Sample records for dispersing polyelectrolytes stabilization

  1. Adsorption of dispersing polyelectrolytes: stabilization of drilling fluids; Adsorption de polyelectrolytes dispersants: stabilisation des fluides de forage

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    Balastre, M.


    Instabilities of concentrated colloidal suspensions are a source of many industrial problems, as in drilling fluid formulations where aggregation and severe settling phenomena can occur. Low molecular weight polyelectrolyte dispersants are used to solve these problems, but their optimal use requires a better understanding of the phenomena that are involved. After materials characterization, adsorption mechanisms of two anionic polyelectrolytes (PANa, PSSNa) on a soluble substrate model, barium sulfate powder are studied. Barium sulfate is the principal additive used to adapt the density of drilling fluids. A simple model allows us to propose a distribution of the microscopic species at the interface. Presence of divalent ions induces the formation of a strong complex with the polyelectrolyte. Adsorption and electro-kinetic data are presented and exchange equilibrium are examined in relation with the surface uptake. The binding mechanism and the surface speciation of the polymer groups are deduced from the ion exchange analysis. The macroscopic behavior of suspensions on different conditions (volume fraction, ionic strength, dispersant concentration) is studied by settling and rheological measurements. The macroscopic properties are connected to structural aspects, and we show that dispersing effects are mostly related to electro-steric repulsion. The dispersion state depends on two principal factors adsorbed amounts and adsorbed layer properties, especially the excess charge, and the molecules conformation. (author)

  2. Adsorption of polyelectrolyte on the surface of ZnO nanoparticles and the stability of colloidal dispersions

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    LIUFU Shengcong; XIAO Hanning; LI Yuping


    The present study focuses on the adsorption of a polyelectrolyte, the component of which is a polymer of maleic anhydride sodium salt, on the surface of nanometric zinc oxide particles and the colloidal stability of aqueous dispersions. FTIR spectroscopic data provided evidence in support of hydrogen bonding and chemical interaction in the case of the polyelectrolyte-ZnO system. The adsorption isotherms showed the influences of polyelectrolyte concentration, pH and ionic strength on the adsorption. With the increase of pH the saturated adsorbed amount decreased, while the thickness of adsorption layer increased. The saturated adsorbed amount increased with increasing salt concentration, and decreased with further increasing salt concentration. It should be noted that in the presence of a CaCl2 solution the adsorbed amount and the adsorption layer thickness were greater than those in the NaCl solution of the same concentration. The change of the absorbance of zinc oxide dispersions showed that the absorbance decreased slowly at high pH. There was a maximum point for the absorbance of the zinc oxide dispersions in the presence of various polyelectrolyte concentrations. The change of dispersion stability resulted from the change of macromolecular chains conformation at the interface.

  3. Stabilization of aqueous nanoscale zerovalent iron dispersions by anionic polyelectrolytes: adsorbed anionic polyelectrolyte layer properties and their effect on aggregation and sedimentation

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    Phenrat, Tanapon; Saleh, Navid [Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (United States); Sirk, Kevin [Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemical Engineering (United States); Kim, Hye-Jin [Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (United States); Tilton, Robert D. [Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemical Engineering (United States); Lowry, Gregory V. [Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (United States)], E-mail:


    Nanoscale zerovalent iron (NZVI) particles are 5-40 nm sized Fe{sup 0}/Fe-oxide particles that rapidly transform many environmental contaminants to benign products and are a promising in situ remediation agent. Rapid aggregation and limited mobility in water-saturated porous media limits the ability to deliver NZVI dispersions in the subsurface. This study prepares stable NZVI dispersions through physisorption of commercially available anionic polyelectrolytes, characterizes the adsorbed polymer layer, and correlates the polymer coating properties with the ability to prevent rapid aggregation and sedimentation of NZVI dispersions. Poly(styrene sulfonate) with molecular weights of 70 k and 1,000 k g/mol (PSS70K and PSS1M), carboxymethyl cellulose with molecular weights of 90 k and 700 k g/mol (CMC90K and CMC700K), and polyaspartate with molecular weights of 2.5 k and 10 k g/mol (PAP2.5K and 10K) were compared. Particle size distributions were determined by dynamic light scattering during aggregation. The order of effectiveness to prevent rapid aggregation and stabilize the dispersions was PSS70K(83%) > {approx}PAP10K(82%) > PAP2.5K(72%) > CMC700K(52%), where stability is defined operationally as the volume percent of particles that do not aggregate after 1 h. CMC90K and PSS1M could not stabilize RNIP relative to bare RNIP. A similar trend was observed for their ability to prevent sedimentation, with 40, 34, 32, 20, and 5 wt%, of the PSS70K, PAP10K, PAP2.5K, CMC700K, and CMC90K modified NZVI remaining suspended after 7 h of quiescent settling, respectively. The stable fractions with respect to both aggregation and sedimentation correlate well with the adsorbed polyelectrolyte mass and thickness of the adsorbed polyelectrolyte layers as determined by Oshima's soft particle theory. A fraction of the particles cannot be stabilized by any modifier and rapidly agglomerates to micron sized aggregates, as is also observed for unmodified NZVI. This non-dispersible

  4. New polyelectrolyte complex particles as colloidal dispersions based on weak synthetic and/or natural polyelectrolytes

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    Full Text Available This study aims to evidence the formation of stable polyelectrolyte complex particles as colloidal dispersions using some weak polyelectrolytes: chitosan and poly(allylamine hydrochloride as polycations and poly(acrylic acid (PAA and poly(2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid – co – acrylic acid (PAMPSAA as polyanions. Polyelectrolyte complex particles as colloidal dispersion were prepared by controlled mixing of the oppositely charged polymers, with a constant addition rate. The influences of the polyelectrolytes structure and the molar ratio between ionic charges on the morphology, size, and colloidal stability of the complex particles have been deeply investigated by turbidimetry, dynamic light scattering and atomic force microscopy. A strong influence of polyanion structure on the values of molar ratio n–/n+ when neutral complex particles were obtained has been noticed, which shifts from the theoretical value of 1.0, observed when PAA was used, to 0.7 for PAMPSAA based complexes. The polyions chain characteristics influenced the size and shape of the complexes, larger particles being obtained when chitosan was used, for the same polyanion, and when PAMPSAA was used, for the same polycation.

  5. Aqueous dispersions of silver nanoparticles in polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Dan Donescu; Raluca Somoghi; Marius Ghiurea; Raluca Ianchis; Cristian Petcu; Stefania Gavriliu; Magdalena Lungu; Claudia Groza; Carmen R Ionescu; Carmen Panzaru


    In this report, we present the versatile and effective technique, using environmental friendly reductant glucose, to prepare stable silver nanodispersions by reduction of Ag+ ions. Alternant copolymers of maleic anhydride with vinyl acetate and styrene sulphonate sodium acid salt polyelectrolytes were synthesized in aqueous solution and used as stabilizers. The formation of nano silver particles was confirmed by UV-Vis spectrophotometry and TEM measurements. Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) measurements were needed to study how the reagents and their concentrations influence particle size. SEM images show the nanostructure of the hybrid films and indicate a strong interaction between the polyelectrolyte and the silver NPs. Moreover, the silver NPs could be stored for one year without observation of aggregates or sedimentation. The final solid products obtained after evaporating to dryness can be used to produce stable dispersions upon mixing with water. Few of the final products were found to exhibit a high antibacterial and antifungal activity.

  6. Adsorption of polyelectrolytes and charged block copolymers on oxides consequences for colloidal stability

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    Hoogeveen, N.G.


    The aim of the study described in this thesis was to examine the adsorption properties of polyelectrolytes and charged block copolymers on oxides, and the effect of these polymers on the colloidal stability of oxidic dispersions. For this purpose the interaction of some well-characterised

  7. Adsorption of polyelectrolytes and charged block copolymers on oxides. Consequences for colloidal stability.

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    Hoogeveen, N.G.


    The aim of the study described in this thesis was to examine the adsorption properties of polyelectrolytes and charged block copolymers on oxides, and the effect of these polymers on the colloidal stability of oxidic dispersions. For this purpose the interaction of some well-characterised polyelectr

  8. Direct Probing of Dispersion Quality of ZrO2 Nanoparticles Coated by Polyelectrolyte at Different Concentrated Suspensions (United States)

    Sarraf, Hamid; Qian, Zhenghua; Škarpová, Ludmila; Wang, Bin; Herbig, Reinhard; Maryška, Martin; Bartovska, Lidmila; Havrda, Jiří; Anvari, Bahman


    This study reports useful application of the electrokinetic sonic amplitude (ESA) technique in combination with rheometry and electron microscopy techniques for direct probing the stability of low and high-concentrated zirconia (ZrO2) nanosuspensions in the presence of an alkali-free anionic polyelectrolyte dispersant Dolapix CE64. A comparative study of the electrokinetic characteristics and the rheological behavior of concentrated ZrO2 nanosuspensions has been done. Good agreement was obtained from relationship between the electrokinetic characteristics (zeta potential, ESA signal), viscosity, and its pH dependence for each concentrated ZrO2 nanosuspension with different dispersant concentration in the range of 0.9-1.5 mass%. A nanoscale colloidal hypothesis is proposed to illustrate that the addition of different amounts of dispersant influences on both the stability and the electrokinetic and rheological properties of concentrated ZrO2 nanosuspensions. It is found that an optimum amount of 1.4 mass% dispersant at the inherent pH (>9.2) can be attached fully onto the nanoparticles with sufficient electrosteric dispersion effects, suitable for casting applications. Supplementary scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) analyses followed by colorization effect were taken to verify the visible interaction between dispersant and nanoparticles surfaces. SEM and HR-TEM images proved the existence of visible coverage of dispersant on the surface of individual nanoparticles and showed that thin polyelectrolyte layers were physically bound onto the particles' surfaces. This study will be of interest to materials scientists and engineers who are dealing with dispersion technology, nanoparticle surface treatments, functionalization, characterization, and application of bio/nanoparticle suspensions at various concentrations using different types of polymers.

  9. Stabilization of protein-loaded starch microgel by polyelectrolytes

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    Li, Y.; Norde, W.; Kleijn, J.M.


    The interaction of biocompatible polyelectrolytes (chargeable poly(amino acids)) with oxidized starch microgel particles has been studied. The aim was to form a polyelectrolyte complex layer around the outer shell of microgel particles filled with functional ingredients to slow down the release of

  10. Stabilization of Protein-Loaded Starch Microgel by Polyelectrolytes

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    Li, Yuan; Norde, Willem; Kleijn, J. Mieke


    The interaction of biocompatible polyelectrolytes (chargeable poly(amino acids)) with oxidized starch microgel particles has been studied. The aim was to form a polyelectrolyte complex layer around the outer shell of microgel particles filled with functional ingredients to slow down the release of

  11. Polyelectrolyte stabilized multilayered liposomes for oral delivery of paclitaxel

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    Jain, Sanyog; Kumar, Dinesh; Swarnakar, Nitin K


    Paclitaxel (PTX) loaded layersome formulations were prepared using layer-by-layer assembly of the polyelectrolytes over liposomes. Stearyl amine was utilized to provide positive charge to the liposomes, which were subsequently coated with anionic polymer polyacrylic acid (PAA) followed by coating...

  12. Stability of polyelectrolyte-coated iron nanoparticles for T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (United States)

    McGrath, Andrew J.; Dolan, Ciaran; Cheong, Soshan; Herman, David A. J.; Naysmith, Briar; Zong, Fangrong; Galvosas, Petrik; Farrand, Kathryn J.; Hermans, Ian F.; Brimble, Margaret; Williams, David E.; Jin, Jianyong; Tilley, Richard D.


    Iron nanoparticles are highly-effective magnetic nanoparticles for T2 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, the stability of their magnetic properties is dependent on good protection of the iron core from oxidation in aqueous media. Here we report the synthesis of custom-synthesized phosphonate-grafted polyelectrolytes (PolyM3) of various chain lengths, for efficient coating of iron nanoparticles with a native iron oxide shell. The size of the nanoparticle-polyelectrolyte assemblies was investigated by transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering, while surface attachment was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Low cytotoxicity was observed for each of the nanoparticle-polyelectrolyte (;Fe-PolyM3;) assemblies, with good cell viability (>80%) remaining up to 100 μg mL-1 Fe in HeLa cells. When applied in T2-weighted MRI, corresponding T2 relaxivities (r2) of the Fe-PolyM3 assemblies were found to be dependent on the chain length of the polyelectrolyte. A significant increase in contrast was observed when polyelectrolyte chain length was increased from 6 to 65 repeating units, implying a critical chain length required for stabilization of the α-Fe nanoparticle core.

  13. Dynamics of polyelectrolyte adsorption and colloidal flocculation upon mixing studied using mono-dispersed polystyrene latex particles

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    Feng, Lili; Cohen Stuart, Martien; Adachi, Yasuhisa


    The dynamic behavior of polyelectrolytes just after their encounter with the surface of bare colloidal particles is analyzed, using the flocculation properties of mono-dispersed polystyrene latex (PSL) particles. Applying a Standardized Colloid Mixing (SCM) approach, effects of ionic strength and

  14. Dispersion and film-forming properties of poly(acrylic acid)-stabilized carbon nanotubes. (United States)

    Saint-Aubin, Karell; Poulin, Philippe; Saadaoui, Hassan; Maugey, Maryse; Zakri, Cécile


    We present a detailed study of the influence of pH on the dispersion and film-forming properties of poly(acrylic acid)-stabilized carbon nanotubes. Poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) is a weak polyelectrolyte, with a pH-responsive behavior in aqueous solution. We obtain quantitative UV-visible measurements to show that the amount of polyelectrolyte in optimal pH conditions is weak, showing a good efficiency of the polymer as a carbon nanotube dispersing agent. The best dispersion conditions are achieved at pH 5, a value close to the pK(a) of PAA. Apart from this tenuous pH value, the PAA is not efficient at stabilizing nanotubes and atomic force microscopy allows us to explain the delicate balance between the PAA adsorption and the suspension stability. This study finally permits optimal conditions for making homogeneous and conductive composite films to be determined.

  15. Low Molecular Weight Chitosan–Insulin Polyelectrolyte Complex: Characterization and Stability Studies

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    Zakieh I. Al-Kurdi


    Full Text Available The aim of the work reported herein was to investigate the effect of various low molecular weight chitosans (LMWCs on the stability of insulin using USP HPLC methods. Insulin was found to be stable in a polyelectrolyte complex (PEC consisting of insulin and LMWC in the presence of a Tris-buffer at pH 6.5. In the presence of LMWC, the stability of insulin increased with decreasing molecular weight of LMWC; 13 kDa LMWC was the most efficient molecular weight for enhancing the physical and chemical stability of insulin. Solubilization of insulin-LMWC polyelectrolyte complex (I-LMWC PEC in a reverse micelle (RM system, administered to diabetic rats, results in an oral delivery system for insulin with acceptable bioactivity.

  16. Water Dispersible and Biocompatible Porphyrin-Based Nanospheres for Biophotonics Applications: A Novel Surfactant and Polyelectrolyte-Based Fabrication Strategy for Modifying Hydrophobic Porphyrins. (United States)

    Sheng, Ning; Zong, Shenfei; Cao, Wei; Jiang, Jianzhuang; Wang, Zhuyuan; Cui, Yiping


    The hydrophobility of most porphyrin and porphyrin derivatives has limited their applications in medicine and biology. Herein, we developed a novel and general strategy for the design of porphyrin nanospheres with good biocompatibility and water dispersibility for biological applications using hydrophobic porphyrins. In order to display the generality of the method, we used two hydrophobic porphyrin isomers as starting material which have different structures confirmed by an X-ray technique. The porphyrin nanospheres were fabricated through two main steps. First, the uniform porphyrin nanospheres stabilized by surfactant were prepared by an interfacially driven microemulsion method, and then the layer-by-layer method was used for the synthesis of polyelectrolyte-coated porphyrin nanospheres to reduce the toxicity of the surfactant as well as improve the biocompatibility of the nanospheres. The newly fabricated porphyrin nanospheres were characterized by TEM techniques, the electronic absorption spectra, photoluminescence emission spectra, dynamic light scattering, and cytotoxicity examination. The resulting nanospheres demonstrated good biocompatibility, excellent water dispersibility and low toxicity. In order to show their application in biophotonics, these porphyrin nanospheres were successfully applied in targeted living cancer cell imaging. The results showed an effective method had been explored to prepare water dispersible and highly stable porphyrin nanomaterial for biophotonics applications using hydrophobic porphyrin. The approach we reported shows obvious flexibility because the surfactants and polyelectrolytes can be optionally selected in accordance with the characteristics of the hydrophobic material. This strategy will expand the applications of hydrophobic porphyrins owning excellent properties in medicine and biology.

  17. Structure formation of soil dispersions in the presence of polyelectrolytes on the basis of allyl alcohol and acryl acid derivatives

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    Amankait Asanov


    Full Text Available Some changes of structural composition and surface properties of soil dispersions in the presence of polyelectrolytes, based on allyl alcohol and acryl acid derivatives, have been studied. The results show, that the changes in the structure of soil dispersions composition are connected with the added concentration and pH value, that depend on mole ratio and nature of functional groups, as well as on the nature of counterions and concomitant electrolytes, changing with the conditions of polymer analogous conversion and neutralization reaction. Experimental data show, that the change in the conformational state and the length of the macromolecule has a significant impact on the structure-forming effect and the amount of polyelectrolyte, needed to achieve the same degree of structure-forming effect of soil dispersions. The causes for the revealed reasons are shown on the basis of the results of the experiment. Along with this, it was found that particular changes of structural composition and surface properties of the soil dispersions depend on the type and concentration of the added polyelectrolyte.

  18. Biocompatible long-sustained release oil-core polyelectrolyte nanocarriers: From controlling physical state and stability to biological impact. (United States)

    Szczepanowicz, Krzysztof; Bazylińska, Urszula; Pietkiewicz, Jadwiga; Szyk-Warszyńska, Lilianna; Wilk, Kazimiera A; Warszyński, Piotr


    It has been generally expected that the most applicable drug delivery system (DDS) should be biodegradable, biocompatible and with incidental adverse effects. Among many micellar aggregates and their mediated polymeric systems, polyelectrolyte oil-core nanocarriers have been found to successfully encapsulate hydrophobic drugs in order to target cells and avoid drug degradation and toxicity as well as to improve drug efficacy, its stability, and better intracellular penetration. This paper reviews recent developments in the formation of polyelectrolyte oil-core nanocarriers by subsequent multilayer adsorption at micellar structures, their imaging, physical state and stability, drug encapsulation and applications, in vitro release profiles and in vitro biological evaluation (cellular uptake and internalization, biocompatibility). We summarize the recent results concerning polyelectrolyte/surfactant interactions at interfaces, fundamental to understand the mechanisms of formation of stable polyelectrolyte layered structures on liquid cores. The fabrication of emulsion droplets stabilized by synergetic surfactant/polyelectrolyte complexes, properties, and potential applications of each type of polyelectrolyte oil-core nanocarriers, including stealth nanocapsules with pegylated shell, are discussed and evaluated. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Water-Dispersible Silica-Polyelectrolyte Nanocomposites Prepared via Acid-Triggered Polycondensation of Silicic Acid and Directed by Polycations

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    Philip Overton


    Full Text Available The present work describes the acid-triggered condensation of silicic acid, Si(OH4, as directed by selected polycations in aqueous solution in the pH range of 6.5–8.0 at room temperature, without the use of additional solvents or surfactants. This process results in the formation of silica-polyelectrolyte (S-PE nanocomposites in the form of precipitate or water-dispersible particles. The mean hydrodynamic diameter (dh of size distributions of the prepared water-dispersible S-PE composites is presented as a function of the solution pH at which the composite formation was achieved. Poly(2-(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (PDMAEMA and block copolymers of DMAEMA and oligo(ethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate (OEGMA were used as weak polyelectrolytes in S-PE composite formation. The activity of the strong polyelectrolytes poly(methacryloxyethyl trimethylammonium iodide (PMOTAI and PMOTAI-b-POEGMA in S-PE formation is also examined. The effect of polyelectrolyte strength and the OEGMA block on the formation of the S-PE composites is assessed with respect to the S-PE composites prepared using the PDMAEMA homopolymer. In the presence of the PDMAEMA60 homopolymer (Mw = 9400 g/mol, the size of the dispersible S-PE composites increases with solution pH in the range pH 6.6–8.1, from dh = 30 nm to dh = 800 nm. S-PDMAEMA60 prepared at pH 7.8 contained 66% silica by mass (TGA. The increase in dispersible S-PE particle size is diminished when directed by PDMAEMA300 (Mw = 47,000 g/mol, reaching a maximum of dh = 75 nm. S-PE composites formed using PDMAEMA-b-POEGMA remain in the range dh = 20–30 nm across this same pH regime. Precipitated S-PE composites were obtained as spheres of up to 200 nm in diameter (SEM and up to 65% mass content of silica (TGA. The conditions of pH for the preparation of dispersible and precipitate S-PE nanocomposites, as directed by the five selected polyelectrolytes PDMAEMA60, PDMAEMA300, PMOTAI60, PDMAEMA60-b-POEGMA38 and

  20. Polyelectrolyte-stabilized graphene oxide liquid crystals against salt, pH, and serum. (United States)

    Zhao, Xiaoli; Xu, Zhen; Xie, Yang; Zheng, Bingna; Kou, Liang; Gao, Chao


    Stabilization of colloids is of great significance in nanoscience for their fundamental research and practical applications. Electrostatic repulsion-stabilized anisotropic colloids, such as graphene oxide (GO), can form stable liquid crystals (LCs). However, the electrostatic field would be screened by ions. To stabilize colloidal LCs against electrolyte is an unsolved challenge. Here, an effective strategy is proposed to stabilize GO LCs under harsh conditions by association of polyelectrolytes onto GO sheets. Using sodium poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS) and poly[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]dimethyl-(3-sulfopropyl)ammonium hydroxide (PMEDSAH), a kind of polyzwitterion, GO LCs were well-maintained in the presence of NaCl (from 0 M to saturated), extreme pH (from 1 to 13), and serum. Moreover, PSS- or PMEDSAH-coated chemically reduced GO (rGO) also showed stability against electrolyte.

  1. Polyaniline-Doped Spherical Polyelectrolyte Brush Nanocomposites with Enhanced Electrical Conductivity, Thermal Stability, and Solubility Property

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    Na Su


    Full Text Available The synthesis procedure and dopant are crucial to the electrical conductivity, thermal stability, and solubility properties of polyaniline (PANI. In this paper, high-performance PANI was synthesized by means of chemical oxidative polymerization using anionic spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (ASPB as dopant. The bonding structure, crystallographic structure, morphology, and thermal stability of the conductive nanocomposite were analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA respectively. Meanwhile, investigation on the electrical conductivity suggested that the room-temperature electrical conductivity of PANI doped with ASPB (PANI/ASPB was 19.3 S/cm, which was higher than that of PANI (7.0 S/cm, PANI doped with poly(sodium-p-styrenesulfonate (PSS (PANI/PSS (14.6 S/cm, PANI doped with SiO2 (PANI/SiO2 (18.2 S/cm, and PANI doped with canonic spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (CSPB (PANI/CSPB (8.0 S/cm. Meanwhile, the addition of ASPB improved the thermal stability and solubility properties of PANI. ASPB played the role of template. Conductive mechanism of PANI/ASPB nanocomposite can be explained by the theoretical models of three-dimensional variable range-hopping (3D VRH.

  2. Electrostatic Stabilization of Graphene in Organic Dispersions


    Rodgers, Andrew N J; Velicky, Matej; Dryfe, Robert A.W.


    The exfoliation of graphite to give graphene dispersions in nonaqueous solvents is an important area with regards to scalable production of graphene in bulk quantities and its ultimate application in devices. Understanding the mechanisms governing the stability of these dispersions is therefore of both scientific interest and technological importance. Herein, we have used addition of an indifferent electrolyte to perturb few-layer graphene dispersions in a nonaqueous solvent (1,2-dichloroetha...

  3. Surface Property and Stability of Transparent Superhydrophobic Coating Based on SiO2-Polyelectrolyte Multilayer

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    Full Text Available Artificial superhydrophobic films were deposited onto a glass slide by performing layer-by-layer deposition of 3.5 bilayers of poly(allylamine hydrochloride/ poly(acrylic acid polyelectrolyte, followed by a layer of SiO2 nanoparticles of various amounts to enhance the surface roughness and a fluorosilane to reduce the surface free energy. Higher SiO2 content incorporated into the films resulted in rougher surface and higher water contact angle. The total surface free energy determined by using the Owens-Wendt equation dramatically decreased from 31.46 mJ·m-2 for the film having the relatively flat surface to only 1.16 mJ·m-2 for the film having the highest surface roughness of 60.2 ± 1.1 nm. All the films were optically transparent and had excellent adhesion based on the peel test. Indoor and accelerated weathering tests revealed good weathering stability.DOI:

  4. Surface Property and Stability of Transparent Superhydrophobic Coating Based on SiO2-Polyelectrolyte Multilayer

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    Full Text Available Artificial superhydrophobic films were deposited onto a glass slide by performing layer-by-layer deposition of 3.5 bilayers of poly(allylamine hydrochloride/ poly(acrylic acid polyelectrolyte, followed by a layer of SiO2 nanoparticles of various amounts to enhance the surface roughness and a fluorosilane to reduce the surface free energy. Higher SiO2 content incorporated into the films resulted in rougher surface and higher water contact angle. The total surface free energy determined by using the Owens-Wendt equation dramatically decreased from 31.46 mJ·m-2 for the film having the relatively flat surface to only 1.16 mJ·m-2 for the film having the highest surface roughness of 60.2 ± 1.1 nm. All the films were optically transparent and had excellent adhesion based on the peel test. Indoor and accelerated weathering tests revealed good weathering stability.DOI:

  5. Stability of algebraically unstable dispersive flows (United States)

    King, Kristina R.; Weinstein, Steven J.; Zaretzky, Paula M.; Cromer, Michael; Barlow, Nathaniel S.


    A largely unexplored type of hydrodynamic instability is examined: long-time algebraic growth. Such growth is possible when the dispersion relation extracted from classical stability analysis indicates neutral stability. A physically motivated class of partial differential equations that describes the response of a system to disturbances is examined. Specifically, the propagation characteristics of the response are examined in the context of spatiotemporal stability theory. Morphological differences are identified between system responses that exhibit algebraic growth and the more typical case of exponential growth. One key attribute of predicted algebraically growing solutions is the prevalence of transient growth in almost all of the response, with the long-time growth occurring asymptotically at precisely one wave speed.

  6. Silanization of polyelectrolyte-coated particles: an effective route to stabilize Raman tagging molecules adsorbed on micrometer-sized silver particles. (United States)

    Kim, Kwan; Lee, Hyang Bong; Shin, Kuan Soo


    Micrometer-sized Ag (microAg) powders are very efficient surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates. To use microAg powders as a core material for molecular sensors operating via SERS, it is necessary to stabilize the tagging (i.e., SERS-marker) molecules adsorbed onto them. We demonstrate in this work that once the tagging molecules are coated with aliphatic polyelectrolytes such as poly(allylamine hydrochloride), the base-catalyzed silanization can be readily carried out to form stable silica shells around the polyelectrolyte layers by a biomimetic process; any particle can therefore be coated with silica since polyelectrolytes can be deposited beforehand via a layer-by-layer deposition method. Even after silanization, the SERS peaks of marker molecules on microAg particles are the only observable peaks since aliphatic polyelectrolytes, as well as silica shells, are intrinsically weak Raman scatterers, and more importantly, the SERS signals must be derived mostly from the first layer of the adsorbates (i.e., the marker molecules) in direct contact with the microAg particles. Silica shells, once fabricated, can further be derivatized to possess biofunctional groups; therefore, the modified microAg particles can be used as platforms of highly stable SERS-based biological sensors, as well as barcoding materials.

  7. Third-order chromatic dispersion stabilizes Kerr frequency combs

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    Parra-Rivas, Pedro; Leo, Francois; Coen, Stephane; Gelens, Lendert


    Using numerical simulations of an extended Lugiato-Lefever equation, we analyze the stability and nonlinear dynamics of Kerr frequency combs generated in microresonators and fiber resonators taking into account third-order dispersion effects. We show that cavity solitons underlying Kerr frequency combs, normally sensitive to oscillatory and chaotic instabilities, are stabilized in a wide range of parameter space by third-order dispersion. Moreover, we demonstrate how the snaking structure organizing compound states of multiple cavity solitons is qualitatively changed by third-order dispersion, promoting an increased stability of Kerr combs underlined by a single cavity soliton.

  8. Third-order chromatic dispersion stabilizes Kerr frequency combs. (United States)

    Parra-Rivas, Pedro; Gomila, Damià; Leo, François; Coen, Stéphane; Gelens, Lendert


    Using numerical simulations of an extended Lugiato-Lefever equation we analyze the stability and nonlinear dynamics of Kerr frequency combs generated in microresonators and fiber resonators, taking into account third-order dispersion effects. We show that cavity solitons underlying Kerr frequency combs, normally sensitive to oscillatory and chaotic instabilities, are stabilized in a wide range of parameter space by third-order dispersion. Moreover, we demonstrate how the snaking structure organizing compound states of multiple cavity solitons is qualitatively changed by third-order dispersion, promoting an increased stability of Kerr combs underlined by a single cavity soliton.

  9. A ratiometric nanosensor based on conjugated polyelectrolyte-stabilized AgNPs for ultrasensitive fluorescent and colorimetric sensing of melamine. (United States)

    Zhu, Xixi; Xiao, Yi; Jiang, Xiaoying; Li, Jiahui; Qin, Hongling; Huang, Hongmei; Zhang, Youyu; He, Xiaoxiao; Wang, Kemin


    A new ratiometric nanosensor is developed for selective and ultrasensitive detection of melamine based on conjugated polyelectrolyte (CPE)-stabilized silver nanoparticles (P1-AgNPs) by perfectly combining the advantages of CPE and AgNPs. P1 featuring a π-delocalized backbone bearing pyridinyl groups can act as an excellent dual-emission fluorescent probe as well as a polymer localizer for AgNPs. In the presence of melamine, the fluorescence intensity at 386nm increases owing to the turn-on of the fluorescence of P1, whereas FL intensity at 488nm decreases due to the melamine-induced aggregation and subsequent aggregation-enhanced emission quenching of P1-AgNPs, therefore leading to the ratiometric fluorescent sensing of analyte. Moreover, analyte-induced aggregation of P1-AgNPs also allows the ratiometric colorimetric measurement of melamine. Under the optimum conditions, this facile ratiometric nanosensor favors the fluorescent and colorimetric determination of melamine in liquid milk products with the detection limit as low as 0.1 and 0.45nM, respectively.

  10. Concentrated whey protein particle dispersions: Heat stability and rheological properties

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    Saglam, D.; Venema, P.; Vries, de R.J.; Shi, J.; Linden, van der E.


    In this work heat stability and rheological properties of concentrated whey protein particle dispersions in different dispersing media are studied. Whey protein particles (protein content ~20% w/v) having an average size of a few microns were formed using a combination of two-step emulsification and

  11. Dispersions of non-covalently functionalized graphene with minimal stabilizer (United States)

    Parviz, Dorsa; Das, Sriya; Irin, Fahmida; Green, Micah


    Pyrene derivatives are promising substitutes of surfactants and polymers for stabilization of graphene in aqueous dispersions. We demonstrate that pyrene derivatives stabilize single- to few-layer graphene sheets, yielding exceptionally higher graphene/stabilizer ratio in comparison with conventional stabilizers. Parameters such as stabilizer concentration, initial graphite concentration, type and number of functional groups, counterions, the pH and the polarity of dispersion media were shown to affect the adsorption process and final graphene concentration. The effectiveness of pyrene derivatives is determined by the type, number and electronegativity of functional groups and counterion. It also depends on the distance between functional group and pyrene basal plan, the pH of the dispersion (as shown by zeta potential measurements) and the relative polarity between stabilizer and solvent. Stability of the dispersions against centrifugation, pH and temperature changes and lyophilization was investigated. These dispersions also show promise for applications to polymer nanocomposites, organic solar cells, conductive films, and inkjet-printed electronic devices.

  12. Facile Formation of Redox-Active Totally Organic Nanoparticles in Water by In Situ Reduction of Organic Precursors Stabilized through Aromatic-Aromatic Interactions by Aromatic Polyelectrolytes. (United States)

    Flores, Mario E; Garcés-Jerez, Pablo; Fernández, Daniel; Aros-Perez, Gustavo; González-Cabrera, Diego; Álvarez, Eduardo; Cañas, Ignacio; Oyarzun-Ampuero, Felipe; Moreno-Villoslada, Ignacio


    The formation of redox-active, totally organic nanoparticles in water is achieved following a strategy similar to that used to form metal nanoparticles. It is based on two fundamental concepts: i) complexation through aromatic-aromatic interactions of a water-soluble precursor aromatic molecule with polyelectrolytes bearing complementary charged aromatic rings, and ii) reduction of the precursor molecule to achieve stabilized nanoparticles. Thus, formazan nanoparticles are synthesized by reduction of a tetrazolium salt with ascorbic acid using polyelectrolytes bearing benzene sulfonate residues of high linear aromatic density, but cannot be formed in the presence of nonaromatic polyelectrolytes. The red colored nanoparticles are efficiently encapsulated in calcium alginate beads, showing macroscopic homogeneity. Bleaching kinetics with chlorine show linear rates on the order of tenths of milli-meters per minute. A linear behavior of the dependence of the rate of bleaching on the chlorine concentration is found, showing the potential of the nanoparticles for chlorine sensing. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Rheological analysis of stabilized cerium-gadolinium oxide (CGO) dispersions

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    Marani, Debora; Hjelm, Johan; Wandel, Marie


    The objective of the present work is to generate general rheological criteria to investigate high solid loading dispersions suitable for the shaping of homogeneous ceramic bodies. Systematic analysis of the rheological properties of moderately low specific surface area (SSA) Ce0.9Gd0.1O3-δ (CGO10......) dispersions was performed in rotational and oscillatory modes. The dispersant content was optimized to attain fully stabilized dispersions. A critical upper limit for the ceramic content was introduced and denoted ϕh. It defines the limit to non-Newtonian flow and corresponds to the highest feasible volume...... fraction to which reproducible dispersions are achieved. The method proposed for its determination is based on the analysis of the flow index as function of the ceramic volume fraction. For the CGO dispersions formulated in this work, ϕh was found to be around (0.34 ± 0.04). The maximum volume fraction (ϕm...

  14. Studies on dispersive stabilization of porous media flows

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    Daripa, Prabir, E-mail:; Gin, Craig [Department of Mathematics, Texas A& M University, College Station, Texas 77843 (United States)


    Motivated by a need to improve the performance of chemical enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes, we investigate dispersive effects on the linear stability of three-layer porous media flow models of EOR for two different types of interfaces: permeable and impermeable interfaces. Results presented are relevant for the design of smarter interfaces in the available parameter space of capillary number, Peclet number, longitudinal and transverse dispersion, and the viscous profile of the middle layer. The stabilization capacity of each of these two interfaces is explored numerically and conditions for complete dispersive stabilization are identified for each of these two types of interfaces. Key results obtained are (i) three-layer porous media flows with permeable interfaces can be almost completely stabilized by diffusion if the optimal viscous profile is chosen, (ii) flows with impermeable interfaces can also be almost completely stabilized for short time, but become more unstable at later times because diffusion flattens out the basic viscous profile, (iii) diffusion stabilizes short waves more than long waves which leads to a “turning point” Peclet number at which short and long waves have the same growth rate, and (iv) mechanical dispersion further stabilizes flows with permeable interfaces but in some cases has a destabilizing effect for flows with impermeable interfaces, which is a surprising result. These results are then used to give a comparison of the two types of interfaces. It is found that for most values of the flow parameters, permeable interfaces suppress flow instability more than impermeable interfaces.

  15. Multifunctional redox polymers: electrochrome, polyelectrolyte, sensor, electrode modifier, nanoparticle stabilizer, and catalyst template. (United States)

    Deraedt, Christophe; Rapakousiou, Amalia; Wang, Yanlan; Salmon, Lionel; Bousquet, Melanie; Astruc, Didier


    Simple "click" polycondensation metallopolymers of redox-robust bis(ethynyl)biferrocene (biFc) and di(azido) poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG400 and PEG1000) were designed for multiple functions including improvement of water solubility and biocompatibility, the introduction of mixed valency and sensing capabilities, and as nanoparticle stabilizers for catalysis. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Stability of dispersions in polar organic media. I. Electrostatic stabilization

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    Rooy, N. de; Bruyn, P.L. de; Overbeek, J.Th.G.


    Electrostatically stabilized sols of silver, silver iodide, α-goethite, and copper phthalocyanine in methanol, ethanol, isopropanol, and acetone have been prepared and characterized. Coagulation concentrations with electrolytes of various charge numbers have been determined in water, in organic solv

  17. Stability of dispersions in polar organic media. I. Electrostatic stabilization

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    Rooy, N. de; Bruyn, P.L. de; Overbeek, J.Th.G.

    Electrostatically stabilized sols of silver, silver iodide, α-goethite, and copper phthalocyanine in methanol, ethanol, isopropanol, and acetone have been prepared and characterized. Coagulation concentrations with electrolytes of various charge numbers have been determined in water, in organic

  18. Stability studies of colloidal silica dispersions in binary solvent mixtures

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    Bean, K H


    A series of monodispersed colloidal silica dispersions, of varying radii, has been prepared. These particles are hydrophilic in nature due to the presence of surface silanol groups. Some of the particles have been rendered hydrophobic by terminally grafting n-alkyl (C sub 1 sub 8) chains to the surface. The stability of dispersions of these various particles has been studied in binary mixtures of liquids, namely (i) ethanol and cyclohexane, and (ii) benzene and n-heptane. The ethanol - cyclohexane systems have been studied using a variety of techniques. Adsorption excess isotherms have been established and electrophoretic mobility measurements have been made. The predicted stability of the dispersions from D.V.L.O. calculations is compared to the observed stability. The hydrophilic silica particles behave as predicted by the calculations, with the zeta potential decreasing and the van der Waals attraction increasing with increasing cyclohexane concentration. The hydrophobic particles behave differently than e...

  19. Study of the stability of polarization mode dispersion in fibre

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    付松年; 吴重庆; 刘海涛; 沈平; 董晖


    Polarization mode dispersion (PMD) is the ultimate limitation to high bit-rate fibre communication system. The stability of PMD is very important to its measurement and compensation. This paper puts forward a method to measure the stability of PMD by measuring the stability of the state of polarization (SOP) and introduces the conception of time evolution vector (TEV) of SOP. We observe the fact that the regularity of the principal state of polarization changing with time is the same as other SOPs', if we neglect the dependence of TEV on wavelength. We also measure the SOP's stability of some fibres with different lengths, and obtain results of PMD changing with time.

  20. Stabilization of spatiotemporal solitons in Kerr media by dispersive coupling

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    Kartashov, Yaroslav V; Konotop, Vladimir V; Lobanov, Valery E; Torner, Lluis


    We introduce a mechanism to stabilize spatiotemporal solitons in Kerr nonlinear media, based on the dispersion of linear coupling between the field components forming the soliton states. Specifically, we consider solitons in a two-core guiding structure with inter-core coupling dispersion (CD). We show that CD profoundly affects properties of the solitons, causing the complete stabilization of the otherwise highly unstable spatiotemporal solitons in Kerr media with focusing nonlinearity. We also find that the presence of CD stimulates the formation of bound states, which however are unstable.

  1. Dispersion Interactions and the Stability of Amine Dimers (United States)

    Guttmann, Robin


    Abstract Weak, intermolecular interactions in amine dimers were studied by using the combination of a dispersionless density functional and a function that describes the dispersion contribution to the interaction energy. The validity of this method was shown by comparison of structural and energetic properties with data obtained with a conventional density functional and the coupled cluster method. The stability of amine dimers was shown to depend on the size, the shape, and the relative orientation of the alkyl substituents, and it was shown that the stabilization energy for large substituents is dominated by dispersion interactions. In contrast to traditional chemical explanations that attribute stability and condensed matter properties solely to hydrogen bonding and, thus, to the properties of the atoms forming the hydrogen bridge, we show that without dispersion interactions not even the stability and structure of the ammonia dimer can be correctly described. The stability of amine dimers depends crucially on the interaction between the non‐polar alkyl groups, which is dominated by dispersion interactions. This interaction is also responsible for the energetic part of the free energy interaction used to describe hydrophobic interactions in liquid alkanes. The entropic part has its origin in the high degeneracy of the interaction energy for complexes of alkane molecules, which exist in a great variety of conformers, having their origin in internal rotations of the alkane chains. PMID:28794953

  2. Radioactive wastes dispersed in stabilized ash cements

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    Rubin, J.B.; Taylor, C.M.V.; Sivils, L.D.; Carey, J.W.


    One of the most widely-used methods for the solidification/stabilization of low-level radwaste is by incorporation into Type-I/II ordinary portland cement (OPC). Treating of OPC with supercritical fluid carbon dioxide (SCCO{sub 2}) has been shown to significantly increase the density, while simultaneously decreasing porosity. In addition, the process significantly reduces the hydrogenous content, reducing the likelihood of radiolytic decomposition reactions. This, in turn, permits increased actinide loadings with a concomitant reduction in disposable waste volume. In this article, the authors discuss the combined use of fly-ash-modified OPC and its treatment with SCCO{sub 2} to further enhance immobilization properties. They begin with a brief summary of current cement immobilization technology in order to delineate the areas of concern. Next, supercritical fluids are described, as they relate to these areas of concern. In the subsequent section, they present an outline of results on the application of SCCO{sub 2} to OPC, and its effectiveness in addressing these problem areas. Lastly, in the final section, they proffer their thoughts on why they believe, based on the OPC results, that the incorporation of fly ash into OPC, followed by supercritical fluid treatment, can produce highly efficient wasteforms.

  3. Radioactive wastes dispersed in stabilized ash cements

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    Rubin, J.B.; Taylor, C.M.V.; Sivils, L.D.; Carey, J.W.


    One of the most widely-used methods for the solidification/stabilization of low-level radwaste is by incorporation into Type-I/II ordinary portland cement (OPC). Treating of OPC with supercritical fluid carbon dioxide (SCCO{sub 2}) has been shown to significantly increase the density, while simultaneously decreasing porosity. In addition, the process significantly reduces the hydrogenous content, reducing the likelihood of radiolytic decomposition reactions. This, in turn, permits increased actinide loadings with a concomitant reduction in disposable waste volume. In this article, the authors discuss the combined use of fly-ash-modified OPC and its treatment with SCCO{sub 2} to further enhance immobilization properties. They begin with a brief summary of current cement immobilization technology in order to delineate the areas of concern. Next, supercritical fluids are described, as they relate to these areas of concern. In the subsequent section, they present an outline of results on the application of SCCO{sub 2} to OPC, and its effectiveness in addressing these problem areas. Lastly, in the final section, they proffer their thoughts on why they believe, based on the OPC results, that the incorporation of fly ash into OPC, followed by supercritical fluid treatment, can produce highly efficient wasteforms.

  4. Dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes: Mixing, Sonication, Stabilization, and Composite Properties

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    Eugene M. Terentjev


    Full Text Available Advances in functionality and reliability of carbon nanotube (CNT composite materials require careful formulation of processing methods to ultimately realize the desired properties. To date, controlled dispersion of CNTs in a solution or a composite matrix remains a challenge, due to the strong van der Waals binding energies associated with the CNT aggregates. There is also insufficiently defined correlation between the microstructure and the physical properties of the composite. Here, we offer a review of the dispersion processes of pristine (non-covalently functionalized CNTs in a solvent or a polymer solution. We summarize and adapt relevant theoretical analysis to guide the dispersion design and selection, from the processes of mixing/sonication, to the application of surfactants for stabilization, to the final testing of composite properties. The same approaches are expected to be also applicable to the fabrication of other composite materials involving homogeneously dispersed nanoparticles.

  5. Layer-by-layer self-assembly of polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets. (United States)

    Shen, Jianfeng; Pei, Yu; Dong, Pei; Ji, Jin; Cui, Zheng; Yuan, Junhua; Baines, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Ye, Mingxin


    Few-layered polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets were obtained for the first time through in situ polymerization of MoS2 nanosheets with poly(acrylic acid) and poly(acrylamide), both of which demonstrated excellent dispersibility and stability in water. After designing and optimizing the components of this series of polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets, by exploiting the electrostatic interactions present in the modified MoS2 nanosheets, we further created a series of layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembling MoS2-based films. To this end, uniform MoS2 nanosheet-based LBL films were precisely deposited on substrates such as quartz, silicon, and ITO. The polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheet assembled LBL film-modified electrodes demonstrated enhanced electrocatalytic activity for H2O2. As such, they are conducive to efficient sensors and advanced biosensing systems.


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    LI Zhuomei; ZHANG Xuexin; XIE Zhiming; HUANG Yuhui


    A new polyelectrolyte (SPU) has been prepared. It can depress the water-loss of drilling-mud much more effective than the commonly used acrylic polyelectrolytes even in 30% NaCl solution.SPU has phenyl group in the backbone with -SO3- in the side chain while the acrylic polyelectrolytes have C- C and -COO- respectively. there exists an intrinsic relationship between the structure of polymer and its tolerance to salts. It has been found: 1 ) The adsorption amount of polymer on clay is related closely to the flexibility of polymer chain. 2) The salt-tolerance of -SO3-is superior to -COO-. 3) Both SPU-mud and HPAN-mud are plastic fluids. The dependence of yield point on salts relates to the molecular weight of polymer and hydration of ionogenic group,which is quite different for SPU-mud and HPAN-mud. 4) The extent of raising zeta-potential of base-mud by SPU is greater than by HPAN, but the extent of dropping zeta-potential of SPU-mud by NaCl is smaller than HPAN-mud. According to these results we suppose the salt-tolerance of SPU-mud is attributed mainly to hydration of -SO3- and that of HPAN-mud mainly to network structure formed in the drilling-mud.

  7. Habitat stability affects dispersal and the ability to track climate change

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    Hof, Christian; Brändle, Martin; Dehling, D. Matthias


    Habitat persistence should influence dispersal ability, selecting for stronger dispersal in habitats of lower temporal stability. As standing (lentic) freshwater habitats are on average less persistent over time than running (lotic) habitats, lentic species should show higher dispersal abilities ...

  8. Removal of dispersant-stabilized carbon nanotubes by regular coagulants

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    Ni Liu; Changli Liu; Jing Zhang; Daohui Lin


    Coagulation followed by sedimentation,as a conventional technique in the water treatment plant,can be the first line of defense against exposures of carbon nanotubes(CNTs)to aquatic organisms and human beings,which has been rarely documented.This study investigated the removal of dispersant-stabilized CNT suspensions by poly aluminum chloride(PAC1)and KAI(SO4)2·12H2O (alum),with a focus on the effects of dispersant type,coagulant type and dosage.PAC1 performed better than alum in the removal of tannic acid-,humic acid-,and sodium dodecyl benzenesulfonate-stabilized CNTs,but worse for polyethylene glycol octylphenyl ether(TX100)-stabilized CNTs.Neither coagulant could effectively precipitate cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide-stabilized CNTs.The removal by PAC1 first increased up to a plateau and then decreased with the continued increase of coagulant dosage.However,the removal rates leveled off but did not decrease after achieving their highest level with the continued addition of alum.The coagulation and flocculation of the CNT suspensions by PAC1 could be regulated mainly by the mechanism of adsorption charge neutralization,whereas the coagulation by alum mainly involved electrical double-layer compression.

  9. Polyelectrolytes thermodynamics and rheology

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    P M, Visakh; Picó, Guillermo Alfredo


    This book discusses current development of theoretical models and experimental findings on the thermodynamics of polyelectrolytes. Particular emphasis is placed on the rheological description of polyelectrolyte solutions and hydrogels.

  10. Interfacial properties, thin film stability and foam stability of casein micelle dispersions

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    Chen, Min; Sala, G.; Meinders, M.B.J.; Valenberg, van H.J.F.; Linden, van der E.; Sagis, L.M.C.


    Foam stability of casein micelle dispersions (CMDs) strongly depends on aggregate size. To elucidate the underlying mechanism, the role of interfacial and thin film properties was investigated. CMDs were prepared at 4 °C and 20 °C, designated as CMD4 °C and CMD20 °C. At equal protein concentrations,

  11. Polyelectrolyte-assisted preparation of gold nanocluster-doped silica particles with high incorporation efficiency and improved stability (United States)

    Wang, Haonan; Huang, Zhenzhen; Guo, Zilong; Yang, Wensheng


    In this paper, we reported an approach for efficient incorporation of glutathione-capped gold nanoclusters (GSH-Au NCs) into silica particles with the assistance of a polyelectrolyte, poly-diallyldimethyl-ammoniumchloride (PDDA). In this approach, the negatively charged GSH-Au NCs were firstly mixed with the positively charged PDDA to form PDDA-Au NC complexes. Then, the complexes were added into a pre-hydrolyzed Stöber system to get the Au NCs-doped silica particles. With increased ratio of PDDA in the complexes, the negative charges on surface of the Au NCs were neutralized gradually and finally reversed to positive in presence of excess PDDA, which facilitated the incorporation of the Au NCs into the negatively charged silica matrix. Under the optimal amount of PDDA in the complexes, the incorporation efficiency of Au NCs could be as high as 88%. After being incorporated into the silica matrix, the Au NCs become much robust against pH and heavy metal ions attributed to the protection effect of silica and PDDA. This approach was also extendable to highly efficient incorporation of other negatively charged metal nanoclusters, such as bovine serum albumin-capped Cu nanoclusters, into silica matrix.

  12. The influence of ionic strength and mixing ratio on the colloidal stability of PDAC/PSS polyelectrolyte complexes. (United States)

    Zhang, Yanpu; Yildirim, Erol; Antila, Hanne S; Valenzuela, Luis D; Sammalkorpi, Maria; Lutkenhaus, Jodie L


    Polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) form by mixing polycation and polyanion solutions together, and have been explored for a variety of applications. One challenge for PEC processing and application is that under certain conditions the as-formed PECs aggregate and precipitate out of suspension over the course of minutes to days. This aggregation is governed by several factors such as electrostatic repulsion, van der Waals attractions, and hydrophobic interactions. In this work, we explore the boundary between colloidally stable and unstable complexes as it is influenced by polycation/polyanion mixing ratio and ionic strength. The polymers examined are poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDAC) and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS). Physical properties such as turbidity, hydrodynamic size, and zeta potential are investigated upon complex formation. We also perform detailed molecular dynamics simulations to examine the structure and effective charge distribution of the PECs at varying mixing ratios and salt concentrations to support the experimental findings. The results suggest that the colloidally stable/unstable boundary possibly marks the screening effects from added salt, resulting in weakly charged complexes that aggregate. At higher salt concentrations, the complexes initially form and then gradually dissolve into solution.

  13. Charge-regularization effects on polyelectrolytes (United States)

    Muthukumar, Murugappan


    When electrically charged macromolecules are dispersed in polar solvents, their effective net charge is generally different from their chemical charges, due to competition between counterion adsorption and the translational entropy of dissociated counterions. The effective charge changes significantly as the experimental conditions change such as variations in solvent quality, temperature, and the concentration of added small electrolytes. This charge-regularization effect leads to major difficulties in interpreting experimental data on polyelectrolyte solutions and challenges in understanding the various polyelectrolyte phenomena. Even the most fundamental issue of experimental determination of molar mass of charged macromolecules by light scattering method has been difficult so far due to this feature. We will present a theory of charge-regularization of flexible polyelectrolytes in solutions and discuss the consequences of charge-regularization on (a) experimental determination of molar mass of polyelectrolytes using scattering techniques, (b) coil-globule transition, (c) macrophase separation in polyelectrolyte solutions, (c) phase behavior in coacervate formation, and (d) volume phase transitions in polyelectrolyte gels.

  14. Electrostatics of Rigid Polyelectrolytes

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    Wong, G.C.L.


    The organization of rigid biological polyelectrolytes by multivalent ions and macroions are important for many fundamental problems in biology and biomedicine, such as cytoskeletal regulation and antimicrobial sequestration in cystic fibrosis. These polyelectrolytes have been used as model systems for understanding electrostatics in complex fluids. Here, we review some recent results in theory, simulations, and experiments.

  15. Interfacial properties, thin film stability and foam stability of casein micelle dispersions. (United States)

    Chen, Min; Sala, Guido; Meinders, Marcel B J; van Valenberg, Hein J F; van der Linden, Erik; Sagis, Leonard M C


    Foam stability of casein micelle dispersions (CMDs) strongly depends on aggregate size. To elucidate the underlying mechanism, the role of interfacial and thin film properties was investigated. CMDs were prepared at 4°C and 20°C, designated as CMD4°C and CMD20°C. At equal protein concentrations, foam stability of CMD4°C (with casein micelle aggregates) was markedly higher than CMD20°C (without aggregates). Although the elastic modulus of CMD4°C was twice as that of CMD20°C at 0.005Hz, the protein adsorbed amount was slightly higher for CMD20°C than for CMD4°C, which indicated a slight difference in interfacial composition of the air/water interface. Non-linear surface dilatational rheology showed minor differences between mechanical properties of air/water interfaces stabilized by two CMDs. These differences in interfacial properties could not explain the large difference in foam stability between two CMDs. Thin film analysis showed that films made with CMD20°C drained to a more homogeneous film compared to films stabilized by CMD4°C. Large casein micelle aggregates trapped in the thin film of CMD4°C made the film more heterogeneous. The rupture time of thin films was significantly longer for CMD4°C (>1h) than for CMD20°C (foam stability decreased significantly. In conclusion, the increased stability of foam prepared with CMD4°C appears to be the result of entrapment of casein micelle aggregates in the liquid films of the foam.

  16. Spherical polyelectrolyte brushes as a nanoreactor for synthesis of ultrafine magnetic nanoparticles (United States)

    Zhu, Yan; Chen, Kaimin; Wang, Xiang; Guo, Xuhong


    Ultrafine magnetic nanoparticles (MNP, 1.4-5.8 nm) were generated within a nanoreactor of spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (SPB). SPB consist of a solid polystyrene (PS) core and densely grafted poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) chains. Due to strong chemical coordination between carboxyl groups in PAA and MNP surfaces, the obtained magnetic spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (MSPB) kept excellent stability and maintained pH sensitivity. The magnetic properties of MSPB were confirmed by a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The size and the size dispersion of MNP can be modulated by varying adding sequences (conventional coprecipitation or reverse coprecipitation), or nanoreactor structure (with or without crosslinking). MNP content in MSPB could be adjusted by multicycle reactions. This new strategy makes it possible to synthesize ultrafine inorganic nanoparticles with tunable size in SPB.

  17. Layer-by-layer self-assembly of polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets (United States)

    Shen, Jianfeng; Pei, Yu; Dong, Pei; Ji, Jin; Cui, Zheng; Yuan, Junhua; Baines, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Ye, Mingxin


    Few-layered polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets were obtained for the first time through in situ polymerization of MoS2 nanosheets with poly(acrylic acid) and poly(acrylamide), both of which demonstrated excellent dispersibility and stability in water. After designing and optimizing the components of this series of polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets, by exploiting the electrostatic interactions present in the modified MoS2 nanosheets, we further created a series of layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembling MoS2-based films. To this end, uniform MoS2 nanosheet-based LBL films were precisely deposited on substrates such as quartz, silicon, and ITO. The polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheet assembled LBL film-modified electrodes demonstrated enhanced electrocatalytic activity for H2O2. As such, they are conducive to efficient sensors and advanced biosensing systems.Few-layered polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets were obtained for the first time through in situ polymerization of MoS2 nanosheets with poly(acrylic acid) and poly(acrylamide), both of which demonstrated excellent dispersibility and stability in water. After designing and optimizing the components of this series of polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets, by exploiting the electrostatic interactions present in the modified MoS2 nanosheets, we further created a series of layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembling MoS2-based films. To this end, uniform MoS2 nanosheet-based LBL films were precisely deposited on substrates such as quartz, silicon, and ITO. The polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheet assembled LBL film-modified electrodes demonstrated enhanced electrocatalytic activity for H2O2. As such, they are conducive to efficient sensors and advanced biosensing systems. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: SEM, AFM and TEM characterization of PAA-MoS2 and PAM-MoS2 nanocomposites. More characterization and electrochemical properties of LBL films

  18. Dissecting the structure of surface stabilizer on the dispersion of inorganic nanoparticles in aqueous medium (United States)

    Ding, Yong; Yu, Zongzhi; Zheng, Junping


    Dispersing inorganic nanoparticles in aqueous solutions is a key requirement for a great variety of products and processes, including carriers in drug delivery or fillers in polymers. To be highly functional in the final product, inorganic particles are required to be finely dispersed in nanoscale. In this study, silica was selected as a representative inorganic particle. Surface stabilizers with different chain length and charged group were designed to reveal the influence of electrostatic and van der Waals forces between silica and stabilizer on the dispersion of silica particles in aqueous medium. Results showed surface stabilizer with longer alkyl chain and charged group exerted best ability to deaggregate silica, leading to a hydrodynamic size of 51.1 nm. Surface stabilizer designing with rational structure is a promising solution for deagglomerating and reducing process time and energy. Giving the designability and adaptability of surface stabilizer, this method is of potential for dispersion of other inorganic nanoparticles.

  19. Development of Highly-Conductive Polyelectrolytes for Lithium Batteries (United States)

    Shriver, D. F.; Ratner, M. A.; Vaynman, S.; Annan, K. O.; Snyder, J. F.


    Future NASA and Air Force missions require reliable and safe sources of energy with high specific energy and energy density that can provide thousands of charge-discharge cycles at more than 40% depth- of-discharge and that can operate at low temperatures. All solid-state batteries have substantial advantages with respect to stability, energy density, storage fife and cyclability. Among all solid-state batteries, those with flexible polymer electrolytes offer substantial advantages in cell dimensionality and commensurability, low temperature operation and thin film design. The above considerations suggest that lithium-polymer electrolyte systems are promising for high energy density batteries and should be the systems of choice for NASA and US Air Force applications. Polyelectrolytes (single ion conductors) are among most promising avenues for achieving a major breakthrough 'in the applicability of polymer- based electrolyte systems. Their major advantages include unit transference number for the cation, reduced cell polarization, minimal salt precipitation, and favorable electrolyte stability at interfaces. Our research is focused on synthesis, modeling and cell testing of single ion carriers, polyelectrolytes. During the first year of this project we attempted the synthesis of two polyelectrolytes. The synthesis of the first one, the poly(ethyleneoxide methoxy acrylateco-lithium 1,1,2-trifluorobutanesulfonate acrylate, was attempted few times and it was unsuccessful. We followed the synthetic route described by Cowie and Spence. The yield was extremely low and the final product could not be separated from the impurities. The synthesis of this polyelectrolyte is not described in this report. The second polyelectrolyte, comb polysiloxane polyelectrolyte containing oligoether and perfluoroether sidechains, was synthesized in sufficient quantity to study the range of properties such as thermal stability, Li- ion- conductivity and stability toward lithium metal. Also

  20. Surface modification and characterization for dispersion stability of inorganic nanometer-scaled particles in liquid media


    Kamiya, Hidehiro; Iijima, Motoyuki


    Inorganic nanoparticles are indispensable for science and technology as materials, pigments and cosmetics products. Improving the dispersion stability of nanoparticles in various liquids is essential for those applications. In this review, we discuss why it is difficult to control the stability of nanoparticles in liquids. We also overview the role of surface interaction between nanoparticles in their dispersion and characterization, e.g. by colloid probe atomic force microscopy (CP-AFM). Two...

  1. Dispersion and Stabilization of Photocatalytic TiO2 Nanoparticles in Aqueous Suspension for Coatings Applications

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    Siti Hajar Othman


    Full Text Available To produce titanium dioxide (TiO2 nanoparticle coatings, it is desirable that the nanoparticles are dispersed into a liquid solution and remain stable for a certain period of time. Controlling the dispersion and aggregation of the nanoparticles is crucial to exploit the advantages of the nanometer-sized TiO2 particles. In this work, TiO2 nanoparticles were dispersed and stabilized in aqueous suspensions using two common dispersants which were polyacrylic acid (PAA and ammonium polymethacrylate (Darvan C. The effect of parameters such as ultrasonication amplitude and type and amount of dispersants on the dispersibility and stability of the TiO2 aqueous suspensions were examined. Rupture followed by erosion was determined to be the main break up mechanisms when ultrasonication was employed. The addition of dispersant was found to produce more dispersed and more stabilized aqueous suspension. 3 wt.% of PAA with average molecular weight (Mw of 2000 g/mol (PAA 2000 was determined to produce the best and most stable dispersion. The suspensions were then coated on quartz glass, whereby the photocatalytic activity of the coatings was studied via the degradation of formaldehyde gas under UV light. The coatings were demonstrated to be photocatalytically active.

  2. Characterization for Soil Fixation by Polyelectrolyte Complex

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    Choi, Yong Suk; Kwon, Sang Woon; Yang, Heeman; Lee, Kune Woo; Seo, Bumkyoung; Moon, Jei Kwon [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    According to report, the radioactivity bulk (approx. 95%) is localized within topsoil. Therefore soil surface on topsoil should be fixed to prevent the spreading of the contaminated soils with Cs-137 by wind and water erosion. Many methods have been developing for soil fixation to remove radioactive contaminants in soil and prevent to diffuse radioactive materials. Various materials have been also used as fixatives such as clays, molecular sieves, polymer, and petroleum based products. One of the methods is a soil fixation or solidification using polyelectrolyte. Polyelectrolytes have many ionic groups and make into the polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) due to electrostatic interaction of polyanion and polycation in an aqueous solution. It can be avoids using the chemical cross-linking agents, and reducing the possible toxicity and other undesirable effects of the reagents. PEC can fix soil particles by flocculation and formation of crust between soil. The method can also prevent a spread of radioactive material by floating on a soil surface. Recently, PEC used for the solidification of soil near the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. The decontamination efficiency of the surface soils reached 90%, and dust release was effectively suppressed during the removal of surface soils. In this study, it was investigated the fixation of the soil by PEC to avoid the spread of the contamination in addition to the separation of soil and PEC. The physicochemical properties of polyelectrolyte complex solution and the stability of fixed soil by PEC were investigated. The mode of the addition is important to prepare the polyelectrolytes complex without PAA agglomerate. The concentration of salt in the polyelectrolyte complex solution is a very important parameter for the soil fixation.

  3. Oxidative Stability of Dispersions Prepared from Purified Marine Phospholipid and the Role of α-Tocopherol

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    Lu, Henna Fung Sieng; Nielsen, Nina Skall; Baron, Caroline P.


    the investigation of nonenzymatic browning in purified marine PL dispersions. Dispersions were prepared by high-pressure homogenizer. The oxidative and hydrolytic stabilities of dispersions were investigated by determination of hydroperoxides, secondary volatile oxidation products, and free fatty acids......, respectively, during 32 days of storage at 2 °C. Nonenzymatic browning was investigated through measurement of Strecker aldehydes, color changes, and pyrrole content. Dispersions containing α-tocopherol or higher levels of purified marine PL showed a lower increment of volatiles after 32 days storage...

  4. Stability of aqueous nano-ceramic coatings with two different dispersants

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    夏长清; 古一; 曾凡浩


    The effects of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose and sodium citrate as dispersants on nano-ceramic aqueous suspension were examined by the measurements of ζ-potential and the sedimentation test. The results show that proper addition of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose or sodium citrate into nano-ceramic coating, exhibits an enhanced dispersion and stability compared with the coating without dispersants. The negative ζ-potential of the particles in the nano-coating increases with the increase of pH value of the coating, and the curve of ζ-pH moves to lower pH range when the dispersants are added into the coating. To ensure that the coating has not only good stability and dispersibility but also no corrosivity to substrate alloy, adding 1.00% sodium citrate into coating with pH value of 7-8 is preferable to adding sodium carboxymethyl cellulose.

  5. Existence and stability of dispersive solutions to the Kadomtsev-Petviashvili equation in the presence of dispersion effect (United States)

    Das, Amiya; Ganguly, Asish


    The paper deals with Kadomtsev-Petviashvili (KP) equation in presence of a small dispersion effect. The nature of solutions are examined under the dispersion effect by using Lyapunov function and dynamical system theory. We prove that when dispersion is added to the KP equation, in certain regions, yet there exist bounded traveling wave solutions in the form of solitary waves, periodic and elliptic functions. The general solution of the equation with or without the dispersion effect are obtained in terms of Weirstrass ℘ functions and Jacobi elliptic functions. New form of kink-type solutions are established by exploring a new technique based on factorization method, use of functional transformation and the Abel's first order nonlinear equation. Furthermore, the stability analysis of the dispersive solutions are examined which shows that the traveling wave velocity is a bifurcation parameter which governs between different classes of waves. We use the phase plane analysis and show that at a critical velocity, the solution has a transcritical bifurcation.

  6. Dispersion of powders in liquids and stabilization of suspensions

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    Tadros, Tharwat F


    Teaching the fundamental knowledge required for successful dispersion of powders in a liquid, this book covers a host of topics -- from recent advances to industrial applications.In 15 chapters it supports formulation chemists in preparing a suspension in a more rational way, by applying the principles of colloid and interface science, while at the same time enabling the research scientist to discover new methods for preparing stable suspensions.Essential reading for those working in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food, paint, ceramic and agricultural industries.

  7. Physical properties and stability mechanisms of poly(ethylene glycol) conjugated liposome encapsulated hemoglobin dispersions. (United States)

    Arifin, Dian R; Palmer, Andre F


    Liposomes encapsulating hemoglobin (LEHs) surface-conjugated with 2000 and 550 Da poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) were produced via extrusion through 400, 200 and 100 nm pore diameter membranes in two types of phosphate buffer with different ionic strengths. The lipid bilayers were composed of dimyristoyl-phosphatidylcholine (DMPC), cholesterol, dimyristoyl-phosphoethanolamine-PEG (DMPE-PEG), dimyristoyl-phosphatidylglycerol (DMPG), and alpha-tocopherol (in a 43:40:10:5:2 mole ratio). N-acetyl-L-cysteine was coencapsulated in order to suppress hemoglobin (Hb) oxidation. Various physical properties of PEG-LEH dispersions were determined: size distribution, encapsulation efficiency, P50 (partial pressure of O2 where half of the oxygen binding sites are saturated with O2), cooperativity coefficient, and encapsulated methemoglobin (MetHb) level. In order to study the stabilization mechanism of these dispersions, the effective bending constant (KB) and the spontaneous radius of curvature (R0) of PEG-LEHs were extracted by fitting a mathematical model describing the size distribution of a liposome dispersion to the experimentally measured size distributions. We observed that liposome dispersions extruded in phosphate buffer (PB) were more monodisperse than liposomes extruded in phosphate buffered saline (PBS), and higher molecular weight PEG promoted the formation of narrower size distributions. Moreover, extrusion in PB and lipid conjugation with higher molecular weight PEG imparted higher bilayer rigidity (high KB), and stabilized the liposome dispersions by the spontaneous curvature mechanism, whereas the other liposome dispersions were stabilized by thermal undulations (low KB). The P50 and cooperativity coefficient of PEG-LEHs extruded in PBS and PB was comparable to that of human blood, and the encapsulated MetHb levels were less than 5%. The highest encapsulation efficiencies obtained were 27%-36% (82-109 mg Hb/mL) for LEH dispersions extruded in PBS and grafted with

  8. Local stability of a gravitating filament: a dispersion relation

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    Freundlich, Jonathan; Combes, Françoise


    Filamentary structures are ubiquitous in astrophysics and are observed at various scales. On a cosmological scale, matter is usually distributed along filaments, and filaments are also typical features of the interstellar medium. Within a cosmic filament, matter can contract and form galaxies, whereas an interstellar gas filament can clump into a series of bead-like structures which can then turn into stars. To investigate the growth of such instabilities, we derive a local dispersion relation for an idealized self-gravitating filament, and study some of its properties. Our idealized picture consists of an infinite self-gravitating and rotating cylinder with pressure and density related by a polytropic equation of state. We assume no specific density distribution, treat matter as a fluid, and use hydrodynamics to derive the linearized equations that govern the local perturbations. We obtain a dispersion relation for axisymmetric perturbations and study its properties in the (k_R, k_z) phase space, where k_R a...

  9. Surface modification and characterization for dispersion stability of inorganic nanometer-scaled particles in liquid media

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    Hidehiro Kamiya and Motoyuki Iijima


    Full Text Available Inorganic nanoparticles are indispensable for science and technology as materials, pigments and cosmetics products. Improving the dispersion stability of nanoparticles in various liquids is essential for those applications. In this review, we discuss why it is difficult to control the stability of nanoparticles in liquids. We also overview the role of surface interaction between nanoparticles in their dispersion and characterization, e.g. by colloid probe atomic force microscopy (CP-AFM. Two types of surface modification concepts, post-synthesis and in situ modification, were investigated in many previous studies. Here, we focus on post-synthesis modification using adsorption of various kinds of polymer dispersants and surfactants on the particle surface, as well as surface chemical reactions of silane coupling agents. We discuss CP-AFM as a technique to analyze the surface interaction between nanoparticles and the effect of surface modification on the nanoparticle dispersion in liquids.

  10. Research on the stability of nearly zero flattened dispersion of photonic crystal fibers

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    HU Jie; WANG Jian


    To analyze the stability of nearly zero flattened dispersion,the dispersion deviations for three kinds of PCFs arc calculated when the hole diamcters deviate from their designed values.Numerical resuIts show that around the wavelength of 1.55μm,the dispersion deviations of both the PCF with three-fold symmetry core and the PCF with hexagonal lattice are much less than that of the PCF with different hole diameters in different rings.Therefore.the stabilities of nearly zero flattened dispersion of the first two kinds of PCFs are much better than that of the last one.Considering the confinement loss.the PCF with three-fold symmetry core is preferabk to practical USe.

  11. Surface modification and characterization for dispersion stability of inorganic nanometer-scaled particles in liquid media

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    Kamiya, Hidehiro; Iijima, Motoyuki, E-mail: [Institute of Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588 (Japan)


    Inorganic nanoparticles are indispensable for science and technology as materials, pigments and cosmetics products. Improving the dispersion stability of nanoparticles in various liquids is essential for those applications. In this review, we discuss why it is difficult to control the stability of nanoparticles in liquids. We also overview the role of surface interaction between nanoparticles in their dispersion and characterization, e.g. by colloid probe atomic force microscopy (CP-AFM). Two types of surface modification concepts, post-synthesis and in situ modification, were investigated in many previous studies. Here, we focus on post-synthesis modification using adsorption of various kinds of polymer dispersants and surfactants on the particle surface, as well as surface chemical reactions of silane coupling agents. We discuss CP-AFM as a technique to analyze the surface interaction between nanoparticles and the effect of surface modification on the nanoparticle dispersion in liquids. (topical review)

  12. Development of Methods to Predict and Enhance the Physical Stability of Hot Melt Extruded Solid Dispersions




    The application of amorphous solid dispersions is one of the most widely used formulation strategies for the enhancement of in-vitro and in-vivo performance of poorly water-soluble drugs. However, because of their meta-stable nature, the physical stability of amorphous solid dispersions has been considered to be the main obstacle for their formulation development and commercialisation by the pharmaceutical industry. The aim of this project was to understand, predict and enhance the physical s...

