalcogenide clusters produced in this way exhibit a bimodal structure. The species in the first maximum at low mass are known to be platelets. Here, the structure of the species in the second maximum is studied by anion photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy, and scanning tunneling microcopy. All experimental results indicate a two-dimensional structure of these species and disagree with a three-dimensional fullerene-like geometry. A possible explanation for this preference of two-dimensional structures is the ability of a two-element material to saturate the dangling bonds at the edges of a platelet by excess atoms of one element. A platelet consisting of a single element only cannot do this. Accordingly, graphite and boron might be the only materials forming nano-spheres because they are the only single element materials assuming two-dimensional structures.

  12. The quest for inorganic fullerenes

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    Pietsch, Susanne; Dollinger, Andreas; Strobel, Christoph H.; ...

    2015-10-02

    Experimental results of the search for inorganic fullerenes are presented. Mo nSm - and WnSm - clusters are generated with a pulsed arc cluster ion source equipped with an annealing stage. This is known to enhance fullerene formation in the case of carbon. Analogous to carbon, the mass spectra of the metal chalcogenide clusters produced in this way exhibit a bimodal structure. Moreover, the species in the first maximum at low mass are known to be platelets. The structure of the species in the second maximum is studied by anion photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy, and scanning tunneling microcopy.more » All experimental results indicate a two-dimensional structure of these species and disagree with a three-dimensional fullerene-like geometry. A possible explanation for this preference of two-dimensional structures is the ability of a two-element material to saturate the dangling bonds at the edges of a platelet by excess atoms of one element. A platelet consisting of a single element only cannot do this. Likewise, graphite and boron might be the only materials forming nano-spheres because they are the only single element materials assuming two-dimensional structures.« less

  13. Fullerenes produced by harnessing sunlight

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    1993-08-01

    Two independent groups of researchers have demonstrated that fullerenes can be produced by harnessing focused sunlight to vaporize carbon. Adapted to a large scale, generation of the carbon-cage molecules in solar furnaces might overcome yield-limiting problems associated with other fullerene production techniques, the researchers suggest. At Rice University, Houston, chemistry professor Richard E. Smalley and graduate students L.P. Felipe Chibante, Andreas Thess, J. Michael Alford, and Michael D. Diener used a parabolic mirror to focus sunlight on a graphite target to produce what appears to be a high yield of fullerenes. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colo., Roland R. Pitts, Mary Jane Hale, Carl Bingham, Allan Lewandowski, and David E.King, working in collaboration with Clark L. Fields, a chemistry professor at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, used NREL's high-flux solar furnace to produce soot that contains C[sub 60] and C[sub 70]. Papers describing the Rice and NREL results appeared together in last week's Journal of Physical Chemistry (97, 8696 and 8701 (1993)).

  14. The quest for inorganic fullerenes

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    Pietsch, Susanne; Dollinger, Andreas; Strobel, Christoph H.; Park, Eun Ji; Ganteför, Gerd; Seo, Hyun Ook; Kim, Young Dok; Idrobo, Juan-Carlos; Pennycook, Stephen J.

    2015-10-02

    Experimental results of the search for inorganic fullerenes are presented. Mo nSm - and WnSm - clusters are generated with a pulsed arc cluster ion source equipped with an annealing stage. This is known to enhance fullerene formation in the case of carbon. Analogous to carbon, the mass spectra of the metal chalcogenide clusters produced in this way exhibit a bimodal structure. Moreover, the species in the first maximum at low mass are known to be platelets. The structure of the species in the second maximum is studied by anion photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy, and scanning tunneling microcopy. All experimental results indicate a two-dimensional structure of these species and disagree with a three-dimensional fullerene-like geometry. A possible explanation for this preference of two-dimensional structures is the ability of a two-element material to saturate the dangling bonds at the edges of a platelet by excess atoms of one element. A platelet consisting of a single element only cannot do this. Likewise, graphite and boron might be the only materials forming nano-spheres because they are the only single element materials assuming two-dimensional structures.

  15. Functionalized Fullerenes in Photodynamic Therapy

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    Huang, Ying-Ying; Sharma, Sulbha K.; Yin, Rui; Agrawal, Tanupriya; Chiang, Long Y.; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2014-01-01

    Since the discovery of C60 fullerene in 1985, scientists have been searching for biomedical applications of this most fascinating of molecules. The unique photophysical and photochemical properties of C60 suggested that the molecule would function well as a photosensitizer in photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT uses the combination of non-toxic dyes and harmless visible light to produce reactive oxygen species that kill unwanted cells. However the extreme insolubility and hydrophobicity of pristine C60, mandated that the cage be functionalized with chemical groups that provided water solubility and biological targeting ability. It has been found that cationic quaternary ammonium groups provide both these features, and this review covers work on the use of cationic fullerenes to mediate destruction of cancer cells and pathogenic microorganisms in vitro and describes the treatment of tumors and microbial infections in mouse models. The design, synthesis, and use of simple pyrrolidinium salts, more complex decacationic chains, and light-harvesting antennae that can be attached to C60, C70 and C84 cages are covered. In the case of bacterial wound infections mice can be saved from certain death by fullerene-mediated PDT. PMID:25544837

  16. Electrospun Nanofibers for Regenerative Medicine**

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    Liu, Wenying; Thomopoulos, Stavros

    2013-01-01

    This article reviews recent progress in applying electrospun nanofibers to the emerging field of regenerative medicine. We begin with a brief introduction to electrospinning and nanofibers, with a focus on issues related to the selection of materials, incorporation of bioactive molecules, degradation characteristics, control of mechanical properties, and facilitation of cell infiltration. We then discuss a number of approaches to fabrication of scaffolds from electrospun nanofibers, including techniques for controlling the alignment of nanofibers and for producing scaffolds with complex architectures. We also highlight applications of the nanofiber-based scaffolds in four areas of regenerative medicine that involve nerves, dural tissues, tendons, and the tendon-to-bone insertion site. We conclude this review with perspectives on challenges and future directions for design, fabrication, and utilization of scaffolds based on electrospun nanofibers. PMID:23184683

  17. Ultrasonic dyeing of cellulose nanofibers.

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    Khatri, Muzamil; Ahmed, Farooq; Jatoi, Abdul Wahab; Mahar, Rasool Bux; Khatri, Zeeshan; Kim, Ick Soo

    2016-07-01

    Textile dyeing assisted by ultrasonic energy has attained a greater interest in recent years. We report ultrasonic dyeing of nanofibers for the very first time. We chose cellulose nanofibers and dyed with two reactive dyes, CI reactive black 5 and CI reactive red 195. The cellulose nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning of cellulose acetate (CA) followed by deacetylation. The FTIR results confirmed complete conversion of CA into cellulose nanofibers. Dyeing parameters optimized were dyeing temperature, dyeing time and dye concentrations for each class of the dye used. Results revealed that the ultrasonic dyeing produced higher color yield (K/S values) than the conventional dyeing. The color fastness test results depicted good dye fixation. SEM analysis evidenced that ultrasonic energy during dyeing do not affect surface morphology of nanofibers. The results conclude successful dyeing of cellulose nanofibers using ultrasonic energy with better color yield and color fastness results than conventional dyeing.

  18. Inorganic nanotubes and fullerene-like materials.

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    Tenne, Reshef

    2002-12-02

    Following the discovery of fullerenes and carbon nanotubes, it was shown that nanoparticles of inorganic layered compounds, like MoS2, are unstable in the planar form and they form closed cage structures with polyhedral or nanotubular shapes. Various issues on the structure, synthesis, and properties of such inorganic fullerene-like structures are reviewed, together with some possible applications.

  19. Carbon Nanotube Based Electrochemical Supercapacitor Electrodes

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    2009-05-30

    solution properties and electrospinning conditions, one can produce particles or fibers with controlled morphology for specific applications...Poly( acrylonitrile) (PAN) based nanofibers were electrospun with controlled diameter . A sacrificial polymer, poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) (SAN...has been used to control porosity. Carbon nanotubes (CNT) have been used to increase electrode conductivity and hence power density. The diameter of

  20. Tailored surface structure of LiFePO4/C nanofibers by phosphidation and their electrochemical superiority for lithium rechargeable batteries.

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    Lee, Yoon Cheol; Han, Dong-Wook; Park, Mihui; Jo, Mi Ru; Kang, Seung Ho; Lee, Ju Kyung; Kang, Yong-Mook

    2014-06-25

    We offer a brand new strategy for enhancing Li ion transport at the surface of LiFePO4/C nanofibers through noble Li ion conducting pathways built along reduced carbon webs by phosphorus. Pristine LiFePO4/C nanofibers composed of 1-dimensional (1D) LiFePO4 nanofibers with thick carbon coating layers on the surfaces of the nanofibers were prepared by the electrospinning technique. These dense and thick carbon layers prevented not only electrolyte penetration into the inner LiFePO4 nanofibers but also facile Li ion transport at the electrode/electrolyte interface. In contrast, the existing strong interactions between the carbon and oxygen atoms on the surface of the pristine LiFePO4/C nanofibers were weakened or partly broken by the adhesion of phosphorus, thereby improving Li ion migration through the thick carbon layers on the surfaces of the LiFePO4 nanofibers. As a result, the phosphidated LiFePO4/C nanofibers have a higher initial discharge capacity and a greatly improved rate capability when compared with pristine LiFePO4/C nanofibers. Our findings of high Li ion transport induced by phosphidation can be widely applied to other carbon-coated electrode materials.

  1. Gas storage using fullerene based adsorbents

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    Loutfy, Raouf O. (Inventor); Lu, Xiao-Chun (Inventor); Li, Weijiong (Inventor); Mikhael, Michael G. (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    This invention is directed to the synthesis of high bulk density high gas absorption capacity adsorbents for gas storage applications. Specifically, this invention is concerned with novel gas absorbents with high gravimetric and volumetric gas adsorption capacities which are made from fullerene-based materials. By pressing fullerene powder into pellet form using a conventional press, then polymerizing it by subjecting the fullerene to high temperature and high inert gas pressure, the resulting fullerene-based materials have high bulk densities and high gas adsorption capacities. By pre-chemical modification or post-polymerization activation processes, the gas adsorption capacities of the fullerene-based adsorbents can be further enhanced. These materials are suitable for low pressure gas storage applications, such as oxygen storage for home oxygen therapy uses or on-board vehicle natural gas storage. They are also suitable for storing gases and vapors such as hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor.

  2. Fullerenic structures and such structures tethered to carbon materials

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    Goel, Anish; Howard, Jack B.; Vander Sande, John B.

    2010-01-05

    The fullerenic structures include fullerenes having molecular weights less than that of C.sub.60 with the exception of C.sub.36 and fullerenes having molecular weights greater than C.sub.60. Examples include fullerenes C.sub.50, C.sub.58, C.sub.130, and C.sub.176. Fullerenic structure chemically bonded to a carbon surface is also disclosed along with a method for tethering fullerenes to a carbon material. The method includes adding functionalized fullerene to a liquid suspension containing carbon material, drying the suspension to produce a powder, and heat treating the powder.

  3. Fullerenic structures and such structures tethered to carbon materials

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    Goel, Anish; Howard, Jack B.; Vander Sande, John B.

    2012-10-09

    The fullerenic structures include fullerenes having molecular weights less than that of C.sub.60 with the exception of C.sub.36 and fullerenes having molecular weights greater than C.sub.60. Examples include fullerenes C.sub.50, C.sub.58, C.sub.130, and C.sub.176. Fullerenic structure chemically bonded to a carbon surface is also disclosed along with a method for tethering fullerenes to a carbon material. The method includes adding functionalized fullerene to a liquid suspension containing carbon material, drying the suspension to produce a powder, and heat treating the powder.

  4. Carbon nanofibers decorated with poly(furfuryl alcohol)-derived carbon nanoparticles and tetraethylorthosilicate-derived silica nanoparticles.

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    Zhang, Y; Yarin, A L

    2011-12-06

    The present paper introduces a novel method to functionalize nanofiber surfaces with carbon or silica nanoparticles by dip coating. This novel approach holds promise of significant benefits because dip coating of electrospun and carbonized nanofiber mats in poly(furfuryl alcohol) (abbreviated as PFA) is used to increase surface roughness by means of PFA-derived carbon nanoparticles produced at the fiber surface. Also, dip coating in tetraethylorthosilicate (abbreviated as TEOS) is shown to be an effective method for decorating carbon nanofibers with TEOS-derived silica nanoparticles at their surface. Furthermore, dip coating is an inexpensive technique which is easier to implement than the existing methods of nanofiber decoration with silica nanoparticles and results in a higher loading capacity. Carbon nanofiber mats with PFA- or TEOS-decorated surfaces hold promise of becoming the effective electrodes in fuel cells, Li-ion batteries and storage devices.

  5. Fullerene-biomolecule conjugates and their biomedicinal applications.

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    Yang, Xinlin; Ebrahimi, Ali; Li, Jie; Cui, Quanjun

    2014-01-01

    Fullerenes are among the strongest antioxidants and are characterized as "radical sponges." The research on biomedicinal applications of fullerenes has achieved significant progress since the landmark publication by Friedman et al in 1993. Fullerene-biomolecule conjugates have become an important area of research during the past 2 decades. By a thorough literature search, we attempt to update the information about the synthesis of different types of fullerene-biomolecule conjugates, including fullerene-containing amino acids and peptides, oligonucleotides, sugars, and esters. Moreover, we also discuss in this review recently reported data on the biological and pharmaceutical utilities of these compounds and some other fullerene derivatives of biomedical importance. While within the fullerene-biomolecule conjugates, in which fullerene may act as both an antioxidant and a carrier, specific targeting biomolecules conjugated to fullerene will undoubtedly strengthen the delivery of functional fullerenes to sites of clinical interest.

  6. Enhancing Tc in field-doped fullerenes by applying uniaxial stress

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    Koch, Erik

    2002-08-01

    Capitalizing on the two-dimensional nature of superconductivity in field-effect doped C60, we show that it should be possible to increase the transition temperature Tc by applying uniaxial stress perpendicular to the gate electrode. This method not only holds the promise of substantially enhancing Tc (by about 30 K per GPa), but also provides a sensitive check of the current understanding of superconductivity in the doped fullerenes.

  7. Tunable Graphitic Carbon Nano-Onions Development in Carbon Nanofibers for Multivalent Energy Storage

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    Schwarz, Haiqing L.

    2016-01-01

    We developed a novel porous graphitic carbon nanofiber material using a synthesis strategy combining electrospinning and catalytic graphitization. RF hydrogel was used as carbon precursors, transition metal ions were successfully introduced into the carbon matrix by binding to the carboxylate groups of a resorcinol derivative. Transition metal particles were homogeneously distributed throughout the carbon matrix, which are used as in-situ catalysts to produce graphitic fullerene-like nanostructures surrounding the metals. The success design of graphitic carbons with enlarged interlayer spacing will enable the multivalent ion intercalation for the development of multivalent rechargeable batteries.

  8. Production of Endohedral Fullerenes by Ion Implantation

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    Diener, M.D.; Alford, J. M.; Mirzadeh, S.

    2007-05-31

    The empty interior cavity of fullerenes has long been touted for containment of radionuclides during in vivo transport, during radioimmunotherapy (RIT) and radioimaging for example. As the chemistry required to open a hole in fullerene is complex and exceedingly unlikely to occur in vivo, and conformational stability of the fullerene cage is absolute, atoms trapped within fullerenes can only be released during extremely energetic events. Encapsulating radionuclides in fullerenes could therefore potentially eliminate undesired toxicity resulting from leakage and catabolism of radionuclides administered with other techniques. At the start of this project however, methods for production of transition metal and p-electron metal endohedral fullerenes were completely unknown, and only one method for production of endohedral radiofullerenes was known. They therefore investigated three different methods for the production of therapeutically useful endohedral metallofullerenes: (1) implantation of ions using the high intensity ion beam at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Surface Modification and Characterization Research Center (SMAC) and fullerenes as the target; (2) implantation of ions using the recoil energy following alpha decay; and (3) implantation of ions using the recoil energy following neutron capture, using ORNL's High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) as a thermal neutron source. While they were unable to obtain evidence of successful implantation using the ion beam at SMAC, recoil following alpha decay and neutron capture were both found to be economically viable methods for the production of therapeutically useful radiofullerenes. In this report, the procedures for preparing fullerenes containing the isotopes {sup 212}Pb, {sup 212}Bi, {sup 213}Bi, and {sup 177}Lu are described. None of these endohedral fullerenes had ever previously been prepared, and all of these radioisotopes are actively under investigation for RIT. Additionally, the chemistry for

  9. Electrorheology of nanofiber suspensions

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    2011-01-01

    Electrorheological (ER) fluid, which can be transformed rapidly from a fluid-like state to a solid-like state under an external electric field, is considered to be one of the most important smart fluids. However, conventional ER fluids based on microparticles are subjected to challenges in practical applications due to the lack of versatile performances. Recent researches of using nanoparticles as the dispersal phase have led to new interest in the development of non-conventional ER fluids with improved performances. In this review, we especially focus on the recent researches on electrorheology of various nanofiber-based suspensions, including inorganic, organic, and inorganic/organic composite nanofibers. Our goal is to highlight the advantages of using anisotropic nanostructured materials as dispersal phases to improve ER performances. PMID:21711790

  10. Fabrication and electrochemical properties of insoluble fullerene-diamine adduct thin-films as buffer layer by alternate immersion process

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    Saito, Jo; Akiyama, Tsuyoshi; Suzuki, Atsushi; Oku, Takeo

    2017-01-01

    Insoluble fullerene-diamine adduct thin-films consisting of C60 and 1,2-diaminoethane were easily fabricated on an electrode by an alternate immersion process. Formation of the C60-diamine adduct films were confirmed using transmission absorption spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. An inverted-type organic solar cells were fabricated by using the C60-diamine adduct film as the electron transport layer. The resultant photoelectric conversation performance of the solar cells suggested that photocurrent is generated via the photoexcitation of polythiophene. The result suggests that the present insoluble fullerene-diamine adduct films worked as buffer layer for organic thin-film solar cells.

  11. Machine Phase Fullerene Nanotechnology: 1996

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    Globus, Al; Chancellor, Marisa K. (Technical Monitor)

    1997-01-01

    NASA has used exotic materials for spacecraft and experimental aircraft to good effect for many decades. In spite of many advances, transportation to space still costs about $10,000 per pound. Drexler has proposed a hypothetical nanotechnology based on diamond and investigated the properties of such molecular systems. These studies and others suggest enormous potential for aerospace systems. Unfortunately, methods to realize diamonoid nanotechnology are at best highly speculative. Recent computational efforts at NASA Ames Research Center and computation and experiment elsewhere suggest that a nanotechnology of machine phase functionalized fullerenes may be synthetically relatively accessible and of great aerospace interest. Machine phase materials are (hypothetical) materials consisting entirely or in large part of microscopic machines. In a sense, most living matter fits this definition. To begin investigation of fullerene nanotechnology, we used molecular dynamics to study the properties of carbon nanotube based gears and gear/shaft configurations. Experiments on C60 and quantum calculations suggest that benzyne may react with carbon nanotubes to form gear teeth. Han has computationally demonstrated that molecular gears fashioned from (14,0) single-walled carbon nanotubes and benzyne teeth should operate well at 50-100 gigahertz. Results suggest that rotation can be converted to rotating or linear motion, and linear motion may be converted into rotation. Preliminary results suggest that these mechanical systems can be cooled by a helium atmosphere. Furthermore, Deepak has successfully simulated using helical electric fields generated by a laser to power fullerene gears once a positive and negative charge have been added to form a dipole. Even with mechanical motion, cooling, and power; creating a viable nanotechnology requires support structures, computer control, a system architecture, a variety of components, and some approach to manufacture. Additional

  12. Thermal properties of defective fullerene

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    Li, Jian; Zheng, Dong-Qin; Zhong, Wei-Rong

    2016-09-01

    We have investigated the thermal conductivity of defective fullerene (C60) by using the nonequilibrium molecular dynamics (MD) method. It is found that the thermal conductivity of C60 with one defect is lower than the thermal conductivity of perfect C60. However, double defects in C60 have either positive or negative influence on the thermal conductivity, which depends on the positions of the defects. The phonon spectra of perfect and defective C60 are also provided to give corresponding supports. Our results can be extended to long C60 chains, which is helpful for the thermal management of C60.

  13. Interstellar fullerene compounds and diffuse interstellar bands

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    Omont, Alain

    2016-05-01

    Recently, the presence of fullerenes in the interstellar medium (ISM) has been confirmed and new findings suggest that these fullerenes may possibly form from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the ISM. Moreover, the first confirmed identification of two strong diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) with the fullerene, C60+, connects the long standing suggestion that various fullerenes could be DIB carriers. These new discoveries justify reassessing the overall importance of interstellar fullerene compounds, including fullerenes of various sizes with endohedral or exohedral inclusions and heterofullerenes (EEHFs). The phenomenology of fullerene compounds is complex. In addition to fullerene formation in grain shattering, fullerene formation from fully dehydrogenated PAHs in diffuse interstellar clouds could perhaps transform a significant percentage of the tail of low-mass PAH distribution into fullerenes including EEHFs. But many uncertain processes make it extremely difficult to assess their expected abundance, composition and size distribution, except for the substantial abundance measured for C60+. EEHFs share many properties with pure fullerenes, such as C60, as regards stability, formation/destruction and chemical processes, as well as many basic spectral features. Because DIBs are ubiquitous in all lines of sight in the ISM, we address several questions about the interstellar importance of various EEHFs, especially as possible carriers of diffuse interstellar bands. Specifically, we discuss basic interstellar properties and the likely contributions of fullerenes of various sizes and their charged counterparts such as C60+, and then in turn: 1) metallofullerenes; 2) heterofullerenes; 3) fulleranes; 4) fullerene-PAH compounds; 5) H2@C60. From this reassessment of the literature and from combining it with known DIB line identifications, we conclude that the general landscape of interstellar fullerene compounds is probably much richer than heretofore realized

  14. Fullerene nanomaterials inhibit the allergic response.

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    Ryan, John J; Bateman, Henry R; Stover, Alex; Gomez, Greg; Norton, Sarah K; Zhao, Wei; Schwartz, Lawrence B; Lenk, Robert; Kepley, Christopher L

    2007-07-01

    Fullerenes are a class of novel carbon allotropes that may have practical applications in biotechnology and medicine. Human mast cells (MC) and peripheral blood basophils are critical cells involved in the initiation and propagation of several inflammatory conditions, mainly type I hypersensitivity. We report an unanticipated role of fullerenes as a negative regulator of allergic mediator release that suppresses Ag-driven type I hypersensitivity. Human MC and peripheral blood basophils exhibited a significant inhibition of IgE dependent mediator release when preincubated with C(60) fullerenes. Protein microarray demonstrated that inhibition of mediator release involves profound reductions in the activation of signaling molecules involved in mediator release and oxidative stress. Follow-up studies demonstrated that the tyrosine phosphorylation of Syk was dramatically inhibited in Ag-challenged cells first incubated with fullerenes. In addition, fullerene preincubation significantly inhibited IgE-induced elevation in cytoplasmic reactive oxygen species levels. Furthermore, fullerenes prevented the in vivo release of histamine and drop in core body temperature in vivo using a MC-dependent model of anaphylaxis. These findings identify a new biological function for fullerenes and may represent a novel way to control MC-dependent diseases including asthma, inflammatory arthritis, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis.

  15. Observation of an all-boron fullerene

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    Zhai, Hua-Jin; Zhao, Ya-Fan; Li, Wei-Li; Chen, Qiang; Bai, Hui; Hu, Han-Shi; Piazza, Zachary A.; Tian, Wen-Juan; Lu, Hai-Gang; Wu, Yan-Bo; Mu, Yue-Wen; Wei, Guang-Feng; Liu, Zhi-Pan; Li, Jun; Li, Si-Dian; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2014-08-01

    After the discovery of fullerene-C60, it took almost two decades for the possibility of boron-based fullerene structures to be considered. So far, there has been no experimental evidence for these nanostructures, in spite of the progress made in theoretical investigations of their structure and bonding. Here we report the observation, by photoelectron spectroscopy, of an all-boron fullerene-like cage cluster at B40- with an extremely low electron-binding energy. Theoretical calculations show that this arises from a cage structure with a large energy gap, but that a quasi-planar isomer of B40- with two adjacent hexagonal holes is slightly more stable than the fullerene structure. In contrast, for neutral B40 the fullerene-like cage is calculated to be the most stable structure. The surface of the all-boron fullerene, bonded uniformly via delocalized σ and π bonds, is not perfectly smooth and exhibits unusual heptagonal faces, in contrast to C60 fullerene.

  16. Nondestructive Profilometry of Optical Nanofibers.

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    Madsen, Lars S; Baker, Christopher; Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina; Bowen, Warwick P

    2016-12-14

    Single-mode optical nanofibers are a central component of a broad range of applications and emerging technologies. Their fabrication has been extensively studied over the past decade, but imaging of the final submicrometer products has been restricted to destructive or low-precision techniques. Here, we demonstrate an optical scattering-based scanning method that uses a probe nanofiber to locally scatter the evanescent field of a sample nanofibre. The method does not damage the sample nanofiber and is easily implemented by only using the same equipment as in a standard fiber-puller setup. We demonstrate the subnanometer radial resolution at video rates (0.7 nm in 10 ms) on single mode nanofibers, allowing for a complete high-precision profile to be obtained within minutes of fabrication. The method thus enables nondestructive, fast, and precise characterization of optical nanofibers, with applications ranging from optical sensors and cold atom traps to nonlinear optics.

  17. Boron Fullerenes: An Electronic Structure Study

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    Sadrzadeh, Arta; Pupysheva, Olga; Boustani, Ihsan; Yakobson, Boris

    2008-03-01

    Using ab initio calculations, we study electronic structure and frequency modes of B80, a member of boron fullerene family made from boron isomorphs of carbon fullerenes with additional atoms in the centers of hexagons. We also investigate geometrical and electronic structural properties of double-rings with various diameters, which are important as building blocks of boron nanotubes, and as the most stable clusters among the studied isomers with no more than 36 atoms. Double-rings also appear as building blocks of B80. Furthermore, we investigate the possibility of further stabilizing some of fullerenes by depleting them.

  18. Copper nanofiber-networked cobalt oxide composites for high performance Li-ion batteries

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    2011-01-01

    We prepared a composite electrode structure consisting of copper nanofiber-networked cobalt oxide (CuNFs@CoOx). The copper nanofibers (CuNFs) were fabricated on a substrate with formation of a network structure, which may have potential for improving electron percolation and retarding film deformation during the discharging/charging process over the electroactive cobalt oxide. Compared to bare CoOxthin-film (CoOxTF) electrodes, the CuNFs@CoOxelectrodes exhibited a significant enhancement of rate performance by at least six-fold at an input current density of 3C-rate. Such enhanced Li-ion storage performance may be associated with modified electrode structure at the nanoscale, improved charge transfer, and facile stress relaxation from the embedded CuNF network. Consequently, the CuNFs@CoOxcomposite structure demonstrated here can be used as a promising high-performance electrode for Li-ion batteries. PMID:21711839

  19. Fabrication of Amperometric Glucose Sensor Using Glucose Oxidase-Cellulose Nanofiber Aqueous Solution.

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    Yasuzawa, Mikito; Omura, Yuya; Hiura, Kentaro; Li, Jiang; Fuchiwaki, Yusuke; Tanaka, Masato

    2015-01-01

    Cellulose nanofiber aqueous solution, which remained virtually transparent for more than one week, was prepared by using the clear upper layer of diluted cellulose nanofiber solution produced by wet jet milling. Glucose oxidase (GOx) was easily dissolved in this solution and GOx-immobilized electrode was easily fabricated by simple repetitious drops of GOx-cellulose solution on the surface of a platinum-iridium electrode. Glucose sensor properties of the obtained electrodes were examined in phosphate buffer solution of pH 7.4 at 40°C. The obtained electrode provided a glucose sensor response with significantly high response speed and good linear relationship between glucose concentration and response current. After an initial decrease of response sensitivity for a few days, relatively constant sensitivity was obtained for about 20 days. Nevertheless, the influence of electroactive compounds such as ascorbic acid, uric acid and acetoaminophen were not negletable.

  20. Pressure induced manifold enhancement of Li-kinetics in FCC fullerene.

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    Das, Deya; Han, Sang Soo; Lee, Kwang-Ryeol; Singh, Abhishek K

    2014-10-21

    The reduction of the diffusion energy barrier for Li in electrodes is one of the required criteria to achieve better performances in Li ion batteries. Using density functional theory based calculations, we report a pressure induced manifold enhancement of Li-kinetics in bulk FCC fullerene. Scanning of the potential energy surface reveals a diffusion path with a low energy barrier of 0.62 eV, which reduces further under the application of hydrostatic pressure. The pressure induced reduction in the diffusion barrier continues till a uniform volume strain of 17.7% is reached. Further enhancement of strain increases the barrier due to the repulsion caused by C-C bond formation between two neighbouring fullerenes. The decrease in the barrier is attributed to the combined effect of charge transfer triggered by the enhanced interaction of Li with the fullerene as well as the change in profile of the local potential, which becomes more attractive for Li. The lowering of the barrier leads to an enhancement of two orders of magnitude in Li diffusivity at room temperature making pressurized bulk fullerene a promising artificial solid electrolyte interface (SEI) for a faster rechargeable battery.

  1. Electrospun Gallium Nitride Nanofibers (abstract)

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    Meléndez, Anamaris; Morales, Kristle; Ramos, Idalia; Campo, Eva; Santiago, Jorge J.

    2009-04-01

    The high thermal conductivity and wide bandgap of gallium nitride (GaN) are desirable characteristics in optoelectronics and sensing applications. In comparison to thin films and powders, in the nanofiber morphology the sensitivity of GaN is expected to increase as the exposed area (proportional to the length) increases. In this work we present electrospinning as a novel technique in the fabrication of GaN nanofibers. Electrospinning, invented in the 1930s, is a simple, inexpensive, and rapid technique to produce microscopically long ultrafine fibers. GaN nanofibers are produced using gallium nitrate and dimethyl-acetamide as precursors. After electrospinning, thermal decomposition under an inert atmosphere is used to pyrolyze the polymer. To complete the preparation, the nanofibers are sintered in a tube furnace under a NH3 flow. Both scanning electron microscopy and profilometry show that the process produces continuous and uniform fibers with diameters ranging from 20 to a few hundred nanometers, and lengths of up to a few centimeters. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis shows the development of GaN nanofibers with hexagonal wurtzite structure. Future work includes additional characterization using transmission electron microscopy and XRD to understand the role of precursors and nitridation in nanofiber synthesis, and the use of single nanofibers for the construction of optical and gas sensing devices.

  2. Characterizing Fullerene Nanoparticles in Aqueous Suspensions

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    Studies have indicated that fullerenes can form stable colloidal suspensions in water when introduced to the aqueous phase through solvent exchange, sonication, or extended mixing. The colloidal suspensions created using these techniques have effective aqueous phase concentratio...

  3. Fullerene-silica complexes for medical chemistry

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    Sheka, E. F.

    2007-06-01

    A quantum-chemical study of the interaction of C60 fullerene with nanosized silica was performed. It was demonstrated that a fullerene molecule forms a weakly bound complex with a pyrogenic silica (Aerosil) particle only via the interaction with the silanediol groups of the hydroxyl covering on the particle. By contrast, a fullerene molecule is not bonded to an individual siloxane cycle, and, therefore, fullerosilica gel is formed due to the retention of fullerene molecules in pores of silica gel as a result cooperative action of the siloxane cycles comprising the pore. In both cases, the predicted medico-biological action of medicinal preparations is due to the radical-like and donor-acceptor characteristics of the C60 molecule.

  4. Recent advances in fullerene science (Invited)

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    Dunk, P. W.; Marshall, A. G.; Mulet-Gas, M.; Rodriguez-Fortea, A.; Poblet, J. M.

    2014-12-09

    The development of very high resolution FT-ICR mass spectrometers (Marshall et al, 1998) has made a wide range of new measurements possible and by combining this new technology with laser vaporization supersonic beam methods of producing carbon species (chains, rings and fullerenes), new advances in understanding of the fullerene creation mechanisms and their reactivity have been possible. In this overview, new understanding has been developed with regard to: a) closed-network growth of fullerenes (Dunk et al, 2012a); b) small endohedral species such as MαC{sub 28} (Dunk et al., 2012b); c) metallofullerene and fullerene formation under conditions in stellar outflows with relevance to stardust (Dunk et al., 2013a) and d) The formation of heterofullerenes by direct exposure of C{sub 60} toboron vapor (Dunk et al., 2013b)

  5. Fullerenes and fulleranes in circumstellar envelopes

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    Zhang, Yong; Kwok, Sun; Sadjadi, SeyedAbdolreza

    2016-07-01

    Three decades of search have recently led to convincing discoveries of cosmic fullerenes. The presence of C60 and C+ 60 in both circumstellar and interstellar environments suggests that these molecules and their derivatives can be efficiently formed in circumstellar envelopes and survive in harsh conditions. Detailed analysis of the infrared bands from fullerenes and their connections with the local properties can provide valuable information on the physical conditions and chemical processes that occurred in the late stages of stellar evolution. The identification of C+ 60 as the carrier of four diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) suggests that fullerene- related compounds are abundant in interstellar space and are essential for resolving the DIB mystery. Experiments have revealed a high hydrogenation rate when C60 is exposed to atomic hydrogen, motivating the attempt to search for cosmic fulleranes. In this paper, we present a short review of current knowledge of cosmic fullerenes and fulleranes and briefly discuss the implications on circumstellar chemistry.

  6. Adsorption of amino acids by fullerenes and fullerene nanowhiskers

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    Hashizume, Hideo; Hirata, Chika; Fujii, Kazuko; Miyazawa, Kun'ichi

    2015-12-01

    We have investigated the adsorption of some amino acids and an oligopeptide by fullerene (C60) and fullerene nanowhiskers (FNWs). C60 and FNWs hardly adsorbed amino acids. Most of the amino acids used have a hydrophobic side chain. Ala and Val, with an alkyl chain, were not adsorbed by the C60 or FNWs. Trp, Phe and Pro, with a cyclic structure, were not adsorbed by them either. The aromatic group of C60 did not interact with the side chain. The carboxyl or amino group, with the frame structure of an amino acid, has a positive or negative charge in solution. It is likely that the C60 and FNWs would not prefer the charged carboxyl or amino group. Tri-Ala was adsorbed slightly by the C60 and FNWs. The carboxyl or amino group is not close to the center of the methyl group of Tri-Ala. One of the methyl groups in Tri-Ala would interact with the aromatic structure of the C60 and FNWs. We compared our results with the theoretical interaction of 20 bio-amino acids with C60. The theoretical simulations showed the bonding distance between C60 and an amino acid and the dissociation energy. The dissociation energy was shown to increase in the order, Val < Phe < Pro < Asp < Ala < Trp < Tyr < Arg < Leu. However, the simulation was not consistent with our experimental results. The adsorption of albumin (a protein) by C60 showed the effect on the side chains of Try and Trp. The structure of albumin was changed a little by C60. In our study Try and Tyr were hardly adsorbed by C60 and FNWs. These amino acids did not show a different adsorption behavior compared with other amino acids. The adsorptive behavior of mono-amino acids might be different from that of polypeptides.

  7. Identification of fullerenes in natural flames by APCI/LCMS

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    Taghizadeh, K.; Grieco, W.J.; Lafleur, A.L.; Howard, J.B.

    1995-12-31

    The recent discovery of fullerenes in mineral deposits strongly suggests a natural means of fullerene formation. Previous work in this laboratory showed that fullerenes were relatively abundant in benzene/oxygen flames but not at ambient conditions. Reports of the detection of fullerenes in soots from free-burning toluene and common candle flames under ambient conditions led the authors to explore fullerene formation in natural flames. In this paper, the authors are reporting the detection of fullerenes from six soot samples collected from laboratory small open-flames.

  8. Fullerenes and Buckyonions in the Interstellar Medium

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    Iglesias Groth, S.

    2004-09-01

    We have studied the contribution of single fullerenes and buckyonions to the interstellar extinction. The photoabsorption spectra of these molecules is predicted and compared with some of the most relevant features of interstellar extinction, the UV bump, far UV rise and the diffuse interstellar bands. We conclude that fullerenes and buckyonions may explain these features and make a preliminary estimate of the carbon fraction locked in these molecules.

  9. Topological efficiency of C 66 fullerene

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    Vukicevic, Damir; Cataldo, Franco; Ori, Ottorino; Graovac, Ante

    2011-01-01

    A novel method for the topological determination of the relative stability of the C66 isomers is proposed in this Letter. Among 4478 distinct isomers of the C66 fullerene, the joint actions of topological compactness (Wiener index) and topological efficiency index correctly sieve the C66-C2v molecule detected in Sc2@C66 endoclusters. This elegant and fast computational method is suggested to be applicable to any Cn fullerene or graphenic lattice.

  10. PMMA nanofibers production by electrospinning

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    Piperno, S.; Lozzi, L.; Rastelli, R.; Passacantando, M.; Santucci, S.

    2006-05-01

    Electrospinning is a process by which polymer nanofibers (with submicron scale diameters) can be formed when a droplet of viscoelastic polymer solution is subjected to high voltage electrostatic field. As this droplet travels in air, the solvent evaporates leaving behind a charge fiber that can be electrically deflected on a substrate. A series of nanofibers with various wt.% of PMMA (poly-methyl-methacrylate) to acetone were produced and characterized regarding their morphology and chemical composition. The nanofibers were characterized by Secondary Electron Microscopy, Atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  11. Carbon nanomaterials: Biologically active fullerene derivatives.

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    Bogdanović, Gordana; Djordjević, Aleksandar

    2016-01-01

    Since their discovery, fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, and graphene attract significant attention of researches in various scientific fields including biomedicine. Nano-scale size and a possibility for diverse surface modifications allow carbon nanoallotropes to become an indispensable nanostructured material in nanotechnologies, including nanomedicine. Manipulation of surface chemistry has created diverse populations of water-soluble derivatives of fullerenes, which exhibit different behaviors. Both non-derivatized and derivatized fullerenes show various biological activities. Cellular processes that underline their toxicity are oxidative, genotoxic, and cytotoxic responses.The antioxidant/cytoprotective properties of fullerenes and derivatives have been considered in the prevention of organ oxidative damage and treatment. The same unique physiochemical properties of nanomaterials may also be associated with potential health hazards. Non-biodegradability and toxicity of carbon nanoparticles still remain a great concern in the area of biomedical application. In this review, we report on basic physical and chemical properties of carbon nano-clusters--fullerenes, nanotubes, and grapheme--their specificities, activities, and potential application in biological systems. Special emphasis is given to our most important results obtained in vitro and in vivo using polyhydroxylated fullerene derivative C₆₀(OH)₂₄.

  12. Highly porous 3D nanofiber scaffold using an electrospinning technique.

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    Kim, Geunhyung; Kim, WanDoo

    2007-04-01

    A successful 3D tissue-engineering scaffold must have a highly porous structure and good mechanical stability. High porosity and optimally designed pore size provide structural space for cell accommodation and migration and enable the exchange of nutrients between the scaffold and environment. Poly(epsilon-carprolactone) fibers were electrospun using an auxiliary electrode and chemical blowing agent (BA), and characterized according to porosity, pore size, and their mechanical properties. We also investigated the effect of the BA on the electrospinning processability. The growth characteristic of human dermal fibroblasts cells cultured in the webs showed the good adhesion with the blown web relative to a normal electrospun mat. The blown nanofiber web had good tensile properties and high porosity compared to a typical electrospun nanofiber scaffold.

  13. Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanofiber based Biosensor Platform for Glucose Sensor

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    Al Mamun, Khandaker A.; Tulip, Fahmida S.; MacArthur, Kimberly; McFarlane, Nicole; Islam, Syed K.; Hensley, Dale

    2014-03-01

    Vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (VACNFs) have recently become an important tool for biosensor design. Carbon nanofibers (CNF) have excellent conductive and structural properties with many irregularities and defect sites in addition to exposed carboxyl groups throughout their surfaces. These properties allow a better immobilization matrix compared to carbon nanotubes and offer better resolution when compared with the FET-based biosensors. VACNFs can be deterministically grown on silicon substrates allowing optimization of the structures for various biosensor applications. Two VACNF electrode architectures have been employed in this study and a comparison of their performances has been made in terms of sensitivity, sensing limitations, dynamic range, and response time. The usage of VACNF platform as a glucose sensor has been verified in this study by selecting an optimum architecture based on the VACNF forest density. Read More: http://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S0129156414500062

  14. Electrospun nanofiber reinforcement of dental composites with electromagnetic alignment approach.

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    Uyar, Tansel; Çökeliler, Dilek; Doğan, Mustafa; Koçum, Ismail Cengiz; Karatay, Okan; Denkbaş, Emir Baki

    2016-05-01

    Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is commonly used as a base acrylic denture material with benefits of rapid and easy handling, however, when it is used in prosthetic dentistry, fracturing or cracking problems can be seen due to the relatively low strength issues. Besides, acrylic resin is the still prominent material for denture fabrication due to its handy and low cost features. Numerous proposed fillers that are used to produce PMMA composites, however electrospun polyvinylalcohol (PVA) nanofiber fillers for production of PMMA composite resins are not studied as much as the others. The other focus of the practice is to compare both mechanical properties and efficiency of aligned fibers versus non-aligned PVA nanofibers in PMMA based dental composites. Field-controlled electrospinning system is manufactured and provided good alignment in lab scale as one of contributions. Some novel auxiliary electrodes in controlled structure are augmented to obtain different patterns of alignment with a certain range of fiber diameters. Scanning electron microscopy is used for physical characterization to determine the range of fiber diameters. Non-woven fiber has no unique pattern due to chaotic nature of electrospinning process, but aligned fibers have round pattern or crossed lines. These produced fibers are structured as layer-by-layer form with different features, and these features are used in producing PMMA dental composites with different volume ratios. The maximum flexural strength figure shows that fiber load by weight of 0.25% w/w and above improves in the maximum level. As a result, mechanical properties of PMMA dental composites are improved by using PVA nanofibers as a filler, however the improvement was higher when aligned PVA nanofibers are used. The maximum values were 5.1 MPa (flexural strength), 0.8 GPa (elastic modulus), and 170 kJ/m(3) (toughness) in three-point bending test. In addition to the positive results of aligned and non-aligned nanofibers it was found

  15. Cobalt/copper-decorated carbon nanofibers as novel non-precious electrocatalyst for methanol electrooxidation

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    2014-01-01

    In this study, Co/Cu-decorated carbon nanofibers are introduced as novel electrocatalyst for methanol oxidation. The introduced nanofibers have been prepared based on graphitization of poly(vinyl alcohol) which has high carbon content compared to many polymer precursors for carbon nanofiber synthesis. Typically, calcination in argon atmosphere of electrospun nanofibers composed of cobalt acetate tetrahydrate, copper acetate monohydrate, and poly(vinyl alcohol) leads to form carbon nanofibers decorated by CoCu nanoparticles. The graphitization of the poly(vinyl alcohol) has been enhanced due to presence of cobalt which acts as effective catalyst. The physicochemical characterization affirmed that the metallic nanoparticles are sheathed by thin crystalline graphite layer. Investigation of the electrocatalytic activity of the introduced nanofibers toward methanol oxidation indicates good performance, as the corresponding onset potential was small compared to many reported materials; 310 mV (vs. Ag/AgCl electrode) and a current density of 12 mA/cm2 was obtained. Moreover, due to the graphite shield, good stability was observed. Overall, the introduced study opens new avenue for cheap and stable transition metals-based nanostructures as non-precious catalysts for fuel cell applications. PMID:24387682

  16. Cobalt/copper-decorated carbon nanofibers as novel non-precious electrocatalyst for methanol electrooxidation

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    Barakat, Nasser A. M.; El-Newehy, Mohamed; Al-Deyab, Salem S.; Kim, Hak Yong

    2014-01-01

    In this study, Co/Cu-decorated carbon nanofibers are introduced as novel electrocatalyst for methanol oxidation. The introduced nanofibers have been prepared based on graphitization of poly(vinyl alcohol) which has high carbon content compared to many polymer precursors for carbon nanofiber synthesis. Typically, calcination in argon atmosphere of electrospun nanofibers composed of cobalt acetate tetrahydrate, copper acetate monohydrate, and poly(vinyl alcohol) leads to form carbon nanofibers decorated by CoCu nanoparticles. The graphitization of the poly(vinyl alcohol) has been enhanced due to presence of cobalt which acts as effective catalyst. The physicochemical characterization affirmed that the metallic nanoparticles are sheathed by thin crystalline graphite layer. Investigation of the electrocatalytic activity of the introduced nanofibers toward methanol oxidation indicates good performance, as the corresponding onset potential was small compared to many reported materials; 310 mV (vs. Ag/AgCl electrode) and a current density of 12 mA/cm2 was obtained. Moreover, due to the graphite shield, good stability was observed. Overall, the introduced study opens new avenue for cheap and stable transition metals-based nanostructures as non-precious catalysts for fuel cell applications.

