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  1. Photosensitized Oxidation of 9,10-Dimethylanthracene on Dye-Doped Silica Composites

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    Elim Albiter

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A series of cationic dyes, methylene blue (MB, safranin O (SF, toluidine blue (TB, and neutral red (NR, were successfully incorporated into a silica matrix by using ultrasound irradiation during the Stöber process. Several analyses were performed, including scanning dynamic light scattering (DLS, electron microscopy (SEM, nitrogen physisorption, FTIR spectroscopy, UV-vis, and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The entrapped dyes on silica were evaluated in singlet oxygen (1O2 generation under visible light irradiation, by means of the photosensitized oxidation of 9,10-dimethylanthracene (DMA. According to the results, the photocatalytic performance of the silica composites was improved, and the leakage of the dye from the particles was suppressed. Among these four different types of dye-doped silica composites, the SiO2-SF composite showed the most efficient delivery of 1O2.

  2. Antibody-Conjugated Rubpy Dye-Doped Silica Nanoparticles as Signal Amplification for Microscopic Detection of Vibrio cholerae O1

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    Nualrahong Thepwiwatjit

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study demonstrated the potential application of antibody-conjugated Rubpy dye-doped silica nanoparticles for immunofluorescence microscopic detection of Vibrio cholerae O1. The particle synthesis of 20X of the original ratio was accomplished yielding spherical nanoparticles with an average size of 45±3 nm. The nanoparticles were carboxyl functionalized and then conjugated with either monoclonal antibody or polyclonal antibody against V. cholerae O1. The antibody-conjugated nanoparticles were tested with two target bacteria and three challenge strains. The result showed that monoclonal antibody-conjugated Rubpy dye-doped silica nanoparticles could be effectively used as signal amplification to detect V. cholerae O1 under a fluorescence microscope. Their extremely strong fluorescence signal also enables the detection of a single cell bacterium.

  3. Rubpy Dye-Doped Silica Nanoparticles as Signal Reporter in a Dot Fluorescence Immunoassay Strip

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    Nualrahong Thepwiwatjit

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes an application of Rubpy dye-doped silica nanoparticles (RSNPs as signal reporter in a dot fluorescence immunoassay strip for rapid screening of Vibrio cholera O1 (VCO1. These nanoparticles have a spherical shape with an average diameter of 45 nm. They appear luminescent orange when excited with a 312 nm UV lamp. Based on the sandwich immunoassay principle, a test strip was made of a nitrocellulose membrane dotted with monoclonal antibodies against VCO1 as analyte capture molecules. After introducing a test sample, followed by polyclonal rabbit anti-VCO1 antibody conjugated RSNPs as detection reporters and one washing step, the presence or absence of the target bacteria could be identified under UV light by naked eyes. A positive sample would signal a bright orange dot on the strip. The proposed assay had a detection limit of 4.3×103 cfu/mL and was successfully applied as a rapid screening test for VCO1 in food samples with high sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy.

  4. In vivo magnetic resonance and fluorescence dual imaging of tumor sites by using dye-doped silica-coated iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Jang, Haeyun; Lee, Chaedong [Seoul National University, Program in Nano Science and Technology, Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology (Korea, Republic of); Nam, Gi-Eun [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Asan Medical Center (Korea, Republic of); Quan, Bo [Seoul National University, Program in Nano Science and Technology, Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Hyuck Jae [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Asan Medical Center (Korea, Republic of); Yoo, Jung Sun [Seoul National University, Department of Transdisciplinary Studies, Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology, Smart Humanity Convergence Center (Korea, Republic of); Piao, Yuanzhe, E-mail: parkat9@snu.ac.kr [Seoul National University, Program in Nano Science and Technology, Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-02-15

    The difficulty in delineating tumor is a major obstacle for better outcomes in cancer treatment of patients. The use of single-imaging modality is often limited by inadequate sensitivity and resolution. Here, we present the synthesis and the use of monodisperse iron oxide nanoparticles coated with fluorescent silica nano-shells for fluorescence and magnetic resonance dual imaging of tumor. The as-synthesized core–shell nanoparticles were designed to improve the accuracy of diagnosis via simultaneous tumor imaging with dual imaging modalities by a single injection of contrast agent. The iron oxide nanocrystals (∼11 nm) were coated with Rhodamine B isothiocyanate-doped silica shells via reverse microemulsion method. Then, the core–shell nanoparticles (∼54 nm) were analyzed to confirm their size distribution by transmission electron microscopy and dynamic laser scattering. Photoluminescence spectroscopy was used to characterize the fluorescent property of the dye-doped silica shell-coated nanoparticles. The cellular compatibility of the as-prepared nanoparticles was confirmed by a trypan blue dye exclusion assay and the potential as a dual-imaging contrast agent was verified by in vivo fluorescence and magnetic resonance imaging. The experimental results show that the uniform-sized core–shell nanoparticles are highly water dispersible and the cellular toxicity of the nanoparticles is negligible. In vivo fluorescence imaging demonstrates the capability of the developed nanoparticles to selectively target tumors by the enhanced permeability and retention effects and ex vivo tissue analysis was corroborated this. Through in vitro phantom test, the core/shell nanoparticles showed a T2 relaxation time comparable to Feridex{sup ®} with smaller size, indicating that the as-made nanoparticles are suitable for imaging tumor. This new dual-modality-nanoparticle approach has promised for enabling more accurate tumor imaging.

  5. In vivo magnetic resonance and fluorescence dual imaging of tumor sites by using dye-doped silica-coated iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Jang, Haeyun; Lee, Chaedong; Nam, Gi-Eun; Quan, Bo; Choi, Hyuck Jae; Yoo, Jung Sun; Piao, Yuanzhe

    2016-02-01

    The difficulty in delineating tumor is a major obstacle for better outcomes in cancer treatment of patients. The use of single-imaging modality is often limited by inadequate sensitivity and resolution. Here, we present the synthesis and the use of monodisperse iron oxide nanoparticles coated with fluorescent silica nano-shells for fluorescence and magnetic resonance dual imaging of tumor. The as-synthesized core-shell nanoparticles were designed to improve the accuracy of diagnosis via simultaneous tumor imaging with dual imaging modalities by a single injection of contrast agent. The iron oxide nanocrystals ( 11 nm) were coated with Rhodamine B isothiocyanate-doped silica shells via reverse microemulsion method. Then, the core-shell nanoparticles ( 54 nm) were analyzed to confirm their size distribution by transmission electron microscopy and dynamic laser scattering. Photoluminescence spectroscopy was used to characterize the fluorescent property of the dye-doped silica shell-coated nanoparticles. The cellular compatibility of the as-prepared nanoparticles was confirmed by a trypan blue dye exclusion assay and the potential as a dual-imaging contrast agent was verified by in vivo fluorescence and magnetic resonance imaging. The experimental results show that the uniform-sized core-shell nanoparticles are highly water dispersible and the cellular toxicity of the nanoparticles is negligible. In vivo fluorescence imaging demonstrates the capability of the developed nanoparticles to selectively target tumors by the enhanced permeability and retention effects and ex vivo tissue analysis was corroborated this. Through in vitro phantom test, the core/shell nanoparticles showed a T2 relaxation time comparable to Feridex® with smaller size, indicating that the as-made nanoparticles are suitable for imaging tumor. This new dual-modality-nanoparticle approach has promised for enabling more accurate tumor imaging.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of a Noble metal Enhanced Optical Nanohybrid (NEON): a high brightness detection platform based on a dye-doped silica nanoparticle.

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    Roy, Shibsekhar; Dixit, Chandra K; Woolley, Robert; O'Kennedy, Richard; McDonagh, Colette

    2012-05-29

    A highly bright and photostable, fluorescent nanohybrid particle is presented which consists of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) embedded in dye-doped silica in a core-shell configuration. The dye used is the near-infrared emitting 4,5-benzo-5'-(iodoacetaminomethyl)-1',3,3,3',3'-pentamethyl-1-(4-sulfobutyl) indodicarbo cyanine. The nanohybrid architecture comprises a GNP core which is separated from a layer of dye molecules by a 15 nm buffer layer and has an outer protective, undoped silica shell. Using this architecture, a brightness factor of 550 has been achieved compared to the free dye. This hybrid system, referred to as Noble metal Enhanced Optical Nanohybrid (NEON) in this paper, is the first nanohybrid construct to our knowledge which demonstrates such tunable fluorescence property. NEON has enhanced photostability compared to the free dye and compared to a control particle without GNPs. Furthermore, the NEON particle, when used as a fluorescent label in a model bioassay, shows improved performance over assays using a conventional single dye molecule label.

  7. Investigation of luminescent dye-doped or rare-earth-doped monodisperse silica nanospheres for DNA microarray labelling

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    Enrichi, F.; Riccò, R.; Meneghello, A.; Pierobon, R.; Cretaio, E.; Marinello, F.; Schiavuta, P.; Parma, A.; Riello, P.; Benedetti, A.

    2010-10-01

    DNA microarray is a high-throughput technology used for detection and quantification of nucleic acid molecules and others of biological interest. The analysis is resulting by specific hybridization between probe sequences deposited in array and a target ss-DNA usually functionalized by a luminescent dye. These organic labels have well known disadvantages like photobleaching and limited sensitivity. Therefore in this work we investigate a different strategy, based on the use of inorganic silica nanospheres incorporating standard luminescent dyes or rare earth ions. The synthesis and characterization of these biomarkers is reported and their application to the DNA microarray technology in comparison to the use of standard molecular fluorophores or commercial quantum dots is discussed. We show that dye doped silica spheres provides a significant increase of the optical emission signal with respect to the use of free dyes, while rare earth doped silica spheres allow reducing or completely avoiding the background noise. These aspects, together with their cheap and easy synthesis, stability in water, easy surface functionalization and bio-compatibility makes them very promising for present and future applications in bio-labelling and bio-imaging.

  8. Mucin1 antibody-conjugated dye-doped mesoporous silica nanoparticles for breast cancer detection in vivo

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    Vivero-Escoto, Juan L.; Moore Jeffords, Laura; Dréau, Didier; Alvarez-Berrios, Merlis; Mukherjee, Pinku

    2017-02-01

    The development of novel methods for tumor detection is a burgeoning area of research. In particular, the use of silica nanoparticles for optical imaging in the near infrared (NIR) represents a valuable tool because their chemical inertness, biocompatibility, and transparency in the ultraviolet-visible and NIR regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Moreover, silica nanoparticles can be modified with a wide variety of functional groups such as aptamers, small molecules, antibodies and polymers. Here, we report the development of a mucin 1(MUC1)-specific dye-doped NIR emitting mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MUC1-NIR-MSN) platform for the optical detection of breast cancer tissue overexpressing human tumor-associated MUC1. We have characterized the structural properties and the in vitro performance of this system. The MSN-based optical imaging probe is non-cytotoxic and targets efficiently murine mammary epithelial cancer cells overexpressing human MUC1. Finally, the ability of MUC1-NIR-MSN contrast imaging agent to selectively detect breast cancer tumors overexpressing human tumor-associated MUC1 was successfully demonstrated in a transgenic murine mouse model. The NIR imaging experiments on tumor-bearing animals showed specific accumulation of the MSN-based probe in human MUC1-positive tumors and small signal in control tumors. We envision that this MUC1-specific MSN-based optical probe has the potential to greatly aid in screening prospective patients for early breast cancer detection and in monitoring the efficacy of drug therapy.

  9. Luminescent dye-doped or rare-earth-doped monodisperse silica nanospheres as efficient labels in DNA microarrays

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    Enrichi, F.; Riccò, R.; Meneghello, A.; Pierobon, R.; Marinello, F.; Schiavuta, P.

    2009-08-01

    Luminescent nanoparticles are gaining more and more interest in bio-labeling and bio-imaging applications, like for example DNA microarray. This is a high-throughput technology used for detection and quantification of nucleic acid molecules and other ones of biological interest. The analysis is resulting by specific hybridization between probe sequences deposited in array and a target ss-DNA usually expressed by PCR and functionalized by a fluorescent dye. These organic labels have well known disadvantages like photobleaching and limited sensitivity. Quantum dots may be used as alternatives, but they present troubles like blinking, toxicity and excitation wavelengths out of the usual range of commercial instruments, lowering their efficiency. Therefore in this work we investigate a different strategy, based on the use of inorganic silica nanospheres incorporating standard luminescent dyes or rare earth doped nanocrystals. In the first case it is possible to obtain a high luminescence emission signal, due to the high number of dye molecules that can be accommodated into each nanoparticle, reduced photobleaching and environmental protection of the dye molecules thanks to the encapsulation in the silica matrix. In the second case, rare earths exhibit narrow emission bands (easy identification), large Stokes shifts (efficient discrimination of excitation and emission) and long luminescence lifetimes (possibility to perform time-delayed analysis) which can be efficiently used for the improvement of signal to noise ratio. The synthesis and characterization of good luminescent silica spheres either by organic dye-doping or by rare-earth-doping are investigated and reported. Moreover, their application in the DNA microarray technology in comparison to the use of standard molecular fluorophores or commercial quantum dots is discussed. The cheap and easy synthesis of these luminescent particles, the stability in water, the surface functionalization and bio

  10. Synthesis of fluorescent dye-doped silica nanoparticles for target-cell-specific delivery and intracellular microRNA imaging.

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    Li, Henan; Mu, Yawen; Qian, Shanshan; Lu, Jusheng; Wan, Yakun; Fu, Guodong; Liu, Songqin

    2015-01-21

    MicroRNA (miRNA) is found to be up-regulated in many kinds of cancer and therefore is classified as an oncomiR. Herein, we design a multifunctional fluorescent nanoprobe (FSiNP-AS/MB) with the AS1411 aptamer and a molecular beacon (MB) co-immobilized on the surface of the fluorescent dye-doped silica nanoparticles (FSiNPs) for target-cell-specific delivery and intracellular miRNA imaging. The FSiNPs were prepared by a facile reverse microemulsion method from tetraethoxysilane and silane derivatized coumarin that was previously synthesized by click chemistry. The as-prepared FSiNPs possess uniform size distribution, good optical stability and biocompatibility. In addition, there is a remarkable affinity interaction between the AS1411 aptamer and the nucleolin protein on the cancer cell surface. Thus, a target-cell-specific delivery system by the FSiNP-AS/MB is proposed for effectively transferring a MB into the cancer cells to recognize the target miRNA. Using miRNA-21 in MCF-7 cells (a human breast cancer cell line) as a model, the proposed multifunctional nanosystems not only allow target-cell-specific delivery with the binding affinity of AS1411, but also can track simultaneously the transfected cells and detect intracellular miRNA in situ. The proposed multifunctional nanosystems are a promising platform for a highly sensitive luminescent nonviral vector in biomedical and clinical research.

  11. High order operation of distributed feedback dye-doped sol-gel silica laser

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    Xiaolei Zhu(朱小磊); Dennis Lo(罗荫权)

    2003-01-01

    High order Bragg scattering (M = 2 and M = 3) operations of the distributed feedback dye dopedsol-gel silica lasers are achieved using the second harmonic output of a Nd:YAG laser as the pump. Laserlinewidth of less than 0.06 nm and conversion efficiency of 0.7% for M = 3 and 11% for M = 2 aremeasured. Wavelength tuning of about 15 nm around the emission center has been realized by varyingthe intersection angle.

  12. Synthesis of Antibodies-Conjugated Fluorescent Dye-Doped Silica Nanoparticles for a Rapid Single Step Detection of Campylobacter jejuni in Live Poultry

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    Wachira Tansub

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The preparation of antibodies-conjugated fluorescent dye-doped silica nanoparticles (FDS-NPs was developed to detect Campylobacter jejuni cells under a fluorescence microscope. The particles prepared by sol-gel microemulsion techniques have a round shape with an average size of 43 ± 4 nm. They were highly photo stable and could emit strong orange fluorescent for 60 min. Both amine- and carboxyl-functionalized properties were evident from FTIR and FT Raman spectra. The FDS-NPs conjugated with antibodies against C. jejuni were well dispersed in PBS solution at 20 mM of NaCl. The conjugation with monoclonal antibodies against C. jejuni was successful. The direct observation of the antibodies-conjugated FDS-NPs- that bounds C. jejuni with Petroff Hausser counting chamber at 40x was clear. The different focus lengths clearly separated bound and unbound FDS-NPs under the microscope. We successfully synthesis the bio-conjugated dye doped silica nanoparticles for C. jejuni that are easy to use and giving clear detection in due time.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of model silica-gold core-shell nanohybrid systems to demonstrate plasmonic enhancement of fluorescence

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    Roy, Shibsekhar; Dixit, Chandra K.; Woolley, Robert; O'Kennedy, Richard; McDonagh, Colette

    2012-08-01

    In this work, gold-silica plasmonic nanohybrids have been synthesized as model systems which enable tuning of dye fluorescence enhancement/quenching interactions. For each system, a dye-doped silica core is surrounded by a 15 nm spacer region, which in turn is surrounded by gold nanoparticles (GNPs). The GNPs are either covalently conjugated via mercapto silanization to the spacer or encapsulated in a separate external silica shell. The intermediate spacer region can be either dye doped or left undoped to enable quenching and plasmonic enhancement effects respectively. The study indicates that there is a larger enhancement effect when GNPs are encapsulated in the outer shell compared to the system of external conjugation. This is due to the environmental shielding provided by shell encapsulation compared to the exposure of the GNPs to the solvent environment for the externally conjugated system. The fluorescence signal enhancement of the nanohybrid systems was evaluated using a standard HRP-anti-HRP fluorescence based assay platform.

  14. Dye-doped spheres with plasmonic semi-shells: Lasing modes and scattering at realistic gain levels

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    Nikita Arnold

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available We numerically simulate the compensation of absorption, the near-field enhancement as well as the differential far-field scattering cross section for dye-doped polystyrene spheres (radius 195 nm, which are half-covered by a silver layer of 10–40 nm thickness. Such silver capped spheres are interesting candidates for nanoplasmonic lasers, so-called spasers. We find that spasing requires gain levels less than 3.7 times higher than those in commercially available dye-doped spheres. However, commercially available concentrations are already apt to achieve negative absorption, and to narrow and enhance scattering by higher order modes. Narrowing of the plasmonic modes by gain also makes visible higher order modes, which are normally obscured by the broad spectral features of the lower order modes. We further show that the angular distribution of the far-field scattering of the spasing modes is by no means dipole-like and is very sensitive to the geometry of the structure.

  15. Development of Natural Anthocyanin Dye-Doped Silica Nanoparticles for pH and Borate-Sensing Applications

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    Ha, Chu T.; Lien, Nghiem T. Ha; Anh, Nguyen D.; Lam, Nguyen L.

    2017-08-01

    Anthocyanin belongs to a large group of phenolic compounds called flavonoids. It is found primarily in fruits, flowers, roots and other parts of higher plants. Within the black carrot, it has been found that the cyanidin component 1,2 diol was the major anthocyanine. Since the terminal thiols potentially display chemical interactions with borate additives, anthocyanin from the black carrot can act as a sensing material for detecting borate in the environment. As a natural dye, anthocyanin responds to pH change of the medium. Here, we present an application of black carrot dyes for pH sensing and for the detection of borate additives within meats. The dyes were encapsulated within a mesoporous silica (SiO2) matrix in order to prevent the sensing materials from dissolution into the aqueous medium. The encapsulation was done in situ during preparation of silica nanoparticles (size from 100 nm to 500 nm) following an advanced Stöber method. These anthocyanin-encapsulated silica nanoparticles show a clear color change from green in an aqueous solution free of borate to GRAY-red in the presence of borate additive and red (pH 2) to green (pH 10).

  16. Enhancing the Sensitivity of DNA Microarray Using Dye-Doped Silica Nanoparticles: Detection of Human Papilloma Virus

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    Enrichi, F.; Riccò, R.; Meneghello, A.; Pierobon, R.; Canton, G.; Cretaio, E.

    2010-10-01

    DNA microarray is a high-throughput technology used for detection and quantification of nucleic acid molecules and others of biological interest. The analysis is based on the specific hybridization between probe sequences deposited in array and a target ss-DNA amplified by PCR and functionalized by a fluorescent dye. Organic labels have well known disadvantages like photobleaching and low signal intensities, which put a limitation to the lower amount of DNA material that can be detected. Therefore for trace analysis the development of more efficient biomarkers is required. With this aim we present in this paper the synthesis and application of alternative hybrid nanosystems obtained by incorporating standard fluorescent molecules into monodisperse silica nanoparticles. Efficient application to the detection of Human Papilloma Virus is demonstrated. This virus is associated to the formation of cervical cancer, a leading cause of death by cancer for women worldwide. It is shown that the use of the novel biomarkers increases the optical signal of about one order of magnitude with respect to the free dyes or quantum dots in conventional instruments. This is due to the high number of molecules that can be accommodated into each nanoparticle, to the reduced photobleaching and to the improved environmental protection of the dyes when encapsulated in the silica matrix. The cheap and easy synthesis of these luminescent particles, the stability in water, the surface functionalizability and bio-compatibility make them very promising for present and future bio-labeling and bio-imaging applications.

  17. Synthesis of Organic Dye-Impregnated Silica Shell-Coated Iron Oxide Nanoparticles by a New Method

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    Ren, Cuiling; Li, Jinhua; Liu, Qian; Ren, Juan; Chen, Xingguo; Hu, Zhide; Xue, Desheng

    2008-12-01

    A new method for preparing magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles coated by organic dye-doped silica shell was developed in this article. Iron oxide nanoparticles were first coated with dye-impregnated silica shell by the hydrolysis of hexadecyltrimethoxysilane (HTMOS) which produced a hydrophobic core for the entrapment of organic dye molecules. Then, the particles were coated with a hydrophilic shell by the hydrolysis of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS), which enabled water dispersal of the resulting nanoparticles. The final product was characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, and vibration sample magnetometer. All the characterization results proved the final samples possessed magnetic and fluorescent properties simultaneously. And this new multifunctional nanomaterial possessed high photostability and minimal dye leakage.

  18. Synthesis of Organic Dye-Impregnated Silica Shell-Coated Iron Oxide Nanoparticles by a New Method

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    Xue Desheng

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A new method for preparing magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles coated by organic dye-doped silica shell was developed in this article. Iron oxide nanoparticles were first coated with dye-impregnated silica shell by the hydrolysis of hexadecyltrimethoxysilane (HTMOS which produced a hydrophobic core for the entrapment of organic dye molecules. Then, the particles were coated with a hydrophilic shell by the hydrolysis of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS, which enabled water dispersal of the resulting nanoparticles. The final product was characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, and vibration sample magnetometer. All the characterization results proved the final samples possessed magnetic and fluorescent properties simultaneously. And this new multifunctional nanomaterial possessed high photostability and minimal dye leakage.

  19. Magnetic core-shell silica particles

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    Claesson, E.M.

    2007-01-01

    This thesis deals with magnetic silica core-shell colloids and related functionalized silica structures. Synthesis routes have been developed and optimized. The physical properties of these colloids have been investigated, such as the magnetic dipole moment, dipolar structure formation and

  20. Magnetic core-shell silica particles

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    Claesson, E.M.

    2007-01-01

    This thesis deals with magnetic silica core-shell colloids and related functionalized silica structures. Synthesis routes have been developed and optimized. The physical properties of these colloids have been investigated, such as the magnetic dipole moment, dipolar structure formation and rotationa

  1. Dispersion behavior of core-shell silica-polymer nanoparticles

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    2007-01-01

    Core-shell silica nanoparticles are superior in modifying surface wetting behavior, enhancing nucleation and growth in crystallization, improving dispersion of naked nanoparticles, and thus upgrading the overall properties of organic polymers. The dispersion behavior and morphology of monodisperse core-shell silica particles in several polymers including polyesters are reviewed and their potential applications are discussed.

  2. Fabrication of Magnetite/Silica/Titania Core-Shell Nanoparticles

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    Suh Cem Pang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 core-shell nanoparticles were synthesized via a sol-gel method with the aid of sonication. Fe3O4 nanoparticles were being encapsulated within discrete silica nanospheres, and a layer of TiO2 shell was then coated directly onto each silica nanosphere. As-synthesized Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 core-shell nanoparticles showed enhanced photocatalytic properties as evidenced by the enhanced photodegradation of methylene blue under UV light irradiation.

  3. Preparation of aqueous core/silica shell microcapsules.

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    Bean, Keith; Black, Camilla F; Govan, Norman; Reynolds, Paul; Sambrook, Mark R

    2012-01-15

    Water core/silica shell microcapsules are prepared via the hydrolysis and subsequent polycondensation of tetraethoxysilane in a surfactant stabilised water-in-oil emulsion. The relationship between preparative conditions, including pH and silane concentration, has been related to final particle structure. Furthermore, the nature of the catalyst has been found to affect the mechanism by which the shells are formed, with an interfacial polymerisation proposed for ammonium hydroxide catalysed synthesis in agreement with previous reports and a new colloidosome assembly process for sodium hydroxide catalysis. In both cases shell aging processes are observed to continue beyond initial shell formation suggesting that trans-shell diffusion of reactants may be feasible, or that rapid hydrolysis is required in order to load high concentrations of the reactants into the internal phase before significant shell formation.

  4. Reconfigurable Solid-state Dye-doped Polymer Ring Resonator Lasers

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    Chandrahalim, Hengky; Fan, Xudong

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents wavelength configurable on-chip solid-state ring lasers fabricated by a single-mask standard lithography. The single- and coupled-ring resonator hosts were fabricated on a fused-silica wafer and filled with 3,3′-Diethyloxacarbocyanine iodide (CY3), Rhodamine 6G (R6G), and 3,3′-Diethylthiadicarbocyanine iodide (CY5)-doped polymer as the reconfigurable gain media. The recorded lasing threshold was ~220 nJ/mm2 per pulse for the single-ring resonator laser with R6G, marking the lowest threshold shown by solid-state dye-doped polymer lasers fabricated with a standard lithography process on a chip. A single-mode lasing from a coupled-ring resonator system with the lasing threshold of ~360 nJ/mm2 per pulse was also demonstrated through the Vernier effect. The renewability of the dye-doped polymer was examined by removing and redepositing the dye-doped polymer on the same resonator hosts for multiple cycles. We recorded consistent emissions from the devices for all trials, suggesting the feasibility of employing this technology for numerous photonic and biochemical sensing applications that entail for sustainable, reconfigurable, and low lasing threshold coherent light sources on a chip. PMID:26674508

  5. synthesis of organoamine-silica hybrids using cashew nut shell ...

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  6. Core-Shell-structured Dendritic Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Combined Photodynamic Therapy and Antibody Delivery.

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    Abbaraju, Prasanna Lakshmi; Yang, Yannan; Yu, Meihua; Fu, Jianye; Xu, Chun; Yu, Chengzhong

    2017-07-04

    Multifunctional core-shell-structured dendritic mesoporous silica nanoparticles with a fullerene-doped silica core, a dendritic silica shell and large pores have been prepared. The combination of photodynamic therapy and antibody therapeutics significantly inhibits the cancer cell growth by effectively reducing the level of anti-apoptotic proteins. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Effect of reaction time on formation of silica core/shell particles

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    Milan P. Nikolić

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The silica core/shell nanostructures were prepared by a wet-chemical process. Silica core particles were prepared by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethylorthosilicate. The obtained particles (average size ∼0.4 µm were used as templates for assembling of silica nanoparticles generated from highly basic sodium silicate solution. The silica core particles were functionalized with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES to allow electrostatic assembling of silica nanoparticles on the surface of silica core particles. In order to find the optimal conditions for synthesis of silica core/shell particles with mesoporous shells, the effect of reaction time on formation of silica nanoparticles was investigated. The effect of process parameters on generation and aggregation of silica nanoparticles prepared from highly basic sodium silicate solution was also investigated. It was shown that the size of silica nanoparticles and tendency towards aggregation increase with increasing the reaction time and temperature. These behaviours were reflected on the formation of mesoporous silica shell around silica core particles. Thin and uniform mesoporous silica layers were obtained if reaction times were kept short. When the reaction time was prolonged, the thicker and non-uniform shells were obtained.

  8. Polystyrene-Core-Silica-Shell Hybrid Particles Containing Gold and Magnetic Nanoparticles.

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    Tian, Jia; Vana, Philipp

    2016-02-18

    Polystyrene-core-silica-shell hybrid particles were synthesized by combining the self-assembly of nanoparticles and the polymer with a silica coating strategy. The core-shell hybrid particles are composed of gold-nanoparticle-decorated polystyrene (PS-AuNP) colloids as the core and silica particles as the shell. PS-AuNP colloids were generated by the self-assembly of the PS-grafted AuNPs. The silica coating improved the thermal stability and dispersibility of the AuNPs. By removing the "free" PS of the core, hollow particles with a hydrophobic cage having a AuNP corona and an inert silica shell were obtained. Also, Fe3O4 nanoparticles were encapsulated in the core, which resulted in magnetic core-shell hybrid particles by the same strategy. These particles have potential applications in biomolecular separation and high-temperature catalysis and as nanoreactors.

  9. Determination of the shell growth direction during the formation of silica microcapsules by confocal fluorescence microscopy

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    Wijk, J. van; Salari, J.W.O.; Meuldijk, J.; Klumperman, B.

    2015-01-01

    A novel procedure was developed to determine the direction of silica growth during the formation of a silica shell around aqueous microdroplets in water-in-oil Pickering emulsions. Two fluorescently labeled silica precursors were added consecutively and the resulting microcapsules were visualized vi

  10. Fabrication of Mesoporous Silica Shells on Solid Silica Spheres Using Anionic Surfactants and Their Potential Application in Controlling Drug Release

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    Mansour Al-Hoshan

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available In this work, mesoporous shells were constructed on solid silica cores by employing anionic surfactante. A co-structure directing agent (CSDA has assisted the electrostatic interaction between negatively charged silica particles and the negatively charged surfactant molecules. Synthetic parameters such as reaction time and temperature had a significant impact on the formation of mesoporous silica shelld and their textural properties such as surface area and pore volume. Core-mesoporous shell silica spheres were characterized by small angle X-ray scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and N2 adsorption–desorption analysis. The synthesized particles have a uniformly mesoporous shell of 34–65 nm and possess a surface area of ca. 7–324 m2/g, and pore volume of ca. 0.008–0.261 cc/g. The core-mesoporous shell silica spheres were loaded with ketoprofen drug molecules. The in vitro drug release study suggested that core-mesoporous shell silica spheres are a suitable nanocarrier for drug molecules offering the possibility of having control over their release rate.

  11. Fabrication of mesoporous silica shells on solid silica spheres using anionic surfactants and their potential application in controlling drug release.

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    El-Toni, Ahmed Mohamed; Khan, Aslam; Ibrahim, Mohamed Abbas; Al-Hoshan, Mansour; Labis, Joselito Puzon

    2012-11-06

    In this work, mesoporous shells were constructed on solid silica cores by employing anionic surfactante. A co-structure directing agent (CSDA) has assisted the electrostatic interaction between negatively charged silica particles and the negatively charged surfactant molecules. Synthetic parameters such as reaction time and temperature had a significant impact on the formation of mesoporous silica shelld and their textural properties such as surface area and pore volume. Core-mesoporous shell silica spheres were characterized by small angle X-ray scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and N(2) adsorption–desorption analysis. The synthesized particles have a uniformly mesoporous shell of 34–65 nm and possess a surface area of ca. 7–324 m2/g, and pore volume of ca. 0.008–0.261 cc/g. The core-mesoporous shell silica spheres were loaded with ketoprofen drug molecules. The in vitro drug release study suggested that core-mesoporous shell silica spheres are a suitable nanocarrier for drug molecules offering the possibility of having control over their release rate.

  12. CNTs/mesostructured silica core-shell nanowires via interfacial surfactant templating

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    ZHANG Lei; QIAO ShiZhang; YAN ZiFeng; ZHENG HuaJun; LI Li; DING RongGang; LU GaoQing(Max)

    2009-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs)/mesostructured silica core-shell nanowires with a carbon nanotube core and controllable highly ordered periodic mesoporous silica shell are syntheiszed via the interfacial surfac-tant template. The core-shell nanowires are characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD) and nitrogen sorption/desorption. The results indicate that the core-shell nanowires have highly ordered periodic mesoporous silica shell (space group p6mm), high BET sur-face area and narrow pore size distribution. Moreover, the morphology of core-shell nanowires can be controlled by the pH value. The core-shell nanowires have promising applications in biosensors, nanoprobes and energy storage due to their good dispersibility in polar solvents.

  13. Size Effect of Silica Shell on Gas Uptake Kinetics in Dry Water.

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    Li, Yong; Zhang, Diwei; Bai, Dongsheng; Li, Shujing; Wang, Xinrui; Zhou, Wei

    2016-07-26

    Two kinds of dry water (DW) particles are prepared by mixing water and hydrophobic silica particles with nanometer or micrometer dimensions, and the two DW particles are found to have similar size distributions regardless of the size of the silica shell. The CO2 uptake kinetics of DW with nanometer (nanoshell) and micrometer shells (microshell) are measured, and both uptake rate and capacity show the obvious size effect of the silica shell. The DW with a microshell possesses a larger uptake capacity, whereas the DW with a nanoshell has a faster uptake rate. By comparing the uptake kinetics of soluble NH3 and CO2 further, we found that the microshell enhances the stability and the dispersion degree of DW and the nanoshell offers a shorter path for the transit of guest gas into the water core. Furthermore, molecular dynamics simulation is introduced to illustrate the nanosize effect of the silica shell on the initial step of the gas uptake. It is found that the concentration of gas molecules close to the silica shell is higher than that in the bulk water core. With the increase in the size of the silica shell, the amount of CO2 in the silica shell decreases, and it is easier for the gas uptake to reach steady state.

  14. Synthesis of micron-sized hollow silica spheres with a novel mesoporous shell of MCF

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    An Feng Zhang; Yong Chun Zhang; Na Xing; Ke Ke Hou; Jing Wang; Xin Wen Guo

    2009-01-01

    Micron-sized hollow silica spheres whose shells are made up of mesocellular silica foams (MCFs) have been synthesized by one-pot sol-gel method in benzene/water/P123 emulsion. The material is characterized with SEM, TEM, BET and 29Si MAS NMR. The results show that the MCFs of the unique shell of hollow silica spheres were connected by large windows with a narrow distribution of~10 nm in diameter, the inner space of the hollow sphere is accessible. And the formation mechanism of the hollow silica spheres is proposed.

  15. Biomimetic synthesis of raspberry-like hybrid polymer-silica core-shell nanoparticles by templating colloidal particles with hairy polyamine shell.

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    Pi, Mengwei; Yang, Tingting; Yuan, Jianjun; Fujii, Syuji; Kakigi, Yuichi; Nakamura, Yoshinobu; Cheng, Shiyuan

    2010-07-01

    The nanoparticles composed of polystyrene core and poly[2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] (PDEA) hairy shell were used as colloidal templates for in situ silica mineralization, allowing the well-controlled synthesis of hybrid silica core-shell nanoparticles with raspberry-like morphology and hollow silica nanoparticles by subsequent calcination. Silica deposition was performed by simply stirring a mixture of the polymeric core-shell particles in isopropanol, tetramethyl orthosilicate (TMOS) and water at 25 degrees C for 2.5h. No experimental evidence was found for nontemplated silica formation, which indicated that silica deposition occurred exclusively in the PDEA shell and formed PDEA-silica hybrid shell. The resulting hybrid silica core-shell particles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetry, aqueous electrophoresis, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. TEM studies indicated that the hybrid particles have well-defined core-shell structure with raspberry morphology after silica deposition. We found that the surface nanostructure of hybrid nanoparticles and the composition distribution of PDEA-silica hybrid shell could be well controlled by adjusting the silicification conditions. These new hybrid core-shell nanoparticles and hollow silica nanoparticles would have potential applications for high-performance coatings, encapsulation and delivery of active organic molecules.

  16. The preparation of core-shell magnetic silica nanospheres for enhancing magnetism and fluorescence intensity.

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    Yoo, Jeong Ha; Kim, Jong Sung

    2013-11-01

    Recently, magnetic and luminescent composite silica with structure of micro- and nanospheres containing both magnetic (Fe3O4) nanoparticles (MPs) and quantum dots (QDs) has attracted great interests. In this study, we have prepared core-shell structure of silica spheres in which magnets are incorporated into silica core and QDs into a mesoporous silica shell by using C18-TMS (octade-cyltrimethoxysilane). MPs were synthesized by a co-precipitation method from ferrous and ferric solutions with a molecular ratio of 2:3. Monodisperse magnetic silica cores have been prepared via sol-gel reaction of TEOS (tetraethoxysilane) and water using base catalyst. The size of magnetic silica nanospheres was confirmed by dynamic laser light scattering system (DLS) and scanning electoron microscope (SEM). The pore volume and surface area were calculated by using BET after calcination. The core-shell structure plays an important role in providing more domains for MPs in silica Core and QDs in silica shell. QDs were incorporated into the mesoporous shell by hydrophobic interactions. Magnetic characterization was performed using a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). The optical properties of the particles were characterized with UV/Vis spectrometer, PL spectrometer, and fluorescence microscope.

  17. Single mode dye-doped polymer photonic crystal lasers

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    Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Buss, Thomas; Smith, Cameron

    2010-01-01

    Dye-doped polymer photonic crystal (PhC) lasers fabricated by combined nanoimprint and photolithography are studied for their reproducibility and stability characteristics. We introduce a phase shift in the PhC lattice that substantially improves the yield of single wavelength emission. Single mode...... emission and reproducibility of laser characteristics are important if the lasers are to be mass produced in, e. g., optofluidic sensor chips. The fabrication yield is above 85% with highly reproducible wavelengths (within 0.5%), and the temperature dependence on the wavelength is found to be -0.045 or -0...

  18. Development of bioconjugated dye-doped poly(styrene-co-maleimide) nanoparticles as a new bioprobe

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    Swanepoel, A

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available -1 Journal of Materials Chemistry B Development of bioconjugated dye-doped poly(styrene-co- maleimide) nanoparticles as a new bioprobe A. Swanepoel, I. du Preez, T. Mahlangu, A. Chetty and B. Klumperman Abstract Fluorescent dye-doped poly...

  19. Dual latex/surfactant templating of hollow spherical silica particles with ordered mesoporous shells.

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    Tan, Bing; Rankin, Stephen E

    2005-08-30

    Hollow spherical silica particles with hexagonally ordered mesoporous shells are synthesized with the dual use of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and unmodified polystyrene latex microspheres as templates in concentrated aqueous ammonia. In most of the hollow mesoporous particles, cylindrical pores run parallel to the hollow core due to interactions of CTAB/silica aggregates with the latices. Effects on the product structure of the CTAB:latex ratio, the amount of aqueous ammonia, and the latex size are studied. Hollow particles with hexagonally patterned mesoporous shells are obtained at moderate CTAB:latex ratios. Too little CTAB causes silica shell growth without surfactant templating, and too much induces nucleation of new mesoporous silica particles without latex cores. The concentration of ammonia must be large to induce co-assembly of CTAB, silica, and latex into dispersed particles. The results are consistent with the formation of particles by addition of CTAB/silica aggregates to the surface of latex microspheres. When the size and number density of the latex microspheres are changed, the size of the hollow core and the shell thickness can be controlled. However, if the microspheres are too small (50 nm in this case), agglomerated particles with many hollow voids are obtained, most likely due to colloidal instability.

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of Polyvinylpyrrolidone Silica Core-Shell Nanocomposite Particles.

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    Chen, Lian-Xi; Li, Jie; Li, Xi; Zhang, Zhong-Min; Jiao, Cai-Bin

    2015-03-01

    In this work, a novel and facile strategy for making a new type of polymer/silica nanocomposte particle was proposed. Colloidally stable polyvinypyrrolidone (PVP)/silica core-shell nanocomposite particles have been successfully synthesized using an azo initiator via seed polymerization of N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone (NVP) and VFSs (VFSs) that were derived from vinyl triethoxysilane (VTES). It was suggested from the FTIR and TGA analysis that the copolymerization reaction of NVP with VFSs has been thoroughly carried out. In addition, SEM images showed that PVP/silica nanocomposite particles have relatively rough surface due to surface polymerization in comparison with VFSs. Furthermore, TEM results proved that the size of VFSs had considerable effects on the appearance of PVP/silica nanocomposite particles. Generally, it presented that several silica nanoparticle cores with an average size of 78 nm mainly pack together within each nanocomposite particle after seed polymerization. Interestingly, the average shell thickness was 59 nm for most PVP/silica nanocomposite particles with cores about 242 nm. However, when the core size was large enough to about 504 nm, a series of PVP/silica nanocomposite particles with a relative thin shell were observed.

  1. Synthesis and Surface Properties of Silica Spheres with Core Shell Structure by One Convenient Method

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    D. P. Das

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Earlier, we have published a paper on the preparation of silica sphere using propanol as cosurfactant. We report here a highly cost-effective method of preparation of mesoporous silica spheres with core shell structure using sodium silicate as silica precursor, cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB as surfactant, and methanol as cosurfactant. Thus after removal of the template by dissolutions or/and activation at higher temperature, mesoporous silica spheres with core shell structure were obtained. The products prepared with methanol to CTAB molar ratio 8.5 : 1 were confirmed to give best results. All the spherical products have very large surface area (∼589–1044 m2/g, pore volume (∼0.98–1.41 cm3/g, and ordered pore structure.

  2. Formation of hybrid films from perylenediimide-labeled core-shell silica-polymer nanoparticles.

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    Ribeiro, Tânia; Fedorov, Aleksander; Baleizão, Carlos; Farinha, José Paulo S

    2013-07-01

    We prepared water-dispersible core-shell nanoparticles with a perylenediimide-labeled silica core and a poly(butyl methacrylate) shell, for application in photoactive high performance coatings. Films cast from water dispersions of the core-shell nanoparticles are flexible and transparent, featuring homogeneously dispersed silica nanoparticles, and exhibiting fluorescence under appropriate excitation. We characterized the film formation process using nanoparticles where the polymer shell has been labeled with either a non-fluorescent N-benzophenone derivative (NBen) or a fluorescent phenanthrene derivative (PheBMA). We used Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) from PheBMA to NBen to follow the interparticle interdiffusion of the polymer anchored to the silica surface that occurs after the dried dispersions are annealing above the glass transition temperature of the polymer. By calculating the evolution of the FRET quantum efficiency with annealing time, we could estimate the approximate fraction of mixing (fm) between polymer from neighbor particles, and from this, the apparent diffusion coefficients (Dapp) for this process. For long annealing times, the limiting values of fm are slightly lower than for films of pure PBMA particles at similar temperatures (go up to 80% of total possible mixing). The corresponding diffusion coefficients are also very similar to those reported for films of pure PBMA, indicating that the fact that the polymer chains are anchored to the silica particles does not significantly hinder the diffusion process during the initial part of the mixing process. From the temperature dependence of the diffusion coefficients, we found an effective activation energy for diffusion of Ea=38 kcal/mol, very similar to the value obtained for particles of the same polymer without the silica core. With these results, we show that, although the polymer is grafted to the silica surface, polymer interdiffusion during film formation is not significantly

  3. Multicolored silica coated CdSe core/shell quantum dots

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    Goftman, Valentina V.; Markin, Alexey V.; De Saeger, Sarah; Goryacheva, Irina Y.

    2016-04-01

    Silanization is a convenient route to provide water-solubility to the quantum dots (QDs) with different structure. Green, orange and red emitting CdSe-based QDs were synthesized by varying of number and material of wider-band gap shells and fluorescent properties of QDs were characterized before and after silanization. It was shown that structure of the QD influences on the quantum yield of the silanized QDs: the better CdSe core is protected with wider-band gap semiconductor shells, the more fluorescence properties remain after silica coated QD possess. Hence silica coated QDs have a great perspectives for the multiplex analysis.

  4. Application of magnetic and core-shell nanoparticles to determine enrofloxacin and its metabolite using laser induced fluorescence microscope.

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    Kim, Suji; Ko, Junga; Lim, H B

    2013-04-10

    A unique analytical method using nanoparticles and laser-induced fluorescence microscopy (LIFM) was developed to determine enrofloxacin in this work. For sample pretreatment, two different kinds of particles, i.e., synthesized dye-doped core-shell silica nanoparticles and magnetic micro-particles (MPs), were used for fluorescent tagging and concentrating the enrofloxacin, respectively. The antibody of enrofloxacin was immobilized on the synthesized FITC-doped core-shell nanoparticles, and the enrofloxacin target was extracted by the MPs. At this moment, the average number of antibodies on each core-shell silica nanoparticle was ~0.9, which was determined by the fluorescence ratiometric method. The described method was demonstrated for a meat sample to determine enrofloxacin using LIFM, and the result was compared with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The developed technique allowed the simplified analytical procedure, improved the detection limit about 54-fold compared to ELISA.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of aluminum particles coated with uniform silica shell

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    CHENG Zhi-peng; YANG Yi; LI Feng-sheng; PAN Zhen-hua

    2008-01-01

    The silica coated aluminum composite particles were prepared by hydrolysis-condensation polymerization of tetraethylorthosilicate(TEOS) on the surface of aluminum particle. The structure, morphology, and properties of the silica coated aluminum were studied. The peaks of Si-O-Si are presented in the Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrum of the composite particles. The thickness of the silica shell is about 80 nm according to the results of transmission electron microscopy(TEM) and laser particle size analysis, while the mean diameter of the aluminum particle is 7.13 μm. The mass fraction of silica in the sample was determined by fluorescent X-ray spectrometry(XRF). Result of the thermogravimetric analysis(TGA) indicates that thermal stability of silica coated aluminum particles is better than that of pure aluminum particles at low temperature while more reactive at high temperature.

  6. A Polarizer-free Liquid Crystal Display Using Dye-doped Liquid Crystal Gels

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    Lin, Yi-Hsin; Yang, Jhih-Ming; Lin, Hung-Chun; Wu, Jing-Nuo

    2009-01-01

    In conclusion, we have introduced and demonstrated polarizer-free LCDs using dye-doped LC gels. These polarizer-free dye-doped LC gels exhibit high reflectance, high contrast ratio, wide viewing angle, and fast response time. Especially the low temperature process is favorable for flexible displays. The gel-like materials assist stabilizing the flexible display under trimming. Our dye-doped LC gels provide a stable LC mode and open a new window in paper-like flexible displays. A polarizer-fre...

  7. Gain properties of dye-doped polymer thin films

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    Gozhyk, I; Rabbani, H; Djellali, N; Forget, S; Chenais, S; Ulysse, C; Brosseau, A; Gauvin, S; Zyss, J; Lebental, M

    2014-01-01

    The demonstration of an electrically pumped organic laser remains a major issue of organic optoelectronics for several decades. Nowadays, hybrid pumping seems a promising compromise where the organic material is optically pumped by an electrically pumped inorganic device on chip. This technical solution requires therefore an optimization of the organic gain medium under optical pumping. Here, we report a detailed study of gain features of dye-doped polymer thin films, in particular we introduce the gain efficiency $K$, in order to facilitate comparison between material and experimental conditions. First, we measure the bulk gain by the means of a pump-probe setup, and then present in details several factors which modify the actual gain of the layer, namely the confinement factor, the pump polarization, the molecular anisotropy, and the re-absorption. The usual model to evaluate the gain leads to an overestimation by more than one order of magnitude, which stresses the importance to design the devices accordin...

  8. Fluorescent core-shell silica nanoparticles: towards "Lab on a Particle" architectures for nanobiotechnology.

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    Burns, Andrew; Ow, Hooisweng; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2006-11-01

    Novel nanoscale fluorescent materials are integral to the progress of emergent fields such as nanobiotechnology and facilitate new research in a variety of contexts. Sol-gel derived silica is an excellent host material for creating fluorescent nanoparticles by the inclusion of covalently-bound organic dyes. Significant enhancements in the brightness and stability of organic dye emission can be achieved for silica-based core-shell nanoparticle architectures at length scales down to tens of nanometers with narrow size distributions. This tutorial review will highlight these findings and describe the evolution of the fluorescent core-shell silica nanoparticle concept towards integration of multiple functionalities including mesoporosity, metal nanoshells and quantitative chemical sensing. These developments point towards the development of "lab on a particle" architectures with promising prospects for nanobiotechnology, drug development and beyond.

  9. Multilayered silica-biopolymer nanocapsules with a hydrophobic core and a hydrophilic tunable shell thickness

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    Vecchione, Raffaele; Luciani, Giuseppina; Calcagno, Vincenzo; Jakhmola, Anshuman; Silvestri, Brigida; Guarnieri, Daniela; Belli, Valentina; Costantini, Aniello; Netti, Paolo A.

    2016-04-01

    Stable, biocompatible, multifunctional and multicompartment nanocarriers are much needed in the field of nanomedicine. Here, we report a simple, novel strategy to design an engineered nanocarrier system featuring an oil-core/hybrid polymer/silica-shell. Silica shells with a tunable thickness were grown in situ, directly around a highly mono-disperse and stable oil-in-water emulsion system, stabilized by a double bio-functional polyelectrolyte heparin/chitosan layer. Such silica showed a complete degradation in a physiological medium (SBF) in a time frame of three days. Moreover, the outer silica shell was coated with polyethyleneglycol (PEG) in order to confer antifouling properties to the final nanocapsule. The outer silica layer combined its properties (it is an optimal bio-interface for bio-conjugations and for the embedding of hydrophilic drugs in the porous structure) with the capability to stabilize the oil core for the confinement of high payloads of lipophilic tracers (e.g. CdSe quantum dots, Nile Red) and drugs. In addition, polymer layers - besides conferring stability to the emulsion while building the silica shell - can be independently exploited if suitably functionalized, as demonstrated by conjugating chitosan with fluorescein isothiocyanate. Such numerous features in a single nanocarrier system make it very intriguing as a multifunctional platform for smart diagnosis and therapy.Stable, biocompatible, multifunctional and multicompartment nanocarriers are much needed in the field of nanomedicine. Here, we report a simple, novel strategy to design an engineered nanocarrier system featuring an oil-core/hybrid polymer/silica-shell. Silica shells with a tunable thickness were grown in situ, directly around a highly mono-disperse and stable oil-in-water emulsion system, stabilized by a double bio-functional polyelectrolyte heparin/chitosan layer. Such silica showed a complete degradation in a physiological medium (SBF) in a time frame of three days

  10. A facile route to prepare hierarchical magnetic cobalt-silica hollow nanospheres with tunable shell thickness

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    Wang Jun, E-mail: wjnaf@ustc.edu; Xu Chuanhui; Yao Min; Chen Jie [NingBo University, Faculty of Science (China); Xu Gaojie [Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering (China)

    2010-05-15

    Magnetic nanoshells composed of close-packed cobalt-silica nanoparticles have been successfully fabricated on silica spheres. The synthesis is facile and no high pressure, high temperature, or other severe reaction conditions were required. TEM images showed that two batches of the hollow-structured products have a good spherical morphology with an average diameter of 380 and 550 nm, respectively. The surface area and magnetic properties of cobalt-silica nanoshells are measured. By varying the times of the precipitation procedure, the shell thickness is successfully controlled within the 5-30 nm range and each time of procedure might increase the thickness about 5 nm. It is expected that the in situ reaction method can be extended to the synthesis of other hollow metal spheres. The prepared microcapsule with controllable shell thickness and interspaces has the potential to be used for controlled release applications.

  11. Electrospun dye-doped fiber networks: lasing emission from randomly distributed cavities

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    Krammer, Sarah; Vannahme, Christoph; Smith, Cameron

    2015-01-01

    Dye-doped polymer fiber networks fabricated with electrospinning exhibit comb-like laser emission. We identify randomly distributed ring resonators being responsible for lasing emission by making use of spatially resolved spectroscopy. Numerical simulations confirm this result quantitatively....

  12. Core–Shell Bimetallic Nanoparticles Robustly Fixed on the Outermost Surface of Magnetic Silica Microspheres

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    Park, Hye Hun; Woo, Kyoungja; Ahn, Jae-Pyoung

    2013-01-01

    The major challenges in practically utilising the immense potential benefits of nanomaterials are controlling aggregation, recycling the nanomaterials, and fabricating well-defined nanoparticulate materials using innovative methods. We present a novel innovative synthetic strategy for core–shell bimetallic nanoparticles that are well-defined, ligand-free, and robustly fixed on the outermost surface of recyclable magnetic silica microspheres. The strategy includes seeding, coalescing the seeds to cores, and then growing shells from the cores on aminopropyl-functionalised silica microspheres so that the cores and aminopropyl moieties are robustly embedded in the shell materials. The representative Au–Ag bimetallic nanoparticles fixed on the microsphere showed excellent catalytic performance that remained consistent during repeated catalytic cycles. PMID:23511209

  13. Multimode laser emission from dye-doped hollow polymer optical fibre

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    C L Linslal; Jaison Peter; S Mathew; M Kailasnath

    2014-02-01

    Well-resolved multimode laser emission was observed for the first time from a freestanding microring cavity based on Rhodamine B dye-doped hollow polymer optical fibre by transverse pumping. Fibres with different diameters such as 180, 460, 640 and 800 m were fabricated from a dye-doped hollow polymer preform. A blueshift in the mode structure was observed with decrease in fibre diameter leading to wide range tunability of the laser emission.

  14. Optical phase-conjugation in erioglaucine dye-doped thin film

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    T Geethakrishnan; P K Palanisamy

    2006-02-01

    Optical phase-conjugation (OPC) has been demonstrated in erioglaucine (acid blue 9) dye-doped gelatin films via continuous-wave degenerate four-wave mixing (DFWM) using a low-power He-Ne laser at 633 nm. DFWM and holographic processes are found to contribute to the observed phase-conjugate signal. A maximum phase-conjugate beam reflectivity of about 0.24% has been observed in these dye-doped gelatin films.

  15. Core/shell composites with polystyrene cores and meso-silica shells as abrasives for improved chemical mechanical polishing behavior

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    Chen, Yang, E-mail: cy.jpu@126.com; Qin, Jiawei; Wang, Yayun; Li, Zefeng [Changzhou University, School of Material Science and Engineering (China)

    2015-09-15

    The core/shell-structured organic/inorganic composite abrasive has an important potential application in damage-free chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) due to its non-rigid mechanical property. In this work, the PS/{sub M}SiO{sub 2} composites, containing polystyrene (PS) sphere (211 ± 4 nm) cores and mesoporous silica shells (31 ± 3 nm in thickness) were synthesized through directed surface sol–gel process of tetraethylorthosilicate on the polymer cores in the presence of the cetyltrimethylammonium bromide surfactant. For comparison, the conventional core/shell PS/{sub N}SiO{sub 2} composites with non-porous silica shells were also prepared via a modified Stöber procedure that involved the hydrolysis of TEOS under acidic condition. The physical properties of the samples were examined by small-angle X-ray diffraction, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, transmission electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption–desorption. As novel abrasives, the core/shell-structured PS/{sub M}SiO{sub 2} composites were introduced into the CMP process for silicon oxide films. The oxide-CMP performance among conventional solid silica particles, PS/{sub N}SiO{sub 2} composites, and novel PS/{sub M}SiO{sub 2} composites was explored by atomic force microscopy. Polishing results indicated that the substrate revealed a comparable root-mean-square surface roughness (0.25 ± 0.03 and 0.22 ± 0.02 nm, respectively) after CMP with PS/{sub N}SiO{sub 2} and PS/{sub M}SiO{sub 2} abrasives under the same polishing conditions. However, the material removal rate of the PS/{sub M}SiO{sub 2} composites (123 ± 15 nm/min) was about three times larger than that of the PS/{sub N}SiO{sub 2} composites (47 ± 13 nm/min). The reduced surface roughness and improved removal rate might be due to the optimization of the physical and/or chemical environments in the local contacting region between abrasives

  16. Generation of a mesoporous silica MSU shell onto solid core silica nanoparticles using a simple two-step sol-gel process.

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    Allouche, Joachim; Dupin, Jean-Charles; Gonbeau, Danielle

    2011-07-14

    Silica core-shell nanoparticles with a MSU shell have been synthesized using several non-ionic poly(ethylene oxide) based surfactants via a two step sol-gel method. The materials exhibit a typical worm-hole pore structure and tunable pore diameters between 2.4 nm and 5.8 nm.

  17. Photoinduced Birefringence in Azo-Dye Doped Polyurethane

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    Aleksejeva, J.; Gerbreders, A.; Reinfelde, M.; Teteris, J.

    2011-01-01

    In this report we describe a photoinduced birefringence in disperse red (DR1) azo-dye doped polyurethane films. DR1 dye molecules in these films are chemically bound with the polyurethane polymer's main chain. Under laser radiation the DR1 molecules experience the isomerization process; as a result, the dipole moment of such a molecule changes and they align in the presence of electric field. Photo-birefringence was induced by linearly polarized laser radiation (532 nm, 448 nm, 375 nm and 632.8 nm) in the films with various concentrations of DR1 dye. The photo-induced birefringence (PIBR) Δn was measured at 634 nm wavelength, and its dependences on the pumping beam wavelength and intensity were evaluated. The Δn relaxation was studied both in the dark and under light illumi-nation. In DR1-doped polyurethane films the holographic recording was performed using laser light radiation (532 nm). The profile of surface relief grating (SRG) was studied using AFM. The relationship between SRG formation and PIBR is discussed.

  18. Nanocellulose Derivative/Silica Hybrid Core-Shell Chiral Stationary Phase: Preparation and Enantioseparation Performance

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Core-shell silica microspheres with a nanocellulose derivative in the hybrid shell were successfully prepared as a chiral stationary phase by a layer-by-layer self-assembly method. The hybrid shell assembled on the silica core was formed using a surfactant as template by the copolymerization reaction of tetraethyl orthosilicate and the nanocellulose derivative bearing triethoxysilyl and 3,5-dimethylphenyl groups. The resulting nanocellulose hybrid core-shell chiral packing materials (CPMs were characterized and packed into columns, and their enantioseparation performance was evaluated by high performance liquid chromatography. The results showed that CPMs exhibited uniform surface morphology and core-shell structures. Various types of chiral compounds were efficiently separated under normal and reversed phase mode. Moreover, chloroform and tetrahydrofuran as mobile phase additives could obviously improve the resolution during the chiral separation processes. CPMs still have good chiral separation property when eluted with solvent systems with a high content of tetrahydrofuran and chloroform, which proved the high solvent resistance of this new material.

  19. Monodisperse core-shell particles composed of magnetite and dye-functionalized mesoporous silica

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    Eurov, D. A.; Kurdyukov, D. A.; Medvedev, A. V.; Kirilenko, D. A.; Yakovlev, D. R.; Golubev, V. G.

    2017-08-01

    Hybrid particles with a core-shell structure have been obtained in the form of monodisperse spherical mesoporous silica particles filled with magnetite and covered with a mesoporous silica shell functionalized with a luminescent dye. The particles have a small root-mean-square size deviation (at most 10%), possess a specific surface area and specific pore volume of up to 250 m2/g and 0.15 cm3/g, respectively, and exhibit visible luminescence peaked at a wavelength of 530 nm. The particles can be used in diagnostics of cancerous diseases, serving simultaneously for therapeutic (magnetic hyperthermia and targeted drug delivery) and diagnostic (contrast agent for magnetic-resonance tomography and luminescent marker) purposes.

  20. Enhanced adsorption of trivalent arsenic from water by functionalized diatom silica shells.

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    Jianying Zhang

    Full Text Available The potential of porous diatom silica shells as a naturally abundant low-cost sorbent for the removal of arsenic in aqueous solutions was investigated in a batch study. The objective of this work was to chemically modify the silica shells of a diatom Melosira sp. with bifunctional (thiol and amino groups to effectively remove arsenic in its toxic As(III form (arsenite predominant in the aquatic environment. Sorption experiments with this novel sorbent were conducted under varying conditions of pH, time, dosage, and As(III concentration. A maximum adsorption capacity of 10.99 mg g-1 was achieved within 26 h for a solution containing 12 mg L-1 As(III at pH 4 and sorbent dosage of 2 g L-1. The functionalized diatom silica shells had a surface morphological change which was accompanied by increased pore size at the expense of reduced specific surface area and total pore volume. As(III adsorption was best fitted with the Langmuir-Freundlich model, and the adsorption kinetic data using pore surface diffusion model showed that both the external (film and internal (intraparticle diffusion can be rate-determining for As(III adsorption. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR indicated that the thiol and amino groups potentially responsible for As(III adsorption were grafted on the surface of diatom silica shells. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS further verified that this unique sorbent proceeded via a chemisorption mechanism through the exchange between oxygen-containing groups of neutral As(III and thiol groups, and through the surface complexation between As(III and protonated nitrogen and hydroxyl groups. Results indicate that this functionalized bioadsorbent with a high As(III adsorption capacity holds promise for the treatment of As(III containing wastewater.

  1. Enhanced adsorption of trivalent arsenic from water by functionalized diatom silica shells.

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    Zhang, Jianying; Ding, Tengda; Zhang, Zhijian; Xu, Liping; Zhang, Chunlong

    2015-01-01

    The potential of porous diatom silica shells as a naturally abundant low-cost sorbent for the removal of arsenic in aqueous solutions was investigated in a batch study. The objective of this work was to chemically modify the silica shells of a diatom Melosira sp. with bifunctional (thiol and amino) groups to effectively remove arsenic in its toxic As(III) form (arsenite) predominant in the aquatic environment. Sorption experiments with this novel sorbent were conducted under varying conditions of pH, time, dosage, and As(III) concentration. A maximum adsorption capacity of 10.99 mg g-1 was achieved within 26 h for a solution containing 12 mg L-1 As(III) at pH 4 and sorbent dosage of 2 g L-1. The functionalized diatom silica shells had a surface morphological change which was accompanied by increased pore size at the expense of reduced specific surface area and total pore volume. As(III) adsorption was best fitted with the Langmuir-Freundlich model, and the adsorption kinetic data using pore surface diffusion model showed that both the external (film) and internal (intraparticle) diffusion can be rate-determining for As(III) adsorption. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) indicated that the thiol and amino groups potentially responsible for As(III) adsorption were grafted on the surface of diatom silica shells. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) further verified that this unique sorbent proceeded via a chemisorption mechanism through the exchange between oxygen-containing groups of neutral As(III) and thiol groups, and through the surface complexation between As(III) and protonated nitrogen and hydroxyl groups. Results indicate that this functionalized bioadsorbent with a high As(III) adsorption capacity holds promise for the treatment of As(III) containing wastewater.

  2. Charge collection enhancement by incorporation of gold-silica core-shell nanoparticles into P3HT : PCBM/ZnO nanorod array hybrid solar cells

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    Wang, Ting-Chung; Su, Yen-Hsun; Hung, Yun-Kai; Yeh, Chen-Sheng; Huang, Li-Wen; Gomulya, Widianta; Lai, Lai-Hung; Loi, Maria A.; Yang, Jih-Sheng; Wu, Jih-Jen

    2015-01-01

    In this work, gold-silica core-shell (Au@silica) nanoparticles (NPs) with various silica-shell thicknesses are incorporated into P3HT:PCBM/ZnO nanorod (NR) hybrid solar cells. Enhancement in the short-circuit current density and the efficiency of the hybrid solar cells is attained with the appropria

  3. Synthesis of N-halamine-functionalized silica-polymer core-shell nanoparticles and their enhanced antibacterial activity

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    Dong, Alideertu; Huang, Jinfeng; Lan, Shi; Wang, Tao; Xiao, Linghan; Wang, Weiwei; Zhao, Tianyi; Zheng, Xin; Liu, Fengqi; Gao, Ge; Chen, Yuxin

    2011-07-01

    N-halamine-functionalized silica-polymer core-shell nanoparticles with enhanced antibacterial activity were synthesized through the encapsulation of silica nanoparticles as support with polymeric N-halamine. The as-synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometry (EDX), dynamic light scattering (DLS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR). These N-halamine-functionalized silica-polymer core-shell nanoparticles displayed powerful antibacterial performance against both Gram-positive bacteria and Gram-negative bacteria, and their antibacterial activities have been greatly improved compared with their bulk counterparts. Therefore, these N-halamine-functionalized silica-polymer core-shell nanoparticles have the potential for various significant applications such as in medical devices, healthcare products, water purification systems, hospitals, dental office equipment, food packaging, food storage, household sanitation, etc.

  4. Synthesis of N-halamine-functionalized silica-polymer core-shell nanoparticles and their enhanced antibacterial activity

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    Dong, Alideertu; Wang Tao; Xiao Linghan; Wang Weiwei; Zhao Tianyi; Zheng Xin; Liu Fengqi; Gao Ge [College of Chemistry, Jilin University and MacDiarmid Laboratory, Changchun 130021 (China); Huang Jinfeng; Chen Yuxin [Key Laboratory for Molecular Enzymology and Engineering of the Ministry of Education, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Lan Shi, E-mail: gaoge@jlu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Inner Mongolia University for the Nationalities, Tongliao 028000 (China)

    2011-07-22

    N-halamine-functionalized silica-polymer core-shell nanoparticles with enhanced antibacterial activity were synthesized through the encapsulation of silica nanoparticles as support with polymeric N-halamine. The as-synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometry (EDX), dynamic light scattering (DLS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR). These N-halamine-functionalized silica-polymer core-shell nanoparticles displayed powerful antibacterial performance against both Gram-positive bacteria and Gram-negative bacteria, and their antibacterial activities have been greatly improved compared with their bulk counterparts. Therefore, these N-halamine-functionalized silica-polymer core-shell nanoparticles have the potential for various significant applications such as in medical devices, healthcare products, water purification systems, hospitals, dental office equipment, food packaging, food storage, household sanitation, etc.

  5. Polymer composite electrolytes having core-shell silica fillers with anion-trapping boron moiety in the shell layer for all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries.

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    Shim, Jimin; Kim, Dong-Gyun; Kim, Hee Joong; Lee, Jin Hong; Lee, Jong-Chan

    2015-04-15

    Core-shell silica particles with ion-conducting poly(ethylene glycol) and anion-trapping boron moiety in the shell layer were prepared to be used as fillers for polymer composite electrolytes based on organic/inorganic hybrid branched copolymer as polymer matrix for all-solid-state lithium-ion battery applications. The core-shell silica particles were found to improve mechanical strength and thermal stability of the polymer matrix and poly(ethylene glycol) and boron moiety in the shell layer increase compatibility between filler and polymer matrix. Furthermore, boron moiety in the shell layer increases both ionic conductivity and lithium transference number of the polymer matrix because lithium salt can be more easily dissociated by the anion-trapping boron. Interfacial compatibility with lithium metal anode is also improved because well-dispersed silica particles serve as protective layer against interfacial side reactions. As a result, all-solid-state battery performance was found to be enhanced when the copolymer having core-shell silica particles with the boron moiety was used as solid polymer electrolyte.

  6. Investigation of plasmonic gold-silica core-shell nanoparticle stability in dye-sensitized solar cell applications.

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    Törngren, Björn; Akitsu, Kenta; Ylinen, Anne; Sandén, Simon; Jiang, Hua; Ruokolainen, Janne; Komatsu, Makoto; Hamamura, Tomofumi; Nakazaki, Jotaro; Kubo, Takaya; Segawa, Hiroshi; Österbacka, Ronald; Smått, Jan-Henrik

    2014-08-01

    Plasmonic core-shell Au@SiO2 nanoparticles have previously been shown to enhance the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A thin silica coating can provide a better stability during thermal processing and chemical stability to survive the corrosive electrolyte used in DSSCs. However, the thickness and completeness of the silica shell has proven crucial for the performance of the plasmonic particles and is largely controlled by the linking chemistry between the gold core and silica shell. We have evaluated four different silica coating procedures of ∼15 nm gold nanoparticles for usage in DSSCs. The chemical stability of these core-shell nanoparticles was assessed by dispersing the particles in iodide/triiodide electrolyte solution and the thermal stability by heating the particles up to 500°C. In order to maintain stable gold cores a complete silica coating was required, which was best obtained by using a mercaptosilane as a linker. In situ TEM characterization indicated that the heating process only had minor effects on the core-shell particles. The final step was to evaluate how the stable Au@SiO2 nanoparticles were influencing a real DSSC device when mixed into the TiO2 photoanode. The plasmon-incorporated DSSCs showed a ∼10% increase in efficiency compared to devices without core-shell nanoparticles. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Hollow silica capsules with well-defined asymmetric windows in the shell.

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    Zhao, Bo; Collinson, Maryanne M

    2012-05-15

    A straightforward and effective approach to fabricate porous silica capsules with well-defined asymmetric windows in the shell using raspberry-like templates has been developed. This process begins with the formation of a hierarchical template by chemically coupling a large polystyrene sphere to an ensemble of small, polystyrene latex spheres. The hierarchical template in conjunction with a hard templating method and spin-coating leads to silica capsules with well-defined, asymmetric pores (windows) in the outer shell. Proof-of-principle of this approach has been demonstrated using a 1500/110 nm hierarchical template. The silica capsules thus produced were characterized with scanning electron microscopy and STEM. The diameter of the capsules was ~1400 nm, and the outer opening of the windows was ~100 nm in size, consistent with the diameters of the core and satellite spheres considering the shrinkage due to the calcination. The inner opening was ~30 nm, which gives rise to an asymmetry factor, defined as the diameter of the outer window to the diameter of the inner window, of ~3. In another example, surface-bound capsules with an asymmetry factor of ~1 were made. Collectively, these windows can provide efficient pathways to connect the inside of the capsule to the outside and have potential for asymmetric diffusion and rectification.

