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  1. Sucrose and KF quenching system for solution phase parallel synthesis.

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    Chavan, Sunil; Watpade, Rahul; Toche, Raghunath

    2016-01-01

    The KF, sucrose (table sugar) exploited as quenching system in solution phase parallel synthesis. Excess of electrophiles were covalently trapped with hydroxyl functionality of sucrose and due to polar nature of sucrose derivative was solubilize in water. Potassium fluoride used to convert various excess electrophilic reagents such as acid chlorides, sulfonyl chlorides, isocyanates to corresponding fluorides, which are less susceptible for hydrolysis and subsequently sucrose traps these fluorides and dissolves them in water thus removing them from reaction mixture. Various excess electrophilic reagents such as acid chlorides, sulfonyl chlorides, and isocyanates were quenched successfully to give pure products in excellent yields.

  2. Aerosol spray pyrolysis & solution phase synthesis of nanostructures

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    Zhang, Hongwang

    This dissertation focuses on the synthesis of nanomaterials by both solution phase and gas phase methods. By the solution phase method, we demonstrate the synthesis of Au/CdS binary hybrid nanoparticles and the Au-induced growth of CdS nanorods. At higher reaction temperature, extremely uniform CdS nanorods were obtained. The size of the Au seed nanoparticles has an important influence on the length and diameter of the nanorods. In addition, preparation of peanut-like FePt-CdS hybrid nanoparticles by spontaneous epitaxial nucleation and growth of CdS onto FePt-seed nanoparticles in high-temperature organic solution is reported. The FePt-CdS hybrid nanoparticles reported here are an example of a bifunctional nanomaterial that combines size-dependent magnetic and optical properties. In the gas phase method, a spray pyrolysis aerosol synthesis method was used to produce tellurium dioxide nanoparticles and zinc sulfide nanoparticles. Tellurite glasses (amorphous TeO2 based materials) have two useful optical properties, high refractive index and high optical nonlinearity, that make them attractive for a range of applications. In the work presented here, TeO2 nanoparticles were prepared by spray pyrolysis of an aqueous solution of telluric acid, Te(OH)6. This laboratory-scale process is capable of producing up to 80 mg/hr of amorphous TeO2-nanoparticles with primary particle diameters from 10 to 40 nm, and allows their synthesis in significant quantities from an inexpensive and environmentally friendly precursor. Furthermore, both Er3+ doped and Er3+ and Yb3+ co-doped tellurium dioxide nanoparticles were synthesized by spray pyrolysis of an aqueous mixture of telluric acid with erbium/ytterbium salts, which exhibit the infrared to green visible upconversion phenomena. ZnS nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared by spray pyrolysis using zinc diethyldithiocarbamate as a single-source precursor. The home-built scanning mobility particle spectrometer (SMPS) is a useful tool for

  3. Silica-supported aluminum chloride-assisted solution phase synthesis of pyridazinone-based antiplatelet agents.

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    El Maatougui, Abdelaziz; Azuaje, Jhonny; Sotelo, Eddy; Caamaño, Olga; Coelho, Alberto

    2011-01-10

    A solution phase protocol that enabled the synthesis of three diverse libraries of pyridazin-3-ones incorporating α,β-unsaturated moieties at position 5 of the heterocyclic core has been developed using silica-supported aluminum trichloride as a heterogeneous and reusable catalyst. This robust procedure has facilitated the hit to lead process for these series of compounds and allowed the identification of new potent derivatives that elicit antiplatelet activity in the low micromolar range.

  4. The first preparative solution phase synthesis of melanotan II

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    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Melanotan II is a synthetic cyclic heptapeptide used to prevent a sunlight-induced skin cancer by stimulating the skin tanning process. In this paper we report the first solution phase synthesis of the title compound. The hexapeptide sequence has been assembled by [(2+2+1+1] scheme. After removing the orthogonal protection, a carbodiimide mediated lactamization, involving the ε-amino group of lysine and γ-carboxy group of aspartic acid, led to a cyclic intermediate. Appending N-acetylnorleucine concluded the assembly of melanotan II molecule. Protection of the lateral groups in arginine and tryptophan was omitted for atom and step economy reasons. The total synthesis of melanotan II was accomplished in 12 steps with 2.6% overall yield, affording >90% pure peptide without using preparative chromatography.

  5. A facile solution-phase approach to transparent and conducting ITO nanocrystal assemblies.

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    Lee, Jonghun; Lee, Sunghwan; Li, Guanglai; Petruska, Melissa A; Paine, David C; Sun, Shouheng

    2012-08-15

    Monodisperse 11 nm indium tin oxide (ITO) nanocrystals (NCs) were synthesized by thermal decomposition of indium acetylacetonate, In(acac)(3), and tin bis(acetylacetonate)dichloride, Sn(acac)(2)Cl(2), at 270 °C in 1-octadecene with oleylamine and oleic acid as surfactants. Dispersed in hexane, these ITO NCs were spin-cast on centimeter-wide glass substrates, forming uniform ITO NC assemblies with root-mean-square roughness of 2.9 nm. The assembly thickness was controlled by ITO NC concentrations in hexane and rotation speeds of the spin coater. Via controlled thermal annealing at 300 °C for 6 h under Ar and 5% H(2), the ITO NC assemblies became conductive and transparent with the 146 nm-thick assembly showing 5.2 × 10(-3) Ω·cm (R(s) = 356 Ω/sq) resistivity and 93% transparency in the visible spectral range--the best values ever reported for ITO NC assemblies prepared from solution phase processes. The stable hexane dispersion of ITO NCs was also readily spin-cast on polyimide (T(g) ~360 °C), and the resultant ITO assembly exhibited a comparable conductivity and transparency to the assembly on a glass substrate. The reported synthesis and assembly provide a promising solution to the fabrication of transparent and conducting ITO NCs on flexible substrates for optoelectronic applications.

  6. Fundamental aspects of nucleation and growth in the solution-phase synthesis of germanium nanocrystals

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    Codoluto, Stephen C.

    2010-01-01

    Colloidal Ge nanocrystals (NCs) were synthesized via the solution phase reduction of germanium(ii) iodide. We report a systematic investigation of the nanocrystal nucleation and growth as a function of synthesis conditions including the nature of coordinating solvents, surface bound ligands, synthesis duration and temperature. NC synthesis in reaction environments with weakly bound phosphine surface ligand led to the coalescence of nascent particles leading to ensembles with broad lognormal particle diameter distributions. Synthesis in the presence of amine or alkene ligands mitigated particle coalescence. High-resolution transmission electron micrographs revealed that NCs grown in the presence of weak ligands had a high crystal defect density whereas NCs grown in amine solutions were predominantly defect-free. We applied infrared spectroscopy to study the NC surface chemistry and showed that alkene ligands project the NCs from surface oxidation. Photoluminescence spectroscopy measurements showed that alkene ligands passivate surface traps, as indicated by infrared fluorescence, conversely oxidized phosphine and amine passivated NCs did not fluoresce. © 2010 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  7. Theory of the thermodynamic influence of solution-phase additives in shape-controlled nanocrystal synthesis.

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    Qi, Xin; Fichthorn, Kristen A

    2017-10-19

    Though many experimental studies have documented that certain solution-phase additives can play a key role in the shape-selective synthesis of metal nanocrystals, the origins and mechanisms of this shape selectivity are still unclear. One possible role of such molecules is to thermodynamically induce the equilibrium shape of a nanocrystal by altering the interfacial free energies of the facets. Using a multi-scheme thermodynamic integration method that we recently developed [J. Chem. Phys., 2016, 145, 194108], we calculate the solid-liquid interfacial free energies γ sl and investigate the propensity to achieve equilibrium shapes in such syntheses. We first apply this method to Ag(100) and Ag(111) facets in ethylene glycol solution containing polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), to mimic the environment in polyol synthesis of Ag nanocrystals. We find that although PVP has a preferred binding to Ag(100), its selectivity is not sufficient to induce a thermodynamic preference for {100}-faceted nanocubes, as has been observed experimentally. This indicates that PVP promotes Ag nanocube formation kinetically rather than thermodynamically. We further quantify the thermodynamic influence of adsorbed solution-phase additives for generic molecules, by building a γ sl ratio/nanocrystal shape map as a function of zero-temperature binding energies. This map can be used to gauge the efficacy of candidate additive molecules for producing targeted thermodynamic nanocrystal shapes. The results indicate that only additives with a strong facet selectivity can impart significant thermodynamic-shape change. Therefore, many of the nanocrystals observed in experiments are likely kinetic products.

  8. Solution-Phase Synthesis of SnSe Nanocrystals for Use in Solar Cells

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    Franzman, Matthew A.

    2010-03-31

    Nanocrystals of phase-pure tin(II) selenide (SnSe) were synthesized via a solution-phase route employing stoichiometric amounts of di-tert-butyl dlselenlde as a novel and facile selenium source. The direct band gap of the resulting nanocrystals (E8 = 1.71 eV) is significantly blue-shifted relative to the bulk value (E8 = 1.30 eV), a likely consequence of quantum confinement resulting from the relatively small average diameter of the nanocrystals (μD < 20 nm). Preliminary solar cell devices incorporating SnSe nanocrystals into a poly[2-methoxy5-(3\\',7\\'-d1methyloctyloxy)-1,4- phenylenev1nylene] matrix demonstrate a significant enhancement In quantum efficiency and short-circuit current density, suggesting that this earth-abundant material could be a valuable component In future photovoltaic devices. Copyright © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  9. Three-Dimensional ZnO Hierarchical Nanostructures: Solution Phase Synthesis and Applications

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    Xiaoliang Wang

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Zinc oxide (ZnO nanostructures have been studied extensively in the past 20 years due to their novel electronic, photonic, mechanical and electrochemical properties. Recently, more attention has been paid to assemble nanoscale building blocks into three-dimensional (3D complex hierarchical structures, which not only inherit the excellent properties of the single building blocks but also provide potential applications in the bottom-up fabrication of functional devices. This review article focuses on 3D ZnO hierarchical nanostructures, and summarizes major advances in the solution phase synthesis, applications in environment, and electrical/electrochemical devices. We present the principles and growth mechanisms of ZnO nanostructures via different solution methods, with an emphasis on rational control of the morphology and assembly. We then discuss the applications of 3D ZnO hierarchical nanostructures in photocatalysis, field emission, electrochemical sensor, and lithium ion batteries. Throughout the discussion, the relationship between the device performance and the microstructures of 3D ZnO hierarchical nanostructures will be highlighted. This review concludes with a personal perspective on the current challenges and future research.

  10. Solution phase chemical synthesis of nano aluminium particles stabilized in poly(vinylpyrrolidone) and poly(methylmethacrylate) matrices.

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    Ghanta, Sekher Reddy; Muralidharan, Krishnamurthi

    2010-06-01

    The reduction of aluminium trichloride by lithium aluminium hydride in the presence of poly(vinylpyrrolidone) or poly(methylmethacrylate) in mesitylene yielded nano aluminium particles in the matrices of respective polymers. Solution phase synthesis methodology was used successfully to produce composites of various Al/polymer ratios. The composites were characterized by powder XRD patterns and 27Al-NMR with MAS spectroscopic study. The method was useful to produce up to 10 g of nano aluminium that were pure and stable.

  11. Parallel Solution-Phase Synthesis and General Biological Activity of a Uridine Antibiotic Analog Library

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    Moukha-chafiq, Omar; Reynolds, Robert C.

    2014-01-01

    A small library of ninety four uridine antibiotic analogs was synthesized, under the Pilot Scale Library (PSL) Program of the NIH Roadmap initiative, from amine 2 and carboxylic acids 33 and 77 in solution-phase fashion. Diverse aldehyde, sulfonyl chloride, and carboxylic acid reactant sets were condensed to 2, leading after acid-mediated hydrolysis, to the targeted compounds 3?32 in good yields and high purity. Similarly, treatment of 33 with diverse amines and sulfonamides gave 34?75. The c...

  12. Solution-phase synthesis of chromium-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Kalinina, Irina V.

    2015-03-01

    The solution phase reactions of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with Cr(CO)6 and benzene-Cr(CO)3 can lead to the formation of small chromium clusters. The cluster size can be varied from less than 1 nm to about 4 nm by increasing the reaction time. TEM images suggest that the clusters are deposited predominantly on the exterior walls of the nanotubes. TGA analysis was used to obtain the Cr content and carbon to chromium ratio in the Cr-complexed SWNTs. It is suggested that the carbon nanotube benzenoid structure templates the condensation of chromium atoms and facilitates the loss of carbon monoxide leading to well defined metal clusters.

  13. Solution-phase parallel synthesis of aryloxyimino amides via a novel multicomponent reaction among aromatic (Z)-chlorooximes, isocyanides, and electron-deficient phenols.

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    Mercalli, Valentina; Giustiniano, Mariateresa; Del Grosso, Erika; Varese, Monica; Cassese, Hilde; Massarotti, Alberto; Novellino, Ettore; Tron, Gian Cesare

    2014-11-10

    A library of 41 aryloxyimino amides was prepared via solution phase parallel synthesis by extending the multicomponent reaction of (Z)-chlorooximes and isocyanides to the use of electron-deficient phenols. The resulting aryloxyiminoamide derivatives can be used as intermediates for the synthesis of benzo[d]isoxazole-3-carboxamides, dramatically reducing the number of synthetic steps required by other methods reported in literature.

  14. A Simple Surfactant-Free Solution Phase Synthesis of Flower-like In2S3 Hierarchitectures and their Photocatalytic Activities

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    Rengaraj Selvaraj

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Flower-like In2S3 hierarchical nanostructures were successfully prepared via a facile solution-phase route, using thiacetamide as both sulfur source and capping agent. Our experimental results demonstrated that the morphology of these In2S3 nanostructures can be easily modified by changing the ratio of In(NO33/thiacetamide. With the ratio increasing from 1:1.5 to 1:6, the In2S3 crystals exhibited flower-like morphology of varying size. XRD and HRTEM of the flowers revealed the cubic structure of In2S3; morphological studies examined by SEM and TEM showed that the synthesized In2S3 nanostructure was a flower-like hierarchitecture assembled from nanoscale flakes. XPS and EDX analysis confirmed the stoichiometry of In2S3 nanoflowers. The optical properties were investigated by UV-vis DRS, which indicated that the In2S3 nanoflower samples possess a band gap from 1.90 to 1.97 eV. Furthermore, photocatalytic activity studies revealed that the prepared In2S3 nanoflowers exhibit an excellent photocatalytic performance, degrading rapidly the aqueous methylene blue dye solution under visible light irradiation. These results suggest that In2S3 nanoflowers will be a promising candidate for a photocatalyst working under the visible light range.

  15. Building blocks for the solution phase synthesis of oligonucleotides: regioselective hydrolysis of 3',5'-Di-O-levulinylnucleosides using an enzymatic approach.

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    García, Javier; Fernández, Susana; Ferrero, Miguel; Sanghvi, Yogesh S; Gotor, Vicente

    2002-06-28

    A short and convenient synthesis of 3'- and 5'-O-levulinyl-2'-deoxynucleosides has been developed from the corresponding 3',5'-di-O-levulinyl derivatives by regioselective enzymatic hydrolysis, avoiding several tedious chemical protection/deprotection steps. Thus, Candida antartica lipase B (CAL-B) was found to selectively hydrolyze the 5'-levulinate esters, furnishing 3'-O-levulinyl-2'-deoxynucleosides 3 in >80% isolated yields. On the other hand, immobilized Pseudomonas cepacia lipase (PSL-C) and Candida antarctica lipase A (CAL-A) exhibit the opposite selectivity toward the hydrolysis at the 3'-position, affording 5'-O-levulinyl derivatives 4 in >70% yields. A similar hydrolysis procedure was successfully extended to the synthesis of 3'- and 5'-O-levulinyl-protected 2'-O-alkylribonucleosides 7 and 8. This work demonstrates for the first time application of commercial CAL-B and PSL-C toward regioselective hydrolysis of levulinyl esters with excellent selectivity and yields. It is noteworthy that protected cytidine and adenosine base derivatives were not adequate substrates for the enzymatic hydrolysis with CAL-B, whereas PSL-C was able to accommodate protected bases during selective hydrolysis. In addition, we report an improved synthesis of dilevulinyl esters using a polymer-bound carbodiimide as a replacement for dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC), thus considerably simplifying the workup for esterification reactions.

  16. Gram-scale solution-phase synthesis of selective sodium bicarbonate co-transport inhibitor S0859: in vitro efficacy studies in breast cancer cells.

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    Larsen, Ann M; Krogsgaard-Larsen, Niels; Lauritzen, Gitte; Olesen, Christina W; Honoré Hansen, Steen; Boedtkjer, Ebbe; Pedersen, Stine F; Bunch, Lennart

    2012-10-01

    Na(+)-coupled HCO(3)(-) transporters (NBCs) mediate the transport of bicarbonate ions across cell membranes and are thus ubiquitous regulators of intracellular pH. NBC dysregulation is associated with a range of diseases; for instance, NBCn1 is strongly up-regulated in a model of ErbB2-dependent breast cancer, a malignant and widespread cancer with no targeted treatment options, and single-nucleotide polymorphisms in NBCn1 genetically link to breast cancer development and hypertension. The N-cyanosulfonamide S0859 has been shown to selectively inhibit NBCs, and its availability on the gram scale is therefore of significant interest to the scientific community. Herein we describe a short and efficient synthesis of S0859 with an overall yield of 45 % from commercially available starting materials. The inhibitory effect of S0859 on recovery of intracellular pH after an acid load was verified in human and murine cancer cell lines in Ringer solutions. However, S0859 binds very strongly to components in plasma, and accordingly, measurements on isolated murine tissues showed no effect of S0859 at concentrations up to 50 μM. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Solution-phase synthesis of a hindered N-methylated tetrapeptide using Bts-protected amino acid chlorides: efficient coupling and methylation steps allow purification by extraction.

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    Vedejs, E; Kongkittingam, C

    2000-04-21

    N-Benzothiazole-2-sulfonyl (Bts)-protected amino acid chlorides were used to prepare the hindered cyclosporin 8-11 tetrapeptide subunit 1. The synthesis was performed via 3a and the deprotected amines 5a, 13, and 19, including three repeated cycles involving N-methylation using iodomethane/potassium carbonate, deprotection of the Bts group, and N-acylation with a N-Bts-amino acid chloride such as 9b or 9c. Among three Bts cleavage methods compared (H3PO2/THF; NaBH4/EtOH; PhSH/K2CO3), the third gave somewhat higher overall yields. N-Acylation of 5a with the Bts-protected N-methylamino acid chloride 10b followed by deprotection was also highly efficient and could be used as an alternative route to 11. Each of the deprotected amines was isolated without chromatography using simple extraction methods to remove neutral byproducts. The tetrapeptide 1 was obtained in analytically pure form as the monohydrate.

  18. Facile Synthesis of Ternary Boron Carbonitride Nanotubes

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    Luo Lijie

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this study, a novel and facile approach for the synthesis of ternary boron carbonitride (B–C–N nanotubes was reported. Growth occurred by heating simple starting materials of boron powder, zinc oxide powder, and ethanol absolute at 1150 °C under a mixture gas flow of nitrogen and hydrogen. As substrate, commercial stainless steel foil with a typical thickness of 0.05 mm played an additional role of catalyst during the growth of nanotubes. The nanotubes were characterized by SEM, TEM, EDX, and EELS. The results indicate that the synthesized B–C–N nanotubes exhibit a bamboo-like morphology and B, C, and N elements are homogeneously distributed in the nanotubes. A catalyzed vapor–liquid–solid (VLS mechanism was proposed for the growth of the nanotubes.

  19. Manufacturing Demonstration Facility: Low Temperature Materials Synthesis

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    Graham, David E. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Moon, Ji-Won [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Armstrong, Beth L. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Datskos, Panos G. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Duty, Chad E. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Gresback, Ryan [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Ivanov, Ilia N. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jacobs, Christopher B. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jellison, Gerald Earle [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jang, Gyoung Gug [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Joshi, Pooran C. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jung, Hyunsung [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Meyer, III, Harry M. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Phelps, Tommy [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-06-30

    The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) low temperature materials synthesis project was established to demonstrate a scalable and sustainable process to produce nanoparticles (NPs) for advanced manufacturing. Previous methods to chemically synthesize NPs typically required expensive, high-purity inorganic chemical reagents, organic solvents and high temperatures. These processes were typically applied at small laboratory scales at yields sufficient for NP characterization, but insufficient to support roll-to-roll processing efforts or device fabrication. The new NanoFermentation processes described here operated at a low temperature (~60 C) in low-cost, aqueous media using bacteria that produce extracellular NPs with controlled size and elemental stoichiometry. Up-scaling activities successfully demonstrated high NP yields and quality in a 900-L pilot-scale reactor, establishing this NanoFermentation process as a competitive biomanufacturing strategy to produce NPs for advanced manufacturing of power electronics, solid-state lighting and sensors.

  20. Survey of current trends in DNA synthesis core facilities.

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    Hager, K M; Fox, J W; Gunthorpe, M; Lilley, K S; Yeung, A

    1999-12-01

    The Nucleic Acids Research Group of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) last surveyed DNA synthesis core facilities in April 1995. Because of the introduction of new technologies and dramatic changes in the market, we sought to update survey information and to determine how academic facilities responded to the challenge presented by commercial counterparts. The online survey was opened in January 1999 by notifying members and subscribers to the ABRF electronic discussion group. The survey consisted of five parts: general facility information, oligonucleotide production profile, oligonucleotide charges, synthesis protocols, and trends in DNA synthesis (including individual comments). All submitted data were anonymously coded. Respondents from DNA synthesis facilities were primarily from the academic category and were established between 1984 and 1991. Typically, a facility provides additional services such as DNA sequencing and has upgraded to electronic ordering. There is stability in staffing profiles for these facilities in that the total number of employees is relatively unchanged, the tenure for staff averages 5.9 years, and experience is extensive. On average, academic facilities annually produce approximately 1/16 the number of oligonucleotides produced by the average commercial facilities, but all facilities report an increase in demand. Charges for standard oligonucleotides from academic facilities are relatively higher than from commercial companies; however, the opposite is true for modified phosphoramidites. Subsidized facilities charge less than nonsubsidized facilities. Synthesis protocols and reagents are standard across the categories. Most facilities offer typical modifications such as biotinylation. Despite the competition by large commercial facilities that have reduced costs dramatically, academic facilities remain a stable entity. Academic facilities enhance the quality of service by focusing on nonstandard

  1. All-acrylic superelastomers: facile synthesis and exceptional mechanical behavior

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    Lu, Wei; Goodwin, Andrew; Wang, Yangyang; Yin, Panchao; Wang, Weiyu; Zhu, Jiahua; Wu, Ting; Lu, Xinyi; Hu, Bin; Hong, Kunlun; Kang, Nam-Goo; Mays, Jimmy (Tennessee-K); (ORNL)

    2018-01-01

    All-acrylic multigraft copolymers made by a facile synthesis procedure exhibit elongation at break >1700% and strain recovery behavior far exceeding those of commercial acrylic and styrenic triblock copolymers.

  2. A facile approach for the synthesis of indenoimidazole derivatives ...

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    duced a facile, green and efficient method for synthesis of new class of imidazole derivatives via one-pot condensation of primary amines with trichloroacetoni- trile and ninhydrin in water.7 In an important study,. Chatterjie reported the synthesis of imidazole deriva- tives with strong anticonvulsive activity against seizures.

  3. Facile and Green Synthesis of Saturated Cyclic Amines.

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    Hameed, Arruje; Javed, Sadia; Noreen, Razia; Huma, Tayyaba; Iqbal, Sarosh; Umbreen, Huma; Gulzar, Tahsin; Farooq, Tahir

    2017-10-12

    Single-nitrogen containing saturated cyclic amines are an important part of both natural and synthetic bioactive compounds. A number of methodologies have been developed for the synthesis of aziridines, azetidines, pyrrolidines, piperidines, azepanes and azocanes. This review highlights some facile and green synthetic routes for the synthesis of unsubstituted, multisubstituted and highly functionalized saturated cyclic amines including one-pot, microwave assisted, metal-free, solvent-free and in aqueous media.

  4. Facile and Green Synthesis of Saturated Cyclic Amines

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    Arruje Hameed

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Single-nitrogen containing saturated cyclic amines are an important part of both natural and synthetic bioactive compounds. A number of methodologies have been developed for the synthesis of aziridines, azetidines, pyrrolidines, piperidines, azepanes and azocanes. This review highlights some facile and green synthetic routes for the synthesis of unsubstituted, multisubstituted and highly functionalized saturated cyclic amines including one-pot, microwave assisted, metal-free, solvent-free and in aqueous media.

  5. Histidine as a catalyst in organic synthesis: A facile in situ synthesis ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 113; Issue 4. Histidine as a catalyst in organic synthesis: A facile in situ synthesis of , N-diarylnitrones. H Mallesha K R Ravi Kumar B K Vishu Kumar K Mantelingu K S Rangappa. Organic Volume 113 Issue 4 August 2001 pp 291-296 ...

  6. Facile synthesis of poly(p-phenylenediamine)/MWCNT ...

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    34, No. 1, February 2011, pp. 37–43. c Indian Academy of Sciences. Facile synthesis of poly(p-phenylenediamine)/MWCNT nanocomposites ..... Sestrem R H, Ferreira D C, Landers R, Temperini M L A and do Nascimento G M D 2009 Polymer 50 6043. Tkachenko L I, Efimov O N, Anoshkin I V, Kulova T L, Roshchup-.

  7. A facile approach for the synthesis of indenoimidazole derivatives ...

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    J. Chem. Sci. Vol. 128, No. 12, December 2016, pp. 1841–1847. c Indian Academy of Sciences. DOI 10.1007/s12039-016-1181-2. A facile approach for the synthesis of ... pounds 1 and 2 are presented here in terms of crystal engineering and supramolecular chemistry. ... zoles are heterocyclic organic compounds of wide.

  8. Poly(furfuryl alcohol) nanospheres: a facile synthesis approach ...

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    Abstract. This paper describes a facile hydrothermal approach to the large-scale synthesis of well-dispersed poly(furfuryl alcohol) (PFA) nanospheres with an average diameter of 350 nm in the presence of poly(vinyl pyrroli- done) (PVP). Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy studies showed ...

  9. Facile green synthesis and potent antimicrobial efficacy of ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 125; Issue 6. Facile green synthesis and potent antimicrobial efficacy of -aminoheteronapthol via tailored Betti's protocol and their bis-aryl hydrazone click products. K M Khandarkar M D Shanti M Ahmed J S Meshram. Regular Articles Volume 125 Issue 6 November ...

  10. Facile synthesis of poly (p-phenylenediamine)/MWCNT ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 34; Issue 1. Facile synthesis of poly(-phenylenediamine)/MWCNT nanocomposites and characterization for investigation of structural effects of carbon nanotubes. Quang Long Pham Yuvaraj Haldorai Van Hoa Nguyen Dirk Tuma Jae-Jin Shim. Volume 34 Issue 1 ...

  11. Poly(furfuryl alcohol) nanospheres: a facile synthesis approach ...

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    2Department of Food Science and Technology, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712749, Republic of Korea. MS received 7 July 2015; accepted 10 August 2015. Abstract. This paper describes a facile hydrothermal approach to the large-scale synthesis of well-dispersed poly(furfuryl alcohol) (PFA) nanospheres with an ...

  12. Facile synthesis of poly(p-phenylenediamine)/MWCNT ...

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    Mater. Sci., Vol. 34, No. 1, February 2011, pp. 37–43. c Indian Academy of Sciences. Facile synthesis of poly(p-phenylenediamine)/MWCNT nanocomposites and characterization for investigation of structural effects of carbon nanotubes. QUANG LONG PHAM, YUVARAJ HALDORAI, VAN HOA NGUYEN, DIRK TUMA† and.

  13. Facile Combustion Synthesis of Carbon-Supported Titanium Oxynitride to Catalyse Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Acidic Media

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    Chisaka, Mitsuharu; Ando, Yuta; Muramoto, Hirokazu

    2015-01-01

    A facile route for synthesis of nitrogen-doped TiO 2 supported on carbon black (TiO x N y –C) to catalyse oxygen reduction reaction in acidic media, was developed without forming bulky TiN. This protocol involved modification of an inexpensive “solution phase combustion” process used for production of nitrogen and fluorine codoped TiO 2 photocatalysts. Fluorine-free TiO x N y particles were successfully supported on carbon by adding the carbon support to the precursor dispersion containing titanium tetrafluoride and urea with stirring at 523 K, followed by pyrolysis under N 2 gas as a modification of the photocatalyst synthesis. The catalyst activity depended on the pyrolysis temperature, where the optimal activity was achieved by pyrolysis at 1073–1123 K. The active sites are proposed to be rutile TiO 2 doped with nitrogen atoms containing oxygen defects. The developed synthesis route requires less than half of the time required for our previous protocol utilizing two-step pyrolysis under a mixture of H 2 /O 2 /N 2 gas and NH 3 -gas and is also significantly more economical.

  14. Solution-Phase Processes of Macromolecular Crystallization

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    Pusey, Marc L.; Minamitani, Elizabeth Forsythe

    2004-01-01

    We have proposed, for the tetragonal form of chicken egg lysozyme, that solution phase assembly processes are needed to form the growth units for crystal nucleation and growth. The starting point for the self-association process is the monomeric protein, and the final crystallographic symmetry is defined by the initial dimerization interactions of the monomers and subsequent n-mers formed, which in turn are a function of the crystallization conditions. It has been suggested that multimeric proteins generally incorporate the underlying multimers symmetry into the final crystallographic symmetry. We posed the question of what happens to a protein that is known to grow as an n-mer when it is placed in solution conditions where it is monomeric. The trypsin-treated, or cut, form of the protein canavalin (CCAN) has been shown to nucleate and grow crystals as a trimer from neutral to slightly acidic solutions. Under these conditions the solution is composed almost wholly of trimers. The insoluble protein can be readily dissolved by weakly basic solution, which results in a solution that is monomeric. There are three possible outcomes to an attempt at crystallization of the protein under monomeric (high pH) conditions: 1) we will obtain the same crystals as under trimer conditions, but at different protein concentrations governed by the self association equilibria; 2) we will obtain crystals having a different symmetry, based upon a monomeric growth unit; 3) we will not obtain crystals. Obtaining the first result would be indicative that the solution-phase self-association process is critical to the crystal nucleation and growth process. The second result would be less clear, as it may also reflect a pH-dependent shift in the trimer-trimer molecular interactions. The third result, particularly for experiments in the transition pH's between trimeric and monomeric CCAN, would indicate that the monomer does not crystallize, and that solution phase self association is not part

  15. Facile synthesis and photoluminescence mechanism of graphene quantum dots

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    Yang, Ping; Zhou, Ligang; Zhang, Shenli; Pan, Wei, E-mail: sjtushelwill@sjtu.edu.cn; Shen, Wenzhong, E-mail: wzshen@sjtu.edu.cn [Laboratory of Condensed Matter Spectroscopy and Opto-Electronic Physics, and Key Laboratory of Artificial Structures and Quantum Control (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Wan, Neng [SEU-FEI Nano Pico Center, Key Laboratory of MEMS of Ministry of Education, School of Electronics Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096 (China)

    2014-12-28

    We report a facile hydrothermal synthesis of intrinsic fluorescent graphene quantum dots (GQDs) with two-dimensional morphology. This synthesis uses glucose, concentrate sulfuric acid, and deionized water as reagents. Concentrated sulfuric acid is found to play a key role in controlling the transformation of as-prepared hydrothermal products from amorphous carbon nanodots to well-crystallized GQDs. These GQDs show typical absorption characteristic for graphene, and have nearly excitation-independent ultraviolet and blue intrinsic emissions. Temperature-dependent PL measurements have demonstrated strong electron-electron scattering and electron-phonon interactions, suggesting a similar temperature behavior of GQDs to inorganic semiconductor quantum dots. According to optical studies, the ultraviolet emission is found to originate from the recombination of electron-hole pairs localized in the C=C bonds, while the blue emission is from the electron transition of sp{sup 2} domains.

  16. Facile Synthesis of Monodisperse CdS Nanocrystals via Microreaction

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract CdS-based nanocrystals (NCs have attracted extensive interest due to their potential application as key luminescent materials for blue and white LEDs. In this research, the continuous synthesis of monodisperse CdS NCs was demonstrated utilizing a capillary microreactor. The enhanced heat and mass transfer in the microreactor was useful to reduce the reaction temperature and residence time to synthesize monodisperse CdS NCs. The superior stability of the microreactor and its continuous operation allowed the investigation of synthesis parameters with high efficiency. Reaction temperature was found to be a key parameter for balancing the reactivity of CdS precursors, while residence time was shown to be an important factor that governs the size and size distribution of the CdS NCs. Furthermore, variation of OA concentration was demonstrated to be a facile tuning mechanism for controlling the size of the CdS NCs. The variation of the volume percentage of OA from 10.5 to 51.2% and the variation of the residence time from 17 to 136 s facilitated the synthesis of monodisperse CdS NCs in the size range of 3.0–5.4 nm, and the NCs produced photoluminescent emissions in the range of 391–463 nm.

  17. Facile synthesis of hollow silica nanospheres employing anionic PMANa templates

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    Shi, Yan; Takai, Chika; Shirai, Takashi; Fuji, Masayoshi

    2015-05-01

    This article presents a facile and green route to the synthesis of hollow silica particles by means of anionic particles of poly(sodium methacrylate) (PMANa) as templates. This method was composed of the following three steps: formation of PMANa particles in ethanol by nanoprecipitation, the deposition of silica shell on the polymer cores through sol-gel process of tetraethylorthosilicate under catalysis of ammonia, and removal of the polymer templates by washing with water. The templates' size can be controlled in the range of about 70-140 nm by altering the ratio of ethanol to water, the polymer solution concentration, the ethanol amount in polymer solution, and the silica shell thickness can be adjusted between 15 and 30 nm by varying the ratio of silica precursor to the polymer cores. A tentative interpretation about the silica-coating process on the anionic PMANa particles was also proposed according to the experimental results.

  18. Facile synthesis of water-soluble curcumin nanocrystals

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, facile synthesis of water soluble curcumin nanocrystals is reported. Solvent exchange method was applied to synthesize curcumin nanocrystals. Different techniques were used to characterize the structural and photophysical properties of curcumin nanocrystals. We found that nanocurcumin prepared by this method had good chemical and physical stability, could be stored in the powder form at room temperature, and was freely dispersible in water. It was established that the size of curcumin nanocrystals was varied in the range of 20-500 nm. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and UV-Vis analyses showed the presence of tetrahydrofuran inside the curcumin nanocrystals. Also, it was found that nanocurcumin emitted photoluminescencewith yellow-green colour. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 172003

  19. Facile synthesis and characterization of polymer embedded catenated nanosulfur

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    Nair, Kishore Kumar; Kumar, Rajesh; Gopal, Madhuban; Siddiqui, Weqar A.

    2018-02-01

    The study deals with the facile synthesis of catenated nanosulfur by entrapping elemental sulfur with polyethylene glycol 400 with the help of bottom up approach. The synthesized nanosulfur was studied by transmission electron microscope (TEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The average size was about 35.5 ± 8.5 nm which was confirmed by TEM distribution curve fitted with Gaussian model. XRD shows that the synthesized nanosulfur was crystalline in nature. FTIR study confirmed that PEG was encapsulated over catenated nanosulfur. TGA confirmed the stability of nanosulfur up to 200 °C as there was no significant change in the differential weight with respect to temperature 200 °C. The active ingredient of this encapsulated nanosulfur was 0.62 g/g which was estimated by UHPLC.

  20. Facile synthesis of self-stabilized polyphenol nanoparticles

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    Bilici, Ali, E-mail: alibilici66@hotmail.com [Lapseki Vocational School, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Lapseki, Çanakkale 17020 (Turkey); Department of Chemistry, Polymer Synthesis and Analysis Laboratory, Faculty of Science and Arts, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale 17020 (Turkey); Doğan, Fatih, E-mail: fatihdogan@comu.edu.tr [Secondary Science and Mathematics Education, Faculty of Education, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale 17100 (Turkey); Department of Chemistry, Polymer Synthesis and Analysis Laboratory, Faculty of Science and Arts, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale 17020 (Turkey); Yıldırım, Mehmet [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale 17020 (Turkey); Department of Chemistry, Polymer Synthesis and Analysis Laboratory, Faculty of Science and Arts, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale 17020 (Turkey); Kaya, İsmet [Department of Chemistry, Polymer Synthesis and Analysis Laboratory, Faculty of Science and Arts, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale 17020 (Turkey)

    2013-06-15

    We describe here the facile synthesis (in two-steps) of green light emitting phenol polymer with an azomethine side group. For this purpose, hydroxy functionalized-Schiff base monomer, HPMBT, was obtained by condensation of 2,3,4-trihydroxybenzaldehyde with 2-aminophenol. Subsequent oxidation of the monomer in alkaline medium by NaOCl yielded to corresponding phenol polymer (PHPMBT) with molecular weight ca. 34,500 Da. The characterizations were performed by NMR, FT-IR, UV–vis, gel permeation chromatography (GPC), thermogravimetry (TG), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), cyclic voltammetry (CV), photoluminescence (PL), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis. PL analysis indicated that HPMBT was non-fluorescent whereas PHPMBT was a green light emitter. In addition, the redox behaviors of the polymer were explored by cyclic voltammetry (CV), assigned it's electroactive nature. The formation of nano-sized polyphenol particles was revealed by the SEM and DLS analyses. A possible mechanism for the formation and self-stabilization of the polyphenol nanoparticles was also suggested. - Highlights: • The nano-sized polyphenol particles were facilely obtained by a template-free oxidative polymerization process. • A possible mechanism for the formation and self-stabilization of the nanoparticles was proposed. • These electroactive particles emitted green light, efficiently. • The obtained polymer was well soluble in polar organic solvents.

  1. Facile synthesis of self-stabilized polyphenol nanoparticles

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    Bilici, Ali; Doğan, Fatih; Yıldırım, Mehmet; Kaya, İsmet

    2013-01-01

    We describe here the facile synthesis (in two-steps) of green light emitting phenol polymer with an azomethine side group. For this purpose, hydroxy functionalized-Schiff base monomer, HPMBT, was obtained by condensation of 2,3,4-trihydroxybenzaldehyde with 2-aminophenol. Subsequent oxidation of the monomer in alkaline medium by NaOCl yielded to corresponding phenol polymer (PHPMBT) with molecular weight ca. 34,500 Da. The characterizations were performed by NMR, FT-IR, UV–vis, gel permeation chromatography (GPC), thermogravimetry (TG), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), cyclic voltammetry (CV), photoluminescence (PL), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis. PL analysis indicated that HPMBT was non-fluorescent whereas PHPMBT was a green light emitter. In addition, the redox behaviors of the polymer were explored by cyclic voltammetry (CV), assigned it's electroactive nature. The formation of nano-sized polyphenol particles was revealed by the SEM and DLS analyses. A possible mechanism for the formation and self-stabilization of the polyphenol nanoparticles was also suggested. - Highlights: • The nano-sized polyphenol particles were facilely obtained by a template-free oxidative polymerization process. • A possible mechanism for the formation and self-stabilization of the nanoparticles was proposed. • These electroactive particles emitted green light, efficiently. • The obtained polymer was well soluble in polar organic solvents

  2. Facile and green synthesis of silver nanoparticles using oxidized pectin

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    Tummalapalli, Mythili; Deopura, B.L. [Bioengineering Lab, Department of Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 (India); Alam, M.S. [Department of Chemistry, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi 110062 (India); Gupta, Bhuvanesh, E-mail: bgupta@textile.iitd.ernet.in [Bioengineering Lab, Department of Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 (India)

    2015-05-01

    In the current work, an alternative route for facile synthesis of nanosilver is reported. Oxidized pectin has been used as the reducing agent as well as the stabilizing agent, resulting in the formation of oxidized pectin-nanosilver (OP-NS) core sheath nanohydrogels. The effect of reaction parameters on the synthesized nanoparticles is investigated. The structural and morphological features have been analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) respectively. The crystal size of the synthesized nanosilver was calculated to be 28.76 nm. While the average size of the core sheath structure varied from 289 nm to 540 nm, the size of the silver nanoparticle entities at the core varied from 100 nm to 180 nm, with variation in reaction time. From the morphological examination, it could be seen that flower like nanostructures are formed with nanosilver in the core surrounded by a polymeric halo. - Highlights: • In-situ reduction of silver nitrate to nanosilver was carried out using oxidized pectin. • Oxidized pectin-nanosilver nanohydrogels were synthesized. • Nanoparticles with flower like morphology and face centered cubic crystal structure were fabricated.

  3. Facile synthesis of labile gold nanodiscs by the Turkevich method

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    Grasseschi, Daniel; de O. Pereira, Maria Luiza; Shinohara, Jorge S.; Toma, Henrique E.

    2018-02-01

    The Turkevich method has been the preferred one for synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), owing to its apparent simplicity and facility of replacing the citrate ions on the particle surface by molecules exhibiting different functionalities. Using the most common procedure labile spherical nanoparticles are usually obtained by this method. Here, by using factorial design of experiments, we demonstrated that gold nanodiscs (AuNDs) with short aspect ratio can be generated by the Turkevich method when Au:citrate ratio is 1:1. In comparison with the CTAB capped gold nanorods (AuNR), the citrate stabilized AuNDs exhibited a more labile character, allowing fast ligand exchange reactions and easy functionalization of the nanoparticle surface. In the presence of 4-mercaptopyridine (4-mpy), the surface enhancement Raman scattering effect was 100 and 1000 times higher than the one observed for CTAB-AuNR and spherical AuNPs, respectively, increasing the 4-mpy detection limit to 2.5 × 10-9 molL-1.

  4. Facile and green synthesis of silver nanoparticles using oxidized pectin.

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    Tummalapalli, Mythili; Deopura, B L; Alam, M S; Gupta, Bhuvanesh

    2015-05-01

    In the current work, an alternative route for facile synthesis of nanosilver is reported. Oxidized pectin has been used as the reducing agent as well as the stabilizing agent, resulting in the formation of oxidized pectin-nanosilver (OP-NS) core sheath nanohydrogels. The effect of reaction parameters on the synthesized nanoparticles is investigated. The structural and morphological features have been analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) respectively. The crystal size of the synthesized nanosilver was calculated to be 28.76 nm. While the average size of the core sheath structure varied from 289 nm to 540 nm, the size of the silver nanoparticle entities at the core varied from 100 nm to 180 nm, with variation in reaction time. From the morphological examination, it could be seen that flower like nanostructures are formed with nanosilver in the core surrounded by a polymeric halo. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. A novel and facile approach for synthesis of 5-amino-7-aryl-6-cyano ...

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    Vol. 124, No. 4, July 2012, pp. 893–899. c Indian Academy of Sciences. A novel and facile approach for synthesis of 5-amino-7-aryl-6-cyano-4H-pyrano[3,2-b] ... roles in biochemical process.9 Therefore, preparation of this heterocyclic nucleus has gained more importance in organic synthesis. The 4H-pyran derivatives are ...

  6. A green and facile approach for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles ...

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    2016-08-26

    Aug 26, 2016 ... Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 38; Issue 3. A green and facile approach for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles ... Conventionally, chemical methods are used, which are hazardous and energy consuming. Therefore an eco-friendly and facile means of synthesizing nanoparticles is ...

  7. Facile microwave synthesis of uniform magnetic nanoparticles with minimal sample processing

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    Schneider, Thomas, E-mail: tom.schneider@ubc.ca [Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3 Canada (Canada); Löwa, Anna; Karagiozov, Stoyan [Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3 Canada (Canada); Sprenger, Lisa [Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3 Canada (Canada); TU Dresden, Chair of Magnetofluiddynamics, Measuring and Automation Technology, Dresden, 01062 Germany (Germany); Gutiérrez, Lucía [Instituto Universitario de Nanociencia de Aragón (INA), University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, 50018 Spain (Spain); Esposito, Tullio; Marten, Gernot; Saatchi, Katayoun [Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3 Canada (Canada); Häfeli, Urs O., E-mail: urs.hafeli@ubc.ca [Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3 Canada (Canada)

    2017-01-01

    We present a simple and rapid method for the synthesis of small magnetic nanoparticles (diameters in the order of 5–20 nm) and narrow size distributions (CV's of 20–40%). The magnetite nanoparticles were synthesized in green solvents within minutes and the saturation magnetization of the particles was tunable by changes in the reaction conditions. We show that this particle synthesis method requires minimal processing steps and we present the successful coating of the particles with reactive bisphosphonates after synthesis without washing or centrifugation. We found minimal batch-to-batch variability and show the scalability of the particle synthesis method. We present a full characterization of the particle properties and believe that this synthesis method holds great promise for facile and rapid generation of magnetic nanoparticles with defined surface coatings for magnetic targeting applications. - Highlights: ●Rapid and facile synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles. ●Microwave synthesis in green solvent. ●Magnetite MNPs with small sizes and high saturation magnetization. ●Tunable particle properties depending on heating duration. ●Scalable MNP synthesis.

  8. Facile synthesis of Graphene Oxide/Double-stranded DNA ...

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    gained tremendous attention not only as the bulk tem- plate for the synthesis of graphene in solution but also as the biocompatible material for a broad spec- trum of biomedical applications such as drug delivery, bio-imaging, tissue engineering, photothermal therapy including antibacterial and bio-sensing applications.1,2.

  9. Rapid, facile synthesis of conjugated polymer zwitterions in ionic liquids

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    Page, Zachariah A. [Polymer Science & Engineering Department; Conte Center for Polymer Research; University of Massachusetts; Amherst, USA; Liu, Feng [Polymer Science & Engineering Department; Conte Center for Polymer Research; University of Massachusetts; Amherst, USA; Russell, Thomas P. [Polymer Science & Engineering Department; Conte Center for Polymer Research; University of Massachusetts; Amherst, USA; Emrick, Todd [Polymer Science & Engineering Department; Conte Center for Polymer Research; University of Massachusetts; Amherst, USA

    2014-01-01

    Ionic liquids (ILs) were utilized for the rapid air-stable Suzuki polymerization of polar zwitterionic thiophene monomers, precluding the need for volatile organic solvents, phosphine ligands and phase transfer catalysts typically used in conjugated polymer synthesis.

  10. Facile microwave synthesis of uniform magnetic nanoparticles with minimal sample processing

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    Schneider, Thomas; Löwa, Anna; Karagiozov, Stoyan; Sprenger, Lisa; Gutiérrez, Lucía; Esposito, Tullio; Marten, Gernot; Saatchi, Katayoun; Häfeli, Urs O.

    2017-01-01

    We present a simple and rapid method for the synthesis of small magnetic nanoparticles (diameters in the order of 5-20 nm) and narrow size distributions (CV's of 20-40%). The magnetite nanoparticles were synthesized in green solvents within minutes and the saturation magnetization of the particles was tunable by changes in the reaction conditions. We show that this particle synthesis method requires minimal processing steps and we present the successful coating of the particles with reactive bisphosphonates after synthesis without washing or centrifugation. We found minimal batch-to-batch variability and show the scalability of the particle synthesis method. We present a full characterization of the particle properties and believe that this synthesis method holds great promise for facile and rapid generation of magnetic nanoparticles with defined surface coatings for magnetic targeting applications.

  11. A facile molten-salt route to graphene synthesis.

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    Liu, Xiaofeng; Giordano, Cristina; Antonietti, Markus

    2014-01-15

    Efficient synthetic routes are continuously pursued for graphene in order to implement its applications in different areas. However, direct conversion of simple monomers to graphene through polymerization in a scalable manner remains a major challenge for chemists. Herein, a molten-salt (MS) route for the synthesis of carbon nanostructures and graphene by controlled carbonization of glucose in molten metal chloride is reported. In this process, carbohydrate undergoes polymerization in the presence of strongly interacting ionic species, which leads to nanoporous carbon with amorphous nature and adjustable pore size. At a low precursor concentration, the process converts the sugar molecules (glucose) to rather pure few-layer graphenes. The MS-derived graphenes are strongly hydrophobic and exhibit remarkable selectivity and capacity for absorption of organics. The methodology described may open up a new avenue towards the synthesis and manipulation of carbon materials in liquid media. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Microwave-assisted facile green synthesis of silver nanoparticles ...

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    and spectroscopic investigation of the catalytic activity ... efficient synthetic approach based on microwave irradiation. In this study .... 2.2 Methods. 2.2a Synthesis of AgNP-carrageenan: In a typical synthe- sis, 0.1 g of carrageenan was dissolved in 90 ml of hot water in a beaker. To this, 10 ml of 0.05 M AgNO3 solution was.

  13. Facile Synthesis of Monodisperse Gold Nanocrystals Using Virola oleifera

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    Milaneze, Bárbara A.; Oliveira, Jairo P.; Augusto, Ingrid; Keijok, Wanderson J.; Côrrea, Andressa S.; Ferreira, Débora M.; Nunes, Otalíbio C.; Gonçalves, Rita de Cássia R.; Kitagawa, Rodrigo R.; Celante, Vinícius G.; da Silva, André Romero; Pereira, Ana Claudia H.; Endringer, Denise C.; Schuenck, Ricardo P.; Guimarães, Marco C. C.

    2016-10-01

    The development of new routes and strategies for nanotechnology applications that only employ green synthesis has inspired investigators to devise natural systems. Among these systems, the synthesis of gold nanoparticles using plant extracts has been actively developed as an alternative, efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally safe method for producing nanoparticles, and this approach is also suitable for large-scale synthesis. This study reports reproducible and completely natural gold nanocrystals that were synthesized using Virola oleifera extract. V. oleifera resin is rich in epicatechin, ferulic acid, gallic acid, and flavonoids (i.e., quercetin and eriodictyol). These gold nanoparticles play three roles. First, these nanoparticles exhibit remarkable stability based on their zeta potential. Second, these nanoparticles are functionalized with flavonoids, and third, an efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly mechanism can be employed to produce green nanoparticles with organic compounds on the surface. Our model is capable of reducing the resin of V. oleifera, which creates stability and opens a new avenue for biological applications. This method does not require painstaking conditions or hazardous agents and is a rapid, efficient, and green approach for the fabrication of monodisperse gold nanoparticles.

  14. Reline-assisted green and facile synthesis of fluorapatite nanoparticles.

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    Karimi, Mohammad; Ramsheh, Majid Rastegar; Ahmadi, Seyed Mohammad; Madani, Mohammad Reza; Shamsi, Mehdi; Reshadi, Reyhaneh; Lotfi, Farahnaz

    2017-08-01

    A fast, simple and sustainable method based on choline chloride-urea deep eutectic solvent (known as Reline) was employed to synthesize nanosized fluorapatite (FA) particles. Using XRD, FESEM, TEM, EDS, and FTIR, the formation of FA nanoparticles with average crystal size of ~34nm, percent crystallinity of 93%, particle size of ~45nm, and high crystal, elemental, and structural purity was confirmed. The MTT cytotoxicity assay endorsed the non-toxicity of as-synthesized FA nanoparticles. The good biocompatibility, osteogenity and mineralization ability of as-synthesized FA nanoparticles were confirmed by Alizarin red staining, Acridine orange staining and ALP activity tests. After synthesis of the nanoparticles, the Reline solvent was recovered successfully using freeze-drying method with 71% yield of recovery revealing the green, sustainable and economical nature of the developed synthesis method. According to the results, owing to its alkalinity, high ionic strength and 3D bulky configuration, the Reline solvent provides the optimum conditions required for formation of FA with maximum crystallinity and the particle size controlled in the nanometer range. Providing a simple, cost-effective, and green method for synthesis of FA nanoparticles with potential biological applications is the most innovative aspect of this study. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Facile hydrothermal synthesis of CeO2 nanopebbles

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    Abstract. Cerium oxide (CeO2) nanopebbles have been synthesized using a facile hydrothermal method. X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy analyses confirm the presence of CeO2 nanopebbles. XRD shows the formation of cubic fluorite CeO2 and the average particle size estimated from.

  16. Facile combustion synthesis of novel CaZrO 3

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    Abstract. A facile sol–gel combustion route was reported for the direct preparation of CaZrO3:Eu3+ and CaZrO3:Eu3+, Gd3+. The obtained deposits were characterized by XRD, TGA-DSC, SEM, EDS, PL measurements and microscope fluorescence. When the Gd3+ ions were introduced in this compound, the emissions of ...

  17. Facile synthesis and catalytic properties of silver colloidal ...

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    Abstract. A facile method was explored to prepare stable silver colloidal nanoparticles (AgCNPs) in water. Sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) was used as the stabilizing agent, without addition of any co-surfactant. The reaction was rapid and the product prepared at different conditions was measured by.

  18. Facile synthesis of Au/ZnO nanoparticles and their enhanced ...

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    Facile synthesis of Au/ZnO nanoparticles and their enhanced photocatalytic activity for hydroxylation of benzene. Hang Yu Hai ... Click here to view fulltext PDF. Permanent link: http://www.ias.ac.in/article/fulltext/boms/036/03/0367-0372. Keywords. Zinc oxide; gold nanoparticles; nanocomposites; photocatalysis; visible light.

  19. A facile approach for the synthesis of 3, 4-dihydropyrimidin-2-(1 ...

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    Aug 26, 2016 ... Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 124; Issue 4. A facile approach for the synthesis of 3,4-dihydropyrimidin-2-(1)-ones using a microwave promoted Biginelli protocol in ionic liquid. Abhishek N Dadhania Vaibhav K Patel Dipak K Raval. Volume 124 Issue 4 July 2012 pp 921-926 ...

  20. A facile approach for the synthesis of 3, 4-dihydropyrimidin-2-(1 ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 124; Issue 4. A facile approach for the synthesis of 3,4-dihydropyrimidin-2-(1)-ones using a microwave promoted Biginelli protocol in ionic liquid. Abhishek N Dadhania Vaibhav K Patel Dipak K Raval. Volume 124 Issue 4 July 2012 pp 921-926 ...

  1. Facile, eco-friendly, catalyst-free synthesis of polyfunctionalized quinoxalines.

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    Zhang, Yaohong; Luo, Mengqiang; Li, Yan; Wang, Hai; Ren, Xiaorong; Qi, Chenze

    2018-02-01

    A novel, facile and eco-friendly synthesis of quinoxalines from [Formula: see text] and 1,2-diamines was developed. An attractive feature of this protocol is that the desired products could be generated efficiently in water and without any catalyst, which is in accordance with the aim of green chemistry. A plausible mechanism has been proposed.

  2. A green and facile approach for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 38; Issue 3. A green and facile approach for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles using aqueous extract of Ailanthus excelsa leaves, evaluation of its antibacterial and anticancer efficacy. V Vinmathi S Justin Packia Jacob. Volume 38 Issue 3 June 2015 pp 625-628 ...

  3. A green and facile approach for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles ...

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    A green and facile approach for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles using aqueous extract of Ailanthus excelsa leaves, evaluation of its antibacterial and anticancer efficacy. V VINMATHI and S JUSTIN PACKIA JACOB∗. Department of Biotechnology, St. Joseph's College of Engineering, OMR, Chennai 600 119, India.

  4. Facile synthesis and characterization of rough surface V2O5 ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 40; Issue 6. Facile synthesis and characterization of rough surface V 2 O 5 nanomaterials for pseudo-supercapacitor electrode material with high capacitance. YIFU ZHANG YUTING HUANG. Volume 40 Issue 6 October 2017 pp 1137-1149 ...

  5. A facile synthesis of MInSe2 (M= Cu, Ag) via low temperature ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 30; Issue 2. A facile synthesis of MInSe2 (M = Cu, Ag) via low temperature pyrolysis of single source molecular precursors, [(R3P)2MIn(SeCOAr)4]. Shamik Ghoshal Liladhar B Kumbhare Vimal K Jain Gautam K Dey. Nanomaterials Volume 30 Issue 2 April 2007 pp 173- ...

  6. One step facile synthesis of ferromagnetic magnetite nanoparticles

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    Suppiah, Durga Devi; Abd Hamid, Sharifah Bee, E-mail: sharifahbee@um.edu.my

    2016-09-15

    The ferromagnetic properties of magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) were influenced by the nanoparticle size, hence importance were given to the synthesis method. This paper clearly shows that magnetite nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by employing one step controlled precipitation method using a single salt (Iron(II) sulfate) iron precursor. The acquired titration curve from this method provides vital information on the possible reaction mechanism leading to the magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles formation. Goethite (α-FeOOH) was obtained at pH 4, while the continuous addition of hydroxyl ions (OH{sup −}) forms iron hydroxides (Fe(OH){sub 2}). This subsequently reacts with the goethite, producing magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) at pH 10. Spectroscopy studies validate the magnetite phase existence while structural and morphology analysis illustrates cubic shaped magnetite with an average size of 35 nm was obtained. The synthesized magnetite might be superparamagnetic though lower saturation magnetization (67.5 emu/g) measured at room temperature as compared to bulk magnetite. However the nanoparticles surface anisotropy leads to higher remanence (12 emu/g) and coercivity (117.7 G) making the synthesized magnetite an excellent candidate to be utilized in recording devices. The understanding of the magnetite synthesis mechanism can not only be used to achieve even smaller magnetite nanoparticles but also to prepare different types of iron oxides hydroxides using different iron precursor source. - Highlights: • Magnetite strong magnetism properties make it versatile in various applications including biomedical and electromagnetic materials. • Sulfate (SO{sub 4}{sup 2−}) anion plays a major role in the structure control of iron oxide during synthesis. • Phase pure magnetite nanoparticles with high magnetism properties can be obtained using a single salt (SO{sub 4}{sup 2−}) method.

  7. Facile synthesis of Ag nanocubes and Au nanocages.

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    Skrabalak, Sara E; Au, Leslie; Li, Xingde; Xia, Younan

    2007-01-01

    This protocol describes a method for the synthesis of Ag nanocubes and their subsequent conversion into Au nanocages via the galvanic replacement reaction. The Ag nanocubes are prepared by a rapid (reaction time nanocubes. With this method, Ag nanocubes can be prepared and isolated for use within approximately 3 h. The Ag nanocubes can then serve as sacrificial templates for the preparation of Au nanocages, with a method for their preparation also described herein. The procedure for Au nanocage preparation and isolation requires approximately 5 h.

  8. One-pot facile green synthesis of biocidal silver nanoparticles

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    Nudrat Hazarika, Shabiha; Gupta, Kuldeep; Shamin, Khan Naseem Ahmed Mohammed; Bhardwaj, Pushpender; Boruah, Ratan; Yadav, Kamlesh K.; Naglot, Ashok; Deb, P.; Mandal, M.; Doley, Robin; Veer, Vijay; Baruah, Indra; Namsa, Nima D.

    2016-07-01

    The plant root extract mediated green synthesis method produces monodispersed spherical shape silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) with a size range of 15-30 nm as analyzed by atomic force and transmission electron microscopy. The material showed potent antibacterial and antifungal properties. Synthesized AgNPs display a characteristic surface plasmon resonance peak at 420 nm in UV-Vis spectroscopy. X-ray diffractometer analysis revealed the crystalline and face-centered cubic geometry of in situ prepared AgNPs. Agar well diffusion and a colony forming unit assay demonstrated the potent biocidal activity of AgNPs against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas diminuta and Mycobacterium smegmatis. Intriguingly, the phytosynthesized AgNPs exhibited activity against pathogenic fungi, namely Trichophyton rubrum, Aspergillus versicolor and Candida albicans. Scanning electron microscopy observations indicated morphological changes in the bacterial cells incubated with silver nanoparticles. The genomic DNA isolated from the bacteria was incubated with an increasing concentration of AgNPs and the replication fidelity of 16S rDNA was observed by performing 18 and 35 cycles PCR. The replication efficiency of small (600 bp) and large (1500 bp) DNA fragments in the presence of AgNPs were compromised in a dose-dependent manner. The results suggest that the Thalictrum foliolosum root extract mediated synthesis of AgNPs could be used as a promising antimicrobial agent against clinical pathogens.

  9. Facile Synthesis of Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticles from Cockle Shells

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    Kh. Nurul Islam

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A simple and low-cost method for the synthesis of calcium carbonate nanoparticles from cockle shells was described. Polymorphically, the synthesized nanoparticles were aragonites which are biocompatible and thus frequently used in the repair of fractured bone and development of advanced drug delivery systems, tissue scaffolds and anticarcinogenic drugs. The rod-shaped and pure aragonite particles of 30±5 nm in diameter were reproducibly synthesized when micron-sized cockle shells powders were mechanically stirred for 90 min at room temperature in presence of a nontoxic and nonhazardous biomineralization catalyst, dodecyl dimethyl betaine (BS-12. The findings were verified using a combination of analytical techniques such as variable pressure scanning electron microscopy (VPSEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, Fourier transmission infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD, and energy dispersive X-ray analyser (EDX. The reproducibility and low cost of the method suggested that it could be used in industry for the large scale synthesis of aragonite nanoparticles from cockle shells, a low cost and easily available natural resource.

  10. One step facile synthesis of ferromagnetic magnetite nanoparticles

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    Suppiah, Durga Devi; Abd Hamid, Sharifah Bee

    2016-09-01

    The ferromagnetic properties of magnetite (Fe3O4) were influenced by the nanoparticle size, hence importance were given to the synthesis method. This paper clearly shows that magnetite nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by employing one step controlled precipitation method using a single salt (Iron(II) sulfate) iron precursor. The acquired titration curve from this method provides vital information on the possible reaction mechanism leading to the magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles formation. Goethite (α-FeOOH) was obtained at pH 4, while the continuous addition of hydroxyl ions (OH-) forms iron hydroxides (Fe(OH)2). This subsequently reacts with the goethite, producing magnetite (Fe3O4) at pH 10. Spectroscopy studies validate the magnetite phase existence while structural and morphology analysis illustrates cubic shaped magnetite with an average size of 35 nm was obtained. The synthesized magnetite might be superparamagnetic though lower saturation magnetization (67.5 emu/g) measured at room temperature as compared to bulk magnetite. However the nanoparticles surface anisotropy leads to higher remanence (12 emu/g) and coercivity (117.7 G) making the synthesized magnetite an excellent candidate to be utilized in recording devices. The understanding of the magnetite synthesis mechanism can not only be used to achieve even smaller magnetite nanoparticles but also to prepare different types of iron oxides hydroxides using different iron precursor source.

  11. Histidine as a catalyst in organic synthesis: A facile in situ synthesis ...

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    Nitrones are versatile synthetic intermediates in organic synthesis 1–8. Some nitrones are used for trapping and identification of reactive free radicals 9, particularly in biomedical research 10. They are also used in the synthesis of many nitrogen-containing biologically active compounds 11,12. Recently, we synthesized ...

  12. Facile Synthesis of Copper Oxide Nanoparticles via Electrospinning

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    Abdullah Khalil

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel approach for synthesizing copper oxide (CuO nanoparticles (NPs through electrospinning is reported. The approach is based on producing rough and discontinuous electrospun nanofibers from a precursor based on copper acetate salt and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA polymer. Selectively removing the polymeric phase from the fibers produced highly rough CuO nanofibers, which were composed of NPs that are weakly held together in a one-dimensional (1D manner. Sonication in a suitable liquid under controlled conditions completely disintegrated the nanofibers into NPs, resulting in the formation of uniform CuO NPs suspension. Aberration corrected high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM showed that the obtained NPs are highly crystalline and nearly sphere-like with a diameter of 30 to 70 nm. Thus, electrospinning, which is a low cost and industrially scalable technique, can also be employed for economic and large scale synthesis of NPs.

  13. Facile Synthesis of Oleanolic Acid Monoglycosides and Diglycosides

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    Mao-Sheng Cheng

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Oleanolic acid and its glycosides are important natural products, possessing various attractive biological activities such as antitumor, antivirus and anti-inflammatory properties. In the present work, fifteen oleanolic acid saponins bearing various saccharide moieties, including 3-monoglycoside, 28-monoglycoside and 3,28-diglycoside, were easily synthesized in high yields. Benzyl was chosen as the protective group for the COOH(28 group, instead of commonly used methyl and allyl, to avoid difficulties in the final deprotection. Alkali-promoted condensation of the carboxylic acid with bromoglycosides was found to be more efficient in the synthesis of 28-glycosides. Two approaches were investigated and proved practicable in the preparation of 3,28- diglycosides. This method is suitable for preparing oleanolic acid glycosides with structural diversity for extensive biological evaluation and structure-activity relationship study, and it also apply new idea for the corresponding synthetic methods to the glycoside derivatives of other triterpenoid.

  14. Facile synthesis of gold nanomaterials with unusual crystal structures.

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    Fan, Zhanxi; Huang, Xiao; Chen, Ye; Huang, Wei; Zhang, Hua

    2017-11-01

    Gold (Au) nanomaterials have attracted wide research attention, owing to their high chemical stability, promising catalytic properties, excellent biocompatibility, unique electronic structure and outstanding localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) absorption properties; all of which are closely related to their size and shape. Recently, crystal-phase-controlled synthesis of noble metal nanomaterials has emerged as a promising strategy to tune their physicochemical properties. This protocol describes the detailed experimental procedures for the crystal-phase-controlled syntheses of Au nanomaterials with unusual crystal structures under mild conditions. Briefly, pure hexagonal close-packed (hcp) Au square sheets (AuSSs) with a thickness of ∼2.4 nm are synthesized using a graphene-oxide-assisted method in which HAuCl 4 is reduced by oleylamine in a mixture of hexane and ethanol. By using pure hexane as the solvent, well-dispersed ultrathin hcp/face-centered cubic (fcc) Au nanowires with a diameter of ∼1.6 nm on graphene oxide can be obtained. Meanwhile, hcp/fcc Au square-like plates with a side length of 200-400 nm are prepared via the secondary growth of Au on the hcp AuSSs. Remarkably, hexagonal (4H) Au nanoribbons with a thickness of 2.0-6.0 nm can be synthesized with a one-pot colloidal method in which HAuCl 4 is reduced by oleylamine in a mixed solvent of hexane and 1,2-dichloropropane. It takes 17-37 h for the synthesis of these Au nanomaterials with unusual crystal structures. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) are used to characterize the resultant Au nanomaterials, which could have many promising applications, such as biosensing, near-IR photothermal therapy, catalysis and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS).

  15. Facile synthesis and application of a carbon foam with large mesopores

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    Fu, Liling

    2013-01-01

    By combining elements of hard- and soft-templating, a facile synthesis method for carbon foams with large mesopores has been demonstrated. A commercial Pluronic surfactant was used as the structure-directing agent as well as the carbon precursor. No micelle swelling agent or post treatment is necessary to enlarge mesopores. As such this method requires fewer synthesis steps and is highly scalable. The as-synthesized meso-carbons showed potential applications in the fields of carbon oxide capture and lithium-sulfur batteries. © 2013 the Owner Societies.

  16. Bimetallic Nanoparticles as Efficient Catalysts: Facile and Green Microwave Synthesis

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    Blosi, Magda; Ortelli, Simona; Costa, Anna Luisa; Dondi, Michele; Lolli, Alice; Andreoli, Sara; Benito, Patricia; Albonetti, Stefania

    2016-01-01

    This work deals with the development of a green and versatile synthesis of stable mono- and bi-metallic colloids by means of microwave heating and exploiting ecofriendly reagents: water as the solvent, glucose as a mild and non-toxic reducer and polyvinylpirrolidone (PVP) as the chelating agent. Particle size-control, total reaction yield and long-term stability of colloids were achieved with this method of preparation. All of the materials were tested as effective catalysts in the reduction of p-nitrophenol in the presence of NaBH4 as the probe reaction. A synergistic positive effect of the bimetallic phase was assessed for Au/Cu and Pd/Au alloy nanoparticles, the latter showing the highest catalytic performance. Moreover, monoand bi-metallic colloids were used to prepare TiO2- and CeO2-supported catalysts for the liquid phase oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylfufural (HMF) to 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA). The use of Au/Cu and Au/Pd bimetallic catalysts led to an increase in FDCA selectivity. Finally, preformed Pd/Cu nanoparticles were incorporated into the structure of MCM-41-silica. The resulting Pd/Cu MCM-41 catalysts were tested in the hydrodechlorination of CF3OCFClCF2Cl to CF3OCF=CF2. The effect of Cu on the hydrogenating properties of Pd was demonstrated. PMID:28773672

  17. Bimetallic Nanoparticles as Efficient Catalysts: Facile and Green Microwave Synthesis

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    Magda Blosi

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available This work deals with the development of a green and versatile synthesis of stable mono- and bi-metallic colloids by means of microwave heating and exploiting ecofriendly reagents: water as the solvent, glucose as a mild and non-toxic reducer and polyvinylpirrolidone (PVP as the chelating agent. Particle size-control, total reaction yield and long-term stability of colloids were achieved with this method of preparation. All of the materials were tested as effective catalysts in the reduction of p-nitrophenol in the presence of NaBH4 as the probe reaction. A synergistic positive effect of the bimetallic phase was assessed for Au/Cu and Pd/Au alloy nanoparticles, the latter showing the highest catalytic performance. Moreover, monoand bi-metallic colloids were used to prepare TiO2- and CeO2-supported catalysts for the liquid phase oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylfufural (HMF to 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA. The use of Au/Cu and Au/Pd bimetallic catalysts led to an increase in FDCA selectivity. Finally, preformed Pd/Cu nanoparticles were incorporated into the structure of MCM-41-silica. The resulting Pd/Cu MCM-41 catalysts were tested in the hydrodechlorination of CF3OCFClCF2Cl to CF3OCF=CF2. The effect of Cu on the hydrogenating properties of Pd was demonstrated.