  13. Dispersion stability and thermal conductivity of propylene glycol-based nanofluids

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    Palabiyik, Ibrahim; Witharana, Sanjeeva; Ding, Yulong; 10.1007/s11051-011-0485-x


    The dispersion stability and thermal conductivity of propylene glycol based nanofluids containing Al2O3 and TiO2 nanoparticles were studied in the temperature range of 20 to 80 {\\deg}C. Nanofluids with different concentrations of nanoparticles were formulated by the two-step method without use of dispersants. In contrast to the common belief the average particle size of nanofluids was observed to decrease with increasing temperature. The nanofluids showed excellent stability over the temperature range of interest. Thermal conductivity enhancement for both of studied nanofluids was a non-linear function of concentration while was temperature independent. Theoretical analyses were performed using existing models and comparisons were made with experimental results. The model based on the aggregation theory appears to yield the best fit. Keywords: Nanofluids, Propylene glycol, Alumina nanoparticles, Titania nanoparticles, Thermal conductivity, Dispersion stability.

  14. Ultrafiltration of charge-stabilized dispersions at low salinity. (United States)

    Roa, Rafael; Menne, Daniel; Riest, Jonas; Buzatu, Pompilia; Zholkovskiy, Emiliy K; Dhont, Jan K G; Wessling, Matthias; Nägele, Gerhard


    We present a comprehensive study of cross-flow ultrafiltration (UF) of charge-stabilized suspensions, under low-salinity conditions of electrostatically strongly repelling colloidal particles. The axially varying permeate flux, near-membrane concentration-polarization (CP) layer and osmotic pressure profiles are calculated using a macroscopic diffusion-advection boundary layer method, and are compared with filtration experiments on aqueous suspensions of charge-stabilized silica particles. The theoretical description based on the one-component macroion fluid model (OCM) accounts for the strong influence of surface-released counterions on the renormalized colloid charge and suspension osmotic compressibility, and for the influence of the colloidal hydrodynamic interactions and electric double layer repulsion on the concentration-dependent suspension viscosity η, and collective diffusion coefficient Dc. A strong electro-hydrodynamic enhancement of Dc and η, and likewise of the osmotic pressure, is predicted theoretically, as compared with their values for a hard-sphere suspension. We also point to the failure of generalized Stokes-Einstein relations describing reciprocal relations between Dc and η. According to our filtration model, Dc is of dominant influence, giving rise to an only weakly developed CP layer having practically no effect on the permeate flux. This prediction is quantitatively confirmed by our UF measurements of the permeate flux using an aqueous suspension of charged silica spheres as the feed system. The experimentally detected fouling for the largest considered transmembrane pressure values is shown not to be due to filter cake formation by crystallization or vitrification.

  15. Optimisation of the self-assembly process: production of stable, alginate-based polyelectrolyte nanocomplexes with protamine (United States)

    Dul, Maria; Paluch, Krzysztof J.; Healy, Anne Marie; Sasse, Astrid; Tajber, Lidia


    The aim of this work was to investigate the possibility of covalent cross-linker-free, polyelectrolyte complex formation at the nanoscale between alginic acid (as sodium alginate, ALG) and protamine (PROT). Optimisation of the self-assembly conditions was performed by varying the type of polymer used, pH of component solutions, mass mixing ratio of the components and the speed and order of component addition on the properties of complexes. Homogenous particles with nanometric sizes resulted when an aqueous dispersion of ALG was rapidly mixed with a solution of PROT. The polyelectrolyte complex between ALG and PROT was confirmed by infrared spectroscopy. To facilitate incorporation of drugs soluble at low pH, pH of ALG dispersion was decreased to 2; however, no nanoparticles (NPs) were formed upon complexation with PROT. Adjusting pH of PROT solution to 3 resulted in the formation of cationic or anionic NPs with a size range 70-300 nm. Colloidal stability of selected alginic acid low/PROT formulations was determined upon storage at room temperature and in liquid media at various pH. Physical stability of NPs correlated with the initial surface charge of particles and was time- and pH-dependent. Generally, better stability was observed for anionic NPs stored as native dispersions and in liquids covering a range of pH.

  16. Dispersion stabilization of silver nanoparticles in synthetic lung fluid studied under in situ conditions

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    MacCuspie, R.I.; Allen, A.J.; Hackley, V.A. (NIST)


    The dispersion stabilization of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in synthetic lung fluid was studied to interrogate the effects on colloidal stability due to the principal constituents of the fluid. The colloidal stability of 20 nm citrate-AgNPs dispersed in the presence of each constituent of the synthetic lung fluid (individually, the complete fluid, and without additives) was observed during titration of increasing sodium chloride concentration. A variety of complementary in situ measurement techniques were utilized, including dynamic light scattering, ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and small-angle X-ray scattering, which provided a collective set of information that enabled far better understanding of the dispersion behavior in the fluid than any one technique alone. It was observed that AgNPs continued to adsorb bovine serum albumin (BSA) protein from the synthetic lung fluid solution as the sodium chloride concentration increased, until a maximum BSA coating was achieved prior to reaching the physiological sodium chloride concentration of 154 mmol L{sup -1}. BSA was determined to be the constituent of the synthetic lung fluid that is required to provide colloidal stability at high salt loadings, though the phospholipid constituent exerts a subtle effect. Additionally, as AgNPs are a distinctly different class of nanoparticles apart from the carbon nanotubes and titanium dioxide nanoparticles initially reported to be dispersible using this fluid, this work also demonstrates the broad applicability of synthetic lung fluid in providing stable dispersions for engineered nanoparticles for use in biological assays.

  17. Adsorption of polyelectrolytes at liquid-liquid interfaces and its effect on

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    Boehm, J.T.C.


    In this study we have investigated the adsorption behaviour of a number of synthetic polyelectrolytes at the paraffin oil-water interface and the properties of paraffin oil-in-water emulsions stabilized by these polyelectrolytes.Polyacrylic acid (PAA), polymethacrylic acid (PMA) and the copolymers o

  18. Adsorption of polyelectrolytes at liquid-liquid interfaces and its effect on emulsification

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    Böhm, J.T.C.


    In this study we have investigated the adsorption behaviour of a number of synthetic polyelectrolytes at the paraffin oil-water interface and the properties of paraffin oil-in-water emulsions stabilized by these polyelectrolytes.

    Polyacrylic acid (PAA), polymethacrylic acid (PMA)

  19. The effect of processing on the surface physical stability of amorphous solid dispersions. (United States)

    Yang, Ziyi; Nollenberger, Kathrin; Albers, Jessica; Moffat, Jonathan; Craig, Duncan; Qi, Sheng


    The focus of this study was to investigate the effect of processing on the surface crystallization of amorphous molecular dispersions and gain insight into the mechanisms underpinning this effect. The model systems, amorphous molecular dispersions of felodipine-EUDRAGIT® E PO, were processed both using spin coating (an ultra-fast solvent evaporation based method) and hot melt extrusion (HME) (a melting based method). Amorphous solid dispersions with drug loadings of 10-90% (w/w) were obtained by both processing methods. Samples were stored under 75% RH/room temperatures for up to 10months. Surface crystallization was observed shortly after preparation for the HME samples with high drug loadings (50-90%). Surface crystallization was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and imaging techniques (SEM, AFM and localized thermal analysis). Spin coated molecular dispersions showed significantly higher surface physical stability than hot melt extruded samples. For both systems, the progress of the surface crystal growth followed zero order kinetics on aging. Drug enrichment at the surfaces of HME samples on aging was observed, which may contribute to surface crystallization of amorphous molecular dispersions. In conclusion it was found the amorphous molecular dispersions prepared by spin coating had a significantly higher surface physical stability than the corresponding HME samples, which may be attributed to the increased process-related apparent drug-polymer solubility and reduced molecular mobility due to the quenching effect caused by the rapid solvent evaporation in spin coating.

  20. Conjugated polyelectrolytes fundamentals and applications

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    Liu, Bin


    This is the first monograph to specifically focus on fundamentals and applications of polyelectrolytes, a class of molecules that gained substantial interest due to their unique combination of properties. Combining both features of organic semiconductors and polyelectrolytes, they offer a broad field for fundamental research as well as applications to analytical chemistry, optical imaging, and opto-electronic devices. The initial chapters introduce readers to the synthesis, optical and electrical properties of various conjugated polyelectrolytes. This is followed by chapters on the applica

  1. Spontaneous oil-in-water emulsification induced by charge-stabilized dispersions of various inorganic colloids

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    Sacanna, S.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/311471676; Kegel, W.K.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/113729464; Philipse, A.P.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/073532894


    Charge-stabilized dispersions of inorganic colloids are shown to induce spontaneous emulsification of hydrophobic (TPM) molecules to stable oil-in-water emulsions, with monodisperse, mesoscopic oil droplet diameters in the range of 30-150 nm, irrespective of the polydispersity of the starting

  2. Co-relationship of physical stability of amorphous dispersions with enthalpy relaxation. (United States)

    Bansal, S S; Kaushal, A M; Bansal, A K


    Physical stability studies of valdecoxib (VLB) and its solid dispersions with PVP (1, 2, 5, 10, 15 and 20% w/w) were carried out by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). Change in specific heat with time was measured to determine the degree of crystallinity of amorphous drug and its binary dispersions after storage at 40 degrees C and 75% RH. The rate of crystallization was found to decrease with increasing PVP concentration and time for 10% crystallization (t90%) was found to increase significantly for the amorphous drug when formulated as PVP dispersions. Enthalpy relaxation was found to be inversely correlated with t90% (min) values and was found to be a good predictor of devitrification tendency and hence stability of amorphous VLB.


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    Full Text Available This study approached the experimentation of deposition by padding of some TiO2 P25 dispersed photocatalytic systems on RIPSTOP fabric, made of 100% cotton yarns Nm 70/1 and a network of polyester filament yarns 330 dtex, both in warp and weft directions. As stabilizers for photocatalytic dispersions the following products have been used: dodecyltrimethylamonnium bromide (DTAB, 2-[2-(2-methoxyethoxyethoxy] acetic acid (TODA and poly(ethyleneglycol (PEG. Prior to functionalisation treatment, preliminary preparation in three successive steps were applied on textile materials (enzymatic desizing, hot alkaline treatment and bleaching, being followed by cationisation with a polyethylene polyamine resin or a pre-treatment with different crosslinking agents based on acrylic copolymer, polycarbonate urethane polymer or urethane resin. The photocatalytic activity of the textile materials treated with synthesized dispersions was investigated using methylene blue as pollutant. The evaluation was made before and after one washing cycle, in order to determine the durability to washing of applied treatments. Electron microscopy was used for viewing the distribution of TiO2 particles on the surface of textile materials treated with the photocatalytic dispersions. Ti content existing on the surface of the textile materials was performed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The sample treated with photocatalytic dispersion stabilized with TODA showed the higher photocatalytic activity, for which the greatest degree of discoloration was achieved after six hours UV irradiation. Pre-treatment with crosslinking type urethane resin offers good durability to washing of photocatalytic dispersions stabilized with TODA and PEG, confirmed by obtaining a discoloration after washing comparable to that obtained for the unwashed sample.

  4. A Molecular-Level View of the Physical Stability of Amorphous Solid Dispersions (United States)

    Yuan, Xiaoda

    Many pharmaceutical compounds being developed in recent years are poorly soluble in water. This has led to insufficient oral bioavailability of many compounds in vitro. The amorphous formulation is one of the promising techniques to increase the oral bioavailability of these poorly water-soluble compounds. However, an amorphous drug substance is inherently unstable because it is a high energy form. In order to increase the physical stability, the amorphous drug is often formulated with a suitable polymer to form an amorphous solid dispersion. Previous research has suggested that the formation of an intimately mixed drug-polymer mixture contributes to the stabilization of the amorphous drug compound. The goal of this research is to better understand the role of miscibility, molecular interactions and mobility on the physical stability of amorphous solid dispersions. Methods were developed to detect different degrees of miscibility on nanometer scale and to quantify the extent of hydrogen-bonding interactions between the drug and the polymer. Miscibility, hydrogen-bonding interactions and molecular mobility were correlated with physical stability during a six-month period using three model systems. Overall, this research provides molecular-level insights into many factors that govern the physical stability of amorphous solid dispersions which can lead to a more effective design of stable amorphous formulations.

  5. The annual averaged atmospheric dispersion factor and deposition factor according to methods of atmospheric stability classification

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    Jeong, Hae Sun; Jeong, Hyo Joon; Kim, Eun Han; Han, Moon Hee; Hwang, Won Tae [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    This study analyzes the differences in the annual averaged atmospheric dispersion factor and ground deposition factor produced using two classification methods of atmospheric stability, which are based on a vertical temperature difference and the standard deviation of horizontal wind direction fluctuation. Daedeok and Wolsong nuclear sites were chosen for an assessment, and the meteorological data at 10 m were applied to the evaluation of atmospheric stability. The XOQDOQ software program was used to calculate atmospheric dispersion factors and ground deposition factors. The calculated distances were chosen at 400 m, 800 m, 1,200 m, 1,600 m, 2,400 m, and 3,200 m away from the radioactive material release points. All of the atmospheric dispersion factors generated using the atmospheric stability based on the vertical temperature difference were shown to be higher than those from the standard deviation of horizontal wind direction fluctuation. On the other hand, the ground deposition factors were shown to be same regardless of the classification method, as they were based on the graph obtained from empirical data presented in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Regulatory Guide 1.111, which is unrelated to the atmospheric stability for the ground level release. These results are based on the meteorological data collected over the course of one year at the specified sites; however, the classification method of atmospheric stability using the vertical temperature difference is expected to be more conservative.

  6. Influence of the Hydrophobicity of Polyelectrolytes on Polyelectrolyte Complex Formation and Complex Particle Structure and Shape

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    Gudrun Petzold


    Full Text Available Polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs were prepared by structural uniform and strongly charged cationic and anionic modified alternating maleic anhydride copolymers. The hydrophobicity of the polyelectrolytes was changed by the comonomers (ethylene, isobutylene and styrene. Additionally, the n−/n+ ratio of the molar charges of the polyelectrolytes and the procedure of formation were varied. The colloidal stability of the systems and the size, shape, and structure of the PEC particles were investigated by turbidimetry, dynamic light scattering (DLS and atomic force microscopy (AFM. Dynamic light scattering indicates that beside large PEC particle aggregates distinct smaller particles were formed by the copolymers which have the highest hydrophobicity (styrene. These findings could be proved by AFM. Fractal dimension (D, root mean square (RMS roughness and the surface profiles of the PEC particles adsorbed on mica allow the following conclusions: the higher the hydrophobicity of the polyelectrolytes, the broader is the particle size distribution and the minor is the swelling of the PEC particles. Hence, the most compact particles are formed with the very hydrophobic copolymer.

  7. Adsorbed polyelectrolyte coatings decrease Fe(0) nanoparticle reactivity with TCE in water: conceptual model and mechanisms. (United States)

    Phenrat, Tanapon; Liu, Yueqiang; Tilton, Robert D; Lowry, Gregory V


    The surfaces of reactive nanoscale zerovalent iron (NZVI) particles used for in situ groundwater remediation are modified with polymers or polyelectrolytes to enhance colloidal stability and mobility in the subsurface. However, surface modification decreases NZVI reactivity. Here, the TCE dechlorination rate and reaction products are measured as a function of adsorbed polyelectrolyte mass for three commercially available polyelectrolytes used for NZVI surface modification including poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS), carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), and polyaspartate (PAP). The adsorbed mass, extended layer thickness, and TCE-polyelectrolyte partition coefficient are measured and used to explain the effect of adsorbed polyelectrolyte on NZVI reactivity. For all modifiers, the dechlorination rate constant decreased nonlinearly with increasing surface excess, with a maximum of a 24-fold decrease in reactivity. The TCE dechlorination pathways were not affected. Consistent with Scheutjens-Fleer theory for homopolymer adsorption, the nonlinear relationship between the dechlorination rate and the surface excess of adsorbed polyelectrolyte suggests that adsorbed polyelectrolyte decreases reactivity primarily by blocking reactive surface sites at low surface excess where they adsorb relatively flat onto the NZVI surface, and by a combination of site blocking and decreasing the aqueous TCE concentration at the NZVI surface due to partitioning of TCE to adsorbed polyelectrolytes. This explanation is also consistent with the effect of adsorbed polyelectrolyte on acetylene formation. This conceptual model should apply to other medium and high molecular weight polymeric surface modifiers on nanoparticles, and potentially to adsorbed natural organic matter.

  8. Surfactant-assisted dispersion of carbon nanotubes: mechanism of stabilization and biocompatibility of the surfactant

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    Singh, Raman Preet, E-mail: [Evalueserve SEZ (Gurgaon) Pvt. Ltd. (India); Jain, Sanyog [National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Centre for Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, Department of Pharmaceutics (India); Ramarao, Poduri, E-mail: [Central University of Punjab, School of Basic and Applied Sciences (India)


    Nanoparticles (NPs) are thermodynamically unstable system and tend to aggregate to reduce free energy. The aggregation property of NPs results in inhomogeneous exposure of cells to NPs resulting in variable cellular responses. Several types of surfactants are used to stabilize NP dispersions and obtain homogenous dispersions. However, the effects of these surfactants, per se, on cellular responses are not completely known. The present study investigated the application of Pluronic F68 (PF68) for obtaining stable dispersion of NPs using carbon nanotubes as model NPs. PF68-stabilized NP suspensions are stable for long durations and do not show signs of aggregation or settling during storage or after autoclaving. The polyethylene oxide blocks in PF68 provide steric hindrance between adjacent NPs leading to stable NP dispersions. Further, PF68 is biocompatible in nature and does not affect integrity of mitochondria, lysosomes, DNA, and nuclei. Also, PF68 neither induce free radical or cytokine production nor does it interfere with cellular uptake mechanisms. The results of the present study suggest that PF68-assisted dispersion of NPs produced suspensions, which are stable after autoclaving. Further, PF68 does not interfere with normal physiological functions suggesting its application in nanomedicine and nanotoxicity evaluation.

  9. Dispersibility and emulsion-stabilizing effect of cellulose nanowhiskers esterified by vinyl acetate and vinyl cinnamate. (United States)

    Sèbe, Gilles; Ham-Pichavant, Frédérique; Pecastaings, Gilles


    The surface of cotton cellulose nanowhiskers (CNW's) was esterified by vinyl acetate (VAc) and vinyl cinnamate (VCin), in the presence of potassium carbonate as catalyst. Reactions were performed under microwave activation and monitored by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The supramolecular structure of CNW's before and after modification was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Distinctively from the acetylation treatment, an increase in particles dimensions was noted after esterification with VCin, which was assigned to π-π stacking interactions that may exist between cinnamoyl moieties. The dispersibility and emulsion stabilizing effect of acylated CNW's was examined in ethyl acetate, toluene, and cyclohexane, three organic solvents of medium to low polarity. The acylated nanoparticles could never be dispersed in toluene nor cyclohexane, but they formed stable dispersions in ethyl acetate while remaining dispersible in water. Stable ethyl acetate-in-water, toluene-in-water, and cyclohexane-in-water emulsions were successfully prepared with CNW's grafted with acetyl moieties, whereas the VCin-treated particles could stabilize only the cyclohexane-in-water emulsions. The impact of esterification treatment on emulsion stability and droplets size was particularly discussed.

  10. Novel strategy involving surfactant-polymer combinations for enhanced stability of aqueous teflon dispersions. (United States)

    Sharma, Mukesh; Bharatiya, Bhavesh; Mehta, Krupali; Shukla, Atindra; Shah, Dinesh O


    Among various polymers, the Teflon surface possesses extreme hydrophobicity (low surface energy), which is of great interest to both industry and academia. In this report, we discuss the stability of aqueous Teflon dispersions (particle size range of 100-3000 nm) formulated by a novel strategy that involves distinct combinations of surfactant and polymer mixtures for dispersion stabilization. As a first step, the hydrophobic Teflon particles were wetted using a range of surfactants (ionic, Triton, Brij, Tween, and Pluronic series) bearing different hydrophobic-lipophilic balance (HLB) and further characterized by contact angle and liquid penetration in packed powder measurements. The interaction between hydrophobic chains of surfactants and the Teflon particle surface is the driving force resulting in wetting of the Teflon particle surface. Further, these wetted particles in aqueous solutions were mixed with various polymers, for example, poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC), and hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC). The rate of sedimentation for the final dispersions was measured using a pan suspended into the dispersion from a transducer recording the increase in weight with time. A significant stability was noticed for Teflon particles suspended in surfactant + polymer mixtures, which was linearly proportional to the concentration of added polymer. The observed phenomenon can be possibly explained by molecular interactions between the hydrophobic chains of surfactant molecules and polar groups in the polymer architecture. Brij-O10 + HEC mixture was found to be the best surfactant-polymer combination for decreasing the sedimentation of the Teflon particles in the final dispersion. As measured by dynamic light scattering (DLS), the hydrodynamic volume of the Teflon particles increases up to ∼55% in the final formulation. These dispersions could be further explored for various technological applications such as

  11. Physical stability of solid dispersions with respect to thermodynamic solubility of tadalafil in PVP-VA. (United States)

    Wlodarski, K; Sawicki, W; Kozyra, A; Tajber, L


    The aim of this paper was to evaluate physical stability of solid dispersions in respect to the drug, tadalafil (Td), in vinylpyrrolidone and vinyl acetate block copolymer (PVP-VA). Nine solid dispersions of Td in PVP-VA (Td/PVP-VA) varied in terms of quantitative composition (1:9-9:1, w/w) were successfully produced by spray-drying. Their amorphous nature, supersaturated character and molecular level of mixing (a solid solution structure) were subsequently confirmed using DSC, PXRD, SEM and calculation of Hansen total solubility parameters. Due to thermal degradation of both components before the melting point of Td (302.3°C), an approach based on the drug crystallization from the supersaturated solid dispersion was selected to calculate the solubility of Td in the polymer. Annealing of the Td/PVP-VA solid dispersion (1:1, w/w) at selected temperatures above its Tg resulted in different stable solid dispersions. According to the Gordon-Taylor equation their new Tgs gave the information about the quantitative composition which corresponded to the thermodynamic solubility of Td in PVP-VA at given temperatures of annealing. The obtained relationship was fitted to the exponential function, with the calculated solubility of Td of 20.5% at 25°C. This value was in accordance with the results of hot stage polarizing light microscopy as well as stability tests carried out at 80°C and 0% RH, in which Td solid dispersions containing 10-20% of the drug were the only systems that did not crystallize within two months. A thermal analysis protocol utilizing a fast heating rate was shown to generate Td solubility data complementing the solid dispersion method. The Flory-Huggins model applied for the Td/PVP-VA system yielded the solubility value of 0.1% at 25°C, showing the lack of applicability in this case.

  12. Four-wave mixing stability in hybrid photonic crystal fibers with two zero-dispersion wavelengths. (United States)

    Sévigny, Benoit; Vanvincq, Olivier; Valentin, Constance; Chen, Na; Quiquempois, Yves; Bouwmans, Géraud


    The four-wave mixing process in optical fibers is generally sensitive to dispersion uniformity along the fiber length. However, some specific phase matching conditions show increased robustness to longitudinal fluctuations in fiber dimensions, which affect the dispersion, even for signal and idler wavelengths far from the pump. In this paper, we present the method by which this point is found, how the fiber design characteristics impact on the stable point and demonstrate the stability through propagation simulations using the non-linear Schrödinger equation.

  13. Dispersal (United States)

    Clobert, J.; Danchin, E.; Dhondt, A.A.; Nichols, J.D.


    The ability of species to migrate and disperse is a trait that has interested ecologists for many years. Now that so many species and ecosystems face major environmental threats from habitat fragmentation and global climate change, the ability of species to adapt to these changes by dispersing, migrating, or moving between patches of habitat can be crucial to ensuring their survival. This book provides a timely and wide-ranging overview of the study of dispersal and incorporates much of the latest research. The causes, mechanisms, and consequences of dispersal at the individual, population, species and community levels are considered. The potential of new techniques and models for studying dispersal, drawn from molecular biology and demography, is also explored. Perspectives and insights are offered from the fields of evolution, conservation biology and genetics. Throughout the book, theoretical approaches are combined with empirical data, and care has been taken to include examples from as wide a range of species as possible.

  14. Soft matter dispersions with ordered inner structures, stabilized by ethoxylated phytosterols. (United States)

    Libster, Dima; Aserin, Abraham; Yariv, Doron; Shoham, Gil; Garti, Nissim


    This paper describes the formation and characterization of liquid crystalline dispersions based on the hexagonal phase of GMO/tricaprylin/water. As a stabilizer of the soft particles dispersed in the aqueous phase, a non-ionic, non-polymeric surfactant--ethoxylated phytosterol with 30 oxyethylene units (PhEO) was utilized. In contrast to Pluronic copolymers, normally utilized in the stabilization of liquid crystalline dispersions with ordered inner structure, use of such non-polymeric surfactant is not a common practice in this field. We revealed how properties of these particles, such as internal structure, size, and stability, can be rationally modified by the concentration of the stabilizing agent and processing conditions. The physical stability of the hexosomes was further examined by the LUMiFuge technique. Structural effect of PhEO solubilization on the properties of the bulk H(II) mesophase system showed that phase behavior was greatly influenced following phase transitions: H(II)-->H(II)+cubic-->cubic+L(alpha)-->L(alpha). The decrease of hydrogen bonding of the hydroxyl and carbonyl groups of monoolein with water and simultaneous hydration of EO groups of PhEO appeared to be important for the observed behavior. The use of PhEO as a dispersant resulted in a soft matter multi-phase water dispersion with bimodal distribution of the particle population. Effective stabilization of hexosomes was obtained in an extremely narrow concentration range of PhEO (0.1-0.2 wt%), coexisting with small vesicles and disordered particles. At higher PhEO content, particles had disordered inner structure, and unilamellar and multilamellar vesicles, at the expense of hexosomes in consequence of incorporation of the dispersant into the hexosome structure. PhEO was found to induce lamellar phase formation, introducing disorder into the hexagonal LLC and reducing their domain size. Finally, hexosomes were evaluated as delivery vehicles for the therapeutic peptide desmopressin

  15. Dielectric analysis based on spherical-shell model for cationic and anionic spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (United States)

    Guo, Xiaoxia; Zhao, Kongshuang


    We report here a dielectric study on cationic and anionic spherical polyelectrolyte brush (SPB) (consisting of a polystyrene (PS) core and poly (2-aminoethylmethacrylate hydrochloride (PAEMH) chains or poly (acrylic acid) (PAA) chains grafted onto the core) suspensions over a frequency range of 40 Hz-110 MHz. The relaxation behavior of the suspensions shows significant changes in the brush layer properties when changing the particle mass fraction or pH of the system. After eliminating the electrode polarization effect at a low frequency, two definite relaxations related to interfacial polarization, around 100 kHz and 10 MHz respectively, are observed. Based on a single layer spherical-shell model, we developed a curve-fitting procedure to analyze such dielectric spectra for soft particles, and then calculated the dielectric properties of the components of the SPBs (such as the permittivities and conductivities of the layer and solution phase), especially the layer thickness d s of the polyelectrolyte chain (PE) layer. We also found a larger confinement degree of counterions in the PAEMH brush due to the protonation of the amino group. Moreover, the repulsive force between the SPB particles is evaluated by using the d s combined with the relative theoretical formulas. We conclude that by raising (reducing) the acidity of the system, the stability of the PAEMH-SPB (PAA-SPB) suspension was improved. An increase in particle concentration can also improve the stability of these two dispersions.

  16. Stability of Y-Ti-O nanoparticles during laser deposition of oxide dispersion strengthened steel powder (United States)

    Euh, Kwangjun; Arkhurst, Barton; Kim, Il Hyun; Kim, Hyun-Gil; Kim, Jeoung Han


    This study investigated the feasibility of a direct energy deposition process for fabrication of oxide dispersion strengthened steel cladding. The effect of the laser working power and scan speed on the microstructural stability of oxide nanoparticles in the deposition layer was examined. Y-Ti-O type oxide nanoparticles with a mean diameter of 45 nm were successfully dispersed by the laser deposition process. The laser working power significantly affected nanoparticle size and number density. A high laser power with a low scan speed seriously induced particle coarsening and agglomeration. Compared with bulk oxide dispersion strengthened steel, the hardness of the laser deposition layer was much lower because of a relatively coarse particle and grain size. Formation mechanism of nanoparticles during laser deposition was discussed.

  17. A Study On Dispersion Stability Of Nickel Nanoparticles Synthesized By Wire Explosion In Liquid Media

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    Kim C.K.


    Full Text Available In this study, nickel nanoparticles were synthesized in ethanol using portable pulsed wire evaporation, which is a one-step physical method. From transmission electron microscopy images, it was found that the Ni nanoparticles exhibited a spherical shape with an average diameter of 7.3 nm. To prevent aggregation of the nickel nanoparticles, a polymer surfactant was added into the ethanol before the synthesis of nickel nanoparticles, and adsorbed on the freshly synthesized nickel nanoparticles during the wire explosion. The dispersion stability of the prepared nickel nanofluids was investigated by zeta-potential analyzer and Turbiscan optical analyzer. As a result, the optimum concentration of polymer surfactant to be added was suggested for the maximized dispersion stability of the nickel nanofluids.

  18. Sterically Stabilized Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) Colloidal Dispersions Doped with Different Sulfonic Acids

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    Tie Jun WANG; Ping CHEN; Xiu Jie HU; Shu Yun ZHOU


    The preparation of sterically stabilized poly(3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene)(PEDOT)colloidal dispersions doped with different sulfonic acids is described. Three different sulfonic acids, i.e., p-toluenesulfonic acid, β-naphthalenesuffonic acid and D-camphor-10-sulfonic acid are used, facilitating the preparation of sterically stable PEDOT colloidal particles. The influences of the dopants and concentration of polymeric stabilizer on the yields, morphologies and electrical properties of the resultant colloidal particles were investigated. The colloidal particles with the size ranging from 172 to 334 nm have been obtained in good yields. The compressed pellet conductivity was as high as 4.5 Scm-1.

  19. Laser frequency stabilization using a dispersive line shape induced by Doppler Effect. (United States)

    Wang, Qing; Qi, Xianghui; Liu, Shuyong; Yu, Jiachen; Chen, Xuzong


    We report a simple and robust Doppler-free spectroscopic technique to stabilize a laser frequency to the atomic transition. By employing Doppler Effect on the atomic beam, we obtained a very stable dispersive signal with a high signal-to-noise ratio and no Doppler-background, which served as an error signal to electronically stabilize a laser frequency without modulation. For validating the performance of this technique, we locked a DFB laser to the (133)Cs D2 line and observed an efficient suppression of the frequency noise and a long-term reduction of the frequency drifts in a laboratory environment.

  20. Investigation of phase diagrams and physical stability of drug-polymer solid dispersions. (United States)

    Lu, Jiannan; Shah, Sejal; Jo, Seongbong; Majumdar, Soumyajit; Gryczke, Andreas; Kolter, Karl; Langley, Nigel; Repka, Michael A


    Solid dispersion technology has been widely explored to improve the solubility and bioavailability of poorly water-soluble compounds. One of the critical drawbacks associated with this technology is the lack of physical stability, i.e. the solid dispersion would undergo recrystallization or phase separation thus limiting a product's shelf life. In the current study, the melting point depression method was utilized to construct a complete phase diagram for felodipine (FEL)-Soluplus® (SOL) and ketoconazole (KTZ)-Soluplus® (SOL) binary systems, respectively, based on the Flory-Huggins theory. The miscibility or solubility of the two compounds in SOL was also determined. The Flory-Huggins interaction parameter χ values of both systems were calculated as positive at room temperature (25 °C), indicating either compound was miscible with SOL. In addition, the glass transition temperatures of both solid dispersion systems were theoretically predicted using three empirical equations and compared with the practical values. Furthermore, the FEL-SOL solid dispersions were subjected to accelerated stability studies for up to 3 months.

  1. Modified Hyperbranched Polyglycerol as Dispersant for Size Control and Stabilization of Gold Nanoparticles in Hydrocarbons (United States)

    Shen, Yanyu; He, Guijin; Guo, Yongsheng; Xie, Hujun; Fang, Wenjun


    Hyperbranched polyglycerol (HPG) is modified with dodecanethiol (DS) via the "thiol-ene" click reaction to obtain an amphiphilic product DSHPG. The molecular structures of DSHPG samples are characterized by NMR, FTIR, and GPC, and the thermal behaviors are characterized by DSC and TGA. Gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) are prepared with DSHPG as the stabilizer and surface-modification reagent. The size of Au NPs can be tuned by changing the molecular weight of HPG. It is observed that the HPG molecular weights of 1123, 3826, and 55,075 lead to the NP diameters of 4.1 nm for Au@DSHPG-1, 9.7 nm for Au@DSHPG-2, and 15.1 nm for Au@DSHPG-3, respectively. The morphology and size of Au NPs are characterized by TEM and DLS. Especially, the dispersion abilities of Au NPs in different pure solvents and co-solvent mixtures are investigated. The long alkyl chains on DSHPG give the ability of Au NPs to be well dispersed in nonpolar solvents. Hydrocarbon-based nanofluids can be obtained from the hydrophobic Au NPs dispersed into a series of hydrocarbons. The dispersion stability for Au NPs in hydrocarbons is monitored by UV-Vis spectroscopy, and the relative concentration of Au NPs is observed to still maintain over 80% after 3600 h.

  2. Microparticles Containing Curcumin Solid Dispersion: Stability, Bioavailability and Anti-Inflammatory Activity. (United States)

    Teixeira, C C C; Mendonça, L M; Bergamaschi, M M; Queiroz, R H C; Souza, G E P; Antunes, L M G; Freitas, L A P


    This work aimed at improving the solubility of curcumin by the preparation of spray-dried ternary solid dispersions containing Gelucire®50/13-Aerosil® and quantifying the resulting in vivo oral bioavailability and anti-inflammatory activity. The solid dispersion containing 40% of curcumin was characterised by calorimetry, infrared spectroscopy and X-ray powder diffraction. The solubility and dissolution rate of curcumin in aqueous HCl or phosphate buffer improved up to 3600- and 7.3-fold, respectively. Accelerated stability test demonstrated that the solid dispersion was stable for 9 months. The pharmacokinetic study showed a 5.5-fold increase in curcumin in rat blood plasma when compared to unprocessed curcumin. The solid dispersion also provided enhanced anti-inflammatory activity in rat paw oedema. Finally, the solid dispersion proposed here is a promising way to enhance curcumin bioavailability at an industrial pharmaceutical perspective, since its preparation applies the spray drying, which is an easy to scale up technique. The findings herein stimulate further in vivo evaluations and clinical tests as a cancer and Alzheimer chemoprevention agent.

  3. Dispersal, environmental forcing, and parasites combine to affect metapopulation synehrony and stability. (United States)

    Duncan, Alison B; Gonzalez, Andrew; Kaltz, Oliver


    Dispersal can have positive and negative effects on metapopulation stability and persistence. One prediction is that high levels of dispersal synchronize density fluctuations between subpopulations. However, little is still known about how biotic and abiotic factors combine to modify the effects of dispersal rate on synchrony and metapopulation dynamics. In a fully factorial experimental design, we investigated the combined effects of (1) dispersal, (2) parasite infection, and (3) synchrony in temperature fluctuations on subpopulation synchrony, metapopulation instability, and minimum population size, in laboratory metapopulations of the ciliate Paramecium caudatum. Metapopulations, comprising two subpopulations linked by high or low levels of dispersal, were exposed to daily fluctuations in temperature between permissive (23 degrees C) and restrictive (5 degrees C) conditions. Infected metapopulations started the experiment with one subpopulation uninfected, while the other was infected at a prevalence of 5% with the bacterial parasite Holospora undulata. The temperature synchrony treatment involved subpopulations within a metapopulation following the same (synchronous temperatures) or different (asynchronous temperatures) temporal sequences. Population size was tracked over the 56-day experiment. We found that subpopulation density fluctuations were synchronized by high dispersal in infected metapopulations, and by synchronous temperatures in all metapopulations. Subpopulation synchrony was positively correlated with metapopulation instability and minimum metapopulation size, highlighting the multiple consequences of our treatments for metapopulation dynamics. Our results illustrate how parasites can generate dispersal-driven synchrony in non-cycling, declining populations. This "biotic forcing" via a natural enemy added to the temperature-dependent environmental forcing. We therefore conclude that predictions of metapopulation persistence in natural populations

  4. Humidity Sensitive Properties of a Silicone-containing Polyelectrolyte Material

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    Mu Jie YANG; Zong Wu YAO; You Si CHEN; Yang LI


    Resistive-type film humidity sensors were prepared with a silicone-containing polyelectrolyte (Si-PE) and their humidity sensitive properties have been investigated. The sensors so obtained show high sensitivity to humidity variation over a wide range of RH (20-96%).In addition, they exhibit high reversibility, quick response and well long-term stability.

  5. Incorporation of alkaline phosphatase into layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte films on the surface of affi-gel heparin beads: physicochemical characterization and evaluation of the enzyme stability. (United States)

    Derbal, Lylia; Lesot, Hervé; Voegel, Jean Claude; Ball, Vincent


    The preparation of functionalized beads in the micrometer size range that can be used to probe the action of immobilized biomolecules on cell cultures during controlled periods of time is of fundamental importance in cell biology. However, the preparation and characterization of such particles is tedious because of their fast sedimentation. It is hence difficult to prepare such beads in a reproducible manner. This highlights the need to prepare an important batch of functionnalized particles and to store them under conditions where the loss of biological activity is minimized. The aim of this paper was to immobilize alkaline phosphatase (AP) as a model enzyme on the surface of Affi-gel heparin beads functionnalized by means of a layer-by-layer (LBL) film made of poly-l-glutamic (PGA) acid and poly-l-lysine (PLL). The enzyme has been adsorbed either on the top of the LBL film or embedded under five polyelectrolyte layers. When embedded, the enzyme was not released in buffer and retained more than 30% of its initial activity after 3 months of storage at 4 degrees C. However, when the enzyme was adsorbed on top of the LBL film, about 80% of the adsorbed enzyme was released in the buffer after a few days of storage. Longer storage did not lead to any further desorption and the remaining enzyme displayed the same evolution of its activity with time as the embedded enzyme. The time evolution of the enzyme activity on the beads is compared with that in solution alone and in the presence of PGA and PLL separately.

  6. Coacervation in Symmetric Mixtures of Oppositely Charged Rodlike Polyelectrolytes (United States)

    Kumar, Rajeev; Fredrickson, Glenn


    Phase separation in the salt-free symmetric mixtures of oppositely charged rodlike polyelectrolytes is studied using quasi-analytical calculations. Stability analyses for the isotropic-isotropic and the isotropic-nematic phase transitions in the symmetric mixtures are carried out. It is shown that electrostatics favor nematic ordering. Also, the coexistence curves for the symmetric mixtures are computed, and the effects of the linear charge density and the electrostatic interaction strength on the phase boundaries are studied. It is found that the counterions are uniformly distributed in the coexisting phases for low electrostatic interaction strengths characterized by the linear charge density of the polyelectrolytes and the Bjerrum's length. However, the counterions also phase separate along with the rodlike polyelectrolytes with an increase in the electrostatic interaction strength. It is shown that the number density of the counterions is higher in the concentrated (or coacervate) phase than in the dilute (or supernatant) phase. In contrast to the rodlike mixtures, flexible polyelectrolyte mixtures can undergo only isotropic-isotropic phase separation. A comparison of the coexistence curves for the weakly charged rodlike with the flexible polyelectrolyte mixtures reveals that the electrostatic driving force for the isotropic-isotropic phase separation is stronger in the flexible mixtures.

  7. Sonication-assisted synthesis of polyelectrolyte-coated curcumin nanoparticles. (United States)

    Zheng, Zhiguo; Zhang, Xingcai; Carbo, Daniel; Clark, Cheryl; Nathan, Cherie-Ann; Lvov, Yuri


    A new method of nanoparticle formulation for poorly water-soluble materials was demonstrated for curcumin. The drug was dissolved in organic solvent that is miscible with water (ethanol), and drug nucleation was initiated by gradual worsening of the solution by the addition of an aqueous polyelectrolyte assisted by ultrasonication. Curcumin crystals of 60-100 nm size were obtained depending on the component concentrations, sonication power, and initial solvent. Layer-by-layer shell assembly with biocompatible polyelectrolytes was used to provide a particle coating with a high surface potential and the stabilization of drug nanocolloids. Polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer encapsulation allowed sustained drug release from nanoparticles over the range of 10-20 h.

  8. Hydroxypropyl cellulose stabilizes amorphous solid dispersions of the poorly water soluble drug felodipine. (United States)

    Sarode, Ashish L; Malekar, Swapnil A; Cote, Catherine; Worthen, David R


    Overcoming the low oral bioavailability of many drugs due to their poor aqueous solubility is one of the major challenges in the pharmaceutical industry. The production of amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs) of these drugs using hydrophilic polymers may significantly improve their solubility. However, their storage stability and the stability of their supersaturated solutions in the gastrointestinal tract upon administration are unsolved problems. We have investigated the potential of a low viscosity grade of a cellulosic polymer, hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC-SSL), and compared it with a commonly used vinyl polymer, polyvinylpyrrolidone vinyl acetate (PVP-VA), for stabilizing the ASDs of a poorly water soluble drug, felodipine. The ASDs were produced using hot melt mixing and stored under standard and accelerated stability conditions. The ASDs were characterized using differential scanning calorimetry, powder X-ray diffraction, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Drug dissolution and partitioning rates were evaluated using single- and biphasic dissolution studies. The ASDs displayed superior drug dissolution and partitioning as compared to the pure crystalline drug, which might be attributed to the formation of a drug-polymer molecular dispersion, amorphous conversion of the drug, and drug-polymer hydrogen bonding interactions. Late phase separation and early re-crystallization occurred at lower and higher storage temperatures, respectively, for HPC-SSL ASDs, whereas early phase separation, even at low storage temperatures, was noted for PVP-VA ASDs. Consequently, the partitioning rates for ASDs dispersed in HPC-SSL were greater than those of PVP-VA at lower and room temperature storage, whereas the performance of both of the ASDs was similar when stored at higher temperatures.

  9. Itraconazole/TPGS/Aerosil200 solid dispersions: characterization, physical stability and in vivo performance. (United States)

    Van Eerdenbrugh, Bernard; Van Speybroeck, Michiel; Mols, Raf; Houthoofd, Kristof; Martens, Johan A; Froyen, Ludo; Van Humbeeck, Jan; Augustijns, Patrick; Van den Mooter, Guy


    Solid dispersions were successfully prepared by co-spray-drying of TPGS-stabilized itraconazole nanosuspensions with Aerosil200, followed by heat treatment of the powders. The itraconazole/Aerosil200 weight ratios amounted to 50/50, 30/70, 40/60 and 20/80. The itraconazole content of the powders was close to the expected value, with relative errors between 0.3% and 7.8%. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), solid state NMR (SSNMR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) evaluation on the powders revealed the formation of amorphous itraconazole and the absence of glassy itraconazole. Dissolution of the powders was enhanced compared to crystalline and glassy itraconazole (a 2-dimensional structured form of itraconazole). However, no clear trend could be observed between drug loading and dissolution performance of the solid dispersions. Upon storage, conversion to crystalline itraconazole was observed for the 50/50 powder based on XRPD, SSNMR and DSC measurements. Although the 40/60 powder remained X-ray amorphous upon storage, DSC did reveal that a small fraction (7.5+/-1.6% after 10 months of storage) of itraconazole crystallized upon storage. For the 30/70 and 20/80 dispersions, no crystallization could be seen. After 10 months of storage, important changes in the dissolution behavior of the powders were observed. A decrease in dissolution performance was seen for the 50/50 dispersion, which could be attributed to the crystallization of itraconazole. On the other hand, the 40/60, 30/70 and 20/80 dispersions showed an increase in dissolution rate (more than 60% after 10 min). Although not completely clear at this stage, adsorption of itraconazole onto the Aerosil200 surface during storage might be responsible for this behavior. Finally, in vivo experiments were performed in the rat. Oral bioavailability of the 30/70 dispersion was, although lower compared to the marketed Sporanox formulation, significantly enhanced compared to the crystalline drug.

  10. Insight into the electrical properties and chain conformation of spherical polyelectrolyte brushes by dielectric spectroscopy (United States)

    Guo, Xiaoxia; Zhao, Kongshuang


    We report here a dielectric study on three kinds of anionic spherical polyelectrolyte brush (SPBs, consisting of a polystyrene (PS) core and three different poly (acrylic acid) chains grafted onto the core) suspensions over a frequency ranging from 40 Hz to 110 MHz. The relaxation behavior of the SPB suspensions shows significant changes in the brush-layer properties when the mass fraction of SPBs and the pH of the suspensions change. Two definite relaxations related to the interfacial polarization are observed around 100 kHz and 10 MHz. A single-layer spherical-shell model is applied to describe the SPB suspensions wherein the suspended SPB is modeled as a spherical-shell composite particle in which an insulated PS sphere is surrounded by a conducting ion-permeable shell (the polyelectrolyte chain layer). We developed the curve-fitting procedure to analyze the dielectric spectrum in order to obtain the dielectric properties of the components of the SPBs, especially the properties of the polyelectrolyte brush. Based on this method and model, the permittivity and conductivity of the brush layer, ζ potential, etc are calculated. The ordered orientation of the water molecules in the layer leads to an additional electrical dipole moment; increasing pH causes the brush layer to swell. In addition, the repulsive force between the SPB particles are evaluated using the brush-layer thickness, which is obtained by fitting dielectric spectra, combined with relative theoretical formulas. Increasing PH values or SPB concentration would improve the stability of the SPBs dispersion.

  11. Stability and generalization in seed dispersal networks: a case study of frugivorous fish in Neotropical wetlands. (United States)

    Correa, Sandra Bibiana; Arujo, Joisiane K; Penha, Jerry; Nunes da Cunha, Catia; Bobier, Karen E; Anderson, Jill T


    When species within guilds perform similar ecological roles, functional redundancy can buffer ecosystems against species loss. Using data on the frequency of interactions between fish and fruit, we assessed whether co-occurring frugivores provide redundant seed dispersal services in three species-rich Neotropical wetlands. Our study revealed that frugivorous fishes have generalized diets; however, large-bodied fishes had greater seed dispersal breadth than small species, in some cases, providing seed dispersal services not achieved by smaller fish species. As overfishing disproportionately affects big fishes, the extirpation of these species could cause larger secondary extinctions of plant species than the loss of small specialist frugivores. To evaluate the consequences of frugivore specialization for network stability, we extracted data from 39 published seed dispersal networks of frugivorous birds, mammals and fish (our networks) across ecosystems. Our analysis of interaction frequencies revealed low frugivore specialization and lower nestedness than analyses based on binary data (presence-absence of interactions). In that case, ecosystems may be resilient to loss of any given frugivore. However, robustness to frugivore extinction declines with specialization, such that networks composed primarily of specialist frugivores are highly susceptible to the loss of generalists. In contrast with analyses of binary data, recently developed algorithms capable of modelling interaction strengths provide opportunities to enhance our understanding of complex ecological networks by accounting for heterogeneity of frugivore-fruit interactions.

  12. Dispersion and stability of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in aqueous suspension: effects of ultrasonication and concentration. (United States)

    Qi, J; Ye, Y Y; Wu, J J; Wang, H T; Li, F T


    The increasing applications of titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) nanoparticles raise concerns about their potential environmental impacts. To investigate the fate and transport of TiO(2) nanoparticles in aqueous suspension, ultrasonication is widely used for the dispersion of TiO(2) nanoparticles in laboratory-scale studies. There is a pressing need for detailed information on the dispersion and stability of TiO(2) nanoparticles. This study investigated the change of size, zeta potential, and pH of TiO(2) nanoparticles aqueous suspension under different conditions of ultrasonication and concentrations. It was found that the hydrodynamic diameter of TiO(2) nanoparticles decreased with increasing suspension concentration and remained stable for more than 1 hour after sonication, which is enough for experimental research. The pH decreased with increasing nanoparticles concentration. Ultrasonication remarkably improved zeta potential to be above 15 mV for all the samples. Therefore, 20 minutes of ultrasonication (180 W) is sufficient for the dispersion of this rutile TiO(2) nanoparticles suspension, which can remain stable for more than 1 hour. However, the optimum sonication time for TiO(2) nanoparticles dispersion is influenced by many factors, such as TiO(2) nanoparticles concentration, solution chemistry, and sonicator parameters.

  13. Effect of Spatial Dispersion on Evolutionary Stability: A Two-Phenotype and Two-Patch Model. (United States)

    Li, Qing; Zhang, Jiahua; Zhang, Boyu; Cressman, Ross; Tao, Yi


    In this paper, we investigate a simple two-phenotype and two-patch model that incorporates both spatial dispersion and density effects in the evolutionary game dynamics. The migration rates from one patch to another are considered to be patch-dependent but independent of individual's phenotype. Our main goal is to reveal the dynamical properties of the evolutionary game in a heterogeneous patchy environment. By analyzing the equilibria and their stabilities, we find that the dynamical behavior of the evolutionary game dynamics could be very complicated. Numerical analysis shows that the simple model can have twelve equilibria where four of them are stable. This implies that spatial dispersion can significantly complicate the evolutionary game, and the evolutionary outcome in a patchy environment should depend sensitively on the initial state of the patches.

  14. Highly Conductive Graphene and Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Thin Films Produced From Aqueous Suspension. (United States)

    Stevens, Bart; Guin, Tyler; Sarwar, Owais; John, Alyssa; Paton, Keith R; Coleman, Jonathan N; Grunlan, Jaime C


    Rapid, large-scale exfoliation of graphene in water has expanded its potential for use outside niche applications. This work focuses on utilizing aqueous graphene dispersions to form thin films using layer-by-layer processing, which is an effective method to produce large-area coatings from water-based solutions of polyelectrolytes. When layered with polyethyleneimine, graphene flakes stabilized with cholate are shown to be capable of producing films thinner than 100 nm. High surface coverage of graphene flakes results in electrical conductivity up to 5500 S m(-1) . With the relative ease of processing, the safe, cost effective nature of the ingredients, and the scalability of the deposition method, this system should be industrially attractive for producing thin conductive films for a variety of electronic and antistatic applications.

  15. The study of a fluorescent biosensor based on polyelectrolyte microcapsules with encapsulated glucose oxidase (United States)

    Kazakova, L. I.; Sirota, N. P.; Sirota, T. V.; Shabarchina, L. I.


    A fluorescent biosensor is synthesized and described. The biosensor consists of polyelectrolyte microcapsules with glucose oxidase (GOx) entrapped in the cavities and an oxygen-sensitive fluorescent indicator Ru(dpp) immobilized in shells, where Ru(dpp) is tris(4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline)ruthenium(II) dichloride. The theoretical activity of the encapsulated GOx and the effect storage time and medium composition have on the stability of sensor microcapsules are determined from polarographic measurements. No change in the activity of the encapsulated enzyme and or its loss to the storage medium are detected over the test period. The dispersion medium (water or a phosphate buffer) are shown to have no effect on the activity of microcapsules with immobilized GOx. The described optical sensor could be used as an alternative to electrochemical sensors for in vitro determination of glucose in the clinically important range of concentrations (up to 10 mmol/L).

  16. Characterization of Responsive Hydrogel Nanoparticles upon Polyelectrolyte Complexation

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    Su-Kyoung Lee


    Full Text Available Characterization of responsive hydrogels and their interaction with other molecules have significantly expanded our understanding of the functional materials. We here report on the response of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylic acid (pNIPAm-co-AAc nanogels to the addition of the poly(allylamine hydrochloride (PAH in aqueous dispersions. We find that the hydrodynamic radius and stability of nanogels are dependent on the PAH/nanogel stoichiometry. If the nanogel solution is titrated with very small aliquots of PAH, the nanogels decrease in radius until the equivalence point, followed by aggregation at suprastoichiometric PAH additions. Conversely, when titrated with large aliquots, the nanogel charge switches rapidly from anionic to cationic, and no aggregation is observed. This behavior correlates well with electrophoretic mobility measurements, which shows the nanogel charge transitioning from negative to positive upon PAH addition. The volume phase transition temperature (VPTT of the nanogels is also measured to discover the effect of polyelectrolyte complexation on the deswelling thermodynamics. These data show that charge neutralization upon PAH addition decreases the VPTT of the nanogel at pH 6.5. However, if an excess amount of PAH is added to the nanogel solution, the VPTT shifts back to higher temperatures due to the formation of a net positive charge in the nanogel network.

  17. Polyelectrolyte multilayer coatings for the separation of proteins by capillary electrophoresis: Influence of polyelectrolyte nature and multilayer crosslinking. (United States)

    Bekri, Samya; Leclercq, Laurent; Cottet, Hervé


    The present work aims at studying the influence of the nature of the polyelectrolytes used in successive multiple ionic polymers on the performances of protein separation in acetic acid volatile background electrolyte. A broad library of polyelectrolyte multilayers was compared on the basis of 9 different weak/strong polyanions and 8 different weak/strong polycations. More than 20 couples of different polyelectrolytes were investigated. The separation efficiencies (expressed as the N/l ratio, where N is the plate number and l is the capillary effective length) were systematically compared for the separation of a protein test mixture. The coating stability was evaluated by the relative standard deviation of the migration times. For weak polyelectrolyte multilayers, the influence of the polymer crosslinking on the coating stability and separation efficiency has been studied. Intra-day repeatability of 100 successive runs, and capillary-to-capillary reproducibility were tested on coatings of each category (crosslinked and non crosslinked). The main (not obvious) result rising from this study is that the nature of the polyanion constituting the multilayers is of primary importance for the performance in terms of separation efficiency and stability, even when the mulilayers finish with a polycation.

  18. Dispersion and stability analysis for a finite difference beam propagation method. (United States)

    de-Oliva-Rubio, J; Molina-Fernández, I; Godoy-Rubio, R


    Applying continuous and discrete transformation techniques, new analytical expressions to calculate dispersion and stability of a Runge- Kutta Finite Difference Beam Propagation Method (RK-FDBPM) are obtained. These expressions give immediate insight about the discretization errors introduced by the numerical method in the plane-wave spectrum domain. From these expressions a novel strategy to adequately set the mesh steps sizes of the RK-FDBPM is presented. Assessment of the method is performed by studying the propagation in several linear and nonlinear photonic devices for different spatial discretizations.

  19. Radiation Stability of Nanoclusters in Nano-structured Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) Steels

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    Certain, Alicia G.; Kuchibhatla, Satyanarayana V N T; Shutthanandan, V.; Hoelzer, D. T.; Allen, T. R.


    Nanostructured oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels are considered candidates for nuclear fission and fusion applications at high temperature and dose. The complex oxide nanoclusters in these alloys provide high-temperature strength and are expected to afford better radiation resistance. Proton, heavy ion, and neutron irradiations have been performed to evaluate cluster stability in 14YWT and 9CrODS steel under a range of irradiation conditions. Energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography were used in this work to analyze the evolution of the oxide population.

  20. Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Effect of Air Stability on Exhaled Air Dispersion

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    Xu, Chunwen; Gong, Guangcai; Nielsen, Peter Vilhelm;


    was used for experimental study, and a numerical person was built to simulate the manikin. The velocity, temperature and concentration of tracer gas in exhaled air are affected by air stability to different degrees. The similarity of this effect among these parameters can also be observed through numerical...... studies. As the thermal stratification under displacement ventilation blocks the vertical movement of exhaled air, the exhaled contaminant may be trapped between temperature stratifications. As the dispersion of contaminant is closely related to the health of human indoors, the temperature structure...

  1. Dispersion of Pt Nanoparticle-Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide Using Aniline as a Stabilizer

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    Hyoung-Joon Jin


    Full Text Available In this study, a simple one-step method was developed to load small-sized Pt nanoparticles (3.1 ± 0.3 nm in large quantities (50 wt % on aniline-functionalized and reduced graphene oxide (r-fGO. In the process, an ethylene glycol solution and aniline-functionalized moiety play the roles of reducing agent and stabilizer for the Pt nanoparticles, respectively, without damaging the graphite structures of the r-fGO. The Pt nanoparticles loading on the surface of r-fGO with uniform dispersion have a great effect on the electrical conductivity.

  2. Laser stabilization to an atomic transition using an optically generated dispersive lineshape

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    Queiroga, Fabiano; Mestre, Valdeci; Vidal, Itamar; de Silans, Thierry Passerat; Oriá, Marcos; Chevrollier, Martine


    We report on a simple and robust technique to generate a dispersive signal which serves as an error signal to electronically stabilize a monomode cw laser emitting around an atomic resonance. We explore nonlinear effects in the laser beam propagation through a resonant vapor by way of spatial filtering. The performance of this technique is validated by locking semiconductor lasers to the cesium and rubidiumD2 line and observing long-term reduction of the emission frequency drifts, making the laser well adapted for many atomic physics applications.

  3. Miscibility behavior and formation mechanism of stabilized felodipine-polyvinylpyrrolidone amorphous solid dispersions. (United States)

    Karavas, Evangelos; Ktistis, Georgios; Xenakis, Aristotelis; Georgarakis, Emmanouel


    In the present study, solid dispersion systems of felodipine (FEL) with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were developed, in order to enhance solid state stability and release kinetics. The prepared systems were characterized by using Differential Scanning Calorimetry, X-Ray Diffraction, and Scanning Electron Microscopy techniques, while the interactions which take place were identified by using Fourier Transformation-Infrared Spectroscopy. Due to the formation of hydrogen bonds between the carbonyl group of PVP and the amino groups of FEL, transition of FEL from crystalline to amorphous state was achieved. The dispersion of FEL was found to be in nano-scale particle sizes and dependent on the FEL/PVP ratio. This modification leads to partial miscibility of the two components, as it was verified by DSC and optimal glass dispersion of FEL into the polymer matrix since no crystalline structure was detected with XRD. The above deformation has a significant effect on the dissolution enhancement and the release kinetics of FEL, as it causes the pattern to change from linear to logarithmic. An impressive optimization of the dissolution profile is observed corresponding to a rapid release of FEL in the system containing 10% w/w of FEL, releasing 100% in approximately 20 min. The particle size of dispersed FEL into PVP matrix could be classified as the main parameter affecting dissolution optimization. The mechanism of such enhancement consists of the lower energy required for the dissolution due to the amorphous transition and the fine dispersion, which leads to an optimal contact surface of the drug substance with the dissolution media. The prepared systems are stable during storage at 40 +/- 1 degrees C and relative humidity of 75 +/- 5%. Addition of sodium docusate as surfactant does not affect the release kinetics, but only the initial burst due to its effect on the surface tension and wettability of the systems.

  4. Freshwater dispersion stability of PAA-stabilised cerium oxide nanoparticles and toxicity towards Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata

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    Booth, Andy, E-mail: [SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Trondheim N-7465 (Norway); Størseth, Trond [SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Trondheim N-7465 (Norway); Altin, Dag [BioTrix, Trondheim N-7022 (Norway); Fornara, Andrea; Ahniyaz, Anwar [German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Department of Product Safety, Berlin (Germany); Jungnickel, Harald; Laux, Peter; Luch, Andreas [SP Chemistry, Materials and Surfaces, Drottning Kristinas vag 45, SE-11686 Stockholm (Sweden); Sørensen, Lisbet [SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Trondheim N-7465 (Norway)


    An aqueous dispersion of poly (acrylic acid)-stabilised cerium oxide (CeO{sub 2}) nanoparticles (PAA-CeO{sub 2}) was evaluated for its stability in a range of freshwater ecotoxicity media (MHRW, TG 201 and M7), with and without natural organic matter (NOM). In a 15 day dispersion stability study, PAA-CeO{sub 2} did not undergo significant aggregation in any media type. Zeta potential varied between media types and was influenced by PAA-CeO{sub 2} concentration, but remained constant over 15 days. NOM had no influence on PAA-CeO{sub 2} aggregation or zeta potential. The ecotoxicity of the PAA-CeO{sub 2} dispersion was investigated in 72 h algal growth inhibition tests using the freshwater microalgae Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata. PAA-CeO{sub 2} EC{sub 50} values for growth inhibition (GI; 0.024 mg/L) were 2–3 orders of magnitude lower than pristine CeO{sub 2} EC{sub 50} values reported in the literature. The concentration of dissolved cerium (Ce{sup 3+}/Ce{sup 4+}) in PAA-CeO{sub 2} exposure suspensions was very low, ranging between 0.5 and 5.6 μg/L. Free PAA concentration in the exposure solutions (0.0096–0.0384 mg/L) was significantly lower than the EC{sub 10} growth inhibition (47.7 mg/L) value of pure PAA, indicating that free PAA did not contribute to the observed toxicity. Elemental analysis indicated that up to 38% of the total Cerium becomes directly associated with the algal cells during the 72 h exposure. TOF-SIMS analysis of algal cell wall compounds indicated three different modes of action, including a significant oxidative stress response to PAA-CeO{sub 2} exposure. In contrast to pristine CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles, which rapidly aggregate in standard ecotoxicity media, PAA-stabilised CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles remain dispersed and available to water column species. Interaction of PAA with cell wall components, which could be responsible for the observed biomarker alterations, could not be excluded. This study indicates that the increased

  5. Influence of Carbon Nanotubes on Thermal Stability of Water-Dispersible Nanofibrillar Polyaniline/Nanotube Composite

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    Zhi-Bin Zhang


    Full Text Available Significant influence on the thermal stability of polyaniline (PANI in the presence of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs is reported. By means of in-situ rapid mixing approach, water-dispersible nanofibrillar PANI and composites, consisting of MWCNTs uniformly coated with PANI in the state of emeraldine salt, with a well-defined core-shell heterogeneous structure, were prepared. The de-protonation process in PANI occurs at a lower temperature under the presence of MWCNTs on the polyaniline composite upon thermal treatment. However, it is found that the presence of MWCNTs significantly enhances the thermal stability of PANI’s backbone upon exposure to laser irradiation, which can be ascribed to the core-shell heterogeneous structure of the composite of MWCNTs and PANI, and the high thermal conductivity of MWCNTs.

  6. Substrate-induced coagulation (SIC) of nano-disperse alumina in non-aqueous media: The dispersibility and stability of alumina in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone. (United States)

    Basch, Angelika; Strnad, Simona


    This work investigated colloidal properties such as the zeta-potential, the electrophoretic mobilities and the wetting behaviour of alumina dispersed in non-aqueous media. Non-aqueous dispersions of alumina were prepared in the solvent N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP). The wetting behaviour of alumina in NMP was characterized by the powder contact angle method and the Wilhemy plate method. The behaviour of the dispersion should provide information for the development of a substrate-induced coagulation (SIC) coating process of nano-sized alumina in non-aqeous media. SIC is a dip-coating process that coats pretreated but chemically different surfaces with nano-sized particles. It was found that the anionic surfactant dioctyl sulfosuccinate (AOT) had no stabilizing effect on alumina dispersed in NMP.

  7. Use of solid dispersions to increase stability of dithranol in topical formulations

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    Marilene Estanqueiro


    Full Text Available The present study was planned to improve the stability of dithranol using solid dispersions (SD. Two different SD at a 1:9 ratio of dithranol/excipient were prepared: one of them using glyceryl behenate as excipient and the other using a mixture of argan oil with stearic acid (1:8 ratio as excipient. Pure dithranol and SD of dithranol were incorporated in an oil-in-water cream and in a hydrophobic ointment in a drug/dermatological base ratio of 1:10. The physical and mechanical properties of semisolid formulations incorporating the pure drug and the developed SD were evaluated through rheological and textural analysis. To evaluate the stability, L*a*b* color space parameters of SD and semisolid formulations, and pH of hydrophilic formulations were determined at defined times, during one month. Each sample was stored at different conditions namely, light exposure (room temperature, high temperature exposition (37 °C (protected from light and protected from light (room temperature. Despite higher values of firmness and adhesiveness, hydrophobic ointment exhibited the best rheological features compared to the oil-in-water cream, namely a shear-thinning behavior and high thixotropy. These formulations have also presented more stability, with minor changes in L*a*b* color space parameters. The results of this study indicate that is possible to conclude that the developed SD contributed to the increased stability of dithranol.

  8. Polyelectrolyte Biomaterial Interactions Provide Nanoparticulate Carrier for Oral Insulin Delivery


    Reis, Catarina Pinto; Ribeiro, António J; Veiga, Francisco; Neufeld, Ronald J; Damgé, Christiane


    Nanospheres are being developed for the oral delivery of peptide-based drugs such as insulin. Mucoadhesive, biodegradable, biocompatible, and acid-protective biomaterials are described using a combination of natural polyelectrolytes, with particles formulated through nanoemulsion dispersion followed by triggered in situgel complexation. Biomaterials meeting these criteria include alginate, dextran, chitosan, and albumin in which alginate/dextran forms the core matrix complexed with chitosan a...

  9. Synthesis of length-controlled aerosol carbon nanotubes and their dispersion stability in aqueous solution. (United States)

    Moon, Young Kyun; Lee, Jaebeom; Lee, Jae Keun; Kim, Tae Kyu; Kim, Soo H


    A one-step method combining spray pyrolysis and thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes was developed to grow hybrid carbon nanotube (CNT)-bimetallic composite particles. Nickel, aluminum, and acetylene were used as the catalytic site, noncatalytic matrix, and hydrocarbon source, respectively. The bimetallic particles (i.e., Al-Ni) were spray pyrolized and subsequently passed through thermal CVD. During the thermal CVD, the catalytic decomposition of acetylene occurred on the free-floating bimetallic particles so that sea urchin-like CNTs were radially grown. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses revealed the CNTs to have a uniform diameter of approximately 10 +/- 2 nm. The length of the CNTs was controlled by varying the residence time of the bimetallic nanoparticles with a length of 200-1000 nm. After nitric acid treatment, the CNTs were released by melting the bimetallic particles. The resulting CNTs were then dispersed in an aqueous solution to examine the effect of the length of CNTs on their dispersion stability, which is a critical issue for the stability and repeatability of the heat transfer performance in nanofluids. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrometer analysis showed that shorter CNTs were less stable than the longer CNTs due to the higher mobility-induced agglomeration of the shorter CNTs.

  10. Dispersion polymerization of methyl methacrylate with a novel bifunctional polyurethane macromonomer as a reactive stabilizer. (United States)

    Shim, Sang Eun; Jung, Hyejun; Lee, Kangseok; Lee, Jung Min; Choe, Soonja


    A novel macromonomer of vinyl-terminated bifunctional polyurethane was synthesized and applied to the dispersion polymerization of MMA in ethanol. The existence of the vinyl terminal groups and the grafted macromonomer with PMMA was verified using 1H NMR and 13C NMR. The stable and monodisperse PMMA microspheres having a weight-average diameter of 5.09 microm and a good uniformity of 1.01 were obtained with 20 wt% polyurethane macromonomer. The molecular weight increased, but the size of the synthesized PMMA microspheres decreased with the macromonomer concentration since the macromonomer acts as a reactive stabilizer in dispersion polymerization. Furthermore, the molecular weight of the PMMA prepared by the use of the macromonomer was approximately twofold higher than that prepared by a conventional stabilizer, poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone). The higher molecular weight is thought to originate from the grafting and a possibly slight crosslinking of PMMA molecules due to the bifunctional reactive groups at the ends of macromonomer chains.

  11. Influence of propylene glycol on aqueous silica dispersions and particle-stabilized emulsions. (United States)

    Binks, Bernard P; Fletcher, Paul D I; Thompson, Michael A; Elliott, Russell P


    We have studied the influence of adding propylene glycol to both aqueous dispersions of fumed silica nanoparticles and emulsions of paraffin liquid and water stabilized by the same particles. In the absence of oil, aerating mixtures of aqueous propylene glycol and particles yields either stable dispersions, aqueous foams, climbing particle films, or liquid marbles depending on the glycol content and particle hydrophobicity. The presence of glycol in water promotes particles to behave as if they are more hydrophilic. Calculations of their contact angle at the air-aqueous propylene glycol surface are in agreement with these findings. In the presence of oil, particle-stabilized emulsions invert from water-in-oil to oil-in-water upon increasing either the inherent hydrophilicity of the particles or the glycol content in the aqueous phase. Stable multiple emulsions occur around phase inversion in systems of low glycol content, and completely stable, waterless oil-in-propylene glycol emulsions can also be prepared. Accounting for the surface energies at the respective interfaces allows estimation of the contact angle at the oil-polar phase interface; reasonable agreement between measured and calculated phase inversion conditions is found assuming no glycol adsorption on particle surfaces.

  12. Effect of sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate on the dispersion stability of ceramic glaze suspension

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    Satchawan, Suphapan; Naksata, Wimol; Rattanakawin, Chairoj; Thiansem, Sakdiphon; Arqueropanyo, Orn-anong [Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai (Thailand); Panya, Preecha [Kamphaengphet Rajabhat University, Kamphaengphet (Thailand); Sooksamiti, Ponlayuth [The Office of Primary Industries and Mines Region 3, Chiang Mai (Thailand); Scales, Peter J. [The University of Melbourne, Parkville Victoria (Australia)


    Sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SDBS) was used to render the stability of ceramic glaze dispersion which is composed of limestone, feldspar, quartz, kaolin and ferric oxide. The measured zeta potential showed negative values for the systems in deionized water and 0.001 M MgCl{sub 2} media at pH above 2, but a positive value was observed in 0.1M MgCl{sub 2} at pH higher than 6.7. Adsorption of SDBS in aqueous suspensions of ceramic glaze in deionized water and in 0.001 M MgCl{sub 2}, within the concentration range studied, followed both the Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms, but the Freundlich isotherm was more favored. Adsorption of SDBS in 0.1M MgCl{sub 2} corresponded to the Freundlich isotherm. From dispersion stability investigation, SDBS could render the suspension in deionized water and in 0.001 mM MgCl{sub 2} more than in 0.1 mM MgCl{sub 2}.

  13. Dispersion stability and thermophysical properties of environmentally friendly graphite oil–based nanofluids used in machining

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    Yu Su


    Full Text Available As environmentally friendly cutting fluids, vegetable-based oil and ester oil are being more and more widely used in metal cutting industry. However, their cooling and lubricating properties are required to be further improved in order to meet more cooling and lubricating challenges in high-efficiency machining. Nanofluids with enhanced heat carrying and lubricating capabilities seem to give a promising solution. In this article, graphite oil–based nanofluids with LB2000 vegetable-based oil and PriEco6000 unsaturated polyol ester as base fluids were prepared by ultrasonically assisted two-step method, and their dispersion stability and thermophysical properties such as viscosity and thermal conductivity were experimentally and theoretically investigated at different ultrasonication times. The results indicate that graphite-PriEco6000 nanofluid showed better dispersion stability, higher viscosity, and thermal conductivity than graphite-LB2000 nanofluid, which made it more suitable for application in high-efficiency machining as coolant and lubricant. The theoretical classical models showed good agreement with the thermal conductivity values of graphite oil–based nanofluids measured experimentally. However, the deviation between the experimental values of viscosity and the theoretical models was relatively big. New empirical correlations were proposed for predicting the viscosity of graphite oil–based nanofluids at various ultrasonication times.

  14. RECG maintains plastid and mitochondrial genome stability by suppressing extensive recombination between short dispersed repeats.

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    Masaki Odahara


    Full Text Available Maintenance of plastid and mitochondrial genome stability is crucial for photosynthesis and respiration, respectively. Recently, we have reported that RECA1 maintains mitochondrial genome stability by suppressing gross rearrangements induced by aberrant recombination between short dispersed repeats in the moss Physcomitrella patens. In this study, we studied a newly identified P. patens homolog of bacterial RecG helicase, RECG, some of which is localized in both plastid and mitochondrial nucleoids. RECG partially complements recG deficiency in Escherichia coli cells. A knockout (KO mutation of RECG caused characteristic phenotypes including growth delay and developmental and mitochondrial defects, which are similar to those of the RECA1 KO mutant. The RECG KO cells showed heterogeneity in these phenotypes. Analyses of RECG KO plants showed that mitochondrial genome was destabilized due to a recombination between 8-79 bp repeats and the pattern of the recombination partly differed from that observed in the RECA1 KO mutants. The mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA instability was greater in severe phenotypic RECG KO cells than that in mild phenotypic ones. This result suggests that mitochondrial genomic instability is responsible for the defective phenotypes of RECG KO plants. Some of the induced recombination caused efficient genomic rearrangements in RECG KO mitochondria. Such loci were sometimes associated with a decrease in the levels of normal mtDNA and significant decrease in the number of transcripts derived from the loci. In addition, the RECG KO mutation caused remarkable plastid abnormalities and induced recombination between short repeats (12-63 bp in the plastid DNA. These results suggest that RECG plays a role in the maintenance of both plastid and mitochondrial genome stability by suppressing aberrant recombination between dispersed short repeats; this role is crucial for plastid and mitochondrial functions.