  8. Thermally Stable Nanocatalyst for High Temperature Reactions: Pt-Mesoporous Silica Core-Shell Nanoparticles

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    Joo, Sang Hoon; Park, J.Y.; Tsung, C.-K.; Yamada, Y.; Yang, P.; Somorjai, G.A.

    2008-10-25

    Recent advances in colloidal synthesis enabled the precise control of size, shape and composition of catalytic metal nanoparticles, allowing their use as model catalysts for systematic investigations of the atomic-scale properties affecting catalytic activity and selectivity. The organic capping agents stabilizing colloidal nanoparticles, however, often limit their application in high-temperature catalytic reactions. Here we report the design of a high-temperature stable model catalytic system that consists of Pt metal core coated with a mesoporous silica shell (Pt{at}mSiO{sub 2}). While inorganic silica shells encaged the Pt cores up to 750 C in air, the mesopores directly accessible to Pt cores made the Pt{at}mSiO{sub 2} nanoparticles as catalytically active as bare Pt metal for ethylene hydrogenation and CO oxidation. The high thermal stability of Pt{at}mSiO{sub 2} nanoparticles permitted high-temperature CO oxidation studies, including ignition behavior, which was not possible for bare Pt nanoparticles because of their deformation or aggregation. The results suggest that the Pt{at}mSiO{sub 2} nanoparticles are excellent nanocatalytic systems for high-temperature catalytic reactions or surface chemical processes, and the design concept employed in the Pt{at}mSiO{sub 2} core-shell catalyst can be extended to other metal-metal oxide compositions.

  9. Enhanced pervaporative desulfurization by polydimethylsiloxane membranes embedded with silver/silica core-shell microspheres.

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    Cao, Ruijian; Zhang, Xiongfei; Wu, Hong; Wang, Jingtao; Liu, Xiaofei; Jiang, Zhongyi

    2011-03-15

    Pervaporative desulfurization based on membrane technology provides a promising alternative for removal of sulfur substances (as represented by thiophene) in fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) gasoline. The present study focused on the performance enhancement of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membrane by incorporation of core-shell structured silver/silica microspheres. A silane coupling agent, N-[3-(trimethoxysily)propyl]-ethylenediamine (TSD), was used to chelate the Ag(+) via its amino groups and attach the silver seeds onto the silica surface via condensation of its methoxyl groups. The resultant microspheres were characterized by Zeta-positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (ZetaPALS), inductively coupled plasmaoptical emission spectrophotometer (ICP), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The Ag(+)/SiO(2)-PDMS composite membranes were prepared by blending PDMS with the as-synthesized silver/silica microspheres. PALS analysis was used to correlate the apparent fractional free volume with permeation flux. The sorption selectivity towards thiophene was enhanced after incorporation of silver/silica microspheres due to the π-complexation between the silver on the microsphere surface and the thiophene molecules. The pervaporative desulfurization performance of the composite membrane was investigated using thiophene/n-octane mixture as a model gasoline. The composite membrane exhibited an optimum desulfurization performance with a permeation flux of 7.76 kg/(m(2)h) and an enrichment factor of 4.3 at the doping content of 5%. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Enhanced pervaporative desulfurization by polydimethylsiloxane membranes embedded with silver/silica core-shell microspheres

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    Cao Ruijian; Zhang Xiongfei [Key Laboratory for Green Chemical Technology, Ministry of Education of China, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Wu Hong, E-mail: wuhong2000@gmail.com [Key Laboratory for Green Chemical Technology, Ministry of Education of China, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Tianjin Key Laboratory of Membrane Science and Desalination Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Wang Jingtao; Liu Xiaofei [Key Laboratory for Green Chemical Technology, Ministry of Education of China, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Jiang Zhongyi [Key Laboratory for Green Chemical Technology, Ministry of Education of China, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing 210009 (China)

    2011-03-15

    Pervaporative desulfurization based on membrane technology provides a promising alternative for removal of sulfur substances (as represented by thiophene) in fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) gasoline. The present study focused on the performance enhancement of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membrane by incorporation of core-shell structured silver/silica microspheres. A silane coupling agent, N-[3-(trimethoxysily)propyl]-ethylenediamine (TSD), was used to chelate the Ag{sup +} via its amino groups and attach the silver seeds onto the silica surface via condensation of its methoxyl groups. The resultant microspheres were characterized by Zeta-positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (ZetaPALS), inductively coupled plasmaoptical emission spectrophotometer (ICP), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The Ag{sup +}/SiO{sub 2}-PDMS composite membranes were prepared by blending PDMS with the as-synthesized silver/silica microspheres. PALS analysis was used to correlate the apparent fractional free volume with permeation flux. The sorption selectivity towards thiophene was enhanced after incorporation of silver/silica microspheres due to the {pi}-complexation between the silver on the microsphere surface and the thiophene molecules. The pervaporative desulfurization performance of the composite membrane was investigated using thiophene/n-octane mixture as a model gasoline. The composite membrane exhibited an optimum desulfurization performance with a permeation flux of 7.76 kg/(m{sup 2} h) and an enrichment factor of 4.3 at the doping content of 5%.

  11. Lung toxicities of core–shell nanoparticles composed of carbon, cobalt, and silica

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    Al Samri, Mohammed T; Silva, Rafael; Almarzooqi, Saeeda; Albawardi, Alia; Othman, Aws Rashad Diab; Al Hanjeri, Ruqayya SMS; Al Dawaar, Shaikha KM; Tariq, Saeed; Souid, Abdul-Kader; Asefa, Tewodros

    2013-01-01

    We present here comparative assessments of murine lung toxicity (biocompatibility) after in vitro and in vivo exposures to carbon (C–SiO2-etched), carbon–silica (C–SiO2), carbon–cobalt–silica (C–Co–SiO2), and carbon–cobalt oxide–silica (C–Co3O4–SiO2) nanoparticles. These nanoparticles have potential applications in clinical medicine and bioimaging, and thus their possible adverse events require thorough investigation. The primary aim of this work was to explore whether the nanoparticles are biocompatible with pneumatocyte bioenergetics (cellular respiration and adenosine triphosphate content). Other objectives included assessments of caspase activity, lung structure, and cellular organelles. Pneumatocyte bioenergetics of murine lung remained preserved after treatment with C–SiO2-etched or C–SiO2 nanoparticles. C–SiO2-etched nanoparticles, however, increased caspase activity and altered lung structure more than C–SiO2 did. Consistent with the known mitochondrial toxicity of cobalt, both C–Co–SiO2 and C–Co3O4–SiO2 impaired lung tissue bioenergetics. C–Co–SiO2, however, increased caspase activity and altered lung structure more than C–Co3O4–SiO2. The results indicate that silica shell is essential for biocompatibility. Furthermore, cobalt oxide is the preferred phase over the zerovalent Co(0) phase to impart biocompatibility to cobalt-based nanoparticles. PMID:23658487

  12. Switchable random laser from dye-doped polymer dispersed liquid crystal waveguides

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    Xiao, Shumin; Song, Qinghai; Wang, Feng; Liu, Liying; Liu, Jianhua; Xu, Lei

    2007-01-01

    A dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) film has been fabricated for random lasing action. In this PDLC film, the sizes of most liquid crystal (LC) droplets ranged from 200 to 500 nm. When the sample is optically pumped, ultrahigh Q (>10 000) lasing modes and a collimated laser beam can

  13. Optical tuning of photonic bandgaps in dye-doped nematic liquid crystal photonic crystal fibers

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    Alkeskjold, Thomas Tanggaard; Bjarklev, Anders Overgaard; Hermann, David Sparre;

    2005-01-01

    An all-optical modulator is demonstrated, which utilizes a pulsed 532 nm laser to modulate the spectral position of the bandgaps in a photonic crystal fiber infiltrated with a dye-doped nematic liquid crystal. In order to investigate the time response of the LCPBG fiber device, a low-power CW probe...

  14. Enhancement in ferroelectric, pyroelectric and photoluminescence properties in dye doped TGS crystals

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    Sinha, Nidhi [Department of Electronics, SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007 (India); Goel, Neeti; Singh, B.K.; Gupta, M.K. [Crystal Lab, Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007 (India); Kumar, Binay, E-mail: bkumar@physics.du.ac.in [Crystal Lab, Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007 (India)

    2012-06-15

    Pure and dye doped (0.1 and 0.2 mol%) Triglycine Sulfate (TGS) single crystals were grown by slow evaporation technique. A pyramidal coloring pattern, along with XRD and FT-IR studies confirmed the dye doping. Decrease in dielectric constant and increase in Curie temperature (T{sub c}) were observed with increasing doping concentration. Low absorption cut off (231 nm) and high optical transparency (>90%) resulting in large band gap was observed in UV-VIS studies. In addition, strong hyper-luminescent emission bands at 350 and 375 nm were observed in which the relative intensity were found to be reversed as a result of doping. In P-E hysteresis loop studies, a higher curie temperature and an improved and more uniform figure of merit over a large region of the ferroelectric phase were observed. The improved dielectric, optical and ferroelectric/pyroelectric properties make the dye doped TGS crystals better candidate for various opto- and piezo-electronics applications. - Graphical abstract: Dye doping in TGS crystal resulted in hourglass morphology, increased hyper-luminescence intensity, improved T{sub c} and figure of merit. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Amaranth dye doping in TGS crystals resulted in hourglass morphology. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Doping resulted in enhancement of Curie temperature from 49 to 53 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low cut off (230 nm) and wider transmittance window observed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Strong hyper-luminescent emission bands at 350 and 375 nm were observed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High and uniform figure of merit in ferroelectric phase was obtained.

  15. Magnetoliposomes based on nickel/silica core/shell nanoparticles: Synthesis and characterization

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    Rodrigues, Ana Rita O.; Gomes, I.T.; Almeida, Bernardo G. [Centro de Física (CFUM), Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Araújo, J.P. [IFIMUP/IN – Instituto de Nanociência e Nanotecnologia, R. Campo Alegre, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Castanheira, Elisabete M.S. [Centro de Física (CFUM), Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Coutinho, Paulo J.G., E-mail: pcoutinho@fisica.uminho.pt [Centro de Física (CFUM), Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal)

    2014-12-15

    In the present work, nickel magnetic nanoparticles with diameters lower than 100 nm, with and without silica shell, were synthesized by microheterogeneous templating. The magnetic properties of the nanoparticles show a typical ferromagnetic behavior with a coercive field of 80 Oe. Dry magnetoliposomes (DMLs) with diameter between 58 nm and 76 nm were obtained from the synthesis of nanoparticles in the presence of a lipid or surfactant layer, and aqueous magnetoliposomes (AMLs) were obtained by encapsulation of the nanoparticles in liposomes. FRET (Förster resonance energy transfer) experiments were performed to study the non-specific interactions between aqueous magnetoliposomes and giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs), as models of cell membranes. It was possible to detect membrane fusion between GUVs and AMLs containing both NBD-C{sub 6}-HPC (donor) and the dye Nile Red (acceptor). - Highlights: • Magnetic nickel nanoparticles were synthesized in microheterogeneous media. • The nanoparticles were covered with a silica shell to improve biocompatibility. • Aqueous and dry magnetoliposomes were prepared, the latter with diameter around 70 nm. • Membrane fusion between magnetoliposomes and models of cell membranes was detected by FRET.

  16. Energy transfer from silica core-surfactant shell nanoparticles to hosted molecular fluorophores.

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    Rampazzo, Enrico; Bonacchi, Sara; Juris, Riccardo; Montalti, Marco; Genovese, Damiano; Zaccheroni, Nelsi; Prodi, Luca; Rambaldi, Diana Cristina; Zattoni, Andrea; Reschiglian, Pierluigi

    2010-11-18

    Very monodisperse water-soluble silica core-surfactant shell nanoparticles (SCSS NPs) doped with a rhodamine B derivative were prepared using micelles of F127 as nanoreactors for the hydrolysis and condensation of the silica precursor tetraethoxysilane (TEOS). The functionalization of the rhodamines with a triethoxysilane group allowed the covalent binding of the fluorophores to the silica core: no leaking of the dye was observed when the NPs were purified either by ultrafiltration (UF) or dialysis. The diameter of the core (d(c) = 10 ± 1 nm) was determined by TEM and subtracted from the hydrodynamic diameter, measured by DLS, (d(H) = 24 nm, PdI = 0.1) to calculate the shell thickness (∼7 nm). The presence of a single population of NPs with a radius compatible with the one measured by DLS after UF was confirmed by AF4-MALS-RI measurements. The concentration of the NPs was measured by MALS-RI. This allowed us to determine the average number of rhodamine molecules per NP (10). The ability of the NPs to host hydrophobic species as cyanines in the SS was confirmed by fluorescence anisotropy measurements. Steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence measurements allowed us to observe the occurrence of a very efficient Förster resonance energy transfer process from the covalently linked rhodamines to the hosted cyanines. In particular, the analysis of the TCSPC data and steady-state measurements revealed that the adsorption of a single cyanine molecule causes an almost complete quenching of the fluorescence of the NP. Thanks to these observations, it was possible to easily determine the concentration of the NPs by fluorescence titration experiments. Results are in good agreement with the concentration values obtained by MALS-RI. Finally, the hosted cyanine molecule could be extracted with (±)-2-octanol, demonstrating the reversibility of the adsorption process.

  17. Atomic force microscopy indentation to determine mechanical property for polystyrene–silica core–shell hybrid particles with controlled shell thickness

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    Chen, Yang, E-mail: cy.jpu@126.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou, Jiangsu 213164 (China); Qian, Cheng [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou, Jiangsu 213164 (China); Miao, Naiming [School of Mechanical Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou, Jiangsu 213016 (China)

    2015-03-31

    The positively charged polystyrene (PS) particles with a size of ca. 200 nm were synthesized by soap-free polymerization. The PS cores were coated with silica shells of tunable thickness employing the modified Stöber method. The PS cores were removed by thermal decomposition at 500 °C, resulting in well-defined silica hollow spheres (10–30 nm in shell thickness). The elastic response of the as-synthesized samples was probed by an atomic force microscope (AFM). A point load was applied to the particle surface through a sharp AFM tip, and the force–displacement curves were recorded. Elastic moduli (E) for the PS particles (2.01 ± 0.70 GPa) and the core–shell structured hybrid particles were determined on the basis of Hertzian contact model. The calculated E values of composites exhibited a linear dependence on the silica shell thickness. While the shell thickness increased from ca. 10 to 15 and 20 nm, the E values of composites increased from 4.42 ± 0.27 to 5.88 ± 0.48 and 9.07 ± 0.94 GPa. For core–shell structured organic/inorganic composites, the E values of the hybrid particles were much lower than those of inorganic shells, while these values were much close to those of organic cores. Moreover, the moduli of elasticity of the composites appeared to be determined by the properties of the polymer cores, the species of inorganic shells and the thickness of shells. Besides, the inorganic shells enhanced the mechanical properties of the polymer cores. This work will provide essential experimental and theoretical basis for the design and application of core–shell structured organic/inorganic composite abrasives in chemical mechanical polishing/planarization. - Highlights: • The elastic moduli (E) of the PS/SiO{sub 2} hybrid particles were probed by AFM. • The E values of composites exhibited a linear dependence on the shell thickness. • The elasticity appeared to be determined by the properties of the organic cores. • The E values were affected

  18. Functionalized Fe3O4@silica core-shell nanoparticles as microalgae harvester and catalyst for biodiesel production.

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    Chiang, Ya-Dong; Dutta, Saikat; Chen, Ching-Tien; Huang, Yu-Tzu; Lin, Kuen-Song; Wu, Jeffrey C S; Suzuki, Norihiro; Yamauchi, Yusuke; Wu, Kevin C-W

    2015-03-01

    Core-shell Fe3O4@silica magnetic nanoparticles functionalized with a strong base, triazabicyclodecene (TBD), were successfully synthesized for harvesting microalgae and for one-pot microalgae-to-fatty acid methyl ester (FAME, or so-called biodiesel) conversion. Three types of algae oil sources (i.e., dried algae, algae oil, and algae concentrate) were used and the reaction conditions were optimized to achieve the maximum biodiesel yield. The results obtained in this study show that our TBD-functionalized Fe3O4@silica nanoparticles could effectively convert algae oil to biodiesel with a maximum yield of 97.1 %. Additionally, TBD-Fe3O4@silica nanoparticles act as an efficient algae harvester because of their adsorption and magnetic properties. The method presented in this study demonstrates the wide scope for the use of covalently functionalized core-shell nanoparticles for the production of liquid transportation fuels from algal biomass.

  19. Highly sensitive detection of copper ions by densely grafting fluorescein inside polyethyleneimine core-silica shell nanoparticles.

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    Qiao, Yali; Zheng, Xingwang

    2015-12-21

    In this work, polyethyleneimine (PEI) core-silica shell nanoparticles were synthesized and used for densely grafting fluorescent receptor units inside the core of these particles to result in multi-receptor units collectively sensing a target. Herein, copper ion quenching of the fluorescence intensity of a fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) system was selected as a model to confirm our proof-of-concept strategy. Our results showed that, compared to free FITC in solution, a 10-fold enhancement of the Stern-Volmer constant value for Cu(2+) quenching of the fluorescence intensity of the grafted state of FITC in PEI core-silica shell nanoparticles was achieved. Furthermore, compared to a previous collective sensing scheme by densely grafting fluorescent receptor units on a silica nanoparticle surface, the proposed scheme, which grafted fluorescent receptor units inside a polymer nano-core, was simple, highly efficient and presented higher sensitivity.

  20. Synthesis of Nanoscale Shell-core Titania Coated Silica Particles in the Presence of Polyether Polyamine and the Phase Transition

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    2002-01-01

    The nanoscale titania coated silica was prepared via a two-step precipitating approach, where the nanoscale silica nuclei were first prepared by passing an aqueous solution of sodium silicate through an ion-exchange resin bed, then coated with the precipitation from hydrolyzed butyl titanate in an ethanol-hexane mixture at a low pH value in the presence of poly(ethylene oxide) polyamine salt(PPA) at a high temperature of 90 ℃. In the second-step precipitating process, the spontaneously precipitated titania shell on the silica nuclei was stabilized in the suspension solution with the help of the adsorption of PPA on the particles. A possible precipitating mechanism was suggested. Furthermore, the amorphous titania shell could undergo crystallization from the amorphous to the anatase structure at a high temperature of 650 ℃, and a further phase transition from the anatase to the rutile structure in the different sintering processes at a rising temperature of 750 ℃.

  1. Hydrophobic core/hydrophilic shell structured mesoporous silica nanospheres: enhanced adsorption of organic compounds from water.

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    Li, Shuru; Jiao, Xuan; Yang, Hengquan

    2013-01-29

    Inspired by the structure features of micelle, we attempt to synthesize a novel functionalized mesoporous silica nanosphere consisting of a hydrophobic core and a hydrophilic shell. The obtained solid materials were structurally confirmed by N(2) sorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Their compositions were characterized by Fourier transfer infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), solid state NMR, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and elemental analysis. Its fundamental properties such as dispersibility in water or organic phase, wettability, and adsorption ability toward hydrophobic organics in water were investigated. It was revealed that these important properties could be facilely adjusted through varying structure and composition. In particular, these materials showed much better adsorption ability toward hydrophobic organic molecules in water than conventional monofunctionalized mesoporous materials, owing to possessing the hydrophobic/hydrophilic domain-segregated and hierarchically functionalized mesoporous structures. The intriguing properties would make mesoporous materials more accessible to many important applications, especially in aqueous systems.

  2. Highly efficient volume hologram multiplexing in thick dye-doped jelly-like gelatin.

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    Katarkevich, Vasili M; Rubinov, Anatoli N; Efendiev, Terlan Sh

    2014-08-01

    Dye-doped jelly-like gelatin is a thick-layer self-developing photosensitive medium that allows single and multiplexed volume phase holograms to be successfully recorded using pulsed laser radiation. In this Letter, we present a method for multiplexed recording of volume holograms in a dye-doped jelly-like gelatin, which provides significant increase in their diffraction efficiency. The method is based on the recovery of the photobleached dye molecule concentration in the hologram recording zone of gel, thanks to molecule diffusion from other unexposed gel areas. As an example, an optical recording of a multiplexed hologram consisting of three superimposed Bragg gratings with mean values of the diffraction efficiency and angular selectivity of ∼75% and ∼21', respectively, is demonstrated by using the proposed method.

  3. Early dynamics of guest-host interaction in dye-doped liquid crystalline materials.

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    Truong, Thai V; Xu, Lei; Shen, Y R

    2003-05-16

    We have studied in detail the early dynamics of laser-induced molecular reorientation in a dye-doped liquid crystalline (LC) medium that exhibits a significant enhancement of the optical Kerr nonlinearity due to guest-host interaction. Experimental results agree quantitatively with theory based on a model in which the anisotropic dye excitation helps reorient the LC molecules through a mean-field intermolecular interaction.

  4. Electrical conduction in composites containing copper core-copper oxide shell nanostructure in silica gel

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    D Das; T K Kundu; M K Dey; S Chakraborty; D Chakravorty

    2003-10-01

    Composites of nanometre-sized copper core-copper oxide shell with diameters in the range 6.1 to 7.3 nm dispersed in a silica gel were synthesised by a technique comprising reduction followed by oxidation of a suitably chosen precursor gel. The hot pressed gel powders mixed with nanometre-sized copper particles dispersed in silica gel showed electrical resistivities several orders of magnitude lower than that of the precursor gel. Electrical resistivities of the different specimens were measured over the temperature range 30 to 300°C. Activation energies for the coreshell nanostructured composites were found to be a fraction of that of the precursor gel. Such dramatic changes are ascribed to the presence of an interfacial amorphous phase. The resistivity variation as a function of temperature was analysed on the basis of Mott’s small polaron hopping conduction model. The effective dielectric constant of the interfacial phase as extracted from the data analysis was found to be much higher than that of the precursor glass. This has been explained as arising from the generation of very high pressure at the interface due to the oxidation step to which the copper nanoparticles are subjected.

  5. Reinforcement of Natural Rubber with Core-Shell Structure Silica-Poly(Methyl Methacrylate Nanoparticles

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    Qinghuang Wang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A highly performing natural rubber/silica (NR/SiO2 nanocomposite with a SiO2 loading of 2 wt% was prepared by combining similar dissolve mutually theory with latex compounding techniques. Before polymerization, double bonds were introduced onto the surface of the SiO2 particles with the silane-coupling agent. The core-shell structure silica-poly(methyl methacrylate, SiO2-PMMA, nanoparticles were formed by grafting polymerization of MMA on the surface of the modified SiO2 particles via in situ emulsion, and then NR/SiO2 nanocomposite was prepared by blending SiO2-PMMA and PMMA-modified NR (NR-PMMA. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy results show that PMMA has been successfully introduced onto the surface of SiO2, which can be well dispersed in NR matrix and present good interfacial adhesion with NR phase. Compared with those of pure NR, the thermal resistance and tensile properties of NR/SiO2 nanocomposite are significantly improved.

  6. Localized surface plasmon-influenced fluorescence decay in dye-doped metallo-dielectric opals

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    Rout, Dipak [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur 208016 (India); Vijaya, R. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur 208016 (India); Centre for Lasers and Photonics, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur 208016 (India)

    2016-01-14

    Well-ordered opaline photonic crystals are grown by inward growing self-assembly method from Rhodamine B dye-doped polystyrene colloids. Subsequent to self-assembly, the crystals are infiltrated with gold nanoparticles of 40 nm diameter. Measurements of the stopband features and photoluminescence intensity from these crystals are supplemented by fluorescence decay time analysis. The fluorescence decay times from the dye-doped photonic crystals before and after the infiltration are dramatically different from each other. A lowered fluorescence decay time was observed for the case of gold infiltrated crystal along with an enhanced emission intensity. Double-exponential decay nature of the fluorescence from the dye-doped crystal gets converted into single-exponential decay upon the infiltration of gold nanoparticles due to the resonant radiative process resulting from the overlap of the surface plasmon resonance with the emission spectrum. The influence of localized surface plasmon due to gold nanoparticles on the increase in emission intensity and decrease in decay time of the emitters is established.

  7. Removal of Zinc from Aqueous Solutions by Magnetite Silica Core-Shell Nanoparticles

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    Masoomeh Emadi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetite silica core-shell nanoparticles (Fe3O4-SiO2 were synthesized and evaluated as a nanoadsorbent for removing Zn(II from aqueous solutions. The core-shell nanoparticles were prepared by combining coprecipitation and sol-gel methods. Nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and FT-IR. The magnetization values of nanoparticles were measured with vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM. The adsorption of Zn(II ions was examined by batch equilibrium technique. The effects of pH, initial Zn(II concentration, and contact time on the efficiency of Zn(II removal were studied. The equilibrium data, analyzed by using Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models, showed better agreement with the former model. Using the Langmuir isotherm model, maximum capacity of the nanoadsorbent for Zn(II was found to be 119 mg g−1 at room temperature. Kinetic studies were conducted and the resulting data were analyzed using first- and second-order equations; pseudo-second-order kinetic equation was found to provide the best correlation. The adsorption and sedimentation times were very low. The nanoadsorbent can be easily separated from aqueous solution by a magnet. Repeated adsorption acid regeneration cycles were performed to examine the stability and reusability of the nanoadsorbent. The result of this study proved high stability and reusability of Fe3O4-SiO2 as an adsorbent for Zn(II ions.

  8. The ``Music" of Silica-Poly(methyl methacrylate) Core-Shell Spheres: Eigenvibrations and Mechanical Properties at the Nanoscale

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    Still, Tim; Sainidou, Rebecca; Hellmann, Goetz; Fytas, George

    2009-03-01

    We report on the measurement of elastic vibrational modes (eigenvibrations) in silica--poly(methyl meth-acrylate) (SiO2--PMMA) core-shell spheres and corresponding spherical hollow capsules (PMMA) with different particle size (dia-meter: 232 nm--405 nm) and shell thickness (25 nm--112 nm) using Brillouin light scattering, supported by numerical calculations. [T. Still et al., Nano Lett. 8, 3194 (2008)] These localized modes allow to access the mechanical moduli of core and shell material. We observe reduced mechanical strength of the porous silica core and for the core-shell spheres a striking increase of the moduli in both the SiO2 core and the PMMA shell. The peculiar behavior of the vibrational modes in the hollow capsules is attributed to antagonistic dependence on overall size and layer thickness. The present investigation of the acoustical properties of the individual core-shell particles can lead to the use of such nanoscale engineered particles in more eloborate systems to control hypersonic phonons.

  9. Hybrid carbon nanoparticles modified core-shell silica: a high efficiency carbon-based phase for hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography.

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    Ibrahim, Mohammed E A; Wahab, M Farooq; Lucy, Charles A

    2014-04-11

    Hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) is a fast growing separation technique for hydrophilic and polar analytes. In this work, we combine the unique selectivity of carbon surfaces with the high efficiency of core-shell silica. First, 5 μm core-shell silica is electrostatically coated with 105 nm cationic latex bearing quaternary ammonium groups. Then 50 nm anionic carbon nanoparticles are anchored onto the surface of the latex coated core-shell silica particles to produce a hybrid carbon-silica phase. The hybrid phase shows different selectivity than ten previously classified HILIC column chemistries and 36 stationary phases. The hybrid HILIC phase has shape selectivity for positional isomeric pairs (phthalic/isophthalic and 1-naphthoic/2-naphthoic acids). Fast and high efficiency HILIC separations of biologically important carboxylates, phenols and pharmaceuticals are reported with efficiencies up to 85,000 plates m(-1). Reduced plate height of 1.9 (95,000 plates m(-1)) can be achieved. The hybrid phase is stable for at least 3 months of usage and storage under typical HILIC eluents.

  10. Core–shell Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles of different silica shell thicknesses: Preparation and their effects on photoluminescence of lanthanide complexes

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    Kang, Jie; Li, Yuan; Chen, Yingnan; Wang, Ailing; Yue, Bin; Qu, Yanrong; Zhao, Yongliang; Chu, Haibin, E-mail: chuhb@imu.edu.cn

    2015-11-15

    Highlights: • Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles of different silica shell thicknesses were prepared via the Stöber process. • Sm and Dy complexes with benzoate, 1,10-phenanthroline and 2,2′-bipyridine were synthesized. • The complex-doped Ag@SiO{sub 2} composites show stronger luminescent intensities than pure complexes. • The luminescent intensities of the composites strongly depend on the SiO{sub 2} shell thickness. - Abstract: Three kinds of almost spherical core–shell Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles of different silica shell thicknesses (10, 25 and 80 nm) were prepared via the Stöber process. The Ag core nanoparticles were prepared by reducing silver nitrate with sodium citrate. The size, morphology and structure of core–shell Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy. Subsequently, eight kinds of lanthanide complexes with benzoate, 1,10-phenanthroline and 2,2′-bipyridine were synthesized. The composition of the lanthanide complexes was characterized by elemental analysis, IR and UV spectra. Finally, lanthanide complexes were attached to the surface of Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles to form lanthanide-complex-doped Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanocomposites. The results show that the complex-doped Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanocomposites display much stronger luminescence intensities than the lanthanide complexes. Furthermore, the luminescence intensities of the lanthanide-complex-doped Ag@SiO{sub 2} nanocomposites with SiO{sub 2} shell thickness of 25 nm are stronger than those of the nanocomposites with SiO{sub 2} shell thickness of 10 and 80 nm.

  11. A one-step method to coat polystyrene particles with an organo-silica shell and their functionalization

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    Deng, Tian-Song, E-mail: dengts@pku.edu.cn [Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz 1, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany); Bongard, Hans-Josef [Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz 1, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany); Marlow, Frank, E-mail: marlow@mpi-muelheim.mpg.de [Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz 1, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany); Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE), University of Duisburg-Essen, 47057 Duisburg (Germany)

    2015-07-15

    A facile method of coating polystyrene (PS) particles with organo-silica and their functionalization was presented. By adding the organo-silane precursor into PS aqueous solution in presence of ammonia, an organo-silica shell could be coated on PS particles directly. This method has several characteristics. First, only one process, one precursor and one solvent were used. Second, the organic groups could be varied from methyl, propyl, vinyl, to mercaptopropyl. The third is the tunable shell thickness with a high monodispersity. The organo-silica shells are further functionalized. The PS@vinyl-SiO{sub 2} particles were used to assemble colloidal crystals, and further modified with bromine, resulting in tunable photonic band gaps. PS@mercaptopropyl-SiO{sub 2} particles allow the encapsulation of Au nanoparticles. The resulting 2.2 nm Au particles were stable at 550 °C and well-distributed in the whole SiO{sub 2} shell with a loading up to 20 wt%. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Demonstrated a one-step controllable coating method of organo-SiO{sub 2} on polystyrene. • The Br-modified PS@vinyl-SiO{sub 2} colloidal crystal has tunable photonic band gaps. • PS@mercaptopropyl-SiO{sub 2} particles allow the encapsulation of small Au nanoparticles.

  12. Green Synthesis of Silicon Carbide Nanowhiskers by Microwave Heating of Blends of Palm Kernel Shell and Silica

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    Voon, C. H.; Lim, B. Y.; Gopinath, S. C. B.; Tan, H. S.; Tony, V. C. S.; Arshad, M. K. Md; Foo, K. L.; Hashim, U.

    2016-11-01

    Silicon carbide nanomaterials especially silicon carbide nanowhiskers (SiCNWs) has been known for its excellent properties such as high thermal stability, good chemical inertness and excellent electronic properties. In this paper, a green synthesis of SiCNWs by microwave heating of blends of palm kernel shell (PKS) and silica was presented. The effect of ratio of PKS and silica on the synthesis process was also studied and reported. Blends of PKS and silica in different ratio were mixed homogenously in ultrasonic bath for 2 hours using ethanol as liquid medium. The blends were then dried on hotplate to remove the ethanol and compressed into pellets form.. Synthesis was conducted in 2.45 GHz multimode cavity at 1400 °C for 40 minutes. X-ray diffraction revealed that β-SiC was detected for samples synthesized from blends with ratio of PKS to silica of 5:1 and 7:1. FESEM images also show that SiCNWs with the average diameter of 70 nm were successfully formed from blends with ratio of PKS to silica of 5:1 and 7:1. A vapour-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism was proposed to explain the growth of SiCNWs from blends of PKS and silica.

  13. Synthesis of poly(methacrylic acid)-manganese oxide dihydroxide/silica core-shell and the corresponding hollow microspheres.

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    Sun, Shuxuan; Liu, Bin; Fu, Xiaomeng; Zhou, Meijun; Liu, Wei; Bian, Guomin; Qi, Yonglin; Yang, Xinlin

    2015-01-15

    Poly(methacrylic acid)-MnO(OH)2/SiO2 core-shell microspheres were prepared by sol-gel hydrolysis of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) in the presence of poly(methacrylic acid)-Mn(II) (PMAA-Mn(2+)) as template with ammonium hydroxide anion as catalyst and n-octadecyltrimethoxysilane (C18TMS) as pore-directing reagent. The PMAA-Mn(2+) core was prepared by incubation of Mn(2+) cations with PMAA microspheres via the coordination between carboxylate anion group on PMAA microsphere and Mn(2+) cations. During this process, the Mn(II) species were formed as white Mn(OH)2 precipitates at first, which were subsequently oxidized into brown MnO(OH)2 in air. The Mn2O3/mesoporous silica (Mn2O3/m-SiO2) double-shelled hollow microspheres (DSHMs) were prepared through calcination of the PMAA-MnO(OH)2/SiO2 core-shell microspheres at 600 °C for the selective removal of PMAA template and pore-directing organic component from C18TMS, during which the crystalline structure of DSHM was developed into Braunite-1Q via the reaction between Mn2O3 inner-shell and silica outer-shell by annealing the DSHMs under higher temperatures of 800 and 900 °C. The Mn2O3 hollow microspheres (HMs) were prepared through the selective removal of the silica layer from the DSHMs by sodium hydroxide aqueous solution, which exhibited structure integrity and good ethanol dispersity due to the presence of mesoporous structure. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Silica-shell cross-linked micelles encapsulating fluorescent conjugated polymers for targeted cellular imaging.

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    Tan, Happy; Zhang, Yu; Wang, Miao; Zhang, Zhongxing; Zhang, Xinhai; Yong, Anna Marie; Wong, Siew Yee; Chang, Alex Yuang-chi; Chen, Zhi-Kuan; Li, Xu; Choolani, Mahesh; Wang, John

    2012-01-01

    A bioinspired silification approach was successfully used to encapsulate fluorescent conjugated polymers inside silica-shell cross-linked polymeric micelles (CP-SSCL) in the highly benign synthesis environment of room temperature and near-neutral aqueous environment. Four different conjugated polymers were employed to demonstrate the versatility of the bioinspired silification, resulting in the formation of CP-SSCL with different emission wavelengths across the visible spectrum. The CP-SSCL are characterized by a large absorption coefficient and high quantum yield, indicating that they exhibit the required high fluorescence brightness for cellular imaging application. In addition, the CP-SSCL also exhibit a high colloidal stability and low cytotoxicity. The in vitro studies of using MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells show that the CP-SSCL are successfully uptaken by the cancer cells and located at the cytoplasm of the cells. Furthermore, by conjugating folic acid on their surfaces, the uptake of CP-SSCL by MDA-MB-231 cells was enhanced significantly, suggesting their great potential for targeted imaging and early detection of cancer cells.

  15. Fabrication of silica/zinc oxide core-shell colloidal photonic crystals

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    Ma, Xiying; Shi, Weilin; Yan, Zhijun; Shen, Baoping

    2007-07-01

    We have fabricated three-dimensional ZnO photonic crystals by the self-assembly of SiO2/ZnO core-shell microspheres of diameter 180-220 nm by means of a vertical deposition method. The organized crystals adopt a uniform close-packed hexagonal structure with long-range order and a high filling fraction. They exhibit strong partial photonic band gaps at 565-688 nm in the transmission spectrum and a broadened band edge emission at 383 nm in the photoluminescence spectrum. For comparison with these ZnO photonic crystals, we have also prepared pure silica crystals of the same dimensions. The photonic band gaps of the former have been found to be shifted to a longer wavelength by about 200 nm compared to those of the latter as a result of the higher refractive index of ZnO. This approach provides an efficient, economical alternative means of obtaining other, more complicated photonic crystals.

  16. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Poly (Vinyl Chloride) Modified by Silica Fume/Acrylic Core-Shell Impact Modifier Blends

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    HUANG Jian; MA Baoguo; LI Xiangguo; JIAN Shouwei; TAN Hongbo

    2012-01-01

    This research explored replacing acrylic core-shell impact modifier (AIM) by silica fume to toughen PVC.100%,75%,50% and 25% of AIM (8 phr) were substituted by silica fume in PVC respectively,and then processed by dry blending and twin-screw extrusion.Severe silica fume agglomeration was observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) in the PVC matrix when 8 phr pure silica fume was used and processed by screw speed of 20 rpm.Its tensile strength was thereby reduced by 38% comparing to unmodified PVC.The silica fume was successfully dispersed while the screw speed was slowed down to 10 rpm to give a stronger screw torque and a longer melt residential time in the extruder.The tensile strength was ‘recovered' to a level comparable to unmodified PVC.Impact test were performed on all formulations extruded at 10 rpm screw speed and synergetic toughening effect was found with 50% substitution and it had the impact strength that was comparable to 8 phr pure AIM toughened PVC.

  17. Copper Ferrocyanide Functionalized Core-Shell Magnetic Silica Composites for the Selective Removal of Cesium Ions from Radioactive Liquid Waste.

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    Lee, Hyun Kyu; Yang, Da Som; Oh, Wonzin; Choi, Sang-June

    2016-06-01

    The copper ferrocyanide functionalized core-shell magnetic silica composite (mag@silica-CuFC) was prepared and was found to be easily separated from aqueous solutions by using magnetic field. The synthesized mag@silica-CuFC composite has a high sorption ability of Cs owing to its strong affinity for Cs as well as the high surface area of the supports. Cs sorption on the mag@silica-CuFC composite quickly reached the sorption equilibrium after 2 h of contact time. The effect of the presence of salts with a high concentration of up to 3.5 wt% on the efficiency of Cs sorption onto the composites was also studied. The maximum sorption ability was found to be maintained in the presence of up to 3.5 wt% of NaCl in the solution. Considering these results, the mag@silica-CuFC composite has great potential for use as an effective sorbent for the selective removal of radioactive Cs ions.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of the superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles modified with cationic chitosan and coated with silica shell

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    Lewandowska-Łańcucka, Joanna, E-mail: lewandow@chemia.uj.edu.pl [Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, Ingardena 3, 30-060 Krakow (Poland); Staszewska, Magdalena; Szuwarzyński, Michał; Kępczyński, Mariusz [Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, Ingardena 3, 30-060 Krakow (Poland); Romek, Marek [Department of Cytology and Histology, Institute of Zoology, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 9, 30-387 Krakow (Poland); Tokarz, Waldemar [Department of Solid State Physics, AGH University of Science and Technology, al. A. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Szpak, Agnieszka; Kania, Gabriela; Nowakowska, Maria [Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, Ingardena 3, 30-060 Krakow (Poland)

    2014-02-15

    Highlights: • The new, facile methodology for synthesis of silica covered SPIONs is proposed. • The SPIONs was modified with cationic chitosan and coated with silica shell. • Negatively charged, rounded in shape particles of ca. 330 nm were obtained. • The product exhibits the superparamagnetic properties. • The product properties imply its potential applications in biomedicine areas. -- Abstract: Novel method for synthesis of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) modified with a cationic chitosan (CCh) and coated with a silica shell, SPION-CCh-SiO{sub 2} was developed. The process was carried out in two steps. In the first step the chitosan coated SPIONs were obtained by co-precipitation of Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} with ammonium hydroxide in aqueous solution of CCh. In the second one, the silica shell is formed on their surfaces. The formation of SPION-CCh-SiO{sub 2} was achieved by direct decomposition of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) adsorbed on a surface of SPION-CCh dispersed in aqueous phase under sonication and mechanical stirring at room temperature. The chemical composition and physicochemical properties of the materials were determined using X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) and zeta potential measurements. The morphology of the particles was evaluated by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Magnetic properties were confirmed using Atomic Force Microscopy/Magnetic Force Microscopy (AFM/MFM) and magnetization measurements. The resulting products are negatively charged, rounded in shape and exhibit the superparamagnetic properties what implies their potential applications in engineering and biomedicine areas.

  19. Core-Shell-Corona Silica Hybrid Nanoparticles Templated by Spherical Polyelectrolyte Brushes: A Study by Small Angle X-ray Scattering.

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    Han, Haoya; Li, Li; Wang, Weihua; Tian, Yuchuan; Wang, Yunwei; Wang, Junyou; von Klitzing, Regine; Guo, Xuhong

    2017-09-06

    Core-shell-corona silica/polymer hybrid nanoparticles with narrow size distribution were prepared in the template of spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (SPB) which consist of a solid polystyrene (PS) core densely grafted with linear poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) chains. The microstructure of obtained hybrid nanoparticles was studied by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and in combination with dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The generation of silica shell within the brush is confirmed by the significant increase of the electron density in the shell, and the silica shell showed a unique inner-loose-outer-dense structure, whose thickness is pH sensitive but is insensitive to ionic strength as revealed by fitting SAXS data. After dissolving the PS core, hollow silica nanoparticles were obtained and determined by SAXS, which should be ideal carriers for pH-triggered drug delivery. SAXS is confirmed to be a powerful method to characterize the core-shell-corona silica/polymer hybrid and hollow silica nanoparticles.

  20. Core-shell structured nanospheres with mesoporous silica shell and Ni core as a stable catalyst for hydrolytic dehydrogenation of ammonia borane

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    Hua; Liu; Changyan; Cao; Ping; Li; Yu; Yu; Weiguo; Song

    2014-01-01

    Core-shell structured nanospheres with mesoporous silica shell and Ni core(denoted as Ni@meso-SiO2) are prepared through a three-step process. Monodispersed Ni precursors are first prepared, and then coated with mesoporous SiO2. Final Ni@meso-SiO2spheres are obtained after calcination. The products are characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and N2adsorption-desorption methods. These spheres have a high surface area and are well dispersed in water, showing a high catalytic activity with a TOF value of 18.5,and outstanding stability in hydrolytic dehydrogenation of ammonia borane at room temperature.

  1. Investigation of nonionic diazo dye-doped polymer dispersed liquid crystal film

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    Farzana Ahmad; Muhammad Jamil; Young Jae Jeon; Lee Jin Woo; Jae Eun Jung; Jae Eun Jang

    2012-04-01

    Sudan black B (SBB) was used to investigate as the nonionic diazo dye-doped in polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) display, by polymerization-induced phase separation (PIPS) method. The maximum absorbance, contrast ratio, dichroic ratio and the order parameter of nonionic diazo dye in nemetic host (TL203) were investigated using UV–Vis polarized spectroscopy. The orientation of the dye molecules was controlled by electric field, which enabled the contrast ratio of the dye to be obtained by electrically switching. The change occurring on droplet morphologies and electro-optical properties of PDLC film with the change in contents of Sudan black dye and liquid crystals (LC) contents was investigated. We found an increase in LC droplet sizes with the increase of diazo dye and LC contents. Moreover the addition of small amount of nonionic diazo dye reduced the threshold voltage (Vth), increased off-state transmittance, enhanced the contrast ratio and decreased the response time of dye-doped PDLC. Additionally the change in transition temperature of LC and changes in LC droplet morphologies with the addition of dye were also observed. Such changes were observed with the images taken by polarized optical microscope (POM). The detail discussions on such behaviours were also made.

  2. Fate of fluorescent core-shell silica nanoparticles during simulated secondary wastewater treatment.

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    Otero-González, Lila; Field, Jim A; Calderon, Isen A C; Aspinwall, Craig A; Shadman, Farhang; Zeng, Chao; Sierra-Alvarez, Reyes

    2015-06-15

    Increasing use of silica nanoparticles (SiO2 NPs) in consumer products and industrial processes leads to SiO2 NP discharge into wastewater. Thus, there is a need to understand the fate of SiO2 NPs during wastewater treatment. However, the detection of SiO2 NPs in environmental systems is hindered by the elevated background levels of natural silicon. In this work, laboratory-synthesized fluorescent core-shell SiO2 NPs were used to study the fate of these NPs during secondary wastewater treatment. Fluorescent measurements provided an easy and fast method for SiO2 NP tracking. A laboratory-scale activated sludge system consisting of an aeration tank and a settler was fed with synthetic wastewater containing ca. 7.5 mg L(-1) of fluorescent SiO2 NPs for 30 days. SiO2 NPs were effectively removed from the wastewater (>96%) during the first 6 days, however the concentration of SiO2 NPs in the effluent gradually increased afterwards and the NP discharge was as high as 65% of the input after 30 days of NP dosing. The poor removal of the SiO2 NPs was related to the high colloidal stability of the NPs in the wastewater and their limited propensity to biosorption. Although some degree of NP adsorption on the biomass was observed using fluorescence microscopy, the affinity of SiO2 NPs for the activated sludge was not enough for a sustained and effective removal of the SiO2 NPs from the wastewater.

  3. Structural and catalytic properties of a novel vanadium containing solid core mesoporous silica shell catalysts for gas phase oxidation reaction

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    N Venkatathri; Vijayamohanan K Pillai; A Rajini; M Nooka Raju; I A K Reddy

    2013-01-01

    A novel vanadium containing solid core mesoporous silica shell catalyst was synthesized with different Si/V ratios by sol-gel method under neutral conditions. The synthesized materials were characterized by various techniques and gas phase diphenyl methane oxidation reaction. The mesoporosity combined with microporosity are formed by incorporation of octadecyltrichloro silane and triethylamine in the catalyst and it was found out from E-DAX and BET—surface area analysis. The material was found to be nanocrystalline. Vanadium is present as V4+ species in as-synthesized samples and convert to V5+ on calcination. Most of the vanadium is present in tetrahedral or square pyramidal environment. Incorporation of vanadium in silica framework was confirmed by 29Si MAS NMR analysis. Among the various vanadium containing solid core mesoporous silica shell catalysts, the Si/V =100 ratio exhibited maximum efficiency towards diphenyl methane to benzophenone gas phase reaction. The optimum condition required for maximum conversion and selectivity was found out from the catalytic studies.

  4. Magnetic field activated drug delivery using thermodegradable azo-functionalised PEG-coated core-shell mesoporous silica nanoparticles

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    Saint-Cricq, P.; Deshayes, S.; Zink, J. I.; Kasko, A. M.

    2015-07-01

    Core-shell Fe3O4@SiO2 mesoporous silica nanoparticles coated with a new thermodegradable polymer allowed the release of a model drug through heating caused by a high frequency oscillating magnetic field. The thermodegradable polymer was made of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) functionalised with azo bonds that break with an elevation of temperature.Core-shell Fe3O4@SiO2 mesoporous silica nanoparticles coated with a new thermodegradable polymer allowed the release of a model drug through heating caused by a high frequency oscillating magnetic field. The thermodegradable polymer was made of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) functionalised with azo bonds that break with an elevation of temperature. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Detailed synthesis of the polymers, core-shell nanoparticles and their functionalisation; 1H-NMR spectrum of Azo-PEG GPC, MALDI-TOF, DSC, TGA of the polymers; real time release profile; cell viability assay; release experiment set-up. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03777h

  5. Influence of metallic and semiconducting nanostructures on the optical properties of dye-doped polymer thin films

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    Enculescu, M., E-mail: mdatcu@infim.ro; Matei, E.

    2016-09-01

    Dye-doped polymer thin films were obtained by spin-coating of 8% polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) solutions (in ethanol). Ni or ZnO nanowires were incorporated in Rhodamine 6G doped polymer films (10{sup −4} M dye concentration). Optical and morphological properties of simple dye-doped polymer films and films containing metallic or semiconducting nanostructures were investigated. Optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy were used to image the nanowires. The presence of Ni nanowires induces a small shift (2–3 nm) to longer wavelengths on the emission band of Rh 6G doped PVP film. The ZnO nanowires' presence was confirmed by X-ray diffraction measurements. An enhancement of the emission of the dye doped polymer is induced by the semiconducting structures. - Highlights: • Rhodamine 6G doped polyvinylpyrrolidone thin films were obtained by spin-coating. • Ni or ZnO nanowires were incorporated in Rhodamine 6G doped polymer films. • Ni nanowires' presence induces a shift to shorter wavelengths on the emission band. • Enhancement of dye-doped polymer emission induced by the semiconducting structures.

  6. Synthesis of Magnetic Rattle-Type Silica with Controllable Magnetite and Tunable Size by Pre-Shell-Post-Core Method.

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    Chen, Xue; Tan, Longfei; Meng, Xianwei

    2016-03-01

    In this study, we have developed the pre-shell-post-core route to synthesize the magnetic rattle-type silica. This method has not only simplified the precursor's process and reduced the reacting time, but also ameliorated the loss of magnetite and made the magnetite content and the inner core size controllable and tunable. The magnetite contents and inner core size can be easily controlled by changing the type and concentration of alkali, reaction system and addition of water. The results show that alkali aqueous solution promotes the escape of the precursor iron ions from the inner space of rattle-type silica and results in the loss of magnetite. In this case, NaOH ethanol solution is better for the formation of magnetite than ammonia because it not only offers an appropriate alkalinity to facilitate the synthesis of. magnetic particles, but also avoids the escape of the iron ions from the mesopores of rattle-type silica. The synthesis process is very simple and efficient, and it takes no more than 2 hours to complete the total preparation and handling of the magnetic rattle-type silica. The end-product Fe3O4@SiO2 nanocomposites also have good magnetic properties which will perform potential application in biomedical science.

  7. TiO{sub 2} Coated Core-Shell Nanoparticles Fabricated through Sol-Gel Reaction of Titanium Precursor on Surface of Silica Core Templates

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    Yoon, Suk Bon [Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. Ltd., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    TiO{sub 2} hollow capsules have been mainly investigated through various methods using soft and hard templates such as polymer latex and silica nanoparticles (NPs). However, fabrication of these materials inevitably involves the removal process of polymer latex and silica template used through calcination at high temperature and etching with toxic etchants, respectively. As a result, these processes result in the generation of chemical waste as well as serious environmental concerns. To overcome above mentioned problems, although studies on in situ recrystallization transformation of silica into more useful functional nanostructured silica materials such as microporous zeolites or mesoporous silicas instead of removal of the silica templates were reported in recent, the additional process, including hydrothermal reaction and calcination at high temperature in the removal of the organic templates used is required to fabricate these materials. Resulting TiO{sub 2} coated core-shell NPs showed a smooth surface and uniform TiO{sub 2} shell layer. TiO{sub 2} shell layer after the calcination processes at high temperature under air flowing exhibited the crystal structure corresponding to the anatase phase. The formation of the TiO{sub 2} shell layer on the surface of the silica core templates was investigated through the various analyses. TiO{sub 2} shell layer after the calcination treatment at high temperature exhibited the anatase phase with a crystal size of ca. 5.37 nm. Resulting TiO{sub 2} coated core-shell NPs can be utilized as a photocatalyst.

  8. Nanoscale indentation of polymer and composite polymer-silica core-shell submicrometer particles by atomic force microscopy.

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    Armini, Silvia; Vakarelski, Ivan U; Whelan, Caroline M; Maex, Karen; Higashitani, Ko

    2007-02-13

    Atomic force microscopy was employed to probe the mechanical properties of surface-charged polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)-based terpolymer and composite terpolymer core-silica shell particles in air and water media. The composite particles were achieved with two different approaches: using a silane coupling agent (composite A) or attractive electrostatic interactions (composite B) between the core and the shell. Young's moduli (E) of 4.3+/-0.7, 11.1+/-1.7, and 8.4+/-1.7 GPa were measured in air for the PMMA-based terpolymer, composite A, and composite B, respectively. In water, E decreases to 1.6+/-0.2 GPa for the terpolymer; it shows a slight decrease to 8.0+/-1.2 GPa for composite A, while it decreases to 2.9+/-0.6 GPa for composite B. This trend is explained by considering a 50% swelling of the polymer in water confirmed by dynamic light scattering. Close agreement is found between the absolute values of elastic moduli determined by nanoindentation and known values for the corresponding bulk materials. The thickness of the silica coating affects the mechanical properties of composite A. In the case of composite B, because the silica shell consists of separate particles free to move in the longitudinal direction that do not individually deform when the entire composite deforms, the elastic properties of the composites are determined exclusively by the properties of the polymer core. These results provide a basis for tailoring the mechanical properties of polymer and composite particles in air and in solution, essential in the design of next-generation abrasive schemes for several technological applications.

  9. Imaging Studies of photodamage and self-healing in disperse orange 11 dye-doped PMMA

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    Anderson, Benjamin; Kuzyk, Mark G

    2011-01-01

    We report on optical imaging studies of self-healing after laser-induced photodamage in disperse orange 11 dye doped into poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer. In particular, the high spatial-contrast image of the damage track made by a line focus pump laser allows the recovery rates to be measured as a function of burn dose using the relationship between transverse distance and pump intensity profile. The time evolution of the damaged population results in an intensity-independent time constant of {\\tau} = 490\\pm23 min, in agreement with independent measurements of the time evolution of amplified spontaneous emission. Also observed is a damage threshold above which the material does not fully recover.

  10. Occurence of active layer optical properties on some Lasing characteristics dye-doped Ch LC

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    Ilchishin, I

    2010-01-01

    Effect of a planar texture quality and its thickness on lasing spectrums and thresholds in dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) of steroid type is explored. Transition from the qualitative planar texture to the poor texture quality is accompanied by change of characteristic mode structures and by shift of barycentre in the long-wave side and the considerable growth of the lasing threshold. It is found that in the CLC texture created by substrates with perpendicular directions of orientation the stable single-mode lasing takes place. The nature of oscillated modes in such texture is caused by phase jump. The gained results show that in steroid CLC, unlike induced one, lasing spectrums is possible to feature with the coupled wave model. Key words: steroidal cholesteric liquid crystal, distributed feedback lasing, oscillation thresholds, phase defect of periodical structure, transmission and lasing spectra

  11. Dynamics of the guest-host orientational interaction in dye-doped liquid-crystalline materials.

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    Truong, Thai V; Xu, Lei; Shen, Y R

    2005-11-01

    We present a comprehensive study on the dynamics of laser-induced molecular reorientation in a dye-doped liquid crystalline (LC) medium that exhibits significant enhancement of the optical Kerr nonlinearity due to guest-host interaction. Using various techniques, we separately characterized the dynamical responses of the relevant molecular species present in the medium following photoexcitation and, thus, were able to follow the transient process in which photoexcitation of the dye molecules exert through guest-host interaction a net torque on the host LC material, leading to the observed enhanced optical Kerr nonlinearity. Experimental results agree quantitatively with the time-dependent theory based on a mean-field model of the guest-host interaction.

  12. Random lasing in dye-doped polymer dispersed liquid crystal film

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    Wu, Rina; Shi, Rui-xin; Wu, Xiaojiao; Wu, Jie; Dai, Qin

    2016-09-01

    A dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film was designed and fabricated, and random lasing action was studied. A mixture of laser dye, nematic liquid crystal, chiral dopant, and PVA was used to prepare the dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film by means of microcapsules. Scanning electron microscopy analysis showed that most liquid crystal droplets in the polymer matrix ranged from 30 μm to 40 μm, the size of the liquid crystal droplets was small. Under frequency doubled 532 nm Nd:YAG laser-pumped optical excitation, a plurality of discrete and sharp random laser radiation peaks could be measured in the range of 575-590 nm. The line-width of the lasing peak was 0.2 nm and the threshold of the random lasing was 9 mJ. Under heating, the emission peaks of random lasing disappeared. By detecting the emission light spot energy distribution, the mechanism of radiation was found to be random lasing. The random lasing radiation mechanism was then analyzed and discussed. Experimental results indicated that the size of the liquid crystal droplets is the decisive factor that influences the lasing mechanism. The surface anchor role can be ignored when the size of the liquid crystal droplets in the polymer matrix is small, which is beneficial to form multiple scattering. The transmission path of photons is similar to that in a ring cavity, providing feedback to obtain random lasing output. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61378042), the Colleges and Universities in Liaoning Province Outstanding Young Scholars Growth Plans, China (Grant No. LJQ2015093), and Shenyang Ligong University Laser and Optical Information of Liaoning Province Key Laboratory Open Funds, China.

  13. Core-shell designs of photoluminescent nanodiamonds with porous silica coatings for bioimaging and drug delivery II: application.

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    Prabhakar, Neeraj; Näreoja, Tuomas; von Haartman, Eva; Karaman, Didem Şen; Jiang, Hua; Koho, Sami; Dolenko, Tatiana A; Hänninen, Pekka E; Vlasov, Denis I; Ralchenko, Victor G; Hosomi, Satoru; Vlasov, Igor I; Sahlgren, Cecilia; Rosenholm, Jessica M

    2013-05-07

    Recent advances within materials science and its interdisciplinary applications in biomedicine have emphasized the potential of using a single multifunctional composite material for concurrent drug delivery and biomedical imaging. Here we present a novel composite material consisting of a photoluminescent nanodiamond (ND) core with a porous silica (SiO2) shell. This novel multifunctional probe serves as an alternative nanomaterial to address the existing problems with delivery and subsequent tracing of the particles. Whereas the unique optical properties of ND allows for long-term live cell imaging and tracking of cellular processes, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) have proven to be efficient drug carriers. The advantages of both ND and MSNs were hereby integrated in the new composite material, ND@MSN. The optical properties provided by the ND core rendered the nanocomposite suitable for microscopy imaging in fluorescence and reflectance mode, as well as super-resolution microscopy as a STED label; whereas the porous silica coating provided efficient intracellular delivery capacity, especially in surface-functionalized form. This study serves as a demonstration how this novel nanomaterial can be exploited for both bioimaging and drug delivery for future theranostic applications.

  14. Quasi-cubic magnetite/silica core-shell nanoparticles as enhanced MRI contrast agents for cancer imaging.

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    Jos L Campbell

    Full Text Available Development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI contrast agents that can be readily applied for imaging of biological tissues under clinical settings is a challenging task. This is predominantly due to the expectation of an ideal MR agent being able to be synthesized in large quantities, possessing longer shelf life, reasonable biocompatibility, tolerance against its aggregation in biological fluids, and high relaxivity, resulting in better contrast during biological imaging. Although a repertoire of reports address various aforementioned issues, the previously reported results are far from optimal, which necessitates further efforts in this area. In this study, we demonstrate facile large-scale synthesis of sub-100 nm quasi-cubic magnetite and magnetite/silica core-shell (Mag@SiO2 nanoparticles and their applicability as a biocompatible T2 contrast agent for MRI of biological tissues. Our study suggests that silica-coated magnetite nanoparticles reported in this study can potentially act as improved MR contrast agents by addressing a number of aforementioned issues, including longer shelf life and stability in biological fluids. Additionally, our in vitro and in vivo studies clearly demonstrate the importance of silica coating towards improved applicability of T2 contrast agents for cancer imaging.

  15. Structural variation of solid core and thickness of porous shell of 1.7 μm core-shell silica particles on chromatographic performance: narrow bore columns.

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    Omamogho, Jesse O; Hanrahan, John P; Tobin, Joe; Glennon, Jeremy D

    2011-04-15

    Chromatographic and mass transfer kinetic properties of three narrow bore columns (2.1×50 mm) packed with new core-shell 1.7 μm EIROSHELL™-C(18) (EiS-C(18)) particles have been studied. The particles in each column varied in the solid-core to shell particle size ratio (ρ), of 0.59, 0.71 and 0.82, with a porous silica shell thickness of 350, 250 and 150 nm respectively. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), Coulter counter analysis, gas pycnometry, nitrogen sorption analysis and inverse size exclusion chromatography (ISEC) elucidated the physical properties of these materials. The porosity measurement of the packed HILIC and C(18) modified phases provided the means to estimate the phase ratios of the three different shell columns (EiS-150-C(18), EiS-250-C(18) and EiS-350-C(18)). The dependence of the chromatographic performance to the volume fraction of the porous shell was observed for all three columns. The naphtho[2,3-a]pyrene retention factor of k'∼10 on the three EiS-C(18s) employed to obtain the height equivalents to theoretical plates (HETPs) data were achieved by varying the mobile phase compositions and applying the Wilke and Chang relationship to obtain a parallel reduced linear velocity. The Knox fit model gave the coefficient of the reduce HETPs for the three EiS-C(18s). The reduced plate height minimum h(min)=1.9 was achieved for the EiS-150-C(18) column, and generated an efficiency of over 350,000 N/m and h(min)=2.5 equivalent to an efficiency of 200,000 N/m for the EiS-350-C(18) column. The efficiency loss of the EiS-C18 column emanating from the system extra-column volume was discussed with respect to the porous shell thickness.

  16. Spatial modulation spectroscopy for imaging and quantitative analysis of single dye-doped organic nanoparticles inside cells

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    Devadas, Mary Sajini; Devkota, Tuphan; Guha, Samit; Shaw, Scott K.; Smith, Bradley D.; Hartland, Gregory V.

    2015-05-01

    Imaging of non-fluorescent nanoparticles in complex biological environments, such as the cell cytosol, is a challenging problem. For metal nanoparticles, Rayleigh scattering methods can be used, but for organic nanoparticles, such as dye-doped polymer beads or lipid nanoparticles, light scattering does not provide good contrast. In this paper, spatial modulation spectroscopy (SMS) is used to image single organic nanoparticles doped with non-fluorescent, near-IR croconaine dye. SMS is a quantitative imaging technique that yields the absolute extinction cross-section of the nanoparticles, which can be used to determine the number of dye molecules per particle. SMS images were recorded for particles within EMT-6 breast cancer cells. The measurements allowed mapping of the nanoparticle location and the amount of dye in a single cell. The results demonstrate how SMS can facilitate efforts to optimize dye-doped nanoparticles for effective photothermal therapy of cancer.Imaging of non-fluorescent nanoparticles in complex biological environments, such as the cell cytosol, is a challenging problem. For metal nanoparticles, Rayleigh scattering methods can be used, but for organic nanoparticles, such as dye-doped polymer beads or lipid nanoparticles, light scattering does not provide good contrast. In this paper, spatial modulation spectroscopy (SMS) is used to image single organic nanoparticles doped with non-fluorescent, near-IR croconaine dye. SMS is a quantitative imaging technique that yields the absolute extinction cross-section of the nanoparticles, which can be used to determine the number of dye molecules per particle. SMS images were recorded for particles within EMT-6 breast cancer cells. The measurements allowed mapping of the nanoparticle location and the amount of dye in a single cell. The results demonstrate how SMS can facilitate efforts to optimize dye-doped nanoparticles for effective photothermal therapy of cancer. Electronic supplementary information (ESI

  17. Core-shell-structured silica/polyacrylate particles prepared by Pickering emulsion: influence of the nucleation model on particle interfacial organization and emulsion stability.

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    Ji, Jing; Shu, Shi; Wang, Feng; Li, Zhilin; Liu, Jingjun; Song, Ye; Jia, Yi

    2014-01-01

    This work reports a new evidence of the versatility of silica sol as a stabilizer for Pickering emulsions. The organization of silica particles at the oil-water interface is a function of the nucleation model. The present results show that nucleation model, together with monomer hydrophobicity, can be used as a trigger to modify the packing density of silica particles at the oil-water interface: Less hydrophobic methylmethacrylate, more wettable with silica particles, favors the formation of core-shell-structured composite when the composite particles are prepared by miniemulsion polymerization in which monomers are fed in batch (droplet nucleation). By contrast, hydrophobic butylacrylate promotes the encapsulating efficiency of silica when monomers are fed dropwise (homogeneous nucleation). The morphologies of polyacrylate-nano-SiO2 composites prepared from different feed ratio of methylmethacrylate/butylacrylate (with different hydrophobicity) and by different feed processes are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. The results from SEM and TEM show that the morphologies of the as-prepared polyacrylate/nano-SiO2 composite can be a core-shell structure or a bare acrylic sphere. The stability of resulting emulsions composed of these composite particles is strongly dependent on the surface coverage of silica particles. The emulsion stability is improved by densely silica-packed composite particles.

  18. Fabrication of and drug delivery by an upconversion emission nanocomposite with monodisperse LaF3:Yb,Er core / mesoporous silica shell structure

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    Yang, Y.; Qu, Y.; Zhao, J.; Zeng, Q.; Ran, Y.; Zhang, Q.; Kong, X.; Zhang, H.

    2010-01-01

    Monodisperse, uniform, encapsulated mesoporous silicananocomposites with a LaF3:Yb,Er core and a mesoporous silica shell structure, which still exhibit green upconversion photoluminescence (PL) under 980 nm irradiation, have been successfully synthesized and investigated as potential drug delivery s

  19. Resist Pattern Inspection Using Fluorescent Dye-Doped Polystyrene Thin Films in Reactive-Monolayer-Assisted Thermal Nanoimprint Lithography

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    Kubo, Shoichi; Sato, Yuko; Hirai, Yoshihiko; Nakagawa, Masaru

    2011-06-01

    Fluorescent dye-doped polystyrene (PS) thin films were studied for defect inspection of PS resist patterns by fluorescence microscopy in reactive-monolayer-assisted thermal nanoimprint lithography using a photoreactive monolayer. A fluorescent dye of N,N '-bis(2,6-dimethylphenyl-perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic diimide doped in a PS resist thin film maintained an almost identical fluorescence intensity after annealing at a temperature necessary for thermal nanoimprinting. To avoid degradation of a dye doped in a resist film owing to exposure to ultraviolet light for preparing a PS graft layer on the photoreactive monolayer, a double coating method for preparing a dye-doped PS resist layer on the PS graft layer was adopted. It was demonstrated by the fluorescent microscopic defect inspection that resist pattern defects due to unleveled residual layers after thermal nanoimprinting were significantly decreased by adding low-molecular-weight PS (5,100 g mol-1) to high-molecular-weight PS (360,000 g mol-1). The rheological study revealed that the low-molecular-weight PS obviously functioned as a plasticizer, which flattened residual layers and decreased their thickness.

  20. Gradual growth of gold nanoseeds on silica for SiO2@gold homogeneous nano core/shell applications by the chemical reduction method

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    Rezvani Nikabadi, H.; Shahtahmasebi, N.; Rezaee Rokn-Abadi, M.; Bagheri Mohagheghi, M. M.; Goharshadi, E. K.

    2013-02-01

    In this paper, a facile method for the synthesis of gold nanoseeds on the functionalized surface of silica nanoparticles has been investigated. Mono-dispersed silica particles and gold nanoparticles were prepared by the chemical reduction method. The thickness of the Au shell was well controlled by repeating the reduction time of HAuCl4 on silica/3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES)/initial gold nanoparticles. The prepared SiO2@gold core/shell nanoparticles were studied using x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and ultraviolet visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy. The TEM images indicated that the silica nanoparticles were spherical in shape with 100 nm diameters and functionalizing silica nanoparticles with a layer of bi-functional APTES molecules and tetrakis hydroxy methyl phosphonium chloride. The gold nanoparticles show a narrow size of up to 5 nm and by growing gold nanoseeds over the silica cores a red shift in the maximum absorbance of UV-Vis spectroscopy from 524 to 637 nm was observed.

  1. Nitrogen rich core-shell magnetic mesoporous silica as an effective adsorbent for removal of silver nanoparticles from water.

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    Zhang, Xiaoye; Zhang, Yao; Zhang, Xiaodan; Li, Siqi; Huang, Yuming

    2017-09-05

    The production and increasing use of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) obviously results in their release into the environment, leading to a risk to the environment due to their toxic effects. Thus, the removal of AgNPs from water is highly needed. Here, we demonstrate that nitrogen rich (∼10% nitrogen content) core-shell magnetic mesoporous silica is a promising adsorbent for the removal of AgNPs. For this, the poly(ethylenimine) functionalized core-shell magnetic mesoporous silica composites (Fe3O4@SiO2-PEI) were prepared, and characterized by TEM, FT-IR, XRD, TG and N2 adsorption-desorption. The removal of AgNPs by Fe3O4@SiO2-PEI as a function of contact time, concentration of AgNPs, solution pH and ionic strength were studied. The adsorption kinetic data could be described by the pseudo-second-order rate model. Both Langmuir and Freundlich models fitted the adsorption data well. The adsorption capacity for AgNPs is 909.1mg/g, which is 5-181 times higher than that of the previously reported adsorbents for AgNPs. Interestingly, the silver adsorbed onto Fe3O4@SiO2-PEI exhibits highly catalytic activity for 4-nitropheol (4-NP) reduction with a rate constant of 0.072min(-1), which is much higher than those by other AgNPs reported before. The silver-loaded Fe3O4@SiO2-PEI promises good recyclability for at least five cycles, showing great potential in practical applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Removal of lead(II ions from aqueous solutions using cashew nut shell liquid-templated thiol-silica materials

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    J. E. G. Mdoe

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available A range of thiol-silica composites were prepared using cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL or one of its phenolic constituents, cardanol, as templates. The procedure involved formation of a CNSL or cardanol emulsion in a water-ethanol system into which (3-mercaptopropyl-trimethoxysilane and tetraethyl orthosilicate were simultaneously added at various ratios. The reaction mixture was aged at room temperature for 18 h followed by a Soxhlet extraction of the template and drying. The materials were characterized by diffuse reflectance Fourier transform infrared, nitrogen physisorption, scanning electron microscopy and acid titration. Results indicated that indeed the thiol-silica composites were successfully prepared, with thiol group loadings ranging from 1.6-2.5 mmol/g. The materials were tested for lead(II adsorption, and results showed that they had maximum adsorption capacities up to 66.7 mg/g, depending on the thiol group loading and type of template used in preparing the adsorbent. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/bcse.v28i3.5

  3. Exploiting Fast Exciton Diffusion in Dye-Doped Polymer Nanoparticles to Engineer Efficient Photoswitching.

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    Trofymchuk, Kateryna; Prodi, Luca; Reisch, Andreas; Mély, Yves; Altenhöner, Kai; Mattay, Jochen; Klymchenko, Andrey S

    2015-06-18

    Photoswitching of bright fluorescent nanoparticles opens new possibilities for bioimaging with superior temporal and spatial resolution. However, efficient photoswitching of nanoparticles is hard to achieve using Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) to a photochromic dye, because the particle size is usually larger than the Förster radius. Here, we propose to exploit the exciton diffusion within the FRET donor dyes to boost photoswitching efficiency in dye-doped polymer nanoparticles. To this end, we utilized bulky hydrophobic counterions that prevent self-quenching and favor communication of octadecyl rhodamine B dyes inside a polymer matrix of poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide). Among tested counterions, only perfluorinated tetraphenylborate that favors the exciton diffusion enables high photoswitching efficiency (on/off ratio ∼20). The switching improves with donor dye loading and requires only 0.1-0.3 wt % of a diphenylethene photochromic dye. Our nanoparticles were validated both in solution and at the single-particle level. The proposed concept paves the way to new efficient photoswitchable nanomaterials.