  18. A solution phase fabrication of magnetic nanoparticles encapsulated in carbon

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    Wei Xianwen; Zhu Guoxing; Xia Chuanjun; Ye Yin

    2006-01-01

    To avoid high energy consumption, intensive use of hardware and high cost in the manufacture of nanoparticles encapsulated in carbon, a simple, efficient and economical solution-phase method for the fabrication of FeNi at C nanostructures has been explored. The reaction to the magnetic metal at C structures here is conducted at a relatively low temperature (160 deg. C) and this strategy can be transferred to prepare other transition metal at C core-shell nanostructures. The saturation magnetization of metal in metal at C nanostructures is similar to those of the corresponding buck metals. Magnetic metal at C nanostructures with magnetic metal nanoparticles inside and a functionalized carbon surface outside may not only provide the opportunity to tailor the magnetic properties for magnetic storage devices and therapeutics but also make possible the loading of other functional molecules (e.g. enzymes, antigens) for clinic diagnostics, molecular biology, bioengineering, and catalysis

  19. Facile sonochemical synthesis of hierarchical porous CuO nanotablets.

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    Deng, Chonghai; Hu, Hanmei; Ge, Xinqing; Han, Chengliang; Yang, Benhong

    2012-04-01

    Hierarchical semiconductor CuO nanotablets with pores have been fabricated on a large scale by a facile and one-pot sonochemical process using the copper acetate and ammonia aqueous solution as precursor in the absence of surfactants or additives. The as-synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and N2 physisorption. The results reveal that porous tablet-shaped CuO nanostructures composed of nanoribbons possess a monoclinc phase CuO with the average diameters about 200 nm and around 50 nm in thickness. The Brunnauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area and the single point adsorption total pore volume were measured to be 26.8 m2/g and 0.083 cm3/g, respectively. The band-gap energies were estimated to be 2.52 eV from a UV-vis absorption spectrum, which showed the quantum size effects of the nanosized semiconductors. A possible mechanism for porous CuO nanotablets was discussed.

  20. Facile synthesis of flexible macroporous polypropylene sponges for separation of oil and water

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    Wang, Guowei; Uyama, Hiroshi

    2016-02-01

    Oil spill disasters always occur accidentally, accompanied by the release of plenty of crude oil that could spread quickly over a wide area, creating enormous damage to the fragile marine ecological system. Therefore, the facile large-scale synthesis of hydrophobic three-dimensional (3-D) porous sorbents from low cost raw materials is in urgent demand. In this study, we report the facile template-free synthesis of polypropylene (PP) sponge by using a thermally-induced phase separation (TIPS) technique. The obtained sponge showed macroporous structure, excellent mechanical property, high hydrophobicity, and superoleophilicity. Oil could be separated from an oil/water mixture by simple immersing the sponge into the mixture and subsequent squeezing the sponge. All of these features make this sponge the most promising oil sorbent that will replace commercial non-woven PP fabrics.

  1. FACILE GREEN SYNTHESIS OF GOLD NANOPARTICLES WITH GREAT CATALYTIC ACTIVITY USING ULVA FASCIATA

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    V. Sugantha Kumari; G. Sivagammi Sundari; S. Khaleel Basha

    2014-01-01

    We report a facile, green, and high yielding approache for the synthesis and stabilization of monodisperse gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) using green seaweed Ulva fasciata extract. Characterization of the obtained AuNPs was performed using UV-visible, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). UV-visible absorption spectroscopy was used to determine the yield of the gold nanoparticles. The UV-visible absorption spectrum showed a characte...

  2. Facile synthesis and stereo-resolution of chiral 1,2,3-triazoles.

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    Shi, Ye; Ye, Xiaohan; Gu, Qiang; Shi, Xiaodong; Song, Zhiguang

    2015-05-21

    We describe herein the first facile synthesis of chiral triazoles through side chain functionalization. Readily available C-vinyl triazoles were used as starting materials, followed by sequential epoxidation, rearrangement and reduction to give the corresponding hydroxyl-triazoles. The CalB lipase catalyzed kinetic resolution gave enantiomerically pure (>99% ee) chiral triazoles in excellent yield. These new chiral TAs were also successfully applied as ligands in asymmetric addition of diethylzinc to aldehydes.

  3. A facile single-step synthesis of polyvinylpyrrolidone-silver nanocomposites using a conventional spray dryer.

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    Kim, Byung-Ho; Kim, Yoon Hyuck; Lee, Young Jin; Lee, Mi Jai; Kim, Jin-Ho; Hwang, Jonghee; Jeon, Dae-Woo

    2018-01-19

    We have developed a facile single-step synthesis of silver nanocomposite using a conventional spray dryer. We investigated the synthetic conditions by controlling the concentrations of the chemical reactants. Further, we confirmed the effect of the molecular weight of polyvinylpyrrolidones, and revealed that the molecular weight significantly affected the properties of the resultant silver nanocomposites. The long-term stability of the silver nanocomposites was tested, and little change was observed, even after storage for three months. Most of all, the simple commercial implementation, in combination with large-scale synthesis, possesses a variety of advantages, compared to conventional complicated and costly dry-process synthesis methods. Thus, our method presents opportunities for further investigation, for both lab-scale studies and large-scale industrial applications.

  4. A facile single-step synthesis of polyvinylpyrrolidone‑silver nanocomposites using a conventional spray dryer

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    Kim, Byung-Ho; Hyuck Kim, Yoon; Lee, Young Jin; Lee, Mi Jai; Kim, Jin-Ho; Hwang, Jonghee; Jeon, Dae-Woo

    2018-01-01

    We have developed a facile single-step synthesis of silver nanocomposite using a conventional spray dryer. We investigated the synthetic conditions by controlling the concentrations of the chemical reactants. Further, we confirmed the effect of the molecular weight of polyvinylpyrrolidones, and revealed that the molecular weight significantly affected the properties of the resultant silver nanocomposites. The long-term stability of the silver nanocomposites was tested, and little change was observed, even after storage for three months. Most of all, the simple commercial implementation, in combination with large-scale synthesis, possesses a variety of advantages, compared to conventional complicated and costly dry-process synthesis methods. Thus, our method presents opportunities for further investigation, for both lab-scale studies and large-scale industrial applications.

  5. Facile eco-friendly synthesis of novel chromeno[4,3-b]pyridine-2,5 ...

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    Facile eco-friendly synthesis of novel chromeno[4,3-b]pyridine-2,5-diones and evaluation of their antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. SATYANARAYANA REDDY JAGGAVARAPUa, ANAND SOLOMON KAMALAKARANa,. VENTKATA PRASAD JALLIa, SRAVAN KUMAR GANGISETTYa, MUNUSSWAMY. RAMANUJAM ...

  6. Facile and green synthesis of highly stable L-cysteine functionalized copper nanoparticles

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    Kumar, Nikhil, E-mail: nkumar.phd2011.bt@nitrr.ac.in; Upadhyay, Lata Sheo Bachan, E-mail: contactlataupadhyay@gmail.com

    2016-11-01

    Highlights: • A facile and eco-friendly method for the synthesis of L-cysteine functionalized copper nanoparticles is reported. • Synthesis of Highly stable L-cysteine functionalized copper nanoparticles (∼40 nm) was done in an aqueous medium. • FTIR analysis shows that L-cysteine bound to the nanoparticle surface via thiol group. - Abstract: A simple eco-friendly method for L-cysteine capped copper nanoparticles (CCNPs) synthesis in aqueous solution has been developed. Glucose and L-cysteine were used as reducing agent and capping/functionalizing agent, respectively. Different parameters such as capping agent concentration, pH, reaction temperature, and reducing agent concentration were optimized during the synthesis. The L-cysteine capped copper nanoparticle were characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Particle size and zeta potential analyser, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. Spherical shaped cysteine functionalized/capped copper nanoparticles with an average size of 40 nm were found to be highly stable at room temperature (RT) for a period of 1 month.

  7. Facile and green synthesis of highly stable L-cysteine functionalized copper nanoparticles

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    Kumar, Nikhil; Upadhyay, Lata Sheo Bachan

    2016-01-01

    Highlights: • A facile and eco-friendly method for the synthesis of L-cysteine functionalized copper nanoparticles is reported. • Synthesis of Highly stable L-cysteine functionalized copper nanoparticles (∼40 nm) was done in an aqueous medium. • FTIR analysis shows that L-cysteine bound to the nanoparticle surface via thiol group. - Abstract: A simple eco-friendly method for L-cysteine capped copper nanoparticles (CCNPs) synthesis in aqueous solution has been developed. Glucose and L-cysteine were used as reducing agent and capping/functionalizing agent, respectively. Different parameters such as capping agent concentration, pH, reaction temperature, and reducing agent concentration were optimized during the synthesis. The L-cysteine capped copper nanoparticle were characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Particle size and zeta potential analyser, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. Spherical shaped cysteine functionalized/capped copper nanoparticles with an average size of 40 nm were found to be highly stable at room temperature (RT) for a period of 1 month

  8. Atomically thin Pt shells on Au nanoparticle cores: facile synthesis and efficient synergetic catalysis

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    Engelbrekt, Christian; Seselj, Nedjeljko; Poreddy, Raju

    2016-01-01

    We present a facile synthesis protocol for atomically thin platinum (Pt) shells on top of gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) (Au@PtNPs) in one pot under mild conditions. The Au@PtNPs exhibited remarkable stability (> 2 years) at room temperature. The synthesis, bimetallic nanostructures and catalytic ...... activity for the direct production of γ-valerolactone, an alternative biofuel/fuel additive, from levulinic acid and methyl levulinate was finally demonstrated....... in electrooxidation of sustainable fuels (i.e. formic acid, methanol and ethanol), and selective hydrogenation of benzene derivatives. Especially high activity was achieved for formic acid oxidation, 549 mA (mgPt)−1 (at 0.6 V vs. SCE), which is 3.5 fold higher than a commercial

  9. Facile synthesis of SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles for biomedical applications

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    Scano, A., E-mail: alescano80@tiscali.it; Pilloni, M., E-mail: alescano80@tiscali.it; Cabras, V., E-mail: alescano80@tiscali.it; Ennas, G. [Università di Cagliari, Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche and Research Unit of the National Consortium of Materials Science and Technology (INSTM), Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato- 09042 Monserrato (Canada) (Italy); Vazquez-Vazquez, C. [Departamento de Química Física, Facultad de Química, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Galicia (Spain)

    2014-10-21

    Silica nanoparticles (SiO{sub 2} NPs) for biomedical applications have been prepared by using a facile modified Stöber-synthesis. Potassium borohydride (KBH{sub 4}) has been introduced in the synthesis procedure in order to control NP size. Several samples have been prepared varying tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) concentration, and using different process conditions (temperature, reaction time and atmosphere). In order to study the influence of the process conditions on the NP size, morphology and properties, several characterization techniques were used. Size and morphology of the as-prepared SiO{sub 2} NPs have been studied by using Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) techniques. Structural characterization was carried out by X-ray powder diffraction. To investigate the SiO{sub 2} NP fluorescence emission properties the fluorescence spectroscopy was also used.

  10. Facile synthesis of the NNRTI microbicide MC-1220 and synthesis of its phosphoramidate prodrugs

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    Loksha, Yasser M; Pedersen, Erik B; La Colla, Paolo

    2016-01-01

    A facile and novel synthetic route to MC-1220 was achieved by condensation of 4,6-dichloro-N,N-5-trimethylpyrimidin-2-amine () with the sodium salt of 2,6-difluorophenylacetonitrile, followed by methylation and strong acidic hydrolysis. The prodrugs of MC-1220 were synthesized by reaction of chlo...... of chlorophosphoramidate derivatives () or α-acetobromoglucose with the sodium salt of MC-1220. The stability and anti-HIV-1 activity of phosphoramidate prodrugs turned out to be comparable to those of the parent drug MC-1220....

  11. Gold icosahedral nanocages: Facile synthesis, optical properties, and fragmentation under ultrasonication

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    Yang, Xuan; Gilroy, Kyle D.; Vara, Madeline; Zhao, Ming; Zhou, Shan; Xia, Younan

    2017-09-01

    Because of their unique optical properties, gold nanocages are excellent candidates for biomedical applications. Traditionally, they are prepared using a method that involves the galvanic replacement reaction between Ag nanocubes and HAuCl4. Here we demonstrate a different approach for the facile synthesis of Au icosahedral nanocages containing twin boundaries, as well as a compact size below 15 nm and ultrathin walls of only a few atomic layers thick. Their optical properties could be tuned by simply controlling the etching time, a result that was also validated by computational modeling. We further evaluated the feasibility of fragmenting the nanocages using ultrasonication.

  12. Facile Synthesis of Colloidal CuO Nanocrystals for Light-Harvesting Applications

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    Lim, Yee-Fun

    2012-01-01

    CuO is an earth-abundant, nontoxic, and low band-gap material; hence it is an attractive candidate for application in solar cells. In this paper, a synthesis of CuO nanocrystals by a facile alcohothermal route is reported. The nanocrystals are dispersible in a solvent mixture of methanol and chloroform, thus enabling the processing of CuO by solution. A bilayer solar cell comprising of CuO nanocrystals and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) achieved a power conversion efficiency of 0.04%, indicating the potential of this material for light-harvesting applications.

  13. Facile Synthesis of Colloidal CuO Nanocrystals for Light-Harvesting Applications

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    Yee-Fun Lim

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available CuO is an earth-abundant, nontoxic, and low band-gap material; hence it is an attractive candidate for application in solar cells. In this paper, a synthesis of CuO nanocrystals by a facile alcohothermal route is reported. The nanocrystals are dispersible in a solvent mixture of methanol and chloroform, thus enabling the processing of CuO by solution. A bilayer solar cell comprising of CuO nanocrystals and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM achieved a power conversion efficiency of 0.04%, indicating the potential of this material for light-harvesting applications.

  14. Glucomannan-mediated facile synthesis of gold nanoparticles for catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol

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    2014-01-01

    A facile one-pot approach for synthesis of gold nanoparticles with narrow size distribution and good stability was presented by reducing chloroauric acid with a polysaccharide, konjac glucomannan (KGM) in alkaline solution, which is green and economically viable. Here, KGM served both as reducing agent and stabilizer. The effects of KGM on the formation and stabilization of as-synthesized gold nanoparticles were studied systematically by a combination of UV-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, dynamic light scattering, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Furthermore, the gold nanoparticles exhibited a notable catalytic activity toward the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol. PMID:25177220

  15. Facile synthesis of two-photon absorbing polymers through radical copolymerization

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    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available A two-photon absorbing polymer has been prepared through radical copolymerization of methyl acrylate and a synthesized monomer containing a two-photon absorbing chromophore (E,E,E-1,3,5-tristyrylbenzene (1, under conventional radical polymerization conditions. The synthesized polymer was characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR, infra-red spectroscopy (IR and gel permeation chromatography (GPC. The linear and nonlinear optical properties were studied by measurement of UV-Vis absorption, fluorescent emission and two-photon cross-section. This synthetic strategy provided a facile approach for synthesis of photonic materials with adjustable chromophore concentration and high molecular weights.

  16. Solution-Phase Epitaxial Growth of Quasi-Monocrystalline Cuprous Oxide on Metal Nanowires

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    2014-01-01

    The epitaxial growth of monocrystalline semiconductors on metal nanostructures is interesting from both fundamental and applied perspectives. The realization of nanostructures with excellent interfaces and material properties that also have controlled optical resonances can be very challenging. Here we report the synthesis and characterization of metal–semiconductor core–shell nanowires. We demonstrate a solution-phase route to obtain stable core–shell metal–Cu2O nanowires with outstanding control over the resulting structure, in which the noble metal nanowire is used as the nucleation site for epitaxial growth of quasi-monocrystalline Cu2O shells at room temperature in aqueous solution. We use X-ray and electron diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, and absorption spectroscopy, as well as density functional theory calculations, to characterize the core–shell nanowires and verify their structure. Metal–semiconductor core–shell nanowires offer several potential advantages over thin film and traditional nanowire architectures as building blocks for photovoltaics, including efficient carrier collection in radial nanowire junctions and strong optical resonances that can be tuned to maximize absorption. PMID:25233392

  17. Facile and green synthesis of cellulose nanocrystal-supported gold nanoparticles with superior catalytic activity.

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    Yan, Wei; Chen, Chang; Wang, Ling; Zhang, Dan; Li, Ai-Jun; Yao, Zheng; Shi, Li-Yi

    2016-04-20

    The emphasis of science and technology shifts toward environmentally friendly and sustainable resources and processes. Herein, we report a facile, one-pot and green synthesis of biomaterial-supported gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with superior catalytic activity. Cellulose nanocrystal (CNC)-supported AuNPs were prepared by heating the aqueous mixture of HAuCl4, CNCs and polyethylene glycol, avoiding toxic chemicals, extreme condition and complicated procedure. The resultant CNC-supported AuNPs exhibited catalytic activities for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol by sodium borohydride. The maximum apparent rate constant reached 1.47×10(-2)s(-1), and the turnover frequency reached 641h(-1). The superior catalytic performance can be ascribed to the large amount of highly dispersed AuNPs with few nanometers in size which are loaded on CNCs. About 90% of the AuNPs are smaller than 10nm, and nearly 60% of the AuNPs are smaller than 5nm. The synthesis is eco-friendly, facile and low-cost, thus has great potential for industrial and medical applications. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Facile synthesis of cobalt ferrite nanotubes using bacterial nanocellulose as template.

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    Menchaca-Nal, S; Londoño-Calderón, C L; Cerrutti, P; Foresti, M L; Pampillo, L; Bilovol, V; Candal, R; Martínez-García, R

    2016-02-10

    A facile method for the preparation of cobalt ferrite nanotubes by use of bacterial cellulose nanoribbons as a template is described. The proposed method relays on a simple coprecipitation operation, which is a technique extensively used for the synthesis of nanoparticles (either isolated or as aggregates) but not for the synthesis of nanotubes. The precursors employed in the synthesis are chlorides, and the procedure is carried out at low temperature (90 °C). By the method proposed a homogeneous distribution of cobalt ferrite nanotubes with an average diameter of 217 nm in the bacterial nanocellulose (BC) aerogel (3%) was obtained. The obtained nanotubes are formed by 26-102 nm cobalt ferrite clusters of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles with diameters in the 9-13 nm interval. The nanoparticles that form the nanotubes showed to have a certain crystalline disorder, which could be attributed in a greater extent to the small crystallite size, and, in a lesser extent, to microstrains existing in the crystalline lattice. The BC-templated-CoFe2O4 nanotubes exhibited magnetic behavior at room temperature. The magnetic properties showed to be influenced by a fraction of nanoparticles in superparamagnetic state. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Facile Synthesis of Monodisperse ZnO Nanocrystals by Direct Liquid Phase Precipitation

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    Lan Chen

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanocrystals can be synthesized by a variety of methods. Among them, only a few nonhydrolytic methods have been successful at low synthesis temperatures in terms of size, crystallinity, morphology and surface-defect control. These methods require very careful control of conditions and carefully engineered precursors. A new methodology—direct liquid phase precipitation—is reported here that can produce nanocrystals (NCs which are a little difficult to obtain for these complex synthesis techniques in a more facile and efficient way (i.e., at room temperature. This technique results in high quality ZnO nanocrystals of diameter 5–12 nm and different morphologies. Characterisation of ZnO products shows that both synthesis and ageing conditions have significant effects on the formation of the nanocrystals. Capping agents and ageing temperature/time can be used to control both size and crystallinity of the products. The use of in situ or ex situ ageing conditions can result in different particle morphologies. Both in situ and ex situ ageing shows that mild ageing conditions (e.g., 60–80∘C and 24–48 hours are required to produce the highest quality nanomaterials.

  20. Facile synthesis of graphene on dielectric surfaces using a two-temperature reactor CVD system

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    Zhang, C; Man, B Y; Yang, C; Jiang, S Z; Liu, M; Chen, C S; Xu, S C; Sun, Z C; Gao, X G; Chen, X J

    2013-01-01

    Direct deposition of graphene on a dielectric substrate is demonstrated using a chemical vapor deposition system with a two-temperature reactor. The two-temperature reactor is utilized to offer sufficient, well-proportioned floating Cu atoms and to provide a temperature gradient for facile synthesis of graphene on dielectric surfaces. The evaporated Cu atoms catalyze the reaction in the presented method. C atoms and Cu atoms respectively act as the nuclei for forming graphene film in the low-temperature zone and the zones close to the high-temperature zones. A uniform and high-quality graphene film is formed in an atmosphere of sufficient and well-proportioned floating Cu atoms. Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy confirm the presence of uniform and high-quality graphene. (paper)

  1. One-Step Facile Synthesis of a Simple Hole Transport Material for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Chen, Hu

    2016-04-04

    A hole transporting material was designed for use in perovskite solar cells, with a facile one-step synthesis from inexpensive, com-mercially available reagents. The molecule comprises a central fluorinated phenyl core with pendant aryl amines, namely, 3,6-difluoro-N1,N1,N2,N2,N4,N4,N5,N5-octakis(4-methoxyphenyl)benzene-1,2,4,5-tetraamine (DFTAB). A power conversion efficiency of up to 10.4% was achieved in a mesoporous perovskite device architecture. The merits of a simple and potentially low cost syn-thetic route as well as promising performance in perovskite devices, encourages further development of this materials class as new low-cost hole transporting materials for the scale up of perovskite solar cells.

  2. Controlled Synthesis of Manganese Dioxide Nanostructures via a Facile Hydrothermal Route

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    Suh Cem Pang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Manganese dioxide nanostructures with controllable morphological structures and crystalline phases were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal route at low temperatures without using any templates or surfactants. Both the aging duration and aging temperatures were the main synthesis parameters used to influence and control the rate of morphological and structural evolution of MnO2 nanostructures. MnO2 nanostructures comprise of spherical nanoparticulate agglomerates and highly amorphous in nature were formed at lower temperature and/or short aging duration. In contrast, MnO2 nanostructures of sea-urchin-like and nanorods-like morphologies and nanocrystalline in nature were prepared at the combined higher aging temperatures and longer aging durations. These nanostructures underwent notable phase transformation from δ-MnO2 to α-MnO2 upon prolonged hydrothermal aging duration and exhibited accelerated rate of phase transformation at higher aging temperature.

  3. Green and facile synthesis of a theranostic nanoprobe with intrinsic biosafety and targeting abilities.

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    Zhang, Cai; Zhou, Li; Zhang, Jing; Fu, Yan-Yan; Zhang, Xuejun; Yu, Chunshui; Sun, Shao-Kai; Yan, Xiu-Ping

    2016-09-28

    Traditional targeting nanoprobes suffer from the risks of partial loss of targeting activity and nanoparticle aggregation induced by post-synthetic modifications, ambiguous toxicity, tedious synthesis procedures and environmentally hazardous processes. Herein, we report a green and facile strategy to fabricate transferrin-indocyanine green nanoparticles as a smart theranostic agent with intrinsic biosafety and active targeting abilities for near-infrared fluorescent imaging and photothermal therapy of tumors. Simple mixing of transferrin and indocyanine green enables their self-assembly in aqueous solution to form nanoparticles with excellent water solubility, colloidal stability, favorable biocompatibility and impressive active targeting theranostic effects in vitro and in vivo. The transferrin-indocyanine green nanoparticles show great potential in theranostic applications of tumors in clinical therapy.

  4. Facile One-Pot Polyol Method for the Synthesis of Uniform Size Silver Nanowires.

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    Kaili, Zhang; Yongguo, Du; Shimin, Chen

    2016-01-01

    This study reports the development of a facile and efficient one-pot polyol method for the synthesis of silver nanowires. The seed and growth of silver nanowires under different reaction conditions were characterized and measured. The pertinent variables such as temperature, time, concentration and capping agent were investigated. Moreover, the effect of seeding at two different stages-initial stage and secondary stage-was studied and discussed on the size control of silver nanowires. In particular, silver nanowires with diameter less than 40 nm and length over 25 µm in a narrow distribution, was obtained through a novel method in which reaction flask was placed in a low-temperature bath after seeding for some time in the high-temperature bath. This approach may be useful for the fabrication of uniform, large aspect ratio silver nanowires for optoelectronic applications.

  5. Facile synthesis of nanostructured transition metal oxides as electrodes for Li-ion batteries

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    Opra, Denis P.; Gnedenkov, Sergey V.; Sokolov, Alexander A.; Minaev, Alexander N.; Kuryavyi, Valery G.; Sinebryukhov, Sergey L.

    2017-09-01

    At all times, energy storage is one of the greatest scientific challenge. Recently, Li-ion batteries are under special attention due to high working voltage, long cycle life, low self-discharge, reliability, no-memory effect. However, commercial LIBs usage in medium- and large-scale energy storage are limited by the capacity of lithiated metal oxide cathode and unsafety of graphite anode at high-rate charge. In this way, new electrode materials with higher electrochemical performance should be designed to satisfy a requirement in both energy and power. As it known, nanostructured transition metal oxides are promising electrode materials because of their elevated specific capacity and high potential vs. Li/Li+. In this work, the perspective of an original facile technique of pulsed high-voltage plasma discharge in synthesis of nanostructured transition metal oxides as electrodes for lithium-ion batteries has been demonstrated.

  6. Facile and template-free method toward chemical synthesis of polyaniline film/nanotube structures

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    Liu, Pei [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15261; Zhu, Yisi [Materials Science Division, Argonne National Lab, Lemont Illinois 60439; Torres, Jorge [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15261; Lee, Seung Hee [Department of BIN Fusion Technology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-786 Korea; Yun, Minhee [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15261

    2017-09-05

    A facile and template-free method is reported to synthesize a new thin film structure: polyaniline (PANI) film/nanotubes (F/N) structure. The PANI F/N is a 100-nm thick PANI film embedded with PANI nanotubes. This well-controlled method requires no surfactant or organic acid as well as relatively low concentration of reagents. Synthesis condition studies reveal that aniline oligomers with certain structures are responsible for guiding the growth of the nanotubes. Electrical characterization also indicates that the PANI F/N possesses similar field-effect transistor characteristics to bare PANI film. With its 20% increased surface-area-to-volume (S/V) ratio contributed by surface embedded nanotubes and the excellent p-type semiconducting characteristic, PANI F/N shows clear superiority compared with bare PANI film. Such advantages guarantee the PANI F/N a promising future toward the development of ultra-high sensitivity and low-cost biosensors.

  7. Healthy food procurement and nutrition standards in public facilities: evidence synthesis and consensus policy recommendations.

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    Raine, Kim D; Atkey, Kayla; Olstad, Dana Lee; Ferdinands, Alexa R; Beaulieu, Dominique; Buhler, Susan; Campbell, Norm; Cook, Brian; L'Abbé, Mary; Lederer, Ashley; Mowat, David; Maharaj, Joshna; Nykiforuk, Candace; Shelley, Jacob; Street, Jacqueline

    2018-01-01

    Unhealthy foods are widely available in public settings across Canada, contributing to diet-related chronic diseases, such as obesity. This is a concern given that public facilities often provide a significant amount of food for consumption by vulnerable groups, including children and seniors. Healthy food procurement policies, which support procuring, distributing, selling, and/or serving healthier foods, have recently emerged as a promising strategy to counter this public health issue by increasing access to healthier foods. Although numerous Canadian health and scientific organizations have recommended such policies, they have not yet been broadly implemented in Canada. To inform further policy action on healthy food procurement in a Canadian context, we: (1) conducted an evidence synthesis to assess the impact of healthy food procurement policies on health outcomes and sales, intake, and availability of healthier food, and (2) hosted a consensus conference in September 2014. The consensus conference invited experts with public health/nutrition policy research expertise, as well as health services and food services practitioner experience, to review evidence, share experiences, and develop a consensus statement/recommendations on healthy food procurement in Canada. Findings from the evidence synthesis and consensus recommendations for healthy food procurement in Canada are described. Specifically, we outline recommendations for governments, publicly funded institutions, decision-makers and professionals, citizens, and researchers. Implementation of healthy food procurement policies can increase Canadians' access to healthier foods as part of a broader vision for food policy in Canada.

  8. Facile synthesis of a silver nanoparticles/polypyrrole nanocomposite for non-enzymatic glucose determination.

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    Poletti Papi, Maurício A; Caetano, Fabio R; Bergamini, Márcio F; Marcolino-Junior, Luiz H

    2017-06-01

    The present work describes the synthesis of a new conductive nanocomposite based on polypyrrole (PPy) and silver nanoparticles (PPy-AgNP) based on a facile reverse microemulsion method and its application as a non-enzymatic electrochemical sensor for glucose detection. Focusing on the best sensor performance, all experimental parameters used in the synthesis of nanocomposite were optimized based on its electrochemical response for glucose. Characterization of the optimized material by FT-IR, cyclic voltammetry, and DRX measurements and TEM images showed good monodispersion of semispherical Ag nanoparticles capped by PPy structure, with size average of 12±5nm. Under the best analytical conditions, the proposed sensor exhibited glucose response in linear dynamic range of 25 to 2500μmolL -1 , with limit of detection of 3.6μmolL -1 . Recovery studies with human saliva samples varying from 99 to 105% revealed the accuracy and feasibility of a non-enzymatic electrochemical sensor for glucose determination by easy construction and low-cost. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Healthy food procurement and nutrition standards in public facilities: evidence synthesis and consensus policy recommendations

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    Kim D. Raine

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Unhealthy foods are widely available in public settings across Canada, contributing to diet-related chronic diseases, such as obesity. This is a concern given that public facilities often provide a significant amount of food for consumption by vulnerable groups, including children and seniors. Healthy food procurement policies, which support procuring, distributing, selling, and/or serving healthier foods, have recently emerged as a promising strategy to counter this public health issue by increasing access to healthier foods. Although numerous Canadian health and scientific organizations have recommended such policies, they have not yet been broadly implemented in Canada. Methods: To inform further policy action on healthy food procurement in a Canadian context, we: (1 conducted an evidence synthesis to assess the impact of healthy food procurement policies on health outcomes and sales, intake, and availability of healthier food, and (2 hosted a consensus conference in September 2014. The consensus conference invited experts with public health/nutrition policy research expertise, as well as health services and food services practitioner experience, to review evidence, share experiences, and develop a consensus statement/recommendations on healthy food procurement in Canada. Results: Findings from the evidence synthesis and consensus recommendations for healthy food procurement in Canada are described. Specifically, we outline recommendations for governments, publicly funded institutions, decision-makers and professionals, citizens, and researchers. Conclusion: Implementation of healthy food procurement policies can increase Canadians’ access to healthier foods as part of a broader vision for food policy in Canada.

  10. Facile synthesis of silver nanoparticles and their application in dye degradation

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    Joseph, Siby; Mathew, Beena

    2015-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • This synthetic method uses the novel reducing agent hexamine. • The method is simple, fast and environment friendly. • This is a cost-effective method as all materials used are inexpensive and readily available. • The method provides highly stable spherical silver nanoparticles. • The nanoparticles show outstanding catalytic activity in the degradation of organic dyes. - Abstract: The present article reports a simple, facile and eco-friendly method based on microwave irradiation for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles in aqueous medium using starch as stabilizing agent and a new reducing agent namely hexamine. The silver nanoparticles were characterized by UV–vis, FTIR, XRD and HR-TEM analysis. UV–vis spectroscopic studies provided sufficient evidences for the formation of nanoparticles. The role of starch in the synthesis and stabilization of the nanoparticles was obtained from FTIR studies. The XRD and HR-TEM investigations clearly demonstrated the crystalline nature of the nanoparticles. From the TEM images, the silver nanoparticles were found to be spherical and of nearly uniform size with an average diameter of 18.2 ± 0.97 nm. The nanoparticles showed excellent catalytic activity in the degradation of methyl orange and rhodamine B by NaBH 4

  11. Silver nanoparticles with gelatin nanoshells: photochemical facile green synthesis and their antimicrobial activity

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    Pourjavadi, Ali; Soleyman, Rouhollah

    2011-10-01

    In the current study, a facile green synthesis of silver-gelatin core-shell nanostructures (spherical, spherical/cubic hybrid, and cubic, DLS diameter: 4.1-6.9 nm) is reported via the wet chemical synthesis procedure. Sunlight-UV as an available reducing agent cause mild reduction of silver ions into the silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs). Gelatin protein, as an effective capping/shaping agent, was used in the reaction to self-assemble silver nanostructures. The formation of silver nanostructures and their self-assembly pattern was confirmed by SEM, AFM, and TEM techniques. Further investigations were carried out using zeta-potential, UV-Vis, FTIR, GPC, and TGA/DTG/DTA data. The prepared Ag-NPs showed proper and acceptable antimicrobial activity against three classes of microorganisms ( Escherichia coli Gram-negative bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus Gram-positive bacteria, and Candida albicans fungus). The antibacterial and antifungal Ag-NPs exhibit good stability in solution and can be considered as promising candidates for a wide range of biomedical applications.

  12. Facile synthesis of TiO2/microcrystalline cellulose nanocomposites: photocatalytically active material under visible light irradiation

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    Doped TiO2 nanocomposites were prepared in situ by a facile and simple synthesis utilizing benign and renewable precursors such as microcrystalline cellulose (MC) and TiCl4 through hydrolysis in alkaline medium without the addition of organic solvents. The as-prepared nanocompos...

  13. Facile eco-friendly synthesis of novel chromeno[4,3-b]pyridine-2,5 ...

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    Facile eco-friendly synthesis of novel chromeno[4,3-b]pyridine-2,5-diones and evaluation of their ... aDepartment of Chemistry, Sankar Foundation Research Institute, Naiduthota, Vishakapatnam 530 047, India. bISISM, SRM university ..... wide popularity as alternative solvent in contributing to such green methodologies.

  14. Facile synthesis of improved room temperature gas sensing properties of TiO2 nanostructures: Effect of acid treatment

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    Tshabalala, Zamaswazi P

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available and Actuators B: Chemical Facile synthesis of improved room temperature gas sensing properties of TiO2 nanostructures: Effect of acid treatment Z.P. Tshabalalaa,b, D.E. Motaunga,∗, G.H. Mhlongoa,∗, O.M. Ntwaeaborwab,∗ a DST/CSIR, National Centre for Nano...

  15. Facile synthesis of improved room temperature gas sensing properties of TiO2 nanostructures: Effect of acid treatment

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    Tshabalala, Zamaswazi P

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available and Actuators B: Chemical Facile synthesis of improved room temperature gas sensing properties of TiO2 nanostructures: Effect of acid treatment Z.P. Tshabalalaa,b, D.E. Motaunga,∗, G.H. Mhlongoa,∗, O.M. Ntwaeaborwab,∗ a DST/CSIR, National Centre...

  16. Ketones as electrophiles in two component Baylis-Hillman reaction: a facile one-pot synthesis of substituted indolizines.

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    Basavaiah, Deevi; Veeraraghavaiah, Gorre; Badsara, Satpal Singh

    2014-03-14

    2-Alkanoyl(aroyl)-pyridines have been successfully used for coupling with alkyl vinyl ketones under the influence of TMSOTf providing a facile protocol for the synthesis of substituted indolizines, thus demonstrating the application of ketones as electrophiles in a two component Baylis-Hillman reaction.

  17. Facile synthesis of carbon-ZnO nanocomposite with enhanced visible light photocatalytic performance

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    Akir, Sana [Univ. Lille, CNRS, Centrale Lille, ISEN, Univ. Valenciennes, UMR 8520 − IEMN, F-59000, Centrale Lille (France); Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux Lamellaires et Nano-Matériaux Hybrides, Faculté des Sciences de Bizerte, Université de Carthage, 7021, Bizerte (Tunisia); Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Matériaux Minéraux et leurs Applications, Centre National des Recherches en Sciences des Matériaux, Technopôle de Bordj Cedria, BP73, 8027, Soliman (Tunisia); Hamdi, Abderrahmane [Univ. Lille, CNRS, Centrale Lille, ISEN, Univ. Valenciennes, UMR 8520 − IEMN, F-59000, Centrale Lille (France); Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux Lamellaires et Nano-Matériaux Hybrides, Faculté des Sciences de Bizerte, Université de Carthage, 7021, Bizerte (Tunisia); Laboratory of Semi-conductors, Nano-structures and Advanced Technologies, Research and Technology Centre of Energy, Borj-Cedria Science and Technology Park, BP 95, 2050, Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); Addad, Ahmed [UMET, UMR CNRS 8207, Université Lille 1, 59655 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cédex (France); Coffinier, Yannick [Univ. Lille, CNRS, Centrale Lille, ISEN, Univ. Valenciennes, UMR 8520 − IEMN, F-59000, Centrale Lille (France); Boukherroub, Rabah, E-mail: rabah.boukherroub@iemn.univ-lille1.fr [Univ. Lille, CNRS, Centrale Lille, ISEN, Univ. Valenciennes, UMR 8520 − IEMN, F-59000, Centrale Lille (France); and others

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    Highlights: • C-ZnO nanocomposite was successfully prepared via a facile and eco-friendly process. • C-ZnO NPs have excellent photocatalytic activity for RhB dye degradation under visible light irradiation compared with literature. • The visible photocatalytic properties originate from injection e{sup −} in CB of ZnO from RhB. - Abstract: The present study describes a facile route for synthesis of carbon-ZnO nanocomposites (C-ZnO) via hydrothermal process in presence of glucose as carbon precursor. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The results showed carbon uniformly coated on the surface of the ZnO nanoparticles to form the C-ZnO nanocomposites. Further investigation revealed that carbon could significantly protect ZnO NPs against the coalescence during high temperature treatment. The obtained C-ZnO nanocomposite showed excellent photocatalytic activity for the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation, which was attributed to the repressed charge carrier recombination in the nanocomposite. Quenching experiments and photocurrent measurements revealed a photocatalytic mechanism occurring through photosensitization.

  18. Facile synthesis of monodisperse LuPO4:Eu3+/Tb3+ hollow nanospheres and their luminescence properties.

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    Gao, Yu; Fan, Miaomiao; Fang, Qinghong; Song, Bo; Jiang, Wei

    2013-10-01

    Highly uniform and well-dispersed LuPO4 hollow nanospheres were successfully synthesized via a facile solution-phase method by utilizing the colloidal spheres of Lu(OH)CO3 as a sacrificial template and NH4H2PO4 as a phosphorus source. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transformed infrared (FT-IR), photoluminescence (PL) spectra, and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra were employed to characterize the samples. The result indicates that the hollow LuPO4 spheres can be indexed to the tetragonal phase. The hollow LuPO4 spheres with diameter of about 300 nm become larger with respect to the sacrificial template. The shell of the hollow microspheres consists of numerous nanorods with the thickness of approximately 10 nm. Moreover, the possible formation mechanism of the evolution from Lu(OH)CO3 spheres to the final hollow LuPO4 hollow spheres has been proposed. In addition, upom ultraviolet (UV) and low-voltage electron beams excitation, 5 mol% Eu3+ and 5 mol% Tb3+ doped LuPO4 samples exhibit strong orange-red and green emission, corresponding to the characteristic lines of Eu3+ and Tb3+ under UV excitation, respectively, which may find potential application in the fields of color display and biomedicine.

  19. Facile combustion synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles using Cajanus cajan (L.) and its multidisciplinary applications

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    Manjunath, K.; Ravishankar, T.N. [Centre for Nano and Material Sciences, Jain University, Jakkasandra, Kanakapura Talluk (India); Kumar, Dhanith [Department of Chemistry, B.M.S. Instsitute of Technology, Yelahanka, Bangalore (India); Priyanka, K.P; Varghese, Thomas [Nanoscience Research Centre, Department of Physics, Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha, Kerala (India); Naika, H.Raja [Department of Studies and Research in Environmental Science, Tumkur University, Tumkur (India); Nagabhushana, H. [CNR Rao Center for Advanced Materials, Tumkur University, Tumkur (India); Sharma, S.C. [Chattisgarh Swami Vivekananda Technical University, Bhilai (India); Dupont, J. [Institute of Chemistry, Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis, UFRGS, Porto Alegre (Brazil); Ramakrishnappa, T. [Centre for Nano and Material Sciences, Jain University, Jakkasandra, Kanakapura Talluk (India); Nagaraju, G., E-mail: nagarajugn@rediffmail.com [Department of Chemistry, B.M.S. Instsitute of Technology, Yelahanka, Bangalore (India)

    2014-09-15

    Graphical abstract: Facile combustion synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles using Cajanuscajan (L.) and its multidisciplinary applications.Zinc oxide nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by solution combustion method (SCM) using pigeon pea as a combustible fuel for the first time. The as-prepared product shows good photocatalytic, dielectric, antibacterial, electrochemical properties. - Highlights: • ZnO Nps were synthesized via combustion method using pigeon pea as a fuel. • The structure of the product was confirmed by XRD technique. • The morphology was confirmed by SEM and TEM images. • The as-prepared product shown good photocatalytic activity, dielectric property. • It has also shown good antibacterial and electrochemical properties. - Abstract: Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO Nps) were successfully synthesized by solution combustion method (SCM) using pigeon pea as a fuel for the first time. X-Ray diffraction pattern reveals that the product belongs to hexagonal system. FTIR spectrum of ZnO Nps shows the band at 420 cm{sup −1} associated with the characteristic vibration of Zn–O. TEM images show that the nanoparticles are found to be ∼40–80 nm. Furthermore, the as-prepared ZnO Nps exhibits good photocatalytic activity for the photodegradation of methylene blue (MB), indicating that they are indeed a promising photocatalytic semiconductor. The antibacterial properties of ZnO nanopowders were investigated by their bactericidal activity against four bacterial strains.

  20. Facile synthesis of cyclopentenone B1- and L1-type Phytoprostanes

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    Alexandre eGuy

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Phytoprostanes (PhytoPs represent non-enzymatic metabolites of α-linolenic acid (ALA, the essential omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA derived from plants. PhytoPs are present in the plant kingdom and represent endogenous mediators capable of protecting cells from oxidative stress damages in plants. Recently, it was found that such metabolites are present in cooking oil in high quantities, and also that B1-PhytoPs protect immature neurons from oxidant injury and promote differentiation of oligodendrocyte progenitors through PPAR-γ activation. We report a novel and facile synthesis of natural 2,3-substituted cyclopentenone PhytoPs, 16-B1-PhytoP and 9-L1-PhytoP. Our strategy is based on reductive alkylation at the 2-position of 1,3-cyclopentanedione using a recent protocol developed by Ramachary et al., and on a cross-coupling metathesis to access conjugate dienone system. In conclusion, this strategy permitted access to B1- and L1-PhytoPs in a relative short sequence process, and afford the possibility to easily develop analogs of PhytoPs.

  1. Facile synthesis of bovine serum albumin conjugated low-dimensional ZnS nanocrystals.

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    Mullamuri, Bhanu; Bhagavathula, Subrahmanya Diwakar; Kasturi, Krishna C S B; Reddy, Venu

    2017-08-01

    We present a facile synthesis of bovine serum albumin (BSA) conjugated low-dimensional ZnS nanocrystals. The experimental parameters such as effects of BSA concentration and precursor vol ratios of Zn:S on the formation of ZnS nanoparticles in BSA matrix were investigated. The ZnS crystalline sizes of 1.9, 1.8 and 1.6nm were obtained by using the BSA concentrations of 1×10 -4 , 5×10 -4 and 10×10 -4 g/mL, respectively, with a fixed Zn:S vol ratio of 1:1. The ZnS samples prepared from 1:10 and 10:1 vol ratios of Zn:S at BSA concentration of 5×10 -4 g/mL shows the crystalline sizes of ZnS are 2.1 and 1.5nm, respectively. FT-IR analysis suggests that the prepared ZnS nanoparticles might be conjugated through the interactions of hydroxyl and amine groups present in BSA. We evaluate the cytotoxicity of the prepared ZnS nanoparticles, the THP-1 cells showed a good viability (>88%) for all the prepared ZnS samples. The plausible mechanism for the formation of ZnS-BSA composite has also been discussed. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Facile and green synthesis of core-shell structured magnetic chitosan submicrospheres and their surface functionalization.

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    Li, Yiya; Yuan, Dongying; Dong, Mingjie; Chai, Zhihua; Fu, Guoqi

    2013-09-17

    Submicrometer-sized magnetite colloid nanocrystal clusters (MCNCs) provide a new avenue for constructing uniformly sized and highly magnetic composite submicrospheres. Herein, a facile and eco-friendly method is described for the synthesis of Fe3O4@poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)/chitosan (CS) core-shell submicrospheres using MCNCs bearing carboxyl groups as the magnetic cores. It is based on the self-assembly of positively charged CS chains on the surface of the oppositely charged MCNCs dispersed in the aqueous solution containing acrylic acid (AA) and a cross-linker N,N'-methylenebis(acrylamide) (MBA), followed by radical induced cross-linking copolymerization of AA and MBA along the CS chains. The resulting polymer shell comprises a medium shell of cross-linked PAA/CS polyelectrolyte complexes and an outer shell of protonated CS chains. It was found that the shell thickness could be tuned by varying either the concentration of radical initiator or the molar ratio of AA to aminoglucoside units of CS. To the surface of thus obtained Fe3O4@PAA/CS particles, Au nanoparticles, a variety of functional groups such as fluorescein, carboxyl, quaternary ammonium, and aliphatic bromide, and even functional polymer chains were successfully introduced. Therefore, such Fe3O4@PAA/CS submicrospheres may be used as versatile magnetic functional scaffolds in biorelated areas like bioseparation and medical assay, considering the unique features of CS like nontoxicity and biocompatibility.

  3. Facile synthesis and electron transport properties of NiO nanostructures investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Due to their unique chemical, thermal, electronic and photonic properties, low -dimensional transition metal oxides, especially NiO, have attracted great deal of attention for potential applications in a wide range of technologies, such as, sensors, electrochromic coatings and self-healing materials. However, their synthesis involves multi-step complex procedures that in addition to being expensive, further introduce impurities. Here we present a low cost facile approach to synthesize uniform size NiO nanoparticles (NPs from hydrothermally grown Ni(OH2. Detailed transmission electron microscopic analysis reveal the average size of NiO NPs to be around 29 nm. The dimension of NiO NP is also corroborated by the small area scanning tunneling microscope (STM measurements. Further, we investigate electron transport characteristics of newly synthesized Ni(OH2 and NiO nanoparticles on p-type Si substrate using scanning tunneling microscopy. The conductivity of Ni(OH2 and NiO are determined to be 1.46x10-3 S/cm and 2.37x10-5 S/cm, respectively. The NiO NPs exhibit a lower voltage window (∼0.7 V electron tunneling than the parent Ni(OH2.

  4. Facile combustion synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles using Cajanus cajan (L.) and its multidisciplinary applications

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    Manjunath, K.; Ravishankar, T.N.; Kumar, Dhanith; Priyanka, K.P; Varghese, Thomas; Naika, H.Raja; Nagabhushana, H.; Sharma, S.C.; Dupont, J.; Ramakrishnappa, T.; Nagaraju, G.

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: Facile combustion synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles using Cajanuscajan (L.) and its multidisciplinary applications.Zinc oxide nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by solution combustion method (SCM) using pigeon pea as a combustible fuel for the first time. The as-prepared product shows good photocatalytic, dielectric, antibacterial, electrochemical properties. - Highlights: • ZnO Nps were synthesized via combustion method using pigeon pea as a fuel. • The structure of the product was confirmed by XRD technique. • The morphology was confirmed by SEM and TEM images. • The as-prepared product shown good photocatalytic activity, dielectric property. • It has also shown good antibacterial and electrochemical properties. - Abstract: Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO Nps) were successfully synthesized by solution combustion method (SCM) using pigeon pea as a fuel for the first time. X-Ray diffraction pattern reveals that the product belongs to hexagonal system. FTIR spectrum of ZnO Nps shows the band at 420 cm −1 associated with the characteristic vibration of Zn–O. TEM images show that the nanoparticles are found to be ∼40–80 nm. Furthermore, the as-prepared ZnO Nps exhibits good photocatalytic activity for the photodegradation of methylene blue (MB), indicating that they are indeed a promising photocatalytic semiconductor. The antibacterial properties of ZnO nanopowders were investigated by their bactericidal activity against four bacterial strains

  5. Facile Synthesis Polyethylene Glycol Coated Magnetite Nanoparticles for High Colloidal Stability

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    Mun Foong Tai

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Polyethylene glycol (PEG is one of the most frequently used synthetic polymers for surface modifications of magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs to provide a new opportunity for constructing high colloidal stability. Herein, a facile in situ coprecipitation technique is described for the synthesis of PEG coated MNPs using ammonium hydroxide as the precipitating agent. The structure and morphology of the prepared PEG coated MNPs samples were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, X-ray spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, and the high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM. In this study, all samples demonstrated hydrodynamic size in the range of 32 to 43 nm with narrow size distribution. In addition, the magnetic properties of resultant samples were investigated using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM to reveal the superparamagnetic behaviour with saturation magnetization. The saturation magnetization of PEG coated MNPs samples was in the range of 63 to 66 emu/g at 300 K. Interestingly, it was found that 1.0 g of PEG coated MNPs exhibited high colloidal stability in a basic solution (pH = 10 and nitrile (NBR latex up to 21 days as compared to the unmodified MNPs during the sedimentation test.

  6. Nanoscale semiconductor-insulator-metal core/shell heterostructures: facile synthesis and light emission.

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    Li, Gong Ping; Chen, Rui; Guo, Dong Lai; Wong, Lai Mun; Wang, Shi Jie; Sun, Han Dong; Wu, Tom

    2011-08-01

    Controllably constructing hierarchical nanostructures with distinct components and designed architectures is an important theme of research in nanoscience, entailing novel but reliable approaches of bottom-up synthesis. Here, we report a facile method to reproducibly create semiconductor-insulator-metal core/shell nanostructures, which involves first coating uniform MgO shells onto metal oxide nanostructures in solution and then decorating them with Au nanoparticles. The semiconductor nanowire core can be almost any material and, herein, ZnO, SnO(2) and In(2)O(3) are used as examples. We also show that linear chains of short ZnO nanorods embedded in MgO nanotubes and porous MgO nanotubes can be obtained by taking advantage of the reduced thermal stability of the ZnO core. Furthermore, after MgO shell-coating and the appropriate annealing treatment, the intensity of the ZnO near-band-edge UV emission becomes much stronger, showing a 25-fold enhancement. The intensity ratio of the UV/visible emission can be increased further by decorating the surface of the ZnO/MgO nanowires with high-density plasmonic Au nanoparticles. These heterostructured semiconductor-insulator-metal nanowires with tailored morphologies and enhanced functionalities have great potential for use as nanoscale building blocks in photonic and electronic applications. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2011

  7. Facile Synthesis of ZnO Nanoparticles and Their Photocatalytic Activity

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    Lee, Jun Young; Ko, Sung Hyun; Kim, Sang Wook [Dongguk Univ., Yongin (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sookeun; Kim, A Young [Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-07-15

    This paper reports the facile synthesis methods of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles, using diethylene glycol (DEG) and polyethylene glycol (PEG400). The particle size and morphology were correlated with the PEG concentration and reaction time. With 0.75 mL of PEG400 in 150 mL of DEG and a 20 h reaction time, the ZnO nanoparticles began to disperse from a collective spherical grain shape. The ZnO nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and a N{sub 2} adsorption.desorption studies. The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface areas of and were 157.083, 141.559 and 233.249 m{sup 2}/g, respectively. The observed pore diameters of and were 63.4, 42.0 and 134.0 A, respectively. The pore volumes of and were 0.249, 0.148 and 0.781 cm{sup 3}/g, respectively. The photocatalytic activity of the synthesized ZnO nanoparticles was evaluated by methylene blue (MB) degradation, and the activity showed a good correlation with the N{sub 2} adsorption.desorption data.

  8. Stacking faults enriched silver nanowires: facile synthesis, catalysis and SERS investigations.

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    Xu, Minmin; Yang, Fengzhu; Yuan, Yaxian; Guo, Qinghua; Ren, Bin; Yao, Jianlin; Gu, Renao

    2013-10-01

    A facile approach based on seed-mediated method for synthesis of stacking faults enriched Ag nanowires (SFEANWs) was successfully developed. SFEANWs were formed and attached onto the seed (α-Fe2O3/Au) surfaces through the reduction of AgNO3 by ascorbic acid (AA) in the presence of sodium polyacrylate (PAANa). Their length can be tuned with different concentrations of AgNO3 or PAANa. According to the effects of seeds and PAANa, the plausible growth mechanism of SFEANWs was discussed. The catalytic activity of SFEANWs comparing with fivefold twinned Ag nanowires (FFTANWs) was evaluated through reducing p-nitrophenol by NaBH4. The activation energy of the classical reaction catalyzed by SFEANWs was calculated through the Arrhenius equation. In addition, these SFEANWs exhibited excellent surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activities due to the hot spots located in the cross of the twist wires. The detection limit of by SERS for 1,4-benzenedithiol (1,4-BDT) was estimated about 10(-7) mol/L. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. A facile, green and efficient surfactant-free method for synthesis of aluminum nanooxides with an extraordinary high surface area.

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    Mohammadnezhad, Gholamhossein; Akintola, Oluseun; Plass, Winfried; Steiniger, Frank; Westermann, Martin

    2016-04-21

    Nano boehmite with unprecedented high surface area and pore volume (802 m(2) g(-1), 2.35 cm(3) g(-1)) was prepared using a facile, green and efficient surfactant-free synthesis method. The structure of the material is characterized by the presence of plates with varying thicknesses and morphologies. The calcined samples show curved and rolled plates with a nanotube-like appearance.

  10. Plants: Emerging as Nanofactories towards Facile Route in Synthesis of Nanoparticles

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    Sreedharamurthy Satish

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Plant mediated nanoparticles’ synthesis has led to a remarkable progress via unfolding a green synthesis protocol towards nanoparticles’ synthesis. It seems to have drawn quite an unequivocal attention with a view of reformulating the novel strategies as alternatives for popular conventional methods. Hence, the present review summarizes the literature reported thus far and envisions towards plants as emerging sources of nanofactories.

  11. Plants: Emerging as Nanofactories towards Facile Route in Synthesis of Nanoparticles

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    Baker, Syed; Rakshith, Devaraju; Kavitha, Kumara Shanthamma; Santosh, Parthasarathy; Kavitha, Holalu Umapathy; Rao, Yashavantha; Satish, Sreedharamurthy

    2013-01-01

    Plant mediated nanoparticles’ synthesis has led to a remarkable progress via unfolding a green synthesis protocol towards nanoparticles’ synthesis. It seems to have drawn quite an unequivocal attention with a view of reformulating the novel strategies as alternatives for popular conventional methods. Hence, the present review summarizes the literature reported thus far and envisions towards plants as emerging sources of nanofactories.

  12. Three-dimensional ZnO hierarchical nanostructures: Solution phase synthesis and applications

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    Wang, Xiaoliang; Ahmad, Mashkoor; Sun, Hongyu

    2017-01-01

    nanostructures in photocatalysis, field emission, electrochemical sensor, and lithium ion batteries. Throughout the discussion, the relationship between the device performance and the microstructures of 3D ZnO hierarchical nanostructures will be highlighted. This review concludes with a personal perspective...

  13. Direct solution-phase synthesis of Se submicrotubes using Se powder as selenium source

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    Yan Shancheng; Wang Haitao; Zhang Yuping; Li Shuchun; Xiao Zhongdang

    2009-01-01

    The selenium submicrotubes were directly prepared using Se powder as selenium source by microwave-assisted method. Field-emission scan electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were adopted to characterize the as-prepared products. The results of high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and XRD pattern proved that the selenium submicrotubes were single crystalline in nature and [0 0 1] oriented. A possible growth mechanism of the selenium submicrotubes was proposed. The effects of the experimental conditions, such as alkaline concentration and solvent properties, on the morphology and dimension of the products have also been discussed

  14. Facile synthesis, dielectric properties and electrocatalytic activities of PMMA-NiFe2O4 nanocomposite

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    Maji, Pranabi; Choudhary, Ram Bilash

    2017-01-01

    The paper deals with the dielectric and catalytic properties of poly (methyl methacrylate)-nikel ferrite (PMMA-NiFe 2 O 4 ) nanocomposite. The nanocomposite was prepared by using a general and facile synthesis strategy. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra confirmed the formation of PMMA-NiFe 2 O 4 nanocomposite. Field effect scanning electron microscopic (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopic (TEM) images revealed that NiFe 2 O 4 nanoparticles were uniformly distributed and were tightly adhered with PMMA matrix owing to surface modification with 3-methacryloyloxy propyl trimethoxy silane (KH-570). Thermal stability was enhanced by incorporation of NiFe 2 O 4 nanofillers. The nanocomposite showed high dielectric constant and low dielectric loss. The achieved dielectric and thermal property inferred the potential application of this material in energy storage and embedded electronics devices. Further, the as prepared nanocomposite also offered a remarkable electrochemical performance towards hydrogen peroxide (H 2 O 2 ) sensing. - Highlights: • PMMA-NiFe 2 O 4 nanocomposite was synthesized via free radical polymerization. • The nanocomposite exhibited high value of dielectric constant (51) and tanδ (0.3). • Thermal stability of the PMMA matrix was improved by the incorporation of NiFe 2 O 4. • The H 2 O 2 detection limit was estimated 44 μM when signal to noise (S/N) ration was 3. • The electrochemical sensitivity of H 2 O 2 was calculated 0.6727 μA mM -1 .

  15. Facile and controlled synthesis of aligned WO3 nanorods and nanosheets as an efficient photocatalyst material

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    Ahmed, Bilal; Kumar, Sumeet; Ojha, Animesh K.; Donfack, P.; Materny, A.

    2017-03-01

    In this work, we have performed a facile and controlled synthesis of WO3 nanorods and sheets in different crystal phases (triclinic, orthorhombic and monoclinic) of WO3 using the sol-gel method. The detailed structures of the synthesized materials were examined by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The shapes and crystal phases of the WO3 nanostructures were found to be highly dependent on the calcination temperature. The variation in crystalline phases and shapes is modified the electronic structure of the samples, which causes a variation in the value of optical band gap. The value of the Raman line intensity ratio I264/I320 has been successfully used to identify the structural transition from the triclinic to the orthorhombic phase of WO3. The PL spectra of the synthesized products excited at wavelengths 380, 400, and 420 nm exhibit intense emission peaks that cover the complete visible range (blue-green-red). The emission peaks at 460 and 486 nm were caused by the near band-edge and band to band transition, respectively. The peaks in spectral range 500-600 nm might be originated from the presence of oxygen vacancies lying within the energy band gap. The synthesized WO3 nanostructures showed improved photocatalytic activity for the photodegradation of MB dye. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of WO3 nanosheets compared to WO3 nanorods for photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) dye could be due to the shape of the nanostructured WO3. The sheet type of structure provides more active surface for the interaction of dye molecules compared to the rods, which results in a more efficient degradation of the dye molecules.

  16. Facile synthesis of carbon/MoO 3 nanocomposites as stable battery anodes

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    Ding, Jiang

    2017-03-09

    Pristine MoO3 is a potential anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), due to its high specific capacity (1117 mA h g−1); it suffers, however, from poor cyclability, resulting from a low conductivity and large volume changes during lithiation/delithiation process. Here we adopt a facile two-step method in which pristine bulk MoO3 is first converted into MoO3 nanorods (MoO3 NR) through mechanical grinding, to buffer the continuous volume changes, and then coated with amorphous carbon through simple stirring and heating, to provide high electronic and ionic conductivities. Electrochemical tests reveal that the carbon-coated MoO3 nanorods (C-MoO3 NRs) exhibit outstanding specific capacity (856 mA h g−1 after 110 cycles at a current density of 0.1 C); remarkable cycle life, among the best reported for carbon-based MoO3 nanostructures (485 mA h g−1 after 300 cycles at 0.5 C and 373 mA h g−1 after 400 cycles at 0.75 C); and greatly improved capacity retention (up to 90.4% after various C-rates) compared to bulk MoO3. We confirm the versatility of the C-MoO3 NR anodes by preparing flexible batteries that display stable performance, even in bent state. This simple approach toward C-MoO3 NR anodes proceeds without rigorous chemical synthesis or extremely high temperatures, making it a scalable solution to prepare high-capacity anodes for next-generation LIBs.

  17. Facile synthesis and electrical switching properties of V{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders

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    Ji, Haining; Liu, Dongqing, E-mail: dongqingliu@ymail.com; Cheng, Haifeng; Yang, Lixiang; Zhang, Chaoyang; Zheng, Wenwei

    2017-03-15

    Highlights: • Single crystal uniform V{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders have been synthesized without additional surfactant. • Powders were obtained in only 6 h. • Powders exhibit reversible phase transition properties. • Powders have excellent electrical switching properties with resistance changes as large as 10{sup 4}. - Abstract: V{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders were synthesized with mercaptoacetic acid (C{sub 2}H{sub 4}O{sub 2}S) as reducing agent and stabilizer via a facile hydrothermal approach. The crystalline structure, surface morphology, valence state of the derived V{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders were characterized via X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. It was found that the ratio and reaction time played a duel role in the formation and morphology of the V{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders. The metal-insulator transition properties of V{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders were studied by the differential scanning calorimetry curve and variable temperature Raman spectra. The change in electrical resistance due to the metal-insulator transition was measured from 80 to 240 K using physical property measurement system. The results showed V{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples had excellent electrical switching properties with resistance changes as large as 10{sup 4}. This simple and fast synthesis approach makes the V{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders easily accessible for exploring their fundamental properties and potential applications in novel electronic devices.

  18. P-type nitrogen-doped ZnO nanostructures with controlled shape and doping level by facile microwave synthesis.

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    Herring, Natalie P; Panchakarla, Leela S; El-Shall, M Samy

    2014-03-04

    We report herein the development of a facile microwave irradiation (MWI) method for the synthesis of high-quality N-doped ZnO nanostructures with controlled morphology and doping level. We present two different approaches for the MWI-assisted synthesis of N-doped ZnO nanostructures. In the first approach, N-doping of Zn-poor ZnO prepared using zinc peroxide (ZnO2) as a precursor is carried out under MWI in the presence of urea as a nitrogen source and oleylamine (OAm) as a capping agent for the shape control of the resulting N-doped ZnO nanostructures. Our approach utilizes the MWI process for the decomposition of ZnO2, where the rapid transfer of energy directly to ZnO2 can cause an instantaneous internal temperature rise and, thus, the activation energy for the ZnO2 decomposition is essentially decreased as compared to the decomposition under conductive heating. In the second synthesis method, a one-step synthesis of N-doped ZnO nanostructures is achieved by the rapid decomposition of zinc acetate in a mixture of urea and OAm under MWI. We demonstrate, for the first time, that MWI decomposition of zinc acetate in a mixture of OAm and urea results in the formation of N-doped nanostructures with controlled shape and N-doping level. We report a direct correlation between the intensity of the Raman scattering bands in N-doped ZnO and the concentration of urea used in the synthesis. Electrochemical measurements demonstrate the successful synthesis of stable p-type N-doped ZnO nanostructures using the one-step MWI synthesis and, therefore, allow us to investigate, for the first time, the relationship between the doping level and morphology of the ZnO nanostructures. The results provide strong evidence for the control of the electrical behavior and the nanostructured shapes of ZnO nanoparticles using the facile MWI synthesis method developed in this work.

  19. Keeping Your Students Awake: Facile Microscale Synthesis of Modafinil, a Modern Anti-Narcoleptic Drug

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    Aktoudianakis, Evangelos; Lin, Rui Jun; Dicks, Andrew P.

    2006-01-01

    An uncomplicated organic synthesis experiment with modafinil that showcases a prevalent modern antinarcoleptic drug as an approach to inspire students to learn real-world relevance is presented. The synthesis and analysis of racemic 2-(diphenylmethyl-sulfinyl)acetamide, (plus or minus)-modafinil, is suitable as a midlevel undergraduate organic…

  20. A facile, solvent and catalyst free, microwave assisted one pot synthesis of hydrazinyl thiazole derivatives

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available A rapid synthesis of hydrazinyl thiazoles under solvent and catalyst free condition is reported within 30 s. A series of aryl ketones/4-benzoyl pyridine thiosemicarbazone, thiosemicarbazide and α-haloketones were used. This is an environmentally benign microwave assisted and efficient method for rapid synthesis of hydrazinyl thiazoles.

  1. An efficient and facile synthesis of divergent C-3/C-5 bis ...

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    extensive attention in organic synthesis and also serve as potential synthons for the synthesis of alkaloids, ... recent years, MBH adduct of oxindole has attracted attention due to its significance of multi-functionalized ...... scope, rate acceleration and selective formation of bis-. MBH adduct with cyclic enones with DABCO as ...

  2. Facile synthesis, spectral properties and formation mechanism of sulfur nanorods in PEG-200

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    Xie, Xin-yuan; Li, Li-yun; Zheng, Pu-sheng; Zheng, Wen-jie; Bai, Yan; Cheng, Tian-feng; Liu, Jie

    2012-01-01

    Graphical abstract: Homogeneous rod-like structure of sulfur with a typical diameter of about 80 nm and an average aspect ratio of about 6–8 was obtained. The sulfur nanoparticles could self-assemble from spherical particles to nanorods in PEG-200. During the self-assembling process, the absorption band showed a red shift which was due to the production of nanorods. Highlights: ► A novel, facile and greener method to synthesize sulfur nanorods by the solubilizing and templating effect of PEG-200 was reported. ► S 0 nanoparticles could self assemble in PEG-200 and finally form monodisperse and homogeneous rod-like structure with an average diameter of about 80 nm, the length ca. 600 nm. ► The absorption band showed a red shift and the RRS intensity enhanced continuously during the self-assembling process. ► PEG-200 induced the oriented attachment of sulfur nanoparticles by the terminal hydroxyl groups. -- Abstract: The synthesis of nano-sulfur sol by dissolving sublimed sulfur in a green solvent-PEG-200 was studied. Homogeneous rod-like structure of sulfur with a typical diameter of about 80 nm and an average aspect ratio of 6–8 was obtained. The structure, morphology, size, and stability of the products were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. The spectral properties of the products were investigated by ultraviolet-visible (UV–vis) absorption and resonance Rayleigh scattering spectroscopy (RRS). The results showed that the spherical sulfur nanoparticles could self-assemble into nanorods in PEG-200. During the self-assembling process, the absorption band showed a red shift and the RRS intensity enhanced continuously. There was physical cross-linking between PEG and sulfur nanoparticles. PEG-200 induced the oriented attachment of sulfur nanoparticles by the

  3. A facile one-step hydrothermal synthesis of HfO2/graphene nanocomposite and its physio-chemical properties

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    Sagadevan, Suresh; Zaman Chowdhury, Zaira; Johan, Mohd. Rafie Bin; Rafique, Rahman F.

    2018-03-01

    A facile one-step hydrothermal synthesis of Hafnium oxide/Graphene (HfO2/Gr) Nanocomposite was successfully synthesized. The crystallinity index and the overall phase transformation process during the synthesis process was observed using x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern. The surface morphology of the prepared composite was analyzed using Scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Transmission electron microscopy studies (HR-TEM) were conducted to measure the particle sizes. The presence of different types of functional groups was confirmed using FT Raman spectroscopy. UV–Visible spectrum analysis with optical ingestion was conducted to observe the optical properties of the prepared sample. The dielectric properties and conductivity of the prepared sample were investigated whereby the frequencies and the temperatures were altered. The results showed that both the phenomenon of the dielectric consistent and the dielectric loss were frequency and temperature dependent. The thermal conductivity behavior of the prepared samples was checked by calculating AC conductivity values at various temperatures.

  4. Facile synthesis of soluble functional graphene by reduction of graphene oxide via acetylacetone and its adsorption of heavy metal ions

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    Xu, Minghan; Chai, Jing; Hu, Nantao; Huang, Da; Wang, Yuxi; Huang, Xiaolu; Wei, Hao; Yang, Zhi; Zhang, Yafei

    2014-09-01

    The synthesis of graphene (GR) from graphene oxide (GO) typically involves harmful chemical reducing agents that are undesirable for most practical applications. Here we report a green and facile synthesis method for the synthesis of GR that is soluble in water and organic solvents and that includes the additional benefit of adsorption of heavy metal ions. Acetylacetone, as both a reducing agent and a stabilizer, was used to prepare soluble GR from GO. Transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy provide clear evidence for the formation of few-layer GR. The results from Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy show that reduction of GO to GR has occurred. Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy also indicate the removal of oxygen-containing functional groups from GO, resulting in the formation of GR. The results of dispersion experiments show that GR can be highly dispersed in water and N,N-Dimethylformamide. The reaction mechanism for acetylacetone reduction of exfoliated GO was also proposed. This method is a facile and environmentally friendly approach to the synthesis of GR and opens up new possibilities for preparing GR and GR-based nanomaterials for large-scale applications. Of even greater interest is that inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy suggests that synthesized GR may be applied in the absorption of Cd2+ and Co2+ due to the strong coordination capacity of acetylacetone on the surfaces and edges of GR and the large surface area of GR in aqueous solutions. The maximum adsorptions are 49.28 mg g-1 for Cd2+, which is 4.5 times higher than that of carbon nanotubes, and 27.78 mg g-1 for Co2+, which is 3.6 times higher than that of titania beans.

  5. Facile synthesis of soluble functional graphene by reduction of graphene oxide via acetylacetone and its adsorption of heavy metal ions

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    Xu, Minghan; Chai, Jing; Hu, Nantao; Huang, Da; Wang, Yuxi; Huang, Xiaolu; Wei, Hao; Yang, Zhi; Zhang, Yafei

    2014-01-01

    The synthesis of graphene (GR) from graphene oxide (GO) typically involves harmful chemical reducing agents that are undesirable for most practical applications. Here we report a green and facile synthesis method for the synthesis of GR that is soluble in water and organic solvents and that includes the additional benefit of adsorption of heavy metal ions. Acetylacetone, as both a reducing agent and a stabilizer, was used to prepare soluble GR from GO. Transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy provide clear evidence for the formation of few-layer GR. The results from Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy show that reduction of GO to GR has occurred. Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy also indicate the removal of oxygen-containing functional groups from GO, resulting in the formation of GR. The results of dispersion experiments show that GR can be highly dispersed in water and N,N-Dimethylformamide. The reaction mechanism for acetylacetone reduction of exfoliated GO was also proposed. This method is a facile and environmentally friendly approach to the synthesis of GR and opens up new possibilities for preparing GR and GR-based nanomaterials for large-scale applications. Of even greater interest is that inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy suggests that synthesized GR may be applied in the absorption of Cd 2+ and Co 2+ due to the strong coordination capacity of acetylacetone on the surfaces and edges of GR and the large surface area of GR in aqueous solutions. The maximum adsorptions are 49.28 mg g −1 for Cd 2+ , which is 4.5 times higher than that of carbon nanotubes, and 27.78 mg g −1 for Co 2+ , which is 3.6 times higher than that of titania beans. (paper)

  6. Facile synthesis of soluble functional graphene by reduction of graphene oxide via acetylacetone and its adsorption of heavy metal ions.

