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  1. Electromagnetics of active coated nano-particles

    Arslanagic, Samel

    2013-01-01

    This work reviews the fundamental properties of several spherical and cylindrical active coated nano-particles excited by their respective single and/or multiple sources of radiation at optical frequencies. Particular attention is devoted to the influence of the source location and orientation......, the optical gain constant and the nano-particle material composition on the electric and magnetic near fields, the power flow density, the radiated power as well as the directivities. Resonant as well as quasi-transparent states will be emphasized in the discussion....

  2. Directive properties of active coated nano-particles

    Arslanagic, Samel; Ziolkowski, W.

    2012-01-01

    The directivities of the fields radiated by a variety of cylindrical and spherical active coated nano-particles, which are excited by their respective sources of illumination at optical frequencies, are investigated. Particular attention is devoted to the influence of the source location and opti......The directivities of the fields radiated by a variety of cylindrical and spherical active coated nano-particles, which are excited by their respective sources of illumination at optical frequencies, are investigated. Particular attention is devoted to the influence of the source location...

  3. Nano-sensing of the orientation of fluorescing molecules with active coated nano-particles

    Arslanagic, Samel; Ziolkowski, Richard W.

    2015-01-01

    The potential of using active coated nano-particles to determine the orientation of fluorescing molecules is reported. By treating each fluorescing molecule as an electric Hertzian dipole, single and multiple fluorescing molecules emitting coherently and incoherently in various orientations...

  4. Cylindrical active coated nano-particles excited by electric and magnetic line sources

    Arslanagic, Samel; Liu, Y.; Malureanu, Radu

    2011-01-01

    Cylindrical active coated nano-particles comprised of a silica nano-cylinder core covered with a plasmonic nano-shell are investigated with regard to their near- and far-field properties. The source of excitation is taken to be an electric or a magnetic line current, while three different plasmonic...

  5. Spherical active coated nano-particles – impact of the electric Hertzian dipole orientation

    Arslanagic, Samel; Mostafavi, M.; Malureanu, Radu

    2011-01-01

    Spherical active coated nano-particles comprised of a silica nano-cylinder core covered with a plasmonic nano-shell are investigated with regard to their near- and far-field properties. The source of excitation is taken to be that of a tangential or a radial electric Hertizan dipole while three...

  6. Influence of layer eccentricity on the resonant properties of cylindrical active coated nano-particles

    Thorsen, R. O.; Arslanagic, Samel

    2015-01-01

    We report on the influence of the layer eccentricity on the resonant properties of active coated nano-particles made of a silver core and gain impregnated silica shell illuminated by a near-by magnetic line source. For a fixed over-all size of the particle, designs with small and large cores...

  7. Active coated nano-particle excited by an arbitrarily located electric Hertzian dipole — resonance and transparency effects

    Arslanagic, Samel; Ziolkowski, Richard W.

    2010-01-01

    The present work investigates the optical properties of active coated spherical nano-particles excited by an arbitrarily located electric Hertzian dipole. The nano-particles are made of specific dielectric and plasmonic materials. The spatial near-field distribution as well as the normalized...... radiation resistance is examined. Both enhanced as well as reduced radiation effects are demonstrated. In particular, it is shown that specific active coated nano-particles can be designed to be resonant, leading to much larger values of the normalized radiation resistance than is the case...... with the corresponding passive coated nano-particles, thereby overcoming the intrinsic losses present in the plasmonic materials. Moreover, it is shown that other active coated nano-particle designs can significantly reduce the normalized radiation resistance; thus both the resonant as well as non...

  8. Coated nano-particle jamming of quantum emitters

    Arslanagic, Samel; Ziolkowski, Richard W.

    2012-01-01

    Spherical active coated nano-particles are examined analytically and numerically in the presence of one, two or four quantum emitters (electric Hertzian dipoles). The ability of the coated nano-particle to effectively cloak the emitters to a far-field observer is reported. This offers an interest...... an interesting route towards the jamming of quantum emitters/nano-antennas, for instance, in biological fluorescence assays....

  9. Stacked dipole line source excitation of active nano-particles

    Arslanagic, Samel

    This work investigates electromagnetic properties of cylindrical active coated nano-particles excited by a stac- ked electric dipole line source. The nano-particles consist of a silica nano-core, layered by silver, gold, or copper nano-shell. Attention is devoted to the influence of the source...

  10. Impact of the Excitation Source and Plasmonic Material on Cylindrical Active Coated Nano-Particles

    Arslanagic, Samel; Liu, Yan; Malureanu, Radu

    2011-01-01

    , as well as to their far-field radiation characteristics, in the presence of an electric or a magnetic line source. A constant frequency canonical gain model is used to account for the gain introduced in the dielectric part of the nano-particle, whereas three different plasmonic materials (silver, gold......, and copper) are employed and compared for the nano-shell layers....

  11. A comparative study of resonant effects in two-dimensional active coated nano-particles of circular, polygonal, and elliptical shapes

    B.-Jørgensen, Mikkel; Kaminski, Piotr Marek; Ziolkowski, Richard W.

    and plasmonic structures. In regards to the latter, extensive analytical and numerical investigations were conducted on the theoretical designs of nano-antennas by use of passive and active coated nano-particles (CNPs) of various shapes and excitations. It was demonstrated that specifically designed active CNPs...

  12. Oleic acid coated magnetic nano-particles: Synthesis and characterizations

    Panda, Biswajit, E-mail: bpanda@mes.ac.in; Goyal, P. S. [Pillai’s Institute of Information Technology, Engineering, Media Studies and Research, Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai’s Campus, New Panvel, 410 206 (India)

    2015-06-24

    Magnetic nano particles of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} coated with oleic acid were synthesized using wet chemical route, which involved co-precipitation of Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ions. The nano particles were characterized using XRD, TEM, FTIR, TGA and VSM. X-ray diffraction studies showed that nano particles consist of single phase Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} having inverse spinel structure. The particle size obtained from width of Bragg peak is about 12.6 nm. TEM analysis showed that sizes of nano particles are in range of 6 to 17 nm with a dominant population at 12 - 14 nm. FTIR and TGA analysis showed that -COOH group of oleic acid is bound to the surface of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles and one has to heat the sample to 278° C to remove the attached molecule from the surface. Further it was seen that Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles exhibit super paramagnetism with a magnetization of about 53 emu/ gm.

  13. Fabricating bio-inspired micro/nano-particles by polydopamine coating and surface interactions with blood platelets

    Ye, Wei [Jiangsu Provincial Key Lab for Interventional Medical Devices, Huaiyin Institute of Technology, Huaian 223003 (China); State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Shi, Qiang, E-mail: shiqiang@ciac.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Hou, Jianwen; Gao, Jian; Li, Chunming; Jin, Jing; Shi, Hengchong [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Yin, Jinghua, E-mail: yinjh@ciac.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China)

    2015-10-01

    Graphical abstract: The particles or particle aggregations activate the blood platelets and provide the physical adhesive sites for platelets adhesion. - Highlights: • Particles with varied sizes and surface properties were fabricated by facile polydopamine (PDA) coating on polystyrene microsphere. • The direct interaction between PDA particles and blood platelets was qualitatively investigated. • The knowledge on platelet–particle interactions provided the basic principle to select biocompatible micro/nano-particles in biomedical field. - Abstract: Although bio-inspired polydopamine (PDA) micro/nano-particles show great promise for biomedical applications, the knowledge on the interactions between micro/nano-particles and platelets is still lacking. Here, we fabricate PDA-coated micro/nano-particles and investigate the platelet–particle surface interactions. Our strategy takes the advantage of facile PDA coating on polystyrene (PS) microsphere to fabricate particles with varied sizes and surface properties, and the chemical reactivity of PDA layers to immobilize fibrinogen and bovine serum albumin to manipulate platelet activation and adhesion. We demonstrate that PS particles activate the platelets in the size-dependent manner, but PDA nanoparticles have slight effect on platelet activation; PS particles promote platelet adhesion while PDA particles reduce platelet adhesion on the patterned surface; Particles interact with platelets through activating the glycoprotein integrin receptor of platelets and providing physical sites for initial platelet adhesion. Our work sheds new light on the interaction between platelets and particles, which provides the basic principle to select biocompatible micro/nano-particles in biomedical field.

  14. Asymmetric active nano-particles for directive near-field radiation

    Arslanagic, Samel; Thorsen, Rasmus O.

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we demonstrate the potential of cylindrical active coated nano-particles with certain geometrical asymmetries for the creation of directive near-field radiation. The particles are excited by a near-by magnetic line source, and their performance characteristics are reported in terms...... of radiated power, near-field and power flow distributions as well as the far-field directivity....

  15. Microstructure and Oxidation Behaviors of Nano-particles Strengthened NiCoCrAlY Cladded Coatings on Superalloys

    WANG Hongyu; ZUO Dunwen; CHEN Xinfeng; YU Shouxin; GU Yuanzhi

    2010-01-01

    Nano-particles which can largely improve the microstructure and oxidation resistance of materials are often used as a strengthening component in metal matrix composites. However, few studies were reported on its application in the bond coat of duplex structure thermal barrier coating(TBC). Three kinds of NiCoCrAlY coatings strengthened by different nano-particles with the same addition (1%, mass fraction) were prepared by the laser cladding technique on Ni-based superalloy substrates, aiming to study the effects of the nano-particles on microstructure and oxidation resistance of NiCoCrAlY coatings (the bond coat of the duplex structure thermal barrier coatings). Scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffractometer(XRD) and thermogravimetry were employed to investigate their morphologies, phases and cyclic oxidation behaviors in atmosphere at 1 050℃, compared with the coating without nano-particles. With the addition of nano-particles, the growth pattern of the grains at the interface changed from epitaxial growth to non-epitaxial growth or part-epitaxial growth; slender dendrites were broken and cellularized; cracks and pores were restrained; and the oxidation weight-gain and the stripping resistance of the oxide scale were improved as well. Among the three kinds of nano-particles, the SiC nano-particles showed the most improvement on microstructure, while the CeO2 nano-particles were insufficient, but its effects on the oxidation resistance are the same as those of the SiC nano-particles. Based on the discussions of the influence mechanism, it is believed that CeO2 nano-particles would show better improvement than SiC nano-particles if the proper amount is added and the proper preparation technique of micro-nanometer composite powders is adopted, with the synergistic action of nanometer effect and reactive element effect.

  16. Preparation and characterization of silica coated iron oxide magnetic nano-particles

    Li, Ying-Sing; Church, Jeffrey S.; Woodhead, Andrea L.; Moussa, Filsun

    2010-09-01

    Iron oxide magnetic nano-particles have been prepared by precipitation in an aqueous solution of iron(II) and iron(III) chlorides under basic condition. Surface modifications have been carried out by using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS). The uncoated and coated particles have been characterized with transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), and infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopy. The particle sizes as measured from TEM images were found to have mean diameters of 13 nm for the uncoated and about 19 nm for the coated particles. The measured IR spectra of the uncoated and MPTMS coated particles showed the conversion of magnetite to hematite at high temperature. The results obtained from both IR spectroscopy and TGA revealed that the mercaptopropylsilyl group in the MPTMS coated magnetite decomposed at 600 °C and the silica layer of the TEOS coated magnetite was rather stable. Raman spectroscopy has shown the laser heating effect through the conversion of magnetite to maghemite and hematite.

  17. μ-reactor measurements of catalytic activity of mass selected nano-particles

    Riedel, Jakob Nordheim

    The work of this thesis revolves around catalytic activity measurements of nano-particles tested using a μ-reactor platform, developed and produced at DTU, in a collaboration between CINF and Nanotech. The thesis contains the results from two separate research projects; both utilising μ-reactors...... stable. DFT simulations demonstrated that even a single oxygen atom binds strongly to SiO2-supported Pt8 clusters and changes the morphology and chemical properties of the cluster. Catalytic methanation reaction from CO and H2 was studied on Ni75Fe25 nano-particles with sizes 3.5nm, 5nm, 7nm and 9nm...... reproducing activity measurements on all sample sizes and more consistent characterisation with ISS and XPS. An ambitious plan is to do a similar size study on pure nickel nano-particles, to examine differences and similarities between the catalysts under reaction conditions....

  18. Higher order mode excitation in eccentric active nano-particles for tailoring of the near-field radiation

    Thorsen, R. O.; Arslanagic, Samel

    2015-01-01

    We examine the excitation of resonant modes inside eccentrically layered cylindrical active nano-particles. The nano-particle is a three-layer structure comprised of a silica core, a free-space middle layer, and an outer shell of silver. It is shown that a concentric configuration, initially desi...... of the gain constant, is shown to be controlled by the direction of the core displacement. The present eccentric active nano-particles may provide alternative strategies for directive near-field radiation relative to the existing designs....

  19. Green synthesis, Characterization and anti microbial activity of silver nano particles –Review Paper

    Seeram. Hariprasad

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The exploitation of various plant materials for the biosynthesis of silver nano particles is considered a green technology. Because it does not involve any harmful chemicals. Nanotechnology field is one of the most attractive researches. The field of nanotechnology is applied to bio materials. This review focuses on the green synthesis of silver nanoparticles using various plant sources. A detailed study on the reduction of silver ions to silver nanoparticles from medical plant leaves extract were demonstrated with a brief experimental procedure. Characterization of the synthesized nanoparticles performed through UV spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infra Red spectroscopy analysis, X-Ray Diffraction analysis, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy. This review mainly focus on anti microbial activities of synthesized silver nano particles.

  20. ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE ON NANO-PARTICLES ACTIVATES CNS MACROPHAGES (MICROGLIA).

    Nanometer size particles carry free radical activity on their surface and can produce oxidative stress (OS)-mediated damage upon impact to target cells. The initiating event of phage cell activation (i.e., the oxidative burst) is unknown, although many proximal events have been i...

  1. Preparation of silver nano-particles immobilized onto chitin nano-crystals and their application to cellulose paper for imparting antimicrobial activity.

    Li, Zhihan; Zhang, Ming; Cheng, Dong; Yang, Rendang

    2016-10-20

    Immobilized silver nano-particles (Ag NPs) possess excellent antimicrobial properties due to their unique surface characteristics. In this paper, immobilized silver nano-particles were synthesized in the presence of chitin nano-crystals (CNC) based on the Tollens mechanism (reduction of silver ion by aldehydes in the chitosan oligosaccharides (COS)) under microwave-assisted conditions. The prepared Ag NPs-loaded CNC nano-composites were then applied onto the paper surface via coating for the preparation of antibacterial paper. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) results confirmed that the Ag NPs were immobilized onto the CNC. The transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results further revealed that the spherical Ag NPs (5-12nm) were well dispersed on the surface of CNC. The coated paper made from the Ag NPs-loaded CNC nano-composites exhibited a high effectiveness of the antibacterial activity against E. coli or S. aureus.

  2. Preparation of ZrC nano-particles reinforced amorphous carbon composite coating by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition

    Sun, W.; Xiong, X.; Huang, B. Y.; Li, G. D.; Zhang, H. B.; Xiao, P.; Chen, Z. K.; Zheng, X. L.

    2009-05-01

    To eliminate cracks caused by thermal expansion mismatch between ZrC coating and carbon-carbon composites, a kind of ZrC/C composite coating was designed as an interlayer. The atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition was used as a method to achieve co-deposition of ZrC and C from ZrCl 4-C 3H 6-H 2-Ar source. Zirconium tetrachloride (ZrCl 4) powder carrier was especially made to control accurately the flow rate. The microstructure of ZrC/C composite coating was studied using analytical techniques. ZrC/C coating shows same morphology as pyrolytic carbon. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) shows ZrC grains with size of 10-50 nm embed in turbostratic carbon. The formation mechanism is that the growth of ZrC crystals was inhibited by surrounding pyrolytic carbon and kept as nano-particles. Fracture morphologies imply good combination between coating and substrate. The ZrC crystals have stoichiometric proportion near 1, with good crystalline but no clear preferred orientation while pyrolytic carbon is amorphous. The heating-up oxidation of ZrC/C coating shows 11.58 wt.% loss. It can be calculated that the coating consists of 74.04 wt.% ZrC and 25.96 wt.% pyrolytic carbon. The average density of the composite coating is 5.892 g/cm 3 by Archimedes' principle.

  3. Effects of Al2O3 Nano-Particles on Corrosion Performance of Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Coatings Formed on 6061 Aluminum Alloy

    Vakili-Azghandi, Mojtaba; Fattah-alhosseini, Arash; Keshavarz, Mohsen K.

    2016-12-01

    Corrosion resistance improvement of plasma electrolyte oxidation coatings on 6061 aluminum alloy in silicate electrolyte containing Al2O3 nano-particles was studied, with particular emphasis on the microstructure, coating growth, and corrosion behavior in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution. The microstructure of coatings, their thickness, and phase composition were characterized using scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. All characterization data showed that the maximum coating thickness and lowest amount of porosity were obtained in a low concentration of KOH, a high concentration of Na2SiO3, and moderate concentration of Al2O3 nano-particles in the electrolyte. This combination describes the optimum plasma electrolytic oxidation electrolyte, which has the best conductivity and oxidizing state, as well as the highest incorporation of electrolyte components in the coating growth process. On the other hand, incorporation and co-deposition of Al2O3 nano-particles were more pronounced than SiO3 2- ions in some level of molar concentration, which is due to the higher impact of electron discharge force on the adsorption of Al2O3 nano-particles. The electrochemical results showed that the best protective behavior was obtained in the sample having a coat with the lowest porosity and highest thickness.

  4. Modeling and simulations of the removal of formaldehyde using silver nano-particles attached to granular activated carbon.

    Shin, SeungKyu; Song, JiHyeon

    2011-10-30

    A combined reaction, consisting of granular activated carbon (GAC) adsorption and catalytic oxidation, has been proposed to improve the removal efficiencies of formaldehyde, one of the major indoor air pollutants. In this study, silver nano-particles attached onto the surface of GAC (Ag-GAC) using the sputtering method were evaluated for the simultaneous catalytic oxidation and adsorption of formaldehyde. The evolution of CO(2) from the silver nano-particles indicated that formaldehyde was catalytically oxidized to its final product, with the oxidation kinetics expressed as pseudo-first order. In addition, a packed column test showed that the mass of formaldehyde removed by the Ag-GAC was 2.4 times higher than that by the virgin GAC at a gas retention time of 0.5s. However, a BET analysis showed that the available surface area and micro-pore volume of the Ag-GAC were substantially decreased due to the deposition of the silver nano-particles. To simulate the performance of the Ag-GAC, the homogeneous surface diffusion model (HSDM), developed for the prediction of the GAC column adsorption, was modified to incorporate the catalytic oxidation taking place on the Ag-GAC surface. The modified HSDM demonstrated that numerical simulations were consistent with the experimental data collected from the Ag-GAC column tests. The model predictions implied that the silver nano-particles deposited on the GAC reduced the adsorptive capacity due to decreasing the available surface for the diffusion of formaldehyde into the GAC, but the overall mass of formaldehyde removed by the Ag-GAC was increased due to catalytic oxidation as a function of the ratio of the surface coverage by the nano-particles.

  5. Effects of anti-CD44 monoclonal antibody IM7 carried with chitosan polylactic acid-coated nano-particles on the treatment of ovarian cancer

    Yang, Yizhuo; Zhao, Xinghui; Li, Xiuli; Yan, Zhifeng; Liu, Zhongyu; Li, Yali

    2017-01-01

    Failure in early diagnosis and ineffective treatment are the major causes of ovarian cancer mortality. Hyaluronan and its receptor, cluster of differentiation (CD)44, have been considered to be valid targets for treating cancer. The anti-CD44 monoclonal antibody IM7 is effective in treating ovarian cancer; however, its toxicity should not be ignored. The present study has developed a new drug carrier system composed of chitosan nano-particles coated with polylactic acid (PLA) to improve the treatment efficacy and reduce toxicity. An ionic crosslinking method and 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide hydrochloride/N-hydroxysuccinimide were used to prepare the IM7 antibody, which was loaded with chitosan nano-particles. The surfaces of the nano-particles were coated with PLA to generate PLA-chitosan-IM7. Subsequently, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used to observe the size and zeta potential of the nano-particles. In addition, a spectrophotometer was used to calculate the loading rate and release rate of the nano-particles in acidic and neutral environments. MTT assay was used to evaluate the anti-proliferative effect of PLA-chitosan-IM7 on the human ovarian cancer cell line HO-8910PM. In addition, an in vivo imaging system was used to further investigate the effect of PLA-chitosan-IM7 on the treatment of mice with ovarian cancer. A total of 35 days subsequent to PLA-chitosan-IM7 treatment, all animals were sacrificed by CO2, and the tumors were removed and weighted. The PLA-chitosan-IM7 nano-particles were successfully prepared, since TEM revealed that their size was 300–400 nm and their zeta potential was +25 mV. According to the spectrophotometry results, the loading rate was 52%, and PLA-chitosan-IM7 exhibited good resistance to acids. MTT assay demonstrated that PLA-chitosan-IM7 could suppress the proliferation of HO-8910PM cells in vitro. The in vivo imaging system revealed that PLA-chitosan-IM7 was effective in controlling the

  6. Effect of silver nano-particles on soil microbial growth, activity and community diversity in a sandy loam soil.

    Samarajeewa, A D; Velicogna, J R; Princz, J I; Subasinghe, R M; Scroggins, R P; Beaudette, L A

    2017-01-01

    Silver nano-particles (AgNPs) are widely used in a range of consumer products as a result of their antimicrobial properties. Given the broad spectrum of uses, AgNPs have the potential for being released to the environment. As a result, environmental risks associated with AgNPs need to be assessed to aid in the development of regulatory guidelines. Research was performed to assess the effects of AgNPs on soil microbial activity and diversity in a sandy loam soil with an emphasis on using a battery of microbial tests involving multiple endpoints. The test soil was spiked with PVP coated (0.3%) AgNPs at the following concentrations of 49, 124, 287, 723 and 1815 mg Ag kg(-1) dry soil. Test controls included an un-amended soil; soil amended with PVP equivalent to the highest PVP concentration of the coated AgNP; and soil amended with humic acid, as 1.8% humic acid was used as a suspension agent for the AgNPs. The impact on soil microbial community was assessed using an array of tests including heterotrophic plate counting, microbial respiration, organic matter decomposition, soil enzyme activity, biological nitrification, community level physiological profiling (CLPP), Ion Torrent™ DNA sequencing and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). An impact on microbial growth, activity and community diversity was evident from 49 to 1815 mg kg(-1) with the median inhibitory concentrations (IC50) as low as 20-31 mg kg(-1) depending on the test. AgNP showed a notable impact on microbial functional and genomic diversity. Emergence of a silver tolerant bacterium was observed at AgNP concentrations of 49-287 mg kg(-1) after 14-28 days of incubation, but not detectable at 723 and 1815 mg kg(-1). The bacterium was identified as Rhodanobacter sp. The study highlighted the effectiveness of using multiple microbial endpoints for inclusion to the environmental risk assessment of nanomaterials.

  7. Synthesis of TiO2 nano-particles and their photocatalytic activity for formaldehyde and methyl orange degradation

    XIAO Xinyan; LIAO Dongliang; ZHANG Huiping; CHEN Huanqin

    2007-01-01

    TiO2 nano-particles were synthesized by sol-gel technique and characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD)and transmission electron microscope (TEM).Their photocatalytic activities for formaldehyde (FA) and methyl orange (MO) degradation were tested using degradation rate (η) as an evaluation index.Based on the orthogonal test results,the optimal condition for TiO2 preparation was obtained.Results showed that particle sizes were in the range of 10-40 nm,and that prepared TiO2 had better photocatalytic activity than P25.A simplified model was developed to evaluate the apparent quantum efficiency (Φapp) of this photocatalytic reaction system.

  8. Electrochemical performance of La2O3/Li2O/TiO2 nano-particle coated cathode material LiFePO4.

    Wang, Hong; Yang, Chi; Liu, Shu-Xin

    2014-09-01

    Cathode material, LiFePO4 was modified by coating with a thin layer of La2O3/Li2O/TiO2 nano-particles for improving its performance for lithium ion batteries. The morphology and structure of the modified cathode material were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microcopy and AES. The performance of the battery with the modified cathode material, including cycling stability, C-rate discharge was examined. The results show that the battery composed of the coated cathode materials can discharge at a large current density and show stable cycling performance in the range from 2.5 to 4.0 V. The rate of Li ion diffusion increases in the battery with the La2O3/Li2O/TiO2-coated LiFePO4 as a cathode and the coating layer may acts as a faster ion conductor (La(2/3-x)Li(3x)TiO3).

  9. Improvement of water/resin wettability of graphite using carbon black nano particles coating via ink media

    Sharif, M., E-mail: Sharif_m@metaleng.iust.ac.i [Iran University of Science and Technology (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Golestani-Fard, F.; Sarpoolaky, H. [Iran University of Science and Technology (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2009-08-12

    Carbon coated graphite with high resin and water wettability characteristics could expand the refractory and carbon-carbon composites application in different fields. Improvement of water and resin wettability of graphite using carbon black coating via ink media is reported. Present method is based on preparing colloidal disperion of carbon black in ink followed by adding proper amount of graphite to the mixture which was dried and heat treated at 250 deg. C afterwards. The results showed that by controlling the amount of carbon black in ink and optimizing the process, a uniform coating with a thickness of 50 nm could be developed on the graphite surface. The wettability was evaluated by measuring contact angle and the microstructure of samples was characterized by optic microscope (OM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Also Raman spectroscopy was employed to support the results. The microstructure of coating was found to be uniform composed of carbon black nanoparticles. It was also demonstrated that the coating that could enhance the phenolic resin wettability was well. We also showed the coating could be applied on other ceramic particles such as MgO.

  10. The effect of micro/nano particle size on the thermal, tribological properties and the performances of coated composite tools

    Nakkiew, Wasawat

    In metal cutting, selecting an appropriate cutting tool is a critical factor for obtaining a good surface integrity on the machined surface and achieving high efficiency of the process. Tribological and thermal properties such as coefficient of friction and thermal conductivity of the cutting tool are important in determining mechanical and thermal fields which contribute to both the surface integrity of the machined part and the efficiency of the process. In the case of coated composite tools, size of dispersed particulates is considered as an important factor in determining both tribological and thermal properties of the cutting tool. However, very few studies provide fundamental understanding of the relationships between the particulate size and other properties in composite tools. The main objective of this research is to develop a new scientific methodology of determining and analyzing important fundamental variables for high performance cutting tool design and optimization. The first part of this research investigates the effect of dispersed particulate sizes on thermal conductivity of coated composite tools. Then, a statistical model is used for determining a relationship of coefficient of friction as a function of thermal conductivity and surface roughness and hardness of the workpiece. Then, a fully coupled thermalstress finite element model of orthogonal cutting is constructed for doing sensitivity analysis of the effects of thermal conductivity and coefficient of friction on mechanical and thermal fields. Results show stress and temperature distributions as affected by different values of thermal conductivities and coefficients of frictions. The results also show residual stress at different depths on the machined surface, generated from cutting tools with different thermal conductivities and coefficients of frictions. Since tool life is a criterion for evaluating a cutting tool's performance, a statistical model is developed for determining the

  11. 纳米涂层在污水源热泵中的抗垢性研究%Characteristics of a nano-particle containing anti-fouling coating for sewage cooling and heating piping

    吴学慧; 孙德兴; 杨维好

    2011-01-01

    One efficient way to solve fouling in urban sewage cooling and heating systems is the use of a new nano-particle containing paint. On site experiments have determined the anti-fouling properties of coated pipes. The coating used was XK-368 titanium nano-particle polymeric paint for heat exchangers. These experiments are finished in range of engineering application. The stable thermal resistance of the coated pipes was found to be 50% of that seen for normal steel pipe in the same application. The time constant of fouling equation was 2.5 times for the coated pipe. It is demonstrated that the anti-fouling performance of the nano-particle containing coating was very good.%采用新型纳米抗垢涂料是解决城市原生污水冷热源系统污垢的有效措施之一.通过工程现场的实验,对XK-368钛纳米聚合物换热器专用涂料涂层管在污水冷热源系统中抗垢性能进行了测试.结果表明,在工程应用范围内,相同工作条件下,系统污垢达到稳定时纳米涂层管换热热阻约为普通无缝钢管的50%;结垢时间常数约为普通无缝钢管的2.5倍.表现出良好的抗垢性能.

  12. Study on the Mechanical Properties of Heat-Treated Electroless NiP Coatings Reinforced with Al2O3 Nano Particles

    Karthikeyan, S.; Vijayaraghavan, L.; Madhavan, S.; Almeida, A.

    2016-05-01

    This work reports the effects of electroless co-deposition of Al2O3 nanoparticles and NiP to obtain a NiP-Al2O3 coating on the structure and mechanical properties of the composite coatings. The effects of annealing heat treatments at 373 K, 473 K, 573 K, and 673 K (100 °C, 200 °C, 300 °C, and 400 °C) on the structure and properties of the coatings were evaluated. The as-deposited coatings are a mixture of crystalline and amorphous phases that tend to crystallize during heat treatment. Heat treatment at higher temperatures causes the precipitation of the Ni3P phase. The mechanical properties of as-deposited and heat-treated NiP-Al2O3 coatings were evaluated using depth-sensing indentation tests performed at loads of 200 mN. The incorporation of Al2O3 nanoparticles induces strengthening of the NiP coating by dispersion. Heat treatment of the NiP-Al2O3 coatings induced crystallization of the amorphous phase with the formation of nanosized grains and the precipitation of Ni3P. Consequently, there is an increase in the hardness and Young's modulus of the coatings to 15.4 ± 0.5 and 227 ± 2.8 GPa, respectively, in a combined hardening effect induced by dispersion of the Al2O3 nanoparticles and crystallization and precipitation during heat treatment.

  13. ADSORPTION OF NANO-PARTICLES ON BUBBLE SURFACE IN NANO-PARTICLE SUSPENSION

    Buxuan Wang; Chunhui Li; Xiaofeng Peng

    2005-01-01

    The adsorption of nano-particles on bubble surface is discussed for saturated boiling on thin wire of nano-particle suspensions. Owing to the decrease of surface tension for suspensions, the nano-particles tend to adsorb on the bubble surface to decrease the Gibbs free energy for stability, and meanwhile the velocity of nano-particles would be smaller than that of bubble growth. The long-range van der Waals force existing between "water particles" and nano-particles is considered the attractive force between the nano-particles and the bubble surface. Thus, the nano-particles would attach on the bubble surface if the particle-surface distance is smaller than its critical value. The distribution of nano-particles on the bubble surface and in the adjacent region is also investigated.

  14. Influence of active nano particle size and material composition on multiple quantum emitter enhancements: Their Enhancement and Jamming Effects

    Arslanagic, Samel; Ziolkowski, Richard W.

    2014-01-01

    of a gain-impregnated silica nano-core covered with a nano-shell of a specific plasmonic material. Attention is devoted to the influence of the over-all size of these particles and their material composition on the obtained levels of active enhancement or jamming. Silver, gold and copper are employed...

  15. Gold nano-particle formation from crystalline AuCN: Comparison of thermal, plasma- and ion-beam activated decomposition

    Beck, Mihály T.; Bertóti, Imre; Mohai, Miklós; Németh, Péter; Jakab, Emma; Szabó, László; Szépvölgyi, János

    2017-02-01

    In this work, in addition to the conventional thermal process, two non-conventional ways, the plasma and ion beam activations are described for preparing gold nanoparticles from microcrystalline AuCN precursor. The phase formation at plasma and ion beam treatments was compared with that at thermal treatments and the products and transformations were characterized by thermogravimetry-mass-spectrometry (TG-MS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). TG-MS measurements in Ar atmosphere revealed that AuCN decomposition starts at 400 °C and completes at ≈700 °C with evolution of gaseous (CN)2. XPS and TEM show that in heat treatment at 450 °C for 1 h in Ar, loss of nitrogen and carbon occurs and small, 5-30 nm gold particles forms. Heating at 450 °C for 10 h in sealed ampoule, much larger, 60-200 nm size and well faceted Au particles develop together with a fibrous (CN)n polymer phase, and the Au crystallites are covered by a 3-5 nm thick polymer shell. Low pressure Ar plasma treatment at 300 eV energy results in 4-20 nm size Au particles and removes most of the nitrogen and part of carbon. During Ar+ ion bombardment with 2500 eV energy, 5-30 nm size Au crystallites form already in 10 min, with preferential loss of nitrogen and with increased amount of carbon residue. The results suggest that plasma and ion beam activation, acting similarly to thermal treatment, may be used to prepare Au nanoparticles from AuCN on selected surface areas either by depositing AuCN precursors on selected regions or by focusing the applied ionized radiation. Thus they may offer alternative ways for preparing tailor-made catalysts, electronic devices and sensors for different applications.

  16. SCREENING OF MEDICINAL PLANTS FOR EFFECTIVE BIOGENESIS OF SILVER NANO PARTICLES AND EFFICIENT ANTI-MICROBIAL ACTIVITY

    S. Ankanna et al.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Metal nanoparticles have been using as an ingredients in the preparation of complementary medicines to cure different diseases is an age old medicinal practices. The plant based Ayurvedic preparations are preferred by 80% of the world population and WHO is encouraging the green medicine due to its less side effects. Hence an attempt has been made to screen this important medicinal plant for secondary metabolites biogenesis of silver nanoparticles (SNPs and their antimicrobial efficacy. The stem, roots, stembark and leaves were selected for synthesis of SNPs. The SNPs formation was confirmed with the help of UV-VIS spectroscopy and characterized by AFM. The phytosynthesized SNPs were tested for antibacterial and antifungal activities using paper disc diffusion method. The results indicate that the selected plant revealed that it is source for different secondary metabolites like anthocyanins, emodins, triterpenoids, tannins, saponins, luecoanthocyanins, reducing sugars, flavonoids, lignins, anthroquniones, phenols and glycosides. But steroids, coumarins, fatty acids and alkaloids are absent. The SNPs are having more anti microbial efficacy than that of the plant extracts. Moreover the SNPs of selected plant parts are having toxicity towards bacterial species than that of fungal species. It is concluded that the environmentally benign SNPs synthesized from different parts of Shorea tumbuggaia can be used effectively against bacterial and fungal strains. The SNPs may have important advantage over conventional antibiotics to which the bacteria got resistance.

  17. Silicon nano-particles: on Route to a Sustainable Mobility

    Munao, D.

    2012-01-01

    The area of nanotechnology is one of the most active fields in science today. It is often seen as the area that could lead to substantial progress in terms of finding new materials with new properties. In this respect, silicon nano-particles are found to be greatly attractive because of their signif

  18. Effect of gold nano-particle layers on ablative acceleration of plastic foil targets

    Dhareshwar, L J; Gupta, N K; Chaurasia, S [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India); Ayyub, P; Kulkarni, N [Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (India); Badziak, J; Pisarczyk, T; Kasperczuk, A; Parys, P; Rosinski, M; Wolowski, J [Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion, 01-497 Warsaw (Poland); Krousky, E; Krasa, J; Masek, K; Pfeifer, M; Skala, J; Ullschmied, J; Velyhan, A; Margarone, D [PALS Research Centre ASCR, 1822 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Mezzasalma, A, E-mail: dharesh@barc.gov.i [University of Messina (Italy)

    2010-08-01

    Presence of nano-particles on target surface has been observed to lead to increased laser absorption of laser pulse in plasma. Therefore, a coating of nano-particles on foil targets could lead to an enhanced ablative acceleration. The work presented in this paper concerns this possibility. The results of experiments performed with PALS laser system (125 J, {approx}250 ps at 1.3 {mu}m) with a focused intensity of about 10{sup 14} W/cm{sup 2} are presented. 15 {mu}m thick Polyethylene teraphthalate (C{sub 10} H{sub 8} O{sub 4}){sub n} or PET foils show an almost 40% increase in target movement when coated with a layer of gold nano-particles. Comparison between targets with coating of bulk gold and nano-gold shows about 15% higher target movement in gold nano-particle coated PET targets as compared to bulk gold coating. This result is a clear indication of enhanced laser energy absorption in targets with nano-structured surface of gold. We also present evidence to show the effect of nano-particle coating on lateral thermal conduction.

  19. Silicon nano-particles: on Route to a Sustainable Mobility

    Munao, D.

    2012-01-01

    The area of nanotechnology is one of the most active fields in science today. It is often seen as the area that could lead to substantial progress in terms of finding new materials with new properties. In this respect, silicon nano-particles are found to be greatly attractive because of their significant technological implications. Considering different areas of research, the energy production, conversion and storage processes are definitely among the most important topics to be studied by sc...

  20. Stable Poly(methacrylic acid Brush Decorated Silica Nano-Particles by ARGET ATRP for Bioconjugation

    Marcello Iacono

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of polymer brush decorated silica nano-particles is demonstrated by activator regeneration by electron transfer atom transfer radical polymerization (ARGET ATRP grafting of poly(tert-butyl methacrylate. ATRP initiator decorated silica nano-particles were obtained using a novel trimethylsiloxane derivatised ATRP initiator obtained by click chemistry. Comparison of de-grafted polymers with polymer obtained from a sacrificial initiator demonstrated good agreement up to 55% monomer conversion. Subsequent mild deprotection of the tert-butyl ester groups using phosphoric acid yielded highly colloidal and pH stable hydrophilic nano-particles comprising approximately 50% methacrylic acid groups. The successful bio-conjugation was achieved by immobilization of Horseradish Peroxidase to the polymer brush decorated nano-particles and the enzyme activity demonstrated in a conversion of o-phenylene diamine dihydrochloride assay.

  1. Fabrication and antibacterial activity of ZnO nano particles through Sol-gel method%纳米ZnO粒子的溶胶凝胶制备及抗菌活性研究

    胡亚微; 贺惠蓉; 张弘弛; 马养民; 顾鑫

    2012-01-01

    ZnO nano particles were fabricated through sol-gel method. The phase, the crys-tallographic structure and the surface topography of the ZnO were charactered by XRD and SEM. The antibacterial activities of the ZnO paticles before and after ultraviolet irradiation were performed by the K-B disk diffusion method. The results show that the ZnO nano particles prepared with sizes about 200 am display great antibacterial activity, which show strong antibacterial activity with inhibition zone diameter of 18 to 22 mm against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus without ultraviolet irradiation. The mechanism of ZnO antibacterial activity is discussed.%采用溶胶凝胶法制备了纳米ZnO粒子,通过XRD、SEM对所制备粉体颗粒的物相组成以及表面形貌进行表征,并且通过K-B纸片扩散法研究了抗菌性能,并对比了紫外光照前后的抗菌性能.结果表明,所制备的ZnO纳米粒子粒径约为200 nm左右,显示优良的抗菌活性,未经紫外光照对大肠杆菌(Escherichia coli)和金黄色葡萄球菌(Sta ph ylococcus aureus)的抑菌圈达到18~22 mm,并对其机理做了初步探讨.

  2. The surface modification of TiN nano-particles using macromolecular coupling agents, and their resulting dispersibility

    Cheng, Guojun, E-mail: chengguojun0436@126.com [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Anhui University of Science and Technology, Huainan 232001 (China); Qian, Jiasheng, E-mail: qianjs@ahu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Miao, Jibin; Yang, Bin; Xia, Ru; Chen, Peng [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China)

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: The hydroxyl groups on the surface of nano-TiN particles interacted with the silanol groups [-Si-OCH{sub 3}] of a F-MCA to form an organic coating layer that hindered the aggregation of the nano-TiN. The obvious agglomeration and homogeneous dispersion can be seen in TEM images. - Highlights: • The dispersible TiN nano-particles were prepared to increase its surface activity. • Surface hydrophobicity increased due to being modified by F-MCA. • TiN nano-particles modified with F-MCA shows good dispersion in anhydrous ethanol. • The coupling agents are tightly absorbed on the surface of particles by chemisorption. • Modified TiN nano-particles can be widely used in polymers with great compatibility. - Abstract: Titanium nitride (TiN) nano-particles were modified by the grafting of a random copolymerization functionalized macromolecular coupling agent (F-MCA) via a direct blending method. The hydroxyl groups on the surface of the nano-TiN particles interact with the silanol groups [-Si-OCH{sub 3}] of the F-MCA to form an organic coating layer. The formation of covalent bonds [Ti-O-Si] was verified using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. An X-ray diffraction analysis suggests that the presence of the F-MCA inhibited the growth of the crystal plane but did not change the crystal structure of the TiN. Thermogravimetric analysis and contact angle measurement indicated that the F-MCA molecules were adsorbed or anchored to the surface of the nano-TiN particles, which hindered their aggregation. Pristine nano-TiN particles are poorly dispersed in ethyl acetate. Compared with the pristine TiN particles, the modified TiN particles show good dispersibility and form a stable colloidal dispersion in ethyl acetate. The surface hydrophobicity of the modified TiN increases, and the F-MCA molecules are anchored on the surface of the TiN particles. TiN particles modified by a F-MCA can be used in polymer blends, thermoplastic elastomers and polymer

  3. Magnetic normal modes in nano-particles

    Grimsditch, M. [Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States)]. E-mail: grimsditch@anl.gov; Giovannini, L. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Ferrara and Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia, Via del Paradiso 12, I-44100 Ferrara (Italy); Montoncello, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Ferrara and Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia, Via del Paradiso 12, I-44100 Ferrara (Italy); Nizzoli, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Ferrara and Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia, Via del Paradiso 12, I-44100 Ferrara (Italy); Leaf, G. [Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Kaper, H. [Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Karpeev, D. [Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States)

    2004-12-31

    We have recently developed two methods to calculate the magnetic normal modes of a magnetic nano-particle. One of the methods is based on a conventional micromagnetic approach in which the time evolution of the magnetization of each cell is monitored. After filtering in frequency domain, the magnetic normal modes can be reconstructed. The second method is based on solving the same micromagneitc system in a dynamical matrix formulation. The results of the two methods, applied to a rectangular parallelepiped of Fe, will be presented and compared.

  4. Subcooled boiling of nano-particle suspensions on Pt wires

    LI Chunhui; WANG Buxuan; PENG Xiaofeng

    2004-01-01

    An experimental investigation is conducted to explore the subcooled boiling characteristics of nano-particle suspensions on Pt wires. Some phenomena are observed for the boiling of water-SiO2 nano-particle suspensions on Pt wires. The experiments show that there exist not any evident differences for boiling of pure water and of nano-particle suspensions at high heat fluxes. However, bubble overlap phenomenon can be easily found for nano-particle suspensions at low heat fluxes, which probably results from the increase of the attracter force between bubbles and of the bubble mass.

  5. Cylindrical dielectric barrier discharge plasma catalytic effect on chemical methods of silver nano-particle production

    Bahrami, Zahra; Khani, Mohammad Reza; Shokri, Babak

    2016-11-01

    In this study, cylindrical dielectric barrier discharge plasma was used to study the catalytic effect on chemical methods of silver nano-particles for the first time. In this method, the processing time is short and the temperature of reaction is low. Also, the reactor is very simple, inexpensive, and accessible. In this work, pure AgNO3 as the precursor agent and poly vinyl pyrrolidone as the macromolecular surfactant were dissolved in ethanol as the solvent. UV-Vis and XRD were used to identify the colloidal and powder nano-particles, respectively. Optical emission spectroscopy was also used to identify the active species in plasma. Effects of gas flow rate, voltage, volume of solution, and processing time were also studied. Moreover, TEM and SEM images presented the mean diameter of nano-particle size around 10 to 20 nm. The results have been very promising.

  6. Grafting of gallic acid onto chitosan nano particles enhances antioxidant activities in vitro and protects against ochratoxin A toxicity in catfish (Clarias gariepinus).

    Abdel-Wahhab, Mosaad A; Aljawish, Abdulhadi; Kenawy, Amany M; El-Nekeety, Aziza A; Hamed, Heba S; Abdel-Aziem, Sekena H

    2016-01-01

    This study aimed to prepare and characterize enzymatic modified chitosan nanoparticles (CSNPs) with gallic acid (GA) or octyl gallate (OG) to optimize its potential in human application and to evaluate their protective role against ochrtoxin A (OTA) toxicity in catfish. The modified CSNPs have average size around 90 nm with positive charge and high scavenging activity especially GA-CSNPs. In the in vivo study, catfish were divided into 8 groups and treated for 3 weeks as follow: the control group, OTA-treated group (1 mg/kg b.w.), the groups treated with CSNPs, GA-CSNPs or OG-CSNPs (280 mg/kg b.w.) anole or in combination with OTA. Blood, liver and kidney samples were collected for different analyses. OTA induced a significant biochemical disturbances accompanied with oxidative stress in liver and kidney, histological changes and increase DNA fragmentation in the kidney. Co-treatment with OTA plus the different CSNPs resulted in a significant improvement in all tested parameters and histological picture of the kidney. This improvement was more pronounced in the group treated with GA-CSNPs. It could be concluded that grafting of GA or its ester improved the properties of CSNPs. Moreover, GA-CSNPs showed strong scavenging properties than OG-CSNPs due to the blocking of carboxyl groups responsible of the scavenging activity in OG.

  7. Active Packaging Coatings

    Luis J. Bastarrachea

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Active food packaging involves the packaging of foods with materials that provide an enhanced functionality, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant or biocatalytic functions. This can be achieved through the incorporation of active compounds into the matrix of the commonly used packaging materials, or by the application of coatings with the corresponding functionality through surface modification. The latter option offers the advantage of preserving the packaging materials’ bulk properties nearly intact. Herein, different coating technologies like embedding for controlled release, immobilization, layer-by-layer deposition, and photografting are explained and their potential application for active food packaging is explored and discussed.

  8. Electronic spin susceptibility of metallic superconductive nano-particles

    Li Feng; Chen Zhi-Qian; Li Qing

    2006-01-01

    We have observed the thermodynamic properties of metallic superconductive nano-particles in the grand canonical ensemble; and the level distribution and the level correlation between the discrete electronic energy levels are considered in the calculation of the electronic spin susceptibility of the ensemble numerically. The quantum effect, even-odd effect and other special effects existing in the metallic nano-particles are also studied in this article.

  9. Role of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria and Ag-nano particle in the bioremediation of heavy metals and maize growth under municipal wastewater irrigation.

    Khan, Naeem; Bano, Asghari

    2016-01-01

    The investigation evaluated the role of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and Ag-nano particle on the growth and metabolism of maize irrigated with municipal wastewater (MW). Three PGPR isolated from MW were identified on the basis of 16S-rRNA gene sequence analyses as Pseudomonas sp., Pseudomonas fluorescence, and Bacillus cereus. The municipal waste water was used to irrigate the maize seeds inoculated with 3 isolated PGPR. The isolated PGPR had catalase and oxidase enzymes, solubilize insoluble bound phosphate and exhibit antifungal and antibacterial activities. The colony forming unit (cfu) of the PGPR was inhibited by Ag-nano particle, but was stimulated by the municipal wastewater. The Ag-nano particles augmented the PGPR induced increase in root area and root length. The root-shoot ratio was also changed with the Ag-nano particles. The plants irrigated with municipal wastewater had higher activities of peroxidase and catalase which were further augmented by Ag-nano particle. The Ag- nano particle application modulated level of ABA (34%), IAA (55%), and GA (82%), increased proline production (70%) and encountered oxidative stress and augmented the bioremediation potential of PGPR for Pb, Cd, and Ni. Municipal wastewater needs to be treated with PGPR and Ag nano particle prior to be used for irrigation. This aims for the better growth of the plant and enhanced bioremediation of toxic heavy metals.

  10. Nano particles@Calix arenas via aqueous solution

    Sahar Dehghani

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The electronic structure and magnetic properties of Al2O3, GaN and Fe3O4@ Calix (8 COOH have been studied using ONIOM and DFT methods. The studies focus on how to improve the adsorption of some nano particles solution aqueous for achieving good magnetic and functionalized potential performances. The results revealed that the Fe3O4@ Calix (8 COOH and some of its derivations exhibited better thermodynamic stability. Furthermore, the particle size and magnetic property of the GaN@ Calix (8 COOH nano particles can be controlled by the aqueous. The electrical properties such as NMR Shielding, electron densities, energy densities, potential energy densities, ELF, LOL, ellipticity of electron density, eta index and ECP for nano particles@ Calix (8COOH have been calculated.

  11. Level Statistics and Specific Heat of Metallic Nano-Particles

    程南璞; 陈志谦; 陈洪

    2003-01-01

    The thermodynamic properties of an ensemble of metallic nano-particles are affected by the level distribution and the level correlation between the discrete electronic energy levels. We numerically calculate the specific heat of metallic nano-particles in the canonical ensemble with an odd or even number of electrons by considering the effects of the level distribution and the level correlation. The behaviour of the specific heat at low and high temperatures, compared with the average nearest-neighbour level spacing, is also investigated.

  12. NOVEL PREPARATION AND MAGNETO CHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF NANO-PARTICLE MIXED ALCOHOL CATALYSTS

    Setala V. Naidu

    2003-01-01

    We have produced Co, Cu, and Fe nano-particles by Laser-induced solution deposition (LISD) as evidenced by TEM investigations. Sizes of the nano-particles created are in the order of 5 nm. The LISD system could generate nano-particles in quantities only in the order of a milligram. This may be mainly due to the limited photo induced reactions taking place on the surface of the solutions. We have designed experiments to use drop flow technique with LISD for nano-particle deposition on microreactors. Preliminary work has been done on Co and Fe thin film deposited microreactors. We are also investigating the catalytic properties of nano-particles of FeO and CoO prepared by ball milling and dispersed into sol-gel prepared alumina granules. We have continued our investigation of catalytic reactions of Cu, Co, Fe, Cu/Co, Cu/Fe and Co/Fe on alumina support. The metal oxides were first reduced with hydrogen and used for the conversion of CO/H{sub 2}. The surface area of the catalysts has been determined by nitrogen disorption. They are in the range of 200-300 m{sup 2}/g. Cu, Co, Fe, Co/Fe, Cu/Co and Cu/Fe showed increasing order of catalytic activity for CO/H{sub 2} conversion. We are also studying catalytic conversion rates for CO{sub 2}/H{sub 2} and CO/CO{sub 2}/H{sub 2} mixtures using these catalysts. Our investigations of Co and Fe thin film deposited microreactors showed higher CO/H{sub 2} conversion for Fe compared to Co. We have used vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) to study the magnetic characteristics of as prepared, reduced, post-reaction catalysts. Comparative study of the ferromagnetic component of these samples gives the reduction efficiency and the changes in metal centers during catalytic reactions. Magnetic studies of post-reaction Co and Fe micro-reactors show that more carbide formation occurs for iron compared to cobalt.

  13. Magnetic separation of encapsulated islet cells labeled with superparamagnetic iron oxide nano particles.

    Mettler, Esther; Trenkler, Anja; Feilen, Peter J; Wiegand, Frederik; Fottner, Christian; Ehrhart, Friederike; Zimmermann, Heiko; Hwang, Yong Hwa; Lee, Dong Yun; Fischer, Stefan; Schreiber, Laura M; Weber, Matthias M

    2013-01-01

    Islet cell transplantation is a promising option for the restoration of normal glucose homeostasis in patients with type 1 diabetes. Because graft volume is a crucial issue in islet transplantations for patients with diabetes, we evaluated a new method for increasing functional tissue yield in xenogeneic grafts of encapsulated islets. Islets were labeled with three different superparamagnetic iron oxide nano particles (SPIONs; dextran-coated SPION, siloxane-coated SPION, and heparin-coated SPION). Magnetic separation was performed to separate encapsulated islets from the empty capsules, and cell viability and function were tested. Islets labeled with 1000 μg Fe/ml dextran-coated SPIONs experienced a 69.9% reduction in graft volume, with a 33.2% loss of islet-containing capsules. Islets labeled with 100 μg Fe/ml heparin-coated SPIONs showed a 46.4% reduction in graft volume, with a 4.5% loss of capsules containing islets. No purification could be achieved using siloxane-coated SPIONs due to its toxicity to the primary islets. SPION labeling of islets is useful for transplant purification during islet separation as well as in vivo imaging after transplantation. Furthermore, purification of encapsulated islets can also reduce the volume of the encapsulated islets without impairing their function by removing empty capsules.

  14. Deposition of Flame-generated Al2O3 Nano-particles on a Porous Surface

    Andersen, Sune Klint; Johannessen, Jens Tue; Wedel, Stig;

    1998-01-01

    When particles of catalytic materials become less than 50 nm they start toexhibit a stronger catalytic activity compared to their bulk counterparts. Nano-particles are thus good candidates for manufacture of highly activecatalysts. Nanometer sized particles of catalytic materials may be generated...... athigh temperatures in flames. The direct deposition from gas phase on a ceramicsubstrate tube of flame-generated particles leads to a uniform, porous layer ofsmall particles, masking the coarser structure of the substrate tube. The methodlooks promising for manufacture of catalytic filters and membranes....

  15. Investigation on Tc tuned nano particles of magnetic oxides for hyperthermia applications.

    Giri, Jyotsnendu; Ray, Amlan; Dasgupta, S; Datta, D; Bahadur, D

    2003-01-01

    Superparamagnetic as well as fine ferrimagnetic particles such as Fe3O4, have been extensively used in magnetic field induced localized hyperthermia for the treatment of cancer. The magnetic materials with Curie temperature (Tc) between 42 and 50 degrees C, with sufficient biocompatibility are the best candidates for effective treatment such that during therapy it acts as in vivo temperature control switch and thus over heating could be avoided. Ultrafine particles of substituted ferrite Co(1-a)Zn(a)Fe2O4 and substituted yttrium-iron garnet Y3Fe(5-x)Al(x)O12 have been prepared through microwave refluxing and citrate-gel route respectively. Single-phase compounds were obtained with particle size below 100 nm. In order to make these magnetic nano particles biocompatible, we have attempted to coat these above said composition by alumina. The coating of alumina was done by hydrolysis method. The coating of hydrous aluminium oxide has been done over the magnetic particles by aging the preformed solid particles in the solution of aluminium sulfate and formamide at elevated temperatures. In vitro study is carried out to verify the innocuousness of coated materials towards cells. In vitro biocompatibility study has been carried out by cell culture method for a period of three days using human WBC cell lines. Study of cell counts and SEM images indicates the cells viability/growth. The in vitro experiments show that the coated materials are biocompatible.

  16. A NOVEL SEPARATION TECHNOLOGY FOR NANO PARTICLES AT DISCHARGE OF COMBUSTION AND INCINERATION EQUIPMENT

    Daniele Accornero

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Still today, the issue of safely and efficiently avoiding the atmospheric release of the nano-particles produced by combustion and incineration processes is a critical and open challenge. This study addresses the conception, the technological realization and the first experimental testing of a new device suitable for in-duct filtration and separation of nano particles dispersed into flue-gas streams. The active filtering material is a membrane made from ptfe foil, in origin impermeable but suitable to allow creation, once properly stretched, of an inner texture of permeable micro- and nano-tubes, thus inducing activation of van der Waals effects to the advantage of improved particles’ sticking. The experimental tests confirm attainment of a remarkable filtration capacity, way better than the so-called ‘absolute filters’. Moreover, the filtration material allows to undergo a simple and safe “regeneration cleaning”  process by which the particles can be re-collected off-duct without any filter dismantling.

  17. Preparation and drug releasing property of magnetic chitosan-5-fluorouracil nano-particles

    WANG Dong-sheng; LI Jian-guo; LI He-ping; TANG Fa-qing

    2009-01-01

    In order to synthesize the targeting drug carrier system, magnetic chitosan-5-fluorouracil nano-particles were prepared by using 5-fluorouracil (5-Fu) as model drug, Fe_3O_4 nano-particles as kernel, chitosan as enveloping material and glutaraldehyde as cross linking agent through ultrasonic technique. The morphology of the magnetic chitosan-5-Fu nano-particles was observed with a transmission electron microscope(TEM). The results showed that magnetic chitosan-5-Fu nano-particles were prepared in spherical structure with a size range of 50-60 nm. The delivering capacity and drug releasing properties of magnetic chitosan-5-Fu nano-particles were investigated by UV-vis spectrum analysis. The results showed that the loading capacity was 13.4% and the cumulative release percentage in the phosphate buffer (pH=7.2) solutions was 68% in 30 h. These data indicate that the wrapped drug of magnetic chitosan-5-Fu nano-particles was slowly-released. The magnetic response of magnetic chitosan-5-Fu nano-particles was studied by UV-vis spectrometer to detect the changes of solution absorbance. Without external magnetic field, the nano-particle deposition rate was slow. When being subjected to 8 mT magnetic field, the particle sedimentation rate was increased rapidly. The results showed that magnetic chitosan-5-Fu nano-particles have a magnetic stability and strong targeting characteristics.

  18. Photocatalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue using ZnO Nano-Particles

    A Rezaee

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available "nBackgrounds and Objectives: Textile industrial wastewaters are one of the important sources of environmental contaminants. In the recent years, use of advanced oxidation processes, by producing highly active and reactive components such as hydroxyl radicals has been proposed. The aim of this research is photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye using the ZnO-nanoparticle with UVA irradiation. "nMaterials and Methods: photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue color using the ZnO- nanoparticles excited with UVA irradiation. In this research, photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye was study using different concentration of ZnO-nanoparticles under UVA irradiation in a batch reactor. "nResults: The results of this research show that removal of methylene blue dye has direct correlation with UVA intensity. The best results of dye degradation were reported in concentration of 150 mg/L ZnO nano-particles and the radiation intensity of 240 µW/cm2. Rate of dye removal was decrease with increasing of color concentration. Subsequent of color degradation, the initial COD were decresed by %60. "nConclusion: The photocatalytic degradation process using ZnO nano-particles under UVA irradiation could be remove the methylene blue dye and 60% of COD.

  19. Microstructure and Behaviors of Nano Composite Coating

    ZHOU Xi-ying; QIAN Shi-qiang; LI Wei-hong; LI Pei-yao; LI Man-ping

    2004-01-01

    Nano composite coatings are fabricated by electro brush plating containing various nano particles (Al2O3, SiO2and ZrO2). Its surface morphology and microstructure are observed by means of S-2700 scanning electron microscopy (SEM). And the mechanical behaviors of nano composite coating are analyzed. The results show that microstructure of nano composite coating is obviously fine because of nano particles. Micro hardness at room temperature increases with the increase of nano particles content. The wear resistance and hardness at high temperature are also improved. The strengthening effect is differentiated by the type and content of nano particles. This is due to the combination of dispersion strengthening and grain size strengthening.Key Words: Nano particles, composite coating, electro brush plating, behaviors

  20. ON THE EFFECT OF NANO-PARTICLE CLUSTERING ON TOUGHENING OF NANO-COMPOSITE CERAMICS

    董照旭; 方岱宁; 苏爱嘉

    2002-01-01

    In this paper, two and three-dimensional clustering models are developed to characterize the effect of nano-particle clustering on toughening of nanocomposite ceramics. It is found that crack pinning toughens the nano-composite ceramics because a higher stress intensity factor is needed for crack to propagate around or to pull-out the nano-particle. The nano-particle along the grain boundary steers the crack into the matrix grain due to the strong cohesion between the nanoparticle and the matrix. Since the fracture resistance of the grain boundary is lower than that of the grain lattice, the higher the probability of transgranular fracture induced by nano-particles, the tougher is the nano-composite. However, both crack pinning and transgranular fracture are affected by nano-particle clustering. Nanoparticle clustering, which increases with increasing volume fraction of nano-particles,leads to reduction of both the strength and toughness of the nano-composite ceramics. The larger the size of the clustered particle, and the more defects it contains, the easier it is for the crack to pass through the clustered particle, which means that the nano-particle clustering can reduce toughening induced by crack pinning and transgranular fracture. The theoretical prediction, based on the combination of the three mechanisms of nano-particles, is in agreement with the experimental data.

  1. Sugar Beet Yield and Quality Characteristics as Affected by Magnetic Field and Silver Nano Particles

    H Feizi

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available In order to study the effects of magnetic field, silver nano particles and micronutrient fertilizers on sugar beet, an experiment was conducted at Razavi Research and Technology Institute, Mashhad, Iran. Experiment carried out with seven treatments based on randomized complete block design with three replications. Treatments included (T1 magnetic field and silver nano particles + Kemira fertilizer (T2 magnetic field and silver nano particles + Humax fertilizer (T3 magnetic field and silver nano particles (T4 Kemira fertilizer (T5 Librel fertilizer (T6 Humax fertilizer and (T7 control. The results showed that exposure of sugar beet with magnetic field and silver nano particles (T3 increased root yield about 43 percent more than control. Magnetic field and silver nano particles stimulated shoot yield twice more than control. Magnetic field + silver nano particles treatment showed the highest sugar yield (12.71 ton/ha but T4 and control treatments showed the lowest sugar yield. Experimental treatments had no significant effects on root quality except potassium content. It is expectable that magnetic field and silver nano particles could be suitable as an alternative for chemical fertilizers to reduce their application.

  2. Enhancement of iron content in spinach plants stimulated by magnetic nano particles

    Yulianto, Agus; Astuti, Budi; Amalia, Saptaria Rosa

    2016-04-01

    In our previous study, the iron content in spinach plants could be detected by magnetic susceptibility values. In the present work, magnetic nano particles were found from the iron sand. The magnetic nano particles are synthesis by using co-precipitation process and sol-gel technique. The stimulation of magnetic nano particles in the plant has been done by the provision of magnetic nano particles in growing media. After certain time, plant samples was characterized using susceptibility-meter MS2B and atomic absorption spectroscopy to measure the magnetic susceptibility and the amount of iron content that absorbed of the plant, respectively. The iron content in the spinach plants was increased when the magnetic nano particles was injected in the growing media.

  3. Graphene supported nano particles of Pt-Ni for CO oxidation

    Zhang, Cheng; Lv, Wei; Yang, Quanhong; Liu, Yuan

    2012-08-01

    In this study, a series of graphene supported Pt, Ni and Pt-Ni nano particles were successfully synthesized by a simple impregnation method. The resultant composites were characterized using SEM, XRD, HRTEM, XPS and TPR techniques and their catalytic performance for the oxidation of carbon monoxide was tested. It was shown that in the prepared metal/graphene composite, metal particles were highly dispersed on the graphene sheets (GS) with an average particle size of 1-3 nm. The results of catalytic performance tests indicate that the activity decreases in the order of Pt-Ni/GS, Pt/GS and Ni/GS. In the sample of Pt-Ni/GS, Pt-Ni alloy was formed, which contributed to the high activity of Pt-Ni/GS for CO oxidation.

  4. Protective effects of orally applied fullerenol nano particles in rats after a single dose of doxorubicin

    Ičević Ivana Đ.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Polyhydroxylated, water soluble, fullerenol C60(OH24 nano particles (FNP in vitro and in vivo models, showed an expressive biological activity. The goal of this work was to investigate the potential protective effects of orally applied FNP on rats after a single dose of doxorubicin (DOX (8 mg/kg (i.p. 6 h after the last application of FNP. After the last drug administration, the rats were sacrificed, and the blood and tissues were taken for the analysis. Biochemical and pathological results obtained in this study indicate that fullerenol (FNP, in H2O:DMSO (80:20, w/w solution given orally in final doses of 10, 14.4, and 21.2 mg/kg three days successively, has the protective (hepatoprotective and nephroprotective effect against doxorubicin-induced cytotoxicity via its antioxidant properties.

  5. Agglomeration Evolution of Nano-Particles Aluminium in Normal Incident Shock Wave

    YAN Zheng-Xin; WU Jing-He; HU Dong; YANG Xiang-Dong

    2006-01-01

    Agglomeration behaviour of nano-particle aluminium (nano-Al) in normal incident shock waves is investigated by our devised shock tube technology. The morphology, particle size, agglomeration process of nano-Al studied in normal incident shock waves are comprehensible evaluated by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The above-mentioned techniques show that the high strength and temperature of incident shock wave give a chance for activity of nano-Al in the reactions and decrease the agglomeration, and the morphology of agglomeration is affected by the temperature of nano-Al reaction region. The dynamic temperature of reaction region determined by the intensity ratio of two AlO bands is 2602K, which is closer to nano-Al actual reacted temperature than the determined temperature of ordinary methods (i.e. six channel instantaneous optical pyrometer; plank black body radiation law, etc.)

  6. Development of CMC hydrogels loaded with silver nano-particles for medical applications.

    Hebeish, Ali; Hashem, M; El-Hady, M M Abd; Sharaf, S

    2013-01-30

    Innovative CMC-based hydrogels with great potentials for usage in medical area were principally synthesized as per two strategies .The first involved reaction of epichlorohydrin in alkaline medium containing silver nitrate to yield silver nano-particles (AgNPs)-loaded CMC hydrogel. While CMC acted as stabilizing for AgNPs, trisodium citrate was added to the reaction medium to assist CMC in establishing reduction of Ag(+) to AgNPs. The second strategy entailed preparation of CMC hydrogel which assists the in situ preparation of AgNPs under the same conditions. In both strategies, factors affecting the characterization of AgNPs-loaded CMC hydrogels were studied. Analysis and characterization of the so obtained hydrogels were performed through monitoring swelling behavior, FTIR spectroscopy, SEM, EDX, UV-vis spectrophotometer and TEM. Antimicrobial activity of the hydrogels was examined and mechanisms involved in their synthesis were reported.

  7. High saturation magnetization of γ-Fe2O3 nano-particles by a facile one-step synthesis approach

    Cao, Derang; Li, Hao; Pan, Lining; Li, Jianan; Wang, Xicheng; Jing, Panpan; Cheng, Xiaohong; Wang, Wenjie; Wang, Jianbo; Liu, Qingfang

    2016-09-01

    We have demonstrated the synthesis of γ-Fe2O3 nano-particles through a facile and novel calcination process in the air. There is no pH regulation, gas atmosphere, additive, centrifugation or other complicated procedures during the preparing process. A detailed formation process of the nano-particles is proposed, and DMF as a polar solvent may slower the reaction process of calcination. The structures, morphologies, and magnetic properties of γ-Fe2O3 nano-particles were investigated systematically, and the pure γ-Fe2O3 nano-particles obtained at 200 °C display uniform morphology good magnetic property. The saturation magnetization of obtained pure γ-Fe2O3 is about 74 emu/g, which is comparable with bulk material (76 emu/g) and larger than other results. In addition, the photocatalytic activity for degradation of methylene blue is also studied, which shows proper photocatalytic activity.

  8. Formation and dynamics of nano-particles in a stratified spherical glow discharge

    Sakhapov, S. Z.; Fedoseev, A. V.; Sukhinin, G. I.; Novopashin, S. A.

    2015-04-01

    The formation of clouds of dust nano-particles in a spherical dc glow discharge in ethanol was observed. Nano-particles were formed in a process of coagulation of ethanol dissociation products in a plasma of gas discharge. During the process the particles were captured into clouds in the electric potential wells of the strong striations of a spherical discharge. Periodically, the cloud of nano-particles experienced some sudden instability (explosion), and started to move to the cathode at high velocity. It was proved that the velocity of the particle clouds was an exponentially decaying function of time as in the case of dissipative dust solitary waves.

  9. Oil-in-Water Self-Assembled Synthesis of Ag@AgCl Nano-Particles on Flower-like Bi2O2CO3 with Enhanced Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Activity

    Shuanglong Lin

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a series of novel flower-like Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 were prepared by simple and feasible oil-in-water self-assembly processes. The phase structures of as-prepared samples were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS, X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF, etc. The characterization results indicated that the presence of Ag@AgCl did not affect the crystal structure, but exerted a great influence on the photocatalytic activity of Bi2O2CO3 and enhanced the absorption band of pure Bi2O2CO3. The photocatalytic activities of the Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 samples were determined by photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB under visible light irradiation. The Ag@AgCl (10 wt %/Bi2O2CO3 composite showed the highest photocatalytic activity, degrading 97.9% MB after irradiation for 20 min, which is over 1.64 and 3.66 times faster than that of pure Ag@AgCl (calculated based on the equivalent Ag@AgCl content in Ag@AgCl (10 wt %/Bi2O2CO3 and pure Bi2O2CO3, respectively. Bisphenol A (BPA was also degraded to further prove the degradation ability of Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3. Photocurrent studies indicated that the recombination of photo-generated electron–hole pairs was decreased effectively due to the formation of heterojunctions between flower-like Bi2O2CO3 and Ag@AgCl nanoparticles. Trapping experiments indicated that O2−, h+ and Cl° acted as the main reactive species for MB degradation in the present photocatalytic system. Furthermore, the cycling experiments revealed the good stability of Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 composites. Based on the above, a photocatalytic mechanism for the degradation of organic compounds over Ag@AgCl/Bi2O2CO3 was proposed.

  10. Mechanisms for nano particle removal in brush scrubber cleaning

    Huang, Yating; Guo, Dan; Lu, Xinchun; Luo, Jianbin

    2011-01-01

    A model describing the nano particle (cleaning is presented based on experiment results and theoretical analysis. The forces on the particles in different situations are analyzed and discussed. The adhesion forces of the van der Waals force, the electrostatic force, the brush load and the static friction between the particle and the wafer are calculated. The contact elastic force, hydrodynamic drag force and friction between the brush and the particle are considered as removal forces and are evaluated. The porous structure and roughness surface of brush material are considered in the hydrodynamic model to describe the brush deformation and the flow field in the cleaning process. The porous structure will result in decrease of hydrodynamic drag force. There are four situations of the particles relative to the brush roughness asperities for which the forces on the particle are different. When the particle is in contact with a brush asperity or on the wafer surface and in a semi-infinite fluid flow field, the particle may be removed by hydrodynamic force and elastic force in the presence of surfactant. When the particle is embedded in the brush asperity, the remove will realized when the friction caused by adhesion between the brush and the particle overcome the adhesion force between particle and wafer surface. The removed particles will be in the flow field or adhered on the brush surface and may redeposit on the wafer surface.

  11. Nano-lens diffraction around a single heated nano particle

    Markus, Selmke; Frank, Cichos

    2011-01-01

    The action of a nanoscopic spherically symmetric refractive index profile on a focused Gaussian beam may easily be envisaged as the action of a phase-modifying element, i.e. a lens: Rays traversing the inhomogeneous refractive index field n(r) collect an additional phase along their trajectory which advances or retards their phase with respect to the unperturbed ray. This lens-like action has long been understood as being the mechanism behind the signal of thin sample photothermal absorption measurements [1, 2], where a cylindrical symmetry and a different lengthscale is present. In photothermal single (nano-)particle microscopy, however, a complicated, though prediction-wise limited, electrodynamic (EM) scattering treatment was established [3] during the emergence of this new technique. Our recent study extended [4] this EM-approach into a full ab-initio model describing the reality of the situation encountered and showed for the first time that the mechanism behind the signal, despite its nanoscopic origin,...

  12. Measuring zeta potential of protein nano-particles using electroacoustics.

    Dukhin, A S; Parlia, S

    2014-09-01

    Electroacoustic spectroscopy offers a simple way for measuring the zeta potential of proteins in physiological solutions with high ionic strength. Ultrasound as a driving force does not generate the heat effects which complicate traditional electrophoretic measurements at high ionic strength. In addition, measurements can be conducted with concentrated protein dispersions without dilution, as is required by electrophoretic methods. This paper presents results for electroacoustic measurements of 5wt.% bovine serum albumin suspended in aqueous solutions. In these suspensions the proteins are not completely dissolved; they form nano-particles with a median size of about 180nm. We studied the dependence of zeta potential on ionic strength within a wide range of salt molarities, up to as high as 0.5mol/L. Dialysis was used for performing measurements at lower ionic strength range. We also conducted pH titrations of this system and titrations with Ca(2+) ions. Our results agree well with published data for samples where such data is available.

  13. Determination of Size Distribution of Nano-particles by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis

    Yan XUE; Hai Ying YANG; Yong Tan YANG

    2005-01-01

    A new method was developed for the determination of the size distribution of nano-particles by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE). Scattering effect of nanoparticles was studied. This method for the determination of size distribution was statistical.

  14. Nonaqueous preparation of stable silver nano particles dispersions from organic sulfonic acids.

    Valentina Glushko

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The conditions for stable silver nano particles dispersions synthesis from organic sulfonic acids in an anhydrous medium of ethylene glycol and its methyl ester were studied. Ascorbic acid and potassium citrate were used as reducing agents.

  15. Comparative study of three magnetic nano-particles (FeSO4, FeSO4/SiO2, FeSO4/SiO2/TiO2) in plasmid DNA extraction.

    Rahnama, H; Sattarzadeh, A; Kazemi, F; Ahmadi, N; Sanjarian, F; Zand, Z

    2016-11-15

    Recent updates on Magnetic Nano-Particles (MNPs) based separation of nucleic acids have received more attention due to their easy manipulation, simplicity, ease of automation and cost-effectiveness. It has been indicated that DNA molecules absorb on solid surfaces via hydrogen-bonding, and hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions. These properties highly depend on the surface condition of the solid support. Therefore, surface modification of MNPs may enhance their functionality and specification. In the present study, we functionalized Fe3O4 nano-particle surface utilizing SiO2 and TiO2 layer as Fe3O4/SiO2 and Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 and then compare their functionality in the adsorption of plasmid DNA molecules with the naked Fe3O4 nano-particles. The result obtained showed that the purity and amount of DNA extracted by Fe3O4 coated by SiO2 or SiO2/TiO2 were higher than the naked Fe3O4 nano-particles. Furthermore, we obtained pH 8 and 1.5 M NaCl as an optimal condition for desorption of DNA from MNPs. The result further showed that, 0.2 mg nano-particle and 10 min at 55 °C are the optimal conditions for DNA desorption from nano-particles. In conclusion, we recommended Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 as a new MNP for separation of DNA molecules from biological sources.

  16. The structure and properties of Fe3O4/P (NaUA-St-BA) magnetic composite nano particles

    周春华; 张书香; 刘威; 王英姿; 杨鸿昌

    2004-01-01

    Fe3O4/P (NaUA-St-BA) core-shell composite micro spheres were in situ prepared by soapless polymerization of styrene and butyl acrylate, with Fe3O4magnetic colloidal particles coated with NaUA. The results of IR and XRD analysis demonstrated that the desired polymer chains have been covalently bonded to the surface of Fe3 O4 nano particles. The morphology analysis by TEM confirmed that the composite particles have the core-shell structure and a relatively uniform diameter of about 100nm. The magnetic properties of the obtained composite latex particles were measured by VSM and found that they exhibited super paramagnetic properties.Finally, the prepared magnetic composite particles latex is stable for several months.