  4. Improvements in laser flare removal for particle image velocimetry using fluorescent dye-doped particles

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    Petrosky, B. J.; Lowe, K. T.; Danehy, P. M.; Wohl, C. J.; Tiemsin, P. I.

    2015-11-01

    Laser flare, or scattering of laser light from a surface, can often be a major issue in particle image velocimetry (PIV) involving solid boundaries in the flow or a gas-liquid interface. The use of fluorescent light from dye-doped particles has been demonstrated in water applications, but reproducing the technique in an airflow is more difficult due to particle size constraints and safety concerns. The following work presents fluorescent Kiton Red 620 (KR620)-doped polystyrene latex microspheres as a solution to this issue. The particles are small and narrowly distributed, with a mean diameter of 0.87 μ \\text{m} and diameter distribution standard deviation of 0.30 μ \\text{m} . Furthermore, the KR620 dye exhibits much lower toxicity than other common fluorescent dyes, and would be safe to use in large flow facilities. The fluorescent signal from the particles is measured on average to be 320  ±  10 times weaker than the Mie scattering signal from the particles. This reduction in signal is counterbalanced by greatly enhanced contrast via optical rejection of the incident laser wavelength. Fluorescent PIV with these particles is shown to eliminate laser flare near surfaces, allowing for velocity measurements as close as 100 μ \\text{m} to the surface. In one case, fluorescent PIV led to velocity vector validation rates more than 20 times that of the Mie scattering results in the boundary layer region of an angled surface.

  5. Bistable light shutter using dye-doped liquid crystals for a see-through display

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    Huh, Jae-Won; Heo, Joon; Yu, Byeong-Huh; Yoon, Tae-Hoon

    2016-03-01

    See-through displays have got high attention as one of the next generation display devices. Especially, see-through displays that use organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and liquid crystal displays (LCDs) have been actively studied. However, a see-through display using OLEDs cannot provide black color because of their see-through area. Although a see-through display using LCDs can provide black color with crossed polarizers, it cannot block the background. This inevitable problem can be solved by placing a light shutter at the back of a see-through display. To maintain the transparent or opaque state, an electric field must be applied to a light shutter. To achieve low power consumption, a bistable light shutter using polymer-stabilized cholesteric liquid crystals (CLC) has been proposed. It is switchable between the translucent and transparent states only. Therefore, it cannot provide black color. Moreover, it cannot block the background perfectly because of poor performance in the translucent state. In this work we will introduce a bistable light shutter using dye-doped CLCs. To improve the electro-optic characteristics in the opaque state, we employed a crossed electrode structure instead of a parallel one. We will demonstrate that the light shutter can exhibit stable bistable operation between the transparent homeotropic and opaque focal-conic states thanks to polymer stabilization.

  6. Investigation of the pH-dependence of dye-doped protein-protein interactions.

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    Nudelman, Roman; Gloukhikh, Ekaterina; Rekun, Antonina; Richter, Shachar

    2016-11-01

    Proteins can dramatically change their conformation under environmental conditions such as temperature and pH. In this context, Glycoprotein's conformational determination is challenging. This is due to the variety of domains which contain rich chemical characters existing within this complex. Here we demonstrate a new, straightforward and efficient technique that uses the pH-dependent properties of dyes-doped Pig Gastric Mucin (PGM) for predicting and controlling protein-protein interaction and conformation. We utilize the PGM as natural host matrix which is capable of dynamically changing its conformational shape and adsorbing hydrophobic and hydrophilic dyes under different pH conditions and investigate and control the fluorescent properties of these composites in solution. It is shown at various pH conditions, a large variety of light emission from these complexes such as red, green and white is obtained. This phenomenon is explained by pH-dependent protein folding and protein-protein interactions that induce different emission spectra which are mediated and controlled by means of dye-dye interactions and surrounding environment. This process is used to form the technologically challenging white light-emitting liquid or solid coating for LED devices. © 2016 The Protein Society.

  7. Properties of two-photon pumped cavity lasing in novel dye doped solid matrices

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    He, G.S.; Bhawalkar, J.D.; Zhao, C.; Prasad, P.N. [State Univ. of New York, Buffalo, NY (United States). Dept. of Chemistry

    1996-05-01

    Two-photon pumped frequency upconversion cavity lasing at {approximately}600 nm is accomplished in three types of dye-doped solid rods pumped with {approximately}10 ns and 1.06-{micro}m IR laser pulses. The dopant is a new dye, trans-4-[p-(N-ethyl-N-(hydroxyethyl)amino)styryl]-N-methylpyridinium tetraphenylborate, abbreviated as ASPT, which possesses a greater two-photon absorption cross section and stronger upconversion fluorescence emission than common commercial dyes (such as rhodamine). Three different materials were chosen as solid matrices: poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate), VYCOR porous glass, and sol-gel glass. Using a Q-switched Nd:YAG pulse laser as the pump source, strong cavity lasing could be achieved in these three ASPT doped solid rods as well as in ASPT solution in a liquid cell. The spectral, temporal, and spatial characteristics of the cavity lasing output have been systematically investigated. The measured output-input characteristics, lasing lifetime, and damage threshold for the three different rods are presented.

  8. Wavelength dependence of reversible photodegradation of disperse orange 11 dye-doped PMMA thin films

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    Anderson, Benjamin R; Kuzyk, Mark G

    2015-01-01

    Using transmittance imaging microscopy we measure the wavelength dependence of reversible photodegradation in disperse orange 11 (DO11) dye-doped (poly)methyl-methacrylate (PMMA). The reversible and irreversible inverse quantum efficiencies (IQEs) are found to be constant over the spectral region investigated, with the average reversible IQE being $\\overline{B}_\\alpha= 8.70 (\\pm 0.38)\\times 10^5$ and the average irreversible IQE being $\\overline{B}_\\epsilon= 1.396 (\\pm 0.031)\\times 10^8$. The large difference between the IQEs is hypothesized to be due to the reversible decay channel being a direct decay mechanism of the dye, while the irreversible decay channel is an indirect mechanism, with the dye first absorbing light, then heating the surrounding environment causing polymer chain scission and cross linking. Additionally, the DO11/PMMA's irreversible IQE is found to be among the largest of those reported for organic dyes, implying that the system is highly photostable. We also find that the recovery rate i...

  9. Relative humidity sensing using dye-doped polymer thin-films on metal substrates

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    Kumari, Madhuri; Ding, Boyang; Blaikie, Richard

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate humidity sensors based on optical resonances sustained in sub-wavelength thick dye-doped polymer coatings on reflecting surfaces. As a result of coupling between dye molecular absorption and Fabry-Perot resonances in the air-coating-surface cavity, the absorption spectra of such thin-film structures show a strong resonant peak under certain illumination conditions. These resonances are sensitive to the structural and material properties of the thin-film, metal underlayer and ambient conditions and hence can be used for gas and vapor sensing applications. Specifically, we present our proof of principle experimental results for humidity sensing using a thin-film structure comprising Rhodamine6G-doped polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films on silver substrates. Depending on the PVA film thickness, dye-concertation and angle of incidence, the resonant absorption peak can undergo either red-shift or blue-shift as RH level increases in the range 20% to 60%. Also, the absorption magnitude at certain wavelengths near to resonance show almost linear reduction which can be used as the sensing signal. Our simulation studies show a very good agreement with the experimental data. The spectral and temporal sensitivity of this thin-film structure is attributed to the changes in the thickness of the PVA layer which swells by absorbing water molecules

  10. Photoluminescence characteristics of dye-doped polymer nanofibers excited by surface plasmon polaritons

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    Kaminose, Ryohei; Ishii, Yuya; Aihara, Takuma; Takeda, Ayumi; Fukuda, Mitsuo

    2013-09-01

    Grating inscription in azo-dye doped polymers is an interesting phenomenon because of its high diffraction performance and applicability to real-time 3D displays. Although some of these materials were investigated under no external electric field with symmetric optical alignments in preceding studies, they often showed a phase shift of periodic modulation of refractive index from the interference fringe formed by irradiation beams, resulting in asymmetric energy exchange between two coupled beams. The mechanism of the behavior has been usually attributed to the molecular motions triggered by trans-cis isomerization, but their details are still unknown. Therefore, studies on temporal evolution of the process and their translation into physical meaning are necessary. In order to investigate the evolution of grating inscription and phase shift, several methods have been developed. In this study, we analyzed the coupled wave equations proposed by Kogelnik, and derived general solution applicable to the system with both phase and amplitude gratings with arbitrary phase relationship. We showed that the analysis based on the equation can give a direct evidence of the phase shift between the phase and amplitude gratings if it exists. This method was applied to the fringe pattern inscribed in thick films of PMMA doped with an azo-carbazole dye, showing that observed signals indicated the phase deviation between two types of gratings.

  11. Biosilica from Living Diatoms: Investigations on Biocompatibility of Bare and Chemically Modified Thalassiosira weissflogii Silica Shells

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    Stefania Roberta Cicco

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In the past decade, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs with a large surface area and pore volume have attracted considerable attention for their application in drug delivery and biomedicine. Here we propose biosilica from diatoms as an alternative source of mesoporous materials in the field of multifunctional supports for cell growth: the biosilica surfaces were chemically modified by traditional silanization methods resulting in diatom silica microparticles functionalized with 3-mercaptopropyl-trimethoxysilane (MPTMS and 3-aminopropyl-triethoxysilane (APTES. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses revealed that the –SH or –NH2 were successfully grafted onto the biosilica surface. The relationship among the type of functional groups and the cell viability was established as well as the interaction of the cells with the nanoporosity of frustules. These results show that diatom microparticles are promising natural biomaterials suitable for cell growth, and that the surfaces, owing to the mercapto groups, exhibit good biocompatibility.

  12. Surface zwitterionicalization of poly(vinylidene fluoride) membranes from the entrapped reactive core-shell silica nanoparticles.

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    Zhu, Li-Jing; Zhu, Li-Ping; Zhang, Pei-Bin; Zhu, Bao-Ku; Xu, You-Yi

    2016-04-15

    We demonstrate the preparation and properties of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) filtration membranes modified via surface zwitterionicalization mediated by reactive core-shell silica nanoparticles (SiO2 NPs). The organic/inorganic hybrid SiO2 NPs grafted with poly(methyl meth acrylate)-block-poly(2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) copolymer (PMMA-b-PDMAEMA) shell were prepared by surface-initiated reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (SI-RAFT) polymerization and then used as a membrane-making additive of PVDF membranes. The PDMAEMA exposed on membrane surface and pore walls were quaternized into zwitterionic poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (PSBMA) using 1,3-propane sultone (1,3-PS) as the quaternization agent. The membrane surface chemistry and morphology were analyzed by attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The hydrophilicity, permeability and antifouling ability of the investigated membranes were evaluated in detail. It was found that the PSBMA chains brought highly-hydrophilic and strong fouling resistant characteristics to PVDF membranes due to the powerful hydration of zwitterionic surface. The SiO2 cores and PMMA chains in the hybrid NPs play a role of anchors for the linking of PSBMA chains to membrane surface. Compared to the traditional strategies for membrane hydrophilic modification, the developed method in this work combined the advantages of both blending and surface reaction.

  13. A gold nanoshell with a silica inner shell synthesized using liposome templates for doxorubicin loading and near-infrared photothermal therapy.

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    Wu, Congyu; Yu, Cong; Chu, Maoquan

    2011-01-01

    Gold (Au) nanoshells with solid silica cores have great potential for cancer photothermal therapy. However, this nanostructure cannot carry enough drugs. Here, we report a Au nanoshell with a hollow silica core for drug loading and cancer therapy. The silica shells were synthesized using nanoliposome templates, and then Au nanoshells were grown on the outer surface of the silica shells. Transmission-electron and scanning-electron microscopy showed that the Au nanoshells were successfully fabricated, and that the liposome/SiO(2)/Au core-shell nanocomposites were spherical with a narrow size distribution. Images of several broken spheres, and the fact that hollow templates (liposomes) were used, suggest that the fabricated Au nanoshells were hollow. After doxorubicin (DOX) was incorporated into liposome/SiO(2)/Au, the DOX-loaded Au nanoshells killed cancer cells with high therapeutic efficacy when irradiated with near-infrared light, suggesting that the Au nanoshells delivered both DOX chemotherapy and photothermal therapy with a synergistic effect.

  14. A gold nanoshell with a silica inner shell synthesized using liposome templates for doxorubicin loading and near-infrared photothermal therapy

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    Wu CY

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Congyu Wu1, Cong Yu1, Maoquan Chu1,21School of Life Science and Technology, 2The Institute for Advanced Materials and Nano Biomedicine, Tongji University, Shanghai, People's Republic of ChinaAbstract: Gold (Au nanoshells with solid silica cores have great potential for cancer photothermal therapy. However, this nanostructure cannot carry enough drugs. Here, we report a Au nanoshell with a hollow silica core for drug loading and cancer therapy. The silica shells were synthesized using nanoliposome templates, and then Au nanoshells were grown on the outer surface of the silica shells. Transmission-electron and scanning-electron microscopy showed that the Au nanoshells were successfully fabricated, and that the liposome/SiO2/Au core-shell nanocomposites were spherical with a narrow size distribution. Images of several broken spheres, and the fact that hollow templates (liposomes were used, suggest that the fabricated Au nanoshells were hollow. After doxorubicin (DOX was incorporated into liposome/SiO2/Au, the DOX-loaded Au nanoshells killed cancer cells with high therapeutic efficacy when irradiated with near-infrared light, suggesting that the Au nanoshells delivered both DOX chemotherapy and photothermal therapy with a synergistic effect.Keywords: gold nanoshell, liposome template, synthesis, doxorubicin, cancer therapy

  15. Core/shell magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles with radially oriented wide mesopores

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    Nikola Ž. Knežević

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Core/shell nanoparticles, containing magnetic iron-oxide (maghemite core and mesoporous shell with radial porous structure, were prepared by dispersing magnetite nanoparticles and adding tetraethylorthosilicate to a basic aqueous solution containing structure-templating cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and a pore-swelling mesithylene. The material is characterized by SEM and TEM imaging, nitrogen sorption and powder X-ray diffraction. Distinctive features of the prepared material are its high surface area (959 m2/g, wide average pore diameter (12.4 nm and large pore volume (2.3 cm3/g. The material exhibits radial pore structure and the high angle XRD pattern characteristic for maghemite nanoparticles, which are obtained upon calcination of the magnetite-containing material. The observed properties of the prepared material may render the material applicable in separation, drug delivery, sensing and heterogeneous catalysis.

  16. Palladium nanoparticles encapsulated in core-shell silica: A structured hydrogenation catalyst with enhanced activity for reduction of oxyanion water pollutants

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    Wang, Yin

    2014-10-03

    Noble metal nanoparticles have been applied to mediate catalytic removal of toxic oxyanions and halogenated hydrocarbons in contaminated water using H2 as a clean and sustainable reductant. However, activity loss by nanoparticle aggregation and difficulty of nanoparticle recovery are two major challenges to widespread technology adoption. Herein, we report the synthesis of a core-shell-structured catalyst with encapsulated Pd nanoparticles and its enhanced catalytic activity in reduction of bromate (BrO3-), a regulated carcinogenic oxyanion produced during drinking water disinfection process, using 1 atm H2 at room temperature. The catalyst material consists of a nonporous silica core decorated with preformed octahedral Pd nanoparticles that were further encapsulated within an ordered mesoporous silica shell (i.e., SiO2@Pd@mSiO2). Well-defined mesopores (2.3 nm) provide a physical barrier to prevent Pd nanoparticle (6 nm) movement, aggregation, and detachment from the support into water. Compared to freely suspended Pd nanoparticles and SiO2@Pd, encapsulation in the mesoporous silica shell significantly enhanced Pd catalytic activity (by a factor of 10) under circumneutral pH conditions that are most relevant to water purification applications. Mechanistic investigation of material surface properties combined with Langmuir-Hinshelwood modeling of kinetic data suggest that mesoporous silica shell enhances activity by promoting BrO3- adsorption near the Pd active sites. The dual function of the mesoporous shell, enhancing Pd catalyst activity and preventing aggregation of active nanoparticles, suggests a promising general strategy of using metal nanoparticle catalysts for water purification and related aqueous-phase applications.

  17. Preparation of iron boride-silica core-shell nanoparticles with soft ferromagnetic properties.

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    Saiyasombat, C; Petchsang, N; Tang, I M; Hodak, J H

    2008-02-27

    A one-pot aqueous chemical synthesis for silica-passivated ferromagnetic nanoparticles is presented. The average size of these particles is 84 ± 20 nm. The x-ray and electron diffraction experiments revealed that the nanoparticles are mainly composed of polycrystalline iron boride. The broad x-ray diffraction peak leads to an average crystallite size of 1.8 nm, which is much smaller than the overall size of the particles, and is consistent with the polycrystalline nature of the samples. Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetization experiments were used to establish the room temperature magnetic properties as well as the chemical nature of the particles. Fe(2)B dominates the composition of the nanoparticles, having a hyperfine field broadly distributed in the 10-33 T range. Alpha iron, the second ferromagnetic material identified in the particles, amounts to 4.6% of the composition. Finally, a paramagnetic phase accounting for approximately 14.6% of the material of the particles was also detected. These nanoparticles contain a core with soft ferromagnetic properties surrounded by a passivating silica layer, and are suitable for magnetically targeted drug delivery and electromagnetic induction heating applications.

  18. Lasing features of dye-doped pendant drops added with polymer particles: spectral blueshift and intensity enhancement

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    普小云; 张曙; 陈超华; 李荣基

    2002-01-01

    When micrometre-sized polymer particles were added into a dye-doped pendant drop that acted as a quasi-two-dimensional circular resonator, we found a blueshift of the peak wavelength of its lasing spectrum. The lasing outputwas also enhanced by the particles. The spectral blueshift was explained by a model of dye lasing in a circular cavity.The model includes losses of the scattering particles, medium absorption, and radiation leakage. An optimum particledensity for maximum lasing output was deduced. The results are consistent with our experimental findings.

  19. The impact of aminated surface ligands and silica shells on the stability, uptake, and toxicity of engineered silver nanoparticles

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    Bonventre, Josephine A.; Pryor, Joseph B.; Harper, Bryan J.; Harper, Stacey L., E-mail: stacey.harper@oregonstate.edu [Oregon State University, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology (United States)

    2014-12-15

    Inherent nanomaterial characteristics, composition, surface chemistry, and primary particle size, are known to impact particle stability, uptake, and toxicity. Nanocomposites challenge our ability to predict nanoparticle reactivity in biological systems if they are composed of materials with contrasting relative toxicities. We hypothesized that toxicity would be dominated by the nanoparticle surface (shell vs core), and that modulating the surface ligands would have a direct impact on uptake. We exposed developing zebrafish (Danio rerio) to a series of ∼70 nm amine-terminated silver nanoparticles with silica shells (AgSi NPs) to investigate the relative influence of surface amination, composition, and size on toxicity. Like-sized aminated AgSi and Si NPs were more toxic than paired hydroxyl-terminated nanoparticles; however, both AgSi NPs were more toxic than the Si NPs, indicating a significant contribution of the silver core to the toxicity. Incremental increases in surface amination did not linearly increase uptake and toxicity, but did have a marked impact on dispersion stability. Mass-based exposure metrics initially supported the hypothesis that smaller nanoparticles (20 nm) would be more toxic than larger particles (70 nm). However, surface area-based metrics revealed that toxicity was independent of size. Our studies suggest that nanoparticle surfaces play a critical role in the uptake and toxicity of AgSi NPs, while the impact of size may be a function of the exposure metric used. Overall, uptake and toxicity can be dramatically altered by small changes in surface functionalization or exposure media. Only after understanding the magnitude of these changes, can we begin to understand the biologically available dose following nanoparticle exposure.

  20. Fabrication of quantum dot/silica core-shell particles immobilizing Au nanoparticles and their dual imaging functions

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    Kobayashi, Yoshio; Matsudo, Hiromu; Li, Ting-ting; Shibuya, Kyosuke; Kubota, Yohsuke; Oikawa, Takahiro; Nakagawa, Tomohiko; Gonda, Kohsuke

    2016-03-01

    The present work proposes preparation methods for quantum dot/silica (QD/SiO2) core-shell particles that immobilize Au nanoparticles (QD/SiO2/Au). A colloid solution of QD/SiO2 core-shell particles with an average size of 47.0 ± 6.1 nm was prepared by a sol-gel reaction of tetraethyl orthosilicate in the presence of the QDs with an average size of 10.3 ± 2.1 nm. A colloid solution of Au nanoparticles with an average size of 17.9 ± 1.3 nm was prepared by reducing Au3+ ions with sodium citrate in water at 80 °C. Introduction of amino groups to QD/SiO2 particle surfaces was performed using (3-aminopropyl)-triethoxysilane (QD/SiO2-NH2). The QD/SiO2/Au particles were fabricated by mixing the Au particle colloid solution and the QD/SiO2-NH2 particle colloid solution. Values of radiant efficiency and computed tomography for the QD/SiO2/Au particle colloid solution were 2.23 × 107 (p/s/cm2/sr)/(μW/cm2) at a QD concentration of 8 × 10-7 M and 1180 ± 314 Hounsfield units and an Au concentration of 5.4 × 10-2 M. The QD/SiO2/Au particle colloid solution was injected into a mouse chest wall. Fluorescence emitted from the colloid solution could be detected on the skin covering the chest wall. The colloid solution could also be X-ray-imaged in the chest wall. Consequently, the QD/SiO2/Au particle colloid solution was found to have dual functions, i.e., fluorescence emission and X-ray absorption in vivo, which makes the colloid solution suitable to function as a contrast agent for dual imaging processes.

  1. Folic acid-functionalized magnetic ZnFe2O4 hollow microsphere core/mesoporous silica shell composite particles: synthesis and application in drug release.

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    Yang, Dandan; Wei, Kaiwei; Liu, Qi; Yang, Yong; Guo, Xue; Rong, Hongren; Cheng, Mei-Ling; Wang, Guoxiu

    2013-07-01

    A drug delivery system was designed by deliberately combining the useful functions into one entity, which was composed of magnetic ZnFe2O4 hollow microsphere as the core, and mesoporous silica with folic acid molecules as the outer shell. Amine groups coated magnetic ZnFe2O4 hollow microsphere core/mesoporous silica shell (MZHM-MSS-NH2) composite particles were first synthesized by a one-pot direct co-condensation method. Subsequently a novel kind of folic acid-functionalized magnetic ZnFe2O4 hollow microsphere core/mesoporous silica shell (MZHM-MSS-NHFA) composite particles were synthesized by conjugating folic acid as targeted molecule to MZHM-MSS-NH2. Ibuprofen, a well-known antiphlogistic drug, was used as a model drug to assess the loading and releasing behavior of the composite microspheres. The results show that the MZHM-MSS-NHFA system has the higher capacity of drug storage and good sustained drug-release property.

  2. Imaging studies of temperature dependent photodegradation and self-healing in disperse orange 11 dye-doped polymers

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    Anderson, Benjamin R.; Hung, Sheng-Ting; Kuzyk, Mark G.

    2016-07-01

    Using confocal transmission imaging microscopy, we measure the temperature dependence of photodegradation and self-healing in disperse orange 11 (DO11) dye-doped (poly)methyl-methacrylate (PMMA) and polystyrene (PS). In both dye-doped polymers, an increase in sample temperature results in a greater photodegradation rate and degree of degradation, while also resulting in a slower recovery rate and larger recovery fraction. These results confirm the temperature dependence predictions of the modified correlated chromophore domain model (mCCDM) [B. R. Anderson and M. G. Kuzyk, Phys. Rev. E 89, 032601 (2014)]. Additionally, using quantitative fitting of the imaging data for DO11/PMMA, we determine the domain density parameter to be ρ = 1.19 (±0.25) × 10-2 and the domain free energy advantage to be λ = 0.282 ± 0.015 eV, which are within the uncertainty of the values previously determined using amplified spontaneous emission as the probe method [S. K. Ramini et al., Polym. Chem. 4, 4948 (2013)]. Finally, while we find photodegradation and self-healing of DO11/PS to be qualitatively consistent with the mCCDM, we find that it is quantitatively incompatible with the mCCDM as recovery in DO11/PS is found to behave as a stretched (or double) exponential as a function of time.

  3. Development of europium doped core-shell silica cobalt ferrite functionalized nanoparticles for magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Kevadiya, Bhavesh D; Bade, Aditya N; Woldstad, Christopher; Edagwa, Benson J; McMillan, JoEllyn M; Sajja, Balasrinivasa R; Boska, Michael D; Gendelman, Howard E

    2017-02-01

    The size, shape and chemical composition of europium (Eu(3+)) cobalt ferrite (CFEu) nanoparticles were optimized for use as a "multimodal imaging nanoprobe" for combined fluorescence and magnetic resonance bioimaging. Doping Eu(3+) ions into a CF structure imparts unique bioimaging and magnetic properties to the nanostructure that can be used for real-time screening of targeted nanoformulations for tissue biodistribution assessment. The CFEu nanoparticles (size ∼7.2nm) were prepared by solvothermal techniques and encapsulated into poloxamer 407-coated mesoporous silica (Si-P407) to form superparamagnetic monodisperse Si-CFEu nanoparticles with a size of ∼140nm. Folic acid (FA) nanoparticle decoration (FA-Si-CFEu, size ∼140nm) facilitated monocyte-derived macrophage (MDM) targeting. FA-Si-CFEu MDM uptake and retention was higher than seen with Si-CFEu nanoparticles. The transverse relaxivity of both Si-CFEu and FA-Si-CFEu particles were r2=433.42mM(-1)s(-1) and r2=419.52mM(-1)s(-1) (in saline) and r2=736.57mM(-1)s(-1) and r2=814.41mM(-1)s(-1) (in MDM), respectively. The results were greater than a log order-of-magnitude than what was observed at replicate iron concentrations for ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) particles (r2=31.15mM(-1)s(-1) in saline) and paralleled data sets obtained for T2 magnetic resonance imaging. We now provide a developmental opportunity to employ these novel particles for theranostic drug distribution and efficacy evaluations.

  4. Synthesis of novel core-shell structured dual-mesoporous silica nanospheres and their application for enhancing the dissolution rate of poorly water-soluble drugs

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    Wu, Chao, E-mail: wuchao27@126.com [Department of Pharmaceutics, Liaoning Medical University, 40 Songpo Road, Linghe District, Jinzhou, Liaoning Province 121001 (China); Sun, Xiaohu [Management Center for Experiments, Bohai University, 19 Keji Road, Songshan District, Jinzhou, Liaoning Province 121000 (China); Zhao, Zongzhe; Zhao, Ying; Hao, Yanna; Liu, Ying [Department of Pharmaceutics, Liaoning Medical University, 40 Songpo Road, Linghe District, Jinzhou, Liaoning Province 121001 (China); Gao, Yu, E-mail: gaoyu_1116@163.com [Department of Medical Oncology, First Affiliated Hospital of Liaoning Medical University, 40 Songpo Road, Linghe District, Jinzhou, Liaoning Province 121001 (China)

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    Novel core-shell dual-mesoporous silica nanospheres (DMSS) with a tunable pore size were synthesized successfully using a styrene monomer as a channel template for the core and cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as a channel template for the shell in order to improve the dissolution rate of poorly water-soluble drugs. Simvastatin was used as a model drug and loaded into DMSS and the mesoporous core without the shell (MSC) by the solvent evaporation method. The drug loading efficiency of DMSS and MSC were determined by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and ultraviolet spectroscopy (UV). Characterization, using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen adsorption, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) showed that simvastatin adsorbed in DMSS and MSC was in an amorphous state, and in vitro release test results demonstrated that both DMSS and MSC increased the water solubility and dissolution rate of simvastatin. The shell structure of DMSS was able to regulate the release of simvastatin compared with MSC. It is worth noting that DMSS has significant potential as a carrier for improving the dissolution of poorly water-soluble drugs and reducing the rapid release. - Highlights: • A novel core-shell DMSS is prepared for improving the dissolution rate of simvastatin. • The diffusional resistance of the mesoporous shell can delay and regulate drug release. • Simvastatin absorbed in DMSS exists in amorphous form due to spatial confinement.

  5. Shell

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    Harper, Catherine

    2006-01-01

    Susie MacMurray's Shell installation manifests in Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, like some pulsing exotica, a heavily-textured wall-paper, darkly decorative, heavily luxurious, broodingly present, with more than a hint of the uncanny or the gothic. A remarkable undertaking by an artist of significance, this work's life-span will be just one year, and then it will disappear, leaving no physical trace, but undoubtedly contributing in a much less tangible way to an already rich layering of n...

  6. Enhancement of Alkaline Protease Activity and Stability via Covalent Immobilization onto Hollow Core-Mesoporous Shell Silica Nanospheres

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    Abdelnasser Salah Shebl Ibrahim

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The stability and reusability of soluble enzymes are of major concerns, which limit their industrial applications. Herein, alkaline protease from Bacillus sp. NPST-AK15 was immobilized onto hollow core-mesoporous shell silica (HCMSS nanospheres. Subsequently, the properties of immobilized proteases were evaluated. Non-, ethane- and amino-functionalized HCMSS nanospheres were synthesized and characterized. NPST-AK15 was immobilized onto the synthesized nano-supports by physical and covalent immobilization approaches. However, protease immobilization by covalent attachment onto the activated HCMSS–NH2 nanospheres showed highest immobilization yield (75.6% and loading capacity (88.1 μg protein/mg carrier and was applied in the further studies. In comparison to free enzyme, the covalently immobilized protease exhibited a slight shift in the optimal pH from 10.5 to 11.0, respectively. The optimum temperature for catalytic activity of both free and immobilized enzyme was seen at 60 °C. However, while the free enzyme was completely inactivated when treated at 60 °C for 1 h the immobilized enzyme still retained 63.6% of its initial activity. The immobilized protease showed higher Vmax, kcat and kcat/Km, than soluble enzyme by 1.6-, 1.6- and 2.4-fold, respectively. In addition, the immobilized protease affinity to the substrate increased by about 1.5-fold. Furthermore, the enzyme stability in various organic solvents was significantly enhanced upon immobilization. Interestingly, the immobilized enzyme exhibited much higher stability in several commercial detergents including OMO, Tide, Ariel, Bonux and Xra by up to 5.2-fold. Finally, the immobilized protease maintained significant catalytic efficiency for twelve consecutive reaction cycles. These results suggest the effectiveness of the developed nanobiocatalyst as a candidate for detergent formulation and peptide synthesis in non-aqueous media.

  7. Enhancement of Alkaline Protease Activity and Stability via Covalent Immobilization onto Hollow Core-Mesoporous Shell Silica Nanospheres.

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    Ibrahim, Abdelnasser Salah Shebl; Al-Salamah, Ali A; El-Toni, Ahmed M; Almaary, Khalid S; El-Tayeb, Mohamed A; Elbadawi, Yahya B; Antranikian, Garabed

    2016-01-29

    The stability and reusability of soluble enzymes are of major concerns, which limit their industrial applications. Herein, alkaline protease from Bacillus sp. NPST-AK15 was immobilized onto hollow core-mesoporous shell silica (HCMSS) nanospheres. Subsequently, the properties of immobilized proteases were evaluated. Non-, ethane- and amino-functionalized HCMSS nanospheres were synthesized and characterized. NPST-AK15 was immobilized onto the synthesized nano-supports by physical and covalent immobilization approaches. However, protease immobilization by covalent attachment onto the activated HCMSS-NH₂ nanospheres showed highest immobilization yield (75.6%) and loading capacity (88.1 μg protein/mg carrier) and was applied in the further studies. In comparison to free enzyme, the covalently immobilized protease exhibited a slight shift in the optimal pH from 10.5 to 11.0, respectively. The optimum temperature for catalytic activity of both free and immobilized enzyme was seen at 60 °C. However, while the free enzyme was completely inactivated when treated at 60 °C for 1 h the immobilized enzyme still retained 63.6% of its initial activity. The immobilized protease showed higher V(max), k(cat) and k(cat)/K(m), than soluble enzyme by 1.6-, 1.6- and 2.4-fold, respectively. In addition, the immobilized protease affinity to the substrate increased by about 1.5-fold. Furthermore, the enzyme stability in various organic solvents was significantly enhanced upon immobilization. Interestingly, the immobilized enzyme exhibited much higher stability in several commercial detergents including OMO, Tide, Ariel, Bonux and Xra by up to 5.2-fold. Finally, the immobilized protease maintained significant catalytic efficiency for twelve consecutive reaction cycles. These results suggest the effectiveness of the developed nanobiocatalyst as a candidate for detergent formulation and peptide synthesis in non-aqueous media.

  8. A new N-hydroxyethyliminodiacetic acid modified core-shell silica phase for chelation ion chromatography of alkaline earth, transition and rare earth elements.

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    McGillicuddy, Nicola; Nesterenko, Ekaterina P; Nesterenko, Pavel N; Stack, Elaine M; Omamogho, Jesse O; Glennon, Jeremy D; Paull, Brett

    2013-12-20

    Bare core-shell silica (1.7μm) has been modified with iminodiacetic acid functional groups via standard silane chemistry, forming a new N-hydroxyethyliminodiacetic acid (HEIDA) functionalised core-shell stationary phase. The column was applied in high-performance chelation ion chromatography and evaluated for the retention of alkaline earth, transition and heavy metal cations. The influence of nitric acid eluent concentration, addition of complexing agent dipicolinic acid, eluent pH and column temperature on the column performance was investigated. The efficiencies obtained for transition and heavy metal cations (and resultant separations) were comparable or better than those previously obtained for alternative fully porous silica based chelation stationary phases, and a similarly modified monolithic silica column, ranging from ∼15 to 56μm HETP. Increasing the ionic strength of the eluent with the addition of KNO3 (0.75M) and increasing the column temperature (70°C) facilitated the isocratic separation of a mixture of 14 lanthanides and yttrium in under 12min, with HETP averaging 18μm (7μm for Ce(III)). Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. The LCPDI: A Compact and Robust Phase-Shifting Point-Diffraction Interferometer Based on Dye-Doped LC Technology

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    Marshall, K.L.; Adelsberger, K.; Myhre, G.; Griffin, D.W.

    2006-08-18

    Point-diffraction interferometers, by design, are much less sensitive to environmental disturbances than dual-path interferometers, but, until very recently, have not been capable of phase shifting. The liquid crystal point diffraction interferometer (LCPDI) utilizes a dye-doped, liquid crystal (LC), electro-optical device that functions as both the point-diffraction source and the phase-shifting element, yielding a phase-shifting diagnostic device that is significantly more compact and robust while also using fewer optical elements than conventional dual-path interferometers. These attributes make the LCPDI of special interest for diagnostic applications in the scientific, commercial, military, and industrial sectors, where vibration insensitivity, power requirements, size, weight, and cost are critical issues.

  10. Far-Field Patterns from Dye-Doped Planar-Aligned Nematic Liquid Crystals Under nanosecond Laser Irradiation

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    Lukishova, S.G.; Lepeshkin, N.; Boyd, R.W.; Marshall, K.L.

    2006-08-18

    High-definition patterns were observed under 10-Hz-pulse-repetition-rate, nanosecond laser irradiation of azodye-doped planar-nematic liquid crystal layers at incident intensities I ~ 5-10 MW/cm^2 in a single beam configuration and without any feedback involved. An incident polarization parallel to the nematic director was used. Under periodic pulsed laser irradiation, far-field beam patterns at the output of a dye-doped liquid crystal layer changed kaleidoscopically from rings and stripes to multiple hexagons. This pattern-formation regime had a buildup time of several seconds to minutes. We explain the observed effect by diffraction of the laser beam on light-induced micrometer-size inhomogeneities inside the liquid crystal layer with absorption and refraction properties different from the surrounding area. Possible mechanisms of the formation of the inhomogeneities are discussed.

  11. Random lasing from dye-doped negative liquid crystals using ZnO nanoparticles as tunable scatters

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    Li, Long-Wu; Shang, Zhen-Zhen; Deng, Luogen

    2016-09-01

    This work demonstrates the realization of a lasing in scattering media, which contains dispersive solution of ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) and laser dye 4-dicyanomethylene-2-methyle-6-(p-dimethylaminostyryl)-4H-pyran(DCM) in negative liquid crystals (LCs) that was injected into a cell. The lasing intensity of the dye-doped negative LC laser can be tuned from low to high if the NPs concentration is increased. The tunability of the laser is attributable to the clusters-sensitive feature in effective refractive index of the negative LCs. Such a tunable negative liquid crystal laser can be used in the fabrication of new optical sources, optical communication, and liquid crystal laser displays. Project supported by the Doctoral Science Research Start-up Funding of Guizhou Normal University, China (Grant No. 11904-0514162) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11474021).

  12. Self-healing properties of 1-amino, 2,4-dibromo anthraquinone dye doped in PMMA polymer

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    Dhakal, Prabodh

    2016-01-01

    We used fluorescence spectroscopic measurements as a probe to study the self-healing properties of anthraquinone derivative molecules doped in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). 2,4-dibromo anthraquinone dye doped in PMMA recovers after photodegradation. Its dynamics differs from other anthraquinone derivative molecules. This could be due to the relatively heavier bromine atom attached to one of the carbon atoms of the benzene ring. In this paper, we will discuss the self-healing properties of 2,4-dibromo anthraquinone doped in PMMA matrix. We also tested the correlated chromophore domain model (CCrDM) and have characterized the self-healing properties by determining the CCrDM parameters. We also estimated the self-absorption of fluorescence signal by the dye molecule without which the analysis of the self-recovery of the molecule would be incomplete.

  13. Novel hydrophobic associated polymer based nano-silica composite with core–shell structure for intelligent drilling fluid under ultra-high temperature and ultra-high pressure

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    Hui Mao

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Micro-nano-based drilling fluid has attracted a strong interest due to its attractive properties, and micro-nano composite materials have great potential for developing intelligent drilling fluid. In this study a novel hydrophobic associated polymer based nano-silica composite with core–shell structure was prepared and characterized by PSD, SEM, TEM and ESEM. The results showed that the composite, as a micro-nano drilling fluid additive, possessed excellent properties such as thermal stability, rheology, fluid loss and lubricity. Especially, it could plug the formation effectively and improve the pressure bearing capability of formation significantly.

  14. Synthesis of novel core-shell structured dual-mesoporous silica nanospheres and their application for enhancing the dissolution rate of poorly water-soluble drugs.

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    Wu, Chao; Sun, Xiaohu; Zhao, Zongzhe; Zhao, Ying; Hao, Yanna; Liu, Ying; Gao, Yu

    2014-11-01

    Novel core-shell dual-mesoporous silica nanospheres (DMSS) with a tunable pore size were synthesized successfully using a styrene monomer as a channel template for the core and cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as a channel template for the shell in order to improve the dissolution rate of poorly water-soluble drugs. Simvastatin was used as a model drug and loaded into DMSS and the mesoporous core without the shell (MSC) by the solvent evaporation method. The drug loading efficiency of DMSS and MSC were determined by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and ultraviolet spectroscopy (UV). Characterization, using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen adsorption, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) showed that simvastatin adsorbed in DMSS and MSC was in an amorphous state, and in vitro release test results demonstrated that both DMSS and MSC increased the water solubility and dissolution rate of simvastatin. The shell structure of DMSS was able to regulate the release of simvastatin compared with MSC. It is worth noting that DMSS has significant potential as a carrier for improving the dissolution of poorly water-soluble drugs and reducing the rapid release.

  15. Effect of Paclitaxel-Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles with a Core-Shell Structure on the Human Lung Cancer Cell Line A549

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    Wang, Tieliang; Liu, Ying; Wu, Chao

    2017-01-01

    A nanodrug delivery system of paclitaxel-mesoporous silica nanoparticles with a core-shell structure (PAC-csMSN) was used to increase the dissolution of paclitaxel (PAC) and improve its treatment of lung cancer. PAC was loaded into the core-shell mesoporous silica nanoparticles (csMSN) by the adsorption equilibrium method and was in an amorphous state in terms of its mesoporous structure. In vitro and in vivo studies showed that csMSN increased the dissolution rate of PAC and improved its lung absorption. The area under concentration-time curve (AUC) value of PAC-csMSN used for pulmonary delivery in rabbits was 2.678-fold higher than that obtained with the PAC. After continuous administration for 3 days, a lung biopsy showed no signs of inflammation. Cell apoptosis results obtained by flow cytometry indicated that PAC-csMSN was more potent than pure PAC in promoting cell apoptosis. An absorption investigation of PAC-csMSN in A549 cells was carried out by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM). The obtained results indicated that the cellular uptake was time-dependent and csMSN was uptaken into the cytoplasm. All these results demonstrate that csMSN have the potential to achieve pulmonary inhalation administration of poorly water-soluble drugs for the treatment of lung cancer.

  16. A comparative study of non-covalent encapsulation methods for organic dyes into silica nanoparticles

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    Full Text Available Abstract Numerous luminophores may be encapsulated into silica nanoparticles (< 100 nm using the reverse microemulsion process. Nevertheless, the behaviour and effect of such luminescent molecules appear to have been much less studied and may possibly prevent the encapsulation process from occurring. Such nanospheres represent attractive nanoplatforms for the development of biotargeted biocompatible luminescent tracers. Physical and chemical properties of the encapsulated molecules may be affected by the nanomatrix. This study examines the synthesis of different types of dispersed silica nanoparticles, the ability of the selected luminophores towards incorporation into the silica matrix of those nanoobjects as well as the photophysical properties of the produced dye-doped silica nanoparticles. The nanoparticles present mean diameters between 40 and 60 nm as shown by TEM analysis. Mainly, the photophysical characteristics of the dyes are retained upon their encapsulation into the silica matrix, leading to fluorescent silica nanoparticles. This feature article surveys recent research progress on the fabrication strategies of these dye-doped silica nanoparticles.

  17. Adsorption of Pb(II) using silica gel composite from rice husk ash modified 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES)-activated carbon from coconut shell

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    Yusmaniar, Purwanto, Agung; Putri, Elfriyana Awalita; Rosyidah, Dzakiyyatur

    2017-03-01

    Silica gel modified by 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) was synthesized from rice husk ash combined with activated carbon from coconut shell yielded the composite adsorbent. The composite was characterized by Fourier Transform Infra Red spectroscopy (FT-IR), Electron Dispersive X-Ray (EDX), Surface Area Analyzer (SAA) and adsorption test by Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS). This composite adsorbent has been used moderately for the removal of lead ions from metal solutions and compared with silica gel modified APTES and activated carbon. The adsorption experiments of Pb -ions by adsorbents were performed at different pH and contact time with the same metal solutions concentration, volume solution, and adsorbent dosage. The optimum pH for the adsorption was found to be 5.0 and the equilibrium was achieved for Pb with 20 min of contact time. Pb ions adsorption by composite silica gel modified APTES-activated carbon followed by Langmuir isotherm model with qmax value of 46.9483 mg/g that proved an adsorbent mechanism consistent to the mechanism of monolayer formation.

  18. Core-shell magnetite-silica composite nanoparticles enhancing DNA damage induced by a photoactive platinum-diimine complex in red light.

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    Zhang, Zhigang; Chai, Aiyun

    2012-12-01

    Lack of solubility under physiological conditions poses an additional risk for toxicity and side effects for intravenous delivery of the photodynamic therapeutic agent in vivo. Employing magnetite-silica composite nanoparticles as carriers of the photodynamic therapeutic agents may be a promising way to solve the problem. In this study, core-shell magnetite-silica composite nanoparticles were prepared by a sol-gel method, and characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering, then they were used as carriers of a photoactive platinum diimine complex. The interactions of the photosensitizer-loaded magnetic composite nanoparticles with DNA in red light were monitored by agarose-gel electrophoresis. The results suggest that high doses of magnetite-silica composite nanoparticles might facilitate the transformation of covalently closed circular (ccc)-DNA band to open circular (oc)-DNA band though they are harmless to DNA at their low concentrations, therefore enhancing the extent of DNA damage caused by the metal complex in red light.

  19. Enhanced bio-compatibility of ferrofluids of self-assembled superparamagnetic iron oxide-silica core-shell nanoparticles

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    -interacting, monodispersed and hence the synthesis of such nanostructures has great relevance in the realm of nanoscience. Silica-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles based ferrofluids were prepared using polyethylene glycol as carrier fluid by employing a...

  20. Multimodal near-infrared-emitting PluS Silica nanoparticles with fluorescent, photoacoustic, and photothermal capabilities

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    Full Text Available Stefania Biffi,1 Luca Petrizza,2 Chiara Garrovo,1 Enrico Rampazzo,2 Laura Andolfi,3 Pierangela Giustetto,4 Ivaylo Nikolov,5 Gabor Kurdi,5 Miltcho Boyanov Danailov,5 Giorgio Zauli,1 Paola Secchiero,6 Luca Prodi2 1Institute for Maternal and Child Health – IRCCS “Burlo Garofolo”, Trieste, 2Department of Chemistry ‘‘G Ciamician’’, University of Bologna, Bologna, 3IOM-CNR TASC Laboratory, Basovizza, Trieste, 4Ephoran – Multi-Imaging Solutions, Bioindustry Park Silvano Fumero, Torino, 5Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, Trieste, 6Department of Morphology, Surgery and Experimental Medicine and LTTA Centre, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy Purpose: The aim of the present study was to develop nanoprobes with theranostic features, including – at the same time – photoacoustic, near-infrared (NIR optical imaging, and photothermal properties, in a versatile and stable core–shell silica-polyethylene glycol (PEG nanoparticle architecture. Materials and methods: We synthesized core–shell silica-PEG nanoparticles by a one-pot direct micelles approach. Fluorescence emission and photoacoustic and photothermal properties were obtained at the same time by appropriate doping with triethoxysilane-derivatized cyanine 5.5 (Cy5.5 and cyanine 7 (Cy7 dyes. The performances of these nanoprobes were measured in vitro, using nanoparticle suspensions in phosphate-buffered saline and blood, dedicated phantoms, and after incubation with MDA-MB-231 cells. Results: We obtained core–shell silica-PEG nanoparticles endowed with very high colloidal stability in water and in biological environment, with absorption and fluorescence emission in the NIR field. The presence of Cy5.5 and Cy7 dyes made it possible to reach a more reproducible and higher doping regime, producing fluorescence emission at a single excitation wavelength in two different channels, owing to the energy transfer processes within the nanoparticle. The nanoarchitecture and the presence of both

  1. Observation of applied voltage response of dye-doped liquid crystal by optical measurement of real and imaginary parts of complex refractive index

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    Sakamoto, Moritsugu; Bannai, Kenta; Noda, Kohei; Sasaki, Tomoyuki; Ono, Hiroshi

    2017-09-01

    The behavior of liquid crystal (LC) molecules and dye molecules in a dye-doped liquid crystal (DDLC) under a voltage application condition was quantitatively investigated. To observe the reorientation of these molecules, the real and imaginary parts of the complex refractive index were simultaneously and individually measured using an optical interferometer. The obtained results indicate that the alignment of dye molecules doped in DDLC occurs following the electrically responding LC molecules, near the Freedericksz transition region of LC.

  2. Laser oxidative pyrolysis synthesis and annealing of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles embedded in carbon–silica shells/matrix

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    Fleaca, C.T. [National Institute for Plasma, Laser and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, P.O. Box MG 36, R-077125 Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Physics Department, Independentei 313, Bucharest (Romania); Scarisoreanu, M., E-mail: monica.scarisoreanu@inflpr.ro [National Institute for Plasma, Laser and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, P.O. Box MG 36, R-077125 Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Morjan, I.; Luculescu, C.; Niculescu, A.-M.; Badoi, A. [National Institute for Plasma, Laser and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, P.O. Box MG 36, R-077125 Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Vasile, E. [“Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Department of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, Gh. Polizu 1-7, Bucharest (Romania); Kovacs, G. [“Babes-Boyai” University, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Arany Janos 11, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

    2015-05-01

    Highlights: • TiO{sub 2}-based nanocomposites were obtained by one-step laser oxidative pyrolysis. • Titania particles are surrounded by/embedded in carbon/silica shells/matrix. • They contain an anatase/rutile mixture with mean crystalline diameters up to 24 nm. • Their carbon content decreased with the increasing of introduced air coflow. • Their bandgap energy decreased due to the carbon incorporation. - Abstract: Titania nanoparticles containing a mixture of anatase and rutile phases (with mean crystalline sizes up to 24 nm) covered with/embedded in carbon/silica thin layers or matrix were obtained in a single step using laser oxidative pyrolysis. Titanium tetrachloride and hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) vapors were separately introduced into the reaction zone – both together with the laser-absorbing agent (sensitizer) ethylene – which acts also as carbon source – and the oxidant (air) – through the inner and the concentric nozzle, respectively. By increasing the air flow through the annular nozzle, while keeping constant the TiC{sub 4}, inner air, HMDSO and C{sub 2}H{sub 4} flows, the atomic carbon concentration as well as the rutile to anatase ratio in the resulted nanopowders decrease. A much brighter and extended flame was observed for the experiment involving the greatest air flow. The Ti/Si atomic ratio in the resulted nanocomposites was higher than that from the introduced precursors (1.8), indicating a partial siloxane conversion to silica. The annealed powders (at 450 °C to further carbon content reducing) exhibit a lower bandgap energy than those of the reference sample without silica (and also lower than the commercial Degussa P25 nano-TiO{sub 2})

  3. Magnetic core-shell fluorescent pH ratiometric nanosensor using a Stoeber coating method

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    Lapresta-Fernandez, A., E-mail: lapresta@ugr.es [Institute of Physical Chemistry, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Lessingstrasse 10, 07743 Jena (Germany); Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, centro mixto CSIC-Univ. Sevilla, Avda. Americo Vespucio 49, 41092 Sevilla (Spain); Doussineau, T. [Institute of Physical Chemistry, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Lessingstrasse 10, 07743 Jena (Germany); Universite Lyon 1, CNRS, UMR 5579, LASIM, F-69622 Villeurbanne (France); Moro, A.J. [Institute of Physical Chemistry, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Lessingstrasse 10, 07743 Jena (Germany); REQUIMTE, Departamento de Quimica, Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica (Portugal); Dutz, S. [Institute of Photonic Technology, Department of Nano Biophotonics, Jena (Germany); Steiniger, F. [Center for Electron Microscopy of the Medical Faculty, Jena (Germany); Mohr, G.J. [Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies, Department of Polytronic Systems, Workgroup Sensor Materials, Josef-Engert-Strasse 13, D-93053 Regensburg (Germany)

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    parameters as saturation magnetization (M{sub s}), coercivity (H{sub c}), and remanent magnetization (M{sub r}). The dual-dye doped magnetic-silica nanoparticles showed a satisfactory magnetization that could be suitable for nanoparticle separation and localized concentration of them. Changes in fluorescence intensity of the pH indicator in the different pH buffered solutions were observed within few seconds indicating an easy accessibility of the embedded dye by protons through the pores of the silica shell. The relationship between the ratio in fluorescence (sensor/reference dyes) and pH was adjusted to a sigmoidal fit using a Boltzmann type equation. Finally, the proposed method was statistically validated against a reference procedure using samples of water and physiological buffer with 2% (w/v) of horse serum added, indicating that there are no significant statistical differences at a 95% confidence level.

  4. "Elastic" property of mesoporous silica shell: for dynamic surface enhanced Raman scattering ability monitoring of growing noble metal nanostructures via a simplified spatially confined growth method.

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    Lin, Min; Wang, Yunqing; Sun, Xiuyan; Wang, Wenhai; Chen, Lingxin

    2015-04-15

    The Raman enhancing ability of noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) is an important factor for surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate screening, which is generally evaluated by simply mixing as-prepared NPs with Raman reporters for Raman signal measurements. This method usually leads to incredible results because of the NP surface coverage nonuniformity and reporter-induced NP aggregation. Moreover, it cannot realize in situ, continuous SERS characterization. Herein, we proposed a dynamic SERS monitoring strategy for NPs with precisely tuned structures based on a simplified spatially confined NP growth method. Gold nanorod (AuNR) seed NPs were coated with a mesoporous silica (mSiO2) shell. The permeability of mSiO2 for both reactive species and Raman reporters rendered the silver overcoating reaction and SERS indication of NP growth. Additionally, the mSiO2 coating ensured monodisperse NP growth in a Raman reporter-rich reaction system. Moreover, "elastic" features of mSiO2 were observed for the first time, which is crucial for holding the growing NP without breakage. This feature makes the mSiO2 coating adhere to metal NPs throughout the growing process, providing a stable Raman reporter distribution microenvironment near the NPs and ensuring that the substrate's SERS ability comparison is accurate. Three types of NPs, i.e., core-shell Au@AgNR@mSiO2, Au@AuNR@mSiO2, and yolk-shell Au@void@AuNR@mSiO2 NPs, were synthesized via core-shell overgrowth and galvanic replacement methods, showing the versatility of the approach. The living cell SERS labeling ability of Au@AgNR@mSiO2-based tags was also demonstrated. This strategy addresses the problems of multiple batch NP preparation, aggregation, and surface adsorption differentiation, which is a breakthrough for the dynamic comparison of SERS ability of metal NPs with precisely tuned structures and optical properties.

  5. Light amplification at 501 nm and large nanosecond optical gain in organic dye-doped polymeric waveguides

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    Jordan, Grace; Flämmich, Michael; Rüther, Manuel; Kobayashi, Takeyuki; Blau, Werner J.; Suzuki, Yasuhiro; Kaino, Toshikuni

    2006-04-01

    We report on the results of a gain measurement on a substituted stilbene-dye-doped polymer waveguide operating in the blue-green spectral region. By monitoring amplified spontaneous emission from the waveguides under nanosecond photopumping, we deduced net modal gain as large as 84±6cm-1 at 501nm, the peak of the gain spectrum, when pumped with a fluence of 1.1mJ/cm2. Moreover, the effective stimulated emission cross section of 2.7×10-16cm2 and the loss coefficient of 0.3cm-1 at 501nm are extracted. The transparency pump fluence and the corresponding excited state population density are found to be 17μJ/cm2 and 8.8×1015cm-3 which is approximately 0.1% of total population, respectively. Comparison is made with other organic and inorganic gain media operating in the short wavelength (violet-green) region of the spectrum. We demonstrate that small-molecule-doped polymers show large gain, comparable with those in conjugated polymers and dendrimers.

  6. Random lasing and reversible photodegradation in disperse orange 11 dye-doped PMMA with dispersed ZrO2 nanoparticles

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    Anderson, Benjamin R.; Gunawidjaja, Ray; Eilers, Hergen

    2016-01-01

    We report the observation of intensity feedback random lasing at 645 nm in disperse orange 11 dye-doped PMMA (DO11/PMMA) with dispersed ZrO2 nanoparticles (NPs). The lasing threshold is found to increase with concentration, with the lasing threshold for 0.1 wt% being 75.8 ± 9.4 MW cm-2 and the lasing threshold for 0.5 wt% being 121.1 ± 2.1 MW cm-2, with the linewidth for both concentrations found to be ≈10 nm. We also consider the material’s photostability and find that it displays fully reversible photodegradation with the photostability and recovery rate being greater than previously observed for DO11/PMMA without NPs. This enhancement in photostability and recovery rate is found to be explicable by the modified correlated chromophore domain model, with the NPs resulting in the domain free energy advantage increasing from 0.29 eV to 0.41 eV. Additionally, the molecular decay and recovery rates are found to be in agreement with previous measurements of DO11/PMMA (Ramini et al 2013 Polym. Chem. 4 4938). These results present new avenues for the development of robust photodegradation-resistant organic dye-based optical devices.

  7. Bichromatic coherent random lasing from dye-doped polymer stabilized blue phase liquid crystals controlled by pump light polarization

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    Wang, Lei; Wang, Meng; Yang, Mingchao; Shi, Li-Jie; Deng, Luogen; Yang, Huai

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we investigate the bichromatic coherent random lasing actions from the dye-doped polymer stabilized blue phase liquid crystals. Two groups of lasing peaks, of which the full widith at half maximum is about 0.3 nm, are clearly observed. The shorter- and longer-wavelength modes are associated with the excitation of the single laser dye (DCM) monomers and dimers respectively. The experimental results show that the competition between the two groups of the lasing peaks can be controlled by varying the polarization of the pump light. When the polarization of the pump light is rotated from 0° to 90°, the intensity of the shorter-wavelength lasing peak group reduces while the intensity of the longer-wavelength lasing peak group increases. In addition, a red shift of the longer-wavelength modes is also observed and the physical mechanisms behind the red-shift phenomenon are discussed. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11474021 and 51333001), the Key Program for International S&T Cooperation Projects of China (Grant No. 2013DFB50340), the Issues of Priority Development Areas of the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20120001130005), and the Key (Key Grant) Project of Chinese Ministry of Education (Grant No. 313002).

  8. Random Lasing and Reversible Photodegradation in Disperse Orange 11 Dye-Doped PMMA with Dispersed ZrO$_2$ Nanoparticles

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    Anderson, Benjamin R; Eilers, Hergen

    2016-01-01

    We report the observation of intensity feedback random lasing at 645 nm in Disperse Orange 11 dye-doped PMMA (DO11/PMMA) with dispersed ZrO$_2$ nanoparticles (NPs). The lasing threshold is found to increase with concentration, with the lasing threshold for 0.1 wt\\% being $75.8 \\pm 9.4$ MW/cm$^2$ and the lasing threshold for 0.5 wt\\% being $121.1 \\pm 2.1$ MW/cm$^2$, with the linewidth for both concentrations found to be $\\approx 10$ nm. We also consider the material's photostability and find that it displays fully reversible photodegradation with the photostability and recovery rate being greater than previously observed for DO11/PMMA without NPs. This enhancement in photostability and recovery rate is found to be explicable by the modified correlated chromophore domain model, with the NPs resulting in the domain free energy advantage increasing from 0.29 eV to 0.41 eV. Additionally, the molecular decay and recovery rates are found to be in agreement with previous measurements of DO11/PMMA [Polymer Chemistry \\...

  9. Synthesis and characterization of Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ nanocrystals and tuning of phase by controlling of silica shell thickness

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    Yu, Ri; Pee, Jae-Hwan; Kim, Hyeong-Jun; Kim, YooJin

    2014-11-01

    In this paper is reported the synthesis and characterization of ZnO@Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ and Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ using ZnO@SiO2 nano spheres. The SiO2-shell thickness of the nano sphere was controlled 20 to 60 nm, and was controlled by selecting the reaction time of the Stöber method. The Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ as a glaze was prepared by addition of Mn2+ precursor the ZnO@SiO2 core-shell and then reacted in aqueous solution. Finally, the reactant was annealed at 1000°C so that Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ particles were obtained. The influences of the Zn/Si volume ratio on the PL (photoluminescence) properties of Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ were tunable by control the silica thickness of the ZnO core. The structure, morphology and luminescent property of the synthesized samples were determined by XRD (x-ray diffraction), TEM (transmission electron microscopy) and PL (photoluminescence). [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  10. Laser oxidative pyrolysis synthesis and annealing of TiO2 nanoparticles embedded in carbon-silica shells/matrix

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    Fleaca, C. T.; Scarisoreanu, M.; Morjan, I.; Luculescu, C.; Niculescu, A.-M.; Badoi, A.; Vasile, E.; Kovacs, G.

    2015-05-01

    Titania nanoparticles containing a mixture of anatase and rutile phases (with mean crystalline sizes up to 24 nm) covered with/embedded in carbon/silica thin layers or matrix were obtained in a single step using laser oxidative pyrolysis. Titanium tetrachloride and hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) vapors were separately introduced into the reaction zone - both together with the laser-absorbing agent (sensitizer) ethylene - which acts also as carbon source - and the oxidant (air) - through the inner and the concentric nozzle, respectively. By increasing the air flow through the annular nozzle, while keeping constant the TiC4, inner air, HMDSO and C2H4 flows, the atomic carbon concentration as well as the rutile to anatase ratio in the resulted nanopowders decrease. A much brighter and extended flame was observed for the experiment involving the greatest air flow. The Ti/Si atomic ratio in the resulted nanocomposites was higher than that from the introduced precursors (1.8), indicating a partial siloxane conversion to silica. The annealed powders (at 450 °C to further carbon content reducing) exhibit a lower bandgap energy than those of the reference sample without silica (and also lower than the commercial Degussa P25 nano-TiO2).

  11. Low-threshold and narrow linewidth diffusive random lasing in rhodamine 6G dye-doped polyurethane with dispersed ZrO_2 nanoparticles

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    Anderson, Benjamin R.; Gunawidjaja, Ray; Eilers, Hergen

    2014-10-01

    We report on low-threshold and narrow linewidth intensity feedback random lasing in Rhodamine 6G dye-doped polyurethane with dispersed ZrO$_2$ nanoparticles. Depending on the dye/particle concentration, the lasing threshold is (6.8--15.4) MW/cm$^2$ and the linewidth is (4--6) nm. The lasing threshold as a function of nanoparticle concentration is found to follow a power law with an exponent of $-0.496 \\pm 0.010$, which is within uncertainty of Burin et al.'s theoretical prediction [Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 215503 (2001)].

  12. Low-Threshold and Narrow Linewidth Diffusive Random Lasing in Rhodamine 6G Dye-Doped Polyurethane with Dispersed ZrO$_2$ Nanoparticles

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    Anderson, Benjamin R; Eilers, Hergen

    2015-01-01

    We report on low-threshold and narrow linewidth intensity feedback random lasing in Rhodamine 6G dye-doped polyurethane with dispersed ZrO$_2$ nanoparticles. Depending on the dye/particle concentration, the lasing threshold is (6.8--15.4) MW/cm$^2$ and the linewidth is (4--6) nm. The lasing threshold as a function of nanoparticle concentration is found to follow a power law with an exponent of $-0.496 \\pm 0.010$, which is within uncertainty of Burin et al.'s theoretical prediction [Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 215503 (2001)].

  13. Band-tunable color cone lasing emission based on dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystals with various pitches and a pitch gradient.

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    Lee, C-R; Lin, S-H; Yeh, H-C; Ji, T-D

    2009-12-07

    This study elucidates, for the first time, a novel band-tunable color cone lasing emission (CCLE) based on dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal (DDCLC) films with various pitches. For several CLC cells with different pitches it was shown experimentally that the lasing band on the CCLE can be tuned among various color regions measured within different angular ranges. Some important features of the tunable CCLE are also identified and discussed. A spatially band-tunable color cone laser, based on a single DDCLC with a gradient pitch, is developed as a real application.

  14. 复合纤维含量对精铸硅溶胶型壳强度及透气性的影响%Effect of composite fiber content on strength and breathability of silica sol shell for investment casting

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    芦刚; 毛蒲; 严青松; 纪超众; 饶文杰

    2015-01-01

    采用陶瓷和尼龙复合纤维增强熔模精铸硅溶胶型壳,通过测试与分析复合纤维增强硅溶胶型壳的常温及焙烧后强度和透气性,研究复合纤维含量对硅溶胶型壳强度和透气性的影响规律,确定复合纤维含量与焙烧温度和型壳强度的关系,并通过 SEM 对型壳试样断口形貌进行观察和分析。结果表明:复合纤维对硅溶胶型壳强度和透气性的影响显著,当复合纤维含量小于0.6%(质量分数)时,硅溶胶型壳强度和透气性同时增大;当复合纤维含量大于0.6%时,型壳常温及焙烧后强度开始减小,焙烧后基体中孔隙率增加,型壳透气性继续增大;当复合纤维含量为0.6%、焙烧温度为1050℃时,型壳焙烧后强度达到最大值。%Ceramic and nylon composite fibers were used to enhance silica sol shell of investment casting. The effects of composite fiber content on the strength and breathability of silica sol shell were studied by testing and analyzing the green and fired strength and breathability. Meanwhile, the relationships among composite fiber content and firing temperature and fired strength of shell were established. The fracture appearances of shell specimens were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results indicate that the effect of composite fibers on strength and breathability of silica sol shell is obvious. When composite fiber content is less than 0.6% (mass fraction), the strength and permeability of silica sol shell both increase. When composite fiber content is more than 0.6%, the green strength and fired strength of fiber-reinforced shell decrease firstly, and the matrix porosity increases, the shell breathability continues to increase; When the composite fiber content is 0.6% and firing temperature is 1050℃, the fired strength reaches maximum value.

  15. Preparation of organic/inorganic hybrid and hollow particles by catalytic deposition of silica onto core/shell heterocoagulates modified with poly[2-(N,N-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate].

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    Taniguchi, Tatsuo; Obi, Shun; Kamata, Yoshitada; Kashiwakura, Takuya; Kasuya, Masakatsu; Ogawa, Tatsuya; Kohri, Michinari; Nakahira, Takayuki

    2012-02-15

    The organic/inorganic hybrid particles PSt/P(St-CPEM)(θ)-g-PDMAEMA/SiO(2) were prepared by catalytic hydrolysis and subsequent polycondensation of tetraethoxysilane in the poly[2-(N,N-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] (PDMAEMA) layers grafted on the PSt/P(St-CPEM)(θ) core/shell heterocoagulates. The micron-sized PSt core and the submicron-sized P(St-CPEM) shell particles bearing ATRP initiating groups were synthesized by dispersion polymerization of styrene (St) and emulsifier-free emulsion polymerization of St with 2-chloropropionyloxyethyl methacrylate (CPEM), respectively. The raspberry-shaped PSt/P(St-CPEM)(θ) heterocoagulates with a controlled surface coverage (θ=0.51, 0.81) were prepared by hydrophobic coagulation between the core and the shell particles in an aqueous NaCl solution near the T(g) of P(St-CPEM). Surface modification of heterocoagulates was carried out by ATRP of DMAEMA from the shell particles adsorbed on the core particles. Silica deposition was performed by simply adding tetraethoxysilane to a water/methanol dispersion of PSt/P(St-CPEM)(θ)-g-PDMAEMA. The SEM and TGA revealed that the resulting PSt/P(St-CPEM)(θ)-g-PDMAEMA/SiO(2) composites maintain a raspberry-like morphology after deposition of silica onto the PDMAEMA layer grafted on heterocoagulates. The micron-sized, raspberry-shaped or the submicron-sized, hole-structured silica hollow particles were obtained selectively by thermal decomposition of the PSt/P(St-CPEM)(θ)-g-PDMAEMA/SiO(2). The oriented particle array was fabricated by dropping anisotropically perforated silica particles onto a glass substrate settled at the bottom of a bottle filled with chloroform.

  16. Synthesis of well-defined structurally silica-nonlinear polymer core-shell nanoparticles via the surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization

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    Chen, Jiucun; Hu, Min; Zhu, Wendong; Li, Yaping

    2011-05-01

    We report on the synthesis of the well-defined structurally silica-nonlinear polymer core-shell nanoparticles via the surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization. At first, 3-(2-bromoisobutyramido)propyl(triethoxy)-silane (the ATRP initiator) was prepared by the reaction of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane with 2-bromoisobutyryl bromide. The ATRP initiator was covalently attached onto the nanosilica surface. The subsequent ATRP of HEMA from the initiator-attached SiO 2 surface was carried out in order to afforded functional nanoparticles bearing a hydroxyl moiety at the chain end, SiO 2-g-PHEMA-Br. The esterification reaction of pendent hydroxyl moieties of PHEMA segment with 2-bromoisobutyryl bromide afforded the SiO 2-based multifunctional initiator, SiO 2-g-PHEMA(-Br)-Br, bearing one bromine moiety on each monomer repeating unit within the PHEMA segment. Finally, the synthesis of SiO 2-g-PHEMA(-g-PSt)-b-PSt was accomplished by the ATRP of St monomer using SiO 2-g-PHEMA(-Br)-Br as multifunctional initiator. These organic/inorganic hybrid materials have been extensively characterized by FT-IR, XPS, TG, and TEM.

  17. Development of novel core-shell dual-mesoporous silica nanoparticles for the production of high bioavailable controlled-release fenofibrate tablets.

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    Zhao, Zongzhe; Gao, Yu; Wu, Chao; Hao, Yanna; Zhao, Ying; Xu, Jie

    2016-01-01

    Novel core-shell dual-mesoporous silica nanoparticles (DMSN) were successfully prepared as a carrier in order to improve the dissolution of fenofibrate and obtain an oral highly bioavailable controlled-release drug delivery system using the osmotic pump technology. Fenofibrate was loaded into DMSN by an adsorption method. The solid state properties of fenofibrate in DMSN, before and after drug loading, were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen adsorption/desorption analysis (BET), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). In vitro release tests showed that DMSN increased the dissolution rate of fenofibrate and produced zero-order release in push-pull osmotic pump tablets (OPT). The relative bioavailability of OPT was 186.9% in comparison with the commercial reference product. In summary, osmotic pump technology in combination with solid dispersion technology involving nanometer materials is a promising way for achieving the oral delivery of poorly water-soluble drugs.