  15. Characterization and physical stability of spray dried solid dispersions of probucol and PVP-K30. (United States)

    Thybo, Pia; Pedersen, Betty L; Hovgaard, Lars; Holm, Rene; Mullertz, Anette


    The main purpose of this study was to obtain stable, well-characterized solid dispersions (SDs) of amorphous probucol and polyvinylpyrrolidone K-30 (PVP-K30) with improved dissolution rates. A secondary aim was to investigate the flow-through dissolution method for in-vitro dissolution measurements of small-sized amorphous powders dispersed in a hydrophilic polymer. SDs were prepared by spray drying solutions of probucol and different amounts of PVP-K30. The obtained SDs were characterized by dissolution rate measurements in a flow-through apparatus, X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), particle sizing (laser diffraction) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller Method (BET) and results were compared with starting material and a physical mixture. The physical stability was monitored after storage at 25 degrees C and 60% RH for up to 12 weeks. The flow-through method was found suitable as dissolution method. All SDs showed improved in-vitro dissolution rates when compared to starting material and physical mixtures. The greatest improvement in the in-vitro dissolution rate was observed for the highest polymer to drug ratio. By means of the results from XRPD and DSC, it was argued that the presence of amorphous probucol improved the dissolution rate, but the amorphous state could not fully account for the difference in dissolution profiles between the SDs. It was suggested that the increase in surface area due to the reduction in particle size contributed to an increased dissolution rate as well as the presence of PVP-K30 by preventing aggregation and drug re-crystallization and by improving wettability during dissolution. The stabilizing effect of the polymer was verified in the solid state, as all the SDs retained probucol in the amorphous state throughout the entire length of the stability study.

  16. Biological and Biomimetic Comb Polyelectrolytes

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    Aristeidis Papagiannopoulos


    Full Text Available Some new phenomena involved in the physical properties of comb polyelectrolyte solutions are reviewed. Special emphasis is given to synthetic biomimetic materials, and the structures formed by these molecules are compared with those of naturally occurring glycoprotein and proteoglycan solutions. Developments in the determination of the structure and dynamics (viscoelasticity of comb polymers in solution are also covered. Specifically the appearance of multi-globular structures, helical instabilities, liquid crystalline phases, and the self-assembly of the materials to produce hierarchical comb morphologies is examined. Comb polyelectrolytes are surface active and a short review is made of some recent experiments in this area that relate to their morphology when suspended in solution. We hope to emphasize the wide variety of phenomena demonstrated by the vast range of naturally occurring comb polyelectrolytes and the challenges presented to synthetic chemists designing biomimetic materials.

  17. Large Scale Simulation of Hydrogen Dispersion by a Stabilized Balancing Domain Decomposition Method

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    Qing-He Yao


    Full Text Available The dispersion behaviour of leaking hydrogen in a partially open space is simulated by a balancing domain decomposition method in this work. An analogy of the Boussinesq approximation is employed to describe the connection between the flow field and the concentration field. The linear systems of Navier-Stokes equations and the convection diffusion equation are symmetrized by a pressure stabilized Lagrange-Galerkin method, and thus a balancing domain decomposition method is enabled to solve the interface problem of the domain decomposition system. Numerical results are validated by comparing with the experimental data and available numerical results. The dilution effect of ventilation is investigated, especially at the doors, where flow pattern is complicated and oscillations appear in the past research reported by other researchers. The transient behaviour of hydrogen and the process of accumulation in the partially open space are discussed, and more details are revealed by large scale computation.

  18. Stability and Convergence of an Implicit Difference Approximation for the Space Riesz Fractional Reaction-Dispersion Equation

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    In this paper, we consider a Riesz space-fractional reaction-dispersion equation (RSFRDE). The RSFRDE is obtained from the classical reaction-dispersion equation by replacing the second-order space derivative with a Riesz derivative of order β∈(1, 2].We propose an implicit finite difference approximation for RSFRDE. The stability and convergence of the finite difference approximations are analyzed. Numerical results are found in good agreement with the theoretical analysis.

  19. Effect of highly dispersed yttria addition on thermal stability of hydroxyapatite

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    Parente, P., E-mail: [Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio, CSIC, C/Kelsen 5, Madrid 28049 (Spain); Savoini, B. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Avda. Universidad 30, Leganes 28911 (Spain); Ferrari, B. [Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio, CSIC, C/Kelsen 5, Madrid 28049 (Spain); Monge, M.A.; Pareja, R. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Avda. Universidad 30, Leganes 28911 (Spain); Sanchez-Herencia, A.J. [Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio, CSIC, C/Kelsen 5, Madrid 28049 (Spain)


    The capability of the colloidal method to produce yttria (Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) dispersed hydroxyapatite (HA) has been investigated as an alternative method to the conventional method of mechanical mixing and sintering for developing HA-based materials that could exhibit controllable and enhanced functional properties. A water based colloidal route to produce HA materials with highly dispersed Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} has been applied, and the effect of 10 wt.% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition to HA investigated by thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. These measurements evidence a remarkable effect of this Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition on decomposition mechanisms of synthetic HA. Results show that incorporation of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} as dispersed second phase is beneficial because it hinders the decomposition mechanisms of HA into calcium phosphates. This retardation will allow the control of the sintering conditions for developing HA implants with improved properties. Besides, substitution of Ca{sup 2+} with Y{sup 3+} ions appears to promote the formation of OH{sup -} vacancies, which could improve the conductive properties of HA favorable to osseointegration. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We reveal the influence of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} on thermal stability of hydroxyapatite. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Incorporation of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} delays decomposition of hydroxyapatite to calcium phosphates. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Addition of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} enables sintering conditions more favorable to the densification.


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    Several of the most common methods for estimating Pasquill-Gifford (PG) stability (turbulence) class were evaluated for use in modeling the radiological consequences of SRS accidental releases using the MELCOR Accident Consequence Code System, Ver. 2 (MACCS2). Evaluation criteria included: (1) the ability of the method to represent diffusion characteristics above a predominantly forested landscape at SRS, (2) suitability of the method to provide data consistent with the formulation of the MACCS2 model, and (3) the availability of onsite meteorological data to support implementation of the method The evaluation resulted in a recommendation that PG stability classification for regulatory applications at SRS should be based on measurements of the standard deviation of the vertical component of wind direction fluctuations, {sigma}{sub e}, collected from the 61-m level of the SRS meteorological towers, and processed in full accordance with EPA-454/R-99-005 (EPA, 2000). This approach provides a direct measurement that is fundamental to diffusion and captures explicitly the turbulence generated by both mechanical and buoyant forces over the characteristic surface (forested) of SRS. Furthermore, due to the potentially significant enhancement of horizontal fluctuations in wind direction from the occurrence of meander at night, the use of {sigma}{sub e} will ensure a reasonably conservative estimate of PG stability class for use in dispersion models that base diffusion calculations on a single value of PG stability class. Furthermore, meteorological data bases used as input for MACCS2 calculations should contain hourly data for five consecutive annual periods from the most recent 10 years.

  1. Improvement of dispersion stability and optical properties of CdSe/ZnSe structured quantum dots by polymer coating. (United States)

    Kwon, Young-Tae; Eom, Nu Si A; Choi, Yo-Min; Kim, Bum-Sung; Kim, Taek-Soo; Lee, Chan-Gi; Lee, Kun-Jae; Choa, Yong-Ho


    In this study, CdSe core and CdSe/ZnSe core/shell quantum dots with a narrow size distribution were synthesized in a micro-reactor. A PMMA coating applied to the surface of CdSe/ZnSe core/shell QDs to prevent degradation gave improved dispersion stability compared to the CdSe core and CdSe/ZnSe core/shell. Many previous approaches to dispersion stability have not been quantitatively assessed. The dispersion stability was confirmed by multiple light scattering measurement. Additionally, the PMMA-coated CdSe/ZnSe QDs showed greatly improved optical properties with a photoluminescence quantum yield up to 80%. This structural motif is expected to prevent the degradation of QDs.

  2. Mean-field dispersion-induced spatial synchrony, oscillation and amplitude death, and temporal stability in an ecological model. (United States)

    Banerjee, Tanmoy; Dutta, Partha Sharathi; Gupta, Anubhav


    One of the most important issues in spatial ecology is to understand how spatial synchrony and dispersal-induced stability interact. In the existing studies it is shown that dispersion among identical patches results in spatial synchrony; on the other hand, the combination of spatial heterogeneity and dispersion is necessary for dispersal-induced stability (or temporal stability). Population synchrony and temporal stability are thus often thought of as conflicting outcomes of dispersion. In contrast to the general belief, in this present study we show that mean-field dispersion is conducive to both spatial synchrony and dispersal-induced stability even in identical patches. This simultaneous occurrence of rather conflicting phenomena is governed by the suppression of oscillation states, namely amplitude death (AD) and oscillation death (OD). These states emerge through spatial synchrony of the oscillating patches in the strong-coupling strength. We present an interpretation of the mean-field diffusive coupling in the context of ecology and identify that, with increasing mean-field density, an open ecosystem transforms into a closed ecosystem. We report on the occurrence of OD in an ecological model and explain its significance. Using a detailed bifurcation analysis we show that, depending on the mortality rate and carrying capacity, the system shows either AD or both AD and OD. We also show that the results remain qualitatively the same for a network of oscillators. We identify a new transition scenario between the same type of oscillation suppression states whose geneses differ. In the parameter-mismatched case, we further report on the direct transition from OD to AD through a transcritical bifurcation. We believe that this study will lead to a proper interpretation of AD and OD in ecology, which may be important for the conservation and management of several communities in ecosystems.

  3. Microwave Irradiation Effect on the Dispersion and Thermal Stability of RGO Nanosheets within a Polystyrene Matrix

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    Edreese H. Alsharaeh


    Full Text Available Polystyrene-reduced graphene oxide (PSTY/RGO composites were prepared via the in situ bulk polymerization method using two different preparation techniques. The general approach is to use microwave irradiation (MWI to enhance the exfoliation and the dispersion of RGO nanosheets within the PSTY matrix. In the first approach, a mixture of GO and styrene monomers (STY were polymerized using a bulk polymerization method facilitated by microwave irradiation (MWI to obtain R-(GO-PSTY composites. In the second approach, a mixture of RGO and STY monomers were polymerized using a bulk polymerization method to obtain RGO-(PSTY composites. The two composites were characterized by FTIR, 1H-NMR, XRD, SEM, HRTEM, TGA and DSC. The results indicate that the composite obtained using the first approach, which involved MWI, had a better morphology and dispersion with enhanced thermal stability, compared with the composites prepared without MWI. Moreover, DSC results showed that the Tg value of the composites after loading the RGO significantly increased by 24.6 °C compared to the neat polystyrene.

  4. Role of dispersion conditions on grindability of yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) powders

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    S Ramanathan; K P Krishna Kumar; P K De; S Banerjee


    A precursor for zirconia – 8 mole% yttria (YSZ–ZrO2–8 m% Y2O3) powder was prepared by coprecipitation and the calcination temperature was fixed as 900°C from TG–DTA and XRD studies. The calcined powder could be dry ground only to a mean particle size (50) of 6 m containing substantial amount of coarse agglomerates in the size range 10–100 m. The dispersion conditions for its wet grinding were evaluated through zeta-potential and viscosity studies. The zeta-potential variation with pH of the aqueous suspensions of the powder exhibited maximum numerical values at 3 and 11 pH, exhibiting the ideal pHs for dispersion stability through electrostatic columbic repulsion mechanism. Slurries of dry ground powders with solid concentration in the range 15–30 vol.% exhibited pseudo-plastic flow characteristics, indicating presence of flocculates. With progress of grinding, the increase in viscosity of the slurries became less significant with decreasing solid concentration. Even though the particle size of the ground slurries decreased with decreasing solid content, there was little change in it for slurries with solid content < 20 vol.%. Grinding conditions for formation of sinter-active powders of YSZ with sub-micron size (50\\ ∼ 0.7 m free of agglomerates of size > 5 m) were established. Compacts from this powder could be sintered at 1400°C to translucent bodies with 99% theoretical density.

  5. Glass-coated Individual Dispersed MWNTs in Alumina & Its High Temperature Stability

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    FU Keqing; LIANG Jiayi; XU Hongyan; BAI Rong


    An ultrasonication assisted sol-gel processing route for MWNTs/Alumina was proposed.Using aluminum ethoxide as an alumina precursor and ethanol/water as a solvent,the dura-tion of the transformation from sol to gel under ultrasonication can be controlled by adjusting the water content.Purified MWNTs added under ultrasonication should be functionalized by alcohol at first and a well dispersion in alumina sol could be attained under the help of ultrasonic.With the evaporation of ethanol,sol transfers to gel and MWNTS dispersion can be kept in gel.Gel and calcine-powder show that individual MWNTs are enwrapped by amorphous alumina.As-received powders after a following heating-treatment under vacuum shows a good high stability for a glass coat formed on MWNTs.Raman results show the processing route has no obvious effect on the structure of MWNTs,even a high temperature(1273K)treatment is done under vacuum.

  6. Cyclodextrin-grafted barium titanate nanoparticles for improved dispersion and stabilization in water-based systems

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    Serra-Gómez, R. [Universidad de Navarra, Departamento de Química y Edafología (Spain); Martinez-Tarifa, J. M. [Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica (Spain); González-Benito, J. [Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Departamento de Ciencia e Ingeniería de Materiales e Ingeniería Química, IQMAAB (Spain); González-Gaitano, G., E-mail: [Universidad de Navarra, Departamento de Química y Edafología (Spain)


    Ceramic nanoparticles with piezoelectric properties, such as BaTiO{sub 3} (BT), constitute a promising approach in the fields of nanocomposite materials and biomaterials. In the latter case, to be successful in their preparation, the drawback of their fast aggregation and practically null stability in water has to be overcome. The objective of this investigation has been the surface functionalization of BaTiO{sub 3} nanoparticles with cyclodextrins (CDs) as a way to break the aggregation and improve the stability of the nanoparticles in water solution, preventing and minimizing their fast precipitation. As a secondary goal, we have achieved extra-functionality of the nanoparticles, bestowed from the hydrophobic cavity of the macrocycle, which is able to lodge guest molecules that can form inclusion complexes with the oligosaccharide. The nanoparticle functionalization has been fully tracked and characterized, and the cytotoxicity of the modified nanoparticles with fibroblasts and pre-osteoblasts cell lines has been assessed with excellent results in a wide range of concentrations. The modified nanoparticles were found to be suitable for the easy preparation of nanocomposite hydrogels, via dispersion in hydrophilic polymers of typical use in biomedical applications (PEG, Pluronics, and PEO), and further processed in the form of films via water casting, showing very good results in terms of homogeneity in the dispersion of the filler. Likewise, as examples of application and with the aim of exploring a different range of nanocomposites, rhodamine B was included in the macrocycles as a model molecule, and films prepared from a thermoplastic matrix (EVA) via high-energy ball milling have been tested by impedance spectroscopy to discuss their dielectric properties, which indicated that even small modifications in the surface of the nanoparticles generate a different kind of interaction with the polymeric matrix. The CD-modified nanoparticles are thus suitable for easy

  7. Effect of Dispersion Method on Stability and Dielectric Strength of Transformer Oil-Based TiO2 Nanofluids. (United States)

    Lv, Yu-Zhen; Li, Chao; Sun, Qian; Huang, Meng; Li, Cheng-Rong; Qi, Bo


    Dispersion stability of nanoparticles in the liquid media is of great importance to the utilization in practice. This study aims to investigate the effects of mechanical dispersion method on the dispersibility of functionalized TiO2 nanoparticles in the transformer oil. Dispersion methods, including stirring, ultrasonic bath, and probe processes, were systematically tested to verify their versatility for preparing stable nanofluid. The test results reveal that the combination of ultrasonic bath process and stirring method has the best dispersion efficiency and the obtained nanofluid possesses the highest AC breakdown strength. Specifically, after aging for 168 h, the size of nanoparticles in the nanofluid prepared by the combination method has no obvious change, while those obtained by the other three paths are increased obviously.

  8. Effect of Dispersion Method on Stability and Dielectric Strength of Transformer Oil-Based TiO2 Nanofluids (United States)

    Lv, Yu-zhen; Li, Chao; Sun, Qian; Huang, Meng; Li, Cheng-rong; Qi, Bo


    Dispersion stability of nanoparticles in the liquid media is of great importance to the utilization in practice. This study aims to investigate the effects of mechanical dispersion method on the dispersibility of functionalized TiO2 nanoparticles in the transformer oil. Dispersion methods, including stirring, ultrasonic bath, and probe processes, were systematically tested to verify their versatility for preparing stable nanofluid. The test results reveal that the combination of ultrasonic bath process and stirring method has the best dispersion efficiency and the obtained nanofluid possesses the highest AC breakdown strength. Specifically, after aging for 168 h, the size of nanoparticles in the nanofluid prepared by the combination method has no obvious change, while those obtained by the other three paths are increased obviously.

  9. Deflocculation of Cellulosic Suspensions with Anionic High Molecular Weight Polyelectrolytes

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    Markus Heikki Juhani Korhonen


    Full Text Available Pulp fibers have a strong tendency to form flocs in water suspensions, which may cause their undesirable distribution in the paper sheets. This flocculation can be controlled by adding, e.g., an anionic high molecular weight polyelectrolyte in the fiber suspension. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of anionic polyelectrolytes on deflocculation kinetics, dewatering, and rheology of cellulosic suspensions. The results showed that both microfibrillated cellulose (MFC and macroscopic pulp fibers can be dispersed using anionic polyacrylamides (APAM. The higher the molecular weight of APAM, the higher is its effect. Adsorption experiments illustrate that anionic polyelectrolytes do not strongly attach to cellulose surfaces but they can be partly entrapped or can disperse nanocellulose fibrils (increase the swelling. Based on rheological experiments, the MFC network became weaker with APAM addition. Similar to the flocculation mechanism of cellulosic materials with polymers, deflocculation is also time dependent. Deflocculation occurs very rapidly, and the maximum deflocculation level is achieved within a few seconds. When mixing is continued, the floc size starts to increase again. Also dewatering was found to be strongly dependent on the contact time with the APAMs. These results indicate that the positive effects of anionic deflocculants are quickly diminished due to shear forces, and therefore, the best deflocculating effect is achieved using as short a contact time as possible.

  10. Characterization and physical stability of tolfenamic acid-PVP K30 solid dispersions. (United States)

    Thybo, Pia; Kristensen, Jakob; Hovgaard, Lars


    Obtaining a stable formulation with high bioavailability of a poorly water-soluble drug often presents a challenge to the formulation scientist. Transformation of the drug into its more soluble high-energy amorphous form is one method used for improving the dissolution rate of such compounds. The present study uses the spray-drying technique for preparation of solid dispersions (SDs) of tolfenamic acid (TA) and polyvinylpyrrolidone K-30 (PVP). The SDs and TA in the form of a spray-dried powder were initially characterized and compared with a physical mixture and starting materials. Stability of the SDs was monitored over 12 weeks at 25 degrees C and 60% RH. XRPD studies revealed changes in solid state during the formation of the SDs and indicated the presence of TA in the amorphous state. FTIR, together with TGA, suggested molecular interactions (hydrogen-bonding) in the SDs. Dissolution studies proved an increase in the dissolution rate of TA from all SDs. The SDs with higher content of PVP retained TA in the amorphous state throughout the stability study. However, SDs with lower content showed recrystallization of TA after 1 week. Thus, this study reveals the possibility of preparing stable SDs of amorphous TA in PVP with improved dissolution rate.

  11. Aqueous Dispersions of Silica Stabilized with Oleic Acid Obtained by Green Chemistry

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    Cristina Lavinia Nistor


    Full Text Available The present study describes for the first time the synthesis of silica nanoparticles starting from sodium silicate and oleic acid (OLA. The interactions between OLA and sodium silicate require an optimal OLA/OLANa molar ratio able to generate vesicles that can stabilize silica particles obtained by the sol-gel process of sodium silicate. The optimal molar ratio of OLA/OLANa can be ensured by a proper selection of OLA and respectively of sodium silicate concentration. The titration of sodium silicate with OLA revealed a stabilization phenomenon of silica/OLA vesicles and the dependence between their average size and reagent’s molar ratio. Dynamic light scattering (DLS and scanning electron microscopy (SEM measurements emphasized the successful synthesis of silica nanoparticles starting from renewable materials, in mild condition of green chemistry. By grafting octadecyltrimethoxysilane on the initial silica particles, an increased interaction between silica particles and the OLA/OLANa complex was achieved. This interaction between the oleyl and octadecyl chains resulted in the formation of stable gel-like aqueous systems. Subsequently, olive oil and an oleophylic red dye were solubilized in these stable aqueous systems. This great dispersing capacity of oleosoluble compounds opens new perspectives for future green chemistry applications. After the removal of water and of the organic chains by thermal treatment, mesoporous silica was obtained.

  12. Kaolinite and Silica Dispersions in Low-Salinity Environments: Impact on a Water-in-Crude Oil Emulsion Stability

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    Vladimir Alvarado


    Full Text Available This research aims at providing evidence of particle suspension contributions to emulsion stability, which has been cited as a contributing factor in crude oil recovery by low-salinity waterflooding. Kaolinite and silica particle dispersions were characterized as functions of brine salinity. A reference aqueous phase, representing reservoir brine, was used and then diluted with distilled water to obtain brines at 10 and 100 times lower Total Dissolved Solid (TDS. Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM and X-ray Diffraction (XRD were used to examine at the morphology and composition of clays. The zeta potential and particle size distribution were also measured. Emulsions were prepared by mixing a crude oil with brine, with and without dispersed particles to investigate emulsion stability. The clay zeta potential as a function of pH was used to investigate the effect of particle charge on emulsion stability. The stability was determined through bottle tests and optical microscopy. Results show that both kaolinite and silica promote emulsion stability. Also, kaolinite, roughly 1 mm in size, stabilizes emulsions better than larger clay particles. Silica particles of larger size (5 µm yielded more stable emulsions than smaller silica particles do. Test results show that clay particles with zero point of charge (ZPC at low pH become less effective at stabilizing emulsions, while silica stabilizes emulsions better at ZPC. These result shed light on emulsion stabilization in low-salinity waterflooding.

  13. Building Highly Flexible Polyelectrolyte Nanotubes

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    @@ Flexibility of polyelectrolyte nanotubes is necessary if they are to be exploited in applications such as developing photoelectric devices with strong mechanical properties. In a recent attempt, high flexibility has been observed from such nanotubes prepared by a research team headed by Prof. Li Junbai of the CAS Institute of Chemistry (ICCAS).

  14. Evaluation and enhancement of physical stability of semi-solid dispersions containing piroxicam into hard gelatin capsules. (United States)

    Karataş, Ayşegül; Bekmezci, Serife


    The aim of the study was to investigate the physical stability of the semi-solid dispersions into the hard gelatine capsules prepared with Gelucire 44/14, Labrasol and different additives such as microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), mannitol and lactose (alpha-monohydrate) used for enhancing the stability of the formulations. The master dispersion prepared with only Gelucire 44/14 (20% w/w) and Labrasol (80% w/w) was stored in a refrigerator (5 +/- 3 degrees C), while the modified dispersions with the additives (2% w/w) were kept in a climatic chamber (25 +/- 2 degrees C / 60 +/- 5% RH) for 12 months. Dissolution tests of the semi-solid dispersions were performed in media with different pH's immediatly after preparation and after 3, 6 and 12 months of storage. FTIR and DSC studies were also carried out at the same time points. The ideal storage condition for the master dispersion was found to be at 5 degrees C. The addition of MCC, mannitol and lactose (alpha-monohydrate) to the original dispersion afforded a solidification effect on the formulation at room temperature and showed the same dissolution behavior (not less than 85% of piroxicam within 30 min in pH 1.2, 4.5 and 6.8; and water) with the master. The dispersion including lactose was stable at 25 degrees C for 12 months. However, the ideal period of storage for the modified dispersions including MCC and mannitol was 6 months at 25 degrees C. FTIR and DSC results both confirmed the amorphous state of piroxicam in all semi-solid dispersions under storage conditions for 12 months.

  15. Effect of Temperature and Moisture on the Physical Stability of Binary and Ternary Amorphous Solid Dispersions of Celecoxib. (United States)

    Xie, Tian; Taylor, Lynne S


    The effectiveness of different polymers, alone or in combination, in inhibiting the crystallization of celecoxib (CEX) from amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs) exposed to different temperatures and relative humidities was evaluated. It was found that polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and PVP-vinyl acetate formed stronger or more extensive hydrogen bonding with CEX than cellulose-based polymers. This, combined with their better effectiveness in raising the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the dispersions, provided better physical stabilization of amorphous CEX against crystallization in the absence of moisture when compared with dispersions formed with cellulose derivatives. In ternary dispersions containing 2 polymers, the physical stability was minimally impaired by the presence of a cellulose-based polymer when the major polymer present was PVP. On exposure to moisture, stability of the CEX ASDs was strongly affected by both the dispersion hygroscopicity and the strength of the intermolecular interactions. Binary and ternary ASDs containing PVP appeared to undergo partial amorphous-amorphous phase separation when exposed 94% relative humidity, followed by crystallization, whereas other binary ASDs crystallized directly without amorphous-amorphous phase separation.

  16. Stabilization of silica nanoparticles dispersions by surface modification with silicon derivative of thiacalix[4]arene

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    Gorbachuk, Vladimir V.; Ziatdinova, Ramilia V. [Kazan Federal University, A.M. Butlerov’ Chemical Institute (Russian Federation); Evtugyn, Vladimir G. [Kazan Federal University, Interdisciplinary Centre for Analytical Microscopy (Russian Federation); Stoikov, Ivan I., E-mail: [Kazan Federal University, A.M. Butlerov’ Chemical Institute (Russian Federation)


    For the first time, silica nanopowder functionalized with thiacalixarene derivatives was synthesized by ultrasonication of nanoparticles (diameter 23.7 ± 2.4 nm) with organosilicon derivative of thiacalixarene in glacial acetic acid. The protocol resulted in the formation of colloidal solution of low-disperse (polydispersity index of 0.11) submicron-sized (diameter 192.5 nm) clusters of nanoparticles according to the dynamic light scattering data. As defined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), mean diameter of thiacalixarene-functionalized nanoparticles is equal to 25.5 ± 2.5 nm and the shape is close to spherical. SEM images confirm low aggregation of thiacalixarene-modified nanoparticle compared to initial silica nanopowder (mean diameter of aggregates 330 and 429 nm, correspondingly). According to the thermogravimetry/differential scanning calorimetry and elemental analysis of the nanoparticles obtained, 5 % of the powder mass was related to thiacalixarene units. The effect of thiacalixarene functionalization of silica nanoparticles on linear polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)—silica dispersions was modeled to achieve high resistance toward liquid media required for similar sol–gel prepared PDMS-based materials applied for solid-phase microextraction. In such a manner, the influence of thiacalixarene-modified nanofiller on thermal stability and resistance against polar organic solvents was estimated. Similarity of decomposition temperature of both thiacalixarene-functionalized nanoparticles and non-functionalized silica nanoparticles was found. Swelling/solubility behavior observed was related to partial dissolution of PDMS/silica (10 % mixture) in alcohols. Thiacalixarene-functionalized silica particles exerted significantly higher resistance of PDMS/silica composites toward alcohol solvents.

  17. Novel cationic polyelectrolyte coatings for capillary electrophoresis. (United States)

    Duša, Filip; Witos, Joanna; Karjalainen, Erno; Viitala, Tapani; Tenhu, Heikki; Wiedmer, Susanne K


    The use of bare fused silica capillary in CE can sometimes be inconvenient due to undesirable effects including adsorption of sample or instability of the EOF. This can often be avoided by coating the inner surface of the capillary. In this work, we present and characterize two novel polyelectrolyte coatings (PECs) poly(2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl trimethylammonium iodide) (PMOTAI) and poly(3-methyl-1-(4-vinylbenzyl)-imidazolium chloride) (PIL-1) for CE. The coated capillaries were studied using a series of aqueous buffers of varying pH, ionic strength, and composition. Our results show that the investigated polyelectrolytes are usable as semi-permanent (physically adsorbed) coatings with at least five runs stability before a short coating regeneration is necessary. Both PECs showed a considerably decreased stability at pH 11.0. The EOF was higher using Good's buffers than with sodium phosphate buffer at the same pH and ionic strength. The thickness of the PEC layers studied by quartz crystal microbalance was 0.83 and 0.52 nm for PMOTAI and PIL-1, respectively. The hydrophobicity of the PEC layers was determined by analysis of a homologous series of alkyl benzoates and expressed as the distribution constants. Our result demonstrates that both PECs had comparable hydrophobicity, which enabled separation of compounds with log Po/w > 2. The ability to separate cationic drugs was shown with β-blockers, compounds often misused in doping. Both coatings were also able to separate hydrolysis products of the ionic liquid 1,5-diazabicyclo[4.3.0]non-5-ene acetate at highly acidic conditions, where bare fused silica capillaries failed to accomplish the separation.

  18. Environmentally friendly synthesis of p-doped reduced graphene oxide with high dispersion stability by using red table wine. (United States)

    Kim, Suk-Joon; Lee, Jang Mi; Kumer, Roy Arup; Park, Sung Young; Kim, Sang Chun; In, Insik


    Reduced graphene oxide (rGO) with high dispersion stability and p-type semiconducting property was synthesized by using environmentally friendly mussel-inspired chemistry with red table wine. (+)-Catechin and tannic acid, polyphenolic model compounds present in wine, were selected and successfully utilized for the synthesis of soluble polycatechol-functionalized rGO.

  19. JOSA COMMUNICATIONS: Stabilization of soliton trains in optical fibers in the presence of third-order dispersion (United States)

    Uzunov, I. M.; Gölles, M.; Lederer, F.


    We analyze the propagation of soliton trains with small initial separation in the presence of third-order dispersion. We show that both the amplitudes and the positions can be stabilized, provided that phase modulation is applied and adjacent pulses are initially out of phase.

  20. Long-Term Physical Stability of PVP- and PVPVA-Amorphous Solid Dispersions. (United States)

    Lehmkemper, Kristin; Kyeremateng, Samuel O; Heinzerling, Oliver; Degenhardt, Matthias; Sadowski, Gabriele


    The preparation of amorphous solid dispersion (ASD) formulations is a promising strategy to improve the bioavailability of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). By dissolving the API in a polymer it is stabilized in its amorphous form, which usually shows higher water solubility than its crystalline counterpart. To prevent recrystallization, the long-term physical stability of ASD formulations is of big interest. In this work, the solubility of the APIs acetaminophen and naproxen in the excipient polymers poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP K25) and poly(vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) (PVPVA64) was calculated with three models: the Perturbed-Chain Statistical Associating Fluid Theory (PC-SAFT), the Flory-Huggins model (FH), and an empirical model (Kyeremateng et al., J. Pharm. Sci, 2014, 103, 2847-2858). PC-SAFT and FH were further used to predict the influence of relative humidity (RH) on the API solubility in the polymers. The Gordon-Taylor equation was applied to model the glass-transition temperature of dry ASD and at humid conditions. The calculations were validated by 18 months-long stability studies at standardized storage conditions, 25 °C/0% RH, 25 °C/60% RH, and 40 °C/75% RH. The results of the three modeling approaches for the API solubility in polymers agreed with the experimental solubility data, which are only accessible at high temperatures in dry polymers. However, at room temperature FH resulted in a lower solubility of the APIs in the dry polymers than PC-SAFT and the empirical model. The impact of RH on the solubility of acetaminophen was predicted to be small, but naproxen solubility in the polymers was predicted to decrease with increasing RH with both, PC-SAFT and FH. At 25 °C/60% RH and 40 °C/75% RH, PC-SAFT is in agreement with all results of the long-term stability studies, while FH underestimates the acetaminophen solubility in PVP K25 and PVPVA64.

  1. Reactive Melt Extrusion To Improve the Dissolution Performance and Physical Stability of Naproxen Amorphous Solid Dispersions. (United States)

    Liu, Xu; Zhou, Lin; Zhang, Feng


    The purpose of this study was to investigate the reaction between naproxen (NPX) and meglumine (MEG) at elevated temperature and to study the effect of this reaction on the physical stabilities and in vitro drug-release properties of melt-extruded naproxen amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs). Differential scanning calorimetry, hot-stage polarized light microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses demonstrated that in situ salt formation with proton transfer between NPX and MEG occurred at elevated temperature during the melt extrusion process. The amorphous NPX-MEG salt was physically most stable when two components were present at a 1:1 molar ratio. Polymeric carriers, including povidone, copovidone, and SOLUPLUS, did not interfere with the reaction between NPX and MEG during melt extrusion. Compared to the traditional NPX ASDs consisting of NPX and polymer only, NPX-MEG ASDs were physically more stable and remained amorphous following four months storage at 40 °C and 75% RH (relative humidity). Based on nonsink dissolution testing and polarized light microscopy analyses, we concluded that the conventional NPX ASDs composed of NPX and polymers failed to improve the NPX dissolution rate due to the rapid recrystallization of NPX in contact with aqueous medium. The dissolution rate of NPX-MEG ASDs was two times greater than the corresponding physical mixtures and conventional NPX ASDs. This study demonstrated that the acid-base reaction between NPX and MEG during melt extrusion significantly improved the physical stability and the dissolution rate of NPX ASDs.

  2. Dispersion stability and electrokinetic properties of intrinsic plutonium colloids: implications for subsurface transport. (United States)

    Abdel-Fattah, Amr I; Zhou, Dongxu; Boukhalfa, Hakim; Tarimala, Sowmitri; Ware, S Doug; Keller, Arturo A


    Subsurface transport of plutonium (Pu) may be facilitated by the formation of intrinsic Pu colloids. While this colloid-facilitated transport is largely governed by the electrokinetic properties and dispersion stability (resistance to aggregation) of the colloids, reported experimental data is scarce. Here, we quantify the dependence of ζ-potential of intrinsic Pu(IV) colloids on pH and their aggregation rate on ionic strength. Results indicate an isoelectric point of pH 8.6 and a critical coagulation concentration of 0.1 M of 1:1 electrolyte at pH 11.4. The ζ-potential/pH dependence of the Pu(IV) colloids is similar to that of goethite and hematite colloids. Colloid interaction energy calculations using these values reveal an effective Hamaker constant of the intrinsic Pu(IV) colloids in water of 1.85 × 10(-19) J, corresponding to a relative permittivity of 6.21 and refractive index of 2.33, in agreement with first principles calculations. This relatively high Hamaker constant combined with the positive charge of Pu(IV) colloids under typical groundwater aquifer conditions led to two contradicting hypotheses: (a) the Pu(IV) colloids will exhibit significant aggregation and deposition, leading to a negligible subsurface transport or (b) the Pu(IV) colloids will associate with the relatively stable native groundwater colloids, leading to a considerable subsurface transport. Packed column transport experiments supported the second hypothesis.


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    Xian-ze Yin; Ye-qiang Tan; Yi-hu Song; Qiang Zheng


    Polystyrene coated silica (SiO2@PS) core-shell composite particles with averaged diameter of about 290 nm were prepared by in situ emulsion polymerization of styrene on the surface of γ-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane grafted SiO2 nanoparticles of 20-50 nm in diameter.Rheological behavior and dispersion stability of SiO2@PS suspension in 10 wt% PS solution were compared with suspensions of untreated SiO2 and silane modified SiO2 nanoparticles.Suspensions of the untreated and the silane modified SiO2 exhibited obvious shear thinning.The SiO2@PS suspension exhibits shear viscosity considerably smaller than suspensions of untreated and silane modified SiO2 at low shear rates.Transmission electron microscopy showed that the composite particles can uniformly and stably dispersc in PS solution compared to other suspensions,implying that the PS shell can effectively enhance the particle compatibility with PS macromolecules in solution.

  4. Saloplastics: processing compact polyelectrolyte complexes. (United States)

    Schaaf, Pierre; Schlenoff, Joseph B


    Polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) are prepared by mixing solutions of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. These diffuse, amorphous precipitates may be compacted into dense materials, CoPECs, by ultracentrifugation (ucPECs) or extrusion (exPECs). The presence of salt water is essential in plasticizing PECs to allow them to be reformed and fused. When hydrated, CoPECs are versatile, rugged, biocompatible, elastic materials with applications including bioinspired materials, supports for enzymes and (nano)composites. In this review, various methods for making CoPECs are described, as well as fundamental responses of CoPEC mechanical properties to salt concentration. Possible applications as synthetic cartilage, enzymatically active biocomposites, self-healing materials, and magnetic nanocomposites are presented.

  5. Preparation and properties of high storage stability polyester polyol dispersion for two-component waterborne polyurethane coating (United States)

    Hao, H.; Hu, J. Q.; Wang, F.; Tu, W. P.


    A new type of polyester polyol dispersion with good storage stability was prepared based on a hydrophilic monomer 5-sodium sulfodimethyl isophthalate (5-SIPM), and frequently-used monomers such as neopentyl glycol (NPG), dimethyl terephthalate (DMT), dimethyl phthalate (DMP) and trimethylolpropane (TMP) by the transpolycondensation and polycondensation method. The polyester polyol dispersion was characterized by FTIR and GPC. The proper content of these monomers were determined by the performance of polyester dispersion: the content of TMP was 15wt%, the content of NPG was 7.5wt% and the hydrophilic monomer 5-SIPM content was 5wt%. Two-component waterborne polyurethane (2K-WPU) coatings were prepared by Bayhydur® XP2487/1 and polyester polyol dispersions, which were stored before and after at 40 ° for 6 weeks, the prepared films have no differences in drying time, adhesion, pencil hardness, gloss and chemical resistance, the result also reveals that the polyester polyol dispersion have excellent storage stability resistance.

  6. Polyelectrolyte properties of proteoglycan monomers (United States)

    Li, Xiao; Reed, Wayne F.


    Light scattering measurements were made on proteoglycan monomers (PGM) over a wide range of ionic strengths Cs, and proteoglycan concentrations [PG]. At low Cs there were clear peaks in the angular scattering intensity curve I(q), which moved towards higher scattering wave numbers q, as [PG]1/3. This differs from the square root dependence of scattering peaks found by neutron scattering from more concentrated polyelectrolyte solutions. The peaks remained roughly fixed as Cs increased, but diminished in height, and superposed I(q) curves yielded a sort of isosbestic point. Under certain assumptions the static structure factor S(q) could be extracted from the measured I(q), and was found to retain a peak. A simple hypothesis concerning coexisting disordered and liquidlike correlated states is presented, which qualitatively accounts for the most salient features of the peaks. There was evidence of a double component scattering autocorrelation decay at low Cs, which, when resolved into two apparent diffusion coefficients, gave the appearance of simultaneous ``ordinary'' and ``extraordinary'' phases. The extraordinary phase was ``removable,'' however, by filtering. At higher Cs the proteoglycans appear to behave as random nonfree draining polyelectrolyte coils, with a near constant ratio of 0.67 between hydrodynamic radius and radius of gyration. The apparent persistence length varied as roughly the -0.50 power of ionic strength, similar to various linear synthetic and biological polyelectrolytes. Electrostatic excluded volume theory accounted well for the dependence of A2 on Cs.

  7. Frozen in Time: Kinetically Stabilized Amorphous Solid Dispersions of Nifedipine Stable after a Quarter Century of Storage. (United States)

    Theil, Frank; Anantharaman, Sankaran; Kyeremateng, Samuel O; van Lishaut, Holger; Dreis-Kühne, Sebastian H; Rosenberg, Jörg; Mägerlein, Markus; Woehrle, Gerd H


    Kinetically stabilized amorphous solid dispersions are inherently metastable systems. Therefore, such systems are generally considered prone to recrystallization. In some cases, the formation of crystals will impact the bioavailability of the active pharmaceutical ingredient in these formulations. Recrystallization therefore may present a significant risk for patients as it potentially lowers the effective dose of the pharmaceutical formulation. This study indicates that such metastable formulations may indeed remain fully amorphous even after more than two decades of storage under ambient conditions. Different formulations of nifedipine stored for 25 years were compared with freshly prepared samples. A thorough physicochemical characterization including polarized light microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray powder diffraction, and transmission Raman spectroscopy was undertaken. This in-depth characterization indicates no signs of recrystallization in the stored samples. The observations presented here prove that long-term stability of amorphous solid dispersions much beyond the typical shelf life for pharmaceutical formulations is indeed possible by kinetic stabilization alone. These findings implicate a reevaluation of the propensity to recrystallize for kinetically stabilized amorphous solid dispersions.

  8. Stable and efficient loading of silver nanoparticles in spherical polyelectrolyte brushes and the antibacterial effects. (United States)

    Liu, Xiaochi; Xu, Yisheng; Wang, Xiaohan; Shao, Mingfei; Xu, Jun; Wang, Jie; Li, Li; Zhang, Rui; Guo, Xuhong


    A more efficient and convenient strategy was demonstrated to immobilize silver nanoparticles (NPs) with a crystalline structure into the spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (SPB) as an antibacterial material. The SPB used for surface coating (Ag immobilized PVK-PAA SPB) consists of a poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) core and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) chain layers which are anchored onto the surface of PVK core at one end. Well-dispersed silver nanoparticles (diameter∼3.5 nm) then formed and were electrostatically confined in the brush layer. Ag content is controlled by a repeated loading process. Thin film coatings were then constructed by layer-by-layer depositions of positive charged poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) and SPB. The multilayer composites display excellent stability as well as antibacterial performance but not for simple PVK-PAA coated surface. The results show that almost complete bacteria growth including both dispersed bacterial cells and biofilms was inhibited over a period of 24 h. This approach opens a novel strategy for stable and efficient immobilization of Ag NPs in fabrication of antibacterial materials.

  9. Detailed stability investigation of amorphous solid dispersions prepared by single-needle and high speed electrospinning. (United States)

    Démuth, B; Farkas, A; Pataki, H; Balogh, A; Szabó, B; Borbás, E; Sóti, P L; Vigh, T; Kiserdei, É; Farkas, B; Mensch, J; Verreck, G; Van Assche, I; Marosi, G; Nagy, Z K


    In this research the long-term stability (one year) of amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs) prepared by high speed electrospinning was investigated at 25 °C/60% relative humidity (RH) (closed conditions) and 40 °C/75% RH (open conditions). Single needle electrospinning and film casting were applied as reference technologies. Itraconazole (ITR) was used as the model API in 40% concentration and the ASDs consisted of either one of the following polymers as a comparison: polyvinylpyrrolidone-vinyl acetate 6:4 copolymer (no hydrogen bonds between API and polymer) and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (possible hydrogen bonds between oxo or tertiary nitrogen function of API and hydroxyl moiety of polymer). DSC, XRPD and dissolution characteristics of samples at 0, 3 and 12 months were investigated. In addition, Raman maps of certain electrospun ASDs were assessed to investigate crystallinity. A new chemometric method, based on Multivariate Curve Resolution-Alternating Least Squares algorithm, was developed to calculate the spectrum of amorphous ITR in the matrices and to determine the crystalline/amorphous ratio of aged samples. As it was expected ITR in single needle electrospun SDs was totally amorphous at the beginning, in addition hydroxypropyl methylcellulose could keep ITR in this form at 40 °C/75% RH up to one year due to the hydrogen bonds and high glass transition temperature of the SD. In polyvinylpyrrolidone-vinyl acetate matrix ITR remained amorphous at 25 °C/60% RH throughout one year. Materials prepared by scaled-up, high throughput version of electrospinning, which is compatible with pharmaceutical industry, also gained the same quality. Therefore these ASDs are industrially applicable and with an appropriate downstream process it would be possible to bring them to the market.

  10. Stability and magnetic interactions between magnetite nanoparticles dispersed in zeolite as studied using Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Herojit singh, L. [Materials Science Group Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Govindaraj, R., E-mail: [Materials Science Group Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Mythili, R. [Physical Metallurgy Group Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Amarendra, G. [Materials Science Group Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India)


    Stability of superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles as formed in Zeolite has been addressed in a detailed manner based on isochronal annealing studies using Mössbauer spectroscopy. A strong binding of these nanoparticles in Zeolite has been deduced as the coarsening of the nanoparticles is observed following annealing treatments beyond 825 K. In addition, the magnetic interactions between these superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles in the as dispersed condition in Zeolite have been elucidated by means of low temperature Mössbauer studies. A strong dependence of the dipole–dipole interactions between superparamagnetic particles of cubic iron oxides is deduced based on this study. - Highlights: • Dispersion of superparamagnetic magnetite particles in zeolite. • A strong binding of magnetite particles in zeolite deduced using Mössbauer studies. • Difference in spin relaxation behavior of bare and zeolite dispersed magnetite particles. • A strong dipole–dipole interactions between magnetite particles.

  11. Guided wave sensing of polyelectrolyte multilayers

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    Horvath, R.; Pedersen, H.C.; Cuisinier, F.J.G.


    A planar optical waveguide configuration is proposed to monitor the buildup of thick polyelectrolyte multilayers on the surface of the waveguide in aqueous solutions. Instead of detecting the layer by the electromagnetic evanescent field the polyelectrolyte layer acts as an additional waveguiding...... film that is sensed by guided waves instead of evanescent waves. This leads to a considerably improved sensitivity and dynamic range....

  12. Dispersive Stabilization of Liquid Crystal-in-Water with Acrylamide Copolymer/Surfactant Mixture: Nematic Curvilinear Aligned Phase Composite Film. (United States)

    Park; Lee


    The effect of nonionic surfactant, (H(OCH(2)-CH(2))(8)-OC(6)H(4)-C(9)H(19)), on the dispersion stabilization of liquid crystal (LC)-in-water with acrylamide copolymer containing the related nonylphenyl groups was studied. It was observed that the addition of nonionic surfactant increases the stability of LC dispersions and improves the electrooptical properties of the nematic curvilinear aligned phase (NCAP) composite film. On the basis of the surface tension, reduced viscosity, cloud point, and coalescence time measurements, it was proposed that formation of an integrated structure induced by interactions between hydrophobic groups in the polymer chains is probably important to fabrication of a polymer composite film made of LC and polymer matrix. Copyright 1999 Academic Press.


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    Qing-de Chen; Xing-hai Shen; Hong-cheng Gao


    In the UV-Vis spectra of pure light-scattering systems, there is an exponential relationship between absorbance and wavelength (A = Kλ-n). Here, the exponent n is named as flocculation-coagulation parameter. In the present paper, the effects of different additives on the stability of poly(N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide-co-4-vinylpyridine) (poly(Bis-co-4-VP))microgel dispersion were studied in detail via this parameter. The results showed that the stability of the dispersion mainly comes from the ionization of pyridine groups, making the microgel positively charged on its surface. This was confirmed by the measurement of Zeta potential and the result of conductometric titration. The result of fluorescence analysis indicated that the hydrophobicity in the microgels is enhanced with the increase in total 4-VP unit content.

  14. Generation and Stability Analysis of Self Similar Pulses Through Dispersion Tailored Passive Microstructured Optical Fibers in Mid Infrared Regime

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    Biswas, Piyali; Biswas, Abhijit; Ghosh, Somnath


    We report a numerical study on generation and stability of a parabolic pulse during its propagation through a highly nonlinear specialty optical fiber. Here, we have generated a parabolic pulse at 2.1 $\\mu$m wavelength from a Gaussian input pulse with 1.9 ps FWHM and 75 W peak power after travelling through only 20 cm length of a chalcogenide glass based microstructured optical fiber (MOF). The stability of such a parabolic pulse has been analyzed by introducing a variable loss profile within the loss window of the MOF. Moreover, three different dispersion regimes of propagation have been considered to achieve most stable propagation of the pulse.

  15. Self-stabilized and dispersion-compensated passively mode-locked Yb:Yttrium aluminum garnet laser (United States)

    Agnesi, A.; Guandalini, A.; Reali, G.


    Self-stabilized passive mode-locking of a diode-pumped Yb:yttrium aluminum garnet laser with a semiconductor saturable absorber was achieved using an off-phase-matching second-harmonic crystal. According to the numerical model, such a condition is accomplished by self-defocusing in the nonlinear crystal in the presence of positive intracavity dispersion. Robust mode locking with Fourier-limited 1.0-ps pulses was obtained, whereas mode locking, unassisted by the nonlinear crystal, yielded 2.2-ps pulses, with the laser operating near the edge of the stability region in order to minimize the saturation energy of the semiconductor device.

  16. Entrapment of curcumin into monoolein-based liquid crystalline nanoparticle dispersion for enhancement of stability and anticancer activity

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    Baskaran R


    Full Text Available Rengarajan Baskaran,1 Thiagarajan Madheswaran,2 Pasupathi Sundaramoorthy,1 Hwan Mook Kim,1 Bong Kyu Yoo1 1College of Pharmacy, Gachon University, Incheon, South Korea; 2College of Pharmacy Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, South Korea Abstract: Despite the promising anticancer potential of curcumin, its therapeutic application has been limited, owing to its poor solubility, bioavailability, and chemical fragility. Therefore, various formulation approaches have been attempted to address these problems. In this study, we entrapped curcumin into monoolein (MO-based liquid crystalline nanoparticles (LCNs and evaluated the physicochemical properties and anticancer activity of the LCN dispersion. The results revealed that particles in the curcumin-loaded LCN dispersion were discrete and monodispersed, and that the entrapment efficiency was almost 100%. The stability of curcumin in the dispersion was surprisingly enhanced (about 75% of the curcumin survived after 45 days of storage at 40°C, and the in vitro release of curcumin was sustained (10% or less over 15 days. Fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS analysis using a human colon cancer cell line (HCT116 exhibited 99.1% fluorescence gating for 5 µM curcumin-loaded LCN dispersion compared to 1.36% for the same concentration of the drug in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO, indicating markedly enhanced cellular uptake. Consistent with the enhanced cellular uptake of curcumin-loaded LCNs, anticancer activity and cell cycle studies demonstrated apoptosis induction when the cells were treated with the LCN dispersion; however, there was neither noticeable cell death nor significant changes in the cell cycle for the same concentration of the drug in DMSO. In conclusion, entrapping curcumin into MO-based LCNs may provide, in the future, a strategy for overcoming the hurdles associated with both the stability and cellular uptake issues of the drug in the treatment of various cancers. Keywords: liquid

  17. Influence of anionic and cationic polyelectrolytes on the conductivity and morphology of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) films

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    Valtakari, Dimitar, E-mail: [Abo Akademi University, Laboratory of Paper Coating and Converting, Center for Functional Materials at Biological Interfaces (FUNMAT), Porthansgatan 3, FI-20500 Åbo/Turku (Finland); Bollström, Roger [Omya International AG, CH 4665 Oftringen (Switzerland); Toivakka, Martti; Saarinen, Jarkko J. [Abo Akademi University, Laboratory of Paper Coating and Converting, Center for Functional Materials at Biological Interfaces (FUNMAT), Porthansgatan 3, FI-20500 Åbo/Turku (Finland)


    Conductivity of the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) strongly depends on the film morphology, which can be altered by the presence of polyelectrolytes. Aqueous dispersion of PEDOT:PSS was studied with anionic sodium polyacrylate (PA) and cationic poly(dimethyldiallylammonium chloride) (pDADMAC) polyelectrolytes that are typically used in papermaking as retention aids and dispersing agents in the paper pigment coating formulations. Spin-coated PEDOT:PSS films on a PA coated glass formed non-uniform layers with lowered conductivity compared to the reference PEDOT:PSS films on a clean glass substrate. On contrary, spin-coated PEDOT:PSS on a pDADMAC coated glass formed uniform layers with good conductivity. These results point out the importance of surface chemistry when using renewable and recyclable paper-based substrates with the PEDOT:PSS films. - Highlights: • PEDOT:PSS polymer was studied in the presence of polyelectrolytes. • Uniform layers of PEDOT:PSS and polyelectrolytes were spin-coated on glass. • Cationic polyelectrolyte was found to be more susceptible to humidity. • Cationic polyelectrolyte improves the conductivity of PEDOT:PSS. • PEDOT:PSS forms non-uniform layers on anionic polyelectrolyte coated glass.

  18. Effects of polystyrene-b-poly(aminomethyl styrene)s as stabilizers on dispersion polymerization of styrene in alcoholic media. (United States)

    Itoh, Tomomichi; Fukutani, Kaori; Hino, Masato; Ihara, Eiji; Inoue, Kenzo


    The effects of polystyrene-b-poly(aminomethyl styrene) (PS(n)-b-PAMS(m)) stabilizers on the particle size (D(n)) and size distribution (PSD) in dispersion polymerization of styrene were investigated. The block copolymers, PS(n)-b-PAMS(m), were prepared as follows: (i) atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of styrene (PS-Br), (ii) ATRP of vinylbenzylphthalimide with the PS-Br (PS-b-PVBP), and (iii) treatment of the PS-b-PVBP with hydrazine. When the dispersion polymerization of styrene proceeded at 60 degrees C in ethanol with PS(19)-b-PAMS(130) stabilizer, spherical polystyrene particles with D(n)=0.91 microm (PSD=1.01) were obtained. The particle size was strongly affected by the copolymer composition. With an increase in PAMS block length from m=54 to 100 in PS(17)-b-PAMS(m), particle diameter became smaller from 1.55 to 0.91 microm. On the other hand, an increase in the length from m=20 to 82 in PS(34)-b-PAMS(m)s caused an increase in particle size from 0.35 to 0.70 microm. Titration of the particles suggests that 14-81% of stabilizers used in the polymerization system were attached on the polystyrene particle surfaces, depending on the composition of the block copolymers. Thus, for the dispersion polymerization of styrene, PS(n)-b-PAMS(m) block copolymers have both functions as a stabilizer during polymerization and surface-modification sites of polystyrene particles.

  19. Self-consistent-field calculations of proteinlike incorporations in polyelectrolyte complex micelles

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    Lindhoud, S.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Norde, W.; Leermakers, F.A.M.


    Self-consistent field theory is applied to model the structure and stability of polyelectrolyte complex micelles with incorporated protein (molten globule) molecules in the core. The electrostatic interactions that drive the micelle formation are mimicked by nearest-neighbor interactions using

  20. Ionizing radiation in the polyelectrolytes technology (United States)

    Martin, D.; Dragusin, M.; Radoiu, M.; Moraru, R.; Oproiu, C.; Toma, M.; Ferdes, O.; Jianu, A.; Bestea, V.; Manea, A.


    Gamma ray and accelerated electron beam application in the chemistry of polyelectrolytes is presented. The polyelectrolytes preparation is based on radiation induced polymerization of aqueous solutions containing an appropriate mixture of monomers such as acrylamide, acrylic acid, vinyl acetate, diallyldimethylammonium-chloride and certain initiators, complexing agents and chain transfer agents. The effects of absorbed dose, rate of absorbed dose and chemical composition of aqueous solution on the polymerization process are discussed. The results obtained by testing these polyelectrolytes with waste water from food industry are also given.

  1. Functionalized conjugated polyelectrolytes design and biomedical applications

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    Wang, Shu


    Functionalized Conjugated Polyelectrolytes presents a comprehensive review of these polyelectrolytes and their biomedical applications. Basic aspects like molecular design and optoelectronic properties are covered in the first chapter. Emphasis is placed on the various applications including sensing (chemical and biological), disease diagnosis, cell imaging, drug/gene delivery and disease treatment. This book explores a multi-disciplinary topic of interest to researchers working in the fields of chemistry, materials, biology and medicine. It also offers an integrated perspective on both basic research and application issues. Functionalized conjugated polyelectrolyte materials, which have already drawn considerable interest, will become a major new direction for biomedicine development.

  2. Amorphous stabilization and dissolution enhancement of amorphous ternary solid dispersions: combination of polymers showing drug-polymer interaction for synergistic effects. (United States)

    Prasad, Dev; Chauhan, Harsh; Atef, Eman


    The purpose of this study was to understand the combined effect of two polymers showing drug-polymer interactions on amorphous stabilization and dissolution enhancement of indomethacin (IND) in amorphous ternary solid dispersions. The mechanism responsible for the enhanced stability and dissolution of IND in amorphous ternary systems was studied by exploring the miscibility and intermolecular interactions between IND and polymers through thermal and spectroscopic analysis. Eudragit E100 and PVP K90 at low concentrations (2.5%-40%, w/w) were used to prepare amorphous binary and ternary solid dispersions by solvent evaporation. Stability results showed that amorphous ternary solid dispersions have better stability compared with amorphous binary solid dispersions. The dissolution of IND from the ternary dispersion was substantially higher than the binary dispersions as well as amorphous drug. Melting point depression of physical mixtures reveals that the drug was miscible in both the polymers; however, greater miscibility was observed in ternary physical mixtures. The IR analysis confirmed intermolecular interactions between IND and individual polymers. These interactions were found to be intact in ternary systems. These results suggest that the combination of two polymers showing drug-polymer interaction offers synergistic enhancement in amorphous stability and dissolution in ternary solid dispersions.

  3. Dispersion of Titanium Oxide Nanoparticles in Aqueous Solution with Anionic Stabilizer via Ultrasonic Wave

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    Wen-Bin Tsai


    Full Text Available This paper aims to reveal the effects of odium hexametaphosphate (SHMP and polyacrylic acid (PAA on dispersion of TiO2 (P25 nanopowder in de-ionic water through ultrasonic horn. We characterized TiO2 suspension by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, dynamic light scattering (DLS, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, zeta potential, and surface contact angle instruments. As shown in the results, particularly, it were noticed that (1 the SHMP has better dispersion than PAA due to electronegativity effect, resulting in that the average particle size of the dispersed titanium dioxide in de-ionic water was roughly 92 nm, and (2 the zeta potential of TiO2 suspension with SHMP can be achieved by 54 mV at pH value of 7.7, causing stronger electrostatic repulsion in the suspension solution, compared with PAA.

  4. Microparticles Containing Curcumin Solid Dispersion: Stability, Bioavailability and Anti-Inflammatory Activity


    Teixeira, C. C. C.; Mendonça, L. M.; Bergamaschi, M. M.; QUEIROZ, R. H. C.; Souza, G. E. P.; L. M. G. ANTUNES; Freitas, L. A. P. de


    This work aimed at improving the solubility of curcumin by the preparation of spray-dried ternary solid dispersions containing Gelucire®50/13-Aerosil® and quantifying the resulting in vivo oral bioavailability and anti-inflammatory activity. The solid dispersion containing 40% of curcumin was characterised by calorimetry, infrared spectroscopy and X-ray powder diffraction. The solubility and dissolution rate of curcumin in aqueous HCl or phosphate buffer improved up to 3600- and 7.3-fold, res...

  5. Fabrication of stable aqueous dispersions of graphene using gellan gum as a reducing and stabilizing agent and its nanohybrids

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    Kang, Ding; Zhang, Fei; Zhang, Hongbin, E-mail:


    An environment-friendly method for the reduction of graphene oxide (GO) was developed by utilizing the acid polysaccharide of gellan gum (GG) as both a reducing and a stabilizing agent. The reduction process of GO was monitored by UV–Vis spectroscopy and the factors that affect the reduction of GO, such as the molecular weight of GG, the weight ratio of GG/GO, pH and reaction temperature, were studied. A mechanism for reduction of GO with GG and the optimum reaction condition were proposed. The obtained reduced graphene oxide (RGO) that bears adsorbed GG (G-RGO) was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction spectroscopy, Thermogravimetric analysis, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Atomic force microscopy. The results showed that GG can efficiently reduce GO and adsorb onto the RGO nanosheets giving a stable G-RGO aqueous dispersion. Parameters affecting the stability of G-RGO aqueous dispersion, such as pH and ionic strength, were also studied. This work promised a new green strategy for large scale production of RGO with highlighting multiple functions of the natural, nontoxic and biodegradable macromolecule of GG. Moreover, GG was found to be able to promote reducing HAuCl{sub 4}, AgNO{sub 3} or H{sub 2}PtCl{sub 6} to Au, Ag or Pt nanoparticles respectively onto G-RGO surfaces providing noble metal nanoparticle-G-RGO nanohybrids that exhibit good electrochemical activities with potential applications in the fields of catalysis and energy storage. - Highlights: • A green method for preparation of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) was developed. • Gellan gum (GG) was used as both a reducing and a stabilizing agent. • RGO nanosheets can be dispersed stably in aqueous medium by adsorption of GG. • RGO containing GG can be used as a template to prepare noble metal nanohybrids. • These obtained nanohybrids exhibit good electrochemical activities.

  6. Dispersion polymerization of styrene using a polystyrene/poly(L-glutamic acid) block copolymer as a stabilizer. (United States)

    Itoh, Tomomichi; Komada, Seiji; Ihara, Eiji; Inoue, Kenzo


    A block copolymer (PS-b-poly(L-Glu)) composed of polystyrene and poly(l-glutamic acid) was used as a stabilizer for dispersion polymerization of styrene. When dispersion polymerization of styrene was conducted at 70°C in 80% dimethylformamide-water with 0.5 wt% PS-b-poly(L-Glu), spherical polystyrene particles with D(n)=0.72 μm and narrow size distribution were obtained. Whereas AIBN concentration did not have any effects on particle size, molecular weight of the polystyrene particles was strongly dependent on the initiator concentration. As concentration of the PS-b-poly(L-Glu) increased from 0.2 to 1.0 wt%, particle size decreased from D(n)=0.91 to 0.69 μm with keeping surface area occupied by one poly(L-glutamic acid) chain about S=50 nm(2). On the other hand, an increase in initial concentration of styrene from 2 to 20 wt% caused an increase in particle size from D(n)=0.48 to 1.36 μm and a decrease in surface area per poly(L-glutamic acid) block from S=91 to 45 nm(2). Colloidal stability of the polystyrene particles in aqueous solution was responsive to pH due to the surface-grafted poly(L-glutamic acid). For dispersion polymerization of styrene, the PS-b-poly(L-Glu) functions as both a stabilizer and a surface modifier.

  7. Structure-property relationships in the design, assembly and applications of polyelectrolyte multilayer thin films (United States)

    Rmaile, Hassan H.

    Ultrathin films consisting of an alternating sequence of positively and negatively charged polyelectrolytes have been prepared by means of the electrostatic layer-by-layer sequential assembly technique. To augment their typical applications in the water treatment, personal care as well as the pulp and paper industry, the structure and the design of these polyelectrolytes were tailored synthetically to satisfy the requirements of different types of applications. Some were used for surface modifications, hydrophobic and hydrophilic coatings, corrosion protection, conducting and biocompatible surfaces. Others were found to be very efficient for membrane and chromatographic applications. The ease with which these multilayer coatings can be constructed, their robustness and stability make them very good candidates for industrial applications. The dissertation focuses mainly on the structure-property relationships of these polyelectrolytes and their corresponding thin films. Various polyelectrolytes were synthesized or modified in a strategic approach and gave novel and promising properties. Some of them exhibited permeabilities that were higher than any membranes reported in the literature. Also, some are potentially very useful for designing drug delivery systems such as tablets or encapsulations since they were shown to control the permeability of sample drugs and vitamins very efficiently based on their sensitivity to pH changes. Other synthesized polyelectrolytes proved to be very effective in preventing protein adsorption or promoting cell growth and differentiation. Some systems were very useful as robust stationary phases for simple chiral separations in capillary electrochromatography. Along with modifications and improvements, the approach might one day be applied commercially for chiral separations using high performance liquid chromatography and replace currently used stationary phases. Last but not least, the potential for these polyelectrolytes and their

  8. Responsive polyelectrolyte hydrogels and soft matter micromanipulation

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    Glazer, P.J.


    This dissertation describes experimental studies on the mechanisms underlying the dynamic response of polyelectrolyte hydrogels when submitted to an external electric potential. In addition, we explore the possibilities of miniaturization and manipulation of responsive gels and other soft matter sys

  9. Clozapine-carboxylic acid plasticized co-amorphous dispersions: Preparation, characterization and solution stability evaluation

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    Ali Ahmed Mahmoud Abdelhaleem


    Full Text Available This study addressed the possibility of forming of co-amorphous systems between clozapine (CZ and various carboxylic acid plasticizers (CAPs. The aim was to improve the solubility and oral bioavailability of clozapine. Co-amorphous dispersions were prepared using modified solvent evaporation methodology at drug/plasticizer stoichiometric ratios of 1:1, 1:1.5 and 1:2. Solid state characterization was performed using differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction and infra red spectroscopy. Highly soluble homogeneous co-amorphous dispersions were formed between clozapine and CAPs via hydrogen bonding. The co-amorphous dispersions formed with tartaric acid (1:2 showed the highest dissolution percentage (> 95 % in 20 minutes compared to pure crystalline CZ (56 %. Highly stable solutions were obtained from co-amorphous CZ-citric and CZ-tartaric acid at 1:1.5 molar ratio. The prepared dispersions suggest the possibility of peroral or sublingual administration of highly soluble clozapine at a reduced dose with the great chance to bypass the first pass metabolism.

  10. Characterization and physical stability of spray dried solid dispersions of probucol and PVP-K30

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    Thybo, Pia; Pedersen, Betty L; Hovgaard, Lars


    The main purpose of this study was to obtain stable, well-characterized solid dispersions (SDs) of amorphous probucol and polyvinylpyrrolidone K-30 (PVP-K30) with improved dissolution rates. A secondary aim was to investigate the flow-through dissolution method for in-vitro dissolution measuremen...

  11. Attractions in sterically stabilized silica dispersions : II. Experiments on phase separation induced by temperature variation

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    Jansen, J.W.; Kruif, C.G. de; Vrij, A.


    On lowering the temperature initially homogeneous dispersions (in a variety of solvents) of silica coated with octadecyl chains show a separation into two phases of different concentration. The temperature of first instability is not strongly correlated with the solubility parameter of the solvent.

  12. Radon dispersion modeling and dose assessment for uranium mine ventilation shaft exhausts under neutral atmospheric stability. (United States)

    Xie, Dong; Wang, Hanqing; Kearfott, Kimberlee J; Liu, Zehua; Mo, Shunquan


    In the present study, the roles of atmospheric wind profiles in the neutral atmosphere and surface roughness parameters in a complex terrain were examined to determine their impacts on radon ((222)Rn) dispersion from an actual uranium mine ventilation shaft. Simulations were completed on (222)Rn dispersion extending from the shaft to a vulnerable distance, near the location of an occupied farmhouse. The eight dispersion scenarios for the ventilation shaft source included four downwind velocities (0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0 m s(-1)) and two underlying surface roughness characteristics (0.1 m and 1.0 m). (222)Rn distributions and elevated pollution regions were identified. Effective dose estimation methods involving a historical weighting of wind speeds in the direction of interest coupled to the complex dispersion model were proposed. Using this approach, the radiation effects on the residents assumed to be outside at the location of the farm house 250 m downwind from the ventilation shaft outlet were computed. The maximum effective dose rate calculated for the residents at the outside of the farm house was 2.2 mSv y(-1), which is less than the low limit action level of 3-10 mSv y(-1) recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) occupational exposure action level for radon.

  13. Stability and magnetic interactions between magnetite nanoparticles dispersed in zeolite as studied using Mössbauer spectroscopy (United States)

    Herojit singh, L.; Govindaraj, R.; Mythili, R.; Amarendra, G.


    Stability of superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles as formed in Zeolite has been addressed in a detailed manner based on isochronal annealing studies using Mössbauer spectroscopy. A strong binding of these nanoparticles in Zeolite has been deduced as the coarsening of the nanoparticles is observed following annealing treatments beyond 825 K. In addition, the magnetic interactions between these superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles in the as dispersed condition in Zeolite have been elucidated by means of low temperature Mössbauer studies. A strong dependence of the dipole-dipole interactions between superparamagnetic particles of cubic iron oxides is deduced based on this study.

  14. Relation between Dispersion Characteristics over Surfaces with Dissimilar Roughness and Atmospheric Stability, under Conditions of Equal Geostrophic Winds

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    Gryning, Sven-Erik; Larsen, Søren Ejling


    A simple model was described that related the dispersion of material from ground-level sources at 2 areas, taking into account dissimilarities in the surface roughness parameter (z0) and the atmospheric stability characterized by the Monin-Obukhov length (L). The geostrophic wind speed was assumed...... that travelled a distance x; .hivin.z/L was found when z0/L and x/z0 were known. The model was reduced to 3 dimensionless parameters by merging .hivin.z/L for the 2 areas into a composite parameter. Dimensionless results from the model were illustrated for discrete values of this composite parameter....

  15. Complex Formation Between Polyelectrolytes and Ionic Surfactants



    The interaction between polyelectrolyte and ionic surfactant is of great importance in different areas of chemistry and biology. In this paper we present a theory of polyelectrolyte ionic-surfactant solutions. The new theory successfully explains the cooperative transition observed experimentally, in which the condensed counterions are replaced by ionic-surfactants. The transition is found to occur at surfactant densities much lower than those for a similar transition in non-ionic polymer-sur...

  16. Axial Liquid Dispersion Characteristics in Magnetically Stabilized Bed%磁稳定床轴向液体分散特性

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    张东利; 张艳君; 张金利; 李晓芳; 卢立祥; 孟祥坤; 慕旭宏


    Axial liquid dispersion was experimentally studied in liquid-solid and gas-liquid-solid magnetically stabilized beds using the ferromagnetic catalyst of SRNA-4 as the solid phase. The effects of operating factors and fluid characters, such as superficial liquid velocity, superficial gas velocity, magnetic field intensity, liquid viscosity and surface tension, on axial dispersion coefficients of liquid were investigated. The dispersion coefficients increased with the increase of superficial liquid velocity and superficial gas velocity, and decreased with the increase of liquid viscosity, liquid surface tension and magnetic field intensity. A correlation equation of Peclet number was obtained for both liquid-solid and gas-liquid-solid magnetically stabilized bed.

  17. Stabilizing ability of surfactant on physicochemical properties of drug nanoparticles generated from solid dispersions. (United States)

    Thongnopkoon, Thanu; Puttipipatkhachorn, Satit


    This study was aimed to examine the nanoparticle formation from redispersion of binary and ternary solid dispersions. Binary systems are composed of various ratios of glibenclamide (GBM) and polyvinylpyrrolidone K30 (PVP-K30), whereas a constant amount at 2.5%w/w of a surfactant, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or Gelucire44/14 (GLC), was added to create ternary systems. GBM nanoparticles were collected after the systems were dispersed in water for 15 min. The obtained nanoparticles were characterized for size distribution, crystallinity, thermal behavior, molecular structure, and dissolution properties. The results indicated that GBM nanoparticles could be formed when the drug content of the systems was lower than 30%w/w in binary systems and ternary systems containing SLS. The particle size ranged from 200 to 500 nm in diameter with narrow size distribution. The particle size was increased with increasing drug content in the systems. The obtained nanoparticles were spherical and showed the amorphous state. Furthermore, because of being amorphous form and reduced particle size, the dissolution of the generated nanoparticles was markedly improved compared with the GBM powder. In contrast, all the ternary solid dispersions prepared with GLC anomalously provided the crystalline particles with the size ranging over 5 µm and irregular shape. Interestingly, this was irrelevant to the drug content in the systems. These results indicated the ability of GLC to destabilize the polymer network surrounding the particles during particle precipitation. Therefore, this study suggested that drug content, quantity, and type of surfactant incorporated in solid dispersions drastically affected the physicochemical properties of the precipitated particles.