  17. Evaluation of minimum quantity lubrication grinding with nano-particles and recent related patents.

    Li, Changhe; Wang, Sheng; Zhang, Qiang; Jia, Dongzhou

    2013-06-01

    In recent years, a large number of patents have been devoted to developing minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) grinding techniques that can significantly improve both environmentally conscious and energy saving and costeffective sustainable grinding fluid alternatives. Among them, one patent is about a supply system for the grinding fluid in nano-particle jet MQL, which produced MQL lubricant by adding solid nano-particles in degradable grinding fluid. The MQL supply device turns the lubricant to the pulse drops with fixed pressure, unchanged pulse frequency and the same drop diameter. The drops will be produced and injected in the grinding zone in the form of jet flow under high pressure gas and air seal. As people become increasingly demanding on our environment, minimum quantity lubrication has been widely used in the grinding and processing. Yet, it presents the defect of insufficient cooling performance, which confines its development. To improve the heat transfer efficiency of MQL, nano-particles of a certain mass fraction can be added in the minimum quantity of lubricant oil, which concomitantly will improve the lubrication effects in the processing. In this study, the grinding experiment corroborated the effect of nano-particles in surface grinding. In addition, compared with other forms of lubrication, the results presented that the grinding force, the friction coefficient and specific grinding energy of MQL grinding have been significantly weakened, while G ratio greatly rose. These are attributed to the friction oil-film with excellent anti-friction and anti-wear performance, which is generated nano-particles at the wheel/workpiece interface. In this research, the cooling performance of nano-particle jet MQL was analyzed. Based on tests and experiments, the surface temperature was assayed from different methods, including flood lubricating oil, dry grinding, MQL grinding and nano-particle jet MQL grinding. Because of the outstanding heat transfer

  18. Heat-Affected Behavior of the Magnetic Properties of Iron Nano-Particles

    柳刚; 吕楠; 秦伯雄; 范荣焕; 郭院波

    2004-01-01

    The high surface energy makes metal nano-particles reactive and easy to get oxidized or burned in the open air, which results in decreasing or entirely losing their functions and properties. In this paper, the mag netic property behavior of iron nano-particle, which is one kind of the typical magnetic nano-materials, has been investigated. The iron nano-particles were heated to different temperatures in an open-air stove. After that, they were firstly examined by TEM to observe the changes of their outline of shapes and then measured by VSM to trace the changes of their magnetic properties. The test results show that iron nano-particles can keep their magnetic property with saturation magnetic induction intensity B, around 136-161 emu/g, remanent magnetic induction intensity Br around 14.8-17.4 emu/g and coercive force Hc around 290-302 Oe when the temperature goes up to 523 K. The explanation to such outstanding oxidization-proof ability has been given that there exists a single crystal and lattice-shared Gamma-Fe2O3 shell covering the pure iron core, which prevents the spherical iron nano-particles from further oxidization.

  19. In Vitro Cytotoxicity Assessment of an Orthodontic Composite Containing Titanium-dioxide Nano-particles.

    Heravi, Farzin; Ramezani, Mohammad; Poosti, Maryam; Hosseini, Mohsen; Shajiei, Arezoo; Ahrari, Farzaneh

    2013-01-01

    Background and aims. Incorporation of nano-particles to orthodontic bonding systems has been considered to prevent enamel demineralization around appliances. This study investigated cytotoxicity of Transbond XT adhesive containing 1 wt% titanium dioxide (TiO2) nano-particles. Materials and methods. Ten composite disks were prepared from each of the conventional and TiO2-containg composites and aged for 1, 3, 5, 7 and 14 days in Dulbecco's Modified Eagle's Medium (DMEM). The extracts were obtained and exposed to culture media of human gingival fibroblasts (HGF) and mouse L929 fibroblasts. Cell viability was measured using the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. Results. Both adhesives were moderately toxic for HGF cells on the first day of the experiment, but the TiO2-containing adhesive produced significantly lower toxicity than the pure adhesive (P0.05). There was a significant reduction in cell toxicity with increasing pre-incubation time (Pdental composites. Conclusion. The orthodontic adhesive containing TiO2 nano-particles indicated comparable or even lower toxicity than its nano-particle-free counterpart, indicating that incorporation of 1 wt% TiO2 nano-particles to the composite structure does not result in additional health hazards compared to that occurring with the pure adhesive.

  20. Enzymatic transesterification of soybean oil by using immobilized lipase on magnetic nano-particles

    Xie, Wenlei; Ma, Ning [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan University of Technology, Zhengzhou 450001 (China)

    2010-06-15

    Lipase was covalently immobilized onto magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nano-particles by using 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide (EDAC) as an activating agent, and the bound lipase was used to catalyze the transesterification of vegetable oils with methanol to produce fatty acid methyl esters. The binding of lipase to magnetic particles was confirmed by enzyme assays, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra. It was determined that the immobilized lipase exhibited better resistance to temperature and pH inactivation in comparison to free lipase. Using the immobilized lipase, the major parameters affecting the transesterification reaction, such as the alcohol/oil molar ratio, enzyme loading and free fatty acid present in reactants were investigated to obtain the optimum reaction condition. The conversion of soybean oil to methyl esters reached over 90% in the three-step transesterification when 40% immobilized lipase was used. Moreover, the lipase catalyst could be used for 3 times without significant decrease of the activity. (author)

  1. Microstructure and Behaviors of Nano Composite Coating

    ZHOUXi-ying; QIANShi-qiang; LiWei-hong; LIPei-yao; LIMan-ping

    2004-01-01

    Nano composite coatings are fabricated by electro brash plating containing various nano particles (Al2O3, SiO2 and ZrO2). Its surface morphology and microstructure are observed by means of S-2700 scanning elect-on microscopy (SEMI, And the mechanical behaviors of nano composite coating are analyzed. The results show that microstructure of nano composite coating is obviously fine because of nano particles. Micro hardness at room temperature increases with the increase of nano particles content. The wear resistance and hardness at high temperature are also improved. The strengthening effect is differentiated by the type and content of nano particle.s, This is due to the combination of dispersion strengthening and grain size strengthening.

  2. A novel, generic, electroanalytical immunoassay format utilising silver nano-particles as a bio-label.

    Porter, Robert; Kabil, Alena; Forstern, Camilla; Slevin, Christopher; Kouwenberg, Katherine; Szymanski, Mateusz; Birch, Brian

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate a novel, generic, sensitive electroanalytical platform method for binding reactions, such as immuno or DNA assays. It was thought that silver nano-particles of 40 nM when attached to the analyte of interest would give an electroanalytical amplification of approx. 10(6) resulting from silver ions produced by dissolution of the nano-particles by a mild chemical oxidant such as ferricyanide. Ferricyanide has been widely used in biochemical measurement and has been shown to relatively stable in a biosensor device. Here we have demonstrated the use of silver nano-particles as a bio-conjugate in a 96 well sandwich assay format for measuring human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) to a concentration of 0.2 mIU.

  3. Submicron writing by laser irradiation on metal nano-particle dispersed films toward flexible electronics

    Watanabe, Akira; Aminuzzaman, Mohammod; Miyashita, Tokuji

    2009-02-01

    The requirement for microwiring technology by a wet process has significantly increased recently toward the achievement of printable and flexible electronics. We have developed the metal microwiring with a resolution higher than 1 μm by the laser direct writing technique using Ag and Cu nano-particle-dispersed films as precursors. The technique was applied to the microwiring on a flexible and transparent polymer film. The metallization is caused in a micro-region by focused laser beam, which reduces the thermal damage of the flexible polymer substrate during the metallization process. The laser direct writing technique is based on the efficient and fast conversion of photon energy to thermal energy by direct excitation of the plasmon absorption of a metal nano-particle, which provides Cu microwiring with a low resistivity owing to the inhibition of the surface oxidation of the Cu nano-particle.

  4. Size measurement of nano-particles using self-mixing effect

    Huarui Wang; Jianqi Shen

    2008-01-01

    In this letter, the technique of laser self-mixing effect is employed for nano-particle size analysis. In contrast to the photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS) and photon cross correlation spectroscopy (PCCS),the main advantages of this technique are sensitive, compact, low-cost, and simple experimental setup etc.An improved Kaczmarz projection method is developed in the inversion problem to extract the particle size distribution. The experimental results prove that nano-particle size can be measured reasonably by using the self-mixing effect technique combined with the improved projection algorithm.

  5. In Vitro Cytotoxicity Assessment of an Orthodontic Composite Containing Titanium-dioxide Nano-particles

    Heravi, Farzin; Ramezani, Mohammad; Poosti, Maryam; Hosseini, Mohsen; Shajiei, Arezoo; Ahrari, Farzaneh

    2013-01-01

    Background and aims. Incorporation of nano-particles to orthodontic bonding systems has been considered to prevent enamel demineralization around appliances. This study investigated cytotoxicity of Transbond XT adhesive containing 1 wt% titanium dioxide (TiO2) nano-particles. Materials and methods. Ten composite disks were prepared from each of the conventional and TiO2-containg composites and aged for 1, 3, 5, 7 and 14 days in Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle’s Medium (DMEM). The extracts were obta...

  6. Yb-doped yttria-alumino-silicate nano-particles based optical fibers: Fabrication and characterization

    Paul, M. C.; Pal, M.; Kir'yanov, A. V.; Das, S.; Bhadra, S. K.; Barmenkov, Yu. O.; Martinez-Gamez, A. A.; Lucio-Martínez, J. L.

    2012-04-01

    An efficient method to fabricate transparent glass ceramic fibers containing in-situ grown Yb 3+ doped oxide nano-particles based on yttria-alumino-silicate glass is presented. These large-mode area Yb 3+ doped fibers having a core diameter around 25.0 μm were drawn by a proper control over the involved process parameters; by this, the size of nano-particles was maintained within 5-10 nm. The main spectroscopic and laser properties of the fabricated fibers along with the nano-structuration results are reported. These results reveal that the developed method offers new scopes for the contemporary Yb 3+ fiber based devices.

  7. Biological Experiments in Microgravity Conditions Using Magnetic Micro- and Nano-Particles

    Nechitailo, Galina S.; Kuznetsov, Anatoli; Kuznetsov, Oleg

    2016-07-01

    even for weak magnetic objects, and can have significant effects on multiple processes in living cells/organisms. It was reported, that such high gradient magnetic fields can affect cell differentiation and cell proliferation processes in ground-based experiments. To prevent oxidation of ultradisperse ferromagnetic particles in aqueous media, it is beneficial to coat their surface with carbon. Suitable protected metallic micro- and nano-particles can be produced by a variety of techniques (CVD, plasmachemistry, joint grinding, etc.). Ferro-carbon particles produced by plasmachemical technique have high sorption capacities for various organic and inorganic compounds (as well as for various cell metabolites), can be formed in rather stable aqueous suspensions, and be controlled (e.g., sedimented) by a magnetic field. This makes these particles a very interesting research tool. In our opinion, biological experiments with ferro-carbon nano-structured particles in microgravity will generate important scientific data and will allow creating new methods of negating the adverse effects of microgravity on living systems.

  8. In situ analysis of size distribution of nano-particles in reactive plasmas using two dimensional laser light scattering method

    Kamataki, K.; Morita, Y.; Shiratani, M.; Koga, K.; Uchida, G.; Itagaki, N.

    2012-04-01

    We have developed a simple in-situ method for measuring the size distribution (the mean size (mean diameter) and size dispersion) of nano-particles generated in reactive plasmas using the 2 dimensional laser light scattering (2DLLS) method. The principle of the method is based on thermal coagulation of the nano-particles, which occurs after the discharge is turned off, and the size and density of the nano-particles can then be deduced. We first determined the 2D spatial distribution of the density and size of the nano-particles in smaller particle size (a few nm) range than ones deduced from the conventional 2DLLS method. From this 2D dataset, we have for the first time been able to determine the size distribution of nano-particles generated in a reactive plasma without ex-situ measurements.

  9. Silica Chloride Nano Particle Catalyzed Ring Opening of Epoxides by Aromatic Amines

    Karimian Ramin; Piri Farideh; Karimi Babak; Moghimi Abolghasem

    2011-01-01

    Silica chloride nano particle (nano SiO2-Cl), has been found to be heterogeneous catalyst for facile, simple and mild ring opening of epoxides with aromatic amines to afford β-amino alcohols in dry CH2Cl2 at room temperature.

  10. Structural, electrical and magnetic characteristics of nickel substituted cobalt ferrite nano particles, synthesized by self combustion method

    Sontu, Uday Bhasker; Yelasani, Vijayakumar; Musugu, Venkata Ramana Reddy

    2015-01-01

    Nickel-substituted cobalt ferrite nano-particles are synthesized using a self-combustion method. Aqueous metal nitrates and citric acid form the precursors. No external oxidizing agents are used to change the pH of the precursors; this resulted in a more environment friendly synthesis. Structural, magnetic and electrical characteristics of the nano ferrites are verified using X-ray diffractometer (XRD), VSM and impedance analyzer respectively. Phase formation, particle size, lattice parameter, X-ray density, saturation magnetization, coercivity, dielectric constant and electrical activation energy as function of nickel substitution in cobalt ferrite are studied. It is shown here that the magnetic and electrical properties can be tuned by varying the nickel concentration.

  11. Microwave-Assisted Combustion Synthesis of Nano Iron Oxide/Iron-Coated Activated Carbon, Anthracite, Cellulose Fiber, and Silica, with Arsenic Adsorption Studies

    Mallikarjuna N. Nadagouda

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Combustion synthesis of iron oxide/iron coated carbons such as activated carbon, anthracite, cellulose fiber, and silica is described. The reactions were carried out in alumina crucibles using a Panasonic kitchen microwave with inverter technology, and the reaction process was completed within a few minutes. The method used no additional fuel and nitrate, which is present in the precursor itself, to drive the reaction. The obtained samples were then characterized with X-ray mapping, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS, selected area diffraction pattern (SAED, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, and inductively coupled plasma (ICP spectroscopy. The size of the iron oxide/iron nanoparticle-coated activated carbon, anthracite, cellulose fiber, and silica samples were found to be in the nano range (50–400 nm. The iron oxide/iron nanoparticles mostly crystallized into cubic symmetry which was confirmed by SAED. The XRD pattern indicated that iron oxide/iron nano particles existed in four major phases. That is, γ-Fe2O3, α-Fe2O3, Fe3O4, and Fe. These iron-coated activated carbon, anthracite, cellulose fiber, and silica samples were tested for arsenic adsorption through batch experiments, revealing that few samples had significant arsenic adsorption.

  12. Comparison the Effect of Zinc Oxide and Magnesium Oxide Nano Particles on Long Term Memory in Adult Male Mice

    Mahnaz Kesmati

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Background Magnesium (Mg and zinc (Zn are two essential elemnts for normal performance of central nervous system. So that the learning and memory are influenced by these ions that antagonized NMDA (N methyl-D-aspartate receptor. Objectives This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of nanoparticles of zinc oxide (ZnO and magnesium oxide (MgO on passive avoidance memory in mice. Methods In this experimental study adult male NMRI mice weighing 25 ± 3g were used. ZnO and MgO nano particles (1, 2.5 and 5 mg/kg, intrapretoneally (i.p. were injected pre-training in model of passive avoidance learning. Memory was evaluated at 1, 3 and 7 days after training. Delay time in coming down from the safe platform in step down apparatus was evaluated as an index of memory. Open field test was used for evaluation the locomotor activity. Results Nano MgO 2.5 and 5 mg/kg increased delay time in coming down from plateform at one day after training (P < 0.05 in dose dependent manner. Nano ZnO 2.5 and 5 mg/kg reduced delay time in coming down from the platform 1, 3 and 7 day after training (P < 0.05 and just 3 days after training (P < 0.05 respectivley. Locomotor activity did not change in presence of MgO and/or ZnO nano particles. Conclusions It seems that various effects of nano ZnO and MgO on long term memeory is related to the different effects of Zn and Mg ions on receptors (such as NMDA involved in memory process. Toxicity and/ or preservation of nanoparticle in body are another possible reasons.

  13. Enhancement of light harvesting efficiency of silicon solar cell utilizing arrays of poly(methyl methacrylate-co-acrylic acid) nano-spheres and nano-spheres with embedded silver nano-particles

    Lee, Chee-Leong; Goh, Wee-Sheng; Chee, Swee-Yong; Yik, Lai-Kuan

    2017-02-01

    An array of uniformly distributed monolayer of poly(methyl methacrylate-co-acrylic acid) nano-spheres were deposited onto an amorphous silicon photovoltaic cell utilizing dip coating technique. The electrical characteristics of the coated photovoltaic cell reveal that the nano-spheres with an average diameter size of 101 nm exhibits excellent light harvesting characteristics if compared to the nano-spheres of other sizes. The power conversion efficiency from such integration of the nano-structures (i.e. 3.14% per PV cell) indicates that at least 1.6 times of improvement (or relative enhancement of 57%) can be achieved comparatively to the uncoated photovoltaic cell (i.e. 2% per PV cell). Further increment of the power conversion efficiency of the solar cell has been attained with the incorporation of the silver nano-particles into the nano-spheres of similar average size. With the inclusion of the silver nano-particles into such nano-spheres, the power conversion efficiency of the solar cell has attained 5.57% per PV cell, which is about 2.8 times (or relative enhancement of 179%) if compared to the uncoated samples. Hence, this novel and controllable technique of fabricating omnidirectional light-harvesting nano-spheres with embedded silver nano-particles will indubitably be beneficial to various types of optoelectronic devices.

  14. Ion induced transformation of polymer films into diamond-like carbon incorporating silver nano particles; Ioneninduzierte Umwandlung von Polymerschichten zu diamantaehnlichem Kohlenstoff mit darin enthaltenen Silber-Nanopartikeln

    Schwarz, Florian P.

    2010-03-26

    Silver containing diamond-like carbon (DLC) is an interesting material for medical engineering from several points of view. On the one hand DLC provides high mechanical robustness. It can be used as biocompatible and wear resistant coating for joint replacing implants. On the other hand silver has antimicrobial properties, which could reduce post-operative inflammations. However conventional production of Ag-DLC by co-deposition of silver and carbon in a plasma process is problematic since it does not allow for a separate control of nano particle morphology and matrix properties. In this work an alternative production method has been developed to circumvent this problem. In metall-DLC-production by ion implantation into a nano composite, silver nano particles are initially formed in solution and then incorporated within a polymer matrix. Finally the polymer is transformed into DLC by ion implantation. The aspects and single steps of this method were investigated with regard to the resulting material's properties. The goal was to design an economically relevant deposition method. Based on experimental results a model of the transformation process has been established, which has also been implemented in a computer simulation. Finally the antibacterial properties of the material have been checked in a biomedical test. Here a bacterial killing rate of 90% could be achieved. (orig.)

  15. Peristaltic flow of a micropolar fluid with nano particles in small intestine

    Akbar, Noreen Sher; Nadeem, S.

    2013-12-01

    The present article analyzed the peristaltic flow of a nanofluid in a uniform tube for micropolar fluid. The governing equations for proposed model are developed in cylindrical coordinates system. The flow is discussed in a wave frame of reference moving with velocity of the wave c. Under the assumptions of longwave length the reduced coupled nonlinear differential equations of momentum, energy, and concentrations are solved by Homotopy perturbation method is used to get the solutions for velocity, temperature, nano particle, microrotation component. The solutions consists Brownian motion number N b, thermophoresis number N t, local temperature Grashof number B r and local nano particle Grashof number G r . The effects of various parameters involved in the problem are investigated for pressure rise, pressure gradient, temperature and concentration profile. Five different waves are taken into account for analysis. Streamlines have been plotted at the end of the article.

  16. Micromagnetic simulation of vortex-antivortex magnetization in permalloy nano particle

    Purnama, B.; Muhammady, S.; Suharyana

    2017-02-01

    A process of vortex-antivortex magnetization reversal in a Permalloy nano particle with uniform polarity of magnetization has been investigated numerically. Micromagnetic simulation is performed using the Landau–Lifshitz–Gilbert equation. A short field pulse is applied in a film plane anti parallel to magnetization direction. Sequences of simulation of reversals mechanism are evaluated for thickness of nano particle. As the results in the case of thickness of 20 nm thin layer, magnetization reversal realizes through a creation-annihilation of Neel-Bloch wall pair. Contrarily, reversal mechanism via a creation-annihilation process of vortex-antivortex pair occurs for thickness of 60 nm thin layer. By analyzing barrier energy of the sample, we find that a maximum barrier energy reaches a threshold value (e.g., ∼ 2.6×106 erg/cm3 for Permalloy in this simulation).

  17. Control of cancer growth using single input autonomous fuzzy Nano-particles

    Fahimeh Razmi

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a single input fuzzy controller is applied on autonomous drug-encapsulated nanoparticles (ADENPs to restrict the cancer growth. The proposed ADENPs, swarmly release the drug in local cancerous tissue and effectively decreases the destruction of normal tissue. The amount of released drug is defined considering to feed backed values of tumor growth rate and the used drug. Some significant characteristics of Nano particles compared to Nano-robots is their ability to recognize the cancerous tissue from the normal one and their simple structure. Nano particles became an attractive topic in Nano science and many efforts have been done to manufacture these particles. Simulation results show that the proposed controlling method not only decreases the cancerous tissue effectively but also reduces the side effects of drug impressively.

  18. Synthesis of boron carbide nano particles using polyvinyl alcohol and boric acid

    Amir Fathi

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study boron carbide nano particles were synthesized using polyvinyl alcohol and boric acid. First, initial samples with molar ratio of PVA : H3BO3 = 2.7:2.2 were prepared. Next, samples were pyrolyzed at 600, 700 and 800°C followed by heat treatment at 1400, 1500 and 1600°C. FTIR analysis was implemented before and after pyrolysis in order to study the reaction pathway. XRD technique was used to study the composition of produced specimens of boron carbide. Moreover, SEM and PSA analysis were also carried out to study the particle size and morphology of synthesized boron carbide. Finally, according to implemented tests and analyses, carbon-free boron carbide nano particles with an average size of 81 nm and mainly spherical morphology were successfully produced via this method.

  19. Development of functional nano-particle layer for highly efficient OLED

    Lee, Jae-Hyun; Kim, Min-Hoi; Choi, Haechul; Choi, Yoonseuk

    2015-12-01

    Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) are now widely commercialized in market due to many advantages such as possibility of making thin or flexible devices. Nevertheless there are still several things to obtain the high quality flexible OLEDs, one of the most important issues is the light extraction of the device. It is known that OLEDs have the typical light loss such as the waveguide loss, plasmon absorption loss and internal total reflection. In this paper, we demonstrate the one-step processed light scattering films with aluminum oxide nano-particles and polystyrene matrix composite to achieve highly efficient OLEDs. Optical characteristics and surface roughness of light scattering film was optimized by changing the mixing concentration of Al2O3 nano-particles and investigated with the atomic force microscopy and hazemeter, respectively.

  20. [Studies on nano-particle sols of hydroxyaptite and titanium dioxide for haemo-compatibility].

    Chen, Xiao; Feng, Lingyun; Peng, Renxiu; Cao, Xianying

    2002-06-01

    A biological evaluation is conducted for two types of nano-particle sols, hydroxyaptite(HAP) and titanium dioxide(TiO2). The results show that HAP sol significnatly prolongs the bleeding time and coagulation time of mice as well as the prothrombin time(PT) and partial thromboplastin time(PTT) of rats while TiO2 sol exhibits no such effects. Neither HAP sol nor TiO2 sol instigated in-vitro hemolysis of rabbit erythrocyte. However, both of the materials caused in-vitro aggregation of rabbit erythrocytes. The reason underlying the different results as to the two types of material is their specific stabilizer, heparin for HAP sol and PVC for TiO2 sol. We came to the conclusion that a biologically inert stablizer has no less significance than the nano-particle's very own nature in a nano-material's application prospect.

  1. Melting and solidification behavior of Pb–Sn embedded alloy nano-particles

    Khan, Patan Yousaf [Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (India); Bhattacharya, Victoria [Indian Institute of Science, Department of Materials Engineering (India); Biswas, Krishanu, E-mail: kbiswas@iitk.ac.in [Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (India); Chattopadhyay, Kamanio [Indian Institute of Science, Department of Materials Engineering (India)

    2013-11-15

    Nano-sized bimetallic dispersoids consisting of (Pb) and β-(Sn) phases of eutectic composition (Pb{sub 26.1}Sn{sub 73.9}) embedded in aluminum and Al–Cu–Fe quasicrystalline matrices have been prepared by rapid solidification processing. The two phases, face centered cubic (Pb) and body center tetragonal, β-(Sn) solid solution co-exist in all the embedded nano-particles at room temperature. The phases bear crystallographic orientation relationship with the matrix. In situ TEM study has been carried out for the alloy particles to study the melting and the solidification behavior. The detailed microscopic observations indicate formation of a single-phase metastable fcc (Pb) in the nano-particles prior to the melting during heating. Solidification of these particles begins with nucleation of fcc (Pb), which phase separates into fcc (Pb) and β-(Sn) lamellae in the solid state. In situ X-ray diffraction study is carried out to obtain lattice parameter of metastable fcc (Pb) and thereby an estimate of amount of Sn dissolved in the metastable (Pb) prior to the melting. The results are discussed in terms of a metastable phase diagram between fcc Pb and fcc Sn and invoking the size effect on the metastable phase diagram. The size factor is found to play a critical role in deciding the pathway of phase transformation as well as the extension of solid solubility of Sn in fcc (Pb) in the nano-particles.

  2. Boundary lubrication by nano-particles; Lubrification limite par les nanoparticules

    Cizaire, L.

    2003-09-15

    The replacement of aggressive organic molecules by mineral particles which could reduce friction and wear has been the main idea of this research work. The aim is thus to reduce product concentration in lubricant and pollutant gas emission. Boundary lubrication regime is well suited for this type of study in particular for being discriminative in tested nano-particles efficacy. We are firstly being interested in an anti-wear additive. A physical and chemical study of dialysed over based calcium sulfonates by EFTEM, XPS and ToF-SIMS lead to describe nano-particles as calcium carbonate core, still amorphous by the residual presence of calcium hydroxide and surrounded by di-dodecyl-benzene sulfonate surfactant chains. Their anti-wear action has been investigated by coupling many tribo-meters with different contact geometry. Rubbing surfaces were protected by a thick tribo-film being on surfaces without any scratches. When additive is in contact area under high pressure and shearing, micellar structure is broken. Hydro-carbonated chains initially control friction by being broken up and then with increasing of contact severity, sulfonate chains are expulsed out of the tribo-film. Tribo-film growth corresponds then to agglomeration and crystallization of calcium carbonate core striped of detergent chains. We have shown then friction reduction capabilities of inorganic-fullerene (IF) MoS{sub 2} nano-particles. Lubricating power of MoS{sub 2} layers is as good whatever the layers number leading thinking that friction value is intrinsic character of compound nature. Fullerene nano-particles were described by HR-TEM as a concentric and closed multi-layered structure. Coupling of Raman, XRD and EXAFS have shown that MoS{sub 2} layers were well organised in hexagonal form with distortion in Mo-Mo bonds reaching 1% of initial length. Chemical stability of such structure, in particular in regard of oxidation, is very impressive. XPS, XANES and ToF-SIMS analyses have lead to

  3. Using graphene nano-particle embedded in photonic crystal fiber for evanescent wave mode-locking of fiber laser.

    Lin, Yung-Hsiang; Yang, Chun-Yu; Liou, Jia-Hong; Yu, Chin-Ping; Lin, Gong-Ru

    2013-07-15

    A photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with high-quality graphene nano-particles uniformly dispersed in the hole cladding are demonstrated to passively mode-lock the erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) by evanescent-wave interaction. The few-layer graphene nano-particles are obtained by a stabilized electrochemical exfoliation at a threshold bias. These slowly and softly exfoliated graphene nano-particle exhibits an intense 2D band and an almost disappeared D band in the Raman scattering spectrum. The saturable phenomena of the extinction coefficient β in the cladding provides a loss modulation for the intracavity photon intensity by the evanescent-wave interaction. The evanescent-wave mode-locking scheme effectively enlarges the interaction length of saturable absorption with graphene nano-particle to provide an increasing transmittance ΔT of 5% and modulation depth of 13%. By comparing the core-wave and evanescent-wave mode-locking under the same linear transmittance, the transmittance of the graphene nano-particles on the end-face of SMF only enlarges from 0.54 to 0.578 with ΔT = 3.8% and the modulation depth of 10.8%. The evanescent wave interaction is found to be better than the traditional approach which confines the graphene nano-particles at the interface of two SMF patchcords. When enlarging the intra-cavity gain by simultaneously increasing the pumping current of 980-nm and 1480-nm pumping laser diodes (LDs) to 900 mA, the passively mode-locked EDFL shortens its pulsewidth to 650 fs and broadens its spectral linewidth to 3.92 nm. An extremely low carrier amplitude jitter (CAJ) of 1.2-1.6% is observed to confirm the stable EDFL pulse-train with the cladding graphene nano-particle based evanescent-wave mode-locking.

  4. A Proposed New "Nano-Particle" Theory of Light Based on Heat Transfer Principles

    Das, Ashis

    2004-05-01

    Till date theories of light (visible and other radiations over electromagnetic scale) are divided into two classes viz. particle and wave theory. A particle on the classical view is a concentration of energy and other properties in space and time, whereas a wave is spread out over a larger region of space and time. It is generally understood that particle theory talks about corpuscles of finite measurable mass whereas wave theory is about packets of massless energy. This paper is a summary of thoughts collected so far on building a only - particle theory of light or other radiations assuming the Universe to be filled with "nano-particles" or very small particles and large particles. Although revolutionary and very thought provoking and unbelievably challenging the collected pointers outlined in this account appear very logical and mathematically sound although experiments are required to give this theory a firm basis for wide spread recognition in scientific forums. The major support for nano-particle theory comes from the observation of a term called "radiation pressure" which incorporates a sense of impact or pressure and therefore a force and so some particle impact although very feeble compared to normal large particle impact yielding noticeable effect on most pressure gauges measuring this. Similar feeble impact effects are possible in other phenomena like current, magnetic field etc. whose measurement will require very sensitive instruments. In this paper, I have explained that common method of estimation of momentum and heat transfer applied to very small mass nano-particles can explain at least three major phenomena of visble light viz. rectilinear propagation, reflection and refraction. Other phenomena such as diffraction, interference, polarization, diffusion etc will be presented in a future paper. This presentation is meant for collecting wide readership views to approve or deny this explanation of only particle theory after famous Compton scattering

  5. Hydrophilic block copolymer-directed growth of lanthanum hydroxide nano-particles

    Bouyer, F.; Sanson, N.; Gerardin, C. [Laboratoire de Materiaux Catalytiques et Catalyse en Chimie Organique, UMR 5618 CNRS-ENSCM-UM1, FR 1878, Institut Gerhardt, 34 - Montpellier (France); Destarac, M. [Centre de Recherches Rhodia Aubervilliers, 93 - Aubervilliers (France)

    2006-03-15

    Stable hairy lanthanum hydroxide nano-particles were synthesized in water by performing hydrolysis and condensation reactions of lanthanum cations in the presence of double hydrophilic poly-acrylic acid-b-polyacrylamide block copolymers (PAA-b-PAM). In the first step, the addition of asymmetric PAA-b-PAM copolymers (M{sub w,PAA} {<=} M{sub w,PAM}) to lanthanum salt solutions, both at pH = 5.5, induces the formation of monodispersed micellar aggregates, which are predominantly isotropic. The core of the hybrid aggregates is constituted of a lanthanum polyacrylate complex whose formation is due to bidentate coordination bonding between La{sup 3+} and acrylate groups, as shown by ATR-FTIR experiments and pH measurements. The size of the micellar aggregates depends on the molecular weight of the copolymer but is independent of the copolymer to metal ratio in solution. In the second step, the hydrolysis of lanthanum ions is induced by addition of a strong base such as sodium hydroxide. Either flocculated suspensions or stable anisotropic or spherical nano-particles of lanthanum hydrolysis products were obtained depending on the metal complexation ratio [acrylate]/[La]. The variation of that parameter also enables the control of the size of the core-corona nano-particles obtained by lanthanum hydroxylation. The asymmetry degree of the copolymer was shown to influence both the size and the shape of the particles. Elongated particles with a high aspect ratio, up to 10, were obtained with very asymmetric copolymers (M{sub w,PAM}/M{sub w,PAA}{>=}10) while shorter rice grain-like particles were obtained with a less asymmetric copolymer. The asymmetry degree also influences the value of the critical metal complexation degree required to obtain stable colloidal suspensions of polymer-stabilized lanthanum hydroxide. (authors)

  6. Geometrical effects on the electron residence time in semiconductor nano-particles

    Koochi, Hakimeh [Physics Department, University of Birjand, Birjand 97175-615 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ebrahimi, Fatemeh, E-mail: f-ebrahimi@birjand.ac.ir [Physics Department, University of Birjand, Birjand 97175-615 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Solar Energy Research Group, University of Birjand, Birjand (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-09-07

    We have used random walk (RW) numerical simulations to investigate the influence of the geometry on the statistics of the electron residence time τ{sub r} in a trap-limited diffusion process through semiconductor nano-particles. This is an important parameter in coarse-grained modeling of charge carrier transport in nano-structured semiconductor films. The traps have been distributed randomly on the surface (r{sup 2} model) or through the whole particle (r{sup 3} model) with a specified density. The trap energies have been taken from an exponential distribution and the traps release time is assumed to be a stochastic variable. We have carried out (RW) simulations to study the effect of coordination number, the spatial arrangement of the neighbors and the size of nano-particles on the statistics of τ{sub r}. It has been observed that by increasing the coordination number n, the average value of electron residence time, τ{sup ¯}{sub r} rapidly decreases to an asymptotic value. For a fixed coordination number n, the electron's mean residence time does not depend on the neighbors' spatial arrangement. In other words, τ{sup ¯}{sub r} is a porosity-dependence, local parameter which generally varies remarkably from site to site, unless we are dealing with highly ordered structures. We have also examined the effect of nano-particle size d on the statistical behavior of τ{sup ¯}{sub r}. Our simulations indicate that for volume distribution of traps, τ{sup ¯}{sub r} scales as d{sup 2}. For a surface distribution of traps τ{sup ¯}{sub r} increases almost linearly with d. This leads to the prediction of a linear dependence of the diffusion coefficient D on the particle size d in ordered structures or random structures above the critical concentration which is in accordance with experimental observations.

  7. Charge dependence of nano-particle growth in silane plasmas under UV irradiation

    Seon, C. R.; Choe, W.; Chai, K. B.; Park, H. Y.; Park, S.

    2009-01-01

    The controlled generation of nano-particles has been an important issue for the nano-structure formation in processing plasmas. We observed that the particle growth under UV irradiation was enhanced due to electric charge reduction of the particles, suggesting that the variation of particle charges could be a control parameter for the particle growth. The particle growth variation by UV irradiation is well described by the particle coagulation model with time-dependent particle charges in consideration, where predator particles grow by adsorbing a few nanometer-sized proto-particles.

  8. Mobilization and biodegradation of 2-methylnaphthalene by amphiphilic polyurethane nano-particle.

    Kim, Young-Bum; Kim, Ju-Young; Kim, Eun-ki

    2009-10-01

    Amphiphilic polyurethane (APU) nano-particle enhanced the mobilization of 2-methylnaphthalene (2-MNPT) in soil. Significant increase in the solubility of 2-MNPT was achieved. The molar solubilization ratio was 0.4 (mole 2-MNPT/mole APU). Simple precipitation of APU particle by 2 N CaCl(2) recovered 95% of APU particle and 92% of 2-MNPT simultaneously. Also, 2-MNPT, which was entrapped inside the APU particle, was directly degraded by Acinetobacter sp. as same efficiency as without APU particle. These results showed the potentials of APU particle in the mobilization and biodegradation of hydrophobic compounds from soil.

  9. Bio-hydrogen: immobilization of enzymes on electrodes modified by clayey nano-particles; Biohydrogene: immobilisation d'enzymes sur des electrodes modifiees par des nanoparticules argileuses

    Lojou, E.; Giudici-Orticoni, M.T.; Bianco, P. [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Lab. de Bioenergetique et Ingenierie des Proteines, 13 - Marseille (France)

    2006-07-01

    In this work, has been studied the immobilization of enzymes inside micro-films constituted of clayey nano-particles and layer by layer nano-assembling of clayey nano-particles and enzyme. Natural clays have very great specific surface areas, very strong ions exchange capacities and a swelling lamellar structure particularly well adapted to the non denaturing adsorption of proteins and charged enzymes. In this study, the enzymes have been extracted of sulfate-reducing bacteria. The immobilization of this system in clayey films has been studied by micro-gravimetry/electrochemistry coupling and the catalytic activity towards the production and the consumption of hydrogen quantified. At first, the clay is deposited in layer of thickness of the micron on the gold or graphite electrode. When the hydrogenase is immobilized in the clayey film, the electro-enzymatic oxidation of hydrogen occurs inside the clayey structure. An electrode able to measure either the hydrogen consumption or its production on a wide pH range as thus been prepared, by co-immobilization of hydrogenase and of MV{sup 2+} in montmorillonite films. The catalytic efficiencies obtained by immobilization in the clayey matrix of the two physiological partners, cytochrome c3 and hydrogenase, are strongly improved. Then, this process has been still improved, and three cytochrome c3/clay bilayers have been superposed without loss of the enzymatic activity. (O.M.)

  10. Comparative toxicity of copper oxide bulk and nano particles in Nile Tilapia; Oreochromis niloticus: Biochemical and oxidative stress

    Amr A. Abdel-Khalek

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Nile Tilapia; Oreochromis niloticus are commonly used in the assessment of aquatic environment quality and also considered as useful bio-indicators during environmental pollution monitoring. The LC50/96 h of copper oxide (bulk & nano particles [CuO (BPs & NPs] were 2205 & 150 mg/l, respectively. Two tested concentrations of CuO (BPs & NPs were selected: the first concentration was equivalent to (1/10 (220.5 & 15 mg/l, and the second was equivalent to (1/20 (110.25 & 7.5 mg/l LC50/96 h·CuO (BPs & NPs, respectively. While serum glucose, liver function tests (AST, ALT and ALP and kidney function tests (creatinine and uric acid showed a significant increase, serum total proteins, albumin, globulin and total lipids showed a significant decrease. Both liver and gill tissues of the studied fish showed a reduction in GSH content and an elevation in MDA and GPx activities. The present study also showed an elevation in liver CAT & SOD activities when exposed to both concentrations of CuO BPs and in the case of gills when exposed to both concentrations of CuO (BPs & NPs, although activity of these enzymes showed an inhibition in the liver when exposed to both concentrations of CuO NPs. The present study investigated whether CuO NPs are more toxic than CuO BPs.

  11. Electrical conductivity modification using silver nano particles of Jatropha Multifida L. and Pterocarpus Indicus w. extracts films

    Diantoro, Markus; Hidayati, Nisfi Nahari Sani; Latifah, Rodatul; Fuad, Abdulloh; Nasikhudin, Sujito, Hidayat, Arif

    2016-03-01

    Natural polymers can be extracted from leaf or stem of plants. Pterocarpus Indicus W. (PIW) and Jatropha Multifida L. (JIL) plants are good candidate as natural polymer sources. PIW and JIW polymers contain chemical compound so-called flavonoids which has C6-C3-C6 carbons conjugated configuration. The renewable type of polymer as well as their abundancy of flavonoid provide us to explore their physical properties. A number of research have been reported related to broad synthesis method and mechanical properties. So far there is no specific report of electrical conductivity associated to PIW and JIL natural polymers. In order to obtain electrical conductivity and its crystallinity of the extracted polymer films, it was induced on them a various fraction of silver nano particles. The film has been prepared by means of spin coating method on nickel substrate. It was revealed that FTIR spectra confirm the existing of rutine flavonoid. The crystallinity of the samples increase from 0.66%, to 4.11% associated to the respective various of silver fractions of 0.1 M to 0.5 M. SEM images show that there are some grains of silver in the film. The nature of electric conductivity increases a long with the addition of silver. The electrical conductivity increase significantly from 3.22 S/cm, to 542.85 S/cm. On the other hand, PIW films also shows similar trends that increase of Ag induce the increase its crystallinity as well as its electrical conductivity at semiconducting level. This result opens a prospective research and application of the green renewable polymer as optoelectronic materials.

  12. An optimized surface plasmon photovoltaic structure using energy transfer between discrete nano-particles.

    Lin, Albert; Fu, Sze-Ming; Chung, Yen-Kai; Lai, Shih-Yun; Tseng, Chi-Wei

    2013-01-14

    Surface plasmon enhancement has been proposed as a way to achieve higher absorption for thin-film photovoltaics, where surface plasmon polariton(SPP) and localized surface plasmon (LSP) are shown to provide dense near field and far field light scattering. Here it is shown that controlled far-field light scattering can be achieved using successive coupling between surface plasmonic (SP) nano-particles. Through genetic algorithm (GA) optimization, energy transfer between discrete nano-particles (ETDNP) is identified, which enhances solar cell efficiency. The optimized energy transfer structure acts like lumped-element transmission line and can properly alter the direction of photon flow. Increased in-plane component of wavevector is thus achieved and photon path length is extended. In addition, Wood-Rayleigh anomaly, at which transmission minimum occurs, is avoided through GA optimization. Optimized energy transfer structure provides 46.95% improvement over baseline planar cell. It achieves larger angular scattering capability compared to conventional surface plasmon polariton back reflector structure and index-guided structure due to SP energy transfer through mode coupling. Via SP mediated energy transfer, an alternative way to control the light flow inside thin-film is proposed, which can be more efficient than conventional index-guided mode using total internal reflection (TIR).

  13. Printed UHF RFID antennas with high efficiencies using nano-particle silver ink.

    Lee, Yongshik; Kim, Chung Hwan; Shin, Dong-Youn; Kim, Young Gook

    2011-07-01

    One of the most popular targets of conductive ink technology is to print RFID tag antennas. However, the printed RFID antennas, manufactured by conductive silver ink which is generally based on microsized silver particles, have lower conductivity and consequently lower radiation efficiency than those by conventional copper etching method. This work demonstrates nano-particle conductive silver ink that is capable of printing UHF RFID antennas with improved radiation efficiency. Compared with commercial micro-particle silver ink, the solid content of metal is much higher in the proposed nanoparticle silver ink, leading to better electrical properties. Two types of dipole antennas are printed with the proposed nano-particle as well as with commercial micro-particle inks. Also, the same antennas are fabricated by copper etching. With these conductive inks, a straight and a meandered dipole antennas are fabricated and their radiation efficiencies are measured with the Wheeler cap method. Experimental results show that the radiation efficiencies of the antennas based on nanoparticle silver ink are superior to those printed with the micro-particle silver ink, and are comparable to those of popular copper antennas.

  14. Development of Single-side Magnet Array for Super Paramagnetic Nano-particle Targeting

    Wei He

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Permanent magnets are interesting for the use in magnetic drug targeting devices. The magnetic fields and forces with distances from magnets have limited the depth of targeting. Producing greater forces at deep depth by optimally designed magnet arrays would allow treatment of a wider class of patients. In this study, we present a design of a permanent magnet array for deep magnetic capture of super paramagnetic iron oxide nano-particles, which consists of an array of 3 individual bar permanent magnet positioned to achieve a reasonably magnitude magnetic field and its gradient within a deeply region. These configurations were simulated with two-dimensional finite-element methods. The super paramagnetic iron oxide nano-particles were adopted Fe3O4 particles with diameter 40 nm by chemical co-precipitation method. Performance factors were defined to relate magnetic field force with mass. The field strength and gradient were measured by a Hall probe and agreed well with the simulations.

  15. A remark on nano-particle stability of cement C-S-H gel

    Ficker, Tomáš; Len, Adél; Martišek, Dalibor

    2011-04-01

    Hydrated pastes of ordinary Portland cement prepared with different water-to-cement ratios were investigated by using the small-angle neutron scattering technique in the region of Q ∈ (0.0045, 0.11) Å-1. Samples of cement pastes were subjected to non-standard hydration conditions using a mix with D2O, low RH, and water-to-cement ratios spread over a very wide interval (0.4; 1.4). The investigation was focused on testing the structural stability of nano-metric particles in the cement C-S-H gel. Owing to the high structural stability of these nano-particles, their average diameter might be used as a microscopic parameter characterizing the nano-metric structure of C-S-H gels. The average diameter of the nano-particles of the studied ordinary Portland cement CEMI 42.5 R-SC was found to be close to the value of 4.2 nm and independent of the water-to-cement ratios.

  16. Synthesis of SmOHCO3 micro/nano particles from the coupling route of homogeneous precipitation with microemulsion

    朱文庆; 瞿芳; 陈浩军; 李卓; 刘斌

    2014-01-01

    SmOHCO3micro/nano particles were prepared in water/oil (W/O) reverse microemulsion composed of cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB), n-octane, n-butanol, Sm(NO3)3·6H2O and urea aqueous solution by the coupling route of homogeneous precipitation with microemulsion. The nanoparticles were characterized and analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), thermal gravimetric and differential thermal gravimetric analysis (TG-DTG), Fourier transform infrared absorption spectra (FT-IR) and scan-ning electron microscope (SEM). The results showed that the phase SmOHCO3 micro/nano particles was in agreement with pure or-thorhombic phase. The different morphologies of SmOHCO3 micro/nano particles with good monodispersity and size were obtained by regulating the reaction temperature and reaction time. Possible formation mechanisms of the morphological structure of SmO-HCO3 were proposed and discussed.

  17. The role of silver nano-particles and silver thiosulfate on the longevity of cut carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) flowers.

    Hashemabadi, Davood

    2014-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of silver nano-particles (SNP) and silver thiosulfate (STS) in extending the vase life of cut carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus L. cv. 'Tempo') flowers. Pulse treatments of SNP @ 0, 5, 10 and 15 mg l(-1) and STS @ 0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 mM were administered to carnation flowers for 24 hr. The longest vase life (16.1 days) was observed in flowers treated with 15 mg l(-1) of SNP + 0.2 mM STS. The least chlorophyll was destroyed in flowers treated with 15 mg I(-1) of SNP + 0.3 mM STS. Our findings showed that the 15 mg l(-1) SNP treatment inhibited bacterial growth in the preservative solution. The control flowers bloomed faster than the treated flowers. The maximum peroxidase activity and the minimum lipid peroxidation were obtained in cut flowers that were treated with 15 mg l(-1) of SNP and 0.3 mM STS. Overall, results of the study revealed that SNP and STS treatment extended the longevity of cut carnation 'Tempo' flowers by reducing oxidative stress, improving anti-oxidant system, reducing bacterial populations and delaying flowering.

  18. Structural, electrical and magnetic characteristics of nickel substituted cobalt ferrite nano particles, synthesized by self combustion method

    Sontu, Uday Bhasker, E-mail: sontuudaybhasker@yahoo.co.in; Yelasani, Vijayakumar; Musugu, Venkata Ramana Reddy

    2015-01-15

    Nickel-substituted cobalt ferrite nano-particles are synthesized using a self-combustion method. Aqueous metal nitrates and citric acid form the precursors. No external oxidizing agents are used to change the pH of the precursors; this resulted in a more environment friendly synthesis. Structural, magnetic and electrical characteristics of the nano ferrites are verified using X-ray diffractometer (XRD), VSM and impedance analyzer respectively. Phase formation, particle size, lattice parameter, X-ray density, saturation magnetization, coercivity, dielectric constant and electrical activation energy as function of nickel substitution in cobalt ferrite are studied. It is shown here that the magnetic and electrical properties can be tuned by varying the nickel concentration. - Highlights: • Environmentally less polluting and simple, industrially scalable method of nano-ferrite synthesis. • Repeatability of the method is self-evident from consistent particle size. • Electrical and magnetic properties are tunable due to nickel substitution. • Nickel substitution increases dielectric constant value and also improves electrical resistivity. • Higher concentration of Ni introduces phase impurity into the cubic spinel ferrite.

  19. Cirrus Dopant Nano-Composite Coatings

    2014-11-01

    Inorganic Nano-particles • Ti • Zr • Al • Zn • Yr • Si Coatings • Au • Ag • Sn • Cu • Zn • Ni • NiB • NiCo • NiP cirrus Broadened...1000 1200 HARDNESS (HV) MICROHARDNESS - ELECTROLESS NIP STANDARD COATING TI DOPED COATING ZR DOPED COATING ↑74% Standard DC NiB Cirrus DC NiB 15

  20. Nano-particle precipitation in mechanically alloyed and annealed precursor powders of legacy PM2000 ODS alloy

    Dawson, Karl, E-mail: k.dawson@liverpool.ac.uk [Centre for Materials and Structures, School of Engineering, University of Liverpool, L69 3GH (United Kingdom); Haigh, Sarah J. [School of Materials, Materials Science Centre, University of Manchester, M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Tatlock, Gordon J.; Jones, Andy R. [Centre for Materials and Structures, School of Engineering, University of Liverpool, L69 3GH (United Kingdom)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Nano-particle formation identified in Plansee PM2000 ODS alloy powders. • Y–Al–O nano-particles observed after annealing at 923 K for 5 h. • Particle diameter ≈2 nm and N{sub V} > 10{sup 23} m{sup −3} over annealing range 1123–1223 K. • Particles dissolved at, and reprecipitated behind, recrystallisation fronts. - Abstract: The early stages of nano-particulate formation in mechanically alloyed and annealed, precursor powders used to manufacture the legacy commercial oxide dispersion strengthened alloy PM2000, formerly produced by Plansee GmbH, have been investigated. Powders were analysed in both the as-mechanically-alloyed condition and after annealing over the temperature range 923–1423 K. The nucleation and growth of coherent nano-particles in the partially recovered, fine grained, ferritic matrix of powders annealed at temperatures as low as 923 K has been confirmed. Powders annealed for 1 h at temperatures of 1123 K and 1223 K were partially recrystallised and contained high number densities (N{sub V} > 10{sup 23} m{sup −3}) of coherent 2 nm yttrium–aluminium–oxygen rich nano-particles. The identification of particle free zones in recrystallised grains, adjacent to recrystallising interfaces, plus the identical orientation relationships between nano-particles and the matrices in both unrecrystallised and recrystallised grains, indicates that the Y–Al–O nano-particles, first formed in fine grained regions, are dissolved during recrystallisation and re-precipitated subsequently in recrystallised grains.

  1. Support vector machine to predict diesel engine performance and emission parameters fueled with nano-particles additive to diesel fuel

    Ghanbari, M.; Najafi, G.; Ghobadian, B.; Mamat, R.; Noor, M. M.; Moosavian, A.

    2015-12-01

    This paper studies the use of adaptive Support Vector Machine (SVM) to predict the performance parameters and exhaust emissions of a diesel engine operating on nanodiesel blended fuels. In order to predict the engine parameters, the whole experimental data were randomly divided into training and testing data. For SVM modelling, different values for radial basis function (RBF) kernel width and penalty parameters (C) were considered and the optimum values were then found. The results demonstrate that SVM is capable of predicting the diesel engine performance and emissions. In the experimental step, Carbon nano tubes (CNT) (40, 80 and 120 ppm) and nano silver particles (40, 80 and 120 ppm) with nanostructure were prepared and added as additive to the diesel fuel. Six cylinders, four-stroke diesel engine was fuelled with these new blended fuels and operated at different engine speeds. Experimental test results indicated the fact that adding nano particles to diesel fuel, increased diesel engine power and torque output. For nano-diesel it was found that the brake specific fuel consumption (bsfc) was decreased compared to the net diesel fuel. The results proved that with increase of nano particles concentrations (from 40 ppm to 120 ppm) in diesel fuel, CO2 emission increased. CO emission in diesel fuel with nano-particles was lower significantly compared to pure diesel fuel. UHC emission with silver nano-diesel blended fuel decreased while with fuels that contains CNT nano particles increased. The trend of NOx emission was inverse compared to the UHC emission. With adding nano particles to the blended fuels, NOx increased compared to the net diesel fuel. The tests revealed that silver & CNT nano particles can be used as additive in diesel fuel to improve complete combustion of the fuel and reduce the exhaust emissions significantly.

  2. Behavior of mixed ZnO and SiO2 nano-particles in magnetic field assisted fluidization

    Ping Zeng; Tao Zhou; Guanqun Chen; Qingshan Zhu

    2007-01-01

    The fluidization behavior of ZnO nano-particles in magnetic fluidized bed (MFB) by adding coarse magnetic particles was investigated, followed by the co-fluidization of mixtures of ZnO and SiO2 nano-particles. For such co-fluidization, bed expansion was found to change smoothly with gas velocity through a range of stable operation. By measuring the bed expansion ratio and pressure drop, a stability diagram for the mixture in MFB was obtained. Within this stable operation range, with increasing gas velocity the pressure drop hardly changes as the bed expands, up to an expansion ratio of more than 4.

  3. Synthesis & Bio-Evaluation of 4-Amino-5-Benzyl-2, 4-Dihydro- 3H-1, 2, 4-Triazole-3-Thione Capped Silver Nano Particles

    M. Padma

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Synthesis of 4-amino-5-benzyl-2,4-dihydro-3H-1,2,4-triazole-3-thione Capped Silver NanoParticles by a simple procedure. Spherical shaped Capped Ag-NPs with average size of 14.65 nm are obtained by the treatment of aqueous silver ions with hot ethanolic solution of 4-amino-5-benzyl-2,4-dihydro-3H-1,2,4-triazole-3-thione as Stabilizing/Reducing agent. The Nanoparticles are characterized using TEM, XRD and FTIR studies. The synthesized Nanoparticles were tested for in vitro antimicrobial activity at concentrations of 50, 100, 200 μg /ml. The Nanoparticles showed good activity, nearly equal to the inhibition zone value of ciprofloxacin, against the E.coli bacteria. For the antifungal activity, the compound showed equipotent activity against A.niger.

  4. Jamming of Quantum Emitters by Active Coated Nanoparticles

    Arslanagic, Samel; Ziolkowski, Richard W.

    2013-01-01

    A spherical active coated nanoparticle consisting of a silica nanocore covered concentrically with a silver nanoshell is examined analytically and numerically in the presence of one, two, or four quantum emitters modeled by electric Hertzian dipoles. The ability of the active coated nanoparticle...

  5. Chemical characterization, nano-particle mineralogy and particle size distribution of basalt dust wastes

    Dalmora, Adilson C. [Laboratory of Environmental Researches and Nanotechnology Development, Centro Universitário La Salle, Mestrado em Avaliação de Impactos Ambientais em Mineração. Victor Barreto, 2288 Centro 92010-000, Canoas, RS (Brazil); Institute for Environmental Assessment and Water Studies (IDÆA), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), C/Jordi Girona 18-26, 08034 Barcelona (Spain); Ramos, Claudete G.; Oliveira, Marcos L.S. [Laboratory of Environmental Researches and Nanotechnology Development, Centro Universitário La Salle, Mestrado em Avaliação de Impactos Ambientais em Mineração. Victor Barreto, 2288 Centro 92010-000, Canoas, RS (Brazil); Teixeira, Elba C. [Fundação Estadual de Proteção Ambiental Henrique Luis Roessler, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Kautzmann, Rubens M.; Taffarel, Silvio R. [Laboratory of Environmental Researches and Nanotechnology Development, Centro Universitário La Salle, Mestrado em Avaliação de Impactos Ambientais em Mineração. Victor Barreto, 2288 Centro 92010-000, Canoas, RS (Brazil); Brum, Irineu A.S. de [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Escola de Engenharia, Departamento de Metalurgia, Centro de Tecnologia, Av. Bento Gonçalves, 9500. Bairro Agronomia. CEP: 91501-970 Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); and others

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the geochemistry of basalt alteration is central to the study of agriculture systems. Various nano-minerals play an important role in the mobilization of contaminants and their subsequent uptake by plants. We present a new analytical experimental approach in combination with an integrated analytical protocol designed to study basalt alteration processes. Recently, throughout the world, ultra-fine and nano-particles derived from basalt dust wastes (BDW) during “stonemeal” soil fertilizer application have been of great concern for their possible adverse effects on human health and environmental pollution. Samples of BDW utilized were obtained from companies in the Nova Prata mining district in southern Brazil for chemical characterization and nano-mineralogy investigation, using an integrated application of advanced characterization techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), High Resolution-Transmission Electron microscopy (HR-TEM)/Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS)/(selected-area diffraction pattern) SAED, Field Emission-Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM/EDS), and granulometric distribution analysis. The investigation has revealed that BDW materials are dominated by SiO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3,} with a complex micromineralogy including alkali feldspar, augite, barite, labradorite, hematite, heulandrite, gypsum, kaolinite, quartz, and smectite. In addition, we have identified a number of trace metals such as Cd, Cu, Cr, and Zn, that are preferentially concentrated into the finer, inhalable, dust fraction and, thus, could present a health hazard in the urban areas around the basalt mining zone. The implication of this observation is that use of these nanometric-sized particulates as soil fertilizer may present different health challenges to those of conventional fertilizers, inviting future work regarding the relative toxicities of these materials. Our investigation on the particle size distribution, nano-particle

  6. Mechanical and tribological studies on nano particles reinforced hybrid aluminum based composite

    Muley Aniruddha V.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Hybrid metal matrix composites are new class of materials due to their better mechanical properties which can be achieved through proper selection and combination of materials. The work reported in this paper is based on fabrication of hybrid composites by using nano particles as reinforcements. The hybrid composites were fabricated by reinforcing them with nano sized SiC and Al2O3 particles in order to study mechanical and tribological properties of these enhanced materials. A stir casting method was used to obtain hybrid composites. LM 6 aluminum alloy was used as a matrix material. The results shown increase in hardness as well as in ultimate tensile strength of the composites with small wt.% of nano-sized hybrid reinforcements. The composites produced also exhibit better tribological properties.

  7. Facile cathodic electrosynthesis and characterization of iron oxide nano-particles

    Taher Yousefi; Reza Davarkhah; Ahmad Nozad Golikand; Mohammad Hossein Mashhadizadeh; Ahmad Abhari

    2013-01-01

    Fe2O3 nano-particles have been synthesized by simple cathodic electrodeposition from the low-temperature nitrate bath. The morphology and crystal structure of the obtained oxide powder were analyzed by means of scanning and transmission microscopy (SEM and TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Thermal behavior and phase transformation during the heat treatment of as-deposited sample were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogramimetric analysis (TGA). The results showed that the deposited Fe2O3 was composed of the nanoparticles with grain size of approximately 10-60 nm. A serious problem during cathodic electrodeposition of iron oxide was splashing of deposit into electrolyte due to its low adhesion. This problem was tackled by reducing the bath temperature and dielectric constant of solvent.

  8. Enhanced copper micro/nano-particle mixed paste sintered at low temperature for 3D interconnects

    Dai, Y. Y.; Ng, M. Z.; Anantha, P.; Lin, Y. D.; Li, Z. G.; Gan, C. L.; Tan, C. S.

    2016-06-01

    An enhanced copper paste, formulated by copper micro- and nano-particles mixture, is reported to prevent paste cracking and obtain an improved packing density. The particle mixture of two different sizes enables reduction in porosity of the micro-paste and resolves the cracking issue in the nano-paste. In-situ temperature and resistance measurements indicate that the mixed paste has a lower densification temperature. Electrical study also shows a ˜12× lower sheet resistance of 0.27 Ω/sq. In addition, scanning electron microscope image analysis confirms a ˜50% lower porosity, which is consistent with the thermal and electrical results. The 3:1 (micro:nano, wt. %) mixed paste is found to have the strongest synergistic effect. This phenomenon is discussed further. Consequently, the mixed paste is a promising material for potential low temperature 3D interconnects fabrication.

  9. Influence of fuel ratios on auto combustion synthesis of barium ferrite nano particles

    D Bahadur; S Rajakumar; Ankit Kumar

    2006-01-01

    Single-domain barium ferrite nano particles have been synthesized with narrow particle-size distribution using an auto combustion technique. In this process, citric acid was used as a fuel. Ratios of cation to fuel were maintained variously at 1 : 1, 1 : 2 and 1 : 3. The pH was 7 in all cases. Of all three cases, a cation to citric acid ratio of 1 : 2 gives better yield in the formation of crystalline and single domain particles with a narrow range of size distribution. Most particles are in the range of 80 to 100 nm. Maximum magnetization and coercivity values are also greater for 1 : 2 ratios. These values measured at room temperature are found to be 55 emu/gram and 5000 Oe respectively. XPS and ESR studies support the results.

  10. REAL TIME MEASUREMENT OF ULTRAFINE AND NANO PARTICLES AND SIGNIFICANCE OF OPERATING GEARS

    H. A. NAKHAWA

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available This research paper focuses on characterization of ultrafine and nanoparticle emissions from diesel vehicle to investigate their physical characterization in terms of number and size as they are more vulnerable and responsible for toxicity, mutagenicity and carcinogenicity. An investigation has been carried out to identify the significance of different operating gears, clutch, declutch and gear change operations for their contributions to particle number(PN on urban and extra urban part of the driving cycle. A bi-modal particle size distribution pattern was observed for both urban and extra urban parts where almost all the particles are below 200 nm and particle number peaks appear at 7 to 8 nm and at 70 nm. Nano particles contribute approximately, 70% of total particle number over urban part. Experimental investigation shows that the most significant gear for their contribution to particle number are 3rd and 5th gears on urban and extra urban part of the driving cycle respectively.

  11. Synthesis of zinc oxide nano-particles by mechano-thermal route

    Karimi, S.; Ataie, A.; Nozari, A.

    2012-09-01

    ZnO nano-particles were synthesized via mechano-thermal route using ZnSO4.H2O and Na2CO3 as starting materials. The mixture of powders was milled for 5, 10 and 15 in a high energy planetary ball mill, then heat treated at 300 °C for 1 hour. XRD results of the heat treated sample at 300 °C revealed a single phase nano-crystalline ZnO phase with a mean crystallite size of 18 nm. FESEM micrographs of the heat treated sample showed that mean particle size of the ZnO decreased from 150 nm for 5-hour milled sample to 25 nm for 15-hour milled sample. It was also found that the optical properties of the samples varied as a function of milling time.

  12. Synthesis and photoluminescence study on ZnO nano-particles

    Li Xiang; Zhai Fei-Fei; Liu Ying; Cao Mao-Sheng; Wang Fu-Chi; Zhang Xi-Xiang

    2007-01-01

    A new technique, namely low pressure sputtering, has been developed to fabricate Zn nanoparticles, with a subsequent oxidation to synthesize ZnO nanoparticles in the ambient atmosphere at 500 ℃. The synthesized ZnO nanoparticle has a size of 6-8 nm with a preferred orientation of c-axis. The produced ZnO nanoparticles have a good UV photoluminescence (PL) emission energy of 3.349 eV with a significant enhancement of donor-acceptor pair emission located at 3.305 eV which implies a number of donor and acceptor bounded excitons existing in the synthesized ZnO nano particles. The near band edge PL emission of the fabricated ZnO is dominated by the bounded excitons at 10 K.

  13. Interface and properties of epoxy resin modified by elastomeric nano-particles

    HUANG Fan; LIU Yiqun; ZHANG Xiaohong; GAO Jianming; SONG Zhihai; TANG Banghui; WEI Genshuan; QIAO Jinliang

    2005-01-01

    Study on a new composite of epoxy resin/elastomeric nano-particles (ENP) is reported in this paper, which shows that, in comparison with pure epoxy resin and epoxy toughened with CTBN, the composites of epoxy resin/carboxylic nitrile-butadiene ENP and epoxy resin/styrene butadiene vinyl-pyridine ENP possess both higher toughness and heat resistance. Both ENPs used in the study have an average size of less than 100 nm. Study on the epoxy network's morphology and interface properties suggests that due to the chemical reaction between ENP and epoxy resin and more hydrogen bonds between nitrile groups of the rubber and hydroxyl groups of the epoxy resin, stronger interaction at the larger interface may lead to the observed excellent properties of the epoxy resin toughened with ENP.

  14. A fully printed ferrite nano-particle ink based tunable antenna

    Ghaffar, Farhan A.

    2016-11-02

    Inkjet printing or printing in general has emerged as a very attractive method for the fabrication of low cost and large size electronic systems. However, most of the printed designs rely on nano-particle based metallic inks which are printed on conventional microwave substrates. In order to have a fully printed fabrication process, the substrate also need to be printed. In this paper, a fully printed multi-layer process utilizing custom Fe2O3 based magnetic ink and a silver organic complex (SOC) ink is demonstrated for tunable antennas applications. The ink has been characterized for high frequency and magnetostatic properties. Finally as a proof of concept, a microstrip patch antenna is realized using the proposed fabrication technique which shows a tuning range of 12.5 %.

  15. Interfacial Structure of Composites of Poly(m-xylylen adipamide) and Silica Nano-Particles

    Achiwa, Osamu; Kyogoku, Yoshitaka; Matsuda, Yasuhiro; Tasaka, Shigeru

    2012-10-01

    Interfacial structure of composites of poly(m-xylylen adipamide) (MXD6) and silica nano-particles (SNPs) was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. In the DSC curves of the composites, changes in specific heat similar to a glass transition behavior (sub-Tg) were detected at 0-40 °C, and sub-Tg decreased with the increase in the weight fraction of SNPs. Crystallization temperature (Tc) decreased, and XRD peaks became sharper with the increase in the weight fraction of SNPs. The IR spectra suggest that the hydrogen bonds between MXD6 chains were weakened by the addition of SNPs.

  16. Molecular dynamics study of force acting on a model nano particle immersed in fluid with temperature gradient: Effect of interaction potential

    Tsuji, Tetsuro; Iseki, Hirotaka; Hanasaki, Itsuo; Kawano, Satoyuki

    2016-11-01

    Thermophoresis of a nano particle in a fluid is investigated using molecular dynamics simulation. In order to elucidate effective factors on the characteristics of thermophoresis, simple models for both the fluid and the nano particle are considered, namely, the surrounding fluid consists of Lennard-Jones (LJ) particles and the model nano particle is a cluster consisting of several tens of LJ particles. Interaction between the fluid particle and the model nano particle is described by the LJ interaction potential or repulsive interaction potential with the Lorentz-Berthelot mixing rule. As a preliminary result, the effect of mass on thermophoretic force acting on the model nano particle is investigated for both interaction potentials.

  17. Cellular uptake of beta-carotene from protein stabilized solid lipid nano-particles prepared by homogenization-evaporation method

    Using a homogenization-evaporation method, beta-carotene (BC) loaded nano-particles were prepared with different ratios of food-grade sodium caseinate (SC), whey protein isolate (WPI), or soy protein isolate (SPI) to BC and evaluated for their physiochemical stability, in vitro cytotoxicity, and cel...

  18. Effect of hydroxyapatite nano-particles on morphology, rheology and thermal behavior of poly(caprolactone)/chitosan blends.

    Ghorbani, Fereshte Mohammad; Kaffashi, Babak; Shokrollahi, Parvin; Akhlaghi, Shahin; Hedenqvist, Mikael S

    2016-02-01

    The effect of hydroxyapatite nano-particles (nHA) on morphology, and rheological and thermal properties of PCL/chitosan blends was investigated. The tendency of nHA to reside in the submicron-dispersed chitosan phase is determined using SEM and AFM images. The presence of electrostatic interaction between amide sites of chitosan and ionic groups on the nHA surface was proved by FTIR. It is shown that the chitosan phase is thermodynamically more favorable for the nano-particles to reside than the PCL phase. Lack of implementation of Cox-Merz theory for this system shows that the polymer-nano-particle network is destructed by the flow. Results from dynamic rheological measurements and Zener fractional model show that the presence of nHA increases the shear moduli and relaxation time of the PCL/chitosan blends. DSC measurements showed that nHA nano-particles are responsible for the increase in melting and crystallization characteristics of the PCL/chitosan blends. Based on thermogravimetric analysis, the PCL/chitosan/nHA nano-composites exhibited a greater thermal stability compared to the nHA-free blends.

  19. Preparation of a MFI zeolite coating on activated carbon

    Vaart, van der R.; Bosch, H.; Keizer, K.; Reith, T.

    1997-01-01

    A new and simple method for the preparation of MFI zeolite coated activated carbon is presented. Suitable nucleation sites for the growth of zeolites were introduced to the carbon by adding hydrophilic montmorillonite clay to the carbon substrate. A gas tight MFI zeolite coating was obtained on this

  20. Core-Shell Soy Protein-Soy Polysaccharide Complex (Nano)particles as Carriers for Improved Stability and Sustained Release of Curcumin.

    Chen, Fei-Ping; Ou, Shi-Yi; Tang, Chuan-He

    2016-06-22

    Using soy protein isolate (SPI) and soy-soluble polysaccharides (SSPS) as polymer matrixes, this study reported a novel process to fabricate unique core-shell complex (nano)particles to perform as carriers for curcumin (a typical poorly soluble bioactive). In the process, curcumin-SPI nanocomplexes were first formed at pH 7.0 and then coated by SSPS. At this pH, the core-shell complex was formed in a way the SPI nanoparticles might be incorporated into the interior of SSPS molecules without distinctly affecting the size and morphology of particles. The core-shell structure was distinctly changed by adjusting pH from 7.0 to 4.0. At pH 4.0, SSPS was strongly bound to the surface of highly aggregated SPI nanoparticles, and as a consequence, much larger complexes were formed. The bioaccessibility of curcumin in the SPI-curcumin complexes was unaffected by the SSPS coating. However, the core-shell complex formation greatly improved the thermal stability and controlled release properties of encapsulated curcumin. The improvement was much better at pH 4.0 than that at pH 7.0. All of the freeze-dried core-shell complex preparations exhibited good redispersion behavior. The findings provide a simple approach to fabricate food-grade delivery systems for improved water dispersion, heat stability, and even controlled release of poorly soluble bioactives.

  1. Effect of hydroxyapatite nano-particles on morphology, rheology and thermal behavior of poly(caprolactone)/chitosan blends

    Ghorbani, Fereshte Mohammad [Department of Polymer Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kaffashi, Babak, E-mail: kaffashi@ut.ac.ir [Department of Polymer Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shokrollahi, Parvin, E-mail: p.shokrolahi@ippi.ac.ir [Department of Biomaterials, Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Akhlaghi, Shahin; Hedenqvist, Mikael S. [KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Fibre and Polymer Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm (Sweden)

    2016-02-01

    The effect of hydroxyapatite nano-particles (nHA) on morphology, and rheological and thermal properties of PCL/chitosan blends was investigated. The tendency of nHA to reside in the submicron-dispersed chitosan phase is determined using SEM and AFM images. The presence of electrostatic interaction between amide sites of chitosan and ionic groups on the nHA surface was proved by FTIR. It is shown that the chitosan phase is thermodynamically more favorable for the nano-particles to reside than the PCL phase. Lack of implementation of Cox–Merz theory for this system shows that the polymer–nano-particle network is destructed by the flow. Results from dynamic rheological measurements and Zener fractional model show that the presence of nHA increases the shear moduli and relaxation time of the PCL/chitosan blends. DSC measurements showed that nHA nano-particles are responsible for the increase in melting and crystallization characteristics of the PCL/chitosan blends. Based on thermogravimetric analysis, the PCL/chitosan/nHA nano-composites exhibited a greater thermal stability compared to the nHA-free blends. - Highlights: • In PCL/chitosan/nHA nano-composites, nHA shows tendency to chitosan phase. • At low shear rates, nano-composites show higher viscosity than unfilled blends. • At high shear rates, nano-composites show shear-thinning behavior. • nHA increases the shear moduli and relaxation time of PCL/chitosan blends. • The polymer/nano-particle network is destructed by the flow.

  2. Tribological Characteristics of Chromium-active Carbon Electroplated Composite Coatings

    GUKa-fi; HUAMeng; Yi-min

    2004-01-01

    A process of chromium electroplating using a standard bath with additives and active carbon particles was reported, and the tribological behaviors of the composite coatings using the pin-on-disk tester and the table wear tester were i nvestig(aed. Experimental results indicate that the electroplated chromium-active carbon composite coatings exhibited the low friction coefficient anti excellent anti-wear properties whets coffered with the normal chromium electroplated ones. The formation of active carbon particles within the chromium matrices can be explained by SEM analysis and the mechanis of wear resistance of the composite coatings were studied.

  3. Effect of Nano-particles on Performance of Fresh Cement Paste%纳米颗粒对新拌水泥浆体性能的影响

    刘小艳; 王婷; 陈雷

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, the activity of nano-SiO2, nano-clay, nano-Al2O3and nano-CaCO3is introduced.Effect of these nano-particles on water requirement of normal consistency, the fluidity and setting time of fresh cement paste are studied.The results show that, except nano-Ca-CO3, the content of the other three nano-particles is larger, the water requirement of normal consistency of cement is greater.All nano-particles enlarge the cohesiveness of fresh cement paste and decrease the fluidity of cement paste.Nano-SiO2, nano-Al2O3 and nano-CaCO3 promote the early hydration of cement and shorten the setting time, and nano-clay plays the role of delaying coagulation.%研究了单掺纳米SiO2、纳米粘土、纳米Al2 O3、纳米CaCO3颗粒对新拌水泥浆体标准稠度用水量、凝结时间、流动性的影响。研究发现:纳米SiO2、纳米粘土、纳米Al2 O3导致水泥浆体标准稠度用水量不同程度的增加,且纳米颗粒掺量越大标准稠度用水量越大;纳米颗粒使水泥浆体粘聚性增大,相同水胶比时掺入纳米颗粒使浆体流动性降低;纳米SiO2、纳米CaCO3、纳米Al2 O3促进了水泥水化,使初凝和终凝时间提前,但纳米粘土表现出一定的缓凝作用。

  4. Application of Nano-Structured Coatings for Mitigation of Flow-Accelerated Corrosion in Secondary Pipe Systems of Nuclear Power Plants

    Kim, Seung Hyun; Kim, Jong Jin; Yoo, Seung Chang; Huh, Jae Hoon; Kim, Ji Hyun [Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    Flow-accelerated corrosion (FAC) is a complex corrosion process combined with mechanical reaction with fluid. There were lots of research to mitigate FAC such as controlling temperature or water chemistry but in this research, we adopt active coating techniques especially nano-particle reinforced coatings. One of the general characteristics of FAC and its mitigation is that surface friction due to surface morphology makes a significant effect on FAC. Therefore to form a uniform coating layers, nano-particles including TiO2, SiC, Fe-Cr-W and Graphene were utilized. Those materials are known as greatly improve the corrosion resistance of substrates such as carbon steels but their effects on mitigation of FAC are not revealed clearly. Therefore in this research, the FAC resistive performance of nano-structured coatings were tested by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in room temperature 15 wt% sulfuric acid. As the flow-accelerated corrosion inhibitors in secondary piping system of nuclear power plants, various kinds of nano-structured coatings were prepared and tested in room-temperature electrochemical cells. SHS7740 with two types of Densifiers, electroless nickel plating with TiO2 are prepared. Electropolarization curves shows the outstanding corrosion mitigation performance of SHS7740 but EIS results shows the promising potential of Ni-P and Ni-P-TiO2 electroless nickel plating. For future work, high-temperature electrochemical analysis system will be constructed and in secondary water chemistry will be simulated.

  5. Friction and Wear Characteristics of Brush Plating Ni/nano-Al2O3 Composite Coating under Sand-Containing Oil

    Lingzhong DU; Binshi XU; Shiyun DONG; Xin LI; Hua YANG; Weiyi TU; Zixin ZHU

    2005-01-01

    Ni-matrix composite coating containing Al2O3 nano-particles is prepared by brush plating. The effects of the nanoparticles on the microstructure, microhardness and tribological properties of the composite coating under the lubrication of a diesel oil containing sand are investigated. The results show that the microstructure of the composite coating is finer than that of the pure nickel coating due to the codeposition of the nano-particles. When the nano-particle concentration in the electroplating bath reaches 20 g/L, the microhardness, and wear resistance of the composite coating is as much as 1.6 times and 1.3~2.5 times of those of the pure nickel coating respectively. The main hardening mechanism of the composite coating is superfine crystal grain strengthening and dispersion strengthening. The composite coating is characterized by scuffing as it slides against Si3N4 under the present test conditions.