  17. Cobalt/copper-decorated carbon nanofibers as novel non-precious electrocatalyst for methanol electrooxidation.

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    Barakat, Nasser A M; El-Newehy, Mohamed; Al-Deyab, Salem S; Kim, Hak Yong

    2014-01-03

    In this study, Co/Cu-decorated carbon nanofibers are introduced as novel electrocatalyst for methanol oxidation. The introduced nanofibers have been prepared based on graphitization of poly(vinyl alcohol) which has high carbon content compared to many polymer precursors for carbon nanofiber synthesis. Typically, calcination in argon atmosphere of electrospun nanofibers composed of cobalt acetate tetrahydrate, copper acetate monohydrate, and poly(vinyl alcohol) leads to form carbon nanofibers decorated by CoCu nanoparticles. The graphitization of the poly(vinyl alcohol) has been enhanced due to presence of cobalt which acts as effective catalyst. The physicochemical characterization affirmed that the metallic nanoparticles are sheathed by thin crystalline graphite layer. Investigation of the electrocatalytic activity of the introduced nanofibers toward methanol oxidation indicates good performance, as the corresponding onset potential was small compared to many reported materials; 310 mV (vs. Ag/AgCl electrode) and a current density of 12 mA/cm2 was obtained. Moreover, due to the graphite shield, good stability was observed. Overall, the introduced study opens new avenue for cheap and stable transition metals-based nanostructures as non-precious catalysts for fuel cell applications.

  18. The application of electrospun titania nanofibers in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Krysova, Hana; Zukal, Arnost; Trckova-Barakova, Jana; Chandiran, Aravind Kumar; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja; Grätzel, Michael; Kavan, Ladislav

    2013-01-01

    Titania nanofibers were fabricated using the industrial Nanospider(TM) technology. The preparative protocol was optimized by screening various precursor materials to get pure anatase nanofibers. Composite films were prepared by mixing a commercial paste of nanocrystalline anatase particles with the electrospun nanofibers, which were shortened by milling. The composite films were sensitized by Ru-bipyridine dye (coded C106) and the solar conversion efficiency was tested in a dye-sensitized solar cell filled with iodide-based electrolyte solution (coded Z960). The solar conversion efficiency of a solar cell with the optimized composite electrode (η = 7.53% at AM 1.5 irradiation) outperforms that of a solar cell with pure nanoparticle film (η = 5.44%). Still larger improvement was found for lower light intensities. At 10% sun illumination, the best composite electrode showed η = 7.04%, referenced to that of pure nanoparticle film (η = 4.69%). There are non-monotonic relations between the film's surface area, dye sorption capacity and solar performance of nanofiber-containing composite films, but the beneficial effect of the nanofiber morphology for enhancement of the solar efficiency has been demonstrated.

  19. Fullerenes and fullerene-related molecules in the circumstellar environment of evolved stars

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    Díaz-Luis, J. J.; García-Hernández, D. A.; Kameswara Rao, N.; Manchado, A.; Cataldo, F.

    2017-03-01

    Fullerenes, highly resistant and stable tridimensional carbon molecules, have attracted much attention since their discovery at laboratory by Kroto and collaborators; e.g., fullerenes and fullerene-related molecules may explain several phenomena in Astrophysics such as the diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) and the UV bump. The recent detection of the most common fullerenes (C_{60} and C_{70}) in the circumstellar environment of evolved stars like planetary nebulae (PNe) has raised the idea that other forms of carbon such as hydrogenated fullerenes, buckyonions, and carbon nanotubes may be widespread in the Universe and it has permitted to study the DIBs towards fullerene-rich space environments for the first time. In particular, here we present: i) the first possible detection of two diffuse bands of circumstellar origin (diffuse circumstellar bands, DCBs) at 4428 and 5780 Å around PN Tc1; and ii) the non-detection of fullerene-related molecules such as hydrogenated fullerenes(fulleranes like C_{60}H_{36} and C_{60}H_{18}) in the 3-5 μm spectral range in C_{60}-rich PNe. Our non-detections together with the (tentative) fulleranes detection in a proto-PN suggests that fulleranes may be formed in the short transition phase between asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars and PNe but they are quickly destroyed by the UV radiation field from the central star.

  20. Electrospun Nanofiber Yarn

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    Doiphode, Sphurti; Reneker, Darrell

    2006-03-01

    Electrospinning creates an electrically charged jet of polymer solution or melt, which elongates dries and solidifies to give very long fibers with nanometer-scale diameters [1]. The yarn manufacturing method [2,3] involves collecting the electrically charged fibers between two parallel and electrically grounded collector surfaces separated by a distance commensurate with the diameter of the loops formed by the electrically driven bending instability [1]. One of the collector surfaces is rotated around its axis at an appropriate rate to twist the fibers into a nanofiber yarn. The yarn was extended, for example by translating the other collector away from the rotating collector. Properties such as yarn diameter, fiber count, and twist per unit length were controlled by changing the rotation rate of the disk. It appears that yarns of nanofibers can be produced from all polymer solutions that can be electrospun. References: [1] Reneker, D.H.; Yarin, A.L.; Fong, H. Koombhongse, S. J. App. Phys. 87, 2000, 4531. [2] Dalton, P. D.; Klee, D.; Möller, M. Polymer 46(3), 2005, 611. [3] Dzenis, Y. Private communication.

  1. Growth of TiO2 nanofibers on FTO substrates and their application in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Suryana, R.; Rahmawati, L. R.; Triyana, K.

    2016-11-01

    Growth of TiO2 nanofibers on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates have been performed using electrospinning method. Homogenous TiO2 solution as nanofibers material was prepared with titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP), ethanol, acetic acid and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) which was stirred for 24 h. TiO2 solution was loaded into the syringe pump. Electrospun voltage was operated under 15 kV with optimum distance between syringe tip and collector was 15 cm. FTO substrates were attached on the collector surface. Electrospinning coating time was varied at 15 min, 30 min, 45 min, and 60 min. Then TiO2 nanofibers layer was annealed at temperature of 450° C for 3 h. X-ray diffraction spectrum of TiO2 nanofibers showed major anatase peaks at 25.3°, 48.0° and 37.8° correlating crystal orientation of (101), (200), and (004), respectively while only one rutile peak at 27.5°(110). TiO2 nanofibers diameter was measured using atomic force microscopy (AFM). TiO2 nanofibers have diameter in range of 100-1000 nm. The obtained-TiO2 nanofibers were applied in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) with beta-carotene as dye, carbon as catalyst, and I-/I3- redox couple as electrolyte. DSSC performance was analyzed from I-V characterization. Growth of TiO2 nanofibers at electrospinning time for 45 min has highest efficiency that is 0.016%. It is considered that TiO2 nanofibers at electrospinning time for 45 min can produce optimum thickness so that it is speculated many dyes adsorb on the nanofiber surfaces and many electrons diffuse toward the electrodes.

  2. Polymeric Nanofibers in Tissue Engineering

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    Dahlin, Rebecca L.; Kasper, F. Kurtis

    2011-01-01

    Polymeric nanofibers can be produced using methods such as electrospinning, phase separation, and self-assembly, and the fiber composition, diameter, alignment, degradation, and mechanical properties can be tailored to the intended application. Nanofibers possess unique advantages for tissue engineering. The small diameter closely matches that of extracellular matrix fibers, and the relatively large surface area is beneficial for cell attachment and bioactive factor loading. This review will update the reader on the aspects of nanofiber fabrication and characterization important to tissue engineering, including control of porous structure, cell infiltration, and fiber degradation. Bioactive factor loading will be discussed with specific relevance to tissue engineering. Finally, applications of polymeric nanofibers in the fields of bone, cartilage, ligament and tendon, cardiovascular, and neural tissue engineering will be reviewed. PMID:21699434

  3. Enzyme-carrying electrospun nanofibers.

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    Jia, Hongfei

    2011-01-01

    Compared to other nanomaterials as supports for enzyme immobilization, nanofibers provide a promising configuration in balancing the key factors governing the catalytic performance of the immobilized enzymes including surface area-to-volume ratio, mass transfer resistance, effective loading, and the easiness to recycle. Synthetic and natural polymers can be fabricated into nanofibers via a physical process called electrospinning. The process requires only simple apparatus to operate, yet has proved to be very flexible in the selection of feedstock materials and also effective to control and manipulate the properties of the resulting nanofibers such as size and surface morphology, which are typically important parameters for enzyme immobilization supports. This chapter describes a protocol for the preparation of nanofibrous enzyme, involving the synthesis and end-group functionalization of polystyrene, production of electrospun nanofibers, and surface immobilization of enzyme via covalent attachment.

  4. Polymeric nanofibers in tissue engineering.

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    Dahlin, Rebecca L; Kasper, F Kurtis; Mikos, Antonios G

    2011-10-01

    Polymeric nanofibers can be produced using methods such as electrospinning, phase separation, and self-assembly, and the fiber composition, diameter, alignment, degradation, and mechanical properties can be tailored to the intended application. Nanofibers possess unique advantages for tissue engineering. The small diameter closely matches that of extracellular matrix fibers, and the relatively large surface area is beneficial for cell attachment and bioactive factor loading. This review will update the reader on the aspects of nanofiber fabrication and characterization important to tissue engineering, including control of porous structure, cell infiltration, and fiber degradation. Bioactive factor loading will be discussed with specific relevance to tissue engineering. Finally, applications of polymeric nanofibers in the fields of bone, cartilage, ligament and tendon, cardiovascular, and neural tissue engineering will be reviewed.

  5. Electrospun chitosan/PEDOT nanofibers.

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    Kiristi, Melek; Oksuz, Aysegul Uygun; Oksuz, Lutfi; Ulusoy, Seyhan

    2013-10-01

    Plasma-modified chitosan and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) were blended to obtain conducting nanofibers with polyvinyl alcohol as a supporting polymer at various volumetric ratios by electrospinning method. Chemical compositions and molecular interactions among nanofiber blend components were determined using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The conducting blends containing plasma-modified chitosan resulted in a superior antibacterial activity and thinner fiber formation than those containing chitosan without plasma-modification. The obtained nanofiber diameters of plasma-modified chitosan were in the range of 170 to 200 nm and those obtained from unmodified chitosan were in the range of 190 to 246 nm. The electrical and electrochemical properties of nanofibers were also investigated by four-point probe conductivity and cyclic voltammetry measurements.

  6. Impact of Fullerene Mixing Behavior on the Microstructure, Photophysics, and Device Performance of Polymer/Fullerene Solar Cells.

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    Huang, Wenchao; Chandrasekaran, Naresh; Prasad, Shyamal K K; Gann, Eliot; Thomsen, Lars; Kabra, Dinesh; Hodgkiss, Justin M; Cheng, Yi-Bing; McNeill, Christopher R

    2016-11-02

    Here, a comprehensive study of the influence of polymer:fullerene mixing behavior on the performance, thin-film microstructure, photophysics, and device physics of polymer solar cells is presented. In particular, blends of the donor polymer PBDTTT-EFT with the acceptor PC71BM that exhibit power conversion efficiencies over 9% are investigated. Through tuning of the fullerene concentration in PBDTTT-EFT:PC71BM blends, the impact of fullerene mixing behavior is systematically investigated via a combination of synchrotron-based X-ray scattering and spectroscopy techniques. The impact of fullerene loading on photophysics and device physics is further explored with steady-state photoluminescence measurements, ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy, and transient photovoltage measurements. In the low fullerene concentration regime (<50 wt %), most fullerene molecules are dispersed in the polymer matrix, resulting in severe geminate and nongeminate recombination due to a lack of pure fullerene aggregates and percolating pathways for charge separation and transport. In the high fullerene concentration regime (>70 wt %), large fullerene domains result in incomplete PC71BM exciton harvesting with the presence of fullerene molecules also disrupting the molecular packing of polymer crystallites. The optimum fullerene concentration of ∼60-67 wt % balances the requirements of charge generation and charge collection. These findings demonstrate that controlling the fullerene concentration in the mixed phase and optimizing the balance between pure and mixed phases are critical for maximizing the efficiency of highly mixed polymer/fullerene solar cells.

  7. Fullerene surfactants and their use in polymer solar cells

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    Jen, Kwan-Yue; Yip, Hin-Lap; Li, Chang-Zhi

    2015-12-15

    Fullerene surfactant compounds useful as interfacial layer in polymer solar cells to enhance solar cell efficiency. Polymer solar cell including a fullerene surfactant-containing interfacial layer intermediate cathode and active layer.

  8. Paper Models for Fullerenes C60-C84.

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    Beaton, John M.

    1995-01-01

    Describes a system to construct paper models of all 51 of the possible fullerene isomers from C60 through C84. Provides students, teachers, and specialists with an inexpensive mechanism to follow the literature interplay on fullerene structures. (JRH)

  9. Motion of Fullerenes around Topological Defects on Metals: Implications for the Progress of Molecular Scale Devices.

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    Nirmalraj, Peter; Daly, Ronan; Martin, Nazario; Thompson, Damien

    2017-03-08

    Research on motion of molecules in the presence of thermal noise is central for progress in two-terminal molecular scale electronic devices. However, it is still unclear what influence imperfections in bottom metal electrode surface can have on molecular motion. Here, we report a two-layer crowding study, detailing the early stages of surface motion of fullerene molecules on Au(111) with nanoscale pores in a n-tetradecane chemical environment. The motion of the fullerenes is directed by crowding of the underlying n-tetradecane molecules around the pore fringes at the liquid-solid interface. We observe in real-space the growth of molecular populations around different pore geometries. Supported by atomic-scale modeling, our findings extend the established picture of molecular crowding by revealing that trapped solvent molecules serve as prime nucleation sites at nanopore fringes.

  10. Proceedings of the conference on electrochemistry of carbon allotropes: Graphite, fullerenes and diamond

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    Kinoshita, K.; Scherson, D.

    1998-02-01

    This conference provided an opportunity for electrochemists, physicists, materials scientists and engineers to meet and exchange information on different carbon allotropes. The presentations and discussion among the participants provided a forum to develop recommendations on research and development which are relevant to the electrochemistry of carbon allotropes. The following topics which are relevant to the electrochemistry of carbon allotropes were addressed: Graphitized and disordered carbons, as Li-ion intercalation anodes for high-energy-density, high-power-density Li-based secondary batteries; Carbons as substrate materials for catalysis and electrocatalysis; Boron-doped diamond film electrodes; and Electrochemical characterization and electrosynthesis of fullerenes and fullerene-type materials. Abstracts of the presentations are presented.

  11. Unraveling the electrical conduction of C-40 quasi-fullerene molecular junction

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    Kaur, Rupan Preet; Sawhney, Ravinder Singh; Engles, Derick

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, we present the state of art theoretical calculations of charge transport through quasi-fullerene molecule C40 coupled rigidly between two 3D gold electrodes by applying different electro-chemical potentials. The methodology we adopted has been based on density functional theory approach combined with Keldysh’s non-equilibrium Green’s function (NEGF) framework suggested for mesoscopic systems. The results exhibited by this molecular junction confirmed it to be highly metallic and showed prominent conduction of the order of twice of the quantum conductance, i.e., 2*G0 at zero bias. Our results are consistent with theoretical predictions in ab initiocalculations with some variants of quasi-fullerenes.

  12. Transparent Electrode and Magnetic Permalloy Made from Novel Nanopaper.

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    Chen, Jinbo; Akin, Meriem; Yang, Lei; Jiao, Li; Cheng, Fan; Lu, Pengbo; Chen, Liao; Liu, Detao; Zhu, Hongli

    2016-10-12

    We report a novel partial dissolution strategy to liberate uniform cellulose nanofibers with diameter of 5-10 nm from macroscopic cellulose fibers and promote separation of nanofibers in an aqueous environment by forming water-soluble sodium carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) through heterogeneous sodium acetoxylation of cellulose. With the obtained cellulose nanofibers, we fabricated nanopapers which exhibit high optical transparency of 90.5% (@550 nm) with promising mechanical properties and high thermal stability. By directly depositing Ag nanowires on a wet nanofiber sheet, we fabricated a flexible transparent electrode with 86.5% (@550 nm) transparency and 26.2 Ω/sq sheet resistance (Rs). Meanwhile, we studied the magnetic properties of sputter deposited thin film of permalloy on nanopaper which exhibited a similar magnetic coercivity and a close saturation magnetization to conventional silicon dioxide-based permalloy.

  13. Recent developments in electrospinning of nanofiber yarns.

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    Shuakat, Muhammad Nadeem; Lin, Tong

    2014-02-01

    Nanofibers possess high surface area and excellent porosity. Though nanofibers can be produced by a variety of techniques, electrospinning stands distinct because of its simplicity and flexibility in processing different polymer materials, and ability to control fiber diameter, morphology, orientation, and chemical component. Nonetheless, electrospun nanofibers are predominantly produced in the form of randomly oriented fiber webs, which restrict their wide use. Converting nanofibers into twisted continuous bundles, i.e., nanofiber yarns, can improve their strength and facilitate their subsequent processes, but remains challenging to make. Nanofiber yarns also create enormous opportunities to develop well-defined three-dimensional nanofibrous architectures. This review article gives an overview of the state-of-the-art techniques for electrospinning of nanofiber yarns and control of nanofiber alignment. A detailed account on techniques to produce twisted/non-twisted short bundles and continuous yarns are discussed.

  14. Encapsulation in polymer nanofibers by electrospinning

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    Kataphinan, Woraphon; Dabney, Sally; Smith, Daniel; Reneker, Darrell

    2002-03-01

    Electrospinning is a process which produces fine fibers. Electrospinning utilizes an electrical force on the surface of a polymer solution or polymer melt to overcome the surface tension and produce a very thin charged jet. Electrospinning produces fibers with diameters in the range of nanometers to microns in a short time. Small insoluble particles that were dispersed to the solution were electrospun in nanofibers. Those particles were encapsulated in the dry nanofiber. Polymer nanofibers and nonwoven mats of nanofibers provided the matrix that supports such additives. Several useful substances were incorporated into electrospun fibers. Zinc oxide, silver sulfadiozine, living cells, gold particles, carbon nanofibers, and pollens were all capsulated into nanofiber by electrospinning. Polymers that dissolve in the same solvent are electrospun easily, forming nanofibers with separated phases. Optical and electron microscopes were employed to characterize the electrospun nanofibers.

  15. Preparation and characterization of poly(vinyl alcohol)/graphene nanofibers synthesized by electrospinning

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    Barzegar, Farshad; Bello, Abdulhakeem; Fabiane, Mopeli; Khamlich, Saleh; Momodu, Damilola; Taghizadeh, Fatemeh; Dangbegnon, Julien; Manyala, Ncholu

    2015-02-01

    We report on the synthesis and characterization of electrospun polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/graphene nanofibers. The samples produced were characterized by Raman spectroscopy for structural and defect density analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for morphological analysis, and thermogravimetric (TGA) for thermal analysis. SEM measurements show uniform hollow PVA fibers formation and excellent graphene dispersion within the fibers, while TGA measurements show the improved thermal stability of PVA in the presence of graphene. The synthesized polymer reinforced nanofibers have potential to serve in many different applications such as thermal management, supercapacitor electrodes and biomedical materials for drug delivery.

  16. Constructing I[subscript h] Symmetrical Fullerenes from Pentagons

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    Gan, Li-Hua

    2008-01-01

    Twelve pentagons are sufficient and necessary to form a fullerene cage. According to this structural feature of fullerenes, we propose a simple and efficient method for the construction of I[subscript h] symmetrical fullerenes from pentagons. This method does not require complicated mathematical knowledge; yet it provides an excellent paradigm for…

  17. Fullerene concentration dependent bimolecular recombination in organic photovoltaic films

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    Kaake, Loren G.; Sun, Yanming; Bazan, Guillermo C.; Heeger, Alan J.

    2013-04-01

    Organic photovoltaic devices made of a solution processed small molecule and a fullerene show a decrease in short circuit current with decreasing fullerene amounts. Transient absorption experiments show that the rate of bimolecular recombination increases as the system is deprived of fullerene. A simple expression for the bimolecular recombination coefficient derived by accounting for intrinsic carrier generation reproduces the observed behavior.

  18. Preparation of magnetite-fullerene nanocomposite with enzyme immobilization.

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    Kalska-Szostko, B; Rogowska, M

    2012-09-01

    This study presents modification of magnetite nanoparticles and fullerene for biocompatibility. It show also specific fabrication of magnetite-carbon nanocomposite with immobilized biomolecule. The composites were created by joining individual components step-by-step manner (fullerene to magnetite and glucose oxidase or glucose oxidase to magnetite and fullerene). The resulting nanocomposites were characterized by infrared spectroscopy (IR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

  19. Fabrication and characterization of carbon nanofiber@mesoporous carbon core-shell composite for the Li-air battery

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    Song, Myeong Jun; Shin, Moo Whan

    2014-11-01

    In this study, we successfully design and synthesize the mesoporous carbon coated carbon nanofibers (CNF@mesoCs) for the Li-air battery. The composites are fabricated via electrospinning technique and nanocasting strategy. After mesoporous carbon coating process, the composites have retained their original one-dimensional structure as pristine carbon nanofibers. Every nanofiber entangles with each other to form a three-dimensional cross-linked web structure. Because of the mesoporous carbon coating on carbon nanofibers, the surface area increases from 708 m2 g-1 to 2194 m2 g-1. We confirm that the mesoporous carbon coated on carbon nanofibers is well-graphitized by analysis of Raman spectra. The graphitized surface of CNF@mesoCs (4.638 S cm-1) is believed to result in their higher electrical conductivity than that of pristine carbon nanofibers (3.0759 S cm-1). Without employment of any binders and metal foams, the cathode of CNF@mesoCs exhibits high discharge capacity of 4000 mA h g-1, which is much higher than that from pristine carbon nanofibers (2750 mA h g-1). This work demonstrates that the fabricated CNF@mesoCs structures have a great potential to be employed as light-weight and efficient electrode for energy storage and conversion devices.

  20. A novel platform for enhanced biosensing based on the synergy effects of electrospun polymer nanofibers and graphene oxides.

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    Su, Xiaofang; Ren, Jun; Meng, Xianwei; Ren, Xiangling; Tang, Fangqiong

    2013-03-07

    A novel biosensing platform was developed by combining the advantages of electrospun poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/chitosan nanofibers and graphene oxides (GO). Glucose oxidase (GOD) was employed as a model enzyme. By co-electrospinning the solution of PVA, chitosan, GOD and GO, the PVA/chitosan/GOD/GO nanofibers were directly modified on the platinum (Pt) electrode. The UV-vis spectra and the FTIR spectra were used to characterize the GO nanosheets. The morphologies of fabricated electrospun nanofibers were characterized by high resolution scanning electron microscopy. After a thin layer of nafion was modified on the surface of matrix, the as-prepared electrode was used to detect glucose. The electrode exhibited great advantages in high sensitivity, low detection limit and wide linear range. In the meantime, the electrode showed good stability, acceptable reproducibility, and excellent anti-interference capability for ascorbic acid, uric acid, lactose and sucrose. Moreover, the novel biosensor was successfully applied for the glucose determination in human serum samples. The mechanism of efficient biosensing of the nafion/PVA/chitosan/GOD/GO/Pt electrode was analyzed in detail and the results show that it can be due to the synergy effects of electrospun nanofibers and GO nanosheets.

  1. High Sensitive Sensor Fabricated by Reduced Graphene Oxide/Polyvinyl Butyral Nanofibers for Detecting Cu (II) in Water

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    Ding, Rui; Luo, Zhimin; Ma, Xiuling; Fan, Xiaoping; Xue, Liqun; Lin, Xiuzhu; Chen, Sheng

    2015-01-01

    Graphene oxide (GO)/polyvinyl butyral (PVB) nanofibers were prepared by a simple electrospinning technique with PVB as matrix and GO as a functional nanomaterial. GO/PVB nanofibers on glassy carbon electrode (GCE) were reduced through electrochemical method to form reduced graphene oxide (RGO)/PVB nanofibers. The morphology and structure of GO/PVB nanofiber were studied by scanning election microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR). RGO/PVB modified GCE was used for fabricating an electrochemical sensor for detecting Cu (II) in water. The analysis results showed that RGO/PVB modified GCE had good analytical results with the linear range of 0.06–2.2 μM, detection limit of 4.10 nM (S/N = 3), and the sensitivity of 103.51 μA·μM−1·cm−2. PMID:25694783

  2. Liposomal Formulation of Amphiphilic Fullerene Antioxidants

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    Zhou, Zhiguo; Lenk, Robert P.; Dellinger, Anthony; Wilson, Stephen R.; Sadler, Robert; Kepley, Christopher L.

    2010-01-01

    Novel amphiphilic fullerene[70] derivatives that are rationally designed to intercalate in lipid bilayers are reported, as well as its vesicular formulation with surprisingly high loading capacity up to 65% by weight. The amphiphilic C70 bisadduct forms uniform and dimensionally stable liposomes with auxiliary natural phospholipids as demonstrated by buoyant density test, particle size distribution and 31P NMR. The antioxidant property of fullerenes is retained in the bipolarly functionalized C70 derivative, Amphiphilic Liposomal Malonylfullerene[70] (ALM) as well as in its liposomal formulations, as shown by both electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies and in vitro reactive oxygen species (ROS) inhibition experiments. The liposomally formulated ALM efficiently quenched hydroxyl radicals and superoxide radicals. In addition, the fullerene liposome inhibited radical-induced lipid peroxidation and maintained the integrity of the lipid bilayer structure. This new class of liposomally formulated, amphipathic fullerene compounds represents a novel drug delivery system for fullerenes and provides a promising pathway to treat oxidative stress-related diseases. PMID:20839887

  3. Energetics of water permeation through fullerene membrane

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    Isobe, Hiroyuki; Homma, Tatsuya; Nakamura, Eiichi

    2007-01-01

    Lipid bilayer membranes are important as fundamental structures in biology and possess characteristic water-permeability, stability, and mechanical properties. Water permeation through a lipid bilayer membrane occurs readily, and more readily at higher temperature, which is largely due to an enthalpy cost of the liquid-to-gas phase transition of water. A fullerene bilayer membrane formed by dissolution of a water-soluble fullerene, Ph5C60K, has now been shown to possess properties entirely different from those of the lipid membranes. The fullerene membrane is several orders of magnitude less permeable to water than a lipid membrane, and the permeability decreases at higher temperature. Water permeation is burdened by a very large entropy loss and may be favored slightly by an enthalpy gain, which is contrary to the energetics observed for the lipid membrane. We ascribe this energetics to favorable interactions of water molecules to the surface of the fullerene molecules as they pass through the clefts of the rigid fullerene bilayer. The findings provide possibilities of membrane design in science and technology. PMID:17846427

  4. Silicon Whisker and Carbon Nanofiber Composite Anode

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    Ma, Junqing (Inventor); Newman, Aron (Inventor); Lennhoff, John (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    A carbon nanofiber can have a surface and include at least one crystalline whisker extending from the surface of the carbon nanofiber. A battery anode composition can be formed from a plurality of carbon nanofibers each including a plurality of crystalline whiskers.

  5. Chitin nanofibers: preparations, modifications, and applications

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    Ifuku, Shinsuke; Saimoto, Hiroyuki

    2012-05-01

    Chitin nanofibers are prepared from the exoskeletons of crabs and prawns by a simple mechanical treatment after the removal of proteins and minerals. The obtained nanofibers have fine nanofiber networks with a uniform width of approximately 10-20 nm and a high aspect ratio. The method used for chitin-nanofiber isolation is also successfully applied to the cell walls of mushrooms. They form a complex with glucans on the fiber surface. A grinder, a Star Burst atomization system, and a high speed blender are all used in the mechanical treatment to convert chitin to nanofibers. Mechanical treatment under acidic conditions is the key to facilitate fibrillation. At pH 3-4, the cationization of amino groups on the fiber surface assists nano-fibrillation by electrostatic repulsive force. By applying this finding, we also prepared chitin nanofibers from dry chitin powder. Chitin nanofibers are acetylated to modify their surfaces. The acetyl DS can be controlled from 1 to 3 by changing the reaction time. An acetyl group is introduced heterogeneously from the surface to the core. Nanofiber morphology is maintained even in the case of high acetyl DS. Optically transparent chitin nanofiber composites are prepared with 11 different types of acrylic resins. Due to the nano-sized structure, all of the composites are highly transparent. Chitin nanofibers significantly increase the Young's moduli and the tensile strengths and decrease the thermal expansion of all acrylic resins due to the reinforcement effect of chitin nanofibers. Chitin nanofibers show chiral separation ability. The chitin nanofiber membrane transports the d-isomer of glutamic acid, phenylalanine, and lysine from the corresponding racemic amino acid mixtures faster than the corresponding l-isomer. The chitin nanofibers improve clinical symptoms and suppress ulcerative colitis in a DSS-induced mouse model of acute ulcerative colitis. Moreover, chitin nanofibers suppress myeloperoxidase activation in the colon and

  6. Production of fullerenes using concentrated solar flux

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    Fields, Clark L.; Pitts, John Roland; King, David E.; Hale, Mary Jane; Bingham, Carl E.; Lewandowski, Allan A.

    2000-01-01

    A method of producing soot containing high amounts of fullerenes comprising: providing a primary concentrator capable of impingement of a concentrated beam of sunlight onto a carbon source to cause vaporization of carbon and subsequent formation of fullerenes, or providing a solar furnace having a primary concentrator with a focal point that concentrates a solar beam of sunlight; providing a reflective secondary concentrator having an entrance aperture and an exit aperture at the focal point of the solar furnace; providing a carbon source at the exit aperture of the secondary concentrator; supplying an inert gas over the carbon source to keep the secondary concentrator free from vaporized carbon; and impinging a concentrated beam of sunlight from the secondary concentrator on the carbon source to vaporize the carbon source into a soot containing high amounts of fullerenes.

  7. Superlubricity of Fullerene Intercalated Graphite Composite

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    Miura, Kouji; Tsuda, Daisuke; Itamura, Noriaki; Sasaki, Naruo

    2007-08-01

    A novel superlubric system of fullerene intercalated graphite composite is reported. First, it is clarified that fullerene intercalated graphite films exhibit an ultralow average friction force and an excellent friction coefficient μ <0.001 smaller than μ <0.002 for MoS2 and μ\\cong 0.001 for graphite. Next, it is demonstrated that superlubricity can be controlled by changing the intercalant species. The C60 intercalated graphite film shows much less maximum static friction force than the C70 intercalated graphite film. Finally, we propose one of the simple guidelines on designing a practical superlubric system-reduction in the contact area between the intercalated fullerene and the graphite sheet to the pointlike contact. Our newly developed superlubric system will contribute to solving energy and environmental problems.

  8. Harnessing Structure-Property Relationships for Poly(alkyl thiophene)-Fullerene Derivative Thin Filmsto Optimize Performance in Photovoltaic Devices

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    Deb, Nabankur; Li, Bohao; Skoda, Maximilian; ...

    2016-02-08

    Nanoscale bulk heterojunction (BHJ) systems, consisting of fullerenes dispersed in conjugated polymers as the active component, have been actively studied over the last decades in order to produce high performance organic photovoltaics (OPVs). A significant role in device efficiency is played by the active layer morphology, but despite considerable study, a full understanding of the exact role that morphology plays and therefore a definitive method to produce and control an ideal morphology is lacking. In order to understand the BHJ phase behavior and associated morphology in these devices, we have used neutron reflection, together with grazing incidence X-ray and neutronmore » scattering and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to determine the morphology of the BHJ active layer in functional devices. We have studied nine model BHJ systems based on mixtures of three poly(3-alkyl thiophenes, P3AT) (A=butyl, hexyl, octyl) blended with three different fullerene derivatives, which provides variations in crystallinity and miscibility within the BHJ composite. In studying properties of functional devices, we show a direct correlation between the observed morphology within the BHJ layer and the device performance metrics, i.e., the short-circuit current (JSC), fill factor (FF), open-circuit voltage (VOC) and overall power conversion efficiency (PCE). Using these model systems, the effect of typical thermal annealing processes on the BHJ morphology through the film thickness as a function of the polythiophene-fullerene mixtures and different electron transport layer interfaces has been determined. It is shown that fullerene enrichment occurs at both the electrode interfaces after annealing. The degree of fullerene enrichment is found to strongly correlate with JSC and to a lesser degree with FF. Finally, based on these findings we demonstrate that by deliberately adding a fullerene layer at the electron transport layer interface, JSC can be increased by up to 20

  9. Harnessing Structure-Property Relationships for Poly(alkyl thiophene)-Fullerene Derivative Thin Filmsto Optimize Performance in Photovoltaic Devices

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    Deb, Nabankur; Li, Bohao; Skoda, Maximilian; Rogers, Sarah; Sun, Yan; Gong, Xiong; Karim, Alamgir; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Bucknall, David G.

    2016-02-08

    Nanoscale bulk heterojunction (BHJ) systems, consisting of fullerenes dispersed in conjugated polymers as the active component, have been actively studied over the last decades in order to produce high performance organic photovoltaics (OPVs). A significant role in device efficiency is played by the active layer morphology, but despite considerable study, a full understanding of the exact role that morphology plays and therefore a definitive method to produce and control an ideal morphology is lacking. In order to understand the BHJ phase behavior and associated morphology in these devices, we have used neutron reflection, together with grazing incidence X-ray and neutron scattering and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to determine the morphology of the BHJ active layer in functional devices. We have studied nine model BHJ systems based on mixtures of three poly(3-alkyl thiophenes, P3AT) (A=butyl, hexyl, octyl) blended with three different fullerene derivatives, which provides variations in crystallinity and miscibility within the BHJ composite. In studying properties of functional devices, we show a direct correlation between the observed morphology within the BHJ layer and the device performance metrics, i.e., the short-circuit current (JSC), fill factor (FF), open-circuit voltage (VOC) and overall power conversion efficiency (PCE). Using these model systems, the effect of typical thermal annealing processes on the BHJ morphology through the film thickness as a function of the polythiophene-fullerene mixtures and different electron transport layer interfaces has been determined. It is shown that fullerene enrichment occurs at both the electrode interfaces after annealing. The degree of fullerene enrichment is found to strongly correlate with JSC and to a lesser degree with FF. Finally, based on these findings we demonstrate that by deliberately adding a fullerene layer at the electron transport layer interface, JSC can be

  10. Ultrasonic-assisted deacetylation of cellulose acetate nanofibers: A rapid method to produce cellulose nanofibers.

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    Ahmed, Farooq; Ayoub Arbab, Alvira; Jatoi, Abdul Wahab; Khatri, Muzamil; Memon, Najma; Khatri, Zeeshan; Kim, Ick Soo

    2017-05-01

    Herein we report a rapid method for deacetylation of cellulose acetate (CA) nanofibers in order to produce cellulose nanofibers using ultrasonic energy. The CA nanofibers were fabricated via electrospinning thereby treated with NaOH and NaOH/EtOH solutions at various pH levels for 30, 60 and 90min assisted by ultrasonic energy. The nanofiber webs were optimized by degree of deacetylation (DD%) and wicking behavior. The resultant nanofibers were further characterized by FTIR, SEM, WAXD, DSC analysis. The DD% and FTIR results confirmed a complete conversion of CA nanofibers to cellulose nanofibers within 1h with substantial increase of wicking height. Nanofibers morphology under SEM showed slightly swelling and no damage of nanofibers observed by use of ultrasonic energy. The results of ultrasonic-assisted deacetylation are comparable with the conventional deacetylation. Our rapid method offers substantially reduced deacetylation time from 30h to just 1h, thanks to the ultrasonic energy.

  11. Aluminum Nitride Nanofibers fabricated using Electrospinning and Nitridation

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    Barbosa, Xenia; Campo, Eva; Santiago, Jorge; Ramos, Idalia

    2012-02-01

    Aluminum Nitride (AlN) and other nitride semiconductors are important materials in the fields of optoelectronics and electronics. AlN nanofibers were synthesized using electrospinning and subsequent heating under N2 and NH3 atmospheres. The precursor solution for electrospining contains aluminium nitrate and cellulose acetate. The electrospun nanofibers were heated in N2 to eliminate the polymer and produce Al2O3, and then nitridized at a temperature of 1200 C under NH3 flow. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) observations demonstrate the production of fibers with diameters ranging from a few nanometers to several micrometers. X-Ray Diffraction and UV-VIs analyses show the production of AlN nanofibers with hexagonal wurzite structure and a band gap of approximately approximately 6 eV. Current-Voltage measurements on a single AlN fiber with gold electrodes suggest the formation of a Schottky contact The fabrication method and results from the fibers characterization will be presented.

  12. Site specific atomic polarizabilities in endohedral fullerenes and carbon onions

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    Zope, Rajendra R. Baruah, Tunna; Bhusal, Shusil; Basurto, Luis; Jackson, Koblar

    2015-08-28

    We investigate the polarizability of trimetallic nitride endohedral fullerenes by partitioning the total polarizability into site specific components. This analysis indicates that the polarizability of the endohedral fullerene is essentially due to the outer fullerene cage and has insignificant contribution from the encapsulated unit. Thus, the outer fullerene cages effectively shield the encapsulated clusters and behave like Faraday cages. The polarizability of endohedral fullerenes is slightly smaller than the polarizability of the corresponding bare carbon fullerenes. The application of the site specific polarizabilities to C{sub 60}@C{sub 240} and C{sub 60}@C{sub 180} onions shows that, compared to the polarizability of isolated C{sub 60} fullerene, the encapsulation of the C{sub 60} in C{sub 240} and C{sub 180} fullerenes reduces its polarizability by 75% and 83%, respectively. The differences in the polarizability of C{sub 60} in the two onions is a result of differences in the bonding (intershell electron transfer), fullerene shell relaxations, and intershell separations. The site specific analysis further shows that the outer atoms in a fullerene shell contribute most to the fullerene polarizability.

  13. Fullerenes in an impact crater on the LDEF spacecraft

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    Radicati di Brozolo, F.; Bunch, T. E.; Fleming, R. H.; Macklin, J.

    1994-01-01

    The fullerenes C60 and C70 have been found to occur naturally on Earth and have also been invoked to explain features in the absorption spectra of interstellar clouds. But no definitive spectroscopic evidence exists for fullerenes in space and attempts to find fullerenes in carbonaceous chondrites have been unsuccessful. Here we report the observation of fullerenes associated with carbonaceous impact residue in a crater on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) spacecraft. Laser ionization mass spectrometry and Raman spectroscopy indicate the presence of fullerenes in the crater and in adjacent ejecta. Man-made fullerenes survive experimental hypervelocity (approximately 6.1 km s-1) impacts into aluminium targets, suggesting that space fullerenes contained in a carbonaceous micrometeorite could have survived the LDEF impact at velocities towards the lower end of the natural particle encounter range (<13 km s-1). We also demonstrate that the fullerenes were unlikely to have formed as instrumental artefacts, nor are they present as contaminants. Although we cannot specify the origin of the fullerenes with certainty, the most plausible source is the chondritic impactor. If, alternatively, the impact produced the fullerenes in situ on LDEF, then this suggests a viable mechanism for fullerene production in space.

  14. Site specific atomic polarizabilities in endohedral fullerenes and carbon onions

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    Zope, Rajendra R.; Bhusal, Shusil; Basurto, Luis; Baruah, Tunna; Jackson, Koblar

    2015-08-01

    We investigate the polarizability of trimetallic nitride endohedral fullerenes by partitioning the total polarizability into site specific components. This analysis indicates that the polarizability of the endohedral fullerene is essentially due to the outer fullerene cage and has insignificant contribution from the encapsulated unit. Thus, the outer fullerene cages effectively shield the encapsulated clusters and behave like Faraday cages. The polarizability of endohedral fullerenes is slightly smaller than the polarizability of the corresponding bare carbon fullerenes. The application of the site specific polarizabilities to C60@C240 and C60@C180 onions shows that, compared to the polarizability of isolated C60 fullerene, the encapsulation of the C60 in C240 and C180 fullerenes reduces its polarizability by 75% and 83%, respectively. The differences in the polarizability of C60 in the two onions is a result of differences in the bonding (intershell electron transfer), fullerene shell relaxations, and intershell separations. The site specific analysis further shows that the outer atoms in a fullerene shell contribute most to the fullerene polarizability.

  15. Site specific atomic polarizabilities in endohedral fullerenes and carbon onions.

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    Zope, Rajendra R; Bhusal, Shusil; Basurto, Luis; Baruah, Tunna; Jackson, Koblar

    2015-08-28

    We investigate the polarizability of trimetallic nitride endohedral fullerenes by partitioning the total polarizability into site specific components. This analysis indicates that the polarizability of the endohedral fullerene is essentially due to the outer fullerene cage and has insignificant contribution from the encapsulated unit. Thus, the outer fullerene cages effectively shield the encapsulated clusters and behave like Faraday cages. The polarizability of endohedral fullerenes is slightly smaller than the polarizability of the corresponding bare carbon fullerenes. The application of the site specific polarizabilities to C60@C240 and C60@C180 onions shows that, compared to the polarizability of isolated C60 fullerene, the encapsulation of the C60 in C240 and C180 fullerenes reduces its polarizability by 75% and 83%, respectively. The differences in the polarizability of C60 in the two onions is a result of differences in the bonding (intershell electron transfer), fullerene shell relaxations, and intershell separations. The site specific analysis further shows that the outer atoms in a fullerene shell contribute most to the fullerene polarizability.

  16. Electrospinning of Nanofibers for Energy Applications.

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    Sun, Guiru; Sun, Liqun; Xie, Haiming; Liu, Jia

    2016-07-02

    With global concerns about the shortage of fossil fuels and environmental issues, the development of efficient and clean energy storage devices has been drastically accelerated. Nanofibers are used widely for energy storage devices due to their high surface areas and porosities. Electrospinning is a versatile and efficient fabrication method for nanofibers. In this review, we mainly focus on the application of electrospun nanofibers on energy storage, such as lithium batteries, fuel cells, dye-sensitized solar cells and supercapacitors. The structure and properties of nanofibers are also summarized systematically. The special morphology of nanofibers prepared by electrospinning is significant to the functional materials for energy storage.

  17. Electrospinning of Nanofibers for Energy Applications

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    Sun, Guiru; Sun, Liqun; Xie, Haiming; Liu, Jia

    2016-01-01

    With global concerns about the shortage of fossil fuels and environmental issues, the development of efficient and clean energy storage devices has been drastically accelerated. Nanofibers are used widely for energy storage devices due to their high surface areas and porosities. Electrospinning is a versatile and efficient fabrication method for nanofibers. In this review, we mainly focus on the application of electrospun nanofibers on energy storage, such as lithium batteries, fuel cells, dye-sensitized solar cells and supercapacitors. The structure and properties of nanofibers are also summarized systematically. The special morphology of nanofibers prepared by electrospinning is significant to the functional materials for energy storage. PMID:28335256

  18. Supramolecular frameworks based on [60]fullerene hexakisadducts

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    Kraft, Andreas; Stangl, Johannes; Krause, Ana-Maria; Müller-Buschbaum, Klaus

    2017-01-01

    [60]Fullerene hexakisadducts possessing 12 carboxylic acid side chains form crystalline hydrogen-bonding frameworks in the solid state. Depending on the length of the linker between the reactive sites and the malonate units, the distance of the [60]fullerene nodes and thereby the spacing of the frameworks can be controlled and for the most elongated derivative, continuous channels are obtained within the structure. Stability, structural integrity and porosity of the material were investigated by powder X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetry and sorption measurements. PMID:28179942

  19. Fullerene assemblies toward photo-energy conversions.

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    Shen, Yanfei; Nakanishi, Takashi

    2014-04-28

    Manipulating molecular interaction and assembly for developing various functional nanostructures with controlled dimensionality, morphology and tailored properties is currently a research focus in molecular science and materials chemistry. Particularly, the self-organization of fullerenes (i.e. C60) to form various functional assemblies has received intense interest since it can provide excellent optoelectronic properties for photo-energy conversion-induced applications such as solar cells and field effect transistors (FET). In this perspective, we describe our recent efforts toward the development in the area of fullerene molecular design and assemblies aimed at improving the photoconductivity and photo-energy (electric and thermal) conversion systems.

  20. Laser controlled magnetism in hydrogenated fullerene films

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    Makarova, Tatiana L.; Shelankov, Andrei L.; Kvyatkovskii, Oleg E.; Zakharova, Irina B.; Buga, Sergei G.; Volkov, Aleksandr P.

    2011-04-15

    Room temperature ferromagnetic-like behavior in fullerene photopolymerized films treated with monatomic hydrogen is reported. The hydrogen treatment controllably varies the paramagnetic spin concentration and laser induced polymerization transforms the paramagnetic phase to a ferromagnetic-like one. Excess laser irradiation destroys magnetic ordering, presumably due to structural changes, which was continuously monitored by Raman spectroscopy. We suggest an interpretation of the data based on first-principles density-functional spin-unrestricted calculations which show that the excess spin from mono-atomic hydrogen is delocalized within the host fullerene and the laser-induced polymerization promotes spin exchange interaction and spin alignment in the polymerized phase.