  18. Physical stability of ternary solid dispersions of itraconazole in polyethyleneglycol 6000/hydroxypropylmethylcellulose 2910 E5 blends


    Janssens, Sandrien; ROBERTS, CLIVE; Emily F. Smith; Van den Mooter, Guy


    In order to understand the influence of temperature and moisture, polymer blends of polyethyleneglycol 6000 (PEG 6000) and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose 2910 E5 (HPMC 2910 E5) and solid dispersions of itraconazole in these polymer blends were spray dried, further dried for 2 weeks and stored at three different conditions: 25 degrees C, 0% relative humidity (RH); 25 degrees C, 52% RH; 60 degrees C, 0% RH. MTDSC analysis of the polymer blends revealed that at 25 degrees C, 52% RH, PEG 6000 recry...

  19. On evolutionary stability of carrying capacity driven dispersal in competition with regularly diffusing populations. (United States)

    Korobenko, L; Braverman, E


    Two competing populations in spatially heterogeneous but temporarily constant environment are investigated: one is subject to regular movements to lower density areas (random diffusion) while the dispersal of the other is in the direction of the highest per capita available resources (carrying capacity driven diffusion). The growth of both species is subject to the same general growth law which involves Gilpin-Ayala, Gompertz and some other equations as particular cases. The growth rate, carrying capacity and dispersal rate are the same for both population types, the only difference is the dispersal strategy. The main result of the paper is that the two species cannot coexist (unless the environment is spatially homogeneous), and the carrying capacity driven diffusion strategy is evolutionarily stable in the sense that the species adopting this strategy cannot be invaded by randomly diffusing population. Moreover, once the invasive species inhabits some open nonempty domain, it would spread over any available area bringing the native species diffusing randomly to extinction. One of the important technical results used in the proofs can be interpreted in the form that the limit solution of the equation with a regular diffusion leads to lower total population fitness than the ideal free distribution.

  20. Numerical dispersion, stability, and phase-speed for 3D time-domain finite-difference seismic wave propagation algorithms (United States)

    Haney, M. M.; Aldridge, D. F.; Symons, N. P.


    Numerical solution of partial differential equations by explicit, time-domain, finite-difference (FD) methods entails approximating temporal and spatial derivatives by discrete function differences. Thus, the solution of the difference equation will not be identical to the solution of the underlying differential equation. Solution accuracy degrades if temporal and spatial gridding intervals are too large. Overly coarse spatial gridding leads to spurious artifacts in the calculated results referred to as numerical dispersion, whereas coarse temporal sampling may produce numerical instability (manifest as unbounded growth in the calculations as FD timestepping proceeds). Quantitative conditions for minimizing dispersion and avoiding instability are developed by deriving the dispersion relation appropriate for the discrete difference equation (or coupled system of difference equations) under examination. A dispersion relation appropriate for FD solution of the 3D velocity-stress system of isotropic elastodynamics, on staggered temporal and spatial grids, is developed. The relation applies to either compressional or shear wave propagation, and reduces to the proper form for acoustic propagation in the limit of vanishing shear modulus. A stability condition and a plane-wave phase-speed formula follow as consequences of the dispersion relation. The mathematical procedure utilized for the derivation is a modern variant of classical von Neumann analysis, and involves a 4D discrete space/time Fourier transform of the nine, coupled, FD updating formulae for particle velocity vector and stress tensor components. The method is generalized to seismic wave propagation within anelastic and poroelastic media, as well as sound wave propagation within a uniformly-moving atmosphere. A significant extension of the approach yields a stability condition for wave propagation across an interface between dissimilar media with strong material contrast (e.g., the earth's surface, the seabed

  1. Evaluation on the stability of Hg in ABS disk CRM during measurements by wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. (United States)

    Ohata, Masaki; Kidokoro, Toshihiro; Hioki, Akiharu


    The stability of Hg in an acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene disk certified reference material (ABS disk CRM, NMIJ CRM 8116-a) during measurements by wavelength dispersion X-ray fluorescence (WD-XRF) analysis was evaluated in this study. The XRF intensities of Hg (L(α)) and Pb (L(α)) as well as the XRF intensity ratios of Hg (L(α))/Pb (L(α)) observed under different X-ray tube current conditions as well as their irradiation time were examined to evaluate the stability of Hg in the ABS disk CRM. The observed XRF intensities and the XRF intensity ratios for up to 32 h of measurements under 80 mA of X-ray tube current condition were constant, even though the surface of the ABS disk CRM was charred by the X-ray irradiation with high current for a long time. Moreover, the measurements on Hg and Pb in the charred disks by an energy dispersive XRF (ED-XRF) spectrometer showed constant XRF intensity ratios of Hg (L(α))/Pb (L(α)). From these results, Hg in the ABS disk CRM was evaluated to be sufficiently stable for XRF analysis.

  2. Investigation on the interaction of Safranin T with anionic polyelectrolytes by spectrophotometric method. (United States)

    Fradj, Anouar Ben; Lafi, Ridha; Hamouda, Sofiane Ben; Gzara, Lassaad; Hamzaoui, Ahmed Hichem; Hafiane, Amor


    Understanding the role played by chemical additives such as NaCl salt, acid and Cetylpyridinium Chloride (CPC) surfactant on the interaction between dye and polyelectrolyte contributes to optimization of processes using polyelectrolytes in the removal of dye from aqueous solution. Herein we focus in the interaction between Safranin T, a cationic dye, with two anionic polyelectrolytes, poly(ammonium acrylate) and poly(acrylic acid) using spectrophotometric method and conductivity measurement. In aqueous solution, each of anionic polyelectrolytes forms a complex with the dye and induces a metachromasy indicated by the blue shift of the absorbance of the dye. The stoichiometry of complexes evaluated by the molar ratio method are 1:1 for Safranin T poly(ammonium acrylate) and 2:1 in the case of Safranin T poly(acrylic acid). The effect of additives on the stability of complexes has been studied by varying concentrations of the salt and the surfactant and pH of the solution. The thermodynamic parameters of interaction ΔG, ΔH and ΔS at different temperatures were evaluated to determine the stability constant of the complexes.

  3. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Polyelectrolyte Solutions (United States)

    Dobrynin, Andrey


    Polyelectrolytes are polymers with ionizable groups. In polar solvents, these groups dissociate releasing counterions into solution and leaving uncompensated charges on the polymer backbone. Examples of polyelectrolytes include biopolymers such as DNA and RNA, and synthetic polymers such as poly(styrene sulfonate) and poly(acrylic acids). In this talk I will discuss recent molecular dynamics simulations of static and dynamic properties of polyelectrolyte solutions. These simulations show that in dilute and semidilute polyelectrolyte solutions the electrostatic induced chain persistence length scales with the solution ionic strength as I - 1 / 2. This dependence of the chain persistence length is due to counterion condensation on the polymer backbone. In dilute polyelectrolyte solutions the chain size decreases with increasing the salt concentration as R ~ I- 1 / 5. This is in agreement with the scaling of the chain persistence length on the solution ionic strength, lp ~ I- 1 / 2. In semidilute solution regime at low salt concentrations the chain size decreases with increasing polymer concentration, R ~ cp-1 / 4 . While at high salt concentrations one observes a weaker dependence of the chain size on the solution ionic strength, R ~ I- 1 / 8. Analysis of the simulation data throughout the studied salt and polymer concentration ranges shows that there exist general scaling relations between multiple quantities X (I) in salt solutions and corresponding quantities X (I0) in salt-free solutions, X (I) = X (I0) (I /I0) β . The exponent β = -1/2 for chain persistence length lp , β = 1/4 for solution correlation length, β = -1/5 and β = -1/8 for chain size R in dilute and semidilute solution regimes respectively. Furthermore, the analysis of the spectrum and of the relaxation times of Rouse modes confirms existence of the single length scale (correlation length) that controls both static and dynamic properties of semidilute polyelectrolyte solutions. These findings

  4. Investigation of Dispersion, Stability, and Tribological Performance of Oil-Based Aluminum Oxide Nanofluids (United States)


    and sodium polyacrylate was used as the stabilizing agent. The solution was then ultrasonicated and the energy input was calculated via a...with sodium polyacrylate ,” AIChE Journal, vol. 55, no. 11, pp. 2796–2806, 2009. [15] J. Xiong, S. Xiong, Z. Guo, M. Yang, J. Chen, and H. Fan

  5. Linear stability analysis of immiscible two-phase flow in porous media with capillary dispersion and density variation (United States)

    Riaz, Amir; Tchelepi, Hamdi A.


    Linear stability analysis of immiscible displacements is carried out for both viscously and gravitationally unstable two-phase flows in porous media with very large adverse viscosity ratios. Capillary dispersion is the proper dissipative mechanism in this case which sets both the preferred length scale and the band width of the spectrum of unstable length scales. The growth rate, the most dangerous and the cutoff wavenumbers, all scale linearly with the capillary number. We show that the instability is governed by fluid properties across the shock rather than those across the full Buckley-Leverett profile. The shock total mobility ratio provides a sufficient condition for the onset of instability; however, it is not an appropriate criterion for predicting the magnitude of the growth rate, particularly for large viscosity ratios. The details of the relative permeability functions are observed to have a significant influence on the stability characteristics. For neutrally buoyant flows the maximum growth rate scales linearly with the viscosity ratio while the most dangerous and the cutoff wavenumbers scale with the square root of the viscosity ratio. In the case of displacements with density contrast, the maximum growth rate scales with the square of the unstable gravity number while the most dangerous and the cutoff wavenumbers scale with an exponent of 1.2, for all viscosity ratios. A marginal stability curve is computed for stable and unstable regions in the parameter space of the viscosity ratio and the gravity number. It is found that flows with unstable viscosity contrasts are more readily stabilized with buoyancy as compared to the viscous stabilization of gravitationally unstable flows.

  6. Stability and dispersion relations of three-dimensional solitary waves in trapped Bose-Einstein condensates (United States)

    Muñoz Mateo, A.; Brand, J.


    We analyse the dynamical properties of three-dimensional solitary waves in cylindrically trapped Bose-Einstein condensates. Families of solitary waves bifurcate from the planar dark soliton and include the solitonic vortex, the vortex ring and more complex structures of intersecting vortex lines known collectively as Chladni solitons. The particle-like dynamics of these guided solitary waves provides potentially profitable features for their implementation in atomtronic circuits, and play a key role in the generation of metastable loop currents. Based on the time-dependent Gross-Pitaevskii equation we calculate the dispersion relations of moving solitary waves and their modes of dynamical instability. The dispersion relations reveal a complex crossing and bifurcation scenario. For stationary structures we find that for μ /{\\hslash }{ω }\\perp \\gt 2.65 the solitonic vortex is the only stable solitary wave. More complex Chladni solitons still have weaker instabilities than planar dark solitons and may be seen as transient structures in experiments. Fully time-dependent simulations illustrate typical decay scenarios, which may result in the generation of multiple separated solitonic vortices.

  7. Physical stability of ternary solid dispersions of itraconazole in polyethyleneglycol 6000/hydroxypropylmethylcellulose 2910 E5 blends. (United States)

    Janssens, Sandrien; Roberts, Clive; Smith, Emily F; Van den Mooter, Guy


    In order to understand the influence of temperature and moisture, polymer blends of polyethyleneglycol 6000 (PEG 6000) and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose 2910 E5 (HPMC 2910 E5) and solid dispersions of itraconazole in these polymer blends were spray dried, further dried for 2 weeks and stored at three different conditions: 25 degrees C, 0% relative humidity (RH); 25 degrees C, 52% RH; 60 degrees C, 0% RH. MTDSC analysis of the polymer blends revealed that at 25 degrees C, 52% RH, PEG 6000 recrystallized to a high extent. At 60 degrees C, 0% RH the two polymers were miscible, probably due to the removal of bound water. In the ternary dispersions the polymers behaved similarly. The crystallinity degree of itraconazole in samples stored at 25 degrees C, 52% RH and at 60 degrees C, 0% RH was increased compared to the samples stored at 25 degrees C, 0% RH, probably due to the plasticizing effect of moisture at 25 degrees C, 52% RH and to an increased mobility at 60 degrees C, 0% RH. XPS analysis revealed a redistribution of itraconazole at the surface as itraconazole recrystallized from the blend. Dissolution tests revealed that a decrease in the itraconazole release was directly related to its crystallinity degree, no correlation was found with the crystallinity degree of PEG 6000.

  8. Stability and recovery of DIFICID(®) (Fidaxomicin) 200-mg crushed tablet preparations from three delivery vehicles, and administration of an aqueous dispersion via nasogastric tube. (United States)

    Tousseeva, Anna; Jackson, J Derek; Redell, Mark; Henry, Teresa; Hui, Michael; Capurso, Shelley; DeRyke, C Andrew


    Fidaxomicin is approved for the treatment of adults with Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea, many of whom have difficulty swallowing an intact tablet. The study objective was to evaluate the stability and recovery of crushed DIFICID(®) (fidaxomicin) 200-mg tablets dispersed in water, applesauce, or Ensure(®) brand liquid nutritional supplement, and to determine the recovery of fidaxomicin from the administration of an aqueous dispersion of a crushed DIFICID(®) tablet through a nasogastric (NG) tube. DIFICID(®) tablets were crushed and dispersed in water, applesauce, or Ensure(®). The stability and recovery of fidaxomicin were evaluated over 24 h in these vehicles. In a separate experiment, the ability to recover a full dose of fidaxomicin when administering as an aqueous dispersion through an NG tube was assessed. When DIFICID(®) tablets were crushed and dispersed in water, the active ingredient, fidaxomicin, was stable for up to 2 h at room temperature. Additionally, it was stable for up to 24 h in dispersions with applesauce or Ensure(®). Recovery of fidaxomicin after crushing and dispersing in any of the three vehicles studied ranged from 95 to 108 %, which is within the normal range of individual tablet variability. When crushed, dispersed in water, and administered through an NG tube, the average recovery of fidaxomicin was 96 %. Stability and recovery of fidaxomicin were confirmed when DIFICID(®) tablets were crushed and dispersed in water, applesauce, or Ensure(®). In addition, administration of an aqueous dispersion of a crushed tablet through an NG tube is supported by acceptable recovery of fidaxomicin.

  9. Focus expansion and stability of the spread parameter estimate of the power law model for dispersal gradients

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    Peter S. Ojiambo


    Full Text Available Empirical and mechanistic modeling indicate that pathogens transmitted via aerially dispersed inoculum follow a power law, resulting in dispersive epidemic waves. The spread parameter (b of the power law model, which is an indicator of the distance of the epidemic wave front from an initial focus per unit time, has been found to be approximately 2 for several animal and plant diseases over a wide range of spatial scales under conditions favorable for disease spread. Although disease spread and epidemic expansion can be influenced by several factors, the stability of the parameter b over multiple epidemic years has not been determined. Additionally, the size of the initial epidemic area is expected to be strongly related to the final epidemic extent for epidemics, but the stability of this relationship is also not well established. Here, empirical data of cucurbit downy mildew epidemics collected from 2008 to 2014 were analyzed using a spatio-temporal model of disease spread that incorporates logistic growth in time with a power law function for dispersal. Final epidemic extent ranged from 4.16 ×108 km2 in 2012 to 6.44 ×108 km2 in 2009. Current epidemic extent became significantly associated (P < 0.0332; 0.56 < R2 < 0.99 with final epidemic area beginning near the end of April, with the association increasing monotonically to 1.0 by the end of the epidemic season in July. The position of the epidemic wave-front became exponentially more distant with time, and epidemic velocity increased linearly with distance. Slopes from the temporal and spatial regression models varied with about a 2.5-fold range across epidemic years. Estimates of b varied substantially ranging from 1.51 to 4.16 across epidemic years. We observed a significant b ×time (or distance interaction (P < 0.05 for epidemic years where data were well described by the power law model. These results suggest that the spread parameter b may not be stable over multiple epidemic

  10. Stability of indomethacin with relevance to the release from amorphous solid dispersions studied with ATR-FTIR spectroscopic imaging. (United States)

    Ewing, Andrew V; Clarke, Graham S; Kazarian, Sergei G


    This work presents the use of attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy and spectroscopic imaging to study the stability and dissolution behaviour of amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs). ASDs are employed to improve the bioavailability of drugs which are poorly soluble in aqueous solutions. Selecting the appropriate polymeric excipients for use in pharmaceutical tablets is crucial to control drug stability and subsequent release. In this study, indomethacin was used as a model poorly-aqueous soluble drug since the amorphous-form has improved dissolution properties over its crystalline forms. ASDs of indomethacin/polyethylene glycol (PEG) and indomethacin/hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) in a 1:3 wt ratio were compared. Firstly, ATR-FTIR spectroscopy was employed to monitor the stability of indomethacin in the ASDs over 96 h. While the indomethacin/HPMC ASD showed the ability to maintain the amorphous indomethacin form for longer periods of time, ATR-FTIR spectra revealed that indomethacin in the drug/PEG ASD crystallised to the stable γ-form, via the α-form. Secondly, ATR-FTIR spectroscopic imaging was used to study the dissolution of ASD tablets in a phosphate buffer (pH 7.5). Crystallisation of amorphous indomethacin was characterised in the spectra collected during the dissolution of the indomethacin/PEG ASD which consequently hindered release into the surrounding solution. In contrast, release of amorphous indomethacin was more effective from HPMC.

  11. Using DVS-NIR to assess the water sorption behaviour and stability of a griseofulvin/PVP K30 solid dispersion. (United States)

    Li, Wanjing; Buckton, Graham


    The purpose of this work was to investigate the distribution of water in a physically unstable amorphous solid dispersion (polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and griseofulvin (as a model hydrophobic drug)), both as the sample absorbs water and during prolonged exposure to elevated humidity by use of dynamic vapour sorption combined with near infrared (DVS-NIR). The solid dispersion absorbed much less water than the sum of the water sorption of the individual components. This suggests that griseofulvin hindered PVP from absorbing water through the formation of the solid dispersion. Prolonged storage of the solid dispersion at 75% RH resulted in no significant mass change. Whilst this would usually be interpreted as the absence of crystallization, the NIR spectra demonstrated that crystallization occurred. The reason for the lack of a weight loss was that the expelled water from amorphous griseofulvin was sorbed by PVP, meaning that as the dispersion was broken by the crystallisation of griseofulvin, the PVP was once again free to sorb water (in line with the higher water sorption shown by PVP alone, and in contrast with the lower sorption of water by the solid dispersion). As water is a key factor in the physical stability of amorphous systems, understanding how and where water is absorbed and how this is liable to change is an important advance and offers promise in understanding the mechanism of stabilisation of solid dispersions, and therefore may be useful to predict the stability of new API dispersions.

  12. Interface tuning and stabilization of monoglyceride mesophase dispersions: Food emulsifiers and mixtures efficiency. (United States)

    Serieye, Sébastien; Méducin, Fabienne; Milošević, Irena; Fu, Ling; Guillot, Samuel


    Several food surfactants were examined as possible efficient emulsifiers for liquid crystalline monolinolein-based particles and as alternative choices to the non-food-grade emulsifier conventionally used Pluronic® F127. We described a food emulsifiers' toolbox, investigating their ability to emulsify mesophases (stabilization capacity, particle size, zeta potential) and their impact on internal nanostructures (from swelling to drastic modifications). Among the selected surfactants, sucrose stearate (S1670) was found to be the best candidate for replacing in a long term F127 as an efficient stabilizer of lipid particles. The emulsification performed by mixing F127 with S1670 or sodium caseinate (NaCas), and S1670/NaCas helped to discriminate their respective role in the particles and so their efficiency for the stabilization. In case of S1670 as co-emulsifier no strong structural modification was observed, while using F127 (25wt% NaCas) an unexpected hexagonal mesophase was highlighted in self-assemblies. The evolution of zeta potentials by varying the mesophase and the emulsifier also informed about the distribution of co-surfactants in the particles. We thus reported submicronic nanostructured systems (from 100 to 350nm) that were fully food-grade and possibly contained limonene, with a surface charge from -70 to -5mV.

  13. Stability of nanoscale secondary phases in an oxide dispersion strengthened Fe-12Cr alloy

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    Castro, V. de, E-mail: [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PH (United Kingdom); Marquis, E.A.; Lozano-Perez, S. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PH (United Kingdom); Pareja, R. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Avda. de la Universidad 30, 28911 Leganes, Madrid (Spain); Jenkins, M.L. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PH (United Kingdom)


    Transmission electron microscopy and atom-probe tomography were used to characterize on a near-atomic scale the microstructure and oxide and carbide phases that form during thermo-mechanical treatments of a model oxide dispersion strengthened Fe-12 wt.% Cr-0.4 wt.% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} alloy. It was found that some of the Y-rich nanoparticles retained their initial crystallographic structure but developed a Cr-enriched shell, while others evolved into ternary oxide phases during the initial processing. The Y- and Cr-rich oxide phases formed remained stable after annealing at 1023 K for 96 h. However, the number of Cr-rich carbides appeared to increase, inducing Cr depletion in the matrix.

  14. Polyelectrolyte Properties in Mono and Multi-Valent Ionic Media: Brushes and Complex Coacervates (United States)

    Farina, Robert M.

    Materials composed of polyelectrolytes have unique and interesting physical properties resulting primarily from their charged monomer segments. Polyelectrolytes, which exist in many different biological and industrial forms, have also been shown to be highly responsive to external environmental changes. Here, two specific polyelectrolyte systems, brushes and complex coacervates, are discussed in regards to how their properties can be tailored by adjusting the surrounding ionic environment with mono and multi-valent ions. End-tethered polyelectrolyte brushes, which constitute an interesting and substantial portion of polyelectrolyte applications, are well known for their ability to provide excellent lubrication and low friction when coated onto surfaces (e.g. articular cartilage and medical devices), as well as for their ability to stabilize colloidal particles in solution (e.g. paint and cosmetic materials). These properties have been extensively studied with brushes in pure mono-valent ionic media. However, polyelectrolyte brush interactions with multi-valent ions in solution are much less understood, although highly relevant considering mono and multi-valent counterions are present in most applications. Even at very low concentrations of multi-valent ions in solution, dramatic polyelectrolyte brush physical property changes can occur, resulting in collapsed chains which also adhere to one another via multi-valent bridging. Here, the strong polyelectrolyte poly(sodium styrene sulfonate) was studied using the Surface Forces Apparatus (SFA) and electrochemistry in order to investigate brush height and intermolecular interactions between two brushes as a function of multi-valent counterion population inside a brush. Complex coacervates are formed when polyanions and polycations are mixed together in proper conditions of an aqueous solution. This mixing results in a phase separation of a polymer-rich, coacervate phase composed of a chain network held together via

  15. Stability of an alternative extemporaneous captopril fast-dispersing tablet formulation versus an extemporaneous oral liquid formulation. (United States)

    Pabari, Ritesh M; McDermott, Claire; Barlow, James; Ramtoola, Zebunnissa


    Administration of medications to pediatric patients is challenging because many drugs are not commercially available in appropriate dosage formulations and/or strengths. Consequently, these drugs are prepared extemporaneously as oral liquid (OL) formulations using marketed tablets or capsules. In many cases, the stability of these extemporaneous preparations, which may affect their tolerability, has not been documented. An alternative extemporaneous solid formulation, such as a fast-dispersing tablet (FDT), may offer enhanced stability as well as dosing flexibility because it may be administered as an orodispersible tablet or as a reconstituted suspension/solution. Although FDTs are available increasingly as patient-friendly oral dosage formulations, and their simple method of manufacture can be applied to extemporaneous formulations, such applications have not been explored to date. The use of extemporaneous captopril OL formulations in hospitals in Ireland was surveyed, and the stability of the most commonly used captopril formulation (reference) was investigated and compared with that of a newly available extemporaneous FDT formulation. The survey was carried out in 120 hospitals in the Republic of Ireland. The 56-day stability of the most commonly used formulation was compared with that of a newly available extemporaneous captopril FDT preparation. The captopril content of the formulations was measured by high-performance liquid chromatography analysis. Formulations were also monitored for changes in appearance, including color; odor; and pH (OLs only). The survey showed that extemporaneously prepared captopril OLs were extensively used, particularly in specialist children's hospitals. The most commonly used preparation was a xanthan gum-based oral suspension. Analysis of these OL preparations showed the OLs to have been stable up to day 7, but that the captopril concentration decreased to 72% to 84% at day 14 and to 59% to 68% at day 56; this decrease was

  16. Energy conversion in polyelectrolyte hydrogels (United States)

    Olvera de La Cruz, Monica; Erbas, Aykut; Olvera de la Cruz Team

    Energy conversion and storage have been an active field of research in nanotechnology parallel to recent interests towards renewable energy. Polyelectrolyte (PE) hydrogels have attracted considerable attention in this field due to their mechanical flexibility and stimuli-responsive properties. Ideally, when a hydrogel is deformed, applied mechanical work can be converted into electrostatic, elastic and steric-interaction energies. In this talk, we discuss the results of our extensive molecular dynamics simulations of PE hydrogels. We demonstrate that, on deformation, hydrogels adjust their deformed state predominantly by altering electrostatic interactions between their charged groups rather than excluded-volume and bond energies. This is due to the hydrogel's inherent tendency to preserve electro-neutrality in its interior, in combination with correlations imposed by backbone charges. Our findings are valid for a wide range of compression ratios and ionic strengths. The electrostatic-energy alterations that we observe in our MD simulations may induce pH or redox-potential changes inside the hydrogels. The resulting energetic difference can be harvested, for instance, analogously to a Carnot engine, or facilitated for sensor applications. Center for Bio-inspired Energy Science (CBES).




    The stability of the structure of double-stranded DNA in the salt-free solution is discussed on the basis of the polyelectrolyte theory. Assuming that DNA is an infinitely long rod, and the formation of double strands is divided into combining process and folding process, the free energy changes required in these processes are calculated by the use of the exact solutions of two-dimensional Poisson-Boltzmann equation for the one rod and the two rod systems.By strong depression of electrostatic interaction due to counter-ion condensation phenomena, the free energy change is remarkably decreased so that the double-stranded structure of DNA can be stabilized by energy of hydrogen bonds between base pairs. The increase of the activity coefficient of a counterion upon heat denaturation of DNA is also explained.

  18. Complex coacervation of supercharged proteins with polyelectrolytes. (United States)

    Obermeyer, Allie C; Mills, Carolyn E; Dong, Xue-Hui; Flores, Romeo J; Olsen, Bradley D


    Complexation of proteins with polyelectrolytes or block copolymers can lead to phase separation to generate a coacervate phase or self-assembly of coacervate core micelles. However, many proteins do not coacervate at conditions near neutral pH and physiological ionic strength. Here, protein supercharging is used to systematically explore the effect of protein charge on the complex coacervation with polycations. Four model proteins were anionically supercharged to varying degrees as quantified by mass spectrometry. Proteins phase separated with strong polycations when the ratio of negatively charged residues to positively charged residues on the protein (α) was greater than 1.1-1.2. Efficient partitioning of the protein into the coacervate phase required larger α (1.5-2.0). The preferred charge ratio for coacervation was shifted away from charge symmetry for three of the four model proteins and indicated an excess of positive charge in the coacervate phase. The composition of protein and polymer in the coacervate phase was determined using fluorescently labeled components, revealing that several of the coacervates likely have both induced charging and a macromolecular charge imbalance. The model proteins were also encapsulated in complex coacervate core micelles and micelles formed when the protein charge ratio α was greater than 1.3-1.4. Small angle neutron scattering and transmission electron microscopy showed that the micelles were spherical. The stability of the coacervate phase in both the bulk and micelles improved to increased ionic strength as the net charge on the protein increased. The micelles were also stable to dehydration and elevated temperatures.

  19. Substrate-induced coagulation (SIC) of nano-disperse alumina in non-aqueous media: The dispersibility and stability of alumina in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone


    Basch, Angelika; Strnad, Simona


    This work investigated colloidal properties such as the zeta-potential, the electrophoretic mobilities and the wetting behaviour of alumina dispersed in non-aqueous media. Non-aqueous dispersions of alumina were prepared in the solvent N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP). The wetting behaviour of alumina in NMP was characterized by the powder contact angle method and the Wilhemy plate method. The behaviour of the dispersion should provide information for the development of a substrate-induced coag...

  20. Highly Dispersed Nickel-Containing Mesoporous Silica with Superior Stability in Carbon Dioxide Reforming of Methane: The Effect of Anchoring

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    Wenjia Cai


    Full Text Available A series of nickel-containing mesoporous silica samples (Ni-SiO2 with different nickel content (3.1%–13.2% were synthesized by the evaporation-induced self-assembly method. Their catalytic activity was tested in carbon dioxide reforming of methane. The characterization results revealed that the catalysts, e.g., 6.7%Ni-SiO2, with highly dispersed small nickel particles, exhibited excellent catalytic activity and long-term stability. The metallic nickel particle size was significantly affected by the metal anchoring effect between metallic nickel particles and unreduced nickel ions in the silica matrix. A strong anchoring effect was suggested to account for the remaining of small Ni particle size and the improved catalytic performance.

  1. Long-term improvements to photoluminescence and dispersion stability by flowing SDS-SWNT suspensions through microfluidic channels. (United States)

    Silvera-Batista, Carlos A; Weinberg, Philip; Butler, Jason E; Ziegler, Kirk J


    Shearing single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) coated with sodium dodecyl sulfate in microfluidic channels significantly increases the photoluminescence (PL) intensity and dispersion stability of SWNTs. The PL quantum yield (QY) of SWNTs improves by a factor of 3 for initially bright suspensions; on the other hand, SWNT QYs in a "poor" suspension improve by 2 orders of magnitude. In both cases, the QYs of the sheared suspensions are approximately 1%. The increases in PL intensity persist for months and are most prominent in larger diameter SWNTs. These improvements are attributed to surfactant reorganization rather than disaggregation of SWNTs bundles or shear-induced alignment. The results also highlight potential opportunities to eliminate discrepancies in the PL intensity of different suspensions and further improve the PL of SWNTs by tailoring the surfactant structure around SWNTs.

  2. Long-term dispersion stability and adhesion promotion of aqueous Cu nano-ink for flexible printed electronics. (United States)

    Seo, Yeong-Hui; Jeong, Sunho; Jo, Yejin; Choi, Youngmin; Ryu, Beyong-Hwan; Han, Gayoung; Lee, Minsu


    Aqueous Cu nanoparticles are synthesized using a reducing agent and surface capping molecule which prevents the interparticular agglomeration and surface oxidation. Aqueous conductive nano ink is prepared using the resulting Cu nanoparticles and conductive Cu layers are prepared via a wet coating process. The conductive Cu layers, metalized by annealing at 300 degrees C under vacuum atmosphere, exhibit excellent electrical resistivity, showing values as low as 12 microomega cm. The long-term dispersion stability for three months is monitored through an investigation on the rheological behavior of the conductive nano ink and the resistivity variation of the conductive Cu layer. The adhesion property of the conductive Cu layer is dramatically improved when using a primer-treated polyimide film, whereas the conductive Cu layer completely peels off on a pristine polyimide film. The epoxy-contained primer plays a critical role as an intermediary between the aqueous Cu nano ink and the polyimide film.

  3. Stability-enhanced hot-melt extruded amorphous solid dispersions via combinations of Soluplus® and HPMCAS-HF. (United States)

    Alshahrani, Saad M; Lu, Wenli; Park, Jun-Bom; Morott, Joseph T; Alsulays, Bader B; Majumdar, Soumyajit; Langley, Nigel; Kolter, Karl; Gryczke, Andreas; Repka, Michael A


    The aim of this study was to evaluate a novel combination of Soluplus® and hypromellose acetate succinate (HPMCAS-HF) polymers for solubility enhancement as well as enhanced physicochemical stability of the produced amorphous solid dispersions. This was accomplished by converting the poorly water-soluble crystalline form of carbamazepine into a more soluble amorphous form within the polymeric blends. Carbamazepine (CBZ), a Biopharmaceutics Classification System class II active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) with multiple polymorphs, was utilized as a model drug. Hot-melt extrusion (HME) processing was used to prepare solid dispersions utilizing blends of polymers. Drug loading showed a significant effect on the dissolution rate of CBZ in all of the tested ratios of Soluplus® and HPMCAS-HF. CBZ was completely miscible in the polymeric blends of Soluplus® and HPMCAS-HF up to 40% drug loading. The extrudates were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and dissolution studies. DSC and XRD data confirmed the formation of amorphous solid dispersions of CBZ in the polymeric blends of Soluplus® and HPMCAS-HF. Drug loading and release of CBZ was increased with Soluplus® (when used as the primary matrix polymer) when formulations contained Soluplus® with 7-21% (w/w) HPMCAS-HF. In addition, this blend of polymers was found to be physically and chemically stable at 40°C, 75% RH over 12 months without any dissolution rate changes.

  4. Stability and time-domain analysis of the dispersive tristability in microresonators under modal coupling

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    Dumeige, Yannick; Feron, Patrice [Universite Europeenne de Bretagne, Laboratoire Foton and CNRS, UMR 6082 Foton, Enssat, BP 80518, F-22305 Lannion Cedex (France)


    Coupled nonlinear resonators have potential applications for the integration of multistable photonic devices. The dynamic properties of two coupled-mode nonlinear microcavities made of Kerr material are studied by linear stability analysis. Using a suitable combination of the modal coupling rate and the frequency detuning, it is possible to obtain configurations where a hysteresis loop is included inside other bistable cycles. We show that a single resonator with two modes both linearly and nonlinearly coupled via the cross-Kerr effect can have a multistable behavior. This could be implemented in semiconductor nonlinear whispering-gallery-mode microresonators under modal coupling for all optical signal processing or ternary optical logic applications.

  5. Colloidal particles as liquid dispersion stabilizer: Pickering emulsions and materials thereof (United States)

    Schmitt, Véronique; Destribats, Mathieu; Backov, Rénal


    Solid stabilized emulsions, also referred to as Pickering emulsions, are very diverse owing to the large variety of available colloidal particles from naturally occurring to synthesized ones, from hard to very deformable ones and from spheres to more complex shaped particles. Here we illustrate this variety and, despite this huge diversity, we aim at highlighting the common features. We discuss next the remaining open questions that, in our point of view, should sustain special efforts in the future and we illustrate elaboration of original materials based on Pickering emulsions. xml:lang="fr"

  6. Adsorption and stabilization of nano-TiO2 particles in a concentrated dispersion

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    Fuchun Liun; En-Hou Han; Wei Ke


    The quantitative adsorption behavior of a hyperdispersant onto nano-TiO2 particles has been characterized by using FTIR (Fourier transform infrared) spectroscopy, NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) and a negative adsorption method. The intrinsic adsorbed amount of hyperdispersant was (1.0570.09) mg/m2. Thickness of the adsorbed layer was (4.6670.42) nm. There was (7477)%wt water in the adsorbed layer. In the hyperdispersant molecule, the anchoring group of the amide group attached firmly to the nano-TiO2 particles, and the solvatable chains of comb-type structure exhibited the effective steric stabilization.

  7. Polyelectrolyte membranes based on hydrocarbon polymer containing fullerene (United States)

    Saga, Shota; Matsumoto, Hidetoshi; Saito, Keiichiro; Minagawa, Mie; Tanioka, Akihiko

    In the present study, composite polyelectrolyte membranes were prepared from sulfonated polystyrene and fullerene. The additive effect of the fullerene on the membrane properties - electric resistance, mechanical strength, oxidation resistance, and methanol permeability - were measured. The addition of fullerene improved the oxidation resistance, and reduced the methanol crossover. The mechanical strength of the fullerene-composite membrane, on the other hand, was not improved. The direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) based on a 1.4 wt% fullerene-composite membrane showed the highest power density of 47 mW cm -2 at the current density of 200 mA cm -2 (this value is 60% of the Nafion-based DMFC). The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations suggest that the improved dispersity of the fullerene and the reduced number of micropores in the membranes would improve its performance in the fuel cell.

  8. Spin-Coated Polyelectrolyte Coacervate Films. (United States)

    Kelly, Kristopher D; Schlenoff, Joseph B


    Thin films of complexes made from oppositely charged polyelectrolytes have applications as supported membranes for separations, cell growth substrates, anticorrosion coatings, biocompatible coatings, and drug release media, among others. The relatively recent technique of layer-by-layer assembly reliably yields conformal coatings on substrates but is impractically slow for films with thickness greater than about 1 μm, even when accelerated many fold by spraying and/or spin assembly. In the present work, thin, uniform, smooth films of a polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) are rapidly made by spin-coating a polyelectrolyte coacervate, a strongly hydrated viscoelastic liquidlike form of PEC, on a substrate. While the apparatus used to deposit the PEC film is conventional, the behavior of the coacervate, especially the response to salt concentration, is highly nontraditional. After glassification by immersion in water, spun-on films may be released from their substrates to yield free-standing membranes of thickness in the micrometer range.

  9. Waste-moulding dusts modified with polyelectrolytes

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    Full Text Available In the article described problems of the influence of advanced oxidizing process, the supersonic tooling of waste - moulding dusts and their modification with polyelectrolytes, on the technological proprieties of the moulding sands prepared with their participation.Physicochemical characterization of the used polyelectrolytes PSS (poli 4-styreno sodium sulfonate and PEI (poli etyleno imine, in theaspect of their modificatory influences on the waste - moulding dust, was described. Defined the influence of adsorption proprieties ofthe polyelectrolyte PEI on the surface of small parts of the waste - dust, on technological proprieties of the sandmix. Ascertained theprofitable influence of this electrolyte on mechanical proprieties of the moulding sands, that is to say the increase in value of thecompression strength (about 10% and tensile strenght (about 13%, comparatively to analogous proprieties of the moulding sandsprepared with the participation of the not modified waste- dust.

  10. Structure of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) brushes and steric stability of their grafted cellulose nanocrystal dispersions. (United States)

    Hemraz, Usha D; Lu, Ang; Sunasee, Rajesh; Boluk, Yaman


    Thermo-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (poly(NIPAAm)) brushes were grafted from the surface of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) via living radical polymerization (LRP) using different initiator and monomer concentrations. The dry film thickness of the poly(NIPAAm) layer around CNC was calculated based on Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. The wet film thicknesses of grafted poly(NIPAAm) brushes in water were calculated to be 15 and 9nm for NIPAAm-CNC-1 and NIPAAm-CNC-2, respectively. Grafted chain densities and wet film thicknesses at below and above the critical temperature (T=34°C) of polyNIPAAm were calculated by applying mean-field analytical theory. The non-ionic poly(NIPAAm) brushes screened the surface charges of CNC particles, leading to a significant decrease in the absolute zeta potential values for the poly(NIPAAm) grafted CNCs compared to the unmodified and initiator modified CNC samples. Nevertheless, the colloidal stability of poly(NIPAAm) grafted CNC particles were still maintained by steric stabilization below the critical temperature On the other side, hydrophobic attractions among poly(NIPAAm) grafted CNC rods above 34°C lead to coagulation and phase separation. While both poly(NIPAAm) grafted CNC samples showed thermo-responsive behavior, the reversibility of this temperature triggered property was dependent on grafting density.

  11. Sedimentation stability and aging of aqueous dispersions of Laponite in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (United States)

    Savenko, V.; Bulavin, L.; Rawiso, M.; Loginov, M.; Vorobiev, E.; Lebovka, N. I.


    This work discusses the sedimentation stability and aging of aqueous suspensions of Laponite in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). The concentration of Laponite was fixed at a constant level Cl=2 %wt, which corresponds to the threshold between equilibrium gel IG1 and glass IG2 states. The concentration of CTAB Cs was within 0-0.3 %wt. In the presence of CTAB, the Laponite aqueous suspensions were unstable against sedimentation and separated into the upper and bottom layers (U and B layers, respectively). The dynamic light-scattering technique has revealed that addition of CTAB even at a rather small concentration, Cs=0.0164 %wt (0.03 cation exchange capacity), induced noticeable changes in the aging dynamics of the U layer. It was explained by equilibration of CTAB molecules that were initially nonuniformly distributed between different Laponite particles. Accelerated stability analysis by means of analytical centrifugation with rotor speed ω=500-4000 rpm revealed three sedimentation regimes: continuous (I, Cs0.2 %wt). It was demonstrated that the B layer was “soft” in the zonelike regime. The increase of ω resulted in its supplementary compressing and collapse of “soft” sediment above certain critical centrifugal acceleration. The physical nature of the observed behavior, accounting for enhancement of hydrophobic interactions between Laponite particles, is discussed.

  12. Molecular Thermodynamic Model for Polyelectrolyte Solutions with Added Salts

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    ZHANGBo; CAIJun; 等


    A molecular thermodynamic model of polyelectrolyte developed previously was extended to polyelectrolyte solutions with added salts.Thermodynamic properties,such as activity coefficients of polyelectrolytes or added salts and osmotic coefficients of solvent, of a number of aqueous mixtures of polyelectrolytes and salts are analyzed with the proposed model.Successful correlation is obtained in the range of moderate or higher polyion concentration.For the same sample,thermodynamic properties of polyelectrolytes with and without simple electrolytes can be predicted mutually using parameters from regression data.

  13. An investigation on dispersion and stability of water-soluble fullerenol (C60OH) in water via UV-Visible spectroscopy (United States)

    Najafi, Abolhassan


    An investigation on dispersion, stability, and agglomeration of water-soluble fullerenol in water was studied via UV-Vis spectroscopy. The results showed that the dispersion quality and stability of water-soluble fullerenol commenced decreasing after 150 h (more than six days) of solution preparation time. Furthermore, increasing the fullerenol concentration in water (Cfullerenol) showed promotion of the agglomeration in lower residence time. Considering the results of DLS and HRTEM micrographs, an average particle size of the fullerenol in the solution was measured to be ∼150 nm after a residence of 2 months highlighting its high agglomeration tendency even at low concentration.

  14. Stability of single dispersed silver nanoparticles in natural and synthetic freshwaters: Effects of dissolved oxygen. (United States)

    Zou, Xiaoyan; Li, Penghui; Lou, Jie; Fu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Hongwu


    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are increasingly used in various commercial products. This increased use raises ecological concerns because of the large release of AgNPs into the environment. Once released, the local water chemistry has the potential to influence the environmental fates and behaviors of AgNPs. The impacts of dissolved oxygen and natural organic matter (NOM) on the dissolution and stability of AgNPs were investigated in synthetic and natural freshwaters for 7 days. In synthetic freshwater, the aggregation of AgNPs occurred due to the compression of the electric double layer, accompanied by the dissolution of AgNPs. However, once oxygen was removed, the highest dissolved Ag (Agdis) concentration decreased from 356.5 μg/L to 272.1 μg/L, the pH of the AgNP suspensions increased from less than 7.6 to more than 8.4, and AgNPs were regenerated by the reduction of released Ag(+) by citrate. The addition of NOM mitigated aggregation, inhibited oxidative dissolution and induced the transformation of AgNPs into Ag2S due to the formation of NOM-adsorbed layers, the reduction of Ag(+) by NOM, and the high affinity of sulfur-enriched species in NOM for Ag. Likewise, in oxygen-depleted natural freshwaters, the inhibition of oxidative dissolution was obtained in comparison with oxygenated freshwaters, showing a decrease in the maximum Agdis concentration from 137.6 and 57.0 μg/L to 83.3 and 42.4 μg/L from two natural freshwater sites. Our results suggested that aggregation and dissolution of AgNPs in aquatic environments depend on the chemical composition, where oxygen-depleted freshwaters more significantly increase the colloidal stability. In comparison with oxic conditions, anoxic conditions were more favorable to the regeneration of AgNPs by reducing species (e.g., citrate and NOM) and enhanced the stability of nanoparticles. This indicates that some AgNPs will be more stable for long periods in oxygen-deprived freshwaters, and pose more serious

  15. Role of Dispersion Interactions in the Polymorphism and Entropic Stabilization of the Aspirin Crystal (United States)

    Reilly, Anthony M.; Tkatchenko, Alexandre


    Aspirin has been used and studied for over a century but has only recently been shown to have an additional polymorphic form, known as form II. Since the two observed solid forms of aspirin are degenerate in terms of lattice energy, kinetic effects have been suggested to determine the metastability of the less abundant form II. Here, first-principles calculations provide an alternative explanation based on free-energy differences at room temperature. The explicit consideration of many-body van der Waals interactions in the free energy demonstrates that the stability of the most abundant form of aspirin is due to a subtle coupling between collective electronic fluctuations and quantized lattice vibrations. In addition, a systematic analysis of the elastic properties of the two forms of aspirin rules out mechanical instability of form II as making it metastable.

  16. Modeling the fallout from stabilized nuclear clouds using the HYSPLIT atmospheric dispersion model. (United States)

    Rolph, G D; Ngan, F; Draxler, R R


    The Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory (HYSPLIT) model, developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Air Resources Laboratory, has been configured to simulate the dispersion and deposition of nuclear materials from a surface-based nuclear detonation using publicly available information on nuclear explosions. Much of the information was obtained from "The Effects of Nuclear Weapons" by Glasstone and Dolan (1977). The model was evaluated against the measurements of nuclear fallout from six nuclear tests conducted between 1951 and 1957 at the Nevada Test Site using the global NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis Project (NNRP) and the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) meteorological data as input. The model was able to reproduce the general direction and deposition patterns using the coarse NNRP data with Figure of Merit in Space (FMS - the percent overlap between predicted and measured deposition patterns) scores in excess of 50% for four of six simulations for the smallest dose rate contour, with FMS scores declining for higher dose rate contours. When WRF meteorological data were used the FMS scores were 5-20% higher in five of the six simulations, especially at the higher dose rate contours. The one WRF simulation where the scores declined slightly (10-30%) was also the best scoring simulation when using the NNRP data. When compared with measurements of dose rate and time of arrival from the Town Data Base (Thompson et al., 1994), similar results were found with the WRF simulations providing better results for four of six simulations. The overall result was that the different plume simulations using WRF data had more consistent performance than the plume simulations using NNRP data fields.

  17. Preparation and characterization of dipyridamole solid dispersions for stabilization of supersaturation: effect of precipitation inhibitors type and molecular weight. (United States)

    Vora, Chintan; Patadia, Riddhish; Mittal, Karan; Mashru, Rajashree


    Dipyridamole (DPL) is a weakly basic BCS class II drug which precipitates upon entering into intestine leading to pH dependant and variable absorption. Thus, research envisaged focuses on developing formulations that maintain supersaturation following upon acid to neutral pH transition. In an endeavor to accomplish the objective, solid dispersion (SD) with hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) was prepared by a quench cooling method. The three molecular weight grades of HPMC (HPMC E5, HPMC E15 and HPMC E50) and two molecular weight grades of PVP (PVP K30 and PVP K90) were investigated to observe effect of increasing molecular weight on stabilizing DPL supersaturated solutions. Equilibrium solubility studies revealed increase in solubility with both HPMC and PVP with greater benefit from HPMC. In vitro supersaturated dissolution results demonstrated that HPMC formulations provided greater degree and extent of supersaturation as compared to PVP formulations. The formulation with HPMC E50 provided maximum stabilization to supersaturation upon acid to neutral pH transition. Moreover, the effect of increase in molecular weight was more pronounced in HPMC rather than PVP. Stronger interactions were observed for DPL with HPMC, while no interaction was observed with PVP which was evident from Fourier transform infra-red studies. Differential scanning calorimetry and powder X-ray diffraction studies revealed the amorphous state of DPL in SD.

  18. Stability analysis and investigation of higher order Schroedinger equation for strongly dispersive ion-acoustic wave in plasma

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    Gogoi, R; Kalita, L; Devi, N, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail: [Department of Mathematics, Cotton College, Guwahati-781001, Assam (India)


    Much interest was shown towards the studies on nonlinear stability in the late sixties. Plasma instabilities play an important role in plasma dynamics. More attention has been given towards stability analysis after recognizing that they are one of the principal obstacles in the way of a successful resolution of the problem of controlled thermonuclear fusion. Nonlinearity and dispersion are the two important characteristics of plasma instabilities. Instabilities and nonlinearity are the two important and interrelated terms. In our present work, the continuity and momentum equations for both ions and electrons together with the Poisson equation are considered as cold plasma model. Then we have adopted the modified reductive perturbation technique (MRPT) from Demiray [1] to derive the higher order equation of the Nonlinear Schroedinger equation (NLSE). In this work, detailed mathematical expressions and calculations are done to investigate the changing character of the modulation of ion acoustic plasma wave through our derived equation. Thus we have extended the application of MRPT to derive the higher order equation. Both progressive wave solutions as well as steady state solutions are derived and they are plotted for different plasma parameters to observe dark/bright solitons. Interesting structures are found to exist for different plasma parameters.

  19. Investigating the Correlation between Miscibility and Physical Stability of Amorphous Solid Dispersions Using Fluorescence-Based Techniques. (United States)

    Tian, Bin; Tang, Xing; Taylor, Lynne S


    The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using a fluorescence-based technique to evaluate drug-polymer miscibility and to probe the correlation between miscibility and physical stability of amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs). Indomethacin-hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (IDM-HPMC), indomethacin-hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate succinate, and indomethacin-polyvinylpyrrolidone (IDM-PVP) were used as model systems. The miscibility of the IDM-polymer systems was evaluated by fluorescence spectroscopy, fluorescence imaging, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. The physical stability of IDM-polymer ASDs stored at 40 °C was evaluated using fluorescence imaging and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The experimentally determined miscibility limit of IDM with the polymers was 50-60%, 20-30%, and 70-80% drug loading for HPMC, HPMCAS, and PVP, respectively. The X-ray results showed that for IDM-HPMC ASDs, samples with a drug loading of less than 50% were maintained in amorphous form during the study period, while samples with drug loadings higher than 50% crystallized within 15 days. For IDM-HPMCAS ASDs, samples with drug loading less than 30% remained amorphous, while samples with drug loadings higher than 30% crystallized within 10 days. IDM-PVP ASDs were found to be resistant to crystallization for all compositions. Thus, a good correlation was observed between phase separation and reduced physical stability, suggesting that miscibility is indeed an important ASDs characteristic. In addition, fluorescence-based techniques show promise in the evaluation of drug-polymer miscibility.

  20. Molecular-dynamics simulations and x-ray analysis of dye precipitates in the polyelectrolyte microcapsules (United States)

    Saphiannikova, Marina; Radtchenko, Igor; Sukhorukov, Gleb; Shchukin, Dmitri; Yakimansky, Alexander; Ilnytskyi, Jaroslav


    The precipitate of the Disperse Red-1 dye in bulk and in confined microsized volumes was investigated by x-ray powder diffraction and molecular-dynamics simulations. The diffraction patterns exhibited two different precipitation regimes: In bulk when dye molecules form a distinct crystallite structure and inside polyelectrolyte capsules with a diameter up to 8 μm when the precipitate presumably represents a very fine polycrystalline powder. The latter result was further supported by molecular-dynamics simulations carried out for up to 640 dye molecules in the NVT ensemble. Calculations have also shown that effects of confined geometry and steric restrictions arising due to encapsulated polyelectrolyte molecules can not prohibit dye nucleation and subsequent crystallization. However, nonspecific interactions between Disperse Red-1 and encapsulated polyelectrolyte could cause the onset of heterogeneous nucleation resulting in formation of a fine polycrystalline powder. The formation process was directly observed building configuration snapshots and calculating the Gay-Berne orientational order parameter and radial distribution function resolved parallel and perpendicular to the director. Comparison of powder diagrams derived from simulation data indicates that it is nearly impossible to distinguish a fine polycrystalline powder from the isotropic system.

  1. Single-walled carbon nanotubes dispersed in aqueous media via non-covalent functionalization: effect of dispersant on the stability, cytotoxicity, and epigenetic toxicity of nanotube suspensions. (United States)

    Alpatova, Alla L; Shan, Wenqian; Babica, Pavel; Upham, Brad L; Rogensues, Adam R; Masten, Susan J; Drown, Edward; Mohanty, Amar K; Alocilja, Evangelyn C; Tarabara, Volodymyr V


    As the range of applications for carbon nanotubes (CNTs) rapidly expands, understanding the effect of CNTs on prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell systems has become an important research priority, especially in light of recent reports of the facile dispersion of CNTs in a variety of aqueous systems including natural water. In this study, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were dispersed in water using a range of natural (gum arabic, amylose, Suwannee River natural organic matter) and synthetic (polyvinyl pyrrolidone, Triton X-100) dispersing agents (dispersants) that attach to the CNT surface non-covalently via different physiosorption mechanisms. The charge and the average effective hydrodynamic diameter of suspended SWCNTs as well as the concentration of exfoliated SWCNTs in the dispersion were found to remain relatively stable over a period of 4 weeks. The cytotoxicity of suspended SWCNTs was assessed as a function of dispersant type and exposure time (up to 48 h) using general viability bioassay with Escherichia coli and using neutral red dye uptake (NDU) bioassay with WB-F344 rat liver epithelia cells. In the E. coli viability bioassays, three types of growth media with different organic loadings and salt contents were evaluated. When the dispersant itself was non-toxic, no losses of E. coli and WB-F344 viability were observed. The cell viability was affected only by SWCNTs dispersed using Triton X-100, which was cytotoxic in SWCNT-free (control) solution. The epigenetic toxicity of dispersed CNTs was evaluated using gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) bioassay applied to WB-F344 rat liver epithelial cells. With all SWCNT suspensions except those where SWCNTs were dispersed using Triton X-100 (wherein GJIC could not be measured because the sample was cytotoxic), no inhibition of GJIC in the presence of SWCNTs was observed. These results suggest a strong dependence of the toxicity of SWCNT suspensions on the toxicity of the dispersant and point to

  2. Nano-cluster stability following neutron irradiation in MA957 oxide dispersion strengthened material

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    Ribis, J., E-mail: [CEA, DEN, DMN, SRMA, F-91191 Gif sur Yvette (France); Lozano-Perez, S. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Parks Road, OX1 3PH Oxford (United Kingdom)


    ODS steels are promising materials for Sodium cooled Fast Reactors since their fine distribution of nano-clusters confers excellent mechanical properties. However, the nano-feature stability needs to be assessed under neutron irradiation. Before irradiation, the characterizations show that nano-particles are finely distributed within the ferritic matrix and are identified to have a pyrochlore type structure. After irradiation of the MA957 alloy in the Phenix French reactor at 412 °C up to 50 dpa and 430 °C up to 75 dpa, transmission electron microscopy characterization reveals a very slight density fall but no distinguishable difference in nano-features size before and after irradiation. In addition, after both irradiations, the nano-oxides are still (Y, Ti, O) compounds with orientation relationship with the matrix. A multislice simulation of high resolution images suggests that nano-particles still have a fcc pyrochlore type structure after irradiation. A possible change of lattice parameter seems to be highlighted, possibly due to disordering by cascade effect.

  3. Nano-cluster stability following neutron irradiation in MA957 oxide dispersion strengthened material (United States)

    Ribis, J.; Lozano-Perez, S.


    ODS steels are promising materials for Sodium cooled Fast Reactors since their fine distribution of nano-clusters confers excellent mechanical properties. However, the nano-feature stability needs to be assessed under neutron irradiation. Before irradiation, the characterizations show that nano-particles are finely distributed within the ferritic matrix and are identified to have a pyrochlore type structure. After irradiation of the MA957 alloy in the Phenix French reactor at 412 °C up to 50 dpa and 430 °C up to 75 dpa, transmission electron microscopy characterization reveals a very slight density fall but no distinguishable difference in nano-features size before and after irradiation. In addition, after both irradiations, the nano-oxides are still (Y, Ti, O) compounds with orientation relationship with the matrix. A multislice simulation of high resolution images suggests that nano-particles still have a fcc pyrochlore type structure after irradiation. A possible change of lattice parameter seems to be highlighted, possibly due to disordering by cascade effect.

  4. Coacervate Core Micelles for the Dispersion and Stabilization of Organophosphate Hydrolase in Organic Solvents (United States)

    Mills, Carolyn; Obermeyer, Allie; Dong, Xuehui; Olsen, Bradley D.

    Bulk organophosphate (OP) nerve agents are difficult to decontaminate on site and dangerous to transport. The organophosphate hydrolase (OPH) enzyme is an efficient catalyst for hydrolyzing, and thus decontaminating, these compounds, but suffers from poor stability in the hydrophobic bulk OP environment. Here, we exploit the complex coacervation phase separation phenomenon to form complex coacervate core micelles (C3Ms) that can protect this OPH enzyme under these conditions. Stable C3Ms form when mixing a charged-neutral block copolymer methyl-quaternized poly(4-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) (Qp4vp- b-POEGMA), a homopolymer poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), and OPH under a certain conditions. The C3Ms are then transferred into two organic solvents, ethanol and dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP), which is a good simulant for the physical properties of the OP compounds. The C3Ms retain their nanostructures in the organic solvents. The activity test of OPH indicates that the C3Ms successfully protect OPH activity in organic solvents.


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    Full Text Available Papermaking pulps are a mixture of fibres, fibre fragments, and small cells (parenchyma or ray cells, usually called pulp fines. The interactions between pulp fines and a cationic copolymer of acrylamide and acryloxyethyltrimethyl ammonium chloride were investigated based on solid-liquid isotherms prepared under different turbulence, and subsequent advanced surface characterization using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS. The surface charge and surface area of pulp fine substrates were measured by methylene blue sorption-XPS analysis and nitrogen adsorption combined with mercury porosimetry, respectively. The driving force behind polyelectrolyte adsorption was the amount of the surface anionic charge, whereas surface area appeared to be of less importance. Based on a comparison of solid-liquid and XPS sorption isotherms, different polyelectrolyte conformations were suggested, depending on the types of fines: A flatter conformation and partial cell-wall penetration of polyelectrolytes on kraft fines from freshly prepared pulp, and a more free conformation with extended loops and tails on lignocellulosic fines from recycled pulp. Additionally, ToF-SIMS imaging proved that recycled pulp fines contained residual de-inking chemicals (primarily palmitic acid salts that possibly hinder the electrostatic interactions with polyelectrolytes.

  6. Actuation and ion transportation of polyelectrolyte gels (United States)

    Hong, Wei; Wang, Xiao


    Consisting of charged network swollen with ionic solution, polyelectrolyte gels are known for their salient characters including ion exchange and stimuli responsiveness. The active properties of polyelectrolyte gels are mostly due to the migration of solvent molecules and solute ions, and their interactions with the fixed charges on the network. In this paper, we extend the recently developed nonlinear field theory of polyelectrolyte gels by assuming that the kinetic process is limited by the rate of the transportation of mobile species. To study the coupled mechanical deformation, ion migration, and electric field, we further specialize the model to the case of a laterally constrained gel sheet. By solving the field equations in two limiting cases: the equilibrium state and the steady state, we calculate the mechanical responses of the gel to the applied electric field, and study the dependency on various parameters. The results recover the behavior observed in experiments in which polyelectrolyte gels are used as actuators, such as the ionic polymer metal composite. In addition, the model reveals the mechanism of the selectivity in ion transportation. Although by assuming specific material laws, the reduced system resembles those in most existing models in the literature, the theory can be easily generalized by using more realistic free-energy functions and kinetic laws. The adaptability of the theory makes it suitable for studying many similar material systems and phenomena.

  7. Complexation Behavior of Polyelectrolytes and Polyampholytes

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    Narayanan Nair, Arun Kumar


    We perform grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations to study the pH titrations of isolated polyampholytes and polyelectrolyte-polyampholyte complexes in dilute solutions. Our simulations indicate that the electrostatic interactions promote the coexistence of opposite charges along the polyampholyte chain during titration. The repulsion between excess charges typically dominates the electrostatic interaction and leads to polymer stretching. Salt ions can screen the repulsion between excess charges as well as the fluctuation-induced attraction between opposite charges, and therefore make the variation between titration curves of polyampholytes and the ideal (no electrostatic interactions) curves less significant. We observe that this screening of charge repulsion decreases the chain size. The presence of pearl-necklace configuration of polyampholytes is diminished by the addition of salt. Similar simulations for the polyelectrolyte-polyampholyte system show that the resulting complexes are generally stable in the low pH region. In comparison to ideal case, electrostatic interactions strongly influence the acid-base properties of polyampholyte chains in the adsorbed state by reducing the presence of the coexistence domain of both positive and negative charges in the titration curves. We attribute the complex formation between polyelectrolyte and polyampholyte chains in the high pH region to, e.g., the high salt content. The pH variation leads to abrupt transition between adsorbed and desorbed states. Independent of charge sequence, a polyampholyte chain in a complex is usually located at one of the ends of the polyelectrolyte chain.

  8. Polymeric Amorphous Solid Dispersions: A Review of Amorphization, Crystallization, Stabilization, Solid-State Characterization, and Aqueous Solubilization of Biopharmaceutical Classification System Class II Drugs. (United States)

    Baghel, Shrawan; Cathcart, Helen; O'Reilly, Niall J


    Poor water solubility of many drugs has emerged as one of the major challenges in the pharmaceutical world. Polymer-based amorphous solid dispersions have been considered as the major advancement in overcoming limited aqueous solubility and oral absorption issues. The principle drawback of this approach is that they can lack necessary stability and revert to the crystalline form on storage. Significant upfront development is, therefore, required to generate stable amorphous formulations. A thorough understanding of the processes occurring at a molecular level is imperative for the rational design of amorphous solid dispersion products. This review attempts to address the critical molecular and thermodynamic aspects governing the physicochemical properties of such systems. A brief introduction to Biopharmaceutical Classification System, solid dispersions, glass transition, and solubility advantage of amorphous drugs is provided. The objective of this review is to weigh the current understanding of solid dispersion chemistry and to critically review the theoretical, technical, and molecular aspects of solid dispersions (amorphization and crystallization) and potential advantage of polymers (stabilization and solubilization) as inert, hydrophilic, pharmaceutical carrier matrices. In addition, different preformulation tools for the rational selection of polymers, state-of-the-art techniques for preparation and characterization of polymeric amorphous solid dispersions, and drug supersaturation in gastric media are also discussed.

  9. Ultrasonic compatibilization of polyelectrolyte complex based on polysaccharides for biomedical applications


    Belluzo, M. Soledad; Medina, Lara F.; Cortizo, Ana María; Cortizo, María Susana


    In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the design of biomaterials for cartilage tissue engineering. This type of materials must meet several requirements. In this study, we apply ultrasound to prepare a compatibilized blend of polyelectrolyte complexes (PEC) based on carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and chitosan (CHI), in order to improve stability and mechanical properties through the interpolymer macroradicals coupling produced by sonochemical reaction. We study the kinetic ...

  10. Freeze-dried nifedipine-lipid nanoparticles with long-term nano-dispersion stability after reconstitution. (United States)

    Ohshima, Hiroyuki; Miyagishima, Atsuo; Kurita, Takurou; Makino, Yuji; Iwao, Yasunori; Sonobe, Takashi; Itai, Shigeru


    Nifedipine (NI) is a poorly water-soluble drug and its oral bioavailability is very low. To improve the water solubility, NI-lipid nanoparticle suspensions were prepared by a combination of co-grinding by a roll mill and high-pressure homogenization without any organic solvent. The mean particle size and zeta potential of the NI-lipid nanoparticle suspensions were about 52.6 nm and -61.8 mV, respectively, and each parameter remained extremely constant during a period of 4 months under 6 degrees C and dark conditions, suggesting that the negative charge of the phospholipid, dipalmitoyl phosphatidylglycerol, is very effective in preventing coagulation of the particles. In order to assure the nano-order particle size of the suspensions in view of long-term stability, a freeze-drying technique was applied to the NI-lipid nanoparticle suspensions. The mean particle size of freeze-dried NI-lipid nanoparticles after reconstitution was significantly increased in comparison to that of the preparations before freeze-drying. It was found, however, that the addition of sugars (glucose, fructose, maltose or sucrose) to the suspensions before freeze-drying inhibited the aggregation of nanoparticles, suggesting that the long-term stability storage of freeze-dried NI-lipid nanoparticles after reconstitution would be overcome. In addition, freeze-dried nanoparticles with 100mg sugar (glucose, fructose, maltose or sucrose) showed excellent solubility (>80%), whereas without sugar, as a control, showed low solubility (coagulation of NI nanoparticle suspensions, and reproduce the nanoparticle dispersion after reconstitution; and remarkably increase the apparent solubility of nifedipine.

  11. Triclosan loaded electrospun nanofibers based on a cyclodextrin polymer and chitosan polyelectrolyte complex. (United States)

    Ouerghemmi, Safa; Degoutin, Stéphanie; Tabary, Nicolas; Cazaux, Frédéric; Maton, Mickaël; Gaucher, Valérie; Janus, Ludovic; Neut, Christel; Chai, Feng; Blanchemain, Nicolas; Martel, Bernard


    This work focuses on the relevance of antibacterial nanofibers based on a polyelectrolyte complex formed between positively charged chitosan (CHT) and an anionic hydroxypropyl betacyclodextrin (CD)-citric acid polymer (PCD) complexing triclosan (TCL). The study of PCD/TCL inclusion complex and its release in dynamic conditions, a cytocompatibility study, and finally the antibacterial activity assessment were studied. The fibers were obtained by electrospinning a solution containing chitosan mixed with PCD/TCL inclusion complex. CHT/TCL and CHT-CD/TCL were also prepared as control samples. The TCL loaded nanofibers were analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Fourier Transformed Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). Nanofibers stability and swelling behavior in aqueous medium were pH and CHT:PCD weight ratio dependent. Such results confirmed that CHT and PCD interacted through ionic interactions, forming a polyelectrolyte complex. A high PCD content in addition to a thermal post treatment at 90°C were necessary to reach a nanofibers stability during 15days in soft acidic conditions, at pH=5.5. In dynamic conditions (USP IV system), a prolonged release of TCL with a reduced burst effect was observed on CHT-PCD polyelectrolyte complex based fibers compared to CHT-CD nanofibers. These results were confirmed by a microbiology study showing prolonged antibacterial activity of the nanofibers against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Such results could be explained by the fact that the stability of the polyelectrolyte CHT-PCD complex in the nanofibers matrix prevented the diffusion of the PCD/triclosan inclusion complex in the supernatant, on the contrary of the similar system including cyclodextrin in its monomeric form.

  12. Polyelectrolyte surfactant aggregates and their deposition on macroscopic surfaces

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    Voisin, D


    Oppositely charged surfactant and polyelectrolyte are present in hair shampoos and conditioners, together with particles (e.g. anti-dandruff agents for scalp) and droplets (e.g. silicone oil for the hair). These are normally formulated at high surfactant concentrations, beyond the flocculation region for the polyelectrolyte concentration used. However, on dilution with water, during application, flocs are formed which carry the particles and droplets to the scalp and hair. The addition of an anionic surfactant to an aqueous solution of cationic polyelectrolyte, at a given concentration, can lead to the formation of polyelectrolyte-surfactant 'particles', in which the surfactant 'binds' to the polyelectrolyte. This occurs from the critical association concentration (CAC), up to the surfactant concentration corresponding to maximum binding. Within this range of surfactant concentrations, the surfactant bound to the polyelectrolyte is thought to associate to form what might be termed 'internal micelles'. Each po...

  13. Stabilization of species coexistence in spatial models through the aggregation-segregation effect generated by local dispersal and nonspecific local interactions. (United States)

    Detto, Matteo; Muller-Landau, Helene C


    Spatial interactions are widely acknowledged to play a significant role in sustaining diversity in ecological communities. However, theoretical work on this topic has focused on how spatial processes affect coexistence of species that differ in their strategies, with less attention to how spatial processes matter when competitors are equivalent. Furthermore, though it is recognized that models with local dispersal and local competition may sustain higher diversities of equivalent competitors than models in which these are not both localized, there is debate as to whether this reflects merely equalizing effects or whether there is also a stabilizing component. In this study, we explore how dispersal limitation and nonspecific local competition influence the outcome of species coexistence in communities driven by stochastic drift. We demonstrate that space alone acts as a stabilizing factor in a continuous space model with local dispersal and competition, as individuals of rare species on average experience lower total neighborhood densities, causing per capita reproductive rates to decrease systematically with increasing abundance. These effects prolong time to extinction in a closed system and enhance species diversity in an open system with constant immigration. Fundamentally, these stabilizing effects are obtained when dispersal limitation interacts with local competition to generate fluctuations in population growth rates. Thus this effect can be considered a fluctuating mechanism similar to spatial or temporal storage effects, but generated purely endogenously without requiring any exogenous environmental variability or species dissimilarities.

  14. Miscibility/stability considerations in binary solid dispersion systems composed of functional excipients towards the design of multi-component amorphous systems. (United States)

    Yoo, Seung-uk; Krill, Steven L; Wang, Zeren; Telang, Chitra


    The correlations between amorphous miscibility/physical stability of binary solid dispersions (a highly crystalline additive-an amorphous polymer) and the physicochemical properties of the components were investigated. Crystalline functional excipients including surfactants, organic acids, and organic bases were prepared in binary solid dispersions in amorphous polymers by solvent evaporation method. Amorphous miscibility and physical stability of the systems were characterized using polarized light microscope, differential scanning calorimeter, and powder X-ray diffraction. Physicochemical parameters (solubility parameter (delta), hydrogen bond energy, Log P, pK(a) value as an indicator of acid-base ionic interaction, and T(g) of the dispersion as a surrogate of system's mobility) were selected as thermodynamic and kinetic factors to examine their influences on the systems' amorphous miscibility and physical stability. All systems possessing acid-base ionic interaction formed amorphous state. In the absence of the ionic interaction, solubility parameter and partition coefficient were shown to have major roles on amorphous formation. Upon storage condition at 25 degrees C/60% RH for 50 days, systems having ionic interaction and high T(g) remained in the amorphous state. This binary system study provides an insight and a basis for formation of the amorphous state of multi-component solid dispersions utilizing their physicochemical properties.

  15. Hydrophilic drug encapsulation in shell-core microcarriers by two stage polyelectrolyte complexation method. (United States)

    Dalmoro, Annalisa; Sitenkov, Alexander Y; Cascone, Sara; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela; Moustafine, Rouslan I


    In this study a protocol exploiting the combination of the ultrasonic atomization and the complexation between polyelectrolytes was developed to efficiently encapsulate a hydrophilic chemotherapeutic agent essentially used in the treatment of colon cancer, 5-fluorouracil, in enteric shell-core alginate-based microcarriers. The atomization assisted by ultrasound allowed to obtain small droplets by supplying low energy and avoiding drug degradation. In particular microcarriers were produced in a home-made apparatus where both the core (composed of alginate, drug, and Pluronic F127) and shell (composed of only alginate) feed were separately sent to the coaxial ultrasonic atomizer where they were nebulized and placed in contact with the complexation bulk. With the aim to obtain microstructured particles of alginate encapsulating 5-fluorouracil, different formulations of the first complexation bulk were tested; at last an emulsion made of a calcium chloride aqueous solution and dichloromethane allowed to reach an encapsulation efficiency of about 50%. This result can be considered very interesting considering that in literature similar techniques gave 5-fluorouracil encapsulation efficiencies of about 10%. Since a single complexation stage was not able to assure microcarriers gastroresistance, the formulation of a second complexation bulk was evaluated. The solution of cationic and pH-insoluble Eudragit® RS 100 in dichloromethane was chosen as bulk of second-stage complexation obtaining good enteric properties of shell-core microcarriers, i.e. a 5-FU cumulative release at pH 1 (simulating gastric pH) lower than 35%. The formation of interpolyelectrolyte complex (IPEC) between countercharged polymers and the chemical stability of 5-FU in microcarriers were confirmed by FTIR analysis, the presence of an amorphous dispersion of 5-FU in prepared microparticles was also confirmed by DSC. Finally, shell-core enteric coated microcarriers encapsulating 5-fluorouracil were used

  16. An investigation into the effect of spray drying temperature and atomizing conditions on miscibility, physical stability, and performance of naproxen-PVP K 25 solid dispersions. (United States)

    Paudel, Amrit; Loyson, Yves; Van den Mooter, Guy


    The present study investigates the effect of changing spray drying temperature (40°C-120°C) and/or atomizing airflow rate (AR; 5-15 L/min) on the phase structure, physical stability, and performance of spray-dried naproxen-polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) K 25 amorphous solid dispersions. The modulated differential scanning calorimetry, attenuated total internal reflectance-Fourier transform infrared, and powder X-ray diffractometry (pXRD) studies revealed that higher inlet temperature (IT) or atomization airflow leads to the formation of amorphous-phase-separated dispersions with higher strongly H-bonded and free PVP fractions, whereas that prepared with the lowest IT was more homogeneous. The dispersion prepared with the lowest atomization AR showed trace crystallinity. Upon exposure to 75% relative humidity (RH) for 3 weeks, the phase-separated dispersions generated by spray drying at higher temperature or higher atomization airflow retained relatively higher amorphous drug fraction compared with those prepared at slow evaporation conditions. The humidity-controlled pXRD analysis at 98% RH showed that the dispersion prepared with highest atomization AR displayed the slowest kinetics of recrystallization. The molecular-level changes occurring during recrystallization at 98% RH was elucidated by spectroscopic monitoring at the same humidity. The rate and extent of the drug dissolution was the highest for dispersions prepared at the highest atomizing AR and the lowest for that prepared with the slowest atomizing condition.