  6. Active coated nanoparticles: impact of plasmonic material choice

    Arslanagic, Samel; Ziolkowski, R.W.

    2011-01-01

    The near- and far-field properties of a number of active coated spherical nanoparticles excited by an electric Hertzian dipole at optical frequencies are investigated. Their enhanced, as well as reduced, radiation effects are demonstrated and compared.......The near- and far-field properties of a number of active coated spherical nanoparticles excited by an electric Hertzian dipole at optical frequencies are investigated. Their enhanced, as well as reduced, radiation effects are demonstrated and compared....

  7. Acute toxicity of virgin and used engine oil enriched with copper nano particles in the earthworm

    Khodabandeh, M; Koohi, M K; Shahroziyan, E; Badri, B; Pourfallah, A; Shams, Gh; Sadeghi-Hashjin, G [Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Roshani, A [Industrial and Environmental Protection Division, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RRIPI), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hobbenaghi, R, E-mail: gsadeghi@ut.ac.ir [Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Urmia University, Urmia (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-07-06

    In spite of development of nanotechnology and creation of new opportunities for industry, new applications and products initiated by this technology may cause harmful effects on human health and environment. Unfortunately, there is no sufficient information on the harmful effects caused by application of some nano materials; the current knowledge in this field is limited solely to the nano particles but not the final products. Nano cupper particles, as one of the common materials produced in industrial scale is widely used as additives into engine oil to reduce friction and improve lubrication. However, the difference between the effects of virgin and used conventional engine oil (CEO) and the engine oil containing cupper nano particles (NEO) on the environment is not known. Earthworm, as a one of the species which could live and survive in different sorts of earth and has a certain role in protecting the soil structure and fertility, was used in this experiment. In accordance with the recommended method of OECD.1984, Filter Paper test in 24 and 48 h based on 8 concentrations in the range of 3x10{sup -3} - 24x10{sup -3} ml/cm{sup 2} and Artificial Soil test in 7 and 14 days based on 7 concentrations in the range of 0.1 mg/kg - 100 g/kg were carried out to study earthworms in terms of lifetime (LC50), morphology and pathology. It was shown that the 48 h LC50 for virgin CEO, virgin NEO, used CEO(8000 km) and used NEO (8000 km) were 6x10{sup -3}, 23x10{sup -3}, 24x10{sup -3} and 16x10{sup -3} ml/cm{sup 2} respectively. Furthermore, 14-day LC50 in artificial soil for all cases were above 100 g/kg. It is concluded that virgin CEO is more toxic than virgin NEO. Meanwhile, the CEO shows significant reduction in toxicity after consumption and the used NEO shows more toxicity in comparison to virgin product. It seems that more investigations on the effects of final products specifically after consumption is necessary because the products after consumption have the most

  8. Chemical characterization, nano-particle mineralogy and particle size distribution of basalt dust wastes.

    Dalmora, Adilson C; Ramos, Claudete G; Oliveira, Marcos L S; Teixeira, Elba C; Kautzmann, Rubens M; Taffarel, Silvio R; de Brum, Irineu A S; Silva, Luis F O

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the geochemistry of basalt alteration is central to the study of agriculture systems. Various nano-minerals play an important role in the mobilization of contaminants and their subsequent uptake by plants. We present a new analytical experimental approach in combination with an integrated analytical protocol designed to study basalt alteration processes. Recently, throughout the world, ultra-fine and nano-particles derived from basalt dust wastes (BDW) during "stonemeal" soil fertilizer application have been of great concern for their possible adverse effects on human health and environmental pollution. Samples of BDW utilized were obtained from companies in the Nova Prata mining district in southern Brazil for chemical characterization and nano-mineralogy investigation, using an integrated application of advanced characterization techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), High Resolution-Transmission Electron microscopy (HR-TEM)/Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS)/(selected-area diffraction pattern) SAED, Field Emission-Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM/EDS), and granulometric distribution analysis. The investigation has revealed that BDW materials are dominated by SiO2, Al2O3, and Fe2O3, with a complex micromineralogy including alkali feldspar, augite, barite, labradorite, hematite, heulandrite, gypsum, kaolinite, quartz, and smectite. In addition, we have identified a number of trace metals such as Cd, Cu, Cr, and Zn, that are preferentially concentrated into the finer, inhalable, dust fraction and, thus, could present a health hazard in the urban areas around the basalt mining zone. The implication of this observation is that use of these nanometric-sized particulates as soil fertilizer may present different health challenges to those of conventional fertilizers, inviting future work regarding the relative toxicities of these materials. Our investigation on the particle size distribution, nano-particle mineralogy and chemical composition in

  9. 自组装制备铁质文物保护用纳米缓蚀颗粒%Corrosion inhibitor nano-particles for iron relics protection prepared by self-assembling

    何本桥; 李亭亭; 张桐阳; 沈大娲

    2012-01-01

    The corrosion protection plays a very important role in the protection of iron relics. A novel corrosion inhibitor nano-particle for iron relics was fabricated by consecutively layer-by-layer self-assembling of positive polyethylene imide (PEI), negative poly(sulfonated styrene) (PSS) and positive benzotriazole (BTA) on the surface of negatively charged SiO2 nanoparticles. Transmission electron microscopy, zetasizer and X-ray photoe-lectron spectroscopy (XPS) were employed to characterize the inhibitor nano-particles. Results reveal that the size of particles increases with the increase in the number of coating layers. The surface charge appears corresponding changes. The XPS result shows that the chemical surrounding of nitrogen atoms in the inhibitor nano-particles is changed with the assembly process due to the electrostatic effect between layers. The content of BTA in the inhibitor nano-particle with mono-layer of BTA reached 35. 4mg/g SiO2, which can be readily controlled by improving the number of the PSS and BTA layers.%长效缓蚀材料对于铁质文物的长期保护有着至关重要的作用.通过层层自组装的方法,在带负电荷的SiO2胶粒表面交替组装上了带正电荷的聚乙烯亚胺(PEI)层,带负电荷的聚苯乙烯磺酸钠(PSS)层,以及带正电荷的缓蚀活性成分苯并三氮唑(BTA)层.利用透射电子显微镜、zeta电位仪、X射线光电子能谱仪(XPS)等对纳米缓蚀颗粒进行了表征.结果表明,随着组装过程的进行,胶体粒子尺寸依次增大,颗粒表面zeta电位出现负正交替变化,表面元素化学环境也随之改变,氮原子的结合能随静电作用的增强向高位移动.缓蚀剂的负载量可通过多层组装方式提高,BTA单层负载量可达到35.4mg/g SiO2.

  10. Superhydrophobic activated carbon-coated sponges for separation and absorption.

    Sun, Hanxue; Li, An; Zhu, Zhaoqi; Liang, Weidong; Zhao, Xinhong; La, Peiqing; Deng, Weiqiao

    2013-06-01

    Highly porous activated carbon with a large surface area and pore volume was synthesized by KOH activation using commercially available activated carbon as a precursor. By modification with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), highly porous activated carbon showed superhydrophobicity with a water contact angle of 163.6°. The changes in wettability of PDMS- treated highly porous activated carbon were attributed to the deposition of a low-surface-energy silicon coating onto activated carbon (confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy), which had microporous characteristics (confirmed by XRD, SEM, and TEM analyses). Using an easy dip-coating method, superhydrophobic activated carbon-coated sponges were also fabricated; those exhibited excellent absorption selectivity for the removal of a wide range of organics and oils from water, and also recyclability, thus showing great potential as efficient absorbents for the large-scale removal of organic contaminants or oil spills from water.

  11. Smart nanocontainers as depot media for feedback active coatings.

    Shchukin, Dmitry G; Möhwald, Helmuth

    2011-08-21

    Among the grand challenges at present are ways to develop systems with low consumption of raw materials and with little load on the environment. In view of this it is of utmost importance to avoid or to delay processes causing material destruction. This is especially urgent, since many protective substances have associated health hazards, and new routes to improve the situation are a main concern of this contribution. Nanocapsules (nanocontainers) with controlled release properties of the shell can be used to fabricate a new family of active coatings, with quick response to changes of the coating environment or coating integrity. The release of active materials encapsulated into nanocapsules is triggered by various external and internal factors, thus preventing spontaneous leakage of the active component. The coating can have several active functionalities when several types of nanocapsules loaded with corresponding active agent are incorporated simultaneously into a coating matrix. We highlight recent achievements in development and application of filled responsive containers in biomedical and self-healing protective coatings.

  12. A ferrite nano-particles based fully printed process for tunable microwave components

    Ghaffar, Farhan A.

    2016-08-15

    With the advent of nano-particles based metallic inks, inkjet printing emerged as an attractive medium for fast prototyping as well as for low cost and flexible electronics. However, at present, it is limited to printing of metallic inks on conventional microwave substrates. For fully printed designs, ideally, the substrate must also be printed. In this work, we demonstrate a fully printed process utilizing a custom Fe2O3 based magnetic ink for functional substrate printing and a custom silver-organo-complex (SOC) ink for metal traces printing. Due to the magnetic nature of the ink, this process is highly suitable for tunable microwave components. The printed magnetic substrate is characterized for the magnetostatic as well as microwave properties. The measured B(H) curve shows a saturation magnetization and remanence of 1560 and 350 Gauss respectively. As a proof of concept, a patch antenna is implemented in the proposed stack up which shows a tuning range of 4 % around the center frequency. © 2016 IEEE.

  13. Biopolymer nano-particles and natural nano-carriers for nano-encapsulation of phenolic compounds.

    Faridi Esfanjani, Afshin; Jafari, Seid Mahdi

    2016-10-01

    Phenolic compounds are major micronutrients in our diet,(1) and evidence for their role in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer, inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases is emerging. The easily destruction against environment stresses and low bioavailability of phenolics are main limitations of their application. Therefore, nano-encapsulated phenolics as a fine delivery system can solve their restrictions. Polymeric nanoparticles and natural nano-carriers are one of the most effective and industrial techniques which can be used for protection and delivery of phenolics. In this review, preparation, application and characterization of polymeric based nano-capsules and natural nano-carriers for phenolics have been considered and discussed including polymeric nanoparticles, polymeric complex nanoparticles, cyclodextrins, nano-caseins, nanocrystals, electrospun nano-fibers, electro-sprayed nano-particles, and nano-spray dried particles. Our main goal was to cover the relevant recent studies in the past few years. Although a number of different types of polymeric and natural based nano-scale delivery systems have been developed, there are relatively poor quantitative understanding of their in vivo absorption, permeation and release. Also, performing toxicity experiments, residual solvent analysis and studying their biological fate during digestion, absorption, and excretion of polymeric nanoparticle and natural nano-carriers containing phenolics should be considered in future researches. In addition, future investigations could focus on application of phenolic nano-scale delivery systems in pharmaceuticals and functional foods.

  14. Study on an electrochemical biosensor for thrombin recognition based on aptamers and nano particles

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a high specific, sensitive electrochemical biosensor for recognition of protein such as thrombin based on aptamers and nano particles. Two different aptamers were chosen to construct a sandwich manner for detecting thrombin. Aptamer I was immobilized on nano magnetic particle for capturing thrombin, and aptamer II labled with nano gold was used for detection. The electrical current generated from gold after the formation of the complex of magnetic particle, thrombin and nano gold, and then an electrochemical cell designed by ourselves was used for separating, gathering, and electrochemical detecting. Through magnetic separation, high specific and sensitive detection of the target protein, thrombin, was achieved. Linear response was observed over the range 5.6×10-12―1.12×10-9 mol/L, with a detection limit of 1.42×10-12 mol/L. The presence of other protein as BSA did not affect the detection, which indicates that high selective recognition of thrombin can be achieved in complex biological samples such as human plasma.

  15. Study on an electrochemical biosensor for thrombin recognition based on aptamers and nano particles

    ZHENG Jing; LIN Li; CHENG GuiFang; WANG AnBao; TAN XueLian; HE PinGang; FANG YuZhi

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a high specific, sensitive electrochemical biosensor for recognition of protein such as thrombin based on aptamers and nano particles. Two different aptamers were chosen to construct a sandwich manner for detecting thrombin. Aptamer Ⅰ was immobilized on nano magnetic particle for capturing thrombin, and aptamer Ⅱ labled with nano gold was used for detection. The electrical current generated from gold after the formation of the complex of magnetic particle, thrombin and nano gold,and then an electrochemical cell designed by ourselves was used for separating, gathering, and electrochemical detecting. Through magnetic separation, high specific and sensitive detection of the target protein, thrombin, was achieved. Linear response was observed over the range 5.6×10-12-1.12×10-9mol/L, with a detection limit of 1.42×10-12 mol/L. The presence of other protein as BSA did not affect the detection, which indicates that high selective recognition of thrombin can be achieved in complex biological samples such as human plasma.

  16. Surface passivation of silicon nanowires based metal nano-particle assisted chemical etching for photovoltaic applications

    Ben Rabha, Mohamed; Khezami, Lotfi; Jemai, Abdelbasset Bessadok; Alhathlool, Raed; Ajbar, Abdelhamid

    2017-03-01

    Metal Nano-particle Assisted Chemical Etching (MNpACE) is an extraordinary developed wet etching method for producing uniform semiconductor nanostructure (silicon nanowires) from patterned metallic film on crystalline silicon surface. The metal films facilitate the etching in HF and H2O2 solution and produce silicon nanowires (SiNWs).The creation of different SiNWs morphologies by changing the etching time and its effects on optical and optoelectronic properties was investigated. The combination effect of formed SiNWs and stain etching treatment in acid (HF/HNO3/H2O) solution on the surface morphology of Si wafers as well as on the optical and optoelectronic properties especially a PL response at 640 nm are presented. As a results, the effective lifetime (τeff) and surface recombination velocity (Seff) evolution of SiNWs after stain etching treatment showed significant improvements and less than 1% reflectance was achieved over the wavelength range of 400-800 nm and more than 36% reduction was observed compared to untreated surface. It has, thus, been demonstrated that all these factors may lead to improved energy efficiency from 8% to nearly 14.2% for a cell with SiNWs treated in acid (HF/HNO3/H2O) solution.

  17. Theory of molecule metal nano-particle interaction: Quantum description of plasmonic lasing.

    Zhang, Yuan; May, Volkhard

    2015-06-14

    The recent quantum description of a few molecules interacting with plasmon excitations of a spherical metal nano-particle (MNP) as presented in the work of Zhang and May [Phys. Rev. B 89, 245441 (2014)] is extended to systems with up to 100 molecules. We demonstrate the possibility of multiple plasmon excitation and describe their conversion into far-field photons. The calculation of the steady-state photon emission spectrum results in an emission line-narrowing with an increasing number of molecules coupled to the MNP. This is considered as an essential criterion for the action of the molecule-MNP system as a nano-laser. To have exact results for systems with up to 20 molecules, we proceed as recently described by Richter et al. [Phys. Rev. B 91, 035306 (2015)] and study a highly symmetric system. It assumes an equatorial and regular position of identical molecules in such a way that their coupling is dominated by that to a single MNP dipole-plasmon excitation. Changing from the exact computation of the system's complete density matrix to an approximate theory based on the reduced plasmon density matrix, systems with more than 100 molecules can be described. Finally, nonlinear rate equations are proposed which reproduce the mean number of excited plasmons in their dependence of the number of molecules and of the used pump rate. The second order intensity correlation function of emitted photons is related to the respective plasmon correlation function which approaches unity when the system starts lasing.

  18. Theory of molecule metal nano-particle interaction: Quantum description of plasmonic lasing

    Zhang, Yuan, E-mail: yyzhang@physik.hu-berlin.de; May, Volkhard, E-mail: may@physik.hu-berlin.de [Institute für Physik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Netwonstraße 15, D-12489 Berlin (Germany)

    2015-06-14

    The recent quantum description of a few molecules interacting with plasmon excitations of a spherical metal nano-particle (MNP) as presented in the work of Zhang and May [Phys. Rev. B 89, 245441 (2014)] is extended to systems with up to 100 molecules. We demonstrate the possibility of multiple plasmon excitation and describe their conversion into far-field photons. The calculation of the steady-state photon emission spectrum results in an emission line-narrowing with an increasing number of molecules coupled to the MNP. This is considered as an essential criterion for the action of the molecule-MNP system as a nano-laser. To have exact results for systems with up to 20 molecules, we proceed as recently described by Richter et al. [Phys. Rev. B 91, 035306 (2015)] and study a highly symmetric system. It assumes an equatorial and regular position of identical molecules in such a way that their coupling is dominated by that to a single MNP dipole-plasmon excitation. Changing from the exact computation of the system’s complete density matrix to an approximate theory based on the reduced plasmon density matrix, systems with more than 100 molecules can be described. Finally, nonlinear rate equations are proposed which reproduce the mean number of excited plasmons in their dependence of the number of molecules and of the used pump rate. The second order intensity correlation function of emitted photons is related to the respective plasmon correlation function which approaches unity when the system starts lasing.

  19. Positron Annihilation Study on Nickel and Iron Nano-Particles in Natural Rubber Composites

    Emad H. Aly

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The effect of Ni and Fe nano-particles as a filler on the free volume properties Of Natural Rubber (NR was studied using Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS. Approach: The PAL measurements revealed that the free volume properties are strongly affected by the amount and type of filler. Results: Particularly speaking, the free volume fraction dramatically decreased by increasing the filler content. Besides, the addition of nano-prticles created new positron trapping sites at filler-rubber interfaces. Furthermore, correlations were made between the free volume hole sizes (Vh and each of the mechanical and electrical properties successively. A negative correlation was observed between Vh and hardness in the Ni-rubber composites while a positive counterpart was found in the case of Fe-rubber composites. Finally, the polarity of the fillers, being higher than that of the rubber itself, leads to an increase in electrical parameters and an inhibition of o-Ps formation. Conclusion: These results indicate that the investigated composites are considered to be insulating materials as their conductivity values are in the order of an insulator range.

  20. Properties of micro-nano particle size admixtures of alumina at different sintering condition

    Sifat, Rahin; Akter, Manira; Rashid, A. K. M. Bazlur

    2016-07-01

    Among various ceramic materials, alumina is mostly used material for its hardness and strength. There is a difference between the properties of alumina due to their different particle size. Also different holding time in the sintering temperature has effect on the sintering of alumina of different particle size. In this study, micro alumina and nano alumina were mixed in different ratios and sintered at different sintering condition to compare their mechanical properties that varied due to their different particle size distribution. In this work, conventional solid state sintering route was followed to prepare final samples. Six different particle size ratio of alumina (micro:nano= 100:0, 95:5, 90:10, 10:90, 5:95, 0:100) with a doping of 0.1% MgO were used. The sintering temperature was 1500° C but sintering condition was different. After comparing the mechanical properties, it has been observed that relatively improved properties can be obtained by increasing nano particle percentages in the micro alumina than the reverse mixture.

  1. Direct solvent induced microphase separation, ordering and nano-particles infusion of block copolymer thin films

    Modi, Arvind; Sharma, Ashutosh; Karim, Alamgir

    2013-03-01

    Kinetics of block copolymer (BCP) microphase separation by thermal annealing is often a challenge to low-cost and faster fabrication of devices because of the slow ordering. Towards the objective of rapid processing and accessing desired nanostructures, we are developing methods that enable a high degree of mobility of BCP phases while maintaining phase separation conditions via control of effective interaction parameter between the blocks in BCP thin films. We study the self-assembly of PS-P2VP thin films in various solvent mixtures. While non-solvent prevents dissolution of film into the bulk solution, the good solvent penetrates the film and makes polymer chains mobile. As a result of controlled swelling and mobility of BCP blocks, solvent annealing of pre-cast BCP thin films in liquid mixture of good solvent and non-solvent is a promising method for rapid patterning of nanostructures. Interestingly, we demonstrate simultaneous BCP microphase separation and infusion of gold nano-particles into selective phase offering a wide range of application from plasmonics to nanoelectronics. University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF)

  2. Conditions for laser-induced plasma to effectively remove nano-particles on silicon surfaces

    Han, Jinghua; Luo, Li; Zhang, Yubo; Hu, Ruifeng; Feng, Guoying

    2016-09-01

    Particles can be removed from a silicon surface by means of irradiation and a laser plasma shock wave. The particles and silicon are heated by the irradiation and they will expand differently due to their different expansion coefficients, making the particles easier to be removed. Laser plasma can ionize and even vaporize particles more significantly than an incident laser and, therefore, it can remove the particles more efficiently. The laser plasma shock wave plays a dominant role in removing particles, which is attributed to its strong burst force. The pressure of the laser plasma shock wave is determined by the laser pulse energy and the gap between the focus of laser and substrate surface. In order to obtain the working conditions for particle removal, the removal mechanism, as well as the temporal and spatial characteristics of velocity, propagation distance and pressure of shock wave have been researched. On the basis of our results, the conditions for nano-particle removal are achieved. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11574221).

  3. Surface Plasmon Resonance Characteristics of Optical Fiber Incorporated with Au Nano-Particles in Cladding Region.

    Ju, Seongmin; Jeong, Seongmook; Kim, Youngwoong; Lee, Sang-Hyun; Han, Won-Taek

    2016-06-01

    A novel surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor based on specialty optical fiber having its cladding doped with Au nano-particles (NPs) was developed by modified chemical vapor deposition process. To optimize the SPR absorption and sensitivity of the fiber SPR sensor, effect of the fiber length (20 cm-90 cm) on sensing capability of refractive index (n = 1.418-1.448) was investigated. Absorption peaks appearing at 392 and 790 nm were due to SPR from Au NPs in the cladding region of the optical fiber. The SPR was found to occur at particular wavelengths around 390 nm for the corresponding refractive indices regardless of the length of the fiber, increased with the increase of the index. The measured SPR sensitivities (wavelength/RIU) of the fiber were estimated to be 407 nm/RIU, 217 nm/RIU, and 54 nm/RIU with the fiber lengths of 20 cm, 45 cm, and 90 cm, respectively. The SPR absorption intensity and FWHM decreased with the increase of the fiber length because the propagation loss of the signal through the fiber cladding region increased.

  4. THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES AND CHARACTERIZATIONS OF CHITOSAN NANO-PARTICLES CORROSION INHIBITION ON THE SURFACE OF MILD STEELIN PEAT WATER MEDIA

    Maria Erna

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The thermodynamic properties and characterizations of corrosion inhibition of chitosan nano-particles on the surface of mild steel in peat water media had been studied using weight loss method at temperatures of 30 - 50 oC. Steel surfaces were characterized by FT-IR spectra and SEM-EDS morphology photos. The research found that the value of DGo approaching -40 kJmol-1. The negative value of Gibbs free energy shows that the adsorption of inhibitor molecules on the surface of mild steel was achemisorption and it occurred spontaneously. Meanwhile, the values of DHo is also negative confirming that the adsoprtion of inhibitor molecules is an exothermic process. The value of DSo obtained is positive, it indicates hat the inhibitor molecules were adsorbed spontaneously on the mild steel surface. The analysis on mild steel surfaces hows that the nano-particle chitosan was adsorbed on the steel surface to form the complex compounds.

  5. Magnetic behaviour of nano-particles of Fe2.8Zn0.2O4

    Subhash Chander; Seema Lakhanpal; Anjali Krishnamurthy; Bipin K Srivastava; V K Aswal

    2004-08-01

    Magnetization measurements are reported on a nano-particle sample of Zn- substituted spinel ferrite Fe2.8Zn0.2O4 in the temperature range 20-300 K. Analysis of small-angle neutron scattering data shows the sample to have a log-normal particle size distribution of median diameter 64.4 Å and standard deviation 0.38. Magnetization evolves over a long period of time going nearly linearly with log . Magnetic anisotropy, estimated by fitting -log curve, shows many fold increase over that of bulk particle sample. Major enhancement owes to disordered moments in surface layer. In the nano-particle state as well increasing amount of Zn causes anisotropy to decrease.

  6. Silver micro- and nano-particles obtained using different glycols as reducing agents and measurement of their conductivity

    Moudir Naïma

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Synthesis of silver micro- and nano-particles for the preparation of conductive pastes for the metallization of solar cells was realized by chemical reduction in the presence and absence of poly(vinyl-pyrrolidone (PVP. Silver nitrate was used as a precursor in the presence of three polyols (ethylene glycol, di-ethylene glycol and propylene glycol tested at experimental temperatures near their boiling points. Six samples were obtained by this protocol. Three silver powders obtained without the use of PVP have a metallic luster appearance; however, the samples produced using an excess of PVP are in the form of stable colloidal dispersions of silver nano-particles. Structural characterizations of samples using a scanning electron microscope and X-ray diffractometer show a good crystallinity and spherical morphology. From DSC and TGA analyses, it was noticed that all the nano-silvers present in the colloidal suspension have the same thermal behavior.

  7. Study of Nano Particles for Enhanced Heat Transfer Characteristics of Base Fluids for Cool Thermal Energy System

    Promit Choudhury

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Reliable heat transfer is very crucial for heat demand and supply related applications where the optimum demand is not met. Cool thermal energy systems are the units which find application in conditioning and preserving items. A colloidal mixture of nano particles in a base fluid tremendously enhances the heat transfer characteristics of the original base fluid and is ideally suited for practical application due to its marvelous characteristics.

  8. Dietary fibre characteristics and antioxydant activity of sesame seed coats

    2011-01-01

    The dietary fibre contained in the seed coats (testae) of sesame, by-products of the dehulling processes during the manufacture of sweetened sesame paste (halaweh), were evaluated with two assays: the AOAC enzymatic-gravimetric method and the enzymatic-chemical method. Functional properties and antioxidant activity of sesame seed coats were also determined. The total, insoluble, and soluble dietary fibre contents measured were significantly higher using the AOAC method, than with the enzymati...

  9. Study of the effect of Titanium dioxide nano particle size on efficiency of the dye-sensitized Solar cell using natural Pomegranate juice

    A Behjat

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC using natural Pomegranate juice as dye-sensitizeris fabricated and characterized. DSSCS consist of a working electrode, a redox electrolyte containing iodide and tri-iodide ions and a counter electrode. A nanocrystalline TiO2 semiconductor with a wide band-gap coated with a monolayer dye-sensitizer is used as working electrode. The effect of titanium dioxide (TiO2 nanoparticle size on efficiency of the DSSC based Pomegranate juice as a sensitizer is studied. For monolayer structure, we used two sizes of TiO2 nanoparticle (25 nm and 100 nm and a mixture of these two sizes. The highest efficiency of 0.61% was obtained with mixture of 25 and 100 nm TiO2 nano-particles in working electrode. For double-layer structure, we used 100 and 400 nm size TiO2 particles as light-scattering. The best efficiency was obtained using 400 nm TiO2 as light-scattering particles.

  10. Synthesis of supported metallic nano-particles and their use in air depollution; Des nanoparticules metalliques supportees pour la depollution de l'air

    Barrault, J. [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), 86 - Poitiers (France); Valange, S. [Poitiers Univ., 86 (France); Tatibouet, J.M. [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Lab. de Catalyse en Chimie Organique, UMR CNRS 6503, 86 - Poitiers (France); Thollon, St. [CEA Grenoble (DRT/DTNM/LTS), 38 (France); Herlin-Boime, N. [CEA Saclay, IRAMIS, Service des Photons, Atomes et Molecules, Lab. Francis Perrin, CEA-CNRS URA 2453, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Giraud, S. [CEA Saclay (DEN/SRMA), 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Ruiz, J.Ch. [CEA Marcoule (DTCD/SPDE/LFSM), 30 (France); Bergaya, B. [CRT Plasma lASER, 45 - Orleans (France); Joulin, J.P.; Delbianco, N. [Ceramiques Techniques Industrielles (CTI-SA), 30 - Salindres (France); Gabelica, Z. [Universite de Haute-Alsace (LPI-GSEC), ENSCMu, 68 - Mulhouse (France); Daturi, M. [Ecole Nationale Superieure d' Ingenieurs de Caen (ENSICAEN), CNRS-LCS, UMR 6506, 14 - Caen (France)

    2009-06-15

    The main objectives of the 'NACACOMO' Consortium ('Nano-materials: Catalysts for the Conversion of organic Molecules. Uses in fine chemicals and environment protection ') consisted in generating novel catalysts composed of nanoparticles of metals (Pt, Pd, Ag...) and/or oxides (TiO{sub 2}...) stabilized and well distributed over the surface of a support (foams, ceramics), by monitoring both the particle size and the 'coating' process itself, using new technologies: CVD, plasma-spray, laser pyrolysis, supercritical preparation, which were compared to conventional soft chemistry recipes. The most accurate characterization of particle morphology, local structure, texture, spatial arrangement but also of their reactivity, were achieved by privileging the utilization of various in situ methods. Details on formation mechanisms of a solid nano-particle at the atomic level (nucleation, growth and particle (re)distribution over the support...) could be obtained in selected cases, with opportunities for scaling up and shaping. The (chemical) nature of the so-obtained nano-materials was monitored for selected catalytic applications involving the development of environmental friendly processes, such as oxidation of VOC, with a priority for aromatics and chlorinated compounds. (authors)

  11. Fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) using different particle sizes of TiO2 deposited via nano-particle deposition system (NPDS).

    Kim, Yang-Hee; Kim, Kwang-Su; Lee, Jin-Woong; Kim, Min-Saeng; Choi, Jung-Oh; Ahn, Sung-Hoon; Lee, Caroline Sunyong

    2012-04-01

    TiO2 layers were fabricated using a nano-particle deposition system (NPDS) on transparent conductive oxide (TCO) glass for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Conventionally, TiO2 paste for working electrodes has been fabricated using paste type methods. The fabricated paste composed of a mixture of nano-sized TiO2 powders, binders and solutions is then painted on TCO glass. After drying, the TiO2 layer on TCO glass is sintered to make a path for electron transfer. TiO2 layers formed by this paste type method require numerous steps, which can be time consuming. In this study, TiO2 powders were sprayed directly on TCO glass using NPDS in order to simplify the fabrication steps. To improve porosity and produce scattering layers, commercial nanocrystalline TiO, powders with different sizes were alternately deposited. Moreover, powders with different sizes were mixed and deposited on the TCO glass. The results indicate that the DSSCs with a TiO2 layer composed of different particle sizes had better cell performance than the cells assembled with single-sized TiO2 particles. Therefore, this study shows that a dry TiO2 coating process is possible for DSSC fabrication to improve its cell efficiencies, and this method can easily be applied on flexible substrates since NPDS is a room-temperature deposition process.

  12. Dose limited reliability of quantitative annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy for nano-particle atom-counting

    De Backer, A.; Martinez, G.T. [Electron Microscopy for Materials Science (EMAT), University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium); MacArthur, K.E.; Jones, L. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, 16 Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PH (United Kingdom); Béché, A. [Electron Microscopy for Materials Science (EMAT), University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium); Nellist, P.D. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, 16 Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PH (United Kingdom); Van Aert, S., E-mail: sandra.vanaert@uantwerpen.be [Electron Microscopy for Materials Science (EMAT), University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium)

    2015-04-15

    Quantitative annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy (ADF STEM) has become a powerful technique to characterise nano-particles on an atomic scale. Because of their limited size and beam sensitivity, the atomic structure of such particles may become extremely challenging to determine. Therefore keeping the incoming electron dose to a minimum is important. However, this may reduce the reliability of quantitative ADF STEM which will here be demonstrated for nano-particle atom-counting. Based on experimental ADF STEM images of a real industrial catalyst, we discuss the limits for counting the number of atoms in a projected atomic column with single atom sensitivity. We diagnose these limits by combining a thorough statistical method and detailed image simulations. - Highlights: • Limited size and beam sensitivity of nano-particles challenge their quantification. • Keeping the electron dose to a minimum is therefore important. • Reliability of quantitative ADF STEM for atom-counting is demonstrated. • Limits for single atom sensitivity are discussed. • Limits are diagnosed by combining simulations and a statistical method.

  13. Synthesis of Ferrite Nickel Nano-particles and Its Role as a p-Dopant in the Improvement of Hole Injection of an Organic Light-Emitting Diode

    Noori, Maryam; Jafari, Mohammad Reza; Hosseini, Sayed Mohsen; Shahedi, Zahra

    2017-02-01

    We fabricated an organometallic complex based on zinc ions using zinc complex as a fluorescent in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Also, the nano-particles of ferrite nickel were produced in a simple aqueous system prepared by mixing Ni (NO3)2, Fe (NO3)3 and deionized water solutions. The synthesized zinc bis (8-hydroxyquinoline) (Znq2) complex and NiFe2O4 nano-particles were characterized by using x-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) as well as photoluminescence spectroscopy analysis. Their energy level was also determined by some cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements. The maximum green photoluminescence was observed at 565 nm. The nano-particles of ferrite nickel were utilized in preparation of OLEDs by blending of the magnetic nano-particles with PEDOT:PSS and Zn-complex solutions. The electrical and optical performance of prepared OLEDs with/without doped nano-particle was studied. The samples were configured into two structures: (1) Indium Tin Oxide (ITO)/ poly(3,4-ethylenedi-oxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS)/Znq2/(2-4-biphenylyl)-5-phenyl-oxadiazole (PBD)/aluminum (Al) and (2) ITO/PEDOT:PSS:NiFe2O4(NPs)/Znq2/PBD/Al. Obtained results showed that the current density and electroluminescence efficiency were increased and the turn-on voltage decreased (about 3 V) by using nano-particles into a PEDOT:PSS layer (Hole transport layer). Also, the electroluminescence efficiency was decreased by incorporating magnetic nano-particles into a Zn-complex layer (emissive layer). It was found that utilizing NiFe2O4 nano-particles caused an increase of hole-injection layer conductivity effectively and a decrease of the turn-on voltage.

  14. Antibacterial activity of zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina

    Skoog, S.A. [Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, Box 7115, Raleigh, NC 27695-7115 (United States); Bayati, M.R. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Box 7907, Raleigh, NC 27695-7907 (United States); Petrochenko, P.E. [Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, Box 7115, Raleigh, NC 27695-7115 (United States); Division of Biology, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD 20993 (United States); Stafslien, S.; Daniels, J.; Cilz, N. [Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, North Dakota State University, 1805 Research Park Drive, Fargo, ND 58102 (United States); Comstock, D.J.; Elam, J.W. [Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Narayan, R.J., E-mail: roger_narayan@msn.com [Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, Box 7115, Raleigh, NC 27695-7115 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Box 7907, Raleigh, NC 27695-7907 (United States)

    2012-07-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Atomic layer deposition was used to deposit ZnO on nanoporous alumina membranes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Scanning electron microscopy showed continuous coatings of zinc oxide nanocrystals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Activity against B. subtilis, E. coli, S. aureus, and S. epidermidis was shown. - Abstract: Nanoporous alumina membranes, also known as anodized aluminum oxide membranes, are being investigated for use in treatment of burn injuries and other skin wounds. In this study, atomic layer deposition was used for coating the surfaces of nanoporous alumina membranes with zinc oxide. Agar diffusion assays were used to show activity of zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes against several bacteria found on the skin surface, including Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Staphylococcus epidermidis. On the other hand, zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes did not show activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococcus faecalis, and Candida albicans. These results suggest that zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes have activity against some Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria that are associated with skin colonization and skin infection.

  15. Protection of cisplatin-induced spermatotoxicity, DNA damage and chromatin abnormality by selenium nano-particles

    Rezvanfar, Mohammad Amin; Rezvanfar, Mohammad Ali [Department of Toxicology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shahverdi, Ahmad Reza [Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Biotechnology Research Centre, Faculty of Pharmacy, TUMS, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ahmadi, Abbas [Department of Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Urmia University, Urmia (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Baeeri, Maryam; Mohammadirad, Azadeh [Department of Toxicology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Abdollahi, Mohammad, E-mail: mohammad.abdollahi@utoronto.ca [Department of Toxicology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-02-01

    Cisplatin (CIS), an anticancer alkylating agent, induces DNA adducts and effectively cross links the DNA strands and so affects spermatozoa as a male reproductive toxicant. The present study investigated the cellular/biochemical mechanisms underlying possible protective effect of selenium nano-particles (Nano-Se) as an established strong antioxidant with more bioavailability and less toxicity, on reproductive toxicity of CIS by assessment of sperm characteristics, sperm DNA integrity, chromatin quality and spermatogenic disorders. To determine the role of oxidative stress (OS) in the pathogenesis of CIS gonadotoxicity, the level of lipid peroxidation (LPO), antioxidant enzymes including superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) and peroxynitrite (ONOO) as a marker of nitrosative stress (NS) and testosterone (T) concentration as a biomarker of testicular function were measured in the blood and testes. Thirty-two male Wistar rats were equally divided into four groups. A single IP dose of CIS (7 mg/kg) and protective dose of Nano-Se (2 mg/kg/day) were administered alone or in combination. The CIS-exposed rats showed a significant increase in testicular and serum LPO and ONOO level, along with a significant decrease in enzymatic antioxidants levels, diminished serum T concentration and abnormal histologic findings with impaired sperm quality associated with increased DNA damage and decreased chromatin quality. Coadministration of Nano-Se significantly improved the serum T, sperm quality, and spermatogenesis and reduced CIS-induced free radical toxic stress and spermatic DNA damage. In conclusion, the current study demonstrated that Nano-Se may be useful to prevent CIS-induced gonadotoxicity through its antioxidant potential. Highlights: ► Cisplatin (CIS) affects spermatozoa as a male reproductive toxicant. ► Effect of Nano-Se on CIS-induced spermatotoxicity was investigated. ► CIS-exposure induces oxidative sperm DNA damage

  16. Synthesis, structural, dielectric and magnetic properties of polyol assisted copper ferrite nano particles

    Pavithradevi, S.; Suriyanarayanan, N.; Boobalan, T.

    2017-03-01

    Nanocrystalline copper ferrite CuFe2O4 is synthesized by co-precipitation method in ethylene glycol as chelating agent, using sodium Hydroxide as precipitator at pH 8. The as synthesized CuFe2O4 is annealed at temperatures of 350 °C, 700 °C, and 1050 °C for 2 h respectively. The thermal analysis of the synthesized sample is done by TG technique. It is shown that at 260 °C ethylene glycol has evaporated completely and after 715 °C, spinel ferrite is formed with a cubic structure. The calculated lattice parameters are in agreement with the reported values. FTIR spectra of CuFe2O4 nano particles are as synthesized and annealed at 1050 °C and recorded between 400 cm-1 and 4000 cm-1. It shows that when the temperature increases ethylene glycol gradually evaporates. Finally, nano crystalline single phase spinel ferrite is obtained. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron diffraction (EDS) studies show that the sample is indexed as the face centered cubic spinel structure. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) indicated that the particles are flaky and spherical with the crystallite size in the range of 25-34 nm. From the dielectric studies, the dielectric constant decreases as the frequency increases. Low value of dielectric loss at higher frequencies suggests that the material is suitable for high frequency applications. AC conductivity increases with frequency. The magnetic properties of the samples are measured using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) at room temperature, which shows that the sample exhibited a typical super paramagnetic behavior at low temperature. The saturation magnetization, remanant magnetism, and coercivity increases with applied field.

  17. Protection of cisplatin-induced spermatotoxicity, DNA damage and chromatin abnormality by selenium nano-particles.

    Rezvanfar, Mohammad Amin; Rezvanfar, Mohammad Ali; Shahverdi, Ahmad Reza; Ahmadi, Abbas; Baeeri, Maryam; Mohammadirad, Azadeh; Abdollahi, Mohammad

    2013-02-01

    Cisplatin (CIS), an anticancer alkylating agent, induces DNA adducts and effectively cross links the DNA strands and so affects spermatozoa as a male reproductive toxicant. The present study investigated the cellular/biochemical mechanisms underlying possible protective effect of selenium nano-particles (Nano-Se) as an established strong antioxidant with more bioavailability and less toxicity, on reproductive toxicity of CIS by assessment of sperm characteristics, sperm DNA integrity, chromatin quality and spermatogenic disorders. To determine the role of oxidative stress (OS) in the pathogenesis of CIS gonadotoxicity, the level of lipid peroxidation (LPO), antioxidant enzymes including superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) and peroxynitrite (ONOO) as a marker of nitrosative stress (NS) and testosterone (T) concentration as a biomarker of testicular function were measured in the blood and testes. Thirty-two male Wistar rats were equally divided into four groups. A single IP dose of CIS (7 mg/kg) and protective dose of Nano-Se (2 mg/kg/day) were administered alone or in combination. The CIS-exposed rats showed a significant increase in testicular and serum LPO and ONOO level, along with a significant decrease in enzymatic antioxidants levels, diminished serum T concentration and abnormal histologic findings with impaired sperm quality associated with increased DNA damage and decreased chromatin quality. Coadministration of Nano-Se significantly improved the serum T, sperm quality, and spermatogenesis and reduced CIS-induced free radical toxic stress and spermatic DNA damage. In conclusion, the current study demonstrated that Nano-Se may be useful to prevent CIS-induced gonadotoxicity through its antioxidant potential.

  18. Chemical modification of titanium isopropoxide for producing stable dispersion of titania nano-particles

    Mahata, S. [National Institute of Science and Technology, Berhampur, Orissa (India); Mondal, B., E-mail: bnmondal@rediffmail.com [Centre for Advanced Materials Processing, Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur 713 209 (India); Mahata, S.S. [National Institute of Science and Technology, Berhampur, Orissa (India); Usha, K. [Bengal College of Engineering and Technology, Durgapur (India); Mandal, N.; Mukherjee, K. [Centre for Advanced Materials Processing, Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur 713 209 (India)

    2015-02-01

    Stable colloidal TiO{sub 2} nano-particles are synthesized through the controlled hydrolysis of chemically modified titanium (Ti) isopropoxide with acetylacetone and acetic acid whereas ammonium salts of poly(acrylic acid) is used as a dispersing agent. Acetylacetone and acetic acid used as chelating ligand to retard the hydrolysis and condensation rates. The process is found promising for producing homogeneous aqueous phase colloidal dispersion of TiO{sub 2} particles. Fourier transformed infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectra reveal the formation of monodentate bridging of ligands with Ti-isopropoxide. UV–Vis spectroscopy confirms the effective adsorption of poly(acrylic acid) within the modified Ti precursor. Zeta potential of modified titanium isopropoxide precursor is measured to understand its stability in different pH. The thermal stability of the precursors modified with different chelating ligands and dispersing agent has been studied using thermo-gravimetric in conjunction to differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA). Phase formation behavior and the morphological features of the synthesized particles are studied using X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy techniques. The sizes of the anatase phase particles are found in the range of 12–20 nm. - Highlights: • Nanosized colloidal TiO{sub 2} is prepared by controlled hydrolysis of Ti-isopropoxide. • Effect of chelating and dispersing agent on stability of colloidal TiO{sub 2} is studied. • Phase, morphology and stability of colloidal TiO{sub 2} are investigated. • The sizes of synthesized TiO{sub 2} particles are found in the range of 12–20 nm. • Suitable chelating and dispersing agent can improve particle loading in sol.

  19. Hot Extruded Polycrystalline Mg2Si with Embedded XS2 Nano-particles (X: Mo, W)

    Bercegol, A.; Christophe, V.; Keshavarz, M. K.; Vasilevskiy, D.; Turenne, S.; Masut, R. A.

    2016-08-01

    Due to their abundant, inexpensive and non-toxic constituent elements, magnesium silicide and related alloys are attractive for large-scale thermoelectric (TE) applications in the 500-800 K temperature range, in particular for energy conversion. In this work, we propose a hot extrusion method favorable for large-scale production, where the starting materials (Mg2Si and XS2, X: W, Mo) are milled together in a sealed vial. The MoS2 nano-particles (0.5-2 at.%) act as solid lubricant during the extrusion process, thus facilitating material densification, as confirmed by density measurements based on Archimedes' method. Scanning electron microscopy images of bulk extruded specimens show a wide distribution of grain size, covering the range from 0.1 μm to 10 μm, and energy dispersive spectroscopy shows oxygen preferentially distributed at the grain boundaries. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the major phase is the expected cubic structure of Mg2Si. The TE properties of these extruded alloys have been measured by the Harman method between 300 K and 700 K. Resistivity values at 700 K vary between 370 μΩ m and 530 μΩ m. The ZT value reaches a maximum of 0.26 for a sample with 2 at.% MoS2. Heat conductivity is reduced for extruded samples containing MoS2, which most likely behave as scattering centers for phonons. The reason why the WS2 particles do not bring any enhancement, for either densification or heat transfer reduction, might be linked to their tendency to agglomerate. These results open the way for further investigation to optimize the processing parameters for this family of TE alloys.

  20. Dodecylamine-loaded halloysite nanocontainers for active anticorrosion coatings

    Jesus Marino Falcón

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Currently the most promising approach in the corrosion protection by smart coatings is the use of nanoreservoirs loaded with corrosion inhibitors. Nanocontainers are filled with anti-corrosive agents and embedded into a primer coating. Future prospective containers are halloysite nanotubes due to their low price, availability, durability, with high mechanical strength and biocompatibility. The aim of this work is to study the use of halloysite nanotubes as nanocontainers for encapsulated dodecylamine for active corrosion protection of carbon steel. Halloysite clay was characterized by XRD and TGA- thermogravimetric analysis techniques. Halloysite nanotubes were loaded with dodecylamine and embedded into an alkyd primer with a weight ratio of 10 wt.% . The anticorrosive performance of the alkyd primer doped with 10 wt.% of entrapped-dodecylamine halloysite was tested on coated carbon steel by direct exposure of the coated samples with a provoked defect into 0.01 mol/L NaCl corrosive media using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS and scanning vibrating electrode technique (SVET. EIS and SVET measurements showed the self-healing properties of the doped alkyd coating. Coated samples were also evaluated in a salt spray chamber and the self-healing effect was unequivocally noticed.

  1. Dodecylamine-loaded halloysite nanocontainers for active anticorrosion coatings

    Falcón, Jesus; Sawczen, Tiago; Aoki, Idalina

    2015-11-01

    Currently the most promising approach in the corrosion protection by smart coatings is the use of nanoreservoirs loaded with corrosion inhibitors. Nanocontainers are filled with anti-corrosive agents and embedded into a primer coating. Future prospective containers are halloysite nanotubes due to their low price, availability, durability, with high mechanical strength and biocompatibility. The aim of this work is to study the use of halloysite nanotubes as nanocontainers for encapsulated dodecylamine for active corrosion protection of carbon steel. Halloysite clay was characterized by XRD and TGA- thermogravimetric analysis techniques. Halloysite nanotubes were loaded with dodecylamine and embedded into an alkyd primer with a weight ratio of 10 wt.% . The anticorrosive performance of the alkyd primer doped with 10 wt.% of entrapped-dodecylamine halloysite was tested on coated carbon steel by direct exposure of the coated samples with a provoked defect into 0.01 mol/L NaCl corrosive media using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and scanning vibrating electrode technique (SVET). EIS and SVET measurements showed the self-healing properties of the doped alkyd coating. Coated samples were also evaluated in a salt spray chamber and the self-healing effect was unequivocally noticed.

  2. Characterization of nano-composite PVD coatings for wear-resistant applications

    Galvan, D.; Pei, Y.T.; de Hosson, J.T.M.; DeHosson, JTM; Brebbia, CA; Nishida, SI

    2005-01-01

    Various methodologies for the characterization of nano-composite coatings are discussed, which consist TiC nano-particles distributed in an amorphous hydrocarbon (a-C:H) matrix. Complications that arise from the influence of coating roughness and underlying substrate on the properties are evaluated

  3. Deformation Behavior of Nanostructured Ceramic Coatings Deposited by Thermal Plasma Spray

    Xianliang JIANG; Eric Jordan; Leon Shaw; Maurice Gell

    2004-01-01

    Al2O3-13 wt pct TiO2 coating deposited by direct current plasma spray consists of nanostructured region and microlamellae. Bend test shows that the ceramic coating can sustain some deformation without sudden failure. The deformation is achieved through the movement of nano-particles in the nanostructured region under tensile stress.

  4. Bactericidal activity of green tea extracts: the importance of catechin containing nano particles.

    Gopal, Judy; Muthu, Manikandan; Paul, Diby; Kim, Doo-Hwan; Chun, Sechul

    2016-01-28

    When we drink green tea infusion, we believe we are drinking the extract of the green tea leaves. While practically each tea bag infused in 300 mL water contains about 50 mg of suspended green tea leaf particles. What is the role of these particles in the green tea effect is the objective of this study. These particles (three different size ranges) were isolated via varying speed centrifugation and their respective inputs evaluated. Live oral bacterial samples from human volunteers have been screened against green tea extracts and macro, micro and nano sized green tea particles. The results showed that the presence/absence of the macro and mico sized tea particles in the green tea extract did not contribute much. However, the nano sized particles were characterized to be nature's nano stores of the bioactive catechins. Eradication of these nano tea particles resulted in decrease in the bactericidal property of the green tea extracts. This is a curtain raiser investigation, busting the nano as well as green tea leaf particle contribution in green tea extracts.

  5. Enhanced Anti-Metastatic Activity of Etoposide Using Layered Double Hydroxide Nano Particles.

    Zhu, Yanjing; Wu, Youjun; Zhang, Haixia; Wang, Zhaoqi; Wang, Shilong; Qian, Yechang; Zhu, Rongrong

    2015-12-01

    Cell migration and invasion are integral to lung cancer metastasis. In this study, we investigated the combination of traditional chemotherapy and a layered double hydroxide (LDH) carrier as a new strategy for the inhibition of migration and invasion. To investigate the characteristics and possible mechanisms of VP16-LDH [the Mg-Al/LDH containing etoposide (VP16)], we used several experimental techniques, such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and fluorescent microscopy. The TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and zeta potential results indicated that VP16 binds well with LDH, with an average size of 70 nm, and the drug delivery system was confirmed to have the desired quality of slow release by the in vitro release test results. Fluorescent images showed that the cellular uptake of VP16-LDH was a caveolae-mediated and energy-dependent process. Moreover, A549 cells treated with VP16-LDH (5 μg/ml, 10 μg/ml) demonstrated significant inhibition of cell migration and invasion compared with the cells treated with free VP16 at the same concentration. The inhibition of AKT, mTOR and STAT3 phosphorylation and p-β-catenin up-regulation in VP16-LDH-treated cells revealed a possible molecular mechanism via the mTOR/AKT and STAT pathways, through which VP16-LDH had a stronger inhibitory effect on migration than the drug alone.

  6. Bactericidal activity of green tea extracts: the importance of catechin containing nano particles

    Judy Gopal; Manikandan Muthu; Diby Paul; Doo-Hwan Kim; Sechul Chun

    2016-01-01

    When we drink green tea infusion, we believe we are drinking the extract of the green tea leaves. While practically each tea bag infused in 300 mL water contains about 50 mg of suspended green tea leaf particles. What is the role of these particles in the green tea effect is the objective of this study. These particles (three different size ranges) were isolated via varying speed centrifugation and their respective inputs evaluated. Live oral bacterial samples from human volunteers have been ...

  7. Activation energies of grain growth mechanisms in aluminum coatings

    Jankowski, Alan [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Chemistry and Materials Science, CA (United States)]. E-mail: jankowski1@11nl.gov; Ferreira, James [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Chemistry and Materials Science, CA (United States); Hayes, Jeffrey [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering, Livermore, CA 94551-9900 (United States)

    2005-11-22

    To produce a specific grain size in metallic coatings requires precise control of the time at temperature during the deposition process. Aluminum coatings are deposited using electron-beam evaporation onto heated substrate surfaces of both mica and lithium flouride. The grain size of the coating is determined upon examination of the microstructure in plan view and cross-section. Ideal grain growth is observed over the entire experimental range of temperature examined from 413 to 843 K. A transition in the activation energy for grain growth from 0.87 to 2.04 eV atom{sup -1} is observed as the temperature increases from < 526 K to > 588 K. The transition is indicative of the dominant mechanism for grain growth shifting with increasing temperature from grain boundary to lattice diffusion.

  8. Preparation and photoluminescence properties of MMoO4 (M = Cu, Ni, Zn) nano-particles synthesized via electrolysis

    Zhang, Wei; Yin, Jiajia; Min, Fanqi; Jia, Lili; Zhang, Daoming; Zhang, Quansheng; Xie, Jingying

    2017-01-01

    Metal molybdate (MMoO4, M = Cu, Ni, Zn) nano-particles were successfully synthesized by electrochemical method in a cation exchange membrane electrolytic cell with Na2MoO4 solution as anolyte, diluted hydrochloric acid (HCl) as catholyte, metal (Cu, Ni, Zn) as anode and stainless steel as cathode. The composition, morphology, structure, microstructure and photoluminescence property of the synthesized MMoO4 were investigated and characterized. The results show that the photoluminescence spectra of electrolytic synthesized MMoO4 have fine structures, which is markedly different from the existing research.

  9. Preparation of Nano-Particles (Pb,La)TiO3 Thin Films by Liquid Source Misted Chemical Deposition

    张之圣; 曾建平; 李小图

    2004-01-01

    Nano-particles lanthanum-modified lead titanate (PLT) thin films are grown on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate by liquid source misted chemical deposition (LSMCD). PLT films are deposited for 4-8 times, and then annealed at various temperature. XRD and SEM show that the prepared films have good crystallization behavior and perovskite structure. The crystallite is about 60 nm. The deposition speed is 3 nm/min. This deposition method can exactly control stoichiometry ratios, doping concentration ratio and thickness of PLT thin films. The best annealing process is to bake at 300 ℃ for 10 min and anneal at 600 ℃ for 1 h.

  10. Precursor-Less Coating of Nanoparticles in the Gas Phase

    Pfeiffer, T.V.; Kedia, P.; Messing, M.E.; Valvo, M.; Schmidt-Ott, A.

    2015-01-01

    This article introduces a continuous, gas-phase method for depositing thin metallic coatings onto (nano)particles using a type of physical vapor deposition (PVD) at ambient pressure and temperature. An aerosol of core particles is mixed with a metal vapor cloud formed by spark ablation by passing th

  11. 纳米填料改性聚氨酯研究进展%RESEARCH PROGRESS IN POLYURETHANE MODIFIED BY NANO-PARTICLE FILLERS

    孙希鹏; 朱金华; 文庆珍; 李志生

    2011-01-01

    The research progress of modification of polyurethane by nano-particle fillers was reviewed. The influence of the common nano-particle fillers, organo-modified nano-particle fillers and the dispersion methods of nano-particle fillers in polyurethane matrix on mechanical properties of polyurethane was summarized, the modifying mechanism of polyurethane was also introduced. In addition , the key research direction of polyurethane modified by nano-particle fillers in the future was proposed.%综述了纳米填料改性聚氨酯(PUR)近年来的研究进展,总结了普通纳米填料、有机改性纳米填料和纳米填料的分散方法对PUR力学性能的影响及纳米填料的改性机理研究,并对纳米填料改性PUR未来研究的重点方向进行了展望.

  12. Enhancement of photo-response via surface plasmon resonance induced by Ag nano-particles embedded in ZnO

    Li, Gaoming; Zhang, Jingwen; Chen, Guangde; Ye, Honggang; Duan, Xiangyang; Hou, Xun

    2016-09-01

    Surface plasmon resonance can be exploited to improve the performance of the photodetectors. However, it may cause the increase of dark current as a side effect. The enhancement of responsivity is highly dependent on the device structure involving SPR and the situations of the metal nano-particles. In this paper, we reported the responsivity enhancement of the ZnO UV detectors with SPR based on a structure in which Ag nano-particles are embedded in ZnO film, without the apparent increase of dark current. We found that the characteristic wavelength for SPR absorption is 380 nm, well predicted by Mie theory. And the spectral responsivity peak value increases from 472 mA/W to 10.522 A/W, by 22.3 times. The good matching between enhancement spectra and SPR absorption spectra confirms that the responsivity enhancement is resulted from SPR. Our results are of great importance in improving the photodetectors based on SPR effects, which may be widely used in light detection.

  13. Optical and thermoelectric properties of nano-particles based Bi2(Te1-xSex)3 thin films

    Adam, A. M.; Lilov, E.; Petkov, P.

    2017-01-01

    Nano-particles of Bi2Te3 and Bi2(Te1-xSex)3 films were deposited using vacuum thermal evaporation technique from previously prepared bulk alloys synthesized by melting method. Optical and thermoelectric properties were studied in the temperature range of 300-473K. The formation of none- and Se-doped Bi2Te3 nano-particles was verified by EDX and XRD analysis. TEM, SEM and AFM analysis showed the prepared films are polycrystalline in nature. The measurements of electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient, alongside with thermal conductivity calculations, resulted in the highest values of thermoelectric power at high temperature to be reported. The maximum value of power factor was calculated at 62.82917 μWK-2cm-1 for (Bi2Se0.3Te1.7) sample at 463 K. On the addition of Se to Bi2Te3 film, a significant decrease of the electronic thermal conductivity (Kel) from 2.181 × 10-2 to 0.598 × 10-2 (μW/cm.K) could be achieved. Figure of merit (ZT) calculations showed a maximum value of 0.85 at room temperature, for Bi2Te3. Besides the increase of ZT value for all samples at higher temperature, surprisingly, a value of 2.75 for (Bi2Se1.2Te1.8) was obtained. We believe our results could open avenues for new applications.

  14. Identification of TiO2 clusters present during synthesis of sol-gel derived TiO2 nano-particles

    Simonsen, Morten Enggrob; Søgaard, Erik Gydesen

    Synthesis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles with controlled size distribution and morphology are of great interest for many applications i.e. photocatalysis and dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The sol-gel method has some advantages over other preparation techniques in the many parameters, which...... nano-particles is lacking but is highly important for full control of the synthesis and production of nano-particles. In this study titanium dioxide clusters present during nucleation and growth of sol-gel derived TiO2 nanoparticles was investigated by help of electro spray mass spectrometry (ESI...... during nucleation and growth of the sol-gel derived TiO2 nano-particles, although the time of the induction period was greatly influenced. The reactivity of the alkoxy group were found to be OEt > OPri > OBu. The difference in the reactivity of the alkoxides leading to difference in size of the primary...

  15. Polymer brushes containing thermosensitive and functional groups grafted onto magnetic nano-particles for interaction and extraction of famotidine in biological samples.

    Ahmad Panahi, Homayon; Nasrollahi, Sara

    2014-12-10

    This study introduces a new method for grafting poly[N-isopropylacrylamide-co-allyl glycidyl/iminodiacetic] onto iron oxide nano-particles modified using 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane. The grafted nano-polymer was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The parameters of pH, contact time and temperature of the grafted nano-polymer were investigated. The determination and extraction of famotidine in human biological fluids was evaluated for high accessibility to active sites on the grafted sorbent. The equilibrium adsorption data were analyzed using the Langmuir and Freundlich models. The sorption capacity of the nano-sorbent was 116 mg g(-1) at an optimum pH of 7. About 73% of famotidine was released into simulated gastric fluid by 1 h and 70% was released into simulated intestinal fluids by 30 h at 37 °C. These results show that this new magnetic grafted nano-polymer is suitable for enteric drug delivery.

  16. Adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) to predict CI engine parameters fueled with nano-particles additive to diesel fuel

    Ghanbari, M.; Najafi, G.; Ghobadian, B.; Mamat, R.; Noor, M. M.; Moosavian, A.

    2015-12-01

    This paper studies the use of adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) to predict the performance parameters and exhaust emissions of a diesel engine operating on nanodiesel blended fuels. In order to predict the engine parameters, the whole experimental data were randomly divided into training and testing data. For ANFIS modelling, Gaussian curve membership function (gaussmf) and 200 training epochs (iteration) were found to be optimum choices for training process. The results demonstrate that ANFIS is capable of predicting the diesel engine performance and emissions. In the experimental step, Carbon nano tubes (CNT) (40, 80 and 120 ppm) and nano silver particles (40, 80 and 120 ppm) with nanostructure were prepared and added as additive to the diesel fuel. Six cylinders, four-stroke diesel engine was fuelled with these new blended fuels and operated at different engine speeds. Experimental test results indicated the fact that adding nano particles to diesel fuel, increased diesel engine power and torque output. For nano-diesel it was found that the brake specific fuel consumption (bsfc) was decreased compared to the net diesel fuel. The results proved that with increase of nano particles concentrations (from 40 ppm to 120 ppm) in diesel fuel, CO2 emission increased. CO emission in diesel fuel with nano-particles was lower significantly compared to pure diesel fuel. UHC emission with silver nano-diesel blended fuel decreased while with fuels that contains CNT nano particles increased. The trend of NOx emission was inverse compared to the UHC emission. With adding nano particles to the blended fuels, NOx increased compared to the net diesel fuel. The tests revealed that silver & CNT nano particles can be used as additive in diesel fuel to improve combustion of the fuel and reduce the exhaust emissions significantly.

  17. The Effects of Zinc and Iron Oxide Nano-Particles on The Growth and Ion Content of Two Corn Cultivars in Different Soil Salinity

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted in order to evaluate the effects of foliar application of nano-particles and ordinary bulk materials of zinc and iron oxide was studied in two corn genotypes (S.C 704 and seed mass in different soil salinity (0,75,150 mM NaCl. The experiment was arranged as factorial in a randomized complete block design with four replications. The results showed that in saline condition Leaf area, shoot and root dry matter, photochemical efficiency, the concentration of K, Fe and Zn in shoot decreased and that of Na and the Na/K ratio increased under saline condition. The interactions of salinity and genotype were significant on leaf area, shoot and root dry matter, Na/K ratio and photochemical efficiency. The application of nano-particles of iron and zinc oxide increased shoot dry matter to a greater degree as compared with ordinary bulk materials. Under saline condition, the application of iron oxide in the form of nano-particles had higher effect on iron uptake by corn plants. However, with an increase in salinity level the superiority of nano form decreased. The application of Nano-particles of iron and zinc as compared to ordinary bulk materials was more effective in alleviating the negative effects of salt stress on the accumulation of zinc in tested plants. This was not evidence in terms of iron accumulation. The results from this experiment showed that the application of nano-particles of iron and zinc promoted plant growth to a greater degree in comparison to ordinary materials of these nutrients. However, the application of nano particles had no advantage in alleviating the effects of salinity on plant growth.

  18. Photocatalytic activity of titania coatings synthesised by a combined laser/sol–gel technique

    Adraider, Y. [School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University, Middlesbrough TS1 3BA (United Kingdom); Pang, Y.X., E-mail: F6098038@tees.ac.uk [School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University, Middlesbrough TS1 3BA (United Kingdom); Nabhani, F.; Hodgson, S.N. [School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University, Middlesbrough TS1 3BA (United Kingdom); Sharp, M.C.; Al-Waidh, A. [General Engineering Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, Byrom Street, Liverpool L3 3AF (United Kingdom)

    2014-06-01

    Highlights: • Sol–gel method was used to prepare titania coatings. • Titania thin films were coated on substrate surface by dip coating. • Fibre laser was employed to irradiate the titania coated surfaces. • Photocatalytic efficiency of titania coatings was significantly improved after laser processing. - Abstract: Titania coatings were prepared using sol–gel method and then applied on the substrate surface by dip coating. Fibre laser (λ = 1064 nm) in continuous wave mode was used to irradiate the titania coated surfaces at different specific energies. The ATR-FTIR, XRD, SEM, EDS and contact angle measurement were employed to analyse surface morphology, phase composition and crystalline structure of laser-irradiated titania coatings, whilst the photocatalytic activity was evaluated by measuring the decomposition of methylene blue (MB) after exposure to the visible light for various illumination times. Results showed that the laser-irradiated titania coatings demonstrate significant different composition and microstructure in comparison with the as-coated from the same sol–gel titania. Photocatalytic efficiency of titania coatings was significantly improved after laser processing. The photocatalytic activity of laser-irradiated titania coatings was higher than that of the as-coated titania. The titania coating processed at laser specific energy of 6.5 J/mm{sup 2} exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity among all titania samples.

  19. Preparation of ZrO2 nano-particles by the hydrolysis of ZrOCl2 solution in the reverse micelles

    Chensha Li; Tongxiang Liang; Tianyong Luo

    2006-01-01

    Zirconia nano-particles have been produced by the hydrolysis of ZrOGl2 solution in the reverse micelles of a liquid-liquid two-phase system, in which sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinite (AOT) and toluene were chosen as the surfactant and organic phase, respectively. The reverse micelles prevented the aggregation of primary particles and reduced the diameters of zirconia nanoparticles. Superfine zirconia powders soft-aggregated by the zirconia nano-particles were obtained. The diameters of zirconia nanoparticles were influenced by the quantity of the surfactant.

  20. Lectin coated MgO nanoparticle: its toxicity, antileishmanial activity, and macrophage activation.

    Jebali, Ali; Hekmatimoghaddam, Seyedhossein; Kazemi, Bahram; Allaveisie, Azra; Masoudi, Alireza; Daliri, Karim; Sedighi, Najme; Ranjbari, Javad

    2014-10-01

    The purpose of this research was to evaluate toxicity of uncoated magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO NPs), MgO NPs coated with Peanut agglutinin (PNA) lectin, and PNA alone on the promastigotes of Leishmania major (L. major) and macrophages of BALB/c mice. On the other hand, antileishmanial property of uncoated MgO NPs, lectin coated MgO NPs, and PNA lectin alone was evaluated, and also macrophage activation was investigated after treatment with these materials by measurement of nitrite, H2O2, and some interleukins. This study showed that PNA lectin and lectin coated MgO NPs had approximately no toxicity on L. major and macrophages, but some toxic effects were observed for uncoated MgO NPs, especially at concentration of 500 µg/mL. Interestingly, lectin coated MgO NPs had the highest antileishmanial activity and macrophage activation, compared with uncoated MgO NPs and PNA lectin.

  1. Multilayer hydrogel coatings to combine hemocompatibility and antimicrobial activity.

    Fischer, Marion; Vahdatzadeh, Maryam; Konradi, Rupert; Friedrichs, Jens; Maitz, Manfred F; Freudenberg, Uwe; Werner, Carsten

    2015-07-01

    While silver-loaded catheters are widely used to prevent early-onset catheter-related infections [1], long term antimicrobial protection of indwelling catheters remains to be achieved [2] and antiseptic functionalization of coatings often impairs their hemocompatibility characteristics. Therefore, this work aimed to capitalize on the antimicrobial properties of silver nanoparticles, incorporated in anticoagulant poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-heparin hydrogel coatings [3] on thermoplastic polyurethane materials. For prolonged antimicrobial activity, the silver-containing starPEG-heparin hydrogel layers were shielded with silver-free hydrogel layers of otherwise similar composition. The resulting multi-layered gel coatings showed long term antiseptic efficacy against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis strains in vitro, and similarly performed well when incubated with freshly drawn human whole blood with respect to hemolysis, platelet activation and plasmatic coagulation. The introduced hydrogel multilayer system thus offers a promising combination of hemocompatibility and long-term antiseptic capacity to meet an important clinical need.

  2. Magnetic behaviour of nano-particles of Fe2.9Zn0.1O4

    Subhash Chander; Sudhish Kumar; Anjali Krishnamurthy; Bipin K Srivastava; V K Aswal

    2003-09-01

    DC magnetization measurements are reported in the temperature range 20–300 K on a poly-disperse nano-particle sample of the spinel ferrite Fe2.9Zn0.1O4 with a log-normal size distribution of median diameter 43.6 Å and standard deviation 0.58. Outside a core of ordered spins, moments in surface layer are disordered. Results also show some similarities with conventional spin glasses. Blocking temperature exhibits a near linear variation with two-third power of the applied magnetic field and magnetization evolves nearly linearly with logarithm of time . Magnetic anisotropy has been estimated by analysing the $M-\\log t$ curve. Anisotropy values show a large increase over that of bulk particle samples. Major contribution to this enhancement comes from the disordered surface spins.

  3. Near-field optical mapping of single gold nano particles using photo-induced polymer movement of azo-polymers

    Ishitobi, Hidekazu; Kobayashi, Taka-aki; Ono, Atsushi; Inouye, Yasushi

    2017-03-01

    In this study, polymer movement was induced in azo-polymer films by optical near-fields generated in the vicinity of single gold nano particles (GNPs) to visualize near-field distribution with a spatial resolution beyond the diffraction limit of light. A linearly polarized (Ex) laser beam was irradiated into GNPs to excite local surface plasmon resonance that enhanced the near-field around the GNPs. The findings indicated that different GNP diameters (that is, 50 nm and 80 nm) resulted in different deformation patterns on the films. The results were compared with theoretical calculations of near-field distributions, and the observations revealed that the deformation patterns were dependent on the ratio between Ex and Ey wherein each possessed a different field distribution.

  4. Study of chemically synthesized ZnO nano particles under a bio template using radioactive ion beam

    This is a project proposal to study nano sized semiconductor ZnO system, useful in biology and medicinal purposes, using radioactive ion beam from ISOLDE. Doping of the nano particles with Cu, Cd and Ga ions (in their variable valancy states) are expected to impart changes in the electrical structure and properties in the said system under study. The morphological changes, chemical environment, micro structure, electrical and optical properties of the nano size particles of ZnO system (developed under a bio template of folic acid) after the interaction with radioactive ion beam will be studied. The provision of perturbed angular correlation (PAC) study with respect to the changes in chemical environment, where ever possible will be attempted.

  5. Optically sensitive devices based on Pt nano particles fabricated by atomic layer deposition and embedded in a dielectric stack

    Mikhelashvili, V.; Padmanabhan, R.; Meyler, B.; Yofis, S.; Atiya, G.; Cohen-Hyams, Z.; Weindling, S.; Ankonina, G.; Salzman, J.; Kaplan, W. D.; Eisenstein, G.

    2015-10-01

    We report a series of metal insulator semiconductor devices with embedded Pt nano particles (NPs) fabricated using a low temperature atomic layer deposition process. Optically sensitive nonvolatile memory cells as well as optical sensors: (i) varactors, whose capacitance-voltage characteristics, nonlinearity, and peak capacitance are strongly dependent on illumination intensity; (ii) highly linear photo detectors whose responsivity is enhanced due to the Pt NPs. Both single devices and back to back pairs of diodes were used. The different configurations enable a variety of functionalities with many potential applications in biomedical sensing, environmental surveying, simple imagers for consumer electronics and military uses. The simplicity and planar configuration of the proposed devices makes them suitable for standard CMOS fabrication technology.

  6. The effect of metal nano particle on optical absorption coefficient of multi-layer spherical quantum dot

    Zamani, N., E-mail: n.zamani@sutech.ac.ir [Department of Physics, College of Science, Shiraz University, Shiraz 71454 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Keshavarz, A., E-mail: keshavarz@sutech.ac.ir [Department of Physics, Shiraz University of Technology, Shiraz 71555-313 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Nadgaran, H., E-mail: nadgaran@susc.ac.ir [Department of Physics, College of Science, Shiraz University, Shiraz 71454 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we investigate the optical absorption coefficient of hybrid structure consisting of metal nano particle (MNP) coupled to multi-layer spherical quantum dot (MSQD). Energy eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of Schrödinger equation in this structure are obtained by using numerical solution (by the fourth-order Runge–Kutta method). The effect of MNP in the vicinity of MSQD is calculated by considering local field theory. Then the variation of optical absorption coefficient hybrid structure is calculated. The results show that the presence of MNP near MSQD enhances the optical absorption coefficient. Also, by changing the distance between MNP and MSQD and radius of MNP, variation of optical absorption coefficient and refractive index changes are introduced.

  7. The effect of metal nano particle on optical absorption coefficient of multi-layer spherical quantum dot

    Zamani, N.; Keshavarz, A.; Nadgaran, H.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we investigate the optical absorption coefficient of hybrid structure consisting of metal nano particle (MNP) coupled to multi-layer spherical quantum dot (MSQD). Energy eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of Schrödinger equation in this structure are obtained by using numerical solution (by the fourth-order Runge-Kutta method). The effect of MNP in the vicinity of MSQD is calculated by considering local field theory. Then the variation of optical absorption coefficient hybrid structure is calculated. The results show that the presence of MNP near MSQD enhances the optical absorption coefficient. Also, by changing the distance between MNP and MSQD and radius of MNP, variation of optical absorption coefficient and refractive index changes are introduced.

  8. Photodegradation of luminescence in organic-ligand-capped Eu{sup 3+}:LaF{sub 3} nano-particles

    King, Gavin G. G.; Taylor, Luke R.; Longdell, Jevon J., E-mail: jevon.longdell@otago.ac.nz [Department of Physics, University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin 9054 (New Zealand); Clarke, David J.; Quilty, J. W. [Callaghan Innovation Research Limited, P.O. Box 31-310, Lower Hutt 5040 (New Zealand)

    2014-01-28

    The luminescence from europium doped lanthanum trifluoride (Eu{sup 3+}:LaF{sub 3}) nano-crystals can be greatly enhanced by capping with β-diketonate organic ligands. Here, we report on photo-stability measurements for the case of nano-crystals capped with thenoyltrifluroacetone (TTA) and compared with those capped with an inactive ligand, oleic acid. With exposure to UV pump light, we observed significant decrease in fluorescence and change in emission spectrum of the TTA-capped nano-particles whilst the fluorescence lifetime remained approximately constant. After a dose of order 70 kJ cm{sup −2}, the luminescence level was similar to that of oleic acid capped nano-crystals. We discuss possible mechanisms.

  9. Optically sensitive devices based on Pt nano particles fabricated by atomic layer deposition and embedded in a dielectric stack

    Mikhelashvili, V.; Padmanabhan, R.; Eisenstein, G. [Electrical Engineering Department, Technion, Haifa 3200 (Israel); Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, Technion, Haifa 3200 (Israel); Meyler, B.; Yofis, S.; Weindling, S.; Salzman, J. [Electrical Engineering Department, Technion, Haifa 3200 (Israel); Atiya, G.; Cohen-Hyams, Z.; Kaplan, W. D. [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Technion, Haifa 3200 (Israel); Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, Technion, Haifa 3200 (Israel); Ankonina, G. [Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, Technion, Haifa 3200 (Israel); Photovoltaic Laboratory, Technion, Haifa 3200 (Israel)

    2015-10-07

    We report a series of metal insulator semiconductor devices with embedded Pt nano particles (NPs) fabricated using a low temperature atomic layer deposition process. Optically sensitive nonvolatile memory cells as well as optical sensors: (i) varactors, whose capacitance-voltage characteristics, nonlinearity, and peak capacitance are strongly dependent on illumination intensity; (ii) highly linear photo detectors whose responsivity is enhanced due to the Pt NPs. Both single devices and back to back pairs of diodes were used. The different configurations enable a variety of functionalities with many potential applications in biomedical sensing, environmental surveying, simple imagers for consumer electronics and military uses. The simplicity and planar configuration of the proposed devices makes them suitable for standard CMOS fabrication technology.