  1. Charge transport measurements of vertically aligned carbon nanofibers

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    Zhang, Lan

    2005-07-01

    Vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (VACNFs) have found a variety of electronic applications. To further realize these applications, a good understanding of the charge transport properties is essential. In this work, charge transport properties have been systematically measured for three types of VACNF forests with Ni as catalyst, namely VACNFs grown by direct current PECVD, and inductively coupled PECVD at both normal pressure and low pressure. The structure and composition of these nanofibers have also been investigated in detail prior to the charge transport measurements. Four-probe I-V measurements on individual nanofibers have been enabled by the fabrication of multiple metal ohmic contacts on individual fibers that exhibited resistance of only a few kO. An O2 plasma reactive ion etch method has been used to achieve ohmic contacts between the nanofibers and Ti/Au, Ag/Au, Cd/Au, and Cr/Au electrodes. Direct current VACNFs exhibit linear I-V behavior at room temperature, with a resistivity of approximately 4.2 x 10-3 O·cm. Our measurements are consistent with a dominant transport mechanism of electrons traveling through intergraphitic planes in the dc VACNFs. The resistivity of these fibers is almost independent of temperature, and the contact resistance decreases as temperature increases. Further studies reveal that the 10--15 nm thick graphitic outer layer dominates the charge transport properties of do VACNFs. This is demonstrated by comparison of charge transport properties of as-grown VACNFs and VACNFs with the outer layer partially removed by oxygen plasma reactive ion etch. The linear I-V behavior of the fibers does not vary as this outer layer becomes thinner, but displays a drastic shift to a rectifying behavior when this layer is completely stripped away from some regions of the nanofiber. This shift may be related with the compositional differences in the outer layer and the inner core of the nanofibers. Two-probe charge transport measurements on

  2. Beyond Slurry-Cast Supercapacitor Electrodes: PAN/MWNT Heteromat-Mediated Ultrahigh Capacitance Electrode Sheets

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    Lee, Jung Han; Kim, Jeong A; Kim, Ju-Myung; Lee, Sun-Young; Yeon, Sun-Hwa; Lee, Sang-Young

    2017-01-01

    Supercapacitors (SCs) have garnered considerable attention as an appealing power source for forthcoming smart energy era. An ultimate challenge facing the SCs is the acquisition of higher energy density without impairing their other electrochemical properties. Herein, we demonstrate a new class of polyacrylonitrile (PAN)/multi-walled carbon tube (MWNT) heteromat-mediated ultrahigh capacitance electrode sheets as an unusual electrode architecture strategy to address the aforementioned issue. Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) is chosen as a model electrode material to explore the feasibility of the suggested concept. The heteromat V2O5 electrode sheets are produced through one-pot fabrication based on concurrent electrospraying (for V2O5 precursor/MWNT) and electrospinning (for PAN nanofiber) followed by calcination, leading to compact packing of V2O5 materials in intimate contact with MWNTs and PAN nanofibers. As a consequence, the heteromat V2O5 electrode sheets offer three-dimensionally bicontinuous electron (arising from MWNT networks)/ion (from spatially reticulated interstitial voids to be filled with liquid electrolytes) conduction pathways, thereby facilitating redox reaction kinetics of V2O5 materials. In addition, elimination of heavy metallic foil current collectors, in combination with the dense packing of V2O5 materials, significantly increases (electrode sheet-based) specific capacitances far beyond those accessible with conventional slurry-cast electrodes. PMID:28139765

  3. Beyond Slurry-Cast Supercapacitor Electrodes: PAN/MWNT Heteromat-Mediated Ultrahigh Capacitance Electrode Sheets

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    Lee, Jung Han; Kim, Jeong A.; Kim, Ju-Myung; Lee, Sun-Young; Yeon, Sun-Hwa; Lee, Sang-Young

    2017-01-01

    Supercapacitors (SCs) have garnered considerable attention as an appealing power source for forthcoming smart energy era. An ultimate challenge facing the SCs is the acquisition of higher energy density without impairing their other electrochemical properties. Herein, we demonstrate a new class of polyacrylonitrile (PAN)/multi-walled carbon tube (MWNT) heteromat-mediated ultrahigh capacitance electrode sheets as an unusual electrode architecture strategy to address the aforementioned issue. Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) is chosen as a model electrode material to explore the feasibility of the suggested concept. The heteromat V2O5 electrode sheets are produced through one-pot fabrication based on concurrent electrospraying (for V2O5 precursor/MWNT) and electrospinning (for PAN nanofiber) followed by calcination, leading to compact packing of V2O5 materials in intimate contact with MWNTs and PAN nanofibers. As a consequence, the heteromat V2O5 electrode sheets offer three-dimensionally bicontinuous electron (arising from MWNT networks)/ion (from spatially reticulated interstitial voids to be filled with liquid electrolytes) conduction pathways, thereby facilitating redox reaction kinetics of V2O5 materials. In addition, elimination of heavy metallic foil current collectors, in combination with the dense packing of V2O5 materials, significantly increases (electrode sheet-based) specific capacitances far beyond those accessible with conventional slurry-cast electrodes.

  4. Oriented nanofibers embedded in a polymer matrix

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    Barrera, Enrique V. (Inventor); Rodriguez-Macias, Fernando J. (Inventor); Lozano, Karen (Inventor); Chibante, Luis Paulo Felipe (Inventor); Stewart, David Harris (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A method of forming a composite of embedded nanofibers in a polymer matrix is disclosed. The method includes incorporating nanofibers in a plastic matrix forming agglomerates, and uniformly distributing the nanofibers by exposing the agglomerates to hydrodynamic stresses. The hydrodynamic said stresses force the agglomerates to break apart. In combination or additionally elongational flow is used to achieve small diameters and alignment. A nanofiber reinforced polymer composite system is disclosed. The system includes a plurality of nanofibers that are embedded in polymer matrices in micron size fibers. A method for producing nanotube continuous fibers is disclosed. Nanofibers are fibrils with diameters of 100 nm, multiwall nanotubes, single wall nanotubes and their various functionalized and derivatized forms. The method includes mixing a nanofiber in a polymer; and inducing an orientation of the nanofibers that enables the nanofibers to be used to enhance mechanical, thermal and electrical properties. Orientation is induced by high shear mixing and elongational flow, singly or in combination. The polymer may be removed from said nanofibers, leaving micron size fibers of aligned nanofibers.

  5. Electrospun carbon-tin oxide composite nanofibers for use as lithium ion battery anodes.

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    Bonino, Christopher A; Ji, Liwen; Lin, Zhan; Toprakci, Ozan; Zhang, Xiangwu; Khan, Saad A

    2011-07-01

    Composite carbon-tin oxide (C-SnO(2)) nanofibers are prepared by two methods and evaluated as anodes in lithium-ion battery half cells. Such an approach complements the long cycle life of carbon with the high lithium storage capacity of tin oxide. In addition, the high surface-to-volume ratio of the nanofibers improves the accessibility for lithium intercalation as compared to graphite-based anodes, while eliminating the need for binders or conductive additives. The composite nanofibrous anodes have first discharge capacities of 788 mAh g(-1) at 50 mA g(-1) current density, which are greater than pure carbon nanofiber anodes, as well as the theoretical capacity of graphite (372 mAh g(-1)), the traditional anode material. In the first protocol to fabricate the C-SnO(2) composites, tin sulfate is directly incorporated within polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibers by electrospinning. During a thermal treatment the tin salt is converted to tin oxide and the polymer is carbonized, yielding carbon-SnO(2) nanofibers. In the second approach, we soak the nanofiber mats in tin sulfate solutions prior to the final thermal treatment, thereby loading the outer surfaces with SnO(2) nanoparticles and raising the tin content from 1.9 to 8.6 wt %. Energy-dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analyses confirm the formation of conversion of tin sulfate to tin oxide. Furthermore, analysis with Raman spectroscopy reveals that the additional salt soak treatment from the second fabrication approach increases in the disorder of the carbon structure, as compared to the first approach. We also discuss the performance of our C-SnO(2) compared with its theoretical capacity and other nanofiber electrode composites previously reported in the literature.

  6. Mesoporous Carbon Nanofibers Embedded with MoS2 Nanocrystals for Extraordinary Li-Ion Storage.

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    Hu, Shan; Chen, Wen; Uchaker, Evan; Zhou, Jing; Cao, Guozhong

    2015-12-07

    MoS2 nanocrystals embedded in mesoporous carbon nanofibers are synthesized through an electrospinning process followed by calcination. The resultant nanofibers are 100-150 nm in diameter and constructed from MoS2 nanocrystals with a lateral diameter of around 7 nm with specific surface areas of 135.9 m(2)  g(-1) . The MoS2 @C nanofibers are treated at 450 °C in H2 and comparison samples annealed at 800 °C in N2 . The heat treatments are designed to achieve good crystallinity and desired mesoporous microstructure, resulting in enhanced electrochemical performance. The small amount of oxygen in the nanofibers annealed in H2 contributes to obtaining a lower internal resistance, and thus, improving the conductivity. The results show that the nanofibers obtained at 450 °C in H2 deliver an extraordinary capacity of 1022 mA h g(-1) and improved cyclic stability, with only 2.3 % capacity loss after 165 cycles at a current density of 100 mA g(-1) , as well as an outstanding rate capability. The greatly improved kinetics and cycling stability of the mesoporous MoS2 @C nanofibers can be attributed to the crosslinked conductive carbon nanofibers, the large specific surface area, the good crystallinity of MoS2 , and the robust mesoporous microstructure. The resulting nanofiber electrodes, with short mass- and charge-transport pathways, improved electrical conductivity, and large contact area exposed to electrolyte, permitting fast diffusional flux of Li ions, explains the improved kinetics of the interfacial charge-transfer reaction and the diffusivity of the MoS2 @C mesoporous nanofibers. It is believed that the integration of MoS2 nanocrystals and mesoporous carbon nanofibers may have a synergistic effect, giving a promising anode, and widening the applicability range into high performance and mass production in the Li-ion battery market.

  7. Hollow carbon nanofiber-encapsulated sulfur cathodes for high specific capacity rechargeable lithium batteries.

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    Zheng, Guangyuan; Yang, Yuan; Cha, Judy J; Hong, Seung Sae; Cui, Yi

    2011-10-12

    Sulfur has a high specific capacity of 1673 mAh/g as lithium battery cathodes, but its rapid capacity fading due to polysulfides dissolution presents a significant challenge for practical applications. Here we report a hollow carbon nanofiber-encapsulated sulfur cathode for effective trapping of polysulfides and demonstrate experimentally high specific capacity and excellent electrochemical cycling of the cells. The hollow carbon nanofiber arrays were fabricated using anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates, through thermal carbonization of polystyrene. The AAO template also facilitates sulfur infusion into the hollow fibers and prevents sulfur from coating onto the exterior carbon wall. The high aspect ratio of the carbon nanofibers provides an ideal structure for trapping polysulfides, and the thin carbon wall allows rapid transport of lithium ions. The small dimension of these nanofibers provides a large surface area per unit mass for Li(2)S deposition during cycling and reduces pulverization of electrode materials due to volumetric expansion. A high specific capacity of about 730 mAh/g was observed at C/5 rate after 150 cycles of charge/discharge. The introduction of LiNO(3) additive to the electrolyte was shown to improve the Coulombic efficiency to over 99% at C/5. The results show that the hollow carbon nanofiber-encapsulated sulfur structure could be a promising cathode design for rechargeable Li/S batteries with high specific energy.

  8. Ultrasensitive, Label Free, Chemiresistive Nanobiosensor Using Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes Embedded Electrospun SU-8 Nanofibers

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    Durga Prakash, Matta; Vanjari, Siva Rama Krishna; Sharma, Chandra Shekhar; Singh, Shiv Govind

    2016-01-01

    This paper reports the synthesis and fabrication of aligned electrospun nanofibers derived out of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) embedded SU-8 photoresist, which are targeted towards ultrasensitive biosensor applications. The ultrasensitivity (detection in the range of fg/mL) and the specificity of these biosensors were achieved by complementing the inherent advantages of MWCNTs such as high surface to volume ratio and excellent electrical and transduction properties with the ease of surface functionalization of SU-8. The electrospinning process was optimized to precisely align nanofibers in between two electrodes of a copper microelectrode array. MWCNTs not only enhance the conductivity of SU-8 nanofibers but also act as transduction elements. In this paper, MWCNTs were embedded way beyond the percolation threshold and the optimum percentage loading of MWCNTs for maximizing the conductivity of nanofibers was figured out experimentally. As a proof of concept, the detection of myoglobin, an important biomarker for on-set of Acute Myocardial Infection (AMI) has been demonstrated by functionalizing the nanofibers with anti-myoglobin antibodies and carrying out detection using a chemiresistive method. This simple and robust device yielded a detection limit of 6 fg/mL. PMID:27563905

  9. An intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell with electrospun nanofiber cathode

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    Zhi, Mingjia; Lee, Shiwoo; Miller, Nicholas; Menzler, Norbert H.; Wu, Nianqiang

    2012-03-22

    Lanthanum strontium cobalt ferrite (LSCF) nanofibers have been fabricated by the electrospinning method and used as the cathode of an intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte. The three-dimensional nanofiber network cathode has several advantages: (i) high porosity; (ii) high percolation; (iii) continuous pathway for charge transport; (iv) good thermal stability at the operating temperature; and (v) excellent scaffold for infiltration. The fuel cell with the monolithic LSCF nanofiber cathode exhibits a power density of 0.90 W cm-2 at 1.9 A cm-2 at 750 °C. The electrochemical performance of the fuel cell has been further improved by infiltration of 20 wt% of gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC) into the LSCF nanofiber cathode. The fuel cell with the LSCF–20% GDC composite cathode shows a power density of 1.07 W cm-2 at 1.9 A cm-2 at 750 °C. The results obtained show that one-dimensional nanostructures such as nanofibers hold great promise as electrode materials for intermediate-temperature SOFCs.

  10. An effective method of increasing production rate of onion-like fullerenes

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    Liu, Wen; Meng, Qing Sen

    2009-09-01

    Onion-like fullerenes (OLFs) were synthesized by arc discharge in benzene using graphite as electrode and ferrocene as catalyst. The effect of ferrocene on the morphologies and structures of the OLFs was investigated by HRTEM and XRD. Results show that ferrocene directly influenced the morphology and yield of OLFs: The degree of graphitization is better. The diameters of the OLFs can be controlled in the range between 10 and 30 nm The method described here suggests a novel and promising route to synthesize OLFs in large scales.

  11. Nanocontainers in and onto Nanofibers.

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    Jiang, Shuai; Lv, Li-Ping; Landfester, Katharina; Crespy, Daniel

    2016-05-17

    Hierarchical structure is a key feature explaining the superior properties of many materials in nature. Fibers usually serve in textiles, for structural reinforcement, or as support for other materials, whereas spherical micro- and nanoobjects can be either highly functional or also used as fillers to reinforce structure materials. Combining nanocontainers with fibers in one single object has been used to increase the functionality of fibers, for example, antibacterial and thermoregulation, when the advantageous properties given by the encapsulated materials inside the containers are transferred to the fibers. Herein we focus our discussion on how the hierarchical structure composed of nanocontainers in nanofibers yields materials displaying advantages of both types of materials and sometimes synergetical effects. Such materials can be produced by first carefully designing nanocontainers with defined morphology and chemistry and subsequently electrospinning them to fabricate nanofibers. This method, called colloid-electrospinning, allows for marrying the properties of nanocontainers and nanofibers. The obtained fibers could be successfully applied in different fields such as catalysis, optics, energy conversion and production, and biomedicine. The miniemulsion process is a convenient approach for the encapsulation of hydrophobic or hydrophilic payloads in nanocontainers. These nanocontainers can be embedded in fibers by the colloid-electrospinning technique. The combination of nanocontainers with nanofibers by colloid-electrospinning has several advantages. (1) The fiber matrix serves as support for the embedded nanocontainers. For example, through combining catalysts nanoparticles with fiber networks, the catalysts can be easily separated from the reaction media and handled visually. This combination is beneficial for the reuse of the catalyst and the purification of products. (2) Electrospun nanofibers containing nanocontainers offer the active agents inside the

  12. Electrospinning of Biocompatible Nanofibers

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    Coughlin, Andrew J.; Queen, Hailey A.; McCullen, Seth D.; Krause, Wendy E.

    2006-03-01

    Artificial scaffolds for growing cells can have a wide range of applications including wound coverings, supports in tissue cultures, drug delivery, and organ and tissue transplantation. Tissue engineering is a promising field which may resolve current problems with transplantation, such as rejection by the immune system and scarcity of donors. One approach to tissue engineering utilizes a biodegradable scaffold onto which cells are seeded and cultured, and ideally develop into functional tissue. The scaffold acts as an artificial extracellular matrix (ECM). Because a typical ECM contains collagen fibers with diameters of 50-500 nm, electrostatic spinning (electrospinning) was used to mimic the size and structure of these fibers. Electrospinning is a novel way of spinning a nonwoven web of fibers on the order of 100 nm, much like the web of collagen in an ECM. We are investigating the ability of several biocompatible polymers (e.g., chitosan and polyvinyl alcohol) to form defect-free nanofiber webs and are studying the influence of the zero shear rate viscosity, molecular weight, entanglement concentration, relaxation time, and solvent on the resulting fiber size and morphology.

  13. Inorganic nanotubes and fullerene-like nanoparticles.

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    Tenne, R

    2006-11-01

    Although graphite, with its anisotropic two-dimensional lattice, is the stable form of carbon under ambient conditions, on nanometre length scales it forms zero- and one-dimensional structures, namely fullerenes and nanotubes, respectively. This virtue is not limited to carbon and, in recent years, fullerene-like structures and nanotubes have been made from numerous compounds with layered two-dimensional structures. Furthermore, crystalline and polycrystalline nanotubes of pure elements and compounds with quasi-isotropic (three-dimensional) unit cells have also been synthesized, usually by making use of solid templates. These findings open up vast opportunities for the synthesis and study of new kinds of nanostructures with properties that may differ significantly from the corresponding bulk materials. Various potential applications have been proposed for the inorganic nanotubes and the fullerene-like phases. Fullerene-like nanoparticles have been shown to exhibit excellent solid lubrication behaviour, suggesting many applications in, for example, the automotive and aerospace industries, home appliances, and recently for medical technology. Various other potential applications, in catalysis, rechargeable batteries, drug delivery, solar cells and electronics have also been proposed.

  14. COANP-fullerenes system for optical modulation

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    Likhomanova, S. V.; Kamanina, N. V.

    2016-08-01

    The advanced investigations of ϕ-conjugated organic molecule COANP sensitized with fullerenes have been revealed to consider this system as an affective medium for optical limiting and phase modulation. The special accent has been given to influence of the nanostructured relief at the interface on the spectral and photoconductive features.

  15. Carbon nanofiber mesoporous films: efficient platforms for bio-hydrogen oxidation in biofuel cells.

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    de Poulpiquet, Anne; Marques-Knopf, Helena; Wernert, Véronique; Giudici-Orticoni, Marie Thérèse; Gadiou, Roger; Lojou, Elisabeth

    2014-01-28

    The discovery of oxygen and carbon monoxide tolerant [NiFe] hydrogenases was the first necessary step toward the definition of a novel generation of hydrogen fed biofuel cells. The next important milestone is now to identify and overcome bottlenecks limiting the current densities, hence the power densities. In the present work we report for the first time a comprehensive study of herringbone carbon nanofiber mesoporous films as platforms for enhanced biooxidation of hydrogen. The 3D network allows mediatorless hydrogen oxidation by the membrane-bound hydrogenase from the hyperthermophilic bacterium Aquifex aeolicus. We investigate the key physico-chemical parameters that enhance the catalytic efficiency, including surface chemistry and hierarchical porosity of the biohybrid film. We also emphasize that the catalytic current is limited by mass transport inside the mesoporous carbon nanofiber film. Provided hydrogen is supplied inside the carbon film, the combination of the hierarchical porosity of the carbon nanofiber film with the hydrophobicity of the treated carbon material results in very high efficiency of the bioelectrode. By optimization of the whole procedure, current densities as high as 4.5 mA cm(-2) are reached with a turnover frequency of 48 s(-1). This current density is almost 100 times higher than when hydrogenase is simply adsorbed at a bare graphite electrode, and more than 5 times higher than the average of the previous reported current densities at carbon nanotube modified electrodes, suggesting that carbon nanofibers can be efficiently used in future sustainable H2/O2 biofuel cells.

  16. Monitoring of Aqueous Fullerene Dispersions by Thermal-Lens Spectrometry

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    Mikheev, I. V.; Volkov, D. S.; Proskurnin, M. A.; Korobov, M. V.

    2015-06-01

    Aqueous fullerene solutions (dispersions) are very promising materials of biomedicine and biotechnology. Of importance are the traceability of their production and characterization of their optical and colloidal properties. Thermal-lens spectrometry, as a method suitable for both optical and thermophysical studies, was used to elucidate the forms of non-modified fullerenes in their aqueous dispersions and to determine low concentrations of and fullerenes. It was shown that the residual amounts of toluene in aqueous fullerene dispersions made according to the solvent-exchange protocol could be detected by thermal lensing. As a result, the technique for the production of aqueous fullerene dispersions was improved compared to the existing data providing higher fullerene concentrations. The limits of detection of and fullerenes are approximately , which are 20-fold lower compared to conventional spectrophotometry. The distinction between aqueous fullerene dispersions in comparison with organic solutions of fullerenes caused by the formation of large clusters is shown by the comparison of transient and steady-state calibration curves for aqueous and organic fullerene solutions and model reference systems under various thermal-lens excitation conditions. The advantages of thermal lensing for such colloidal systems are discussed.

  17. Device Physics and Recombination in Polymer:Fullerene Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Hawks, Steven Aaron

    , like those discussed above. My analysis reveals that the apparent free-carrier concentration obtained via the usual integral approach is altered by a non-trivial factor of two, sometimes leading to misinterpretations of the charge densities and overall device physics. This new perspective could have far-reaching effects on semiconductor research and technology. Finally, in the last two chapters, I discuss the device physics associated with a relatively novel method for fabricating nanoscale polymer:fullerene BHJs: solution sequential processing (SqP). In particular, I compare recombination in SqP vs. traditionally processed blend-cast devices, and demonstrate that SqP is a more scalable method for making BHJ solar cells. In the final chapter, I examine an unexpected discovery that occurred while working on the content in Chapter 5. Specifically, Chapter 6 examines electrode metal penetration in the SqP quasi-bilayer active layer architecture. Therein, we unexpectedly found that evaporated metal can readily penetrate into fullerene-rich layers, up to ˜70 nm or more. The details and consequences of this surprising occurrence are discussed in detail.

  18. Search for fullerenes in stone meteorites

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    Oester, M. Y.; Kuechl, D.; Sipiera, P. P.; Welch, C. J.

    1994-07-01

    The possibility of identifying fullerenes in stony meteorites became apparent from a paper given by Radicati de Brozolo. In this paper it was reported that fullerenes were present in the debris resulting from a collision between a micrometeoroid and an orbiting satellite. This fact generated sufficient curiosity to initiate a search for the presence of fullerenes in various stone meteorites. In the present study seven ordinary chondrites (al-Ghanim L6 (find), Dimmitt H4 (find), Lazbuddie LL5 (find), New Concord H5 (fall), Silverton H4 (find), Springlake L6 (find), and Umbarger L3/6 (find)). Four carbonaceous chondrites (ALH 83100 C2 (find), ALH 83108 C30 (find), Allende CV3 (fall), and Murchison CM2 (fall), and one achondrite (Monticello How (find)) were analyzed for the presence of fullerenes. The analytical procedure employed was as follows: 100 mg of meteorite was ground up with a mortar and pestle; 10 mL of toluene was then added and the mixture was refluxed for 90 min; this mixture was then filtered through a short column of silica; a 50 microliter sample was then analyzed by high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) using a Buckyclutcher I column with a mobile phase consisting of equal volumes of toluene and hexane at a flow rate of 1.00 mg per minute, with detection at 330 and 600 nm. Three of the meteorites, Allende, Murchison, and al-Ghanim, gave HPLC traces containing peaks with similar retention times to the HPLC trace of an authentic fullerene C60. However, further analysis using an HPLC instrument equipped with a diode-array detector failed to confirm any of the substances detected in the three meteorites as C60. Additional analyses will be conducted to identify what the HPLC traces actually represent.

  19. Optical microfibers and nanofibers

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    Wu, Xiaoqin; Tong, Limin

    2013-12-01

    As a combination of fiber optics and nanotechnology, optical microfibers and nanofibers (MNFs) have been emerging as a novel platform for exploring fiber-optic technology on the micro/nanoscale. Typically, MNFs taper drawn from glass optical fibers or bulk glasses show excellent surface smoothness, high homogeneity in diameter and integrity, which bestows these tiny optical fibers with low waveguiding losses and outstanding mechanical properties. Benefitting from their wavelength- or sub-wavelength-scale transverse dimensions, waveguiding MNFs exhibit a number of interesting properties, including tight optical confinement, strong evanescent fields, evident surface field enhancement and large and abnormal waveguide dispersion, which makes them ideal nanowaveguides for coherently manipulating light, and connecting fiber optics with near-field optics, nonlinear optics, plasmonics, quantum optics and optomechanics on the wavelength- or sub-wavelength scale. Based on optical MNFs, a variety of technological applications, ranging from passive micro-couplers and resonators, to active devices such as lasers and optical sensors, have been reported in recent years. This review is intended to provide an up-to-date introduction to the fabrication, characterization and applications of optical MNFs, with emphasis on recent progress in our research group. Starting from a brief introduction of fabrication techniques for physical drawing glass MNFs in Section 2, we summarize MNF optics including waveguiding modes, evanescent coupling, and bending loss of MNFs in Section 3. In Section 4, starting from a "MNF tree" that summarizes the applications of MNFs into 5 categories (waveguide & near field optics, nonlinear optics, plasmonics, quantum & atom optics, optomechanics), we go to details of typical technological applications of MNFs, including optical couplers, interferometers, gratings, resonators, lasers and sensors. Finally in Section 5 we present a brief summary of optical MNFs

  20. Electrospinning and nanofibers

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    Han, Tao

    Electrospinning offers a unique way to produce submicron and nanofibers. It utilizes an electrical force to generate a fine, charged jet from the surface of a viscous liquid. This jet moves straight towards a grounded collector for a certain distance, then bends into spiral coils; finally, the jet solidifies and collects as nonwoven cloth. Determination of the jet path near the onset of the electrical bending instability is important for the orderly collection of the electrospun fibers. The onset and development of the electrical bending instability were investigated. Under certain conditions, high applied voltage prohibited the onset of bending instability and a straight jet reached the collector. Micron and submicron fibers were produced by collecting a straight jet on a moving collector. The diameter, velocity and the longitudinal stress along the jet axis of an electrospinning jet were measured using custom-built equipment. A new apparatus was designed to measure the longitudinal stress along the electrospinning jet. The relaxation of longitudinal stress along the electrospinning jet was experimentally verified. The elongational relaxation time and elongational viscosity of the polymer solution were characterized. Buckling instabilities of electrospinning jets were observed and compared with the behavior of uncharged jets. Various two-dimensional and three-dimensional micron size patterns were produced by the buckled electrospun fibers. A novel pendulum-like motion of a straight electrified jet was observed and the resulting hierarchical structures made from buckled fibers were presented. A theoretical model was proposed and simulated results showed reasonable agreement with the experimental observations. This work extends the understanding of the complicated electrospinning process.

  1. Vertically aligned carbon nanofiber as nano-neuron interface for monitoring neural function

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    Ericson, Milton Nance; McKnight, Timothy E; Melechko, Anatoli Vasilievich; Simpson, Michael L; Morrison, Barclay; Yu, Zhe

    2012-01-01

    Neural chips, which are capable of simultaneous, multi-site neural recording and stimulation, have been used to detect and modulate neural activity for almost 30 years. As a neural interface, neural chips provide dynamic functional information for neural decoding and neural control. By improving sensitivity and spatial resolution, nano-scale electrodes may revolutionize neural detection and modulation at cellular and molecular levels as nano-neuron interfaces. We developed a carbon-nanofiber neural chip with lithographically defined arrays of vertically aligned carbon nanofiber electrodes and demonstrated its capability of both stimulating and monitoring electrophysiological signals from brain tissues in vitro and monitoring dynamic information of neuroplasticity. This novel nano-neuron interface can potentially serve as a precise, informative, biocompatible, and dual-mode neural interface for monitoring of both neuroelectrical and neurochemical activity at the single cell level and even inside the cell.

  2. Biological activities of water-soluble fullerene derivatives

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    Nakamura, S.; Mashino, T.

    2009-04-01

    Three types of water-soluble fullerene derivatives were synthesized and their biological activities were investigated. C60-dimalonic acid, an anionic fullerene derivative, showed antioxidant activity such as quenching of superoxide and relief from growth inhibition of E. coli by paraquat. C60-bis(7V,7V-dimethylpyrrolidinium iodide), a cationic fullerene derivative, has antibacterial activity and antiproliferative effect on cancer cell lines. The mechanism is suggested to be respiratory chain inhibition by reactive oxygen species produced by the cationic fullerene derivative. Proline-type fullerene derivatives showed strong inhibition activities on HIV-reverse transcriptase. The IC50 values were remarkably lower than nevirapine, a clinically used anti-HIV drug. Fullerene derivatives have a big potential for a new type of lead compound to be used as medicine.

  3. Fullerenes: an extraterrestrial carbon carrier phase for noble gases.

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    Becker, L; Poreda, R J; Bunch, T E

    2000-03-28

    In this work, we report on the discovery of naturally occurring fullerenes (C60 to C400) in the Allende and Murchison meteorites and some sediment samples from the 65 million-year-old Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary layer (KTB). Unlike the other pure forms of carbon (diamond and graphite), fullerenes are extractable in an organic solvent (e.g., toluene or 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene). The recognition of this unique property led to the detection and isolation of the higher fullerenes in the Kratschmer/Huffmann arc evaporated graphite soot and in the carbon material in the meteorite and impact deposits. By further exploiting the unique ability of the fullerene cage structure to encapsulate and retain noble gases, we have determined that both the Allende and Murchison fullerenes and the KTB fullerenes contain trapped noble gases with ratios that can only be described as extraterrestrial in origin.

  4. Synthesis of Endohedral Fullerene Using ECR Ion Source

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    Minezaki, Hidekazu; Uchida, Takashi; Tanaka, Kiyokatsu; Asaji, Toyohisa; Muramatsu, Masayuki; Kitagawa, Atsushi; Kato, Yushi; Racz, Richard; Biri, Sandor; Yoshida, Yoshikazu

    2011-01-07

    We are developing an ECRIS apparatus which is designed for the production of endohedral fullerenes. Our promising approaches to produce the endohedral fullerenes using the ECRIS are the ion-ion collision reaction of fullerenes and the other atom in their mixture plasma and simple ion implantation of atom into fullerene layer. In this study, we tried to synthesize the endohedral nitrogen-fullerenes by ion implantation. N{sup +} beam was irradiated to a fullerene target with a specific energy and dose. As a result, we could observe the peak of N+C{sub 60} from targets after N{sup +} beam irradiation with TOF-SIMS and LDI-TOF-MS.

  5. Fullerenes: An extraterrestrial carbon carrier phase for noble gases

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    Becker, Luann; Poreda, Robert J.; Bunch, Ted E.

    2000-01-01

    In this work, we report on the discovery of naturally occurring fullerenes (C60 to C400) in the Allende and Murchison meteorites and some sediment samples from the 65 million-year-old Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary layer (KTB). Unlike the other pure forms of carbon (diamond and graphite), fullerenes are extractable in an organic solvent (e.g., toluene or 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene). The recognition of this unique property led to the detection and isolation of the higher fullerenes in the Kratschmer/Huffmann arc evaporated graphite soot and in the carbon material in the meteorite and impact deposits. By further exploiting the unique ability of the fullerene cage structure to encapsulate and retain noble gases, we have determined that both the Allende and Murchison fullerenes and the KTB fullerenes contain trapped noble gases with ratios that can only be described as extraterrestrial in origin. PMID:10725367

  6. Memory operation mechanism of fullerene-containing polymer memory

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    Nakajima, Anri Fujii, Daiki

    2015-03-09

    The memory operation mechanism in fullerene-containing nanocomposite gate insulators was investigated while varying the kind of fullerene in a polymer gate insulator. It was cleared what kind of traps and which positions in the nanocomposite the injected electrons or holes are stored in. The reason for the difference in the easiness of programming was clarified taking the role of the charging energy of an injected electron into account. The dependence of the carrier dynamics on the kind of fullerene molecule was investigated. A nonuniform distribution of injected carriers occurred after application of a large magnitude programming voltage due to the width distribution of the polystyrene barrier between adjacent fullerene molecules. Through the investigations, we demonstrated a nanocomposite gate with fullerene molecules having excellent retention characteristics and a programming capability. This will lead to the realization of practical organic memories with fullerene-containing polymer nanocomposites.

  7. Fullerene-based materials research and development. LDRD final report

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    Cahill, P A; Henderson, C C; Rohlfing, C M; Loy, D A; Assink, R A; Gillen, K T; Jacobs, S J; Dugger, M T

    1995-05-01

    The chemistry and physical properties of fullerenes, the third, molecular allotrope of carbon, have been studied using both experimental and computational techniques. Early computational work investigated the stability of fullerene isomers and oxides, which was followed by extensive work on hydrogenated fullerenes. Our work led to the first synthesis of a polymer containing C{sub 60} and the synthesis of the simplest hydrocarbon derivatives of C{sub 60} and C{sub 70}. The excellent agreement between theory and experiment ({plus_minus} 0.1 kcal/mol in the relative stability of isomers) has provided insight into the chemical nature of fullerenes and has yielded a sound basis for prediction of the structure of derivatized fullerenes. Such derivatives are the key to the preparation of fullerene-based materials.

  8. Generation, Characterization and Applications of Fullerenes

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    Liu, Shengzhong

    A contact-arc sputtering configuration has been adopted and optimized in order to generate fullerene-containing soot. Several stages of design improvements have made our equipment more effective in terms of yield and production rate. Upon modification of Wudl's Soxhlet separation procedure, we have been able to significantly speed up C_ {60} separation and higher fullerene enrichment. At least ten more separable HPLC peaks after C_ {84} have been observed for the first time. Preliminary laser desorption time of flight mass spectra suggest that our enriched higher fullerene sample possibly contains, C_{86}, C_{88}, C_ {90}, C_{92} , C_{94} and C _{96} in addition to the previously isolated smaller fullerenes C_ {60}, C_{70} , C_{76}, C _{78}(D_2), C_{78}(C_ {rm 2v}) and C_{84 }. Among these, C_{86 }, C_{88}, C_{92} show up for the first time in separable amounts and the controversial species --C_{94} appears present too. HPLC has been successfully used for high fullerene separation, pure C_{76}, C_{84} samples so far having been obtained. Fullerene decomposition (especially of higher fullerenes) in the column has been clearly identified. We defined HPLC peaks indicate that the oxidation process may follow certain "well defined" routes. A yellow epoxide band containing various oxides of C_{60 } has been extracted and characterized using mass spectrometry. Characterizations of pure C _{60} and C_{70 } include HPLC, mass spectrometry, vibrational IR and Raman spectroscopy, STM, TEM etc. Our Raman measurements completed the full assignment of C_{60 } fundamental modes and supplied more structural information on C_{70}. STM imaging supplied clear pictures of both C_ {60} and C_{70} molecular topologies. Especially for C _{70}, both the long and the short axes of the molecule have been clearly resolved. TEM observations involving imaging, diffraction and electron energy loss spectroscopy of crystalline C_{60} and C_{70} were performed. The room temperature lattice

  9. Is the 21-micron Feature Observed in Some Post-AGB Stars Caused by the Interaction Between Ti Atoms and Fullerenes?

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    Kimura, Yuki; Nuth, Joseph A. III; Ferguson, Frank T.

    2005-01-01

    Recent measurements of fullerenes and Ti atoms recorded in our laboratory have demonstrated the presence of an infrared feature near 21 pm. The feature observed has nearly the same shape and position as is observed for one of the most enigmatic features in post-asymptotic giant blanch (AGB) stars. In our experimental system large cage carbon particles, such as large fullerenes, were produced from CO gas by the Boudouard reaction. Large-cage carbon particles intermixed with Ti atoms were produced by the evaporation of a Ti metal wrapped carbon electrode in CO gas. The infrared spectra of large fullerenes interacting with Ti atoms show a characteristic feature at 20.3 micron that closely corresponds to the 20.1 micron feature observed in post-AGB stars. Both the lab- oratory and stellar spectra also show a small but significant peak at 19.0 micron, which is attributed to fullerenes. Here, we propose that the interaction between fullerenes and Ti atoms may be a plausible explanation for the 21-micron feature seen in some post-AGB stars.

  10. Nanofibers used for the delivery of analgesics.

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    Tseng, Yuan-Yun; Liu, Shih-Jung

    2015-01-01

    Nanofibers are extremely advantageous for drug delivery because of their high surface area-to-volume ratios, high porosities and 3D open porous structures. Local delivery of analgesics by using nanofibers allows site-specificity and requires a lower overall drug dosage with lower adverse side effects. Different analgesics have been loaded onto various nanofibers, including those that are natural, synthetic and copolymer, for various medical applications. Analgesics can also be singly or coaxially loaded onto nanofibers to enhance clinical applications. In particular, analgesic-eluting nanofibers provide additional benefits to preventing wound adhesion and scar formation. This paper reviews current research and breakthrough discoveries on the innovative application of analgesic-loaded nanofibers that will alter the clinical therapy of pain.

  11. Electrospun nanofibers for neural tissue engineering

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    Xie, Jingwei; MacEwan, Matthew R.; Schwartz, Andrea G.; Xia, Younan

    2010-01-01

    Biodegradable nanofibers produced by electrospinning represent a new class of promising scaffolds to support nerve regeneration. We begin with a brief discussion on the electrospinning of nanofibers and methods for controlling the structure, porosity, and alignment of the electrospun nanofibers. The methods include control of the nanoscale morphology and microscale alignment of the nanofibers, as well as the fabrication of macroscale, three-dimensional tubular structures. We then highlight recent studies that utilize electrospun nanofibers to manipulate biological processes relevant to nervous tissue regeneration, including stem cell differentiation, guidance of neurite extension, and peripheral nerve injury treatments. The main objective of this feature article is to provide valuable insights into methods for investigating the mechanisms of neurite growth on novel nanofibrous scaffolds and optimization of the nanofiber scaffolds and conduits for repairing peripheral nerve injuries.

  12. Surface chemical modification of fullerene by mechanochemical treatment

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    Todorović Marković, B.; Jokanović, V.; Jovanović, S.; Kleut, D.; Dramićanin, M.; Marković, Z.

    2009-06-01

    In this study different encapsulating agents have been used for chemical modification of fullerenes. Fullerenes have reacted with tetrahydrofuran, sodium dodecyl sulfate, sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate and ethylene vinyl acetate-ethylene vinyl versatate at room temperature under mechanical milling. The obtained powder has been dispersed in water by ultrasonication. The fullerene based colloids have been characterized by UV-vis, FTIR, Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. FTIR and Raman analysis have shown the presence of C 60 after surface functionalization.

  13. A Novel Nanofiber Scaffold by Electrospinning and its Utility in Microvascular Tissue Engineering

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    2005-01-01

    by using electrostatic force , which is called electrospinning . In this process, two electrodes are attached to the capillary of a syringe which...contains the polymer solution and the collector respectively. Under the applied electric field, a polymer jet is formed and deposited on the collector...UNCLASSIFIED Defense Technical Information Center Compilation Part Notice ADP019747 TITLE: A Novel Nanofiber Scaffold by Electrospinning and its

  14. A search for hydrogenated fullerenes in fullerene-containing planetary nebulae

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    Díaz-Luis, J. J.; García-Hernández, D. A.; Manchado, A.; Cataldo, F.

    2016-07-01

    Detections of C60 and C70 fullerenes in planetary nebulae (PNe) of the Magellanic Clouds and of our own Galaxy have raised the idea that other forms of carbon such as hydrogenated fullerenes (fulleranes like C60H36 and C60H18), buckyonions, and carbon nanotubes, may be widespread in the Universe. Here we present VLT/ISAAC spectra (R ∼⃒600) in the 2.9-4.1 µm spectral region for the Galactic PNe Tc 1 and M 1-20, which have been used to search for fullerene-based molecules in their fullerene-rich circumstellar environments. We report the non-detection of the most intense infrared bands of several fulleranes around ∼⃒3.4-3.6 μm in both PNe. We conclude that if fulleranes are present in the fullerene-containing circumstellar environments of these PNe, then they seem to be by far less abundant than C60 and C70. Our non-detections together with the (tentative) fulleranes detection in the proto-PN IRAS 01005+7910 suggest that fulleranes may be formed in the short transition phase between AGB stars and PNe but they are quickly destroyed by the UV radiation field from the central star.

  15. A search for hydrogenated fullerenes in fullerene-containing planetary nebulae

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    Díaz-Luis, J. J.; García-Hernández, D. A.; Manchado, A.; Cataldo, F.

    2016-05-01

    Detections of C60 and C70 fullerenes in planetary nebulae (PNe) of the Magellanic Clouds and of our own Galaxy have raised the idea that other forms of carbon, such as hydrogenated fullerenes (fulleranes like C60H36 and C60H18), buckyonions, and carbon nanotubes, may be widespread in the Universe. Here we present VLT/ISAAC spectra (R ~ 600) in the 2.9-4.1 μm spectral region for the Galactic PNe Tc 1 and M 1-20, which have been used to search for fullerene-based molecules in their fullerene-rich circumstellar environments. We report the non-detection of the most intense infrared bands of several fulleranes around ~3.4-3.6 μm in both PNe. We conclude that if fulleranes are present in the fullerene-containing circumstellar environments of these PNe, then they seem to be much less abundant than C60 and C70. Our non-detections, together with the (tentative) fulleranes detection in the proto-PN IRAS 01005+7910, suggest that fulleranes may be formed in the short transition phase between AGB stars and PNe, but they are quickly destroyed by the UV radiation field from the central star.

  16. Electrode compositions

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    Block, J.; Fan, X.

    1998-10-27

    An electrode composition is described for use as an electrode in a non-aqueous battery system. The electrode composition contains an electrically active powder in a solid polymer and, as a dispersant, a C{sub 8}-C{sub 15} alkyl capped oligomer of a hexanoic acid that is electrochemically inert at 2.5--4.5 volts.

  17. Electrode compositions

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    Block, Jacob; Fan, Xiyun

    1998-01-01

    An electrode composition for use as an electrode in a non-aqueous battery system. The electrode composition contains an electrically active powder in a solid polymer and, as a dispersant, a C.sub.8 -C.sub.15 alkyl capped oligomer of a hexanoic acid that is electrochemically inert at 2.5-4.5 volts.

  18. Self-organized patterns of fullerene on molecular nanotemplate

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    Jin, Jing; Song, Xin; Wang, Zhongping; Liu, Xiaoqing; Wang, Li

    2017-02-01

    Row structures and close packed islands of fullerenes controlled by a stable molecular nanotemplate formed via rubrene on Au(111) have been investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy. The fullerene rows are made up of short chains linked by two to four molecules at low fullerene coverage, while they consisted of dimers or trimers with the increase of the coverage and the assistance of further annealing. The close-packed islands of fullerene are described as a hexagonal cubic structure. The growth of the islands can overcome the hindrance of the terrace edges and expand from one terrace to the other without breaking their periodic structures.

  19. Oscillations of spherical fullerenes interacting with graphene sheet

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    Ghavanloo, Esmaeal; Fazelzadeh, S. Ahmad

    2017-01-01

    In the present study, the oscillations of spherical fullerenes in the vicinity of a fully constrained graphene sheet are investigated. Using the continuous approximation and Lennard-Jones potential, the van der Waals (vdW) potential energy and interaction forces are obtained. The equation of motion is derived and directly solved based on the actual force distribution between the fullerene molecules and the graphene sheet. Numerical results are obtained and shown that the oscillation is sensitive to the size of the fullerene as well as the distance between the center of the fullerene and the graphene sheet.

  20. Protective Fullerene (C60) Packaging System for Microelectromechanical Systems Applications

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    Olivas, John D. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    The invention involves a method for locating the probe of a scanning tunneling micrograph a predetermined distance from its conducting surface, and specifically the deposition of a monolayer of fullerene C60 onto the conducting plate. The Fullerene C60 molecule is approximately spherical and a monolayer of fullerene has a thickness of one nanometer. By providing a monolayer of fullerene on the conducting surface and locating the probe on the surface of the monolayer, a distance of one nanometer can be established between the probe tip and the conducting surface.

  1. Depth profiles of fullerene in ion irradiated polyimide

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    Fink, D.; Klett, R.; Mathis, C.; Vacik, J.; Hnatowicz, V.; Chadderton, L. T.