  18. Amperometric glucose sensor based on enhanced catalytic reduction of oxygen using glucose oxidase adsorbed onto core-shell Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-silica-Au magnetic nanoparticles

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    Wang Aijun [College of Geography and Environmental Science, College of Chemistry and Life Science, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Key Laboratory of Green Chemical Media and Reactions, Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang 453007 (China); Li Yongfang [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan Institute of Science and Technology, Xinxiang 453003 (China); Li Zhonghua [Key Laboratory of Green Chemical Media and Reactions, Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang 453007 (China); Feng Jiuju, E-mail: jjfengnju@gmail.com [College of Geography and Environmental Science, College of Chemistry and Life Science, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Key Laboratory of Green Chemical Media and Reactions, Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang 453007 (China); Sun Yanli [Key Laboratory of Green Chemical Media and Reactions, Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang 453007 (China); Chen Jianrong [College of Geography and Environmental Science, College of Chemistry and Life Science, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China)

    2012-08-01

    Monodisperse Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared under facile solvothermal conditions and successively functionalized with silica and Au to form core/shell Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-silica-Au NPs. Furthermore, the samples were used as matrix to construct a glucose sensor based on glucose oxidase (GOD). The immobilized GOD retained its bioactivity with high protein load of 3.92 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -9} mol{center_dot}cm{sup -2}, and exhibited a surface-controlled quasi-reversible redox reaction, with a fast heterogeneous electron transfer rate of 7.98 {+-} 0.6 s{sup -1}. The glucose biosensor showed a broad linear range up to 3.97 mM with high sensitivity of 62.45 {mu}A{center_dot}mM{sup -1} cm{sup -2} and fast response (less than 5 s). - Graphical abstract: Core-shell structured Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-silica-Au nanoparticles were prepared and used as matrix to construct an amperometric glucose sensor based on glucose oxidase, which showed broad linear range, high sensitivity, and fast response. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis of monodispersed Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fabrication of core/shell Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-silica-Au nanoparticles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Construction of a novel glucose sensor with wide linear range, high sensitivity and fast response.

  19. Study of Molecular Conformation and Activity-Related Properties of Lipase Immobilized onto Core-Shell Structured Polyacrylic Acid-Coated Magnetic Silica Nanocomposite Particles.

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    Esmaeilnejad-Ahranjani, Parvaneh; Kazemeini, Mohammad; Singh, Gurvinder; Arpanaei, Ayyoob

    2016-04-01

    A facile approach for the preparation of core-shell structured poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)-coated Fe3O4 cluster@SiO2 nanocomposite particles as the support materials for the lipase immobilization is reported. Low- or high-molecular-weight (1800 and 100,000, respectively) PAA molecules were covalently attached onto the surface of amine-functionalized magnetic silica nanoacomposite particles. The successful preparation of particles were verified by scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), zeta potential measurement, and Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) techniques. Once lipase is covalently immobilized onto the particles with an average diameter of 210 ± 50 nm, resulting from high binding sites concentrations on the low- and high-molecular-weight PAA-coated particles, high lipase immobilization efficiencies (86.2% and 89.9%, respectively), and loading capacities (786 and 816 mg g(-1), respectively) are obtained. Results from circular dichroism (CD) analysis and catalytic activity tests reveal an increase in the β-sheet content of lipase molecules upon immobilization, along with an enhancement in their activities and stabilities. The lipases immobilized onto the low- and high-molecular-weight PAA-coated particles show maximum activities at 55 and 50 °C, respectively, which are ∼28% and ∼15% higher than that of the free lipase at its own optimum temperature (40 °C), respectively. The immobilized lipases exhibit excellent performance at broader temperature and pH ranges and high thermal and storage stabilities, as well as superior reusability. These prepared magnetic nanocomposite particles can be offered as suitable support materials for efficient immobilization of enzymes and improvement of the immobilized enzymes properties.

  20. New chrysin-functionalized silica-core shell magnetic nanoparticles for the magnetic solid phase extraction of copper ions from water samples.

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    Abd Ali, Layth Imad; Ibrahim, Wan Aini Wan; Sulaiman, Azli; Kamboh, Muhammad Afzal; Sanagi, Mohd Marsin

    2016-01-01

    This study describes the synthesis, characterization and application of a new chrysin-based silica core-shell magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4@SiO2-N-chrysin) as an adsorbent for the preconcentration of Cu(II) from aqueous environment. The morphology, thermal stability and magnetic property of Fe3O4@SiO2-N-chrysin were analyzed using FTIR, FESEM, TEM, XRD, thermal analysis and VSM. The extraction efficiency of Fe3O4@SiO2-N-chrysin was analyzed using the batch wise method with flame atomic absorption spectrometry. Parameters such as the pH, the sample volume, the adsorption-desorption time, the concentration of the desorption solvent, the desorption volume, the interference effects and the regeneration of the adsorbent were optimized. It was determined that Cu(II) adsorption is highly pH-dependent, and a high recovery (98%) was achieved at a pH 6. The limit of detection (S/N=3), the limit of quantification (S/N=10), the preconcentration factor and the relative standard deviation for Cu(II) extraction were 0.3 ng mL(-1), 1 ng mL(-1), 100 and 1.9% (concentration=30 ng mL(-1), n=7), respectively. Excellent relative recoveries of 97-104% (%RSD<3.12) were achieved from samples from a spiked river, a lake and tap water. The MSPE method was also validated using certified reference materials SLRS-5 with good recovery (92.53%).

  1. Optimization of lasing in an inverted-opal titania photonic crystal cavity as an organic solid-state dye-doped laser.

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    Zhang, Dingke; Chen, Shijian; Jiang, Maohua; Ye, Lijuan

    2014-11-10

    Lasing performance of a dye-doped laser by encapsulating orange fluorescent dye 4-(Dicyanomethylene)-2-methyl-6-(4-dimethylaminostyryl)-4H-pyran (DCM) with different concentrations in a highly ordered three-dimensional (3D) inverted-opal titania (TiO2) photonic crystal (PC) microcavity was studied. The lasing threshold and laser quality were improved by optimizing the concentration of the laser dye DCM. When the concentration of DCM is optimized to 10-4  mol/l, the photoluminescence (PL) efficiency of DCM is sufficient to achieve lasing emission and meanwhile no fluorescence quantum quenching occurs. Therefore, the emission spectrum was greatly narrowed and the threshold was significantly improved, which reached 0.8  mJ pulse-1 cm-2. Our findings are promising results toward the realization of fabricating a highly efficient low-threshold organic laser.

  2. Synthesis and Spectroscopy of Silica Nanoparticles as Scatter Centers in Random Gain Porous Media

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    Firas J Kadhim; Baha TChiad; Nathera AAli; Jafer FOdah

    2015-01-01

    This work was carried out to synthesis a silica matrix by sol-gel technique,which used as host to Kiton Red laser dye doped with silica nanoparticles,which also prepared by sol-gel technique,to obtain KR-SiO2 nanoparticles confined in silica xerogel matrix.The rods at different pH values were successfully synthe-sized.The different values of pH cause different size of obtained nanoparticles,these nanoparticles act as scat-ter centers in the matrix.Amplified spontaneous emission (ASE),threshold pumping energy (Eth ),and mean free path (lt )for photons in the rods have been reported.the results show that the values of bandwidth at full width half-maximum (FWHM)and the threshold energy are about 8. 7 nm and 12 mJ respectively.

  3. Utilization of Snail (Achatina fulica Shell Waste for Synthesis of Calcium Tartrate Tetrahydrate (CaC4H4O6.4H2O Single Crystals in Silica Gel

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    Imam Sakdi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Snail (Achatina fulica shell waste is massively produced by many home industries in Indonesia, especially in East Java. The snail shell is known for high calcium; therefore it is potential to be used as calcium source of supernatant in the synthesis of piezoeletric material, such as single crystal of calcium tartrate tetrahydrate (CaTT. The aim of this research is to study the synthesis and characterization of CaTT or CaC4H4O6.4H2O from snail shell waste in silica gel. Supernatant solution of CaCl2 was prepared from CaO, which previously made by calcinating the shell at 1000°C, and then reacted with HCl 1,5M. Synthesis of CaTT was conducted in a single-tube reaction at room temperature in which silica gel was used as growth medium with gelling time of 10 days and growth time of 2 weeks. The pH of gel and CaCl2 concentration were varied, 3.00; 3.50; 4.00; 4.50; 5.00; and 0.27; 0.36; 0.45; 0.54 M respectively, in order to obtain optimum condition of the synthesis, which is indicated from crystal yields. The synthesized crystals were characterized by atomic adsorption spectrophotometry (AAS, infrared spectroscopy (IR and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD. Experimental data shows that optimum condition was obtained at pH of 3.50 and [CaCl2] of 0.45M with yield of 69.37%. The obtained single crystal has clear color and octahedral-like shape with size ranged between 4 – 9 mm. Analysis data by FTIR and powder XRD confirmed that the obtained crystal was CaTT single crystals with crystal system of orthorhombic.

  4. General route to multifunctional uniform yolk/mesoporous silica shell nanocapsules: a platform for simultaneous cancer-targeted imaging and magnetically guided drug delivery.

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    Zhang, Lingyu; Wang, Tingting; Yang, Lei; Liu, Cong; Wang, Chungang; Liu, Haiyan; Wang, Y Andrew; Su, Zhongmin

    2012-09-24

    Hollow mesoporous SiO(2) (mSiO(2)) nanostructures with movable nanoparticles (NPs) as cores, so-called yolk-shell nanocapsules (NCs), have attracted great research interest. However, a highly efficient, simple and general way to produce yolk-mSiO(2) shell NCs with tunable functional cores and shell compositions is still a great challenge. A facile, general and reproducible strategy has been developed for fabricating discrete, monodisperse and highly uniform yolk-shell NCs under mild conditions, composed of mSiO(2) shells and diverse functional NP cores with different compositions and shapes. These NPs can be Fe(3)O(4) NPs, gold nanorods (GNRs), and rare-earth upconversion NRs, endowing the yolk-mSiO(2) shell NCs with magnetic, plasmonic, and upconversion fluorescent properties. In addition, multifunctional yolk-shell NCs with tunable interior hollow spaces and mSiO(2) shell thickness can be precisely controlled. More importantly, fluorescent-magnetic-biotargeting multifunctional polyethyleneimine (PEI)-modified fluorescent Fe(3)O(4)@mSiO(2) yolk-shell nanobioprobes as an example for simultaneous targeted fluorescence imaging and magnetically guided drug delivery to liver cancer cells is also demonstrated. This synthetic approach can be easily extended to the fabrication of multifunctional yolk@mSiO(2) shell nanostructures that encapsulate various functional movable NP cores, which construct a potential platform for the simultaneous targeted delivery of drug/gene/DNA/siRNA and bio-imaging.

  5. Aniline incorporated silica nanobubbles

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    M J Rosemary; V Suryanarayanan; Ian Maclaren; T Pradeep

    2006-09-01

    We report the synthesis of stearate functionalized nanobubbles of SiO2 with a few aniline molecules inside, represented as C6H5NH2@SiO2@stearate, exhibiting fluorescence with red-shifted emission. Stearic acid functionalization allows the materials to be handled just as free molecules, for dissolution, precipitation, storage etc. The methodology adopted involves adsorption of aniline on the surface of gold nanoparticles with subsequent growth of a silica shell through monolayers, followed by the selective removal of the metal core either using sodium cyanide or by a new reaction involving halocarbons. The material is stable and can be stored for extended periods without loss of fluorescence. Spectroscopic and voltammetric properties of the system were studied in order to understand the interaction of aniline with the shell as well as the monolayer, whilst transmission electron microscopy has been used to study the silica shell.

  6. Morphological appearances and photo-controllable coloration of dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal/polymer coaxial microfibers fabricated by coaxial electrospinning technique.

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    Lin, Jia-De; Chen, Che-Pei; Chen, Lin-Jer; Chuang, Yu-Chou; Huang, Shuan-Yu; Lee, Chia-Rong

    2016-02-08

    This study systematically investigates the morphological appearance of azo-chiral dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal (DDCLC)/polymer coaxial microfibers obtained through the coaxial electrospinning technique and examines, for the first time, their photocontrollable reflection characteristics. Experimental results show that the quasi-continuous electrospun microfibers can be successfully fabricated at a high polymer concentration of 17.5 wt% and an optimum ratio of 2 for the feeding rates of sheath to core materials at 25 °C and a high humidity of 50% ± 2% in the spinning chamber. Furthermore, the optical controllability of the reflective features for the electrospun fibers is studied in detail by changing the concentration of the azo-chiral dopant in the core material, the UV irradiation intensity, and the core diameter of the fibers. Relevant mechanisms are addressed to explain the optical-control behaviors of the DDCLC coaxial fibers. Considering the results, optically controllable DDCLC coaxial microfibers present potential applications in UV microsensors and wearable smart textiles or swabs.

  7. Investigations on the growth, optical, thermal, dielectric, and laser damage threshold properties of crystal violet dye-doped potassium acid phthalate single crystal

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    Rao, G. Babu; Rajesh, P.; Ramasamy, P.

    2016-03-01

    Influence of crystal violet dye with different concentration on potassium acid phthalate single crystal grown by conventional method has been studied. No change has been observed in the structure, whereas changes have been observed in the external morphology of the crystal when the dyes are incorporated in the crystal lattice. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses show the onset decomposition temperatures to be at 302, 285, 284, and 285 °C for pure, 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5 mol% crystal violet-doped potassium acid phthalate crystals, respectively. The dielectric measurement was carried out on the grown crystals as a function of frequency at various temperatures. In addition, strong luminescent emission bands at 638, 648, and 640 nm were observed in which the relative intensity was found to be reversed as a result of doping concentration. The laser damage threshold value significantly increased for dye-doped crystal in comparison with pure crystal which may make it suitable for the solid-state dye laser applications.

  8. Hollow silica spheres: synthesis and mechanical properties.

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    Zhang, Lijuan; D'Acunzi, Maria; Kappl, Michael; Auernhammer, Günter K; Vollmer, Doris; van Kats, Carlos M; van Blaaderen, Alfons

    2009-03-03

    Core-shell polystyrene-silica spheres with diameters of 800 nm and 1.9 microm were synthesized by soap-free emulsion and dispersion polymerization of the polystyrene core, respectively. The polystyrene spheres were used as templates for the synthesis of silica shells of tunable thickness employing the Stöber method [Graf et al. Langmuir 2003, 19, 6693]. The polystyrene template was removed by thermal decomposition at 500 degrees C, resulting in smooth silica shells of well-defined thickness (15-70 nm). The elastic response of these hollow spheres was probed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). A point load was applied to the particle surface through a sharp AFM tip, and successively increased until the shell broke. In agreement with the predictions of shell theory, for small deformations the deformation increased linearly with applied force. The Young's modulus (18 +/- 6 GPa) was about 4 times smaller than that of fused silica [Adachi and Sakka J. Mater. Sci. 1990, 25, 4732] but identical to that of bulk silica spheres (800 nm) synthesized by the Stöber method, indicating that it yields silica of lower density. The minimum force needed to irreversibly deform (buckle) the shell increased quadratically with shell thickness.

  9. A pH-responsive nano-carrier with mesoporous silica nanoparticles cores and poly(acrylic acid) shell-layers: fabrication, characterization and properties for controlled release of salidroside.

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    Peng, Hailong; Dong, Ruichen; Wang, Shenqi; Zhang, Zhong; Luo, Mei; Bai, Chunqing; Zhao, Qiang; Li, Jinhua; Chen, Lingxin; Xiong, Hua

    2013-03-25

    A novel pH-responsive nano-carrier MSNs-PAA, possessing mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) cores and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) shell-layers, was developed for controlled release of salidroside. The vinyl double bonds modified MSNs were synthesized by using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as templates, tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) as silicon source, and 3-(trimethoxylsilyl) propyl methacrylate (MPS) as surface modification functionalities. The pH-responsive layers of PAA were grafted onto the vinyl double bonds of the MSNs via precipitation polymerization, producing the MSNs-PAA with a hollow cubic core and mesoporous shell with penetrating pore channels. The characteristic results also showed that PAA was successfully grafted onto the surface of the MSNs. The MSNs-PAA was investigated as carriers for loading and regulating the release of salidroside in different pH solutions for the first time. The results demonstrated that the PAA layers on the surface of MSNs-PAA exhibited opened and closed states at different pH values, and thus could regulate the uptake and release of salidroside. The application of such pH-responsive nano-carrier might offer a potential platform for controlled delivery and increasing the bioavailability of drugs.

  10. Study on the effect of electrostatic interaction on core-shell nanoparticles preparation with microemulsion technique

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    HE Xiaoxiao; WANG Kemin; TAN Weihong; CHEN Jiyun; DUAN Jinghua; YUAN Yin; LIN Xia

    2005-01-01

    The routine method for preparation of silica core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) is to carry out nucleation and shell coating through the hydrolysis of silane in water in oil (W/O) microemulsion to form three-dimensional netted silica shell. We found that electrostatic interaction of the core materials with shell materials would determine whether the stable core-shell silica NPs formed or not. The traditional important factors such as molecular weight of core materials or the thickness of the shell have no obvious relationship with it. And the stability of the core-shell silica NPs can be improved after changing the electric charge polarity by regulating the experiment condition of relevant materials if some core materials cannot be doped inside to form the stable core-shell silica NPs based on the traditional method, which provided experimental and theoretic foundation for preparation and application of the core-shell silica NPs.

  11. Effect of molecular weight of polyethyleneimine on loading of CpG oligodeoxynucleotides onto flake-shell silica nanoparticles for enhanced TLR9-mediated induction of interferon-α

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    Manoharan Y

    2012-07-01

    , the flake-shell SiO2 nanoparticles showed much higher levels of IFN-α induction than the smooth-surfaced SiO2 nanoparticles. The highest IFN-α induction potential was observed for CpG oligodeoxynucleotide molecules loaded onto flake-shell SiO2 nanoparticles coated with PEI of Mn 600 Da, although the CpG oligodeoxynucleotide density was lower than that on flake-shell SiO2 nanoparticles coated with PEI of Mns 1800 and 10,000 Da. Even with the same density of CpG oligodeoxynucleotides on flake-shell SiO2 nanoparticles, PEI with an Mn of 600 Da caused a markedly higher level of IFN-α induction than that with Mns of 1800 Da and 10,000 Da. The higher TLR9-mediated IFN-α induction by CpG oligodeoxynucleotides on flake-shell SiO2 nanoparticles coated with a PEI of Mn 600 Da is attributed to residence of the CpG oligodeoxynucleotide molecules in endolysosomes.Keywords: CpG oligodeoxynucleotides, polyethyleneimine, Toll-like receptor 9, silica nanoparticles, delivery, interferon-α

  12. Real-Time Packing Behavior of Core-Shell Silica@Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide Microspheres as Photonic Crystals for Visualizing in Thermal Sensing

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    Karthikeyan Manivannan

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available We grafted thermo-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide (PNIPAM brushes from monodisperse SiO2 microspheres through surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI ATRP to generate core-shell structured SiO2@PNIPAM microspheres (SPMs. Regular-sized SPMs dispersed in aqueous solution and packed as photonic crystals (PCs in dry state. Because of the microscale of the SPMs, the packing behavior of the PCs in water can be observed by optical microscopy. By increasing the temperature above the lower critical solution temperature (LCST of PNIPAM, the reversible swelling and shrinking of the PNIPAM shell resulted in dispersion and precipitation (three-dimensional aggregation of the SPM in aqueous solution. The SPMs were microdispersed in a water layer to accommodate the aggregation along two dimensions. In the microdispersion, the SPMs are packed as PCs with microscale spacing between SPMs below the LCST. When the temperature is increased above the LCST, the microdispersed PCs exhibited a close-packed arrangement along two dimensions with decreased spacing between SPMs. The change in spacing with increasing temperature above the LCST resulted in a color change from red to blue, which could be observed by the naked eye at an incident angle. Thus, the SPM array could be applied as a visual temperature sensor.

  13. Magnetic titania-silica composite-polypyrrole core-shell spheres and their high sensitivity toward hydrogen peroxide as electrochemical sensor.

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    Li, Xiangcun; He, Gaohong; Han, Yue; Xue, Qian; Wu, Xuemei; Yang, Shaoran

    2012-12-01

    A novel core-shell sphere with controlled shell thickness was synthesized by in situ chemical oxidative polymerization of pyrrole on FTS (Fe(2)O(3)/TiO(2)/SiO(2) composite) surface. The dual porosity of 2-3 nm and 40-50 nm in FTS core particle provides the hybrids with a high surface area to volume ratio, which enormously facilitates the molecule diffusion process. Furthermore, the porous FTS particle encapsulate Fe(2)O(3) and TiO(2) leading to its synergetic interaction with the PPy coating based on FTIR analysis. The unique structure and composition of the hybrid spheres result in new sensing property that is not available from their single counterparts. Cyclic voltammetry results demonstrate that the spheres with appropriate concentration of PPy exhibit enhanced electrocatalytic activity toward the reduction of H(2)O(2) in 0.1 M phosphate buffer solution. The sensing performance tests show that the hybrids possess good linear response in wide H(2)O(2) concentration range (10-4000 μM) and high sensitivity to H(2)O(2) (0.653 AM(-1) cm(-2)) at room temperature. The formation mechanism of the spheres was proposed based on the fact that the FTS core was coated firstly by a smooth PPy layer and then PPy nanoparticles. The work reported here provides an alternative concept for preparation of functional materials with new nanostructures and properties.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of Silica/polyvinyl imidazole/H2PO4-core-shell nanoparticles as recyclable adsorbent for efficient scavenging of Sm(III) and Dy(III) from water.

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    Ettehadi Gargari, Jafar; Sid Kalal, Hossein; Shakeri, Alireza; Khanchi, Alireza

    2017-11-01

    In this study, we used Silica/polyvinyl imidazole core-shell nanoparticles impregnated with sodium dihydrogen phosphate (SiO2/PVI/H2PO4(-) NPs) for adsorption of samarium and dysprosium ions from aqueous solutions. The effects of the pH, adsorbent dose, contact time, and initial concentration of the adsorbate on the Core-shell nanoparticles adsorption capacity have been studied. The pH value for maximum removal of Sm (III) and Dy (III) on the core-shell nanoparticles surface were found to be 4. The saturated capacity of SiO2/PVI/H2PO4(-) NPs was up to 160mg.g(-1) and 150mg.g(-1)at 25°C for Sm (III) and Dy (III) ions respectively. The obtained uptake data were analyzed by the Langmuir and Freundlich equations using a linearized correlation coefficient at room temperature. The Freundlich isotherm was found to fit well with the equilibrium data. The adsorption kinetics could be modeled by a pseudo-second-order rate expression. Thermodynamic investigation revealed the adsorption process of the studied ions is entropy driven. Furthermore, the performance of regeneration and reutilization were studied. The adsorbed Sm (III) and Dy (III) can be desorbed by 0.5mol/L HCl, with the desorption percentage of 90% for Sm (III) and Dy (III). After five adsorption-desorption cycles, the adsorption capacity shows a slight decrease (about 15%), implying that the SiO2/PVI/H2PO4(-) NPs can be used as an effective adsorbent for the removal and recovery of Sm(III) and Dy(III) from aqueous solution. The colloid stability of the SiO2/PVI/H2PO4(-) NPs was investigated by dynamic light scattering measurements. The SiO2/PVI/H2PO4(-) NPs are stable in adsorption media after five adsorption - desorption cycles. The high stability of SiO2/PVI/H2PO4(-) NPs can be attributed to steric stabilization by polyvinyl imidazole adsorbed on SiO2 nanoparticle surfaces. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Determination of Organophosphorous Pesticides in Environmental Water Samples Using Surface-Engineered C18 Functionalized Silica-Coated Core-Shell Magnetic Nanoparticles-Based Extraction Coupled with GC-MS/MS Analysis.

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    Srivastava, Neha; Kumari, Supriya; Nair, Kishore; Alam, Samsul; Raza, Syed K

    2017-05-01

    The present paper depicts a novel method based on magnetic SPE (MSPE) for the determination of organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) such as phorate, malathion, and chlorpyrifos in environmental water samples. In this study, C18 functionalized silica-coated core-shell iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) were used as a surface-engineered magnetic sorbent for the selective extraction of pesticides from aqueous samples, followed by GC-MS and GC-tandem MS analysis for confirmative determination of the analytes. Various important method parameters, including quantity of MNP adsorbent, volume of sample, effective time for extraction, nature of the desorbing solvent, and pH of the aqueous sample, were investigated and optimized to obtain maximum method performance. Under the optimized instrumental analysis conditions, good linearity (r2 value ≥0.994) was achieved at the concentration range of 0.5-500 μg/L. Recoveries were in the range of 79.2-96.3 and 80.4-97.5% in selective-ion monitoring and multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) modes, respectively, at the spiking concentrations of 1, 5, and 10 μg/L. MRM mode showed better sensitivity, selectivity, and low-level detection (0.5 μg/L) of analytes. The novel MSPE method is a simple, cheap, rapid, and eco-friendly method for the determination of OPs in environmental water samples.

  16. Preparation of yolk-shell structured copper oxide@silica oxide spheres and their application in high performance electrochemical sensing of Formoterol fumarate residues in swine feed and tissues.

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    Gan, Tian; Shi, Zhaoxia; Hu, Danyang; Lv, Zhen; Sun, Junyong; Liu, Yanming

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we report a facile route to synthesize yolk-shell structured copper oxide@silica oxide (CuO@SiO2) spheres and their application to construct an electrochemical Formoterol fumarate (FF) sensor. The CuO@SiO2 was characterized by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Further, FF was electrocatalytically oxidized at the CuO@SiO2 film modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE), which led to a sensitive determination of FF. The oxidation current of FF was linear with concentration in the range of 0.030-10 μM and the detection limit was found to be 5.0 nM (S/N = 3). The observed analytical parameters such as wide linear range, low detection limit and short response time were superior to previously reported FF sensors. Finally, it was demonstrated that the proposed sensor could be used for the selective determination of FF present in swine feed and tissues.

  17. Hybrid response surface methodology-genetic algorithm optimization of ultrasound-assisted transesterification of waste oil catalysed by immobilized lipase on mesoporous silica/iron oxide magnetic core-shell nanoparticles.

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    Karimi, Mahmoud; Keyhani, Alireza; Akram, Asadolah; Rahman, Masoud; Jenkins, Bryan; Stroeve, Pieter

    2013-01-01

    The production ofbiodiesel by transesterification of waste cooking oil (WCO) to partially substitute petroleum diesel is one of the measures for solving the twin problems of environment pollution and energy demand. An environmentally benign process for the enzymatic transesterification using immobilized lipase has attracted considerable attention for biodiesel production. Here, a superparamagnetic, high surface area substrate for lipase immobilization is evaluated. These immobilization substrates are composed of mesoporous silica/superparamagnetic iron oxide core-shell nanoparticles. The effects of methanol ratio to WCO, lipase concentration, water content and reaction time on the synthesis of biodiesel were analysed by utilizing the response surface methodology (RSM). A quadratic response surface equation for calculating fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) content as the objective function was established based on experimental data obtained in accordance with the central composite design. The RSM-based model was then used as the fitness function for genetic algorithm (GA) to optimize its input space. Hybrid RSM-GA predicted the maximum FAME content (91%) at the optimum level of medium variables: methanol ratio to WCO, 4.34; lipase content, 43.6%; water content, 10.22%; and reaction time, 6h. Moreover, the immobilized lipase could be used for four times without considerable loss of the activity.

  18. Stimuli-responsive polyaniline coated silica microspheres and their electrorheology

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    Park, Dae Eun; Choi, Hyoung Jin; Vu, Cuong Manh

    2016-05-01

    Silica/polyaniline (PANI) core-shell structured microspheres were synthesized by coating the surface of silica micro-beads with PANI and applied as a candidate inorganic/polymer composite electrorheological (ER) material. The silica micro-beads were initially modified using N-[(3-trimethoxysilyl)-propyl] aniline to activate an aniline functional group on the silica surface for a better PANI coating. The morphology of the PANI coating on the silica surface was examined by scanning electron microscopy and the silica/PANI core-shell structure was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. The chemical structure of the particles was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Rotational rheometry was performed to confirm the difference in the ER properties between pure silica and silica/PANI microsphere-based ER fluids when dispersed in silicone oil.

  19. Silaffins in Silica Biomineralization and Biomimetic Silica Precipitation

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    Carolin C. Lechner

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Biomineralization processes leading to complex solid structures of inorganic material in biological systems are constantly gaining attention in biotechnology and biomedical research. An outstanding example for biomineral morphogenesis is the formation of highly elaborate, nano-patterned silica shells by diatoms. Among the organic macromolecules that have been closely linked to the tightly controlled precipitation of silica in diatoms, silaffins play an extraordinary role. These peptides typically occur as complex posttranslationally modified variants and are directly involved in the silica deposition process in diatoms. However, even in vitro silaffin-based peptides alone, with and without posttranslational modifications, can efficiently mediate biomimetic silica precipitation leading to silica material with different properties as well as with encapsulated cargo molecules of a large size range. In this review, the biomineralization process of silica in diatoms is summarized with a specific focus on silaffins and their in vitro silica precipitation properties. Applications in the area of bio- and nanotechnology as well as in diagnostics and therapy are discussed.

  20. Preparation and antibacterial activities of hollow silica-Ag spheres.

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    Lin, Lin; Zhang, Haifang; Cui, Haiying; Xu, Mingqiang; Cao, Shunsheng; Zheng, Guanghong; Dong, Mingdong

    2013-01-01

    Hollow silica spheres with round mesoporous shells were synthesized by core-shell template method, using monodispersed cationic polystyrene particles as core, and TEOS (tetraethoxysilane) as the silica source to form shell. After calcination at 550°C, uniform spheres with a thin shell of silica and hollow interior structures. Transmission electron microscopy results showed that the size of the spheres is about 700 nm in diameter with narrow distribution. In addition, the spheres have a high surface area of 183 m(2)/g. The spheres were subsequently used as silver-loading substrates and the silver loaded spheres were tested in antimicrobial study against gram negative bacteria Eschrichia coli in vitro. The hollow silica-Ag spheres proved significantly higher antibacterial efficacy against E. coli as compared to that of the common silica-Ag particles.

  1. Synthesis of the silica@graphene oxide microspheres with core-shell structure as drug carriers%用作药物载体的氧化石墨烯包裹SiO2微球的制备

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    相昊天; 李延报; 姚兴星; 江芸; 陆春华; 许仲梓

    2013-01-01

    The silica@graphene oxide (SiO2-NH2@GO)microspheres with core-shell structure were synthesized through the electrostatic interactions by encapsulation of graphene oxide on the surface of amino modified silica microspheres.The as-prepared microspheres were characterized by FT-IR,SEM,TEM and UV,etc.The re-sults show that the SiO2-NH2@GO microspheres are monodispersed with the diameter of 550 nm.GO wrapped on SiO2 surface evenly which were examined by SEM and TEM.Compared with pure SiO2 ,the drug loading of SiO2-NH2@GO microspheres was increased highly from 42.9% to 68.8% after immersed in ibuprofen solu-tion,the 92% drug was released after soaked for 24 h and the administration time was prolonged about 20 h. This implies that the monodispersed SiO2-NH2@GO microspheres synthesized in this work have potential usage as drug carriers in the biomedical fields.%在经氨基修饰的Si O 2微球表面包裹氧化石墨烯,制备核壳结构的 SiO2-NH2@GO 复合微球。采用傅立叶转换-红外光谱仪(FT-IR)、扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、透射电子显微镜(TEM)和紫外分光光度计(UV)等对样品进行表征与分析。结果表明,SiO2-NH2@GO 复合微球具有良好的单分散性(粒径约为550 nm),并且 GO 均匀地包裹在 SiO2表面。与纯SiO2相比,SiO2-NH2@GO 通过布洛芬溶液浸泡载药的载药率有了较大提高,从42.9%提高到了68.8%,并且表现出更好的缓释性,24 h 累积释药量达到92%,给药时间延长20 h左右。表明 SiO2-NH2@GO复合微球有望成为一种新的药物载体。

  2. Silica Nephropathy

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Occupational exposure to heavy metals, organic solvents and silica is associated with a variety of renal manifestations. Improved understanding of occupational renal disease provides insight into environmental renal disease, improving knowledge of disease pathogenesis. Silica (SiO2 is an abundant mineral found in sand, rock, and soil. Workers exposed to silica include sandblasters, miners, quarry workers, masons, ceramic workers and glass manufacturers. New cases of silicosis per year have been estimated in the US to be 3600–7300. Exposure to silica has been associated with tubulointerstitial disease, immune-mediated multisystem disease, chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease. A rare syndrome of painful, nodular skin lesions has been described in dialysis patients with excessive levels of silicon. Balkan endemic nephropathy is postulated to be due to chronic intoxication with drinking water polluted by silicates released during soil erosion. The mechanism of silica nephrotoxicity is thought to be through direct nephrotoxicity, as well as silica-induced autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus. The renal histopathology varies from focal to crescentic and necrotizing glomerulonephritis with aneurysm formation suggestive of polyarteritis nodosa. The treatment for silica nephrotoxicity is non-specific and depends on the mechanism and stage of the disease. It is quite clear that further research is needed, particularly to elucidate the pathogenesis of silica nephropathy. Considering the importance of diagnosing exposure-related renal disease at early stages, it is imperative to obtain a thorough occupational history in all patients with renal disease, with particular emphasis on exposure to silica, heavy metals, and solvents.

  3. Femtosecond laser fabrication of waveguides in Rhodamine B-doped GPTS/TEOS-derived organic/silica monolithic xerogel

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    Ferreira, P. H. D.; Otuka, A. J. G.; Barbano, E. C.; Manoel, D. S.; De Vicente, F. S.; Vollet, D. R.; Donatti, D. A.; Misoguti, L.; Mendonça, C. R.

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    This paper reports on the fabrication and characterization of waveguides inside of a dye doped-organic/inorganic bulk material using femtosecond laser microfabrication. Rhodamine B-doped GPTS/TEOS-derived organic/silica monolithic xerogels with excellent optical quality were prepared by sol-gel method. The influence of the dye concentration on the samples optical properties was also investigated in order to choose the proper one to be used for producing the waveguides. After investigation of parameters to fabrication in xerogels, such as, scan speed effects and pulse energy, we produced waveguides in bulks doped with 0.5 mmol/L of Rhodamine B. Propagation losses in the single mode waveguides, at 632.8 nm wavelength, were obtained.

  4. Preparation and characterization of uniformly sized sub-micrometer spherical silica/organic polymer hybrid particles

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    Xing, X.-S.; Li, R.K.Y.; Shek, C.-H. [Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Tak Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China)

    2003-09-01

    Hybrid particles with a core-shell structure, consisting of a silica core and a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) shell were fabricated via a two-step sol-gel process. The PVA molecular chains are probably physically adsorbed onto the surface of silica cores by hydrogen bonds and van der Waals forces. (Abstract Copyright [2003], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  5. Layer-by-layer synthesis of mechanically robust solvent-permeable silica nanoshells.

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    Whitaker, Kathryn A; Furst, Eric M

    2014-01-21

    A layer-by-layer (LbL) synthesis of mechanically robust micrometer-diameter nanoshell silica was developed. Silica was templated onto polstyrene latex particles using a modified Stöber synthesis. Each subsequent silica layer was deposited after adsorbing cationic polymer poly(allylamine) hydrochloride. The silica shell grew approximately 30 nm for each reaction step. The polystyrene-silica core-shell particles were calcined at 500 °C to remove the latex core. The synthesis was adapted to nonspherical shapes using anisotropic polystyrene dicolloids as templates. The silica nanoshells were functionalized to render them organophilic or fluorescent. The rates at which water, ethanol, and aqueous sucrose solution (60% w/w) permeate the silica shells were compared using spectrophotometry and conductivity measurements. The rate of solvent uptake ranged between under 1 h to over 1 week depending on the surface chemistry of the nanoshells.

  6. Indirect immunofluorescence detection of E. coli O157:H7 with fluorescent silica nanoparticles.

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    Chen, Ze-Zhong; Cai, Li; Chen, Min-Yan; Lin, Yi; Pang, Dai-Wen; Tang, Hong-Wu

    2015-04-15

    A method of fluorescent nanoparticle-based indirect immunofluorescence assay using either fluorescence microscopy or flow cytometry for the rapid detection of pathogenic Escherichia coli O157:H7 was developed. The dye-doped silica nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized using W/O microemulsion methods with the combination of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) and fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) and polymerization reaction with carboxyethylsilanetriol sodium salt (CEOS). Protein A was immobilized at the surface of the NPs by covalent binding to the carboxyl linkers and the surface coverage of Protein A on NPs was determined by the Bradford method. Rabbit anti-E. Coli O157:H7 antibody was used as primary antibody to recognize E. coli O157:H7 and then antibody binding protein (Protein A) labeled with FITC-doped silica NPs (FSiNPs) was used to generate fluorescent signal. With this method, E. Coli O157:H7 in buffer and bacterial mixture was detected. In addition, E. coli O157:H7 in several spiked background beef samples were measured with satisfactory results. Therefore, the FSiNPs are applicable in signal-amplified bioassay of pathogens due to their excellent capabilities such as brighter fluorescence and higher photostability than the direct use of conventional fluorescent dyes.

  7. Biomimetic silica encapsultation of living cells

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    Jaroch, David Benjamin

    Living cells perform complex chemical processes on size and time scales that artificial systems cannot match. Cells respond dynamically to their environment, acting as biological sensors, factories, and drug delivery devices. To facilitate the use of living systems in engineered constructs, we have developed several new approaches to create stable protective microenvironments by forming bioinspired cell-membrane-specific silica-based encapsulants. These include vapor phase deposition of silica gels, use of endogenous membrane proteins and polysaccharides as a site for silica nucleation and polycondensation in a saturated environment, and protein templated ordered silica shell formation. We demonstrate silica layer formation at the surface of pluripotent stem-like cells, bacterial biofilms, and primary murine and human pancreatic islets. Materials are characterized by AFM, SEM and EDS. Viability assays confirm cell survival, and metabolite flux measurements demonstrate normal function and no major diffusion limitations. Real time PCR mRNA analysis indicates encapsulated islets express normal levels of genetic markers for β-cells and insulin production. The silica glass encapsulant produces a secondary bone like calcium phosphate mineral layer upon exposure to media. Such bioactive materials can improve device integration with surrounding tissue upon implantation. Given the favorable insulin response, bioactivity, and long-term viability observed in silica-coated islets, we are currently testing the encapsulant's ability to prevent immune system recognition of foreign transplants for the treatment of diabetes. Such hybrid silica-cellular constructs have a wide range of industrial, environmental, and medical applications.

  8. Monodisperse cobalt ferrite nanomagnets with uniform silica coatings.

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    Dai, Qiu; Lam, Michelle; Swanson, Sally; Yu, Rui-Hui Rachel; Milliron, Delia J; Topuria, Teya; Jubert, Pierre-Olivier; Nelson, Alshakim

    2010-11-16

    Ferro- and ferrimagnetic nanoparticles are difficult to manipulate in solution as a consequence of the formation of magnetically induced nanoparticle aggregates, which hamper the utility of these particles for applications ranging from data storage to bionanotechnology. Nonmagnetic shells that encapsulate these magnetic particles can reduce the interparticle magnetic interactions and improve the dispersibility of the nanoparticles in solution. A route to create uniform silica shells around individual cobalt ferrite nanoparticles--which uses poly(acrylic acid) to bind to the nanoparticle surface and inhibit nanoparticle aggregation prior to the addition of a silica precursor--was developed. In the absence of the poly(acrylic acid) the cobalt ferrite nanoparticles irreversibly aggregated during the silica shell formation. The thickness of the silica shell around the core-shell nanoparticles could be controlled in order to tune the interparticle magnetic coupling as well as inhibit magnetically induced nanoparticle aggregation. These ferrimagnetic core-silica shell structures form stable dispersion in polar solvents such as EtOH and water, which is critical for enabling technologies that require the assembly or derivatization of ferrimagnetic particles in solution.

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

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    Bao, Yan; Yang, Yongqiang; Ma, Jianzhong

    2013-10-01

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

  10. Determination of silica coating efficiency on metal particles using multiple digestion methods.

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    Wang, Jun; Topham, Nathan; Wu, Chang-Yu

    2011-10-15

    Nano-sized metal particles, including both elemental and oxidized metals, have received significant interest due to their biotoxicity and presence in a wide range of industrial systems. A novel silica technology has been recently explored to minimize the biotoxicity of metal particles by encapsulating them with an amorphous silica shell. In this study, a method to determine silica coating efficiency on metal particles was developed. Metal particles with silica coating were generated using gas metal arc welding (GMAW) process with a silica precursor tetramethylsilane (TMS) added to the shielding gas. Microwave digestion and Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES) were employed to solubilize the metal content in the particles and analyze the concentration, respectively. Three acid mixtures were tested to acquire the appropriate digestion method targeting at metals and silica coating. Metal recovery efficiencies of different digestion methods were compared through analysis of spiked samples. HNO(3)/HF mixture was found to be a more aggressive digestion method for metal particles with silica coating. Aqua regia was able to effectively dissolve metal particles not trapped in the silica shell. Silica coating efficiencies were thus calculated based on the measured concentrations following digestion by HNO(3)/HF mixture and aqua regia. The results showed 14-39% of welding fume particles were encapsulated in silica coating under various conditions. This newly developed method could also be used to examine the silica coverage on particles of silica shell/metal core structure in other nanotechnology areas.

  11. Yolk/Shell Colloidal Crystals Incorporating Movable Cores with Their Motion Controlled by an External Electric Field

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    K., Watanabe,; H., Ishii,; Konno, M.; Imhof, A.; van Blaaderen, A.; Nagao, D.

    2016-01-01

    Yolk/shell particles composed of a submicrometer-sized movable core and a silica shell are promising building blocks for novel optical colloidal crystals, because the locations of cores in the shell compartment can be reversibly changed by using external stimuli. Two dimensional arrays of yolk/shell

  12. Preparation of Monodisperse Core-Shell Type Silver-coated Silica Composite-spheres and its Mechanism%单分散核-壳型银包覆二氧化硅微球的制备及复合机理研究

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    洪阳; 诸跃进

    2015-01-01

    The synthesis of bare silica is achieved based on Stober method and the synthesis of SiO2@Ag has been obtained by controlled-reduction of silver nitrate and ammonia in ethyl alcohol with PVP as a protective and reducing agent. The particles size, structure and composition analyses reveal that the resultant SiO2@Ag composite-spheres are monodisperse which is well-proportioned and stable with a mean silica core diameter of 255 nm and the silver shell nanoparticles diameter of 8 nm. The synthesis mechanism of the core-shell type composite-spheres is studied in terms of the impact on growth and morphology from these the main factors that are silver source solution, reaction temperature and pH of the reaction solution. The optimal synthesis conditions are finally obtained as follows: the optimum ion concentration is about 2.0 mmol·L-1, the main growth temperature is 40~50℃, and the best core-shell structure appears in pH=12.12.%基于Stober水解法制备得到纯二氧化硅微球,通过以PVP为保护剂和还原剂的可控还原法制备得到银包覆二氧化硅复合微球.该复合微球的单分散性好,且均匀而稳定,其中核的平均粒径在255 nm,壳层银纳米粒子粒径约为8 nm.根据银源溶液的浓度、反应温度以及反应液pH值等3个主要因素对复合微球的生长和形貌的重要影响,研究了该核-壳型复合微球的合成机理,得到最优合成条件:最佳离子浓度为2.0 mmol·L-1,主要生长温度为40~50℃,且最适酸碱度在pH=12.12处.该复合微球在光学和催化等诸多领域都有广泛的潜在应用前景.

  13. Dual-emission fluorescent silica nanoparticle-based probe for ultrasensitive detection of Cu2+.

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    Zong, Chenghua; Ai, Kelong; Zhang, Guo; Li, Hongwei; Lu, Lehui

    2011-04-15

    An effective dual-emission fluorescent silica nanoparticle-based probe has been constructed for rapid and ultrasensitive detection of Cu(2+). In this nanoprobe, a dye-doped silica core served as a reference signal, thus providing a built-in correction for environmental effects. A response dye was covalently grafted on the surface of the silica nanoparticles through a chelating reagent for Cu(2+). The fluorescence of the response dye could be selectively quenched in the presence of Cu(2+), accompanied by a visual orange-to-green color switch of the nanoprobe. The nanoprobe provided an effective platform for reliable detection of Cu(2+) with a detection limit as low as 10 nM, which is nearly 2 × 10(3) times lower than the maximum level (∼20 μM) of Cu(2+) in drinking water permitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The high sensitivity was attributed to the strong chelation of Cu(2+) with polyethyleneimine (PEI) and a signal amplification effect. The nanoprobe constructed by this method was very stable, enabling the rapid detection of Cu(2+) in real water samples. Good linear correlations were obtained over the concentration range from 1 × 10(-7) to 8 × 10(-7) (R(2) = 0.99) with recoveries of 103.8-99.14% and 95.5-95.14% for industrial wastewater and lake water, respectively. Additionally, the long-wavelength emission of the response dye can avoid the interference of the autofluorescence of the biosystems, which facilitated their applications in monitoring Cu(2+) in cells. Furthermore, the nanoprobe showed a good reversibility; the fluorescence can be switched "off" and "on" by an addition of Cu(2+) and EDTA, respectively. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  14. Nanotubular J-aggregates covered by transparent silica nanoshells

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    Qiao, Yan; Kirmse, Holm; Kirstein, Stefan; Rabe, Jürgen P

    2015-01-01

    Nanotubular J-aggregates of amphiphilic cyanine dyes exhibit highly attractive opto-electronic properties, reminiscent to natural light harvesting complexes. However, their photo-chemical and mechanical stabilities are limited. A robust transparent shell covering the J aggregates may alleviate these issues. Here, organic-inorganic hybrid nanotubes have been synthesized based on in-situ coating the nanotubular J-aggregates with silica through the sol-gel method. The growth of the shell is controlled by electrostatic adsorption of the silica precursors. The resulting silica nanoshells exhibit a regular superstructure that consists of ribbons that helically wind around the tubular aggregates. The molecular structure of the aggregates and hence their spectral properties remain unaffected by the silication process. The overall shell thickness can be controlled by the ratio and the absolute concentration of the precursors. The usage of a precursor containing diamine groups leads to the formation of bundles of the t...

  15. Iodinated oil-loaded, fluorescent mesoporous silica-coated iron oxide nanoparticles for magnetic resonance imaging/computed tomography/fluorescence trimodal imaging

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    Xue, Sihan; Wang, Yao; Wang, Mengxing; Zhang, Lu; Du, Xiaoxia; Gu, Hongchen; Zhang, Chunfu

    2014-01-01

    In this study, a novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/computed tomography (CT)/fluorescence trifunctional probe was prepared by loading iodinated oil into fluorescent mesoporous silica-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (i-fmSiO4@SPIONs). Fluorescent mesoporous silica-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (fmSiO4@SPIONs) were prepared by growing fluorescent dye-doped silica onto superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) directed by a cetyltrimethylammonium bromide template. As prepared, fmSiO4@SPIONs had a uniform size, a large surface area, and a large pore volume, which demonstrated high efficiency for iodinated oil loading. Iodinated oil loading did not change the sizes of fmSiO4@SPIONs, but they reduced the MRI T2 relaxivity (r2) markedly. I-fmSiO4@SPIONs were stable in their physical condition and did not demonstrate cytotoxic effects under the conditions investigated. In vitro studies indicated that the contrast enhancement of MRI and CT, and the fluorescence signal intensity of i-fmSiO4@SPION aqueous suspensions and macrophages, were intensified with increased i-fmSiO4@SPION concentrations in suspension and cell culture media. Moreover, for the in vivo study, the accumulation of i-fmSiO4@SPIONs in the liver could also be detected by MRI, CT, and fluorescence imaging. Our study demonstrated that i-fmSiO4@SPIONs had great potential for MRI/CT/fluorescence trimodal imaging. PMID:24904212

  16. Silica hollow spheres with nano-macroholes like diatomaceous earth.

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    Fujiwara, Masahiro; Shiokawa, Kumi; Sakakura, Ikuko; Nakahara, Yoshiko

    2006-12-01

    Artificial synthesis of hollow cell walls of diatoms is an ultimate target of nanomaterial science. The addition of some water-soluble polymers such as sodium polymethacrylate to a solution of water/oil/water emulsion system, which is an essential step of the simple synthetic procedure of silica hollow spheres (microcapsules), led to the formation of silica hollow spheres with nano-macroholes (>100 nm) in their shell walls, the morphologies of which are analogous to those of diatom earth.

  17. Core-shell microspheres with porous nanostructured shells for liquid chromatography.

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    Ahmed, Adham; Skinley, Kevin; Herodotou, Stephanie; Zhang, Haifei

    2017-10-10

    The development of new stationary phase has been the key aspect for fast and efficient high-performance liquid chromatography separation with relatively low backpressure. Core-shell particles, with a solid core and porous shell, have been extensively investigated and commercially manufactured in the last decade. The excellent performance of core-shell particles columns has been recorded for a wide range of analytes, covering small and large molecules, neutral and ionic (acidic and basic), biomolecules, and metabolites. In this review, we firstly introduce the advance and advantages of core-shell particles (or more widely known as superficially porous particles) against non-porous particles and fully porous particles. This is followed by the detailed description of various methods used to fabricate core-shell particles. We then discuss the applications of common silica core-shell particles (mostly commercially manufactured), spheres-on-sphere particles, and core-shell particles with a non-silica shell. This review concludes with a summary and perspective on the development of stationary phase materials for high-performance liquid chromatography applications. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  18. Facile and Sensitive Epifluorescent Silica Nanoparticles for the Rapid Screening of EHEC

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    Pravate Tuitemwong

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was to develop antibodies conjugated fluorescent dye-doped silica nanoparticles (FDS-NPs aiming to increase signals for the rapid detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7 with glass slide method. The FDS-NPs were produced with microemulsion/sol-gel techniques resulting in spherical in shape with 47 ± 6 nm in diameter. The particles showed high intensity and stable orange color Rubpy luminescent dye. The XRD spectrum showed a broad diffraction peak in the range of – (centered at indicating an amorphous structure. Surface modifications for bioconjugation with affinity chromatography purified (IgGs antibodies were successful. The properties were evident from FTIR spectra at 1631.7 . Results indicated that nanoparticles could attach onto cells of E. coli O157:H7 coated on a glass slide, and give distinctively bright color under epifluorescence microscope (400x. It was shown that FDS-NPs could detect a very low amount of cells of E. coli O157:H7 (16 CFU in 10 ml in 60 min. The phosphate buffered saline (PBS with ionic strength of 1.70 gave zeta potential of good particle dispersion (−40 mV. This work demonstrated that highly sensitive bioconjugated E. coli O157:H7 FDS-NPs were successfully developed with a potential to be used for the rapid detection of E. coli O157:H7 in foods.

  19. Shell supports

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    Almegaard, Henrik

    2004-01-01

    A new statical and conceptual model for membrane shell structures - the stringer system - has been found. The principle was first published at the IASS conference in Copenhagen (OHL91), and later the theory has been further developed (ALMO3)(ALMO4). From the analysis of the stringer model it can...... be concluded that all membrane shells can be described by a limited number of basic configurations of which quite a few have free edges....

  20. Magnetothermal release of payload from iron oxide/silica drug delivery agents

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    Luong, T. T.; Knoppe, S.; Bloemen, M.; Brullot, W.; Strobbe, R.; Locquet, J.-P.; Verbiest, T.

    2016-10-01

    The release of covalently bound Rhodamine B from iron oxide/mesoporous silica core/shell nanoparticles under magnetically induced heating was studied. The system acts as a model to study drug delivery and payload release under magnetothermal heating.

  1. Polymer Adsorption on Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for One-Step Amino-Functionalized Silica Encapsulation

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    Lionel Maurizi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an original method to obtain, in one step, core/shell nanoparticles grafted covalently with polymer and functionalized with amino groups. By combining polyvinyl alcohol (PVA and silica precursors, we were able to obtain silica-coated and amino-functionalized iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs cross-linked with PVA. We also showed that using silica and amino-silica precursors together significantly increased the amount of PVA covalently bonded to the SPION surface compared to using only silica precursors. This original and interesting method has high potential for the industrial development of biocompatible functionalized nanoparticles for targeting nanomedicine.

  2. Hollow titania spheres with movable silica spheres inside.

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    Zhang, Kai; Zhang, Xuehai; Chen, Haitao; Chen, Xin; Zheng, Linli; Zhang, Junhu; Yang, Bai

    2004-12-21

    We demonstrate a flexible method for preparing hollow TiO2 nanospheres with movable silica nanoparticles inside (HTNMSNs). In this method, we used monodisperse silica--polystyrene core--shell nanospheres (SiO2-PS-CSNs) sulfonated as templates and prepared the composite shell consisting of TiO2 and sulfonated polystyrene (SPS) through adsorbing or depositing tetrabutyl titanate gel into the SPS shell. Finally the HTNMSNs were obtained after removal of all polymers in the composite nanospheres by dissolution or calcinations. We investigated the dependence of the morphologies of HTNMSNs on the thickness of PS shells and the size of SiO2 cores and prepared rare earth doped HTNMSNs by a sol-gel process.

  3. Synthesis of Silica Decorated MWCNTs for Field Emission Property

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    陈正瀚; 彭毓航; 林鸿明; 罗吉宗

    2006-01-01

    A novel route to nanocomposites containing surface modified multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) by silica thin film is reported. The effect of chemical oxidation on the surface of MWCNTs by using different acid-treatments is studied.The acidic processes are characterized by Raman spectroscopy, thermogravimetry analysis, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. MWCNTs can be coated homogeneously with silica film by using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS)as a precursor in a sol-gel process. Varying the shell thickness of amorphous silica coating layers on MWCNTs exhibits excellent thermal stability, reliability, and lifetime of field emission properties, especially down to less than 10 nm.

  4. Silica in Protoplanetary Disks

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    Sargent, B A; Tayrien, C; McClure, M K; Li, A; Basu, A R; Manoj, P; Watson, D M; Bohac, C J; Furlan, E; Kim, K H; Green, J D; Sloan, G C

    2008-01-01

    Mid-infrared spectra of a few T Tauri stars (TTS) taken with the Infrared Spectrograph (IRS) on board the Spitzer Space Telescope show prominent narrow emission features indicating silica (crystalline silicon dioxide). Silica is not a major constituent of the interstellar medium; therefore, any silica present in the circumstellar protoplanetary disks of TTS must be largely the result of processing of primitive dust material in the disks surrouding these stars. We model the silica emission features in our spectra using the opacities of various polymorphs of silica and their amorphous versions computed from earth-based laboratory measurements. This modeling indicates that the two polymorphs of silica, tridymite and cristobalite, which form at successively higher temperatures and low pressures, are the dominant forms of silica in the TTS of our sample. These high temperature, low pressure polymorphs of silica present in protoplanetary disks are consistent with a grain composed mostly of tridymite named Ada found...

  5. Multifunctional mesoporous silica catalyst

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    Lin, Victor Shang-Yi; Tsai, Chih-Hsiang; Chen, Hung-Ting; Pruski, Marek; Kobayashi, Takeshi

    2015-03-31

    The present invention provides bifunctional silica mesoporous materials, including mesoporous silica nanoparticles ("MSN"), having pores modified with diarylammonium triflate and perfluoroaryl moieties, that are useful for the acid-catalyzed esterification of organic acids with organic alcohols.

  6. Silica extraction from geothermal water

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    Bourcier, William L; Bruton, Carol J

    2014-09-23

    A method of producing silica from geothermal fluid containing low concentration of the silica of less than 275 ppm includes the steps of treating the geothermal fluid containing the silica by reverse osmosis treatment thereby producing a concentrated fluid containing the silica, seasoning the concentrated fluid thereby producing a slurry having precipitated colloids containing the silica, and separating the silica from the slurry.

  7. AZO dye-doped photorefractive polymers

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    Volodin, B.; Meerholz, K.; Sandalphon; Peyghambarian, N. [Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (United States). Optical Sciences Center; Kippelen, B. [Groupe d`Optique Nonlineaire et d`Optoelectronique, Strasbourg (France)

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    The authors report the studies of the photorefractive properties of the two polymer composites based on poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK). The polymers were obtained by doping PVK with 2,4,7 trinitro-9-fluorenone as a sensitizer agent and two different azo dyes as nonlinear chromophores. Best results were obtained for the polymer doped with 2,5-dimethyl-4-p-nitrophenylazoanisole, which showed a maximum diffraction efficiency of 34% at 40 V/{micro}m external electric field strength in 105 {micro}m thick samples. The influence of different geometries of the hologram writing-retrieval on the diffraction efficiency is described. Net amplification of one of the writing beams in two-beam coupling within the material has been observed. Recording of the holograms of 2-dimensional objects in real time has been demonstrated with good resolution and image brightness. All the results were obtained with a low power visible laser diode emitting at 675 nm.

  8. Metal-organic framework UiO-66 modified magnetite@silica core-shell magnetic microspheres for magnetic solid-phase extraction of domoic acid from shellfish samples.

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    Zhang, Wenmin; Yan, Zhiming; Gao, Jia; Tong, Ping; Liu, Wei; Zhang, Lan

    2015-06-26

    Fe3O4@SiO2@UiO-66 core-shell magnetic microspheres were synthesized and characterized by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, vibrating sample magnetometry, nitrogen adsorption porosimetry and zeta potential analyzer. The synthesized Fe3O4@SiO2@UiO-66 microspheres were first used for magnetic solid-phase extraction (MSPE) of domoic acid (DA) in shellfish samples. Combined with high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS), a fast, simple and sensitive method for the determination of DA was established successfully. Under the optimized conditions, the developed method showed short analysis time, good linearity (r(2) = 0.9990), low limit of detection (1.45 pg mL(-1); S/N = 3:1), low limit of quantification (4.82 pg mL(-1); S/N = 10:1), and good extraction repeatability (RSD ≤ 5.0%; n = 5). Real shellfish samples were processed using the developed method, and trace level of DA was detected. The results demonstrate that Fe3O4@SiO2@UiO-66 core-shell magnetic microspheres are the promising sorbents for rapid and efficient extraction of polar analytes from complex biological samples.

  9. Polymer shell as a protective layer for the sandwiched gold nanoparticles and their recyclable catalytic property.

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    Liu, Bin; Wang, Xiaoman; Zhao, Yanwei; Wang, Jianchao; Yang, Xinlin

    2013-04-01

    Poly(ethyleneglycol methacrylate) (PEGDMA) shell was used as a protective layer for the sandwiched gold nanoparticles, which were prepared through the in situ reduction in the HAuCl4 precursor in the presence of (aminopropyl)trimethoxysilane (APS) modified silica/PEGDMA core-shell microspheres. In this process, the silica/PEGDMA core-shell microspheres were afforded by the distillation-precipitation polymerization of the EGDMA monomer on the APS-modified silica particles with the aid of hydrogen-bonding interaction. The gold nanoparticles were formed at the interface between the silica core and the PEGDMA outer layer through the strong coordinate interaction between the gold nanoparticles and the amino groups on the surface of the silica during the reduction in HAuCl4. The sandwiched gold nanoparticles exhibited highly catalytic efficiency and facile recovery with good stability.

  10. 二吡啶甲基胺配合物修饰的肿瘤靶向性硅核壳纳米球%Target Cancer Cells through Complexes of Di(picolyl)amine Modified Silica Core-Shell Nanospheres

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    陈秋云; 王玲昀; 陈浩; 王娟; 高静

    2010-01-01

    运用油包水微乳液方法制备了二吡啶甲基胺(dpa)及其锰(Ⅱ)和铁(Ⅲ)配合物修饰的Gd-DTPA配合物硅核壳纳米球,其中二吡啶甲基胺锰(Ⅱ)和铁(Ⅲ)配合物修饰的纳米球粒径分别为60和5 nm.体外MRI成像研究表明3种纳米球能显著提高肿瘤细胞的磁共振成像效果,具备良好的肿瘤靶向性.生物活性数据显示三价铁配合物修饰的纳米球具备成像和抑制细胞生长的双重功能,而锰配合物修饰的纳米球不能抑制肿瘤细胞的生长,可作为低毒性的肿瘤成像剂.实验结果显示肿瘤靶向性配合物修饰的纳米球可发展成为新型多功能肿瘤靶向性纳米药物.%Di(picolyl)amine modified silica nanoparticles were prepared by W/O microemulsion method.The coordination of metal ions(Mn(Ⅱ)and Fe(Ⅲ))with di(pycolyl)amine modified nanoparticles produced two different size of nanospheres with the hydrodynamic diameter of approximately 60 nm and 5 nm,respectively.Three grafted silica nanospheres all display a great contrast enhancement in vitro indicating that they could accumulate in cancer cell,selectively.The Fe(Ⅲ)-di(picolyl)amine complex modified nanosphere was a multifunctional nanoparticle to image and inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells,and (Mn(Ⅱ)-di(picolyl)amine codex modified nanosphere could only be used as a low toxic MRI agents.So antitumor complexes modified nanospheres would be new kinds of multifunctional nanoparticles to target the cancer cells actively through complex induced active intracellular accumulating.

  11. Affinity for, and localization of, PEG-functionalized silica nanoparticles to sites of damage in an ex vivo spinal cord injury model

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    Chen Bojun

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI leads to serious neurological and functional deficits through a chain of pathophysiological events. At the molecular level, progressive damage is initially revealed by collapse of plasma membrane organization and integrity produced by breaches. Consequently, the loss of its role as a semi-permeable barrier that generally mediates the regulation and transport of ions and molecules eventually results in cell death. In previous studies, we have demonstrated the functional recovery of compromised plasma membranes can be induced by the application of the hydrophilic polymer polyethylene glycol (PEG after both spinal and brain trauma in adult rats and guinea pigs. Additionally, efforts have been directed towards a nanoparticle-based PEG application. The in vivo and ex vivo applications of PEG-decorated silica nanoparticles following CNS injury were able to effectively and efficiently enhance resealing of damaged cell membranes. Results The possibility for selectivity of tetramethyl rhodamine-dextran (TMR dye-doped, PEG-functionalized silica nanoparticles (TMR-PSiNPs to damaged spinal cord was evaluated using an ex vivo model of guinea pig SCI. Crushed and nearby undamaged spinal cord tissues exhibited an obvious difference in both the imbibement and accumulation of the TMR-PSiNPs, revealing selective labeling of compression-injured tissues. Conclusions These data show that appropriately functionalized nanoparticles can be an efficient means to both 1. carry drugs, and 2. apply membrane repair agents where they are needed in focally damaged nervous tissue.

  12. Patchy silica-coated silver nanowires as SERS substrates

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    Hunyadi Murph, Simona E.; Murphy, Catherine J.

    2013-05-08

    We report a class of core-shell nanomaterials that can be used as efficient surface-enhancement Raman scattering (SERS) substrates. The core consists of silver nanowires, prepared through a chemical reduction process, that are used to capture 4- mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA), a model analyte. The shell was prepared through a modified Stöber method and consists of patchy or full silica coats. The formation of silica coats was monitored via transmission electron microscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy and phase-analysis light scattering for measuring effective surface charge. Surprisingly, the patchy silica coated silver nanowires are better SERS substrate than silver nanowires; nanomolar concentration of 4-MBA can be detected. In addition, “nano-matryoshka” configurations were used to quantitate/explore the effect of the electromagnetic field at the tips of the nanowire (“hot spots”) in the Raman scattering experiment.

  13. Amine-functionalized magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles for DNA separation

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    Sheng, Wei; Wei, Wei; Li, Junjian; Qi, Xiaoliang; Zuo, Gancheng; Chen, Qi; Pan, Xihao; Dong, Wei

    2016-11-01

    We report a modified approach for the functionalized magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MMSN) using polymer microspheres incorporated with magnetic nanoparticles in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and the core-shell magnetic silica nanoparticles (MSN). These particles were functionalized with amino groups via the addition of aminosilane directly to the particle sol. We then evaluate their DNA separation abilities and find the capacity of DNA binding significantly increased (210.22 μg/mg) compared with normal magnetic silica spheres (138.44 μg/mg) by using an ultraviolet and visible spectrophotometer (UV). The morphologies, magnetic properties, particle size, pore size, core-shell structure and Zeta potential are characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), and dynamic light scattering (DLS). This work demonstrates that our MMSN own an excellent potential application in bioseparation and drug delivery.

  14. Evaluating Dimethyldiethoxysilane for use in Polyurethane Crosslinked Silica Aerogels

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    Randall, Jason P.; Meador, Mary Ann B.; Jana, Sadhan C.

    2008-01-01

    Silica aerogels are highly porous materials which exhibit exceptionally low density and thermal conductivity. Their "pearl necklace" nanostructure, however, is inherently weak; most silica aerogels are brittle and fragile. The strength of aerogels can be improved by employing an additional crosslinking step using isocyanates. In this work, dimethyldiethoxysilane (DMDES) is evaluated for use in the silane backbone of polyurethane crosslinked aerogels. Approximately half of the resulting aerogels exhibited a core/shell morphology of hard crosslinked aerogel surrounding a softer, uncrosslinked center. Solid state NMR and scanning electron microscopy results indicate the DMDES incorporated itself as a conformal coating around the outside of the secondary silica particles, in much the same manner as isocyanate crosslinking. Response surface curves were generated from compression data, indicating levels of reinforcement comparable to that in previous literature, despite the core/shell morphology.

  15. Intracellular degradation of multilabeled poly(ethylene imine)-mesoporous silica-silica nanoparticles: implications for drug release.

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    Bergman, Lotta; Kankaanpää, Pasi; Tiitta, Silja; Duchanoy, Alain; Li, Ling; Heino, Jyrki; Lindén, Mika

    2013-05-06

    Mesoporous silica nanoparticles, MSNs, have emerged as an interesting carrier for drugs in vitro and in vivo. The particles are typically used in a surface functionalized form, where functional silanes or other covalently linked surface functions are used to provide anchoring sites for additional functionalities like targeting groups, imaging agents, and drugs. Here, we report results related to extra- and intracellular degradation of silica nanoparticles using multilabeled nonporous silica core-mesoporous silica shell-surface hyperbranched poly(ethylene imine) shell nanoparticles as model particles. Different fluorophores have been selectively covalently linked to different regions of the particles in order to study the particle degradation in detail under in vitro conditions in human SAOS-2 cells. A novel, quantitative method for nanoparticle degradation evaluation based on confocal fluorescence microscopy is applied. Our results suggest that the core-shell-shell MSNs degrade at a higher rate inside cells as compared to outside cells, which is of high importance for further application of this class of drug carriers.

  16. Face-specific Replacement of Calcite by Amorphous Silica Nanoparticles

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    Liesegang, M.; Milke, R.; Neusser, G.; Mizaikoff, B.

    2016-12-01

    Amorphous silica, composed of nanoscale spheres, is an important biomineral, alteration product of silicate rocks on the Earth's surface, and precursor material for stable silicate minerals. Despite constant progress in silica sphere synthesis, fundamental knowledge of natural silica particle interaction and ordering processes leading to colloidal crystals is absent so far. To understand the formation pathways of silica spheres in a geologic environment, we investigated silicified Cretaceous mollusk shell pseudomorphs from Coober Pedy (South Australia) using focused ion beam (FIB)-SEM tomography, petrographic microscopy, µ-XRD, and EMPA. The shells consist of replaced calcite crystals (product, the advancement of synchronized dissolution and precipitation fronts along lattice planes is essential. We assume that the volume-preserving replacement process proceeds via a face-specific dissolution-precipitation mechanism with intermediate subparticle aggregation and subsequent layer-by-layer deposition of spheres along a planar surface. Porosity created during the replacement reaction allows permanent fluid access to the propagating reaction interface. Fluid pH and ionic strength remain constant throughout the replacement process, permitting continuous silica nanoparticle formation and diffusion-limited colloid aggregation. Our study provides a natural example of the transformation of an atomic crystal to an amorphous, mesoscale ordered material; thus, links the research fields of natural colloidal crystal formation, carbonate-silica replacement, and crystallization by oriented particle aggregation (CPA).

  17. Synthesis and Characterization of Monodisperse Metallodielectric SiO2@Pt@SiO2 Core-Shell-Shell Particles.

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    Petrov, Alexey; Lehmann, Hauke; Finsel, Maik; Klinke, Christian; Weller, Horst; Vossmeyer, Tobias

    2016-01-26

    Metallodielectric nanostructured core-shell-shell particles are particularly desirable for enabling novel types of optical components, including narrow-band absorbers, narrow-band photodetectors, and thermal emitters, as well as new types of sensors and catalysts. Here, we present a facile approach for the preparation of submicron SiO2@Pt@SiO2 core-shell-shell particles. As shown by transmission and scanning electron microscopy, the first steps of this approach allow for the deposition of closed and almost perfectly smooth platinum shells onto silica cores via a seeded growth mechanism. By choosing appropriate conditions, the shell thickness could be adjusted precisely, ranging from ∼3 to ∼32 nm. As determined by X-ray diffraction, the crystalline domain sizes of the polycrystalline metal shells were ∼4 nm, regardless of the shell thickness. The platinum content of the particles was determined by atomic absorption spectroscopy and for thin shells consistent with a dense metal layer of the TEM-measured thickness. In addition, we show that the roughness of the platinum shell strongly depends on the storage time of the gold seeds used to initiate reductive platinum deposition. Further, using polyvinylpyrrolidone as adhesion layer, it was possible to coat the metallic shells with very homogeneous and smooth insulating silica shells of well-controlled thicknesses between ∼2 and ∼43 nm. After depositing the particles onto silicon substrates equipped with interdigitated electrode structures, the metallic character of the SiO2@Pt particles and the insulating character of the SiO2 shells of the SiO2@Pt@SiO2 particles were successfully demonstrated by charge transport measurements at variable temperatures.