  10. 纳米粒子表面ATRP修饰及其在生物医学领域中的应用%Surface Modification and Functionalization of Nano-particles via Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization

    魏静仁; 张匆; 袁伟忠; 任天斌; 任杰

    2011-01-01

    综述了各种纳米粒子如金属纳米粒子、金属化合物纳米粒子、无机非金属纳米粒子,有机纳米粒子等通过表面修饰引发原子转移自由基聚合而得到各种功能聚合物材料,并对这些杂化材料在生物医学中的应用进行了总结和展望.%Reviewed a variety of nano-particles such as metal nano-particles, metallic compound nano-particles, inorganic non-metallic nano-particles, organic compounds nano-particles which were surfaced-modified via ATRP to obtain functional hybrid nano-materialg. And it is also sumed and prospected about the biomedical applications of these hybrid materials.

  11. Study of Gel Growth Cobalt (II Oxalate Crystals as Precursor of Co3O4 Nano Particles

    Yuniar Ponco Prananto

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Crystal growth of cobalt (II oxalate in silica gel at room temperature as precursor of Co3O4 nano particles has been studied. Specifically, this project is focusing on the use of two different reaction tube types toward crystallization of cobalt (II oxalate in gel. The gel was prepared at pH 5 by reacting sodium metasilicate solution with dilute nitric acid (for U-tube and oxalic acid (for straight tube, with gelling time of 4 days and crystal growth time of 8 (for straight tube and 12 (for U-tube weeks. Result shows that pink crystalline powder was directly formed using straight tube method. The use of different solvents in straight tube method affects crystallization and could delay direct precipitation of the product. In contrast, bigger and better shape of red block crystal was yielded from U-tube method; however, longer growth time was needed. FTIR studies suggest that both growth method produces identical compound of hydrated cobalt (II oxalate. © 2013 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reservedReceived: 25th October 2012; Revised: 30th November 2012; Accepted: 5th December 2012[How to Cite: Y.P. Prananto, M.M. Khunur, D.T. Wahyuni, R.A. Shobirin, Y.R. Nata, E. Riskah, (2013. Study of Gel Growth Cobalt (II Oxalate Crystals as Precursor of Co3O4 Nano Particles. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 7 (3: 198-204. (doi:10.9767/bcrec.7.3.4066.198-204][Permalink/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.7.3.4066.198-204 ] View in  |

  12. Development of fine-celled bio-fiber composite foams using physical blowing agents and nano-particles

    Guo, Gangjian

    As one of eco-friendly bio-fibers, wood-fiber has been incorporated in plastics to make wood-fiber/plastic composites (WPC) with an increased stiffness, durability and lowered cost. However, these improvements are usually accompanied by loss in the ductility and impact strength of the composites. These shortcomings can be significantly improved by incorporating a fine-cell foam structure in the composites. This thesis presents the development of the foaming technology for the manufacture of fine-cell WPC foams with environmentally benign physical blowing agents (PBAs), and focuses on the elucidation of the fundamental foaming mechanisms and the related issues involved. One critical issue comes from the volatiles evolved from the wood-fiber during high temperature processing. The volatiles, as a blowing agent, can contribute to the foaming process. However, they lead to gross deterioration of the cell structure of WPC foams. The presence of volatiles makes foaming of WPC "a poorly understood black art". With the use of PBAs, a strategy of lowering processing temperature becomes feasible, to suppress the generation of volatiles. A series of PBA-based experiments were designed using a statistical design of experiments (DOE) technique, and were performed to establish the relationship of processing and material variables with the structure of WPC foams. Fundamental foaming behaviors for two different PBAs and two different polymer systems were identified. WPC foams with a fine-cell morphology and a desired density were successfully obtained at the optimized conditions. Another limitation for the wider application of WPC is their flammability. Innovative use of a small amount of nano-clay in WPC significantly improved the flame-retarding property of WPC, and the key issue was to achieve a high degree of exfoliation of nano-particles in the polymer matrix, to achieve a desired flammability reduction. The synergistic effects of nano-particles in foaming of WPC were

  13. CCN activation of pure and coated carbon black particles.

    Dusek, U; Reischl, G P; Hitzenberger, R

    2006-02-15

    The CCN (cloud condensation nucleus) activation of pure and coated carbon black particles was investigated using the University of Vienna cloud condensation nuclei counter (Giebl, H.; Berner, A.; Reischl, G.; Puxbaum, H.; Kasper-Giebl, A.; Hitzenberger, R. J. Aerosol Sci. 2002, 33, 1623-1634). The particles were produced by nebulizing an aqueous suspension of carbon black in a Collison atomizer. The activation of pure carbon black particles was found to require higher supersaturations than predicted by calculations representing the particles as insoluble, wettable spheres with mobility equivalent diameter. To test whether this effect is an artifact due to heating of the light-absorbing carbon black particles in the laser beam, experiments at different laser powers were conducted. No systematic dependence of the activation of pure carbon black particles on laser power was observed. The observations could be modeled using spherical particles and an effective contact angle of 4-6 degrees of water at their surface. The addition of a small amount of NaCl to the carbon black particles (by adding 5% by mass NaCl to the carbon black suspension) greatly enhanced their CCN efficiency. The measured CCN efficiencies were consistent with Kohler theory for particles consisting of insoluble and hygroscopic material. However, coating the carbon black particles with hexadecanol (a typical film-forming compound with one hydrophobic and one hydrophilic end) efficiently suppressed the CCN activation of the carbon black particles.

  14. Preparation of Silver Nano-Particles and Use as a Material for Water Sterilization

    Tran Hong Con

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available High dispersed nanodimensional silver metal (nanosilver solution of concentration ranging from 40 to 400 mg/L was prepared from silver nitrate in water media with and without dispersing reagent. The reduction process was initiated by ammonium hydroxide and glucose was used as a reductive reagent. The nanosilver solution was characterized by color changing from light-yellow to yellow, brown, red-brown, brown-green, dark-green, blue, dark-blue and those were depending on silver concentration and dimension of silver metal particles. The nanosilver solution was possibly used as a direct sterilizing reagent or coating on calcinated laterite grains to create sterilizing material in bacterial removing filter. Direct sterilization ability of nanosilver solution and nanosilver coated material was investigated. The results showed that with 10 ppb nanosilver in supplied water, all bacteria will be removed within 25–30 min. 10 mm thick layer of silica gel or 20 mm of calcinated laterite coated nanosilver could remove all bacteria in water flowed though with maximum flow rate of 100 L.m2/min. Moreover, sterilizing material was nontoxic and applicable for drinking water production.

  15. The use of visible light and metal oxide nano particles for pathogen inactivation

    Lubart, R.; Lipovski, A.; Gedanken, A.

    2012-09-01

    Since the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment is decreasing due to the development of resistant strains, alternative approaches for destroying microorganisms are needed. In this review we summarize new technologies that might be effective for pathogen inactivation. In the past we found that intense blue light could be used for bacterial eradication. The phototoxic effect correlated with the amount of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by the bacteria due to illumination. Recently it has been shown that the effect of light can be enhanced by introducing metal oxide nanoparticles (nps) to the bacteria prior to irradiation. This led us to suggest combining nanoparticles with visible light irradiation for pathogen eradication. We have shown that combination of illumination with the nanoparticles (ZnO or TiO2) resulted in a marked increase in the reduction of bacterial viability to a mean reduction of 80-90% for both nanoaprticles. As a matter of fact metal oxide nps alone can be used for bacteria destruction. The advantage of our approach is the use of lower concentrations of nps, combined with reduced light intensity that is less toxic to the host tissue. To further avoid the toxicity of metal oxides nps on healthy tissue it is possible to coat their surfaces with various substrates including ceramics and polymers. Recently Zinc oxide nanoparticles have been synthesized and deposited on the surface of cotton fabrics using ultrasound irradiation. Thus in the future we will try to treat infected wounds with transparent bandages coated with ZnO that will be applied to the wounds prior to irradiation.

  16. Coatings and surface modifications imparting antimicrobial activity to orthopedic implants.

    Kargupta, Roli; Bok, Sangho; Darr, Charles M; Crist, Brett D; Gangopadhyay, Keshab; Gangopadhyay, Shubhra; Sengupta, Shramik

    2014-01-01

    Bacterial colonization and biofilm formation on an orthopedic implant surface is one of the worst possible outcomes of orthopedic intervention in terms of both patient prognosis and healthcare costs. Making the problem even more vexing is the fact that infections are often caused by events beyond the control of the operating surgeon and may manifest weeks to months after the initial surgery. Herein, we review the costs and consequences of implant infection as well as the methods of prevention and management. In particular, we focus on coatings and other forms of implant surface modification in a manner that imparts some antimicrobial benefit to the implant device. Such coatings can be classified generally based on their mode of action: surface adhesion prevention, bactericidal, antimicrobial-eluting, osseointegration promotion, and combinations of the above. Despite several advances in the efficacy of these antimicrobial methods, a remaining major challenge is ensuring retention of the antimicrobial activity over a period of months to years postoperation, an issue that has so far been inadequately addressed. Finally, we provide an overview of additional figures of merit that will determine whether a given antimicrobial surface modification warrants adoption for clinical use.

  17. Clogging of microchannels by nano-particles due to hetero-coagulation in elongational flow.

    Georgieva, K; Dijkstra, D J; Fricke, H; Willenbacher, N

    2010-12-15

    We have investigated the phenomenon of flow-induced aggregation in highly concentrated colloidal dispersions exposed to strongly converging flow fields. This phenomenon is relevant not only for classical technical operations like coating, pumping or filtration, but also for the application of concentrated suspensions in upcoming processing technologies based on microfluidic devices. A ring-slit device (gap height 10-25 μm), which allows for a variation of flow kinematics in a wide range, has been developed in order to investigate this phenomenon. Various polymer dispersions with different particle surface properties have been used as model systems. Our experiments exclude, that channel clogging is due to retention of pre-existing aggregates, fouling or hydrodynamic bridging. Instead, we demonstrate that clogging of the microchannel is induced by hetero-coagulation between primary colloidal particles and micron-sized impurities present at concentrations on the order of 100-1000 ppm. Clogging can occur even if the diameter of these impurities is less than a tenth of the gap height. Aggregation takes place in the converging flow field at the channel entrance, but not in the shear field within the slit. It can be suppressed by appropriate stabilization of the primary particles.

  18. Bendable Electro-chemical Lactate Sensor Printed with Silver Nano-particles

    Abrar, Md Abu; Dong, Yue; Lee, Paul Kyuheon; Kim, Woo Soo

    2016-07-01

    Here we report a flexible amperometric lactate biosensor using silver nanoparticle based conductive electrode. Mechanically bendable cross-serpentine-shaped silver electrode is generated on flexible substrate for the mechanical durability such as bending. The biosensor is designed and fabricated by modifying silver electrode with lactate oxidase immobilized by bovine serum albumin. The in-sensor pseudo Ag/AgCl reference electrode is fabricated by chloridization of silver electrode, which evinced its long-term potential stability against a standard commercial Ag/AgCl reference electrode. The amperometric response of the sensor shows linear dependence with lactate concentration of 1~25 mM/L. Anionic selectivity is achieved by using drop-casted Nafion coated on silver electrode against anionic interferences such as ascorbate. This non-invasive electrochemical lactate sensor also demonstrates excellent resiliency against mechanical deformation and temperature fluctuation which leads the possibility of using it on human epidermis for continuous measurement of lactate from sweat. Near field communication based wireless data transmission is demonstrated to reflect a practical approach of the sensor to measure lactate concentration portably using human perspiration.

  19. Antibacterial activity of polymer coated cerium oxide nanoparticles.

    Vishal Shah

    Full Text Available Cerium oxide nanoparticles have found numerous applications in the biomedical industry due to their strong antioxidant properties. In the current study, we report the influence of nine different physical and chemical parameters: pH, aeration and, concentrations of MgSO(4, CaCl(2, KCl, natural organic matter, fructose, nanoparticles and Escherichia coli, on the antibacterial activity of dextran coated cerium oxide nanoparticles. A least-squares quadratic regression model was developed to understand the collective influence of the tested parameters on the anti-bacterial activity and subsequently a computer-based, interactive visualization tool was developed. The visualization allows us to elucidate the effect of each of the parameters in combination with other parameters, on the antibacterial activity of nanoparticles. The results indicate that the toxicity of CeO(2 NPs depend on the physical and chemical environment; and in a majority of the possible combinations of the nine parameters, non-lethal to the bacteria. In fact, the cerium oxide nanoparticles can decrease the anti-bacterial activity exerted by magnesium and potassium salts.

  20. Novel, UV-curable coatings containing a tethered biocide: Synthesis, characterization, and antimicrobial activity.

    Chen, Zhigang; Chisholm, Bret J; Stafslien, Shane; He, Jie; Patel, Sandeep

    2010-11-01

    Cationic, UV -curable coatings containing the tethered biocide, triclosan, were produced and their antimicrobial activity toward Staphylococcus epidermidis and Escherichia coli determined. Two polysiloxanes functionalized with both cycloaliphatic epoxy and triclosan were synthesized using hydrosilylation. The functionalized polysiloxanes, with varied concentration of pendant triclosan, were used to produce UV-curable coatings with reasonably good coating properties. Fourier transform (FT)-Raman spectroscopy showed that the tethered triclosan moieties self-concentrate on the coating surface. Using biological assays, it was determined that the coatings possessed nearly 100% antimicrobial activity toward the Gram-positive bacterium, S. epidermidis, without leaching toxic components. For the Gram-negative bacterium, E. coli, 60-80% reduction in biofilm retention was observed for all the coatings. Interestingly, the coatings were lesser effective in reducing E. coli cell viability suggesting that the tethered triclosan were able to substantially reduce the production of the biofilm extracellular matrix with minimal adverse affect on the bacterial cells attached to the coating surfaces. The high specificity of the coatings toward S. epidermidis indicates that a novel mode of contact-active antimicrobial activity was achieved through the disruption of processes unique to the Gram-positive cell wall. These novel UV-curable coatings have potential applications in inhibiting implantable biomedical device associated infections.

  1. Influence of Ingredients of Carbon Black Nano-Particle Suspension of Ammonia Solution on Viscosity of Nanofluid

    CHENG Bo; DU Kai; ZHANG Xiao-song; YANG Liu

    2009-01-01

    A series of experiments were performed on the viscosity of a nanofluid,produced by mixing car-bon black and mulsifier OP-10 using ammonia-water with the ultrasonic dispersion.The results show that,when adding surfactant separately in low mass concentrations,at first the viscosity of solution decreases sharply compared with that of ammonia-water.then increases with increasing the concentration of OP-IO.In a certain concentration of surfactant,the viscosity of nanofluids increases with increasing the concentration of nanoparti·des.Based on Einstein model and Langrnuir absorption theory,a new model啪s summed up for nanoflukls.Compared with test values,the calcuhted values on the new model have verified that the model is suitable to predict the viscosity of rmnofluids.beoll.k.the maximum relative error is less than 5%.Nano-particles absorp-tion in the nanofluids is not only single-molecule layer adsorption,but aLso multi-layer molecular adsorption and other complicated adsorption.So the new model,ordy based on single-molecule layer adsorption theory of Lang-muir.is not fully in line with the real circumstances.

  2. Application of the PAMONO-Sensor for Quantification of Microvesicles and Determination of Nano-Particle Size Distribution.

    Shpacovitch, Victoria; Sidorenko, Irina; Lenssen, Jan Eric; Temchura, Vladimir; Weichert, Frank; Müller, Heinrich; Überla, Klaus; Zybin, Alexander; Schramm, Alexander; Hergenröder, Roland

    2017-01-27

    The PAMONO-sensor (plasmon assisted microscopy of nano-objects) demonstrated an ability to detect and quantify individual viruses and virus-like particles. However, another group of biological vesicles-microvesicles (100-1000 nm)-also attracts growing interest as biomarkers of different pathologies and needs development of novel techniques for characterization. This work shows the applicability of a PAMONO-sensor for selective detection of microvesicles in aquatic samples. The sensor permits comparison of relative concentrations of microvesicles between samples. We also study a possibility of repeated use of a sensor chip after elution of the microvesicle capturing layer. Moreover, we improve the detection features of the PAMONO-sensor. The detection process utilizes novel machine learning techniques on the sensor image data to estimate particle size distributions of nano-particles in polydisperse samples. Altogether, our findings expand analytical features and the application field of the PAMONO-sensor. They can also serve for a maturation of diagnostic tools based on the PAMONO-sensor platform.

  3. Accurate optical simulation of nano-particle based internal scattering layers for light outcoupling from organic light emitting diodes

    Egel, Amos; Gomard, Guillaume; Kettlitz, Siegfried W.; Lemmer, Uli

    2017-02-01

    We present a numerical strategy for the accurate simulation of light extraction from organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) comprising an internal nano-particle based scattering layer. On the one hand, the light emission and propagation through the OLED thin film system (including the scattering layer) is treated by means of rigorous wave optics calculations using the T-matrix formalism. On the other hand, the propagation through the substrate is modeled in a ray optics approach. The results from the wave optics calculations enter in terms of the initial substrate radiation pattern and the bidirectional reflectivity distribution of the OLED stack with scattering layer. In order to correct for the truncation error due to a finite number of particles in the simulations, we extrapolate the results to infinitely extended scattering layers. As an application example, we estimate the optimal particle filling fraction for an internal scattering layer in a realistic OLED geometry. The presented treatment is designed to emerge from electromagnetic theory with as few additional assumptions as possible. It could thus serve as a baseline to validate faster but approximate simulation approaches.

  4. Effect of addition of BaTiO3 nano particles on the electrical transport properties of YBCO superconductor

    Rejith, P. P.; Vidya, S.; Thomas, J. K.

    2015-02-01

    The flux pinning properties of YBCO bulk superconductors synthesized by conventional solid state route and are added with different weight% (x=0, 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 5) of nano BaTiO3 which are prepared by a modified combustion route are studied systematically. The phase analysis of the samples was done by using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Temperature-resistivity measurements, magnetic field dependence of critical current density (Jc-B Characteristics) and flux pinning force calculations were done at 77 K. From the SEM images the microstructure of the sample showed a relative uniform distribution of the nano-particles within the specimen. We found that, even though the transition temperature (Tc) does not change considerably with the BaTiO3 addition, both the critical current density (Jc) and flux pinning force (Fp) increased systematically up to 2 wt% BaTiO3 in the composite, in the presence of magnetic field ranging between 0 and 0.6 T. The Jc value in 2 wt% BaTiO3 added sample showed at least 250% larger than that of the pure YBCO. Also the flux pinning force calculated for the 2 wt% BaTiO3 added is found to be enhanced more than 9 times that of pure YBCO. These observations suggest that the BaTiO3 addition to the Y-123- compounds improve the electrical connection between superconducting grains to result in the increase in Jc.

  5. Decoration of cesium iodide nano particles on patterned carbon nanotube emitter arrays to improve their field emission

    Shahi, Monika, E-mail: moni.binda@gmail.com; Gautam, S.; Shah, P. V.; Rawat, J. S.; Chaudhury, P. K. [Solid State Physics Laboratory (India); Harsh [Jamia Millia Islamia, Department of Physics (India); Tandon, R. P. [University of Delhi, Department of Physics and Astrophysics (India)

    2013-03-15

    Arrays of aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) bundles were synthesized on the pre-patterned silicon substrate using thermal chemical vapor deposition. Silicon substrate was patterned with square arrays of 10 Multiplication-Sign 10 {mu}m iron catalyst using photolithography, iron sputtering, and a lift-off process. After field emission (FE) measurement in diode configuration, CNT emitter arrays (CEAs) were decorated with cesium iodide (CsI) nano particles (NPs) using thermal evaporation with substrate heating at 300 Degree-Sign C. FE of pristine CEAs and CsI NPs decorated CEAs were carried out under same vacuum condition and constant inter-electrode separation. Pristine CEAs and CsI NPs decorated CEAs were characterized using scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman characterization. From FE comparison plots, it was observed that CsI NPs decoration on the CEAs had significantly lowered the turn-on electric field from 3.00 to 2.13 V/{mu}m. A remarkable improvement of more than 50 % in the current density, from 11.02 to 17.33 mA/cm{sup 2}, was also observed at a constant applied electric field of 5 V/{mu}m.

  6. Decoration of cesium iodide nano particles on patterned carbon nanotube emitter arrays to improve their field emission

    Shahi, Monika; Gautam, S.; Shah, P. V.; Rawat, J. S.; Chaudhury, P. K.; Harsh; Tandon, R. P.

    2013-03-01

    Arrays of aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) bundles were synthesized on the pre-patterned silicon substrate using thermal chemical vapor deposition. Silicon substrate was patterned with square arrays of 10 × 10 μm iron catalyst using photolithography, iron sputtering, and a lift-off process. After field emission (FE) measurement in diode configuration, CNT emitter arrays (CEAs) were decorated with cesium iodide (CsI) nano particles (NPs) using thermal evaporation with substrate heating at 300 °C. FE of pristine CEAs and CsI NPs decorated CEAs were carried out under same vacuum condition and constant inter-electrode separation. Pristine CEAs and CsI NPs decorated CEAs were characterized using scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman characterization. From FE comparison plots, it was observed that CsI NPs decoration on the CEAs had significantly lowered the turn-on electric field from 3.00 to 2.13 V/μm. A remarkable improvement of more than 50 % in the current density, from 11.02 to 17.33 mA/cm2, was also observed at a constant applied electric field of 5 V/μm.

  7. Conductive polymer/reduced graphene oxide/Au nano particles as efficient composite materials in electrochemical supercapacitors

    Shabani Shayeh, J. [Center of Excellence in Electrochemistry, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ehsani, A., E-mail: a.ehsani@qom.ac.ir [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Qom, P.O. Box 37185-359, Qom (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ganjali, M.R.; Norouzi, P. [Center of Excellence in Electrochemistry, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Endocrinology & Metabolism Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Jaleh, B. [Physics Department, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan 65174 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-10-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • PANI/rGO/AuNPs as a ternary composite synthesized by electrodeposition. • Presence of rGO/AuNPs caused increasing the stability of electrodes. • Composite represented high specific capacitance, specific power and specific energy values than PANI. - Abstract: Polyaniline/reduced graphene oxide/Au nano particles (PANI/rGO/AuNPs) as a hybrid supercapacitor were deposited on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) by cyclic voltammetry (CV) method as ternary composites and their electrochemical performance was evaluated in acidic medium. Scanning electron micrographs clearly revealed the formation of nanocomposites on the surface of the working electrode. Scanning electron micrographs (SEM) clearly revealed the formation of nanocomposites on the surface of working electrode. Different electrochemical methods including galvanostatic charge–discharge (CD) experiments, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were carried out in order to investigate the applicability of the system as a supercapacitor. Based on the cyclic voltammogram results obtained, PANI/rGO/AuNPs gave higher specific capacitance, power and energy values than PANI at a current density of 1 mA cm{sup −2}. Specific capacitance (SC) of PANI and PANI/rGO/AuNPs electrodes calculated using CV method are 190 and 303 F g{sup −1}, respectively. The present study introduces new nanocomposite materials for electrochemical redox capacitors with advantages including long life cycle and stability due to synergistic effects of each component.

  8. Dispensing of high concentration Ag nano-particles ink for ultra-low resistivity paper-based writing electronics.

    Wang, Fuliang; Mao, Peng; He, Hu

    2016-02-17

    Paper-based writing electronics has received a lot of interest recently due to its potential applications in flexible electronics. To obtain ultra-low resistivity paper-based writing electronics, we developed a kind of ink with high concentration of Ag Nano-particles (up to 80 wt%), as well as a related dispensing writing system consisting an air compressor machine and a dispenser. Additionally, we also demonstrated the writability and practical application of our proposed ink and writing system. Based on the study on the effect of sintering time and pressure, we found the optimal sintering time and pressure to obtain high quality Ag NPs wires. The electrical conductivity of nano-silver paper-based electronics has been tested using the calculated resistivity. After hot-pressure sintering at 120 °C, 25 MPa pressure for 20 minutes, the resistivity of silver NPs conductive tracks was 3.92 × 10(-8) (Ωm), only 2.45 times of bulk silver. The mechanical flexibility of nano-silver paper-based electronics also has been tested. After 1000 bending cycles, the resistivity slightly increased from the initial 4.01 × 10(-8) to 5.08 × 10(-8) (Ωm). With this proposed ink preparation and writing system, a kind of paper-based writing electronics with ultra-low resistivity and good mechanical flexibility was achieved.

  9. Conductive polymer/reduced graphene oxide/Au nano particles as efficient composite materials in electrochemical supercapacitors

    Shabani Shayeh, J.; Ehsani, A.; Ganjali, M. R.; Norouzi, P.; Jaleh, B.

    2015-10-01

    Polyaniline/reduced graphene oxide/Au nano particles (PANI/rGO/AuNPs) as a hybrid supercapacitor were deposited on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) by cyclic voltammetry (CV) method as ternary composites and their electrochemical performance was evaluated in acidic medium. Scanning electron micrographs clearly revealed the formation of nanocomposites on the surface of the working electrode. Scanning electron micrographs (SEM) clearly revealed the formation of nanocomposites on the surface of working electrode. Different electrochemical methods including galvanostatic charge-discharge (CD) experiments, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were carried out in order to investigate the applicability of the system as a supercapacitor. Based on the cyclic voltammogram results obtained, PANI/rGO/AuNPs gave higher specific capacitance, power and energy values than PANI at a current density of 1 mA cm-2. Specific capacitance (SC) of PANI and PANI/rGO/AuNPs electrodes calculated using CV method are 190 and 303 F g-1, respectively. The present study introduces new nanocomposite materials for electrochemical redox capacitors with advantages including long life cycle and stability due to synergistic effects of each component.

  10. Growth of copper nano particles in erio nite matrix;Crecimiento de nanoparticulas de cobre en matriz de erionita

    Chavez R, F.; Zamorano U, R. [Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas, Departamento de Fisica, Unidad Profesional Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Zacatenco, 07738 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Petranovskii, V., E-mail: fchavez@esfm.ipn.m [UNAM, Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnologia, Apdo. Postal 14, 22800 Ensenada, Baja California (Mexico)

    2010-07-01

    Unreduced and reduced in hydrogen flow copper exchanged synthetic erio nite, with a SiO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} molar ratio of 7.7, have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and electron spin resonance spectroscopy. The X-ray diffraction patterns show that the reduction process does not change the zeolite structure, besides the reduced form at 450 grades C present diffraction lines assigned to copper metallic particles. The diffuse reflectance spectroscopy measurements have detected isolated Cu{sup 2+} ions as well as plasma resonance peak of copper metallic nanoparticles. The spin resonance spectroscopy simulation analysis of the spectra measured at 20 grades C indicates the presence of two different Cu{sup 2+} ions sites localized in the erio nite matrix. Up to 450 grades C only one type of sites take place in the reduction process, participating in Cu metal clusters and Cu metal nano particles formation, keeping the Cu{sup 2+} ions of the second site intact. (Author)

  11. Nucleation and dissociation of nano-particles in gas phase; Nucleation et evaporation de nanoparticules en phase gazeuse

    Feiden, P

    2007-09-15

    This work deals with the study of nano-particles formation in gas phase and their dissociation pathways after an optical excitation. The clusters formation decomposes in two steps: a seed is formed (nucleation phase) and sticks atoms during its propagation in a sodium atomic vapor (growth phase). Those two steps have been observed separately for homogeneous Na{sub n} and heterogeneous Na{sub n}X particles (X = (NaOH){sub 2} or (Na{sub 2}O){sub 2}). The growth mechanism is well interpreted by a Monte Carlo simulation taking into account an accretion mechanism with hard-sphere cross section. The homogeneous nucleation mechanism has been highlighted by a direct comparison with the Classical Nucleation Theory predictions. The clusters fragmentation of ionic Na{sup +}(NaOH){sub p} et Na{sup +}(NaF){sub p} particles is studied in the second part. The way clusters fragment with size when they are excited optically is compared with theoretical previsions: this highlights the existence of an energetic barrier for special size of clusters. Finally, the fragmentation of doubly charged Na{sup +} Na{sup +} (NaOH){sub p} clusters shows a competition between the fission into two single charged fragments and the unimolecular evaporation of a neutral fragment. (author)

  12. H2 formation via the UV photo-processing of a-C:H nano-particles

    Jones, A P

    2015-01-01

    Context. The photolysis of hydrogenated amorphous carbon, a-C(:H), dust by UV photon-irradiation in the laboratory leads to the release of H2 as well as other molecules and radicals. This same process is also likely to be important in the interstellar medium. Aims. To investigate molecule formation arising from the photo-dissociatively-driven, regenerative processing of a-C(:H) dust. Methods. We explore the mechanism of a-C(:H) grain photolysis leading to the formation of H2 and other molecules/radicals. Results. The rate constant for the photon-driven formation of H2 from a-C(:H) grains is estimated to be 2x10^-17 cm^3 s^-1. In intense radiation fields photon-driven grain decomposition will lead to fragmentation into daughter species rather than H2 formation. Conclusions. The cyclic re-structuring of arophatic a-C(:H) nano-particles appears to be a viable route to formation of H2 for low to moderate radiation field intensities (1 < G_0 < 10^2), even when the dust is warm (T ~ 50 - 100 K).

  13. Corrosion Characteristics of Nano-structured Coatings for the Application in Secondary Piping System of Nuclear Power Plants

    Kim, Jeong Won; Kim, Seung Hyun; Kim, Ji Hyun [Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    Coating surface using less corrosive metal is one of methods that reduce electrochemical corrosion. And metal oxide like a TiO{sub 2} is studied because it is stable, insoluble when coating is exposed severe environment. Several coating technics are used for better corrosion resistance. Pysical vapor deposition(PVD), chemical vapor deposition(CVD), thermal spray, electroplating, electroless etc. But thermal spray coating makes thermal stress to substrates because its temperature are more than 3000K. And powder's deformation can occur. And CVD makes decarburization near interface between surface and coating layer. In addition, CVD and PVD needs vacuum chamber. Electroplating is chemical reaction at surface, but it needs electric power. On the other hands, electroless plating dosen't needs electric power and it's temperature is low than thermal spray. Also the pipe dipping into the chemically solution can proceed coating easily. To reduce FAC, we have experiment about corrosion resistance of electroless Ni-P coated carbon steel in room temperature. And it has possibility of reducing corrosion and addition of TiO{sub 2} nano particles in Ni-P coating layer makes having better corrosion resistance. And results give us a possibility that electroless Ni-P coating added TiO{sub 2} nano particle can have better corrosion resistance compared carbon steel. So it needs study about high temperature corrosion experiment of electroless Ni-P coating added TiO{sub 2} nano particle.

  14. Corrosion resistance of Ni–Co alloy and Ni–Co/SiC nanocomposite coatings electrodeposited by sediment codeposition technique

    Bakhit, Babak, E-mail: b_bakhit@sut.ac.ir [Surface Engineering Group, Advanced Materials Research Center, Faculty of Materials Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, PO Box 51335-1996, Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Akbari, Alireza; Nasirpouri, Farzad [Surface Engineering Group, Advanced Materials Research Center, Faculty of Materials Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, PO Box 51335-1996, Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hosseini, Mir Ghasem [Electrochemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Physical Chemistry, Chemistry Faculty, University of Tabriz, Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-07-01

    Corrosion resistance of Ni–Co alloy and Ni–Co/SiC nanocomposite coatings electrodeposited in a modified Watts bath using sediment codeposition (SCD) technique was evaluated by potentiodynamic polarization measurements in the 3.5% NaCl solution and studied as a function of deposition conditions In order to characterize the morphology, chemical and phase compositions of the coatings, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were utilized, respectively. It was observed that the cobalt content in the Ni–Co alloy coatings was increased through an anomalous behavior by increasing the cobalt concentration in the electrolyte. The highest percentage of SiC nano-particles (8.1 vol.%) in the Ni–Co/SiC nanocomposite coatings was achieved at 3 A/dm{sup 2} deposition current density and 5 g/l particle concentration. SEM and EDS analysis illustrated that SiC nano-particles were distributed uniformly throughout the nanocomposite coatings. The potentiodynamic polarization tests indicated that the corrosion resistance of the Ni–Co alloy coatings was varied as a function of the cobalt content, and the corrosion resistance of the Ni–Co/SiC nanocomposite coatings was markedly higher than the corrosion resistance of the Ni–Co alloy coatings. Among the studied coatings, Ni–Co/SiC nanocomposite coatings containing 8.1 vol.% SiC nano-particles exhibited the best corrosion resistance.

  15. Direct Write Processing of Multi-micron Thickness Copper Nano-particle Paste on Flexible Substrates with 532 nm Laser Wavelength

    Lopez-Espiricueta, Dunia; Fearon, Eamonn; Edwardson, Stuart; Dearden, Geoffrey

    The Laser Assisted Direct Write (LA-DW) method has been implemented in the development of different markets and material processing, recently also used for creating Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) or electrical circuitry. The process consists in the deposition of metallic nano-particle (NP) inks, which are afterwards cured or sintered by laser irradiation, thus creating conductive pathways; advantages are speed, accuracy and the protection of the heat affected zone (HAZ). This research will study the behaviour of the heat dissipation relatively within the Nano-particle Copper paste after being irradiated with 1064 nm and 532 nm wavelengths, research will be developed on different widths and depths deposited onto flat surfaces such as flexible PET. Comparisons to be made between resistivity results obtained from different wavelengths.

  16. Mechanical properties of in-situ prepared SiC whisker- and nano particle-reinforced Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}

    Yamada, S.; Nagasaka, M.; Natsume, T. [Teikyo Univ. of Sci. and Technol., Yamanashi (Japan); Niihara, K. [Osaka Univ., Ibaraki (Japan). Inst. of Scientific and Industrial Research; Nakahira, A. [Kyoto Inst. of Tech. (Japan)

    1999-03-01

    In-situ preparation of SiC whisker- and nano particle-reinforced Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} was carried out. Bending strength showed higher values by adding the nano particles `after` the in-situ whiskerizing reaction than `before,` although the improvement was not so remarkable. With regard to fracture toughness, a slightly higher value was observed in the case of adding the particles `before` than `after` the in-situ reaction, where the form of whiskers looked constricted due to the co-existence of particles. Relative density was not so high enough, around 94% to the theoretical value, that HIP apparatus was employed for its densification. A relationship between density and preliminary hot-pressing condition was obtained; however, the effect was not so high enough, up to only 95.5%. (orig.) 3 refs.

  17. Advances of Epoxy Resin Toughening by Inorganic Nano-particles%无机纳米粒子增韧环氧树脂研究进展

    李媛媛; 戴红旗; 雷文

    2012-01-01

    Epoxy resin is a kind of thermosetting resin that is wildly applied in many fields.It is mainly used as strengthening agent or modifier in paper making industry.However,its further application is restricted because of its rigid property.Adding inorganic nano-particles to epoxy resin matrix is an important method to toughen epoxy resin.In this paper,dispersion methods of inorganic nano-particles in epoxy resin as well as effects of inorganic nano-particles on epoxy resin properties were assembled.In addition,effects of inorganic nano-particle size,content and shape on modified epoxy resin property were analysed,and toughening mechanisms were summarized.%环氧树脂是一类广泛应用的热固性树脂,在造纸工业中主要用作增强剂或者改性剂。然而其质脆,限制了它的进一步开发应用。在环氧树脂基体里添加无机纳米粒子是增韧环氧树脂的一种重要手段。本文综述了无机纳米粒子在环氧树脂基体内的分散方法、无机粒子增韧环氧树脂对环氧树脂的各种性能影响,分析了粒子粒径大小、含量及形态对增韧环氧树脂性能的影响并阐述了无机粒子增韧环氧树脂的机理。

  18. Growth of Carbon Nanotubes over Ni Nano-particles Prepared in Situ by Reduction of La2NiO4 Oxides

    2000-01-01

    A novel catalyst precursor, La2NiO4, was investigated to synthesize carbon nanotubes, obtained from catalytic disproportionation of CO. The morphology of carbon nanotubes has been examined by TEM (transmission electron micrograph) and SEM (scaning electron micrograph). It was observed that the Ni nano-particle size formed at different reducing temperatures was a key factor to the yield and diameter of carbon nanotubes.

  19. Andromede project: Surface analysis and modification with probes from hydrogen to nano-particles in the MeV energy range

    Eller, Michael J.; Cottereau, Evelyne [Institut de Physique Nucléaire d’Orsay, UMR8608, CNRS/IN2P3, Université Paris-Sud 11, F-91406 Orsay (France); Rasser, Bernard; Verzeroli, Elodie [Orsay Physics, ZAC Saint Charles, 95 Av des Monts Auréliens, 13710 Fuveau (France); Agnus, Benoit; Gaubert, Gabriel; Donzel, Xavier [Pantechnik SA, 13 rue de la Résistance, 14400 Bayeux (France); Delobbe, Anne [Orsay Physics, ZAC Saint Charles, 95 Av des Monts Auréliens, 13710 Fuveau (France); Della-Negra, Serge, E-mail: dellaneg@ipno.in2p3.fr [Institut de Physique Nucléaire d’Orsay, UMR8608, CNRS/IN2P3, Université Paris-Sud 11, F-91406 Orsay (France)

    2015-12-15

    The Andromede project is the center of a multi-disciplinary team which will build a new instrument for surface modification and analysis using the impact of probes from hydrogen to nano-particles (Au{sub 400}{sup +4}) in the MeV range. For this new instrument a series of atomic, polyatomic, molecular and nano-particle ion beams will be delivered using two ion sources in tandem, a liquid metal ion source and an electron cyclotron resonance source. The delivered ion beams will be accelerated to high energy with a 4 MeV van de Graaff type accelerator. By using a suite of probes in the MeV energy range, ion beam analysis techniques, MeV atomic and cluster secondary ion mass spectrometry can all be performed in one location. A key feature of the instrument is its ability to produce an intense beam for injection into the accelerator. The commissioning of the two sources shows that intense beams from atomic ions to nano-particles can be delivered for subsequent acceleration. The calculations and measurements for the two sources are presented.

  20. Indentation analysis of nano-particle using nano-contact mechanics models during nano-manipulation based on atomic force microscopy

    Daeinabi, Khadijeh; Korayem, Moharam Habibnejad

    2011-03-01

    Atomic force microscopy is applied to measure intermolecular forces and mechanical properties of materials, nano-particle manipulation, surface scanning and imaging with atomic accuracy in the nano-world. During nano-manipulation process, contact forces cause indentation in contact area between nano-particle and tip/substrate which is considerable at nano-scale and affects the nano-manipulation process. Several nano-contact mechanics models such as Hertz, Derjaguin-Muller-Toporov (DMT), Johnson-Kendall-Roberts-Sperling (JKRS), Burnham-Colton-Pollock (BCP), Maugis-Dugdale (MD), Carpick-Ogletree-Salmeron (COS), Pietrement-Troyon (PT), and Sun et al. have been applied as the continuum mechanics approaches at nano-scale. In this article, indentation depth and contact radius between tip and substrate with nano-particle for both spherical and conical tip shape during nano-manipulation process are analyzed and compared by applying theoretical, semiempirical, and empirical nano-contact mechanics models. The effects of adhesion force, as the main contrast point in different nano-contact mechanics models, on nano-manipulation analysis is investigated for different contact radius, and the critical point is discussed for mentioned models.

  1. Magnetic Properties for the Single-domain CoFe2O4 Nano-particles Synthesized by the Hydrothermal Method

    YANG Zhi; ZHANG Yue; SONG Yu; WANG Jiawei; CHEN Yuang; ZHANG Zhe; DUAN Nian; RUAN Xuefeng

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this work was to investigate the size-related magnetism for the single-domain CoFe2O4 nano-particles synthesized using the hydrothermal method. The effects of the reaction temperature and the reaction time on the lattice constants, particle morphologies, and the room-temperature magnetic properties were studied from the X-ray diffraction, the transmission electron microscope, and the vibrating-sample magnetometer. The experimental results show that the samples are composed of CoFe2O4 nano-particles with an average crystallite size (D) smaller than 40 nm, and the magnetic properties of the samples can be manipulated in a wide range:the MS values vary from smaller than 50 emu/g to close to 80 emu/g, and the HC values are between about 200 Oe and 2000 Oe. Additionally, the relationship between HC and 1/D3/2 satisifes linearship, showing the characteristic of single-domain structure. These results indicate that the single-domain CoFe2O4 nano-particles with size controlled between the superparamagnetic critical size and single-domain critical size can be easily prepared using this hydrothermal method.

  2. Photocatalytic removal of doxycycline from aqueous solution using ZnO nano-particles: a comparison between UV-C and visible light.

    Pourmoslemi, Shabnam; Mohammadi, Ali; Kobarfard, Farzad; Amini, Mohsen

    2016-10-01

    Zinc oxide nano-particles were synthesized, characterized and used for photocatalytic degradation of doxycycline using UV-C and visible light. Effects of several operational factors including initial pH of antibiotic solution, initial antibiotic concentration and ZnO nano-particles loading amount were investigated. Comparing photocatalytic degradation and mineralization of doxycycline under UV-C and visible light showed successful application of the method under both light sources. However, reaction rate was higher under UV-C irradiation, which degraded doxycycline almost completely in 5 hours, and 68% mineralization was achieved. Synthesized ZnO nano-particles were successfully applied for photocatalytic degradation of doxycycline in a pharmaceutical wastewater sample. The process was fitted to the pseudo first order kinetic model with rate constants in the range of 6-22(×10(-3)) mg L(-1) min(-1) with respect to initial concentration of doxycycline under UV-C irradiation. The Langmuir-Hinshelwood model was also employed for describing the photocatalytic reaction with surface reaction kinetic constant kc and equilibrium adsorption constant KLH values calculated as 0.12 mg L(-1) min(-1) and 2.2 L mg(-1), respectively. Degradation of doxycycline was followed by UV-visible spectroscopy and a validated stability indicating high-performance liquid chromatography method that was developed using stressed samples of doxycycline and could selectively determine doxycycline in the presence of its degradation products. Mass spectrometry was used for determining final degradation products.

  3. Internal Porosity of Mineral Coating Supports Microbial Activity in Rapid Sand Filters for Groundwater Treatment

    Gülay, Arda; Tatari, Karolina; Musovic, Sanin

    2014-01-01

    A mineral coating develops on the filter grain surface when groundwater is treated via rapid sand filtration in drinking water production. The coating changes the physical and chemical properties of the filter material, but little is known about its effect on the activity, colonization, diversity...... prokaryotes in filter material with various degrees of mineral coating. We also examined the physical and chemical characteristics of the mineral coating. The amount of mineral coating correlated positively with the internal porosity, the packed bulk density, and the biologically available surface area......, and abundance of microbiota. This study reveals that a mineral coating can positively affect the colonization and activity of microbial communities in rapid sand filters. To understand this effect, we investigated the abundance, spatial distribution, colonization, and diversity of all and of nitrifying...

  4. Calcium phosphate coating containing silver shows high antibacterial activity and low cytotoxicity and inhibits bacterial adhesion

    Ando, Yoshiki, E-mail: andoy@jmmc.jp [Division of Microbiology, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Saga University, 5-1-1 Nabeshima, Saga 849-8501 (Japan); Research Department, Japan Medical Materials Corporation, Uemura Nissei Bldg.9F 3-3-31 Miyahara, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka 532-0003 (Japan); Miyamoto, Hiroshi [Division of Microbiology, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Saga University, 5-1-1 Nabeshima, Saga 849-8501 (Japan); Noda, Iwao; Sakurai, Nobuko [Research Department, Japan Medical Materials Corporation, Uemura Nissei Bldg.9F 3-3-31 Miyahara, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka 532-0003 (Japan); Akiyama, Tomonori [Division of Microbiology, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Saga University, 5-1-1 Nabeshima, Saga 849-8501 (Japan); Yonekura, Yutaka; Shimazaki, Takafumi; Miyazaki, Masaki; Mawatari, Masaaki; Hotokebuchi, Takao [Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Saga University, 5-1-1 Nabeshima, Saga 849-8501 (Japan)

    2010-01-01

    Surgical site infection is one of the serious complications of orthopedic implants. In order to reduce the incidence of implant-associated infections, we developed a novel coating technology of calcium phosphate (CP) containing silver (Ag), designated Ag-CP coating, using a thermal spraying technique. In this study, we evaluated the antibacterial efficacy and biological safety of this coating. In vitro antibacterial activity tests showed that the growths of Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) are completely suppressed on Ag-CP coating. In vitro bacterial adherence tests revealed that the number of adherent bacteria on the surface of this coating is significantly less (p < 0.02) than that on the surface of the CP coating. Moreover, the Ag-CP coating completely inhibits MRSA adhesion [<10 colony-forming units (CFU)] when 10{sup 2} CFU MRSA is inoculated. On the other hand, V79 Chinese hamster lung cells were found to grow on the Ag-CP coating as well as on the CP coating in a cytotoxicity test. These results indicate that the Ag-CP coating on the surface of orthopedic implants exhibits antibacterial activity and inhibits bacterial adhesion without cytotoxicity.

  5. Large Relative Raman Shift for Molecules Adsorbed on Metallic Nano-particles

    LI Xiao-Yun; XIA Yu-Xing; ZHAN Li; LENG Jiang-Hua

    2008-01-01

    The enhancement of two order-of-magnitudes is observed in surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) of gases (CO, C2H2, C2H4, etc) adsorbed on nitric acid-roughened metal foil. In addition, some Raman lines of gases adsorbed on these active substrates show larger frequency shifts and linewidth broadening, compared with the Raman spectroscopy of free gases. Using the two-oscillator electromagnetic model, we explain this phenomenon. It is related to the large non-regular particles on the active substrate we prepared. It is found that the parameters of the surface-plasmon dispersion, the distance of molecules from the surface and the radius of particles play crucial roles on the relative large Raman shifts.

  6. Photocatalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue using ZnO Nano-Particles

    Rezaee, A.; H Masombaigi; Nasiri, A

    2009-01-01

    "nBackgrounds and Objectives: Textile industrial wastewaters are one of the important sources of environmental contaminants. In the recent years, use of advanced oxidation processes, by producing highly active and reactive components such as hydroxyl radicals has been proposed. The aim of this research is photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye using the ZnO-nanoparticle with UVA irradiation. "nMaterials and Methods: photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue color using the ZnO- n...

  7. Immunomodulatory of selenium nano-particles decorated by sulfated Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides.

    Wang, Jianguo; Zhang, Yifeng; Yuan, Yahong; Yue, Tianli

    2014-06-01

    In this study, we employed a one-step method to prepare selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs) decorated by the water-soluble derivative of Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides (SPS). The SeNPs-SPS complexes were stable, and the diameter of the SeNPs was homogeneous at around 25 nm. We investigated the anti-inflammatory activity of SeNPs-SPS against murine Raw 264.7 macrophage cells induced by LPS. SeNPs-SPS were found to significantly inhibit LPS-stimulated nitric oxide (NO) production against Raw 264.7 macrophages. RT-PCR results reveal the down-regulation of mRNA gene expressions for pro-inflammatory cytokines, including inducible NO synthase (iNOS), interleukin (IL)-1 and TNF-α in a dose-dependent manner. However, the anti-inflammation cytokine IL-10 was markedly increased. In the NF-κB signal pathway, SeNPs-SPS significantly inhibited the phosphorylation of Iκ-Bα. Similar results were observed for inhibition of the phosphorylation of JNK1/2 and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase(MAPKs), whereas ERK1/2 MAPK was not apparently affected by SeNPs-SPS. All of these results suggest that SeNPs-SPS complexes have anti-inflammatory potential modulating pro-/anti-inflammation cytokine secretion profiles, and that the mechanism is partially due to inhibition of activations of NF-κB, JNK1/2 and p38 MAPKs.

  8. Investigation of Nano Particles Efficiency Prepared from Cedar Fly Ash (Zizyphus Spinachristi for Lead (Pb+2 Removal from Aqueous Solution

    Laleh Divband

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Background and Objectives: Existence of Heavy metals in water resources is one of the most important environmental problems in many countries. These metals have dangerous effects on human health. The purpose of this study is  to investigate and compare lead removal by nanometer and millimeter absorbents of Zizyphus Spinachristi fly ash.Materials and Methods: This study was non-continuous experiment which was implemented under laboratory conditions with and by changing effective factors such as pH (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, contact time (5, 10, 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120 minutes and adsorbent concentration (1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 mg/ L. The data was fitted based on four models including Ho et al, Lagergern, Lungmuir and Freundlich which the first two models used for absorption kinetic and the latter two considered as absorption isotherm.Results: The Result of this study showed that as the pH increases from 3 to 5 adsorption efficiency increased as well. Furthermore, when pH was over 5, the metal ions settled down. With increasing contact time, adsorption efficiency increased as well. With increasing the amount of nanometer as an adsorbent, removal efficiency increased and then decreased. Also the adsorption process followed precisely Ho et al kinetic and Langmuir isotherm, for both absorbents. Conclusion: Based on the obtained results, specific area of the nano particles was more than millimeter particles (29.56 m2/g & 17.80 m2/g, therefore adsorption capacity of nano absorbent was four times more than adsorption capacity of millimeter (19.93 mg/g & 17.80 mgr/g. Furthermore, the findings concluded high capability of nano particles towards Sorption of lead ions (Pb from aqueous solutions. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso

  9. Gold surface supported spherical liposome-gold nano-particle nano-composite for label free DNA sensing.

    Bhuvana, M; Narayanan, J Shankara; Dharuman, V; Teng, W; Hahn, J H; Jayakumar, K

    2013-03-15

    Immobilization of 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DOPE) liposome-gold nano-particle (DOPE-AuNP) nano-composite covalently on 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) on gold surface is demonstrated for the first time for electrochemical label free DNA sensing. Spherical nature of the DOPE on the MPA monolayer is confirmed by the appearance of sigmoidal voltammetric profile, characteristic behavior of linear diffusion, for the MPA-DOPE in presence of [Fe(CN)(6)](3-/4-) and [Ru(NH(3))(6)](3+) redox probes. The DOPE liposome vesicle fusion is prevented by electroless deposition of AuNP on the hydrophilic amine head groups of the DOPE. Immobilization of single stranded DNA (ssDNA) is made via simple gold-thiol linkage for DNA hybridization sensing in the presence of [Fe(CN)(6)](3-/4-). The sensor discriminates the hybridized (complementary target hybridized), un-hybridized (non-complementary target hybridized) and single base mismatch target hybridized surfaces sensitively and selectively without signal amplification. The lowest target DNA concentration detected is 0.1×10(-12)M. Cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance (EIS), differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) techniques are used for DNA sensing on DOPE-AuNP nano-composite. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) and Ultraviolet-Visible (UV) spectroscopic techniques are used to understand the interactions between the DOPE, AuNP and ssDNA. The results indicate the presence of an intact and well defined spherical DOPE-AuNP nano-composite on the gold surface. The method could be applied for fabrication of the surface based liposome-AuNP-DNA composite for cell transfection studies at reduced reagents and costs.

  10. Effective removal of Ni(II) from aqueous solutions by modification of nano particles of clinoptilolite with dimethylglyoxime.

    Nezamzadeh-Ejhieh, Alireza; Kabiri-Samani, Mehdi

    2013-09-15

    In this work an Iranian natural clinoptilolite tuff was pre-treated and changed to the micro (MCP) and nano (NCP) particles by mechanical method. Modification of micro and nano particles and also their Ni-exchanged forms were done by dimethylglyoxime (DMG). The raw and modified samples were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, SEM, BET, TG-DTG and energy dispersive analysis X-ray spectroscopy (EDAX). Removal of Ni(II) by modified and unmodified samples was investigated in batch procedure. It was found that NCP-DMG has higher capacity for removal of Ni(II). The effects of analytical parameters such as pH, dose of DMG, concentration of nickel solution, contact time and selectivity were studied and the optimal operation parameters were found as follows: pHPZC: 7.6, CNi(II): 0.01 M, contact time: 360 min and DMG dosage: 5mM. The results of selectivity experiments showed that the modified zeolite has a good selectivity for nickel in the presence of different multivalent cations. Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models were adopted to describe the adsorption isotherms. Adsorption isotherms of Ni(II) ions could be best modelled by Langmuir equation, that indicate the monolayer sorption of Ni(II). Comparison of two kinetic models indicates that the adsorption kinetic can be well described by the pseudo-second-order rate equation that indicates that the rate limiting step for the process involves chemical reaction. The negative ΔH and ΔG indicate an exothermic and spontaneously process. The negative ΔS indicates that the adsorption of nickel cations from solution occurs with lower amount ion replacement, thus chemisorptions due to complex formation are dominant process in nickel removal.

  11. Magneto-electric nano-particles for non-invasive brain stimulation.

    Kun Yue

    Full Text Available This paper for the first time discusses a computational study of using magneto-electric (ME nanoparticles to artificially stimulate the neural activity deep in the brain. The new technology provides a unique way to couple electric signals in the neural network to the magnetic dipoles in the nanoparticles with the purpose to enable a non-invasive approach. Simulations of the effect of ME nanoparticles for non-invasively stimulating the brain of a patient with Parkinson's Disease to bring the pulsed sequences of the electric field to the levels comparable to those of healthy people show that the optimized values for the concentration of the 20-nm nanoparticles (with the magneto-electric (ME coefficient of 100 V cm(-1 Oe(-1 in the aqueous solution is 3 × 10(6 particles/cc, and the frequency of the externally applied 300-Oe magnetic field is 80 Hz.

  12. Mechanism of the interaction between Au nano- particles and polymerase in nanoparticle PCR

    2007-01-01

    Nanoparticle PCR is a novel method to optimize DNA amplification. It performs well in improving specificity, enhancing sensitivity and speed. Several mechanisms were proposed in previous studies: one was based on the interaction between gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and DNA while the other was attributed to the heat transfer property of AuNPs. In this paper, we propose that the interaction between AuNPs and DNA polymerase can significantly influence PCR. First, the addition of DNA polymerase can eliminate the inhibitory effects of excess AuNPs. Second, the addition of AuNPs will increase yield of the desired PCR product and make the optimum concentration of DNA polymerase move to higher value. Third, while excess polymerase might inhibit amplification efficiency, AuNPs can reverse this process and the yield of PCR amplification. Based on these results we propose a possible mechanism that AuNPs might modulate the activity of polymerase and improve PCR amplification.

  13. Th Effct of Silver Nano-Particles on Removing Klebsiella pneumoniae from Industrial Residues

    Habibipour R

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Progress in nano-science and nanotechnology in the past decade has provided many opportunities to study the biological effcts of nanoparticles, in particular their anti-bacterial effcts. Th aim of this study was to evaluate the antimicrobial properties of silver nanoparticles for the removal of Klebsiella pneumoniae isolated from industrial efflnts. Methods: In this experimental study, aftr sampling polluted industries, coliform and total coliform measurements of fecal industrial wastewater microbiology were performed by standard methods. Th antimicrobial activity of silver nanoparticles on the bacteria (Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates and standard was evaluated with the agar dilution method and broth dilution. One milliliter suspension containing bacteria at 1.5 × 108 CFU/ mL was added to each sample followed by incubation at 37°C for 24 hours. Aftr the mentioned period, the optical density at a wavelength of 600 nm was used to measure the concentration of bacteria. Next, 100 mL of each dilution was transferred to solid medium followed by incubation. Th results were analyzed with SPSS 22 softare. Results: Fecal and total coliform bacteria pollution of textile wastewater was approved, and Klebsiella pneumoniae (textile industry pollution index were isolated. With increasing concentration, the antibacterial activity of silver nanoparticles increased while the number of colonies decreased. Although none of the concentrations were able to eliminate the bacteria, a non-signifiant decrease in the number of bacteria was observed. Conclusion: Th results of the study showed that the type of bacteria and concentrations of silver nanoparticles antimicrobial properties of silver nanoparticles are risk factors. Although the concentrations used were effctive against bacteria yet they did not lead to complete elimination of bacteria Threfore potential impact of nanoparticles for use requires further research and economic factors and other

  14. Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2 Coating on Natural Feather Zeolite in Degradation of Orthomonochlorphenol

    CHEN Liang; ZHANG Zhi-xiang; CHEN Dong-hui

    2006-01-01

    TiO2 coatings on natural feather zeolite are respectively prepared by a collosol (Sol-gel) method and two powder coating methods with deionized water or dehydrated ethanol as a dispersant. During degradation of orthomonochlorphenol solutions by ultraviolet, the strong adsorption capability of the zeolite results in increased concentration of substrate on its surface. The TiO2 film coated on feather zeolite further enhances the photocatalytic activity. The TiO2 film on the zeolite prepared by the Sol-gel method is found more effective as a catalyst than that by two powder coating methods.

  15. Micro/nano-particle decorated metal wire for cutting soft matter

    Zhang, Wei; Feng, Liang-liang; Wu, Fan; Zhang, Run-run; Wu, Cheng-wei

    2016-09-01

    To cut soft materials such as biological tissues with minimal damage and reduced positional error is highly desired in medical surgery and biomechanics. After years of natural selection and evolution, mosquitoes have acquired the ability to insert their proboscises into human skin with astonishingly tiny forces. This can be associated with the unique structure of their proboscises, with micro/nano sawteeth, and the distinctive insertion manner: high frequency reciprocating saw cutting. Inspired by these, this communication describes the successful implantation of metal oxide particles onto molybdenum wire surfaces through a sol-calcination process, to form a biomimetic sawblade with a high density of micro/nano saw teeth, where the acidification is essential in terms of generating active anchoring sites on the wire. When used as a sawblade in conjunction with reciprocating action to cut the viscoelastic gel, both the cut-in force and cut-in displacement could be decreased substantially. The cutting speed and frequency of reciprocating action are important operating parameters influencing cut-in force.

  16. Temperature dependent dielectric and electric modulus properties of ZnS nano particles

    Ali, Hassan; Falak, Attia; Rafiq, M. A.; Khan, Usman; Karim, Shafqat; Nairan, Adeela; Jing, Tang; Sun, Yue; Sun, Sibai; Qian, Chenjiang; Xu, Xiulai

    2017-03-01

    A comprehensive study of the dielectric and electric modulus properties of Zinc Sulfide (ZnS) semiconductor nanoparticles has been conducted using impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range of 200 Hz to 2 MHz and over the temperature range of 300 K to 400 K. Microscopic analysis confirms the formation of spherical nanoparticles with an average size of ∼20 nm. Maxwell–Wagner–Sillars (MWS) interfacial polarization is responsible for the increase in dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss at lower frequencies. Increase in dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss has been observed with a rise in temperature. The electric modulus complex plane plot reveals the presence of the grain (bulk) effect and non-Debye type relaxation processes in the material. The non-Debye type processes have also been confirmed by the asymmetric relaxation peaks of the imaginary part of the electric modulus. The frequency dependent maximum of the imaginary part of the electric modulus follows the Arrhenius law with an activation energy of 0.13 eV. The modulus analysis also establishes that the hopping mechanism is responsible for electrical conduction in the ZnS nanoparticles.

  17. Design and fabrication of microfluidic/microelectronic devices from nano particle based composites

    Liu, Liyu

    In this thesis, two kinds of nanoparticle functional composite Giant Electrorheological(GER) fluid and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) conductive composites and their applications in micro scales are studied. GER fluid is synthesized with ˜50 nm polarizable solid particles and non-polarizable oil, whose apparent viscosity is continuously variable through applications of an electric field. We have successfully applied ER fluid as actuations in microfluidic chips. With soft lithography techniques, we developed various micro functional chips based on PDMS, including micro flexible platform, micro active mixer and micro pump, all of which have desirable performances. The PDMS conducting composites are synthesized by mixing nano to sub micro-sized conductive particles (silver/carbon black) with PDMS gel. Such composite materials exhibit good electrical conductivity and mechanical reliability, as well as desirable thermal characteristics. By employing this type of composite, we have developed some realistic micro-structural devices and explored their potential applications, including flexible bio-electrodes, micro-heaters and flexible displays, micro temperature indicators, etc. With these two composites and corresponding results, we succeeded in realizing a highly integrated microfluidic chip with the function of DNA amplification. The system has the advantages of small size with a high degree of integration, high PCR efficiency, digital control and simple fabrication at low cost and shows promise for a broad range of applications in chemical synthesis and biological sensing/analysis.

  18. Electrodeposition, characterization, and antibacterial activity of zinc/silver particle composite coatings

    Reyes-Vidal, Y.; Suarez-Rojas, R.; Ruiz, C.; Torres, J. [Center of Research and Technological Development in Electrochemistry (CIDETEQ), Parque Tecnológico Sanfandila, Pedro Escobedo, Querétaro, A.P.064, C.P.76703, Querétaro (Mexico); Ţălu, Ştefan [Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of AET, Discipline of Descriptive Geometry and Engineering Graphics, 103-105 B-dul Muncii St., Cluj-Napoca 400641 Cluj (Romania); Méndez, Alia [Centro de Química-ICUAP Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Ciudad Universitaria Puebla, 72530 Puebla (Mexico); Trejo, G., E-mail: gtrejo@cideteq.mx [Center of Research and Technological Development in Electrochemistry (CIDETEQ), Parque Tecnológico Sanfandila, Pedro Escobedo, Querétaro, A.P.064, C.P.76703, Querétaro (Mexico)

    2015-07-01

    Highlights: • Zn/AgPs composites coatings were formed for electrodeposition. • CTAB promotes occlusion of silver particles in the coating. • Zn/AgPs coatings present very good antibacterial activity. - Abstract: Composite coatings consisting of zinc and silver particles (Zn/AgPs) with antibacterial activity were prepared using an electrodeposition technique. The morphology, composition, and structure of the Zn/AgPs composite coatings were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectrometry, and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The antibacterial properties of the coatings against the microorganisms Escherichia coli as a model Gram-negative bacterium and Staphylococcus aureus as a model Gram-positive bacterium were studied quantitatively and qualitatively. The results revealed that the dispersant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) assisted in the formation of a stable suspension of Ag particles in the electrolytic bath for 24 h. Likewise, a high concentration of CTAB in the electrolytic bath promoted an increase in the number of Ag particles occluded in the Zn/AgPs coatings. The Zn/AgPs coatings that were obtained were compact, smooth, and shiny materials. Antimicrobial tests performed on the Zn/AgPs coatings revealed that the inhibition of bacterial growth after 30 min of contact time was between 91% and 98% when the AgPs content ranged from 4.3 to 14.0 mg cm{sup −3}.

  19. FeMnMg氧化物Fenton催化降解有机废水%Research of FeMnMg Oxide Nano Particles Fenton-Degraded Methylene Blue

    贾若琨; 李佳

    2014-01-01

    采用高温煅烧硝化法制备FeMnMg氧化物纳米晶,并采用扫描电镜( SEM)对FeMnMg氧化物进行表征。结果表明,高温煅烧硝化法制备的FeMnMg氧化物粒径为纳米范围,具有均匀的粒子尺寸和晶体尺寸。采用不同配比的FeMnMg氧化物纳米晶催化剂对亚甲基蓝模拟的有机废水进行Fenton催化降解实验,对实验结果进行分析讨论。 FeMnMg的摩尔比为2∶3∶1的氧化物对亚甲基蓝的降解效果最好。当pH值为7左右,反应温度为25℃时,降解速率最快。 FeMnMg 氧化物催化剂的投加量为0.012 g,保证了亚甲基蓝较好的降解率。在反应体系中采用选取30% H2O20.5 mL(即2 mmol/L),能达到较好的氧化降解效果。%FeMnMg oxide nanocrystals were prepared by a high temperature calcination method,and they were characterized by scanning electron microscope ( SEM ) . The results showed that FeMnMg oxide nanocrystals prepared with temperature calcination method were nano particle size range, and the FeMnMg oxide nanocrystals had uniform particle size and crystallite size. The strong H2 O2-activating ability of FeMnMg oxide nanocrystals showed promising applications in the oxidative degradation of organic pollutants methylene blue. Using the best catalyst of degradation effect of methylene blue in the experiments,carried on the optimal Fenton catalytic conditions on the exploring experiment. We studied the dosing quantity of catalyst FeMnMg oxide nanocrystals,the addition content of H2 O2 ,pH value and reaction temperature effect influence on catalytic deg-radation of methylene blue solution.

  20. Thermal activation of superheated lipid-coated perfluorocarbon drops.

    Mountford, Paul A; Thomas, Alec N; Borden, Mark A

    2015-04-28

    This study explored the thermal conditions necessary for the vaporization of superheated perfluorocarbon nanodrops. Droplets C3F8 and C4F10 coated with a homologous series of saturated diacylphosphatidylcholines were formed by condensation of 4 μm diameter microbubbles. These drops were stable at room temperature and atmospheric pressure, but they vaporized back into microbubbles at higher temperatures. The vaporization transition was measured as a function of temperature by laser light extinction. We found that C3F8 and C4F10 drops experienced 90% vaporization at 40 and 75 °C, respectively, near the theoretical superheat limits (80-90% of the critical temperature). We therefore conclude that the metastabilty of these phase-change agents arises not from the droplet Laplace pressure altering the boiling point, as previously reported, but from the metastability of the pure superheated fluid to homogeneous nucleation. The rate of C4F10 drop vaporization was quantified at temperatures ranging from 55 to 75 °C, and an apparent activation energy barrier was calculated from an Arrhenius plot. Interestingly, the activation energy increased linearly with acyl chain length from C14 to C20, indicating that lipid interchain cohesion plays an important role in suppressing the vaporization rate. The vaporized drops (microbubbles) were found to be unstable to dissolution at high temperatures, particularly for C14 and C16. However, proper choice of the fluorocarbon and lipid species provided a nanoemulsion that could undergo at least ten reversible condensation/vaporization cycles. The vaporization properties presented in this study may facilitate the engineering of tunable phase-shift particles for diagnostic imaging, targeted drug delivery, tissue ablation, and other applications.

  1. Potentiodynamic study of Al-Mg alloy with superhydrophobic coating in photobiologically active/not active natural seawater.

    Benedetti, Alessandro; Cirisano, Francesca; Delucchi, Marina; Faimali, Marco; Ferrari, Michele

    2016-01-01

    Superhydrophobic coating technology is regarded as an attractive possibility for the protection of materials in a sea environment. DC techniques are a useful tool to characterize metals' behavior in seawater in the presence/absence of coatings and/or corrosion inhibitors. In this work, investigations concerning Al-5%Mg alloy with and without a sprayed superhydrophobic coating were carried out with potentiodynamic scans in photobiologically active and not active seawater (3 weeks of immersion). In not photobiologically active seawater, the presence of the superhydrophobic coating did not prevent pitting corrosion. With time, the coating underwent local exfoliations, but intact areas still preserved superhydrophobicity. In photobiologically active seawater, on samples without the superhydrophobic coating (controls) pitting was inhibited, probably due to the adsorption of organic compounds produced by the photobiological activity. After 3 weeks of immersion, the surface of the coating became hydrophilic due to diatom coverage. As suggested by intermediate observations, the surface below the diatom layer is suspected of having lost its superhydrophobicity due to early stages of biofouling processes (organic molecule adsorption and diatom attachment/gliding). Polarization curves also revealed that the metal below the coating underwent corrosion inhibiting phenomena as observed in controls, likely due to the permeation of organic molecules through the coating. Hence, the initial biofouling stages (days) occurring in photobiologically active seawater can both accelerate the loss of superhydrophobicity of coatings and promote corrosion inhibition on the underlying metal. Finally, time durability of superhydrophobic surfaces in real seawater still remains the main challenge for applications, where the early stages of immersion are demonstrated to be of crucial importance.

  2. Antimicrobial activity of the surface coatings on TiAlZr implant biomaterial.

    Ionita, Daniela; Grecu, Mihaela; Ungureanu, Camelia; Demetrescu, Ioana

    2011-12-01

    This study is devoted to antimicrobial activity of new surface coatings on TiAlZr. Ti alloys such as TiAlZr are used as implant biomaterials, but, despite the good behavior of such alloys in simulated conditions, bacterial infections appear after the introduction of an implant into the body. The infections are typically caused by the adherence and colonization of bacteria on the surfaces of the implants. The study presents preparation and surface morphology characterization of coatings obtained via anodizing, as well as biomimetic coatings with hydroxyapatite and silver ions with and without antibiotic. The percentage inhibition of Escherichia coli bacteria growth was evaluated for each of the studied coating, and a Trojan-horse model of silver nanoparticles (nAg) antibacterial activity at interface was proposed. Such coatings could be more important taking into account that antibacterial treatments with antibiotics are becoming less effective due to their intensive use.

  3. Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Activity of ZnO-Coated TiO2 Nanotubes and Its Dependence on ZnO Coating Thickness.

    Cai, Hua; Liang, Peipei; Hu, Zhigao; Shi, Liqun; Yang, Xu; Sun, Jian; Xu, Ning; Wu, Jiada

    2016-12-01

    One-dimensional heterogeneous nanostructures in the form of ZnO-coated TiO2 nanotubes (ZnO/TiO2 NTs) were fabricated by atomic layer deposition of an ultrathin ZnO coating on electrochemical anodization-formed TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) with the thickness of ZnO coating being precisely controlled at atomic scale, and the photoelectrochemical activity of the fabricated ZnO/TiO2 NTs and the influence of ZnO coating and its thickness were studied. The structures of TiO2 NTs and ZnO coatings were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman backscattering spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The photoelectrochemical activity was studied through the measurements of electrochemical impendence, flat-band potential, and transient photocurrent density. The TiO2 NTs exhibit anatase structure, and the ZnO coatings are structured with hexagonal wurtzite. The photoelectrochemical activity of the ZnO/TiO2 NTs is strongly dependent on the thickness of ZnO coating. ZnO/TiO2 NTs with a thinner rather than a thicker ZnO coating exhibit better photoelectrochemical activity with reduced charge transfer resistance, increased negative flat-band potentials, and enhanced photocurrent densities. Under visible illumination, an increase of about 60 % in the photoelectrochemical activity is obtained for ZnO/TiO2 NTs with an about 2-nm-thick ZnO coating.

  4. Surface modification of TiO2 coatings by Zn ion implantation for improving antibacterial activities

    Xiaobing Zhao; Jiashen Yang; Jing You

    2016-02-01

    TiO$_2$ coating has been widely applied in orthopaedic and dental implants owing to its excellent mechanical and biological properties. However, one of the biggest complications of TiO$_2$ coating is implant-associated infections. The aim of this work is to improve the antibacterial activity of plasma-sprayed TiO$_2$ coatings by plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) using zinc (Zn) ions. Results indicate that the as-sprayed TiO$_2$ coating is mainly composed of rutile phase. Zn-PIII modification does not change the phase compositions and the surface morphologies of TiO$_2$ coatings, while change their hydrophilicity. Zn-implanted TiO$_2$ coatings can inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Escherichia coli (E. coli), and the ability to inhibit S. aureus is greater than that to E. coli. Zn ion release and reactive oxygen species may be attributed to improving the antibacterial activity of TiO$_2$ coating. Therefore, Zn-PIII TiO$_2$ coatings on titanium suggest promising candidates for orthopaedic and dental implants.

  5. Sol-gel prepared active ternary oxide coating on titanium in cathodic protection

    VLADIMIR V. PANIC

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The characteristics of a ternary oxide coating, on titanium, which consisted of TiO2, RuO2 and IrO2 in the molar ratio 0.6:0.3:0.1, calculated on the metal atom, were investigated for potential application for cathodic protection in a seawater environment. The oxide coatings on titanium were prepared by the sol gel procedure from a mixture of inorganic oxide sols, which were obtained by forced hydrolysis of metal chlorides. The morphology of the coating was examined by scanning electron microscopy. The electrochemical properties of activated titanium anodes were investigated by cyclic voltammetry and polarization measurements in a H2SO4- and NaCl-containing electrolyte, as well as in seawater sampled on the Adriatic coast in Tivat, Montenegro. The anode stability during operation in seawater was investigated by the galvanostatic accelerated corrosion stability test. The morphology and electrochemical characteristics of the ternary coating are compared to that of a sol-gel-prepared binary Ti0.6Ru0.4O2 coating. The activity of the ternary coating was similar to that of the binary Ti0.6Ru0.4O2 coating in the investigated solutions. However, the corrosion stability in seawater is found to be considerably greater for the ternary coating.

  6. Microstructural, mechanical and oxidation features of NiCoCrAlY coating produced by plasma activated EB-PVD

    He, Jian; Guo, Hongbo, E-mail: guo.hongbo@buaa.edu.cn; Peng, Hui; Gong, Shengkai

    2013-06-01

    NiCoCrAlY coatings produced by electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) have been extensively used as the oxidation resistance coatings or suitable bond coats in thermal barrier coating (TBC) system. However, the inherent imperfections caused by EB-PVD process degrade the oxidation resistance of the coatings. In the present work, NiCoCrAlY coatings were creatively produced by plasma activated electron beam-physical vapor deposition (PA EB-PVD). The novel coatings showed a terraced substructure on the surface of each grain due to the increased energy of metal ions and enhanced mobility of adatoms. Also a strong (1 1 1) crystallographic texture of γ/γ′ grains was observed. The toughness of the coatings got remarkably improved compared with the coatings deposited by conventional EB-PVD and the oxidation behavior at 1373 K showed that the novel coatings had excellent oxidation resistance. The possible mechanism was finally discussed.

  7. Silver activation on thin films of Ag-ZrCN coatings for antimicrobial activity.

    Ferreri, I; Calderon V, S; Escobar Galindo, R; Palacio, C; Henriques, M; Piedade, A P; Carvalho, S

    2015-10-01

    Nowadays, with the increase of elderly population and related health problems, knee and hip joint prosthesis are being widely used worldwide. However, failure of these invasive devices occurs in a high percentage thus demanding the revision of the chirurgical procedure. Within the reasons of failure, microbial infections, either hospital or subsequently-acquired, contribute in high number to the statistics. Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis) has emerged as one of the major nosocomial pathogens associated with these infections. Silver has a historic performance in medicine due to its potent antimicrobial activity, with a broad-spectrum on the activity of different types of microorganisms. Consequently, the main goal of this work was to produce Ag-ZrCN coatings with antimicrobial activity, for the surface modification of hip prostheses. Thin films of ZrCN with several silver concentrations were deposited onto stainless steel 316 L, by DC reactive magnetron sputtering, using two targets, Zr and Zr with silver pellets (Zr+Ag target), in an atmosphere containing Ar, C2H2 and N2. The antimicrobial activity of the modified surfaces was tested against S. epidermidis and the influence of an activation step of silver was assessed by testing samples after immersion in a 5% (w/v) NaClO solution for 5 min. The activation procedure revealed to be essential for the antimicrobial activity, as observed by the presence of an inhibition halo on the surface with 11 at.% of Ag. The morphology analysis of the surface before and after the activation procedure revealed differences in silver distribution indicating segregation/diffusion of the metallic element to the film's surface. Thus, the results indicate that the silver activation step is responsible for an antimicrobial effect of the coatings, due to silver oxidation and silver ion release.