    1995-05-01

    An analytical experimental technique is described which permits depth profiles of the fundamental molecule fullerene, C 60, to be determined in solids for low molecular concentrations. The method combines a procedure for the simultaneous marking and immobilizing of fullerene in organic solids, by means of lithium salt formation, with "neutron depth profiling" — a highly sensitive approach in determining specific depth distributions of 6Li. The new technique — fullerene tracer profiling (FTP) — is described in some detail, and results of the first experiments are discussed. Fullerene solutions have been introduced into both pristine and ion-irradiated samples of the polymer polyimide (PI). The C 60 depth distributions were then measured using fullerene tracer profiling. From the shapes of the depth distributions conclusions are drawn concerning the uptake of fullerene solutions by polymers and the mobility of fullerene. Fullerene does not penetrate unirradiated PI, but it does readily fill up latent tracks of energetic ions in this polymer. Depending on the specific ion track density, some 10 4 to 10 7 C 60 molecules can be identified as being present in a single track. The diffusion coefficient for C 60 is estimated to be at least 2 × 10 -12 to 2 × 10 -13 cm 2s -1, much higher than expected. This may be ascribed in part to the remarkable elastic deformability of the fullerene molecule in both kinetic and dynamic motion, and to the near perfect spherical geometry accompanying elimination of dangling bonds in simultaneously minimising the surface energy.

  2. Positronium Formation in Carbon Fullerenes - Myth or Reality?

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    Ranganathaiah, C.

    Positron lifetimes in C60 and C70 fullerenes have been measured using Positron Lifetime technique. The analyzed lifetime spectra yields a single lifetime component in agreement with the earlier measurements. XRD measurements have also been used to characterize the fullerene samples. The C60 and C70 fullerenes have regular crystallographic face centered cubic structure with lattice constant a=14.149 Å and 14.903 Å respectively in good agreement with the literature data. The present positron results clearly support the conclusion that positrons do not form positronium in fullerenes.

  3. Higher fullerenes: Compositional analysis by EDXD and molecular dynamics

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    Carbone, Marilena; Gontrani, Lorenzo

    2014-06-19

    A carbon soot of higher fullerenes was studied by Energy Dispersive X-ray Diffraction (EDXD) aiming at defining the overall structure as accurately as possible to define the overall structure, without lengthy separation and purification procedures. EDXD pattern was compared with model curves obtained for single homogeneous fullerenes already crystallized and for the hypothesized C180. All fullerenes contribute to the overall experimental curve to different extents, with C96 giving the best agreement. The presence of even higher fullerenes is very likely, since the hypothesized C180 gives a very good match as well.

  4. Processing and characterization of copper-fullerene systems

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    Sheng, Xiayang

    1998-12-01

    Nanocrystalline copper-fullerene thin films were simultaneously co-deposited by copper evaporation and fullerene sublimation, and annealed over a range from 200 to 800sp°C for 8 hours in flowing argon. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, electron probe micro analysis, x-ray diffraction and extended x-ray absorption fine structure analysis were used to characterize the films before and after annealing. These analyses show that fullerenes were dispersed at a microscopic level in the uniform thin films by the co-deposition technique. The fullerenes were observed to segregate at the copper grains boundaries. The copper grains were refined with the nanosize fullerene particles during the co-deposition. Comparing to the pure copper thin films, grain growth in the fullerene-copper thin films was significantly suppressed by the dispersed fullerenes when the annealing temperature was lower than 400sp°C. Grain growth occurred when the films annealed above 400sp°C where the fullerenes were separated from the copper matrix. Furthermore, a model for a Cu-Csb{60} system was proposed to provide a better understanding of the interactions between copper atoms and fullerene molecules. This model suggests that fullerene segregation and its concentrations at the copper grain boundaries are the two major factors in determining the microstructures of the copper-fullerene thin films during co-deposition and annealing. The Zener pinning theory was used to explain the copper grain size stabilization with the fullerene dispersion. It was revealed that the stabilized grain size is a function of the grain boundary saturation concentrations of the fullerenes. The oxidation of the films, the formation of holes and hillocks were also explored. Bulk copper-fullerene composites were processed by powder metallurgy with dry and wet mixing techniques. Fullerene dispersion was achieved at an intergranular level. Hot isostatic pressing was applied during sintering to

  5. Nanofiber filter media for air filtration

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    Raghavan, Bharath Kumar

    Nanofibers have higher capture efficiencies in comparison to microfibers in the submicron particle size range of 100-500 nm because of small fiber diameter and increased surface area of the fibers. Pressure drop across the filter increases tremendously with decrease in fiber diameter in the continuum flow regime. Nanofibers with fiber diameter less than 300 nm are in the slip flow regime as a consequence of which steep increase in pressure drop is considerably reduced due to slip effect. The outlet or inlet gases have broad range of particle size distribution varying from few micrometers to nanometers. The economic benefits include capture of a wide range of particle sizes in the gas streams using compact filters composed of nanofibers and microfibers. Electrospinning technique was used to successfully fabricate polymeric and ceramic nanofibers. The nanofibers were long, continuous, and flexible with diameters in the range of 200--300 nm. Nanofibers were added to the filter medium either by mixing microfibers and nanofibers or by directly electrospinning nanofibers as thin layer on the surface of the microfiber filter medium. Experimental results showed that either by mixing Nylon 6 nanofibers with B glass fibers or by electrospinning Nylon 6 nanofibers as a thin layer on the surface of the microfiber medium in the surface area ratio of 1 which is 0.06 g of nanofibers for 2 g of microfibers performed better than microfiber filter media in air filtration tests. This improved performance is consistent with numerical modeling. The particle loading on a microfibrous filter were studied for air filtration tests. The experimental and modeling results showed that both pressure drop and capture efficiency increased with loading time. Nanofiber filter media has potential applications in many filtration applications and one of them being hot gas filtration. Ceramic nanofibers made of alumina and titania nanofibers can withstand in the range of 1000°C. Ceramic nanofibers

  6. Thermo-electromechanical Behavior of Piezoelectric Nanofibers.

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    Baniasadi, Mahmoud; Xu, Zhe; Hong, Seokjin; Naraghi, Mohammad; Minary-Jolandan, Majid

    2016-02-03

    High performance piezoelectric devices based on arrays of PVDF-TrFE nanofibers have been introduced in the literature for a variety of applications including energy harvesting and sensing. In this Research Article, we utilize uniaxial tensile test on arrays of nanofibers, microtensile, and nanoindentation and piezo-response force microscopy (PFM) on individual nanofibers, as wells as DSC, XRD, and FTIR spectroscopy to investigate the effect of annealing on microstructure, mechanical, and piezoelectric properties of arrays and individual electrospun nanofibers. For PVDF-TrFE nanofibers annealing in a temperature between the Curie and melting temperature (in paraelectric phase) results in ∼70% increase in crystallinity of the nanofibers. The findings of our multiscale experiments reveal that this improvement in crystallinity results in ∼3-fold increase in elastic modulus, and ∼55% improvement in piezoelectric constant. Meanwhile, the ductility and tensile toughness of the nanofibers drop by ∼1 order of magnitude. In addition, nanoscale cracks were observed on the surface of the annealed nanofibers; however, they did not result in significant change in the strength of the nanofibers. The results of this work may have important implications for applications of PVDF-TrFE in energy harvesting, biomedical, and sensor areas.

  7. Nickel nanofibers synthesized by the electrospinning method

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    Ji, Yi; Zhang, Xuebin; Zhu, Yajun; Li, Bin; Wang, Yang; Zhang, Jingcheng; Feng, Yi

    2013-07-15

    Highlights: ► The nickel nanofibers have been obtained by electrospinning method. ► The nickel nanofibers had rough surface which was consisted of mass nanoparticles. ► The average diameter of nickel nanofibers is about 135 nm and high degree of crystallization. ► The Hc, Ms, and Mr were estimated to be 185 Oe, 51.9 and 16.9 emu/g respectively. - Abstract: In this paper, nickel nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning polyvinyl alcohol/nickel nitrate precursor solution followed by high temperature calcination in air and deoxidation in hydrogen atmosphere. The thermal stability of the as-electrospun PVA/Ni(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} composite nanofibers were characterized by TG–DSC. The morphologies and structures of the as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), field-emission scanning electronmicroscope (FE-SEM) and field-emission transmission electron microscopy (FE-TEM). The hysteresis loops (M–H loops) were measured by Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS). The results indicate that: the PVA and the nickel nitrate were almost completely decomposed at 460 °C and the products were pure nickel nanofibers with face-centered cubic (fcc) structure. Furthermore, the as-prepared nickel nanofibers had a continuous structure with rough surface and high degree of crystallization. The average diameter of nickel nanofibers was about 135 nm. The nanofibers showed a stronger coercivity of 185 Oe than value of bulk nickel.

  8. Electrospun PCL nanofibers with anisotropic mechanical properties as a biomedical scaffold.

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    Kim, Geun Hyung

    2008-06-01

    To design an ideal scaffold, various factors should be considered, such as pore size and morphology, mechanical properties versus porosity, surface properties and appropriate biodegradability. Of these factors, the importance of mechanical properties on cell growth is particularly obvious in tissues such as bone, cartilage, blood vessels, tendons and muscles. Although electrospun nanofibers provide easily applicable nano-sized structures which could be used as biomedical scaffolds, the mechanical properties are poor since an increased pore size and porosity are generally accompanied by a decrease in mechanical properties. In addition, the general electrospinning has been limited to the fabrication of a variety of anisotropic mechanical properties, which are extremely important parameters for designing a musculoskeletal system. In this study, scaffolds consisting of variously oriented nanofibers were produced using an electrospinning process modified with an auxiliary electrode and a two-axis robot collecting system. Using an auxiliary electrode, a stable Taylor cone and initial spun jets were obtained. The influence of the electrode was evaluated with electric field simulation. Using the modified electrospinning process, various directions of orientation of electrospun fibers could be acquired and the fabricated oriented nanofiber webs showed a mechanically anisotropic behavior and a higher hydrophilic property compared to randomly distributed fibrous mats.

  9. Magnetohydrodynamic electrode

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    Boquist, Carl W.; Marchant, David D.

    1978-01-01

    A ceramic-metal composite suitable for use in a high-temperature environment consists of a refractory ceramic matrix containing 10 to 50 volume percent of a continuous high-temperature metal reinforcement. In a specific application of the composite, as an electrode in a magnetohydrodynamic generator, the one surface of the electrode which contacts the MHD fluid may have a layer of varying thickness of nonreinforced refractory ceramic for electrode temperature control. The side walls of the electrode may be coated with a refractory ceramic insulator. Also described is an electrode-insulator system for a MHD channel.

  10. Carbon and fullerene nanomaterials in plant system.

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    Husen, Azamal; Siddiqi, Khwaja Salahuddin

    2014-04-25

    Both the functionalized and non functionalized carbon nanomaterials influence fruit and crop production in edible plants and vegetables. The fullerene, C60 and carbon nanotubes have been shown to increase the water retaining capacity, biomass and fruit yield in plants up to ~118% which is a remarkable achievement of nanotechnology in recent years. The fullerene treated bitter melon seeds also increase the phytomedicine contents such as cucurbitacin-B (74%), lycopene (82%), charantin (20%) and insulin (91%). Since as little as 50 μg mL-1 of carbon nanotubes increase the tomato production by about 200%, they may be exploited to enhance the agriculture production in future. It has been observed that, in certain cases, non functionalized multi-wall carbon nanotubes are toxic to both plants and animals but the toxicity can be drastically reduced if they are functionalized.

  11. Preparation of fullerene/glass composites

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    Mattes, B.R.; McBranch, D.W.; Robinson, J.M.; Koskelo, A.C.; Love, S.P.

    1995-05-30

    Synthesis of fullerene/glass composites is described. A direct method for preparing solid solutions of C{sub 60} in silicon dioxide (SiO{sub 2}) glass matrices by means of sol-gel chemistry is described. In order to produce highly concentrated fullerene-sol-gel-composites it is necessary to increase the solubility of these ``guests`` in a delivery solvent which is compatible with the starter sol (receiving solvent). Sonication results in aggregate disruption by treatment with high frequency sound waves, thereby accelerating the rate of hydrolysis of the alkoxide precursor, and the solution process for the C{sub 60}. Depending upon the preparative procedure, C{sub 60} dispersed within the glass matrix as microcrystalline domains, or dispersed as true molecular solutions of C{sub 60} in a solid glass matrix, is generated by the present method.

  12. Preparation of fullerene/glass composites

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    Mattes, Benjamin R.; McBranch, Duncan W.; Robinson, Jeanne M.; Koskelo, Aaron C.; Love, Steven P.

    1995-01-01

    Synthesis of fullerene/glass composites. A direct method for preparing solid solutions of C.sub.60 in silicon dioxide (SiO.sub.2) glass matrices by means of sol-gel chemistry is described. In order to produce highly concentrated fullerene-sol-gel-composites it is necessary to increase the solubility of these "guests" in a delivery solvent which is compatible with the starter sol (receiving solvent). Sonication results in aggregate disruption by treatment with high frequency sound waves, thereby accelerating the rate of hydrolysis of the alkoxide precursor, and the solution process for the C.sub.60. Depending upon the preparative procedure, C.sub.60 dispersed within the glass matrix as microcrystalline domains, or dispersed as true molecular solutions of C.sub.60 in a solid glass matrix, is generated by the present method.

  13. Carbon and fullerene nanomaterials in plant system

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    2014-01-01

    Both the functionalized and non functionalized carbon nanomaterials influence fruit and crop production in edible plants and vegetables. The fullerene, C60 and carbon nanotubes have been shown to increase the water retaining capacity, biomass and fruit yield in plants up to ~118% which is a remarkable achievement of nanotechnology in recent years. The fullerene treated bitter melon seeds also increase the phytomedicine contents such as cucurbitacin-B (74%), lycopene (82%), charantin (20%) and insulin (91%). Since as little as 50 μg mL−1 of carbon nanotubes increase the tomato production by about 200%, they may be exploited to enhance the agriculture production in future. It has been observed that, in certain cases, non functionalized multi-wall carbon nanotubes are toxic to both plants and animals but the toxicity can be drastically reduced if they are functionalized. PMID:24766786

  14. Polymer-fullerene composite solar cells.

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    Thompson, Barry C; Fréchet, Jean M J

    2008-01-01

    Fossil fuel alternatives, such as solar energy, are moving to the forefront in a variety of research fields. Polymer-based organic photovoltaic systems hold the promise for a cost-effective, lightweight solar energy conversion platform, which could benefit from simple solution processing of the active layer. The function of such excitonic solar cells is based on photoinduced electron transfer from a donor to an acceptor. Fullerenes have become the ubiquitous acceptors because of their high electron affinity and ability to transport charge effectively. The most effective solar cells have been made from bicontinuous polymer-fullerene composites, or so-called bulk heterojunctions. The best solar cells currently achieve an efficiency of about 5%, thus significant advances in the fundamental understanding of the complex interplay between the active layer morphology and electronic properties are required if this technology is to find viable application.

  15. Spectroscopic and video observations of fullerene production arcs

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    Lorents, D.C.; Stalder, K.R.; Keegan, D.M.; Ruoff, R.S.; Malhotra, R.M.

    1993-12-01

    Spatially resolved spectroscopic studies of a carbon arc operating under fullerene production conditions have been made across the visible wavelength range using an imaging Optical Multichannel Analyzer. C{sub 2} Swan bands are observed to be the major visible emissions although strong CI and CII as well as He I atomic lines are also observed. Video and photographic studies of the arc characteristics show the Swan-band emissions to be concentrated most intensely near the anode but also to appear strongly in regions well outside the electrode gap region. Vibrational and rotational temperatures of these bands provide information on the temperatures in various regions of the arc. The characteristic spatial structure of the arcs observed in the Swan-band light suggests that they are excited by electrons whose trajectories are controlled by the local electric and magnetic fields. The arc exhibits complex and interesting temporal behavior that has been observed with a video camera using short exposure times. Video film taken through a Swan-band filter clearly shows the dominant spatial features of the C{sub 2} emissions.

  16. Fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, and graphene for molecular electronics.

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    Pinzón, Julio R; Villalta-Cerdas, Adrián; Echegoyen, Luis

    2012-01-01

    With the constant growing complexity of electronic devices, the top-down approach used with silicon based technology is facing both technological and physical challenges. Carbon based nanomaterials are good candidates to be used in the construction of electronic circuitry using a bottom-up approach, because they have semiconductor properties and dimensions within the required physical limit to establish electrical connections. The unique electronic properties of fullerenes for example, have allowed the construction of molecular rectifiers and transistors that can operate with more than two logical states. Carbon nanotubes have shown their potential to be used in the construction of molecular wires and FET transistors that can operate in the THz frequency range. On the other hand, graphene is not only the most promising material for replacing ITO in the construction of transparent electrodes but it has also shown quantum Hall effect and conductance properties that depend on the edges or chemical doping. The purpose of this review is to present recent developments on the utilization carbon nanomaterials in molecular electronics.

  17. Diamond films grown from fullerene precursors

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    Gruen, D.M.; Zuiker, C.D.; Krauss, A.R.

    1995-07-01

    Fullerene precursors have been shown to result in the growth of diamond films from argon microwave plasmas. In contradistinction to most diamond films grown using conventional methane-hydrogen mixtures, the fullerene-generated films are nanocrystalline and smooth on the nanometer scale. They have recently been shown to have friction coefficients approaching the values of natural diamond. It is clearly important to understand the development of surface morphology during film growth from fullerene precursors and to elucidate the factors leading to surface roughness when hydrogen is present in the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) gas mixtures. To achieve these goals, we are measuring surface reflectivity of diamond films growing on silicon substrates over a wide range of plasma processing conditions. A model for the interpretation of the laser interferometric data has been developed, which allows one to determine film growth rate, rms surface roughness, and bulk losses due to scattering and absorption. The rms roughness values determined by reflectivity are in good agreement with atomic force microscope (AFM) measurements. A number of techniques, including high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and near-edge x-ray absorption find structure (NEXAFS) measurements, have been used to characterize the films. A mechanism for diamond-film growth involving the C{sub 2} molecule as a growth species will be presented. The mechanism is based on (1) the observation that the optical emission spectra of the fullerene- containing plasmas are dominated by the Swan bands of C{sub 2} and (2) the ability of C{sub 2} to insert directly into C-H and C-C bonds with low activation barriers, as shown by recent theoretical calculations of reactions of C{sub 2} with carbon clusters.

  18. Optical limiting materials based on fullerene derivatives

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    Prato, Maurizio; Maggini, Michele; Scorrano, Gianfranco; Brusatin, Giovanna; Guglielmi, Massimo; Meneghetti, Moreno; Signorini, Raffaella; Bozio, Renato; Guldi, Dirk M.

    1999-09-30

    A functionalized fulleropyrrolidine has been synthesized and investigated for optical limiting applications. Solid materials have been prepared for optical limiting devices by incorporation in sol-gel glasses. Their nonlinear transmission properties have been measured and found comparable with those of solution samples. We show that clustering of the fullerene spheres, which might affect the optical limiting properties, is not relevant. Multilayer structures following a bottleneck design are prepared and their NL transmission properties are characterized. (c) 1999 American Institute of Physics.

  19. Chemical Reaction and Flow Modeling in Fullerene and Nanotube Production

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    Scott, Carl D.; Farhat, Samir; Greendyke, Robert B.

    2004-01-01

    The development of processes to produce fullerenes and carbon nanotubes has largely been empirical. Fullerenes were first discovered in the soot produced by laser ablation of graphite [1]and then in the soot of electric arc evaporated carbon. Techniques and conditions for producing larger and larger quantities of fullerenes depended mainly on trial and error empirical variations of these processes, with attempts to scale them up by using larger electrodes and targets and higher power. Various concepts of how fullerenes and carbon nanotubes were formed were put forth, but very little was done based on chemical kinetics of the reactions. This was mainly due to the complex mixture of species and complex nature of conditions in the reactors. Temperatures in the reactors varied from several thousand degrees Kelvin down to near room temperature. There are hundreds of species possible, ranging from atomic carbon to large clusters of carbonaceous soot, and metallic catalyst atoms to metal clusters, to complexes of metals and carbon. Most of the chemical kinetics of the reactions and the thermodynamic properties of clusters and complexes have only been approximated. In addition, flow conditions in the reactors are transient or unsteady, and three dimensional, with steep spatial gradients of temperature and species concentrations. All these factors make computational simulations of reactors very complex and challenging. This article addresses the development of the chemical reaction involved in fullerene production and extends this to production of carbon nanotubes by the laser ablation/oven process and by the electric arc evaporation process. In addition, the high-pressure carbon monoxide (HiPco) process is discussed. The article is in several parts. The first one addresses the thermochemical aspects of modeling; and considers the development of chemical rate equations, estimates of reaction rates, and thermodynamic properties where they are available. The second part

  20. Synthesis of fullerene-acene dyads

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    Cho, Claire Eunhye

    Organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells present potential for industrial use because of their possible low cost production. However, their relatively low efficiencies render them impractical for implementation. A comprehensive understanding of the photophysical process is necessary for eventual development of high efficiency OPV cells. Studying photophysical processes of well-defined structures such as dyad or triad molecules may give insight into their photophysical processes. In this study, we selected pentacene derivatives as electron donors and fullerenes as electron acceptors for dyad and triad molecules with well-defined structures. Several new types of organothiosubstituted 6,13-dihydropentacenes with terminal functionality including carboxylic acid, alcohol and amine groups were synthesized. A sterically hindered pentacene derivative was also prepared in order to prevent cycloaddition between C60 and pentacene. Functionalized fullerenes were synthesized for use as electron acceptors. Numerous reaction methods were attempted toward the synthesis of a donor/acceptor dyad with pentacene and fullerene derivatives. However, hydroamination of pristine C 60 using a diamino dihydropentacene derivative was the only successful method demonstrated to link C60 and dihydropentacene derivatives.

  1. PREFACE: Fullerene Nano Materials (Symposium of IUMRS-ICA2008)

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    Miyazawa, Kun'ichi; Fujita, Daisuke; Wakahara, Takatsugu; Kizuka, Tokushi; Matsuishi, Kiyoto; Ochiai, Yuichi; Tachibana, Masaru; Ogata, Hironori; Mashino, Tadahiko; Kumashiro, Ryotaro; Oikawa, Hidetoshi

    2009-07-01

    This volume contains peer-reviewed invited and contributed papers that were presented in Symposium N 'Fullerene Nano Materials' at the IUMRS International Conference in Asia 2008 (IUMRS-ICA 2008), which was held on 9-13 December 2008, at Nagoya Congress Center, Nagoya, Japan. Over twenty years have passed since the discovery of C60 in 1985. The discovery of superconductivity of C60 in 1991 suggested infinite possibilities for fullerenes. On the other hand, a new field of nanocarbon has been developed recently, based on novel functions of the low-dimensional fullerene nanomaterials that include fullerene nanowhiskers, fullerene nanotubes, fullerene nanosheets, chemically modified fullerenes, endohedral fullerenes, thin films of fullerenes and so forth. Electrical, electrochemical, optical, thermal, mechanical and various other properties of fullerene nanomaterials have been investigated and their novel and anomalous nature has been reported. Biological properties of fullerene nanomaterials also have been investigated both in medical applications and toxicity aspects. The recent research developments of fullerene nanomaterials cover a variety of categories owing to their functional diversity. This symposium aimed to review the progress in the state-of-the-art technology based on fullerenes and to offer the forum for active interdisciplinary discussions. 24 oral papers containing 8 invited papers and 22 poster papers were presented at the two-day symposium. Topics on the social acceptance of nanomaterials including fullerene were presented on the first day of the symposium. Biological impacts of nanomaterials and the importance of standardization of nanomaterials characterization were also shown. On the second day, the synthesis, properties, functions and applications of various fullerene nanomaterials were shown in both the oral and poster presentations. We are grateful to all invited speakers and many participants for valuable contributions and active discussions

  2. Evaluation of the genotoxicity of cellulose nanofibers

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    de Lima, Renata; Feitosa, Leandro Oliveira; Maruyama, Cintia Rodrigues; Barga, Mariana Abreu; Yamawaki, Patrícia Cristina; Vieira, Isolda Jesus; Teixeira, Eliangela M; Corrêa, Ana Carolina; Mattoso, Luiz Henrique Caparelli; Fraceto, Leonardo Fernandes

    2012-01-01

    Background Agricultural products and by products provide the primary materials for a variety of technological applications in diverse industrial sectors. Agro-industrial wastes, such as cotton and curaua fibers, are used to prepare nanofibers for use in thermoplastic films, where they are combined with polymeric matrices, and in biomedical applications such as tissue engineering, amongst other applications. The development of products containing nanofibers offers a promising alternative for the use of agricultural products, adding value to the chains of production. However, the emergence of new nanotechnological products demands that their risks to human health and the environment be evaluated. This has resulted in the creation of the new area of nanotoxicology, which addresses the toxicological aspects of these materials. Purpose and methods Contributing to these developments, the present work involved a genotoxicological study of different nanofibers, employing chromosomal aberration and comet assays, as well as cytogenetic and molecular analyses, to obtain preliminary information concerning nanofiber safety. The methodology consisted of exposure of Allium cepa roots, and animal cell cultures (lymphocytes and fibroblasts), to different types of nanofibers. Negative controls, without nanofibers present in the medium, were used for comparison. Results The nanofibers induced different responses according to the cell type used. In plant cells, the most genotoxic nanofibers were those derived from green, white, and brown cotton, and curaua, while genotoxicity in animal cells was observed using nanofibers from brown cotton and curaua. An important finding was that ruby cotton nanofibers did not cause any significant DNA breaks in the cell types employed. Conclusion This work demonstrates the feasibility of determining the genotoxic potential of nanofibers derived from plant cellulose to obtain information vital both for the future usage of these materials in

  3. One-step synthesis of fullerene hydride C(60)H2 via hydrolysis of acylated fullerenes.

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    Tzirakis, Manolis D; Alberti, Mariza N; Nye, Leanne C; Drewello, Thomas; Orfanopoulos, Michael

    2009-08-07

    The hitherto unexplored class of acylated fullerene compounds has been shown to be excellent C(60)H2 precursors. Upon a simple treatment with basic Al2O3, they are hydrolyzed quantitatively into C(60)H2. This key feature led to the development of a new, straightforward protocol for the selective synthesis of the simplest [60]fullerene hydride, C(60)H2. This protocol may offer an advantageous alternative to previously known methods for the synthesis of C(60)H2 allowing for a rapid access to C(60)H2 in good yield and high purity without tedious separating processes.

  4. Loading pentapod deca(organo)[60]fullerenes with electron donors: from photophysics to photoelectrochemical bilayers.

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    Matsuo, Yutaka; Ichiki, Takahiko; Radhakrishnan, Shankara Gayathri; Guldi, Dirk M; Nakamura, Eiichi

    2010-05-12

    A pentapod deca(aryl)[60]fullerene, C(60)(C(6)H(4)CO(2)H)(5)(C(6)H(4)Fc)(5)Me(2) (4; Fc = ferrocenyl), bearing five carboxylic acid and five ferrocenyl groups was synthesized through top and bottom functionalization of [60]fullerene by means of copper-mediated penta-addition reactions. For electrochemical measurements (i.e., E(ox) = 0.08 V, five-electron oxidation of the ferrocenyl groups; E(red) = -1.89 and -2.28 V for the fullerene part vs Fc/Fc(+)), we used an ester-protected compound, C(60)(C(6)H(4)CO(2)Et)(5)(C(6)H(4)Fc)(5)Me(2) (2), and 4 was probed by performing femtosecond flash photolysis experiments in a variety of organic solvents. Importantly, the formation of a radical ion pair state was corroborated with lifetimes of up to 333 ps in toluene. In complementary studies, penta(carboxylic acid)-penta(ferrocenyl) compound 4 was deposited on indium-tin oxide (ITO) electrodes with a surface coverage (i.e., 0.14 nmol/cm(2)) that corresponded to a unique bilayer structure. Decisive for the bilayer motif is the presence of five ferrocenyl groups, which are assembled with a merry-go-round-shaped arrangement on the [60]fullerene. The novel 4/ITO photoelectrode gave rise to a cathodic photocurrent with a 12% quantum yield in the presence of methyl viologen, whereas an anodic photocurrent was generated in the presence of ascorbic acid for a C(60)(C(6)H(4)CO(2)H)(5)(C(6)H(5))(5)Me(2) (5)/ITO photoelectrode. Photophysical investigations revealed that the difference in photocurrent, that is, cathodic versus anodic photocurrents, is related to the nature of the excited state feature in 4 (i.e., charge separated state) and 5 (i.e., triplet excited state). The unique molecular architecture of 4, in combination with its remarkable donor-acceptor properties, validates the use of the pentapod deca(aryl)[60]fullerene in photoelectrochemically active molecular devices.

  5. Determination of morphology and properties of carbon nanofibers and carbon nanofiber polymer nanocomposites

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    Lawrence, Joseph G.

    Vapor grown carbon nanofibers which resemble carbon nanotubes in structure and properties, have been extensively manufactured and investigated in recent years. Carbon nanofibers have been used for producing multifunctional materials due to their excellent properties and low cost of production. Since, commercially available vapor grown carbon nanofibers are subjected to different processing and post processing conditions, the morphology and properties of these nanofibers are not well-known. In this study, we focus on the characterization of the morphology and properties of these nanofibers and the polymer nanocomposites made using these nanofibers as reinforcements. The morphology of the nanofibers was studied employing high resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) images. The analysis showed that the nanofibers consist primarily of conical nanofibers, but can contain a significant amount of bamboo nanofibers. Most of the conical nanofibers were found to consist of an ordered inner layer and a disordered outer layer, with the cone angle distribution of the inner layers indicating that these cannot have a stacked cone structure but are compatible with a cone-helix structure. Nanofibers that were heat treated to temperatures above 1,500°C undergo a structural transformation with the ordered inner layers changing from a cone-helix structure to a highly ordered multiwall stacked cone structure. Due to the complexity in the structure of these nanofibers, a novel method to study the elastic properties and corresponding morphology of individual nanofibers has been developed combining Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), TEM and Focused Ion Beam (FIB) technology. Employing the developed method, the elastic modulus of individual nanofibers and their corresponding dimensions and morphology were determined. The dependence of elastic properties on the wall thickness and the orientation of graphene sheets in the nanofibers were studied. The elastic modulus of these

  6. DDT_dgarciah_3: Searching for complex fullerene-based molecules in the prototype fullerene Planetary Nebula IC 418

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    García-Hernández, D. A.

    2013-02-01

    The recent and unexpected detection of the most common fullerenes (C60 and C70) and proto-graphene in some Planetary Nebulae (PNe) raises the exciting possibility that other more complex fullerene-based molecules (e.g., carbon onions or multishell fullerenes, fullerene-adducts) might be ubiquitous in the Universe and continue to be serious candidates to explain many astrophysical phenomena. The presence of complex fullerene-based molecules such as carbon onions in the circumstellar shells of fullerene-containing PNe is strongly suggested by our recent analysis of the unusual diffuse interstellar bands detected towards two PNe where C60 had already been found. If complex fullerene-based molecules such as carbon onions are present in this peculiar class of stars, they could easily be detected in the far-IR range. Fullerene-containing PNe are usually very faint in the far-IR but our very recent detection of C60 fullerenes in PN IC 418 can now mitigate this unfortunate situation. Surprisingly, Herschel has not observed this very bright source - now considered the prototype fullerene-containing PN - as part of any approved program in previous cycles. Thus, a comprehensive far-IR study of the complex circumstellar environment where fullerenes and fullerene-based molecules may form is at present lacking. With this DDT proposal we aim at obtaining full range, high S/N, Herschel/PACS far-IR spectra of PN IC 418 to search for the spectral signatures of complex fullerene-based molecules such as multishell fullerenes (e.g., C60@C240, C240@C960), which are predicted to be detectable as relatively strong broad features in the far-IR range. If successful, these observations will constitute the first firm detection of the most complex molecules ever detected in space. In addition, we will search for the predicted hydrogenated amorphous carbon (HAC) associated feature at ~60 um to confirm/refute the HAC's processing/decomposition scenario as the preferred fullerene formation route

  7. Antibacterial properties of laser spinning glass nanofibers.

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    Echezarreta-López, M M; De Miguel, T; Quintero, F; Pou, J; Landin, M

    2014-12-30

    A laser-spinning technique has been used to produce amorphous, dense and flexible glass nanofibers of two different compositions with potential utility as reinforcement materials in composites, fillers in bone defects or scaffolds (3D structures) for tissue engineering. Morphological and microstructural analyses have been carried out using SEM-EDX, ATR-FTIR and TEM. Bioactivity studies allow the nanofibers with high proportion in SiO2 (S18/12) to be classified as a bioinert glass and the nanofibers with high proportion of calcium (ICIE16) as a bioactive glass. The cell viability tests (MTT) show high biocompatibility of the laser spinning glass nanofibers. Results from the antibacterial activity study carried out using dynamic conditions revealed that the bioactive glass nanofibers show a dose-dependent bactericidal effect on Sthaphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) while the bioinert glass nanofibers show a bacteriostatic effect also dose-dependent. The antibacterial activity has been related to the release of alkaline ions, the increase of pH of the medium and also the formation of needle-like aggregates of calcium phosphate at the surface of the bioactive glass nanofibers which act as a physical mechanism against bacteria. The antibacterial properties give an additional value to the laser-spinning glass nanofibers for different biomedical applications, such as treating or preventing surgery-associated infections.

  8. Fullerenes Can Induce Toxic Physical Changes of DNA

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    Czerwinski, Fabian; Oddershede, Lene B.

    2008-03-01

    Fullerenes are fascinating symmetric carbon nanostructures. Nowadays, they are widely used because of their characteristic physical and chemical properties. Until now research has mainly been focused on commercial applications of fullerenes. Only a few investigations have addressed the potential biological hazards, one of which is that fullerenes are believed to alter the elastic properties of DNA upon binding. In our experiments we use optical tweezers with sub-piconewton and nanometer resolution to probe the structural changes and the potential damages which fullerenes might induce on single DNA molecules. Therefore, force-extension relations can be obtained under physiological conditions while varying the concentration of different types of fullerenes. It has theoretically been predicted [1], that certain fullerenes can function as a minor-groove binder to double-stranded DNA, thus altering its elastic properties significantly. Fullerenes are capable of causing severe damage inside living organisms by forming DNA regions which are not accessible for proper enzymatic functions. A further goal of the study is to establish fullerenes as a tool for a more detailed investigation of DNA-protein interactions, such as the trafficing of polymerases or the packing by procaryotic proteins. [1] Zhao X, Striolo A, and Cummings PT: C60 Binds to and Deforms Nucleotides. BiophysJ (89):3856-62, 2005.

  9. Protective Fullerene (C60) Packaging System for Microelectromechanical Systems Applications

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    Olivas, John D. (Inventor)

    2004-01-01

    The invention involves tunneling tips to their conducting surface, and specifically the deposition of a monolayer of fullerene C60 onto the conducting plate surface to protect the tunneling tip from contact. The Fullerene C60 molecule is approximately spherical, and a monolayer of fullerene has a thickness of one nanometer, such that a monolayer thereby establishing the theoretical distance desired between the MEMS tunneling tip and the conducting plate. Exploiting the electrical conductivity of C60 the tip can be accurately positioned by simply monitoring conductivity between the fullerene and the tunneling tip. By monitoring the Conductivity between the tip and the fullerene layer as the tip is brought in proximity, the surfaces can be brought together without risk of contacting the underlying conducting surface. Once the tunneling tip is positioned at the one nanometer spacing, with only the monolayer of fullerene between the tunneling tip and the conducting plate, the monolayer of C60, can be broken down thermally and removed chemically leaving only the tunneling tip and the conducting plate at the ideal tunneling spacing. Alternatively, the properties of fullerene allow the tunneling process to occur directly across the fullerene monolayer.

  10. Storage of nuclear materials by encapsulation in fullerenes

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    Coppa, Nicholas V.

    1994-01-01

    A method of encapsulating radioactive materials inside fullerenes for stable long-term storage. Fullerenes provide a safe and efficient means of disposing of nuclear waste which is extremely stable with respect to the environment. After encapsulation, a radioactive ion is essentially chemically isolated from its external environment.

  11. Fullerenes and Noble Gases in the Murchison and Allende Meteorites

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    Becker, Luann; Poreda, Robert J.; Bunch, Ted E.

    2000-01-01

    In this work we report the detection of fullerenes (C60 to C250) in the Murchison and Allende meteorites. By exploiting the unique ability of these molecules to trap noble gases, we have determined that fullerene is indeed a new carrier phase for noble gases in meteorites.

  12. Carbon arc production of heptagon-containing fullerene[68

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    Tan, Yuan-Zhi; Chen, Rui-Ting; Liao, Zhao-Jiang; Li, Jia; Zhu, Feng; Lu, Xin; Xie, Su-Yuan; Li, Jun; Huang, Rong-Bin; Zheng, Lan-Sun

    2011-01-01

    A carbon heptagon ring is a key unit responsible for structural defects in sp2-hybrized carbon allotropes including fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphenes, with consequential influences on their mechanical, electronic and magnetic properties. Previous evidence concerning the existence of heptagons in fullerenes has been obtained only in off-line halogenation experiments through top-down detachment of a C2 unit from a stable fullerene. Here we report a heptagon-incorporating fullerene C68, tentatively named as heptafullerene[68], which is captured as C68Cl6 from a carbon arc plasma in situ. The occurrence of heptagons in fullerenes is rationalized by heptagon-related strain relief and temperature-dependent stability. 13C-labelled experiments and mass/energy conservation equation simulations show that heptafullerene[68] grows together with other fullerenes in a bottom-up fashion in the arc zone. This work extends fullerene research into numerous topologically possible, heptagon-incorporating isomers and provides clues to an understanding of the heptagon-involved growth mechanism and heptagon-dependent properties of fullerenes. PMID:21829182

  13. Transport of Fullerene Nanoparticles in Saturated Porous Media

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    The high strength, electrical conductivity, and electron affinity of fullerenes has lead to their utilization in fuel cells and drug-delivery devices, as well as in cosmetics and other applications. Though C60 fullerene is very insoluble in water, studies have shown that C60 ful...

  14. Fullerene ion chemistry: a journey of discovery and achievement.

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    Böhme, Diethard K

    2016-09-13

    An account is provided of the extraordinary features of buckminster fullerene cations and their chemistry that we discovered in our Ion Chemistry Laboratory at York University (Canada) during a 'golden' period of research in the early 1990s, just after C60 powder became available. We identified new chemical ways of C60 ionization and tracked novel chemistry of C60 (n+) as a function of charge state (n=1-3) with some 50 different reagent molecules. We found that multiple charges enhance reaction rates and diversify reaction products and mechanisms. Strong electrostatic interactions with reagent molecules were seen to reduce barriers to carbon surface bonding and charge-separation reactions, while intramolecular Coulomb repulsion appeared to localize charge on the surface or the substituent and so influence higher order chemistry, including 'spindle', 'star', 'fuzzy ball', 'ball-and-chain' and dimer ion formation. We introduced the notion of 'apparent' gas-phase acidity with measurements of proton-transfer reactions of multiply charged fullerene cations. We also explored the attachment of atomic metal cations to C60 and their subsequent reactions. All these findings were applied to the possible chemistry of fullerene cations in the interstellar medium with a focus on multiply charged fullerene ion formation and the intervention of fullerene cations in fullerene derivatization and molecular synthesis, with a view to their possible future detection.This article is part of the themed issue 'Fullerenes: past, present and future, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Buckminster Fullerene'.

  15. Modulation of hybrid organic–perovskite photovoltaic performance by controlling the excited dynamics of fullerenes

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    Li, Chang-Zhi; Liang, Po-Wei; Sulas, Dana B.; Nguyen, Phu D.; Li, Xiaosong; Ginger, David S.; Schlenker, Cody W.; Jen, Alex K. -Y.

    2015-04-02

    Here, we present a synergistic approach to modulate organic–perovskite interfaces and their photovoltaic behaviors by tuning the properties of n-contact fullerenes layered atop of perovskite. Fullerenes with excited charge transfer are found to not only suppress fullerene photoluminescence, but also enhance molecular polarization and transport capabilities. This results in optimized perovskite–fullerene contact.

  16. Observation of a water droplet motion by using an oxide nanowire transistor covered by a nanofiber mesh

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    Lee, Jonghun; Han, Junebeom; Yeo, Chang Su; Lim, Taekyung; Park, Sangyoon; Ju, Sanghyun

    2016-12-01

    The motion, in particular the flow speed and dropping height, of a water droplet was observed using a tin oxide (SnO2) nanowire transistor with a polyurethane (PU) nanofiber mesh as a selective filter. The changes in the SnO2 nanowire transistor characteristics, particularly the threshold voltage and on-current, were due to the adsorbed water molecules that acted as electron donors on the surface of the oxide nanowire semiconducting channel. The role of the PU nanofiber mesh, allowing the passage of water vapor while blocking liquid water, was to restrict the direct contact between the water droplet and the oxide nanowire semiconducting channel and electrodes, which could cause abnormal transistor characteristics. The selective filtering properties of the PU nanofiber mesh could be controlled by changing the number of PU layers.

  17. Observation of a water droplet motion by using an oxide nanowire transistor covered by a nanofiber mesh.

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    Lee, Jonghun; Han, Junebeom; Yeo, Chang Su; Lim, Taekyung; Park, Sangyoon; Ju, Sanghyun

    2016-12-16

    The motion, in particular the flow speed and dropping height, of a water droplet was observed using a tin oxide (SnO2) nanowire transistor with a polyurethane (PU) nanofiber mesh as a selective filter. The changes in the SnO2 nanowire transistor characteristics, particularly the threshold voltage and on-current, were due to the adsorbed water molecules that acted as electron donors on the surface of the oxide nanowire semiconducting channel. The role of the PU nanofiber mesh, allowing the passage of water vapor while blocking liquid water, was to restrict the direct contact between the water droplet and the oxide nanowire semiconducting channel and electrodes, which could cause abnormal transistor characteristics. The selective filtering properties of the PU nanofiber mesh could be controlled by changing the number of PU layers.

  18. High Performance Micro CO Sensors Based on ZnO-SnO2 Composite Nanofibers with Anti-Humidity Characteristics

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    Yue, Xue-Jun; Hong, Tian-Sheng; Xiang, Wei; Cai, Kun; Xu, Xing

    2012-12-01

    ZnO-SnO2 composite nanofibers are synthesized via an electrospinning method and characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Micro sensors are fabricated by spinning the nanofibers on Si substrates with Pt signal and heater electrodes. The sensors with small areas (600 μm × 200 μm) can detect CO down to 1ppm at 360 °C. The corresponding sensitivity, response time, and recovery time are 3.2, 6s, and 11s, respectively. Importantly, the sensors can operate at high humidity conditions. The sensitivity only decreases to 2.3 when the sensors are exposed to 1 ppm CO at 95% relative humidity. These excellent sensing properties are due to combining the benefits of one-dimensional nanomaterials and the ZnO-SnO2 grain boundary in the nanofibers.

  19. Liquid electrode

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    Ekechukwu, Amy A.

    1994-01-01

    A dropping electrolyte electrode for use in electrochemical analysis of non-polar sample solutions, such as benzene or cyclohexane. The liquid electrode, preferably an aqueous salt solution immiscible in the sample solution, is introduced into the solution in dropwise fashion from a capillary. The electrolyte is introduced at a known rate, thus, the droplets each have the same volume and surface area. The electrode is used in making standard electrochemical measurements in order to determine properties of non-polar sample solutions.

  20. Nanoencapsulation of Fullerenes in Organic Structures with Nonpolar Cavities

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    Murthy, C. N.

    2005-01-01

    The formation of supramolecular structures, assemblies, and arrays held together by weak intermolecular interactions and non-covalent binding mimicking natural processes has been used in applications being anticipated in nanotechnology, biotechnology and the emerging field of nanomedicine. Encapsulation of C60 fullerene by cyclic molecules like cyclodextrins and calixarenes has potential for a number of applications. Similarly, biomolecules like lysozyme also have been shown to encapsulate C60 fullerene. This poster article reports the recent trends and the results obtained in the nanoencapsulation of fullerenes by biomolecules containing nonpolar cavities. Lysozyme was chosen as the model biomolecule and it was observed that there is no covalent bond formed between the bimolecule and the C60 fullerene. This was confirmed from fluorescence energy transfer studies. UV Vis studies further supported this observation that it is possible to selectively remove the C60 fullerene from the nonpolar cavity. This behavior has potential in biomedical applications

  1. High Performance Particle/Polymer Nanofiber Anodes for Li-ion Batteries using Electrospinning.

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    Self, Ethan C; McRen, Emily C; Pintauro, Peter N

    2016-01-01

    Electrospun nanofiber mats containing carbon nanoparticles in a poly(vinylidene fluoride) binder were prepared and characterized as Li-ion battery anodes. The mats exhibited an initial capacity of 161 mAh g(-1) with 91.7% capacity retention after 510 cycles at 0.1 C (1 C=372 mA gcarbon (-1)). Whereas many nanoscale electrodes are limited to low areal and/or volumetric capacities, the particle/polymer nanofiber anodes can be made thick with a high fiber volume fraction while maintaining good rate capabilities. Thus, a nanofiber anode with a fiber volume fraction of 0.79 exhibits a volumetric capacity of 55 mAh cm(-3) at 2 C, which is twice that of a typical graphite anode. Similarly, thick nanofiber mats with a high areal capacity of 4.3 mAh cm(-2) were prepared and characterized. The excellent performance of electrospun anodes is attributed to electrolyte intrusion throughout the interfiber void space and efficient Li(+) transport between the electrolyte and carbon nanoparticles in the radial fiber direction.