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    Xu, Minghan; Chai, Jing; Hu, Nantao; Huang, Da; Wang, Yuxi; Huang, Xiaolu; Wei, Hao; Yang, Zhi; Zhang, Yafei

    2014-10-03

    The synthesis of graphene (GR) from graphene oxide (GO) typically involves harmful chemical reducing agents that are undesirable for most practical applications. Here we report a green and facile synthesis method for the synthesis of GR that is soluble in water and organic solvents and that includes the additional benefit of adsorption of heavy metal ions. Acetylacetone, as both a reducing agent and a stabilizer, was used to prepare soluble GR from GO. Transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy provide clear evidence for the formation of few-layer GR. The results from Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy show that reduction of GO to GR has occurred. Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy also indicate the removal of oxygen-containing functional groups from GO, resulting in the formation of GR. The results of dispersion experiments show that GR can be highly dispersed in water and N,N-Dimethylformamide. The reaction mechanism for acetylacetone reduction of exfoliated GO was also proposed. This method is a facile and environmentally friendly approach to the synthesis of GR and opens up new possibilities for preparing GR and GR-based nanomaterials for large-scale applications. Of even greater interest is that inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy suggests that synthesized GR may be applied in the absorption of Cd(2+) and Co(2+) due to the strong coordination capacity of acetylacetone on the surfaces and edges of GR and the large surface area of GR in aqueous solutions. The maximum adsorptions are 49.28 mg g(-1) for Cd(2+), which is 4.5 times higher than that of carbon nanotubes, and 27.78 mg g(-1) for Co(2+), which is 3.6 times higher than that of titania beans.

  7. Formation of soft magnetic high entropy amorphous alloys composites containing in situ solid solution phase

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    Wei, Ran; Sun, Huan; Chen, Chen; Tao, Juan; Li, Fushan

    2018-03-01

    Fe-Co-Ni-Si-B high entropy amorphous alloys composites (HEAACs), which containing high entropy solid solution phase in amorphous matrix, show good soft magnetic properties and bending ductility even in optimal annealed state, were successfully developed by melt spinning method. The crystallization phase of the HEAACs is solid solution phase with body centered cubic (BCC) structure instead of brittle intermetallic phase. In addition, the BCC phase can transformed into face centered cubic (FCC) phase with temperature rise. Accordingly, Fe-Co-Ni-Si-B high entropy alloys (HEAs) with FCC structure and a small amount of BCC phase was prepared by copper mold casting method. The HEAs exhibit high yield strength (about 1200 MPa) and good plastic strain (about 18%). Meanwhile, soft magnetic characteristics of the HEAs are largely reserved from HEAACs. This work provides a new strategy to overcome the annealing induced brittleness of amorphous alloys and design new advanced materials with excellent comprehensive properties.

  8. First-principles study of ternary fcc solution phases from special quasirandom structures

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    Shin Dongwon; Wang Yi; Liu Zikui; Walle, Axel van de

    2007-01-01

    In the present work, ternary special quasirandom structures (SQSs) for a fcc solid solution phase are generated at different compositions, x A =x B =x C =(1/3) and x A =(1/2), x B =x C =(1/4), whose correlation functions are satisfactorily close to those of a random fcc solution. The generated SQSs are used to calculate the mixing enthalpy of the fcc phase in the Ca-Sr-Yb system. It is observed that first-principles calculations of all the binary and ternary SQSs in the Ca-Sr-Yb system exhibit very small local relaxation. It is concluded that the fcc ternary SQSs can provide valuable information about the mixing behavior of the fcc ternary solid solution phase. The SQSs presented in this work can be widely used to study the behavior of ternary fcc solid solutions

  9. Facile eco-friendly synthesis of novel chromeno [4, 3-b] pyridine-2, 5 ...

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    friendly synthesis of novel chromeno[4,3-b]pyridine-2,5-diones and evaluation of their antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Satyanarayana Reddy Jaggavarapu Anand Solomon Kamalakaran Ventkata Prasad Jalli Sravan Kumar Gangisetty ...

  10. Double reductive cyclization: A facile synthesis of the indoloquinoline alkaloid cryptotackieine

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    Parvatkar, P.T.; Parameswaran, P.S.; Tilve, S.G.

    A new synthesis of the indoloquinoline alkaloid cryptotackieine, isolated from Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, is described which involves a Perkin reaction, a tandem double reduction-double cyclization reaction followed by regioselective methylation...

  11. Facile Synthesis and High performance of a New Carbazole-Based Hole Transporting Material for Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Wang, Hong

    2015-06-26

    Perovskite solar cells are very promising for practical applications owing to their rapidly rising power conversion efficiency and low cost of solution-based processing. 2,2’,7,7’-tetrakis-(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine) 9,9’-spirobifluorene (Spiro-OMeTAD) is most widely used as hole transporting material (HTM) in perovskite solar cells. However, the tedious synthesis and high cost of Spiro-OMeTAD inhibit its commercial-scale application in the photovoltaic industry. In this article, we report a carbazole-based compound (R01) as a new HTM in efficient perovskite solar cells. R01 is synthesized via a facile route consisting of only two steps from inexpensive commercially available materials. Furthermore, R01 exhibits higher hole mobility and conductivity than the state-of-the-art Spiro-OMeTAD. Perovskite solar cells fabricated with R01 produce a power conversion efficiency of 12.03%, comparable to that obtained in devices using Spiro-OMeTAD in this study. Our findings underscore R01 as a highly promising HTM with high performance, and its facile synthesis and low cost may facilitate the large-scale applications of perovskite solar cells.

  12. A Facile Solvothermal Synthesis of Octahedral Fe3O4 Nanoparticles

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    Ooi, Frances; DuChene, Joseph S.; Qiu, Jianqing; Graham, Jeremy O.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Cao, Guixin; Gai, Zheng; Wei, Wei

    2015-06-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles are of great technological interest because they promise numerous potential opportunities in biomedicine and data storage. Although intriguing, these applications require exquisite control over nanostructure morphology in order to appropriately harness their magnetic properties. Most synthesis strategies reported to date are unable to routinely produce anisotropic Fe3O4 nanostructures with appropriate sizes to enable integration into biological systems. Here, we report a simple solvothermal synthesis for obtaining octahedral Fe3O4 nanoparticles with suitable sizes for cellular internalization. Furthermore, these ferromagnetic Fe3O4 octahedrons exhibit substantial saturation magnetization with minimal remanence, suggesting their potential applicability for a host of biomedical applications.

  13. A facile synthesis of phenazine and quinoxaline derivatives using magnesium sulfate heptahydrate as a catalyst

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    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Convenient and simple procedures for the synthesis of phenazine and quinoxaline derivatives were developed via a reaction of o-phenylenediamines and 1,2-dicarbonyl compounds. In addition, the synthesis of two new 1,4-benzodiazine derivatives and the catalytic activity of magnesium sulfate heptahydrate (MgSO4·7H2O in the room temperature condensation of o-phenylenediamines and 1,2-dicarbonyl compounds in ethanol as solvent are reported. This method has many appealing attributes, such as excellent yields, short reaction times, and simple work-up procedures.

  14. Facile solvent-free one-pot synthesis of pyranobenzopyrans and ...

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    The condensation of hydroxyl coumarins in a facile one-pot procedure with active methylene esters to afford novel benzopyrans under solventless conditions is described. The products underwent further condensation and cyclization reactions to form novel heterocycles.

  15. Facile synthesis of CdS nanocrystals using thioglycolic acid as a ...

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    A novel method has been developed for the synthesis of CdS nanocrystals (NCs) using thioglycolic acid (TGA) as a sulfur source and stabilizer with the presence of hydrogen peroxide in an aqueous medium. The products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and ...

  16. Facile route for the regioselective synthesis of 1,4-disubstituted 1,2,3 ...

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    Abstract. In this work, a green and efficient methodology has been developed for the synthesis of 1,2,3-triazoles by 'copper nanoparticles supported on nanocellulose (CuNPs/NC)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition reaction in glycerol, an environmentally benign solvent, with excellent yields. The present catalyst was.

  17. A facile and efficient synthesis of (+)- and (-)-allo-muscarine and analogs

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    Norrild, Jens Chr.; Pedersen, Christian

    1997-01-01

    Treatment of easily obtainable 1-alkylamino-1,3,6-trideoxyhexitols with hydrogen fluoride in the presence of formic acid gives the corresponding C-5 inverted 2,5-anhydrides in high yields. The synthesis of allo-muscarine and its N-benzyl analog from galactono-1,4-lactone is reported in 30 and 41...

  18. Facile synthesis of 1-naphthol azo dyes with nano SiO 2 /HIO 4 ...

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    Nano-silica supported periodic acid (nano-SPIA) has been utilized as a heterogeneous reagent for a highly efficient and one pot synthesis of azo dyes based on 1-naphthol under solvent-free conditions at room temperature. This method has some advantages, the reaction workup is very easy and the catalyst can be easily ...

  19. Facile route for the regioselective synthesis of 1,4-disubstituted 1,2,3 ...

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    aDepartment of Chemistry, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam 786 004, India ... In this work, a green and efficient methodology has been developed for the synthesis of 1,2,3-triazoles by 'copper nanoparticles ... Keywords. Heterogeneous catalysis; cycloaddition; regioselectivity; click reaction; copper nanoparticles. 1.

  20. Facile Synthesis of 5-Hydroxy-3-pyrrolin-2-ones from Morita-Baylis-Hillman Adducts

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    Lim, Cheol Hee; Kim, Sung Hwan; Kim, Jae Nyoung [Chonnam National University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    An efficient synthetic method of various 5-hydroxy-3-pyrrolin-2-one derivatives has been developed starting from the MBH adducts. In addition, some synthetic applicability of the prepared 5-hydroxy-3-pyrrolin-2-ones was demonstrated including the synthesis of lactam-fused tetrahydroisoquinolines.

  1. A facile synthesis of 1,2,3-triazolyl indole hybrids via SbCl3 ...

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    much attention due to their interesting pharmacologi- cal activity profile such as antibiotic, antifungal, ante- helmintic,10 anticancer activity,11 and antiHIV.12 They also serve as potential chemotherapeutic agents for various diseases.13. Indole derivatives continue to receive much attention in organic synthesis because of ...

  2. All-Inorganic Colloidal Quantum Dot Photovoltaics Employing Solution-Phase Halide Passivation

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    Ning, Zhijun

    2012-09-12

    A new solution-phase halide passivation strategy to improve the electronic properties of colloidal quantum dot films is reported. We prove experimentally that the approach leads to an order-of-magnitude increase in mobility and a notable reduction in trap state density. We build solar cells having the highest efficiency (6.6%) reported using all-inorganic colloidal quantum dots. The improved photocurrent results from increased efficiency of collection of infrared-generated photocarriers. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. All-inorganic colloidal quantum dot photovoltaics employing solution-phase halide passivation

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    Ning, Zhijun; Ren, Yuan; Hoogland, Sjoerd; Voznyy, Oleksandr; Levina, Larissa; Stadler, Philipp; Lan, Xinzheng; Zhitomirsky, David; Sargent, Edward H. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, 10 King' s College Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G4 (Canada)

    2012-12-11

    A new solution-phase halide passivation strategy to improve the electronic properties of colloidal quantum dot films is reported. We prove experimentally that the approach leads to an order-of-magnitude increase in mobility and a notable reduction in trap state density. We build solar cells having the highest efficiency (6.6%) reported using all-inorganic colloidal quantum dots. The improved photocurrent results from increased efficiency of collection of infrared-generated photocarriers. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  4. A direct comparison of protein structure in the gas and solution phase: the Trp-cage

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    Patriksson, Alexandra; Adams, Christopher M; Kjeldsen, Frank

    2007-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations of zwitterions of the Trp-cage protein in the gas phase show that the most stable ion in vacuo has preserved the charge locations acquired in solution. A direct comparison of the gas and solution-phase structures reveals that, despite the similarity in charge location......, there is significant difference in the structures, with a substantial increase in hydrogen bonds and exposure of hydrophobic parts in the gas phase. The structure of the salt bridge in the gas phase is also much more stable than in the (experimental) solution structure....

  5. Facile synthesis of biocompatible gold nanoparticles with organosilicone-coated surface properties

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    Xia Lijin; Yi Sijia; Lenaghan, Scott C.; Zhang Mingjun

    2012-01-01

    In this study, a simple method for one-step synthesis of gold nanoparticles has been developed using an organosilicone surfactant, Silwet L-77, as both a reducing and capping agent. Synthesis of gold nanoparticles using this method is rapid and can be conducted conveniently at ambient temperature. Further refinement of the method, through the addition of sodium hydroxide and/or silver nitrate, allowed fine control over the size of spherical nanoparticles produced. Coated on the surface with organosilicone, the as-prepared gold nanoparticles were biocompatible and stable over the pH range from 5 to 12, and have been proven effective at transportation into MC3T3 osteoblast cells. The proposed method is simple, fast, and can produce size-controlled gold nanoparticles with unique surface properties for biomedical applications.

  6. Facile solid-state synthesis of oxidation-resistant metal nanoparticles at ambient conditions

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    Lee, Kyu Hyung; Jung, Hyuk Joon; Lee, Ju Hee; Kim, Kyungtae; Lee, Byeongno; Nam, Dohyun; Kim, Chung Man; Jung, Myung-Hwa; Hur, Nam Hwi

    2018-05-01

    A simple and scalable method for the synthesis of metal nanoparticles in the solid-state was developed, which can produce nanoparticles in the absence of solvents. Nanoparticles of coinage metals were synthesized by grinding solid hydrazine and the metal precursors in their acetates and oxides at 25 °C. The silver and gold acetates converted completely within 6 min into Ag and Au nanoparticles, respectively, while complete conversion of the copper acetate to the Cu sub-micrometer particles took about 2 h. Metal oxide precursors were also converted into metal nanoparticles by grinding alone. The resulting particles exhibit distinctive crystalline lattice fringes, indicating the formation of highly crystalline phases. The Cu sub-micrometer particles are better resistant to oxidation and exhibit higher conductivity compared to conventional Cu nanoparticles. This solid-state method was also applied for the synthesis of platinum group metals and intermetallic Cu3Au, which can be further extended to synthesize other metal nanoparticles.

  7. Facile electrochemical synthesis of few layered graphene from discharged battery electrode and its

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    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available A cost-effective, simple and non-hazardous route for synthesis of few-layered graphene from waste zinc carbon battery (ZCB electrodes via electrochemical expansion (ECE has been reported. In this synthesis, we have electrochemically exfoliated the graphene layers, by intercalating sodium dodecyl benzenesulfonate (SDBS surfactant into graphitic layers at different D.C. voltages with a constant SDBS concentration. The graphene sheets were isolated, purified and characterized by Transmission electron microscopy (TEM, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR, X-ray diffraction (XRD, Raman spectrometry, Ultraviolet absorption (UV, Selected area electron diffraction (SAED and Cyclic voltammetry. Best result was obtained at 4.5 V of D.C. A possible mechanism for the intercalation process has been proposed. A promising application of the produced material for supercapacitor application has also been explored in combination with polyaniline.

  8. Facile and green synthesis of highly stable L-cysteine functionalized copper nanoparticles

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    Kumar, Nikhil; Upadhyay, Lata Sheo Bachan

    2016-11-01

    A simple eco-friendly method for L-cysteine capped copper nanoparticles (CCNPs) synthesis in aqueous solution has been developed. Glucose and L-cysteine were used as reducing agent and capping/functionalizing agent, respectively. Different parameters such as capping agent concentration, pH, reaction temperature, and reducing agent concentration were optimized during the synthesis. The L-cysteine capped copper nanoparticle were characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Particle size and zeta potential analyser, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. Spherical shaped cysteine functionalized/capped copper nanoparticles with an average size of 40 nm were found to be highly stable at room temperature (RT) for a period of 1 month

  9. Facile Synthesis of Ultrafine Gd2O3 Nanoparticles by Polyol Microwave Method

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    Trinh, Le Huu; Hoa, Tran Thai; Van Hieu, Nguyen; Cuong, Nguyen Duc

    2017-06-01

    Gd2O3 nanoparticles have been quickly synthesized by a modified polyol method with microwave assistance. Triethylene glycol (TEG) was used as solvent and surfactant stabilizing agent. Systematic characterization of the TEG-coated gadolinium oxide nanoparticles (Gd2O3@TEG) showed that average particle size of 1 nm, 5 nm, and 10 nm could be obtained by changing some synthesis conditions. It was found that, after thermal treatment at 700°C, Gd2O3 nanoparticles showed uniform spherical shape with unchanged average particle size in comparison with the Gd2O3@TEG precursor. This approach is simple and rapid and can be easily scaled up and potentially extended to synthesis of other oxides.

  10. Facile synthesis of 2,5-disubstituted thiazoles from terminal alkynes, sulfonyl azides, and thionoesters.

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    Miura, Tomoya; Funakoshi, Yuuta; Fujimoto, Yoshikazu; Nakahashi, Junki; Murakami, Masahiro

    2015-05-15

    A sequential procedure for the synthesis of 2,5-disubstituted thiazoles from terminal alkynes, sulfonyl azides, and thionoesters is reported. A copper(I)-catalyzed 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of terminal alkynes with sulfonyl azides affords 1-sulfonyl-1,2,3-triazoles, which then react with thionoesters in the presence of a rhodium(II) catalyst. The resulting 3-sulfonyl-4-thiazolines subsequently aromatize into the corresponding 2,5-disubstituted thiazoles by elimination of the sulfonyl group.

  11. Facile method for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles using an ion coater

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    Lee, Seung Han; Jung, Hyun Kyu; Kim, Tae Cheol; Kim, Chang Hee; Shin, Chang Hwan; Yoon, Tae-Sik; Hong, A.-Ra; Jang, Ho Seong; Kim, Dong Hun

    2018-03-01

    Herein we report a metal nanoparticle synthesis method based on a physical vapor deposition process instead of the conventional wet process of chemical reactions in liquids. A narrow size distribution of synthesized gold nanoparticles was obtained using an ion coater on glycerin at low vapor pressure. The nanoparticle size could be modulated by controlling the sputtering conditions especially the discharge current. Due to the formation of gold nanoparticles, a surface plasmon resonance peak appeared at

  12. Facile Synthesis of Bis(indolylmethanes Catalyzed by α-Chymotrypsin

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available A mild and efficient method catalyzed by α-chymotrypsin was developed for the synthesis of bis(indolylmethanes through a cascade process between indole and aromatic aldehydes. In the ethanol aqueous solution, a green medium, a wide range of aromatic aldehydes could react with indole to afford the desired products with moderate to good yields (from 68% to 95% using a little α-chymotrypsin as catalyst.

  13. Facile Synthesis of Bis(indolyl)methanes Catalyzed by α-Chymotrypsin

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    Xie, Zong-Bo; Sun, Da-Zhao; Jiang, Guo-Fang; Le, Zhang-Gao

    2014-01-01

    A mild and efficient method catalyzed by α-chymotrypsin was developed for the synthesis of bis(indolyl)methanes through a cascade process between indole and aromatic aldehydes. In the ethanol aqueous solution, a green medium, a wide range of aromatic aldehydes could react with indole to afford the desired products with moderate to good yields (from 68% to 95%) using a little α-chymotrypsin as catalyst.

  14. Facile synthesis of bis(indolyl)methanes catalyzed by α-chymotrypsin.

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    Xie, Zong-Bo; Sun, Da-Zhao; Jiang, Guo-Fang; Le, Zhang-Gao

    2014-11-27

    A mild and efficient method catalyzed by α-chymotrypsin was developed for the synthesis of bis(indolyl)methanes through a cascade process between indole and aromatic aldehydes. In the ethanol aqueous solution, a green medium, a wide range of aromatic aldehydes could react with indole to afford the desired products with moderate to good yields (from 68% to 95%) using a little α-chymotrypsin as catalyst.

  15. A facile regioselective synthesis of novel spiroacenaphthene pyrroloisoquinolines through 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions

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    Sarrafi, Yaghoub; Asghari, Asieh; Sadatshahabi, Marzieh, E-mail: ysarrafi@umz.ac.ir [Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Mazandaran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hamzehloueian, Mahshid [Department of Chemistry, Jouybar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Jouybar (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Alimohammadi, Kamal [Department of Chemistry, Dr. Shariati Branch, University of Farhangian, Sari (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-12-01

    An efficient one-pot three-component procedure for the synthesis of novel spiroacenaphthene pyrroloisoquinolines with high regioselectivity is described. These compounds were prepared from 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of an azomethine ylide generated from acenaphthenequinone and 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline via [1,5]-H shift, with chalcone and nitrostyrene derivatives as dipolarophiles. The structure and stereochemistry of the cycloadducts have been established by single crystal X-ray structure and spectroscopic techniques. (author)

  16. Product energy deposition of CN + alkane H abstraction reactions in gas and solution phases

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    Glowacki, David R.; Orr-Ewing, Andrew J.; Harvey, Jeremy N.

    2011-06-01

    In this work, we report the first theoretical studies of post-transition state dynamics for reaction of CN with polyatomic organic species. Using electronic structure theory, a newly developed analytic reactive PES, a recently implemented rare-event acceleration algorithm, and a normal mode projection scheme, we carried out and analyzed quasi-classical and classical non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations of the reactions CN + propane (R1) and CN + cyclohexane (R2). For (R2), we carried out simulations in both the gas phase and in a CH2Cl2 solvent. Analysis of the results suggests that the solvent perturbations to the (R2) reactive free energy surface are small, leading to product energy partitioning in the solvent that is similar to the gas phase. The distribution of molecular geometries at the respective gas and solution phase variational association transition states is very similar, leading to nascent HCN which is vibrationally excited in both its CH stretching and HCN bending coordinates. This study highlights the fact that significant non-equilibrium energy distributions may follow in the wake of solution phase bimolecular reactions, and may persist for hundreds of picoseconds despite frictional damping. Consideration of non-thermal distributions is often neglected in descriptions of condensed-phase reactivity; the extent to which the present intriguing observations are widespread remains an interesting question.

  17. Facile synthesis of palladium nanocatalyst using gum kondagogu (Cochlospermum gossypium): a natural biopolymer.

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    Rastogi, Lori; Beedu, Sashidhar Rao; Kora, Aruna Jyothi

    2015-12-01

    Palladium nanoparticles (Pd NPs) were synthesised by using gum kondagogu (GK), a non-toxic ecofriendly biopolymer. GK acted as both reducing and stabilising agent for the synthesis of Pd NPs. Various reaction parameters, such as concentration of gum, Pd chloride and reaction pH were standardised for the stable synthesis of GK reduced stabilised Pd NPs (GK-Pd NPs). The nanoparticles have been characterised using ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Physical characterisation revealed that the gum synthesised Pd NPs were in the size range of 6.5 ± 2.3 nm and crystallised in face centred cubic (FCC) symmetry. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy implicated the role of carboxyl, amine and hydroxyl groups in the synthesis. The synthesised Pd NPs were found to be highly stable in nature. The synthesised nanoparticles were found to function as an effective green catalyst (k = 0.182 min⁻¹) in the reduction of 4-nitrophenol by sodium borohydride, which was evident from the colour change of bright yellow (nitrophenolate; λ(max) - 400 nm) to colourless (4-AP; λ(max) - 294 nm) solution. The overall objectives of the current communication were: (i) to synthesize the Pd NPs using a green reducing/capping agent; GK and (ii) to determine the catalytic performance of the synthesised Pd NPs.

  18. Facile and Green Approach to the Synthesis of Boron Nitride Quantum Dots for 2,4,6-Trinitrophenol Sensing.

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    Peng, Dong; Zhang, Li; Li, Fang-Fang; Cui, Wei-Rong; Liang, Ru-Ping; Qiu, Jian-Ding

    2018-02-28

    A facile and green approach has been developed for synthesis of boron nitride quantum dots (BNQDs). The obtained BNQDs exhibit strong fluorescence and excellent stabilities, including high thermostability, good salt tolerance stability, pH-independence ability, and excellent antiphotobleaching capability. The strong inner filter effect between 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP) and BNQDs resulted in fluorescence quenching of BNQDs. Thus, TNP can be selectively and sensitively detected in the concentration range of 0.25-200 μM, with a limit detection of 0.14 μM. The BNQD-based turn-off sensor shows potential prospects for rapidly and selectively detecting TNP in natural water samples without tedious sample pretreatment processes.

  19. A facile route to controlled synthesis of Co3O4 nanoparticles and their environmental catalytic properties

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    Dong Yuming; He Kun; Yin Lin; Zhang Aimin

    2007-01-01

    Using ammonia and Co(CH 3 COO) 2 ·4H 2 O as starting materials, a facile and surfactant-free route to controlled synthesis of Co 3 O 4 nanoparticles was proposed. Co 3 O 4 nanoparticles with average sizes of 3.5, 6, 11, 19 and 70 nm were obtained through adjusting the ethanol amount in the solvent (the ratio of ethanol to water) or the concentration of raw materials. In this process, the presence of enough O 2 was crucial for the formation of pure Co 3 O 4 phase. The environmental catalytic properties of as-obtained Co 3 O 4 nanoparticles were investigated. The results indicated their remarkable catalysis for ozonation degradation of phenol, which denoted a promising application as catalyst in waste-water treatment

  20. Potato extract as reducing agent and stabiliser in a facile green one-step synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles

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    Buazar, Foad; Bavi, M.; Kroushawi, Feisal

    2016-01-01

    A facile green recipe was developed to synthesise highly pure, safe and durable zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO Nps) using homemade starch-rich potato extract. The ZnO Nps were synthesised using zinc nitrate and potato extract, and the whole reaction is carried out for 30 min at 80 °C....... In the synthesis, starch-rich potato extract acted as the reducing agent and as a stabilising layer on freshly formed ZnO Nps. Hexagonal (wurtzite) shaped ZnO Nps with size about 20 ± 1.2 nm were synthesised and characterised using X-ray diffraction, transition electron microscope and scanning microscopy analyses....... Fourier transform infrared spectral analysis indicated that highly pure ZnO nanopowders were obtained at higher temperatures. The use of environmentally benign and renewable material as the respective reducing and protecting agents, starch-rich potato extract, as well as a gentle solvent medium (H2O...

  1. Facile synthesis of porous Co 3 O 4 nanoplates for supercapacitor ...

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    Porous tricobalt tetraoxide (Co3O4) nanoplates with large aspect ratio have been obtained by annealing Co(OH)2 precursor nanoplates synthesized by a facile reflux method without the need for any template or surfactant. After the heat treatment, the as-obtained phase-pure Co3O4 nanoplates with a wellretained structure ...

  2. Facile synthesis of porous Co3O4 nanoplates for supercapacitor ...

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    Abstract. Porous tricobalt tetraoxide (Co3O4) nanoplates with large aspect ratio have been obtained by annealing Co(OH)2 precursor nanoplates synthesized by a facile reflux method without the need for any template or surfactant. After the heat treatment, the as-obtained phase-pure Co3O4 nanoplates with a well- retained ...

  3. Facile synthesis of porous Co3O4 nanoplates for supercapacitor ...

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    Porous tricobalt tetraoxide (Co3O4) nanoplates with large aspect ratio have been obtained by annealing Co(OH)2 precursor nanoplates synthesized by a facile reflux method without the need for any template or surfactant. After the heat treatment, the as-obtained phase-pure Co3O4 nanoplates with a wellretained structure ...

  4. Co9S8 nanotubes: facile synthesis and application in the catalytic ...

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    Co 9 S 8 nanotubes have been successfully synthesized via a facile two-step solvothermal method without the assistance of any template or surfactant, using cobalt sulphate (CoSO 4 ·7H 2 O), urea and sodium sulphide (Na 2 S·9H 2 O) as starting reactants, and deionized water and glycol as the reactive medium.

  5. Facile synthesis of catalytically active CeO 2-Gd 2 O 3 solid ...

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    Raman studies further confirmed the presence of oxygen vacancies and lattice defects in the CG sample. TPR measurements indicated a facile reduction of ceria after Gd3+ addition. Activity studies revealed that incorporation of Gd3+ into the ceria matrix favoured the creation of more structural defects, which accelerates the ...

  6. A facile synthesis of Te nanoparticles with binary size distribution by green chemistry.

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    He, Weidong; Krejci, Alex; Lin, Junhao; Osmulski, Max E; Dickerson, James H

    2011-04-01

    Our work reports a facile route to colloidal Te nanocrystals with binary uniform size distributions at room temperature. The binary-sized Te nanocrystals were well separated into two size regimes and assembled into films by electrophoretic deposition. The research provides a new platform for nanomaterials to be efficiently synthesized and manipulated.

  7. Facile Synthesis of Gold Nanorice Enclosed by High- Index Facets and Its Application for CO Oxidation

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    Zheng, Y.; Tao, J.; Liu, H.; Zeng, J.; Yu, T.; Ma, Y.; Moran, C.; Wu, L.; Zhu, Y.; Liu, J.; Xia, Y.

    2011-01-01

    A facile method for generating Au nanorice enclosed by high-index facets in high purity. The nanorice shows much higher catalytic activity for CO oxidation than multiply twinned particles of Au enclosed by {111} facets at temperatures below 300 C.

  8. Chiral bicycle imidazole nucleophilic catalysts: rational design, facile synthesis, and successful application in asymmetric Steglich rearrangement.

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    Zhang, Zhenfeng; Xie, Fang; Jia, Jia; Zhang, Wanbin

    2010-11-17

    A new type of chiral bicycle imidazole nucleophilic catalyst was rationally designed, facilely synthesized, and successfully applied in an asymmetric Steglich rearrangement with good to excellent yield and enantioselectivity at ambient temperature. Moreover, it can be easily recycled with almost no reduction of catalytic efficiency. This is the first example for the successful chiral imidazole nucleophilic catalyst without H-bonding assistance.

  9. Vulnerability Assessments and Resilience Planning at Federal Facilities. Preliminary Synthesis of Project

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    Moss, R. H. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL)/Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States). Joint Global Change Research Inst.; Blohm, A. J. [Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States); Delgado, A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL)/Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States). Joint Global Change Research Inst.; Henriques, J. J. [James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VA (United States); Malone, E L. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL)/Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States). Joint Global Change Research Inst.

    2015-08-15

    U.S. government agencies are now directed to assess the vulnerability of their operations and facilities to climate change and to develop adaptation plans to increase their resilience. Specific guidance on methods is still evolving based on the many different available frameworks. Agencies have been experimenting with these frameworks and approaches. This technical paper synthesizes lessons and insights from a series of research case studies conducted by the investigators at facilities of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. The purpose of the paper is to solicit comments and feedback from interested program managers and analysts before final conclusions are published. The paper describes the characteristics of a systematic process for prioritizing needs for adaptation planning at individual facilities and examines requirements and methods needed. It then suggests a framework of steps for vulnerability assessments at Federal facilities and elaborates on three sets of methods required for assessments, regardless of the detailed framework used. In a concluding section, the paper suggests a roadmap to further develop methods to support agencies in preparing for climate change. The case studies point to several preliminary conclusions; (1) Vulnerability assessments are needed to translate potential changes in climate exposure to estimates of impacts and evaluation of their significance for operations and mission attainment, in other words into information that is related to and useful in ongoing planning, management, and decision-making processes; (2) To increase the relevance and utility of vulnerability assessments to site personnel, the assessment process needs to emphasize the characteristics of the site infrastructure, not just climate change; (3) A multi-tiered framework that includes screening, vulnerability assessments at the most vulnerable installations, and adaptation design will efficiently target high-risk sites and infrastructure

  10. A facile method for high yield synthesis of carbon nano onions for designing binder-free flexible supercapacitor

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    Mohapatra, Debananda; Badrayyana, Subramanya; Parida, Smrutiranjan

    2017-05-01

    Carbon nano onion (CNO) is a promising material for diverse application areas such as energy devices, catalysis, lubrication, biology and gas storage, etc. However, its implementation is fraught with the production of high-quality powders in bulk quantity. Herein, we report a facile scalable and one-step "wick-and-oil" flame synthesis of pure and water dispersible CNO nanopowder. Other forms of carbon did not contaminate the as-prepared CNO; hence, a post processing purification procedure was not necessary. Brunauer Emmett Teller (BET) specific surface area of as-prepared CNO was 218 m2/g, which is higher as compared to other reported flame synthesis methods. Locally available daily used cotton wipe has been used for fabrication of such an ideal electrode by "dipping and drying" process providing outstanding strechability and mechanical flexibility with strong adhesion between CNOs and porous wipe. The specific capacitance 102.16 F/g, energy density 14.18 Wh/kg and power density 2448 W/kg at 20 mV/s scan rate are the highest values that ever recorded and reported so far in symmetrical two electrode cell configuration with 1M Na2SO4 electrolyte; indicating a very good synthesis conditions employed with optimum pore size in agreement with electrolyte ion size. This free standing CNOs electrode also showed an excellent cyclic performance and stability retaining 95% original capacity after 5000 charge -discharge cycles. Simple preparation of high-purity CNOs and excellent electrochemical behavior of functionalized CNOs make them a promising electrode material for supercapacitor applications. Furthermore, this unique method not only affords binder free - freestanding electrode, but also provide a general way of fabricating such multifunctional promising CNOs based nanocomposites for their potential device applications in flexible solar cells and lithium ion batteries.

  11. Facile synthesis of B-type carbonated nanoapatite with tailored microstructure

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    Gualtieri, Magdalena Lassinantti, E-mail: magdalena.gualtieri@unimore.it [Dipartimento Ingegneria “Enzo Ferrari”, Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, I-41125 Modena (Italy); Romagnoli, Marcello, E-mail: marcello.romagnoli@unimore.it [Dipartimento Ingegneria “Enzo Ferrari”, Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, I-41125 Modena (Italy); Hanuskova, Miriam, E-mail: Miriam.hanuskova@unimore.it [Dipartimento Ingegneria “Enzo Ferrari”, Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, I-41125 Modena (Italy); Fabbri, Elena, E-mail: Elena.fabbri@unimore.it [Dipartimento Ingegneria “Enzo Ferrari”, Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, I-41125 Modena (Italy); Gualtieri, Alessandro F., E-mail: Alessandro.gualtieri@unimore.it [Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche, Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, I-41121 Modena (Italy)

    2014-12-15

    Nanolime and a phosphate-based chelating agent were used to synthesize B-type carbonated apatite. Developed Rietveld refinement strategies allowed one to determine process yield, product crystallinity as well as structural (unit cell) and microstructural (size, strain) parameters. The effect of synthesis temperature (20–60 °C) as well as Ca/P ratio (1.5–2.5) and solid content (10–30 wt%) of the starting batch on these properties were investigated. FTIR, TEM and gas adsorption data provided supporting evidence. The process yield was 42–60 wt% and found to be governed by the Ca/P ratio. The purified products had high specific surface area (107–186 m{sup 2}/g) and crystallinity (76–97%). The unit cell parameters, correlated to the degree of structural carbonate, were sensitive to the Ca/P ratio. Instead, temperature governed the microstructural parameters. Less strained and larger crystals were obtained at higher temperatures. Long-term aging up to 6 months at 20 °C compensated for higher crystal growth kinetics at higher temperature. - Graphical abstract: Controlled synthesis of carbonated apatite at moderate temperatures using nanolime and sodiumhexametaphosphate as starting reagent. - Highlights: • Chemical synthesis of nano-sized apatite with tailored microstructure was performed. • Colloidal Ca(OH){sub 2} and a phosphorus-based chelating agents were used as reagents. • The method is simple and reproducible which facilitate industrial process scale-up. • Rietveld refinement strategies for product characterization were developed. • Rietveld analyses provided yield, microstructural and structure information.

  12. Facile synthesis of B-type carbonated nanoapatite with tailored microstructure

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    Gualtieri, Magdalena Lassinantti; Romagnoli, Marcello; Hanuskova, Miriam; Fabbri, Elena; Gualtieri, Alessandro F.

    2014-01-01

    Nanolime and a phosphate-based chelating agent were used to synthesize B-type carbonated apatite. Developed Rietveld refinement strategies allowed one to determine process yield, product crystallinity as well as structural (unit cell) and microstructural (size, strain) parameters. The effect of synthesis temperature (20–60 °C) as well as Ca/P ratio (1.5–2.5) and solid content (10–30 wt%) of the starting batch on these properties were investigated. FTIR, TEM and gas adsorption data provided supporting evidence. The process yield was 42–60 wt% and found to be governed by the Ca/P ratio. The purified products had high specific surface area (107–186 m 2 /g) and crystallinity (76–97%). The unit cell parameters, correlated to the degree of structural carbonate, were sensitive to the Ca/P ratio. Instead, temperature governed the microstructural parameters. Less strained and larger crystals were obtained at higher temperatures. Long-term aging up to 6 months at 20 °C compensated for higher crystal growth kinetics at higher temperature. - Graphical abstract: Controlled synthesis of carbonated apatite at moderate temperatures using nanolime and sodiumhexametaphosphate as starting reagent. - Highlights: • Chemical synthesis of nano-sized apatite with tailored microstructure was performed. • Colloidal Ca(OH) 2 and a phosphorus-based chelating agents were used as reagents. • The method is simple and reproducible which facilitate industrial process scale-up. • Rietveld refinement strategies for product characterization were developed. • Rietveld analyses provided yield, microstructural and structure information

  13. Facile and efficient synthesis of [{sup 18}F]fluoromisonidazole using novel 2-nitroimidazole derivatives

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    Kwon, Young-Do; Lim, Seok Tae; Sohn, Myung-Hee; Kim, Hee-Kwon, E-mail: hkkim717@jbnu.ac.kr [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Chonbuk National University Medical School and Hospital, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Yongju [Department of Chemical Engineering, Korea University of Technology and Education, Cheonan (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-07-01

    [{sup 18}F]Fluoromisonidazole ([{sup 18}F]FMISO) is a hypoxia imaging marker utilized in positron emission tomography. Novel FMISO precursors were prepared from a commercially available material, and several reaction factors that affect synthesis of [{sup 18}F]FMISO were examined to achieve a higher fluorination yield. [{sup 18}F]FMISO was obtained from radiosynthesis, followed by the hydrolysis of protecting groups with HCl. New 2-nitroimidazole precursor showed a higher [{sup 18}F]fluorination and a higher synthetic yield. This result provided alternative guidelines for the preparation of hypoxia imaging marker. (author)

  14. Facile synthesis of ZrO2 powders: Control of morphology

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    Grover, V.; Shukla, R.; Tyagi, A.K.

    2007-01-01

    Tetragonal (t-)ZrO 2 rods and spheres were prepared by simple and time-saving low-temperature synthesis and characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The morphology of the product can be changed from rods to spheres by changing the reaction conditions slightly. The t-ZrO 2 rods (0.5-0.1 mm approximately) were obtained by topotactic reaction. The work illustrates the utility of Raman spectroscopy as a powerful characterization tool when XRD is not able to conclusively identify the phases

  15. A facile one-pot synthesis of thiazoles and thiazolyl-pyrazole derivatives via multicomponent approach

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    Santhosh Penta

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Thiazoles and thiazolyl-pyrazole derivatives have been efficiently synthesized under neat reaction conditions in excellent yields. Condensation of 3-(2-bromoacetyl-4-hydroxy-6-methyl-2H-pyran-2-one (1, thiosemicarbazide (2 and various carbonyl compounds (3 & 5 gave corresponding thiazole (4 and thiazolyl-pyrazole derivatives (6 in excellent yields by using Hantzsch-Thiazole synthesis. The main advantage of this method is the short reaction time, high yields, simple workup and environmental benign process. The structures of newly synthesized compounds have been established by elemental analysis and spectral data.

  16. Design of generic coal conversion facilities: Production of oxygenates from synthesis gas---A technology review

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    1991-10-01

    This report concentrates on the production of oxygenates from coal via gasification and indirect liquefaction. At the present the majority of oxygenate synthesis programs are at laboratory scale. Exceptions include commercial and demonstration scale plants for methanol and higher alcohols production, and ethers such as MTBE. Research and development work has concentrated on elucidating the fundamental transport and kinetic limitations governing various reactor configurations. But of equal or greater importance has been investigations into the optimal catalyst composition and process conditions for the production of various oxygenates.

  17. A Facile and Mild Synthesis of Trisubstituted Allylic Sulfones from Morita-Baylis-Hillman Carbonates

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    Lin Jiang

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available An efficient and catalyst-free synthesis of trisubstituted allylic sulfones through an allylic sulfonylation reaction of Morita-Baylis-Hillman (MBH carbonates with sodium sulfinates has been developed. Under the optimized reaction conditions, a series of trisubstituted allylic sulfones were rapidly prepared in good to excellent yields (71%–99% with good to high selectivity (Z/E from 79:21 to >99:1. Compared with known synthetic methods, the current protocol features mild reaction temperature, high efficiency and easily available reagents.

  18. A facile and mild synthesis of trisubstituted allylic sulfones from Morita-Baylis-Hillman carbonates.

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    Jiang, Lin; Li, Yong-Gen; Zhou, Jiang-Feng; Chuan, Yong-Ming; Li, Hong-Li; Yuan, Ming-Long

    2015-05-07

    An efficient and catalyst-free synthesis of trisubstituted allylic sulfones through an allylic sulfonylation reaction of Morita-Baylis-Hillman (MBH) carbonates with sodium sulfinates has been developed. Under the optimized reaction conditions, a series of trisubstituted allylic sulfones were rapidly prepared in good to excellent yields (71%-99%) with good to high selectivity (Z/E from 79:21 to >99:1). Compared with known synthetic methods, the current protocol features mild reaction temperature, high efficiency and easily available reagents.

  19. 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.

  20. A facile and green microwave-assisted synthesis of new functionalized picolinium-based ionic liquids

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    Mouslim Messali

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available A facile preparation of a series of 17 new functionalized picolinium-based ionic liquids under “green chemistry” conditions is described. For the first time, target ionic liquids were prepared using standard methodology and under microwave irradiation in short duration of time with quantitative yields. Their structures were characterized by FT-IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, 11B, 19F, 31P and mass spectra.

  1. A facile and green microwave-assisted synthesis of new functionalized picolinium-based ionic liquids

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    Messali, Mouslim

    2016-01-01

    A facile preparation of a series of 17 new functionalized picolinium-based ionic liquids under “green chemistry” conditions is described. For the first time, target ionic liquids were prepared using standard methodology and under microwave irradiation in short duration of time with quantitative yields. Their structures were characterized by FT-IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, 11B, 19F, 31P and mass spectra.

  2. Facile one-pot synthesis of porphyrin based porous polymer networks (PPNs) as biomimetic catalysts

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    Zou, LF; Feng, DW; Liu, TF; Chen, YP; Fordham, S; Yuan, S; Tian, J; Zhou, HC

    2015-01-01

    Stable porphyrin based porous polymer networks, PPN-23 and PPN-24, have been synthesized through a facile one-pot approach by the aromatic substitution reactions of pyrrole and aldehydes. PPN-24(Fe) shows high catalytic efficiency as a biomimetic catalyst in the oxidation reaction of 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) in the presence of H2O2.

  3. Diatomite-immobilized BiOI hybrid photocatalyst: Facile deposition synthesis and enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Li, Baoying; Huang, Hongwei, E-mail: hhw@cugb.edu.cn; Guo, Yuxi; Zhang, Yihe, E-mail: zyh@cugb.edu.cn

    2015-10-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A novel diatomite-immobilized BiOI hybrid photocatalyst has been prepared by a facile one-step deposition process for the first time. • The diatomite-immobilized BiOI hybrid photocatalyst exhibits much better photocatalytic performance. • This enhancement should be attributed to that diatomite can play as an excellent carrier platform to increase the reactive sites and promote the separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs. • This work shed new light on facile fabrication of novel composite photocatalyst based on natural mineral. - Abstract: A novel diatomite-immobilized BiOI hybrid photocatalyst has been prepared by a facile one-step deposition process for the first time. The structure, morphology and optical property of the products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The photocatalytic performance of the as-prepared BiOI/diatomite photocatalysts was studied by photodegradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) and methylene blue (MB) and monitoring photocurrent generation under visible light (λ > 420 nm). The results revealed that BiOI/diatomite composites exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to the pristine BiOI sample. This enhancement should be attributed to that diatomite can play as an excellent carrier platform to increase the reactive sites and promote the separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs. In addition, the corresponding photocatalytic mechanism was proposed based on the active species trapping experiments. This work shed new light on facile fabrication of novel composite photocatalyst based on natural mineral.

  4. Facile synthesis and photocatalytic activity of ZnO/zinc titanate core–shell nanorod arrays

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    He, Ding-Chao; Fu, Qiu-Ming; Ma, Zhi-Bin; Zhao, Hong-Yang; Tu, Ya-Fang; Tian, Yu; Zhou, Di; Zheng, Guang; Lu, Hong-Bing

    2018-02-01

    ZnO/zinc titanate core–shell nanorod arrays (CSNRs) were successfully prepared via a simple synthesis process by combining hydrothermal synthesis and liquid phase deposition (LPD). The surface morphologies, crystalline characteristics, optical properties and surface electronic states of the ZnO/zinc titanate CSNRs were characterized by scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, x-ray diffractometer, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, PL and ultraviolet (UV)–visible absorption spectra. By controlling the reaction time of LPD, the shell thickness could vary with the reaction time. Furthermore, the impacts of the reaction time and post-annealing temperature on the crystalline structure and chemical composition of the CSNRs were also investigated. The studies of photocatalytic activity under UV light irradiation revealed that the ZnO/zinc titanate CSNRs annealed at 700 °C with 30 min deposition exhibited the best photocatalytic activity and good stability for degradation of methylene blue. It had been found that the effective separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs in the CSNRs led to the enhanced photocatalytic activity. Moreover, the ZnO/zinc titanate CSNRs grown on quartz glass substrate could be easily recycled for reuse with almost unchanged photocatalytic activity.

  5. Facile one-pot synthesis of gold and silver nanocatalysts using edible coconut oil

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    Meena Kumari, M.; Philip, Daizy

    2013-07-01

    The use of edible oil for the synthesis of metal nanoparticles by wet chemical method is reported for the first time. The paper presents an environmentally benign bottom up approach for the synthesis of gold and silver nanoparticles using edible coconut oil at 373 K. The formation of silver nanoparticles is signaled by the brownish yellow color and that of gold nanoparticles by the purple color. Fine control over the nanoparticle size and shape from triangular to nearly spherical is achieved by varying the quantity of coconut oil. The nanoparticles have been characterized by UV-Visible, Transmission Electron Microscopy and X-ray Diffraction. The chemical interaction of capping agents with metal nanoparticles is manifested using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The stable and crystalline nanoparticles obtained using this simple method show remarkable size-dependent catalytic activity in the reduction of the cationic dye methylene blue (MB) to leuco methylene blue (LMB). The first order rate constants calculated uphold the size dependent catalytic activity of the synthesized nanoparticles.

  6. Facile and fast synthesis of SnS2 nanoparticles by pulsed laser ablation in liquid

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    Johny, J.; Sepulveda-Guzman, S.; Krishnan, B.; Avellaneda, D.; Shaji, S.

    2018-03-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) of tin disulfide (SnS2) were synthesized using pulsed laser ablation in liquid (PLAL) technique. Effects of different liquid media and ablation wavelengths on the morphology and optical properties of the nanoparticles were studied. Nd: YAG laser wavelengths of 532 nm and 1064 nm (frequency 10 Hz and pulse width 10 ns) were used to irradiate SnS2 target immersed in liquid for the synthesis of SnS2 nanoparticles. Here PLAL was a fast synthesis technique, the ablation was only for 30 s. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy were used to characterize the SnS2 NPs. TEM images showed that the liquid medium and laser wavelength influence the morphology of the NPs. SAED patterns and high resolution TEM (HRTEM) images confirmed the crystallinity of the particles. XRD and XPS analyses confirmed that SnS2 NPs were having exact crystalline structure and chemical states as that of the target. Raman analysis also supported the results obtained by XRD and XPS. Optical band gaps of the nanocolloids evaluated from their UV-vis absorption spectra were 2.4-3.05 eV. SnS2 NPs were having luminescence spectra in the blue-green region irrespective of the liquid media and ablation wavelength.

  7. Facile green synthesis of gold nanoparticles using leaf extract of antidiabetic potent Cassia auriculata.

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    Kumar, V Ganesh; Gokavarapu, S Dinesh; Rajeswari, A; Dhas, T Stalin; Karthick, V; Kapadia, Zainab; Shrestha, Tripti; Barathy, I A; Roy, Anindita; Sinha, Sweta

    2011-10-01

    A simple biological method for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) using Cassia auriculata aqueous leaf extract has been carried out in the present study. The reduction of auric chloride led to the formation of AuNPs within 10 min at room temperature (28°C), suggesting a higher reaction rate than chemical methods involved in the synthesis. The size, shape and elemental analysis were carried out using X-ray diffraction, TEM, SEM-EDAX, FT-IR and visible absorption spectroscopy. Stable, triangular and spherical crystalline AuNPs with well-defined dimensions of average size of 15-25 nm were synthesized using C. auriculata. Effect of pH was also studied to check the stability of AuNPs. The main aim of the investigation is to synthesize AuNPs using antidiabetic potent medicinal plant. The stabilizing and reducing molecules of nanoparticles may promote anti-hyperglycemic if tested further. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Facile and green synthesis of mesoporous Co3O4 nanocubes and their applications for supercapacitors.

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    Liu, Xiangmei; Long, Qing; Jiang, Chunhui; Zhan, Beibei; Li, Chen; Liu, Shujuan; Zhao, Qiang; Huang, Wei; Dong, Xiaochen

    2013-07-21

    Nanostructured Co3O4 materials attracted significant attention due to their exceptional electrochemical (pseudo-capacitive) properties. However, rigorous preparation conditions are needed to control the size (especially nanosize), morphology and size distribution of the products obtained by conventional methods. Herein, we describe a novel one step shape-controlled synthesis of uniform Co3O4 nanocubes with a size of 50 nm with the existence of mesoporous carbon nanorods (meso-CNRs). In this synthesis process, meso-CNRs not only act as a heat receiver to directly obtain Co3O4 eliminating the high-temperature post-calcination, but also control the morphology of the resulting Co3O4 to form nanocubes with uniform distribution. More strikingly, mesoporous Co3O4 nanocubes are obtained by further thermal treatment. The structure and morphology of the samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. A possible formation mechanism of mesoporous Co3O4 nanocubes is proposed here. Electrochemical tests have revealed that the prepared mesoporous Co3O4 nanocubes demonstrate a remarkable performance in supercapacitor applications due to the porous structure, which endows fast ion and electron transfer.

  9. Low toxicity superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles: One-pot facile green synthesis for biological applications.

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    Jalil, W B F; Pentón-Madrigal, A; Mello, A; Carneiro, F A; Soares, R M; Baptista, L S; Sinnecker, J P; de Oliveira, L A S

    2017-09-01

    Superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles have been synthesized by a highly reproducible polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-based modified sol-gel process using water as the only solvent. The synthesis method has proven to be effective, time and cost saving and environmental friendly, resulting in PVA-coated magnetite nanoparticles as direct product from the synthesis, without any special atmosphere or further thermal treatment. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy revealed that the biocompatible PVA-coating prevents the nanoparticle agglomeration, giving rise to spherical crystals with sizes of 6.8nm (as-cast) and 9.5nm (heat treated) with great control over size and shape with narrow size distribution. Complementary compositional and magnetic characterizations were employed in order to study the surface chemistry and magnetic behavior of the samples, respectively. Cytotoxicity endpoints including no observed adverse effect concentration (NOAEC), 50% lethal concentration (LC50) and total lethal concentration (TLC) of the tested materials on cell viability were determined after 3, 24 and 48h of exposure. The PVA coating improved the biocompatibility of the synthesized magnetite nanoparticles showing good cell viability and low cytotoxicity effects on the MTT assay performed on BHK cells. Preliminary assessment of nanoparticles in vivo effects, performed after 48h on Balb/c mice, exposed to a range of different sub-lethal doses, showed their capacity to penetrate in liver and kidneys with no significant morphological alterations in both organs. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Facile synthesis of “green” gold nanocrystals using cynarin in an aqueous solution

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    Katircioğlu, Zeynep; Şakalak, Hüseyin; Ulaşan, Mehmet; Gören, Ahmet Ceyhan; Yavuz, Mustafa Selman

    2014-01-01

    Highlights: • The first time a remarkably simple, versatile, environmentally friendly, one-pot and biogenic fabrication and aqueous synthesis of monodisperse gold nanoparticles by using cynarin. • Cynarin as a reductant and capping agent. • Exclusion of extra reducing agents or reductant. • Fabrication of Pd and Ag nanoparticles using cynarin in aqueous media. - Abstract: Herein we describe a water-based protocol that generates Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) by mixing aqueous solutions of HAuCl4 and cynarin (a natural product extract from artichoke leaf). Based on the observations from 1 H NMR spectrum of AuNPs, a polyol oxidation mechanism by metal ions which eventually results in AuNPs formation, is proposed. Basically, the aromatic alcohol groups (1,2-benzenediol) of cynarin are oxidized to α-hydroxy ketone intermediate product, and then further oxidized to the vicinal diketone final product while the Au 3+ ions are reduced to its atomic form (Au 0 ) which leads the generation of Au nanoparticles. This new protocol has also been employed to prepare multiply twinned Pd nanoparticles and Ag cubical aggregates. Due to exclusion of organic solvent, surfactant, or stabilizer for all these synthesis, this protocol may provide a simple, versatile, and environmentally benign route to fabricate noble-metal nanoparticles having various compositions and morphologies

  11. Facile Synthesis of Sub-20 nm Silver Nanowires through a Bromide-Mediated Polyol Method.

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    da Silva, Robson Rosa; Yang, Miaoxin; Choi, Sang-Il; Chi, Miaofang; Luo, Ming; Zhang, Chao; Li, Zhi-Yuan; Camargo, Pedro H C; Ribeiro, Sidney José Lima; Xia, Younan

    2016-08-23

    Essentially all of the Ag nanowires reported in the literature have sizes larger than 30 nm in diameter. In this article, we report a simple and robust approach to the synthesis of Ag nanowires with diameters below 20 nm and aspect ratios over 1000 using a one-pot polyol method. The Ag nanowires took a penta-twinned structure, and they could be obtained rapidly (85% of the as-obtained solid product) under atmospheric pressure. The key to the success of this synthesis is to restrain the nanowires from lateral growth by employing both Br(-) ions and poly(vinylpyrrolidone) with a high molecular weight of 1 300 000 g/mol to cap the {100} side faces, together with the use of a syringe pump to slowly introduce AgNO3 into the reaction solution. By optimizing the ratios between the capping agents and AgNO3, we were able to slow down the reduction kinetics and effectively direct the Ag nanowires to grow along the longitudinal direction only. The nanowires showed great mechanical flexibility and could be bent with acute angles without breaking. Because of their small diameters, the transverse localized surface plasmon resonance peak of the Ag nanowires could be pushed down to the ultraviolet region, below 400 nm, making them ideal conductive elements for the fabrication of touch screens, solar cells, and smart windows.

  12. A facile and fast approach for the synthesis of doped nanoparticles using a microfluidic device

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    Singh, Akanksha; Limaye, Mukta; Singh, Shashi; Kulkarni, Sulabha; Lalla, Niranjan Prasad; Malek, Chantal Khan

    2008-01-01

    The microfluidic approach emerges as a new and promising technology for the synthesis of nanomaterials. A microreactor allows a variety of reaction conditions to be quickly scanned without consuming large amounts of raw material. In this study, we investigated the synthesis of water soluble 1-thioglycerol-capped Mn-doped ZnS nanocrystalline semiconductor nanoparticles (TG-capped ZnS:Mn) via a microfluidic approach. This is the first report for the successful doping of Mn in a ZnS semiconductor at room temperature as well as at 80 deg. C using a microreactor. Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction analysis show that the average particle size of Mn-doped ZnS nanoparticles is ∼3.0 nm with a zinc-blende structure. Photoluminescence, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance studies were carried out to confirm that the Mn 2+ dopants are present in the ZnS nanoparticles

  13. An ordered metallic glass solid solution phase that grows from the melt like a crystal

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    Chapman, Karena W.; Chupas, Peter J.; Long, Gabrielle G.; Bendersky, Leonid A.; Levine, Lyle E.; Mompiou, Frédéric; Stalick, Judith K.; Cahn, John W.

    2014-01-01

    We report structural studies of an Al–Fe–Si glassy solid that is a solid solution phase in the classical thermodynamic sense. We demonstrate that it is neither a frozen melt nor nanocrystalline. The glass has a well-defined solubility limit and rejects Al during formation from the melt. The pair distribution function of the glass reveals chemical ordering out to at least 12 Å that resembles the ordering within a stable crystalline intermetallic phase of neighboring composition. Under isothermal annealing at 305 °C the glass first rejects Al, then persists for approximately 1 h with no detectable change in structure, and finally is transformed by a first-order phase transition to a crystalline phase with a structure that is different from that within the glass. It is possible that this remarkable glass phase has a fully ordered atomic structure that nevertheless possesses no long-range translational symmetry and is isotropic

  14. Synthesis of sulfonated porous carbon nanospheres solid acid by a facile chemical activation route

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    Chang, Binbin, E-mail: changbinbin806@163.com; Guo, Yanzhen; Yin, Hang; Zhang, Shouren; Yang, Baocheng, E-mail: baochengyang@yahoo.com

    2015-01-15

    Generally, porous carbon nanospheres materials are usually prepared via a template method, which is a multi-steps and high-cost strategy. Here, we reported a porous carbon nanosphere solid acid with high surface area and superior porosity, as well as uniform nanospheical morphology, which prepared by a facile chemical activation with ZnCl{sub 2} using resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) resins spheres as precursor. The activation of RF resins spheres by ZnCl{sub 2} at 400 °C brought high surface area and large volume, and simultaneously retained numerous oxygen-containing and hydrogen-containing groups due to the relatively low processing temperature. The presence of these functional groups is favorable for the modification of –SO{sub 3}H groups by a followed sulfonation treating with sulphuric acid and organic sulfonic acid. The results of N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption and electron microscopy clearly showed the preservation of porous structure and nanospherical morphology. Infrared spectra certified the variation of surface functional groups after activation and the successful modification of –SO{sub 3}H groups after sulfonation. The acidities of catalysts were estimated by an indirect titration method and the modified amount of –SO{sub 3}H groups were examined by energy dispersive spectra. The results suggested sulfonated porous carbon nanospheres catalysts possessed high acidities and –SO{sub 3}H densities, which endowed their significantly catalytic activities for biodiesel production. Furthermore, their excellent stability and recycling property were also demonstrated by five consecutive cycles. - Graphical abstract: Sulfonated porous carbon nanospheres with high surface area and superior catalytic performance were prepared by a facile chemical activation route. - Highlights: • Porous carbon spheres solid acid prepared by a facile chemical activation. • It owns high surface area, superior porosity and uniform spherical morphology. • It possesses

  15. Facile and Green Synthesis of Palladium Nanoparticles-Graphene-Carbon Nanotube Material with High Catalytic Activity

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    Tai Sun; Zheye Zhang; Junwu Xiao; Chen Chen; Fei Xiao; Shuai Wang; Yunqi Liu

    2013-01-01

    We report a facile and green method to synthesize a new type of catalyst by coating Pd nanoparticles (NPs) on reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-carbon nanotube (CNT) nanocomposite. An rGO?CNT nanocomposite with three-dimensional microstructures was obtained by hydrothermal treatment of an aqueous dispersion of graphene oxide (GO) and CNTs. After the rGO?CNT composites have been dipped in K2PdCl4 solution, the spontaneous redox reaction between the GO?CNT and PdCl4 2? led to the formation of nanohy...

  16. Nitrogen-Rich Conjugated Microporous Polymers: Facile Synthesis, Efficient Gas Storage, and Heterogeneous Catalysis.

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    Liao, Yaozu; Cheng, Zhonghua; Zuo, Weiwei; Thomas, Arne; Faul, Charl F J

    2017-11-08

    Nitrogen-rich conjugated microporous polymers (NCMPs) have attracted great attention in recent years owing to their polarity, basicity, and ability to coordinate metal ions. Herein, three NCMPs, structurally close to polyaniline, were facilely synthesized via chemical oxidative polymerization between multiconnected aniline precursors. The NCMPs with high N content (11.84 wt %), intrinsic ultramicroporosity (iodine vapor uptake at ambient pressure. Moreover, these NCMPs act as support for palladium catalysts and can maintain >94% activity in Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reactions after six continuous runs.

  17. Facile Synthesis of Au Nanocube-CdS Core-Shell Nanocomposites with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity

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    Liu, Xiao-Li; Liang, Shan; Li, Min; Yu, Xue-Feng; Zhou, Li; Wang, Qu-Qua

    2014-06-01

    Au nanocube-CdS core-shell nanocomposites are prepared by using a one-pot method in aqueous phase with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide as the surfactant. The extinction properties and photocatalytic activity of Au-CdS nanocomposites are investigated. Compared with the pure Au nanocubes, the Au-CdS nanocomposites exhibit enhanced extinction intensity. Compared with CdS nanoparticles, the Au-CdS nanocomposites exhibit improved photocatalytic activity. Furthermore, the photocatalytic efficiency is even better with the increase in the core size of the Au-CdS nanocomposites. Typically, the photocatalytic efficiency of the Au-CdS with 62 nm sized Au nanocubes is about two times higher than that of the pure CdS. It is believed that the Au-CdS nanocomposites may find potential applications in environmental fields, and this synthesis method can be extended to prepare a wide variety of functional composites with Au cores.

  18. One step synthesis of porous graphene by laser ablation: A new and facile approach

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    Kazemizadeh, Fatemeh; Malekfar, Rasoul

    2018-02-01

    Porous graphene (PG) was obtained using one step laser process. Synthesis was carried out by laser ablation of nickel-graphite target under ultra-high flow of argon gas. The field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) results showed the formation of a porous structure and the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed that the porosity of PGs increase under intense laser irradiation. Structural characterization study using Raman spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) technique showed that the obtained PGs display high crystalline structure in the form of few layer rhombohedral graphitic arrangement that can be interpreted as the phase prior to the formation of other carbon nanostructures.

  19. Make and break - Facile synthesis of cocrystals and comprehensive dissolution studies

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    Batzdorf, L.; Zientek, N.; Rump, D.; Fischer, F.; Maiwald, M.; Emmerling, F.

    2017-04-01

    Mechanochemistry is increasingly used as a 'green alternative' for synthesizing various materials including pharmaceutical cocrystals. Herein, we present the mechanochemical synthesis of three new cocrystals containing the API carbamazepine (cocrystals CBZ:Indometacin 1:1, CBZ:Benzamide 1:1, and CBZ:Nifedipine 1:1). The mechanochemical reaction was investigated in situ documenting a fast and complete reaction within one minute. Online NMR spectroscopy proved the direct influence of the dissolution behaviour of the coformers to the dissolution behaviour of the API carbamazepine. The dissolution behaviour of the organic cocrystals is compared to the behaviour of the pure drug indicating a general applicability of this approach for detailed cocrystal dissolution studies.

  20. A facile "green" synthesis of ascorbic acid-capped ZnSe nanoparticles.

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    Oluwafemi, Oluwatobi S; Revaprasadu, N; Adeyemi, Olufemi O

    2010-08-01

    A simple, green room temperature synthesis of ascorbic acid-capped ZnSe nanoparticles is hereby reported. By varying the pH of the solution, the temporal evolution of the optical properties and shape of the nanocrystals was investigated. The nanoparticles were characterized by UV-vis absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and infra-red spectroscopy (IR). All the particles exhibited quantum confinement in their optical spectra. An atypical optical spectrum was observed at pH 11 after 5h attributed to digestive ripening and shrinkage of ZnSe core. From the TEM image we inferred that the reaction is kinetically driven at pH 7 producing elongated particles as the reaction times increases, while spherical particles are produced at pH 4 and 11. The IR spectroscopy confirmed the capping of ascorbic acid and its deprotonation to give ascorbate ions. Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Preparation of bimetallic nanoparticles using a facile green synthesis method and their application.

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    Xia, Bihua; He, Fang; Li, Lidong

    2013-04-16

    A straightforward, economically viable, and green approach for the synthesis of well-stabilized Au/Ag bimetallic nanoparticles is described; this method uses nontoxic and renewable degraded pueraria starch (DPS) as a matrix and mild reaction conditions. The DPS acted as both a reducing agent and a capping agent for the bimetallic nanoparticles. Au/Ag bimetallic nanoparticles were successfully grown within the DPS matrixes, and the bimetallic structures were characterized using various methods, including high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray, and X-ray diffraction. Moreover, it was shown that these DPS-capped Au/Ag bimetallic nanoparticles could function as catalysts for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol in the presence of NaBH4 and were more effective than Au or Ag monometallic nanoparticles.

  2. Facile synthesis of 1,3-thiazolidin-4-ones as antitubercular agents.

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    Subhedar, Dnyaneshwar D; Shaikh, Mubarak H; Arkile, Manisha A; Yeware, Amar; Sarkar, Dhiman; Shingate, Bapurao B

    2016-04-01

    We have developed, highly efficient, one-pot, solvent-free, [Et3NH][HSO4] catalyzed multicomponent reaction protocol for the synthesis of 1,3-thiazolidin-4-ones in excellent yields. For the first time, the 1,3-thiazolidin-4-ones were evaluated in vitro for their antimycobacterial activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis dormant MTB H37Ra and Mycobacterium bovis BCG strains. Among the synthesized basic 1,3-thiazolidin-4-ones, particularly the compounds 4c, 4d, 4e, 4f, 4h, 4i and 4j displays promising antitubercular activity along with no significant cytotoxicity against the cell lines MCF-7, A549 and HCT-116. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Facile synthesis of gold-silver alloy nanoparticles for application in metal enhanced bioluminescence.

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    Abhijith, K S; Sharma, Richa; Ranjan, Rajeev; Thakur, M S

    2014-07-01

    In the present study we explored metal enhanced bioluminescence in luciferase enzymes for the first time. For this purpose a simple and reproducible one pot synthesis of gold-silver alloy nanoparticles was developed. By changing the molar ratio of tri-sodium citrate and silver nitrate we could synthesize spherical Au-Ag colloids of sizes ranging from 10 to 50 nm with a wide range of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) peaks (450-550 nm). The optical tunability of the Au-Ag colloids enabled their effective use in enhancement of bioluminescence in a luminescent bacterium Photobacterium leiognathi and in luciferase enzyme systems from fireflies and bacteria. Enhancement of bioluminescence was 250% for bacterial cells, 95% for bacterial luciferase and 52% for firefly luciferase enzyme. The enhancement may be a result of energy transfer or plasmon induced enhancement. Such an increase can lead to higher sensitivity in detection of bioluminescent signals with potential applications in bio-analysis.

  4. Facile Synthesis and Tensile Behavior of TiO2 One-Dimensional Nanostructures

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    Li Shu-you

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract High-yield synthesis of TiO2 one-dimensional (1D nanostructures was realized by a simple annealing of Ni-coated Ti grids in an argon atmosphere at 950 °C and 760 torr. The as-synthesized 1D nanostructures were single crystalline rutile TiO2 with the preferred growth direction close to [210]. The growth of these nanostructures was enhanced by using catalytic materials, higher reaction temperature, and longer reaction time. Nanoscale tensile testing performed on individual 1D nanostructures showed that the nanostructures appeared to fracture in a brittle manner. The measured Young’s modulus and fracture strength are ~56.3 and 1.4 GPa, respectively.

  5. Facile synthesis of ( sup 11 C)buprenorphine for positron emission tomographic studies of opioid receptors

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    Lever, J.R.; Dannals, R.F.; Wagner, H.N. Jr. (Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD (USA). School of Hygiene and Public Health Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD (USA). Dept. of Radiology); Mazza, S.M. (Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD (USA). School of Hygiene and Public Health); Ravert, H.T.; Wilson, A.A. (Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD (USA). Dept. of Radiology)

    1990-01-01

    We have developed a simple and rapid method for the production of buprenorphine (BPN), a potent opioid partial agonist, labelled with carbon-11 at the 6-methoxy position. The procedure uses a precursor synthesized in high yield (89%) from BPN in two steps and employs ({sup 11}C)iodomethane as the radiolabelling reagent. ({sup 11}C)BPN of 97% radiochemical purity can be prepared in high specific activity (41 GBq/{mu}mol; 1120 mCi/{mu}mol) in a radiochemical yield of 10% at end-of-synthesis (not decay corrected). The ({sup 11}C)BPN is available for use in studies of cerebral opioid receptors by positron emission tomography within 24 min from end-of-bombardment, including radiosynthesis, purification, formulation for i.v. injection and determination of specific activity. (author).

  6. Facile Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Under γ-Irradiation: Effect of Chitosan Concentration

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    Huang, N. M.; Radiman, S.; Ahmad, A.; Idris, H.; Lim, H. N.; Khiew, P. S.; Chiu, W. S.; Tan, T. K.

    2009-01-01

    In the present study, a biopolymer, low molecular weight chitosan had been utilized as a 'green' stabilizing agent for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles under γ-irradiation. The as-synthesized silver nanoparticles have particle diameters in the range of 5 nm-30 nm depending on the percentage of chitosan used (0.1 wt%, 0.5 wt%, 1.0 wt% and 2.0 wt%). It was found that the yield of the silver nanoparticles was in accordance with the concentration of chitosan presence in the solution due to the reduction by the chitosan radical during irradiation. The highly stable chitosan encapsulated silver nanoparticles were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-Visible spectrophotometer (UV-VIS) and X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD).