  18. Magnetic Bead and Fluorescent Silica Nanoparticles Based Optical Immunodetection of Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B (SEB in Bottled Water

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    Shiva K. RASTOGI

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Staphylococcal enterotoxins (SEs are a major cause of food-borne diseases, most commonly SEs assayed immunologically with ELISA. An immunoassay based on fluorescein dye doped silica dioxide nanoparticles (F-SiNPs and magnetic bead (MB is described here for the detection of staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB. F-SiNPs have unique optical properties which make them attractive for biosensing. The water-in-oil (W/O reverse microemulsion method was used for the synthesis of F-SiNPs (~ 95 nm of diameter. The F-SiNPs were characterized using SEM, TEM and FTIR spectroscopy. The detection of SEB is preformed in PBS buffer, and bottled drinking water using sandwich immunoassay format. Target analytes were captured using MBs modified with the antigen-specific “capture” antibody, and detected using F-SiNP labeled secondary antigen-specific antibody. We report a limit of detection down to 1 ng/mL SEB spiked sample in less than 2 hr assay time using fluorocount method. This study demonstrates the bio warfare agent SEB capture by magnetic beads and detection using F-SiNPs.

  19. Simultaneous counting of two subsets of leukocytes using fluorescent silica nanoparticles in a sheathless microchip flow cytometer.

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    Yun, Hoyoung; Bang, Hyunwoo; Min, Junggi; Chung, Chanil; Chang, Jun Keun; Han, Dong-Chul

    2010-12-07

    A portable flow cytometer has been recognized as an important tool for many clinical applications such as HIV/AIDS screening in developing countries and regions with limited medical facilities and resources. Conventional flow cytometers typically require multiple detectors for simultaneous identification of multiple subsets of immune cell. To minimize the number of detectors toward portable flow cytometry or to analyze multi-parametric cellular information with minimum number of detectors in conventional flow cytometers, we propose a versatile multiplexed cell-counting method using functional silica nanoparticles (SiNPs). FITC-doped SiNPs, which are 100 times brighter than the FITC molecules itself, were used as new intensity-based fluorescent dye complexes to simultaneously measure two subsets of leukocytes using a single detector. CD45(+)CD4(+) cells tagged with these FITC-doped SiNPs were 50 times brighter than CD45(+)CD4(-) cells tagged only with FITC. To make the overall system compact, a disposable microchip flow cytometer that does not require sheath flow was developed. Combining these dye-doped SiNPs based detection schemes and the sheathless microchip flow cytometer scheme, we successfully identified and counted two subsets of leukocytes simultaneously (R(2) = 0.876). These approaches can be the building blocks for a truly portable and disposable flow cytometer for various clinical cytometry applications.

  20. SILICA SURFACED CARBON FIBERS.

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    carbon fibers . Several economical and simple processes were developed for obtaining research quantities of silica surfaced carbon filaments. Vat dipping processes were utilized to deposit an oxide such as silica onto the surface and into the micropores of available carbon or graphite base fibers. High performance composite materials were prepared with the surface treated carbon fibers and various resin matrices. The ablative characteristics of these composites were very promising and exhibited fewer limitations than either silica or...treated

  1. Silica in higher plants.

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    Sangster, A G; Hodson, M J

    1986-01-01

    Opaline silica deposits are formed by many vascular (higher) plants. The capacity of these plants for silica absorption varies considerably according to genotype and environment. Plant communities exchange silica between soil and vegetation, especially in warmer climates. Silica deposition in epidermal cell walls offers mechanical and protective advantages. Biogenic silica particles from plants are also implicated in the causation of cancer. Recent techniques are reviewed which may aid in the identification of plant pathways for soluble silica movement to deposition sites and in the determination of ionic environments. Botanical investigations have focused on silicification of cell walls in relation to plant development, using scanning and transmission electron microscopy combined with X-ray microanalysis. Silica deposition in macrohair walls of the lemma of canary grass (Phalaris) begins at inflorescence emergence and closely follows wall thickening. The structure of the deposited silica may be determined by specific organic polymers present at successive stages of wall development. Lowering of transpiration by enclosure of Phalaris inflorescences in plastic bags reduced silica deposition in macrohairs. Preliminary freeze-substitution studies have located silicon, as well as potassium and chloride, in the cell vacuole and wall deposition sites during initial silicification.

  2. Synthesis of Ag@Silica Nanoparticles by Assisted Laser Ablation

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    González-Castillo, Jr.; Rodriguez, E.; Jimenez-Villar, E.; Rodríguez, D.; Salomon-García, I.; de Sá, Gilberto F.; García-Fernández, T.; Almeida, DB; Cesar, CL; Johnes, R.; Ibarra, Juana C.

    2015-10-01

    This paper reports the synthesis of silver nanoparticles coated with porous silica (Ag@Silica NPs) using an assisted laser ablation method. This method is a chemical synthesis where one of the reagents (the reducer agent) is introduced in nanometer form by laser ablation of a solid target submerged in an aqueous solution. In a first step, a silicon wafer immersed in water solution was laser ablated for several minutes. Subsequently, an AgNO3 aliquot was added to the aqueous solution. The redox reaction between the silver ions and ablation products leads to a colloidal suspension of core-shell Ag@Silica NPs. The influence of the laser pulse energy, laser wavelength, ablation time, and Ag+ concentration on the size and optical properties of the Ag@Silica NPs was investigated. Furthermore, the colloidal suspensions were studied by UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy, X-Ray diffraction, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM).

  3. 近红外光镊技术结合脂质体膜相变用于硅-金核壳纳米粒子热效应的研究%Study on the Heating Profile of Silica-gold Core/shell Nanoparticles by Near-infrared Optical Tweezers and Lipid Vesicle Phase Transition

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    唐宏武

    2014-01-01

    通过测定近红外光镊捕获的单个硅-金核壳纳米粒子对荧光标记的脂质体膜加热产生的相变,建立了一种对纳米粒子的激光热效应的三维稳态测定方法.考察了介质温度和激光功率等因素对纳米粒子热效应的影响,并对硅-金核壳纳米粒子和纳米金的光热转换效率进行了比较,结果表明硅-金核壳纳米粒子的光热转换效率最高,其表面温度和光镊激光功率呈正相关(激光功率为0.6W时,其表面温度达200℃以上).最后对这类核壳纳米粒子具有良好热效应的原因进行了理论分析.本文建立的方法和获得的结果有助于深入了解硅-金核壳纳米材料的热效应,并展示了这类材料在癌症光热治疗等方面的应用前景.%This study presents a three-dimensional steady-state measurement of heat transduction of a single silica-gold core/shell nanoparticle by trapping it with a near-infrared laser and quantifies the temperature increase by measuring phase transition of a nearby lipid vesicle.Some factors such as the temperature in medium and laser power were investigated to evaluate their influences on the heating effect of the nanoparticles,and the efficiency of photothermal transduction of gold nanoshells and gold nanoparticles were compared.The results show that a gold nanoshell exhibits higher transduction efficiency and its surface temperature shows positive correlation with laser power(the temperature reaches above 200 ℃ at 0.6 W laser power).Finally,the excellent photothermal property of gold nanoshells is explained theoretically.The assay in this study is beneficial for a deep understanding of heating effect of silica-gold nanosells and shows a great promise of this material in photothermal therapy of cancers,etc.

  4. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles for active corrosion protection.

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    Borisova, Dimitriya; Möhwald, Helmuth; Shchukin, Dmitry G

    2011-03-22

    This work presents the synthesis of monodisperse, mesoporous silica nanoparticles and their application as nanocontainers loaded with corrosion inhibitor (1H-benzotriazole (BTA)) and embedded in hybrid SiOx/ZrOx sol-gel coating for the corrosion protection of aluminum alloy. The developed porous system of mechanically stable silica nanoparticles exhibits high surface area (∼1000 m2·g(-1)), narrow pore size distribution (d∼3 nm), and large pore volume (∼1 mL·g(-1)). As a result, a sufficiently high uptake and storage of the corrosion inhibitor in the mesoporous nanocontainers was achieved. The successful embedding and homogeneous distribution of the BTA-loaded monodisperse silica nanocontainers in the passive anticorrosive SiOx/ZrOx film improve the wet corrosion resistance of the aluminum alloy AA2024 in 0.1 M sodium chloride solution. The enhanced corrosion protection of this newly developed active system in comparison to the passive sol-gel coating was observed during a simulated corrosion process by the scanning vibrating electrode technique (SVET). These results, as well as the controlled pH-dependent release of BTA from the mesoporous silica nanocontainers without additional polyelectrolyte shell, suggest an inhibitor release triggered by the corrosion process leading to a self-healing effect.

  5. Perylene-labeled silica nanoparticles: synthesis and characterization of three novel silica nanoparticle species for live-cell imaging.

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    Blechinger, Julia; Herrmann, Rudolf; Kiener, Daniel; García-García, F Javier; Scheu, Christina; Reller, Armin; Bräuchle, Christoph

    2010-11-05

    The increasing exposure of humans to nanoscaled particles requires well-defined systems that enable the investigation of the toxicity of nanoparticles on the cellular level. To facilitate this, surface-labeled silica nanoparticles, nanoparticles with a labeled core and a silica shell, and a labeled nanoparticle network-all designed for live-cell imaging-are synthesized. The nanoparticles are functionalized with perylene derivatives. For this purpose, two different perylene species containing one or two reactive silica functionalities are prepared. The nanoparticles are studied by transmission electron microscopy, widefield and confocal fluorescence microscopy, as well as by fluorescence spectroscopy in combination with fluorescence anisotropy, in order to characterize the size and morphology of the nanoparticles and to prove the success and homogeneity of the labeling. Using spinning-disc confocal measurements, silica nanoparticles are demonstrated to be taken up by HeLa cells, and they are clearly detectable inside the cytoplasm of the cells.

  6. Construction of homogenous/heterogeneous hollow mesoporous silica nanostructures by silica-etching chemistry: principles, synthesis, and applications.

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    Chen, Yu; Chen, Hang-Rong; Shi, Jian-Lin

    2014-01-21

    Colloidal hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles (HMSNs) are aspecial type of silica-based nanomaterials with penetrating mesopore channels on their shells. HMSNs exhibit unique structural characteristics useful for diverse applications: Firstly, the hollow interiors can function as reservoirs for enhanced loading of guest molecules, or as nanoreactors for the growth of nanocrystals or for catalysis in confined spaces. Secondly, the mesoporous silica shell enables the free diffusion of guest molecules through the intact shell. Thirdly, the outer silica surface is ready for chemical modifications, typically via its abundant Si-OH bonds. As early as 2003, researchers developed a soft-templating methodto prepare hollow aluminosilicate spheres with penetrating mesopores in a cubic symmetry pattern on the shells. However, adapting this method for applications on the nanoscale, especially for biomedicine, has proved difficult because the soft templating micelles are very sensitive to liquid environments, making it difficult to tune key parameters such as dispersity, morphology and structure. In this Account, we present the most recent developments in the tailored construction of highly dispersive and monosized HMSNs using simple silica-etching chemistry, and we discuss these particles' excellent performance in diverse applications. We first introduce general principles of silica-etching chemistry for controlling the chemical composition and the structural parameters (particle size, pore size, etching modalities, yolk-shell nanostructures, etc.) of HMSNs. Secondly, we include recent progress in constructing heterogeneous, multifunctional, hollow mesoporous silica nanorattles via several methods for diverse applications. These elaborately designed HMSNs could be topologically transformed to prepare hollow mesoporous carbon nanoparticles or functionalized to produce HMSN-based composite nanomaterials. Especially in biomedicine, HMSNs are excellent as carriers to deliver

  7. Crystalline Silica Primer

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    Crystalline silica is the scientific name for a group of minerals composed of silicon and oxygen. The term crystalline refers to the fact that the oxygen and silicon atoms are arranged in a threedimensional repeating pattern. This group of minerals has shaped human history since the beginning of civilization. From the sand used for making glass to the piezoelectric quartz crystals used in advanced communication systems, crystalline silica has been a part of our technological development. Crystalline silica's pervasiveness in our technology is matched only by its abundance in nature. It's found in samples from every geologic era and from every location around the globe. Scientists have known for decades that prolonged and excessive exposure to crystalline silica dust in mining environments can cause silicosis, a noncancerous lung disease. During the 1980's, studies were conducted that suggested that crystalline silica also was a carcinogen. As a result of these findings, crystalline silica has been regulated under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). Under HCS, OSHAregulated businesses that use materials containing 0.1% or more crystalline silica must follow Federal guidelines concerning hazard communication and worker training. Although the HCS does not require that samples be analyzed for crystalline silica, mineral suppliers or OSHAregulated

  8. Silica Refractory Bricks

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    Yu Lingyan; Peng Xigao

    2011-01-01

    @@ 1.Scope This standard specifies the classification,technical requirements,test methods,quality appraisal procedures,packing,marking,transportation,storage,and quality certificate of silica refractory bricks.This standard is applicable to silica refractory bricks with single weight≤40 kg.

  9. Drug silica nanocomposite: preparation, characterization and skin permeation studies.

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    Pilloni, Martina; Ennas, Guido; Casu, Mariano; Fadda, Anna Maria; Frongia, Francesca; Marongiu, Francesca; Sanna, Roberta; Scano, Alessandra; Valenti, Donatella; Sinico, Chiara

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate silica nanocomposites as topical drug delivery systems for the model drug, caffeine. Preparation, characterization, and skin permeation properties of caffeine-silica nanocomposites are described. Caffeine was loaded into the nanocomposites by grinding the drug with mesoporous silica in a ball mill up to 10 h and the efficiency of the process was studied by XRPD. Formulations were characterized by several methods that include FTIR, XRPD, SEM and TEM. The successful loading of caffeine was demonstrated by XRPD and FTIR. Morphology was studied by SEM that showed particle size reduction while TEM demonstrated formation of both core-shell and multilayered caffeine-silica structures. Solid-state NMR spectra excluded chemical interactions between caffeine and silica matrix, thus confirming that no solid state reactions occurred during the grinding process. Influence of drug inclusion in silica nanocomposite on the in vitro caffeine diffusion into and through the skin was investigated in comparison with a caffeine gel formulation (reference), using newborn pig skin and vertical Franz diffusion cells. Results from the in vitro skin permeation experiments showed that inclusion into the nanocomposite reduced and delayed caffeine permeation from the silica nanocomposite in comparison with the reference, independently from the amount of the tested formulation.

  10. NIF Double Shell outer-shell experiments

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    Merritt, E. C.; Montgomery, D. S.; Kline, J. L.; Daughton, W. S.; Wilson, D. C.; Dodd, E. S.; Renner, D. B.; Cardenas, T.; Batha, S. H.

    2016-10-01

    At the core of the Double Shell concept is the kinetic energy transfer from the outer shell to the inner shell via collision. This collision sets both the implosion shape of the inner shell, from imprinting of the shape of the outer shell, as well as the maximum energy available to compress the DT fuel. Therefore, it is crucial to be able to control the time-dependent shape of the outer shell, such that the outer shell is nominally round at the collision time. We present the experiment results from our sub-scale ( 1 MJ) NIF outer-shell only shape tuning campaign, where we vary shape by changing a turn-on time delay between the same pulse shape on the inner and outer cone beams. This type of shape tuning is unique to this platform and only possible since the Double Shell design uses a single-shock drive (4.5 ns reverse ramp pulse). The outer-shell only targets used a 5.75 mm diameter standard near-vacuum NIF hohlraum with 0.032 mg/cc He gas fill, and a Be capsule with 0.4% uniform Cu dopant, with 242 um thick ablator. We also present results from a third outer-shell only shot used to measure shell trajectory, which is critical in determining the shell impact time. This work conducted under the auspices of the U.S. DOE by LANL under contract DE-AC52-06NA25396.

  11. Core-Shell Composite Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications

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    Sanyal, Sriya

    Nanoparticles are ubiquitous in various fields due to their unique properties not seen in similar bulk materials. Among them, core-shell composite nanoparticles are an important class of materials which are attractive for their applications in catalysis, sensing, electromagnetic shielding, drug delivery, and environmental remediation. This dissertation focuses on the study of core-shell type of nanoparticles where a polymer serves as the core and inorganic nanoparticles are the shell. This is an interesting class of supramolecular building blocks and can "exhibit unusual, possibly unique, properties which cannot be obtained simply by co-mixing polymer and inorganic particles". The one-step Pickering emulsion polymerization method was successfully developed and applied to synthesize polystyrene-silica core-shell composite particles. Possible mechanisms of the Pickering emulsion polymerization were also explored. The silica nanoparticles were thermodynamically favorable to self-assemble at liquid-liquid interfaces at the initial stage of polymerization and remained at the interface to finally form the shells of the composite particles. More importantly, Pickering emulsion polymerization was employed to synthesize polystyrene/poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm)-silica core-shell nanoparticles with N-isopropylacrylamide incorporated into the core as a co-monomer. The composite nanoparticles were temperature sensitive and could be up-taken by human prostate cancer cells and demonstrated effectiveness in drug delivery and cancer therapy. Similarly, by incorporating poly-2-(N,N)-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (PDMA) into the core, pH sensitive core-shell composite nanoparticles were synthesized and applied as effective carriers to release a rheological modifier upon a pH change. Finally, the research focuses on facile approaches to engineer the transition of the temperature-sensitive particles and develop composite core-shell nanoparticles with a metallic shell.

  12. A facile approach for cupric ion detection in aqueous media using polyethyleneimine/PMMA core-shell fluorescent nanoparticles

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    Chen, Jian; Zeng, Fang; Wu, Shuizhu; Su, Junhua; Zhao, Jianqing; Tong, Zhen

    2009-09-01

    A facile approach was developed to produce a dye-doped core-shell nanoparticle chemosensor for detecting Cu2+ in aqueous media. The core-shell nanoparticle sensor was prepared by a one-step emulsifier-free polymerization, followed by the doping of the fluorescent dye Nile red (9-diethylamino- 5H-benzo[alpha] phenoxazine-5-one, NR) into the particles. For the nanoparticles, the hydrophilic polyethyleneimine (PEI) chain segments serve as the shell and the hydrophobic polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) constitutes the core of the nanoparticles. The non-toxic and biocompatible PEI chain segments on the nanoparticle surface exhibit a high affinity for Cu2+ ions in aqueous media, and the quenching of the NR fluorescence is observed upon binding of Cu2+ ions. This makes the core-shell nanoparticle system a water-dispersible chemosensor for Cu2+ ion detection. The quenching of fluorescence arises through intraparticle energy transfer (FRET) from the dye in the hydrophobic PMMA core to the Cu2+/PEI complexes on the nanoparticle surface. The energy transfer efficiency for PEI/PMMA particles with different diameters was determined, and it is found that the smaller nanoparticle sample exhibits higher quenching efficiency, and the limit for Cu2+ detection is 1 µM for a nanoparticle sample with a diameter of ~30 nm. The response of the fluorescent nanoparticle towards different metal ions was investigated and the nanoparticle chemosensor displays high selectivity and antidisturbance for the Cu2+ ion among the metal ions examined (Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Zn2+, Hg2+, Mn2+, Fe2+, Ni2+, Co2+ and Pb2+). This emulsifier-free, biocompatible and sensitive fluorescent nanoparticle sensor may find applications in cupric ion detection in the biological and environmental areas.

  13. Morphology conserving aminopropyl functionalization of hollow silica nanospheres in toluene

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    Dobó, Dorina G.; Berkesi, Dániel; Kukovecz, Ákos

    2017-07-01

    Inorganic nanostructures containing cavities of monodisperse diameter distribution find applications in e.g. catalysis, adsorption and drug delivery. One of their possible synthesis routes is the template assisted core-shell synthesis. We synthesized hollow silica spheres around polystyrene cores by the sol-gel method. The polystyrene template was removed by heat treatment leaving behind a hollow spherical shell structure. The surface of the spheres was then modified by adding aminopropyl groups. Here we present the first experimental evidence that toluene is a suitable alternative functionalization medium for the resulting thin shells, and report the comprehensive characterization of the amino-functionalized hollow silica spheres based on scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, N2 adsorption, FT-IR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and electrokinetic potential measurement. Both the presence of the amino groups and the preservation of the hollow spherical morphology were unambiguously proven. The introduction of the amine functionality adds amphoteric character to the shell as shown by the zeta potential vs. pH function. Unlike pristine silica particles, amino-functionalized nanosphere aqueous sols can be stable at both acidic and basic conditions.

  14. 水溶性CdTe/CdS纳米晶表面SiO2壳层的反相胶束法包覆%Silica Coating of Water-Soluble CdTe/CdS Core-Shell Nanocrystals by Microemulsion Method

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    王永; 牛书花; 张志娟; 王海涛; 袁春伟; 付德刚

    2007-01-01

    提出了一种水相中制备CdTe/CdS核壳结构纳米粒子的方法.用Te粉作为碲源,用Na2S作为硫源,在50℃下制备了CdTe/CdS核壳结构纳米粒子.用紫外可见吸收光谱和荧光光谱分析了CdS壳层对CdTe核的影响.随CdS壳层厚度的增加,紫外可见吸收光谱和荧光光谱均发生了红移.CdS壳层厚度较薄时,CdTe/CdS纳米晶的荧光强度较CdTe纳米粒子有显著提高;而CdS壳层厚度较厚时,CdTe/CdS纳米晶的荧光强度会逐渐降低.用反相胶束法在CdTe/CdS核壳结构纳米粒子的表面包被一层SiO2,包覆SiO2后所形成的复合结构纳米粒子的荧光强度较CdTe纳米粒子提高了18.5%.TEM照片显示包覆SiO2后颗粒的直径为50 nm,且一个SiO2纳米球中包有多个CdTe/CdS核.%Using Te powder as a tellurium source and Na2S as a sulfur source, core-shell CdTe/CdS NPs were synthesized at 50 ℃. UV-visible and photoluminescence (PL) spectra were used to probe the effect of CdS passivation on the CdTe quantum dots. As the thickness of CdS shell increase, there is a red-shift in the optical absorption spectra, as well as the PL spectra. The broadening absorption peaks and PL spectra indicate that the size distributions of CdTe/CdS NPs widen increasingly with the increase of CdS coverage. The PL spectra also show that the fluorescence intensity of CdTe QDs will increase when the particles are covered with CdS shell with ratio of S/Te less than 1.0, otherwise it will decrease if the ratio of S/Te is larger than 1.0. Furthermore, the (CdTe/CdS)@SiO2 particles were prepared using a water-in-oil microemulsion method at room temperature in which hydrolysis of tetraethyl orthosilicate leads to the formation of monodispersed silica nanospheres. The obtained (CdTe/CdS)@SiO2 particles show bright photoluminescence with their fluorescence intensity being enhanced 18.5% compared with that of CdTe NPs. TEM imaging shows that the diameter of these composite particles is 50 nm. These

  15. Novel multiparametric approach to elucidate the surface amine-silanization reaction profile on fluorescent silica nanoparticles.

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    Roy, Shibsekhar; Dixit, Chandra K; Woolley, Robert; MacCraith, Brian D; O'Kennedy, Richard; McDonagh, Colette

    2010-12-07

    This Article addresses the important issue of the characterization of surface functional groups for optical bioassay applications. We use a model system consisting of spherical dye-doped silica nanoparticles (NPs) that have been functionalized with amine groups whereby the encapsulated cyanine-based near-infrared dye fluorescence acts as a probe of the NP surface environment. This facilitates the identification of the optimum deposition parameters for the formation of a stable ordered amine monolayer and also elucidates the functionalization profile of the amine-silanization process. Specifically, we use a novel approach where the techniques of fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and fluorescence lifetime measurement (FL) are used in conjunction with the more conventional analytical techniques of zeta potential measurement and Fourier transfer infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The dynamics of the ordering of the amine layer in different stages of the reaction have been characterized by FTIR, FL, and FCS. The results indicate an optimum reaction time for the formation of a stable amine layer, which is optimized for further biomolecular conjugation, whereas extended reaction times lead to a disordered cross-linked layer. The results have been validated using an immunoglobulin (IgG) plate-based direct binding assay where the maximum number of IgG-conjugated aminated NPs were captured by immobilized anti-IgG antibodies for the NP sample corresponding to the optimized amine-silanization condition. Importantly, these results point to the potential of FCS and FL as useful analytical tools in diverse fields such as characterization of surface functionalization.

  16. Shell Analysis Manual

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    1968-04-01

    loading (e. g. shallow shell theory , Geckeler’s approximation for symmetrically loaded shells, etc.) Although the Shear Deformation and Specialized...interest. Included are the Reissner-Meissner equations, Geckeler’s approximations, shallow - shell theory , Donnell’s theory, and others. A. General Shells of

  17. Nanoengineering of methylene blue loaded silica encapsulated magnetite nanospheres and nanocapsules for photodynamic therapy

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    Andhariya, Nidhi [Bhavnagar University, Department of Physics (India); Chudasama, Bhupendra, E-mail: bnchudasama@gmail.com [Thapar University, School of Physics and Materials Science (India); Mehta, R. V. [Bhavnagar University, Department of Physics (India); Upadhyay, R. V. [Charotar University of Science and Technology, P.D. Patel Institute of Applied Sciences (India)

    2011-09-15

    Core-shell nanostructures have emerged as an important class of functional materials with potential applications in diverse fields, especially in health sciences. In this article, nanoengineering of novel magnetic colloidal dispersion containing surface modifiable silica with a core of single domain magnetite nanoparticles loaded with photosensitizer (PS) drug 'Methylene blue' (MB) has been described. Magnetite core is produced by the well-established chemical coprecipitation technique and silica shell is formed over it by the modified hydrolysis and condensation of TEOS (tetraethyl orthosilicate). Conditions for reaction kinetics have been established to tailor the core-shell structures in the form of nanospheres and nanocapsules. MB is loaded into the nanostructures by demethylation reaction. The major conclusion drawn from this study is that the synthesis route yields stable, non-aggregated MB loaded superparamagnetic magnetite-silica nanostructures with tailored morphology, tunable loading, and excellent magnetic properties.

  18. Exchange bias effect in nickel zinc ferrite–mesoporous silica nanocomposites

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    Banerjee, Shilpi [MLS Professor' s Unit, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata 700032 (India); Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata 700032 (India); Hajra, Partha [MLS Professor' s Unit, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata 700032 (India); Mada, Mykanth Reddy [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Kensington, Sydney-2052 (Australia); Bhaumik, Asim [Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata 700032 (India); Bandyopadhyay, Sri [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Kensington, Sydney-2052 (Australia); Chakravorty, Dipankar, E-mail: mlsdc@iacs.res.in [MLS Professor' s Unit, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata 700032 (India)

    2013-04-15

    Nickel zinc ferrite–mesoporous silica nanocomposite (NZF–MS) was synthesized using impregnation method. The microstructure was investigated by transmission electron microscopy. A magnetic exchange bias effect was exhibited by the nanocomposites. This was ascribed to the presence of a ferromagnetic core and antiferromagnetic shell structure. Electron microscopic studies confirmed the presence of a core–shell structure with NZF forming the core. The zero-field cooled magnetization data as a function of temperature indicated the presence of an antiferromagnetic phase which is believed to be formed by the diffusion of Fe{sup 3+} or Ni{sup 2+} ions into the silica glass. - Highlights: ► Synthesis of ferrite–mesoporous silica nanocomposite (NC) using impregnation route. ► NC shows room temperature exchange bias (EB) under field cooled condition. ► NC shows EB due to diffusion of Fe{sup 3+}/Ni{sup 2+} from ferrite to the silica glass.

  19. Silica sol-gel encapsulated methylotrophic yeast as filling of biofilters for the removal of methanol from industrial wastewater.

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    Kamanina, Olga A; Lavrova, Daria G; Arlyapov, Viacheslav A; Alferov, Valeriy A; Ponamoreva, Olga N

    2016-10-01

    This research suggests the use of new hybrid biomaterials based on methylotrophic yeast cells covered by an alkyl-modified silica shell as biocatalysts. The hybrid biomaterials are produced by sol-gel chemistry from silane precursors. The shell protects microbial cells from harmful effects of acidic environment. Potential use of the hybrid biomaterials based on methylotrophic yeast Ogataea polymorpha VKM Y-2559 encapsulated into alkyl-modified silica matrix for biofilters is represented for the first time. Organo-silica shells covering yeast cells effectively protect them from exposure to harmful factors, including extreme values of pH. The biofilter based on the organic silica matrix encapsulated in the methylotrophic yeast Ogataea polymorpha BKM Y-2559 has an oxidizing power of 3 times more than the capacity of the aeration tanks used at the chemical plants during methyl alcohol production. This may lead to the development of new and effective industrial wastewater treatment technologies.

  20. A versatile synthesis route for metal@SiO2 core-shell nanoparticles using 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid as primer

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    Zhang, Y.; Kong, X.; Xue, B.; Zeng, Q.; Liu, X.; Tu, L.; Liu, K.; Zhang, H.

    2013-01-01

    Applying the Stober method to directly coat noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) such as gold (Au) and silver (Ag) NPs with silica shells presents challenges, since the noble metal NPs are not stable in alcoholic solution and have low chemical affinity for silica. This paper describes a method which uses

  1. Fabrication of a magnetic helical mesostructured silica rod

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    Zhang, Lei; Zhang Qiao, Shi; Cheng, Lina; Yan, Zifeng; Qing Lu, Gao Max

    2008-10-01

    We report a one-step synthesis of magnetic helical mesostructured silica (MHMS) by self-assembly of an achiral surfactant, magnetic nanocrystals with stearic acid ligands and silicate. This core-shell structured material consists of an Fe3O4 superparamagnetic nanocrystal core and a highly ordered periodic helical mesoporous silica shell. We propose that the formation of the helical structure is induced by the interaction between the surfactant and dissociated stearic acid ligands. The MHMS obtained possesses superparamagnetism, uniform mesostructure, narrow pore size distribution, high surface area, and large pore volume. Furthermore, the drug release process is demonstrated using aspirin as a drug model and MHMS as a drug carrier in a sodium phosphate buffer solution.

  2. Silica encapsulation of luminescent silicon nanoparticles: stable and biocompatible nanohybrids

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    Maurice, Vincent [CEA Saclay, DSM/IRAMIS/SPAM-LFP (France); Rivolta, Ilaria [University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Experimental Medicine (DIMS) (Italy); Vincent, Julien [CEA Saclay, DSM/IRAMIS/SPAM-LFP (France); Raccurt, Olivier [CEA Grenoble, Department of Nano Materials, NanoChemistry and NanoSafety Laboratory (DRT/LITEN/DTNM/LCSN) (France); Rouzaud, Jean-Noel [Ecole Normale superieure de Paris, Laboratoire de Geologie (France); Miserrochi, Giuseppe [University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Experimental Medicine (DIMS) (Italy); Doris, Eric [CEA, Service de Chimie Bioorganique et de Marquage, iBiTecS (France); Reynaud, Cecile; Herlin-Boime, Nathalie, E-mail: nathalie.herlin@cea.fr [CEA Saclay, DSM/IRAMIS/SPAM-LFP (France)

    2012-02-15

    This article presents a process for surface coating and functionalization of luminescent silicon nanoparticles. The particles were coated with silica using a microemulsion process that was adapted to the fragile silicon nanoparticles. The as-produced core-shell particles have a mean diameter of 35 nm and exhibit the intrinsic photoluminescence of the silicon core. The silica layer protects the core from aqueous oxidation for several days, thus allowing the use of the nanoparticles for biological applications. The nanoparticles were further coated with amines and functionalized with polyethylene glycol chains and the toxicity of the particles has been evaluated at the different stages of the process. The core-shell nanoparticles exhibit no acute toxicity towards lung cells, which is promising for further development.

  3. Synthesis of core-shell hydrophilic polymer-silica hybrid material and its application in N-glycan enrichment%新型核壳型亲水聚合物-硅胶杂化填料的合成及其在蛋白质N-糖链富集中的应用

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    白海红; 范超; 沈丙权; 田芳; 邓玉林; 潘一廷; 秦伟捷; 钱小红

    2015-01-01

    蛋白质的 N-糖基化修饰与多种重要的生理、病理进程密切相关,是多种重大疾病诊断标志物研究的热点。由于糖蛋白本身多是低丰度表达的蛋白质,且糖链结构具有高度微不均一性,这使得蛋白质糖基化修饰的分析具有一定的挑战。本研究利用表面引发-原子转移自由基聚合( SI-ATRP )法,以带有双键的氨基葡萄糖为单体(GMAG),成功制备了新型核壳型亲水聚合物-硅胶杂化填料(pGMAG-SiO2)。由于在硅胶表面引入致密的亲水聚合物层,该填料不仅保持了硅胶良好的机械强度,而且显著提高了其亲水性,因此非常适合作为亲水填料用于蛋白质的N-糖链富集。以麦芽七糖和鸡卵清蛋白的N-糖链为研究对象,考察了该填料对N-糖链的富集效果,并将该杂化填料成功用于人血浆中糖蛋白 N-糖链的富集检测,共鉴定了47种糖型。以上结果表明,pGMAG-SiO2填料对N-糖链具有较高的亲和性,可以用于 N-糖链的高覆盖率鉴定。%Protein N-glycosylation is one of the most important post-translational modifications closely correlated with many important biological and pathological processes. The structural alterations of N-linked glycans in glycoproteins are always associated with many diseases,such as diabetes,heart failure and malignant tumors. Therefore,it is very important to establish sen-sitive methods for high-throughput N-glycan profiling. However,the low abundance of the N-glycoproteins and the heterogeneity of the N-glycans make it a challenge to analyse the pro-tein glycosylation sensitively. In this work,we had synthesized core-shell hydrophilic polymer-silica hybrid materials(pGMAG-SiO2)for the efficient enrichment of protein N-glycans. Firstly, pGMAG-SiO2 was prepared by in situ growth of glucose polymer on the surface of silica microp-articles using surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization( SI

  4. Rare Earth-Activated Silica-Based Nanocomposites

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    C. Armellini

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Two different kinds of rare earth-activated glass-based nanocomposite photonic materials, which allow to tailor the spectroscopic properties of rare-earth ions: (i Er3+-activated SiO2-HfO2 waveguide glass ceramic, and (ii core-shell-like structures of Er3+-activated silica spheres obtained by a seed growth method, are presented.

  5. Cobalt-silica magnetic nanoparticles with functional surfaces

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    Vadala, Michael L. [Department of Chemistry and the Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Mail Code 0212, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0344 (United States); Zalich, Michael A. [School of Physics, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009 (Australia); Fulks, David B. [Department of Chemistry and the Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Mail Code 0212, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0344 (United States); St Pierre, Tim G. [School of Physics, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009 (Australia); Dailey, James P. [Department of Ophthalmology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (United States); Riffle, Judy S. [Department of Chemistry and the Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Mail Code 0212, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0344 (United States)]. E-mail: judyriffle@aol.com

    2005-05-15

    Cobalt nanoparticles encased in polysiloxane block copolymers have been heated at 600-700 deg C to form protective shells around the particles, which contain crosslinked Si-O structures, and to anneal the cobalt. Methods to functionalize and modify the surfaces of the pyrolyzed/annealed silica-cobalt complexes with amines, isocyanates, poly(ethylene oxide), poly(L-lactide) and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) are presented.

  6. A Better Understanding of the Formation of Silica Nanococoons%A Better Understanding of the Formation of Silica Nanococoons

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    许臻; 赵环宇; 闫卓君; 王思兵; 陈媛丽; 李宝宗; 李艺; 杨永刚

    2011-01-01

    Silica nanococoons with coiled or concentric circular pore channels in the walls attracted much attention, recently. However, the formation of them is not well illustrated. Herein, hollow silica shells with organized pore channels parallel to the shell surface were prepared through a single-templating method using the self-assemblies of a chiral low-molecular-weight amphiphile, L-18Phe6PyBr, as templates under a dilute concentration. These nano- cocoons were characterized using X-ray diffractometer and N2 sorption. The formation of them was clearly shown in the field-emission electron microscopy images which were taken at a low voltage. Moreover, transmission elec- tron microscopy images taken after different reaction times indicated a cooperative self-assemble mechanism. It was also found that the nanocoons were formed from coiled nanoribbons.

  7. Mesoporous silica and organosilica films templated by nanocrystalline chitin.

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    Nguyen, Thanh-Dinh; Shopsowitz, Kevin E; MacLachlan, Mark J

    2013-11-04

    Liquid crystalline phases can be used to impart order into inorganic solids, creating materials that mimic natural architectures. Herein, mesoporous silica and organosilica films with layered structures and high surface areas have been templated by nanocrystalline chitin. Aqueous suspensions of spindle-shaped chitin nanocrystals were prepared by sequential deacetylation and hydrolysis of chitin fibrils isolated from king crab shells. The nanocrystalline chitin self-assembles into a nematic liquid-crystalline phase that has been used to template silica and organosilica composites. Removal of the chitin template by either calcination or sulfuric-acid-catalyzed hydrolysis gave mesoporous silica and ethylene-bridged organosilica films. The large, crack-free mesoporous films have layered structures with features that originate from the nematic organization of the nanocrystalline chitin.

  8. Multiple shells in IRC+10216: shell properties

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    Mauron, N.; Huggins, P. J.

    2000-07-01

    We report on the properties of the multiple shells in the circumstellar envelope of IRC+10216, using deep optical imaging, including data from the Hubble Space Telescope. The intensity profiles confirm the presence of thin ( ~ 0farcs5 -3'' ec), limb-brightened shells in the envelope, seen in stellar and ambient Galactic light scattered by dust. The shells are spaced at irregular intervals of ~ 5'' ec-20'' ec, corresponding to time scales of 200-800 yr, although intervals as short as ~ 1'' ec (40 yr) are seen close to the star. The location of the main shells shows a good correlation with high-resolution, molecular line maps of the inner envelope, indicating that the dust and gas are well coupled. The shell/intershell density contrast is typically ~ 3, and we find that the shells form the dominant mass component of the circumstellar envelope. The shells exhibit important evolutionary effects: the thickness increases with increasing radius, with an effective dispersion velocity of 0.7 km s-1 and there is evidence for shell interactions. Despite the presence of bipolar structure close to the star, the global shell pattern favors a roughly isotropic, episodic mass loss mechanism, with a range of time scales. Based on observations made with the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope, operated by CNRS, NRCC and UH, and on dearchived observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, operated by AURA Inc., under NASA contract NAS5-26555

  9. Thermal stability of mesoporous silica-coated gold nanorods with different aspect ratios

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    Gergely-Fülöp, Eszter, E-mail: fulop.eszter@ttk.mta.hu; Zámbó, Dániel, E-mail: zambo.daniel@ttk.mta.hu; Deák, András, E-mail: deak.andras@ttk.mta.hu

    2014-12-15

    The effect of different temperatures (up to 900 °C) on the morphology of mesoporous silica-coated gold nanorods was systematically investigated. Gold nanorods with different aspect ratios (AR ranging from 2.5 to 4.3) were coated with a 15 nm thick mesoporous silica shell. Silicon supported monolayers of the particles were annealed in the temperature range of 300–900 °C. The resulting changes in particle morphology were investigated using scanning electron microscopy and visible wavelength extinction spectroscopy. The silica coating generally improved the stability of the nanorods from ca. 250 °C by several hundreds degree Celsius. For nanorods with AR < 3 the shape and the aspect ratio change is only moderate up to 700 °C. At 900 °C these nanorods became spherical. For nanorods with AR>3, lower stability was found as the aspect ratio decrease was more significant and they transformed into spherical particles already at 700 °C. It was confirmed by investigating empty silica shells that the observed conformal change of the shell material when annealing core/shell particles is dictated by the deformation of the core particle. This also implies that a significant mechanical stress is exerted on the shell upon core deformation. In accordance with this, for the highest aspect ratio (AR ∼ 4) nanorod the shell breaks up at 900 °C and the gold cores were partially released and coalesced into large spherical particles. - Highlights: • Deformation of mesoporous silica-coated gold nanorods upon annealing up to 900 °C. • The silica shell protects the gold cores from turning into spheres up to 500 °C. • Decreasing thermal stability with increasing aspect ratio. • Deformation of the silica shell dictated by the shape change of the gold core. • Core induced break-up of the shell for high aspect ratio nanorods.

  10. Amine-functionalized magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles for DNA separation

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    Sheng, Wei; Wei, Wei; Li, Junjian; Qi, Xiaoliang; Zuo, Gancheng; Chen, Qi; Pan, Xihao; Dong, Wei, E-mail: weidong@njust.edu.cn

    2016-11-30

    Highlights: • Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@SiO{sub 2}@EDPS with uniform size and good dispersity is prepared. • We fabricated MMSN@EDPS with distinct core-shell–shell triple-layer composition. • DNA adsorption capacity of MMSN@EDPS is considerable. - Abstract: We report a modified approach for the functionalized magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MMSN) using polymer microspheres incorporated with magnetic nanoparticles in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and the core-shell magnetic silica nanoparticles (MSN). These particles were functionalized with amino groups via the addition of aminosilane directly to the particle sol. We then evaluate their DNA separation abilities and find the capacity of DNA binding significantly increased (210.22 μg/mg) compared with normal magnetic silica spheres (138.44 μg/mg) by using an ultraviolet and visible spectrophotometer (UV). The morphologies, magnetic properties, particle size, pore size, core-shell structure and Zeta potential are characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), and dynamic light scattering (DLS). This work demonstrates that our MMSN own an excellent potential application in bioseparation and drug delivery.

  11. Kinetics of silica polymerization

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    Weres, O.; Yee, A.; Tsao, L.

    1980-05-01

    The polymerization of silicic acid in geothermal brine-like aqueous solutions to produce amorphous silica in colloidal form has been studied experimentally and theoretically. A large amount of high quality experimental data has been generated over the temperature rang 23 to 100{sup 0}C. Wide ranges of dissolved silica concentration, pH, and sodium chloride concentration were covered. The catalytic effects of fluoride and the reaction inhibiting effects of aluminum and boron were studied also. Two basic processes have been separately studied: the formation of new colloidal particles by the homogeneous nucleation process and the deposition of dissolved silica on pre-existing colloidal particles. A rigorous theory of the formation of colloidal particles of amorphous silica by homogeneous nucleation was developed. This theory employs the Lothe-Pound formalism, and is embodied in the computer code SILNUC which quantitatively models the homogeneous nucleation and growth of colloidal silica particles in more than enough detail for practical application. The theory and code were extensively used in planning the experimental work and analyzing the data produced. The code is now complete and running in its final form. It is capable of reproducing most of the experimental results to within experimental error. It is also capable of extrapolation to experimentally inaccessible conditions, i.e., high temperatures, rapidly varying temperature and pH, etc.

  12. Encapsulation of emulsion droplets by organo–silica shells

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    Zoldesi, C.; Steegstra, Patrick; Imhof, Arnout

    2007-01-01

    Surfactant-stabilized emulsion droplets were used as templates for the synthesis of hollow colloidal particles. Monodisperse silicone oil droplets were prepared by hydrolysis and polymerization of dimethyldiethoxysiloxane monomer, in the presence of surfactant: sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS, anionic)

  13. GRAFTING OF POLYSTYRENE ONTO A NANOMETER SILICA SURFACE BY MICROEMULSION POLYMERIZATION

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    Jian Yu; Jie Yu; Yan-fang Gao; Zhao-xia Guo

    2002-01-01

    The grafting of polystyrene onto a nanometer silica surface by microemulsion polymerization is described. Silica was functionalized with 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane coupling agent before polymerization. A mixture of ionic and non-ionic surfactants as well as water-soluble and oil-soluble initiators were used. The effect of the amount of silica and ionic surfactant on the graft polymerization was studied. The graft polymerization procedure for styrene was also applied to methyl methacrylate. Composite particles with a core-shell structure were obtained and the yield and grafting efficiency of monomer were high.

  14. Synthesis of superparamagnetic silica-coated magnetite nanoparticles for biomedical applications

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    Kaur, Navjot, E-mail: navjot.dhindsa2989@gmail.com; Chudasama, Bhupendra, E-mail: bnchudasama@gmail.com [School of Physics and Materials Science, Thapar University, Patiala-147004 (India)

    2015-05-15

    Multifunctional superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) coated with silica are widely researched for biomedical applications such as magnetic resonance imaging, tissue repair, cell separation, hyperthermia, drug delivery, etc. In this article synthesis of magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles and their coating with SiO{sub 2} is reported. Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical co-precipitation and it was coated with silica by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethylorthosilicate. XRD, FTIR, TEM and VSM techniques were used to characterize bare and coated nanoparticles. Results indicated that the average size of SPIONS was 8.4 nm. X-ray diffraction patterns of silica coated SPIONS were identical to that of SPIONS confirming the inner spinal structure of SPIONS. FTIR results confirmed the binding of silica with the magnetite and the formation of the silica shell around the magnetite core. Magnetic properties of SPIONS and silica coated SPIONS are determined by VSM. They are superparamagnetic. The major conclusion drawn from this study is that the synthesis route yields stable, non-aggregated magnetite-silica core-shell nanostructures with tailored morphology and excellent magnetic properties.

  15. Synthesis of superparamagnetic silica-coated magnetite nanoparticles for biomedical applications

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    Kaur, Navjot; Chudasama, Bhupendra

    2015-05-01

    Multifunctional superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) coated with silica are widely researched for biomedical applications such as magnetic resonance imaging, tissue repair, cell separation, hyperthermia, drug delivery, etc. In this article synthesis of magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles and their coating with SiO2 is reported. Fe3O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical co-precipitation and it was coated with silica by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethylorthosilicate. XRD, FTIR, TEM and VSM techniques were used to characterize bare and coated nanoparticles. Results indicated that the average size of SPIONS was 8.4 nm. X-ray diffraction patterns of silica coated SPIONS were identical to that of SPIONS confirming the inner spinal structure of SPIONS. FTIR results confirmed the binding of silica with the magnetite and the formation of the silica shell around the magnetite core. Magnetic properties of SPIONS and silica coated SPIONS are determined by VSM. They are superparamagnetic. The major conclusion drawn from this study is that the synthesis route yields stable, non-aggregated magnetite-silica core-shell nanostructures with tailored morphology and excellent magnetic properties.

  16. Formation mechanism of highly luminescent silica capsules incorporating multiple hydrophobic quantum dots with various emission wavelengths.

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    Li, Chunliang; Murase, Norio

    2013-12-01

    A synthesis process was reconsidered for encapsulating hydrophobic quantum dots (QDs) into silica capsules with high photoluminescent (PL) efficiency. The process comprises three steps: silanization of QD surfaces, seed formation by assembly of the QDs, and coating of the QD seeds with a silica shell. Analysis of the encapsulation mechanism enabled this process to be adapted for application to CdSe-based core-shell QDs with various organic ligands such as oleic acid and with various emission wavelengths. Formation of the seeds is the key step in synthesizing the silica capsules, so that they have high PL efficiency. Due to the differences in QD size and in the affinity of the ligands on their surfaces, the concentration of QDs used in the synthesis must be optimized to maximize emission efficiency. Contrary to an initial assumption, several ligands remained on the QD surfaces even after the QDs were transferred from organic solution to water. This greatly affected the size and PL efficiency of the seeds. Judicious selection of the conditions for seed and silica capsule synthesis resulted in seeds with PL efficiency greater than 70% and in silica capsules encapsulating multiple CdSe/CdZnS QDs with PL efficiency as high as 41%. Silica capsules incorporating QDs with various emission peak wavelengths from green to red were also prepared. The process presented serves as a guideline for encapsulating various types of hydrophobic QDs into silica capsules for biological tagging applications.

  17. Fractals of Silica Aggregates

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    ZhinhongLi; DongWu; Yuhansun; JunWang; YiLiu; BaozhongDong; Zhinhong

    2001-01-01

    Silica aggregates were prepared by base-catalyzed hydrolysis and condensation of alkoxides in alcohol.Polyethylene glycol(PEG) was used as organic modifier.The sols were characterized using Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) with synchrotron radiation as X-ray source.The structure evolution during the sol-gel process was determined and described in terms of the fractal geometry.As-produced silica aggregates were found to be mass fractals.The fractl dimensions spanned the regime 2.1-2.6 corresponding to more branched and compact structures.Both RLCA and Eden models dominated the kinetic growth under base-catalyzed condition.

  18. Silica reinforced triblock copolymer gels

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    Theunissen, E.; Overbergh, N.; Reynaers, H.

    2004-01-01

    The effect of silica and polymer coated silica particles as reinforcing agents on the structural and mechanical properties of polystyrene-poly(ethylene/butylene)-polystyrene (PS-PEB-PS) triblock gel has been investigated. Different types of chemically modified silica have been compared in order...... a viscoclastic rubber to a plastic fluid and from a plastic fluid to a viscoelastic liquid are shifted to more elevated temperatures when silica is added to the triblock copolymer gel. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved....

  19. Paraboloid Shell As Footing

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    Al Ansari, Mohammed S.

    1999-01-01

    A simplified method for the design of paraboloid shell footing base on the displacement of the shell's crown where the column axial load is transferred to the footing has been developed. A case study was presented to demonstrate the use of the proposed method and to illustrate its capabilities. The results of the proposed method confirm the ability of the shell model in determining accurate and practical results for the design of paraboloid shell footing. Base on the analytical results of thi...

  20. Catalytic Polymer Multilayer Shell Motors for Separation of Organics.

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    Lin, Zhihua; Wu, Zhiguang; Lin, Xiankun; He, Qiang

    2016-01-26

    A catalytic polymer multilayer shell motor has been developed, which effects fast motion-based separation of charged organics in water. The shell motors are fabricated by sputtering platinum onto the exposed surface of silica templates embedded in Parafilm, followed by layer-by-layer assembly of polyelectrolyte multilayers to the templates. The catalytic shell motors display high bubble propulsion with speeds of up to 260 μm s(-1) (13 body lengths per second). Moreover, the polyelectrolyte multilayers assembled at high pH (pH>9.0) adsorb approximately 89% of dye molecules from water, owing to the electrostatic interaction between the positively charged polymers and the anionic dye molecules, and subsequently release them at neutral pH in a microfluidic device. The efficient propulsion coupled with the effective adsorption behavior of the catalytic shell motors in a microfluidic device results in accelerated separation of organics in water and thus holds considerable promise for water analysis.

  1. Thin supported silica membranes

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    Zivkovic, Tijana

    2007-01-01

    This thesis discusses several transport-related aspects relevant for the application of thin supported silica membranes for gas separation and nanofiltration. The influence of support geometry on overall membrane performance is investigated. Planar (i.e., flat plate), tubular, and multichannel suppo

  2. Silica-Polystyrene Nanocomposite Particles Synthesized by Nitroxide-Mediated Polymerization and Their Encapsulation through Miniemulsion Polymerization

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Polystyrene (PS chains with molecular weights comprised between 8000 and 64000 g⋅mol-1 and narrow polydispersities were grown from the surface of silica nanoparticles (Aerosil A200 fumed silica and Stöber silica, resp. through nitroxide-mediated polymerization (NMP. Alkoxyamine initiators based on N-tert-butyl-1-diethylphosphono-2,2-dimethylpropyl nitroxide (DEPN and carrying a terminal functional group have been synthesized in situ and grafted to the silica surface. The resulting grafted alkoxyamines have been employed to initiate the growth of polystyrene chains from the inorganic surface. The maximum grafting density of the surface-tethered PS chains was estimated and seemed to be limited by initiator confinement at the interface. Then, the PS-grafted Stöber silica nanoparticles were entrapped inside latex particles via miniemulsion polymerization. Transmission electron microscopy indicated the successful formation of silica-polystyrene core-shell particles.

  3. 硅壳包被的核壳型量子点荧光纳米颗粒的制备及其细菌计数的应用%Synthesis of Core/Shell Quantum Dots Doped Silica Nanoparticles and Their Application for Detecting Bacterial Count

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    傅昕; 张何; 黄可龙

    2012-01-01

    以氧化镉和硬脂酸锌为前驱体,合成了CdSe/ZnS核壳型量子点(QDs).采用反相微乳液技术,在温和条件下实现了硅壳包被的CdSe/ZnS荧光纳米颗粒的成功制备.在戊二醛的交联作用下,以金黄色葡萄球菌(S.aureus)为目标细菌、荧光纳米颗粒为荧光探针,建立了一种高灵敏的、简单快速的细菌计数的方法,并借助荧光显微镜成功地进行成像探测研究.通过考察荧光纳米颗粒与细菌的孵育时间、包入硅壳的核壳量子点质量等多种因素的影响.在最优化条件下,本方法的线性范围为5×102~5×107 CFU/mL;检出限为500 CFU/mL;线性回归方程为Y=494.96749X- 1194.25738(R=0.9960).本方法操作简单,检测时间短,有效克服了传统平板计数方法和基于有机染料的荧光检测方法存在的缺陷,提高了灵敏度.将此法用于6种实际样品的细菌数量测定,检测结果与平板计数方法基本一致,相对标准偏差在3.1%~8.2%之间,结果令人满意.%CdSe/ZnS core/shell quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized with cadmium oxide and zinc stearate as precursors. A reverse-microemulsion technique was used to synthesize CdSe/ZnS quantum dots doped silica nanoparticles modified with amine and phosphonate groups under very mild conditions. A highly sensitive, simple and rapid counting approach for bacteria was established by using fluorescent nanoparticles as a fluorescence label, Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) acted as detection target bacteria and glutaraldehyde as the crosslinker. The bacterial cell images were obtained using fluorescence microscopy. The effect of parameters such as reaction time and the amount of CdSe/ZnS in SiO2-coated fluorescent nanoparticles was discussed. Under the optimized conditions, a linear relationship of the fluorescence peak intensity (Y) and the total bacterial count (X) was established in the range of 5×102-107 CFU/mL using the equation F=494. 96749×-1194. 25738(R = 0. 9960). This

  4. Preparation of quercetin imprinted core-shell organosilicate microspheres using surface imprinting technique

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    Peng Yang; Wen Dan Hou; Hong Deng Qiu; Xia Liu; Sheng Xiang Jiang

    2012-01-01

    In this work,the quercetin imprinted core-shell microspheres were prepared using silica surface imprinting technique.A simple sol-gel procedure was used for the synthesis of the imprinted materials with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane as functional monomer and tetraethyl orthosilicate as crosslinker.The SEM images indicated that the MIPs shell was successfully grafted onto the silica surface.The characteristics of the molecularly imprinted polymers such as capacity,selectivity and absorption dynamic were investigated by rebinding experiments.The results showed that the prepared MIPs had good imprinting effect and adsorption amount of quercetin.

  5. Magnetically-responsive silica-gold nanobowls for targeted delivery and SERS-based sensing

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    Mo, Alexander H.; Landon, Preston B.; Gomez, Karla Santacruz; Kang, Heemin; Lee, Joon; Zhang, Chen; Janetanakit, Woraphong; Sant, Vrinda; Lu, Tianyu; Colburn, David A.; Akkiraju, Siddhartha; Dossou, Samuel; Cao, Yue; Lee, Kuo-Fen; Varghese, Shyni; Glinsky, Gennadi; Lal, Ratnesh

    2016-06-01

    Composite colloidal structures with multi-functional properties have wide applications in targeted delivery of therapeutics and imaging contrast molecules and high-throughput molecular bio-sensing. We have constructed a multifunctional composite magnetic nanobowl using the bottom-up approach on an asymmetric silica/polystyrene Janus template consisting of a silica shell around a partially exposed polystyrene core. The nanobowl consists of a silica bowl and a gold exterior shell with iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles sandwiched between the silica and gold shells. The nanobowls were characterized by electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, magnetometry, vis-NIR and FTIR spectroscopy. Magnetically vectored transport of these nanobowls was ascertained by time-lapsed imaging of their flow in fluid through a porous hydrogel under a defined magnetic field. These magnetically-responsive nanobowls show distinct surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) imaging capability. The PEGylated magnetically-responsive nanobowls show size-dependent cellular uptake in vitro.Composite colloidal structures with multi-functional properties have wide applications in targeted delivery of therapeutics and imaging contrast molecules and high-throughput molecular bio-sensing. We have constructed a multifunctional composite magnetic nanobowl using the bottom-up approach on an asymmetric silica/polystyrene Janus template consisting of a silica shell around a partially exposed polystyrene core. The nanobowl consists of a silica bowl and a gold exterior shell with iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles sandwiched between the silica and gold shells. The nanobowls were characterized by electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, magnetometry, vis-NIR and FTIR spectroscopy. Magnetically vectored transport of these nanobowls was ascertained by time-lapsed imaging of their flow in fluid through a porous hydrogel under a defined magnetic field. These magnetically-responsive nanobowls show distinct

  6. Insitu grafting silica nanoparticles reinforced nanocomposite hydrogels

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    Yang, Jun; Han, Chun-Rui; Duan, Jiu-Fang; Xu, Feng; Sun, Run-Cang

    2013-10-01

    Highly flexible nanocomposite hydrogels were prepared by using silica nanoparticles (SNPs) as fillers and multi-functional cross-links to graft hydrophilic poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) by free radical polymerization from an aqueous solution. The SNPs were collected by neighboring polymer chains and dispersed uniformly within a PAA matrix. The mechanical properties of the nanocomposite hydrogels were tailored by the concentration of SNPs according to the percolation model. It was proposed that covalent bonds of adsorbed chains on the filler surface resulted in the formation of a shell of an immobilized glassy layer and trapped entanglements, where the glassy polymer layer greatly enhanced the elastic modulus and the release of trapped entanglements at deformation contributed to the viscoelastic properties.Highly flexible nanocomposite hydrogels were prepared by using silica nanoparticles (SNPs) as fillers and multi-functional cross-links to graft hydrophilic poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) by free radical polymerization from an aqueous solution. The SNPs were collected by neighboring polymer chains and dispersed uniformly within a PAA matrix. The mechanical properties of the nanocomposite hydrogels were tailored by the concentration of SNPs according to the percolation model. It was proposed that covalent bonds of adsorbed chains on the filler surface resulted in the formation of a shell of an immobilized glassy layer and trapped entanglements, where the glassy polymer layer greatly enhanced the elastic modulus and the release of trapped entanglements at deformation contributed to the viscoelastic properties. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: FTIR spectra of SNP after silane treatment, dynamic oscillatory shear measurements as a function of frequency, constrained polymer chain analysis by a change in the peak height in loss factor spectra, molecular weight of grafted chains at different stages of gelation, prediction of the SNP reinforcing mechanism in the

  7. Silica nanocontainers for active corrosion protection

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    Maia, Frederico; Tedim, João; Lisenkov, Aleksey D.; Salak, Andrei N.; Zheludkevich, Mikhail L.; Ferreira, Mário G. S.

    2012-02-01

    Novel self-healing protective coatings with nanocontainers of corrosion inhibitors open new opportunities for long-term anticorrosion protection of different metallic materials. In this paper a new type of functional nanoreservoir based on silica nanocapsules (SiNC) synthesized and loaded with corrosion inhibitor 2-mercaptobenzothiazole (MBT) in a one-stage process is reported for the first time. Unlike conventional mesoporous silica nanoparticles, SiNC possess an empty core and shell with gradual mesoporosity, arising from the particular conditions of the synthetic route adopted, which confers significant loading capacity and allows prolonged and stimuli-triggered release of the inhibiting species. The kinetics of inhibitor release was studied at different pH values and concentrations of NaCl. The results show a clear dependence of the release profiles on corrosion relevant triggers such as pH and Cl- concentration. When SiNC loaded with MBT are dispersed in NaCl solution, there is a significant decrease of the corrosion activity on aluminium alloy 2024. More importantly, when SiNC-MBT is added to a conventional water-based coating formulation, the modified coating hampers corrosion activity at the metal interface, better than in the case of direct addition of corrosion inhibitor. Furthermore, self-healing is observed before and after artificially inflicting defects in the modified coatings. As a result, the developed nanocontainers show high potential to be used in new generation of active protective coatings.

  8. Development of near infrared responsive material based on silica encapsulated gold nanoparticles

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    Lu, H C; Tsai, I S [Nanotechnology Research Center, Feng Chia University, Taiwan (China); Lin, Y H [Department of Fiber and Composite Material, Feng Chia University, Taiwan (China)

    2009-09-01

    In this research, the silica encapsulated gold nanoparticles with optical resonance located in 700-850 nm spectral region were synthesized by combining gold core and the silica shell. The synthesized composite particles can be potentially used in biological fields, due to the biocompatibility of gold, silica and biopolymers. Nano-gold, which can act a raw material of composite particles, was fabricated by stand citrate reduction method. Then, the polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) and (3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane (MPTMS) are added to deposit silica shell and control particle size. Finally, a complete silica nanoshell was formed on the gold surface by the one-step method, without a repeated coating process. The controllable absorption wavelength of nano-composite particles can be easily controlled by the concentration ratio of PVP and MPTMS. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images and optical absorption spectra clearly showed that silica was successfully deposited onto the gold surface by this novel method. As the decreasing aggregation of gold core by adding PVP, the optical plasmon peaks became blue-shifted, but the optical plasmon resonance became red-shifted and the absorption spectra were functions of addition ratios by MPTMS. We expect to extend these functional nanoparticles for real sample applications in the near future.

  9. Quantum efficiency of colloidal suspensions containing quantum dot/silica hybrid particles

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    Jeon, Hyungjoon; Yoon, Cheolsang; Lee, Sooho; Lee, Doh C.; Shin, Kyusoon; Lee, Kangtaek

    2016-10-01

    We have investigated the fluorescence properties of colloidal suspensions conntaining quantum dot (QD)/silica hybrid particles. First, we synthesized QD/silica hybrid particles with silica-QD-silica (SQS) core-shell-shell geometry, and monitored the quantum efficiencies of their suspensions at various particle concentrations. We found that the quantum efficiency (QE) of SQS particles in deionized (DI) water was much lower than that of the QDs even at low particle concentration, mainly due to the light scattering of emitted photons at the silica/water interface, followed by reabsorption by QDs. As the concentration of SQS particles was increased, both light scattering and reabsorption by QDs became more important, which further reduced the QE. Refractive index-matched solvent, however, reduced light scattering, yielding greater QE than DI water. Next, we induced aggregation of SQS particles, and found that QE increased as particles aggregated in DI water because of reduced light scattering and reabsorption, whereas it remained almost constant in the refractive index-matched solvent. Finally, we studied aggregation of highly concentrated silica particle suspensions containing a low concentration of SQS particles, and found that QE increased with aggregation because light scattering and reabsorption were reduced.

  10. Synthesis of ZSM-5@Ordered Mesoporous Silica Composites by Dodecylamine Surfactant

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    MA Kuoyan; YU Haijun; FENG Guanglin; WANG Changguo; DAI Ya

    2014-01-01

    The core-shell structures of ZSM-5 coated with mesoporous silica were synthesized by means of dodecylamine (DDA) surfactant. The results show that the mesoporous silica shells are coated on ZSM-5 cores and result in the formation of hierarchical porous structures. The thickness of the coating shell can be controlled by changing the adding amount of TEOS. The core-shell composites with the thickness of 35 nm possess high surface areas (about 528 m2·g-1), large pores (about 3.5 nm in diameter) on the silica shells. The composite molecular sieves display higher adsorption capacity for benzene (140.2 mg·g-1) and butyraldehyde (213.7 mg·g-1) than that of pristine ZSM-5 for benzene (99.2 mg·g-1) and butyraldehyde (134.7 mg·g-1). The composite molecular sieves show a wide application foreground for harmful gas adsorbent for environmental protection.

  11. Synthesis of Y2O3: Eu3+ Hollow Spheres Using Silica as Templates

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    Liu Guixia; Hong Guangyan; Dong Xiangting; Wang Jinxian

    2007-01-01

    The Y2O3:Eu3+ hollow spheres were synthesized using the template-mediated method. XRD patterns indicated that the broadened diffraction peaks resulted from nanocrystals in Y2O3:Eu3+ shells of hollow spheres. XPS spectra showed that the Y2O3:Eu3+ shells were linked with silica cores by a Si-O-Y chemical bond. SEM and TEM observations showed that the size of the SiO2/Y2O3:Eu3+ core-shell particle was about 100 nm, and the thickness of the Y2O3:Eu3+ hollow sphere was less than 5 nm. The photoluminescence spectra of the SiO2/Y2O3:Eu3+ core-shell materials and Y2O3:Eu3+ hollow spheres had red luminescent properties, and the broadened emission peaks came from nanocrystals composed of the Y2O3:Eu3+ shell.

  12. Core-shell Au@(TiO(2), SiO(2)) nanoparticles with tunable morphology.

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    Lekeufack, D Djoumessi; Brioude, A; Mouti, A; Alauzun, J G; Stadelmann, P; Coleman, A W; Miele, P

    2010-07-07

    A novel approach based on the Stöber method allows breaking of the symmetry of core-shell systems based on metallic core and metal oxide shell. By adjusting the proportion of the TiO(2) precursor with regard to the silica precursor, different morphologies of the particles have been obtained displacing the gold particle from center to eccentric positions leading to acorn-like and raspberry-like structure.

  13. Spiral Shell Collection

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    1995-01-01

    In 1988 Zheng Haigen, a seaman with the Towboat Company of the Shanghai Salvage Bureau, began collecting spiral shells. Today he has more than 600 in his collection. The most valuable are the rare parrot shell and a shell whose spirals wind counter-clockwise. In 1991 a miniature conch with a diameter of 0.31 millimeters that he found buried in tons of sand made the Guinness Book of World Records.

  14. Off-Shell Tachyons

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    Tang, Yi-Lei

    2015-01-01

    The idea that the new particles invented in some models beyond the standard model can appear only inside the loops is attractive. In this paper, we fill these loops with off-shell tachyons, leading to a solution of the zero results of the loop diagrams involving the off-shell non-tachyonic particles. We also calculate the Passarino-Veltman $A_0^o$ and $B_0^o$ of the off-shell tachyons.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of hybrid silica/PMMA nanoparticles and their use as filler in dental composites

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    Canché-Escamilla, G., E-mail: gcanche@cicy.mx [Unidad de Materiales, Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán A.C. Calle 43 No. 130 Col. Chuburná de Hidalgo, Mérida, Yucatán 97200 (Mexico); Duarte-Aranda, S. [Unidad de Materiales, Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán A.C. Calle 43 No. 130 Col. Chuburná de Hidalgo, Mérida, Yucatán 97200 (Mexico); Toledano, M. [Facultad de Odontología, Universidad de Granada, Campus Universitario de Cartuja s/n, Granada 18071 (Spain)

    2014-09-01

    The effect of hybrid silica/poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) nanoparticles on the properties of composites for dental restoration was evaluated. Hybrid nanoparticles with silica as core and PMMA as shell were obtained by a seeded emulsion polymerization process. Fourier transform infrared spectrum of the hybrid nanoparticles shows an intense peak at 1730 cm{sup −1}, corresponding to carbonyl groups (C=O) of the ester. The thermal stability of the hybrid particles decreases with increasing amounts of PMMA and the residual mass at 700 °C corresponds to the silica content in the hybrid particles. Composites were obtained by dispersing nanoparticles (silica or hybrid), as fillers, in a resin—bis glycidyl dimethacrylate (Bis-GMA)/triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) (40%/60% (w/w)). The paste was then placed in a mold and polymerized under light irradiation. During the preparation of the composites, with the hybrid nanoparticles, the monomers swell the PMMA shell and after photo-curing, a semi-interpenetrating network (semi-IPN) is obtained around the silica core. The properties of the composites, obtained using the hybrid nanoparticles, depend on the filler content and the amount of PMMA in the semi-IPN matrix. For composites with similar inorganic filler contents, the composites with low amounts of PMMA shell had higher modulus than those in which silica was used as the filler. - Highlights: • Hybrid nanoparticles silica/PMMA were used as fillers in dental composites. • The properties of the hybrid nanoparticle depend on the silica/PMMA content ratio. • A higher content of inorganic filler was obtained using hybrid nanoparticle. • Composites with higher modulus were obtained using hybrid nanoparticles. • A semi-IPN matrix between the PMMA shell and the resin is obtained.

  16. Shell-like structures

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    Altenbach, Holm

    2011-01-01

    In this volume, scientists and researchers from industry discuss the new trends in simulation and computing shell-like structures. The focus is put on the following problems: new theories (based on two-dimensional field equations but describing non-classical effects), new constitutive equations (for materials like sandwiches, foams, etc. and which can be combined with the two-dimensional shell equations), complex structures (folded, branching and/or self intersecting shell structures, etc.) and shell-like structures on different scales (for example: nano-tubes) or very thin structures (similar

  17. Modeling of absorption and scattering properties of core -shell nanoparticles for application as nanoantenna in optical domain

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    Devi, Jutika; Saikia, Rashmi; Datta, Pranayee

    2016-10-01

    The present paper describes the study of core-shell nanoparticles for application as nanoantenna in the optical domain. To obtain the absorption and extinction efficiencies as well as the angular distribution of the far field radiation pattern and the resonance wavelengths for these metal-dielectric, dielectric-metal and metal-metal core-shell nanoparticles in optical domain, we have used Finite Element Method based COMSOL Multiphysics Software and Mie Theory. From the comparative study of the extinction efficiencies of core-shell nanoparticles of different materials, it is found that for silica - gold core - shell nanoparticles, the resonant wavelength is greater than that of the gold - silver, silver-gold and gold-silica core - shell nanoparticles and also the radiation pattern of the silica-gold core-shell nanoparticle is the most suitable one from the point of view of directivity. The dielectric functions of the core and shell material as well as of the embedded matrix are extremely important and plays a very major role to tune the directivity and resonance wavelength. Such highly controllable parameters of the dielectric - metal core - shell nanoparticles make them suitable for efficient coupling of optical radiation into nanoscale structures for a broad range of applications in the field of communications.