  2. Graphene-Embedded Hydrogel Nanofibers for Detection and Removal of Aqueous-Phase Dyes.

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    Im, Kyungun; Nguyen, Duong Nguyen; Kim, Saerona; Kong, Hye Jeong; Kim, Yukyung; Park, Chul Soon; Kwon, Oh Seok; Yoon, Hyeonseok

    2017-03-16

    A facile route to graphene/polymer hydrogel nanofibers was developed. An aqueous dispersion of graphene (containing >40% bilayer graphene flakes) stabilized by a functionalized water-soluble polymer with phenyl side chains was successfully electrospun to yield nanofibers. Subsequent vapor-phase cross-linking of the nanofibers produced graphene-embedded hydrogel nanofibers (GHNFs). Interestingly, the GHNFs showed chemical sensitivity to the cationic dyes methylene blue (MB) and crystal violet (CV) in the aqueous phase. The adsorption capacities were as high as 0.43 and 0.33 mmol g(-1) s(-1) for MB and CV, respectively, even in a 1.5 mL s(-1) flow system. A density functional theory calculation revealed that aqueous-phase MB and CV dyes were oriented parallel to the graphene surface and that the graphene/dye ensembles were stabilized by secondary physical bonding mechanisms such as the π-π stacking interaction in an aqueous medium. The GHNFs exhibited electrochemical properties arising mainly from the electric double-layer capacitance, which were applied in a demonstration of GHNF-based membrane electrodes (5 cm in diameter) for detecting the dyes in the flow system. It is believed that the GHNF membrane can be a successful model candidate for commercialization of graphene due to its easy-to-fabricate process and remarkable properties.

  3. Preparation of Pd/Bacterial Cellulose Hybrid Nanofibers for Dopamine Detection.

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    Li, Dawei; Ao, Kelong; Wang, Qingqing; Lv, Pengfei; Wei, Qufu

    2016-05-11

    Palladium nanoparticle-bacterial cellulose (PdBC) hybrid nanofibers were synthesized by in-situ chemical reduction method. The obtained PdBC nanofibers were characterized by a series of analytical techniques. The results revealed that Pd nanoparticles were evenly dispersed on the surfaces of BC nanofibers. Then, the as-prepared PdBC nanofibers were mixed with laccase (Lac) and Nafion to obtain mixture suspension, which was further modified on electrode surface to construct novel biosensing platform. Finally, the prepared electrochemical biosensor was employed to detect dopamine. The analysis result was satisfactory, the sensor showed excellent electrocatalysis towards dopamine with high sensitivity (38.4 µA·mM(-1)), low detection limit (1.26 µM), and wide linear range (5-167 µM). Moreover, the biosensor also showed good repeatability, reproducibility, selectivity and stability and was successfully used in the detection of dopamine in human urine, thus providing a promising method for dopamine analysis in clinical application.

  4. Modified Fullerenes for Efficient Electron Transport Layer-Free Perovskite/Fullerene Blend-Based Solar Cells.

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    Sandoval-Torrientes, Rafael; Pascual, Jorge; García-Benito, Inés; Collavini, Silvia; Kosta, Ivet; Tena-Zaera, Ramón; Martín, Nazario; Delgado, Juan Luis

    2017-03-15

    A variety of novel chemically modified fullerenes, showing different electron-accepting capabilities, has been synthesized and used to prepare electron transport layer (ETL)-free solar cells based on perovskite/fullerene blends. In particular, isoxazolino[60] fullerenes are proven to be a good candidate for processing blend films with CH3 NH3 PbI3 and obtaining enhanced power conversion efficiency (PCE) ETL-free perovskite solar cells (PSCs), improving the state-of-the-art PCE (i.e., 14.3 %) for this simplified device architecture. A beneficial effect for pyrazolino and methano[60]fullerene derivatives versus pristine [60]/fullerene is also shown. Furthermore, a clear correlation between the LUMO energy level of the fullerene component and the open circuit voltage of the solar cells is found. Apart from the new knowledge on innovative fullerene derivatives for PSCs, the universality and versatility of perovskite/fullerene blend films to obtain efficient ETL-free PSCs is demonstrated.

  5. Fabrication of aligned poly (vinyl alcohol) nanofibers by electrospinning.

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    Chuangchote, Surawut; Supaphol, Pitt

    2006-01-01

    Electrospinning has become a versatile tool for fabricating nanofibers from materials of diverse origins. Normally, mats of randomly-aligned fibers were obtained. A number of techniques have been proposed to arrive at uniaxially-aligned fibers. This work reports a new technique, i.e., dual vertical wire technique, for fabrication of uniaxially-aligned fibers. This technique utilized two stainless steel wires that were vertically set in a parallel manner between a charged needle and a grounded collector plate. This technique allowed simultaneous collection of aligned fibers (between the parallel vertical wires) and a randomly-aligned fiber mat (on the collector plate). Application of the technique on poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) to prepare uniaxially-aligned fibers was found to be successful at short collection times. Unexpected formation of a large fiber tow consisting of individual as-spun nanofibers that were bound into a bundle was observed at long collection times. Morphological appearance and size of the fiber tow was affected by the change in the distance between the two vertical wire electrodes, while the average diameter of the individual fibers was not (i.e., about 340 to 350 nm). Lastly, mechanical properties and thermal behavior of the fiber tow were also investigated.

  6. Fullerene fine particles adhere to pollen grains and affect their autofluorescence and germination.

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    Aoyagi, Hideki; Ugwu, Charles U

    2011-01-01

    Adhesion of commercially produced fullerene fine particles to Cryptomeria japonica, Chamaecyparis obtusa and Camellia japonica pollen grains was investigated. The autofluorescence of pollen grains was affected by the adhesion of fullerene fine particles to the pollen grains. The degree of adhesion of fullerene fine particles to the pollen grains varied depending on the type of fullerene. Furthermore, germination of Camellia japonica pollen grains was inhibited by the adhesion of fullerene fine particles.

  7. Label-Free Detection of Cardiac Troponin-I Using Carbon Nanofiber Based Nanoelectrode Arrays

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    Periyakaruppan, Adaikkappan; Koehne, Jessica Erin; Gandhiraman, Ram P.; Meyyappan, M.

    2013-01-01

    A sensor platform based on vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (CNFs) has been developed. Their inherent nanometer scale, high conductivity, wide potential window, good biocompatibility and well-defined surface chemistry make them ideal candidates as biosensor electrodes. A carbon nanofiber (CNF) multiplexed array has been fabricated with 9 sensing pads, each containing 40,000 carbon nanofibers as nanoelectrodes. Here, we report the use of vertically aligned CNF nanoelectrodes for the detection of cardiac Troponin-I for the early diagnosis of myocardial infarction. Antibody, antitroponin, probe immobilization and subsequent binding to human cardiac troponin-I were characterized using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry techniques. Each step of the modification process resulted in changes in electrical capacitance or resistance to charge transfer due to the changes at the electrode surface upon antibody immobilization and binding to the specific antigen. This sensor demonstrates high sensitivity, down to 0.2 ng/mL, and good selectivity making this platform a good candidate for early stage diagnosis of myocardial infarction.

  8. Radially aligned, electrospun nanofibers as dural substitutes for wound closure and tissue regeneration applications.

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    Xie, Jingwei; Macewan, Matthew R; Ray, Wilson Z; Liu, Wenying; Siewe, Daku Y; Xia, Younan

    2010-09-28

    This paper reports the fabrication of scaffolds consisting of radially aligned poly(ε-caprolactone) nanofibers by utilizing a collector composed of a central point electrode and a peripheral ring electrode. This novel class of scaffolds was able to present nanoscale topographic cues to cultured cells, directing and enhancing their migration from the periphery to the center. We also established that such scaffolds could induce faster cellular migration and population than nonwoven mats consisting of random nanofibers. Dural fibroblast cells cultured on these two types of scaffolds were found to express type I collagen, the main extracellular matrix component in dural mater. The type I collagen exhibited a high degree of organization on the scaffolds of radially aligned fibers and a haphazard distribution on the scaffolds of random fibers. Taken together, the scaffolds based on radially aligned, electrospun nanofibers show great potential as artificial dural substitutes and may be particularly useful as biomedical patches or grafts to induce wound closure and/or tissue regeneration.

  9. One-Pot Synthesis of Carbon Nanofibers from CO2.

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    Ren, Jiawen; Li, Fang-Fang; Lau, Jason; González-Urbina, Luis; Licht, Stuart

    2015-09-09

    Carbon nanofibers, CNFs, due to their superior strength, conductivity, flexibility, and durability have great potential as a material resource but still have limited use due to the cost intensive complexities of their synthesis. Herein, we report the high-yield and scalable electrolytic conversion of atmospheric CO2 dissolved in molten carbonates into CNFs. It is demonstrated that the conversion of CO2 → CCNF + O2 can be driven by efficient solar, as well as conventional, energy at inexpensive steel or nickel electrodes. The structure is tuned by controlling the electrolysis conditions, such as the addition of trace transition metals to act as CNF nucleation sites, the addition of zinc as an initiator and the control of current density. A less expensive source of CNFs will facilitate its adoption as a societal resource, and using carbon dioxide as a reactant to generate a value added product such as CNFs provides impetus to consume this greenhouse gas to mitigate climate change.

  10. Construction for High Pressure Application on 3D Nanofibers

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    Ševčík, L.; Vejrych, D.

    This article discusses the construction of new facilities, which is based on influencing the final structure of the nanofibers. The device operates with high pressure on the arrangement of fibers in the process of spinning wire electrode. Testing was made for polyamide (PA6) and polycaprolacton (PCL) at a concentration of 12 %. The device is designed for lab NS 500 with the highest value of high voltage to 75 kV. The flow of gaseous medium is verified by measurements together with simulations, which confirms the theory of constant output pressure without turbolency. The following is a description of facilities with photographs and records of tests of strength and permeability of the new 3D material. The resulting structure is composed of open spaces with dimensions from 10 to 30 nm.

  11. Preparation and Characterization of Electrospun Alumina Nanofibers

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    Pinti, Marie J.; Tacastacas, Stephen N.; Stojilovic, Nenad; O'Brien, John P.; Pischera, Anna; Espe, Matthew P.

    2008-10-01

    Alumina nanofibers are promising materials for use in high- temperature applications since they are chemically inert up to very high temperatures. Applications include use as catalyst support in high-temperature chemical reactions, fire protection materials, and as a high-temperature insulator. Electrospinning is a relatively simple and inexpensive method for obtaining nanometer-size fibers and has become a popular technique for producing metal-oxide nanofibers in recent years. The electrospinning mixture for the production of alumina nanofibers typically contains aluminum acetate stabilized with boric acid as the alumina precursor; but the observed presence of boron and sodium on the surface of these nanofibers may affect their use as catalytic supports. We have produced alumina nanofibers from an aluminum reagent devoid of the boric acid stabilizer and calcined the fibers at different temperatures to produce nanofibers with different phases of alumina. Characterization of the fibers by TGA, FE-SEM equipped with the XEDS, powder XRD, DRIFTS, and SSNMR methods to determine the fate of the precursors, fiber morphology and the composition and structure of the calcined alumina nanofibers.

  12. Electrospun inorganic and polymer composite nanofibers for biomedical applications.

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    Sridhar, Radhakrishnan; Sundarrajan, Subramanian; Venugopal, Jayarama Reddy; Ravichandran, Rajeswari; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2013-01-01

    Engineered nanofibers are generally focused on filtration, solar cells, sensors, smart textile fabrication, tissue engineering, etc. Electrospun nanofibers have potential advantages in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, because of the ease in the incorporation of drugs, growth factors, natural materials, and inorganic nanoparticles in to these nanofiber scaffolds. Electrospun nanofiber scaffolds composed of synthetic and natural polymers are being explored as scaffolds similar to natural extracellular matrix for tissue engineering. The requirement of the inorganic composites in the nanofiber scaffolds for favouring hard and soft tissue engineering applications is dealt in detail in the present review. Regarding drug delivery applications of the composite nanofibers, the review emphasizes on wound healing with silver nanoparticles incorporated nanofibers, bone tissue engineering, and cancer chemotherapy with titanium and platinum complexes loaded nanofibers. The review also describes gold nanoparticle loaded nanofibers for cancer diagnosis and cosmetic applications.

  13. Biofunctionalized Nanofibers Using Arthrospira (Spirulina) Biomass and Biopolymer

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    de Morais, Michele Greque; Stillings, Christopher; Dersch, Roland; Rudisile, Markus; Pranke, Patrícia; Costa, Jorge Alberto Vieira; Wendorff, Joachim

    2015-01-01

    Electrospun nanofibers composed of polymers have been extensively researched because of their scientific and technical applications. Commercially available polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) and polyhydroxybutyrate-co-valerate (PHB-HV) copolymers are good choices for such nanofibers. We used a highly integrated method, by adjusting the properties of the spinning solutions, where the cyanophyte Arthrospira (formally Spirulina) was the single source for nanofiber biofunctionalization. We investigated nanofibers using PHB extracted from Spirulina and the bacteria Cupriavidus necator and compared the nanofibers to those made from commercially available PHB and PHB-HV. Our study assessed nanofiber formation and their selected thermal, mechanical, and optical properties. We found that nanofibers produced from Spirulina PHB and biofunctionalized with Spirulina biomass exhibited properties which were equal to or better than nanofibers made with commercially available PHB or PHB-HV. Our methodology is highly promising for nanofiber production and biofunctionalization and can be used in many industrial and life science applications. PMID:25667931

  14. Biofunctionalized nanofibers using Arthrospira (Spirulina) biomass and biopolymer.

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    de Morais, Michele Greque; Stillings, Christopher; Dersch, Roland; Rudisile, Markus; Pranke, Patrícia; Costa, Jorge Alberto Vieira; Wendorff, Joachim

    2015-01-01

    Electrospun nanofibers composed of polymers have been extensively researched because of their scientific and technical applications. Commercially available polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) and polyhydroxybutyrate-co-valerate (PHB-HV) copolymers are good choices for such nanofibers. We used a highly integrated method, by adjusting the properties of the spinning solutions, where the cyanophyte Arthrospira (formally Spirulina) was the single source for nanofiber biofunctionalization. We investigated nanofibers using PHB extracted from Spirulina and the bacteria Cupriavidus necator and compared the nanofibers to those made from commercially available PHB and PHB-HV. Our study assessed nanofiber formation and their selected thermal, mechanical, and optical properties. We found that nanofibers produced from Spirulina PHB and biofunctionalized with Spirulina biomass exhibited properties which were equal to or better than nanofibers made with commercially available PHB or PHB-HV. Our methodology is highly promising for nanofiber production and biofunctionalization and can be used in many industrial and life science applications.

  15. Infrared spectroscopy of fullerene C60/anthracene adducts

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    García-Hernández, D. A.; Cataldo, F.; Manchado, A.

    2013-09-01

    Recent Spitzer Space Telescope observations of several astrophysical environments such as planetary nebulae, reflection nebulae and R Coronae Borealis stars show the simultaneous presence of mid-infrared features attributed to neutral fullerene molecules (i.e. C60) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). If C60 fullerenes and PAHs coexist in fullerene-rich space environments, then C60 may easily form adducts with a number of different PAH molecules, at least with catacondensed PAHs. Here we present the laboratory infrared spectra (˜2-25 μm) of C60 fullerene and anthracene Diels-Alder mono- and bis-adducts as produced by sonochemical synthesis. We find that C60/anthracene Diels-Alder adducts display spectral features strikingly similar to those from C60 (and C70) fullerenes and other unidentified infrared emission features. Thus, fullerene adducts - if formed under astrophysical conditions and are stable/abundant enough - may contribute to the infrared emission features observed in fullerene-containing circumstellar/interstellar environments.

  16. Process for the removal of impurities from combustion fullerenes

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    Alford, J. Michael; Bolskar, Robert

    2005-08-02

    The invention generally relates to purification of carbon nanomaterials, particularly fullerenes, by removal of PAHs and other hydrocarbon impurities. The inventive process involves extracting a sample containing carbon nanomaterials with a solvent in which the PAHs are substantially soluble but in which the carbon nanomaterials are not substantially soluble. The sample can be repeatedly or continuously extracted with one or more solvents to remove a greater amount of impurities. Preferred solvents include ethanol, diethyl ether, and acetone. The invention also provides a process for efficiently separating solvent extractable fullerenes from samples containing fullerenes and PAHs wherein the sample is extracted with a solvent in which both fullerenes and PAHs are substantially soluble and the sample extract then undergoes selective extraction to remove PAHs. Suitable solvents in which both fullerenes and PAHs are soluble include o-xylene, toluene, and o-dichlorobenzene. The purification process is capable of treating quantities of combustion soot in excess of one kilogram and can produce fullerenes or fullerenic soot of suitable purity for many applications.

  17. Anti-influenza activity of c60 fullerene derivatives.

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    Shoji, Masaki; Takahashi, Etsuhisa; Hatakeyama, Dai; Iwai, Yuma; Morita, Yuka; Shirayama, Riku; Echigo, Noriko; Kido, Hiroshi; Nakamura, Shigeo; Mashino, Tadahiko; Okutani, Takeshi; Kuzuhara, Takashi

    2013-01-01

    The H1N1 influenza A virus, which originated in swine, caused a global pandemic in 2009, and the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus has also caused epidemics in Southeast Asia in recent years. Thus, the threat from influenza A remains a serious global health issue, and novel drugs that target these viruses are highly desirable. Influenza A RNA polymerase consists of the PA, PB1, and PB2 subunits, and the N-terminal domain of the PA subunit demonstrates endonuclease activity. Fullerene (C60) is a unique carbon molecule that forms a sphere. To identify potential new anti-influenza compounds, we screened 12 fullerene derivatives using an in vitro PA endonuclease inhibition assay. We identified 8 fullerene derivatives that inhibited the endonuclease activity of the PA N-terminal domain or full-length PA protein in vitro. We also performed in silico docking simulation analysis of the C60 fullerene and PA endonuclease, which suggested that fullerenes can bind to the active pocket of PA endonuclease. In a cell culture system, we found that several fullerene derivatives inhibit influenza A viral infection and the expression of influenza A nucleoprotein and nonstructural protein 1. These results indicate that fullerene derivatives are possible candidates for the development of novel anti-influenza drugs.

  18. On the Excitation and Formation of Circumstellar Fullerenes

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    Bernard-Salas, Jeronimo; Cami, J.; Peeters, E.; Jones, A. P.; Micelotta, E.; Groenewegen, M. A.

    2013-01-01

    Recently, we reported the first detection of fullerenes (C60, C70) in space, specifically in Tc1, a young planetary nebulae (PNe). Once injected into the ISM, these stable species survive and are thus probably widespread in the Galaxy where they contribute to interstellar extinction, heating processes, and complex chemical reactions. Following our discovery, fullerenes have now been detected in a wide range of sources (post-AGBs, PNe, reflection nebula, HII regions, H-poor stars, and YSOs), showing that when conditions are favorable, fullerenes are formed in large quantities. The challenge resides now in determining its excitation mechanisms (fluorescence vs. thermal), as this sets their diagnostic value. To this end we have analyzed the mid-IR spectrum of three fullerene-rich PNe Tc1, SMP SMC 16, and SMP LMC 56 and compared them with thermal and fluorescence models. The strength of the fullerene bands in the three planetary nebulae is very similar, while the strength of the radiation field, is markedly different. Additionally, the spatial profile of different dust components in Tc1 indicates that the fullerene emission (C60) peaks far away from the central source. All this is hard to reconcile with a thermal origin for the fullerene excitation, and thus favors fluorescence as the excitation mechanism. In addition, the spectra in the three PNe show a strong broad plateau with substructure in the 6-9um range, and which is likely related to the fullerene formation mechanism. We present model spectra for 3 nm radius HAC particles and show that these can reproduce the 6-9um plateau, which may imply that fullerenes are formed by photo-chemical processing of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (HAC) nano-particles.

  19. Gas Sensors Based on Electrospun Nanofibers

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    Ding, Bin; Wang, Moran; Yu, Jianyong; Sun, Gang

    2009-01-01

    Nanofibers fabricated via electrospinning have specific surface approximately one to two orders of the magnitude larger than flat films, making them excellent candidates for potential applications in sensors. This review is an attempt to give an overview on gas sensors using electrospun nanofibers comprising polyelectrolytes, conducting polymer composites, and semiconductors based on various sensing techniques such as acoustic wave, resistive, photoelectric, and optical techniques. The results of sensing experiments indicate that the nanofiber-based sensors showed much higher sensitivity and quicker responses to target gases, compared with sensors based on flat films. PMID:22573976

  20. Liquid electrode

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    Ekechukwu, A.A.

    1994-07-05

    A dropping electrolyte electrode is described for use in electrochemical analysis of non-polar sample solutions, such as benzene or cyclohexane. The liquid electrode, preferably an aqueous salt solution immiscible in the sample solution, is introduced into the solution in dropwise fashion from a capillary. The electrolyte is introduced at a known rate, thus, the droplets each have the same volume and surface area. The electrode is used in making standard electrochemical measurements in order to determine properties of non-polar sample solutions. 2 figures.

  1. Arc Synthesis of Fullerenes from the Carbide of Waste Cloths

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    Hayashi, Koichiro; Mieno, Tetsu

    2000-09-01

    A great many scraps of cotton cloth are disposed of as industrial waste through making clothes. The purpose of this study is to transform the waste into very valuable carbon compounds, that is, fullerenes. The scraps were piled and carbonized in air at 1050°C. By carbonization, the weight of the scraps decreased to 16-18%. Carbide from the scraps was used as the raw material for synthesizing fullerenes with the \\mbi{J}×\\mbi{B} arc discharge method. The soot that was deposited on the inside of the vacuum chamber contained C60 (>0.05 wt%), C70 and higher fullerenes.

  2. Continuum simulations of water flow past fullerene molecules

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    Popadić, A.; Praprotnik, M.; Koumoutsakos, P.; Walther, J. H.

    2015-09-01

    We present continuum simulations of water flow past fullerene molecules. The governing Navier-Stokes equations are complemented with the Navier slip boundary condition with a slip length that is extracted from related molecular dynamics simulations. We find that several quantities of interest as computed by the present model are in good agreement with results from atomistic and atomistic-continuum simulations at a fraction of the cost. We simulate the flow past a single fullerene and an array of fullerenes and demonstrate that such nanoscale flows can be computed efficiently by continuum flow solvers, allowing for investigations into spatiotemporal scales inaccessible to atomistic simulations.

  3. Synthesis of Continuous Conductive PEDOT:PSS Nanofibers by Electrospinning: A Conformal Coating for Optoelectronics.

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    Bessaire, Bastien; Mathieu, Maillard; Salles, Vincent; Yeghoyan, Taguhi; Celle, Caroline; Simonato, Jean-Pierre; Brioude, Arnaud

    2017-01-11

    A process to synthesize continuous conducting nanofibers were developed using PEDOT:PSS as a conducting polymer and an electrospinning method. Experimental parameters were carefully explored to achieve reproducible conductive nanofibers synthesis in large quantities. In particular, relative humidity during the electrospinning process was proven to be of critical importance, as well as doping post-treatment involving glycols and alcohols. The synthesized fibers were assembled as a mat on glass substrates, forming a conductive and transparent electrode and their optoelectronic have been fully characterized. This method produces a conformable conductive and transparent coating that is well-adapted to nonplanar surfaces, having very large aspect ratio features. A demonstration of this property was made using surfaces having deep trenches and high steps, where conventional transparent conductive materials fail because of a lack of conformability.

  4. Superconductivity in alkali-doped fullerene nanowhiskers

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    Takeya, Hiroyuki; Konno, Toshio; Hirata, Chika; Wakahara, Takatsugu; Miyazawa, Kun'ichi; Yamaguchi, Takahide; Tanaka, Masashi; Takano, Yoshihiko

    2016-09-01

    Superconductivity in alkali metal-doped fullerene nanowhiskers (C60NWs) was observed in K3.3C60NWs, Rb3.0C60NWs and Cs2.0Rb1.0C60NWs with transition temperatures at 17, 25 and 26 K, respectively. Almost full shielding volume fraction (~80%) was observed in K3.3C60NWs when subjected to thermal treatment at 200 °C for a duration of 24 h. In contrast, the shielding fraction of Rb3.0C60NWs and Cs2.0Rb1.0C60NWs were calculated to be 8% and 6%, respectively. Here we report on an extensive investigation of the superconducting properties of these AC60NWs (A  =  K3.3, Rb3.0 and Cs2.0Rb1.0). These properties are compared to the ones reported on the corresponding conventional (single-crystal or powder) K-doped fullerene. We also evaluated the critical current densities of these C60NWs using the Bean model under an applied magnetic field up to 50 kOe.

  5. Feasibility of fullerene waste as carbonaceous adsorbent

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    Cleveland, T.G.; Garg, S.; Rixey, W.G.

    1996-03-01

    This note investigates using the waste soot generated in fullerene manufacture as an adsorbent. Both oven-dried and air-activated samples of waste soot are compared with three commercially available powdered activated carbons (PACs): Nuchar-SA, HDH, and Calgon-RC. Three model compounds were chosen for adsorption tests--TCE, Benzene, and Phenol--representing a small branched molecule, a small nonpolar ring molecule, and relatively polar ring molecule. Additionally, the effectiveness of total organic carbon (TOC) removal from wastewater was evaluated. Oven-dried soot performed poorly as compared to the commercial carbons, but activation of the waste soot for 60 min at 450 C in air resulted in an activated carbon (aFWS) with properties similar to those of commercially available PACs. The aFWS performed better than one would predict from the typical characterization measures of iodine number, molasses number, and methylene blue number. The data for phenol suggest some functional groups are created during the activation of the waste soot. These results show that large-scale fullerene manufacturing can be a zero-waste industry, because its primary waste product can be converted into a useful material.

  6. Budding willow branches shaped Na3V2(PO4)3/C nanofibers synthesized via an electrospinning technique and used as cathode material for sodium ion batteries

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    Li, Hui; Bai, Ying; Wu, Feng; Li, Yu; Wu, Chuan

    2015-01-01

    Budding willow branches shaped Na3V2(PO4)3/C nanofibers were successfully synthesized by a simple electrospinning technique with Poly(vinyl pyrrilidone) (PVP). The Na3V2(PO4)3/C nanoparticles that anchored on the nanofibers surface seemed like the willow buds; the inner core of the nanofibers, which composed Na3V2(PO4)3, looked like willow twig and the uniform carbon layer was same with willow bark. Such special morphology played a vital role in improving cycle stability and rate capability of the electrode due to the conductive network built up by nanofibers. The Na3V2(PO4)3/C nanofibers cathode exhibited an initial specific capacity of 106.8 mAh g-1 at a current density of 0.2C, still stabling at 107.2 mAh g-1 after 125 cycles with excellent cycle stability. Moreover, a capacity retention of 95.7% was obtained when Na3V2(PO4)3/C nanofibers cycled stepwise from 0.2 to 2C. Good electrochemical performance should be ascribed to both the special morphology and preferential growth of the (113) plane. The simple synthesis technique and good electrochemical performance suggests that this material with the special shape of budding willow branches is a promising cathode for sodium ion batteries.

  7. Electrospun hierarchical LiV3O8 nanofibers assembled from nanosheets with exposed {100} facets and their enhanced performance in aqueous lithium-ion batteries.

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    Liang, Lin; Zhou, Min; Xie, Yi

    2012-03-05

    Hierarchical LiV(3)O(8) nanofibers, assembled from nanosheets that have exposed {100} facets, have been fabricated by using electrospinning combined with calcination. The formation mechanism of hierarchical nanofibers was investigated by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) played a dual role in the formation of the nanofibers: besides acting as the template for forming the fibers, it effectively prevented the aggregation of LiV(3)O(8) nanoparticles, thereby allowing them to grow into small nanosheets with exposed {100} facets owing to the self-limitation property of LiV(3)O(8). This nanostructure is beneficial for the insertion/extraction of lithium ions. Meanwhile, the {100} facets have fewer and smaller channels, which may effectively alleviate proton co-intercalation into the electrode materials. Hence, the hierarchical LiV(3)O(8) nanofibers exhibit higher discharge capacities and better cycling stabilities as the anode electrode material for aqueous lithium-ion batteries than those reported previously. We demonstrate that these hierarchical nanofibers have promising potential applications in aqueous lithium-ion batteries.

  8. Molecular design and control of fullerene-based bi-thermoelectric materials.

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    Rincón-García, Laura; Ismael, Ali K; Evangeli, Charalambos; Grace, Iain; Rubio-Bollinger, Gabino; Porfyrakis, Kyriakos; Agraït, Nicolás; Lambert, Colin J

    2016-03-01

    Molecular junctions are a versatile test bed for investigating nanoscale thermoelectricity and contribute to the design of new cost-effective environmentally friendly organic thermoelectric materials. It was suggested that transport resonances associated with discrete molecular levels could play a key role in thermoelectric performance, but no direct experimental evidence has been reported. Here we study single-molecule junctions of the endohedral fullerene Sc3N@C80 connected to gold electrodes using a scanning tunnelling microscope. We find that the magnitude and sign of the thermopower depend strongly on the orientation of the molecule and on applied pressure. Our calculations show that Sc3N inside the fullerene cage creates a sharp resonance near the Fermi level, whose energetic location, and hence the thermopower, can be tuned by applying pressure. These results reveal that Sc3N@C80 is a bi-thermoelectric material, exhibiting both positive and negative thermopower, and provide an unambiguous demonstration of the importance of transport resonances in molecular junctions.

  9. Local probing of magnetoelectric properties of PVDF/Fe3O4 electrospun nanofibers by piezoresponse force microscopy.

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    Zheng, Tian; Yue, Zhilian; Wallace, Gordon G; Du, Yi; Martins, Pedro; Lanceros-Mendez, Senentxu; Higgins, Michael J

    2017-02-10

    The coupling of magnetic and electric properties in polymer-based magnetoelectric composites offers new opportunities to develop contactless electrodes, effectively without electrical connections, for less-invasive integration into devices such as energy harvesters, sensors, wearable and implantable electrodes. Understanding the macroscale-to-nanoscale conversion of the properties is important, as nanostructured and nanoscale magnetoelectric structures are increasingly fabricated. However, whilst the magnetoelectric effect at the macroscale is well established both theoretically and experimentally, it remains unclear how this effect translates to the nanoscale, or vice versa. Here, PVDF/Fe3O4 polymer-based composite nanofibers are fabricated using electrospinning to investigate their piezoelectric and magnetoelectric properties at the single nanofiber level.

  10. Local probing of magnetoelectric properties of PVDF/Fe3O4 electrospun nanofibers by piezoresponse force microscopy

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    Zheng, Tian; Yue, Zhilian; Wallace, Gordon G.; Du, Yi; Martins, Pedro; Lanceros-Mendez, Senentxu; Higgins, Michael J.

    2017-02-01

    The coupling of magnetic and electric properties in polymer-based magnetoelectric composites offers new opportunities to develop contactless electrodes, effectively without electrical connections, for less-invasive integration into devices such as energy harvesters, sensors, wearable and implantable electrodes. Understanding the macroscale-to-nanoscale conversion of the properties is important, as nanostructured and nanoscale magnetoelectric structures are increasingly fabricated. However, whilst the magnetoelectric effect at the macroscale is well established both theoretically and experimentally, it remains unclear how this effect translates to the nanoscale, or vice versa. Here, PVDF/Fe3O4 polymer-based composite nanofibers are fabricated using electrospinning to investigate their piezoelectric and magnetoelectric properties at the single nanofiber level.

  11. An Investigation of Electrochemomechanical Actuation of Conductive Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) Nanofiber Composites

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    Gonzalez, Mark A.

    A polymer-based nanofiber composite actuator designed for linear actuation was fabricated by electrospinning, actuated by electrolysis, and characterized by electrical and mechanical testing to address performance limitations and understand the activation processing effects on actuation performance. Currently, Electroactive polymers (EAPs) have provided uses in sensory and actuation technology, but have either low force output or expand rather than contract, falling short in capturing the natural motion and function of muscle desperately needed to provide breakthroughs in the bio-medical and robotic fields. Previous research has shown activated Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fibers having biomimetic functionalities similar to the sarcomere contraction responsible for muscle function. Activated PAN is also known to contract and expand by electrolysis when in close vicinity to the anode and cathode, respectively. PAN nanofibers especially show faster response to changes in environmental pH and improved mechanical properties over larger diameter fibers. Conductive additives were introduced to the electrospinning solution and activated in an attempt to create composite PAN nanofiber gel actuators with improved conductivity and eliminate the need of stiff electrodes. Tensile testing was conducted to examine changes in mechanical properties between annealing and hydrolysis processing. Introducing conductive additives did not show a significant increase in conductivity and created unusable samples, requiring alternative electrode materials. Electrochemical contraction rates up to 25%/ min were achieved. Strains of 58.8%, ultimate stresses up to 77.1 MPa, and moduli of 0.21 MPa were achieved with pure PAN nanofiber mats, surpassing mechanical properties of natural muscles. Improvements to contraction rates and young's moduli are necessary to capture the function and performance of skeletal muscles properly.

  12. Novel Synthesis of 3D Graphene-CNF Electrode Architectures for Supercapacitor Applications

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    2013-06-01

    NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA THESIS Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited NOVEL SYNTHESIS OF...AND DATES COVERED Master’s Thesis 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE NOVEL SYNTHESIS OF 3D GRAPHENE-CNF ELECTRODE ARCHITECTURES FOR SUPERCAPACITOR...Carbon Nanofibers (CNF). The Reduction Expansion Synthesis (RES) approach was used for both, the exfoliation of Graphitic Oxide to produce Graphene

  13. Enhancing Fullerene-Based Solar Cell Lifetimes by Addition of a Fullerene Dumbbell**

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    Schroeder, Bob C; Li, Zhe; Brady, Michael A; Faria, Gregório Couto; Ashraf, Raja Shahid; Takacs, Christopher J; Cowart, John S; Duong, Duc T; Chiu, Kar Ho; Tan, Ching-Hong; Cabral, João T; Salleo, Alberto; Chabinyc, Michael L; Durrant, James R; McCulloch, Iain

    2014-01-01

    Cost-effective, solution-processable organic photovoltaics (OPV) present an interesting alternative to inorganic silicon-based solar cells. However, one of the major remaining challenges of OPV devices is their lack of long-term operational stability, especially at elevated temperatures. The synthesis of a fullerene dumbbell and its use as an additive in the active layer of a PCDTBT:PCBM-based OPV device is reported. The addition of only 20 % of this novel fullerene not only leads to improved device efficiencies, but more importantly also to a dramatic increase in morphological stability under simulated operating conditions. Dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry (DSIMS) and TEM are used, amongst other techniques, to elucidate the origins of the improved morphological stability. PMID:25264304

  14. Stabilization and carbonization of mesophase pitch nanofiber

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    Fong, Hao; Reneker, Darrell H.

    2000-03-01

    Mesophase pitch nanofibers were made with diameters of several hundred nanometers to a few microns. Thermogravimetric analysis showed the stabilization reaction in air began at a temperature below 200^oC, and produced a 6% weight gain. Changes intensity of aliphatic C-H (2850-3000 and 1400-1450 cm-1) and carbonyl -CO- (1690-1750 cm-1) peaks in Fourier transform infrared spectra were observed as a result of stabilization. The intensities of aryl alkyl ether peaks at 1200-1275 cm-1 increased with stabilization in air. Solid state NMR results confirmed these changes. Carbonization in inert gas began when the temperature reached 300^oC. There was a 25% weight loss during the carbonization. Element analysis showed that the only carbon remained. The structures of pitch nanofibers, stabilized nanofibers and the resulting carbon nanofibers were investigated with scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.

  15. Spectroscopic Investigations on Polypropylene -- Carbon Nanofibers Composites

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    Chipara, Mircea; Brian, Jones; Lozano, Karen; Villareal, John R.; Cristian Chipara, Alin; Hernandez, Anna; Dorina Chipara, Magdalena; Sellmyer, David J.

    2008-03-01

    Nanocomposites were obtained by high-shear mixing of isotactic polypropylene (Marlex HLN-120-01; Philips Sumika Polypropylene Company) with various amounts of vapor grown carbon nanofibers (PR-24AG; Pyrograf Products, Inc) by utilizing a HAAKE Rheomix at 65 rpm and 180 ^oC for 9 min followed by an additional mixing at 90 rpm for 5 min. Composites loaded with various amounts of vapor grown carbon nanofibers have been prepared. Wide angle X-Ray scattering investigations focus on the effect of carbon nanofibers on the crystalline phases of polypropylene and on the overall crystallinity degree of the polymeric matrix. Raman spectroscopy analysis concentrates on D and G bands. X-band electron spin resonance investigations aim at a better understanding of the purity of carbon nanofibers and of the ratio between conducting and paramagnetic.

  16. Advancing tissue engineering by using electrospun nanofibers.

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    Ashammakhi, Nureddin; Ndreu, A; Nikkola, L; Wimpenny, I; Yang, Y

    2008-07-01

    Electrospinning is a versatile technique that enables the development of nanofiber-based scaffolds, from a variety of polymers that may have drug-release properties. Using nanofibers, it is now possible to produce biomimetic scaffolds that can mimic the extracellular matrix for tissue engineering. Interestingly, nanofibers can guide cell growth along their direction. Combining factors like fiber diameter, alignment and chemicals offers new ways to control tissue engineering. In vivo evaluation of nanomats included their degradation, tissue reactions and engineering of specific tissues. New advances made in electrospinning, especially in drug delivery, support the massive potential of these nanobiomaterials. Nevertheless, there is already at least one product based on electrospun nanofibers with drug-release properties in a Phase III clinical trial, for wound dressing. Hopefully, clinical applications in tissue engineering will follow to enhance the success of regenerative therapies.

  17. Transparent, conductive, and SERS-active Au nanofiber films assembled on an amphiphilic peptide template

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    Vinod, T. P.; Zarzhitsky, Shlomo; Morag, Ahiud; Zeiri, Leila; Levi-Kalisman, Yael; Rapaport, Hanna; Jelinek, Raz

    2013-10-01

    peptide monolayer, XPS analysis of the Au nanofibers, Raman measurements under different conditions, AFM analysis of the Au nanofiber film, conductivity measurement on the Au nanofiber film in 1 mm electrode spacing and digital photograph of the Au film substrate. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr03348a

  18. Role of Conformation in - Interactions and Polymer/Fullerene Miscibility

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    Sumpter, Bobby G; Bucknall, David G.; Thio, Yonathan S; Gurun, Bilge; Campbell, Katie

    2011-01-01

    The origin of the miscibility between C60 fullerene and a series of phenylic vinyl polymers has been investigate using a combination of wide-angle x-ray (WAXS) and neutron (WANS) scattering and density functional theory (DFT) computational modeling. The solubility limit of the C60 in the polymers was found to increase non-linearly with increasing phenylic groups in the side-chain from 1 wt% in polystyrene (PS) to 12 wt% in poly(9-vinyl phenanthrene) (P9VPh). The DFT calculations showed that the polymer interacts with the fullerene preferentially with the phenylic groups in these vinyl polymers. However, due to the backbone these phenyl groups are unable to form the energetically favorable T-junction or planar - stacks with the fullerene, and are randomly oriented to the cage. The non-linear increase in solubility is believed to be associated with shape conformity of the three ring phenanthrene to the curvature of the fullerene.

  19. Fullerene-Encapsulated Atoms in the Light of Synchrotron Radiation

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    Mueller, A.; Schippers, S.; Esteves, D.; Habibi, M.; Phaneuf, R. A.; Kilcoyne, A. L. D.; Aguilar, A.; Dunsch, L.

    2009-12-03

    Mass-selected beams of endohedral fullerene Ce-C{sub 82}{sup +} ions, of atomic Ce{sup q+} ions (q = 2, 3, 4), and of empty fullerene-cage C{sub 82}{sup +} ions were employed to study photoionization of fullerene-encapsulated and free cerium atoms. The Ce 4d inner-shell contributions to single and double ionization of the endohedral Ce-C{sub 82}{sup +} fullerene have been extracted from the data and compared with expectations based on theory and the experiments with atomic Ce ions. Dramatic reduction and redistribution of the ionization contributions to Ce 4d photoabsorption is observed. More than half of the Ce 4d oscillator strength is apparently diverted to additional decay channels of the Ce-C{sub 82}{sup +} complex.

  20. Complexation of C60 fullerene with aromatic drugs.

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    Evstigneev, Maxim P; Buchelnikov, Anatoly S; Voronin, Dmitry P; Rubin, Yuriy V; Belous, Leonid F; Prylutskyy, Yuriy I; Ritter, Uwe

    2013-02-25

    The contributions of various physical factors to the energetics of complexation of aromatic drug molecules with C(60) fullerene are investigated in terms of the calculated magnitudes of equilibrium complexation constants and the components of the net Gibbs free energy. Models of complexation are developed taking into account the polydisperse nature of fullerene solutions in terms of the continuous or discrete (fractal) aggregation of C(60) molecules. Analysis of the energetics has shown that stabilization of the ligand-fullerene complexes in aqueous solution is mainly determined by intermolecular van der Waals interactions and, to lesser extent, by hydrophobic interactions. The results provide a physicochemical basis for a potentially new biotechnological application of fullerenes as modulators of biological activity of aromatic drugs.

  1. New Bioactive Composite Nanomaterials Based on Fullerene Derivatives

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    Soldatov, A. G.; Shpilevsky, E. M.; Goranov, V. A.; Pushkarchuk, A. L.; Khrutchinsky, A. A.; Nizovtsev, A. P.; Kilin, S. Ya.

    2013-05-01

    Formation conditions of the fullerene based composite material with a homogeneous distribution of bioactive particles are defined. An influence of C60(FeCp2)2 particle size on the proliferative activity of stem cells is discussed.

  2. Production and Consumption of Reactive Oxygen Species by Fullerenes

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    Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are one of the most important intermediates in chemical, photochemical, and biological processes. To understand the environmental exposure and toxicity of fullerenes better, the production and consumption of ROS (singlet oxygen, superoxide, hydrogen ...

  3. Nanotribological performance of fullerene-like carbon nitride films

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    Flores-Ruiz, Francisco Javier; Enriquez-Flores, Christian Ivan; Chiñas-Castillo, Fernando; Espinoza-Beltrán, Francisco Javier

    2014-09-01

    Fullerene-like carbon nitride films exhibit high elastic modulus and low friction coefficient. In this study, thin CNx films were deposited on silicon substrate by DC magnetron sputtering and the tribological behavior at nanoscale was evaluated using an atomic force microscope. Results show that CNx films with fullerene-like structure have a friction coefficient (CoF ∼ 0.009-0.022) that is lower than amorphous CNx films (CoF ∼ 0.028-0.032). Analysis of specimens characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows that films with fullerene-like structure have a higher number of sp3 CN bonds and exhibit the best mechanical properties with high values of elastic modulus (E > 180 GPa) and hardness (H > 20 GPa). The elastic recovery determined on specimens with a fullerene-like CNx structure was of 95% while specimens of amorphous CNx structure had only 75% elastic recovery.

  4. Synthesis of praseodymium oxide nanofiber by electrospinning

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    Hassan, M. Shamshi; Kang, Young-Sic; Kim, Byoung-Suhk; Kim, Ick-Soo; Kim, Hak-Yong; Khil, Myung-Seob

    2011-08-01

    Well-defined and uniform Pr 6O 11 nanofibers were synthesized by electrospinning of an aqueous sol-gel consisting of praseodymium nitrate hexa-hydrate and polyvinyl acetate. The synthesized Pr 6O 11 nanofibers mat was dried at 80 °C for 24 h under vacuum and finally annealed at 600 °C for 2 h in static air furnace. From crystalline properties, the synthesized Pr 6O 11 nanofibers XRD analysis revealed the typical cubic structure. The morphological observation showed that the synthesized Pr 6O 11 nanofibers composed of fibers length in several 100 nm and diameter of ˜20 nm. Similarly, transmission electron microscope (TEM) measurement revealed the good crystalline nature of the synthesized Pr 6O 11 nanofibers with the average diameter of ˜20 nm. Photoluminescence (PL) demonstrated a strong green-blue emission peak at 521 nm, suggesting that the Pr 6O 11 nanofiber exhibited good crystal quality with very less structural defects.