  17. Structures of some surfactant–polyelectrolyte complexes

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    Rema Krishnaswamy; V A Raghunathan; A K Sood


    Structures of complexes formed in aqueous solutions by some anionic polyelectrolytes (double and single stranded (ds and ss) DNA, poly(vinyl sulfonate) (PVS), and poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS)) with a cationic surfactant system consisting of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and sodium 3-hydroxy-2-naphthoate (SHN) have been determined using small angle X-ray diffraction. All complexes are found to have a two-dimensional (2-D) hexagonal structure at low SHN concentrations. Analysis of the diffraction data shows that the ds DNA–CTAB complex has an intercalated structure, with each DNA strand surrounded by three cylindrical micelles. On increasing SHN concentration, DNA–CTAB–SHN complexes exhibit a hexagonal-to-lamellar transition, whereas PVS complexes show a hexagonal → centered rectangular → lamellar transition. PSS complexes show yet another sequence of structures. These results indicate the significant influence of the chemical nature of the polyelectrolyte on the structure of the complexes.

  18. Polyelectrolytes from NS-novolak production waste

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    Bajdur, W.M.; Sulkowski, W.W. [Czestochowa Technical University, Dept. of Ergonomics and Work Protection, Czestochowa (Poland)


    The chemical modification of polymer plastic wastes into useful products, such as polyelectrolytes, could be a step toward their management. For these products to be obtained, the synthesis of amino derivatives of phenol-formaldehyde resin (NS-novolak) production waste by means of known methods was performed. Products that contained different contents of amino groups in the polymer chains and that were soluble in dilute KOH and NaOH solutions were obtained. The flocculation properties of these products were tested. Studies were conducted of mine water from the Kleofas coal mine and for water from the Czestochowa metallurgical plant blast-furnace circulation system. The amino derivatives of the phenol-formaldehyde resin waste were found to have good flocculation properties. The application of these products caused a decrease in the turbidity and concentration of the dissolved contamination and improved the quality parameters of the purified sewage. These polyelectrolytes could also be used in industrial water treatment.

  19. Suitability of polyelectrolyte shells modified with fullerene derivate for immunoisolation of cells. Experimental study. (United States)

    Borkowska, M; Godlewska, E; Antosiak-Iwańska, M; Kinasiewicz, J; Strawski, M; Szklarczyk, M; Granicka, L H


    The polymeric permiselective membranes application for immunoisolation of cells separating the transplanted cells from the host immunological system may eliminate immunosuppressive therapy during transplantation. The suitability of polyelectrolyte modified nanocoatings for immunoisolation of cells was assessed. The polymeric shells modified with incorporated fullerene derivate were applied for encapsulation of human T-lymphocyte cell line Jurkat or rat pancreatic islets of Langerhans using layer-by-layer technique. Hydroxylated fullerene was incorporated to the polyelectrolyte shell for hydrophility increase as well as for layer stability improvement. Evaluation with AFM, FTIR, fluorescence microscopy confirmed the nanocoating presence on the encapsulated cells. It was observed that polylysine-polyethyleneimine membrane with incorporated fullerenol allowed for encapsulated cells functioning in vitro. Membrane conformation applied for encapsulation of pancreatic rat islets allowed for glucose level decline during xenotransplantation into mice. The elaborated nanocoating may be recommended as the possible alternative to the space consuming microencapsulation for biomedical purposes.

  20. Surface Modification of Carbon Nanotubes with Conjugated Polyelectrolytes: Fundamental Interactions and Applications in Composite Materials, Nanofibers, Electronics, and Photovoltaics

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    Ezzeddine, Alaa


    Ever since their discovery, Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been renowned to be potential candidates for a variety of applications. Nevertheless, the difficulties accompanied with their dispersion and poor solubility in various solvents have hindered CNTs potential applications. As a result, studies have been developed to address the dispersion problem. The solution is in modifying the surfaces of the nanotubes covalently or non-covalently with a desired dispersant. Various materials have been employed for this purpose out of which polymers are the most common. Non-covalent functionalization of CNTs via polymer wrapping represents an attractive method to obtain a stable and homogenous CNTs dispersion. This method is able to change the surface properties of the nanotubes without destroying their intrinsic structure and preserving their properties. This thesis explores and studies the surface modification and solublization of pristine single and multiwalled carbon nanotubes via a simple solution mixing technique through non-covalent interactions of CNTs with various anionic and cationic conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs). The work includes studying the interaction of various poly(phenylene ethynylene) electrolytes with MWCNTs and an imidazolium functionalized poly(3-hexylthiophene) with SWCNTs. Our work here focuses on the noncovalent modifications of carbon nanotubes using novel CPEs in order to use these resulting CPE/CNT complexes in various applications. Upon modifying the CNTs with the CPEs, the resulting CPE/CNT complex has been proven to be easily dispersed in various organic and aqueous solution with excellent homogeneity and stability for several months. This complex was then used as a nanofiller and was dispersed in another polymer matrix (poly(methyl methacrylate), PMMA). The PMMA/CPE/CNT composite materials were cast or electrospun depending on their desired application. The presence of the CPE modified CNTs in the polymer matrix has been proven to enhance

  1. Improving structural stability of water-dispersed MCM-41 silica nanoparticles through post-synthesis pH aging process

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    Varache, Mathieu; Bezverkhyy, Igor [UMR 6303 CNRS-Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne (France); Bouyer, Florence [Inserm U866, Equipe Chimiothérapie, métabolisme des lipides et réponse immunitaire anti-tumorale (France); Chassagnon, Rémi; Baras, Florence; Bouyer, Frédéric, E-mail: [UMR 6303 CNRS-Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne (France)


    The colloidal and structural stabilities of MCM-41 mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) are of great importance in order to prepare optimal nanovectors. In this paper, MSNs (approximatively 160 nm in diameter) were synthesized using n-cetyltrimethylammonium bromide as a template and tetraethyl orthosilicate as a silica source under high N{sub 2} flow (MSN/N{sub 2}) to obtain stable dispersions in water. The degradation of the porous nanoparticles was investigated by immersion in water. The morphology and the porous structure were studied by TEM, XRD, N{sub 2} sorption, and {sup 29}Si MAS NMR and were compared to that of MSNs prepared in ambient air (MSN/air). The volumetric properties of the MSN/N{sub 2} after 1 day in water were drastically more decreased than MSN/air (a pore volume decrease of 85 % for MSN/N{sub 2} and 59 % for MSN/air) and the 2D-hexagonal porous structure was totally lost. Furthermore, synthesizing MSNs under a high N{sub 2} flow leads to a decrease in the synthesis yield (45 % MSN/N{sub 2} and 75 % for MSN/air). The lower structural stability of the MSN/N{sub 2} is explained by the lower polycondensation degree of the MSN/N{sub 2} observed by {sup 29}Si MAS NMR (Q{sup 4}/Q{sup 3} = 0.86 for MSN/N{sub 2} and 1.61 for MSN/air) and the lower silica molar ratio in the nanomaterials (SiO{sub 2}/CTA = 3.9 for MSN/N{sub 2} 7.1 for MSN/air). This allows for enhanced solubilization of silica in water. Four strategies were hence evaluated in order to reinforce the porous structure of the MSNs. Among them, the most efficient route was based on a pH adjustment of the colloidal suspension (pH 7.5) after 2 h of synthesis without any purification and while keeping a N{sub 2} static atmosphere (called MSN/N{sub 2}/7.5). After 1 day in water, the volumetric and structural properties of MSN/N{sub 2}/7.5 were similar to that obtained for MSN/air. The improvement of the stability arose as a result of the increase in the silica condensation (Q{sup 4

  2. Preparation, Characterization and Stability Studies of Glassy Solid Dispersions of Indomethacin using PVP and Isomalt as carriers



    Objective(s) The purpose of the present study was to use the solid dispersion (SD) technique to improve the dissolution rates of indomethacin (IMC). Materials and Methods IMC solid dispersions in PVP K30 and isomalt (GALEN IQ 990) were prepared using the solvent evaporation technique and a hot melt method in weight ratios of 2, 10 and 30% (IMC:PVP). Solid dispersions and physical mixtures were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dissol...

  3. Evaluating factors affecting the permeability of emulsions used to stabilize radioactive contamination from a radiological dispersal device. (United States)

    Fox, Garey A; Medina, Victor F


    Present strategies for alleviating radioactive contamination from a radiological dispersal device (RDD) or dirty bomb involve either demolishing and removing radioactive surfaces or abandoning portions of the area near the release point. In both cases, it is imperative to eliminate or reduce migration of the radioisotopes until the cleanup is complete or until the radiation has decayed back to acceptable levels. This research investigated an alternative strategy of using emulsions to stabilize radioactive particulate contamination. Emergency response personnel would coat surfaces with emulsions consisting of asphalt or tall oil pitch to prevent migration of contamination. The site can then be evaluated and cleaned up as needed. In order for this approach to be effective, the treatment must eliminate migration of the radioactive agents in the terror device. Water application is an environmental condition that could promote migration into the external environment. This research investigated the potential for water, and correspondingly contaminant, migration through two emulsions consisting of Topein, a resinous byproduct during paper manufacture. Topein C is an asphaltic-based emulsion and Topein S is a tall oil pitch, nonionic emulsion. Experiments included water adsorption/ mobilization studies, filtration tests, and image analysis of photomicrographs from an environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) and a stereomicroscope. Both emulsions were effective at reducing water migration. Conductivity estimates were on the order of 10(-80) cm s(-1) for Topein C and 10(-7) cm s(-1) for Topein S. Water mobility depended on emulsion flocculation and coalescence time. Photomicrographs indicate that Topein S consisted of greater and more interconnected porosity. Dilute foams of isolated spherical gas cells formed when emulsions were applied to basic surfaces. Gas cells rose to the surface and ruptured, leaving void spaces that penetrated throughout the emulsion. These

  4. Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Fluorine-Free Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Complexes for the Fabrication of Self-Healing Superhydrophobic Films. (United States)

    Wu, Mengchun; An, Ni; Li, Yang; Sun, Junqi


    Fluorine-free self-healing superhydrophobic films are of significance for practical applications because of their extended service life and cost-effective and eco-friendly preparation process. In this study, we report the fabrication of fluorine-free self-healing superhydrophobic films by layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS)-1-octadecylamine (ODA) complexes (PSS-ODA) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH)-sodium dodecyl sulfonate (SDS) (PAH-SDS) complexes. The wettability of the LbL-assembled PSS-ODA/PAH-SDS films depends on the film structure and can be tailored by changing the NaCl concentration in aqueous dispersions of PSS-ODA complexes and the number of film deposition cycles. The freshly prepared PSS-ODA/PAH-SDS film with micro- and nanoscaled hierarchical structures is hydrophilic and gradually changes to superhydrophobic in air because the polyelectrolyte-complexed ODA and SDS surfactants tend to migrate to the film surface to cover the film with hydrophobic alkyl chains to lower its surface energy. The large amount of ODA and SDS surfactants loaded in the superhydrophobic PSS-ODA/PAH-SDS films and the autonomic migration of these surfactants to the film surface endow the resultant superhydrophobic films with an excellent self-healing ability to restore the damaged superhydrophobicity. The self-healing superhydrophobic PSS-ODA/PAH-SDS films are mechanically robust and can be deposited on various flat and nonflat substrates. The LbL assembly of oppositely charged polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes provides a new way for the fabrication of fluorine-free self-healing superhydrophobic films with satisfactory mechanical stability, enhanced reliability, and extended service life.

  5. Thermoanalytical and Fourier transform infrared spectral curve-fitting techniques used to investigate the amorphous indomethacin formation and its physical stability in Indomethacin-Soluplus® solid dispersions. (United States)

    Lin, Shan-Yang; Lin, Hong-Liang; Chi, Ying-Ting; Huang, Yu-Ting; Kao, Chi-Yu; Hsieh, Wei-Hsien


    The amorphous form of a drug has higher water solubility and faster dissolution rate than its crystalline form. However, the amorphous form is less thermodynamically stable and may recrystallize during manufacturing and storage. Maintaining the amorphous state of drug in a solid dosage form is extremely important to ensure product quality. The purpose of this study was to quantitatively determine the amount of amorphous indomethacin (INDO) formed in the Soluplus® solid dispersions using thermoanalytical and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectral curve-fitting techniques. The INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions with various weight ratios of both components were prepared by air-drying and heat-drying processes. A predominate IR peak at 1683cm(-1) for amorphous INDO was selected as a marker for monitoring the solid state of INDO in the INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions. The physical stability of amorphous INDO in the INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions prepared by both drying processes was also studied under accelerated conditions. A typical endothermic peak at 161°C for γ-form of INDO (γ-INDO) disappeared from all the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) curves of INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions, suggesting the amorphization of INDO caused by Soluplus® after drying. In addition, two unique IR peaks at 1682 (1681) and 1593 (1591)cm(-1) corresponded to the amorphous form of INDO were observed in the FTIR spectra of all the INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions. The quantitative amounts of amorphous INDO formed in all the INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions were increased with the increase of γ-INDO loaded into the INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions by applying curve-fitting technique. However, the intermolecular hydrogen bonding interaction between Soluplus® and INDO were only observed in the samples prepared by heat-drying process, due to a marked spectral shift from 1636 to 1628cm(-1) in the INDO/Soluplus® solid dispersions. The INDO/Soluplus® solid

  6. Influence of dispersity on the activity, selectivity, and stability of Raney-Nickel catalyst during the hydrogenation of 1,4-butynediol into 1,4-butanediol

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    Rusina, S.V.; Litvin, E.F.; Kheifets, V.I.; Sharf, V.Z.


    Raney-nickel catalysts are widely used in the hydrogenation of 1,4-butynediol into 1,4-butanediol, an important intermediate for the preparation of thermostable resins, plasticizers, pharmaceutical preparations, and other compounds. The authors carried out the investigation of the influence of the dispersity of the Raney-nickel catalysts on their activity, selectivity, and stability in the hydrogenation reaction of 1,4-butynediol into 1,4-butanediol.

  7. Hydrophobically modified polyelectrolytes : synthesis, properties and interactions with surfactants

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    Nieuwkerk, A.C.


    Hydrophobically modified polyelectrolytes can form micelle-like aggregates, so-called microdomains, in aqueous solution. The hydrophobic side chains constitute the apolar inner part of these microdomains and the hydrophilic groups on the polyelectrolyte backbone are at the surface of the

  8. Weak polyelectrolyte multilayers as tunable membranes for solvent resistant nanofiltration

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    Ilyas, Shazia; Joseph, Nithya; Szymczyk, Anthony; Volodin, Alexander; Nijmeijer, Kitty; Vos, de Wiebe M.; Vankelecom, Ivo F.J.


    This manuscript encompasses the investigation into the solvent resistant nanofiltration (SRNF) performance of multilayer membranes prepared from weak polyelectrolytes. These weak polyelectrolytes are unique in that the charge density is not fixed and depends on the coating pH, adding an extra variab

  9. An attempt to stabilize tanshinone IIA solid dispersion by the use of ternary systems with nano-CaCO 3 and poloxamer 188

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    Hong-mei Yan


    Full Text Available Background: Tanshinone IIA (TSIIA on solid dispersions (SDs has thermodynamical instability of amorphous drug. Ternary solid dispersions (tSDs can extend the stability of the amorphous form of drug. Poloxamer 188 was used as a SD carrier. Nano-CaCO 3 played an important role in adsorption of biomolecules and is being developed for a host of biotechnological applications. Objective: The aim of the present study was to investigate the dissolution behavior and accelerated stability of TSIIA on solid dispersions (SDs by the use of ternary systems with nano-CaCO 3 and poloxamer 188. Materials and Methods: The TSIIA tSDs were prepared by a spray-drying method. First, the effect of combination of poloxamer 188 and nano-CaCO 3 on TSIIA dissolution was studied. Subsequently, a set of complementary techniques (DSC, XRPD, SEM and FTIR was used to monitor the physical changes of TSIIA in the SDs. Finally, stability test was carried out under the conditions 40°C/75% RH for 6 months. Results: The characterization of tSDs by differential scanning calorimetry analysis (DSC and X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD showed that TSIIA was present in its amorphous form. Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy (FTIR suggested the presence of interactions between TSIIA and carriers in tSDs. Improvement in the dissolution rate was observed for all SDs. The stability study conducted on SDs with nano-CaCO 3 showed stable drug content and dissolution behavior, over the period of 6 months as compared with freshly prepared SDs. Conclusion: SDs preparation with nano-CaCO 3 and poloxamer 188 may be a promising approach to enhance the dissolution and stability of TSIIA.

  10. Liquid-liquid and liquid-solid phase separation in protein-polyelectrolyte systems. (United States)

    Comert, Fatih; Dubin, Paul L


    The coacervation of systems containing colloids (e.g. proteins or micelles) and polyelectrolytes (notably ionic polysaccharides) is often accompanied by precipitation. This can introduce inhomogeneity, irreversibility and irreproducible kinetics in applications in food science and bioengineering, with negative impact on texture and stability of food products, and unpredictable delivery of active "payloads." The relationship between coacervation and precipitation is obscure in that coacervates might be intermediates in the formation of precipitates, or else the two phenomena might proceed by different but possibly simultaneous mechanisms. This review will summarize the recent literature on coacervation/precipitation in protein-polyelectrolyte systems for which reports are most abundant, particularly in the context of food science. We present current findings and opinions about the relationship between the two types of phase separation. Results vary considerably depending not only on the protein-polyelectrolyte pairs chosen, but also on conditions including macromolecular concentrations and ionic strength. Nevertheless, we offer some general approaches that could explain a variety of observations. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


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    Hui-dan Liu; Takahiro Sato


    The polyelectrolyte complex formed from the polyanion and polycation was studied by turbidimetry,static and electrophoretic light scattering,and elementary analysis.Sodium salts of polyacrylate (PA) and heparin (Hep) were chosen as the polyanion,and hydrochloric salts of poly(vinyl amine) (PVA) and chitosan (Chts) as the polycation.Although these vinyl polymers and polysaccharides have remarkably different backbone chemical structures and linear charge densities,all the four combinations PA-PVA,PA-Chts,Hep-PVA,and Hep-Chts provide almost stoichiometric polyelectrolyte complexes which are slightly charged owing to the adsorption of the excess polyelectrolyte component onto the neutral complex.The charges stabilize the complex colloids in aqueous solution of a non-stoichiometric mixture,and the aggregation number of the complex colloids increases with approaching to the stoichiometric mixing ratio.The mixing ratio dependence of the aggregation number for the four complexes is explained by the model proposed in the previous study.

  12. Comparative study of cytotoxicity of ferromagnetic nanoparticles and magnetitecontaining polyelectrolyte microcapsules (United States)

    Minaeva, O. V.; Brodovskaya, E. P.; Pyataev, M. A.; Gerasimov, M. V.; Zharkov, M. N.; Yurlov, I. A.; Kulikov, O. A.; Kotlyarov, A. A.; Balykova, L. A.; Kokorev, A. V.; Zaborovskiy, A. V.; Pyataev, N. A.; Sukhorukov, G. B.


    The cytotoxicity of magnetite nanoparticles (MNP) stabilized with citrate acidand polyelectrolyte multilayer microcapsules containing these particles in the shell is analyzed. Microcapsules were prepared by co-precipitation of iron (II) and (III) chlorides. Polyelectrolyte microcapsules synthesized by the layer-by-layer method from biodegradable polymers polyarginine and dextran sulfate. Cytotoxicity of the synthesized objects was studied on the L929 cells culture and human leucocytes. It was also investigated the phagocytic activity of leukocytes for the MNP and magnetite containing polyelectrolyte microcapsules (MCPM). A set of tests (MTT assay, neutral red uptake assay, lactate dehydrogenase release assay) was used to study the cytotoxicity in vitro. All the tests have shown that the magnetic nanoparticles have a greater cytotoxicity in comparison with microcapsules containing an equivalent amount of magnetite. In contrast to the mouse fibroblast culture, human leukocytes were more resistant to the toxic effects of magnetite. At the concentrations used in our studies no significant reduction in the viability of leukocytes has been registered. Both MNP and MCPM undergo phagocytosis, however, the phagocytic activity of leukocytes for these particles was lower than for the standard objects (latex microparticles).

  13. Enhanced dispersion stability and mobility of carboxyl-functionalized carbon nanotubes in aqueous solutions through strong hydrogen bonds

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    Bahk, Yeon Kyoung; He, Xu; Gitsis, Emmanouil; Kuo, Yu-Ying [ETH Zurich, Institute of Environmental Engineering (Switzerland); Kim, Nayoung [EMPA, Building Energy Materials and Components (Switzerland); Wang, Jing, E-mail: [ETH Zurich, Institute of Environmental Engineering (Switzerland)


    Dispersion of carbon nanotubes has been heavily studied due to its importance for their technical applications, toxic effects, and environmental impacts. Common electrolytes, such as sodium chloride and potassium chloride, promote agglomeration of nanoparticles in aqueous solutions. On the contrary, we discovered that acetic electrolytes enhanced the dispersion of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with carboxyl functional group through the strong hydrogen bond, which was confirmed by UV–Vis spectrometry, dispersion observations and aerosolization-quantification method. When concentrations of acetate electrolytes such as ammonium acetate (CH{sub 3}CO{sub 2}NH{sub 4}) and sodium acetate (CH{sub 3}CO{sub 2}Na) were lower than 0.03 mol per liter, MWCNT suspensions showed better dispersion and had higher mobility in porous media. The effects by the acetic environment are also applicable to other nanoparticles with the carboxyl functional group, which was demonstrated with polystyrene latex particles as an example.

  14. Development of a robust pH-sensitive polyelectrolyte ionomer complex for anticancer nanocarriers

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    Lim CM


    Full Text Available Chaemin Lim,1,* Yu Seok Youn,2,* Kyung Soo Lee,1 Ngoc Ha Hoang,1 Taehoon Sim,1 Eun Seong Lee,3 Kyung Taek Oh1 1Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, 2Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, 3Division of Biotechnology, The Catholic University of Korea, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: A polyelectrolyte ionomer complex (PIC composed of cationic and anionic polymers was developed for nanomedical applications. Here, a poly(ethylene glycol–poly(lactic acid–poly(ethylene imine triblock copolymer (PEG–PLA–PEI and a poly(aspartic acid (P[Asp] homopolymer were synthesized. These polyelectrolytes formed stable aggregates through electrostatic interactions between the cationic PEI and the anionic P(Asp blocks. In particular, the addition of a hydrophobic PLA and a hydrophilic PEG to triblock copolyelectrolytes provided colloidal aggregation stability by forming a tight hydrophobic core and steric hindrance on the surface of PIC, respectively. The PIC showed different particle sizes and zeta potentials depending on the ratio of cationic PEI and anionic P(Asp blocks (C/A ratio. The doxorubicin (dox-loaded PIC, prepared with a C/A ratio of 8, demonstrated pH-dependent behavior by the deprotonation/protonation of polyelectrolyte blocks. The drug release and the cytotoxicity of the dox-loaded PIC (C/A ratio: 8 increased under acidic conditions compared with physiological pH, due to the destabilization of the formation of the electrostatic core. In vivo animal imaging revealed that the prepared PIC accumulated at the targeted tumor site for 24 hours. Therefore, the prepared pH-sensitive PIC could have considerable potential as a nanomedicinal platform for anticancer therapy. Keywords: polyelectrolyte ionomer complex, PEG–PLA–PEI, nanomedicine, pH-sensitive, animal imaging

  15. Polyelectrolytes-promoted Forward Osmosis Processes

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    Ge, Q.C.


    The development of the forward osmosis (FO) process has been constrained by the slow development of appropriate draw solutions. Two significant concerns related to draw solutions are the draw solute leakage and intensive-energy requirement in recycling draw solutes after the FO process. FO would be much attractive if there is no draw solute leakage and the recycle of draw solutes is easy and economic.In this study, polyelectrolytes of a series of polyacrylic acid sodium salts (PAA-Na), were explored as draw solutes in the FO process. The characteristics of high solubility in water and flexibility in structural configuration ensure the suitability of PAA-Na as draw solutes and their relative ease in recycle through pressure-driven ultrafiltration (UF) membrane processes. The high water flux with insignificant salt leakage in the FO process and the high salt rejection in UF recycle processes reveal the superiority of PAA-Na to conventional ionic salts, such as NaCl, when comparing their FO performance via the same membranes. The repeatable performance of PAA-Na after recycle indicates the absence of any aggregation problems. The overall performance demonstrates that polyelectrolytes of PAA-Na series are promising as draw solutes, and the new concept of using polyelectrolytes as draw solutes in FO processes is applicable. The magnetic nanoparticle draw solutes can generate reasonably high osmotic pressure in FO system due to the functional groups on the nanoparticles surface and they can be regenerated through magnetic field and reused as draw solutes. Thermo-responsive magnetic nanoparticles are able to be regenerated with high efficiency as the thermo-responsive property can assist the regeneration in a low-strength magnetic field.

  16. Investigation and correlation of physical stability, dissolution behaviour and interaction parameter of amorphous solid dispersions of telmisartan: a drug development perspective. (United States)

    Dukeck, R; Sieger, P; Karmwar, P


    The aim of this study was to investigate if amorphous solid dispersions of telmisartan, prepared in presence of different polymers, exhibit different structural and thermodynamic characteristics and whether these differences can be correlated to their physical stability (time to crystallisation) and dissolution behaviour. Amorphous samples were prepared by melt quenching. The resulting amorphous materials were characterised using X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. All freshly prepared samples were completely X-ray amorphous (with a halo being the only feature in the diffractograms). The shape of the halos in the diffractograms varied suggesting structural variations in the near order of the molecules between the different amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs). Principal component analysis of the Raman spectra of the various ASD revealed that the samples clustered in the scores plot, again suggesting structural differences due to the presence of different drug-polymer interaction. The ranking of the samples with respect to physical stability and interaction parameter was: ASD of telmisartan:eudragit>ASD of telmisartan:soluplus>ASD of telmisartan:HPMC>ASD of telmisartan:PVP>amorphous telmisartan. The interaction parameter, calculated by using the Flory Huggins theory, showed a good correlation with the experimentally determined stability whereas a weak correlation was found with dissolution behaviour of different ASD. This study showed that correlation of physical stability and dissolution behaviour with calculated interaction parameter is possible for the same amorphous systems prepared by using different polymers. This could aid in selecting the most appropriate polymer for the development of optimised formulations containing amorphous drugs. It can be concluded that ASD prepared by using different polymers have different structural and thermal properties. These differences affect the physical stability and dissolution

  17. Rheological Behavior of the Guanidio Polyelectrolytes

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    ZHANG Yu-mei; JIANG Jian-ming; CHEN Yan-mo


    The rheological behavior of polyhexamethylene guanidine hydrochloride (PHGC) and polyethylene guanidine stearate (PHGS) has been investigated using the capillary rheometer. It is shown that the polyelectrolyte melts are non-Newtonian of shear. thinning fluid. The melt viscosity, the flow activation energy and the flow temperature are high even if the molecular weight is not high. The melting viscosity of PHGC is higher than that of PHGS at the same experimental conditions. By comparison with the case of PHGS the non-Newtonian index of PHGC is smaller, the flow activation energy and the flow temperature of PHGC are higher, which was caused by the difference in their molecular structure.

  18. Structure and stability of acrolein and allyl alcohol networks on Ag(111) from density functional theory based calculations with dispersion corrections (United States)

    Ferullo, Ricardo M.; Branda, Maria Marta; Illas, Francesc


    The interaction of acrolein and allyl alcohol with the Ag(111) surface has been studied by means of periodic density functional theory based calculations including explicitly dispersion terms. Different coverage values have been explored going from isolated adsorbed molecules to isolated dimers, interacting dimers or ordered overlayers. The inclusion of the dispersion terms largely affects the calculated values of the adsorption energy and also the distance between adsorbed molecule and the metallic surface but much less the adsorbate-adsorbate interactions. Owing to the large dipole moment of acrolein, the present calculations predict that at high coverage this molecule forms a stable extensive two-dimensional network on the surface, caused by the alignment of the adsorbate dipoles. For the case of allyl alcohol, dimers and complex networks exhibit similar stability.

  19. Modeling competitive substitution in a polyelectrolyte complex

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    Peng, B.; Muthukumar, M., E-mail: [Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003 (United States)


    We have simulated the invasion of a polyelectrolyte complex made of a polycation chain and a polyanion chain, by another longer polyanion chain, using the coarse-grained united atom model for the chains and the Langevin dynamics methodology. Our simulations reveal many intricate details of the substitution reaction in terms of conformational changes of the chains and competition between the invading chain and the chain being displaced for the common complementary chain. We show that the invading chain is required to be sufficiently longer than the chain being displaced for effecting the substitution. Yet, having the invading chain to be longer than a certain threshold value does not reduce the substitution time much further. While most of the simulations were carried out in salt-free conditions, we show that presence of salt facilitates the substitution reaction and reduces the substitution time. Analysis of our data shows that the dominant driving force for the substitution process involving polyelectrolytes lies in the release of counterions during the substitution.

  20. Fluorescent Polystyrene Sulfonate for Polyelectrolyte Studies (United States)

    Huberty, Wayne; Tong, Xiaowei; Balamurugan, Sreelatha; Zhang, Donghui; Russo, Paul


    The slow-mode decay found by dynamic light scattering for polyelectrolytes in low-salt conditions has perplexed investigators since its first observation. Many characterization methods have suggested temporary or transient aggregation, although there is still no consensus on the cause. Many different polyelectrolytes demonstrate the slow-mode decay, but the sodium salt of polystyrene sulfonate (NaPSS) is the most popular choice for study. Commercially available NaPSS may have hydrophobic patches due to incomplete sulfonation leading to associations apart from any putative ionic mechanisms. Therefore, essentially full sulfonation, or ``patchless'', NaPSS should be synthesized. To facilitate fluorescence measurements, which can provide new insights to the slow-mode phenomenon, the material must be rendered fluorescent (F-NaPSS). Several approaches to F-NaPSS have appeared; some labeled a previously synthesized NaPSS without concern for its hydrophobic patches. Other strategies include a free radical copolymerization of styrene sulfonate and a vinyl amine to provide side chains viable for labeling. This method is successful, but yields only small amounts of nearly monodisperse polymer after fractionation. In this presentation, a high-yield synthesis of fully sulfonated, low-polydispersity, fluorescently tagged polymer will be discussed.

  1. The formation and physical stability of two-phase solid dispersion systems of indomethacin in supercooled molten mixtures with different matrix formers. (United States)

    Semjonov, Kristian; Kogermann, Karin; Laidmäe, Ivo; Antikainen, Osmo; Strachan, Clare J; Ehlers, Henrik; Yliruusi, Jouko; Heinämäki, Jyrki


    Amorphous solid dispersions (SDs) are a promising approach to improve the dissolution rate of and oral bioavailability of poorly water-soluble drugs. In some cases multi-phase, instead of single-phase, SD systems with amorphous drug are obtained. While it is widely assumed that one-phase amorphous systems are desirable, two-phase systems may still potentially exhibit enhanced stability and dissolution advantages over undispersed systems. The objective of the present study was to understand the solid-state properties of two-phase SDs with amorphous drug and their relation to physical stability. Two different types of excipients for SD formation were used, one being a polymer and the other a small molecule excipient. The supercooled molten SDs of a poorly water-soluble indomethacin (IND) with a graft copolymer, Soluplus® (SOL) and sugar alcohol, xylitol (XYL) were prepared. Supercooled molten SDs of IND with SOL were two-phase glassy suspension in which the amorphous drug was dispersed in an amorphous polymer matrix. A short-term aging of the SDs led to the formation of glassy suspensions where the crystalline drug was dispersed in an amorphous polymer matrix. These were physically stable at room temperature for the time period studied (RT, 23±2°C), but aging at high-humidity conditions (75% RH) recrystallization to metastable α-IND occurred. Interestingly, the SDs with XYL were two-phase amorphous precipitation systems in which the drug was in an amorphous form in the crystalline sugar alcohol matrix. The SDs of IND and XYL exhibited fast drug recrystallization. In conclusion, the preparation method of two-phase systems via co-melting in association with the rapid quench cooling is a feasible method for the formulation of poorly water-soluble drugs. The physical stability of these two-phase systems, however, is dependent on the carrier material and storage conditions.

  2. Anionic Polyelectrolyte-Cationic Surfactant Interactions in Aqueous Solutions and Foam Films Stability Interactions entre polyélectrolytes anioniques et tensioactifs cationiques en solutions aqueuses et stabilité des films de mousses

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    Langevin D.


    Full Text Available The objective of this work is to study polymer/surfactant interactions in aqueous solution and at the air/water interface. These interations are involved in many physicochemical phenomena, such as colloidal stabilization and wettability which are of major importance in oil application as for exemple drilling muds. More precisely, we have attempted to characterize interactions between a non surface active anionic copolymer (acrylamide/acrylamide sulfonate and an oppositely charged cationic surfactant (C12 TAB. Our results show a synergestic surface tension lowering (coadsorption at extremely low surfactant concentrations (10 to the power of (-3 to 10 to the power of (-1 CMC. At higher concentrations, namely above the so called Critical Aggregation Concentration (CAC, polymer-surfactant complexes form in the bulk and the macromolecules precipitate out of the solution. Foam films made from these mixed solutions are stable while C12TAB films are unstable. Disjoining pressure measurements on mixed films with surfactant concentration two orders of magnitude below the CAC show the existence of long range repulsive forces and a discrete film thickness transition. At the CAC, we obtain mixed films with gel-like networks that are strongly affected by the film thinning rate. L'objectif de cette étude est d'étudier les interactions polymère/tensioactif en solution aqueuse et à l'interface eau/air. Ces interactions interviennent dans de nombreux phénomènes physico-chimiques tels que la stabilisation de suspensions colloïdales et la mouillabilité qui sont d'une importance majeure dans les applications pétrolières comme, par exemple, les boues de forage. Plus précisément, nous avons essayé de caractériser les interactions entre un copolymère anionique n'ayant pas d'activité de surface (acrylamide/acrylamide sulfoné avec un tensioactif de charge opposée cationique (C12TAB. Nos résultats montrent une diminution synergique de la tension

  3. Obtaining and characterization of thin films polyelectrolyte with gold nanoparticles; Obtencao e caracterizacao de filmes finos de polieletrolitos com nanoparticulas de ouro

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    Thin films of polyelectrolytes are manufactured via sequential adsorption of weak polyelectrolytes from aqueous solutions based on electrostatic interaction of oppositely charged polymers. Metal containing polymeric compounds are of particular interest to the production of materials with electrical interface and optical properties. In this sense, the objective of this study was to obtain thin films of weak polyelectrolytes and analyze the distribution of gold nanoparticles stabilized by sodium citrate and by poly (vinylpyrrolidone). The characterization was performed using UV-visible, X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. The techniques of UV-visible and X-ray diffraction was confirmed the presence of gold in the films, the atomic force microscopy images were used to analyze the morphology of the films and check the behavior of the diffusion of gold nanoparticles. (author)

  4. Water dispersible CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles with improved colloidal stability for biomedical applications

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    Munjal, Sandeep [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 (India); Khare, Neeraj, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 (India); Nehate, Chetan; Koul, Veena [Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 (India)


    Single phase cobalt ferrite (CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, CFO) nanoparticles of a controlled size (∼6 nm) exhibiting superparamagnetic properties have been synthesized by hydrothermal technique using oleic acid (OA) as surfactant. The oleic acid coated CFO nanoparticles are stable in non-polar organic media, such as hexane but are not well dispersible in water. The surface of these nanoparticles has been further modified by citric acid using ligand exchange process, which makes CFO nanoparticles more stable colloidal solution in water. Citric acid coated CFO nanoparticles exhibits high dispersibility in water, high zeta potential, very low coercivity and moderate saturation magnetization. Biocompatibility of these CFO nanoparticles is demonstrated through cytotoxicity test in L929 cell line. - Highlights: • Synthesis of uniform size (~6nm) CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (CFO) magnetic nano-particles, with a narrow size distribution using hydrothermal techniques with oleic acid as surfactant and convert the CFO nano-particles highly dispersible in water by modifying the surface of nanoparticles through ligand exchange process. • The bio-compatibility of these highly water dispersal citric acid coated CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles was demonstrated with mouse fibroblast L929 cells lines, using a MTT cytotoxicity assay. • The surface of these oleic acid coated nanoparticles was modified with citric acid using ligand exchange method, that makes these nanoparticles water highly dispersible. • The biocompatibility of citric acid coated CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles was demonstrated with mouse fibroblast L929 cells lines, using a MTT cytotoxicity assay.

  5. Bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic based on polythiophene-polyelectrolyte carbon nanotube composites

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    Reyes-Reyes, M. [Instituto de Investigacion en Comunicacion Optica, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Alvaro Obregon 64, San Luis Potosi (Mexico); Lopez-Sandoval, R. [Advanced Materials Department, IPICYT, Camino a la Presa San Jose 2055, Col. Lomas 4a. Seccion, San Luis Potosi 78216 (Mexico); Liu, J.; Carroll, D.L. [Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC (United States)


    It is shown that carbon nanotubes can be used to enhance carrier mobility for efficient removal of the charges in thin film polymer-conjugated/fullerene photovoltaic devices. The fabricated photovoltaic devices consist of poly(3-octylthiophene) (P3OT) polymer blended with undoped multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) and carbon nanotubes doped with nitrogen (CNx-MWNTs). Nanophase formation and dispersion problems associated with the use of carbon nanotubes in polymer devices were addressed through the generation of functional groups and electrostatic attaching of the polyelectrolyte poly(dimethyldiallylamine) chloride (PDDA) in both MWNTs and CNx-MWNT systems. The resultant nanophase was highly dispersed allowing for excellent bulk heterojunction formation. Our results indicate that CNx-MWNTs enhance the efficiency of P3OT solar cells in comparison with MWNTs. (author)

  6. Investigation of the Stability of the Ruthenium based Dye (N719) Utilizing the Polarization Properties of Dispersive Raman Modes and/or of the Fluorescent Emission

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    Hassing, Søren; Jernshøj, Kit Drescher; Phuong, Nguyen


    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) offer intriguing new possibilities with the integration of these into, e.g., power generating windows or facade applications. For the DSCs to constitute a viable investment, the thermal appliance with respect to the working conditions typically encountered must...... be considered. One of the aspects governing the long-term thermal stability of the DSC is the dye stability and hence whether or not the dye is degraded upon heating or illumination. This emphasizes the need for a sensitive and nondestructive measuring technique with which it is possible to distinguish between...... for short) is possible by exploiting a combination of the polarization properties of the dispersive Raman modes with the small spectral change in the visible absorption spectrum and/or the difference in the polarization of the fluorescence related to the difference in molecular configuration. By measuring...

  7. Polyelectrolyte multilayers: An odyssey through interdisciplinary science (United States)

    Jaber, Jad A.

    This dissertation provides an overview of a self assembled multilayer technique based on the alternating deposition of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes onto charged solid supports. The basic principles and methodologies governing this technique are laid down, and new strategies are built upon the latter, in an effort to develop innovative technologies that would be beneficial for making new products or improving the quality of existing ones. Fundamental studies to characterize the water content, efficiency of ion-pairing, differential strength of electrostatic interactions, topology, and viscoelastic properties of polyelectrolyte multilayers, PEMUs, are illustrated and conducted. In addition, polyelectrolyte multilayers that are stimulus responsive, or support active and controlled bio-motor protein interactions are described. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared, (ATR), spectroscopy was used to compare the extent of swelling and doping within PAH/PSS and PDADMA/PSS polyelectrolyte multilayers. Unlike PDADMA/PSS, whose water content depended on the solution ionic strength, PAH/PSS was resistant to swelling by salt. It was stable up to 4.0 M sodium chloride, with 6 water molecules per ion-pair. Using the infrared active perchlorate sodium salt, the amount of residual persistent extrinsic sites in both PDADMA/PSS and PAH/PSS was determined to be 3% and 6%, respectively. The free energy of association between the polymer segments, in the presence of sodium perchlorate, was in the order of 4.5 kJ mol-1 and -9.5 kJ mol-1 for PDADMA/PSS and PAH/PSS correspondingly. Thus, indicating the relatively strong electrostatic association between the polymer segments in a PAH/PSS relative to PDADMA/PSS multilayer. Adjusting the pH of the solution in contact with the PAH/PSS multilayer to 11.5 resulted in a first order discontinuous dissociation of the Pol+Pol- bonds. Techniques used to study the mechanical properties of single muscle fiber were adapted to

  8. Characterization of novel lactoferrin loaded capsules prepared with polyelectrolyte complexes. (United States)

    Wu, Qing-Xi; Zhang, Qi-Lei; Lin, Dong-Qiang; Yao, Shan-Jing


    Novel capsules loaded with lactoferrin (LF) were prepared using polyelectrolyte complexes that were formed by water soluble chitosan (WSC), sodium cellulose sulfate (NaCS) and sodium polyphosphate (PPS). Normal chitosan (soluble in acidic conditions) was chosen as a control to prepare similar capsules with NaCS and PPS. (1)H NMR and FTIR spectra analysis showed that WSC was in a form of chitosan hydrochloride which can be directly dissolved and protonated in acid-free water. SEM results showed that the capsules had a typical wall-capsule structure with a regular spherical shape and an average diameter of 1.97 mm. TGA studies revealed that the thermal stability of the capsules were enhanced and the moisture content of the drug-free/loaded capsules were 6.3% and 3.2%. SDS-PAGE results showed that the primary structures of the processed LF in the capsules were unchanged. Drug loading (LE%) and encapsulation efficiency (EE%) analysis showed that the capsules had a higher LE% (45.6%) and EE% (70.7%) than that of the control. In vitro release studies showed that the capsules had a regular and sustainable release profiles in simulated colonic fluid. All of these results indicated that the capsules prepared could be used as a candidate protein drug carrier for colon. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Polyelectrolyte decomplexation via addition of salt: charge correlation driven zipper. (United States)

    Antila, Hanne S; Sammalkorpi, Maria


    We report the first atomic scale studies of polyelectrolyte decomplexation. The complex between DNA and polylysine is shown to destabilize and spontaneously open in a gradual, reversible zipper-like mechanism driven by an increase in solution salt concentration. Divalent CaCl2 is significantly more effective than monovalent NaCl in destabilizing the complex due to charge correlations and water binding capability. The dissociation occurs accompanied by charge reversal in which charge correlations and ion binding chemistry play a key role. Our results are in agreement with experimental work on complex dissociation but in addition show the underlying microstructural correlations driving the behavior. Comparison of our full atomic level detail and dynamics results with theoretical works describing the PEs as charged, rigid rods reveals that although charge correlation involved theories provide qualitatively similar responses, considering also specific molecular chemistry and molecular level water contributions provides a more complete understanding of PE complex stability and dynamics. The findings may facilitate controlled release in gene delivery and more in general tuning of PE membrane permeability and mechanical characteristics through ionic strength.

  10. Physical characteristics of the coastal waters between Navapur and Umbharat, West coast of India. Part 3. Stability and dispersion

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    Swamy, G.N.; Vijayakumar, C.V.

    Vertical profiles of currents of the coastal waters between Navapur and Umbharat were analysed. Dynamic stability as well as the diffusion capacity of the water columns were estimated from the vertical distribution of temperature, salinity...

  11. Synthesis, morphological control, dispersion stabilization and in situ self-assembly of noble metal nanostructures using multidentate resorcinarene surfactants (United States)

    Han, Sangbum

    In this dissertation, a detailed investigation on the influence of various macrocyclic resorcinarene surfactants in determining the morphology, stabilization and self-assembly of mono- and bi- metallic nanoparticles was undertaken. (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.).


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    Hai-hu Yu; De-sheng Jiang


    Multilayer thin films of alternately adsorbed layers of polyelectrolytes PDDA and PS-119 were formed on both planar silica substrates and optical fibers through the ionic self-assembly technique. Intrinsic Fabry-Perot cavities were fabricated by stepwise assembling the polyelectrolytes onto the ends of optical fibers for the purposes of fiber optical device and sensor development. Ionically assembled polyelectrolyte multilayer thin films, in whichthere are hydrophilic side groups with strong affinity towards water molecules, are a category of humidity-sensitive functional materials. The polyelectrolyte multilayer thin film Fabry-Perot cavity-type fiber optical humidity sensor can work over a wide range from about 0% RH to about 100% RH with a response time less than 1 s.

  13. Improving clarity and stability of skim milk powder dispersions by dissociation of casein micelles at pH 11.0 and acidification with citric acid. (United States)

    Pan, Kang; Zhong, Qixin


    Casein micelles in milk cause turbidity and have poor stability at acidic conditions. In this study, skim milk powder dispersions were alkalized to pH 10.0 or 11.0, corresponding to reduced particle mass. In the following acidification with hydrochloric or citric acid, the re-formation of casein particles was observed. The combination of treatment at pH 11.0 and acidification with citric acid resulted in dispersions with the lowest turbidity and smallest particles, which enabled translucent dispersions at pH 5.5-7.0, corresponding to discrete nanoparticles. The concentration of ionic calcium was lower when acidified with citric acid than hydrochloric acid, corresponding to smaller particles with less negative zeta potential. The pH 11.0 treatment followed by acidification with citric acid also resulted in smaller particles than the simple chelating effects (directly implementing sodium citrate). The produced casein nanoparticles with reduced dimensions can be used for beverage and other novel applications.

  14. Anisotropic Diffusion of Polyelectrolyte Chains within Multi-layer Films

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    Xu, Li [Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey; Kozlovskaya, Veronika [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Kharlampieva, Eugenia [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Ankner, John Francis [ORNL; Sukhishvili, Prof. Svetlana A. [Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey


    We found diffusion of polyelectrolyte chains within multilayer films to be highly anisotropic, with the preferential chain motion parallel to the substrate. The degree of anisotropy was quantified by a combination of fluorescence recovery after photobleaching and neutron reflectometry, probing chain diffusion in directions parallel and perpendicular to the substrate, respectively. Chain mobility was controlled by ionic strength of annealing solutions and steric hindrance to ionic pairing of interacting polyelectrolytes.

  15. Enhanced Electroresponse of Alkaline Earth Metal-Doped Silica/Titania Spheres by Synergetic Effect of Dispersion Stability and Dielectric Property. (United States)

    Yoon, Chang-Min; Lee, Seungae; Cheong, Oug Jae; Jang, Jyongsik


    A series of alkaline earth metal-doped hollow SiO2/TiO2 spheres (EM-HST) are prepared as electrorheological (ER) materials via sonication-mediated etching method with various alkaline earth metal hydroxides as the etchant. The EM-HST spheres are assessed to determine how their hollow interior and metal-doping affects the ER activity. Both the dispersion stability and the dielectric properties of these materials are greatly enhanced by the proposed one-step etching method, which results in significant enhancement of ER activity. These improvements are attributed to increased particle mobility and interfacial polarization originating from the hollow nature of the EM-HST spheres and the effects of EM metal-doping. In particular, Ca-HST-based ER fluid exhibits ER performance which is 7.1-fold and 3.1-fold higher than those of nonhollow core/shell silica/titania (CS/ST) and undoped hollow silica/titania (HST)-based ER fluids, respectively. This study develops a versatile and simple approach to enhancing ER activity through synergetic effects arising from the combination of dispersion stability and the unique dielectric properties of hollow EM-HST spheres. In addition, the multigram scale production described in this experiment can be an excellent advantage for practical and commercial ER application.

  16. Stability of lycopene in water dispersible microemulsion%水分散型番茄红素微乳液中番茄红素的稳定性

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    全莉婵; 任英杰; 宋烨; 马超; 吴茂玉


    This paper researches that how light, temperature, pH value, various food additives and metal ions to influence the stability of lycopene in water dispersible microemulsion. The experimental results show that: light has a great effect on the stability of lycopene, also when lycopene in water dispersible microemulsion is very sensitive to light. When the temperature is higher, the lycopene in water dispersible microemutsion is less stable. In the acidic circumstances lycopene in water dispersible microemulsion is unstable, but in the alkaline condition it is stable. The sour agent will reduce lycopene stability, the other food additives has little effect, even some of them can protect the color. Na+, K+, Mg2+,Ca2+,Zn2+ ,Al3+ have little effect on lycopene in water dispersible microemulsion, also have a certain color protection, especially, Ca2+ has a better color protection, but Fe3+ and Cu2+ have a great destruction on lycopene in water dispersible microemulsion. Therefore, water away from light, avoid the use of iron or bronze and dispersible lycopene microemulsion should be stored be preservated in low-temperature condiction.%研究了光照、温度、pH、食品添加剂及金属离子对微乳液中番茄红素稳定性的影响。实验结果表明:光照对微乳液中番茄红素稳定性影响很大,番茄红素在微乳液中对光照也很敏感;温度越高微乳液中番茄红素越不稳定;在酸性条件下微乳液中番茄红素不稳定,在碱性条件下微乳液中的番茄红素较稳定;实验所用的食品添加剂中酸味剂会降低番茄红素的稳定性,其他的添加剂影响不大,有些食品添加剂有护色作用;金属离子中Na+、K+、Mg2+、Ca2+、Zn2+、Al3+、对微乳液中番茄红素稳定性影响不大,而且都有一定的护色作用,特别是Ca2+护色作用比较好。Fe3+、Cu2+对微乳液中番茄红素破坏较大。所以存放番茄红素微乳

  17. Polyelectrolyte Multilayers: Towards Single Cell Studies

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    Full Text Available Single cell analysis (SCA is nowadays recognized as one of the key tools for diagnostics and fundamental cell biology studies. The Layer-by-layer (LbL polyelectrolyte assembly is a rather new but powerful technique to produce multilayers. It allows to model the extracellular matrix in terms of its chemical and physical properties. Utilization of the multilayers for SCA may open new avenues in SCA because of the triple role of the multilayer film: (i high capacity for various biomolecules; (ii natural mimics of signal molecule diffusion to a cell and (iii cell patterning opportunities. Besides, light-triggered release from multilayer films offers a way to deliver biomolecules with high spatio-temporal resolution. Here we review recent works showing strong potential to use multilayers for SCA and address accordingly the following issues: biomolecule loading, cell patterning, and light-triggered release.

  18. Stereoregularity Drives Precipitation in Polyelectrolyte Complex Formation (United States)

    Tirrell, Matthew; Perry, Sarah; Leon, Lorraine; Kade, Matthew; Priftis, Dimitris; Black, Katie; Hoffman, Kyle; Whitmer, Jonathan; Qin, Jian; de Pablo, Juan


    This study investigates the effect of stereoregularity on the formation of polypeptide-based complex formation and assembly into micelles, hydrogels and ordered phases. We demonstrate that fluid complex coacervate formation (rather than solid complex precipitation) between oppositely charged polypeptides requires at least one racemic partner in order to disrupt backbone hydrogen bonding networks and prevent the hydrophobic collapse of the polymers into compact, fibrillar secondary structures. Computer simulations bear this out and enable visualization of the molecular structure of the complexes. The ability to choose between conditions of fluid phase formation and solid phase formation is a useful tool in developing new self-assembled materials based on polyelectrolyte complex formation. Support from the Argonne National Laboratory Laboratory Research and Development Program (2011-217) is gratefully acknowledged.

  19. Hydrophobically modified polyelectrolytes: Characterization, aggregation and adsorption (United States)

    Islam, Mohammad Ferdous

    The focus of our work was to experimentally study the aggregation and adsorption behavior of model HM polyelectrolytes. Hydrophobically modified alkali soluble emulsions (HASE), the model HM polyelectrolytes, were chosen because they had complex architecture yet possessed key variables for systematic study. The HASE polymers have methacrylic acid (MAA) and ethyl acrylate (EA) in the backbone with pendent hydrophobic groups. Characterization of a single molecule is an important first step in understanding the aggregation and adsorption of these polymers. However, characterizations of the HASE polymers using conventional techniques such as gel permeation chromatography or static light scattering were difficult because of the hydrophobic association. In this study, two different approaches have been taken to prevent the hydrophobic association in aqueous solution: (1) hydrolyze the polymer to cleave the hydrophobic constituents, and (2) use methyl beta-cyclodextrin that has a hydrophobic cavity and a hydrophilic outer shell, to shield the hydrophobes from associating. By taking these two approaches and using gel permeation chromatography (GPC), dynamic (DLS) and static (SLS) light scattering techniques, the molecular weight, hydrodynamic radius and radius of gyration of a single molecule were determined. Except for one chemical site, we were able to determine that branching or grafting did not occur in the polymer chain during synthesis. Our aggregation studies showed that, in aqueous solutions, the HASE polymers formed small aggregates (presumably single micelles of single or a few chains) and large aggregates (presumably formed by bridging between micelles). The radii and masses of the larger aggregates, measured using DLS and SLS, were found to increase with an increase in the polymer concentration, indicating an open association process for the HASE polymers. Our SLS results also showed that, at high salt concentration, the aggregates of the HASE polymer with

  20. Macroion Interaction at Polyelectrolyte Brush Interfaces (United States)

    Qu, Chen


    The effect of macroions, including synthetic polyelectrolytes, DNA and proteins, on the structure and surface properties of charged polymer thin films remains inadequately understood partially due to the complexity involving the hydrophobic effect and the conformational change of polymeric macroions. In this work, we explore a group of inorganic nanocluster based macroions, hydrophilic polyoxometalates (POMs) of robust nanocluster structure and carrying high surface charges (~ 2-42 negative charges) to investigate their interaction with surface tethered poly-2-vinylpyridine (P2VP) brush-like thin films immersed in aqueous solution. We observe the collapse of swollen P2VP chains by adding POM macroions of increased concentration by AFM, QCM and contact goniometer measurements, in sharp contrast to the increased chain stretching by adding monovalent salts. A careful comparison is made between distinct POMs based on their charge, size and chemical nature. These findings serve as a good reference for theoretical model modification and design of new mesoporous composite membranes.

  1. Entropy and enthalpy of polyelectrolyte complexation: Langevin dynamics simulations. (United States)

    Ou, Zhaoyang; Muthukumar, M


    We report a systematic study by Langevin dynamics simulation on the energetics of complexation between two oppositely charged polyelectrolytes of same charge density in dilute solutions of a good solvent with counterions and salt ions explicitly included. The enthalpy of polyelectrolyte complexation is quantified by comparisons of the Coulomb energy before and after complexation. The entropy of polyelectrolyte complexation is determined directly from simulations and compared with that from a mean-field lattice model explicitly accounting for counterion adsorption. At weak Coulomb interaction strengths, e.g., in solvents of high dielectric constant or with weakly charged polyelectrolytes, complexation is driven by a negative enthalpy due to electrostatic attraction between two oppositely charged chains, with counterion release entropy playing only a subsidiary role. In the strong interaction regime, complexation is driven by a large counterion release entropy and opposed by a positive enthalpy change. The addition of salt reduces the enthalpy of polyelectrolyte complexation by screening electrostatic interaction at all Coulomb interaction strengths. The counterion release entropy also decreases in the presence of salt, but the reduction only becomes significant at higher Coulomb interaction strengths. More significantly, in the range of Coulomb interaction strengths appropriate for highly charged polymers in aqueous solutions, complexation enthalpy depends weakly on salt concentration and counterion release entropy exhibits a large variation as a function of salt concentration. Our study quantitatively establishes that polyelectrolyte complexation in highly charged Coulomb systems is of entropic origin.

  2. Effect of synthetic temperature on the dispersion stability of gold nanocolloid produced via electrical explosion of wire. (United States)

    Yun, G S; Bac, L H; Kim, J S; Kwon, Y S; Choi, H S; Kim, J C


    In this study, gold nanocolloid was produced via the electrical explosion of wire in water, for the purpose of medical treatment. Thus, the use of other additives was avoided to stabilize the gold nanocolloid. The temperature of the water that was to be used for explosion was changed, and its effect on the stability of the gold nanocolloid was investigated. The synthetic temperature was varied from ice temperature to 80 degrees C. The morphology and particle size were studied using a transmission electron microscope. The UV-Vis spectra confirmed the formation of gold nanoparticles in the water. The stability of the gold nanocolloid was estimated using the zeta-potential and Turbiscan methods. The results showed that the synthetic temperature affected the stability of the gold nanocolloid. The TEM images of the gold nanoparticles prepared at low temperatures (0 and 20 degrees C) have several big particles. But, when the synthetic temperature was increased to 80 degrees C, most of the nanoparticles formed a spherical shape, without neck connection. Better stability was obtained in the gold nanocolloid sample prepared at a higher temperature. The gold nanocolloid that was synthesized at 80 degrees C was stable for more than three months, with small sedimentation.

  3. Hot melt extrusion for amorphous solid dispersions: temperature and moisture activated drug-polymer interactions for enhanced stability. (United States)

    Sarode, Ashish L; Sandhu, Harpreet; Shah, Navnit; Malick, Waseem; Zia, Hossein


    Hot melt extrudates (HMEs) of indomethacin (IND) with Eudragit EPO and Kollidon VA 64 and those of itraconazole (ITZ) with HPMCAS-LF and Kollidon VA 64 were manufactured using a Leistritz twin screw extruder. The milled HMEs were stored at controlled temperature and humidity conditions. The samples were collected after specified time periods for 3 months. The stability of amorphous HMEs was assessed using moisture analysis, thermal evaluation, powder X-ray diffraction, FTIR, HPLC, and dissolution study. In general, the moisture content increased with time, temperature, and humidity levels. Amorphous ITZ was physically unstable at very high temperature and humidity levels, and its recrystallization was detected in the HMEs manufactured using Kollidon VA 64. Although physical stability of IND was better sustained by both Eudragit EPO and Kollidon VA 64, chemical degradation of the drug was identified in the stability samples of HMEs with Eudragit EPO stored at 50 °C. The dissolution rates and the supersaturation levels were significantly decreased for the stability samples in which crystallization was detected. Interestingly, the supersaturation was improved for the stability samples of IND:Eudragit EPO and ITZ:HPMCAS-LF, in which no physical or chemical instability was observed. This enhancement in supersaturation was attributed to the temperature and moisture activated electrostatic interactions between the drugs and their counterionic polymers.

  4. Stability of zinc oxide nanofluids prepared with aggregated nanocrystalline powders. (United States)

    Leonard, J P; Chung, S J; Nettleship, I; Soong, Y; Martello, D V; Chyu, M K


    Aqueous zinc oxide (ZnO) suspensions were prepared using a two-step preparation method in which an aggregated nanocrystalline ZnO powder was dispersed in water using a polyelectrolyte. The fluid showed anomalously high thermal conductivity when compared with the Maxwell and Hamilton-Crosser predictions. However, analysis of the particle size distribution showed that the fluid contained aggregated 20 nm crystallites of ZnO with a high volume fraction of particles larger than 100 nm. Sedimentation experiments revealed that particles settled out of the stationary fluid over times ranging from 0.1 hours to well over 10,000 hours. The size of the particles remaining in suspension agreed well with predictions made using Stoke's law, suggesting flocculation was not occurring in the fluids. Finally, a new concept of nanofluid stability is introduced based on the height of the fluid, sedimentation, Brownian motion and the kinetic energy of the particles.

  5. Microencapsulation of Ginger Volatile Oil Based on Gelatin/Sodium Alginate Polyelectrolyte Complex. (United States)

    Wang, Lixia; Yang, Shiwei; Cao, Jinli; Zhao, Shaohua; Wang, Wuwei


    The coacervation between gelatin and sodium alginate for ginger volatile oil (GVO) microencapsulation as functions of mass ratio, pH and concentration of wall material and core material load was evaluated. The microencapsulation was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). SEM and FT-IR studies indicated the formation of polyelectrolyte complexation between gelatin and sodium alginate and successful encapsulation of GVO into the microcapsules. Thermal property study showed that the crosslinked microparticles exhibited higher thermal stability than the neat GVO, gelatin, and sodium alginate. The stability of microencapsulation of GVO in a simulated gastric and an intestinal situation in vitro was also studied. The stability results indicated that the release of GVO from microcapsules was much higher in simulated intestinal fluid, compared with that in simulated-gastric fluid.

  6. Disposition and association of the steric stabilizer Pluronic® F127 in lyotropic liquid crystalline nanostructured particle dispersions. (United States)

    Tilley, Adam J; Drummond, Calum J; Boyd, Ben J


    Liquid crystalline nanostructured particles, such as cubosomes and hexosomes, are most often colloidally stabilised using the tri-block co-polymer Pluronic® F127. Although the effect of F127 on the internal particle nanostructure has been well studied, the associative aspects of F127 with cubosomes and hexosomes are poorly understood. In this study the quantitative association of F127 with phytantriol-based cubosomes and hexosomes was investigated. The amount of free F127 in the dispersions was determined using pressure ultra-filtration. The percentage of F127 associated with the particles plateaued with increasing F127 concentration above the critical aggregation concentration. Hence the free concentration of F127 in the dispersion medium was proposed as a key factor governing association below the CMC, and partitioning of F127 between micelles and particles occurred above the CMC. The association of F127 with the particles was irreversible on dilution. The F127 associated with both the external and internal surfaces of the phytantriol cubosomes. The effects of lipid and F127 concentration, lipid type, dilution of the dispersions and internal nanostructure were also elucidated. A greater amount of F127 was associated with cubosomes comprised of glyceryl monooleate (GMO) than those prepared using phytantriol. Hexosomes prepared using a mixture of phytantriol and vitamin E acetate (vitEA) had a greater amount of F127 associated with them than phytantriol cubosomes. Hexosomes prepared using selachyl alcohol had less F127 associated with them than phytantriol:vitEA-based hexosomes and GMO-based cubosomes. This indicated that both the lipid from which the particles are composed and the particle internal nanostructure have an influence on the association of F127 with lyotropic liquid crystalline nanostructured particles. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Structural study of coacervation in protein-polyelectrolyte complexes (United States)

    Chodankar, S.; Aswal, V. K.; Kohlbrecher, J.; Vavrin, R.; Wagh, A. G.


    Coacervation is a dense liquid-liquid phase separation and herein we report coacervation of protein bovine serum albumin (BSA) in the presence of polyelectrolyte sodium polystyrene sulfonate (NaPSS) under varying solution conditions. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements have been performed on above protein-polyelectrolyte complexes to study the structural evolution of the process that leads to coacervation and the phase separated coacervate as a function of solution pH , protein-polyelectrolyte ratio and ionic strength. SANS study prior to phase separation on the BSA-NaPSS complex shows a fractal structure representing a necklace model of protein macromolecules randomly distributed along the polystyrene sulfonate chain. The fractal dimension of the complex decreases as pH is shifted away from the isoelectric point (˜4.7) of BSA protein, which indicates the decrease in the compactness of the complex structure due to increase in the charge repulsion between the protein macromolecules bound to the polyelectrolyte. Concentration-dependence studies of the polyelectrolyte in the complex suggest coexistence of two populations of polyelectrolytes, first one fully saturated with proteins and another one free from proteins. Coacervation phase has been obtained through the turbidity measurement by varying pH of the aqueous solution containing protein and polyelectrolyte from neutral to acidic regime to get them to where the two components are oppositely charged. The spontaneous formation of coacervates is observed for pH values less than 4. SANS study on coacervates shows two length scales related to complex aggregations (mesh size and overall extent of the complex) hierarchically branched to form a larger network. The mesh size represents the distance between cross-linked points in the primary complex, which decreases with increase in ionic strength and remains the same on varying the protein-polyelectrolyte ratio. On the other hand, the overall extent of the

  8. Diffusion of Oligonucleotides from within Iron-Crosslinked Polyelectrolyte-Modified Alginate Beads: A Model System for Drug Release

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    Privman, Vladimir; Luz, Roberto A S; Guz, Nataliia; Glasser, M Lawrence; Katz, Evgeny


    We developed and experimentally verified an analytical model to describe diffusion of oligonucleotides from stable hydrogel beads. The synthesized alginate beads are Fe3+-cross-linked as well as polyelectrolyte-doped for uniformity and stability at physiological pH. Data on diffusion of oligonucleotides from inside the beads provide physical insights into the volume nature of the immobilization of a fraction of oligonucleotides due to polyelectrolyte cross-linking, i.e., the absence of the surface-layer barrier in this case. Furthermore, our results suggest a new simple approach to measuring the diffusion coefficient of the mobile oligonucleotide molecules inside hydrogel. The considered alginate beads provide a model for a well-defined component in drug release systems and for the oligonucleotide-release transduction steps in drug-delivering and biocomputing applications. This is illustrated by destabilizing the beads with citrate that induces full oligonucleotide release with non-diffusional kinetics.

  9. Sustained, Controlled and Stimuli-Responsive Drug Release Systems Based on Nanoporous Anodic Alumina with Layer-by-Layer Polyelectrolyte (United States)

    Porta-i-Batalla, Maria; Eckstein, Chris; Xifré-Pérez, Elisabet; Formentín, Pilar; Ferré-Borrull, J.; Marsal, Lluis F.


    Controlled drug delivery systems are an encouraging solution to some drug disadvantages such as reduced solubility, deprived biodistribution, tissue damage, fast breakdown of the drug, cytotoxicity, or side effects. Self-ordered nanoporous anodic alumina is an auspicious material for drug delivery due to its biocompatibility, stability, and controllable pore geometry. Its use in drug delivery applications has been explored in several fields, including therapeutic devices for bone and dental tissue engineering, coronary stent implants, and carriers for transplanted cells. In this work, we have created and analyzed a stimuli-responsive drug delivery system based on layer-by-layer pH-responsive polyelectrolyte and nanoporous anodic alumina. The results demonstrate that it is possible to control the drug release using a polyelectrolyte multilayer coating that will act as a gate.

  10. Fabrication of hybrid graphene oxide/polyelectrolyte capsules by means of layer-by-layer assembly on erythrocyte cell templates. (United States)

    Irigoyen, Joseba; Politakos, Nikolaos; Diamanti, Eleftheria; Rojas, Elena; Marradi, Marco; Ledezma, Raquel; Arizmendi, Layza; Rodríguez, J Alberto; Ziolo, Ronald F; Moya, Sergio E


    A novel and facile method was developed to produce hybrid graphene oxide (GO)-polyelectrolyte (PE) capsules using erythrocyte cells as templates. The capsules are easily produced through the layer-by-layer technique using alternating polyelectrolyte layers and GO sheets. The amount of GO and therefore its coverage in the resulting capsules can be tuned by adjusting the concentration of the GO dispersion during the assembly. The capsules retain the approximate shape and size of the erythrocyte template after the latter is totally removed by oxidation with NaOCl in water. The PE/GO capsules maintain their integrity and can be placed or located on other surfaces such as in a device. When the capsules are dried in air, they collapse to form a film that is approximately twice the thickness of the capsule membrane. AFM images in the present study suggest a film thickness of approx. 30 nm for the capsules in the collapsed state implying a thickness of approx. 15 nm for the layers in the collapsed capsule membrane. The polyelectrolytes used in the present study were polyallylamine hydrochloride (PAH) and polystyrenesulfonate sodium salt (PSS). Capsules where characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and Raman microscopy, the constituent layers by zeta potential and GO by TEM, XRD, and Raman and FTIR spectroscopies.

  11. Fabrication of hybrid graphene oxide/polyelectrolyte capsules by means of layer-by-layer assembly on erythrocyte cell templates

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    Joseba Irigoyen


    Full Text Available A novel and facile method was developed to produce hybrid graphene oxide (GO–polyelectrolyte (PE capsules using erythrocyte cells as templates. The capsules are easily produced through the layer-by-layer technique using alternating polyelectrolyte layers and GO sheets. The amount of GO and therefore its coverage in the resulting capsules can be tuned by adjusting the concentration of the GO dispersion during the assembly. The capsules retain the approximate shape and size of the erythrocyte template after the latter is totally removed by oxidation with NaOCl in water. The PE/GO capsules maintain their integrity and can be placed or located on other surfaces such as in a device. When the capsules are dried in air, they collapse to form a film that is approximately twice the thickness of the capsule membrane. AFM images in the present study suggest a film thickness of approx. 30 nm for the capsules in the collapsed state implying a thickness of approx. 15 nm for the layers in the collapsed capsule membrane. The polyelectrolytes used in the present study were polyallylamine hydrochloride (PAH and polystyrenesulfonate sodium salt (PSS. Capsules where characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, atomic force microscopy (AFM, dynamic light scattering (DLS and Raman microscopy, the constituent layers by zeta potential and GO by TEM, XRD, and Raman and FTIR spectroscopies.

  12. Adsorption of a synthetic heparinoid polyelectrolyte on an ion-exchanging surface

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    Froehling, Peter E.; Bantjes, Adriaan; Kolar, Z.


    The adsorption of a synthetic heparinoid polyelectrolyte on poly(vinylchloride) previously treated with tridodecylmethylammonium chloride (TDMAC) was studied using radiotracer techniques to provide a more quantitative picture of antithrombogenic surface coatings. 125I-labeled polyelectrolyte was use

  13. Influence of scandium addition on the high-temperature grain size stabilization of oxide-dispersion-strengthened (ODS) ferritic alloy

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    Li, Lulu, E-mail:; Xu, Weizong; Saber, Mostafa; Zhu, Yuntian; Koch, Carl C.; Scattergood, Ronald O.


    The influence of 1–4 at% Sc addition on the thermal stability of mechanically alloyed ODS ferritic alloy was studied in this work. Sc addition was found to significantly stabilize grain size and microhardness at high temperatures. Grain sizes of samples with 1 and 4 at% Sc was found maintained in the nanoscale range at temperatures up to 1000 °C with hardness maintained at 5.6 and 6.7 GPa, respectively. The detailed microstructure was also investigated from EDS elemental mapping, where nanofeatures [ScTiO] were observed, while nanosized [YTiO] particles were rarely seen. This is probably due to the concentration difference between Sc and Y, leading to the formation of [ScTiO] favoring that of [YTiO]. Precipitation was considered as the major source for the observed high temperature stabilization. In addition, 14YT–Sc alloys without large second phases such as Ti-oxide can exhibit better performance compared to conventional ODS materials.

  14. Dielectric and electro-optical properties of polymer-stabilized liquid crystal. II. Polymer PiBMA dispersed in MBBA (United States)

    Tripathi, Pankaj Kumar; Pande, Mukti; Singh, Shri


    In continuation of our earlier work (Pande et al. in Appl Phys A 122:217-226, 2016), we report the results of dielectric and electro-optical properties of pure MBBA and PSLC (polymer PiBMA dispersed in MBBA) systems. The polymer networks domains formed are found to be anisotropic and are oriented in the direction of electric field for both the planar and homeotropic alignment cells. The dielectric anisotropy, optical anisotropy, response time, threshold voltage, splay elastic constant and rotational viscosity were observed for both the LC and PSLC systems with electric field. The liquid crystal properties are affected significantly with increasing concentration of polymer in pure LC material. It has been observed that the polymer networks interaction plays a major role in changing the properties of PSLC system. The effect of dielectric loss and dielectric permittivity on both pure LC and PSLC systems is also discussed.