  8. Activated carbon coated palygorskite as adsorbent by activation and its adsorption for methylene blue.

    Zhang, Xianlong; Cheng, Liping; Wu, Xueping; Tang, Yingzhao; Wu, Yucheng

    2015-07-01

    An activation process for developing the surface and porous structure of palygorskite/carbon (PG/C) nanocomposite using ZnCl2 as activating agent was investigated. The obtained activated PG/C was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analysis (BET) techniques. The effects of activation conditions were examined, including activation temperature and impregnation ratio. With increased temperature and impregnation ratio, the collapse of the palygorskite crystal structure was found to accelerate and the carbon coated on the surface underwent further carbonization. XRD and SEM data confirmed that the palygorskite structure was destroyed and the carbon structure was developed during activation. The presence of the characteristic absorption peaks of CC and C-H vibrations in the FTIR spectra suggested the occurrence of aromatization. The BET surface area improved by more than 11-fold (1201 m2/g for activated PG/C vs. 106 m2/g for PG/C) after activation, and the material appeared to be mainly microporous. The maximum adsorption capacity of methylene blue onto the activated PG/C reached 351 mg/g. The activated PG/C demonstrated better compressive strength than activated carbon without palygorskite clay.

  9. Fluctuation induced conductivity studies in YBa2Cu3Oy compound embedded by superconducting nano-particles Y-deficient YBa2Cu3Oy: effect of silver inclusion

    Hannachi, E.; Slimani, Y.; Ben Salem, M. K.; Hamrita, A.; Al-Otaibi, A. L.; Almessiere, M. A.; Ben Salem, M.; Ben Azzouz, F.

    2016-09-01

    The effect of superconducting Y-deficient YBa2Cu3Oy nano-particles prepared by the planetary ball milling technique and silver inclusion on electrical fluctuation conductivity of polycrystalline YBa2Cu3Oy has been reported. Samples, synthesized by the conventional solid-state reaction technique, have been investigated using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope and electrical resistivity. Scanning electron microscope analyses show that nano-particles of Y-deficient YBa2Cu3Oy are embedded in the superconducting matrix. The density of these nano-particles strongly depends on milling parameters. The fluctuation conductivity has been analyzed as a function of reduced temperature using the Aslamazov-Larkin model. Three different fluctuation regions namely critical, mean-field and short-wave are observed. The zero-temperature coherence length, the effective layer thickness of the two-dimensional system, critical magnetic fields and critical current density are estimated. Superconducting parameters are affected by Y-deficient YBa2Cu3Oy nano-particles. It has been found that attainment of an optimum concentration and well-dispersed of nano-sized inclusions by ball milling process improves the physical properties. On the other hand, the sample with Y-deficient YBa2Cu3Oy nano-particles and Ag exhibits better superconducting properties in comparison with free added one.

  10. Effect of Edible and Active Coating (with Rosemary and Oregano Essential Oils) on Beef Characteristics and Consumer Acceptability

    Vital, Ana Carolina Pelaes; Guerrero, Ana; Monteschio, Jessica de Oliveira; Valero, Maribel Velandia; Carvalho, Camila Barbosa; de Abreu Filho, Benício Alves; Madrona, Grasiele Scaramal; do Prado, Ivanor Nunes

    2016-01-01

    The effects of an alginate-based edible coating containing natural antioxidants (rosemary and oregano essential oils) on lipid oxidation, color preservation, water losses, texture and pH of beef steaks during 14 days of display were studied. The essential oil, edible coating and beef antioxidant activities, and beef consumer acceptability were also investigated. The edible coatings decreased lipid oxidation of the meat compared to the control. The coating with oregano was most effective (46.81% decrease in lipid oxidation) and also showed the highest antioxidant activity. The coatings significantly decreased color losses, water losses and shear force compared to the control. The coatings had a significant effect on consumer perception of odor, flavor and overall acceptance of the beef. In particular, the oregano coating showed significantly high values (approximately 7 in a 9-point scale). Active edible coatings containing natural antioxidants could improve meat product stability and therefore have potential use in the food industry. PMID:27504957

  11. Synthesis and Photocatalytic Activity of Anatase TiO2 Nanoparticles-coated Carbon Nanotubes

    Xie Yi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A simple and straightforward approach to prepare TiO2-coated carbon nanotubes (CNTs is presented. Anatase TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs with the average size ~8 nm were coated on CNTs from peroxo titanic acid (PTA precursor even at low temperature of 100 °C. We demonstrate the effects of CNTs/TiO2 molar ratio on the adsorption capability and photocatalytic efficiency under UV–visible irradiation. The samples showed not only good optical absorption in visible range, but also great adsorption capacity for methyl orange (MO dye molecules. These properties facilitated the great enhancement of photocatalytic activity of TiO2 NPs-coated CNTs photocatalysts. The TiO2 NPs-coated CNTs exhibited 2.45 times higher photocatalytic activity for MO degradation than that of pure TiO2.

  12. Hollow nano-particles formation for CuO-CeO2-ZrO2 via a supercritical anti-solvent process

    姜浩锡; 周佳丽; 孙焕花; 李永辉; 张敏华

    2016-01-01

    Hollow CuO-CeO2-ZrO2nano-particles were prepared with supercritical anti-solvent apparatus by using methanol as sol-vent and supercritical carbon dioxide as anti-solvent. Two key factors (i.e., pressure and temperature) were investigated to explore the effects of catalyst structure and physic-chemical properties (i.e., morphology, reducing property, oxygen storage capacity and specific surface area). The resulting materials were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron micros-copy (HRTEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET),hydrogen temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR) and oxygen storage capac-ity (OSC) measurement, respectively. The experimental results showed that lower temperatures promoted production of hollow struc-ture nano-particulates. The particle morphology also changed significantly, i.e. the solid construction was first transferred to hollow structure then back to solid construction. The optimal conditions for obtaining hollow nano-particles were determined at 45 °C, 18.0–24.0 MPa.

  13. 纳米改性矿物绝缘油的老化特性研究%Oxidation Resistance Study of Nano-Particles Modiifed Mineral Transformer Oil

    马军; 周月梅; 朱正国; 舒俊; 黄超

    2016-01-01

    The preparative nano-modiifcation mineral oil was taken as the specimen to respectively test oil sample micro-water content, break-down voltage, dielectric loss and acid value for the mineral transformer oil with the temperature of 100℃ and 35 days aging at the intervals of 7 days before and after nano-particles added, to examine the property of the mineral transformer oil before and after aging. The test results show that the physicochemical and electrical properties of different types of mineral transformer oil after aging have different degrees of degradation and deterioration, and the oxidation resistance of nano-particles mineral oil is better.%以制备的纳米改性矿物油为研究样品,对添加纳米颗粒前后矿物绝缘油在100℃、老化35天、每隔7天分别测试油样微水含量、击穿电压、介质损耗及酸值,考核老化前后矿物绝缘油性能。测试结果显示,老化前后不同矿物绝缘油理化电气性能均会出现不同程度劣化,添加有纳米颗粒的矿物油表现出更好的抗氧化性能。

  14. 沉淀法制备纳米氧化铟粉末%PREPARATION OF IN2O3 NANO-PARTICLES BY PRECIPITATION METHOD

    胡加佳; 李晨辉; 柯文明; 王小伟; 黄帅

    2011-01-01

    为了开发适合工业化大规模生产超细且分散性好的InO粉体的方法,作者以金属铟、盐酸、氨水为原料,对化学沉淀法制备纳米氧化铟粉末的过程进行了研究.通过严格控制实验条件制备出了单相、分散性好、晶粒尺寸约为30nm,粒度分布范围窄的立方晶系纳米InO球形粉末.%In order to develop a suitable method for industrial mass production of In2O3 nano-particles which were ultrafine and good dispersion, the author studied the process of chemical precipitation method using indium, hydrochloric acid, ammonia as raw material. The spherical cubic In2O3 nano-particles were synthesized by controlling the experimental conditions strictly. They were single phase, well dispersed,with the grain size apr. 30nm, narrow particle size distribution.

  15. Study on characteristics of Ni-W-B composites containing CeO2 nano-particles prepared by pulse electrodeposition

    WANG Junli; XU Ruidong; ZHANG Yuzhi

    2012-01-01

    Ni-W-B composites containing CeO2 nano-particles on the surface of 45 steel were prepared by pulse electrodeposition,and the influence of pulse frequency,pulse duty circle and heat treatment temperature on the structures and properties were investigated.The results indicated that the pulse co-deposition of Ni,W,B and CeO2 nano-particles led to Ni-W-B/CeO2 composites possessing higher microhardness and better wear resistance when heat-treated at 400 ℃ for 1 h.The microhardness of 636 HV and the deposition rate of 0.0281 mm/h of the as-deposited alloy were the highest at pulse frequency of 1000 Hz,pulse duty circle of 10% and pulse average current density of 10 A/dm2.The composites were mainly in the amorphous state and were partially crystallized as-deposited,and the crystallization trend was strengthened when heat-treated at 400 ℃.Decreasing pulse duty cycle from 75% to 10% was favorable to the refinement in grain strctures and improvement ofmicrostructures.The crystal sizes of the composites were smaller by means of pulse electrodeposition.

  16. Development of a silica monolith modified with Fe3O4 nano-particles in centrifugal spin column format for the extraction of phosphorylated compounds.

    Alwy, Ali; Clarke, Sarah P; Brougham, Dermot F; Twamley, Brendan; Paull, Brett; White, Blánaid; Connolly, Damian

    2015-01-01

    In this study, citrate-stabilised iron oxide nano-particles (∼16 nm) have been immobilised on commercial silica monolithic centrifugal spin columns (MonoSpin) for the extraction of phosphorylated compounds. Two alternative strategies were adopted involving either direct electrostatic attachment to an aminated MonoSpin (single-layer method) in the first instance, or the use of a layer-by-layer method with poly(diallyldimethylammonium) chloride. Field-emission scanning electron spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy was used for confirming notably higher coverage of nano-particles using the layer-by-layer method (2.49 ± 0.53 wt%) compared with the single-layer method (0.43 ± 0.30 wt%). The modified monolith was used for the selective separation/extraction of adenosine monophosphate, adenosine diphosphate and adenosine triphosphate with elution using a phosphate buffer. A reversed-phase liquid chromatographic assay was used for confirming that adenosine, as a non-phosphorylated control was not retained on the modified MonoSpin devices, whereas recovery of 80% for adenosine monophosphate, 86% for adenosine diphosphate and 82% for adenosine triphosphate was achieved.

  17. Characteristics of Zinc Phosphate Coating Activated by Different Concentrations of Nickel Acetate Solution

    Abdalla, Khalid; Zuhailawati, H.; Rahmat, Azmi; Azizan, A.

    2017-02-01

    Activation pretreatment with nickel acetate solution at various concentrations was performed prior to the phosphating step to enhance the corrosion resistance of carbon steel substrates. The activation solution was studied over various concentrations: 10, 50, and 100 g/L. The effects of these concentrations on surface characteristics and microstructural evolution of the coated samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The electrochemical behavior was evaluated using potentiodynamic polarization curves, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and immersion test in a 3.5 pct NaCl solution. Significant increases in the nucleation sites and surface coverage of zinc phosphate coating were observed as the concentration of activation solution reached 50 g/L. The electrochemical analysis revealed that the activation treatment with 50 g/L nickel acetate solution significantly improved the protection ability of the zinc phosphate coating. The corrosion current density of activated phosphate coating with 50 g/L was reduced by 64.64 and 13.22 pct, compared to the coatings obtained with activation solutions of 10 and 100 g/L, respectively.

  18. Structural Formation and Photocatalytic Activity of Magnetron Sputtered Titania and Doped-Titania Coatings

    Peter J. Kelly

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Titania and doped-titania coatings can be deposited by a wide range of techniques; this paper will concentrate on magnetron sputtering techniques, including “conventional” reactive co-sputtering from multiple metal targets and the recently introduced high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS. The latter has been shown to deliver a relatively low thermal flux to the substrate, whilst still allowing the direct deposition of crystalline titania coatings and, therefore, offers the potential to deposit photocatalytically active titania coatings directly onto thermally sensitive substrates. The deposition of coatings via these techniques will be discussed, as will the characterisation of the coatings by XRD, SEM, EDX, optical spectroscopy, etc. The assessment of photocatalytic activity and photoactivity through the decomposition of an organic dye (methylene blue, the inactivation of E. coli microorganisms and the measurement of water contact angles will be described. The impact of different deposition technologies, doping and co-doping strategies on coating structure and activity will be also considered.

  19. An active film-coating approach to enhance chemical stability of a potent drug molecule.

    Desai, Divyakant; Rao, Venkatramana; Guo, Hang; Li, Danping; Stein, Daniel; Hu, Frank Y; Kiesnowski, Chris

    2012-01-01

    Peliglitazar, a PPAR α/γ agonist, was found to undergo acid as well as base catalyzed degradation. The acid catalyzed degradation led to the formation of benzylic alcohol and glycine carbamate and the base catalyzed degradation led to formation of p-hydroxyanisole and an amine degradant. In capsule formulations, the capsules with the lowest drug-loading exhibited maximum instability even at 25 °C/60% RH storage condition. Incorporation of pH-modifiers to maintain 'micro-environmental pH' acidic did not prevent the formation of the base-catalyzed degradants. Traditional dry granulated tablet formulation which is qualitatively similar to the capsule formulations showed the presence of acid-catalyzed degradants even without the presence of an acidifying agent. On the other hand, traditional wet granulated tablet formulation showed mainly base-catalyzed degradants. Stability problems of the tablet formulation were aggravated because the potent molecule required low tablet strengths which resulted in low drug to excipient ratio. To stabilize the molecule, an active film-coating approach was explored. In this approach, the drug was sprayed with the coating material onto non-active containing tablet cores. This approach of trapping the drug particles into the coating material provided tablets with satisfactory chemical stability. The stability enhancement observed in the active coating approach is attributed to the higher drug to excipient ratio in the film coat of non-reactive coating material compared to that in the traditional dry or wet granulated formulations.

  20. Hygroscopic growth and droplet activation of soot particles: uncoated, succinic or sulfuric acid coated

    Henning, S.; Ziese, M.; Kiselev, A.; Saathoff, H.; Möhler, O.; Mentel, T. F.; Buchholz, A.; Spindler, C.; Michaud, V.; Monier, M.; Sellegri, K.; Stratmann, F.

    2012-05-01

    The hygroscopic growth and droplet activation of uncoated soot particles and such coated with succinic acid and sulfuric acid were investigated during the IN-11 campaign at the Aerosol Interaction and Dynamics in the Atmosphere (AIDA) facility. A GFG-1000 soot generator applying either nitrogen or argon as carrier gas and a miniCAST soot generator were utilized to generate soot particles. Different organic carbon (OC) to black carbon (BC) ratios were adjusted for the CAST-soot by varying the fuel to air ratio. The hygroscopic growth was investigated by means of the mobile Leipzig Aerosol Cloud Interaction Simulator (LACIS-mobile) and two different Hygroscopicity Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzers (HTDMA, VHTDMA). Two Cloud Condensation Nucleus Counter (CCNC) were applied to measure the activation of the particles. For the untreated soot particles neither hygroscopic growth nor activation was observed at a supersaturation of 1%, with exception of a partial activation of GFG-soot generated with argon as carrier gas. Coatings of succinic acid lead to a detectable hygroscopic growth of GFG-soot and enhanced the activated fraction of GFG- (carrier gas: argon) and CAST-soot, whereas no hygroscopic growth of the coated CAST-soot was found. Sulfuric acid coatings led to an OC-content dependent hygroscopic growth of CAST-soot. Such a dependence was not observed for activation measurements. Coating with sulfuric acid decreased the amount of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH), which were detected by AMS-measurements in the CAST-soot, and increased the amount of substances with lower molecular weight than the initial PAHs. We assume that these reaction products increased the hygroscopicity of the coated particles in addition to the coating substance itself.

  1. Hygroscopic growth and droplet activation of soot particles: uncoated, succinic or sulfuric acid coated

    S. Henning

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The hygroscopic growth and droplet activation of uncoated soot particles and such coated with succinic acid and sulfuric acid were investigated during the IN-11 campaign at the Aerosol Interaction and Dynamics in the Atmosphere (AIDA facility. A GFG-1000 soot generator applying either nitrogen or argon as carrier gas and a miniCAST soot generator were utilized to generate soot particles. Different organic carbon (OC to black carbon (BC ratios were adjusted for the CAST-soot by varying the fuel to air ratio. The hygroscopic growth was investigated by means of the mobile Leipzig Aerosol Cloud Interaction Simulator (LACIS-mobile and two different Hygroscopicity Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzers (HTDMA, VHTDMA. Two Cloud Condensation Nucleus Counter (CCNC were applied to measure the activation of the particles. For the untreated soot particles neither hygroscopic growth nor activation was observed at a supersaturation of 1%, with exception of a partial activation of GFG-soot generated with argon as carrier gas. Coatings of succinic acid lead to a detectable hygroscopic growth of GFG-soot and enhanced the activated fraction of GFG- (carrier gas: argon and CAST-soot, whereas no hygroscopic growth of the coated CAST-soot was found. Sulfuric acid coatings led to an OC-content dependent hygroscopic growth of CAST-soot. Such a dependence was not observed for activation measurements. Coating with sulfuric acid decreased the amount of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH, which were detected by AMS-measurements in the CAST-soot, and increased the amount of substances with lower molecular weight than the initial PAHs. We assume that these reaction products increased the hygroscopicity of the coated particles in addition to the coating substance itself.

  2. Hygroscopic growth and droplet activation of soot particles: uncoated, succinic or sulfuric acid coated

    S. Henning

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The hygroscopic growth and droplet activation of uncoated soot particles and such coated with succinic acid and sulfuric acid were investigated during the IN-11 campaign at the Aerosol Interaction and Dynamics in the Atmosphere (AIDA facility. A GFG-1000 soot generator applying nitrogen, respectively argon as carrier gas and a miniCAST soot generator were utilized to generate soot particles. Different organic carbon (OC to black carbon (BC ratios were adjusted for the CAST-soot by varying the fuel to air ratio. The hygroscopic growth was investigated by means of the mobile Leipzig Aerosol Cloud Interaction Simulator (LACIS-mobile and two different Hygroscopicity Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzers (HTDMA, VHTDMA. Two Cloud Condensation Nucleus Counter (CCNC were applied to measure the activation of the particles. For the untreated soot particles neither hygroscopic growth nor activation was observed, with exception of a partial activation of GFG-soot generated with argon as carrier gas. Coatings of succinic acid lead to a detectable hygroscopic growth of GFG-soot and enhanced the activated fraction of GFG- (carrier gas: argon and CAST-soot, whereas no hygroscopic growth of the coated CAST-soot was found. Sulfuric acid coatings lead to an OC-content dependent hygroscopic growth of CAST-soot. Such a dependence was not observed for activation measurements. Coating with sulfuric acid decreased the amount of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH, which were detected by AMS-measurements in the CAST-soot, and increased the amount of substances with lower molecular weight than the initial PAHs. We assume, that these reaction products increased the hygroscopicity of the coated particles in addition to the coating substance itself.

  3. Improved cell activity on biodegradable photopolymer scaffolds using titanate nanotube coatings

    Beke, S., E-mail: szabolcs.beke@iit.it [Nanophysics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova (Italy); Barenghi, R. [IEIIT, National Research Council (CNR), Via De Marini 6, 16149 Genova (Italy); Farkas, B.; Romano, I. [Nanophysics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova (Italy); Kőrösi, L. [Department of Biotechnology, Nanophage Therapy Center, Enviroinvest Corporation, Kertváros u. 2, H-7632 Pécs (Hungary); Scaglione, S. [IEIIT, National Research Council (CNR), Via De Marini 6, 16149 Genova (Italy); Brandi, F. [Nanophysics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova (Italy); Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR, Via G. Moruzzi 1, 56124-Pisa (Italy)

    2014-11-01

    The development of bioactive materials is in the premise of tissue engineering. For several years, surface functionalization of scaffolds has been one of the most promising approaches to stimulate cellular activity and finally improve implant success. Herein, we describe the development of a bioactive composite scaffold composed of a biodegradable photopolymer scaffold and titanate nanotubes (TNTs). The biodegradable photopolymer scaffolds were fabricated by applying mask-projection excimer laser photocuring at 308 nm. TNTs were synthesized and then spin-coated on the porous scaffolds. Upon culturing fibroblast cells on scaffolds, we found that nanotubes coating affects cell viability and proliferation demonstrating that TNT coatings enhance cell growth on the scaffolds by further improving their surface topography. - Highlights: • Biodegradable scaffolds were produced by mask-assisted UV laser photocuring. • Titanate nanotube deposition was carried out without binding compounds or additives. • Titanate nanotube coatings enhanced cell viability and proliferation.

  4. 纳米粒子作为润滑油脂添加剂的研究进展%The Research of Nano-particles as Lubricant Additives

    何强; 叶军; 牛青坡; 李泽强; 张海鹏; 尹延经

    2011-01-01

    Nano-particles as lubricant additives to improve the lubrication properties of grease lubrication is the future of nanotechnology, and it will profoundly influence the future development of the national economy. The changes in performance caused by the nano-features will bring about a qualitative leap to China-made function parts. Nano-particles as additives for greases can be used to optimize the performance of function parts to improve the consistency, durability, reliability. Besides, owing to the low cost, the nano-particle additive technology is suitable for generalization. The use of nano-lubrication technology will make up our deficiencies in precision manufacturing, thus making the large-scale application of nano-lubrication technology possible.%纳米粒子作为润滑油脂添加剂以改善润滑油脂的润滑特性是纳米润滑技术的前景之一,它将深刻影响国民经济未来的发展.由纳米特征带来的性能变化,将使我国国产功能部件的整体性能产生质的飞跃,纳米粒子作为润滑脂添加剂适用于功能部件性能的优化和改良,能普遍地、根本性地提高功能部件的一致性、耐久性、可靠性,且纳米粒子作为润滑油脂添加剂价格低廉,非常适合国产部件的普及化运用.利用纳米润滑技术弥补我国在精密制造方面的不足,将为纳米润滑技术在功能部件中的大规模应用提供可能.

  5. Corrosion-Activated Micro-Containers for Environmentally Friendly Corrosion Protective Coatings

    Li, Wenyan; Buhrow, J. W.; Zhang, X.; Johnsey, M. N.; Pearman, B. P.; Jolley, S. T.; Calle, L. M.

    2016-01-01

    This work concerns the development of environmentally friendly encapsulation technology, specifically designed to incorporate corrosion indicators, inhibitors, and self-healing agents into a coating, in such a way that the delivery of the indicators and inhibitors is triggered by the corrosion process, and the delivery of self-healing agents is triggered by mechanical damage to the coating. Encapsulation of the active corrosion control ingredients allows the incorporation of desired autonomous corrosion control functions such as: early corrosion detection, hidden corrosion detection, corrosion inhibition, and self-healing of mechanical damage into a coating. The technology offers the versatility needed to include one or several corrosion control functions into the same coating.The development of the encapsulation technology has progressed from the initial proof-of-concept work, in which a corrosion indicator was encapsulated into an oil-core (hydrophobic) microcapsule and shown to be delivered autonomously, under simulated corrosion conditions, to a sophisticated portfolio of micro carriers (organic, inorganic, and hybrid) that can be used to deliver a wide range of active corrosion ingredients at a rate that can be adjusted to offer immediate as well as long-term corrosion control. The micro carriers have been incorporated into different coating formulas to test and optimize the autonomous corrosion detection, inhibition, and self-healing functions of the coatings. This paper provides an overview of progress made to date and highlights recent technical developments, such as improved corrosion detection sensitivity, inhibitor test results in various types of coatings, and highly effective self-healing coatings based on green chemistry. The NASA Kennedy Space Centers Corrosion Technology Lab at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, U.S.A. has been developing multifunctional smart coatings based on the microencapsulation of environmentally friendly corrosion

  6. Capacitance enhancement of polyaniline coated curved-graphene supercapacitors in a redox-active electrolyte

    Chen, Wei

    2013-01-01

    We show, for the first time, a redox-active electrolyte in combination with a polyaniline-coated curved graphene active material to achieve significant enhancement in the capacitance (36-92% increase) compared to supercapacitors that lack the redox-active contribution from the electrolyte. The supercapacitors based on the redox-active electrolyte also exhibit excellent rate capability and very long cycling performance (>50 000 cycles). This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  7. Surface degradation of CeO2 stabilized acrylic polyurethane coated thermally treated jack pine during accelerated weathering

    Saha, Sudeshna; Kocaefe, Duygu; Boluk, Yaman; Pichette, Andre

    2013-07-01

    The thermally treated wood is a new value-added product and is very important for the diversification of forestry products. It drew the attention of consumers due to its attractive dark brown color. However, it loses its color when exposed to outside environment. Therefore, development of a protective coating for this value added product is necessary. In the present study, the efficiency of CeO2 nano particles alone or in combination with lignin stabilizer and/or bark extracts in acrylic polyurethane polymer was investigated by performing an accelerated weathering test. The color measurement results after accelerated weathering demonstrated that the coating containing CeO2 nano particles was the most effective whereas visual assessment suggested the coating containing CeO2 nano particles and lignin stabilizer as the most effective coating. The surface polarity changed for all the coatings during weathering and increase in contact angle after weathering suggested cross linking and reorientation of the polymer chain during weathering. The surface chemistry altered during weathering was evaluated by ATR-FTIR analysis. It suggested formation of different carbonyl byproducts during weathering. The chain scission reactions of the urethane linkages were not found to be significant during weathering.

  8. Antioxidant activities of tamarind (Tamarindus Indica) seed coat extracts using in vitro and in vivo models

    Sandesh, P.; Velu, V.; R. P. Singh

    2014-01-01

    Tamarindus indica seed coat was extracted with methanol, acetone and water and screened for DPPH radical scavenging activities. Methanol extract showed higher activity than other extracts. Treatment of albino rats (Wistar strain) with CCl4 at 1.25 mL/kg of body weight decreased superoxide dismutase (55 %), catalase (73 %) and peroxidase (78 %), while lipid peroxidation increased nearly 2.5 fold in liver. Pretreatment of rats with methanol extract of T. Indica seed coat (TSCE) at 50 mg/kg (as ...

  9. Modification of granular activated carbon surface by chitosan coating for geosmin removal: sorption performances.

    Vinitnantharat, S; Rattanasirisophon, W; Ishibashi, Y

    2007-01-01

    This study presents the results of the sorption performances for geosmin removal by sorption onto granular activated carbons (GAC) manufactured from different raw materials of coconut shell and bituminous coal. The surface of GAC was modified by chitosan coating. The 90% deacetylated chitosan flakes were used for coating on GAC with the GAC: chitosan ratio of 5:1. The surface of GAC was characterised by scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and measurement of the pH solution of GAC samples. The sorption of geosmin onto the chitosan for both uncoated and coated GACs could be described by the Freundlich adsorption model. Data revealed that the sequence of Freundlich constant (K(F)) was chitosan coated bitominous coal (CB) > uncoated bituminous coal (UB) > chitos approximately equal to an coated coconut shell (CC) approximately equal to uncoated coconut shell (UC). The bituminous coal based GAC with chitosan coating had a maximum capacity of 23.57 microg/g which was approximately two-fold of uncoated bituminous coal based GAC. Two simplified kinetic models, pseudo-first order and pseudo-second order, were tested to investigate the sorption mechanisms. It was found that the intraparticle diffusion was a rate controlling step for the sorption and followed the pseudo-second order equation.

  10. Effects of Lactobacillus plantarum immobilization in alginate coated with chitosan and gelatin on antibacterial activity.

    Trabelsi, Imen; Ayadi, Dorra; Bejar, Wacim; Bejar, Samir; Chouayekh, Hichem; Ben Salah, Riadh

    2014-03-01

    The present study aimed to investigate and evaluate the efficiency of immobilizing the Lactobacillus plantarum TN9 strain in alginate using chitosan and gelatin as coating materials, in terms of viability and antibacterial activity. The results indicate that maximum concentrations of L. plantarum TN9 strain were produced with 2% sodium alginate, 10(8)UFC/ml, and 1M calcium chloride. The viability and antibacterial activity of the L. plantarum TN9 cultures before and after immobilization in alginate, chitosan-coated alginate, and gelatin-coated alginate, were studied. The findings revealed that the viability of encapsulated L. plantarum could be preserved more than 5.8 log CFU/ml after 35 day of incubation at 4 °C, and no effects were observed when gelatin was used. The antibacterial activity of encapsulated L. plantarum TN9 against Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogenic bacteria was enhanced in the presence of chitosan coating materials, and no activity was observed in the presence of gelatin. The effects of catalase and proteolytic enzymes on the culture supernatant of L. plantarum TN9 were also investigated, and the results suggested that the antibacterial activity observed was due to the production of organic acids. Taken together, the findings indicated that immobilization in chitosan enhanced the antibacterial activity of L. plantarum TN9 against several pathogenic bacteria. This encapsulated strain could be considered as a potential strong candidate for future application as an additive in the food and animal feed industries.

  11. Effect of Cu seed on the synthesis and characterization of FeCo alloy nano-particles by using polyol method

    Uk Rae CHO; Young Min LEE; Shalendra KUMAR; Chan Gyu LEE; Bon Heun KOO

    2009-01-01

    Fine metal particles with uniform shape, narrow size distribution and high purity are increasinglyneeded for specific uses in high tech industrial application. We report the direct chemical synthesis of FeCo alloy particles using the mixture of FeCl2·4H2O, Co (Ac)2·4H2O (Ac: acetate) and NaOH in ethylene glycol, and then obtained FeCo alloy particles better dispersed by adding the polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and also the size could be controlled by adding copper. The prepared nano-particles were characterized using FESEM, XRD and VSM. The mean diameter of these particles was varied in the range of sub-mi-crometer to nanometer with metal-ion concentration. FeCo particles showed the typical soft magnetic properties.

  12. Effect of Cu seed on the synthesis and characterization of FeCo alloy nano-particles by using polyol method

    Uk; Rae; CHO; Young; Min; LEE; Shalendra; KUMAR; Chan; Gyu; LEE; Bon; Heun; KOO

    2009-01-01

    Fine metal particles with uniform shape, narrow size distribution and high purity are increasingly needed for specific uses in high tech industrial application. We report the direct chemical synthesis of FeCo alloy particles using the mixture of FeCl2·4H2O, Co (Ac)2·4H2O (Ac: acetate) and NaOH in ethylene glycol, and then obtained FeCo alloy particles better dispersed by adding the polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and also the size could be controlled by adding copper. The prepared nano-particles were characterized using FESEM, XRD and VSM. The mean diameter of these particles was varied in the range of sub- mi- crometer to nanometer with metal-ion concentration. FeCo particles showed the typical soft magnetic properties.

  13. Extensive FE-SEM/EDS, HR-TEM/EDS and ToF-SIMS studies of micron- to nano-particles in anthracite fly ash

    Ribeiro, Joana [Centro de Geologia, Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); DaBoit, Kátia [Institute of Environmental Research and Human Development, IPADHC, Capivari de Baixo, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Flores, Deolinda [Centro de Geologia, Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Departamento de Geociências, Ambiente e Ordenamento do Território, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Kronbauer, Marcio A. [Laboratory of Environmental Researches and Nanotechnology Development, Centro Universitário La Salle, Victor Barreto, 2288 Centro 92010-000, Canoas, RS (Brazil); Silva, Luis F.O., E-mail: felipeqma@hotmail.com [Laboratory of Environmental Researches and Nanotechnology Development, Centro Universitário La Salle, Victor Barreto, 2288 Centro 92010-000, Canoas, RS (Brazil); Environmental Science and Nanotechnology Department, Catarinense Institute of Environmental Research and Human Development, IPADHC, Capivari de Baixo, Santa Catarina (Brazil)

    2013-05-01

    The generation of anthropogenic carbonaceous matter and mixed crystalline/amorphous mineral ultrafine/nano-particles in the 1 to 100 nm size range by worldwide coal power plants represents serious environmental problems due to their potential hazards. Coal fly ash (CFA) that resulted from anthracite combustion in a Portuguese thermal power plant was studied in this work. The physico-chemical characterization of ultrafine/nano-particles present in the CFA samples and their interaction with environment are the aim of this study. The methodologies applied for this work were field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (HR-TEM/EDS) and time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). Some hazardous volatile elements, C, N, S and Hg contents were also determined in the studied samples. Generally, the CFA samples comprise carbonaceous, glassy and metallic solid spheres with some containing mixed amorphous/crystalline phases. The EDS analysis coupled with the FE-SEM and HR-TEM observations of the fly ash particles with 100 to 0.1 nm demonstrates that these materials contain a small but significant proportion of encapsulated HVEs. In addition, the presence of abundant multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and amorphous carbon particles, both containing hazardous volatile elements (HVEs), was also evidenced by the FE-SEM/EDS and HR-TEM/EDS analysis. A wide range of organic and inorganic compounds was determined by chemical maps obtained in ToF-SIMS analysis. - Highlights: ► We examine changes in the level of ultrafine and nanoparticles of coal mining. ► Increasing geochemical information will increase human health information in this area. ► Electron bean and Tof-SIMS increase area information.

  14. BEHAVIOR STUDY OF ORDER NANO-PARTICLES IN POROUS CERAMICS%纳米颗粒在有序多孔陶瓷中的行为研究

    伍协; 陈振华; 冯延林; 刘小磐

    2011-01-01

    本文详细研究了纳米颗粒在有序多孔陶瓷中形成协同体的过程.实验结果表明:纳米TiO2和炭黑(CB)能比较容易进入到有序多孔陶瓷中形成具有特定功能的协同体.当纳米TiO2的浓度增加到5wt%和炭黑浓度增加到15 wt%时,有序多孔陶瓷的孔壁上粘附纳米TiO2和炭黑颗粒的量最大从而形成大量的活性点.浓度对两种纳米颗粒的渗透力具有很大的影响,炭黑粒子的渗透能力比纳米纳米TiO2颗粒强.%This study is focused on the fabrication of nano-particles and order porous ceramics association. The experimental results show that the nano-TiO2 and carbon black(CB) enter the pores of order porous ceramics smoothly and forming commonwealth which maybe come out many magical functions; when the concentration of nano-TiO2 added up to 5 wt % and carbon black added up to 15 wt %, many nano-TiO2 or CB adhere to the order porous ceramics pores and walls coming into being functional dots; different concentration of the two nano-particles affect on the process and carbon black particles have better ability than nano-TiO2.

  15. Mesoporous silica coatings for cephalosporin active release at the bone-implant interface

    Rădulescu, Dragoş [Bucharest University Hospital, Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, 169 Splaiul Independentei, 050098 Bucharest (Romania); Voicu, Georgeta; Oprea, Alexandra Elena; Andronescu, Ecaterina [Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 1–7 Polizu Street, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Grumezescu, Valentina [Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 1–7 Polizu Street, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Lasers Department, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma & Radiation Physics, PO Box MG-36, Măgurele, Bucharest (Romania); Holban, Alina Maria [Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 1–7 Polizu Street, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, 1-3 Portocalelor Lane, Bucharest (Romania); Research Institute of the University of Bucharest, Bd. Mihail Kogălniceanu 36-46, 050107 Bucharest (Romania); Vasile, Bogdan Stefan; Surdu, Adrian Vasile [Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 1–7 Polizu Street, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Grumezescu, Alexandru Mihai, E-mail: grumezescu@yahoo.com [Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 1–7 Polizu Street, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); and others

    2016-06-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Silica/Zinforo thin coatings by matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation. • Anti-adherent coating on medical surfaces against E. coli. • Thin coatings show a great biocompatibility in vitro and in vivo. - Abstract: In this study, we investigated the potential of MAPLE-deposited coatings mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) to release Zinforo (ceftarolinum fosmil) in biologically active form. The MSNs were prepared by using a classic procedure with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide as sacrificial template and tetraethylorthosilicate as the monomer. The Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses revealed network-forming granules with diameters under 100 nm and an average pore diameter of 2.33 nm. The deposited films were characterized by SEM, TEM, XRD and IR. Microbiological analyses performed on ceftaroline-loaded films demonstrated that the antibiotic was released in an active form, decreasing the microbial adherence rate and colonization of the surface. Moreover, the in vitro and in vivo assays proved the excellent biodistribution and biocompatibility of the prepared systems. Our results suggest that the obtained bioactive coatings possess a significant potential for the design of drug delivery systems and antibacterial medical-use surfaces, with great applications in bone implantology.

  16. Novel light-activated antimicrobial coatings are effective against surface-deposited Staphylococcus aureus.

    Decraene, Valérie; Pratten, Jonathan; Wilson, Michael

    2008-10-01

    Aerosols constitute a major route of transmission for a wide range of infectious diseases in the hospital setting. The aim of this study was to determine the survival of Staphylococcus aureus on a light-activated antimicrobial coating. S. aureus suspended in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), saliva, or horse serum was sprayed onto cellulose acetate coatings containing toluidine blue O and rose bengal and the survival of the organism on these surfaces was determined following 6 h of exposure to a 28-W domestic fluorescent lamp (light intensity = 3700 +/- 20 lux). Kills ranging from 78.9% (in horse serum) to 99.8% (in PBS) were obtained when the bacterial density on the coatings was approximately 10(5) colony-forming units/m(2). The results of this study have shown that a coating containing toluidine blue and rose bengal can achieve significant kills of S. aureus when illuminated by a domestic light source. Light-activated coatings could provide a simple, low-cost means of reducing the microbial load in hospitals and other facilities.

  17. Double-diffusive natural convective boundary layer flow in a porous medium saturated with a nano-fluid over a vertical plate: Prescribed surface heat, solute and nano-particle fluxes

    Khan, W.A. [Department of Engineering Sciences, National University of Sciences and Technology, Karachi 75350 (Pakistan); Aziz, A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 99258 (United States)

    2011-11-15

    The Buongiorno model [16] has been used to study the double-diffusive natural convection from a vertical plate to a porous medium saturated with a binary base fluid containing nano-particles. The model identifies the Brownian motion and thermophoresis as the primary mechanisms for enhanced convection characteristics of the nano-fluid. The behavior of the porous medium is described by the Darcy model. The vertical surface has the heat, mass and nano-particle fluxes each prescribed as a power law function of the distance along the wall. The transport equations are transformed into four nonlinear, coupled similarity equations containing eight dimensionless parameters. These equations are solved numerically to obtain the velocity, temperature, solute concentration and nano-particle concentration in the respective boundary layers. Results are presented to illustrate the effects of various parameters including the exponent of the power law describing the imposed surface fluxes on the heat and mass transfer characteristics of the flow. These results are supplemented with the data for the reduced Nusselt number and the two reduced Sherwood numbers, one for the solute and the other for the nano-particles. (authors)

  18. Echicetin coated polystyrene beads: a novel tool to investigate GPIb-specific platelet activation and aggregation.

    Navdaev, Alexey; Subramanian, Hariharan; Petunin, Alexey; Clemetson, Kenneth J; Gambaryan, Stepan; Walter, Ulrich

    2014-01-01

    von Willebrand factor/ristocetin (vWF/R) induces GPIb-dependent platelet agglutination and activation of αIIbβ3 integrin, which also binds vWF. These conditions make it difficult to investigate GPIb-specific signaling pathways in washed platelets. Here, we investigated the specific mechanisms of GPIb signaling using echicetin-coated polystyrene beads, which specifically activate GPIb. We compared platelet activation induced by echicetin beads to vWF/R. Human platelets were stimulated with polystyrene beads coated with increasing amounts of echicetin and platelet activation by echicetin beads was then investigated to reveal GPIb specific signaling. Echicetin beads induced αIIbβ3-dependent aggregation of washed platelets, while under the same conditions vWF/R treatment led only to αIIbβ3-independent platelet agglutination. The average distance between the echicetin molecules on the polystyrene beads must be less than 7 nm for full platelet activation, while the total amount of echicetin used for activation is not critical. Echicetin beads induced strong phosphorylation of several proteins including p38, ERK and PKB. Synergistic signaling via P2Y12 and thromboxane receptor through secreted ADP and TxA2, respectively, were important for echicetin bead triggered platelet activation. Activation of PKG by the NO/sGC/cGMP pathway inhibited echicetin bead-induced platelet aggregation. Echicetin-coated beads are powerful and reliable tools to study signaling in human platelets activated solely via GPIb and GPIb-triggered pathways.

  19. Livestock air treatment using PVA-coated powdered activated carbon biofilter

    The efficacy of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) biofilters was studied using bench-scale biofilters and air from aerobically-treated swine manure. The PVA-coated powdered activated carbon particles showed excellent properties as a biofiltration medium: water holding capacity of 1.39 g H2O/g-dry PVA; wet por...

  20. Different virucidal activities of hyperbranched quaternary ammonium coatings on poliovirus and influenza virus

    Tuladhar, E.; Koning, M.C. de; Fundeanu, I.; Beumer, R.; Duizer, E.

    2012-01-01

    Virucidal activity of immobilized quaternary ammonium compounds (IQACs) coated onto glass and plastic surfaces was tested against nveloped influenza A (H1N1) virus and nonenveloped poliovirus Sabin1. The IQACs tested were virucidal against the influenza virus within 2 min, but no virucidal effect ag

  1. 微通道内纳米颗粒对液滴聚并的影响规律%Effect of nano-particles on droplet coalescence in microchannel device

    王凯; 易诗婷; 周倩倩; 骆广生

    2016-01-01

    Pickering乳液是纳米颗粒稳定的液液两相体系,微流控技术是制备单分散Pickering乳液的有效方法,而含有纳米颗粒体系在微通道内的液滴聚并规律是该实施方法的关键科学问题之一。以正辛醇为连续相,水为分散相,研究了六边形扩大微通道内液滴碰撞过程,发现了液滴聚并、碰撞不聚并和不相互接触3种流动状态,研究了流量、颗粒浓度和颗粒亲疏水性对于液滴聚并率的影响规律,分析了颗粒在液膜排空过程中的作用机理。%Pickering emulsion is a liquid/liquid system stabilized by nano-particles. Microfluidic technology is an important method for preparing monodispersed Pickering emulsions. The droplet coalescence rule for the working system containing nano-particles is a core scientific issue for proceeding this new method. Using n-octanol and water as the continuous and dispersed phases respectively, the droplet collision processes in a broadening microchannel with a hexagon shape were investigated. Three typical flows (droplet coalescence, contact without coalescence and contactless) were confirmed. The effects of flow rate, nano-particle concentration and wetting property of nano-particles on the droplet coalescence percentage were studied. In addition, the working mechanism of nano-particles in the liquid film drainage processes were analyzed.

  2. In situ monitoring of structure formation in the active layer of polymer solar cells during roll-to-roll coating

    Rossander, Lea Hildebrandt; Zawacka, Natalia Klaudia; Dam, Henrik Friis

    2014-01-01

    The active layer crystallization during roll-to-roll coating of organic solar cells is studied in situ. We developed an X-ray setup where the coater unit is an integrated part of the small angle X-ray scattering instrument, making it possible to control the coating process while recording...... scattering measurements in situ, enabling us to follow the crystal formation during drying. By varying the distance between the coating head and the point where the X-ray beam hits the film, we obtained measurements of 4 different stages of drying. For each of those stages, the scattering from as long a foil...... as possible is summed together, with the distance from coating head to scattering point kept constant. The results are average crystallographic properties for the active layer coated on a 30 m long foil. With this insight into the dynamics of crystallization in a roll-coated polymer film, we find...

  3. Development of anti-corrosion coating on low activation materials against fluoridation and oxidation in Flibe blanket environment

    Nagasaka, Takuya, E-mail: Nagasaka@nifs.ac.jp [National Institute for Fusion Science, Oroshi 322-6, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Kondo, Masatoshi; Muroga, Takeo; Sagara, Akio; Motojima, Osamu [National Institute for Fusion Science, Oroshi 322-6, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Tsutsumi, Tatsuya; Oishi, Tatsuya [Shinto Industrial Co., Ltd., Kururi 376-10, Tokitsu, Nagasaki 851-2107 (Japan)

    2010-12-15

    W coating by vacuum plasma spray process and Cr coating by chromizing process were performed on fusion low activation materials, JLF-1 ferritic steel and NIFS-HEAT-2 vanadium alloy. The present study discusses feasibility of the coatings as anti-corrosion coating against fluoridation in Flibe for fusion low activation materials. Coatings were characterized by microstructural analysis and examination on chemical stability by corrosion tests. The corrosion tests were conducted with H{sub 2}O-47% HF solution at RT and He-1% HF-0.06 H{sub 2}O gas mixture at 823 K to simulate fluoridation and oxidation in Flibe. The coatings presented suppression of fluoride formation compared with JLF-1 or NIFS-HEAT-2, however weight loss due to WF{sub 6} formation was induced, and much Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} was formed.

  4. In vitro effect of biologically active coating on endothelialisation of Nitinol coils designed for the closure of intracardiac shunt

    Xiangqing Kong

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate in vitro the effect of biologically active coating on endothelialisation of Nitinol coils designed for the closure of intracardiac shunt. Methods: Covalently binding procedure was performed with chemical vapor deposition (CVD).Heparin(200 IU/ml ), r-hirudin(21 nmol/ml ), or fibronectin( 15 μg/ml), respectively, were bound to the basic coating( poly( amino- p- xylylene-co-p-xylylen) ). In vitro tests were performed on five different coating groups( n = 2 each) : uncoated Nitinol, basic coating, heparin-,r-hirudin-,and fibronectin-coating. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells(HUVECs) were cultured in the presence of tested coils for 48 and 72 h. Adhesion of HUVECs were evaluated with light microscopy,and with confocal laser scanning microscopy after double-staining of vinculin,phalloidin, Ki67 and fibronectin. Results: After 48 and 72 h of incubation,except HUVECs around the basic coating showing abnormal morphology, HUVECs were able to grow next to all kinds of coils. By CLSM adhering cells were typically confined to maximal three secondary coil windings. HUVECs adhered best to the fibronectin coated coils,followed by the uncoated Nitinol. HUVECs barely adhered to the basic coating. The adhesion to heparin coating or r-hirudin coating was observed with various cell densities. Heparin coating seemed to support cell adhesion better than r-hirudin coating did. The HUVECs assembled fibronectin matrix on the fibronectin coating and uncoated Nitinol coil. Vinculin was expressed on both fibronectin coating and uncoated Nitinol as well, mostly diffused,but occasionally also in focal contacts. Ki67 expression was mainly noticed on the uncoated Nitinol coil and fibronectin coated coil, only occasionally on other materials. The densities and morphology of HUVECs, adhered to the correspohding well surfaces, were similar for all wells. The only exception was the well with the basic coating coil after three days of incubation. In this case, the cell

  5. Photocatalytic Activity of Reactively Sputtered Titania Coatings Deposited Using a Full Face Erosion Magnetron

    Farahani, Nick; Kelly, Peter,; West, Glen; Hill, Claire; Vishnyakov, Vladimir

    2013-01-01

    Titanium dioxide (titania) is widely used as a photocatalyst for its moderate band gap, high photoactivity, recyclability, nontoxicity, low cost and its significant chemical stability. The anatase phase of titania is known to show the highest photocatalytic activity, however, the presence of this phase alone is not sufficient for sustained activity. In this study TiO2 coatings were deposited onto glass substrates by mid-frequency pulsed magnetron sputtering from metallic targets in reactive m...

  6. In vitro antiplasmodial activity of PDDS-coated metal oxide nanoparticles against Plasmodium falciparum

    Jacob Inbaneson, Samuel; Ravikumar, Sundaram

    2013-06-01

    Malaria is the most important parasitic disease, leading to annual death of about one million people and the Plasmodium falciparum develops resistant to well-established antimalarial drugs. The newest antiplasmodial drug from metal oxide nanoparticles helps in addressing this problem. Commercial nanoparticles such as Fe3O4, MgO, ZrO2, Al2O3 and CeO2 coated with PDDS and all the coated and non-coated nanoparticles were screened for antiplasmodial activity against P. falciparum. The Al2O3 nanoparticles (71.42 ± 0.49 μg ml-1) showed minimum level of IC50 value and followed by MgO (72.33 ± 0.37 μg ml-1) and Fe3O4 nanoparticles (77.23 ± 0.42 μg ml-1). The PDDS-Fe3O4 showed minimum level of IC50 value (48.66 ± 0.45 μg ml-1), followed by PDDS-MgO (60.28 ± 0.42 μg ml-1) and PDDS-CeO2 (67.06 ± 0.61 μg ml-1). The PDDS-coated metal oxide nanoparticles showed superior antiplasmodial activity than the non-PDDS-coated metal oxide nanoparticles. Statistical analysis reveals that, significant in vitro antiplasmodial activity ( P nanoparticles after 48 h of incubation. It is concluded from the present study that, the PDDS-Fe3O4 showed good antiplasmodial activity and it might be used for the development of antiplasmodial drugs.

  7. Ultrathin hexagonal MgO nanoflakes coated medical textiles and their enhanced antibacterial activity

    Veeran Ponnuvelu, Dinesh; Selvaraj, Aravind; Prema Suriyaraj, Shanmugam; Selvakumar, Rajendran; Pulithadathail, Biji

    2016-10-01

    A facile hydrothermal method for development of ultrathin MgO nanoplates from different precursors and their enhanced antibacterial activity after coating onto medical textiles is reported. Ultrathin MgO nanoplates having hexagonal structure were characterized using UV-visible spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The formation of MgO nanoplates was found to exhibit profound anionic effect leading to ultrathin, planar structures with exposed MgO [111] facets, which may be responsible for enhanced antimicrobial activity. Medical fabrics (bleached 100% cotton) were coated with MgO nanoplates using pad-dry-cure method. The antibacterial activity of these fabrics was tested against Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli. The MgO nanoplates coated onto the fabric were found to have good adherence properties owing to their two-dimensional structure and were durable even after repeated washings without substantial reduction in the antimicrobial activity. The enhanced antibacterial activity may be attributed to the presence of oxygen vacancies, surface oxygen anions and hydroxyl groups on the surface of MgO nanoplates. This cost-effective functional finish (anti-microbial) to cotton fabric using MgO nanoplates may be suitable for many prospective medical applications and can serve as an alternative to the costlier silver based antimicrobial textiles.

  8. Antimicrobial activity of allyl isothiocyanate used to coat biodegradable composite films as affected by storage and handling conditions

    We evaluated the effects of storage and handling conditions on the antimicrobial activity of biodegradable composite films (polylactic acid and sugar beet pulp) coated with allyl isothiocyanate (AIT). Polylactic acid (PLA) and chitosan were incorporated with AIT and coated on one side of the film. T...

  9. The behavior of active bactericidal and antifungal coating under visible light irradiation

    Xiao, Gang; Zhang, Xiaodong; Zhao, Yan; Su, Haijia, E-mail: suhj@mail.buct.edu.cn; Tan, Tianwei

    2014-02-15

    In the present paper, the novel active bactericidal and antifungal coatings (ABAC) have been prepared through the immobilization of Fe-doped TiO{sub 2} (anatase) with chitosan. The characterization of ABAC using optical microscope imaging, SEM, AFM and FTIR shows that the Fe doped TiO{sub 2} is embedded into the chitosan coating with favorable dispersion through the hydrogen bonds interaction between chitosan molecules and TiO{sub 2}. The contact angle measurement demonstrated the hydrophilicity of ABAC (θ = 34.5 ± 4.1°). The bactericidal activity of ABAC has been evaluated by inactivating three different test strains: Escherichia coli, Candida albicans and Aspergillus niger which illustrates the apparently higher bactericidal ability than chitosan, Fe-TiO{sub 2} and chitosan/TiO{sub 2} (pure) under visible light irradiation and its bactericidal activity is lasting for at least 24 h. ABAC showed rapid and efficient antibacterial ability for the three tested strains and its antibacterial ratio in 2 h for E. coli, C. albicans and A. niger was 99.9%, 97.0% and 95.0%, respectively. The prepared chitosan/TiO{sub 2} composite emulsion shows favorable storage stability and can be stored up to 1 year without losing its bactericidal activity. ABAC is a low-cost and eco-friendly antibacterial coating products and promising for domestic, medical and industrial applications.

  10. Echicetin coated polystyrene beads: a novel tool to investigate GPIb-specific platelet activation and aggregation.

    Alexey Navdaev

    Full Text Available von Willebrand factor/ristocetin (vWF/R induces GPIb-dependent platelet agglutination and activation of αIIbβ3 integrin, which also binds vWF. These conditions make it difficult to investigate GPIb-specific signaling pathways in washed platelets. Here, we investigated the specific mechanisms of GPIb signaling using echicetin-coated polystyrene beads, which specifically activate GPIb. We compared platelet activation induced by echicetin beads to vWF/R. Human platelets were stimulated with polystyrene beads coated with increasing amounts of echicetin and platelet activation by echicetin beads was then investigated to reveal GPIb specific signaling. Echicetin beads induced αIIbβ3-dependent aggregation of washed platelets, while under the same conditions vWF/R treatment led only to αIIbβ3-independent platelet agglutination. The average distance between the echicetin molecules on the polystyrene beads must be less than 7 nm for full platelet activation, while the total amount of echicetin used for activation is not critical. Echicetin beads induced strong phosphorylation of several proteins including p38, ERK and PKB. Synergistic signaling via P2Y12 and thromboxane receptor through secreted ADP and TxA2, respectively, were important for echicetin bead triggered platelet activation. Activation of PKG by the NO/sGC/cGMP pathway inhibited echicetin bead-induced platelet aggregation. Echicetin-coated beads are powerful and reliable tools to study signaling in human platelets activated solely via GPIb and GPIb-triggered pathways.

  11. Echicetin Coated Polystyrene Beads: A Novel Tool to Investigate GPIb-Specific Platelet Activation and Aggregation

    Petunin, Alexey; Clemetson, Kenneth J.; Gambaryan, Stepan; Walter, Ulrich

    2014-01-01

    von Willebrand factor/ristocetin (vWF/R) induces GPIb-dependent platelet agglutination and activation of αIIbβ3 integrin, which also binds vWF. These conditions make it difficult to investigate GPIb-specific signaling pathways in washed platelets. Here, we investigated the specific mechanisms of GPIb signaling using echicetin-coated polystyrene beads, which specifically activate GPIb. We compared platelet activation induced by echicetin beads to vWF/R. Human platelets were stimulated with polystyrene beads coated with increasing amounts of echicetin and platelet activation by echicetin beads was then investigated to reveal GPIb specific signaling. Echicetin beads induced αIIbβ3-dependent aggregation of washed platelets, while under the same conditions vWF/R treatment led only to αIIbβ3-independent platelet agglutination. The average distance between the echicetin molecules on the polystyrene beads must be less than 7 nm for full platelet activation, while the total amount of echicetin used for activation is not critical. Echicetin beads induced strong phosphorylation of several proteins including p38, ERK and PKB. Synergistic signaling via P2Y12 and thromboxane receptor through secreted ADP and TxA2, respectively, were important for echicetin bead triggered platelet activation. Activation of PKG by the NO/sGC/cGMP pathway inhibited echicetin bead-induced platelet aggregation. Echicetin-coated beads are powerful and reliable tools to study signaling in human platelets activated solely via GPIb and GPIb-triggered pathways. PMID:24705415

  12. Comparing graphene, carbon nanotubes, and superfine powdered activated carbon as adsorptive coating materials for microfiltration membranes.

    Ellerie, Jaclyn R; Apul, Onur G; Karanfil, Tanju; Ladner, David A

    2013-10-15

    Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), nano-graphene platelets (NGPs), and superfine powdered activated carbon (S-PAC) were comparatively evaluated for their applicability as adsorptive coatings on microfiltration membranes. The objective was to determine which materials were capable of contaminant removal while causing minimal flux reduction. Methylene blue and atrazine were the model contaminants. When applied as membrane coatings, MWCNTs had minimal retention capabilities for the model contaminants, and S-PAC had the fastest removal. The membrane coating approach was also compared with a stirred vessel configuration, in which the adsorbent was added to a stirred flask preceding the membrane cell. Direct application of the adsorbent to the membrane constituted a greater initial reduction in permeate concentrations of the model contaminants than with the stirred flask setup. All adsorbents except S-PAC showed flux reductions less than 5% after application as thin-layer membrane coatings, and flux recovery after membrane backwashing was greater than 90% for all materials and masses tested.

  13. Chemical, biochemical, and microbiological aspects of chitosan quaternary salt as active coating on sliced apples

    Douglas de Britto

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The biocompatibility of chitosan and chitosan quaternary salt coatings was evaluated for use as edible coatings for sliced apple. Measurement of water loss, color change, and fungal growth appearance were monitored as a function of time. A significant brownish effect was observed on chitosan coated slices, varying greatly from L* = 76.5 and Hue angle = 95.9° (t = 0 to L* = 45.3 and Hue angle = 69.8° (t = 3 days, whilst for TMC coated samples the variation was considerable lower (L* = 74.1; Hue angle = 95.0° to (L* = 67.0; Hue angle = 83.8° within the same period. The hydrosoluble derivative N,N,N-trimethylchitosan demonstrated good antifungal activity against P. expansum although highly dependent on the polymer properties such as degree of quaternization. The most efficient formulation was that prepared from derivative having a degree of quaternization of 45%, high solubility, and high viscosity. This formulation restrained fungus spreading up to 30%, while for the control it reached almost 80% of the total assessed surfaces during 7 days of storage.

  14. Antimicrobial activity of nanocomposite zirconium nitride/silver coatings to combat external bone fixation pin infections.

    Wickens, David J; West, Glen; Kelly, Peter J; Verran, Joanna; Lynch, Stephen; Whitehead, Kathryn A

    2012-10-01

    During external fixation, temporary implants are used to penetrate the skin, muscle and bone to support severely fractured bones. This creates a biologically critical interface at the site of entry, which potentially allows a risk of infection. The aim of this study, therefore, was to investigate potential antimicrobial nanocomposites to combat infection. Magnetron sputtering was used to produce zirconium nitride/silver nanocomposite coatings, which were prepared at two different silver concentrations of 15.5 at.% and 29.8 at.%. These coatings were characterized for morphology, chemical composition, and antimicrobial activity in comparison to pure zirconium nitride and stainless steel. Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis were used as in vitro test organisms in a range of antimicrobial assays; retention of the bacteria on the surfaces and their survival using LiveDead™ staining; the use of a metabolic redox dye to indicate a contact kill and zone of inhibition assays to indicate leaching of inhibitory silver ions. Antimicrobial tests demonstrated a significant kill when the bacterial cells came in contact with the coatings containing silver at both 15.5 at.% and 29.8 at.%. No inhibitory leaching from the surfaces occurred. These surfaces demonstrate potential for use as antimicrobial fixation pin coatings.

  15. Long-term active antimicrobial coatings for surgical sutures based on silver nanoparticles and hyperbranched polylysine.

    Ho, Chau Hon; Odermatt, Erich K; Berndt, Ingo; Tiller, Joerg C

    2013-01-01

    The goal of this study was to develop a long-term active antimicrobial coating for surgical sutures. To this end, two water-insoluble polymeric nanocontainers based on hyperbranched polylysine (HPL), hydrophobically modified by either using glycidyl hexadecyl ether, or a mixture of stearoyl/palmitoyl chloride, were synthesized. Highly stabilized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs, 2-5 nm in size) were generated by dissolving silver nitrate in the modified HPL solutions in toluene followed by reduction with L-ascorbic acid. Poly(glycolic acid)-based surgical sutures were dip-coated with the two different polymeric silver nanocomposites. The coated sutures showed high efficacies of more than 99.5% reduction of adhesion of living Staphylococcus aureus cells onto the surface compared to the uncoated specimen. Silver release experiments were performed on the HPL-AgNP modified sutures by washing them in phosphate buffered saline for a period of 30 days. These coatings showed a constant release of silver ions over more than 30 days. After this period of washing, the sutures retained their high efficacies against bacterial adhesion. Cytotoxicity tests using L929 mouse fibroblast cells showed that the materials are basically non-cytotoxic.

  16. Polydopamine-Coated Manganese Complex/Graphene Nanocomposite for Enhanced Electrocatalytic Activity Towards Oxygen Reduction

    Parnell, Charlette M.; Chhetri, Bijay; Brandt, Andrew; Watanabe, Fumiya; Nima, Zeid A.; Mudalige, Thilak K.; Biris, Alexandru S.; Ghosh, Anindya

    2016-08-01

    Platinum electrodes are commonly used electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reactions (ORR) in fuel cells. However, this material is not economical due to its high cost and scarcity. We prepared an Mn(III) catalyst supported on graphene and further coated with polydopamine, resulting in superior ORR activity compared to the uncoated PDA structures. During ORR, a peak potential at 0.433 V was recorded, which is a significant shift compared to the uncoated material’s -0.303 V (both versus SHE). All the materials reduced oxygen in a wide pH range via a four-electron pathway. Rotating disk electrode and rotating ring disk electrode studies of the polydopamine-coated material revealed ORR occurring via 4.14 and 4.00 electrons, respectively. A rate constant of 6.33 × 106 mol-1s-1 was observed for the polydopamine-coated material-over 4.5 times greater than the uncoated nanocomposite and superior to those reported for similar carbon-supported metal catalysts. Simply integrating an inexpensive bioinspired polymer coating onto the Mn-graphene nanocomposite increased ORR performance significantly, with a peak potential shift of over +730 mV. This indicates that the material can reduce oxygen at a higher rate but with lower energy usage, revealing its excellent potential as an ORR electrocatalyst in fuel cells.

  17. Theoretical and experimental study of the photocatalytic activity of ZnO coated tubular reactor

    Ríos-Valdovinos, E.; Amézaga-Madrid, P.; Antúnez-Flores, W.; Pola-Albores, F.; Pizá-Ruiz, P.; Miki-Yoshida, M., E-mail: mario.miki@cimav.edu.mx

    2014-01-15

    Highlights: • High quality ZnO thin films were deposited on the internal surface of fused silica tubing. • Surface carrier concentration was calculated theoretically under external irradiation. • Influence of film thickness on photocatalytic activity was explained by this model. • An optimum thickness around 60–70 nm was determined to get highest activity. -- Abstract: ZnO thin films were deposited inside of fused silica tubing by aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition technique. The films were transparent, uniform, highly adherent and non-light scattering. Photocatalytic activity of internally ZnO coated tubing was evaluated by discoloration of a methyl orange aqueous solution in a batch reactor. Tubing was externally irradiated with UV-A at room temperature. A one dimensional model was proposed to calculate the spatial distribution of the carrier density and the films’ surface charge carrier concentration. This model can explain the influence of the films thickness on the photocatalytic activity. Results showed that the photocatalytic activity largely depends on the film thickness. For external irradiation of the films the optimum thickness was around 60–70 nm, for which the photocatalytic activity was maximum. The photonic efficiency of internally ZnO coated tubular reactors was evaluated as a function of initial colorant concentration, irradiation time and intensity. Furthermore, due to the high activity of the ZnO films, the films were repeatedly exposed to UV-A irradiation cycles, followed by activity measurement.

  18. Establishment of Epithelial Attachment on Titanium Surface Coated with Platelet Activating Peptide

    Sugawara, Shiho; Maeno, Masahiko; Lee, Cliff; Nagai, Shigemi; Kim, David M.; Da Silva, John; Kondo, Hisatomo

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to produce epithelial attachment on a typical implant abutment surface of smooth titanium. A challenging complication that hinders the success of dental implants is peri-implantitis. A common cause of peri-implantitis may results from the lack of epithelial sealing at the peri-implant collar. Histologically, epithelial sealing is recognized as the attachment of the basement membrane (BM). BM-attachment is promoted by activated platelet aggregates at surgical wound sites. On the other hand, platelets did not aggregate on smooth titanium, the surface typical of the implant abutment. We then hypothesized that epithelial BM-attachment was produced when titanium surface was modified to allow platelet aggregation. Titanium surfaces were coated with a protease activated receptor 4-activating peptide (PAR4-AP). PAR4-AP coating yielded rapid aggregation of platelets on the titanium surface. Platelet aggregates released robust amount of epithelial chemoattractants (IGF-I, TGF-β) and growth factors (EGF, VEGF) on the titanium surface. Human gingival epithelial cells, when they were co-cultured on the platelet aggregates, successfully attached to the PAR4-AP coated titanium surface with spread laminin5 positive BM and consecutive staining of the epithelial tight junction component ZO1, indicating the formation of complete epithelial sheet. These in-vitro results indicate the establishment of epithelial BM-attachment to the titanium surface. PMID:27741287

  19. Bovine Serum Albumin and Chitosan Coated Silver Nanoparticles and Its Antimicrobial Activity against Oral and Nonoral Bacteria

    León Francisco Espinosa-Cristóbal

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Antimicrobial agents have been developed for drug-resistance infections, which have been rapidly increasing; however, the control of involved microorganisms is still a challenge. In this work, SNP with bovine serum albumin (BSA and chitosan (CS coatings were prepared with an aqueous reduction method, characterized using dispersion light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and thermal analysis. Antibacterial activity was tested on seven oral and nonoral bacteria by microdilution test and scanning electron microscopy. Six different sizes and shapes of coated SNP were prepared and used. Characterization revealed narrow size and good distribution of particles, spherical and pseudospherical shapes, and the presence of coatings on the SNP surfaces. All samples showed antimicrobial activity, although smaller sizes and CS samples had the best inhibition effects. The highest microbial resistance was shown by Gram-positive bacteria. Although coated SNP action depends on particular bacterium, BSA and CS coated SNP could be used for drug-resistance infections.

  20. A Disposable Organophosphorus Pesticides Enzyme Biosensor Based on Magnetic Composite Nano-Particles Modified Screen Printed Carbon Electrode

    Weigang Wen

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A disposable organophosphorus pesticides (OPs enzyme biosensor based on magnetic composite nanoparticle-modified screen printed carbon electrodes (SPCE has been developed. Firstly, an acetylcholinesterase (AChE-coated Fe3O4/Au (GMP magnetic nanoparticulate (GMP-AChE was synthesized. Then, GMP-AChE was absorbed on the surface of a SPCE modified by carbon nanotubes (CNTs/nano-ZrO2/prussian blue (PB/Nafion (Nf composite membrane by an external magnetic field. Thus, the biosensor (SPCE|CNTs/ZrO2/PB/Nf|GMP-AChE for OPs was fabricated. The surface of the biosensor was characterized by scanning electron micrography (SEM and X-ray fluorescence spectrometery (XRFS and its electrochemical properties were studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV. The degree of inhibition (A% of the AChE by OPs was determined by measuring the reduction current of the PB generated by the AChE-catalyzed hydrolysis of acetylthiocholine (ATCh. In pH = 7.5 KNO3 solution, the A was related linearly to the concentration of dimethoate in the range from 1.0 × 10-3–10 ng•mL-1 with a detection limit of 5.6 × 10-4 ng•mL-1. The recovery rates in Chinese cabbage exhibited a range of 88%–105%. The results were consistent with the standard gas chromatography (GC method. Compared with other enzyme biosensors the proposed biosensor exhibited high sensitivity, good selectivity with disposable, low consumption of sample. In particular its surface can be easily renewed by removal of the magnet. The convenient, fast and sensitive voltammetric measurement opens new opportunities for OPs analysis.

  1. Gold nano-particles (AuNPs) carrying anti-EBV-miR-BART7-3p inhibit growth of EBV-positive nasopharyngeal carcinoma

    Wang, Jianguo; Lyu, Xiaoming; Chen, Yuxiang; Liu, Jinkun; Cai, Hongbing; Wang, Ying; Li, Xin

    2015-01-01

    Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection is a major etiological factor for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Several EBV-encoded BART miRNAs have been associated with viral latency, immune escape, cell survival, cell proliferation and apoptosis. Here, we report that EBV-miR-BART7-3p, an EBV-encoded BART miRNA highly expressed in NPC, was correlated with cell-cycle progression in vitro and increased tumor formation in vivo. This viral miRNA stimulated the PTEN/PI3K/Akt pathway and induced c-Myc and c-Jun. Knockdown of PTEN mimicked EBV-miR-BART7-3p-induced tumorigenic phenotype. Based on these results, we conducted a therapeutic experiment by using gold nano-particles (AuNPs) carrying anti-EBV-miR-BART7-3p. Silencing of EBV-miR-BART7-3p reduced tumor growth in animal model. We conclude that EBV-miR-BART7-3p favors carcinogenesis, representing a potential target for miRNA-based therapy. PMID:25691053

  2. Development of Photon-Counting Laser-Light- Scattering Method for Size- and Density-Measurements of Nano-Particles Forme d in Processing Plasmas

    Maeda, S.; Sakamoto, K.; Fukuzawa, T.; Shiratani, M.; Watanabe, Y.

    1998-10-01

    A high sensitive photon-counting laser-light-scattering (PCLLS) method for detection of nano-particles formed in processing plasmas is developed to get information on nucleation and subsequent initial growth of particles. Two different methods are employed to deduce particle-size and -density from time evolution of LLS intensity after turning off the discharge. In one method, size of particles is deduced from their diffusion after turning off the discharge and their density is obtained using the size and absolute LLS intensity.^1. In the other method, density of particles is deduced from their coagulation after turning off the discharge and their size is obtained using the density and absolute LLS intensity. Results obtained by both the methods agree fairly well with each other. Using the developed method, we demonstrate detection of small particles down to a few nm in size and find the corresponding particle density is above 10^10 cm-3 even in low pressure silane rf discharges of low rf power, which are commonly used to deposit high quality a-Si:H films^1M. Shiratani and Y. Watanabe, Rev. Laser Eng. Vol. 26, No. 6 (1998) in press.

  3. Modification of carbon paste electrode with Fe(III)-clinoptilolite nano-particles for simultaneous voltammetric determination of acetaminophen and ascorbic acid.

    Sharifian, Samira; Nezamzadeh-Ejhieh, Alireza

    2016-01-01

    A novel carbon paste electrode (CPE) modified with Fe(III)-exchanged clinoptilolite nano-particles (Fe(III)-NClino/CPE) was constructed and used for simultaneous voltammetric (CV, SqW and chronoamperometry) determination of ascorbic acid and acetaminophen. Raw and modified zeolites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The square wave peak current was linearly increased in the concentration ranges of 1.0 × 10(-9)-1.0 × 10(-2) mol L(-1) for ascorbic acid and 1.0 × 10(-10-)1.0 × 10(-2) mol L(-1) for acetaminophen with detection limits of 1.8 × 10(-9) mol L(-1) and 9.9 × 10(-10) mol L(-1), respectively. The detection limits of 2.4 × 10(-10) mol L(-1) and 2.5 × 10(-11) mol L(-1) were also obtained for AA and AC in chronoamperometric measurements, respectively. The diffusion coefficients of 7.5 × 10(-5) cm(2) s(-1) and 2.4 × 10(-5) cm(2) s(-1) were respectively calculated for the oxidation of AC and AA by chronoamperometry. The proposed electrode exhibited high sensitivity and good stability, and would be valuable for the clinical assay of ascorbic acid and acetaminophen.

  4. The Experimental Study on Paraffin Wax Phase Change Heat Transfer Enhancement with Copper Nano-particles%铜纳米粒子强化正十八烷相变传热性能的实验研究

    李庆领; 王艳; 路海滨; 周艳

    2013-01-01

    针对纯石蜡(正十八烷)作为固-液相变储能材料存在导热系数小、传热性能差的缺点,采用两步法制备了铜纳米粒子质量分数分别为0%、0.1%、0.2%、0.5%、1%、2%的铜纳米粒子/正十八烷复合相变材料,并对其热物性进行了实验研究.采用瞬态热针法测量复合相变材料的导热系数.实验结果表明,铜纳米粒子可有效提高正十八烷的导热系数.利用DSC对铜纳米粒子/正十八烷复合相变材料进行热分析,结果表明,体系中添加铜纳米粒子后正十八烷的相变温度变化很小,而体系的相变潜热随铜纳米粒子质量分数的增加而逐渐减小,但减小幅度不大,因此铜纳米粒子的加入对正十八烷的蓄热能力影响较小.另外,对铜纳米粒子质量分数为1%的铜纳米粒子/正十八烷复合相变材料的热稳定性进行研究,结果表明其具有良好的热稳定性.%Based on paraffin wax (octadecane) as a kind of solid-liquid phase change materials (PCMs) having the disadvantages of low thermal conductivity and bad heat transfer performance, octadecane/copper nano-particles composite PCMs were prepared by two steps and their thermal properties were measured. The mass fraction of copper nano-particles in PCMs is 0. 1%, 0. 2%, 0. 5%, 1% and 2%, respectively. Transient hot probe method was used to measure the thermal conductivity of PCMs. The results show that copper nano-particles can effectively improve the thermal conductivity of octadecane. Thermoanalysis measurement was finished by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis techniques. The results show that the phase-transition temperature of octadecane which is added with copper nano-particles changes little, while the latent heat of the composite PCMs gradually decrease with the increasing mass fraction of copper nano-particles, but decrease slightly. Therefore copper nano-particles have less influence on the heat storage capacity of octadecane

  5. 大气可吸入肺纳米颗粒的SEM及X射线微分析研究%Microanalysis Study of the Inspirable Nano-Particles into Lungs by SEM and XREDS

    仇满德; 李旭; 王晓燕; 翟永清

    2014-01-01

    以大气中可吸入肺纳米颗粒为研究对象,利用场发射扫描电子显微镜(FSEM )和X射线能谱仪对其形态和常量组分进行了系统研究。研究结果表明:大气可吸入物中的纳米颗粒大多为类球与椭球形,表面较为光滑,结构紧密,较小的纳米颗粒聚集成团呈松散絮状,粒度大小约在30~100 nm之间,纳米颗粒物中含有的常量元素同大颗粒污染物基本一致,主要含有C ,O ,Al ,Si ,Na ,M g ,K ,Ca ,Fe ,S ,Cl等元素,能量色谱仪(EDS)的点分析研究证实一些纳米颗粒物中Cl和S元素的含量明显增大,而另一些颗粒主要为C和O元素,分析其原因,认为主要是气溶胶在形成过程中,以纳米无机灰尘颗粒为中心表面吸附了大气污染物中的有机排放物所致,从而形成了具有核壳结构的纳米颗粒污染物。因此,减少人为有机污染物的排放,对于减少可吸入肺有害纳米颗粒的形成具有很大的影响。%Inspirable nano-particles into lungs in the atmosphere were studied in this paper .Field emission scanning electron mi-croscope (FSEM ) and X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer were used to investigate the morphology and major constituents of inspirable nano-particles into lungs systematically .The results showed that most of the inspirable nano-particles in the atmos-phere are spherical and ellipsoidal ,with smooth surface and dense structure .The smaller nano-particles are clustered into loose floccule ,with the sizes in the range of 30 to 100 nm .The constant elements in the nano-particles are close consistent with the large particle pollutants ,which mainly contain C ,O ,A1 ,Si ,Na ,Mg ,K ,Ca ,Fe ,S and Cl etc .The point Analysis of EDS confirmed that the element content of Cl and S in some nano-particles is significantly increased ,while others mainly contain C and O .It is believed that the surface of nano inorganic dust particles was adsorbed by

  6. Removal of methyl orange from aqueous solution by Azolla filicoloides: Synthesis of Fe3O4 nano-particles and its surface modification by the extracted pectin of Azolla

    Roohan Rakhshaee; Masoud Giahi; Afshin Pourahmad

    2011-01-01

    The modified Fe3O4 nano-particles with the extracted pectin from the cell wall of Azolla filicoloides (FN-EP) can remove methyl orange as a water-soluble azo dye from waste water better than Azolla and the extracted pectin from Azolla (EPA), alone. It could be due to more crowding the main functional groups of uptake after binding pectin with nano-particles. Thermodynamic studies showed that adsorption equilibrium constant (KL) and maximum adsorption capacities (Qmax) were increased with decreasing temperature (exothermic). The maximum uptake capacity (Qmax) of dye by FN-EP in a batch reactor was 0.533, 0.498 and 0.446 mmol/g at 5, 25 and 50 ℃, respectively. The enthalpy change (AH) and entropy change (△S) were -15.31 kJ/mol and -0.02434 kJ/mol K, respectively.