  5. Nanofibers and their applications in tissue engineering

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    Vasita, Rajesh; Katti, Dhirendra S

    2006-01-01

    Developing scaffolds that mimic the architecture of tissue at the nanoscale is one of the major challenges in the field of tissue engineering. The development of nanofibers has greatly enhanced the scope for fabricating scaffolds that can potentially meet this challenge. Currently, there are three techniques available for the synthesis of nanofibers: electrospinning, self-assembly, and phase separation. Of these techniques, electrospinning is the most widely studied technique and has also demonstrated the most promising results in terms of tissue engineering applications. The availability of a wide range of natural and synthetic biomaterials has broadened the scope for development of nanofibrous scaffolds, especially using the electrospinning technique. The three dimensional synthetic biodegradable scaffolds designed using nanofibers serve as an excellent framework for cell adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation. Therefore, nanofibers, irrespective of their method of synthesis, have been used as scaffolds for musculoskeletal tissue engineering (including bone, cartilage, ligament, and skeletal muscle), skin tissue engineering, vascular tissue engineering, neural tissue engineering, and as carriers for the controlled delivery of drugs, proteins, and DNA. This review summarizes the currently available techniques for nanofiber synthesis and discusses the use of nanofibers in tissue engineering and drug delivery applications. PMID:17722259

  6. Periodic Modification of Nanofibers by Polymer Crystallization

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    Wang, Bingbing; Li, Christopher

    2008-03-01

    Electrospinning polymer nanofibers are one of the most useful 1D nanometer-scaled materials that have numerous potential applications in the fields of filter applications, and templates for tissue engineering. Herein we show that polymer nanofibers can also be used as 1D nucleation agents to induce polymer crystallization. Poly(ethylene oxide) was electrospun into nanofibers which was used to induce PEO crystallization in solution. Shish kebab morphology was observed with the nanofiber as the shish and the PEO lamellar crystals as the kebabs. This unique morphology was named as nano fiber shish kebabs (NFSKs). We demonstrated that the structural parameters of the NSFK such as the fiber diameter, periods, the kebab size etc. could be readily controlled by the electrospinning and crystallization conditions. This NSFK also renders 3D features to the otherwise 1D nanofibers. It also serves as a vehicle for incorporating a variety of functional groups to the nanofiber systems, which, in turn, leads to numerous biomedical as well as electronic applications.

  7. High Photoelectric Conversion Efficiency of Metal Phthalocyanine/Fullerene Heterojunction Photovoltaic Device

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    Lin, Chi-Feng; Zhang, Mi; Liu, Shun-Wei; Chiu, Tien-Lung; Lee, Jiun-Haw

    2011-01-01

    This paper introduces the fundamental physical characteristics of organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices. Photoelectric conversion efficiency is crucial to the evaluation of quality in OPV devices, and enhancing efficiency has been spurring on researchers to seek alternatives to this problem. In this paper, we focus on organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices and review several approaches to enhance the energy conversion efficiency of small molecular heterojunction OPV devices based on an optimal metal-phthalocyanine/fullerene (C60) planar heterojunction thin film structure. For the sake of discussion, these mechanisms have been divided into electrical and optical sections: (1) Electrical: Modification on electrodes or active regions to benefit carrier injection, charge transport and exciton dissociation; (2) Optical: Optional architectures or infilling to promote photon confinement and enhance absorption. PMID:21339999

  8. Neural adhesion, growth, and activity on carbon nanotubes and carbonized nanofibers

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    Franca, Eric William

    This dissertation focuses on how the physical and electrical properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and carbonized nanofibers (CNFs) affect the physiological and electrophysiological properties of neurons and neural networks and how this may affect the efficacy of these nanomaterials as microelectrode materials. In general, the pursuit of increasing electrode sensitivity while maintaining low noise levels is addressed by investigating and utilizing novel electrode materials. Carbon nanomaterials have a native conductivity and nano-scale roughness that should decrease microelectrode noise levels and impedance by virtue of a substantially increased surface area. In addition to the beneficial microelectrode properties, these carbon nanomaterials could increase the integration of the electrode to the neural tissue. The work here is an investigation of how selected CNT and CNF materials affect the viability, outgrowth, and adhesion of cortical neurons in vitro and how the physical and chemical properties of each substrate correlates to these measurements. The intent is that properties detailed in vitro can be assumed to extrapolate to performance in vivo assuming the same materials are utilized for invasive, implanted microelectrodes. Carbon nanotubes were deposited by a layer-by-layer (LBL) method with poly(ethylenimine) (PEI). Carbon nanofiber substrates were prepared in conjunction with collaborators via electrospinning a photosensitive polymer (SU-8), photopatterning, and pyrolyzing the depositions. In addition to these substrates, control samples were prepared in the form of PEI-treated glass coverslips, carbonized thin films, SU-8 thin films, and SU-8 nanofibers. The primary variable between all of these substrates is the roughness or topography of each deposition (ranging from 0.26 nm to 160 nm average roughness). Physical and chemical characteristics of the depositions are presented in addition to the electrical characteristics which make them attractive as

  9. Stereodivergent-at-Metal Synthesis of [60]Fullerene Hybrids.

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    Marco-Martínez, Juan; Vidal, Sara; Fernández, Israel; Filippone, Salvatore; Martín, Nazario

    2017-02-13

    Chiral fullerene-metal hybrids with complete control over the four stereogenic centers, including the absolute configuration of the metal atom, have been synthesized for the first time. The stereochemistry of the four chiral centers formed during [60]fullerene functionalization is the result of both the chiral catalysts employed and the diastereoselective addition of the metal complexes used (iridium, rhodium, or ruthenium). DFT calculations underpin the observed configurational stability at the metal center, which does not undergo an epimerization process.

  10. Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons for fullerene synthesis in flames

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    Alford, J. Michael; Diener, Michael D.

    2006-12-19

    This invention provides improved methods for combustion synthesis of carbon nanomaterials, including fullerenes, employing multiple-ring aromatic hydrocarbon fuels selected for high carbon conversion to extractable fullerenes. The multiple-ring aromatic hydrocarbon fuels include those that contain polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons. More specifically, multiple-ring aromatic hydrocarbon fuels contain a substantial amount of indene, methylnapthalenes or mixtures thereof. Coal tar and petroleum distillate fractions provide low cost hydrocarbon fuels containing polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, including without limitation, indene, methylnapthalenes or mixtures thereof.

  11. High concentration honey chitosan electrospun nanofibers: biocompatibility and antibacterial effects.

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    Sarhan, Wessam A; Azzazy, Hassan M E

    2015-05-20

    Honey nanofibers represent an attractive formulation with unique medicinal and wound healing advantages. Nanofibers with honey concentrations of <10% were prepared, however, there is a need to prepare nanofibers with higher honey concentrations to increase the antibacterial and wound healing effects. In this work, chitosan and honey (H) were cospun with polyvinyl alcohol (P) allowing the fabrication of nanofibers with high honey concentrations up to 40% and high chitosan concentrations up to 5.5% of the total weight of the fibers using biocompatible solvents (1% acetic acid). The fabricated nanofibers were further chemically crosslinked, by exposure to glutaraldehyde vapor, and physically crosslinked by heating and freezing/thawing. The new HP-chitosan nanofibers showed pronounced antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus but weak antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli. The developed HP-chitosan nanofibers revealed no cytotoxicity effects on cultured fibroblasts. In conclusion, biocompatible, antimicrobial crosslinked honey/polyvinyl alcohol/chitosan nanofibers were developed which hold potential as effective wound dressing.

  12. Synthesis of very small diameter silica nanofibers using sound waves.

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    Datskos, Panos; Chen, Jihua; Sharma, Jaswinder

    2014-07-14

    Silica nanofibers of an average diameter ≈30 nm and length ≈100 μm have been synthesized using an unprecedented strategy: sound waves. A new phenomenon, spinning off the nanofibers at silica rod tips, is also observed.

  13. Polymer fullerene solution phase behaviour and film formation pathways.

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    Dattani, Rajeev; Cabral, João T

    2015-04-28

    We report the phase behaviour of polymer/fullerene/solvent ternary mixtures and its consequence for the morphology of the resulting composite thin films. We focus particularly on solutions of polystyrene (PS), C60 fullerene and toluene, which are examined by static and dynamic light scattering, and films obtained from various solution ages and thermal annealing conditions, using atomic force and light microscopy. Unexpectedly, the solution phase behaviour below the polymer overlap concentration, c*, is found to be described by a simple excluded volume argument (occupied by the polymer chains) and the neat C60/solvent miscibility. Scaling consistent with full exclusion is found when the miscibility of the fullerene in the solvent is much lower than that of the polymer, giving way to partial exclusion with more soluble fullerenes (phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester, PCBM) and a less asymmetric solvent (chlorobenzene), employed in photovoltaic devices. Spun cast and drop cast films were prepared from PS/C60/toluene solutions across the phase diagram to yield an identical PS/C60 composition and film thickness, resulting in qualitatively different morphologies in agreement with our measured solution phase boundaries. Our findings are relevant to the solution processing of polymer/fullerene composites (including organic photovoltaic devices), which generally require effective solubilisation of fullerene derivatives and polymer pairs in this concentration range, and the design of well-defined thin film morphologies.

  14. Fullerenes and interplanetary dust at the Permian-Triassic boundary.

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    Poreda, Robert J; Becker, Luann

    2003-01-01

    We recently presented new evidence that an impact occurred approximately 250 million years ago at the Permian-Triassic boundary (PTB), triggering the most severe mass extinction in the history of life on Earth. We used a new extraterrestrial tracer, fullerene, a third carbon carrier of noble gases besides diamond and graphite. By exploiting the unique properties of this molecule to trap noble gases inside of its caged structure (helium, neon, argon), the origin of the fullerenes can be determined. Here, we present new evidence for fullerenes with extraterrestrial noble gases in the PTB at Graphite Peak, Antarctica, similar to PTB fullerenes from Meishan, China and Sasayama, Japan. In addition, we isolated a (3)He-rich magnetic carrier phase in three fractions from the Graphite Peak section. The noble gases in this magnetic fraction were similar to zero-age deep-sea interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) and some magnetic grains isolated from the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary. The helium and neon isotopic compositions for both the bulk Graphite Peak sediments and an isolated magnetic fraction from the bulk material are consistent with solar-type gases measured in zero-age deep-sea sediments and point to a common source, namely, the flux of IDPs to the Earth's surface. In this instance, the IDP noble gas signature for the bulk sediment can be uniquely decoupled from fullerene, demonstrating that two separate tracers are present (direct flux of IDPs for (3)He vs. giant impact for fullerene).

  15. New metallic alloys incorporating fullerenes and carbon nanotubes

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    Doome, R. J.; Fonseca, A.; Nagy, J. B.

    1998-08-01

    In order to open new routes to fullerenes application, we have investigated the effect of fullerenes and nanotubes in metallic alloys. Fullerenes mixture and carbon nanotubes have been used as new carbon sources in the synthesis of metallic alloys (Al, Fe and Ni). After melting under inert atmosphere, macroscopic homogeneous alloys were obtained with iron and nickel but the aluminium based alloys looked rather inhomogeneous due to an incomplete melting. From the samples analysis by chemical reactions and XPS, it was concluded that the carbon is essentially located on the alloy surface as carbide and sp2 structures. Except for the aluminium based alloy where some fullerenes were still detected, thermal treatment as well as metal catalytic effect led to the decomposition of the fullerenes in the alloys. Nevertheless, carbon nanotubes kept their structure and were trapped in the alloys. The hardness of these new alloys were determined and compared to values of common alloys incorporating graphite and norit-A as carbon sources. The preliminary results showed slightly higher hardness values for alloys incorporating fullerenes and weaker values for alloys incorporating carbon nanotubes.

  16. Optical heating and rapid transformation of functionalized fullerenes

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    Krishna, Vijay; Stevens, Nathanael; Koopman, Ben; Moudgil, Brij

    2010-05-01

    Irradiating single-walled carbon nanotubes can lead to heat generation or ignition. These processes could be used in medical and industrial applications, but the poor solvent compatibility and high aspect ratios of nanotubes have led to concerns about safety. Here, we show that certain functionalized fullerenes, including polyhydroxy fullerenes (which are known to be environmentally safe and to have therapeutic properties) are heated or ignited by exposure to low-intensity (<102 W cm-2) continuous-wave laser irradiation. We also show that polyhydroxy fullerenes and other functionalized fullerenes can be transformed into single-walled nanotubes, multiwalled nanotubes and carbon onions without the presence of a catalyst by exposure to low-intensity laser irradiation in an oxygen-free environment. To demonstrate the potential usefulness of these processes in applications, we disrupted animal cells dosed with polyhydroxy fullerenes by exposing them to a near-infrared laser for a few seconds, and also ignited an explosive charge in contact with a particle of carboxy fullerenes.

  17. Persistent Homology for The Quantitative Prediction of Fullerene Stability

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    Xia, Kelin; Feng, Xin; Tong, Yiying; Wei, Guo Wei

    2014-01-01

    Persistent homology is a relatively new tool often used for qualitative analysis of intrinsic topological features in images and data originated from scientific and engineering applications. In this paper, we report novel quantitative predictions of the energy and stability of fullerene molecules, the very first attempt in employing persistent homology in this context. The ground-state structures of a series of small fullerene molecules are first investigated with the standard Vietoris-Rips complex. We decipher all the barcodes, including both short-lived local bars and long-lived global bars arising from topological invariants, and associate them with fullerene structural details. By using accumulated bar lengths, we build quantitative models to correlate local and global Betti-2 bars respectively with the heat of formation and total curvature energies of fullerenes. It is found that the heat of formation energy is related to the local hexagonal cavities of small fullerenes, while the total curvature energies of fullerene isomers are associated with their sphericities, which are measured by the lengths of their long-lived Betti-2 bars. Excellent correlation coefficients (> 0.94) between persistent homology predictions and those of quantum or curvature analysis have been observed. A correlation matrix based filtration is introduced to further verify our findings. PMID:25523342

  18. Fullerenes and Interplanetary Dust at the Permian-Triassic Boundary

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    Poreda, Robert J.; Becker, Luann

    2003-01-01

    We recently presented new evidence that an impact occurred ~250 million years ago at the Permian-Triassic boundary (PTB), triggering the most severe mass extinction in the history of life on Earth. We used a new extraterrestrial tracer, fullerene, a third carbon carrier of noble gases besides diamond and graphite. By exploiting the unique properties of this molecule to trap noble gases inside of its caged structure (helium, neon, argon), the origin of the fullerenes can be determined. Here, we present new evidence for fullerenes with extraterrestrial noble gases in the PTB at Graphite Peak, Antarctica, similar to PTB fullerenes from Meishan, China and Sasayama, Japan. In addition, we isolated a 3He-rich magnetic carrier phase in three fractions from the Graphite Peak section. The noble gases in this magnetic fraction were similar to zero-age deep-sea interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) and some magnetic grains isolated from the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary. The helium and neon isotopic compositions for both the bulk Graphite Peak sediments and an isolated magnetic fraction from the bulk material are consistent with solar-type gases measured in zero-age deep-sea sediments and point to a common source, namely, the flux of IDPs to the Earth's surface. In this instance, the IDP noble gas signature for the bulk sediment can be uniquely decoupled from fullerene, demonstrating that two separate tracers are present (direct flux of IDPs for 3He vs. giant impact for fullerene).

  19. Hierarchically organized soft-materials based on fullerenes

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    Nakanishi, Takashi

    2009-04-01

    Simple chemical modifications of fullerene (C60) with long aliphatic chains provide novel type amphiphilic molecules playing in organic solvents due to the two different intermolecular interactions, namely π-π on C60 and van der Waals interactions on aliphatic chain moieties, respectively, and open a door developing supramolecular soft-materials having hierarchically organized architectures, various morphologies and functions based on fullerenes. By tuning the length and number of aliphatic chains on the derivatives as well as experimental conditions such as solvents, temperature, substrates for preparation of the assemblies, the assembled fullerenes showed various faces such as creating of many unique-shaped objects with controlled their dimensionality. For instance, nanowires and thin disks with single bilayer thickness in nanometer size, globular, fibrous, conical objects in mesoscopic (sub-micrometer) scale and flower-shaped and direction-controlled spiral objects in micrometer scale are obtained. As bulk states, thermotropic liquid crystals and room temperature (isotropic) liquid fullerenes are interestingly prepared from this molecular designs and showed not only their fluid natures and comparably high carrier mobility as fullerene-based organic-semiconductor phenomena. In addition, nano-carbon superhydrophobic surface with fractal morphology of the two-tier roughness on a nano- and microscopic scale was created from one of the supramolecular objects. The all of hierarchical supramolecular assemblies describing in this review is derived from fine-tuning intermolecular interactions of fullerene derivatives bearing long aliphatic chains.

  20. The biological mechanisms and physicochemical characteristics responsible for driving fullerene toxicity.

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    Johnston, Helinor J; Hutchison, Gary R; Christensen, Frans M; Aschberger, Karin; Stone, Vicki

    2010-04-01

    This review provides a comprehensive critical review of the available literature purporting to assess the toxicity of carbon fullerenes. This is required as prior to the widespread utilization and production of fullerenes, it is necessary to consider the implications of exposure for human health. Traditionally, fullerenes are formed from 60 carbon atoms, arranged in a spherical cage-like structure. However, manipulation of surface chemistry and molecular makeup has created a diverse population of fullerenes, which exhibit drastically different behaviors. The cellular processes that underlie observed fullerene toxicity will be discussed and include oxidative, genotoxic, and cytotoxic responses. The antioxidant/cytoprotective properties of fullerenes (and the attributes responsible for driving these phenomena) have been considered and encourage their utilization within the treatment of oxidant-mediated disease. A number of studies have focused on improving the water solubility of fullerenes in order to enable their exploitation within biological systems. Manipulating fullerene water solubility has included the use of surface modifications, solvents, extended stirring, and mechanical processes. However, the ability of these processes to also impact on fullerene toxicity requires assessment, especially when considering the use of solvents, which particularly appear to enhance fullerene toxicity. A number of the discussed investigations were not conducted to reveal if fullerene behavior was due to their nanoparticle dimensions but instead addressed the biocompatibility and toxicity of fullerenes. The hazards to human health, associated with fullerene exposure, are uncertain at this time, and further investigations are required to decipher such effects before an effective risk assessment can be conducted.

  1. Towards a fullerene-based quantum computer

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    Benjamin, Simon C.; Ardavan, Arzhang; Briggs, G. Andrew D.; Britz, David A.; Gunlycke, Daniel; Jefferson, John; Jones, Mark A. G.; Leigh, David F.; Lovett, Brendon W.; Khlobystov, Andrei N.; Lyon, S. A.; Morton, John J. L.; Porfyrakis, Kyriakos; Sambrook, Mark R.; Tyryshkin, Alexei M.

    2006-05-01

    Molecular structures appear to be natural candidates for a quantum technology: individual atoms can support quantum superpositions for long periods, and such atoms can in principle be embedded in a permanent molecular scaffolding to form an array. This would be true nanotechnology, with dimensions of order of a nanometre. However, the challenges of realizing such a vision are immense. One must identify a suitable elementary unit and demonstrate its merits for qubit storage and manipulation, including input/output. These units must then be formed into large arrays corresponding to an functional quantum architecture, including a mechanism for gate operations. Here we report our efforts, both experimental and theoretical, to create such a technology based on endohedral fullerenes or 'buckyballs'. We describe our successes with respect to these criteria, along with the obstacles we are currently facing and the questions that remain to be addressed.

  2. Hybrid biomimetic scaffold composed of electrospun polycaprolactone nanofibers and self-assembled peptide amphiphile nanofibers

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    Tambralli, Ajay; Blakeney, Bryan; Anderson, Joel; Kushwaha, Meenakshi; Andukuri, Adinarayana; Dean, Derrick; Jun, Ho-Wook

    2011-01-01

    Nanofibrous electrospun poly (ε-caprolactone) (ePCL) scaffolds have inherent structural advantages, but lack of bioactivity has limited their usefulness in biomedical applications. Thus, here we report the development of a hybrid, nanostructured, extracellular matrix (ECM) mimicking scaffold by a combination of ePCL nanofibers and self-assembled peptide amphiphile (PA) nanofibers. The PAs have ECM mimicking characteristics including a cell adhesive ligand (RGDS) and matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) mediated degradable sites. TEM imaging verified successful PA self-assembly into nanofibers (diameters of 8 – 10 nm) using a solvent evaporation method. This evaporation coating method was then used to successfully coat PAs onto ePCL nanofibers (diameters of 300 – 400 nm), to develop the hybrid, bioactive scaffolds. SEM characterization showed that the PA coatings did not interfere with the porous ePCL nanofiber network. Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) were seeded onto the hybrid scaffolds to evaluate their bioactivity. Significantly greater attachment and spreading of hMSCs were observed on ePCL nanofibers coated with PA-RGDS as compared to ePCL nanofibers coated with PA-S (no cell adhesive ligand) and uncoated ePCL nanofibers. Overall, this novel strategy presents a new solution to overcome the current bioactivity challenges of electrospun scaffolds and combines the unique characteristics of ePCL nanofibers and self-assembled PA nanofibers to provide an ECM mimicking environment. This has great potential to be applied to many different electrospun scaffolds for various biomedical applications. PMID:20811101

  3. Control over photoinduced energy and electron transfer in supramolecular polyads of covalently linked azaBODIPY-bisporphyrin 'molecular clip' hosting fullerene.

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    D'Souza, Francis; Amin, Anu N; El-Khouly, Mohamed E; Subbaiyan, Navaneetha K; Zandler, Melvin E; Fukuzumi, Shunichi

    2012-01-11

    A 'molecular clip' featuring a near-IR emitting fluorophore, BF(2)-chelated tetraarylazadipyrromethane (aza-BODIPY) covalently linked to two porphyrins (MP, M = 2H or Zn) has been newly synthesized to host a three-dimensional electron acceptor fullerene via a 'two-point' metal-ligand axial coordination. Efficient singlet-singlet excitation transfer from (1)ZnP* to aza-BODIPY was witnessed in the dyad and triad in nonpolar and less polar solvents, such as toluene and o-dichlorobenzene, however, in polar solvents, additional electron transfer occurred along with energy transfer. A supramolecular tetrad was formed by assembling bis-pyridine functionalized fullerene via a 'two-point' metal-ligand axial coordination, and the resulted complex was characterized by optical absorption and emission, computational, and electrochemical methods. Electron transfer from photoexcited zinc porphyrin to C(60) is witnessed in the supramolecular tetrad from the femtosecond transient absorption spectral studies. Further, the supramolecular polyads (triad or tetrad) were utilized to build photoelectrochemical cells to check their ability to convert light into electricity by fabricating FTO/SnO(2)/polyad electrodes. The presence of azaBODIPY and fullerene entities of the tetrad improved the overall light energy conversion efficiency. An incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency of up to 17% has been achieved for the tetrad modified electrode.

  4. Investigation of Meltblown Microfiber and Electrospun Nanofiber Fabrics Treated with a One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma (OAUGDP)

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    Chen, Weiwei; Reece Roth, J.; Tsai, Peter P.-Y.

    2003-10-01

    Nanofiber webs are made by the electrospinning (ES) process [1], which uses the repulsive electrostatic force to spin fibers from a polymer solution or melt at room temperature and low energy input. We have developed apparatus at the UT Textiles and Nonwovens Development Center (TANDEC) to produce fabrics with fiber diameters of tens of nanometers. This paper will report data on the distribution function of nanofiber diameters that were taken from digitized SEM images of the electrospun materials. It is also found in the tensile tests that the strength of the electrospun nanofiber fabrics is up to ten times that of the coarser meltblown material. The one atmosphere uniform glow discharge plasma (OAUGDP) developed at the UT Plasma Sciences Laboratory generates a normal glow electrical discharge at one atmosphere. This plasma has been used to treat meltblown and electrospun fabrics, with a resulting increase in surface energy [1]. We recently found that the surface energy of meltblown Nylon could be increased to 70 dynes/cm by five seconds of OAUGDP exposure, and was durable at this level for six months. Our results also show that Nylon and PU nanofiber fabrics can be exposed to the OAUGDP for treatment without significant damage for up to 10 seconds [1], a duration sufficient to produce important effects, including durable wettability. We will describe our progress in improving the properties of nanofiber fabrics using a variety of latest developments in OAUGDP reactor technology, including a new porous electrode that injects gases other than air to generate different active species for plasma treatment. [1] Tsai P. P.-Y., Chen W., Li X. and Roth J.R.: "Improving the Properties of Protective Clothing by Exposing Nanofiber Webs to a One Atmospheric Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma (OAUGDP)", National Science Foundation (NSF) Grantee¡¯s Workshop and Conference, Birmingham, Alabama, Jan. 6-9, 2003.

  5. Magnetohydrodynamic electrode

    DOEpatents

    Marchant, David D.; Killpatrick, Don H.

    1978-01-01

    An electrode capable of withstanding high temperatures and suitable for use as a current collector in the channel of a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) generator consists of a sintered powdered metal base portion, the upper surface of the base being coated with a first layer of nickel aluminide, an intermediate layer of a mixture of nickel aluminide - refractory ceramic on the first layer and a third or outer layer of a refractory ceramic material on the intermediate layer. The sintered powdered metal base resists spalling by the ceramic coatings and permits greater electrode compliance to thermal shock. The density of the powdered metal base can be varied to allow optimization of the thermal conductivity of the electrode and prevent excess heat loss from the channel.

  6. Cermet electrode

    DOEpatents

    Maskalick, Nicholas J.

    1988-08-30

    Disclosed is a cermet electrode consisting of metal particles of nickel, cobalt, iron, or alloys or mixtures thereof immobilized by zirconia stabilized in cubic form which contains discrete deposits of about 0.1 to about 5% by weight of praseodymium, dysprosium, terbium, or a mixture thereof. The solid oxide electrode can be made by covering a substrate with particles of nickel, cobalt, iron, or mixtures thereof, growing a stabilized zirconia solid oxide skeleton around the particles thereby immobilizing them, contacting the skeleton with a compound of praseodymium, dysprosium, terbium, or a mixture thereof, and heating the skeleton to a temperature of at least 500.degree. C. The electrode can also be made by preparing a slurry of nickel, cobalt, iron, or mixture and a compound of praseodymium, dysprosium, terbium, or a mixture thereof, depositing the slurry on a substrate, heating the slurry to dryness, and growing a stabilized zirconia skeleton around the metal particles.

  7. Capillography of Mats of Nanofibers

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    Noca, Flavio; Sansom, Elijah; Zhou, Jijie; Gharib, Mory

    2008-01-01

    Capillography (from the Latin capillus, 'hair', and the Greek graphein, to write ) is a recently conceived technique for forming mats of nanofibers into useful patterns. The concept was inspired by experiments on carpetlike mats of multiwalled carbon nanotubes. Capillography may have the potential to be a less-expensive, less-time-consuming alternative to electron-beam lithography as a means of nanoscale patterning for the fabrication of small devices and instruments. In capillography, one exploits the lateral capillary forces exerted on small objects that pierce the surface of a liquid. If the small objects are identical, then the forces are always attractive. Two examples of the effects of such forces are the agglomeration of small particles floating on the surface of a pond and the drawing together of hairs of a wet paintbrush upon removal of the brush from water. Because nanoscale objects brought into contact remain stuck together indefinitely due to Van der Waals forces, patterns formed by capillography remain even upon removal of the liquid. For the experiments on the mats of carbon nanotubes, a surfactant solution capable of wetting carbon nanotubes (which are ultra-hydrophobic) was prepared. The mats were wetted with the solution, then dried. Once the mats were dry, it was found that the nanotubes had become ordered into various patterns, including nestlike indentations, trenches, and various combinations thereof. It may be possible to exploit such ordering effects through controlled wetting and drying of designated portions of mats of carbon nanotubes (and, perhaps, mats of nanofibers of other materials) to obtain patterns similar to those heretofore formed by use of electron-beam lithography. For making patterns that include nestlike indentations, it has been conjectured that it could be possible to control the nesting processes by use of electrostatic fields. Further research is needed to understand the physics of the patterning processes in order to

  8. Novel Nanofiber-based Membrane Separators for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Yanilmaz, Meltem

    Lithium-ion batteries have been widely used in electronic devices including mobile phones, laptop computers, and cameras due to their high specific energy, high energy density, long cycling lifetime, and low self-discharge rate. Nowadays, lithium-ion batteries are finding new applications in electric/hybrid vehicles and energy storage for smart grids. To be used in these new applications, novel battery components are needed so that lithiumion batteries with higher cell performance, better safety, and lower cost can be developed. A separator is an important component to obtain safe batteries and its primary function is to prevent electronic contact between electrodes while regulating cell kinetics and ionic flow. Currently, microporous membranes are the most commonly used separator type and they have good mechanical properties and chemical stability. However, their wettability and thermal stabilities are not sufficient for applications that require high operating temperature and high performance. Due to the superior properties such as large specific surface area, small pore size and high porosity, electrospun nanofiber membranes can be good separator candidate for highperformance lithium-ion batteries. In this work, we focus our research on fabricating nanofiber-based membranes to design new high-performance separators with good thermal stability, as well as superior electrochemical performance compared to microporous polyolefin membranes. To combine the good mechanical strength of PP nonwovens with the excellent electrochemical properties of SiO2/polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) composite nanofibers, SiO 2/PVDF composite nanofiber-coated PP nonwoven membranes were prepared. It was found that the addition of SiO2 nanoparticles played an important role in improving the overall performance of these nanofiber-coated nonwoven membranes. Although ceramic/polymer composites can be prepared by encapsulating ceramic particles directly into polymer nanofibers, the performance

  9. Photoelectrochemical electrodes

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    Williams, R. M.; Rembaum, A. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    The surface of a moderate band gap semiconductor such as p-type molybdenum sulfide is modified to contain an adherent film of charge mediating ionene polymer containing an electroactive unit such as bipyridimium. Electron transport between the electrode and the mediator film is favorable and photocorrosion and recombination processes are suppressed. Incorporation of particles of catalyst such as platinum within the film provides a reduction in overvoltage. The polymer film is readily deposited on the electrode surface and can be rendered stable by ionic or addition crosslinking. Catalyst can be predispersed in the polymer film or a salt can be impregnated into the film and reduced therein.

  10. Preparation and electrochemical performance of hyper-networked Li4Ti5O12/carbon hybrid nanofiber sheets for a battery-supercapacitor hybrid system

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    Choi, Hong Soo; Kim, TaeHoon; Im, Ji Hyuk; Park, Chong Rae

    2011-10-01

    Hyper-networked Li4Ti5O12/carbon hybrid nanofiber sheets that contain both a faradaically rechargeable battery-type component, namely Li4Ti5O12, and a non-faradaically rechargeable supercapacitor-type component, namely N-enriched carbon, are prepared by electrospinning and their dual function as a negative electrode of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and a capacitor is tested for a new class of hybrid energy storage (denoted BatCap). An aqueous solution composed of polyvinylpyrrolidone, lithium hydroxide, titanium(IV) bis(ammonium-lactato)dihydroxide and ammonium persulfate is electrospun to obtain hyper-networked nanofiber sheets. Next, the sheets are exposed to pyrrole monomer vapor to prepare the polypyrrole-coated nanofiber sheets (PPy-HNS). The hyper-networked Li4Ti5O12/N-enriched carbon hybrid nanofiber sheets (LTO/C-HNS) are then obtained by a stepwise heat treatment of the PPy-HNS. The LTO/C-HNS deliver a specific capacity of 135 mAh g - 1 at 4000 mA g - 1 as a negative electrode for LIBs. In addition, potentiodynamic experiments are performed using a full cell with activated carbon (AC) as the positive electrode and LTO/C-HNS as the negative electrode to estimate the capacitance properties. This new asymmetric electrode system exhibits a high energy density of 91 W kg - 1 and 22 W kg - 1 at power densities of 50 W kg - 1 and 4000 W kg - 1, respectively, which are superior to the values observed for the {AC} \\parallel {AC} symmetric electrode system.

  11. Leveraging electrokinetics for the active control of dendritic fullerene-1 release across a nanochannel membrane

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    Bruno, Giacomo; Geninatti, Thomas; Hood, R. Lyle; Fine, Daniel; Scorrano, Giovanni; Schmulen, Jeffrey; Hosali, Sharath; Ferrari, Mauro; Grattoni, Alessandro

    2015-03-01

    General adoption of advanced treatment protocols such as chronotherapy will hinge on progress in drug delivery technologies that provide precise temporal control of therapeutic release. Such innovation is also crucial to future medicine approaches such as telemedicine. Here we present a nanofluidic membrane technology capable of achieving active and tunable control of molecular transport through nanofluidic channels. Control was achieved through application of an electric field between two platinum electrodes positioned on either surface of a 5.7 nm nanochannel membrane designed for zero-order drug delivery. Two electrode configurations were tested: laser-cut foils and electron beam deposited thin-films, configurations capable of operating at low voltage (<=1.5 V), and power (100 nW). Temporal, reproducible tuning and interruption of dendritic fullerene 1 (DF-1) transport was demonstrated over multi-day release experiments. Conductance tests showed limiting currents in the low applied potential range, implying ionic concentration polarization (ICP) at the interface between the membrane's micro- and nanochannels, even in concentrated solutions (<=1 M NaCl). The ability of this nanotechnology platform to facilitate controlled delivery of molecules and particles has broad applicability to next-generation therapeutics for numerous pathologies, including autoimmune diseases, circadian dysfunction, pain, and stress, among others.General adoption of advanced treatment protocols such as chronotherapy will hinge on progress in drug delivery technologies that provide precise temporal control of therapeutic release. Such innovation is also crucial to future medicine approaches such as telemedicine. Here we present a nanofluidic membrane technology capable of achieving active and tunable control of molecular transport through nanofluidic channels. Control was achieved through application of an electric field between two platinum electrodes positioned on either surface of a 5

  12. Microvoltammetric Electrodes.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1985-09-25

    Microvoltammetric Electrodes, J. 0. Howell, R. M. Wightman, Anal. Chem., 56, 524-529 (1984). 2. Flow Rate Independent Amperometric Cell , W. L. Caudill...Electroanal. Chem., 182, 113-122 (1985). C. List of all publications 1. Flow Rate Independent Amperometric Cell , W. L. Caudill, J. 0. Howell, R. M

  13. Molecular structures of unstable isolated-pentagon-rule fullerenes C72-C86

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    Khamatgalimov, A. R.; Kovalenko, V. I.

    2016-08-01

    Published data on fullerenes C72 to C86 which obey the isolated pentagon rule (IPR) are generalized. Analysis of unstable isolated-pentagon-rule fullerenes is carried out and the instability criteria are formulated. Two main reasons for the instability of IPR fullerene molecules are identified: their radical nature and/or local overstrain. The classification of fullerenes and a revised isolated pentagon rule are presented. The bibliography includes 119 references.

  14. The development of a fullerene based hydrogen storage system

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    Brosha, E.L.; Davey, J.R.; Garzon, F.H.; Gottesfeld, S.

    1998-11-01

    This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The project objective was to evaluate hydrogen uptake by fullerene substrates and to probe the potential of the hydrogen/fullerene system for hydrogen fuel storage. As part of this project, the authors have completed and tested a fully automated, computer controlled system for measuring hydrogen uptake that is capable of handling both a vacuum of 1 x 10{sup -6} torr and pressures greater than 200 bars. The authors have first established conditions for significant uptake of hydrogen by fullerenes. Subsequently, hydrogenation and dehydrogenation of pure and catalyst-doped C60 was further studied to probe suitability for hydrogen storage applications. C60 {center_dot} H18.7 was prepared at 100 bar H2 and 400 C, corresponding to hydrogen uptake of 2.6 wt%. Dehydrogenation of C60 {center_dot} H18.7 was studied using thermogravimetric and powder x-ray diffraction analysis. The C60 {center_dot} H18.7 molecule was found to be stable up to 430 C in Ar, at which point the release of hydrogen took place simultaneously with the collapse of the fullerene structure. X-ray diffraction analysis performed on C60 {center_dot} H18.7 samples dehydrogenated at 454 C, 475 C, and 600 C showed an increasing volume fraction of amorphous material due to randomly oriented, single-layer graphine sheets. Evolved gas analysis using gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy confirmed the presence of both H{sub 2} and methane upon dehydrogenation, indicating decomposition of the fullerene. The remaining carbon could not be re-hydrogenated. These results provide the first complete evidence for the irreversible nature of fullerene hydrogenation and for limitations imposed on the hydrogenation/dehydrogenation cycle by the limited thermal stability of the molecular crystal of fullerene.

  15. The study of dielectric properties of the endohedral fullerenes

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    Bhusal, Shusil

    Dielectric response of the metal nitride fullerenes is studied using the density functional theory at the all-electron level using generalized gradient approximation. The dielectric response is studied by computing the static dipole polarizabilities using the finite field method, i.e. by numerically differentiating the dipole moments with respect to electric field. The endohedral fullerenes studied in this work are Sc3N C68(6140), Sc3N C68(6146), Sc3N C70(7854), Sc3N C70(7960), Sc3N C76(17490), Sc3N C78(22010), Sc3N C80(31923), Sc3N C80(31924), Sc3N C82(39663), Sc3N C90(43), Sc3N C90(44), Sc3N C92(85), Sc3N C94(121), Sc3N C96(186), Sc3N C98(166). Using the Voronoi and Hirschfield approaches as implemented in our NRLMOL code, we determine the atomic contributions to the total polarizability. The site-specific contributions to the polarizability of endohedral fullerenes allowed us to determine the polarizability of two subsystems: the fullerene shell and the encapsulated Sc3N unit. Our results showed that the contributions to the total polarizability from the encapsulated Sc3N units are vanishingly small. Thus, the total polarizability of the endohedral fullerene is almost entirely due to the outer fullerene shell. These fullerenes are excellent molecular models of a Faraday cage.

  16. Facile Fabrication and Photolectrochemical Properties of Porphyrin-Fullerene Assemblies by Self-Assembly and Surface Sol-Gel Processes

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    Akiyama, Tsuyoshi; Matsuoka, Ken‑ichi; Arakawa, Taichi; Kakutani, Keitaro; Miyazaki, Akinobu; Yamada, Sunao

    2006-04-01

    Ultrathin photoelectric conversion films consisting of a porphyrin-fullerene photoredox pair were fabricated by the combined use of room-temperature covalent-bonding and surface sol-gel processes. First, cysteamine was self-assembled on an indium-tin-oxide (ITO) electrode. The cysteamine-modified electrode was then immersed in C60 solution, giving immobilization of C60 via bond formation between the amino group of cysteamine and C60. Next, the C60-modified electrode was dipped in 2-ethanolamine solution to implant the hydroxy group to the immobilized C60 via the bond formation between C60 and the amino group; thus, the hydroxy group was exposed as the outermost layer. Then, Ti(OBu)4 and tetracarboxyporphyrin (TCPP) were alternately assembled on the C60 layer by the surface sol-gel process, to give an assembly of TCPP, titanium oxide species [Ti(O)], and C60 on the ITO electrode. The double layering of TCPP-Ti(O) was possible. The spectral characterization of the films was carried out. In the presence of sacrificial reagents, anodic photocurrents were generated from these modified electrodes. The incorporation of the C60 layer resulted in the substantial enhancement of the photocurrents as compared with that of the TCPP layer alone, suggesting effective electron-transfer reactions between TCPP and C60 that contribute to the photocurrent increase. The photocurrents increased by the double layering of the TCPP and Ti(O) layers.

  17. Carbon Nanofiber Nanoelectrodes for Neural Stimulation and Chemical Detection: The Era of "Smart" Deep Brain Stimulation

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    Koehne, Jessica E.

    2016-01-01

    A sensor platform based on vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (CNFs) has been developed. Their inherent nanometer scale, high conductivity, wide potential window, good biocompatibility and well-defined surface chemistry make them ideal candidates as biosensor electrodes. Here, we report two studies using vertically aligned CNF nanoelectrodes for biomedical applications. CNF arrays are investigated as neural stimulation and neurotransmitter recording electrodes for application in deep brain stimulation (DBS). Polypyrrole coated CNF nanoelectrodes have shown great promise as stimulating electrodes due to their large surface area, low impedance, biocompatibility and capacity for highly localized stimulation. CNFs embedded in SiO2 have been used as sensing electrodes for neurotransmitter detection. Our approach combines a multiplexed CNF electrode chip, developed at NASA Ames Research Center, with the Wireless Instantaneous Neurotransmitter Concentration Sensor (WINCS) system, developed at the Mayo Clinic. Preliminary results indicate that the CNF nanoelectrode arrays are easily integrated with WINCS for neurotransmitter detection in a multiplexed array format. In the future, combining CNF based stimulating and recording electrodes with WINCS may lay the foundation for an implantable smart therapeutic system that utilizes neurochemical feedback control while likely resulting in increased DBS application in various neuropsychiatric disorders. In total, our goal is to take advantage of the nanostructure of CNF arrays for biosensing studies requiring ultrahigh sensitivity, high-degree of miniaturization, and selective biofunctionalization.

  18. Carbon Nanofiber Nanoelectrodes for Neural Stimulation and Chemical Detection: The Era of Smart Deep Brain Stimulation

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    Koehne, Jessica E.

    2016-01-01

    A sensor platform based on vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (CNFs) has been developed. Their inherent nanometer scale, high conductivity, wide potential window, good biocompatibility and well-defined surface chemistry make them ideal candidates as biosensor electrodes. Here, we report two studies using vertically aligned CNF nanoelectrodes for biomedical applications. CNF arrays are investigated as neural stimulation and neurotransmitter recording electrodes for application in deep brain stimulation (DBS). Polypyrrole coated CNF nanoelectrodes have shown great promise as stimulating electrodes due to their large surface area, low impedance, biocompatibility and capacity for highly localized stimulation. CNFs embedded in SiO2 have been used as sensing electrodes for neurotransmitter detection. Our approach combines a multiplexed CNF electrode chip, developed at NASA Ames Research Center, with the Wireless Instantaneous Neurotransmitter Concentration Sensor (WINCS) system, developed at the Mayo Clinic. Preliminary results indicate that the CNF nanoelectrode arrays are easily integrated with WINCS for neurotransmitter detection in a multiplexed array format. In the future, combining CNF based stimulating and recording electrodes with WINCS may lay the foundation for an implantable "smart" therapeutic system that utilizes neurochemical feedback control while likely resulting in increased DBS application in various neuropsychiatric disorders. In total, our goal is to take advantage of the nanostructure of CNF arrays for biosensing studies requiring ultrahigh sensitivity, high-degree of miniaturization, and selective biofunctionalization.

  19. Micro Humidity Sensor with High Sensitivity and Quick Response/Recovery Based on ZnO/TiO2 Composite Nanofibers

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    Xu, Lei; Wang, Rui; Xiao, Qi; Zhang, Dan; Liu, Yong

    2011-07-01

    ZnO/TiO2 composite nanofibers are synthesized by an electrospinning method and characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. A micro humidity sensor is fabricated by spinning the precursors of these nanofibers on a ceramic substrate with Ag-Pd interdigitated electrodes. Humidity sensing investigation reveals that this micro sensor offers high sensitivity and quick response/recovery at an operating frequency of 100Hz. The corresponding impedance changes more than four orders of magnitude within the whole humidity range from 10% to 90% relative humidity (RH), and the response and recovery times are about 4 and 12 s, respectively. The maximum hysteresis is around 2% RH. The humidity sensing mechanism is also discussed based on the nanofiber structure and morphology.

  20. A carbon nanofiber based biosensor for simultaneous detection of dopamine and serotonin in the presence of ascorbic acid.

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    Rand, Emily; Periyakaruppan, Adaikkappan; Tanaka, Zuki; Zhang, David A; Marsh, Michael P; Andrews, Russell J; Lee, Kendall H; Chen, Bin; Meyyappan, M; Koehne, Jessica E

    2013-04-15

    A biosensor based on an array of vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (CNFs) grown by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition is found to be effective for the simultaneous detection of dopamine (DA) and serotonin (5-HT) in the presence of excess ascorbic acid (AA). The CNF electrode outperforms the conventional glassy carbon electrode (GCE) for both selectivity and sensitivity. Using differential pulse voltammetry (DPV), three distinct peaks are seen for the CNF electrode at 0.13 V, 0.45 V, and 0.70 V for the ternary mixture of AA, DA, and 5-HT. In contrast, the analytes are indistinguishable in a mixture using a GCE. For the CNF electrode, the detection limits are 50 nM for DA and 250 nM for 5-HT.