  15. Prospective microglia and brain macrophage distribution pattern in normal rat brain shows age sensitive dispersal and stabilization with development. (United States)

    Ghosh, Payel; Mukherjee, Nabanita; Ghosh, Krishnendu; Mallick, Suvadip; Pal, Chiranjib; Laskar, Aparna; Ghosh, Anirban


    The monocytic lineage cells in brain, generally speaking brain macrophage and/or microglia show some dissimilar distribution patterns and disagreement regarding their origin and onset in brain. Here, we investigated its onset and distribution/colonization pattern in normal brain with development. Primarily, early and late embryonic stages, neonate and adult brains were sectioned for routine H/E staining; a modified silver-gold staining was used for discriminating monocytic lineage cells in brain; and TEM to deliver ultramicroscopic details of these cells in brain. Immunofluorescence study with CD11b marker revealed the distribution of active microglia/macrophage like cells. Overall, in early embryonic day 12, the band of densely stained cells are found at the margin of developing ventricles and cells sprout from there dispersed towards the outer edge. However, with development, this band shrunk and the dispersion trend decreased. The deeply stained macrophage like cell population migration from outer cortex to ventricle observed highest in late embryonic days, continued with decreased amount in neonates and settled down in adult. In adult, a few blood borne macrophage like cells were observed through the vascular margins. TEM study depicted less distinguishable features of cells in brain in early embryo, whereas from late embryo to adult different neuroglial populations and microglia/macrophages showed distinctive features and organization in brain. CD11b expression showed some similarity, though not fully, with the distribution pattern depending on the differentiation/activation status of these macrophage lineage cells. This study provides some generalized spatial and temporal pattern of macrophage/microglia distribution in rat brain, and further indicates some intrigue areas that need to be addressed.

  16. Multilayered Polyelectrolyte Films:A Tool for Biomaterial Coatings and Tissue Engineering?

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    Jean-Claude; VOEGEL; Joёlle; OGIER; Catherine; PICART; Nadia; JESSEL; Philippe; LAVALLE; Vincent; BALL; Bernard; SENGER; Pierre; SCHAAF


    1 Physicochemical aspects of multilayered polyelectrolyte films Multilayered polyelectrolyte films are obtained by alternated depositions on a solid surface of polyanions and polycations~([1]). The driving force for the build-up results from the charge excess which appears on the top of the film after each new polyelectrolyte adsorption. The film top becomes thus positively (respectively negatively) charged when the film is ending by a polycation (respectively polyanion). Various polyelectrolyte systems hav...

  17. Charged colloids, polyelectrolytes and biomolecules viewed as strongly coupled Coulomb systems

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    Löwen, H; Likos, C N; Blaak, R; Dzubiella, J; Jusufi, A; Hoffmann, N; Harreis, H M


    A brief review is given on recent studies of charged soft matter solutions, as modelled by the 'primitive' approach of strongly coupled Coulomb systems, where the solvent just enters as a dielectric background. These include charged colloids, biological macromolecules such as proteins and DNA, polyelectrolytes and polyelectrolyte stars. Also some original results are presented on colloid-polyelectrolyte complex formation near walls and on the anomalous fluid structure of polyelectrolyte stars as a function of increasing concentration.

  18. Sucrose ester stabilized solid lipid nanoparticles and nanostructured lipid carriers: II. Evaluation of the imidazole antifungal drug-loaded nanoparticle dispersions and their gel formulations (United States)

    Das, Surajit; Kiong Ng, Wai; Tan, Reginald B. H.


    This study focused on: (i) feasibility of the previously developed sucrose ester stabilized SLNs and NLCs to encapsulate different imidazole antifungal drugs and (ii) preparation and evaluation of topical gel formulations of those SLNs and NLCs. Three imidazole antifungal drugs; clotrimazole, ketoconazole and climbazole were selected for this study. The results suggested that size, size distribution and drug encapsulation efficiency depend on the drug molecule and type of nanoparticles (SLN/NLC). The drug release experiment always showed faster drug release from NLCs than SLNs when the same drug molecule was loaded in both nanoparticles. However, drug release rate from both SLNs and NLCs followed the order of climbazole > ketoconazole > clotrimazole. NLCs demonstrated better physicochemical stability than SLNs in the case of all drugs. The drug release rate from ketoconazole- and clotrimazole-loaded SLNs became faster after three months than a fresh formulation. There was no significant change in drug release rate from climbazole-loaded SLNs and all drug-loaded NLCs. Gel formulations of SLNs and NLCs were prepared using polycarbophil polymer. Continuous flow measurements demonstrated non-Newtonian flow with shear-thinning behavior and thixotropy. Oscillation measurements depicted viscoelasticity of the gel formulations. Similar to nanoparticle dispersion, drug release rate from SLN- and NLC-gel was in the order of climbazole > ketoconazole > clotrimazole. However, significantly slower drug release was noticed from all gel formulations than their nanoparticle counterparts. Unlike nanoparticle dispersions, no significant difference in drug release from gel formulations containing SLNs and NLCs was observed for each drug. This study concludes that gel formulation of imidazole drug-loaded SLNs and NLCs can be used for sustained/prolonged topical delivery of the drugs.

  19. Sucrose ester stabilized solid lipid nanoparticles and nanostructured lipid carriers. II. Evaluation of the imidazole antifungal drug-loaded nanoparticle dispersions and their gel formulations. (United States)

    Das, Surajit; Ng, Wai Kiong; Tan, Reginald B H


    This study focused on: (i) feasibility of the previously developed sucrose ester stabilized SLNs and NLCs to encapsulate different imidazole antifungal drugs and (ii) preparation and evaluation of topical gel formulations of those SLNs and NLCs. Three imidazole antifungal drugs; clotrimazole, ketoconazole and climbazole were selected for this study. The results suggested that size, size distribution and drug encapsulation efficiency depend on the drug molecule and type of nanoparticles (SLN/NLC). The drug release experiment always showed faster drug release from NLCs than SLNs when the same drug molecule was loaded in both nanoparticles. However, drug release rate from both SLNs and NLCs followed the order of climbazole > ketoconazole > clotrimazole. NLCs demonstrated better physicochemical stability than SLNs in the case of all drugs. The drug release rate from ketoconazole- and clotrimazole-loaded SLNs became faster after three months than a fresh formulation. There was no significant change in drug release rate from climbazole-loaded SLNs and all drug-loaded NLCs. Gel formulations of SLNs and NLCs were prepared using polycarbophil polymer. Continuous flow measurements demonstrated non-Newtonian flow with shear-thinning behavior and thixotropy. Oscillation measurements depicted viscoelasticity of the gel formulations. Similar to nanoparticle dispersion, drug release rate from SLN- and NLC-gel was in the order of climbazole > ketoconazole > clotrimazole. However, significantly slower drug release was noticed from all gel formulations than their nanoparticle counterparts. Unlike nanoparticle dispersions, no significant difference in drug release from gel formulations containing SLNs and NLCs was observed for each drug. This study concludes that gel formulation of imidazole drug-loaded SLNs and NLCs can be used for sustained/prolonged topical delivery of the drugs.

  20. Protein adsorption in polyelectrolyte brush type cation-exchangers. (United States)

    Khalaf, Rushd; Coquebert de Neuville, Bertrand; Morbidelli, Massimo


    Ion exchange chromatography materials functionalized with polyelectrolyte brushes (PEB) are becoming an integral part of many protein purification steps. Adsorption onto these materials is different than that onto traditional materials, due to the 3D partitioning of proteins into the polyelectrolyte brushes. Despite this mechanistic difference, many works have described the chromatographic behavior of proteins on polyelectrolyte brush type ion exchangers with much of the same methods as used for traditional materials. In this work, unconventional chromatographic behavior on polyelectrolyte brush type materials is observed for several proteins: the peaks shapes reveal first anti-Langmuirian and then Langmuirian types of interactions, with increasing injection volumes. An experimental and model based description of these materials is carried out in order to explain this behavior. The reason for this behavior is shown to be the 3D partitioning of proteins into the polyelectrolyte brushes: proteins that fully and readily utilize the 3D structure of the PEB phase during adsorption show this behavior, whereas those that do not show traditional ion exchange behavior.

  1. Characteristics of model polyelectrolyte multilayer films containing laponite clay nanoparticles. (United States)

    Elzbieciak, M; Wodka, D; Zapotoczny, S; Nowak, P; Warszynski, P


    Polyelectrolyte films structure formed by the "layer-by-layer" (LbL) technique can be enriched by addition of charged nanoparticles like carbon nanotubes and silver or hydroxyapatite nanoparticles, which can improve properties of the polyelectrolyte films or modify their functionality. In our paper we examined the formation and properties of model polyelectrolyte multilayers containing a synthetic layered silicate, Laponite. The Laponite nanoparticles were incorporated into multilayer films, which were formed from weak, branched polycation PEI and strong polyanion PSS. Since charge of PEI is pH-dependent, we build up multilayer films in two deposition conditions: pH = 6 when PEI was strongly charged and pH = 10.5 when charge density of PEI was low. Thicknesses of the films constructed with various numbers of Laponite layers were measured by single wavelength ellipsometry. We also determined the differences in permeability for selected electroactive molecules using cyclic voltamperometry. Properties of the films containing clay nanoparticles were compared with model polyelectrolyte multilayer films PEI/PSS formed at the same conditions. We found that Laponite nanoparticles strongly influenced PEI/PSS multilayer film properties. Replacement of PSS by Laponite eliminated the oscillations of the film thickness in the case when PEI was weakly charged. PSS layer adsorbed on top of PEI/Laponite bilayers increased the thickness of multilayer films and improved their barrier properties so synergistic effects between these properties for polyelectrolytes and Laponite nanoparticles could be observed.

  2. Salt Effect on Osmotic Pressure of Polyelectrolyte Solutions: Simulation Study

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    Jan-Michael Y. Carrillo


    Full Text Available Abstract: We present results of the hybrid Monte Carlo/molecular dynamics simulations of the osmotic pressure of salt solutions of polyelectrolytes. In our simulations, we used a coarse-grained representation of polyelectrolyte chains, counterions and salt ions. During simulation runs, we alternate Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulation steps. Monte Carlo steps were used to perform small ion exchange between simulation box containing salt ions (salt reservoir and simulation box with polyelectrolyte chains, counterions and salt ions (polyelectrolyte solution. This allowed us to model Donnan equilibrium and partitioning of salt and counterions across membrane impermeable to polyelectrolyte chains. Our simulations have shown that the main contribution to the system osmotic pressure is due to salt ions and osmotically active counterions. The fraction of the condensed (osmotically inactive counterions first increases with decreases in the solution ionic strength then it saturates. The reduced value of the system osmotic coefficient is a universal function of the ratio of the concentration of osmotically active counterions and salt concentration in salt reservoir. Simulation results are in a very good agreement with osmotic pressure measurements in sodium polystyrene sulfonate, DNA, polyacrylic acid, sodium polyanetholesulfonic acid, polyvinylbenzoic acid, and polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride solutions.

  3. Polyelectrolyte (PE) induced interactions between Charged and zwitterionic Colloids (United States)

    Pryamitsyn, Victor; Ganesan, Venkat


    A numerical self-consistent field (SCF) theory approach was developed for studying mixture of polyelectrolytes with charged and uncharged nanoparticles. Such an approach was used to analyze within the mean-field limit the polyelectrolyte-mediated effective interactions between the particles. The system considered allows for the local PE and particle charges to be defined by the local concentration of ionizable on groups on the particles and polyelectrolytes, ambient conditions like pH and the local electrostatic potential. Calculation of the free energy of a system of one, two and three particles in the polyelectrolyte solution allowdd us to calculate the particle insertion free energy, two and three body particle-particle interactions as a function of the properties of solution, polymer-particle interactions and the particle size. For the situation involving acidic PE and a base type positively charged particles, the PE mediated particle-particle interaction is purely repulsive for the larger particle-particle distances at low polymer concentrations. At short-particle particle distances and/or higher polyelectrolyte concentrations the particle-particle interaction becomes a depletion-type attraction. For Zwitterionic positively chaged paticles particles we have found a a range

  4. Electrostatic Self-Assembled Multilayers from Side Chain Azo Polyelectrolytes

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    庹新林; 陈峥; 邓永红; 王晓工; 刘德山


    Photoresponsive behavior and self-assembly properties of three side chain azo polyelectrolytes, poly (2-(4-phenylazophenoxy) ethanol-co-acrylic acid) (PPAPE), poly (2-(4-(4′-nitrophenylazo) phenoxy) ethanol-co-acrylic acid) (PNAPE), and poly (2-(4-(4′-ethoxyphenylazo) phenoxy) ethanol-co-acrylic acid) (PEAPE), were studied. These polyelectrolytes with different degrees of functionalization of azo chromophores were fabricated into nano-composite multilayers using two types of dipping solutions through a layer-by-layer electrostatic self-assembling process. Results show that the ratio between tetrahydrofuran (THF) and H2O significantly influences the photoresponsive behavior of PNAPE in THF-H2O mixture. The THF-H2O dipping solution, used in this work for self-assembly of hydrophobic polyelectrolytes, is proved to be as applicable as aqueous dipping solution for normal self-assembly of hydrophobic polyelectrolytes. However, significant differences in the multilayer growth between the two systems were also observed, which resulted from the remarkable difference of the existing forms of the polyelectrolytes in these two dipping solutions.

  5. Rapid assessment of sedimentation stability in dispersions using near infrared transmission measurements during centrifugation and oscillatory rheology. (United States)

    Kuentz, Martin; Röthlisberger, Dieter


    We used the LUMiFuge) 114 particle separation analyser to investigate the sedimentation kinetics of bentonite/xanthan gum mixtures through pH 2-7 during centrifugation. This new technique monitors timed near infrared transmission profiles of different samples in the centrifugal field. Statistical analysis of the data then identifies the formulations with minimal clarification tendency. All mixtures were characterised by rotational and oscillatory rheology. Various rheological parameters correlated with the LUMiFuge clarification data, most notably the relaxation exponent, n and loss tangent, tan delta. We devised a combined desirability function for the different mixtures, defining maximal desirability as the minimal values for the two oscillatory parameters. The results matched those of separation analysis in the centrifugal field.We conclude that the experimental design is suitable for selecting formulations with optimal sedimentation stability whether combined with LUMiFuge analysis or oscillatory measurements. The method can be used to screen formulations for optimal long-term stability test performance, with significant potential savings and minimal sedimentation risk after prolonged storage.


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    I. M. Neelov


    Full Text Available The paper deals with investigation of the conformational properties of some charged homopolypeptides in dilute aqueous solutions by computer simulation. A method of molecular dynamics for the full-atomic models of polyaspartic acid and polylysine with explicit account of water and counter-ions is used for this purpose. For systems containing these polypeptides we calculated time trajectories and the size, shape, distribution functions and time correlation functions of inertia radius and the distances between the ends of peptide chains. We have also calculated the solvatation characteristics of considered polyelectrolytes. We have found out that polyaspartic acid in dilute aqueous solution has more compact structure and more spherical shape than polylysine. We have shown that these differences are due to different interaction between the polypeptides and water molecules (in particular, the quality and quantity of hydrogen bonds formed by these peptides with water, and the difference in an amount of ion pairs formed by the charged groups of the peptides and counter-ions. The obtained results should be taken into account for elaboration of new products based on the investigated peptides and their usage in various industrial and biomedical applications.

  7. Macroion induced dehydration of weak polyelectrolyte brushes (United States)

    Zheng, Zhongli; Zhu, Y. Elaine


    The interaction of macroions, including polyelectrolytes, DNAs, and proteins, with polymer and cellular surfaces is critically related to many biomolecular activities, such as protein adsorption and DNA hybridization at probe surfaces. In an experimental approach to examine the macroion electrostatic interaction with a polymer surface while minimizing the long-debated hydrophobic interaction, we study the interaction of molybdenum-based inorganic polyoxometalate (POM) nanoclusters carrying 42 negative charges as model hydrophilic macroions with surface-tethered poly-2-vinylpyridine (P2VP) brushes immersed in aqueous solutions. By AFM, QCM, and contact goniometer, we have observed the collapse of P2VP chains by adding POM macroions at a constant pH. Surprisingly, added POM macroions can cause the shift of swollen-to-collapse transition pH to a lower value, in contrast to the shift to high pH value by adding simple monovalent salts. At sufficiently high POM concentration, a stable POM-P2VP composite layer, showing little dependence on solution pH and additional salts, can be formed, suggesting a simple route to construct meso-porous polymer membranes.

  8. Conjugated polyelectrolyte hole transport layer for inverted-type perovskite solar cells (United States)

    Choi, Hyosung; Mai, Cheng-Kang; Kim, Hak-Beom; Jeong, Jaeki; Song, Seyeong; Bazan, Guillermo C.; Kim, Jin Young; Heeger, Alan J.


    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite materials offer the potential for realization of low-cost and flexible next-generation solar cells fabricated by low-temperature solution processing. Although efficiencies of perovskite solar cells have dramatically improved up to 19% within the past 5 years, there is still considerable room for further improvement in device efficiency and stability through development of novel materials and device architectures. Here we demonstrate that inverted-type perovskite solar cells with pH-neutral and low-temperature solution-processable conjugated polyelectrolyte as the hole transport layer (instead of acidic PEDOT:PSS) exhibit a device efficiency of over 12% and improved device stability in air. As an alternative to PEDOT:PSS, this work is the first report on the use of an organic hole transport material that enables the formation of uniform perovskite films with complete surface coverage and the demonstration of efficient, stable perovskite/fullerene planar heterojunction solar cells.

  9. Multiple internalization pathways of polyelectrolyte multilayer capsules into mammalian cells. (United States)

    Kastl, Lena; Sasse, Daniel; Wulf, Verena; Hartmann, Raimo; Mircheski, Josif; Ranke, Christiane; Carregal-Romero, Susana; Martínez-López, José Antonio; Fernández-Chacón, Rafael; Parak, Wolfgang J; Elsasser, Hans-Peter; Rivera Gil, Pilar


    Polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) capsules are carrier vehicles with great potential for biomedical applications. With the future aim of designing biocompatible, effective therapeutic delivery systems (e.g., for cancer), the pathway of internalization (uptake and fate) of PEM capsules was investigated. In particular the following experiments were performed: (i) the study of capsule co-localization with established endocytic markers, (ii) switching-off endocytotic pathways with pharmaceutical/chemical inhibitors, and (iii) characterization and quantification of capsule uptake with confocal and electron microscopy. As result, capsules co-localized with lipid rafts and with phagolysosomes, but not with other endocytic vesicles. Chemical interference of endocytosis with chemical blockers indicated that PEM capsules enter the investigated cell lines through a mechanism slightly sensitive to electrostatic interactions, independent of clathrin and caveolae, and strongly dependent on cholesterol-rich domains and organelle acidification. Microscopic characterization of cells during capsule uptake showed the formation of phagocytic cups (vesicles) to engulf the capsules, an increased number of mitochondria, and a final localization in the perinuclear cytoplasma. Combining all these indicators we conclude that PEM capsule internalization in general occurs as a combination of different sequential mechanisms. Initially, an adsorptive mechanism due to strong electrostatic interactions governs the stabilization of the capsules at the cell surface. Membrane ruffling and filopodia extensions are responsible for capsule engulfing through the formation of a phagocytic cup. Co-localization with lipid raft domains activates the cell to initiate a lipid-raft-mediated macropinocytosis. Internalization vesicles are very acidic and co-localize only with phagolysosome markers, excluding caveolin-mediated pathways and indicating that upon phagocytosis the capsules are sorted to

  10. Polyelectrolyte complex/PVA membranes for diffusion dialysis. (United States)

    Wang, Cong; Wu, Cuiming; Wu, Yonghui; Gu, Jingjing; Xu, Tongwen


    Polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs)/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) membranes are prepared from PVA, anion exchange and cation exchange multisilicon copolymers, which contain plenty of functional groups of OH, N(+)(CH3)3/Si(OCH3)3, and SO3Na/Si(OCH3)3, respectively. The OH and Si(OCH3)3 groups can undertake sol-gel reaction to form crosslinking structure, while the N(+)(CH3)3 and SO3Na groups can be combined through electrostatic interaction. The PECs/PVA membranes exhibit improved thermal stability, swelling resistance and flexibility as compared with single anion or cation exchange hybrid membranes. The PECs/PVA membranes have the water uptakes (WR) of 25.3-70.4%, initial decomposition temperatures (IDTs) of 246-285°C, tensile strength of 23.1-33.8 MPa, and elongation at break of 3.5-13.1%. The membranes can be potentially applied for both acid and alkali recovery through diffusion dialysis (DD) process. The separation factor (S) for HCl/FeCl2 mixture can reach up to 89.9, which is about five times higher than that of commercial DF-120 membrane (18.5 at 25°C). The dialysis coefficients of NaOH (UOH) are in the range of 0.014-0.019 m/h, around 7-9 times higher than the value of commercial SPPO membrane (0.002 m/h at 25°C). The membranes also show potential usefulness for industrial acidic and alkali wastes treatment.

  11. Stabilization

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    Muhammad H. Al-Malack


    Full Text Available Fuel oil flyash (FFA produced in power and water desalination plants firing crude oils in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is being disposed in landfills, which increases the burden on the environment, therefore, FFA utilization must be encouraged. In the current research, the effect of adding FFA on the engineering properties of two indigenous soils, namely sand and marl, was investigated. FFA was added at concentrations of 5%, 10% and 15% to both soils with and without the addition of Portland cement. Mixtures of the stabilized soils were thoroughly evaluated using compaction, California Bearing Ratio (CBR, unconfined compressive strength (USC and durability tests. Results of these tests indicated that stabilized sand mixtures could not attain the ACI strength requirements. However, marl was found to satisfy the ACI strength requirement when only 5% of FFA was added together with 5% of cement. When the FFA was increased to 10% and 15%, the mixture’s strength was found to decrease to values below the ACI requirements. Results of the Toxicity Characteristics Leaching Procedure (TCLP, which was performed on samples that passed the ACI requirements, indicated that FFA must be cautiously used in soil stabilization.

  12. Multifunctional polyelectrolyte microcapsules as a contrast agent for photoacoustic imaging in blood. (United States)

    Yashchenok, Alexey M; Jose, Jithin; Trochet, Philippe; Sukhorukov, Gleb B; Gorin, Dmitry A


    The polyelectrolyte microcapsules that can be accurate either visualized in biological media or in tissue would enhance their further in vivo application both as a carrier of active payloads and as a specific sensor. The immobilization of active species, for instance fluorescent dyes, quantum dots, metal nanoparticles, in polymeric shell enables visualization of capsules by optical imaging techniques in aqueous solution. However, for visualization of capsules in complex media an instrument with high contrast modality requires. Herein, we show for the first time photoacoustic imaging (PAI) of multifunctional microcapsules in water and in blood. The microcapsules exhibit greater photoacoustic intensity compare to microparticles with the same composition of polymeric shell presumably their higher thermal expansion. Photoacoustic intensity form microcapsules dispersed in blood displays an enhancement (2-fold) of signal compare to blood. Photoacoustic imaging of microcapsules might contribute to non-invasive carrier visualization and further their in vivo distribution.

  13. The remarkable activity and stability of a highly dispersive beta-brass Cu-Zn catalyst for the production of ethylene glycol (United States)

    Li, Molly Meng-Jung; Zheng, Jianwei; Qu, Jin; Liao, Fenglin; Raine, Elizabeth; Kuo, Winson C. H.; Su, Shei Sia; Po, Pang; Yuan, Youzhu; Tsang, Shik Chi Edman


    Incorporation of Zn atoms into a nanosize Cu lattice is known to alter the electronic properties of Cu, improving catalytic performance in a number of industrially important reactions. However the structural influence of Zn on the Cu phase is not well studied. Here, we show that Cu nano-clusters modified with increasing concentration of Zn, derived from ZnO support doped with Ga3+, can dramatically enhance their stability against metal sintering. As a result, the hydrogenation of dimethyl oxalate (DMO) to ethylene glycol, an important reaction well known for deactivation from copper nanoparticle sintering, can show greatly enhanced activity and stability with the CuZn alloy catalysts due to no noticeable sintering. HRTEM, nano-diffraction and EXAFS characterization reveal the presence of a small beta-brass CuZn alloy phase (body-centred cubic, bcc) which appears to greatly stabilise Cu atoms from aggregation in accelerated deactivation tests. DFT calculations also indicate that the small bcc CuZn phase is more stable against Cu adatom migration than the fcc CuZn phase with the ability to maintain a higher Cu dispersion on its surface.

  14. Immobilization of hydrogenase on carbon nanotube polyelectrolytes as heterogeneous catalysts for electrocatalytic interconversion of protons and hydrogen (United States)

    Liu, Jiang; Wu, Wen-Jie; Fang, Fang; Zorin, Nikolay A.; Chen, Meng; Qian, Dong-Jin


    Immobilization of active enzymes on the surfaces of electrodes and nanomaterials is important in the fields of bioscience, and biotechnology. In this study, we investigated electrocatalytic properties of the interconversion of protons and hydrogen by means of hydrogenase (H2ase)-functionalized carbon nanotube polyelectrolyte composites. Multiwalled carbon nanotube polyelectrolytes (MWNT-PEs) were synthesized through a diazonium and an addition reaction with poly(4-vinylpyridine) (P4VP), followed by another addition reaction with either methyl iodide (CH3I) or N-methyl- N'-benzyl bromide bipyridinium (VBenBr) to produce MWNT-P4VPMe or MWNT-P4VPBenV polyelectrolytes, respectively. The MWNT-PE@H2ase bio-nanocomposites were then prepared by means of MWNT-PEs as substrates to bind with H2ase. The redox current density of the MWNT-PE@H2ase-modified electrodes increased with a decrease in pH values of the Ar-saturated electrolyte solution owing to the catalytic reduction of protons (H2 production); further, it increased with the increasing pH values of the H2-saturated solution owing to the catalytic oxidation of hydrogen. The reversible color change between blue-colored and colorless viologen (catalyzed by the MWNT-PE@H2ase bio-nanocomposites) suggested that they may be developed as nano-biosensors for molecular H2. The as-synthesized bio-nanocomposites showed strong long-term stability and high bioactivity.

  15. Enhanced survival of probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus by encapsulation with nanostructured polyelectrolyte layers through layer-by-layer approach. (United States)

    Priya, Angel J; Vijayalakshmi, S P; Raichur, Ashok M


    The encapsulation of probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus through layer-by-layer self-assembly of polyelectrolytes (PE) chitosan (CHI) and carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) has been investigated to enhance its survival in adverse conditions encountered in the GI tract. The survival of encapsulated cells in simulated gastric (SGF) and intestinal fluids (SIF) is significant when compared to nonencapsulated cells. On sequential exposure to SGF and SIF for 120 min, almost complete death of free cells is observed. However, for cells coated with three nanolayers of PEs (CHI/CMC/CHI), about 33 log % of the cells (6 log cfu/500 mg) survived under the same conditions. The enhanced survival rate of encapsulated L. acidophilus can be attributed to the impermeability of polyelectrolyte nanolayers to large enzyme molecules like pepsin and pancreatin that cause proteolysis and to the stability of the polyelectrolyte nanolayers in gastric and intestinal pH. The PE coating also serves to reduce viability losses during freezing and freeze-drying. About 73 and 92 log % of uncoated and coated cells survived after freeze-drying, and the losses occurring between freezing and freeze-drying were found to be lower for the coated cells.

  16. Layer-by-layer coating of textile with two oppositely charged cyclodextrin polyelectrolytes for extended drug delivery. (United States)

    Junthip, Jatupol; Tabary, Nicolas; Chai, Feng; Leclercq, Laurent; Maton, Mickael; Cazaux, Frederic; Neut, Christel; Paccou, Laurent; Guinet, Yannick; Staelens, Jean-Noel; Bria, Marc; Landy, David; Hédoux, Alain; Blanchemain, Nicolas; Martel, Bernard


    The coating of a nonwoven textile by polyelectrolyte multilayer film (PEM) issued from cationic and anionic β-cyclodextrin (βCD) polyelectrolytes according to the layer-by-layer (LbL) technique was successfully attempted. The tert-butyl benzoic acid (TBBA) was used as drug model to evaluate the loading capacity and sustained release properties of this PEM system. The build-up of the multilayer assembly was monitored in situ by optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy (OWLS) on the one hand, and was assessed by gravimetry on the other hand when applied onto the textile substrate. In parallel, the complexation study of TBBA with both CD polyelectrolytes was also investigated by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC). The influence of thermal crosslinking of the multilayered coating on its stability and on TBBA release kinetics in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) at 37°C was studied. Finally, biological and microbiological tests were performed to investigate the cytocompatibility and the intrisic antibacterial activity of multilayer assemblies. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 104A: 1408-1424, 2016.

  17. Superhydrophilic Polyelectrolyte Brush Layers with Imparted Anti-Icing Properties

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    Chernyy, Sergey; Järn, Mikael; Shimizu, Kyoko;


    This work demonstrates the feasibility of superhydrophilic polyelectrolyte brush coatings for anti-icing applications. Five different types of ionic and nonionic polymer brush coatings of 25-100 nm thickness were formed on glass substrates using silane chemistry for surface premodification followed......(-), SO4(2-), and C12SO3(-) ions. By consecutive measurements of the strength of ice adhesion toward ion-incorporated polymer brushes on glass it was found that Li(+) ions reduce ice adhesion by 40% at -18 °C and 70% at -10 °C. Ag(+) ions reduce ice adhesion by 80% at -10 °C relative to unmodified glass....... In general, superhydrophilic polyelectrolyte brushes exhibit better anti-icing property at -10 °C compared to partially hydrophobic brushes such as poly(methyl methacrylate) and surfactant exchanged polyelectrolyte brushes. The data are interpreted using the concept of a quasi liquid layer (QLL...

  18. Novel platinum-cobalt alloy nanoparticles dispersed on nitrogen-doped graphene as a cathode electrocatalyst for PEMFC applications

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    Vinayan, Bhaghavathi P.; Nagar, Rupali; Ramaprabhu, Sundara [Alternative Energy and Nanotechnology Laboratory (AENL), Nano Functional Materials Technology Centre (NFMTC), Department of Physics, IITM, Chennai (India); Rajalakshmi, Natarajan [Centre for Fuel Cell Technology, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials, ARCI, IIT Madras Research Park, Taramani, Chennai (India)


    A novel synthesis procedure is devised to obtain nitrogen-doping in hydrogen-exfoliated graphene (HEG) sheets. An anionic polyelectrolyte-conducting polymer duo is used to form a uniform coating of the polymer over graphene sheets. Pyrolysis of graphene coated with polypyrrole, a nitrogen-containing polymer, in an inert environment leads to the incorporation of nitrogen atoms in the graphene network with simultaneous removal of the polymer. These nitrogen-doped graphene (N-HEG) sheets are used as catalyst support for dispersing platinum and platinum-cobalt alloy nanoparticles synthesized by the modified-polyol reduction method, yielding a uniform dispersion of the catalyst nanoparticles. Compared to commercial Pt/C electrocatalyst, Pt-Co/N-HEG cathode electrocatalyst exhibits four times higher power density in proton exchange membrane fuel cells, which is attributed to the excellent dispersion of Pt-Co alloy nanoparticles on the N-HEG support, the alloying effect of Pt-Co, and the high electrocatalytic activity of the N-HEG support. A stability study shows that Pt/N-HEG and Pt-Co/N-HEG cathode electrocatalysts are highly stable in acidic media. The study shows two promising electrocatalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells, which on the basis of performance and stability present the possibility of replacing contemporary electrocatalysts. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  19. Dynamic XPS measurements of ultrathin polyelectrolyte films containing antibacterial Ag–Cu nanoparticles

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    Taner-Camcı, Merve; Suzer, Sefik, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Bilkent University, 06800 Ankara (Turkey)


    Ultrathin films consisting of polyelectrolyte layers prepared by layer-by-layer deposition technique and containing also Ag and Cu nanoparticles exhibit superior antibacterial activity toward Escherichia coli. These films have been investigated with XPS measurements under square wave excitation at two different frequencies, in order to further our understanding about the chemical/physical nature of the nanoparticles. Dubbed as dynamical XPS, such measurements bring out similarities and differences among the surface structures by correlating the binding energy shifts of the corresponding XPS peaks. Accordingly, it is observed that the Cu2p, Ag3d of the metal nanoparticles, and S2p of cysteine, the stabilizer and the capping agent, exhibit similar shifts. On the other hand, the C1s, N1s, and S2p peaks of the polyelectrolyte layers shift differently. This finding leads us the claim that the Ag and Cu atoms are in a nanoalloy structure, capped with cystein, as opposed to phase separated entities.

  20. Self-Assembled Polyelectrolyte Nanoparticles as Fluorophore-Free Contrast Agents for Multicolor Optical Imaging

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    Da Hye Shin


    Full Text Available In this work, we describe the fabrication of self-assembled polyelectrolyte nanoparticles that provide a multicolor optical imaging modality. Poly(γ-glutamic acid(γ-PGA formed self-assembled nanoparticles through electrostatic interactions with two different cationic polymers: poly(L-lysine(PLL and chitosan. The self-assembled γ-PGA/PLL and γ-PGA/chitosan nanoparticles were crosslinked by glutaraldehyde. Crosslinking of the ionic self-assembled nanoparticles with glutaraldehyde not only stabilized the nanoparticles but also generated a strong autofluorescence signal. Fluorescent Schiff base bonds (C=N and double bonds (C=C were generated simultaneously by crosslinking of the amine moiety of the cationic polyelectrolytes with monomeric glutaraldehyde or with polymeric glutaraldehyde. The unique optical properties of the nanoparticles that resulted from the crosslinking by glutaraldehyde were analyzed using UV/Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy. We observed that the fluorescence intensity of the nanoparticles could be regulated by adjusting the crosslinker concentration and the reaction time. The nanoparticles also exhibited high performance in the labeling and monitoring of therapeutic immune cells (macrophages and dendritic cells. These self-assembled nanoparticles are expected to be a promising multicolor optical imaging contrast agent for the labeling, detection, and monitoring of cells.

  1. Enhanced optical and nonlinear optical responses in a polyelectrolyte templated Langmuir-Blodgett film. (United States)

    Rajesh, K; Balaswamy, B; Yamamoto, K; Yamaki, H; Kawamata, J; Radhakrishnan, T P


    Optical and nonlinear optical properties like fluorescence and second harmonic generation (SHG) of molecular materials can be strongly influenced by the mode of assembly of the molecules. The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique is an elegant route to the controlled assembly of molecules in ultrathin films, and complexation of ionic amphiphiles in the Langmuir film by polyions introduced in the aqueous subphase provides a simple and efficient access to further control, stabilization, and optimization. The monolayer LB film of the hemicyanine-based amphiphile, N-n-octadecyl-4-[2-(4-(N,N-ethyloctadecylamino)phenyl)ethenyl]pyridinium possessing a "tail-head-tail" structure, shows fluorescence as well as SHG response. The concomitant enhancement of both of these linear and nonlinear optical attributes is achieved through templating with the polyanion of carboxymethylcellulose. Brewster angle and atomic force microscopy reveal the influence of polyelectrolyte templating on the morphology of the Langmuir and LB films. Polarized absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy provide insight into the impact of complexation with the polyelectrolyte on the orientation and deaggregation of the hemicyanine headgroup leading to fluorescence and SHG enhancement in the LB film.

  2. Multilayered polyelectrolyte microcapsules: interaction with the enzyme cytochrome C oxidase. (United States)

    Pastorino, Laura; Dellacasa, Elena; Noor, Mohamed R; Soulimane, Tewfik; Bianchini, Paolo; D'Autilia, Francesca; Antipov, Alexei; Diaspro, Alberto; Tofail, Syed A M; Ruggiero, Carmelina


    Cell-sized polyelectrolyte capsules functionalized with a redox-driven proton pump protein were assembled for the first time. The interaction of polyelectrolyte microcapsules, fabricated by electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly, with cytochrome c oxidase molecules was investigated. We found that the cytochrome c oxidase retained its functionality, that the functionalized microcapsules interacting with cytochrome c oxidase were permeable and that the permeability characteristics of the microcapsule shell depend on the shell components. This work provides a significant input towards the fabrication of an integrated device made of biological components and based on specific biomolecular functions and properties.


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    Schanze, Kirk S [University of Florida


    This DOE-supported program investigated the fundamental properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes, with emphasis placed on studies of excited state energy transport, self-assembly into conjugated polyelectroyte (CPE) based films and colloids, and exciton transport and charge injection in CPE films constructed atop wide bandgap semiconductors. In the most recent grant period we have also extended efforts to examine the properties of low-bandgap donor-acceptor conjugated polyelectrolytes that feature strong visible light absorption and the ability to adsorb to metal-oxide interfaces.

  4. Multilayered polyelectrolyte microcapsules: interaction with the enzyme cytochrome C oxidase.

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    Laura Pastorino

    Full Text Available Cell-sized polyelectrolyte capsules functionalized with a redox-driven proton pump protein were assembled for the first time. The interaction of polyelectrolyte microcapsules, fabricated by electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly, with cytochrome c oxidase molecules was investigated. We found that the cytochrome c oxidase retained its functionality, that the functionalized microcapsules interacting with cytochrome c oxidase were permeable and that the permeability characteristics of the microcapsule shell depend on the shell components. This work provides a significant input towards the fabrication of an integrated device made of biological components and based on specific biomolecular functions and properties.

  5. Polyelectrolyte surfactant aggregates and their deposition on macroscopic surfaces

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    Voisin, David


    Oppositely charged surfactant and polyelectrolyte are present in hair shampoos and conditioners, together with particles (e.g. anti-dandruff agents for scalp) and droplets (e.g. silicone oil for the hair). These are normally formulated at high surfactant concentrations, beyond the flocculation region for the polyelectrolyte concentration used. However, on dilution with water, during application, flocs are formed which carry the particles and droplets to the scalp and hair. The addition of an anionic surfactant to an aqueous solution of cationic polyelectrolyte, at a given concentration, can lead to the formation of polyelectrolyte-surfactant 'particles', in which the surfactant 'binds' to the polyelectrolyte. This occurs from the critical association concentration (CAC), up to the surfactant concentration corresponding to maximum binding. Within this range of surfactant concentrations, the surfactant bound to the polyelectrolyte is thought to associate to form what might be termed 'internal micelles'. Each polyelectrolyte-surfactant particle in the region of the CAC, and just beyond, contains many polyelectrolyte chains, held together essentially by micelle bridges. These particles, however, remain net positively charged, and therefore stable. At the other end of the binding range of the surfactant, so many internal micelles are present that the polymer-surfactant particles are now net negatively charged. Indeed binding stops since no further micelles can be accommodated. Again, the particles are stable. However, there exists a range of surfactant concentrations, lying within the range referred to above, where the net charge is reduced sufficiently that the polymer-surfactant particles will flocculate to form much larger structures. The onset of this second range might be termed the 'critical flocculation concentration' (CFC), and the end, the 'critical stabilisation concentration' (CSC). In this work, the CFC and

  6. Polyelectrolytes Ability in Reducing Atrazine Concentration in Water: Surface Effects

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    Mohd Amin, M.F.; Heijman, S.G.J.; Lopes, S.I.C.; Rietveld, L.C.


    This paper reports on the direct ability of two positively charged organic polyelectrolytes (natural-based and synthetic) to reduce the atrazine concentration in water. The adsorption study was set up using multiple glass vessels with different polymer dosing levels followed by ultrafiltration with

  7. Polyelectrolyte brushes in mixed ionic medium studied via intermolecular forces (United States)

    Farina, Robert; Laugel, Nicolas; Pincus, Philip; Tirrell, Matthew


    The vast uses and applications of polyelectrolyte brushes make them an attractive field of research especially with the growing interest in responsive materials. Polymers which respond via changes in temperature, pH, and ionic strength are increasingly being used for applications in drug delivery, chemical gating, etc. When polyelectrolyte brushes are found in either nature (e.g., surfaces of cartilage and mammalian lung interiors) or commercially (e.g., skin care products, shampoo, and surfaces of medical devices) they are always surrounded by mixed ionic medium. This makes the study of these brushes in varying ionic environments extremely relevant for both current and future potential applications. The polyelectrolyte brushes in this work are diblock co-polymers of poly-styrene sulfonate (N=420) and poly-t-butyl styrene (N=20) which tethers to a hydrophobic surface allowing for a purely thermodynamic study of the polyelectrolyte chains. Intermolecular forces between two brushes are measured using the SFA. As multi-valent concentrations are increased, the brushes collapse internally and form strong adhesion between one another after contact (properties not seen in a purely mono-valent environment).

  8. Salt-induced release of lipase from polyelectrolyte complex micelles

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    Lindhoud, Saskia; de Vries, Renko; Schweins, Ralf; Stuart, Martien A. Cohen; Norde, Willem


    With the aim to gain insight into the possible applicability of protein-filled polyelectrolyte complex micelles under physiological salt conditions, we studied the behavior of these micelles as a function of salt concentration. The micelles form by electrostatically driven co-assembly from strong ca

  9. Polyelectrolyte microcapsules for sustained delivery of water-soluble drugs

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    Anandhakumar, S.; Debapriya, M. [Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 560012 (India); Nagaraja, V. [Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 560012 (India); Raichur, Ashok M., E-mail: [Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 560012 (India)


    Polyelectrolyte capsules composed of weak polyelectrolytes are introduced as a simple and efficient system for spontaneous encapsulation of low molecular weight water-soluble drugs. Polyelectrolyte capsules were prepared by layer-by-layer (LbL) assembling of weak polyelectrolytes, poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and poly(methacrylic acid) (PMA) on polystyrene sulfonate (PSS) doped CaCO{sub 3} particles followed by core removal with ethylene-diaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). The loading process was observed by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) using tetramethylrhodamineisothiocyanate labeled dextran (TRITC-dextran) as a fluorescent probe. The intensity of fluorescent probe inside the capsule decreased with increase in cross-linking time. Ciprofloxacin hydrochloride (a model water-soluble drug) was spontaneously deposited into PAH/PMA capsules and their morphological changes were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The quantitative study of drug loading was also elucidated which showed that drug loading increased with initial drug concentration, but decreased with increase in pH. The loaded drug was released in a sustained manner for 6 h, which could be further extended by cross-linking the capsule wall. The released drug showed significant antibacterial activity against E. coli. These findings indicate that such capsules can be potential carriers for water-soluble drugs in sustained/controlled drug delivery applications.

  10. Ionizable polyelectrolyte brushes: brush height and electrosteric interaction

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    Biesheuvel, P.M.


    Semi-analytical scaling theory is used to describe quenched and annealed (weakly charged, ionizable, charge-regulating) polyelectrolyte brushes in electrolyte solutions of arbitrary salt concentration. An Alexander-De Gennes box model with homogeneous distribution of polymer segments and the free en

  11. Electrostatics and charge regulation in polyelectrolyte multilayered assembly. (United States)

    Cherstvy, Andrey G


    We examine the implications of electrostatic interactions on formation of polyelectrolyte multilayers, in application to field-effect based biosensors for label-free detection of charged macromolecules. We present a quantitative model to describe the experimental potentiometric observations and discuss its possibilities and limitations for detection of polyelectrolyte adsorption. We examine the influence of the ionic strength and pH on the sensor response upon polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer formation. The magnitude of potential oscillations on the sensor-electrolyte interface predicted upon repetitive adsorption charge-alternating polymers agrees satisfactorily with experimental results. The model accounts for different screening by mobile ions in electrolyte and inside tightly interdigitated multilayered structure. In particular, we show that sensors' potential oscillations are larger and more persistent at lower salt conditions, while they decay faster with the number of layers at higher salt conditions, in agreement with experiments. The effects of polyelectrolyte layer thickness, substrate potential, and charge regulation on the sensor surface triggered by layer-by-layer deposition are also analyzed.

  12. Polyelectrolytes Ability in Reducing Atrazine Concentration in Water: Surface Effects

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    Mohd Amin, M.F.; Heijman, S.G.J.; Lopes, S.I.C.; Rietveld, L.C.


    This paper reports on the direct ability of two positively charged organic polyelectrolytes (natural-based and synthetic) to reduce the atrazine concentration in water. The adsorption study was set up using multiple glass vessels with different polymer dosing levels followed by ultrafiltration with

  13. Formation of surface-attached microstructured polyelectrolyte brushes

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    Hai Ning Zhang


    Surface-attached micropatterned polyelectrolyte brushes on planar solid surfaces are generated using free radical polymerization photo-initiated by self-assembled initiator monolayers. It is shown that the formed patterns can be either negative or positive with different patterning processes.

  14. Stability

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    Nada S. Abdelwahab


    Full Text Available The present work concerns with the development of stability indicating the RP-HPLC method for simultaneous determination of guaifenesin (GUF and pseudoephedrine hydrochloride (PSH in the presence of guaifenesin related substance (Guaiacol. GUC, and in the presence of syrup excepients with minimum sample pre-treatment. In the developed RP-HPLC method efficient chromatographic separation was achieved for GUF, PSH, GUC and syrup excepients using ODS column as a stationary phase and methanol: water (50:50, v/v, pH = 4 with orthophosphoric acid as a mobile phase with a flow rate of 1 mL min−1 and UV detection at 210 nm. The chromatographic run time was approximately 10 min. Calibration curves were drawn relating the integrated area under peak to the corresponding concentrations of PSH, GUF and GUC in the range of 1–8, 1–20, 0.4–8 μg mL−1, respectively. The developed method has been validated and met the requirements delineated by ICH guidelines with respect to linearity, accuracy, precision, specificity and robustness. The validated method was successfully applied for determination of the studied drugs in triaminic chest congestion® syrup; moreover its results were statistically compared with those obtained by the official method and no significant difference was found between them.

  15. Effect of particle size on surface modification of silica nanoparticles by using silane coupling agents and their dispersion stability in methylethylketone. (United States)

    Iijima, Motoyuki; Tsukada, Mayumi; Kamiya, Hidehiro


    The effect of particle size on the reactivity of hexyltrimethoxysilane (C6S) with the particle surface was studied by using silica nanoparticles (SNPs) with different diameters (30 or 200 nm). In case of 30-nm SNPs, a large amount of isolated silanol was observed. On the other hand, in the case of 200-nm SNPs, the amount of hydrogen bonded silanol and hydrogen bonded water molecules at the surface of the SNPs increased. Since the hydrogen bonded silanol and the hydrogen bonded water enhanced the reaction of C6S with SNPs, the chemisorbed C6S on 200-nm SNPs was larger than that on 30-nm SNPs. Furthermore, the effects of surface modification on the dispersion stability in MEK were studied using viscosity measurements and surface force measurements by the AFM colloid probe method. The viscosity of the dilute SNPs/MEK suspension did not change by the chemisorptions of C6S; however, the viscosity of dense suspension reduced effectively by surface modification. It was estimated that the suspension viscosity reduced effectively when the mean particle surface distance in the suspension was near to the distance where the repulsive force appeared by the surface force measurements using the colloid probe AFM.

  16. Optical dispersion parameters and stability of poly (9, 9‧-di-n-octylfluorenyl-2.7-diyl)/ZnO nanohybrid films: towards organic photovoltaic applications (United States)

    El-Bashir, S. M.; Alenazi, W. K.; AlSalhi, M. S.


    Conjugated polymer nanohybrid films were prepared from poly (9,9‧-di-n-octylfluorenyl-2.7-diyl) (PFO) and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles. ZnO nanopowder was prepared by the solgel method, different ratios of PFO/ZnO nanohybrids have been prepared using solution blending method. Then, the blends were spin-coated onto glass substrates at 2000 rpm for 1 min. and subsequently dried at room temperature. XRD and TEM were used to determine the structural properties, while UV–Vis and photoluminescence spectrophotometers were employed to investigate the optical properties of the films. The spectral distribution of specular reflectance were used to calculate the refractive index n (λ) and the optical dispersion parameters were determined according to Wemple and Didomenico (WD) model. The effect of ZnO NPs on the direct and indirect band gap energies, photo- and thermal stability was also discussed. A significant enhancement in the light emitting properties has been observed by increasing the concentration of ZnO NPs.

  17. Dispersing stability of nano boron carbide in water-based fluid%纳米碳化硼在水基础液中的分散稳定性

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    宋铮铮; 吴张永; 莫子勇; 王娴; 王娟


    以纳米碳化硼粉体为纳米材料,聚乙二醇、羧甲基纤维素钠为分散剂,蒙脱石为抗沉降稳定剂,RO反渗透膜处理水为分散介质,采用两步法制备了水基纳米碳化硼溶液。研究了不同分散条件对纳米碳化硼在水基础液中的分散情况,并采用沉降稳定性分析、流变特性分析来评价其分散效果。实验结果表明,分散剂种类、分散剂质量分数、纳米碳化硼的粒径、纳米碳化硼的质量分数都会对溶液分散稳定性产生一定的影响。研究得出,用质量分数为0.4%的聚乙二醇(PEG600)作为分散剂、用粒径为60nm的纳米碳化硼且质量分数为0.8%~0.9%时,能够使得纳米碳化硼在水基础液中达到最佳稳定分散的效果。%Water-based nano boron solution was prepared with nano boron carbide powder as nanomaterial,polyethylene glycol,sodium carboxymethyl cellulose as dispersing agent, montmorillonite as antisedimentation stabilizer,RO reverse osmosis membrane-treated water as dispersion medium by using the two-step method. To study the different dispersion conditions of nano boron carbide dispersion in water-based fluid,sedimentation stability and rheological characteristics analysis were used to evaluate its dispersion effect. The experimental results showed that dispersant type,mass fraction of dispersant,particle size of nano boron carbide,mass fraction of nano boron carbide could affect stability of solution dispersion. Polyethylene glycol 600 as a dispersant,mass fraction of 0.4%,60nm particle size of nano-boron carbide and mass fraction of 0.8%-0.9%,could achieve stable dispersion of nano boron carbide in water-based fluid.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of polypyrrole doped with anionic spherical polyelectrolyte brushes

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    N. Su


    Full Text Available The procedures for the synthesis of polypyrrole (PPy doped with anionic spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (ASPB (PPy/ASPB nanocomposite by means of in situ chemical oxidative polymerization were presented. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and Raman spectroscopic analysis suggested the bonding structure of PPy/ASPB nanocomposite. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM was used to confirm the morphologies of samples. The crystallographic structure, chemical nature and thermal stability of conducting polymers were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS and Thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA respectively. Investigation of the electrical conductivity at room temperature showed that the electrical conductivity of PPy/ASPB nanocomposite was 20 S/cm, which was higher than that of PPy (3.6 S/cm.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of chitosan-based polyelectrolyte complexes, doped by quantum dots (United States)

    Abuzova, N. V.; Gerasimova, M. A.; Slabko, V. V.; Slyusareva, E. A.


    Doping of polymer particles by a fluorophores results in the sensitization within the visible spectral region becoming very promising materials for sensor applications. Colloids of biocompatible chitosan-based polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) doped with quantum dots (QD) of CdTe and CdSe/ZnS (with sizes of 2.0-2.4 nm) were synthesized and characterized by scanning electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, ζ-potential measurements, absorption and luminescence (including time-resolved) spectroscopy. The influence of ionic strength (0.02-1.5 M) on absorption and photoluminescence properties of encapsulated into PEC and unencapsulated quantum dots was investigated. The stability of the emission intensity of the encapsulated quantum dots has been shown to be strongly dependent on concentration of quantum dots.

  20. Interaction between immobilized polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles and human mesenchymal stromal cells

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    Full Text Available Beatrice Woltmann,1 Bernhard Torger,2,3 Martin Müller,2,3,* Ute Hempel1,*1Dresden University of Technology, Faculty of Medicine Carl Gustav Carus, Institute of Physiological Chemistry, Dresden, Germany; 2Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Department of Polyelectrolytes and Dispersions, Dresden, Germany; 3Dresden University of Technology, Department of Chemistry and Food Chemistry, Dresden, Germany*These authors contributed equally to this workBackground: Implant loosening or deficient osseointegration is a major problem in patients with systemic bone diseases (eg, osteoporosis. For this reason, the stimulation of the regional cell population by local and sustained drug delivery at the bone/implant interface to induce the formation of a mechanical stable bone is promising. The purpose of this study was to investigate the interaction of polymer-based nanoparticles with human bone marrow-derived cells, considering nanoparticles’ composition and surface net charge.Materials and methods: Polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles (PECNPs composed of the polycations poly(ethyleneimine (PEI, poly(L-lysine (PLL, or (N,N-diethylaminoethyldextran (DEAE in combination with the polyanions dextran sulfate (DS or cellulose sulfate (CS were prepared. PECNPs’ physicochemical properties (size, net charge were characterized by dynamic light scattering and particle charge detector measurements. Biocompatibility was investigated using human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs cultured on immobilized PECNP films (5–50 nmol·cm-2 by analysis for metabolic activity of hMSCs in dependence of PECNP surface concentration by MTS (3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-5-[3-carboxymethoxyphenyl]-2-[4-sulfophenyl]-2H-tetrazolium, inner salt assay, as well as cell morphology (phase contrast microscopy.Results: PECNPs ranging between ~50 nm and 150 nm were prepared. By varying the ratio of polycations and polyanions, PECNPs with a slightly positive (PEC+NP or negative (PEC

  1. 阿维菌素纳米水分散体的制备、表征及稳定性%Preparation, Characterization and Stability of Avermectin Nano Aqueous Dispersion

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    章文翔; 梅豪; 关文勋; 唐黎明


    利用阿维菌素具有2个活性羟基的特性,设计合成了一种具有阿维菌素结构单元的阴离子型聚氨酯分散剂,采用核磁共振和红外光谱表征了其结构。利用分散剂与阿维菌素结构的相似性,将溶有阿维菌素的分散剂溶液加入水中,制备了阿维菌素的纳米水分散体。研究分散剂中羧基含量及其分子量对分散体粒径的影响,结果表明,随着羧基含量的增加,分散体粒径逐渐降低,适当控制分子量有助于改善分散剂的分散能力。透射电镜显示分散粒子具有近似球形的形貌,粒径在20~40 nm之间。纳米分散体具有较高的离心稳定性和稀释稳定性。%Two reactive hydroxyl groups made avermectin a component to prepare anionic polyurethane disper-sant containing avermectin structure units. The structure of the resulting dispersant was characterized by 1 H nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer and infrared spectrometer. Based on the structural similarity be-tween the dispersant and avermectin, avermectin nano aqueous dispersion was fabricated via addition the solu-tion of dispersant and avermectin into water. The influences of carboxyl content and the molecular weight of the dispersant on the particle size of the dispersion were investigated. The results indicated that smaller parti-cles were obtained at higher carboxyl content and the dispersing ability was affected by the molecular weight of the dispersant. The transmission electron microscopic image of the dispersion revealed that almost spherical particles with most of the size in the range of 20—40 nm were formed. Moreover, the dispersion displayed high centrifugal stability and dilution stability.

  2. Polysaccharides for stabilization of lipid particles; Polissacarideos na estabilizacao de particulas lipidicas

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    Lionzo, Maria I.Z.; Silveira, Nadya P. Da, E-mail: [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS, Campus do Vale, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Muniz, Edvani Curti [Departamento de Quimica, Universidade Estadual de Maringa, PR (Brazil)


    The main goal of this paper was to investigate the impact of different amounts of polyelectrolytes on the size, surface charge and rigidity of the bilayers of multilamellar liposomes. For this purpose, composite liposomes were developed containing chitosan and chondroitin sulfate. The use of a second polyelectrolyte, chondroitin sulfate, for the coating of the liposomes was applied in order to modulate their surface charge, maintaining the stability given by the presence of chitosan. Light and X-rays small angle scattering were the main techniques applied. Zeta-potential values were used to determine the charge density and the amount of adsorbed polyelectrolytes on the liposomes. (author)

  3. 喷墨印花用纳米色素分散液稳定性研究%Study on the stability of nano-colorant dispersions for inkjet printing

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    宋亚伟; 房宽峻; 蔡玉青; 李付杰; 赵爱国; 刘秀明


    研究了阴离子表面活性剂(SDBS)、非离子表面活性剂(Lutensol TO 10)和多元醇(乙二醇,甘油和1,2-丙二醇)对P(St-co-MAA)纳米色素分散液稳定性的影响。结果表明,SDBS和Lutensol TO 10质量浓度分别为20 g/L和30 g/L时能够显著提高P(St-co-MAA)纳米色素分散液的稳定性,但随着其质量浓度继续增加,分散液稳定性下降。随着乙二醇、甘油和1,2-丙二醇质量浓度的升高,P(St-co-MAA)纳米色素分散液稳定性不断升高。其中,甘油对纳米色素分散液稳定性的提升效果最佳。%The effects of anionic surfactant (SDBS), non-ionic surfactant (Lutensol TO 10) and polyols (ethylene glycol, glycerol and 1,2-propanediol) on the stability of nano-colorant dispersions were investigated. The result shows that 20 g/L SDBS and 30 g/L Lutensol TO 10 significantly improve the stability of the nano-colorant dispersions. But the dispersion stability decreases when surfactant concentration continues to increase. The increase of ethylene glycol, glycerol and 1, 2-propanediol enhances the stability of P(St-co-MAA) nano-colorant dispersion. Furthermore the glycerol shows the best improvement to the stability.

  4. Preparation of Gold Nanoparticles Protected with Polyelectrolyte

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    Xu Ping SUN; Zhe Ling ZHANG; Bai Lin ZHANG; Xian Dui DONG; Shao Jun DONG; Er Kang WANG


    Gold nanoparticles were synthesized through the reduction of tetrachlorauric acid (HAuCl4) by NaBH4, with polyethyleneimine(PEI) as stabilizer. The nanoparticles were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy(AFM).

  5. On the scattering properties of polyelectrolyte gels (United States)

    Barrat, Jean-Louis; Joanny, Jean-François; Pincus, Phil


    We present a simple model for scattering properties of polyelectrolyte gels at swelling equilibrium. In the weak screening limit where the Debye-Hückel screening length is larger than the mesh size of the gel, the direct electrostatic interactions are negligible and the swelling is driven by the osmotic pressure of the counterions. The tension created by this pressure is transmitted through the crosslinks to the elastic chains which behave as isolated chains with an applied force at their end points. The structure factor of the gel can be split into a frozen component due to the average concentration heterogeneities and a thermodynamic component due to concentration fluctuations. The frozen component has a peak at a wavevector of the order of the mesh size of the gel, the thermodynamic component has a peak at a higher wavevector of the order of the inverse transverse radius of the chains. At infinite times the dynamic structure factor relaxes towards the frozen component of the static structure factor. In the limit of small wavevectors the relaxation is diffusive with a diffusion constant equal to the Stokes diffusion constant of the Pincus blobs of the stretched chains. The diffusion constant shows a minimum at a wavevector of the order of the inverse transverse radius of the chains. Nous présentons un modèle simple pour étudier la diffusion de rayonnement par des gels polylectrolytes à l'équilibre de gonflement. Dans la limite d'écrantage faible où la longueur d'écran de Debye-Hückel est plus grande que la maille du gel, les interactions électrostatiques directes sont négligeables et le gonflement est dû à la pression osmotique des contreions. La tension créée par cette pression est transmise par les noeuds du gel aux chaines élastiques qui se comportent comme des chaines isolées avec une force extérieure appliquée aux extrémités. Le facteur de structure du gel est la somme d'une composante gelée due aux hétérogénéités de concentration

  6. Polyelectrolyte complexes : Preparation, characterization, and use for control of wet and dry adhesion between surfaces


    Ankerfors, Caroline


    This thesis examines polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) preparation, adsorption behaviour, and potential use for control of wet and dry adhesion between surfaces. PEC formation was studied using a jet-mixing method not previously used for mixing polyelectrolytes. The PECs were formed using various mixing times, and the results were compared with those for PECs formed using the conventional polyelectrolyte titration method. The results indicated that using the jet mixer allowed the size of the form...

  7. Stability under irradiation of a fine dispersion of oxides in a ferritic matrix; Stabilite sous irradiation de particules d'oxydes finement dispersees dans des alliages ferritiques

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    Monnet, I


    Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic-martensitic steels are being considered for high temperature, high fluence nuclear applications, like fuel pin cladding in Fast Breeder Reactors. ODS alloys offer improved out of pile strength characteristics at temperature above 550 deg.C and ferritic-martensitic matrix is highly swelling resistant. A clad in an ODS ferritic steel, call DY (Fe-13Cr-1,5Mo+TiO{sub 2}+Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) has been irradiated in the experimental reactor Phenix. Under irradiation oxide dissolution occurs. Microstructural observations indicated that oxide evolution is correlated with the dose and consist in four phenomena: the interfaces of oxide particles with the matrix become irregular, the uniform distribution of the finest oxide (< 20 nm) disappear, the modification of oxide composition, and a halo of fine oxides appear around the larger oxides. The use of such a material requires a study of oxide stability under irradiation, since the oxide particles provide the desired mechanical properties. The study is based on two types of alloys, the DY and four ferritic steels Fe-9Cr-1Mo reinforced by Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, MgO or MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}. These materials were irradiated with charged particles in order to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms of dissolution. Irradiation with 1 MeV Helium does not induce any modification, neither in the chemical modification of the particles nor in their spatial and size distribution. Since most of the energy of helium ions is lost by inelastic interaction, this result proves that this kind of interaction does not induce oxide dissolution. Irradiation with 1 MeV or 1.2 MeV electrons leads to a significant dissolution with a radius decrease proportional to the dose. These experiments prove that oxide dissolution can be induced by Frenkel pairs alone, provided that metallic atoms are displaced. The comparison between irradiation with ions (displacements cascades) and electrons (Frenkel

  8. Employment of Gibbs-Donnan-based concepts for interpretation of the properties of linear polyelectrolyte solutions (United States)

    Marinsky, J.A.; Reddy, M.M.


    Earlier research has shown that the acid dissociation and metal ion complexation equilibria of linear, weak-acid polyelectrolytes and their cross-linked gel analogues are similarly sensitive to the counterion concentration levels of their solutions. Gibbs-Donnan-based concepts, applicable to the gel, are equally applicable to the linear polyelectrolyte for the accommodation of this sensitivity to ionic strength. This result is presumed to indicate that the linear polyelectrolyte in solution develops counterion-concentrating regions that closely resemble the gel phase of their analogues. Advantage has been taken of this description of linear polyelectrolytes to estimate the solvent uptake by these regions. ?? 1991 American Chemical Society.

  9. Luminescence techniques and characterization of the morphology of polymer latices. 3. An investigation of the microenvironments within stabilized aqueous latex dispersions of poly(n-butyl methacrylate) and polyurethane. (United States)

    Soutar, I; Swanson, L; Annable, T; Padget, J C; Satgurunathan, R


    Fluorescence techniques (including time-resolved anisotropy measurements, TRAMS) have been used to probe differences in morphology between two stabilized aqueous latex dispersions (poly(n-butyl methacrylate), PBMA, and polyurethane, PU). Use of the emission characteristics of probes such as pyrene and phenanthrene dispersed within particles reveals that the PU latices are more heterogeneous in nature: evidence exists, particularly from quenching measurements and TRAMS, that voids and channels of water permeate the PU structure, resulting in a relatively soft, open particle, swollen by ingress of the bulk aqueous phase. Fluorescence measurements indicate that PBMA colloids, however, are composed of relatively hard, hydrophobic particles. In addition, TRAMS are considered to be a valuable tool both for probing the morphological characteristics of such dispersions and in estimating the average particle size.

  10. Electrically driven ion separations and nanofiltration through membranes coated with polyelectrolyte multilayers (United States)

    White, Nicholas

    Polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) films deposited using the layer-by-layer (LBL) method are attractive for their simple deposition, tailorable nature, scalability, and charge or size-based selectivity for solutes. This dissertation explores ion separations in electrodialysis (ED) and solute removal through nanofiltration with PEMs deposited on polymer membranes. ED membranes typically exhibit modest selectivities between monovalent and divalent ions. In contrast, this work shows that K+/Mg 2+ ED selectivities reach values >1000 when using Nafion 115 cation-exchange membranes coated with multilayer poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS)/protonated poly(allylamine) (PAH) films. For comparison, the corresponding K+ /Mg2+ selectivity of bare Nafion 115 is 20,000, presumably because the applied current is below the limiting value for K+ and H+ transport is negligible at this high K+ concentration. The high selectivities of these membranes may enable electrodialysis applications such as purification of salts that contain divalent or trivalent ions. The high ED selectivities of (PAH/PSS)5PAH-coated Nafion membranes translate to separations with Li+/Co2+ and K +/La3+. Even with adsorption of only 3 polyelectrolyte layers, Nafion membranes exhibit a Li+/Co2+ selectivity >23. However, the resistance to monovalent-ion passage does not decrease significantly with fewer polyelectrolyte layers. At overlimiting currents, hydroxides from water splitting form insoluble metal hydroxides to foul the membrane. With 0.1 M source-phase salt concentrations, transference numbers for monovalent cations approach unity and selectivities are >5000 because the diffusion-limited K+ or Li+ currents exceed the applied current. However, ED selectivities gradually decline with time. Thus, future research should aim to increase membrane stability and limiting currents to fully exploit the remarkable selectivity of these membranes. PEMs deposited on commercial ultrafiltration (UF) membranes also show high

  11. Comprehensive and Systematic Analysis of the Immunocompatibility of Polyelectrolyte Capsules. (United States)

    Zyuzin, Mikhail V; Díez, Paula; Goldsmith, Meir; Carregal-Romero, Susana; Teodosio, Cristina; Rejman, Joanna; Feliu, Neus; Escudero, Alberto; Almendral, María Jesús; Linne, Uwe; Peer, Dan; Fuentes, Manuel; Parak, Wolfgang J


    The immunocompability of polyelectrolyte capsules synthesized by layer-by-layer deposition has been investigated. Capsules of different architecture and composed of either non-degradable or biodegradable polymers, with either positively or negatively charged outer surface, and with micrometer size, have been used, and the capsule uptake by different cell lines has been studied and quantified. Immunocompatibility studies were performed with peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). Data demonstrate that incubation with capsules, at concentrations relevant for practical applications, did not result in a reduced viability of cells, as it did not show an increased apoptosis. Presence of capsules also did not result in an increased expression of TNF-α, as detected with antibody staining, as well as at mRNA level. It also did not result in increased expression of IL-6, as detected at mRNA level. These results indicate that the polyelectrolyte capsules used in this study are immunocompatible.

  12. Fibrillar films obtained from sodium soap fibers and polyelectrolyte multilayers. (United States)

    Zawko, Scott A; Schmidt, Christine E


    An objective of tissue engineering is to create synthetic polymer scaffolds with a fibrillar microstructure similar to the extracellular matrix. Here, we present a novel method for creating polymer fibers using the layer-by-layer method and sacrificial templates composed of sodium soap fibers. Soap fibers were prepared from neutralized fatty acids using a sodium chloride crystal dissolution method. Polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) of polystyrene sulfonate and polyallylamine hydrochloride were deposited onto the soap fibers, crosslinked with glutaraldehyde, and then the soap fibers were leached with warm water and ethanol. The morphology of the resulting PEM structures was a dense network of fibers surrounded by a nonfibrillar matrix. Microscopy revealed that the PEM fibers were solid structures, presumably composed of polyelectrolytes complexed with residual fatty acids. These fibrillar PEM films were found to support the attachment of human dermal fibroblasts.

  13. Interaction of Fluorocarbon Containing Hydrophobically Modified Polyelectrolyte with Nonionic Surfactants

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    GUO,Jin-Feng(郭金峰); ZHUANG,Dong-Qing(庄东青); ZHOU,Hui(周晖); ZHANG,Yun-Xiang(章云祥)


    The interaction of fluorocarbon containing hydrophobically modified polyelectrolyte (FMPAANa) with two kinds of nonionic surfactants (hydrogenated and fluorinated) in a semidilute (0.5 wt% ) aqueous solution had been studied by rheological measurements. Association behavior was found in both systems. The hydrophobic interaction of FMPAANa with fluorinated surfactant (FC171) is much stronger than that with hydrogenated surfactant (NP7.5) at low surfactant concentrations. The interaction is strengthened by surfactants being added for the density of active junctions increased. Whereas distinct phenomena for FC171 and NP7. 5 start to be found as the surfactants added over their respective certain concentration. The interaction of polyelectrolyte with fluorinated surfactant increases dramatical ly while that with hydrogenated surfactant decreases.

  14. Field-Theoretic Studies of Nanostructured Triblock Polyelectrolyte Gels (United States)

    Audus, Debra; Fredrickson, Glenn


    Recently, experimentalists have developed nanostructured, reversible gels formed from triblock polyelectrolytes (Hunt et al. 2011, Lemmers et al. 2010, 2011). These gels have fascinating and tunable properties that reflect a heterogeneous morphology with domains on the order of tens of nanometers. The complex coacervate domains, aggregated oppositely charged end-blocks, are embedded in a continuous aqueous matrix and are bridged by uncharged, hydrophilic polymer mid-blocks. We report on simulation studies that employ statistical field theory models of triblock polyelectrolytes, and we explore the equilibrium self-assembly of these remarkable systems. As the charge complexation responsible for the formation of coacervate domains is driven by electrostatic correlations, we have found it necessary to pursue full ``field-theoretic simulations'' of the models, as opposed to the familiar self-consistent field theory approach. Our investigations have focused on morphological trends with mid- and end-block lengths, polymer concentration, salt concentration and charge density.

  15. Polyelectrolyte Multilayers in Microfluidic Systems for Biological Applications

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    Saugandhika Minnikanti


    Full Text Available The formation of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs for the first time, two decades ago, demonstrating the assembly on charged substrates in a very simple and efficient way, has proven to be a reliable method to obtain structures tunable at the nanometer scale. Much effort has been put into the assembly of these structures for their use in biological applications. A number of these efforts have been in combination with microfluidic systems, which add to the nanoassembly that is already possible with polyelectrolytes, a new dimension in the construction of valuable structures, some of them not possible with conventional systems. This review focuses on the advancements demonstrated by the combination of PEMs and microfluidic systems, and their use in biological applications.

  16. Determination of three characteristic regimes of weakly charged polyelectrolytes monolayers

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    Ahmad, Farhan [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Kwanwoo [Department of Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Program of Integrated Biotechnology, Sogang University, Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail:; Choi, Jae-Hak [Advanced Radiation Technology Institute, KAERI, Jeongeup 580-185 (Korea, Republic of); Satija, Sushil K. [National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States); Kim, Joon-Seop [Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Chosun University (Korea, Republic of); Rafailovich, Miriam H.; Sokolov, Jon [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794 (United States)


    We have demonstrated that monolayer films of randomly charged polystyrene sulfonated acid (PSSA) can be produced by the Langmuir technique, and observed the micro-domain structures, produced by the phase separation of electrostatically charged moieties and the hydrophobic moieties. Using atomic force microscopy and Langmuir isotherm, we found three specific regimes for the polyelectrolytes with various degrees of sulfonation (4-35%); very low charged PSSA (4-5%) in the hydrophobic regime, moderately charged PSSA (6-16%) which possessed a well-balanced nature between electrostatic and the hydrophobic interactions, and strongly amphiphilic nature of PSSA (6-16%) in the ionomer regime. Finally, we could categorize PSSA 35% in the polyelectrolyte regime, due to the dominance of the electrostatic interactions over the hydrophobic interactions.