  7. Silica-gel Catalyzed Facile Synthesis of 3,4-Dihydropyrimidinones

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    Agarwal, Sameer; Aware, Umesh; Patil, Amit; Rohera, Vinita; Jain, Mukul; Patel, Pankaj [Zydus Research Centre, Sarkhej-Bavla N.H., Ahmedabad (India); Ghate, Manjunath [Nirma University, Ahmedabad (India)

    2012-02-15

    We have developed a mild and highly effective procedure for the one-pot synthesis of substituted dihydropyrimidinones in high yields using silica gel as a green, highly efficient and recyclable heterogeneous catalyst. Our approach can be applied to the preparation of a wide range of synthetic analogues for structure-activity studies. Investigations in this direction are ongoing. The pyrimidinone ring is a basic substructure of numerous biologically active alkaloids and pharmaceutical products. These cores are regarded as one of the most important groups of drug-like scaffolds. 3,4-dihydropyrimidinones above are known to exhibit variety of pharmacological activity such as calcium channel modulation, mitotic kinesin Eg5 inhibition, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial activity, etc.

  8. Facile diverted synthesis of pyrrolidinyl triazoles using organotrifluoroborate: discovery of potential mPTP blockers.

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    Jung, Sun hwa; Choi, Kihang; Pae, Ae Nim; Lee, Jae Kyun; Choo, Hyunah; Keum, Gyochang; Cho, Yong Seo; Min, Sun-Joon

    2014-12-21

    This article describes the rapid and diversified synthesis of pyrrolidinyl triazoles for the discovery of mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) blockers. The 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of ethynyl trifluoroborate with azidopyrrolidine produced a key intermediate, triazolyl trifluoroborate 4, which subsequently underwent a Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reaction to afford a series of 1,4-disubstituted triazoles 2. Subsequent biological evaluation of these derivatives indicated 2ag and 2aj as the most potent mPTP blockers exhibiting excellent cytochrome P450 (CYP) stability when compared to the previously reported oxime analogue 1. The present work clearly demonstrates that a 1,2,3-triazole can be used as a stable oxime surrogate. Furthermore, it suggests that late-stage diversification through coupling reactions of organotrifluoroborates is suitable for the rapid discovery of biologically active molecules.

  9. Facile Synthesis of Silver Nanocubes with Sharp Corners and Edges in an Aqueous Solution.

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    Zhou, Shan; Li, Jianhua; Gilroy, Kyle D; Tao, Jing; Zhu, Chunlei; Yang, Xuan; Sun, Xiaojun; Xia, Younan

    2016-11-22

    It remains a challenge to synthesize Ag nanocubes in an aqueous system, although the polyol process was successfully adopted more than one decade ago. Here, we report an aqueous method for the synthesis of Ag nanocubes with an average edge length of 35-95 nm. It involves the formation of AgCl octahedra by mixing CF 3 COOAg with cetyltrimethylammonium chloride, followed by the nucleation and growth of Ag nanocrystals in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA) and FeCl 3 . The Fe 3+ /Fe 2+ redox pair is responsible for the removal of multiply twinned seeds through oxidative etching. The Cl - ions play two critical roles in the nucleation and growth of Ag nanocubes with a single-crystal structure. First, the Cl - ions react with Ag + ions to generate nanometer-sized AgCl octahedra in the initial stage of a synthesis. In the presence of room light and a proper reducing agent such as AA, the AgCl can be reduced to generate Ag n nuclei followed by their evolution into single-crystal seeds and then Ag nanocrystals. Second, the Cl - ions can act as a specific capping agent toward the Ag(100) surface, enabling the formation of Ag nanocubes with sharp corners and edges. Based on the results from a set of time-lapse studies and control experiments, we formulate a plausible mechanism to account for the formation of Ag nanocubes that resembles the formation and development of latent image centers in silver halide grains in the photographic process.

  10. Facile synthesis of layered MnWO{sub 4}/reduced graphene oxide for supercapacitor application

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    Tang, Jianhua; Shen, Jianfeng, E-mail: jfshen@fudan.edu.cn; Li, Na; Ye, Mingxin, E-mail: mxye@fudan.edu.cn

    2016-05-05

    The layered MnWO{sub 4}/reduced graphene oxide (MnWO{sub 4}/RGO) was prepared through a facile one-pot low-temperature hydrothermal route without using any templates. The structure and morphology of MnWO{sub 4}/RGO nanocomposite were characterized through X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption/desorption and thermo-gravimetric analysis. While its electrochemical behaviors were investigated using cyclic voltammograms, galvanostatic charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. In the case of three electrode cells, MnWO{sub 4}/RGO with 7.28 wt% RGO content fulfilled a maximum specific capacitance of 288 F g{sup −1} at 5 mV s{sup −1} with the potential range from −0.35–0.55 V. While in the two electrode cell, it obtained a maximum specific capacitance of 109 F g{sup −1} at 5 mV s{sup −1} and displayed the cycle life of 14.9% capacitance decline after 6000 cycles. - Highlights: • The MnWO{sub 4}/RGO was first prepared through a facile hydrothermal route. • MnWO{sub 4}/RGO composite show much higher specific capacitances than pure MnWO{sub 4}. • The electrochemical properties of MnWO{sub 4}/RGO arise from the synergistic effect.

  11. A facile homogeneous precipitation synthesis of NiO nanosheets and their applications in water treatment

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    Zhao, Junfeng; Tan, Yang; Su, Kang; Zhao, Junjie; Yang, Chen; Sang, Lingling; Lu, Hongbin; Chen, JianHua

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • NiO nanosheets were synthesized via a facile homogeneous precipitation method. • The NiO nanosheets have a large surface area. • This preparation method was low-cost, simple equipments, easy preparation, short reaction time and better repeatability. • The product also showed a favourable ability to remove Cr(VI) and Congo red (CR) in water treatment. - Abstract: NiO nanosheets were successfully synthesized by a facile homogeneous precipitation method with the assistance of ethanol amine. The sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and nitrogen adsorption–desorption techniques. The results demonstrated that the as-prepared product was cubic NiO nanosheets with a large surface area of 170.1 m 2 g −1 . Further, the as-prepared product was used to investigate its potential application for wastewater treatment. The maximum adsorption capacity for Cr(VI) and Congo red (CR) on NiO nanosheets has been determined using the Langmuir equation and found to reach up to 48.98 and 167.73 mg g −1 , respectively. It could be concluded that NiO nanosheets with special surface features had the potential as adsorbents for wastewater treatment

  12. Sodium Acetate Orientated Hollow/Mesoporous Magnetite Nanoparticles: Facile Synthesis, Characterization and Formation Mechanism

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    Quanguo He

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Monodispersed magnetite (Fe3O4 nanospheres with hollow or porous interior structures were synthesized by a facile one-pot solvothermal route. The facile synthetic process was carried out by using iron (III chloride hexahydrate (FeCl3·6H2O as only ferric ion resource, and anhydrous sodium acetate (NaAc as structure-directing agent in an ethylene glycol solution without any templates or surfactants involved. The sizes, morphologies, crystal structures and magnetic properties of hollow Fe3O4 NPs are characterized via Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD and Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM techniques. The influences of reaction time, molar ratio of reactants on the morphologies and magnetic performances are also investigated. The different morphologies of magnetite (Fe3O4 particles were presented with tunable size ranging from 85 to 250 nm and controllable structures including porous and hollow construction by using different amount of anhydrous NaAc. A plausible mechanism based on sodium acetate assistant local Ostwald ripening is proposed for acquiring the tailorable morphology and magnetic performance. Such a design conception of anhydrous NaAc assisted Ostwald ripening applied here is a significant alternative for synthesizing hollow magnetic particles, and it could elucidate some light to understand and construct other novel hollow/mesoporous nanostructures.

  13. Facile and green synthesis of CdSe quantum dots in protein matrix: tuning of morphology and optical properties.

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    Ahmed, M; Guleria, A; Rath, M C; Singh, A K; Adhikari, S; Sarkar, S K

    2014-08-01

    Herein, we have demonstrated a facile and green approach for the synthesis of Cadmium selenide (CdSe) quantum dots (QDs). The process was mediated by bovine serum albumin (BSA) and it was found that BSA plays the dual role of reducing agent as well as a stabilizing agent. The QDs exhibited sharp excitonic absorption features at ~500 nm and subsequently showed reasonably good photoluminescence (PL) at room temperature. The PL is seen to be strongly dependent on the concentration of the precursors and hence, the luminescence of these QDs could be conveniently tuned across the visible spectrum simply by varying molar ratio of the precursors. It can be envisaged from the fact that a red-shift of about 100 nm in the PL peak position was observed when the molar ratio of the precursors ([Cd2+]:[Se2-], in mM) was varied from 10:5 to 10:40. Subsequently, the charge carrier relaxation dynamics associated with the different molar ratio of precursors has been investigated and very interesting information regarding the energy level structures of these QDs were revealed. Most importantly, in conjunction with the optical tuning, the nanomorphology of these nanoparticles was found to vary with the change in molar ratios of Se and Cd precursors. This aspect can provide a new direction of controlling the shape of CdSe nanoparticles. The possible mechanism of the formation as well as for the shape variation of these nanoparticles with the molar ratios of precursors has been proposed, taking into account the role of amino acid residues (present in BSA). Moreover, the QDs were water soluble and possessed fairly good colloidal stability therefore, can have potential applications in catalysis and bio-labeling. On the whole, the present methodology of protein assisted synthesis is relatively new especially for semiconducting nanomaterials and may provide some unique and interesting aspects to control and fine tune the morphology vis-à-vis, their optical properties.

  14. Facile Synthesis of Polyaniline Nanotubes with Square Capillary Using Urea as Template

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    Shuhua Pang

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Polyaniline nanotubes were successfully synthesized by a facile in situ chemical oxidative polymerization method using urea as soft template. When the urea/aniline molar ratio is 3:1, the as-prepared nanotubular polyaniline (PANI-3 shows regular and uniform square capillaries, which provides a high electrode/electrolyte contact, easy ion diffusion and enhanced electroactive regions during the electrochemical process, leading to weak internal resistance and improved electrochemical performance. The PANI-3 sample exhibits a high specific capacitance of 405 F/g at current density of 0.2 A/g, and PANI only has a specific capacitance of 263 F/g. At current density of 1 A/g, the capacitance of PANI-3 is still 263 F/g (64.9% of the capacitance at 0.2 A/g. Such a PANI-3 nanotube, with regular and uniform capillary, is a promising electrode material for high-performance supercapacitors.

  15. Facile synthesis of highly aligned multiwalled carbon nanotubes from polymer precursors.

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    Han, C. Y.; Xiao, Z.-L.; Wang, H. H.; Lin, X.-M.; Trasobares, S.; Cook, R. E.; Richard J. Daley Coll.; Northern Illinois Univ.; Univ. de Cadiz

    2009-01-01

    We report a facile one-step approach which involves no flammable gas, no catalyst, and no in situ polymerization for the preparation of well-aligned carbon nanotube array. A polymer precursor is placed on top of an anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane containing regular nanopore arrays, and slow heating under Ar flow allows the molten polymer to wet the template through adhesive force. The polymer spread into the nanopores of the template to form polymer nanotubes. Upon carbonization the resulting multi-walled carbon nanotubes duplicate the nanopores morphology precisely. The process is demonstrated for 230, 50, and 20 nm pore membranes. The synthesized carbon nanotubes are characterized with scanning/transmission electron microscopies, Raman spectroscopy, and resistive measurements. Convenient functionalization of the nanotubes with this method is demonstrated through premixing CoPt nanoparticles in the polymer precursors.

  16. Green facile scalable synthesis of titania/carbon nanocomposites: new use of old dental resins.

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    Xiao, Ying; Wang, Xiaoyan; Xia, Yonggao; Yao, Yuan; Metwalli, Ezzeldin; Zhang, Qian; Liu, Rui; Qiu, Bao; Rasool, Majid; Liu, Zhaoping; Meng, Jian-Qiang; Sun, Ling-Dong; Yan, Chun-Hua; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Cheng, Ya-Jun

    2014-01-01

    A green facile scalable method inspired by polymeric dental restorative composite is developed to synthesize TiO2/carbon nanocomposites for manipulation of the intercalation potential of TiO2 as lithium-ion battery anode. Poorly crystallized TiO2 nanoparticles with average sizes of 4-6 nm are homogeneously embedded in carbon matrix with the TiO2 mass content varied between 28 and 65%. Characteristic discharge/charge plateaus of TiO2 are significantly diminished and voltage continues to change along with proceeding discharge/charge process. The tap density, gravimetric and volumetric capacities, and cyclic and rate performance of the TiO2/C composites are effectively improved.

  17. Facile Synthesis of Highly Aligned Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes from Polymer Precursors

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    Catherine Y. Han

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a facile one-step approach which involves no flammable gas, no catalyst, and no in situ polymerization for the preparation of well-aligned carbon nanotube array. A polymer precursor is placed on top of an anodized aluminum oxide (AAO membrane containing regular nanopore arrays, and slow heating under Ar flow allows the molten polymer to wet the template through adhesive force. The polymer spread into the nanopores of the template to form polymer nanotubes. Upon carbonization the resulting multi-walled carbon nanotubes duplicate the nanopores morphology precisely. The process is demonstrated for 230, 50, and 20 nm pore membranes. The synthesized carbon nanotubes are characterized with scanning/transmission electron microscopies, Raman spectroscopy, and resistive measurements. Convenient functionalization of the nanotubes with this method is demonstrated through premixing CoPt nanoparticles in the polymer precursors.

  18. Facile synthesis of blue-emitting carbon dots@mesoporous silica composite spheres

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    Guo, Ziying; Zhu, Zhenpeng; Zhang, Xinguo; Chen, Yibo

    2018-02-01

    This paper reported a facile and effective approach towards high-efficient composite luminophores by embedding blue-emitting N-doped carbon dots into spherical SiO2 matrix (CDs@SiO2). Mesoporous silica microspheres (r-CDs@MSN) with strong luminescence were synthesized by removing CTAB templates in CDs@SiO2 using reflux with acetone. The r-CDs@MSN possess a spherical morphology with smooth surface and a diameter of 130 nm, while it exhibits an excitation-independent blue emission peak at 440 nm with an internal quantum yield of 21.5%. BET result shows that the corresponding surface area and adsorption total pore volume are 156.27 m2/g and 0.682 cm3/g, which is suitable for the drugs loading and release. The results indicate that r-CDs@MSN might act as a potential fluorescent drug carrier.

  19. Facile synthesis of uniform hierarchical composites CuO-CeO2 for enhanced dye removal

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    Xu, Pan; Niu, Helin; Chen, Jingshuai; Song, Jiming; Mao, Changjie; Zhang, Shengyi; Gao, Yuanhao; Chen, Changle

    2016-12-01

    The hierarchically shaped CuO-CeO2 composites were prepared through a facile solvothermal method without using any template. The as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and N2 adsorption-desorption analysis. In the characterization, we found that CuO-CeO2 composites were showed uniform size and morphology which were consisted of the secondary nanoflakes interconnected with each other. Most interestingly, the composites showed efficient performance to remove methyl blue and Congo red dyes from water with maximum adsorption capacities of 2131.24 and 1072.09 mg g-1, respectively. In addition, because of their larger surface area and the unique hierarchical structures, the adsorption performance of the CuO-CeO2 composites is much better than the materials of CuO and CeO2.

  20. Ultrafine ferromagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles: Facile synthesis by low temperature decomposition of iron glycerolate

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    Bartůněk, Vilém, E-mail: vilem.bartunek@vscht.cz [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Chemistry and Technology, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Průcha, David [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Chemistry and Technology, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Švecová, Marie [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, University of Chemistry and Technology, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Ulbrich, Pavel [Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology, University of Chemistry and Technology, Technická 3, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Huber, Štěpán; Sedmidubský, David; Jankovský, Ondřej [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Chemistry and Technology, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)

    2016-09-01

    We synthesized dark colored ultrafine – sub 10 nm iron oxide nanoparticles by a facile and low temperature process based on thermal decomposition of an affordable precursor – iron glycerolate. Simultaneous thermal analysis (STA) was used to study the thermal behaviour during the decomposition. The iron glycerolate was thoroughly analysed by various methods. The size of the iron nanoparticles was determined from XRD patterns and by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and their composition has been confirmed by XPS. Magnetic properties of the nanoparticles were studied by vibrating sample magnetometry. The prepared single phase material exhibiting ferromagnetic properties is usable in a wide range of applications and may be suitable even for large scale industrial applications. - Highlights: • Iron glycerolate prepared and characterised. • Iron oxide nanoparticles prepared by thermal decomposition of iron glycerolate. • STA used to study the decomposition. • Products characterised by XRD, XPS, FT-IR, SEM and TEM. • Magnetic behaviour of monophasic samples determined.

  1. Facile synthesis and characterization of novel biodegradable amphiphilic block copolymers bearing pendant hydroxyl groups

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    Hu, Gaicen; Fan, Xiaoshan; Xu, Bingcan; Zhang, Delong; Hu, Zhiguo, E-mail: zghu@htu.cn

    2014-10-01

    Novel amphiphilic block copolymers bearing pendant hydroxyl groups polylactide-b–poly(3,3-bis(Hydroxymethyl–triazolylmethyl) oxetane)-b–polylactide (PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA) were synthesized via a facile and efficient method. First, the block copolymer intermediates polylactide-b–poly(3,3-Diazidomethyloxetane)-b–polylactide (PLA-b–PBAMO-b–PLA) were synthesized through ring-opening polymerization of lactide using PBAMO as a macroinitiator. Following “Click” reaction of PLA-b–PBAMO-b–PLA with propargyl alcohol provided the targeted amphiphilic block copolymers PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA with pendant hydroxyl groups. The composition and structure of prepared copolymers were characterized by {sup 1}H nuclear magnetic resonance ({sup 1}H NMR) spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The self-assembly behavior of the copolymers in water was investigated by transmission electron microscope (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and static light scattering (SLS). The results showed that the novel copolymers PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA self-assembled into spherical micelles with diameters ranging from 100 nm to 200 nm in aqueous solution. These copolymers also exhibited low critical micellar concentrations (CMC: 6.9 × 10{sup −4} mg/mL and 3.9 × 10{sup −5} mg/mL, respectively). In addition, the in vitro cytotoxicity of these copolymers was determined in the presence of L929 cells. The results showed that the block copolymers PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA exhibited better biocompatibility. Therefore, these well-defined copolymers are expected to find some applications in drug delivery or tissue engineering. - Highlights: • The method to synthesize PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA is relatively facile and efficient. • PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA self-assembles into spherical micelles with low CMC in water. • PLA-b–PHMTYO-b–PLA exhibits better biocompatibility and biodegradability.

  2. Facile Synthesis of Uniform Virus-like Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Enhanced Cellular Internalization.

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    Wang, Wenxing; Wang, Peiyuan; Tang, Xueting; Elzatahry, Ahmed A; Wang, Shuwen; Al-Dahyan, Daifallah; Zhao, Mengyao; Yao, Chi; Hung, Chin-Te; Zhu, Xiaohang; Zhao, Tiancong; Li, Xiaomin; Zhang, Fan; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2017-08-23

    The low-efficiency cellular uptake property of current nanoparticles greatly restricts their application in the biomedical field. Herein, we demonstrate that novel virus-like mesoporous silica nanoparticles can easily be synthesized, showing greatly superior cellular uptake property. The unique virus-like mesoporous silica nanoparticles with a spiky tubular rough surface have been successfully synthesized via a novel single-micelle epitaxial growth approach in a low-concentration-surfactant oil/water biphase system. The virus-like nanoparticles' rough surface morphology results mainly from the mesoporous silica nanotubes spontaneously grown via an epitaxial growth process. The obtained nanoparticles show uniform particle size and excellent monodispersity. The structural parameters of the nanoparticles can be well tuned with controllable core diameter (∼60-160 nm), tubular length (∼6-70 nm), and outer diameter (∼6-10 nm). Thanks to the biomimetic morphology, the virus-like nanoparticles show greatly superior cellular uptake property (invading living cells in large quantities within few minutes, internalization pathways, and extended blood circulation duration ( t 1/2 = 2.16 h), which is much longer than that of conventional mesoporous silica nanoparticles (0.45 h). Furthermore, our epitaxial growth strategy can be applied to fabricate various virus-like mesoporous core-shell structures, paving the way toward designed synthesis of virus-like nanocomposites for biomedicine applications.

  3. Facile green synthesis of variable metallic gold nanoparticle using Padina gymnospora, a brown marine macroalga

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    Singh, M.; Kalaivani, R.; Manikandan, S.; Sangeetha, N.; Kumaraguru, A. K.

    2013-04-01

    The process of development of reliable and eco-friendly metallic nanoparticles is an important step in the field of nanotechnology. To achieve this, use of natural sources like biological systems becomes essential. In the present work, extracellular biosynthesis of gold nanoparticles using Padina gymnospora has been attempted and achieved rapid formation of gold nanoparticles in a short duration. The UV-vis spectrum of the aqueous medium containing gold ion showed peak at 527 nm corresponding to the plasmon absorbance of gold nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy showed the formation of well-dispersed gold nanoparticles. FTIR spectra of brown alga confirmed that hydroxyl groups present in the algal polysaccharides were involved in the gold bioreduction. AFM analysis showed the results of particle sizes (53-67 nm) and average height of the particle roughness (60.0 nm). X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectrum of the gold nanoparticles exhibited Bragg reflections corresponding to gold nanoparticles. This environment-friendly method of biological gold nanoparticle synthesis can be applied potentially in various products that directly come in contact with the human body, such as cosmetics, and foods and consumer goods, besides medical applications.

  4. Facile Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Function of Gelatin Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles

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    Zulfiqar A. Tagar

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available In the present investigation, we report a new one phase, one pot method for synthesis of 3.5 ± 0.7 nm average sized gelatin capped gold nano particles (Gel-AuNPs using strong reductant NaBH4 in aqueous system at room temperature. Size controlled Gel-AuNPs were characterized by UV-Visible, STEM, XRD, DLS and FT-IR. Spherical Gel-AuNPs showed excellent catalytic activity for reduction of three differently charged dyes eosin B (EB, methylene blue (MB and rose bengal (RB in the presence of NaBH4. The study revealed that 100% reduction of EB, MB and RB dyes was carried out in just 150 sec. The developed catalyst was easy to recover and capable to be reused three times. The process of reduction rate and kinetics of dyes was monitored using UV-Visible spectrophotometer. A plot of lnC Vs time (sec showed that reaction follows the first order kinetics. Rate constant (K was determined for EB, MB and RB reduction at 10 μM, which was found as 2.735 x10-2 sec-1, 2.738 x 10-2 sec-1 and 2.55 x 10-2 sec-1, respectively. The study revealed that catalytic reduction of dyes by Gel-AuNPs in aqueous medium is environmental friendly in terms of recovery of catalyst, is exceptionally fast and hence extremely economical.

  5. Facile microwave synthesis, characterization, and solar cell application of selenium nanoparticles

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    Panahi-Kalamuei, Mokhtar [Institute of Nano Science and Nano Technology, University of Kashan, P.O. Box. 87317-51167, Kashan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Salavati-Niasari, Masoud, E-mail: salavati@kashanu.ac.ir [Institute of Nano Science and Nano Technology, University of Kashan, P.O. Box. 87317-51167, Kashan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hosseinpour-Mashkani, S. Mostafa [Young Researchers and Elites Club, Kashan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kashan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-12-25

    Highlights: • Selenium (Se) nanoparticles were synthesized via a simple microwave method. • The effects of preparation parameters were investigated. • A preliminary study on the possibility of developing a solar cell having FTO/TiO{sub 2}/Se/Pt-FTO. - Abstract: In the current study, selenium (Se) nanoparticles with hexagonal phase were synthesized by applying microwave irradiation using selenium tetrachloride as a starting reagent in distilled water at various conditions. Se nanoparticles were formed using hydrazine in short reaction time (4 min). The effects of reaction time, irradiation power, and types of surfactant including sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), polyethylene glycol 600 (PEG 600), and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) on the particle size of the product were investigated. To fabricate a FTO/TiO{sub 2}/Se/Pt-FTO and FTO/Se/CdS/Pt-FTO solar cell, selenium film was directly deposited on top of the TiO{sub 2} and FTO glass prepared by Doctor’s blade method, respectively. Solar cell results indicate that an inexpensive solar cell could be developed by synthesis of Se nanoparticles through microwave method.

  6. Facile synthesis of mesostructured ZSM-5 zeolite with enhanced mass transport and catalytic performances

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    Li, Chao; Ren, Yanqun; Gou, Jinsheng; Liu, Baoyu; Xi, Hongxia

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • A mesostructured MFI zeolite was synthesized via dual-functional surfactant approach. • Mass transport was investigated by applying zero length column technique. • The catalyst exhibited excellent catalytic activity and long lifetime. • Gaussian DFT was employed to study the role of surfactant in crystallization process. - Abstract: A mesostructured ZSM-5 zeolite with multilamellar structure was successfully synthesized by employing a tetra-headgroup rigid bolaform quaternary ammonium surfactant. It was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherms, amines temperature programmed desorption (amines-TPD), and computer simulation. These results indicated that the dual-functional amphiphilic surfactants play a critical role for directing the multilamellar structure with high mesoporosity. The mass transport and catalytic performances of the zeolite were investigated by zero length column (ZLC) technique and aldol condensation reactions to evaluate the structure-property relationship. These results clearly indicated that the mass transport of selected molecules in hierarchical zeolite can be accelerated by introducing mesoporous structure with mesostructure with reduced diffusion length and an overall enhanced resistance against deactivation in reactions involving large molecules. Furthermore, the dual-functional surfactant approach of making hierarchical zeolite with MFI nanosheets framework would open up new opportunities for design and synthesis of hierarchical zeolites with controllable mesoporous structures.

  7. Facile synthesis of deoxycholate intercalated layered double hydroxide nanohybrids via a coassembly process

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    Wu, Xiaowen; Wang, Shuang; Du, Na; Zhang, Renjie; Hou, Wanguo

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we describe a synthesis strategy of deoxycholate (DC) intercalated layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanohybrids via a coassembly method at room temperature. For this strategy, LDH particles were delaminated to well-dispersed 2D nanosheets in formamide, and the resulting LDH nanosheets were then coassembled with DC anions into the DC intercalated LDH (DC-LDH) nanohybrids. The so-synthesized nanohybrids were characterized by XRD, TEM, FT-IR, elemental analyses and TG-DSC. It was found that the loading amount of DC in the nanohybrids could be easily controlled by changing the ratio of DC to LDH. In addition, the nanohybrids have similar characteristics with the DC-LDH nanohybrids synthesized by the hydrothermal method, including their DC loading, crystal structure, morphology and thermal gravimetric behavior. However, this strategy exhibited the advantages of short reaction time and mild experimental conditions compared with the hydrothermal method. - Graphical abstract: Deoxycholate intercalated layered double hydroxide nanohybrids were successfully synthesized via a coassembly strategy. In this strategy, the interlayer spaces of LDHs can be efficiently used for the intercalation of guest species. - Highlights: • Deoxycholate intercalated layered double hydroxide nanohybrids were synthesized via a coassembly strategy. • This strategy exhibited the advantages of short time and mild conditions. • This strategy can enable organic species to be readily intercalated into the LDH galleries

  8. Facile synthesis of ZnS nanorods in PEG and their spectral performance

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    Zhou, Dan-Jie; Xie, Xin-Yuan; Zhang, Yan-li; Guo, Dan-Yi; Zhou, Yi-Jia; Xie, Jin-Feng

    2016-10-01

    Green and one-step synthesis of ZnS nanorods through the interaction of zinc nitrate hexahydrate and S powder in PEG400 was studied. Orthogonal experiments were conducted to study the influence of the experimental conditions including the molar ratio of sulfur (nS) and zinc nitrate hexahydrate (nZn), the heating time and the molecular weight of PEG (200, 400, 600) on the nature and morphology of the products. The results show that the zinc/sulfur molar ratio determines the composition of the products. When the zinc/sulfur molar ratio is 2 mmol:1 mmol with temperature of 160 °C and reaction time of 120 min, homogeneous ZnS nanorods, with diameters and lengths of about 64 nm-110 nm and 110-1100 nm respectively are obtained. The structure, morphology, size, stability and optical properties of the products were investigated by x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption and photoluminescence. The band-gap value estimated from the UV-vis absorption spectrum is 4.15 eV. The as-synthesized ZnS shows blue (469 nm) and green (506 nm) broad emission bands when they are excited by visible light (439 nm). Possible formation mechanism is also discussed.

  9. Facile and green synthesis of phytochemicals capped platinum nanoparticles and in vitro their superior antibacterial activity.

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    Tahir, Kamran; Nazir, Sadia; Ahmad, Aftab; Li, Baoshan; Khan, Arif Ullah; Khan, Zia Ul Haq; Khan, Faheem Ullah; Khan, Qudrat Ullah; Khan, Abrar; Rahman, Aziz Ur

    2017-01-01

    The increase in the severe infectious diseases and resistance of the majority of the bacterial pathogens to the available drug is a serious problem now a day. In order to overcome this problem it is necessary to develop new therapeutic agents which are non-toxic and more effective to inhibit these microbial pathogens. For this purpose the plant extract of highly active medicinal plant, Taraxacum laevigatum was used for the synthesis of platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) to enhance its bio-activities. The surface plasmon resonance peak appeared at 283nm clearly represent the formation of PtNPs. The results illustrate that the bio-synthesized PtNPs were uniformly dispersed, small sized (2-7nm) and spherical in shape. The green synthesized PtNPs were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, XRD, TEM, SEM, EDX, DLS and FTIR. These nanoparticles were tested against gram positive bacteria (Bacillus subtilis) and gram negative bacteria (Pseudomonas aeruginosa). The bio-synthesized PtNPs were examined to be more effective against both of the bacteria. The results showed, that the zone of inhibition of PtNPs against P. aeruginosa was 15 (±0.5) mm and B. subtilis was 18 (±0.8) mm. The most significant outcome of this examination is that PtNPs exhibited strong antibacterial activity against P. aeruginosa and B. subtilis which have strong defensive system against several antibiotics. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. A Facile Solvothermal Method for Synthesis of CuInS2 Nanostructures

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    M. Mousavi-Kamazani

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available CuInS2 nanostructures were  synthesized  via  a  simple  surfactant-free solvothermal  route.  In  this  synthesis,  thiosemicarbazide  and thioglycolic acid were used as sulfur sources. The effects of different parameters such as type of precursor and time on the morphology and particle  size  of  the  samples  have  been  investigated.  The nanostructures  were  characterized  by  means  of  X-ray  diffraction (XRD,  scanning  electron microscopy  (SEM,  energy-dispersive X- ray  analysis  (EDX,  Fourier  transform  infrared  (FT-IR  and photoluminescence  (PL  spectroscopy.  The  fill  factor  (FF,  open circuit voltage  (Voc, and  short circuit current  (Isc were obtained by I–V characterization.

  11. A facile synthesis of novel indole derivatives as potential antitubercular agents

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    Gulzar A. Khan

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available A novel series of 5,5-dimethyl-11-phenyl-4b,5,5a,10,10a,11,11a,12-octahydro-10,11,12-triaza-indeno[2,1-b]fluorenes 3a–3l were prepared by reacting oxindole, aryl amines and acetone using dibutylamine as an organocatalyst via simultaneous Knoevenagel and Michael-type reactions. This preparation is environmentally benign, highly compatible and conveniently carried out in ethanol under mild conditions. The structures of the new compounds were determined by spectroscopic techniques, including IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR and LCHRMS. Docking studies against an enoyl acyl carrier protein reductase predicted that the compounds possessed high binding affinity towards target molecules. The compound 3k (MIC, 40 μg/mL showed comparable activity with Isoniazid at the same concentrations against MT H37 Rv. Keywords: Green synthesis, Knoevenagel–Michael addition reaction, Dibutylamine, Antitubercular activity, Molecular docking

  12. A Facile Synthesis of Nitrogen-Doped Highly Porous Carbon Nanoplatelets: Efficient Catalysts for Oxygen Electroreduction

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    Zhang, Yaqing; Zhang, Xianlei; Ma, Xiuxiu; Guo, Wenhui; Wang, Chunchi; Asefa, Tewodros; He, Xingquan

    2017-02-01

    The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is of great importance for various renewable energy conversion technologies such as fuel cells and metal-air batteries. Heteroatom-doped carbon nanomaterials have proven to be robust metal-free electrocatalysts for ORR in the above-mentioned energy devices. Herein, we demonstrate the synthesis of novel highly porous N-doped carbon nanoplatelets (N-HPCNPs) derived from oatmeal (or a biological material) and we show the materials’ high-efficiency as electrocatalyst for ORR. The obtained N-HPCNPs hybrid materials exhibit superior electrocatalytic activities towards ORR, besides excellent stability and good methanol tolerance in both basic and acidic electrolytes. The unique nanoarchitectures with rich micropores and mesopores, as well as the high surface area-to-volume ratios, present in the materials significantly increase the density of accessible catalytically active sites in them and facilitate the transport of electrons and electrolyte within the materials. Consequently, the N-HPCNPs catalysts hold a great potential to serve as low-cost and highly efficient cathode materials in direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs).

  13. High yield, facile aqueous synthesis and characterization of C18 functionalized iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Nair, Kishore Kumar; Kaur, Ranjeet; Iqbal, Nusrat; Hasan, Abshar; Alam, Samsul; Raza, S. K.

    2015-04-01

    The present study shows the synthesis of magnetite nanoparticles by co-precipitation method in three steps. The steps involve the precipitation of Fe3O4 nanoparticles followed by layer by layer functionalization with silica and tetraethoxy(octadyl)silane (C18). The prepared magnetite nanoparticles were investigated by SEM, TEM, XRD, FTIR and VSM. It was suggested that the intermediate iron oxide nanoparticles were formed by the competing processes of oxidation and crystal growth after decomposition of ferrous and ferric salts. The first step synthesized nanoparticles were of around 16 ± 4 nm, second step silica coating of 18 ± 3 nm and the final step C18 were of 56 ± 6 nm. The tetraethylorthosilicate hydrolyzed to form silicic acid which further polymerizes and thereby forms a layer of silica over magnetite nanoparticles. FTIR peaks at 2854 and 2921 cm-1 confirm the layering of C18 on silica encapsulated nanoparticles which corresponds to ˜CH2 and ˜(CH2)17CH3 carbon chain symmetric extension. The thickness of silica coating and C18 are 1.9 ± 0.3 nm and 38.6 ± 2.5 nm as confirmed from TEM size distribution curve. The saturation magnetism of magnetite, silica coated and C18 nanoparticles are 77.46, 74.53 and 68.76 emu g-1 respectively. Thus, Fe3O4, silica and C18 encapsulated magnetite nanoparticles were superparamagnetic.

  14. Facile synthesis of Curcuma longa tuber powder engineered metal nanoparticles for bioimaging applications

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    Sankar, Renu; Rahman, Pattanathu K. S. M.; Varunkumar, Krishnamoorthy; Anusha, Chidambaram; Kalaiarasi, Arunachalam; Shivashangari, Kanchi Subramanian; Ravikumar, Vilwanathan

    2017-02-01

    Nanomaterials based fluorescent agents are rapidly becoming significant and promising transformative tools for improving medical diagnostics for extensive in vivo imaging modalities. Compared with conventional fluorescent agents, nano-fluorescence has capabilities to improve the in vivo detection and enriched targeting efficiencies. In our laboratory we synthesized fluorescent metal nanoparticles of silver, copper and iron using Curcuma longa tuber powder by simple reduction. The physicochemical properties of the synthesized metal nanoparticles were attained using UV-visible spectrophotometry, scanning electron microscopy with EDAX spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The Curcuma longa tuber powder has one of the bioactive compound Curcumin might act as a capping agent during the synthesis of nanoparticles. The synthesized metal nanoparticles fluorescence property was confirmed by spectrofluorometry. When compared with copper and iron nanoparticles the silver nanoparticles showed high fluorescence intensity under spectrofluorometry. Moreover, in vitro cell images of the silver nanoparticles in A549 cell lines also correlated with the results of spectrofluorometry. These silver nanoparticles show inspiring cell-imaging applications. They enter into cells without any further modifications, and the fluorescence property can be utilized for fluorescence-based cell imaging applications.

  15. Facile synthesis of mesostructured ZSM-5 zeolite with enhanced mass transport and catalytic performances

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    Li, Chao; Ren, Yanqun [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, 381 Wushan Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510641 (China); Gou, Jinsheng [College Material Science and Technology, Beijing Forestry University, Key Laboratory of Wooden Material Science and Application, Ministry of Education, 35 Tsinghua East Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100083 (China); Liu, Baoyu [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, 381 Wushan Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510641 (China); Xi, Hongxia, E-mail: cehxxi@scut.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, 381 Wushan Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510641 (China)

    2017-01-15

    Highlights: • A mesostructured MFI zeolite was synthesized via dual-functional surfactant approach. • Mass transport was investigated by applying zero length column technique. • The catalyst exhibited excellent catalytic activity and long lifetime. • Gaussian DFT was employed to study the role of surfactant in crystallization process. - Abstract: A mesostructured ZSM-5 zeolite with multilamellar structure was successfully synthesized by employing a tetra-headgroup rigid bolaform quaternary ammonium surfactant. It was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherms, amines temperature programmed desorption (amines-TPD), and computer simulation. These results indicated that the dual-functional amphiphilic surfactants play a critical role for directing the multilamellar structure with high mesoporosity. The mass transport and catalytic performances of the zeolite were investigated by zero length column (ZLC) technique and aldol condensation reactions to evaluate the structure-property relationship. These results clearly indicated that the mass transport of selected molecules in hierarchical zeolite can be accelerated by introducing mesoporous structure with mesostructure with reduced diffusion length and an overall enhanced resistance against deactivation in reactions involving large molecules. Furthermore, the dual-functional surfactant approach of making hierarchical zeolite with MFI nanosheets framework would open up new opportunities for design and synthesis of hierarchical zeolites with controllable mesoporous structures.

  16. Facile synthesis of flower like copper oxide and their application to hydrogen peroxide and nitrite sensing

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    Zhang Li

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 and nitrite ion (NO2- is of great important in various fields including clinic, food, pharmaceutical and environmental analyses. Compared with many methods that have been developed for the determination of them, the electrochemical detection method has attracted much attention. In recent years, with the development of nanotechnology, many kinds of micro/nano-scale materials have been used in the construction of electrochemical biosensors because of their unique and particular properties. Among these catalysts, copper oxide (CuO, as a well known p-type semiconductor, has gained increasing attention not only for its unique properties but also for its applications in many fields such as gas sensors, photocatalyst and electrochemistry sensors. Continuing our previous investigations on transition-metal oxide including cuprous oxide and α-Fe2O3 modified electrode, in the present paper we examine the electrochemical and electrocatalytical behavior of flower like copper oxide modified glass carbon electrodes (CuO/GCE. Results Flower like copper oxide (CuO composed of many nanoflake was synthesized by a simple hydrothermal reaction and characterized using field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM and X-ray diffraction (XRD. CuO modified glass carbon electrode (CuO/GCE was fabricated and characterized electrochemically. A highly sensitive method for the rapid amperometric detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 and nitrite (NO2- was reported. Conclusions Due to the large specific surface area and inner characteristic of the flower like CuO, the resulting electrode show excellent electrocatalytic reduction for H2O2 and oxidation of NO2-. Its sensitivity, low detection limit, fast response time and simplicity are satisfactory. Furthermore, this synthetic approach can also be applied for the synthesis of other inorganic oxides with improved performances and they can also be extended to

  17. A facile and green ultrasonic-assisted synthesis of BSA conjugated silver nanoparticles.

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    Gautam, Saurabh; Dubey, Priyanka; Gupta, Munishwar N

    2013-02-01

    The formation and growth of hybrid nanoparticles of a protein BSA and silver by ultrasonic assistance were tracked by surface plasmon resonance signal of silver nanoparticles and light scattering. The hybrid nanoparticles were characterized by surface plasmon resonance spectra, light scattering, TEM, circular dichroism spectroscopy and zeta potential. Size along with the spherical shape of the nanoparticles could be controlled and nanoparticles with diameters ranging from 8 to 140 nm could be obtained, depending upon the ultrasonication time (15-30 min) and molar ratio of AgNO(3)/BSA (20-200). The role of single free thiol group in the reduction of silver ions was also investigated by using DTNB modified BSA and protein conjugated silver nanoparticles were formed even with thiol modified BSA. The growth and size of the nanoparticles were governed by ultrasonic assisted Ostwald ripening. BSA conjugated with silver nanoparticles showed changes in the secondary structure with an increase in the beta sheet structure to 33% as compared to 7% in native BSA as determined by CD spectra. Zeta potential measurements in the pH range of 2.0-12.0 demonstrated that the surface charges of the BSA conjugated silver nanoparticles were similar to that of native BSA suggesting that surface charges and overall three dimensional structure of BSA did not change much. This approach provides a strategy for completely green synthesis of hybrid nanoparticles consisting of a biological entity and an inorganic material. This is the first application of ultrasonic assistance in formation of such hybrid nanomaterials in aqueous media. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. A facile synthesis method of hydroxyethyl cellulose-silver nanoparticle scaffolds for skin tissue engineering applications.

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    Zulkifli, Farah Hanani; Hussain, Fathima Shahitha Jahir; Zeyohannes, Senait Sileshi; Rasad, Mohammad Syaiful Bahari Abdull; Yusuff, Mashitah M

    2017-10-01

    Green porous and ecofriendly scaffolds have been considered as one of the potent candidates for tissue engineering substitutes. The objective of this study is to investigate the biocompatibility of hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC)/silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), prepared by the green synthesis method as a potential host material for skin tissue applications. The substrates which contained varied concentrations of AgNO 3 (0.4%-1.6%) were formed in the presence of HEC, were dissolved in a single step in water. The presence of AgNPs was confirmed visually by the change of color from colorless to dark brown, and was fabricated via freeze-drying technique. The outcomes exhibited significant porosity of >80%, moderate degradation rate, and tremendous value of water absorption up to 1163% in all samples. These scaffolds of HEC/AgNPs were further characterized by SEM, UV-Vis, ATR-FTIR, TGA, and DSC. All scaffolds possessed open interconnected pore size in the range of 50-150μm. The characteristic peaks of Ag in the UV-Vis spectra (417-421nm) revealed the formation of AgNPs in the blend composite. ATR-FTIR curve showed new existing peak, which implies the oxidation of HEC in the cellulose derivatives. The DSC thermogram showed augmentation in T g with increased AgNO 3 concentration. Preliminary studies of cytotoxicity were carried out in vitro by implementation of the hFB cells on the scaffolds. The results substantiated low toxicity of HEC/AgNPs scaffolds, thus exhibiting an ideal characteristic in skin tissue engineering applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Facile synthesis of flower like copper oxide and their application to hydrogen peroxide and nitrite sensing.

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    Zhang, Li; Yuan, Feifei; Zhang, Xiaohu; Yang, Liming

    2011-12-02

    The detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and nitrite ion (NO2-) is of great important in various fields including clinic, food, pharmaceutical and environmental analyses. Compared with many methods that have been developed for the determination of them, the electrochemical detection method has attracted much attention. In recent years, with the development of nanotechnology, many kinds of micro/nano-scale materials have been used in the construction of electrochemical biosensors because of their unique and particular properties. Among these catalysts, copper oxide (CuO), as a well known p-type semiconductor, has gained increasing attention not only for its unique properties but also for its applications in many fields such as gas sensors, photocatalyst and electrochemistry sensors. Continuing our previous investigations on transition-metal oxide including cuprous oxide and α-Fe2O3 modified electrode, in the present paper we examine the electrochemical and electrocatalytical behavior of flower like copper oxide modified glass carbon electrodes (CuO/GCE). Flower like copper oxide (CuO) composed of many nanoflake was synthesized by a simple hydrothermal reaction and characterized using field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). CuO modified glass carbon electrode (CuO/GCE) was fabricated and characterized electrochemically. A highly sensitive method for the rapid amperometric detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and nitrite (NO2-) was reported. Due to the large specific surface area and inner characteristic of the flower like CuO, the resulting electrode show excellent electrocatalytic reduction for H2O2 and oxidation of NO2-. Its sensitivity, low detection limit, fast response time and simplicity are satisfactory. Furthermore, this synthetic approach can also be applied for the synthesis of other inorganic oxides with improved performances and they can also be extended to construct other micro/nano-structured functional

  20. Facile Hydrothermal Synthesis and Enhanced Methane Sensing Properties of Pt-Decorated ZnO Nanosheets.

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    Zhou, Qu; Hong, Changxiang; Li, Zhiguang; Peng, Shudi; Wu, Gaolin; Wang, Qian; Zhang, Qingyan; Xu, Lingna

    2018-05-01

    Pure and Pt-decorated ZnO nanosheets were synthesized via a facile and environment-friendly hydrothermal process, and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), respectively. Side-heated chemical gas sensors were fabricated with the synthesized ZnO based powders and their sensing properties to methane CH4, an important characteristic hydrocarbon contaminant extracted from power transformer oil with overheating or discharging fault, were systemically investigated. Interestingly, Pt decoration not only obviously increased the gas response of sensor fabricated with the synthesized ZnO nanosheets to CH4, but also effectively reduced its optimum operating temperature. Its highest response to 50 ppm of CH4 was about 63.45 at 240 °C, which was about two times larger when compared with the pure one. Meanwhile, the Pt-decorated ZnO nanosheets sensor exhibited shorter response-recovery characteristic, good linearity in low concentration range and excellent stability towards CH4. Those superior sensing features indicate the synthesized Pt-decorated ZnO nanosheets is a promising candidate for fabricating high-performance CH4 sensor.

  1. Facile synthesis of magnetic mesoporous hollow carbon microspheres for rapid capture of low-concentration peptides.

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    Cheng, Gong; Zhou, Ming-Da; Zheng, Si-Yang

    2014-08-13

    Mesoporous and hollow carbon microspheres embedded with magnetic nanoparticles (denoted as MHM) were prepared via a facile self-sacrificial method for rapid capture of low-abundant peptides from complex biological samples. The morphology, structure, surface property, and magnetism were well-characterized. The hollow magnetic carbon microspheres have a saturation magnetization value of 130.2 emu g(-1) at room temperature and a Brunauer-Emmett-Teller specific surface area of 48.8 m(2) g(-1) with an average pore size of 9.2 nm for the mesoporous carbon shell. The effectiveness of these MHM affinity microspheres for capture of low-concentration peptides was evaluated by standard peptides, complex protein digests, and real biological samples. These multifunctional hollow carbon microspheres can realize rapid capture and convenient separation of low-concentration peptides. They were validated to have better performance than magnetic mesoporous silica and commercial peptide-enrichment products. In addition, they can be easily recycled and present excellent reusability. Therefore, it is expected that this work may provide a promising tool for high-throughput discovery of peptide biomarkers from biological samples for disease diagnosis and other biomedical applications.

  2. Facile synthesis of high strength hot-water wood extract films with oxygen-barrier performance

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    Chen, Ge-Gu; Fu, Gen-Que; Wang, Xiao-Jun; Gong, Xiao-Dong; Niu, Ya-Shuai; Peng, Feng; Yao, Chun-Li; Sun, Run-Cang

    2017-01-01

    Biobased nanocomposite films for food packaging with high mechanical strength and good oxygen-barrier performance were developed using a hot-water wood extract (HWE). In this work, a facile approach to produce HWE/montmorillonite (MMT) based nanocomposite films with excellent physical properties is described. The focus of this study was to determine the effects of the MMT content on the structure and mechanical properties of nanocomposites and the effects of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) on the physical properties of the HWE-MMT films. The experimental results suggested that the intercalation of HWE and CMC in montmorillonite could produce compact, robust films with a nacre-like structure and multifunctional characteristics. This results of this study showed that the mechanical properties of the film designated FCMC0.05 (91.5 MPa) were dramatically enhanced because the proportion of HWE, MMT and CMC was 1:1.5:0.05. In addition, the optimized films exhibited an oxygen permeability below 2.0 cm3 μm/day·m2·kPa, as well as good thermal stability due to the small amount of CMC. These results provide a comprehensive understanding for further development of high-performance nanocomposites which are based on natural polymers (HWE) and assembled layered clays (MMT). These films offer great potential in the field of sustainable packaging.

  3. Facile synthesis of phosphorus doped graphitic carbon nitride polymers with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

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    Zhang, Ligang; Chen, Xiufang; Guan, Jing; Jiang, Yijun; Hou, Tonggang; Mu, Xindong

    2013-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • P-doped g-C 3 N 4 has been prepared by a one-pot green synthetic approach. • The incorporation of P resulted in favorable textural and electronic properties. • Doping with P enhanced the visible-light photocatalytic activity of g-C 3 N 4 . • A postannealing treatment further enhanced the activity of P-doped g-C 3 N 4 . • Photogenerated holes were the main species responsible for the activity. - Abstract: Phosphorus-doped carbon nitride materials were prepared by a one-pot green synthetic approach using dicyandiamide monomer and a phosphorus containing ionic liquid as precursors. The as-prepared materials were subjected to several characterizations and investigated as metal-free photocatalysts for the degradation of organic pollutants (dyes like Rhodamine B, Methyl orange) in aqueous solution under visible light. Results revealed that phosphorus-doped carbon nitride have a higher photocatalytic activity for decomposing Rhodamine B and Methyl orange in aqueous solution than undoped g-C 3 N 4 , which was attributed to the favorable textural, optical and electronic properties caused by doping with phosphorus heteroatoms into carbon nitride host. A facile postannealing treatment further improved the activity of the photocatalytic system, due to the higher surface area and smaller structural size in the postcalcined catalysts. The phosphorus-doped carbon nitride showed high visible-light photocatalytic activity, making them promising materials for a wide range of potential applications in photochemistry

  4. Facile solvothermal synthesis of a graphene nanosheet-bismuth oxide composite and its electrochemical characteristics

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    Wang Huanwen [Key Laboratory of Eco-Environment-Related Polymer Materials of Ministry of Education, Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials of Gansu Province, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Hu Zhongai, E-mail: zhongai@nwnu.edu.c [Key Laboratory of Eco-Environment-Related Polymer Materials of Ministry of Education, Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials of Gansu Province, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Chang Yanqin; Chen Yanli; Lei Ziqiang; Zhang Ziyu; Yang Yuying [Key Laboratory of Eco-Environment-Related Polymer Materials of Ministry of Education, Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials of Gansu Province, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China)

    2010-12-01

    This work demonstrates a novel and facile route for preparing graphene-based composites comprising of metal oxide nanoparticles and graphene. A graphene nanosheet-bismuth oxide composite as electrode materials of supercapacitors was firstly synthesized by thermally treating the graphene-bismuth composite, which was obtained through simultaneous solvothermal reduction of the colloidal dispersions of negatively charged graphene oxide sheets in N,N-dimethyl formamide (DMF) solution of bismuth cations at 180 {sup o}C. The morphology, composition, and microstructure of the composites together with pure graphite oxide, and graphene were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), FT-IR, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), thermogravimetry and differential thermogravimetry (TG-DTG). The electrochemical behaviors were measured by cyclic voltammogram (CV), galvanostatic charge-discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The specific capacitance of 255 F g{sup -1} (based on composite) is obtained at a specific current of 1 A g{sup -1} as compared with 71 F g{sup -1} for pure graphene. The loaded-bismuth oxide achieves a specific capacitance as high as 757 F g{sup -1} even at 10 A g{sup -1}. In addition, the graphene nanosheet-bismuth oxide composite electrode exhibits the excellent rate capability and well reversibility.

  5. Facile synthesis of CoSnO3/Graphene nanohybrid with superior lithium storage capability

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    Cao, Yiqi; Zhang, Lei; Tao, Duolei; Huo, Dexuan; Su, Kunpeng

    2014-01-01

    Highlights: • CoSnO 3 /G nanocomposite has been synthesized by an in-situ hydrothermal route. • CoSnO 3 nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution are homogeneously attached on graphene sheets. • The nanocomposite shows improved electrochemical properties compared to bare oxide. • The performance enhancement is due to the combined buffering, confining and conducting effects of graphene. - Abstract: CoSnO 3 /G nanohybrid has been synthesized by thermal annealing of CoSn(OH) 6 /G, prepared by a facile in situ solvothermal route using CoSO 4 , K 2 SnO 3 and GO as precursors and has been investigated as a promising high-performance anode material for Li-ion batteries. The CoSnO 3 nanocrystals are uniformly dispersed and immobilized by graphene nanosheets reduced from GO. The CoSnO 3 /G composite exhibits superior cycling stability and rate capability compared to bare CoSnO 3 . The improvement in electrochemical performance can be attributed to the combined conducting, confining and dispersing effects of graphene for the CoSnO 3 nanocrystals

  6. Facile Synthesis and Down-Conversion Emission of RE3+-Doped Lutetium Oxide Nanoparticles.

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    Xu, Zhenhe; Lin, Junying; Sun, Yaguang; Ding, Fu; Fan, Hongtao; Shi, Shan; Fang, Qinghong; Bi, Yanfeng; Gao, Yu

    2018-04-01

    Lu2O3:RE3+ (RE3+ = Eu3+, Tb3+, Ho3+) nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized by a facile homogeneous precipitation method with subsequent sintering process. The crystal structure, morphology and luminescence properties of the as-prepared samples have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), photoluminescence (PL) and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra. Upon ultraviolet (UV) and low-voltage electron beam excitation, Lu2O3:RE3+ (RE3+ = Eu3+, Tb3+, Ho3+) nanoparticles show strong red (Eu3+,5D0 → 7F2), green (Tb3+,5D4 → 7F5), and green (Ho3+,5S2 → 5I8) emissions. They exhibit a good advantage of multicolor emissions in the visible region, and endow these kinds of materials with potential application in many fields, such as light display systems, optoelectronic devices and biological imaging.

  7. Facile and green synthesis of silver nanoparticles in quaternized carboxymethyl chitosan solution.

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    Liu, Bo; Li, Xiaoyun; Zheng, Canfeng; Wang, Xiaoying; Sun, Runcang

    2013-06-14

    A facile and green method to synthesize stable Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) with a narrow size distribution in water is reported. Water-soluble quaternized carboxymethyl chitosan (QCMC) with a surfactant-like structure was used as both a reducing and stabilizing agent under microwave irradiation via the modified Tollens reaction. In order to study the preparation mechanism, carboxymethyl chitosan (CMC) and quaternized chitosan (QCS) were compared as both reducing and stabilizing agents. Full characterization was performed using UV-vis, XRD, TEM, AAS, FT-IR, NMR and TGA. The results revealed that the prepared Ag NPs were mostly spherical with a small proportion being cylinders or cuboids; they were stable due to the package of the macromolecules; the diameters were 10.24 ± 3.13 nm. The Tollens reaction followed first order kinetics, and the Ea was 102.4 kJ mol(-1) for QCMC/Ag NP composite. During the growth of the Ag NPs, some quaternary ammonium groups and carboxymethyl groups were respectively oxidized to -CH2COCH3 and -CH3 groups, and the quaternary ammonium groups were more helpful for the growth of Ag NPs than the carboxymethyl groups. In addition, QCMC/Ag NP composite had much higher thermal stability than QCMC.

  8. Green and Facile Synthesis of Pd-Pt Alloy Nanoparticles by Laser Irradiation of Aqueous Solution.

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    Nakamura, Takahiro; Sato, Shunichi

    2015-01-01

    Solid-solution palladium-platinum (Pd-Pt) alloy nanoparticles (NPs) with fully tunable compositions were directly fabricated through high-intensity laser irradiation of an aqueous solution of palladium and platinum ions without using any reducing agents or thermal processes. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations showed that nanometer-sized particles were fabricated by laser irradiation of mixed aqueous solutions of palladium and platinum ions with different feeding ratios. The crystalline nature of the NPs was precisely characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Despite the fact that, for the bulk systems, a pair of XRD peak was detected between the palladium and platinum peaks because of the large miscibility gap in the Pd-Pt binary phase diagram, only a single XRD peak was seen for the Pd-Pt NPs fabricated in the present study. Moreover, the peak position shifted from that of pure palladium towards platinum with increasing fraction of platinum ions in solution. Consequently, the interplanar spacings of the alloy NPs agreed well with the estimated values obtained from Vegard's law. These observations strongly indicate the formation of solid-solution Pd-Pt alloy NPs with fully tunable compositions. This technique is not only a "green" (environmentally-friendly) and facile process, but is also widely applicable to other binary and ternary systems.

  9. Facile and green synthesis of palladium nanoparticles-graphene-carbon nanotube material with high catalytic activity.

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    Sun, Tai; Zhang, Zheye; Xiao, Junwu; Chen, Chen; Xiao, Fei; Wang, Shuai; Liu, Yunqi

    2013-01-01

    We report a facile and green method to synthesize a new type of catalyst by coating Pd nanoparticles (NPs) on reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-carbon nanotube (CNT) nanocomposite. An rGO-CNT nanocomposite with three-dimensional microstructures was obtained by hydrothermal treatment of an aqueous dispersion of graphene oxide (GO) and CNTs. After the rGO-CNT composites have been dipped in K₂PdCl₄ solution, the spontaneous redox reaction between the GO-CNT and PdCl₄(2-) led to the formation of nanohybrid materials consisting rGO-CNT decorated with 4 nm Pd NPs, which exhibited excellent and stable catalytic activity: the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol using NaBH4 as a catalyst was completed in only 20 s at room temperature, even when the Pd content of the catalyst was 1.12 wt%. This method does not require rigorous conditions or toxic agents and thus is a rapid, efficient, and green approach to the fabrication of highly active catalysts.

  10. Facile synthesis and characterization of hexagonal NbSe2 nanoplates

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    Zhang, Xianghua; Zhang, Du; Tang, Hua; Ji, Xiaorui; Zhang, Yi; Tang, Guogang; Li, Changsheng

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Uniform hexagonal NbSe 2 nanoplates were prepared by a simple solid state reaction. • The possible formation mechanism of the NbSe 2 nanoplates was discussed. • The formation of NbSe 2 nanoplates undergoes a series of phase transition. - Abstract: The NbSe 2 nanoplates with hexagonal morphology have been successfully prepared by a facile, environmentally friendly reaction in closed reactor at moderate temperature. The thermal (750 °C) solid-state reaction between the ball-milled mixture of micro-sized Nb and Se yielded a high yield of NbSe 2 nanoplates. The as-prepared products were characterized by XRD, EDS, and SEM. The results showed that the as-prepared products were hexagonal phase NbSe 2 nanoplates with uniform sizes and the formation of NbSe 2 nanoplates underwent a series of phase transition. On the basis of experimental results obtained at different temperatures, a reasonable reaction process and a formation mechanism were proposed. Moreover, the ball milling time played a crucial role in acquiring the homogeneous distribution nanoplates

  11. Facile synthesis of porous graphene as binder-free electrode for supercapacitor application

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    Luo, Guangsheng [Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures and Department of Physics, Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Nanotechnology, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Academy of Space Technolgy, Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi 330031 (China); Huang, Haifu, E-mail: haifuh@gmail.com [Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures and Department of Physics, Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Nanotechnology, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); College of Physics Science and Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Lei, Chenglong; Cheng, Zhenzhi; Wu, Xiaoshan [Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures and Department of Physics, Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Nanotechnology, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Tang, Shaolong, E-mail: tangsl@nju.edu.cn [Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures and Department of Physics, Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Nanotechnology, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Du, Youwei [Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures and Department of Physics, Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Nanotechnology, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2016-03-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Our results provide a facile method to fabricate a binder-free porous rGO electrode for supercapacitors. • Polystyrene (PS) colloidal particles were used as spacers to prepare high-performance porous grapheme deposited directly on Ni foam substrate. • The specific capacitance of the rGO/NF electrode decreased by 7% after 2000 cycles and high rate capability of 53% capacitance retention at 100 A g{sup −1}. - Abstract: Here, porous grapheme oxide (GO) gel deposited on nickel foam was prepared by using polystyrene (PS) colloidal particles as spacers for use as electrodes in high rate supercapacitors, then reduced by Vitamin C aqueous solution in ambient condition. The PS particles were surrounded by reduced graphene oxide (rGO) sheets, forming crinkles and rough textures. When PS particles were selectively removed, rGO gel coated on the skeleton of Ni foam can formed an open porous structure, which prevents elf-aggregation and restacking of graphene sheets. The porous rGO-based supercapacitors exhibit excellent electrochemical performances such as a specific capacitance of 152 F g{sup −1} at 1 A g{sup −1}, high rate capability of 53% capacitance retention upon a current increase to 100 A g{sup −1} and good cycle stability, due to effective rapid and short pathways for ionic and electronic transport provided by the sub-micrometer structure of rGO gel and 3D interconnected network of Ni foam.

  12. Facile hydrothermal synthesis of one-dimensional nanostructured α-MnO2 for supercapacitors

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    Wei, Hongmei; Wang, Jinxing; Yang, Shengwei; Zhang, Yangyang; Li, Tengfei; Zhao, Shuoqing

    2016-09-01

    α-MnO2 recently becomes a promising candidate of electrode materials for high effective supercapacitors in which it possesses of unique structure of 2×2 tunnels that can provide more electrons and ions diffusion paths. In this work, different morphologies MnO2 with α-phase crystalline structure have been prepared via a one-step facile hydrothermal method by adding various reagents. Compositions, microstructures and morphologies of these as-synthesized materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrochemical properties of α-MnO2 electrodes were studied by the cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in 1 M Na2SO4 aqueous solution. The specific capacitance of nanowires were 158 F g-1 while the specific capacitance of nanorods were 106 F g-1 at current density of 4 A g-1, and improved performance of the wire-like electrode material was probably ascribed to the larger specific surface area that can provide relatively more active sites for high capacity. Meanwhile, both the nanowires and nanorods of MnO2 presented fine cycle stability after continuous multiple charge/discharge times.

  13. Facile synthesis and characterization of lanthanum (III) oxychloride nanoparticles using a natural polymeric matrix

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    Khorsand Zak, A., E-mail: alikhorsandzak@gmail.com [Electroceramics and Materials Lab, Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Abd. Majid, W.H. [Low Dimensional Materials Research Center, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603 (Malaysia); Darroudi, Majid [Department of Modern Sciences and Technologies, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-10-15

    Plate-shape lanthanum oxychloride nanoparticles (LaOCl-NPs) were synthesized via a facile sol-gel method in gelatin media. The LaOCl-NPs were characterized by a number of techniques, including X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and high-magnification transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The LaOCl-NPs calcined at different temperatures exhibited a tetragonal structure. The influence of the calcination temperature on the morphology of LaOCl-NPs was also investigated. The TEM shows that the particles were grown in plate shape. The Auger result proved the purity of the final product. The results demonstrated that gelatin is an interesting material that can be used as a stabilizer in the sol-gel technique for preparing LaOCl-NPs. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LaOCl-NPs were synthesized using gelatin as a stabilizer via a simple sol-gel method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Gelatin was expanded during the calcinations and terminates the growth of LaOCl. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The structure of the prepared nanoparticles were investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The results showed that, gelatin is good stabilizer to prepare uniform LaOCl nanoparticles.

  14. Facile Synthesis and Optical Properties of Small Selenium Nanocrystals and Nanorods

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    Jiang, Fengrui; Cai, Weiquan; Tan, Guolong

    2017-06-01

    Selenium is an important element for human's health, small size is very helpful for Se nanoparticles to be absorbed by human's body. Here, we present a facile approach to fabrication of small selenium nanoparticles (Nano-Se) as well as nanorods by dissolving sodium selenite (Na2SeO3) in glycerin and using glucose as the reduction agent. The as-prepared selenium nanoparticles have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM). The morphology of small Se nanoparticles and nanorods have been demonstrated in the TEM images. A small amount of 3-mercaptoproprionic acid (MPA) and glycerin play a key role on controlling the particle size and stabilize the dispersion of Nano-Se in the glycerin solution. In this way, we obtained very small and uniform Se nanoparticles; whose size ranges from 2 to 6 nm. This dimension is much smaller than the best value (>20 nm) ever reported in the literatures. Strong quantum confinement effect has been observed upon the size-dependent optical spectrum of these Se nanoparticles.

  15. Facile synthesis and enhanced visible-light photocatalysis of graphitic carbon nitride composite semiconductors.

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    Li, Huiquan; Liu, Yuxing; Gao, Xing; Fu, Cong; Wang, Xinchen

    2015-04-13

    The semiconductor heterojunction has been an effective architecture to enhance photocatalytic activity by promoting photogenerated charge separation. Here, graphitic carbon nitride (CN) and B-modified graphitic carbon nitride (CNB) composite semiconductors were fabricated by a facile calcination process using cheap, sustainable, and easily available sodium tetraphenylboron and urea as precursors. The synthetic CN-CNB-25 semiconductor with a suitable CNB content showed the highest visible-light activity. Its degradation ratio for methyl orange and phenol was more than twice that of CN and CNB and its H2 evolution rate was ∼3.4 and ∼1.8 times higher than that of CN and CNB, respectively. It also displayed excellent stability and reusability. The enhanced activity of CN-CNB-25 was attributed predominantly to the efficient separation of photoinduced electrons and holes. This paper describes a visible-light-responsive CN composite semiconductor with great potential in environmental and energy applications. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Facile synthesis and excellent microwave absorption properties of FeCo-C core-shell nanoparticles

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    Liang, Bingbing; Wang, Shiliang; Kuang, Daitao; Hou, Lizhen; Yu, Bowen; Lin, Liangwu; Deng, Lianwen; Huang, Han; He, Jun

    2018-02-01

    FeCo-C core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) with diameters of 10-50 nm have been fabricated on a large scale by one-step metal-organic chemical vapor deposition using the mixture of cobalt acetylacetonate and iron acetylacetonate as the precursor. The Fe/Co molar ratio of the alloy nanocores and graphitization degree of C shells, and thus the magnetic and electric properties of the core-shell NPs, can be tuned by the deposition temperature ranging from 700 °C to 900 °C. Comparative tests reveal that a relatively high Fe/Co molar ratio and low graphitization degree benefit the microwave absorption (MA) performance of the core-shell NPs. The composite with 20 wt% core-shell NP obtained at 800 °C and 80 wt% paraffin exhibits an optimal reflection loss ({{R}}{{L}}) of -60.4 dB at 7.5 GHz with a thickness of 3.3 mm, and an effective absorption bandwidth (frequency range for RL ≤10 dB) of 9.2 GHz (8.8-18.0 GHz) under an absorber thickness of 2.5 mm. Our study provides a facile route for the fabrication of alloy-C core-shell nanostructures with high MA performance.

  17. Facile hydrothermal synthesis of mesoporous In2O3 nanoparticles with superior formaldehyde-sensing properties

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    Zhang, Su; Song, Peng; Yang, Zhongxi; Wang, Qi

    2018-03-01

    Mesoporous In2O3 nanoparticles were successfully synthesized via a facile, template free, and low-cost hydrothermal method. Their morphology and structure were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), differential thermal and thermogravimetry analysis (DSC-TG), and N2 adsorption-desorption analyses. The results reveal that mesoporous In2O3 nanoparticles with a size range of 40-60 nm, possess plenty of pores, and average pore size is about 5 nm. Importantly, the mesoporous structure, large specific surface area, and small size endow the mesoporous In2O3 nanoparticles with highly sensing performance for formaldehyde detection. The response value to 10 ppm HCHO is 20 at an operating temperature of 280 °C, and the response and recovery time are 4 and 8 s, respectively. It is expected that the mesoporous In2O3 nanoparticles with large specific surface area and excellent sensing properties will become a promising functional material in monitoring and detecting formaldehyde.

  18. Facile Synthesis of Gd-Functionalized Gold Nanoclusters as Potential MRI/CT Contrast Agents

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Multi-modal imaging plays a key role in the earlier detection of disease. In this work, a facile bioinspired method was developed to synthesize Gd-functionalized gold nanoclusters (Gd-Au NCs. The Gd-Au NCs exhibit a uniform size, with an average size of 5.6 nm in dynamic light scattering (DLS, which is a bit bigger than gold clusters (3.74 nm, DLS, while the fluorescent properties of Gd-Au NCs are almost the same as that of Au NCs. Moreover, the Gd-Au NCs exhibit a high longitudinal relaxivity value (r1 of 22.111 s−1 per mM of Gd in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS, which is six times higher than that of commercial Magnevist (A complex of gadolinium with a chelating agent, diethylenetriamine penta-acetic acid, Gd-DTPA, r1 = 3.56 mM−1·s−1. Besides, as evaluated by nano single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT and computed tomography (CT the Gd-Au NCs have a potential application as CT contrast agents because of the Au element. Finally, the Gd-Au NCs show little cytotoxicity, even when the Au concentration is up to 250 μM. Thus, the Gd-Au NCs can act as multi-modal imaging contrast agents.

  19. Facile and green synthesis of silver nanoparticles in quaternized carboxymethyl chitosan solution

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    Liu, Bo; Li, Xiaoyun; Zheng, Canfeng; Wang, Xiaoying; Sun, Runcang

    2013-06-01

    A facile and green method to synthesize stable Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) with a narrow size distribution in water is reported. Water-soluble quaternized carboxymethyl chitosan (QCMC) with a surfactant-like structure was used as both a reducing and stabilizing agent under microwave irradiation via the modified Tollens reaction. In order to study the preparation mechanism, carboxymethyl chitosan (CMC) and quaternized chitosan (QCS) were compared as both reducing and stabilizing agents. Full characterization was performed using UV-vis, XRD, TEM, AAS, FT-IR, NMR and TGA. The results revealed that the prepared Ag NPs were mostly spherical with a small proportion being cylinders or cuboids; they were stable due to the package of the macromolecules; the diameters were 10.24 ± 3.13 nm. The Tollens reaction followed first order kinetics, and the Ea was 102.4 kJ mol-1 for QCMC/Ag NP composite. During the growth of the Ag NPs, some quaternary ammonium groups and carboxymethyl groups were respectively oxidized to -CH2COCH3 and -CH3 groups, and the quaternary ammonium groups were more helpful for the growth of Ag NPs than the carboxymethyl groups. In addition, QCMC/Ag NP composite had much higher thermal stability than QCMC.

  20. Scalable solution-phase epitaxial growth of symmetry-mismatched heterostructures on two-dimensional crystal soft template.