  1. Laccase Biosensor Based on Electrospun Copper/Carbon Composite Nanofibers for Catechol Detection

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    Fu, Jiapeng; Qiao, Hui; Li, Dawei; Luo, Lei; Chen, Ke; Wei, Qufu

    2014-01-01

    The study compared the biosensing properties of laccase biosensors based on carbon nanofibers (CNFs) and copper/carbon composite nanofibers (Cu/CNFs). The two kinds of nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning and carbonization under the same conditions. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy were employed to investigate the morphologies and structures of CNFs and Cu/CNFs. The amperometric results indicated that the Cu/CNFs/laccase(Lac)/Nafion/glass carbon electrode (GCE) possessed reliable analytical performance for the detection of catechol. The sensitivity of the Cu/CNFs/Lac/Nafion/GCE reached 33.1 μA/mM, larger than that of CNFs/Lac/Nafion/GCE. Meanwhile, Cu/CNFs/Lac/Nafion/GCE had a wider linear range from 9.95 × 10−6 to 9.76 × 10−3 M and a lower detection limit of 1.18 μM than CNFs/Lac/Nafion/GCE. Moreover, it exhibited a good repeatability, reproducibility, selectivity and long-term stability, revealing that electrospun Cu/CNFs have great potential in biosensing. PMID:24561403

  2. Laccase biosensor based on electrospun copper/carbon composite nanofibers for catechol detection.

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    Fu, Jiapeng; Qiao, Hui; Li, Dawei; Luo, Lei; Chen, Ke; Wei, Qufu

    2014-02-20

    The study compared the biosensing properties of laccase biosensors based on carbon nanofibers (CNFs) and copper/carbon composite nanofibers (Cu/CNFs). The two kinds of nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning and carbonization under the same conditions. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy were employed to investigate the morphologies and structures of CNFs and Cu/CNFs. The amperometric results indicated that the Cu/CNFs/laccase(Lac)/Nafion/glass carbon electrode (GCE) possessed reliable analytical performance for the detection of catechol. The sensitivity of the Cu/CNFs/Lac/Nafion/GCE reached 33.1 μA/mM, larger than that of CNFs/Lac/Nafion/GCE. Meanwhile, Cu/CNFs/Lac/Nafion/GCE had a wider linear range from 9.95 × 10(-6) to 9.76 × 10(-3) M and a lower detection limit of 1.18 μM than CNFs/Lac/Nafion/GCE. Moreover, it exhibited a good repeatability, reproducibility, selectivity and long-term stability, revealing that electrospun Cu/CNFs have great potential in biosensing.

  3. Electrochemical Molecular Imprinted Sensors Based on Electrospun Nanofiber and Determination of Ascorbic Acid.

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    Zhai, Yunyun; Wang, Dandan; Liu, Haiqing; Zeng, Yanbo; Yin, Zhengzhi; Li, Lei

    2015-01-01

    In this study, electrochemical molecularly imprinted sensors were fabricated and used for the determination of ascorbic acid (AA). Nanofiber membranes of cellulose acetate (CA)/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)/polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) (CA/MWCNTs/PVP) were prepared by electrospinning technique. After being transferred to a glass carbon electrode (GC), the nanofiber interface was further polymerized with pyrrole through electrochemical cyclic voltammetry (CV) technique. Meanwhile, target molecules (such as AA) were embedded into the polypyrrole through the hydrogen bond. The effects of monomer concentration (pyrrole), the number of scan cycles and scan rates of polymerization were optimized. Differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) tests indicated that the oxidation current of AA (the selected target) were higher than that of the structural analogues, which illustrated the selective recognition of AA by molecularly imprinted sensors. Simultaneously, the molecularly imprinted sensors had larger oxidation current of AA than non-imprinted sensors in the processes of rebinding. The electrochemical measurements showed that the molecularly imprinted sensors demonstrated good identification behavior for the detection of AA with a linear range of 10.0 - 1000 μM, a low detection limit down to 3 μM (S/N = 3), and a recovery rate range from 94.0 to 108.8%. Therefore, the electrochemical molecularly imprinted sensors can be used for the recognition and detection of AA without any time-consuming elution. The method presented here demonstrates the great potential for electrospun nanofibers and MWCNTs to construct electrochemical sensors.

  4. Low Temperature Study of the Electrical Properties of Sb- SnO2 Nanofibers

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    Reyna, Maritza; Ramos, Idalia; Pinto, Nicholas

    2011-03-01

    Antimony-doped tin oxide (ATO) can be used for many applications including the development of gas sensors, energy storage devices, and transparent electrodes. ATO nanofibers with sizes from 200 - 600 nm and a bandgap of 4.4 e.V were produced using the electrospinning method. The precursor was composed of tin chloride solution mixed with cellulose acetate solution and antimonium chloride. The XRD spectra of the nanofibers showed the characteristic peaks of Sb: Sn O2 with rutile structure. The electrical properties of single ATO nanofibers were studied following a cycle of cooling from 295 - 15 K and then heating from 15 - 295 K. These measurements were done in cold finger (close cycle helium refrigerator) in a vacuum. The conductivity measured at room temperature was 4.3 S/cm and decreases monotonically from 295 to 15K. As the temperature increases an anomalous peak is observed in the range of 250 to 300 K. This anomaly has been attributed to the chemi-absorbed molecules on the surface of the fiber and could be reduced by improving the vacuum conditions. PREM (NSF-DMR-0934195) and APS (Minority Scholarship for Undergraduates).

  5. Novel continuous carbon and ceramic nanofibers and nanocomposites

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    Wen, Yongkui

    2004-12-01

    Manufacturing of carbon nanofibers from PAN precursor is described in Chapter 2 of the dissertation. The electrospun nanofibers were continuous, uniform in diameter, and the samples didn't contain impurities, unlike carbon nanotubes or vapor grown carbon fibers. Systematic studies on the electrospinning parameters showed that nanofiber diameter could be varied in a range of 80 to 1800 nm. XRD studies on the carbon nanofibers fired at different temperatures showed that higher temperature resulted in better nanostructure. Fracture-free random carbon nanofiber sheets were produced by stretch-stabilization and carbonization for the first time. Toughening effects of random as-spun PAN, stabilized PAN, and carbon nanofibers on Mode I and Mode II interlaminar fracture of advanced carbon-epoxy composites were examined by DCB and ENF tests respectively in Chapter 3. The results showed that the interlaminar fracture toughness increased the most with carbon nanofiber reinforcement. 200% improvement in Mode I fracture toughness and 60% in Mode II fracture toughness were achieved with a minimum increase of weight. SEM fractographic analysis showed nanofiber pullout and crack bridging as the main nanomechanisms of toughening. Chapter 4 describes manufacturing of aligned carbon nanofibers and nanocomposites by a modified electrospinning technique. Constant-load stretch-stabilization was applied on carbon nanofibers for the first time. Analysis showed that mechanical properties of nanofibers and nanocomposites improved with stretch-stabilization and alignment of carbon nanofibers. Nanofabrication of ceramic 3Al2O3-2SiO2, SiO2-TiO2 nanofibers by a novel combination of sol-gel and electrospinning techniques invented recently at UNL is described in Chapters 5. The 3Al2O3-2SiO2, SiO2-TiO 2 nanofibers were continuous, non circular in cross section and had crystalline structure after high temperature calcination. Effects of the process parameters on their geometry and structure were

  6. Enhanced H2 sensing by substituting polyaniline nanoparticles with nanofibers

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    Sharma, Preetam K.; Srivastava, Subodh; Rajaura, Rajveer Singh; Sharma, Vinay; Sharma, S. S.; Singh, M.; Vijay, Y. K.

    2014-04-01

    We have synthesized Polyaniline nanoparticles and nanofibers using chemical oxidation method and tested them for their Hydrogen sensing properties. PANI nanoparticles and nanofibers have demonstrated sensor response of 1.38 and 1.52, respectively. Reaction kinetics has also enhanced in case of PANI nanofibers with response and recovery times of 170 and 95 s, respectively. The increased conductivity, sensor response and reaction kinetics in case of the nanofibers as compared to nanoparticles is attributed to the 1-D conductive channel provided by the nanofibers for faster and better electron transfer.

  7. Characterization and application of electrospun alumina nanofibers

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    2014-01-01

    Alumina nanofibers were prepared by a technique that combined the sol–gel and electrospinning methods. The solution to be electrospun was prepared by mixing aluminum isopropoxide (AIP) in ethanol, which was then refluxed in the presence of an acid catalyst and polyvinylpyrolidone (PVP) in ethanol. The characterization results showed that alumina nanofibers with diameters in the range of 102 to 378 nm were successfully prepared. On the basis of the results of the XRD and FT-IR, the alumina nanofibers calcined at 1,100°C were identified as comprising the α-alumina phase, and a series of phase transitions such as boehmite → γ-alumina → α-alumina were observed from 500°C to 1,200°C. The pore size of the obtained γ-alumina nanofibers is approximately 8 nm, and it means that they are mesoporous materials. The kinetic study demonstrated that MO adsorption on alumina nanofibers can be seen that the pseudo-second-order kinetic model fits better than the pseudo-first-order kinetic model. PMID:24467944

  8. Electronic structures of some of C84 fullerene isomers and the structures of their perfluoroalkyl derivatives

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    Kovalenko, V. I.; Tuktamysheva, R. A.; Khamatgalimov, A. R.

    2014-01-01

    The electronic structures of the pristine fullerene molecules have been shown for the first time to be is the most important factor affecting the distribution of addends in the addition reactions of perfluoroalkyl radicals RF to C84 fullerene, and most likely positions of addends on the fullerene core are hexagons with delocalized π-bonds.

  9. Distorted asymmetric cubic nanostructure of soluble fullerene crystals in efficient polymer:fullerene solar cells.

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    Kim, Youngkyoo; Nelson, Jenny; Zhang, Tong; Cook, Steffan; Durrant, James R; Kim, Hwajeong; Park, Jiho; Shin, Minjung; Nam, Sungho; Heeney, Martin; McCulloch, Iain; Ha, Chang-Sik; Bradley, Donal D C

    2009-09-22

    We found that 1-(3-methoxycarbonyl)propyl-1-phenyl-(6,6)C(61) (PCBM) molecules make a distorted asymmetric body-centered cubic crystal nanostructure in the bulk heterojunction films of reigoregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) and PCBM. The wider angle of distortion in the PCBM nanocrystals was approximately 96 degrees , which can be assigned to the influence of the attached side group to the fullerene ball of PCBM to bestow solubility. Atom concentration analysis showed that after thermal annealing the PCBM nanocrystals do preferentially distribute above the layer of P3HT nanocrystals inside devices.

  10. Development of Electro-Mechanical Spinning for Controlled Deposition of Carbon Nanofibers

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    Canton, Giulia

    In the past few decades the fields of nanotechnology and miniaturized devices had an exponentially growth of interest in academic and research environment, leading to breakthroughs discoveries that are envisioned to have a profound impact on our economy and society in the near future. Recently, the focus is moving toward the development of technologies that enable the production of micro- /nano-devices on a larger scale and at lower costs. Among the different micro- /nano-devices manufacturing challenges, in this dissertation the aim is to reliably fabricate suspend carbon micro- /nano-fibers between two carbon electrode walls in a way that can be mass produced at relatively low cost. The first part of this thesis provides an in depth overview of current methods used for the fabrication of carbon based micro devices (C-MEMS) and of electrospinning, a manufacturing technology that emerges as a simple and inexpensive approach to produce nanofibers. Electro-Mechanical Spinning (EMS) has been developed from electrospinning and optimized for the production of suspended carbon nanofibers, aiming to achieve greater deposition control at the single nanofiber level, while maintaining the low cost of electrospinning. After the successful development of EMS, the so fabricated carbon micro- /nano-fibers have been characterized, first from the electrical point of view, then from the mechanical one. The electrical characterization involves conductivity measurements of fibers with respect of different and controllable manufacturing processes steps. Variations of those manufacturing parameters have been proven to be capable of tailoring the carbon structure and, therefore, the conductivity of the fibers within a desired range. Further investigation regarding the electrical properties was also conducted to prevent (or control) current induced fiber breakdown. Finally, the Young's modulus of those fibers was investigated and observed to be dependent on the fibers thickness

  11. Graphene oxide decorated electrospun gelatin nanofibers: Fabrication, properties and applications.

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    Jalaja, K; Sreehari, V S; Kumar, P R Anil; Nirmala, R James

    2016-07-01

    Gelatin nanofiber fabricated by electrospinning process is found to mimic the complex structural and functional properties of natural extracellular matrix for tissue regeneration. In order to improve the physico-chemical and biological properties of the nanofibers, graphene oxide is incorporated in the gelatin to form graphene oxide decorated gelatin nanofibers. The current research effort is focussed on the fabrication and evaluation of physico-chemical and biological properties of graphene oxide-gelatin composite nanofibers. The presence of graphene oxide in the nanofibers was established by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). We report the effect of incorporation of graphene oxide on the mechanical, thermal and biological performance of the gelatin nanofibers. The tensile strength of gelatin nanofibers was increased from 8.29±0.53MPa to 21±2.03MPa after the incorporation of GO. In order to improve the water resistance of nanofibers, natural based cross-linking agent, namely, dextran aldehyde was employed. The cross-linked composite nanofibers showed further increase in the tensile strength up to 56.4±2.03MPa. Graphene oxide incorporated gelatin nanofibers are evaluated for bacterial activity against gram positive (Staphylococcus aureus) and gram negative (Escherichia coli) bacteria and cyto compatibility using mouse fibroblast cells (L-929 cells). The results indicate that the graphene oxide incorporated gelatin nanofibers do not prevent bacterial growth, nevertheless support the L-929 cell adhesion and proliferation.

  12. Transparent Conductive Nanofiber Paper for Foldable Solar Cells

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    Nogi, Masaya; Karakawa, Makoto; Komoda, Natsuki; Yagyu, Hitomi; Nge, Thi Thi

    2015-11-01

    Optically transparent nanofiber paper containing silver nanowires showed high electrical conductivity and maintained the high transparency, and low weight of the original transparent nanofiber paper. We demonstrated some procedures of optically transparent and electrically conductive cellulose nanofiber paper for lightweight and portable electronic devices. The nanofiber paper enhanced high conductivity without any post treatments such as heating or mechanical pressing, when cellulose nanofiber dispersions were dropped on a silver nanowire thin layer. The transparent conductive nanofiber paper showed high electrical durability in repeated folding tests, due to dual advantages of the hydrophilic affinity between cellulose and silver nanowires, and the entanglement between cellulose nanofibers and silver nanowires. Their optical transparency and electrical conductivity were as high as those of ITO glass. Therefore, using this conductive transparent paper, organic solar cells were produced that achieved a power conversion of 3.2%, which was as high as that of ITO-based solar cells.

  13. Transparent Conductive Nanofiber Paper for Foldable Solar Cells

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    Nogi, Masaya; Karakawa, Makoto; Komoda, Natsuki; Yagyu, Hitomi; Nge, Thi Thi

    2015-01-01

    Optically transparent nanofiber paper containing silver nanowires showed high electrical conductivity and maintained the high transparency, and low weight of the original transparent nanofiber paper. We demonstrated some procedures of optically transparent and electrically conductive cellulose nanofiber paper for lightweight and portable electronic devices. The nanofiber paper enhanced high conductivity without any post treatments such as heating or mechanical pressing, when cellulose nanofiber dispersions were dropped on a silver nanowire thin layer. The transparent conductive nanofiber paper showed high electrical durability in repeated folding tests, due to dual advantages of the hydrophilic affinity between cellulose and silver nanowires, and the entanglement between cellulose nanofibers and silver nanowires. Their optical transparency and electrical conductivity were as high as those of ITO glass. Therefore, using this conductive transparent paper, organic solar cells were produced that achieved a power conversion of 3.2%, which was as high as that of ITO-based solar cells. PMID:26607742

  14. Biomedical Applications of Magnetically Functionalized Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Nanofibers

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    Lee, Hwa-Jeong; Lee, Sang Joon; Uthaman, Saji; Thomas, Reju George; Hyun, Hoon; Jeong, Yong Yeon; Cho, Chong-Su; Park, In-Kyu

    2015-01-01

    Nanofibers are one-dimensional nanomaterial in fiber form with diameter less than 1 µm and an aspect ratio (length/diameter) larger than 100:1. Among the different types of nanoparticle-loaded nanofiber systems, nanofibers loaded with magnetic nanoparticles have gained much attention from biomedical scientists due to a synergistic effect obtained from the unique properties of both the nanofibers and magnetic nanoparticles. These magnetic nanoparticle-encapsulated or -embedded nanofiber systems can be used not only for imaging purposes but also for therapy. In this review, we focused on recent advances in nanofibers loaded with magnetic nanoparticles, their biomedical applications, and future trends in the application of these nanofibers. PMID:26084046

  15. Transparent Conductive Nanofiber Paper for Foldable Solar Cells.

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    Nogi, Masaya; Karakawa, Makoto; Komoda, Natsuki; Yagyu, Hitomi; Nge, Thi Thi

    2015-11-26

    Optically transparent nanofiber paper containing silver nanowires showed high electrical conductivity and maintained the high transparency, and low weight of the original transparent nanofiber paper. We demonstrated some procedures of optically transparent and electrically conductive cellulose nanofiber paper for lightweight and portable electronic devices. The nanofiber paper enhanced high conductivity without any post treatments such as heating or mechanical pressing, when cellulose nanofiber dispersions were dropped on a silver nanowire thin layer. The transparent conductive nanofiber paper showed high electrical durability in repeated folding tests, due to dual advantages of the hydrophilic affinity between cellulose and silver nanowires, and the entanglement between cellulose nanofibers and silver nanowires. Their optical transparency and electrical conductivity were as high as those of ITO glass. Therefore, using this conductive transparent paper, organic solar cells were produced that achieved a power conversion of 3.2%, which was as high as that of ITO-based solar cells.

  16. In vitro evaluation of electrospun gelatin-glutaraldehyde nanofibers

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    Zhan, Jianchao; Morsi, Yosry; Ei-Hamshary, Hany; Al-Deyab, Salem S.; Mo, Xiumei

    2016-03-01

    The gelatin-glutaraldehyde (gelatin-GA) nanofibers were electrospun in order to overcome the defects of ex-situ crosslinking process such as complex process, destruction of fiber morphology and decrease of porosity. The morphological structure, porosity, thermal property, moisture absorption and moisture retention performance, hydrolytic resistance, mechanical property and biocompatibility of nanofiber scaffolds were tested and characterized. The gelatin-GA nanofiber has nice uniform diameter and more than 80% porosity. The hydrolytic resistance and mechanical property of the gelatin-GA nanofiber scaffolds are greatly improved compared with that of gelatin nanofibers. The contact angle, moisture absorption, hydrolysis resistance, thermal resistance and mechanical property of gelatin-GA nanofiber scaffolds could be adjustable by varying the gelatin solution concentration and GA content. The gelatin-GA nanofibers had excellent properties, which are expected to be an ideal scaffold for biomedical and tissue engineering applications.

  17. Nano-Fiber Reinforced Enhancements in Composite Polymer Matrices

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    Chamis, Christos C.

    2009-01-01

    Nano-fibers are used to reinforce polymer matrices to enhance the matrix dependent properties that are subsequently used in conventional structural composites. A quasi isotropic configuration is used in arranging like nano-fibers through the thickness to ascertain equiaxial enhanced matrix behavior. The nano-fiber volume ratios are used to obtain the enhanced matrix strength properties for 0.01,0.03, and 0.05 nano-fiber volume rates. These enhanced nano-fiber matrices are used with conventional fiber volume ratios of 0.3 and 0.5 to obtain the composite properties. Results show that nano-fiber enhanced matrices of higher than 0.3 nano-fiber volume ratio are degrading the composite properties.

  18. Table of periodic properties of fullerenes based on structural parameters.

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    Torrens, Francisco

    2004-01-01

    The periodic table (PT) of the elements suggests that hydrogen could be the origin of everything else. The construction principle is an evolutionary process that is formally similar to those of Darwin and Oparin. The Kekulé structure count and permanence of the adjacency matrix of fullerenes are related to structural parameters involving the presence of contiguous pentagons p, q and r. Let p be the number of edges common to two pentagons, q the number of vertices common to three pentagons, and r the number of pairs of nonadjacent pentagon edges shared between two other pentagons. Principal component analysis (PCA) of the structural parameters and cluster analysis (CA) of the fullerenes permit classifying them and agree. A PT of the fullerenes is built based on the structural parameters, PCA and CA. The periodic law does not have the rank of the laws of physics. (1) The properties of the fullerenes are not repeated; only, and perhaps, their chemical character. (2) The order relationships are repeated, although with exceptions. The proposed statement is the following: The relationships that any fullerene p has with its neighbor p + 1 are approximately repeated for each period.

  19. On the Excitation and Formation of Circumstellar Fullerenes

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    Bernard-Salas, J.; Cami, J.; Peeters, E.; Jones, A. P.; Micelotta, E. R.; Groenewegen, M. A. T.

    2012-09-01

    We compare and analyze the Spitzer mid-infrared spectrum of three fullerene-rich planetary nebulae in the Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds: Tc1, SMP SMC 16, and SMP LMC 56. The three planetary nebulae share many spectroscopic similarities. The strongest circumstellar emission bands correspond to the infrared active vibrational modes of the fullerene species C60 and little or no emission is present from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The strengths of the fullerene bands in the three planetary nebulae are very similar, while the ratios of the [Ne III]15.5 μm/[Ne II]12.8 μm fine structure lines, an indicator of the strength of the radiation field, are markedly different. This raises questions about their excitation mechanism and we compare the fullerene emission to fluorescent and thermal models. In addition, the spectra show other interesting and common features, most notably in the 6-9 μm region, where a broad plateau with substructure dominates the emission. These features have previously been associated with mixtures of aromatic/aliphatic hydrocarbon solids. We hypothesize on the origin of this band, which is likely related to the fullerene formation mechanism, and compare it with modeled hydrogenated amorphous carbon that present emission in this region.

  20. ON THE EXCITATION AND FORMATION OF CIRCUMSTELLAR FULLERENES

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    Bernard-Salas, J.; Jones, A. P.; Groenewegen, M. A. T.

    2012-09-20

    We compare and analyze the Spitzer mid-infrared spectrum of three fullerene-rich planetary nebulae in the Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds: Tc1, SMP SMC 16, and SMP LMC 56. The three planetary nebulae share many spectroscopic similarities. The strongest circumstellar emission bands correspond to the infrared active vibrational modes of the fullerene species C{sub 60} and little or no emission is present from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The strengths of the fullerene bands in the three planetary nebulae are very similar, while the ratios of the [Ne III]15.5 {mu}m/[Ne II]12.8 {mu}m fine structure lines, an indicator of the strength of the radiation field, are markedly different. This raises questions about their excitation mechanism and we compare the fullerene emission to fluorescent and thermal models. In addition, the spectra show other interesting and common features, most notably in the 6-9 {mu}m region, where a broad plateau with substructure dominates the emission. These features have previously been associated with mixtures of aromatic/aliphatic hydrocarbon solids. We hypothesize on the origin of this band, which is likely related to the fullerene formation mechanism, and compare it with modeled hydrogenated amorphous carbon that present emission in this region.

  1. Fullerene-oxygen-iodine laser (FOIL): physical principles

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    Danilov, Oleg B.; Belousova, Inna M.; Mak, Artur A.; Belousov, Vlidilen P.; Grenishin, A. S.; Kiselev, V. M.; Krys'ko, A. V.; Murav'eva, T. D.; Ponomarev, Alexander N.; Sosnov, Eugene N.

    2004-06-01

    The paper considers the physical principles of developing the fullerene-oxygen-iodine laser (FOIL) with optical (sunlight in particular) pumping. Kinetic scheme of such a laser is considered. It is shown that the utmost efficiency of FOIL may exceed 40% of the energy, absorbed by fullerenes. Presented are the experimental results of singlet oxygen generation in liquid media (solutions and suspensions) and in solid-state structures, containing either fullerenes or fullerene-like nanoparticles (FNP). In experiment was shown the possibility of the singlet oxygen transfer to the gaseous phase by means of organizing of the solution (suspension) the boiling as well as of the gasodynamic wave of desorption from the solid-state structures, containing fullerenes or FNP. We present the preliminary experimental results of pulsed generation in optically pumped FOIL with the use of primary photodissociation of iodide for preparation of the atomic iodine in the generation zone. In the experiments on FOIL generation was implemented the principle of spectral separation of optical pumping.

  2. Fullerene-oxygen-iodine laser (FOIL): physical principles

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    Danilov, Oleg B.; Belousova, Inna M.; Mak, Artur A.; Belousov, Vlidilen P.; Grenishin, A. S.; Kiselev, V. M.; Krys'ko, A. V.; Murav'eva, T. D.; Ponomarev, Alexander N.; Sosnov, Eugene N.

    2004-09-01

    The paper considers the physical principles of developing the fullerene-oxygen-iodine laser (FOIL) with optical (sunlight in particular) pumping. Kinetic scheme of such a laser is considered. It is shown that the utmost efficiency of FOIL may exceed 40% of the energy, absorbed by fullerenes. Presented are the experimental results of singlet oxygen generation in liquid media (solutions and suspensions) and in solid-state structures, containing either fullerenes or fullerene-like nanoparticles (FNP). In experiment was shown the possibility of the singlet oxygen transfer to the gaseous phase by means of organizing of the solution (suspension) the boiling as well as of the gasodynamic wave of desorption from the solid-state structures, containing fullerenes or FNP. We present the preliminary experimental results of pulsed generation in optically pumped FOIL with the use of primary photodissociation of iodide for preparation of the atomic iodine in the generation zone. In the experiments on FOIL generation was implemented the principle of spectral separation of optical pumping.

  3. Thermal management technology for hydrogen storage: Fullerene option

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    Wang, J.C.; Chen, F.C.; Murphy, R.W.

    1996-05-28

    Fullerenes were picked as first option for H storage because of potentially high volumetric and gravimetric densities. Results indicate that about 6 wt% H (corresponding to C{sub 60}H{sub 48}) can be added to and taken out of fullerenes. A model with thermally activated hydrogenation/dehydrogenation was developed. Activation energies were estimated to be 100 and 160 kJ/mole (1.0 and 1.6 eV/H{sub 2}) for hydrogenation and dehydrogenation, respectively; difference is interpreted as heat release during hydrogenation. The activation energies and hydrogenation heat may be modifiable by catalysts. Preliminary H storage simulations for a conceptually simple device were performed (a 1-m long hollow metal cylinder with inner dia 0.02 m filled with fullerene powders). Results indicate that the thermal diffusivity of the fullerenes controls the hydrogenation and dehydrogenation rates. Rates can be significantly modified by changing the thermal diffusivity, eg, by incorporating a metal mesh. The simulation suggest that thermal management is essential for efficient H storage devices using fullerenes. More controlled experiments, model development, and physical property determinations are needed; catalyst use also needs to be pursued. Future ORNL/MER cooperative work is planned.

  4. Nanoparticles and nanofibers for topical drug delivery

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    Goyal, Ritu; Macri, Lauren K.; Kaplan, Hilton M.; Kohn, Joachim

    2016-01-01

    This review provides the first comprehensive overview of the use of both nanoparticles and nanofibers for topical drug delivery. Researchers have explored the use of nanotechnology, specifically nanoparticles and nanofibers, as drug delivery systems for topical and transdermal applications. This approach employs increased drug concentration in the carrier, in order to increase drug flux into and through the skin. Both nanoparticles and nanofibers can be used to deliver hydrophobic and hydrophilic drugs and are capable of controlled release for a prolonged period of time. The examples presented provide significant evidence that this area of research has—and will continue to have — a profound impact on both clinical outcomes and the development of new products. PMID:26518723

  5. Experimental study of nanofiber production through forcespinning

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    Padron, Simon; Fuentes, Arturo; Caruntu, Dumitru; Lozano, Karen

    2013-01-01

    A newly developed method of producing nanofibers, called forcespinning, has proven to be a viable alternative to mass produce nanofibers. Unlike electrospinning, the most common method currently being employed (which draws fibers through the use of electrostatic force), forcespinning utilizes centrifugal forces which allow for a host of new materials to be processed into nanofibers (given that electric fields are not required) while also providing a significant increase in yield and ease of production. This work presents a detailed explanation of the fiber formation process. The study is conducted using high speed photography to capture the jet initiation process at the orifice and to track the trajectories of the resulting jets. The effects that influential controllable parameters have on the fiber trajectories and final fiber diameters are presented. The forcespinning controllable parameters include the spinneret angular velocity and aspect ratio, orifice radius and orientation, fluid viscoelasticity and surface tension, fluid fill level, solvent evaporation rate, temperature, and distance of spinneret orifice to collector.

  6. Chitosan nanofiber production from Drosophila by electrospinning.

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    Kaya, Murat; Akyuz, Bahar; Bulut, Esra; Sargin, Idris; Eroglu, Fatma; Tan, Gamze

    2016-11-01

    Drosophila melanogaster is one of the important test organisms in genetics thanks to its fast growth rate in a culture. This study demonstrates that the fly D. melanogaster can also be exploited as a source for nanofiber production in biotechnical applications. First, its chitin content was determined (7.85%) and then high molecular weight chitosan (141.4kDa) was synthesized through deacetylation of chitin isolates. Chitosan nanofibers with the diameter of 40.0073±12.347nm were produced by electrospinning of Drosophila chitosan. The physicochemical properties of obtained chitin and chitosan from D. melanogaster were determined by Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR). The study demonstrated that the fly D. melanogaster can be utilized for production of chitosan nanofiber concerning its cultivability and low-cost culture requirements.

  7. Bleaching and coating of organic nanofibers

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    Maibohm, C.; Brewer, J. R.; Sturm, H.; Balzer, F.; Rubahn, H.-G.

    2006-09-01

    Degradation of nanofibers made from organic molecules such as para-hexaphenylene or functionalized quaterphenylene via photoexcitation or thermal irradiation is investigated by optical and morphological studies. Under ambient air conditions and in the limit of strong excitation, the degradation of luminescence intensity is accompanied by an increasing surface roughness of the aggregates and by material depletion. Whereas the luminescence intensity is decreasing exponentially with increasing illumination time, the material removal follows a linear relationship. Ablation can be stopped and bleaching can be slowed down by irradiating the nanofibers in vacuum or by coating them with a few hundred nanometers thick layer of silicon oxide (SiO{sub x}). Since the latter treatments do not completely stop the bleaching, it is concluded that bleaching of nanofibers involves at least three independent processes, namely, intramolecular configuration change, photo-oxidation, and material removal.

  8. Electrospinning nanofibers for controlled drug release

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    Banik, Indrani

    Electrospinning is the most widely studied technique for the synthesis of nanofibers. Electrospinning is considered as one of the technologies that can produce nanosized drugs incorporated in polymeric nanofibers. In vitro and in vivo studies have demonstrated that the release rates of drugs from these nanofiber formulations are enhanced compared to those from original drug substance. This technology has the potential for enhancing the oral delivery of poorly soluble drugs. The electrospun mats were made using Polycaprolactone/PCL, Poly(DL-lactide)/PDL 05 and Poly(DL-lactide-co-glycolide)/PLGA. The drugs incorporated in the electrospun fibers were 5-Fluorouracil and Rapamycin. The evidence of the drugs being embedded in the polymers was obtained by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman and infrared spectroscopy. The release of 5-Fluorouracil and Rapamycin were followed by UV-VIS spectroscopy.

  9. High nonlinear optical anisotropy of urea nanofibers

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    Isakov, D.; de Matos Gomes, E.; Belsley, M.; Almeida, B.; Martins, A.; Neves, N.; Reis, R.

    2010-07-01

    Nanofibers consisting of the optically nonlinear organic molecule urea embedded in both poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) polymers were produced by the electrospinning technique. The second-harmonic generation produced by aligned fiber mats of these materials displays a strong dependence on the polarization of the incident light. In PVA-urea nanofibers the effectiveness in generating of the second-harmonic light is as high as that of a pure urea powder with an average grain size of 110 μm. The results suggest that single crystalline urea nanofibers were achieved with a long-range crystalline order extending into the range of 2-4 μm with PVA as the host polymer.

  10. Electrospun Starch-Polycaprolactone Nanofiber-Based Constructs for Tissue Engineering

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    Jukola, H.; Nikkola, L.; Gomes, M. E.; Reis, R. L.; Ashammakhi, N.

    2008-02-01

    In the field of biomaterials starch-based polymers have been widely studied for several different applications, including scaffolds for tissue engineering. Recently, electrospinning has been gaining interest as a promising method to manufacture highly porous 3D structures. Such structures provide a high surface area for cell attachment and proliferation, being adequate for several uses in tissue engineering. The aim of the current work is to develop nanofiber-based constructs from starch-polycaprolactone (SPCL 30/70 wt%) blends by means of electrospinning and to study the effect of different solvents. Solutions of 5-15 wt% either in acetic acid or chloroform were electrospun to aluminum foil. The voltage used was 30 kV and the counter-electrode distance was 25 cm. The microstructure of the obtained constructs was characterized by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was possible to obtain highly porous 3D scaffolds with a typical nanofiber-mesh structure by using electrospinning from different SPCL-solvent solutions. Electrospinning was most successful when using higher concentrations (15 wt%). With lower concentrations the process was not very feasible and at a concentration of 5 wt% it was not possible to obtain fibers. The diameter of the fibers obtained was 130-180 nm. SEM analysis revealed the presence of particles which are assumed to be starch. The particles were interconnected by the nanofibers. It is possible to produce highly porous nanofiber-based constructs from SPCL by using electrospinning. Such constructs may have applications in tissue engineering of different tissues, such as bone, skin and cartilage.

  11. [Fullerenes: Characteristics of the substance, biological effects and occupational exposure levels].

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    Świdwińska-Gajewska, Anna Maria; Czerczak, Sławomir

    Fullerenes are molecules composed of an even number of carbon atoms of a spherical or an ellipsoidal, closed spatial structure. The most common fullerene is the C60 molecule with a spherical structure - a truncated icosahedron, compared to a football. Fullerenes are widely used in the diagnostics and medicine, but also in the electronics and energy industry. Occupational exposure to fullerene may occur during its production. The occupational concentrations of fullerenes reached 0.12-1.2 μ/m3 for nanoparticles fraction (< 100 nm), which may evidence low exposure levels. However, fullerene mostly agglomerates into larger particles. Absorption of fullerene by oral and respiratory routes is low, and it is not absorbed by skin. After intravenous administration, fullerene accumulates mainly in the liver but also in the spleen and the kidneys. In animal experiments there was no irritation or skin sensitization caused by fullerene, and only mild irritation to the eyes. Fullerene induced transient inflammation in the lungs in inhalation studies in rodents. Oral exposure does not lead to major adverse effects. Fullerene was not mutagenic, genotoxic or carcinogenic in experimental research. However, fullerene may cause harmful effects on the mice fetus when administered intraperitoneally or intravenously. Pristine C60 fullerene is characterized by poor absorption and low toxicity, and it does not pose a risk in the occupational environment. The authors of this study are of the opinion that there is no ground for estimating the maximum allowable concentration (NDS) of pristine fullerene C60. Fullerene derivatives, due to different characteristics, require separate analysis in terms of occupational risk assessment. Med Pr 2016;67(3):397-410.

  12. Preparation of methacrylic acid copolymer S nano-fibers using a solvent-based electrospinning method and their application in pharmaceutical formulations.

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    Hamori, Mami; Shimizu, Yuki; Yoshida, Kaori; Fukushima, Keizo; Sugioka, Nobuyuki; Nishimura, Asako; Naruhashi, Kazumasa; Shibata, Nobuhito

    2015-01-01

    In this study, we applied an electrospinning (ES) method, which is mainly employed in the textile industry, to the field of pharmaceuticals. We developed and modified an ES instrument and then utilized it to produce methacrylic acid copolymer S (MAC) nano-fibers to prepare tablets. By attaching a conductor rod made from stainless steel to the central part of the nano-fiber-collection plate of the ES apparatus, a MAC nano-fiber sheet could be produced effectively. In addition, we studied various operating conditions for this new ES method, including needle gauge, voltage between the electrodes, distance between the needle and nano-fiber-collection plate and the flow rate of MAC polymer solution, but these had no significant effect on the diameter of MAC nano-fibers. On the other hand, the viscosity (concentration) of MAC polymer solution and permittivity of solvent used to dilute MAC were closely related to the mean diameter of the nano-fibers. Tableting of MAC nano-fibers was performed using a tableting machine without lubricants, and addition of Tween 20 to the tablets enabled regulation of the release profile of a water-soluble drug. The modified ES method reported here is a useful technique for the controlled-release of drugs and has wide-ranging potential for pharmaceutical applications.

  13. Exploration in metallic nitride fullerenes and oxometallic fullerenes: A new class of metallofullerenes

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    Mackey, Mary Alice

    2011-07-01

    Research groups around the world have taken an interest in the synthesis, purification, characterization, and functionalization of Metallic Nitride Fullerenes (MNFs) since their discovery in 1999. This dissertation details the discovery of another new class of molecules---Oxometallic Fullerenes (OMFs). There are many groups worldwide doing research on MNFs, and there is a large database of published MNF research, but we have had a unique opportunity to fill a research void on OMFs as at present no one else is doing research on these molecules; herein we take molecules that we discover and perform seminal research relating to them. MNF research is closely tied to this project; MNFs are a stepping stone because of their greater abundance and similar reactivity. Building off of previously developed techniques, we are able to create new methods for the separation and isolation of MNFs and OMFs. We studied the reactivity differences of various MNFs and OMFs in order to utilize Lewis acid chemistry as a tool for the enrichment and purification of both MNFs and OMFs, eventually resulting in a detailed separations technique. We have also begun studies to functionalize the carbon cage of endohedral metallofullerenes---this research includes using Lewis acids and various aromatic solvents via Friedel-Crafts reactions.

  14. Polyaniline nanofibers: broadening applications for conducting polymers.

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    Baker, Christina O; Huang, Xinwei; Nelson, Wyatt; Kaner, Richard B

    2017-01-18

    Polyaniline is a conducting polymer with incredible promise, but it has had limited use due to poor reaction control and processability associated with conventional morphologies. Polyaniline nanofibers, on the other hand, have demonstrated, through manufacturing techniques discovered during the past decade, increased processability, higher surface area, and improved consistency and stability in aqueous dispersions, which are finally allowing for expanded commercial development of this promising polymer. This review explores some intriguing applications of polyaniline nanofibers, as well as the advantages and remaining challenges in developing better products using polyaniline in this new morphology.

  15. Hydrogen storage in graphite nanofibers

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    Park, C.; Tan, C.D.; Hidalgo, R.; Baker, R.T.K.; Rodriguez, N.M.

    1998-08-01

    Graphite nanofibers (GNF) are a type of material that is produced by the decomposition of carbon containing gases over metal catalyst particles at temperatures around 600 C. These molecularly engineered structures consist of graphene sheets perfectly arranged in a parallel, perpendicular or at angle orientation with respect to the fiber axis. The most important feature of the material is that only edges are exposed. Such an arrangement imparts the material with unique properties for gas adsorption because the evenly separated layers constitute the most ordered set of nanopores that can accommodate an adsorbate in the most efficient manner. In addition, the non-rigid pore walls can also expand so as to accommodate hydrogen in a multilayer conformation. Of the many varieties of structures that can be produced the authors have discovered that when gram quantities of a selected number of GNF are exposed to hydrogen at pressures of {approximately} 2,000 psi, they are capable of adsorbing and storing up to 40 wt% of hydrogen. It is believed that a strong interaction is established between hydrogen and the delocalized p-electrons present in the graphite layers and therefore a new type of chemistry is occurring within these confined structures.

  16. Comparative process analysis of fullerene production by the arc and the radio-frequency discharge methods.

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    Marković, Z; Todorović-Marković, B; Mohai, I; Farkas, Z; Kovats, E; Szepvolgyi, J; Otasević, D; Scheier, P; Feil, S; Romcević, N

    2007-01-01

    In this work, comparative analysis of processes in carbon arc and radio frequency (RF) plasma during fullerene synthesis has been presented. The kinetic model of fullerene formation developed earlier has been verified in both types of plasma reactors. The fullerene yield depended on carbon concentration, velocity of plasma flame and rotational temperature of C2 radicals predominantly. When mean rotational temperature of C2 radicals was 3000 K, the fullerene yield was the highest regardless of the type of used reactor. The zone of fullerene formation is larger significantly in RF plasma reactor compared to arc reactor.

  17. Characterization of naturally-occurring and modified fullerenes by Fourier transform mass spectrometry

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    Hettich, Robert L.; Jin, Changming; Compton, Robert N.; Buseck, Peter R.; Tsipursky, Semeon J.

    1993-10-01

    Fourier transform mass spectrometry (FTMS) employing both laser desorption/ionization and thermal desorption/electron ionization is useful for the detection and structural characterization of fullerenes and chemically-modified fullerenes. Examination of a carbon-rich shungite rock sample from Russia by transmission electron microscopy and FTMS provided evidence of naturally-occurring fullerenes. Ion-molecule reactions can be studied with FTMS to investigate the electron affinities of modified fullerenes. By monitoring charge exchange reactions, the electron affinities of C60Fx (x=44,46) and C70Fy (y=52,54) were found to be substantially higher than the values for the parent fullerenes.

  18. Tuning the properties of polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells by adjusting fullerene size to control intercalation.

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    Cates, Nichole C; Gysel, Roman; Beiley, Zach; Miller, Chad E; Toney, Michael F; Heeney, Martin; McCulloch, Iain; McGehee, Michael D

    2009-12-01

    We demonstrate that intercalation of fullerene derivatives between the side chains of conjugated polymers can be controlled by adjusting the fullerene size and compare the properties of intercalated and nonintercalated poly(2,5-bis(3-hexadecylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (pBTTT):fullerene blends. The intercalated blends, which exhibit optimal solar-cell performance at 1:4 polymer:fullerene by weight, have better photoluminescence quenching and lower absorption than the nonintercalated blends, which optimize at 1:1. Understanding how intercalation affects performance will enable more effective design of polymer:fullerene solar cells.

  19. Fullerene-rare gas mixed plasmas in an electron cyclotron resonance ion source

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    Asaji, T. Ohba, T.; Uchida, T.; Yoshida, Y.; Minezaki, H.; Ishihara, S.; Racz, R.; Biri, S.; Kato, Y.

    2014-02-15

    A synthesis technology of endohedral fullerenes such as Fe@C{sub 60} has developed with an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion source. The production of N@C{sub 60} was reported. However, the yield was quite low, since most fullerene molecules were broken in the ECR plasma. We have adopted gas-mixing techniques in order to cool the plasma and then reduce fullerene dissociation. Mass spectra of ion beams extracted from fullerene-He, Ar or Xe mixed plasmas were observed with a Faraday cup. From the results, the He gas mixing technique is effective against fullerene destruction.

  20. C60 fullerene promotes lung monolayer collapse

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    Barnoud, Jonathan; Urbini, Laura; Monticelli, Luca

    2015-01-01

    Airborne nanometre-sized pollutants are responsible for various respiratory diseases. Such pollutants can reach the gas-exchange surface in the alveoli, which is lined with a monolayer of lung surfactant. The relationship between physiological effects of pollutants and molecular-level interactions is largely unknown. Here, we determine the effects of carbon nanoparticles on the properties of a model of lung monolayer using molecular simulations. We simulate phase-separated lipid monolayers in the presence of a model pollutant nanoparticle, C60 fullerene. In the absence of nanoparticles, the monolayers collapse only at very low surface tensions (around 0 mN m−1). In the presence of nanoparticles, instead, monolayer collapse is observed at significantly higher surface tensions (up to ca 10 mN m−1). Collapse at higher tensions is related to lower mechanical rigidity of the monolayer. It is possible that similar mechanisms operate on lung surfactant in vivo, which suggests that health effects of airborne carbon nanoparticles may be mediated by alterations of the mechanical properties of lung surfactant. PMID:25589571

  1. Nanoporous Carbon Nanofibers Decorated with Platinum Nanoparticles for Non-Enzymatic Electrochemical Sensing of H2O2

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    Li, Yang; Zhang, Mingfa; Zhang, Xiaopeng; Xie, Guocheng; Su, Zhiqiang; Wei, Gang

    2015-01-01

    We describe the preparation of nanoporous carbon nanofibers (CNFs) decorated with platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) in this work by electrospining polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibers and subsequent carbonization and binding of PtNPs. The fabricated nanoporous CNF-PtNP hybrids were further utilized to modify glass carbon electrodes and used for the non-enzymatic amperometric biosensor for the highly sensitive detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The morphologies of the fabricated nanoporous CNF-PtNP hybrids were observed by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and their structure was further investigated with Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) surface area analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectrum. The cyclic voltammetry experiments indicate that CNF-PtNP modified electrodes have high electrocatalytic activity toward H2O2 and the chronoamperometry measurements illustrate that the fabricated biosensor has a high sensitivity for detecting H2O2. We anticipate that the strategies utilized in this work will not only guide the further design and fabrication of functional nanofiber-based biomaterials and nanodevices, but also extend the potential applications in energy storage, cytology, and tissue engineering.

  2. Electrospun polyamide 6/poly(allylamine hydrochloride) nanofibers functionalized with carbon nanotubes for electrochemical detection of dopamine.