  18. Synthesis of composite particles through emulsion polymerization based on silica/fluoroacrylate-siloxane using anionic reactive and nonionic surfactants.

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    Qu, Ailan; Wen, Xiufang; Pi, Pihui; Cheng, Jiang; Yang, Zhuoru

    2008-01-01

    The composite particles with core/shell structure resulting from the combination of silica seed and hydrophobic copolymer (dodecafluoroheptyl methacrylate (DFMA), gamma-methacryloxypropyltriisopropoxidesilane (MAPTIPS), methyl methacrylate, butyl acrylate) were synthesized by emulsion polymerization. The amount of the silica seeds, concentration of reactive surfactant, as well as the addition of DFMA and MAPTIPS, have strong influences on the morphology of composite particles. It has been shown that it would be possible to produce stable organic/inorganic composite particles with inhomogeneous core/shell structure encapsulated by hydrophobic fluorinated acrylate even though using unmodified silica particles and admixture of anionic and nonionic surfactants. However, there was an obvious difference on the morphologies of core-shell structure whether the DFMA and MAPTIPS were added or not. It was concluded that two kinds of polymerization approaches might coexist in the presence of DFMA and MAPTIPS for raw silica. One clear advantage of this process is that there is only one silica bead for each composite particle. This kind of stable core-shell structural hybrid latex is useful for preparing high performance hydrophobic coating.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of hybrid silica/PMMA nanoparticles and their use as filler in dental composites.

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    Canché-Escamilla, G; Duarte-Aranda, S; Toledano, M

    2014-09-01

    The effect of hybrid silica/poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) nanoparticles on the properties of composites for dental restoration was evaluated. Hybrid nanoparticles with silica as core and PMMA as shell were obtained by a seeded emulsion polymerization process. Fourier transform infrared spectrum of the hybrid nanoparticles shows an intense peak at 1,730 cm(-1), corresponding to carbonyl groups (CO) of the ester. The thermal stability of the hybrid particles decreases with increasing amounts of PMMA and the residual mass at 700°C corresponds to the silica content in the hybrid particles. Composites were obtained by dispersing nanoparticles (silica or hybrid), as fillers, in a resin-bis glycidyl dimethacrylate (Bis-GMA)/triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) (40%/60% (w/w)). The paste was then placed in a mold and polymerized under light irradiation. During the preparation of the composites, with the hybrid nanoparticles, the monomers swell the PMMA shell and after photo-curing, a semi-interpenetrating network (semi-IPN) is obtained around the silica core. The properties of the composites, obtained using the hybrid nanoparticles, depend on the filler content and the amount of PMMA in the semi-IPN matrix. For composites with similar inorganic filler contents, the composites with low amounts of PMMA shell had higher modulus than those in which silica was used as the filler. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Influence of SiO2 shell thickness on power conversion efficiency in plasmonic polymer solar cells with Au nanorod@SiO2 core-shell structures

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    Zhang, Ran; Zhou, Yongfang; Peng, Ling; Li, Xue; Chen, Shufen; Feng, Xiaomiao; Guan, Yuqiao; Huang, Wei

    2016-04-01

    Locating core-shell metal nanoparticles into a photoactive layer or at the interface of photoactive layer/hole extraction layer is beneficial for fully employing surface plasmon energy, thus enhancing power conversion efficiency (PCE) in plasmonic organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs). Herein, we first investigated the influence of silica shell thickness in Au nanorods (NRs)@SiO2 core-shell structures on OPV performances by inserting them into poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(4-styrenesulfonate) and thieno[3,4-b]thiophene/benzodithiophene (PTB7) interface, and amazedly found that a 2–3 nm silica shell onto Au NRs induces a highest short-circuit current density of 21.2 mA cm‑2 and PCE of 9.55%. This is primarily due to an extremely strong local field and a much slower attenuation of localized surface plasmon resonance around ultrathin silica-coated Au NRs, with which the field intensity remains a high value in the active layer, thus sufficiently improves the absorption of PTB7. Our work provides a clear design concept on precise control of the shell of metal nanoparticles to realize high performances in plasmonic OPVs.

  1. Hydrothermal stability of microporous silica and niobia-silica membranes

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    Boffa, V.; Blank, David H.A.; ten Elshof, Johan E.

    2008-01-01

    The hydrothermal stability of microporous niobia–silica membranes was investigated and compared with silica membranes. The membranes were exposed to hydrothermal conditions at 150 and 200 °C for 70 h. The change of pore structure before and after exposure to steam was probed by single-gas permeation

  2. Fluorescent nanodiamonds embedded in biocompatible translucent shells.

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    Rehor, Ivan; Slegerova, Jitka; Kucka, Jan; Proks, Vladimir; Petrakova, Vladimira; Adam, Marie-Pierre; Treussart, François; Turner, Stuart; Bals, Sara; Sacha, Pavel; Ledvina, Miroslav; Wen, Amy M; Steinmetz, Nicole F; Cigler, Petr

    2014-03-26

    High pressure high temperature (HPHT) nanodiamonds (NDs) represent extremely promising materials for construction of fluorescent nanoprobes and nanosensors. However, some properties of bare NDs limit their direct use in these applications: they precipitate in biological solutions, only a limited set of bio-orthogonal conjugation techniques is available and the accessible material is greatly polydisperse in shape. In this work, we encapsulate bright 30-nm fluorescent nanodiamonds (FNDs) in 10-20-nm thick translucent (i.e., not altering FND fluorescence) silica shells, yielding monodisperse near-spherical particles of mean diameter 66 nm. High yield modification of the shells with PEG chains stabilizes the particles in ionic solutions, making them applicable in biological environments. We further modify the opposite ends of PEG chains with fluorescent dyes or vectoring peptide using click chemistry. High conversion of this bio-orthogonal coupling yielded circa 2000 dye or peptide molecules on a single FND. We demonstrate the superior properties of these particles by in vitro interaction with human prostate cancer cells: while bare nanodiamonds strongly aggregate in the buffer and adsorb onto the cell membrane, the shell encapsulated NDs do not adsorb nonspecifically and they penetrate inside the cells.

  3. Silica Micro Encapsulation

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    Mitchell, P.; Whitbread-Jordan, M. [KEECO (United Kingdom)

    2001-04-01

    The article explains how Silica Micro Encapsulation (SME) water treatment technology may be transferred from metal mining to coal mining operations. KEECO has been developing a unique solution for treating acid rock drainage in the metal sulphide mining sector and following trials in metal mining operations (described in the article), is preparing to transfer the technology to the coal industry. SME technology comprises metal precipitation and encapsulation accomplished with proprietary chemical, KB-1, and a group of patented chemical dosing systems, the K-series, to dose KB-1 into contaminated liquid wastes as a dry powder. 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  4. ZBLAN, Silica Fiber Comparison

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    1998-01-01

    This graph depicts the increased signal quality possible with optical fibers made from ZBLAN, a family of heavy-metal fluoride glasses (fluorine combined zirconium, barium, lanthanum, aluminum, and sodium) as compared to silica fibers. NASA is conducting research on pulling ZBLAN fibers in the low-g environment of space to prevent crystallization that limits ZBLAN's usefulness in optical fiber-based communications. In the graph, a line closer to the black theoretical maximum line is better. Photo credit: NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center

  5. Preparation and properties of aqueous castor oil-based polyurethane-silica nanocomposite dispersions through a sol-gel process.

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    Xia, Ying; Larock, Richard C

    2011-09-01

    Waterborne castor oil-based polyurethane-silica nanocomposites with the polymer matrix and silica nanoparticles chemically bonded have been successfully prepared through a sol-gel process. The formation of silica nanoparticles in water not only reinforces the resulting coatings, but also increases the crosslink density of the nanocomposites. The (29)Si solid state NMR spectrum indicates the formation of silica and the TEM indicates that the nanoparticles are embedded in the polymers, resembling a core-shell structure. The silica nanoparticles in the polymer matrix play an important role in improving both the mechanical properties and the thermal stabilities of the resulting nanocomposites. This work provides an effective and promising way to prepare biorenewable, high performance nanocomposite coatings.

  6. Red-luminescent europium (III) doped silica nanoshells: synthesis, characterization, and their interaction with HeLa cells.

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    Yang, Jian; Sandoval, Sergio; Alfaro, Jesus G; Aschemeyer, Sharraya; Liberman, Alex; Martin, David T; Makale, Milan; Kummel, Andrew C; Trogler, William C

    2011-06-01

    A simple method to fabricate Eu(3+) doped silica nanoshells particles with 100 and 200 nm diameters is reported. Amino polystyrene beads were used as templates, and an 8 to 10 nm thick silica gel coating was formed by the sol-gel reaction. After removing the template by calcination, porous dehydrated silica gel nanoshells of uniform size were obtained. The Eu(3+) doped silica nanoshells exhibited a red emission at 615 nm on UV excitation. The porous structure of the silica shell wall was characterized by transmission electron microscopy measurements, while particle size and zeta potentials of the particles suspended in aqueous solution were characterized by dynamic light scattering. Two-photon microscopy was used to image the nanoshells after assimilation by HeLa cancer cells.

  7. Nanostructured Silica/Gold-Cellulose-Bonded Amino-POSS Hybrid Composite via Sol-Gel Process and Its Properties

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    Ramesh, Sivalingam; Kim, Heung Soo; Lee, Young-June; Hong, Gwang-Wook; Kim, Joo-Hyung

    2017-06-01

    It is demonstrated in this paper that silica nanoparticles coated with core/shell gold provide efficient thermal, optical, and morphological properties with respect to the cellulose-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) hybrid system. The one-step synthesis of a silica/gold nanocomposite is achieved with a simultaneous hydrolysis and reduction of gold chloride in the presence of formic acid, and the trimethoxysilane group acts as a silica precursor. The focus here comprises the synthesis of cellulose-POSS and silica/gold hybrid nanocomposites using the following two methods: (1) an in situ sol-gel process and (2) a polyvinyl alcohol/tetrakis (hydroxymethyl)phosphonium chloride process. Accordingly, the silica/gold core/shell nanoparticles are synthesized. The growth and attachment of the gold nanoparticles onto the functionalized surface of the silica at the nanometer scale is achieved via both the sol-gel and the tetrakis (hydroxymethyl) phosphonium chloride processes. The cellulose-POSS-silica/gold nanocomposites are characterized according to Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, Raman, X-ray diffraction, UV, photoluminescence, SEM, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, TEM, thermogravimetric, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analyses.

  8. Bending strength and fracture surface topography of natural fiber-reinforced shell for investment casting process

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available In order to improve the properties of silica sol shell for investment casting process, various contents of cattail fibers were added into the slurry to prepare a fiber-reinforced shell in the present study. The bending strength of fiber-reinforced shell was investigated and the fracture surfaces of shell specimens were observed using SEM. It is found that the bending strength increases with the increase of fiber content, and the bending strength of a green shell with 1.0 wt.% fiber addition increases by 44% compared to the fiber-free shell. The failure of specimens of the fiber-reinforced green shell results from fiber rupture and debonding between the interface of fibers and adhesive under the bending load. The micro-crack propagation in the matrix is inhibited by the micro-holes for ablation of fibers in specimens of the fiber-reinforced shell during the stage of being fired. As a result, the bending strength of specimens of the fired shell had no significant drop. Particularly, the bending strength of specimens of the fired shell reinforced with 0.6wt.% fiber reached the maximum value of 4.6 MPa.

  9. Hollow microsphere with mesoporous shell by Pickering emulsion polymerization as a potential colloidal collector for organic contaminants in water.

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    Guan, Yinyan; Meng, Xiaohui; Qiu, Dong

    2014-04-08

    Submicrometer hollow microspheres with mesoporous shells were prepared by a simple one-pot strategy. Colloidal silica particles were used as a particle stabilizer to emulsify the oil phase, which was composed of a polymerizable silicon monomer (TPM) and an inert organic solvent (PEA). The low interfacial tension between colloidal silica particles and TPM helped to form a Pickering emulsion with small droplet sizes. After the polymerization of TPM, the more hydrophobic PEA formed a liquid core, leading to a hollow structure after its removal by evaporation. BET results indicated that the shell of a hollow particle was mesoporous with a specific surface area over 400 m(2)·g(-1). With PEA as the core and silica as the shell, each resultant hollow particle had a hydrophobic cavity and an amphiphilic surface, thus serving as a good colloidal collector for hydrophobic contaminants in water.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of SiO2/Gd2O3:Eu core-shell luminescent materials.

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    Liu, Guixia; Hong, Guangyan; Sun, Duoxian

    2004-10-01

    Europium-doped Gd2O3 with an average size of approximately 15 nm was coated on the surface of preformed silica nanospheres by the wet chemical method. SEM and TEM photographs showed that SiO2/Gd2O3:Eu core-shell submicrospheres are obtained. XRD patterns indicated that the Gd2O3:Eu shell is crystalline after heat treatment. FTIR and XPS spectra showed that the Gd2O3:Eu shell is linked to the silica surface by forming a Si-O-Gd bond. Photoluminescence studies showed that the luminescent properties are still retained after coating on an inert silica core; additionally, we noted that the emitting peaks are broadened, which results from size effects and interface effects of nanocrystal.

  11. Enhanced fluorescence of graphene oxide by well-controlled Au@SiO2 core-shell nanoparticles.

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    Li, Cuiyan; Zhu, Yihua; Wang, Siwen; Zhang, Xiaoqing; Yang, Xiaoling; Li, Chunzhong

    2014-01-01

    Graphene and graphene derivatives, including graphene oxide (GO) and reduced GO (rGO), have attracted remarkable attention in different fields due to their unique electronic, thermal, and mechanical properties, whereas the fluorescence property is rarely been studied. This paper reports on metal-enhanced fluorescence Au@SiO2 composite nanoparticles adsorbed graphene oxide nanosheets, where the silica-shell is used to control the distance between gold-core and fluorophore GO, and a positively charged polyelectrolyte poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) is used to adsorb the negatively charged silica-shell and GO by layer-by-layer assembly (LbL) approach. The silica-shell around the 80 nm gold-core can be well-controlled by ending the reaction at different times. Various analytical techniques were applied to characterize the morphology and optical characters of the as-prepared particles. A more than three-fold increase of the fluorescence intensity of GO was obtained.

  12. A facile synthesis approach and impact of shell formation on morphological structure and luminescent properties of aqueous dispersible NaGdF4:Yb/Er upconversion nanorods

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    Ansari, Anees A.; Yadav, Ranvijay; Rai, S. B.

    2016-12-01

    A general facile synthesis approach was used for fabrication of highly emissive aqueous dispersible hexagonal phase upconversion luminescent NaGdF4:Yb/Er nanorods (core NRs) through metal complex decomposition process. An inert NaGdF4 and porous silica layers were grafted surrounding the surface of each and every NRs to enhance their luminescence efficiency and colloidal dispersibility in aqueous environment. Optical properties in terms of band gap energy of core, core/shell, and silica-coated core/shell/SiO2 nanorods were observed to investigate the influence of surface coating, which was gradually decreased after surface coating because of increase crystalline size after growth of inert and silica shells. The inert shell formation before silica surface grafting, upconversion luminescence intensity was greatly improved by about 20 times, owing to the effective surface passivation of the seed core and, therefore, protection of Er3+ ion in the core from the nonradiative decay caused by surface defects. Moreover, after silica coating, core/shell nanorods shows strong upconversion luminescence property similar to the hexagonal upconversion core NRs. It is expected that these NaGdF4:Yb/Er@NaGdF4@SiO2 (core/shell/SiO2) NRs including highly upconversion emissive and aqueous dispersible properties make them an ideal materials for various photonic-based potential applications such as in upconversion luminescent bioimaging, magnetic resonance imaging, and photodynamic therapy.

  13. Effect of Slurry Composition on Plate Weight in Ceramic Shell Investment Casting

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    Sidhu, Balwinder Singh; Kumar, Pradeep; Mishra, B. K.

    2008-08-01

    This paper deals with the study of the effect of primary slurry parameters on the plate weight (ceramic retention test) in ceramic shell investment casting process. Four controllable factors of the zircon flour and fused-silica powder based slurries were studied at three levels each by Taguchi’s parametric approach and single-response optimization of plate weight was conducted to identify the main factors controlling its stability. Variations in coating thickness with plate weight were calculated for each slurry and ceramic shell moulds were made on wax plate using primary slurry and coarse fused-silica sand as stucco. The Scanning Electronic Microscopy (SEM) technique has been used to study the surface morphology of zircon flour and fused silca powder particles as well as primary coating (shell surface). X-ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis was done to identify the various phases present in the ceramic slurry coating. Optical profilometer has been used to measure the surface roughness of the shells. The result reveals that the surface condition of shell can be improved by increasing the plate weight, corresponding to higher filler loading in the slurry. Confirmation experiments were conducted at an optimal condition showed that the surface quality of the ceramic shell mould were improved significantly. Castings were produced using Al-7%Si alloy in recommended parameters through ceramic shell investment casting process. Surface roughness of the produced casting were measured and presented in this paper.

  14. Hypersonic vibrations of Ag@SiO2 (cubic core)-shell nanospheres.

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    Sun, Jing Ya; Wang, Zhi Kui; Lim, Hock Siah; Ng, Ser Choon; Kuok, Meng Hau; Tran, Toan Trong; Lu, Xianmao

    2010-12-28

    The intriguing optical and catalytic properties of metal-silica core-shell nanoparticles, inherited from their plasmonic metallic cores together with the rich surface chemistry and increased stability offered by their silica shells, have enabled a wide variety of applications. In this work, we investigate the confined vibrational modes of a series of monodisperse Ag@SiO(2) (cubic core)-shell nanospheres synthesized using a modified Stöber sol-gel method. The particle-size dependence of their mode frequencies has been mapped by Brillouin light scattering, a powerful tool for probing hypersonic vibrations. Unlike the larger particles, the observed spheroidal-like mode frequencies of the smaller ones do not scale with inverse diameter. Interestingly, the onset of the deviation from this linearity occurs at a smaller particle size for higher-energy modes than for lower-energy ones. Finite element simulations show that the mode displacement profiles of the Ag@SiO(2) core-shells closely resemble those of a homogeneous SiO(2) sphere. Simulations have also been performed to ascertain the effects that the core shape and the relative hardness of the core and shell materials have on the vibrations of the core-shell as a whole. As the vibrational modes of a particle have a bearing on its thermal and mechanical properties, the findings would be of value in designing core-shell nanostructures with customized thermal and mechanical characteristics.

  15. Preparation of acridine orange-doped silica nanoparticles for pH measurement

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    Liu, Jinshui, E-mail: jsliu@sina.com; Zang, Lingjie; Wang, Yiru; Liu, Guoning

    2014-03-15

    Acridine orange was first encapsulated into silica shell via a facile reverse microemusion method to built core–shell fluorescent nanoparticles. The nanoparticles are all in spherical shape and have a narrow size distribution, and its application as a optical pH sensor has been demonstrated. This novel sensor is based on the pH-dependent fluorescence intensities of acridine orange in different pH value. The fluorescence intensity of acridine orange-doped silica nanoparticles was decreased by increasing pH value. Under optimum conditions, the changes of fluorescence intensity were proportional to the pH value in the range of 8.00–10.90. In addition, the sensor can be easily separated by centrifugation and adds no pollution to the environment compared to the free dyes. Furthermore, the effects of ionic strength and co-existing substances were proved to have little influence on the determination of pH. The sensor has been successfully applied to determine the pH of two artificial samples. Hence, the core–shell fluorescent nanoparticles show potential for practical application. -- Highlights: • Acridine orange was encapsulated into silica shell via a facile reverse microemusion method to built core–shell fluorescent nanoparticles. • The fluorescence intensity of acridine orange-doped silica nanoparticles was decreased by increasing pH value. • Its can be used as an optical pH sensor. • The sensor can be easily separated by centrifugation and adds no pollution to the environment compared to the free dyes. • The sensor has been successfully applied to determine the pH of artificial samples.

  16. Silica coated nanoparticles: Synthesis, magnetic properties and spin structure

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    Mazaleyrat, F., E-mail: mazaleyrat@satie.ens-cachan.f [SATIE, ENS de Cachan, CNRS, UniverSud, 61 av President Wilson, F-94230 Cachan (France); Ammar, M.; LoBue, M. [SATIE, ENS de Cachan, CNRS, UniverSud, 61 av President Wilson, F-94230 Cachan (France); Bonnet, J.-P.; Audebert, P. [PPSM, ENS de Cachan, CNRS, UniverSud, 61 av President Wilson, F-94230 Cachan (France); Wang, G.-Y.; Champion, Y. [ICMPE, CNRS, Universite Paris XII, 2-8 rue Henri Dunant, F-94320 Thiais (France); Hytch, M.; Snoeck, E. [CEMES, CNRS, 29 rue Jeanne Marvig, F-31055 Toulouse (France)

    2009-08-26

    In the recent years, magnetic nanoparticles have been extensively studied for their superparamagnetic properties providing useful labels in biology or for fundamental aspects including the size dependence of magnetic atomic moment and the effect of surface anisotropy. In most cases, the particles were smaller than 10 nm and interestingly, the sizes ranging between 10 and 100 nm have been poorly investigated until now. This is mainly due to the fact that usual chemical routes produce 5-10 nm oxide or metallic particles or eventually 20 nm at most. On the over side, atomization techniques yield particles in the micrometer range. Metallic particles are particularly interesting for better magnetic properties compared to oxides, but they have two big drawbacks: they are not biocompatible and they are conducting electricity. Consequently, it's necessary to produce core-shell particles, for which the shell is biocompatible and insulating and with a perfect control of thickness and uniformity of that shell. In this work, we are studying metallic particles synthesized by an original evaporation-condensation technique that produces particles of several tens of nanometers. We prepared hard magnetic cobalt particles and soft FeNi ones coated with a silica shell using a modified sol-gel method. Morphological and magnetic properties are presented, showing the efficiency of ultrasonic sol-gel process for that purpose.

  17. Biogenic nanostructured silica

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    2002-01-01

    Silicon is by far the most abundant element in the earth crust and also is an essential element for higher plants, yet its biology and mechanisms in plant tolerance of biotic and abiotic stresses are poorly understood. Based on the molecular mechanisms of the biosilicification in marine organisms such as diatoms and sponges, the cell wall template-mediated self-assembly of nanostructured silica in marine organisms and higher plants as well as the related organic molecules are discussed. Understanding of the templating and structure-directed effects of silicon-processing organic molecules not only offers the clue for synthesizing silicon-based materials, but also helps to recognize the anomaly of silicon in plant biology.

  18. Elastic platonic shells.

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    Yong, Ee Hou; Nelson, David R; Mahadevan, L

    2013-10-25

    On microscopic scales, the crystallinity of flexible tethered or cross-linked membranes determines their mechanical response. We show that by controlling the type, number, and distribution of defects on a spherical elastic shell, it is possible to direct the morphology of these structures. Our numerical simulations show that by deflating a crystalline shell with defects, we can create elastic shell analogs of the classical platonic solids. These morphologies arise via a sharp buckling transition from the sphere which is strongly hysteretic in loading or unloading. We construct a minimal Landau theory for the transition using quadratic and cubic invariants of the spherical harmonic modes. Our approach suggests methods to engineer shape into soft spherical shells using a frozen defect topology.

  19. Structural and optical tunability of metallodielectric composites with gradual shell growth

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    Ankita Sharma; Naresh Dhiman; B P Singh; Arvind K Gathania

    2016-01-01

    Metallodielectric (gold@silica) composites were prepared by seed and grow method. The dielectric microspheres (core material) of an average size of 400 nm were synthesized by sol–gel method and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were prepared by reducing the chloroauric solution. Shell growth around silica (SiO2) microspheres was carried out in a multistep layer-by-layer process. The synthesized composites were characterized using techniques such as field emissionscanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV–Visible (UV–Vis) spectroscopy. FE-SEM and FTIR analyses have confirmed the functionalization of SiO2 surfaces with the amine terminal group along with the gold shell growth. XRD analysis has given an average crystallite size of 12.3 nm for metallodielectric composites. Absorption spectra have demonstrated the dependence of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) peak on the successive shell growth by exhibiting a red shift.

  20. 21 CFR 582.1711 - Silica aerogel.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Silica aerogel. 582.1711 Section 582.1711 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) ANIMAL DRUGS....1711 Silica aerogel. (a) Product. Silica aerogel as a finely powdered microcellular silica foam...

  1. 21 CFR 182.1711 - Silica aerogel.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Silica aerogel. 182.1711 Section 182.1711 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN....1711 Silica aerogel. (a) Product. Silica aerogel as a finely powdered microcellular silica foam...

  2. 21 CFR 584.700 - Hydrophobic silicas.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Hydrophobic silicas. 584.700 Section 584.700 Food... DRINKING WATER OF ANIMALS Listing of Specific Substances Affirmed as GRAS § 584.700 Hydrophobic silicas. (a) Product. Amorphous fumed hydrophobic silica or precipitated hydrophobic silica (CAS Reg. No....

  3. Dynamic Analysis of Shells

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    Charles R. Steele

    1995-01-01

    Full Text Available Shell structures are indispensable in virtually every industry. However, in the design, analysis, fabrication, and maintenance of such structures, there are many pitfalls leading to various forms of disaster. The experience gained by engineers over some 200 years of disasters and brushes with disaster is expressed in the extensive archival literature, national codes, and procedural documentation found in larger companies. However, the advantage of the richness in the behavior of shells is that the way is always open for innovation. In this survey, we present a broad overview of the dynamic response of shell structures. The intention is to provide an understanding of the basic themes behind the detailed codes and stimulate, not restrict, positive innovation. Such understanding is also crucial for the correct computation of shell structures by any computer code. The physics dictates that the thin shell structure offers a challenge for analysis and computation. Shell response can be generally categorized by states of extension, inextensional bending, edge bending, and edge transverse shear. Simple estimates for the magnitudes of stress, deformation, and resonance in the extensional and inextensional states are provided by ring response. Several shell examples demonstrate the different states and combinations. For excitation frequency above the extensional resonance, such as in impact and acoustic excitation, a fine mesh is needed over the entire shell surface. For this range, modal and implicit methods are of limited value. The example of a sphere impacting a rigid surface shows that plastic unloading occurs continuously. Thus, there are no short cuts; the complete material behavior must be included.

  4. Coupling semiconductor nanocrystals to a fused-silica microsphere: a quantum-dot microcavity with extremely high Q factors.

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    Fan, X; Palinginis, P; Lacey, S; Wang, H; Lonergan, M C

    2000-11-01

    We demonstrate a quantum-dot microcavity by coupling core-shell semiconductor nanocrystals to a fused-silica microsphere. We show that the composite microcavity can feature Q factors of the order of 10(8), providing a model system for investigating cavity QED and microlasers at the level of single quantum dots.

  5. Moisture influence on the electrical properties of cross-linked polyethylene/silica nanocomposites

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    Hui, Le

    During the last twenty years, nanodielectrics have emerged as an important dielectric material system to provide advanced dielectric properties for power equipment applications, among which, cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE)/silica nanocomposites are regarded as a promising candidate for power cables in the future. Despite the various improvements achieved in XLPE/silica nanocomposites compared to XLPE base resin, the influence of moisture has not been fully explored. For cable insulation materials, water treeing is of particular interest. Therefore, this thesis focuses on the influence of moisture on the electrical properties of XLPE/silica nanocomposites to reveal the facts and mechanisms related to the moisture diffusion and aging phenomena in XLPE/silica nanocomposites in a humid environment. First, moisture diffusion was monitored in different humid environments. XLPE/silica nanocomposites were found to have an increased moisture uptake compared to XLPE base polymer due to the inclusion of silica particles. Water shells, which have a higher water weight percent than that in XLPE matrix, are believed to form around silica particles/aggregates. Second, electrical characterization techniques such as dielectric spectroscopy, pulseelectro- acoustic analysis, 60 Hz AC breakdown as well as water treeing were utilized to investigate the influence of moisture on the electrical properties of XLPE/silica nanocomposites. Water shells and the change of the inter-particle/cluster distances due to loading levels and dispersion state are believed to be the two major factors that govern the dielectric behavior in wet XLPE/silica nanocomposites. At a high loading level of 12.5 wt%, percolation of water shells drastically changed the dielectric performance of the composites including increased permittivity, conduction and reduced dielectric strength. However, 5 wt% nanocomposites, even with elevated moisture content, perform comparably to XLPE. At the same time, water treeing was

  6. Design of Gas-phase Synthesis of Core-Shell Particles by Computational Fluid - Aerosol Dynamics.

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    Buesser, B; Pratsinis, S E

    2011-11-01

    Core-shell particles preserve the bulk properties (e.g. magnetic, optical) of the core while its surface is modified by a shell material. Continuous aerosol coating of core TiO2 nanoparticles with nanothin silicon dioxide shells by jet injection of hexamethyldisiloxane precursor vapor downstream of titania particle formation is elucidated by combining computational fluid and aerosol dynamics. The effect of inlet coating vapor concentration and mixing intensity on product shell thickness distribution is presented. Rapid mixing of the core aerosol with the shell precursor vapor facilitates efficient synthesis of hermetically coated core-shell nanoparticles. The predicted extent of hermetic coating shells is compared to the measured photocatalytic oxidation of isopropanol by such particles as hermetic SiO2 shells prevent the photocatalytic activity of titania. Finally the performance of a simpler, plug-flow coating model is assessed by comparisons to the present detailed CFD model in terms of coating efficiency and silica average shell thickness and texture.

  7. Multi-Shell Hollow Nanogels with Responsive Shell Permeability.

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    Schmid, Andreas J; Dubbert, Janine; Rudov, Andrey A; Pedersen, Jan Skov; Lindner, Peter; Karg, Matthias; Potemkin, Igor I; Richtering, Walter

    2016-03-17

    We report on hollow shell-shell nanogels with two polymer shells that have different volume phase transition temperatures. By means of small angle neutron scattering (SANS) employing contrast variation and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations we show that hollow shell-shell nanocontainers are ideal systems for controlled drug delivery: The temperature responsive swelling of the inner shell controls the uptake and release, while the thermoresponsive swelling of the outer shell controls the size of the void and the colloidal stability. At temperatures between 32 °C shell. Computer simulations showed, that temperature induced switching of the permeability of the inner shell allows for the encapsulation in and release of molecules from the cavity.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of silica–titania core–shell particles

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    Suchita Kalele; Ravi Dey; Neha Hebalakar; J Urban; S W Gosavi; S K Kulkarni

    2005-11-01

    Nearly monodispersed particles of silica were prepared and coated with uniform layers of titanium dioxide in anatase phase by hydrolysis and condensation of titanium butoxide. The coating thickness could be altered by adjusting the concentration of reactants (titanium butoxide and water) and the amount of added silica particles. Different coating thicknesses were deposited and studied using optical absorption spectroscopy, electron microscopy and Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy. It was found that silica particles of size 170 ± 5 nm were coated with 23 ± 5 nm thick layer of titanium dioxide. Alternatively titania particles of size 340 ± 5 nm were synthesized by controlled hydrolysis of titanium ethoxide in the presence of sodium chloride. These particles were further coated with 135 ± 5 nm thick layer of silica to investigate changes in properties after changing the shell material.

  9. Synthesis and characterisation of highly fluorescent core-shell nanoparticles based on Alexa dyes

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    Natte, Kishore; Behnke, Thomas; Orts-Gil, Guillermo, E-mail: guillermo.orts-gil@bam.de; Wuerth, Christian; Friedrich, Joerg F.; Oesterle, Werner; Resch-Genger, Ute, E-mail: ute.resch@bam.de [BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Germany)

    2012-02-15

    Current and future developments in the emerging field of nanobiotechnology are closely linked to the rational design of novel fluorescent nanomaterials, e.g. for biosensing and imaging applications. Here, the synthesis of bright near infrared (NIR)-emissive nanoparticles based on the grafting of silica nanoparticles (SNPs) with 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane (APTES) followed by covalent attachment of Alexa dyes and their subsequent shielding by an additional silica shell are presented. These nanoparticles were investigated by dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and fluorescence spectroscopy. TEM studies revealed the monodispersity of the initially prepared and fluorophore-labelled silica particles and the subsequent formation of raspberry-like structures after addition of a silica precursor. Measurements of absolute fluorescence quantum yields of these scattering particle suspensions with an integrating sphere setup demonstrated the influence of dye labelling density-dependent fluorophore aggregation on the signaling behaviour of such nanoparticles.

  10. Functionalized silica materials for electrocatalysis

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    Vellaichamy Ganesan

    2015-02-01

    Electrocatalysis is an important phenomenon which is utilized in metal–air batteries, fuel cells, electrochemical sensors, etc. To increase the efficiency of the electrocatalytic process and to increase the electrochemical accessibility of the immobilized electrocatalysts, functionalized and non-functionalized mesoporous organo-silica (MCM41-type-materials) are used in this study. These materials possess several suitable properties to be durable catalysts and/or catalyst supports. Owing to the uniform dispersion of electrocatalysts (metal complex and/or metal nanoparticles (NPs)) on the functionalized and non-functionalized silica, an enormous increase in the redox current is observed. Long range channels of silica materials with pore diameter of 15–100 Å allowed metal NPs to accommodate in a specified manner in addition to other catalysts. The usefulness of MCM-41-type silica in increasing the efficiency of electrocatalysisis demonstrated by selecting oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrite reduction reactions as examples

  11. Synthesis of highly fluorescent silica nanoparticles in a reverse microemulsion through double-layered doping of organic fluorophores

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    Yoo, Hyojong, E-mail: hyojong@hallym.ac.kr; Pak, Joonsung [Hallym University, Department of Chemistry (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-05-15

    Water-soluble, highly fluorescent double-layered silica nanoparticles (FL-DLSN) have been successfully synthesized through a reverse (water-in-oil) microemulsion method. The microemulsion was prepared by mixing a surfactant (Brij35), co-surfactant, organic solvent, water, and fluorescein as an organic fluorophore. The sizes of the silica nanoparticles were successfully controlled in the reverse microemulsion using Brij35 by changing the water-to-Brij35 ratio and by adding HCl. Initially, tetraethylorthosilicate was hydrolyzed by adding NH{sub 4}OH as a catalyst and then polymerized to generate core fluorescent silica nanoparticles with fluorescein. 3-(Aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTS) was sequentially added into the reaction mixture, and reacted on the surface of pre-generated core silica nanoparticles to form the second layer in the form of a shell. The second silica layer that was derived from the condensation of APTS effectively protected the fluorescein dye within the silica matrix. This is a novel and simple synthetic approach to generate highly fluorescent, monodispersed silica nanoparticles by doping organic molecules into a silica matrix.Graphical Abstract.

  12. Preparation of composite with silica-coated nanoparticles of iron oxide spinels for applications based on magnetically induced hyperthermia

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    Andrade, Angela L.; Fabris, José D.; Pereira, Márcio C.; Domingues, Rosana Z.; Ardisson, José D.

    2013-04-01

    It is reported a novel method to prepare magnetic core (iron oxide spinels)-shell (silica) composites containing well-dispersed magnetic nanoparticles in aqueous solution. The synthetic process consists of two steps. In a first step, iron oxide nanoparticles obtained through co-precipitation are dispersed in an aqueous solution containing tetramethylammonium hydroxide; in a second step, particles of this sample are coated with silica, through hydrolyzation of tetraethyl orthosilicate. The intrinsic atomic structure and essential properties of the core-shell system were assessed with powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, Mössbauer spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The heat released by this ferrofluid under an AC-generated magnetic field was evaluated by following the temperature evolution under increasing magnetic field strengths. Results strongly indicate that this ferrofluid based on silica-coated iron oxide spinels is technologically a very promising material to be used in medical practices, in oncology.

  13. Preparation of composite with silica-coated nanoparticles of iron oxide spinels for applications based on magnetically induced hyperthermia

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    Andrade, Angela L. [Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Department of Chemistry (Brazil); Fabris, Jose D., E-mail: jdfabris@ufmg.br [Federal University of Jequitinhonha and Mucuri Valleys (UFVJM) (Brazil); Pereira, Marcio C. [Federal University of Jequitinhonha and Mucuri Valleys (UFVJM), Institute of Science, Engineering and Technology (Brazil); Domingues, Rosana Z. [Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Department of Chemistry (Brazil); Ardisson, Jose D. [Development Center of Nuclear Technology (CNEN/CDTN), Laboratory of Applied Physics (Brazil)

    2013-04-15

    It is reported a novel method to prepare magnetic core (iron oxide spinels)-shell (silica) composites containing well-dispersed magnetic nanoparticles in aqueous solution. The synthetic process consists of two steps. In a first step, iron oxide nanoparticles obtained through co-precipitation are dispersed in an aqueous solution containing tetramethylammonium hydroxide; in a second step, particles of this sample are coated with silica, through hydrolyzation of tetraethyl orthosilicate. The intrinsic atomic structure and essential properties of the core-shell system were assessed with powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, Moessbauer spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The heat released by this ferrofluid under an AC-generated magnetic field was evaluated by following the temperature evolution under increasing magnetic field strengths. Results strongly indicate that this ferrofluid based on silica-coated iron oxide spinels is technologically a very promising material to be used in medical practices, in oncology.

  14. Silica exposure and systemic vasculitis.

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    Mulloy, Karen B

    2003-01-01

    Work in Department of Energy (DOE) facilities has exposed workers to multiple toxic agents leading to acute and chronic diseases. Many exposures were common to numerous work sites. Exposure to crystalline silica was primarily restricted to a few facilities. I present the case of a 63-year-old male who worked in DOE facilities for 30 years as a weapons testing technician. In addition to silica, other workplace exposures included beryllium, various solvents and heavy metals, depleted uranium, a...

  15. Gold Nanorod@TiO2 Yolk-Shell Nanostructures for Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Oxidation of Benzyl Alcohol.

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    Li, Ang; Zhang, Peng; Chang, Xiaoxia; Cai, Weiting; Wang, Tuo; Gong, Jinlong

    2015-04-24

    Fine gold nanorod@TiO2 yolk-shell catalysts are synthesized by an improved silica template method. With a hollow TiO2 shell and a unique tunable cylindrical gold core, the catalyst exhibits a high surface area and a wide range of photoabsorption, from ultraviolet to near infrared. The remarkable photochemical activity is obtained when such catalyst is utilized to oxidize benzyl alcohol.

  16. Nucleation of polystyrene latex particles in the presence of gamma-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane: functionalized silica particles.

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    Bourgeat-Lami, Elodie; Insulaire, Mickaelle; Reculusa, Stéphane; Perro, Adeline; Ravaine, Serge; Duguet, Etienne

    2006-02-01

    Silica/polystyrene nanocomposite particles with different morphologies were synthesized through emulsion polymerization of styrene in the presence of silica particles previously modified by gamma-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (MPS). Grafting of the silane molecule was performed by direct addition of MPS to the aqueous silica suspension in the presence of an anionic surfactant under basic conditions. The MPS grafting density on the silica surface was determined using the depletion method and plotted against the initial MPS concentration. The influence of the MPS grafting density, the silica particles size and concentration and the nature of the surfactant on the polymerization kinetics and the particles morphology was investigated. When the polymerization was performed in the presence of an anionic surfactant, transmission electron microscopy images showed the formation of polymer spheres around silica for MPS grafting densities lower than typically 1 micromole x m(-2) while the conversion versus time curves indicated a strong acceleration effect under such conditions. In contrast, polymerizations performed in the presence of a larger amount of MPS moieties or in the presence of a non ionic emulsifier resulted in the formation of "excentered" core-shell morphologies and lower polymerization rates. The paper identifies the parameters that allow to control particles morphology and polymerization kinetics and describes the mechanism of formation of the nanocomposite colloids.

  17. Silica research in Glasgow

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    Barr, B W; Casey, M M; Clubley, D; Crooks, D R M; Danzmann, K; Elliffe, E J; Gossler, S; Grant, A; Grote, H; Heptonstall, A; Hough, J; Jennrich, O; Lück, H B; McIntosh, S A; Newton, G P; Palmer, D A; Plissi, M V; Robertson, D I; Robertson, N A; Rowan, S; Skeldon, K D; Sneddon, P; Strain, K A; Torrie, C I; Ward, H; Willems, P A; Willke, B; Winkler, W

    2002-01-01

    The Glasgow group is involved in the construction of the GEO600 interferometer as well as in R and D activity on technology for advanced gravitational wave detectors. GEO600 will be the first GW detector using quasi-monolithic silica suspensions in order to decrease thermal noise significantly with respect to steel wire suspensions. The results concerning GEO600 suspension mounting and performance will be shown in the first section. Section 2 is devoted to the present results from the direct measurement of thermal noise in mirrors mounted in the 10 m interferometer in Glasgow which has a sensitivity limit of 4 x 10 sup - sup 1 sup 9 m Hz sup - sup 1 sup / sup 2 above 1 kHz. Section 3 presents results on the measurements of coating losses. R and D activity has been carried out to understand better how thermal noise in the suspensions affects the detector sensitivity, and in section 4 a discussion on the non-linear thermoelastic effect is presented.

  18. Multimodality Imaging with Silica-Based Targeted Nanoparticle Platforms

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    Jason S. Lewis

    2012-04-09

    Objectives: To synthesize and characterize a C-Dot silica-based nanoparticle containing 'clickable' groups for the subsequent attachment of targeting moieties (e.g., peptides) and multiple contrast agents (e.g., radionuclides with high specific activity) [1,2]. These new constructs will be tested in suitable tumor models in vitro and in vivo to ensure maintenance of target-specificity and high specific activity. Methods: Cy5 dye molecules are cross-linked to a silica precursor which is reacted to form a dye-rich core particle. This core is then encapsulated in a layer of pure silica to create the core-shell C-Dot (Figure 1) [2]. A 'click' chemistry approach has been used to functionalize the silica shell with radionuclides conferring high contrast and specific activity (e.g. 64Cu and 89Zr) and peptides for tumor targeting (e.g. cRGD and octreotate) [3]. Based on the selective Diels-Alder reaction between tetrazine and norbornene, the reaction is bioorthogonal, highyielding, rapid, and water-compatible. This radiolabeling approach has already been employed successfully with both short peptides (e.g. octreotate) and antibodies (e.g. trastuzumab) as model systems for the ultimate labeling of the nanoparticles [1]. Results: PEGylated C-Dots with a Cy5 core and labeled with tetrazine have been synthesized (d = 55 nm, zeta potential = -3 mV) reliably and reproducibly and have been shown to be stable under physiological conditions for up to 1 month. Characterization of the nanoparticles revealed that the immobilized Cy5 dye within the C-Dots exhibited fluorescence intensities over twice that of the fluorophore alone. The nanoparticles were successfully radiolabeled with Cu-64. Efforts toward the conjugation of targeting peptides (e.g. cRGD) are underway. In vitro stability, specificity, and uptake studies as well as in vivo imaging and biodistribution investigations will be presented. Conclusions: C-Dot silica-based nanoparticles offer a robust

  19. From shell logs to shell scripts

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    Jacobs, Nico; Blockeel, Hendrik

    2001-01-01

    Analysing the use of a Unix command shell is one of the classic applications in the domain of adaptive user interfaces and user modelling. Instead of trying to predict the next command from a history of commands, we automatically produce scripts that automate frequent tasks. For this we use an ILP association rule learner. We show how to speedup the learning task by dividing it into smaller tasks, and the need for a preprocessing phase to detect frequent subsequences in the data. We illustrat...

  20. Sensational spherical shells

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    Lee, M. C.; Kendall, J. M., Jr.; Bahrami, P. A.; Wang, T. G.

    1986-01-01

    Fluid-dynamic and capillary forces can be used to form nearly perfect, very small spherical shells when a liquid that can solidify is passed through an annular die to form an annular jet. Gravity and certain properties of even the most ideal materials, however, can cause slight asymmetries. The primary objective of the present work is the control of this shell formation process in earth laboratories rather than space microgravity, through the development of facilities and methods that minimize the deleterious effects of gravity, aerodynamic drag, and uncontrolled cooling. The spherical shells thus produced can be used in insulation, recyclable filter materials, fire retardants, explosives, heat transport slurries, shock-absorbing armor, and solid rocket motors.

  1. Fabrication of diamond shells

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    Hamza, Alex V.; Biener, Juergen; Wild, Christoph; Woerner, Eckhard

    2016-11-01

    A novel method for fabricating diamond shells is introduced. The fabrication of such shells is a multi-step process, which involves diamond chemical vapor deposition on predetermined mandrels followed by polishing, microfabrication of holes, and removal of the mandrel by an etch process. The resultant shells of the present invention can be configured with a surface roughness at the nanometer level (e.g., on the order of down to about 10 nm RMS) on a mm length scale, and exhibit excellent hardness/strength, and good transparency in the both the infra-red and visible. Specifically, a novel process is disclosed herein, which allows coating of spherical substrates with optical-quality diamond films or nanocrystalline diamond films.

  2. Preparation and Characterization of Silica-Coated Magnetic–Fluorescent Bifunctional Microspheres

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    Xiao Qi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Bifunctional magnetic–fluorescent composite nanoparticles (MPQDs with Fe3O4MPs and Mn:ZnS/ZnS core–shell quantum dots (QDs encapsulated in silica spheres were synthesized through reverse microemulsion method and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, vibration sample magnetometer, and photoluminescence (PL spectra. Our strategy could offer the following features: (1 the formation of Mn:ZnS/ZnS core/shell QDs resulted in enhancement of the PL intensity with respect to that of bare Mn:ZnS nanocrystals due to the effective elimination of the surface defects; (2 the magnetic nanoparticles were coated with silica, in order to reduce any detrimental effects on the QD PL by the magnetic cores; and (3 both Fe3O4MPs and Mn:ZnS/ZnS core–shell QDs were encapsulated in silica spheres, and the obtained MPQDs became water soluble. The experimental conditions for the silica coating on the surface of Fe3O4nanoparticles, such as the ratio of water to surfactant (R, the amount of ammonia, and the amount of tetraethoxysilane, on the photoluminescence properties of MPQDs were studied. It was found that the silica coating on the surface of Fe3O4could effectively suppress the interaction between the Fe3O4and the QDs under the most optimal parameters, and the emission intensity of MPQDs showed a maximum. The bifunctional MPQDs prepared under the most optimal parameters have a typical diameter of 35 nm and a saturation magnetization of 4.35 emu/g at room temperature and exhibit strong photoluminescence intensity.

  3. Colloidal titania-silica-iron oxide nanocomposites and the effect from silica thickness on the photocatalytic and bactericidal activities

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    Chanhom, Padtaraporn; Charoenlap, Nisanart; Tomapatanaget, Boosayarat; Insin, Numpon

    2017-04-01

    New types of colloidal multifunctional nanocomposites that combine superparamagnetic character and high photocatalytic activity were synthesized and investigated. The superparamagnetic nanocomposites composed of anatase titania, silica, and iron oxide nanoparticles (TSI) were synthesized using thermal decomposition method followed by microemulsion method, without calcination at high temperature. Different techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) were used to characterize and confirm the structure of the nanocomposites. These nanocomposites showed high photocatalytic activity when used in the photodegradation of methylene blue under irradiation with a black light lamp. Moreover, the nanocomposites exhibited high antibacterial properties. From our study, the nanocomposites can be useful in various applications such as removal of pollutants with readily separation from the environment using an external magnetic field. These composites could effectively photo-degrade the dye at least three cycles without regeneration. The effects of silica shell thickness on the photocatalytic activity was investigated, and the thickness of 6 nm of the silica interlayer is enough for the inhibition of electron translocation between titania and iron oxide nanoparticles and maintaining the efficiency of photocatalytic activity of titania nanoparticles.

  4. Synthesis and Photoluminescence Property of Silicon Carbide Nanowires Via Carbothermic Reduction of Silica

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    Luo Xiaogang; Ma Wenhui; Zhou Yang; Liu Dachun; Yang Bin; Dai Yongnian

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Silicon carbide nanowires have been synthesized at 1400 °C by carbothermic reduction of silica with bamboo carbon under normal atmosphere pressure without metallic catalyst. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy were used to characterize the silicon carbide nanowires. The results show that the silicon carbide nanowires have a core–shell structure and gr...

  5. Silica capped CdS/Cd(OH)2 quantum dots for biological applications

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    Chaves, C. R.; Almeida, D. B.; Cesar, C. L.; Fontes, A.; Santos, B. S.; Farias, P. M. A.

    2010-02-01

    In the last few years, quantum confinement effects in semiconductor nanocrystals (quantum dots - QDs) have attracted a significant amount of interest due to their new optical properties and also because of their potential applications in biological systems. In this work, cadmium sulphide (CdS) nanoparticles were synthesized in aqueous medium and passivated with Cd(OH)2. Polyphosphate ions were used in order to avoid particle aggregation. After the passivation step, CdS/Cd(OH)2 quantum dots were coated with silica. Silica coating has been extensively investigated concerning its properties in biocompatibilizing QDs to biological systems. Silica coated core-shell CdS/Cd(OH)2 water soluble QDs optical properties were studied by absorption, excitation and emission spectroscopies, while their morphological characterization was carried out by transmission electron microscopy.

  6. MORPHOLOGY EVOLUTION OF POLY(St-co-BuA)/SILICA NANOCOMPOSITE PARTICLES SYNTHESIZED BY EMULSION POLYMERIZATION

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    Hua Li; Shu-xue Zhou; Bo You; Li-min Wu

    2006-01-01

    Poly(St-co-BuA)/silica nanocomposite latexes were synthesized via conventional emulsion polymerization in the presence of 3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate modified colloidal nano-silica. The effects of surface property, particle size and content of colloidal nano-silica as well as the concentrations of monomer and surfactant on the morphology of nanocomposite latex particles were investigated by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) in detail. Various interesting morphologies such as grape-like, Chinese gooseberry-like, pomegranate-like and normal core-shell structures were observed. Droplet nucleation mechanism competing with micelle nucleation mechanism was proposed to explain the morphological evolution of the nanocomposite particles.

  7. Up-conversion in rare earth-doped silica hollow spheres

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    Fortes, Luís M.; Li, Yigang; Réfega, Ricardo; Clara Gonçalves, M.

    2012-06-01

    In the present work, Er/Yb co-doped silica hollow spheres are prepared in a two-step process. In a first step, polystyrene-core is silica coated in situ by a modified Stöber sol-gel method and in the second one, the sacrificial polystyrene core is thermally removed. The core-shell and the hollow spheres are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). PL measurements show up-conversion phenomena upon excitation at 975 nm, through the emission of blue (˜490 nm), green (˜523 nm and ˜536 nm) and red (˜655 nm) light. The up-conversion phenomena are discussed and modelled. The developed model explains the up-conversion phenomena of Er/Yb co-doped silica hollow spheres, with special agreement for high Yb/Er ratio.

  8. Silica coating of luminescent quantum dots prepared in aqueous media for cellular labeling

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    Ma, Yunfei; Li, Yan, E-mail: yli@ecust.edu.cn; Zhong, Xinhua, E-mail: zhongxh@ecust.edu.cn

    2014-12-15

    Graphical abstract: A facile route based on modified Stöber method was used for the synthesis of silica coated QDs (QD@SiO{sub 2}) starting from aqueously prepared CdTe/CdS QDs. The resultant QD@SiO{sub 2} exhibited a significant increase in emission efficiency compared with that of the initial QDs, along with a small size (∼5 nm in diameter), great stability and low cytotoxicity, which makes it a good candidate as robust biomarker. - Highlights: • We present a facile modified Stöber method to prepare highly luminescent QD@SiO{sub 2}. • The PL efficiency of QDs increases significantly after silica coating. • QD@SiO{sub 2} exhibits small size (∼5 nm) and great dispersibility in aqueous solution. • QD@SiO{sub 2} presents extraordinary photo and colloidal stability. • The silica shell eliminates QD cytotoxicity, providing the access of bioconjugation. - Abstract: Silica coating is an effective approach for rendering luminescent quantum dots (QDs) with water dispersibility and biocompatibility. However, it is still challenging to prepare silica-coated QDs (QD@SiO{sub 2}) with high emission efficiency, small size and great stability in favor for bioapplication. Herein, we reported a modified Stöber method for silica coating of aqueously-prepared CdTe/CdS QDs. With the coexistence of Cd{sup 2+} and thioglycolic acid (TGA), a thin silica shell was formed around QDs by the hydrolysis of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS). The resultant QD@SiO{sub 2} with a small size (∼5 nm in diameter) exhibits significantly higher emission efficiencies than that of the initial QDs. Also, QD@SiO{sub 2} has extraordinary photo and colloidal stability (pH range of 5–13, 4.0 M NaCl solution). Protected by the silica shell, the cytotoxicity of QDs could be reduced. Moreover, the QD@SiO{sub 2} conjugated with folic acid (FA) presents high specific binding toward receptor-positive HeLa cells over receptor-negative A549 cells.

  9. Sliver spherical nanoshells coated gain-assisted ellipsoidal silica core for low-threshold surface plasmon amplification

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    Tao, Yifei; Guo, Zhongyi; Sun, Yongxuan; Shen, Fei; Mao, Xiaoqin; Wang, Wei; Li, Yan; Liu, Yi; Wang, Xinshun; Qu, Shiliang

    2015-11-01

    We have proposed an ellipsoidal gain-assisted silica core coated with a spherical Ag nanoshell for the stable low-threshold spaser generation. The results show that the surface plasmon can be amplified greatly by increasing the optical gain to a critical value (gain threshold). By varying the ellipticities of the ellipsoidal dielectric core nanoparticles (NPs), the gain threshold of the silica can drop 32.7% compared to that of a spherical core-shell particle. The physical mechanism of the lower gain threshold has been explained and discussed in detail by investigating the quality factor (QF) and the localized field distributions associated with the laser mode. Furthermore, we have also investigated the influence of the ellipticities of the gain-assist silica core on the level of gain threshold. With increasing the ellipticities of the silica core, the level of gain threshold decreases accordingly, and the corresponding super-resonance wavelength also shows a red shift.

  10. Preparation and characterization of silica–gold core–shell nanoparticles

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    Nghiem, Thi Ha Lien, E-mail: halien@iop.vast.ac.vn; Le, Tuyet Ngan; Do, Thi Hue; Vu, Thi Thuy Duong; Do, Quang Hoa; Tran, Hong Nhung [Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Institute of Physics (Viet Nam)

    2013-11-15

    Silica–gold core–shell nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared by gold ion plating on hydrophilic-functionalized silica core NPs using formaldehyde as a reducing reagent. The monodisperse silica particles were first prepared by a sol–gel method, while the ultrafine gold colloids (diameter 1–2 nm) were synthesized by the reduction of chloroauric acid with tetrakis(hydroxymethyl)phosphonium chloride. The growth and attachment of the gold NPs onto the functionalized surface of the silica NPs with average diameter ranging from 40 to 180 nm, using a low-temperature-mediated route, were systematically investigated. The coverage of the gold NPs and clusters on the surface of the silica NPs have been evaluated by means of UV–Vis/near-infrared spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The surface plasmon resonance absorption spectra from 550 to 1,000 nm of the core–shell NPs can be effectively controlled by the surface gold coverage or the silica core NP’s size.

  11. Infrared spectra of silica polymorphs

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    Koike, C.; Noguchi, R.; Chihara, H.; Suto, H.; Ohtaka, O.; Imai, Y.; Matsumoto, T.; Tsuchiyama, A.

    The existence of silica within several debris disks has been suggested. We investigate the annealing conditions of α-cristobalite, and further prepare various types of silica, including α-cristobalite, α-quartz, coesite, stishovite, and fused quartz, which are natural, synthetic or commercial samples. We compare the results to previous studies and find that α-cristobalite synthesized at higher temperature than annealed silica. The interesting result of features similar to those of forsterite should be highlighted, where αcristobalite and coesite showed similar peaks at 16, 33, and 69 μm as forsterite. The 69 μm band for αcristobalite is especially very broad and strong, and shifts largely to a shorter wavelengths under cooling to low temperatures. The band for coesite, however, is very sharp, and shifts only a small amount to longer wavelengths under cooling to low temperatures. The peak positions of 16 and 69-μm band due to α-cristobalite can become index for temperature of silica dust. We discuss the possibility of silica detection around debris disks.

  12. Exposure to crystalline silica in abrasive blasting operations where silica and non-silica abrasives are used.

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    Radnoff, Diane L; Kutz, Michelle K

    2014-01-01

    Exposure to respirable crystalline silica is a hazard common to many industries in Alberta but particularly so in abrasive blasting. Alberta occupational health and safety legislation requires the consideration of silica substitutes when conducting abrasive blasting, where reasonably practicable. In this study, exposure to crystalline silica during abrasive blasting was evaluated when both silica and non-silica products were used. The crystalline silica content of non-silica abrasives was also measured. The facilities evaluated were preparing metal products for the application of coatings, so the substrate should not have had a significant contribution to worker exposure to crystalline silica. The occupational sampling results indicate that two-thirds of the workers assessed were potentially over-exposed to respirable crystalline silica. About one-third of the measurements over the exposure limit were at the work sites using silica substitutes at the time of the assessment. The use of the silica substitute, by itself, did not appear to have a large effect on the mean airborne exposure levels. There are a number of factors that may contribute to over-exposures, including the isolation of the blasting area, housekeeping, and inappropriate use of respiratory protective equipment. However, the non-silica abrasives themselves also contain silica. Bulk analysis results for non-silica abrasives commercially available in Alberta indicate that many contain crystalline silica above the legislated disclosure limit of 0.1% weight of silica per weight of product (w/w) and this information may not be accurately disclosed on the material safety data sheet for the product. The employer may still have to evaluate the potential for exposure to crystalline silica at their work site, even when silica substitutes are used. Limited tests on recycled non-silica abrasive indicated that the silica content had increased. Further study is required to evaluate the impact of product recycling

  13. Preparation of luminescent CdTe quantum dots doped core-shell nanoparticles and their application in cell recognition

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    LI Zhaohui; WANG Kemin; TAN Weihong; LI Jun; FU Zhiying; WANG Yilin; LIU Jianbo; YANG Xiaohai

    2005-01-01

    Based on the reverse microemulsion technique, luminescent quantum dots doped core-shell nanoparticles have been prepared by employing silica as the shell and CdTe quantum dots as the core of the nanoparticles, which have an excellent solubility and dispersibility, especially amine and phosphonate groups have been modified on their surface synchronously. In comparison with CdTe quantum dots, these nanoparticles show superiority in chemical and photochemical stability. The quantum dots doped core-shell nanoparticles were successfully linked with lactobionic acid by amine group on it, which was used to recognize living liver cells.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of silica–gold core-shell (SiO2@Au) nanoparticles

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    Deepika Kandpal; Suchita Kalele; S K Kulkarni

    2007-08-01

    This paper reports a systematic investigation of the growth and attachment of small gold nanoparticles to the functionalized surface of larger silica nanoparticles by three different methods. Nearly monodispersed silica particles and gold nanoparticles were prepared by sol–gel method. The size of the particle could be altered by changing the concentration of reactants, temperature and the time for which they react. The nanocore-shell particles prepared by three different methods were studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV–vis spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. We have found that the third method (c), a combination of the first two methods (a) and (b), has given better results.

  15. Simulation for double shell pinch

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    Wang Gang-Hua; Hu Xi-Jing; Sun Cheng-Wei

    2004-01-01

    Basic shock phenomena are presented in a composite pinch, a hybrid of the Z-pinch. The successive transfer of current within the plasma structure is demonstrated by our calculations. Properties of the shock wave are described.The current distribution between the two shells after the outer shell hitting the inner shell is also discussed.

  16. Temporal structures in shell models

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    Okkels, F.

    2001-01-01

    The intermittent dynamics of the turbulent Gledzer, Ohkitani, and Yamada shell-model is completely characterized by a single type of burstlike structure, which moves through the shells like a front. This temporal structure is described by the dynamics of the instantaneous configuration of the shell...

  17. Recent Advances in Shell Evolution with Shell-Model Calculations

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    Utsuno, Yutaka; Tsunoda, Yusuke; Shimizu, Noritaka; Honma, Michio; Togashi, Tomoaki; Mizusaki, Takahiro

    2014-01-01

    Shell evolution in exotic nuclei is investigated with large-scale shell-model calculations. After presenting that the central and tensor forces produce distinctive ways of shell evolution, we show several recent results: (i) evolution of single-particle-like levels in antimony and cupper isotopes, (ii) shape coexistence in nickel isotopes understood in terms of configuration-dependent shell structure, and (iii) prediction of the evolution of the recently established $N=34$ magic number towards smaller proton numbers. In any case, large-scale shell-model calculations play indispensable roles in describing the interplay between single-particle character and correlation.

  18. Silica Aerogel: Synthesis and Applications

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    Jyoti L. Gurav

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Silica aerogels have drawn a lot of interest both in science and technology because of their low bulk density (up to 95% of their volume is air, hydrophobicity, low thermal conductivity, high surface area, and optical transparency. Aerogels are synthesized from molecular precursors by sol-gel processing. Special drying techniques must be applied to replace the pore liquid with air while maintaining the solid network. Supercritical drying is most common; however, recently developed methods allow removal of the liquid at atmospheric pressure after chemical modification of the inner surface of the gels, leaving only a porous silica network filled with air. Therefore, by considering the surprising properties of aerogels, the present review addresses synthesis of silica aerogels by the sol-gel method, as well as drying techniques and applications in current industrial development and scientific research.

  19. Periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) materials with uniform spherical core-shell structure.

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    Haffer, Stefanie; Tiemann, Michael; Fröba, Michael

    2010-09-10

    We report the synthesis of monodisperse, spherical periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) materials. The particles have diameters between about 350 and 550 nm. They exhibit a regular core-shell structure with a solid, non-porous silica core and a mesoporous PMO shell with a thickness of approximately 75 nm and uniform pores of about 1.7 nm. The synthesis of the core and the shell is carried out in a one-pot, two-stage synthesis and can be accomplished at temperatures between 25 and 100 °C. Higher synthesis temperatures lead to substantial shrinking of the solid core, generating an empty void between core and shell. This leads to interesting cavitation phenomena in the nitrogen physisorption analysis at 77.4 K.

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of Bimodal Mesoporous Silica

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    ZHANG Xiaofang; GUO Cuili; WANG Xiaoli; WU Yuanyuan

    2012-01-01

    Mesoporous silica with controllable bimodal pore size distribution was synthesized with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as chemical template for small mesopores and silica gel as physical template for large mesopores.The structure of synthesized samples were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy,X-ray diffraction (XRD),scanning electron microscopy (SEM),transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and N2 adsorption-desorption measurements.The experimental results show that bimodal mesoporous silica consists of small mesopores of about 3 nm and large mesopores of about 45 nm.The small mesopores which were formed on the external surface and pore walls of the silica gel had similar characters with those of MCM-41,while large mesopores were inherited from parent silica gel material.The pore size distribution of the synthesized silica can be adjusted by changing the relative content of TEOS and silica gel or the feeding sequence of silica gel and NH4OH.

  1. Evolution of Morphology and Crystallinity of Silica Minerals Under Hydrothermal Conditions

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    Isobe, H.

    2011-12-01

    Silica minerals are quite common mineral species in surface environment of the terrestrial planets. They are good indicator of terrestrial processes including hydrothermal alteration, diagenesis and soil formation. Hydrothermal quartz, metastable low temperature cristobalite and amorphous silica show characteristic morphology and crystallinity depending on their formation processes and kinetics under wide range of temperature, pressure, acidity and thermal history. In this study, silica minerals produced by acidic hydrothermal alteration related to volcanic activities and hydrothermal crystallization experiments from diatom sediment are examined with crystallographic analysis and morphologic observations. Low temperature form of cistobalite is a metastable phase and a common alteration product occured in highly acidic hydrothermal environment around fumaroles in geothermal / volcanic areas. XRD analysis revealed that the alteration degree of whole rock is represented by abundance of cristobalite. Detailed powder XRD analysis show that the primary diffraction peak of cristobalite composed with two or three phases with different d-spacing and FWHM by peak profile fitting analysis. Shorter d-spacing and narrower FWHM cristobalite crystallize from precursor materials with less-crystallized, longer d-spacing and wider FWHM cristobalite. Textures of hydrothermal cristobalite in altered rock shows remnant of porphylitic texture of the host rock, pyroxene-amphibole andesite. Diatom has amorphous silica shell and makes diatomite sediment. Diatomite found in less diagenetic Quarternary formation keeps amorphous silica diatom shells. Hydrothermal alteration experiments of amorphous silica diatomite sediment are carried out from 300 °C to 550 °C. Mineral composition of run products shows crystallization of cristobalite and quartz progress depending on temperature and run durations. Initial crystallization product, cristobalite grains occur as characteristic lepispheres and

  2. 7 CFR 51.2002 - Split shell.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Split shell. 51.2002 Section 51.2002 Agriculture... Standards for Grades of Filberts in the Shell 1 Definitions § 51.2002 Split shell. Split shell means a shell... of the shell, measured in the direction of the crack....

  3. Optothermal nonlinearity of silica aerogel

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    Braidotti, Maria Chiara; Fleming, Adam; Samuels, Michiel C; Di Falco, Andrea; Conti, Claudio

    2016-01-01

    We report on the characterization of silica aerogel thermal optical nonlinearity, obtained by z-scan technique. The results show that typical silica aerogels have nonlinear optical coefficient similar to that of glass $(\\simeq 10^{-12} $m$^2/$W), with negligible optical nonlinear absorption. The non\\-li\\-near coefficient can be increased to values in the range of $10^{-10} $m$^2/$W by embedding an absorbing dye in the aerogel. This value is one order of magnitude higher than that observed in the pure dye and in typical highly nonlinear materials like liquid crystals.

  4. Niobia-silica and silica membranes for gas separation

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    Boffa, Vittorio

    2008-01-01

    This thesis describes the development of ceramic membranes suitable for hydrogen separation and CO2 recovery from gaseous streams. The research work was focused on the three different parts of which gas selective ceramic membranes are composed, i.e., the microporous gas selective silica layer, the m

  5. Organized thiol functional groups in mesoporous core shell colloids

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    Marchena, Martin H. [Gerencia Quimica, Centro Atomico Constituyentes, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica (CNEA), Avda. Gral. Paz 1499, B1650KNA Buenos Aires (Argentina); Granada, Mara [Centro Atomico Bariloche-CNEA, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina); Instituto Balseiro-Centro Atomico Bariloche-CNEA, San Carlos de Bariloche 8400 (Argentina); Bordoni, Andrea V. [Gerencia Quimica, Centro Atomico Constituyentes, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica (CNEA), Avda. Gral. Paz 1499, B1650KNA Buenos Aires (Argentina); Joselevich, Maria [Asociacion Civil Expedicion Ciencia, Cabrera 4948, C1414BGP Buenos Aires (Argentina); Troiani, Horacio [Centro Atomico Bariloche-CNEA, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina); Instituto Balseiro-Centro Atomico Bariloche-CNEA, San Carlos de Bariloche 8400 (Argentina); Williams, Federico J. [DQIAQyF-INQUIMAE FCEN, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pabellon II, C1428EHA Buenos Aires (Argentina); Wolosiuk, Alejandro, E-mail: wolosiuk@cnea.gov.ar [Gerencia Quimica, Centro Atomico Constituyentes, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica (CNEA), Avda. Gral. Paz 1499, B1650KNA Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2012-03-15

    The co-condensation in situ of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS) using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a template results in the synthesis of multilayered mesoporous structured SiO{sub 2} colloids with 'onion-like' chemical environments. Thiol groups were anchored to an inner selected SiO{sub 2} porous layer in a bilayered core shell particle producing different chemical regions inside the colloidal layered structure. X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) shows a preferential anchoring of the -SH groups in the double layer shell system, while porosimetry and simple chemical modifications confirm that pores are accessible. We can envision the synthesis of interesting colloidal objects with defined chemical environments with highly controlled properties. - Graphical abstract: Mesoporous core shell SiO{sub 2} colloids with organized thiol groups. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Double shell mesoporous silica colloids templated with CTAB. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sequential deposition of mesoporous SiO{sub 2} layers with different chemistries. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer XPS shows the selective functionalization of mesoporous layers with thiol groups.