  17. Porphyrin Diacid-Polyelectrolyte Assemblies: Effective Photocatalysts in Solution

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    Sabine Frühbeißer


    Full Text Available Developing effective and versatile photocatalytic systems is of great potential in solar energy conversion. Here we investigate the formation of supramolecular catalysts by electrostatic self-assembly in aqueous solution: Combining positively charged porphyrins with negatively charged polyelectrolytes leads to nanoscale assemblies where, next to electrostatic interactions, π–π interactions also play an important role. Porphyrin diacid-polyelectrolyte assemblies exhibit a substantially enhanced catalytic activity for the light-driven oxidation of iodide. Aggregates with the hexavalent cationic porphyrin diacids show up to 22 times higher catalytic activity than the corresponding aggregates under neutral conditions. The catalytic activity can be increased by increasing the valency of the porphyrin and by choice of the loading ratio. The structural investigation of the supramolecular catalysts took place via atomic force microscopy and small angle neutron scattering. Hence, a new facile concept for the design of efficient and tunable self-assembled photocatalysts is presented.

  18. Polyelectrolyte Coacervates Deposited as High Gas Barrier Thin Films. (United States)

    Haile, Merid; Sarwar, Owais; Henderson, Robert; Smith, Ryan; Grunlan, Jaime C


    Multilayer coatings consisting of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes have proven to be extraordinarily effective oxygen barriers but require many processing steps to fabricate. In an effort to prepare high oxygen barrier thin films more quickly, a polyelectrolyte complex coacervate composed of polyethylenimine and polyacrylic acid is prepared. The coacervate fluid is applied as a thin film using a rod coating process. With humidity and thermal post-treatment, a 2 µm thin film reduces the oxygen transmission rate of 0.127 mm poly(ethylene terephthalate) by two orders of magnitude, rivalling conventional oxygen barrier technologies. These films are fabricated in ambient conditions using low-cost, water-based solutions, providing a tremendous opportunity for single-step deposition of polymeric high barrier thin films.

  19. Ultramicroelectrode studies of oxygen reduction in polyelectrolyte membranes

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    Holdcroft, S.; Abdou, M.S.; Beattie, P.; Basura, V. [Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby, BC (Canada). Dept. of Chemistry


    A study on the oxygen reduction reaction in a solid state electrochemical cell was presented. The oxygen reduction reaction is a rate limiting reaction in the operation of solid polymer electrolyte fuel cells which use H{sub 2} and O{sub 2}. Interest in the oxygen reduction reaction of platinum electrodes in contact with Nafion electrolytes stems from its role in fuel cell technology. The kinetics of the oxygen reduction reaction in different polyelectrolyte membranes, such as Nafion and non-Nafion membranes, were compared. The electrode kinetics and mass transport parameters of the oxygen reduction reaction in polyelectrolyte membranes were measured by ultramicroelectrode techniques. The major difference found between these two classes of membrane was the percentage of water, which is suggestive of superior electrochemical mass transport properties of the non-Nafion membranes. 2 refs. 1 fig.

  20. Complex Coacervation composed of Polyelectrolytes Alginate and Chitosan

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    Alginate sodium (ALG) and chitosan (CHI) can form fiber, films, microspheres, hydrogels and all with a wide range of biomedical applications.Few works have been done as a result of the easily flocculation of chitosan in negatively charged matrix.Complex coacervation composed of polyelectrolytes alginate and chitosan were successfully fabricated.The results showed that the lower molecular weights of the chitosan is better for the fabricated of the complex coacervation.

  1. Formation of polyelectrolyte multilayers: ionic strengths and growth regimes

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    Tang, K.; Besseling, N.A.M.


    This article presents a study of layer-by-layer (LbL) formation of poly-electrolyte multilayers (PEMs). Upon increasing ionic strength LbL growth patterns vary from linear for the lowest salt concentrations ([NaCl] = 0, 0.001, and 0.01 M) to exponential (for [NaCl] = 0.5 and 1 M). The slope of the

  2. Kinetics of swelling of polyelectrolyte gels: Fixed degree of ionization (United States)

    Sen, Swati; Kundagrami, Arindam


    The swelling kinetics of uncharged and charged polymer (polyelectrolyte) gels in salt-free conditions is studied in one dimension by solving the constitutive equation of motion (Newton's law for the elementary gel volume) of the displacement variable by two theoretical methods: one in which the classical definition of stress is used with the bulk modulus taken as a parameter, and the other in which a phenomenological expression of the osmotic stress as a function of polymer density and degree of ionization is taken as an input to the dynamics. The time-evolution profiles for spatially varying polymer density and stress, along with the location of the gel-solvent interface, are obtained from the two methods. We show that both the polymer density (volume fraction) and stress inside the gel follow expected behaviours of being maximum for the uniformly shrunken gel, and relaxing slowly to the lowest values as the gel approaches equilibrium. We further show that, by comparing the temporal profiles of the gel-solvent interface and other variables between the two methods, one may attempt to assign an effective bulk modulus to the polyelectrolyte gel as a function of the degree of ionization and other parameters of the gel such as hydrophobicity, cross-link density, and the temperature. The major result we get is that the effective bulk modulus of a polyelectrolyte gel increases monotonically with its degree of ionization. In the process of identifying the parameters for a monotonic swelling, we calculated using a well-known expression of the free energy the equilibrium results of two-phase co-existence and the critical point of a polyelectrolyte gel with a fixed degree of ionization.

  3. Formation of polyelectrolyte multilayers: ionic strengths and growth regimes

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    Tang, K.; Besseling, N.A.M.


    This article presents a study of layer-by-layer (LbL) formation of poly-electrolyte multilayers (PEMs). Upon increasing ionic strength LbL growth patterns vary from linear for the lowest salt concentrations ([NaCl] = 0, 0.001, and 0.01 M) to exponential (for [NaCl] = 0.5 and 1 M). The slope of the l

  4. Kinetics of swelling of polyelectrolyte gels: Fixed degree of ionization

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    Sen, Swati; Kundagrami, Arindam, E-mail: [Department of Physical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, Mohanpur 741246, West Bengal (India)


    The swelling kinetics of uncharged and charged polymer (polyelectrolyte) gels in salt-free conditions is studied in one dimension by solving the constitutive equation of motion (Newton’s law for the elementary gel volume) of the displacement variable by two theoretical methods: one in which the classical definition of stress is used with the bulk modulus taken as a parameter, and the other in which a phenomenological expression of the osmotic stress as a function of polymer density and degree of ionization is taken as an input to the dynamics. The time-evolution profiles for spatially varying polymer density and stress, along with the location of the gel-solvent interface, are obtained from the two methods. We show that both the polymer density (volume fraction) and stress inside the gel follow expected behaviours of being maximum for the uniformly shrunken gel, and relaxing slowly to the lowest values as the gel approaches equilibrium. We further show that, by comparing the temporal profiles of the gel-solvent interface and other variables between the two methods, one may attempt to assign an effective bulk modulus to the polyelectrolyte gel as a function of the degree of ionization and other parameters of the gel such as hydrophobicity, cross-link density, and the temperature. The major result we get is that the effective bulk modulus of a polyelectrolyte gel increases monotonically with its degree of ionization. In the process of identifying the parameters for a monotonic swelling, we calculated using a well-known expression of the free energy the equilibrium results of two-phase co-existence and the critical point of a polyelectrolyte gel with a fixed degree of ionization.

  5. Adsorption of anionic polyelectrolytes to dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide monolayers (United States)

    Engelking, J.; Menzel, H.

    Monolayers of dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DODA) at the air/water interface were used as model for charged surfaces to study the adsorption of anionic polyelectrolytes. After spreading on a pure water surface the monolayers were compressed and subsequently transferred onto a polyelectrolyte solution employing the Fromherz technique. The polyelectrolyte adsorption was monitored by recording the changes in surface pressure at constant area. For poly(styrene sulfonate) and carboxymethylcellulose the plot of the surface pressure as function of time gave curves which indicate a direct correlation between the adsorbed amount and surface pressure as well as a solely diffusion controlled process. In the case of rigid rod-like poly(p-phenylene sulfonate)s the situation is more complicated. Plotting the surface pressure as function of time results in a curve with sigmoidal shape, characterized by an induction period. The induction period can be explained by a domain formation, which can be treated like a crystallization process. Employing the Avrami expression developed for polymer crystallization, the change in the surface pressure upon adsorption of rigid rod-like poly(p-phenylene sulfonate)s can be described.

  6. Forming lipid bilayer membrane arrays on micropatterned polyelectrolyte film surfaces. (United States)

    Zhang, Ying; Wang, Lei; Wang, Xuejing; Qi, Guodong; Han, Xiaojun


    A novel method of forming lipid bilayer membrane arrays on micropatterned polyelectrolyte film surfaces is introduced. Polyelectrolyte films were fabricated by the layer-by-layer technique on a silicon oxide surface modified with a 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) monolayer. The surface pK(a) value of the APTES monolayer was determined by cyclic voltammetry to be approximately 5.61, on the basis of which a pH value of 2.0 was chosen for layer-by-layer assembly. Micropatterned polyelectrolyte films were obtained by deep-UV (254 nm) photolysis though a mask. Absorbed fluorescent latex beads were used to visualize the patterned surfaces. Lipid bilayer arrays were fabricated on the micropatterned surfaces by immersing the patterned substrates into a solution containing egg phosphatidylcholine vesicles. Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching studies yielded a lateral diffusion coefficient for probe molecules of 1.31±0.17 μm(2) s(-1) in the bilayer region, and migration of the lipid NBD PE in bilayer lipid membrane arrays was observed in an electric field.

  7. Solubilization of trichloroethylene by polyelectrolyte/surfactant complexes

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    Uchiyama, Hirotaka; Christian, S.D.; Tucker, E.E.; Scamehorn, J.F. (Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (United States))


    An automated vapor pressure method is used to obtain solubilization isotherms for trichloroethylene (TCE) in polyelectrolyte/surfactant complexes throughout a wide range of solute activities at 20 and 25 C. The polyelectrolyte chosen is sodium poly(styrenesulfonate), PSS< and the surfactant is cetylpyridinium chloride or N-hexadecylpyridinium chloride, CPC. Data are fitted to the quadratic equation K = K[sub 0](1[minus][alpha]X + [beta]X[sup 2]), which correlates the solubilization equilibrium constant (K) with the mole fraction of TCE (X) in the micelles or complexes at each temperature. Activity coefficients are also obtained for TCE in the PSS/CPC complexes as a function of X. The general solubilization of TCE in PSS/CPC complexes resembles that of TCE in CPC micelles, as well as that of benzene or toluene in CPC micelles, suggesting that TCE solubilizes in ionic micelles both within the hydrocarbon micellar interior and near the micellar surface. The presence of the polyelectrolyte causes a small decrease in the ability of the cationic surfactant to solubilize TCE, while greatly reducing the concentration of the surfactant present in monomeric form. PSS/CPC complexes may be useful in colloid-enhanced ultrafiltration processes to purify organic-contaminated water.

  8. Linear Viscoelasticity and Swelling of Polyelectrolyte Complex Coacervates (United States)

    Hamad, Fawzi; Colby, Ralph


    The addition of near equimolar amounts of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) to poly(isobutylene-alt-maleate sodium), results in formation of a polyelectrolyte complex coacervate. Zeta-potential titrations conclude that these PE-complexes are nearly charge-neutral. Swelling and rheological properties are studied at different salt concentrations in the surrounding solution. The enhanced swelling observed at high salt concentration suggests the system behaves like a polyampholyte gel, and weaker swelling at very low salt concentrations implies polyelectrolyte gel behavior. Linear viscoelastic oscillatory shear measurements indicate that the coacervates are viscoelastic liquids and that increasing ionic strength of the medium weakens the electrostatic interactions between charged units, lowering the relaxation time and viscosity. We use the time-salt superposition idea recently proposed by Spruijt, et al., allowing us to construct master curves for these soft materials. Similar swelling properties observed when varying molecular weights. Rheological measurements reveal that PE-complexes with increasing molecular weight polyelectrolytes form a network with higher crosslink density, suggesting time-molecular weight superposition idea.

  9. Changes of Resistance During Polyelectrolyte-enhanced Stirred Batch Ultrafiltration

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    ZHU Xin-Sheng; Kwang-Ho CHOO


    The permeation flux or the resistance in the ultrafiltration process is mainly limited by osmotic pressure,and it may originate from various kinds of polymer interactions. However, the real origin of permeation resistance hasn't been clarified yet in the light of polymer solution nature. The removal of nitrate contamination by polyelectrolytes was carried out with stirred batch ultrafiltration. The polyelectrolyte concentrations both in permeate and retentate were analyzed with total organic carbon analyzer and permeate mass was acquired by electronic balance connected with computer. The total resistance was calculated and interpreted based on the osmotic pressures in three concentration regimes. In the dilute region, the resistance was proportional to polymer concentration; in the semidilute region, the resistance depended on polymer concentration in the parabolic relationship; in the highly concentrated solution regime, the osmotic pressure factor (OPF) would dominate the total resistance; and the deviation from OPF control could come from the electrostatic repulsion between the tightly compacted and charged polyelectrolyte particles at extremely concentrated solution regime. It was first found that dilute and semidilute concentration regions can be easily detected by plotting the log-log curves of the polymer concentration versus the ratio of the total resistance to polymer concentration. The new concept OPF was defined and did work well at highly concentrated regime.

  10. Exploration of polyelectrolytes as draw solutes in forward osmosis processes

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    Ge, Qingchun


    The development of the forward osmosis (FO) process has been constrained by the slow development of appropriate draw solutions. Two significant concerns related to draw solutions are the draw solute leakage and intensiveenergy requirement in recycling draw solutes after the FO process. FO would be much attractive if there is no draw solute leakage and the recycle of draw solutes is easy and economic. In this study, polyelectrolytes of a series of polyacrylic acid sodium salts (PAA-Na), were explored as draw solutes in the FO process. The characteristics of high solubility in water and flexibility in structural configuration ensure the suitability of PAA-Na as draw solutes and their relative ease in recycle through pressure-driven membrane processes. The high water flux with insignificant salt leakage in the FO process and the high salt rejection in recycle processes reveal the superiority of PAA-Na to conventional ionic salts, such as NaCl, when comparing their FO performance via the same membranes. The repeatable performance of PAA-Na after recycle indicates the absence of any aggregation problems. The overall performance demonstrates that polyelectrolytes of PAA-Na series are promising as draw solutes, and the new concept of using polyelectrolytes as draw solutes in FO processes is applicable. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

  11. Hollow polyelectrolyte multilayer tubes: mechanical properties and shape changes. (United States)

    Mueller, Renate; Daehne, Lars; Fery, Andreas


    In this paper, novel hollow polyelectrolyte multilayer tubes from poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC), poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS), and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) were prepared: Readily available glass fiber templates are coated with polyelectrolytes using the layer-by-layer technique, followed by subsequent fiber dissolution. Depending on the composition of the polymeric multilayer, stable hollow tubes or tubes showing a pearling instability are observed. This instability corresponds to the Rayleigh instability and is a consequence of an increased mobility of the polyelectrolyte chains within the multilayer. The well-defined stable tubes were characterized with fluorescence microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The tubes were found to be remarkably free of defects, which results in an impermeable tube wall for even low molecular weight molecules. The mechanical properties of the tubes were determined with AFM force spectroscopy in water, and because continuum mechanical models apply, the Young's modulus of the wall material was determined. Additionally, scaling relations for the dependency of tube stiffness on diameter and wall thickness were validated. Because both parameters can be experimentally controlled by our approach, the deformability of the tubes can be varied over a broad range and adjusted for the particular needs.

  12. Antibacterial polyelectrolyte-coated Mg alloys for biomedical applications (United States)

    Seraz, Md. S.; Asmatulu, R.; Chen, Z.; Ceylan, M.; Mahapatro, A.; Yang, S. Y.


    This study deals with two biomedical subjects: corrosion rates of polyelectrolyte-coated magnesium (Mg) alloys, mainly used for biomedical purposes, and antibacterial properties of these alloys. Thin sheets of Mg alloys were coated with cationic polyelectrolyte chitosan (CHI) and anionic polyelectrolyte carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) using a layer-by-layer coating method and then embedded with antibacterial agents under vacuum. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was employed to analyze these samples in order to detect their corrosion properties at different conditions. In the electrochemical analysis section, a corrosion rate of 72 mille inches per year was found in a salt solution for the sample coated with a 12 phosphonic acid self-assembled monolayer and 9 CHI/CMC multilayers. In the antibacterial tests, gentamicin was used to investigate the effects of the drug embedded with the coated surfaces against the Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria. Antibacterial studies were tested using the disk diffusion method. Based on the standard diameter of the zone of inhibition chart, the antibacterial diffusion from the surface strongly inhibited bacterial growth in the regions. The largest recorded diameter of the zone of inhibition was 50 mm for the pre-UV treated and gentamicin-loaded sample, which is more than three times the standard diameter.

  13. Tunable protein-resistance of polycation-terminated polyelectrolyte multilayers. (United States)

    Tristán, Ferdinando; Palestino, Gabriela; Menchaca, J-Luis; Pérez, Elías; Atmani, Hassan; Cuisinier, Frédéric; Ladam, Guy


    The prevention of nonspecific protein adsorption is a crucial prerequisite for many biomedical and biotechnological applications. Therefore, the design of robust and versatile methods conferring optimal protein-resistance properties to surfaces has become a challenging issue. Here we report the unexpected case of polycation-ending polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEM) that efficiently prevented the adsorption of a negatively charged model protein, glucose oxidase (GOX). PEM films were based on two typical weak poyelectrolytes: poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA). No chemical modification of the polyelectrolytes was required and tunable GOX adsorption was possible by simply changing the buildup pH conditions. Protein-resistance properties are attributed to high film hydration becoming the predominant factor over electrostatic interactions. We explain this effect by oscillations of the internal PAA ionization state throughout the buildup, which results in an excess of carboxylic acid groups within the film. This excess acts as a reservoir of potential carboxylate groups compensating the outer PAH positive charges. Partial results indicated that the system was also resistant to the adsorption of a positively charged protein, lysozyme. Control of the internal ionization of weak polyelectrolyte multilayers might open a route toward simple tuning of protein adsorption. These results should help to rationalize the design of biomaterials, biosensors, or protein separation devices.

  14. Surface modification of titanium substrates with silver nanoparticles embedded sulfhydrylated chitosan/gelatin polyelectrolyte multilayer films for antibacterial application. (United States)

    Li, Wen; Xu, Dawei; Hu, Yan; Cai, Kaiyong; Lin, Yingcheng


    To develop Ti implants with potent antibacterial activity, a novel "sandwich-type" structure of sulfhydrylated chitosan (Chi-SH)/gelatin (Gel) polyelectrolyte multilayer films embedding silver (Ag) nanoparticles was coated onto titanium substrate using a spin-assisted layer-by-layer assembly technique. Ag ions would be enriched in the polyelectrolyte multilayer films via the specific interactions between Ag ions and -HS groups in Chi-HS, thus leading to the formation of Ag nanoparticles in situ by photo-catalytic reaction (ultraviolet irradiation). Contact angle measurement and field emission scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were employed to monitor the construction of Ag-containing multilayer on titanium surface, respectively. The functional multilayered films on titanium substrate [Ti/PEI/(Gel/Chi-SH/Ag) n /Gel] could efficiently inhibit the growth and activity of Bacillus subtitles and Escherichia coli onto titanium surface. Moreover, studies in vitro confirmed that Ti substrates coating with functional multilayer films remained the biological functions of osteoblasts, which was reflected by cell morphology, cell viability and ALP activity measurements. This study provides a simple, versatile and generalized methodology to design functional titanium implants with good cyto-compatibility and antibacterial activity for potential clinical applications.

  15. Structure of Protein Layers in Polyelectrolyte Matrices Studied by Neutron Reflectivity

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    Kozlovskaya, Veronika [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Ankner, John Francis [ORNL; O' Neill, Hugh Michael [ORNL; Zhang, Qiu [ORNL; Kharlampieva, Eugenia [University of Alabama, Birmingham


    Polyelectrolyte multilayer films obtained by localized incorporation of Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) within electrostatically assembled matrices of poly(styrene sulfonate)/poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PSS/PAH) via spin-assisted layer-by-layer growth were discovered to be highly structured, with closely packed monomolecular layers of the protein within the bio-hybrid films. The structure of the films was evaluated in both vertical and lateral directions with neutron reflectometry, using deuterated GFP as a marker for neutron scattering contrast. Importantly, the GFP preserves its structural stability upon assembly as confirmed by circular dichroism (CD) and in situ attenuated total reflection Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). Atomic force microscopy was complimented with X-ray reflectometry to characterize the external roughness of the biohybrid films. Remarkably, films assembled with a single GFP layer confined at various distances from the substrate exhibit a strong localization of the GFP layer without intermixing into the LbL matrix. However, partial intermixing of the GFP layers with polymeric material is evidenced in multiple-GFP layer films with alternating protein-rich and protein-deficient regions. We hypothesize that the polymer-protein exchange observed in the multiple-GFP layer films suggests the existence of a critical protein concentration which can be accommodated by the multilayer matrix. Our results yield new insights into the mechanism of GFP interaction with a polyelectrolyte matrix and open opportunities for fabrication of bio-hybrid films with well-organized structure and controllable function, a crucial requirement for advanced sensing applications.

  16. Properties of graphene inks stabilized by different functional groups

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    Wei Di; Li Hongwei; Bower, Chris; Andrew, Piers; Ryhaenen, Tapani [Nokia Research Centre, Broers Building, 21 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom); Han Dongxue; Zhang Qixian; Niu Li; Yang Huafeng, E-mail:, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun City 130022, Jilin Province (China)


    Different graphene inks have been synthesized by chemical methods. These uniform dispersions were stabilized by various functional groups such as room temperature ionic liquid, polyaniline, polyelectrolyte (poly[2,5-bis(3-sulfonatopropoxy)-1,4-ethynylphenylene-alt-1, 4-ethynylphenylene] sodium salt) and poly(styrenesulfonate) (PSS). The dispersions can be easily cast into high-quality, free-standing films but with very different physiochemical properties such as surface tension and adhesion. SEM and AFM methods have been applied to have a detailed study of the properties of the inks. It is found that graphenes modified by p-type polyaniline show the highest surface tension. Diverse surface adhesive properties to the substrate are also found with various functional groups. The different viscoelasticities of graphene inks were related to the microscopic structure of their coating layer and subsequently related to the configuration, chemistry and molecular dimensions of the modifying molecules to establish the property-structure relationship. Modifications of graphene inks made from chemical reduction cannot only enable cost-effective processing for printable electronics but also extend the applications into, for example, self-assembly of graphene via bottom-up nano-architecture and surface energy engineering of the graphenes. To fabricate useful devices, understanding the surface properties of graphene inks is very important. It is the first paper of this kind to study the surface tension and adhesion of graphene influenced by different functional groups.

  17. Surface Modification of Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes with Cationic Conjugated Polyelectrolytes: Fundamental Interactions and Intercalation into Conductive Poly(methyl-methacrylate) Composites

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    Ezzeddine, Alaa


    This research investigates the modification and dispersion and of pristine multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) through a simple solution mixing technique based on noncovalent interactions between poly(phenylene ethynylene) based conjugated polyelectrolytes functionalized with cationic imidazolium solubilizing groups (PIM-2 and PIM-4) and MWCNTs. Spectroscopic studies demonstrated the ability of PIMs to strongly interact with and efficiently disperse MWCNTs in different solvents mainly due to π-interactions between the PIMs and MWCNTs. Transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy revealed the coating of the polyelectrolytes on the walls of the nanotubes. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies confirm the homogenous dispersion of PIM modified MWCNTs in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) matrix. The addition of 1 wt% PIM modified MWCNTs to the matrix has led to a significant decrease in DC resistivity of the composite (13 orders of magnitude). The increase in electrical conductivity and the improvement in thermal and mechanical properties of the membranes containing the PIM modified MWCNTs is ascribed to the formation of MWCNTs networks and cross-linking sites that provided channels for the electrons to move in throughout the matrix and reinforced the interface between MWCNTs and PMMA.

  18. Freezing of Charge-stabilized Colloidal Dispersions%电荷稳定的胶体分散体的凝固

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    Rogers-Young approximation for Ornstein-Zernike integral equation is com-bined with Hansen-Verlet one phase criterion for freezing to predict freezing of hard core re-pulsive Yukawa model ( HCRYM ) fluid. Comparison of theoretical predictions with corre-sponding computer simulation data uncloses the superiority of the Rogers-Young approxima-tion over Hypemetted chain approximation and rescaled mean spherical approximation forfreezing. Then, the Rogers-Young approximation combined with the Hansen-Verlet one phasecriterion is employed for the freezing of many-component charge-stabilized colloidal disper-sions, which consist of colloidal macro-ions, electrolyte small ions and solvent molecules, andare modeled as a single-component charged hard core macro-ion interacting through ascreened Coulomb potential. The theoretically predicted freezing line with the macro-ion sur-face charge number being assumed as an adjustable parameter is in very good agreement withthe corresponding experimental data. The reason why by the empirical Hansen-Verlet struc-ture function approach,the single-component coarse-grained effective potential is valid for thefreezing description of the many-component charge-stabilized colloidal solutions, but not validfor the case of asymmetric binary hard sphere mixtures, is discussed.%Rogers-Young近似结合ornstein-Zernike积分方程与Hansen-Verlet单相凝固标准预言硬核排斥汤川模型流体的凝固.理论预言与相应的计算机模拟数据的比较揭示了Rogers-Young近似比超网链近似与重标度平均球形近似精度高.在此基础上,Rogers-Young近似结合Hansen-Verlet单相凝固标准预言多组分电荷稳定的胶体分散体的凝固,胶体分散体由胶体大离子、电解质小离子和溶剂分子组成,用单组分荷电硬核大离子(由屏蔽库伦相互作用势描述)来模拟.当荷电硬核大离子的表面电荷被当作可调参数时,所预言的凝固线与相应的实验数据符合很好.讨

  19. Cylindrical cell model for the electrostatic free energy of polyelectrolyte complexes

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    Biesheuvel, P.M.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.


    Associative phase separation (complex coacervation) in a mixture of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes can lead to different types of (inter-)polyelectrolyte complexes (soluble micelles, macroscopic precipitation). In a previous report [Langmuir 2004, 20, 2785-2791], we presented a model for the

  20. Investigation of metal nanoparticles encapsulated in polyelectrolyte multilayers for catalytic and antibacterial applications (United States)

    Kidambi, Srividhya

    Metal nanoparticles are an interesting class of materials because they often exhibit properties different from those of the corresponding bulk metals. For example, bulk Au is not catalytically active, but recent studies show that Au nanoparticles can serve as catalysts for oxidation and hydrogenation reactions. Without a suitable support, however, metal particles aggregate, reducing surface area and eventually affecting the particle properties. To overcome this problem, this research employs the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly technique, which was introduced by Decher in 1991, as a convenient method to prevent the aggregation of nanoparticles and immobilize them on solid supports. While the multilayers help in stabilizing the nanoparticles, they also aid in retaining important properties of Pd (catalytic) and silver (antibacterial) nanoparticles. Catalytic Pd nanoparticles in multilayer polyelectrolyte films can be easily prepared by alternating depositions of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and a polyethylenimine (PEI)-Pd(II) complex on alumina, and subsequent reduction of the Pd(II) by NaBH4. The polyelectrolytes limit aggregation of the particles and impart catalytic selectivity in the hydrogenation of alpha-substituted unsaturated alcohols by restricting access to catalytic sites. Hydrogenation of allyl alcohol by encapsulated Pd(0) nanoparticles can occur as much as 24-fold faster than hydrogenation of 3-methyl-l-penten-3-ol. In a related system, alternating adsorption of PdCl42- and polyethylenimine (PEI), followed by reduction of Pd(II), yields catalysts with a higher activity than found in [PAA/PEI-Pd(0)]nPAA films due to greater accessibility of the Pd nanocatalysts. In the [PAA/PEI-Pd(0)] nPAA system, turnover frequency decreases with the number of layers deposited, suggesting that the outer layer of the film is primarily responsible for catalysis. In contrast, turnover frequency increases with the number of deposited layers for reduced [PdCl42-/PEI] n films. We

  1. Fracturing fluid cleanup by controlled release of enzymes from polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles (United States)

    Barati Ghahfarokhi, Reza

    Guar-based polymer gels are used in the oil and gas industry to viscosify fluids used in hydraulic fracturing of production wells, in order to reduce leak-off of fluids and pressure, and improve the transport of proppants. After fracturing, the gel and associated filter cake must be degraded to very low viscosities using breakers to recover the hydraulic conductivity of the well. Enzymes are widely used to achieve this but injecting high concentrations of enzyme may result in premature degradation, or failure to gel; denaturation of enzymes at alkaline pH and high temperature conditions can also limit their applicability. In this study, application of polyelectrolyte nanoparticles for entrapping, carrying, releasing and protecting enzymes for fracturing fluids was examined. The objective of this research is to develop nano-sized carriers capable of carrying the enzymes to the filter cake, delaying the release of enzyme and protecting the enzyme against pH and temperature conditions inhospitable to native enzyme. Polyethylenimine-dextran sulfate (PEI-DS) polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) were used to entrap two enzymes commonly used in the oil industry in order to obtain delayed release and to protect the enzyme from conditions inhospitable to native enzyme. Stability and reproducibility of PEC nanoparticles was assured over time. An activity measurement method was used to measure the entrapment efficiency of enzyme using PEC nanoparticles. This method was confirmed using a concentration measurement method (SDS-PAGE). Entrapment efficiencies of pectinase and a commercial high-temperature enzyme mixture in polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles were maximized. Degradation, as revealed by reduction in viscoelastic moduli of borate-crosslinked hydroxypropyl guar (HPG) gel by commercial enzyme loaded in polyelectrolyte nanoparticles, was delayed, compared to equivalent systems where the enzyme mixture was not entrapped. This indicates that PEC nanoparticles delay the

  2. Temperature-induced changes in polyelectrolyte films at the solid-liquid interface

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    Steitz, R; Tauer, K; Khrenov, Yu V; Klitzing, K V


    Polyelectrolyte multilayers (film thickness 30-60 nm) were built on top of silicon substrates by layer-by-layer deposition of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes from aqueous solutions. Three kinds of films were investigated: (A) films of a homo-polyelectrolyte and a diblock copolymer with a thermosensitive poly(N-isopropyl-acrylamide) block and (B) and (C) two reference systems built solely from homo-polyelectrolytes of opposite charges. Thermal behavior and subsequent structural changes of the functionalized films against D sub 2 O were investigated by neutron reflectometry. All films showed irreversible annealing effects upon heating. In addition, the thermosensitive films showed a decrease in thickness at elevated temperature (>30 C) while the reference samples, composed of thermo-insensitive polyelectrolytes only, did not. (orig.)

  3. On the difference in ionization properties between planar interfaces and linear polyelectrolytes (United States)

    Borkovec, Michal; Daicic, John; Koper, Ger J. M.


    Ionizable planar interfaces and linear polyelectrolytes show markedly different proton-binding behavior. Planar interfaces protonate in a single broad step, whereas polyelectrolytes mostly undergo a two-step protonation. Such contrasting behavior is explained using a discrete-charge Ising model. This model is based on an approximation of the ionizable groups by point charges that are treated within a linearized Poisson–Boltzmann approximation. The underlying reason as to why planar interfaces exhibit mean-field-like behavior, whereas linear polyelectrolytes usually do not, is related to the range of the site–site interaction potential. For a planar interface, this interaction potential is much more long ranged if compared with that of the cylindrical geometry as appropriate to a linear polyelectrolyte. The model results are in semi-quantitative agreement with experimental data for fatty-acid monolayers, water-oxide interfaces, and various linear polyelectrolytes. PMID:9108004

  4. Interaction between Laponite and Collagen in Dilute Solutions and Effect on Dispersion Stability%稀溶液中Laponite与胶原的相互作用及其分散稳定性

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    张云凤; 李昌朋; 苏帝翰; 林炜; 穆畅道


    The formation conditions of stable Laponite - collagen dispersions were studied firstly. Then UV and Zeta potential tests were performed to explore the interaction of Laponite - collagen and the stability of the dispersion. The results indicate that collagen concentration, Laponite dosage and pH have influence on the stability of Laponite - collagen dispersion. UV spectra show that the non - covalent interaction occurs between Laponite and collagen in dilute solutions. Collagen chains tend to aggregate and the stability decreases with the increase of the collagen concentration. Increasing the content of Laponite in the collagen solution leads to the increase of Zeta potential at first and then decrease in the presence of more Laponite, showing that electrostatic interactions between the negative charged surface of Laponite and the positive charged groups of collagen chains dominate the stability of Laponite - collagen dispersion. Although Laponite is more stable in higher pH solutions, the dispersion shows more stable under lower pH conditions.%首先研究了形成稳定合成锂藻土Laponite-胶原分散液的条件,然后通过紫外和Zeta电位测试研究了Laponite 与胶原的相互作用以及分散液的稳定性.结果表明:胶原和Laponite的浓度以及溶液的pH都会影响分散液的稳定性;UV测试表明Laponite与胶原之间是非共价相互作用.当胶原浓度增大时,肽链有聚集趋势而使分散液稳定性降低.随着Laponite在胶原溶液中含量的增加,Zeta电位先升高再降低,说明稀溶液中胶原分子链与Laponite表面之间的静电作用,决定了分散体系的稳定性.尽管单独的Laponite在高pH溶液环境更为稳定,但Laponite-胶原分散体系在低pH值时的Zeta电位值较高,稳定性较好.

  5. Green preparation of antibiotic nanoparticle complex as potential anti-biofilm therapeutics via self-assembly amphiphile-polyelectrolyte complexation with dextran sulfate. (United States)

    Cheow, Wean Sin; Hadinoto, Kunn


    Nanoscale antibiotic delivery has emerged as a promising therapeutic means to treat lung biofilm infection owed to its sputum penetrating ability. Due to the high antibiotic dosage requirement in anti-biofilm therapy, the most suitable formulation for this purpose is the antibiotic nanoparticles themselves, instead of the more extensively studied antibiotic-loaded nano-carriers, which often exhibit low drug loading. The present work details the preparation and characterization of antibiotic nanoparticle complex (or nanoplex) by self-assembly amphiphile-polyelectrolyte complexation process. Ofloxacin (OFX) and levofloxacin (LEV) are used as the antibiotics with dextran sulfate (DXT) as the polyelectrolyte. The nanoplex possesses high drug loading (up to 80%) and sizeenergy-minimal, solvent-free, and highly efficient as manifested in nearly 100% of drug is transformed into nanoplex. The effects of drug-to-polyelectrolyte charge ratio, pH, drug, and salt concentrations on the nanoplex characteristics (i.e. size, stability, drug loading) are investigated from which the optimal preparation conditions have been identified. Higher complexation efficiency and stronger agglomeration tendency are observed for LEV nanoplex owed to its higher hydrophobicity. The antibiotics are completely released from the nanoplex in aqueous salt solution within 3h and their antimicrobial activity is preserved upon complexation. The nanoplex is readily transformed into amorphous dry powders that remain stable after one-month storage owed to the high glass transition temperature. The antibiotic nanoplexes are highly charged enabling their subsequent functionalization for targeted delivery and controlled drug release purposes.

  6. Ionic Conductivity of Water-Soluble Fully Conjugated Heterocyclic Aromatic Polyelectrolytes (United States)

    Bai, S. J.; Chen, Y. S.; Sun, J. P.; Dang, T. D.; Arnold, F. E.


    Fully conjugated poly[(1,7-dihydrobenzo[1,2-d:4,5-d']diimidazole-2,6-diyl)- 2-(2-sulfo)-p-phenylene], sPBI, has a para-catenated backbone. This rod-like polymer displays superior thermal and solvent stabilities. The stabilities hamper its processing for critical applications. Chemical derivative of the sPBI was achieved using pendants of propane-sulfonated Li^+ ionomer for a water-soluble polyelectrolyte, sPBI-PS(Li^+). sPBI-PS(Li^+) aqueous solutions were cast into freestanding films. Room-temperature direct current conductivity parallel to the film surface σ _|| was as high as 9.7 x 10-5 S/cm. Constant-voltage measurements indicated that σ _|| was mainly ionic. sPBI-PS(Li^+) doped with Li salts showed a σ _|| of 3 ~8 mS/cm. X-ray scattering revealed that the cast films were in-plane isotropic but out-of-the plane anisotropic with the rigid-rod backbone lying in the plane of the films. The anisotropic structure caused the conductivity transverse to the film surface was 10-3 ~ 10-4 to that of σ _||. Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylic acid with functional groups was added in the polycondensation reaction leading to heteroaromatic copolymer with fully conjugated but acticulated backbone. Cast films of the articulated copolymer had three-dimensionally isotropic σ as high as 3 mS/cm.

  7. Elliptic function and solitary wave solutions of the higher-order nonlinear Schrödinger dynamical equation with fourth-order dispersion and cubic-quintic nonlinearity and its stability (United States)

    Arshad, M.; Seadawy, Aly R.; Lu, Dianchen


    The higher-order nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLSE) with fourth-order dispersion, cubic-quintic terms, self-steepening and nonlinear dispersive terms describes the propagation of extremely short pulses in optical fibers. In this paper, the elliptic function, bright and dark solitons and solitary wave solutions of higher-order NLSE are constructed by employing a modified extended direct algebraic method, which has important applications in applied mathematics and physics. Furthermore, we also present the formation conditions of the bright and dark solitons for this equation. The modulation instability is utilized to discuss the stability of these solutions, which shows that all solutions are exact and stable. Many other higher-order nonlinear evolution equations arising in applied sciences can also be solved by this powerful, effective and reliable method.

  8. Morphology of cobalt ferrite nanoparticle-polyelectrolyte multilayered nanocomposites (United States)

    Alcantara, G. B.; Paterno, L. G.; Fonseca, F. J.; Morais, P. C.; Soler, M. A. G.


    Novel magnetic nanocomposite films with controlled morphology were produced via the electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly of cationic CoFe 2O 4 nanoparticles and anionic poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy thiophene)/poly(styrene sulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS) complex. The electrostatic interaction between nanoparticle and the polyelectrolyte complex ensured a stepwise growth of the nanocomposite film with virtually identical amounts of materials being adsorbed at each deposition cycle as observed by UV-vis spectroscopy. AFM images acquired under the tapping mode revealed a globular morphology with dense and continuous layers of nanoparticles with voids being filled with polymeric material.

  9. New nanocomposites based on layered aluminosilicate and guanidine containing polyelectrolytes

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    Khashirov, Azamat A.; Zhansitov, Azamat A.; Khashirova, Svetlana Yu. [Kabardino-Balkarian State University a. Kh.M. Berbekov, 173 Chernyshevskogo st., 360004, Nalchik (Russian Federation); Zaikov, Genadiy E. [N. M. Emanuel Institute of Biochemical Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences, 4, Kosygin St., 119991, Moscow (Russian Federation)


    The new functional nanomaterials based on layered aluminosilicate and guanidine containing polyelectrolytes combining high bactericidal activity with an increased ability to bind to heavy metals and organic pollutants were received. To prove the chemical structure of the model compounds (zwitterionic delocalized resonance structures AG/MAG and PAG/PMAG), as well as the presence of such structures in nanocomposites received on their basis and the MMT, IR, {sup 1}H NMR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction studies and nanoindentation/sclerometry followed by scanning the surface in the area of the indentation were used.

  10. Tailor-made polyelectrolyte microcapsules: from multilayers to smart containers. (United States)

    Peyratout, Claire S; Dähne, Lars


    This review addresses the fabrication and properties of novel polyelectrolyte microcapsules, with an emphasis on their mechanical and permeability properties. Ease of preparation through layer-by-layer self assembly, accurate control over wall thickness as well as flexibility in the choice of constituents make these capsules very promising for numerous applications in materials and life science. Moreover, by engineering the inner and outer interfaces, these capsules can be used as microreactors for precipitation, crystallization, and polymerization reactions, as well as enzymatic, and heterogeneous catalysis.

  11. Preparation and Properties of Water-soluble Conjugated Polyelectrolyte

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    BAO Xiangjun; HONG Ruibin; HU Jianhua; ZHONG Yiping; LIU Ping; DENG Wenji


    The water-soluble conjugated polyelectrolyte, poly[3-(1′-ethyloxy-2′-N- methylimidazole) thiophene] (PEOIMT), was prepared. Its photophysical and electrochemical properties, and response characteristics to the external condition (e g, temperature response, solvent response and pH response), were investigated. The results show the PEOIMT belongs to the organic semiconductor. The interaction between the PEOIMT and the bovine serum albumin (BSA) was investigated using UV-vis spectroscopy. It was found that the PEOIMT could interact with the BSA. The PEOIMT can be used as a biosensor to detect the BSA.


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    Jian-qiang Chen; Yu-fang Shao; Zhen Yang; Hu Yang; Rong-shi Cheng


    It was found that the interface effects in viscous capillary flow influenced the process of viscosity measurement greatly,and the abnormal viscosity behaviors of polyelectrolytes as well as neutral polymers in dilute solution region were ascribed to interface effect.According to this theory,we have reviewed the previous viscosity data of derivatives of poly-2-vinylpyridine reported by Maclay and Fuoss first.Then,the abnormal viscosity behaviors of a series of sodium polystyrene sulfonate samples with various molecular weights in dilute aqueous solutions were studied further.The solute adsorption behaviors and structural information of polymers have been discussed carefully.

  13. Encapsulation of Bacterial Spores in Nanoorganized Polyelectrolyte Shells (Postprint) (United States)


    Baca, H.; Ashley, C.; Carnes , E.; Lopez, D.; Flemming, J.; Dunphy, D.; Singh, S.; Lopez, G.; Brozik, S.; Werner-Washburne, M.; Brinker, J. Science...concentration of aqueous polyelectrolytes was 2 mg/mL ( pH 6.8). All polymer samples were treated briefly in a sonicating bath and then vortex mixed before...positively charged and PGA is negatively charged at pH 6.5-7 due to amine and acid ionized Scheme 1 Figure 1. ζ-potential of a B. subtilis spore in DI water at

  14. Complexation behavior of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes: Effect of charge distribution

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    Zhao, Mingtian; Li, Baohui, E-mail:, E-mail: [School of Physics and Key Laboratory of Functional Polymer Materials of Ministry of Education, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); Zhou, Jihan; Su, Cuicui; Niu, Lin; Liang, Dehai, E-mail:, E-mail: [Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences and the Key Laboratory of Polymer Chemistry and Physics of Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)


    Complexation behavior of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes in a solution is investigated using a combination of computer simulations and experiments, focusing on the influence of polyelectrolyte charge distributions along the chains on the structure of the polyelectrolyte complexes. The simulations are performed using Monte Carlo with the replica-exchange algorithm for three model systems where each system is composed of a mixture of two types of oppositely charged model polyelectrolyte chains (EGEG){sub 5}/(KGKG){sub 5}, (EEGG){sub 5}/(KKGG){sub 5}, and (EEGG){sub 5}/(KGKG){sub 5}, in a solution including explicit solvent molecules. Among the three model systems, only the charge distributions along the chains are not identical. Thermodynamic quantities are calculated as a function of temperature (or ionic strength), and the microscopic structures of complexes are examined. It is found that the three systems have different transition temperatures, and form complexes with different sizes, structures, and densities at a given temperature. Complex microscopic structures with an alternating arrangement of one monolayer of E/K monomers and one monolayer of G monomers, with one bilayer of E and K monomers and one bilayer of G monomers, and with a mixture of monolayer and bilayer of E/K monomers in a box shape and a trilayer of G monomers inside the box are obtained for the three mixture systems, respectively. The experiments are carried out for three systems where each is composed of a mixture of two types of oppositely charged peptide chains. Each peptide chain is composed of Lysine (K) and glycine (G) or glutamate (E) and G, in solution, and the chain length and amino acid sequences, and hence the charge distribution, are precisely controlled, and all of them are identical with those for the corresponding model chain. The complexation behavior and complex structures are characterized through laser light scattering and atomic force microscopy measurements. The order

  15. Synthesis of hollow Ag-Au bimetallic nanoparticles in polyelectrolyte multilayers. (United States)

    Zhang, Xin; Zhang, Guangyu; Zhang, Bodong; Su, Zhaohui


    Ag nanoparticles of ~20 nm size and rather uniform size distribution were synthesized in polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) via an ion-exchange/reduction process in two stages (seeding and growth), which were used as sacrificial templates to fabricate Ag-Au bimetallic hollow nanoparticles via galvanic replacement reaction. The reaction process was monitored by UV-vis spectroscopy. The morphology and structure of the nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, which confirmed the formation of hollow Ag-Au bimetallic nanoparticles. UV-vis absorbance spectroscopy and TEM results indicated that both size and optical properties of the Ag nanoparticles in the PEM can be controlled by manipulating ion content in the PEM and the number of the ion-exchange/reduction cycle, whereas that of Ag-Au bimetallic nanoparticles were dependent on size of the Ag templates and the replacement reaction kinetics. The hollow Ag-Au bimetallic nanoparticles exhibited a significant red shift in the surface plasmon resonance to the near-infrared region. The strategy enables facile preparation of hollow bimetallic nanoparticles in situ in polymer matrixes.

  16. Molecular Thermodynamic Model for Polyelectrolyte Solutions with Added Salts%含盐聚电解质溶液的分子热力学模型

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    张波; 蔡钧; 刘洪来; 胡英


    A molecular thermodynamic model of polyelectrolyte developed previously was extended to polyelectrolyte solutions with added salts. Thermodynamic properties, such as activity coefficients of polyelectrolytes or added salts and osmotic coefficients of solvent, of a number of aqueous mixtures of polyelectrolytes and salts are analyzed with the proposed model. Successful correlation is obtained in the range of moderate or higher polyion concentration. For the same sample, thermodynamic properties of polyelectrolytes with and without simple electrolytes can be predicted mutually using parameters from regression data.

  17. Born energy, acid-base equilibrium, structure and interactions of end-grafted weak polyelectrolyte layers

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    Nap, R. J.; Tagliazucchi, M.; Szleifer, I., E-mail: [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Chemistry, and Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60208-3100 (United States)


    This work addresses the effect of the Born self-energy contribution in the modeling of the structural and thermodynamical properties of weak polyelectrolytes confined to planar and curved surfaces. The theoretical framework is based on a theory that explicitly includes the conformations, size, shape, and charge distribution of all molecular species and considers the acid-base equilibrium of the weak polyelectrolyte. Namely, the degree of charge in the polymers is not imposed but it is a local varying property that results from the minimization of the total free energy. Inclusion of the dielectric properties of the polyelectrolyte is important as the environment of a polymer layer is very different from that in the adjacent aqueous solution. The main effect of the Born energy contribution on the molecular organization of an end-grafted weak polyacid layer is uncharging the weak acid (or basic) groups and consequently decreasing the concentration of mobile ions within the layer. The magnitude of the effect increases with polymer density and, in the case of the average degree of charge, it is qualitatively equivalent to a small shift in the equilibrium constant for the acid-base equilibrium of the weak polyelectrolyte monomers. The degree of charge is established by the competition between electrostatic interactions, the polymer conformational entropy, the excluded volume interactions, the translational entropy of the counterions and the acid-base chemical equilibrium. Consideration of the Born energy introduces an additional energetic penalty to the presence of charged groups in the polyelectrolyte layer, whose effect is mitigated by down-regulating the amount of charge, i.e., by shifting the local-acid base equilibrium towards its uncharged state. Shifting of the local acid-base equilibrium and its effect on the properties of the polyelectrolyte layer, without considering the Born energy, have been theoretically predicted previously. Account of the Born energy leads

  18. Born energy, acid-base equilibrium, structure and interactions of end-grafted weak polyelectrolyte layers (United States)

    Nap, R. J.; Tagliazucchi, M.; Szleifer, I.


    This work addresses the effect of the Born self-energy contribution in the modeling of the structural and thermodynamical properties of weak polyelectrolytes confined to planar and curved surfaces. The theoretical framework is based on a theory that explicitly includes the conformations, size, shape, and charge distribution of all molecular species and considers the acid-base equilibrium of the weak polyelectrolyte. Namely, the degree of charge in the polymers is not imposed but it is a local varying property that results from the minimization of the total free energy. Inclusion of the dielectric properties of the polyelectrolyte is important as the environment of a polymer layer is very different from that in the adjacent aqueous solution. The main effect of the Born energy contribution on the molecular organization of an end-grafted weak polyacid layer is uncharging the weak acid (or basic) groups and consequently decreasing the concentration of mobile ions within the layer. The magnitude of the effect increases with polymer density and, in the case of the average degree of charge, it is qualitatively equivalent to a small shift in the equilibrium constant for the acid-base equilibrium of the weak polyelectrolyte monomers. The degree of charge is established by the competition between electrostatic interactions, the polymer conformational entropy, the excluded volume interactions, the translational entropy of the counterions and the acid-base chemical equilibrium. Consideration of the Born energy introduces an additional energetic penalty to the presence of charged groups in the polyelectrolyte layer, whose effect is mitigated by down-regulating the amount of charge, i.e., by shifting the local-acid base equilibrium towards its uncharged state. Shifting of the local acid-base equilibrium and its effect on the properties of the polyelectrolyte layer, without considering the Born energy, have been theoretically predicted previously. Account of the Born energy leads

  19. 不同分散剂条件下氧化铜纳米颗粒的稳定性研究%Study on Stability of Al2O3-Nanoparticles with Different Dispersants

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    朱冬生; 李华; 王先菊; 李新芳


    As us known, nanofluids can enhance heat transfer, and the dispersion and stability of nanofluids are the key factors to enhance heat transfer, so in this paper we mainly discussed the factors which can influence the dispersion of Al2O3-nanosuspensions. Through zeta-potential and particle size measurements in Al2O3-nanosuspensions, the influence of different pH value and the three different kinds of dispersants (SDBS, CATB and Gum arabic) on the dispersion of Al2O3-nanoparticles were discussed. We find that the absolute value of zeta-potential is the biggest and the size of particles is the smallest with SDBS and Gum arabic dispersants when the pH value of nanofluids is about 8, and the absolute value of zeta-potential is the biggest and the size of particles is the smallest with CATB dispersants when the pH value of nanofluids is about 2~3. We also find that nanofluids has a good dispersion when SDBS used as dispersant, which has the biggest absolute value of Zeta-potential and the smallest particle size.%纳米流体作为新型传热介质可以提高传热系数,而其分散性和稳定性是影响热传递的主要因素,文章讨论了影响纳米氧化铜分散性的主要因素.通过Zeta电位和粒径的测定,讨论了pH值和三种不同的分散剂(SDBS、CATB、阿拉伯胶)对氧化铜纳米流体分散性的影响.发现pH值在8左右时,SDBS、阿拉伯胶做为分散剂时纳米Al2O3悬浮液的Zeta电位绝对值较大,粒径较小;在pH值在2~3之间时,CATB做为分散剂时Al2O3纳米悬浮液的Zeta电位绝对值较大,粒径较小.其中在各个分散剂最佳pH值范围内,SDBS作为分散剂时,纳米氧化铝悬浮液的Zeta电位绝对值最大,粒径最小.

  20. Black Brant X third stage dispersion dynamics (United States)

    Montag, W. H.; Maksimovic, V. M.; Lindahl, J. E.


    The successful development of the Black Brant X (BBX) launch vehicle resulted from the application of a gyroscopically stabilized, unguided third stage motor configuration. Design analyses indicated sufficient gyroscopic stability and acceptable impact dispersion could be realized by optimizing second/third stage separation time. By flying an unguided third stage motor, significant program cost savings were realized. One flight test and two operational missions demonstrated the feasibility of utilizing gyroscopic stability to achieve satisfactory trajectory dispersion on a high performance rocket. A detailed assessment of the major dispersion contributors identified for the first three BBX missions is presented, offering important insight into the dispersion sensitivity of unguided, spin-stabilized flight.

  1. Tracer Studies to Characterize the Effects of Roadside Noise Barriers on Near-Road Pollutant Dispersion under Varying Atmospheric Stability Conditions (United States)

    A roadway toxics dispersion study was conducted by the Field Research Division (FRD) of NOAA at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) near Idaho Falls, ID to document the effects on concentrations of roadway emissions behind a roadside sound barrier in various conditions of atmosph...

  2. Self-Assembly of Metallic and Magnetic Nanoparticles into Polyelectrolyte Multilayers (United States)

    Riffard, Lucie

    Gold nanoparticles were wrapped with polyelectrolytes and were deposited on a substrate coated with polyelectrolyte multilayer films. The adsorption of the colloids on the surface was followed by AFM and UV-VIS spectroscopy. The results suggested that the deposition of particles on a surface was performed successfully just by using a very simple and quick dipping method. Using the same technique, magnetic particles were coated with polyelectrolytes and deposited on polyelectrolyte multilayer films. Once again the adsorption of the particles on polymer films was achieved and more complex assemblies were then built. They consisted of a succession of polyelectrolyte films and magnetic nanoparticles. As the colloids exhibit magnetic properties, the possibility of controlling properties of thin polymer films with a strong magnet is investigated. Magnetic colloids were embedded into a polymer assembly which undergoes the effects of a magnet. Its thickness changes were analyzed by ellipsometry when the sample was immersed in water. It appeared that magnetic nanoparticles were able to squeeze a polyelectrolyte thin film in presence of a magnet, despite the polymer chains resistance. This phenomenon can be used as nano-switches in various applications in medical field for example. In the future, it could be interesting to study the effect of an oscillating magnetic field on composite polyelectrolyte multilayer-magnetic particles. If the thickness fluctuates with the magnetic field, new applications towards the nanodisplacement of a fluid on a surface can be possible: the oscillations at the surface moving the adjacent fluid.

  3. Influence of higher valent ions on flexible polyelectrolyte stiffness and counter-ion distribution. (United States)

    Chremos, Alexandros; Douglas, Jack F


    We investigate the influence of counter-ion valency on the flexibility of highly charged flexible polymer chains using molecular dynamics simulations that include both salt and an explicit solvent. As observed experimentally, we find that divalent counter-ions greatly reduce the chain persistence length, lp, in comparison with monovalent counter-ions. On the other hand, polyelectrolyte chains having trivalent counter-ions adopt a much more compact conformation than polyelectrolytes having monovalent and divalent counter-ions. We demonstrate that the tendency of polyelectrolyte chains to become deformed by proximal high valence counter-ions is due to chain "coiling" around the counter-ions. In particular, we find that the number of contacts that the proximal counter-ions have with the polyelectrolyte dictates the extent of chain coiling. This ion-binding induced coiling mechanism influences not only the conformational properties of the polyelectrolyte, but also the counter-ion distribution around the chain. Specifically, we find that higher valent counter-ions lead both to a counter-ion enrichment in close proximity to the polyelectrolyte and to a significant reduction in the spatial extent of the diffuse counter-ion cloud around the polyelectrolyte.

  4. Solution properties of star polyelectrolytes having a moderate number of arms (United States)

    Chremos, Alexandros; Douglas, Jack F.


    We investigate polyelectrolyte stars having a moderate number of arms by molecular dynamics simulations of a coarse-grained model over a range of polyelectrolyte concentrations, where both the counter-ions and solvent are treated explicitly. This class of polymeric materials is found to exhibit rather distinct static and dynamic properties from linear and highly branched star polyelectrolyte solutions emphasized in past studies. Moderately branched polymers are particle-like in many of their properties, while at the same time they exhibit large fluctuations in size and shape as in the case of linear chain polymers. Correspondingly, these fluctuations suppress crystallization at high polymer concentrations, leading apparently to an amorphous rather than crystalline solid state at high polyelectrolyte concentrations. We quantify the onset of this transition by measuring the polymer size and shape fluctuations of our model star polyelectrolytes and the static and dynamic structure factor of these solutions over a wide range of polyelectrolyte concentration. Our findings for star polyelectrolytes are similar to those of polymer-grafted nanoparticles having a moderate grafting density, which is natural given the soft and highly deformable nature of both of these "particles."

  5. Key considerations in the determination of polyelectrolyte concentration by the colloidal titration method

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    Miguel A. Zanuttini


    Full Text Available Medium or high charge density cationic polyelectrolytes are frequently used for water treatment. In the papermaking wet-end they are used as retention agents or as flocculating aids. Negative polyelectrolytes that enter the papermaking system increase the demand for cationic poly-electrolytes. Polyelectrolyte concentration can be determined by the colloidal titration method, using either of two options for detecting the endpoint: i visual observation or spectrophotometric determination of the colour change of an indicator, or ii streaming current measurement. This work discusses the best conditions for the application of the titration using spectrophotometric measurement for the end point detection. Poly-diallyldimethylammonium chloride was used as the cationic polyelec-trolyte, potassium polyvinyl sulphate as the negative polyelectrolyte, and o-toluidine blue as the positive indicator dye. The polyelectrolyte concen-tration range, interference from the metal ions affecting the indicator color change, the optimal indicator concentration to avoid precipitation problems, and the effect of adding a surfactant to the indicator solution were also considered. Titration curves were analyzed and optimized. Under these conditions the technique provided results with acceptable precision.

  6. Impact of polyelectrolytes and their corresponding multilayers to human primary endothelial cells. (United States)

    Nolte, Andrea; Hossfeld, Susanne; Schroeppel, Birgit; Mueller, Anne; Stoll, Dieter; Walker, Tobias; Wendel, Hans Peter; Krastev, Rumen


    The layer-by-layer technique, which allows simple preparation of polyelectrolyte multilayers, came into the focus of research for development of functionalized medical devices. Numerous literature exist that concentrate on the film build-up and the behaviour of cells on polyelectrolyte multilayers. However, in case of very soft polyelectrolyte multilayers, studies of the cell behaviour on these films are sometimes misleading with regard to clinical applications because cells do not die due to cytotoxicity but due to apoptosis by missing cell adhesion. It turns out that the adhesion in vitro, and thus, the viability of cells on polyelectrolyte multilayers is mostly influenced by their mechanical properties. In order to decide, which polyelectrolyte multilayers are suitable for implants, we take this problem into account by putting the substrates with soft films on top of pre-cultured human primary endothelial cells ('reverse assay'). Hence, the present work aims giving a more complete and reliable study of typical polyelectrolyte multilayers with regard to clinical applications. In particular, coatings consisting of hyaluronic acid and chitosan as natural polymers and sulfonated polystyrene and polyallylamine hydrochlorite as synthetic polymers were studied. The adsorption of polyelectrolytes was characterized by physico-chemical methods which show regular buildup. Biological examination of the native or modified polyelectrolyte multilayers was based on their effect to cell adhesion and morphology of endothelial cells by viability assays, immunostaining and scanning electron microscopy. Using the standard method, which is typically applied in literature--seeding cells on top of films--shows that the best adhesion and thus, viability can be achieved using sulfonated polystyrene/polyallylamine hydrochlorite. However, putting the films on top of endothelial cells reveals that hyaluronic acid/chitosan may also be suitable for clinical applications: This result is

  7. Catalytic polyelectrolyte multilayers at the bipolar membrane interface. (United States)

    Abdu, Said; Sricharoen, Kittikun; Wong, John E; Muljadi, Eko S; Melin, Thomas; Wessling, Matthias


    Bipolar membranes are laminated anion and cation exchange membranes that split water at their interface very efficiently upon application of an electric field. This paper investigates the layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition of polyelectrolyte multilayers, as a tool to introduce molecularly thin catalyst groups at this interface of bipolar membranes. The bipolar membranes were prepared by first modifying an anion exchange membrane by consecutive dipping LbL assembly, then casting a thin highly charged intermediate layer followed by casting a cation exchange layer. The results reveal that polyelectrolytes of higher charge density coated on the anion exchange layer yield better performance. Several parameters of the LbL interface deposition were varied. Out of the investigated LbL assembly parameters, ionic strength and number of layers have shown the largest influence on catalytic activity as well as ionic selectivity. The membrane with two bilayers of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) and poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI), where the PEI was prepared in 0.5 M NaCl, gave rise to the best performance. Surprisingly, detailed data analysis at low electrical potential suggests that the interface layers of a bipolar membrane play a major role in its permselectivity. Previously, only the bulk thickness of the anion and cation exchange membrane was assumed to influence the bipolar membrane selectivity.

  8. Effect of Protein Supercharging on Interaction with Polyelectrolytes (United States)

    Olsen, Bradley; Obermeyer, Allie; Mills, Carolyn; Dong, Xuehui

    Complexation of proteins with polyelectrolytes can lead to a liquid-liquid phase separation to generate a viscous complex coacervate phase rich in protein and polyelectrolyte. However, many proteins do not readily coacervate at conditions near neutral pH and physiological ionic strength. Here, protein supercharging is used to systematically explore the effect of protein charge on the complex coacervation with polycations. Four model proteins were chemically modified to generate a panel of proteins with varying surface charge, with both the average charge and charge distribution quantified by mass spectrometry. Proteins phase separated with the qP4VP and qPDMAEMA polycations when the ratio of negatively charged residues to positively charged residues was greater than 1.1-1.2. Efficient partitioning of the protein into the coacervate phase required larger charge ratio (1.5-2.0). The model proteins were also encapsulated in complex coacervate core micelles. Dynamic light scattering was used to assess the formation of micelles with POEGMA- b-qP4VP and revealed micellar hydrodynamic radii of approximately 25-30 nm. Small angle neutron scattering and transmission electron microscopy were used to confirm the formation of spherical micelles.

  9. Study of sporadical properties of crosslinked polyelectrolyte multilayers (United States)

    Balu, Deebika

    Polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEM) have become a highly studied class of materials due to the range of their applicability in many areas of research, including biology, chemistry and materials science. Recent advances in surface coatings have enabled modification of PEM surfaces to provide desirable properties such as controlled release, super-hydrophobicity, biocompatibility, antifouling and antibacterial properties. In the past decade, antimicrobial PEM coatings have been investigated as a safer alternative to the traditional disinfection methods that usually involve application of hazardous chemicals onto the surface to be cleaned. These antimicrobial coatings could be applied to common surfaces prone to colonization of bacteria (such as bench tops, faucet handles, etc) to supplement routine sanitization protocols by providing sustained antimicrobial activity. Vegetative bacteria (such as Escherichia coli) are more susceptible to antimicrobial agents than bacterial species that form spores. Hence, the antimicrobial activity of PEM coatings fabricated using Layer by Layer (LbL) technique were assayed using Bacillus anthracis spores (Sterne strain). In this thesis, the sporicidal effect of various polyelectrolyte multilayer coatings containing cross-linked polymers immersed in bleach have been evaluated as potential augmentation to existing disinfection methods.

  10. Charge regulation and local dielectric function in planar polyelectrolyte brushes. (United States)

    Kumar, Rajeev; Sumpter, Bobby G; Kilbey, S Michael


    Understanding the effect of inhomogeneity on the charge regulation and dielectric properties, and how it depends on the conformational characteristics of the macromolecules is a long-standing problem. In order to address this problem, we have developed a field-theory to study charge regulation and local dielectric function in planar polyelectrolyte brushes. The theory is used to study a polyacid brush, which is comprised of chains end-grafted at the solid-fluid interface, in equilibrium with a bulk solution containing monovalent salt ions, solvent molecules, and pH controlling acid. In particular, we focus on the effects of the concentration of added salt and pH of the bulk in determining the local charge and dielectric function. Our theoretical investigations reveal that the dipole moment of the ion-pairs formed as a result of counterion adsorption on the chain backbones play a key role in affecting the local dielectric function. For polyelectrolytes made of monomers having dipole moments lower than the solvent molecules, dielectric decrement is predicted inside the brush region. However, the formation of ion-pairs (due to adsorption of counterions coming from the dissociation of added salt) more polar than the solvent molecules is shown to increase the magnitude of the dielectric function with respect to its bulk value. Furthermore, an increase in the bulk salt concentration is shown to increase the local charge inside the brush region.

  11. Formation of Soft Nanoparticles via Polyelectrolyte Complexation: A Viscometric Study

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    Rondon Céline


    Full Text Available This paper describes the formation of soft nanoparticles resulting from electrostatically driven complexation of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. The system was composed of a strong polyanion (polystyrene sulfonate, PSS and a weak polycation (poly(allylamine hydrochloride, PAH in large excess. Soft nanoparticles were obtained by pouring a PSS solution into a PAH one under constant stirring. The polyelectrolyte complexes (PEC were characterized through a viscometric study complemented by Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS, electrophoretic mobility and suspension turbidity measurements. PEC suspensions were centrifuged and by measuring the viscosity of the supernatant, we were able to estimate the free polycation concentration and hence the percentage of complexed polycation. We also measured the relative viscosity of the suspensions; from the estimated contribution of the PEC particles and of the polycation in excess, the average particle volume fraction was estimated. From all viscometric data, we could derive the evolution of the binding stoichiometry in PEC and of the effective particle volume fraction as a function of the mixing ratio (ratio of the cationic to anionic groups and of the pH. Our results emphasize the importance of charge accessibility in controlling both the stoichiometry and packing density of the complexes.

  12. Responsive block copolymer photonics triggered by protein-polyelectrolyte coacervation. (United States)

    Fan, Yin; Tang, Shengchang; Thomas, Edwin L; Olsen, Bradley D


    Ionic interactions between proteins and polyelectrolytes are demonstrated as a method to trigger responsive transitions in block copolymer (BCP) photonic gels containing one neutral hydrophobic block and one cationic hydrophilic block. Poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP) blocks in lamellar poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine) block copolymer thin films are quaternized with primary bromides to yield swollen gels that show strong reflectivity peaks in the visible range; exposure to aqueous solutions of various proteins alters the swelling ratios of the quaternized P2VP (QP2VP) gel layers in the PS-QP2VP materials due to the ionic interactions between proteins and the polyelectrolyte. Parameters such as charge density, hydrophobicity, and cross-link density of the QP2VP gel layers as well as the charge and size of the proteins play significant roles on the photonic responses of the BCP gels. Differences in the size and pH-dependent charge of proteins provide a basis for fingerprinting proteins based on their temporal and equilibrium photonic response. The results demonstrate that the BCP gels and their photonic effect provide a robust and visually interpretable method to differentiate different proteins.

  13. The remarkable activity and stability of a highly dispersive beta-brass Cu-Zn catalyst for the production of ethylene glycol

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    Li, Molly Meng-Jung; Zheng, Jianwei; Qu, Jin; Liao, Fenglin; Raine, Elizabeth; Kuo, Winson C H; Su, Shei Sia; Po, Pang; Yuan, Youzhu; Tsang, Shik Chi Edman


    ...) to ethylene glycol, an important reaction well known for deactivation from copper nanoparticle sintering, can show greatly enhanced activity and stability with the CuZn alloy catalysts due to no noticeable sintering...

  14. Dispersing multi-component and unstable powders in aqueous media using comb-type anionic polymers

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    Laarz, E.; Kauppi, A.; Andersson, K.M.


    of the grafted ethylene oxide side chains showed that the dispersants adsorb onto a MgO surface and infer a repulsion where the range scales with the length of the poly ethylene oxide side chains. The compressibility and the consolidation behavior of MgO particle networks in response to a centrifugal force field...... dispersants also in multi-component powder mixtures with a complex solution and surface chemistry and result in more robust suspensions at significantly higher solids loading compared with e.g., a traditional cationic polyelectrolyte. Direct force measurements on comb-type dispersants with different lengths...

  15. Colloidal stability of Ni(OH){sub 2} in water and its dispersion into a ceramic matrix from the reaction media to obtain Ni/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} materials

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    Cabanas-Polo, S.; Ferrari, B.; Sanchez-Herencia, A. J.


    Ni/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites have been fabricated by slip casting of concentrated Ni(OH){sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} suspensions and subsequent in situ reduction to metallic nickel during sintering. For that, the synthesis assisted by ultrasound of both α- and β-Ni(OH){sub 2} polymorphs, as well as their colloidal stability, have been studied. The structural differences between both polymorphs have been thoroughly studied by means of XRD, FTIR, DTA-TG, SSA, SEM and TEM, in order to optimize the starting suspensions. This way, the IEP of both polymorphs have been established (9.7 y 12 for β- and α-Ni(OH){sub 2}, respectively), as well as the optimal content of an anionic dispersant (PAA) to stabilize the particles (0.8 wt. % for beta phase and 3.0 wt. % for alpha phase). Three different Ni/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites, with a high dispersion degree of the metallic phase, have been obtained considering the potential vs. particles distance curve of the Ni(OH){sub 2}, and their structure has been discussed in terms of the strength of the agglomerates and/or aggregates of the Ni(OH){sub 2}. (Author)

  16. Formation and degradation of layer-by-layer-assembled polyelectrolyte polyrotaxane capsules. (United States)

    Dam, Henk H; Caruso, Frank


    We report the preparation of degradable capsules via layer-by-layer assembly using polyelectrolyte (PE) polyrotaxanes (PRXs). The PRX capsules were prepared by the sequential deposition of PRXs onto silica particles followed by the dissolution of the silica cores. The colloidal stability of the PRX capsules that are formed depends on the salt/buffer solution used in the assembly process. Various salt/buffer combinations were examined to avoid aggregation of the core-shell particles during PRX assembly and core dissolution. Using appropriate assembly conditions, we prepared colloidally stable, robust capsules. PRX capsules consisting of eight layers of PE PRXs had a wall thickness of ~15 nm. The degradation of the PRX capsules was demonstrated through the disassembly of the PE PRXs using glutathione, which cleaves the disulfide bonds linking the end-capping groups of the PE PRXs. Given the supramolecular noncovalent structure of PRXs and their adjustable properties, it is expected that PRXs will be used as building blocks for assembling advanced capsules with unique and tailored properties.

  17. Polyelectrolyte complex of carboxymethyl starch and chitosan as protein carrier: oral administration of ovalbumin. (United States)

    Assaad, Elias; Blemur, Lindsay; Lessard, Martin; Mateescu, Mircea Alexandru


    A novel carboxymethyl starch (CMS)/chitosan polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) was proposed as an excipient for oral administration of ovalbumin. The dissolution of ovalbumin from monolithic tablets (200 mg, 2.1 × 9.6 mm, 50% loading) obtained by direct compression was studied. When CMS was used as an excipient, more than 70% of the loaded ovalbumin remained undigested after 1 h of incubation in simulated gastric fluid (SGF) with pepsin. The complete dissolution, after transfer of tablets into simulated intestinal fluid (SIF) with pancreatin, occurred within a total time of about 6 h. Higher protection (more than 90% stability in SGF) and longer dissolution (more than 13 h) were obtained with 50% CMS/50% chitosan physical mixture or with PEC excipients. A lower proportion of chitosan was needed for PEC than for the CMS/chitosan mixture to obtain a similar dissolution profile. The high protection against digestion by pepsin, the various release times and the mucoadhesion properties of these excipients based on CMS favor the development of suitable carriers for oral vaccinations.

  18. Formation of redispersible polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles from gallic acid-chitosan conjugate and gum arabic. (United States)

    Hu, Qiaobin; Wang, Taoran; Zhou, Mingyong; Xue, Jingyi; Luo, Yangchao


    Polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) nanoparticles between chitosan (CS) and biomacromolecules offer better physicochemical properties as delivery vehicles for nutrients than other CS-based nanoparticles. Our major objective was to fabricate PEC nanoparticles between water soluble gallic acid-chitosan conjugate (GA-CS) and gum arabic. The optimal fabrication method, physicochemical characteristics and stability were investigated. Furthermore, we also evaluated the effects of nano spray drying technology on the morphology and redispersibility of nanoparticle powders using Buchi B-90 Nano Spray Dryer. Results showed that the mass ratio between GA-CS and gum arabic and the preparation pH had significant contributions in determining the particle size and count rate of the nanoparticles, with the ratio of 3:1 and pH 5.0 being the optimal conditions that resulted in 112.2nm and 122.9kcps. The polyethylene glycol (PEG) played a vital role in forming the well-separated spray dried nanoparticles. The most homogeneous nanoparticles with the smoothest surface were obtained when the mass ratio of GA-CS and PEG was 1:0.5. In addition, the GA-CS/gum arabic spray dried nanoparticles exhibited excellent water-redispersibiliy compared to native CS/gum arabic nanoparticles. Our results demonstrated GA-CS/gum arabic nanoparticles were successfully fabricated with promising physicochemical properties and great potential for their applications in food and pharmaceutical industries. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Comparing polyelectrolyte multilayer-coated PMMA microfluidic devices and glass microchips for electrophoretic separations. (United States)

    Currie, Christa A; Shim, Joon Sub; Lee, Se Hwan; Ahn, Chong; Limbach, Patrick A; Halsall, H Brian; Heineman, William R


    There is a continuing drive in microfluidics to transfer microchip systems from the more expensive glass microchips to cheaper polymer microchips. Here, we investigate using polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEM) as a coating system for PMMA microchips to improve their functionality. The multilayer system was prepared by layer-to-layer deposition of poly(diallyldimethylammonium) chloride and polystyrene sulfonate. Practical aspects of coating PMMA microchips were explored. The multilayer buildup process was monitored using EOF measurements, and the stability of the PEM was investigated. The performance of the PEM-PMMA microchip was compared with those of a standard glass microchip and a PEM-glass microchip in terms of EOF and separating two fluorescent dyes. Several key findings in the development of the multilayer coating procedure for PMMA chips are also presented. It was found that, with careful preparation, a PEM-PMMA microchip can be prepared that has properties comparable--and in some cases superior--to those of a standard glass microchip.