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    Mercante, Luiza A; Pavinatto, Adriana; Iwaki, Leonardo E O; Scagion, Vanessa P; Zucolotto, Valtencir; Oliveira, Osvaldo N; Mattoso, Luiz H C; Correa, Daniel S

    2015-03-04

    The use of nanomaterials as an electroactive medium has improved the performance of bio/chemical sensors, particularly when synergy is reached upon combining distinct materials. In this paper, we report on a novel architecture comprising electrospun polyamide 6/poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PA6/PAH) nanofibers functionalized with multiwalled carbon nanotubes, used to detect the neurotransmitter dopamine (DA). Miscibility of PA6 and PAH was sufficient to form a single phase material, as indicated by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), leading to nanofibers with no beads onto which the nanotubes could adsorb strongly. Differential pulse voltammetry was employed with indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes coated with the functionalized nanofibers for the selective electrochemical detection of dopamine (DA), with no interference from uric acid (UA) and ascorbic acid (AA) that are normally present in biological fluids. The response was linear for a DA concentration range from 1 to 70 μmol L(-1), with detection limit of 0.15 μmol L(-1) (S/N = 3). The concepts behind the novel architecture to modify electrodes can be potentially harnessed in other electrochemical sensors and biosensors.

  3. Simulating fullerene ball bearings of ultra-low friction

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    Li, Xiaoyan; Yang, Wei

    2007-03-01

    We report the direct molecular dynamics simulations for molecular ball bearings composed of fullerene molecules (C60 and C20) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes. The comparison of friction levels indicates that fullerene ball bearings have extremely low friction (with minimal frictional forces of 5.283 × 10-7 and 6.768 × 10-7 nN/atom for C60 and C20 bearings) and energy dissipation (lowest dissipation per cycle of 0.013 and 0.016 meV/atom for C60 and C20 bearings). A single fullerene inside the ball bearings exhibits various motion statuses of mixed translation and rotation. The influences of the shaft's distortion on the long-ranged potential energy and normal force are discussed. The phonic dissipation mechanism leads to a non-monotonic function between the friction and the load rate for the molecular bearings.

  4. Fullerene Type Multilayer Insulation Blanket on a Spherical Cold Surface

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    Ohmori, T.; Shinozaki, T.; Kaneko, H.

    2010-04-01

    Fullerene type multilayer insulation blanket is proposed for the insulation around a spherical cold surface, and has been applied to a 10 liter spherical tank of liquid nitrogen. As fullerene has 32 faces with 90 edges, 32 polygons of stacked insulation sheets must be connected each other to fabricate such a MLI blanket. The MLI blanket has 90 slots at connecting part between the polygons where thermal radiation heat transfer should be reduced. The size of the polygon made by the insulation films must be chosen so as to avoid excess compressive pressure between stacked insulation sheets. The design principle and the method to fabricate the blanket were studied, and the experimental results obtained by the fullerene type MLI blanket applied to the 10 liter spherical tank were measured.

  5. THE FORMATION OF COSMIC FULLERENES FROM AROPHATIC CLUSTERS

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    Micelotta, Elisabetta R.; Cami, Jan; Peeters, Els; Fanchini, Giovanni; Jones, Anthony P.; Bernard-Salas, Jeronimo

    2012-12-10

    Fullerenes have recently been identified in space and they may play a significant role in the gas and dust budget of various astrophysical objects including planetary nebulae (PNe), reflection nebulae, and H II regions. The tenuous nature of the gas in these environments precludes the formation of fullerene materials following known vaporization or combustion synthesis routes even on astronomical timescales. We have studied the processing of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H or HAC) nanoparticles and their specific derivative structures, which we name ''arophatics'', in the circumstellar environments of young, carbon-rich PNe. We find that UV-irradiation of such particles can result in the formation of fullerenes, consistent with the known physical conditions in PNe and with available timescales.

  6. Polyaniline Nanofibers as the Hole Transport Medium in an Inverse Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Hesselsweet, Ian Brock

    In order to become a viable alternative to silicon photovoltaics, dye-sensitized solar cells must overcome several issues primarily resulting from their use of a liquid electrolyte. Much research has gone into correcting these shortcomings by replacing the liquid electrolyte with solid-state hole-transport media. Using these solid-state materials brings new difficulties, such as completely filling the pores in the TiO2 nanostructure, and achieving good adhesion with the dye-coated TiO2. A novel approach to addressing these difficulties is the inverse dye-sensitized solar cell design. In this method the devices are constructed in reverse order, with the solidstate hole-transport medium providing the nanostructure instead of the TiO2. This allows new materials and methods to be used which may better address these issues. In this project, inverse dye-sensitized solar cells using polyaniline nanofibers as the hole transport medium were prepared and characterized. The devices were prepared on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass electrodes. The first component was a dense spin-coated polyaniline blocking layer, to help prevent short circuiting of the devices. The second layer was a thin film of drop cast polyaniline nanofibers which acted as the hole transport medium and provided high surface area for the dye attachment. The dye used was 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin (TCPP), which was covalently attached to the nanofibers using a Friedel-Crafts acylation. Titania gel was then deposited into the pores of the nanofiber film by controlled hydrolysis of a titanium complex (Tyzor LA). A back electrode of TiO2 nanoparticles sintered on FTO was pressed on top to complete the devices. A typical device generated an open circuit voltage of 0.17 V and a closed circuit current of 5.7 nA/cm2 while the highest open circuit voltage recorded for any variation on a device was 0.31 V and the highest short circuit current was 52 nA/cm2 under AM 1.5 simulated solar

  7. Electrospinning of nanofibers from non-polymeric systems: polymer-free nanofibers from cyclodextrin derivatives

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    Celebioglu, Asli; Uyar, Tamer

    2012-01-01

    High molecular weight polymers and high polymer concentrations are desirable for the electrospinning of nanofibers since polymer chain entanglements and overlapping are important for uniform fiber formation. Hence, the electrospinning of nanofibers from non-polymeric systems such as cyclodextrins (CDs) is quite a challenge since CDs are cyclic oligosaccharides. Nevertheless, in this study, we have successfully achieved the electrospinning of nanofibers from chemically modified CDs without using a carrier polymer matrix. Polymer-free nanofibers were electrospun from three different CD derivatives, hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD), hydroxypropyl-γ-cyclodextrin (HPγCD) and methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MβCD) in three different solvent systems, water, dimethylformamide (DMF) and dimethylacetamide (DMAc). We observed that the electrospinning of these CDs is quite similar to polymeric systems in which the solvent type, the solution concentration and the solution conductivity are some of the key factors for obtaining uniform nanofibers. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements indicated that the presence of considerable CD aggregates and the very high solution viscosity were playing a key role for attaining nanofibers from CD derivatives without the use of any polymeric carrier. The electrospinning of CD solutions containing urea yielded no fibers but only beads or splashes since urea caused a notable destruction of the self-associated CD aggregates in their concentrated solutions. The structural, thermal and mechanical characteristics of the CD nanofibers were also investigated. Although the CD derivatives are amorphous small molecules, interestingly, we observed that these electrospun CD nanofibers/nanowebs have shown some mechanical integrity by which they can be easily handled and folded as a free standing material.

  8. Vine-like MoS2 anode materials self-assembled from 1-D nanofibers for high capacity sodium rechargeable batteries

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    Ryu, Won-Hee; Jung, Ji-Won; Park, Kyusung; Kim, Sang-Joon; Kim, Il-Doo

    2014-09-01

    A tailored conversion-reaction anode material of 1-D MoS2 nanofibers with a vine-like shape composed of MoS2 nanoflakes delivers exceptionally high Na capacity and exhibits excellent rate properties. The improved cycleability of the MoS2 nanofiber electrode is achieved by a uniform TiO2 coating, which effectively minimized the sulfur dissolution.A tailored conversion-reaction anode material of 1-D MoS2 nanofibers with a vine-like shape composed of MoS2 nanoflakes delivers exceptionally high Na capacity and exhibits excellent rate properties. The improved cycleability of the MoS2 nanofiber electrode is achieved by a uniform TiO2 coating, which effectively minimized the sulfur dissolution. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental procedures, XRD results, Raman spectra results, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis, ex situ XRD results, X-ray photoelectron spectra, and ex situ X-ray fluorescence analysis. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr02044h

  9. Thermal management technology for hydrogen storage: Fullerene option

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    Wang, J.C.; Chen, F.C.; Murphy, R.W.

    1996-10-01

    Fullerenes are selected as the first option for investigating advanced thermal management technologies for hydrogen storage because of their potentially high volumetric and gravimetric densities. Experimental results indicate that about 6 wt% of hydrogen (corresponding to C{sub 60}H{sub 48}) can be added to and taken out of fullerenes. A model assuming thermally activated hydrogenation and dehydrogenation processes was developed to explain the experimental findings. The activation energies were estimated to be 100 and 160 kJ/mole (1.0 and 1.6 eV/H{sub 2}) for the hydrogenation and dehydrogenation processes, respectively. The difference is interpreted as the heat released during hydrogenation. There are indications that the activation energies and the heat of hydrogenation can be modified by the use of catalysts. Preliminary hydrogen storage simulations for a conceptually simple device were performed. A 1-m long hollow metal cylinder with an inner diameter of 0.02 m was assumed to be filled with fullerene powders. The results indicate that the thermal diffusivity of the fullerenes controls the hydrogenation and dehydrogenation rates. The rates can be significantly modified by changing the thermal diffusivity of the material inside the cylinder, e.g., by incorporating a metal mesh. Results from the simulation suggest that thermal management is essential for efficient hydrogen storage devices using fullerenes. While the preliminary models developed in this study explain some of the observation, more controlled experiments, rigorous model development, and physical property determinations are needed for the development of practical hydrogen storage devices. The use of catalysts to optimize the hydrogen storage characteristics of fullerenes also needs to be pursued. Future cooperative work between Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Material & Electrochemical Research Corporation (MER) is planned to address these needs.

  10. Free-radical copolymerization of fullerenes with styrene

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    Cao, T.; Webber, S.E.

    1995-05-08

    Various methods to chemically modify the fullerenes have been reported in the last few years since the production of large-scale amounts of fullerene soot that contains primarily C{sub 60}, a lesser amount of C{sub 70}, and traces of higher fullerenes. Fortunately, these components can be separated from each other by standard chromatographic methods, permitting convenient experimentation on relatively pure components. The authors have found that C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} copolymerize with styrene in a standard free-radical polymerization, either in the bulk or codissolved in an aromatic solvent. The resulting polymers are soluble in common solvents that dissolve polystyrene and possess a dark brown color. The absorption spectrum of the copolymer is strongly modified from that of the parent fullerene, and the fluorescence is blue-shifted and much stronger. The present paper describes a very simple method for direct incorporation of C{sub 60} or C{sub 70} into polystyrene by direct free-radical copolymerization under routine conditions. While a great deal remains to be done to characterize fullerenes as comonomers in free-radical polymerization, this method is so direct and simple that it may be of interest to a wide range of researchers working in the area of fullerene chemistry. The authors note a report by Gong et al. in which a polymerization of styrene and {alpha}-methylstyrene was carried out in the presence of C{sub 60} using benzoyl peroxide as an initiator. These authors explicitly state that the C{sub 60} retains its normal absorption spectrum and is dispersed within the resulting solid polymer matrix. No other characterization is presented to demonstrate if chemical attachment of the C{sub 60} to the polymer occurred.

  11. Fullerene derived molecularly imprinted polymer for chemosensing of adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP).

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    Sharma, Piyush S; Dabrowski, Marcin; Noworyta, Krzysztof; Huynh, Tan-Phat; Kc, Chandra B; Sobczak, Janusz W; Pieta, Piotr; D'Souza, Francis; Kutner, Wlodzimierz

    2014-09-24

    For molecular imprinting of oxidatively electroactive analytes by electropolymerization, we used herein reductively electroactive functional monomers. As a proof of concept, we applied C60 fullerene adducts as such for the first time. For that, we derivatized C60 to bear either an uracil or an amide, or a carboxy addend for recognition of the adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) oxidizable analyte with the ATP-templated molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP-ATP). Accordingly, the ATP complex with all of the functional monomers formed in solution was potentiodynamically electropolymerized to deposit an MIP-ATP film either on an Au electrode of the quartz crystal resonator or on a Pt disk electrode for the piezoelectric microgravimetry (PM) or capacitive impedimetry (CI) determination of ATP, respectively, under the flow-injection analysis (FIA) conditions. The apparent imprinting factor for ATP was ∼4.0. After extraction of the ATP template, analytical performance of the resulting chemosensors, including detectability, sensitivity, and selectivity, was characterized. The limit of detection was 0.3 and 0.03mM ATP for the PM and CI chemosensor, respectively. The MIP-ATP film discriminated structural analogues of ATP quite well. The Langmuir, Freundlich, and Langmuir-Freundlich isotherms were fitted to the experimental data of the ATP sorption and sorption stability constants appeared to be nearly independent of the adopted sorption model.

  12. Mapping fullerene crystallization in a photovoltaic blend: an electron tomography study

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    Bäcke, Olof; Lindqvist, Camilla; Diaz de Zerio Mendaza, Amaia; Gustafsson, Stefan; Wang, Ergang; Andersson, Mats R.; Müller, Christian; Olsson, Eva

    2015-04-01

    The formation of fullerene crystals represents a major degradation pathway of polymer/fullerene bulk-heterojunction thin films that inexorably deteriorates their photovoltaic performance. Currently no tools exist that reveal the origin of fullerene crystal formation vertically through the film. Here, we show that electron tomography can be used to study nucleation and growth of fullerene crystals. A model bulk-heterojunction blend based on a thiophene-quinoxaline copolymer and a fullerene derivative is examined after controlled annealing above the glass transition temperature. We image a number of fullerene nanocrystals, ranging in size from 70 to 400 nanometers, and observe that their center is located close to the free-surface of spin-coated films. The results show that the nucleation of fullerene crystals predominately occurs in the upper part of the films. Moreover, electron tomography reveals that the nucleation is preceded by more pronounced phase separation of the blend components.

  13. Mapping fullerene crystallization in a photovoltaic blend: an electron tomography study.

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    Bäcke, Olof; Lindqvist, Camilla; Diaz de Zerio Mendaza, Amaia; Gustafsson, Stefan; Wang, Ergang; Andersson, Mats R; Müller, Christian; Olsson, Eva

    2015-05-14

    The formation of fullerene crystals represents a major degradation pathway of polymer/fullerene bulk-heterojunction thin films that inexorably deteriorates their photovoltaic performance. Currently no tools exist that reveal the origin of fullerene crystal formation vertically through the film. Here, we show that electron tomography can be used to study nucleation and growth of fullerene crystals. A model bulk-heterojunction blend based on a thiophene-quinoxaline copolymer and a fullerene derivative is examined after controlled annealing above the glass transition temperature. We image a number of fullerene nanocrystals, ranging in size from 70 to 400 nanometers, and observe that their center is located close to the free-surface of spin-coated films. The results show that the nucleation of fullerene crystals predominately occurs in the upper part of the films. Moreover, electron tomography reveals that the nucleation is preceded by more pronounced phase separation of the blend components.

  14. Energy spectrum and optical transitions in C80 fullerene isomers

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    Lobanov, B. V.; Murzashev, A. I.

    2013-04-01

    The energy spectra of all isomers of the C80 fullerene have been calculated in terms of the Schubin-Wonsowskii-Hubbard model. On this basis, their optical absorption spectra have also been calculated. The optical absorption spectra calculated for the endohedral Ca@C80, Ba@C80, and Sr@C80 fullerenes with the I h symmetry agree well with the experimental data. This circumstance allows us to conclude that the optical absorption spectra of other isomers (for which experimental data are unavailable) obtained in this work can be used for their identification.

  15. B38: an all-boron fullerene analogue

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    Lv, Jian; Wang, Yanchao; Zhu, Li; Ma, Yanming

    2014-09-01

    Fullerene-like structures formed by elements other than carbon have long been sought. Finding all-boron (B) fullerene-like structures is challenging due to the geometrical frustration arising from competitions among various structural motifs. We report here the prediction of a B38 fullerene analogue found through first-principles swarm structure searching calculations. The structure is highly symmetric and consists of 56 triangles and four hexagons, which provide an optimal void in the center of the cage. Energetically, it is more favorable than the planar and tubular structures, and possesses an unusually high chemical stability: a large energy gap (~2.25 eV) and a high double aromaticity, superior to those of most aromatic quasi-planar B12 and double-ring B20 clusters. Our findings represent a key step forward towards to the understanding of structures of medium-sized B clusters and map out the experimental direction of the synthesis of an all-B fullerene analogue.Fullerene-like structures formed by elements other than carbon have long been sought. Finding all-boron (B) fullerene-like structures is challenging due to the geometrical frustration arising from competitions among various structural motifs. We report here the prediction of a B38 fullerene analogue found through first-principles swarm structure searching calculations. The structure is highly symmetric and consists of 56 triangles and four hexagons, which provide an optimal void in the center of the cage. Energetically, it is more favorable than the planar and tubular structures, and possesses an unusually high chemical stability: a large energy gap (~2.25 eV) and a high double aromaticity, superior to those of most aromatic quasi-planar B12 and double-ring B20 clusters. Our findings represent a key step forward towards to the understanding of structures of medium-sized B clusters and map out the experimental direction of the synthesis of an all-B fullerene analogue. Electronic supplementary information

  16. Graph-theoretic independence as a predictor of fullerene stability

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    Fajtlowicz, S.; Larson, C. E.

    2003-08-01

    The independence number of the graph of a fullerene, the size of the largest set of vertices such that no two are adjacent (corresponding to the largest set of atoms of the molecule, no pair of which are bonded), appears to be a useful selector in identifying stable fullerene isomers. The experimentally characterized isomers with 60, 70 and 76 atoms uniquely minimize this number among the classes of possible structures with, respectively, 60, 70 and 76 atoms. Other experimentally characterized isomers also rank extremely low with respect to this invariant. These findings were initiated by a conjecture of the computer program Graffiti.

  17. Fullerenes: A New Carrier Phase for Noble Gases in Meteorites

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    Becker, Luann

    2004-01-01

    The major focus of our research effort has been to measure the noble gases encapsulated within fullerenes, a new carbon carrier phase and compare it to the myriad of components found in the bulk meteorite acid residues. We have concentrated on the carbonaceous chondrites (Allende, Murchison and Tagish Lake) since they have abundant noble gases, typically with a planetary signature that dominates the stepped-release of the meteorite bulk acid residue. They also contain an extractable fullerene component that can be isolated and purified from the same bulk material.

  18. Production of silk sericin/silk fibroin blend nanofibers

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    Zhang, Xianhua; Tsukada, Masuhiro; Morikawa, Hideaki; Aojima, Kazuki; Zhang, Guangyu; Miura, Mikihiko

    2011-08-01

    Silk sericin (SS)/silk fibroin (SF) blend nanofibers have been produced by electrospinning in a binary SS/SF trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) solution system, which was prepared by mixing 20 wt.% SS TFA solution and 10 wt.% SF TFA solution to give different compositions. The diameters of the SS/SF nanofibers ranged from 33 to 837 nm, and they showed a round cross section. The surface of the SS/SF nanofibers was smooth, and the fibers possessed a bead-free structure. The average diameters of the SS/SF (75/25, 50/50, and 25/75) blend nanofibers were much thicker than that of SS and SF nanofibers. The SS/SF (100/0, 75/25, and 50/50) blend nanofibers were easily dissolved in water, while the SS/SF (25/75 and 0/100) blend nanofibers could not be completely dissolved in water. The SS/SF blend nanofibers could not be completely dissolved in methanol. The SS/SF blend nanofibers were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and differential thermal analysis. FTIR showed that the SS/SF blend nanofibers possessed a random coil conformation and ß-sheet structure.

  19. Reversible immobilization of urease by using bacterial cellulose nanofibers.

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    Akduman, Begüm; Uygun, Murat; Coban, Esin Poyrazoğlu; Uygun, Deniz Aktaş; Bıyık, Halil; Akgöl, Sinan

    2013-12-01

    In this work, bacterial cellulose nanofibers were produced by using the Gluconacetobacter hansenii HE1 strain. These nanofibers were derivatized with dye affinity ligand Reactive Green 5, and these newly synthesized dye-attached nanofibers were used for affinity adsorption of urease. Reactive Green 5-attached nanofibers were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, SEM, and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy analysis. Some adsorption conditions which significantly affect the adsorption efficiency were investigated. The maximum urease adsorption capacity was found to be 240 mg/g nanofiber in pH 6.0 and at room temperature. Dye-free plain nanofibers also used for studying nonspecific urease adsorption onto plain nanofibers and nonspecific adsorption were found to be negligible (3.5 mg/g nanofiber). Prepared dye-attached nanofibers can be used in five successive adsorption/desorption steps without any decrease in their urease adsorption capacity. The desorption rate of the adsorbed urease was found to be 98.9 %. The activity of the urease was also investigated, and it was found that free and desorbed urease from the dye-attached nanofibers showed similar specific activity.

  20. Electrospinning of nickel oxide nanofibers: Process parameters and morphology control

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    Khalil, Abdullah Hashaikeh, Raed

    2014-09-15

    In the present work, nickel oxide nanofibers with varying morphology (diameter and roughness) were fabricated via electrospinning technique using a precursor composed of nickel acetate and polyvinyl alcohol. It was found that the diameter and surface roughness of individual nickel oxide nanofibers are strongly dependent upon nickel acetate concentration in the precursor. With increasing nickel acetate concentration, the diameter of nanofibers increased and the roughness decreased. An optimum concentration of nickel acetate in the precursor resulted in the formation of smooth and continuous nickel oxide nanofibers whose diameter can be further controlled via electrospinning voltage. Beyond an optimum concentration of nickel acetate, the resulting nanofibers were found to be ‘flattened’ and ‘wavy’ with occasional cracking across their length. Transmission electron microscopy analysis revealed that the obtained nanofibers are polycrystalline in nature. These nickel oxide nanofibers with varying morphology have potential applications in various engineering domains. - Highlights: • Nickel oxide nanofibers were synthesized via electrospinning. • Fiber diameter and roughness depend on nickel acetate concentration used. • With increasing nickel acetate concentration the roughness of nanofibers decreased. • XRD and TEM revealed a polycrystalline structure of the nanofibers.

  1. Photodynamic inactivation of bacteria using novel electrogenerated porphyrin-fullerene C60 polymeric films.

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    Ballatore, M Belén; Durantini, Javier; Gsponer, Natalia S; Suarez, María B; Gervaldo, Miguel; Otero, Luis; Spesia, Mariana B; Milanesio, M Elisa; Durantini, Edgardo N

    2015-06-16

    A porphyrin-fullerene C60 dyad (TCP-C60) substituted by carbazoyl groups was used to obtain electrogenerated polymeric films on optically transparent indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes. This approach produced stable and reproducible polymers, holding fullerene units. The properties of this film were compared with those formed by layers of TCP/TCP-C60 and TCP/ZnTCP. Absorption spectra of the films presented the Soret and Q bands of the corresponding porphyrins. The TCP-C60 film produced a high photodecomposition of 2,2-(anthracene-9,10-diyl)bis(methylmalonate), which was used to detect singlet molecular oxygen O2((1)Δg) production in water. In addition, the TCP-C60 film induced the reduction of nitro blue tetrazolium to diformazan in the presence of NADH, indicating the formation of superoxide anion radical. Moreover, photooxidation of L-tryptophan mediated by TCP-C60 films was found in water. In biological media, photoinactivation of Staphylococcus aureus was evaluated depositing a drop with 2.5 × 10(3) cells on the films. After 30 min irradiation, no colony formation was detected using TCP-C60 or TCP/TCP-C60 films. Furthermore, photocytotoxic activity was observed in cell suspensions of S. aureus and Escherichia coli. The irradiated TCP-C60 film produced a 4 log decrease of S. aureus survival after 30 min. Also, a 4 log reduction of E. coli viability was obtained using the TCP-C60 film after 60 min irradiation. Therefore, the TCP-C60 film is an interesting and versatile photodynamic active surface to eradicate bacteria.

  2. Catalytic, conductive, and transparent platinum nanofiber webs for FTO-free dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Kim, Jongwook; Kang, Jonghyun; Jeong, Uiyoung; Kim, Heesuk; Lee, Hyunjung

    2013-04-24

    We report a multifunctional platinium nanofiber (PtNF) web that can act as a catalyst layer in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) to simultaneously function as a transparent counter electrode (CE), i.e., without the presence of an indium-doped tin oxide (ITO) or fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass. This PtNF web can be easily produced by electrospinning, which is highly cost-effective and suitable for large-area industrial-scale production. Electrospun PtNFs are straight and have a length of a few micrometers, with a common diameter of 40-70 nm. Each nanofiber is composed of compact, crystalline Pt grains and they are well-fused and highly interconnected, which should be helpful to provide an efficient conductive network for free electron transport and a large surface area for electrocatalytic behavior. A PtNF web is served as a counter electrode in DSSC and the photovoltaic performance increases up to a power efficiency of 6.0%. It reaches up to 83% of that in a conventional DSSC using a Pt-coated FTO glass as a counter electrode. Newly designed DSSCs containing PtNF webs display highly stable photoelectric conversion efficiencies, and excellent catalytic, conductive, and transparent properties, as well as long-term stability. Also, while the DSSC function is retained, the fabrication cost is reduced by eliminating the transparent conducting layer on the counter electrode. The presented method of fabricating DSSCs based on a PtNF web can be extended to other electrocatalytic optoelectronic devices that combine superior catalytic activity with high conductivity and transparency.

  3. Electrochemical performance of fulvic acid-based electrospun hard carbon nanofibers as promising anodes for sodium-ion batteries

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    Zhao, Pin-Yi; Zhang, Jie; Li, Qi; Wang, Cheng-Yang

    2016-12-01

    The electrochemical performance of fulvic acid-based electrospun hard carbon nanofibers (PF-CNFs) as anodes for sodium-ion batteries is reported. PF-CNFs were prepared, stabilization in air at 280 °C and then carbonized in N2 at 800, 1000, 1300 or 1500 °C. The PF-CNFs prepared at 1300 °C had abundant oxygen functional groups, large interlayer spaces and stable morphologies and when used as anodes in sodium-ion batteries, a reversible sodium intercalation capacity of 248 mAh g-1 was obtained with capacity retention ratio of 91% after 100 cycles at a current density of 100 mA g-1. This large capacity combined with the superior cycling performance indicates that fulvic acid-based carbon nanofibers are promising electrode materials for use in rechargeable sodium-ion batteries.

  4. In situ encapsulation of germanium clusters in carbon nanofibers: high-performance anodes for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Wang, Wei; Xiao, Ying; Wang, Xia; Liu, Bing; Cao, Minhua

    2014-10-01

    Alloyed anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) usually suffer from considerable capacity losses during charge-discharge process. Herein, in situ-grown germanium clusters are homogeneously encapsulated into porous nitrogen-doped carbon nanofibers (N-CNFs) to form Ge/N-CNFs hybrids, using a facile electrospinning method followed by thermal treatment. When used as anode in LIBs, the Ge/N-CNFs hybrids exhibit excellent lithium storage performance in terms of specific capacity, cycling stability, and rate capability. The excellent electrochemical properties can be attributed to the unique structural features: the distribution of the germanium clusters, porous carbon nanofibers, and GeN chemical bonds all contribute to alleviating the large volume changes of germanium during the discharge-charge process, while at same time the unique porous N-CNFs not only increase the contact area between the electrode and the electrolyte, but also the conductivity of the hybrid.

  5. Electrospun carbon nanofibers reinforced 3D porous carbon polyhedra network derived from metal-organic frameworks for capacitive deionization

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    Liu, Yong; Ma, Jiaqi; Lu, Ting; Pan, Likun

    2016-01-01

    Carbon nanofibers reinforced 3D porous carbon polyhedra network (e-CNF-PCP) was prepared through electrospinning and subsequent thermal treatment. The morphology, structure and electrochemical performance of the e-CNF-PCP were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectra, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and their electrosorption performance in NaCl solution was studied. The results show that the e-CNF-PCP exhibits a high electrosorption capacity of 16.98 mg g−1 at 1.2 V in 500 mg l−1 NaCl solution, which shows great improvement compared with those of electrospun carbon nanofibers and porous carbon polyhedra. The e-CNF-PCP should be a very promising candidate as electrode material for CDI applications. PMID:27608826

  6. Construction of a Polyaniline Nanofiber Gas Sensor

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    Virji, Shabnam; Weiller, Bruce H.; Huang, Jiaxing; Blair, Richard; Shepherd, Heather; Faltens, Tanya; Haussmann, Philip C.; Kaner, Richard B.; Tolbert, Sarah H.

    2008-01-01

    The electrical properties of polyaniline changes by orders of magnitude upon exposure to analytes such as acids or bases, making it a useful material for detection of these analytes in the gas phase. The objectives of this lab are to synthesize different diameter polyaniline nanofibers and compare them as sensor materials. In this experiment…

  7. Functionalized Nanofiber Meshes Enhance Immunosorbent Assays.

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    Hersey, Joseph S; Meller, Amit; Grinstaff, Mark W

    2015-12-01

    Three-dimensional substrates with high surface-to-volume ratios and subsequently large protein binding capacities are of interest for advanced immunosorbent assays utilizing integrated microfluidics and nanosensing elements. A library of bioactive and antifouling electrospun nanofiber substrates, which are composed of high-molecular-weight poly(oxanorbornene) derivatives, is described. Specifically, a set of copolymers are synthesized from three 7-oxanorbornene monomers to create a set of water insoluble copolymers with both biotin (bioactive) and triethylene glycol (TEG) (antifouling) functionality. Porous three-dimensional nanofiber meshes are electrospun from these copolymers with the ability to specifically bind streptavidin while minimizing the nonspecific binding of other proteins. Fluorescently labeled streptavidin is used to quantify the streptavidin binding capacity of each mesh type through confocal microscopy. A simplified enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is presented to assess the protein binding capabilities and detection limits of these nanofiber meshes under both static conditions (26 h) and flow conditions (1 h) for a model target protein (i.e., mouse IgG) using a horseradish peroxidase (HRP) colorimetric assay. Bioactive and antifouling nanofiber meshes outperform traditional streptavidin-coated polystyrene plates under flow, validating their use in future advanced immunosorbent assays and their compatibility with microfluidic-based biosensors.

  8. Field emission and scattering from conducting nanofibers

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    Marinov, Toma M.

    Field emission from conducting nanofibers has a significant importance due to its possible application in electronics like flat panel displays, x-ray machines, sensors, etc. The standard theoretical model describing field emission is the Fowler-Nordheim model, which is valid for bulk material, constant applied electric field and O°K. A more general theoretical model is required in the realistic cases of arbitrary electromagnetic fields and arbitrary but finite temperature. This work presents an asymptotic procedure for calculating field emission from nanofibers of finite length for static and dynamic fields at arbitrary finite temperature. It investigates the behavior of a nanofiber in the presence of electrostatic and EM fields. The resultant field potentials outside the system are obtained by employing the slender-body approximation ([1], [2], [3]). The total external potential is used in conjunction with the the Wentzel-Krammers-Brillouin approximation [4] to estimate the tunneling probability of the electrons in the fiber due the total external field. Unlike the standard Fowler-Nordheim method [5], the current density of the field emission is obtained by using quantum wire density of states. In addition, this work investigates radiative and scattering properties of conducting nanofibers for the purpose of nanoantenna applications. The results for the distributions of the induced currents are compared to the results from the solution of Hallen's integral equation [6] and the corresponding radiation patterns are compared. The results are extended for the case of a broadside uniform array of N aligned fibers.

  9. Characterization of electrospun GaN nanofibers

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    Ramos, Idalia; Melendez, Anamaris; Morales, Kristle; Campo, Eva M.; Santiago-Aviles, Jorge J.

    2010-03-01

    Gallium Nitride shows characteristics pertinent to optoelectronics and gas sensing applications. Nanofibers have been produced using electrospinning and a precursor composed of Gallium (III) Nitrate Hydrate dissolved in Dimethyl-Acetamide and Cellulose Acetate in Acetone and DMA. The resulting nanofibers were sintered at 400C in nitrogen for one hour to decompose the polymer, the furnace atmosphere switched to ammonia and the fibers sintered for periods of 3, 5 and 7 hrs at 900C. They showed morphologies with unclear dependence on processing parameters. X-ray Diffraction revealed the evolution towards wurtzite phase through annealing. From line broadening we estimate a crystalline domain size of about 12 nm. Transmission Electron Microscopy suggests nucleation and growth of X-tallites while Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopy confirm the material evolution towards crystallinity and the production of wurtzite GaN nanofibers. I-V characteristics of single nanofibers show linearity with increments in conductivity for those fibers ammoniated during longer periods of time. Ongoing efforts aim at improving fabrication, sensing and photoluminescence characterization.

  10. Covalent dyads of porphyrin-fullerene and perylene-fullerene for organic photovoltaics: Spectroscopic and photocurrent studies

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    Wróbel, Danuta; Lewandowska, Kornelia

    2011-07-01

    Supermolecular complexes of zinc porphyrin or perylenediimide as covalent dyads with fullerene (C 60) in chloroform and as Langmuir-Blodgett layers on an Au substrate were studied. In our studies we have used following spectroscopic methods: electronic absorption, fluorescence and electron spin resonance in solution. Also infrared absorption spectra in a KBr pellet and reflectance-absorption in Langmuir-Blodgett layers were monitored. Photocurrent generation in a photoelectrochemical cell was also studied. The redistribution of charge both upon porphyrin linkage to C 60 and when the systems are deposited on the Au substrate was shown. Photocurrent examinations show a great influence of the fullerene presence on photoresponse of the systems.

  11. Fullerenes, Organics and the Diffuse Interstellar Bands

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    Foing, Bernard H.

    2016-07-01

    The status of DIB research has strongly advanced since 20 years [1], as well as the quest for fullerenes, PAHs and large organics in space. In 1994 we reported the discovery of two near IR diffuse bands coincident with C60+, confirmed in subsequent years [2-6] and now by latest laboratory experiments. A number of DIB observational studies have been published, dealing with: DIB surveys [1,7-10]; measurements of DIB families, correlations and environment dependences [11-14]; extragalactic DIBs [15, 16]. Resolved substructures were detected [17,18] and compared to predicted rotational contours by large molecules [19]. Polarisation studies provided upper limits constraints [20, 21]. DIBs carriers have been linked with organic molecules observed in the interstellar medium [22-25] such as IR bands (assigned to PAHs), Extended Red Emission or recently detected Anomalous Microwave Emission (AME, assigned to spinning dust) and with spectroscopic IR emission bands measured with ISO or Spitzer. Fullerenes and PAHs have been proposed to explain some DIBs and specific molecules were searched in DIB spectra [eg 2-6, 26-31]. These could be present in various dehydrogenation and ionisation conditions [32,33]. Experiments in the laboratory and in space [eg 34-36] allow to measure the survival and by-products of these molecules. We review DIB observational results and their interpretation, and discuss the presence of large organics, fullerenes, PAHs, graphenes in space. References [1] Herbig, G. 1995 ARA&A33, 19; [2] Foing, B. & Ehrenfreund, P. 1994 Natur 369, 296; [3] Foing, B. & Ehrenfreund, P. 1997 A&A317, L59; [4] Foing, B. & Ehrenfreund, P. 1995 ASSL202, 65; [5] Ehrenfreund, P., Foing, B. H. 1997 AdSpR19, 1033; [6] Galazutdinov, G. A. et al. 2000 MNRAS317, 750; [7] Jenniskens, P., Desert, F.-X. 1994 A&AS106, 39; [8] Ehrenfreund, P. et al. 1997 A&A318, L28; [9] Tuairisg, S. Ó. et al. 2000 A&AS142, 225; [10] Cox, N. et al. 2005 A&A438, 187; [11] Cami, J. et al. 1997A&A.326, 822

  12. Coaxial fiber supercapacitor using all-carbon material electrodes.

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    Le, Viet Thong; Kim, Heetae; Ghosh, Arunabha; Kim, Jaesu; Chang, Jian; Vu, Quoc An; Pham, Duy Tho; Lee, Ju-Hyuck; Kim, Sang-Woo; Lee, Young Hee

    2013-07-23

    We report a coaxial fiber supercapacitor, which consists of carbon microfiber bundles coated with multiwalled carbon nanotubes as a core electrode and carbon nanofiber paper as an outer electrode. The ratio of electrode volumes was determined by a half-cell test of each electrode. The capacitance reached 6.3 mF cm(-1) (86.8 mF cm(-2)) at a core electrode diameter of 230 μm and the measured energy density was 0.7 μWh cm(-1) (9.8 μWh cm(-2)) at a power density of 13.7 μW cm(-1) (189.4 μW cm(-2)), which were much higher than the previous reports. The change in the cyclic voltammetry characteristics was negligible at 180° bending, with excellent cycling performance. The high capacitance, high energy density, and power density of the coaxial fiber supercapacitor are attributed to not only high effective surface area due to its coaxial structure and bundle of the core electrode, but also all-carbon materials electrodes which have high conductivity. Our coaxial fiber supercapacitor can promote the development of textile electronics in near future.

  13. Highly porous Fe3O4-Fe nanowires grown on C/TiC nanofiber arrays as the high performance anode of lithium-ion batteries

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    Cheng, Kui; Yang, Fan; Ye, Ke; Zhang, Ying; Jiang, Xue; Yin, Jinling; Wang, Guiling; Cao, Dianxue

    2014-07-01

    A facile and green method is developed to fabricate Fe3O4-Fe nanowires with a large amount of nanoholes directly grown on highly conductive nanofiber arrays. By electrodeposition of Fe clusters on C/TiC nanofiber array, followed by in-situ chemical conversion of Fe to FeC2O4-Fe nanowires and the thermal decomposition of FeC2O4-Fe to Fe3O4-Fe, a Fe3O4-Fe nanocomposite electrode with unique architecture is successfully prepared. The electrode is characterized by means of X-ray diffractometer, scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope. Electrochemical properties of the nanowire arrays electrode as the anode of lithium-ion batteries are examined by cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic charge/discharge test. The electrode displayed remarkably high capacity, excellent high rate performance and superior cycling stability. The reversible capacity of the electrode reached 1012 mAh g-1 at 1C and retained to be 500 and 255 mAh g-1 at 10 and 20C, respectively. It can still deliver a specific capacity of 100 mAh g-1 even at 50C (72 s charge-discharge). The electrode also has a satisfactory cycling performance with capacity retention of 93.9% after 100 cycles at 1C. The magnificent performance can be attributed to the distinct configuration resulting from the novel fabrication process.

  14. Cobalt-catalyzed hydroalkylation of [60]fullerene with active alkyl bromides: selective synthesis of monoalkylated fullerenes.

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    Lu, Shirong; Jin, Tienan; Bao, Ming; Yamamoto, Yoshinori

    2011-08-17

    The Co-catalyzed hydroalkylation of C(60) with reactive alkyl bromides 1 (RBr) in the presence of Mn reductant and H(2)O at ambient temperature gave the monoalkylated C(60) (2) in good to high yields. The use of CoLn/Mn/H(2)O under Ar atmosphere is crucial for the success of the present transformation. The reaction most probably proceeds through the Co(0 or I) complex-promoted generation of a radical (R(•)) followed by addition to C(60). This hydroalkylation method was applied to the synthesis of zinc porphyrin attached C(60) (2l), dendrimer attached C(60) (2m), and fullerene dimer (2n), which were not easily available through the previously known methods.

  15. Fabrication and electromagnetic properties of fe nanofibers composites

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    Lee, Sang-Bok; Hong, Sung-Jin; Yi, Jin-Woo; Lee, Sang-Kwan; Choa, Yong-Ho; Kim, Jin-Bong

    2012-02-01

    In order to develop electromagnetic (EM) wave absorbing materials in the giga-hertz (GHz) frequency range, Fe nanofibers have been prepared by multi-nozzle electrospinning process (ESP) and heat treatments. The effects of applied voltage and feed rate on the morphology of electrospun PVP/Fe salt nanofibers have been studied in the electrospinning process. The average diameter and the standard deviation of electrospun nanofibers tend to decrease with the increase of the applied voltage and the decrease of the feed rate, respectively. Through the heat treatments of calcination and H2 reduction, as-spun PVP/Fe salt has been stepwise transformed into Fe2O3, Fe3O4, and Fe phases. To evaluate the EM characteristic of the prepared Fe nanofibers, epoxy matrix composites containing Fe nanofibers of 10 and 30 wt% have been fabricated. The Fe nanofibers have improved the EM characteristics of composites as compared to those of nano-sized metallic particles.

  16. Nano-textured copper oxide nanofibers for efficient air cooling

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    An, Seongpil; Jo, Hong Seok; Al-Deyab, Salem S.; Yarin, Alexander L.; Yoon, Sam S.

    2016-02-01

    Ever decreasing of microelectronics devices is challenged by overheating and demands an increase in heat removal rate. Herein, we fabricated highly efficient heat-removal coatings comprised of copper oxide-plated polymer nanofiber layers (thorny devil nanofibers) with high surface-to-volume ratio, which facilitate heat removal from the underlying hot surfaces. The electroplating time and voltage were optimized to form fiber layers with maximal heat removal rate. The copper oxide nanofibers with the thorny devil morphology yielded a superior cooling rate compared to the pure copper nanofibers with the smooth surface morphology. This superior cooling performance is attributed to the enhanced surface area of the thorny devil nanofibers. These nanofibers were characterized with scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and a thermographic camera.

  17. Postelectrospinning modifications for alginate nanofiber-based wound dressings.

    PubMed

    Leung, Victor; Hartwell, Ryan; Elizei, Sanam Salimi; Yang, Heejae; Ghahary, Aziz; Ko, Frank

    2014-04-01

    Alginate nanofibers have been attractive for potential tissue regeneration applications due to a combination of their moisture retention ability and large surface area available in a nonwoven nanofiber form. This study aims to address several challenges in alginate nanofiber application, including the lack of structural stability in aqueous environment and limited cell attachment as compared to commercial wound dressings, via examining crosslinking techniques. In addition to the commonly performed divalent ion crosslinking, a glutaraldehyde double-crosslinking step and polylysine addition were applied to an electrospun alginate nanofiber nonwoven mat. With optimization of the electrospinning solution, nanofiber morphology was maintained after the two-stage crosslinking process. Extensibility of the nanofiber mat reduced after the crosslinking process. However, both aqueous stability and cell attachment improved after the postspinning modifications, as shown through degradation tests in phosphate buffered saline solutions and fibroblast cell culture studies, respectively.

  18. Fabrication of shape memory nanofibers by electrospinning method

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    Zhang, Fenghua; Zhang, Zhichun; Liu, Yanju; Leng, Jinsong

    2013-04-01

    Shape memory nanofibers are capable of fixing a temporary shape and recovering a permanent shape in response to stimulus. Nafion nanofibers with shape memory effect are achieved via electrospinning technology. The resulting nanofibres exhibit the smooth, continuous, uniform fibrous structure. The diameter of nanofibers increases after annealing progress at different temperatures. The shape memory effect is evaluated in a fixed force controlled tensile test. Electrospun Nafion nanofibers show excellent shape memory properties upon heat. The shape fixity rates and shape recovery rates are about 95-96% and 87-89% after consecutive three shape memory cycles, respectively. The structure of electrospun nanofibers is stable and reversible for at least three cycles of shape memory tests. These results indicate that shape memory Nafion nanofibers can be used in a wide potential application fields such as smart materials and structures in the future.

  19. Antitumor Activity of Peptide Amphiphile Nanofiber-Encapsulated Camptothecin

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    Soukasene, Stephen; Toft, Daniel J.; Moyer, Tyson J.; Lu, Hsuming; Lee, Hyung-Kun; Standley, Stephany M.; Cryns, Vincent L.; Stupp, Samuel I.

    2012-04-02

    Self-assembling peptide amphiphile (PA) nanofibers were used to encapsulate camptothecin (CPT), a naturally occurring hydrophobic chemotherapy agent, using a solvent evaporation technique. Encapsulation by PA nanofibers was found to improve the aqueous solubility of the CPT molecule by more than 50-fold. PAs self-assembled into nanofibers in the presence of CPT as demonstrated by transmission electron microscopy. Small-angle X-ray scattering results suggest a slight increase in diameter of the nanofiber to accommodate the hydrophobic cargo. In vitro studies using human breast cancer cells show an enhancement in antitumor activity of the CPT when encapsulated by the PA nanofibers. In addition, using a mouse orthotopic model of human breast cancer, treatment with PA nanofiber-encapsulated CPT inhibited tumor growth. These results highlight the potential of this model PA system to be adapted for delivery of hydrophobic therapies to treat a variety of diseases including cancer.

  20. A High-Performance Lithium-Ion Battery Anode Based on the Core-Shell Heterostructure of Silicon-Coated Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanofibers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2013-01-01

    electrode for polymer electrolyte dye-sensitized solar cells www.rsc.org/MaterialsA Registered Charity Number 207890 A university-industrial...ABSTRACT 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: This study reports a high-performance hybrid lithium-ion anode material based on coaxially coated Si shell...SUBJECT TERMS high-performance Li-ion battery anodes; nanostructured materials; silicon-carbon hybrid structure; vertically aligned carbon nanofibers