  7. Chemical stability and antimicrobial activity of plasma sprayed bioactive Ca2ZnSi2O7 coating.

    Li, Kai; Yu, Jiangming; Xie, Youtao; Huang, Liping; Ye, Xiaojian; Zheng, Xuebin

    2011-12-01

    Calcium silicate ceramic coatings have received considerable attention in recent years due to their excellent bioactivity and bonding strength. However, their high dissolution rates limit their practical applications. In this study, zinc incorporated calcium silicate based ceramic Ca(2)ZnSi(2)O(7) coating was prepared on Ti-6Al-4V substrate via plasma spraying technology aiming to achieve higher chemical stability and additional antibacterial activity. Chemical stability of the coating was assessed by monitoring mass loss and ion release of the coating after immersion in the Tris-HCl buffer solution and examining pH value variation of the solution. Results showed that the chemical stability of zinc incorporated coating was improved significantly. Antimicrobial activity of the Ca(2)ZnSi(2)O(7) coating was evaluated, and it was found that the coating exhibited 93% antibacterial ratio against Staphylococcus aureus. In addition, in vitro bioactivity and cytocompatibility were confirmed for the Ca(2)ZnSi(2)O(7) coating by simulated body fluid test, MC3T3-E1 cells adhesion investigation and cytotoxicity assay.

  8. THE SIZE AND SURFACE COATING OF NANOSILVER DIFFERENTIALLY AFFECTS BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY IN BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER (RBEC4) CELLS.

    Linking the physical properties of nanoparticles with differences in their biological activity is critical for understanding their potential toxicity and mode of action. The influence of aggregate size, surface coating, and surface charge on nanosilver's (nanoAg) movement through...

  9. Analyses of antibacterial activity and cell compatibility of titanium coated with a Zr-C-N film.

    Yin-Yu Chang

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to verify the antibacterial performance and cell proliferation activity of zirconium (Zr-carbon (C-nitride (N coatings on commercially pure titanium (Ti with different C contents. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Reactive nitrogen gas (N(2 with and without acetylene (C(2H(2 was activated by Zr plasma in a cathodic-arc evaporation system to deposit either a zirconium nitride (ZrN or a Zr-C-N coating onto Ti plates. The bacterial activity of the coatings was evaluated against Staphylococcus aureus with the aid of SYTO9 nucleic acid staining and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Cell compatibility, mRNA expression, and morphology related to human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs on the coated samples were also determined by using the MTT assay, reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, and SEM. RESULTS: The Zr-C-N coating with the highest C content (21.7 at% exhibited the lowest bacterial preservation (P<0.001. Biological responses including proliferation, gene expression, and attachment of HGF cells to ZrN and Zr-C-N coatings were comparable to those of the uncoated Ti plate. CONCLUSIONS: High-C-content Zr-C-N coatings not only provide short-term antibacterial activity against S. aureus but are also biocompatible with HGF cells.

  10. Evaluation of Photocatalytic Active Coatings on Sintered Glass Tubes by Methylene Blue

    Colin Awungacha Lekelefac

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A comparative study between ten different photocatalytic active coatings was done. The effectiveness and photocatalytic activity of the coatings were studied by degradation experiments of methylene blue (MB dye under UV light illumination. The reactor design consisting of sintered glass packed in a borosilicate tube placed between two planar dielectric barrier discharge lamps (Osram Planon is reported for the first time. The coatings consisted of either titania, silica, or zinc on sintered borosilicate glass. The advantage of sol-gel in catalyst preparation was exploited to combine catalyst to act as cocatalyst. TiO2-P25 widely applied in suspension systems was effectively immobilized on sintered glass support with the aid of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS solution which acted as support material. Results indicated that TiO2-P25+SiO2, TiO2-P25+SiO2+Pt, and TiOSO4_30,6wt% films showed highest degradation rates close to 100% after 90 min illumination with degradation rates exceeding 50% after 30 minutes. TTIP+Pt showed lowest degradation rate.

  11. Silver release and antimicrobial properties of PMMA films doped with silver ions, nano-particles and complexes

    Lyutakov, O., E-mail: lyutakoo@vscht.cz [Department of Solid State Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague (Czech Republic); Goncharova, I. [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague (Czech Republic); Rimpelova, S. [Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague (Czech Republic); Kolarova, K.; Svanda, J.; Svorcik, V. [Department of Solid State Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague (Czech Republic)

    2015-04-01

    Materials prepared on the base of bioactive silver compounds have become more and more popular due to low microbial resistance to silver. In the present work, the efficiency of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) thin films doped with silver ions, nanoparticles and silver–imidazole polymer complex was studied by a combination of AAS, XPS and AFM techniques. The biological activities of the proposed materials were discussed in view of the rate of silver releasing from the polymer matrix. Concentrations of Ag active form were estimated by its ability to interact with L-cysteine using electronic circular dichroism spectroscopy. Rates of the released silver were compared with the biological activity in dependence on the form of embedded silver. Antimicrobial properties of doped polymer films were studied using two bacterial strains: Staphylococcus epidermidis and Escherichia coli. It was found that PMMA films doped with Ag{sup +} had greater activity than those doped with nanoparticles and silver–imidazole polymeric complexes. However, the antimicrobial efficiency of Ag{sup +} doped films was only short-term. Contrary, the antimicrobial activity of silver–imidazole/PMMA films increased in time of sample soaking. - Highlights: • PMMA thin films doped with silver ions, nanoparticles (AgNPs) and silver–imidazole helical complexes (AgIm) were studied. • Silver release from doped polymer films and its biological activity were estimated. • Antimicrobial properties of doped polymer films were also studied. • Ag ions doped films showed the strongest antimicrobial activity, which quickly disappeared. • AgIm and AgNPs doped films showed more stable antimicrobial properties. • AgIm complexes conserve their structure after addition into polymer and after leaching.

  12. Recycled ABS Resin Toughened and Reinforced by Elastomer/Inorganic Nano-Particle Composite System%弹性体/无机纳米粒子复合体系增强增韧回收ABS树脂

    孔雪松

    2013-01-01

    The toughening of elastomer and inorganic nano-particle to recycled ABS was studied respectively.The results show that elastomer restores the toughness of recycles ABS,but leads to decrease of rigidity,meanwhile inorganic nano-particle can increase the toughness partly,also leads to increases of rigidity.Finally recycled ABS is modified by elastomer/inorganic nano-particle composite system.When 5%~8% ABS rubber powder and 2% ~3% inorganic particle are added,the recycled ABS resin is toughened and reinforced.%分别研究了弹性体和无机纳米粒子对回收丙烯腈-丁二烯-苯乙烯共聚物(ABS)的增韧.结果表明:弹性体能使回收ABS树脂的韧性得到恢复,但导致刚性下降;无机纳米粒子对ABS树脂的增韧能力有限,但能增加ABS的刚性.最后采用弹性体/无机纳米粒子复合体系改性回收ABS树脂,添加质量分数5%~8%的高胶粉和质量分数2%~3%无机纳米粒子时,实现了对回收ABS树脂的增强增韧.

  13. 复合膜中纳米银粒子的光吸收特性研究%The research on optical absorption properties of silver nano-particles in composite film

    李贵安

    2001-01-01

    本文通过溶胶凝胶法,制备出金属纳米银粒子复合膜.电镜(TEM)测量结果表明,复合膜中所掺入的银粒子尺寸属纳米量级.实验测出了复合膜中银粒子的吸收光谱,与其在银胶中吸收谱相比,发现其吸收峰红移52.5nm.并对测试结果进行了细致分析.%In the paper ,we reported composite film of silver nano-particles prepared via the Sol-Gel technique and its measurements of the optical absorption. The TEM photograph of composite film showed that silver particles size was nanoscale. The absorption peak of silver nano-particles in composite film yield red-shift as compared with silver nano-particles in colloidal solution. The results were analyzed and discussed in detail.

  14. Zwitterionic Cellulose Carbamate with Regioselective Substitution Pattern: A Coating Material Possessing Antimicrobial Activity.

    Elschner, Thomas; Lüdecke, Claudia; Kalden, Diana; Roth, Martin; Löffler, Bettina; Jandt, Klaus D; Heinze, Thomas

    2016-04-01

    A polyzwitterion is synthesized by regioselective functionalization of cellulose possessing a uniform charge distribution. The positively charged ammonium group is present at position 6, while the negative charge of carboxylate is located at positions 2 and 3 of the repeating unit. The molecular structure of the biopolymer derivative is proved by NMR spectroscopy. This cellulose-based zwitterion is applied to several support materials by spin-coating and characterized by means of atomic force microscope, contact angle measurements, ellipsometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The coatings possess antimicrobial activity depending on the support materials (glass, titanium, tissue culture poly(styrene)) as revealed by confocal laser scanning microscopy and live/dead staining.

  15. Protection of active implant electronics with organosilicon open air plasma coating for plastic overmolding

    Zeppenfeld Matthias

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available To overcome challenges for manufacturing of modern smart medical plastic parts by injection molding, e.g. for active implants, the optimization of the interface between electronics and the polymer component concerning adhesion and diffusion behavior is crucial. Our results indicate that a nano-sized SiOxCyHz layer formed by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PE-CVD via open air atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ and by use of a hexamthyldisiloxane (HMDSO precursor can form a non-corrosive, anti-permeable and biocompatible coating. Due to the open air character of the APPJ process an inline coating before overmolding could be an easy applicable method and a promising advancement.

  16. Electrodeposition and Corrosion Resistance Properties of Zn-Ni/TiO2 Nano composite Coatings

    B. M. Praveen

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Nano sized TiO2 particles were prepared by sol-gel method. TiO2 nano particles were dispersed in zinc-nickel sulphate electrolyte and thin film of Zn-Ni-TiO2 composite was generated by electrodeposition on mild steel plates. The effect of TiO2 on the corrosion behavior and hardness of the composite coatings was investigated. The film was tested for its corrosion resistance property using electrochemical, weight loss, and salt spray methods. The paper revealed higher resistance of composite coating to corrosion. Microhardness of the composite coating was determined. Scanning electron microscope images and X-ray diffraction patterns of coating revealed its fine-grain nature. Average crystalline size of the composite coating was calculated. The anticorrosion mechanism of the composite coating was also discussed.

  17. Titania Supported Pt and Pt/Pd Nano-particle Catalysts for the Oxidation of Sulfur Dioxide

    Koutsopoulos, Sotiris; Johannessen, Tue; Eriksen, Kim Michael

    2006-01-01

    Several types of titania (anatase) were used as supports for pure platinum and Pt–Pd bimetallic alloy catalysts. The preparation methods, normal wet impregnation technique and flame aerosol synthesis, obtained metal loadings of 2% by weight. The prepared catalysts were tested for SO2 oxidation...... activity at atmospheric pressure in the temperature range 250–600 °C. The SO2 to SO3 conversion efficiency of the Pt–Pd alloy was significantly higher than that of the individual metals. The effects of the preparation method and the titania type used on the properties and activity of the resulting catalyst...

  18. A HEPARIN-COATED CIRCUIT REDUCES COMPLEMENT ACTIVATION AND THE RELEASE OF LEUKOCYTE INFLAMMATORY MEDIATORS DURING EXTRACORPOREAL-CIRCULATION IN A RABBIT

    PLOTZ, FB; VANOEVEREN, W; HULTQUIST, KA; MILLER, C; BARTLETT, RH; WILDEVUUR, CRH

    1992-01-01

    Heparin coating modifies complement activation during extracorporeal circulation much more effectively than systemically administered heparin. This rabbit study was undertaken to address possible mechanisms responsible for this difference. We evaluated the effect of heparin coating on complement act

  19. Solution plasma synthesis of Au nanoparticles for coating titanium dioxide to enhance its photocatalytic activity

    Nakasugi, Yuki; Saito, Genki [Center for Advanced Research of Energy and Materials, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Yamashita, Toru [Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Sakaguchi, Norihito [Center for Advanced Research of Energy and Materials, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Akiyama, Tomohiro, E-mail: takiyama@eng.hokudai.ac.jp [Center for Advanced Research of Energy and Materials, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan)

    2015-05-29

    A convenient method for coating titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) by Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) is demonstrated in solution plasma to improve the photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2}. AuNPs from a metallic Au electrode were bonded to the surface of a commercial TiO{sub 2} powder, which acted as a catalyst support, with the reaction taking place in an electrolyte solution. The effect of diverse plasma conditions on the size and productivity of the AuNPs was investigated initially to provide a reference in the absence of TiO{sub 2}. At 290 V, “partial plasma” was attained, with only a weak light emission surrounding the Au electrode. Conditions then evolved to “full plasma”, with a strong orange emission at 330 V. Partial or full status was maintained for 1 h at 300 and 400 V, respectively. At the transition to full, the AuNP particle size increased from 3.72 to 6.09 nm and the productivity increased dramatically from 0.025 to 0.87 mg h{sup −1} mm{sup −2}. Stronger plasma very efficiently synthesized AuNPs, and therefore, it was adopted for further study. AuNP-TiO{sub 2} combinations were formed by applying 400 V to a TiO{sub 2}-dispersed solution. In these experiments, TiO{sub 2} coated with AuNPs was synthesized; these combinations of AuNP-TiO{sub 2} had 0.44 mol% of Au. The photocatalytic activity of AuNP-TiO{sub 2} was investigated by measuring the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB). Under UV irradiation, the AuNP-TiO{sub 2} particles removed up to 95% of the dye in 70 min. Commercial TiO{sub 2} achieves values closer to 85%. The results thus raise the possibility that solution plasma methods can be generalized as a means for achieving catalysis-enhancing coatings. - Highlights: • Au nanoparticles with a diameter of several nm were synthesized by solution plasma. • The effect of plasma conditions on the Au nanoparticles formation was investigated. • High resolution TEM was conducted to investigate the crystal structure. • Au nanoparticles were coated

  20. Ammonia Synthesis using Ti and Nb Nitride Nano-particles Prepared by Mesoporous Graphitic C3N4

    Kumagai, Hiromu

    2015-01-22

    TiN and NbN nanoparticles were synthesized from mesoporous graphitic C3N4 (mpg-C3N4) as a reactive template and used as the catalyst for ammonia synthesis. The obtained TiN and NbN nanoparticles possess high surface areas of 299 and 275 m2 g-1, respectively, making them attractive in the use of catalysis and support. Although most of the TiN and NbN particles show no measurable activity for ammonia formation, the nanoparticles enabled an ammonia synthesis rate of 31 μmol h-1 g-cat-1 at 673 K and 0.1 MPa of synthesis gas (N2 + 3H2) for both TiN and NbN catalysts. It is evident that the formation of nanoparticles with high nitride surface area is essential for the materials to function as catalysts in ammonia synthesis. The addition of Fe to TiN enhanced the ammonia synthesis activity, whereas it had detrimental effects on the catalytic activity of NbN. The properties of these catalysts in ammonia synthesis are discussed.

  1. Calcium phosphate/porous silicon biocomposites prepared by cyclic deposition methods: Spin coating vs electrochemical activation

    Hernandez-Montelongo, J., E-mail: jacobo.hernandez@uam.es [Departamento de Física Aplicada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Gallach, D.; Naveas, N.; Torres-Costa, V. [Departamento de Física Aplicada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Climent-Font, A. [Departamento de Física Aplicada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Centro de Microanálisis de Materiales (CMAM), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid 28049 (Spain); García-Ruiz, J.P. [Departamento de Biología Molecular, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, Madrid 28049 (Spain); Manso-Silvan, M. [Departamento de Física Aplicada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2014-01-01

    Porous silicon (PSi) provides an excellent platform for bioengineering applications due to its biocompatibility, biodegradability, and bioresorbability. However, to promote its application as bone engineering scaffold, deposition of calcium phosphate (CaP) ceramics in its hydroxyapatite (HAP) phase is in progress. In that sense, this work focuses on the synthesis of CaP/PSi composites by means of two different techniques for CaP deposition on PSi: Cyclic Spin Coating (CSC) and Cyclic Electrochemical Activation (CEA). Both techniques CSC and CEA consisted on alternate Ca and P deposition steps on PSi. Each technique produced specific morphologies and CaP phases using the same independent Ca and P stem-solutions at neutral pH and at room temperature. The brushite (BRU) phase was favored with the CSC technique and the hydroxyapatite (HAP) phase was better synthesized using the CEA technique. Analyses by elastic backscattering spectroscopy (EBS) on CaP/PSi structures synthesized by CEA supported that, by controlling the CEA parameters, an HAP coating with the required Ca/P atomic ratio of 1.67 can be promoted. Biocompatibility was evaluated by bone-derived progenitor cells, which grew onto CaP/PSi prepared by CSC technique with a long-shaped actin cytoskeleton. The density of adhered cells was higher on CaP/PSi prepared by CEA, where cells presented a normal morphological appearance and active mitosis. These results can be used for the design and optimization of CaP/PSi composites with enhanced biocompatibility for bone-tissue engineering. - Highlights: • Proposed cyclic methods produce specific morphologies and CaP phases in biocomposites. • The brushite phase is favored in the biocomposite produced by Cyclic Spin Coating. • The hydroxyapatite phase is favored in the biocomposite produced by Cyclic Electrochemical Activation. • The Ca/P atomic ratio of hydroxyapatite was validated by elastic backscattering spectroscopy. • Cells grown showed morphological and

  2. Microalgae associated Brevundimonas sp. MSK 4 as the nano particle synthesizing unit to produce antimicrobial silver nanoparticles

    Rajamanickam, Karthic; Sudha, S. S.; Francis, Mebin; Sowmya, T.; Rengaramanujam, J.; Sivalingam, Periyasamy; Prabakar, Kandasamy

    2013-09-01

    The biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles and its antimicrobial property was studied using bacteria isolated from Spirulina products. Isolated bacteria were identified as Bacillus sp. MSK 1 (JX495945), Staphylococcus sp. MSK 2 (JX495946), Bacillus sp. MSK 3 (JX495947) and Brevundimonas sp. MSK 4 (JX495948). Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were synthesized using bacterial culture filtrate with AgNO3. The initial syntheses of Ag nanoparticles were characterized by UV-vis spectrophotometer (by measuring the color change to intense brown). Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) study showed evidence that proteins are possible reducing agents and Energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) study showing the metal silver as major signal. The structure of AgNPs was determined by Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Synthesized Ag nanoparticles with an average size of 40-65 nm have antimicrobial property against human pathogens like Proteus vulgaris, Salmonella typhi, Vibrio cholera, Streptococcus sp., Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli. Among the isolates Brevundimonas sp. MSK 4 alone showed good activity in both synthesis of AgNPs and antimicrobial activity. This work demonstrates the possible use of biological synthesized silver nanoparticles to combat the drug resistant problem.

  3. Leach-proof magnetic thrombolytic nanoparticles and coatings of enhanced activity

    Drozdov, Andrey S.; Vinogradov, Vasiliy V.; Dudanov, Ivan P.; Vinogradov, Vladimir V.

    2016-06-01

    Despite the fact that magnetic thrombolytic composites is an emerging area, all known so far systems are based on the similar mechanism of action: thrombolytic enzyme releases from the magnetic carrier leaving non-active matrix, thus making the whole system active only for a limited period of time. Such systems often have very complex structure organization and composition, consisting of materials not approved for parenteral injection, making them poor candidates for real clinical trials and implementation. Here we report, for the first time, the production of thrombolytic magnetic composite material with non-releasing behavior and prolonged action. Obtained composite shows good thrombolytic activity, consists of fully biocompatible materials and could be applied as infinitely active thrombolytic coatings or magnetically-targetable thrombolytic agents.

  4. Leach-proof magnetic thrombolytic nanoparticles and coatings of enhanced activity.

    Drozdov, Andrey S; Vinogradov, Vasiliy V; Dudanov, Ivan P; Vinogradov, Vladimir V

    2016-06-20

    Despite the fact that magnetic thrombolytic composites is an emerging area, all known so far systems are based on the similar mechanism of action: thrombolytic enzyme releases from the magnetic carrier leaving non-active matrix, thus making the whole system active only for a limited period of time. Such systems often have very complex structure organization and composition, consisting of materials not approved for parenteral injection, making them poor candidates for real clinical trials and implementation. Here we report, for the first time, the production of thrombolytic magnetic composite material with non-releasing behavior and prolonged action. Obtained composite shows good thrombolytic activity, consists of fully biocompatible materials and could be applied as infinitely active thrombolytic coatings or magnetically-targetable thrombolytic agents.

  5. Energy transfer based photoluminescence spectra of (Tb{sup 3+}+ Sm{sup 3+}):PEO+PVP polymer nano-composites with Ag nano-particles

    Naveen Kumar, K., E-mail: knaveenphy@gmail.com; Chandra Babu, B.; Buddhudu, S.

    2015-05-15

    Sm{sup 3+}:PEO+PVP, Sm{sup 3+}+Tb{sup 3+}:PEO+PVP and Sm{sup 3+}+Tb{sup 3+}+Ag NPs:PEO+PVP polymer films have successfully been synthesized by a solution casting method. For these polymer films, their XRD, FTIR and RAMAN spectral profiles have been analyzed. Both absorption and photoluminescence spectra have been measured in evaluating their optical properties. The Sm{sup 3+}:PEO+PVP polymer film has displayed a reddish-orange emission at 600 nm under an UV lamp and its absorption and emission spectra have also been measured to evaluate its optical characteristics. A reddish-orange emission at 600 nm ({sup 4}G{sub 5/2}→ {sup 6}H{sub 7/2}) of Sm{sup 3+} has been measured for which lifetime has also been evaluated suitably. The Photoluminescence efficiency of Sm{sup 3+} ion has been enhanced due to the addition of Tb{sup 3+} by means of an energy transfer process. The energy transfer mechanism, from Tb{sup 3+} to Sm{sup 3+} has been explained. In Ag nano-filler embedded in Tb{sup 3+}+Sm{sup 3+}:PEO+PVP polymer system, a different energy transfer process which exists between Ag nano-particles and Sm{sup 3+} ions also taking place in the polymer matrix has been identified. From these results, these films could be suggested as potential reddish-orange luminescent optical materials.

  6. Preparation and Characterization of Amino-functionalized Silica Nano-particles%氨基官能化介孔二氧化硅的制备和表征

    钟莉; 许艳玲; 杨雪莲; 王倩; 严伟; 石善滕; 李晴

    2016-01-01

    采用不同试验方法合成介孔二氧化硅纳米粒子(MSN),分别对不同方法所得样品进行粒径分析。结果得出:采用NaOH做pH调节剂,以乙醇与水的适宜比例做溶剂,在一定条件下所制得的介孔二氧化硅粒子粒径分布相对均匀,均在200~300 nm间。而后以此方法制得所需样品,分别采用盐酸酸化和煅烧两种方法除去模板剂CTAB,得到MSN,然后在其表面接枝上了-NH2,得到了氨基官能化介孔二氧化硅,并利用TGA、FTIR等方法对产物的结构进行了表征。%Mesoporous silica nano-particles(MSN) were synthesized using different experimental methods, respectively. The result of zize analysis showed that using NaOH as pH adjusting agent, a suitable proportion of ethanol and water as solvent, in certain conditions prepared the MSN particle, which has relatively uniform and concentrated particle size distribution, between 200 nm to 300 nm. The preferred sample prepared in this way, used hydrochloric acid or calcined to romove template CTAB, and then grafted -NH2 on its surface, to obtain amino-functionalized medium mesoporous silica. The TGA, FTIR were used to characterize the product.

  7. Analysis of the toxicity of gold nano particles on the immune system: effect on dendritic cell functions

    Villiers, Christian L., E-mail: christian.villiers@ujf-grenoble.fr; Freitas, Heidi; Couderc, Rachel; Villiers, Marie-Bernadette; Marche, Patrice N. [Inserm, U823, Centre de Recherche Albert Bonniot (France)

    2010-01-15

    The effect of manufactured gold nanoparticles (NPs) on the immune system was analysed through their ability to perturb the functions of dendritic cells (DCs), a major actor of both innate and acquired immune responses. For this purpose, DCs were produced in culture from mouse bone marrow progenitors. The analysis of the viability of the cells after their incubation in the presence of gold NPs shows that these NPs are not cytotoxics even at high concentration. Furthermore, the phenotype of the DC is unchanged after the addition of NPs, indicating that there is no activation of the DC. However, the analysis of the cells at the intracellular level reveals important amounts of gold NPs amassing in endocytic compartments. Furthermore, the secretion of cytokines is significantly modified after such internalisation indicating a potential perturbation of the immune response.

  8. The structure and the photocatalytic activity of titania based nanotube and nanofiber coatings

    Radtke, A., E-mail: aradtke@umk.pl [Faculty of Chemistry, Nicolaus Copernicus University, ul. Gagarina 7, 87-100 Toruń (Poland); Piszczek, P.; Topolski, A.; Lewandowska, Ż. [Faculty of Chemistry, Nicolaus Copernicus University, ul. Gagarina 7, 87-100 Toruń (Poland); Talik, E. [A. Chełkowski Institute of Physics, University of Silesia, ul. Uniwersytecka 4, 40-007 Katowice (Poland); Andersen, I. Hald; Nielsen, L. Pleth [Tribology Centre, Danish Technological Institute, Kongsvang Allé 29, 8000 Aarhus C (Denmark); Heikkilä, M.; Leskelä, M. [Centre of Excellence, Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki, A.I. Virtasen aukio 1, FI-00014 (Finland)

    2016-04-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The photoactivity of TNT and TNF has been quantified by two different methods. • The influence of the TNT and TNF structure on their photoactivity was studied. • The photoactivity comparison of TNT and TNF was carried out. • TNF coatings show higher photoactivity in comparison to TNT. - Abstract: The photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2} based nanotube (TNT) and nanofiber (TNF) coatings has been investigated, in correlation to their structure, morphology, specific surface area, acidity and the amount of surface H{sub 2}O molecules and −OH groups. Characterization of these materials was carried out using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Raman spectroscopy, and diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFT). The photocatalytic activity has been quantified by two different methods, based on the photodegradation of methylene blue (the pattern of water-soluble organic pollutant) and acetone (the pattern of volatile organic pollutant), respectively. Results of our investigations revealed that TNF coatings were significantly more active in case of both photodegradation processes in air and water, as compared to TNT, even if the specific surface area of TNF films was smaller than the adequate surface area of TNT. The microstructure of produced materials, the amount of adsorbed −OH groups and H{sub 2}O molecules located on the surface of materials, and the acidity of the surface, were the main factors which affect their photoactivity. Photocatalytic properties of tubular and porous TiO{sub 2}-based materials are the resultant of the compilation of individual factors impact and any of them cannot be neglected.

  9. Antimicrobial activity and cytocompatibility of silver nanoparticles coated catheters via a biomimetic surface functionalization strategy

    Wu K

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Ke Wu,1 Yun Yang,2,3 Yanmei Zhang,2,3 Jiexi Deng,1 Changjian Lin2,31Department of Cardiology, The Affiliated Dongnan Hospital of Xiamen University, Zhangzhou, 2Department of Medical Materials, Beijing Medical Implant Engineering Research Center, Beijing Naton Technology Group, Beijing, 3State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces, Department of Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen, People’s Republic of ChinaAbstract: Catheter-related bloodstream infections are a significant problem in the clinic and may result in a serious infection. Here, we developed a facile and green procedure for buildup of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs on the central venous catheters (CVCs surface. Inspired by mussel adhesive proteins, dopamine was used to form a thin polydopamine layer and induce AgNPs formation without additional reductants or stabilizers. The chemical and physicochemical properties of AgNPs coated CVCs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and water contact angle. The Staphylococcus aureus culture experiment was used to study the antibacterial properties. The cytocompatibility was assessed by water soluble tetrazolium salts (WST-1 assay, fluorescence staining, and scanning electron microscopy analysis. The results indicated that the CVCs surface was successfully coated with compact AgNPs. AgNPs were significantly well separated and spherical with a size of 30–50 nm. The density of AgNPs could be modulated by the concentration of silver nitrate solution. The antibacterial activity was dependent on the AgNPs dose. The high dose of AgNPs showed excellent antibacterial activity while associated with increased cytotoxicity. The appropriate density of AgNPs coated CVCs could exhibit improved biocompatibility and maintained evident sterilization effect. It is promising to design mussel-inspired silver releasing CVCs with both

  10. Efficacy of coating activated carbon with milk proteins to prevent binding of bacterial cells from foods for PCR detection.

    Opet, Nathan J; Levin, Robert E

    2013-08-01

    Foods contaminated with pathogens are common sources of illness. Currently, the most common and sensitive rapid detection method involves the PCR. However, food matrices are complex and contain inhibitors that limit the sensitivity of the PCR. The use of coated activated carbon can effectively facilitate the removal of PCR inhibitors without binding targeted bacterial cells from food samples. With the use of activated carbon coated with milk proteins, a cell recovery at pH 7.0 of 95.7%±2.0% was obtained, compared to control uncoated activated carbon, which yielded a cell recovery of only 1.1%±0.8%. In addition, the milk protein coated activated carbon was able to absorb similar amounts of soluble compounds as uncoated activated carbon, with the exception of bovine hemoglobin. This suggests that the use of milk proteins to coat activated carbon may therefore serve as a suitable replacement for bentonite in the coating of activated carbon, which has previously been used for the removal of PCR inhibitors from food.

  11. Combination of Methods for the Fractionation, Investigation, and Analysis of Micro/Nano Particles in Volcanic Ash

    Valeriy, Shkinev; Michail, Ermolin; Peter, Fedotov; Aleksander, Rudnev; Nikolay, Bulychev; Vitaliy, Linnik; Gerardo, Moreno

    2013-04-01

    Micro and nanoparticles play a very important role in environment, in biology and medicine, in various technologies. The investigation of particles is often based on the fractionation according to particle size, density and charge followed by the analysis of the separated fractions. Such studies are needed in the analysis of environmental samples (natural and waste waters, soils, sediments, ashes) to assess the soil formation processes as well as distribution, transport, and biological uptake of pollutants. Recently, the review dealing with the fractionation and investigation of particles in liquid media has been published [Anal. Bioanal. Chem., 2011, v. 400, no 6, p. 1787-1804]. The present report gives a brief overview of the state-of-the-art and describes some new methods, approaches, and devices developed in the Laboratory for Concentration Methods of Vernadsky Institute for the studies of volcanic ash samples. The ash is attributed to the volcanic activity of Cordón Caulle. Puyehue and Cordón Caulle (40°35'25″S -72°07'02″W) are two coalesced volcanic vents that form a major mountain massif in Puyehue National Park in the Andes of Ranco Province, Chile. In volcanology, this group is known under the name of Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcanic Complex. Four different volcanoes constitute the volcanic group or complex, the Cordillera Nevada caldera, the Pliocene Mencheca volcano, Cordón Caulle fissure vents, and the Puyehue stratovolcano. Most stratovolcanoes on the Southern Volcanic Zone of the Andes, Puyehue and Cordón Caulle are located along the intersection of traverse fault with the larger north-south Liquiñe-Ofqui Fault. A new eruption started on 04 June 2011. By 15 June a dense column of ash (9 km height) was still erupting into the air, with the ash cloud spreading across the Southern Hemisphere. Actually the volcano activity continues. The samples were collected before and after the acidic rain which occurred due to the release of sulfur gases

  12. Comparing gold nano-particle enhanced radiotherapy with protons, megavoltage photons and kilovoltage photons: a Monte Carlo simulation.

    Lin, Yuting; McMahon, Stephen J; Scarpelli, Matthew; Paganetti, Harald; Schuemann, Jan

    2014-12-21

    Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) have shown potential to be used as a radiosensitizer for radiation therapy. Despite extensive research activity to study GNP radiosensitization using photon beams, only a few studies have been carried out using proton beams. In this work Monte Carlo simulations were used to assess the dose enhancement of GNPs for proton therapy. The enhancement effect was compared between a clinical proton spectrum, a clinical 6 MV photon spectrum, and a kilovoltage photon source similar to those used in many radiobiology lab settings. We showed that the mechanism by which GNPs can lead to dose enhancements in radiation therapy differs when comparing photon and proton radiation. The GNP dose enhancement using protons can be up to 14 and is independent of proton energy, while the dose enhancement is highly dependent on the photon energy used. For the same amount of energy absorbed in the GNP, interactions with protons, kVp photons and MV photons produce similar doses within several nanometers of the GNP surface, and differences are below 15% for the first 10 nm. However, secondary electrons produced by kilovoltage photons have the longest range in water as compared to protons and MV photons, e.g. they cause a dose enhancement 20 times higher than the one caused by protons 10 μm away from the GNP surface. We conclude that GNPs have the potential to enhance radiation therapy depending on the type of radiation source. Proton therapy can be enhanced significantly only if the GNPs are in close proximity to the biological target.

  13. Dye removal from aqueous solution by cobalt-nano particles decorated aluminum silicate: kinetic, thermodynamic and mechanism studies.

    Arshadi, M; Faraji, A R; Mehravar, M

    2015-02-15

    This article describes the preparation of a nanoadsorbent containing Co-nanoparticles decorated functionalized SiO2-Al2O3 mixed-oxides as a scavenger toward removal of methyl orange. SiO2-Al2O3 mixed-oxides were functionalized with pyridine-2-carbaldehyde and thereafter, in the next step, Co-nanoparticle was prepared over the modified mixed-oxides. The as-prepared nanoadsorbent was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-vis DRS), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Results showed that Co-nanoparticle with average size of about 5-25 nm was immobilized successfully on the surface of modified mixed-oxides and was widely dispersed. EPR and CV of Si/Al-PAEA=PyCA@CoNP confirmed that most of the covalently bond active sites of the nano-adsorbent are in the form of Co(II) ions. The supported cobalt is a suitable and efficient adsorbent for the removal of methyl orange from aqueous solution. The heterogeneous Co-NPs were found to be effective adsorbent for the removal of methyl orange ions from solution. The adsorption process was spontaneous and endothermic in nature and followed pseudo-second-order kinetic model. The CV and EIS of the Co-NPs-MO indicates an easily oxidizable environment, this being in agreement with the FTIR data, where the electron density at Co-NPs is higher due to the presence of a donor-electron ligand (methyl orange), that is, reduction of Co-NPs from +3 to +2 oxidation state is more favored.

  14. Effects of acido-basic support properties on the catalytic hydrogenation of acetylene on gold nano-particles

    Manda, Abdullah Ahmed

    Metallic gold nanoparticles supported on gamma-Al2O 3 and magnesia-alumina mixed oxide, with different magnesia content have been prepared by sol-gel method and characterized by different techniques (inductive coupled plasma-mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS), XRD, BET surface area analysis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), CO2 and NH 3 temperature programmed desorption (TPD), H2 temperature programmed reduction (TPR) and FTIR of adsorbed CO2). Such systems were found to produce catalysts with controllable acidity, varying from catalyst possessing large density of acidic and low density of basic sites, others with acidic and basic sites of equal strength and density, and others with large basic and low acid sites densities, respectively. The catalytic assessment of the generated acidity was carried out using 2-propanol decomposition as a test reaction. The results obtained indicate that the presence of magnesia and reduced gold nanopartilces has imparted the catalysts, 1%Au/4%Mg-Al 2O3 and 1%Au/8%Mg-Al2O3, with significant base-catalytic properties. Acetylene hydrogenation and formation of coke deposits were investigated on a gold catalyst supported on gamma-Al2O3 and gold supported on alumina-magnisia mixed oxide with different gold content; 1%Au/gamma-Al 2O3, 1%Au/15%Mg-Al2O3, 2%Au/15%Mg-Al 2O3 and 4%Au/15%Mg-Al2O3. The effect of the H2/C2H2 ratio was studied over a range of values. The catalytic activity and selectivity towards ethylene and other products were investigated at different reaction temperatures. Acetylene hydrogenation was investigated in the presence and absence of ethylene in stream. It is investigated that the adsorption of the triple bond is preferred over the double bond and during selective catalytic (SCR) of C2H2 the two hydrocarbons do not compete for the same adsorption sites. The deactivation of catalysts was studied by temperature programmed oxidation (TPO). Higher content of coke over 1%Au/Al2O3 catalyst was investigated in contrast to

  15. Fiber optics structural mechanics and nanotechnology based new generation of fiber coatings

    Suhir, E.

    2006-02-01

    This paper consists of two parts - review and extension. The review part deals with typical fiber optics structures (bare, single- and dual-coated fibers; fibers experiencing low temperature micro-bending; fibers soldered into ferrules or adhesively bonded into capillaries; role of the non-linear stress-strain relationship, etc.) subjected to thermally induced and/or mechanical loading in bending, tension, compression, or to various combinations of such loadings. The emphasis is on the state-of-the-art in the area of optical fiber coatings and the functional (optical), mechanical and environmental problems that occur in polymer-coated or metallized fibers. The solutions to the examined problems are obtained using analytical methods (predictive models) of structural mechanics. The review is based primarily on the author's research conducted at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, during his eighteen years tenure with this company. The extension part addresses a new generation of optical fiber coatings and deals with the application of a newly developed (by the ERS/Siloptix Co.) nano-particle material (NPM) that is used as an attractive substitute for the existing optical fiber coatings. This NPM-based coating has all the merits of polymer and metal coatings, but is free of their shortcomings. The developed material is an unconventional inhomogeneous "smart" composite material, which is equivalent to a homogeneous material with the following major properties: low Young's modulus, immunity to corrosion, good-to-excellent adhesion to adjacent material(s), non-volatile, stable properties at temperature extremes (from -220°C to +350°C), very long (practically infinite) lifetime, "active" hydrophobicity - the material provides a moisture barrier (to both water and water vapor), and, if necessary, can even "wick" moisture away from the contact surface; ability for "self-healing" and "healing": the NPM is able to restore its own dimensions, when damaged, and is able to

  16. UV-activated 7-dehydrocholesterol-coated titanium implants promote differentiation of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells into osteoblasts.

    Satué, María; Ramis, Joana M; Monjo, Marta

    2016-01-01

    Vitamin D metabolites are essential for bone regeneration and mineral homeostasis. The vitamin D precursor 7-dehydrocholesterol can be used after UV irradiation to locally produce active vitamin D by osteoblastic cells. Furthermore, UV-irradiated 7-dehydrocholesterol is a biocompatible coating for titanium implants with positive effects on osteoblast differentiation. In this study, we examined the impact of titanium implants surfaces coated with UV-irradiated 7-dehydrocholesterol on the osteogenic differentiation of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells. First, the synthesis of cholecalciferol (D3) was achieved through the incubation of the UV-activated 7-dehydrocholesterol coating for 48 h at 23℃. Further, we investigated in vitro the biocompatibility of this coating in human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells and its potential to enhance their differentiation towards the osteogenic lineage. Human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells cultured onto UV-irradiated 7-dehydrocholesterol-coated titanium implants surfaces, combined with osteogenic supplements, upregulated the gene expression of several osteogenic markers and showed higher alkaline phosphatase activity and calcein blue staining, suggesting increased mineralization. Thus, our results show that the use of UV irradiation on 7-dehydrocholesterol -treated titanium implants surfaces generates a bioactive coating that promotes the osteogenic differentiation of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells, with regenerative potential for improving osseointegration in titanium-based bone anchored implants.

  17. Synthesis, Characterization, and Sunlight Mediated Photocatalytic Activity of CuO Coated ZnO for the Removal of Nitrophenols.

    Qamar, M Tariq; Aslam, M; Ismail, Iqbal M I; Salah, Numan; Hameed, A

    2015-04-29

    CuO@ZnO core-shell catalysts, coated by varying the CuO layer density ranging from 0.5% to 10%, were synthesized with the aim to enhance the photocatalytic activity of ZnO in sunlight and control its photocorrosion. Initially, the Cu(2+) ions were impregnated on presynthesized ZnO by wet impregnation and finally converted to CuO layers by calcination. The optical and structural characterization of the synthesized powders was performed by DRS, PL, Raman spectroscopy, and XRD analysis, respectively. The homogeneity of the coated layers was explored by FESEM. The photocatalytic activity of CuO coated ZnO was investigated for the degradation of mononitrophenols (2-, 3-, and 4-nitrophenol) and dinitrophenols (2,4-, 2,5-, and 2,6-dinitrophenol) in the exposure of the complete spectrum and visible region (420-800 nm) of sunlight. The effect of the increasing density coated layers of CuO on photocatalytic activity was evaluated for the degradation of 4-NP. Compared to pristine ZnO, a substantial increase in the degradation/mineralization ability was observable for the catalysts coated with 0.5% and 1% CuO, whereas a detrimental effect was noticed for higher coating density. Prior to photocatalytic studies, as evaluated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), compared to pure ZnO, a significant suppression of photocorrosion was noticed, under illumination, for catalysts coated with lower CuO coating. The progress of the photocatalytic degradation process was monitored by HPLC while the mineralization ability of the synthesized catalysts was estimated by TOC. The estimation of the released ions and their further interaction with the excited states and the reactive oxygen was monitored by ion chromatography (IC).

  18. Antioxidant activities of tamarind (Tamarindus Indica) seed coat extracts using in vitro and in vivo models.

    Sandesh, P; Velu, V; Singh, R P

    2014-09-01

    Tamarindus indica seed coat was extracted with methanol, acetone and water and screened for DPPH radical scavenging activities. Methanol extract showed higher activity than other extracts. Treatment of albino rats (Wistar strain) with CCl4 at 1.25 mL/kg of body weight decreased superoxide dismutase (55 %), catalase (73 %) and peroxidase (78 %), while lipid peroxidation increased nearly 2.5 fold in liver. Pretreatment of rats with methanol extract of T. Indica seed coat (TSCE) at 50 mg/kg (as tannic acid equivalents) followed by CCl4 treatment, caused restoration of superoxide dismutase, catalase and lipid peroxidation to values close to control while peroxidase was restored to 67 % of the control. Histopathological studies of liver of different groups supported the protective effects of TSCE by restoring the hepatic architecture. These studies could be further extended to exploit its possible application for the preservation of food products as well as a health supplement and neutraceutical.

  19. Mesoporous silica coatings for cephalosporin active release at the bone-implant interface

    Rădulescu, Dragoş; Voicu, Georgeta; Oprea, Alexandra Elena; Andronescu, Ecaterina; Grumezescu, Valentina; Holban, Alina Maria; Vasile, Bogdan Stefan; Surdu, Adrian Vasile; Grumezescu, Alexandru Mihai; Socol, Gabriel; Mogoantă, Laurenţiu; Mogoşanu, George Dan; Balaure, Paul Cătălin; Rădulescu, Radu; Chifiriuc, Mariana Carmen

    2016-06-01

    In this study, we investigated the potential of MAPLE-deposited coatings mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) to release Zinforo (ceftarolinum fosmil) in biologically active form. The MSNs were prepared by using a classic procedure with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide as sacrificial template and tetraethylorthosilicate as the monomer. The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses revealed network-forming granules with diameters under 100 nm and an average pore diameter of 2.33 nm. The deposited films were characterized by SEM, TEM, XRD and IR. Microbiological analyses performed on ceftaroline-loaded films demonstrated that the antibiotic was released in an active form, decreasing the microbial adherence rate and colonization of the surface. Moreover, the in vitro and in vivo assays proved the excellent biodistribution and biocompatibility of the prepared systems. Our results suggest that the obtained bioactive coatings possess a significant potential for the design of drug delivery systems and antibacterial medical-use surfaces, with great applications in bone implantology.

  20. Progress of SERS Based on Nano-particles/Coupled Metalic Structure between Nano-particles and Film with Micro-nano Structure%金属纳米颗粒/微纳结构金属膜增强拉曼研究进展

    易明芳

    2014-01-01

    被称为“指纹谱”的分子拉曼谱及拉曼散射成像在生物及化学单分子识别领域具有重要应用。问题的关键是分子的拉曼散射截面小,利用金属纳米颗粒(LSP)局域场增强特性及其与金属膜(SPP)相互作用可产生比 LSP ( SPP)更强的局域场及尖角结构金属纳米颗粒的“热点天线”效应,可实现单分子拉曼信号的激发与辐射双共振增强效应。本文综述有关金属纳米颗粒和微纳结构金属膜相耦合增强分子拉曼信号的研究进展。%The “fingerprint” Raman spectra have important application in the field of chemistry or biotechnology which makes it possible to visualize individual molecules with chemical recognition .The key question is that the Raman scattering cross section of a single molecule is very small.The localized field enhancements of the surface plasmon polaritons is the physical basement of surface enhanced Raman spectra( SERS) .The hybrid plasmons which is a kind of coupling electric field between the LSP and SPP will produce stronger electric field than the LSP or SPP alone and the nano-metal particles with sharp corners structure can produce"hot spot"effect.It can realize the double-resonance enhancement for both Raman excitation and Raman emission.This paper will summarize the progress of SERS based on nano-particles/coupled metalic structrue between nano-particles and film with micro-nano structures.

  1. Effects of PVA-coated nanoparticles on human T helper cell activity.

    Strehl, Cindy; Schellmann, Saskia; Maurizi, Lionel; Hofmann-Amtenbrink, Margarethe; Häupl, Thomas; Hofmann, Heinrich; Buttgereit, Frank; Gaber, Timo

    2016-03-14

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) are used as high-sensitive enhancer for magnetic resonance imaging, where they represent a promising tool for early diagnosis of destructive diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Since we could demonstrate that professional phagocytes are activated by amino-polyvinyl-alcohol-coated-SPION (a-PVA-SPION), the study here focuses on the influence of a-PVA-SPION on human T cells activity. Therefore, primary human CD4+ T cells from RA patients and healthy subjects were treated with varying doses of a-PVA-SPION for 20h or 72h. T cells were then analyzed for apoptosis, cellular energy, expression of the activation marker CD25 and cell proliferation. Although, we observed that T cells from RA patients are more susceptible to low-dose a-PVA-SPION-induced apoptosis than T cells from healthy subjects, in both groups a-PVA-SPION do not activate CD4+ T cells per se and do not influence mitogen-mediated T cells activation with regard to CD25 expression and cell proliferation. Nevertheless, our results demonstrate that CD4+ T cells from RA patients and healthy subjects differ in their response to mitogen stimulation and oxygen availability. We conclude from our data, that a-PVA-SPION do neither activate nor significantly influence mitogen-stimulated CD4+ T cells activation and have negligible influence on T cells apoptosis.

  2. Antimicrobial activity and cytotoxicity of cotton fabric coated with conducting polymers, polyaniline or polypyrrole, and with deposited silver nanoparticles

    Maráková, Nela; Humpolíček, Petr; Kašpárková, Věra; Capáková, Zdenka; Martinková, Lenka; Bober, Patrycja; Trchová, Miroslava; Stejskal, Jaroslav

    2017-02-01

    Cotton fabric was coated with conducting polymers, polyaniline or polypyrrole, in situ during the oxidation of respective monomers. Raman and FTIR spectra proved the complete coating of substrates. Polypyrrole content was 19.3 wt.% and that of polyaniline 6.0 wt.%. Silver nanoparticles were deposited from silver nitrate solutions of various concentrations by exploiting the reduction ability of conducting polymers. The content of silver was up to 11 wt.% on polypyrrole and 4 wt.% on polyaniline. The sheet resistivity of fabrics was determined. The conductivity was reduced after deposition of silver. The chemical cleaning reduced the conductivity by less than one order of magnitude for polypyrrole coating, while for polyaniline the decrease was more pronounced. The good antibacterial activity against S. aureus and E. coli and low cytotoxicity of polypyrrole-coated cotton, both with and without deposited silver nanoparticles

  3. Quaternized chitosan/κ-carrageenan/caffeic acid-coated poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) fibrous materials: Preparation, antibacterial and antioxidant activity.

    Ignatova, Milena; Manolova, Nevena; Rashkov, Iliya; Markova, Nadya

    2016-11-20

    Novel fibrous materials with antioxidant and antibacterial properties from poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB), quaternized chitosan (QCh), κ-carrageenan (Car) and caffeic acid (CA) were obtained. These materials were prepared by applying electrospinning or electrospinning in conjunction with dip-coating and polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) formation. It was found that the CA release depended on the fiber composition. X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) revealed that CA incorporated in the fibers was in the amorphous state, whereas CA included in the coating was in the crystalline state. In contrast to the neat PHB mats, the CA-containing mats and the PEC QCh/Car-coated mats were found to kill the Gram-positive bacteria S. aureus and the Gram-negative bacteria E. coli and were effective in suppressing the adhesion of pathogenic bacteria S. aureus. Enhancement of the antioxidant activity of the fibrous materials containing both CA and QCh/Car coating was observed.

  4. In situ monitoring of structure formation in the active layer of polymer solar cells during roll-to-roll coating

    Rossander, Lea H.; Zawacka, Natalia K.; Dam, Henrik F.; Krebs, Frederik C.; Andreasen, Jens W., E-mail: jewa@dtu.dk [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 (Denmark)

    2014-08-15

    The active layer crystallization during roll-to-roll coating of organic solar cells is studied in situ. We developed an X-ray setup where the coater unit is an integrated part of the small angle X-ray scattering instrument, making it possible to control the coating process while recording scattering measurements in situ, enabling us to follow the crystal formation during drying. By varying the distance between the coating head and the point where the X-ray beam hits the film, we obtained measurements of 4 different stages of drying. For each of those stages, the scattering from as long a foil as possible is summed together, with the distance from coating head to scattering point kept constant. The results are average crystallographic properties for the active layer coated on a 30 m long foil. With this insight into the dynamics of crystallization in a roll-coated polymer film, we find that the formation of textured and untextured crystallites seems uncorrelated, and happens at widely different rates. Untextured P3HT crystallites form later in the drying process than expected which may explain previous studies speculating that untextured crystallization depends on concentration. Textured crystallites, however, begin forming much earlier and steadily increases as the film dries, showing a development similar to other in situ studies of these materials.

  5. Nanostructured titanium-silver coatings with good antibacterial activity and cytocompatibility fabricated by one-step magnetron sputtering

    Bai, Long; Hang, Ruiqiang; Gao, Ang; Zhang, Xiangyu; Huang, Xiaobo; Wang, Yueyue; Tang, Bin; Zhao, Lingzhou; Chu, Paul K.

    2015-11-01

    Bacterial infection and loosing are serious complications for biomedical implants in the orthopedic, dental, and other biomedical fields and the ideal implants should combine good antibacterial ability and bioactivity. In this study, nanostructured titanium-silver (Ti-Ag) coatings with different Ag contents (1.2 to 21.6 at%) are prepared on Ti substrates by magnetron sputtering. As the Ag concentration is increased, the coatings change from having dense columnar crystals to sparse ones and eventually no columnar structure. The Ti-Ag coatings can effectively kill Staphylococcus aureus during the first few days and remain moderately antibacterial after immersion for 75 days. Compared to pure Ti, the Ti-Ag coatings show good cytocompatibility as indicated by good osteoblast adhesion, proliferation, intracellular total protein synthesis, and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity. In addition, cell spreading, collagen secretion, and extracellular matrix mineralization are promoted on the coatings with the proper Ag contents due to the nanostructured morphological features. Our results indicate that favorable antibacterial activity and osseointegration ability can be simultaneously achieved by regulating the Ag contents in Ti-Ag coatings.

  6. In situ monitoring of structure formation in the active layer of polymer solar cells during roll-to-roll coating

    Lea H. Rossander

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The active layer crystallization during roll-to-roll coating of organic solar cells is studied in situ. We developed an X-ray setup where the coater unit is an integrated part of the small angle X-ray scattering instrument, making it possible to control the coating process while recording scattering measurements in situ, enabling us to follow the crystal formation during drying. By varying the distance between the coating head and the point where the X-ray beam hits the film, we obtained measurements of 4 different stages of drying. For each of those stages, the scattering from as long a foil as possible is summed together, with the distance from coating head to scattering point kept constant. The results are average crystallographic properties for the active layer coated on a 30 m long foil. With this insight into the dynamics of crystallization in a roll-coated polymer film, we find that the formation of textured and untextured crystallites seems uncorrelated, and happens at widely different rates. Untextured P3HT crystallites form later in the drying process than expected which may explain previous studies speculating that untextured crystallization depends on concentration. Textured crystallites, however, begin forming much earlier and steadily increases as the film dries, showing a development similar to other in situ studies of these materials.

  7. Immobilization of Hg(II) in water with polysulfide-rubber (PSR) polymer-coated activated carbon.

    Kim, Eun-Ah; Seyfferth, Angelia L; Fendorf, Scott; Luthy, Richard G

    2011-01-01

    An effective mercury removal method using polymer-coated activated carbon was studied for possible use in water treatment. In order to increase the affinity of activated carbon for mercury, a sulfur-rich compound, polysulfide-rubber (PSR) polymer, was effectively coated onto the activated carbon. The polymer was synthesized by condensation polymerization between sodium tetrasulfide and 1,2-dichloroethane in water. PSR-mercury interactions and Hg-S bonding were elucidated from x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy analyses. The sulfur loading levels were controlled by the polymer dose during the coating process and the total surface area of the activated carbon was maintained for the sulfur loading less than 2 wt%. Sorption kinetic studies showed that PSR-coated activated carbon facilitates fast reaction by providing a greater reactive surface area than PSR alone. High sulfur loading on activated carbon enhanced mercury adsorption contributing to a three orders of magnitude reduction in mercury concentration. μ-X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopic analyses of the mercury bound to activated carbon and to PSR on activated carbon suggests the chemical bond with mercury on the surface is a combination of Hg-Cl and Hg-S interaction. The pH effect on mercury removal and adsorption isotherm results indicate competition between protons and mercury for binding to sulfur at low pH.

  8. Influence of solid contaminants in oil on wear characteristics of nano-Al2O3/Ni composite coating

    杜令忠; 徐滨士; 董世运; 杨华; 吴毅雄

    2004-01-01

    Solid contaminants in lubrication system will cause severe wear of sliding components. In order to improve the wear resistance of the material in oil containing solid contaminants, the brush plated nano-A12 O3/Ni composite coating was prepared and the influence of the sand content and sand size on the tribological property of the coating in oil containing solid contaminants was tested with ball-on-disc tester. The results show that the wear volume increases with increasing the sand content and sand size, and the wear resistance of the composite coating is 20% higher than that of the high-speed plain nickel coating. The main wear mechanisms of the coatings are abrasive wear and adhesive wear. And due to the nano-particle strengthening effect, the wear resistance of the composite coating is improved.

  9. Sol-gel coatings as active barriers to protect ceramic reinforcement in aluminum matrix composites

    Rams, J.; Urena, A.; Campo, M. [Departamento de Tecnologia Quimica, Ambiental y de los Materiales, ESCET, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos C/ Tulipan s/nMostoles 28933 Madrid (Spain)

    2004-02-01

    Silica obtained through a sol-gel process is used as a coating for ceramic reinforcements (SiC) in aluminium matrix composite materials. The interaction between molten aluminium and the coated particles during material casting can be controlled by means of the thermal treatment given to the coating. Wettability is increased because the coating reacts with molten aluminium, and the formation of the degrading aluminium carbide is inhibited. (Abstract Copyright [2004], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  10. Nano Particles on Aging Characteristics of Polyimide Film%纳米颗粒对聚酰亚胺膜老化特性的影响

    曹开江; 吴广宁; 张依强; 徐慧慧; 罗杨; 王鹏

    2013-01-01

    为了研究高频方波脉冲电压下高速铁路牵引电机绝缘的老化、失效机理,给电机绝缘结构的设计和优化提供理论基础,本文研究了高频方波脉冲下牵引电机定子绝缘的老化特性.在高频方波脉冲下,对普通和纳米复合薄膜进行了老化,通过扫描电镜分析了试样表面形貌的变化情况,并对试样的剩余击穿场强进行了测试分析.研究表明:老化1小时后两种薄膜的表面形貌都发生了明显改变但变化不同,纳米粒子的添加延缓了局部放电对纳米复合薄膜的老化速率,老化2小时后普通薄膜和纳米复合薄膜的击穿场强分别下降了27.55%和12.90%.%To provide theoretical basis for design and optimization of traction motor insulation structure, an investigation of aging and failure mechanism of insulation materials under high frequency impulse voltage was carried out through inspecting aging characteristics of stator insulation under high frequency square impulse voltage. Electrical aging test was performed on the common and corona resistant polyimide (PI) films with different aging time under high frequency square impulse voltage. The dammage instance of polyimide films' surface was observed under scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and the residual insulation strength was measured and analyzed. Results show that after one hour time aging the surface morphology of the two polyimide film are changed distinctly, but the damage instances were completely different. Nano particles in the corona resistant film slow down the aging rate compared with that of common film. Residual dielectric strength of common and corona resistant polyimide films were reduced by 27. 55% and 12. 90% after two hours aging, respectively.

  11. Megacity pollution by modern Diesel cars: New insights into the nature and formation of volatile nano-particles with high lung intrusion efficiency

    Arnold, F.; Reichl, U.; Muschik, Ch.; Roiger, A.; Schlager, H.; Pirjola, L.; Rönkkö, T.; Keskinen, J.; Rothe, D.; Lähde, T.

    2009-04-01

    Aerosol particles generated by Diesel vehicles represent mayor health affecting air pollutants in cities and near motor ways. To mitigate the Diesel particle pollution problem, Diesel vehicles become increasingly fitted or retro-fitted with modern exhaust after treatment systems (ATS), which remove most engine-generated primary particles, particularly soot. Unfortunately however, ATS have undesired side effects including also the formation of low vapour pressure gases, which may undergo nucleation and condensation leading to volatile nucleation particles (NUP). NUP are substantially smaller (diameters: 5-15 nm) than soot particles (diameters: 40-100 nm), and therefore may be termed real nano-particles. NUP can intrude with maximum efficiency the lowest, least protected, and most vulnerable compartment of the human lung. However, the chemical nature and mechanism of formation of NUP are only poorly explored. Using a novel mass spectrometric method, we have made the first on line and off line measurements of low vapour pressure NUP precursor gases in the exhaust of a modern heavy duty Diesel vehicle engine, operated with and without ATS and combusting low and ultra-low sulphur fuels including also bio fuel. In addition, we have made accompanying NUP measurements and NUP model simulations. The on line measurements involved a CIMS (Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry) method originally developed by MPIK. They took place directly in the Diesel exhaust and had a large sensitivity and a fast time response (1 s). The off line measurements involved adsorption of exhaust gases on stainless steel, followed by thermo desorption and detection of desorbed exhaust molecules by CIMS. We find that modern Diesel ATS strongly increase the formation of hydroxyl radicals, which induce conversion of fuel sulphur to the important NUP precursor gaseous sulphuric acid. We also find that appreciable amounts of di-carboxylic acids survive the passage of the ATS or are even formed by the

  12. Activated Carbon Prepared From Orange Peels Coated With Titanium Oxide Nanoparticles: Characterization and Applications in the Decomposition of Nox

    Liliana Giraldo

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we report the degradation of NOx using two catalysts prepared by coating activated carbon from orange peels with TiO2. This study compared the performance of TiO2-coated catalysts prepared by CVD (AC1/TiO2 and the sol-gel method (AC2/TiO2. The catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, BET surface area and TEM. The photocatalytic activity was measured by studying the degradation of NOx in the vapor phase. The results show that the catalyst synthesized by the CVD method was more efficient in the decomposition of NOx. TEM and XRD revealed the presence of a mixture of the anatase and rutile phases, which favors the NOx decomposition process. Nitrogen isotherms showed that coating the nanoparticles with titanium oxide did not significantly change the surface area of the original activated carbon.

  13. In Vitro Antifungal Activity against Oral Candida Species Using a Denture Base Coated with Silver Nanoparticles

    Yoshiaki Kamikawa

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Although oral Candida easily adheres to denture base materials, many denture detergents are effective only against bacteria but not against Candida. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs, which are known to have potent antibacterial and antifungal activity, have been used in the prevention of oral candidiasis (OC. We evaluated the adherence of Candida albicans and Candida glabrata on a heat-cured Acron resin piece supported by AgNPs by low-vacuum scanning electron microscopy (SEM and measuring colony-forming units. C. albicans and C. glabrata increasingly adhered to the resin surface of the control piece over time, but the adhesion AgNP of both Candida species to the AgNP-coated surface was significantly inhibited (P<0.001. Low-vacuum SEM revealed that C. albicans and C. glabrata on the resin surface of control pieces appeared as oval colonies, with a major axis of 3-4 μm and a smooth cell wall, but those on the AgNP-coated resin surface were less abundant than the control and showed swollen yeast features, with a major axis of more than 5 μm and a corrugated cell wall. Our results suggest a way to prevent denture-associated OC by using denture base materials processed by AgNPs.

  14. Adsorptive removal of nickel from aqueous solutions by activated carbons from doum seed (Hyphaenethebaica coat

    Manal El-Sadaawy

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The present study investigates the possibility of using low cost agriculture waste as doum-palm seed coat for the removal of nickel ions from aqueous solutions. Two activated carbons had been prepared from raw doum-palm seed coat (DACI and DACII; as well, the raw material was used as an adsorbent (RD. Batch adsorption experiments were performed as a function of pH of solution, initial nickel ions concentration, dose of adsorbent and contact time. Adsorption data were modeled using Langmuir, Freundlich, Temkin and D–R Models. Different error analysis conforms that the isotherm data followed Freundlich models for all adsorbents. Adsorption kinetic data were tested using pseudo-first order, pseudo-second order and Elovich model. Adsorption mechanism was investigated using the intra-particle diffusion model. Diffusion coefficients were calculated using the film and intraparticle diffusion models. Kinetic studies showed that the adsorption of Ni2+ ions onto RD, DACI and DACII followed pseudo-second order kinetic model, and indicates that the intra-particle diffusion controls the rate of adsorption but it is not the rate limiting step.

  15. Elaboration of silicon carbides nano particles (SiC): from the powder synthesis to the sintered ceramic; Elaboration de ceramiques nanostructurees en carbure de silicium (SiC): de la synthese de poudre a la ceramique frittee

    Reau, A. [CEA Saclay, Dept. des Materiaux pour le Nucleaire (DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMA), 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2008-07-01

    Materials for the reactor cores of the fourth generation will need materials supporting high temperatures with fast neutrons flux. SiC{sub f}/SiC ceramics are proposed. One of the possible elaboration process is to fill SiC fiber piece with nano particles SiC powder and to strengthen by sintering. The aim of this thesis is to obtain a nano structured SiC ceramic as a reference for the SiC{sub f}/SiC composite development and to study the influence of the fabrication parameters. (A.L.B.)

  16. Influence of nano-particle diameter on superconducting properties in BaMO{sub 3}(M = Sn, Hf)/YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} quasi-multilayered films

    Kotaki, T.; Uraguchi, Y.; Makihara, T.; Suenaga, M.; Sueyoshi, T.; Fujiyoshi, T., E-mail: fuji@cs.kumamoto-u.ac.jp; Mitugi, F.; Ikegami, T.

    2015-11-15

    Highlights: • BSO nanoparticles which grown at higher temperature have larger diameter. • BSO nanoparticles which have large diameter make a broad peak of J{sub c} around B || c. • BSO/YBCO film which grown at 770 °C shows the improvement of J{sub c} at high temperature. • BHO doped YBCO multilayered film does not show the improvement of J{sub c.} - Abstract: In order to investigate the influence of diameter and spatial distribution of three-dimensional (3D) pinning centers on critical current density J{sub c}, BMO (BaSnO{sub 3} (BSO) or BaHfO{sub 3} (BHO)) doped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} (YBCO) thin films were fabricated by a quasi-multilayering process using a pulsed laser deposition method. The prepared films are referred as BMO(m,n)T{sub s}, where m and n denotes the number of laser pulse on the BMO target and the total number of BMO/YBCO bilayers, respectively and T{sub s} is the growth temperature. BSO(1,100)750 and BSO(1,100)770 show the improvement of J{sub c} in comparison with the pure YBCO sample in wide range of magnetic field directions at 65 K. However, at 77.3 K, improvement of J{sub c} was seen in only BSO(1,100)770. The BSO nano-particles within BSO(1,100)770 are considered to have larger diameter, so that BSO nano-particles can immobilize the flux lines in the high temperature region. In addition, BSO(1,100)770 shows the high peak of J{sub c} centered at θ = 0° in the angular dependence of J{sub c}. On the other hand, the J{sub c} of BHO(1,100)770 falls below that of pure YBCO samples in all magnetic field orientation. In addition, at 65 K, there is no peak of J{sub c} at any angles except for θ = 90°. These results indicates that the diameter of BHO nano-particles in BHO(1,100)770 might be much smaller than that of BSO nano-particle and BHO nanoparticles cannot work as effective pinning center.

  17. Antibacterial Activity of Polyaniline Coated Silver Nanoparticles Synthesized from Piper Betle Leaves Extract.

    Mamun Or Rashida, Md; Shafiul Islam, Md; Azizul Haque, Md; Arifur Rahman, Md; Tanvir Hossain, Md; Abdul Hamid, Md

    2016-01-01

    Plants or natural resources have been found to be a good alternative method for nanoparticles synthesis. In this study, polyaniline coated silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) synthesized from Piper betle leaves extract were investigated for their antibacterial activity. Silver nanoparticles were prepared from the reduction of silver nitrate and NaBH4 was used as reducing agent. Silver nanoparticles and extracts were mixed thoroughly and then coated by polyaniline. Prepared nanoparticles were characterized by Visual inspection, Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV), Fourier transform infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) techniques. Antibacterial activities of the synthesized silver nanoparticles were tested against Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 25923, Salmonella typhi ATCC 14028, Escherichia coli ATCC 25922 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853. UV-Vis spectrum of reaction mixture showed strong absorption peak with centering at 400 nm. The FT-IR results imply that Ag-NPs were successfully synthesized and capped with bio-compounds present in P. betle. TEM image showed that Ag-NPs formed were well dispersed with a spherical structures and particle size ranging from 10 to 30 nm. The result revealed that Ag-Extract NPs showed 32.78±0.64 mm zone of inhibition against S. aureus, whereas norfloxacin (positive control) showed maximum 32.15±0.40 mm zone of inhibition for S. aureus. Again, maximum zone of inhibition 29.55±0.45 mm was found for S. typhi, 27.12±0.38 mm for E. coli and 21.95±0.45 mm for P. aeruginosa. The results obtained by this study can't be directly extrapolated to human; so further studies should be undertaken to established the strong antimicrobial activity of Ag-Extract NPs for drug development program.

  18. Cathodic electrophoretic deposition of bismuth oxide (Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}) coatings and their photocatalytic activities

    Guo, Xiaogang [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Li, Xueming, E-mail: xueminglicqu@126.com [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Lai, Chuan [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University of Arts and Science, Dazhou 635000 (China); Li, Wulin [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Technology and Systems (Education Ministry of China), Chongqing University, 400044 (China); Zhang, Daixiong [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Xiong, Zhongshu [School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Chongqing Normal University, Chongqing 401331 (China)

    2015-03-15

    Graphical abstract: Bismuth oxide (Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}) coating has been prepared by cathodic electrophoretic deposition method and exhibits high photocatalytic activities for the degradation of Rhodamine B. - Highlights: • The nano-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} coatings have been firstly successfully fabricated by EPD method. • The EPD deposition mechanism of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} coatings is firstly given. • Deposition dynamics are investigated by regulating different deposition times and applied field strengths in detail. • Obtained coating show great photocatalytic activities for the degradation of Rhodamine B. - Abstract: In this study, cathodic electrophoretic deposition (EPD), a low cost, one-step and flexible method, has been successfully developed to prepare bismuth oxide (Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}) coatings. Stable suspensions consisted of isopropyl alcohol and trace additive-polyethyleneimine. Deposition was achieved on the cathode at applied field strengths of 5–25 V mm{sup −1} using a total solids loading of 0.5–2 g L{sup −1} at ambient temperature and pressure. The deposition mechanism of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} coatings was firstly given, and deposition kinetics were investigated in detail. The deposits were characterized qualitatively by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) observation, atomic force microscope (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) analysis, respectively. Moreover, the photocatalytic activities of obtained coatings were evaluated through degradation of Rhodamine B under ultraviolet and visible light irradiation.

  19. Antimicrobial activity of allyl isothiocyanate used to coat biodegradable composite films as affected by storage and handling conditions.

    Li, Weili; Liu, Linshu; Jin, Tony Z

    2012-12-01

    We evaluated the effects of storage and handling conditions on the antimicrobial activity of biodegradable composite films (polylactic acid and sugar beet pulp) coated with allyl isothiocyanate (AIT). Polylactic acid and chitosan were incorporated with AIT and used to coat one side of the film. The films were subjected to different storage conditions (storage time, storage temperature, and packed or unpacked) and handling conditions (washing, abrasion, and air blowing), and the antimicrobial activity of the films against Salmonella Stanley in tryptic soy broth was determined. The films (8.16 μl of AIT per cm(2) of surface area) significantly (P packaging.

  20. TiO2/activated carbon fibers photocatalyst: effects of coating procedures on the microstructure, adhesion property, and photocatalytic ability.

    Shi, Jian-Wen; Cui, Hao-Jie; Chen, Jian-Wei; Fu, Ming-Lai; Xu, Bin; Luo, Hong-Yuan; Ye, Zhi-Long

    2012-12-15

    In order to more easily separate TiO(2) photocatalyst from the treated wastewater, TiO(2) film was immobilized on the surface of activated carbon fibers (ACFs) by employing two kinds of coating procedures, dip-coating, and hydrothermal treatment. The effects of coating procedures on microstructure of TiO(2)-coated ACFs (TiO(2)/ACFs), such as morphology, porous property, crystal structure, and light absorption characteristics were investigated in detail. The adhesion property between TiO(2) film and ACFs was evaluated by ultrasonic vibration, and the photocatalytic activity of TiO(2)/ACFs was tested by the photocatalytic decoloration of methylene blue solution. The results show that hydrothermal treatment presented many advantages to obtain high-performance TiO(2)/ACFs photocatalyst in comparison with dip-coating. Hydrothermal treatment could improve the binding property between TiO(2) films and ACFs, which endowed the as-obtained TiO(2)/ACFs photocatalyst with improved reusable performance, and TiO(2)/ACFs synthesized by hydrothermal treatment presented higher photocatalytic activity.

  1. PRESERVATION OF H2 PRODUCTION ACTIVITY IN NANOPOROUS LATEX COATINGS OF RHODOPSEUDOMONAS PALUSTRIS CGA009 DURING DRY STORAGE AT AMBIENT TEMPERATURES

    Milliken, C.; Piskorska, M.; Soule, T.; Gosse, J.; Flickinger, M.; Smith, G.; Yeager, C.

    2012-08-27

    To assess the applicability of latex cell coatings as an "off-the-shelf' biocatalyst, the effect of osmoprotectants, temperature, humidity and O{sub 2} on preservation of H{sub 2} production in Rhodopseudomonas palustris coatings was evaluated. Immediately following latex coating coalescence (24 h) and for up to 2 weeks of dry storage, rehydrated coatings containing different osmoprotectants displayed similar rates of H{sub 2} production. Beyond 2 weeks of storage, sorbitol- treated coatings lost all H{sub 2} production activity, whereas considerable H{sub 2} production was still detected in sucrose- and trehalose-stabilized coatings. The relative humidity level at which the coatings were stored had a significant impact on the recovery and subsequent rates of H{sub 2} production. After 4 weeks storage under air at 60% humidity, coatings produced only trace amounts of H{sub 2} (0-0.1% headspace accumulation), whereas those stored at <5% humidity retained 27-53% of their H{sub 2} production activity after 8 weeks of storage. When stored in argon at <5% humidity and room temperature, R. palustris coatings retained full H{sub 2} production activity for 3 months, implicating oxidative damage as a key factor limiting coating storage. Overall, the results demonstrate that biocatalytic latex coatings are an attractive cell immobilization platform for preservation of bioactivity in the dry state.

  2. Functional photocatalytically active and scratch resistant antireflective coating based on TiO2 and SiO2

    Mazur, M.; Wojcieszak, D.; Kaczmarek, D.; Domaradzki, J.; Song, S.; Gibson, D.; Placido, F.; Mazur, P.; Kalisz, M.; Poniedzialek, A.

    2016-09-01

    Antireflection (AR) multilayer coating, based on combination of five TiO2 and SiO2 thin films, was deposited by microwave assisted reactive magnetron sputtering process on microscope glass substrates. In this work X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and wettability measurements were used to characterize the structural and surface properties of the deposited coating. These studies revealed that prepared coating was amorphous with low surface roughness. Photocatalytic properties were determined based on phenol decomposition reaction. Measurements of optical properties showed that transmittance in the visible wavelength range was increased after the deposition of AR coating as-compared to bare glass substrate. The mechanical properties were determined on the basis of nano-indentation and scratch resistance tests. Performed research has shown that deposition of an additional thin 10 nm thick TiO2 thin film top layer, the prepared AR coating was photocatalytically active, hydrophobic, scratch resistant and had increased hardness as-compared to bare glass substrate. These results indicate that prepared AR multilayer could be used also as a self-cleaning and protective coating.

  3. Semi-active control of piezoelectric coating's underwater sound absorption by combining design of the shunt impedances

    Sun, Yang; Li, Zhaohui; Huang, Aigen; Li, Qihu

    2015-10-01

    Piezoelectric shunt damping technology has been applied in the field of underwater sound absorption in recent years. In order to achieve broadband echo reduction, semi-active control of sound absorption of multi-layered piezoelectric coating by shunt damping is significant. In this paper, a practical method is proposed to control the underwater sound absorption coefficients of piezoelectric coating layers by combining design of the shunt impedance that allows certain sound absorption coefficients at setting frequencies. A one-dimensional electro-acoustic model of the piezoelectric coating and the backing is established based on the Mason equivalent circuit theory. First, the shunt impedance of the coating is derived under the constraint of sound absorption coefficient at one frequency. Then, taking the 1-3 piezoelectric composite coating as an example, the sound absorption properties of the coating shunted to the designed shunt impedance are investigated. Next, on the basis of that, an iterative method for two constrained frequencies and an optimizing algorithm for multiple constrained frequencies are provided for combining design of the shunt impedances. At last, an experimental sample with four piezoelectric material layers is manufactured, of which the sound absorption coefficients are measured in an impedance tube. The experimental results show good agreement with the finite element simulation results. It is proved that a serial R-L circuit can control the peak frequency, maximum and bandwidth of the sound absorption coefficient and the combining R-L circuits shunted to multiple layers can control the sound absorption coefficients at multiple frequencies.