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    Lin, Zhaoyang; Yin, Anxiang; Mao, Jun; Xia, Yi; Kempf, Nicholas; He, Qiyuan; Wang, Yiliu; Chen, Chih-Yen; Zhang, Yanliang; Ozolins, Vidvuds; Ren, Zhifeng; Huang, Yu; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2016-10-01

    Epitaxial heterostructures with precisely controlled composition and electronic modulation are of central importance for electronics, optoelectronics, thermoelectrics, and catalysis. In general, epitaxial material growth requires identical or nearly identical crystal structures with small misfit in lattice symmetry and parameters and is typically achieved by vapor-phase depositions in vacuum. We report a scalable solution-phase growth of symmetry-mismatched PbSe/Bi 2 Se 3 epitaxial heterostructures by using two-dimensional (2D) Bi 2 Se 3 nanoplates as soft templates. The dangling bond-free surface of 2D Bi 2 Se 3 nanoplates guides the growth of PbSe crystal without requiring a one-to-one match in the atomic structure, which exerts minimal restriction on the epitaxial layer. With a layered structure and weak van der Waals interlayer interaction, the interface layer in the 2D Bi 2 Se 3 nanoplates can deform to accommodate incoming layer, thus functioning as a soft template for symmetry-mismatched epitaxial growth of cubic PbSe crystal on rhombohedral Bi 2 Se 3 nanoplates. We show that a solution chemistry approach can be readily used for the synthesis of gram-scale PbSe/Bi 2 Se 3 epitaxial heterostructures, in which the square PbSe (001) layer forms on the trigonal/hexagonal (0001) plane of Bi 2 Se 3 nanoplates. We further show that the resulted PbSe/Bi 2 Se 3 heterostructures can be readily processed into bulk pellet with considerably suppressed thermal conductivity (0.30 W/m·K at room temperature) while retaining respectable electrical conductivity, together delivering a thermoelectric figure of merit ZT three times higher than that of the pristine Bi 2 Se 3 nanoplates at 575 K. Our study demonstrates a unique epitaxy mode enabled by the 2D nanocrystal soft template via an affordable and scalable solution chemistry approach. It opens up new opportunities for the creation of diverse epitaxial heterostructures with highly disparate structures and functions.

  1. Fast and facile preparation of CTAB based gels and their applications in Au and Ag nanoparticles synthesis

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    Upadhyay, Ravi Kant, E-mail: rkupadhyay85@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Budh Nagar, 201314 Uttar Pradesh (India); Soin, Navneet, E-mail: n.soin@bolton.ac.uk [Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC), Institute for Materials Research and Innovation (IMRI), University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton BL3 5AB (United Kingdom); Saha, Susmita, E-mail: ssaha@bose.res.in [Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Material Sciences, S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Block JD, Sector III, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700 098 (India); Barman, Anjan, E-mail: abarman@bose.res.in [Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Material Sciences, S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Block JD, Sector III, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700 098 (India); Sinha Roy, Susanta, E-mail: susanta.roy@snu.edu.in [Department of Physics, School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Budh Nagar, 201314 Uttar Pradesh (India)

    2015-04-15

    We have demonstrated that the gel-like mesophase of Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) can be synthesized by judicial adjustment of water to surfactant molar ratio (W{sub 0}), without using any additional salts, gelating agents or co-surfactants. Gel formation was found to be highly dependent on the water to surfactant molar ratio (W{sub 0}), with the lowest value of W{sub 0} (41.5) resulting in rapid gel formation. Environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) analysis revealed that the gel was comprised of interconnected cylindrical structures. The presence of hydrogen bonding in the gel-like mesophase was confirmed by Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis. Rheology measurements revealed that all the gel samples were highly viscoelastic in nature. Furthermore, Au and Ag containing CTAB gels were explored as precursors for the preparation of spherical Gold (Au) and Silver (Ag) nanoparticles using Sodium borohydride (NaBH{sub 4}) as reducing agent. The effects of NaBH{sub 4} concentration on the particle size and morphology of the Au and Ag nanoparticles have also been studied. - Highlights: • A facile synthesis of CTAB based gel-like mesophase is reported. • CTAB gels were obtained by adjusting water to surfactant molar ratio (W{sub 0}). • FTIR analysis revealed that hydrogen bonding plays a key role in gel formation. • Au, Ag nanoparticles were synthesized by using CTAB gel and NaBH{sub 4}.

  2. Facile synthesis of reduced graphene oxide-modified, nitrogen-doped carbon xerogel with enhanced electrochemical capacitance

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    Lei, Gang [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Hu, Xiaoyong [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Peng, Zhiguang [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Hu, Jiawen, E-mail: jwhu@hnu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Liu, Hongtao, E-mail: liuht@csu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2014-12-15

    In this contribution, we report a reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-modified nitrogen-doped carbon xerogel, which could be easily prepared by pyrolysis of melamine-formaldehyde (MF) resins that are polymerized hydrothermally in an aqueous GO dispersion. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier-transformed infrared spectrometry, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption method were employed to reveal the morphologies and structures of the prepared carbon xerogel. Cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and galvanostatic charge–discharge were used to investigate the electrochemical properties. The results showed that the charge transfer barrier of the mesoporous nitrogen-doped carbon xerogel was decreased evidently, owing to the modification of a layer of rGO on its wall, and the xerogel demonstrated a capacitance of as high as 205 F g{sup −1} at the current of 1 A g{sup −1}. - Graphical abstract: A facile synthesis of rGO-modified, N-doped carbon material for supercapacitor application. - Highlights: • Nitrogen-doping and graphene-attachment in the carbon material are simultaneously achieved. • A thin layer of graphene attached on the wall of the mesoporous carbon material speeds up the charge transfer. • The graphene-modified nitrogen-doped carbon xerogel shows great potential for supercapacitor application.

  3. Facile hydrothermal synthesis and luminescent properties of Sm3+/Eu3+ codoped GdPO4 phosphors

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    Yang, Junfeng; Xiong, Hailong; Dong, Jianchao; Yang, Chunming; Gan, Shucai; Zou, Lianchun

    2017-12-01

    Well-defined GdPO4 nanocrystals were successfully prepared through the facile hydrothermal synthesis route followed by a heat treatment. The microstructure, morphologies and photoluminescence properties of as-prepared samples were investigated via X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and luminescence decay, which were significantly affected by the reaction conditions (phosphorus source, acidity of hydrothermal process and surfactants). It is found that Sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as a shape modifier has the dynamic effect by adjusting the growth rate of different facets, resulting in morphology transformation of GdPO4·H2O from the nanowire (without SDS) to the nanorod (with SDS). Strong yellow-orange emissions could be obtained in Sm3+ and Eu3+ ions codoped GdPO4 phosphors under ultraviolet light irradiation. Moreover, the energy transfer mechanism from Sm3+ to Eu3+ has been studied and proved to be a dipole-dipole interaction mechanism. These results show this yellow-orange-emitting phosphors material may have potential applications in field-emission displays.

  4. Facile Synthesis of Monodispersed Polysulfide Spheres for Building Structural Colors with High Color Visibility and Broad Viewing Angle.

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    Li, Feihu; Tang, Bingtao; Wu, Suli; Zhang, Shufen

    2017-01-01

    The synthesis and assembly of monodispersed colloidal spheres are currently the subject of extensive investigation to fabricate artificial structural color materials. However, artificial structural colors from general colloidal crystals still suffer from the low color visibility and strong viewing angle dependence which seriously hinder their practical application in paints, colorimetric sensors, and color displays. Herein, monodispersed polysulfide (PSF) spheres with intrinsic high refractive index (as high as 1.858) and light-absorbing characteristics are designed, synthesized through a facile polycondensation and crosslinking process between sodium disulfide and 1,2,3-trichloropropane. Owing to their high monodispersity, sufficient surface charge, and good dispersion stability, the PSF spheres can be assembled into large-scale and high-quality 3D photonic crystals. More importantly, high structural color visibility and broad viewing angle are easily achieved because the unique features of PSF can remarkably enhance the relative reflectivity and eliminate the disturbance of scattering and background light. The results of this study provide a simple and efficient strategy to create structural colors with high color visibility, which is very important for their practical application. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Facile Synthesis of Yolk/Core-Shell Structured TS-1@Mesosilica Composites for Enhanced Hydroxylation of Phenol

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    Zou, Houbing

    2015-12-14

    © 2015 by the authors. In the current work, we developed a facile synthesis of yolk/core-shell structured TS-1@mesosilica composites and studied their catalytic performances in the hydroxylation of phenol with H2O2 as the oxidant. The core-shell TS-1@mesosilica composites were prepared via a uniform coating process, while the yolk-shell TS-1@mesosilica composite was prepared using a resorcinol-formaldehyde resin (RF) middle-layer as the sacrificial template. The obtained materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 sorption, Fourier transform infrared spectoscopy (FT-IR) UV-Visible spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The characterization results showed that these samples possessed highly uniform yolk/core-shell structures, high surface area (560–700 m2 g−1) and hierarchical pore structures from oriented mesochannels to zeolite micropores. Importantly, owing to their unique structural properties, these composites exhibited enhanced activity, and also selectivity in the phenol hydroxylation reaction.

  6. Facile synthesis of nano silver ferrite (AgFeO{sub 2}) modified with chitosan applied for biothiol separation

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    Abdelhamid, Hani Nasser [Department of Chemistry, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 804, Taiwan (China); Department of Chemistry, Assuit University, Assuit 71515 (Egypt); Wu, Hui-Fen, E-mail: hwu@faculty.nsysu.edu.tw [Department of Chemistry, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 804, Taiwan (China); School of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 800, Taiwan (China); Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 804, Taiwan (China); Doctoral Degree Program of Marine Biotechnology, National Sun Yat-Sen University and Academia Sinica, Kaohsiung 804,Taiwan (China); Institute of Medical Science and Technology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan (China)

    2014-12-01

    Silver iron oxide nanoparticles (AgFeO{sub 2} NPs) with narrow size distribution have been synthesized, characterized and was applied for biothiols separation. AgFeO{sub 2} and AgFeO{sub 2} modified chitosan (AgFeO{sub 2}@CTS NPs) were synthesized using a hydrothermal method and then characterized by electron microscopy (transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX)), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR). Different biological thiols (dithiothreitol, glutathione, thiabendazole, and sulfamethizole) were investigated and characterized using matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI–MS) and surface assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (SALDI–MS). The new material displays dual functionality; 1) for separation and 2) can be served as the matrices for SALDI–MS. Data showed a clear background in the case of nanomaterials compared to conventional matrices (mefenamic acid and 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid (DHB) for MALDI–MS). - Highlights: • Facile synthesis of AgFeO{sub 2} and AgFeO{sub 2}@chitosan has been reported • Surface modification of AgFeO{sub 2} with chitosan was presented • Applications for biothiols were investigated using mass spectrometry • Novel application as surface for SALDI-MS were successfully reported.

  7. Facile synthesis of hydroxy-modified MOF-5 for improving the adsorption capacity of hydrogen by lithium doping.

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    Kubo, Masaru; Hagi, Hayato; Shimojima, Atsushi; Okubo, Tatsuya

    2013-11-01

    A facile synthesis of partially hydroxy-modified MOF-5 and its improved H2-adsorption capacity by lithium doping are reported. The reaction of Zn(NO3)2·6H2O with a mixture of terephthalic acid (H2BDC) and 2-hydroxyterephthalic acid (H2BDC-OH) in DMF gave hydroxy-modified MOF-5 (MOF-5-OH-x), in which the molar fraction (x) of BDC-OH(2-) was up to 0.54 of the whole ligand. The MOF-5-OH-x frameworks had high BET surface areas (about 3300 m(2) g(-1)), which were comparable to that of MOF-5. We suggest that the MOF-5-OH-x frameworks are formed by the secondary growth of BDC(2-)-rich MOF-5 seed crystals, which are nucleated during the early stage of the reaction. Subsequent Li doping into MOF-5-OH-x results in increased H2 uptake at 77 K and 0.1 MPa from 1.23 to 1.39 wt.% and an increased isosteric heat of H2 adsorption from 5.1-4.2 kJ mol(-1) to 5.5-4.4 kJ mol(-1). Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. "On-Water" Facile Synthesis of Novel Pyrazolo[3,4-b]pyridinones Possessing Anti-influenza Virus Activity.

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    Zeng, Li-Yan; Liu, Teng; Yang, Jie; Yang, Yueli; Cai, Chun; Liu, Shuwen

    2017-07-10

    A facile and versatile "on-water" protocol for the synthesis of pyrazolo[3,4-b]pyridinones was developed by the unprecedented construction of two rings and five new bonds in one-pot. It was proved that water was an important promoter of the reaction and PEG2000 was found to improve the reaction in terms of yield. 32 Derivatives were newly synthesized and most of them were prepared in an hour. The scope and limitation indicated that electron withdrawing groups substituted on synthons, substituted benzoyl acetonitriles or aryl aldehydes, were helpful to construct the pyrazolo[3,4-b]pyridinones. The reaction media PEG2000/H 2 O was successfully recycled and reused at least 5 times without any obvious decrease in yield. The anti-influenza activities of the derivatives were evaluated and the screening results highlighted two derivatives, which exhibited strong inhibitory activity against H5N1 pseudovirus. These positive bioassay results implied that the library of potential anti-influenza virus agent candidates could be rapidly prepared in an eco-friendly manner, and provided a new insight into drug discovery for medicinal chemists.

  9. Facile synthesis of Gd-doped CdTe quantum dots with optimized properties for optical/MR multimodal imaging.

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    Li, Zizhen; Dergham, Ali; McCulloch, Holly; Qin, Yubo; Yang, Xiuying; Zhang, Jingchang; Cao, Xudong

    2017-12-01

    Each imaging modality has its own merits and intrinsic limitations; therefore, combining two or more complementary imaging modalities has become an interesting area of research. Recently, magnetic ion-doped quantum dots have become an increasingly promising class of optical/magnetic resonance multimodal imaging probes due to their excellent physical and chemical properties. In this work, Gd-doped CdTe quantum dots (QDs) were successfully synthesized via a facile one-step refluxing route,and their optimal synthesis conditions were investigated. The prepared CdTe:Gd QDs were shown to exhibit good optical properties with high quantum yields up to 69%, high longitudinal relaxivity (r 1  = 3.8 mM -1  s -1 ), and good crystalline structures. In addition, after further QD surface modification with dextran amine (DA), the resulting DA-modified QDs (i.e. DA-CdTe:Gd QDs) showed strong magnetic resonance imaging contrast (r 1  = 3.5 mM -1  s -1 ) and improved biocompatibility when tested with cell cultures in vitro. Taken together, this new material demonstrated promising performances for both optical and magnetic resonance imaging modalities, suggesting its promising potential applications in non-invasive imaging, particularly in neuronal tracing.

  10. Immobilized graphene-based composite from asphalt: Facile synthesis and application in water purification

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    Sreeprasad, Theruvakkattil Sreenivasan; Gupta, Soujit Sen [DST Unit on Nanoscience, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Maliyekkal, Shihabudheen Mundampra [School of Mechanical and Building Sciences, VIT University, Chennai Campus, Chennai 600048 (India); Pradeep, Thalappil, E-mail: pradeep@iitm.ac.in [DST Unit on Nanoscience, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India)

    2013-02-15

    Highlights: ► Facile strategy to make graphenic materials from cheaper precursor such as asphalt. ► Material can be made in solution; also as anchored on solid substrates. ► The synthesized material, GSC, was found to be excellent for water purification. ► The applicability was demonstrated through batch and laboratory columns experiments. ► The capacity was compared to other similar adsorbents and was found to be superior. -- Abstract: An in situ strategy for the preparation of graphene immobilized on sand using asphalt, a cheap carbon precursor is presented. The as-synthesized material was characterized in detail using various spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. The presence of G and D bands at 1578 cm{sup −1} and 1345 cm{sup −1} in Raman spectroscopy and the 2D sheet-like structure with wrinkles in transmission electron microscopy confirmed the formation of graphenic materials. In view of the potential applicability of supported graphenic materials in environmental application, the as-synthesized material was tested for purifying water. Removal of a dye (rhodamine-6G) and a pesticide (chlorpyrifos), two of the important types of pollutants of concern in water, were investigated in this study. Adsorption studies were conducted in batch mode as a function of time, particle size, and adsorbent dose. The continuous mode experiments were conducted in multiple cycles and they confirmed that the material can be used for water purification applications. The adsorption efficacy of the present adsorbent system was compared to other reported similar adsorbent systems and the results illustrated that the present materials are superior. The adsorbents were analyzed for post treatment and their reusability was evaluated.

  11. Facile solution synthesis and photoelectric properties of monolithic tin(II) sulfide nanobelt arrays.

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    Zhang, Xing; Yang, Long; Jiang, Yan; Yu, Bin-Bin; Zou, Yu-Gang; Fang, Ying; Hu, Jin-Song; Wan, Li-Jun

    2013-10-01

    The tremendous future energy demand and environmental concerns prompt the lasting search for new materials for low-cost and high-efficiency solar cells. SnS, as a low-cost, earth-abundant, and environmentally friendly material with proper band gap and absorption coefficient, has received attention as a potential candidate for solar absorber, but it is still under-developed due to insufficient conversion efficiency. Fabricating SnS nanostructured films for solar cell design could be effective to boost photovoltaic performance and pave the way for applications in photovoltaics. Herein, a facile surfactant-free solution-based approach has been developed to prepare monolithic SnS nanostructured films directly on tin foil substrate. The morphologies of nanostructured films could be tuned from well-defined orthorhombic SnS nanobelt arrays to nanorods, nanosheets, or nanoflakes by simply changing the ratio of used solvents. The photoelectric response and electronic transportation properties of SnS nanobelts were investigated by fabricating single-nanobelt-based nanodevices. The SnS nanobelt exhibited a fast and reliable photoresponse even at illumination intensity as weak as 0.103 mW cm(-2). The measurements on SnS FET devices also indicated that the synthesized SnS nanobelts demonstrated a hole mobility as high as 12.33 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). These results reveal that the reported approach for preparing monolithic SnS nanostructured films could be useful to further develop SnS as an alternative material for low-cost solar cells and electronic devices. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Facile synthesis and Li-ion storage properties of porous Mn-based oxides microspheres

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    Hou, Xiaojuan, E-mail: houxiaojuan@nuc.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Instrumentation Science & Dynamic Measurement of Ministry of Education, School of Instrument and Electronics, North University of China, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province 030051 (China); Zhu, Jie [Key Laboratory of Instrumentation Science & Dynamic Measurement of Ministry of Education, School of Instrument and Electronics, North University of China, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province 030051 (China); School of Computer and Remote Sensing Information Technology, North China Institute of Aerospace Engineering, Langfang, Hebei Province 065000 (China); Shi, Shuzheng [School of Mechanical Engineering, Hebei University of Architecture, Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province 075000 (China); He, Jian; Mu, Jiliang; Geng, Wenping; Chou, Xiujian; Xue, Chenyang [Key Laboratory of Instrumentation Science & Dynamic Measurement of Ministry of Education, School of Instrument and Electronics, North University of China, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province 030051 (China)

    2017-05-15

    Highlights: • The Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3}, MnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} microspheres were fabricated with the same method. • Capacities present an increasing trend as with the increasing percentage of Co element. • Plateaus present a lower trend as with the increasing percentage of Mn element. • Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} microspheres present the most excellent cycling stability. - Abstract: Porous nanosheets assembled Mn-based oxides (Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3}, MnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}) microspheres of diameters about 3–6 μm and pore size distribution mainly around 10 nm have been synthesized by the same facile solvothermal route without any surfactant followed by a calcination process. In virtue of the porous nanosheets constructed microspheres, the Mn-based oxides microspheres Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} present specific capacities of 650 mAh/g after 100 charge and discharge cycles. Additionally among the three Mn-based oxides the representative specific capacities present an increasing trend as with the increasing percentage of Co element, the plateau of charge and discharge present a lower trend as with the increasing percentage of Mn element which is more suitable as anode materials in high output full batteries. Then the oxides with different components could be applied in different conditions such as the need for high specific capacity or high output lithium-ion batteries. Consequently the easy fabrication of microspheres and excellent electrochemical performances demonstrate Mn-based oxides’ great potential in lithium-ion batteries.

  13. Tuning colloidal quantum dot band edge positions through solution-phase surface chemistry modification

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    Kroupa, Daniel M.; Vörös, Márton; Brawand, Nicholas P.; McNichols, Brett W.; Miller, Elisa M.; Gu, Jing; Nozik, Arthur J.; Sellinger, Alan; Galli, Giulia; Beard, Matthew C.

    2017-05-01

    Band edge positions of semiconductors determine their functionality in many optoelectronic applications such as photovoltaics, photoelectrochemical cells and light emitting diodes. Here we show that band edge positions of lead sulfide (PbS) colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, specifically quantum dots (QDs), can be tuned over 2.0 eV through surface chemistry modification. We achieved this remarkable control through the development of simple, robust and scalable solution-phase ligand exchange methods, which completely replace native ligands with functionalized cinnamate ligands, allowing for well-defined, highly tunable chemical systems. By combining experiments and ab initio simulations, we establish clear relationships between QD surface chemistry and the band edge positions of ligand/QD hybrid systems. We find that in addition to ligand dipole, inter-QD ligand shell inter-digitization contributes to the band edge shifts. We expect that our established relationships and principles can help guide future optimization of functional organic/inorganic hybrid nanostructures for diverse optoelectronic applications.

  14. Green chemistry: a facile synthesis of polyfunctionally substituted thieno[3,4-c]pyridinones and thieno[3,4-d]pyridazinones under neat reaction conditions.

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    Al-Zaydi, Khadijah M; Borik, Rita M; Mekheimer, Ramadan A; Elnagdi, Mohamed H

    2010-06-01

    A facile, solvent free, ecofriendly approach for the synthesis of pyridine-2,6-diones 4a-d, pyridazinone derivatives 8a-c and thienoazines 6 and 9 is herein described employing neat reaction conditions under both microwave and ultrasound irradiations. This solventless methodology is environmentally benign as it completely eliminates the use of solvent from the reaction procedure. (c) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Facile, low temperature synthesis of SnO{sub 2}/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite as anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Hou, Chau-Chung; Brahma, Sanjaya; Weng, Shao-Chieh [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70001, Taiwan, ROC (China); Chang, Chia-Chin [Department of Greenergy, National University of Tainan, Tainan 70005, Taiwan, ROC (China); Huang, Jow-Lay, E-mail: jlh888@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70001, Taiwan, ROC (China); Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National University of Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung 81148, Taiwan, ROC (China); Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2017-08-15

    Highlights: • Facile, one-pot, low temperature synthesis of SnO{sub 2}-RGO composite. • In-situ reduction of graphene oxide and growth of SnO{sub 2} nanoparticle. • Concentration of reductant during synthesis affects the properties significantly. • SnO{sub 2}-RGO composite shows good rate capability and stable capacitance. • Synthesis method is energy efficient and scalable for other metal oxides. - Abstract: We demonstrate a facile, single step, low temperature and energy efficient strategy for the synthesis of SnO{sub 2}-reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanocomposite where the crystallization of SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles and the reduction of graphene oxide takes place simultaneously by an in situ chemical reduction process. The electrochemical property of the SnO{sub 2}-RGO composite prepared by using low concentrations of reducing agent shows better Li storage performance, good rate capability (378 mAh g{sup −1} at 3200 mA g{sup −1}) and stable capacitance (522 mAh g{sup −1} after 50 cycles). Increasing the reductant concentration lead to crystallization of high concentration of SnO{sub 2} nanoparticle aggregation and degrade the Li ion storage property.

  16. Facile synthesis of 5 nm NaYF₄:Yb/Er nanoparticles for targeted upconversion imaging of cancer cells.

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    Hu, Yueli; Wu, Boyue; Jin, Qing; Wang, Xueyuan; Li, Yan; Sun, Yuxiu; Huo, Jianzhong; Zhao, Xiaojun

    2016-05-15

    5nm intense green emission NaYF4:Yb/Er upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) with pure β phase was synthesized with a simple "green" strategy for the first time. Traditional organic solvothermal method is often applied to prepare the high-quality and uniform UCNPs, but the preparation of lanthanide-oleate complexes is laborious as heating and multistep post-treatment for purification are often required. The water-alcohols solvothermal method is environmentally friendly, but the fabricated UCNPs have big size, poor biocompatibility and high cytotoxicity, which limited their application for cell imaging. Herein, NaYF4:Yb/Er UCNPs were prepared with rare-earth nitrates RE(NO3)3 (RE=Y0.80 Yb0.18 Er0.02) as precursors and diethylene glycol (DEG)/ethylene glycol (EG)/water as the solvent. A facile green solvothermal method with the temperature being controlled at 300°C was developed. The as-prepared NaYF4:Yb/Er UCNPs were characterized and were found to have enhanced UC emission and controllable particle size. The as-prepared UCNPs were further functionalized via folic acid coating for the targeted imaging and improved bio- compatibility. It was made the UCNPs potential for upconversion bioimaging of living cells by the strong upconversion luminescence, the excellent biocompatibility, and the super-small size. The good colloidal stability and low cell cytotoxicity of the as-prepared UCNPs and the developed synthesis protocol might advance both the fields of UCNPs and biomolecule-based nanotechnology for future studies. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Facile aerosol synthesis and characterization of ternary crumpled graphene-TiO₂-magnetite nanocomposites for advanced water treatment.

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    Jiang, Yi; Wang, Wei-Ning; Biswas, Pratim; Fortner, John D

    2014-07-23

    In this work, the synthesis and characterization of multifunctional crumpled graphene-based ternary nanocomposite photocatalysts for advanced water treatment applications is described. Currently, a major hurdle for the scale-up and optimization of aqueous, graphene-based photocatalysts is restacking of graphene nanosheets due to strong π-π interactions. To overcome this hurdle, a fast and facile aerosol technique to synthesize monomeric, aggregation-resistant, crumpled graphene-based photocatalysts was developed. The aerosol route utilizes water evaporation-induced confinement forces to effectively crumple graphene oxide and subsequently encapsulate commercially available TiO2 and magnetite nanoparticles. The as-synthesized crumpled graphene-TiO2-magnetite (GOTIM) ternary core-shell nanostructures are shown to possess superior aqueous-based photocatalytic properties (over a 20-fold enhancement in some cases) compared to TiO2 alone. Total GOTIM photocatalytic reactivity is confirmed to also include efficient photoreduction reaction pathways, in addition to expected oxidation routes typical of TiO2-based photocatalysts, significantly expanding photocatalytic application potential compared to TiO2 alone. Reaction kinetics and proposed mechanisms (both oxidative and reductive) are described for a model organic compound, here as methyl orange. Further, with the addition of hole scavengers such as EDTA, and/or lowering the O2 concentration, we demonstrate enhancement of photocatalyzed reduction reactions, suggesting potential for directed, controlled reduction applications. In addition to robust aqueous stability, low-field magnetic susceptibility is demonstrated, allowing for low-energy, in situ material separations, which are critical for material recycling and reuse.

  18. Facile synthesis, dielectric properties and electrocatalytic activities of PMMA-NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposite

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    Maji, Pranabi; Choudhary, Ram Bilash, E-mail: rbcism@gmail.com

    2017-06-01

    The paper deals with the dielectric and catalytic properties of poly (methyl methacrylate)-nikel ferrite (PMMA-NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) nanocomposite. The nanocomposite was prepared by using a general and facile synthesis strategy. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra confirmed the formation of PMMA-NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposite. Field effect scanning electron microscopic (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopic (TEM) images revealed that NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were uniformly distributed and were tightly adhered with PMMA matrix owing to surface modification with 3-methacryloyloxy propyl trimethoxy silane (KH-570). Thermal stability was enhanced by incorporation of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanofillers. The nanocomposite showed high dielectric constant and low dielectric loss. The achieved dielectric and thermal property inferred the potential application of this material in energy storage and embedded electronics devices. Further, the as prepared nanocomposite also offered a remarkable electrochemical performance towards hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) sensing. - Highlights: • PMMA-NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposite was synthesized via free radical polymerization. • The nanocomposite exhibited high value of dielectric constant (51) and tanδ (0.3). • Thermal stability of the PMMA matrix was improved by the incorporation of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4.} • The H{sub 2}O{sub 2} detection limit was estimated 44 μM when signal to noise (S/N) ration was 3. • The electrochemical sensitivity of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} was calculated 0.6727 μA mM{sup -1}.

  19. Hierarchical TiO2 nanospheres with dominant {001} facets: facile synthesis, growth mechanism, and photocatalytic activity.

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    Li, Hongmei; Zeng, Yangsu; Huang, Tongcheng; Piao, Lingyu; Yan, Zijie; Liu, Min

    2012-06-11

    Hierarchical TiO(2) nanospheres with controlled surface morphologies and dominant {001} facets were directly synthesized from Ti powder by a facile, one-pot, hydrothermal method. The obtained hierarchical TiO(2) nanospheres have a uniform size of 400-500 nm and remarkable 78 % fraction of {001} facets. The influence of the reaction temperature, amount of HF, and reaction time on the morphology and the exposed facets was systematically studied. A possible growth mechanism speculates that Ti powder first dissolves in HF solution, and then flowerlike TiO(2) nanostructures are formed by assembly of TiO(2) nanocrystals. Because of the high concentration of HF in the early stage, these TiO(2) nanostructures were etched, and hollow structures formed on the surface. After the F(-) ions were effectively absorbed on the crystal surfaces, {001} facets appear and grow steadily. At the same time, the {101} facets also grow and meet the {101} facets from adjacent truncated tetragonal pyramids, causing coalescence of these facets and formation of nanospheres with dominant {001} facets. With further extension of the reaction time, single-crystal {001} facets of hierarchical TiO(2) nanospheres are dissolved and TiO(2) nanospheres with dominant {101} facets are obtained. The photocatalytic activities of the hierarchical TiO(2) nanospheres were evaluated and found to be closely related to the exposed {001} facets. Owing to the special hierarchical architecture and high percentage of exposed {001} facets, the TiO(2) nanospheres exhibit much enhanced photocatalytic efficiency (almost fourfold) compared to P25 TiO(2) as a benchmark material. This study provides new insight into crystal-facet engineering of anatase TiO(2) nanostructures with high percentage of {001} facets as well as opportunities for controllable synthesis of 3D hierarchical nanostructures. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Facile synthesis of GO@SnO2/TiO2nanofibers and their behavior in photovoltaics.

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    Mohamed, Ibrahim M A; Dao, Van-Duong; Yasin, Ahmed S; Choi, Ho-Suk; Khalil, KhalilAbdelrazek; Barakat, Nasser A M

    2017-03-15

    Chemical doping is a widely-used strategy to improve the performance of TiO 2 for the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). However, the effect of two efficient dopants has been rarely investigated. We present the synthesis of GO@SnO 2 /TiO 2 nanofibers (NFs) by a facile method using electrospinning and hydrothermal processes. The synthesized NFs are described in terms of morphology, crystallinity and chemistry through FESEM, TEM, HR-TEM, XRD, EDX, XPS, FT-IR and Raman spectra. As the results, the axial ratio and the average diameter of NFs decreased after the hydrothermal treatment and calcination process, respectively. The prepared Titania-based nanofibers have 81.82% anatase and 18.18% rutile-structure. The developed materials are applied as working electrodes of DSCs. The photovoltaic performances showed that the efficiency of the device employed GO@SnO 2 /TiO 2 photoanode gave 5.41%, which was higher than those of cells fabricated with SnO 2 /TiO 2 NFs (3.41%) and GO@TiO 2 NFs (4.52%) photoanodes. The photovoltaic parameters such as J sc , V oc , FF and R ct are calculated and found to be 11.19mAcm -2 , 0.72V, 0.67 and 9.26Ω, respectively. The high photovoltaic response of DSC based of GO@SnO 2 /TiO 2 NFs may be attributed to the large surface area of the NFs, and the low electron recombination. Furthermore, the start-stop switches of the cell devices with the developed photoanode affirmed the stability and photovoltaic performance of the cell. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Facile sonochemical synthesis of amorphous NiFe-(oxy)hydroxide nanoparticles as superior electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction.

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    Lee, Eunjik; Park, Ah-Hyeon; Park, Hyun-Uk; Kwon, Young-Uk

    2018-01-01

    In this work, we present facile synthesis of amorphous Ni/Fe mixed (oxy)hydroxide (NiFe(H)) nanoparticles (NPs) and their electrocatalytic performance for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline media. a-NiFe(H) NPs have received lots of attention as OER electrocatalysts with many desirable properties. By using a simple sonochemical route, we prepared amorphous Ni and Fe-alkoxide (NiFe(A)) NPs whose composition can be controlled in the entire composition range (Ni 100-x Fe x , 0≤x≤1). These samples are composed of extremely small NiFe(A) NPs with Ni and Fe atoms homogeneously distributed. NiFe(A) NPs are readily converted into corresponding electrocatalytically active NiFe(H) NP by a simple electrochemical treatment. Electrochemical analysis data show that the OER activity of amorphous NiFe(H) samples follows the volcano-type trend when plotted against the Fe content. Ni 70 Fe 30 (H) sample showed the lowest overpotential of 292mV at 10mAcm -2 geo and the lowest Tafel slope of 30.4mVdec -1 , outperforming IrO x /C (326mV, 41.7mVdec -1 ). Our samples are highly durable based on the chronopotentiometry data at the current density of 10mAcm -2 geo for 2h which show that Ni 70 Fe 30 sample maintains the steady-state potential, contrary to the time-varying IrO x /C. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Solution-phase epitaxial growth of noble metal nanostructures on dispersible single-layer molybdenum disulfide nanosheets.

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    Huang, Xiao; Zeng, Zhiyuan; Bao, Shuyu; Wang, Mengfei; Qi, Xiaoying; Fan, Zhanxi; Zhang, Hua

    2013-02-05

    Compared with the conventional deposition techniques used for the epitaxial growth of metallic structures on a bulk substrate, wet-chemical synthesis based on the dispersible template offers several advantages, including relatively low cost, high throughput, and the capability to prepare metal nanostructures with controllable size and morphology. Here we demonstrate that the solution-processable two-dimensional MoS(2) nanosheet can be used to direct the epitaxial growth of Pd, Pt and Ag nanostructures at ambient conditions. These nanostructures show the major (111) and (101) orientations on the MoS(2)(001) surface. Importantly, the Pt-MoS(2) hybrid nanomaterials exhibit much higher electrocatalytic activity towards the hydrogen evolution reaction compared with the commercial Pt catalysts with the same Pt loading. We believe that nanosheet-templated epitaxial growth of nanostructures via wet-chemical reaction is a promising strategy towards the facile and high-yield production of novel functional materials.

  3. Gram-scale solution-phase synthesis of selective sodium bicarbonate Co-transport Inhibitor S0859

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    Larsen, Ann Møller; Krogsgaard-Larsen, Niels; Lauritzen, Gitte

    2012-01-01

    Na+-coupled HCO3- transporters (NBCs) mediate the transport of bicarbonate ions across cell membranes and are thus ubiquitous regulators of intracellular pH. NBC dysregulation is associated with a range of diseases; for instance, NBCn1 is strongly up-regulated in a model of ErbB2-dependent breast...

  4. Highly stable copper oxide composite as an effective photocathode for water splitting via a facile electrochemical synthesis strategy

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    Zhang, Zhonghai

    2012-01-01

    Hydrogen generation through photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting using solar light as an energy resource is believed to be a clean and efficient way to overcome the global energy and environmental problems. Extensive research effort has been focused on n-type metal oxide semiconductors as photoanodes, whereas studies of p-type metal oxide semiconductors as photocathodes where hydrogen is generated are scarce. In this paper, highly efficient and stable copper oxide composite photocathode materials were successfully fabricated by a facile two-step electrochemical strategy, which consists of electrodeposition of a Cu film on an ITO glass substrate followed by anodization of the Cu film under a suitable current density and then calcination to form a Cu 2O/CuO composite. The synthesized Cu 2O/CuO composite was composed of a thin layer of Cu 2O with a thin film of CuO on its top as a protecting coating. The rational control of chemical composition and crystalline orientation of the composite materials was easily achieved by varying the electrochemical parameters, including electrodeposition potential and anodization current density, to achieve an enhanced PEC performance. The best photocathode material among all materials prepared was the Cu 2O/CuO composite with Cu 2O in (220) orientation, which showed a highly stable photocurrent of -1.54 mA cm -2 at a potential of 0 V vs reversible hydrogen electrode at a mild pH under illumination of AM 1.5G. This photocurrent density was more than 2 times that generated by the bare Cu 2O electrode (-0.65 mAcm -2) and the stability was considerably enhanced to 74.4% from 30.1% on the bare Cu 2O electrode. The results of this study showed that the top layer of CuO in the Cu 2O/CuO composite not only minimized the Cu 2O photocorrosion but also served as a recombination inhibitor for the photogenerated electrons and holes from Cu 2O, which collectively explained much enhanced stability and PEC activity of the Cu 2O/CuO composite

  5. Facile synthesis of deuterated and [14C]labeled analogues of vanillin and curcumin for use as mechanistic and analytical tools

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    Gordon, Odaine N.; Graham, Leigh A.; Schneider, Claus

    2014-01-01

    Curcumin is a dietary diphenol with antioxidant, antinflammatory and antitumor activity. We describe facile procedures for the synthesis of [14C2]curcumin (4 mCi/mmol), [d6]curcumin, [d3]curcumin, [13C5]curcumin, and [d6]bicyclopentadione, the major oxidative metabolite of curcumin. We also describe synthesis of the labeled building blocks [14C]vanillin, [d3]vanillin, and [13C5]acetylacetone. The overall molar yields of the labeled products were 52% ([14C]) and 47% ([d3]) for vanillin and 25% ([14C2]) and 27% ([d6]) for curcumin. The compounds can be used as radiotracers in biotransformation studies and as isotopic standards for mass spectrometry-based quantification in pharmacokinetic analyses. PMID:24339007

  6. Facile enzymatic synthesis of base J-containing oligodeoxyribonucleotides and an analysis of the impact of base J on DNA replication in cells.

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    Debin Ji

    Full Text Available We reported here the use of T4 bacteriophage β-glucosyltransferase (T4 β-GT for the facile synthesis of base J-containing oligodeoxyribonucleotides (ODNs. We found that the enzyme could catalyze the glucosylation of 5-hydroxymethyl-2-deoxyuridine (5hmU in both single- and double-stranded ODNs, though the latter reaction occurred only when 5hmU was mispaired with a guanine. In addition, base J blocked moderately DNA replication, but it did not induce mutations during replication in human cells.

  7. Copper-Catalyzed Oxidative C(sp(3))-H Functionalization for Facile Synthesis of 1,2,4-Triazoles and 1,3,5-Triazines from Amidines.

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    Huang, Huawen; Guo, Wei; Wu, Wanqing; Li, Chao-Jun; Jiang, Huanfeng

    2015-06-19

    A facile and versatile catalytic system involving copper catalyst, K3PO4 as the base, and O2 as the oxidant has been developed to enable efficient synthesis of 2,4,6-trisubstituted and 2,6-disubstituted 1,3,5-triazines and 1,3-disubstituted 1,2,4-triazoles from amidines with trialkylamines, DMSO, and DMF as the reaction partners, respectively. This protocol features inexpensive metal catalyst, green oxidant, good functional group tolerance, and high regioselectivity, providing an efficient entry to those products that are challenging to prepare by traditional methods. A single-electron-transfer (SET) mechanism is proposed for these transformations.

  8. Facile Phosphine-Free Synthesis of CdSe/ZnS Core/Shell Nanocrystals Without Precursor Injection

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    Zhu Chang-Qing; Wang Peng; Wang Xin; Li Yan

    2008-01-01

    AbstractA new simple method for synthesis of core/shell CdSe/ZnS nanocrystals (NCs) is present. By adapting the use of cadmium stearate, oleylamine, and paraffin liquid to a non-injection synthesis and by applying a subsequent ZnS shelling procedure to CdSe NCs cores using Zinc acetate dihydrate and sulfur powder, luminescent CdSe/ZnS NCs with quantum yields of up to 36% (FWHM 42–43 nm) were obtained. A seeding-growth technique was first applied to the controlled synthesis of ZnS shell....

  9. Eosin Y Catalyzed Visible-light-promoted One –Pot Facile Synthesis of 1,3,4- Thiadiazole

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    Vishal Srivastava

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available A novel one-pot visible light irradiated synthesis of 1,3,4-thiadiazole from aldehydes and thioacyl hydrazides have been reported in presence of eosin Y as an organophotoredox catalyst at room temperature under aerobic condition. This synthesis includes application of air and visible light as inexpensive, readily available, non-toxic and sustainable regents, which fulfils the basic principle of green chemistry.

  10. Facile total synthesis of (-)-(5R,6S)-6-acetoxy-5-hexadecanolide from carbohydrate, a mosquito oviposition attractant pheromone.

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    Das, Saibal; Mishra, Anand Kumar; Kumar, Ashish; Al Ghamdi, Ahamad Al Khazim; Yadav, Jhillu Singh

    2012-09-01

    Total synthesis of (-)-(5R,6S)-6-acetoxy-5-hexadecanolide, a major component of mosquito oviposition attractant pheromones is reported. The key synthetic steps involve epoxide opening by lithiated salt of ethylpropionate and acid catalysed lactonization. The total synthesis was achieved in 11 linear steps staring from a readily available carbohydrate δ-gluconolactone in 18% overall yield making it simple, practical and elegant. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Facile room-temperature synthesis of carboxylated graphene oxide-copper sulfide nanocomposite with high photodegradation and disinfection activities under solar light irradiation

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    Yu, Shuyan; Liu, Jincheng; Zhu, Wenyu; Hu, Zhong-Ting; Lim, Teik-Thye; Yan, Xiaoli

    2015-11-01

    Carboxylic acid functionalized graphene oxide-copper (II) sulfide nanoparticle composite (GO-COOH-CuS) was prepared from carboxylated graphene oxide and copper precursor in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) by a facile synthesis process at room temperature. The high-effective combination, the interaction between GO-COOH sheets and CuS nanoparticles, and the enhanced visible light absorption were confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) and Photoluminescence (PL) spectra. The as-synthesized GO-COOH-CuS nanocomposite exhibited excellent photocatalytic degradation performance of phenol and rhodamine B, high antibacterial activity toward E. coli and B. subtilis, and good recovery and reusability. The influence of CuS content, the synergistic reaction between CuS and GO-COOH, and the charge-transfer mechanism were systematically investigated. The facile and low-energy synthesis process combined with the excellent degradation and antibacterial performance signify that the GO-COOH-CuS has a great potential for water treatment application.

  12. Disrespectful intrapartum care during facility-based delivery in sub-Saharan Africa: A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis of women's perceptions and experiences.

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    Bradley, Susan; McCourt, Christine; Rayment, Juliet; Parmar, Divya

    2016-11-01

    The psycho-social elements of labour and delivery are central to any woman's birth experience, but international efforts to reduce maternal mortality in low-income contexts have neglected these aspects and focused on technological birth. In many contexts, maternity care is seen as dehumanised and disrespectful, which can have a negative impact on utilisation of services. We undertook a systematic review and meta-synthesis of the growing literature on women's experiences of facility-based delivery in sub-Saharan Africa to examine the drivers of disrespectful intrapartum care. Using PRISMA guidelines, databases were searched from 1990 to 06 May 2015, and 25 original studies were included for thematic synthesis. Analytical themes, that were theoretically informed and cognisant of the cultural and social context in which the dynamics of disrespectful care occur, enabled a fresh interpretation of the factors driving midwives' behaviour. A conceptual framework was developed to show how macro-, meso- and micro-level drivers of disrespectful care interact. The synthesis revealed a prevailing model of maternity care that is institution-centred, rather than woman-centred. Women's experiences illuminate midwives' efforts to maintain power and control by situating birth as a medical event and to secure status by focusing on the technical elements of care, including controlling bodies and knowledge. Midwives and women are caught between medical and social models of birth. Global policies encouraging facility-based delivery are forcing women to swap the psycho-emotional care they would receive from traditional midwives for the technical care that professional midwives are currently offering. Any action to change the current performance and dynamic of birth relies on the participation of midwives, but their voices are largely missing from the discourse. Future research should explore their perceptions of the value and practice of interpersonal aspects of maternity care and the

  13. Spectral analysis and quantum chemical studies of chair and twist-boat conformers of cycloheximide in gas and solution phases

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    Tokatli, A.; Ucun, F.; Sütçü, K.; Osmanoğlu, Y. E.; Osmanoğlu, Ş.

    2018-02-01

    In this study the conformational behavior of cycloheximide in the gas and solution (CHCl3) phases has theoretically been investigated by spectroscopic and quantum chemical properties using density functional theory (wB97X-D) method with 6-31++G(d,p) basis set, for the first time. The calculated IR results reveal that in the ground state the molecule exits as a mixture of the chair and twist-boat conformers in the gas phase, while the calculated NMR results reveal that it only exits as the chair conformer in the solution phase. In order to obtain the contributions coming from intramolecular interactions to the stability of the conformers in the gas and solution phases, the quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM), noncovalent interactions (NCI) method, and natural bond orbital analysis (NBO) have been employed. The QTAIM and NCI methods indicated that by intramolecular interactions with bond critical point (BCP) the twist-boat conformer is more stabilized than the chair conformer, while by steric interactions it is more destabilized. Considering that these interactions balance each other, the stabilities of the conformers are understood to be dictated by the van der Waals interactions. The NBO analyses show that the hyperconjugative and steric effects play an important role in the stabilization in the gas and solution phases. Furthermore, to get a better understanding of the chemical behavior of this important antibiotic drug we have evaluated and, commented the global and local reactivity descriptors of the both conformers. Finally, the EPR analysis of γ-irradiated cycloheximide has been done. The comparison of the experimental and calculated data have showed the inducement of a radical structure of (CH2)2ĊCH2 in the molecule. The experimental EPR spectrum has also confirmed that the molecule simultaneously exists in the chair and twist-boat conformers in the solid phase.

  14. A Facile Synthesis of α-N-Ribosyl-Asparagine and α-N-Ribosyl-Glutamine Building Blocks

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    Gaetano Speciale

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Adenosine diphosphate ribosylation (ADP-ribosylation is a widely occurring post-translational modification of proteins at nucleophilic side chain of amino acid residues. Elucidation of ADP-ribosylation events would benefit greatly from the availability of well-defined ADP-ribosylated peptides and analogues thereof. In this paper we present a novel approach to the chemical synthesis of ribosylated amino acid building blocks using traceless Staudinger ligation. We describe an efficient and stereoselective synthesis of α-N-ribosyl-asparagine (α-N-ribosyl-Asn and α-N-ribosyl-glutamine (α-N-ribosyl-Gln building blocks starting from 5-tert-butyldiphenylsilyl-β-d-ribofuranosyl azide. The N-glycosyl aminoacids are produced in good yields as pure α-anomers, suitably protected for peptide synthesis.

  15. Facile Phosphine-Free Synthesis of CdSe/ZnS Core/Shell Nanocrystals Without Precursor Injection

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    Zhu Chang-Qing

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractA new simple method for synthesis of core/shell CdSe/ZnS nanocrystals (NCs is present. By adapting the use of cadmium stearate, oleylamine, and paraffin liquid to a non-injection synthesis and by applying a subsequent ZnS shelling procedure to CdSe NCs cores using Zinc acetate dihydrate and sulfur powder, luminescent CdSe/ZnS NCs with quantum yields of up to 36% (FWHM 42–43 nm were obtained. A seeding-growth technique was first applied to the controlled synthesis of ZnS shell. This method has several attractive features, such as the usage of low-cost, green, and environmentally friendlier reagents and elimination of the need for air-sensitive, toxic, and expensive phosphines solvent. Furthermore, due to one-pot synthetic route for CdSe/ZnS NCs, the approach presented herein is accessible to a mass production of these NCs.

  16. Facile synthesis of the flower-like ternary heterostructure of Ag/ZnO encapsulating carbon spheres with enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Zhao, Xiaohua [School of Environment, Key Laboratory of Yellow River and Huai River Water Environment and Pollution Control (Ministry of Education), Henan Key Laboratory for Environmental Pollution Control, Henan Engineering Laboratory of Environmental Functional Materials and Pollution Control, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, 453007 (China); School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, 453007 (China); Su, Shuai; Wu, Guangli; Li, Caizhu [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, 453007 (China); Qin, Zhe [School of Environment, Key Laboratory of Yellow River and Huai River Water Environment and Pollution Control (Ministry of Education), Henan Key Laboratory for Environmental Pollution Control, Henan Engineering Laboratory of Environmental Functional Materials and Pollution Control, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, 453007 (China); Lou, Xiangdong [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, 453007 (China); Zhou, Jianguo, E-mail: zhoujgwj@163.com [School of Environment, Key Laboratory of Yellow River and Huai River Water Environment and Pollution Control (Ministry of Education), Henan Key Laboratory for Environmental Pollution Control, Henan Engineering Laboratory of Environmental Functional Materials and Pollution Control, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, 453007 (China)

    2017-06-01

    Highlights: • Flower-like Ag/ZnO encapsulating carbon spheres (Ag/ZnO@C) was synthesized. • A green facile synthesis method was used. • Ag/ZnO@C exhibited better photocatalytic performance than Ag/ZnO, ZnO@C, and ZnO. • Dye and metronidazole both can be decomposed by Ag/ZnO@C. - Abstract: To utilize sunlight more effectively in photocatalytic reactions, the flower-like ternary heterostructure of Ag/ZnO encapsulating carbon spheres (Ag/ZnO@C) was successfully synthesized by a green and facile one-pot hydrothermal method. The carbon spheres (CSs) were wrapped by ZnO nanosheets, forming flower-like microstructures, and Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were deposited on the surface of the ZnO nanosheets. The Ag/ZnO@C ternary heterostructure exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to those of Ag/ZnO, ZnO@C and pure ZnO for the degradation of Reactive Black GR and metronidazole under sunlight and visible light irradiation. This was attributed to the enhanced visible light absorption and effective charge separation based on the synergistic effect of ZnO, Ag NPs, and CSs. Due to the surface plasmon resonance effect of Ag NPs and surface photosensitizing effect of CSs, Ag/ZnO@C exhibited enhanced visible light absorption. Meanwhile, Ag NPs and CSs can both act as rapid electron transfer units to improve the separation of photogenerated charge carriers in Ag/ZnO@C. The primary active species were determined, and the photocatalytic mechanism was proposed. This work demonstrates an effective way to improve the photocatalytic performance of ZnO and provides information for the facile synthesis of noble metal/ZnO@C ternary heterostructure.

  17. A facile and rapid method for the black pepper leaf mediated green synthesis of silver nanoparticles and the antimicrobial study

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    Augustine, Robin; Kalarikkal, Nandakumar; Thomas, Sabu

    2014-10-01

    Green synthesis of nanoparticles is widely accepted due to the less toxicity in comparison with chemical methods. But there are certain drawbacks like slow formation of nanoparticles, difficulty to control particle size and shape make them less convenient. Here we report a novel cost-effective and eco-friendly method for the rapid green synthesis of silver nanoparticles using leaf extracts of Piper nigrum. Our results suggest that this method can be used for obtaining silver nanoparticles with controllable size within a few minutes. The fabricated nanoparticles possessed excellent antibacterial property against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.

  18. Facile Synthesis of Ag Nanocubes of 30 to 70 nm in Edge Length with CF3COOAg as a Precursor

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    Zhang, Qiang; Li, Weiyang; Wen, Long-Ping; Chen, Jingyi; Xia, Younan

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes a new protocol for producing Ag nanocubes of 30 to 70 nm in edge length with the use of CF3COOAg as a precursor to elemental silver. By adding a trace amount of sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS) and hydrochloric acid (HCl) into the polyol synthesis, Ag nanocubes were obtained with good quality, high reproducibility, and on a scale up to 0.19 g per batch for the 70-nm Ag nanocubes. The Ag nanocubes were found to grow in size at a controllable pace over the course of synthesis. Th...

  19. N-Acyliminium Intermediates in Solid-Phase Synthesis

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    Quement, Sebastian Thordal le; Petersen, Rico; Meldal, M.

    2010-01-01

    N-Acyliminium ions are powerful intermediates in synthetic organic chemistry. Examples of their use are numerous in solution-phase synthesis, but there are unmerited few reports on these highly reactive electrophiles in solid-phase synthesis. The present review covers the literature to date...

  20. Asymmetric Michael-aldol tandem reaction of 2-substituted benzofuran-3-ones and enones: a facile synthesis of griseofulvin analogues.

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    Dong, Nan; Li, Xin; Wang, Feng; Cheng, Jin-Pei

    2013-09-20

    A highly enantioselective Michael-aldol tandem reaction with respect to prochiral 2-substituted benzofuran-3-ones and enones by a facile primary amine catalyst was investigated. The approach provides rapid access to the desired pharmaceutically active griseofulvin analogues.

  1. Facile single-step ammonia heat-treatment and quenching process for the synthesis of improved Pt/N-graphene catalysts

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    Xiong, Bin; Zhou, Yingke; O'Hayre, Ryan; Shao, Zongping

    2013-02-01

    In this work, we present a facile route to prepare electrocatalysts for methanol oxidation. The catalyst synthesis route involves the simultaneous reduction and nitrogen doping of graphene oxide (GO) along with the reduction of H2PtCl6 to Pt by a facile ammonia gas heat-treatment and quenching process. The resulting catalysts are characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy while their electrocatalytic activity toward the oxidation of methanol is evaluated by cyclic voltammetry. The obtained Pt/graphene composites consist of crystalline Pt nanoparticles in the range of 1-4 nm which are well-dispersed on the N-doped graphene sheets. The best Pt/N-graphene catalyst composite is obtained after a 5 min ammonia treatment at 800 °C followed by rapid ammonia gas quenching at room temperature. This catalyst demonstrates superior catalytic activity for methanol electro-oxidation, with a peak current density of 0.218 A mgPt-1, which is about five times higher than an undoped (hydrogen treated and quenched) Pt/graphene control catalyst. The excellent electrocatalytic performance of the ammonia quenched catalyst is attributed to the nitrogenous functional groups and dopants in the graphene sheets that are formed during the facile quenching process in ammonia.

  2. Facile synthesis of 2-amino-4-alkoxypyrimidines via consecutive nucleophilic aromatic substitution (S{sub N}Ar) reaction

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    Kim, Juhyeon; Cho, Yong Seo [Center for Neuro-Medicine, Brain Science Institute, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Min, Sun Joon [Dept. of Applied Chemistry, Hanyang University , Ansan (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-12-15

    A transition-metal-free and regioselective synthesis of a series of 2-amino-4-alkoxypyrimidines is described. The SNAr alkoxylation of 2,4-dichloropyrimidines regioselectively provided 2-chloro-4-alkoxypyrimidines, which were subsequently subject to the second SNAr amination with cyclic amines in the presence of triethylamine at high temperature to afford 2-amino-4-alkoxypyrimidines in good overall yield.

  3. Ultrasound Promoted Green and Facile One-Pot Multicomponent Synthesis of 3,4-dihydropyrano[c]chromene Derivatives

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    Ravikumar Nagalapalli

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Ultrasound promoted mild one-pot multicomponent synthesis of 3,4-dihydropyrano[c]chromenes from 4-hydroxycoumarin, arylaldehydes and malononitrile was achieved in aqueous media. The methodology promises advantages of short reaction times, environmentally benign conditions, high yields, and operational convenience.

  4. Ultrasound Promoted Green and Facile One-Pot Multicomponent Synthesis of 3,4-dihydropyrano[c]chromene Derivatives

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    Nagalapalli, Ravikumar; Jaggavarapu, Satyanarayana Reddy; Jalli, Venkata Prasad; Kamalakaran, Anand Solomon; Gaddamanugu, Gopikrishna

    2013-01-01

    Ultrasound promoted mild one-pot multicomponent synthesis of 3,4-dihydropyrano[c]chromenes from 4-hydroxycoumarin, arylaldehydes and malononitrile was achieved in aqueous media. The methodology promises advantages of short reaction times, environmentally benign conditions, high yields, and operational convenience.

  5. Azidomethyl-ruthenocene: facile synthesis of a useful metallocene derivative and its application in the 'click' labelling of biomolecules.

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    Patra, Malay; Metzler-Nolte, Nils

    2011-11-07

    A convenient synthesis of azidomethyl-ruthenocene and its use in the covalent labelling of amino acids, peptides and a peptide nucleic acid (PNA) monomer derivative by Cu(I) catalyzed azide-alkyne coupling (Cu-AAC, "click chemistry") are described. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2011

  6. Facile synthesis of 4-vinyl- and 4-fluorovinyl-1,2,3-triazoles via bifunctional “click-olefination” reagents

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    Kumar, Rakesh; Pradhan, Padmanava; Zajc, Barbara

    2011-01-01

    Modular synthesis of vinyl and fluorovinyl triazoles can be achieved from bifunctional propargyl and fluoropropargyl sulfones by Cu-catalyzed azide-alkyne ligation and Julia-Kocienski olefination. Competitive click reactions of the protio and fluoropropargyl sulfones show higher reactivity of the latter, and a preliminary DFT analysis was performed. PMID:21336351

  7. Facile Fabrication of Boron-Doped Titania Nanopowders by Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Synthesis Route and its Photocatalytic Activity

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    K. Saberyan

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Synthesis (APCVS route is a process that can be used for the synthesis of doped-nanocrystalline powders with very small crystallite sizes having a narrow particle size distribution and high purity. In this study, APCVS technique was used to prepare boron-doped titania nanopowders. The effects of temperature, borate flow rate and water flow rate on the amount of doped boron were studied. The resultant powders were characterized by inductively coupled plasma (ICP, X-ray diffraction (XRD, nitrogen adsorption technique (BET, UV-visible DRS spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The optimum boron precursor flow rate was 80 sccm. The highest amount of doped boron was attained when water flow rate was 900 sccm. In comparison to the pristine TiO2, the boron-doped TiO2 nanoparticles showed blue-shift in band-gap energy of the samples.

  8. Facile synthesis of Ag nanocubes of 30 to 70 nm in edge length with CF(3)COOAg as a precursor.

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    Zhang, Qiang; Li, Weiyang; Wen, Long-Ping; Chen, Jingyi; Xia, Younan

    2010-09-03

    This paper describes a new protocol to synthesize Ag nanocubes of 30 to 70 nm in edge length with the use of CF(3)COOAg as a precursor to elemental silver. By adding a trace amount of NaSH and HCl to the polyol synthesis, Ag nanocubes were obtained with good quality, high reproducibility, and on a scale up to 0.19 g per batch for the 70 nm Ag nanocubes. The Ag nanocubes were found to grow in size at a controllable pace over the course of synthesis. The linear relationship between the edge length of the Ag nanocubes and the position of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) peak provides a simple method for finely tuning and controlling the size of the Ag nanocubes by monitoring the UV/Vis spectra of the reaction at different times.

  9. Facile Synthesis of Ag Nanocubes of 30 to 70 nm in Edge Length with CF3COOAg as a Precursor

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    Zhang, Qiang; Li, Weiyang; Wen, Long-Ping; Chen, Jingyi; Xia, Younan

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes a new protocol for producing Ag nanocubes of 30 to 70 nm in edge length with the use of CF3COOAg as a precursor to elemental silver. By adding a trace amount of sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS) and hydrochloric acid (HCl) into the polyol synthesis, Ag nanocubes were obtained with good quality, high reproducibility, and on a scale up to 0.19 g per batch for the 70-nm Ag nanocubes. The Ag nanocubes were found to grow in size at a controllable pace over the course of synthesis. The linear relationship between the edge length of the Ag nanocubes and the position of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) peak provides a simple method for finely tuning and controlling the size of the Ag nanocubes by monitoring the UV-vis spectra of the reaction at different times. PMID:20593441

  10. Mechanochemical synthesis of bumetanide-4-aminobenzoic acid molecular cocrystals: a facile and green approach to drug optimization.

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    Bruni, Giovanna; Maietta, Mariarosa; Berbenni, Vittorio; Mustarelli, Piercarlo; Ferrara, Chiara; Freccero, Mauro; Grande, Vincenzo; Maggi, Lauretta; Milanese, Chiara; Girella, Alessandro; Marini, Amedeo

    2014-08-07

    Molecular cocrystals are of growing interest in pharmaceutics for their improved physicochemical properties. Their mechanochemical synthesis is very promising, being easy, cheap, and "green". Here, for the first time, we report on cocrystallization of bumetanide, a diuretic and natriuretic active principle, and 4-aminobenzoic acid. The synthesis is performed both by wet and dry grinding. The cocrystal formation was investigated with a wide range of techniques, including solid-state NMR, IR, XRD, microscopy, and thermal analysis. Wet and dry grinding procedures led to different cocrystal polymorphs. In particular, the dry method gave a cocrystal by powder amorphization and subsequent crystallization. DFT calculations at the B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) level of theory shed light on the H-bond scheme at the basis of cocrystal formation. The cocrystals showed improved solubility and dissolution rate with respect to the drug alone. This could guarantee a faster absorption and a better bioavailability of the active principle.

  11. Ionic liquid promoted facile and green synthesis of 1,8-dioxo-octahydroxanthene derivatives under microwave irradiation

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    Abhishek N. Dadhania

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available An efficient and environmentally benign procedure for the synthesis of 1,8-dioxo-octahydroxanthene by condensation reaction between 5,5-dimethyl-1,3-cyclohexanedione (dimedone and structurally diverse aldehydes using carboxy functionalized ionic liquid under microwave irradiation is described. The methodology provides synergy of ionic liquid and microwave irradiation which offers several advantages such as high yields in shorter reaction time, convenient operation, reusability of catalyst and easy work-up.

  12. A facile approach for the synthesis of C13-C24 fragments of maltepolides A, C and D.

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    Rao, P Sankara; Srihari, P

    2016-10-12

    A linear, chiron approach for the synthesis of C13-C24 fragments of cytostatic maltepolides A, C and D consisting of a tetrahydrofuran subunit and a chiral alkenyl/alkyl substituent is achieved from (+)-diethyl l-tartrate. The other chiral stereocenters were generated by employing key reactions such as Crimmins aldol, alkynylation and CeCl 3 ·7H 2 O mediated Luche reduction reactions.

  13. Facile Synthesis, Characterization, and In Vitro Antimicrobial and Anticancer Activities of Biscoumarin Copolyester Bearing Pendant 3-(Trifluoromethyl)Styrene

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    Kandaswamy, Narendran; Raveendiran, Nanthini

    2014-01-01

    Synthesis of random biscoumarin copolyester bearing pendant 3-(trifluoromethyl)styrene was prepared by the reaction of biscoumarin monomer 3 and hydroquinone 5 with azeloyl chloride. The influence of pendant 3-(trifluoromethyl)styrene unit on the properties of copolyester such as inherent viscosity, solubility, and thermal stability was investigated and compared in detail. The inherent viscosity and polydispersity index of the copolyester were found to be 0.15?dL/g and 1.36, respectively. The...

  14. Carbon-based Solid Acid Catalyzed One-pot Mannich Reaction: A Facile Synthesis of β-Amino Carbonyl Compounds

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    Davoodnia, Abolghasem; Tavakoli-Nishaburi, Afsaneh; Tavakoli-Hoseini, Niloofar [Islamic Azad University, Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-02-15

    A simple and efficient method for the synthesis of β-amino carbonyl compounds by one-pot three-component Mannich reaction of acetophenone, aromatic aldehydes and aromatic amines using a carbon-based solid acid (CBSA), as an effective and reusable catalyst, is described. The present methodology offers several advantages such as simple procedure with an easy work-up, shorter reaction times, and high yields.

  15. Facile synthesis, stabilization, and anti-bacterial performance of discrete Ag nanoparticles using Medicago sativa seed exudates.

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    Lukman, Audra I; Gong, Bin; Marjo, Christopher E; Roessner, Ute; Harris, Andrew T

    2011-01-15

    The biogenic synthesis of metal nanomaterials offers an environmentally benign alternative to the traditional chemical synthesis routes. Colloidal silver (Ag) nanoparticles were synthesized by reacting aqueous AgNO(3) with Medicago sativa seed exudates under non-photomediated conditions. Upon contact, rapid reduction of Ag(+) ions was observed in nanotriangles with edge lengths of 86-108 nm, while pH adjustment to 11 resulted in monodisperse Ag nanoparticles with an average size of 12 nm. Repeated centrifugation and redispersion enhanced the percentage of nanoplates from 10% to 75% in solution. The kinetics of nanoparticle formation were monitored using ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and the Ag products were characterized using transmission electron microscopy, selected-area electron diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, and atomic force microscopy. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to investigate the elements and chemical environment in the top layers of the as-synthesized Ag nanoparticles, while the metabolites in the exudate were analyzed using gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy. To our knowledge, this is the first account of M. sativa seed exudate assisted synthesis and stabilization of biogenic Ag nanoparticles; the nanoplates are notably smaller and better faceted compared with those synthesized by vascular plant extracts previously reported. Stabilized films of exudate synthesized Ag nanoparticles were effective anti-bacterial agents. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Facile and rapid synthesis of RGO-In2S3 composites with enhanced cyclability and high capacity for lithium storage.

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    Ye, Fangmin; Du, Gaohui; Jiang, Zhoufeng; Zhong, Yijun; Wang, Xiaodong; Cao, Qingping; Jiang, J Z

    2012-12-07

    A sheet-on-sheet reduced graphene oxide-β-In(2)S(3) (RGO-In(2)S(3)) composite, was successfully synthesized via a one-step mild method. This fresh composite used as an anode material exhibits enhanced cyclability and specific capacity for lithium storage. These results are linked with the intrinsic layered structure of β-In(2)S(3) sheets and the effective combination of β-In(2)S(3) and RGO sheets. This results in a high specific surface area and good conductivity of RGO-In(2)S(3) composites, with higher transport rates of electrolyte ions and electrons, and a more effective electrochemical reaction of the active material. This facile and rapid synthesis method is a promising route for a large-scale production of graphene-based metal sulfides, which could be used as electrode materials for Li-ion batteries.

  17. Facile synthesis of highly active reduced graphene oxide-CuI catalyst through a simple combustion method for photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to methanol

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    Zhang, Wenjun; Li, Yingjie; Zhang, Xiaoxiong; Li, Cuiluo

    2017-09-01

    We report a facile combustion method synthesis of reduced graphene oxide/CuI composites as a photocatalyst, in which CuI nanoparticles were homogeneously distributed on the surface of reduced graphene oxide (rGO), showing a good visible light response. The rGO-supported and unsupported CuI hybrids were tested over the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 for methanol evolution in visible light. In the current study rGO-CuI composites have shown excellent yields (19.91 μmol g-cat-1). rGO provides a light-weight, charge complementary and two-dimensional material that interacts effectively with the CuI nanoparticles.

  18. One-pot facile synthesis of 4-amino-1,8-naphthalimide derived Tröger's bases via a nucleophilic displacement approach.

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    Shanmugaraju, Sankarasekaran; McAdams, Deirdre; Pancotti, Francesca; Hawes, Chris S; Veale, Emma B; Kitchen, Jonathan A; Gunnlaugsson, Thorfinnur

    2017-09-13

    We report here a novel one-pot synthetic strategy for the synthesis of a family of N-alkyl-1,8-naphthalimide based Tröger's bases via a nucleophilic substitution reaction of a common 'precursor' (or a 'synthon') N-aryl-1,8-naphthalimide Tröger's base heated at 80 °C in neat aliphatic primary amine, in overall yield of 65-96%. This methodology provides an efficient and one-step facile route to design 1,8-naphthalimide derived Tröger's base structures in analytically pure form without the use of column chromatography purification, that can be used in medicinal chemistry and as supramolecular scaffolds. We also report the formation of the corresponding anhydride, and the crystallographic analysis of two of the resulting products, that of the N-phenyl-4-amino-1,8-naphthalimide and the anhydride derived Tröger's bases.

  19. Facile and tunable synthesis of hierarchical mesoporous silica materials ranging from flower structure with wrinkled edges to hollow structure with coarse surface

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    Hao, Nanjing, E-mail: nanjing.hao@dartmouth.edu [Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering (United States); Li, Laifeng; Tang, Fangqiong, E-mail: tangfq@mail.ipc.ac.cn [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry (China)

    2016-11-15

    Mesoporous silica materials have attracted great attention in many fields. However, facile and tunable synthesis of hierarchical mesoporous silica structures is still a big challenge, and thus the development of them still lags behind. Herein, well-defined mesoporous silica flower structure with wrinkled edges and mesoporous silica hollow structure with coarse surface were synthesized simply by using poly(vinylpyrrolidone) and hexadecylamine as cotemplates in different water/ethanol solvent systems. The shape evolution from flower to hollow can be easily realized by tuning the volume ratio of water to ethanol, and the yields of both materials can reach gram scale. The formation mechanisms of mesoporous silica flower and hollow structures were also experimentally investigated and discussed. These novel hierarchical structures having unique physicochemical properties may bring many interesting insights into scientific research and technological application.

  20. Facile synthesis of chiral spirooxindole-based isotetronic acids and 5-1H-pyrrol-2-ones through cascade reactions with bifunctional organocatalysts.

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    Guo, Wengang; Wang, Xu; Zhang, Boyu; Shen, Shuai; Zhou, Xin; Wang, Peng; Liu, Yan; Li, Can

    2014-07-07

    Unprecedented organocatalyzed asymmetric cascade reactions have been developed for the facile synthesis of chiral spirooxindole-based isotetronic acids and 5-1H-pyrrol-2-ones.The asymmetric 1,2-addition reactions of α-ketoesters to isatins and imines by using an acid-base bifunctional 6'-OH cinchona alkaloid catalyst, followed by cyclization and enolization of the resulting adducts, gave chiral spiroisotetronic acids and 5-1H-pyrrol-2-ones, respectively, in excellent optical purities (up to 98 % ee). FT-IR analysis supported the existence of hydrogen-bonding interaction between the 6'-OH group of the cinchona catalyst and an isatin carbonyl group, an interaction that might be crucial for catalyst activity and stereocontrol. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. A green and facile approach for the synthesis of water-dispersible reduced graphene oxide based on ionic liquids.