  6. An organosilane-directed growth-induced etching strategy for preparing hollow/yolk–shell mesoporous organosilica nanospheres with perpendicular mesochannels and amphiphilic frameworks

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    Zou, Houbing

    2014-06-27

    We have developed an organosilane-directed growth-induced etching strategy to prepare hollow periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) nanospheres with perpendicular mesoporous channels and a clear hollow interior as well as an amphiphilic framework. This facile strategy is simple, efficient, and highly controllable. Silica nanospheres were utilized as hard templates to obtain hollow PMO nanospheres through a one-step route, with the structure parameter highly controlled by adjusting the synthesis conditions. Different organosilanes were used to obtain bridged hollow PMO nanospheres of different organic groups and showed different directed capacities. The integrity of the bridged organic group was confirmed by Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and solid-state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations showed that the growth of the PMO shell and the dissolution of the silica nanosphere core occurred simultaneously for each nanosphere, while 29Si NMR spectra revealed that the dissolved silica species from the silica nanospheres transformed into PMO shells by co-condensation with hydrolyzed organosilane oligomers. As a result, the obtained hollow nanospheres were amphiphilic, which can even be used as a particle emulsifier for O-W or W-O emulsion in various systems. These materials can also be served as an efficient sorbent for removal of hydrophobic contaminants in water. Using the proposed formation mechanism, this strategy can be extended to transform silica-coated composite materials into yolk-shell structures with a functional interior core and a perpendicular mesoporous amphiphilic shell. As a nanoreactor, the -Ph- bridged amphiphilic shell showed a faster diffusion rate for organic reactants in water than the hydrophilic silica shell, and thus better catalytic activity for reduction of 4-nitrophenol. This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014.

  7. Bifunctional luminescent and magnetic core/shell type nanostructures Fe3O4@CeF3 :Tb3+/Si

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    M. Runowski; T. Grzyb, S. Lis

    2011-01-01

    A facile co-precipitation and microemulsion methods were applied to obtain core/shell type nanoparticles.Cerium fluoride doped with terbium(Ⅲ) ions supplied intensive green luminescence of the system.Due to the presence of magnetite nanoparticles as cores,the product was highly sensitive to external magnetic field.Both sorts of nanostructures were encapsulated by silica shell.Such external layer of inert oxide can potentially increase the resistance of prepared nanostructures to thermal oxidation,aggressive agents,changing of pH or destructive radiation.Morphology of the product was examined using transmission electron microscopy (TEM).Formations of the core/shell type nanostructures were clearly seen in the TEM pictures.Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirmed the structure of the products,their nanocrystallinity and amorphous nature of silica shell.Optical properties were investigated by measuring excitation and emission spectra.Such multifunctional luminescent and magnetic nanoparticles coated with easily functionalized silica shell could be applied in many field of science.

  8. Functionalization of Hollow Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Improved 5-FU Loading

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    Xiaodong She

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles were successfully fabricated and functionalized with appropriate silanes. After modifications, amine, carboxyl, cyano, and methyl groups were grafted onto the nanoparticles and all functionalized hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles maintained a spherical and hollow structure with a mean diameter of ~120 nm and a shell thickness of ~10 nm. The loading capacity of the hollow mesoporous silica nanoaprticles to the anticancer drug, 5-fluorouracil, can be controlled via precise functionalization. The presence of amine groups on the surface of nanoparticles resulted in the highest loading capacity of 28.89%, due to the amine functionalized nanoparticles having a similar hydrophilicity but reverse charge to the drug. In addition, the change in pH leads to the variation of the intensity of electrostatic force between nanoparticles and the drug, which finally affects the loading capacity of amine functionalized hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles to some extent. Higher drug loading was observed at pH of 7.4 and 8.5 as 5-fluorouracil becomes more deprotonated in alkaline conditions. The improved drug loading capacity by amine functionalized hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles has demonstrated that they can become potential intracellular 5-fluorouracil delivery vehicles for cancers.

  9. Ringing phenomenon in silica microspheres

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    Chunhua Dong; Changling Zou; Jinming Cui; Yong Yang; Zhengfu Han; Guangcan Guo

    2009-01-01

    Whispering gallery modes in silica microspheres are excited by a tunable continuous-wave laser through the fiber taper. Ringing phenomenon can be observed with high frequency sweeping speed. The thermal nonlinearity in the microsphere can enhance this phenomenon. Our measurement results agree very well with the theoretical predictions by the dynamic equation.

  10. Blended Isogeometric Shells

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    2012-08-01

    possibilities that heretofore have not been investigated, namely, “rigid bodies” [7]. Another need for the use of these techniques is in multi-patch NURBS meshes... techniques is completely satisfactory in all cases. Even if they can be used successfully in certain situations they can give rise to reduced critical...condition which is violated at the patch boundaries. The C0 boundaries between patches behave like piano hinges for thin shell formulations, and

  11. Off-Shell Supersymmetry

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    Ho, Chiu Man; Okada, Nobuchika

    2014-01-01

    Supersymmetry does not dictate the way we should quantize the fields in the supermultiplets, and so we have the freedom to quantize the Standard Model (SM) particles and their superpartners differently. We propose a generalized quantization scheme under which a particle can only appear off-shell, while its contributions to quantum corrections are exactly the same as those in the usual quantum field theory. We apply this quantization scheme solely to the sparticles in the $R$-parity preserving...

  12. Structure and mechanism of the formation of core–shell nanoparticles obtained through a one-step gas-phase synthesis by electron beam evaporation

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    Andrey V. Nomoev

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The structure of core–shell Cu@silica and Ag@Si nanoparticles obtained in one-step through evaporation of elemental precursors by a high-powered electron beam are investigated. The structure of the core and shell of the particles are investigated in order to elucidate their mechanisms of formation and factors affecting the synthesis. It is proposed that the formation of Cu@silica particles is mainly driven by surface tension differences between Cu and Si while the formation of Ag@Si particles is mainly driven by differences in the vapour concentration of the two components.

  13. Structure and mechanism of the formation of core-shell nanoparticles obtained through a one-step gas-phase synthesis by electron beam evaporation.

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    Nomoev, Andrey V; Bardakhanov, Sergey P; Schreiber, Makoto; Bazarova, Dashima G; Romanov, Nikolai A; Baldanov, Boris B; Radnaev, Bair R; Syzrantsev, Viacheslav V

    2015-01-01

    The structure of core-shell Cu@silica and Ag@Si nanoparticles obtained in one-step through evaporation of elemental precursors by a high-powered electron beam are investigated. The structure of the core and shell of the particles are investigated in order to elucidate their mechanisms of formation and factors affecting the synthesis. It is proposed that the formation of Cu@silica particles is mainly driven by surface tension differences between Cu and Si while the formation of Ag@Si particles is mainly driven by differences in the vapour concentration of the two components.

  14. Silica-Coated Liposomes for Insulin Delivery

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    Neelam Dwivedi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Liposomes coated with silica were explored as protein delivery vehicles for their enhanced stability and improved encapsulation efficiency. Insulin was encapsulated within the fluidic phosphatidylcholine lipid vesicles by thin film hydration at pH 2.5, and layer of silica was formed above lipid bilayer by acid catalysis. The presence of silica coating and encapsulated insulin was identified using confocal and electron microscopy. The native state of insulin present in the formulation was evident from Confocal Micro-Raman spectroscopy. Silica coat enhances the stability of insulin-loaded delivery vehicles. In vivo study shows that these silica coated formulations were biologically active in reducing glucose levels.

  15. Magnetic silica hybrids modified with guanidine containing co-polymers for drug delivery applications

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    Timin, Alexander S., E-mail: a_timin@mail.ru [Inorganic Chemistry Department, Ivanovo State University of Chemistry and Technology (ISUCT), 7, Sheremetevsky prosp., 153000 Ivanovo (Russian Federation); RASA Center in Tomsk, Tomsk Polytechnic University, 30, Lenin Avenue, 634500 Tomsk (Russian Federation); Khashirova, Svetlana Yu. [Kabardino-Balkar State University, ul. Chernyshevskogo 173, Nal' chik, 360004 Kabardino-Balkaria (Russian Federation); Rumyantsev, Evgeniy V.; Goncharenko, Alexander A. [Inorganic Chemistry Department, Ivanovo State University of Chemistry and Technology (ISUCT), 7, Sheremetevsky prosp., 153000 Ivanovo (Russian Federation)

    2016-07-01

    Guanidine containing co-polymers grafted onto silica nanoparticles to form core-shell structure were prepared by sol-gel method in the presence of γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles. The morphological features for uncoated and coated silica particles have been characterized with scanning electron microscopy. The results show that the polymer coated silicas exhibit spherical morphology with rough polymeric surface covered by γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles. The grafting amount of guanidine containing co-polymers evaluated by thermogravimetric analysis was in the range from 17 to 30%. Then, the drug loading properties and cumulative release of silica hybrids modified with guanidine containing co-polymers were evaluated using molsidomine as a model drug. It was shown that after polymer grafting the loading content of molsidomine could reach up to 3.42 ± 0.21 and 2.34 ± 0.14 mg/g respectively. The maximum drug release of molsidomine is achieved at pH 1.6 (approximately 71–75% release at 37 °C), whereas at pH 7.4 drug release is lower (50.4–59.6% release at 37 °C). These results have an important implication that our magneto-controlled silica hybrids modified with guanidine containing co-polymers are promising as drug carriers with controlled behaviour under influence of magnetic field. - Highlights: • Polymer coated silica hybrids containing γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} were prepared via sol–gel method. • Polymer grafting influences pH-response and surface properties of final products. • Molsidomine as a model drug was effectively loaded into polymer coated silicas. • The drug loading depends on the nature of grafted polymer and its content.

  16. Optical properties of gold nanoshells on monodisperse silica cores: Experiment and simulations

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    Khanadeev, Vitaly A.; Khlebtsov, Boris N.; Khlebtsov, Nikolai G.

    2017-01-01

    Gold nanoshells (GNSs) on silica cores are widely used in various biomedical applications that need the spectral tunability and controlled absorption/scattering ratio. However, the plasmonic quality of experimental extinction spectra of GNS colloids differs from that predicted by Mie theory. In this work, we fabricated highly monodisperse silica nanospheres to use them further as cores for synthesis of silica/gold nanoshells. Four GNS samples with 116-nm core and gold shell thickness ranging from 16 to 34 nm (116/16, 18, 25, 34) were additionally separated in glycerol gradient solutions to obtain fractions with dominant percentage of single particles or aggregates of various sizes. The separated samples demonstrated extinction spectra with a high extinction maximum to minimum ratio about 3. Optical properties of GNS monomers and aggregates with fixed and random orientations were calculated by Mie theory for polydisperse GNSs, by a generalized multiparticle Mie (GMM) theory for aggregates of separated GNSs, and by the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method for aggregates of overlapped GNSs. The extinction spectra of upper fractions from 116/25 and 116/34 samples are shown to be well described by Mie theory for GNSs with polydisperse shell thickness. However, for as prepared 116/16 sample this approach fails because of strong near infrared (NIR) contribution from GNS dimers and trimers. The formation of such aggregates is due to coupling of silica cores at early stages of nanoshell synthesis, thus leading to peanut structures with overlapped gold shells. We suggested TEM-based ensemble model with single particles and small dimer and trimer aggregates, which gives satisfactory agreement between measured and FDTD simulated spectra in the vis-NIR region. Thus, the proposed synthetic technology produces high quality gold nanoshells, which remarkable optical properties are in good agreement with electromagnetic simulations based on TEM data.

  17. Enhancement of T1 and T2 relaxation by paramagnetic silica-coated nanocrystals

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    Gerion, D; Herberg, J; Gjersing, E; Ramon, E; Maxwell, R; Gray, J W; Budinger, T F; Chen, F F

    2006-08-28

    We present the first comprehensive investigation on water-soluble nanoparticles embedded into a paramagnetic shell and their properties as an MRI contrast agent. The nanoprobes are constructed with an inorganic core embedded into an ultra-thin silica shell covalently linked to chelated Gd{sup 3+} paramagnetic ions that act as an MRI contrast agent. The chelator contains the molecule DOTA and the inorganic core contains a fluorescent CdSe/ZnS qdots in Au nanoparticles. Optical properties of the cores (fluorescence emission or plasmon position) are not affected by the neither the silica shell nor the presence of the chelated paramagnetic ions. The resulting complex is a MRI/fluorescence probe with a diameter of 8 to 15 nm. This probe is highly soluble in high ionic strength buffers at pH ranging from {approx}4 to 11. In MRI experiments at clinical field strengths of 60 MHz, the QDs probes posses spin-lattice (T{sub 1}) and a spin-spin (T{sub 2}) relaxivities of 1018.6 +/- 19.4 mM{sup -1} s{sup -1} and 2438.1 +/- 46.3 mM{sup -1} s{sup -1} respectively for probes having {approx}8 nm. This increase in relaxivity has been correlated to the number of paramagnetic ions covalently linked to the silica shell, ranging from approximately 45 to over 320. We found that each bound chelated paramagnetic species contributes by over 23 mM{sup -1} s{sup -1} to the total T{sub 1} and by over 54 mM{sup -1} s{sup -1} to the total T{sub 2} relaxivity respectively. The contrast power is modulated by the number of paramagnetic moieties linked to the silica shell and is only limited by the number of chelated paramagnetic species that can be packed on the surface. So far, the sensitivity of our probes is in the 100 nM range for 8-10 nm particles and reaches 10 nM for particles with approximately 15-18 nm in diameter. The sensitivities values in solutions are equivalent of those obtained with small superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles of 7 nm diameter clustered into a 100 nm polymeric

  18. The Pozzolanic reaction of silica fume

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    Jensen, Ole Mejlhede

    2012-01-01

    Silica fume is a very important supplementary cementitious binder in High-Performance and Ultra High-Performance Concretes. Through its pozzolanic reaction the silica fume densifies the concrete micro-structure, in particular it strengthens the paste-aggregate interfacial transition zone. In the ...... of activation of the pozzolanic reaction of silica fume is estimated. The results show that the pozzolanic reaction of silica fume has notable differences from Portland cement hydration.......Silica fume is a very important supplementary cementitious binder in High-Performance and Ultra High-Performance Concretes. Through its pozzolanic reaction the silica fume densifies the concrete micro-structure, in particular it strengthens the paste-aggregate interfacial transition zone....... In the present paper different aspects of the pozzolanic reaction of silica fume are investigated. These include chemical shrinkage, isothermal heat development and strength development. Key data for these are given and compared with theoretical calculations, and based on presented measurements the energy...

  19. Silica Pigments for Glossy Ink Jet Media

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    Sun Qi; Michael R. Sestrick; Yoshi Sugimoto; William A. Welsh

    2004-01-01

    Silica is a versatile pigment for ink jet media. Micronized silica gel is the worldwide standard for high performance matte ink jet media. For glossy ink jet media, several different forms of silica are widely used. Submicron silica gel dispersions, with either anionic or cationic surfaces, can be employed in either absorptive basecoat layers or in the glossy ink receptive top layer. Colloidal silica, with a variety of particle sizes and surface modifications, is utilized extensively in glossy top layers. It will show how various silica pigments can be utilized in glossy ink receptive coatings, both in cast based glossy media and RC based glossy media. Several novel silica pigments will be examined by relating the physical properties of the pigments and the formula variables to the print quality of the ink jet media.

  20. New method to evaluate optical properties of core-shell nanostructures

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    Renteria-Tapia, V. [Universidad de Guadalajara, Ameca, Departamento de Ciencias Naturales y Exactas, Centro Universitario de Los Valles (Mexico); Franco, A., E-mail: alfredofranco@fisica.unam.mx; Garcia-Macedo, J. [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Departamento de Estado Solido, Instituto de Fisica (Mexico)

    2012-06-15

    A new method is presented to calculate, for metallic core-dielectric shell nanostructures, the local refractive index, resonance condition, maximum spectral shift, plasma wavelength, and the sensitivity of the wavelength maximum to variations in the refractive index of the environment. The equations that describe these properties are directly related to the surface plasmon peak position, refractive index of the shell, and to the surrounding medium. The method is based on the approach that a layered core dispersed in a dielectric environment (core-shell model) can be figured out as an uncoated sphere dispersed in a medium with a local refractive index (local refractive index model). Thus, in the Mie theory, the same spectral position of the surface plasmon resonance peak can be obtained by varying the volume fraction of the shell or by varying the local refractive index. The assumed equivalence between plasmon resonance wavelengths enable us to show that the local refractive index depends geometrically on the shell volume fraction. Hence, simple relationships between optical and geometrical properties of these core-shell nanostructures are obtained. Furthermore, good agreement is observed between the new relationships and experimental data corresponding to gold nanoparticles (radius = 7.5 nm) covered with silica shells (with thicknesses up to 29.19 nm), which insured that the equivalence hypothesis is correct.

  1. Shell model calculations of 109Sb in the sdgh shell

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    Dikmen, E.; Novoselsky, A.; Vallieres, M.

    2001-12-01

    The energy spectra of the antimony isotope 109Sb in the sdgh shell are calculated in the nuclear shell model approach by using the CD-Bonn nucleon-nucleon interaction. The modified Drexel University parallel shell model code (DUPSM) was used for the calculations with maximum Hamiltonian dimension of 762 253 of 5.14% sparsity. The energy levels are compared to the recent experimental results. The calculations were done on the Cyborg Parallel Cluster System at Drexel University.

  2. Site-specific carbon deposition for hierarchically ordered core/shell-structured graphitic carbon with remarkable electrochemical performance.

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    Lv, Yingying; Wu, Zhangxiong; Qian, Xufang; Fang, Yin; Feng, Dan; Xia, Yongyao; Tu, Bo; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2013-10-01

    A fascinating core-shell-structured graphitic carbon material composed of ordered microporous core and uniform mesoporous shell is fabricated for the first time through a site-specific chemical vapor deposition process by using a nanozeolite@mesostructured silica composite molecular sieve as the template. The mesostructure-directing agent cetyltrimethylammonium bromide in the shell of the template can be either burned off or carbonized so that it is successfully utilized as a pore switch to turn the shell of the template "on" or "off" to allow selective carbon deposition. The preferred carbon deposition process can be performed only in the inner microporous zeolite cores or just within the outer mesoporous shells, resulting in a zeolite-like ordered microporous carbon or a hollow mesoporous carbon. Full carbon deposition in the template leads to the new core-shell-structured microporous@mesoporous carbon with a nanographene-constructed framework for fast electron transport, a microporous nanocore with large surface area for high-capacity storage of lithium ions, a mesoporous shell with highly opened mesopores as a transport layer for lithium ions and electron channels to access inner cores. The ordered micropores are protected by the mesoporous shell, avoiding pore blockage as the formation of solid electrolyte interphase layers. Such a unique core-shell-structured microporous@mesoporous carbon material represents a newly established lithium ion storage model, demonstrating high reversible energy storage, excellent rate capability, and long cyclic stability.

  3. Facile and Scalable Synthesis of Monodispersed Spherical Capsules with a Mesoporous Shell

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    Qi, Genggeng

    2010-05-11

    Monodispersed HMSs with tunable particle size and shell thickness were successfully synthesized using relatively concentrated polystyrene latex templates and a silica precursor in a weakly basic ethanol/water mixture. The particle size of the capsules can vary from 100 nm to micrometers. These highly engineered monodispersed capsules synthesized by a facile and scalable process may find applications in drug delivery, catalysis, separationm or as biological and chemical microreactors. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  4. Multi-Shell Shell Model for Heavy Nuclei

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    Sun, Yang; Wu, Cheng-Li

    2003-01-01

    Performing a shell model calculation for heavy nuclei has been a long-standing problem in nuclear physics. Here we propose one possible solution. The central idea of this proposal is to take the advantages of two existing models, the Projected Shell Model (PSM) and the Fermion Dynamical Symmetry Model (FDSM), to construct a multi-shell shell model. The PSM is an efficient method of coupling quasi-particle excitations to the high-spin rotational motion, whereas the FDSM contains a successful t...

  5. Heating ability and biocompatibility study of silica-coated magnetic nanoparticles as heating mediators for magnetic hyperthermia and magnetically triggered drug delivery systems

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    Meysam Soleymani; Mohammad Edrissi

    2015-10-01

    The aim of this study is to prepare core–shell La0.73Sr0.27MnO3 –silica nanoparticles and evaluating their heat generation ability under the safe alternating magnetic field ( = 100 kHz and = 10–20 kA m−1) for potential applications in magnetic fluid hyperthermia and magnetically triggered drug delivery systems. The magnetic cores of La0.73Sr0.27MnO3 with an average particle size of 54 nm were synthesized by the citrate–gel method. Then, the Stober method was applied to encapsulate nanoparticles with 5-nm-thick silica shell. The core–shell structure of nanoparticles was confirmed by X-ray diffraction, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy analyses. Cytotoxicity of bare and silica-coated nanoparticles was evaluated by methyl thiazol tetrazolium bromide assay with MCF-7 cell line. The results revealed that the both samples have negligible toxicity below 500 g ml−1 and silica coating can improve the biocompatibility of nanoparticle. In addition, calorimetric measurements were used to determine the heating efficiency of the core–shell nanostructures in aqueous medium. The results showed that the heat generated of the prepared sample could be safely controlled in the range of 40–60°C which is suitable for biomedical applications.

  6. Preparation of Hollow Silica Microspheres via Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)

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    Mo-zhen Wang; Yu-chen Chen; Xue-ping Ge; Xue-wu Ge

    2012-01-01

    Core-shell structured SiO2/poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (SiO2/PNIPAM) microspheres were successfully fabricated through hydrolysis and condensation reaction of tertraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) on the surface of PNIPAM template at 50 ℃.The PNIPAM template can be easily removed by water at room temperature so that SiO2 hollow microspheres were finally obtained.The transmission electron microscope and scanning electron microscope observations indicated that SiO2 hollow microspheres with an average diameter of 150 nm can be formed only if there are enough concentration of PNIPAM and TEOS,and the hydrolysis time of TEOS.FTIR analysis showed that part of PNIPAM remained on the wall of SiO2 because of the strong interaction between PNIPAM and silica.This work provides a clean and efficient way to prepare hollow microspheres.

  7. In Situ Loading of Drugs into Mesoporous Silica SBA-15.

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    Wan, Mi Mi; Li, Yan Yan; Yang, Tian; Zhang, Tao; Sun, Xiao Dan; Zhu, Jian Hua

    2016-04-25

    In a new strategy for loading drugs into mesoporous silica, a hydrophilic (heparin) or hydrophobic drug (ibuprofen) is encapsulated directly in a one-pot synthesis by evaporation-induced self-assembly. In situ drug loading significantly cuts down the preparation time and dramatically increases the loaded amount and released fraction of the drug, and appropriate drug additives favor a mesoporous structure of the vessels. Drug loading was verified by FTIR spectroscopy and release tests, which revealed much longer release with a larger amount of heparin or ibuprofen compared to postloaded SBA-15. Besides, the in vitro anticoagulation properties of the released heparin and the biocompatibility of the vessels were carefully assessed, including activated partial thromboplastin time, thrombin time, hemolysis, platelet adhesion experiments, and the morphologies of red blood cells. A concept of new drug-release agents with soft core and hard shell is proposed and offers guidance for the design of novel drug-delivery systems.

  8. Synthesis, magnetic and optical properties of core/shell Co1-x Zn x Fe2O4/SiO2 nanoparticles

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    Wahsh Mohamed

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The optical properties of multi-functionalized cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4, cobalt zinc ferrite (Co0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4, and zinc ferrite (ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles have been enhanced by coating them with silica shell using a modified Stöber method. The ferrites nanoparticles were prepared by a modified citrate gel technique. These core/shell ferrites nanoparticles have been fired at temperatures: 400°C, 600°C and 800°C, respectively, for 2 h. The composition, phase, and morphology of the prepared core/shell ferrites nanoparticles were determined by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. The diffuse reflectance and magnetic properties of the core/shell ferrites nanoparticles at room temperature were investigated using UV/VIS double-beam spectrophotometer and vibrating sample magnetometer, respectively. It was found that, by increasing the firing temperature from 400°C to 800°C, the average crystallite size of the core/shell ferrites nanoparticles increases. The cobalt ferrite nanoparticles fired at temperature 800°C; show the highest saturation magnetization while the zinc ferrite nanoparticles coated with silica shell shows the highest diffuse reflectance. On the other hand, core/shell zinc ferrite/silica nanoparticles fired at 400°C show a ferromagnetic behavior and high diffuse reflectance when compared with all the uncoated or coated ferrites nanoparticles. These characteristics of core/shell zinc ferrite/silica nanostructures make them promising candidates for magneto-optical nanodevice applications.

  9. Synthesis, magnetic and optical properties of core/shell Co1-xZnxFe2O4/SiO2 nanoparticles

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    2011-01-01

    The optical properties of multi-functionalized cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4), cobalt zinc ferrite (Co0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4), and zinc ferrite (ZnFe2O4) nanoparticles have been enhanced by coating them with silica shell using a modified Stöber method. The ferrites nanoparticles were prepared by a modified citrate gel technique. These core/shell ferrites nanoparticles have been fired at temperatures: 400°C, 600°C and 800°C, respectively, for 2 h. The composition, phase, and morphology of the prepared core/shell ferrites nanoparticles were determined by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. The diffuse reflectance and magnetic properties of the core/shell ferrites nanoparticles at room temperature were investigated using UV/VIS double-beam spectrophotometer and vibrating sample magnetometer, respectively. It was found that, by increasing the firing temperature from 400°C to 800°C, the average crystallite size of the core/shell ferrites nanoparticles increases. The cobalt ferrite nanoparticles fired at temperature 800°C; show the highest saturation magnetization while the zinc ferrite nanoparticles coated with silica shell shows the highest diffuse reflectance. On the other hand, core/shell zinc ferrite/silica nanoparticles fired at 400°C show a ferromagnetic behavior and high diffuse reflectance when compared with all the uncoated or coated ferrites nanoparticles. These characteristics of core/shell zinc ferrite/silica nanostructures make them promising candidates for magneto-optical nanodevice applications. PMID:21774807

  10. Multi-shell effective interactions

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    Tsunoda, Naofumi; Hjorth-Jensen, Morten; Otsuka, Takaharu

    2013-01-01

    Background: Effective interactions, either derived from microscopic theories or based on fitting selected properties of nuclei in specific mass regions, are widely used inputs to shell-model studies of nuclei. Until recently, most shell-model calculations have been confined to a single oscillator shell. Recent interest in nuclei away from the stability line, requires however larger shell-model spaces. Since the derivation of microscopic effective interactions has been limited to degenerate model spaces, there are both conceptual and practical limits to present shell-model calculations that utilize such interactions. Purpose: The aim of this work is to present a novel microscopic method to calculate effective interactions for the nuclear shell model. Its main difference from existing theories is that it can be applied not only to degenerate model spaces but also to non-degenerate model spaces. Methods: The formalism is presented in the form of many-body perturbation theory based on the recently developed Exten...

  11. Shell Biorefinery: Dream or Reality?

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    Chen, Xi; Yang, Huiying; Yan, Ning

    2016-09-12

    Shell biorefinery, referring to the fractionation of crustacean shells into their major components and the transformation of each component into value-added chemicals and materials, has attracted growing attention in recent years. Since the large quantities of waste shells remain underexploited, their valorization can potentially bring both ecological and economic benefits. This Review provides an overview of the current status of shell biorefinery. It first describes the structural features of crustacean shells, including their composition and their interactions. Then, various fractionation methods for the shells are introduced. The last section is dedicated to the valorization of chitin and its derivatives for chemicals, porous carbon materials and functional polymers. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Wrinkling of Pressurized Elastic Shells

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    Vella, Dominic

    2011-10-01

    We study the formation of localized structures formed by the point loading of an internally pressurized elastic shell. While unpressurized shells (such as a ping-pong ball) buckle into polygonal structures, we show that pressurized shells are subject to a wrinkling instability. We study wrinkling in depth, presenting scaling laws for the critical indentation at which wrinkling occurs and the number of wrinkles formed in terms of the internal pressurization and material properties of the shell. These results are validated by numerical simulations. We show that the evolution of the wrinkle length with increasing indentation can be understood for highly pressurized shells from membrane theory. These results suggest that the position and number of wrinkles may be used in combination to give simple methods for the estimation of the mechanical properties of highly pressurized shells. © 2011 American Physical Society.

  13. One-pot synthesis and characterization of rhodamine derivative-loaded magnetic core-shell nanoparticles

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    Zhang Jin, E-mail: jzhang@eng.uwo.ca; Li Jiaxin [University of Western Ontario, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (Canada); Razavi, Fereidoon S. [Brock University, Department of Physics (Canada); Mumin, Abdul Md. [University of Western Ontario, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (Canada)

    2011-05-15

    A new method to produce elaborate nanostructure with magnetic and fluorescent properties in one entity is reported in this article. Magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) coated with fluorescent silica (SiO{sub 2}) shell was produced through the one-pot reaction, in which one reactor was utilized to realize the synthesis of superparamagnetic core of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, the formation of SiO{sub 2} coating through the condensation and polymerization of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS), and the encapsulation of tetramethyl rhodamine isothiocyanate-dextran (TRITC-dextran) within silica shell. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were carried out to investigate the core-shell structure. The magnetic core of the core-shell nanoparticles is 60 {+-} 10 nm in diameter. The thickness of the fluorescent SiO{sub 2} shell is estimated at 15 {+-} 5 nm. In addition, the fluorescent signal of the SiO{sub 2} shell has been detected by the laser confocal scanning microscopy (LCSM) with emission wavelength ({lambda}{sub em}) at 566 nm. In addition, the magnetic properties of TRITC-dextran loaded silica-coating iron oxide nanoparticles (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-SiO{sub 2} NPs) were studied. The hysteresis loop of the core-shell NPs measured at room temperature shows that the saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) is not reached even at the field of 70 kOe (7T). Meanwhile, the very low coercivity (H{sub c}) and remanent magnetization (M{sub r}) are 0.375 kOe and 6.6 emu/g, respectively, at room temperature. It indicates that the core-shell particles have the superparamagnetic properties. The measured blocking temperature (T{sub B}) of the TRITC-dextran loaded Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-SiO{sub 2} NPs is about 122.5 K. It is expected that the multifunctional core-shell nanoparticles can be used in bio-imaging.

  14. The notes on thin shells

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    Iofa, Mikhail Z

    2016-01-01

    Geometry of the spacetime with a spherical shell embedded in it is studied in two coordinate systems - in Kodama-Schwarzschild coordinates and in Gaussian normal coordinates. We consider transformations between the coordinate systems as in the 4D spacetime so as at the surface $\\S$ swept in the spacetime by the spherical shell. Extrinsic curvatures of the surface swept by the shell are calculated in both coordinate systems. Applications to the Israel junction conditions are discussed.

  15. Shell effects in nuclear magnetization

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    Kondratyev, V.N.; Maruyama, Toshiki; Chiba, Satoshi [Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan)

    2000-08-01

    The magnetization of nuclei in strong magnetic fields associated with magnetars' is considered within the shell model. It is demonstrated that the magnetic field gives rise to a phase-shift of the shell-oscillations in nuclear masses shifting significantly the nuclear magic numbers of the iron region towards smaller mass numbers. Shell-effects are found to result in anomalies of the nuclear magnetization. Such anomalies resemble the behavior associated with a phase transition. (author)

  16. Investigation of trapped metallo-dielectric core-shell colloidal particles using soft X-rays

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    Graf, Christina [Physikalische Chemie, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Takustr. 3, D-14195 Berlin (Germany)], E-mail: cmgraf@chemie.fu-berlin.de; Langer, Burkhard [Physikalische Chemie, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Takustr. 3, D-14195 Berlin (Germany); Grimm, Michael [Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie, Universitaet Wuerzburg, Am Hubland, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Lewinski, Rene [Physikalische Chemie, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Takustr. 3, D-14195 Berlin (Germany); Grom, Melanie [Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie, Universitaet Wuerzburg, Am Hubland, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Ruehl, Eckart [Physikalische Chemie, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Takustr. 3, D-14195 Berlin (Germany)], E-mail: ruehl@chemie.fu-berlin.de

    2008-11-15

    The charging mechanisms of free silica nanoparticles coated with a thin (40 nm) gold shell are investigated. These are excited in the soft X-ray regime at different photon energies. The results are compared to the charging behavior of neat silica particles. The absolute charge state of the particles is measured and the electron emission probability is derived. Significant differences in the charging behavior are observed due to the metal layer, especially an increased number of emitted electrons per absorbed photon. The mechanisms of particle charging in these core-shell systems are discussed at different excitation energies, reaching up to 500 eV. They are due to secondary electron emission, the emission of photoelectrons, and the emission of electrons from rough metal surfaces. There are also significant changes in the charging current. Neat silica particles show a distinct near-edge feature in the O 1s-regime (520-580 eV). In contrast, gold-coated particles do not show any evidence for changes in particle charge due to resonant O 1s-absorption. This implies that properties of thin films in core-shell particles can be sensitively probed by single, trapped nanoparticles.

  17. A Thermally Conductive Composite with a Silica Gel Matrix and Carbon-Encapsulated Copper Nanoparticles as Filler

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    Lin, Jin; Zhang, Haiyan; Hong, Haoqun; Liu, Hui; Zhang, Xiubin

    2014-07-01

    Core-shell-structured nanocapsules with a copper core encapsulated in a carbon shell (Cu-C) were synthesized by a direct-current arc-discharge method. Morphological and microstructural characterization showed that the Cu-C consisted of a nanosized Cu core and carbon shell, with the carbon shells containing 6 to 15 ordered graphitic layers and amorphous carbon that effectively shield the metallic Cu core from oxidation. A thermally conductive composite was successfully fabricated using a silica gel matrix incorporated with Cu-C filler. The Cu-C nanoparticles were homogeneously dispersed in the silica gel. The effects of Cu-C on the thermal conductivity, electrical resistivity, and coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the composite were investigated. For composites with 6.16 vol.%, 11.04 vol.%, 16.70 vol.%, and 23.34 vol.% Cu-C content, the thermal conductivity at 50°C was 0.32 W/(m K) to 0.77 W/(m K), the electrical resistivity was 1.98 × 109, 3.48 × 107, 302, and 1 Ω m, respectively, while the CTE at 200°C was 3.79 × 10-4 K-1 to 3.44 × 10-4 K-1. The results reveal that the ordered graphitic shells in the Cu-C increased both the thermal and electrical conduction, but decreased the CTE by preventing the Cu cores from expanding.

  18. High-Quality Hollow Closed-Pore Silica Antireflection Coatings Based on Styrene-Acrylate Emulsion @ Organic-Inorganic Silica Precursor.

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    Guo, Zhaolong; Zhao, Haixin; Zhao, Wei; Wang, Tao; Kong, Depeng; Chen, Taojing; Zhang, Xiaoyan

    2016-05-11

    Making use of a facile and low-cost way for the preparation of a hierarchically organized novel hollow closed-pore silica antireflective coating (CHAR) with tailored optical properties and a mechanical reliability is of great interest in the field of solar photovoltaic technology. The process mainly contains two aspects: (1) a styrene-acrylate emulsion @ organic-inorganic silica precursor (SA@OISP) core/shell hierarchical nanostructure, consisting of a sacrificial styrene-acrylate (SA) primary template, was fabricated using a sol-gel method; (2) the self-assembly of the nanostructures leads to SA@OISP nanospheres forming the high-quality hollow closed-pore silica antireflection coating (CHAR) by a dip-coating process and a subsequent calcination treatment. The resulting SA@OISP nanospheres have a mean diameter of 65.2 nm and contained a SA soft core with a mean diameter of approximately 54.8 nm and an organic-inorganic silica precursor (OISP) shell with a thickness of approximately 6-10 nm. Furthermore, the prepared CHAR film exhibited a high transmittance and good ruggedness. An average transmittance (TAV) of 97.64% was obtained, and the value is close to the ideal single-layered antireflection coating (98.09%) over a broad range of wavelengths (from 380 to 1100 nm). The CHAR film showed a stable TAV, with attenuation values of less than 0.8% and 0.43% after the abrasion test and the damp heat test, respectively. The conversion efficiency of the CHAR coating cover solar modules tends to be increased by 3.75%. The promising results obtained in this study suggest that the CHAR film was considered as an essential component of the solar module and were expected to provide additional solar energy harvest under extreme outdoor climates.

  19. Plate shell structures of glass

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    Bagger, Anne

    to their curved shape. A plate shell structure maintains a high stiffness-to-weight ratio, while facilitating the use of plane structural elements. The study focuses on using laminated glass panes for the load bearing facets. Various methods of generating a plate shell geometry are suggested. Together with Ghent......, such as facet size, imperfections, and connection characteristics. The critical load is compared to that of a similar, but smoothly curved, shell structure. Based on the investigations throughout the study, a set of guidelines for the structural design of plate shells of glass is proposed....

  20. Ordered mesoporous silica: microwave synthesis

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    Fantini, M.C.A. [IF-USP, CP 66318, 05315-970, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail: mfantini@if.usp.br; Matos, J.R. [IQ-USP, CP 26077, 05599-970, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Silva, L.C. Cides da [IQ-USP, CP 26077, 05599-970, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Mercuri, L.P. [IQSC-USP, CP 780, 13560-970, Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil); Chiereci, G.O. [IQSC-USP, CP 780, 13560-970, Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil); Celer, E.B. [Department of Chemistry, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44240 (United States); Jaroniec, M. [Department of Chemistry, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44240 (United States)

    2004-09-25

    Ordered mesoporous silicas, FDU-1, synthesized by using triblock copolymer, EO{sub 39}BO{sub 47}EO{sub 39}, as template were hydrothermally treated in a microwave oven at 373 K for different periods of time. The structural and morphological properties of these silicas were investigated by X-ray diffraction and nitrogen adsorption and compared with those for the FDU-1 samples prepared by conventional hydrothermal treatment at 373 K. All samples were calcined at 813 K in N{sub 2} and air. This procedure succeeded in producing ordered cage-like mesoporous structures even after 15 min of the microwave treatment. The best sample was obtained after 60 min of the microwave treatment, which is reflected by narrow pore size distribution, uniform pore size entrances and thick mesopore walls. Longer time of the microwave treatment increased nonuniformity of the pore entrance sizes as evidenced by changes in the hysteresis loops of nitrogen adsorption isotherms.

  1. 7 CFR 51.2289 - Shell.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Shell. 51.2289 Section 51.2289 Agriculture Regulations... Standards for Shelled English Walnuts (Juglans Regia) Definitions § 51.2289 Shell. Shell means the outer shell and/or the woody partition from between the halves of the kernel, and any fragments of either....

  2. Mechanically Tunable Hollow Silica Ultrathin Nanoshells for Ultrasound Contrast Agents

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    Liberman, A.; Wang, J.; Lu, N.; Viveros, R.D.; Allen, C. A.; Mattrey, R.F.; Blair, S.L.; Trogler, W.C.; Kim, M. J.; Kummel, A.C.

    2015-01-01

    Perfluoropentane (PFP) gas filled biodegradable iron-doped silica nanoshells have been demonstrated as long-lived ultrasound contrast agents. Nanoshells are synthesized by a sol-gel process with tetramethyl orthosilicate (TMOS) and iron ethoxide. Substituting a fraction of the TMOS with R-substituted trialkoxysilanes produces ultrathin nanoshells with varying shell thicknesses and morphologies composed of fused nanoflakes. The ultrathin nanoshells had continuous ultrasound Doppler imaging lifetimes exceeding 3 hours, were twice as bright using contrast specific imaging, and had decreased pressure thresholds compared to control nanoshells synthesized with just TMOS. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that the R-group substituted trialkoxysilanes could reduce the mechanically critical nanoshell layer to 1.4 nm. These ultrathin nanoshells have the mechanical behavior of weakly linked nanoflakes but the chemical stability of silica. The synthesis can be adapted for general fabrication of three-dimensional nanostructures composed of nanoflakes, which have thicknesses from 1.4–3.8 nm and diameters from 2–23 nm. PMID:26955300

  3. Rapid pathogen detection with bacterial-assembled magnetic mesoporous silica.

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    Lee, Soo Youn; Lee, Jiho; Lee, Hye Sun; Chang, Jeong Ho

    2014-03-15

    We report rapid and accurate pathogen detection by coupling with high efficiency magnetic separation of pathogen by Ni(2+)-heterogeneous magnetic mesoporous silica (Ni-HMMS) and real time-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) technique. Ni-HMMS was developed with a significant incorporation of Fe particles within the silica mesopores by programmed thermal hydrogen reaction and functionalized with Ni(2+) ion on the surface by the wet impregnation process. High abundant Ni(2+) ions on the Ni-HMMS surface were able to assemble with cell wall component protein NikA (nickel-binding membrane protein), which contains several pathogenic bacteria including Escherichia coli O157:H7. NikA protein expression experiment showed the outstanding separation rate of the nikA gene-overexpressed E. coli (pSY-Nik) when comparing with wild-type E. coli (44.5 ± 13%) or not over-expressed E. coli (pSY-Nik) (53.2 ± 2.7%). Moreover, Ni-HMMS showed lower obstacle effect by large reaction volume (10 mL) than spherical core/shell-type silica magnetic nanoparticles functionalized with Ni(2+) (ca. 40 nm-diameters). Finally, the Ni-HMMS was successfully assessed to separate pathogenic E. coli O157:H7 and applied to direct and rapid RT-PCR to quantitative detection at ultralow concentration (1 Log10 cfu mL(-1)) in the real samples (milk and Staphylococcus aureus culture broth) without bacterial amplification and DNA extraction step.

  4. Synthesis and biological response of casein-based silica nano-composite film for drug delivery system.

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    Ma, Jianzhong; Xu, Qunna; Zhou, Jianhua; Zhang, Jing; Zhang, Limin; Tang, Huiru; Chen, Lihong

    2013-11-01

    Casein possesses many interesting properties that make it a good candidate for conventional and novel drug delivery systems. In this study, casein-based silica nano-composite was prepared via double in situ method, and the as-prepared latex particles were evaluated in terms of their morphology and size through transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The film morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), and the mechanical property and response behavior of the films as a function of silica content were discussed. Ibuprofen was used as the model drug. The drug load and release properties were studied by solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (solid-state NMR), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), SEM and in vitro test. The composite latex particle showed a stable core-shell structure, and the film exhibited a regular surface with even SiO2 distribution. The drug load efficiency of the composite films increased with adding silica because of the adsorption of the drugs on the silica. In an acidic release medium, the ibuprofen-loaded composite showed a slower drug release dependent on the silica content. These behaviors were most likely due to the reduced diffusion rate of the drug through the composite microsphere, which resulted from the interaction between the silica and the drug.

  5. Silica exposure and systemic vasculitis.

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    Mulloy, Karen B

    2003-12-01

    Work in Department of Energy (DOE) facilities has exposed workers to multiple toxic agents leading to acute and chronic diseases. Many exposures were common to numerous work sites. Exposure to crystalline silica was primarily restricted to a few facilities. I present the case of a 63-year-old male who worked in DOE facilities for 30 years as a weapons testing technician. In addition to silica, other workplace exposures included beryllium, various solvents and heavy metals, depleted uranium, and ionizing radiation. In 1989 a painful macular skin lesion was biopsied and diagnosed as leukocytoclastic vasculitis. By 1992 he developed gross hematuria and dyspnea. Blood laboratory results revealed a serum creatinine concentration of 2.1 mg/dL, ethrythrocyte sedimentation rate of 61 mm/hr, negative cANCA (antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody cytoplasmic pattern), positive pANCA (ANCA perinuclear pattern), and antiglomerular basement membrane negative. Renal biopsy showed proliferative (crescentric) and necrotizing glomerulonephritis. The patient's diagnoses included microscopic polyangiitis, systemic necrotizing vasculitis, leukocytoclastic vasculitis, and glomerulonephritis. Environmental triggers are thought to play a role in the development of an idiopathic expression of systemic autoimmune disease. Crystalline silica exposure has been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus, rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis and some of the small vessel vasculitides. DOE workers are currently able to apply for compensation under the federal Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP). However, the only diseases covered by EEOICP are cancers related to radiation exposure, chronic beryllium disease, and chronic silicosis.

  6. Controlled epitaxial growth of mesoporous silica/gold nanorod nanolollipops and nanodumb-bells

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    Ching-Mao Huang

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we describe the controlled synthesis of novel heterogeneous nanostructures comprised of mesoporous silica-coated gold nanorods (MSGNRs in the form of core–shell nanolollipops and nanodumb-bells, using a seed-mediated sol–gel method. Although MSGNR core–shell (θ-MSGNR structures have been reported previously by us and others, we herein discuss the first ever fabrication of MSGNR nanolollipops (φ-MSGNR and nanodumb-bells (β-MSGNR, achieved by simply controlling the aging time of gold nanorods (GNRs, the residual cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB coating of GNRs, and the addition of dimethyl formamide during incubation, centrifugation, and sonication, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy revealed two bare GNR isoforms, with aspect ratios of approximately 4 and 6, while scanning electron microscopy was used to further elucidate the morphology of φ-MSGNR and β-MSGNR heterostructures. In agreement with the smaller dielectric constants afforded by incomplete silica encasement, spectroscopic studies of φ-MSGNR and β-MSGNR, surface plasmon resonance (SPR bands revealed 20-40 nm blue shifts relative to the SPR of θ-MSGNR. On the basis of the attributes and applications of more conventional θ-MSGNRs, φ-MSGNRs and β-MSGNRs are anticipated to provide most of the utility of θ-MSGNRs, but with the additional functionalities that accompany their incorporation of both bare gold and mesoporous silica encased tips; with significant/unique implications for biomedical and catalytic applications.

  7. Controlled epitaxial growth of mesoporous silica/gold nanorod nanolollipops and nanodumb-bells

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    Huang, Ching-Mao [Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Nanomedicine, National Health Research Institutes, 35 Keyan Road, Zhunan Town, Miaoli 35053, Taiwan (China); Material and Chemical Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu 30011, Taiwan (China); Chung, Ming-Fang; Lo, Leu-Wei, E-mail: lwlo@nhri.org.tw [Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Nanomedicine, National Health Research Institutes, 35 Keyan Road, Zhunan Town, Miaoli 35053, Taiwan (China); Souris, Jeffrey S. [Department of Radiology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States)

    2014-11-01

    In this work, we describe the controlled synthesis of novel heterogeneous nanostructures comprised of mesoporous silica-coated gold nanorods (MSGNRs) in the form of core–shell nanolollipops and nanodumb-bells, using a seed-mediated sol–gel method. Although MSGNR core–shell (θ-MSGNR) structures have been reported previously by us and others, we herein discuss the first ever fabrication of MSGNR nanolollipops (φ-MSGNR) and nanodumb-bells (β-MSGNR), achieved by simply controlling the aging time of gold nanorods (GNRs), the residual cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) coating of GNRs, and the addition of dimethyl formamide during incubation, centrifugation, and sonication, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy revealed two bare GNR isoforms, with aspect ratios of approximately 4 and 6, while scanning electron microscopy was used to further elucidate the morphology of φ-MSGNR and β-MSGNR heterostructures. In agreement with the smaller dielectric constants afforded by incomplete silica encasement, spectroscopic studies of φ-MSGNR and β-MSGNR, surface plasmon resonance (SPR) bands revealed 20-40 nm blue shifts relative to the SPR of θ-MSGNR. On the basis of the attributes and applications of more conventional θ-MSGNRs, φ-MSGNRs and β-MSGNRs are anticipated to provide most of the utility of θ-MSGNRs, but with the additional functionalities that accompany their incorporation of both bare gold and mesoporous silica encased tips; with significant/unique implications for biomedical and catalytic applications.

  8. Trace the polymerization induced by gamma-ray irradiated silica particles

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    Lee, Hoik; Ryu, Jungju; Kim, Myungwoong; Im, Seung Soon; Kim, Ick Soo; Sohn, Daewon

    2016-08-01

    A γ-ray irradiation to inorganic particles is a promising technique for preparation of organic/inorganic composites as it offers a number of advantages such as an additive-free polymerizations conducted under mild conditions, avoiding undesired damage to organic components in the composites. Herein, we demonstrated a step-wise formation mechanism of organic/inorganic nanocomposite hydrogel in detail. The γ-ray irradiation to silica particles dispersed in water generates peroxide groups on their surface, enabling surface-initiated polymerization of acrylic acid from the inorganic material. As a result, poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) covers the silica particles in the form of a core-shell at the initial stage. Then, PAA-coated silica particles associate with each other by combination of radicals at the end of chains on different particles, leading to micro-gel domains. Finally, the micro-gels are further associated with each other to form a 3D network structure. We investigated this mechanism using dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Our result strongly suggests that controlling reaction time is critical to achieve specific and desirable organic/inorganic nanocomposite structure among core-shell particles, micro-gels and 3D network bulk hydrogel.

  9. Biotin-decorated silica coated PbS nanocrystals emitting in the second biological near infrared window for bioimaging

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    Corricelli, M.; Depalo, N.; di Carlo, E.; Fanizza, E.; Laquintana, V.; Denora, N.; Agostiano, A.; Striccoli, M.; Curri, M. L.

    2014-06-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) emitting in the second biological near infrared (NIR) window of the electromagnetic spectrum have been successfully synthesized by growing a silica shell on the hydrophobic surface of OLEA/TOP PbS nanocrystals (NCs), by means of a reverse microemulsion approach, and subsequently decorated with biotin molecules. The fabrication of very uniform and monodisperse NPs, formed of SiO2 shell coated single core PbS NCs, has been demonstrated by means of a set of complementary optical and structural techniques (Vis-NIR absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy) that have highlighted how experimental parameters, such as PbS NC and silica precursor concentration, are crucial to direct the morphology and optical properties of silica coated PbS NPs. Subsequently, the silica surface of the core-shell NPs has been grafted with amino groups, in order to achieve covalent binding of biotin to NIR emitting silica coated NPs. Finally the successful reaction with a green-fluorescent labelled streptavidin has verified the molecular recognition response of the biotin molecules decorating the PbS@SiO2 NP surface. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) and ζ-potential techniques have been used to monitor the hydrodynamic diameter and colloidal stability of both PbS@SiO2 and biotin decorated NPs, showing their high colloidal stability in physiological media, as needed for biomedical applications. Remarkably the obtained biotinylated PbS@SiO2 NPs have been found to retain emission properties in the `second optical window' of the NIR region of the electromagnetic spectrum, thus representing attractive receptor-targeted NIR fluorescent probes for in vivo tumour imaging.Nanoparticles (NPs) emitting in the second biological near infrared (NIR) window of the electromagnetic spectrum have been successfully synthesized by growing a silica shell on the hydrophobic surface of OLEA/TOP PbS nanocrystals (NCs), by means of a reverse microemulsion

  10. Multi-Shell Shell Model for Heavy Nuclei

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    Sun, Y; Sun, Yang; Wu, Cheng-Li

    2003-01-01

    Performing a shell model calculation for heavy nuclei has been a long-standing problem in nuclear physics. Here we propose one possible solution. The central idea of this proposal is to take the advantages of two existing models, the Projected Shell Model (PSM) and the Fermion Dynamical Symmetry Model (FDSM), to construct a multi-shell shell model. The PSM is an efficient method of coupling quasi-particle excitations to the high-spin rotational motion, whereas the FDSM contains a successful truncation scheme for the low-spin collective modes from the spherical to the well-deformed region. The new shell model is expected to describe simultaneously the single-particle and the low-lying collective excitations of all known types, yet keeping the model space tractable even for the heaviest nuclear systems.

  11. Biomechanics of turtle shells: how whole shells fail in compression.

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    Magwene, Paul M; Socha, John J

    2013-02-01

    Turtle shells are a form of armor that provides varying degrees of protection against predation. Although this function of the shell as armor is widely appreciated, the mechanical limits of protection and the modes of failure when subjected to breaking stresses have not been well explored. We studied the mechanical properties of whole shells and of isolated bony tissues and sutures in four species of turtles (Trachemys scripta, Malaclemys terrapin, Chrysemys picta, and Terrapene carolina) using a combination of structural and mechanical tests. Structural properties were evaluated by subjecting whole shells to compressive and point loads in order to quantify maximum load, work to failure, and relative shell deformations. The mechanical properties of bone and sutures from the plastral region of the shell were evaluated using three-point bending experiments. Analysis of whole shell structural properties suggests that small shells undergo relatively greater deformations before failure than do large shells and similar amounts of energy are required to induce failure under both point and compressive loads. Location of failures occurred far more often at sulci than at sutures (representing the margins of the epidermal scutes and the underlying bones, respectively), suggesting that the small grooves in the bone created by the sulci introduce zones of weakness in the shell. Values for bending strength, ultimate bending strain, Young's modulus, and energy absorption, calculated from the three-point bending data, indicate that sutures are relatively weaker than the surrounding bone, but are able to absorb similar amounts of energy due to higher ultimate strain values. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Preparation of polystyrene/silica nanocomposites by radical copolymerization of styrene with silica macromonomer

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    2007-01-01

    A two-stage process has been developed to generate the silica-based macromonomer through surface-modification of silica with polymerizable vinyl groups. The silica surfaces were treated with excess 2,4-toluene diisocynate (TDI), after which the residual isocyanate groups were converted into polymerizable vinyl groups by reaction with hydroxypropylacrylate (HPA). Thus, polystyrene/silica nanocomposites were prepared by conventional radical copolymerization of styrene with silica macromonomer. The main effecting factors, such as ratios of styrene to the macromonomer, together with polymerization time on the copolymerization were studied in detail. FTIR, DSC and TGA were utilized to characterize the nanocomposites. Experimental results revealed that the silica nanoparticles act as cross-linking points in the polystytene/silica nanocomposites, and the glass transition temperatures of the nanocomposites are higher than that of the corresponding pure polystyrene. The glass transition temperatures of nanocomposites increased with the increasing of silica contents, which were further ascertained by DSC.

  13. Preparation of polyamide 6/silica nanocomposites from silica surface initiated ring-opening anionic polymerization

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    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Polyamide 6/silica nanocomposites were synthesized by in situ ring-opening anionic polymerization of ε-caprolactam in the presence of sodium caprolactamate as a catalyst and caprolactam-functionalized silica as an initiator. The initiator precursor, isocyanate-functionalized silica, was prepared by directly reacting commercial silica with excess toluene 2,4-diisocyanate. This polymerization was found to occur in a highly efficient manner at relatively low reaction temperature (170°C and short reaction times (6 h. FTIR spectroscopy was utilized to follow the introduction and consumption of isocyanate groups on the silica surface. Thermogravimetric analysis indicated that the polyamide 6 was successfully grown from the silica surface. Transmission electron microscopy was utilized to image polymer-functionalized silica, showing fine dispersion of silica particles and their size ranging from 20 to 40 nm.

  14. [Compared with colloidal silica and porous silica as baicalin solid dispersion carrier].

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    Yan, Hong-Mei; Ding, Dong-Mei; Wang, Jing; Sun, E; Jia, Xiao-Bin; Zhang, Zhen-Hai

    2014-07-01

    To compare the dissolution characteristics of colloidal silica and porous silica as the solid dispersion carrier, with baicalin as the model drug. The baicalin solid dispersion was prepared by the solvent method, with colloidal silica and porous silica as the carriers. In the in vitro dissolution experiment, the solid dispersion was identified by scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning and X-ray diffraction. The solid dispersion carriers prepared with both colloidal silica and porous silica could achieve the purpose of rapid release. Along with the increase in the proportion of the carriers, the dissolution rate is accelerated to more than 80% within 60 min. Baicalin existed in the solid dispersion carriers in the non-crystalline form. The release behaviors of the baicalin solid dispersion prepared with two types of carrier were different. Among the two solid dispersion carriers, porous silica dissolved slowly than colloidal silica within 60 min, and they showed similar dissolutions after 60 min.

  15. Sealed silica pressure ampoules for crystal growth

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    Holland, L. R.

    1984-01-01

    The properties of vitreous silica and the mechanics of thick walled pressure vessels are reviewed with regard to the construction of sealed silica crucibles such as are used in the growth of mercury-cadmium telluride crystals. Data from destructive rupture tests are reported, failure modes discussed, and recommendations for design given. Ordinary commercial clear vitreous silica from flame fused quartz can withstand a surface stress of 20 MPa or more in this application.

  16. Mesoporous Silica: A Suitable Adsorbent for Amines

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    Abdollahzadeh-Ghom Sara

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Mesoporous silica with KIT-6 structure was investigated as a preconcentrating material in chromatographic systems for ammonia and trimethylamine. Its adsorption capacity was compared to that of existing commercial materials, showing its increased adsorption power. In addition, KIT-6 mesoporous silica efficiently adsorbs both gases, while none of the employed commercial adsorbents did. This means that KIT-6 Mesoporous silica may be a good choice for integrated chromatography/gas sensing micro-devices.

  17. MASS BALANCE OF SILICA IN STRAW FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF SILICA REDUCTION IN STRAW PULP

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    Celil Atik; Saim Ates

    2012-01-01

    The high silica content of wheat straw is an important limiting factor for straw pulping. High silica content complicates processing and black liquor recovery, wears out factory installations, and lowers paper quality. Each section of wheat straw has different cells and chemical compositions and thus different silica content. In this work, the silica content of balled straw samples were examined according to their physical components, including internodes, nodes, leaves (sheath and blade), ra...

  18. Cell-in-Shell Hybrids: Chemical Nanoencapsulation of Individual Cells.

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    Park, Ji Hun; Hong, Daewha; Lee, Juno; Choi, Insung S

    2016-05-17

    Nature has developed a fascinating strategy of cryptobiosis ("secret life") for counteracting the stressful, and often lethal, environmental conditions that fluctuate sporadically over time. For example, certain bacteria sporulate to transform from a metabolically active, vegetative state to an ametabolic endospore state. The bacterial endospores, encased within tough biomolecular shells, withstand the extremes of harmful stressors, such as radiation, desiccation, and malnutrition, for extended periods of time and return to a vegetative state by breaking their protective shells apart when their environment becomes hospitable for living. Certain ciliates and even higher organisms, for example, tardigrades, and others are also found to adopt a cryptobiotic strategy for survival. A common feature of cryptobiosis is the structural presence of tough sheaths on cellular structures. However, most cells and cellular assemblies are not "spore-forming" and are vulnerable to the outside threats. In particular, mammalian cells, enclosed with labile lipid bilayers, are highly susceptible to in vitro conditions in the laboratory and daily life settings, making manipulation and preservation difficult outside of specialized conditions. The instability of living cells has been a main bottleneck to the advanced development of cell-based applications, such as cell therapy and cell-based sensors. A judicious question arises: can cellular tolerance against harmful stresses be enhanced by simply forming cell-in-shell hybrid structures? Experimental results suggest that the answer is yes. A micrometer-sized "Iron Man" can be generated by chemically forming an ultrathin (cell. Since the report on silica nanoencapsulation of yeast cells, in which cytoprotective yeast-in-silica hybrids were formed, several synthetic strategies have been developed to encapsulate individual cells in a cytocompatible fashion, mimicking the cryptobiotic cell-in-shell structures found in nature, for example

  19. Shell Trumpets from Western Mexico

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    Robert Novella

    1991-11-01

    Full Text Available Marine shells have been used as musical instruments in almost all parts of the world (Izikowitz 1935, including Mesoamerica, where large univalves, also called conch shells in the literature, had a utilitarian function as trumpets. Their use is well documented in most cultural areas of Mesoamerica, as in Western Mexico, through their various occurrences in archaeological contexts and museums collections.

  20. Shell model and spectroscopic factors

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    Poves, P. [Madrid Univ. Autonoma and IFT, UAM/CSIC, E-28049 (Spain)

    2007-07-01

    In these lectures, I introduce the notion of spectroscopic factor in the shell model context. A brief review is given of the present status of the large scale applications of the Interacting Shell Model. The spectroscopic factors and the spectroscopic strength are discussed for nuclei in the vicinity of magic closures and for deformed nuclei. (author)

  1. Biomineralisation in Mollusc shells

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    Dauphin, Y.; Cuif, J. P.; Salomé, M.; Williams, C. T.

    2009-04-01

    The main components of Mollusc shells are carbonate minerals: calcite and aragonite. ACC is present in larval stages. Calcite and aragonite can be secreted simultaneously by the mantle. Despite the small number of varieties, the arrangement of the mineral components is diverse, and dependant upon the taxonomy. They are also associated with organic components much more diverse, the diversity of which reflects the large taxonomic diversity. From TGA analyses, the organic content (water included) is high (>5% in some layers). The biomineralisation process is not a passive precipitation process, but is strongly controlled by the organism. The biological-genetic control is shown by the constancy of the arrangement of the layers, the mineralogy and the microstructure in a given species. Microstructural units (i.e. tablets, prisms etc.) have shapes that do not occur in non-biogenic counterparts. Nacreous tablets, for example, are flattened on their crystallographic c axis, which is normally the axis of maximum growth rate for non-biogenic aragonite. Morever, their inner structure is species-specific: the arrangements of nacreous tablets in Gastropoda - Cephalopoda, and in Bivalvia differ, and the inner arrangement of the nacreous tablets is different in ectocochlear and endocochlear Cephalopoda. The organic-mineral ratios also differ in the various layers of a shell. Differences in chemical composition also demonstrates the biological-genetic control: for example, aragonite has a low Sr content unknown in non-biogenic samples; two aragonitic layers in a shell have different Sr and Mg contents, S is higher in calcitic layers. Decalcification releases soluble (SOM) and insoluble (IOM) organic components. Insoluble components form the main part of the intercrystalline membranes, and contain proteins, polysaccharides and lipids. Soluble phases are present within the crystals and the intercrystalline membranes. These phases are composed of more or less glycosylated proteins

  2. Silica deactivation of bead VOC catalysts

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    Libanati, C.; Pereira, C.J. [Research Division, W. R. Grace and Co., Columbia, MD (United States); Ullenius, D.A. [Grace TEC Systems, De Pere, WI (United States)

    1998-01-15

    Catalytic oxidation is a key technology for controlling the emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from industrial plants. The present paper examines the deactivation by silica of bead VOC catalysts in a flexographic printing application. Post mortem analyses of field-aged catalysts suggest that organosilicon compounds contained in the printing ink diffuse into the catalyst and deposit as silica particles in the micropores. Laboratory activity evaluation of aged catalysts suggests that silica deposition is non-selective and that silica masks the noble metal active site

  3. Cellular membrane trafficking of mesoporous silica nanoparticles

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    Fang, I-Ju [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2012-01-01

    This dissertation mainly focuses on the investigation of the cellular membrane trafficking of mesoporous silica nanoparticles. We are interested in the study of endocytosis and exocytosis behaviors of mesoporous silica nanoparticles with desired surface functionality. The relationship between mesoporous silica nanoparticles and membrane trafficking of cells, either cancerous cells or normal cells was examined. Since mesoporous silica nanoparticles were applied in many drug delivery cases, the endocytotic efficiency of mesoporous silica nanoparticles needs to be investigated in more details in order to design the cellular drug delivery system in the controlled way. It is well known that cells can engulf some molecules outside of the cells through a receptor-ligand associated endocytosis. We are interested to determine if those biomolecules binding to cell surface receptors can be utilized on mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials to improve the uptake efficiency or govern the mechanism of endocytosis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles. Arginine-glycine-aspartate (RGD) is a small peptide recognized by cell integrin receptors and it was reported that avidin internalization was highly promoted by tumor lectin. Both RGD and avidin were linked to the surface of mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials to investigate the effect of receptor-associated biomolecule on cellular endocytosis efficiency. The effect of ligand types, ligand conformation and ligand density were discussed in Chapter 2 and 3. Furthermore, the exocytosis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles is very attractive for biological applications. The cellular protein sequestration study of mesoporous silica nanoparticles was examined for further information of the intracellular pathway of endocytosed mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials. The surface functionality of mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials demonstrated selectivity among the materials and cancer and normal cell lines. We aimed to determine

  4. Practical Hydrogen Loading of Air Silica Fibres

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    Sørensen, Henrik Rokkjær; Jensen, Jesper Bevensee; Jensen, Jesper Bo Damm

    2005-01-01

    A method for hydrogen-loading air-silica optical fibres has been developed allowing out-diffusion times comparable to standard step-index fibres. Examples of the first grating written in Ge-doped air-silica fibres using a 266nm UV-laser are shown.......A method for hydrogen-loading air-silica optical fibres has been developed allowing out-diffusion times comparable to standard step-index fibres. Examples of the first grating written in Ge-doped air-silica fibres using a 266nm UV-laser are shown....

  5. Nanoporous silica membranes with high hydrothermal stability

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    Boffa, Vittorio; Magnacca, Giualiana; Yue, Yuanzheng

    Despite the use of sol-gel derived nanoporous silica membranes in substitution of traditional separation processes is expected leading to vast energy savings, their intrinsic poor steam-stability hampers their application at an industrial level. Transition metal ions can be used as dopant...... to improve the stability of nanoporous silica structure. This work is a quantitative study on the impact of type and concentration of transition metal ions on the microporous structure and stability of amorphous silica-based membranes, which provides information on how to design chemical compositions...... and synthetic paths for the fabrication of silica-based membranes with a well accessible and highly stabile nanoporous structure...

  6. Single Particle Deformation and Analysis of Silica-Coated Gold Nanorods before and after Femtosecond Laser Pulse Excitation.

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    Albrecht, Wiebke; Deng, Tian-Song; Goris, Bart; van Huis, Marijn A; Bals, Sara; van Blaaderen, Alfons

    2016-03-01

    We performed single particle deformation experiments on silica-coated gold nanorods under femtosecond (fs) illumination. Changes in the particle shape were analyzed by electron microscopy and associated changes in the plasmon resonance by electron energy loss spectroscopy. Silica-coated rods were found to be more stable compared to uncoated rods but could still be deformed via an intermediate bullet-like shape for silica shell thicknesses of 14 nm. Changes in the size ratio of the rods after fs-illumination resulted in blue-shifting of the longitudinal plasmon resonances. Two-dimensional spatial mapping of the plasmon resonances revealed that the flat side of the bullet-like particles showed a less pronounced longitudinal plasmonic electric field enhancement. These findings were confirmed by finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations. Furthermore, at higher laser fluences size reduction of the particles was found as well as for particles that were not completely deformed yet.

  7. Plate shell structures of glass

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    Bagger, Anne

    . This modelling technique is used to model a plate shell structure with a span of 11.5 meters in the FE software \\textsc{Abaqus}. The structure is analyzed with six different connection details with varying stiffness characteristics, to investigate the influence of these characteristics on the structural effects...... University, a script has been developed for an automated generation of a given plate shell geometry and a corresponding finite element (FE) model. A suitable FE modelling technique is proposed, suggesting a relatively simple method of modelling the connection detail's stiffness characteristics....... Based on these investigations, and FE analysis of other plate shell models, the structural behaviour is described. Possible methods of estimating the stresses in a given plate shell structure are proposed. The non-linear behaviour of a plate shell structure is investigated for varying parameters...

  8. Preparation of magnetite-loaded silica microspheres for solid-phase extraction of genomic DNA from soy-based foodstuffs.

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    Shi, Ruobing; Wang, Yucong; Hu, Yunli; Chen, Lei; Wan, Qian-Hong

    2009-09-04

    Solid-phase extraction has been widely employed for the preparation of DNA templates for polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based analytical methods. Among the variety of adsorbents studied, magnetically responsive silica particles are particularly attractive due to their potential to simplify, expedite, and automate the extraction process. Here we report a facile method for the preparation of such magnetic particles, which entails impregnation of porous silica microspheres with iron salts, followed by calcination and reduction treatments. The samples were characterized using powder X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherms, and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). XRD data show that magnetite nanocrystals of about 27.2 nm are produced within the pore channels of the silica support after reduction. SEM images show that the as-synthesized particles exhibit spherical shape and uniform particle size of about 3 microm as determined by the silica support. Nitrogen sorption data confirm that the magnetite-loaded silica particles possess typical mesopore structure with BET surface area of about 183 m(2)/g. VSM data show that the particles display paramagnetic behavior with saturation magnetization of 11.37 emu/g. The magnetic silica microspheres coated with silica shells were tested as adsorbents for rapid extraction of genomic DNA from soybean-derived products. The purified DNA templates were amplified by PCR for screening of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The preliminary results confirm that the DNA extraction protocols using magnetite-loaded silica microspheres are capable of producing DNA templates which are inhibitor-free and ready for downstream analysis.

  9. The Phanerozoic diversification of silica-cycling testate amoebae and its possible links to changes in terrestrial ecosystems.

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    Lahr, Daniel J G; Bosak, Tanja; Lara, Enrique; Mitchell, Edward A D

    2015-01-01

    The terrestrial cycling of Si is thought to have a large influence on the terrestrial and marine primary production, as well as the coupled biogeochemical cycles of Si and C. Biomineralization of silica is widespread among terrestrial eukaryotes such as plants, soil diatoms, freshwater sponges, silicifying flagellates and testate amoebae. Two major groups of testate (shelled) amoebae, arcellinids and euglyphids, produce their own silica particles to construct shells. The two are unrelated phylogenetically and acquired biomineralizing capabilities independently. Hyalosphenids, a group within arcellinids, are predators of euglyphids. We demonstrate that hyalosphenids can construct shells using silica scales mineralized by the euglyphids. Parsimony analyses of the current hyalosphenid phylogeny indicate that the ability to "steal" euglyphid scales is most likely ancestral in hyalosphenids, implying that euglyphids should be older than hyalosphenids. However, exactly when euglyphids arose is uncertain. Current fossil record contains unambiguous euglyphid fossils that are as old as 50 million years, but older fossils are scarce and difficult to interpret. Poor taxon sampling of euglyphids has also prevented the development of molecular clocks. Here, we present a novel molecular clock reconstruction for arcellinids and consider the uncertainties due to various previously used calibration points. The new molecular clock puts the origin of hyalosphenids in the early Carboniferous (∼370 mya). Notably, this estimate coincides with the widespread colonization of land by Si-accumulating plants, suggesting possible links between the evolution of Arcellinid testate amoebae and the expansion of terrestrial habitats rich in organic matter and bioavailable Si.