  20. Single-molecule elasticity of single-stranded DNA, a model flexible polyelectrolyte (United States)

    McIntosh, Dustin B.

    Understanding the structure of unfolded, flexible polyelectrolytes is important for our comprehension of basic processes in molecular biology (e.g., RNA and protein folding) and our ability to exploit the polymers in technology (e.g., in self-assembled nanostructures). Here, we investigate the structure of single single-stranded DNA molecules and their interactions with ions using magnetic tweezers. Our data reveal that single-stranded DNA is not well-described by ideal polymer models such as the Worm-Like Chain. At low force, we report the first experimental observation of a nonlinear elastic regime revealing the relevance of long-range excluded volume effects. At high force, the extension scales as a logarithm in monovalent salt. Molecular dynamics simulations indicate that this logarithmic regime is the result of ion-stabilized wrinkles at short-length scales along the polymer backbone. Addition of divalent salt to the buffer results in enhanced elasticity indicating increased wrinkling or polymer ''wrapping" around the divalent ions. Using a thermodynamic identity, we are able to count ions as they are released into the bulk upon polymer elongation. We find that ssDNA releases significantly more ions than dsDNA. We posit that the recently termed ''Snake-Like Chain" model (Ullner, J. Phys. Chem B (2003)) for flexible polyelectrolytes may explain these observations. As a first step towards characterizing biologically relevant nucleic acid structures, we measure the effects of base-stacking on ssDNA elasticity. We find that base-stacking in poly(dA) significantly enhances the rigidity of the polymer as evidenced by the low-force elasticity. The unstacking transition of poly(dA) at high force reveals that the intrinsic electrostatic tension on the molecule varies significantly more weakly on salt concentration than predictions from mean-field models. Further, we provide a model-independent estimate of the free energy difference between stacked and unstacked nucleic

  1. Periodic nanoscale patterning of polyelectrolytes over square centimeter areas using block copolymer templates. (United States)

    Oded, Meirav; Kelly, Stephen T; Gilles, Mary K; Müller, Axel H E; Shenhar, Roy


    Nano-patterned materials are beneficial for applications such as solar cells, opto-electronics, and sensing owing to their periodic structure and high interfacial area. Here, we present a non-lithographic approach for assembling polyelectrolytes into periodic nanoscale patterns over cm(2)-scale areas. Chemically modified block copolymer thin films featuring alternating charged and neutral domains are used as patterned substrates for electrostatic self-assembly. In-depth characterization of the deposition process using spectroscopy and microscopy techniques, including the state-of-the-art scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM), reveals both the selective deposition of the polyelectrolyte on the charged copolymer domains as well as gradual changes in the film topography that arise from further penetration of the solvent molecules and possibly also the polyelectrolyte into these domains. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of creating nano-patterned polyelectrolyte layers, which opens up new opportunities for structured functional coating fabrication.

  2. Interactions of phosphororganic agents with water and components of polyelectrolyte membranes. (United States)

    Lee, Ming-Tsung; Vishnyakov, Aleksey; Gor, Gennady Yu; Neimark, Alexander V


    Interactions of nerve G-agents (sarin and soman) and their simulants DMMP (dimethyl methylphosphonate) and DIFP (diisopropyl fluorophosphate) with water and components of polyelectrolyte membranes are studied using ab initio calculations in conjunction with thermodynamic modeling using the conductor-like screening model for real solvents (COSMO-RS). To test reliability of COSMO-RS calculations, we measured the vapor-liquid equilibrium in DMMP-water mixtures and found quantitative agreement between computed and experimental results. Using COSMO-RS, we studied the interactions of phosphororganic agents with the characteristic fragments of perfluorinated and sulfonated polystyrene (sPS) polyelectrolytes, which are explored for protective clothing membranes. We found that both simulants, DIFP and DMMP, mimic the thermodynamic properties of G-agents reasonably well; however, there are certain specific differences that are discussed. We also suggested that sPS-based polyelectrolytes have less affinity for phosphorganic agents compared to prefluorinated polyelectrolytes similar to Nafion.

  3. Electrodeposition of a palladium nanocatalyst by ion confinement in polyelectrolyte multilayers. (United States)

    Vago, Miguel; Tagliazucchi, Mario; Williams, Federico J; Calvo, Ernesto J


    A highly efficient and selective material for electrocatalytic hydrogenation has been prepared by depositing monodisperse palladium nanoparticles of size (6+/-1) nm by electrochemical reduction of PdCl(4)(2-) confined in a polyelectrolyte multilayer film.


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    Marcin Głodniok


    Full Text Available The paper addresses the problems connected with sewage sludge dewatering. The premise of the study was the analysis of whether there are opportunities to increase the efficiency of dewatering sludge, a relatively low-cost involving the use of innovative polymers. The authors analyzed the impact of the new type of polyelectrolyte gel on the effectiveness of dewatering sludge. Laboratory studies were carried out at polyelectrolyte dose selection and laboratory testing on the press chamber designed to simulate the actual operation of sludge dewatering system. Two different doses of polyelectrolyte were tested for dose I – 4 ml/m3 and dose II – 8 ml/m3. The conducted analysis on laboratory press showed an increase of sludge dewatering efficiency by about 2% for dose no. I and by about 13% for dose no. II, in comparison to the test without polyelectrolyte.

  5. Dispersion Forces

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    Buhmann, Stefan Yoshi


    In this book, a modern unified theory of dispersion forces on atoms and bodies is presented which covers a broad range of advanced aspects and scenarios. Macroscopic quantum electrodynamics is shown to provide a powerful framework for dispersion forces which allows for discussing general properties like their non-additivity and the relation between microscopic and macroscopic interactions. It is demonstrated how the general results can be used to obtain dispersion forces on atoms in the presence of bodies of various shapes and materials. Starting with a brief recapitulation of volume I, this volume II deals especially with bodies of irregular shapes, universal scaling laws, dynamical forces on excited atoms, enhanced forces in cavity quantum electrodynamics, non-equilibrium forces in thermal environments and quantum friction. The book gives both the specialist and those new to the field a thorough overview over recent results in the field. It provides a toolbox for studying dispersion forces in various contex...

  6. Pt3Ti nanoparticles: fine dispersion on SiO2 supports, enhanced catalytic CO oxidation, and chemical stability at elevated temperatures. (United States)

    Saravanan, Govindachetty; Abe, Hideki; Xu, Ya; Sekido, Nobuaki; Hirata, Hirohito; Matsumoto, Shin-ichi; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Yamabe-Mitarai, Yoko


    A platinum-based intermetallic phase with an early d-metal, Pt(3)Ti, has been synthesized in the form of nanoparticles (NPs) dispersed on silica (SiO(2)) supports. The organometallic Pt and Ti precursors, Pt(1,5-cyclooctadiene)Cl(2) and TiCl(4)(tetrahydrofuran)(2), were mixed with SiO(2) and reduced by sodium naphthalide in tetrahydrofuran. Stoichiometric Pt(3)Ti NPs with an average particle size of 2.5 nm were formed on SiO(2) (particle size: 20-200 nm) with an atomically disordered FCC-type structure (Fm3m; a = 0.39 nm). A high dispersivity of Pt(3)Ti NPs was achieved by adding excessive amounts of SiO(2) relative to the Pt precursor. A 50-fold excess of SiO(2) resulted in finely dispersed, SiO(2)-supported Pt(3)Ti NPs that contained 0.5 wt % Pt. The SiO(2)-supported Pt(3)Ti NPs showed a lower onset temperature of catalysis by 75 degrees C toward the oxidation reaction of CO than did SiO(2)-supported pure Pt NPs with the same particle size and Pt fraction, 0.5 wt %. The SiO(2)-supported Pt(3)Ti NPs also showed higher CO conversion than SiO(2)-supported pure Pt NPs even containing a 2-fold higher weight fraction of Pt. The SiO(2)-supported Pt(3)Ti NPs retained their stoichiometric composition after catalytic oxidation of CO at elevated temperatures, 325 degrees C. Pt(3)Ti NPs show promise as a catalytic center of purification catalysts for automobile exhaust due to their high catalytic activity toward CO oxidation with a low content of precious metals.

  7. Controlled Release of the Indomethacin Microencapsulation Based on Layer-by-layer Assembly by Polyelectrolyte Multilayers

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    CHEN You-fang; LIN Xian-fu


    Indomethacin has been encapsulated with polyelectrolyte multilayers for controlled release. Gelatin and alginate were alternatively deposited on indomethacin microcrystals. The released amount of indomethacin from coated microcrystals in pH6. 8phosphate buffer solution (PBS) was measured with a UV spectrophometer. The polyelectrolyte multilayer capsule thickness was proved to control the release rate. The effects of osmotic pressure existed during the release process of indomethacin from microcapsules coated by (gelatin/alginate) 4.


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    Zhen Tong; Chao-yang Wang; Bi-ye Ren; Xin-xing Liu; Fang Zeng


    Our recent studies concerning the binding of ionic surfactants on oppositely charged polyelectrolytes observed with fluorescence techniques are reviewed. The cationic surfactants cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB),dodecyltrimethylammonium chloride (DTAC), and nonionic surfactant octaethylene glycol monododecyl ether (C12E8) were allowed to bind on anionic poly(2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid) (PAMPS) and its pyrene and/or naphthalene labeled copolymers. The relative excimer emission intensity IE/IM of a cationic probe 1-pyrenemethylamine hydrochloride were chosen to monitor the binding process and the conformation change of surfactant-bound polyelectrolytes. The 1:1aggregation of polyelectrolyte-CTAB with respect to the charge was found as long as the CTAB concentration was slightly higher than its critical aggregation concentration (CAC). The intermolecular NRET indicated that the CTAB-bound polyelectrolytes aggregated together through the hydrophobic interaction between the CTAB tails. However, neither 1:1polyelectrolyte-DTAC aggregation nor intermolecular aggregation of DTAC-bound polyelectrolyte was observed owing to its weaker hydrophobicity of 12 carbon atoms in the tail, which is shorter than that of CTAB. As known from the fluorescence results, nonionic surfactant C12E8 did not bind on the anionic polyelectrolytes, but the presence of PAMPS promoted the micelle formation for C12E8 at the CAC slightly below its critical micelle concentration (CMC). The solid complex of dansyl labeled AMPS copolymer-surfactant exhibited a decrease in local polarity with increasing charge density of the polyelectrolyte or with alkane tail length of the surfactant. SAXS suggested a lamella structure for the AMPS copolymersurfactant solid complexes with a long period of 3.87 nm for CTAB and 3.04 nm for DTAC, respectively.

  9. Formation of Pickering emulsions stabilized via interaction between nanoparticles dispersed in aqueous phase and polymer end groups dissolved in oil phase. (United States)

    Okada, Masahiro; Maeda, Hayata; Fujii, Syuji; Nakamura, Yoshinobu; Furuzono, Tsutomu


    The influence of end groups of a polymer dissolved in an oil phase on the formation of a Pickering-type hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanoparticle-stabilized emulsion and on the morphology of HAp nanoparticle-coated microspheres prepared by evaporating solvent from the emulsion was investigated. Polystyrene (PS) molecules with varying end groups and molecular weights were used as model polymers. Although HAp nanoparticles alone could not function as a particulate emulsifier for stabilizing dichloromethane (oil) droplets, oil droplets could be stabilized with the aid of carboxyl end groups of the polymers dissolved in the oil phase. Lower-molecular-weight PS molecules containing carboxyl end groups formed small droplets and deflated microspheres, due to the higher concentration of carboxyl groups on the droplet/microsphere surface and hence stronger adsorption of the nanoparticles at the water/oil interface. In addition, Pickering-type suspension polymerization of styrene droplets stabilized by PS molecules containing carboxyl end groups successfully led to the formation of spherical HAp-coated microspheres.

  10. Environmentally friendly cellulose-based polyelectrolytes in wastewater treatment. (United States)

    Grenda, Kinga; Arnold, Julien; Gamelas, José A F; Rasteiro, Maria G


    Natural-based polyelectrolytes (PELs), with all the advantages coming from being produced from renewable and biodegradable sources, are a potential solution for the removal of dyes from wastewater. In this work, surplus Eucalyptus bleached cellulose fibres from a paper mill were modified to increase the charge and solubility of cellulose. First, reactive aldehyde groups were introduced in the cellulose backbone by periodate oxidation of cellulose. Further modification with alkylammonium produced positively charged cellulose-based PELs. The final products were characterized by several analytical techniques. The PEL with the highest substitution degree of cationic groups was evaluated for its performance in decolouration processes, bentonite being used as aid. This was found to be effective for colour removal of either anionic or cationic dyes. Bio-PELs can thus be considered as very favourable eco-friendly flocculation agents for decolouration of harsh effluents from several industries, considering their biodegradable nature and thus the ability to produce less sludge.

  11. Morphology of cobalt ferrite nanoparticle-polyelectrolyte multilayered nanocomposites

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    Alcantara, G.B.; Paterno, L.G. [Universidade de Brasilia, Instituto de Fisica, Brasilia-DF 70910-900 (Brazil); Fonseca, F.J. [Universidade de Sao Paulo, EPUSP, Depto de Engenharia de Sistemas Eletronicos, Sao Paulo-SP 05508-900 (Brazil); Morais, P.C. [Universidade de Brasilia, Instituto de Fisica, Brasilia-DF 70910-900 (Brazil); Soler, M.A.G., E-mail: soler@unb.b [Universidade de Brasilia, Instituto de Fisica, Brasilia-DF 70910-900 (Brazil)


    Novel magnetic nanocomposite films with controlled morphology were produced via the electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly of cationic CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles and anionic poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy thiophene)/poly(styrene sulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS) complex. The electrostatic interaction between nanoparticle and the polyelectrolyte complex ensured a stepwise growth of the nanocomposite film with virtually identical amounts of materials being adsorbed at each deposition cycle as observed by UV-vis spectroscopy. AFM images acquired under the tapping mode revealed a globular morphology with dense and continuous layers of nanoparticles with voids being filled with polymeric material. - Research Highlights: Novel magnetic nanocomposite films with controlled morphology assembled by layer-by-layer. Electrostatic interaction of cationic CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles and anionic (PEDOT:PSS). Globular morphology of dense layers of nanoparticles with voids being filled with polymeric material.

  12. Polyelectrolyte Complexation: A Field-Theoretic Description of Phase Behavior (United States)

    Audus, Debra; Fredrickson, Glenn


    Our research focuses on a type of polyelectrolyte complexation called complex coacervation where two oppositely charged polymers in solution phase separate to form a dense polymer phase, known as the coacervate, and a supernatant, which typically has very low concentrations of polymer. To understand the effects of various parameters on coacervation, we previously developed a simple analytic theory for flexible polymers and small ions, which reproduces many general experimental trends. However, this theory is only valid for symmetric oppositely charged polymers, which limits its direct applicability to many experimental systems. Consequently, we have extended this theory to describe more complicated experimental systems where salt concentrations are high, pH equilibria shift with the complexation process, polymer concentrations are highly asymmetric, and counterion condensation may play an important role. To validate the modified theory, we compare our predictions with an exhaustive study of the phase behavior of polyacrylic acid and polyallylamine hydrochloride.

  13. New polyaniline(PAni)-polyelectrolyte (PDDMAC) composites: Synthesis and applications

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    Prakash, S.; Rao, Chepuri R.K.; Vijayan, M. [Functional Materials Division, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi-630 006 (India)


    Conducting and electroactive polymer blends of polyaniline (PAni) with polyelectrolyte, poly(diallydimethylammoniumchloride) (PDDMAC) have been synthesized by an in situ polymerization method and the resulting composites have been characterized by FT-IR, UV-Vis, XRD, AFM and electrochemical techniques. The blends are conducting and electroactive with even lower loadings of PAni and can be cast as films. The conductivity of the cast films containing 0.04-1.5 wt% PAni ranged from 4.5 x 10{sup -6} to 42 x 10{sup -6} S/cm. Some of the composites are tested for their corrosion inhibition property for pure iron in 1 M HCl solutions and were found to be active inhibitors. (author)

  14. Rapid polyelectrolyte-based membrane immunoassay for the herbicide butachlor. (United States)

    Dzantiev, B B; Byzova, N A; Zherdev, A V; Hennion, M C


    Oppositely charged water-soluble polyelectrolytes were used in the developed membrane immunoenzyme assay for the herbicide butachlor. High-affinity and rapid binding between polyanion polymethacrylate and polycation poly(N-ethyl-4-vinylpyridinium) was applied to separate reacted and free immunoreactants. Competitive immunoassay format with peroxidase-labeled antigen was realized. The insoluble colored product of the peroxidase reaction was formed by bound labeled immune complexes and was reflectometrically detected. The assay combines short duration (15 min), high sensitivity (0.03 g/mL) and availability for out-of-laboratory testing. Different image processing algorithms were used to determine the herbicide content. Low variation coefficients of the measurements in the proposed quantitative assay, namely 4.8-9.0% for the range of antigen concentrations from 0.1 to 3.0 ng/mL, are evidence of the assay effectiveness. Possibility to control the butachlor content in mineral, artesian, and drinking water was demonstrated.

  15. Polyelectrolyte coating of ferumoxytol nanoparticles for labeling of dendritic cells (United States)

    Celikkin, Nehar; Jakubcová, Lucie; Zenke, Martin; Hoss, Mareike; Wong, John Erik; Hieronymus, Thomas


    Engineered magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) are emerging to be used as cell tracers, drug delivery vehicles, and contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for enhanced theragnostic applications in biomedicine. In vitro labeling of target cell populations with MNPs and their implantation into animal models and patients shows promising outcomes in monitoring successful cell engraftment, differentiation and migration by using MRI. Dendritic cells (DCs) are professional antigen-presenting cells that initiate adaptive immune responses. Thus, DCs have been the focus of cellular immunotherapy and are increasingly applied in clinical trials. Here, we addressed the coating of different polyelectrolytes (PE) around ferumoxytol particles using the layer-by-layer technique. The impact of PE-coated ferumoxytol particles for labeling of DCs and Flt3+ DC progenitors was then investigated. The results from our studies revealed that PE-coated ferumoxytol particles can be readily employed for labeling of DC and DC progenitors and thus are potentially suitable as contrast agents for MRI tracking.

  16. Voltage-controlled metal binding on polyelectrolyte-functionalized nanopores. (United States)

    Actis, Paolo; Vilozny, Boaz; Seger, R Adam; Li, Xiang; Jejelowo, Olufisayo; Rinaudo, Marguerite; Pourmand, Nader


    Most of the research in the field of nanopore-based platforms is focused on monitoring ion currents and forces as individual molecules translocate through the nanopore. Molecular gating, however, can occur when target analytes interact with receptors appended to the nanopore surface. Here we show that a solid state nanopore functionalized with polyelectrolytes can reversibly bind metal ions, resulting in a reversible, real-time signal that is concentration dependent. Functionalization of the sensor is based on electrostatic interactions, requires no covalent bond formation, and can be monitored in real time. Furthermore, we demonstrate how the applied voltage can be employed to tune the binding properties of the sensor. The sensor has wide-ranging applications and, its simplest incarnation can be used to study binding thermodynamics using purely electrical measurements with no need for labeling.

  17. Fabrication of ultrathin polyelectrolyte fibers and their controlled release properties. (United States)

    Chunder, Anindarupa; Sarkar, Sourangsu; Yu, Yingbo; Zhai, Lei


    Ultrathin fibers comprising 2-weak polyelectrolytes, poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) were fabricated using the electrospinning technique. Methylene blue (MB) was used as a model drug to evaluate the potential application of the fibers for drug delivery. The release of MB was controlled in a nonbuffered medium by changing the pH of the solution. The sustained release of MB in a phosphate buffered saline (PBS) solution was achieved by constructing perfluorosilane networks on the fiber surfaces as capping layers. Temperature controlled release of MB was obtained by depositing temperature sensitive PAA/poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAM) multilayers onto the fiber surfaces. The controlled release of drugs from electrospun fibers have potential applications as drug carriers in biomedical science.

  18. Self-assembled polyelectrolyte nanorings observed by liquid-cell AFM

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    Menchaca, J-Luis [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Alvaro Obregon 64, San Luis Potosi (Mexico); Flores, Hector [Facultad de Estomatologia, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Alvaro Obregon 64, San Luis Potosi (Mexico); Cuisinier, Frederic [INSERM U 595, Federation de Recherche Odontologiques, Universite Louis Pasteur, 11 rue Humann, 67085 Strasbourg Cedex (France); Perez, ElIas [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Alvaro Obregon 64, San Luis Potosi (Mexico)


    Self-assembled polyelectrolyte nanorings formed by polyelectrolytes are presented for the first time in this work. They are formed by poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfanate) (PSS) during the two first steps of the formation of the self-assembled polyelectrolyte films (SAPFs). These are formed on a negatively charged glass surface and observed by an in situ liquid-cell AFM technique, which has recently been introduced as an alternative technique to follow polyelectrolyte multilayer formation without drying effects (Menchaca et al 2003 Colloids Surf. A 222 185). Nanoring formation strongly depends on the preparation method and parameters such as polyelectrolyte filtration, air and CO{sub 2} presence during SAPFs formation and buffer solution. A necessary condition to obtain nanorings is that polyelectrolyte solutions have to be filtered prior to injection into the liquid-cell AFM. The outer diameter of nanorings can be varied from hundreds of nanometres to microns by changing these parameters. Nanorings are stable in the liquid cell for hours but they disappear on contact with air. Additionally, carbonate ions seem to be mainly responsible for the formation of this novel structure.

  19. Changes in the Activity and Structure of Urease in the Interaction with Polyelectrolytes (United States)

    Saburova, E. A.; Tikhonenko, S. A.; Dybovskaya, Yu. N.; Sukhorukov, B. I.


    The influence of polyelectrolytes on the structural and catalytic characteristics of urease ( Canavalia ensiformis) was studied by the methods of steady-state kinetics, fluorescence spectroscopy, and circular dichroism. It was shown that, of the four polyelectrolytes studied, two of which were negatively charged (polystyrene sulfonate and dextran sulfate) and two were positively charged (polyallylamine (PAA) and polydiallyl dimethylammonium chloride), only PAA was a potent urease inhibitor: 0.5 μg/ml of PAA provided a 50% degree of inhibition for enzyme at neutral pH. It was found that polyelectrolyte did not inhibit urease in the presence of micromolar concentrations of ammonium chloride. Based on the experimental data and the calculated structure of urease from Canavalia ensiformis and on the identity with the amino acid sequence of urease from Bacillus pasteurii, the mechanism of urease inactivation by the PAA polyelectrolyte is discussed. This mechanism does not resemble the inhibiting action of polyelectrolytes on the previously studied oligomeric proteins—lactate dehydrogenase, glutamate dehydrogenase, and hemoglobin. It is proposed that the specific cation-binding sites determining the structural dynamics of the enzyme-polyelectrolyte complex play the regulating role in the urease molecule.

  20. A stable nanoplatform for antitumor activity using PEG-PLL-PLA triblock co-polyelectrolyte. (United States)

    Lim, Chaemin; Sim, Taehoon; Hoang, Ngoc Ha; Oh, Kyung Taek


    Polyelectrolyte has been proposed as an efficient approach for various types of drug formulations. However, one drawback of using the conventional polyelectrolyte for drug delivery is its dissociation in in vivo conditions by counter ions due to the lack of self-assembling aggregation force. In this study, we reported a stable nanoplatform based on triblock co-polyelectrolyte composed of a poly(ethylene glycol), poly(l-lysine), and poly(lactic acid). These co-polyelectrolytes formed stable aggregates through the hydrophobic interaction of PLA and showed consistent particle sizes under a high salt concentration. In addition, the doxorubicin (Dox) loaded triblock co-polyelectrolyte demonstrated enhanced cellular uptake and drug cytotoxicity with a positive charge from the poly(l-lysine) layer. In vivo, the triblock aggregates exhibited intensive accumulation at the targeted tumor site for 24h with good antitumor therapeutic efficacy. Therefore, the prepared stable triblock co-polyelectrolyte may have considerable potential as a nanomedicinal platform for anticancer and multi-drug combination therapy. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Complexation and coacervation of like-charged polyelectrolytes inspired by mussels. (United States)

    Kim, Sangsik; Huang, Jun; Lee, Yongjin; Dutta, Sandipan; Yoo, Hee Young; Jung, Young Mee; Jho, YongSeok; Zeng, Hongbo; Hwang, Dong Soo


    It is well known that polyelectrolyte complexes and coacervates can form on mixing oppositely charged polyelectrolytes in aqueous solutions, due to mainly electrostatic attraction between the oppositely charged polymers. Here, we report the first (to the best of our knowledge) complexation and coacervation of two positively charged polyelectrolytes, which provides a new paradigm for engineering strong, self-healing interactions between polyelectrolytes underwater and a new marine mussel-inspired underwater adhesion mechanism. Unlike the conventional complex coacervate, the like-charged coacervate is aggregated by strong short-range cation-π interactions by overcoming repulsive electrostatic interactions. The resultant phase of the like-charged coacervate comprises a thin and fragile polyelectrolyte framework and round and regular pores, implying a strong electrostatic correlation among the polyelectrolyte frameworks. The like-charged coacervate possesses a very low interfacial tension, which enables this highly positively charged coacervate to be applied to capture, carry, or encapsulate anionic biomolecules and particles with a broad range of applications.

  2. Encapsulation of curcumin in polyelectrolyte nanocapsules and their neuroprotective activity (United States)

    Szczepanowicz, Krzysztof; Jantas, Danuta; Piotrowski, Marek; Staroń, Jakub; Leśkiewicz, Monika; Regulska, Magdalena; Lasoń, Władysław; Warszyński, Piotr


    Poor water solubility and low bioavailability of lipophilic drugs can be potentially improved with the use of delivery systems. In this study, encapsulation of nanoemulsion droplets was utilized to prepare curcumin nanocarriers. Nanosize droplets containing the drug were encapsulated in polyelectrolyte shells formed by the layer-by-layer (LbL) adsorption of biocompatible polyelectrolytes: poly-L-lysine (PLL) and poly-L-glutamic acid (PGA). The size of synthesized nanocapsules was around 100 nm. Their biocompatibility and neuroprotective effects were evaluated on the SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cell line using cell viability/toxicity assays (MTT reduction, LDH release). Statistically significant toxic effect was clearly observed for PLL coated nanocapsules (reduction in cell viability about 20%-60%), while nanocapsules with PLL/PGA coating did not evoke any detrimental effects on SH-SY5Y cells. Curcumin encapsulated in PLL/PGA showed similar neuroprotective activity against hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced cell damage, as did 5 μM curcumin pre-dissolved in DMSO (about 16% of protection). Determination of concentration of curcumin in cell lysate confirmed that curcumin in nanocapsules has cell protective effect in lower concentrations (at least 20 times) than when given alone. Intracellular mechanisms of encapsulated curcumin-mediated protection engaged the prevention of the H2O2-induced decrease in mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) but did not attenuate Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) formation. The obtained results indicate the utility of PLL/PGA shell nanocapsules as a promising, alternative way of curcumin delivery for neuroprotective purposes with improved efficiency and reduced toxicity.

  3. Precipitate-Coacervate Transformation in Polyelectrolyte-Mixed Micelle Systems. (United States)

    Comert, Fatih; Nguyen, Duy; Rushanan, Marguerite; Milas, Peker; Xu, Amy Y; Dubin, Paul L


    The polycation/anionic-nonionic mixed micelle, poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)-sodium dodecyl sulfate/Triton X-100 (PDADMAC-SDS/TX100), is a model polyelectrolyte-colloid system in that the micellar mole fraction of SDS (Y) controls the micelle surface charge density, thus modulating the polyelectrolyte-colloid interaction. The exquisite temperature dependence of this system provides an important additional variable, controlling both liquid-liquid (L-L) and liquid-solid (L-S) phase separation, both of which are driven by the entropy of small ion release. In order to elucidate these transitions, we applied high-precision turbidimetry (±0.1 %), isothermal titration calorimetry, and epifluorescence microscopy which demonstrates preservation of micelle structure under all conditions. The L-S region at large Y including precipitation displays a remarkable linear, inverse Y-dependence of the L-S transition temperature Ts. In sharp contrast, the critical temperature for L-L coacervation Tφ, shows nearly symmetrical effects of positive and negative deviations in Y from the point of soluble complex neutrality, which is controlled in solution by the micelle charge and the number of micelles bound per polymer chain n (Zcomplex = Zpolymer + nZmicelle). In solid-like states, n no longer signifies the number of micelles bound per polymer chain, since the proximity of micelles inverts the host-guest relationship with each micelle binding multiple PE chains. This intimate binding goes hand-in-hand with the entropy of release of micelle-localized charge-compensating ions whose concentration depends on Y. These ions need not be released in L-L coacervation, but during L-S transition their displacement by PE accounts for the inverse dependence of Ts on micelle charge, Y.

  4. Regenerable Polyelectrolyte Membrane for Ultimate Fouling Control in Forward Osmosis. (United States)

    Kang, Yan; Zheng, Sunxiang; Finnerty, Casey; Lee, Michael J; Mi, Baoxia


    This study demonstrated the feasibility of using regenerable polyelectrolyte membranes to ultimately control the irreversible membrane fouling in a forward osmosis (FO) process. The regenerable membrane was fabricated by assembling multiple polyethylenimine (PEI) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) bilayers on a polydopamine-functionalized polysulfone support. The resulting membrane exhibited higher water flux and lower solute flux in FO mode (with the active layer facing feed solution) than in PRO mode (with the active layer facing draw solution) using trisodium citrate as draw solute, most likely due to the unique swelling behavior of the polyelectrolyte membrane. Membrane regeneration was conducted by first dissembling the existing PEI-PAA bilayers using strong acid and then reassembling fresh PEI-PAA bilayers on the membrane support. It was found that, after the acid treatment, the first covalently bonded PEI layer and some realigned PAA remained on the membrane support, acting as a beneficial barrier that prevented the acid-foulant mixture from penetrating into the porous support during acid treatment. The water and solute flux of the regenerated membrane was very similar to that of the original membrane regardless of alginate fouling, suggesting an ultimate solution to eliminating the irreversible membrane fouling in an FO process. With a procedure similar to the typical membrane cleaning protocol, in situ membrane regeneration is not expected to noticeably increase the membrane operational burden but can satisfactorily avoid the expensive replacement of the entire membrane module after irreversible fouling, thereby hopefully reducing the overall cost of the membrane-based water-treatment system.

  5. The remarkable activity and stability of a highly dispersive beta-brass Cu-Zn catalyst for the production of ethylene glycol


    Molly Meng-Jung Li; Jianwei Zheng; Jin Qu; Fenglin Liao; Elizabeth Raine; Winson C. H. Kuo; Shei Sia Su; Pang Po; Youzhu Yuan; Shik Chi Edman Tsang


    Incorporation of Zn atoms into a nanosize Cu lattice is known to alter the electronic properties of Cu, improving catalytic performance in a number of industrially important reactions. However the structural influence of Zn on the Cu phase is not well studied. Here, we show that Cu nano-clusters modified with increasing concentration of Zn, derived from ZnO support doped with Ga3+, can dramatically enhance their stability against metal sintering. As a result, the hydrogenation of dimethyl oxa...

  6. Synthesis, self-assembly and photoinduced surface-relief gratings of a polyacrylate-based Azo polyelectrolyte (United States)

    He, Yaning; Wang, Haopeng; Tuo, Xinlin; Deng, Wei; Wang, Xiaogong


    A polyacrylate-based azo polyelectrolyte was synthesized and characterized by the spectroscopic methods and thermal analysis. Layer-by-layer self-assembly of the azo polyelectrolyte through electrostatic adsorption was explored. By using a dipping solution of the anionic azo polyelectrolyte in anhydrous DMF, together with an aqueous solution of cationic poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDAC), high quality multilayer films were obtained through the sequential deposition of the oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. With interfering illumination of Ar + laser beams (488 nm), significant surface-relief gratings formed on the self-assembled multiplayer films were observed.

  7. Polyelectrolytes: Influence on Evaporative Self-Assembly of Particles and Assembly of Multilayers with Polymers, Nanoparticles and Carbon Nanotubes

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    Tatiana Bukreeva


    Full Text Available Assembling polyelectrolyte multilayers in a bottom-up approach is reported for polymers, particles, nanoparticles, and carbon nanotubes. Effects of polyelectrolyte multilayers on evaporative self-assembly of particles, which are of interest to a number of applications including photonic crystals, films and substrates, are investigated. Polyelectrolyte multilayer coatings bring multifunctionality to spherical particles and planar films. Studying the construction of polyelectrolyte assemblies is convenient in the planar layout: it is reported here for incorporation of gold and magnetic nanoparticles as well as of carbon nanotubes. Gold nanoparticles concentration is controlled within the films. Potential applications of both spherical structures and planar films are highlighted.

  8. Adsorption of tannic acid on polyelectrolyte monolayers determined in situ by streaming potential measurements. (United States)

    Oćwieja, M; Adamczyk, Z; Morga, M


    Physicochemical characteristics of tannic acid (tannin) suspensions comprising its stability for a wide range of ionic strength and pH were thoroughly investigated using UV-vis spectrophotometry, dynamic light scattering and microelectrophoretic measurements. These studies allowed to determine the hydrodynamic diameter of the tannic acid that was 1.63 nm for the pH range 3.5-5.5. For pH above 6.0 the hydrodynamic diameter significantly decreased as a result of the tannin hydrolysis. The electrophoretic mobility measurements confirmed that tannic acid is negatively charged for these values of pH and ionic strength 10(-4)-10(-2) M. Therefore, in order to promote adsorption of tannin molecules on negatively charged mica, the poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) supporting monolayers were first adsorbed under diffusion transport conditions. The coverage of polyelectrolyte monolayers was regulated by changing bulk concentration of PAH and the adsorption time. The electrokinetic characteristics of bare and PAH-covered mica were determined using the streaming potential measurements. The zeta potential of these PAH monolayers was highly positive, equal to 46 mV for ionic strength of 10(-2) M. The kinetics of tannin adsorption on these PAH supporting monolayers was evaluated by the in situ the streaming potential measurements. The zeta potential of PAH monolayers abruptly decreases with the adsorption of tannin molecules that was quantitatively interpreted in terms of the three-dimensional electrokinetic model. The acid-base characteristics of tannin monolayers were acquired via the streaming potential measurements for a broad range of pH. The obtained results indicate that it is possible to control adsorption of tannin on positively charged surfaces in order to designed new multilayer structures of desirable electrokinetic properties and stability.

  9. Li2SO4-Li2O-P2O5 ionic glass dispersed with [Bmim] [PF6] ionic liquid: Electrical transport and thermal stability investigations (United States)

    Rathore, Munesh; Dalvi, Anshuman; Kumar, Anil


    A fast ionic composite is prepared by dispersion of Ionic liquid [Bmim][PF6] in Li2SO4-Li2O-P2O5 glass matrix by mixing and through grinding. Amorphous/glassy nature of the samples is confirmed by X-Ray diffraction (XRD). Surprisingly, the electrical conductivity of the samples is found to be increasing by ˜ 2 orders of magnitude and exhibits typical Arrhenius behavior with low activation energy. DC polarization and impedance spectroscopy measurements suggest that samples are essentially ionic in nature. The conductivity isotherms were also obtained at different temperatures (T < 100 °C) and found to be appreciably stable at least for ˜ 10 days.

  10. Asphaltene dispersants as demulsification aids

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    Manek, M.B.


    Destabilization of petroleum asphaltenes may cause a multitude of problems in crude oil recovery and production. One major problem is their agglomeration at the water-oil interface of crude oil emulsions. Once agglomeration occurs, destabilized asphaltenes can form a thick pad in the dehydration equipment, which significantly reduces the demulsification rate. Certain polymeric dispersants increase asphaltene solubilization in hydrocarbon media, and when used in conjunction with emulsion breakers, facilitate the demulsification process. Two case studies are presented that demonstrate how asphaltene dispersants can efficiently inhibit pad formation and help reduce demulsifier dosage. Criteria for dispersant application and selection are discussed, which include the application of a novel laboratory technique to assess asphaltene stabilization in the crude oil. The technique monitors asphaltene agglomeration while undergoing titration with an incompatible solvent (precipitant). The method was used to evaluate stabilization of asphaltenes in the crude oil and to screen asphaltene dispersants.

  11. Bacteriophage enzymes for the prevention and treatment of bacterial infections: Stability and stabilization of the enzyme lysing Streptococcus pyogenes cells

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    Klyachko, N. L.; Dmitrieva, N. F.; Eshchina, A. S.; Ignatenko, O. V.; Filatova, L. Y.; Rainina, Evguenia I.; Kazarov, A. K.; Levashov, A. V.


    Recombinant, phage associated lytic enzyme Ply C capable to lyse streptococci of groups A and C was stabilized in the variety of the micelles containing compositions to improve the stability of the enzyme for further application in medicine. It was shown that, in the micellar polyelectrolyte composition M16, the enzyme retained its activity for 2 months; while in a buffer solution under the same conditions ((pH 6.3, room temperature), it completely lost its activity in 2 days

  12. 不溶性硫黄热稳定性和分散性及其评价方法%Thermal Stability and Dispersion of Insoluble Sulfur and Evaluation Methods

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    杜孟成; 王维民


    This paper discussed the thermal stability and dispersion of insoluble sulfur (IS), and summarized the difference between testing and evaluation methods. The main evaluation method of IS thermal stability was filtration using the constant temperature oil bath, but the test results were heavily impacted by the mineral oil, equipment variables and operation factors. Therefore, there was need to develop a new method which had smaller variation. For the dispersion of IS, currently there was no standard test method, and establishment of a standard test method would need collective efforts from IS manufacturers and tire companies.%介绍不溶性硫黄(IS)的热稳定性和分散性及其评价方法,总结不同评价方法的差异。IS热稳定性分析以恒温油浴过滤法为主,结果受测试用矿物油、设备以及操作因素等的影响较大,开发在更大程度上利用仪器测试的方法是IS热稳定性分析的发展方向。IS分散性测定目前尚没有统一的标准,研究制定科学有效的分散性测试标准是IS生产企业和轮胎企业共同的需要和任务。

  13. Polyelectrolyte Complex Based Interfacial Drug Delivery System with Controlled Loading and Improved Release Performance for Bone Therapeutics

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    David Vehlow


    Full Text Available An improved interfacial drug delivery system (DDS based on polyelectrolyte complex (PEC coatings with controlled drug loading and improved release performance was elaborated. The cationic homopolypeptide poly(l-lysine (PLL was complexed with a mixture of two cellulose sulfates (CS of low and high degree of substitution, so that the CS and PLL solution have around equal molar charged units. As drugs the antibiotic rifampicin (RIF and the bisphosphonate risedronate (RIS were integrated. As an important advantage over previous PEC systems this one can be centrifuged, the supernatant discarded, the dense pellet phase (coacervate separated, and again redispersed in fresh water phase. This behavior has three benefits: (i Access to the loading capacity of the drug, since the concentration of the free drug can be measured by spectroscopy; (ii lower initial burst and higher residual amount of drug due to removal of unbound drug and (iii complete adhesive stability due to the removal of polyelectrolytes (PEL excess component. It was found that the pH value and ionic strength strongly affected drug content and release of RIS and RIF. At the clinically relevant implant material (Ti40Nb similar PEC adhesive and drug release properties compared to the model substrate were found. Unloaded PEC coatings at Ti40Nb showed a similar number and morphology of above cultivated human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC compared to uncoated Ti40Nb and resulted in considerable production of bone mineral. RIS loaded PEC coatings showed similar effects after 24 h but resulted in reduced number and unhealthy appearance of hMSC after 48 h due to cell toxicity of RIS.

  14. Dispersion Modeling. (United States)

    Budiansky, Stephen


    This article discusses the need for more accurate and complete input data and field verification of the various models of air pollutant dispension. Consideration should be given to changing the form of air quality standards based on enhanced dispersion modeling techniques. (Author/RE)

  15. Chemical dispersants

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    Rahsepar, Shokouhalsadat; Smit, Martijn P.J.; Murk, Albertinka J.; Rijnaarts, Huub H.M.; Langenhoff, Alette A.M.


    Chemical dispersants were used in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, both at the sea surface and the wellhead. Their effect on oil biodegradation is unclear, as studies showed both inhibition and enhancement. This study addresses the effect of Corexit on oil biodeg

  16. Chemical dispersants

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    Rahsepar, Shokouhalsadat; Smit, Martijn P.J.; Murk, Albertinka J.; Rijnaarts, Huub H.M.; Langenhoff, Alette A.M.


    Chemical dispersants were used in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, both at the sea surface and the wellhead. Their effect on oil biodegradation is unclear, as studies showed both inhibition and enhancement. This study addresses the effect of Corexit on oil

  17. Poly-electrolytes for fuel cells: tools and methods for characterization; Polyelectrolytes pour piles a combustible: outils et methodes de caracterisation

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    Marechal, M.


    The research works reported in the manuscript are a contribution to the study of poly-electrolytes for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC). They are supported by two investigation tools, i.e. the study of model molecules and accurate conductivity measurements. With regard to the material science domain, the optimization of poly-sulfone sulfonation procedure allows chain breaking to be reduced and even eliminated while obtaining reproducible sulfonation degrees. It is thus possible to improve the mechanical properties of the dense membrane elaborated with these poly-electrolytes before performing the tests on the MEA (Membrane Electrode Assembly). In parallel, the functionalization of microporous silicon made it possible to prepare poly-electrolytes reinforced by the mechanical strength of the silicon separator. With regard to the physicochemical and electrochemical characterizations, the model molecules, with the same functions and groups than for associated polymers, make it possible to amplify the electrochemical or thermal phenomena vs. the corresponding polymers. Thus, they simulate an accelerated ageing of the poly-electrolytes. The development of a new conductivity measurement set allows conductivity to be obtained with a great accuracy, in a wide range of temperature and relative humidity. (author)

  18. Composition and structural transitions of polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes in the presence of fatty acid studied by NMR and cryo-SEM. (United States)

    Totland, Christian; Martinez-Santiago, Jose; Ananthapadmanabhan, Kavssery P; Somasundaran, Ponisseril


    Insoluble complexes formed when a cationic polyelectrolyte is neutralized by the oppositely charged surfactant sodium dodecylethersulfate (SDES) in the presence and absence of lauric acid (LA) have been examined directly using NMR spectroscopy and cryo-SEM. Below the SDES critical micelle concentration (CMC') the insoluble complex contains about 10 times more water than just above CMC'. This is related to a structural transition of the complex, where water is contained mainly in larger compartments below CMC' and then mainly in narrower compartments above CMC'. The structure of the complex's solid matrix was monitored by recording two-dimensional T2-diffusion correlation spectra of the water proton resonance, which reveal the presence of several different water environments which correspond to different complex structures. Structural features in the micrometer range were confirmed using cryo-SEM. When LA is present, the larger water compartments seen below CMC' are to some extent present in the entire SDES concentration range, which is not the case in the absence of LA. Furthermore, the inclusion of LA into the SDES aggregates above CMC' leads to a lamellar sheetlike organization of the polyelectrolyte-stabilized surfactant phase. In the absence of LA, a stringy network of fibers is seen in cryo-SEM images, indicating a spherical or rodlike SDES phase. Consequently, the complex without LA holds about 1.7-1.9 times more water than the complex with LA above the SDES CMC'. T1 relaxation, (13)C chemical shifts, and (1)H resonance line widths of SDES in the system support the above observations. The combination of MAS NMR, T2-diffusion correlation, and cryo-SEM proved to be an effective method for studying structural transitions in the surfactant-polyelectrolyte(-LA) insoluble complexes.

  19. Pd(II)-Directed Encapsulation of Hydrogenase within the Layer-by-Layer Multilayers of Carbon Nanotube Polyelectrolyte Used as a Heterogeneous Catalyst for Oxidation of Hydrogen. (United States)

    Liu, Jiang; Zorin, Nikolay A; Chen, Meng; Qian, Dong-Jin


    A metal-directed assembling approach has been developed to encapsulate hydrogenase (H2ase) within a layer-by-layer (LBL) multilayer of carbon nanotube polyelectrolyte (MWNT-PVPMe), which showed efficient biocatalytic oxidation of H2 gas. The MWNT-PVPMe was prepared via a diazonium process and addition reactions with poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PVP) and methyl iodide (MeI). The covalently attached polymers and organic substituents in the polyelectrolyte comprised 60-70% of the total weight. The polyelectrolyte was then used as a substrate for H2ase binding to produce MWNT-PVPMe@H2ase bionanocomposites. X-ray photoelectron spectra revealed that the bionanocomposites included the elements of Br, S, C, N, O, I, Fe, and Ni, which confirmed that they were composed of MWNT-PVPMe and H2ase. Field emission transmission electron microscope images revealed that the H2ase was adsorbed on the surface of MWNT-PVPMe with the domains ranging from 20 to 40 nm. Further, with the use of the bionanocomposites as nanolinkers and Na2PdCl4 as connectors, the (Pd/MWNT-PVPMe@H2ase)n multilayers were constructed on the quartz and gold substrate surfaces by the Pd(II)-directed LBL assembling technique. Finally, the as-prepared LBL multilayers were used as heterogeneous catalysts for hydrogen oxidation with methyl viologen (MV(2+)) as an electron carrier. The dynamic processes for the reversible color change between blue-colored MV(+) and colorless MV(2+) (catalyzed by the LBL multilayers) were video recorded, which confirmed that the H2ase encapsulated within the present LBL multilayers was of much stronger stability and higher biocatalytic activity of H2 oxidation resulting in potential applications for the development of H2 biosensors and fuel cells.

  20. Superparamagnetic iron oxide/chitosan core/shells for hyperthermia application: Improved colloidal stability and biocompatibility (United States)

    Patil, R. M.; Shete, P. B.; Thorat, N. D.; Otari, S. V.; Barick, K. C.; Prasad, A.; Ningthoujam, R. S.; Tiwale, B. M.; Pawar, S. H.


    Superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles are of great interest due to their potential biomedical applications. In the present investigation, Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles were prepared by alkaline precipitation using ferrous chloride as the sole source. An amphiphilic polyelectrolyte with the property of biocompatibility and functional carboxyl groups was used as a stabilizer to prepare a well-dispersed suspension of superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The final material composed of Fe3O4 core and chitosan (CH) shell was produced. The amino groups of CH coated on Fe3O4 nanoparticles were further cross linked using glutaraldehyde (GLD) for stable coating. FTIR spectra, XPS and TGA confirmed the coating of CH/GLD on the surface of Fe3O4 nanoparticles. XRD patterns indicate the pure phase Fe3O4 with a spinel structure. The nanoparticles were superparamagnetic at room temperature with saturation magnetization values for bare and coated nanoparticles which were 51.68 emu/g and 48.60 emu/g, respectively. Zeta potential values showed higher colloidal stability of coated nanoparticles than the bare one. Cytotoxicity study up to 2 mg mL-1 concentration showed no drastic change in cell viability of nanoparticles after coating. Also, coated nanoparticles showed increased SAR value, making them suitable for hyperthermia therapy application.

  1. Electrokinetics of pH-regulated zwitterionic polyelectrolyte nanoparticles (United States)

    Yeh, Li-Hsien; Tai, Yi-Hsuan; Wang, Nan; Hsu, Jyh-Ping; Qian, Shizhi


    The electrokinetic behavior of pH-regulated, zwitterionic polyelectrolyte (PE) nanoparticles (NPs) in a general electrolyte solution containing multiple ionic species is investigated for the first time. The NPs considered are capable of simulating entities such as proteins, biomolecules, and synthetic polymers. The applicability of the model proposed is verified by the experimental data of succinoglycan nanoparticles available in the literature. We show that, in addition to their effective charge density, counterion condensation, double-layer polarization, and electro-osmotic flow of unbalanced counterions inside the double layer all significantly affect the electrophoretic behaviors of NPs. Our model successfully predicts many interesting electrophoretic behaviors, which qualitatively agree with experimental observations available in the literature. In contrast, because the effects of double-layer polarization and charge regulation are neglected, the existing theoretical models fail to explain the experimental results. The results gathered provide necessary information for the interpretation of relevant electrophoresis data in practice, and for nanofluidic applications such as biomimetic ion channels and nanopore-based sensing of single biomolecules.The electrokinetic behavior of pH-regulated, zwitterionic polyelectrolyte (PE) nanoparticles (NPs) in a general electrolyte solution containing multiple ionic species is investigated for the first time. The NPs considered are capable of simulating entities such as proteins, biomolecules, and synthetic polymers. The applicability of the model proposed is verified by the experimental data of succinoglycan nanoparticles available in the literature. We show that, in addition to their effective charge density, counterion condensation, double-layer polarization, and electro-osmotic flow of unbalanced counterions inside the double layer all significantly affect the electrophoretic behaviors of NPs. Our model successfully

  2. Stability Study of Nano-Silver Particles Dispersed in Various Solvents by Turbiscan Lab Optical Analyzer%Turbiscan多重光散射法研究纳米银溶胶的分散稳定性

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    夏朝辉; 吕丽云; 王虹


    Nano‐silver particles were synthesized through chemical reduction method ,using silver nitrate ,m‐dihydroxybenzene and polyvinylpyrrolidone as silver source ,reduction agent and protective agent respectively ;and redundant reactants were re‐moved through centrifugation and washing operation .Then different nano‐silver colloids were acquired by dispersing the nano‐silver particles in water ,ethanol and ethylene glycol respectively through ultrasonic dispersion .For comparison ,the nano‐silver particles mass fraction of all the colloids was 0 .2 Wt% during the research .Nano‐silver particles were characterized by laser par‐ticle size analyzer ,transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM);and the concentration of nano‐silver colloids was confirmed through synchronized thermal analyzer (STA) .The size distribution result of laser particle size analyzer showed that nano‐silver particles were about 100 nm and had uniform size distribution .The images of TEM and SEM showed that the size of nano‐silver particles was in nanoscale as well .To evaluate the dispersion stabilities of different nano‐silver colloids ,Turbiscan optical analyzer which was based on multiple light scattering analysis had been employed in the research ;and the principle factors leading to instabilities of nano‐silver colloids were also discussed .Results showed that particle size variation and particle migration were major factors which affected the dispersion stabilities of nano‐silver colloids .For the nano‐silver colloid dispersed in water phase ,the backscattering light signal in middle of the sample cell stayed unchanged with time while the backscattering light signals at top and bottom of the sample cell showed dramatic variation during the measure‐ment ,which indicated that particle migration was the main reason why the nano‐silver colloids was unstable .But for the nano‐silver colloids dispersed in ethanol and ethylene

  3. Systematic modification of the rheological properties of colloidal suspensions with polyelectrolyte multilayers. (United States)

    Hess, Andreas; Pretzl, Melanie; Heymann, Lutz; Fery, Andreas; Aksel, Nuri


    Tailoring rheological properties of colloidal suspensions with the adsorption of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) is based on the idea of controlling macroscopic mechanical properties by modifying the particle surface in a reproducible and well-understood manner. With layer-by-layer self-assembly, monodisperse polystyrene particles are coated with up to ten layers of the oppositely charged strong polyelectrolytes: poly(diallyl dimethyl ammonium chloride) and poly(styrene sulfonate). The conformation of the adsorbed polyelectrolyte is controlled by the ionic strength of the used aqueous polyelectrolyte solution. For 1M NaCl solution, a brushlike adsorption of the polyelectrolyte is expected. The ability of PEMs to serve on a nanoscale level as surface modifiers and influence macroscopic rheological properties like viscoelasticity, yield stress, and shear banding is discussed. The mechanical behavior of these suspensions is qualitatively described by the theory of Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek with short-range repulsion and long-range attraction. A scaling rule is proposed which distinguishes between the precusor and the multilayer regime.

  4. Polyelectrolyte multilayers prepared from water-soluble poly(alkoxythiophene) derivatives. (United States)

    Lukkari, J; Salomäki, M; Viinikanoja, A; Aäritalo, T; Paukkunen, J; Kocharova, N; Kankare, J


    Electronically conducting polyanion and polycation based on poly(alkoxythiophene) derivatives, poly-3-(3'-thienyloxy)propanesulfonate (P3TOPS) and poly-3-(3'-thienyloxy)propyltriethylammonium (P3TOPA) have been synthesized. Both polymers are water-soluble and exhibit high conjugation length in solution and in the solid state. These polyelectrolytes were used to prepare conducting and electroactive polyelectrolyte multilayers by the sequential layer-by-layer adsorption technique. In aqueous solutions multilayers of P3TOPS with inactive polyelectrolytes (e.g., poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride), PDADMA) displayed electrochemical and optical behavior similar to polythiophene films prepared in organic media. Their in-plane conductivity was low (ca. 1.6 x 10(-)(5) S cm(-)(1)). The conductivity could, however, be increased by a factor of ca. 40 in "all-thiophene" films, in which P3TOPA was substituted for the inactive polycation (PDADMA). The interpenetration of layers is of prime importance in films containing conducting components. The interpenetration of P3TOPS was studied by measuring the charge-transfer rate across an insulating polyelectrolyte multilayer between the substrate and the P3TOPS layer with modulated electroreflectance. The extent of interpenetration was 8-9 polyelectrolyte layers, the length scale (7-15 nm) depending on the nature of the insulating layer and, especially, on the ionic strength of the solution used for the adsorption of P3TOPS.

  5. Polyelectrolyte coatings prevent interferences from charged nanoparticles in SPME speciation analysis

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    Zielińska, Katarzyna, E-mail:; Leeuwen, Herman P. van


    Highlights: • For the first time SPME fiber is coated with polyelectrolyte layer. • Sorption of nanoparticles on the solid phase surface is prevented. • Polyelectrolyte-modified fiber enables extraction of free analyte in presence of sorbing nanoparticles. - Abstract: In this work we present a new approach for protection of the fiber in solid phase microextraction (SPME) from interfering charged particles present in the sample medium. It involves coating of commercial poly(dimethylsiloxane) extraction phase with polyelectrolyte layer composed of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride), and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate). The modified fiber provides reproducible, convenient and fast extraction capabilities toward the model analyte, triclosan (TCS). A negatively charged polyelectrolyte coating prevents sorbing oxidic nanoparticles from both partitioning into the PDMS phase and aggregation at its surface. The results for the TCS/nanoparticle sample show that the polyelectrolyte layer-modified solid phase extracts just the free form of the organic compound and enables dynamic speciation analysis of the nanoparticulate target analyte complex.

  6. The experimental study of polyelectrolyte coatings suitability for encapsulation of cells. (United States)

    Granicka, L H; Antosiak-Iwańska, M; Godlewska, E; Hoser, G; Strawski, M; Szklarczyk, M; Dudziński, K


    Living cells encapsulated in polymeric shells are receiving increasing attention because of their possible biotechnological and biomedical applications. The aim of this work is to evaluate how different polyelectrolyte coatings, characterized by different numbers of polyelectrolyte layers and by different polyelectrolyte conformations, affect the viability of encapsulated biological material. We demonstrate the ability to individually encapsulate HL-60 cells as well as rat pancreatic islets within polymeric shells consisting of different PE layers using the layer-by-layer process. Coating of HL-60 cells allows for surviving and functioning of cells for all applied PE as well as for different numbers of layers. The islets encapsulated in applied polyelectrolytes exhibited the lower level of mitochondrial activity as compared to non-encapsulated islets. Nevertheless, encapsulated islets exhibited comparable absorbance values during the whole period of culture. Polyelectrolyte coating seems to be a promising way of allowing capsule void volume minimization in a model of encapsulated biological material for local production of biologically active substances.

  7. Alternate drop coating for forming dual biointerfaces composed of polyelectrolyte multilayers. (United States)

    Watanabe, Junji; Shen, Heyun; Akashi, Mitsuru


    Two types of polyelectrolyte multilayers were formed on both sides of a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) substrate by a novel alternate drop coating process. In this study, poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) and poly(sodium 4-styrene sulfonate) (PSS) were used as strong-strong polyelectrolytes. On the other hand, PDDA and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) were used as strong-weak polyelectrolytes. The novel alternate drop coating process can separately fabricate each polyelectrolyte multilayer on both sides of the substrate. The substrate provides dual biointerfaces, both sides of which comprise different multilayers, by employing a combination of polymers. The formation of the multilayer by alternate drop coating was evaluated in terms of changes in the frequency of the QCM and model protein adsorption for proteins such as bovine serum albumin, and their characteristics were investigated with those of the conventional alternate adsorption process by performing dip coating. There was no significant difference between the surface properties resulting from the two formation conditions. This result strongly supported the fact that the multilayers fabricated by alternate drop coating were similar in quality to those fabricated by conventional dip coating. The resulting dual biointerfaces with polyelectrolyte multilayers provide alternative biofunctions in terms of individual protein loading. In summary, the novel alternate drop coating process for substrates is a good candidate for the preparation of dual biointerfaces in the biomedical field.

  8. Polyelectrolyte Layer-by-Layer Assembly on Organic Electrochemical Transistors. (United States)

    Pappa, Anna-Maria; Inal, Sahika; Roy, Kirsty; Zhang, Yi; Pitsalidis, Charalampos; Hama, Adel; Pas, Jolien; Malliaras, George G; Owens, Roisin M


    Oppositely charged polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) were built up in a layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly on top of the conducting polymer channel of an organic electrochemical transistor (OECT), aiming to combine the advantages of well-established PEMs with a high performance electronic transducer. The multilayered film is a model system to investigate the impact of biofunctionalization on the operation of OECTs comprising a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) film as the electrically active layer. Understanding the mechanism of ion injection into the channel that is in direct contact with charged polymer films provides useful insights for novel biosensing applications such as nucleic acid sensing. Moreover, LbL is demonstrated to be a versatile electrode modification tool enabling tailored surface features in terms of thickness, softness, roughness, and charge. LbL assemblies built up on top of conducting polymers will aid the design of new bioelectronic platforms for drug delivery, tissue engineering, and medical diagnostics.

  9. Polyelectrolyte Microcapsules: Ion Distributions from a Poisson-Boltzmann Model (United States)

    Tang, Qiyun; Denton, Alan R.; Rozairo, Damith; Croll, Andrew B.


    Recent experiments have shown that polystyrene-polyacrylic-acid-polystyrene (PS-PAA-PS) triblock copolymers in a solvent mixture of water and toluene can self-assemble into spherical microcapsules. Suspended in water, the microcapsules have a toluene core surrounded by an elastomer triblock shell. The longer, hydrophilic PAA blocks remain near the outer surface of the shell, becoming charged through dissociation of OH functional groups in water, while the shorter, hydrophobic PS blocks form a networked (glass or gel) structure. Within a mean-field Poisson-Boltzmann theory, we model these polyelectrolyte microcapsules as spherical charged shells, assuming different dielectric constants inside and outside the capsule. By numerically solving the nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann equation, we calculate the radial distribution of anions and cations and the osmotic pressure within the shell as a function of salt concentration. Our predictions, which can be tested by comparison with experiments, may guide the design of microcapsules for practical applications, such as drug delivery. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DMR-1106331.

  10. Polyelectrolyte Multilayers: A Versatile Tool for Preparing Antimicrobial Coatings. (United States)

    Séon, Lydie; Lavalle, Philippe; Schaaf, Pierre; Boulmedais, Fouzia


    The prevention of pathogen colonization of medical implants represents a major medical and financial issue. The development of antimicrobial coatings aimed at protecting against such infections has thus become a major field of scientific and technological research. Three main strategies are developed to design such coatings: (i) the prevention of microorganisms adhesion and the killing of microorganisms (ii) by contact and (iii) by the release of active compounds in the vicinity of the implant. Polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) technology alone covers the entire widespread spectrum of functionalization possibilities. PEMs are obtained through the alternating deposition of polyanions and polycations on a substrate, and the great advantages of PEMs are that (i) they can be applied to almost any type of substrate whatever its shape and composition; (ii) various chemical, physicochemical, and mechanical properties of the coatings can be obtained; and (iii) active compounds can be embedded and released in a controlled manner. In this article we will give an overview of the field of PEMs applied to the design of antimicrobial coatings, illustrating the large versatility of the PEM technology.

  11. Underwater Reversible Adhesion Between Oppositely Charged Weak Polyelectrolytes (United States)

    Alfhaid, Latifah; Geoghegan, Mark; Williams, Nicholas; Seddon, William


    Force-distance data has shown that the adhesion between two oppositely charged polyelectrolytes: poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA, a polyacid) and poly[2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] (PDEAEMA, a polybase), was controllable by varying the pH level of their surrounding. Accordingly, adhesive force at the interface between these two polymers was higher inside basic surroundings at pH 6 and 7, and then it started to decrease at pH level below 3 and above 8. Stimulating adhesion between PMAA gel and PDEAEMA brushes by adding salt to their surrounded water has only a limited effect on the adhesive force between them, contradicting previous results. Increasing the molar concentration of sodium chloride (NaCl) in the surrounded water of these two polymers from 0.1 to 1M did not decrease the adhesion forces between a PMAA gel and a grafted PDEAEMA layer (brush). The JKR equation was used to evaluate the adhesion forces between the polymer gel and the brushes and it was observed that the adhesion increased with the elastic modulus of the gel decreased.

  12. Polyelectrolyte Layer-by-Layer Assembly on Organic Electrochemical Transistors

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    Pappa, Anna-Maria


    Oppositely charged polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) were built up in a layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly on top of the conducting polymer channel of an organic electrochemical transistor (OECT), aiming to combine the advantages of well-established PEMs with a high performance electronic transducer. The multilayered film is a model system to investigate the impact of biofunctionalization on the operation of OECTs comprising a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) film as the electrically active layer. Understanding the mechanism of ion injection into the channel that is in direct contact with charged polymer films provides useful insights for novel biosensing applications such as nucleic acid sensing. Moreover, LbL is demonstrated to be a versatile electrode modification tool enabling tailored surface features in terms of thickness, softness, roughness, and charge. LbL assemblies built up on top of conducting polymers will aid the design of new bioelectronic platforms for drug delivery, tissue engineering, and medical diagnostics.

  13. Fibers by interfacial polyelectrolyte complexation – processes, materials and applications

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    Andrew C.A. Wan


    Full Text Available Interfacial polyelectrolyte (polyion complexation (IPC is a process whereby fibers and capsules are formed through interactions at the interface of oppositely charged polymers. Since its discovery in the late 1990s, the IPC fiber process, in particular, has been investigated for various applications such as tissue engineering, drug delivery, flexible electronics and biosensing. The advent of the IPC fiber and process has been supported by its unique mechanism of formation that makes it amenable to encapsulation and functionalization. In this first review on IPC fibers, we consolidate the current knowledge of the IPC process, mechanism of fiber formation and fiber physical properties, while documenting the various polycation–polyanion pairs and encapsulants that have been used to date. We review the rapidly accumulating literature on IPC fibers for tissue engineering, describing how they have been used to release protein factors in a sustained manner, made into random or spatially well-defined scaffolds and decorated with appropriate functionalities and extracellular matrices in order to tailor the microenvironment for cell growth and function.

  14. Complex formation between polyelectrolytes and oppositely charged oligoelectrolytes (United States)

    Zhou, Jiajia; Barz, Matthias; Schmid, Friederike


    We study the complex formation between one long polyanion chain and many short oligocation chains by computer simulations. We employ a coarse-grained bead-spring model for the polyelectrolyte chains and model explicitly the small salt ions. We systematically vary the concentration and the length of the oligocation and examine how the oligocations affects the chain conformation, the static structure factor, the radial and axial distribution of various charged species, and the number of bound ions in the complex. At low oligocation concentration, the polyanion has an extended structure. Upon increasing the oligocation concentration, the polyanion chain collapses and forms a compact globule, but the complex still carries a net negative charge. Once the total charge of the oligocations is equal to that of the polyanion, the collapse stops and is replaced by a slow expansion. In this regime, the net charge on the complexes is positive or neutral, depending on the microion concentration in solution. The expansion can be explained by the reduction of the oligocation bridging. We find that the behavior and the structure of the complex are largely independent of the length of oligocations, and very similar to that observed when replacing the oligocations by multivalent salt cations, and conclude that the main driving force keeping the complex together is the release of monovalent counterions and coions. We speculate on the implications of this finding for the problem of controlled oligolyte release and oligolyte substitution.

  15. Nanoparticle gel electrophoresis: bare charged spheres in polyelectrolyte hydrogels. (United States)

    Li, Fei; Hill, Reghan J


    Nanoparticle gel electrophoresis has recently emerged as an attractive means of separating and characterizing nanoparticles. Consequently, a theory that accounts for electroosmotic flow in the gel, and coupling of the nanoparticle and hydrogel electrostatics and hydrodynamics, is required, particularly for gels in which the mesh size is comparable to or smaller than the particle radii. Here, we present an electrokinetic model for charged, spherical colloidal particles undergoing electrophoresis in charged (polyelectrolyte) hydrogels: the gel-electrophoresis analogue of Henry's theory for electrophoresis in Newtonian electrolytes. We compare numerically exact solutions of the model with several independent asymptotic approximations, identifying regions in the parameter space where these approximations are accurate or break down. As previously assumed in the literature, Henry's formula, modified by the addition of a constant electroosmotic flow mobility, is accurate only for nanoparticles that are small compared to the hydrogel mesh size. We derived an exact analytical solution of the full model by judiciously modifying the theory of Allison et al. for uncharged gels, drawing on the superposition methodology of Doane et al. to account for hydrogel charge. This furnishes accurate and economical mobility predictions for the entire parameter space. The present model suggests that nanoparticle size separations (with diameters ≲40 nm) are optimal at low ionic strength, with a gel mesh size that is selected according to the particle charging mechanism. For weakly charged particles, optimal size separation is achieved when the Brinkman screening length is matched to the mean particle size. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Preparation of photoluminescent carbon dots-embedded polyelectrolyte microcapsules

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    Xiaoling Yang; Liming Peng; Jie Zong; Yihua Zhu


    Two types of photoluminescent carbon dots (CDs)-embedded polyelectrolyte (PE) microcapsules were successfully prepared via the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly approach on sacrificial templates.For the first type,the PE microcapsules with CDs embedded in the cavity were produced from assembly of five pairs of poly(sodium 4-styrensulfonate) (PSS) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) on CDs-pre-loaded meso-porous silica.For the second type,the PE microcapsules with CDs embedded in the wall were made of CDs and PAH,which were derived from SiO2 particles as templates.Microscope images confirmed the introduction of CDs into the two CDs-embedded microcapsules.These two microcapsules also retained the optical properties of free CDs.Photoluminescence spectra revealed that the two types of microcapsules had excitation-dependent photoluminescence behavior.When the excitation wavelength changed from 280 to 340 nm,photoluminescence emission peak of the PE microcapsules with CDs embedded in the cavity shifts from 369 to 377 nm,while for microcapsules with CDs embedded in the wall,emission peak shifts from 367 to 390 nm.Due to low toxicity,good hydrophilicity and photoluminescence properties of CDs,these two kinds of photo-luminescent microcapsules have competitive potential for application in carriers for imaging,drug delivery and biosensors.

  17. Effect of Temperature on Polyelectrolyte Expansion of Lignosulfonate

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    Hao Li


    Full Text Available The temperature effect on the polyelectrolyte expansion of sodium lignosulfonate (SL was studied in the range of 20 to 38 °C. A narrow molecular-weight distribution fraction of sodium lignosulfonate was first obtained by gel column chromatography, which was suitable for the hydrodynamic radius (Rh measurement by dynamic light scattering (DLS. Dynamic light scattering experiments showed that the hydrodynamic radius of sodium lignosulfonate decreased with increasing temperature. Using a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM and atomic force microscopy (AFM, it was found that the adsorbed sodium lignosulfonate film lost water with increasing temperature and reabsorbed water with decreasing temperature. Surface tension and contact angle experiments showed that there were more hydrophobic groups on the surface of the sodium lignosulfonate molecule as the temperature increased. It can be concluded that the sodium lignosulfonate molecule shrank and became more hydrophobic with increasing temperature. Analysis suggests that the decreasing of the hydrogen-bond interactions between the sodium lignosulfonate molecule and water molecules with increasing temperature is the primary reason for the molecular conformation change of sodium lignosulfonate.

  18. Mutable polyelectrolyte tube arrays: mesoscale modeling and lateral force microscopy. (United States)

    Cranford, Steven W; Han, Lin; Ortiz, Christine; Buehler, Markus J


    In this study, the pH-dependent friction of layer-by-layer assemblies of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAH/PAA) are quantified for microtube array structures via experimental and simulated lateral force microscopy (LFM). A novel coarse-grain tube model is developed, utilizing a molecular dynamics (MD) framework with a Hertzian soft contact potential (such that F ∼ δ(3/2)) to allow the efficient dynamic simulation of 3D arrays consisting of hundreds of tubes at micrometer length scales. By quantitatively comparing experimental LFM and computational results, the coupling between geometry (tube spacing and swelling) and material properties (intrinsic stiffness) results in a transition from bending dominated deformation to bending combined with inter-tube contact, independent of material adhesion assumptions. Variation of tube spacing (and thus control of contact) can be used to exploit the normal and lateral resistance of the tube arrays as a function of pH (2.0/5.5), beyond the effect of areal tube density, with increased resistances (potential mutability) up to a factor of ∼60. This study provides a novel modeling platform to assess and design dynamic polyelectrolyte-based substrates/coatings with tailorable stimulus-responsive surface friction. Our results show that micro-geometry can be used alongside stimulus-responsive material changes to amplify and systematically tune mutability.

  19. Polyelectrolyte coating of ferumoxytol nanoparticles for labeling of dendritic cells

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    Celikkin, Nehar; Jakubcová, Lucie; Zenke, Martin [Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Department of Cell Biology, RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Pauwelsstrasse 30, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Pauwelsstrasse 20, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Hoss, Mareike [Institute of Pathology, Electron Microscopy Facility, RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Pauwelsstrasse 30, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Wong, John Erik, E-mail: [Chemical Process Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Turmstrasse 46, 52056 Aachen (Germany); DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials Research, Forckenbeckstrasse 50, Aachen (Germany); Hieronymus, Thomas, E-mail: [Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Department of Cell Biology, RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Pauwelsstrasse 30, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Pauwelsstrasse 20, 52074 Aachen (Germany)


    Engineered magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) are emerging to be used as cell tracers, drug delivery vehicles, and contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for enhanced theragnostic applications in biomedicine. In vitro labeling of target cell populations with MNPs and their implantation into animal models and patients shows promising outcomes in monitoring successful cell engraftment, differentiation and migration by using MRI. Dendritic cells (DCs) are professional antigen-presenting cells that initiate adaptive immune responses. Thus, DCs have been the focus of cellular immunotherapy and are increasingly applied in clinical trials. Her