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    Zhang, Tongping; Liu, Ping; Sheng, Chunrui; Duan, Yongxin; Zhang, Jianming

    2014-03-18

    A green and facile route for producing reduced graphene oxide based on ionic liquids has been proposed, in which the as-prepared graphene can be redispersed stably in water (up to 0.6 mg mL(-1)) after being made into a flow-directed solid film.

  2. Biosynthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticles prepared from two novel natural precursors by facile thermal decomposition methods

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    Goudarzi, Mojgan; Mir, Noshin; Mousavi-Kamazani, Mehdi; Bagheri, Samira; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud

    2016-09-01

    In this work, two natural sources, including pomegranate peel extract and cochineal dye were employed for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles. The natural silver complex from pomegranate peel extract resulted in nano-sized structures through solution-phase method, but this method was not efficient for cochineal dye-silver precursor and the as-formed products were highly agglomerated. Therefore, an alternative facile solid-state approach was investigated as for both natural precursors and the results showed successful production of well-dispersed nanoparticles with narrow size distribution for cochineal dye-silver precursor. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX), and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM).

  3. Facile and efficient one-pot solvothermal and microwave-assisted synthesis of stable colloidal solutions of MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel magnetic nanoparticles

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    Solano, Eduardo; Perez-Mirabet, Leonardo [Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Departament de Quimica (Spain); Martinez-Julian, Fernando; Guzman, Roger; Arbiol, Jordi; Puig, Teresa; Obradors, Xavier [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona, ICMAB-CSIC (Spain); Yanez, Ramon [Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Departament de Quimica (Spain); Pomar, Alberto; Ricart, Susagna, E-mail: ricart@icmab.es [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona, ICMAB-CSIC (Spain); Ros, Josep [Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Departament de Quimica (Spain)

    2012-08-15

    Well-defined synthesis conditions of high quality MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn, and Cu) spinel ferrite magnetic nanoparticles, with diameters below 10 nm, have been described based on facile and efficient one-pot solvothermal or microwave-assisted heating procedures. Both methods are reproducible and scalable and allow forming concentrated stable colloidal solutions in polar solvents, but microwave-assisted heating allows reducing 15 times the required annealing time and leads to an enhanced monodispersity of the nanoparticles. Non-agglomerated nanoparticles dispersions have been achieved using a simple one-pot approach where a single compound, triethyleneglycol, behaves at the same time as solvent and capping ligand. A narrow nanoparticle size distribution and high quality crystallinity have been achieved through selected nucleation and growth conditions. High resolution transmission electron microscopy images and electron energy loss spectroscopy analysis confirm the expected structure and composition and show that similar crystal faceting has been formed in both synthetic approaches. The spinel nanoparticles behave as ferrimagnets with a high saturation magnetization and are superparamagnetic at room temperature. The influence of synthesis route on phase purity and unconventional magnetic properties is discussed in some particular cases such as CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, and ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}.

  4. A facile and green approach for the controlled synthesis of porous SnO₂ nanospheres: application as an efficient photocatalyst and an excellent gas sensing material.

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    Manjula, P; Boppella, Ramireddy; Manorama, Sunkara V

    2012-11-01

    A facile and elegant methodology invoking the principles of Green Chemistry for the synthesis of porous tin dioxide nanospheres has been described. The low-temperature (∼50 °C) synthesis of SnO₂ nanoparticles and their self-assembly into organized, uniform, and monodispersed porous nanospheres with high surface area is facilitated by controlling the concentration of glucose, which acts as a stabilizing as well as structure-directing agent. A systematic control on the stannate to glucose molar concentration ratio determines the exact conditions to obtain monodispersed nanospheres, preferentially over random aggregation. Detailed characterization of the structure, morphology, and chemical composition reveals that the synthesized material, 50 nm SnO₂ porous nanospheres possess BET surface area of about 160 m²/g. Each porous nanosphere consists of a few hundred nanoparticles ∼2-3 nm in diameter with tetragonal cassiterite crystal structure. The SnO₂ nanospheres exhibit elevated photocatalytic activity toward methyl orange with good recyclability. Because of the high activity and stability of this photocatalyst, the material is ideal for applications in environmental remediation. Moreover, SnO₂ nanospheres display excellent gas sensing capabilities toward hydrogen. Surface modification of the nanospheres with Pd transforms this sensing material into a highly sensitive and selective room-temperature hydrogen sensor.

  5. Facile green in situ synthesis of Mg/CuO core/shell nanoenergetic arrays with a superior heat-release property and long-term storage stability.

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    Zhou, Xiang; Xu, Daguo; Zhang, Qiaobao; Lu, Jian; Zhang, Kaili

    2013-08-14

    We report a facile green method for the in situ synthesis of Mg/CuO core/shell nanoenergetic arrays on silicon, with Mg nanorods as the core and CuO as the shell. Mg nanorods are first prepared by glancing angle deposition. CuO is then deposited around the Mg nanorods by reactive magnetron sputtering to realize the core/shell structure. Various characterization techniques are used to investigate the prepared Mg/CuO core/shell nanoenergetic arrays, including scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and thermal analysis. Uniform mixing and intimate contact between the Mg nanorods and CuO are confirmed from both visual inspection of the morphological images and analyses of the heat-release curves. The nanoenergetic arrays exhibit a low-onset reaction temperature (∼300 °C) and high heat of reaction (∼3400 J/g). Most importantly, the nanoenergetic arrays possess long-term storage stability resulting from the stable CuO shell. This study provides a potential general strategy for the synthesis of various Mg nanorod-based stable nanoenergetic arrays.

  6. Facile Synthesis of Quasi-One-Dimensional Au/PtAu Heterojunction Nanotubes and Their Application as Catalysts in an Oxygen-Reduction Reaction.

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    Cai, Kai; Liu, Jiawei; Zhang, Huan; Huang, Zhao; Lu, Zhicheng; Foda, Mohamed F; Li, Tingting; Han, Heyou

    2015-05-11

    An intermediate-template-directed method has been developed for the synthesis of quasi-one-dimensional Au/PtAu heterojunction nanotubes by the heterogeneous nucleation and growth of Au on Te/Pt core-shell nanostructures in aqueous solution. The synthesized porous Au/PtAu bimetallic nanotubes (PABNTs) consist of porous tubular framework and attached Au nanoparticles (AuNPs). The reaction intermediates played an important role in the preparation, which fabricated the framework and provided a localized reducing agent for the reduction of the Au and Pt precursors. The Pt7 Au PABNTs showed higher electrocatalytic activity and durability in the oxygen-reduction reaction (ORR) in 0.1 M HClO4 than porous Pt nanotubes (PtNTs) and commercially available Pt/C. The mass activity of PABNTs was 218 % that of commercial Pt/C after an accelerated durability test. This study demonstrates the potential of PABNTs as highly efficient electrocatalysts. In addition, this method provides a facile strategy for the synthesis of desirable hetero-nanostructures with controlled size and shape by utilizing an intermediate template. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Facile and efficient one-pot solvothermal and microwave-assisted synthesis of stable colloidal solutions of MFe2O4 spinel magnetic nanoparticles

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    Solano, Eduardo; Perez-Mirabet, Leonardo; Martinez-Julian, Fernando; Guzmán, Roger; Arbiol, Jordi; Puig, Teresa; Obradors, Xavier; Yañez, Ramón; Pomar, Alberto; Ricart, Susagna; Ros, Josep

    2012-01-01

    Well-defined synthesis conditions of high quality MFe 2 O 4 (M = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn, and Cu) spinel ferrite magnetic nanoparticles, with diameters below 10 nm, have been described based on facile and efficient one-pot solvothermal or microwave-assisted heating procedures. Both methods are reproducible and scalable and allow forming concentrated stable colloidal solutions in polar solvents, but microwave-assisted heating allows reducing 15 times the required annealing time and leads to an enhanced monodispersity of the nanoparticles. Non-agglomerated nanoparticles dispersions have been achieved using a simple one-pot approach where a single compound, triethyleneglycol, behaves at the same time as solvent and capping ligand. A narrow nanoparticle size distribution and high quality crystallinity have been achieved through selected nucleation and growth conditions. High resolution transmission electron microscopy images and electron energy loss spectroscopy analysis confirm the expected structure and composition and show that similar crystal faceting has been formed in both synthetic approaches. The spinel nanoparticles behave as ferrimagnets with a high saturation magnetization and are superparamagnetic at room temperature. The influence of synthesis route on phase purity and unconventional magnetic properties is discussed in some particular cases such as CuFe 2 O 4 , CoFe 2 O 4 , and ZnFe 2 O 4 .

  8. A cationic Ag-I(PNPtBu) species acting as PNP transfer agent: Facile synthesis of Pd(PNPtBu)(alkyl) complexes and their reactivity compared to PCPtBu analogues

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    van der Vlugt, J.I.; Siegler, M.A.; Janssen, M.; Vogt, D.; Spek, A.L.

    2009-01-01

    The straightforward Synthesis of cationic complex 1, [Ag(PNtBu)]BF4 (PNPtBu = 1,2-bis[(di-tert-butylphosphino)methyl]pyridine), and its facile transmetalating properties toward gold and palladium are described. The corresponding Au complex [Au(PNPtBu)](2)(BF4)(2) (2) exists its a dimer in the solid

  9. Enhanced Open-Circuit Voltage in Colloidal Quantum Dot Photovoltaics via Reactivity-Controlled Solution-Phase Ligand Exchange

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    Jo, Jea Woong

    2017-10-09

    The energy disorder that arises from colloidal quantum dot (CQD) polydispersity limits the open-circuit voltage (VOC) and efficiency of CQD photovoltaics. This energy broadening is significantly deteriorated today during CQD ligand exchange and film assembly. Here, a new solution-phase ligand exchange that, via judicious incorporation of reactivity-engineered additives, provides improved monodispersity in final CQD films is reported. It has been found that increasing the concentration of the less reactive species prevents CQD fusion and etching. As a result, CQD solar cells with a VOC of 0.7 V (vs 0.61 V for the control) for CQD films with exciton peak at 1.28 eV and a power conversion efficiency of 10.9% (vs 10.1% for the control) is achieved.

  10. Enhanced Open-Circuit Voltage in Colloidal Quantum Dot Photovoltaics via Reactivity-Controlled Solution-Phase Ligand Exchange.

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    Jo, Jea Woong; Kim, Younghoon; Choi, Jongmin; de Arquer, F Pelayo García; Walters, Grant; Sun, Bin; Ouellette, Olivier; Kim, Junghwan; Proppe, Andrew H; Quintero-Bermudez, Rafael; Fan, James; Xu, Jixian; Tan, Chih Shan; Voznyy, Oleksandr; Sargent, Edward H

    2017-11-01

    The energy disorder that arises from colloidal quantum dot (CQD) polydispersity limits the open-circuit voltage (V OC ) and efficiency of CQD photovoltaics. This energy broadening is significantly deteriorated today during CQD ligand exchange and film assembly. Here, a new solution-phase ligand exchange that, via judicious incorporation of reactivity-engineered additives, provides improved monodispersity in final CQD films is reported. It has been found that increasing the concentration of the less reactive species prevents CQD fusion and etching. As a result, CQD solar cells with a V OC of 0.7 V (vs 0.61 V for the control) for CQD films with exciton peak at 1.28 eV and a power conversion efficiency of 10.9% (vs 10.1% for the control) is achieved. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Facile green synthesis of silver nanoparticles using seed aqueous extract of Pistacia atlantica and its antibacterial activity.

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    Sadeghi, Babak; Rostami, Amir; Momeni, S S

    2015-01-05

    In the present work, we describe the synthesis of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) using seed aqueous extract of Pistacia atlantica (PA) and its antibacterial activity. UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infra red spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray energy dispersive spectrophotometer (EDAX) were performed to ascertain the formation of Ag-NPs. It was observed that the growths of Ag-NPs are stopped within 35 min of reaction time. The synthesized Ag-NPs were characterized by a peak at 446 nm in the UV-visible spectrum. XRD confirmed the crystalline nature of the nanoparticles of 27 nm size. The XRD peaks at 38°, 44°, 64° and 77° can be indexed to the (111), (200), (220) and (311) Bragg's reflections of cubic structure of metallic silver, respectively. The FTIR result clearly showed that the extracts containing OH as a functional group act in capping the nanoparticles synthesis. Antibacterial activities of Ag-NPs were tested against the growth of Gram-positive (S. aureus) using SEM. The inhibition was observed in the Ag-NPs against S. aureus. The results suggest that the synthesized Ag-NPs act as an effective antibacterial agent. It is confirmed that Ag-NPs are capable of rendering high antibacterial efficacy and hence has a great potential in the preparation of used drugs against bacterial diseases. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM), indicated that, the most strains of S. aureus was damaged and extensively disappeared by addition of Ag-NPs. The results confirmed that the (PA) is a very good eco friendly and nontoxic source for the synthesis of Ag-NPs as compared to the conventional chemical/physical methods. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Facile green synthesis of silver nanoparticles using seed aqueous extract of Pistacia atlantica and its antibacterial activity

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    Sadeghi, Babak; Rostami, Amir; Momeni, S. S.

    2015-01-01

    In the present work, we describe the synthesis of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) using seed aqueous extract of Pistacia atlantica (PA) and its antibacterial activity. UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infra red spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray energy dispersive spectrophotometer (EDAX) were performed to ascertain the formation of Ag-NPs. It was observed that the growths of Ag-NPs are stopped within 35 min of reaction time. The synthesized Ag-NPs were characterized by a peak at 446 nm in the UV-visible spectrum. XRD confirmed the crystalline nature of the nanoparticles of 27 nm size. The XRD peaks at 38°, 44°, 64° and 77° can be indexed to the (1 1 1), (2 0 0), (2 2 0) and (3 1 1) Bragg's reflections of cubic structure of metallic silver, respectively. The FTIR result clearly showed that the extracts containing OH as a functional group act in capping the nanoparticles synthesis. Antibacterial activities of Ag-NPs were tested against the growth of Gram-positive (S. aureus) using SEM. The inhibition was observed in the Ag-NPs against S. aureus. The results suggest that the synthesized Ag-NPs act as an effective antibacterial agent. It is confirmed that Ag-NPs are capable of rendering high antibacterial efficacy and hence has a great potential in the preparation of used drugs against bacterial diseases. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM), indicated that, the most strains of S. aureus was damaged and extensively disappeared by addition of Ag-NPs. The results confirmed that the (PA) is a very good eco friendly and nontoxic source for the synthesis of Ag-NPs as compared to the conventional chemical/physical methods.

  13. High yield and facile microwave-assisted synthesis of conductive H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} doped polyanilines

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    Gizdavic-Nikolaidis, Marija R., E-mail: m.gizdavic@auckland.ac.nz [School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland, 1142 (New Zealand); Faculty of Physical Chemistry, Studentski Trg 12-16, PO Box 137, 11001, Belgrade (Serbia); Jevremovic, Milutin M. [Public Company Nuclear Facilities of Serbia, 12-14 Mike Petrovica Alasa, Vinca, 11351, Belgrade (Serbia); Milenkovic, Maja [Faculty of Physical Chemistry, Studentski Trg 12-16, PO Box 137, 11001, Belgrade (Serbia); Allison, Morgan C. [School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland, 1142 (New Zealand); Stanisavljev, Dragomir R. [Faculty of Physical Chemistry, Studentski Trg 12-16, PO Box 137, 11001, Belgrade (Serbia); Bowmaker, Graham A. [School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland, 1142 (New Zealand); Zujovic, Zoran D. [School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland, 1142 (New Zealand); MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington, 6140 (New Zealand); Institute of General and Physical Chemistry, Studentski Trg 12-16, 11001, Belgrade (Serbia)

    2016-04-15

    The microwave-assisted synthesis of polyaniline (PANI) was performed using ammonium persulphate (APS) as oxidizing agent in 0.5 M–2.5 M concentration range of aqueous sulphuric acid (H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) at 93 W applied microwave power of 10 min duration. The microwave (MW) synthesized PANIs had 3 times higher yield in comparison to PANI samples prepared using a classical method, CS (0 W MW power) at the same temperature for 10 min synthesis duration period. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and UV–Vis spectroscopies confirmed the formation of PANI structure in all products. The influence of H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} acid dopant on the spin concentration of MW and CS H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} doped PANI samples were examined by EPR spectroscopy, while the morphological characteristics were investigated by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). XRD results showed amorphous phases in both MW and CS H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} doped PANI samples. Conductivity measurements revealed ∼1.5 times higher conductivity values for MW H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} doped PANI samples in comparison with PANI samples prepared by the CS method under same condition. The influence of sulfate anion in comparison to chloride anion as a dopant on morphological, dopant levels and conductivity properties of MW PANI samples were also investigated. - Highlights: • Nanoporous microwave synthesized doped polyanilines as chemical sensor material. • Morphology and physical properties of polyanilines depend on acid concentration. • Spin concentration is determined by the nature of the polyaniline synthesis.

  14. A Facile Synthesis of Hollow Palladium/Copper Alloy Nanocubes Supported on N-Doped Graphene for Ethanol Electrooxidation Catalyst

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    Zhengyu Bai; Rumeng Huang; Lu Niu; Qing Zhang; Lin Yang; Jiujun Zhang

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, a catalyst of hollow PdCu alloy nanocubes supported on nitrogen-doped graphene support (H-PdCu/ppy-NG) is successfully synthesized using a simple one-pot template-free method. Two other catalyst materials such as solid PdCu alloy particles supported on this same nitrogen-doped graphene support (PdCu/ppy-NG) and hollow PdCu alloy nanocubes supported on the reduced graphene oxide support (H-PdCu/RGO) are also prepared using the similar synthesis conditions for comparison. It is f...

  15. Facile and scalable synthesis of Ti5Si3 nanoparticles in molten salts for metal-matrix nanocomposites.

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    Estruga, Marc; Girard, Steven N; Ding, Qi; Chen, Lianyi; Li, Xiaochun; Jin, Song

    2014-02-11

    We report a novel synthesis of Ti5Si3 nanoparticles (NPs) via the magnesio-reduction of TiO2 NPs and SiO2 in eutectic LiCl-KCl molten salts at 700 °C. The Ti5Si3 particle size (∼25 nm) is confined to the nanoscale due to the partial dissolution of Mg and silica in the molten salts and a subsequent heterogeneous reduction on the surface of the TiO2 NPs.

  16. Ant-cave structured MnCO3/Mn3O4 microcubes by biopolymer-assisted facile synthesis for high-performance pseudocapacitors

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    Chandra Sekhar, S.; Nagaraju, Goli; Yu, Jae Su

    2018-03-01

    Porous and ant-cave structured MnCO3/Mn3O4 microcubes (MCs) were facilely synthesized via a biopolymer-assisted hydrothermal approach. Herein, chitosan was used as a natural biopolymer, which greatly controls the surface morphology and size of the prepared composite. The amino and hydroxyl group-functionalized chitosan engraves the outer surface of MCs during the hydrothermal process, which designs the interesting morphology of nanopath ways on the surface of MCs. When used as an electrode material for pseudocapacitors, the ant-cave structured MnCO3/Mn3O4 MCs showed superior energy storage values compared to the material prepared without chitosan in aqueous electrolyte solution. Precisely, the prepared ant-cave structured MnCO3/Mn3O4 MCs exhibited a maximum specific capacitance of 116.2 F/g at a current density of 0.7 A/g with an excellent cycling stability of 73.86% after 2000 cycles. Such facile and low-cost synthesis of pseudocapacitive materials with porous nanopaths is favorable for the fabrication of high-performance energy storage devices.

  17. Facile synthesis of N-rich carbon quantum dots by spontaneous polymerization and incision of solvents as efficient bioimaging probes and advanced electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction.

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    Lei, Zhouyue; Xu, Shengjie; Wan, Jiaxun; Wu, Peiyi

    2016-01-28

    In this study, uniform nitrogen-doped carbon quantum dots (N-CDs) were synthesized through a one-step solvothermal process of cyclic and nitrogen-rich solvents, such as N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and dimethyl-imidazolidinone (DMEU), under mild conditions. The products exhibited strong light blue fluorescence, good cell permeability and low cytotoxicity. Moreover, after a facile post-thermal treatment, it developed a lotus seedpod surface-like structure of seed-like N-CDs decorating on the surface of carbon layers with a high proportion of quaternary nitrogen moieties that exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity and long-term durability towards the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The peak potential was -160 mV, which was comparable to or even lower than commercial Pt/C catalysts. Therefore, this study provides an alternative facile approach to the synthesis of versatile carbon quantum dots (CDs) with widespread commercial application prospects, not only as bioimaging probes but also as promising electrocatalysts for the metal-free ORR.

  18. Facile synthesis of the flower-like ternary heterostructure of Ag/ZnO encapsulating carbon spheres with enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Zhao, Xiaohua; Su, Shuai; Wu, Guangli; Li, Caizhu; Qin, Zhe; Lou, Xiangdong; Zhou, Jianguo

    2017-06-01

    To utilize sunlight more effectively in photocatalytic reactions, the flower-like ternary heterostructure of Ag/ZnO encapsulating carbon spheres (Ag/ZnO@C) was successfully synthesized by a green and facile one-pot hydrothermal method. The carbon spheres (CSs) were wrapped by ZnO nanosheets, forming flower-like microstructures, and Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were deposited on the surface of the ZnO nanosheets. The Ag/ZnO@C ternary heterostructure exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to those of Ag/ZnO, ZnO@C and pure ZnO for the degradation of Reactive Black GR and metronidazole under sunlight and visible light irradiation. This was attributed to the enhanced visible light absorption and effective charge separation based on the synergistic effect of ZnO, Ag NPs, and CSs. Due to the surface plasmon resonance effect of Ag NPs and surface photosensitizing effect of CSs, Ag/ZnO@C exhibited enhanced visible light absorption. Meanwhile, Ag NPs and CSs can both act as rapid electron transfer units to improve the separation of photogenerated charge carriers in Ag/ZnO@C. The primary active species were determined, and the photocatalytic mechanism was proposed. This work demonstrates an effective way to improve the photocatalytic performance of ZnO and provides information for the facile synthesis of noble metal/ZnO@C ternary heterostructure.

  19. Facile and large-scale synthesis of curcumin/PVA hydrogel: effectively kill bacteria and accelerate cutaneous wound healing in the rat.

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    He, Fei; Jiao, Hongjing; Tian, Yu; Zhao, Libo; Liao, Xiaozhu; Fan, Zengjie; Liu, Bin

    2018-03-01

    The complicated synthesis procedure and limited preparation size of hydrogel inhibit its clinical application. Therefore, a facile preparation method for large-size hydrogel is required. In this study, a series of curcumin (Cur)/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogel in a large size with different Cur concentrations is prepared by a facile physical-chemical crosslinking. The physicochemical properties, antibacterial performance and accelerating wound healing ability are evaluated with the aim of attaining a novel and effective wound dressing. The results show that the as-prepared hydrogel with the optimal Cur to PVA volume ratio of 1:5 (20% Cur/PVA) exhibits the best antibacterial abilities to E. coli (85.6%) and S. aureus (97%) than other hydrogels. When the volume ratio of Cur to PVA is 1:10 (10% Cur/PVA), the hydrogel can significantly accelerate the wound healing in rats, and successfully reconstruct intact and thickened epidermis during 14 day of healing of impaired wounds after histological examination. In one word, the present approach can shed new light on designing new type of hydrogels with promising applications in wound dressing.

  20. Facile and efficient synthesis of benzoxazole derivatives using novel catalytic activity of PEG-SO3H

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    Rupesh V. Chikhale

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available A highly efficient, simple and rapid method for the preparation of various 2-aminobenzoxazoles and other benzoxazole derivatives using a catalytic amount of poly (ethylene glycol-bound sulfonic acid (PEG-SO3H is described. PEG-SO3H is found to be an economical and reusable catalyst with low catalytic loading. The percent yield was found to be satisfactory, experimental set up and purification of final products are facile and easy.

  1. Synthesis

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    Voinis, Sylvie; Lalieux, Philippe; Thury, Marc; Horseman, Steve

    2001-01-01

    To prevent radioactive contamination and undue exposure to the public, it is required that long-lived and/or high-level radioactive wastes be isolated from the human environment for a very long period of time. For the purpose of isolating such wastes, the basic concept of deep disposal is to place packaged waste in a geological formation such as clay. One of main functions of the geological formation is to isolate waste from moving groundwater, thus minimising lixiviation of waste and advective radionuclide transport and, hence the amount of radionuclides that could reach the human environment. Improving our understanding of processes that might affect the containment properties of the geological barrier can reduce uncertainties about the performance of the repository. In particular, during the stepwise development of the research programme, it is important to clarify if fractures that might be induced by the excavation of the underground facilities might have a significant impact on the radiological safety of a repository in a host formation such as clay. In this framework, the self- healing properties of argillaceous media - often quoted as one of the advantages of such host formations - play a major role, notably in reducing the long-term impacts of such induced fracturing. Twenty-six participants representing several national waste management organisations, regulatory authorities, government agencies and the academic community from the OECD member countries and the EC took part in the Topical Session. The session was mainly aimed at exchanging information on: The general point of view on self-healing from geomechanical and geochemical experts; The approaches that are or will be followed by the various organisations in order to deal with the self-healing. The geological settings covered in the presentations related to the whole range of argillaceous media relevant to the disposal of radioactive wastes, including poorly indurated clays and indurated mud

  2. Facile and rapid one-pot microwave-assisted synthesis of Pd-Ni magnetic nanoalloys confined in mesoporous carbons

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    Martínez de Yuso, Alicia; Le Meins, Jean-Marc [Université de Strasbourg, Université de Haute-Alsace, Institut de Science des Matériaux de Mulhouse, CNRS UMR (France); Oumellal, Yassine; Paul-Boncour, Valérie; Zlotea, Claudia [Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux Paris Est, UMR 7182, CNRS-UPEC (France); Matei Ghimbeu, Camelia, E-mail: camelia.ghimbeu@uha.fr [Université de Strasbourg, Université de Haute-Alsace, Institut de Science des Matériaux de Mulhouse, CNRS UMR (France)

    2016-12-15

    An easy and rapid one-pot microwave-assisted soft-template synthesis method for the preparation of Pd-Ni nanoalloys confined in mesoporous carbon is reported. This approach allows the formation of mesoporous carbon and the growth of the particles at the same time, under short microwave irradiation (4 h) compared to the several days spent for the classical approach. In addition, the synthesis steps are diminished and no thermopolymerization step or reduction treatment being required. The influence of the Pd-Ni composition on the particle size and on the carbon characteristics was investigated. Pd-Ni solid solutions in the whole composition range could be obtained, and the metallic composition proved to have an important effect on the nanoparticle size but low influence on carbon textural properties. Small and uniformly distributed nanoparticles were confined in mesoporous carbon with uniform pore size distribution, and dependence between the nanoparticle size and the nanoalloy composition was observed, i.e., increase of the particle size with increasing the Ni content (from 5 to 14 nm). The magnetic properties of the materials showed a strong nanoparticle size and/or composition effect. The blocking temperature of Pd-Ni nanoalloys increases with the increase of Ni amount and therefore of particle size. The magnetization values are smaller than the bulk counterpart particularly for the Ni-rich compositions due to the formed graphitic shells surrounding the particles inducing a dead magnetic layer.

  3. Microwave assisted facile green synthesis of silver and gold nanocatalysts using the leaf extract of Aerva lanata.

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    Joseph, Siby; Mathew, Beena

    2015-02-05

    Herein, we report a simple microwave assisted method for the green synthesis of silver and gold nanoparticles by the reduction of aqueous metal salt solutions using leaf extract of the medicinal plant Aerva lanata. UV-vis., FTIR, XRD, and HR-TEM studies were conducted to assure the formation of nanoparticles. XRD studies clearly confirmed the crystalline nature of the synthesized nanoparticles. From the HR-TEM images, the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were found to be more or less spherical and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were observed to be of different morphology with an average diameter of 18.62nm for silver and 17.97nm for gold nanoparticles. In order to evaluate the effect of microwave heating upon rate of formation, the synthesis was also conducted under ambient condition without the assistance of microwave radiation and the former method was found to be much faster than the later. The synthesized nanoparticles were used as nanocatalysts in the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol by NaBH4. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Facile and controllable synthesis of BaCO3 crystals superstructures using a CO2-storage material

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    Feng Sha

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available We here report a new CO2 capture and storage method that converts CO2 into a novel alkyl carbonate salt, denoted as CO2SM, by a system consisting of equimolar 1,4-butanediol (BDO and 1,2-ethylenediamine (EDA. This novel CO2SM was then used to prepare BaCO3 crystals through a simple and fast hydrothermal synthesis under mild conditions. The CO2SM was both the source of CO2 and the modifier to regulate the nucleation and growth of BaCO3 crystals. The morphology of the BaCO3 crystals could be tuned from rod to shuttle by adjusting the key influencing factors, including CO2SM concentration, mineralization temperature, and mineralization time. A possible mechanism for the synthesis of BaCO3 crystals from the CO2SM was also presented. After the BaCO3 crystals were isolated, the filtrate of the hydrothermal reaction could be recycled to again absorb CO2 and prepare BaCO3 crystals of the same polymorph. This novel approach appears promising for preparing well-formed metal carbonates. Keywords: BaCO3, CO2-storage material, Morphology control, CO2 capture and utilization

  5. Microwave assisted facile green synthesis of silver and gold nanocatalysts using the leaf extract of Aerva lanata

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    Joseph, Siby; Mathew, Beena

    2015-02-01

    Herein, we report a simple microwave assisted method for the green synthesis of silver and gold nanoparticles by the reduction of aqueous metal salt solutions using leaf extract of the medicinal plant Aerva lanata. UV-vis., FTIR, XRD, and HR-TEM studies were conducted to assure the formation of nanoparticles. XRD studies clearly confirmed the crystalline nature of the synthesized nanoparticles. From the HR-TEM images, the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were found to be more or less spherical and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were observed to be of different morphology with an average diameter of 18.62 nm for silver and 17.97 nm for gold nanoparticles. In order to evaluate the effect of microwave heating upon rate of formation, the synthesis was also conducted under ambient condition without the assistance of microwave radiation and the former method was found to be much faster than the later. The synthesized nanoparticles were used as nanocatalysts in the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol by NaBH4.

  6. Photon induced facile synthesis and growth of CuInS2 absorber thin film for photovoltaic applications

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    Singh, Manjeet; Jiu, Jinting; Suganuma, Katsuaki

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate the use of high intensity pulsed light technique for the synthesis of phase pure CuInS2 (CIS) thin film at room temperature. The intense pulse of light is used to induce sintering of binary sulfides CuS and In2S3 to produce CIS phase without any direct thermal treatment. Light energy equivalent to the 706 mJ/cm2 is found to be the best energy to convert the CIS precursor film deposited at room temperature into CIS pure phase and well crystalline film. The CIS absorber film thus prepared is useful in making printed solar cell at room temperature on substrate with large area.

  7. Facile synthesis of 1-naphthol azo dyes with nano SiO2/HIO4 under solvent-free conditions

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    A.R. Pourali

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Nano-silica supported periodic acid (nano-SPIA has been utilized as a heterogeneous reagent for a highly efficient and one pot synthesis of azo dyes based on 1-naphthol under solvent-free conditions at room temperature. This method has some advantages, the reaction workup is very easy and the catalyst can be easily separated from the reaction mixture and one-pot procedure. The related products have been obtained in good to excellent yields, high purity and short reaction times. The structures of the products have been characterized by several techniques using UV-Vis, FT-IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR and mass spectra.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/bcse.v27i3.13

  8. Alginic acid: A mild and renewable bifunctional heterogeneous biopolymeric organocatalyst for efficient and facile synthesis of polyhydroquinolines.

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    Dekamin, Mohammad G; Karimi, Zahra; Latifidoost, Zahra; Ilkhanizadeh, Siamand; Daemi, Hamed; Naimi-Jamal, M Reza; Barikani, Mehdi

    2018-03-01

    Alginic acid, a widely used naturally occurring carbohydrate which is generally derived from brown seaweeds, can be considered as a bifunctional heterogeneous and green biopolymeric organocatalyst. Alginic acid, without any post-modification with active Bronsted or Lewis acid centers, was found to be a highly active, cost-effective, commercially-available, renewable and recoverable heterogeneous biopolymeric organocatalyst for the expeditious synthesis of polyhydroquinolines (PHQs). Polyhydroquinolines were synthesized from the four-component Hantzsch reaction of ethyl acetoacetate, different aldehydes, ammonium acetate and cyclic 1,3-diones under mild conditions in high to quantitative yields, 75-97%, using alginic acid. Furthermore, alginic acid was found to be reusable for at least 6 consecutive cycles without considerable loss of its catalytic activity. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Green cellulose-based nanocomposite catalyst: Design and facile performance in aqueous synthesis of pyranopyrimidines and pyrazolopyranopyrimidines.

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    Maleki, Ali; Jafari, Abbas Ali; Yousefi, Somayeh

    2017-11-01

    A cellulose-based nanobiocomposite decorated with Fe 3 O 4 nanoparticles was prepared, characterized and applied as an easily recoverable and reusable green nanocatalyst in the synthesis of pyrano[2,3-d]pyrimidine derivatives in water at room temperature. The characterization was performed by using a variety of conventional analytical instruments such as Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), thermal analysis (TGA/DTA) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) analyses. Two series of pyranopyrimidine and pyrazolopyranopyrimidines derivatives were synthesized by using the present cellulose-based nanocomposite. This protocol has valuable features like high yield of the products, short reaction times, mild conditions and easy work-up procedure. In addition, the catalyst can be prepared easily with cheap and green starting materials. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Facile Synthesis, Characterization, and In Vitro Antimicrobial and Anticancer Activities of Biscoumarin Copolyester Bearing Pendant 3-(Trifluoromethyl)Styrene.

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    Kandaswamy, Narendran; Raveendiran, Nanthini

    2014-01-01

    Synthesis of random biscoumarin copolyester bearing pendant 3-(trifluoromethyl)styrene was prepared by the reaction of biscoumarin monomer 3 and hydroquinone 5 with azeloyl chloride. The influence of pendant 3-(trifluoromethyl)styrene unit on the properties of copolyester such as inherent viscosity, solubility, and thermal stability was investigated and compared in detail. The inherent viscosity and polydispersity index of the copolyester were found to be 0.15 dL/g and 1.36, respectively. The chemical structure of the copolyester was investigated by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and proton nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H-NMR) spectroscopy. The physical properties of copolyester were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. Agar disc diffusion method was employed to study the antimicrobial activity of the random copolyester. In vitro anticancer activity against lung cancer (Hep-2) cell line was also investigated.

  11. Facile synthesis of carbon-11-labeled arylpiperazinylthioalkyl derivatives as new PET radioligands for imaging of 5-HT1AR

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    Gao Mingzhang; Wang Min; Zheng Qihuang

    2012-01-01

    Carbon-11-labeled arylpiperazinylthioalkyl derivatives, 2-((4-(4-(2-[ 11 C]methoxyphenyl)piperazin-1-yl)butyl)thio)benzo[d]oxazole ([ 11 C]5a), 2-((4-(4-(2-[ 11 C]methoxyphenyl)piperazin-1-yl)butyl)thio)-5,7-dimethylbenzo [d]oxazole ([ 11 C]5c), 2-((4-(4-(2-[ 11 C]methoxyphenyl)piperazin-1-yl)butyl)thio)benzo[d]thiazole ([ 11 C]5e), 2-((6-(4-(2-[ 11 C]methoxyphenyl)piperazin-1-yl)hexyl)thio)benzo[d]oxazole ([ 11 C]5g), 2-((6-(4-(2-[ 11 C]methoxyphenyl)piperazin-1-yl)hexyl)thio)-5,7-dimethylbenzo [d]oxazole ([ 11 C]5i), and 2-((6-(4-(2-[ 11 C]methoxyphenyl)piperazin-1-yl)hexyl)thio)benzo[d]thiazole ([ 11 C]5k), were prepared from their corresponding phenol precursors with [ 11 C]CH 3 OTf through O-[ 11 C]methylation and isolated by a simplified solid-phase extraction (SPE) method using a Sep-Pak Plus C18 cartridge in 50–60% (n=5) radiochemical yields based on [ 11 C]CO 2 and decay corrected to end of bombardment (EOB). The overall synthesis time from EOB was 23 min, the radiochemical purity was >99%, and the specific activity at end of synthesis (EOS) was 277.5±92.5 GBq/μmol (n=5). - Highlights: ► New arylpiperazinylthioalkyl derivatives were synthesized. ► New carbon-11-labeled arylpiperazinylthioalkyl derivatives were synthesized. ► Simplified solid-phase extraction (SPE) method was employed in radiosynthesis.

  12. Novel β-C3N4/CuO nanoflakes: facile synthesis and unique photocatalytic performance

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    Zou, Lan-Rong; Huang, Gui-Fang; Li, Dong-Feng; Tian, Qing-Nan; Yang, Ke; Si, Yuan; Chang, Shengli; Zhang, Xue-Ao; Huang, Wei-Qing

    2017-09-01

    For the first time, novel β-C3N4/CuO composites with superior photocatalytic activity are successfully fabricated via a facile reflux method followed by a thermal process. The morphologies, particle size and microstructure of the synthesized β-C3N4/CuO composites largely depended upon copper chloride and the volume ratio of V water:V ethanol in the mixed precursors. The fabricated β-C3N4/CuO nanoflakes exhibited obviously enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) with an  ∼3.4 and 1.9 fold increase in efficiency over that of pure g-C3N4 and commercial P25, respectively. The β-C3N4/CuO composite photocatalyst also showed photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methyl orange (MO). Moreover, the β-C3N4/CuO nanoflakes showed almost no loss of photocatalytic activity after three recycles of the degradation of the MB. A multiple synergetic mechanism in β-C3N4/CuO nanoflakes, which is featured by the highly reactive {0 0 2} facets, exposed many active sites of nanoflakes and the efficient charge separation are proposed to account for the distinguished photocatalytic activity. This work provides a facile and cost-effective strategy for designing novel β-C3N4/CuO photocatalysts for application in environmental purification.

  13. Facile synthesis of MnO{sub 2}/rGO/Ni composite foam with excellent pseudocapacitive behavior for supercapacitors

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    Sun, Youyi; Zhang, Wenhui [Research Center for Engineering Technology of Polymeric Composites of Shanxi Province, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051 (China); Li, Diansen [Key Laboratory of Bio-Inspired Energy Materials and Devices, School of Chemistry and Environment, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100191 (China); Gao, Li; Hou, Chunlin [Research Center for Engineering Technology of Polymeric Composites of Shanxi Province, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051 (China); Zhang, Yinghe [International Center for Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8555 (Japan); Liu, Yaqing, E-mail: lyqzgz2010@163.com [Research Center for Engineering Technology of Polymeric Composites of Shanxi Province, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051 (China)

    2015-11-15

    In this study, the MnO{sub 2}/reduced graphene oxide/Ni (MnO{sub 2}/rGO/Ni) composite foam as a binder-free supercapacitor electrode was prepared by a facile method. The rGO film has been firstly coated on the skeletons of Ni foam current collectors by chemical deposition method and that have been used as substrates for preparation of a novel three dimensional rGO/Ni composite foam-supported porous MnO{sub 2} film by the hydrothermal method. The structure of MnO{sub 2}/rGO/Ni composite foam was characterized by Raman spectra, IR spectra and Scanning electron microscopy. It indicated that the high-quality rGO film have been coated on skeletons of Ni foam current collectors and the MnO{sub 2} film had a 3D network microstructure, consisting of interlaced nanosheets. Furthermore, the binder-free MnO{sub 2}/rGO/Ni composite foam electrode has been characterized by the cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectra. It exhibited excellent pseudocapacitive behavior with specific capacitance of 479.0 F/g. The capacitance could retain about 83.5% after 1000 charge–discharge cycles. This simple synthetic approach provides a convenient route for the large scale preparation of 3D porous MnO{sub 2}/rGO/Ni composite foam for lots of applications in future. - Graphical abstract: The MnO{sub 2}/rGO/Ni composite foam was prepared by a facile method as shown in Fig. 1 and the unique structure of composite foam was suited to be a binder-free supercapacitor electrode due to low resistance, 3D network and porous structure. - Highlights: • The MnO{sub 2}/rGO directly grown on Ni foam was firstly reported. • The MnO{sub 2}/rGO/Ni composite foam was prepared by a facile method. • The MnO{sub 2}/graphene/Ni composite foam as a binder-free supercapacitor electrode exhibited excellent pseudocapacitive behavior.

  14. Facile green synthesis of baicalein fabricated gold nanoparticles and their antibiofilm activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1.

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    Rajkumari, Jobina; Busi, Siddhardha; Vasu, Aneesh Cherukunnel; Reddy, Palarajasekhar

    2017-06-01

    Biofilm formation is one of the major problems associated with chronic diseases and also attributes for the antibiotic resistance in bacteria. In recent times nanoparticles have been utilized to improve the efficacy of the existing antimicrobial and anti-biofilm agents. The ease in functionalization of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) makes them a potential carrier for antimicrobial agents. However, the use of physical or chemical methods of the production of nanoparticles is expensive, labour intensive and hazardous to ecosystem. On the other hand, the use of plant based compounds serve as an eco-friendly way for the synthesis of nanoparticles with improved biocompatibility and therapeutic applicability. In the present study, phytocompound, baicalein was used as a reducing and capping agent for the synthesis of spherical shape AuNPs. The baicalein decorated gold nanoparticles (BCL-AuNPs) were characterized and evaluated for their anti-biofilm efficacy against Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1. The biosynthesized BCL-AuNPs was characterized using UV-Visible spectra, Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray Diffraction (EDAX), and High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HR-TEM). The biosynthesized BCL-AuNPs were determined to be spherical in shape with an average size of 26.5 nm. The sub-MIC concentration of BCL-AuNPs exhibited significant anti-biofilm activity against P. aeruginosa PAO1. On treatment with BCL-AuNPs (100 g mL -1 ), a reduction in biofilm formation by 58.74 ± 5.8% and 76.51 ± 4.27% was observed in microtiter plate assay and tube method, respectively. A significant reduction in exopolysaccharide (EPS) production by 81.29± 2.96% was observed. The swimming and swarming motility were also effectively arrested in presence of BCL-AuNPs. Further, Light microscope and CLSM studies were carried out to examine the effect of BCL-AuNPs on the surface

  15. Facile and Gram-scale Synthesis of Metal-free Catalysts: Toward Realistic Applications for Fuel Cells

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    Kim, Ok-Hee; Cho, Yong-Hun; Chung, Dong Young; Kim, Min Jeong; Yoo, Ji Mun; Park, Ji Eun; Choe, Heeman; Sung, Yung-Eun

    2015-03-01

    Although numerous reports on nonprecious metal catalysts for replacing expensive Pt-based catalysts have been published, few of these studies have demonstrated their practical application in fuel cells. In this work, we report graphitic carbon nitride and carbon nanofiber hybrid materials synthesized by a facile and gram-scale method via liquid-based reactions, without the use of toxic materials or a high pressure-high temperature reactor, for use as fuel cell cathodes. The resulting materials exhibited remarkable methanol tolerance, selectivity, and stability even without a metal dopant. Furthermore, these completely metal-free catalysts exhibited outstanding performance as cathode materials in an actual fuel cell device: a membrane electrode assembly with both acidic and alkaline polymer electrolytes. The fabrication method and remarkable performance of the single cell produced in this study represent progressive steps toward the realistic application of metal-free cathode electrocatalysts in fuel cells.

  16. Facile Synthesis of Diamino-Modified Graphene/Polyaniline Semi-Interpenetrating Networks with Practical High Thermoelectric Performance.

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    Lin, Yen-Hao; Lee, Tsung-Chi; Hsiao, Yu-Sheng; Lin, Wei-Keng; Whang, Wha-Tzong; Chen, Chun-Hua

    2018-02-07

    p-Phenediamino-modified graphene (PDG) has been newly synthesized via a facile green one-step chemical route as a functionalized graphene-based additive to copolymerize with aniline for fabricating innovative PDG/polyaniline conducting polymer composites containing very special semi-interpenetrating networks (S-IPNs). The S-IPNs not only provide additional pathways by creating chemically bonded PDG and PANI for smoothly transporting carriers but greatly reduce the amount of graphene required to less than a few percent could effectively improve the overall electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thus the thermoelectric (TE) performance. The found optimized TE figure of merit (ZT) of 0.74 approaches a practical high level which is comparable or much higher than previously reported ones for TE polymers.

  17. Facile synthesis of hierarchically mesoporous NiCo2O4 nanowires for sensitive nonenzymatic glucose detection

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    Qin, Zhenhua; Cheng, Qunpeng; Lu, Yao; Li, Jianfen

    2017-07-01

    Glucose nonenzymatic detection is of significance in the fields of biological, environmental, food monitoring, and clinical analysis. By employing mesoporous NiCo2O4 nanowires as electrochemical sensor, highly sensitive nonenzymatic detection of glucose has been realized. The NiCo2O4 nanowires were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method and subsequent thermal treatment. Their crystalline structures were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, and morphologies were characterized using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The porous characteristics and real surface areas of the synthesized NiCo2O4 were studied by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method. Electro-catalytic oxidation of glucose on the NiCo2O4 electrode was investigated by cyclic voltammetry, linear sweep voltammetry, and amperometry. The nonenzymatic sensor based on NiCo2O4 exhibited superior performance for glucose detection, with a low detection limit and excellent sensitivity.

  18. Facile Synthesis of Co9Se8Quantum Dots as Charge Traps for Flexible Organic Resistive Switching Memory Device.

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    Zhang, Peng; Xu, Benhua; Gao, Cunxu; Chen, Guilin; Gao, Meizhen

    2016-11-09

    Uniform Co 9 Se 8 quantum dots (CSQDs) were successfully synthesized through a facile solvothermal method. The obtained CSQDs with average size of 3.2 ± 0.1 nm and thickness of 1.8 ± 0.2 nm were demonstrated good stability and strong fluorescence under UV light after being easily dispersed in both of N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) and deionized water. We demonstrated the flexible resistive switching memory device based on the hybridization of CSQDs and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) (CSQDs-PVP). The device with the Al/CSQDs-PVP/Pt/poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) structure represented excellent switching parameters such as high ON/OFF current ratio, low operating voltages, good stability, and flexibility. The flexible resistive switching memory device based on hybridization of CSQDs and PVP has a great potential to be used in flexible and high-performance memory applications.

  19. Facile synthesis of fluorescent porous zinc sulfide nanospheres and their application for potential drug delivery and live cell imaging.

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    Xing, Ruimin; Liu, Shanhu

    2012-05-21

    Fabrication of intrinsically fluorescent porous nanocarriers that are simultaneously stable in aqueous solutions and photostable is critical for their application in drug delivery and optical imaging but remains a challenge. In this study, fluorescent porous zinc sulfide nanospheres were synthesized by a facile gum arabic-assisted hydrothermal procedure. The morphology, composition and properties of the nanospheres have been characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, N(2) adsorption-desorption analysis, thermal gravimetric analysis, fourier transform infrared spectrograph, optical measurement, dynamic light scattering, and cytotoxicity assay. They exhibit larger surface area, excellent colloidal stability, photostable fluorescent signals, and good biocompatibility, which makes them promising hosts for drug delivery and cellular imaging. The fluorescent dye safranine-T was employed as a drug model and loaded into the porous nanospheres, which were delivered to human cervical cancer HeLa cells in vitro for live cell imaging.

  20. A synthesis of ten years' tests on scale models of LMFBR steam generators at the CGVS facility

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    Fontaine, J.P.; Quinet, J.L.

    1982-01-01

    Electricite de France has built a high power sodium heated steam generator (SG) facility (CGVS), capable of reproducing all possible operating conditions, to study the behaviour of scale-models of industrial apparatuses. The main findings of the experiments were as follows: - heat exchange surfaces remained perfectly leak proof; - hydrogen detection in the sodium and argon constitute additional systems for monitoring the impermeability to leaks of a SG with a free sodium surface; - extrapolation of the findings to the SUPER PHENIX SG shows that water leaking at a rate of 100 mg/s would induce in ten minutes a 50% rise of the signal produced by the hydrogen monitoring device in the sodium; - acoustic method can detect leaks of the order of one g/s in a 45 MW SG sited in an industrial environment

  1. Facile synthesis of PtAu nanoparticles supported on polydopamine reduced and modified graphene oxide as a highly active catalyst for methanol oxidation

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    Ren, Fangfang; Zhai, Chunyang; Zhu, Mingshan; Wang, Caiqin; Wang, Huiwen; Bin, Duan; Guo, Jun; Yang, Ping; Du, Yukou

    2015-01-01

    Graphical abstract: A facile and clean method for the synthesis of PtAu nanoparticles with different Pt/Au ratios supported on polydopamine reduced and modified graphene oxide (PtAu/PDA-RGO) is reported, which exhibit higher electro-catalytic performance and stability towards methanol oxidation in alkaline medium. - Highlights: • GO could be reduced and modified simultaneously by PDA without using reducing agents. • PDA plays an important role in enhancing the dispersion and stability of the catalyst. • The bimetallic PtAu/PDA-RGO catalysts exhibits higher catalytic activity than the monometallic Pt/PDA-RGO toward MOR. • The PtAu(3:1)/PDA-RGO catalyst also shows better catalytic activity for MOR than PtAu(3:1)/RGO and PtAu(3:1)/C catalysts. - Abstract: In this paper, a facile strategy for the synthesis of PtAu nanoparticles (NPs) with different Pt/Au ratios supported on polydopamine reduced and modified graphene oxide (PtAu/PDA-RGO) is reported. The as-prepared PtAu/PDA-RGO composites were extensively analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM), Raman spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electrochemical measurements. It is found that PDA plays an important role in enhancing the dispersion and stability of the catalyst. Moreover, the bimetallic PtAu/PDA-RGO catalysts exhibits higher catalytic activity than the monometallic Pt/PDA-RGO toward methanol oxidation reaction (MOR), with the best performance found for the Pt/Au molar ratio of 3/1. The PtAu(3:1)/PDA-RGO catalyst also shows better catalytic activity for MOR than PtAu(3:1)/RGO and PtAu(3:1)/C catalysts, suggesting that PDA-RGO can be a promising catalyst support for fuel cells. These findings also indicate that the molar ratios of Pt/Au and the catalyst support are the two critical factors to affect the overall performance of the catalyst

  2. A Facile Synthesis of Hollow Palladium/Copper Alloy Nanocubes Supported on N-Doped Graphene for Ethanol Electrooxidation Catalyst

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a catalyst of hollow PdCu alloy nanocubes supported on nitrogen-doped graphene support (H-PdCu/ppy-NG is successfully synthesized using a simple one-pot template-free method. Two other catalyst materials such as solid PdCu alloy particles supported on this same nitrogen-doped graphene support (PdCu/ppy-NG and hollow PdCu alloy nanocubes supported on the reduced graphene oxide support (H-PdCu/RGO are also prepared using the similar synthesis conditions for comparison. It is found that, among these three catalyst materials, H-PdCu/ppy-NG gives the highest electrochemical active area and both the most uniformity and dispersibility of H-PdCu particles. Electrochemical tests show that the H-PdCu/ppy-NG catalyst can give the best electrocatalytic activity and stability towards the ethanol electrooxidation when compared to other two catalysts. Therefore, H-PdCu/ppy-NG should be a promising catalyst candidate for anodic ethanol oxidation in direct ethanol fuel cells.

  3. Facile Synthesis of SrCO3-Sr(OH)2/PPy Nanocomposite with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity under Visible Light

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    Márquez-Herrera, Alfredo; Ovando-Medina, Victor Manuel; Castillo-Reyes, Blanca Estela; Zapata-Torres, Martin; Meléndez-Lira, Miguel; González-Castañeda, Jaquelina

    2016-01-01

    Pyrrole monomer was chemically polymerized onto SrCO3-Sr(OH)2 powders to obtain SrCO3-Sr(OH)2/polypyrrole nanocomposite to be used as a candidate for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye (MB). The material was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was observed from transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) analysis that the reported synthesis route allows the production of SrCO3-Sr(OH)2 nanoparticles with particle size below 100 nm which were embedded within a semiconducting polypyrrole matrix (PPy). The SrCO3-Sr(OH)2 and SrCO3-Sr(OH)2/PPy nanocomposites were tested in the photodegradation of MB dye under visible light irradiation. Also, the effects of MB dye initial concentration and the catalyst load on photodegradation efficiency were studied and discussed. Under the same conditions, the efficiency of photodegradation of MB employing the SrCO3-Sr(OH)2/PPy nanocomposite increases as compared with that obtained employing the SrCO3-Sr(OH)2 nanocomposite. PMID:28787830

  4. Stereospecific growth of densely populated rutile mesoporous TiO2 nanoplate films: a facile low temperature chemical synthesis approach

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    Lee, Go-Woon; Ambade, Swapnil B.; Cho, Young-Jin; Mane, Rajaram S.; Shashikala, V.; Yadav, Jyotiprakash; Gaikwad, Rajendra S.; Lee, Soo-Hyoung; Jung, Kwang-Deog; Han, Sung-Hwan; Joo, Oh-Shim

    2010-03-01

    We report for the first time, using a simple and environmentally benign chemical method, the low temperature synthesis of densely populated upright-standing rutile TiO2 nanoplate films onto a glass substrate from a mixture of titanium trichloride, hydrogen peroxide and thiourea in triply distilled water. The rutile TiO2 nanoplate films (the phase is confirmed from x-ray diffraction analysis, selected area electron diffraction, energy-dispersive x-ray analysis, and Raman shift) are 20-35 nm wide and 100-120 nm long. The chemical reaction kinetics for the growth of these upright-standing TiO2 nanoplate films is also interpreted. Films of TiO2 nanoplates are optically transparent in the visible region with a sharp absorption edge close to 350 nm, confirming an indirect band gap energy of 3.12 eV. The Brunauer-Emmet-Teller surface area, Barret-Joyner-Halenda pore volume and pore diameter, obtained from N2 physisorption studies, are 82 m2 g - 1, 0.0964 cm3 g - 1 and 3.5 nm, respectively, confirming the mesoporosity of scratched rutile TiO2 nanoplate powder that would be ideal for the direct fabrication of nanoscaled devices including upcoming dye-sensitized solar cells and gas sensors.

  5. Synthesis of in-situ luminescent ZnS nanoparticles facile with CTAB micelles and their properties study

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    Shukla, Vaishali [Centre for Nanoscience, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar (India); Singh, Man [School of Chemical Sciences, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India Telephone: 079-23260210, fax: 079-23260076 (India)

    2016-04-13

    Currently, the development of micelles route is thrust area of research in nanoscience for the control particle size and remarkable properties through chemical co-precipitation method. A 0.9 mM aqueous CTAB micellar solution plays a role as capping agent in the homogeneous solution of 0.5 M ZnSO{sub 4} and 0.5 M Na{sub 2}S for synthesis, further precipitates purified with centrifugation in cold ethanol and millipore water to remove unreacted reagents and ionic salt particles. A resultant, white colored luminescent ZnS nanoparticle out with ∼95% yield is reported. The ZnS nanoparticles have been examined by their luminescence properties, optical properties and crystal structure. The mean particle size of ZnS nanoparticles is found to be ∼10 nm in various technical results and UV-absorption was 80 nm blue shifts moved from 345 nm (bulk material) to 265 nm, showing a quantum size impact. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern shows the immaculate cubic phase. Photoluminescence (PL) investigates the recombination mechanism with blue emission from shallow electron traps at 490 nm in ZnS nanoparticles. An FTIR spectrum and Thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) gives confirmation of CTAB – cationic surfactant on surface of ZnS nanoparticle as capping agent as well thermal stability of CTAB capped ZnS nanoparticles with respect to temperature.

  6. A facile method for synthesis of graphene-coated hexagonal ZnO photocatalyst with enhanced photodegradation activity

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    Zhang, Yunlong; Zhang, Yuzhi

    2017-12-01

    A kind of hexagonal ZnO (HZO) was synthesized in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP)/H2O mixed solvent for a high exposure of polar ±(0001) facets to get a high-efficiency photocatalyst. The amine-functionalized HZO particles were coated with graphene oxide (GO) by electrostatic force-induced self-assemby and thermal reduction to form HZO@Gr core/shell structure. The as-prepared HZO and HZO@Gr were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis/DRS). The results indicate that the graphene on HZO@Gr remains high quality and the optical properties of the composite change a lot with sunlight absorption improving, bandgap and photoluminescence (PL) intensity decreasing. The obtained HZO photocatalyst shows good photocatalytic activity for methylene blue (MB) under UV-visible irradiation. Furthermore, the HZO@Gr photocatalyst exhibits the best photodegradation rate of MB reaching up to 98.2% within 50 minutes. The graphene-coated HZO structure could offer new directions which would further extend the scope for synthesis of various ZnO/graphene composites with improved properties useful for various applications.

  7. Cardamom fruits as a green resource for facile synthesis of gold and silver nanoparticles and their biological applications.

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    Soshnikova, Veronika; Kim, Yeon Ju; Singh, Priyanka; Huo, Yue; Markus, Josua; Ahn, Sungeun; Castro-Aceituno, Verónica; Kang, Jongpyo; Chokkalingam, Mohan; Mathiyalagan, Ramya; Yang, Deok Chun

    2018-02-01

    Gold (FA-AuNps) and silver (FA-AgNps) nanoparticles were synthesized at room temperature by aqueous extract of dried fruits of Amomum villosum, also known as Fructus Amomi (cardamom), in order to confer antioxidant, catalytic, antimicrobial activities and treatment effect against breast cancer cells. Fruit extracts served as both reducing agents and stabilizers in lieu of chemical agents. Ultra-violet visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy, field emission transmission electron microscopy (FE-TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, elemental mapping, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy were employed to characterize the biosynthesized nanoparticles. Both FA-AuNps and FA-AgNps exhibited free radical scavenging activity against 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrzyl (DPPH). Additionally, biosynthesized nanoparticles successfully reduced methylene blue, a well-known redox indicator. FA-AgNps showed zones of inhibition against pathogenic Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Finally, the biological activities and cytotoxicity of nanoparticles were subsequently investigated in vitro. FA-AuNps demonstrated a potential cytotoxic agent against breast cancer cells as evaluated by MTT assay. The study highlights a rapid synthesis of FA-AuNps and FA-AgNps by dried Fructus Amomi aqueous extract and evaluates their potential biological applications on medical platforms.

  8. Facile synthesis of carbon dot and residual carbon nanobeads: Implications for ion sensing, medicinal and biological applications.

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    Gaddam, Rohit Ranganathan; Mukherjee, Sudip; Punugupati, Neelambaram; Vasudevan, D; Patra, Chitta Ranjan; Narayan, Ramanuj; Vsn Kothapalli, Raju

    2017-04-01

    Synthesis of carbon dots (Cdots) via chemical route involves disintegration of carbon materials into nano-domains, wherein, after extraction of Cdots, the remaining carbon material is discarded. The present work focuses on studying even the leftover carbon residue namely, carbon nanobeads (CNBs) as an equally important material for applications on par with that of carbon dot. It employs oxidative treatment of carbonised gum olibanum resin (GOR) to produce the carbons namely Cdots and CNBs (as the residue). The Cdots (~5-10nm) exhibit blue-green fluorescence with an optical absorption at ~300nm unlike the CNBs (40-50nm) which fail to exhibit fluorescence. The fluorescence behaviour exhibited by Cdots were utilized for heavy metal ion sensing of Pb 2+ , Hg 2+ and Cd 2+ ions in aqueous media. Interestingly, both Cdots and CNBs are biocompatible to normal cell lines but cytotoxic to cancer cell lines, observed during several in vitro experiments (cell viability assay, cell cycle assay, apoptosis assay, ROS determination assay, caspase-9 activity assay). Additionally, Cdots exhibit bright green fluorescence in B16F10 cells. The Cdots and CNB's demonstrate multifunctional activities (sensor, cellular imaging and cancer therapy) in biomedical applications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Facile synthesis of thiol-polyethylene glycol functionalized magnetic titania nanomaterials for highly efficient enrichment of N-linked glycopeptides.

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    Wang, Jiawen; Yao, Jizong; Sun, Nianrong; Deng, Chunhui

    2017-08-25

    As protein N-glycosylation involved in generation and development of various cancers and diseases, it is vital to capture glycopeptides from complex biological samples for biomarker discovery. In this work, by taking advantages of the interaction between titania and thiol groups, thiol-polyethylene glycol functionalized magnetic titania nanomaterials (denoted as Fe 3 O 4 @TiO 2 @PEG) were firstly fabricated as an excellent hydrophilic adsorbent of N-linked glycopeptides. On one hand, the special interaction of titanium-thiol makes the synthetic manipulation simple and provides a new idea for design and synthesis of novel nanomaterials; on the other hand, strong magnetic response could realize rapid separation and the outstanding hydrophilicity of polyethylene glycol makes Fe 3 O 4 @TiO 2 @PEG nanomaterials show superior performance for glycopeptides enrichment with ultralow limit of detection (0.1mol/μL) and high selectivity (1:100). As a result, 24 and 33 glycopeptides enriched from HRP and IgG digests were identified respectively by MALDI-TOF MS, and 300 glycopeptides corresponding to 106 glycoproteins were recognized from merely 2μL human serum, indicating a great potential of Fe 3 O 4 @TiO 2 @PEG nanomaterials for glycoproteomic research. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. The facile synthesis of a chitosan Cu(II) complex by solution plasma process and evaluation of their antioxidant activities.

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    Ma, Fengming; Li, Pu; Zhang, Baiqing; Wang, Zhenyu

    2017-10-01

    Synthesis of chitosan-Cu(II) complex by solution plasma process (SPP) irradiation was investigated. The effects of the distance between the electrodes, initial Cu(II) concentration, and initial pH on the Cu(II) adsorption capacity were evaluated. The results showed that narrower distance between the electrodes, higher initial Cu(II) concentration and higher initial pH (at pHchitosan-Cu(II) complex by ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis), fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy revealed that the main structure of chitosan was not changed after irradiation. Thermogravimetry (TG) analysis indicated that Cu(II) ions were well incorporated into the chitosan. The antioxidant activity of the chitosan-Cu(II) complex was evaluated by DPPH, ABTS, and reducing power assays. The chitosan-Cu(II) complex exhibited greater antioxidant activity than the original chitosan. Thus, SPP could be used for preparation of chitosan-Cu(II) complexes. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  11. Facile green synthesis of fluorescent N-doped carbon dots from Actinidia deliciosa and their catalytic activity and cytotoxicity applications

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    Arul, Velusamy; Sethuraman, Mathur Gopalakrishnan

    2018-04-01

    Green synthesis of fluorescent nitrogen doped carbon dots (N-CDs) using Actinidia deliciosa (A. deliciosa) fruit extract as a carbon precursor and aqueous ammonia as a nitrogen dopant is reported here. The synthesized N-CDs were characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), UV-Visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), fluorescence spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The average size of the N-CDs was approximately 3.59 nm and the calculated inter layer distance was found to be 0.21 nm. Raman spectroscopy and SAED pattern revealed the graphitic nature of the synthesized N-CDs. The N-CDs were found to emit intense blue color at 405 nm under the excitation of 315 nm. The doping of nitrogen over the surface of the N-CDs was confirmed by EDS, FT-IR and XPS studies. The synthesized N-CDs were found to exhibit excellent catalytic activity in the reduction of Rhodamine-B using sodium borohydrate. The MTT assay was used to evaluate the cytotoxicity and biocompatibility of N-CDs towards L-929 and MCF-7 cells. From the results obtained, it was found that the N-CDs exhibit low cytotoxicity and superior biocompatibility on both L-929 and MCF-7 cells.

  12. Facile Synthesis of SrCO3-Sr(OH2/PPy Nanocomposite with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity under Visible Light

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    Alfredo Márquez-Herrera

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Pyrrole monomer was chemically polymerized onto SrCO3-Sr(OH2 powders to obtain SrCO3-Sr(OH2/polypyrrole nanocomposite to be used as a candidate for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye (MB. The material was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction (XRD. It was observed from transmission electronic microscopy (TEM analysis that the reported synthesis route allows the production of SrCO3-Sr(OH2 nanoparticles with particle size below 100 nm which were embedded within a semiconducting polypyrrole matrix (PPy. The SrCO3-Sr(OH2 and SrCO3-Sr(OH2/PPy nanocomposites were tested in the photodegradation of MB dye under visible light irradiation. Also, the effects of MB dye initial concentration and the catalyst load on photodegradation efficiency were studied and discussed. Under the same conditions, the efficiency of photodegradation of MB employing the SrCO3-Sr(OH2/PPy nanocomposite increases as compared with that obtained employing the SrCO3-Sr(OH2 nanocomposite.

  13. Facile synthesis of size-tunable gold nanoparticles by pomegranate (Punica granatum) leaf extract: Applications in arsenate sensing

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    Rao, Ashit; Mahajan, Ketakee; Bankar, Ashok [Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, University of Pune, Pune 411007 (India); Srikanth, Rapole [Proteomics Laboratory, National Centre for Cell Science, Pune 411007 (India); Kumar, Ameeta Ravi [Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, University of Pune, Pune 411007 (India); Gosavi, Suresh, E-mail: swg@physics.unipune.ac.in [Department of Physics, University of Pune, Pune 411007 (India); Centre for Sensor Studies, University of Pune, Pune 411007 (India); Zinjarde, Smita, E-mail: smita@unipune.ac.in [Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, University of Pune, Pune 411007 (India); Centre for Sensor Studies, University of Pune, Pune 411007 (India)

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ► Pomegranate leaf extracts mediated rapid gold nanoparticle (AuNP) synthesis. ► The phyto-inspired AuNPs were size-tuned and characterized. ► The reducing and capping agents in the extract were identified. ► The nanoparticles reacted specifically with arsenate (V) ions. - Abstract: When pomegranate leaf extracts were incubated with chloroauric acid (HAuCl{sub 4}), gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were synthesized. These were characterized by a variety of techniques. With an increasing content of the leaf extract, a gradual decrease in size and an increase in monodispersity were observed. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) images showed that the phyto-fabricated AuNPs were surrounded by an amorphous layer. Gallic acid in the extract mediated the reduction and a natural decapeptide capped the nanostructures. Blocking of thiol groups in the decapeptide cysteine residues caused the nanoparticles to aggregate. On interaction with arsenate (V) ions, the UV–vis spectra of the nanoparticles showed a decrease in intensity and a red-shift. Energy dispersive spectra confirmed the presence of arsenate associated with the AuNPs. Thus, by using these AuNPs, a method for sensing the toxic arsenate ions could be developed.

  14. Facile synthesis of size-tunable gold nanoparticles by pomegranate (Punica granatum) leaf extract: Applications in arsenate sensing

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    Rao, Ashit; Mahajan, Ketakee; Bankar, Ashok; Srikanth, Rapole; Kumar, Ameeta Ravi; Gosavi, Suresh; Zinjarde, Smita

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: ► Pomegranate leaf extracts mediated rapid gold nanoparticle (AuNP) synthesis. ► The phyto-inspired AuNPs were size-tuned and characterized. ► The reducing and capping agents in the extract were identified. ► The nanoparticles reacted specifically with arsenate (V) ions. - Abstract: When pomegranate leaf extracts were incubated with chloroauric acid (HAuCl 4 ), gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were synthesized. These were characterized by a variety of techniques. With an increasing content of the leaf extract, a gradual decrease in size and an increase in monodispersity were observed. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) images showed that the phyto-fabricated AuNPs were surrounded by an amorphous layer. Gallic acid in the extract mediated the reduction and a natural decapeptide capped the nanostructures. Blocking of thiol groups in the decapeptide cysteine residues caused the nanoparticles to aggregate. On interaction with arsenate (V) ions, the UV–vis spectra of the nanoparticles showed a decrease in intensity and a red-shift. Energy dispersive spectra confirmed the presence of arsenate associated with the AuNPs. Thus, by using these AuNPs, a method for sensing the toxic arsenate ions could be developed

  15. Facile synthesis of unique NiO nanostructures for efficiently catalytic conversion of CH{sub 4} at low temperature

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    Ye, Yucheng; Zhao, Yanting; Ni, Liuliu; Jiang, Kedan; Tong, Guoxiu, E-mail: tonggx@zjnu.cn; Zhao, Yuling; Teng, Botao, E-mail: tbt@zjnu.cn

    2016-01-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A simple one-pot thermal decomposition approach for NiO nanostructures. • Revealing the mechanism of morphological evolution. • Investigating the morphology-dependence of catalytic properties. - Abstract: A simple one-pot thermal decomposition approach to the selective synthesis of NiO nanomaterials was developed. The morphologies of the NiO nanomaterials were nanoparticle-based sheets, octahedra, nanosheet-built agglomerates, and nanoparticle-based microspheres. The samples were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and N{sub 2} adsorption analyses. The morphology, crystal size, and texture properties of the products can be easily modulated by selecting various decomposition temperatures and precursors. Samples with high specific surface area and small crystal size were found to easily form at low sintering temperatures and when basic nickel carbonate and nickel oxalate dihydrate were used as precursors. Reduction property and CH{sub 4} conversion, as functions of decomposition temperature and precursor type, were systematically investigated. When NiCO{sub 3}·2Ni(OH){sub 2}·4H{sub 2}O and NiC{sub 2}O{sub 4}·2H{sub 2}O were used as precursors, the as-obtained nanosheet-built agglomerates and nanoparticle-based sheets presented a high CH{sub 4} conversion rate because of the small crystal size and large specific surface area.