  10. Composite shell spacecraft seat

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    Barackman, Victor J. (Inventor); Pulley, John K. (Inventor); Simon, Xavier D. (Inventor); McKee, Sandra D. (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    A two-part seat (10) providing full body support that is specific for each crew member (30) on an individual basis. The two-part construction for the seat (10) can accommodate many sizes and shapes for crewmembers (30) because it is reconfigurable and therefore reusable for subsequent flights. The first component of the two-part seat construction is a composite shell (12) that surrounds the crewmember's entire body and is generically fitted to their general size in height and weight. The second component of the two-part seat (10) is a cushion (20) that conforms exactly to the specific crewmember's entire body and gives total body support in more complex environment.

  11. Optical nanosphere sensor based on shell-by-shell fabrication for removal of toxic metals from human blood.

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    El-Safty, S A; Abdellatef, S; Ismael, M; Shahat, A

    2013-06-01

    Because toxic heavy metals tend to bioaccumulate, they represent a substantial human health hazard. Various methods are used to identify and quantify toxic metals in biological tissues and environment fluids, but a simple, rapid, and inexpensive system has yet to be developed. To reduce the necessity for instrument-dependent analysis, we developed a single, pH-dependent, nanosphere (NS) sensor for naked-eye detection and removal of toxic metal ions from drinking water and physiological systems (i.e., blood). The design platform for the optical NS sensor is composed of double mesoporous core-shell silica NSs fabricated by one-pot, template-guided synthesis with anionic surfactant. The dense shell-by-shell NS construction generated a unique hierarchical NS sensor with a hollow cage interior to enable accessibility for continuous monitoring of several different toxic metal ions and efficient multi-ion sensing and removal capabilities with respect to reversibility, longevity, selectivity, and signal stability. Here, we examined the application of the NS sensor for the removal of toxic metals (e.g., lead ions from a physiological system, such as human blood). The findings show that this sensor design has potential for the rapid screening of blood lead levels so that the effects of lead toxicity can be avoided.

  12. Preparation of Metalloporphyrin-Bound Superparamagnetic Silica Particles via "Click" Reaction.

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    Hollingsworth, Javoris V; Bhupathiraju, N V S Dinesh K; Sun, Jirun; Lochner, Eric; Vicente, M Graça H; Russo, Paul S

    2016-01-13

    A facile approach using click chemistry is demonstrated for immobilization of metalloporphyrins onto the surface of silica-coated iron oxide particles. Oleic-acid stabilized iron oxide nanocrystals were prepared by thermal decomposition of iron(III) acetylacetonate. Their crystallinity, morphology, and superparamagnetism were determined using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and a superconducting quantum interference device. Monodisperse core-shell particles were produced in the silica-coating of iron oxide via microemulsion synthesis. Surface modification of these particles was performed in two steps, which included the reaction of silica-coated iron oxide particles with 3-bromopropyltrichlorosilane, followed by azido-functionalization with sodium azide. Monoalkylated porphyrins were prepared using the Williamson ether synthesis of commercially available tetra(4-hydroxyphenyl) porphyrin with propargyl bromide in the presence of a base. (1)H NMR and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization confirmed the identity of the compounds. The prepared monoalkyne porphyrins were zinc-metalated prior to their introduction to azide-functionalized, silica-coated iron oxide particles in the click reaction. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to characterize the surface chemistry after each step in the reaction. In addition, particle size was determined using dynamic light scattering and microscopy. The presented methodology is versatile and can be extended to other photoreactive systems, such as phthalocyanines and boron-dipyrromethane, which may lead to new materials for optical, photonic, and biological applications.

  13. Robust synthesis of green fuels from biomass-derived ethyl esters over a hierarchically core/shell-structured ZSM-5@(Co/SiO2) catalyst.

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    Wang, Darui; Wang, Bo; Ding, Yu; Yuan, Qingqing; Wu, Haihong; Guan, Yejun; Wu, Peng

    2017-09-12

    A novel bifunctional ZSM-5@(Co/SiO2) material with a hierarchical core/shell structure was successfully prepared through a simple chemoselective interaction between the crystal surface silica species of zeolite and the external Co(2+) source in basic media, which served as an excellent catalyst in the synthesis of green fuels from biomass-derived ethyl esters.

  14. Synthesis of Ni-SiO2/silicalite-1 core-shell micromembrane reactors and their reaction/diffusion performance

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    Khan, Easir A.

    2010-12-15

    Core-shell micromembrane reactors are a novel class of materials where a catalyst and a shape-selective membrane are synergistically housed in a single particle. In this work, we report the synthesis of micrometer -sized core-shell particles containing a catalyst core and a thin permselective zeolite shell and their application as a micromembrane reactor for the selective hydrogenation of the 1-hexene and 3,3-dimethyl-1-butene isomers. The bare catalyst, which is made from porous silica loaded with catalytically active nickel, showed no reactant selectivity between hexene isomers, but the core-shell particles showed high selectivities up to 300 for a 1-hexene conversion of 90%. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  15. Gold nanoshells with gain-assisted silica core for ultra-sensitive bio-molecular sensors

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    Tao, Yifei; Guo, Zhongyi; Zhang, Anjun; Zhang, Jingran; Wang, Benyang; Qu, Shiliang

    2015-08-01

    A novel bio-molecular nanostructured sensor composed of Au spherical nanoshell and gain-assisted silica-core has been proposed and investigated theoretically, which shows a superior performance compared to the existing structured sensor. Using quasi-static approximation calculation, it is found that the scattering efficiency and the quality factor of SPR can be enhanced greatly by introducing proper amount of gain. The simulated results demonstrate that our designed Au spherical nanoshell and gain-assisted silica-core can obtain as high as 166.7 nm/RIU for the sensitivity of refractive index, and the sensors' figure of merit is enhanced 2000 times nearly compared to that of g=0, which indicates that the designed spherical core-shell sensors have the powerful ability to detect a subtle change in the concentration of its background medium.

  16. Raspberry-like PS/CdTe/Silica Microspheres for Fluorescent Superhydrophobic Materials

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    Chang, Jinghui; Zang, Linlin; Wang, Cheng; Sun, Liguo; Chang, Qing

    2016-02-01

    Superhydrophobic particulate films were fabricated via deposition of raspberry-like fluorescent PS/CdTe/silica microspheres on clean glass substrates and surface modification. Particularly, the fluorescent microspheres were prepared by a kind of modified strategy, namely introducing poly (acrylic acid)-functionalized polystyrene microspheres and thiol-stabilized CdTe quantum dots into a hydrolysis reaction of tetraethoxysilane simultaneously. And through adjusting the reaction parameters, the polystyrene spheres with two particle sizes and three colors of CdTe quantum dots aqueous solution were obtained. Consequently, raspberry-like microspheres consist of polystyrene cores and the composite shells of CdTe quantum dots and silica. These microspheres possess a fluorescent characteristic and form a hierarchical dual roughness which was conductive to superhydrophobicity, and the hydrophobic tests also showed the contact angles of water droplets on the surface of the raspberry-like microspheres which were over 160° at room temperature.

  17. Raspberry-like PS/CdTe/Silica Microspheres for Fluorescent Superhydrophobic Materials.

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    Chang, Jinghui; Zang, Linlin; Wang, Cheng; Sun, Liguo; Chang, Qing

    2016-12-01

    Superhydrophobic particulate films were fabricated via deposition of raspberry-like fluorescent PS/CdTe/silica microspheres on clean glass substrates and surface modification. Particularly, the fluorescent microspheres were prepared by a kind of modified strategy, namely introducing poly (acrylic acid)-functionalized polystyrene microspheres and thiol-stabilized CdTe quantum dots into a hydrolysis reaction of tetraethoxysilane simultaneously. And through adjusting the reaction parameters, the polystyrene spheres with two particle sizes and three colors of CdTe quantum dots aqueous solution were obtained. Consequently, raspberry-like microspheres consist of polystyrene cores and the composite shells of CdTe quantum dots and silica. These microspheres possess a fluorescent characteristic and form a hierarchical dual roughness which was conductive to superhydrophobicity, and the hydrophobic tests also showed the contact angles of water droplets on the surface of the raspberry-like microspheres which were over 160° at room temperature.

  18. Template-Engaged Solid-State Synthesis of Barium Magnesium Silicate Yolk@Shell Particles and Their High Photoluminescence Efficiency.

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    Chen, Xuncai; Kim, Woo-Sik

    2016-05-17

    This study presents a new synthetic method for fabricating yolk@shell-structured barium magnesium silicate (BMS) particles through a template-engaged solid-state reaction. First, as the core template, (BaMg)CO3 spherical particles were prepared based on the coprecipitation of Ba(2+) and Mg(2+) . These core particles were then uniformly shelled with silica (SiO2 ) by using CTAB as the structure-directing template to form (BaMg)CO3 @SiO2 particles with a core@shell structure. The (BaMg)CO3 @SiO2 particles were then converted to yolk@shell barium magnesium silicate (BMS) particles by an interfacial solid-state reaction between the (BaMg)CO3 (core) and the SiO2 (shell) at 750 °C. During this interfacial solid-state reaction, Kirkendall diffusion contributed to the formation of yolk@shell BMS particles. Thus, the synthetic temperature for the (BaMg)SiO4 :Eu(3+) phosphor is significantly reduced from 1200 °C with the conventional method to 750 °C with the proposed method. In addition, the photoluminescence intensity of the yolk@shell (BaMg)SiO4 :Eu(3+) phosphor was found to be 9.8 times higher than that of the conventional (BaMg)SiO4 :Eu(3+) phosphor. The higher absorption of excitation light by the structure of the yolk@shell phosphor is induced by multiple light-reflection and -scattering events in the interstitial void between the yolk and the shell. When preparing the yolk@shell (BaMg)SiO4 :Eu(3+) phosphor, a hydrogen environment for the solid-state reaction results in higher photoluminescence efficiency than nitrogen and air environments. The proposed synthetic method can be easily extended to the synthesis of other yolk@shell multicomponent metal silicates.

  19. Thin monolithic glass shells for future high angular resolution and large collecting area x-ray telescope

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    Civitani, M. M.; Citterio, O.; Ghigo, M.; Mattaini, E.; Pareschi, G.; Parodi, G.

    2013-09-01

    One of the most difficult requests to be accomplished from the technological point of view for next generation x-ray telescopes is to combine high angular resolution and effective area. A significant increase of effective area can be reached with high precision but at the same time thin (2-3 mm thickness for mirror diameters of 30-110 cm) glass mirror shells. In the last few years the Brera Observatory has lead a development program for realizing this kind of monolithic thin glass shell. The fused silica has been chosen as shell substrate due to its thermal and mechanical properties. To bring the mirror shells to the needed accuracy, we have adopted a deterministic direct polishing method (already used for past missions as Einstein, Rosat, Chandra) to ten time thinner shells. The technological challenge has been solved using a temporary stiffening structure that allows the handling and the machining of so thin glass shells. The results obtained with a prototype shell at an intermediate stage of its development (17'' HEW measured in full illumination mode with x-ray) indicate that the working concept is feasible and can be further exploited using the very large Ion Beam Facility available in our labs for the final high accuracy figuring of the thin shells. In this paper we present the required tolerances for the shell realization, the shells production chain flow and the ion beam facility up grading. Forecast on figuring time and expected performances of the figuring will also be given on the basis on the metrological data collected during past shell development.

  20. Quantum dots/silica/polymer nanocomposite films with high visible light transmission and UV shielding properties.

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    Mumin, Md Abdul; Xu, William Z; Charpentier, Paul A

    2015-08-07

    The dispersion of light-absorbing inorganic nanomaterials in transparent plastics such as poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) (PEVA) is of enormous current interest in emerging solar materials, including photovoltaic (PV) modules and commercial greenhouse films. Nanocrystalline semiconductor or quantum dots (QDs) have the potential to absorb UV light and selectively emit visible light, which can control plant growth in greenhouses or enhance PV panel efficiencies. This work provides a new and simple approach for loading mesoporous silica-encapsulated QDs into PEVA. Highly luminescent CdS and CdS-ZnS core-shell QDs with 5 nm size were synthesized using a modified facile approach based on pyrolysis of the single-molecule precursors and capping the CdS QDs with a thin layer of ZnS. To make both the bare and core-shell structure QDs more resistant against photochemical reactions, a mesoporous silica layer was grown on the QDs through a reverse microemulsion technique based on hydrophobic interactions. By careful experimental tuning, this encapsulation technique enhanced the quantum yield (∼65%) and photostability compared to the bare QDs. Both the encapsulated bare and core-shell QDs were then melt-mixed with EVA pellets using a mini twin-screw extruder and pressed into thin films with controlled thickness. The results demonstrated for the first time that mesoporous silica not only enhanced the quantum yield and photostability of the QDs but also improved the compatibility and dispersibility of QDs throughout the PEVA films. The novel light selective films show high visible light transmission (∼90%) and decreased UV transmission (∼75%).

  1. Quantum dots/silica/polymer nanocomposite films with high visible light transmission and UV shielding properties

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    Mumin, Md Abdul; Xu, William Z.; Charpentier, Paul A.

    2015-08-01

    The dispersion of light-absorbing inorganic nanomaterials in transparent plastics such as poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) (PEVA) is of enormous current interest in emerging solar materials, including photovoltaic (PV) modules and commercial greenhouse films. Nanocrystalline semiconductor or quantum dots (QDs) have the potential to absorb UV light and selectively emit visible light, which can control plant growth in greenhouses or enhance PV panel efficiencies. This work provides a new and simple approach for loading mesoporous silica-encapsulated QDs into PEVA. Highly luminescent CdS and CdS-ZnS core-shell QDs with 5 nm size were synthesized using a modified facile approach based on pyrolysis of the single-molecule precursors and capping the CdS QDs with a thin layer of ZnS. To make both the bare and core-shell structure QDs more resistant against photochemical reactions, a mesoporous silica layer was grown on the QDs through a reverse microemulsion technique based on hydrophobic interactions. By careful experimental tuning, this encapsulation technique enhanced the quantum yield (˜65%) and photostability compared to the bare QDs. Both the encapsulated bare and core-shell QDs were then melt-mixed with EVA pellets using a mini twin-screw extruder and pressed into thin films with controlled thickness. The results demonstrated for the first time that mesoporous silica not only enhanced the quantum yield and photostability of the QDs but also improved the compatibility and dispersibility of QDs throughout the PEVA films. The novel light selective films show high visible light transmission (˜90%) and decreased UV transmission (˜75%).

  2. Active and passive silica waveguide integration

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    Hübner, Jörg; Guldberg-Kjær, Søren Andreas

    2001-01-01

    in existing and future networks without affecting the power budget of the system. Silica on silicon technology offers a unique possibility to selectively dope sections of the integrated circuit with erbium where amplification is desired. Some techniques for active/passive integration are reviewed and a silica...

  3. Chemical immobilisation of humic acid on silica

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    Koopal, L.K.; Yang, Y.; Minnaard, A.J.; Theunissen, P.L.M.; Riemsdijk, W.H. van

    1998-01-01

    Immobilisation of purified Aldrich humic acid (PAHA) on aminopropyl silica and glutaraldehyde-activated aminopropyl silica has been investigated. In general the humic acid is bound to the solid by both physical and chemical bonds. The physically adsorbed HA can be released to a large extent at high

  4. Chemical immobilisation of humic acid on silica

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    Koopal, L.K.; Yang, Y.; Minnaard, A.J.; Theunissen, P.L.M.; Riemsdijk, W.H. van

    1998-01-01

    Immobilisation of purified Aldrich humic acid (PAHA) on aminopropyl silica and glutaraldehyde-activated aminopropyl silica has been investigated. In general the humic acid is bound to the solid by both physical and chemical bonds. The physically adsorbed HA can be released to a large extent at high

  5. Silica-Immobilized Enzyme Reactors (Postprint)

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    2007-09-01

    Non-solubilized UDPGT from rat liver microsomes was covalently immobilized to a func- tionalized silica support by Schiff base chemistry and a number...activity within a day. GADPH isolated from rabbit was covalently immobilized to a wide-pore silica support by glutaraldehyde activation and Schiff - base chemistry

  6. MicroShell Minimalist Shell for Xilinx Microprocessors

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    Werne, Thomas A.

    2011-01-01

    MicroShell is a lightweight shell environment for engineers and software developers working with embedded microprocessors in Xilinx FPGAs. (MicroShell has also been successfully ported to run on ARM Cortex-M1 microprocessors in Actel ProASIC3 FPGAs, but without project-integration support.) Micro Shell decreases the time spent performing initial tests of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) designs, simplifies running customizable one-time-only experiments, and provides a familiar-feeling command-line interface. The program comes with a collection of useful functions and enables the designer to add an unlimited number of custom commands, which are callable from the command-line. The commands are parameterizable (using the C-based command-line parameter idiom), so the designer can use one function to exercise hardware with different values. Also, since many hardware peripherals instantiated in FPGAs have reasonably simple register-mapped I/O interfaces, the engineer can edit and view hardware parameter settings at any time without stopping the processor. MicroShell comes with a set of support scripts that interface seamlessly with Xilinx's EDK tool. Adding an instance of MicroShell to a project is as simple as marking a check box in a library configuration dialog box and specifying a software project directory. The support scripts then examine the hardware design, build design-specific functions, conditionally include processor-specific functions, and complete the compilation process. For code-size constrained designs, most of the stock functionality can be excluded from the compiled library. When all of the configurable options are removed from the binary, MicroShell has an unoptimized memory footprint of about 4.8 kB and a size-optimized footprint of about 2.3 kB. Since MicroShell allows unfettered access to all processor-accessible memory locations, it is possible to perform live patching on a running system. This can be useful, for instance, if a bug is

  7. FABRICATION AND CHARACTERATION OF NANOPOROUS SILICA FILM

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    殷明志; 张良莹; 姚熹

    2003-01-01

    Colloidal silica sol is formed by a novel hydrolyzing procedure of tetraethyl-orthosilicate(TEOS) catalyzing with NH3*H2O in aqueous mediums. Glycerol, combining with the hydrolyzed intermediates of TEOS, controls growing of the silica particles; poly(vinyl-vinyl alcohol makes the colloidal silica sol with polymeric structure and spinning, thermal strain makes the gel silica film changed into a nanoporous structure with diameter ranging 50-150 nm. Morphologies of the nanoporous silica film have been characterized; the porosities (%) is 32-64; the average dielectric constant at 1MHz region is 2.0 and 2.1; the thermal conductivity is less than 0.8. Chemical mechanism of the sol-gel process is discussed.

  8. Magnetic and fluorescent core-shell nanoparticles for ratiometric pH sensing

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    Lapresta-Fernandez, Alejandro; Doussineau, Tristan; Moro, Artur J [Institute of Physical Chemistry, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Lessingstrasse 10, 07743 Jena (Germany); Dutz, Silvio [Institute of Photonic Technology, Department of Nano-Biophotonics, Jena (Germany); Steiniger, Frank [Centre for Electron Microscopy of the Medical Faculty, Jena (Germany); Mohr, Gerhard J, E-mail: lapresta@ugr.es [Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies, Department of Polytronic Systems, Workgroup Sensor Materials, Josef-Engert-Strasse 9, D-93053 Regensburg (Germany)

    2011-10-14

    This paper describes the preparation of nanoparticles composed of a magnetic core surrounded by two successive silica shells embedding two fluorophores, showing uniform nanoparticle size (50-60 nm in diameter) and shape, which allow ratiometric pH measurements in the pH range 5-8. Uncoated iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles ({approx}10 nm in diameter) were formed by the coprecipitation reaction of ferrous and ferric salts. Then, they were added to a water-in-oil microemulsion where the hydrophilic silica shells were obtained through hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethoxyorthosilicate together with the corresponding silylated dye derivatives-a sulforhodamine was embedded in the inner silica shell and used as the reference dye while a pH-sensitive fluorescein was incorporated in the outer shell as the pH indicator. The magnetic nanoparticles were characterized using vibrating sample magnetometry, dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The relationship between the analytical parameter, that is, the ratio of fluorescence between the sensing and reference dyes versus the pH was adjusted to a sigmoidal fit using a Boltzmann type equation giving an apparent pK{sub a} value of 6.8. The fluorescence intensity of the reference dye did not change significantly ({approx}3.0%) on modifying the pH of the nanoparticle dispersion. Finally, the proposed method was statistically validated against a reference procedure using samples of water and physiological buffer with 2% of horse serum, indicating that there are no significant statistical differences at a 95% confidence level.

  9. Magnetic and fluorescent core-shell nanoparticles for ratiometric pH sensing.

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    Lapresta-Fernández, Alejandro; Doussineau, Tristan; Dutz, Silvio; Steiniger, Frank; Moro, Artur J; Mohr, Gerhard J

    2011-10-14

    This paper describes the preparation of nanoparticles composed of a magnetic core surrounded by two successive silica shells embedding two fluorophores, showing uniform nanoparticle size (50-60 nm in diameter) and shape, which allow ratiometric pH measurements in the pH range 5-8. Uncoated iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (∼10 nm in diameter) were formed by the coprecipitation reaction of ferrous and ferric salts. Then, they were added to a water-in-oil microemulsion where the hydrophilic silica shells were obtained through hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethoxyorthosilicate together with the corresponding silylated dye derivatives-a sulforhodamine was embedded in the inner silica shell and used as the reference dye while a pH-sensitive fluorescein was incorporated in the outer shell as the pH indicator. The magnetic nanoparticles were characterized using vibrating sample magnetometry, dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The relationship between the analytical parameter, that is, the ratio of fluorescence between the sensing and reference dyes versus the pH was adjusted to a sigmoidal fit using a Boltzmann type equation giving an apparent pK(a) value of 6.8. The fluorescence intensity of the reference dye did not change significantly (∼3.0%) on modifying the pH of the nanoparticle dispersion. Finally, the proposed method was statistically validated against a reference procedure using samples of water and physiological buffer with 2% of horse serum, indicating that there are no significant statistical differences at a 95% confidence level.

  10. Chemical and biochemical activities of sonochemically synthesized poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide)/silica nanocomposite

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    Chowdhury, Pranesh; Saha, Swadhin Kr; Guha, Arun; Saha, Samar Kr

    2012-11-01

    Poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPA) grafted mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MPSNP) leading to novel inorganic/organic core-shell nanocomposite has been synthesized sonochemically in an aqueous medium without additives like cross-linker, hydrophobic agent, organic solvent. The colloidal stability of MPSNP is enhanced significantly due to encapsulation of the polymer. The composites are characterized by TEM, FTIR and TGA. The chemical and biochemical activities of the sonochemically synthesized materials have been studied in the light of reaction with acid-base, protein adsorption, antimicrobial activity, biocompatibility and nonthrombogenic property. Advantages of sonochemical synthesis compared to other techniques have been evaluated.

  11. Anderson localization of light in a colloidal suspension (TiO2@silica).

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    Jimenez-Villar, Ernesto; da Silva, Iran F; Mestre, Valdeci; de Oliveira, Paulo C; Faustino, Wagner M; de Sá, Gilberto F

    2016-06-01

    In recent years, there has been dramatic progress in the photonics field in disordered media, ranging from applications in solar collectors, photocatalyzers, random lasing, and other novel photonic functions, to investigations into fundamental topics, such as light confinement and other phenomena involving photon interactions. This paper reports several pieces of experimental evidence of localization transition in a strongly disordered scattering medium composed of a colloidal suspension of core-shell nanoparticles (TiO2@silica) in ethanol solution. We demonstrate the crossover from a diffusive transport to a localization transition regime as the nanoparticle concentration is increased, and that an enhanced absorption effect arises at localization transition.

  12. Photoinduced cytotoxicity by a platinum diimine complex employing magnetite-silica nanocomposites as delivery vehicles.

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    Zhang, Zhigang; Li, Haisha; Dai, Ruihui; Chai, Aiyun

    2015-10-01

    Tartaric acid-modified core-shell magnetite-silica nanocomposites were prepared by a sol-gel method, and characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering. Then the nanocomposites were employed as carriers of a photoactive platinum diimine complex. Photoinduced cytotoxicity by the photosensitizer-loaded nanocomposites in different human carcinoma cells has been studied by cell viability assay. The results suggest that the as-synthesized nanocomposites have good stability in water, and the cytotoxicity induced by the platinum diimine complex in red light can be significantly enhanced when the photosensitizer is loaded with the magnetic nanocomposites.

  13. Effects of layer eccentricity on the super-resonant states of active cylindrical core-shell nano-particles

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    Thorsen Rasmus Ø.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This work reports on the effects of layer eccentricity on the resonant properties of active cylindrical core-shell nano-particles excited by a near-by exterior magnetic line source. The core-shell particles consist of a silver core layered with a silica shell. For a fixed over-all radius of the nano-particle equal to 30 nm, we investigate designs with relatively small (radius equal to 6 nm and large (radius equal to 24 nm silver cores and we quantify their performance characteristics in terms of the near- and far-field properties. Our results show that the super-resonances, known to exist in the concentric version of these nano-particles, are significantly influenced by introducing eccentricity (through displacements of the silver core relative to the silica shell. In particular, their amplitude responses are found to diminish significantly for silver core displacements ≥ 3 nm for the small core case, and even for displacements ≥ 1 nm for the large core case. The present results are useful from the experimental point of view since slight displacements of the centers of the core and shell parts of the investigated nano-particles are likely to occur in standard fabrication processes.

  14. Fixed-bed adsorption separation of xylene isomers over sio2/silicallite-1 core-shell adsorbents

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    Khan, Easir A.

    2013-12-29

    SiO2/Silicalite-1 core-shell material has been demonstrated as potential shape selective adsorbent in gas phase separation of p-xylene from a mixture of p/o-xylene isomers. The core-shell composite comprised of large silica core and thin polycrystalline silicalite-1 shell which was synthesized via a self-assembly of silicalite-1 nanocrystals on core silica surface followed by a secondary seeded growth method. The core materials, SiO2 used in this study has mesoporosity with an average pore diameter of 60Å and hence offers no shape selectivity for xylene isomers. However, the shell, silicalite-1 contains rigid pore structures and preferentially adsorbs p-xylene from their isomers mixtures. A series of adsorption fixed bed breakthrough adsorption/desorption experiment was performed to obtain the equilibrium isotherms and adsorption isotherm parameters of xylene isomers. The equilibrium isotherms of xylene isomers follow the Langmuir\\'s model. A chromatographic adsorption model has been used to describe the fixed-bed breakthrough profiles of xylene isomers. The model has successfully predicted the responses of the binary mixtures of p/o-xylene isomers. The SiO2/silicalite-1 core-shell adsorbents have shown para-selectivity as high as 15. © Bangladesh Uni. of Engg. & Tech.

  15. Cyclodextrin-Triazole Derivative Functionalized on Ag-SiO{sub 2} Core-Shell Nanoparticles via Click Chemistry

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    Park, Gun Bae; Singu, Bal Sydulu; Hong, Sang Eun; Yoon, Kuk Ro [Hannam Univ., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-09-15

    Click chemistry has provided a versatile strategy for functionalization in solution chemistry under mild reaction conditions with a high degree of functional group compatibility. Initially, silver (Ag) nanoparticles were prepared by the chemical reduction method, followed by the synthesis of silver–silica (Ag–SiO{sub 2}) core–shell nanoparticles by the Stöber method. The Ag–SiO2 core shell nanoparticles were functionalized with the alkyne derivative. The cycloaddition reaction between the azide-functionalized cyclodextrin and the alkyne-functionalized Ag–SiO{sub 2} core–shell nanoparticles was carried out via the copper-catalyzed click reaction, leading to the formation of the cyclodextrin-triazole derivative on the Ag–SiO{sub 2} core–shell nanoparticles. The presence of the resulting cyclodextrin-triazole derivative on the silver–silica core–shell nanoparticles was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy (UV–vis), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA).

  16. Designing of luminescent GdPO4:Eu@LaPO4@SiO2 core/shell nanorods: Synthesis, structural and luminescence properties

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    Ansari, Anees A.; Labis, Joselito P.; Aslam Manthrammel, M.

    2017-09-01

    GdPO4:Eu3+ (core) and GdPO4:Eu@LaPO4 (core/shell) nanorods (NRs) were successfully prepared by urea based co-precipitation process at ambient conditions which was followed by coating with amorphous silica shell via the sol-gel chemical route. The role of surface coating on the crystal structure, crystallinity, morphology, solubility, surface chemistry and luminescence properties were well investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis, Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), UV-Vis, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. XRD pattern revealed highly purified, well-crystalline, single phase-hexagonal-rhabdophane structure of GdPO4 crystal. The TEM micrographs exhibited highly crystalline and narrow size distributed rod-shaped GdPO4:Eu3+ nanostructures with average width 14-16 nm and typical length 190-220 nm. FTIR spectra revealed characteristic infrared absorption bands of amorphous silica. High absorbance in a visible region of silica modified core/shell/Si NRs in aqueous environment suggests the high solubility along with colloidal stability. The photoluminescence properties were remarkably enhanced after growth of undoped LaPO4 layers due to the reduction of nonradiative transition rate. The advantages of presented high emission intensity and high solubility of core/shell and core/shell/Si NRs indicated the potential applications in monitoring biological events.

  17. Synthesis and study of structural and magnetic properties of superparamagnetic Fe3O4@SiO2 core/shell nanocomposite for biomedical applications

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    Mitra Helmi Rashid Farimani

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available   Objective(s: This paper describes coating of magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs with amorphous silica shells.   Materials and Methods: First, magnetite (Fe3O4 NPs were synthesized by co-precipitation method and then treated with stabilizer molecule of trisodium citrate to enhance their dispersibility. Afterwards, coating with silica was carried out via a sol-gel approach in which the electrostatically stabilized MNPs were used as seeds. The samples were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM. Results: The results of XRD analysis implied that the prepared nanocomposite consists of two compounds of crystalline magnetite and amorphous silica that formation of their core/shell structure with the shell thickness of about 5 nm was confirmed by TEM images. The magnetic studies also indicated that produced Fe3O4@SiO2 core/shell nanocomposite exhibits superparamagnetic properties at room temperature. Conclusion: These core/shell structure due to having superparamagnetic property of Fe3O4 and unique properties of SiO2, offers a high potential for many biomedical applications.

  18. Ultrasonic-assisted environmentally-friendly synergetic synthesis of nitroaromatic compounds in core/shell nanoreactor: A green protocol.

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    Maleki, Ali; Aghaie, Morteza

    2017-11-01

    An efficient sonochemical protocol for the nitration of aromatic compounds was described in the presence of a catalytic amount of sulfuric acid-functionalized silica-based core/shell magnetic nanocomposite at room temperature in an eco-friendly and recyclable media, deep eutectic solvent (DES), based on choline chloride and urea. The particle size, morphology and elemental analysis of the core/shell nanocatalyst were carried out by TEM, SEM, EDX and XRD analyses. The nanocatalyst and DES were easily recovered from the reaction mixture quantitatively and reused several times. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Synthesis Characterization and Photocatalytic Studies of Cobalt Ferrite-Silica-Titania Nanocomposites

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    Greene, David; Serrano-Garcia, Raquel; Govan, Joseph; Gun’ko, Yurii K.

    2014-01-01

    In this work, CoFe2O4@SiO2@TiO2 core-shell magnetic nanostructures have been prepared by coating of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles with the double SiO2/TiO2 layer using metallorganic precursors. The Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis (EDX), Vibrational Sample Magnetometer (VSM) measurements and Raman spectroscopy results confirm the presence both of the silica and very thin TiO2 layers. The core-shell nanoparticles have been sintered at 600 °C and used as a catalyst in photo-oxidation reactions of methylene blue under UV light. Despite the additional non-magnetic coatings result in a lower value of the magnetic moment, the particles can still easily be retrieved from reaction mixtures by magnetic separation. This retention of magnetism was of particular importance allowing magnetic recovery and re-use of the catalyst. PMID:28344226

  20. Synthesis Characterization and Photocatalytic Studies of Cobalt Ferrite-Silica-Titania Nanocomposites

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    David Greene

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available In this work, CoFe2O4@SiO2@TiO2 core-shell magnetic nanostructures have been prepared by coating of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles with the double SiO2/TiO2 layer using metallorganic precursors. The Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM, Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis (EDX, Vibrational Sample Magnetometer (VSM measurements and Raman spectroscopy results confirm the presence both of the silica and very thin TiO2 layers. The core-shell nanoparticles have been sintered at 600 °C and used as a catalyst in photo-oxidation reactions of methylene blue under UV light. Despite the additional non-magnetic coatings result in a lower value of the magnetic moment, the particles can still easily be retrieved from reaction mixtures by magnetic separation. This retention of magnetism was of particular importance allowing magnetic recovery and re-use of the catalyst.

  1. The Influence of Benzoyl Peroxide on Gelation Rate of Silica Binder for Precision Casting

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    M. Nadolski

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Substituting of ethyl silicate with ecologic sols of colloidal silica in the investment casting technology, resulting from the increased demands concerning environmental protection, caused the prolongation of production cycle for precision castings produced in multi-layer thin-walled ceramic shell moulds. Modification of Sizol 030 binder with benzoyl peroxide, proposed in the paper, was aimed at restriction of time needed for realization of a single layer of the shell mould, and by the same, of such a mould as a whole. Examination of kinetics of the drying process were held for the layers made of prepared moulding material and the influence of binder modification on the mould curing time was determined.

  2. Synthesis and Photoluminescence Property of Silicon Carbide Nanowires Via Carbothermic Reduction of Silica.

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    Luo, Xiaogang; Ma, Wenhui; Zhou, Yang; Liu, Dachun; Yang, Bin; Dai, Yongnian

    2009-11-11

    Silicon carbide nanowires have been synthesized at 1400 degrees C by carbothermic reduction of silica with bamboo carbon under normal atmosphere pressure without metallic catalyst. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy were used to characterize the silicon carbide nanowires. The results show that the silicon carbide nanowires have a core-shell structure and grow along direction. The diameter of silicon carbide nanowires is about 50-200 nm and the length from tens to hundreds of micrometers. The vapor-solid mechanism is proposed to elucidate the growth process. The photoluminescence of the synthesized silicon carbide nanowires shows significant blueshifts, which is resulted from the existence of oxygen defects in amorphous layer and the special rough core-shell interface.

  3. The Influence of Benzoyl Peroxide on Gelation Rate of Silica Binder for Precision Casting

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    Nadolski M.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Substituting of ethyl silicate with ecologic sols of colloidal silica in the investment casting technology, resulting from the increased demands concerning environmental protection, caused the prolongation of production cycle for precision castings produced in multi-layer thin-walled ceramic shell moulds. Modification of Sizol 030 binder with benzoyl peroxide, proposed in the paper, was aimed at restriction of time needed for realization of a single layer of the shell mould, and by the same, of such a mould as a whole. Examination of kinetics of the drying process were held for the layers made of prepared moulding material and the influence of binder modification on the mould curing time was determined.

  4. Monodisperse metal nanoparticle catalysts on silica mesoporous supports: synthesis, characterizations, and catalytic reactions

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    Somorjai, G.A.

    2009-09-14

    addition, Pt-mesoporous silica core-shell structured NPs (Pt{at}mSiO{sub 2}) were prepared, where the individual Pt NP is encapsulated by the mesoporous silica layer. The Pt{at}mSiO{sub 2} catalysts showed promising catalytic activity in high temperature CO oxidation. The design of catalytic structures with tunable parameters by rational synthetic methods presents a major advance in the field of catalyst synthesis, which would lead to uncover the structure-function relationships in heterogeneous catalytic reactions.

  5. Pro Windows PowerShell

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    Targeted at professionals who handle a lot of repetitive tasks, this title serves as not only a tutorial, but also a reference. It shows how PowerShell can help professionals script most system administration tasks and reduce their burden.

  6. Instant Windows PowerShell

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    Menon, Vinith

    2013-01-01

    Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks. A practical, hands-on tutorial approach that explores the concepts of PowerShell in a friendly manner, taking an adhoc approach to each topic.If you are an administrator who is new to PowerShell or are looking to get a good grounding in these new features, this book is ideal for you. It's assumed that you will have some experience in PowerShell and Windows Server, as well being familiar with the PowerShell command-line.

  7. Patterning of the turtle shell.

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    Moustakas-Verho, Jacqueline E; Cebra-Thomas, Judith; Gilbert, Scott F

    2017-08-01

    Interest in the origin and evolution of the turtle shell has resulted in a most unlikely clade becoming an important research group for investigating morphological diversity in developmental biology. Many turtles generate a two-component shell that nearly surrounds the body in a bony exoskeleton. The ectoderm covering the shell produces epidermal scutes that form a phylogenetically stable pattern. In some lineages, the bones of the shell and their ectodermal covering become reduced or lost, and this is generally associated with different ecological habits. The similarity and diversity of turtles allows research into how changes in development create evolutionary novelty, interacting modules, and adaptive physiology and anatomy. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Improved optical properties of silica/UV-cured polymer composite films made of hollow silica nanoparticles with a hierarchical structure for light diffuser film applications.

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    Suthabanditpong, W; Takai, C; Fuji, M; Buntem, R; Shirai, T

    2016-06-28

    This study successfully improved the optical properties of silica/UV-cured polymer composite films made of hollow silica nanoparticles having a hierarchical structure. The particles were synthesized by an inorganic particle method, which involves two steps of sol-gel silica coating around the template and acid dissolution removal of the template. The pH of the acid was varied to achieve different hierarchical structures of the particles. The morphologies and surface properties of the obtained particles were characterized before dispersing in a UV-curable acrylate monomer solution to prepare dispersions for fabricating light diffuser films. The optical properties and the light diffusing ability of the fabricated films were studied. The results revealed that the increased pH of the acid provides the particles with a thinner shell, a larger hollow interior and a higher specific surface area. Moreover, the films with these particles exhibit a better light diffusing ability and a higher diffuse transmittance value when compared to those without particles. Therefore, the composite films can be used as light diffuser films, which is an essential part of optical diffusers in the back-light unit of LCDs. In addition, utilizing the hierarchical particles probably reduces the number of back-light units in the LCDs leading to energy-savings and subsequently lightweight LCDs.

  9. Ag@SiO2 Core-shell Nanoparticles for Probing Spatial Distribution of Electromagnetic Field Enhancement via Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering

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    Wang, Wei [ORNL; Li, Zhipeng [Chinese Academy of Sciences; Gu, Baohua [ORNL; Zhang, Zhenyu [ORNL; Xu, Hongxing [Chinese Academy of Sciences

    2009-01-01

    We show that the spatial distribution of the electromagnetic (EM) field enhancement can be probed directly via dynamic evolution of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) of Rhodamine 6G (R6G) molecules as they diffuse into Ag@SiO2 core-shell nanoparticles. The porous silica shell limits the diffusion of R6G molecules towards inner Ag cores, thereby allowing direct observation and quantification of the spatial distribution of SERS enhancement as molecules migrate from the low to high EM fields inside the dielectric silica shell. Our experimental evidence is validated by the generalized Mie theory, and the approach can potentially offer a novel platform for further investigating the site and spatial distribution of the EM fields and the EM versus chemical enhancement of SERS due to molecular confinement within the Ag@SiO2 nanoshell.

  10. Application of Turkevich Method for Gold Nanoparticles Synthesis to Fabrication of SiO2@Au and TiO2@Au Core-Shell Nanostructures

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    Paulina Dobrowolska

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The Turkevich synthesis method of Au nanoparticles (AuNPs was adopted for direct fabrication of SiO2@Au and TiO2@Au core-shell nanostructures. In this method, chloroauric acid was reduced with trisodium citrate in the presence of amine-functionalized silica or titania submicroparticles. Core-shells obtained in this way were compared to structures fabricated by mixing of Turkevich AuNPs with amine-functionalized silica or titania submicroparticles. It was found that by modification of reaction conditions of the first method, such as temperature and concentration of reagents, control over gold coverage on silicon dioxide particles has been achieved. Described method under certain conditions allows fabrication of semicontinuous gold films on the surface of silicon dioxide particles. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report describing use of Turkevich method to direct fabrication of TiO2@Au core-shell nanostructures.

  11. Au@Void@TiO2 yolk-shell nanostructures as catalysts for the promotion of oxidation reactions at cryogenic temperatures

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    Lee, Ilkeun; Joo, Ji Bong; Yin, Yadong; Zaera, Francisco

    2016-06-01

    A new gold-titania catalyst has been developed for cryogenic oxidations based on a yolk-shell nanoarchitecture. The synthesis of those structures involves the sequential deposition of a sacrificial silica layer and a titania shell around well-defined gold nanoparticles followed by removal of the silica via NaOH etching. The resulting catalyst contains an amorphous titania shell with sodium titanate and silicon impurities that proved critical for the cryogenic activity; removal of those via HCl treatment kills most of the catalytic conversion. Oxidation of carbon monoxide is possible with this Au@Void@TiO2 catalyst at temperatures as low as 120 K, by a mechanism different than the one operative at room temperature that involves a weakly-adsorbed CO species with a Csbnd O stretching frequency of 2162 cm- 1, possibly at Au-TiO2 interfacial sites.

  12. Colloidal crystals of core-shell type spheres with poly(styrene) core and poly(ethylene oxide) shell.

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    Okamoto, Junichi; Kimura, Hiroshi; Tsuchida, Akira; Okubo, Tsuneo; Ito, Koichi

    2007-04-15

    Elastic modulus and crystal growth kinetics have been studied for colloidal crystals of core-shell type colloidal spheres (diameter=160-200 nm) in aqueous suspension. Crystallization properties of three kinds of spheres, which have poly(styrene) core and poly(ethylene oxide) shell with different oxyethylene chain length (n=50, 80 and 150), were examined by reflection spectroscopy. The suspensions were deionized exhaustively for more than 1 year using mixed bed of ion-exchange resins. The rigidities of the crystals range from 0.11 to 120 Pa and from 0.56 to 76 Pa for the spheres of n=50 and 80, respectively, and increase sharply as the sphere volume fraction increase. The g factor, parameter for crystal stability, range from 0.029 to 0.13 and from 0.040 to 0.11 for the spheres of n=50 and 80, respectively. These g values indicate the formation of stable crystals, and the values were decreased as the sphere volume fraction increased. Two components of crystal growth rate coefficients, fast and slow, were observed in the order from 10(-3) to 10(1)s(-1). This is due to the secondary process in the colloidal crystallization mechanism, corresponding to reorientation from metastable crystals formed in the primary process and/or Ostwald-ripening process. There are no distinct differences in the structural, kinetic and elastic properties among the colloidal crystals of the different core-shell size spheres, nor difference between those of core-shell spheres and silica or poly(styrene) spheres. The results are very reasonably interpreted by the fact that colloidal crystals are formed in a closed container owing to long-range repulsive forces and the Brownian movement of colloidal spheres surrounded by extended electrical double layers, and their formation is not influenced by the rigidity and internal structure of the spheres.

  13. Functional magnetic porous silica for T 1-T 2 dual-modal magnetic resonance imaging and pH-responsive drug delivery of basic drugs

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    Li, Ling; Zhang, Run; Guo, Yi; Zhang, Cheng; Zhao, Wei; Xu, Zhiping; Whittaker, Andrew K.

    2016-12-01

    A smart magnetic-targeting drug carrier γ-Fe2O3@p-silica comprising a γ-Fe2O3 core and porous shell has been prepared and characterized. The particles have a uniform size of about 60 nm, and a porous shell of thickness 3 nm. Abundant hydroxyl groups and a large surface area enabled the γ-Fe2O3@p-silica to be readily loaded with a large payload of the basic model drug rhodamine B (RB) (up to 73 mg g-1). Cytotoxicity assays of the γ-Fe2O3@p-silica particles indicated that the particles were biocompatible and suitable for carrying drugs. It was found that the RB was released rapidly at pH 5.5 but at pH 7.4 the rate and extent of release was greatly attenuated. The particles therefore demonstrate an excellent pH-triggered drug release. In addition, the γ-Fe2O3@p-silica particles could be tracked by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A clear dose-dependent contrast enhancement in both T 1-weighted and T 2-weighted MR images indicated the potential of the γ-Fe2O3@p-silica particles to act as dual-mode T 1 and T 2 MRI contrast agents.

  14. Magnetic silica-coated sub-microspheres with immobilized metal ions for the selective removal of bovine hemoglobin from bovine blood.

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    Zhang, Min; Cheng, Dan; He, Xiwen; Chen, Langxing; Zhang, Yukui

    2010-06-01

    Magnetic silica-coated magnetite (Fe(3)O(4)) sub-microspheres with immobilized metal-affinity ligands are prepared for protein adsorption. First, magnetite sub-microspheres were synthesized by a hydrothermal method. Then silica was coated on the surface of Fe(3)O(4) particles using a sol-gel method to obtain magnetic silica sub-microspheres with core-shell morphology. Next, the trichloro(4-chloromethylphenyl) silane was immobilized on them, reacted with iminodiacetic acid (IDA), and charged with Cu(2+). The obtained magnetic silica sub-microspheres with immobilized Cu(2+) were applied for the absorption of bovine hemoglobin (BHb) and the removal of BHb from bovine blood. The size, morphology, and magnetic properties of the resulting magnetic micro(nano) spheres were investigated by using scanning microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The measurements showed that the magnetic sub-microspheres are spherical in shape, very uniform in size with a core-shell, and are almost superparamagnetic. The saturation magnetization of silica-coated magnetite (Fe(3)O(4)) sub-microspheres reached about 33 emu g(-1). Protein adsorption results showed that the sub-microspheres had a high adsorption capacity for BHb (418.6 mg g(-1)), low nonspecific adsorption, and good removal of BHb from bovine blood. This opens a novel route for future applications in removing abundant proteins in proteomic analysis.

  15. Rotating thin-shell wormhole

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    Ovgun, A.

    2016-11-01

    We construct a rotating thin-shell wormhole using a Myers-Perry black hole in five dimensions, using the Darmois-Israel junction conditions. The stability of the wormhole is analyzed under perturbations. We find that exotic matter is required at the throat of the wormhole to keep it stable. Our analysis shows that stability of the rotating thin-shell wormhole is possible if suitable parameter values are chosen.

  16. 40 Years of Shell Scenarios

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    Shell has been using scenario planning for four decades. During that time these scenarios have helped the company and governments across the world to make better strategic choices. Scenarios provide lenses that help see future prospects more clearly, make richer judgments and be more sensitive to uncertainties. Discover how the Shell Scenarios team has helped guide decision makers at major moments in history and get a peek at the team future focus, including the intricate relationship between energy, water and food.

  17. Rotating Thin-Shell Wormhole

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    Ovgun, A

    2016-01-01

    In this article, we construct rotating thin shell wormhole using a Myers-Perry black hole in five dimensions. The stability of the wormhole is analyzed under perturbations follows from the Darmois-Israel junction conditions. We find that it required exotic matter at the throat to keep throat of wormhole stable. Our analysis shows that the stability of the rotating thin-shell wormhole is available with choosing suitable values of parameters.

  18. Influence of Shell Formation on Morphological Structure, Optical and Emission Intensity on Aqueous Dispersible NaYF4:Ce/Tb Nanoparticles.

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    Ansari, Anees A; Parchur, A K; Kumar, B; Rai, S B

    2016-07-01

    A highly water-dispersible NaYF4:Ce/Tb (core), NaYF4:Ce/Tb@NaYF4(core/shell) and NaYF4:Ce/Tb@NaYF4@SiO2 (core/shell/SiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized via a general synthesis approach. The growth of an inert NaYF4 and silica shell (~14 nm) around the core-NPs resulted in an increase of the average size of the nanopaticles as well as broadening of their size distribution. The optical band-gap energy slightly decreases after shell formation due to the increase the crystalline size. To optimize the influence of shell formation a comparative analysis of photoluminescence properties (excitation, emission, and luminescence decay time) of the core, core/shell, and core/shell/SiO2 NPs were measured. The emission intensity was significantly enhanced after inert shell formation around the surface of the core NPs. The Commission International de l'Eclairage chromaticity coordinates of the emission spectrum of core, core/shell, core/shell/SiO2 NPs lie closest to the standard green color emission at 545 nm. By quantitative spectroscopic measurements of surface-modified core-NPs, it was suggested that encapsulation with inert and silica layers was found to be effective in retaining both luminescence intensity and dispersibility in aqueous environment. Considering the high aqueous dispersion and enhanced luminescence efficiency of the core-NPs make them an ideal luminescent material for luminescence bioimaging and optical biosensors.

  19. Stellar Populations of Shell Galaxies

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    Carlsten, S; Zenteno, A

    2016-01-01

    We present a study of the inner (out to $\\sim$1 R$_{\\mathrm{eff}}$) stellar populations of 9 shell galaxies. We derive stellar population parameters from long slit spectra by both analyzing the Lick indices of the galaxies and by fitting Single Stellar Population model spectra to the full galaxy spectra. The results from the two methods agree reasonably well. Many of the shell galaxies in our sample appear to have lower central $\\mathrm{Mg}_{2}$ index values than non-shell galaxies of the same central velocity dispersion, which is likely due to a past interaction event. Our shell galaxy sample shows a relation between central metallicity and velocity dispersion that is consistent with previous samples of non-shell galaxies. Analyzing the metallicity gradients in our sample, we find an average metallicity gradient of -0.16$\\pm$0.10 dex per decade in radius. We compare this with formation models to constrain the merging history of shell galaxies. We argue that our galaxies likely have undergone major mergers in...

  20. Synthesis and Adsorption Property of SiO2@Co(OH2 Core-Shell Nanoparticles

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    Yongde Meng

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Silica nanoparticles were directly coated with cobalt hydroxide by homogeneous precipitation of slowly decomposing urea in cobalt nitrate solution. The cobalt hydroxide was amorphous, and its morphology was nanoflower-like. The BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area of the core-shell composite was 221 m2/g. Moreover, the possible formation procedure is proposed: the electropositive cobalt ions were first adsorbed on the electronegative silica nanoparticles surface, which hydrolyzed to form cobalt hydroxide nanoparticles. Then, the cobalt hydroxide nanoparticles were aggregated to form nanoflakes. Finally, the nanoflakes self-assembled, forming cobalt hydroxide nanoflowers. Adsorption measurement showed that the core-shell composite exhibited excellent adsorption capability of Rhodamine B (RB.

  1. Isogeometric shell formulation based on a classical shell model

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    Niemi, Antti

    2012-09-04

    This paper constitutes the first steps in our work concerning isogeometric shell analysis. An isogeometric shell model of the Reissner-Mindlin type is introduced and a study of its accuracy in the classical pinched cylinder benchmark problem presented. In contrast to earlier works [1,2,3,4], the formulation is based on a shell model where the displacement, strain and stress fields are defined in terms of a curvilinear coordinate system arising from the NURBS description of the shell middle surface. The isogeometric shell formulation is implemented using the PetIGA and igakit software packages developed by the authors. The igakit package is a Python package used to generate NURBS representations of geometries that can be utilised by the PetIGA finite element framework. The latter utilises data structures and routines of the portable, extensible toolkit for scientific computation (PETSc), [5,6]. The current shell implementation is valid for static, linear problems only, but the software package is well suited for future extensions to geometrically and materially nonlinear regime as well as to dynamic problems. The accuracy of the approach in the pinched cylinder benchmark problem and present comparisons against the h-version of the finite element method with bilinear elements. Quadratic, cubic and quartic NURBS discretizations are compared against the isoparametric bilinear discretization introduced in [7]. The results show that the quadratic and cubic NURBS approximations exhibit notably slower convergence under uniform mesh refinement as the thickness decreases but the quartic approximation converges relatively quickly within the standard variational framework. The authors future work is concerned with building an isogeometric finite element method for modelling nonlinear structural response of thin-walled shells undergoing large rigid-body motions. The aim is to use the model in a aeroelastic framework for the simulation of flapping wings.

  2. A quantitative method for silica flux evaluation

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    Schonewille, R. H.; O'Connell, G. J.; Toguri, J. M.

    1993-02-01

    In the smelting of copper and copper/nickel concentrates, the role of silica flux is to aid in the removal of iron by forming a slag phase. Alternatively, the role of flux may be regarded as a means of controlling the formation of magnetite, which can severely hinder the operation of a furnace. To adequately control the magnetite level, the flux must react rapidly with all of the FeO within the bath. In the present study, a rapid method for silica flux evaluation that can be used directly in the smelter has been developed. Samples of flux are mixed with iron sulfide and magnetite and then smelted at a temperature of 1250 °C. Argon was swept over the reaction mixture and analyzed continuously for sulfur dioxide. The sulfur dioxide concentration with time was found to contain two peaks, the first one being independent of the flux content of the sample. A flux quality parameter has been defined as the height-to-time ratio of the second peak. The value of this parameter for pure silica is 5100 ppm/min. The effects of silica content, silica particle size, and silicate mineralogy were investigated. It was found that a limiting flux quality is achieved for particle sizes less than 0.1 mm in diameter and that fluxes containing feldspar are generally of a poorer quality. The relative importance of free silica and melting point was also studied using synthetic flux mixtures, with free silica displaying the strongest effect.

  3. Metal-silica sol-gel materials

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    Stiegman, Albert E. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    The present invention relates to a single phase metal-silica sol-gel glass formed by the co-condensation of a transition metal with silicon atoms where the metal atoms are uniformly distributed within the sol-gel glass as individual metal centers. Any transition metal may be used in the sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to sensor materials where the sensor material is formed using the single phase metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The sensor materials may be in the form of a thin film or may be attached to an optical fiber. The present invention also relates to a method of sensing chemicals using the chemical sensors by monitoring the chromatic change of the metal-silica sol-gel glass when the chemical binds to the sensor. The present invention also relates to oxidation catalysts where a metal-silica sol-gel glass catalyzes the reaction. The present invention also relates to a method of performing oxidation reactions using the metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to organopolymer metal-silica sol-gel composites where the pores of the metal-silica sol-gel glasses are filled with an organic polymer polymerized by the sol-gel glass.

  4. Light-Induced Surface Patterning of Silica.

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    Kang, Hong Suk; Lee, Seungwoo; Choi, Jaeho; Lee, Hongkyung; Park, Jung-Ki; Kim, Hee-Tak

    2015-10-27

    Manipulating the size and shape of silica precursor patterns using simple far-field light irradiation and transforming such reconfigured structures into inorganic silica patterns by pyrolytic conversion are demonstrated. The key concept of our work is the use of an azobenzene incorporated silica precursor (herein, we refer to this material as azo-silane composite) as ink in a micromolding process. The moving direction of azo-silane composite is parallel to light polarization direction; in addition, the amount of azo-silane composite movement can be precisely determined by controlling light irradiation time. By exploiting this peculiar phenomenon, azo-silane composite patterns produced using the micromolding technique are arbitrarily manipulated to obtain various structural features including high-resolution size or sophisticated shape. The photoreconfigured patterns formed with azo-silane composites are then converted into pure silica patterns through pyrolytic conversion. The pyrolytic converted silica patterns are uniformly formed over a large area, ensuring crack-free formation and providing high structural fidelity. Therefore, this optical manipulation technique, in conjunction with the pyrolytic conversion process, opens a promising route to the design of silica patterns with finely tuned structural features in terms of size and shape. This platform for designing silica structures has significant value in various nanotechnology fields including micro/nanofluidic channel for lab-on-a-chip devices, transparent superhydrophobic surfaces, and optoelectronic devices.

  5. Synthesis, characterization and biomedical application of multifunctional luminomagnetic core–shell nanoparticles

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    Yi, Changqing [Key Laboratory of Biochip Technology, Biotech and Health Centre, Shenzhen Research Institutes of City University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (China); Key Laboratory of Sensing Technology and Biomedical Instruments (Guangdong Province), School of Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou (China); Liu, Lei [Key Laboratory of Biochip Technology, Biotech and Health Centre, Shenzhen Research Institutes of City University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (China); College of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Chemical Biology Key Laboratory of Hebei Province, Key Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Diagnosis of Ministry of Education, Hebei University, Baoding (China); Li, Cheuk-Wing [Key Laboratory of Biochip Technology, Biotech and Health Centre, Shenzhen Research Institutes of City University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (China); Zhang, Jinchao, E-mail: jczhang6970@163.com [Key Laboratory of Biochip Technology, Biotech and Health Centre, Shenzhen Research Institutes of City University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (China); College of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Chemical Biology Key Laboratory of Hebei Province, Key Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Diagnosis of Ministry of Education, Hebei University, Baoding (China); Yang, Mengsu, E-mail: bhmyang@cityu.edu.hk [Key Laboratory of Biochip Technology, Biotech and Health Centre, Shenzhen Research Institutes of City University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (China)

    2015-01-01

    It has been well-established that nanomaterials provide a robust framework into which two or more functional moieties can be integrated to offer multifunctional and synergetic applications. We report here the facile synthesis and systematical investigation of the luminomagnetic core–shell nanoparticles (NPs) with the magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} core coated with a silica shell incorporating fluorescent [Ru(bpy){sub 3}]{sup 2+}. The luminomagnetic NPs were monodisperse and spherical in shape with a diameter of 60 ± 10 nm. The luminomagnetic NPs possessed not only the desirable optical signature of Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+} but also the distinctive magnetic profile of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, where a strong red-orange emission and the super-paramagnetic characteristics with the saturation magnetization values ca. 10 emu/g were observed for the luminomagnetic NPs. As revealed by Alamar blue assay and flow cytometry analysis, the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs decrease the cell viability of HepG2 by ca. 10%, while an increase by ca. 10% on HepG2 cell proliferation was revealed after the silica shell was coated onto Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs, suggesting that the silica shell serves as a protective layer to increase the biocompatibility of the luminomagnetic NPs. Confocal laser scanning microscopy, transition electron microscopy and magnetic resonance (MR) images confirmed that the luminomagnetic NPs can enter into the interiors of HepG2 cells without damage, highlighting their capabilities for simultaneous optical fluorescence imaging and T2 MR imaging. Taking advantage of versatility of silica shell towards different surface modification protocols, the luminomagnetic NPs were successfully functionalized with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) antibody for HepG2 cell recognition. All the results illustrated that the luminomagnetic NPs should be a potential candidate for future cancer diagnosis and therapy. - Highlights: • The luminomagnetic NPs were prepared by a water-in-oil reverse

  6. TRIMETHYLSILYLATED SILICA AS RHEOLOGY MODIFIER FOR SILICONE RESINS

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    Wei Huang; Ying Huang; Yunzhao Yu

    2000-01-01

    Trimethylsilylated silica was synthesized through hydrolytic condensation of tetraethoxysilane followed by trimethylsilylation. Rheological properties of the silicone resin with trimethylsilylated silica as modifier were studied. It turned out that the particle size of silica was important to the rheological behavior of the modified resin. Trimethylsilylated silica of medium particle size shows the strongest tendency of forming physical network in the resin.

  7. Controlled silica synthesis inspired by diatom silicon biomineralization

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    Vrieling, EG; Sun, QY; Beelen, TPM; Hazelaar, S; Gieskes, WWC; van Santen, RA; Sommerdijk, NAJM

    2005-01-01

    Silica becomes increasingly used in chemical, pharmaceutical, and (nano)technological processes', resulting in an increased demand for well-defined silicas and silica-based materials. The production of highly structured silica from cheap starting materials and under ambient conditions, which is a ta

  8. Controlled silica synthesis inspired by diatom silicon biomineralization

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    Vrieling, EG; Sun, QY; Beelen, TPM; Hazelaar, S; Gieskes, WWC; van Santen, RA; Sommerdijk, NAJM

    Silica becomes increasingly used in chemical, pharmaceutical, and (nano)technological processes', resulting in an increased demand for well-defined silicas and silica-based materials. The production of highly structured silica from cheap starting materials and under ambient conditions, which is a

  9. Silica Microcapsules Prepared by Interfacial Reaction Methods

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    M; Fujiwara; K; Shiokawa; Y; Nakahara

    2007-01-01

    1 Results Silica spherical particles with hollow structure are directly prepared by interfacial reaction methods using W/O/W emulsion (schematic diagram in Fig.1)[1].Fig.1 Silica microcapsule formationThe mixing of W/O emulsion consisting of sodium silicate solution (inner water phase) and n-hexane solution (oil phase) to outer water phase dissolving NH4HCO3 or other salts affords silica microcapsules.The critical feature of this method is the direct formation of hollow structure.Therefore,the core com...

  10. ASYMPTOTIC ANALYSIS OF DYNAMIC PROBLEMS FOR LINEARLY ELASTIC SHELLS JUSTIFICATION OF EQUATIONS FOR DYNAMIC KOITER SHELLS

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    2001-01-01

    Under certain conditions, the dynamic equatioins of membrane shells and the dynamic equations of flexural shells are obtained from dynamic equations of Koiter shells by the method of asymptotic analysis.

  11. Shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhanced Raman spectroscopy: principle and applications (Presentation Recording)

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    Li, Jian-Feng; Tian, Zhong-Qun

    2015-08-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is a powerful technique that yields fingerprint vibrational information with ultra-high sensitivity. However, only roughened Ag, Au and Cu surfaces can generate strong SERS effect. The lack of materials and morphology generality has severely limited the breadth of SERS practical applications on surface science, electrochemistry and catalysis. Shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SHINERS) was therefore invented to break the long-standing limitation of SERS. In SHINERS, Au@SiO2 core-shell nanoparticles were rationally designed. The gold core acts as plasmonic antenna and encapsulated by an ultra-thin, uniform and pinhole-free silica shell, can provide high electromagnetic field to enhance the Raman signals of probed molecules. The inert silica shell acts as tunneling barrier prevents the core from interacting with the environment. SHINERS has already been applied to a number of challenging systems, such as hydrogen and CO on Pt(hkl) and Rh(hkl), which can't be realized by traditional SERS. Combining with electrochemical methods, we has investigated the adsorption processes of pyridine at the Au(hkl) single crystal/solution interface, and in-situ monitored the surface electro-oxidation at Au(hkl) electrodes. These pioneering studies demonstrate convincingly the ability of SHINERS in exploring correlations between structure and reactivity as well as in monitoring intermediates at the interfaces. SHINERS was also explored from semiconductor surface for industry, to living bacteria for life science, and to pesticide residue detection for food safety. The concept of shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhancement is being applied to other spectroscopies such as infrared absorption, sum frequency generation and fluorescence. Jian-Feng Li et al., Nature, 2010, 464, 392-395.

  12. Black hole entropy off-shell vs on-shell

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    Frolov, V P; Zelnikov, A I

    1996-01-01

    Different methods of calculation of quantum corrections to the thermodynamical characteristics of a black hole are discussed and compared. The relation between on-shell and off-shell approaches is established. The off-shell methods are used to explicitly demonstrate that the thermodynamical entropy S^{TD} of a black hole, defined by the first thermodynamical law, differs from the statistical-mechanical entropy S^{SM}, determined as S^{SM}=-\\mbox{Tr}(\\hat{\\rho}^H\\ln\\hat{\\rho}^H) for the density matrix \\hat{\\rho}^H of a black hole. It is shown that the observable thermodynamical black hole entropy can be presented in the form S^{TD}=\\pi {\\bar r}_+^2+S^{SM}-S^{SM}_{Rindler}. Here {\\bar r}_+ is the radius of the horizon shifted because of the quantum backreaction effect, and S^{SM}_{Rindler} is the statistical-mechanical entropy calculated in the Rindler space.

  13. Studies on Thin-shells and Thin-shell Wormholes

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    Övgün, Ali

    2016-01-01

    The study of traversable wormholes is very hot topic for the past 30 years. One of the best possible way to make traversable wormhole is using the thin-shells to cut and paste two spacetime which has tunnel from one region of space-time to another, through which a traveler might freely pass in wormhole throat. These geometries need an exotic matter which involves a stress-energy tensor that violates the null energy condition. However, this method can be used to minimize the amount of the exotic matter. The goal of this thesis study is to study on thin-shell and thin-shell wormholes in general relativity in 2+1 and 3+1 dimensions. We also investigate the stability of such objects.

  14. Interfacial interaction between the epoxidized natural rubber and silica in natural rubber/silica composites

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    Xu, Tiwen [College of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Jia, Zhixin, E-mail: zxjia@scut.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Luo, Yuanfang; Jia, Demin [College of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Peng, Zheng [Agricultural Product Processing Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agriculture Sciences, Zhanjiang 524001 (China)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Substantiate the ring open reaction between Si-OH of silica and epoxy groups of ENR. • ENR can act as a bridge between NR and silica to enhance the interfacial interaction. • As a modifier, ENR gets the potential to be used in the tread of green tire for improving the wet skid resistance apparently. - Abstract: The epoxidized natural rubber (ENR) as an interfacial modifier was used to improve the mechanical and dynamical mechanical properties of NR/silica composites. In order to reveal the interaction mechanism between ENR and silica, the ENR/Silica model compound was prepared by using an open mill and the interfacial interaction of ENR with silica was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and stress–strain testing. The results indicated that the ring-opening reaction occurs between the epoxy groups of ENR chains and Si-OH groups on the silica surfaces and the covalent bonds are formed between two phases, which can improve the dispersion of silica in the rubber matrix and enhance the interfacial combination between rubber and silica. The ring-opening reaction occurs not only in vulcanization process but also in mixing process, meanwhile, the latter seems to be more important due to the simultaneous effects of mechanical force and temperature.

  15. Fungus-mediated biotransformation of amorphous silica in rice husk to nanocrystalline silica.

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    Bansal, Vipul; Ahmad, Absar; Sastry, Murali

    2006-11-01

    Rice husk is a cheap agro-based waste material, which harbors a substantial amount of silica in the form of amorphous hydrated silica grains. However, there have been no attempts at harnessing the enormous amount of amorphous silica present in rice husk and its room-temperature biotransformation into crystalline silica nanoparticles. In this study, we address this issue and describe how naturally deposited amorphous biosilica in rice husk can be bioleached and simultaneously biotransformed into high value crystalline silica nanoparticles. We show here that the fungus Fusarium oxysporum rapidly biotransforms the naturally occurring amorphous plant biosilica into crystalline silica and leach out silica extracellularly at room temperature in the form of 2-6 nm quasi-spherical, highly crystalline silica nanoparticles capped by stabilizing proteins; that the nanoparticles are released into solution is an advantage of this process with significant application and commercial potential. Calcination of the silica nanoparticles leads to loss of occluded protein and to an apparently porous structure often of cubic morphology. The room-temperature synthesis of oxide nanomaterials using microorganisms starting from potential cheap agro-industrial waste materials is an exciting possibility and could lead to an energy-conserving and economically viable green approach toward the large-scale synthesis of oxide nanomaterials.

  16. Compressive elastic moduli and polishing performance of non-rigid core/shell structured PS/SiO{sub 2} composite abrasives evaluated by AFM

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    Chen, Ailian [College of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou, Jiangsu 213016 (China); Mu, Weibin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou, Jiangsu 213164 (China); Chen, Yang, E-mail: cy.jpu@126.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou, Jiangsu 213164 (China)

    2014-01-30

    The core/shell structured polystyrene (PS)/SiO{sub 2} composite microspheres with different silica shell morphology were synthesized by a modified Stöber method. As confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), the rough discontinuous shell consisted of separate SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles for composite-A, while the smooth continuous one was composed of amorphous silica network for composite-B. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was employed to probe the compressive Young's moduli (E) and chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) performances of the as-prepared PS/SiO{sub 2} composite microspheres. On the basis of the Hertzian contact mechanics, the calculated E values of the PS microspheres, composite-A and composite-B were 2.9 ± 0.4, 5.1 ± 1.2 and 6.0 ± 1.2 GPa, respectively. Compared to traditional abrasives, thermally grown silicon oxide wafers after polished by the core/shell PS/SiO{sub 2} composite abrasives obtained a lower root mean square roughness and a higher material removal rate value. In addition, there is an obvious effect of shell morphology of the composites on oxide CMP performance and structural stability during polishing process. This approach would provide a basis for understanding the actual role of organic/inorganic core/shell composite abrasives in the material removal process of CMP.

  17. Shell-model calculations for p-shell hypernuclei

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    Millener, D. J.

    2012-01-01

    The interpretation of hypernuclear gamma-ray data for p-shell hypernuclei in terms of shell-model calculations that include the coupling of Lambda- and Sigma-hypernuclear states is briefly reviewed. Next, Lambda 8Li, Lambda 8Be, and Lambda 9Li are considered, both to exhibit features of Lambda-Sigma coupling and as possible source of observed, but unassigned, hypernuclear gamma rays. Then, the feasibility of measuring the ground-state doublet spacing of Lambda 10Be, which, like Lambda 9Li, co...

  18. Anisotropic silica mesostructures for DNA encapsulation

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    Aparna Ganguly; Ashok K Ganguli

    2013-04-01

    The encapsulation of biomolecules in inert meso or nanostructures is an important step towards controlling drug delivery agents. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) are of immense importance owing to their high surface area, large pore size, uniform particle size and chemical inertness. Reverse micellar method with CTAB as the surfactant has been used to synthesize anisotropic mesoporous silica materials. We have used the anisotropic silica nanostructures for DNA encapsulation studies and observed a loading capacity of ∼8 g mg-1 of the sample. On functionalizing the pores of silica with amine group, the amount of DNA loaded on the rods decreases which is due to a reduction in the pore size upon grafting of amine groups.

  19. Silica Brick for Hot Blast Stove

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    2007-01-01

    @@ 1 Scope This standard specifies the glossary and definition, marking, shape and dimension, technical requirements, test method, quality appraisal procedure, packing, label, transportation, storage and quality certification of silica brick for hot blast stove.

  20. Accelerated purification of colloidal silica sols

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    Bahnsen, E. B.; Garofalini, S.; Pechman, A.

    1979-01-01

    Accelerated purification process for colloidal sols using heat/deionization scheme, sharply reduces waiting time between deionization cycles from several months to a few days. Process produces same high purity silica sols as conventional methods.