  4. Permittivity and Electromagnetic Interference Shielding Investigations of Activated Charcoal Loaded Acrylic Coating Compositions

    Sharief ud Din Khan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Acrylic resin (AR based electromagnetic interference (EMI shielding composites have been prepared by incorporation of up to 30 wt% activated charcoal (AC in AR matrix. These composites have been characterized by XRD, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, dielectric, and EMI shielding measurement techniques. XRD patterns and Raman studies confirm the incorporation of AC particles inside AR matrix and suggest possible interactions between phases. The SEM images show that incorporation of AC particles leads to systematic change in the morphology of composites especially the formation of porous structure. The dielectric measurements show that 30 wt% AC loading composite display higher relative permittivity value (~79 compared to pristine AR (~5. Further, the porous structure, electrical conductivity, and permittivity value contribute towards EMI shielding effectiveness value of −36 dB (attenuation of >99.9% of incident radiation for these composites, thereby demonstrating their suitability for making efficient EMI shielding coatings.

  5. Chitosan acetate as an active coating material and its effects on the storing of Prunus avium L.

    Dang, Qi Feng; Yan, Jing Quan; Li, Yan; Cheng, Xiao Jie; Liu, Cheng Sheng; Chen, Xi Guang

    2010-03-01

    In this article, chitosan acetate (CA) was prepared by the method of solid-liquid reaction. CA was a stable faint yellow powder with water solubility. CA kept the same backbone in the chemical structure as the raw material of chitosan, and it also had the similar antibacterial properties with chitosan. CA could form a coating film on the outside surface of the sweet cherries, could effectively retard the loss of the water, titratable acidity, and ascorbic acid of sweet cherries, and could induce a significant increase in the peroxidase and catalase activities in the fruit. The CA coating could also increase the ratio of the total soluble solids and titratable acidity in the fruit. The application of CA effectively maintained quality attributes and extended postharvest life of the sweet cherries. The results revealed that the CA salts had potential application in active edible coating materials in the storage of fresh fruit.

  6. Calcium phosphate/porous silicon biocomposites prepared by cyclic deposition methods: spin coating vs electrochemical activation.

    Hernandez-Montelongo, J; Gallach, D; Naveas, N; Torres-Costa, V; Climent-Font, A; García-Ruiz, J P; Manso-Silvan, M

    2014-01-01

    Porous silicon (PSi) provides an excellent platform for bioengineering applications due to its biocompatibility, biodegradability, and bioresorbability. However, to promote its application as bone engineering scaffold, deposition of calcium phosphate (CaP) ceramics in its hydroxyapatite (HAP) phase is in progress. In that sense, this work focuses on the synthesis of CaP/PSi composites by means of two different techniques for CaP deposition on PSi: Cyclic Spin Coating (CSC) and Cyclic Electrochemical Activation (CEA). Both techniques CSC and CEA consisted on alternate Ca and P deposition steps on PSi. Each technique produced specific morphologies and CaP phases using the same independent Ca and P stem-solutions at neutral pH and at room temperature. The brushite (BRU) phase was favored with the CSC technique and the hydroxyapatite (HAP) phase was better synthesized using the CEA technique. Analyses by elastic backscattering spectroscopy (EBS) on CaP/PSi structures synthesized by CEA supported that, by controlling the CEA parameters, an HAP coating with the required Ca/P atomic ratio of 1.67 can be promoted. Biocompatibility was evaluated by bone-derived progenitor cells, which grew onto CaP/PSi prepared by CSC technique with a long-shaped actin cytoskeleton. The density of adhered cells was higher on CaP/PSi prepared by CEA, where cells presented a normal morphological appearance and active mitosis. These results can be used for the design and optimization of CaP/PSi composites with enhanced biocompatibility for bone-tissue engineering.

  7. Antioxidant and anti-lipid peroxidation activities of Tamarindus indica seed coat in human fibroblast cells.

    Nakchat, Oranuch; Meksuriyen, Duangdeun; Pongsamart, Sunanta

    2014-02-01

    Antioxidant activity and total phenolic content of tamarind seed coat extracts (TSCEs) were compared between the two extracts using boiling-water (TSCE-W) and 70% ethanol (TSCE-E) for extraction. TSCE-W, consisting of the highest phenolic content, possessed 2,2-diphenyl-1 -picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging and anti-lipid peroxidation activities much higher than TSCE-E and Trolox. Additionally, both TSCEs also exhibited superoxide anion and hydrogen peroxide scavenging activities higher than Trolox and BHA. Anti-lipid peroxidation and cytotoxicity of TSCE-W were also studied in human foreskin fibroblast CCD-1064Sk cells. Cytotoxic effect was not observed when exposed to TSCE-W up to 1 mg/mL for 12-48 h. However, TSCE-W significantly attenuated lipid peroxidation in H202-damaged cells. HPLC analysis showed the presence of (+)-catechin, (-)-epicatechin, and procyanidin B2 in TSCE-W, which could be responsible for antioxidant and anti-lipid peroxidation activities. The results suggest that an inexpensive and simple boiling-water extraction of TSCE-W may provide a valuable natural antioxidant source having anti-lipid peroxidation for health food additives, nutraceuticals as well as cosmeceuticals.

  8. Determining the chemical activity of hydrophobic organic compounds in soil using polymer coated vials

    Jönsson Jan-Åke

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In soils contaminated by hydrophobic organic compounds, the concentrations are less indicative of potential exposure and distribution than are the associated chemical activities, fugacities and freely dissolved concentrations. The latter can be measured by diffusive sampling into thin layers of polymer, as in, for example, solid phase micro-extraction. Such measurements require equilibrium partitioning of analytes into the polymer while ensuring that the sample is not depleted. We introduce the validation of these requirements based on parallel sampling into polymer layers of different thicknesses. Results Equilibrium sampling devices were made by coating glass vials internally with 3–12 μm thick layers of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS. These were filled with slurries of a polluted soil and gently agitated for 5 days. The concentrations of 7 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs in the PDMS were measured. Validation confirmed fulfilment of the equilibrium sampling requirements and high measurement precision. Finally, chemical activities of the PAHs in the soil were determined from their concentrations and activity coefficients in the PDMS. Conclusion PAHs' thermodynamic activities in a soil test material were determined via a method of uptake into PDMS. This can be used to assess chemical exposure and predict diffusion and partitioning processes.

  9. Functionalization of PDMS modified and plasma activated two-component polyurethane coatings by surface attachment of enzymes

    Kreider, Alexej; Richter, Katharina; Sell, Stephan; Fenske, Mandus; Tornow, Christian; Stenzel, Volkmar; Grunwald, Ingo

    2013-05-01

    This article describes a new strategy for coupling the enzyme horseradish peroxidase to a two-component polyurethane (2C-PUR) coating. A stable polymer conjugate was achieved by combining the enzyme and the 2C-PUR coating which was modified with poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS), located at the surface. An atmospheric pressure plasma jet system was used to convert alkyl groups from the PDMS into polar silanol functionalities. This conversion was proven by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and dynamic contact angle measurements. In addition, the stability of the activated 2C-PUR surface containing silanol groups was determined by measuring the contact angle as a function of time. Compared to the non-modified 2C-PUR systems the one with PDMS displayed a higher stability over a time period over 28 h. In a silanization process the coating was treated with (3-aminopropyl) trimethoxysilane and the enzyme was subsequently immobilized to the coating via the cross linker glutaraldehyde to receive new biomimetic catalytic/enzymatic functions. The chemical immobilization (chemisorption) of the enzyme to the surface showed statistically significant higher biological activity as compared to references samples without using a cross linker (physisorption). The presented technique offers the opportunity to design new and smart multifunctional surface coatings which employ biomimetic capabilities.

  10. Functionalization of PDMS modified and plasma activated two-component polyurethane coatings by surface attachment of enzymes

    Kreider, Alexej; Richter, Katharina; Sell, Stephan; Fenske, Mandus; Tornow, Christian; Stenzel, Volkmar [Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials - IFAM, Wiener Strasse 12, 28359 Bremen (Germany); Grunwald, Ingo, E-mail: ingo.grunwald@ifam.fraunhofer.de [Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials - IFAM, Wiener Strasse 12, 28359 Bremen (Germany)

    2013-05-15

    This article describes a new strategy for coupling the enzyme horseradish peroxidase to a two-component polyurethane (2C-PUR) coating. A stable polymer conjugate was achieved by combining the enzyme and the 2C-PUR coating which was modified with poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS), located at the surface. An atmospheric pressure plasma jet system was used to convert alkyl groups from the PDMS into polar silanol functionalities. This conversion was proven by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and dynamic contact angle measurements. In addition, the stability of the activated 2C-PUR surface containing silanol groups was determined by measuring the contact angle as a function of time. Compared to the non-modified 2C-PUR systems the one with PDMS displayed a higher stability over a time period over 28 h. In a silanization process the coating was treated with (3-aminopropyl) trimethoxysilane and the enzyme was subsequently immobilized to the coating via the cross linker glutaraldehyde to receive new biomimetic catalytic/enzymatic functions. The chemical immobilization (chemisorption) of the enzyme to the surface showed statistically significant higher biological activity as compared to references samples without using a cross linker (physisorption). The presented technique offers the opportunity to design new and smart multifunctional surface coatings which employ biomimetic capabilities.

  11. Bactericidal activity under UV and visible light of cotton fabrics coated with anthraquinone-sensitized TiO2

    Rahal, Raed

    2013-06-01

    This study describes a method derived from ISO/TC 206/SC specifications to assess the bactericidal activity against a bacterial strain, Pseudomonas fluorescens, of various photocatalytic fabrics, under UVA and filtered visible light. The experimental method allowed the accurate quantification of bacteria survival on photoactive surfaces and films under UVA and UV-free visible irradiation. Cotton fabrics coated with TiO2, anthraquinone or anthraquinone-sensitized TiO2 display a significant bactericidal efficiency. TiO2-coated fabrics are very efficient against P. fluorescens after 4 h UVA irradiation (bacteria survival below the detection limit). Under UVA-free visible light, anthraquinone-sensitized TiO2 coated fabrics induced a significant bactericidal activity after 2 h irradiation, while anthraquinone alone-coated fabrics were not as efficient and TiO2 coated fabrics were almost inefficient. These results show that although exhibiting a weak n-π* band in the 350-420 nm range, anthraquinone is a good candidate as an efficient visible light photosensitizer. A synergy effect between anthraquinone and TiO2 was demonstrated. A possible reaction mechanism, involving a synergy effect for singlet oxygen formation with anthraquinone-sensitized TiO2 is proposed to account for these results. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Mechanisms of antibacterial activity and stability of silver nanoparticles grown on magnetron sputtered TiO2 coatings

    K Zawadzka; A Kisielewska; I Piwoński; K Kądzioła; A Felczak; S Różalska; N Wrońska; K Lisowska

    2016-02-01

    Nanomaterials with high stability and efficient antibacterial activity are of considerable interest. The preparation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) on titania coatings and their effective antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538 were reported. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) coatings with AgNPs were prepared on Si wafers using the reactive magnetron sputtering method. The surface topography of AgNPs/TiO2 coatings imaged using scanning electron microscopy revealed that the size and surface density of AgNPs grown by the photoreduction of silver ions were dependent on the concentration of AgNO3 in the primary solution and the time of TiO2 exposure to UV illumination. Evaluation of the antimicrobial properties and surface analysis before and after the biological test of AgNPs/TiO2 coatings indicates their high antimicrobial stability and durability. Furthermore, the interdependence between the concentration of released silver and bacterial growth inhibition was demonstrated. In addition, direct contact killing and released silver-mediated killing have been proposed as a bactericidal mechanism of action of tested coatings with AgNPs.

  13. Biofunctional composite coating architectures based on polycaprolactone and nanohydroxyapatite for controlled corrosion activity and enhanced biocompatibility of magnesium AZ31 alloy

    Zomorodian, A., E-mail: amir.zomorodian@ist.utl.pt [ICEMS-DEQ, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Garcia, M.P. [Laboratory for Bone Metabolism and Regeneration, Faculty of Dental Medicine, University of Porto, Porto (Portugal); Moura e Silva, T. [ICEMS-DEQ, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); ISEL, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 1959-007 Lisboa (Portugal); Fernandes, J.C.S. [ICEMS-DEQ, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Fernandes, M.H. [Laboratory for Bone Metabolism and Regeneration, Faculty of Dental Medicine, University of Porto, Porto (Portugal); Montemor, M.F. [ICEMS-DEQ, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2015-03-01

    In this work a biofunctional composite coating architecture for controlled corrosion activity and enhanced cellular adhesion of AZ31 Mg alloys is proposed. The composite coating consists of a polycaprolactone (PCL) matrix modified with nanohydroxyapatite (HA) applied over a nanometric layer of polyetherimide (PEI). The protective properties of the coating were studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), a non-disturbing technique, and the coating morphology was investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The results show that the composite coating protects the AZ31 substrate. The barrier properties of the coating can be optimized by changing the PCL concentration. The presence of nanohydroxyapatite particles influences the coating morphology and decreases the corrosion resistance. The biocompatibility was assessed by studying the response of osteoblastic cells on coated samples through resazurin assay, confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results show that the polycaprolactone to hydroxyapatite ratio affects the cell behavior and that the presence of hydroxyapatite induces high osteoblastic differentiation. - Highlights: • A biofunctional coating architecture for bioresorbable AZ31 Mg alloys is proposed. • The composite coating provides corrosion protection of the bare material. • The coating enhances alkaline phosphatase activity of osteoblastic cells. • The presence of hydroxyapatite results in higher osteoblastic differentiation.

  14. Nano-engineering by implanting Al2O3 nano particle as sandwiched scattering centers in between the Lao.5Pr0.2Sr0.3MnO3 thin film layers.

    Markna, J H; Vachhani, P S; Kuberkar, D G; Shah, N A; Misra, P; Singh, B N; Kukreja, L M; Rana, D S

    2009-09-01

    We report the use of non-magnetic Al2O3 nano particles deposited between two ferromagnetic La0.5Pr0.2Sr0.3MnO3 (LPSMO) manganite layers with an aim to improve the electronic and magnetotransport properties of the layered supper lattice grown on single crystal STO(100) substrate using Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) technique. We studied the electronic-transport and magnetotransport properties of this system wherein Al2O3 particles are expected to act as insulating scattering centers between two ferromagnetic LPSMO layers. The scattering due to additional scattering centers (insulating Al2O3 nano particles) could be controlled by application of external field, resulting in high magnetoresistance (MR) approximately 72% as compared to pristine LPSMO film (MR approximately 51%) at temperature close to their T(M) values. In addition, incorporation of nanostructured Al2O3 barrier between the two ferromagnetic LPSMO layers results in a 2-3 fold increase in the values of temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) and the field coefficient of resistance (FCR) as compared to pristine LPSMO film, suggesting the use of such nanoengineered manganite layered structure for better device application.

  15. Synthesis of bio-active titanium oxide coatings stimulated by electron-beam plasma

    Vasilieva Tatiana

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Advantages of the electron-beam plasma (EBP for production of bioactive titanium oxide coatings were experimentally studied. The coatings were synthesized in EBP of oxygen on the surface of plane titanium substrates. A number of analytical techniques were used to characterize morphology, chemical composition, and structure of the synthesized titanium oxide. The analysis showed the titanium oxide (IV in the rutile form to predominate in the coatings composition.

  16. In vitro and in vivo antimicrobial activity of covalently coupled quaternary ammonium silane coatings on silicone rubber

    Gottenbos, B; van der Mei, HC; Klatter, F; Nieuwenhuis, P; Busscher, HJ

    2002-01-01

    Biomaterial-centered infection is a dreaded complication associated with the use of biomedical implants. In this paper, the antimicrobial activity of silicone rubber with a covalently coupled 3-(trimethoxysilyl)-propyldimethyloctadecylammonium chloride (QAS) coating was studied in vitro and in vivo.

  17. Photocatalytic and biocidal activities of novel coating systems of mesoporous and dense TiO₂-anatase containing silver nanoparticles.

    Roldán, María V; de Oña, Paula; Castro, Yolanda; Durán, Alicia; Faccendini, Pablo; Lagier, Claudia; Grau, Roberto; Pellegri, Nora S

    2014-10-01

    Here we describe the development of novel nanostructured coating systems with improved photocatalytic and antibacterial activities. These systems comprise a layer of SiO2 followed by a layer of mesoporous or dense TiO2-anatase, and doping with silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs). The coatings were synthesized via a sol-gel technique by combining colloidal Ag NPs with TiO2 and SiO2 sols. The photocatalytic activity was studied through methyl orange decomposition under UV light. Results showed a great increase of photocatalytic activity by Ag NPs doping. The most active photocatalyst corresponded to the Ag-SiO2/TiO2 mesoporous system, associated with the porosity of the coatings and with the decrease of e-h recombination for the presence of Ag NPs. All the TiO2 coatings showed a strong bactericidal activity against planktonic forms of Gram-negative (enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli) and Gram-positive (Listeria monocytogenes) pathogens, as well as a strong germicidal effect against deadly spores of human gas gangrene- and anthrax-producing bacteria (Clostridium perfringens and Bacillus anthracis, respectively). The bactericidal and sporocidal activity was improved by doping the coatings with Ag NPs, even more when nanoparticles were in the outer layer of TiO2, because they are more accessible to the environment. The mechanisms responsible for the increase of photocatalytic and bactericidal behaviors related to Ag NP doping were studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry, UV-vis spectroscopy, photoluminescence and anodic stripping voltammetry. It was found that the separation of the electron-hole pair contributed to the enhancement of photocatalysis, whereas the effect of the local electric field reinforcement was probably present. A possible involvement of a decrease of band-gap energy and dispersion by silver nanoparticles is ruled out. bactericidal efficacy was increased by Ag(+) ion release. Overall, the results included in this article show that the architecture of the

  18. First results on Fe solid-phase extraction from coastal seawater using anatase TiO{sub 2} nano-particles

    Quetel, Christophe R.; Petrov, Ivan [Joint Research Centre - European Commission, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (Belgium); Vassileva, Emilia [Joint Research Centre - European Commission, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (Belgium); IAEA-Marine Environment Laboratories, Principality of Monaco (Monaco); Chakarova, Kristina; Hadjiivanov, Konstantin I. [Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2010-03-15

    This paper describes the application of TiO{sub 2} nano-particles (anatase form) for the solid-phase extraction of iron from coastal seawater samples. We investigated the adsorption processes by infra-red spectroscopy. We compared in batch and on-(mini)column extraction approaches (0.1 and 0.05 g TiO{sub 2} per sample, respectively), combined to external calibration and detection by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry at medium mass resolution. Globally, this titania phase was slightly more efficient with seawater than with ultra-pure water, although between pH 2 and pH 7, the Fe retention efficiency progressed more in ultra-pure water than in seawater (6.9 versus 4.8 times improvement). Different reaction schemes are proposed between Fe(III) species and the two main categories of titania sites at pH 2 (adsorption of [FeL{sub x}]{sup (3-x)+} via possibly the mediation of chlorides) and at pH 7 (adsorption of [Fe(OH){sub 2}]{sup +} and precipitation of [Fe(OH){sub 3}]{sup 0}). Under optimised conditions, the inlet system was pre-cleaned by pumping 6% HCl for {proportional_to}2 h, and the column was conditioned by aspirating ultra-pure water (1.7 g min {sup -1}) and 0.05% ammonia (0.6 g min {sup -1}) for 1 min. Then 3 g seawater sample was loaded at the same flow rate while being mixed on-line with 0.05% ammonia at 0.6 g min {sup -1} to adjust the pH to 7. The iron retained on the oxide powder was then eluted with 3 g 6% HCl (<0.002% residual salinity in the separated samples). The overall procedural blank was 220 {+-} 46 (2 s, n = 16) ng Fe kg {sup -1} (the titania was renewed in the column every 20 samples, with 2-min rinsing in between samples with 6% HCl at 1.5 g min {sup -1}). The recovery estimated from the Canadian certified reference material CASS-2 was 69.5 {+-} 7.6% (2 s, n = 4). Typically, the relative combined uncertainty (k = 2) estimated for the measurement of {proportional_to}1 {mu}g Fe kg {sup -1} (0.45 {mu}m filtered and acidified to pH 1

  19. Modulation of hepatocarcinoma cell morphology and activity by parylene-C coating on PDMS.

    Nazaré Pereira-Rodrigues

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The ability to understand and locally control the morphogenesis of mammalian cells is a fundamental objective of cell and developmental biology as well as tissue engineering research. We present parylene-C (ParC deposited on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS as a new substratum for in vitro advanced cell culture in the case of Human Hepatocarcinoma (HepG2 cells. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Our findings establish that the intrinsic properties of ParC-coated PDMS (ParC/PDMS influence and modulate initial extracellular matrix (ECM; here, type-I collagen surface architecture, as compared to non-coated PDMS substratum. Morphological changes induced by the presence of ParC on PDMS were shown to directly affect liver cell metabolic activity and the expression of transmembrane receptors implicated in cell adhesion and cell-cell interaction. These changes were characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM, which elucidated differences in HepG2 cell adhesion, spreading, and reorganization into two- or three-dimensional structures by neosynthesis of ECM components. Local modulation of cell aggregation was successfully performed using ParC/PDMS micropatterns constructed by simple microfabrication. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: We demonstrated for the first time the modulation of HepG2 cells' behavior in relation to the intrinsic physical properties of PDMS and ParC, enabling the local modulation of cell spreading in a 2D or 3D manner by simple microfabrication techniques. This work will provide promising insights into the development of cell-based platforms that have many applications in the field of in vitro liver tissue engineering, pharmacology and therapeutics.

  20. Microcrystalline coatings deposited by series double-pole electro-pulse discharge and its high-temperature oxidation behavior

    徐强; 何业东; 王德仁; 齐慧滨; 李正伟; 高唯

    2002-01-01

    A new technique--series electro-pulse discharge (SEPD)--was developed as a surface coating process. In this process, both positive and negative poles of a pulse power were used as the depositing electrodes and the substrate alloy was used as an induction electrode. The physical process for such SEPD was tested by measuring the relationship between the discharge voltages and gaps in a pin-plate-pin system. Microcrystalline Ni20Cr alloy coatings and oxide- dispersed Ni20Cr alloy coatings were prepared on Ni20Cr alloy surface by using a vibrating SEPD device. Oxidation at 950℃ in ambient air showed that the microcrystalline Ni20Cr alloy coatings greatly improved the oxidation resistance of the substrate alloy. The addition of dispersed Y2O3 nano-particles into the microcrystalline coatings was found to further reduce the oxidation rate and enhance the oxide spallation resistance.

  1. Influence of heat treatment on microstructures and micro-hardness of n-SiO2/Ni composite coating

    XU Bin-shi; WANG Hai-dou; DONG Shi-yun; JIANG Bin; TU Wei-yi

    2004-01-01

    The n-SiO2/Ni composite electro-brush plating coating was prepared on the 1045 steel substrate. SEM and TEM were utilized to analyze the surface and cross-section morphologies or the microstructures of the composite coating before and after heat treatment, as well as a micro-hardness tester was used to measure the micro-hardness before and after heat treatment. The results show that the entrance of nano SiO2 particles into composite coating makes the micro-hardness higher. After heat treatment, due to the obstruction to growth of Ni crystals from nano particles, the composite coating still possesses a higher micro-hardness than that of common Ni-base coating.

  2. CCN activation experiments with adipic acid: effect of particle phase and adipic acid coatings on soluble and insoluble particles

    S. S. Hings

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Slightly soluble atmospherically relevant organic compounds may influence particle CCN activity and therefore cloud formation. Adipic acid is a frequently employed surrogate for such slightly soluble organic materials. The 11 published experimental studies on the CCN activity of adipic acid particles are not consistent with each other nor do they, in most cases, agree with the Köhler theory. The CCN activity of adipic acid aerosol particles was studied over a significantly wider range of conditions than in any previous single study. The work spans the conditions of the previous studies and also provides alternate methods for producing "wet" (deliquesced solution droplets and dry adipic acid particles without the need to produce them by atomization of aqueous solutions. The experiments suggest that the scatter in the previously published CCN measurements is most likely due to the difficulty of producing uncontaminated adipic acid particles by atomization of solutions and possibly also due to uncertainties in the calibration of the instruments. The CCN activation of the small (dm<150 nm initially dry particles is subject to a deliquescence barrier, while for the larger particles the activation follows the Köhler curve. Wet adipic acid particles follow the Köhler curve over the full range of particle diameters studied. In addition, the effect of adipic acid coatings on the CCN activity of both soluble and insoluble particles has also been studied. When a water-soluble core is coated by adipic acid, the CCN-hindering effect of particle phase is eliminated. An adipic acid coating on hydrophobic soot yields a CCN active particle. If the soot particle is relatively small (dcore≤102 nm, the CCN activity of the coated particles approaches the deliquescence line of adipic acid, suggesting that the total size of the particle determines CCN activation and the soot core acts as a scaffold.

  3. Photocatalytic activity of Ho-doped anatase titanium dioxide coated magnetite.

    Shi, Zhongliang; Xiang, Yongfang; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Yao, Shuhua

    2011-01-01

    A composite photocatalyst (Ho/TiO(2)/Fe(3)O(4)) with Ho-doped anatase titanium dioxide (Ho/TiO(2)) shell and a magnetite core was prepared by coating photoactive Ho/TiO(2) onto a magnetic Fe(3)O(4) core through the hydrolysis of tetrabutyltitanate (Ti(OBu)(4), TBT) in water/oil (w/o) microemulsion with precursors of Ho(NO(3))(3) and TBT in the presence of Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles. The morphological, structural and optical properties of the prepared samples were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-Vis diffusive reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS). The effect of Ho ion content on the photocatalytic activity was studied. The photodegradation behavior of the prepared photocatalyst under UV and visible light was investigated in aqueous solution using methyl orange (MO) as target pollutant. The results showed that the prepared photocatalyst was activated by visible light and used as effective catalyst in photo-oxidation reactions. In addition, the possibility of cyclic usage of the prepared photocatalyst was also confirmed. Moreover, Ho/TiO(2) was tightly bound to Fe(3)O(4) and could be easily recovered from the medium by a simple magnetic process. It can therefore be potentially applied for the treatment of water contaminated by organic pollutants.

  4. Multifunctional porous titanium oxide coating with apatite forming ability and photocatalytic activity on a titanium substrate formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation.

    Akatsu, T; Yamada, Y; Hoshikawa, Y; Onoki, T; Shinoda, Y; Wakai, F

    2013-12-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) was used to make a multifunctional porous titanium oxide (TiO2) coating on a titanium substrate. The key finding of this study is that a highly crystalline TiO2 coating can be made by performing the PEO in an ammonium acetate (CH3COONH4) solution; the PEO coating was formed by alternating between rapid heating by spark discharges and quenching in the solution. The high crystallinity of the TiO2 led to the surface having multiple functions, including apatite forming ability and photocatalytic activity. Hydroxyapatite formed on the PEO coating when it was soaked in simulated body fluid. The good apatite forming ability can be attributed to the high density of hydroxyl groups on the anatase and rutile phases in the coating. The degradation of methylene blue under ultraviolet radiation indicated that the coating had high photocatalytic activity.

  5. Enhancement in photocatalytic activity of NiO by supporting onto an Iranian clinoptilolite nano-particles of aqueous solution of cefuroxime pharmaceutical capsule

    Pourtaheri, Asieh; Nezamzadeh-Ejhieh, Alireza

    2015-02-01

    NiO/nano-clinoptilolite (NiO-NCP) was prepared by ion exchanging process of the prepared ball-mill nano-clinoptilolite particles with nickel(II) chloride aqueous solution. The prepared composite was characterized by XRD, UV-Vis DRS, TEM and FT-IR and then used as a catalyst in the photodegradation of cefuroxime (CF) using Hg lamp. The best experimental parameters were obtained as: 0.025 g L-1 of the photocatalyst containing 13.3% NiO, 50 times diluted cefuroxime solution at pH 5. The degradation extent was monitored by UV-Vis spectroscopy and the results were confirmed by HPLC and COD. The kinetics of the photodegradation process obeyed the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model.

  6. Preparation of Transparent TiO2 Nanoporous Coating with Highly Photocatalytic Activity by Anodizing Ti Film with Loose Structure

    LIANG Yin

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The Ti film with special structure was deposited onto glass substrate by magnetron sputtering, then via the process of electrochemical anodization and annealing, a transparent TiO2 nanoporous coating (denoted as TNP with high photocatalytic activity can be directly formed on glass substrate. The crystal structure of the TNP was detected by X-ray diffractometry (XRD and the morphology of the coating was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The transmittance, wettability and adhesion of TNP were investigated by UV-Vis spectrophotometer, contact angle meter and scratch tester respectively. Finally, the photocatalytic activity of TNP was evaluated by degradation of methylene blue solution under UV illumination. The results show that the prepared TNP coating has a nanoporous structure and only anatase can be found after annealing, the transmittance of TNP coating can reach 80% or more in visible region, with a super hydrophilic surface (contact angleC0=1×10-5mol/L can reach 94% in 2 hours and the photocatalysis reaction rate constant is 1.47h-1.

  7. Electrophoretic deposition of CdS coatings and their photocatalytic activities in the degradation of tetracycline antibiotic

    Vázquez, A.; Hernández-Uresti, D. B.; Obregón, S.

    2016-11-01

    The photocatalytic activities of CdS coatings formed by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) were evaluated through the photodegradation of an antibiotic, tetracycline. First, CdS nanoparticles were synthesized under microwave irradiation of aqueous solutions containing the cadmium and sulfur precursors at stoichiometric amounts and by using trisodium citrate as stabilizer. Microwave irradiation was carried out in a conventional microwave oven at 2.45 GHz and 1650 W of nominal power, for 60 s. The CdS nanoparticles were characterized by UV-vis spectrophotometry, photoluminescence and X-ray diffraction. Electrophoretic deposition parameters were 300 mV, 600 mV and 900 mV of applied voltage between aluminum plates separated by 1 cm. The fractal dimensions of the surfaces were evaluated by atomic force microscopy and correlated to the morphological and topographic characteristics of the coatings. The photocatalytic activity of the CdS coatings was investigated by means the photodegradation of the tetracycline antibiotic under simulated sunlight irradiation. According to the results, the photoactivity of the coatings directly depends on the concentration of the precursors and the applied voltage during the deposition. The material obtained at 600 mV showed the best photocatalytic behavior, probably due to its physical properties, such as optimum load and suitable aggregate size.

  8. Integrating high electrical conductivity and photocatalytic activity in cotton fabric by cationizing for enriched coating of negatively charged graphene oxide.

    Sahito, Iftikhar Ali; Sun, Kyung Chul; Arbab, Alvira Ayoub; Qadir, Muhammad Bilal; Jeong, Sung Hoon

    2015-10-01

    Electroconductive textiles have attended tremendous focus recently and researchers are making efforts to increase conductivity of e-textiles, in order to increase the use of such flexible and low cost textile materials. In this study, surface conductivity and photo catalytic activity of standard cotton fabric (SCF) was enhanced by modifying its surface charge, from negative to positive, using Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) as a cationic agent, to convert it into cationised cotton fabric (CCF). Then, both types of fabrics were dip coated with a simple dip and dry technique for the adsorption of negatively charged graphene oxide (GO) sheets onto its surface. This resulted in 67.74% higher loading amount of GO on the CCF making self-assembly. Finally, this coating was chemically converted by vapor reduction using hydrazine hydrate to reduced graphene oxide (rGO) for restoration of a high electrical conductivity at the fabric surface. Our results revealed that with such high loading of GO, the surface resistance of CCF was only 40Ω/sq as compared to 510Ω/sq of the SCF and a 66% higher photo catalytic activity was also achieved through cationization for improved GO coating. Graphene coated SCF and CCF were characterized using FE-SEM, FTIR, Raman, UV-vis, WAXD, EDX and XPS spectroscopy to ascertain successful reduction of GO to rGO. The effect of BSA treatment on adsorption of cotton fabric was studied using drop shape analyzer to measure contact angle and for thermal and mechanical resistance, the fabric was tested for TGA and tensile strength, respectively. rGO coated fabric also showed slightly improved thermal stability yet a minor loss of strength was observed. The high flexibility, photocatalytic activity and excellent conductivity of this fabric suggests that it can be used as an electrode material for various applications.

  9. Antimicrobial peptide melimine coating for titanium and its in vivo antibacterial activity in rodent subcutaneous infection models.

    Chen, Renxun; Willcox, Mark D P; Ho, Kitty Ka Kit; Smyth, Daniel; Kumar, Naresh

    2016-04-01

    Implant-associated infections represent a significant health problem and financial burden on healthcare systems. Current strategies for the treatment or prevention of such infections are still inadequate and new strategies are needed in this era of antibiotic resistance. Melimine, a synthetic antimicrobial peptide with broad spectrum activity against bacteria, fungi and protozoa, has been shown to be a promising candidate for development as antimicrobial coating for biomedical devices and implants. In this study, the in vitro and in vivo antimicrobial activity of melimine-coated titanium was tested. The titanium surface was amine-functionalised with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) followed by reaction with a bifunctional linker 4-(N-maleimidomethyl)cyclohexane-1-carboxylic 3-sulfo-n-hydroxysuccinimide ester (Sulfo-SMCC) to yield a maleimide functionalised surface. Melimine was then tethered to the surface via a thioether linkage through a Michael addition reaction of the cysteine at its N-terminus with the maleimide moiety. Melimine coating significantly reduced in vitro adhesion and biofilm formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa by up to 62% and Staphylococcus aureus by up to 84% on the titanium substrates compared to the blank (p < 0.05). The activity was maintained after ethylene oxide gas sterilisation. The coating was also challenged in both mouse and rat subcutaneous infection models and was able to reduce the bacterial load by up to 2 log10 compared to the uncoated surface (p < 0.05). Melimine coating is a promising candidate for development as a surface antimicrobial that can withstand industrial sterilisation while showing good biocompatibility.

  10. Fusion peptide P15-CSP shows antibiofilm activity and pro-osteogenic activity when deposited as a coating on hydrophilic but not hydrophobic surfaces.

    Li, Xian; Contreras-Garcia, Angel; LoVetri, Karen; Yakandawala, Nandadeva; Wertheimer, Michael R; De Crescenzo, Gregory; Hoemann, Caroline D

    2015-12-01

    In the context of porous bone void filler for oral bone reconstruction, peptides that suppress microbial growth and promote osteoblast function could be used to enhance the performance of a porous bone void filler. We tested the hypothesis that P15-CSP, a novel fusion peptide containing collagen-mimetic osteogenic peptide P15, and competence-stimulating peptide (CSP), a cationic antimicrobial peptide, has emerging properties not shared by P15 or CSP alone. Peptide-coated surfaces were tested for antimicrobial activity toward Streptoccocus mutans, and their ability to promote human mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) attachment, spreading, metabolism, and osteogenesis. In the osteogenesis assay, peptides were coated on tissue culture plastic and on thin films generated by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition to have hydrophilic or hydrophobic character (water contact angles 63°, 42°, and 92°, respectively). S. mutans planktonic growth was specifically inhibited by CSP, whereas biofilm formation was inhibited by P15-CSP. MSC adhesion and actin stress fiber formation was strongly enhanced by CSP, P15-CSP, and fibronectin coatings and modestly enhanced by P15 versus uncoated surfaces. Metabolic assays revealed that CSP was slightly cytotoxic to MSCs. MSCs developed alkaline phosphatase activity on all surfaces, with or without peptide coatings, and consistently deposited the most biomineralized matrix on hydrophilic surfaces coated with P15-CSP. Hydrophobic thin films completely suppressed MSC biomineralization, consistent with previous findings of suppressed osteogenesis on hydrophobic bioplastics. Collective data in this study provide new evidence that P15-CSP has unique dual capacity to suppress biofilm formation, and to enhance osteogenic activity as a coating on hydrophilic surfaces.

  11. Mycobacterium tuberculosis in sputum detected with magnetic nano-particles and PCR%应用磁纳米捕获-PCR技术检测痰液结核分枝杆菌的研究

    张俊仙; 吴雪琼; 刘银萍; 张霞; 赵卫国; 粱艳; 阳幼荣

    2012-01-01

    Objective To capture M. tuberculosis in the sputum using nanotechnology and to increase the sensitivity of PCR for rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis. Methods Conventional smears and PCR served as the control. M. tuberculosis in sputum samples from 187 patients with tuberculosis (TB) and non-tuberculous respiratory diseases was captured and enriched with magnetic nano-particles, lysed, and then amplified by PCR. Results Of 152 sputum samples from patients with TB. 41 (27.0%) were positive according to sputum smears for acid-fast bacilli, 72 (47. 4%) were positive according to conventional PCR. and 126 (82. 9%) were positive according to nano-particle capture and PCR. Of 35 sputum samples from patients with non-tuberculous respiratory diseases, all were negative according to smears but 1 sample from a patient with a pulmonary infection and old TB was positive according to PCR and capture-PCR. Conclusion M. tuberculosis in the sputum can be captured and enriched with magnetic nano-particles to increase the sensitivity of PCR.%[目的]采用磁纳米捕获技术富集痰液中的结核分枝杆菌,以提高PCR检测的灵敏度,快速诊断结核病.[方法]以普通PCR为对照,采用磁纳米捕获技术富集187份结核和非结核呼吸系统疾病患者痰标本中的结核分枝杆菌,进行PCR检测.[结果]152份肺结核患者痰标本41份(27.0%)涂片抗酸染色阳性,72份(47.4%)普通PCR检测阳性,126份(82.9%)磁纳米捕获-PCR检测阳性.35份非结核呼吸系统疾病患者,痰标本中抗酸染色均为阴性,1份普通PCR和磁纳米捕获-PCR检测均阳性,该患者临床诊断肺部感染合并陈旧性肺结核.[结论]采用磁纳米捕获技术富集痰液中的结核分枝杆菌,可显著提高PCR检测的灵敏度.

  12. [Toluene, Benzene and Acetone Adsorption by Activated Carbon Coated with PDMS].

    Liu, Han-bing; Jiang, Xin; Wang, Xin; Yang, Bing; Xue, Nan-dong; Zhang, Shi-lei

    2016-04-15

    To improve the adsorption selectivity of volatile organic compounds ( VOCs) , activated carbon ( AC) was modified by polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and characterized by BET analysis and Boehm titration. Dynamic adsorption column experiments were conducted and Yoon-Neslon(Y-N) model was used to identify adsorption effect for toluene, beuzene and acetone on AC when relative humidity was 0%, 50% and 90%, respectively. The results showed that the BET area, micropore volume and surface functional groups decreased with the PDMS modification, and surface hydrophobicity of the modified AC was enhanced leading to a lower water adsorption capacity. The results of dynamic adsorption showed that the adsorption kinetics and capacity of Bare-AC decreased with the increase of relative humidity, and the adsorption capacities of PDMS coated AC were 1.86 times (toluene) and 1.92 times (benzene) higher than those of Bare-AC, while a significant improvement of adsorption capacity for acetone was not observed. These findings suggest that polarity of molecule can be an important influencing factor for adsorption on hydrophobic surface developed by PDMS.

  13. Low activation steels welding with PWHT and coating for ITER test blanket modules and DEMO

    Aubert, P.; Tavassoli, F.; Rieth, M.; Diegele, E.; Poitevin, Y.

    2011-02-01

    EUROFER weldability is investigated in support of the European material properties database and TBM manufacturing. Electron Beam, Hybrid, laser and narrow gap TIG processes have been carried out on the EUROFER-97 steel (thickness up to 40 mm), a reduced activation ferritic-martensitic steel developed in Europe. These welding processes produce similar welding results with high joint coefficients and are well adapted for minimizing residual distortions. The fusion zones are typically composed of martensite laths, with small grain sizes. In the heat-affected zones, martensite grains contain carbide precipitates. High hardness values are measured in all these zones that if not tempered would degrade toughness and creep resistance. PWHT developments have driven to a one-step PWHT (750 °C/3 h), successfully applied to joints restoring good material performances. It will produce less distortion levels than a full austenitization PWHT process, not really applicable to a complex welded structure such as the TBM. Different tungsten coatings have been successfully processed on EUROFER material. It has shown no really effect on the EUROFER base material microstructure.

  14. Antimicrobial Activity from Colistin-Heparin Lamellar-Phase Complexes for the Coating of Biomedical Devices.

    Tangso, Kristian J; C D da Cunha, Paulo Henrique; Spicer, Patrick; Li, Jian; Boyd, Ben J

    2016-11-16

    Infections arising in hospitalized patients, particularly those who have undergone surgery and are reliant on receiving treatment through biomedical devices, continue to be a rising concern. It is well-known that aqueous mixtures of oppositely charged surfactant and polymer molecules can self-assemble to form liquid crystalline structures, primarily via electrostatically driven interactions that have demonstrated great potential as tailored-release nanomaterials. Colistin is a re-emerging antibiotic used against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Its amphiphilic structure allows it to form micellar aggregates in solution. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine whether structured complexes form between colistin and negatively charged biopolymers, such as the highly sulfated anticoagulant, heparin. Cross-polarized light microscopy and synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering were employed to visualize the appearance of birefringent structures and identify liquid crystalline structures, respectively, formed across the interface between solutions of colistin and heparin. A lamellar phase with a lattice parameter of ∼40 Å was formed upon contact between the oppositely charged solutions of colistin and heparin. In addition, in vitro release studies showed a slow release of colistin from the lamellar-phase gel complexes into the bulk media, and disk diffusion bioassays revealed antimicrobial activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This system provides a novel, cost-effective, and simple approach to reducing the risk of infections by potentially applying the formulation as a coating for biomedical implants or tubing.

  15. Determination of the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 coatings on clay roofing tile substrates methylene blue as model pollutant

    Skapin Andrea S.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The photocatalytically active mesoporous coatings, based on titanium dioxide sols (Degussa, of the fired clay roofing tiles substrate were prepared by using poly(ethylene glycol (PEG M-600 and M-4000, as the structure directing agents. The coatings were deposited using spray technique followed by thermal treatment. Photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 coatings was evaluated by aqueous solution of methylene blue as model dye, deposited on the top of the coatings, after irradiation with UV light. The results were compared with the photocatalytic efficiency of some commercial self-cleaning products (clay roofing tiles, glass. The newly design coatings showed an interesting decolourisation performance (over 30 % after 24 h. It appeared that the procedure of photocatalytic activity determination, in the case of porous substrates, should be renewed by a preadsorption process.

  16. Antibacterial activity of reactive quaternary ammonium compounds in solution and in nonleachable coatings

    Gozzelino, G.; Romero Tobar, D.E.; Chaitiemwong, N.; Hazeleger, W.C.; Beumer, R.R.

    2011-01-01

    Antibacterial polymers suitable for coating applications without leaching of the biocidal component have been obtained by UV copolymerization of acrylic resins with acrylic monomers containing quaternary ammonium moieties. Suitable reactive biocides, based on quaternary ammonium monomers (QAMs), end

  17. Antibacterial Activity of TiO2 Photocatalyst Alone or in Coatings on E. coli: The Influence of Methodological Aspects

    Thomas Verdier

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available In damp environments, indoor building materials are among the main proliferation substrates for microorganisms. Photocatalytic coatings, including nanoparticles of TiO2, could be a way to prevent microbial proliferation or, at least, to significantly reduce the amount of microorganisms that grow on indoor building materials. Previous works involving TiO2 have already shown the inactivation of bacteria by the photocatalysis process. This paper studies the inactivation of Escherichia coli bacteria by photocatalysis involving TiO2 nanoparticles alone or in transparent coatings (varnishes and investigates different parameters that significantly influence the antibacterial activity. The antibacterial activity of TiO2 was evaluated through two types of experiments under UV irradiation: (I in slurry with physiological water (stirred suspension; and (II in a drop deposited on a glass plate. The results confirmed the difference in antibacterial activity between simple drop-deposited inoculum and inoculum spread under a plastic film, which increased the probability of contact between TiO2 and bacteria (forced contact. In addition, the major effect of the nature of the suspension on the photocatalytic disinfection ability was highlighted. Experiments were also carried out at the surface of transparent coatings formulated using nanoparticles of TiO2. The results showed significant antibacterial activities after 2 h and 4 h and suggested that improving the formulation would increase efficiency.

  18. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of nano titanium dioxide coated on ethanol-soluble carbon nanotubes

    Fu, Xiaofei [Key Laboratory of Integrated Regulation and Resource Development on Shallow Lakes, Ministry of Education, College of Environment, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098 (China); Yang, Hanpei, E-mail: yanghanpei@hhu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Integrated Regulation and Resource Development on Shallow Lakes, Ministry of Education, College of Environment, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098 (China); He, Kuanyan; Zhang, Yingchao; Wu, Junming [Key Laboratory of Integrated Regulation and Resource Development on Shallow Lakes, Ministry of Education, College of Environment, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098 (China)

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Homogenous and dense spreading of TiO{sub 2} on surface modified CNTs and improved photocatalytic performance of TiO{sub 2} was achieved by coupling TiO{sub 2} with ethanol-soluble CNTs. Display Omitted Highlights: ► Ethanol-soluble CNTs were acquired by surface modification. ► Enhanced photoactivity of TiO{sub 2} coated on modified CNTs was obtained. ► Improved activity of TiO{sub 2} is attributed to the intimate contact between TiO{sub 2} and CNTs. ► Dense heterojunctions through Ti–O–CNTs at the interface is proposed. -- Abstract: Surface functionalized carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with ethanol solubility were synthesized and the CNTs–TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites were prepared by coupling of TiO{sub 2} with modified CNTs through a sol–gel method. The as-prepared CNTs and composites were characterized and the composite samples were evaluated for their photocatalytic activity toward the degradation of aqueous methyl orange. It is showed that the acid oxidation of CNTs leads to the embedding of oxygenated functional groups, and as a result, the acid-treated CNTs in turn may serve as chemical reactors for subsequent covalent grafting of octadecylamine. Improved photocatalytic performance of CNTs–TiO{sub 2} composites was obtained, which is mainly attributed to the high dispersion of TiO{sub 2} on ethanol-soluble CNTs and the intimate contact between TiO{sub 2} and CNTs resulted from the dense heterojunctions through the Ti-O-C structure at the interface between TiO{sub 2} and CNTs.

  19. Electrophoretic deposition of CdS coatings and their photocatalytic activities in the degradation of tetracycline antibiotic

    Vázquez, A., E-mail: alejandro.lqi@gmail.com [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Av. Universidad S/N, San Nicolás de los Garza, 66455 Nuevo León (Mexico); Hernández-Uresti, D.B., E-mail: ing.dianahdz@gmail.com [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, CICFIM–Facultad de Ciencias Físico Matemáticas, Av. Universidad S/N, San Nicolás de los Garza, 66455 Nuevo León (Mexico); Obregón, S. [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, CICFIM–Facultad de Ciencias Físico Matemáticas, Av. Universidad S/N, San Nicolás de los Garza, 66455 Nuevo León (Mexico)

    2016-11-15

    Highlights: • CdS photocatalyst was prepared by electrophoretic deposition. • The CdS coating was used in the photodegradation of antibiotics. • O{sub 2}{sup −} and ·OH radicals were responsible for the degradation of tetracycline. - Abstract: The photocatalytic activities of CdS coatings formed by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) were evaluated through the photodegradation of an antibiotic, tetracycline. First, CdS nanoparticles were synthesized under microwave irradiation of aqueous solutions containing the cadmium and sulfur precursors at stoichiometric amounts and by using trisodium citrate as stabilizer. Microwave irradiation was carried out in a conventional microwave oven at 2.45 GHz and 1650 W of nominal power, for 60 s. The CdS nanoparticles were characterized by UV–vis spectrophotometry, photoluminescence and X-ray diffraction. Electrophoretic deposition parameters were 300 mV, 600 mV and 900 mV of applied voltage between aluminum plates separated by 1 cm. The fractal dimensions of the surfaces were evaluated by atomic force microscopy and correlated to the morphological and topographic characteristics of the coatings. The photocatalytic activity of the CdS coatings was investigated by means the photodegradation of the tetracycline antibiotic under simulated sunlight irradiation. According to the results, the photoactivity of the coatings directly depends on the concentration of the precursors and the applied voltage during the deposition. The material obtained at 600 mV showed the best photocatalytic behavior, probably due to its physical properties, such as optimum load and suitable aggregate size.

  20. Active control of nano dimers response using piezoelectric effect

    Mekkawy, Ahmed A.; Ali, Tamer A.; Badawi, Ashraf H.

    2016-09-01

    Nano devices can be used as building blocks for Internet of Nano-Things network devices, such as sensors/actuators, transceivers, and routers. Although nano particles response can be engineered to fit in different regimes, for such a nano particle to be used as an active nano device, its properties should be dynamically controlled. This controllability is a challenge, and there are many proposed techniques to tune nanoparticle response on the spot through a sort of control signal, wither that signal is optical (for all-optical systems) or electronic (for opto-electronic systems). This will allow the use of nano particles as nano-switches or as dynamic sensors that can pick different frequencies depending on surrounding conditions or depending on a smart decisions. In this work, we propose a piezoelectric substrate as an active control mediator to control plasmonic gaps in nano dimers. This method allows for integrating nano devices with regular electronics while communicating control signals to nano devices through applying electric signals to a piezoelectric material, in order to control the gaps between nano particles in a nano cluster. We do a full numerical study to the system, analyzing the piezoelectric control resolution (minimum gap change step) and its effect on a nanodimer response as a nanoantenna. This analysis considers the dielectric functions of materials within the visible frequencies range. The effects of different parameters, such as the piezoelectric geometrical structure and materials, on the gap control resolution and the operating frequency are studied.

  1. Synthesis, characteristics and antimicrobial activity of ZnO nanoparticles

    Janaki, A. Chinnammal; Sailatha, E.; Gunasekaran, S.

    2015-06-01

    The utilization of various plant resources for the bio synthesis of metallic nano particles is called green technology and it does not utilize any harmful protocols. Present study focuses on the green synthesis of ZnO nano particles by Zinc Carbonate and utilizing the bio-components of powder extract of dry ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinale). The ZnO nano crystallites of average size range of 23-26 nm have been synthesized by rapid, simple and eco friendly method. Zinc oxide nano particles were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). FTIR spectra confirmed the adsorption of surfactant molecules at the surface of ZnO nanoparticles and the presence of ZnO bonding. Antimicrobial activity of ZnO nano particles was done by well diffusion method against pathogenic organisms like Klebsiella pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans and Penicillium notatum. It is observed that the ZnO synthesized in the process has the efficient antimicrobial activity.

  2. Synthesis, characteristics and antimicrobial activity of ZnO nanoparticles.

    Janaki, A Chinnammal; Sailatha, E; Gunasekaran, S

    2015-06-05

    The utilization of various plant resources for the bio synthesis of metallic nano particles is called green technology and it does not utilize any harmful protocols. Present study focuses on the green synthesis of ZnO nano particles by Zinc Carbonate and utilizing the bio-components of powder extract of dry ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinale). The ZnO nano crystallites of average size range of 23-26 nm have been synthesized by rapid, simple and eco friendly method. Zinc oxide nano particles were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). FTIR spectra confirmed the adsorption of surfactant molecules at the surface of ZnO nanoparticles and the presence of ZnO bonding. Antimicrobial activity of ZnO nano particles was done by well diffusion method against pathogenic organisms like Klebsiella pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans and Penicillium notatum. It is observed that the ZnO synthesized in the process has the efficient antimicrobial activity.

  3. CCN activation experiments with adipic acid: effect of particle phase and adipic acid coatings on soluble and insoluble particles

    S. S. Hings

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Slightly soluble atmospherically relevant organic compounds, such as adipic acid, may influence particle CCN activity and therefore cloud formation. The 11 published experimental studies on the CCN activity of adipic acid particles are not consistent with each other nor do they in most cases agree with the Köhler theory. The CCN activity of adipic acid aerosol particles was studied over a significantly wider range of conditions than in any previous single study. The work spans the conditions of the previous studies and also provides alternate methods for producing wet and dry adipic acid particles without the need to produce them by atomization of aqueous solutions. The CCN effect of adipic acid coatings on both soluble and insoluble particles has also been studied. The CCN activation of the small (dm<150 nm initially dry particles is subject to a deliquescence barrier, while for the larger particles the activation follows the Köhler curve. Adipic acid particles prepared in a wet state follow the Köhler curve over the full range of particle diameters studied. The experiments suggest that the scatter in the previously published CCN measurements is most likely due to the difficulty of producing uncontaminated adipic acid particles by atomization of solutions and possibly also due to uncertainties in the calibration of the instruments. The addition of a hydrophilic soluble compound to dry adipic acid eliminates the effect of particle phase, that is, the effect of the deliquescence barrier to CCN activation. An adipic acid coating on hydrophobic soot yields a CCN active particle. For the relatively small soot particles (dcore=88 and 102 nm the CCN activity of the coated particles approaches the deliquescence line of adipic acid, suggesting that the total size of the particle determines CCN activation and the soot core acts as a scaffold.

  4. Application of SiO_2 Nano-particles in Treatment of Raw Water Containing Anionic Surfactant%纳米SiO_2用于含表面活性剂原水的处理

    阮彩群; 李冬梅; 任毅; 李绍秀; 李斌; 李志生

    2009-01-01

    By adding SiO_2 nano-particles into kaolin suspensions with turbidity of 6 NTU in the presence of anionic surfactant--sedium dodeeyl sulphate (SDS), dynamic coagulation experiments and quiescent settling experiments were done. The action efficiency and morphologic properties of SiO_2 nano-particles were discussed using image analysis technology and a quantitative faetor---fractal dimension. The formation and growth of flocs have fractal properties. The fractal structure formation is a main effect factor of particles coagulation, flocs compact degree and settleability. The flocs formation is interfered at the ini-tial flocculation stage in the presence of SDS. Afterwards, the mixture of SDS and the coagulant acta on particles together and enhances the flocculation efficiency. The flocs become larger and compacter, and the settleability is improved. There is competitive adsorption between SDS and SiO_2. When SiO_2 nano-particles are added alone, small and fragile flocs are formed. When PAC serves as a primary coagulant, SiO_2 nano-particles as floeeulant aid are beneficial for PAC flocs structure evolution to more compact con-figurations. The removal rates of turbidity and SDS are improved.%在含表面活性剂十二烷基硫酸钠(SDS)的低浊(6 NTU)高岭土原水中,投加纳米SiO_2进行动态混凝与静沉试验,借助图像分析技术与定量控制参数,探讨了纳米SiO_2的作用效果与形态学特性.结果表明:絮体的形成与生长具有分形特征,分形结构是影响颗粒混凝、絮团密实度与沉降特性的主要因素;SDS的存在对絮凝初期絮体的形成起阻碍作用,随后SDS与混凝剂的混合体共同对粒子作用,促进絮凝,絮体变大且密实,沉降性能改善;SDS和SiO_2对高岭土粒子存在竞争吸附;单独投加纳米SiO_2时形成的絮体小而脆弱,而以纳米SiO_2为助凝剂能促使PAC絮体结构向更密实的构型转变,对浊度和SDS的去除率提高.

  5. 微乳液结合Sol-Gel法制备纳米ZnTiO3及其表征%Preparation and Characterization of ZnTiO3 Nano Particles by Sol-Gel-Microemulsion Method

    刘西京; 干信; 刘红雨

    2012-01-01

    将溶胶-凝胶法与微乳液化学剪裁法相结合,以钛酸丁酯和氯化锌制备凝胶,在OP-10-SDS/-丁醇/环己烷/水复配微乳体系中进行化学剪裁制备前驱物,再经煅烧制备了组成单一的球状纳米ZnTiO3粉体,通过XRD、TEM、SEM、TG-DSC等方法对产物进行了表征,并讨论了凝胶的陈化时间、煅烧温度和煅烧时间对蚋米ZnTiO3的组成、拉径和形貌的影响,提出了蚋米ZnTiO3可能的形成机理.结果表明,在700℃煅烧2h制备的蚋米ZnTiO3平均粒径为35 nm,粒径分布比较均匀,基本呈单分散;适当延长陈化时间会减少ZnO及TiO2杂质;随着煅烧时间的延长,ZnTiO3晶体粒径开始增大;煅烧温度过高会使六方相ZnTiO3分解为立方相的Zn2 TiO4和金红石型TiO2.%Zinc titanate(ZnTiO3) nano particles had been prepared by sol-gel-microemulsion chemical tailoring method. The gel prepared by Ti(OC4H9)4 and zinc chloride was tailored in OP-10-SDS/n-butanol/cyclohex-ane/water microemulsion. ZnTiO3 Nano particles were characterized by XRD, TEM, SEM and TG-DSC. The influence of aging time of the gel,calcination temperature and calcination time on the composition,particle size and morphology of ZnTiO3 nano particles were investigated. The results showed that the average particle size of ZnTiO3 nano particles was 35 nm,the particle size distribution was uniform with good monodispersity when it was calcined at 700 ℃ for 2 h. The TiO2 and ZnO impurities were reduced with aging time extension,particle size of ZnTiO3 was increased with calcination time extension, hexagonal ZnTiO3 was decomposed of cubic Zn2TiO4 and rutile TiO2 at higher calcination temperature.

  6. Antibacterial activities of Nd doped and Ag coated TiO2 nanoparticles under solar light irradiation.

    Bokare, Anuja; Sanap, Avinash; Pai, Mrinal; Sabharwal, Sushma; Athawale, Anjali A

    2013-02-01

    Nanosized (8-9 nm) Nd doped and Ag coated TiO(2) nanoparticles have been synthesized by sol-gel method. The physicochemical properties of these particles were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), diffuse reflectance UV-visible (DRUV) spectra and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analysis. The antibacterial activities of the samples were studied for Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Escherichia coli (E. coli) both, under the light and dark conditions. The results reveal that the extent of activity shows the order as undoped TiO(2)doped TiO(2)coated TiO(2). The mechanism of bactericidal action of the nanoparticles, in presence of sunlight has been explained with the help of microscopic analyses. The bacterial damage is observed to proceed through initial perforation of the cell, damage of cell wall and finally the bacterial death.

  7. Newly-designed Traditional Glutinous Rice-lime Mortar with Micron-nano-particles%微纳米复合掺和料对传统糯米-石灰砂浆强度的影响

    杨华山; 车玉君; 江华利; 林戈; 魏东

    2015-01-01

    Portland cement and polymers have low chemical and physical affinity for traditional building materials .This hinders the restoration of historical buildings .Glutinous rice-lime mortars (GLM ) used in construction since ancient times in China were recov‐ered ,and attempts were made to enhance their performances .Micron particles ,such as limestone ,fly ash and slag ,with silicon fume contained nano-particles were selected on the basis of their properties .Flexural strength and compressive strength of GLM with micron-nano-particles were measured .Test results show that the mechanical performances of newly-designed traditional GLM were improved .And they are compatible with ancient building materials in China ,so it can be used in the restoration of architectural heritage .%水泥基修补材料和高分子修补材料与古迹本体材料存在相容性问题,不利于古迹的修复工作。糯米-石灰砂浆是中国古代传统的一种建筑材料,拟挖掘并提升其性能用于古迹的修补。分别采用石灰石粉、粉煤灰和矿粉等微米级掺和料与硅灰复合,研究微纳米掺和料对糯米-石灰砂浆强度的影响。试验研究的结果表明,微纳米复合掺和料提高了糯米石灰砂浆的力学性能。这种材料与中国古代建筑材料相容,可用于古迹的修复工作。

  8. Parametric investigations on the influence of nano-second Nd{sup 3+}:YAG laser wavelength and fluence in synthesizing NiTi nano-particles using liquid assisted laser ablation technique

    Patra, Nandini, E-mail: nandinipatra2007@gmail.com [Centre for Material Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Pin-453441 (India); Akash, K.; Shiva, S.; Gagrani, Rohit; Rao, H. Sai Pranesh; Anirudh, V.R. [Mechatronics and Instrumentation lab, Discipline of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Pin-453441 (India); Palani, I.A., E-mail: palaniia@iiti.ac.in [Centre for Material Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Pin-453441 (India); Mechatronics and Instrumentation lab, Discipline of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Pin-453441 (India); Singh, Vipul [Centre for Material Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Pin-453441 (India)

    2016-03-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Influence of laser wavelengths (1064 nm, 532 nm and 355 nm) and fluences (40 J/cm{sup 2}, 30 J/cm{sup 2} and 20 J/cm{sup 2}) on generation of underwater laser ablated NiTi nanoparticles. • Particle size range of 140–10 nm was generated at varying laser wavelengths. • The alloy formation of NiTi nanoparticles was confirmed from XRD and TEM analysis where the crystalline peaks of NiTi, Ni{sub 4}Ti{sub 3} and Ni{sub 3}Ti were observed from XRD. • Formation efficiency of NiTi nanoparticles was maximum at 1064 nm wavelength and 40 J/cm{sup 2} fluence. - Abstract: This paper investigates the influence of laser wavelengths and laser fluences on the size and quality of the NiTi nanoparticles, generated through underwater solid state Nd:YAG laser ablation technique. The experiments were performed on Ni55%–Ti45% sheet to synthesize NiTi nano-particles at three different wavelengths (1064 nm, 532 nm and 355 nm) with varying laser fluences ranging from 20 to 40 J/cm{sup 2}. Synthesized NiTi nano-particles were characterized through SEM, DLS, XRD, FT-IR, TEM and UV–vis spectrum. It was observed that, maximum particle size of 140 nm and minimum particle size of 10 nm were generated at varying laser wavelengths. The crystallinity and lattice spacing of NiTi alloy nanoparticles were confirmed from the XRD analysis and TEM images, respectively.

  9. Oxidation Behavior of α-alumina Scales on Fe-Al Diffusion Coating of China Activation Martensitic Steel(CLAM)

    ZHAN; Qin; YANG; Hong-guang; ZHAO; Wei-wei; YUAN; Xiao-ming; ZHU; Xin-xin

    2013-01-01

    It is well known thatα-Al2O3 phase has stable,high permeation reduction factor(PRF)and good resistance performance in liquid LiPb,which is considered as the reference tritium permeation barriercoating in future fusion reactor.In order to study the formation mechanism of stableα-Al2O3 scales on fusion structure material,the oxidation behavior of Fe-Al diffusion coating on China Low Activation

  10. Biological Activity and Antibacterial Property of Nano-structured TiO2 Coating Incorporated with Cu Prepared by Micro-arc Oxidation

    Wei Zhu; Zhenxiang Zhang; Beibei Gu; Junying Sun; Lixian Zhu

    2013-01-01

    Micro-arc oxidized Cu-incorporated TiO2 coatings (Cu-TiO2) were prepared in the Ca,P,Cu-containing electrolyte to obtain an implant material with superior biological activity and antibacterial property.The surface topography,phase,and element composition of the TiO2 and Cu-TiO2 coatings were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM),X-ray diffraction (XRD),and energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS),respectively.Staphylococcus aureus (S.aureus) was selected to evaluate the antibacterial property of the Cu-TiO2 coatings,whereas osteoblastic MG63 cells were cultured on the coatings to investigate the biological activity.The obtained results demonstrated that Cu element was successfully incorporated into the porous nano-structured TiO2 coatings,which did not alter apparently the surface topography and phase composition of the coatings as compared to the Cu-free TiO2 coatings.Moreover,the antibacterial studies suggested that the Cu-incorporated TiO2 coatings could significantly inhibit the adhesion of S.aureus.In addition,the in vitro biological evaluation displayed that the adhesion,proliferation and differentiation of MG63 cells on the Cu-incorporated coatings were enhanced as compared to those on the Cu-free coatings and Ti plates.In conclusion,the innovative Cu-incorporated nano-structured TiO2 coatings on Ti substrate with excellent antibacterial property and biological activity are promising candidates for orthopedic implant.

  11. Non-UV based germicidal activity of metal-doped TiO2 coating on solid surfaces

    LIU Li-fen; John Barford; YEUNG King Lun; SI Grace

    2007-01-01

    A stain-based screening method was developed to screen different catalyst coatings for their germicidal activity. A Baclight dead/live bacteria viability kit (invitrogen, molecular probes) was used for staining the cell. The screening was carried out following a standard procedure. This included loading cell suspension to solid surface and maintaining contact for 30 min, then staining with a mixture containing dyes. The stained cells were observed using an epifluorescent microscope and photographed using a CCD camera under UV. Metal-doped TiO2 coatings on Al plates were prepared and tested for non-UV germicidal activity without using UV. It was tested using model microorganisms such as Bakers Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas putida, and Escherichia coli. On the basis of the germicidal activity of catalyst and the degree of damage caused to the cells, the stained cells may appear green (viable), green with red or yellow nuclei and yellow (compromised) or red (nonviable). According to their stained color, cells were counted to calculate the percentage of dead, live, and compromised cells. Compromised cells are cells that grow very slowly after reculturing indicating a degree of reversible cell damage. Screening the germicidal activity using this staining method is accurate and efficient, and requires less time than the culture-based method. A modification to the procedure for measuring germicidal activity of rough surfaces or fibrous coatings was developed. Both TiO2 and metal-doped TiO2 (Ag, Pt, Au, Cu) possess non-UV based germicidal activity. The germicidal activity of TiO2 was found to be related with its wetting property and can be improved by UV irradiation before testing. It is not greatly affected by contact time, indicating a fast acting germicidal activity.

  12. Treatment and Kinetic of Synthetic Wastewater Containing β-Naphthol by Nano Titanium Oxide Coated on Activated Carbon

    H Ijad panah

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Many industrial effluent plants contain amounts of hard biodegradable compounds such as β-naphthol which can be removed by conventional treatment systems. The objective of this research is to treat wastewater containing naphthalene by nano titanium oxide coated on activated carbon. Materials and Methods: Photocatalytic experiments were carried out for different concentrations of β-naphthol using time and pH as dependent factors. Nano TiO2 coated on activated carbone in one liter batch reactor and the resultants compounds concentration were measured in a photocatalytic reactor  with UV-C of 12 Watt. Results: The experimental results indicated that UV/ nano TiO2 coated on activated carbone removed 92% of β-naphthol with concentrations of 100 mg/L within an overall elapsed time of three hours. β-naphthol total removal with concenteration of 25 mg/L was observed in two hours.Conclusions: UV/ nano TiO2 process is very fast and effective method for removal of β-naphthol and  pH 11 was indicated as the optimum pH.

  13. Imaging hydrogen oxidation activity of catalyst-coated perfluoro sulfonic acid-polymer electrolyte membranes using Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy

    Meera Parthasarathy; Vijayamohanan K Pillai

    2009-09-01

    Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM) is a unique technique for studying fast heterogeneous kinetics and to map reactivity gradients along the surface of an electrocatalyst, especially when it involves multiple surface sites of varying reactivity. It combines the dual advantages offered by ultramicroelectrode (UME) voltammetry in terms of reduced ohmic drop and insignificant double layer charging contribution with the advantages of imaging by rastering the UME across an electro-active surface. In this work, we demonstrate these distinctive features of SECM in evaluating reactivity gradients on catalyst (Pt/C) coated Nafion® films towards hydrogen oxidation activity, a reaction of immense technological relevance. Imaging has been performed in the feedback mode by allowing H2 evolution at the tip (25 m Pt UME), which is reoxidized at the substrate electrode containing Pt/C-Nafion film. Interesting distribution in H2 oxidation activity has been observed as a function of potential applied to the Pt/CNafion film. In addition, a plot of normalized tip current versus the substrate electrode potential indicates the effect of potential-induced reactivity change in the catalyst-coated membranes. The results of the present investigation are believed to be useful to H2/O2 PEM fuel cells with respect to evaluating reactivity gradients of catalyst-coated polymer electrolyte membranes, which is important to rectify problems related to catalyst utilization.

  14. Corrosion-resistant coatings for high-temperature high-sulfur- activity applications

    Selman, J.R.; Aladjov, B.; Chen, B. (Illinois Inst. of Tech., Chicago, IL (United States). Chemical Engineering Dept.)

    1992-01-01

    The previously started experiments to verify the feasibility of obtaining molybdenum and molybdenum carbide coatings from oxide-based melts were continued. A molten salt bath consisting of an equimolar mixture of Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4} and K{sub 2}WO{sub 4} was used. The molybdenum and carbon species were introduced as alkali molybdate and carbonate. The coating morphology depends strongly on melt composition, temperature and moisture content. Application of initial pre-electrolysis significantly changes the composition and morphology of the coatings. Using non-lithium alkali salts, coatings of better quality were obtained. Adding 3-8 mol% Na{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7} to the basic non-lithium bath composition was observed to cause significant morphology and quality changes. Bath compositions produce a more uniform small-grain-size coating and they do not require extensive purification. Constant current and reverse and/or pulse current patterns were applied during plating. The latter produces smaller-grain-size coatings at the same working temperature. Research was undertaken to deposit Mo and Mo{sub 2} C films on a substrate 2.5 cm by 3.8 cm in area. Using an orthogonal factorial design, a new series of experiments has been carried out to investigate the effect of the evaporation rate of Mo(CO){sub 6} as a precursor. From the weight gain of the substrate, initial conclusions have been drawn about the optimal conditions for maximum evaporation rate, deposition rate and thickness. Thicker coatings (a few {mu}m) have been obtained which show two different types of crystallites growing on an initially amorphous film. A two dimensional transport and reaction kinetics model for a parallel-plate PECVD reactor was outlined. The PECVD results will be used to verify the model. The primary parameters to be explored are those representing the deposition kinetics of Mo and C.

  15. Corrosion-resistant coatings for high-temperature high-sulfur- activity applications. Final report

    Selman, J.R.; Aladjov, B.; Chen, B. [Illinois Inst. of Tech., Chicago, IL (United States). Chemical Engineering Dept.

    1992-01-01

    The previously started experiments to verify the feasibility of obtaining molybdenum and molybdenum carbide coatings from oxide-based melts were continued. A molten salt bath consisting of an equimolar mixture of Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4} and K{sub 2}WO{sub 4} was used. The molybdenum and carbon species were introduced as alkali molybdate and carbonate. The coating morphology depends strongly on melt composition, temperature and moisture content. Application of initial pre-electrolysis significantly changes the composition and morphology of the coatings. Using non-lithium alkali salts, coatings of better quality were obtained. Adding 3-8 mol% Na{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7} to the basic non-lithium bath composition was observed to cause significant morphology and quality changes. Bath compositions produce a more uniform small-grain-size coating and they do not require extensive purification. Constant current and reverse and/or pulse current patterns were applied during plating. The latter produces smaller-grain-size coatings at the same working temperature. Research was undertaken to deposit Mo and Mo{sub 2} C films on a substrate 2.5 cm by 3.8 cm in area. Using an orthogonal factorial design, a new series of experiments has been carried out to investigate the effect of the evaporation rate of Mo(CO){sub 6} as a precursor. From the weight gain of the substrate, initial conclusions have been drawn about the optimal conditions for maximum evaporation rate, deposition rate and thickness. Thicker coatings (a few {mu}m) have been obtained which show two different types of crystallites growing on an initially amorphous film. A two dimensional transport and reaction kinetics model for a parallel-plate PECVD reactor was outlined. The PECVD results will be used to verify the model. The primary parameters to be explored are those representing the deposition kinetics of Mo and C.

  16. Arsenic Adsorption Equilibrium Concentration and Adsorption Rate of Activated Carbon Coated with Ferric-Aluminum Hydroxides

    Zhang, M.; Sugita, H.; Oguma, T.; Hara, J.; Takahashi, S.

    2015-12-01

    In some areas of developing countries, ground or well water contaminated with arsenic has been reluctantly used as drinking water. It is highly desirable that effective and inexpensive arsenic removal agents should be developed and provided to reduce the potential health risk. Previous studies demonstrated that activated carbon coated with ferric-aluminum hydroxides (Fe-Al-C) has high adsorptive potential for removal of arsenic. In this study, a series of experiments using Fe-Al-C were carried to discuss adsorption equilibrium time, adsorption equilibrium concentration and adsorption rate of arsenic for Fe-Al-C. Fe-Al-C used in this study was provided by Astec Co., Ltd. Powder reagent of disodium hydrogen arsenate heptahydrate was dissolved into ion-exchanged water. The solution was then further diluted with ion-exchanged water to be 1 and 10 mg/L as arsenic concentration. The pH of the solution was adjusted to be around 7 by adding HCl and/or NaOH. The solution was used as artificial arsenic contaminated water in two types of experiments (arsenic adsorption equilibrium and arsenic adsorption rate tests). The results of the arsenic equilibrium tests were showed that a time period of about 3 days to reach apparent adsorption equilibrium for arsenic. The apparent adsorption equilibrium concentration and adsorbed amount of arsenic on Fe-Al-C adsorbent could be estimated by application of various adsorption isotherms, but the distribution coefficient of arsenic between solid and liquid varies with experimental conditions such as initial concentration of arsenic and addition concentration of adsorbent. An adsorption rate equation that takes into account the reduction in the number of effective adsorption sites on the adsorbent caused by the arsenic adsorption reaction was derived based on the data obtained from the arsenic adsorption rate tests.

  17. Arsenate sorption by hydrous ferric oxide incorporated onto granular activated carbon with phenol formaldehyde resins coating.

    Zhuang, J M; Hobenshield, E; Walsh, T

    2008-04-01

    A simple and effective method was developed using phenol formaldehyde (PF) resins to immobilize hydrous ferric oxide (HFO) onto granular activated carbon (GAC). The resulting sorbent possesses advantages for both the ferric oxide and the GAC, such as a great As-affinity of ferric oxide, large surface area of GAC, and enhanced physical strength. The studies showed that within one hour this sorbent was able to remove 85% of As(V) from water containing an initial As(V) concentration of 1.74 mg l(-1). The As(V) adsorption onto the sorbent was found to follow a pseudo-second order kinetics model. The adsorption isotherms were interpreted in terms of the Langmuir and Freundlich models. The equilibrium data fitted very well to both models. Column tests showed that this sorbent was able to achieve residual concentrations of As(V) in a range of 0.1-2.0 microg l(-1) while continuously treating about 180 bed volume (BV, 130 ml-BV) of arsenate water with an initial As(V) concentration of 1886 microg l(-1) at a filtration rate of 13.5 ml min(-1), i.e., an empty bed contact time (EBCT) of 9.6 min and a gram sorbent contact time (GSCT) of 0.15 min. After passing 635 BV of arsenate water, the exhausted sorbent was then tested by the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP, US EPA Method 1311) test, and classified as non-hazardous for disposal. Hence, this HFO-PF-coated GAC has the capability to remove As(V) from industrial wastewater containing As(V) levels of about 2 mg l(-1).