  16. Facile synthesis of N-rich carbon quantum dots by spontaneous polymerization and incision of solvents as efficient bioimaging probes and advanced electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Lei, Zhouyue; Xu, Shengjie; Wan, Jiaxun; Wu, Peiyi

    2016-01-01

    In this study, uniform nitrogen-doped carbon quantum dots (N-CDs) were synthesized through a one-step solvothermal process of cyclic and nitrogen-rich solvents, such as N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and dimethyl-imidazolidinone (DMEU), under mild conditions. The products exhibited strong light blue fluorescence, good cell permeability and low cytotoxicity. Moreover, after a facile post-thermal treatment, it developed a lotus seedpod surface-like structure of seed-like N-CDs decorating on the surface of carbon layers with a high proportion of quaternary nitrogen moieties that exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity and long-term durability towards the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The peak potential was -160 mV, which was comparable to or even lower than commercial Pt/C catalysts. Therefore, this study provides an alternative facile approach to the synthesis of versatile carbon quantum dots (CDs) with widespread commercial application prospects, not only as bioimaging probes but also as promising electrocatalysts for the metal-free ORR.In this study, uniform nitrogen-doped carbon quantum dots (N-CDs) were synthesized through a one-step solvothermal process of cyclic and nitrogen-rich solvents, such as N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and dimethyl-imidazolidinone (DMEU), under mild conditions. The products exhibited strong light blue fluorescence, good cell permeability and low cytotoxicity. Moreover, after a facile post-thermal treatment, it developed a lotus seedpod surface-like structure of seed-like N-CDs decorating on the surface of carbon layers with a high proportion of quaternary nitrogen moieties that exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity and long-term durability towards the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The peak potential was -160 mV, which was comparable to or even lower than commercial Pt/C catalysts. Therefore, this study provides an alternative facile approach to the synthesis of versatile carbon quantum dots (CDs) with widespread

  17. A facile one-pot synthesis of carbon nitride dots-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for simultaneous enhanced detecting of dopamine and uric acid.

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    Yang, Ziyin; Zheng, Xiaohui; Li, Zhi; Zheng, Jianbin

    2016-08-07

    In this study, we described the facile synthesis of carbon nitride dots-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites (CNDs-rGO) and their application for the enhanced electrochemical determination of dopamine (DA) and uric acid (UA). CNDs-rGO were synthesized for the first time through a green and facile one-step approach, carried out by hydrothermal heat-treatment of an aqueous solution containing GO and chitosan without introduction of other reducing agents or surface modifier. Then, the morphology and composition of CNDs-rGO nanocomposites were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. TEM observations revealed that CNDs with a size of about 5.0 nm were homogeneously and densely distributed on the surface of rGO. Electrochemical investigations indicated that CNDs-rGO nanocomposites exhibited an excellent performance toward DA and UA. The linear range for DA was estimated to be from 80 nM to 227 μM with a sensitivity of 154.3 μA mM(-1) cm(-2) and a low detection limit of 0.03 μM. Meanwhile, the linear range for UA was estimated to be from 80 nM to 328 μM with a high sensitivity of 178.1 μA mM(-1) cm(-2) and a low detection limit of 0.05 μM. Therefore, CNDs-rGO nanocomposites showed great application potential for constructing electrochemical sensors for the detection of DA and UA.

  18. Facile one-step hydrothermal synthesis and luminescence properties of Eu{sup 3+}-doped NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} nanophosphors

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    Jiang, Zehan; Cai, Peiqing; Chen, Cuili; Pu, Xipeng; Kim, Sun Il, E-mail: sikim@pknu.ac.kr; Jin Seo, Hyo, E-mail: hjseo@pknu.ac.kr

    2017-06-01

    Eu{sup 3+}-doped NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} nanophosphors were synthesized via a facile one-step hydrothermal method without any surfactants or a further heat treatment. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), the photoluminescence (PL) excitation and emission spectra, and decay curves were used to characterize NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} phosphors. The results show that the Eu{sup 3+}-concentration has little influence on the structure and morphology of the as-synthesized samples. However, pH value plays a vital role on the structure and morphology of NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}. The well-crystallized sheet-like NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphors can be obtained only at pH = 5–7. On the basis of the time-dependent synthesis, a possible growth mechanism of sheet-like architectures is proposed. The luminescence properties of NaGd{sub 1-x}Eu{sub x}(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) are investigated. It is found that the charge transfer band of Eu{sup 3+} shifts to lower energy and broadens with increasing the Eu{sup 3+}-concentration. - Highlights: • NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} nanosheets were synthesized by facile one-step hydrothermal method. • Luminescence properties of NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} phosphor were firstly reported. • The CT band of Eu{sup 3+} depends strongly on Eu{sup 3+}-concentrations.

  19. Amorphous and nanocrystalline titanium nitride and carbonitride materials obtained by solution phase ammonolysis of Ti(NMe2)4

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    Jackson, Andrew W.; Shebanova, Olga; Hector, Andrew L.; McMillan, Paul F.

    2006-01-01

    Solution phase reactions between tetrakisdimethylamidotitanium (Ti(NMe 2 ) 4 ) and ammonia yield precipitates with composition TiC 0.5 N 1.1 H 2.3 . Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) indicates that decomposition of these precursor materials proceeds in two steps to yield rocksalt-structured TiN or Ti(C,N), depending upon the gas atmosphere. Heating to above 700 deg. C in NH 3 yields nearly stoichiometric TiN. However, heating in N 2 atmosphere leads to isostructural carbonitrides, approximately TiC 0.2 N 0.8 in composition. The particle sizes of these materials range between 4-12 nm. Heating to a temperature that corresponds to the intermediate plateau in the TGA curve (450 deg. C) results in a black powder that is X-ray amorphous and is electrically conducting. The bulk chemical composition of this material is found to be TiC 0.22 N 1.01 H 0.07 , or Ti 3 (C 0.17 N 0.78 H 0.05 ) 3.96 , close to Ti 3 (C,N) 4 . Previous workers have suggested that the intermediate compound was an amorphous form of Ti 3 N 4 . TEM investigation of the material indicates the presence of nanocrystalline regions x (C,N) y crystalline phases

  20. Discovery of a thermally persistent h.c.p. solid-solution phase in the Ni-W system

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    Kurz, S. J. B.; Leineweber, A.; Maisel, S. B.; Höfler, M.; Müller, S.; Mittemeijer, E. J.

    2014-01-01

    Although the accepted Ni-W phase diagram does not reveal the existence of h.c.p.-based phases, h.c.p.-like stacking sequences were observed in magnetron-co-sputtered Ni-W thin films at W contents of 20 to 25 at. %, by using transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The occurrence of this h.c.p.-like solid-solution phase could be rationalized by first-principles calculations, showing that the vicinity of the system's ground-state line is populated with metastable h.c.p.-based superstructures in the intermediate concentration range from 20 to 50 at. % W. The h.c.p.-like stacking in Ni-W films was observed to be thermally persistent, up to temperatures as high as at least 850 K, as evidenced by extensive X-ray diffraction analyses on specimens before and after annealing treatments. The tendency of Ni-W for excessive planar faulting is discussed in the light of these new findings

  1. Facile synthesis of analogous graphene quantum dots with sp2 hybridized carbon atom dominant structures and their photovoltaic application

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    Huang, Zhengcheng; Shen, Yongtao; Li, Yu; Zheng, Wenjun; Xue, Yunjia; Qin, Chengqun; Zhang, Bo; Hao, Jingxiang; Feng, Wei

    2014-10-01

    Graphene quantum dot (GQD) is an emerging class of zero-dimensional nanocarbon material with many novel applications. It is of scientific importance to prepare GQDs with more perfect structures, that is, GQDs containing negligible oxygenous defects, for both optimizing their optical properties and helping in their photovoltaic applications. Herein, a new strategy for the facile preparation of ``pristine'' GQDs is reported. The method we presented is a combination of a bottom-up synthetic and a solvent-induced interface separation process, during which the target products with highly crystalline structure were selected by the organic solvent. The obtained organic soluble GQDs (O-GQDs) showed a significant difference in structure and composition compared with ordinary aqueous soluble GQDs, thus leading to a series of novel properties. Furthermore, O-GQDs were applied as electron-acceptors in a poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)-based organic photovoltaic device. The performance highlights that O-GQD has potential to be a novel electron-acceptor material due to the sp2 hybridized carbon atom dominant structure and good solubility in organic solvents.Graphene quantum dot (GQD) is an emerging class of zero-dimensional nanocarbon material with many novel applications. It is of scientific importance to prepare GQDs with more perfect structures, that is, GQDs containing negligible oxygenous defects, for both optimizing their optical properties and helping in their photovoltaic applications. Herein, a new strategy for the facile preparation of ``pristine'' GQDs is reported. The method we presented is a combination of a bottom-up synthetic and a solvent-induced interface separation process, during which the target products with highly crystalline structure were selected by the organic solvent. The obtained organic soluble GQDs (O-GQDs) showed a significant difference in structure and composition compared with ordinary aqueous soluble GQDs, thus leading to a series of novel

  2. Facile synthesis of SnO2-PbS nanocomposites with controlled structure for applications in photocatalysis

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    Kar, Arik; Sain, Sumanta; Rossouw, David; Knappett, Benjamin R.; Pradhan, Swapan Kumar; Wheatley, Andrew E. H.

    2016-01-01

    Recent studies have shown that SnO2-based nanocomposites offer excellent electrical, optical, and electrochemical properties. In this article, we present the facile and cost-effective fabrication, characterization and testing of a new SnO2-PbS nanocomposite photocatalyst designed to overcome low photocatalytic efficiency brought about by electron-hole recombination and narrow photoresponse range. The structure is fully elucidated by X-ray diffraction (XRD)/Reitveld refinement, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analysis, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) spectrum imaging analysis demonstrates the intermixing of SnO2 and PbS to form nanocomposites. A charge separation mechanism is presented that explains how the two semiconductors in junction function synergistically. The efficacy of this new nanocomposite material in the photocatalytic degradation of the toxic dye Rhodamine B under simulated solar irradiation is demonstrated. An apparent quantum yield of 0.217 mol min-1 W-1 is calculated with data revealing good catalyst recyclability and that charge separation in SnO2-PbS leads to significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity in comparison to either SnO2 or PbS.Recent studies have shown that SnO2-based nanocomposites offer excellent electrical, optical, and electrochemical properties. In this article, we present the facile and cost-effective fabrication, characterization and testing of a new SnO2-PbS nanocomposite photocatalyst designed to overcome low photocatalytic efficiency brought about by electron-hole recombination and narrow photoresponse range. The structure is fully elucidated by X-ray diffraction (XRD)/Reitveld refinement, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analysis, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) spectrum imaging

  3. Non-catalytic facile synthesis of superhard phase of boron carbide (B13C2) nanoflakes and nanoparticles.

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    Xie, Sky Shumao; Su, Liap Tat; Guo, Jun; Vasylkiv, Oleg; Borodianska, Hanna; Xi, Zhu; Krishnan, Gireesh M; Su, Haibin; Tokl, Alfred I Y

    2012-01-01

    Boron Carbide is one the hardest and lightest material that is also relatively easier to synthesis as compared to other superhard ceramics like cubic boron nitride and diamond. However, the brittle nature of monolithic advanced ceramics material hinders its use in various engineering applications. Thus, strategies that can toughen the material are of fundamental and technological importance. One approach is to use nanostructure materials as building blocks, and organize them into a complex hierarchical structure, which could potentially enhance its mechanical properties to exceed that of the monolithic form. In this paper, we demonstrated a simple approach to synthesize one- and two-dimension nanostructure boron carbide by simply changing the mixing ratio of the initial compound to influence the saturation condition of the process at a relatively low temperature of 1500 degrees C with no catalyst involved in the growing process. Characterization of the resulting nano-structures shows B13C2, which is a superhard phase of boron carbide as its hardness is almost twice as hard as the commonly known B4C. Using ab-initio density functional theory study on the elastic properties of both B12C3 and B13C2, the high hardness of B13C2 is consistent to our calculation results, where bulk modulus of B13C2 is higher than that of B4C. High resolution transmission electron microscopy of the nanoflakes also reveals high density of twinning defects which could potentially inhibit the crack propagation, leading to toughening of the materials.

  4. A facile completely 'green' size tunable synthesis of maltose-reduced silver nanoparticles without the use of any accelerator.

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    Oluwafemi, Oluwatobi S; Lucwaba, Yolisa; Gura, Akhona; Masabeya, Moffat; Ncapayi, Vuyelwa; Olujimi, Olanrewaju O; Songca, Sandile P

    2013-02-01

    A simple, straightforward, cost effective and environmentally benign method for the synthesis of highly stable and small sized silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) with narrow size distribution without the use of an accelerator is reported. Silver nitrate, gelatin and maltose, a non-toxic disaccharide sugar were used as silver precursor, stabiliser and reducing agent. By varying the precursor concentration and reaction time, we monitored the temporal evolution of the optical and structural properties of the as-synthesised Ag-NPs. The as-synthesised Ag-NPs were characterised using UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The absorption maxima of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) were blue-shifted as the reaction time increased indicating decrease in particle size. The TEM images showed that, the particles are small, well dispersed and spherical in shape. The smallest particles with an average particle diameter of 3.76±1.00 nm and 4.09±1.83 nm were obtained at 24h for the 1.0M and 0.5M silver ion precursor solution concentration respectively. The smaller particles produced were attributed to the higher concentration of the reducing saccharides in the reaction system, which in turn increases the formation of stable silver ions in the reaction system. The HRTEM images confirmed the crystalline nature of the material while the FTIR confirmed the stabilisation of the Ag-NPs by the gelatin. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Facile synthesis of ultrafine cobalt oxides embedded into N-doped carbon with superior activity in hydrogenation of 4-nitrophenol.

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    Zhang, Xiuling; Wang, Na; Geng, Longlong; Fu, Junna; Hu, Hui; Zhang, Dashuai; Zhu, Baoyong; Carozza, Jesse; Han, Haixiang

    2018-02-15

    Design and synthesis of low-cost catalysts with high activity and stability for hydrogenation reactions is an important research area of applied catalysis. In this work, we present a kind of ultrafine cobalt oxides encapsulated by N-doped carbon (donated as CoO x /CN) as efficient catalysts for hydrogenation of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) process. The CoO x /CN was fabricated through a pyrolysis strategy using an N-containing metal-organic framework (Co-MOF) as precursor followed by a fine thermal-treatment. With an optimized pyrolysis temperature of 500 °C, the CoO x species present as ultrafine particles highly dispersed in the obtained catalyst (CoO x /CN-500). CoO x /CN-500 exhibits excellent activity and stability in hydrogenation of 4-NP at ambient conditions. The activity is much higher than that of not only bulk cobalt oxides, but also carbon supported CoO x catalysts. It could be used for more than 8 times without obvious fading in activity. In addition, the concrete role of Co-MOF precursor and pyrolysis condition in the catalyst design was investigated in detail. The interaction between organic ligands and Co ions and the confinement of the crystalline structure of Co-MOF could restrain the aggregation of Co ions during pyrolysis and lead to high dispersion of ultrafine CoO x species. Meanwhile, the N-containing ligands could be transformed into doped N species (pyridinic and pyrrolic N), endowing the CoO x species with high electron density and promoting the formation of active sites for the hydrogenation reaction. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. A simple approach for facile synthesis of Ag, anisotropic Au and bimetallic (Ag/Au) nanoparticles using cruciferous vegetable extracts

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    Jacob, Jasmine; Mukherjee, Tulsi; Kapoor, Sudhir

    2012-01-01

    We present a simple and straightforward approach for the synthesis and stabilization of relatively monodisperse Ag, Au and bimetallic (Ag/Au) nanoparticles by using cruciferous vegetable (green/red) extracts by simply adjusting the pH environment in the aqueous medium. The vegetable extracts act both as reducing and capping agents. The monometallic and bimetallic nanoparticles of Ag and Au so obtained were characterized by UV–visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It is shown that red cabbage extract can be used for the preparation of anisotropic Au nanoparticles. The formation of Au anisotropic nanoparticles was found to depend on a number of environmental factors, such as the pH of the reaction medium, reaction time, and initial reactant concentrations. Additionally, it is shown that these extract-stabilized Au and Ag nanoparticles can be used as a seed for preparation of bimetallic Au/Ag nanoparticles. For bimetallic alloy nanoparticles the absorption peak was observed between the two maxima of the corresponding metallic particles. The surface plasmon absorption maxima for bimetallic nanoparticles changed linearly with increasing Au mole ratio content in various alloy compositions. It has been shown that the formation of hollow Au spheres depends on the experimental conditions. - Graphical abstract: TEM image of gold nanoparticles at pH 3.27 formed by red cabbage extract. Highlights: ► First report on the reactivity of the extracts toward metal ions using a spectrophotometric technique. ► Red cabbage extract has better reducing properties than green cabbage extract. ► Red cabbage extract can reduce metal ions at any pH. ► Reduction of metal ions can have important consequences in the study of soil chemistry.

  7. Facile synthesis and enhanced photocatalytic activity of single-crystalline nanohybrids for the removal of organic pollutants

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    Pervaiz, Erum; Liu, Honghong; Yang, Minghui

    2017-03-01

    This study focused on the synthesis of α-MoO3/rGO (rGO, reduced graphene oxide). One-dimensional nanohybrids under mild conditions and a low temperature wet chemical route produced highly pure single-crystalline orthorhombic α-MoO3 on GO sheets. Four nanohybrids, labeled as GMO-0, GMO-1, GMO-2 and GMO-3, were synthesized with different mass chargings of GO (0 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg and 100 mg, respectively). The photocatalytic performance for reduction of organic pollutants was analyzed. The presence of different amounts of GO in the prepared metal oxide hybrids altered the performance of the material as elaborated by the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area, UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra and the resulting reduction of organic dyes depicted by photocatalytic experiments. GO as a support material and active co-catalyst decreased the band gap of α-MoO3 (2.82 eV) to lower values (2.51 eV), rendering the prepared hybrids usable for visible-light-induced photocatalysis. The large specific surface area (72 m2 g-1) of the mesoporous α-MoO3/rGO nanohybrid made it an efficient photocatalyst for the elimination of azo dyes. Very fast reduction (100%) of Rhodamine B was observed in a few minutes, while Congo Red was degraded by 76% in 10 min, leading to the formation of stable intermediates that were completely neutralized in 12-14 h under light irradiation. The amount of GO loaded in the samples was limited to a point to achieve better results. After that, increasing the amount of GO decreased the extent of degradation due to the presence of a higher electron acceptor. Photocatalytic experiments revealed the synergistic effect, high selectivity of the prepared nanohybrids and degradation of azo dyes. The kinetics of the degradation reaction were studied and found to follow a pseudo first-order reaction.

  8. A simple approach for facile synthesis of Ag, anisotropic Au and bimetallic (Ag/Au) nanoparticles using cruciferous vegetable extracts

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    Jacob, Jasmine; Mukherjee, Tulsi; Kapoor, Sudhir, E-mail: sudhirk@barc.gov.in

    2012-10-01

    We present a simple and straightforward approach for the synthesis and stabilization of relatively monodisperse Ag, Au and bimetallic (Ag/Au) nanoparticles by using cruciferous vegetable (green/red) extracts by simply adjusting the pH environment in the aqueous medium. The vegetable extracts act both as reducing and capping agents. The monometallic and bimetallic nanoparticles of Ag and Au so obtained were characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It is shown that red cabbage extract can be used for the preparation of anisotropic Au nanoparticles. The formation of Au anisotropic nanoparticles was found to depend on a number of environmental factors, such as the pH of the reaction medium, reaction time, and initial reactant concentrations. Additionally, it is shown that these extract-stabilized Au and Ag nanoparticles can be used as a seed for preparation of bimetallic Au/Ag nanoparticles. For bimetallic alloy nanoparticles the absorption peak was observed between the two maxima of the corresponding metallic particles. The surface plasmon absorption maxima for bimetallic nanoparticles changed linearly with increasing Au mole ratio content in various alloy compositions. It has been shown that the formation of hollow Au spheres depends on the experimental conditions. - Graphical abstract: TEM image of gold nanoparticles at pH 3.27 formed by red cabbage extract. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer First report on the reactivity of the extracts toward metal ions using a spectrophotometric technique. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Red cabbage extract has better reducing properties than green cabbage extract. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Red cabbage extract can reduce metal ions at any pH. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reduction of metal ions can have important consequences in the study of soil chemistry.

  9. Facile synthesis of a SnO2@rGO nanohybrid and optimization of its methane-sensing parameters.

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    Navazani, Shiva; Shokuhfar, Ali; Hassanisadi, Mostafa; Askarieh, Mojtaba; Di Carlo, Aldo; Agresti, Antonio

    2018-05-01

    Stannic oxide nanoparticles and various compositions of SnO 2 @rGO (reduced graphene oxide) nanohybrids were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method and utilized as chemiresistive methane gas sensors. To characterize the synthesized nanohybrids, BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller), XRD, FESEM, TEM, FTIR, and Raman techniques were used. Sensing elements were tested using a U-tube flow chamber with temperature control. To obtain the best sensor performance, i.e., the highest signal and the fastest response and recovery times, the sensing element composition, operating temperature, and gas flow rate were optimized. The highest response (change in resistance) of 47.6% for 1000 ± 5ppm methane was obtained with the SnO 2 @rGO1% nanohybrid at 150°C and a flow rate of 160sccm; the response and recovery times were 61s and 5min, respectively. A sensing mechanism was suggested, based on the experiments. Copyright © 2018. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  10. Facile synthesis of Co(OH)2/Al(OH)3 nanosheets with improved electrochemical properties for asymmetric supercapacitor

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    Zhao, Cuimei; Ren, Fang; Cao, Yang; Xue, Xiangxin; Duan, Xiaoyue; Wang, Hairui; Chang, Limin

    2018-01-01

    Sheet-like Co(OH)2/Al(OH)3 or Co(OH)2 nanomaterial has been synthesized on conducting carbon fiber paper (CFP) by a facile one-step electrochemical deposition. The binder-free Co(OH)2/Al(OH)3/CFP displays an improved electrical conductivity, electrochemical activity and material utilization than solitary Co(OH)2, therefore Co(OH)2/Al(OH)3 nanomaterial exhibits improved electrochemical properties (a maximum capacitance of 1006 Fg-1 at 2 Ag-1, with 77% retention even at a high current density of 32 Ag-1, and more than 87% of the capacitance retention after 10000 cycles at 32 Ag-1) in comparison to that of the Co(OH)2/CFP (709 Fg-1, 65%, 79%). In addition, an asymmetric supercapacitor (ASC) fabricated with Co(OH)2/Al(OH)3/CFP positive electrode and AC/CFP negative electrode demonstrates ultrahigh specific capacitance (75.8 Fg-1) and potential window (1.7 V). These encouraging results make these low-cost and eco-friendly materials promising for high-performance energy storage application.

  11. Facile Synthesis of Novel Vanillin Derivatives Incorporating a Bis(2-hydroxyethyl)dithhioacetal Moiety as Antiviral Agents.

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    Zhang, Jian; Zhao, Lei; Zhu, Chun; Wu, Zengxue; Zhang, Guoping; Gan, Xiuhai; Liu, Dengyue; Pan, Jianke; Hu, Deyu; Song, Baoan

    2017-06-14

    A series of vanillin derivatives incorporating a bis(2-hydroxyethyl)dithioacetal moiety was designed and synthesized via a facile method. A plausible reaction pathway was proposed and verified by computational studies. Bioassay results demonstrated that target compounds possessed good to excellent activities against potato virus Y (PVY) and cucumber mosaic virus (CMV), of which, compound 6f incorporating a bis(2-hydroxyethyl)dithioacetal moiety, exhibited the best curative and protection activities against PVY and CMV in vivo, with 50% effective concentration values of 217.6, 205.7 μg/mL and 206.3, 186.2 μg/mL, respectively, better than those of ribavirin (848.0, 808.1 μg/mL and 858.2, 766.5 μg/mL, respectively), dufulin (462.6, 454.8 μg/mL and 471.2, 465.4 μg/mL, respectively), and ningnanmycin (440.5, 425.3 μg/mL and 426.1, 405.3 μg/mL, respectively). Current studies provide support for the application of vanillin derivatives incorporating bis(2-hydroxyethyl)dithioacetal as new antiviral agents.

  12. Modular synthesis of self-assembling Janus-dendrimers and facile preparation of drug-loaded dendrimersomes.

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    Nummelin, Sami; Selin, Markus; Legrand, Sacha; Ropponen, Jarmo; Seitsonen, Jani; Nykänen, Antti; Koivisto, Jari; Hirvonen, Jouni; Kostiainen, Mauri A; Bimbo, Luis M

    2017-06-01

    Materials and methods aimed at the next generation of nanoscale carriers for drugs and other therapeutics are currently in great demand. Yet, creating these precise molecular arrangements in a feasible and straightforward manner represents a remarkable challenge. Herein we report a modular synthetic route for amphiphilic Janus-dendrimers via a copper-catalyzed click reaction (CuAAC) and a facile procedure, using simple injection, to obtain highly uniform dendrimersomes with efficient loading of the model drug compound propranolol. The resulting assemblies were analyzed by dynamic light scattering and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy revealing the formation of unilamellar and multilamellar dendrimersomes. The formation of a bilayer structure was confirmed using cryo-TEM and confocal microscopy visualization of an encapsulated solvatochromic dye (Nile Red). The dendrimersomes reported here are tunable in size, stable over time and display robust thermal stability in aqueous media. Our results expand the scope of dendrimer-based supramolecular colloidal systems and offer the means for one-step fabrication of drug-loaded dendrimersomes in the size range of 90-200 nm, ideal for biomedical applications.

  13. Facile synthesis of N-acetyl-L-cysteine capped CdHgSe quantum dots and selective determination of hemoglobin.

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    Wang, Qingqing; Zhan, Guoqing; Li, Chunya

    2014-01-03

    Using N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) as a stabilizer, well water-dispersed, high-quality and stable CdHgSe quantum dots were facilely synthesized via a simple aqueous phase method. The as-prepared NAC capped CdHgSe quantum dots were thoroughly characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. A novel method for the selective determination of hemoglobin (Hb) was developed based on fluorescence quenching of the NAC capped CdHgSe quantum dots. A number of key factors including pH value of phosphate buffer solution, quantum dots concentration, the adding sequence of reagents and reaction time that influence the analytical performance of the NAC capped CdHgSe quantum dots in Hb determination were investigated. Under the optimal experimental conditions, the change of fluorescence intensity (ΔI) was linearly proportional to the concentration of Hb in the range of 4.0×10(-9)-4.4×10(-7) mol L(-1) with a detection limit of 2.0×10(-9) mol L(-1). The developed method has been successfully employed to determine Hb in human urine samples. Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  14. Facile synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of fluorinated graphene with tunable C/F ratio via Zn reduction

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    Liang, Xianqing, E-mail: lxq@gxu.edu.cn [Guangxi Colleges and Universities Key Laboratory of Novel Energy Materials and Related Technology, College of Physics Science and Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Guangxi Collaborative Innovation Center of Structure and Property for New Energy and Materials, School of Material Science and Engineering, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, Guilin 541004 (China); Lao, Ming; Pan, Deyou; Liang, Shuiying [Guangxi Colleges and Universities Key Laboratory of Novel Energy Materials and Related Technology, College of Physics Science and Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Huang, Dan; Zhou, Wenzheng; Guo, Jin [Guangxi Colleges and Universities Key Laboratory of Novel Energy Materials and Related Technology, College of Physics Science and Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Guangxi Collaborative Innovation Center of Structure and Property for New Energy and Materials, School of Material Science and Engineering, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, Guilin 541004 (China)

    2017-04-01

    Highlights: • A Zn reduction approach was developed to synthesize fluorinated graphene with tunable C/F ratio. • The evolution of surface composition and electronic structure was investigated by XPS, XANES and Raman. • Spectral results indicate the effective removal of covalent C−F bonds and restoration of π-electron conjugated structure by Zn reduction. • The developed method is simple and effective. - Abstract: A facile approach has been developed to synthesize fluorinated graphene (FG) nanosheets with tunable C/F ratio through liquid-phase exfoliation of fluorinated graphite (FGi) in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and subsequent reduction with Zn powder. The evolution of surface composition and electronic structure of FG is investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. It is shown that the C/F atomic ratio of FG can be easily varied by Zn reduction with different reaction time and addition of diluted HCl solution. Both XPS and XANES results indicate the effective removal of covalent C−F bonds and progressive restoration of sp{sup 2}-hybridized structure upon the treatment of FG with Zn. Raman measurements further reveal that Zn reduction can effectively restore the π-electron conjugated electronic structure and reduce the optical gap of FG. This study provides a simple and effective route to tailor the surface composition and electronic structure of FG for potential applications.

  15. Facile synthesis of PbWO4: applications in photoluminescence and photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes under visible light.

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    Saraf, Rohit; Shivakumara, C; Behera, Sukanti; Nagabhushana, H; Dhananjaya, N

    2015-02-05

    Stolzite polymorph of PbWO4 catalyst was prepared by the facile room temperature precipitation method. Structural parameters were refined by the Rietveld analysis using powder X-ray data. PbWO4 was crystallized in the scheelite-type tetragonal structure with space group I41/a (No. 88). Field emission scanning electron microscopy revealed leaf like morphology. Photoluminescence spectra exhibit broad blue emission (425 nm) under the excitation of 356 nm. The photocatalytic degradation of Methylene blue, Rhodamine B and Methyl orange dyes were measured under visible illumination. The 100% dye degradation was observed for MB and RhB dyes within 60 and 105 min. The rate constant was found to be in the decreasing order of MB>RhB>MO which followed the 1st order kinetic mechanism. Therefore, PbWO4 can be a potential candidate for blue component in white LEDs and also acts as a catalyst for the treatment of toxic and non-biodegradable organic pollutants in water. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Facile synthesis of biphasic calcium phosphate microspheres with engineered surface topography for controlled delivery of drugs and proteins.

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    Zarkesh, Ibrahim; Ghanian, Mohammad Hossein; Azami, Mahmoud; Bagheri, Fatemeh; Baharvand, Hossein; Mohammadi, Javad; Eslaminejad, Mohamadreza Baghaban

    2017-09-01

    Biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP) microspheres are of great interest due to their high stability and osteoinductive properties at specific compositions. However, the need for optimal performance at a unique composition limits their flexibility for tuning drug release by modulation of bulk properties and presents the question of engineering surface topography as an alternative. It is necessary to have a facile method to control surface topography at a defined bulk composition. Here, we have produced BCP microspheres with different surface topographies that have the capability to be used as tunable drug release systems. We synthesized calcium deficient hydroxyapatite (CDHA) microparticles by precipitating calcium and phosphate ions onto ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) templates. The morphology and surface topography of CDHA microparticles were controlled using process parameters, which governed nucleation and growth. These parameters included template concentration, heat rate, and stirring speed. Under low heat rate and static conditions, we could obtain spherical microparticles with long and short nanosheets on their surfaces at low and high EDTA concentrations, respectively. These nanostructured microspheres were subsequently crystallized by thermal treatment to produce EDTA-free BCP microspheres with intact morphology. These biocompatible BCP microspheres were highly effective in loading and prolonged release of both small molecule [dexamethasone (Dex)] and protein [bovine serum albumin (BSA)] models. This strategy has enabled us to control the surface topography of BCP microspheres at defined compositions and holds tremendous promise for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Facile synthesis of ultrathin manganese dioxide nanosheets arrays on nickel foam as advanced binder-free supercapacitor electrodes

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    Huang, Ming

    2015-03-01

    © 2014 Elsevier B.V. Ultrathin MnO2 nanosheets arrays on Ni foam have been fabricated by a facile hydrothermal approach and further investigated as the binder-free electrode for high-performance supercapacitors. This unique well-designed binder-free electrode exhibits a high specific capacitance (595.2 F g-1 at a current density of 0.5 A g-1), good rate capability (64.1% retention), and excellent cycling stability (89% capacitance retention after 3000 cycles). Moreover, an asymmetric supercapacitor is constructed using the as-prepared MnO2 nanosheets arrays as the positive electrode and activated microwave exfoliated graphite oxide (MEGO) as the negative electrode. The optimized asymmetric supercapacitor displays excellent electrochemical performance with an energy density of 25.8 Wh kg-1 and a maximum power density of 223.2 kW kg-1. These impressive performances suggest that the MnO2 nanosheet array is a promising electrode material for supercapacitors.

  18. Facile synthesis of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles for high-performance CO gas sensor

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    Cuong, Nguyen Duc, E-mail: nguyenduccuong@hueuni.edu.vn [College of Sciences, Hue University, 77 Nguyen Hue, Phu Nhuan Ward, Hue City (Viet Nam); Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism, Hue University, 22 Lam Hoang, Vy Da Ward, Hue City (Viet Nam); Khieu, Dinh Quang; Hoa, Tran Thai [College of Sciences, Hue University, 77 Nguyen Hue, Phu Nhuan Ward, Hue City (Viet Nam); Quang, Duong Tuan [College of Education, Hue University, 34 Le Loi, Hue City (Viet Nam); Viet, Pham Hung [Centre for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development (CETASD), Hanoi University of Science, 334 Nguyen Trai, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Lam, Tran Dai [Graduate University of Science and Technology, Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Hoa, Nguyen Duc [International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), No. 1, Dai Co Viet, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Hieu, Nguyen Van, E-mail: hieu@itims.edu.vn [International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), No. 1, Dai Co Viet, Hanoi (Viet Nam)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • We have demonstrated a facile method to prepare Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles. • The gas sensing properties of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} have been invested. • The results show potential application of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} NPs for CO sensors in environmental monitoring. - Abstract: Iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared via a simple hydrothermal method for high performance CO gas sensor. The synthesized α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} NPs were characterized by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherm, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The SEM, TEM results revealed that obtained α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles had a peanut-like geometry with hemispherical ends. The response of the α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} NPs based sensor to carbon monoxide (CO) and various concentrations of other gases were measured at different temperatures. It found that the sensor based on the peanut-like α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} NPs exhibited high response, fast response–recovery, and good selectivity to CO at 300 °C. The experimental results clearly demonstrated the potential application of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} NPs as a good sensing material in the fabrication of CO sensor.

  19. Facile synthesis of α-Fe2O3 nanoparticles for high-performance CO gas sensor

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    Cuong, Nguyen Duc; Khieu, Dinh Quang; Hoa, Tran Thai; Quang, Duong Tuan; Viet, Pham Hung; Lam, Tran Dai; Hoa, Nguyen Duc; Hieu, Nguyen Van

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • We have demonstrated a facile method to prepare Fe 2 O 3 nanoparticles. • The gas sensing properties of α-Fe 2 O 3 have been invested. • The results show potential application of α-Fe 2 O 3 NPs for CO sensors in environmental monitoring. - Abstract: Iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared via a simple hydrothermal method for high performance CO gas sensor. The synthesized α-Fe 2 O 3 NPs were characterized by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherm, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The SEM, TEM results revealed that obtained α-Fe 2 O 3 particles had a peanut-like geometry with hemispherical ends. The response of the α-Fe 2 O 3 NPs based sensor to carbon monoxide (CO) and various concentrations of other gases were measured at different temperatures. It found that the sensor based on the peanut-like α-Fe 2 O 3 NPs exhibited high response, fast response–recovery, and good selectivity to CO at 300 °C. The experimental results clearly demonstrated the potential application of α-Fe 2 O 3 NPs as a good sensing material in the fabrication of CO sensor

  20. Facile synthesis of analogous graphene quantum dots with sp(2) hybridized carbon atom dominant structures and their photovoltaic application.

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    Huang, Zhengcheng; Shen, Yongtao; Li, Yu; Zheng, Wenjun; Xue, Yunjia; Qin, Chengqun; Zhang, Bo; Hao, Jingxiang; Feng, Wei

    2014-11-07

    Graphene quantum dot (GQD) is an emerging class of zero-dimensional nanocarbon material with many novel applications. It is of scientific importance to prepare GQDs with more perfect structures, that is, GQDs containing negligible oxygenous defects, for both optimizing their optical properties and helping in their photovoltaic applications. Herein, a new strategy for the facile preparation of "pristine" GQDs is reported. The method we presented is a combination of a bottom-up synthetic and a solvent-induced interface separation process, during which the target products with highly crystalline structure were selected by the organic solvent. The obtained organic soluble GQDs (O-GQDs) showed a significant difference in structure and composition compared with ordinary aqueous soluble GQDs, thus leading to a series of novel properties. Furthermore, O-GQDs were applied as electron-acceptors in a poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)-based organic photovoltaic device. The performance highlights that O-GQD has potential to be a novel electron-acceptor material due to the sp(2) hybridized carbon atom dominant structure and good solubility in organic solvents.

  1. Facile Synthesis of Vanadium-Doped Ni3S2 Nanowire Arrays as Active Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction.

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    Qu, Yuanju; Yang, Mingyang; Chai, Jianwei; Tang, Zhe; Shao, Mengmeng; Kwok, Chi Tat; Yang, Ming; Wang, Zhenyu; Chua, Daniel; Wang, Shijie; Lu, Zhouguang; Pan, Hui

    2017-02-22

    Ni 3 S 2 nanowire arrays doped with vanadium(V) are directly grown on nickel foam by a facile one-step hydrothermal method. It is found that the doping can promote the formation of Ni 3 S 2 nanowires at a low temperature. The doped nanowires show excellent electrocatalytic performance toward hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), and outperform pure Ni 3 S 2 and other Ni 3 S 2 -based compounds. The stability test shows that the performance of V-doped Ni 3 S 2 nanowires is improved and stabilized after thousands of linear sweep voltammetry test. The onset potential of V-doped Ni 3 S 2 nanowire can be as low as 39 mV, which is comparable to platinum. The nanowire has an overpotential of 68 mV at 10 mA cm -2 , a relatively low Tafel slope of 112 mV dec -1 , good stability and high Faradaic efficiency. First-principles calculations show that the V-doping in Ni 3 S 2 extremely enhances the free carrier density near the Fermi level, resulting in much improved catalytic activities. We expect that the doping can be an effective way to enhance the catalytic performance of metal disulfides in hydrogen evolution reaction and V-doped Ni 3 S 2 nanowire is one of the most promising electrocatalysts for hydrogen production.

  2. Facile Hydrothermal Synthesis of Monodispersed MoS2 Ultrathin Nanosheets Assisted by Ionic Liquid Brij56

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    Guan-Qun Han

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Monodispersed MoS2 ultrathin nanosheets have been successfully fabricated by a facile hydrothermal process assisted by ionic liquid Brij56. The effect of Brij56 on the morphology and structure of MoS2 has been obviously observed. XRD shows that the as-prepared MoS2 assisted by Brij56 has the weak and broad peak of (002 planes, which implies the small size and well dispersed structure of MoS2 nanosheets. TEM and SEM images reveal that MoS2 ultrathin nanosheets have small size and few stacking layers with the adding of Brij56. HRTEM images prove that MoS2 appears to have a highly monodispersed morphology and to be monolayer ultrathin nanosheets with the length about 5–8 nm, which can provide more exposed rims and edges as active sites for hydrogen evolution reaction. Brij56 has played a crucial role in preparing monodispersed MoS2 ultrathin nanosheets as excellent electrocatalysts. The growth mechanism of monodispersed MoS2 has been discussed in detail.

  3. Facile Synthesis of Highly Dispersed WO3·H2O and WO3 Nanoplates for Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution

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    Wen-Hui Hu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The highly dispersed WO3·H2O nanoplates have been synthesized by a facile hydrothermal reaction assisted by citrate acid. WO3 nanoplates have been prepared by the calcination of as-prepared WO3·H2O at 450°C. XRD data show that WO3·H2O and WO3 have good crystal structure and high purity. SEM images show that WO3·H2O and WO3 have the uniform nanoplates morphology with the edge length of about 100–150 nm. The selective absorbance of citrate acid with many OH groups onto [010] facet of tungsten oxide precursors can result in the controlled growth of WO3·H2O, thus leading to the good dispersion and small size of WO3·H2O nanoplates. The electrocatalytic activity of WO3·H2O and WO3 for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER has been investigated in detail. The good electrocatalytic activity for HER has been obtained, which may be attributed to the good dispersion and small size of nanoplates. And the growth mechanisms of WO3·H2O and WO3 nanoplates have been discussed.

  4. Facile and Rapid Synthesis of Ultrafine PtPd Bimetallic Nanoparticles and Their High Performance toward Methanol Electrooxidation

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    Tiantian Xia

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Uniform and sub-10 nm size bimetallic PtPd nanoparticles (NPs have been synthesized via a simple and facile method without using any surfactants at an ambient temperature. As a green and clean reductive agent, ascorbic acid (AA was employed for the coreduction of K2PtCl4 and K2PdCl4 in aqueous solution. The morphology, composition, and structure of PtPd NPs had been characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, field emission high resolution transmission electron microscopy (FE-HRTEM, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS, X-ray diffraction (XRD, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS. Comparing with both the monometallic Pt and Pd, the as-prepared alloy nanoparticles show superior electrocatalytic activity and better tolerance against poisoning by intermediates generated during methanol electrooxidation, which makes them a promising electrocatalysts for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs. Meanwhile, the green and simple approach could be easily extended to the manufacture of bimetallic or trimetallic alloy nanomaterials.

  5. Facile synthesis of soluble graphene via a green reduction of graphene oxide in tea solution and its biocomposites.

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    Wang, Yan; Shi, Zixing; Yin, Jie

    2011-04-01

    The chemical reduction of graphene oxide (GO) typically involves highly toxic reducing agents that are harmful to human health and environment, and complicated surface modification is often needed to avoid aggregation of the reduced GO during reduction process. In this paper, a green and facile strategy is reported for the fabrication of soluble reduced GO. The proposed method is based on the reduction of exfoliated GO in green tea solution by making use of the reducing capability and the aromatic rings of tea polyphenol (TP) that contained in tea solution. The measurements of the resultant graphene confirm the efficient removal of the oxygen-containing groups in GO. The strong interactions between the reduced graphene and the aromatic TPs guarantee the good dispersion of the reduced graphene in both aqueous and a variety of organic solvents. These features endow this green approach with great potential in constructing of various graphene-based materials, especially for high-performance biorelated materials as demonstrated in this study of chitosan/graphene composites. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  6. A Facile Synthesis and Optical Properties of Bundle-Shaped TbPO4·H2O Nanorods

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    Dan Yue

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Bundle-shaped TbPO4·H2O nanorods have been prepared by a facile hydrothermal technique and characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (DRS, photoluminescence (PL spectrum, and lifetime. The results indicate that the obtained sample has hexagonal structure of TbPO4·H2O and is composed of nanorods bundles which is assembled from many single crystalline nanorods with the diameter of around 45 nm and the length of 2.3 μm. The growth of the single crystalline nanorod is along the (001 plane direction. Under the UV light irradiation, TbPO4·H2O nanorods bundles exhibit bright green emission corresponding to the D54→F7J (J=6,5,4,3 transitions of the Tb3+ ions, and the lifetime is determined to be about 0.24 ms.

  7. Facile and eco-friendly synthesis of green fluorescent carbon nanodots for applications in bioimaging, patterning and staining.

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    Shi, Lihong; Li, Yanyan; Li, Xiaofeng; Wen, Xiangping; Zhang, Guomei; Yang, Jun; Dong, Chuan; Shuang, Shaomin

    2015-04-28

    We report a facile and eco-friendly strategy for the fabrication of green fluorescent carbon nanodots (CDs), and demonstrate their applications for bio-imaging, patterning, and staining. A one-pot hydrothermal method using various plant petals yields bright green-emitting CDs, providing an easy way for the production of green fluorescent CDs without the need for a tedious synthetic methodology or the use of toxic/expensive solvents and starting materials. The as-prepared CDs show small size distribution and excellent dispersibility. Their strong green fluorescence is observed when the excitation wavelength is between 430 nm and 490 nm. Moreover, they exhibit high tolerance to various external conditions, such as pH values, external cations, and continuous excitation. Due to minimum toxicity as well as good photoluminescence properties, these CDs can be applied to in vitro and in vivo imaging, patterning, and staining. According to confocal fluorescence imaging of human uterine cervical squamous cell carcinoma cells, CDs penetrate into the cell and enter the cytoplasm and the nucleus. More strikingly, carp is directly fed with CDs for in vivo imaging and shows bright green fluorescence at an excitation wavelength of 470 nm. In addition, the obtained CDs are used as fluorescent inks for drawing luminescence patterns. Finally, we also apply the CDs as a fluorescent dye. Interestingly, the absorbent filter paper with staining emits dramatic fluorescence under 470 nm excitation.

  8. Facile Synthesis of Pt Nanoparticle and Graphene Composite Materials: Comparison of Electrocatalytic Activity with Analogous CNT Composite

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    Lee, Jihye; Jang, Ho Young; Jung, Insub; Yoon, Yeoheung; Jang, Heejeong; Lee, Hyoyoung; Park, Sungho [Sungkyunkwan Univ., Suwon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-07-15

    Here, we present a facile method to synthesize Pt nanoparticles (NPs) and graphene composite materials (Pt/G) via vacuum filtration. Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates were used to separate Pt/G composite and liquid phase. This method can be used to easily tune the mass ratio of Pt NPs and graphene. Pt NPs, graphene, and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as building blocks were characterized by a variety of techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. We compared the electrocatalytic activities of Pt/G with Pt NP and CNT films (Pt/CNT) by cyclic voltammetry (CV), CO oxidation, and methanol oxidation. Pt/G was much more stable than pure Pt films. Also, Pt/G had better electrochemical activity, CO tolerance and methanol oxidation than Pt/CNT loaded with the same amount of Pt NPs due to the better dispersion of Pt NPs on graphene flakes without aggregation. We further synthesized Au Pt disk/G and Pt nanorods/G to determine if our synthetic method can be applied to other NP shapes such as nanodisks and nanorods, for further electrocatalysis studies.

  9. Facile Synthesis of Indium Sulfide/Flexible Electrospun Carbon Nanofiber for Enhanced Photocatalytic Efficiency and Its Application.

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    Han, Liu; Dong, Haohao; Mao, Dong; Hua, Baolv; Li, Qinyu; Fang, Dong

    2017-01-01

    Heterojunction system has been proved as one of the best architectures for photocatalyst owing to extending specific surface area, expanding spectral response range, and increasing photoinduced charges generation, separation, and transmission, which can provide better light absorption range and higher reaction site. In this paper, Indium Sulfide/Flexible Electrospun Carbon Nanofiber (In 2 S 3 /CNF) heterogeneous systems were synthesized by a facile one-pot hydrothermal method. The results from characterizations of SEM, TEM, XRD, Raman, and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy displayed that flower-like In 2 S 3 was deposited on the hair-like CNF template, forming a one-dimensional nanofibrous network heterojunction photocatalyst. And the newly prepared In 2 S 3 /CNF photocatalysts exhibit greatly enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to pure In 2 S 3 . In addition, the formation mechanism of the one-dimensional heterojunction In 2 S 3 /CNF photocatalyst is discussed and a promising approach to degrade Rhodamine B (RB) in the photocatalytic process is processed.

  10. Facile Synthesis of Indium Sulfide/Flexible Electrospun Carbon Nanofiber for Enhanced Photocatalytic Efficiency and Its Application

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Heterojunction system has been proved as one of the best architectures for photocatalyst owing to extending specific surface area, expanding spectral response range, and increasing photoinduced charges generation, separation, and transmission, which can provide better light absorption range and higher reaction site. In this paper, Indium Sulfide/Flexible Electrospun Carbon Nanofiber (In2S3/CNF heterogeneous systems were synthesized by a facile one-pot hydrothermal method. The results from characterizations of SEM, TEM, XRD, Raman, and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy displayed that flower-like In2S3 was deposited on the hair-like CNF template, forming a one-dimensional nanofibrous network heterojunction photocatalyst. And the newly prepared In2S3/CNF photocatalysts exhibit greatly enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to pure In2S3. In addition, the formation mechanism of the one-dimensional heterojunction In2S3/CNF photocatalyst is discussed and a promising approach to degrade Rhodamine B (RB in the photocatalytic process is processed.

  11. Y2O3:Eu3+ core-in-multi-hollow microspheres: facile synthesis and luminescence properties.

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    Liu, Guixia; Liu, Shujun; Dong, Xiangting; Wang, Jinxian

    2011-11-01

    Y2O3:Eu3+ core-in-multi-hollow microspheres were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method in the presence of glucose followed by a subsequent heat-treatment process. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern shows that the as-obtained hollow spheres are cubic phase of Y2O3. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images indicate that the samples are three layer hollow spheres with a diameter of 2-4 microm and the outermost wall thickness of 100 nm, the size of the inner core is about 300-400 nm, and the sub-outer wall thickness is about 100 nm. X-ray energy dispersive spectrum (EDS) shows that the samples are composed of Y, Eu and O. Photoluminescence spectra show that the hollow spheres have a strong characteristic red emission corresponding to the 5D0 - 7F2 transition of Eu3+ ions under ultraviolet excitation. This method can be used to synthesize other rare earth oxide hollow luminescent materials.

  12. Facile synthesis of Fe3O4@C hollow nanospheres and their application in polluted water treatment

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    Zhang, Yuanguang; Xu, Shihao; Xia, Hongyu; Zheng, Fangcai

    2016-11-01

    Nanostructured carbon-based materials, such as carbon nanotube arrays have shown respectable removal ability for heavy metal ions and organic dyes in aqueous solution. Although the carbon-based materials exhibited excellent removal ability, the separation of them from the aqueous solution is difficult and time-consuming. Here we demonstrated a novel and facile route for the large-scale fabrication of Fe3O4@C hollow nanospheres, with using ferrocene as a single reagent and SiO2 as a template. The as-prepared Fe3O4@C hollow nanospheres exhibited adsorption ability for heavy metal ions and organic dyes from aqueous solution, and can be easily separated by an external magnet. When the as-prepared Fe3O4@C hollow nanospheres were mixed with the aqueous solution of Hg2+ within 15 min, the removal efficiency was 90.3%. The as-prepared Fe3O4@C hollow nanospheres were also exhibited a high adsorption capacity (100%) as the adsorbent for methylene blue (MB). In addition, the as-prepared Fe3O4@C hollow nanospheres can be used as the recyclable sorbent for water treatment via a simple magnetic separation.

  13. Facile synthesis of dispersed Ag nanoparticles on chitosan-TiO2 composites as recyclable nanocatalysts for 4-nitrophenol reduction

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    Xiao, Gang; Zhao, Yilin; Li, Linghui; Pratt, Jonathan O.; Su, Haijia; Tan, Tianwei

    2018-04-01

    This paper presents a facile, rapid, and controllable procedure for the recovery of trace Ag+ ions and in situ assembly of well dispersed Ag nanoparticles on chitosan-TiO2 composites through bioaffinity adsorption followed by photocatalytic reduction. The prepared Ag nanoparticles are proven to be efficient and recyclable nanocatalysts for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol in the presence of NaBH4. Well dispersed quasi-spherical Ag NPs are synthesized in 20 min in the designed inner-irradiated photocatalytic system under a wide range of Ag+ concentrations (50-200 mg l-1), temperatures (10 °C-25 °C) conditions, and UV or visible light irradiation. The synthesized Ag NPs can catalyze the reduction of 4-nitrophenol by NaBH4 at 100% conversion in 120 min and preserve the catalytic activity in five successive cycles. This procedure for trace Ag+ ions recovery and Ag NPs assembly has the potential to be scaled up for the mass production of recyclable Ag nanocatalysts. The present work provides a green and efficient procedure for the conversion of hazardous 4-nitrophenol to industrially important 4-aminophenol and also sheds a light on designing scaled-up procedures for treating high volumes of wastewater with dilute heavy metals to produce recyclable metallic nanocatalysts in aqueous systems.

  14. Facile One-Step Sonochemical Synthesis and Photocatalytic Properties of Graphene/Ag3PO4Quantum Dots Composites.

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    Reheman, Abulajiang; Tursun, Yalkunjan; Dilinuer, Talifu; Halidan, Maimaiti; Kadeer, Kuerbangnisha; Abulizi, Abulikemu

    2018-03-02

    In this study, a novel graphene/Ag 3 PO 4 quantum dot (rGO/Ag 3 PO 4 QD) composite was successfully synthesized via a facile one-step photo-ultrasonic-assisted reduction method for the first time. The composites were analyzed by various techniques. According to the obtained results, Ag 3 PO 4 QDs with a size of 1-4 nm were uniformly dispersed on rGO nanosheets to form rGO/Ag 3 PO 4 QD composites. The photocatalytic activity of rGO/Ag 3 PO 4 QD composites was evaluated by the decomposition of methylene blue (MB). Meanwhile, effects of the surfactant dosage and the amount of rGO on the photocatalytic activity were also investigated. It was found that rGO/Ag 3 PO 4 QDs (W rGO :W composite  = 2.3%) composite exhibited better photocatalytic activity and stability with degrading 97.5% of MB within 5 min. The improved photocatalytic activities and stabilities were majorly related to the synergistic effect between Ag 3 PO 4 QDs and rGO with high specific surface area, which gave rise to efficient interfacial transfer of photogenerated electrons and holes on both materials. Moreover, possible formation and photocatalytic mechanisms of rGO/Ag 3 PO 4 QDs were proposed. The obtained rGO/Ag 3 PO 4 QDs photocatalysts would have great potentials in sewage treatment and water splitting.

  15. Facile synthesis of monodisperse superparamagnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/PMMA composite nanospheres with high magnetization

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    Lan Fang; Liu Kexia; Jiang Wen; Zeng Xiaobo; Wu Yao; Gu Zhongwei, E-mail: Yaowu_amanda@126.com, E-mail: zwgu@scu.edu.cn [National Engineering Research Center for Biomaterials, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China)

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    Monodisperse superparamagnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) composite nanospheres with high saturation magnetization were successfully prepared by a facile novel miniemulsion polymerization method. The ferrofluid, MMA monomer and surfactants were co-sonicated and emulsified to form stable miniemulsion for polymerization. The samples were characterized by DLS, TEM, FTIR, XRD, TGA and VSM. The diameter of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/PMMA composite nanospheres by DLS was close to 90 nm with corresponding polydispersity index (PDI) as small as 0.099, which indicated that the nanospheres have excellent homogeneity in aqueous medium. The TEM results implied that the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/PMMA composite nanospheres had a perfect core-shell structure with about 3 nm thin PMMA shells, and the core was composed of many homogeneous and closely packed Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. VSM and TGA showed that the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/PMMA composite nanospheres with at least 65% high magnetite content were superparamagnetic, and the saturation magnetization was as high as around 39 emu g{sup -1} (total mass), which was only decreased by 17% compared with the initial bare Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles.

  16. Facile One-Step Sonochemical Synthesis and Photocatalytic Properties of Graphene/Ag3PO4 Quantum Dots Composites

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    Reheman, Abulajiang; Tursun, Yalkunjan; Dilinuer, Talifu; Halidan, Maimaiti; Kadeer, Kuerbangnisha; Abulizi, Abulikemu

    2018-03-01

    In this study, a novel graphene/Ag3PO4 quantum dot (rGO/Ag3PO4 QD) composite was successfully synthesized via a facile one-step photo-ultrasonic-assisted reduction method for the first time. The composites were analyzed by various techniques. According to the obtained results, Ag3PO4 QDs with a size of 1-4 nm were uniformly dispersed on rGO nanosheets to form rGO/Ag3PO4 QD composites. The photocatalytic activity of rGO/Ag3PO4 QD composites was evaluated by the decomposition of methylene blue (MB). Meanwhile, effects of the surfactant dosage and the amount of rGO on the photocatalytic activity were also investigated. It was found that rGO/Ag3PO4 QDs (WrGO:Wcomposite = 2.3%) composite exhibited better photocatalytic activity and stability with degrading 97.5% of MB within 5 min. The improved photocatalytic activities and stabilities were majorly related to the synergistic effect between Ag3PO4 QDs and rGO with high specific surface area, which gave rise to efficient interfacial transfer of photogenerated electrons and holes on both materials. Moreover, possible formation and photocatalytic mechanisms of rGO/Ag3PO4 QDs were proposed. The obtained rGO/Ag3PO4 QDs photocatalysts would have great potentials in sewage treatment and water splitting.

  17. Facile synthesis of polymeric fluorescent organic nanoparticles based on the self-polymerization of dopamine for biological imaging.

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    Shi, Yingge; Jiang, Ruming; Liu, Meiying; Fu, Lihua; Zeng, Guangjian; Wan, Qing; Mao, Liucheng; Deng, Fengjie; Zhang, Xiaoyong; Wei, Yen

    2017-08-01

    Polymeric fluorescent organic nanoparticles (polymer-FONs) have raised considerable research attention for biomedical applications owing to their advantages as compared with fluorescent inorganic nanoparticles and small organic molecules. In this study, we presented an efficient, facile and environment-friendly strategy to produce polymer-FONs, which relied on the self-polymerization of dopamine and polyethyleneimine (PEI) in rather mild conditions. To obtain the final polymer-FONs, aldehyde group-containing copolymers (named as poly(UA-co-PEGMA)) were synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer polymerization using polyethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA) and 1-undecen-10-al (UA) as monomers. The dopamine was conjugated onto poly(UA-co-PEGMA) through a multicomponent reaction between UA and dopamine to obtain poly(UA-co-PEGMA)-DA, which was further utilized for preparation of polymer-FONs through self-polymerization of dopamine and PEI. 1 H nuclear magnetic resonance, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy were employed to characterize the structure, morphology, compositions and optical properties of these polymer-FONs. Cell viability and cell uptake behavior results suggested that these polymer-FONs possess good biocompatibility and can be potentially utilized for biomedical applications. More importantly, the method can be also applied to fabricate many other multifunctional polymer-FONs with great potential for biomedical applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Green and facile synthesis of fibrous Ag/cotton composites and their catalytic properties for 4-nitrophenol reduction

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    Li, Ziyu; Jia, Zhigang; Ni, Tao; Li, Shengbiao

    2017-12-01

    Natural cotton, featuring abundant oxygen-containing functional groups, has been utilized as a reductant to synthesize Ag nanoparticles on its surface. Through the facile and environment-friendly reduction process, the fibrous Ag/cotton composite (FAC) was conveniently synthesized. Various characterization techniques including XRD, XPS, TEM, SEM, EDS and FT-IR had been utilized to study the material microstructure and surface properties. The resulting FAC exhibited favorable activity on the catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol with high reaction rate. Moreover, the fibrous Ag/cotton composites were capable to form a desirable catalytic mat for catalyzing and simultaneous product separation. Reactants passing through the mat could be catalytically transformed to product, which is of great significance for water treatment. Such catalyst (FAC) was thus expected to have the potential as a highly efficient, cost-effective and eco-friendly catalyst for industrial applications. More importantly, this newly developed synthetic methodology could serve as a general tool to design and synthesize other metal/biomass composites catalysts for a wider range of catalytic applications.

  19. Facile synthesis of CoNi2S4/Co9S8 composites as advanced electrode materials for supercapacitors

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    Zhao, Fenglin; Huang, Wanxia; Zhang, Hongtao; Zhou, Dengmei

    2017-12-01

    In this paper, a facile chemical bath deposition method was utilized to synthesize three-dimensional nanostructured CoNi2S4/Co9S8 (CNSCS) composites as advanced electrode materials for high performance supercapacitors. CNSCS composites showed remarkable electrochemical performance owing to the high porosity, appropriate pore size distribution, novel architecture and synergistic effect of Ni/Co ions. The electrochemical tests revealed that CNSCS composites exhibited high specific capacitance (1183.3 Fg-1 at the current density of 2 Ag-1), excellent rate performance (74.9% retention with tenfold current density increase) and outstanding cycle life stability. Moreover, the effect of temperature on electrochemical performance of CNSCS composites was investigated and the results indicated the specific capacitance of CoNi2S4/Co9S8 can keep relatively stable in a wide temperature from 0 °C to 50 °C. These results indicated that the synthesized CNSCS composites can be a promising electrode materials candidate for supercapacitors and chemical bath deposition is a promising processing route for CNSCS composites production.

  20. Facile synthesis of NiCo2O4@Polyaniline core-shell nanocomposite for sensitive determination of glucose.

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    Yu, Zhiyuan; Li, Hejun; Zhang, Xinmeng; Liu, Ningkun; Tan, Wenlong; Zhang, Xu; Zhang, Leilei

    2016-01-15

    In this work, the core-shell structure of NiCo2O4@Polyaniline (NiCo2O4@PANI) nanocomposite is fabricated via a facile hydrothermal treatment followed by a post-Polyaniline (PANI) coating process. The synthesized materials are characterized by Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectrometer. The biosensing properties of NiCo2O4@PANI composite and NiCo2O4 nanoparticles toward glucose are studied based on glassy carbon electrode. Electrochemical studies indicate that the obtained core-shell NiCo2O4@PANI composite shows higher electrocatalytic activity toward the oxidation of glucose, compared with NiCo2O4 nanoparticles. The enhanced performance is related to the core-shell structure of NiCo2O4@PANI composite and the outstanding conductivity of the polyaniline shell. At a potential of +0.5V, the NiCo2O4@PANI nanocomposite modified glass carbon electrode demonstrates a wide linear range up to 4.7350mM with sensitivity of 4.55mAmM(-1)cm(-2) and detection limit of 0.3833μM. It also shows significant electrochemical stability, good reproducibility and excellent selectivity. The results suggest that the NiCo2O4@PANI nanocomposite is a promising electrode material for electrochemical biosensor. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Facile solid-state synthesis of Ni@C nanosheet-assembled hierarchical network for high-performance lithium storage

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    Gu, Jinghe; Li, Qiyun; Zeng, Pan; Meng, Yulin; Zhang, Xiukui; Wu, Ping; Zhou, Yiming

    2017-08-01

    Micro/nano-architectured transition-metal@C hybrids possess unique structural and compositional features toward lithium storage, and are thus expected to manifest ideal anodic performances in advanced lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Herein, we propose a facile and scalable solid-state coordination and subsequent pyrolysis route for the formation of a novel type of micro/nano-architectured transition-metal@C hybrid (i.e., Ni@C nanosheet-assembled hierarchical network, Ni@C network). Moreover, this coordination-pyrolysis route has also been applied for the construction of bare carbon network using zinc salts instead of nickel salts as precursors. When applied as potential anodic materials in LIBs, the Ni@C network exhibits Ni-content-dependent electrochemical performances, and the partially-etched Ni@C network manifests markedly enhanced Li-storage performances in terms of specific capacities, cycle life, and rate capability than the pristine Ni@C network and carbon network. The proposed solid-state coordination and pyrolysis strategy would open up new opportunities for constructing micro/nano-architectured transition-metal@C hybrids as advanced anode materials for LIBs.

  2. Microwave assisted facile synthesis of reduced graphene oxide-silver (RGO-Ag) nanocomposite and their application as active SERS substrate

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    Wadhwa, Heena, E-mail: heenawadhwa1988@gmail.com; Kumar, Devender, E-mail: devkumsaroha@kuk.ac.in; Mahendia, Suman, E-mail: mahendia@gmail.com; Kumar, Shyam, E-mail: profshyam@gmail.com

    2017-06-15

    The present paper represents the facile and rapid synthesis of reduced graphene oxide-silver (RGO-Ag) nanocomposite with the help of microwave irradiation. The graphene oxide (GO) solution has been prepared in bulk using Hummer's method followed by microwave assisted in-situ reduction of GO and silver nitrate (AgNO{sub 3}) by hydrazine hydrate in a short spam of 5 min. The prepared nanocomposite has been characterized using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and UV–Visible spectroscopy. TEM analysis shows that Ag nanoparticles with average size 32 nm are uniformly entangled with in RGO layers. The UV–Visible absorption spectrum of nanocomposite depicts the reduction of GO to RGO along with the formation of Ag nanoparticles with the presence of characteristic surface Plasmon resonance (SPR) peak of Ag nanoparticles at 422 nm. The performance of prepared nanocomposite has been tested as the active Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) substrate for Rhodamine 6G with detection limit 0.1 μM. - Highlights: • The RGO and RGO-Ag nanocomposite were synthesized with microwave irradiation. • Ag nanoparticles of average size 32 nm are uniformly entangled within RGO layers. • RGO itself is a florescence quencher with SERS detection limit 1 μM for R6G. • RGO-Ag nanocomposite show good SERS activity for R6G with detection limit 0.1 μM.

  3. Environmental-Friendly and Facile Synthesis of Co3O4Nanowires and Their Promising Application with Graphene in Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Xu, Zhiqiang; Liu, Wei; Yang, Yuanyi; Sun, Lijuan; Deng, Yi; Liao, Li

    2017-12-06

    In this work, we developed an eco-friendly strategy for preparing Co 3 O 4 nanowires. The process consisted of two steps: controllable synthesis of metal cobalt nanowires followed by a facile air-oxidization step. The 1D nanowire structure with a high aspect ratio was easily achieved via a magnetic-field-assisted self-assembly of cobalt ion complexes during reduction. After air-calcinations, the Co 3 O 4 nanowires were prepared in large scale and ready to be used as the anode material for lithium-ion batteries. The Co 3 O 4 nanowires, which possessed a length ranging from 3 to 8 μm with the aspect ratio more than 15, exhibited a reversible lithium storage capacity up to ~ 790 mAh/g when using a small amount of defect-free graphene flakes as conductive additives. The superior electrochemical performances were ascribable to the synergistic "flat-on" effect between the 1D nanowires and the 2D graphene. Therefore, the Co 3 O 4 nanowire/graphene composite holds promising application for lithium-ion batteries.

  4. Facile Synthesis ZnS/ZnO/Ni(OH)2Composites Grown on Ni Foam: A Bifunctional Materials for Photocatalysts and Supercapacitors.

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    Hao, Jin; Wang, Xiaobing; Liu, Fanggang; Han, Shuang; Lian, Jianshe; Jiang, Qing

    2017-06-08

    A facile one-step hydrothermal reaction was employed to synthesis an integrated bifunctional composite composed by a network structure of ZnS/ZnO/Ni(OH) 2 nanosheets with ZnS/ZnO nanospheres in situ growing on Ni foam. The synergistic effect of these three substances make the composite having both improved electrochemical performances and photocatalytic activity. The ZnS/ZnO/Ni(OH) 2 -4mmol shows a high specific capacitance of 1173.8 F g -1 at 1 A g -1 , as well as good rate capability and relatively stable cyclability. Using as photocatalyst, the methyl orange dye in solution can be completely decomposed under ultraviolet-visible radiation in about 80 min. And the composite is easy to be repeatedly used because bulk Ni foam was used as a carrier. Such a bifunctional composite material provides a new insight for energy storage and utilization as well as the water pollution treatment.

  5. Synthesis of well-dispersed magnetic CoFe2O4 nanoparticles in cellulose aerogels via a facile oxidative co-precipitation method.

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    Wan, Caichao; Li, Jian

    2015-12-10

    With the increasing emphasis on green chemistry, it is becoming more important to develop environmentally friendly matrix materials for the synthesis of nanocomposites. Cellulose aerogels with hierarchical micro/nano-scale three-dimensional network beneficial to control and guide the growth of nanoparticles, are suitable as a class of ideal green nanoparticles hosts to fabricate multifunctional nanocomposites. Herein, a facile oxidative co-precipitation method was carried out to disperse CoFe2O4 nanoparticles in the cellulose aerogels matrixes, and the cellulose aerogels were prepared from the native wheat straw based on a green NaOH/polyethylene glycol solution. The mean diameter of the well-dispersed CoFe2O4 nanoparticles in the hybrid aerogels is 98.5 nm. Besides, the hybrid aerogels exhibit strong magnetic responsiveness, which could be flexibly actuated by a small magnet. And this feature also makes this class of magnetic aerogels possibly useful as recyclable adsorbents and some magnetic devices. Meanwhile, the mild green preparation method could also be extended to fabricate other miscellaneous cellulose-based nanocomposites. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Facile synthesis of mPEG-luteolin-capped silver nanoparticles with antimicrobial activity and cytotoxicity to neuroblastoma SK-N-SH cells.

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    Qing, Weixia; Wang, Yong; Li, Xiao; Lu, Minghua; Liu, Xiuhua

    2017-12-01

    We firstly report a facile route for the green synthesis of mPEG-luteolin-capped silver nanoparticles (mPEG-luteolin-AgNPs) using mPEG-luteolin as both the reducer and stabilizer. The reaction was carried out in a stirred aqueous solution at 50°C without additional poisonous reagents. The prepared mPEG-luteolin-AgNPs was characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), zeta potential and UV-vis (UV-vis) spectrum, respectively. The proportions of mPEG-luteolin capped silver nanoparticles is about 89.9%, and the content of silver is 6.65%. The mPEG-luteolin-AgNPs was evaluated the antimicrobial effects on Staphlococcus aureus, Extended spectrum β-Lactamases Staphlococcus aureus, Escherichia Coli and Extended spectrum β-Lactamases Escherichia Coli using drilling hole method. The results showed that both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria were killed by the mPEG-luteolin-AgNPs at low concentration. Meanwhile, the cell viability assay demonstrated that mPEG-luteolin-AgNPs had toxic effects on human neuroblastoma SK-N-SH cells. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Green and facile synthesis of an Au nanoparticles@polyoxometalate/ordered mesoporous carbon tri-component nanocomposite and its electrochemical applications.

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    Zhang, Yufan; Bo, Xiangjie; Nsabimana, Anaclet; Munyentwali, Alexis; Han, Ce; Li, Mian; Guo, Liping

    2015-04-15

    The one-pot synthesis of a well-defined Au nanoparticles@polyoxometalates/ordered mesoporous carbon (Au@POMs/OMC) tri-component nanocomposite is reported, which is facile, green and rapid. The polyoxometalates were used as both reductant and bridging molecules. The formation of these composite materials was verified by a comprehensive characterization using X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectra, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The novel nanohybrids of Au@POMs/OMC can provide new features of electrocatalytic activities, because of the synergetic effects of Au nanoparticles and OMC materials. Most importantly, the amperometric measurements show that the Au@POMs/OMC nanohybrids have a high catalytic activity with a good sensitivity, long-term stability, wide linear range, low detection limit, and fast response towards acetaminophenol, H2O2, and NADH detection for application as an enzyme-free biosensor. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Facile microwave-assisted synthesis of Zn2GeO4:Mn2+, Yb3+ uniform nanorods and near-infrared down-conversion properties

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    Yang, Min; Deng, Guowei; Hou, Tianwu; Jia, Xiaopeng; Wang, Ying; Wang, Qihui; Li, Bingke; Liu, Jialei; Liu, Xiaoyang

    2017-02-01

    Germanates have potential applications in electroluminescent fields. Herein, we report a simple strategy for the rapid synthesis of near-infrared (NIR) down-conversion Zn1.96-xGeO4+1/2x:Mn0.04Ybx phosphors using the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. This method is facile, rapid, surfactant-free and environmentally friendly. In the Zn2GeO4 lattice, intrinsic defect transitions and Mn2+ ions act as broadband spectral sensitizers by absorbing UV-Vis (280-500 nm) photons and transferring the absorbed energy to Yb3+ centers in a cooperative down-conversion process. Efficient energy transfer is reflected by a sharp decrease in the excited state lifetime and green photoluminescence (PL) from tetrahedrally coordinated Mn2+ with increasing Yb3+ concentration. The possible formation mechanism for Zn1.96-xGeO4+1/2x:Mn0.04Ybx nanorods has been presented. PL spectroscopic characterizations show that pure Zn2GeO4 sample shows a blue emission due to defects, while Zn2GeO4:Mn2+ phosphors exhibit a green emission corresponding to the characteristic transition of Mn2+ (4T1 → 6A1) under the excitation of UV. The Yb3+ acceptor is then the source of NIR emission at a wavelength of ∼1000 nm. These phosphors are promising for applications in solar spectral down-conversion.

  9. Synthesis of Functional Block Copolymers Carrying One Poly( p -phenylenevinylene) and One Nonconjugated Block in a Facile One-Pot Procedure

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    Menk, Florian

    2016-02-29

    Block copolymers composed of a MEH-PPV block and a nonconjugated functional block (molecular weights between 5 and 90 kg/mol) were synthesized in a facile one-pot procedure via ROMP. This one-pot procedure permits the synthesis of numerous block copolymers with little effort. Amphiphilic block copolymers were obtained via incorporation of oxanorbornene carrying a PEG side chain as well as via postpolymerization modification of a reactive ester carrying norbornene derivative with methoxypoly(ethylene glycol)amine. These amphiphilic block copolymers can be self-assembled into micelles exhibiting different sizes (60-95 nm), morphologies (micelles or fused, caterpillar-like micelles), and optical properties depending on the polymer composition and the micellization procedure. Furthermore, the reactive ester carrying block copolymers enabled the introduction of anchor groups which facilitated the preparation of nanocomposites with CdSe/CdZnS core-shell QDs. The obtained composites were studied using time-resolved photoluminescence measurements. The results revealed an increased interaction based on an accelerated decay of the QD emission for composites as compared to the mixture of the QDs with unfunctionalized polymers. © 2016 American Chemical Society.

  10. A facile synthesis of PEG-coated magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles and their prevention of the reduction of cytochrome c.

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    Mukhopadhyay, Anindita; Joshi, Nidhi; Chattopadhyay, Krishnananda; De, Goutam

    2012-01-01

    We report here a facile and green synthetic approach to prepare magnetite (Fe(3)O(4)) nanoparticles (NPs) with magnetic core and polyethylene glycol (PEG) surface coating. The interaction of the bare and PEG-coated Fe(3)O(4) NPs with cytochrome c (cyt c, an important protein with direct role in the electron transfer chain) is also reported in this study. With ultrasonication as the only peptization method and water as the synthesis medium, this method is easy, fast, and environmentally benign. The PEG coated NPs are highly water dispersible and stable. The bare NPs have considerable magnetism at room temperature; surface modification by PEG has resulted in softening the magnetization. This approach can very well be applicable to prepare biocompatible, surface-modified soft magnetic materials, which may offer enormous utility in the field of biomedical research. Detailed characterizations including XRD, FTIR, TG/DTA, TEM, and VSM of the PEG-coated Fe(3)O(4) NPs were carried out in order to ensure the future applicability of this method. Although the interaction of bare NPs with cyt c shows reduction of the protein, efficient surface modification by PEG prevents its reduction. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  11. Facile Synthesis of Three-Dimensional Sandwiched MnO2@GCs@MnO2Hybrid Nanostructured Electrode for Electrochemical Capacitors.

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    Jian, Xian; Liu, Shiyu; Gao, Yuqi; Zhang, Wanli; He, Weidong; Mahmood, Asif; M Subramaniyam, Chandrasekar; Wang, Xiaolin; Mahmood, Nasir; Dou, Shi Xue

    2017-06-07

    Designable control over the morphology and structure of active materials is highly desirable for achieving high-performance devices. Here, we develop a facile microwave-assisted synthesis to decorate MnO 2 nanocrystals on three-dimensional (3D) graphite-like capsules (GCs) to obtain sandwich nanostructures (3D MnO 2 @GCs@MnO 2 ) as electrode materials for electrochemical capacitors (ECs). A templated growth of the 3D GCs was carried out via catalytic chemical vapor deposition and MnO 2 was decorated on the exterior and interior surfaces of the GC walls through microwave irradiation to build an engineered architecture with robust structural and morphological stability. The unique sandwiched architecture has a large interfacial surface area, and allows for rapid electrolyte diffusion through its hollow/open framework and fast electronic motion via the carbon backbone. Furthermore, the tough and rigid nature of GCs provides the necessary structural stability, and the strong synergy between MnO 2 and GCs leads to high electrochemical activity in both neutral (265.1 F/g at 0.5 A/g) and alkaline (390 F/g at 0.5 A/g) electrolytes. The developed hybrid exhibits stable capacitance up to 6000 cycles in 1 M Na 2 SO 4 . The hybrid is a potential candidate for future ECs and the present study opens up an effective avenue to design hybrid materials for various applications.

  12. Facile synthesis of yeast cross-linked Fe3O4nanoadsorbents for efficient removal of aquatic environment contaminated with As(V).

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    Rajesh Kumar, S; Jayavignesh, V; Selvakumar, R; Swaminathan, K; Ponpandian, N

    2016-12-15

    A facile solvothermal method was adopted to prepare monodispersed surface functionalized Fe 3 O 4 nanoparticles via self assembly process. The pure yeast, diethylamine functionalized Fe 3 O 4 nanoparticles (DMNPs) and yeast cross-linked Fe 3 O 4 nanoparticles (YcMNPs) were used for the efficient removal of arsenate from aqueous solution. The crystal structure, morphology and magnetic properties of these nanoparticles were characterized by using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. The observed physico-chemical properties confirms the metal binding nature of prepared samples. The adsorption of As(V) on the functionalized magnetite nanoparticles was tested under different operating conditions like contact time, adsorbate dosage, adsorbate concentration and pH. The faster removal of As(V) was obtained using YcMNPs (99%) than DMNPs and pure yeast. The adsorption equilibrium data obeys Langmuir isotherm than Freundlich model and the kinetics data well depicts the pseudo-second-order model. The batch column experiment confirms the adequate desorption as well as reusability without significant loss of efficiency. The results reveal the technical feasibility of the prepared nanoparticles for their easy synthesis, recovery, cost effective, eco-friendly and a promising advanced adsorbent for environmental pollution. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Facile synthesis of ultrafine SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles on graphene nanosheets via thermal decomposition of tin-octoate as anode for lithium ion batteries

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    Wang, Jinkai; Xie, Sanmu; Cao, Daxian; Lu, Xuan [Xi’an Jiaotong University, State Key Lab of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Center of Nanomaterials for Renewable Energy (CNRE), School of Electrical Engineering (China); Meng, Lingjie, E-mail: menglingjie@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [Xi’an Jiaotong University, Department of Chemistry, School of Science (China); Yang, Guidong [Xi’an Jiaotong University, Department of Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology (China); Wang, Hongkang, E-mail: hongkang.wang@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [Xi’an Jiaotong University, State Key Lab of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Center of Nanomaterials for Renewable Energy (CNRE), School of Electrical Engineering (China)

    2016-09-15

    We demonstrate a facile synthesis of ultrafine SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles within graphene nanosheets (GNSs) via thermal decomposition of tin-octoate, in which tin-octoate is firstly blended with GNSs followed by annealing in air at a low temperature (350 °C) and a short time (1 h). As anode for lithium ion batteries, the SnO{sub 2}/GNSs displays superior cycle and rate performance, delivering reversible capacities of 803 and 682 mA h/g at current densities of 200 and 500 mA/g after 120 cycles, respectively, much higher than that of pure SnO{sub 2} and GNSs counterparts (143 and 310 mA h/g at 500 mA/g after 120 cycles, respectively). The enhanced electrochemical performance is attributed to the ultrafine SnO{sub 2} nanoparticle size and introduction of GNSs. GNSs prevent the aggregation of the ultrafine SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles, which alleviate the stress and also provide more electrochemically active sites for lithium insertion and extraction. Moreover, GNSs with large specific surface area (~363 m{sup 2}/g) act as a good electrical conductor which greatly improves the electrode conductivity and also an excellent buffer matrix to tolerate the severe volume changes originated from the Li-Sn alloying-dealloying. This work provides a straight-forward synthetic approach for the design of novel composite anode materials with superior electrochemical performance.

  14. A sequential high-yielding large-scale solution-method for synthesis of philanthotoxin analogues

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    Wellendorph, Petrine; Jaroszewski, Jerzy W; Hansen, Steen Honoré

    2003-01-01

    A general, improved procedure for rapid synthesis of philanthotoxin analogues, a pharmacologically important class of polyamine conjugates, is described. The solution-phase procedure is illustrated by gram-scale synthesis of philanthotoxins PhTX-343 and PhTX-12. Selectively protected polyamines...

  15. Facile synthesis of pyrite-type binary nickel iron diselenides as efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen evolution reaction

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    Chi, Jing-Qi; Shang, Xiao [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China); Liang, Fei [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China); College of Science, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China); Dong, Bin, E-mail: dongbin@upc.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China); College of Science, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China); Li, Xiao; Liu, Yan-Ru; Yan, Kai-Li [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China); Gao, Wen-Kun [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China); College of Science, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China); Chai, Yong-Ming [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China); Liu, Chen-Guang, E-mail: cgliu@upc.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580 (China)

    2017-04-15

    Highlights: • Binary pyrite-type Ni{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}Se{sub 2}/CFC was prepared by a facile two-step process. • The effect of Ni/Fe (Ni{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x}Se{sub 2} x = 0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8, 1) on OER was investigated. • Ni{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}Se{sub 2}/CFC (x = 0.5) possesses the better electrocatalytic activity for OER. • The enhanced activity may be attributed to binary Ni{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}Se{sub 2} and CFC support. - Abstract: Pyrite-type binary nickel iron diselenides (Ni{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}Se{sub 2}) supported on carbon fiber cloth (CFC) as electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) have been prepared by a facile two-step process. Firstly, binary Ni{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5} hydroxide nanosheets have been electrodeposited on CFC. Secondly, a solvothermal selenization process has been used to convert Ni{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}/CFC into Ni{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}Se{sub 2}/CFC. XRD shows that Ni{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}Se{sub 2} on CFC has the typically octahedral crystalline. XPS proves the existence and valence of Ni, Fe and Se. SEM images show that Ni{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}Se{sub 2} has novel pyrite-type octahedral morphology with uniform size and good dispersion on the surface of CFC. SEM elemental mapping images confirm the good distribution of Ni, Fe, Se element on CFC. TEM and SAED provide the clear diffraction rings of octahedral Ni{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}Se{sub 2}, which is consistent with the results of XRD. Furtherly, the effect of different ratio of Ni/Fe (Ni{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x}Se{sub 2} x = 0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8, 1) on OER performances has been systematically investigated. The electrochemical measurements results show that Ni{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}Se{sub 2}/CFC (x = 0.5) possesses the better electrocatalytic activity with the lower overpotential, Tafel slope and long-term stability than other samples. The enhanced activity of Ni{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}Se{sub 2}/CFC may be attributed to the intrinsic activity of binary Ni{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}Se{sub 2} and faster electron

  16. Facile synthesis and characterization of water soluble ZnSe/ZnS quantum dots for cellar imaging.

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    Shu, Chang; Huang, Bin; Chen, Xiangdong; Wang, Yan; Li, Xuequan; Ding, Li; Zhong, Wenying

    2013-03-01

    Strong fluorescence and low cytotoxicity ZnSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized by a facile aqueous phase route. It overcame the defects such as instability and low quantum yield of the quantum dots synthesized by early aqueous phase route. L-Glutathione (GSH) and 3-mercaptopropaonic acid (MPA) were used as mixture stabilizers to synthesize high quality ZnSe/ZnS QDs. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS) and their optical properties were investigated by using UV-vis spectrophotometer, fluorescence spectrophotometer (FL), IR spectrophotometer and confocal laser scanning microscope. The synthesized ZnSe/ZnS QDs illuminated blue fluorescence under ultraviolet lamp. Its water-soluble property is excellent and the fluorescence intensity of ZnSe/ZnS QDs almost did not change after 4 months at room temperature. The average diameter of ZnSe/ZnS nanocrystals is about 3 nm and quantum yield (QY) could reach to 70.6% after repeat determination. Low cytotoxicity was ensured by investigated SCG7901 and RAW264.7 cells. In comparison with cadmium based nanocrystals, ZnSe/ZnS QDs posed low cytotoxicity. The cells viability remained 96.7% when the QDs concentration was increased to 10 μmol/L. The results in vitro indicate that ZnSe/ZnS QDs-based probes have good stability, low toxicity and biocompatibility for fluorescence imaging in cancer model system. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Facile Synthesis of Nitrogen Doped Graphene Oxide from Graphite Flakes and Powders: A Comparison of Their Surface Chemistry.

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    Yokwana, Kholiswa; Ray, Sekhar C; Khenfouch, Mohammad; Kuvarega, Alex T; Mamba, Bhekie B; Mhlanga, Sabelo D; Nxumalo, Edward N

    2018-08-01

    Nitrogen-doped graphene oxide (NGO) nanosheets were prepared via a facile one-pot modified Hummer's approach at low temperatures using graphite powder and flakes as starting materials in the presence of a nitrogen precursor. It was found that the morphology, structure, composition and surface chemistry of the NGO nanosheets depended on the nature of the graphite precursor used. GO nanosheets doped with nitrogen atoms exhibited a unique structure with few thin layers and wrinkled sheets, high porosity and structural defects. NGO sheets made from graphite powder (NGOp) exhibited excellent thermal stability and remarkably high surface area (up to 240.53 m2 ·g-1) compared to NGO sheets made from graphite flakes (NGOf) which degraded at low temperatures and had an average surface area of 24.70 m2 ·g-1. NGOf sheets had a size range of 850 to 2200 nm while NGOp sheets demonstrated obviously small sizes (460-1600 nm) even when exposed to different pH conditions. The NGO nanosheets exhibited negatively charged surfaces in a wide pH range (1 to 12) and were found to be stable above pH 6. In addition, graphite flakes were found to be more suitable for the production of NGO as they produced high N-doping levels (0.65 to 1.29 at.%) compared to graphite powders (0.30 to 0.35 at.%). This study further demonstrates that by adjusting the amount of N source in the host GO, one can tailor its thermal stability, surface morphology, surface chemistry and surface area.

  18. Facile synthesis of Sm-doped BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles for enhanced visible light photocatalytic performance

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    Hu, Zijun; Chen, Da, E-mail: dchen_80@hotmail.com; Wang, Sen; Zhang, Ning; Qin, Laishun, E-mail: qinlaishun@cjlu.edu.cn; Huang, Yuexiang

    2017-06-15

    Highlights: • Effective Sm doping into BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles was obtained by a facile sol-gel route. • Band gap of Sm-doped BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles was regulated by the dopant concentration. • Sm-doped BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles exhibited superior photocatalytic activities. • The possible photocatalytic mechanism of Sm-doped BiFeO{sub 3} nanospheres was discussed. - Abstract: In this work, the effect of Sm doping on the structural and photocatalytic properties of BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) was investigated. A series of Sm doped BFO nanoparticles containing different Sm dopant contents (Bi{sub (1−x)}Sm{sub x}FeO{sub 3}, x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, 0.07, 0.10) were synthesized via a simple sol-gel route. It was revealed that Sm{sup 3+} ions were successfully doped into BFO nanoparticles, and the band gap value was gradually decreased when increasing Sm dopant concentration. The photocatalytic activity of Sm-doped BFO photocatalyst was significantly affected by the Sm doping content. Compared to pure BFO, the Sm-doped BFO samples exhibited much higher photocatalytic activity. The improved photocatalytic activity of Sm-doped BFO could be attributed to the enhanced visible light absorption and the efficient separation of photogenerated electrons and holes derived from Sm dopant trapping level in the Sm-doped BFO samples. In addition, the possible photocatalytic mechanism of Sm-doped BFO photocatalyst was also proposed.

  19. Facile Synthesis of Smart Nanocontainers as Key Components for Construction of Self-Healing Coating with Superhydrophobic Surfaces.

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    Liang, Yi; Wang, MingDong; Wang, Cheng; Feng, Jing; Li, JianSheng; Wang, LianJun; Fu, JiaJun

    2016-12-01

    SiO2-imidazoline nanocomposites (SiO2-IMI) owning high loading capacity of corrosion inhibitor, 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide (HMID), and a special acid/alkali dual-stimuli-accelerated release property have been synthesized via a one-step modified Stöber method. SiO2-IMI were uniformly distributed into the hydrophobic SiO2 sol to construct "host"-"guest" feedback active coating with a superhydrophobic surface (SiO2-IMI@SHSC) on aluminium alloy, AA2024, by dip-coating technique. SiO2-IMI as "guest" components have good compatibility with "host" sol-gel coating, and more importantly, once localized corrosion occurs on the surface of AA2024, SiO2-IMI can simultaneously respond to the increase in environmental pH around corrosive micro-cathodic regions and decrease in pH near micro-anodic regions, promptly releasing HMID to form a compact molecular film on the damaged surface, inhibiting corrosion spread and executing a self-healing function. The scanning vibrating electrode technique (SVET) was applied to illustrate the suppression process of cathodic/anodic corrosion activities. Furthermore, benefiting from the superhydrophobic surface, SiO2-IMI@SHSC remained its protective ability after immersion in 0.5 M NaCl solution for 35 days, which is far superior to the conventional sol-gel coating with the same coating thickness. The facile fabrication method of SiO2-IMI simplifies the construction procedure of SiO2-IMI@SHSC, which have great potential to replace non-environmental chromate conversion coatings for practical use.

  20. Facile Synthesis of Smart Nanocontainers as Key Components for Construction of Self-Healing Coating with Superhydrophobic Surfaces

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    Liang, Yi; Wang, MingDong; Wang, Cheng; Feng, Jing; Li, JianSheng; Wang, LianJun; Fu, JiaJun

    2016-04-01

    SiO2-imidazoline nanocomposites (SiO2-IMI) owning high loading capacity of corrosion inhibitor, 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide (HMID), and a special acid/alkali dual-stimuli-accelerated release property have been synthesized via a one-step modified Stöber method. SiO2-IMI were uniformly distributed into the hydrophobic SiO2 sol to construct "host"-"guest" feedback active coating with a superhydrophobic surface (SiO2-IMI@SHSC) on aluminium alloy, AA2024, by dip-coating technique. SiO2-IMI as "guest" components have good compatibility with "host" sol-gel coating, and more importantly, once localized corrosion occurs on the surface of AA2024, SiO2-IMI can simultaneously respond to the increase in environmental pH around corrosive micro-cathodic regions and decrease in pH near micro-anodic regions, promptly releasing HMID to form a compact molecular film on the damaged surface, inhibiting corrosion spread and executing a self-healing function. The scanning vibrating electrode technique (SVET) was applied to illustrate the suppression process of cathodic/anodic corrosion activities. Furthermore, benefiting from the superhydrophobic surface, SiO2-IMI@SHSC remained its protective ability after immersion in 0.5 M NaCl solution for 35 days, which is far superior to the conventional sol-gel coating with the same coating thickness. The facile fabrication method of SiO2-IMI simplifies the construction procedure of SiO2-IMI@SHSC, which have great potential to replace non-environmental chromate conversion coatings for practical use.

  1. Facile ultrasonic synthesis of CoO quantum dot/graphene nanosheet composites with high lithium storage capacity.

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    Peng, Chengxin; Chen, Bingdi; Qin, Yao; Yang, Shihe; Li, Chunzhong; Zuo, Yuanhui; Liu, Siyang; Yang, Jinhu

    2012-02-28

    In this paper, we report a facile ultrasonic method to synthesize well-dispersed CoO quantum dots (3-8 nm) on graphene nanosheets at room temperature by employing Co(4)(CO)(12) as cobalt precursor. The prepared CoO/graphene composites displayed high performance as an anode material for lithium-ion battery, such as high reversible lithium storage capacity (1592 mAh g(-1) after 50 cycles), high Coulombic efficiency (over 95%), excellent cycling stability, and high rate capability (1008 mAh g(-1) with a total retention of 77.6% after 50 cycles at a current density of 1000 mA g(-1), dramatically increased from the initial 50 mA g(-1)). The extraordinary performance arises from the structure advantages of the composites: the nanosized CoO quantum dots with high dispersity on conductive graphene substrates supply not only large quantity of accessible active sites for lithium-ion insertion but also good conductivity and short diffusion length for lithium ions, which are beneficial for high capacity and rate capability. Meanwhile, the isolated CoO quantum dots anchored tightly on the graphene nanosheets can effectively circumvent the volume expansion/contraction associated with lithium insertion/extraction during discharge/charge processes, which is good for high capacity as well as cycling stability. Moreover, regarding the anomalous behavior of capacity increase with cycles (activation effect) observed, we proposed a tentative hypothesis stressing the competition between the conductivity increase and the amorphorization of the composite electrodes during cycling in determining the trends of the capacity, in the hope to gain a fuller understanding of the inner working of the novel nanostructured electrode-based lithium-ion batteries.

  2. A facile synthesis and spectral characterization of Cu{sup 2+} doped CdO/ZnS nanocomposite

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    Joyce Stella, R.; Thirumala Rao, G.; Babu, B.; Pushpa Manjari, V. [Department of Physics, University College of Sciences, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar, AP 522510 (India); Reddy, Ch. Venkata; Shim, Jaesool [School of Mechanical Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Ravikumar, R.V.S.S.N., E-mail: rvssn@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, University College of Sciences, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar, AP 522510 (India)

    2015-06-15

    A facile two-step method is demonstrated for the preparation of Cu{sup 2+} doped CdO/ZnS nanocomposite. Systematic investigations like X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with EDS, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), FT-IR, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), optical absorption, photoluminescence (PL) and magnetic studies are carried out for the prepared material. From powder XRD, the nanocomposites are comprised for cubic phase of both CdO and ZnS in a close contact with each other. The ground state wave function of dopant ions has been estimated from EPR studies. Optical and EPR data confirm that doped Cu{sup 2+}ions occupy rhombically distorted octahedral sites with the host material. Due to doping, band gap has been changed and blue shifts occurred in PL. Magnetic measurements indicate a possible ferromagnetic response, associated to the exchange interaction between local spin-polarized electrons of Cu{sup 2+} ions and conductive electrons. - Graphical abstract: M–H curve of Cu{sup 2+} doped CdO–ZnS nanocomposites. The magnetic properties of Cu{sup 2+} doped CdO/ZnS nanocomposite has been investigated using vibrating sample magnetometer given as magnetization and hysteresis (M–H) curve. The magnetization curve with noticeable coercivity of M–H loop clearly indicate the existence of ferromagnetic ordering in Cu{sup 2+} doped CdO/ZnS nanocomposite at room temperature. According to the Ruderman–Kittel–Kasuya–Yosida (RKKY) theory, the exchange interaction between local spin-polarized electrons (such as the electrons of Cu{sup 2+} ions) and conductive electrons is the main cause that leads to the ferromagnetism. Coercivity (Hc) of the field is about 98 Oe, saturation magnetization (Ms) and remnant magnetization (Mr) of present sample is estimated to be 15.8×10{sup −3} and 1.43×10{sup −3} emu/g respectively. The ferromagnetism observed in the prepared material is not commencing with other impurities but expected to

  3. Facile surfactant- and template-free synthesis and electrochemical properties of SnO{sub 2}/graphene composites

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    Li, Jing, E-mail: xy13787103391@126.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China); State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base for Nonmetal Composites and Functional Materials, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China); Zhang, Xia, E-mail: zyx02090229@163.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China); State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base for Nonmetal Composites and Functional Materials, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China); Guo, Jianqiang; Peng, Rufang [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China); State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base for Nonmetal Composites and Functional Materials, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China); Xie, Ruishi [Analytical and Testing Center, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China); Huang, Yeju; Qi, Yongcheng [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China); State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base for Nonmetal Composites and Functional Materials, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010 (China)

    2016-07-25

    In this work, we demonstrate a facile and green hydrothermal process without using any surfactant or template to synthesize SnO{sub 2} nanoflowers (NFs)/graphene nanosheets (GNSs) composites as a high-performance electrode material for electric double layer capacitors (EDLCs). The crystal structure and morphology of the products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transition electron microscopy. The electrochemical properties were investigated by galvanostatic charge/discharge cycling and cycling voltammetry in a voltage range of −0.2–0.8 V. The results exhibit that the addition of GNSs did not change the tetragonal crystal structure of SnO{sub 2}, and the GNSs were successfully coated on the flower-like surface of SnO{sub 2}. The grain morphology of SnO{sub 2}@GNSs composites has a flower-like appearance suggesting excellent electrochemical properties which were confirmed by electrochemical techniques. Compared with the GNSs, the SnO{sub 2}@GNSs composites exhibit a high specific discharge capacitance of 126 F g{sup −1} at 0.2 A g{sup −1} and remains 98.2% after 2000 charge–discharge cycles. The combination of GNSs and SnO{sub 2} could significantly improve the electrical conductivity, enhance the interactions between GNSs and SnO{sub 2} NFs and provide more reaction sites, thereby resulting in improved electrochemical properties for the SnO{sub 2}@GNSs composites in contrast with the pristine GNSs sample. The high specific capacity and long stability make the SnO{sub 2}@GNSs nanocomposite as a electrode material for high-performance supercapacitors. - Highlights: • SnO{sub 2} nanoflowers (NFs)/Graphene nanosheets(GNSs) composites were prepared by a simple and rapid hydrothermal process. • The results show that the GNSs were homogeneously and tightly attached on the surface of SnO{sub 2} NFs. • The SnO{sub 2} NFs/GNSs composites electrode exhibited the enhanced capacitive performances than those of pure GNSs.

  4. Facile synthesis of 2D CuO nanoleaves for the catalytic elimination of hazardous and toxic dyes from aqueous phase: a sustainable approach.

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    Bhattacharjee, Archita; Begum, Shamima; Neog, Kashmiri; Ahmaruzzaman, M

    2016-06-01

    This article reports for the first time a facile, green synthesis of 2D CuO nanoleaves (NLs) using the amino acid, namely aspartic acid, and NaOH by a microwave heating method. The amino acid acts as a complexing/capping agent in the synthesis of CuO NLs. This method resulted in the formation of self-assembled 2D CuO NLs with an average length and width of ~300-400 and ~50-82 nm, respectively. The as-synthesized 2D CuO NLs were built up from the primary CuO nanoparticles by oriented attachment growth mechanism. The CuO NLs were characterized by an X-ray diffraction (XRD) method, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The optical properties were investigated using UV-visible spectroscopy. For the first time, rose bengal and eosin Y dyes were degraded photochemically by solar irradiation using CuO NLs as a photocatalyst. The synthesized CuO NLs act as an efficient photocatalyst in the degradation of rose bengal and eosin Y dye under direct sunlight. The degradation of both the dyes, namely rose bengal and eosin Y, took place within 120 and 45 min, respectively, using CuO NLs as a photocatalyst, whereas commercial CuO, SnO2 quantum dots (QDs), and commercial SnO2 took more than 120 and 45 min for the degradation of rose bengal and eosin Y, respectively. The synthesized CuO NLs showed a superior photocatalytic activity as compared to that of commercial CuO, SnO2 QDs, and commercial SnO2. The reusability of the CuO NLs as a photocatalyst in the degradation of dyes was investigated, and it was evident that the catalytic efficiency decreases to a small extent (5-6 %) after the fifth cycle of operation.

  5. Thermodynamics of carbothermic synthesis of actinide mononitrides

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    Ogawa, T.; Shirasu, Y.; Minato, K.; Serizawa, H.

    1997-01-01

    Carbothermic synthesis will be further applied to the fabrication of nitride fuels containing minor actinides (MA) such as neptunium, americium and curium. A thorough understanding of the carbothermic synthesis of UN will be beneficial in the development of the MA-containing fuels. Thermodynamic analysis was carried out for conditions of practical interest in order to better understand the recent fabrication experiences. Two types of solution phases, oxynitride and carbonitride phases, were taken into account. The Pu-N-O ternary isotherm was assessed for the modelling of M(C, N, O). With the understanding of the UN synthesis, the fabrication problems of Am-containing nitrides are discussed. (orig.)

  6. Facile synthesis of ultrafine Co3O4 nanocrystals embedded carbon matrices with specific skeletal structures as efficient non-enzymatic glucose sensors

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    Li, Mian; Han, Ce; Zhang, Yufan; Bo, Xiangjie; Guo, Liping

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • Novel hyperfine Co 3 O 4 nanocrystals decorated porous carbon matrixes. • Facile synthesis without use of any harmful dispersing reagents or surfactants. • High dispersion degree of Co 3 O 4 nanocrystals and excellent e − transport rates. • A large current sensitivity of 955.9 μA cm −2 mM −1 toward glucose. • Excellent anti-interference and stability for glucose detection. - Abstract: A facile, effective, and environmentally friendly method has been adopted for the first time to prepare tiny Co 3 O 4 nanocrystals embedded carbon matrices without using surfactants, harmful organic reagents or extreme conditions. Structural characterizations reveal that the size-controlled Co 3 O 4 nanocrystals are uniformly dispersed on carbon matrices. Electrochemical measurements reveal that Co 3 O 4 -ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) can more efficiently catalyze glucose oxidation and acquire better detection parameters compared with those for the Co 3 O 4 -macroporous carbon, Co 3 O 4 -reduced graphene oxide, and free Co 3 O 4 nanoparticles (NPs) (such as: the large sensitivity (2597.5 μA cm −2 mM −1 between 0 and 0.8 mM and 955.9 μA cm −2 mM −1 between 0.9 and 7.0 mM), fast response time, wide linear range, good stability, and surpassingly selective capability to electroactive molecules or Cl − ). Such excellent performances are attributed to the synergistic effect of the following three factors: (1) the high catalytic sites provided by the uniformly dispersed and size-controlled Co 3 O 4 nanocrystals embedded on OMC; (2) the excellent reactant transport efficiency caused by the abundant mesoporous structures of OMC matrix: (3) the improved electron transport in high electron transfer rate (confinement of the Co 3 O 4 NPs in nanoscale spaces ensured intimate contact between Co 3 O 4 nanocrystals and the conducting OMC matrix). The superior catalytic activity and selectivity make Co 3 O 4 -OMC very promising for application in direct

  7. Facile synthesis of ultrafine Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocrystals embedded carbon matrices with specific skeletal structures as efficient non-enzymatic glucose sensors

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    Li, Mian; Han, Ce; Zhang, Yufan; Bo, Xiangjie, E-mail: baoxj133@nenu.edu.cn; Guo, Liping, E-mail: guolp078@nenu.edu.cn

    2015-02-25

    Highlights: • Novel hyperfine Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocrystals decorated porous carbon matrixes. • Facile synthesis without use of any harmful dispersing reagents or surfactants. • High dispersion degree of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocrystals and excellent e{sup −} transport rates. • A large current sensitivity of 955.9 μA cm{sup −2} mM{sup −1} toward glucose. • Excellent anti-interference and stability for glucose detection. - Abstract: A facile, effective, and environmentally friendly method has been adopted for the first time to prepare tiny Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocrystals embedded carbon matrices without using surfactants, harmful organic reagents or extreme conditions. Structural characterizations reveal that the size-controlled Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocrystals are uniformly dispersed on carbon matrices. Electrochemical measurements reveal that Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}-ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) can more efficiently catalyze glucose oxidation and acquire better detection parameters compared with those for the Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}-macroporous carbon, Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}-reduced graphene oxide, and free Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (NPs) (such as: the large sensitivity (2597.5 μA cm{sup −2} mM{sup −1} between 0 and 0.8 mM and 955.9 μA cm{sup −2} mM{sup −1} between 0.9 and 7.0 mM), fast response time, wide linear range, good stability, and surpassingly selective capability to electroactive molecules or Cl{sup −}). Such excellent performances are attributed to the synergistic effect of the following three factors: (1) the high catalytic sites provided by the uniformly dispersed and size-controlled Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocrystals embedded on OMC; (2) the excellent reactant transport efficiency caused by the abundant mesoporous structures of OMC matrix: (3) the improved electron transport in high electron transfer rate (confinement of the Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs in nanoscale spaces ensured intimate contact between Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocrystals and the

  8. Facile synthesis of nanorod-type graphitic carbon nitride/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite with enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Wang, Jiangpeng; Li, Changqing; Cong, Jingkun; Liu, Ziwei; Zhang, Hanzhuo; Liang, Mei [The Key laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology of Ministry of Education, National Engineering Lab for Textile Fiber Materials and Processing Technology (Zhejiang), College of Materials and Textiles, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Gao, Junkuo, E-mail: jkgao@zstu.edu.cn [The Key laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology of Ministry of Education, National Engineering Lab for Textile Fiber Materials and Processing Technology (Zhejiang), College of Materials and Textiles, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Wang, Shunli [Department of Physics, Center for Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Yao, Juming, E-mail: yaoj@zstu.edu.cn [The Key laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology of Ministry of Education, National Engineering Lab for Textile Fiber Materials and Processing Technology (Zhejiang), College of Materials and Textiles, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China)

    2016-06-15

    Here we report a facile synthesis of nanorod-type graphitic carbon nitride/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}) by using Fe-melamine supramolecular framework as precursor. The chemical and optical properties of the nanocomposites are well-characterized. The Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanocomposite demonstrated excellent photocatalytic activities under visible light due to the efficient utilization of sunlight and the construction of Z-scheme electron transfer pathway. The results indicated that it could be a promising approach for the preparation of efficient g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanocomposites photocatalysts by using metal-melamine supramolecular framework as precursors. - Graphical abstract: Nanorod-type graphitic carbon nitride/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}) was synthesized by using Fe-melamine supramolecular framework as precursor. The Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanocomposite demonstrated excellent photocatalytic activities under visible light. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Nanorod-type graphitic carbon nitride/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}) was synthesized. • Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} showed strong optical absorption in the visible-light region. • The Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanocomposite demonstrated excellent photocatalytic activities.

  9. Facile solvothermal synthesis of mesoporous manganese ferrite (MnFe2O4) microspheres as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Zhang, Zailei; Wang, Yanhong; Tan, Qiangqiang; Zhong, Ziyi; Su, Fabing

    2013-05-15

    We report the synthesis and characterization of the mesoporous manganese ferrite (MnFe2O4) microspheres as anode materials for Li-ion batteries. MnFe2O4 microspheres were synthesized by a facile solvothermal method using Mn(CH3COO)2 and FeCl3 as metal precursors in the presence of CH3COOK, CH3COOC2H5, and HOCH2CH2OH. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption, thermal gravimetric, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, temperature programmed reduction, and temperature programmed oxidation. The synthesized mesoporous MnFe2O4 microspheres composed of nanoparticles (10-30 nm) were 100-500 nm in diameter and had surface areas between 60.2 and 86.8 m(2) g(-1), depending on the CH3COOK amounts added in the preparation. After calcined at 600°C, MnFe2O4 was decomposed to Mn2O3 and Fe2O3 mixture. The mesoporous MnFe2O4 microspheres calcined at 400°C showed a capacity of 712.2 mA h g(-1) at 0.2C and 552.2 mA h g(-1) at 0.8C after 50 cycles, and an average capacity fading rate of around 0.28%/cycle and 0.48%/cycle, much better than those of the samples without calcination and calcined at 600°C. The work would be helpful in the fabrication of binary metal oxide anode materials for Li-ion batteries. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. High loading MnO2 nanowires on graphene paper: facile electrochemical synthesis and use as flexible electrode for tracking hydrogen peroxide secretion in live cells.

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    Dong, Shuang; Xi, Jiangbo; Wu, Yanan; Liu, Hongwei; Fu, Chaoyang; Liu, Hongfang; Xiao, Fei

    2015-01-01

    Recent progress in flexible and lightweight electrochemical sensor systems requires the development of paper-like electrode materials. Here, we report a facile and green synthesis of a new type of MnO2 nanowires-graphene nanohybrid paper by one-step electrochemical method. This strategy demonstrates a collection of unique features including the effective electrochemical reduction of graphene oxide (GO) paper and the high loading of MnO2 nanowires on electrochemical reduced GO (ERGO) paper. When used as flexible electrode for nonenzymatic detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), MnO2-ERGO paper exhibits high electrocatalytic activity toward the redox of H2O2 as well as excellent stability, selectivity and reproducibility. The amperometric responses are linearly proportional to H2O2 concentration in the range 0.1-45.4 mM, with a detection limit of 10 μM (S/N=3) and detection sensitivity of 59.0 μA cm(-2) mM(-1). These outstanding sensing performances enable the practical application of MnO2-ERGO paper electrode for the real-time tracking H2O2 secretion by live cells macrophages. Therefore, the proposed graphene-based nanohybrid paper electrode with intrinsic flexibility, tailorable shapes and adjustable properties can contribute to the full realization of high-performance flexible electrode material used in point-of-care testing devices and portable instruments for in-vivo clinical diagnostics and on-site environmental monitoring. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Green and Facile Synthesis of Highly Stable Gold Nanoparticles via Hyperbranched Polymer In-Situ Reduction and Their Application in Ag+ Detection and Separation

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    Xunyong Liu

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available The development of a green and facile strategy for synthesizing high stable gold nanoparticles (AuNPs is still highly challenging. Additionally, the main problems regarding AuNPs based colorimetric sensors are their poor selectivity and low sensitivity, as well their tendency to aggregate during their synthesis and sensing process. Herein, we present an in-situ reduction strategy to synthesize thermoresponsive hyperbranched polymer (i.e., Hyperbranched polyethylenimine-terminal isobutyramide (HPEI-IBAm functionalized AuNPs. The HPEI-IBAm-AuNPs show excellent thermal stability up to 200 °C, high tolerance of a wide range of pH value (3–13, and high salt resistance. HPEI-IBAm acted as the template, the reducing agent, and the stabilizing agent for the preparation of AuNPs. The HPEI-IBAm-AuNPs can be used as colorimetric sensors for the detection of Ag+. In the detecting process, HPEI-IBAm serves as a trigger agent to cause an unusual color change from red to brown. This new non-aggregation-based colorimetric sensor showed high stability (maintaining the color lasting without fading, high selectivity, and high sensitivity with an extremely low detection limit of 7.22 nM and a good linear relationship in a wide concentration range of 0–2.0 mM (R2 = 0.9921. Significantly, based on the thermoresponsive property of the HPEI-IBAm, the AuNPs/Ag composites can be separated after sensing detection, which can avoid secondary pollutions. Therefore, the green preparation and the applications of the unusual colorimetric sensor truly embody the concepts of energy saving, environmental protection, and sustainable development.

  12. Simultaneously fabrication of free and solidified N, S-doped graphene quantum dots via a facile solvent-free synthesis route for fluorescent detection.

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    Xia, Chang; Hai, Xin; Chen, Xu-Wei; Wang, Jian-Hua

    2017-06-01

    A facile one-step solvent-free synthesis approach is proposed for the simultaneous fabrication of free and solidified N, S-doped graphene quantum dots (N, S-GQDs) by using citric acid as precursor and L-cysteine as dopant. Graphene nucleus is firstly formed via the intermolecular dehydration of citric acid. N and S are then incorporated into the graphene structure by attacking the margin of graphene nucleus. The cross-linking among the graphene nucleus via the intermolecular condensation leads to the generation of free N, S-GQDs, while the intermolecular amidation between L-cysteine molecules and graphene nucleuses contributes to the solid-state fluorescence graphene quantum dots (SSF-GQDs). The free N, S-GQDs exhibit favorable photoluminescence behaviors such as high fluorescent quantum yield of 74.5%, stable photoluminescence within a wide range of pH and high tolerance to external ionic strength of up to 1.0molL -1 NaCl, making it excellent fluorescence probe for the sensitive detection of Fe 3+ with a linear range of 0.01-3μM and a detection limit of 3.3nM. The solidification of GQDs prevents the aggregation of GQDs efficiently and offers the solidified N, S-GQDs yellow-green fluorescence, with a fluorescence quantum yield of 10.6%. This proposed protocol provides a novel avenue to fabricate diverse fluorescent graphene materials for different practical applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Facile one-step synthesis and transformation of Cu(I)-doped zinc sulfide nanocrystals to Cu(1.94)S-ZnS heterostructured nanocrystals.

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    Ye, Haihang; Tang, Aiwei; Huang, Liming; Wang, Yu; Yang, Chunhe; Hou, Yanbing; Peng, Hongshang; Zhang, Fujun; Teng, Feng

    2013-07-09

    A facile one-pot heating process without any injection has been developed to synthesize different Cu-Zn-S-based nanocrystals. The composition of the products evolves from Cu(I)-doped ZnS (ZnS:Cu(I)) nanocrystals into heterostructured nanocrystals consisting of monoclinic Cu1.94S and wurtzite ZnS just by controlling the molar ratios of zinc acetylacetonate (Zn(acac)2) to copper acetylacetonate (Cu(acac)2) in the mixture of n-dodecanethiol (DDT) and 1-octadecene (ODE). Accompanying the composition transformation, the crystal phase of ZnS is changed from cubic zinc blende to hexagonal wurtzite. Depending on the synthetic parameters including the reaction time, temperature, and the feeding ratios of Zn/Cu precursors, the morphology of the as-obtained heterostructured nanocrystals can be controlled in the forms of taper-like, matchstick-like, tadpole-like, or rod-like. Interestingly, when the molar ratio of Cu(acac)2 to Zn(acac)2 is increased to 9:1, the crystal phase of the products is transformed from monoclinic Cu1.94S to the mixed phase composed of cubic Cu1.8S and tetragonal Cu1.81S as the reaction time is further prolonged. The crystal-phase transformation results in the morphological change from quasi-spherical to rice shape due to the incorporation of Zn ions into the Cu1.94S matrix. This method provides a simple but highly reproducible approach for synthesis of Cu(I)-doped nanocrystals and heterostructured nanocrystals, which are potentially useful in the fabrication of optoelectronic devices.

  14. Microwave-Assisted Facile Synthesis, Anticancer Evaluation and Docking Study of N-((5-(Substituted methylene amino-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-ylmethyl Benzamide Derivatives

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    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, 12 novel Schiff’s bases containing a thiadiazole scaffold and benzamide groups coupled through appropriate pharmacophore were synthesized. These moieties are associated with important biological properties. A facile, solvent-free synthesis of a series of novel 7(a–l N-((5-(substituted methylene amino-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-ylmethyl benzamide was carried out under microwave irradiation. Structures of the synthesized compounds were confirmed by IR, NMR, mass spectral study and elemental analysis. All the synthesized hybrids were evaluated for their in vitro anticancer activity against a panel of four human cancer cell lines, viz. SK-MEL-2 (melanoma, HL-60 (leukemia, HeLa (cervical cancer, MCF-7 (breast cancer and normal breast epithelial cell (MCF-10A using 3-(4,5-dimethythiazol-2-yl-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT assay method. Most of the synthesized compounds exhibited promising anticancer activity, showed comparable GI50 values comparable to that of the standard drug Adriamycin. The compounds 7k, 7l, 7b, and 7a were found to be the most promising anticancer agents in this study. A molecular docking study was performed to predict the probable mechanism of action and computational study of the synthesized compounds 7(a–l was performed to predict absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity (ADMET properties, by using QikProp v3.5 (Schrödinger LLC. The results showed the good oral drug-like behavior of the synthesized compounds 7(a–l.

  15. A Novel and Facile One-Pot Solvothermal Synthesis of PEDOT-PSS/Ni-Mn-Co-O Hybrid as an Advanced Supercapacitor Electrode Material.

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    Yin, Chengjie; Yang, Chunming; Jiang, Min; Deng, Cuifen; Yang, Lishan; Li, Junhua; Qian, Dong

    2016-02-03

    In this work, a novel and facile one-pot method has been developed for the synthesis of a hybrid consisting of Ni-Mn-Co ternary oxide and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-polystyrenesulfonate (PEDOT-PSS/NMCO) with a hierarchical three-dimensional net structure via a solvothermal-coprecipitation coupled with oxidative polymerization route. Apart from the achievement of polymerization, coprecipitation, and solvothermal in one pot, the hydroxyl (OH(-)) ions generated from the oxidative polymerization of organic monomer by neutral KMnO4 solution were skillfully employed as precipitants for metal ions. As compared with the PEDOT-PSS/Ni-Mn binary oxide, PEDOT-PSS/Co-Mn binary oxide, and PEDOT-PSS/MnO2, PEDOT-PSS1.5/NMCO exhibits overwhelmingly superior supercapacitive performance, more specifically, a high specific capacitance of 1234.5 F g(-1) at a current density of 1 A g(-1), a good capacitance retention of 83.7% at a high current density of 5 A g(-1) after 1000 cycles, an energy density of 51.9 W h kg(-1) at a power density of 275 W kg(-1), and an energy density of 21.4 W h kg(-1) at an extremely elevated power density of 5500 W kg(-1). Noticeably, the energy density and power density of PEDOT-PSS/NMCO are by far higher than those of the existing analogues recently reported. The exceptional performance of PEDOT-PSS/NMCO benefits from its unique mesoporous architecture, which could provide a larger reaction surface area, faster ion and electron transfer ability, and good structural stability. The desirable integrated performance enables the multicomponent composite to be a promising electrode material for energy storage applications.

  16. Facile synthesis of CNTs/CaIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} composites with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic performance

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    Xia, Yang; Li, Qin, E-mail: liqin0518@mail.scuec.edu.cn; Wu, Xiaofeng; Lv, Kangle; Tang, Dingguo; Li, Mei, E-mail: limei@mail.scuec.edu.cn

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • CNTs/CaIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} (CIS) composites were prepared by a microwave hydrothermal method. • CNTs were embedded tightly in the hierarchical marigold-like CIS microspheres. • Intimate contact between CNTs and CIS made interfacial charge transfer available. • The composite exhibited obviously higher photocatalytic activity than bare CIS. • The composite was applicable in both environment remediation and energy conversion. - Abstract: In response to the continuous concerns to environmental contamination and energy crisis, visible-light-driven photocatalysis has attracted broad attention for its potential applications in environment remediation and energy conversion. In this study, visible-light-responsive CNTs/CaIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} (CIS) composite photocatalyst was designed and synthesized by a facile one-step microwave hydrothermal method. The effects of CNTs content on the crystallinity, structure, light absorption, specific surface area and photocatalytic performance of CIS semiconductor were systematically studied. The results demonstrated that the prepared composite with a suitable amount of CNTs exhibited an apparently enhanced photocatalytic activity than bare CIS for both X-3B dye degradation and H{sub 2} production under visible-light irradiation. The optimal content of CNTs was found to be 1 wt%. The corresponding apparent rate constants of photocatalytic degradation and H{sub 2}-production rate are about two times as that of bare CaIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} semiconductor. Comprehensive analysis demonstrated that such enhancement was mainly attributed to the strong coupling interface between CNTs and CIS, which largely improved the separation efficiency of photogenerated charge carriers in space. However, excessive CNTs resulted in a decreased photocatalytic activity due to the shield of active sites and absorbed photons on the surface of CIS photocatalyst. This work could shed new light on the design and synthesis of carbon material

  17. Synthesis and characterization of hybrid nanostructures

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    Mokari, Taleb

    2011-01-01

    There has been significant interest in the development of multicomponent nanocrystals formed by the assembly of two or more different materials with control over size, shape, composition, and spatial orientation. In particular, the selective growth of metals on the tips of semiconductor nanorods and wires can act to couple the electrical and optical properties of semiconductors with the unique properties of various metals. Here, we outline our progress on the solution-phase synthesis of metal...

  18. Facile synthesis and enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity of micro/nanostructured Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres

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    Liu, Jin [School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, 122 Luoshi Road, Wuhan 430070 (China); The Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Functional Materials and Applications, Zhoukou Normal University, Zhoukou 466001 (China); Zhang, Gaoke, E-mail: gkzhang@whut.edu.cn [School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, 122 Luoshi Road, Wuhan 430070 (China)

    2015-03-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Micro/nanostructured Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres were synthesized by a facile method. • The formation mechanism for the Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres was investigated. • The catalyst exhibited an enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity. • The reactive species in the photocatalytic process were studied. - Abstract: Micro/nanostructured Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres were successfully synthesized by a one-step and low-temperature route under ambient pressure. The micro/nanostructured Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres have a diameter of 1–2 μm and their shells are composed of numerous nanoparticles and nanorods. The growth process of the micro/nanostructured Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres was investigated in detail. The results indicated that the morphologies and composition of Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} samples were strongly dependent on the dose of the AgNO{sub 3} and reaction time. Excessive AgNO{sub 3} was favorable for the nucleation and growth rate of Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} crystals and the formation of pure Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4}. Moreover, the formation mechanism of the micro/nanostructured Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres is related to the Ostwald ripening. Under the same conditions, the photocatalytic activity of micro/nanostructured Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} hollow spheres is about 1.7 times and 11 times higher than that of bulk Ag{sub 2}ZnGeO{sub 4} and Degussa P25, respectively. These interesting findings could provide new insight on the synthesis of micro/nanostructured ternary-metal oxides with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

  19. One-Pot Facile Synthesis of Pt Nanoparticles Using Cultural Filtrate of Microgravity Simulated GrownP. chrysogenumand Their Activity on Bacteria and Cancer Cells.

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    Subramaniyan, Sivakumar Allur; Sheet, Sunirmal; Vinothkannan, Mohanraj; Yoo, Dong Jin; Lee, Yang Soo; Belal, Shah Ahmed; Shim, Kwan Seob

    2018-05-01

    Platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) was synthesized via a facile and cost competitive ont-pot green mediated synthesis using cell free cultural filtrate (microgravity simulated grown Penicillium chrysogenum) as a reducing agent. The toxicity effect of synthesized Pt NPs toward myoblast C2C12 carcinoma cells was then investigated. The particle size analyzer (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results demonstrates that both NG-Pt NPs and MG-Pt NPS are spherical in shape with an average diameter of 15 nm and 8.5 nm, respectively. The results from UV-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis show a characteristic strong resonance centered at 265 nm and a single crystalline nature, respectively. The results derived from in vitro cytotoxicity showed a significant concentration-dependent decrement in cell viability when C2C12 cells were exposed to Pt NPs. Such decrement in cell viability is because of increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. Cell apoptosis was proved by acridine orange-ethidium bromide (AO/EtBr) dual staining, annexin V-FITC/PI-staining and immunocytochemistry. Moreover, the protein expression of both (i) apoptosis related proteins such as cas-3 and cas-9, (ii) inflammatory response proteins such as TNF-α, TGF-β and NF-κB were significantly upregulated in MG-Pt NPs treated cells than NG-Pt NPs treated cells. Uptake and intracellular localization of MG-Pt NPs caused by accumulation of autophagosomes in C2C12 cells and bacterial cells, indicate that synthesized MG-Pt NPs enable for the swift cell apoptosis than NG-Pt NPs. Interestingly, At the concentration of 40 and 80 μg/ml MG-Pt NPs showed more potent cytotoxicity toward cancer cells while, under identical concentration, NG-Pt NPs exhibited rather lower cytotoxicity. Overall, our results demonstrated that MG-Pt NPs could be selectively inhibit the growth of cancer cells via ROS-mediated nucleus NF-κB and caspases activation when compared to NG-Pt NPs.

  20. A facile synthesis of superparamagnetic hybrid hollow nanospheres based on monodisperse nickel–zinc ferrite/polyethylene glycol and their electromagnetic, microwave absorbing properties

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    Li, Quanfang; Li, Yanfeng; Li, Xin; Chen, Suli; Zhang, Sidi; Wang, Jianzhi; Hou, Chen

    2014-01-01

    Highlights: • A superparamagnetic hybrid nanocomposite based on Ni–Zn ferrite and polyethylene glycol (PEG) was prepared. • The minimum reflection loss (RL) reaches −50.15 dB with the volume fraction of 35% just at the thickness of 2.9 mm. • The optimal RL is –46.43 dB with the volume fraction of 45%, while the specimen thickness is only 2.2 mm. • A formation mechanism is proposed according to FTIR, XRD, TGA, TEM, SAED and a series of experiments. - Abstract: Ni 0.3 Zn 0.5 Fe 2 O 4 /polyethylene glycol (PEG) hybrid hollow nanospheres have been successfully prepared using a facile synthesis method. Their shape, size and structure have been characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The determination from inductively coupled plasma (ICP) indicates that the atomic ratio of Ni/Zn/Fe is 3:5:20, the results from fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) show that the PEG is also contained by the nanospheres, and thus an expression of Ni 0.3 Zn 0.5 Fe 2 O 4 /PEG is presented. A formation mechanism is suggested according to FTIR, XRD, TGA, TEM and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) with different reaction time: 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 h. The magnetic measurement of the Ni 0.3 Zn 0.5 Fe 2 O 4 /PEG nanospheres reveals that the saturation magnetization is 86.26 emu g −1 . The sample of 35% volume fraction (Ni 0.3 Zn 0.5 Fe 2 O 4 /PEG/paraffin containing Ni 0.3 Zn 0.5 Fe 2 O 4 /PEG nanospheres) exhibits a minimum reflection loss (RL) of −50.15 dB at about 8.8 GHz in the range of 2–18 GHz. The Ni 0.3 Zn 0.5 Fe 2 O 4 /PEG nanospheres show unique morphology, favorable magnetism, as well as excellent microwave absorbing properties

  1. A simple solution-phase approach to synthesize high quality ternary AgInSe2 and band gap tunable quaternary AgIn(S1-xSe x)2 nanocrystals

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    Bai, Tianyu

    2014-01-01

    A facile solution-phase route for the preparation of AgInSe2 nanocrystals was developed by using silver nitrate, indium stearate, and oleylamine-selenium (OAm-Se) as precursors. The evolution process of the AgInSe2 nanocrystals is discussed in detail and different reaction conditions all have a great impact on the growth and morphology of the nanocrystals. Alloyed AgIn(S1-xSex)2 nanocrystals with controlled composition across the entire range (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) was also successfully prepared by modulating the S/Se reactant mole ratio. X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to confirm that the alloyed AgIn(S1-xSex)2 nanocrystals are homogeneous. The UV-vis absorption spectra revealed that the band gap energies of the alloyed AgIn(S1-xSex)2 nanocrystals could be continuously tuned by increasing the Se content. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2014.

  2. Facile synthesis of Au-Pd core-shell nanocrystals with systematic shape evolution and tunable size for plasmonic property examination

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    Chiu, Chun-Ya; Yang, Min-Yi; Lin, Fan-Cheng; Huang, Jer-Shing; Huang, Michael H.

    2014-06-01

    A facile synthetic method has been developed for the formation of Au-Pd core-shell nanocrystals in aqueous solution in just 0.5-2 h at 50 °C with systematic shape evolution from cubic to truncated cubic, cuboctahedral, truncated octahedral, and octahedral structures using octahedral gold cores. By adjusting the amounts of H2PdCl4, ascorbic acid, and sometimes surfactants and gold cores added, the particle morphology can be finely tuned, and Pd shells with ultrathin thicknesses have been achieved. Gold cores of three different sizes (35, 45, and 74 nm in opposite corner distance) were used to obtain a full range of particle sizes and shapes for a most complete examination of their plasmonic properties. Visual observations made during particle synthesis reveal that Au-Pd cubes are formed at a faster rate than that for the growth of octahedra. For the smaller cubes, cuboctahedra, and truncated octahedra prepared using 35 and 45 nm gold cores, the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption band from the gold cores can be seen only when the Pd shell thickness is just 1 nm at the thinnest points of the particles. For small-sized Au-Pd octahedra, this band is observable at a Pd shell thickness of around 5 nm. For larger Au-Pd nanocrystals synthesized from 74 nm gold cores, the Au SPR band is more recognizable for all particle shapes, although octahedra still exhibit the most obvious band. The band shifts slightly to the red going from cubes to octahedra. Simulation spectra have been performed, and they roughly match with the experimental spectra. Au-Pd octahedra with two different core sizes and shell thicknesses have been used for hydrogen sensing by comparing their UV-vis spectra before and after hydrogen incorporation forming PdH. The results show that the shell thickness is more important in producing a larger spectral red-shift after hydrogen absorption.A facile synthetic method has been developed for the formation of Au-Pd core-shell nanocrystals in aqueous

  3. High Performance Thermoelectric Materials Using Solution Phase Synthesis of Narrow Bandgap Core/Shell Quantum Dots Deposited Into Colloidal Crystal Thin Films

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    2005-01-01

    Thermoelectrics is the science and technology associated with thermoelectric converters, that is, the generation of electrical power based on the Seebeck effect and refrigeration by the Peltier effect...

  4. Synthesis of gamma,delta-unsaturated-beta-keto lactones via sequential cross metathesis-lactonization: a facile entry to macrolide antibiotic (-)-A26771B.

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    Gebauer, Julian; Blechert, Siegfried

    2006-03-03

    A simple access to gamma,delta-unsaturated-beta-keto lactones is presented, allowing a rapid total synthesis of the naturally occurring 16-membered macrolide antibiotic (-)-A26771B via cross metathesis, asymmetric dihydroxylation, and lactonization as the key steps.

  5. Facile synthesis and reversible lithium insertion studies on hydrated iron trifluoride FeF3·0.33H2O

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    Rao, R. S.; Pralong, V.; Varadaraju, U. V.

    2016-05-01

    An original synthesis method for the synthesis of hydrated iron trifluoride is presented. This method, based on solvothermal process starting from iron salt and HF in alcool, is economic and simple. The electrochemical performances of the composite phase FeF3·0.33H2O/Graphitic oxide is showing enhanced capacity of 250 mAh/g at 0.05 °C.

  6. Facile synthesis of efficient visible active C-doped TiO{sub 2} nanomaterials with high surface area for the simultaneous removal of phenol and Cr(VI)

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    Mani, A.Daya; Reddy, P.Manoj Kumar; Srinivaas, M. [Department of Chemistry, IIT Hyderabad, Yeddumailaram 502 205 (India); Ghosal, P., E-mail: csubbu@iith.ac.in [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Kanchanbagh, Hyderabad 500 058 (India); Xanthopoulos, N. [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne (Switzerland); Subrahmanyam, Ch. [Department of Chemistry, IIT Hyderabad, Yeddumailaram 502 205 (India)

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Facile synthesis of C-doped TiO{sub 2} nanomaterials with high surface area. • Utilization of citric acid and ascorbic acid as fuels based on evolution of gases. • Enhanced visible activity for the oxidation of phenol and reduction of Cr(VI). • Study of simultaneous oxidation of phenol and reduction of Cr(VI) for the first time. • Proposed plausible mechanism for the simultaneous removal of phenol and Cr(VI). - Abstract: A single step synthesis of carbon doped TiO{sub 2} (anatase) nanomaterials have been reported by using combustion synthesis using ascorbic acid and citric acid fuels. X-ray diffraction studies indicated the formation of nanosized anatase titania, whereas, transmission electron microscopy confirmed the formation of nanosized TiO{sub 2} anatase. The carbon doping into TiO{sub 2} matrix was identified by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, whereas, thermogravimetric study quantified the carbon doping. Diffuse reflectance UV–vis spectra indicated the band gap of less than 3 eV, a prerequisite for the photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation. The N{sub 2} adsorption studies revealed the high surface area (upto 290 m{sup 2}/g) of the synthesized photocatalysts. Typical photocatalytic activity data indicated that the simultaneous removal of Cr(VI) and phenol is advantageous than degradation of the individual pollutants.

  7. Facile Synthesis of N-Tosyl Aza-Baylis-Hillman Adducts of Acrylamide via a Pd-Catalyzed Hydration of Nitrile to Amide

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    Kim, Eun Sun; Kim, Yu Mi; Kim, Jae Nyoung

    2010-01-01

    We developed an efficient palladium-catalyzed two-step protocol for the synthesis of N-tosyl aza-Baylis-Hillman adducts of acrylamide. The method involved the preparation of the corresponding Baylis-Hillman adducts of acrylonitrile and the following Pd-catalyzed hydration of nitrile with acetaldoxime. The Baylis-Hillman reaction, which involves the coupling of activated vinyl compounds with electrophiles under the catalytic influence of a tertiary amine, gives rise to adducts, so called Baylis-Hillman adducts, with a new stereocenter and has proven to be a very useful carbon-carbon bond-forming method in the synthesis of highly functionalized molecules. As the activated vinyl compounds, various compounds have been used in the Baylis-Hillman reaction including acrylates, acrylonitrile, vinyl ketones, vinyl sulfones and acrylamides. However, among the activated vinyl compounds acrylamide has not been used much for the synthesis of the corresponding Baylis-Hillman adducts due to its sluggish reactivity

  8. Facile Synthesis of N-Tosyl Aza-Baylis-Hillman Adducts of Acrylamide via a Pd-Catalyzed Hydration of Nitrile to Amide

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    Kim, Eun Sun; Kim, Yu Mi; Kim, Jae Nyoung [Chonnam National Univ., Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-03-15

    We developed an efficient palladium-catalyzed two-step protocol for the synthesis of N-tosyl aza-Baylis-Hillman adducts of acrylamide. The method involved the preparation of the corresponding Baylis-Hillman adducts of acrylonitrile and the following Pd-catalyzed hydration of nitrile with acetaldoxime. The Baylis-Hillman reaction, which involves the coupling of activated vinyl compounds with electrophiles under the catalytic influence of a tertiary amine, gives rise to adducts, so called Baylis-Hillman adducts, with a new stereocenter and has proven to be a very useful carbon-carbon bond-forming method in the synthesis of highly functionalized molecules. As the activated vinyl compounds, various compounds have been used in the Baylis-Hillman reaction including acrylates, acrylonitrile, vinyl ketones, vinyl sulfones and acrylamides. However, among the activated vinyl compounds acrylamide has not been used much for the synthesis of the corresponding Baylis-Hillman adducts due to its sluggish reactivity.

  9. Facilities & Leadership

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    Department of Veterans Affairs — The facilities web service provides VA facility information. The VA facilities locator is a feature that is available across the enterprise, on any webpage, for the...

  10. A Facile Route to the non-IPR Fullerene Sc3N@C68: Synthesis, Spectroscopic Characterization and DFT Computations

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    Yang, S.; Kalbáč, Martin; Popov, A.; Dunsch, L.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 12, č. 29 (2006), s. 7856-7863 ISSN 0947-6539 Grant - others: Volkswagen Foundation(DE) I-77/855 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : synthesis * spectroscopy * DFT calculation Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry Impact factor: 5.015, year: 2006

  11. A facile approach to the synthesis of highly electroactive Pt nanoparticles on graphene as an anode catalyst for direct methanol fuel cells.

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    Zhou, Yi-Ge; Chen, Jing-Jing; Wang, Feng-bin; Sheng, Zhen-Huan; Xia, Xing-Hua

    2010-08-28

    A one-step electrochemical approach to the synthesis of highly dispersed Pt nanoparticles on graphene has been proposed. The resultant Pt NPs@G nanocomposite shows higher electrocatalytic activity and long-term stability towards methanol electrooxidation than the Pt NPs@Vulcan.

  12. A facile approach for the synthesis of monolithic hierarchical porous carbons – high performance materials for amine based CO2 capture and supercapacitor electrode

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    Estevez, Luis

    2013-05-03

    An ice templating coupled with hard templating and physical activation approach is reported for the synthesis of hierarchically porous carbon monoliths with tunable porosities across all three length scales (macro- meso- and micro), with ultrahigh specific pore volumes [similar]11.4 cm3 g−1. The materials function well as amine impregnated supports for CO2 capture and as supercapacitor electrodes.

  13. Facile Droplet-based Microfluidic Synthesis of Monodisperse IV-VI Semiconductor Nanocrystals with Coupled In-Line NIR Fluorescence Detection

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    Lignos, Ioannis; Protesescu, Loredana; Stavrakis, Stavros; Piveteau, Laura; Speirs, Mark J.; Loi, Maria A.; Kovalenko, Maksym V.; deMello, Andrew J.

    2014-01-01

    We describe the realization of a droplet-based microfluidic platform for the controlled and reproducible synthesis of lead chalcogenide (PbS, PbSe) nanocrystal quantum dots (QDs). Monodisperse nanocrystals were synthesized over a wide range of experimental conditions, with real-time assessment and

  14. Facile one-pot green synthesis of Au-Ag alloy nanoparticles using sucrose and their composition-dependent photocatalytic activity for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol.

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    Sun, Li; Yin, Yuechao; Wang, Fa; Su, Wenxian; Zhang, Lixin

    2018-03-28

    Au-Ag alloy nanoparticles (NPs) less than 10 nm in size were synthesized using sucrose as a reductant and surfactant. Au-Ag alloy NPs with a homogeneous composition were continuously obtained by changing the synthesis time from 2 to 40 min in one pot. Based on the UV-Vis, ICP, TEM, HR-TEM, EDX and SAED analyses, the synthesis mechanism of Au-Ag alloy NPs was deduced. Under hydrolysis conditions, sucrose showed a stronger reducibility compared with glucose, fructose and their mixture. And the as-prepared Au-Ag alloy NPs exhibited a superior photocatalytic activity and stability for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol due to the abundant hydroxyl groups of sucrose and the synergistic effect between Au and Ag elements. The rate constant of 4-nitrophenol reduction could be linearly controlled by the composition of Au-Ag alloy NPs or their synthesis time. It was indicated that the photocatalytic activity of Au-Ag alloy NPs could be predetermined as early as their synthesis process. The above methods of controlling the rate constant provide promising routes for other photocatalytic reactions using bimetallic NPs as photocatalysts.

  15. Facile one-step template-free synthesis of uniform hollow microstructures of cryptomelane-type manganese oxide K-OMS-2.

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    Galindo, Hugo M; Carvajal, Yadira; Njagi, Eric; Ristau, Roger A; Suib, Steven L

    2010-08-17

    Hollow microstructures of cryptomelane-type manganese oxide were produced in a template-free one-step process based on the fine-tuning of the oxidation rate of manganese species during the synthesis. The tuning of the reaction rate brought about by a mixture of the oxidants oxone and potassium nitrate becomes apparent from the gradual physical changes taking place in the reaction medium at early times of the synthesis. The successful synthesis of the hollow uniform structures could be performed in the ranges 120-160 degrees C and 8.2-10.7 for temperature and mass ratio oxone/potassium nitrate, respectively. Independent of the conditions of the synthesis, all of the complex microstructures showed the same pattern for the array of very long nanofibers in which some of these elongated around the surface confining the cavity and the other fibers grew normal to the surface created by the previous arrangement. A mechanism based on the heterogeneous nucleation of the cryptomelane phase on the surface of an amorphous precursor and the growth of the nanoscale fibers by processes such as dissolution-crystallization and lateral attachment of primary nanocrystalline fibers is proposed to explain the formation of the hollow structures.

  16. Highly Efficient and Facile Method for Synthesis of 2-Substituted Benzimidazoles via Reductive Cyclization of O-Nitroaniline and Aryl Aldehydes

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    Hossein Naeimi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A versatile and convenient synthesis of 2-substituted benzimidazoles, using o-nitroaniline as starting material with several aryl aldehydes, has been accomplished by using a small amount of a reluctant agent. The reaction was carried out under very mild conditions at room temperature. The yields obtained are very good in reasonably short reaction times.

  17. Highly Efficient and Facile Method for Synthesis of 2-Substituted Benzimidazoles via Reductive Cyclization of O-Nitroaniline and Aryl Aldehydes

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    Hossein Naeimi; Nasrin Alishahi

    2012-01-01

    A versatile and convenient synthesis of 2-substituted benzimidazoles, using o-nitroaniline as starting material with several aryl aldehydes, has been accomplished by using a small amount of a reluctant agent. The reaction was carried out under very mild conditions at room temperature. The yields obtained are very good in reasonably short reaction times.

  18. Stimuli-responsive poly(N-vinylcaprolactam-co-2-methoxyethyl acrylate) core–shell microgels: facile synthesis, modulation of surface properties and controlled internalisation into cells†

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    Melle, A.; Balaceanu, A.; Kather, M.; Wu, Yaodong; Gau, E.; Sun, W.; Huang, Xiaobin; Shi, X; Karperien, Hermanus Bernardus Johannes; Pich, A.

    2016-01-01

    Herein we report the synthesis of biocompatible stimuli-responsive core–shell microgels consisting of a poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PVCL) core and a poly(2-methoxyethyl acrylate) (PMEA) corona via one-step surfactant-free precipitation copolymerization. The copolymerization process was investigated by

  19. Biochemistry Facility

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The Biochemistry Facility provides expert services and consultation in biochemical enzyme assays and protein purification. The facility currently features 1) Liquid...

  20. Biochip for Real-Time Monitoring of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) by Combined Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification and Solution-Phase Electrochemical Detection

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    Tien, Bui Quang; Ngoc, Nguyen Thy; Loc, Nguyen Thai; Thu, Vu Thi; Lam, Tran Dai

    2017-06-01

    Accurate in situ diagnostic tests play a key role in patient management and control of most infectious diseases. To achieve this, use of handheld biochips that implement sample handling, sample analysis, and result readout together is an ideal approach. We present herein a fluid-handling biochip for real-time electrochemical monitoring of nucleic acid amplification based on loop-mediated isothermal amplification and real-time electrochemical detection on a microfluidic platform. Intercalation between amplifying DNA and free redox probe in solution phase was used to monitor the number of DNA copies. The whole diagnostic process is completed within 70 min. Our platform offers a fast and easy tool for quantification of viral pathogens in shorter time and with limited risk of all potential forms of cross-contamination. Such diagnostic tools have potential to make a huge difference to the lives of millions of people worldwide.