  18. Effect of thermal treatments on sputtered silver nanocluster/silica composite coatings on soda-lime glasses: ionic exchange and antibacterial activity

    Ferraris, M.; Ferraris, S., E-mail: sara.ferraris@polito.it; Miola, M.; Perero, S.; Balagna, C.; Verne, E. [Politecnico di Torino, Department of Applied Science and Technology, Institute of Materials Physics and Engineering (Italy); Gautier, G. [IMAMOTER Institute for Agricultural and Earthmoving Machines (Italy); Manfredotti, Ch.; Battiato, A.; Vittone, E. [University of Torino, Physics Department, NIS Excellence Centre and CNISM (Italy); Speranza, G. [Fondazione Bruno Kessler FBK (Italy); Bogdanovic, I. [Ruder Boskovic Institute, Experimental Physics Department (Croatia)

    2012-12-15

    Silver nanocluster/silica composite coatings were deposited on both soda-lime and silica glasses by radio frequency (RF) co-sputtering. The effect of thermal treatments on the microstructure in the range of 150-450 Degree-Sign C were examined by UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Time of Flight-Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis. Sodium/silver ionic exchange was evidenced for coatings sputtered on soda-lime substrates after heating at 450 Degree-Sign C; presence of silver ions and/or silver nanoclusters, nanocluster size and their position inside the sputtered layers will be discussed for as-deposited and heated coatings on both substrates. The antibacterial activity of all coatings was determined against Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans by disk diffusion method and colonies forming units count; in agreement with microstructural results, the antibacterial activity present on all coatings was slightly reduced after heating at 450 Degree-Sign C. All coatings have been submitted to humidity plus UV ageing and sterilization by autoclave, gamma ray and ethylene oxide gas. Tape resistance (ASTM D3359-97) tests have been done on each coating before and after ageing and sterilizations, revealing a good adhesion on soda-lime substrates, except for those aged in humidity plus UV and sterilized by autoclave. Scratch tests and nanoindentation tests have been done on each coating, as-deposited and after heating at 450 Degree-Sign C. The coating hardness was improved by heating only when coatings were deposited on silica. The heating of coatings deposited on soda-lime substrates gave opposite effect on their hardness.

  19. Antibacterial activity and cell compatibility of TiZrN, TiZrCN, and TiZr-amorphous carbon coatings

    Huang, Heng-Li [School of Dentistry, China Medical University, Taichung 404, Taiwan (China); Department of Bioinformatics and Medical Engineering, Asia University, Taichung 41354, Taiwan (China); Chang, Yin-Yu, E-mail: yinyu@nfu.edu.tw [Department of Mechanical and Computer-aided Engineering, National Formosa University, Yunlin 632, Taiwan (China); Liu, Jia-Xu [Department of Mechanical and Computer-aided Engineering, National Formosa University, Yunlin 632, Taiwan (China); Tsai, Ming-Tzu [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Hungkuang University, Taichung 433, Taiwan (China); Lai, Chih-Ho [Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan (China)

    2015-12-01

    A cathodic-arc evaporation system with plasma-enhanced duct equipment was used to deposit TiZrN, TiZrCN, and TiZr/a-C coatings. Reactive gases (N{sub 2} and C{sub 2}H{sub 2}) activated by the Ti and Zr plasma in the evaporation process was used to deposit the TiZrCN and TiZr/a-C coatings with different C and nitrogen contents. The crystalline structures and bonding states of coatings were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The microbial activity of the coatings was evaluated against Staphylococcus aureus (Gram-positive bacteria) and Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans (Gram-negative bacteria) by in vitro antibacterial analysis using a fluorescence staining method employing SYTO9 and a bacterial-viability test on an agar plate. The cell compatibility and morphology related to CCD-966SK cell-line human skin fibroblast cells on the coated samples were also determined using the 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay, reverse-transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, and scanning electron microscopy. The results suggest that the TiZrCN coatings not only possess better antibacterial performance than TiZrN and TiZr/a-C coatings but also maintain good compatibility with human skin fibroblast cells. - Highlights: • TiZrN, TiZrCN, and TiZr/a-C coatings were deposited using cathodic arc evaporation. • The TiZrCN showed a composite structure containing TiN, ZrN, and a-C. • The TiZrCN-coated Ti showed the least hydrophobicity among the samples. • The TiZrCN-coated Ti showed good human skin fibroblast cell viability. • The TiZrCN-coated Ti exhibited good antibacterial performance.

  20. Structural characterization of electric-field assisted dip-coating of gold nanoparticles on silicon

    Dushaq, Ghada H.; Alkhatib, Amro; Rasras, Mahmoud S.; Nayfeh, Ammar M.

    2015-09-01

    We report the effect of applying an electric field on the surface coverage of 40nm gold colloidal nanoparticles on silicon wafer using dip-coating and electrochemical cell set up. By applying electric field during the dip-coating of silicon wafer in a solution of gold nano particles (GNP) the surface coverage increased by 10% when the electric field varied from 5V/cm to 25V/cm at fixed deposition time of 90s. Ultra High Resolution Scanning Electron Microscopy (HRSEM) images shows that the particle agglomeration becomes more noticeable at higher electric field and as the deposition time increases from 90 s to 20 min a thin film of gold is achieved. Moreover, the results are discussed in terms of chemical bonding, electrostatic force and electrophoretic mobility of Au nano particles during the electric field enhanced deposition on the Si surface. Applied voltage, time of dipping, concentration of the aqueous solution, and particles zeta potential are all can be controlled to enhance the uniformity and particles profile on the silicon surface.

  1. Structural characterization of electric-field assisted dip-coating of gold nanoparticles on silicon

    Dushaq, Ghada H.; Alkhatib, Amro; Rasras, Mahmoud S.; Nayfeh, Ammar M. [Institute Center for microsystem engineering (iMicro), Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, PO Box. 54224, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

    2015-09-15

    We report the effect of applying an electric field on the surface coverage of 40nm gold colloidal nanoparticles on silicon wafer using dip-coating and electrochemical cell set up. By applying electric field during the dip-coating of silicon wafer in a solution of gold nano particles (GNP) the surface coverage increased by 10% when the electric field varied from 5V/cm to 25V/cm at fixed deposition time of 90s. Ultra High Resolution Scanning Electron Microscopy (HRSEM) images shows that the particle agglomeration becomes more noticeable at higher electric field and as the deposition time increases from 90 s to 20 min a thin film of gold is achieved. Moreover, the results are discussed in terms of chemical bonding, electrostatic force and electrophoretic mobility of Au nano particles during the electric field enhanced deposition on the Si surface. Applied voltage, time of dipping, concentration of the aqueous solution, and particles zeta potential are all can be controlled to enhance the uniformity and particles profile on the silicon surface.

  2. Structural characterization of electric-field assisted dip-coating of gold nanoparticles on silicon

    Ghada H. Dushaq

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available We report the effect of applying an electric field on the surface coverage of 40nm gold colloidal nanoparticles on silicon wafer using dip-coating and electrochemical cell set up. By applying electric field during the dip-coating of silicon wafer in a solution of gold nano particles (GNP the surface coverage increased by 10% when the electric field varied from 5V/cm to 25V/cm at fixed deposition time of 90s. Ultra High Resolution Scanning Electron Microscopy (HRSEM images shows that the particle agglomeration becomes more noticeable at higher electric field and as the deposition time increases from 90 s to 20 min a thin film of gold is achieved. Moreover, the results are discussed in terms of chemical bonding, electrostatic force and electrophoretic mobility of Au nano particles during the electric field enhanced deposition on the Si surface. Applied voltage, time of dipping, concentration of the aqueous solution, and particles zeta potential are all can be controlled to enhance the uniformity and particles profile on the silicon surface.

  3. Functional photocatalytically active and scratch resistant antireflective coating based on TiO{sub 2} and SiO{sub 2}

    Mazur, M., E-mail: michal.mazur@pwr.edu.pl [Wroclaw University of Technology, Faculty of Microsystem Electronics and Photonics, Janiszewskiego 11/17, 50-372 Wroclaw (Poland); Wojcieszak, D.; Kaczmarek, D.; Domaradzki, J. [Wroclaw University of Technology, Faculty of Microsystem Electronics and Photonics, Janiszewskiego 11/17, 50-372 Wroclaw (Poland); Song, S.; Gibson, D.; Placido, F. [Institute of Thin Films, Sensors & Imaging, University of the West of Scotland, Scottish Universities Physics Alliance, High Street, Paisley PA1 2BE (United Kingdom); Mazur, P. [University of Wroclaw, Institute of Experimental Physics, Max Born 9, 50-204 Wroclaw (Poland); Kalisz, M. [Motor Transport Institute, Centre for Material Testing and Mechatronics, Jagiellonska 80, 03-301 Warsaw (Poland); Poniedzialek, A. [Wroclaw University of Technology, Faculty of Microsystem Electronics and Photonics, Janiszewskiego 11/17, 50-372 Wroclaw (Poland)

    2016-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Designed multilayer was deposited by microwave assisted magnetron sputtering method. • AR coating in designed wavelength range had transmittance higher than 97%. • The AR multilayer was hydrophobic and photocatalytically active. • AR coating was scratch resistant. • Deposited multilayer had higher hardness than the glass substrate. - Abstract: Antireflection (AR) multilayer coating, based on combination of five TiO{sub 2} and SiO{sub 2} thin films, was deposited by microwave assisted reactive magnetron sputtering process on microscope glass substrates. In this work X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and wettability measurements were used to characterize the structural and surface properties of the deposited coating. These studies revealed that prepared coating was amorphous with low surface roughness. Photocatalytic properties were determined based on phenol decomposition reaction. Measurements of optical properties showed that transmittance in the visible wavelength range was increased after the deposition of AR coating as-compared to bare glass substrate. The mechanical properties were determined on the basis of nano-indentation and scratch resistance tests. Performed research has shown that deposition of an additional thin 10 nm thick TiO{sub 2} thin film top layer, the prepared AR coating was photocatalytically active, hydrophobic, scratch resistant and had increased hardness as-compared to bare glass substrate. These results indicate that prepared AR multilayer could be used also as a self-cleaning and protective coating.

  4. Fabrication of SERS-active substrates using silver nanofilm-coated porous anodic aluminum oxide for detection of antibiotics.

    Chen, Jing; Feng, Shaolong; Gao, Fang; Grant, Edward; Xu, Jie; Wang, Shuo; Huang, Qian; Lu, Xiaonan

    2015-04-01

    We have developed a silver nanofilm-coated porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) as a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-active substrate for the detection of trace level of chloramphenicol, a representative antibiotic in food systems. The ordered aluminum template generated during the synthesis of AAO serves as a patterned matrix on which a coated silver film replicates the patterned AAO matrix to form a 2-dimensional ordered nanostructure. We used atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy images to determine the morphology of this nanosubstrate, and characterized its localized surface plasmon resonance by ultraviolet-visible reflection. We gauged the SERS effect of this nanosubstrate by confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy (782-nm laser), finding a satisfactory and consistent performance with enhancement factors of approximately 2 × 10(4) and a limit of detection for chloramphenicol of 7.5 ppb. We applied principal component analysis to determine the limit of quantification for chloramphenicol of 10 ppb. Using electromagnetic field theory, we developed a detailed mathematical model to explain the mechanism of Raman signal enhancement of this nanosubstrate. With simple sample pretreatment and separation steps, this silver nanofilm-coated AAO substrate could detect 50 ppb chloramphenicol in milk, indicating good potential as a reliable SERS-active substrate for rapid detection of chemical contaminants in agricultural and food products.

  5. The 42-kDa coat protein of Andean potato mottle virus acts as a transcriptional activator in yeast

    Vidal M.S.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Interactions of viral proteins play an important role in the virus life cycle, especially in capsid assembly. Andean potato mottle comovirus (APMoV is a plant RNA virus with a virion formed by two coat proteins (CP42 and CP22. Both APMoV coat protein open reading frames were cloned into pGBT9 and pGAD10, two-hybrid system vectors. HF7c yeast cells transformed with the p9CP42 construct grew on yeast dropout selection media lacking tryptophan and histidine. Clones also exhibited ß-galactosidase activity in both qualitative and quantitative assays. These results suggest that CP42 protein contains an amino acid motif able to activate transcription of His3 and lacZ reporter genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Several deletions of the CP42 gene were cloned into the pGBT9 vector to locate the region involved in this activation. CP42 constructions lacking 12 residues from the C-terminal region and another one with 267 residues deleted from the N-terminus are still able to activate transcription of reporter genes. However, transcription activation was not observed with construction p9CP42deltaC57, which does not contain the last 57 amino acid residues. These results demonstrate that a transcription activation domain is present at the C-terminus of CP42 between residues 267 and 374.

  6. Investigation of photocatalytic activity of titanium dioxide coating deposited on aluminium alloy substrate by plasma technique

    Daviðsdóttir, Svava; Soyama, Juliano; Dirscherl, Kai

    2011-01-01

    Nowadays, there is an increased need for functionalized surfaces with self-cleaning and antibacterial properties. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) in the anatase crystalline structure is one of the most powerful photocatalytic materials available today, which can provide above functionalities....... Literature consists of large number of publications on titanium dioxide coating for self-cleaning applications, with glass as the main substrate. Only little work is available on TiO2 coating of metallic alloys used for engineering applications. Engineering materials, such as light-weight aluminium and steel...

  7. Sensitive fluorimetric assays for α-glucosidase activity and inhibitor screening based on β-cyclodextrin-coated quantum dots.

    Liu, Si-Yao; Wang, Huan; He, Tian; Qi, Liang; Zhang, Zhi-Qi

    2016-02-01

    A fluorescence method was established for a α-glucosidase activity assay and inhibitor screening based on β-cyclodextrin-coated quantum dots. p-Nitrophenol, the hydrolysis product of the α-glucosidase reaction, could quench the fluorescence of β-cyclodextrin-coated quantum dots via an electron transfer process, leading to fluorescence turn-off, whereas the fluorescence of the system turned on in the presence of α-glucosidase inhibitors. Taking advantage of the excellent properties of quantum dots, this method provided a very simple, rapid and sensitive screening method for α-glucosidase inhibitors. Two α-glucosidase inhibitors, 2,4,6-tribromophenol and acarbose, were used to evaluate the feasibility of this screening model, and IC50 values of 24 μM and 0.55 mM were obtained respectively, which were lower than those previously reported. The method may have potential application in screening α-glucosidase inhibitors.

  8. Decreased material-activation of the complement system using low-energy plasma polymerized poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) coatings

    Andersen, T.E.; Kolmos, H.J.; Palarasah, Yaseelan

    2011-01-01

    surface. The ppVP surface is furthermore characterized physically and chemically using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), which indicates preservation of chemical functionality by the applied plasma process. Overall, the pp......In the current study we investigate the activation of blood complement on medical device silicone rubber and present a plasma polymerized vinyl pyrrolidone (ppVP) coating which strongly decreases surface-activation of the blood complement system. We show that uncoated silicone and polystyrene...

  9. Effect of Blood Component Coatings of Enosseal Implants on Proliferation and Synthetic Activity of Human Osteoblasts and Cytokine Production of Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells

    Hulejova, Hana; Bartova, Jirina; Riedel, Tomas; Pesakova, Vlasta

    2016-01-01

    The study monitored in vitro early response of connective tissue cells and immunocompetent cells to enosseal implant materials coated by different blood components (serum, activated plasma, and plasma/platelets) to evaluate human osteoblast proliferation and synthetic activity and inflammatory response presented as a cytokine profile of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) under conditions imitating the situation upon implantation. The cells were cultivated on coated Ti-plasma-sprayed (Ti-PS), Ti-etched (Ti-Etch), Ti-hydroxyapatite (Ti-HA), and ZrO2 surfaces. The plasma/platelets coating supported osteoblast proliferation only on osteoconductive Ti-HA and Ti-Etch whereas activated plasma enhanced proliferation on all surfaces. Differentiation (BAP) and IL-8 production remained unchanged or decreased irrespective of the coating and surface; only the serum and plasma/platelets-coated ZrO2 exhibited higher BAP and IL-8 expression. RANKL production increased on serum and activated plasma coatings. PBMCs produced especially cytokines playing role in inflammatory phase of wound healing, that is, IL-6, GRO-α, GRO, ENA-78, IL-8, GM-CSF, EGF, and MCP-1. Cytokine profiles were comparable for all tested surfaces; only ENA-78, IL-8, GM-CSF, and MCP-1 expression depended on materials and coatings. The activated plasma coating led to uniformed surfaces and represented a favorable treatment especially for bioinert Ti-PS and ZrO2 whereas all coatings had no distinctive effect on bioactive Ti-HA and Ti-Etch. PMID:27651560

  10. Investigation of DC magnetron-sputtered TiO2 coatings: Effect of coating thickness, structure, and morphology on photocatalytic activity

    Daviðsdóttir, Svava; Shabadi, Rajashekhara; Galca, Aurelian Catalin

    2014-01-01

    that the TiO2 grains grow in dipyramidal columns having a linear increase in surface area with increased coating thickness. The refractive index values indicate also an evolutionary growth. The refractive index values obtained for the thin coatings on aluminium substrate were well below the values reported......The photocatalytic performance of magnetron-sputtered titanium dioxide (TiO2) coatings of different thickness in anatase crystalline structure deposited on aluminium 1050 alloy substrates was investigated using a combination of photo-electrochemistry, methylene blue decomposition, and microscopic...... for monocrystalline anatase. The photocatalytic performance increased with increased coating thickness, though more rapidly over a range of 100 - 500 nm thickness. The dielectric constant also increased linearly with coating thickness....

  11. Effect of active edible coatings made by basil seed gum and thymol on oil uptake and oxidation in shrimp during deep-fat frying.

    Khazaei, Naimeh; Esmaiili, Mohsen; Emam-Djomeh, Zahra

    2016-02-10

    The effect of active coating treatments on oil uptake, moisture loss, lipid oxidation, texture, color, and sensory evaluation of shrimp after deep-fat frying process was investigated. Compared with the uncoated samples, coating treatments decreased the oil uptake and moisture loss of fried shrimp by 34.50 and 13.9%, respectively. Fried shrimp samples were analyzed for peroxide value (PV) and thiobarbituric acid (TBA). The most reduction in lipid oxidation (46.4% for PV and 40.8% for TBA) was observed when shrimp samples were coated with CS4 (containing 10% thyme), while the control samples had the highest values of PV and TBA after deep-fat frying process. Coated fried samples had significantly lower toughness and stiffness than control samples (P0.05). However, for the texture, juiciness, chewiness, and overall acceptability, coated fried samples had higher scores than control.

  12. CHEMICALLY DEPOSITED SILVER FILM USED AS A SERS-ACTIVE OVER COATING LAYER FOR POLYMER FILM

    Xiao-ning Liu; Gi Xue; Yun Lu; Jun Zhang; Fen-ting Li; Chen-chen Xue; Stephen Z.D. Cheng

    2001-01-01

    When colloidal silver particles were chemically deposited onto polymer film as an over-coating layer, surfaceenhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra could be collected for the surface analysis. SERS measurements of liquid crystal film were successfully performed without disturbing the surface morphology.

  13. Effect of Coating and Packaging Materials on Photocatalytic and Antimicrobial Activities of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles

    Food safety or foodborne pathogen contamination is a major concern in food industry. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a photocatalyst and can inactivate a wide spectrum of microorganisms under UV illumination. There is significant interest in the development of TiO2-coated or –incorporated food packaging ...

  14. WO3-Doped TiO2 Coating on Charcoal Activated with Increase Photocatalytic and Antibacterial Properties Synthesized by Microwave-Assisted Sol-Gel Method

    Weerachai Sangchay

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available WO3-doped TiO2 coating on charcoal activated (CA was prepared by microwave-assisted sol-gel method. The samples calcined at the temperature of 500°C for 2 h with a heating rate of 10°C/min were characterized by XRD, EDS, and SEM. The photocatalytic and antibacterial activities of WO3-doped TiO2 coating on CA were investigated by means of degradation of a methylene blue (MB solution and against the bacteria E. coli, respectively. The effects of WO3 concentration were discussed. The 1% WO3-doped TiO2 coated CA seems to exhibit the higher photocatalytic and antibacterial activity than other samples. The WO3-doped TiO2 coated on CA are expected to be applied as a photocatalyst for water purification.

  15. Antibacterial polymer coatings.

    Wilson, Mollye C.; Allen, Ashley N.; Barnhart, Meghan; Tucker, Mark David; Hibbs, Michael R.

    2009-09-01

    A series of poly(sulfone)s with quaternary ammonium groups and another series with aldehyde groups are synthesized and tested for biocidal activity against vegetative bacteria and spores, respectively. The polymers are sprayed onto substrates as coatings which are then exposed to aqueous suspensions of organisms. The coatings are inherently biocidal and do not release any agents into the environment. The coatings adhere well to both glass and CARC-coated coupons and they exhibit significant biotoxicity. The most effective quaternary ammonium polymers kills 99.9% of both gram negative and gram positive bacteria and the best aldehyde coating kills 81% of the spores on its surface.

  16. Coating of pumps; coating af pumper

    Andersen, Hans; Moritzen, J.; Thoegersen, Jeanette

    2005-11-15

    Coating of pumps is a quite new activity. For many years pipes and containers have been coated inside in order to avoid corrosion, but the technology has only been used inside pumps for the last ten years. The technology comes from USA and is originally developed in the space technology industry as an exceptionally durable and corrosion constant coating. The project is a further development of results found in a previous R and D project in which measurements were performed before and after coating two different installations. Both installations showed large efficiency improvements. This project supplements the theory behind losses in pumps with measurements on more pumps. (BA)

  17. Endothelial cell recovery, acute thrombogenicity, and monocyte adhesion and activation on fluorinated copolymer and phosphorylcholine polymer stent coatings.

    Chin-Quee, Shawn L; Hsu, Steve H; Nguyen-Ehrenreich, Kim L; Tai, Julie T; Abraham, George M; Pacetti, Stephen D; Chan, Yen F; Nakazawa, Gaku; Kolodgie, Frank D; Virmani, Renu; Ding, Nadine N; Coleman, Leslie A

    2010-02-01

    This study compares the effects of two polymers currently being marketed on commercially available drug-eluting stents, PVDF-HFP fluorinated copolymer (FP) and phosphorylcholine polymer (PC), on re-endothelialization, acute thrombogenicity, and monocyte adhesion and activity. Rabbit iliac arteries were implanted with cobalt-chromium stents coated with FP or PC polymer (without drug) and assessed for endothelialization at 14 days by confocal and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Endothelialization was equivalent and near complete for FP and PC polymer-coated stents (>80% by SEM). Acute thrombogenicity was assessed in a Chandler loop model using porcine blood. Thrombus adherence was similar for both polymers as assessed by clot weight, thrombin-antithrombin III complex, and lactate dehydrogenase expression. In vitro cell adhesion assays were performed on FP and PC polymer-coated glass coupon surfaces using HUVECs, HCAECs, and THP-1 monocytes. The number of ECs adhered to FP and control surfaces were equivalent and significantly greater than on PC surfaces (p<0.05). There were no differences in THP-1 monocyte adhesion and cytokine (MCP-1, RANTES, IL-6, MIP-1alpha, MIP-1beta, G-CSF) expression. The data suggests that biological responses to both FP and PC polymer are similar, with no mechanistic indication that these polymers would be causative factors for delayed vessel healing in an acute timeframe.

  18. Extreme Activity of Drug Nanocrystals Coated with A Layer of Non-Covalent Polymers from Self-Assembled Boric Acid

    Zhan, Honglei; Liang, Jun F.

    2016-12-01

    Non-covalent polymers have remarkable advantages over synthetic polymers for wide biomedical applications. In this study, non-covalent polymers from self-assembled boric acid were used as the capping reagent to replace synthetic polymers in drug crystallization. Under acidic pH, boric acid self-assembled on the surface of drug nanocrystals to form polymers with network-like structures held together by hydrogen bonds. Coating driven by boric acid self-assembly had negligible effects on drug crystallinity and structure but resulted in drug nanocrystals with excellent dispersion properties that aided in the formation of a more stable suspension. Boric acid coating improved drug stability dramatically by preventing drug molecules from undergoing water hydrolysis in a neutral environment. More importantly, the specific reactivity of orthoboric groups to diols in cell glycocalyx facilitated a rapid cross-membrane translocation of drug nanocrystals, leading to efficient intracellular drug delivery, especially on cancer cells with highly expressed sialic acids. Boric acid coated nanocrystals of camptothecin, an anticancer drug with poor aqueous solubility and stability, demonstrated extreme cytotoxic activity (IC50 drug delivery field.

  19. Size and Aging Effects on Antimicrobial Efficiency of Silver Nanoparticles Coated on Polyamide Fabrics Activated by Atmospheric DBD Plasma.

    Zille, Andrea; Fernandes, Margarida M; Francesko, Antonio; Tzanov, Tzanko; Fernandes, Marta; Oliveira, Fernando R; Almeida, Luís; Amorim, Teresa; Carneiro, Noémia; Esteves, Maria F; Souto, António P

    2015-07-01

    This work studies the surface characteristics, antimicrobial activity, and aging effect of plasma-pretreated polyamide 6,6 (PA66) fabrics coated with silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), aiming to identify the optimum size of nanosilver exhibiting antibacterial properties suitable for the manufacture of hospital textiles. The release of bactericidal Ag(+) ions from a 10, 20, 40, 60, and 100 nm AgNPs-coated PA66 surface was a function of the particles' size, number, and aging. Plasma pretreatment promoted both ionic and covalent interactions between AgNPs and the formed oxygen species on the fibers, favoring the deposition of smaller-diameter AgNPs that consequently showed better immediate and durable antimicrobial effects against Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Surprisingly, after 30 days of aging, a comparable bacterial growth inhibition was achieved for all of the fibers treated with AgNPs <100 nm in size. The Ag(+) in the coatings also favored the electrostatic stabilization of the plasma-induced functional groups on the PA66 surface, thereby retarding the aging process. At the same time, the size-related ratio (Ag(+)/Ag(0)) of the AgNPs between 40 and 60 nm allowed for the controlled release of Ag(+) rather than bulk silver. Overall, the results suggest that instead of reducing the size of the AgNPs, which is associated with higher toxicity, similar long-term effects can be achieved with larger NPs (40-60 nm), even in lower concentrations. Because the antimicrobial efficiency of AgNPs larger than 30 nm is mainly ruled by the release of Ag(+) over time and not by the size and number of the AgNPs, this parameter is crucial for the development of efficient antimicrobial coatings on plasma-treated surfaces and contributes to the safety and durability of clothing used in clinical settings.

  20. Coating of graphite flakes with MgO/carbon nanocomposite via gas state reaction

    Sharif, M., E-mail: Sharif_m@metaleng.iust.ac.i [Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Faghihi-Sani, M.A. [Sharif University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Golestani-Fard, F. [Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Saberi, A. [Tabriz University (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Soltani, Ali Khalife [Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2010-06-18

    Coating of graphite flakes with MgO/carbon nanocomposite was carried out via gaseous state reaction between mixture of Mg metal, CO gas and graphite flakes at 1000 {sup o}C. XRD and FE-SEM analysis of coating showed that the coating was comprised of MgO nano particles and amorphous carbon distributed smoothly and covered the graphite surface evenly. Thermodynamic calculations were employed to predict the reaction sequences as well as phase stability. The effect of coating on water wettability and oxidation resistance of graphite was studied using contact angle measurement and TG analysis, respectively. It was demonstrated that the reaction between Mg and CO could result in MgO/C nanocomposite deposition. The coating improved water wettability of graphite and also enhanced the oxidation resistance of graphite flakes significantly. Also the graphite coating showed significant phenolic resin-wettabilty owing to high surface area of such hydrophilic nano composite coating. The importance of graphite coating is explained with emphasis on its potential application in graphite containing refractories.

  1. Influence of current density on microstructure and properties of electrodeposited nickel-alumina composite coatings

    Góral, Anna, E-mail: a.goral@imim.pl [Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, 25 Reymonta St., 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Nowak, Marek [Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals Gliwice, Light Metals Division Skawina, 19 Pilsudskiego St., 32-050 Skawina (Poland); Berent, Katarzyna; Kania, Bogusz [Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, 25 Reymonta St., 30-059 Krakow (Poland)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • Current density of the electrodeposition affects the incorporation of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} in Ni matrix. • Ni/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite coatings exhibit changes in crystallographic texture. • The pitting corrosion effects were observed in Ni/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coatings. • Residual stresses were decreased with increasing current density and coating thickness. - Abstract: Electrodeposition process is a very promising method for producing metal matrix composites reinforced with ceramic particles. In this method insoluble particles suspended in an electrolytic bath are embedded in a growing metal layer. This paper is focused on the investigations of the nickel matrix nanocomposite coatings with hard α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-particles, electrochemically deposited from modified Watts-type baths on steel substrates. The influence of various current densities on the microstructure, residual stresses, texture, hardness and corrosion resistance of the deposited nickel/alumina coatings was investigated. The surface morphology, cross sections of the coatings and distribution of the ceramic particles in the metal matrix were examined by scanning electron microscopy. The phase composition, residual stresses and preferred grain orientation of the coatings were characterized using X-ray diffraction techniques. The coating morphology revealed that α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles show a distinct tendency to form agglomerates, approximately uniformly distributed into the nickel matrix.

  2. Nanostructured TiO2-coated activated carbon composite as an electrode material for asymmetric hybrid capacitors.

    Kim, Sang-Ok; Lee, Joong Kee

    2012-02-01

    A nanostructured TiO2-coated activated carbon (TAC) composite was synthesized by a modified sol-gel reaction and employed it as a negative electrode active material for an asymmetric hybrid capacitor. The structural characterization showed that the TiO2 nano-layer was deposited on the surface of the activated carbon and the TAC composite has a highly mesoporous structure. The evaluation of electrochemical characteristics of the TAC electrode was carried out by galvanostatic charge/discharge cycling tests and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The obtained specific capacitance of the TAC composite was 42.87 F/g, which showed by 27.1% higher than that of the activated carbon (AC). The TAC composite also exhibited an excellent cycle performance and kept 95% of initial capacitance over 500 cycles.

  3. Antibiofilm Activity of Epoxy/Ag-TiO2 Polymer Nanocomposite Coatings against Staphylococcus Aureus and Escherichia Coli

    Santhosh S. M.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Dispersion of functional inorganic nano-fillers like TiO2 within polymer matrix is known to impart excellent photobactericidal activity to the composite. Epoxy resin systems with Ag+ ion doped TiO2 can have combination of excellent biocidal characteristics of silver and the photocatalytic properties of TiO2. The inorganic antimicrobial incorporation into an epoxy polymeric matrix was achieved by sonicating laboratory-made nano-scale anatase TiO2 and Ag-TiO2 into the industrial grade epoxy resin. The resulting epoxy composite had ratios of 0.5–2.0 wt% of nano-filler content. The process of dispersion of Ag-TiO2 in the epoxy resin resulted in concomitant in situ synthesis of silver nanoparticles due to photoreduction of Ag+ ion. The composite materials were characterized by DSC and SEM. The glass transition temperature (Tg increased with the incorporation of the nanofillers over the neat polymer. The materials synthesized were coated on glass petri dish. Anti-biofilm property of coated material due to combined release of biocide, and photocatalytic activity under static conditions in petri dish was evaluated against Staphylococcus aureus ATCC6538 and Escherichia coli K-12 under UV irradiation using a crystal violet binding assay. Prepared composite showed significant inhibition of biofilm development in both the organisms. Our studies indicate that the effective dispersion and optimal release of biocidal agents was responsible for anti-biofilm activity of the surface. The reported thermoset coating materials can be used as bactericidal surfaces either in industrial or healthcare settings to reduce the microbial loads.

  4. Growth Kinetics and Diffusion Behavior of Pack Aluminizing Coating on China Low-activation Martensitic Steel

    YUAN; Xiao-ming; YANG; Hong-guang; ZHAO; Wei-wei; ZHAN; Qin; ZHU; Xin-xin

    2013-01-01

    In ITER TBM and future CFETR blanket,tritium permeation through structural materials into coolant or environment is an important issue.Especially,in liquid metal blankets,a high Magnet-hydro-dynamic(MHD)drop and corrosion of structural material in liquid lead-lithium become a very serious problem.To solve the above trouble,a Fe-Al/Al2O3 composite coating on China Low

  5. Self-Healing Coatings with Multi-Level Protection Based on Active Nanocontainers

    2009-02-01

    reservoir of corrosion inhibitor The micelle-template approach can be used to obtain porous nanostructured titania pre-layer before hybrid film...as nanocontainers of corrosion inhibitor SEM (A) and TEM (B) images of the halloysite nanotubes The halloysite tubules are very small with a typical...pigments in aerospace coatings anodic oxide epoxy-primer epoxy-topcoat Al vanadate Zn-Al LDH In collaboration with EADS IW, Germany 32 LDH pigments in

  6. Hydroxyapatite nanocrystals functionalized with alendronate as bioactive components for bone implant coatings to decrease osteoclastic activity

    Bosco, Ruggero; Iafisco, Michele; Tampieri, Anna; Jansen, John A.; Leeuwenburgh, Sander C. G.; van den Beucken, Jeroen J. J. P.

    2015-02-01

    The integration of bone implants within native bone tissue depends on periprosthetic bone quality, which is severely decreased in osteoporotic patients. In this work, we have synthesized bone-like hydroxyapatite nanocrystals (nHA) using an acid-base neutralization reaction and analysed their physicochemical properties. Subsequently, we have functionalized the nHA with alendronate (nHAALE), a well-known bisphosphonate drug used for the treatment of osteoporosis. An in vitro osteoclastogenesis test was carried out to evaluate the effect of nHAALE on the formation of osteoclast-like cells from monocytic precursor cells (i.e. RAW264.7 cell line) showing that nHAALE significantly promoted apoptosis of osteoclast-like cells. Subsequently, nHA and nHAALE were deposited on titanium disks using electrospray deposition (ESD), for which characterisation of the deposited coatings confirmed the presence of alendronate in nHAALE coatings with nanoscale thickness of about 700 nm. These results indicate that alendronate linked to hydroxyapatite nanocrystals has therapeutic potential and nHAALE can be considered as an appealing coating constituent material for orthopaedic and oral implants for application in osteoporotic patients.

  7. Intra-particle migration of mercury in granular polysulfide-rubber-coated activated carbon (PSR-AC)

    2011-01-01

    The depth profile of mercuric ion after the reaction with polysulfide-rubber-coated activated carbon (PSR-AC) was investigated using micro-x-ray fluorescence (μ-XRF) imaging techniques and mathematical modeling. The μ-XRF results revealed that mercury was concentrated at 0~100 μm from the exterior of the particle after three months of treatment with PSR-AC in 10 ppm HgCl2 aqueous solution. The μ-X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopic (μ-XANES) analyses indicated HgS as a major mercury speci...

  8. Dispersing of Fe2O3 Nano-Particles in Ammonia- Water Suspension%氨水-Fe2O3纳米流体稳定性影响因素分析

    杨柳; 杜垲; 李彦军; 程波

    2011-01-01

    为了将纳米颗粒的强化传热传质作用应用于氨水吸收制冷中,提出了在氨水溶液中添加Fe203纳米颗粒和表面活性剂十二烷基苯磺酸纳(SDBS)的纳米流体的配制方法,并通过沉降试验和吸光度测试方法对其稳定性进行了实验研究。研究了活性剂质量分数、超声分散时间和氨水浓度对稳定性的影响,确定了Fe2O3-氨水纳米流体分散的最佳工艺为:SDBS质量分数为0.8%,超声时间为30min,基液为25%的氨水。最后根据双电层原理分析了活性剂质量分数对悬浮液的稳定性的影响。结果表明在悬浮液的稳定性条件下,活性剂存在最佳质量分数,此结论与实验结果一致。%In this paper, the dispersion stability of Fe2O3 nano-particles in ammonia water was investigated using the sedimentation and the light transmission ratio index methods with different concentration of surfactant, different durations of ultrasonic vibration and different concentrations of ammonia-water basefluid in order to apply nanofluid to the absorption system. Sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) is used as the surfactants. The results show that the stability of nanofluid was exacerbated firstly, then was improved, and then was exacerbated again with the increase of concentrations of the ionic surfactants. The optimal dispersing condition was 0.8% of SDBS in 25% ammonia water base fluid with 30 minutes of ultrasonic vibration. Finally, based on electric double layer theory, the influence of concentration of surfactant on the stability of nanofluid was analyzed. The reaction of anionic surfactants to the Fe2O3 nano-particles and the existence of the optimal surfactant concentration were explained in accordance with the experimental results.

  9. Research on Magnetic Fe3O4 Nano-Particles Applied in Water Treatment%用于水处理的磁性Fe3O4纳米微粒研究

    苏洁; 程文; 魏红; 何泽楠; 刘东; 左芬

    2012-01-01

    采用化学共沉淀法和水热法制备Fe3O4纳米磁性粒子及油酸包覆Fe3O4磁流体.通过实验确定最佳反应条件;用XRD分析Fe3O4粒子的晶体结构;用TEM观察磁流体样品的微观结构;用HPLC研究纳米粒子对左旋氧氟沙星溶液模拟废水超声降解的影响.结果表明产物为反尖晶石结构立方晶系的AB2O4型化合物,平均粒径小于15 nm;磁流体基本上为规则的球形,颗粒均匀,无团聚情况;制得的磁流体样品具有较好的流动性和超顺磁性;Fe3O4纳米粒子对左旋氧氟沙星具有一定的降解性能.%The Fe3O4 nano-particles and oil up on the Fe3O4 fluid are prepared by a chemical co-precipitation method and hydrothermal method. The optimum reaction conditions are determined through experiments. The crystal structure of Fe3O4 particles is analyzed via X-ray diffraction (XRD); the microstruc-ture of magnetic fluid sample is observed via transmission electron microscope (TEM); the effects of nano-particles on the degradation of levofloxacin solution imitating wastewater is investigated by high performance liquid chromatography( HPLC). The results show that the product is inverse spinel structure of the cubic crystal system-type compounds of AB204. The average particle size is less than 15 nm; magnetic fluid is regular spherical shape basically, particles uniformly and without agglomeration. Magnetic fluid samples are of good mobility and superparamagneticity; nano-size Fe3O4 can degrada levofloxacin to a certain extent.

  10. Electrophoretically active sol-gel processes to backfill, seal, and/or densify porous, flawed, and/or cracked coatings on electrically conductive material

    Panitz, Janda K.; Reed, Scott T.; Ashley, Carol S.; Neiser, Richard A.; Moffatt, William C.

    1999-01-01

    Electrophoretically active sol-gel processes to fill, seal, and/or density porous, flawed, and/or cracked coatings on electrically conductive substrates. Such coatings may be dielectrics, ceramics, or semiconductors and, by the present invention, may have deposited onto and into them sol-gel ceramic precursor compounds which are subsequently converted to sol-gel ceramics to yield composite materials with various tailored properties.

  11. Electrophoretically active sol-gel processes to backfill, seal, and/or densify porous, flawed, and/or cracked coatings on electrically conductive material

    Panitz, J.K.; Reed, S.T.; Ashley, C.S.; Neiser, R.A.; Moffatt, W.C.

    1999-07-20

    Electrophoretically active sol-gel processes to fill, seal, and/or density porous, flawed, and/or cracked coatings on electrically conductive substrates. Such coatings may be dielectrics, ceramics, or semiconductors and, by the present invention, may have deposited onto and into them sol-gel ceramic precursor compounds which are subsequently converted to sol-gel ceramics to yield composite materials with various tailored properties. 6 figs.

  12. Bubbles versus biofilms: a novel method for the removal of marine biofilms attached on antifouling coatings using an ultrasonically activated water stream

    Salta, M.; Goodes, L. R.; Maas, B. J.; Dennington, S. P.; Secker, T. J.; Leighton, T. G.

    2016-09-01

    The accumulation of marine organisms on a range of manmade surfaces, termed biofouling, has proven to be the Achilles’ heel of the shipping industry. Current antifouling coatings, such as foul release coatings (FRCs), only partially inhibit biofouling, since biofilms remain a major issue. Mechanical ship hull cleaning is commonly employed to remove biofilms, but these methods tend to damage the antifouling coating and often do not result in full removal. Here, we report the effectiveness of biofilm removal from FRCs through a novel cleaning device that uses an ultrasonically activated stream (UAS). In this device, ultrasound enhances the cleaning properties of microbubbles in a freely flowing stream of water. The UAS was applied on two types of commercial FRCs which were covered with biofilm growth following twelve days immersion in the marine environment. Biofilm removal was quantified in terms of reduction in biovolume and surface roughness, both measured using an optical profilometer, which were then compared with similar measurements after cleaning with a non-ultrasonically activated water stream. It was found that the UAS significantly improves the cleaning capabilities of a water flow, up to the point where no detectable biofilm remained on the coating surfaces. Overall biofilm surface coverage was significantly lower on the FRC coatings cleaned with the UAS system when compared to the coatings cleaned with water or not cleaned at all. When biofilm biomass removal was investigated, the UAS system resulted in significantly lower biovolume values even when compared to the water cleaning treatment with biovolume values close to zero. Remarkably, the surface roughness of the coatings after cleaning with the UAS was found to be comparable to that of the blank, non-immersed coatings, illustrating that the UAS did not damage the coatings in the process. The data supporting this study are openly available from the University of Southampton repository at http

  13. Effect of surface fluorination of TiO2 particles on photocatalitytic activity of a hybrid multilayer coating obtained by sol-gel method.

    Zhu, Yunfeng; Piscitelli, Filomena; Buonocore, Giovanna G; Lavorgna, Marino; Amendola, Eugenio; Ambrosio, Luigi

    2012-01-01

    A multilayer photoactive coating containing surface fluorinated TiO(2) nanoparticles and hybrid matrices by sol gel approach based on renewable chitosan was applied on poly(lactic acid) (PLA) film by a step wise spin-coating method. The upper photoactive layer contains nano-sized functionalized TiO(2) particles dispersed in a siloxane based matrix. For the purpose of improving TiO(2) dispersion at the air interface coating surface, TiO(2) nanoparticles were modified by silane coupling agent 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltriethoxysilane (FTS) with fluoro-organic side chains. An additional hybrid material consisting of chitosan (CS) cross-linked with 3-glycidyloxypropyl trimethoxy silane (GOTMS) was applied as interlayer between the PLA substrate and the upper photoactive coating to increase the adhesion and reciprocal affinity. The multilayer TiO(2)/CS-GOTMS coatings on PLA films showed a thickness of ~4-6 μm and resulted highly transparent. Their structure was exhaustively characterized by SEM, optical microscope, UV-vis spectroscopy and contact angle measurements. The photocatalytic activity of the multilayer coatings were investigated using methyl orange (MeO) as a target pollutant; the results showed that PLA films coated with surface fluorinated particles exhibit higher activity than films with neat particles, because of a better dispersion of TiO(2) particles. The mechanical properties of PLA and films coated with fluorinated particles, irradiated by UV light were also investigated; the results showed that the degradation of PLA substrate was markedly suppressed because of the UV adsorptive action of the multilayer coating.

  14. Characterization of photocatalytically active coatings based on TiO2/Zn-Al layered double hydroxide on ceramic tiles

    Vulić Tatjana J.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The self-cleaning function (photocatalytic activity and surface hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity is of great importance for ceramic tiles from both economic and environmental point of view. This research is focused on the preparation of suitable photocatalytic suspensions studying the influence of the photocatalyst powder amount and the molecular mass of polyethylene glycol (PEG on the self-cleaning properties of the suspensions deposited on the ceramic tile surface. Photocatalysts based on Zn-Al double layered hydroxides with TiO2 as active component, were synthesized and used for the preparation of the suspensions. The coated tiles prepared using smaller photocatalyst amount and the highest investigated molecular mass of PEG (PEG 4000 showed the highest photocatalytic activity in the Rhodamine B degradation reaction, as well as the appropriate surface properties. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III45008

  15. Mechanisms of complement activation by dextran-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) nanoworms in mouse versus human serum

    Banda, Nirmal K; Mehta, Gaurav; Chao, Ying

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The complement system is a key component of innate immunity implicated in the neutralization and clearance of invading pathogens. Dextran coated superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) nanoparticle is a promising magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent. However, dextran SPIO has...... pathway (LP) or alternative pathway (AP) components were used to study mechanisms of mouse complement activation. In vitro measurements of fluid phase markers of complement activation C4d and Bb and the terminal pathway marker SC5b-C9 in normal and genetically deficient sera were used to study...... the CP, but that did not affect the total level of C3 deposition on the particles. CONCLUSIONS: There were important differences and similarities in the complement activation by SPIO NW in mouse versus human sera. Understanding the mechanisms of immune recognition of nanoparticles in mouse and human...

  16. Drying nano particles solution on an oscillating tip at an air liquid interface: what we can learn, what we can do

    Mariolle Denis

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractEvaporation of fluid at micro and nanometer scale may be used to self-assemble nanometre-sized particles in suspension. Evaporating process can be used to gently control flow in micro and nanofluidics, thus providing a potential mean to design a fine pattern onto a surface or to functionalize a nanoprobe tip. In this paper, we present an original experimental approach to explore this open and rather virgin domain. We use an oscillating tip at an air liquid interface with a controlled dipping depth of the tip within the range of the micrometer. Also, very small dipping depths of a few ten nanometers were achieved with multi walls carbon nanotubes glued at the tip apex. The liquid is an aqueous solution of functionalized nanoparticles diluted in water. Evaporation of water is the driving force determining the arrangement of nanoparticles on the tip. The results show various nanoparticles deposition patterns, from which the deposits can be classified in two categories. The type of deposit is shown to be strongly dependent on whether or not the triple line is pinned and of the peptide coating of the gold nanoparticle. In order to assess the classification, companion dynamical studies of nanomeniscus and related dissipation processes involved with thinning effects are presented.

  17. Magnetic heating properties and neutron activation of tungsten-oxide coated biocompatible FePt core-shell nanoparticles.

    Seemann, K M; Luysberg, M; Révay, Z; Kudejova, P; Sanz, B; Cassinelli, N; Loidl, A; Ilicic, K; Multhoff, G; Schmid, T E

    2015-01-10

    Magnetic nanoparticles are highly desirable for biomedical research and treatment of cancer especially when combined with hyperthermia. The efficacy of nanoparticle-based therapies could be improved by generating radioactive nanoparticles with a convenient decay time and which simultaneously have the capability to be used for locally confined heating. The core-shell morphology of such novel nanoparticles presented in this work involves a polysilico-tungstate molecule of the polyoxometalate family as a precursor coating material, which transforms into an amorphous tungsten oxide coating upon annealing of the FePt core-shell nanoparticles. The content of tungsten atoms in the nanoparticle shell is neutron activated using cold neutrons at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRMII) neutron facility and thereby transformed into the radioisotope W-187. The sizeable natural abundance of 28% for the W-186 precursor isotope, a radiopharmaceutically advantageous gamma-beta ratio of γβ≈30% and a range of approximately 1mm in biological tissue for the 1.3MeV β-radiation are promising features of the nanoparticles' potential for cancer therapy. Moreover, a high temperature annealing treatment enhances the magnetic moment of nanoparticles in such a way that a magnetic heating effect of several degrees Celsius in liquid suspension - a prerequisite for hyperthermia treatment of cancer - was observed. A rise in temperature of approximately 3°C in aqueous suspension is shown for a moderate nanoparticle concentration of 0.5mg/ml after 15min in an 831kHz high-frequency alternating magnetic field of 250Gauss field strength (25mT). The biocompatibility based on a low cytotoxicity in the non-neutron-activated state in combination with the hydrophilic nature of the tungsten oxide shell makes the coated magnetic FePt nanoparticles ideal candidates for advanced radiopharmaceutical applications.

  18. The catalytic activity of the iron-coated pumice particles used as heterogeneous catalysts in the oxidation of natural organic matter by H2O2.

    Alver, Alper; Karaarslan, Mihrican; Kılıç, Ahmet

    2016-08-01

    The oxidative removal of natural organic matter (NOM) from waters was investigated by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and iron-coated pumice particles in heterogeneous catalytic oxidation process (HCOP). Removal of trihalomethane (THM) precursors, which is formed THM by the reacts with chloride, was performed with the hydroxyl radicals. Coating the original pumice particles with iron oxides significantly enhanced the removal of NOM with peroxide. The studies were carried out in two sections: (1) decomposition of hydrogen peroxide in pure water with iron-coated pumice and (2) oxidation of THM Precursor (NOM) by hydrogen peroxide with iron-coated pumice. The monitored parameters in this study include dissolved organic carbon and trihalomethanes formation potential. The results show that iron-coated pumice catalyst significantly increased the removal efficiency of NOM in the HCOP. The results show that iron-coated pumice catalyst significantly increased the removal efficiency of NOM in the HCOP. Results show that the oxidation of NOM and remaining NOM with H2O2 is improved by the addition of iron-coated pumice particles which activate the H2O2 molecule, leading to the formation of hydroxyl radicals in a Fenton-like process.

  19. Investigation of DC magnetron-sputtered TiO{sub 2} coatings: Effect of coating thickness, structure, and morphology on photocatalytic activity

    Daviðsdóttir, Svava, E-mail: sdav@mek.dtu.dk [Division of Materials and Surface and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); Shabadi, Rajashekhara [Denmark d Unité Matériaux et Transformations, C6, Université Lille, 59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq (France); Galca, Aurelian Catalin [Laboratory of Multifunctional Materials and Structures, National Institute of Materials Physics, Măgurele, RO-077125 Bucharest (Romania); Andersen, Inge Hald [Danish Technological Institute, Tribology Centre, Teknologiparken, Building 18, Kongsvang All 29, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark); Dirscherl, Kai [Danish Fundamental Metrology, Matematiktorvet 307, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); Ambat, Rajan [Division of Materials and Surface and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark)

    2014-09-15

    The photocatalytic performance of magnetron-sputtered titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) coatings of different thickness in anatase crystalline structure deposited on aluminium 1050 alloy substrates was investigated using a combination of photo-electrochemistry, methylene blue decomposition, and microscopic and spectroscopic methods, such as high resolution scanning and transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and ellipsometry. The reaction resistance was measured by AC impedance, while photocurrent measurements were carried out using the zero resistance ammetry (ZRA) method. The results showed that the TiO{sub 2} grains grow in dipyramidal columns having a linear increase in surface area with increased coating thickness. The refractive index values indicate also an evolutionary growth. The refractive index values obtained for the thin coatings on aluminium substrate were well below the values reported for monocrystalline anatase. The photocatalytic performance increased with increased coating thickness, though more rapidly over a range of 100–500 nm thickness. The dielectric constant also increased linearly with coating thickness.

  20. Ionic Polymer-Coated Laccase with High Activity and Enhanced Stability: Application in the Decolourisation of Water Containing AO7

    Zhang, Xiaolin; Hua, Ming; Lv, Lu; Pan, Bingcai

    2015-02-01

    Eliminating dyes in environmental water purification remains a formidable challenge. Laccase is a unique, environmentally friendly and efficient biocatalyst that can degrade pollutants. However, the use of laccase for the degradation of pollutants is considerably limited by its susceptibility to environmental changes and its poor reusability. We fabricated a novel biocatalyst (LacPG) by coating polyethylenimine onto the native laccase (Lac) followed by crosslinking with glutaraldehyde. The stability of the resulting LacPG was highly enhanced against pH variations, thermal treatments and provided better long-term storage with a negligible loss in enzymatic activity. Compared to Lac, LacPG exhibited significantly higher decolourisation efficiency in the degradation of a representative azo dye, acid orange 7 (AO7), which resulted from the electrostatic attraction between the coating and AO7. LacPG was separated from the AO7 solution using an ultrafiltration unit. The increased size and modified surface chemistry of LacPG facilitated ultrafiltration and reduced membrane fouling. LacPG exhibited enhanced stability, high catalytic activity and favourable properties for membrane separation; therefore, LacPG could be continuously reused in an enzymatic membrane reactor with a high efficiency for decolourising water containing AO7. The developed strategy appears to be promising for enhancing the applicability of laccase in practical water treatment.

  1. Bypassing Protein Corona Issue on Active Targeting: Zwitterionic Coatings Dictate Specific Interactions of Targeting Moieties and Cell Receptors.

    Safavi-Sohi, Reihaneh; Maghari, Shokoofeh; Raoufi, Mohammad; Jalali, Seyed Amir; Hajipour, Mohammad J; Ghassempour, Alireza; Mahmoudi, Morteza

    2016-09-07

    Surface functionalization strategies for targeting nanoparticles (NP) to specific organs, cells, or organelles, is the foundation for new applications of nanomedicine to drug delivery and biomedical imaging. Interaction of NPs with biological media leads to the formation of a biomolecular layer at the surface of NPs so-called as "protein corona". This corona layer can shield active molecules at the surface of NPs and cause mistargeting or unintended scavenging by the liver, kidney, or spleen. To overcome this corona issue, we have designed biotin-cysteine conjugated silica NPs (biotin was employed as a targeting molecule and cysteine was used as a zwitterionic ligand) to inhibit corona-induced mistargeting and thus significantly enhance the active targeting capability of NPs in complex biological media. To probe the targeting yield of our engineered NPs, we employed both modified silicon wafer substrates with streptavidin (i.e., biotin receptor) to simulate a target and a cell-based model platform using tumor cell lines that overexpress biotin receptors. In both cases, after incubation with human plasma (thus forming a protein corona), cellular uptake/substrate attachment of the targeted NPs with zwitterionic coatings were significantly higher than the same NPs without zwitterionic coating. Our results demonstrated that NPs with a zwitterionic surface can considerably facilitate targeting yield of NPs and provide a promising new type of nanocarriers in biological applications.

  2. 聚酰亚胺/二氧化硅杂化薄膜性能研究%Studies on the Properties of Polyimide Composites Filled with SiO2 Nano-particles

    钟赤锋

    2011-01-01

    The heat and mechanical properties of polyimide hybrid films filled with SiO2 nano-particles as a function of silica content had been studied. Their structures and properties are characterized by TG, DSC, DMA and TEM. The results show these fihns had the same high thermal behavior as silica content increase. The DMA resuhs show that the storage modulus increases with the increasing of content of silica particles. The morphology of the films is also analyzed by using TEM.%研究了改性纳米二氧化硅对聚酰亚胺薄膜性能的影响。采用DSC,TG和DMA对薄膜热性能进行分析。热分析的结果表明,纳米二氧化硅的含量对聚酰亚胺的玻璃化转变温度(Tg)和耐热性能基本没有影响。DMA的结果还表明,二氧化硅含量越高,薄膜的储存模量越高。TEM分析表明,在聚酰亚胺中存在较大二氧化硅聚集体。

  3. Reactivity of palladium nano-particles supported in hydrogenation: role of particles surface density; Reactivite des nanoparticules de palladium supportees en hydrogenation: role de la densite surfacique de particules

    Benkhaled, M.

    2004-10-01

    The objective of this work is to investigate the influence of the particle surface density on the hydrogenation of polyunsaturated compounds (buta-1,3-diene, ortho-xylene). Highly dispersed Pd/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ({gamma} and {delta}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) catalysts were prepared from Pd(nitrite) complexes (size < 7 angstrom, controlled by TEM, HAADF, EXAFS and CO chemisorption). Increasing the particle surface density from 2240 to 12880 particles/{mu}m{sup 2} leads to a modification of the electronic properties as evidenced by CO-FTIR, XPS and XANES. By contrast, the comparison of the supports at iso-density showed no significant difference of the physico-chemical properties of the supported metal particles. In parallel, the catalytic performances in hydrogenation of butadiene and butenes are very sensitive both to the nature of the support for the same density and to the surface density for the same support. It was shown that the reactions of hydrogenation could be controlled at the same time by the electronic properties of the metal nano-particles but also by the phenomenon of hydrogen diffusion around the particles on a zone of support. In this case, the support can play the part of hydrogen tank. (author)

  4. Surface quality improvement of B{sub 4}C particles for electroless copper coating by Cu activation and oxidation roughening methods

    Zheng, Jiyun [Joint Laboratory of Nuclear Materials and Service Safety, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Shenzhen 518055 (China); Shu, Guogang [China Nuclear Power Engineering Co., Ltd., Shenzhen (China); Wang, Wei [Joint Laboratory of Nuclear Materials and Service Safety, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Shenzhen 518055 (China); Li, Qiulin, E-mail: liql@sz.tsinghua.edu.cn [Joint Laboratory of Nuclear Materials and Service Safety, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Shenzhen 518055 (China); Liu, Wei [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Cu activation increases surface activity by depositing Cu nano-crystals on B{sub 4}C. • The best result of Cu activation comes out at pH 12. • Oxidation roughening improves wettability of B{sub 4}C by aqueous solution. • Oxidation roughening promotes Cu nucleation on B{sub 4}C surface. - Abstract: Surface quality improvement by Cu activation and oxidation roughening process was studied during electroless coating Cu on boron carbide (B{sub 4}C) particles. The surface morphology was characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and the phase identification was determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. Two aspects concluding surface activation and surface roughening were investigated to understand the effect of each on Cu coating. Cu activation process increased surface activity of B{sub 4}C by pre-deposition Cu nano-crystals, which was effective and cost-saving when compared with conventional Pd activation method. The influence of activation pH on electroless Cu coating was discussed and a moderate pH 12 is suitable for Cu deposition. Surface roughening process availably promoted wettability of B{sub 4}C particles with aqueous solution. Etched pits were formed on B{sub 4}C surface and resulted in fresh surface exposed after oxidization roughening process, which was beneficial for Cu bonding and coating on B{sub 4}C surface.

  5. Stereospecific micellar electrokinetic chromatography assay of methionine sulfoxide reductase activity employing a multiple layer coated capillary.

    Zhu, Qingfu; El-Mergawy, Rabab G; Heinemann, Stefan H; Schönherr, Roland; Jáč, Pavel; Scriba, Gerhard K E

    2013-09-01

    A micellar electrokinetic chromatography method for the analysis of the l-methionine sulfoxide diastereomers employing a successive multiple ionic-polymer layer coated fused-silica capillary was developed and validated in order to investigate the stereospecificity of methionine sulfoxide reductases. The capillary coating consisted of a first layer of hexadimethrine and a second layer of dextran sulfate providing a stable strong cathodic EOF and consequently highly repeatable analyte migration times. The methionine sulfoxide diastereomers, methionine as product as well as β-alanine as internal standard were derivatized by dabsyl chloride and separated using a 35 mM sodium phosphate buffer, pH 8.0, containing 25 mM SDS as BGE and a separation voltage of 25 kV. The method was validated in the range of 0.15-2.0 mM with respect to linearity and precision. The LODs of the analytes ranged between 0.04 and 0.10 mM. The assay was subsequently applied to determine the stereospecificity of methionine sulfoxide reductases as well as the enzyme kinetics of human methionine sulfoxide reductase A. Monitoring the decrease of the l-methionine-(S)-sulfoxide Km = 411.8 ± 33.8 μM and Vmax = 307.5 ± 10.8 μM/min were determined.

  6. Effects of nanoparticle coatings on the activity of oncolytic adenovirus-magnetic nanoparticle complexes.

    Tresilwised, Nittaya; Pithayanukul, Pimolpan; Holm, Per Sonne; Schillinger, Ulrike; Plank, Christian; Mykhaylyk, Olga

    2012-01-01

    Limitations to adenovirus infectivity can be overcome by association with magnetic nanoparticles and enforced infection by magnetic field influence. Here we examined three core-shell-type iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles differing in their surface coatings, particle sizes and magnetic properties for their ability to enhance the oncolytic potency of adenovirus Ad520 and to stabilize it against the inhibitory effects of serum or a neutralizing antibody. It was found that the physicochemical properties of magnetic nanoparticles are critical determinants of the properties which govern the oncolytic productivities of their complexes with Ad520. Although high serum concentration during infection or a neutralizing antibody had strong inhibitory influence on the uptake or oncolytic productivity of the naked virus, one particle type was identified which conferred high protection against both inhibitory factors while enhancing the oncolytic productivity of the internalized virus. This particle type equipped with a silica coating and adsorbed polyethylenimine, displaying a high magnetic moment and high saturation magnetization, mediated a 50% reduction of tumor growth rate versus control upon intratumoral injection of its complex with Ad520 and magnetic field influence, whereas Ad520 alone was inefficient. The correlations between physical properties of the magnetic particles or virus complexes and oncolytic potency are described herein.

  7. A Cost-Effective Solid-State Approach to Synthesize g-C3N4 Coated TiO2 Nanocomposites with Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalytic Activity

    Min Fu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Novel graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4 coated TiO2 nanocomposites were prepared by a facile and cost-effective solid-state method by thermal treatment of the mixture of urea and commercial TiO2. Because the C3N4 was dispersed and coated on the TiO2 nanoparticles, the as-prepared g-C3N4/TiO2 nanocomposites showed enhanced absorption and photocatalytic properties in visible light region. The as-prepared g-C3N4 coated TiO2 nanocomposites under 450°C exhibited efficient visible light photocatalytic activity for degradation of aqueous MB due to the increased visible light absorption and enhanced MB adsorption. The g-C3N4 coated TiO2 nanocomposites would have wide applications in both environmental remediation and solar energy conversion.

  8. Investigation of hydrogen evolution activity for the nickel, nickel-molybdenum nickel-graphite composite and nickel-reduced graphene oxide composite coatings

    Jinlong, Lv; Tongxiang, Liang; Chen, Wang

    2016-03-01

    The nickel, nickel-molybdenum alloy, nickel-graphite and nickel-reduced graphene oxide composite coatings were obtained by the electrodeposition technique from a nickel sulfate bath. Nanocrystalline molybdenum, graphite and reduced graphene oxide in nickel coatings promoted hydrogen evolution reaction in 0.5 M H2SO4 solution at room temperature. However, the nickel-reduced graphene oxide composite coating exhibited the highest electrocatalytic activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction in 0.5 M H2SO4 solution at room temperature. A large number of gaps between 'cauliflower' like grains could decrease effective area for hydrogen evolution reaction in slight amorphous nickel-molybdenum alloy. The synergistic effect between nickel and reduced graphene oxide promoted hydrogen evolution, moreover, refined grain in nickel-reduced graphene oxide composite coating and large specific surface of reduced graphene oxide also facilitated hydrogen evolution reaction.

  9. Antifungal activity of food additives in vitro and as ingredients of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose-lipid edible coatings against Botrytis cinerea and Alternaria alternata on cherry tomato fruit.

    Fagundes, Cristiane; Pérez-Gago, María B; Monteiro, Alcilene R; Palou, Lluís

    2013-09-16

    The antifungal activity of food additives or 'generally recognized as safe' (GRAS) compounds was tested in vitro against Botrytis cinerea and Alternaria alternata. Radial mycelial growth of each pathogen was measured in PDA Petri dishes amended with food preservatives at 0.2, 1.0, or 2.0% (v/v) after 3, 5, and 7 days of incubation at 25 °C. Selected additives and concentrations were tested as antifungal ingredients of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC)-lipid edible coatings. The curative activity of stable coatings was tested in in vivo experiments. Cherry tomatoes were artificially inoculated with the pathogens, coated by immersion about 24 h later, and incubated at 20 °C and 90% RH. Disease incidence and severity (lesion diameter) were determined after 6, 10, and 15 days of incubation and the 'area under the disease progress stairs' (AUDPS) was calculated. In general, HPMC-lipid antifungal coatings controlled black spot caused by A. alternata more effectively than gray mold caused by B. cinerea. Overall, the best results for reduction of gray mold on cherry tomato fruit were obtained with coatings containing 2.0% of potassium carbonate, ammonium phosphate, potassium bicarbonate, or ammonium carbonate, while 2.0% sodium methylparaben, sodium ethylparaben, and sodium propylparaben were the best ingredients for coatings against black rot.

  10. TOPICAL REVIEW: Nucleation and aerosol processing in atmospheric pressure electrical discharges: powders production, coatings and filtration

    Borra, Jean-Pascal

    2006-01-01

    This review addresses the production of nano-particles and the processing of particles injected in atmospheric pressure electrical discharges (APED). The mechanisms of formation and the evolution of particles suspended in gases are first presented, with numerical and experimental facilities. Different APED and related properties are then introduced for dc corona, streamer and spark filamentary discharges (FD), as well as for ac filamentary and homogeneous dielectric barrier discharges (DBD). Two mechanisms of particle production are depicted in APED: when FD interact with the surface of electrodes or dielectrics and when filamentary and homogeneous DBD induce reactions with gaseous precursors in volume. In both cases, condensable gaseous species are produced, leading to nano-sized particles by physical and chemical routes of nucleation. The evolution of the so-formed nano-particles, i.e. the growth by coagulation/condensation, the charging and the collection are detailed for each APED, with respect to fine powders production and thin films deposition. Finally, when particles are injected in APED, they undergo interfacial processes. Non-thermal plasmas charge particles for electro-collection and trigger heterogeneous chemical reactions for organic and inorganic films deposition. Heat exchanges in thermal plasmas enable powder purification, shaping, melting for hard coatings and fine powders production by reactive evaporation.

  11. Dual function of novel pollen coat (surface proteins: IgE-binding capacity and proteolytic activity disrupting the airway epithelial barrier.

    Mohamed Elfatih H Bashir

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The pollen coat is the first structure of the pollen to encounter the mucosal immune system upon inhalation. Prior characterizations of pollen allergens have focused on water-soluble, cytoplasmic proteins, but have overlooked much of the extracellular pollen coat. Due to washing with organic solvents when prepared, these pollen coat proteins are typically absent from commercial standardized allergenic extracts (i.e., "de-fatted", and, as a result, their involvement in allergy has not been explored. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Using a unique approach to search for pollen allergenic proteins residing in the pollen coat, we employed transmission electron microscopy (TEM to assess the impact of organic solvents on the structural integrity of the pollen coat. TEM results indicated that de-fatting of Cynodon dactylon (Bermuda grass pollen (BGP by use of organic solvents altered the structural integrity of the pollen coat. The novel IgE-binding proteins of the BGP coat include a cysteine protease (CP and endoxylanase (EXY. The full-length cDNA that encodes the novel IgE-reactive CP was cloned from floral RNA. The EXY and CP were purified to homogeneity and tested for IgE reactivity. The CP from the BGP coat increased the permeability of human airway epithelial cells, caused a clear concentration-dependent detachment of cells, and damaged their barrier integrity. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Using an immunoproteomics approach, novel allergenic proteins of the BGP coat were identified. These proteins represent a class of novel dual-function proteins residing on the coat of the pollen grain that have IgE-binding capacity and proteolytic activity, which disrupts the integrity of the airway epithelial barrier. The identification of pollen coat allergens might explain the IgE-negative response to available skin-prick-testing proteins in patients who have positive symptoms. Further study of the role of these pollen coat proteins in allergic

  12. 酒石酸对直接沉淀法制备纳米Bi2O3晶体结构的影响%Effect of Tartaric Acid on Crystal Type of Bismuth Oxide Nano-particles Prepared by Direct Precipitation Method

    刘芳芳; 戴亚堂; 张欢; 赵文

    2011-01-01

    以高氯酸铋和氢氧化钠为原料,采用一步直接沉淀法,通过添加和控制酒石酸的用量,制备出纺锤形的纳米氧化铋粒子,采用X射线衍射、扫描电镜和差热分析等手段对产品进行分析与表征,并且对反应机理进行初步分析.结果表明;当酒石酸盐的质量分数为8%左右时,合成的纳米氧化铋为纺锤形,粒子分布均匀,粒度较小,平均粒度约为90 nm.%Using Bi(ClO3)]3and NaOH as raw materials, adding and controlling the concentration of tartaric acid, the spindle bismuth oxide nano-particles were synthesized by direct precipitation method. The particles characterized by X ray diffraction (XRD), scan electron microscopy(SEM) and thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry(TGDSC). The reaction mechanism of bismuth oxide nano-particles was discussed. The results showed that the as-prepared bismuth oxide nano-particles had uniform size distribution and smaller granularity, when the mass fraction of taitaric acid was 8%, the mean particle size was about 90 nm.

  13. Development of Antibacterial Composite Films Based on Isotactic Polypropylene and Coated ZnO Particles for Active Food Packaging

    Clara Silvestre

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was aimed at developing new films based on isotactic polypropylene (iPP for food packaging applications using zinc oxide (ZnO with submicron dimension particles obtained by spray pyrolysis. To improve compatibility with iPP, the ZnO particles were coated with stearic acid (ZnOc. Composites based on iPP with 2 wt % and 5 wt % of ZnOc were prepared in a twin-screw extruder and then filmed by a calender. The effect of ZnOc on the properties of iPP were assessed and compared with those obtained in previous study on iPP/ZnO and iPP/iPPgMA/ZnO. For all composites, a homogeneous distribution and dispersion of ZnOc was obtained indicating that the coating with stearic acid of the ZnO particles reduces the surface polarity mismatch between iPP and ZnO. The iPP/ZnOc composite films have relevant zinc oxide with respect to E. coli, higher thermal stability and improved mechanical and impact properties than the pure polymer and the composites iPP/ZnO and iPP/iPPgMA/ZnO. This study demonstrated that iPP/ZnOc films are suitable materials for potential application in the active packaging field.

  14. Biocompatibility and anti-microbiological activity characterization of novel coatings for dental implants: A primer for non-biologists

    Thomas K Monsees

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available With regard to biocompatibility, the cardinal requirement for dental implants and other medical devices that are in long-term contact with tissue is that the material does not cause any adverse effect to the patient. To warrant stability and function of the implant, proper osseointegration is a further prerequisite. Cells interact with the implant surface as the interface between bulk material and biological tissue. Whereas structuring, deposition of a thin film or other modifications of the surface are crucial parameters in determining favorable adhesion of cells, corrosion of metal surfaces and release of ions can affect cell viability. Both parameters are usually tested using in vitro cytotoxicity and adhesion assays with bone or fibroblasts cells. For bioactive surface modifications, further tests should be considered for biocompatibility evaluation. Depending on the type of modification, this may include analysis of specific cell functions or the determination of antimicrobial activities. The latter is of special importance as bacteria and yeast present in the oral cavity can be introduced during the implantation process and this may lead to chronic infections and implant failure. An antimicrobial coating of the implant is a way to avoid that. This review describes the essential biocompatibility assays for evaluation of new implant materials required by ISO 10993 and also gives an overview on recent test methods for specific coatings of dental implants.

  15. Biocompatibility and anti-microbiological activity characterization of novel coatings for dental implants: A primer for non-biologists

    Monsees, Thomas

    2016-08-01

    With regard to biocompatibility, the cardinal requirement for dental implants and other medical devices that are in long-term contact with tissue is that the material does not cause any adverse effect to the patient. To warrant stability and function of the implant, proper osseointegration is a further prerequisite. Cells interact with the implant surface as the interface between bulk material and biological tissue. Whereas structuring, deposition of a thin film or other modifications of the surface are crucial parameters in determining favorable adhesion of cells, corrosion of metal surfaces and release of ions can affect cell viability. Both parameters are usually tested using in vitro cytotoxicity and adhesion assays with bone or fibroblasts cells. For bioactive surface modifications, further tests should be considered for biocompatibility evaluation. Depending on the type of modification, this may include analysis of specific cell functions or the determination of antimicrobial activities. The latter is of special importance as bacteria and yeast present in the oral cavity can be introduced during the implantation process and this may lead to chronic infections and implant failure. An antimicrobial coating of the implant is a way to avoid that. This review describes the essential biocompatibility assays for evaluation of new implant materials required by ISO 10993 and also gives an overview on recent test methods for specific coatings of dental implants.

  16. Ultrasound assisted synthesis of doped TiO2 nano-particles: characterization and comparison of effectiveness for photocatalytic oxidation of dyestuff effluent.

    Shirsath, S R; Pinjari, D V; Gogate, P R; Sonawane, S H; Pandit, A B

    2013-01-01

    The present work deals with the synthesis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles doped with Fe and Ce using sonochemical approach and its comparison with the conventional doping method. The prepared samples have been characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), FTIR, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-visible spectra (UV-vis). The effectiveness of the synthesized catalyst for the photocatalytic degradation of crystal violet dye has also been investigated considering crystal violet degradation as the model reaction. It has been observed that the catalysts prepared by sonochemical method exhibit higher photocatalytic activity as compared to the catalysts prepared by the conventional methods. Also the Ce-doped TiO(2) exhibits maximum photocatalytic activity followed by Fe-doped TiO(2) and the least activity was observed for only TiO(2). The presence of Fe and Ce in the TiO(2) structure results in a significant absorption shift towards the visible region. Detailed investigations on the degradation indicated that an optimal dosage with 0.8 mol% doping of Ce and 1.2 mol% doping of Fe in TiO(2) results in higher extents of degradation. Kinetic studies also established that the photocatalytic degradation followed the pseudo first-order reaction kinetics. Overall it has been established that ultrasound assisted synthesis of doped photocatalyst significantly enhances the photocatalytic activity.

  17. An integrated study on antimicrobial activity and ecotoxicity of quantum dots and quantum dots coated with the antimicrobial peptide indolicidin.

    Galdiero, Emilia; Siciliano, Antonietta; Maselli, Valeria; Gesuele, Renato; Guida, Marco; Fulgione, Domenico; Galdiero, Stefania; Lombardi, Lucia; Falanga, Annarita

    This study attempts to evaluate the antimicrobial activity and the ecotoxicity of quantum dots (QDs) alone and coated with indolicidin. To meet this objective, we tested the level of antimicrobial activity on Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, and we designed an ecotoxicological battery of test systems and indicators able to detect different effects using a variety of end points. The antibacterial activity was analyzed against Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 6538), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC 1025), Escherichia coli (ATCC 11229), and Klebsiella pneumoniae (ATCC 10031), and the results showed an improved germicidal action of QDs-Ind. Toxicity studies on Daphnia magna indicated a decrease in toxicity for QDs-Ind compared to QDs alone, lack of bioluminescence inhibition on Vibrio fisheri, and no mutations in Salmonella typhimurium TA 100. The comet assay and oxidative stress experiments performed on D. magna showed a genotoxic and an oxidative damage with a dose-response trend. Indolicidin retained its activity when bound to QDs. We observed an enhanced activity for QDs-Ind. The presence of indolicidin on the surface of QDs was able to decrease its QDs toxicity.

  18. An integrated study on antimicrobial activity and ecotoxicity of quantum dots and quantum dots coated with the antimicrobial peptide indolicidin

    Galdiero, Emilia; Siciliano, Antonietta; Maselli, Valeria; Gesuele, Renato; Guida, Marco; Fulgione, Domenico; Galdiero, Stefania; Lombardi, Lucia; Falanga, Annarita

    2016-01-01

    This study attempts to evaluate the antimicrobial activity and the ecotoxicity of quantum dots (QDs) alone and coated with indolicidin. To meet this objective, we tested the level of antimicrobial activity on Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, and we designed an ecotoxicological battery of test systems and indicators able to detect different effects using a variety of end points. The antibacterial activity was analyzed against Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 6538), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC 1025), Escherichia coli (ATCC 11229), and Klebsiella pneumoniae (ATCC 10031), and the results showed an improved germicidal action of QDs-Ind. Toxicity studies on Daphnia magna indicated a decrease in toxicity for QDs-Ind compared to QDs alone, lack of bioluminescence inhibition on Vibrio fisheri, and no mutations in Salmonella typhimurium TA 100. The comet assay and oxidative stress experiments performed on D. magna showed a genotoxic and an oxidative damage with a dose–response trend. Indolicidin retained its activity when bound to QDs. We observed an enhanced activity for QDs-Ind. The presence of indolicidin on the surface of QDs was able to decrease its QDs toxicity. PMID:27616887

  19. Thermal Protective Coating for High Temperature Polymer Composites

    Barron, Andrew R.

    1999-01-01

    The central theme of this research is the application of carboxylate-alumoxane nanoparticles as precursors to thermally protective coatings for hi